Presented by Israeli American Council, hosted by CBS.

Since the days of King David, the Jewish people never had an artist like Naomi Shemer whose music was sung by so many and had such a vast and dramatic effect and influence on the Jewish and Israeli narrative.

Over 1,000 songs were written and composed by Shemer. Many of which tell the story of the State of Israel—from its birth through today, in happy times and sad. Her work is still very much ‘alive’ and cherished by all.  Naomi Shemer belongs to everyone, in the Jewish State and across the world.

Roy Rimshon, a self-confessed Naomi Shemer enthusiast, brings light and life to Shemer’s story. From her childhood in Kibbutz Kinneret through adolescence, from her musical education and early songs to becoming a living legend, Shemer’s life is a colorful narrative. Rimshon’s lectures combine well-known songs, videos and rare pictures, unfolding the life and work of this most influential and loved artist of the State of Israel.

Ticket prices:
Early Bird: $15 +1.78 fee (prior to May 23)
Day of: $18 +$1.93 fee (Day of)

To register:

Volunteers of the Year – The backstage Purim Heroes:  Daniel Markowitz, Joe Blumenzweig, Rebecca Polyakovsky, and Carl & Brianna Sayres

  • Vote on new members of the Board of Directors
  • Approve the 2019-20 budget
  • Stay for a light brunch and still have time to enjoy spring in Seattle!

We need your help.
Our bylaws require a quorum of 15% of the membership (69 family units) to approve the 2019-20 budget and elect the new board members and officers. Make your voice heard in the community!

Come for the Annual Meeting at 10:30am and stay afterwards to celebrate our Rain Garden.


Join us to hear from Lesley Sachs, Immediate Past Executive Director of Women of the Wall (WOW), Director of WOW’s Speakers Bureau, as she shares information about the organization’s efforts to ensure gender equality and religious pluralism in Israel. As a leading voice in Israel for women’s rights and religious pluralism. WOW’s supporters come from a wide range of religious observance with a singular goal of empowering and encouraging freedom of religious expression and gender equality in Israel. WOW advocates for social and legal recognition of the right for women to wear prayer shawls, pray, and read from the Torah, collectively and aloud, at the Western Wall. While WOW’s visibility is advocating for freedom of women and girls to pray at Judaism’s holiest site, the Kotel, the organization’s work encompasses a wider vision of inclusion for Jewish women and girls of all denominations in Israel to live and pray safely and as they choose.

Join us for the Megillah reading and bagel breakfast!

Join us for Erev Purim celebrations!

6:00 pm: Purim Katan—for families with
preschool-age children

7:15pm: Doors Open

7:30pm: Ma’ariv—Imma Mia!

8:30pm: Megillah Reading and Schtick!

9:30pm: Dancing and Greek Wedding Snacks


Don’t forget to pick up your Mishloach Manot (Purim treats) from the lobby!

Check out the kids Purim Carnival on Sunday, March 17th.


USYers and Ozerim run booths at the Purim Carnival in the Beth Shalom social hall

We are delighted to welcome Rabbi Daniel Nevins as the 5779 Bierman Scholar in Residence, February 8-9, 2019


Rabbi  Daniel Nevins is the Pearl Resnick Dean of the JTS Rabbinical School. He also serves as dean of the Division of Religious Leadership, which includes the H.L. Miller Cantorial School, the Center for Pastoral Education, and the Block-Kolker Center for Spiritual Arts. A graduate of JTS and of Harvard College, where he studied Middle Eastern History, he worked for 13 years as rabbi of Adat Shalom Synagogue in Farmington Hills, MI. A scholar of contemporary Jewish law, Rabbi Nevins serves on The Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, for which he has written responsa on topics of science, technology, bioethics, sexuality and disability. His writings can be found at Rabbi Nevins lives in NYC with his family.


Scholar in Residence Weekend Schedule:

All Scholar in Residence lectures are free and open to the public. There is a $25/person charge for the Friday Night dinner.


Friday, February 8:

Kabbalat Shabbat Services, 5:00pm

Shabbat Dinner, 6:15pm: $25/person. Meal is catered by Madison Park Catering.
Dinner reservations must be made in advance; click HERE to register!

Learning, 8pm: Is Clean Meat Kosher? Pareve? Connecting the Latest Food Technology to Jewish Ethics and Law


Saturday, February 9:

Shabbat Services, beginning at 9:30am

D’var Torah, by Rabbi Daniel Nevins

Kiddush Lunch, 12:15pm

Learning, 1:15pm: AI, Yai-Yai! The Nexus between Artificial Intelligence and Halakhah

Havdalah, Prayers and Program, Drum Circle 7:30pm: Blessed Like the Sand of the Sea and Stars of the Sky: The Natural Environment and Jewish Prayer- Bring your own drum!


If you need childcare for during the Saturday afternoon learning session, please call the Front Office at 206-524-0075.

We are excited to be hosting Rabbi Samuel Klein and Rabbi Gilah Kletenik for Shabbat, December 14-15.

Guest Darshan: Rabbi Samuel Klein – D’var Torah: Deep Calls Unto Deep
Rabbi Samuel Klein is Director of Jewish Engagement for the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. A rabbi, educator and artist, Samuel holds Masters degrees in Theology from Cambridge University and History of Art from University College London. A lecturer and writer on religion and the arts, Samuel trained as a teaching artist at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Prior to his move stateside, Samuel was director of a contemporary art gallery in London and a specialist at Sotheby’s in Hebrew rare books and manuscripts.

After Kiddush Lunch learning with Rabbi Gilah Kletenik
Facing the Other: Fraternity & Fratricide in Focus from 1:15pm in the Beit Midrash
Rabbi Gilah Kletenik is a Jewish educator, rabbi, and academic. She is a doctoral candidate in Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University where she focuses on philosophy and Jewish thought. Gilah was featured as a young leader re-imagining Jewish life in The Jewish Week’s “36 Under 36,” is an inaugural recipient of The Covenant Foundation’s Pomegranate Prize, and is a Wexner Graduate Fellow.

On Friday night, Erev Shabbat, November 30, 2018, Beth Shalom families will gather in homes all over Seattle to bring in Shabbat together! Please join us! Would you like to host a Shabbat dinner?  If so, fill out our survey here. The deadline to sign up to host is Friday, November 16, 2018.
Or, are you interested in being a guest at a fellow congregant’s table? If so, fill out our survey here. The deadline to sign up to be a guest is Sunday, November 18, 2018.
Questions or looking for more information?



Interested in fighting discrimination and bias? Join us for a free Bystander Intervention Training with facilitator Krystal Marx.


In this highly interactive training, Washington Initiative (WAI) Head Trainer Krystal Marx will help participants better understand what “bystander apathy” is, and why we fall back into it when something happens. We will then focus on ways to step in that empower the person being targeted, how to confront the harasser, and how to know when to do so. Event is free of charge.


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