Daniel Matt will be presenting From Kabbalah to the Big Bang: Ancient Wisdom and Contemporary Spirituality  

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

The 5778 Scholar in Residence, Daniel Matt, is one of the world’s leading authorities on Kabbalah.  Recently, Daniel completed an 18-year project of translating and annotating the Zohar. Stanford University Press published his ninth volume of The Zohar: Pritzker Edition, concluding the Zohar’s main commentary on the Torah. For this work, Daniel has been honored with a National Jewish Book Award and a Koret Jewish Book Award. The Koret award called his translation “a monumental contribution to the history of Jewish thought.”


The deadline to register for the dinner has been extended, but few spots remain. Sign up now!






Join us in the tradition of studying Pirkei Avot between Passover and Shavuot — each Shabbat afternoon, Saturdays, April 22nd thru May 27th, 7:00pm. No Charge.

This program will be held in the homes of Beth Shalom members. Contact the office by the Thursday before each Shabbat to receive host addresses.

April 22nd:    Taught by Rabbi Borodin, hosted in her home

April 29th:    Taught by Tal-Chen Rabinowitch, hosted in her home

May 6th:        Taught by Beth Huppin, host by Lauren Kurland and Scott Cohen

May 13th:      Taught by Rabbi Rubin hosted by Andrew Cohen and James Packman

May 20th:     Taught by Rabbi Emily Kapor-Mater, host TBA

May 27th:      Taught by Danielle Nacamuli, hosted in her home


Book launch and interactive discussion with the authors of this wonderful new book by authors Rabbi Eve Posen (Neve Shalom, Portland) and Lois Sussman Shenker.

We are pleased to cosponsor this event with Hillel. For more details please see their website.



Join artist sooze bloom deLeon grossman for a fun exploration of ideas and materials — paints, collage, written word — within the confines of eyeglasses. Develop your own visual expression of sisters and sisterhood,  based on real stories of contemporary sisters and on the Rachel and Leah sister story.

This program is intended for adults; teens are also welcome.
Need not be an artist. 

**All supplies will be furnished **
Work will be exhibited April 6th at the SJCC, along with work from other local workshops.

This program is part of and precedes the following event:
Thursday, April 6th, the InHEIRitance Project brings The Rachel/Leah Play — looking at the relationships of sisters going back to this biblical pair — to the Stroum Jewish Community Center’s theater.


Living Midrash



8 weeks, 4 teachers, 4 creative media, 2 synagogues: Carl Sayres, Rabbi Sarah Rubin, Art Feinglass, and Cathy Shiovitz

If you would like to see us try to make this class happen in the future, please contact Rabbi Sarah Rubin

for this opportunity to take your study of Torah to new, creative levels. Each will select one or two texts and teach two weeks in their medium: music, creative writing, drama, and visual art. Come prepared to be stimulated, and to deepen your understanding of Torah.

January 5th thru February 23rd  – 7:30pm-9:00pm
(January at Temple Beth Am, February at Congregation Beth Shalom)

$100 for members of Beth Shalom and Beth Am
$150 for non-members

Cathy Shiovitz is a working artist focusing on calligraphy and multi-media artworks, including Ketubah art. She is a long-time member of Temple Beth Am where she often teaches art classes.  Her art is displayed in the Washington State Legislature and many other local and national galleries.

Carl Sayres is a member of Congregation Beth Shalom with diverse musical experience. He leads Beth Shalom’s High Holiday Choir and Le Maariv Productions. The latter is responsible for musical hilarity in the telling of the Purim story at Beth Shalom each year, and has also brought a musical D’var Torah to Shabbat morning services.

Art Feinglass is Founder and Artistic Director of the Seattle Jewish Theater Company. He has been working for years with both Beth Am and Beth Shalom to bring a theater production involving our members to our community. This year’s production, The Dybbuk, will be staged in April. 

Rabbi Sarah Rubin grew up at Temple Beth Am, where her dad, Michael Eulenberg, is still a member. She has published locally in DRASH (2012) and in Beth Shalom’s High Holiday Piyyutim book. Sarah also teaches writing as a spiritual practice and co-organizes a weekly creative writing Meetup for women. She currently serves as Beth Shalom’s Program Director.

In partnership with Temple Beth Am

with Beth Huppin
Thursdays, January 3-31 at 9:30am.

lovehumilityIn a world that seems more polarized than ever, at a time when fingers are pointed in all directions, how can we bring more love and humility into the world?  Together we will look at texts that ask us to become more aware of our own behavior. How can we be in the world in a way that doesn’t add more anger, and, ultimately, more pain?  How can we avoid self-righteous and possibly counter-productive responses to events that we find troubling?

Everyone is welcome. Bring a friend.  No prior knowledge is necessary.
There is no charge. Donations are always gratefully accepted.

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