Wednesday, December 13, 2017 | 25 Kislev  5778  |
Lenore Greene
William Chappel
Michael Brocha
Atara Hertz
Esther Reiner
Albert Tenenbaum
Katheryn Dole
Sidney Shapiro
Richard Schneider
Sidney Schwartz
Abraham Wirth
Ted Strange
Rosemary Coufal
Joanne Royer
Margaret Barnes
Pearl Rubin
William Schrager
Helene Grossman
John Meidinger
Contact Us
Rabbi Seth Goldstein

Catherine Carmel
Director of Jewish Family Life and Learning

Caroline Metzger
Community Engagement Coordinator

Laura Schrager
Board President
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Life and Legacy
How Will You Be Remembered?

You've lived your whole life with purpose, cared for others and made a difference in our Jewish community. Now, you can leave a legacy for the future of Temple Beth Hatfiloh.
By leaving a gift to Temple Beth Hatfiloh in your will or trust, you can be remembered for generations to come as someone who made a difference sustaining the Jewish community in Olympia.
After providing for your family, you can leave your mark by making a gift. No gift is too small and it costs you nothing now but a pledge.
To learn more, please contact Charles Shelan at (360) 352-1354 or
Shabbat Shalom!
Friday, December 15
6:00 pm    Family Shabbat  Service

A potluck dinner  at 7:00 pm will follow the service.

Saturday, December 16
Mussar begins at 9:30 am followed by service at 10:30 am.

Hanukkah Party!
Sunday, December 17
5:00 pm

Come and enjoy homemade latkes, games, crafts and more! Bring your menorah and candles for our community lighting event. Costumes and ugly sweaters are encouraged but not required! Please bring a side dish or dessert to share.
Mussar Morning & Service 
Saturday, December 16
9:30 am, Mussar    
10:30 am, Service

Mussar is the Jewish school of thought which seeks to root personal character development with right behavior in Jewish tradition and text. We meet monthly to share food and learn more about this tradition and hot it may benefit our lives. Mussar this month will be led by Michele and Richard Jackman, who will be bringing to us some of their learning from a recent retreat with the Mussar Institute.
"Death Happens, Let's Talk" Survey
In collaboration with members of the local Temple Beth Hatfiloh and Chevra Kadisha, a new Jewish community engagement campaign is beginning, building on the informative sessions we held last spring.

The goal is to ensure that everyone's wishes for end of life care are expressed and respected. Mentored by an expert team from  The Conversation Project we will design and implement advance care planning and end of life discussion topics to benefit individuals in our community. We want to hear your ideas. What are you most interested in learning about or sharing with others? Please take our survey and send it back in in the next couple of weeks to help us best plan for future activities. P lease e-mail Hilarie Hauptman with questions.
Give a Challah
With the closing of Bagel Brothers, TBH has lost our weekly source of challah since they so generously donated two loaves every week for us to use at our Shabbat service. Now we are looking for something to fill the gap. Are you a challah baker who might be able to commit to bake challah on an occasional basis? Do you want to learn how? Are you interested in a challah making party so we can stock the freezer? Or if you have other ideas, please contact the TBH office!
Happening This Week at TBH
NEEDED:  Hanukkah Party Volunteers!
We need volunteers for set up, greeting, making latkes and clean up. E-mail Catherine to sign up for a task. Thanks!
Annual Hanukkah Campaign
Please consider a year-end gift to support the work of Temple Beth Hatfiloh-which includes supporting our Rabbi and staff, our sacred space, and our programs-and help contribute to the vitality of Jewish life in the South Sound. Visit our campaign web page to learn more or make a donation. Happy Hanukkah!
Coming Up
Book Group
Cousin Joseph: A Grahpic Novel by Jules Feiffer
Tuesday, December 19
7:00 pm
Legendary cartoonist Jules Feiffer introduces us to Big Sam Hannigan in a graphic noir novel set in the 1930s. Patriotism, anti-Semitism, anti-immigrant, and anti-union themes have echoes of today. Download the full book group schedule here (PDF).
Shabbat Shirah Kumsitz & Tu B'Shvat Seder
Saturday, January 27
3:00 pm
The TBH Choir, Kol Nishama, invites you to a Shabbat Shirah kumsitz. Bring your guitars, percussion instruments and voices! More details coming soon!
WEEKLY EVENT:  Make Your Voice Heard
Every Wednesday
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

This political advocacy group is focused on issue advocacy and communicating with lawmakers. We meet to discuss current events and identify various political actions to take.  It is open to members and friends of the Jewish community. Bring your information and your concerns. Kvetching allowed. We also have an email list to help keep you up to date. The sign up list is on the MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD bulletin board outside the offices.
Community Events
If you register between December 12th and December 24th you will receive $150 off Summer 2018 tuition. Click the registration link to register now!
Around the Congregation
Happy Birthday! 
12      Karen Janowitz
13      Howard Schwartz
14      Sara Eve Sarliker
15      Frank Herman
16      Gary Franklin
19      Alan Kamen

Please let the office know your life-cycle news!
The Erev Shabbat Greeter Corps will officially begin its work in January 2018. As part of this effort, the Sanctuary doors will remain locked, and the office doors will be our only entrance and exit on Friday evenings. We are initiating this change due to issues of safety and accessibility (the office doors provide access to our elevator). If you have any questions about this, please contact Tikva at Read the full article on the front page of the December Short Schrift.
Cold weather is here once again, and with it our annual warm clothing and blanket drive. We will be collecting items during the month of December and donating them to the clothing bank at St. Michael's church. Collection boxes are set up in the TBH foyer to receive new or gently used coats, hats, socks, sweaters, blankets, etc.
From the Office
The TBH office hours are Tuesday through Friday 10:00 am-2:00 pm.

We are looking for volunteers for event cleanup and laundry. Please e-mail if you are willing to help!

Want to sponsor an oneg after Erev Shabbat services? Contact Caroline in the TBH office.

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TBH Social Media
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Reconstructionism Today
Recon Israel Trip
March 2018

This trip is not a typical "Israel 101" trip. It's themes are arts/music and politics, as well as complexity and encounters with different segments of Israeli society. An optional 3-day pre-trip add-on is going to be available for people who want a little classic "Israel 101 / tourism" experience first. There's also a possibility of an optional one-day add-on to Bethlehem in the West Bank, for a tour led by one of Mejdi Tours' Palestinian guides. Click here to read more about this travel opportunity!

2018  Reconstructionist Convention

The RRC/Jewish Reconstructionist Communities is planning a movement-wide convention in Philadelphia, November 15-18, 2018 .

We want the convention to be a meaningful and celebratory experience for everyone, and your input and ideas will help us plan a great program. Please take a moment to click on our virtual suggestion box to tell us what you'd like to see.

The Convention Steering Committee

Come Learn With Us!
Where do you bring your questions about Jewish life that can't be Googled? Reconstructionist Learning Networks connect you with people across geography and perspectives to explore the questions that matter to you and your community.

NEW Podcast from RRC: Spirit in Practice is a podcast miniseries among emerging leaders and religious teachers of many faiths who are exploring social activism and spiritual practices. Listen now!

Click here to read Reconstructionism Today!
Click here for the most recent update from the RRC!
See the video annual report of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and Jewish Reconstructionist Communities here
Distance Learning
Tikkun Middot:
Cultivating Our Character

Learn about the Jewish practice of Mussar with Jewish Reconstructionist Communities.  Learn more or sign up to receive the " Middah of the Month "   
Full  TBH Calendar  can be found here!
From the Rabbi
Link to the  Rabbi's blog, where you will find his weekly message and other teachings.
Newsletter Archive
Miss something in a past issue?  Visit our website to catch up!

Temple Beth Hatfiloh | | |
201 8th Ave SE
(Corner of 8th & Washington in Downtown Olympia)
Olympia, WA 98501
(360) 754-8519