Wednesday, December 27, 2017 | 9 Tevet  5778  |
John Meidinger
Iris Karger
Helen Stein
Arthur Weiss
Beatrice Neff
Shirley Hacken
Henry Matis
Patricia Marie Greene
Goldie M. Reiner
Janet Halpern
Donald Heptner
Gay Clarke
Kenneth Astman
Joseph Shill
Morton Saul Poplack
Suzanne I. Haiby
Philip Frank
Bill Stockwell
George Bamberger
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 29
7:30 pm    Erev Shabbat  Service

The service will be lay-led by Sam Kates-Goldman.  There is an oneg following the service hosted by Debra Shapiro.

Saturday, December 30
No Saturday groups will be held this week.

Happening This Week at TBH
Last chance to donate to our 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!
"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.
Coming Up
Senior Schmooze
Tuesday, January 2
12:00 pm

Don't miss out! Bring your brown bag lunch and jokes! Dessert provided this month by Bernie Friedman and Pamela Gentile-Friedman. Speaker TBD.
Immigrant and Refugee Task Force Meeting
Tuesday, January 9
7:30 pm

Learn and participate in TBH efforts to make a positive impact around the ongoing issue of providing sanctuary in the greater Olympia community.
Dinner tickets on sale now: January Shabbat Salon
Friday, January 12
6:00 pm

Join us for The Human Rights of Identity Shabbat Salon on Friday, January 12th. More details coming soon. Reserve your dinner ticket now!
Book Group
Kingdom of Olives and Ash: Writers Confront the Occupation
Tuesday, January 16
7:00 pm

Kingdom of Olives and Ash is a collection of essays from an international roster of writers who toured towns and villages in the Israeli-occupied territories and met with community organizers, workers, artists, activists, farmers and families, as well as Israeli settlers and soldiers.

We will be focusing our discussion on the following selections: Introduction, Geraldine Brooks, Rachel Kushner, Raja Shehadeh, Dave Eggers (117-130), Mario Vargas Llosa, Eimera McBride, and Afterward. To obtain a circulating copy of the book, please contact Karen Green at or the office at
Shabbat Shirah Kumsitz & Tu B'Shvat Seder
Saturday, January 27
4:00 pm
The TBH Choir, Kol Nishama, invites you to a Shabbat Shirah kumsitz. Bring your guitars, percussion instruments and voices! Read the PDF flyer for details.
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
Olympia Sisterhood
Tuesday, January 2
1:30 pm

Olympia Sisterhood is meeting on January 2nd 2018 at TBH in the Teen Room at 1:30 pm. The topic of discussion is movies and books with Jewish themes. For more information, please call Myra Paull at 253-666-3242.
Please note the time change from our last conversation from 2:00 pm to 1:30 pm.
Around the Congregation
Happy Birthday! 
27     Joceile Moore
27     Paul Alig
   1     Barbara Gross
   1     Blaine Snow

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.

NEW! Donate to TBH when you shop Amazon! When you choose TBH as your charity, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases go TBH. Visit and type "Temple Beth Hatfiloh" into the "pick your own charitable organization" search box.
TBH Social Media
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Don't miss out on the fun! Be sure to follow us on Instagram for more great photos.
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.
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!

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(Corner of 8th & Washington in Downtown Olympia)
Olympia, WA 98501
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