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Esther Silverman
Bill Kokler
Earl Bean
Dallas Cline
Karen "Rosemary" 
Harry Robinson
Minnie Cohn
Martha Stein Adelson
Lenore Greene
William Chappel
Michael Brocha
Atara Hertz
Esther Reiner
Albert Tenenbaum
Sidney Shapiro
Richard Schneider
Sidney Schwartz
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 8
6:00 pm    Shabbat  Salon

Join us for the service followed by a catered dinner and speaker beginning at 7:00 pm. All are welcome but the dinner requires an RSVP. See details below!

Saturday, December 9
Torah Study begins at begins at 10:00 am.

Register by 6 pm today!
December Shabbat Salon - Podcast Olympia!
Friday, December 8
6:00 pm

Do you listen to podcasts? Of course you do, we all do. Podcasting has multiplied exponentially in the past few years. Come talk all things podcast with two local producers of interesting, fun, thought-provoking and entertaining podcasts. Our guests will be:

Jemmy Joe, who, along with his friend Guire McGuire, produces the podcasts "Olympia Pop Rocks" (on local arts and culture) and "The Olympia Standard" (on local politics).

Julie Kinn who produces "The Station Wagon Podcast," in which she and her brother for two weeks give up something that we all take for granted, then talk about their experience. She is also a host of "Meddling Kids," a podcast about all things Scooby-Doo. (And a member of TBH!)

Enjoy a buffet-style vegetarian dinner provided by locally owned Nineveh Catering. Each menu is specially created just for TBH! Dinner is $10 per person.

Root Vegetable Tagine  - Vegetarian 
stew with cous cous
Potato Kubba - Fried potato stuffed with mushroom, leek, walnut filling
Baba Ghanoush with pita and veg
Green salad lemon sumac dressing
Pistachio date oat cookies

Registration is open for the dinner - sign up today! All are welcome to the service and presentation with no RSVP required.
Torah Study
Saturday, December 9
10:00 am

Prayer and study are equally holy activities; and we will do both. We'll share a snack and study the Torah together. All are invited. No experience is necessary!
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!
Hanukkah shop is open!
Shop hours:
  • Tues-Friday, 10 am to 2 pm
  • Friday and Saturday before services
  • During Sunday school and anytime you are in the building
This year the Hanukkah Pop-up Shop is featuring menorahs, pendant jewelry, fair trade chocolate gelt, candles and more! Cash or check only since this is a self-service shop.

E-mail the office if you'd like to reserve a box of milk chocolate or dark chocolate gelt (24 bags of gelt per box) or purchase in the jewelry case.
Happening This Week at TBH
FORKids Food Packing
Tuesday, December 12
3:30 pm 
Thurston County Food Bank 2260 Mottman Road SW, Tumwater

Join us on the second Tuesday of December as we again fill bags at the Tumwater branch of the Thurston County Food Bank. The FORKids program provides a weekend bag of food to over 2,000 children. Questions? Please contact Elie Halpern at (360) 357-8160 or
Coming Up
Hanukkah Party!
Sunday, December 17
5:00 pm

Join us for our annual Hanukkah celebration! Watch for more details in weekly in December!
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!
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.
Around the Congregation
Happy Birthday! 
7        Laura Hurtado-Webb
9        Michael Lowsky
9        Carl Wolfhagen
10      Susan Poplack

Mazel Tov to...
Angela Santamaria and Howard Schwartz on the birth of their granddaughter, Sydney Ming Xiang Santamaria-Kuan.

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.
We no longer accept ink and toner cartridges.

Please take them to an office supply store for recycling.  Thank you!
From the Office
The TBH office hours are Tuesday through Friday 10:00 am-2:00 pm.

We are looking for volunteers for Salon Dinner 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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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!

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(Corner of 8th & Washington in Downtown Olympia)
Olympia, WA 98501
(360) 754-8519