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Ruth Weiss
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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, January 19
6:00 pm    Family Shabbat Service

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

Saturday, January 20
Mussar begins at 9:30 am. The service at 10:30 am is cancelled for this month.

Saturday, January 20
9:30 am

Mussar is the Jewish school of thought which seeks to root personal character development with right behavior in Jewish tradition and text. This month Mussar will be led by Michele and Richard Jackman, using our regular monthly text 'With Heart In Mind' by Alan Morinis." We meet monthly to share food and learn more about this tradition and hot it may benefit our lives. Note, the service after Mussar is cancelled for this month.
Happening This Week at TBH
Advancing in Hebrew
Tuesday, January 23
7:00 pm

This seminar-type group works on advancing Hebrew knowledge, including grammar and roots. It is held on the 4th Tuesday of the month. Each month we will be looking at a section of text from the weekly Torah portion in Hebrew to deepen our connection to the text through an examination of vocabulary and grammar.
Beginning Hebrew
Class begins Monday, February 7
7:00 pm

Want to learn your aleph-bet? Sign up for our 10-session Beginning Hebrew class taught by Rabbi Seth Goldstein. Learn how to read the Hebrew alphabet including basic grammar and vocabulary, focused on prayer book Hebrew, with some extras thrown in! Class meets Monday evenings beginning February 5th from 7:00-8:30 pm. Fee is $50 for members and $100 for non-members and includes books and materials. Visit the class registration page to sign up!
Coming Up
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! All are welcome. Please bring a potluck item to share.  Read the PDF flyer for details.
Open for two more weeks - last chance to participate in this short survey: "Death Happens, Let's Talk"
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.
Dinner tickets on sale for our February Shabbat Salon:
Rep. Beth Doglio from the 22nd District
Friday, February 9
6:00 pm

Join us for Shabbat Salon!  We begin with a full Shabbat service at 6:00 pm followed by a catered dinner by Nineveh and speaker in the Social Hall at 7:00 pm. Register for the dinner by e-mailing us at or sign up and pay for dinner on our event page!  Reserve your dinner ticket now!

As of January the Make Your Voice Heard advocacy group will no longer be meeting regularly. Issue updates with potential action steps will still be sent to the e-mail list, but in-person meetings will be put on hold. If you are interested in receiving updates you can e-mail David Hanig.
Community Events
Volunteers needed for Annual Point in Time Homeless Census
Thursday, January 25
In addition to fulfilling the mandate to count our houseless neighbors, the census is an opportunity to create stronger relationships and provide much needed goods and services to Thurston County's homeless population.

Here are ways people can help in this one-day event:

Cash donations for hot lunch, extra socks, and other necessities.  Drop $$ off at the Family Support Center, and mark them for" PIT."

Roving Census Takers at designated locations, 6am - 9pm.  Training is provided

For more information and to volunteer, contact Faith Addicott, City of Olympia's Homeless Census Manager,  (360) 709-2679,
Music of Remembrance Art from Ashes concert
Monday, January 29
5:00 pm
Benaroya Hall in Seattle
All are welcome to attend this free concert in commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. This event will feature chamber music works by Hans Krasa, Ernest Bloch, Laszlo Weiner and songs that were written in the Terezin concentration camps and Vilna ghetto. It also includes selections from recent MOR commissions by Lori Laitman (Vedem) and Jake Heggie (Farewell, Auschwitz). The performers include Seattle Symphony's Mikhail Shmidt (violin), Susan Gulkis Assadi (viola), Jon Green (bass), Lori Laitman (clarinet), and also Mara Finkelstein (cello) and Mina Miller (piano), and MOR's young artist award recipient Takumi Taguchi (violin). Visit the website for more information.
Olympia Sisterhood
Tuesday, February 6
1:30 pm
Olympia Sisterhood is meeting on February 6, 2018 at 1:30 pp at TBH in the Teen Room. The topic for discussion is "Being Jewish in Other Countries" as several Sisters have offered to research what is happening for Jewish people in a variety of other countries. Please feel free to contact Myra Paull at (253) 666-3242 if you have questions.
Jewish Community Lobby Day 2018
Wednesday, February 21
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Visit  to register for this event. The cost is: Adult - $18, Student - $9.
Study/Shabbaton weekend in Astoria
Friday-Sunday, March 2-4
Consider attending this weekend event featuring two professors from Oregon State University on the topic of "Jewish Masculinity and Femininity in the Premodern World." This event is sponsored by the Institute for Judaic Studies in Portland and 18 Oregon congregations. For information go to
Around the Congregation
Happy Birthday! 
18     Lisa Barer
19     Aaron Brickman
20    Ellen Young
21     Richard Court

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.
PRE-ORDER COOKBOOK SALE! Reserve your copy!
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the TBH cookbook, the Cookbook Committee is taking orders for re-prints of the original Temple Tastings for $20 each by Pesach. The committee is going to follow up this cookbook fundraiser with another cookbook fundraiser, Temple Tastings II, with all new recipes from our local TBH "celebrities" by next Rosh Hashanah-but more on that, later. There is a sign-up sheet in the TBH office foyer where all orders are to be pre-paid. Buy one for yourself and more to give away as gifts! Thank you for your support!
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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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
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