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Shirley Lamm
Dorothy Ebner
John Victor Kaydus
Harold Joseph Atkin
Rachel Kogan
Jacob Goldberg
Maurice Rubenstein
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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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Shabbat Shalom!
Friday, January 5
7:30 pm    Erev Shabbat 
                   Choir  Service

The TBH Choir, Kol Nishama, will be singing.  There is an oneg following the service hosted by Julie Kinn in honor of Mort Shecter's birthday.

Saturday, January 6
Jewish with Meaning begins at 10:30 am. This month Tammy Lianu will lead the group in "Utilizing the Kabbalistic Tree of Life for Personal
Transformation." See details below!

Tot Shabbat
Saturday, January 6
9:00 am

All kids ages 0-6 and their grown ups and families are invited to celebrate Shabbat together with song, story, movement, prayer and craft! Join us the first Saturday of every month.
Jewish with Meaning
Saturday, January 6
1o:30 am

Join us to explore classical Jewish teachings on the Tree of Life and a contemporary application for personal practice. The Kabbalistic Tree of Life can be seen as a brilliant blueprint of Creation. It is a map of the step-by-step journey from Ein Sof to Malchut, from the Nothingness-Without-Limits to the Manifested Divine Presence of our physical reality. During our session together, we will use traditional sources to study an overview of the ten Sefirot, the ten holographic steps on this path. And, we will learn a simple but profound practice, developed using sources from several ancient wisdom traditions, to support our personal transformation to wholeness. No experience needed. Handouts provided. Join us!
Happening This Week at TBH
FORKids Food Packing Tuesday, January 9
3:30 pm
Thurston County Food Bank
2260 Mottman Road SW in Tumwater

Join us on the second Tuesday of the month 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 email Morgan Lord or call 360-754-5703 Ext 104.
Immigration 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. 

Attendees are also welcome to join us for the Sanctuary Interfaith Group that meets at 6:00 pm beforehand.
"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
Kavannah: Prayer Lab
Wednesday, January 10
7:00 pm

Beginning in January, TBH will be hosting a monthly lab on prayer and prayer services. Using both study and participatory experimentation, we will explore the meaning of prayer, the strucure of the service, giving a d'var Torah, Torah leyning, and more, with an eye towards deepening prayer participation and developing prayer leadership. Specific subjects will be based on the interest of the group and participants. All levels of knowledge and background welcome. Facilitated by Sam Kates-Goldman and Rabbi Seth Goldstein. Wednesday, January 10, 7-9 pm. If you are interested and can't make this time, or have questions, please e-mail Rabbi Seth.
Dinner tickets on sale now: January Shabbat Salon
Friday, January 12
6:00 pm

Join us for Shabbat Salon! Due to scheduling conflicts we are still confirming speakers. We are confident it'll be a great event - please sign up for our mystery presentation! We promise you won't be disappointed!

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!
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.
Beginning Hebrew
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!

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
Lincoln Elementary Reading Buddies Program Orientation
Wednesday, January 10
1:30 pm
Jennifer Thompson from United Way came to speak at the Senior Schmooze in January to share information about the United Way Reading Buddies program at Lincoln Elementary. Volunteer opportunities are available. Please read the full flyer for details!
Around the Congregation
Happy Birthday! 
3     Matt Kennelly
3     Phyllis Neff
4     Mark Bean
7     Kenneth Cohen
7     Zoe Curlee-Strauss
9     Mort Shecter

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.
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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