Wednesday, January 31, 2018 | 15 Sh'vat  5778  |
Ruth Weiss
Alvin Posner
Leonard Finkel
Mark Gross
Max Shimon
Percy Bean
Ruby Koppleman
Rabbi Judah Avida
Sarah Goldberg
Sylvia Strasberg
Leah Boyd
Phil Scheier
Celia Friedman
Evelyn Berger
Barbara Sapsowitz
Sylvia Shelan
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, February 2
7:30 pm    Erev Shabbat Service

The TBH Choir, Kol Nishama, will be singing and accompanied by Rebecca Kamen on cello.
An oneg will follow the service hosted by Kay McKenzie.

Saturday, February 3
Jewish with Meaning begins at 10:30 am.

Tot Shabbat
Saturday, February 3
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, February 3
1o:30 am

We gather for food, ritual, experience, and discussion as we connect with our tradition on a deep level. All are welcome!
Happening This Week at TBH
Class begins Monday, February 5
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!
Senior Schmooze
Tuesday, February 6
12:00 pm

Don't miss out! Bring your brown bag lunch and jokes! Dessert provided this month by Gladys Roseman. This month's speaker is  Allyson Brooks about her recent family heritage trip to Spain.
Immigration and Refugee
Task Force Meeting
Tuesday, February 6
7:00 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 Interfath Group that meets at 6:00 pm beforehand.
Coming Up
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!
FORKids Food Packing
Tuesday, February 13
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 e-mail Morgan Lord or call 360-754-5703 Ext 104.
Kavod Conversations:
Exploring End of Life Topics
Tuesday, February 13
7:00 pm

The survey results are in from the recent survey about topics related to our end of life. Thanks to all who participated. Come have a voice in planning our future workshops and related activities over the next year. Please join the Rabbi and others at TBH in the Social Hall (healthy snacks provided).Questions or comments, please e-mail Hilarie Hauptman or call (360) 464-7984.
Community Events
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.
Transmitting Jewish Culture Across the Generations
Sunday, February 25
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Join Maureen and Joel Benoliel for a special presentation on Jewish Culture with Sarah Aroeste and Devin Naar, PhD, followed by a Kosher reception. Registration is required and space is limited - please RSVP by February 16.
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! 
31   JaynĂ© Nelson
2     Hilarie Hauptman
2     Patricia Barr
3     Evan Hirsch
3     Sonja Dordal

Please let the office know your life-cycle news!
We are accepting book donations for the Blintzapalooza book sale coming up on March 18! Bring your gently used books to TBH between 10 am and 2 pm, Tuesday-Friday. Please do not leave books outside at front door overnight.
Green Team Starting Soon!
TBH is proud to announce a new environmental project and formation of a Green Team.  We have been accepted to participate in the Hazon Seal of Sustainability.  This program will support our projects to improve our sustainability and decrease our environmental footprint.  The 3 initial projects are: (1) decreasing energy use; (2) recycling and composting; and (3) policies for using green cleaning.

From the Building Stewardship Committee
The TBH Building Stewardship Committee is working on creating a five year plan for taking care of our building. Do you have ideas about needed repairs or facility improvements you would like to see? If so, please share them with us!

Almost any kind of facility maintenance project can be considered for the work plan, which will be forwarded to the TBH Board for final approval. This is an ongoing process, and the plan will be updated every year. Approved projects are funded by the yearly distributions from the TBH Building Maintenance Endowment.

Some examples of projects already completed:
  • Dumpster enclosure fence
  • New security camera system
  • Replacement of the windows in the libraries 
  • Emergency roof repairs
We look forward to hearing your ideas! E-mail Gary Schneider at, or leave a note in the mail box located in the office lobby.
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.

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.
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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
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