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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 cshelan@comcast.net.
Shabbat Shalom!
Friday, July 7
7:30 p.m. Erev Shabbat Service

An Oneg will follow the service, hosted by friends and family of Gabrielle Sacks.

Saturday, July 8
10:00 am    Shabbat Service & Bat Mitzvah of Gabby Sacks
3:30 p.m.    Torah Study

Candlelighting: 8:49  p.m.

Shabbat Parashat Balak
Haftarah: Micah 5:6 - 6:8
Bat Mitzvah of Gabrielle Sacks
Saturday, July 8 
10:00 am 

All are welcome as Gabrielle (Gabby) Maya Sacks, daughter of Stephanie Hoffman and Joel Sacks, is called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah. Gabby just completed the 7th grade at NOVA middle school. Her favorite subjects are math and history. She also enjoys doing gymnastics and playing soccer and volleyball when she is not on crutches (which she has been a lot this year). Gabby is an avid sports fan and passionatly follows the Seahawks, the Sounders, the Reign, and many NCAA gymnastics teams. When she is not participating in or cheering on sports teams, she enjoys spending time with friends, talking to her family, traveling, and finding ways to both harass and love her younger sister Sammy. She is excited to celebrate her bat mitzvah with family and friends coming from California, Connecticut, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.
Torah Study
Saturday, July 8
3:30 p.m.

Our monthly Shabbat morning Torah study, where we read and discuss. We are reading the Torah in order, from the beginning.All are invited. No experience is necessary! Note the slightly later start time due to B'nai Mitzvah.
Happening This Week at TBH
Stars of David Softball Schedule

July 10: 8:25 pm in Yauger #3 and 9:30 in Yauger #2
July 17: Times TBD
July 17: Playoffs, Times TBD

You can also download a PDF of the game schedule here!

Please contact Jocelyn Brown with questions at jocbrown3@gmail.com.
TBH Cookbook Meeting
Sunday, July 9
10:00 a.m.

The TBH Cookbook Project is a fundraising project to producing a cookbook for purchase by September 2017. All proceeds will go to Temple Beth Hatfiloh. We are looking for volunteers! If you have the interest, energy, and time please join us!
Star of David Dedication
Sunday, July 9
3:00 p.m.

Star of David, Before Restoration

Earlier this year TBH regained possession of the historic stained glass Star of David that adorned our original 1938 building, after the new owners needed to remove it. It was in poor condition with weathered wood and broken glass, and after a matching donation and on-line fundraising campaign, we were able to completely restore the window. The newly restored Star will be installed in the foyer of our current building and dedicated in memory of Ben Bean. All are invited to a short rededication ceremony, followed by light refreshments.
Senior Schmooze
Tuesday, July 11
12:00 p.m.

This month Caroline will demonstrate a live preview of ShulCloud, TBH's new member software. Put on your tech hat and bring your lunch!
Registration is Open
Camp Ruach Shoveva
Monday, July 31-Friday, August 4

It's time to register for camp! Camp Ruach Shoveva will be meeting for one week, July 31-August 4. Camp is open to kids going 1st-5th grade and meets at TBH from 9 am to 3 pm. Campers spend a week exploring Jewish art, theater, cooking and relationship building. For registration materials and/or questions, contact Catherine.  Print and fill out the PDF registration form.
Coming Up
Summer Grounds Work Parties
Sunday, July 16
9:00 a.m.

Join Catherine from 9 am to noon to help coordinate grounds cleanup and maintenance. Bring your own gloves and small gardening tools if you have them. We'll have supplies here, too. Many hands make light work! Join us for all or any part of the morning. Thank you for helping to keep our grounds looking nice! Upcoming Summer Grounds Work Parties are August 6 and August 27.
ShulCloud Training
Tuesday, July 18
6:30 p.m.

Please join Caroline for a live demostration of ShulCloud, TBH's new member software. Learn what the software offers and how it benefits you and TBH!
TBH for Immigrant & Refugee Support
Tuesday, July 18
7:00 p.m.

Immigrants and their advocates from Olympia will share their stories on July 18, from 7 -9, at TBH. Please plan to come.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: To learn more about TBH for Immigrant and Refugee Support, contact Beth Halpern, Robert Perez-Rosales, or Cathy Wasserman. Strengthening Sanctuary, an umbrella group and clearinghouse for many projects that support Olympia as a sanctuary city, meets at St. John's Episcopal Church every other Monday at 6, or 5:30 for newcomers. The next meeting is June 19. Volunteers also are needed for the many programs at Cielo, a non-profit that helps new immigrants.
WEEKLY EVENT:  Make Your Voice Heard
Every Wednesday
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

The weekly meeting will resume on June 21. 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
Note: These events are not officially sponsored or endorsed by TBH, but are listed as they may be of interest to our community.
Thurston Gun Sense
Tuesday, September 19
6:30 p.m.

Since helping promote Initiative 1491, our work has been focused on safety involving firearms and building community. Data from 2015 showed that Thurston County has a higher suicide rate involving firearms (84 percent) than the statewide figure of 80 percent. We can change those figures by making homes safe, training on suicide prevention and building community.   Here are some highlights of our efforts:
  • Partnered with other agencies to distribute free gun locks at various locations including Cabela's
  • Lobbied and met with legislators to promote passage of responsible laws involving firearms
  • Screened the film Under the Gun and brought guest speakers to our community
  • Promoted Mental Health First Aid USA with a focus on youth  
Watch for us at Lakefair in the parking lot of The Unity Church of Olympia and also at Fall Arts Walk in front of De Colores Bookstore. Free cable locks for guns will be distributed at both events. 

Our next general meeting is September 19, 6:30 to 8 pm at The Unity Church of Olympia. All are welcome. For additional information or to get involved contact Laura Hurtado-Webb laurahw@earthlink.net.
From the Jewish Movement for Social Change:  10 Months of Teaching and Volunteering with Israeli Jewish and Arab Youth

This program is available to young North American adults, ages 21 - 30. It's a 10-month-long fellowship, in which young adults teach in Israel and receive a small monthly stipend. Participants pay $1000 and in return receive: free airfare, housing, Ulpan (Hebrew language immersion classes), and amenities. While they're in Israel in this program, they receive a stipend, which is about $650/month for participants who serve as teaching assistants, and about $1,430/month for participants who are certified teachers and are assigned a full teaching role.

Learn more about this program at
BINA's teaching fellowship focuses on coexistence and diversity within Israeli society. To speak directly with someone from BINA about this program, please contact Elliot Glassenberg at  elliot@bina.org.il or at (847) 920-8641.
Around the Congregation
Happy Birthday! 
  7   Susan Finkel
10   Sheri Gerson
12   Edie Bean

Please let the office know your life-cycle news!
Do you have a 'go to' recipe that has a 'wow' factor that often garners praise from family and friends? We are looking for kosher & kosher for Passover entree and side-dish recipes; baking recipes; appetizers; desserts; vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and drink recipes. Send your recipe to:  
with a subject line description of: RECIPE.

We are asking for recipes submissions by July 31. If you'd rather submit your recipe in writing, please click here to download and print our recipe template. You can mail your receipes or drop them in the in-office mailbox across from the admin offices at TBH.
The TBH Cookbook Project is an ad hoc committee with a goal of producing a cookbook for purchase by September 10, 2017. All proceeds will go to Temple Beth Hatfiloh. We are looking for volunteers for the following positions:  
  • Recipe down-select
  • Deciding cookbook design & layout
  • Selecting a cookbook production vendor
  • Cookbook marketing
  • Photographer/Interviewer
  • Data entry
  • Trial kitchen participants (Taste Test!)
Please send an e-mail telling us which area you are most interested in volunteering for to:
with a subject line description of: COMMITTEE.
Have some photos from TBH events?  Please share them with us! E-mail them to the office at tbh@bethhtafiloh.org. We may use them in the Short Schrift and/or the website. Thanks!
From the Office
The TBH office hours are Tuesday through Friday 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. 

We are looking for volunteers for grounds keeping, laundry and general office work.

Want to sponsor an oneg after Erev Shabbat services? Contact Caroline in the TBH office.

TBH collects ink cartridges and CFLs for recycling and disposal. Bring them to the TBH Office.

You can donate 1% of your purchases from Ralph's or Bayview to TBH by linking your Thrift-e card to TBH. Call  (360) 596-0110 to sign up for the Community Rebate Program.
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Reconstructionism Today
Be sure to check out this new publication from the Jewish Reconstructionist Communities!

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.

For Chaverim
Follow this link to the Chaverim section of the website, with most recent Board reports, agendas, directories and more. 

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