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Director of Jewish Family Life and Learning

Caroline Metzger
Community Engagement Coordinator

Laura Schrager
Board President
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Shabbat Shalom!
Friday, November 3
7:30 p.m.     Erev Shabbat  Service

Oneg following the service hosted by Gail Pollock in memory of her mother Esther Pollock.

Saturday, November 4
9:00 a.m.      Tot Shabbat
10:30 am      Jewish with Meaning

Tot Shabbat 
Saturday, November 4
9:00 a.m.

All kids ages 0-6 and their grown ups and families are invited to celebrate Shabbat together with song, story, movement, prayer and craft! First Saturday of the month from 9:00 am to 10:00 am in the TBH Sanctuary.
Jewish with Meaning 
Saturday, November 4
10:30 a.m.

This month the Jewish With Meaning Group will explore the Torah reading Lech L'cha, and what it can help us understand about being present in our own lives. The passage below comes from a teaching by Rabbi Brian Yosef Schacter-Brooks ( www.torahofawakening.com).

"...this is the Divine call to Avram: Don't be stuck in the past! Let go of the way you experienced things yesterday, and come el ha'aretz asher arecha-to the land that I am now showing you...Reality as it's being revealed in this moment is completely unique... familiarity comes from memory, from the past. And that's a good thing; you don't want to get rid of your memories, but rather, simply recognize the truth that this is a new moment. Just like a river that seems to stay the same, but the actual flowing water is always new, so this moment is also completely fresh and new, when you allow your conditioned mind---meaning, your thinking and your judging---to subside and simply come to this moment as it is...That is the practice of Presence."
Happening This Week at TBH
Two Crucial Tikkun Olam Discussions -- Please come
Sunday, November 5
1:30 pm and 2:30 pm

Please mark your calendar and come to one or both of these conversations.

1:30 pm - I-940 with Leslie Cushman and Kathy Baros Friedt from De-Escalate Washington
In September the Board sent out a request for comments on whether or not TBH should endorse I-940, commonly referred to as De-Escalate Washington. While the majority of comments received from congregants were positive, some issues were raised. Evan Ferber has invited two leaders in the De-Escalate movement to answer congregants' questions. Please come, especially if you have concerns about the Board's decision whether or not to endorse the Initiative. Go here for information from De-Escalate Washington and here for the full text of the I-940.

2:30 pm - Providing Sanctuary with TBH Immigrant and Refugee Support Committee
The TBH Immigrant and Refugee Support Committee has been meeting since the spring with representatives from other faith communities and the Providing Sanctuary local group. They are preparing to ask the Board to endorse activities ranging from helping immigrants to doctor visits or grocery stores to providing physical sanctuary at TBH. This is a wide-ranging issue and it is critical as a community that we hear your voice.

If you would like to express your opinion and cannot make it to the meeting, feel free to send a note to the President or the office.
Jews on Wheels
Sunday, November 5
5:00 p.m.

Join TBH at Skateland! The cost is $8 per person and includes skate rental and snacks/drinks.
Senior Schmooze
Tuesday, November 7
12:00 p.m.

Don't miss out! Bring your brown bag lunch and jokes! Betty Goldstein will present a travelogue with photos of her recent travels. Dessert will be provided!
Coming Up
Shabbat Salon Returns!
Friday, November 10
6:00 pm

Join us for the first Shabbat Salon of the season! In November our guest speaker
is TBH member Gary M. Franklin, MD, MPH. He will present "Reversing the Opioid Epidemic: How to Really Abate the Emergency."

We will begin with a full Shabbat service
at 6:00 pm followed by a catered dinner and speaker in the Social Hall at 7:00 pm. You must register for the dinner only by e-mailing tbh@bethhatfiloh.org or sign up and pay for dinner on our event page! REGISTER TODAY!
FORKids Food Packing
Tuesday, November 14
3:30 pm
Thurston County Food Bank
2260 Mottman Road SW, Tumwater

Join us on the second Tuesday of
November 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 ehalpern7379@gmail.com.

On War and Peace
Sunday, November 19
10:30 am - Morning presentation
1:00 pm - Afternoon presentation

Temple Beth Hatfiloh is honored to welcome Emanuel Ben-David as our Visiting Scholar on Sunday, November 19th. A native Israeli, Emanuel has unique insights to share with us. He will speak in the morning during Beit Sefer and at its conclusion. Please join us for one or, if you can, both presentations. We hope to offer a catered lunch, with details to be arranged. You are of course welcome to bring a brown bag. Open the PDF flyer here.
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.
34th Annual Community
Interfaith Thanksgiving
Sunday, November 19
2:00 pm

Please join Interfaith Works for
sharing and friendship around the theme of living in thanksgiving every day.This event will be held at The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1601 North Street SE in Olympia. Download the PDF flyer here.
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! 
2     James Dolliver
3     Erin Syversen
5     Evan Ferber

Please let the office know your life-cycle news!
Jewish Community Relief Efforts for Puerto Rico & Mexico
The Greater Miami Jewish Federation has an easy to use web portal that promises "one hundred percent of all contributions will be directed to assist victims of the disaster relief fund(s) you designate." You can select aid to Puerto Rico / Maria or to survivors of the recent earthquake in Mexico.
CALL FOR RECIPES: Deadline extended!

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. 

If you'd rather submit your recipe in writing,  please click here to download and print our recipe template.  You can mail your recipes or drop them in the in-office mailbox across from the admin offices at TBH.
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.

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TBH Social Media
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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 . This will be the first opportunity for us all to get together since the JRF Convention in 2010 - and we're really looking forward to being together!

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
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