TBH wishes you a Happy Simchat Torah!
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 | 21 Tishrei  5778  | bethhatfiloh.org
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Shabbat Shalom!
Friday, October 13
6:00 p.m.     Erev Shabbat Service

No oneg following the service.

Saturday, October 14
10:00 a.m.    Torah Study

Torah Study
Saturday, October 14
10:00 am

Prayer and study are equally holy activities; and we will do both. We'll share a snack and study the Torah together. All are invited. No experience is necessary!
Happening This Week at TBH
Simchat Torah
Thursday, October 12
6:00 p.m.
Simchat Torah is the celebration when we mark the completion of the annual Torah reading cycle. We end the reading and begin again! It's a time for dancing and singing and we will unroll the entire scroll. (An amazing sight if you have never seen it.) We also use this opportunity to honor our new Beit Sefer students, and all of our kids who will celebrate their bar or bat mitzvah in the coming year.
Book Club
Tuesday, October 17
7:00 p.m.

This searing short novel by David Grossman is about the life of a standup comic as revealed in the performance of one evening. Some of his darkest moments and traumatic memories from childhood are divulged.  Download the full book club schedule here (PDF).
Coming Up
Advancing in Hebrew
Tuesday, October 24
7:00 pm

This seminar-type gathering will work on advancing Hebrew knowledge, including grammar and roots. Held on the 4th Tuesday of the month.
On War and Peace
Sunday, November 5
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 5th. 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.
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.
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.
A Painful Hope - A Palestinian Activist and Jewish Settler in Dialogue
Sunday October 22nd
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Purce Hall, Lecture Hall 1 at
The Evergreen State

Antwan Saca, a Palestinian activist, and Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger, an Israeli settler who has become an advocate for coexistence, speak on behalf of Judur/Shorashim/Roots, a Palestine-Israeli grassroots initiative fostering dialogue, understanding, non-violence and transformation. Built on the conviction that human understanding and trust will be prerequisites for lasting peace, their organization fosters deep conversations between Palestinians and Israelis living in the West Bank. Come and be part of the dialogue!

Note: Rabbi Seth knows Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger through Rabbis Without Borders, and had the opportunity to visit the Roots center in the West Bank two years ago.
L-E-V - OCD Love
Tuesday, November 14
7:30 p.m.
The Moore Theatre in Seattle

L-E-V DANCE COMPANY is proud to present a new L-E-V creation, "OCD Love." The creation is about love, love that always misses, or lovers who keep missing each other. Out of sync. Like one person comes to bed and the other gets up. Like something that is full and intact, but has many holes in it. This work is about the holes. Once again, the dancers are dancing to the pulsating beats created by Ori Lichtik. For information and tickets click here to visit the website.
Around the Congregation
Happy Birthday! 
12   Susan Alexander
15   Paul Parker
17   Laura Chartoff

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
TBH Administrative Offices will be closed on Thursday, October 12 in celebration of Simchat Torah.

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
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
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