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Director of Jewish Family Life and Learning

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Community Engagement Coordinator

Laura Schrager
Board President
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Shabbat Shalom!
Friday, September 15
6:00 p.m. Family Shabbat Service

There will be a potluck dinner following the service.

Saturday, September 16
Mussar begins at 9:30 a.m. followed by service at 10:30 a.m.

Selichot at 7:00 p.m.
See details below!

Candlelighting: 7:03  p.m.

Shabbat Parashat Nitzavim-Vayeilech
Mussar Morning & Service
Saturday, September 16
9:30 a.m. Mussar 
10:30 a.m. Service

Mussar is the Jewish school of thought which seeks to root personal character development with right behavior in Jewish tradition and text. We meet monthly to share food and learn more about this tradition and hot it may benefit our lives. 
Saturday, September 16
7:00 p.m.

Formally begin the High Holiday season with Selichot, the traditional observance that comes the Saturday night before Rosh Hashanah. We will begin with Havdalah, marking the end of Shabbat. Then we will sing, study, meditate and craft, all in the spirit of the important spiritual work of the holidays. We will end with a short service featuring highlights of the High Holiday liturgy.
Happening This Week at TBH
TBH Cleaning and Grounds Keeping Party
Sunday, September 17
9:00 a.m.

As we spiritually prepare for the new year, let's join together as a community to physically prepare our beautiful TBH building. While we have cleaning several times a week, there are those "odd jobs" that need attention. Specifically, we need help with  deep cleaning, changing light bulbs, light "handyperson" tasks, replacing ceiling tiles and more!  Roll up your sleeves and help TBH get ready to greet the new year! Come for all or part of the cleaning party. Coffee and snacks at the start, lunch at the end!
Elul Study
Monday, September 18
6:00 p.m.

In preparation for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur this year, Sam Kates-Goldman will lead a discussion group on the place of prayer in our rituals. Together we'll look at the liturgy of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and discuss what the language we choose to use on these days of awe tells us about their meaning and purpose. We'll encounter some familiar prayers that our tradition uses often as well as some of the unique words we reserve for this time of year. While the discussions will build on each other and it is helpful to attend all three, please feel free to come to any of them. This is a great way to build intention for entering into the High Holy Days. All are welcome to join the discussion.
Coming Up
2017 / 5778 
High Holidays

Saturday, September 16, 7:00 p.m.

Erev Rosh Hashanah
Wednesday, September 20, 7:00 p.m.

Rosh Hashanah-Day 1
Thursday, September 21, 8:45 a.m.

Rosh Hashanah-Day 2
Friday, September 22, 10:45 a.m.

Shabbat Shuvah
Friday, September 22, 6:00 p.m.

Erev Yom Kippur
Friday, September 29, 6:30 p.m.

Yom Kippur
Saturday, September 30, 8:45 a.m.

TBH wishes you a happy and healthy New Year! Shanah Tovah!
SAVE THE DATE: Death and Dying Workshops Continue
Tuesday, October 3
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

We are looking forward to hearing your ideas about what further topics, discussions and venues about end of life are desired over the next year in collaboration with the local Chevra Kadisha and Temple Beth Hatfiloh communities.
We will also provide information about an innovative national project we are involved with this year: The Kavod Conversation.
If you have any questions, please contact Hilarie Hauptman at  360-464-7984 or  hilariehauptman@gmail.com.
We look forward to seeing you!
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.
Faith Action Network's Olympia Cluster Gathering
Sunday, September 24
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
St. Benedict's Episcopal Church
910 Bowker St. SE, Lacey, WA

The Olympia Cluster will meet to discuss advocacy in our faith communities, hear about FAN's work, and build relationships for future endeavors! RSVP at fanwa.org.
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! 
17    Laura Schrager
19    Blaine Snow

Please let the office know your life-cycle news!
Policy Priorities Survey from Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle
Don't miss out on this chance to make your voice heard! Each year, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle advocates in Olympia on behalf of both our partner agencies as well as broader Jewish community concerns. Please take a few minutes (about 5) to complete this year;s Policy Priorities survey. Your answers will be critical in prioritizing the Federation's work in the 2018 legislative session and will ensure your voice is heard in the halls of our state's Capitol. 
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 RRC: 
"An Unforgettable Shabbaton With Long-Lasting Impact"

Bryan Schwartzman with the  RRC/Jewish Reconstructionist Communities published a wonderful article on the May Shabbaton at Camp Solomon Schechter.  Read the full article on the RRC website.
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.
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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