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Top Reconstructionist Rabbi to visit TBH

TBH is honored to welcome Rabbi Deborah Waxman, the new president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and the Jewish Reconstructionist Communities. Rabbi Waxman will be at TBH for a public conversation about the future of the Reconstructionist Movement and of the American Jewish Community. All are invited.

Monday, February 23 at 7:00 p.m.

RABBI DEBORAH WAXMAN, Ph. D., is president and the Aaron and Marjorie Ziegelman presidential professor of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She is believed to be the first woman rabbi to head a Jewish congregational union and lead a Jewish seminary. Waxman graduated cum laude from Columbia College, Columbia University, where she was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Society. She received rabbinical ordination and a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters from RRC in 1999. She studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as both an undergraduate and graduate student, and received a Horace W. Goldsmith Fellowship to support her graduate work. She earned a Ph.D. in American Jewish History from Temple University in May 2010; her dissertation was titled “Faith and Ethnicity in American Judaism: Reconstructionism as Ideology and Institution, 1935–1959.” Prior to her presidency, she staffed the organization’s board of more than 40 members and 13 committees—setting mandates and evaluating impact—and was key in the successful integration of the rabbinical college and the congregational union in June 2012. She led RRC’s academic accreditation work as well; she chaired self-study and review processes to demonstrate the College’s compliance with required standards. She believes that in the 21st century, as Jewish people choose from a vast array of spiritual, religious and cultural sources to construct their identities, Reconstructionist Judaism offers a distinctive way toward meaning and connection. She also is interested in fostering a more robust presence for all progressive religions in the public square.

Shelter Hosts Wanted

Since its beginning 25 years ago, TBH volunteers have been involved with the women’s overflow shelter. We have been hosting single women for two weeks at least once a year.  The shelter this year will have 42 beds for men IW Shelter logoand women at First Christian Church. We will not be overnight volunteers as there will now be paid staff in charge of the shelter. TBH is committed to staffing the shelter  6 p.m. to 10 p.m. November 1 – 13. Volunteers are needed to support staff, distribute hygiene supplies and linens, monitor the snack area–and to listen to and forge relationships with guests.

To volunteer or get more information, please contact either Linda Blustein (280-5511) or Elie Halpern (357-8160).

Shabbat in the Park!

This Friday we well hold Shabbat in the Park–a picnic and service by the water! Picnic begins at 5:30 p.m. at Priest Point Park, Kitchen #2. TBH will provide veggie and salmon burgers, please bring a veggie/dairy side dish if you can. At about 7 we will make our way to the water for a short Shabbat service. Please note there will not be a regular service at TBH that evening.

TBH Marches with Pride

Join TBH as we participate once again in the Capital City Pride parade. Meet at the staging area next to the Washington State Capitol Building between 10:30 and 11:00 to be ready for the 12 noon parade start. We will have flags and our rainbow chuppah!

Later that afternoon, at 5:00 p.m., TBH will host and Interfaith Pride Service featuring song and prayer from multiple faith traditions.

Theater Performance of Washington State Jewish History

Imagine hearing your grandfather’s voice for the first time in 30 years telling you what it was like to take a boat from the old country without speaking a word of English or having more than 25 cents to his name. Or maybe listening to your cousin talk about borrowing money (with no interest) to open a store. How about hearing your aunt describe baking biscochos or making matzo ball soup, just like her mother did? You can experience these moving moments during a live performance that will take you into the lives of early Jewish pioneers in the state of Washington – some of whom you may remember, others whom you will discover for the very first time.

Sunday, June 8 at 4:00 p.m.

Temple Beth Hatfiloh

Presented by Thurston First Bank

Yom Hashoah

TBH’s annual commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day will be held on Sunday, April 27. A memorial service will be held beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. Following the service will be a short film and discussion. We will be watching news repor ts and media coverage from the time immediately following the liberation of the camps, hearing initial reactions and commentary by the likes of Edward R. Murrow and others. Though difficult to watch due to their graphic nature, the footage is compelling as the first images the world saw of the Nazi atrocities.