Wednesday, January 2, 2019    |    25 Tevet 5779


Shabbat Choir Service
Friday, January 4, 7:30 pm

There will be an oneg following the service hosted by Cindy Levy in memory of her mother Suzanne Haiby.

Candle lighting: 4:18 pm

Weekly Torah Readings
Parashat Vaera
Exodus 6:2 - 9:35
Ezekiel 28:25 - 29:21

Shabbat Morning
Saturday, January 5

Tot Shabbat, 9:00 am

All kids ages 0-6 and their grown ups and families are invited to celebrate Shabbat together with song, story, movement, prayer and craft! Join us the first Saturday of every month.

Jewish with Meaning, 10:30 am
Guest host Elza will lead our discussion this month on how we can
sanctify life through the mark of the
righteous, tzedakah. We will gather together for brunch and take a tour of RAMBAM's elegant summery of hilchot tzedakah with a mind towards bringing this teaching to life and lifting up our community. Please bring something for the potluck brunch if you are able. All are welcome!




Livestreaming Services!
The first Friday of each month we
are livestreaming our Erev Shabbat
services with the choir!

Visit the TBH Facebook page ​​​​​​​ (no account required to view the video) to watch the service at 7:30 pm this Friday, and click the "Videos" option on the left.


Registration IS OPEN: Sign up for our Torah Reading Class with Rabbi Marna Sapsowitz!
Class begins January 6, 2019
10:30 am (8-10 sessions)

Have you always wanted to learn to chant from the Torah? Here's your chance! Rabbi Marna Sapsowitz will be teaching and Adult Torah Reading class at TBH on Sunday mornings from 10:30 am to noon beginning on Sunday, January 6th.

The cost will be $40 for TBH members, $60 for non-members. The class will run for 8 to 10 sessions. There is one pre-requisite for participants to have a phonetic reading knowledge of Hebrew. That gives you the month of December to brush up on your Hebrew reading skills!

Questions? Contact Rabbi Marna at mhsapsowitz@yahoo.com or (360) 352-5945. To register and pay online, visit our website.



Senior Schmooze
Tuesday, January 8, 12:00 pm
Note the change of date for this month! Due to the Secular New Year holiday, the office will be closed on Tuesday, January 1st.

Don't miss out! Bring your brown bag lunch and jokes. This month dessert will be provided by Bernie and Pamela. Joan Wirth will speak on the topic of Jewish voting patterns.



FORKids Food Packing
Tuesday, January 8, 3:30 pm

Thurston County Food Bank
2260 Mottman Road SW, Tumwater

Join us on the second Tuesday of January 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.



Safety Team Meeting
Tuesday, January 8, 7:00 pm

We are having our first meeting of 2019 and have a full agenda of important safety topics for TBH. We welcome new volunteers! Questions? Call or text Marcia at (206) 353-7255 or Howard at (206) 229-0495 or howardbigbear@gmail.com.




Registration is open for our January Shabbat Salon
Friday, January11, 6:00 pm

This month we welcome Alicia Jo Rabins, an award-winning poet and musician from Portland, OR. We 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. Register for the dinner by Wednesday the 9th at 5:00 pm by contacting tbh@bethhatfiloh.org or sign up on our event page!



Shabbat Shirah Kumsitz & Seudat Shlishi
Saturday, January 19, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The TBH choir, Kol Neshama, invites you to the 4th annual Shabbat Shirah kumsitz! The day marks Shabbat Shirah, the Sabbath of Song, when we read Parshat Beshalach (Exodus 13:17-17:16), the Torah portion that includes the Song at the Sea. A kumsitz (from the Yiddish “come sit”) describes gathering together to sing and socialize, either on the floor, in chairs, or around a campfire. Download the PDF flyer for more information.



Registration is open for the Earth/Assiyah: Embodying the Tree of Life Workshop
Saturday, January 26, 2:00 pm

Join Kohanot Nomy Lamm and Rebekah Erev in an ongoing series to cultivate a relationship with the elements through a Jewish lens. In this workshop we will explore the roots of Judaism through embodying the archetypes of trees in Jewish teachings. We’ll pay reverence to the sacred tree of life explored in the Kabbalah, relate to the physical body of the Torah made of animal skin and plant matter, and create art that explores our commitment to taking care of the earth and trees we love. We’ll sing, pray, eat, tend our bodies and plant seeds. No Hebrew or Singing Experience required. Beginners welcome. Learn more and find out how to register on our website.





Shirley Hacken
Ellen Hecker Whitting
Henry Matis
Patricia Marie Greene
Goldie M. Reiner
John Victor Kaydus
Janet Halpern
Rachel Kogan
Morton Saul Poplack
Suzanne I. Haiby
Eunice Greenberg
Jacob Goldberg
Edward M. Reiner
Philip Frank
Herb Kadden
Bill Stockwell
George Bamberger
Irving Hanig
Coleman Gershuny
Mark Kogan
Ralf Herman
Sophie Scheier
Annita Barnett
Harold Joseph Atkin

Happy Birthday!

3   Matt Kennelly
3   Phyllis Neff
4   Lydia Beth Leimbach
4   Mark Bean
7   Zoe Curlee-Strauss




Office Hours
Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Want to sponsor an oneg after Shabbat services?
We are looking for oneg hosts. Please contact tbh@bethhatfiloh.org or call (360) 754-8519.


Note: These events are not officially sponsored or endorsed by TBH, but they are listed as they have Jewish content and may be of interest to our community.


Olympia Sisterhood
Tuesday, January 8, 1:30 pm

Join us for our monthly Sisterhood gathering at TBH. The topic for discussion is "Biblical Characters." Who is your favorite? Admired? Disliked? For inquiries about our group, please contact Myra Paull at (253) 666-3242.



2018-2019 Policy Priorities Survey Results

The results of the most recent survey, completed by 400 community members, are available online. Click here to read the summary!



A concrete way to help Congregation Dor Hadash

The Tree of Life community was unable to recover many of its prayer books and chumashim. Reconstructing Judaism is sending copies of Kol Haneshamah: Prayerbook for Shabbat and the Festivals (Shabbat Vehagim) and Kol Haneshamah: Prayers for a House of Mourning (Tefilot Leveyt Ha’evel). Please consider making a donation to help rebuild Dor Hadash’s prayer resources. A gift of $36 will cover the cost and shipping of one copy of Shabbat and the Festivals. A gift of $18 will cover one copy of Prayers for a House of Mourning.



2019 Need-Based Camp Scholarship Application Is Live!

The Federation’s need-based camp scholarships program helps Washington State families with the cost of Jewish overnight camp tuition. By providing you with a variety of funding options, our goal is to ensure that you receive the assistance you need so that your child/children can participate in a Jewish overnight camp experience.
More information and the online application can be found here.







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