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Welcome to Temple Beth Or!

Our warm, compassionate, vibrant, spirited, inclusive, and participatory Reform Jewish community is religiously and geographically diverse, serving Washington’s northern Puget Sound. Browse our Web site, attend a service or event, and join us!

What's Going On

  • Please join us as we honor and formally install Rabbi Rachel Kort at our Friday Night Shabbat Service on February 22, at 7:30pm. Rabbi David Fine will give the installation blessing. We will also install our 2019 Governing Board and welcome all of our new members. A festive Oneg will follow.
  • A chance to bring Temple Beth Or members, friends, and family together through meals, learning, and experiences, and at the same time raise funds for TBO!

    Welcome to our newest (and vital) TBO fund-raiser!  We are gathering donations of dining events (Booked for Dinner style), learning sessions (TBO-U style) and unique experiences.  Click here a more detailed description and to donate an event!

  • Temple Beth Or members have now been mailed the January and February 2019 issues of “The ORacle” newsletter. We stopped publishing this printed newsletter several years ago, but have resurrected it as another way to communicate with our members. Back issues are also available online here. Please contact us to let us know what you think, provide comments, or request to be on the mailing list.

  • Attention fine citizens of Shushanish County and beyond: We’ve got big news and we cannot lie! Temple Beth Or is excited to announce that the Purimspiel will be back in 2019! That’s right, we’ve been working on a whole new script and it smells like Purim spirit with some of your favorite songs from the mighty 1990s. This time around, we’ll be celebrating Esther’s heroics and Haman’s demise on the night of Saturday, March 23, at 7pm as well as a special Sunday performance as part of Religious School on March 24, at 1pm; both performances are in our very own sanctuary. And just like the 80s ‘Spiel from two years ago, kids will be encouraged to participate in the fun! Contact us at office@templebethor.org for more information.


    Join other Next Chapter members as we experience Jeffrey Gibson’s national exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum on April 28 at 2:45 pm. A docent will provide insight into the artist and his work. Jeffrey Gibson’s Like a Hammer is a major museum exhibition presenting a significant selection of this contemporary artist’s exuberant artwork created since 2011.

    If you are a SAM member there is no cost. If you are not a member the admission fee is $21 for adults or $19 for seniors. We need a final headcount by April 20. Please send a check to Temple Beth Or, payable to  to Julie Mackoff. If you are a SAM member, please send your name and membership number (on the back of your card) to Julie.

    An early dinner will follow at Chiang’s Gourmet, 7845 Lake City Way NE. More details about the dinner to follow.
    Carpooling information will be provided at a later date.

    If you have any questions, please contact Julie Mackoff.

  • Even though snow covers the Cascades, it is not too early to enroll in Summer Camp. Camp Kalsman, located in Arlington, is the URJ’s newest camp, and commonly fills by the end of March. Check it out, as well as many other exciting Jewish summertime opportunities. Temple Beth Or has a limited amount of ‘Campership’ funds to help families afford camp. The deadline for applying for these funds is February 28.

  • Did you know that Temple Beth Or and the Union for Reform Judaism are now offering an email subscription to ‘Ten Minutes of Torah‘?

    The ‘Ten Minutes of Torah‘ page lists the most recent short and pithy email posts on ‘Reform Voices of Torah’, ‘Celebrating Jewish Arts & Culture’, ‘Pursuing Social Justice’, ‘Israel Connections’, ‘Reform Life, Jewish Life’, and ‘The Rhythm of Jewish Time’.

    From there, select, “Sign up for Ten Minutes of Torah“, where you can subscribe to each of these newsletters, which will then be delivered weekly to your email mailbox. Don’t forget to indicate that you are a member of Temple Beth Or, to receive the co-branded TBO/URJ versions of these newsletters.

  • Check our our new Volunteer Forum, where you can recognize Temple Beth Or volunteers, and view current volunteer opportunities. Right now, we are featuring our recently-retired Calendar Coordinators, and looking for volunteer(s) to post events on our online calendars.

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Upcoming Events

  1. Sun 24

    Religious School & TBO Tots

    Temple Beth Or Religious and Hebrew
    Feb 24 @ 9:45 am - 2:00 pm
  2. Sun 24

    Purimspiel Rehearsal

    Purimspiel Cast Rehearsal. Contact Dan Paquette
    Feb 24 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  3. Mon 25

    Religious School PTSA Meeting

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    Feb 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  4. Tue 26

    Purimspiel Rehearsal

    Purimspiel Cast Rehearsal. Contact Dan Paquette
    Feb 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  5. Fri 01

    Friday Evening Family Shabbat Services (7 PM)

    Our very own Nathaniel Balk will
    Mar 01 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  6. Sun 03

    Religious School (No TBO Tots)

    Temple Beth Or Religious and Hebrew
    Mar 03 @ 9:45 am - 2:00 pm
  7. Sun 03

    TBO Governing Board Meeting

    Governing Board Meeting. Contact Vicky Romero
    Mar 03 @ 10:15 am - 12:15 pm
  8. Sun 03

    Purimspiel Rehearsal

    Purimspiel Cast Rehearsal. Contact Dan Paquette
    Mar 03 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm