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 website, attend a service or event, and join us!

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 website, attend a service or event, and join us!

Our Congregational Priorities

K'hilah/Mishpachah (community & family)

Nurturing our interactive, multigenerational extended family

Torah

Lifelong learning, searching for meaning, and seeking comfort and healing

Avodah

Worship and celebration through the observance of meaningful, creative, and traditional rituals

Tikkun Olam

Transforming ourselves and our world through tzedakah (fairness), social justice, and g’milut chasadim acts of loving kindness

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News

Current COVID-19 Status

Based on current case counts, we are currently in the LOW zone.
Masking is optional at all indoor services and events, as well as outdoors.
Indoor onegs are currently permitted.

Non-members must register and provide proof of vaccination to attend in-person events.

Review the complete COVID-19 protocols at templebethor.org/covid

Upcoming Events

Full calendar at templebethor.org/calendar

Recent articles from our President

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From the Union For Reform Judaism / Reform Movement

Antisemitism Finally Hits Home for Me

Antisemitism Finally Hits Home for Me jemerman September 29, 2022

In the many years (57 to be exact) that I have been in an interfaith marriage, I felt somehow removed from antisemitism. I was raised in a Roman Catholic family, and, while there were a few comments from aunts and uncles when I got engaged, it was the 1960s, and I was in love. I believed we would figure it out as we went along.

Rebuilding After the Storms of Life: An Interview with Rabbi Joseph Meszler

Rebuilding After the Storms of Life: An Interview with Rabbi Joseph Meszler jemerman September 22, 2022

We sat down with Rabbi Joseph Meszler, author of "The Sukkah in the Storm: A Sukkot Story," to discuss the ways this story teaches children about strength, resilience, community, and asking for help.

Keeping Family Close, Regardless of Distance

Keeping Family Close, Regardless of Distance jemerman September 21, 2022

As I boarded the plane to Israel in the summer of 2002 for my first year of rabbinical school at HUC in Jerusalem, my mother said, "Please, just don't meet an Israeli." As soon as the plane touched down at Ben Gurion airport, I knew that I was home. A few months later, I met that Israeli. From our first conversation, he understood that I was studying to be a rabbi, and I understood that he wanted to live only in Israel.

A Vegan Rosh HaShanah for a Sweet New Year

A Vegan Rosh HaShanah for a Sweet New Year jemerman September 14, 2022

I am vegan because I am Jewish. Everything that led me to a vegan practice came from my childhood where I kept kosher, learned by asking thoughtful questions, and practiced daily rituals like hand washing and reciting brachot that brought intention to aspects of daily life.