Tikkun Olam at Temple Beth Am

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Help Secure Marriage Rights for Same Sex Couples

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We’re coming into the final stretch of our effort to secure marriage rights for same-sex couples.  Referendum 74 will appear on the November ballot, and asks voters to approve legislation passed by the Washington State Legislature and signed by the governor authorizing same-sex marriage.

Approval of Ref. 74 is not assured, so your efforts are very important.

Following is a list of some things you can do:

First of all, and most importantly, VOTE to Approve Referendum 74.  If you haven’t registered yet, go register.  Registration deadlines are Oct. 6 for mail-in registrations, and Oct. 8 for online registration.  You can register here.

Second, pick up a green information card in the Temple foyer.

Third, participate in a phone bank.  Temple Beth Am is hosting the “North End” phone bank every Wednesday and Thursday (after Yom Kippur, Sept. 26) from 5:30 to 8:30pm.  You need not be a TBA member (or even Jewish) to join in.  Volunteers will get training… and dinner.  Remember to bring your cell phone, and if possible, a laptop or tablet.  For more information, contact Diane Baer (drbaer11@hotmail.com) or Shelly Cohen (shellyfcohen@gmail.com).

Fourth, ‘pray with your legs’ on Sunday, Sept. 30, 12:30pm at Woodland Park United Methodist Church at N. 78th and Greenwood N.  Join people of faith from the Phinneywood neighborhood and beyond to demonstrate faith community support for marriage equality.

Fifth, check out Equal Vows:  Same-sex Ketubot in Washington State.”  It is the first art exhibit nationwide of same-sex ketubot (decorated marriage contracts) and features several Beth Am artists and couples.  It will take place at the Linda Hodges Gallery at 316 First Ave. S. (in Pioneer Square) on Thursday, Oct. 4, from 5 to 8pm.  For more information, contact David Jacobson (david.jacobson@earthlink.net) or check out the event’s Facebook page.


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