Tikkun Olam at Temple Beth Am

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Mary’s Place Families at RUMC June 11-18 – Help needed

Ravenna United Methodist Church has graciously agreed to host Mary’s Place Families an extra week when they had nowhere else to go. This small congregation right around the corner really needs our help! If you are a trained Mary’s Place Volunteer  available to stay with families in the evening or overnight or bring dinner, please contact tamara@weinbail.com or alyson@marysplaceseattle.org.


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Oppose Washington State Senate Bill 5905

Many TBA members work for the state of Washington. Many MORE TBA members depend on the work done by Washington state employees like teachers and nurses. Please read this information and make a phone call or email on behalf of our friends who work part time for the state.

Please call your State Senator to oppose Washington State Senate Bill 5905.

Provisions of SB 5095:
1) State employees’ health insurance coverage would be cut by eliminating coverage for state employees who work fewer than 30 hours per week. These employees would then need to purchase insurance on the state health care exchange.

2) State workers who must purchase on the exchange would see:

  • monthly premium cost as much as TRIPLE
  • elimination of dental and vision benefit
  • more out of pocket expenses for deductibles, co-pays and co-insurance

The Senate passed this bill on the outrageous assumption that it would save $90 million by eliminating state health coverage for part time state employees. These savings would come directly out of the pockets of state employees.

Please contact your legislators and tell them that SB 5905 is unfair and immoral. Call your Senator or Representative at (800) 562 6000 or email to first name.last name@leg.wa.gov

Thank you from the TBA Health Care For All Committee!


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Caring Across Generations Lobby Day March 28 in Olympia

Members of Temple Beth Am will join with others in Olympia on March 28 for Caring Across Generations Lobby Day, 10-3:30 in the Columbia Room in the Capital Building.

Caring Across Generations is a national movement to respond to the growing need for quality home care for aging baby boomers as well as increasing numbers of disabled persons opting to live at home.  It supports programs and policies to better meet the financial needs of seniors and others through a long-term care benefit and other strategies and promotes quality home care through career training, immigration reform and fair pay and health benefits for home care workers.

Contact Tom Buchanan clrtom@earthlink.net or Dina Burstein dinaburstein@gmail.com for more information about registering for CAG Lobby Day.


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Rabbi for Human Rights in Seattle March 8-10

Rabbi Arik Ascherman will be visiting Seattle this weekend to spread the message about the organization that he co-founded in Israel,  Rabbi for Human Rights.  Rabbi Ascherman has visited Temple Beth Am a number of times over the past 15 years.  The NW Committee to Welcome Rabbi Arik invites you to a Fund Raiser Luncheon on March 8th, noon to 1:30 at Suite 6100 at the Columbia Tower.  Rabbi Ascherman will update about the work of RHR to support human rights of Israelis and Palestinians in Israel. There will be time for questions.  Contact Tom Buchanan if you are interested in attending at clrtom@earthlink.net.

Rabbi Ascherman will also speak at Rock the Shabbat service at Temple DeHirsch Sinai, 6pm, March 8 and will be co-leading Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan at 9:15 AM at Temple Beth Am on Saturday, March 9.

Rabbi Arik  has always been a voice with feet on the ground, encompassing many camps whether it be  Israeli/Palestinian, Bedouin/Druze, Israelis in need of homes.  His presentations are always hopeful and  inspiring.