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4th Annual Light the Night: A GLBTQ Hanukkah-December 11th

Hi everyone, I hope you had a good Thanksgiving and are still smiling because of our R74 victory.  Kolenu, Seattle’s Jewish LGBTQ Young Adult group(http://kolenuseattle.blogspot.com) hosts a Hanukkah party every year where they honor LGBTQ leaders in our community.  This year, the event will focus on the effort to achieve marriage equality in Washington State.  I want to encourage everyone to come and also to invite your friends, congregation, and organizational members to come also.  The event is open to the public.  There will be a program where we will honor individuals and communities.  Please come and please spread the word!  See below for more details.
Kolenu invites you to their 4th Annual Light the Night: A GLBTQ Hanukkah
Enjoy tasty latkes, colorful dreidels, music and a beautiful candle lighting symbolizing both the miracle of Hanukkah and the idea that great leadership and community action will prevail against oppression.
This year, we are fortunate to celebrate a new “miracle” in our time: marriage equality in Washington State. In this spirit, we will be honoring community leaders who were active in Referendum 74.
FREE and open to the community. Allies, friends and family welcome. Due to the location, this is a 21+ event.
This event is made possible through the generous support of Jconnect Seattle, The Lobby Bar, Three Dollar Bill Cinema, Jewish Family Service, and The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle.
What:                                     4th Annual Light the Night: A GLBTQ Hanukkah
Where:                                   The Lobby Bar (916 E. Pike Street, Seattle, Washington 98122)
When:                                    December 11, 2012 6-8 pm
Facebook Event:                  https://www.facebook.com/events/483533345003014/

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Questions About Same Sex Marriage in Washington?

Marriage for lesbian and gay couples is legal! What’s next? Legal Voice (www.legalvoice.org) created a memo, Questions and Answers: Marriage for Same-Sex Couples in Washington, to answer many frequently asked questions regarding marriage in Washington. Take a look:


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TBA Joins in Greenwood/Phinney Faith March to Approve R. 74

On Sunday, over 250 faith leaders and church goers marched more than a mile through the Greenwood and Phinney Ridge neighborhoods of Seattle in support of Referendum 74. The all-ages crowd waved signs and carried banners as passing motorists waved and honked in support of the right of marriage for all.

The march was organized by Broadview United Church of Christ, St. John United Lutheran Church, St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, and Woodland Park United Methodist Church.
Dozens of people spontaneously joined in as the marchers walked from Woodland Park UMC down Greenwood and Phinney avenues to St. John United Lutheran across from Woodland Park Zoo.

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Help Secure Marriage Rights for Same Sex Couples

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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Opportunities to Attend Candidate Forums



This is a really important election year for the state.  Please take a look at the list of candidate forum locations and consider attending one that’s either close to you geographically or will include the candidates of your district.  This is an excellent opportunity to listen to those running for state legislative office to determine if they actually represent your views on what’s needed for our most needy neighbors.    The forum format has been developed by the Housing Development Consortium, Seattle King County Coalition on Homelessness, Building Changes, and the Committee to End Homelessness in King County.

Sally Kinney


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Remembering Those We’ve Lost by Lisa Gustaveson

Posted with permission by the author, Lisa Gustaveson

Almost 18 years ago I lost my mother to cancer. As might be expected, walking with her through the highs and lows of her 7 year battle had a significant impact on my life… impacts I’m sure I’ve yet to discover. When we lose someone we are forever changed – and often the loss brings us closer to each other. Continue reading

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Marriage Equality on the Ballot this November

While we anticipated this day was coming, it is now official: marriage equality for loving, gay and lesbian couples will be on the ballot in November.

Temple Beth Am, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, and twenty-five other Jewish organizations including the Anti-Defamation League, Jewish Family Service, Union for Reform Judaism, Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center and the National Council of Jewish Women, support Washington United for Marriage and the campaign to defend the marriage equality law in Washington State. We support marriage equality as a matter of basic religious liberty. Clergy should be free to decide for themselves what couples they choose to marry. Continue reading