Jewish Journey

For any questions about TBT’s Adult Education and Cultural Arts program, to volunteer or to provide suggestions for programs, contact Jayne Carlin at [email protected] or any of the committee members listed below.

Kickstart the New Year by Creating Your Own Jewish Journey

TBT promotes varied pathways to grow through Reform Jewish values and practices. Customize your pathway to learn and grow Jewishly.  During the next year, TBT will offer numerous study, spirituality and social action opportunities. You select what is meaningful to you and develop your own path. Study something you've always wanted to know more about - culture history, language, literature, anything! Add to your life spiritually - learn a prayer, attend Shabbat and holiday services or incorporate a ritual into your life. Select some way of giving back to the world.  We provide ideas and you select your path. We celebrate in the spring. Contact Jayne at [email protected] or Debra Siroka at [email protected] for additional information and to be added to the email group to periodically let you know of study, spirituality and social action opportunities.

TBT Jewish Journey spans the spectrum of Jewish practice and is for people from any background who want to expand their Jewish knowledge and Jewish practice. This is a unique year-long adult engagement program that encourages an experimental approach to learn and grow Jewishly. Customize your path in three areas—learning, worship/ritual and social action. You select what is meaningful to you and develop your own goals.  

Document Your Progress/Success

You choose how to show your accomplishments. Be as creative as you want.

  • Document your goals and how you met them.
  • Develop a YouTube video.
  • Take a selfie showing your success.

TBT offers numerous study, prayer/ritual and social action opportunities.  Below is a sampling of different offerings that fall under each of the three categories. Feel free to choose from these, come up with your own, and look for additional opportunities in the spring. Then celebrate with us at Shabbat services on Friday, May 12! 

1) Learning/Torah:

The Torah is Judaism’s central document; it is a blueprint for our people, a guide for how to live Jewish lives. Torah also refers to Jewish learning of any kind.

  • Hebrew for adults: beginning and intermediate classes start October 16.
  • Torah Study: Saturdays, 9-10 AM.
  • Jewish History Chavurah, Lilith Salon or TBT’s Totally Book Café.
  • Taste of Judaism: Sundays, 10-11 AM: Oct. 30, Nov 6, 13, 20.
  • Living Beyond Terrorism: Tuesday, October 18, 6:30 -8:30 PM.
  • How to Find Your Jewish Roots: Sunday, November 6, 10-11:30 AM.
  • Got Questions about Judaism? Sunday, December 4, 10-11:30 AM.
  • Choose a specific area of Jewish study and learn more about it.

2) Worship/Avodah:

Jewish living finds expression in our Shabbat and holy day celebrations and observances.

  • Join us for S’lichot Service: September 24, 7:30 PM.
  • Attend High Holy Day observance and holiday celebrations.
  • Attend Shabbat services on a regular basis.
  • Learn a new prayer or prayers.
  • Learn to read the Torah or how to chant trope.
  • Read about a specific Jewish theologian or theological trend.
  • Explore our interfaith community.
  • Host a Shabbat dinner.
  • Join the TBT choir.

3) Social Action/G’milut Chasadim: Tradition teaches that there are 613 mitzvot categorized as social and ethical laws. Participating in mitzvot helps us to make the world a better place.

  • Attend Biomedical Ethics: Saturday, September 10, 4:30-6:30 PM.
  • Participate in the Social Action Community Learning Event: Saturday, October 29, 4:30-6:30 PM.
  • Volunteer in our Mitzvah Garden or at a food bank, participate in a blood or voter registration drive, help at one of our interfaith building projects, etc.
  • Join the Social Action Committee.
  • Donate time or goods to a charity of your choice.
  • Vote!
  • Turn your passion into action—pick an issue that you care about and get involved.
  • Check out the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism website ( for information on pressing social issues.
  • Volunteer with one of the Sha’arei Tikvah programs.
  • Volunteer for TBT’s Mitzvah Corps to help your fellow congregants.
  • Participate in Advocacy Day in Olympia.