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Shana Tova! It's almost the year 5778, and Congregation Beth Israel has many events and services coming up.
Read a new year's message from Rabbi Samuels, and download the service schedule on our High Holy Days page.

As the full magnitude of the devastation created by Hurricane Harvey becomes clear, the Union for Reform Judaism is mobilizing to provide support to our member congregations, to our community, and to the broader community of those impacted by this powerful storm.

Read more about the effects of Hurricane Harvey, and how you can help, here: Updates on hurricane relief

Talk on Holocaust denial

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017

Performing Arts Center, Western Washington University

deborah lipstadt photoThe Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity, with generous support from the Western Foundation, is hosting Historian Dr. Deborah Lipstadt on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. on the main stage of the the Performing Arts Center at Western Washington University in Bellingham.  

Dr. Lipstadt's talk "History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Irving" is free and open to the public; tickets, however, are required and are already available at the WWU Box Office online or in person at the Performing Arts Center.

David Irving sued Dr. Lipstadt, a historian at Emory University, in London for calling him a Holocaust denier and right wing extremist. The judge found Irving to be a Holocaust denier, a falsifier of history, a racist, an antisemite, and a liar. The trial was described by the Daily Telegraph as having "done for the new century what the Nuremberg tribunals or the Eichman trial did for earlier generations." You might have also seen the recent Hollywood movie "Denial" (Mick Jackson, 2016), starring Rachel Weisz and Tom Wilkinson.


Dec. 6-10, 2017 in Boston, Mass.

The URJ Biennial is where Reform congregational leaders gather to learn, pray, share ideas, hear from inspiring guest speakers, and network. This year it will bring together 5,000 Reform Jews to strengthen congregational life, celebrate with friends, and explore the most pressing issues of the day.
This year's Biennial is in Boston, Mass., and is shaping up to one of the best ever! Where else can you hear from the winner of the prestigious Man Booker Prize for Literature (Eisendrath Award Honoree David Grossman), the James Beard Award winner for best chef in America (Shabbat luncheon speaker Michael Solomonov), enjoy the best in contemporary Jewish music, and learn from the most outstanding teachers in Jewish life?
Registration is now open! Go to www.urj.org/biennial to learn more.

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Board Information

September 12, 2017 Board Agenda  October 15, 2017 Board Agenda

The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors will meet next at 5 p.m. Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at the gateway Center, 1313 E. Maple St.  The Executive Committee sets the agenda for regular Board of Director's meetings. The next regular Board Meeting will be at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, October 15, 2017 at the Gateway Center, 1313 E. Maple St.  

Please direct any suggested topics for board meetings to Executive Committee members: President Steve Garfinkle, Vice Presidents Katie Edelstein and Miriam Schwartz, Treasurer Terri Weiner, Secretary Paul Blum, and Rabbi Joshua Samuels, ex-officio.

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10.22.2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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