a thread of graceCongregation Beth Israel is thrilled to present author Dr. Mary Doria Russell at 7 p.m. Nov. 3, 2016, at 2200 Broadway. She will speak about her Pulitzer-nominated novel,  A Thread of Grace: Jewish survival in Nazi-Occupied Italy.

Book signing (books will be made available for purchase by Village Books) and reception to follow. Donations are welcome to help offset Beth Israel's costs.
Dr. Russell also will be speaking at WWU's Fairhaven College Auditorium at 7 p.m. Nov. 2, 2016, about her first novel, The Sparrow.

dr. russellWidely praised for meticulous research, fine prose, and the compelling narrative drive of her stories, Mary Doria Russell is the award-winning author of six bestselling novels, including the science fiction classics The Sparrow and Children of God; the Pulitzer-nominated World War II thriller, A Thread of Grace; and a political romance set in 1921 Cairo called Dreamers of the Day. With her latest novels, Doc and Epitaph, Russell has redefined two towering figures of the American West: the lawman Wyatt Earp and the dental surgeon Doc Holliday. The daughter of a sheriff, Mary grew up with cops and guns but also holds a Ph.D. in biological anthropology from the University of Michigan and taught anatomy at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry.

Read more about Dr. Russell on her website: marydoriarussell.net

Trip Update

This past spring we began the process of organizing a congregational trip to Israel for Summer 2017. After many months of back and forth with various tour providers, our travel dates will be June 24-July 4. More information about this experience will be available at our High Holy Day services, including costs. The itinerary is available for download here. Feel free to contact Rabbi Samuels with any questions. We will update you with as much detail as possible throughout this process.

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September 2016 Board Agenda

The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors will meet next at 5 p.m. Tuesday, September 27, 2016, at 5:00pm, in the social hall. The Executive Committee sets the agenda for regular Board of Director's meetings. The next regular Board Meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 13, 2016 in the social hall

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

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