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After bidding farewell to our old building at 2200 Broadway on Oct. 14, 2017, we now begin a period of transition while we await the move to 751 San Juan Boulevard. Here is where we will be in the interim:
Shabbat services will be held on Friday nights at the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship (BUF) at 1207 Ellsworth St. Saturday services are on hold until we move to the new building.
Administrative Office & Rabbi's Study are now at the Gateway Centre, 1313 E. Maple St.; however, we will continue to use 2200 Broadway as our mailing address. Our phone number is unchanged.
Torah Study will meet at the usual time on Saturdays at either the Downtown or Cordata Food Co-op community rooms.  Watch the enews each week for the location.
Kesher Classes will continue to be at the Bellingham Family Partnership Program (former Larrabee Elementary School) on the Southside.
Check our Google calendar for updates to service and event locations.
Click here to read a letter from President Steven Garfinkle and Rabbi Samuels about these transitional locations and other important information.

Community Hanukkah Party

4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17
Bloedel Donovan Pavillion

Celebrate with yummy food, Hanukkah-themed crafts, a Dreidel Spin-off and Dreidel “drop,” Kesher class performances, music and singing, and lighting the Hanukkah candles.

Purchase Hanukkah candles online -- 100 percent of proceeds go toward the Hanukkah party!

4th Night for Others

Consider a break from presents in your house and instead shop for a new toy or book for a child of any age to be given to the nonprofit PLLAY (Programs to Lighten the Lives of Adults and Youths — pllay.org). They provide women in need the opportunity to “shop” for their children this holiday season. Bring it to our Shabbat/Hanukkah service Dec 15. We hope you’ll join us in this mitzvah.
Questions?  meredithattar@yahoo.com

Not going? Watch it live!

Click here for a schedule of live webcasts

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 will bring together 6,000 Reform Jews (the event is sold out!) to strengthen congregational life, celebrate with friends, and explore the most pressing issues of the day.

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?

Learn more about Biennial at www.urj.org/biennial .

Next year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel. Three generations of acclaimed writers have shaped a distinct Israeli literary sensibility; get a head start on Jewish Book Month (Nov. 12–Dec. 12) with a selection of titles from these diverse authors.

Learn more about Jewish Book Month, which is celebrated each year in the month before Hanukkah.

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Board Information

November 14, 2017 Board Agenda

The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors will meet next at 5 p.m. Tuesday, November 28, 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 6:30 p.m. December 12, 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.

Upcoming Events

12.12.2017 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Board Meeting
12.15.2017 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm
Pre-Service Nosh @ BUF
12.15.2017 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm
Shabbat evening service @ BUF
12.16.2017 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Torah Study @ Cordata Co-op Roots Rm
12.17.2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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