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Each year the Social Action Committee organizes Mitzvah Day, which includes a selection of projects for all ages and abilities.

Mitzvah Day 2018 will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 22.

In advance we are asking for donations of small travel-size shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes and hygiene products for Mitzvah Day projects. We are also in need of gently used children's tights and poly-fill stuffing to make draft door stops. You may leave these items in the bins at the synagogue.

Blood Drive 2018

Congregation Beth Israel will host a blood drive on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. To proceed we need 25 to 30 people to commit to donate, though more donors and volunteers are appreciated! Please help us reach this goal and sign up as soon as possible.

Sign up online or during Mitzvah Day.

Bloodworks Northwest (previously known as Puget Sound Blood Center) provides all of the blood used here in Whatcom County. Blood is needed every day to maintain a stable blood supply for our community. Some recipients have suffered serious injuries, severe burns, or need blood during surgery. Others have life-threatening chronic diseases like leukemia and other cancers that require frequent transfusions. A strong and stable blood supply is needed at any given moment, to ensure blood centers can respond immediately in case of an emergency or catastrophic event.

Donating blood is simple. If you’ve never donated blood before, here are a few things to know:
* Sterile, disposable equipment is used for each donation – you can’t catch anything from donating blood.
* The entire process takes about 45 minutes. You get a mini check-up where they check your pulse, blood pressure, and iron. Actual donation only takes about 10-15 minutes.
* In less than one hour, you can help as many as 3 patients in hospitals throughout the Pacific Northwest.

To donate: Adults must weigh more than 110 lbs.; minors age 16-17 can donate with parental permission and if more than 110 lbs ( male) or 125 lbs (female). You can generally donate if you have diabetes or a stable chronic disease. You can not donate blood for 12 months after travels to areas where malaria is endemic.


Mitzvah Day 2013

Pride Parade 2016

CBI at pride parade 2016

Thank you to everyone who came out Sunday, July 10, 2016, and walked behind our Congregation Beth Israel banner. We had an incredible turnout, with about 60 people. Bellingham saw a welcoming Jewish community cheered us on. Looking forward to next year!

Read about Congregation Beth Israel's participation in the 2016 Bellingham Pride Parade, in this letter from Rabbi Samuels:

Letter to Communty from Rabbi Samuels

Mitzvah Opportunities

Sandwich makers needed
Interfaith Coalition's CAST food outreach program (Coffee and Sandwiches Together) has faithfully delivered simple meals of soup, sandwiches and hot drinks four evenings a week, prepared and served by committed volunteers for the past 10 years. Many of the guests - often more than 50 each night - appreciate the simple fellowship as well as the meal.
Needed: Volunteers to help us make sandwiches on a regular basis.
Shifts are available Monday through Thursday afternoons, from 3 to 4 p.m. To become involved in this marvelous program, please contact volunteer coordinator Mary Ann O'Hara by calling 360-325-2613 or emailing her at

Beth Israel Events

Social Action Committee projects include collecting donations for the Food Bank, making hats for the homeless and other volunteer opportunities. See our Collection of the Month page or Contact Committee Chair Debbie Raas through the Beth Israel office.

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