Get involved with Congregation Beth Israel and our Bellingham/Whatcom County community through the Social Action Committee. Projects include collecting donations for the Food Bank, making hats for the homeless and other volunteer opportunities. Contact Committee Chair Debbie Raas through the Beth Israel office.

Interfaith Coat Drive 2015

A message from Interfaith's Executive Director Laura Harker:

As the cool weather finds us reaching for a jacket, we’re reminded that some of our neighbors are in need of this basic item we take for granted. This fall, we provided winter coats as well as hats and scarves to our neighbors. Thank you for donating winter wear and bringing some much needed warmth to others this fall. We appreciate your commitment to this program and are humbled to experience the gratitude in words or expressions of those who benefit from your efforts.

It is so heart-warming to witness coats no longer needed by members of your congregation benefiting people in need, allowing them to spend their limited income on other basic necessities.

Thanksgiving help through Nov. 21, 2015

We are gathering the fixings for Thanksgiving dinner for Womencare Shelter, which provides emergency, confidential shelter for women and children fleeing domestic violence. A signup list of needed items is posted at the synagogue. Items are needed by the end of the Nov. 21, 2015, Shabbaton. Please put perishable items in the refrigerator, labeled “Womencare.”  All other items can go in our baskets. We also collect money for a turkey and other celebrations throughout the year. We buy Scrip and give Womencare the gift cards.

Books for Prisoners

Books for Prisoners has received a matching grant for mailing books. For every dollar raised, a $3 donation will be made until the $1,000 grant is met. Please send checks, made out to Books for Prisoners, with "from Beth Israel" in the memo line, to: Books for Prisoners, P.O. Box 1254, Bellingham 98227. Thank you for continuing to drop off donations of gently used paperbacks to the Social Action baskets by the Social Hall.  If you have questions about this program, contact Belle Shalom.