Blood Drive Sept. 16, 2018

Congregation Beth Israel will host its very first blood drive  Sunday, Sept. 16, as an extension of Tikkun Olam. Sign-up through Bloodworks Northwest or call (800) 398-7888 to schedule an appointment.

A friendly reminder to regular blood donors in our congregation: The last date to donate blood elsewhere and still be eligible to donate at our blood drive on September 16 is July 22

Pride Parade 2018

Thank you to everyone who came out Sunday, July 15, 2018, and walked behind our Congregation Beth Israel banner.  It was the third year that Beth Israel marched and showed Bellingham a welcoming Jewish community. Looking forward to next year!

Read about Congregation Beth Israel’s initial 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

Mitzvah DayMitzvah Day logo 2013

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

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 Linda Blackwell through the Beth Israel office.

Religious Action Center

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