Relay for Life 2020

3 p.m. June 13, 2020 to 9 a.m. June 14, 2020

Congregation Beth Israel has a team — Mayers Strong — participating in the Relay for Life Skagit County, which raises money for cancer research. The 18-hour walk/relay will be at the Burlington/Edison High School track. Teammates take turns walking throughout the night, because cancer never sleeps. CBI member Victoria Mayers is planning to walk the whole 18 hours in order to honor family, friends, and community members who are either currently enduring cancer treatments, have survived cancer, or in memory of those who are no longer with us.

Please consider participating by:.

1) saving the date and blocking a section of time to walk with Victoria on her mission to walk the entire event. Sign up online here.

2) making a donation to sponsor the CBI Relay For Life Team. All donations go to Relay for Life, supporting families and funding research. Donations can be made at the team website by clicking here.

3) buying a white paper bag in honor of a loved one. Simply purchase a bag, decorate it, and return it for the Luminaria Ceremony. White bags can be purchased from Joan Wayne for $10 each.

4) sharing this opportunity to participate in our synagogue’s RFL team with friends and family members who may be interested in any way: Mayers Strong website

Social Action Throughout the Year

Social Action Committee projects include collecting donations for the Food Bank, making hats for the homeless and other volunteer opportunities throughout the year. See our Projects Through the Jewish Year page for more information. Contact Committee Chair Linda Blackwell at or (360) 739-1492.

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.

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