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.

Thanksgiving for Womencare 2019

Now through Monday, Nov. 25, 2019

Help us provide all the elements of a Thanksgiving feast for the Womencare Shelters. A list of needed items will be posted in the Social Hall or you can email Linda Blackwell at

Items are needed by noon Monday Nov. 25. Please put perishable items in the refrigerator/freezer labeled “Womencare.” All other food items can be placed in a box labeled Womencare in the Social Hall or the downstairs kitchen.

We also collect money for a turkey and other needs. Consider buying Scrip cards or making a monetary donation (payable to DVSAS) and mail/drop off to the CBI office. Fred Meyer and Wal-Mart cards are favorites The staff is also requesting donations of money to buy two swings for a swing set. Lydia Place and DVSAS have cooperated to staff these shelters and provide meals.

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.

Religious Action Center

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