At the URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy, scientific inquiry meets fun! Campers entering grades 3-10 explore robotics, video game design, environmental science, digital media, and a host of other fun activities in a warm, supportive environment. Beth Israel’s Perry & Katie Somers shared this video of their daughter Tahlia’s entry into the 6-Points West “Kiddush Cup Challenge.” Check it out to see what Jewish camping has to offer:
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The Max Glass Library on the second floor is now ready for our congregation to enjoy. Come relax, browse, and maybe check out a book! Thanks to Joan Wayne and Rob Lopresti for their many hours of work getting everything ready. Thanks also to Gloria Lebowitz, Ray Wolpow, David Schlitt and Howard Fuller for their invaluable assistance.
You can browse the library collection at the following link: Tinyurl.com/maxglass
Members can borrow books from the adult collection by filing out a slip and putting it in a box. The instructions are on the table in the library.
The youth library on the Kesher level is also ready, and open during Kesher hours as well as regular business hours.
Kesher Center for Early Learning is an Affiliate member of Village Books, our Bellingham-based locally owned book store. When you purchase through our Village Books Affiliate link here, a portion of the sale price will go to support Kesher.
To browse books online, use this link:
Here are some Kesher-recommended titles to check out (click on book cover):
The Inquisitor’s Tale Adam Gidwitz
With profound sadness, we are sharing the news that beloved Beth Israel congregant, Noemi Ban, passed away following a brief illness on Friday afternoon, June 7, 2019, surrounded by her dear ones.
In lieu of flowers, the Ban family suggests sending memorial contributions to the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity at Western Washington University or the Building Fund of Congregation Beth Israel.
Read this tribute on Western Washington University’s Western Today website.
Click below to watch Rabbi Joshua Samuels deliver the opening prayer at the House of Representatives in Olympia March 28, 2019
Join your Beth Israel family in march-ing to support the LGBTQ community at Bellingham’s Pride Parade on Sunday, July 15, 2018
This will be our third consecutive year marching as a community in solidarity behind a banner at the Pride Parade. Last year we had a huge turnout. Let’s try to increase our numbers and show the greater Bellingham LGBTQ community that they have an ally in Congregation Beth Israel.
Todah Raba to all for the generous support that has made our new synagogue building possible.
As finances and volunteer time allow, donors will be recognized in tangible ways in and around the new synagogue. On a central wall, likely in the form of a Tree of Life, all new synagogue donors of $1,000 or more will be acknowledged.
In addition, as spelled out in our Policy for Donor Recognition, donors of $5,000 or more are welcome to select specific items to be dedicated in their name, such as rooms, furnishings or other building features (stairwells, drinking fountains, etc.). Small plaques near each item dedicated will serve to honor the donor. All signage will be modest and tasteful, in keeping with the culture of CBI and the interior design of the building.
Here is the current List of Dedications.
Beth Israel invites those who are interested in participating in synagogue activities and becoming part of the Jewish Community of Northwest Washington to join our congregation. We do require at least one member of your family be Jewish. Non-Jewish family members are welcomed and encouraged to participate fully. Currently, our membership includes more than 200 families – mostly from Whatcom and Skagit Counties and Southern British Columbia, Canada. We are a Reform Congregation and an affiliated member of the Union of Reform Judaism.
Our congregation, under the spiritual guidance of Rabbi Joshua Samuels, offers weekly Friday night Shabbat services, twice monthly Saturday morning Shabbat services, regular Torah Study sessions, and ritual observance of all Jewish Holidays throughout the year. All are welcome to attend.
In addition to High Holy Day observances, each year Congregation Beth Israel hosts a Community Seder at Passover, Purim Carnival and Purim Spiel, Hanukkah Party, and a variety of other traditional celebrations. We often host guest speakers on Jewish topics, visiting scholars, and guest cantors who share their considerable talents with us.
Among the benefits of Beth Israel membership are:
- Becoming part of a vibrant, active, and growing Jewish Community
- Having a spiritual home for observing Jewish holidays and important life cycle events
- Joining us as we reach our centennial milestone, and become part of the rich history and tapestry of our congregation
- Participating in the building and consecrating of our new synagogue – ground-breaking begins soon
- Receiving Bar and Bat Mitzvah training for boys and girls coming of age, or B’nei Mitzvah training for adults
- Enrolling in Beth Israel’s Religious School (kindergarten – confirmation)
- Becoming active in our youth group, NFTY-Northwest Chapter, that meets regularly for social and educational programs
- Enjoying special programming for young children (Tot Shabbats)
- Partaking of a variety of adult education classes on a wide range of Jewish topics
- Enrolling in conversion classes for those wishing to become Jews
- Receiving our newsletter, Shul Shofar, to stay abreast of synagogue events and activities
- Becoming active in Sisterhood or Brotherhood
We invite you to daven (pray), schmooze, and come celebrate Shabbat with us. Join Congregation Beth Israel and help us preserve our more than 5,700 year old Jewish heritage.