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The Brotherhood offers the opportunity to expand one’s circle of friends, to get involved in Jewish affairs, and to contribute to our Congregation. Activities include bowling, attending baseball games, meeting at restaurants, sponsoring the Religious School back-to-school pancake breakfast (pictured at right) and Mitzvah Day bagel breakfast, and presenting a mezuzah gift to bnei mitzvah students.
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The Sisterhood of Beth Israel will not be an active auxiliary of CBI as of Fall 2019. The last several years has seen a decline in memberships and other than a very successful “New Kitchen Shower” in 2017, meetings/planned gathering have had minimal attendance.
Small groups, such as the Lunch Bunch, Book Group (see online calendar or Shofar newsletter for dates/locations and see a list of previously read books) and Knitting/handwork Group will continue. These have been Sisterhood sanctioned versus official Sisterhood events.
The remaining monies in the Sisterhood account will be used to purchase kiddush cups for b’nei mitzvah through at least the next class, help offset some of the cost of the Break the Fast and purchase the annual calendar until such a time there are not sufficient funds.
We welcome your input but please, do not send us dues!
Thanks for all your support over the decades!
Congregation Beth Israel
751 San Juan Boulevard
Bellingham, Washington 98229
Call: (360) 733-8890
Fax: (360) 733-9842
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Relay for Life 2020
CBI member Victoria Mayers organized this team 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. Consider 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 email@example.com 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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Each year the Social Action Committee organizes Mitzvah Day, which includes a selection of projects for all ages and abilities.
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The Torah commands us to circumcise our newborn sons on the eight day of their new lives. This powerful ceremony celebrates new life, and also brings our sons into Judaism’s sacred covenant. Rabbi Samuels can put you in touch with a Mohel (ritual circumciser),help the parents understand the ceremony, and co-officiate, along with the Mohel.
Baby Naming/Simchat Bat
We celebrate the great blessing of a newborn daughter with a ceremony that brings her into the covenant, and confers upon her a Hebrew name. Rabbi Samuels can help you think through and design this ceremony, which can take place either at home, or at the synagogue, on a Shabbat, or any day the Torah is read (Monday, Thursday, Festivals, Rosh Chodesh).
Bar/Bat Mitzvah students are moving from childhood to adulthood, from learning to be responsible to being responsible. As son or daughter of the commandments, you commit yourself to be proud membership in our ancient people.
Rabbi Samuels can help you prepare for this wonderful, joyous occasion, by teaching bride and groom the meaning of the ceremony, from Ketubah (marriage document), to Kiddushin (Engagement) to Huppah (Marriage Canopy) to Nissuin (marriage ceremony) to breaking the glass. We also counsel you, offering Jewish wisdom in preparation for a life dedicated to love and companionship. We also work with you in designing the ceremony, providing our knowledge and experience.
Our tradition offers several powerful end of life rituals – Kriah (tearing of a garment), Levayah (funeral procession), Hesped (eulogy), Kevurah (burial) and Shivah (seven days of mourning). Rabbi Samuels will instruct you on these and other rituals. We can also perform the funeral ceremony, and help you understand and implement other meaningful Jewish mourning practices.
SPONSORING A KIDDUSH
Whether you are interested in sponsoring a basic Kiddush or a full Kiddush luncheon, our staff can assist you with all the preparations! Please contact us for more information!
Shabbat is celebrated weekly at Congregation Beth Israel with services on Friday evenings and on Saturday mornings each month. We have a weekly Torah study from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. each Saturday. To accommodate different needs and schedules, Friday services begin at 6:15 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month and at 7:30 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Fridays. We encourage our community to participate in the Shabbat Dinner Crowd on the 5th Friday of the month. Click here for more information.
The 1st Friday is a Family Service followed by a vegetarian potluck dinner, crafts project for the young and young at hear as well we Israeli folk dancing. Our cantorial soloist, Andrea Shupack accompanies Rabbi Samuels each month at this service where during the school year, various Kesher classes will lead the community.
The 2nd Friday has an oneg that follows.
The 3rd Friday service begins at 6:15 p.m. and is followed by a vegetarian potluck dinner.
The 4th Friday has an oneg that follows. Vocal ensemble, Ma’ayan Shir (Fountain of Song) is likely to lend their beautiful voices to this service.
We hold Saturday morning services on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Saturday of the month. They begin at 10:30 a.m., immediately following Torah Study. There is a delicious potluck luncheon following the service. If you would like to chant Torah or haftarah on a Saturday morning, please notify Rabbi Samuels.
Andrea Shupack leads a contemplative service on the 1st Saturday of the month.
A Conservative-style Shabbat Minyan is generally held on the 4th Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m. in the Beit Midrash.
If you are a guest, the Rabbi might extend you the honor of having an aliyah.
Tot Shabbat is held on the 4th Saturday of the month at 11 a.m. During this entertaining 25 minute service, children, ages 1-6ish sit on the bima with the Rabbi and sing songs, move around, giggle and march around the synagogue with stuffed Torah scrolls. Most families stay for a potluck lunch immediately following the service.
The Shabbat schedule is included in the monthly newsletter, The Shul Shofar, and our online calendar. Email reminders of Shabbat schedules along with other events are sent each Wednesday to all members who elect to receive them.
We invite you to join our community in prayer. Our goal is for you to feel energized spiritually when you walk in our front doors. Beth Israel is a sacred space which serves as a haven from the hectic lives we lead. Come as you are and be welcomed into a warm and inclusive community.
We offer a range of Shabbat services ranging from contemporary Reform on Friday evenings to more conservative on Saturday mornings. Rabbi Joshua Samuels leads all services with the participation of various local musicians and song leaders as well as our active lay community.
For the current service schedule, see our calendar. Nonmembers and guests are always welcome. Below, our vocal ensemble, Mayan Shir, leads a Friday evening Shabbat service.
Celebrate With Us
We hold services and special events to mark every important Jewish holiday during the year, all of them open to the community. Come and celebrate with us! Some events, such as our community Passover Seder and High Holidays services, require tickets; please contact the office at (360) 733-8890 for details.
We use “Mishkan Tefillah” as our Shabbat and festival siddur.