Read Rabbi Joshua Samuels’s blog entry, “Understanding and Protecting the Sacred Spaces of American Indians,” on the Religious Action Center’s website.
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Meets once a month on Sunday mornings 10 to 11:45 a.m.
This program is for babies up through children–who are not quite ready for preschool — and their grown-ups. It is now completely free for families.
The purpose of this group is to form a community by providing a welcoming and comfortable place for families, babies, and toddlers, to come together and get to know each other. We will offer parent support, while engaging in Jewish learning, play, and exploration together. Parents will have time to share their hopes, challenges, and joys, while finding guidance in the wisdom of Jewish texts, stories, and values. We will also experience holidays, music, and other Jewish content to help you bring Judaism to the newest members of your family.
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Want an aliyah? Learn or brush up on the blessings for before and after the Torah readings. Listen here:
Blessings before the Torah reading:
Blessings after the Torah reading:
Read along: Torah blessings with transliteration
What Jewish topic do you want to learn about or discuss?
What text have you always wanted to explore but never had the opportunity?
What current Jewish issue in on your mind?
With Living Room Learning you open up your home to a small group (around 8) of friends and neighbors, come up with a Jewish topic, and Rabbi Samuels will bring the materials to study. Start brainstorming Jewish topics your group would like to delve into, then contact Rabbi Samuels to schedule a date.
When Shabbat lands on the fifth Friday of the month, Congregaton Beth Israel observes Shabbat at Home. There is no synagogue service; instead, everyone is encouraged to host or attend a Shabbat at Home. Contact the office if you’d like to be connected with a host with extra seats at the table.
We have also started a Shabbat Dinner Crowd — a flash mob dinner experience — based on a successful model in Seattle. Read more about Shabbat Dinner Crowd here.
Shabbat at Home
Get involved with Congregation Beth Israel and our Bellingham/Whatcom County community through the Social Action Committee. We have seasonal and year-long projects. To volunteer with the Social Action Committee contact Linda Blackwell at firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 739-1492.
High Holy Days
The High Holidays are a time to reconfirm the Jewish tradition to repair the world Tikkun Olam. We have a very successful food drive for the Bellingham Food Bank; congregants bring dry goods to donate during Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur
We have an annual Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Registry. We would like to interest all ages in participation to create a giving community.
We participate in the annual Coat Drive with Interfaith Coalition in late October. Coat donations as well as volunteering to distribute coats is a great way to connect to the Bellingham community.
We organize a Thanksgiving Dinner for the Women’s Shelter with Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services of Whatcom County each year. Money and food are collected to provide a warm, safe meal for victims of domestic violence.
Congregants commit to reduce homelessness with the Interfaith Coalition Auction in March. We often sponsor two to three tables as a Jewish community.
During Passover we collect chametz and other non-perishable foods for the Bellingham Food Bank.
Our biggest gathering of the year is Mitzvah Day with our Kesher Center for Jewish Learning, usually in late April or May. Multiple environmental and social justice projects are offered for congregants of all ages and abilities to participate .
Shavuot is celebrated with donations of Milk Money, baby food and diapers for Bellingham Food Bank .
We encourage all congregants to participate in the Pride Parade in July. Participation is to support the LGBQT community
CBI as a member of the Interfaith Coalition contributes to ongoing projects.
The biggest Volunteer Opportunity is with the Family Promise Program. As a supporting congregation, Beth Israel supplies meals and volunteers at the Day Center and at a sister congregation. This program offers temporary housing and case management for families who are homeless.
We have knitters from CBI making hats for Project Warm Up every Tuesday.
Members of CBI clean and maintain the “Little House” for a family in transition from homelessness. We hope to organize more as a group to distribute sandwiches through the C.A.S.T program.
We have a Social Action Bookclub that meets quarterly.
NFTY photos from 2019-2020
Upcoming BAY and NFTY Events for 2021-22:
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For more information on BAY or NFTY events please contact the BAY Advisers Jason and Carly Benhaim at email@example.com
For more information or to register for NFTY NW events please visit www.northwest.nfty.org
Read Rabbi Samuels’ prescription for a “spiritual checkup” in the Aug. 26, 2013 edition of the JT News.