Read Rabbi Samuels’ prescription for a “spiritual checkup” in the Aug. 26, 2013 edition of the JT News.
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Congregation Beth Israel is affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism. Learn more about what this organization has to offer at urj.org
Join with thousands of Jews from across North America and around the world to learn, pray, share ideas, dance and sing, hear from inspiring speakers and the leaders of our Movement; reunite with old friends, create new connections, and make decisions about the policies of the Reform Movement.
URJ Biennial 2019 is over, but you can still view videos of the experience — 5,000 Jews from across North America and around the world gathered to learn, pray, share ideas, dance and sing, heard from inspiring speakers and the leaders of our Movement; reunited with old friends, created new connections, and made decisions about the policies of the Reform Movement.
Make sure to watch the Friday morning plenary session where the URJ and the RAC launched our 2020 Civic Engagement Campaign and vote on social justice resolutions, including one on reparations for U.S. slavery and ongoing racism.
And get ready for the next biennial, to be held in Washington, D.C. in 2021! Stay tuned ….
Make plans to join us at the next URJ Biennial, December 8-11, 2021 in Washington D.C. (National Harbor)!
For information about Congregation Beth Israel, contact:
Main office number: (360) 733-8890
Rabbi Joshua Samuels, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cantorial Soloist Andrea Shupack, email@example.com
Kesher Director Sagit Hall, sagit.hall@bethisraelbellingham. org
Mary Somerville, Office Administrator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Board President Miriam Schwartz, email@example.com
Meets bi-weekly on Sunday mornings 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
This class is for preschool-aged children, approximately ages 3-5, and their parents or caregivers.
The focus of this class is family engagement and Jewish discovery. In this class, we will celebrate and experience the cycle of a Jewish year, building the foundation for deepening knowledge in each of these areas in future years.
Through all the senses, families will share in their children’s early experiences of Jewish holidays, stories, rituals, music and prayer, mitzvot and values. As our children are learning concepts, such as how to share and take turns, we will help support and develop these important life-lessons and skills through our Jewish values lens.
Each session will be based on a theme of the day, and will include a story and teaching, music, and art activity related to the theme. We will always start with an opening circle for children and parents to share. Every class will also include a hands-on experience to connect the theme of the day to the practices and rituals we do in Jewish life.
The art projects we engage in will aim to create meaningful objects that parents and children create together and can use again at home when celebrating these rituals and holidays in the future.
It is our hope that by bringing the parents back into the Gan classroom, families will build a community of friends to last well into future years at Kesher and at the synagogue. We also aim to help support parents on their own Jewish journey and help them respond to the ever increasing questions they may be getting from their children.
We strive to make the donation process as simple as possible for your convenience. With your generous contribution, we can keep the construction crews working, moving forward toward completion of our new building. Thank you for making the dream of our new synagogue home a reality.
To donate online, click here.
Or, you can mail a check made out to Congregation Beth Israel Building Fund, to:
Congregation Beth Israel
751 San Juan Boulevard
Bellingham, WA 98229
To make arrangements for transfer of stocks or bonds, call the office: (360) 733-8890.
If you need more information about how to donate, contact David Goldman, Chair of the Capital Campaign (360) 739-1490; or Karen Sloss at firstname.lastname@example.org, (360) 319-7258
Following you’ll find various policies and procedures used by Congregation Beth Israel. These are provided to members as a way to better understand how things are run. Over time, issues may become more or less important, and procedures may change to accommodate our congregation’s growth. Some of these decisions are made by a vote of the board of directors; others have to do with how committees operate.
If you have questions about existing policies, or notice that some are missing, please contact a Beth Israel board member.
Policies & Procedures
Beth Israel Cemetery (PDF 38.19 KB)
Board member Accountability
Board member Brit Avodah (PDF 116.65 KB)
Board member Conflict of Interest (PDF 34.07 KB)
Board member job description (amended 11-12-2012) (DOC 54.78 KB)
Board of Directors Code of Conduct (PDF 26.68 KB)
Board President job description (PDF 25.75 KB)
Board Secretary Job Description (PDF 39.32 KB)
Board Treasurer job description (PDF 173.07 KB)
Board Vice President job description (updated March 2013)
Communications Policy (approved 1-14-14)
Executive Committee Roles-Responsibilities final (PDF 323.74 KB)
Expense reimbursement policy (PDF 14.26 KB)
Investment Policy (PDF 461.42 KB)
Membership application (PDF 68.61 KB)
Membership status (PDF 12.59 KB)
Outdoor Event Policy
Photo Policy adopted Nov. 2011 (PDF 66.26 KB)
Public policy stance (PDF 55.67 KB)
Shammos duties (PDF 52.57 KB)
Rabbi Samuels is very committed to pastoral care and wants to provide support to his community when they need it most.
Our temple community wants to provide support for congregants who might be ill. Please call the Rabbi or Office so they know about a family member or congregant is ill, and they will set up a visit. Our Caring Committee also follows up with congregants who are ill with hospital and in-home visits.