During the festival of Simchat Torah, our community celebrates the beginning of formal Jewish education of our youngest Temple members as the students receive a special blessing and gift.
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Please contact the Rabbi directly if you are interested in the process of becoming Jewish. Rabbi Samuels is constantly guiding individuals on this journey and will make sure to assist you on this sacred path.
As a member of Congregation Beth Israel, you will find that your synagogue community will support you in all life cycle events and celebrate your important moments.
Beth Israel’s Care Committee, in the spirit of Bikur Cholim, coordinates assistance and support for members experiencing illness/incapacity, loss, or major life changes. It is co-chaired by Else Sokol and Harriet Markell. Contact the synagogue office for more information.
For the first time, Beth Israel is offering Post Confirmation to 10th-12th graders. This program will meet once a month in the Rabbi’s study, where students will discuss contemporary Jewish issues such as the Israel-Palestinian situation; Anti-Semitism on college campuses and other burning Jewish topics. This program meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday evenings throughout the year. A light dinner is provided.
Congregation Beth Israel offers many ways to help support the community, from making general or targeted donations to synagogue funds and participating in the Scrip program, to participating in our Capital Campaign and Dedication program for our new synagogue building.
Double Your Mitzvah!
Just like exercise, using Beth Israel Scrip is most successful when it’s part of your regular routine. We all buy groceries and prescriptions regularly, and many of us give gift cards as presents. Make it easy on yourselves, and have a regular Scrip order – it can be monthly, or quarterly, whatever works best for you! Our Scrip coordinator, Joan Wayne, will make sure to get the gift cards to you on a routine basis. It’s one less thing for you to have to remember, and it becomes a regular donation to our congregation!
Scrip can also be used to make donations to other organizations, or people in need. For example, a Bellingham family lost their home to a fire, and all four family members were hospitalized due to their injuries. An amazing outpouring of support found them a temporary home and furnishings, but they also accepted donations of gift cards to places like Fred Meyer, Haggen, and the Food Co-op because food, clothing and other every day necessities were a longer-term need. If you buy Scrip from Beth Israel, and donate it to a cause such as this, it’s a DOUBLE MITZVAH! Check with the local organizations you support, and they likely would welcome gift card donations to help out their clients.
Who knew that a piece of plastic could be part of Tikkun Olam?
For a complete list of participating merchants, go to www.glscrip.com, or contact Joan Wayne, firstname.lastname@example.org; download an order form, or call the Beth Israel office at 733-8890.
Information Collection and Use
Congregation Beth Israel believes that personally identifying information, such as your name, postal and email address or telephone number, is private and confidential. You can have general access to our site without providing any personally identifying information. Congregation Beth Israel collects personally identifying information only when you voluntarily submit it, such as when you email comments, request information, place an order, register for a discussion group or an event.
Release of Information to Third Parties
Congregation Beth Israel does not release your personally identifying information to third parties, unless such release is required to comply with the law or to protect the rights or safety of Congregation Beth Israel or our website users. Collected information will not be sold, shared with, or rented to, any outside company or organization. Information that is collected will be used solely for the purpose for which it is given.
The members-only section of our site will require unique identifiers (sign-ons and passwords), which will be issued by Congregation Beth Israel.
Links to Other Sites
Our website contains links to other sites. Congregation Beth Israel is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of other any other website.
Congregation Beth Israel may sponsor discussion groups for our members and other interested parties. These discussion groups are a free service to enable members to share comments about a wide variety of topics. Only individuals older than 13 years of age may participate, and by participating you are certifying that you are old enough to participate. We ask that participants refrain from including profanity, obscenities, hateful, and/or defamatory language. Congregation Beth Israel does review items before they are posted and reserves the right to remove any information posted. Please remember that any information that is disclosed in these areas becomes public information, and you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal information. WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO REMOVE ANYONE FROM THE LIST WHO VIOLATES THESE PROCEDURES.
No photograph will be posted on this website without prior permission of identifiable persons. Names will only be used with permission.
Contacting the Webmaster
All information on this website is the property of Congregation Beth Israel, excluding material attributed to or hyperlinked to external sites, and may not be reproduced in whole or in part without the written permission of the congregation. To request such permission, contact the webmaster.
Choice/Opt-Out, Correct/Update: To remove information from our database and to be excluded from future communications, to change or modify information previously provided, or for information about this privacy statement or the practices of this site, contact the webmaster.
Email Webmaster@bethisraelbellingham.org, or send mail to Webmaster, Congregation Beth Israel, 751 San Juan Boulevard, Bellingham, WA 98229
2018-19 School Calendar
FINANCIAL AID: To apply for financial assistance for the 2016-17 school year, please fill out and return this form to the Beth Israel office by Aug. 30, 2016.