Category: Our Rabbi
Read Rabbi Joshua Samuels’s blog entry, “Understanding and Protecting the Sacred Spaces of American Indians,” on the Religious Action Center’s website.
Read Rabbi Samuels’ prescription for a “spiritual checkup” in the Aug. 26, 2013 edition of the JT News.
Sermons by Rabbi Joshua Samuels (unless otherwise noted):
Elul Reflections: Preparing for the Yamim Nora’im 2013
Shofetim Aug. 9, 2013
Va’etchanan Honoring our Parents 2013
B’haalot’cha May 24, 2013 (PDF 95.73 KB)
Teacher Appreciation May 31 2013 (PDF 61.12 KB)
Getting Dirty for Pesach March 22, 2013 (PDF 21.14 KB)
MLK 2013 (PDF 64.33 KB)
Vayigash 2012 (PDF 87.50 KB)
Lech Lecha (PDF 87.61 KB)
Women of the Wall October 2012 (PDF 75.73 KB)
Rosh Hashanah – Abayudaya (PDF 92.65 KB)
Rosh Hashanah – Family Issues (PDF 107.73 KB)
Rosh Hashanah Day 2 – Financial Meltdown (PDF 100.89 KB)
Yom Kippur – Apologizing (PDF 156.70 KB)
Yom Kippur – Rachel Corrie (PDF 125.15 KB)
Ki Teitzay – Aug. 31, 2012 (PDF 83.35 KB)
Elul – Aug. 24, 2012 (PDF 62.91 KB)
Rabbi Joshua Samuels
Prior to Temple Beth Hillel, Rabbi Samuels received his ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem and Los Angeles. It was during these 5 years that he served Jewish communities in Santa Barbara and Temecula, CA. Samuels also honed his skills in providing pastoral care to hospice and hospital patients working at UCLA Medical Center and Kaiser Home Hospice. In addition, he was the recipient of The Samson H. Levey Memorial Prize for showing greatest promise in the study of Rabbinic literature and Talmud.
Rabbi Samuels attended University of Wisconsin-Madison, receiving a B.S. in Marketing. For six years, prior to entering rabbinical school, Samuels worked in institutional equity sales and brokerage operations in San Francisco and Los Angeles at Sutro & Co., Sanders Morris Harris and Stone & Youngberg, LLC.
Rabbi Samuels is originally from San Francisco. He comes to Bellingham with his wife Nicole, a registered nurse, and their two children, Eytan and Shoshana.
Rabbi In the Community
Hospital Advisory Board
Rabbi Samuels recently accepted an invitation to sit on the Professional Advisory Board at Saint Joseph’s Hospital. This committee oversees the hospital’s Clinical Pastoral Program which trains people to become spiritual care providers.
Celebration of Hope
Rabbi Samuels recently gave the closing benediction at Interfaith Coalition’s Celebration of Hope Event event. Read his remarks here.
WWU STUDENTS VISIT BI
Steve Hoffman’s “American Jewish Experience” students from Western Washington University visited Congregation Beth Israel in April 2013.
June 14, 2018
To the Congregation Beth Israel Community,
We write to share a significant outcome from our latest Board of Directors meeting. Two nights ago the members of our Board approved a new policy regarding interfaith weddings at our Beth Israel campus.
The policy reads as follows:
In regards to officiating at interfaith weddings in the Beth Israel synagogue and throughout its grounds, the Rabbi shall use his/her discretion in performing marriages between Jews and non-Jews. This is the sole decision of the Rabbi who has freedom of the pulpit.
With great respect to the customs and traditions of Congregation Beth Israel, the following are guidelines that CBI requires its clergy to follow when considering the officiation of a wedding between a Jew and a non-Jew at Congregation Beth Israel: