Ropes Course 7th-8th graders 2015
About the Gaga Pit
Beth Israel’s gaga pit, which was behind the old building at 2200 Broadway, was funded through generous donations, and provided our kids (and grownups!) with a much needed outdoor space to put their energy to good use. In two weeks we reached our fund-raising goal to build the enclosure for the Israeli dodge-ball game, purchased materials and built it! For a full article about how the gaga pit came to be, see the November 2011 Shul Shofar. Thank you to all who donated, both time and money. Photos from our building day are in the photo gallery.
Now that we are in our new building, plans are underway for a new gaga pit. Stay tuned!
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Kesher’s Hadracha (Leadership) Program is open for high school students (9th & 10th graders should also be enrolled in Confirmation class).
By becoming a Madrich(a), high schoolers will serve as a teacher’s assistant in one of our Kesher groups on Sunday mornings, and/or during Kesher B’Ivrit (Hebrew classes) on Sunday afternoons. Madrichim help teachers with daily activities such as: leading small groups, taking attendance, helping with art projects, working with students who need some extra attention, and most importantly, serving as a Jewish role models for younger children.
Working as a Madrich/Madricha is a paid work position. While madrichim assist teachers in classroom tasks, their responsibilities go beyond the administrative duties suggested by the term “teachers’ assistant.” As madrichim, they guide younger students toward a positive Jewish journey experience by demonstrating their involvement, their skills at collaboration, and their initiative.
We are delighted to share the exciting news about a new “Baby & Me” group that will be starting Fall 2015. Mazal Tots is a monthly playgroup and a parenting class all in one!
Bring your bundle of joy (birth to 30 months) and join us as we welcome a new week with Havdalah, enjoy music, listen to stories, play games, and more. We will meet monthly on Sundays 10 to 11:30 a.m. during the school year and create lasting learning experiences for you AND your baby.
Parents will also be able to connect with other parents as we will be sharing wisdom about everything baby: language development, making friends, starting preschool, finding time for you, siblings, physical development, incorporating Jewish ritual into your family life, and any other topic identified by the group. During some of the meetings we will have guest speakers.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in joining.
NFTY photos from 2017
Upcoming BAY and NFTY Events for 2018-19:
JULY 30, 2018: AB Crepes Meetup, 6 PM to 8 PM, We’ll be meeting up at AB Crepes for a delicious snack and hanging out. Incoming 9th graders are invited and encouraged to come meet the youth group and connect!
AUG. 25, 2018: Bellingham Back to School Hike, Time TBD. We will do a local hike in the area and enjoy the natural beauty of Bellingham.
SEPT. 21-23, 2018: We’re kicking off the new year right with our new redesigned event, NFTY-NW Kickoff! This event will still have all of the pieces we love about NW LTI, just with more options and opportunities! Come explore the art, outdoor, or leadership tracks while getting to know people from across the northBEST region!
Take part in interactive teen-led programs which will focus on training you to be a leader in your youth group and beyond. Unplug at camp and enjoy outdoor fun and choose leadership electives that fit your goals and interests. Participate in leadership-themed programs, workshops and activities! NFTY NORTHWEST KICKOFF
NOV. 9-11, 2018: NFTY-NW Fall Kallah at Whidbey Island. Kallah’s are such a good opportunity to have fun and let loose for the weekend with tons of fun activities and events. You’ll get to share your talents in our annual Fall Kallah talent show spectacular. Celebrate Shabbat with delicious food, singing and dancing. Wrestle with hot topics and challenge your assumptions during interactive teen-led programs. There’s something for everyone at Kallah! More information: NFTY NW FALL KALLAH
JAN. 25-27, 2019: NFTY-NW Winter Social Action Kallah will be in Vancouver, BC at Temple Shalom. Winter Kallah’s are always special with their focus on social action and Tikkun Olam. If you are interested in learning about ways you can help others this it the Kallah for you. NFTY NW Winter Kallah
Feb. 15-18, 2019: Travel to Dallas, TX for NFTY Convention 2019, the largest gathering of Reform Jewish teens! They can make it a Mitzvah Corps reunion! Registration opens this fall: nftyconvention.org
APRIL 12, 2019: NW-NFTY Asefah and Elections at URJ Camp Kalsman.
APRIL 12-14, 2019: NW-NFTY Spring Kallah at URJ Camp Kalsman. Celebrate Shabbat with delicious food, singing and dancing. Enjoy multiple “BIG FUN” activities. Say goodbye to our seniors and welcome 8th graders!! NFTY NW Spring Kallah
MAY 3-5, 2019: NFTY-NW 67 Kallah. at URJ Camp Kalsman. Make a difference with a hands-on social action project and share your talents, cheer on your friends at the annual talent show. This is just for 6th and 7th graders!
For more information on BAY or NFTY events please contact the BAY Advisers Amanda Robins and Daniel Zagnoli at email@example.com
For more information or to register for NFTY NW events please visit www.northwest.nfty.org
Throughout the year, our youngest group enjoys a class focusing on Shabbat and Jewish holidays; an introduction to prayer and God; and familiarity with Jewish terms such as Torah, Tzedakah, and Mitzvot. Activities include story time, music, simple art projects, and free play indoors and out. As the young child learns through imitation, parents will join and participate along with their children during the class.
The class, open to children ages 3 to 5, meets about 15 times during the school year, on selected Sundays from 10 a.m. to noon.
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.
Registration for Summer 2019!
Please find the Summer 2019 dates, fees and registration here. If you have any questions, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer 2018 was our biggest summer yet, and it was a smashing success! Our sessions filled much faster than we anticipated and we expect Summer 2019 sessions to fill even more quickly. So don’t delay!
What does a summer at URJ Camp Kalsman look like? Sunshine, swimming, T’filah on the lake, T’filah in the woods, hiking, climbing, art, sports, Tikkun Olam, rocking song sessions, goats on walks, Shabbat Shira, friendships, laughter, and a staff of inspiring Jewish role models.
Camp Kalsman offers a variety of sessions for campers entering grades 2 through 12. You can register online at campkalsman.org/register. Call the Camp Kalsman office at (425) 284-4484 for more information. Financial aid and scholarships are available.
We’re lucky to have Camp Kalsman in our back yard — just an hour’s drive from Bellingham, south to Arlington.
Scholarship applications can be made through the Jewish Federation of Seattle and One Happy Camper.
Go to Israel with Camp Kalsman!
Together with your URJ Camp Kalsman friends, create and be part of an immersive traveling Jewish community as you explore ancient Jerusalem and modern Tel Aviv, the beautiful Galilee and the stunning Negev Desert. nftyisrael.org/kalsman/
Thanks to a generous gift from the Samis foundation, Kalsman campers will receive a $4,500 subsidy. Scholarships are also available!
Beth Israel campers, staff and parents
Kesher = קֶשֶׁר = connection
Shalom! And Bruchim Habaim (welcome) to Congregation Beth Israel’s Kesher Center for Jewish Learning!
We provide age-appropriate Jewish learning opportunities for infants through high-schoolers. Our young learners experience Torah by acting on stage, learn about history by digging in the dirt, experience tikkun olam (social action) on a weekly basis, and celebrate our culture through their taste buds!
Our school supports and nurtures a deep sense of community through the core Jewish values of Torah, Avodah (the labor of serving God and the Jewish people with joy) and Gemilut Hasadim, (acts of loving kindness.) Our goals for our children are to foster in them a positive Jewish identity, to develop amongst them a strong sense of community, and to help each of them find a spiritual sanctuary within our community. We do this by nourishing their souls with vibrant and engaging programs designed to help them grow into the kind and caring human beings our Jewish tradition inspires.
Our doors are always open and you are always welcome. ! ברוכים הבאים
— Sagit Hall, Director
Kesher B’Ivrit — Kesher’s Hebrew Program
Our Hebrew Program for 4th- through 6th-graders is a once-a-week, immersive language program where children touch, read, smell, write, feel, speak, and taste Hebrew! Our dynamic, energetic educators model and inspire a love of the Hebrew language through games, songs, art, and movement. This program supplements our Religious School classes and provides a focused time on Hebrew language as it connects to the broader context of our heritage and traditions. We learn about the Hebrew calendar, culture, and modern life in Israel. With their peers, learners celebrate holidays and strengthen the sense of community — all in Hebrew.
Read more about the Kesher B’Ivrit program here.
To learn more about our programs and for registration information, email email@example.com or call 360.733.8890.
To apply for financial aid for the 2019-20 school year, please fill out this form and return it to the office by Aug. 31, 2019,
During the school year, class information is available to CBI members on the Members Only section of the web site.