Selichot is Saturday, September 5, 2015   

7 p.m. This year we will be viewing the film Footnote, which won the best screenplay prize at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. Footnote is about the competition between a father and son over the Israel Prize. A.O Scott of the New York Times called it "a piercing satire, a poignant family drama and an investigation of the competing claims of honesty, loyalty, ambition, and love." This movie will surely get you thinking about many of the themes from the High Holy Days.
8:30 p.m. Havdallah and Dessert Potluck
9 p.m. Selichot Service

Erev Rosh Hashana is September 13, 2015

The full schedule of High Holy Day services will be in the September/October Shofar. You can also download the schedule here.

Memorial Booklet

To include a personal memorial in the High Holy Days keepsake memorial booklet, or to remember people not currently on the Beth Israel Yarzheit list, please fill out this form and return it with the appropriate payment to the Beth Israel office no later than September 14, 1015.

Questions? Contact the Beth Israel office, (360)733-8890 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

November 4-8 in Orlando, Florida 

Join Rabbi Samuels in Orlando this November! The URJ Biennial is where Reform congregational leaders gather to learn, pray, share ideas, hear from inspiring guest speakers, and network. This year it will bring together 5,000 Reform Jews to strengthen congregational life, celebrate with friends, and explore the most pressing issues of the day.
The early-bird registration deadline is September 10.  Watch this video to learn more about Biennial 2015, and click here to register online.

2015-16 Board of Directors

board 2015 16

Newly elected at the May 17, 2015 annual meeting, the 2015-16 board of directors include: 

(Front row, from left) Marcia Lippman, Miriam Schwartz, Steve Garfinkle, Paul Blum

(Middle row) Gaby Mayers, David Zimmerman, Lynn Korner, Steve Spitzer, Floyd King

(Back row) Asher Suloway-Baker, Katie Edelstein, Mitch Press, Melissa Schapiro, Dan Ohms.

Not pictured: Todd Witte.

The Annual Meeting Packet is available to Beth Israel members by logging in to the members' only section. It's under May 2015 board documents. 

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Agenda Board August 2015

The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors will meet next at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. The Executive Committee sets the agenda for regular Board of Director's meetings. The next regular Board Meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 in the social hall

Please direct any suggested topics for board meetings to Executive Committee members: President Dan Ohms, Vice Presidents Marcia Lippman and Katie Edelstein, Secretary Lynn Korner, and Rabbi Joshua Samuels, ex-officio.

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