musical noteCantorial Soloist Andrea Shupack will be leading five adult sessions and four youth sessions to teach new music for the High Holy Day services. You don't need to have any musical experience or commit to all the rehearsals to participate. Come to as many as you can.  You won't need to lead a piece from the bima. Andrea will provide written music, and, when available, recordings for you at the first rehearsal.

As you join in with these new songs from the congregation, not only will you feel more involved, your voices will encourage those sitting around you to sing along as well. Our wonderful participatory congregation will soar even higher!

Please email Mary at, or Andrea at to sign up.
There is no cost, but it is very helpful to know the number of people participating.

Schedule of rehearsals

Adult Sessions:
Sunday August 28th   4:30-6 p.m.
Tuesday, September 6th   7-8:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 11th   4:30-6 p.m.
Tuesday, September 20th   7-8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, September 27th   7-8:30 p.m.

Youth Sessions:
4 sessions all on Sundays from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
August 28th, September 11th, 18th, & 25th

Western Washington University has created the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity and named Sandra Alfers, professor of German in Western’s Department of Modern and Classical Languages, its founding director.

The institute is named after retired Western Professor Ray Wolpow, a long-time member of Congregation Beth Israel. Read more on Western's web site here.

5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016

The Washington State Jewish Historical Society will host Passport to Washington: Celebrating Our Jewish History, a fundraiser featuring the society's newest exhibit.

The cocktail party event will be held at the Seattle Design Center, 5701 6th Ave S, Seattle, and will feature the new Passport to Washington exhibit, food, wine, a silent auction,  and Jewish music performed by an ensemble of the Seattle Jewish Chorale.

The WSJHS will also launch the new Washington Jewish Museum, an interactive digital museum, which will bring to life the people, memories, and events that have shaped Jewish life in Washington State. The museum promises to be an invaluable repository of our community's rich Jewish history. Seattle businessman Martin Selig will be honored with the Making History in Washington State award.

The event runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., with a VIP Cocktail Reception beginning at 5 p.m. Tickets for WSJHS members are $95 each by Aug. 5 and $118 afterward; $118 for nonmembers by Aug. 5 and $136 afterwards; and $250 for the VIP Cocktail Reception. Purchase tickets in advance; none will be sold at the door. Visit and to register online. For more information, contact WSJHS at or 206-774-2277.

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Board Information

August 2016 Board Agenda

The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors will meet next at 5 p.m. Tuesday, August 23, 2016. 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, August 9, 2016 in the social hall

Please direct any suggested topics for board meetings to Executive Committee members: President Dan Ohms, Vice Presidents Steve Garfinkle and Katie Edelstein, Treasurer Terri Weiner, Secretary Paul Blum, and Rabbi Joshua Samuels, ex-officio.

Upcoming Events


09.02.2016 6:15 pm - 7:45 pm


09.03.2016 9:30 am - 10:30 am


09.03.2016 10:45 am - 12:15 pm


09.06.2016 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


09.09.2016 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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