Congregation Beth Israel will have a Community Shabbaton May 11-13, 2018, at Camp Kalsman. Join us for a joyful overnight community Shabbat, which will include: Shabbat services * Five meals and a snack * Adult learning *  Kids and family activities * Morning Yoga for adults * Canoeing * Giant swing * Hiking * Havdalah * Mother's Day breakfast * 

Register online or contact the office. Deadline is May 1, 2018.

Wolpow Institute co-sponsors Film Festival

French Film FestivalIn April, the Wolpow Institute is partnering with the French Section of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, and other WWU departments to bring the Tournée French Film Festival to campus. The festival will feature six films which deal with various aspects of the Second World War, and the time periods just before and after the war. It will run for three weeks in April with screenings at 7 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays in the Viking Union Room 552, on the Western Washington University campus.

All films are free and open to the public and will feature brief pre- and post-screening discussions by colleagues from across campus.

More information is available online at https://wp.wwu.edu/raywolpowinstitute/co-sponsored-events/

 

7-9 p.m. Sunday, April 22, 2018 

Rabbi Joshua Samuels will be participating in the Bridge Builder's panel, "Grounded in Faith: An Earth Day Interfaith Dialogue."

How can we live on the earth as people of faith? Join us for an evening hearing insights from religious traditions, sharing your own story and talking with others about a way forward.

Organized by Bridge Builders, winner of the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center’s 2017 Peace Builder Award for Cultural Connections, the event will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, April 22, 2018 at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, 2600 Lakeway Drive.

All are welcome. For more information, contact Rabbi Samuels: rabbi@bethisraelbellingham.org

 

Three films will be showing at Pickford Film Center with Jewish topics/themes.

Foxtrot, in drama in Hebrew with English subtitles, showing April 20-26.
Michael and Dafna experience gut-wrenching grief when army officials show up at their home to announce the death of their son Jonathan. Michael becomes increasingly frustrated by overzealous mourning relatives and well-meaning army bureaucrats. While his sedated wife rests, Michael spirals into a whirlwind of anger only to experience one of life's unfathomable twists - a twist that can only be rivaled by the surreal military experiences of his son.

Itzhak, a documentary in English, showing May 4-10.
Alison Chernick’s enchanting documentary looks beyond the sublime musician to see the polio survivor whose parents emigrated from Poland to Israel, and the young man who struggled to be taken seriously as a music student when schools saw only his disability. Itzhak himself is funny, irreverent and self-deprecating, and here his life story unspools in conversations with masterful musicians, family and friends, and most endearingly his devoted wife of 50 years, Toby.

RBG -- Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a documentary in English, showing May 11-17.
At the age of 84, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior’s rise to the nation’s highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans – until now. RBG is a revelatory documentary exploring Ginsburg ‘s exceptional life and career.

More information: www.pickfordfilmcenter.org/category/programs/

In March 2018, we moved in to the new Congregation Beth Israel synagogue at 751 San Juan Boulevard. Here are some videos of our community as we placed mezzuzot on each doorway:

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The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors will meet next at 5 p.m. Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at the synagogue, 751 San Juan Boulevard.  The Executive Committee sets the agenda for regular Board of Director's meetings. The next regular Board Meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. January 9, 2018, at the synagogue. 

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