Trip Update

This past spring we began the process of organizing a congregational trip to Israel for Summer 2017. After many months of back and forth with various tour providers, our travel dates will be June 24-July 4. More information about this experience will be available at our High Holy Day services, including costs. The itinerary is available for download here. Feel free to contact Rabbi Samuels with any questions. We will update you with as much detail as possible throughout this process.

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.

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Board Information

September 2016 Board Agenda

The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors will meet next at 5 p.m. Tuesday, September 27, 2016, at 5:00pm, in the social hall. 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. Tuesday, September 13, 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


09.27.2016 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


09.30.2016 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm


10.01.2016 9:30 am - 10:30 am


10.02.2016 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


10.03.2016 9:00 am - 10:00 am

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