Bea Lawrence headshotWe are very pleased to welcome Dr. Beatrice Lawrence, Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible at Seattle University, for a Scholar-In-Residence weekend at Congregation Beth Israel. Bea Lawrence headshotDr. Lawrence grew up in the thriving Jewish metropolis of Moscow, Idaho, and received her Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible and Jewish Hermeneutics from Emory University in 2009. Her research centers around classical Jewish biblical interpretation and gender as a critical lens. She is an engaging and witty scholar, and was also Rabbi Samuels’ professor of biblical history and Prophets at Hebrew Union College.

Dr. Lawrence will speak at Congregation Beth Israel:

Friday, February 19, 6:15 p.m. Shabbat service: The Ideal Jewish Wife (Then and Now) -- A Deconstruction of “Eyshet Chayil.”
Saturday, February 20
    * 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Torah study: On Parshat Tetzaveh.
    * 10:30 a.m. during Shabbat service: Biblical Women Who Broke the Mold, and What They Teach Us
    * 7 p.m. (open to the public): Genesis 1-4 and its Impact on Sex, Marriage, and Divorce.
Sunday morning, 10:30 a.m. Bagel Brunch and lecture: Where M Doesn't Mean ‘Male’: How Judaism Looks at Modesty, Mikvah and Menstruation.

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Dear Friends,
   This year, the 40th anniversary of the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra in Bellingham, also marks the beginning of a new multi-year initiative for the WSO, titled Harmony From Discord. The upcoming concert will be March 6, 2016.
   This program centers around composers who were persecuted, many of whom ultimately died in concentration camps. The initiative seeks to honor the work of these composers, highlighting compositions which transcend the dark reality of a situation and celebrate the beauty of human life. Since many of these works are rarely performed, especially by American orchestras, our goal is to bring renewed interest in the music and further the important discussion about the use of art as a tool to look beyond the atrocities perpetuated throughout human history.
    Noémi Ban, a Holocaust survivor who lives in Bellingham, will speak to the audience from the stage as well. I have no doubt that this is going to be a very special and moving event for our community, and I hope you can join us for this special concert.
Sincerely yours,
Yaniv Attar, WSO conductor

March 25-26, 2016

Kalsman Color logo thumbRegistration for Taste of Kalsman is now open!! Mark your calendars for March 25-26, 2016!

Taste of Kalsman is a two day, one night retreat for 1st-4th graders to experience all that Camp Kalsman has to offer. Click the link below for more details.

Taste of Kalsman campers will live in our comfortable cabins with our all-star staff. Staff will accompany campers as they create masterpieces in arts and crafts, sample our sports activities, and celebrate a camp Shabbat.

It is sure to be an amazing time! Learn more and register today by clicking here:

If your new camper is interested in registering for a 2016 summer program after their amazing Taste of Kalsman weekend, $100 of their retreat cost will be discounted from their Summer 2016 camp tuition! Sessions for summer 2016 are filling up -- read more about camp here.

Congregation Beth israel's will have a Community Shabbaton May 20-21, 2016, at Camp Kalsman. Join us for a joyful overnight community Shabbat, which will include: Shabbat services * Four meals throughout Shabbat * Late night Torah study *  Kids and family activities * Morning Yoga for adults * Pre-Lag B’Omer bonfire * Canoeing * Giant swing * Hiking * Havdalah * and special musical leadership from cantorial soloist Andrea Shupack

Space is limited so sign up today! Register online or pick up a form at the Beth Israel office. Deadline is April 15, 2016.

Some pictures from the 2015 Shabbaton:

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Agenda for February 9, 2016 CBI Board Meeting

The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors will meet next at 5 p.m. Tuesday, February 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, February 9, 2016 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, Treasurer Terri Weiner, Secretary Lynn Korner, and Rabbi Joshua Samuels, ex-officio.

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