6 p.m. Nov. 12 & 13, 2014

This year Nov. 9 marks the 76th anniversary of the Kristallnacht.

Congregation Beth Israel member Noemi Ban, a survivor of Auschwitz and award-winning teacher, will speak on Wednesday, Nov. 12, and Thursday, Nov. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Arntzen Hall 100 on the WWU main campus.

If you wish to reserve seats for yourself, your family or friends, go to www.wce.wwu. edu/nwche/ or call WWU’s Center for Education, Equity & Diversity, (360) 650-3827.

Parking: Starting at 4:30 p.m., WWU parking is free in Lots C and 12A, which are near the Wade King Recreation Center at the corner of Bill McDonald Parkway and College Way — a 5-minute walk to Arntzen Hall.

President Mitch Press shared some good news with the congregation at our Erev Rosh Hashana service: Rabbi Samuels has accepted a new contract with Congregation Beth Israel and an anonymous donor will match $1 million of new building fund donations ... Read more about it here:

President's Message, 5775

3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014

uptown art eventCalling ALL Ladies!

Do you need an afternoon out? Do you miss your friends? Do you need a break from your everyday life?

Grab a friend & join the membership committee for an afternoon of fun and creativity at Uptown Art, 23 Bellwether Way No. 101.

Cost is $40 ($15 goes to Religious School)

To register – make checks payable to UPTOWN ART and mail to Bettina Fisher, 5076 Festival Blvd #1C, Bellingham, WA 98226. Space is limited.

Questions? Feel free to email Rita Spitzer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact anyone on the membership committee. If we don’t know the answer, we will get it.

(Pictured above: Beth Israel women with their masterpieces at the Uptown Art "sip and paint" event in May 2014)

Annual Pledge Drive

kc6 2In 2013-2014, Congregation Beth Israel had a great year, addressing the needs of congregants in many ways.

Regardless of what we choose to participate in, each of us has a stake in maintaining Beth Israel as a center of our Jewish community. Your financial commitment ensures that we can continue to meet the diverse needs of our community.

'Gifts of the Heart'

This year, in addition to your family's pledge, we ask that you also consider adding a ‘Gift of the Heart’:

Just a little bit more from each of us can have big results.

MUSIC ENRICHMENT. Plans for 2014-15 include the addition of a part-time Cantorial Soloist. Your supplemental “gift of the heart” donation can help achieve this goal.

RELIGIOUS SCHOOL. Tuition and a significant subsidy from CBI fund the Religious and Hebrew School. A supplemental “gift of the heart” donation can help the teachers implement more activities and enrich our children and youths’ Jewish education/experience. Our children and youth are worth giving a bit more for!

SECURITY. In order to help CBI maintain an appropriate level of security, consider a “gift of the heart” supplemental donation.

Members will receive a pledge pamphlet in the mail; you can also pledge online here.

Kalsman Color logo thumbRegistration now open for Summer 2015

As we welcome 5775 and wish one another a sweet New Year, the Camp Kalsman staff is already working to make Summer 2015 our best summer yet. 2015 session dates and rates are available now on the camp web page. Registration for 2015 is now open to the entire community.  We expect spots to fill very quickly. Last season, more than 80 percent of registrations occurred before January 1. Don't miss out, register early! bellinghamsters at camp 2

What does a summer at URJ Camp Kalsman look like? Sunshine, swimming, T’filah on the lake, T’filah in the woods, hiking, climbing, art, sports, Tikkun Olam, rocking song sessions, goats on walks, Shabbat Shira, friendships, laughter, and a staff of inspiring Jewish role models. Join the fun for Summer 2015!

Rabbi Samuels and family visit with campers and staff from Bellingham, during second session 2014Camp Kalsman offers a variety of sessions for campers entering grades 2 through 12.  You can register online at kalsman.urjcamps.org.  Call the Camp Kalsman office at (425) 284-4484 for more information. Financial aid and scholarships are available.

We're lucky to have Camp Kalsman in our back yard -- just an hour's drive south to Arlington.

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Board Information

October 14, 2014 Board Agenda

The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors will meet next at 5 p.m. Tuesday, October 28, 2014. The Executive Committee sets the agenda for regular Board of Director's meetings. The next regular board meeting will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 11, 2014.

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

Upcoming Events


No Shabbat Service


Nov.01.2014 9:30am - 10:30am
Torah Study


Nov.02.2014 10:00am - 12:00pm
Religious School


Nov.02.2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
NFTY PHAT monthly meeting


Nov.05.2014 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Hebrew School

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