7 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Please plan to attend this special observance of Holocaust Remembrance Day, featuring leadership from the Kesher 7th Grade class and soloist Andrea Shupack. Noemi Ban will be a featured speaker. We will also welcome guest speaker WWU Professor Sebastian Mendes, who will talk about his grandfather, Aristides de Sousa Mendes, recognized by Yad Vashem as one of the "Righteous Among the Nations."

Noemi Ban will also speak at Western Washington University from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2016. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Go to NoemiBanSpring2016.EventBrite.com

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 15

Everyone is invited to participate in Beth Israel's annual Mitzvah Day. Come at 10 a.m. for a Bagel and Nosh and sign up for the projects of your choice. We will have a speaker from Whatcom Humane Society and will be collecting food for the shelter's animals.

Projects are from about 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.. New this year will be making totes for children in shelters and making a mural at Up Town Art to decorate the new synagogue.

We also will have a display about how to help refugees, and voter registration.

Ongoing projects are helping at the We Grow Veterans garden, cleaning the Beth Israel Cemetery and packing hygiene kits for homeless teens. Please donate items for the hygiene kits, such as travel  soaps, shampoo, and toothbrushes, in the Social Action bin downstairs at the synagogue.  

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

Register online or pick up a form at the Beth Israel office. Deadline of April 15, 2016, has been extended. Sign up today! 

Some pictures from the 2015 Shabbaton:

Shabbaton 2015


We did it! The Million$Match Campaign was a HUGE SUCCESS!

The grand total collected by the Jan. 4, 2016 deadline was $1,077,404, including the auction proceeds.

THANKS a MILLION to all the donors, supporters and volunteer fundraisers who rose to the challenge!

Now that we know we'll be able to continue construction, let's keep up the cash flow to finish out the school and interior furnishings. Want to donate? Click here for more information

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Board Information

The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors will meet next at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, 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, May 10, 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.

Upcoming Events


05.04.2016 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


05.07.2016 9:30 am - 10:30 am


05.08.2016 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


05.08.2016 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

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