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URJ President Rabbi Rick Jacobs will visit our community this coming Shabbat, Friday, July 29, 2016. This is a momentous occasion for Congregation Beth Israel. In the history of our congregation no other sitting URJ President has made his way through Bellingham. With more than 900 URJ affiliated synagogues across the country and 1,200 worldwide, serving more than 1.5 million people, one can understand how unique this visit is for us.

Here are the details for Friday evening:

5:15 p.m. Pre Nosh in the social hall. Due to Rabbi Jacobs’ travel arrangements, it is questionable whether he will arrive in time for the Pre Nosh.

6 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat service at Beth Israel (2200 Broadway). The service will be led by Rabbi Samuels and Cantorial Soloist Andrea Shupack. Rabbi Jacobs will be addressing our community.

Shabbat Dinner Crowd: Immediately following the service, everyone is welcome to join in our regularly held Shabbat Dinner Crowd, hosted this week by Cantor Sharona and Dr. Daniel Feller.

11 a.m. August 1, 2016

rabbi joel thal simondsBrunch and learn with Rabbi Joel Thal Simonds of the Religious Action Center. Rabbi Simonds will be speaking about the role of the RAC, the current refugee crisis, race relations and ways that our community can get involved in social justice issues. A bagel brunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Rabbi Samuels at rabbi@bethisraelbellingham.org.

5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016

The Washington State Jewish Historical Society will host Passport to Washington: Celebrating Our Jewish History, a fundraiser featuring the society's newest exhibit.

The cocktail party event will be held at the Seattle Design Center, 5701 6th Ave S, Seattle, and will feature the new Passport to Washington exhibit, food, wine, a silent auction,  and Jewish music performed by an ensemble of the Seattle Jewish Chorale.

The WSJHS will also launch the new Washington Jewish Museum, an interactive digital museum, which will bring to life the people, memories, and events that have shaped Jewish life in Washington State. The museum promises to be an invaluable repository of our community's rich Jewish history. Seattle businessman Martin Selig will be honored with the Making History in Washington State award.

The event runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., with a VIP Cocktail Reception beginning at 5 p.m. Tickets for WSJHS members are $95 each by Aug. 5 and $118 afterward; $118 for nonmembers by Aug. 5 and $136 afterwards; and $250 for the VIP Cocktail Reception. Purchase tickets in advance; none will be sold at the door. Visit www.wsjhs.org/celebration and to register online. For more information, contact WSJHS at info@wsjhs.org or 206-774-2277.


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

Agenda Board June 2016

The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors will meet next at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, 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, July 12, 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


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