a thread of graceCongregation Beth Israel is thrilled to present author Dr. Mary Doria Russell at 7 p.m. Nov. 3, 2016, at 2200 Broadway. She will speak about her Pulitzer-nominated novel,  A Thread of Grace: Jewish survival in Nazi-Occupied Italy.

Book signing (books will be made available for purchase by Village Books) and reception to follow. The evening is co-sponsored by WWU's Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity.

The event is open to the public. Donations are welcome to help offset Beth Israel's costs.
Dr. Russell also will be speaking at WWU's Fairhaven College Auditorium at 7 p.m. Nov. 2, 2016, about her first novel, The Sparrow.

dr. russellWidely praised for meticulous research, fine prose, and the compelling narrative drive of her stories, Mary Doria Russell is the award-winning author of six bestselling novels, including the science fiction classics The Sparrow and Children of God; the Pulitzer-nominated World War II thriller, A Thread of Grace; and a political romance set in 1921 Cairo called Dreamers of the Day. With her latest novels, Doc and Epitaph, Russell has redefined two towering figures of the American West: the lawman Wyatt Earp and the dental surgeon Doc Holliday. The daughter of a sheriff, Mary grew up with cops and guns but also holds a Ph.D. in biological anthropology from the University of Michigan and taught anatomy at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry.

Read more about Dr. Russell on her website: marydoriarussell.net

Informational meetings

If you are interested in learning more about Beth Israel's upcoming congregational trip to Israel in June 2017, plan to attend one of two upcoming informational meetings:
Sunday October 30 at 3:30 p.m. or
Sunday, November 6 at 1:30 p.m. Both meetings will be held at 2200 Broadway.
If you would like to register for the trip, please click on this link for all the details.

Feel free to contact Rabbi Samuels with any questions.

6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016
WWU Arntzen Hall Room 100

Beth Israel member and Holocaust survivor Noemi Ban will speak at the annual Kristallnacht Commemoration at Western Washington University at 6 p.m. November 9, 2016.

Ban’s story is one of loss, tragedy, resiliency, hope and inspiration. During this special event, Ban will share her experience of the Holocaust, including her imprisonment at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.

A Q&A session and book-signing will follow, giving participants the opportunity to speak first-hand with one of the final Holocaust survivors of our time.

The event, hosted by The Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity, will be in Arntzen Hall 100. The event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. Reservations can be made at wp.wwu.edu/raywolpowinstitute/kristallnacht-commemoration/, by calling Courtney Baxter at (360) 650-4000 or by e-mailing courtney.baxter@wwu.edu.


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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.

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