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This summer we have many singing programs in connection with our Musicians in Residence Weekend on September 16-17.

Musician, composer, and teacher Joey Weisenberg is the founder and director of Hadar’s Rising Song Institute, which cultivates grassroots musical-spiritual creativity in Jewish community. Rabbi Deborah Sacks Mintz serves the Hadar Institute as Director of Tefillah and Music, supporting communities and individuals who seek to deepen their practice of empowered song and connective prayer. Together they will visit Congregation Beth Shalom for Selichot weekend, September 16-17, 2022

The weekend will include davening, singing, learning, and a Saturday night concert full of soul-igniting melodies and ethereal harmonies with local musician Chava Mirel.

Learn more here.

Are you able to support our Musicians in Residence Program? Be a Pillar!
Info and sign up here.

Weekend sponsored by the Bierman Scholar in Residence Fund
Saturday concert sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle
Organizational Sponsors: Hillel UW, Temple Beth Am, Kavana, Temple Beth Or, Congregation Kol Ami, Temple Beth Shalom (Spokane)
Outreach Partners: Kadima, Mercaz, Seattle Jewish Chorale, Seattle Jewish Community School, Tales of the Alchemysts Theatre

Psalm Hike
Sunday, 6/26, 9am-1pm at Wallace Falls State Park
Register here

Come to the forest, to the mountains, and to the waters to experience the psalms. Beth Shalom board president, Rich Brodsky, and leader of our Greening Congregations efforts, Tamar Libicki, invite you on a hike to the lower and middle falls of Wallace Falls. We will be pausing periodically during our hike to read or sing select psalms that recognize the awe inspiring power of the natural world. "He established the earth on its foundations, so that it shall never totter. You made the deep cover it as a garment; the waters stood above the mountains." (ps.104 v.5-6). No hiking experience necessary to explore this trail that covers a wooded uphill trail with beautiful views of the falls. Contact Rich for questions 206-940-5104. Limited space available.

Seattle Pride Parade
Sunday, 6/26, 11am-3pm

Please join ADL Pacific Northwest and our community partners Congregation Beth Shalom, the Northwest African American Museum, Temple de Hirsch Sinai, and others to be announced soon as we march in the Seattle Pride Parade on Sunday, June 26 from 11am-3pm. The march begins at 4th and Pike and ends at 2nd and Denny Way and marchers will walk the parade route. Please register here and bring friends, kids, and family members for this fun, energizing day. Questions? Please contact pacificnorthwest@adl.org.

Backyard Kabbalat Shabbat and BYO Dinner
Fridays, 7/8 and 8/12
6:30pm Kabbalat Shabbat; 7:30pm BYO Dinner

Shira Orzech will lead us in Kabbalat Shabbat services in the backyards of CBS members in the neighborhood, followed by Shabbat dinner. We will not hold Kabbalat Shabbat services in June, but please join us in July and August. Space is limited; the location will be provided upon registration. Open to all ages. Register for July 8 here and August 12 here .

Singing and Swimming
Tuesday, 7/26, Swimming & Picnic at 6pm; Singing at 7pm, Register here 
Sunday, August 28, Swimming & Picnic at 1pm, Singing at 2pm, Register here 
Kavana and Congregation Beth Shalom invite you to join our summer song circles with local musician Chava Mirel and community singing leaders Deb Arnold and Lynn Katz. We will meet outdoors at a private residence on Lake Sammamish with water access (location shared upon registration). Bring your bathing suits and/or a picnic meal to enjoy by the lake. We will provide drinks and snacks. We will learn and sing melodies created by Chava’s musical collaborators from Hadar’s Rising Song Institute, Joey Weisenberg and Rabbi Deborah Sacks Mintz, who will visit Beth Shalom for a Musicians in Residence weekend Sept. 16-17, 2022. Space is limited. We will cancel in the event of rain or other inclement weather. Registration for the Tuesday event closes at 9am day-of; registration for the Sunday event closes at 9am the Friday before.

From Shuk to Farmers Market- Picnic and Shinshinit Meet and Greet
Wednesday, 8/24,  5-7pm
Wallingford Farmers Market- in Meridian Park
Meridian Ave N and N 50th St)

Bring a snack or dinner or purchase something tasty from the farmers market and join the CBS community to welcome Liel, our 2022-2023 Shinshinit (Israeli Emissary). In addition to enjoying the park and farmers market, we will lead some fun, get to know you games, and share Seattle tips with Liel.  Any questions? Contact Rachel Wachtel .

Shabbat Events

Shmita Shabbat
Saturday, 7/2, 9:30am-2:15pm
Experience a special Shabbat to celebrate the Shmita year we are in. After services, enjoy a lunch made with local, seasonal ingredients. Participate in our Shmita basket ritual, developed by Brianna Sayres, to enjoy fresh fruits and veggies of the season and share them with North Helpline Food Bank. Contribute to the Shmita basket ritual by bringing fresh seasonal produce to Beth Shalom during office hours the week of June 27-July 1. What is in season? Find out here, shop at a farmer’s market, visit a grocery store that advertises where they source produce, or harvest from your garden. No registration necessary to join for services or lunch.

Backyard Kabbalat Shabbat and BYO Dinner
Friday, 7/8, 6:00pm Kabbalat Shabbat; 7:00pm BYO Dinner,
and 8/12, 6:30pm Kabbalat Shabbat; 7:30pm BYO Dinner

Shira Orzech will lead us in Kabbalat Shabbat services in the backyards of CBS members in the neighborhood, followed by Shabbat dinner. We will not hold Kabbalat Shabbat services in June, but please join us in July and August. Space is limited; the location will be provided upon registration. Open to all ages. Register for July 8 here and August 12 here .

Shabbat Services with Rising Song Melodies & After Lunch Singing
Saturdays, 7/9, 8/6, 9/10. Services at 9:30am; Kiddush Lunch at 12:30pm; Singing at 1:15pm.

(On 9/10 we'll use Risinging Song melodies during services, but won't have after lunch singing)
During Shabbat services, our service leaders will use melodies created by Joey Weisenberg and Rabbi Deborah Sacks Mintz, musicians from Hadar's Rising Song Institute who will visit Beth Shalom for a Musicians in Residence weekend Sept. 16-17, 2022. After services and Kiddush lunch, join Deb Arnold and Lynn Katz to learn new melodies and sing together. No registration necessary to join for services or singing.
 

Shabbat in the Park
Fridays, 7/22 and 8/19, Family Service 5-5:30pm, Potluck Dinner 5:30pm
View Ridge Park

Join us for a short family service (geared towards kids under 9-ish and their families) with lots of singing and a story, followed by a potluck dinner.  This will be a lovely opportunity to celebrate Shabbat together, to play, to schmooze, and to get to know other families in the Beth Shalom community!  CBS will provide challah, grape juice, and a main course; please bring a vegetarian side or dessert (CBS potluck policy here).  We’ll meet by the shelter in View Ridge Park, but we’ll cancel in the event of more than a drizzle or other inclement weather.

Shabbat Board Games
Saturdays, 7/16 and 8/27, 1:00pm-ish

Stick around after kiddush for board games and a sweet treat!  Bring your favorite game and join us for a laid-back summer Shabbat afternoon of playing.  All ages and levels, from Candyland through complex strategy games, are welcome!

Outdoor Shabbat Singing and Welcome Liel
Saturday, 9/3, 7-8:30pm
Register here.

Join us in a member’s backyard in the Beth Shalom neighborhood to sing zemirot, Shabbat songs. At this event, we will welcome Leil, Beth Shalom’s 2022-23 shinshinit (Israeli youth ambassador). We will sing melodies created by musicians Joey Weisenberg and Deborah Sacks Mintz, who will visit Beth Shalom for a Musicians in Residence weekend Sept. 16-17, 2022. Space is limited, and registration is first-come first-served, with a deadline of Friday, 9/2 at 9:00am. For security reasons, the location will be provided upon registration. Open to all ages. We will cancel in the event of rain or other inclement weather. 

Adult Learning

BEYLE: The Artist and Her Legacy Screening
Sunday, 6/26, 12-1:30pm on Zoom

Please register by 9am Friday, 6/24 to be sent the Zoom link.
Join Congregation Beth Shalom, Kol Ami and Temple Beth Am for a virtual screening of the 40-minute film BEYLE: The Artist and Her Legacy. Raised in Czernowitz, Holocaust survivor Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman became a central figure in the vibrant Yiddish world of the Bronx, New York. Beyle’s poetry, songs, and artwork were invaluable contributions to traditional Jewish folk art. Her creative output spanned seven decades, multiple continents, and numerous media. Beyle, named a National Heritage Fellow in 2005, dedicated her life to preserving and spreading Yiddish through a community of scholars, artists, and Yiddish enthusiasts. BEYLE: The Artist and Her Legacy explores her influence on Yiddish culture through archival recordings and exclusive interviews with Beyle and others.

Young Family Activities

Shabbat in the Park
Fridays, 7/22 and 8/19, Family Service 5-5:30pm, Potluck Dinner 5:30pm
View Ridge Park

Join us for a short family service (geared towards kids under 9-ish and their families) with lots of singing and a story, followed by a potluck dinner.  This will be a lovely opportunity to celebrate Shabbat together, to play, to schmooze, and to get to know other families in the Beth Shalom community!  CBS will provide challah, grape juice, and a main course; please bring a vegetarian side or dessert (CBS potluck policy here).  We’ll meet by the shelter in View Ridge Park, but we’ll cancel in the event of more than a drizzle or other inclement weather.

Shabbat Board Games
Saturdays, 7/16 and 8/27, 1:00pm-ish

Stick around after kiddush for board games and a sweet treat!  Bring your favorite game and join us for a laid-back summer Shabbat afternoon of playing.  All ages and levels, from Candyland through complex strategy games, are welcome!

Young Family Tefillah
Saturday, 8/6, 11:30am-noon

For more info, please click here.
Join Rabbi Rose as we celebrate Shabbat together with singing, a story, marching with stuffed Torahs, and other Shabbat-friendly activities.  This is geared for kids under 5 and their grownups, but big siblings are welcome, too.  We invite you to stick around for kiddush lunch with both indoor and outdoor eating options. 

Religious School & Youth

Religious School and Prozdor Registration Now Open for 2022-2023!
Read about our plans for the upcoming school year and register through your shulcloud account.
Directions and information here: 
Religious School (preschool-5th grades)
Prozdor (6th and 7th Grades)
Teen Learning (8th-12th Grades), classes and more details coming soon

Youth Groups
CBS offers 4 different youth groups based on age. Registration for youth groups for the 2022-2023 academic year is now open. Each youth group offers one or more social events each month and participation requires a yearly registration and membership fee. 
Read more about our youth groups and how to register here.
Please note that youth group registration is already included in 2nd-7th Grade Religious School and Prozdor tuition and registration.
Your timely registration aids us tremendously in preparing for the fall. 

Calling all CBS Teens (8th-12th graders)!
Apply to join the Ozerim Program 2022-2023!
 
What is the Ozerim Program?
8th-12th graders work in our preK-5th grade religious school as special needs aides, teaching assistants, Hebrew tutors, and more.  Congregation Beth Shalom loves its ozerim! Ozerim bring energy, ideas and sparkle to the religious school and our students, parents, and teachers alike. We hope you will find a role at the CBS religious school that fits your schedule and interests – if you have another idea about how to get involved that is not on this list, please let us know! 
 More info here.  Complete the Ozerim Program Application here. The application deadline is August 19th.
Questions?  Contact CBS Education and Youth Director, Rachel Wachtel.

Summer Volunteering

Shabbas Chefs Needed!
We need Shabbas Chefs leads! It’s fun, it’s easy, and there’s lot of support! We have multiple Shabbatot that need cooking leads in June and over the summer. Please email Wendy Friedman for details.

Building & Grounds:  "What have you done for your Synagogue lately?" There is a great answer. There are 15 exterior wooden doors that get climate abuse especially doors facing south or southeast. Some have reached the point of needing major attention right now. Steve Katz has stepped forward to work on a few doors and has already started. If we do not carry out required maintenance there can be resultant damage to cause need for replacement. Consider $1500 per door plus $1000 installation. Steve has already finished one door. Start with  rubbing the wood with a small mesh special material and taping hardware and glass with 2" blue tape. Finally a coat of Cetol is applied. Work with Steve to help him but especially learn the process so you can do one or more doors yourself. Have a congregant join you to work as a team. So when the question comes "What have you done....." you have great answer. "I am part of the CBS community and answered a need."  Contact Beth Shalom member Dominique.

Mon, July 4 2022 5 Tammuz 5782