August 26, 2016                                           כ"ב באב, תשע"ו
The Gaga Pit Awaits

Just a few more end-of-the-summer adjustments, and Kesher is ready to its September 25th kick off!  The classes have been cleaned, new materials and activities are lined up, and most importantly, the Gaga pit is ready for some serious playing!  Please check out the 5777 Kesher calendar for dates of Kesher classes, Shabbatonim (in the synagogue) and the over night Shabbaton (at Kalsman), class Havdalah nights, and family services.  I am looking forward to all of this!
Shabbat Shalom,
Sagit Hall  שגית הול
Director, Kesher Center for Jewish Learning
Kes her's First Day of 5777 
Pancake Breakfast & Parent Orientation
Kesher's first day is Sunday, September 25!  We will kick off the first day with our 5th Annual Pancake Breakfast at 9am in the CBI Social Hall.  Thank you, Bortherhood for sponsoring and flipping all these pancakes for us!  At 10am we will gather for our regularly scheduled family morning tfilah.  After the children have left the sancturary to thier classrooms around 10:30am, the Kesher Parent Committee (KPC) co-chairs will hold a parent orientation session where parents and guardians can learn about this year's curriculum, calendar, parent involvement, special events and more.  
Community Hike 
Sunday, September 18 at 9am
Bring the whole family as local naturalist David Strich will guide us through Point Whitehorn - a wild and vibrant plot of woods right along the coast.
The Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve features 54 acres of forest, bluff and beach, with a 3/4 mile fully accessible trail to spectacular viewpoints of the Strait of Georgia and San Juan Islands. A switchback path descends from the bluff to access a windswept cobble beach. We will explore the coastal forest, with abundant black cherry and sitka spruce trees and head-high salal, and then, hopefully, enjoy the lingering summer on the beach.
The low tide that day is at 12:46pm (5 ft), so consider staying a while longer to enjoy all the treasures that will surface!   
Bnei Mitzvah Nitty Gritty Night
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 @ 6pm
For families with Bnei Mitzvah students (7th graders) 
Pizza and salad will be served at 6pm followed by:
* informative activities
* connecting with parents of the 5777 Bnei Mitzvah class
* presentations by the Bnei Mitzvah teaching team
* Q & A
Kesher Parent Committee News

Shalom parents,

We are looking forward to seeing you on the first day of Kesher, September 25th, 10:30am at the sanctuary for our annual Parent Orientation where you will be introduced to the staff, class lists, some of the "behind the scenes" and will hear about the multiple ways you can get involved


Wendy, and Marcy
KPC Co-Chairs
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KESHER   קֶשֶׁר
Center for Jewish Learning
at Congregation Beth Israel, Bellingham WA
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Upcoming Dates 

Sep. 18, 9am
Community Hike at Point Whitehorn

Sep. 25th, 9am
Kesher's New Year Kick-off Pancake Breakfast

Sep. 25th, 10am
Kesher Classes & Gan Yeladim

Oct. 3rd, ?am
Rosh Hashana Family Service

Oct. 3rd, ?am
Tashlich at Lake Padden

Oct. 7th, 6pm
Shabbat Family Service

Oct. 9th, 10am
Kesher Classes & Gan Yeladim 
6th grade and older at the WWU Outdoor Challenge

Oct. 12th, ?am
Yom Kippur family service

Oct. 16th, 10am
Kesher Classes & Mazal Tots

Oct. 22nd, 5pm
5th-6th Grade Havdalah Night

Oct. 23nd, 10am
Kesher Classes & Gan Yeladim

Oct. 24th, 10am
Simchat Torah and Consectation of new Kesher students

Oct. 30th, 10am
Kesher Classes 

Nov. 5th, TBD
KG-1st grade Havdalah
Middle and High Schoolers Save the Dates! 

Sunday, October 9 @ 9:30-11:30am
WWU Outdoor Challenge Course

Sunday, October 23 @ 8am
Field trip to Seattle's Holocaust Center for Humanity with Rabbi Samuels and Kesher's 6th-8th teachers

Friday-Saturday, November 4-5 (time TBD)
8th graders will spend Shabbat with host families from Temple Beth Am and join their 8th grade class for a day of Tikkun Olam in action in Seattle
Class Havdalah Nights
Kesher's class Havdalah nights are annual get-together events for each class where families gather at a home of a host family to share a meal or light refreshments around the beautiful ritual of Havdalah to mark the end of Shabbat and the start of a new week.

This is a great opportunity to connect with parents and get to know the children of the group. Rabbi Samuels, Andrea Shupack, or Sagit Hall will be joining the gatherings and will lead the Havdalah blessing.
Oct 22 5th and 6th grade (at Elinor's sukkah)
Nov 5 KG 1st grade
Dec 10 2nd grade
Jan 21 3rd and 4th grade
Feb 25 7th and 8th grade
Mar 4 Mazal Tots & Gan

Youth Choir for High Holy Days 

Rehearsals start this Sunday!
This opportunity is open for all kids who wish to participate.  Registration is required, but there is no cost.  
Come have fun with Kesher friends and learn a few songs from our Cantorial Soloist Andrea Shupack and sing at the High Holy Day Family service at Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur mornings.  

There are 4 rehearsals, all on Sundays from 3:30 to 4:30.  August 28, September 11, 18, and 25.  Please call the office at 360-733-8890 or email

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Kesher קֶשֶׁר
Center for Jewish Learning
Congregation Beth Israel * 360-733-8890