Mission & History

CBS @ 50

We’re making history!

Announcing a year-long celebration of
Congregation Beth Shalom’s past, present, and future!

In February of 2018, CBS will turn 50. Starting this summer and throughout the coming year, members are invited to be part of this special occasion by participating in a wide variety of events. The programming will feature a Gala Celebration on February 24, 2018 and a Culminating Event on May 6, 2018.

We hope that members of the congregation view this year as
a chance to deepen their connection to our wonderful community.

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About | Upcoming Events | Getting Involved

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About

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Congregation Beth Shalom. Our founding families first conceived the idea of a conservative synagogue in northeast Seattle in November 1967, and by February 1968 it was official. Fifty years is…a big deal! Hundreds of Shabbat kiddushes, religious school alumni, adult education classes, shiva minyanim, bnei mitzvah and weddings later, we have grown into a vibrant, engaged and committed community. Beth Shalom’s members have shared countless moments of joy and shed tears together.

To honor our holy community, we are marking the year with a series of celebrations! Two highlights to mark on your calendars now:

  • Night of 50 Shabbat Dinners on Friday, December 1, 2017
  • Hanukkah Party, December 13, 2017, Sing-a-long to tunes from 50 years ago
  • 50th Gala Celebration on Saturday, February 24, 2018
  • Culminating Event, May 6, 2018

We will also be hosting “Pleasure of Your Company” get-togethers all year long. These are creative, community-building events such as dinners, outdoor activities, wine tastings, lectures, etc.—all organized and hosted by CBS members. Part of this year’s programming will be 50 new “Pleasure of Your Company” events that will be scattered throughout the year and generously hosted by members of our community. In addition, we’ll be offering 50 Learning Opportunities, inviting you to do 50 Acts of Chesed, and aiming for 50 Bequests through our Life and Legacy program.

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Upcoming Events

Events for October Events for November
October 21:
Wine Tasting and Hors d’oeuvres
with Craig and Debbie Lawson

October 29:

Finding the Balance: Boldness and Humility in the Pursuit of Social Justice
with Talya Gillman and Danny Low

Dessert Buffet with Presentation by Scott Cline
with Scott Cline and Carolyn Cohen – 2 slots left; sign up now!
November 3:
Shabbat Dinner with the Gowns
with Carol and Allen GownNovember 5:
Greek Dinner with Wine Tasting
with Carol Starin

November 11:
An Enchanted Evening in Tuscany
with Michael and Karin Madwed – 1 slot left; sign up now!
Elegant Fall Dinner Party: Prime Rib and Fine Wine
with Peter Shapiro and Diane Aboulafia

November 12:
“Let the Good Times Roll” Fifties Party
with Susan Morgensztern

November 19:
Dinner and Concert by Trio Rondeau
with Simcha Shtull and Dan Bridge
Make Your Own Yad: A Family Event
with Rabbi Borodin
Sweets, Savories and Stories
with the Huppin Sisters
Poker Night
with the “Huppin Husbands”

Click on the event title for more information about time, location, and availability; and to register online!
You can find a complete list of Pleasure of Your Company events here.

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Getting Involved

If you’d like to get involved with the celebrations but aren’t sure where to start, here are some ways you can help:

  • Volunteer to host a Shabbat dinner or “Pleasure of Your Company” event—or attend one to meet more of your fellow congregants.
  • Participate in an Act of Chesed.
  • Take advantage of new classes being offered.
  • Share your memories of Beth Shalom or your hopes for the future.

Questions, concerns, comments, or looking to host an event? Please use this Contact Form to get in touch with the planning committee!

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This campaign is a huge undertaking. Donations are greatly appreciated.

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