Join us for an interactive Shavuot Seder celebrating the different themes of Shavuot.  Never heard of a Shavuot seder? There is a reason. A team of Beth Shalom folks are creating this special Shavuot seder to add a new twist, and ways to deepen our experience of Shavuot.

This Shavuot Seder will be followed by Maariv, special presentation by Professor Devin Naar on Sefardic customs for Shavuot, Cheesecake sampling, all night learning, late night Yiddish singing, late night cooking and a dawn service as well as our 9:30 service.  The seder is for all ages and will be followed by kids and teens programming.

This year’s all night tikkun will feature the Project Zug curriculum from Hadar by Rabbi Aviva Richman’s course Food Tour of the Talmud – exploring aspects of food by studying passages on food found across the six Orders of the Talmud. How can the act of eating become a practice of gratitude? Who should receive food as charity, and how much? What rights do field-workers have?  We are excited for this to be the beginning of a year-long partnership with Project Zug and their rich educational material – look for many more opportunities to learn with Project Zug throughout the year.

Schedule of Events:

8:15pmShavuot Seder – Celebrating four different themes of Shavuot through an interactive program of learning, eating, singing and creating community.

Shavuot Cooking Program with Rachel (all ages welcome)

10:15pmProfessor Devin Naar, Sephardic Shavuot customs
Sample kosher cheesecakes baked on site by CBS members

All Night Learning

11:15pm: Learning with Rabbi Rose

12:15am:  ‘Let’s Sing Yiddish Holiday Songs Together’.  Lomir Zingn Tsuzamen: Yiddish Yontif Lider with Marianne and Harvey (for both Yiddish and non Yiddish speakers, singers and non-singers)
12:15am: Learning with Rabbi Fern Feldman

1:15am: Learning with Deirdre Gabbay

2:15am: Learning with Rabbi Borodin

3:15am: Learning with Ron DeChene


4:00amDawn Minyan

The Shavuot festivities continue:


Shavuot Day 1 – Sunday, June 9th

9:30 am: Festival Service with kids programming
12:45pm:  Pot luck picnic at View Ridge Park
1:30pm: Kickball in the park
4:30pm: Burekas making with IAC


Shavuot Day 2 – Monday, June 10th (CBS Offices Closed)
9:30am: Festival Morning Service at 9:30
Followed by a Kiddush Lunch
Shavuot Board Game Extravaganza and special Shavuot snacks


Presented by Israeli American Council, hosted by CBS.

Since the days of King David, the Jewish people never had an artist like Naomi Shemer whose music was sung by so many and had such a vast and dramatic effect and influence on the Jewish and Israeli narrative.

Over 1,000 songs were written and composed by Shemer. Many of which tell the story of the State of Israel—from its birth through today, in happy times and sad. Her work is still very much ‘alive’ and cherished by all.  Naomi Shemer belongs to everyone, in the Jewish State and across the world.

Roy Rimshon, a self-confessed Naomi Shemer enthusiast, brings light and life to Shemer’s story. From her childhood in Kibbutz Kinneret through adolescence, from her musical education and early songs to becoming a living legend, Shemer’s life is a colorful narrative. Rimshon’s lectures combine well-known songs, videos and rare pictures, unfolding the life and work of this most influential and loved artist of the State of Israel.

Ticket prices:
Early Bird: $15 +1.78 fee (prior to May 23)
Day of: $18 +$1.93 fee (Day of)

To register:

You’re invited! Congregation Beth Shalom’s (rain)Garden Party!

Sunday, May 19, 12-1:30pm
Congregation Beth Shalom requests the pleasure of your company at the ribbon cutting for our beautiful new rain garden. Please join us on the patio for strawberry lemonade and tea sandwiches, and a brief presentation on Tikkun Olam Care of the Earth at Beth Shalom. This program is hosted by Ahavat v’Avodat HaAdamah, “Love and Service of the Earth,” a Jewish environmental organization for the Pacific Northwest, which is based here at Beth Shalom. There will also be an opportunity to learn about the city’s Rainwise program for controlling stormwater runoff into Puget Sound’s waterways.

Volunteers of the Year – The backstage Purim Heroes:  Daniel Markowitz, Joe Blumenzweig, Rebecca Polyakovsky, and Carl & Brianna Sayres

  • Vote on new members of the Board of Directors
  • Approve the 2019-20 budget
  • Stay for a light brunch and still have time to enjoy spring in Seattle!

We need your help.
Our bylaws require a quorum of 15% of the membership (69 family units) to approve the 2019-20 budget and elect the new board members and officers. Make your voice heard in the community!

Come for the Annual Meeting at 10:30am and stay afterwards to celebrate our Rain Garden.


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