Bet Shira, House of Song, is an inclusive Jewish community for people from diverse backgrounds who seek an active and joyful Jewish life on the Olympic Peninsula. The congregation is inter-generational, participatory, trans-denominational, and egalitarian. Membership is drawn primarily from the Northeast Olympic Penisula, but all visitors to the Peninsula are welcome to participate.
The congregation offers an active calendar of Jewish activities:
Twice Monthly Shabbat Services
Kabbalat Shabbat and potluck dinner on the second Friday evening of each month;
Torah services are often held on the fourth Saturday morning of the month
Holidays of the Jewish year
High Holy Day Services, including Tashlich at the beach,
Sukkoth, Simchat Torah, Hanukkah, Purim, Passover, Shavuot
Lifecycle events of community members
Bris & Baby Namings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, weddings, shiva calls
Jewish Education at Bet Shira is dedicated to teaching the community's children the traditions and history of their Jewish faith, and enriching the spiritual experience of our adult members during our services and holiday celebrations.
Services integrate prayer, blessings, a breadth of Jewish melodies, and contemporary insights into their rich traditions. Lay leaders conduct all services, and volunteers plan, organize, and staff all events. Other activities have included Torah study, Havdalah, klezmer music, Israeli dancing, movie nights, bagel brunches, a children’s choir, and social activism in the local community. Religious school for children aged 4–12 years old is held once a week and taught by community members.
UPCOMING BET SHIRA EVENTS
Sunday, October 5
Sukkah Building Party
3:30 PM St. Paul's
Friday, October 10
Sukkot celebrations and Erev Shabbat
led by Emily Katcher and blessings in the Sukkah, weather permitting.
details on Calendar