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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 Peninsula, 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.


September 9, 2016 Friday 6:30 PM
Shabbat Evening Service – Leader: Amy Mook

October 2, 2016 Sunday 7:00 PM
Erev Rosh Hashanah

October 3, 2016 Monday 10:00 AM
Rosh Hashanah Service

October 3, 2016 Monday 3:00 PM
Tashlich, Fort Worden Kitchen Shelter

October 11, 2016 Tuesday 6:30 PM
Kol Nidrei, Cotton Building, 607 Water St, Port Townsend

October 12, 2016 Wednesday 10:00 AM
Yom Kippur Morning Services Cotton Building, 607 Water St, Port Townsend

6:00 PM Yizkor / Closing /Neilah / Break-the-Fast
St. Paul's Episcopal Church

3 PM Sunday, October 16, 2016
Community Sukkah Building
St. Paul's Episcopal Church Courtyard

Friday, October 21, 2016
Erev Shabbat and Sukkot Celebration
6:30 pm

more information
details on Calendar

Rosh Hashanah 5777



A link to the membership form for 5775 can be found on our Membership Page.

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