Congregation Beth Israel (Bellingham, Washington)

Congregation Beth Israel (Hebrew: בית ישראל) is a Reform Jewish synagogue located at 751 San Juan Boulevard in Bellingham, Washington, in the United States. It is one of the oldest synagogues in Western Washington.[2]

Beth Israel
Hebrew: בית ישראל
AffiliationReform Judaism
Ecclesiastical or organizational statusSynagogue
LeadershipRabbi Joshua Samuels
Location751 San Juan Boulevard, Bellingham, Washington
CountryUnited States
Congregation Beth Israel (Bellingham, Washington) is located in Washington (state)
Congregation Beth Israel (Bellingham, Washington)
Location in Washington
Geographic coordinates48°43′58″N 122°27′00″W / 48.732747°N 122.4499841°W / 48.732747; -122.4499841
Date established1908 (as a congregation)
  • 1925 (2200 Broadway)
  • 2018 (San Juan Blvrd.)
Capacity500+ worshippers

Established in 1908, the congregation consisted mostly of Jewish immigrants from Lithuania. It moved into its first building at 2200 Broadway in 1925.[2] Originally Orthodox, it became more liberal following World War II, and in 1987 joined the Union of American Hebrew Congregations.[2] The congregation moved into a new building at 751 San Juan Boulevard in 2018.[1][2] At that time membership was 275 families.[1]

As of 2023, the rabbi was Joshua Samuels.[2]

References edit

  1. ^ a b c Litvack, David J. (December 14, 2018). "Bellingham's new shul". Jewish Independent.
  2. ^ a b c d e "About Us". Congregation Beth Israel. n.d. Retrieved May 13, 2019.[self-published source?]