As we approach the High Holy Holidays we are looking forward to the upcoming year with the intention to maintain the blog and offer programming that serves to build community. WIJC is a totally lay-led grassroots organization whose non-profit status is maintained by a volunteer Board. Member led programming depends on the willingness of individuals and families to take part and be willing to host, plan or attend an event.
WIJC needs folks interested in being on task committees, so if there is an event you wish to help plan let us know in the comments section. In the meantime, please mark your calendars with the following dates:
Saturday 9/7/13 Shabbat Dinner at Maxwelton Beach. WIJC will be gathering for a Shabbat potluck at the beach where we will bless challah and wine, light candles. Please RSVP and let us know how you can help out. Bring some wine/juice and a labeled dish to share.
Friday 9/13/13 YOM KIPPUR . WIJC will not be hosting High Holy Holiday services this year. It may be possible to arrange carpools to services at UW Hillel, synogaugues in Seattle or Everett or with Rabbi Ted in Lynnwood. If interested in this option, please respond in the comments below.A link will be provided to JTS’s services list.
Saturday 9/21/13 Sukkot at Double Bluff Beach
WIJC plans to gather for Sukkot at Double Bluff Beach. We will toss together a beach sukkah, shake the luvav, and nosh. Please RSVP if you can help organize; bring drinks and snacks to share. Bonus if you have an etrog.
Wednesday 12/4/13 Hanukkah gathering at Universal Unitarian Hall in Freeland
Celebrate Hanukkah with WIJC. Each Hanukkah WIJC members gather to fry up some latkes, play driedel, and share a festive potluck meall Let us know if you will be coming, we may have this event (with the exception of the latkes) catered.
Tuesday 12/24/13 Erev Christmas
Join WIJC for the fourth annual Erev Christmas tradition of Chinese food (China City in Freeland) and a movie (Clyde in Langley). For this popular event (last year’s Erev Christmas had a party of 29 people), WIJC reserves a banquet room making a RSVP especially important.
Friday 1/17/13 Tu B’ Shevat at Bayview Hall
WIJC will be hosting a sedet in honor of Tu’ B Shevat. This event will likely be catered, with a low cost and no one turned away, so please RSVP if you plan to attend.
Saturday 3/15/13 Purim, Location to be determined.
Okay, this is a big one. Not only is it the only holiday in which getting drunk to the point of not being able to tell the difference between right and wrong is a mitzvah, but for some reason in the original by-laws WIJC is slated to have yearly elections and a Board meeting at the time of Purim. Ironic, but fitting. In the past, WIJC has gathered to share some hamantashen and wine, hear the tale of Queen Esther, and vote on Executive Board seats. Lots of possibilities with noting formed yet; let us know if this opportunity speaks to you.
Thursday 4/17/13 Passover at Unitarian Universal Hall.
WIJC holds an annual community seder and this year will be no different. Plan on handmade matzah, and eclectic haggadah, potluck treats and a fierce hunt for affikomen.RSVPing will aid in planning.
Funding for Whidbey Island Jewish Community was made possible, in part, by a grant from the Special Initiatives Fund of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle.