Summer Camp deadlines



The days are getting  longer.  Summer camps season is on the way!
Is your child going to camp?

Jewish summer camp offers children wonderful opportunities to build community, explore their independence, and make new friends around the campfire.

The Pacific Northwest is home to some amazing summer camps and the Jewish Federation of Seattle is committed to offering scholarships (camperships) to ensure that every Jewish child that wishes to attend a sleep away camp can pack their duffel bag and hop on the bus, regardless of their family’s financial circumstances.

The deadline to apply for camperships is this Friday, March 4th.

To apply for aid, visit  the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle’s site at


Check out local camps:

URJ Camp Kalsman

Camp Solomon Schechter

Make your child a happy camper, enroll today!



Public Service Announcement: Democratic Caucus Surrogate Form

Shalom Whidbey Island Jewish Community,
Washington’s Democratic Caucus takes place on Saturday, March 26th.
If you’re not able to caucus due to Shabbat restrictions, work, or illness, you can have your vote counted using a Surrogate form.

The Surrogate Affidavit Form for the 2016 Democratic Precinct Caucus must be returned to the Washington State Democratic Party (via fax, mail, or email) by 5:00 p.m. on March 18th for your vote to be counted in the caucus.

Users of the the Surrogate Affridavidt must agree that, “I will be unable to attend the 2016 Washington State Democratic Precinct Caucus on Saturday, March 26, 2016 because of my need to participate in observance of my religion, because I have responsibilities related to military service or work schedule, or because I have a disability or illness that does not allow me to attend the Precinct Caucus and that I am aware that proxies for any other purpose other than religious observance, military service, work schedule, disability or illness are strictly prohibited by the 2016 Washington State Delegate Selection and Affirmative Action Plan.

To print a copy of the Surrogate Caucus form, visit…/2016%20Precinct%20Caucuses%20


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Invite for tomorrow: Shabbat with Rabbi Ted Falcon on Whidbey


A Sh’ma Shabbat: Listening for the Whispers of the Soul

Friday, February 5 at 7 PM at Unity of Whidbey, 5671 Crawford Road, Langley (corner SR 525 & Crawford Road)

With musicians Stephen Merritt, Jenny & Jack Heutmaker. Made possible by your free will contributions.

For more information, please contact Allan Ament at:

Or visit Rabbi Ted’s website:

An inviatition to a Meditative Shabbat on Whidbey Island with Rabbi Ted Falcon

Chag Sameach! Happy final day of Hanukkah.


You are invited to a Meditative Shabbat with Rabbi Ted Falcon, on the island, this Friday, December 18th. The event will begin at 7:30 and will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Hall in Freeland. The focus shall be “The Challenge of Forgiveness” and will feature musicians Stephen Merritt, and Jenny and Jack Heutmaker.

Thanks go to Allan Ament for organizing this Shabbat.

As you may have noticed, WIJC has sent few emails this past year, instead relying on the community Facebook sight to post announcements. You can follow WIJC at

Invitation from Rabbi Ted Falcon for High Holy Holiday services

Rabbi Ted Falcon, an islander, would like to share the following invite with WIJC readers:

People of all faith paths are invited to join Rabbi Ted Falcon in experiencing the spiritual richness and special energies of these Days of Awe.
Rabbi Ted Falcon, PhD, a Reform Rabbi with a doctorate in clinical psychology, explores the frontiers of a universal spirituality in his work as spiritual therapist, teacher, and writer.

 Traditional Holy Day melodies along with niggunim, chants, kirtan, and new songs help us embrace the sacred dimension of this time.

With musicians Jenny Heutmaker, Jack Heutmaker, Paul Bruno.



Rosh Hashanah Eve Worship: Sunday, September 13, 7:30 pm
Shofar Service and Taschlich, the ritual release beside a body of living water: Monday, Sept. 14, 3 pm.
Kol Nidrei, Yom Kippur Eve Worship: Tuesday, September 22, 7:30 pm
Yom Kippur Afternoon Service, includes Yizkor/Memorial: Wednesday, September 23, 4 pm
• All worship services in the sanctuary of Unity in Lynnwood, 16727 Alderwood Mall Parkway.
Shofar Service and Taschlich at Edmonds Marina Beach Park.

You can purchase tickets for one or more services.
First-timers and members of other faiths are invited to share this time of spiritual expansion for a free-will donation, no one will be turned away.

Details at

Invite to Taschlich and Shofar Blowing

Shalom WIJC subscribers,

La’Shana Tova! May you inscribed for a good year!

You’re invited to welcome the New Year,  5776, with fellow islanders this Monday, Rosh Hashana, at 5:30 p.m. at Possession Beach, in Clinton.

There will be an open body of water for Taschlich and we can sound the shofar whilst enjoying challah, apples and honey, and treats for a sweet New Year.

WIJC has received several contacts from folks recently relocated to the island who are hoping to make some Jewish introductions;  please stop by to see familar faces and welcome some new ones.

If you’d like to strengthening Jewish culture and connection on Whidbey and would be willing to volunteer/serve as a Board Member of WIJC to to make it more than a mailing list (94 subscribers to the blog, 44 followers on Facebook) please leave a comment or send an email to

Directions to Possession Point

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Reminder: WIJC Passover Seder is tomorrow (Friday)

WIJC wishes to remind everyone that our annual community Passover Seder will be held tomorrow, Friday, April 3rd at Unity of Whidbey in Langley (5671 Crawford Road, corner of SR 525).

Please let us know you’re coming by sending a RSVP to or leave a comment. 

Set-up preparations will begin at 5:00, with the Seder to begin with the reading of  the participatory haggadot at 6:00.

The intention is to begin our Seder service promptly at 6:00 p.m.- please plan accordingly.

Please bring a dish and/or beverage to share along with a place setting (extras will be available in case anyone forgets) along with any ritual items you’d like to bring (either food or for the table)

As many in our community observe dietary restrictions, labeling dishes with ingredients (or gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan) is greatly appreciated.

Chag Samech!