Havurat Ee Shalom

1% Rebate at Thriftway

Did you know you can financially support the Havurah by simply shopping at Thriftway?

That’s right!  Thriftway gives 1% of sales to non-profit organizations. All you have to do is save your receipts and write your name and phone number on the back. Make it a regular habit. Directions are below.

In past years as many as 30+ families participated.  As much as $700 every three or four months was added to the Havurah budget! All of those dollars went to support programs and activities! Sadly, we are not close to those results at the present time. And a new volunteer to collate and submit receipts is needed. Email Vashonhavurah@gmail.com to step up.

We strongly encourage everyone, no matter how small the purchase, to participate in this project!

How to Participate:
1. Print name and phone number on back of each receipt.
2. Receipts must not be older than a year at time of turning in.
3. Only Vashon Island Thriftway receipts are currently being collected for the Havurah. (The IGA has developed a receipts for non-profits program and a new receipts coordinator can look into it.)
4. Receipts can be turned in at Emma Amiad’s office in town.

Yom Kippur Schedule

Havurat Ee Shalom

Welcomes you to join us for the High Holy Days

Services led by Rabbi Sarah Niebuhr Rubin

Erev Yom Kippur
Tuesday, September 18
6:30pm Kol Nidre
Evening Service to 8:30pm 

Yom Kippur
Wednesday, September 19
10:00pm – 12:00pm – Morning Service
12:00pm – Yizkor
3:00 – 6:00pm – Afternoon activities
such as yoga, meditation, discussion,Book of Jonah
6:00 – 7:00pm – N’ilah
7:15pm – Community Potluck – Break Fast

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We encourage beginning this season of repairing the spirit (tikkun ha-nefesh) with acts of repairing the world (tikkun ha-olam). Please help us collect the following supplies for the Vashon-Maury Food Bank: canned food, soy or rice milk, diapers, feminine hygiene products. Bring items to the Havurah or give directly. Thanks!

Haley Richardson September 23rd @ 7pm

We’re thrilled to have Haley Richardson (fiddle) and John Whelan (Irish button accordian) perform on September 23. Haley began making her mark in the Irish music world at six years old, when she won the All Ireland qualifier in the 12-and-under age category!

Since then Haley has amassed a long list of accomplishments and performed at venues all over the United States, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. In addition to being a dynamic solo performer, Haley has performed with many of the most well-known names in Irish music today including The Chieftains, Altan, Dervish, Mick Moloney, Pride of New York, Liz Carroll with Cherish the Ladies, John Whelan, Paddy Keenan, The Máirtín de Cógáin Project, and  is a regular member of Green Fields of American and The John Whelan Band.

In March 2017, Haley released a CD she produced entitled Music for Mercy, a compilation CD featuring donated tracks from many of the best Irish musicians under 21 years old from around the world. All proceeds from the CD benefit the Mercy Centre in Bangkok, Thailand.

John Whelan has been a wonderful mentor to Haley.  He recorded and produced Haley’s debut CD, Heart on a String, in March 2015. Haley also appeared on two tracks as part of Andy Lamy’s Mixed Flock on his CD, The New Blackthorn Stick.

Although John grew up near London in Dunstable, England, he was raised on the fiddle and pipe music of Ireland. Dunstable has a large Irish community, and his father, Denis, was from Ireland’s County Wexford. “Ours was a very traditional household,” John says. “My father didn’t have any major vices – his only addiction was to Irish music.”

At the age of 14, already a seasoned winner of numerous accordion championships, John recorded his first album, PRIDE OF WEXFORD. Named in honor of his father, PRIDE OF WEXFORD was no passing fancy – the album is still in print and selling steadily.

John’s artistry blossomed in America. He moved to the United States in 1980 and soon was performing with Riverdance fiddler Eileen Ivers in one of the most celebrated Irish duos of the decade. His solo album FROM THE HEART became a 1991 finalist in the Celtic/British Isles category of the National Association of Independent Record Distributors and Manufacturers (NAIRD) awards.

Read more about Haley on her website.


Upcoming in Feb 2019
Frankie Gavin

Vashon’s Kat Eggleston has been particularly instrumental in bringing Celtic and traditional Irish musicians to our island, including the dynamic Open the Door for Three trio.

Frankie Gavin

In February of 2019, thanks to Kat, the iconic Irish fiddler, Frankie Gavin (who was recently honored as Traditional Musician of the Year at the Gradam Ceoil Awards broadcast on Irish Television station TG4.) will perform at the Havurah. Over his distinguished career Frankie has performed all over the world and for four presidents at the White House.

Frankie is one of Ireland`s most iconic fiddle players.  His name is immediately associated with the group De Dannan formed in the 1970s, and who are credited with breaking new ground in Irish traditional music through innovative choices of material and arrangements and a unique style of playing. 

Throughout his musical career Frankie Gavin was fascinated and inspired by the music of those legendary Irish musicians who emigrated to America in the early part of the twentieth century. Giants such as James Morrison, Paddy Killoran and The Flanagan Brothers who left Waterford for New York in 1911. Seventy years later, in 1981, De Dannan released the album Star-Spangled Molly, which included the band’s hit version of the original Flanagan Brothers’ song My Irish Molly-O. The release reawakened massive Irish interest in the music of this bygone era.

Frankie has recorded and played every genre of music from rock and roll with the Rolling Stones to jazz with Stephane Grappelli.  We are thrilled to bring him to the intimate setting of our building.

Don’t miss this incredible performance.

~~Bart Arenson

Annual Meeting Sun Sept 30th 3 pm

Our Havurah’s annual meeting is scheduled for the afternoon of Sunday September 30th at 3:00pm. All members are invited to attend. We will be voting for all Executive Officers. Several of the people who hold these offices have announced that they will be moving on to new things and will no longer be able to serve on the Board.

Positions to fill:

Vice President
(The communications position includes e-newsletter, website and online calendar, as well as some event planning and scheduling; currently shared by two people)
Building & grounds team
(currently managed by two people)

Please start thinking now about stepping up to maintain and grow
our Jewish community on Vashon.Your participation is vital!

Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi Sarah Niebuhr Rubin August 17th

‘Bruchah HaBa’ah’

Meet Rabbi Sarah at a Kabbalat Shabbat service, featuring lots of singing and discussion, on the evening of Friday August 17th at 6:30pm.

The evening begins with singing and discussion, followed by a Kabbalat Shabbat service from 7 – 8 pm. We will conclude with kiddush and social time to welcome Rabbi Sarah and her family.

The Board of Havurat Ee Shalom is pleased to introduce Rabbi Sarah Niebuhr Rubin, who will also lead our services during the High Holy Days this September.

In 2007 Rabbi Sarah received rabbinic ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote,PA. Prior to that, she earned BA and MA degrees in anthropology, with a graduate minor in medical sciences.  As part of her research, she excavated archeological sites in Jerusalem and on the Euphrates River in Turkey.

Rabbi Sarah is influenced by her work as an anthropologist, both in working with people in diverse cultures and in the stratigraphy (study of rock strata) of ideas and traditions from archaeological excavations. She believes that knowledge of Jewish values and ideas from across traditions and generations is important to individual and communal Jewish connection.

Rabbi Sarah’s previous rabbinical experience includes spiritual, educational, and cultural work at Congregation Ahavas Achim in Keene, NH, Congregation Beth Shalom in Seattle, and the Seattle Jewish Community School.

Currently, Rabbi Sarah provides client support at Committee for Children, a Seattle-based non-profit, and serves as interim rabbi at Temple Beth Or in Everett. In addition, Sarah brings Jewish engagement to individuals and communities through “Writing as a Spiritual Practice” and through life-cycle rituals.

We look forward to a warm community welcome later this summer for Rabbi Sarah, her husband Robert, and their son Jonathan!


Havurah Potluck Friday August 10th at 6:30 pm

 Havurah Potluck
Friday August 10th at 6:30 pm

15401 Westside Hwy SW

See you at the August potluck picnic at the beautiful Havurah building and grounds! It will be a “no trash bash” on Friday August 10th, so plan to bring place settings from home as well as a generous dish to share.


Monthly potlucks were a part of our Vashon Jewish community from the very start. The Havurah (meaning “group of friends”) started with friendly social get-togethers in 1986. First known as the Jewish Study Group, they quickly prospered and held frequent fun potluck gatherings.

We gather in each other’s homes, on the 2nd Friday evening of every month, to briefly welcome Shabbat, meet old friends and welcome new ones and enjoy a delicious potluck meal. Bring friends and family to our regular community get-together! 

If you’re considering hosting, and are unsure of Friday night Shabbat traditions, the Havurah can supply the challah and wine and lead a brief kiddush (blessing to welcome the Sabbath). Have more questions or want to volunteer? Email us at:



Support Jewish Life and Culture on Vashon Island

Membership and donations are a vital part of our annual budget and help to ensure Havurat Ee Shalom’s presence on Vashon Island. Our year begins and ends about September (at Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year).

Membership dues are entirely self-assessed, meaning dues of any amount are welcome, and all financial information is confidential.Havurat Ee Shalom (also called the Vashon Havurah) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit religious organization; all contributions and membership dues are fully tax deductible.

To become a member or to make a tribute, memorial or honor gift, simply mail your donation to HES at PO Box 89, Vashon Island, WA 98070.

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Recap of July 20th Observance of Tisha B’Av

Our observance of Tisha B’Av was well attended. About 16 friends and members gathered. The music filled service was followed by a thoughtful drash given by Meredith Cummings, followed by a lively discussion of how we need to inspire our membership and our congregation to participate in acts of tikkun olam, especially in areas like immigration and political activism. We shared our own stories of this work and continued the discussion after kiddush.

If you weren’t able to attend you can read Meredith’s talk by clicking the following link.

Tisha B’Av Drash.PDF


A short service is planned for Friday July 20, to mark Tisha B’Av, the collective day of mourning in the Jewish calendar. Meredith Cummings and Julea Gardner are planning to incorporate music into our service, beginning at 6:30 with teaching of a song followed by a short break and a service at 7pm. Meredith will give a short talk (drash) about Tisha B’Av, followed by a discussion. Kiddush (blessing the bread and wine) will conclude the evening.

Many tragic events in Jewish history are reputed to have occurred on this date, especially the destruction of the First and Second Temples, some 656 years apart but on the same date — the 9th of Av.  Some sources indicate that the First Temple was destroyed on either the 7th or the 10th of Av, and the Second Temple was destroyed on the 10th of Av. However, rabbinic authorities decided to mark the 9th of Av as the official date for remembering the destruction of both.

Join us!