Havurat Ee Shalom

August Potluck Host Needed

The August Havurah Potluck needs a host and location.
The date is Friday August 11th — Can you host? 

We’re reviving the Havurah tradition of potlucks in members’ homes. We will gather in each other’s homes to briefly welcome Shabbat, meet old friends and welcome new ones and enjoy a delicious potluck meal. Bring friends and family to share a potluck dinner on the 2nd Fri evening of each month.

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

2017 Potluck Schedule

August 11th: Host Needed
September 9th: Host Needed

If you’re considering hosting, and are unsure of Friday night Shabbat traditions, the Havurah will happily 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 vashonhavurah@gmail.com  

 Or use the Contact page on our website.

August 12th Torah Study

The Torah Study Group meets for approximately 90 minutes every Saturday beginning at 9:30.  Due to a building event conflict, Torah study will meet this week at the home of Dan and Meredith Cummings, 21511 Vashon Hwy.

This coming Saturday’s portion is  Eikev, Deuteronomy 7:12 – 11:25. 

Before meeting together, group members independently read or listen to the Torah portion.  The Jewish Publication Society (JPS) provides a free online audio version of the weekly reading, along with a pdf download of the printed text, so you can read along as you listen.

Discussion is informal and respectful of our tradition. The portion is usually discussed in the context of contemporary, historical, spiritual, political and cultural themes; how it informs religious practice and Jewish values; and how the Torah relates to our lives today.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

More about the Torah study group here.

Havurah Membership

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).  Havurat Ee Shalom (also called the Vashon Havurah) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and all contributions, including membership dues, are fully tax deductible.

Dues are entirely self-assessed, meaning dues of any amount are welcome, and all financial information is confidential.  Active members give $500 to $1,000 a year.  (No one is denied membership for financial reasons).

You can view suggested “Fair Share” membership dues, which are based on income levels, by clicking the link below:

Fair Share

To become a new member or extend your current membership simply mail your check to:

Havurat Ee Shalom

PO Box 89, Vashon Island, WA 98070.

You can also pay for a new or continuing membership right now on our website. Just click the link below!



1% Rebate at Thriftway

Did you know that the Havurah can earn money every time you shop at Vashon Thriftway? Vashon Island Thriftway gives 1% of it’s sales to non-profits organizations every year. All we have to do is save our receipts!

In past years as many as 30+ families participated.  As much as $500 every four months was added to the Havurah’s budget. All of those dollars went to support programs and activities! Sadly, we are not close to those results at the present time.

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

How to Particpate:
1. Sign your receipt and write your phone number on the back.
2. Receipts can’t be older than a year at time of turning them in.
3. Only Vashon Island Thriftway receipts are eligible.
4. Receipts can be turned in at Emma Amiad’s office in town.

Levi Stahl Bar Mitzvah June 24th 3 pm

Saturday June 24th 3:00 pm at Havurat Ee Shalom
15401 Westside Hwy SW

The HES community is invited to the Bar Mitzvah of Levi Stahl. There will be a brief Kiddush after services.
A potluck celebration follows at Vashon Cohousing.
10421 SW Bank Rd.

(Please Park on Bank Rd.)

The Stahl family extends an invitation to the entire Havurah Community to join in celebrating Levi’s Bar Mitzvah.



Tea, Treats & Talk: A Gathering of Jewish Women July 1st 2 pm

Thanks to Sherene Zolno for hosting the Jewish Women’s Tea in her lovely gardens. Bonus: A chance to walk the meditation path with her!



Saturday July 1st 2:00-4:00 pm
Sherene Zolno Host
25900 Pillsbury Rd SW

(Full directions below)

Begun last year, let’s continue gathering to get to know one another. We will informally enjoy the company of other women (young and old) who have an interest in Jewish culture, traditions, religion, history, education and/or art. 

This gathering is open to ALL.
Please bring a dish to share — savory or sweet — and come join in.
And you are invited to wear a hat, too.
We’ll relax, nosh, schmooze and learn, while building life-long relationships amongst those who share our interests.
Well-behaved young women (over 13) are welcomed, too.

Questions? Or for more info contact Sherene at 206-463-6374

From the north, drive south on the Vashon Why, passing through Burton. After 256th Lane the next road on the left is Pillsbury Rd. Bear left and park. Walk down the driveway that is by the first mailbox on the left. If you need special assistance, please call 206-463-6374. Weather permitting we will enjoy the view from the back yard, where there is a NO STAIRS entry.

Zen Center Potluck & Work Party Sunday June 4th at Noon

A big thanks to those Havurah members who showed up and an even bigger thanks to all the Zen folks for the hard work in the garden and cleaning the building!
Havurah members are invited to help our Zen building partners with outdoor garden cleanup. The potluck is this Sunday at noon with the cleanup starting about 12:30 pm.
Please bring a generous dish to share, gardening gloves, and any garden tools of your own (some tools will be available).