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.

Tu B’Shevat Seder Sunday February 4th, 4-6 (Recap and Pictures)

The Havurah’s Tu B’ Shevat Seder hosted Vashon’s own scout troop as part of the Boy Scouts of America’s program of Scout Sunday, Scout Shabbat and Scout Jumuah.  We are pleased to have had the scouts share our Tu B’Shevat Seder led by Julie Shannon.  And to help us plant an apple tree and a rosemary bush in our landscape.

Kol HaKavod to the Vashon scouts!


Scheduled in close proximity to the BSA’s birthday on Feb. 8, the above three days (Scout Sunday, Scout Shabbat and Scout Jumuah celebrate the connection between scouting and faith-based congregations in their own communities. Scouts and scout leaders honor these days by wearing the full field uniform to worship and other services services. In some other scouting units, a worship leader may present religious awards to recipients, and in still other communities, the pack, troop, crew or ship conducts a service project that benefits a religious organization.


Curious about the Tu B’Shevat Holiday?  Learn more about Tu B’ Shevat at My Jewish Learning. Test your knowledge of the holiday by taking the Tu B’ Shevat quiz or learn more about Tu B’Shevat foods here.

Havurah Fundraiser: “It Can’t Happen Here” Feb 16th 7:30

Readers Theatre: “It Can’t Happen Here” by Sinclair Lewis
 Friday February 16, 7:30 pm
Vashon High School Theatre
9600 SW 204th Street

Suggested admission at the door  is $10.00

Resistance Productions  (Chaim and Trudy Rosemarin) will present a staged reading of “It Can’t Happen Here” as a fundraiser for the Havurah on Fri Feb 16th at the Vashon High School Theatre.  (This performance is also the Havurah Third Friday* event for February.) The play, adapted from Sinclair Lewis’s novel 1939 novel of the same title, is about a charismatic power-hungry politician who becomes president on a populist platform, promising to restore the country to prosperity. He portrays himself as a champion of traditional American values.

Director Chaim Rosemarin said he remembered Lewis’s novel during the presidential campaign due to the stunning parallels between Trump’s rhetoric and that of  Buzz Winthrop, who energizes his populist, nativist, ultra nationalist-base by blaming imigrants, welfare recipients, the liberal press, Jews for the decline of the United States.

If you can’t attend, Resistance Productions still needs seed money to defray the costs of bringing this event to our community. After costs, all proceeds benefit the Havurah. Consider contributing to this timely and important fundraiser now on our website .

*The Havurah endeavors to offer an event on the Third Friday of each month, in addition to the Second Friday Potlucks. In January it was “Dinner and a Movie.” Please volunteer ideas and venues for Third Fridays by replying to this newsletter.

Open the Door for Three Concert (Recap of Feb 8th Performance)

‘Open the Door for Three’ entertained an audience of about 60 enthusiasts of the traditional music of Ireland and Cape Breton from an array of sources:  O’Neill’s Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody (1920s), the Goodman (1850s) and Patrick McDonald (1780s) collections. The trio’s lush arrangements displayed color and context to traditional songs about subjects as diverse as the beauty of a river, the power of love, the tragedy of death, and unlikely victory in the face of adversity.  A magical night of music at the Havurah!



Admission is $20 at the door. For reservations email Kat Eggleston at kat@kateggleston.com

Havurat Ee Shalom 15401 Westside Hwy SW
Vashon Island, WA 98070

Kat Eggleston brings this fantastic trio to Vashon. They are veterans and mainstays of the Irish music scene around the world, having played with Riverdance, Cherish the Ladies, Secret Garden, Anúna, Liz Carroll, and The New York Pops, as well as with artists like Don Henley, Paula Cole, Bonnie Raitt, and Josh Groban. They’ve preformed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, at L’Olympia and the Palais des Congrès in Paris.  And this Thursday evening  at our own Havurah building!

Open the Door for Three is fiddle player Liz Knowles, uilleann piper Kieran O’Hare, and Dublin-born singer and bouzouki player Pat Broaders. The trio’s music is a rare combination of unearthed tunes from centuries-old manuscript collections, newly composed melodies, fresh arrangements of songs old and new, homages to the musicians and bands they grew up listening to, and the unmatched energy of a trio of good friends playing great Irish music together.

They have also been featured at The Kennedy Center’s Ireland 100 festival, the Celtic Colours festival in Cape Breton, at The Milwaukee Irish Festival, and in Martin Hayes’ Masters of Tradition series in Bantry, County Cork, Ireland.

Their newest release, The Joyful Hour, continues along this path and is Open the Door for Three’s richest and most musically ambitious project to date. It is full of old and undiscovered melodies from a vast array of sources – from O’Neill’s Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody (1920s), the Goodman (1850s) and Patrick McDonald (1780s) collections, to wax cylinder recordings a century old, to the living tradition of music in Ireland and Cape Breton. The trio’s lush arrangements give color and context to traditional songs about subjects as diverse as the beauty of a river, the power of love, the tragedy of death, and unlikely victory in the face of adversity.

The trio mines tune books, collections, and recordings for old and new tunes and songs. They add to those discoveries fiddler Liz Knowles’s compositions, harmonies, and arrangements, Kieran O’Hare’s encyclopedic knowledge of tunes and the uilleann piping tradition, and the rhythmic bedrock bouzouki and world-class singing of Dublin-born Pat Broaders. Don’t miss it!

Admission is $20 at the door. For reservations email Kat Eggleston at kat@kateggleston.com

March 9th Potluck Scheduled

 March Havurah Potluck to be Hosted by Rebecca & Eli Kloberdanz
Friday March 9th, 6:30pm

A big thank you to Rebecca Kloberdanz & her son Eli for hosting our March 9th potluck.  And thank you to John & May Gerstle for hosting in May. Hosts are needed for April, June and the remainder of the year.

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: vashonhavurah@gmail.com 

The Havurah tradition of potlucks in members’ homes has been revived! 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!

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.


Email us at vashonhavurah@gmail.com 

Or use the Contact page on our website.

Movie & Potluck Friday January 12th at Cohousing Common House

Movie & Potluck
Friday January 12th at Cohousing Common House
10421 SW Bank Rd, Vashon, WA 98070

Dinner at 6 pm, movie at 7:30

We had a great turnout for the evening. Combining  a movie and the potluck for January was a success!




Come for dinner, the movie or both. If your arriving for dinner please bring a generous dish to share.

Please note that the potluck and movie will be our only Friday night get-together this month. As always please park on Bank Rd and walk in to the common house.


David: One Boy, Two Faiths

As the son of the Imam of the local Brooklyn mosque, eleven year-old Daud has to juggle the high expectations of his Father (Maz Jobrani) and his feelings of isolation and difference– even from his peers in the Muslim community.

Through an innocent act of good faith, Daud inadvertently befriends a group of Jewish boys who mistake him as a fellow classmate at their orthodox school, in the neighboring Jewish community. A genuine friendship grows between Daud and Yoav, one of the Jewish boys, and his family.

Unable to resist the joy of a camaraderie that he has never felt before, David, as he is known to the kids, is drawn into a complicated dilemma inspired by youthful deceit and the best of intentions.

December 15th 2017 Havurah Hanukkah Party



Mark your calendar for Friday evening December 15th at 6:30 pm for the Havurah’s annual Hanukkah Party & Potluck at Cohousing’s Common House, 10421 SW Bank Rd (As always please park on Bank Rd).

Bring a potluck dish to share and you Menorahs (Hanukkiot) and candles.

Delicious latkes will be provided by the Shannon family. Watch this space for more info as the holiday nears. Questions?  Contact Risa Stahl at: risastahl@yahoo.com.

Celebrate Sukkot at Havurah/Zen Center Potluck Oct 8th at Noon

Nine members of the Havurah attended the Sunday potluck with the Zen Center. At least two families used the sukkah during the week.
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Havurat Ee Shalom &
Zen Center
Sunday October 8th @ 12 noon

at the Havurah Building

Come join our Zen Center partners for a vegetarian potluck lunch on Sunday October 8th at 12 noon.  The festival of Sukkot officially begins Wednesday Oct 5th at sundown.

Our sukkah — a temporary booth or hut for use during the week-long festival of Sukkot —  will be available to decorate and enjoy beginning the afternoon of the 5th, which is the first full day of the holiday. Members are encouraged to visit, decorate and enjoy the sukkah. It’s traditional to take meals in the sukkah, and weather permitting, the hardier among us may also elect to sleep in the sukkah.

Oct 5, Thursday: Sukkah frame with Skach on top. Ready for more decoration.

However you choose to use the sukkah, take pictures and email to: vashonhavurah@gmail.com. We’ll post them on our website and Facebook.

Sukkot runs through Tuesday October 11th. That final day of Sukkot is also known as Hoshanah Rabbah. 

Learn more about the festival of Sukkot here.