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.

Havurah Hanukkah Party

Mark your calender 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.

Building Rental Rates Increase

Recent repairs and building maintenance necessitate that we raise our modest fees for building rentals. As of November 1, 2017 rates have been raised $10 per hour.

Our historic building is available to rent for concerts, private classes, parties or other community events.  The building has wonderful acoustics, is a great music rehearsal space, and is a perfect concert venue.  The light-filled sanctuary has a spare yet elegant appeal, totally consistent for a building that started out as a Lutheran church in 1926!

The open floor plan and beautiful hard wood floors are suitable for movement based activities (yoga, fitness training, or dance).  The building does not have a kitchen.


Current Rental Rates

Weekdays: $25 an hour.
Weekends (Starting at Friday after 5pm): $35 an hour.
Havurah members’ hourly rate:  $15 weekdays, $25 weekends

Follow this link for more building rental information including a slide show

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.

High Holidays Recap


Wendy Marcus led beautiful and meaningful services for Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur that were attended by both longtime members and many new people. The new machzor (high holiday prayerbook), Mishkan HaNefesh, is inclusive and accessible, with many portals to meanings for this observance of the cyclical nature of our lives and the Jewish calendar and the planet. Tashlich, where we symbolically cast off mistakes and errors of the previous year into a moving body of water and contemplate the year about to start, was especially beautiful at Lisabeula Park.

Photos: Tashlich at Lisabeula Park




Tashlich Photos: Rosh Hashanah 5778

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 (a) (1) and 170 (b) (1) non-profit religious organization; all contributions and 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!