Yom Chamishi, 27 Nisan 5776

The Congregation Olympic B'nai Shalom (COBS) serves the North Olympic Peninsula's Jewish Community and provides Jewish services in Sequim Washington and Jewish services in Port Angeles Washington as well as for people living in Joyce Washington, Forks Washington, and points between.

 

Who we are: We are a friendly, welcoming, diverse group of families and individuals, with varied backgrounds, interests and abilities. COBS began as a small group of Jewish women meeting regularly to focus on Jewish issues, ritual, and the need to provide children with a Jewish education. The group gradually enlarged, involving families in Shabbat and holiday observances and social events. As Jewish retirees, families and singles moved to the Olympic Peninsula, our community grew to meet the needs of a larger and more diverse membership. We purchased our own Torah and have an active adult education program and religous services.

Our mission is to promote the religious, cultural, social, educational, and ethical goals of the diverse North Olympic Peninsula Jewish community, centering on Sequim, Washington and Port Angeles, Washington. COBS organizes events to further these goals for the Jewish community, and provides facilities in which to hold these events. Our organization consists of a body of members and a board of directors. Our Board meetings are open to the entire Jewish community. We assist with the diverse needs for Jewish religious education as needed. We are a member of the Union for Reform Judaism, but strive to meet the religious and cultural needs of all Jews in our community.

We hold Shabbat services about once per month at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, located about midway between Sequim and Port Angeles. All major Jewish holidays, including the high holy days , are also celebrated.

Our adult education program meets for pot luck dinners and discussions in congregants' homes once per month and concentrates on Jewish history and culture.

Our newsletter, the Shofar ,
shofar newsletter
includes a calendar of events, holiday reminders, member news, board meeting news, and notices of other regional Jewish activities. To add your name and address to our mailing list and to receive our newsletter, call (360) 417 -2869.

Want to learn about Jewish history and clulture but don't like attending religous services? Come to our adult education meetings!

Shofar Newsletter

Highlights of the December 2015 Shofar:

12/5/15 – Isaiah at Camaraderie Cellars – This is a very special event and we need RSVPs for this – 461-1099, or baxter@wavecable.com. Isaiah the Prophet in the Torah is commonly believed to be a compilation of two separate eras, two (or more) different Isaiah’s. The earlier Isaiah, (chapters 1-39), son of Amoz, lived in the 8th century B.C.E. during the reign of the 4 kings of Judah and warns and scolds as well as counsels the court about what lies ahead and his tone is often joyous and confident. The later Isaiah, (chapters 40-66), preached in Babylon in the 6th century B.C.E. addresses himself to a people sorely bereft, and he brings them comfort and hope.   Don Corson, who has a marvelous voice, will be singing Isaiah 25 which is a lovely and joyous musical experience. We will also have a discussion and potluck dinner. Don graciously offered the first glass of wine free and additional glasses may be purchased. The program will be held in the barrel room with wine and dinner in the cellar afterwards. The facility holds twenty comfortably – 30 is crowded – Please let us know of your interest as soon as possible. We can squeeze members in but need to keep attendance below 30. Directions: Camaraderie Cellars is located on the west side of Port Angeles. Travel on 101 to Benson Road (approximately 2 miles west of the city center), turn south toward the mountains on Benson Road and drive approximately 1/4 mile. The winery is located on the right at 334 Benson Road. Again – Please RSVP.



12/12/15 - Hanukkah Party – 3:00 to decorate, 4:00 to begin the party. Potluck dinner – who is bringing the Latkes! J Bring candles and your menorah for our very special lighting ceremony. We are hoping to have a musical evening with group singing which members have enjoyed so much in the past.


12/25/14 – 6:30 pm - Chinese Dinner @ Fortune Star in Sequim – As Jews, we are called to a movie and Chinese Food on Christmas. Join as many as 25 for a good time. Please let me know if you plan to be there to give the restaurant an accurate count.

1/10/16 - Congregation Schmooze – 10:00 am - potluck brunch / discussion.  The purpose of a Schmooze is that of an annual meeting to gather ideas for the coming year and future planning.  And then there is great food and company…


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Upcoming Events

 

Upcoming – Mark your calendars

12/5/15 – Isaiah at Camaraderie Cellars – This is a very special event and we need RSVPs for this – 461-1099, or baxter@wavecable.com. Isaiah the Prophet in the Torah is commonly believed to be a compilation of two separate eras, two (or more) different Isaiah’s. The earlier Isaiah, (chapters 1-39), son of Amoz, lived in the 8th century B.C.E. during the reign of the 4 kings of Judah and warns and scolds as well as counsels the court about what lies ahead and his tone is often joyous and confident. The later Isaiah, (chapters 40-66), preached in Babylon in the 6th century B.C.E. addresses himself to a people sorely bereft, and he brings them comfort and hope.   Don Corson, who has a marvelous voice, will be singing Isaiah 25 which is a lovely and joyous musical experience. We will also have a discussion and potluck dinner. Don graciously offered the first glass of wine free and additional glasses may be purchased. The program will be held in the barrel room with wine and dinner in the cellar afterwards. The facility holds twenty comfortably – 30 is crowded – Please let us know of your interest as soon as possible. We can squeeze members in but need to keep attendance below 30. Directions: Camaraderie Cellars is located on the west side of Port Angeles. Travel on 101 to Benson Road (approximately 2 miles west of the city center), turn south toward the mountains on Benson Road and drive approximately 1/4 mile. The winery is located on the right at 334 Benson Road. Again – Please RSVP.



12/12/15 - Hanukkah Party – 3:00 to decorate, 4:00 to begin the party. Potluck dinner – who is bringing the Latkes! J Bring candles and your menorah for our very special lighting ceremony. We are hoping to have a musical evening with group singing which members have enjoyed so much in the past.


12/25/14 – 6:30 pm - Chinese Dinner @ Fortune Star in Sequim – As Jews, we are called to a movie and Chinese Food on Christmas. Join as many as 25 for a good time. Please let me know if you plan to be there to give the restaurant an accurate count.

1/10/16 - Congregation Schmooze – 10:00 am - potluck brunch / discussion.  The purpose of a Schmooze is that of an annual meeting to gather ideas for the coming year and future planning.  And then there is great food and company…


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Adult Education Program

Our adult education programs cover a wide variety of topics of interest to the congregation. They range from Jewish History through interpretation of the bible.
The presentations take place one Friday evening per month in members' homes following pot-luck dinners. The atmosphere is informal, relaxed, and very interactive.
Any member interested in a topic can research it and then present.

Friday 16 October - Transcripton and Translation problems in the Torah - dessert potluck at the OUUF - Public Welcome!

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