Please join us THIS FRIDAY for two wonderful events; a Mandelbrot Webinar and a Musical Kabbalat Shabbat led by Yael Yanich.

Online Mandelbrot Baking Webinar

Friday, July 24th, 3-4:30 PM 


Please join us for this online cooking class with baker extraordinaire Aaron Hendon!! Suggest Donation $18, but pay what you will! Proceeds will go towards painting the Havurah and replacing the windows, with a portion being donated to an island charity. 

My grandmother used to bake us mandelbrot and send it in the mail to keep us permanently stocked with this staple:-) We always had a supply ready in the freezer. Now you too can make this Jewish delicacy and stuff your freezers with it!

"Mandelbrot (Yiddish: מאַנדעלבראָט), also called mandel bread or kamish in English, is a type of cookie found in Ashkenazi Jewish cuisine and popular amongst Eastern European Jews. The Yiddish word mandelbrot literally means almond bread, a reference to its common ingredient of almonds. It is typically formed by baking a loaf which is then cut into small slabs and twice-baked in order to form a crunchy exterior. The cookies were popular in Eastern Europe among rabbis, merchants and other itinerant Jews as a staple dessert that kept well.

Its precise origin is unknown, as is its historic relationship with biscotti, a similar Italian cookie. It is made with oil and not butter and so is pareve and can be served as part of the Shabbat dinner.

The basic ingredients are flour, sugar, eggs and oil. Additional ingredients vary between bakers, but common additions include almonds, walnuts, cinnamon, chocolate chips or diced candied fruit. Mandelbrot is called kamishbrot in Ukraine, and the two terms are often used interchangeably in the United States." (From Wikipedia)

Register for the webinar HERE.
Monthly Cooking Webinars with the Havurah!!
Our blintz making webinar with Aaron Hendon was such a smashing success, we have decided to offer monthly cooking webinars going forward. It is a wonderful way for Gastronomic Jews (a term I learned at the Limmud conference last fall!!) to connect to our rich culture, a way for us all to be together doing something in this strange Pandemic era and a way for the Havurah to do some much needed fundraising for our painting/window replacement project planned for this summer. We were also happy to contribute 10% to the Vashon Covid Relief Fund.

Tickets are by donation; we are suggesting an $18 donation per household (have fun cooking with the whole family!). This is a tax-deductable donation! Give what you can; if you are able, consider giving a bit more to support those who are less able to contribute. In these times of uncertain finances for so many families, the Havurah has decided to hold off on our annual membership drive. Please consider contributing in this fun way! 

We will also be recording each webinar, so if you are not able to attend at the appointed time, you can still purchase a ticket and watch later. We had a lot of people do that for the blintz-making webinar, and heard back that it worked very well. After the webinar is over, we will continue selling the recordings. These will be available on the website soon; meanwhile, you can just go to the Havurah website and make a donation, when it asks you the purpose of your donation, pick "other" and then enter which webinar you are buying and we will send you the link!

To motivate you even more, if you attend four webinars at the full $18, the fifth one will be on us! Just email me at and let me know you'd like your complimentary 5th webinar. 

Some ideas are being floated of putting together a Vashon Havurah cookbook with all the recipes we make in the webinars. Stay posted for that!

Looking forward to cooking with you all soon!

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Musical Kabbalat Shabbat Zoom Service

Friday, July 24th, 7 PM


Many thanks to all who joined our June Fourth Friday Shabbat evening service on Zoom! Yasher Koach to Alice Bloch, who designed and led us in a poetic, beautiful service, and to Julea Gardener for leading us in song with her haunting and melodic voice.


Please join us this month on July 24th. We are thrilled to have Yael Yanich lead us in a musical shabbat service.

Born in Israel and raised in the US, Yael was part of a creative, musical family. Every Friday night, her parents hosted shabbat for all who wanted to come, singing and dancing into the night. She has been leading Jewish music and culture since she was knee high at summer camps, Jewish Day Schools, and for years as part of the Coolanu Havurah and Rosh Chodesh group of Seattle. Please come and give Yael a big Vashon welcome!


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handsAbout Us

 The Havurah is proud to be an all-volunteer organization, maintained by the cooperative energy of its members. We are blessed with many hard-working folks. Here's our board:
President:              Suzanne Greenberg
Vice President:      Meredith Cummings
Clerk/Secretary:    Alice Bloch
Treasurer:              Amy Greenberg
Member at Large:  Barry Grosskopf

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We depend on your wise and generous hearts for:
• monthly or annual membership contributions.
• donations in honor of births, bar/bat mizvah,
   graduations, weddings, and other happy events.
• donations in memory of beloved family members
   and friends.

Four easy ways you can help!
1. Save Your Thriftway Receipts:
Vashon Thriftway gives 1% of your purchases to the Havurah!
Simply sign your slips and give them to a board member,
or drop them in the jar at the Havurah.

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