havurah rainbowSaturday mornings at 9:30 AM: Zoom Torah Study

Friday. October 30th, 7pm: Online Shabbat Service led by Ilana Long! Drash by Peter Rubin. 

Friday, November 27th, 7 pm: Online Thanksgiving Shabbat Service led by Ilana Long!
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Shalom Chaverim!

A continued Shana Tova to all! What a beautiful fall we have been experiencing. Hope you are all getting a chance to get out and enjoy the weather.

We had an extremely lovely High Holy Days season, despite not being able to gather together in person. From lemons, we made delicious lemonade.

One of the most notable parts of our holidays was that we did them ourselves this year; lay led from start to finish. Though initially this was not our choice, we embraced it deeply and discovered a beauty in trusting ourselves, leading one another, believing in our vast knowledge and embracing one another as we took turns guiding the community through the season.

Thanks to our musicians Julea Gardener, Kolibri Enson-Overstreet and our surprise musical leader, David Vogel! 
Thanks also to Ilana Long, Alice Bloch, Louise Olsen, Merna Hecht, Barry Grosskopf, Sharon Alper, Meredith Cummings, Chaim Rosemarin and Suzanne Greenberg (yours truly) for leading services and discussions and providing drash/commentary. It truly takes a village, and we are an astoundingly powerful island village!

Ilana Long, while not from Vashon, stepped in to take the lead in many of our services. Her amazing musical talent, strong leadership skills and heartfelt emotional presentation of the prayers truly made this a memorable holiday season. To our great delight, Ilana will continue to offer her talents  for many of our fourth Friday services, so please join us to celebrate Shabbat together in community each month.

I also want to give a big thanks to Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum and the whole Kavana community who allowed us to piggyback on their services for those of us who wanted a rabbinical touch. They also provided family programming, teen get togethers and alternative formats for a very nice selection to choose from to enrich our holidays even more.

While this pandemic does not have an end date and  the long months ahead may be filled with uncertainty, loneliness and anxiety, we can ease that burden by coming together in whatever ways we can, supporting one another, celebrating milestones and holidays, going to virtual Torah study on Saturday mornings, or joining us once a month for our musical fourth Friday Shabbat services. 

Please continue to hold each other up, reach out if you are in need, take care and stay safe.


Suzanne Greenberg and the Board of Vashon Havurah


Torah Study

9:30 am • Every Saturday Morning • On Zoom!

"We're gonna Zoom, we're gonna Zoom.... we're gonna zoom, zoom, zooma zoom...every Saturday from 9:30 - 11:00 am!"

Click Here to Join Torah Study on Zoom!! 

Oct. 30
Parashat Lech-Lecha / פרשת לֶךְ־לְךָ

Torah Portion: Genesis 12:1-17:27 (triennial 14:1-15:21)
Now, when King Amraphel of Shinar, King Arioch of Ellasar, King Chedorlaomer of Elam, and King Tidal of Goiim made war on King Bera of Sodom, King Birsha of Gomorrah, King Shinab of Admah, King Shemeber of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela, which is Zoar, all the latter joined forces at the Valley of Siddim, now the Dead Sea…

Nov. 7
Parashat Vayera / פרשת וַיֵּרָא

Torah Portion: Genesis 18:1-22:24 (triennial 19:1-20:18)
The two angels arrived in Sodom in the evening, as Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to greet them and, bowing low with his face to the ground...

Nov. 14
Parashat Chayei Sara / פרשת חַיֵּי שָֹרָה

Torah Portion: Genesis 23:1-25:18 (triennial 24:10-52)
Then the servant took ten of his master’s camels and set out to the city of Nahor. He made the camels kneel down by the well outside the city, at evening time, the time when women come out to draw water...

Nov. 21
Parashat Toldot / פרשת תּוֹלְדוֹת

Torah Portion: Genesis 25:19-28:9 (triennial 26:23-27:27)
From there Isaac went up to Beer-sheba. That night haShem appeared to him and said, “Fear not, for I am with you.” So he built an altar there and invoked haShem by name...

Nov. 28
Parashat Vayetzei / פרשת וַיֵּצֵא

Torah Portion: Genesis 28:10-32:3 (triennial 30:14-31:16)
Once, at the time of the wheat harvest, Reuben came upon some mandrakes in the field and brought them to his mother Leah. Rachel said to Leah, “Please give me some of your son’s mandrakes...”

Everyone is welcome to join these illuminating and warm discussions - no preparation required!

 Learn more about the Havurah Torah study group on our website 


Kabbalat Shabbat Zoom Service

Friday, October 30th, 7 PM


Please join us this month on October 30th. Ilana Long will lead us once again in a musical, heartfelt Shabbat service!

We welcome and coach new leaders!
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Black History Reading Group 2020

A small group of us have been diving deep into Black history, starting with slavery and the failed Reconstruction. It’s been a lively discussion, led by Phil Cushman, who has encouraged us to reflect on how this affects us as individuals, as Jews, as citizens and to start to imagine a different future and how we could possibly get there.

Toda raba, thank you very much, Phil!  — Julea Gardener

Life Cycle Announcements

If you have an announcement you would like to share with the community, please let us know, and we will post it in the newsletter! It could be a celebration such as a birthday, anniversary, birth, graduation, or any other milestone, or it could be the commemoration of a yartzeit for a loved one.

If you want to send someone mi shaberach/get well wishes or offer congratulations, we would love to acknowledge all of that in our newsletter.

Please click here to send us any announcements!
Choose Democracy and Protect the Results
The Havurah board has unanimously signed onto a pledge from Vashon faith groups to protect our democracy after the November 3rd election should there be a power grab and attempted coup. We encourage every Havurah member to exercise your civic duty to vote in the elections. Please also consider signing a pledge that you will do everything in your power if a coup is attempted in this country. 

Here is the pledge we signed:

"In a climate of uncertainty about whether the election results will be accepted by the sitting president, Vashon Faith Leaders affirm our commitment to speak up in defense of our democracy and our most vulnerable communities. The election process must be free from intimidation and the threat of violence. All votes must be counted. No premature declaration of victory. The peaceful transfer of power, if that is what the election results mandate, is an absolute necessity. Any threat to free and fair elections imperils all of us; and each and every one of us must act to protect our democracy and one another at this perilous time. Multiple efforts are underway both nationally and locally to respond to this threat. We encourage you to explore action appropriate for you and your organization.

Here are two options you may consider: First, take the Choose Democracy pledge at Next, sign up for our Vashon event on November 4th to protect the results at".

The Havurah also signed onto a similar statewide declaration. You can read that pledge here and also sign on as individuals. We encourage everyone to do so.
Interested in Jewish events in the greater Seattle area? Check out the Jewish Federation's Newsletter HERE.
With all of our programming moved to Zoom Meetings, here are some simple directions for getting onto Zoom:

If you are using a laptop or desktop with webcam and microphone, click the “join zoom meeting” link, and your default browser will open a zoom window. You do not need to create an account.  Depending on your security settings, you may get a banner asking if you want to download or run the Zoom program. Click “yes” or “agree” or “run”.

If you are using a phone or tablet, go to and download the Zoom mobile app from the App Store or Google Play. You do not need to create an account. When you click the “join zoom meeting” link, the app will open.
The Havurah will send one monthly email with events, announcements and food for thought. Let us know what would make this monthly message most useful and meaningful.

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Please submit news items one week before the last day of the month for publication the following month. We’re trying to limit excess messages in your Inbox and manage the all-volunteer communications workload.

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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

We welcome your ideas and skills too!   CONTACT US 
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Sustain Us

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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4. Mail a check:
 Vashon Havurah • PO Box 89 • Vashon WA 98070

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