Iyar/Sivan 5777

Call 206-567-9414 for event details or see our online calendar here.


  • 13 JLC – Graduation
  • 19 Shabbat Potluck
  • 21 Annual Meeting
  • 29 Super Supper


  • 10 Movie Night – A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS
  • 26 Super Supper




Friday May 19th, at 6PM, Shabbat gathering  at the home of Jeff and Denise Brown. Come join your fellow Shir Hayamers for what is surely going to be a lovely time at the Brown’s home.




The Coordinating Committee of Chavurat Shir Hayam cordially invites you to attend the ANNUAL MEETING Sunday, May 21, 2017    From 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Pru’s House, on the hilltop in the Grand Forest off Mandus Olson Road, the same place as last year’s meeting.

First things first, arrive on time to enjoy the short ice-breaker/get-the-circulation-going bit of Israeli dancing, led by Jessica assisted compassionately by Lisa. Everyone did marvelously last year with the switcheroo circle dance, very impressive!

The MEETING AGENDA will follow:

Community Acknowledgment and Introductions

Committee Reports from

  • Adult Ed
  • Cemetery
  • Community Presence
  • Jewish Learning Center
  • Ruach
  • Tikkun Olam

Review Draft of Budget for next year and Approve.

Discussions of:

  1. Governance, i.e., Rolling forward any surplus to next year’s budget;
  2. Invitation to participate in updating the Shir Hayam Handbook with the Handbook Update Committee.

Coordinating Committee for the coming year.

and don’t forget the noshing!  Please bring something yummy to share.!


  • From New Brooklyn Road, turn NORTH onto Mandus-Olsen Road.
  • Follow Mandus-Olsen to the Grand Forest East trailhead / road. (It looks like a dead end but is just before Mandus-Olsen veers sharply to the left.)
  • Continue (North) into the Grand Forest on the dirt access road—Access road is one lane so be prepared for oncoming traffic; use pull-outs.  Follow access road & “Hilltop” signs to parking area at Barn.
  • Park at barn & walk right, through the orchard to “Pru’s House” next door.
  • TO EXIT: Exit Barn parking area via one-way loop, returning to road. Return to trailhead via same one-lane access road.

To see pictures of the house: http://www.biparks.org/biparks_site/facilities/prues-house.htm


Random Occurence


Three Shir Hayamers meet on a morning ferry boat one morning  . . .  No punch line, just a random occurrence for Carol Rappaport, Craig Jacobrown and Paul Travis!




It’s always great to get together to watch and/or discuss films and books that feature Jewish humor, history, or creativity. Some of our members have been wanting to make it happen more often or even on a regular basis. SO now we have an opportunity to view a very special film that will not make it to the theaters:  A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS.  Israeli born Natalie Portman ( of Black Swan fame) has directed and plays a starring (stirring!) role . Amoz Oz, author of the book of the same title, was a child during the 1940’s and 50’s as Israel was coming into statehood. His reflections, both personal and political, on what he witnessed during those turbulent times, are moving and enlightening. The acting is exquisite—sheer poetry, not to be missed!
We will have a brief Havdalah and Pot Luck Desserts before viewing the film.
WHEN: June 10 at 7PM
WHERE: 6207 N.E. Tolo Rd.
                Home of Anita and Phil Rockefeller
DIRECTIONS: South side of Tolo. Turn at sign ” Rock Farm Community Garden”. If you are coming from Winslow, turn left off of Miller Rd. as if going to Battlepoint Park, and coming from the North, turn right.


 In a recent committee meeting, the Tikkun Olam committee decided to give the balance of our fund for this year ($209) to the International Rescue Committee for their work on the famine in South Sudan. We additionally raised $775 from donations earmarked for this donation. We sent a total of $984. Thank you to everyone who contributed.




Storytelling Through Art – Judaism has a long history of storytelling. Often these stories are transmitted through the written word or told orally. At this talk with Rabbi Jill Borodin, we will explore using artistic expression as a meaningful way of sharing stories. Come ready for making art at the interactive session; no experience necessary.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 10:30 a.m. – noon

Congregation Beth Shalom 6800 35th Avenue NE, Seattle

RSVP to Rabbi Kate Speizer or call (206) 693-3046 for more information. COST:Free