Our Jewish World: North Kitsap/Bainbridge Island

Kol Shalom Community-Wide Passover Seder
Kiana Lodge, Poulsbo March 31st at 6:00pm


Our Annual Community Passover Seder this year is at Kiana Lodge, Saturday March 31, starting at 6:00 p.m. Rabbi Paul and Cantorial Soloist Laura will once again be leading our Community Seder with new haggadot.

Our venue has changed this year as we exceeded seating capacity last year at our synagogue and wish to accommodate all who want to attend from our growing congregation, as well as the broader North Kitsap Jewish community.

“In every generation, we are obligated to read the story of our escape from slavery in Egypt as if it were happening to us.”  It is our tradition at Kol Shalom to gather together on the second evening of Passover and celebrate with wine, food, song and lively discussion.

Because of our venue change, the cost this year for members (and their extended family and friends) is $40 per person aged 12 and over, and $15 for children aged 4 to 11 (no charge for children under 4). For the broader community, the cost is $75 per person aged 12 and over, and $25 for children aged 4 to 11 (if cost is a concern, see notes 1 and 2 below about financial sponsorship).

Most of the meal will be catered by Kiana Lodge. We will be asking attendees to help bring Seder plates and ceremonial foods (to be coordinated by Samantha Wagner). Please watch for an update to this evite about What To Bring if you would like to help.

NOTE: Please RSVP via your recent Evite (or call the synagogue office M-W-F 9:00-2:30pm). Pre-paid reservations MUST be received by noon FRIDAY, MARCH 23rd as we need to provide an accurate count of attendees to Kiana.  (1) (2)

Payment may be made via PayPal on the CKS web site’s Donation Page (please check the “Community Seder at Kiana Lodge” radio button and include the number of attendees and ages in the “Comment” box), or by calling the synagogue office (206-842-9010) with credit card information, or by mailing a check.



(1) The cost of the seder helps cover our catering, food and wine expense. We are asking attendees to help with Seder plates, and food for the plates. More information will be coming soon about What to Bring if you wish to bring a Seder plate with ceremonial food items.

(2) Please note that in Jewish tradition, no one will be turned away due to cost. Please let the office know (or put a confidential statement in the Comment box when responding though the web site’s payment page) if payment might be a hardship. Congregation Kol Shalom will warmly welcome you and sponsor your presence.

Kol Shalom Purim Party Feb 28
Purim Morning Service Mar 1 

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If you missed this year’s wonderful “Harry Potter” Purim Party and multi-lingual megillah Purim Morning Service, there is always next year…

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Registration forms and all payments are due March 15, 2018.

If you have not yet registered, please do so as soon as possible. A registration form that can be downloaded, printed out and filled in, as well as additional information about the 2018 Congregational Shabbaton, is available at:

Eshkol 2018 Registration Form and Additional Information

Join us April 6-8, 2018 at our first ever ESHKOL (Educational SHabbaton Weekend at KOL Shalom). Shabbaton means a program of education held on Shabbat, or in our case, an entire weekend with a focus on community activity and learning. ESHKOL in Hebrew means a cluster (usually of grapes), and just as each individual member of Kol Shalom is special and sweet in their unique way, so are grapes, but they do not grow as solitary things. They develop and are nurtured in a “cluster of community” – an ESHKOL.

Our Shabbaton takes place over three days at Camp Kalsman and includes multi-generational activities for all congregational age groups. In addition to services and activities led by Rabbi Paul and Cantor Laura, we are privileged to have Abbey Bell, Pacific Northwest regional director of NFTY (U.S. Reform Jewish Youth Movement), coordinating youth and teen activities, and Scholar-in-Residence, Dr. Mika Ahuvia, Marsha and Jay Glazer Endowed Chair at the University of Washington’s Stroum Center for Jewish Studies, leading three education sessions.

Lodging and food will use camp facilities (all food is provided but attendees will need to bring their own bedding, towels and toiletries). Our Eshkol will begin on Friday afternoon (the very end of Passover – so we will serve matzah with dinner) and ends Sunday afternoon (see our preliminary agenda).


New Defibrillator in the Sanctuary

Kol Shalom now has an easily accessible semi-automatic defibrillator located within our sanctuary building. The HeartSine samaritan PAD 350P (SAM 350P) with CPR Coaching is a simple to use semi-automatic defibrillator, designed to be user-friendly. More information about this potentially life-saving device and videos explaining its use are available by clicking on one (or both) of the links below:

PAD 350P

How to use a HeartSine samaritan PAD 350P (HeartSine website)

HeartSine samaritan PAD 350P – How to Use (YouTube video)


Adult Education for 2018!

Check our latest Adult Education schedule for 2018! New classes are being planned now.

Classes are open to members and non-members. Members are free (although donations are welcome) and non-members are requested to make a “pay-as-you-can” donation to the General Fund to support ongoing Adult Education at Kol Shalom. For additional information or to register, email Darla, our Temple Administrator or call 206-842-9010.
See our Schedule and Register Now!!


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