Bet Chaverim: Community Synagogue of South King County records, 1989-2006  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

Bet Chaverim
Bet Chaverim: Community Synagogue of South King County records
1989-2006 (inclusive)
0.72 cubic feet (2 boxes plus 1 oversize folder)
Collection Number
6102 (Accession No. 6102-001)
Bylaws, board minutes, calendars, newsletters, and other records of Bet Chaverim, formerly known as the Community Synagogue of South King County, Washington
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
Access Restrictions

Open to all users.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

In February 1989, a small chavurah (group) held a Shabbat service for the south King County Jewish community to discover if there was sufficient interest to establish a reform synagogue in this area. More than 100 people overflowed the tiny East Kent Library for that meeting. On 15 April 1989, The Community Synagogue of South King County was formed under Roy Golub's leadership.

After a couple of years the religious school held a contest to re-name the synagogue. The winning name was Bet Chaverim (House of Friends).

From the start, Bet Chaverim has been a family-oriented synagogue, with quality education for children and adults, observing Jewish traditions and rituals, and providing a friendly and diversified community.

Through the years, Bet Chaverim has moved to different locations and is currently located at the Saltwater Unitarian Church, in Des Moines, Washington.

Bet Chaverim has had four rabbis since their inception. The first rabbi, Ted Stainman, served as rabbi for ten years, retiring in 2005. Rabbi Zari Weiss and then Student Rabbi Amy Rossel served their community for two years each. Rabbi Rick Harkavy then led their community from 2009 - 2015, and Rabbi Emily Meyer began in July 2015.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection contains bylaws, board minutes, calendars, newsletters, newspaper clippings, cemetery records, Union for Reform Judaism membership documents, and miscellaneous general records of Bet Chaverim synagogue in Des Moines, Washington. Additionally, this collection also contains the records (correspondence, agendas, minutes, etc.) of the Bet Chaverim Sisterhood Board.

Other Descriptive InformationReturn to Top

Forms part of the Washington State Jewish Archives.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Nancy Blase/Howard Orlean (President of Bet Chaverim), 2011-11-29

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top


Container(s) Description Dates
1 Annual Meeting Minutes 1995-2002
1 Board Agendas 1997-2003
1 Board Minutes 1996-2003
1 Board Retreats undated
1 Brochures and 10th Anniversary Book 1999 and undated
1 Annual Budgets, Proposed Budgets, and Reports 1999-2004
1 Bylaws 1992-1995
1 Calendars October 2001-November 2002
1 Cemetery Issues 2003
1 Certification of Incorporation, Washington State 7 April 1989
1 Dues Issues undated
1 High Holidays 1998-1999
1 Insurance Certificates 1998-2003
1 IRS Non-Profit Designation and Exemption 2002
1 Miscellaneous 1996-2003
1-2 Newsletters 1989-2007
2 Newspaper Articles 1989-1990
2 Passover 2003-2004
2 Religious School undated
2 Wooden Sign to be under UU Sign 1994
2 Stock Pass Through - Solomon Smith Barney 2000-2004
2 UAHC Application Documents 1993-1994
2 UAHC Biennials, National and Pacific Northwest 2001-2003
2 UAHC MUM (Maintenance of Union Membership) 2001-2004
2 US Postal Service - Postal Box 2001-2003
2 UU Rental Agreements 1996-1999
2 Bet Chaverim Sisterhood 1992-2001
Oversize Folder Bet Chaverim Sisterhood certificates 1995-2006

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Jewish families--Washington (State)--Des Moines
  • Jewish religious education--Washington (State)--Des Moines
  • Jews--Washington (State)--Des Moines
  • Judaism--Washington (State)--Des Moines--Customs and practices
  • Rabbis--Washington (State)--Des Moines
  • Synagogues--Washington (State)--Des Moines

Corporate Names

  • Bet Chaverim (Des Moines, Wash.)--Archives
  • Bet Chaverim (Des Moines, Wash.)--Membership

Form or Genre Terms

  • Business correspondence
  • By-laws
  • Newsletters
  • Records (Documents)

Other Creators

  • Corporate Names
    • Washington State Jewish Archives (University of Washington), (host institution)

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Subject Terms

  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)

Other Creators

  • Corporate Names
    • Washington State Jewish Archives (University of Washington)