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About Us

We are Kol Shalom

From our roots as a small chavurah in the 1980s, Congregation Kol Shalom has evolved into its present form as a congregation affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism, with our own building, a full-time Rabbi, Shabbat services every Saturday, a thriving Religious School, and a calendar full of events from adult education to social action to holiday celebrations. We currently have a membership of about 100 families, couples and individuals of diverse ages, backgrounds and experiences. 

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Our Mission

 

In fulfilling our mission:

  • We embrace a rich diversity of families and individuals in our community.

  • We are a center for Jewish worship.

  • We are a center for religious education.

  • We are stewards of Jewish tradition and heritage.

  • We exemplify the Jewish values of tikkun olam (healing the world) and gemilut chasadim (deeds of loving kindness) to serve our community and work towards social justice.

  • We are a caring community, celebrating in times of joy, providing solace and support in times of sorrow.

  • We provide opportunities for spiritual and personal growth and development.

  • We nurture and support spiritual, educational, and organizational leadership.

  • We meet our challenges with courage and humor, demonstrating flexibility and a commitment to grow and adapt. 

  • We support the State of Israel.

  • We are financially viable.

To be a center for Jewish life, and a vital community for North Kitsap County

 

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Meet

Our Rabbi
 
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Rabbi Dario Feiguin

Rabbi Darío Feiguin and his wife, Yudi, joined Congregation Kol Shalom in November 2019. 

 

With years of experience building dynamic Jewish communities in Argentina and Costa Rica, Darío and Yudi both bring fresh, exciting perspectives, joyful optimism and profound Jewish soul to our community. 

 

Four months after Rabbi Darío joined Kol Shalom, COVID-19 put the entire congregation in quarantine. Unthwarted, Darío jumped in immediately to become a Zoom technocrat, a creative videographer of music videos, and a Rabbi of virtual services, holidays, B’nai Mitzvah and High Holy Days. With love and unflagging commitment, he keeps our community together in song, prayer, study and celebration.

 

Our community is blessed to have Rabbi Darío as our spiritual leader and teacher.

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1957, Rabbi Darío Feiguin is one of the disciples of Rabbi Marshall T. Meyer z”l, who ordained Rabbi Darío at the Seminario Rabínico Latinoamericano in 1983. Rabbi Darío has a BA in Jewish Thought, Education and Counseling, and a MA in Modern Jewish Philosophy with honors, both titles from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he lived between 1976 and 1983.

 

Rabbi Darío worked as Rabbi Meyer’s assistant at Comunidad Bet El and as Director of Jewish Studies at Colegio Tarbut. With his wife, Yudi, and nine families he founded Comunidad Amijai, one of the most vibrant congregations in South America. In 2015 he moved to Costa Rica to serve as the Rabbi of Congregation B’nei Israel, the only non-Orthodox and inclusive congregation in the country. Rabbi Darío is also an experienced Cantor and Baal Koreh (Torah chanter), plays guitar and djembe, and loves to sing.

 

He directed more than fifty summer and winter camps and retreats, and co-directed Viajes de la Diversidad with Yudi, a project of ethnic, cultural and spiritual journeys, including Jewish heritage, to Asia, Africa and Israel. Rabbi Darío has deep experience working with interfaith groups and social action projects, and has published numerous articles in newspapers and magazines in Argentina and Costa Rica.

 

He was a soccer player and still likes to watch games, and loves to be in contact with nature. Yudi and Darío are proud parents of Adam and Lilach, who live in Argentina.

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Meet

our leadership
 

The Board of Directors of Congregation Kol Shalom consists of up to 11 members, who serve three-year terms, elected by the congregation. The Board is responsible for managing the affairs of the congregation and working with the synagogue staff as well as volunteer committees. Open to the public, board meetings generally take place on the second Wednesday of each month.

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President

Lori Weise

2018-2021

Lori is a Southern California native who enthusiastically relocated to Bainbridge Island with her husband Steve in December 2018 to be closer to their children and grandchildren in the Pacific Northwest.    Lori was raised in a conservative synagogue, Beth Shalom in Whittier, California where her parents, Bert and Libby were active volunteers and Rabbi Joseph Smith was their neighbor.   Bert regularly brought his tool bag to provide maintenance at the Synagogue while his children were in Hebrew School.    Lori and her husband Steve and children were active at Beth Hillel in Studio City and Adat Ari El in North Hollywood.  Lori worked in a variety of leadership positions in healthcare strategic, forecasting and business planning for 38+ years including 20 years at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles serving as Vice President, Strategic Planning and Business Development.   She and Steve enjoy running, cooking and travel.  Lori is particularly enjoying spending more time hiking, playing pickleball and sampling the wonderful community of Bainbridge Island.  She serves on the Finance Committee of the Bainbridge Island Land Foundation and provides pro bono consulting services for non- profit organizations through the Seattle based 501 Commons.  

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Vice President

Carrie Arndt

2020-2023

Carrie grew up on the East Coast, but relocated to Northern California in 1996. She and her husband purchased their home on Bainbridge Island in 2013, but took several years to retire and transition to life on the Island. Carrie retired from Johnson & Johnson in 2018, where she worked in a variety of leadership positions in their medical device businesses in California for the past 20+ years. As a member of Congregation Beth Emek, her previous synagogue in Pleasanton, CA, Carrie served in several leadership roles, including President, VP Finance, Treasurer, and Chair of the Caring Committee. Her Judaism is inseparably tied to Tikkun Olam and Gemilut Chasadim, which are embodied through her work as a Board member of WISER, a residential high school for girls in rural Kenya, and her involvement in STEM education. Carrie loves engaging in all of the outdoor activities available in the Pacific Northwest, especially boating, hiking and bicycling.

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Secretary

Jessica Dubey

2020-2023

Jessica has lived on Bainbridge Island since 2002 and has been a member of CKS for just about that long. She and David Goldberg were married by Rabbi Mark Glickman in 2009, and daughter Josephine Forney attended CKS Religious School from the age of four until becoming Bat Mitzvah. Beyond the usual chair wrangling, table rolling and kitchen cleanup, Jessica has served CKS in many capacities. From 2005-2010, she edited a printed newsletter (“Scroll Shalom”) sent out to all member households. She joined the board in 2008, becoming president in 2009 for two consecutive terms. In 2017 and 2018 she was co-organizer for the CKS Spring Gala. She has served on two rabbinic search committees as CKS has grown and evolved. She is currently head of the Mitzvah Corps. Jessica is the CKS representative on the Bainbridge Island/North Kitsap Interfaith Council, a role she has enjoyed for many years, including taking a turn as president in 2013. For her day job, Jessica works for Starbucks headquarters as a graphic designer and communications program manager in Public Affairs. She loves swimming in the open water around this beautiful island, as well as biking, hiking and running.

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Treasurer

Jonathan Liffgens

2018-2023

Jonathan and his wife Elaine arrived on Bainbridge Island in 2015 along with their two daughters, Maya and Serena. Jonathan spent his early years in the rural community of Woodstock, NY, in the Catskills, where he acquired a taste for the natural world as well as outdoor activities such as skiing, hiking, spelunking and bicycling. He fulfilled a dream in 1981 when, after graduating college, he crossed the continental United States on his bicycle. Jonathan lived in Boston, Miami and Pittsburgh before eventually moving to Chicago to earn a Master of Architecture degree at the University of Illinois. He met Elaine, also a design professional, while working at the same architecture firm in Chicago and they were married shortly thereafter at the Spanish Synagogue in Prague. He practiced in Chicago primarily as a project architect on institutional healthcare and bio-medical research projects before establishing a solo practice as a residential and commercial architect. He and Elaine enjoy sailing, scuba-diving and world travel. Jonathan is an accomplished amateur photographer and has contributed his images to several journals, publications and exhibitions. He and Elaine joined Congregation Kol Shalom in 2016 and are both looking forward to serving the Bainbridge Island community in general and the CKS community in particular.

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Director

Ed Arndt

2019-2022

Ed is currently serving his second term on the Kol Shalom Board of Directors. He co-chairs Facilities, and is actively involved as a member of the Finance, Social Action/ Social Justice, and Membership Committees. Prior to moving to Bainbridge Island in 2015, Ed and his wife, Carrie, spent the previous 20 years in the San Francisco Bay Area, where they raised their two sons and participated actively in the life of the local Jewish community. As a member of Congregation Beth Emek in Pleasanton, California, he served as Vice President, Youth Education and Programs, Social Action Chair and Finance/Building Committee member. Professionally, Ed is a licensed psychologist, and prior to retirement, was Director of Mental Health Services for a consortium of school districts in San Francisco’s East Bay. Over the course of his career, Ed worked as a clinician, supervisor and academic in medical, mental health and school settings. Since retiring, Ed and his wife have been actively exploring the waters of the Pacific Northwest aboard their boat, Navigator, as well as spending time with their grandchildren.

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Having grown up in Southern California, Lisa moved to London to pursue a career in Classical Archaeology at the British Museum. After realizing that the scholastic life was not for her, she moved to Seattle and began working in film – starting as a PA and working her way up to Producer. Producing films and commercials brought her back to LA until meeting and marrying native Bainbridge Islander, Jeff Patricio and settling down in Kingston. Together they have two children, Joe and Lucy, who have both been Bar and Bat Mitzvahed at CKS. Lisa is the head of marketing operations at a startup CBD company on Bainbridge Island. Since joining CKS in 2012 she and her family have been active participants in congregational and Religious School activities. She is currently serving her second term on the board.

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Lisa Hope

2020-2023

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Patty’s professional career included work as a middle school teacher, clinical physical therapist, Physical Therapy Administrator, and Senior Manager in capital, operational and strategic planning at Northern CA Kaiser Permanente. She and her husband, Ira, a urologist, retired to Bainbridge Island in 1999, and have enjoyed being close to their daughter and family who also live on the island. Patty, Ira and dog, Elmo, are thrilled to be living in the sustainable, GROW community in Winslow. In years past, Patty worked on a number of city committees and served two terms on the island school board. As an active member of Kol Shalom, she chaired the Religious School Committee, chaired many Kol Shalom fund-raising events, previously served on the Kol Shalom Board for two years as Secretary, and was a member of our Rabbinic Search Committee and the Rabbinic Selection Committee.

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Patty Fielding

2019-2022

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Director

Katie Ewing

2021-2024

Katie grew up in the college town of Bloomington, Indiana and eventually made her way out to the University of Washington for grad school where she earned Masters’ degrees in Economics and Public Administration. She met her future husband, Andy, as they both pursued Economics degrees. A few cross-country moves later, they settled in Bainbridge Island in 2012 to raise their two kids. Katie has worked in public finance for over 14 years, 12 of them at the City of Seattle. She is currently a Senior Policy & Project Manager in the General Manager’s office at Seattle City Light. Katie loves the small-town community of Bainbridge and feels that CKS is an integral part of what makes it such a welcoming place. Since joining CKS, Katie has been actively involved in the Religious School Committee, serving for the past five years. Katie views her role on the CKS Board as being a voice for the young families in our community and to use her skills in finance and public administration wherever needed. When services are back in-person, you can see one or both of the kids providing their own in-seat interpretive dances to Rabbi Daro’s songs while Katie and Andy put their heads in their hands in deep embarrassment.

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Director

Michael Hirsch

2021-2024

Mike is a native of New York, growing up on Long Island. He is a UCLA trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in joint replacement. His practice was in Encino California. He was, for years, Consulting Orthopedic Surgeon at Los Angeles’ Jewish Home for the Aging, a 900-bed UCLA-affiliated long-term care and aging-in-place facility. He has been volunteer faculty at both UCLA and USC at various times. His wife, Maureen was an advanced practice nurse and nurse educator. Mike and Maureen retired in 2006. They moved from their Ventura County home to Bainbridge in 2014. The Hirschs have two adult children and two young adult grandchildren.

     Upon retirement Mike and Maureen fulfilled a long time dream of cruising Pacific Mexico. They keep their boat in Banderas Bay and, until COVID, spent the winter months cruising the Pacific Mexican coast and the Sea of Cortez. They are hopeful of returning to Mexico when the pandemic abates. They consider Mexico their second home.

     Mike’s interests include boating, woodworking, mixology, fine dining, reading and travel. As a new board member with little prior experience in such matters, Mike hopes he can make a helpful contribution to the CKS community.

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Karen has lived on Bainbridge since 1984, living, working and raising a son (with husband John) in the Pacific Northwest ever since relocating here from Wisconsin. She grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, where she was Bat Mitzvahed and Confirmed at Congregation Kenesseth Israel (KI). She has volunteered with numerous organizations and Boards on Bainbridge, and currently serves on the Board of Bainbridge Youth Services (BYS). She is self-employed as an employment and business attorney on the Island, working to help right wrongs. Karen serves as chair of the Social Justice Committee at CKS.

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Karen Klein

2021-2024

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Amy Michael

2021-2024

Bainbridge Island has been Amy’s home since 2005, when she moved from Minnesota with her spouse and young daughter, at the time desiring a return to the familiar Pacific Northwest region where she and her husband both grew up. Shortly after moving to Bainbridge, they became members of Congregation Kol Shalom, whose members and leadership have, since then, lovingly supported them through various life events, including the addition of two more children, a handful of harrowing medical crises, as well as the joyous Bat and Bar Mitzvahs of their oldest two children. As someone who did not grow up Jewish, Amy is grateful for the loving embrace, patience, and steadfast support of CKS and is excited to give back to its community. Professionally, she is an attorney who does editing work and assists organizations that advance Native American tribal treaty rights. She also volunteers at her kids' schools and helps with their various activities, at one time serving on the board of the Bainbridge Island Swim Club. When she has free time, she enjoys running and reading—separately, though, not together!

 
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Meet

OUR STAFF

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Temple Administrator

Darla Buhler

Darla Buhler has been with Kol Shalom since 2014, having previously served for a number of years in a similar capacity for three congregations of other faiths. A native Northwesterner, Darla has also lived on the East Coast and in the Southwest. She has visited Europe and Central America, and lived in Asia for three years, where she taught English as a second language to all ages. Darla studied commercial art and music in college, graduating with a BA, and enjoys singing in her a cappella church choir.

She lives in Bremerton with her husband and daughters.

Her office hours are:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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Religious School Coordinator

Josephine Forney

Josephine Forney grew up on Bainbridge Island, and was enrolled in the religious school at Congregation Kol Shalom from pre-school through bat mitzvah. She was a Camp Kalsman camper from its opening year in 2007 until 2014. The summer of 2019 she worked there as a camp counselor, making connections which led to a position as a religious school teacher at Temple de Hirsch Sinai for the next two years. Jo loves working with kids and hearing the original ideas they come up with. She plays several musical instruments, trumpet being her current focus. She lives in Seattle.