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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.

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.

Vice 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.  

Asaph grew up on the East Coast, but he has called the Pacific Northwest home since 2005. Asaph and his wife Hilary have two sons and moved back to the island in 2014 after living in Seattle. Asaph and his family joined CKS almost immediately after moving back to the island and are thrilled to be part of this vibrant, growing community. Professionally, Asaph works for a small social policy research firm where he looks at the impact of employment and social service programs on low-income populations. Asaph sees his service on the CKS Board as a way to help foster a positive, inclusive Jewish community on Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap.

Secretary

Asaph Glosser

2018-2021

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Treasurer

Jonathan Liffgens

2018-2021

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.

Director

Jessica Dubey

2019-2022

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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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.

Director

Lisa Hope

2020-2023

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.

Marc and his wife Cindy were born and lived in California most of their lives, moving to Seattle in 2016 and Bainbridge a year later. They joined CKS within a year of moving to the island and enjoy the inclusive, unpretentious energy that CKS offers. After retiring as the Chief Medical Officer of the Polyclinic in Seattle, Marc is supporting and mentoring innovative early stage health care companies while being very active in statewide electoral reform efforts. He sees CKS board service as a way to give back to the Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap community.

Director

Marc Miller

2019-2022

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.

Director

Patty Fielding

2019-2022

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Meet

OUR STAFF

 

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.

Religious School Director

Currently Open

This position is currently not filled.

Read more about our Religious School here.