Mercer Island Incident Update

Dear SJCC Community, 
This afternoon the SJCC Mercer Island campus received a phoned-in bomb threat. In consultation with local law enforcement, the entire building, including children in our Early Childhood School, was safely evacuated according to protocol. There was no threat to the ECS Seattle campus. After a swift evacuation facilitated by our well-prepared team and interior and exterior searches of our Mercer Island facility revealed no credible threat, the Mercer Island facility was declared safe. Barring snow this evening, the SJCC on Mercer Island and both ECS campuses will open as scheduled tomorrow (Tuesday) morning. Following the incident, the Mercer Island Police Department released this statement this evening.
The security of our families, our community, and our staff remains of the utmost importance to us. We have been working with the local police departments, colleagues around the country, and national security agencies to monitor the situation and review our protocols. We stand in solidarity and vigilance with the dozens of Jewish community organizations that received threats over the past few weeks.
We will continue to prioritize the safety and security of our community. If you have any questions about the SJCC’s safety or security, please contact Amy Lavin, CEO, at, or at 206-232-7116.
Thank you for demonstrating your support for our SJCC this evening and for cooperating with us in keeping our community safe. We will continue to update you as appropriate.
Amy Lavin, CEO
Kim Waldbaum, Board of Directors President

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Menorah Mania Mitzvah Project A Huge Success

At our Menorah Mania Hanukkah celebration this year, we asked everyone to bring donation items to help us create personal care bags for homeless teens. With your support we raised nearly $300 and were able to assemble more than 80 bags for to distribute to teens in need. 

This project was led by our new teen philanthropy group, the SixThirTEENS, who came up with the idea and staffed the collection table at the event — thanks for your all your hard work! Learn more about the group here.

We also want to thank Kotis Design for donating notepads, pens, synch packs, and reusable water bottles and New Seasons Market for donating reusable grocery bags for us to fill with items. The J’s van was packed to the brim with donations! 

Thanks again to everyone who donated to this project – when our community comes together to help others, we can have a huge impact.


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Winter 2017 Registration Now Open

Register now for winter classes at the J!

We’ve got new kids enrichment and aquatics, plus men’s basketball, adult dance classes, and more!

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ECS Parents Party

ECS Parents Party

Saturday, November 5, 7-11 p.m.
Come together with other ECS families for a night out at Purple Café & Wine Bar for appetizers, drinks, and a hilarious comedy show by members of Jet City Improv. $50 per person includes heavy appetizers and entertainment. Plus you can drop your kids off at the J for Parents Night Out while you’re at the event!

Register now

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