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Community Celebrations

Throughout the year, the J invites the community to join us for holiday celebrations.

Hundreds of people dress up and play at our Purim Carnival and celebrate Hanukkah Under the Stars with us every year. We also have a Sukkot dinner in the Kesher Community Garden every fall, community Hanukkah candle lightings in the winter, and family Passover Seders in the spring, and more.

On select Fridays—at the J and in Ballard and Issaquah—newborns, babies, toddlers, and their parents are welcome to join friends for Tot Shabbat with songs and challah. During the summer, you can join in joyous Shabbat celebrations with the entire SJCC Summer Camp.

Sephardic Day at the J

Sunday, October 15 | 11 am-2 pm
FREE, but please RSVP below

Celebrate and share the Sephardic community’s unique heritage, language, food, and cultural pride. This all-ages event will have cooking demonstrations, Sephardic bingo, an art exhibit, craft projects for kids, games, food for sale, and more.

  • Borekas, boyos, yaprakis, biscochos, quajado, huevos haminados, soutlach for sale prepared by Eli Varon of Sephardic Bikur Holim
  • Cooking demos of borekas and boyos with chef Danny Rousso
  • Biscocho dough making for kids
  • Sephardic bingo
  • Art projects for kids
  • Ladino folk dictionaries for sale
  • WSJHS Sephardic exhbiit “Shalom! Sefared” 
  • Sephardic cookbooks for sale

 

Featuring the Isramerica House Band
1:30 pm | free concert
Headlining the family-friendly celebration of Sephardic culture, the Isramerica House Band is a hip, young, cutting-edge group of Israeli and Jewish American vocalists that performs everything from classic Israeli tunes and ethnic mizrahi (Middle Eastern Jewish) music to Broadway hits and American pop songs.

View the Exhibit: “Shalom! Sefarad: El Florecimiento de la Vida Sefardí en Seattle”
An exhibit about the hard-working Sephardic immigrants from the Ottoman Empire who came to Seattle to build new lives for their families brought to you by the Washington State Jewish Historical Society. Thanks to the sponsors: Seattle Sephardic Network, Sephardic Brotherhood, 4Culture, The Issac Alhadeff Foundation, MOHAI, The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, The Rita & Herbert Rosen Foundation, Loeb Family Charitable Foundation, Martin Selig, and Sterling Realty Organization.

Sukkot Family Hoedown and Havdalah

Saturday, October 7 | 6-8 pm
$12 adult/$8 child
Grab your cowboy boots for a rootin’ tootin’ Sukkot celebration! Enjoy dinner, entertainment from the Boot Boogie Babes, line dancing, Havdalah, and fun for the whole family. Everyone will get a red bandana to decorate and wear.

Sukkot Glean at Oxbow Farm

Sunday, October 8 | 10 am-2 pm | FREE
Oxbow Farm and Conservation Center
10819 Carnation-Duvall Road NE, Carnation WA 98014
Celebrate Sukkot and the Jewish value of pe’ah (donating part of each harvest). We’ll gather the last of this year’s crops to donate to those in need. Stay after the harvest to shake the lulav and etrog, gather pumpkins, shop the farm stand, and dance to live music. Bring your own lunch and we’ll picnic together.

Shabbat Project: Great Big Challah Bake

Thursday, October 26 | 7-9 pm | $10
Put on your apron and discover the art of making and braiding challah, and the mystique of this time-honored tradition at the fourth annual Shabbat Project Great Big Challah Bake. Take home two delicious, ready-to-bake loaves just in time to join communities all over the world celebrating Shabbat. 

Shabbat Dinners

Friday, November 17 | Friday, January 26
From meeting up at cool new restaurants to pajama Shabbats around town, the J’s Shabbat dinners are the place to be. Details to come.

Hands on Hanukkah

Sunday, December 3 | 11 am-1 pm
Northgate Mall (Seattle) and Crossroads Mall (Bellevue)
FREE
Make edible dreidels, decorate Hanukkah placemats, spin a giant driedel, take pictures in the photo booth, get your face painted, win prizes, and much more.

Hanukkah Art Class

Tuesday, December 5 | time and location TBD | ages 16+
Celebrate Hanukkah with an art class at a local studio. It’s a great chance to make gifts!

Registration coming soon

Community Hanukkah Celebration

Saturday, December 16 | 5:30-7:30 pm | FREE
Join us for our annual community Hanukkah celebration featuring Hanukkah games and crafts, live music, and delicious food vendors. We encourage donations benefiting YouthCare.

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