All Love, No Lonely
Celebrating 70 years in Seattle and 50 years on Mercer Island
In 2019, the Stroum Jewish Community Center celebrates two big milestones: our 50th anniversary on Mercer Island and 70th in greater Seattle. The SJCC remains a place where friendships form, traditions thrive, and community strengthens with every new visitor we greet and with every familiar face we welcome back.
This year, we recommit to creating experiences that unify us, celebrate Jewish values, and assure that we all feel love, and not lonely, in and around the SJCC.
Celebrate 50 @ the J
Help us celebrate our 50 years on Mercer Island and send us into our next 50 years and beyond with good vibes with $50 for 50 years. Membership dues, ticket sales, fees, and grants are only part of what keeps the J up and running. Each year, we depend on additional donations from individuals like you to help us fulfill our mission and keep our programs accessible and affordable to the entire Puget Sound region. Below are several ways you can make a gift today and enjoy tax saving benefits.
Celebration! SeaJAM Festival 2019
Our anniversary celebration was on full display Sept. 13-15 with our 2019 SeaJAM Festival. And what a JAM-packed weekend of Jewish Arts + Music it was! Nearly 1,000 people got their JAM on with us at our 2nd annual SeaJAM Festival, in celebration of the J’s 50th anniversary on Mercer Island and 70th in greater Seattle.
Twenty-five bakers submitted their best challah recipes to the judges at our Great Challah Bake Contest on Friday night, where everyone enjoyed delicious samples to kick off the weekend.
On Saturday, Will & Grace star Debra Messing took the stage at Benaroya Hall to talk about the show’s impact, her Jewish upbringing, activism, and her return to Broadway.
On Sunday, chef Joel Gamoran (pictured above) opened our eyes to the power of “no waste” cooking with kitchen scraps — with cooking demos and a delicious brunch. That evening, audiences of all ages sang and danced along with The Maccabeats for a sold-out closing concert and a sendoff JCC anniversary cake.
All Love, No Lonely
Whether you are 2 or 92 years old, you belong at the SJCC. Here we embrace everyone for who they are and what they bring to the world. Here you see the familiar faces of people you’ve known for years and friends you have yet to meet. Here you are seen, welcomed, and appreciated. Here you feel love, not lonely.
Guided by Jewish values, we offer programs that empower us to be better and unify us as a community. The team at the J works hard to create an environment where:
- Visitors feel welcome
- Joy overcomes fear
- Curiosity is authentic
- Friendships deepen
- Discourse is respectful
- Jewish culture is unifying
- A sense of belonging is strong
It’s through belonging and connection that we get to know one another, celebrate life, and care for each other. This is increasingly vital as we live in a world where people are often more connected to devices than other people.
Spring @ the J
Check out our spring newsletter and program guide below for a glimpse at the many possibilities to participate, engage, and connect with other people inside the SJCC and around the Puget Sound.
Share Your J Story
Have you been a member of the SJCC since the beginning? We want to hear from you! Help us celebrate our 50th and 70th anniversaries by sharing your stories. Email Program Manager, Special Events, Anna Fein or call 206-388-0839.