How Do We React in the Face of Hate?

Dear Community Member,

In the midst of Chanukah, our celebration of light, the shadow of hatred, fear, and violence still engulfs our world. Last night’s act of terror against a Jewish community in New York is a reminder that bigotry remains a daunting force. It culminates both a week of heinous attacks against Jews on the East Coast, and a sharp and troubling rise in antisemitic rhetoric and violence over the last few years. 

Washington State has the fourth highest number of hate crimes nationwide according to the most recent FBI data. Today, antisemitic crimes comprise the majority of religious-based hate crimes in our country.

When children see armed guards in front of Jewish organizations and consider it to be normal, something is broken. When survivors of the Holocaust warn of troubling echoes of growing hate, we should listen. And when someone breaks into a rabbi’s home during a celebration of Chanukah to attack a community for its mere existence, our entire society should shudder.

We must call this what it is — domestic terrorism. In the face of a rising antisemitism, we call on our government for a meaningful response to the increase of hate crimes and hate groups. Antisemitism has many sources and origins — the proliferation of hate on the internet, the fading of Holocaust memory, and the absence of strong responses from the highest levels of leadership. This lack of action is both a cause and a symptom.

As the shock we feel turns to anger, concern, and sadness, we must respond. While victims and perpetrators are often obvious, perhaps the greatest danger to a secure society is the passivity of bystanders. Today, none of us have the luxury of being bystanders. It does not matter if we are religious or secular. It does not matter whom we love. It does not matter the color of our skin or our political affiliation. What matters is how we respond.

We must follow our ancestors and not allow those who seek to deny us the right to live and practice as Jews to succeed. We must meet intimidation with inspiration, and violence with unqualified justice. We must offer solidarity to those within the more observant Jewish community whose customs make them both more recognizable and more vulnerable.

We must overcome the complacency of bystanding with the courage of upstanding. We ask you to join us and stand up, speak out, and be counted. Raise your voice. We must redouble our efforts to educate and advocate within our community, and in partnership with others who are experiencing similar threats to their freedoms in our current climate.  The simple act of showing up for one another is how we will begin to turn back this tide of hatred.

As we light the final candle of Chanukah, rededicating ourselves to our faith and our freedoms, let the power of our individual light become a collective flame, turning back this growing darkness.

Following this letter is a listing of resources for education and action.  Please feel free to reach out to Cassie Garvin at the Federation at or (206) 774-2228 with any questions you may have.


Miri Cypers, Regional Director, Anti-Defamation League Pacific Northwest
Dee Simon, Baral Family Executive Director, Holocaust Center for Humanity
Rabbi Will Berkovitz, CEO, Jewish Family Service
Nancy B. Greer, President and CEO, Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle
Rabbi Daniel A. Weiner, Temple De Hirsch Sinai

Additional Signers:
Regina Friedland, Regional Director, American Jewish Committee Seattle
Rabbi Olivier Benhaim, Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue
Rabbi James Mirel, Bet Chaverim Congregation
Rabbi Mendel Weingarten, Executive Director, Chabad at University of Washington
Rabbi Yosef Schtroks, Chabad Jewish Center of Olympia
Rabbi Shmuly Levitin, Chabad of Downtown & Chabad Young Professionals Seattle 
Carol Benedick, Executive Director, and Rabbi Lauren Kurland, Congregation Beth Shalom
Albert Israel, President, Congregation Ezra Bessaroth
Ettie Davis, President, Hadassah, Seattle Chapter
Suzanne Greenberg, President, Havurat Ee Shalom, Vashon Island
Rabbi Barry Leff and Rabbi Emeritus Jay Rosenbaum, Herzl-Ner Tamid
Amee Sherer, Greenstein Family Executive Director, Hillel at the University of Washington
Rabbi Yechezkel Kornfeld, Island Synagogue Congregation Shevet Achim
Adam Steinberg, Northwest Regional Director, J Street
Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum, Kavana
Jeff Cohen, CEO, Kline Galland
Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg, Kol Ami: A Center for Jewish Life
Rabbi Zari Weiss, Kol HaNeshamah
Rabbi Avi Rosenfeld, Mercaz Seattle
Raphael Katsman, President, Minyan Ohr Chadash
Mina Miller, President and Artistic Director, Music of Remembrance
Rabbi Benjamin Hassan, Sephardic Bikur Holim
Randy Kessler, Executive Director, StandWithUs Northwest 
Amy Lavin, CEO, Stroum Jewish Community Center
Rabbi Sydney Danziger, Temple B’nai Torah
Senior Rabbi Ruth A. Zlotnick and Rabbi Jason Levine, Temple Beth Am
Rabbi Rachel Kort, Temple Beth Or
Rabbi Avi Fine and Rabbi Callie Schulman, Temple De Hirsch Sinai
Jeffrey Kay, Founder, The Tribe MC of Seattle
Rabbi Yona Margolese, Head of School, Torah Day School of Seattle
David Berkman, Director, URJ Camp Kalsman
Lisa Kranseler, Executive Director, Washington State Jewish Historical Society

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene
Mayor Jenny A. Durkan, City of Seattle
Council Chair Rod Dembowski, King County
Councilmember Claudia Balducci, King County
Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles, King County
Councilmember Jared Nieuwenhuis, City of Bellevue
Councilmember Jennifer Robertson, City of Bellevue
Councilmember Nate Nehring, Snohomish County

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson
State Representative Roger Goodman
State Representative Christine Kilduff
State Representative Mari Leavitt
State Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos
State Representative Tana Senn
State Representative Drew Stokesbary
State Representative Javier Valdez
State Senator Reuven Carlyle
State Senator Mona Das
State Senator Karen Keiser
State Senator Patty Kuderer
State Senator Joe Nguyen
State Senator Christine Rolfes
State Senator Jesse Salomon
State Senator Derek Stanford

Please note this letter was sent to many community and elected leaders who are away on vacation and did not have an opportunity to sign on.

Resources for Education and Action

These resources were compiled to accompany the Puget Sound Community Statement on Antisemitism.

To elected, civic, and faith leaders, as well as individuals who wish to be allies to the Jewish community in combating antisemitism, we recommend the following ways to help meet the challenge:

  1. Seek to Understand
    1. Check out resources on antisemitism from experts like the:
      1. Anti-Defamation League
      2. UNESCO
      3. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    2. Sign up for a local class such as on Confronting Antisemitism and Intolerance at the Holocaust Center for Humanity.
    3. Read Deborah Lipstadt’s new book, Antisemitism Here and Now.
  2. Stand Up
    1. Seek to stop it in its tracks by swiftly, forcefully, and publicly condemning acts of antisemitism.
    2. If you believe someone has said or done something antisemitic and doesn’t understand, help them to understand the impact of their words.
    3. When you see antisemitic vandalism, harassment, intimidation, or violence, speak up, in consultation with the victim, and with their consent, report it directly to the police, the ADL, SAFE Washington, or a trusted leader within your community who will ensure the incident is reported.
    4. If you don’t know if something is antisemitic, get in touch with the Anti-Defamation League.
  3. Reach Out
    1. Contact your child’s school and ask what their policies and practices are for adequately addressing hate-based incidents, including anti-Jewish incidents, in schools. If they don’t exist, ask that they be created and that impacted minority communities be a part of that process.
    2. Reach out to your local synagogue — ask what you can do to help, sign up for an interfaith service project, or ask if you can attend a service or a holiday celebration.
    3. Check out the Guide to Jewish Washington to find local Jewish organizations with whom you might engage, attend an event, learn from, etc.
  4. Advocate
    1. Contact your elected officials. Share this community statement with them. Tell them antisemitism is a growing concern and that you’d like them to make understanding and addressing growing antisemitism a priority.
    2. Contact the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle to learn how you can support their advocacy.
  5. Show Up
      1. For Holocaust Remembrance Day Events.
      2. For community solidarity gatherings.
      3. For other communities that experience hate crimes and to build enduring relationships with potential allies.
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Family + Community Connections at the J

The J is a place where generations of families come together to learn, laugh, play, and celebrate. The spirit of “l’dor v’dor”, from generation to generation, is felt throughout our community. From our grandparent and grandkid music class earlier this week led by Baby Jam to family traditions of attending Hanukkah parties or camp at the J.  

Longtime JCC member Linda Morgan recalls several occasions where generations of her family spent time at the J. She attended SJCC summer camp as a kid, and then her daughter and her granddaughters all followed in her footsteps. “There’s really nothing better,” she says. 

She also remembers attending a fitness class with both her mother and her daughter. “There were three generations of us in an aerobics class – it had nothing to do with Judaism, but it’s what got us here. It’s why we were here. And I’m kind of proud to have a JCC that has done this so successfully for so many people for so many years.” 

As the calendar turns to November and the holidays approach, the J has tons of activities and events to bring your family together. From School’s Out Camp to our family Hanukkah Concert + Celebration to a baseball flick for the whole family (just $5 for J members!), we hope you’ll continue to make the J part of your family’s tradition.

Here are some of the highlights coming up. For full calendar, CLICK HERE 


Sandra Bernhard: Music + Comedy 
Sat, Nov 2 | 8 pm 
The inimitable Sandra Bernhard’s “Quick Sand,” is a thrilling mix of comedy and rock ‘n’ roll, a raucous mix of political satire, pop culture commentary, and cabaret with The Sandyland Squad Band. Buy Tickets

Winter Class Registration Opens 
Mon, Nov 4 for SJCC members | Mon, Nov 11 for general public 
From favorites like gymnastics and karate to exciting new offerings from partners like Youth Theatre Northwest and Chess Wizards, we have tons of classes to keep your kids active and engaged this winter. Plus, we’re offering a new Winter Warm-Up mini-session so you can sample some winter classes before signing up for a full session. View enrichment lineup | View after school lineup 

Dinky Dunkers Registration Opens 
Mon, Nov 4 for SJCC members | Mon, Nov 11 for general public 
Dinky Dunkers youth basketball league is a great introduction for both girls and boys in kindergarten to third grade to learn basketball fundamentals and game strategies, as well as teamwork and sportsmanship in a safe, fun, and instructional environment. Practices start Jan 13; games run Jan 19-March 15. Learn more 

New to Town Happy Hour 
Tues, Nov 5 | 6:30 pm | Firefly Kitchens 
Learn about your gut health, snack on kraut, and jar your own in this hands-on fermentation 101 class. Afterward, join us at Reuben’s Brews for a locally handcrafted beer! Register

School’s Out J Camp 
Nov 11, 25, 26, 27 
When school’s out, J Camp is in! Join us for days of summer camp fun during the school year. Active group games, creative art projects, swimming, field trips, and special guests! Register

Museum Masterpieces in the U.S. (Part II) 
Nov 11-Dec 2 | 1-3 pm 
Art historian Kolya Rice discusses some of the greatest works of art housed in American museums. We’ll travel virtually to museums from Boston to LA to explore key concepts, themes, and analyses of art from around the world. Register

Movie Madness Marathon: SJFF Encores 
Sun, Nov 17 | 1 pm; 3:15 pm; 5 pm 
Three films, one day – binge on the best-of-fest from 2019 Seattle Jewish Film Festival. Single film tickets and all-day passes available. 


  • “Heading Home,” a family film about baseball in Israel. Tickets are just $5 for J members! Veggie hot dogs and ballpark food available for purchase. Buy Tickets 
  •  “Light of Hope,” an epic drama about the director of maternity home in WWII France. Buy Tickets 
  •  “The Tobacconist,” a coming-of-age buddy flick about Sigmund Freud. Buy Tickets

Osher @ the J: Black Holes are (Almost) Out of Sight 
Thurs, Nov 21 | noon bring your own lunch | 12:30 speaker 
Come learn about astronomical black holes, what they can (and can’t) do, and the part they play in the universe. Taught by UW professor emerita Julie Lutz, who does continuing research on stellar evolution. Register 

Chef Adeena Sussman Cookbook Talk + Tasting 
Thurs Nov 21 | 7 pm 
Chef Adeena Sussman, co-author of Chrissy Tiegen’s “Cravings,” is out with her first solo cookbook, “Sababa.” It’s personal and global, a tableau of regional flavors in its staggering and delicious variety — and it was named one of “The 13 Best Cookbooks of Fall 2019” by the New York Times. Buy Tickets

Hanukkah Concert + Celebration 
Sun, Dec 8 | 11 am activities/food | noon concert 
This Hanukkah, burn bright with us for a double-bill featuring Elana Jagoda and Chava Mirel – two nationally touring singers, guitarists, composers, prayer leaders, and recording artists. Plus: games, latkes, and activities for kids of all ages! Register 

Eight Nights: A Staged Reading 
Tues, Dec 10 | 7 pm 
The stories of eight immigrant/refugee families who inhabit the same apartment from 1949-2016. Staged reading performed by Book-It Repertory Theatre. Post-performance panel with playwright Jennifer MaiselBuy Tickets 

Hands on Hanukkah 
Sun, Dec 15 | 11 am-1 pm 
Hands-on crafts and activities for kids, at both Northgate Mall and Crossroads Mall. 

Hanukkah Meditation 
Thur, Dec 19 | 7 pm 
Our meditation series continues as we bring in the light of the holidays with Rabbi Olivier BenHaim. Register 

Kung Pao X-mas: ABE 
Wed, Dec 25 | 5 pm 
Join us for Chinese food and a movie as we watch ABE, a coming-of-age story where food heals and brings people together. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Buy Tickets 

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Stroum Jewish Community Center Launches 2019/20 Arts + Ideas Season Performing Arts Lineup

Headliners Include: Actresses Debra Messing and Sandra Bernhard, “Sababa” Cookbook Author Adeena Sussman, Israeli Pop Superstar Noa, and Comedian Myq Kaplan

SEATTLE, WA (October 8, 2019)—The Stroum Jewish Community Center is thrilled to announce its 2019/20 Arts + Ideas season lineup. Now in its fifth season, the Arts + Ideas stage at the J continues to bring world-class musicians, films, chefs, authors, live theater and podcast events, and two city-wide festivals to its home on Mercer Island and around the Puget Sound region.

The season kicked off in September with a successful SeaJAM Festival of Jewish Arts + Music, celebrating the SJCC’s 50th anniversary on Mercer Island and 70th in greater Seattle. The three-day festival featured a community challah baking contest judged by local chefs such as Robin Wehl of Hello Robin;  an on-stage conversation with Will & Grace star Debra Messing at Benaroya Hall; a 50th anniversary brunch and banter with Sur La Table’s national chef Joel Gamoran; and a sold-out concert with a capella stars, the Maccabeats.

From klezmer fusion to local stars, this season’s “Global Sound” international music series features a diverse array of musical genres. On October 29, Israel’s pop superstar Rami Kleinstein, often compared to Billy Joel, makes a rare appearance in the US. On December 8, two female recording artists join forces when Elana Jagoda and the local Chava Mirel Trio headline the J’s annual Hanukkah community celebration with a family-friendly concert. Toronto-based world-music band Beyond the Pale fuses contemporary klezmer, Balkan beats, bluegrass, and reggae on February 15. Israeli superstar Noa returns to our stage with longtime collaborator Gil Dor to perform songs from her new album, “Letters to Bach,” produced by Seattle’s own Quincy Jones on March 12.

This year’s “Shpiel” theater and live podcast series and “Jest Fest” comedy lineup spans the gamut from staged readings to full productions. Comedy renegade Sandra Bernhard performs “Quick Sand” on November 2, a thrilling mix of political satire, pop culture commentary, comedy, music, and cabaret with her Sandyland Squad Band. Book-It Repertory Theatre returns with a timely staged reading of Jennifer Maisel’s new play “Eight Nights,” which follows the lives of eight immigrant families living in the same apartment over a span of more than 60 years (December 10). Suzanne Bachner’s spellbinding solo show, “The Good Adoptee,” explores adoption (from the same secretive agency as the triplets in the film THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS), secrecy, and finding one’s Jewish identity (February 9); while the Seattle Jewish Theater Company brings “Arrivals,” an original Romeo and Juliet immigrant love story, to the stage on April 19. The Israel Story Live Podcast, known as Israel’s “This American Life,” returns for another magical evening of live radio, music, and multimedia storytelling on April 30. Finally, Comedian Myq Kaplan, known for his Netflix comedy special “Small, Dork, and Handsome” does standup on June 6.

Several high-profile authors and chefs are also featured in this year’s “Words to the Wise” spoken word and “Fable to Table” cookbook talk series, including hot, new Israeli chef Adeena Sussman. The co-author of Chrissy Tiegen’s “Cravings” cookbooks, brings tales and tastes on November 21 from her first solo cookbook “Sababa”—named one of the “Best 13 Cookbooks of Fall 2019” by The New York Times. On May 3, Boris Fishman presents his colorful Russian immigrant cookbook memoir, “Savage Feast.” Author Taylor Lustig, a contributor to the book “Yes She Can,” shares stories about her time working with many other young, female staffers in the Obama White House on April 23. Founding member of Blood, Sweat & Tears, Steve Katz, shares his new rock ‘n’ roll memoir on May 13, followed by a performance; and Dr. Alan Morinis of the Mussar Institute and author of “Everyday Holiness” speaks about love during trying times through a Jewish lens on June 7.

The film lineup this year includes movies that hit upon topics within the current zeitgeist: SAFE SPACES, a #MeToo seriocomedy starring Justin Long, Fran Drescher, and Richard Schiff; THE UPSTANDERS, a film about the power of peers to end bullying; and ASK DR. RUTH, which explores how Holocaust survivor Ruth Westheimer, became America’s most famous sex therapist.

Finally, from March 21-April 5, we celebrate the “Silver Screen” 25th Anniversary of the Seattle Jewish Film Festival. One of the largest and longest-running of its kind in the country, SJFF featuring films from around the world that explore global Jewish and Israeli life, culture, identity, history, and diversity for people of all ages. We’ll celebrate this milestone “silver screen” anniversary in classic Hollywood style, with a full lineup of special events and extraordinary films, including a Special Edition of Silent Movie Mondays with STG at the Paramount Theater, featuring the 1923 silent film ANCIENT LAW and a live score and ensemble featuring Alicia Svigals, a founder of The Klezmatics. Tickets are on sale at SJFF’s full lineup will be announced in February.

This is only a sample of the SJCC’s rich and robust 2019/20 Arts + Ideas season. All events are open to the public; everyone is welcome. See below for a full list of programs. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Interviews and images available upon request.

Media Contact: John Shaffer, Director, Marketing & Public Relations | | 206-232-7117


2019/20 SJCC Arts + Ideas Season


Sephardic Sukkot Cooking Class   
Sun Oct 13 | 2 pm
Make pumpkin + potato borekas (filled pastries) with the Seattle Sephardic Network—enjoy a full meal in the J’s sukkah.

SAFE SPACES + Filmmaker Q&A (via Skype)
Thu Oct 17 | 7:30 pm
Seriocomedy starring Justin Long, Fran Dresher + Richard Schiff.

Rami Kleinstein and Piano: North American Tour              
Tue Oct 29 | 7 pm happy hour | 8 pm show
TEEV + SJCC present a rare performance from one of Israel’s pop superstars, compared to Billy Joel and Elton John.


Sandra Bernhard: Quick Sand          
Sat Nov 2 | 7 pm VIP | 8 pm show
A thrilling mix of political satire, pop culture commentary, comedy + cabaret with her Sandyland Squad Band.

Movie Madness Marathon: SJFF Encores
Sun Nov 17 |1 pm, 3:15 pm, 5 pm
Three films, one day. Catch one, two, or three of the best from Seattle Jewish Film Festival 2019:  “Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel” (family-friendly baseball documentary), “The Tobacconist” (a narrative about Sigmeund Freud in Vienna), and “Light of Hope” (sweeping story of WWII France maternity ward). “Heading Home” is in English; “The Tobacconist” and “Light of Hope” are subtitled.

Chef Adeena Sussman: “Sababa” Cookbook + Tasting
Thu Nov 21 | 7 pm
Israel’s hot new chef celebrates the region’s diverse flavors + variety. Kosher tasting thanks to Seattle Hadassah and Eastside Torah Center.


Elana Jagoda + The Chava Mirel Trio Hanukkah Concert + Community Celebration
Sun Dec 8 | 11 am
Recording artists Elana Jagoda + The Chava Mirel Trio burn bright together. Games, latkes + activities for kids of all ages!

“Eight Nights” with Playwright Jennifer Maisel
Tue Dec 10 |7 pm
The stories of eight immigrant families who inhabit the same apartment from 1949-2016; staged reading performed by Book-It Repertory Theatre + Q&A w/playwright.

Kung Pao Xmas Chinese Food + a Movie: ABE
Wed Dec 25 | 5 pm
Noah Schnapp (“Stranger Things”) cooks to unite his half-Israeli, half-Palestinian family—can food heal this family feud?


MAMBONIKS Movie + Dance Class      
Sun Jan 26 | 6 pm class | 7:30 pm film
Celebrate the Jewish love affair with Latin music onscreen + on the dance floor.

THE UPSTANDERS: Film + Panel on Bullying
Wed Jan 29 | 7 pm
The power of peers to end bullying + the brain science behind it.


Unexpected “Kraut-Pleaser” Cooking Class   
Sun Feb 2 | 2 pm     
Firefly Kitchens teaches the art + science of probiotic vegetable fermenting.

Thu Feb 6 | 7:30 pm
How did this Holocaust survivor become America’s most famous sex therapist?

“The Good Adoptee”: With Playwright Suzanne Bachner  
Sun Feb 9 | 2 pm
Spellbinding solo show about adoption, secrecy, and Jewish identity; Q&A with playwright and adoption experts.

Beyond the Pale: Klezmer-Balkan Fusion  
Sat Feb 15 | 7 pm happy hour | 7:30 pm show
Contemporary klezmer, Balkan beats, bluegrass + reggae.


Heavenly Hamantashen Holiday Cooking Class
Sun March 1 | 2 pm
From raspberry to chocolate, add your favorite fillings to this three-cornered Purim treat.

Noa in Concert: “Letters to Bach”
Thu March 12 | 6:30 pm happy hour/VIP party | 7 pm show
The soaring vocal artistry of Israel’s leading international singer and longtime collaborator Gil Dor return with a new album produced by Quincy Jones. Sponsored by Paul and Yaffa Maritz.

25th Anniversary: Seattle Jewish Film Festival
March 21-29 | April 4-5 | AMC, SIFF Uptown, SJCC + Regal Issaquah
Celebrate SJFF’s silver screen anniversary Hollywood-style.

25th SJFF Centerpiece Silent Film + Live Score
Mon March 23 | 7 pm
Paramount Theatre STG + SJFF present “Silent Movie Mondays: Special Edition” with THE ANCIENT LAW + a live ensemble with Alicia Svigals (Klezmatics founder).


“Simple Fruit” Cookbook + Desserts Class
Wed April 1 | 7 pm
Pastry chef Laurie Pfalzer’s new cookbook captures fruit at its peak season.

Seattle Jewish Theater Company: “Arrivals”
Sun April 19 | 2 pm
An original Romeo and Juliet immigrant love story set in 1900s Seattle.

“Yes She Can”: Author Taylor Lustig
Thu April 23 | 7:30 pm
Stories of hope + change from female staffers in the Obama White House

Mark Nizer 4D: A New Dimension of Family Entertainment
Sun April 26 | 3 pm
Outrageous all-ages comedy antics and expertly crafted juggling feats—the only live 3D show in the world!

Israel Story Live Multimedia Podcast: “B-Side”
Thu April 30 | 7 pm
Israel’s “This American Life” returns for another magical evening of live radio, music, and multimedia storytelling for Israel Week. Co-presented with Hillel UW and the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle.


Boris Fishman’s “Savage Feast” Cookbook Memoir      
Sun May 3 | 4 pm      
Recipe-filled memoir of food, family, and growing up Jewish in the Soviet Union.

Blood, Sweat & Tears: Steve Katz’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Years
Wed May 13 | 7 pm
Founding member’s memoir—a dizzying, delicious ‘60s tour in stories + song.

Shavuot Cheesecake-Making Class               
Sun May 31 | 2 pm
Decadent + delicious classic and flavored cheesecakes for the holiday, taught by Rachel Almaleh.


Comedian Myq Kaplan             
Sat June 6 | 7 pm happy hour | 8 pm show
Smart, observational humor and wordplay from TV + Netflix special stand-up.

“All Love, No Lonely” Lecture: Dr. Alan Morinis 
Sun, June 7 | 11 am
“Soul in Love,” a talk about love through a Jewish lens by Mussar Institute founder and author of “Everyday Holiness”


Sat Aug 8 | 8:30 pm
Summer cinema and beer garden in our Kesher Community Garden.


All programs subject to change and new programs may be added. Check website for details and pricing:

All programs take place at the Stroum Jewish Community Center (SJCC), 3801 E. Mercer Way, Mercer Island, WA 98040, unless otherwise specified.


About Stroum Jewish Community Center: The Stroum Jewish Community Center inspires connections to build community and ensure Jewish continuity. Together we create outstanding programs, partnerships and spaces that welcome everyone to learn, grow and celebrate Jewish life and culture. This year, SJCC celebrates our 50th anniversary on Mercer Island and 70th year serving Greater Seattle. Learn more at 

About SJCC Arts + Ideas: The 2019/2020 SJCC Arts + Ideas season kicks off mid-September with the 2nd annual SeaJAM Festival (Seattle Jewish Arts + Music) and continues year-round with over 30 shows in five series: “Global Sound” international concerts; “Words to the Wise” talks; “Fable to Table” culinary programs and chef talks; “Jest Fest” comedians, “Shpiel” theater and live podcasts; and “On the Big Screen” film screening. Some of these events are featured on our “SJCC On Demand” streaming content page. In spring 2020, we present the 11-day, 25th annual Seattle Jewish Film Festival. Tickets and info:  


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This Fall at the J

The J is celebrating 50 years in Mercer Island, and 70 years in greater Seattle. Take a look at all the wonderful classes, events, and programs we’ve got for you and your family. 

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