Community Vigil for Pittsburgh

Please join us as we gather in community in the wake of the tragic shooting in Pittsburgh. 

Monday, October 29 | 7 pm
Temple De Hirsch Sinai, 1441 16th Ave, Seattle WA 98122

Zichronam Li’vracha – may their memories be for a blessing.

Joyce Fienberg, 75
Richard Gottfried, 65
Rose Mallinger, 97
Jerry Rabinowitz, 66
Cecil Rosenthal, 59
David Rosenthal, 54
Bernice Simon, 84
Sylvan Simon, 86
Daniel Stein, 71
Melvin Wax, 88
Irving Younger, 69

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Write to City Council to Support SJCC Redevelopment

Help the J by writing to the Mercer Island City Council and voicing your support of the Comprehensive Plan Amendment. Here’s some language you can use and please personalize it as you see fit.

SUBJECT: Please support Comprehensive Plan Amendment 8

Hello, my name is ____________. I have lived on Mercer Island for [XX] years and am writing to request your support of Comprehensive Plan Amendment 8. I believe this Amendment will allow for wiser, more comprehensive design and development, helping the Stroum Jewish Community Center engage the community in its redesign and prioritize concerns related to traffic management, lighting, and landscape design to enhance the neighborhood. The SJCC is a long-standing community asset on Mercer Island and always works to serve the community’s best interest. Thank you for your consideration.

[Your Name]

Please email this note to:

Please also post your note here.

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Comprehensive Plan Amendment Update

Dear Neighbor,

Thank you for engaging with us over the last several weeks as we continue the dialogue and process around our organizations’ Comprehensive Plan Amendment with the City of Mercer Island. Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation and the Stroum Jewish Community Center of Greater Seattle have served the community from our Mercer Island locations since just around 1970. The French American School of Puget Sound moved to Mercer Island in 1999. Together we serve thousands of people at all phases of life, and value the deep relationships we form with those affiliated with our organizations and our broader community.

As you know, our three organizations have worked in close partnership over the years to optimize the space we have on Mercer Island to meet our needs. As we look to the future, our much-loved and well-used facilities are aging, which has financial, operational and maintenance impacts for each of our non-profit organizations. We’ve realized we need to think about a long-term plan that addresses these challenges and allows us to plan for the future while continuing to serve our community with the mission, excellence and heart for which we are known.

As such, we continue to pursue a Comprehensive Plan Amendment and rezone to unify the zoning under our respective properties in a way that lets us look creatively and responsibly toward the future. Our goal is to optimize our shared properties in a manner consistent with the programs and services we deliver, while continuing to be responsible citizens and neighbors in addressing key requirements of modern development.

At our first community open house events in July, and through the recent Planning Commission process, we’ve heard several key topics communicated from neighbors close to our sites. Those topics include: concerns about intersection safety, current/increased traffic and school-time traffic, potential of larger-scale event impacts on parking, questions about building size, the desire for green buffers between the campus and neighbors’ homes, concerns about noise and possible lighting on ball fields at night, the visual appearance of a possible security fence, and overall neighborhood walkability.

We would like to invite you to join us for a continued discussion with our organizations and our architects to discuss these issues (and any others) in greater detail, as well as share an update on the process and our current thinking around project vision and approach.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018
10:00 AM OR 5:30 PM
Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way, Mercer Island, WA 98040

If you cannot attend and would like to give your input, or for more information, feel free to contact us at, and/or

We hope you can join us for these next discussions and look forward to continuing to discuss these topics and more as a community.


Laura Mousseau
Board President, FASPS
Zane Brown
Board President, Herzl-Ner Tamid
Liz Friedman
Board President, SJCC
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SJCC Fall Newsletter and Arts + Ideas Season Brochure

Welcome to fall 2018 at the J! Our fall newsletter will arrive in homes soon, but it’s full of such great news, we want to share it with you before it’s even printed. 

LOOK INSIDE: we’ve included the complete lineup for our upcoming 2018/2019 Arts + Ideas season, full of music, theater, comedy, authors, and chefs. It’s down this page just a bit, under the newsletter. 

Keep an eye on your mailbox for your copy coming soon. In the meantime, enjoy!


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