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Orthodox Synagogues in the Greater Seattle Area

Bikur Cholim-Machzikay Hadath Congregation (Orthodox)
5145 S. Morgan St.
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 721-0970
Fax: (206) 723-0679
Rabbi Moshe Kletenik    rabbimyk@bcmhseattle.org    
President: Skip Rosen

Established more than 100 years ago, Bikur Cholim-Machzikay Hadath Congregation is Seattle's oldest congregation. As the city's main Ashkenazic Orthodox synagogue, Bikur Cholim-Machzikay Hadath Congregation (BCMH) attracts families from around the Puget Sound area.
Shabbos and holiday services at the Seward Park synagogue typically draw over 300 people, including nearly 100 children. An active youth program offers extensive activities for children of all ages throughout the year, including Shabbos morning Junior congregation (ages 8 through 12), Shabbos groups for younger children (4 through 7), and a toddler groups (ages 1 through 3). There are also frequent activities on Shabbos afternoons and on Sunday mornings. Camp Kol Rena, a summer day camp, is open to all Jewish children entering first through sixth grades.

BCMH is the only synagogue in the city that conducts morning, afternoon and evening services every day of the year. Please call the congregation for the exact time of services for a particular date.

A Daf Yomi class is offered daily by Rabbi Kletenik, who with his wife, Rivy Poupko Kletenik, offer a wide range of adult education classes, all open to the public. Please call the shul office or information line, or visit the website for a complete schedule.

BCMH maintains an eruv around the Seward Park neighborhood, a mikvah (on the Congregation's premises), a cemetery and a Chevra Kadisha. The congregation is affiliated with the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America.

The congregation's Hospitality Committee welcomes all Jewish families and singles, whether Seattle-area residents or visitors, to spend Shabbos or a holiday with a family in the Seward Park community. Please call the shul office at (206) 721-0970 for arrangements, or with any other inquiries.

Daily Services: Shacharis: Sundays, 7:30 and 9 a.m.  Monday and Thursday, 6:40 and 7:40 a.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 6:50 and 7:45 a.m.;  Public Holidays, 7:30 and 9:00 a.m.  Mincha, 10 minutes before sunset, with Maariv following.

Shabbos Services: Main synagogue: Friday, sundown; Saturday, 8:30 a.m.  Capitol Hill: Saturday, 9 a.m.

Office hours: Monday through Thursday, 6:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday, 6:30 a.m. until one hour before candle lighting.

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Capitol Hill Minyan of Bikur Cholim-Machzikay Hadath Congregation
The Capitol Hill Minyan of BCMH meets regularly for services every Shabbos and holiday, for both evening and morning services. The minyan is located within walking distance of downtown hotels and the Convention Center. Morning services are followed by a friendly and generous Kiddush.  Guests and visitors are always welcome at the BCMH Capitol Hill Minyan. 
Services: Meets every Shabbos and Yom Tov for evening & morning services.
Shabbos/Yom Tov morning Shacharis begins at 9:00 AM. 

Evening/afternoon services are scheduled according to sunset. Friday Erev Shabbos[or Yom Tov] mincha times as listed for BCMH [early evening times when listed during daylight savings]; and Saturday Shabbos [or Yom Tov] Mincha times as listed for BCMH.

Location: 1501 17th Avenue -Corner of 17th Ave and Pike Street - in the Council House retirement home, lower level.  Located about one mile form the Convention Center.  Look for the blue awning on the west side of the building, at the separate entrance to the shul.

Contact: The BCMH office 206-721-0970; Minyan GabbaiBarry Aaronson c/o BCMH 206-721-0970.

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Chabad House (Lubavich)
 4541 19th Ave. N.E.
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 527-1411
Rabbi Yechezkel Kornfeld
Rabbi Avraham Kavka
Rabbi Sholom Ber Levitin

Located in the University District, Chabad House is open to all members of the Seattle community for daily, Shabbat and Yom Tov services. Affiliated with international Chabad-Lubavitch Chassidic Organization, services at Chabad are permeated with warm song and intellectual stimulation. Services are held in Hebrew and English. 
Chabad House offers periodic Friday night meals after services and Kiddush after Shabbat morning services, a monthly Sunday morning Minyonaires program, Simchat Torah, Hanukkah and Purim celebrations and Passover seders. Young and old, men and women, couples and singles, and especially children are always welcome. A wide array of adult education courses is offered through Chabad House.

Shabbat and holidays: 9:45 a.m.

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Congregation Beis Menachem - Lubavich  (Chassidic Orthodox)
Eastside Torah Center
1837 156th Ave. N.E., Suite 303
Bellevue, WA 98007
Phone: (425) 957-7860
Fax: (425) 957-0524
E-mail: eastsidechabad@earthlink.com
Rabbi Mordechai Farkash

Shabbat at Congregation Beis Menachem is an experience. The atmosphere is welcoming, friendly and comfortable. The service is user friendly. Pages are announced regularly to help you keep pace. Every new person is greeted at the door. There is running commentary throughout the Torah reading, and the rabbi’s weekly sermon connects the reading to our daily lives.

A children’s program complete with a prayer circle and relevant stories and song will begin in September. It all ends with a lively Kiddush featuring the congregation’s famous cholent and words of inspirations in which all are invited to participate. Every month on the Shabbat blessing the new moon there is a lavish sit-down lunch for the entire community to enjoy and celebrate.

Congregation Beis Menachem is located at the Eastside Torah Center at 1837 156th Ave. N.E., Bellevue. There are services Monday through Friday at 7 a.m., Shabbat and Holidays at 9:30 a.m., Sunday at 9 a.m. Services on Friday nights in the summer are at 7:30 p.m. and in the winter at 6 p.m. Call Rabbi Farkash (425) 641-9474, or (425) 957-7860 for more information.

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Congregation Ezra Bessaroth (Sephardic Orthodox)
5217 S. Brandon St.
Seattle, WA 98118
Phone: (206) 722-5500
Fax: (206) 725-8985
Rabbi Saloman Cohen-Scali  scali3@juno.com 
Hazan:  Arye Greenberg
President: Jack DeLeon

Congregation Ezra Bessaroth was founded in the early years of this century as a charitable organization to assist needy Jews of the Island of Rhodes, the homeland of its founders - hence the name Ezra Bessaroth, which means "help in time of need." It was incorporated as a synagogue in 1914.The congregation strives to preserve its Sephardic character and tradition in worship and in life. It seeks to instill a knowledge of Judaism and a love of tradition in future generations.

Today, Ezra Bessaroth has achieved national recognition as a strong, active and vibrant synagogue and has considerable year-round programming for youth as well as families and adults.

The congregation maintains a unique Sephardic Religious School held at the Stroum Jewish Community Center on Mercer Island. Weekly Shabbat Kiddushim are sponsored which gives its members and guests an opportunity to visit with one another. The Congregation's Reverend Behar Youth Program is highly successful and boasts creative children's programming for all ages. Shabbat Junior Services for grade-school children and a childcare program for ages five and younger are offered on Shabbat mornings beginning at 10:15 a.m. Ezra Bessaroth's "Kesher for Kids" after school program offers a supervised homework hour, sports and recreation. Transportation is available to and from the Eastside and Mercer Island.
The synagogue is actively involved in outreach and programs designed for families and adults. The David H. Alhadeff Torah Institute for adult education sponsors several nationally renowned guest lecturers throughout the year. The congregation offers holiday dinner celebrations for Hanukkah, Purim, Sukkot and Shavuot.  The entire Jewish community gathers at Ezra Bessaroth for its annual Sephardic Food Fair, held in conjunction with Purim. Sephardic delicacies, carnival games and Judaic gifts are a few of the highlights.

Although Sephardic in orientation, Congregation Ezra Bessaroth welcomes all Jews. It encourages a sense of community and is proud of the prevailing family spirit among the members.

Friday: Sundown
Saturday: 8:30 a.m.;
Junior Services: 10:15 a.m.;
Minha one hour before sunset
Weekday: 7:00 a.m.
Sunday and legal holidays: 8 a.m.
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Congregation Shaarei Tefilah-Lubavitch (Orthodox/Chassidic)

6250 43rd Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98115 USA

Phone: (206) 527-1411 or (206) 547-6498
Fax: (206) 524-1856
Rabbi Sholom Ber Levitin

Located in the View Ridge section of Seattle, this full-service Orthodox synagogue offers a full complement of Shabbos and Yom Tov services throughout the year and a daily Ma'ariv minyan during the week. The liturgy conforms to Chassidic custom and is based on Jewish tradition. The synagogue is open to all Jews, wherever they may find themselves in their search for the inner meaning of Torah.

A weekly Shabbos kiddush is offered, replete with steaming cholent, which attracts many Jews from the neighborhood. During the summer months, Shabbos afternoon classes are offered for boys, Shabbos learning for women and girls and a full shalosh seudos. In addition, there are a number of smaller learning groups in Talmud, code of Jewish Law and Torah, with commentaries for both men and women, which operate throughout the week, some under rabbinic guidance and some under lay leadership. The homes of members are open for hospitality to all who spend Shabbos with the congregation, Seattle residents or travelers passing through.

The synagogue has purchased a new site and is undertaking a capital campaign to build a new shul.

Friday: Sundown
Saturday: 9:30 a.m.; Mincha 1-1/2 hours before sunset.
Sunday: 9 a.m.
Monday-Friday: 7 a.m.

Ma'ariv and Mincha, call (206) 527-1411 for time.

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Congregation Shevet Achim  (Orthodox)
P.O. Box 1552
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Phone: (206) 275-1539 or (206) 232-1903
E-mail: info@shevetachim.com
Rabbi Yechezkel Kornfeld   y_kornfeld@yahoo.com

Shevet Achim shares Judaism’s rich tradition in the spirit of "sitting together." The congregation is unique in Seattle in that it follows both the Ashkenazic and Sephardic minhagim (customs) of Orthodox Judaism. Shevet Achim welcomes all Jews, regardless of their background or knowledge, to its Shabbat and holiday services, as well as to the rabbi’s Monday evening learning sessions and Wednesday evening Talmud sessions.

Shevet Achim is a small but growing community with the leadership of Rabbi Yechezkel Kornfeld, who has taught in the Seattle Jewish community for over 25 years. Rabbi Kornfeld combines a warm and engaging personal style with his deep Torah knowledge. Rabbi Kornfeld also continues his service as director of adult education of the Central Organization for Jewish Education of Chabad-Lubavich.

Services and classes are held at the Northwest Yeshiva High School, 5017 90th St., Mercer Island. Shabbat services begin at 9:30 a.m. and are followed by a convivial sit-down kiddush, complete with singing and brief Torah observations from the rabbi. On Shabbat there are two children’s programs, one for babysitting, the other for learning, provided for children from ages 3 to 12 years old. Sunday morning minyan starts at 8 a.m., and once a month, usually near Rosh Chodesh, a breakfast and learning session follows davening.

Monday classes on the parshah of the week are for one hour starting at 7:30 p.m. During the summer months, Oneg Shabbat learning sessions for women and children are conducted by Devorah Kornfeld, the rabbi’s wife, in private homes on Mercer Island, starting at 5:30 p.m. All classes are free and everyone is welcome.

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Sephardic Bikur Holim Congregation
6500 52nd Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 723-3028
Rabbi Simon Benzaquen   rabbi@sbhseattle.org
Rabbi Emeritus Solomon Maimon
Hazan Frank Varon
Synagogue President: Robert Gladstein
Office Administrator: Diana Black

The Sephardic Bikur Holim Congregation is one of the largest Sephardic congregations in the United States, following traditions and customs brought from Turkey by its founding fathers more than 80 years ago. Continuing education is important to the congregants. There is a wide variety of ongoing adult classes.  Yearly, SBH provides a Second Night Seder for the Jewish community. Additionally, Sephardic Bikur Holim offers lectures, open to the public, on a wide variety of topics of interest to the Jewish community.  Sephardic Bikur Holim also offers varied educational and social programming for its youth. 

Office hours:
Monday to Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday (winter schedule): 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Friday: Sundown
Friday-Summer Schedule: 7 p.m.
Evening (Minha/Arvith): 7 p.m.
Saturday (Tefila): 8:30 a.m.
Monday and Thursday (Tefila): 6:50 a.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday (Tefila): 7 a.m.
Sunday (Tefila): 8 a.m. 

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