Service and Jewish Life

Service and Jewish Life August-September 2019

Photos of our community in action.


Bar and Bat Mitzvah Survival Guide

Go Your Own Way

For families of special-needs children, the bar/bat mitzvah process calls for an individualized approach.

02/10/2020 By Charlie Lahud-Zahner

Bar and Bat Mitzvah Survival Guide

So You've Been Invited to a Party

Navigating b’nai mitzvah etiquette can be overwhelming for newcomers to the Jewish lifecycle scene. Here are some helpful hints to get the most out of the co...

02/10/2020 By Isabelle Boutiette Illustrations by Leon Elder

Bar and Bat Mitzvah Survival Guide

Spare No Expense

Party like there's no tomorrow

02/10/2020 By Isabelle Boutiette

Bar and Bat Mitzvah Survival Guide

From Mitzvah Project to Passion Project

Two teens take their bat mitzvah community service work to the next level.

02/10/2020 By Claire Butwinick

Bar and Bat Mitzvah Survival Guide

Keep It Classy

How to remember to put God on the guest list.

02/10/2020 By Charlie Lahud-Zahner

Bar and Bat Mitzvah Survival Guide

Bonanza on a Budget

Go big...and go home with your bank account still intact.

02/10/2020 By Alayna Strabley and Emily Alhadeff


"It Was Probably the Bravest Thing I've Ever Done."

Pediatrician Kim Schrier decided to run for Washington's 8th district — and won.

02/10/2020 By Haley Shapley


Two Federation-Run Programs Cultivate New Leaders

Cabinet and the NowGen Giving Circle are training a next generation of Jewish leadership.

02/10/2020 By Jim DiPeso


Meet the Shinshinim

Two new young emissaries join the Greater Seattle community to help people connect with Israel.

02/10/2020 By Jim DiPeso


The Federation Successfully Advocates for Three High-Priority Bills

Standing up for hate crimes laws, Holocaust education, religious accommodation

02/10/2020 By Jim DiPeso


Once a Scrappy Experiment, the Seattle Jewish Film Festival Turns 25

What started as a small venture grew into a local cultural institution.

02/10/2020 By Misha Berson


Bronka Sundstrom Still Finds Solace on the Trail

The local Holocaust survivor is the oldest woman to have summited Mount Rainier.

02/10/2020 By Gregory Gutterman Scruggs


A Local High School Student Brings Support to Nut Allergy Sufferers

Ariella Nelson hopes her children's book can help other kids like her.

02/10/2020 By Haley Shapley

You Do What?

Rachel Brooks Creates Jewelry with Love

The young jeweler talks about starting her own company and "engaging" with clientele.

02/10/2020 By Emily Boynton

Jews of Seattle

Dikla Kafka

What does being Jewish mean to you?

02/10/2020 Photography by Carlton Canary

Sound Off

When It Comes to Support Against Anti-Semitism, What, Exactly, Do We Want?

Reeling from a surge of attacks, the community puts forth an ambitious call for ally-ship.

02/10/2020 By Lara Hale and Emily Alhadeff


Surprise: You're Jewish

There’s never been a better time to be Jewish. It’s also never been easier to find out if you are.


Surprise: You're Jewish

New to Judaism or Not, 'Jewbarrassment' Is a Thing

The feeling of shame for not knowing about a holiday or prayer may be more universal than you think.

12/16/2019 By Erica Sklar Illustrations by Oscar Rodriguez Amado