Those who dare dismiss Seattle as a not-very-Jewish city fail to consider its history. Since Adolph Friedman set foot in Washington territory some 170 years ago, waves of intrepid explorers have followed his lead, arriving from Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Turkey, and Rhodes, fleeing oppression back home for a land of gentle beauty and graceful opportunities. As it grew and strengthened, the Jewish community concentrated in Seattle came to influence every layer of the city, from politics and sports to music and food, with a proud history punctuated by triumphs yet tempered by tragedy. The fabric of Seattle includes the tapestry of Jewish people who have had the wisdom to call this place home.

In This Feature:

Boyos and Bagels

Seattle’s thriving food scene owes much to its Jewish predecessors, from Pike Place Market stalls to present-day food trucks.

04/01/2016 Photography by Megan Hill

Friendly Visitors and Benevolent Ladies

Behind every great Jewish institution is a Jewish woman.

04/01/2016 By Emily K. Alhadeff

Song of Seattle

Move over, Macklemore. We’ve got the “Dreidel Song."

04/01/2016 By Pam Mandel

Great Jews in (Seattle) Sports

What's the shortest book in the world? "Great Jews in Sports", so the joke goes. But you can thank Seattle's Jewish sports enthusiasts in part for the existence of the Seahawks, Mariners, Sounders, and, well, the Sonics (ouch).

04/01/2016 By Dan Aznoff

Progress and Politics

Spurred to action, local Jews are leaders in social change.

04/01/2016 By Emily K. Alhadeff

Land of Opportunity

Here's to history in the making.

11/15/2016 By Emily K. Alhadeff