Seattle Pioneers

Seattle and the Jewish Pioneers Who Built It The Jewish history of Washington you didn't know / Seattle hopes for another shot at the NBA / Local climate festival inspires environmental justice action

In this issue:

Arts & Culture


A Rose by Any Other Name

In a new play, Art Feinglass takes on a star-crossed romance pulled from Seattle’s archives.

04/14/2020 By Emily K. Alhadeff


Two Local Arts Institutions Celebrate Milestones

In a world where the arts have to adapt to survive, longevity is no small feat.

04/09/2020 By Misha Berson


“The Sound of Jewish Music Is Always in My Ear.”

Seattle Symphony concertmaster Noah Geller brings a lifetime of musical appreciation to his job.

04/09/2020 By Haley Shapley


Seattle Wants Another Shot at the NBA

Sonics fans hope that the NHL’s arrival at KeyArena means a future for the NBA. But are their dreams on ice?

04/09/2020 By Hillel Kutler



A Graphic History of Jewish Washington

The early pioneers, settlements, and scandals that shaped local Jewish life

04/14/2020 By Emily K. Alhadeff and Meryl Alcabes Illustrations by Levi Hastings


The Early History of Jewish Washington

A brief history of the first Jewish settlers and the community they formed.

04/14/2020 By Emily K. Alhadeff

History of Jewish Washington

Amalgamation: An Opera

For over a century, Seattle’s two Sephardic congregations have tried, and failed, to join forces.



5 Things You Didn’t Know about Seattle’s Jewish History

These lesser-known characters, institutions, and vignettes deserve their place in the history books.

04/14/2020 By Meryl Alcabes and Emily K. Alhadeff

History of Jewish Washington

Jewish Seattle's Scandals and Mysteries

The seedier side of the story — from shanghaied sailors to missing mayors.

04/14/2020 By Emily K. Alhadeff

History of Jewish Washington

Pioneers of Change

These three enterprising women laid the foundation for good works still being done today.

04/14/2020 By Emily K. Alhadeff


A Mother and Son Redefine Normal

With a pair of books, Magda and Nathaniel Newman raise awareness about a rare genetic disorder called Treacher Collins syndrome.

04/09/2020 By Haley Shapley

Sound Off

Better Together: Creating Connections in Black and Jewish Communities

A new initiative encourages African American and Jewish people to explore their shared histories and distinct identities.

04/09/2020 By Charlie Lahud-Zahner

You Do What?

Zack Schuster Goes with the Flow

The Mountlake Terrace High junior got into flowboarding — surfing on a wave simulator — at Jewish summer camp. Now he’s number two in the country.

04/09/2020 By Emily Boynton

Jews of Seattle

Steven Greenebaum

What does being Jewish mean to you?

04/09/2020 Photography by Carlton Canary


Remembering a Bright Legacy

The memory of Pamela Waechter, z”l, is a lasting inspiration for our community.

04/09/2020 By Jim DiPeso


Cardozo Society Courts Emerging Leaders

Group expands its reach to engage new Jewish attorneys and law students.

04/09/2020 By Jim DiPeso

Eat & Drink

The Set Table

Prepare for Passover without Losing Your Mind

Personal organizer Elise Hay offers tips for low-stress holiday planning.

05/07/2020 By Karin Vandraiss

Travel & Outdoors


Festival Inspires Jewish Seattle to Take Urgent Climate Action

Seattle’s inaugural Jewish climate festival aimed to position the city and community as a leader in environmental justice.

04/09/2020 By Meryl Alcabes


Gaining Perspective on Distance and Danger in Israel

In her award-winning essay, Edee Polyakovsky shares her thoughts about the Teen Israel Leadership Institute’s impact on her Jewish journey.

04/09/2020 By Edee Polyakovsky