The Best Of

Readers Weigh In Best of Jewish Washington results, stories of Jewish identity discovery, immigration on stage

In this issue:

Arts & Culture


This Winter's 'Fiddler' and 'New Colossus' Bring Traditional Immigration Stories to the Present

Both STG shows are influenced by current immigration angst.

12/16/2019 By Misha Berson


Service and Jewish Life

Service and Jewish Life December–January 2019-20

Photos of our community in action



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


From the Federation: News, Awards, and Israel Trips

A Thriving Jewish Community Through Federation for Today & Tomorrow

12/16/2019 By Jim DiPeso


Naomi Newman to Receive Althea Stroum Woman of Distinction Award at Connections 2020

The longtime volunteer is devoted to community.

12/16/2019 By Jim DiPeso

Surprise: You're Jewish

Converso Identity Is Growing. But the Discovery Is Fraught with Challenge.

They claim lineage back to pre-Inquisition Spain, but formal documentation is hard to come by.

12/16/2019 By Makena Mezistrano

Surprise: You're Jewish

Four Generations Removed, a Young Mother Reclaims Judaism

She'd always felt attracted to Judaism. Then she got confirmation.

12/16/2019 By Amber Dawn Hallet


Connections 2020 Welcomes "Tablet" Editor and "100 Most Jewish Foods" Author Alana Newhouse

Newhouse will key the keynote at the annual women's philanthropy event.

12/16/2019 By Jim DiPeso


Explore Israel Through Food, Wine, and Art with the Federation

The Federation's spring 2020 trip offers a "taste" of the Holy Land.

12/16/2019 By Jim DiPeso

Surprise: You're Jewish

A Mexican American Author Uncovers Her Crypto Jewish Past

The Bainbridge Island writer embraces her multifaceted identity.

12/16/2019 By Naomi Tomky


Everyone Has Their Obstacles

Michael Schiller won a bronze in the 2017 Maccabiah Games for wheelchair basketball. Today, he creates accessible ways for everybody to play sports.

12/16/2019 By Emily Boynton

Surprise: You're Jewish

Recreational Genetics Helps Us Understand Who We Are — and How We Want to Live

The rise of home DNA kits puts a new spin on identity.

12/16/2019 By Haley Shapley

Best Of

Best of Jewish Washington 2019

Your favorite places to live, pray, shop, eat, drink, and play.

12/16/2019 Edited by Emily Alhadeff Illustrations by Srdja Dragovic


When Kids Ask Hard Questions, Don't Be Afraid to Lean in

The director of the UW Center for Philosophy for Children encourages families to embrace kids' deep questions, uncomfortable as it may be.

12/16/2019 By Emily Alhadeff

Wondering Jews

When is a good time to start openly wearing my Star of David necklace at my new workplace?

Three experts share their advice for a new employee at a local tech company.

12/16/2019 With Rivy Poupko Kletenik, Rabbi Mendel Weingarten, and Talya Gillman

You Do What?

Andrew Perlmutter Works Hard, Plays Hard

The President of Everett-based Funko, Inc., talks toys.

12/16/2019 By Emily Boynton

Jews of Seattle

Lizeth Navarro Caldera

What does being Jewish mean to you?

12/16/2019 With Carlton Canary