The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle celebrates the release of Jewish-American contractor Alan Gross from a Cuban prison after five years of captivity. As we celebrate the miracles of Hanukkah, we share in the joy of Alan’s family and of the Jewish community at his return to freedom. We join in thanking President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden for working successfully to free Alan, who was wrongfully convicted of espionage while traveling in Cuba to do humanitarian work.» Read More
The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle is shocked and appalled by the vandalism and arson attack on Jerusalem’s bilingual Hebrew-Arabic school that took place Saturday night. The hatred that spawned this barbaric assault, which destroyed a classroom where Jewish and Arab children learned together as friends, must be confronted by all who care about Israel. We join with Israel’s citizens and leaders in condemning an act of racist violence against a school that symbolizes the aspirations of Israeli Jews and Arabs to live and work together in peace and partnership.» Read More
The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle is pleased to announce the award of $63,975 in Ignition Grants to 17 projects that will expand human services, enhance Jewish education and engagement, and offer exciting cultural experiences.» Read More
The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle condemns in the strongest possible terms the horrific attack on a Jerusalem synagogue that took the lives of four rabbis and a police officer, and injured a dozen or more worshipers earlier today. We mourn with the families of the victims, extend to them our deepest condolences, and offer our wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured.» Read More
Congress is returning this week to adopt budget legislation. One of the crucial programs needing funding is the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP).
EFSP has helped non-profit organizations and public agencies to feed the hungry and to prevent homelessness. In King County alone in 2012, EFSP served more than 420,000 meals, and provided emergency housing in shelters, motels and other facilities.» Read More
The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle is deeply gratified that Washington State’s voters are passing Initiative 594, which will close the background check loophole for gun sales.
If present trends hold in the ballot count, Washington State will be taking a sensible step to curb gun violence. After years of gridlock and inaction, the voters have taken it upon themselves to lead in making our community safer and more secure.» Read More
The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle was greatly saddened to learn of the November 2, 2014 passing of Herman Sarkowsky, z”l, who was at the forefront of Seattle’s civic, philanthropic, business and professional sports life for more than half a century.» Read More
The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle is heartbroken that another incident of gun violence has struck our community. Our thoughts and our prayers are with the victims of the tragedy that took place this morning at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, their families, all of the students, teachers and staff at the school, and the Marysville community.» Read More
On Sunday, October 19, people of faith and leaders from more than two dozen Seattle faith communities will come together to march to the ballot box and collectively vote “Yes” on Initiative 594, the common-sense initiative to close the background check loophole for gun sales.» Read More
The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle offers our heartfelt condolences to the family of Steven Sotloff z”l, the second American journalist brutally murdered by Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists. Steven grew up in Miami’s Jewish community, was a grandson of Holocaust survivors, studied in Israel and held Israeli citizenship. Like fellow journalist James Foley, who also was gruesomely slain by ISIS terrorists, Steven was dedicated to the difficult and dangerous work of reporting the issues and the human stories of the Middle East’s ongoing struggles.» Read More