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
New grant cycles have begun for Community Campaign Grants and Ignition Grants. These two grant programs have provided millions of dollars in support for the Jewish community in Seattle and around the world. Please contact Federation Planning staff for more information.» Read More
The open-ended cease-fire that took effect at 7 pm local time on Tuesday, August 26, remains in place.
The Israeli Cabinet on August 31 approved a five-year social and economic development plan for communities near the Gaza Strip. The Cabinet met with leaders from Hof Ashkelon, Eshkol, Sha'ar HaNegev, Sdot Negev and Sderot.» Read More
The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle and Anti-Defamation League are disturbed by the increase in anti-Semitic slogans and imagery at recent pro-Palestinian rallies in Seattle’s Westlake Park and Seattle Center.
"We are deeply troubled by the need to put out a second statement denouncing anti-Semitism here in Washington State. Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and all bias-motivated speech have no place in our political discourse," Keith Dvorchik, President and CEO of the Jewish Federation, said.» Read More