Conservative Jews in Seattle found Congregation Ner Tamid, Conservative synagogue, in 1965.

  • By Lee Micklin
  • Posted 1/15/1998
  • Essay 704

In 1965, Congregation Ner Tamid, Conservative Jewish synagogue, is founded in Seattle. In 1966, the Congregation purchases a building at 6800 35th Avenue NE. In 1970, the congregation will merge with Herzl to form Herzl-Ner Tamid.

The Herzl Congregation was founded in 1906 by Orthodox Sephardic Jews. In 1925 this congregation moved to a permanent stone sanctuary in Seattle's Central Area. In 1929 the congregation voted to modernize and become Conservative.

Herzl-Ner Tamid congregation moved to Mercer Island in 1970. Today (2006) the congregation is the largest and oldest Conservative congregation in greater Seattle, serving some 850 families. It includes people with both Ashkenazic and Sephardic backgrounds.


The Jewish Experience in Washington State: A Chronology 1853-1995 (Seattle: Washington State Jewish Historical Society, 1998); "History," Herzl-Ner Tamid Congregation website accessed June 10, 2006 (

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