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Kline Galland Center

The Caroline Kline Galland Home, located in the Seward Park neighborhood of southeast Seattle, is a skilled nursing home for Jewish seniors. For more than 90 years Seattle's Jewish community has ralli...

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Lehmann, J. Hans (1911-1996)

J. Hans Lehmann, M.D. was the only son of middle class Jewish parents in the northern German town of Barsinghausen. He escaped Europe with most of his family on the eve of World War II and established...

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Levine, Rabbi Raphael Harry (1901-1985)

Rabbi Raphael Levine served as chief rabbi and rabbi emeritus at the Temple de Hirsch in Seattle for 42 years. He was a prominent community leader who built communication and understanding between nat...

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National Council of Jewish Women, Seattle Section

The National Council of Jewish Women, Seattle section, founded in 1900, is a volunteer organization inspired by Jewish values that works to improve the quality of life for women, children, and familie...

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Priteca, B. Marcus (1889-1971)

Scottish-born B. Marcus Priteca (1889-1971) arrived in Seattle around the time of the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition. An architect specializing in classical design, a chance encounter with vaude...

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Schmidl, Fritz (1897-1969)

Viennese-born Fritz Schmidl, lawyer, social worker, and author of numerous articles on social work, law, and applied psychoanalysis, arrived in Seattle with his wife, child psychoanalyst Dr. Edith Bux...

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Seattle Landmarks: Seattle Hebrew Academy (Old Forest Ridge Convent) (1909)

Address: 1617 Interlaken Drive E, Seattle. The Roman Catholic Sisters of the Sacred Heart built a convent and day school in Interlaken Park in 1909. The sisters picked the site for its remoteness from...

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Seattle Sephardim: Early Beginnings

In June 1902, the first Sephardic Jews, Solomon Calvo (1879-1964) and Jacob (Jack) Policar (d. 1961), arrived in Seattle from Marmara, Turkey. In 1904, Nissim Alhadeff arrived from the Isle of Rhodes....

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Seattle's Neighborhood House (Settlement House)

The Seattle Section of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) founded Settlement House in 1906. (Settlement House was renamed Neighborhood House in 1947). They founded it on the model established...

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Sephardic Jews in Washington

Sephardic Jews, descendants of Jews expelled from Spain in 1492, first settled in Seattle in 1902. For generations after the expulsion, Sephardim lived throughout the Mediterranean lands of the Ottoma...

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Siegl, Eleanor (1917-1996)

Eleanor Siegl was founder of The Little School, one of the first pre-schools in Seattle. Her philosophy of education -- let children discover their own talents, as opposed to the traditional "Do as yo...

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Stern, Bernice (1916-2007)

Bernice Stern devoted much of her life to public service, starting at age 15, and was the first woman elected to the King County Council, where she served for 11 years, retiring in 1980. Before and af...

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Stroum Jewish Community Center of Greater Seattle

The Seattle-area Stroum Jewish Community Center, founded in 1946, began as a social and recreational club for Jews barred from membership in non-Jewish clubs. It has evolved into a center for the revi...

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Stroum, Samuel N. (1921-2001)

Samuel N. Stroum was a self-made businessman and philanthropist whose far-reaching generosity of time and resources forever enriched Seattle's health, educational, and religious institutions, and espe...

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Temple de Hirsch - Sinai

Temple de Hirsch, located in Seattle, was founded in 1899 on principles of reform Jewish thought. Today (in the early twenty-first century) Temple de Hirsch-Sinai is the largest Reform congregation in...

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Thal, Sidney (1909-2002)

Sidney Thal was one of Seattle's most beloved personalities. In 1948, he and his wife Berta Thal (1911-1996) purchased Fox's Gem Shop in downtown Seattle and transformed it into a leading retailer of ...

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Washington State Jewish Historical Society (WSJHS)

The Washington State Jewish Historical Society (WSJHS) was founded in 1980 to broaden and carry forward the work of the Seattle Jewish Archives Project (SJAP), which began in 1968 as a joint venture o...

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Washington's Jewish Sports Heroes: Bob Moch (1914-2005)

This account of Bob Moch, the coxswain on the University of Washington's 8-man crew that won gold in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, was written by Stephen Sadis. It appears in Distant Replay! Washington's ...

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Washington's Jewish Sports Heroes: Herman Sarkowsky (1925-2014)

This account of Herman Sarkowsky, a leading figure in efforts to bring professional sports teams to the Northwest, was written by Dan Aznoff and Stephen Sadis. It appears in Distant Replay! Washington...

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Workmen's Circle, Seattle Branch

Eastern European Jews formed the Seattle branch of the Workmen's Circle in 1909. Known as the Arbeiter Ring in Yiddish, the Workmen's Circle was officially a socialist worker's organization but served...

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