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SJC Passover Seder!

 

The community is warmly invited to our annual secular humanistic Passover Seder and potluck dinner!

When: Sunday, April 28th, 5-8pm

Where: Northlake neighborhood of Seattle, near Gas Works Park (exact address furnished at registration)

Who: You, your loved ones, and anyone else you think would be interested!

For more information and to register, visit our Passover page. We hope to see you there!

SJC Movie Night

SJC was invited to organize a community viewing of the powerful Canadian indie film Irena's Vow during its brief 2-day theatrical release in the USA during mid-April. Here's the trailer! The film had premiered at  the Toronto International Film Festival last year, but locally, it is more well known for its domestic debut at this year's Seattle Jewish Film Festival (SJFF).

Irena’s Vow tells the harrowing true story of Irena Gut Opdyke, a Polish nurse honored as Righteous Among the Nations for her courageous efforts that saved Polish Jews during World War II. SJC had bought out a row of seats at Regal Thornton Place for the 7pm showing on April 16th, and hung out a bit after the viewing for brief discussion on parallels to modern Jewish persecution and the value of hope and allies in bleak times.

While we're still too small as an organization to be able to afford to become an SJFF community sponsor, as some community members had suggested, we are hoping that this successful community screening will open the door to resuming our pre-pandemic community movie nights and discussions in our 5785 programming! Shoot us an email to let us know if there are any films you'd like us to show next year!

Community Purim Festival hosted by the Stroum Jewish Community Center

SJC was proud to once again be a community sponsor of the J's annual Community Purim Festival, on 3/24. This year, we manned the helm of the Fish Bowl Toss carnival game, and boy did we get a workout! Between running around collecting ping pong balls and handing out raffle tickets to excited kids in costumes, we had lots of great conversations with prospective members and Sunday School families. The cherry on top was the warm staff at the J sending us all home with freshly-baked hamantaschen.

Hope to see everyone we met at Purim at our Passover Seder this year!

February Havdalah and Discussion Group

On 2/17, our community gathered for a small community Havdalah, led by our Madrikh-in-training Jeff, at a member's home in Redmond. Following the service, one of our newest community members, Alex, openly shared his personal experience of having been indoctrinated into an orthodox cult and relocating to Israel, and his very personal process of breaking those shackles to embrace a more secular way of honoring his heritage and start truly living again.

The brief Q&A after he finished sharing his own story invited a heartfelt outpouring of many others in the room sharing their own similar experiences (and some unique in contrast) of how they too had found their way to secular humanistic Judaism.

If you're interested in hosting a small community Shabbat or Havdalah at your home, or would like to spotlight a project/host a discussion for our community, register on our Shabbat page.

Save the Dates! 5784 (2023-2024)

After careful consideration, we've decided on the following event schedule for the 5784 calendar year:

  • Rosh Hashanah: Sat, Sept 16, 2023, 5 - 7pm
  • Yom Kippur:  Sun, Sept 24, 2023, 7 - 8:45pm
  • Shabbat/Havdallah: Oct, 2023
  • Shabbat/Havdallah: Nov, 2023
  • Hanukkah (3rd Night): Sat, Dec 9, 2023, 5 - 8 pm
  • Shabbat/Havdallah: Jan, 2024
  • Tu Bishvat: Sun, Jan 21, 2024, 9:30am - 12:30pm, hosted by Green Seattle Partnership
  • Shabbat/Havdallah: Feb 17, 2024
  • Purim: Sun, Mar 24, 2024, 10am - 3pm, hosted by the Stroum Jewish Community Center
  • Passover: Sun, Apr 28, 2024
  • Yom Ha'shoah Shabbat/Havdallah: May, 2024
  • LGBTQ+ Pride Shabbat/Havdallah: Jun, 2024
  • Sh'vuot (possibly): TBD

As you can see, we are looking to resume small community Shabbats/Havdallahs! Interested in hosting for one of the months listed above? You set the date, time and location and SJC will lead the services and supply snacks, if needed. Contact us to volunteer!

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Mon, 22 April 2024