5217 S Brandon St.
Seattle, WA 98118
Interim Rabbi: Frank Varon
Hazzan: Yogev Nona. Hazzan Emeritus: Isaac Azose.
Congregation Ezra Bessaroth was founded in the early years of the last century as a charitable organization to assist Jews of the Island of Rhodes, the homeland of its founders — hence the name Ezra Bessaroth, which means “help in time of need.” It was founded in 1910, and celebrated its centennial in 2010.
The congregation strives to preserve its Sephardic character and tradition in worship and in life. It seeks to instill a knowledge of Judaism and a love of tradition in future generations.
Today, Ezra Bessaroth has achieved national recognition as a strong, active and vibrant synagogue, with considerable year-round programming for youth, families and adults. Weekly Shabbat kiddushim are often sponsored, giving its members and guests an opportunity to visit with one another.
The congregation holds a unique Sephardic religious school weekly at the Stroum Jewish Community Center on Mercer Island.
The congregation’s Reverend Behar Youth Program offers creative children’s programming for all ages. Shabbat junior services for grade-school children and a childcare program for ages 5 and younger are offered on Shabbat mornings beginning at 10:15 a.m. The congregation offers a two-week overnight summer camp. The camp boasts top-quality staff and programming.
The synagogue is actively involved in outreach and programs designed for families and adults. The adult education committee sponsors several nationally renowned guest lecturers throughout the year. Tu B’Shevat, Purim, Yom Ha’atzmaut, and Hanukkah celebrations for the entire family have gained the recognition of the larger community, which attend “en masse.” In addition, Shabbat programs and dinners during the year are offered to members and the community. Classes are held every week, including tefillah, Torah, Talmud, halachah discussion groups, and Ladino.
Together with an active Ladies’ Auxiliary, the congregation creates opportunities for men and women to deepen friendships and strengthen their ties to Judaism. The Ladies’ Auxiliary sponsors a bi-monthly Lunch and Lashon social club for seniors. Attendees have lunch, play bingo for prizes and then sit down for card and Mah Jongg games. The entire Jewish community gathers at Ezra Bessaroth for its annual Sephardic Food Fair, held in conjunction with Purim. Sephardic delicacies, carnival games and Judaic gifts are a few of the highlights.
Although Sephardic in orientation, Congregation Ezra Bessaroth welcomes all Jews. It encourages a sense of community and is proud of the family spirit among the members.
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Saturday: 8:30 a.m.
Mincha: Check the website or call.
Weekday mornings: 7 a.m.
Sunday and legal holiday mornings: 8 a.m.
Weekday Mincha and Arvit: Check the website or call.