Candlelighting is at 4:19 pm
In this newsletter:
Shabbat info
Dvar Torah
Meet the Mercaz Member
Panel on talking to children about Anti-Semitism
Community Announcements
Mercaz monthly Friday night tefillah this week at 4:30. Shacharit this week, Parashat Vayechi, at 9:30 am followed by a light Kiddush lunch. To sponsor a kiddush in the future contact or click on the google doc below. Guest babysitter Leila Blair will be helping out with our youngest congregants. 
Kiddush Sign-Up
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks on Vayechi: Family, Faith, and Freedom
Thursday night learning at Mercaz this week! 9:00-10:30.
Meet the Mercaz Members
Featuring: Yaacov (Yasha), Maya and Rachel Kimelfeld
Where they're from: Rachel is from outside of Boston originally and then NYC. Yasha is from Moldova originally and then Israel, Conn. and NYC.

What brought them to Seattle: Yasha’s job at Amazon, with the added bonus that Rachel has family and a close childhood friend here.

Fun date night: They've been going to Open Mic Night at Laughs Comedy Club for dates recently. It’s hit or miss but some of the comics are hilarious, and it’s a good date night for someone who can’t drink : )

Activities they are enjoying these days:
Rachel - getting back into reading novels, Barre3, nesting.
Yasha - reading history books, finding new kosher wines, the occasional Aikido class
Maya - playdates, drawing buildings, ballet/tap class

What's on their winter bucket list: They checked off the biggest thing - a mini babymoon to LA. 4 days of sun, sleep, restaurants and no obligations was amazing!

What appeals to them about Mercaz and about the North End community: "We find the North End community so warm and welcoming. The progressive and accepting atmosphere of Mercaz combined with a commitment to halacha makes it a shul that really works for both of us, and we really enjoy spending time with people in the community!"
Scholar in Residence Shabbat with Rabbi David Maayan
  • Friday night Oneg and learning at the Rosenfeld home from 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm. Email: for address or more information.
  • Shabbat day learning after full-kiddush lunch 
David Maayan feels blessed to have studied with a wide variety of teachers, including Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Yitz Greenberg, Rachel Adelman, and Arthur Green. As a PhD student in theology at Boston College, he is comparing models of selfhood and embodiment in Christian and Hasidic mystical theologies. He has taught an ongoing class in the study of the teachings of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov in the Boston area for 15 years, and recently presented on the topic of Jesus in the Talmud at the 2019 American Academy of Religion conference.
2020 Women*'s Megillat Esther reading!

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 at 4pm. More info at To read, please sign up at that document directly, or let us know if you have any questions. Thanks!


* What do we mean by "Women's"? This reading is by and for women. This event is meant to encourage female representation in the traditional Orthodox space. In order to encourage women to participate, as of 2019, this will be a women-only space. If all the individuals reading at the Women's reading share that they are comfortable with the presence of men during the reading, this can be revisited in the future. If some or all of the readers wish to organize another mixed reading at another time during the holiday, we also welcome that. Note that for reading of other megillot, such as Megillat Ruth, we have an all-gender welcome to read/listen model.

Community Anouncments
Seattle Community Security is holding its next 8-week course, January 15- March 4, Wednesdays from 7-10 pm. This course trains participants to protect our community. See more at this video. If you have questions, contact Elisabeth (
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