Friday night Candlelighting is at 7:40
Kabbalat Shabbat, Shabbat, Kiddush and COVID
Mercaz Shabbat Groups
Mercaz/Bnei Akiva Teen Oneg
Ice Cream Party
Wednesday Night Learning
Siddur/Nusach w/ David Barak
Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur
The Return of Meet the Members - Benny and Aliza
Arba Minim Options
Kiddush this week is sponsored by Dina and Avi Levitan in honor of Avi's Bar Mitzvah anniversary.
Click here if you would like to sponsor a kiddush in the future.
Due to new CDC & Washington State recommendations, we are asking all attendees to wear masks indoors. Participants can still remain unmasked outdoors.
Covid Guidelines The summarized version of this stage of updates:
1. For now, services are remaining outdoors.
2. Vaccinated individuals do not need to wear masks outdoors (they must attest to vaccination status during sign up)
3. All kids can now attend services masked, sitting next to their parents. (non-mobile infants can still attend unmasked)
4. Unvaccinated people can take their masks off to eat and drink as long as they maintain 6 feet of distance.
5. Please stay 6 feet away from others if you are not vaccinated.
6. Parents don't need to stay 6 feet away from their kids.
7. Vaccinated travelers (domestic and international) should mask (and distance as feasible) for 7 days post travel at shul due to Delta.
Slichot is this Saturday night/Sunday morning. We are not holding selichot this year at Mercaz. A couple of options:
Slichot at CSTL is at 1 am - https://www.cstlseattle.org/
Slichot at Minyan Ohr Chadash in Seward Park is at 10 pm - https://www.minyanohrchadash.org/
Mercaz Shabbat Groups for Kids
We are excited to resume Shabbat Groups at Mercaz!
To start we'll be offering two different programs for children:
Tefilat Yeladim (ages 5-10): An abbreviated prayer service that contains songs, stories, and a word or activity about the Parasha of the week. Drop off.
Tot Shabbat (ages 18 months-4): Songs, prayers, and activities for younger children with a caregiver.
Each indoor room now has a HEPA filter and doors and windows will be open. All non-vaccinated people, over age 2, are required to wear masks and children will be required to stay 3 feet apart from each other. Per new recommendations, all individuals will need to wear masks indoors.
10:30 am - 12:00 (end of tefillah): Tefilat Yeladim in the sanctuary.
11:15 am - 12:00 (end of tefillah): Tot Shabbat outside in the garden area in front of the small house, directly to the north of Mercaz.
The playroom is a dedicated nursing/feeding/baby room with space for 3 adults. Most toys will be put away.
Kids are invited to return to services before Kiddush sitting with their parents.
Sign up for Shabbat Tefilah here. Adults and children 12 and older should each sign up separately and children under 12 can be included in the field for children. We appreciate your patience while we work on our sign-up and process.
Sidduur/Nusach Class with David Barak will resume after the Chagim!
Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur
Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur sign-ups are now open. For Rosh Hashana we will be meeting in a nearby parking lot, as we did last year. For Yom Kippur, we are meeting at Mercaz in our outdoor space. We are working on children's programming. Please sign up below so we can start getting a sense of numbers. Thank you!
Meet the Members: Benny Aivazi and Aliza Hochsztein
Where are you from? The NY/NJ area (Teaneck and Woodmere)
What brought you to Seattle? Tech jobs
What's your favorite current hobby or something you have discovered during the pandemic? Finding new ingredients to cook with.
What's on your bucket list or what are you looking forward to? Hiking the enchantments in one day (we definitely need to train a bit more for this!).
What appeals to you about Mercaz or about the North End community in general? We love how open and warm Mercaz is - it's a truly non-judgemental and welcoming community, and we love being a part of it!
Our membership is the beating heart of how we continue to thrive as an organization. We have a sliding scale membership at Mercaz. While it is not required to attend, it’s a great way to show your investment in our community.