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Meet the Member
Weekly Parasha Havura
Zoom Shabbat Greetings
Social Distant Shabbat Visits
Community Learning and Events 

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks on Bamidbar: Egalitarian Society, Jewish-Style
Meet the Members: Liz Katcoff, Ari Gleicher, Charlotte and Jonah

Where are you from?

Ari is from Chicago and Liz is from Northern New Jersey. 

What brought you to Seattle?

Liz got a job at Amazon and Ari had a mobile teaching job.  We moved to Seattle in 2012 right after getting married.  We lived in Capitol Hill for a couple of years before moving to the North End.

Can you share a good travel memory?

Our favorite trip was our vacation to Iceland, about a year before having kids. We did a ton of hiking, hot tubs, and snowmobiled on a huge glacier.  We also hit a rock on the way to a hot tub overlooking the arctic in a remote area of the Westfjords (town population of 12).  We ended up stuck overnight with a hospitable host and got a ride back to where we were staying with a tow truck (only one of us could go in the truck) and with a garbage truck doing its rounds. 

What's your favorite current boardgame or hobby?

We’ve gotten into making craft cocktails lately.  And with the kids being around 24/7 due to COVID, we certainly need it!

Any special way that you are coping with the current pandemic?

See cocktails above! 

What appeals to you about Mercaz and the Northend community?

We love the inclusiveness of the Mercaz/North End community and all the friends we’ve made while living here.  We love that while there are so many shuls of various denominations in the North End, it feels like one larger diverse community.  In a city with a relatively small affiliated Jewish population like Seattle, we believe in the importance of being part of the Jewish community at large and in the North End, it is easy to do so.

Wednesday night learning (moved from Thursday night)

Topic: Parasha Havurah
Time: 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm, Wednesdays

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 825 7811 6647

This link will be the same every week!

Mercaz Seattle is inviting you to pop in and say Shabbat Shalom! 6:30-6:50 on Friday evening. 

Topic: Mercaz Shabbat Shalom
Time: Friday nights from 6:30 pm to 6:50 pm

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 872 9563 7078
Password: 425949


Shavuot Learning Sign-Up


Since we can’t be physically together this Shavuot, let's be united in continuous learning over the bulk of the first day of Yom Tov. Sign up for an hour, learn whatever you want during that time!

Sign Up For Shavuot Learning
While we can't physically gather for cheesecake, we can still share a visual taste of our desserts. Anytime next Thursday, upload a picture of your cheesecake or other desserts onto the Mercaz Facebook Group. We can comment and share.  Also, join our Shavuot/Shabbat zoom at 6:30 pm next Thursday. 

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 872 9563 7078
Password: 425949
Hi all, we've heard some interest in continuing Covid check-ins on Shabbat, please sign up below if you would like to visit and/or receive a visit. Thanks!
Shabbat Check-ins
  • Quarantine Support - If you need support (something picked up at a store, dropped off to you, picked up from you, a meal) or would like to join this team to provide support, reach out to Racheli Moskowitz at 516-305-2241 or
Community Events
Thursday evening is Rabbi Rothstein's class on the weekly Torah Portion for our entire community. See you there! Click here (Password: 6RHmk9) to join the class.
  • Insights Into the Weekly Torah Portion with Rabbi Naftali Rothstein 8:30 pm on Thursday evenings
Seward Park Women/Girls’ Zoom Reading of Megillat Rut on Sunday, May 24th.

There will be a dramatic reading in English in addition to the Hebrew reading.

If anyone is interested in reading for the English parts there are still some openings. You can contact

Here is the link – Sunday, May 24 at 4 PM.
(no password required)
Mondays at 11:00 am Ms. Tali Rothstein leads a women’s Tanakh class. The currect topic is Ruth and Naomi - Zoom link with built-in password
Tuesdays at 7:00 pm everyone is invited to Trivia with Mrs. Suzanne Solomon - Password is 4yhzqx
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