Emanuel Congregation

50th Anniversary Gala

Emanuel Congregation Gala

Emanuel Congregation is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a gala dinner, music, and keynoter Prof. Emeritus Dr. Edward Alexander, speaking on the UW Jewish Studies Program's early days. Sunday, August 26, noon - 4 pm, at Emanuel Congregation, 3412 NE 65th St., Seattle.


Emanuel Congregation offers traditional services on the morning of every Shabbat and the morning and evening of almost every Jewish Holy Day, in a lovely and intimate sanctuary with all-men and all-women sections (with mechitzot) in addition to a mixed seating section in-between. Morning services begin at 9:30 AM and are followed by Kiddush. Tickets are never required for any services.

Services follow Ashkenazic Orthodox liturgy. The complete annual cycle of weekly Torah and Haftarah readings are chanted by a reader with cantillations in standard Orthodox tradition. Members and guests deliver Shabbat Divrei Torah. Services are lay-led, sometimes with the assistance of Chazzan Boaz Pnini and Chazzan David Kenner, the synagogue's Cantors and Baalei Kriah.

Women's roles

Services at Emanuel are patterned after the "partnership minyan" model. Women as well as men may lead Kabbalat Shabbat, P'sukei D'zimrah, and the Shacharit Torah service, and read from the Torah, chant Haftarah, and receive aliyot to the Torah. Women as well as men are also invited to offer divrei Torah to the congregation. Here at Emanuel Congregation every Jewish adult, man or woman, counts toward a minyan.

The following is excerpted from young Seattleite David Basior's May 27, 2005 article in the Jewish Transcript, "Orthodox tradition in an unorthodox setting:"

Emanuel is a small Modern Orthodox synagogue with a progressive attitude. The lay-led Emanuel invites both those who walk and those who drive to shul into their community. This open attitude was confirmed in a conversation I had with congregation president Jay Wang. Jay told me that the synagogue is looking to grow and would love to have new, young members who are looking to take leadership positions. He is open to the shul going in new, different directions, though remains attached to the style of prayer, which defines Emanuel as a progressive yet Orthodox synagogue.

I first attended Emanuel at an early Friday night service in late April. They begin Kabbalat Shabbat at 6 p.m., despite the time change and later sundown times of spring and summer. I walked into the modest yet beautiful facade and into their foyer. Announcement flyers hung everywhere. I could tell this is a shul that cares about what is happening in the greater Jewish community in Seattle and sees itself as part of a larger entity.

Walking into the Orthodox sanctuary, I observed something unorthodox: an all-male section, an all-female section, and a mixed seating section. The 12 or so people already at the shul were mostly scattered in the mixed seating section, and that is where I found my seat. I was greeted by many warm waves and calls of "Good Shabbos."

Despite the traditional liturgy, the praying felt casual and flowing as we started with the Orthodox movement's Artscroll siddur (with English and Hebrew). I looked up and was amazed by a large skylight looming above the center of the small-but-open sanctuary. The skylight allowed for a connection to nature and the heavens - something I see as very important when attempting to converse with God.

Jay Wang read announcements from various Jewish organizations including other synagogues (some in different movements, even). I was truly impressed by this clear openness to all things Jewish in Seattle. Too many synagogues act as though their programming is the only Jewish programming in town, and Emanuel raises the bar in accepting and supporting other Jewish agencies. It was great to see a shul that acts as a part of the whole community. Yasher Koach!

I came back for a Shabbat morning service a week later and was impressed with a higher turnout and a more participatory crowd. I conversed with many members who were warm and welcoming to this new congregant. The service was easy to follow and it was clear that the idea of following along is valued and encouraged. Different members led the service at different parts showing off the community's number of learned congregants. Another member led the d'var Torah, which I found remarkably in touch, intellectual, and insightful.

The congregation is member-led and proud of it. This shul is a potential hidden gem for anyone looking to find a modest, open, traditional place of worship in a great neighborhood. Open to lifecycle events with outside rabbis, new leadership - both male and female - and committed to a traditional style of prayer, I believe Emanuel Congregation offers something unique inside Seattle's Jewish world. I invite you all to check out just what that is.


Family, $400

Individual, $300


HIGH HOLY DAYS 2018/5779

Cost: There is no charge for services and no tickets required.

All services will follow the Orthodox-Egalitarian format.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Selichot (Refreshments prior) at 10:30 PM

Sunday, September 9

Shul Cleanup Party 10:00 AM-Noon

Sunday, September 9

Erev Rosh HaShanah 7:00 PM

Monday, September 10

Rosh HaShanah #1 at 9:30 AM

Tuesday, September 11

Rosh HaShana #2 at 9:30 AM

Saturday, 9/15/18

Parshat Ha'azinu (Shabbat Shuvah) at 9:30 AM

Tuesday, 9/18/18

Erev Yom Kippur (Kol Nidre) at 6:15 PM

Wednesday, 9/19/18

Yom Kippur (Yizkor) at 9:30 AM

Sunday, 9/23/18

Sukkah Setup Party 10:00 AM-Noon

Sunday, 9/23/18

Erev Sukkot at 7:00 PM

Monday, 9/24/18

Sukkot #1 at 9:30 AM

Tuesday, 9/25/18

Sukkot #2 at 9:30 AM

Friday, 9/28/18

Erev Shabbat Hol Hamoed at 6:00 PM

Saturday, 9/29/18

Shabbat Chol Hamoed Sukkot at 9:30 AM

Sunday, 9/30/18

Sukkot #7 at 9:30 AM

Monday, 10/1/18

Shemini Atzeret (Yizkor) at 9:30 AM

Monday, 10/1/18

Erev Simchat Torah at 7:00 PM

Friday, 10/2/18

Simchat Torah at 9:30 AM

Saturday, 10/6/18

Shabbat Bereishit at 9:30 AM

Sunday, 10/7/18

Sukkah Deconstruction Party at 10:00 AM-Noon


Pesach Schedule

Sunday, 3/25/18

Pre-Pesach Cleanup Party at 10:00 AM-Noon

Friday, 3/30/18

Erev Pesach - 1st Seder (No services)

Saturday, 3/31/18

Pesach #1 at 9:30 AM

Sunday, 4/1/18

Pesach #2 at 9:30 AM

Friday, 4/6/18

Pesach #7 at 9:30 AM

Saturday, 4/7/18

Pesach #8 (Yizkor) at 9:30 AM

Shavuot Schedule

Saturday, 5/19/2018

Erev Shavuot no services

Sunday, 5/20/18

Shavuot #1 at 9:30 AM

Monday, 5/21/18

Shavuot #2 (Yizkor) at 9:30 AM

Emanuel Congregation

3412 NE 65th St
Seattle, WA  98115
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phone  206-525-1055

email  emanuel congregation

Original stained glass by Emanuel member Nancy Current