Emanuel Congregation


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


Purim Schedule

Wednesday, 3/20/19

Erev Purim (Megillah) at 7:00 PM

Thursday, 3/21/19

Purim no services


Pesach Schedule

Sunday, 4/14/19

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

Friday, 4/19/19

Erev Pesach - 1st Seder (No services)

Saturday, 4/20/19

Pesach #1 at 9:30 AM

Sunday, 4/21/19

Pesach #2 at 9:30 AM

Friday, 4/26/19

Pesach #7 at 9:30 AM

Saturday, 4/27/19

Pesach #8 (Yizkor) at 9:30 AM

Shavuot Schedule

Saturday, 6/8/2019

Erev Shavuot no services

Sunday, 6/9/19

Shavuot #1 at 9:30 AM

Monday, 6/10/19

Shavuot #2 (Yizkor) at 9:30 AM


HIGH HOLY DAYS 2019/5780

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

All services will follow the Orthodox-Egalitarian format.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Selichot (Refreshments prior) at 10:30 PM

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Pre-Rosh Hashanah Cleanup 10:00 AM-Noon

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Erev Rosh HaShanah 7:00 PM

Monday, September 30, 2019

Rosh HaShanah #1 at 9:30 AM

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Rosh HaShana #2 at 9:30 AM

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Shabbat Shuvah at 9:30 AM

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

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

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Yom Kippur (Yizkor) at 9:30 AM

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Sukkah Building 10:00 AM-Noon

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Erev Sukkot at 7:00 PM

Monday, October 14, 2019

Sukkot #1 at 9:30 AM

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Sukkot #2 at 9:30 AM

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Shabbat Chol Hamoed Sukkot at 9:30 AM

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Sukkot #7 (Hashanah Rabah) at 9:30 AM

Monday, October 21, 2019

Shemini Atzeret (Yizkor) at 9:30 AM

Monday, October 21, 2019

Erev Simchat Torah at 7:00 PM

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Simchat Torah at 9:30 AM

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Shabbat Bereishit at 9:30 AM

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Sukkah Takedown at 10:00 AM-Noon

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