Walk in as strangers, leave as family

Walk in as strangers, leave as family

If you’re looking for a way to celebrate Passover this year, many of our local synagogues and organizations across the state will be hosting seders. Whether you’re looking for a specific neighborhood or region, or a seder that will feel comfortable for your own traditions, we’ve got them here.


Greater Seattle area


Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue

Second night: Tuesday, April 15, 6 p.m.

At Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue, 1111 Harvard Ave, Seattle

Contact: Elizabeth Fagin at 206-527-9399 or elizabeth@betalef.org


Cost: $38 adults members/$48 non-members/$20 child members/$25 child non-members

Rabbi Olivier BenHaim leads the community in a delicious catered seder meal as they discover anew the spiritual dimensions of Passover and their meaning in our lives.


Congregation Tikvah Chadashah

Second Night: Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 6 p.m.

At the Graham Visitor’s Center at the Washington Park Arboreturn (depts.washington.edu/uwbg/visit/rentals/wpa_rentals.shtml)

RSVP line: 206-355-1414


Requested donation: $20/$10 students/low income/children under 13 free

Puget Sound’s LGBT Chavurah hosts a spirit-filled, community potluck seder. Meat potluck seder (no chametz, please). Ritual foods, wine and juice will be provided.


RSVP by Friday, April 11. All are welcome!


Golden Beetle Restaurant

First night: Monday, April 14, 5 p.m. to close

Second night: Tuesday, April 15, 5 p.m. to close

At 1744 NW Market St., Seattle

Contact: 206-706-2977


Cost: $40 per person

James Beard Award-winning chef Maria Hines pays homage to Passover with a special seder menu on both nights. Using the help of her restaurant’s Jewish staff members and an old Passover cookbook, Hines ensures that seder traditions will be kept intact.


Hillel at the University of Washington

First Night: Monday, April 14, 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30)

At Hillel UW, 4745 17th Ave. NE, Seattle

Contact: Sahale Jensen at 206-527-1997 or Sahale@hilleluw.org


Cost: $12 student/$30 Jconnect/$54 community member

Join Hillel undergraduates, Jconnectors and members of the community for festive-themed seders led by Hillel staff and volunteers. Seating provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Hillel Passover lunches: Thursday, April 17 and Friday, April 18, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Cost: $8 students/$18 with pre-paid reservation/$20 at the door for community members and Jconnect

Join a Seattle Jewish community tradition you won’t want to miss. Hillel is the place to find a delicious kosher-for-Passover meal. Students and Jconnecters can volunteer for two hours and eat for free!


Kol HaNeshamah

Second night: Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 5:45 p.m.

At Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 7141 California Ave. SW, West Seattle

Contact: Sheila Abrahams at 206-935-1590 or execdir@khnseattle.org


Cost: $45 adult members/$60 non-members/$27 child members under 12/$42 non-member children

Join them in sharing stories of personal and community struggle and redemption while reading our story in the Haggadah!


Secular Jewish Circle

Saturday, April 19, 5 p.m.

In the Seattle area (call or email for location)

Contact: 206-528-1944 or info@secularjewishcircle.org


Suggested donation: $20 members/$35 non-members

Join over 100 others for SJC’s fun, modern, non-theistic community seder!



AJC Diplomatic and Interfaith Passover Seder: Embracing Freedom

Monday, March 31, 6:30 p.m.

At Temple B’nai Torah, 15727 NE 4th St., Bellevue

Contact: Seattle@ajc.org or 206-622-6315

Cost: $100. RSVP required.

Join local diplomats and interfaith leaders to celebrate and discuss the feast of freedom.


Eastside Torah Center

First night: Monday, April 14, 7 p.m. appetizers and Pesach introduction, 7:45 services, 8:30 p.m. seder

At 16199 Northup Way, Bellevue

Contact: 425-957-7860


Cost $30 adult/$20 child 3-12 years. Prepay online at bit.ly/1oHdX1a by Tues., April 8 and save $5 per person

If you prefer to learn, experience and be inspired at a communal Passover seder, they invite you to join their seder.


Temple B’nai Torah

Community seder

Second night: Tuesday, April 15, 6 p.m.

At 15727 NE 4th St., Bellevue

Contact: 425-603-9677. RSVP required.

Cost: $45 adults/$55 adults after April 4/$20 children 6–12/$25 children 6–12 after April 4/children 5 and under free

Conducted by Rabbi James Mirel and Cantor David Serkin-Poole. Vegetarian meal available upon request.


Passover Seder in Russian

Sunday, April 20, 4 p.m.

At 15727 NE 4th St., Bellevue

Contact: 206-726-3619 or familylife@jfsseattle.org

Cost: $5 adults/children 18 and under free. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Cantor Marina Belenky will lead a Reform seder in Russian along with other special guests and her own Russian language trio, Marianna. Join TBT and Jewish Family Service for this musical celebration of Passover with a traditional seder meal. Kosher meals and transportation arrangements available with advance request.



Chabad of the Central Cascades

First Night: Monday, April 14, 7:30 p.m.

Second Night: Tuesday, April 15, 9 p.m.

At 24121 SE Black Nugget Rd., Issaquah.

Contact 425-427-1654 or Info@chabadissaquah.com


Suggested donation: Adults $36/child (ages 4-12) $18

Explore the Kabbalistic insight on the number four: 
Four cups of wine, four sons, four questions and four types of freedom. Experience the liberation and freedom of Passover. 
Discover the seder’s relevance to today’s modern Jew. Please RSVP by April 10.


Mercer Island

Congregation Shevet Achim

Second night: Tuesday, April 15, 8:15 p.m.

At Northwest Yeshiva High School, 5017 90th Ave. SE, Mercer Island

Contact: Ed Epstein at contactus@shevetachim.com

A traditional seder run by Rabbi Yechezkel Kornfeld of Congregation Shevet Achim



Congregation Kol Ami

Saturday, April 19, 5:30 p.m.

At Carol Edwards Community Center, 17401 133rd Ave. NE, Woodinville

Contact: 425-844-1604 or admin@kolaminw.org


Cost: $30 adult members (13 and over)/$40 guests and non-members/$20 college students/$15 children (5-12)/under 5 free

Enjoy a delicious catered meal complete with plenty of wine, sweets, song and great tradition! Conducted by Rabbi Mark Glickman. Reservations required.


Around Washington State

Bainbridge Island

Congregation Kol Shalom

Second night: Tuesday, April 15, 6 p.m.

At 9010 Miller Rd., Bainbridge Island

Contact: Janice Hill at 206-842-9010 or admin@kolshalom.net


Led by Rabbi Mark Glickman. Please bring a vegetarian and kosher-for-Pesach side dish, salad, or dessert. The main dish, salmon, will be provided. Donations graciously accepted. RSVP required.



Beth Hatikvah

First night: Monday April 14, 6 p.m.

Call for location

Contact: Shari Leslie at 360-373-9884 or sfoxleslie@cardinalmedia.com


Cost: Members $25/non-members $36

The seder features delicious homemade food, spirited singing and their famous “Seder Plate Bar.” Come hear the surprise Pesach spiel!



The Chabad Jewish Discovery Center

First night: Monday, April 14, 7:30 p.m.

1770 Barnes Blvd. SW, Tumwater

Contact: Rabbi Cheski Edelman at 360-584-4306 or rabbi@jewisholympia.com


Cost: $20 adults/$10 students/children 12 and under free

Meaningful, relevant, and interactive community seder complete with hand-baked matzoh, wine, and a wonderful dinner in a welcoming atmosphere.


Port Townsend

Bet Shira

Second Night: Tuesday, April 15, 5 p.m.

At St Paul’s Episcopal Church, Jefferson and Tyler, Port Townsend

Contact: Barry Lerich at 360-379-3042 or barryell@olypen.com

Cost: $5 members/$20 non-members. Reservations required.

A welcoming seder using a home-grown Haggadah. Entrée and ritual items provided by Bet Shira; bring a Pesach-friendly side dish to be shared in potluck style.



Congregation Emanu-el

Saturday, April 19, 2014, 4:30 p.m.

At Unitarian Universalist Church, 4340 W Ft. George Wright Dr., Spokane

Contact: Paul Paroff at 509-747-6586 or pjparoff@comcast.net

Cost: $25 adults members and children over 13/$32 adult non-members/$15 college students/$11 child members/$15 child non-members/children under 7 and active military free

Join Congregation Emanu-El for their annual seder, a community meal created in collaboration with a caterer. Please register no later than April 9.



Chabad Jewish Center

First Night: Monday, April 14, 8 p.m.

At the Chabad Jewish Center 
2146 N Mildred St., Tacoma

Contact: Rabbi Zalman Heber at 253-565-8770 or Seder@ChabadPierceCounty.com


Cost: $36 adults /$18 children under 12

Enjoy an in-depth Hebrew/English Passover experience, with translation, traditional songs, and lively discussion. Relive the triumph of Passover and discover the seder’s relevance to today’s modern Jew while enjoying a tasty Passover meal.


Temple Beth El

Second night: Tuesday, April 15, 6 p.m.

Multimedia Family Seder

At 5975 S 12th St., Tacoma

Contact: Rebecca Kendziora at 253-564-7101 or info@templebethel18.org


Cost: $24 adults/$8 children (ages 5-12)/free (under 5)

Rabbi Bruce Kadden and Cantor Leah Elstein will lead a family-friendly multi-media Passover seder.

Women’s Seder

Saturday, April 19, 5:45 p.m.

Cost: $24 adults/$18 college students and girls 12-18

Be inspired! Celebrate, dance, sing and rejoice with the women of Temple Beth El at their annual Women’s Seder.


Vancouver, Wash.

Chabad Jewish Center

First night: Monday, April 14, 7:45 p.m.

At 9604 NE 126th Ave., Vancouver

$25 adult/$18 child

Contact 360-993-5222 or info@jewishclarkcounty.com



Congregation Kol Ami

Second night: Tuesday, April 15, 6 p.m.

At 7800 NE 119th St., Vancouver

Contact: Autumn Sheridan at 360-896-8088

Cost: $30 adult member/$37.50 non-member/$12 child member/$16 non-member

Catered meal will include matzoh ball soup, chicken or vegetarian entrée, sides, desserts, and beverages.


Walla Walla

Congregation Beth Israel

Saturday, April 19, 5 p.m.

At 1202 E Alder St., Walla Walla

Contact: Jennifer Winchell at winchelljennifer@yahoo.com

Free, but bring food to share

A community-wide potluck passover seder held in their small synagogue.



Temple Shalom

Second night: Tuesday, April 15, 5:30 p.m.

At Cascade Gardens, 5704 W Washington, Yakima

Contact: Paula at yakimatemple@gmail.com or send checks to Marcia Zack, P.O. Box 1079, Selah, WA 98942

Cost: $35 members/$45 non-members/reduced prices for children and college students

Student Rabbi Abram Goodstein will lead the seder. Reservations and checks are due by April 7.