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The Early Years of the Jewish Community of Spokane, Washington

  The Early Years of the Jewish Community of Spokane, Washington   The first Jewish settlers of Spokane, Washington in the 1880’s were the Lowenbergs, the Biros, B. Scheeline, Simon Berg, and Isaac Baum. Simon Berg opened a general merchandise store in 1879, when the town was in

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Benjamin Marcus Priteca: Jewish Architect of Famous Synagogues and Movie Theaters, Seattle, Washington

Benjamin “Benny” Marcus Priteca Values Codes I – E – L   Benjamin Marcus Priteca was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1889. He was educated in Edinburgh, Scotland, at the George Watson’s College, followed by the Edinburgh College of Art, where he studied architecture.   Seattle Priteca

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Hannah Pelz Schwartz: “Beloved House Mother” of the Seattle Settlement House

Hannah Pelz Schwartz Values Codes I – E – L – P   Hannah Pelz was born in 1853 in Posen, a Polish area annexed by Prussia.   Along the way . . . In 1868, Hannah Pelz journeyed to America, at the age of 15, where

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Sam Maimon: Jewish Merchant and Sephardic “La Boz” Columnist , Seattle, Washington

Sam Maimon Values Codes I – H – E – L – P   Sam Bension Maimon (Hebrew Name = Bension Nissim Shalom) was born in 1907 in Brusa, Turkey. His parents were Abraham and Victoria (Vida Sultana) Maimon. Abraham Maimon (d. 1931) was a chacham: a

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Leon Behar: Sephardic Synagogue Theater Director, Seattle, Washington

Leon Behar Values Codes I – E – L – P   Leon Behar was born in Istanbul, Turkey, in 1900. Behar was the founder and director of the Jewish National Troupe, a successful amateur theater group, in Istanbul.   Seattle  Leon Behar came to Seattle, Washington

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Sephardic Congregation Ezra Bessaroth, Seattle, Washington

Congregation Ezra Bessaroth   In 1904, Nessim Alhadeff and a group of Sephardic Jews from Rhodes founded Congregation Ezra Bessaroth in Seattle. Originally, they organized as Koupa Ozer Dalim Anshe Rhodes, which was shortened to Ezra Bessaroth in 1909. By then, the congregation included 35 Orthodox men. High

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