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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 his general merchandise store in 1879, when the town was in its infancy. A number of other Jewish pioneers arrived in the […]

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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.   Along the way Priteca came to […]

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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 recently annexed by Prussia.   Along the way . . . In 1868, Hannah Pelz journeyed to America, at the age of 15, where she lived with her sister […]

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

Sam Maimon, Merchant and La Boz Columnist 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 (AKA Vida Sultana) Maimon. Abraham Maimon (d. 1931) was a Haham, a certified, […]

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Leon Behar, Sephardic Synagogue Theater Director, Seattle, Washington

Leon Behar: Sephardic Synagogue Theater Director Values Codes: I-E-P   Leon Behar was born in Istanbul, Turkey, in 1900. Leon Behar was the founder and director of the Jewish National Troupe, a successful amateur theater group, in Istanbul.   Along the way … Leon Behar came to […]

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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 called themselves Koupa Ozer Dalim Anshe Rhodes, which shortened to Ezra Bessaroth in 1909. By then, the congregation included 35 Orthodox men. High Holiday […]

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