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Sponsors of Seattle Historic Sephardic Jewish Tour
Part of the Take A Walk Through History program
Donors of $5,000 have a one page family or business digital exhibit created in the Washington Jewish Museum to be linked to the appropriate tour stop.
Donors of $2,500 can have a short description or bio of family or business with one (1) photo to be linked to the appropriate tour stop
IN THE BEGINNING: In 1904, Nessim Alhadeff made the journey from Rhodes to Seattle. Within three years, all of his brothers and many others followed him. By 1909, the first steps at formal organization were taken. Moved by the leadership of Haim DeLeon, the original group of Rhodeslis formed the Koupa Ozer Dalim Anshe Rhodes (the fund for the aid of the poor, people of Rhodes) in 1909 with Solomon Alhadeff as president, Nessim AIhadeff as treasurer, and Harry Franco as secretary. Funds were raised from within the group and were sent to the needy Jewish community of Rhodes. Despite some factious disputes in the early years, the organization — with the help of a mediator, Rabbi Samuel Koch of Temple De Hirsch — came together the name Koupa Ezra Bessaroth of Rhodes. Articles of incorporation were filed in June 19,1914, and dues were set at 25 cents a month.
OUR FIRST BUILDING: In 1915, two lots were purchased on the corner of 15th and East Fir Street for about $7,000. For the High Holidays of 1916, Washington Hall was rented. Late in the afternoon of Yom Kippur, before the services ended, worshippers were forced to vacate the hall to make room for another group that had reserved the hall for a dance. This disruption determined the group in its resolve to be in its own home by the next Yom Kippur.
It was estimated that it would cost between $15,000 and $17,000 to build the synagogue. The members made their pledges, but it wasn't enough. A bazaar was planned, with the help of one David Lipman, who enlisted the aid and experience of many members of Temple De-Hirsch, particularly the women, who collected merchandise and organized themselves into shifts to guard it. The net result of the bazaar, dance, and sale of baked goods was $5,000. This additional sum made it possible to proceed with actual construction. At last, the dedication of the new synagogue took place, with Rabbi Koch doing the honors.
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Donors of $1000 receive inclusion of one (1) photo and recognition name
Seattle Sephardic Brotherhood
Howard and Lynn Behar
Marty and Sharon Lott
Bob and Sue Solomon
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