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Island Synagogue

Eruv is  U for Shabbat Feb 18th

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Purim Fiesta

Registration is open now! Click on the flyer, below.

Family rate applies to members of an immediate family living in the same household.

register to send mishloach manot

Deadline is Sunday, March 5th at 5:00 p.m.

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Mishloach Manot ("sending of portions"), also called a Purim basket, are gifts of food or drink that are sent to family and friends on Purim day. The Mitzvah of giving Mishloach Manot derives from the Book of Esther. While the synagogue Mishloach Manot does not fulfill the Miztvah of giving two ready-to-eat items directly to another person (of the same gender), it enhances community and friendship. Please join us in this festive program.

Read it In Hebrew

FLASH SALE through Wednesday, February 22nd at 3:00 pm! 15% off!

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The first two lessons of "Read it in Hebrew" focus on the letters of the Hebrew alphabet while the last three lessons introduce vowels and teach students how to read words. With flashcards portraying the letters alongside catchy mnemonics that make the information memorable and easy to digest, “Read in Hebrew” allows students to absorb information quickly and efficiently. 

“Read it in Hebrew” utilizes a timeless teaching method espoused by the Jewish sages for generations. In addition to reading skills, students get a glimpse into the holiness and depth of the Hebrew language, including brief kabbalistic explanations of the Hebrew letters. 

“Read it in Hebrew” is designed to appeal to people at all levels of Jewish knowledge, including those without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning. The course is open to the public. 

Part 1: Tuesday, March 7 
Part 2: Tuesday, March 14 
Part 3: Tuesday, March 21 
Part 4: Tuesday, March 28 
Part 5: Tuesday, April 4 

Shabbat 101 - Rabbi Nissan Kornfeld - February 4, 2017

Feel disconnected at services?

Come to  Shabbat 101 and find practical relvance of Shabbat observance.

The first Shabbat of each month.

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

shabbat prayer book guide

There may be areas in the Shabbat prayer service that individuals do not understand or with which they are not familiar. Reading through the Shabbat Prayer Book Guide may answer many of those questions.  It is hoped that this guide can be a source to greater understanding and a more meaningful involvement in Shabbat prayer ritual.

Click here or visit the Documents page of this website (accessible by members) to view the guide. A limited number of hardcover books are available for sale for $23. To purchase, please contact the office at or 206-275-1539.

Donations are also welcome. Click here to visit our Donations page.

Rosh chodesh lessons - simple truths

Rebbetzin Devorah Kornfeld is excited to invite interested women to the Rosh Chodesh series, Simple Truths. Over the course of seven months, we will explore core insights and values that have formed the cornerstone of Jewish teachings for millennia.

Simple Truths presents not only the beauty of our Torah’s ancient wisdom, but its seamless application to the challenges and ups and downs of modern life. It uncovers insights that anchor us, empower us, and guide us in times of doubt and uncertainty, giving us the confidence and know-how to navigate life’s most difficult challenges.

Date:           Once a month on WEDNESDAY evenings
Time:          7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location:   The Friendship Circle Office
                    2737 77th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040

For more information and to register email:

Registration fee: $ 75 includes textbook

Lesson 4   The Beauty of the Struggle                             March 1, 2017

Lesson 5   Overcoming Limitation                                 March 29, 2017

Lesson 6   To Love Another                                              April 26, 2017

Lesson 7   Joy Revealed                                                    May 24, 2017

coming events

  • Ramban Revealed With Rabbi Richard Toban
    Monday, Feb 27th 11:30a to 12:30p
    You’ve read him in footnotes; now understand what Ramban, Rabbi Moshe ben Nachman (Nachmanides, 1194-1270) really says. He’ll often quote the great commentators, Rashi or Ibn Ezra, and then go on to disagree with their views. We’ll proceed through the five Books of Moses exploring and enjoying the often-surprising twists that Ramban, in his intellectual style, contributes to the familiar texts. Bring a copy of Ramban (Artscroll Bereshit recommended) and your questions to this inquisitive group.


  • Rabbi Kornfeld's Class
    Monday, Feb 27th 7:30p to 8:30p
    Rabbi Kornfeld gives a class each week on Mondays on different topics. These classes are free and open to the Jewish community to attend.


  • Rosh Chodesh Lesson 4: The Beauty of the Struggle
    Wednesday, Mar 1st 7:30p to 9:00p
    Imperfection is human. Yet little makes us feel worse than our character deficiencies. Our less-than-noble thoughts and feelings lead to inner turmoil and lowered self-perception, hampering our motivation to grow and change. How can we remain motivated toward change and uphold a positive view of ourselves while battling dejection over our constant struggles with our character flaws? This lesson explores how we can reframe our apparent deficiencies as inspiring pathways to person


  • Talmud Class
    Thursday, Mar 2nd 12:00p to 1:00p
    A textual study of Jewish civil law. Classes are in English. No prior study of Talmud is needed, just a will to learn. Island Synagogue, 8685 SE 47th Street, Mercer Island Led by: Rabbi Yechezkel Kornfeld


  • Talmud Class
    Thursday, Mar 9th 12:00p to 1:00p
    A textual study of Jewish civil law. Classes are in English. No prior study of Talmud is needed, just a will to learn. Island Synagogue, 8685 SE 47th Street, Mercer Island Led by: Rabbi Yechezkel Kornfeld



Today's Calendar

Shacharit: 7:00a
Nightfall: 6:29p

Tomorrow's Calendar

Shacharit: 7:00a
Nightfall: 6:31p

Friday Night

Candle Lighting: 5:28p
Mincha/Maariv: 5:28p
Nightfall: 6:32p

Shabbat Day

Shacharit: 9:30a
Mincha/Maariv: 5:20p
Shabbos Ends: 6:34p

Upcoming Programs & Events

Kids' Program
  Shabbat, Feb 25 11:00a
Ramban Revealed
  Monday, Feb 27 11:30a
Rabbi Kornfeld's Class
  Monday, Feb 27 7:30p
The Summit Photography Exhibit Viewing
  Tuesday, Feb 28 11:00a

Parshat Mishpatim

Candle Lighting

Friday, Feb 24, 5:28p

Shabbat Mevarchim & Parshat Shekalim

Shabbat, Feb 25


Wed, 22 February 2017 26 Shevat 5777