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Eruv is  UP  for Shabbat March 17-18th

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Pre-Pesach Retreat

Registration is now open for our pre-Pesach retreat.

Join us for Friday night dinner, Shabbat Kiddush,
and a chocolate seder for the kids!

Early bird pricing through Purim, March 12th.
Registration closes at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, March 31st.

Advance registration required for dinner. Click here!

No registration needed for Kiddush and the chocolate seder.
Donations are needed to cover the cost

Please enter your donation on the dinner registration form.

If you are not attending the dinner but would like to donate toward the April 8th Kiddush,
please click here.

Read it In Hebrew

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 - April 1, 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:

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, Mar 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.


  • Torah Insights with Rabbi Kornfeld
    Monday, Mar 27th 7:30p to 8:30p


  • The Way of G-d with Rabbi Mark Spiro
    Wednesday, Mar 29th 7:30p to 8:30p
    The Way of G-d with Rabbi Mark Spiro from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


  • Rosh Chodesh Lesson 5: Overcoming Limitation
    Wednesday, Mar 29th 7:30p to 9:00p
    To be human is to have an innate desire for greatness—a drive to pursue our noblest dreams, to actualize our highest potential. In this lesson we will focus on how to capitalize on our strengths. We’ll learn how to draw upon the things about us that are fundamentally good, and transcend our self-perceived limitations to take them to the level of “great”—and, considering the vast reservoir of potential within us, there is never a limit to how great we can become.


  • Talmud Class
    Thursday, Mar 30th 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: 8:12p

Tomorrow's Calendar

Shacharit: 7:00a
Candle Lighting: 7:09p
Mincha/Maariv: 7:09p
Nightfall: 8:13p

Friday Night

Candle Lighting: 7:09p
Mincha/Maariv: 7:09p
Nightfall: 8:13p

Shabbat Day

Shacharit: 9:30a
Mincha/Maariv: 7:01p
Shabbos Ends: 8:15p

Upcoming Programs & Events

Kids' Program
  Shabbat, Mar 25 11:00a
Ramban Revealed
  Monday, Mar 27 11:30a
Torah Insights with Rabbi Kornfeld
  Monday, Mar 27 7:30p
The Way of G-d with Rabbi Mark Spiro
  Wednesday, Mar 29 7:30p

Parshat Vayakhel-Pekudei

Candle Lighting

Friday, Mar 24, 7:09p

Shabbat Mevarchim & Parshat Hachodesh

Shabbat, Mar 25


Thu, 23 March 2017 25 Adar 5777