Community Service גמילות חסדים

When Avraham's servant Eliezer set out to find a wife for his master's son, Yitzhak, he sought out a woman who excelled in her acts of kindness, in her גמילות חסדים/Gemilut Hasadim. Since then, acts of lovingkindness have become central to Jewish life.  Community Service, to Seattle's Jewish community, the broader Seattle community - and to the State of Israel, has become more and more - a focus of EB's colorful programming calendar.  Here are just some of our recent and upcoming Community Service programs:


  • Life Gets Better: The Unexpected Pleasures of Growing Older: - A seminar by Wendy Lustbader at the Summit in downtown Seattle. Ezra Bessaroth was one of the community sponsors of this event, geared towards the senior citizens of Seattle's Jewish community.


  • EB raised $2000 to purchase Sukkot for IDF soldiers in the field in the fall of 2011


  • Rabbi Meyers as a delegate at the AIPAC Conference in Washington in March, 2012. The rabbi joined a group of fellow Washingtonians to lobby Congressman Rick Larsen on Capitol Hill, urging him to support legislation that would place strict sanctions against the dictatorial and anti-Semitic regime presently ruling Iran. AIPAC-related activism continued with a lecture by Gil Hoffman, senior political correspondent of the Jerusalem Post, on Shabbat April 28th @ EB.  On May 1st, Rabbi Meyers is part of the host committee in Seward Park for the talk of Congressman Adam Smith. Congressman Smith has a long standing relationship with Washington State’s Jewish community and regularly seeks our views on a range of international issues.


  • Jewish Family Services' "Community and Caring Luncheon", May 16th at the Westin Seattle Hotel: EB has sponsored a table, contributing $1500 to this essential community institution.