The Reverend David J. Behar a"h
Ezra Bessaroth has achieved national recognition as a strong, active and vibrant synagogue, with considerable year-round programming for young children, youth, families and adults. Weekly Shabbat kiddushim are often sponsored, giving our members and guests an opportunity to visit with one another. The congregation holds a unique Sephardic Religious School weekly at the Stroum Jewish Community Center on Mercer Island. Our Reverend David J. Behar a"h Youth Program offers creative children’s programming for all ages. Shabbat junior services for grade-school children and a childcare program for ages 5 and younger are offered on Shabbat mornings beginning at 10:15 a.m. We are also proud supporters of the Sephardic Adventure Camp, the only overnight Sephardic camp in North America, founded originally by many of our own community leaders in the 1950s. Today, SAC boasts over 120 campers from the Greater Seattle community, New York, Los Angeles, Portland, Miami, Israel, and beyond.
The synagogue is actively involved in outreach and programs designed for families and adults. The adult education committee sponsors several nationally renowned guest lecturers throughout the year. Tu B’Shevat, Purim, Yom Ha’atzmaut, and Hanukkah celebrations for the entire family have gained the recognition of the larger community, which attend “en masse.” In addition, Shabbat programs and dinners during the year are offered to members and the community. Classes are held every week, including tefillah, Torah, Talmud, halachah discussion groups, and Ladino language exposure.