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How traditions, values, and dreams created one of the most diverse Jewish communities in America.



Materials and oral histories capture how our Jewish community has changed to our region.



Past events have shaped our community while current events create history for future generations.



Audio Clips:

Courtesy of voiceover talent, David Goldfarb and the Seattle Jewish Theater Company, whose actors will be performing at the Gala. Joseph Angel audio clip      Anna Hahn audio clip


The WSJHS wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to all who were involved in making our Inaugural Gala such a success. We have been humbled by the tremendous support and generosity from the community.

We would like to extend our gratitude to the Seattle Jewish Theater Company for providing the unique and special entertainment for the evening.


Shalom! Open for Business: Tales of Jewish Merchants in Washington State is the newest exhibit from the WSJHS created in partnership with the Museum of History and Industry.


You are invited to engage with the experiences of Jewish immigrants who came to the Pacific Northwest to build better lives for their families -- and help build the foundations of the region's economy. Shalom! Open for Business will explore many of these stories, and reveal often hidden facets of the history of Seattle and Washington State visitors may not have previously known. The exhibit will combine first person narratives, historic photos from family collections, and personal artifacts with captivating videos, interactive displays, and original artworks to create a truly impressive experience for visitors.

Visitors to Shalom! will discover a century of Jewish merchants whose business innovations ranged from selling supplies to Alaskan gold prospectors to establishing businesses that still operate today. Stuart Eskenazi, guest curator of the Washington State Jewish Historical Society, says, "The triumphs and challenges Jewish merchants faced as they found their place in a new society offer compelling examples of the resilience of immigrant communities."

Shalom! Open For Business

July 26th, 2014 - January 15th, 2015

Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI)

860 Terry Ave. N

Seattle, WA 98109

More information about special events during the exhibition is located on our event page. Information about MOHAI including exhibit hours, entrance fees, and the facility is available at http://www.mohai.org

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