New Rabbi to establish Chabad Jewish Center in Shoreline

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Rabbi Sadya and Shimona Davidoff
with baby Chaya Cherna
Rabbi Sadya and Shimona Davidoff have moved to the North Seattle area to establish a new Chabad Jewish center in the city of Shoreline.

Rabbi Sadya and Shimona Davidoff, along with their daughter Chaya Cherna, have recently moved from Brooklyn, NY to the North Seattle area to open a new Chabad center in the city of Shoreline.

They were recruited by Chabad’s Pacific Northwest Director, Rabbi Shalom Ber Levitin.

Shoreline is not an unfamiliar place to Shimona as her family already lives there. Her parents, Rabbi Yechezkel and Ora Rapoport, head the local Chabad Jewish Russian Center for Russian speaking Jews.

For Rabbi Sadya, who is originally from Los Angeles, living in Shoreline will be an adjustment. “It’s interesting, coming from a thriving large Jewish community to a place where initially, YOU ARE the community itself, so to speak. It’s an awesome and exciting opportunity!"

A recent study showed that Washington state is home to approximately 72,185 Jews, including Seattle and its surrounding suburbs. 

“We [Jews] are here, but it just doesn’t look like it because we’re lacking a much needed sense of community” said Guy, a Jewish real estate agent in Shoreline whom the couple met during their search for a new home.

The young couple have already begun their activities by introducing new programs, such as Shabbat dinners for guests and community members, a 'Torah and Tea on Tuesdays' class given by Rabbi Sadya, as well as a monthly Challah (bread) baking experience organized and ran by Shimona.

“This is just the beginning,” She says, "We are currently expanding our activities and soon, you’ll get to hear all about them!”

"Our mission is to ignite the spark of Judaism within every Jew in our community,” Sadya says. “Seattle is home to the very first Starbucks, and now you can find one within a mile of wherever you are. Chabad must be as much, if not more accessible, as we are striving to quench the thirst for spirituality in every Jew."

For more information or to contact the Rabbi Sadya, you can visit their website and find out about new programs and contact information.

They have a Facebook page.

They will be holding a welcoming barbeque on Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 4pm at 1114 NE Perkins Way NE, Shoreline 98155.


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