The idea for the photo wall came from Janna Ginsberg, who saw a similar one at the Jewish Contemporary Museum in San Francisco. Many thanks are due: Karry Swartz who spent many hours building the digital file; Mike Roth who prepared the wall; Harry Abrams who set us up with the email address; Janis Diner Brinley, co-chair of the EE150 Historical Committee; Ed Fitch, EE150 Chair who consulted on the project; the Archives at the Jewish Historical Society of B.C.; and all those who sent in photos from camp, family occasions, B’Nei Mitzvahs, school and other events.
Looking at these photographs—some from as far back as the 1800’s, some as recent as last month—it is clear that Congregation Emanu-El has something to celebrate—150 years of a dynamic kehillah, a community committed to keeping “the little shul that could” alive and well into the 21st century and beyond.
So when you are passing through, when you are noshing at a Kiddush, when you are picking up or dropping off, take a moment to enjoy the hard work of Janna and her crew. It took many many hours to create this lasting legacy. Find your photo and the photos of friends and relatives (note: the children’s photos are at their eye-level), those of blessed memory and those dear to you now.
The photo wall is one of many projects that will unfold during our sesquicentennial year: the new chuppah, two restored Torahs and one brand new one now being scribed in Israel; the Commemorations of the Laying of the Cornerstone on June 2; The Gala Dinner that evening; creation of a beautiful coffee table book, “Sefer Emanu-El” detailing our history; and many cultural events including “Bricks and Torah”—a talk and tour of our historical building; the concert Hodaya! on March 23, Cantor Rob Menes and his friends on May 8, the Seattle Jewish Chorale on June 16, and the Lafayette Quartet on November 24. Many opportunities to celebrate and to donate, so that Congregation Emanu-El can continue into the next 150 years—a legacy to our children, l’dor va’dor.