Ground breaking of the Seattle Talmud Torah 1929
The history of Jewish education in Seattle dates back to 1894 when Congregation Bikur Cholim, the oldest continuous synagogue in Seattle founded in 1891, sponsored the establishment of the first Jewish educational program in the city, the Hebrew Free School, as an after-school center for Jewish learning. It later became the Seattle Talmud Torah formed as an institution for all Seattle Jews. The Seattle Hebrew Day School was formed in 1947 to provide an integrated program of Jewish and secular studies during regular school hours. By 1948, the Seattle Talmud Torah and Seattle Hebrew Day School had consolidated. In 1969, with the initiation of an early childhood center, the name of the school changed to the Seattle Hebrew Academy. Sixty-nine years later SHA is a thriving, ground breaking, nationally recognized Jewish Day School.