About BCMH

Established more than 100 years ago, Bikur Cholim Machzikay Hadath Congregation is Seattle’s oldest congregation. As the city’s main Ashkenazic Orthodox synagogue, BCMH attracts families from around the Puget Sound area. Shabbos and holiday services at the Seward Park synagogue typically draw over 200 people. An active youth program offers extensive activities for children of all ages throughout the year.

BCMH is the largest Ashkenazic Orthodox synagogue in the greater Seattle area, with nearly 230 member families. The diverse congregation includes members who have been with the congregation for more than eighty years, as well as a thriving youth membership of more than two hundred infants, children and teens.

Congregation Bikur Cholim—Machzikay Hadath began with the founding of Chevra Bikur Cholim in 1891. The congregation moved to Seward Park in the early 1960s, and merged with Congregation Machzikay Hadath in 1971. On January 22, 1972, Congregation Bikur Cholim—Machzikay Hadath celebrated the official opening of its newly constructed Seward Park building with the bar mitzvah of a fourth generation member of the original Bikur Cholim.


BCMH offers its members a number of services, including:

  • Daily minyan morning and evening 365 days a year, including two weekday morning minyanim
  • Shabbos and holiday services in the main sanctuary every week
  • Shabbos morning childcare and tefilah for youth ages 18 months to 18 years
  • Dynamic Youth and Adult & Family Programs

In addition, BCMH houses and maintains the newly refurbished Seattle Mikvah and the Seattle Jewish Chapel and Chevra Kadisha, and owns the Bikur Cholim and Machzikay Hadath cemeteries. BCMH also maintains the Seward Park community eruv.

If you would like to visit BCMH for Shabbos or Yom Tov, please contact Hospitality Coordinator Bracha Swigard at (206) 722-9002. For more information about the synagogue, please call (206) 721-0970 and press 0 when voice mail begins or contact us here.