David & Kaden Alhadeff
David and Kaden Alhadeff, ca. 1920.
Few family names are as ubiquitous in Seattle as Alhadeff. Born on the Island of Rhodes when it was part of the Ottoman Empire, David Alhadeff, a baker and owner of a general store, and his wife Kaden (née Sourmani), were the progenitors of many of Seattle’s Alhadeffs. One of their nine children, Nessim, pioneered the family’s immigration to America. In 1904 he followed Greek friends from the nearby Island of Leros to Seattle and expanded the wholesale fish industry in the city. This successful business endeavor enabled Alhadeff to return to Rhodes in 1907 where he met his wife, Rosa Israel. By 1914, once Rhodes had become part of the Italian Empire, Alhadeff had sponsored his entire family’s immigration to Seattle. The nine Alhadeff children included “Behor” Joseph, Rahamim, Solomon, Nessim, Asher, Moshe “Morris,” Albert, George, and Estrea.
David and Kaden’s descendants continue to shape Jewish organizations and civic life in Seattle. Their legacy is particularly felt at Congregation Ezra Bessaroth and Temple de Hirsch Sinai, a reform congregation in Capitol Hill. The family has also made its mark on Pike Place Market, the Longacres Race Track, and the Majestic Bay Theater. Finally, the Isaac Alhadeff Foundation has generously supported the Sephardic Studies Program since its inception. Members of the Alhadeff, Baruch, Ovadia, and Shahon families have shared materials related to the Alhadeff family.