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JTNews | July 27, 2012

JTNews | July 27, 2012

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JTNews | The Voice of Jewish Washington for July 27, 2012
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july 27, 2012 • 8 av 5772 • volume 88, no. 15
connecting our local Jewish community
@jew_ish • @jewishdotcom • @jewishcal
 A  l o o k  a t  t h i s  y e a r s  c a n d i d a t e s  s t a r t s  o n  p a g e 11
jewson theballot
j e w i s h
A new chapter for the Seattle JewishFilm FestivalPage 6Focus on Mercer IslandPage 9 The Middle East conflict takescenter stagePage 20
JTN .
friday, July 27, 2012
For complete details about these and other upcoming JFS events and workshops, please visit our website: www.jfsseattle.org
Late Summer Family Calendar
For the community
AA Meetings at JFS
 ta, 7:00 ..
(206) 461-3240 or ata@jsseattle.org
Kosher Food Bank Event
Pre-registration required
 Wa, A 15:00 – 6:30 ..
Jana Prothman, (206) 861-3174 or jprothman@jsseattle.org
Three Flavors of MarriageEquality:
Spiritual, Legal &Psychological
 ta, A 147:00 – 8:30 ..
Leonid Orlov, (206) 861-8784 or
1601 16th Avenue, Seattle
(206) 461-3240 • www.jfsseattle.org
For Adults Age 60+
Endless Opportunities
 A community-wide program offered in partnership with Temple B’nai Torah & TempleDe Hirsch Sinai. EO events are opento the public.
Walking Tour of theSeattle Center Campus
 ta, A 910:30 – n
An Election Primer:The Initiative &Referendum Process
 ta, A 2310:30 – n
RESCHEDULED:The Body, the Soul & the Afterlife
 ta, A 3010:30 – n
to Ellen Hendin, (206) 861-3183 or
regarding all
Endless Opportunities
 Volunteer tomAke A diFFerence!
(206) 861-3155 • www.jfsseattle.org
 or volunteer@jsseattle.org
For surViVors oFintimAte pArtner ABuse
Programs of Project DVORA (DomesticViolence Outreach, Response & Advocacy)are free of charge.
Support Group for Jewish Womenwith Controlling Partners
Location, date and time are strictly confdential
Exploring Jewish Themes ofHope & Healing Through MindfulYoga Practice
 sa, A 1910:00 a.. – 1:00 ..
Project DVORA,
(206) 861-3186 or jackiesmith@jfsseattle.org
For pArents & FAmilies
Positive Discipline Summer Series
 ta, J 31 & A 76:30 – 8:30 ..
Marjorie Schnyder at (206) 861-3146or
Meet The NW Network & JFSat the Market!
 Wa, A 295:00 – 6:30 ..
Leonid Orlov, (206) 861-8784 or
JFS 120th Annual Meeting &Birthday Celebration
augusT 21, 2012
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Hillel UWChair:
Margot KravetteAll guests must be registered.For information, contact Leslie Sugiura:Lsugiura@jfsseattle.org
(206) 861 3151
A division of Jewish Family Service 
in-home cAre From FAmilyJust Feels right.
PLAN AHEAD! Call for a no-fee,no obligation intake assessment today.
(206) 861-3193
friday, july 27, 2012 .
jtnews OpiniOn
letters to the editor the rabbi’s turn
“I’ve had very few people dislike it purely on the basis of the politics.”— Valerie Curtis-Newton, director of the Intiman performance of “Dirty Story.” Read more on page 20.
WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR: We wold loe to hear fro o! Or gide to writig aletter to the editor ca be fod at www.jtews.et/idex.php?/letters_gidelies.htl,bt please liit or letters to approxiatel 350 words. The deadlie for the ext isse isJl 31. Ftre deadlies a be fod olie.
We dn’t have t g it alne
Rabbi Jill boRodin
Congrgation Bth Shalom
One o my goals or thissummer has been to exposemy 6-year-old twin daugh-ters to hiking. Over the pastcouple o weeks, we have goneout hiking twice. Te rst time,I picked an easy walk. Tis easy trail started out ne, but aerve minutes the whines anddemands or ininite breaksbegan and the interest in thehike waned. asty treats along the way andthe promise o ice cream got us arther, butwere not enough to get us to the end o the45-minute hike without incessant whining.Determined that exposure to the won-ders o the natural world is good or us, aweek ago we set out on our second hike.Tis time, wanting a more positive result, Istrategically invited another amily.Tis time I was delightully surprisedto see my kids happily running up thetrail ahead, eagerly pushing themselvesand trying new challenges, calling out inexcited cries, “Ima, did you see the shapeo that tree?” “Ima, listen to the birds.”“Ima, it’s so beautiul here.”Ma nishtana? What was dierent(besides now venturing on a our-houruphill hike)?I came prepared with better snacks,but more importantly, we weren’t alone.I ollowed the advice o Yehoshua benPrachyah rom Pirkei Avot (1:6): “Asehlecha rav, ukneh lecha haver.” “Select ateacher or yoursel; acquire or yoursel a riend.” I ound another amily o expe-rienced hikers and let them be our teach-ers. And I made sure my kids had haverim,riends or the experience.Tis teaching is usually understood toexplain that our orah learning is sharperand stronger when we study with a part-ner. While this is very much true or study-ing orah, it is also true or every othertype o learning, whether we want to learnhow to be more relective individuals,better parents, or just open to new possi-bilities.I we had gone alone on this hike, asel-ullling prophecy would likely haveclicked into place. I would have expectedmy kids to behave in a certain way, andlikely they would have allen into ourwell-ingrained patterns o amily dynam-ics. However, the variable o an addi-tional amily opened up the possibility o our leaving our entrenched patterns andhelped us travel new paths, ascend to new heights (literally), and create the space ornew possibilities to emerge.Since the success o this second hike, Ihave been reecting on what lessons can belearned and applied rom this experiment.How do we navigate to directtoward more positive experi-ences and the ability to ascendto new heights?Sadly, bad experiencesor negative dynamics otenbecome worse instead o get-ting better. Right now, we ndourselves in the Jewish calen-dar in the midst o the somberperiod o the three weeks (alsocalled “bein hameitzrim
between thenarrow places), which alls between the astdays o the 17th o ammuz and the 9th o Av (observed this year on July 8, the nighto July 28
and the day o July 29). We gorom the minor ast o the 17th o ammuz(which marks the day a number o calami-ties beell our people) to the major ast day o the 9th o Av (which marks a numbero even worse calamities that beell ourpeople). Can we imagine what would havehappened i we had been able to success-ully respond to the calamity o the Romansscaling the walls o Jerusalem on the 17th o ammuz and avoid their destruction o theSecond emple on the 9th o Av?On August 19 we will begin the new month o Elul. With Elul begins the o-cial traditional Jewish call to be reective(though all year long is also appropriatetiming), to do soul searching and to con-sider which relationships need improve-ment and which habits are harmul. Iturges us to change them or the better. Weare reminded that improvement is possi-ble, that we don’t need to be stuck in thenarrow places or descend to new lows, butthat new heights can be achieved. As ormerIsraeli Chie Rabbi Lau recently remindedus on his visit, we don’t need to accept“ma yehieh” — whatever will be —
but canorient ourselves to practice “ma na’aseh” —what will we do to make it better?My experiments with hiking thissummer demonstrated that by changingthe expected dynamics and adjusting ouramily’s normal relationship bonds, thebad did not get worse (which might havebeen expected as the hiking became longerand harder), and did not even stay bad.Instead, the result was a delightul sur-prise and accomplishment, a removal o the obstacles and blinders we had placedupon ourselves, allowing us to experiencenew beauty and connection.While it is easy to assume the continu-ation o negative patterns, habits and rela-tionships as inevitable, the possibility o improvement and growth is equally pos-sible and waiting around the corner, per-haps even accompanied by wonder andwateralls. We need to open ourselves upto the possibility that it can be there, andwork toward it, and gure out who thehaverim
(riends) and rabbanim
(teach-ers) are we need or our journeys. Andluckily or us, our religion has a way o making sure there are lots o edible treatsand ne ood to sweeten the journey.May we truly experience the sweet-ness o the New Year with renewed andstrengthened relationships, habits andoutlooks on lie.
When we pass the “biblical” age of three score and ten, we begin to feel — as Saul Bellowsaid when he passed that milestone — that old friends are “dropping all around as on a bat-
tleeld.” Yet nothing could have prepared us for the sudden death of David Brumer (“A fare
well to David,” July 13), cut off in his intellectual prime, when his appetite for ideas and hisadroitness in handling them were at their most impressive. And who could miss the irony inthe fact that, in his hospice work of recent years, he was helping people come to terms withthe inevitability of death, but that he himself was taken completely by surprise when it came.I knew David in two capacities. For those of us who have parents resident in the KlineGalland nursing home, he was for many years the key gure there, not just a source of information but an exemplar of humane intelligence. David was also an exemplary, indeeda heroic, gure for the following reason: He understood, and acted upon the understand
-ing, that the defense of Israel against its innumerable enemies would require of liberals thekind of sustained exertion and courage in the realm of ideas and political action that Israelis
have had to manifest in the military defense of their country. That is why, although he prob
ably never forsook his youthful liberalism, he was a liberal tempered by experience, reec
tion, and renouncement. He understood that Jews must judge the New York Times by thestandards of Judaism, and not Judaism by the standards of the New York Times. He not only
knew things that most of us did not; he had the courage to act upon what he knew, to enter
into battle where the rest of us feared to tread.We shall miss him more than, at the moment, we can imagine. Baruch dayan emet.
Edward AlexaderSeattle
Whr r th Munich
Edmon J. Rodman
JTA World Nws Srvic
LOS ANGELES (JA) — Tis year,isha b’Av marks not only the destruc-tion o both emples, but with the open-ing ceremony o the London Olympics just a night earlier, the 40th anniversary o the Munich massacre.On this day o mourning and asting,which begins at sundown on Saturday,how can we remember the tragedy o the1972 Summer Olympics, when 11 Israeliathletes and coaches were murdered?he International Olympic Com-mittee has rejected a call or a momento silence at the opening ceremony inmemory o those killed, announcinginstead a tribute in Munich and holdinga ceremony on Monday at the OlympicVillage with remarks by the IOC’s chie,Jacques Rogge.Even in 1972, I was already havingtrouble remembering.Returning to UCLA my sopho-more year, just weeks aer the tragedy,I remember being pushed by more seri-ous minds into working on an issue o the school’s Jewish student newspaper,Ha’Am, which at its center had a spreadtitled “Post Olympic Outpour.” At rst Iresisted, thinking “Why do I need to gothrough the pain all over again?”Now, 40 years later, I wonder how many o us are still resisting that pain.raditionally on isha b’Av, we remem-ber our tragedies by sitting on low seats orthe oor and chanting in a mournul tropethe book o Eicha (Lamentations). Inmany communities, elegies called kinot arechanted as well that commemorate suchtragic events as the massacre o GermanJews during the rst Crusades, the enMartyrs — which you may recall rom theYom Kippur Martyrology service — and,more recently, the Holocaust.It is rom the intent o the kinot thatI think we can nd an inspiration or adiferent orm o Munich elegy.
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