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JTNews | October 12, 2012

JTNews | October 12, 2012

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JTNews | The Voice of Jewish Washington for October 12, 2012.
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the voice of
@jew_ish • @jewishcal
connecting our local Jewish community
w w w . j t n e w s . n e t
october 12, 2012
26 tishrei 5773
volume 88, no. 21
a literary loss page 25jteen returns! center pullout
One master who’sthe real deal,one who’s not.
On page 10
 Times two
emily k. alhadeff
jewish and veggie
jTn .
ocTober 12, 2012
Heavy Restaurant Group is proud to announce the opening of Cast Iron Studios! 
Exclusive Catering by:
Cast Iron Studios oers the Eastside a new, exciting,exible event space—ideal for weddings, rehearsal dinners,bar and bat mitzvah parties, large corporate events, and more.Located in the heart of downtown Bellevue, the spacealso serves as the home base for Purple, Barrio, andLot No. 3’s expanded offsite catering services.The new space enables us to oer an ongoing seriesof workshops covering everything from food and winepairing to making the perfect chocolate mousse.
Mk th mst f th fll hrvst
Michael NatkiN
JTNs Columnist
Although Sukkot is past,with our mild climate in thePacic Northwest the harvestmost deinitely continues.Beautiul wild mushroomslike chanterelles, morels, andeven resh porcini are avail-able, as are new potatoes.Here’s a beautiul way to usethose ingredients. Everythingis sautéed until tender andcaramelized, and then a quick pan sauce is made by deglaz-ing with red wine and nish-ing with a little sweet butter.Te result is rich and earthy, with a Frencheel. You can eat the mushrooms and shal-lots and then mash the spuds into thesauce to mop everything up.I you are a armer’s market shopper,you’ll see a wide variety o small, waxy potatoes or sale right now. For the pretti-est results, choose a kind that is about oneinch or a bit larger in diameter, so you canserve them whole. I those aren’t available, just choose a larger variety and cut themdown to size.Te recipe makes a substantial side dishor two people, or a ew bites or our. I’vealso been known to eat a whole batch andcall it dinner or one.
Potatoes, Chanterelles andShallots in Red Wine Sauce
4 Tbs. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter2 cups small ngerling potatoes orother small potatoes, cut up i largerthan 2 bites1 cup (or more) chanterelle mush-rooms, thoroughly wiped clean4 medium or 2 very large shallots,cut into large bite-size chunks1/2 tsp. minced resh rosemaryleaves1/2 tsp. kosher salt1/2 cup water, plus additional asnecessary3/4 cup dry red wine1 handul resh fat-lea parsley leaves, mincedFreshly ground black pepper
Melt 2 Tbs. o the butter in a mediumskillet over medium heat.
 Add the potatoes, mushrooms, shal-lots, rosemary, and salt, and toss tocoat. Cook, stirring occasionally, orabout 8 minutes, trying to get a littlebrowning going but without burninganything.
 Add 1/2 cup water, cover the pan, andreduce the heat to a simmer.
Cook, stirring occasionally, until thepotatoes are tender, about 15 min-utes, adding more water as needed toprevent burning.
When the potatoes are cooked, re-move the lid and raise the heat tocook o any remaining liquid.
Transer all o the vegetables to awarmed platter. Pour the wine into theskillet and raise the heat to medium-high. Cook, stirring and scraping anybrowned bits o the bottom o thepan into the sauce. Cut the remain-ing 2 Tbs. butter into small pieces andwhisk them vigorously into the sauce,which should have a nice sheen. Thiswhole step should take just a coupleo minutes, reducing and thickeningthe sauce slightly.
Strain the sauce i you preer a morerefned look. Spoon the sauce overthe vegetables, garnish with pars-ley and a grind o black pepper, andserve immediately.
Local food writer and chef Michael Natkin is theauthor of the recently released cookbook,“Herbivoracious, A Flavor Revolution with 150Vibrant and Original Vegetarian Recipes,” based on his food blog, herbivoracious.com.
Jewish and
miChael NaTkiN
“I love my work. I loved doing it when I was able to. I had fun doing it.”— Jewish children’s book author Chaya Burstein, who died on Sept. 15, upon receiving an honor from Temple Beth Am. Her obituary is on page 25.
friday, ocTober 12, 2012 .
WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR: We would love to hear from you! Our guide to writing a letter to the editor can be found at www.jtnews.net/index.php?/letters_guidelines.html, but please limit your letters toapproximately 350 words. The deadline for the next issue is October 16. Future deadlines may be found online.
W mst d bttr
akiva keNNy SegaN
Spcil to JTNs
On Sept. 25, Te New York imes pub-lished an op-ed o signicance to Jewseverywhere, including throughout thePuget Sound and Washington State.itled “Te Sin o Sowing Hatred o Islam,” by the new president o the Unionor Reorm Judaism Rabbi Rick Jacobs,it criticized the anti-Islam hate ads now placed around greater New York transitsites. In the ads, Muslims are called “sav-ages” and Israel (and Jews) are presentedas superior.Equally important yet unaddressed by Rabbi Jacobs in his criticism o the cur-rently ashionable hate campaigns target-ing Muslims at large is the impact o thesehate ads on American schoolchildren o all ages and o all aith, race, national andethnic backgrounds, including Jewishschoolchildren and teens.As directed by Pamela Geller, a JewishNew Yorker, the ads tell our studentsit’s acceptable in America today to paintwhole groups o people as “savage.”While many o my proessional Holo-caust-education and educator peers like todecry what they call “moral equivalency”between Holocaust victims with the vic-tims o other genocides past and pres-ent, it is just that moral equivalency that isurgently, even desperately needed.While the Holocaust was indeed a sin-gularly unique historical event, pain andsuering are not relative. And or the vic-tims o other hate crimes and genocides,their pain and suering are no less thanours. For what do we bother to teach aboutthe moral and ethical lessons o the Shoah i not to make it relate to ongoing war crimesand crimes against humanity that continueto cause so much human suering?During the rst 10 years I guest taughtmoral and ethical lessons o the Holo-caust in schools, using art as a univer-sally understood medium o instruction,I showed the cover o a book published inNew York in 1905: “wo Little Savages;Being the Adventures o wo Boys WhoLived as Indians and What Tey Learned.”I oered the image as an example o racialand ethnic stereotyping o the past.Have we learned so little here in theAmerica o religious reedom that 107years aer “wo Little Savages” was pub-lished we now teach our children thatwhole groups o people can saely, withthe blessing o ederal courts, be describedas savages?Let us not orget, too, Hollywood’s longhistory o depicting “savage,” “scalping”and “bloodthirsty” American Indians, andblack Aricans, too. Out o curiosity andas a lie-long movie an, a ew years ago Ichecked out a 1940s “arzan” movie romthe library.Ater having taught and immersedmysel in the Shoah as an artist and edu-cator or many years, I don’t shock easily anymore, but a “arzan” scene where awhite colonialist picks up his rie andshoots a black porter to death or havinggotten tired on the jungle trail set me bacin its casual presentation o “normalcy.”O moral equivalency, then and now:Pamela Geller and supporters around theU.S. say Muslims are bloodthirsty, vio-lence-prone and beyond redemption. In the1930s in Nazi Germany and Austria, Jewswere portrayed in signs, grati, posters,beer coasters, educational primers, newspa-pers, movies, and cartoons as “race delers”preying on “Aryan girls and women.” How savage is that?Overweight Jewish men were portrayedas poisonous mushrooms with big noses.Some hold a whip in one hand and coinsin the other: Tey’re money-grubbing andmoney-obsessed brutal taskmasters.A pre-World War II Polish post-card portrays a Jew as a poisonous spiderdevouring Polish towns and cities; a com-parable Jewish spider can be seen in a late19th-century Viennese poster. Tese ste-reotypes continue today by proessionalJew haters and Holocaust deniers.While courts say Geller’s racist hate adsare “ree speech,” I hope the outcry againstthem will be loud and noisy. I not, we willhave come no urther than our segrega-tionist past, which allowed “whites only”bathrooms and drinking ountains, andrestricted the number o Jews who couldattend college, patronize certain businessesand work at certain rms (i at all), andrent or buy homes where they wanted to.Not only can we do better, we must dobetter. Te real and most vulnerable vic-tims o the Islam-hate campaigns are allour children.
 Akiva Kenny Segan is an artist and Holocaust,genocide and tolerance educator.
Hw will th Jws vt?
WeNdy RoSeN
Spcil to JTNs
With the presidential election cam-paign in ull swing, that quadrennial ques-tion arises once more — how will theJews vote? Te majority o American Jewshave been voting Democratic or some 80years, oen overwhelmingly so. Beoreeach national election the Republicans try to break the pattern, and pundits wonderwhether this time it will be dierent. Up tonow it hasn’t.AJC, the nonpartisan Jewish advo-cacy organization that has tracked Jewish voting behavior or more than threedecades, used a new approach this year.Besides its usual survey o a nationalsample o American Jews, it also polledrepresentative samples o Jews in two cru-cial swing states, Florida and Ohio, wherethe Jewish vote could make a dierence ina close election. Te surveys, conducted inSeptember, asked not only about votingpreerences, but also measured PresidentObama’s approval ratings in the Jewishcommunity and gauged Jewish attitudeson the key issues o the day. A separateAJC survey was conducted earlier, duringthe summer, o Russian Jewish voters inmetropolitan New York, containing somedierently worded questions. All surveysare available at www.ajc.org.Te AJC data suggest that nationally,Jews continue to avor the Democrats by a wide margin, 65 percent reporting thatthey will vote or President Obama, 24 per-cent or Governor Romney, and the restundecided. Te support or Obama is con-sistent among all age groups, and Jewishwomen tend to be more pro-Obama thanmen. Ohio Jews split roughly along thesame lines as the national sample, 64-29percent or the president. In the otherswing state, Florida, Obama did evenbetter, attracting 69 percent o the Jewish vote against 25 percent or Romney.In the national and both state surveys,more Jews approve than disapprove o the president’s handling o the economy,health care, national security, U.S.-Israelrelations and other issues, and believe thatthe Democrats are more likely to makethe right decisions about those issuesthan the Republicans. Te great major-ity o respondents say that the economy and healthcare are the most importantissues in deciding whom to support orpresident. Still, more than 90 percent inall three surveys are concerned over theprospect o Iran acquiring nuclear weap-ons. And, reecting deep pessimism overthe situation in the Middle East, the per-centage o Jews who think that prospectsor Arab-Israeli peace have risen in thepast year languished in the single digits inall the surveys.However, there are two Jewish sub-groups that appear to diverge romthe majority-Democratic consensus —Orthodox Jews and Russian Jews. Whilethe Ohio and Florida samples do not con-tain enough Orthodox respondents todraw any conclusions, the national survey shows Romney beating Obama by 54 per-cent to 40 percent among the Ortho-dox. Te edge or the Republican is alsoreected in the president’s high unavor-able ratings in the Orthodox community on each o the issues.Although it was held earlier in the yearand hence includes many more “unde-cided” responses — 41 percent — thanthe other surveys, AJC’s survey o Rus-sian Jewish New Yorkers similarly avoredRomney over Obama, 47 percent to 12percent. Tis was consistent with the lasttwo presidential elections, when a major-ity o Russian Jews also avored the Repub-lican candidates.Barring any October surprise, Jewish voters will in all likelihood give the bulk o their support to the Democrats, as inpresidential elections past. Yet there aresigns that this political tradition mighterode over time. Te Orthodox tendency to maintain high levels o Jewish alia-tion and to have more children than otherAmerican Jews — characteristics clearly evident in the recent demographic survey o the Jews o New York City — portenda ar greater voice or Orthodoxy in theJewish community, and together withthe steady integration o Russian Jewsinto American Jewish lie, may eventu-ally change the political prole o Amer-ican Jewry.
Wendy Rosen is the regional director of the
Seattle ofce of the American Jewish

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