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JTNews | October 26, 2012

JTNews | October 26, 2012

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JTNews | The Voice of Jewish Washington for October 26, 2012.
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w w w . j t n e w s . n e t
october 26, 2012
10 heshvan 5773
volume 88, no. 22
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@jew_ish • @jewishcal
connecting our local Jewish community
everyone has a simcha page 13the new jewish high school page 7
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 Th 2012 dt tart  pag 9
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friday, ocTober 26, 2012
For complete details about these and other upcoming JFS events and workshops, please visit our website: www.jfsseattle.org
November Family Calendar
For the community
AA Meetings at JFS
 tsdas: 7:00 ..
(206) 461-3240 or ata@jsseattle.org
Chronic Disease Support Program
 mdas: o. 29, nv. 5, 19 & 262:00 – 4:30 ..
Don Armstrong, (206) 861-3170 or
Kosher Food Bank Event
Pre-registration required
 Wdsda: nvb 75:00 – 6:30 ..
Jana Prothman, (206) 861-3174or
Becoming Parents
 A Workshop for LGBTQ Couples & Individuals
 Wdsda: nvb 287:00 – 8:30 ..
Leonid Orlov, (206) 461-8784 or
Latkes Taste Great with Everything!
 An Interfaith Chanukah Potluc
 Sda: Db 21:00 – 3:00 ..
Leonid Orlov, (206) 461-8784 oramilylie@jsseattle.org
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 open tothe public.
Human Rights in Russia:Then & Now
 tsda: ob 3010:30 a.. – n
Peace Corps & VISTANot Just for Kids!
 tsda: nvb 810:30 a.. – n
The Long Way Home
 tsda: nvb 1310:30 a.. – n
The Puget Sound Blood CenterSaves Lives
 tsda: nvb 2910:30 a.. – n
to Ellen Hendin, (206) 861-3183 or
regarding all
Endless Opportunities
Volunteer tomAke A DiFFerence!
(206) 861-3155 • www.jfsseattle.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 strictlyconfdential
Project DVORA,
(206) 461-3240, jackiesmith@jfsseattle.org orcontactus@jfsseattle.org
For pArentS
Positive Discipline Fall Series
Come to one, some or all o the series.
 tsdas: o. 30, nv. 6 & 139:30 – 11:30 a..
Marjorie Schnyder, (206) 861-3146or
Make Your Holidays Beautiful
 All Jewish Single Parent Families Invited!
 Sda: nvb 181:00 – 4:00 ..
Marjorie Schnyder, (206) 861-3146or
Emotion Coaching: An EssentialPart of Your Parenting Toolbox!
 tsda: nvb 279:30 – 11:30 a..
Marjorie Schnyder, (206) 861-3146or
Six Gifts for Your Child
 tsda: Db 46:30 – 8:30 ..
Marjorie Schnyder, (206) 861-3146or
 Sada: nvb 105:00 – 8:00 ..
 Sda: Db 21:30 – 4:30 ..
Project DVORA,
(206) 861-3186or jackiesmith@jfsseattle.org
Yoga & Jewish Ritual Workshops
letters to the editorthe rabbi’s turn
friday, october 26, 2012 .
“I think the combination of being LGBT and Jewish just imbues one with a sense of social justice.”— Anne Levinson, one of our Five Women to Watch, on her path to becoming a civic leader.
WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR: We would love to hear from you! Our guide to writing a letterto the editor can be found at www.jtnews.net/index.php?/letters_guidelines.html, but please limityour letters to approximately 350 words. The deadline for the next issue is October 30.Future deadlines may be found online.
Li by h nains?
Rabbi Daniel a. WeineR
Tmpl D Hirsch Sini
“When Israel has prosti-tutes and thieves, we’ll be astate just like any other.”—David Ben GurionDavid Gruen’s transorma-tion into Daveed Ben Gurion,rom European socialist toZionist utopian, relectedhis potent awareness thatoutward perception impactsinner identity. And the indi- vidual experience echoes the larger, soci-etal one. Te pioneering prime minister’sseemingly cynical sentiment, an aspira-tion or a base normalcy, was a necessary counterpoint to the messianic idealismthat ueled the realization o the Zionistenterprise.Yet loy hopes still inorm all that themodern State o Israel embraces, especially when aced with the annihilationist visiono nuclear aspirants and the messy com-promises o contemporary statecra. Butthere has been a new, pernicious straino realism aicting a society bearing thetranscendent dreams o global Jewry.While Israel has borne its comparably small share o extremist tragedies, recentabominations o intolerance, particu-larly among the young, bode ill with theprospect o an emerging new era o big-otry. Te desecration o monasteries andmosques, the rebombing o a Palestiniantaxi by B’nai-Mitzvah–aged assailants, andthe brutal beating o a Palestinian youthby Jewish teen thugs in the heart o Jeru-salem beore a mob o hundreds reveal anunprecedented, virulent strain o Jewishxenophobia. More broadly, the growingappearance o anti-immigrant grati, andthe more requently expressed nativismit signies, reect a signicant departurerom the inclusive regard or the other by this young nation only a ew generationsremoved rom its roots as reuge or thestateless.It is no coincidence that increases in violence percolate rom the darkest cor-ners o the religious settlement movement.As Israeli society conronts the growingdivide between the negotiated demandso modernity and the theocratic visionso undamentalists, the intractable resistchange and growth with greater erocity and ignorance. But unlike most evolving,Western cultures, Israelis are permittingthe marginal to erode the mainstream.As scrupulously documented by jour-nalist Gershom Gorenberg in his contro- versially incisive book, “Te Unmakingo Israel,” years o cynical complicity inthe spread o settlements by the leader-ship o all political persuasions has creatednot only a permanent caste o territorial intransigents, it hasempowered maximalist ideol-ogy to permeate all acets o Israeli culture, including, andmost disturbingly, the IDF.he recent spate o violentracism is but one symptom o this growing inection o thedemocratic body politic.And while the secularIsraeli education system hasconronted these tragedies with a system-atic heshbon neesh (sel examination)that could most likely not be ound, orwould most likely never be adopted by, themajority o Palestinians or any Arab state’seducation system, to compare Jewishmoral sensibilities to the undistinguishedtrack record o three generations o radi-calized Islam is to set the bar uncomort-ably low.Former Knesset Speaker AvrahamBurg, the scion o a religio-politicaldynasty, lamented what he decries as“Israel’s ading democracy” in a recentop-ed in he New York imes. Burgmourns the devolution o the covenantbetween Israel and America, ormerly ounded upon humanistic values, but cur-rently metastasized into the mutual inter-ests o “war, bombs, threats, ear andtrauma.” For Burg, Israel’s support or themost destructive expressions o religionand capitalism, paired with an increas-ingly aberrant brand o democracy sorely lacking the constitutional checks and bal-ances necessary or civic health, pavesa path or Israel to become just anotherMiddle Eastern theocracy.In the midst o the last decade, theleadership o Israel’s right, Ariel Sharonand Ehud Olmert, building upon the sur-prising conciliation o previous reaction-aries like Menachem Begin, took criticalsteps to cede territory toward the cre-ation o a Palestinian state, not out o anappreciation or the sel-determinationo this beleaguered people, but rom the very practical awareness o demographicpressure: o maintain Israel’s democraticand Jewish character, it could no longeroccupy the land o a growing Arab popu-lation. And while Palestinian recalcitranceand Islamic extremism have spurnedopportunities to create a viable state, thesecourageous gestures, and the mindsetunderlying them, remain critical to Israel’ssecure and stable uture.But there is an equally important exis-tential conrontation that lies ahead.Someone once noted that or the rst50 years Israel ocused on insuring itssaety; the next 50 would be about secur-ing its soul. Israel is currently in a battleor its soul. Te next ew years will deter-mine whether Israel can extract itsel rom becoming a permanent occupyingorce, excising territory that threatens itssecurity and well being, and impactingits essential identity as an unparalleledexperiment in Jewish democracy. Or, willIsrael ingest the occupation existentially,empowering its soul-crushing characterto irrevocably alter the nation’s moral andspiritual DNA?Te prophet Isaiah inspired Israel toperceive itsel as an or l’goyim, a light untothe nations. Troughout most o its proud,tumultuous history, Israel has ullledthis mandate, resisting the base standardso the rest o the world in its enlightenedconduct o war, its regard or the vulner-able and aicted o all nations, and itsunqualied pursuit o peace in the aceo ongoing nihilism, terrorism and globalprejudice. Tis exemplary history rendersthis recent, widespread descent into baseintolerance, nativism and religious radi-calism even more troubling, disappoint-ing and dangerous. It is rightly dicult,even an existential challenge, to rise to thetask o lighting the nations. It is ar easierto be lit by the sensibilities, standards andexpectations o others in an increasingly divided world. Will Israel continue to be asource o light to illuminate the world thatcan be, or will it become yet another palereection o the world as it is?
The exciTemenT of youTh
We commend the JTNews on its recent J-Teen insert in the October 12 edition. What
a pleasure to hear rst-hand from these impressive young Jewish adults their reectionson their engaging experiences with other Jewish teens in rich Jewish contexts. No doubtthese teens’ excitement regarding these opportunities stems from the very thought
ful, passionate and intentional efforts of these programs’ professionals. We at the SamisFoundation feel a sense of privilege in having supported the programs which nurturedthese teens: NCSY, Nesiya and the Northwest Yeshiva High School. For us at Samis, theseprograms share a common feature: Experiential immersion in Jewish life with friends.With Samis’s support and the support of many others in our community, we sincerelywish for these programs to go from strength to strength, to continue to impart the deepermeanings of Jewish life to more and more of our community’s teens.
Ra R Tr, etv DrtrA Al, Sr Prra DrtrSas fdatSattl
A fiTTing TRibuTe
I read Emily Alhadeff’s article on the Rosenzweig family (“The family Rosenzweig cel
ebrates Sukkot,” Sept. 28), and it reminded me of how important Norm and Shirley werein my Jewish growth. I joined Congregation Beth Shalom in 1988, and both Norm andShirley Rosenzweig acted as models for how to live a Jewish life and how to be active ina congregation and community. More than that, they became my friends. I served onthe CBS Board with Norm in the early 1990s, when he agreed to become treasurer. Inboth board meetings and executive committee meetings, Norm was a model of decorumand was always listened to as a person who had been through these “important issues” before. After all, he served as president three times, including being the founding presi
dent of the shul.During the years I was a member, both Norm and Shirley were there every Shabbat,and every week people would look forward to greeting them and interacting with themduring kiddush. Neither of the Rosenzweigs ever seemed to revel in the spotlight; rather,the spotlight appeared to nd them naturally. I came to treasure them as friends andas role models, and I saw their inuence not only on the members but also on their ownfamily, especially their son David. He seems to reect his father’s quiet condence andhis mother’s graciousness. It comes as no surprise that David and his sisters, Michele andBetty, have set up a most appropriate way to remember their parents and to honor theservice they have given to Beth Shalom. I can think of no more tting tribute.
Jrr barrsSattl

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