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JTNews | November 2, 2012

JTNews | November 2, 2012

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JTNews | The Voice of Jewish Washington for November 2, 2012.
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w w w . j t n e w s . n e t
november 2, 2012
17 heshvan 5773
volume 88, no. 23
 v f
a jewish policeman page 9tzedakah time! center section
Life after the Gulag
The catalyst of the Soviet Jewry movement talks about life after prison
On page 7
@jew_ish • @jewishcal
connecting our local Jewish community
photo by emily k. alhadeff
israel: to your health
JtN .
friday, November 2, 2012
ExpEt SpEakES
AJC Seattle First Annual Advocacy In ActionCommunity Reception & Campaign Event
Promoting Solutions For Energy SecurityInsight. Action. Impact.
David Harris
AJC Executive Director
Michael Granoff
Head of Oil IndependencePolicies for Better Place
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Seattle Art Museum 6:00pm - 8:30pmWine & Hors d’oeuvres Reception and Panel Discussion
EEnt Chai
Adam Goldblatt
hna CittEE
Mark Bloome Allen & Carol Gown Herb Bridge & Edie HilliardRon Leibsohn Doug & Deborah RosenJoe & Judy Schocken Don & Goldie SilvermanEvent Fee: $36 per personDonation at event of $180 to 2012 campaignPrivate Pre-Reception for 2012 Marshall Society ($1250) donors
Sp by november 29
Denis Stevens
Consul General ofCanada in Seattle
RSVPby November 29atwww.ajcseattle.org
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110 East 59th Street, New York, NY 10022 • 212.931.0127 • info@TheCharlesBronfmanPrize.com
The Charles Bronfman Prize
celebrates the vision and endeavoro an individual or team under fty years o age whose humanitarianwork, combined with their Jewish values, has signifcantly improved theworld. Its goal is to recognize dynamic humanitarians whose innovation,leadership, and impact provide inspiration or the next generations.
An internationally recognized panel o Judgesselects the Prize recipient(s) and bestows anaward o $100,000. For inormation about thenomination process, to download nominationguidelines and orms, and to read about priorrecipients, please visit
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The public call for nominations from around the worldis open
November 1, 2012 to January 15, 2013
Ttn czpn bf t tt
Janis siegel
JtNw Columni
he latest researchapproach o an Israeli doctorand his team in the treat-ment o schizophrenia mightsimply be summed up as “theearlier, the better.”reating schizophrenia inyoung people beore they havetheir rst episode is a contro- versial method, but duringthe last decade, ongoing stud-ies by Dr. Uriel Heresco-Levy show that an intervention tar-geted to glutamates, one o two major neurotransmitters in the brain,won’t prevent the occurrence o the disease,but may improve a patient’s outcome overa lietime. Neurotransmitters allow braincells to communicate with each other.Heresco-Levy is the director o theSchizophrenia Research Program andthe Department o Psychiatry at HerzogMemorial Hospital, an asso-ciate proessor at HadassahMedical School, and a leader inthis prevention work. He waspart o a 2012 study on thisresearch recently published inSchizophrenia Bulletin.“One aspect o thisincreased emphasis is to high-light the potential damage asso-ciated with delays in treatmento early phases o psychotic ill-ness,” wrote Heresco-Levy.“Recent data indicate that theduration o untreated psychosis in schizo-phrenia’s rst episodes consistently predictsoutcome independently o other variables.”Tere is a growing body o evidence sug-gesting that changes in the neurotransmit-ter system, possibly caused by deects in theearly development o the neurotransmitterprocesses, may be a root cause or the onseto this disease. Te glutamate system, whichmay be altered in schizophrenia, could beunctioning below optimum levels.Tis type o neurotransmitter therapy is not the only approach researchers aretaking in the quest to manage this disease,or which there is no cure. Drug therapies,however, have several negative side eects.“Teir use implies patient exposure toa variety o side eects, including motor,Parkinson’s disease-like symptoms, andmetabolic side eects, e.g. obesity, bloodsugar level elevation that characterize sec-ond-generation antipsychotic drugs,” saidHeresco-Levy.“During the last decade, our group hascontributed extensively to the develop-ment and establishment o a novel class o medications to be used in psychotic dis-orders such as schizophrenia, and in ill-nesses such as autism, Post-raumaticStress Disorder, and Parkinson’s disease,”he added.Tese medications typically containglycine, D-serine, and sarcosine, naturalamino acids present in the human body that “have the advantage o being prac-tically devoid o signicant side eects,”Heresco-Levy said. “By now, studies per-ormed by our and other research groupshave demonstrated that these compoundshave the capacity to signicantly alleviatenegative symptoms and cognitive decitsin schizophrenia subjects.”Scientists in the eld believe that sev-eral genes may contribute to the risk o developing the disease. Additionally, they suspect that those with schizophreniahave a greater occurrence o rare geneticmutations and that these mutations, withhundreds o dierent genes, may “disrupt”brain development.At an early age, typically between 16and 30, according to the National Instituteo Mental Health, an individual at risk orschizophrenia will maniest his or her rstully blown episode o the disease. Schizo-phrenia is a broad term or a disease thatincludes many kinds o symptoms such aspsychotic hallucinations and delusions, ormore subtle ones, such as impairments tocognition, learning, socializing, apathy, anda general “blunted aect,” which can alsoimpact attention and memory.Schizophrenia oen limits the lielongpotential o those who suer rom it andit can change the trajectory o their lives,stunting the success o one’s educationand preventing successul and ongoingemployment.Although schizophrenia maniests itsel in only 1 percent o population in general,
To Your Health
friday, november 2, 2012 .
“This was the kind of book that was ‘parve.’ You could learn your science and still appreciate being a Jew.”— Stroum lecturer Professor David Ruderman, on the best-selling book “Sefer HaBrit.” See the story on page 6.
tHE rabbI’S turn
 awknn  dmnt 
Rabbi Chaim levine
hop for hroim
What is it about hero-ism that moves us so much?Why is it that when we wit-ness human beings puttingtheir lives on the line to helpanother we eel so inspiredthat we tell their stories longaer they are gone? We writebooks about them, and memo-rialize them in lm. Why?Tere is no way seless-ness, heroism, and sacriicecould bring us to tears i it wasn’t connectedto something at the very core o who each o us is and why we are on this earth. When wesee another person going beyond himsel, itawakens our own dormant hero. Tat partwithin us rejoices in the purity o giving toanother without any thought o personalgain or recognition.I am blessed beyond what I can expresswith being surrounded by those peoplein the Jewish nation who were in circum-stances where, without exaggeration, thiskind o pure heroic giving took place every day. I’m talking o course about the injuredhayalim — soldiers — I have met throughmy involvement in Hope or Heroism. Irealized recently, however, that there arethose among the Jewish people whose hero-ism and selessness is no less great than ourinjured soldiers, albeit largely unrecognized.In 2006 Captain Roi Klein was involvedin one o the most brutal battles in thesecond Lebanon war against Hezbollahterrorists. Roi and his soldiers were caughtin a terrible ambush in the village o Bing-bel. Space in this article does not allow meto go into detail o the battle, but o thedozens o grenades thrown by the terror-ists at Roi and his soldiers, one suddenly landed right in the midst o them. Imagineor just a second that you were there. Inthat terrible moment, what happens next?Without hesitation Roi did what he elthe must do to take care o hissoldiers. He leapt on the gre-nade in an attempt to protecttheir lives.wo o the soldiers whowere near him at that momenttold me that as Roi landedon the grenade, he said the“Shema Yisrael” prayer, withthe ervor and passion “they write about in the books o the Prophets.” Roi remainedalive or a ew seconds aer the blast. Heinstructed his soldiers to radio what hadhappened to their commanders and thenpassed rom this earth, leaving behind hiswie and two children.In Israel, ater Roi was buried, hischevruta (orah study partner) began towrite down all o the orah insights Roihad come up with while they were study-ing. He published them under the name“With All o Your Heart,” a line rom theShema prayer Roi recited beore he died. Ioen study this small book o writings onShabbat; it’s incredible.Aside rom all o Roi’s soldiers, thereare other heroes in this story, but I wantto ocus specically on his wie and hismother. Are they, and all the wives andmothers o these soldiers, not heroic andseless in ways we could never under-stand? Tey are giving their children andhusbands to Am Yisrael so the rest o usmay be sae. I don’t think I could possi-bly put into writing the level o daily sacri-ce they make or the rest o us. Te wivesand mothers o our injured soldiers are thesilent heroes o the Jewish nation. Teirlevel o giving can only be described as atthe level o “what they write about in thebooks o the Prophets.” Tey are the livingJewish heroes o today, and when Jewishhistory is written, their chapter will shineas brightly as any.
W w  pd  df m qt 
Joel magalniCk 
edior, JtNw
I can remember the moment mar-riage equality became important to me.More than eight years ago I sat down witha member o our local clergy, David Ser-kin-Poole, a man who with his partnerMichael had adopted and raised threechildren with special needs. Why, I won-dered, was I allowed to marry the woman Iloved? I hadn’t done anything particularly special or important by the time I walkeddown the aisle, and I took that right orgranted. Yet here was someone who hasdone this much good — and continues todo good things or his congregation andhis community — and he doesn’t get thesame right to marry the man he loves?Since then, this newspaper hasexpressed support or marriage equality.With a measure on our ballots to upholdsame-sex marriage in Washington State, Iask today that you do the same and vote toapprove Re. 74.While I don’t mean to put the Serkin-Pooles on a pedestal — aer all, they dealwith the same ups and downs and mun-danities o lie as any other couple — itwas the opportunity to understand theirlives and the indignity o being deniedsomething as undamental as a marriagecerticate that made me understand how this amily was considered less than equalin the eyes o the law.As Jews, many o us have known whatit is like to be shut out o certain areas o society, whether it was in health clubs, col-leges, neighborhoods, or, as we rememberar too well, civilization as a whole. Many o us cite past discrimination as a reasonto prevent it urther today.When we wrote an editorial in 2009in support o Reerendum 71, which gavesame-sex couples “everything but mar-riage,” we said this:
It’s an issue of fairness. As Jews,whether it’s because we have experi-enced unequal rights so many timesin the past, or because we live in thebelief of loving thy neighbor as thy-self, it should be of utmost impor-tance to ensure that our neighbors,our coworkers, our fellow synagoguemembers have the same rights aseveryone else.
Tat holds true today. We said at thesame time that the issue then wasn’t aboutmarriage, but about those rights that mar-ried couples oen take or granted. Whathas become clear is that “everything butmarriage” is not enough. Tere are stilltimes when a couple during a crisis mustpull out a card proving a domestic part-nership. Tat partnership is recognizedhere, but not necessarily everywhere else.And is anyone renting a tux and book-ing a DJ aer heading down to Olympiato pick up a domestic partnership regis-tration card?Opponents o this measure say Re. 74redenes marriage. Tis law would rede-ne
can get married, but or those o you married already, I have one simplequestion: How does it redene your mar-riage?Tink about that. For two people wholove each other to be able to walk downthe aisle and stand in ront o a rabbi anddeclare to their community that they are joined in marriage both beore God andbeore the state is a very powerul thing.How can we justiy that such a rightshouldn’t be available to everyone?What’s interesting is how the marriageissue transcends party lines. Accordingto a poll released earlier this year by thePublic Religion Research Institute, ully 81 percent o Jews support same-sex mar-riage. aking a closer look, o the peoplewho identied as Democrat, 89 percentapproved o marriage equality. hat’smost, but not all. Fully hal o Jews whoconsider themselves Republican — 48percent, plus the margin o error — alsoapprove. Te study also noted the trend o support is heading in one direction: Up.We are well aware that not everyoneagrees or will agree on this issue. Tat’sokay. Passage o the reerendum doesn’tmean the conversation has to stop, and thelaw is explicit in stating that clergy whodo not wish to perorm such marriagescannot be obliged to do so.Many halachic Jews, those who livestrictly by the laws set orth by the orah,see the idea o two men or two womengetting married as a problem due to theprohibition o them lying together. Butmarriage is about ar more than consum-mation. We all know this — it’s aboutteamwork, it’s getting through the nightwhen a partner is sick, it’s watching Vtogether, it’s getting the kids to school ontime. It’s loving your neighbor as you loveyoursel.As a newspaper that serves our entireJewish community, we must welcome inas much o our community as we can,regardless o anyone’s place on the spec-trum o observance.Over the last couple decades, moreand more synagogues and Jewish agen-cies have become welcome homes to gay,lesbian and transgender Jews. A coalitiono 28 Jewish organizations across the stateare leading the charge to approve Re. 74because they too see the need to seek jus-tice or everyone who comes through theirdoors. We are proud to be a part o thatcoalition.So please vote to approve Re. 74. Youcan do it or Cantor Serkin-Poole. Or yourneighbor. Or your sister. All things beingequal, we all should be equal.that risk rises to 10 percent or those whohave a “rst-degree” relative with the dis-ease, such as a parent or sibling. A second-degree relative with the disease also hasan elevated risk; a person with an identi-cal twin has between a 40 and 65 percentchance o succumbing to schizophrenia.Using behavioral, neurophysiological,and unctional brain imaging approaches,Heresco-Levy said that his studies duringthe last 20 years clearly show there is“severe sensory dysunction in schizo-phrenia.”He believes that limiting the onset andthe severity o symptoms is, at this time, oneo the only ways doctors can aect the pro-gression o schizophrenia, but noted thatthis approach may set the stage or urthertreatment options or other conditions.“We recently perormed clinical trialsthat ound evidence that glutamatergicdrugs can help not only schizophrenia butalso depression, Post-raumatic StressDisorder, and Parkinson’s disease,” addedHeresco-Levy. “Yet these possible treat-ments are not established and certainly not in the health und basket. It is researchor the uture.”
Longtime JTNews correspondent and freelance journalist Janis Siegel has covereinternational health research for SELF magazine and campaigns for Fred HutchinsonCancer Research Center.
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