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JTNews | April 26, 2013

JTNews | April 26, 2013

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JTNews | The Voice of Jewish Washington for April 26, 2013
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w w w . j t n e w s . n e t
april 26, 2013
16 iyar 5773
volume 89, no. 9
t vc 
w a s h i n g t o n
life underground page 12her own finish line page 6
Our Local Day Schools:
Enrollment is going upRevenue is not
 A look at the health of our day schools is on page 7.
@jew_ish • @jewishcal
connecting our local Jewish community
JTN .
friday, april 26, 2013
Retirement Celebration
Tuesday: June 4, 2013
Benaroya Hall
Register online at jfsseattle.orgor contact Leslie Sugiura,LSugiura@jfsseattle.org(206) 861-3151
The Man, The Myth, The Mensch.
For complete details about these and other upcoming JFS events and workshops, please visit our website: www.jfsseattle.org
Spring Family Calendar
1601 16th Avenue, Seattle
(206) 461-3240 • www.jfsseattle.org
Help Us Glean Produce at theBroadway Farmers Market!
Come once or all season
 Sundays: April – October2:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Jane Deer-Hileman, (206) 861-3155or
• Changing your behavior to avoid your
partner’s temper? 
• Feeling isolated from family and friends?
• Being put down?
• Lacking access to your money?
Being touched in an unloving way?
Project DVORA
for condential
support, (206) 461-3240
Positive Discipline
Attend one or both sessions
 Tuesdays: May 7 & 21
Marjorie Schnyder, (206) 861-3146 or
Parenting Mindfully Series:
The Middah of Responsibility
 Sunday: May 1911:00 a.m – 12:30 p.m.
Marjorie Schnyder, (206) 861-3146 or
AA Meetings at JFS
 Tuesdays: 7:00 p.m.
(206) 461-3240 or ata@jfsseattle.org
Community of Caring Luncheon
 Tuesday: April 3011:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Leslie Sugiura, (206) 861-3151 orLSugiura@jfsseattle.org
Kosher Food Bank Event
Pre-registration required
 Wednesday: May 15:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Jana Prothman, (206) 861-3174
Cooking Matters Series
 Tuesdays: May 21 – June 254:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Amelia Righi, (206) 726-3603 or
A Conversation About Lifewith David Shields
 Wednesday: May 29, 20137:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Tickets at DavidShields.brownpapertickets.com
Leonid Orlov, (206) 861-8784 or
Endless Opportunities
 A community-wide program offered in partnership with Temple B’nai Torah & TempleDe Hirsch Sinai. EO events are open to the public.
Inside a U.S. Embassy
 Thursday: May 910:30 a.m. – Noon
Outing to Hillel with ArtistAkiva Kenny Segan
 Tuesday: May 1410:30 a.m. – Noon
Cosmic Evolution of the Universe
 Tuesday: May 2110:30 a.m. – Noon
From the Hills of Seattle to theMountains of Nepal
 Thursday: May 3010:30 a.m. – Noon
Ellen Hendin or Wendy Warman,
(206) 461-3240 or
regarding all
Endless Opportunities
“Can We Talk?”
 Thursdays: May 2, 9, 30 & June 66:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Leonid Orlov, (206) 861-8784 or
 the rabbi’s turn
friday, april 26, 2013 .
“We’re very lucky. I don’t know what people without this kind o community would do.”— Local Boston marathon runner Erica Nash, who made it to the hospital instead o the fnish line. Read her story on page 6.
WriTe a leTTer To THe eDiTor: W wud v t h fm u! yu m submt u tts t dt@jtws.t. ps mt u tts t xmt 350 wds. Th dd f th xtssu s a 30. Futu dds m b fud .Th s f u cumsts d dvtss d t css fct th vws f JTnws  th Jwsh Fdt f Gt Stt.
Bwin up  nw connctionto L b’Om
Edmon J. Rodman
JTA World Nws Srvic
LOS ANGELES (JA) — Sit back by the bonre and pop open a brewski, it’sLag b’Omer.Since we have been counting the Omer— a biblical measure o barley that wasbrought as an oering to the emple —each evening rom the second night o Passover, what better way to mark thecoming holiday than by downing a barley beverage, cold and carbonated?What’s the occasion?Lag b’Omer marks the ending o aplague during the Bar Kochba revolt in thesecond century CE. According to tradi-tion, students and soldiers were dying andthe plague ended on that day.Te one-day holiday, which this yearbegins on the night o April 27, is the33rd day o the count-ing o the Omer — inHebrew, the lettersthat spell “lag” repre-sent the number 33.In remembranceo those who died, theOmer season, whichlasts 49 days and endsthe night beore Sha- vuot, is a period o partial mourning —no dancing, parties,weddings, not evenhaircuts. It is also aperiod o study andreection.oday, to cele-brate the reprieve, theholiday or many hasturned into a day tocut loose. Festivals areheld with rides or thekids and, especially inIsrael, there are bon-res.Te bonre amesare said to represent the light o the Kab-balistic teachings o Rabbi Simeon barYochai, whose yahrzeit is observed onLag b’Omer. Tousands visit his tomb onMount Meron, not ar rom Saed, to pay homage. Tere it is considered an honor tooer the visitors a Chai rotel — an ancientmeasurement o about 15 gallons o drink.Te choices are non-alcoholic beveragesand wine; why not beer?In the U.S., seeing a barley and beerconnection, the college-age demographicand beyond have ound other ways tobrew up enthusiasm or this minor holi-day. Beginning several years ago at collegecampus Hillels, such as at the universitieso Wisconsin and Washington, the holi-day was observed in part by the quang o beer at “Lager b’Omer” events.Last year, three Boston synagoguesbrought in seasoned home brewer AidanAcker or an evening o beer making andtalking about the holiday called “Ferment-ing the Omer,” which made sense sincemost beer is made by ermenting a brew o malted barley, hops and yeast.Tis year, I was planning a Lag b’Omerbonre and get-together in my backyard.Wanting in on this new Jewish use o beer,I spoke with Alex Ourie, a Jewish oodieand sel-taught home brewer. Ourie hadtied beer recently to another Jewish hol-iday, u b’Shevat, by brewing a seven-speciesbeer.“For the seven-spe-cies brew, I combinedpomegranate molasses,barley, wheat, dried gs,green grapes, date sugarand olive lea extract,”said Ourie, 25, who willsoon attend the Culinary Institute o America inNapa, Cali.“I like layering la- vors, it’s a mentalexercise,” he added, pro- viding a taste o his cre-ativity.Home brewing hasgrown as a hobby sincePresident Jimmy Cartersigned a bill in 1978allowing up to 100 gal-lons per adult to behome brewed, tax ree.Stores such as SoundHomebrew Supply inSeattle’s Georgetown neighborhood havebubbled up to supply and educate the hob-byists.“Te Sumerian Hymn to Ninkasi isabout beer making, and the Code o Ham-murabi includes laws about beer,” saidGreg Beron, o Culver City Home BrewingSupply Company near Los Angeles, afer Iexplained to him my Lag b’Omer missiono connecting with barley.“In recent excavations near the Pyra-mids in Egypt near where the people who
Bcus lov is not nouh
Rabbi oliviER bEnHaim
Bt Alf Mditativ Synagogu
In last week’s orah por-tion, we read the universally known armation: “V’ahavtal’reacha kamocha — Loveyour ellow like yoursel”(Lev 19:18). But this is notthe only time in orah thatwe are called to love. In thebook o Deuteronomy, wend another “V’ahavta,” theone that commands us to loveGod (Deut. 6:5), and which is duplicatedin our prayer books as part o the Sh’maand its blessings.We might be tempted to derive romthese two Biblical verses that religion isthere to teach us love and insist on com-passion. But our sages recognized that lovealone is not enough; compassion aloneis not enough. Tey were concerned thatteaching primarily about love might runthe risk o keeping the ocus o the practi-tioner exclusively on him or hersel. Viewednarrowly this way, religion might simply become about the narcissistic pursuit o sel-betterment — more about how oneeels than about what one does. Ultimately,religion might end up solely an individu-alistic, exclusively personal practice, ratherthan also providing a communal rame-work that regulates interpersonal conduct.Consequently, our rabbis teach us that“chesed,” the attribute o love and compas-sion, needs to be met with “gevurah,” theattribute o justice, to be in balance. Toughwe certainly must cultivate love within our-selves and live with an open heart and a or-giving attitude, at the same time it is bothimperative and critical that we develop astrong sense o duty toward the other.Tis balance between these two oppo-sites is the gif I believe religion brings tohumanity. In a world devoid o gevurah,people are lef to act on the more primitive/baser instincts o sel-preservation, withexclusive concern or one’s inner circle.Gevurah nudges us to broaden our human-ity — extend ourselves — to do the rightthing simply because it’s the right thing todo, even i we don’t eel like it.Paradoxically, this insular concernmay be what we are seeing as the new cul-tural standard o modern society, wherethe dominating worldview is one that seesall relationships as transactional, whereextreme individualism is the norm, and theworld is increasingly polarizing and alien-ating. In this environment, we don’t haveto look ar to see how we have, as a soci-ety, abdicated our mandate to provide ser- vices and appropriate help or those whoare poor, sick and mentally ill. Tey are at best neglectedi not downright abandonedby those entrusted with theircare: Us.We live at a time in his-tory where the attributes o gevurah, o justice, are in direneed to be brought back tothe ore. One o the ways ourtradition has ensured thatgevurah always came to temper the inu-ence o chesed — o love — over the centu-ries, has been through the path o mitzvot.Te system o mitzvot is designed to makeus transcend the limitations o our emo-tional variability, to move us beyond thelimits o love, and help us step beyondthe narrow connes o the ego. oday,we all pick and choose to some extent ourlevel o orthodoxy o practice, which min-hagim, which halachot to ollow, i any.But this also means that the path o mitz- vot is alive and well and can be reinter-preted and embraced anew as a relevantguide to our postmodern global lives.Our reclaiming the energies o gevurahthrough our renewed practice o suchmitzvot as ba’al tash’chit (protecting ourplanet’s ecosystem), bikur cholim (meet-ing the need o those who are sick or men-tally ill), kibud av v’em (caring or theelderly), kashrut (consuming humanely raised and sustainably grown oods as wellas socially conscious products and ser- vices), or tzedakah (supporting others tohelp themselves) positions us as a coun-ter-cultural orce to today’s societal norm.Once again, the Jewish community ispoised to reclaim its prophetic voice, call-ing or change, calling or justice. We havean opportunity to recreate ourselves ascommunities where an opposing set o  values and priorities is practiced, to consti-tute ourselves as religious institutions thatembody the kind o world, the kind o soci-ety we truly aspire to be a part o, and seek to see maniested or our children: Com-munities that truly embody love (chesed)and justice (gevurah) or everyone.As we seek to transorm our syna-gogues into microcosms o the holis-tic communities o tomorrow, we work to strike the balance between love andduty, compassion and responsibility, sel-transcendence and communal care, andcreate institutions that respond to today’syearning or congregations that teach andmodel a way o being whereby peopleknow themselves to be arevim zeh l’zeh —responsible or one another.
ANderS AderMArk/CreATive CoMMoNS
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