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JTNews | September 13, 2013

JTNews | September 13, 2013

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JTNews | The Voice of Jewish Washington for September 13, 2013.
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september 13, 2013
9 tishrei 5774
volume 89, no. 19
the voice of
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 Every journey ends with a nal step
this one ends on Yom Kiu
The story begins on page 10
CourTesy rob Carmel
@jew_ish • @jewishcal
connecting our local Jewish community
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friday, sepTember 13, 2013
 Monday, September 23, 5:30 p.m.Mercer Island SJCCSJCC Members $12/Guests $18Monday Night Football in the
in the SJCC Kesher CommunityGarden. We’ll have pizza, salad, and a beer garden as we catch theOakland vs. Denver game. Co-sponsored by Two Beers Brewing Co.
The J... where everyone is welcome to learn, grow andcelebrate Jewish life and culture. Learn more at www.SJCC.org
 Sunday, December 8, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.SJCC Members and guests $7
 At Herzl-Ner Tamid, 3700 E Mercer Way.
Join us for a post-Hanukkah brunch of latkes, bagels, fruit, and more. SJCC ChiefOperating Ocer Renée Cohen-Goodwin will share inspirationalHanukkah insights and Herzl-Ner Tamid Cantor Brad Kurland willlead us in Hanukkah songs.
 Monday, November 18, 6:30 p.m.SJCC Members $65/Guests $80
 At Stopsky’s Delicatessen, 3016 78th Avenue SE, Mercer Island.
The head chef of Stopsky’s Delicatessen leads a hands-on cookingclass, putting a new spin on classic Hanukkah dishes. This isn’t justa cooking class; you’ll get appetizers, wine, and dinner – and you’llleave with delicious recipes.
A program just for dads and theirkindergarten through 3rd grade kids. JExplorers play games, learn new skills,enjoy the great outdoors, and celebrateJewish values with other dads andkids. Must be a J Explorers member toparticipate in events. All events are at theSJCC Mercer Island campus.
Saturday, September 21, 5 p.m. – Sunday, September 22, 9 a.m.$40 per dad-child pair/$20 for each additional childCelebrate Sukkot with the J Explorers. Enjoy dinner and
in the SJCC Kesher Community Garden. We will swim,play gaga, and do arts and cras. Breakfast (and coee – don’t worry,dads!) is included.
Thursday, October 24, 5:30 p.m.free with J Explorers membershipCome trick-or-treat for canned food for the Jewish Family ServicesFood Bank. Bags will be handed out in neighborhoods around theJ earlier in the week with a request for donations. J Explorers will“trick-or-treat” to collect the bags. Bring non-perishable food itemsto donate.
Sunday, December 15, 10 a.m.-noonfree with J Explorers membershipIt’s never too late to enjoy latkes and spread the holiday
(spirit)! Bring an unwrapped gi to this post-Hanukkah brunch andwe’ll make holiday cards to adorn them before we deliver the gis tofamilies at Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Subscribe to the 2013-2014 series byOctober 27: SJCC members $25/guests $36.
Sunday, October 2710:30 a.m. lm screening2 p.m. discussion
:Herzl Ner-Tamid, 3700 E Mercer WaySJCC Members $8/Guests $12Foster Hirsch, professor of lm at BrooklynCollege, will interview Millie Perkins, star ofGeorge Steven’s acclaimed 1959 lm,
TheDiary of Anne Frank,
about her experience working on the landmarkdrama. Reception will follow. Watch the lm at 10:30; screening is freeand open to all.
Sunday, April 6, 2 p.m.SJCC Members $8/Guests $12A musical exploration of the myriad ways Jews and African-Americanshave coalesced, clashed, and come together through Americanpopular music. Josh Kun, Associate Professor of the USC Departmentof American Studies and Ethnicity, leads the discussion.
Sunday, May 4, 4 p.m.SJCC Members $8/Guests $12A look at the ways in which Jewish life and culture is portrayed inanimation. Journalist Mark Pinsky of the
Orlando Sentinel 
discussesthe funny and the serious ways animation, from Disney movies to
, showcase Jewish faith, customs, and ethnicity.
Sunday, June 8, 4 p.m.SJCC Members $8/Guests $12Back by popular demand! Cantors Brad Kurland and Ike Azose, alongwith Rabbi Simon Benzaquen, will perform a delightful program.
 At Washington Hall, 153 14th Avenue, Seattle.
A collaboration with 4Culture,Book-It Repertory Theatre, Washington Hall, and Washington State Jewish HistoricalSociety, these site-specic events highlight the historical signicance of the SeattleJewish community and the community’s role in the future of our environment.
SJFF, a program of the SJCC, brings the best in independent international Jewish and Israeli cinema toSeattle each March. But why wait until March? Join SJFF for these events this fall.
Daily September 23-29, 7-11 p.m.freeThis installation features dailyscreenings of the SJFF lm “Renewal.”The lm will be projected onto theside of the building from a
inthe parking lot designed by Seattlearchitect George Ostrow. “Renewal,”a 2008 documentary lm, consists ofeight short lms about dierent faithtraditions and their approaches toenvironmental preservation. Passers-by can stop and enjoy a single story orsettle in to watch the lm in its entirety.
Sunday, September 226:30 p.m.SJCC members $8/Guests $12This double-featureincludes a play and alm about Jewish community. First, a performance of Book-It Repertory Theatre’s “In the Land of Rain and Salmon,” aproduction about early Jewish settlers in the Northwest,commissioned by the Washington State Jewish HistoricalSociety. Following is a screening of the documentary “Renewal,”a series of short lms about faith traditions and preserving theenvironment.
 Saturday, November 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m.Mercer Island SJCCfreeCelebrate Hanukkah with the J community! Sing and dance with thekids band Recess Monkey, returning aer their awesome show lastyear. We’ll have arts and cras and storytelling from PJ Library.Co-sponsored by the Jewish Day School.
 Friday, September 20, 5:30-7 p.m.Mercer Island SJCCSJCC Members $12/Guests $18/Children $5Join us for a Shabbat dinner in the
in the SJCC KesherCommunity Garden. We’ll celebrate Sukkot with a fall-inspired dinnerof macaroni and cheese, salad, and butternut squash soup. We’llhave activities for kids, a special dessert treat, and a story around thecampre with PJ Library.
 SEATTLE SJCC Thursday, October 3, 6 p.m.MERCER ISLAND SJCC Thursday, October 10, 6 p.m.SJCC Members $8/Guests $12Instructor Gail Pollack, food lover and SJCC Director of Development,shares her grandmother’s much-loved recipe with you. Learn howto prepare challah dough and braid and form the perfect loaf. Takehome a beautiful challah for your own Shabbat celebration. Enjoy timeto schmooze and sip wine with old friends and new while the doughrises!
letters to the editor the rabbi’s turn
friday, september 13, 2013 .
“I was aware o the size o Israel on a map, but when you travel to the border with Syria and Lebanon or down to Gaza, you realize how small it really is.”— Rep. Dave Reichert (R-8th) on his impressions o his frst visit to Israel. Learn about his visit on page 6.
Write A letter to the eDitor: W wud v  a fm yu! Yu may um yu   d@jw.. pa m yu   axmay 350 wd. t dad f  xu  sm 17. Fuu dad may  fud .t  f u cum ad adv d  cay fc  vw f Jtnw   Jw Fda f Ga sa.
The dynamic self
Rabbi ben aaRonson
Cpitol Hill minyn
You’re late or a meeting. You pullinto the parking lot, and it’s entirely ullexcept or one illegal spot right near theentrance. I you park there, you’ll makeit to your meeting on time. I you have tond another spot, you’ll be late.Tis situation happened to Nobel Lau-reate and economist Gary Becker. He rea-soned through the possibilities, conducteda cost-benet analysis, and made his choice.Tis incident gave rise to Becker’s SimpleModel o Rational Crime, or SMORCor short. According to SMORC, peoplecommit crimes because they benet. Tey examine the likelihood o getting caught,contrast it with the potential benets orconsequences, and make their choice.During this time o year we review ourmistakes and ailings. Part o teshuva —repentance — is a commitment to avoidthese specic mistakes in the uture. Our view o decision-making is deeply tied tothis process. Tough SMORC may soundtoo robotic to account or the ull range o human behavior, we oen respond implic-itly based on this model. We try to incen-tivize certain behavior, which increases thelikelihood o getting caught (e.g., increasedpolice patrols) or increases punishments(increased sentence lengths).Dan Ariely, an Israeli-American pro-essor o psychology and behavioral eco-nomics at Duke University, questioned the validity o SMORC. He conducted a serieso experiments into the phenomenon o cheating and dishonesty. In his basic exper-iment, Ariely had participants complete aseries o dicult matrix math problems.Tey correctly solved an average o ourproblems. He paid participants 50¢ or eachcorrect problem. However, when giventhe opportunity to sel-report, participantsreported completing an average o six cor-rect problems, allowing them to collect $3instead o the $2 they were entitled to.SMORC predicts that as you increasethe reward and decrease the likelihood o getting caught, there will be a correspond-ing increase in cheating. Tis turned outto be alse. When Ariely increased theamount paid, as high as $10 per problem,people actually cheated a little less. All inall, something besides SMORC seemed tobe driving human behavior.Ariely proposes an alternate hypothe-sis to SMORC. He asserts that people aredriven by two competing actors: What aperson wants, and how a person wants tosee him or hersel. Most people see them-selves as airly good. While people recog-nize they possess some aults, they gurethey trend overall on the good side. Tishelps them make certain allowances orless-than-desirable behavior. Tus, some-one might be willing to udge the numbero problems he or she correctly solved at50¢ apiece, but not at $10.When we view ourselves overall asgood, we are susceptible to what Ariely calls the “udge actor,” the degree towhich we are willing to udge the num-bers while keeping our positive view o ourselves intact. When we view our-selves overall as bad, we are susceptible toanother phenomenon, which Ariely callsthe “what-the-hell eect.” His researchshows that people begin with a little bit o cheating, but at a certain point, the cheat-ing increases steeply. People stop kiddingthemselves and just cheat as much as they can, because, “What the hell?” It doesn’tmatter anymore.Maimonides understood how power-ul a person’s sel-concept can be in dictat-ing behavior. He writes, “A person should view onesel throughout the year as i heor she is hal innocent and hal liable, andso too the whole world, hal innocent andhal liable. I one perorms a single mis-deed, one tips the balance or onesel andthe entire world to the side o liable, andcauses destruction or onesel. I one per-orms a single mitzvah, one tips the bal-ance or onesel and the entire world to theside o merit, and causes deliverance andsalvation or onesel and or others” (Lawso eshuva, 3:4).Based on Ariely, we understand thepitalls o viewing onesel as completely righteous or wicked. Tis simplistic view distorts our sel-concept and our sense o our own behavior.But what does it mean to view our-selves as “hal innocent and hal liable,”as i everything hangs in the balance? Andwhy should we view a single misdeed ormeritorious act as tipping the balance oronesel and the entire world?Maimonides instructs us to view our-selves as developing and in fux, neithergood nor evil. We should view our ate asundetermined, as i we have not yet beendened. While the uture is unknown, weshould look at every action as i it coulddene us, tipping the balance o our char-acter. So, too, the world is neither entirely good nor entirely evil. It is dynamic andevolving. We are to act as i our individ-ual actions dene the world, which indeedthey do.
l  parc trY
As one born in Rhodes, I feel I must correct Vic Alhadeff’s article (“Rhodes: Embracing thepast,” Aug. 30). The Spanish Inquisition was in 1492 and the expelled Jews spread along theMediterranean on both the north and south coasts, and many who moved eventually to Rhodeshad moved to Italy and Turkey. It was the Turkish leader Suleiman the Great who invited theSephardic Jews to move from their adopted countries to Rhodes to encourage trade along thesea routes Rhodes was situated on.The Turks had conquered the Knights of St. John, who had held the island, and expelledthem before he invited the Sephardim to Rhodes and gave them properties taken from theknights (much of the old city). So when the Sephardim arrived there, there were no knights onthe island. Vic must be confusing them with the few Romaniot Jews who did live there at thetime of the knights. In all the years from the early 1500s until 1918, Rhodes was a Turkish posses-sion and the Jews were treated extremely well, and were even allowed to have their own “vir-tual government” within the old city. The Italians took over the island after the First World Warin 1918 and initially treated the Jews well, as they were the basis of the economy there. It wasonly when Mussolini started to align himself with the Germans that things started to deteriorate.
omon ensheosde, aiz.
allwg vr p
The JTNews Editor and Publisher recently chided several members of the Jewish com-munity for questioning the appropriateness of publishing a letter by Linda Frank defendingthe Palestinian Authority and its policies toward the Jewish people. In your statement, youdefended publishing Frank’s letter by citing “free speech” and criticized some who assert thatthe JTNews should not be used as a forum to express such views.Section 5 of your own Letters Guidelines state:“JTNews seeks views from many perspectives. However, letters that contain obvious fac-tual inaccuracies, unattributed facts and quotes, unsubstantiated allegations of wrongdo-ing, insulting comments, or defamatory statements will not be printed. Letters harmful to theJewish community, call for the destruction of Israel, or contain hate speech will not be printed.”In July 2013, the JTA News reported that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbastold Egyptian journalists that no Israelis will remain in a future Palestinian state. QuotingReuters, the JTA News stated that Abbas made the statements in Cairo when meeting with theinterim Egyptian President. Abbas stated: “In a nal solution, we would not see the presence ofa single Israeli — civilian or soldier — on our lands.”Any fair and objective person understands Abbas’s statement to mean that no Jew will bepermitted to live in a future Palestinian state. Considering that tens of thousands of Jews live inJerusalem, Judea and Samaria, Linda Frank was factually inaccurate and her letter should nothave been printed under your own Letters Guidelines.Being welcoming, diverse and open minded does not require our local Jewish communitynewspaper publishing letters or articles from those advocating the historic homeland of theJewish people Judenrein.
een emmee
aKg prv fr prv
In response to the article by Knate Stahl (“Between myself and God,” Aug. 16), I found thisarticle offensive. He seems to know so much of Yom Kippur for someone who totally rejects itby holding a program to help the needy. Offering free food that has been donated and doingso on Yom Kippur is an embarrassment to the Jewish community at large. If he were a gentiledoing this on Yom Kippur and it wasn’t his own personal holiday, then it is another story. Butbeing Jewish and not claiming ignorance of the importance of this holiday, but doing an essayon the holiday and its importance to Jewish life and then personally ignoring it is a slap in theface to the Jewish community.Not observing Jewish holidays is not new to Judaism; it has been done for centuries. That inand of itself is not a reason to write a letter to the editor. What has rankled me and caused meto open up is the fact that he is doing a program that collects food from a supplier and redis-tributes it to those who are needy. If Mr. Stahl has made an effort to take orders from those whoare observing Yom Kippur and made provisions to have their orders delivered to these peopleon Sunday, after Yom Kippur has ended, then ne, do your thing. But if you are not making aneffort to accommodate those people then you are punishing Jews for observing Yom Kippur,and that is your sin.
io nikene, coo.

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