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Published by Joel Magalnick
JTNews, The Voice of Jewish Washington, August 21, 2009 issue
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vol. 85, no. 17
friday, august 21, 2009
1 elul 5769
 a jewish transcript publication
     i     n     s     i     d     e
 Joel Magalnick
Editor, JTNews
In 1999, when Jewish Family Service renovated its oodbank, it had a clientele o about 625 per month in Seattle’sCapitol Hill neighborhood and throughout the Jewishcommunity. oday, that number exceeds 1,500 individ-ual visitors a month — ar more than the agency servedeven a year ago.“We are now really crunched in here,” Ken Weinberg,CEO o Jewish Family Service, told
in May. “Wehave a ood bank, the lines are extending quite ar, and we need a acility that can handle the new needs o thecommunity.” Weinberg had expressed hope or the possibility o ederal unding, and on uesday, JFS announced that theMorris Polack Food Bank had received up to $500,000rom the City o Seattle as a part o the Community Devel-opment Block Grant unds made available through theederal stimulus package. According to a news release rom JFS, construction onthe expansion will begin next month and is expected to becompleted by December. Te project will double the oodbank’s size to about 2,600 square eet — most o that beingstorage space, including an additional walk-in cooler, and will alleviate the need to store excess ood o-site.JFS’s associate director Claudia Berman said she wasexcited about the way the expansion will streamline oper-ations.“We’ll have our ability to receive ood and to stock itand move it or ood bank use,” Berman said. “We’ll have whatever’s necessary to move ood eciently.”
JFS cvssts top foo k
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 Joel Magalnick
Editor, JTNews
 As the Stroum Jewish Community Center embarksupon a new era in its history — a capital campaign under- way, a strategic growth and outreach plan, a newly hiredCEO — its lay leadership expects big changes. o helpmove these plans along, the JCC went outside o its ownranks, launching a local and national search to hire aleader whose nonprot credentials are based upon hersuccessul volunteerism, while her proessional experi-ence comes rom years o working in the business sector.Judy Neuman, who the JCC announced on August 4had been hired to lead the agency, beat out more than 40other candidates or the position, said JCC board presi-dent Lindsey Schwartz. A record number o applicantsexpressed interest in the position.“We just eel like this is a really important time or theJCC,” Schwartz said on the hiring o Neuman. “We really have the opportunity to make a big statement to our mem-bership and to the community that we have the opportu-nity to achieve all the goals that we’ve set or ourselves, thatthe board has set through our strategic process.”Te goal was to nd someone who saw the agency assomething “besides being the Mercer Island hub, andJudy…clearly brought that perspective,” said Robin Boe-hler, who co-chaired the executive search committee with JCC board vice president Aaron Wol. “I the board was interested in more than just a Mercer Island acility,then she was really interested in this job.”Neuman expressed her excitement about her moveinto the nonprot sector.“Having worked as a lay leader in the Seattle Jewishcommunity or the past 20 years, it is with pride, joy andprivilege that I now have the opportunity to work proes-sionally or a community I am so passionately devoted toand an agency with so much promise or the uture,” shesaid in a letter to JCC members.Neuman has a big job ahead o her: In addition to havingto acclimate rom the culture o the or-prot world to anon-prot agency — the national association o JCCs oersa submersion program or such executives — Schwartz saidshe will need to get to know the inner workings o the centeras well as spend time with the leadership at other majorlocal organizations learning “about their perception o theJCC, and about things the JCC could be doing better.”Membership, while not dropping precipitously, hasexperienced a downward trend over the past ew years.Newer, more modern equipment at the city-ownedMercer View Community Center has likely taken some o the users rom the JCC’s tness center. And then there’s the capital campaign to raise about$20 million to update its 42-year-old Mercer Island acil-ity: “It’s air to say that it’s still on track and we think thatJudy, with her experience…will be a major asset to that,”Schwartz said.Renovations would include updates to the itnesscenter and the popular early childhood program and Par-enting Center.“We want to make sure that we’re relevant here or the21st century,” Schwartz said.It’s likely Neuman’s experience in working with localJewish agencies will be helpul or the undraising aspecto her new position, not to mention her ability rom herrst day, which will be during the week o Sept. 7, to pick up the phone and call the top brass at nearly any localJewish organization and not have to introduce hersel.Her proessional experience includes having workedas a principal or the venture capital rm Maveron andmost recently as managing partner at the CenterStoneExecutive Search rm. But it’s the year-long gap betweenthose two positions that exemplies her work or theJewish community: She spent 30 hours a week chair-ing the committee that pushed orward the rst phase o 
JCC os ots ts ks fo w 
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wh’ Yur jQ? 9M.o.t.: Mmbr  h trib 11 ar & enrinmn 12cmmuniy clndr 14th shuk clifd 18jih n erh 19
1601 - 16 Av, Sa.jfssa. / (206) 461-3240
August/September Family Calendar
For complete details about these and other upcoming JFS events and workshops, please visit our website: www.jfsseattle.org
For pArentS
Parenting & Teshuva:Rupture, Repair & Return
Parenting is lled with constant adjustments andchallenges — yet these challenging momentscan ultimately turn us closer to our children.Join us as we explore questions of forgivingand moving forward in our parenting throughdiscussion, text study and activities.
 tsas, Sb 15 & 227:00 – 9:00 ..
At a Queen Anne location in
$20/person, $30/couple.Scholarships available. Space is limited,advance registration required.
online through http://www.kavana.org/ family/parenting-and-teshuva or call MarjorieSchnyder, (206) 861-3146.
 A New Partnership with JFS!
PEPS is now offering a peer support groupexperience for parents of newborns within aculturally sensitive context. Jewish andinterfaith parents are invited to join us!
Marjorie Schnyder, (206) 861-3146 orfamilylife@jfsseattle.org or go to http://www.pepsgroup.org/register-for-peps/jfs.
Provides ideas, support and connections to 1stor 2nd time moms through peer mentorship.
Marjorie Schnyder, (206) 861-3146 orfamilylife@jfsseattle.org
For AdultS Age 50+
Endless Opportunities
 A community-wide program offered in partnership with Temple De Hirsch Sinai.EO events are open to the public.
Burma: Land o theGolden Pagodas
Rescheduled to:
 As 25 (tsa)10:00 – 11:30 a..
Temple De Hirsch Sinai Foyer/Chapel1441 16th Ave,
Moses & His Web oSeven Women
 Sb 15 (tsa)10:15 – 11:45 a..
Mercer Island Library4400 88th Ave SE,
Mercer Island
For directions go to http://www.kcls.org/ mercerisland/ 
Ellen Hendin, (206) 861-3183 orendlessopps@jfsseattle.org regarding all
Endless Opportunities
For the community
AA Meetings at JFS
 tsas a 7:00 ..
JFS, 1601 16th Ave,
Eve M. Ruff, (206) 861-8782 oremruff@jfsseattle.org
 JFS 117th Annual Meeting
 As 27 (tsa)6:30 – 8:30 ..
Hillel UW4745 17th Ave NE,
to Gail Pollack, (206) 861-3151 ore-mail gpollack@jfsseattle.org
Top challah vendors will share their deliciouscreations, just in time for the New Year.
 Sb 11 (Fa)3:00 – 6:00 ..
FREEHeld at Whole Foods Market, RooseveltSquare, 1026 NE 64th,
Marjorie Schnyder, (206) 861-3146 orfamilylife@jfsseattle.org.
Shaarei Tikvah: Gates o Hope
 A Celebration of Rosh Hashanah for People of All Abilities
A community wide non-denominational servicefor persons with developmental disabilities orpersistent mental illness, their friends, familiesand other members of the community. Join us inprayer and celebration and hear the sounding ofthe shofar. Led by Cantor David Serkin-Pooleand special guests.
 Sb 19 (Saa)4:00 – 6:00 ..
Temple De Hirsch Sinai1441 – 16th Ave,
FREEKosher dietary laws observedRSVP is encouraged. To discuss specialaccommodations, please contact us bySeptember 10.
Marjorie Schnyder, (206) 861-3146 orfamilylife@jfsseattle.org.
For JewiSh women
Programs of Project DVORA (DomesticViolence Outreach, Response & Advocacy)are free of charge.
Kid’s Club / Fall 2009
Helping Children Who Have WitnessedDomestic Violence
A 12-week series of classes for mothers andtheir children age 5-8. Designed speciallyto help children process what they haveexperienced and witnessed; teach parentsto talk and listen to their children about theirexperiences; support parents in strengtheningtheir relationships with their children; helpparents understand the impact of domesticviolence on their children and on themselves,and reinforce behaviors that promote healthyrelationships.FREEAll families, religions, communities & culturesare welcome. Non-Jews and Jews alike.Must register by 4:00 p.m. Friday,September 18.
Project DVORA
at (206) 461-3240 fordates, times and location.
Tashlich or Survivors oIntimate Partner Abuse
Tashlich is a powerful Jewish ritual where we“cast off” the things we need to leave behindinto a body of water.Join us for an evening of discussion and ritual,led by Danica Bornstein, MSW, LICSW. Thisevent is open to survivors of intimate partnerabuse and women with controlling partners. Alllevels of Jewish observance are welcome.
 Sb 23 (wsa)6:30 – 8:30 ..
Condential locationMust register by 4:00 p.m. Friday,September 18
For more information and to RSVP
, pleasecontact
Project DVORA,
(206) 461-3240 orcontactus@jfsseattle.org.
Confdential Support Group
Peer support, education and healing for Jewishwomen with controlling partners.
Condential location, dates and time.
Project DVORA
, (206) 461-3240or contactus@jfsseattle.org
Check out the newJewish Family Service websiteat www.jfsseattle.org!
Volunteer &mAke A diFFerence!
Rewarding opportunities are currently available.For details, please see Volunteer Opportunitieson our website, or contact Jane Deer-Hileman,Director of Volunteer Services, at(206) 861-3155 or volunteer@jfsseattle.org
W wo ov to  fo o! O  to wt  tt to t to c  fo o o W st: www.jtws.t/.pp?/sttc/t/611/ The deadline FOr The nexT iSSue iS auguST 25
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Rabbi EphraimSchwartz
 West SeattleTorah Learning Center
I’m a story junkie. As a child I wasalways an avid reader and I haven’t lostmy love o sinking my teeth into a goodbook. Unortunately today, it’s not as easy to nd the spare moments to indulge inmy avorite pastime. I thereore have tosatisy mysel with tapes and lectures thathave great stories on them and the won-derul brie summer vacations to catch upon my story material or the year.Tis year was no dierent. Miles o vaca-tion drive time down to a beautiul Oregonretreat, my avorite storyteller tapes o all time — Reb Shlomo Carlebach —at my side, kids sleeping in the back, andI was transported to storyteller heavenby the super holy Reb Shlomo: Miracu-lous rebbes, holy thieves, tales o other- worldly visits, Holocaust heroism. J.K.Rowling and the scar-inlicted Harry Potter have got nothing on a good Chas-sidic rebbe tale.Perhaps the reason I ound these storiesso meaningul, poignant and inspirationalare because they are about real people thatI’m amiliar with. I have studied many o these great sages’ works, where their piety and erudition are most readily refected.Sure, any good Chassidic tale always has acertain dicult un-believability actor toit. But as my rebbe used to say, “they ain’ttelling ’em about me and you.”Perhaps one o the most overwhelmingthemes o these stories is the incredibleaith and miracles perormed on behal o those o with less-than-perect aith. Yet,because o their supreme sincerity in cer-tain areas, they are granted the heavenly merit that brings them the salvation andblessing they seek. In truth, I think many o us today would love, at times, to dis-appear to a magical world where all ourproblems can go away and our nervous-ness, anxieties, worries and even daily challenges and ears would all dissipate.One thing I have learned being a rabbi ormany years is that nobody has it easy. Or asmy mom would say, “everyone’s got their
— everyone’s got their package.Is there a magical world? Te orah por-tion we read this time o year discusses theconcept. In Deuteronomy, chapter 18: 9-15,God tells us in no uncertain terms that weshould never consider utilizing any o theservices o any Potter-like diviners:
There should not be ound among youone who passes their children throughfre, one who practices divination, anastrologer, an omen reader, sorcerer,animal charmer, Ov or Yidoni witches,or séance holders. For anyone whodoes this is an abomination o Hashem,and because o these abominationsHashem, your God, banishes [thenations] rom beore you.
Tamim tiyehim Hashem Elokekecha
— You shall be wholehearted/complete withHashem, your God. For these nationswhom you are conquering, theyhearken to astrologers and diviners;but as or you, Hashem, your God has not given you so.
Te early commentators debate thereasons or this prohibition. Maimonides writes that there was nothing to theserauds — there is no reality to these magi-cal sorcerers. Yet the majority o commen-taries see in the orah’s harsh prohibitionthat God was mandating us not to justavoid scam artists, but that there are, orat least were, such powers.Just as God created the potential orprophesy and to have communication with the Divine, in the era o that spiri-tual power and closeness there was thepower to distort, utilizing that energy o the spiritual world or evil and as a tool todistance onesel rom God.he Holy Ohr Hachaim, an 18th-century Kabbalist and scholar, sees inthis verse an even more powerul idea:Reading the verse more homiletically —
amim Yihyeh
— complete you will be
im Hashem Elokecha
— when you are with Hashem your God. We don’t needmagic. Our troubles and
are notmere happenstance. Tat which we seek most, a sense o completeness and ul-llment, can be ound in only one place:
Im Hashem Elokecha
— with our lovingFather in heaven.It is that power o aith and connec-tion to our Creator that is at the heart o my avorite Chassidish stories. More otenthan not in these tales, it doesn’t take themost erudite or learned person to achievethat level o aith. One doesn’t even haveto be the most God-earing. What it takesis a true sense and understanding that allcomes rom Him. All is good rom Him. And oyyy gevalt (as Reb Shlomo would say)do we need his help, do we need his love.Tis Shabbos is the rst o the month o Elul. We enter the High Holiday prepara-tory month. Historically, this is a momen-tous occasion or we are told it is at thistime that Moshe went back up the moun-tain to bring the ultimate orgivenessor our nation’s rst big betrayal o theGolden Cal. It is also a month, our sageshave taught us, when Hashem is clos-est to us. Te King is coming to town andis out in the elds waiting or us to joinHim. Te conclusion o this story will takeplace ater Sukkot and Simchat orah, anending that is happily ever ater. Yet our story begins now with thismonth. May our books be inscribed withlie as we begin the preparation or theupcoming Holy Days.
mc stos
 As the High Holidays approach, it is through stories that we can best connect to our aith
rAbbi’s turnbridging the gAp
As the chair o the advisory board tothe Stroum Jewish Studies Program at theUniversity o Washington, I was pleasedto read and agree with Proessor Jaee’sAugust 7 column regarding the StroumLectures (“A learning experience”). Theprogram is proud o its many contribu-tions to the eld o Jewish Studies as wellas to its contributions to the greater com-munity. At the same time, we recognizethe importance o expanding the audi-ence and participation o the Jewish com-munity in deriving benet rom what theprogram has to oer. This is the communi-ty’s opportunity to be exposed to leadingresearch in various aspects o Jewish Stud-ies as well as to engage with renownedscholars in the eld.One o the goals o the advisory board isto support the program by bridging the gapbetween academia and the community atlarge as well as to expand that interaction.In this regard we seek to provide input andeedback to the program on the interestso the community, to widely advertise themany events, lectures and programs opento the public, and to ensure that interestingprogramming is accessible to all who arenot necessarily scholars in the eld. Theseactivities also require providing inan-cial support to the program in addition tothat which is regularly allocated rom theStroum and other endowments.We look orward to interacting with andsupporting the Stroum Jewish Studies Pro-gram aculty in the coming year to continueoering the community exceptional learn-ing experiences rom scholars in JewishStudies. We welcome input and eedbackrom the community with ideas to enhanceits benet and participation in the program.
Rbert Center, Seattle
broAd goAls
Enough with this gay-schmay stu (“GayIsraelis reeling ater shooting attack,” Aug.7)! I we are intent on replacing ourselvesater the World War II slaughter, practicinghomosexuality isn’t the way toward thatgoal. Didn’t your mommies and daddieshave “the talk” with you?These homosexuals aren’t think-ing about the broad goal or the Jewishpeople; just their own sel gratication.And as ar as adopting the children o others, let me remind you o one o themain precepts in teaching children: Weteach by example.So olks, as the old song says, “Straightenup and fy right.”
Edth isaacs Ervn, Mercer island
unkosher chutzpAh
The last issue o the
carriedan ad rom a pair o restaurants highlight-ing their “Kosher Deli Meats (Plus Regu-lar Kosher Style Deli Items).” By “kosherdeli meats,” are they reerring to theirnon-recommended brands that any-body keeping kosher or religious reasonswouldn’t get near, or do they mean the
on the “Bacon Bagel” poster thatwas prominently displayed at the openingo their new location? By “regular kosherstyle deli items,” are they touting their“Ham and Swiss” sandwich and “Man-hattan Clam Chowder” and “DenverOmelet With Cheese” and/or their otherblatantly
are? Puleeze! This is theheight o chutzpah and a prime exam-ple o why Washington State has a kosherood law.I the owners o these establishmentswere to oer actually kosher places toeat, I and other kashrus-observant peoplewould gladly patronize them. Absent that,they should cease targeting unwary con-sumers with their deceptive practices.As or the term “kosher style,” it isoensive mockery o our religious stan-dards and its use should be prohibited in a Jewish community publication.
Chaplan Gary Fredman,Seattle

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