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JTNews | The Voice of Jewish Washington, September 11, 2009 issue
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vol. 85, no. 19
friday, september 11, 2009
22 elul 5769
 a jewish transcript publication
     i     n     s     i     d     e
Leni Reiss
Special to JTNews
By now, Cody Solomon is back home on BainbridgeIsland and has delivered the message in person that heasked me to convey to his parents, Julie and Robert, on hisbehal: “Mom and Dad, you have to come. I’d y you herei I could. I want you to experience Israel, too.”Cody was one o 40 young men and women rom theSeattle area who visited the Jewish State last month, cour-tesy o Birthright Israel, the program that provides ree10-day trips to young Jews, ages 18 to 26, rom around the world.I met Cody, who is entering his senior year at the Uni- versity o British Columbia this semester, in el Aviv oneaternoon where he and the others in his Birthright group were extolling the trip, explaining how it has openedthem up to the land, people and state o Israel, and toeach other.Tat’s the idea behind Birthright, launched almost adecade ago by a small group o American mega-philan-thropists, and joined by the Jewish Federations o North America and the State o Israel in a $100-million-a-yearproject that to date has brought more than 220,000 youngpeople to Israel.Beyond showing young adults the sites, the organiz-ers are seeking to strengthen the sense o love o Israel,support or the state o Israel, and commitment to Jewishpeoplehood among the participants, most o whom are visiting the country or the rst time.“My younger and older brothers were here and lived onkibbutz or a time,” Cody told me, “but now it is my turn,and this is a lovely and intense experience.”
Bitit inca i o Sattl-aaaticiants
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Ron Kampeas
 JTA World News Service
 WASHINGON (JA) — Israel’s highest-rankingemale soldier, Brig. Gen. Yisraela Oron, was sounding allthe right notes or her J Street hosts. At the tail end o a U.S. tour or the let-wing pro-Israellobby, Oron was lending her considerable security creden-tials to its platorm: A two-state solution, territorial conces-sions by Israel, and a robust U.S. peacemaking role.Te conversation with a group o reporters then turnedto Iran and its nuclear potential, and Oron was unequivo-cal: Yes to engagement, but on a timetable that would betied to punishing sanctions.“Te thing that worries me and that worries otherIsraelis is that it is not limited in time,” Oron said as theaces o her J Street hosts turned anxious, adding, “I’m notsure I’m expressing the J Street opinion.”She was not. J Street explicitly opposes a timetable andhas reservations about proposed additional sanctions.Te awkward moment pointed to a potential splitbetween let-wing pro-Israel groups and the Israeli con-stituents or whom they claim to speak. Unlike the Israeli-Palestinian issue, little dissent exists among Israelipoliticians over how to deal with Iran.Tat puts let-wing U.S. Jewish groups at odds withIsraeli let-wingers.“Tere is a more hawkish perception among virtually all circles in Israel” than there is in the United States, said Yossi Alpher, a consultant who has worked with Amer-icans or Peace Now. “It’s very natural. Iran doesn’t say the U.S. has no right to exist and doesn’t do the equiva-lent o denying the Holocaust. It doesn’t deploy proxieslike Hamas and Hezbollah against the United States andon its borders.”Right now, the dierences are not pronounced —the administrations o Israeli Prime Minister BenjaminNetanyahu and President Obama are virtually on thesame page on the need to conront Iran, and soon. Tatcould change, however, i Iran makes a serious counteroer to Obama’s proposal to engage.Last week, the Iranians said they had made such anoer. Its details are not known, but it will be part o the“reassessment” Obama has pledged to complete by theend o September, when the major world powers meet atthe U.N. General Assembly.“I Iran engages and the Obama administrationargues that a deal has been made, the Israeli government will be very wary,” Alpher said. “Tis could immediately create a whole world o suspicions.”Under those circumstances, the vast majority o  American Jewish voters who backed Obama last year would be aced with the rst either-or U.S. vs. Israel issuein decades, and groups that describe themselves as pro-Israel and pro-peace will nd themselves or the rst timespeaking or virtually no one in Israel on a critical issue.Te Conerence o Presidents o Major American JewishOrganizations planned to lobby in Washington on Sept. 10and will rally outside the General Assembly on Sept. 24 orsanctions that would end the export o rened petroleumto Iran, which imports 40 percent o its rened oil.On Israel’s let, the Labor Party, currently part o Netanyahu’s governing coalition, aggressively backssanctions. Its leader and the current deense minister,Ehud Barak, makes Iran’s isolation the centerpiece o hisexchanges with his counterparts in the West.Te smaller Meretz Party, to Labor’s let, also backsIran’s isolation. It routinely rames its arguments orrobust peacemaking in terms o the need to contain Iran’sambitions.
Ian olicy vals slit btwn U.S.Jwis an Isali lt
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The rst day o school at the Seattle Hebrew Academy ound middle schoolers trekking across the I-90 bridge, partly in ulllment o SHA’s theme or the year, “Building Bridges,”but also in solidarity with classmate Sam Owen, who is undergoing a bone marrow transplant this week. Donations to Seattle Children’s Hospital were made in Sam’s honor oreach student and teacher who successully made the one-and-a-hal mile walk across the bridge.
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1601 - 16 Av, Sa.jfssa. / (206) 461-3240
September/October 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 adjustmentsand challenges — yet these challengingmoments can ultimately bring us closer to ourchildren. Join us as we explore questions offorgiving and moving forward in our parentingthrough discussion, 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.
Bringing Baby Home
 A Workshop Series for Couples
Be the best parenting team possible throughthis interactive, hands-on class!
 ob 1 - nvb 5(Sx tsas)6:15 – 8:30 ..
JFS, 1601 16th Ave,
Couples of all backgrounds are welcome.$150/couple includes workbook and materials.Scholarships are available.Advance registration is required.
Marjorie Schnyder, (206) 861-3146 orfamilylife@jfsseattle.org.
 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 60+
Endless Opportunities
 A community-wide program offered in partnership with Temple B’nai Torah &Temple De Hirsch Sinai. EO events are opento the public.
Moses & His Web ofSeven 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/ 
A Tikkun Olam Outing:Food Drive Food Sort!
 ob 18 (Sa)10:30 a.. – 12:30 ..
Advance registration is required!
Jane Deer-Hileman, (206) 861-3155or email volunteer@jfsseattle.org
Energy: New Technologies, theWeather & Conservation
With Andy Wappler of Puget Sound Energy
 ob 20 (tsa)10:00 – 11:30 a..
NOTE NEW LOCATION with our New Partner!!Temple B’nai Torah15727 NE 4th St,
Luncheon with Justice Bobbe Bridge
Founder of the Center for Children andYouth Justice
 ob 29 (tsa)11:00 a.. – 1:00 ..
Catered lunch - Kashrut observedTemple De Hirsch Sinai - Foyer1441 16th Ave,
Space is limited; register early
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
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 MarketRoosevelt Square, 1026 NE 64th,
Marjorie Schnyder, (206) 861-3146 orfamilylife@jfsseattle.org.
Shaarei Tikvah: Gates of Hope
 A Celebration of Rosh Hashanah for People of All Abilities
A community wide, non-denominational servicefor persons with disabilities to celebrate withtheir friends, families and other members of thecommunity.
 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.
Kids’ Club / Fall 2009
Helping Children Who Have WitnessedDomestic Violence
A 12-week series of classes for mothers andtheir children age 5-8. All families, religions,communities and cultures are welcome.FREEMust register by 4:00 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18.
Project DVORA
, (206) 461-3240 fordates, times and location.
Tashlich for Survivors ofIntimate Partner Abuse
Join us for an evening of discussion and ritual,led by Danica Bornstein, MSW, LICSW. Thisevent is open to all 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, Sept. 18
For more information and to RSVP
, pleasecontact
Project DVORA,
(206) 461-3240 orcontactus@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
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friday, september 11, 2009 
W woul lov to a o you! Ou ui to witin a ltt to t ito can b oun on ou Wb sit: www.jtnws.nt/in.?/static/it/611/ The deAdLINe fOr The NexT ISSUe IS SepTemBer 22
Rabbi YechezkelKorneld 
Congregation Shevet Achim
Everything in Judaism is both con-stant and unique. he reason or thisseeming paradox is that orah is our lie.Just as we want our lie to be constantand also unique, the same applies to ourorah behavior.Te New Year 5770 is upon us, andanother Rosh Hashanah is about to beobserved. Tis Rosh Hashanah is basi-cally the same as the thousands that wereobserved by our ancestors. We will hearthe shoar, pray extra-long and extra-spe-cial
, dip apples in honey, listento sweet-voiced cantors and be inspiredby our rabbis’ sermons. We will cast oursins into bodies o water at ashlich, andstrengthen our communal ties with ourellow congregants at synagogue.Philosophically and mystically, thisRosh Hashanah will represent majortenets o Judaism. We will acknowledgethat God Almighty is the king o the uni- verse, and particularly,
Melech Yisrael 
. We will conrm that He is a personal God, whocares about us, and is intimately amil-iar with all our aairs. Te blowing o theshoar is a yearly coronation o God, and arecommitting o ourselves as His servants.Tese concepts and more are relevant andmeaningul every Rosh Hashanah.However, this year is a unique lessonthat we are taught. Te sound o the shoar will be silent on the irst day o RoshHashanah. Despite the act that it is a bibli-cal mitzvah to hear the shoar; despite theact that by blowing the shoar we coronateGod as King o the universe; despite theact that the shoar arouses and inspiresus to improve our behavior and becomemore moral, ethical, spiritual, observant,and pious Jews — the shoar is silent. Why?Because there is something more impor-tant, holy and crucial that trumps the sig-nicance o shoar.Shabbat! Shabbat is so much moreholy and relevant or Jews that we silencethe shoar because we are worried thatthe Shabbat will be compromised. When Rosh Hashanah occurs on a weekday, the world appears to be an exis-tence, separate rom God. When we blow the shoar, we accept God as our King,and behave appropriately in the world. We are empowered to receive the world inits true essence — permeated with Godli-ness, completely and constantly depen-dent on God or its continued existence.Tereore we don’t have to blow the shoarto remember the Divine King. Te whole world shouts the act! On the second day  when the world reverts to its weekday status, we will blow the shoar.his year when its
, its head, isShabbat, it is appropriate to renew ourcommitment to this weekly holy day. Lightthe candles, recite
, have specialmeals with amily and riends, go to
,and rerain rom weekday activities. Afrming this resolution beore RoshHashanah will surely call orth God’savor, and bless each and everyone with ahappy, healthy, sweet New Year.
A “Sabbosi” ya
Tough the shoar announces God as king o the universe,even that call can be silenced by something even more holy: Shabbat 
rAbbi’S turn
 Alison Eisingerand Sally Kinney
Special to JTNews
Our Jewish traditions are deeply rootedin the concept o home. Our most belovedholidays center around the home, both lit-erally and metaphorically. On Passover, wegather at home — not in the synagogue —to celebrate our release rom Egypt and ourhope o making a new home in a new land.On Sukkot, we erect simple outdoor hutsto remind us that ater we let Egypt, we wandered homeless in the wilderness andmade shelter o what we could nd. When we celebrate Shabbat, whether we observea whole day or share an evening meal, wedistinguish between the outside world o  work and worry, and the home world o amily, security, and togetherness. We don’t conne this traditional yearn-ing or home to our own houses. Troughthousands o years, we have brought warmth, comort, and a sense o belonginginto our synagogues, settlement houses,schools, and community centers. We joy-ully welcome the strangers in our midstand strengthen those in need by givingthem assistance, as Maimonides urged.hat assistance oten involves helpingpeople to regain independence and createor re-create their own homes.Tis all, our Jewish community has anespecially important opportunity to putinto practice our traditions and help otherssecure the blessings o home. We can act onour common belie that everyone deservesthe saety and stability o a home by sup-porting Proposition 1, which will renew Seattle’s housing levy. We will be joiningmany other Seattle residents o variousreligious and secular traditions who careabout making our city home or everyone.Seattle voters rst passed a housinglevy in 1981. Since then, Seattleites have voted to renew the levy our times. TisNovember’s Proposition 1 will renew theexpiring levy, bringing in $145 millionover the next seven years, and will cost atypical Seattle homeowner only $5.50 amonth, or $65 a year. Tis modest prop-erty tax has produced great results since1981. Over 28 years, the levy has:Funded 10,000 aordable housing
units or seniors, amilies with children,and low-wage workersProvided rental assistance to people
on the brink o homelessnessHelped extend loans to 600 rst-time,
moderate-income homebuyersDedicated unds to repair and main-
tain existing low-income housing. We may not think o it this way, butmost o us have lived in subsidized hous-ing at some point in our lives. Perhaps we’ve lived in a college dorm, or military housing, or a relative’s basement. I weare homeowners, we take a ederal mort-gage interest deduction.Trough Proposition 1, we can extendthat same privilege to our neighbors andcommunity members who might other- wise be without homes. In the currenteconomic crisis, it is especially importantto renew the levy in order to keep Seattlerom becoming a city divided betweenthose who have the resources to both liveand work here, and those who work herebut can’t aord to call it home.Over the next seven years, a renewedlevy will:Build or preserve 1,850 aordable
homes that will serve thousands o households over 50 yearsPrevent homelessness or more than
3,000 amilies and individualsCreate hundreds o jobs and leverage
millions o additional state and ederaldollars to build and rehabilitate housingin Seattle.Fixed-income seniors, minimum-wage workers, people with disabilities, veter-ans, and those emerging rom domestic violence or homelessness will be housedthrough levy programs. Tis renewal is pri-marily designed to help Seattleites whoseincome is less than a third o local medianincome. In a city where the average two-bedroom apartment rents or $1,200 amonth, levy resources will help a amily o three living on $1,895 or less aord housingand be able to cover groceries, childcare,transportation, utilities, and insurance.In Leviticus 19 we are told: “When youreap the harvest o your land, you shall notreap all the way to the edges o your eld orgather the gleanings o your harvest. Youshall not pick your vineyard bare or gatherthe allen ruit o your vineyard; you shallleave them or the poor and the stranger.” We share our harvest in many ways. We grapple during High Holy Days withour responsibilities to one another. Wemake collective and individual commit-ments each year to advance a more justand whole world. Tis all, let us celebratethe new year by practicing the Jewish tra-dition o sharing the harvest with those who have less. Support Proposition 1: Yesor Homes! On behal o all who will behelped by this sharing, thank you.For more inormation about Yes orHomes! Proposition 1 to renew the Seat-tle Housing Levy, please contact eraBianchi, Campaign Manager, at 206-954-4663 or visit www.yesorhomes.org.
 Alison Eisinger is executive director o theSeattle/King County Coalition onHomelessness and sits on the steeringcommittee o the Yes or Homes!campaign. Sally Kinney is a member o Temple Beth Am, the Lake City TaskForce on Homelessness and the InteraithTask Force on Homelessness.
Ys o os!
Why Seattle’s Jewish community should eel at home supporting the Seattle housing levy 

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