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JTNews | March 25, 2011

JTNews | March 25, 2011

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JTNews | The Voice of Jewish Washington issue for March 25, 2011
JTNews | The Voice of Jewish Washington issue for March 25, 2011

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march 25, 2011 • 19 adar ii 5771 • volume 87, no. 6 • $2
16 19 20 24
connecting our local Jewish community
@jew_ish • @jewish_dot_com • @jewishcal
making BaBiesoh, PhilanthroPyyiddish theatera singing education
Dani Weiss PhotograPhy
Aha Soum, a an vn fo h Jish Faion of Ga Sa’s omn’s ivision, in 2007.
Ata Strum: ‘T n  an ra’
Joel Magalnick 
edior, Jtnw
In many ways, it was Althea whowas the soul o the Stroum amily,the matriarch who with her late hus-band planted the philanthropic seedso Seattle’s Jewish community, andwhose name can be ound engravedon the Seattle area’s cultural land-scape. Althea Stroum died on March14, just days ater the 10th anniversary o the loss o her husband, Samuel.She was 88.Both Althea and Sam Stroum wereknown or their philanthropy, andthose charitable values were simply agiven in their amily.“I believe that both o us did get thevalues instilled by our parents,” saidCynthia Stroum, one o Althea’s twodaughters and a ormer U.S. Ambas-sador. “It runs through the amily. Itwasn’t something that we really thoughtabout — it just was.”
PAGe 30
JERUSALEM (JA) — Violence between Israel andmilitant Palestinians rose sharply this week with a bomb-ing in central Jerusalem and a dramatic increase in rocketattacks on southern Israel.In a terrorist attack on Wednesday aernoon, a bombplanted near a telephone pole exploded near Jerusalem’sInternational Convention Center, Binyanei Ha’uma, kill-ing a 59-year-old woman and injuring more than twodozen people.Earlier, rocket attacks rom Gaza on uesday andWednesday struck the Israeli cities o Beersheba andAshdod, injuring one man.Meanwhile, Israeli orces struck targets in the GazaStrip, including what the Israeli Air Force described asthe rocket launcher rom which a Grad rocket was red atAshdod on uesday night. In one o the Israeli air raids,our members o Islamic Jihad traveling in a car were killed.In another, our Palestinian civilians were killed in an arearom which mortar shells had just been red.Te killing o civilians prompted a statement o regretrom Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whoalso said, “It is regrettable that Hamas continues to inten-tionally rain down dozens o rockets on Israeli civilianseven as it uses civilians as human shields.”Te sudden escalation in attacks, coming with Israel stillreeling rom the March 11 attack in the Jewish West Bank settlement o Itamar in which ve amily members werestabbed to death, raises resh questions about the sustain-ability o the calm that has prevailed between Israel andmilitant Palestinians since the end o the Gaza war in Jan-uary 2009.Since the cease-ire that ended that war, known inIsrael as Operation Cast Lead, rocket ire on south-ern Israel has been sporadic and mostly carried out by groups other than Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip.But the mortar and rocket attacks in recent weeks,which have included the use o more sophisticated, lon-ger-range missiles known as Grads, have been the work o Hamas — a sign that the shaky cease-ire betweenthe Palestinian terrorist group and Israel may be all-ing apart.“I see the escalation is already here in a number o ronts— in the South and also in Jerusalem,” Interior Minister EliYishai said at the scene o Wednesday’s explosion in Jeru-salem, according to the Jerusalem
.In the South, Deputy Prime Minister Silvan Shalom threat-ened a new operation in the Gaza Strip.
N vinsusts n  amtn Isra anmiitant Pastinians
Uriel HeilManand Marcy oster
Jta World nw srvic
PAGe 26
“Tey passed on how and why they elt it was important to give to the com-munity to other people that weren’tJewish,” Marsha Glazer, Althea’s daugh-ter, said o her parents. “No matter howmuch you have, you can always give toanother person.”Joyce Rivkin, Althea’s niece, saidamily came rst or Althea.“She always had a very positive atti-tude about everything,” said. “hat’ssomething that I noticed about her andtried to incorporate in my lie.”With only 14 years between Rivkinand Althea, the two participated in many activities together, especially aer Samdied.“She loved to go to the theater andopera and dance, and she would alwaystake me there when I was young,” Rivkinsaid, “and we did those sorts o thingstoward the end o her lie.”
JTN .
friday, march 25, 2011
How Jewish Tradition Can InformOur Caregiving Journey
Featuring Rabbi Richard Address, Foundero the
Sacred Aging Project.
Followed by
The Journey of Caregiving
panel with localguests. Don’t miss out on this excitingopportunity to learn rom a nationallyrenowned scholar!
 Sunday, May 110:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Purchase tickets at brownpapertickets.com
Marjorie Schnyder,(206) 861-3146or amilylie@jsseattle.org.
For complete details about these and other upcoming JFS events and workshops, please visit our website: www.jfsseattle.org
Endless Opportunities
A community-wide program offered inpartnership with Temple B’nai Torah & TempleDe Hirsch Sinai. EO events are opento the public.
Issues in InternationalTrade & Business
A Discussion with Bill Staord
 Thursday, April 710:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Music o Remembrance:Building Testimonies orTomorrow
 Thursday, April 2810:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Ellen Hendin, (206) 861-3183 orendlessopps@jsseattle.org regarding all
Endless Opportunities
1601 - 16th Avenue, Seattle
(206) 461-3240 • www.jfsseattle.org
Early Spring Family Calendar
Coming soon!
PEPS is now oering a peer support groupexperience or parents o newborns within aculturally relevant context. Jewish and interaithparents are invited to join us!
Marjorie Schnyder, (206) 861-3146 oramilylie@jsseattle.org
Positive Discipline:Parenting with Condence
Part of the Positive Discipline Series
Learn how positive discipline is both anapproach and set o strategies that are time-tested to build parent confdence as well asa smoother amily lie!
 Wednesday, March 306:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Marjorie Schnyder, (206) 861-3146or amilylie@jsseattle.org.
Routines Reduce Confict:Using Them Eectively
Part of the Positive Discipline Series
 Wednesday, April 66:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Marjorie Schnyder, (206) 861-3146or amilylie@jsseattle.org.
Raising a Mensch
21st Century Parenting with TimelessJewish Wisdom
 Wednesday, April 136:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Kim Lawson, KLawson@sjcc.orgor (206) 388-0829
Reducing Power Struggleswith Positive Discipline
Part of the Positive Discipline Series
 Wednesday, May 46:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Marjorie Schnyder, (206) 861-3146or amilylie@jsseattle.org.
AA Meetings at JFS
 Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.
(206) 861-8782 or ata@jsseattle.org
Kosher Food Bank
A special JFS
Polack Food Bank 
opportunityor amilies who keep a kosher kitchen.
 Wednesday, April 65:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Jana Prothman, (206) 861-3174 orjprothman@jsseattle.org
What’s a Gelte Fish?Tastes o Passover
Join us or a wonderul Passover ood tastingand celebration!
 Tuesday, April 124:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Emily Harris-Shears, (206) 861-8784or amilylie@jsseattle.org
Passover Seder in Russian
For Non-English Speaking Immigrants
 Sunday, April 24Starting at 5 p.m.
Irina Vorona, (425) 643-2221, ext. 14or ivorona@jsseattle.org
Mussar: Light o Torah
Practical Guidance or ManiestingOur Finest Selves
 Sunday, May 112:45 – 5:30 p.m.
Temple Beth Shalom, (206) 524-0075or register at bethshalomseattle.org
Discovering Passover Together
A Gathering or Interaith Couples and Families
 Sunday, April 103:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Emily Harris-Shears, (206) 861-8784or amilylie@jsseattle.org
Monday, May 9, 2011
Westin Seattle Hotel
Chair: Donna Benaroya
To register, become a Table Captain or orinormation, please contact Gail Pollack:(206) 861-3151 or gpollack@jsseattle.orgAll guests must pre-register
friday, march 25, 2011 .
“It’s an idea of continuation. It’s a dream. Magic.” — Irit Rosenblum, an attorney representing a family who want a grandchild using the sperm of their dead son. See page 24.
letters to the editor the rabbi’s turn
Write a letter to the editor: W w v   fm ! o   w       f  www.w./.pp?/_.m, p m    ppm 350 w. t  f    ap 5. F  m  f .
At a conerence earlierthis year, I heard a denomi-national leader now close toretirement ask whether theyoung leaders who are goingoutside o traditional insti-tutional rameworks under-stand “who published the
that they are using,and who gave them theirtraining and credentials.”Tis comment echoes the ndings o arecent study by the AVI CHAI Foundationexamining the impact o Jewish leaders intheir 20s and 30s. In that study, AmericanJewish history scholar Jack Wertheimerwrites, “For their part, younger Jewishleaders would do well to reexamine theirviews o the establishment. For all its weak-nesses, it played a major role in educat-ing them.” In both o these comments, Idetect a hint o resentment toward youngleaders, and an accusation that they/we(I’m a 34-year-old rabbi who started a newcommunity in Seattle) are acting withoutappropriate humility.On the other hand, when I startedthe Kavana Cooperative ve years ago, Iheard something altogether dierent: My generation did not want to align with the“establishment,” so we made calculateddecisions neither to adopt a synagoguemodel nor to aliate with any denomi-nation. Tis desire to acknowledge gen-erational dierences by orging new pathshas been reinorced by the world o Jewishphilanthropy, which in recent years hassupported a number o innovative proj-ects that aim to change the Jewish world.All o this leaves me in a bit o a quan-dary. I am keenly aware that I am whoI am today by virtue o my upbringingduring the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s in a small,southern Jewish community, where I wasshaped by all o the major Jewish insti-tutional orces o the 20th century: Asynagogue (which happened to be bothConservative and conservative), an aer-noon Hebrew school, a Jewish Commu-nity Center, a Jewish ederation, summercamps, and more. But the Jewish worldhas changed rapidly and dramatically overthe past decades. oday I am nurturedJewishly by a loosely connected nationalnetwork o Jewish “start-up” communi-ties, unders, and umbrella organizations— groups brought together by a commonvocabulary centering around “innova-tion,” “social entrepreneurship,” “mean-ing,” and “empowerment.”While I acknowledge that my successis due to the individual mentors and to themany institutions — both old and young —that have taught me, supportedme, and enabled me to arrive atthis point, I am also aware o adeep tension — a behind-the-scenes tug o war, a generationgap — between “old school”and “new school” leaders.I wonder what is going on.How might we probe the gen-erational divide that existsamong Jewish leaders today?Can we learn to talk across the multigen-erational divide in ways that are productiveand mutually respectul? Is this a matter o not acknowledging one’s years, o not want-ing to hand over the power to make changesto a rising youthul leadership that works inways dierent rom the established ways?Are young leaders not acknowledging orpaying tribute to their ormative years, theirown stories o emergence, the precedentsupon which they built their lives and “inno-vative” communities?I ask my older colleagues: Can your gen-eration o Jewish leaders take pride in thelegacy you are leaving, even i younger lead-ers carve out new paths rather than ollowdirectly in your ootsteps? Can you acceptthat we might not want to assume themantle o your existing institutions — eveni you were willing to hand over the reins?And, without being presumptuous, weknow that some existing organizations may alter without a new, rising leadership. Canyou demonstrate the principle o 
,contraction, in order to make space or newways o organizing and new orms o lead-ership? Can I convince you that preservingJudaism is more about the values and idealswe share than any particular institutionalramework or established model?I ask my peers: How might we expressour gratitude to those who have paved theway or us and demonstrate appropriatehumility? How can we absorb the depth o wisdom rom people who have served theeld over time, have lived with an innovativespirit and created their own communities intheir day — even without making theirchoices our choices? Can we build bridgesbetween the tendency to reject mainstreamJudaism as outdated and the reality that, orthe majority o American Jews, these insti-tutions are and will remain at the heart o Jewish lie or the near uture?A multigenerational mix o Jewishleaders might challenge the unhelp-ul dichotomy between innovators andestablishment, enduring institutions andinchoate new ventures, “insiders” and“outsiders.” In our own ways, we mightocus on the shared task o making Judaismrelevant and meaningul in the uture.
GXs a Bms:Hm a
racHel nUssbaUM
th Kv Coopriv
Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum is the spiritual leader and executive director of the KavanaCooperative in Seattle (www.kavana.org),and a proud member of Generation X.Reprinted with permission from Sh’ma(www.shma.com) January 2011 as part of a larger conversation on leadershipsuccession.
the joys oF a hosting exchange
Thank you for your heartwarming article about AFS exchange student Mohammed’secumenical experience in Seattle (M.O.T., “Saudi student enjoys kosher food,” Feb.25). Now more than ever we need people-to-people relationships to dispel stereotypicalimages that are so prevalent.This year AFS of Greater Puget Sound is hosting approximately 50 students fromfour continents in our local communities. Current students in Seattle public and privateschools come from Sweden, Moldava, Brazil, Russia, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Tajik-istan, Switzerland, Chile, Australia, Malaysia, Portugal, Italy, and Saudi Arabia and staywith local volunteer families.We are looking for host families for students who will arrive in August for the 2011-12school year. It’s not necessary to have a child in school, though it’s great if families dohave high school students. Single parents and empty nesters can make excellent hosts.Students arrive with full medical coverage and their own spending money.As a host family you will learn more about your own community and country throughthe eyes of a student as well as creating family around the world. It’s a great introduc-tion to studying abroad for your own children. Please contact AFS now at afs.org or ourlocal hosting coordinator (heidicook@aol.com) if you would like to expand your horizonsby hosting a student.
Pat Grifth
aFs gPs Vs
true obstacles to Peace
The recent outrageous massacre of innocents in Itamar, an Israeli settlement in the
Samarian Hills, when terrorists inltrated the home of Udi and Ruth Fogel raises seriousquestions. This horric act illustrates that “settlements” are not the obstacle to peace as
some would have us believe.It has been reported that the savage killers started with Yoav, the Fogels’ 11-year-old,then Elad, his 4-year-old brother. Yoav’s throat was slit as he was reading in bed, and Elad
was stabbed twice in the heart. Then the attacker murdered Ruth, kning her as she cameout of the bathroom. In the next room they killed Ruth’s sleeping husband, Udi, and their
infant daughter, Hadas. Apparently they did not notice the last bedroom, where two otherboys, Ro’i, 8, and Yishai, 2, were asleep. When 12-year-old Tamar came home shortly
after midnight from a Friday night youth group, this horric slaughter was discovered.
What explains such unspeakable evil? What sort of human being deliberately butch-ers a sleeping baby, or plunges a knife into a toddler’s heart?
The atrocity in Itamar recalls the 2002 terror attack at Kibbutz Metzer that left ve
victims dead, including a mother and her two little boys. It brings to mind the murderof Tali Hatuel and her four daughters, who were shot at point blank range as they drovefrom Gaza to Ashkelon in 2004. It is reminiscent of the bloodbath in a Jerusalem yeshivathree years ago, in which eight young students were gunned down. The civilized mindstruggles to make sense of such savagery.For years the Palestinian Authority has demonized Israelis and Jews as enemies to be
destroyed, vermin to be loathed, and indels to be terrorized with Allah’s blessing.
Children who grow up under Palestinian rule are inundated on all sides — in schools,mosques, on radio and TV, in summer camps and popular music — with messages thatglorify bloodshed, promote hatred and lionize “martyrdom.” This toxic incitement thatpervades Palestinian culture of hatred and violence is well documented.Their propaganda is not only dangerous, but deadly as well.It is ironic to note that at the moment of the Fogel family murder, the West Bank townof Al-Birch celebrated a public square named in honor of Dalai Mughrabi. It was Mughrabiwho, 33 years ago, led a PLO terror squad on a savage rampage on Israel’s coastal road.Thirty-eight innocent Jews, including 13 children, were murdered on that day.With current policies toward Israel and the Israeli people as indicated above, howcan the Palestinians hope to achieve an independent viable state living side by side withIsrael in peace?
j bs

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