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JTNews | August 19, 2011

JTNews | August 19, 2011

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JTNews | The Voice of Jewish Washington for August 19, 2011.
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the
 
 voice
 
of
 
j e w i s h
 
washington
 
 august 19, 2011 • 19 av 5771 • volume 87, no. 17 • $2
professionalwashington.com
connecting our local Jewish community
www.facebook.com/jtnews
@jew_ish • @jewishdotcom • @jewishcal
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israeli prideamerican experienceflower powerin the neighborhood
Emily K. AlhAdEff
Jconnect director Josh Furman touches up an abandoned grave on an American-Jewish Joint DistributionCommittee service trip to Khabarovsk, Russia. A story on the experience can be found on page 10.
 
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friday, augusT 19, 2011
For complete details about these and other upcoming JFS events and workshops, please visit our website: www.jfsseattle.org
FOR ADULTS AGE 60+
Endless Opportunities
 A community-wide program offered in partnership with Temple B’nai Torah & TempleDe Hirsch Sinai. EO events are opento the public.
Feldenkrais: Retrain Your Bodyto do Your Commands
With Irene Pasternak
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 Tuesday, August 3010:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Peddler of Jewish Notions
With Chaya Kinberg
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 Thursday, September 810:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Wrestling with the Liturgyof the High Holidays
With Rabbi Jill Borodin
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 Tuesday, September 1310:30 a.m. – Noon
An Outing to theSeattle Chinese Garden
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 Thursday, September 15Tour from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
RSVP
 
Ellen Hendin, (206) 861-3183 orendlessopps@jsseattle.org regarding all
Endless Opportunities
programs.
Late-Summer Family Calendar
FOR THE COMMUNITY
AA Meetings at JFS
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 Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.
Contact 
(206) 461-3240 or ata@jsseattle.org
Shaarei Tikvah:A Celebration of Rosh Hashanahfor People of All Abilities
An inclusive and accessible service, open to allages and includes ASL interpretation.
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 Thursday, September 294:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Advance registration encouraged.
Contact 
Marjorie Schnyder, (206) 861-3146or amilylie@jsseattle.org.
Kosher Food Bank
Special ood bank opportunity or amilies whokeep a kosher kitchen.
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 Wednesday, September 75:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Advance registration required.
Contact 
Jana Prothman, (206) 861-3174 or jprothman@jsseattle.org.
Challah-Palooza!
Challahs, honey, apples and more — just intime or the New Year!
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 Thursday, September 154:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Contact 
Marjorie Schnyder, (206) 861-3146or amilylie@jsseattle.org.
REGISTER TODAY
JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE
119
th
Annual Meeting
Wednesday, August 31, 20116:30 – 8:30 p.m.
JFS services and programs are made possiblethrough generous community support o
To donate, please visit www.jfsseattle.org
1601 - 16th Avenue, Seattle
(206) 461-3240 • www.jfsseattle.org
FOR WOMEN
Programs of Project DVORA (DomesticViolence Outreach, Response & Advocacy)are free of charge.
Support Group for Jewish Womenwith Controlling Partners
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 Ongoing
Confdential location, dates and time.
Embodied Healing:Yoga for Survivors ofIntimate Partner Abuse
Join us or a yoga, meditation and discussionworkshop or people with all levels o yogaexperience. This class will explore ways to besaely in our bodies as we quiet our minds andopen our hearts.
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 Sunday, August 21Noon – 3:00 p.m.
Contact 
 
Project DVORA
, (206) 461-3240or contactus@jsseattle.org.
VOLUNTEER TOMAKE A DIFFERENCE!
For details, visit our website, www.jseattle.orgor contact Jane Deer-Hileman, Director o
Volunteer Services
, (206) 861-3155 orvolunteer@jsseattle.org.
FOR PARENTS
Having a Baby This Summer orFall — Sign Up Now!
PEPS
– A peer support group experienceor parents o newborns within a culturallyrelevant context.
Bringing Baby Home
– A workshop seriesor couples.
Contact 
Marjorie Schnyder, (206) 861-3146 oramilylie@jsseattle.org.
TO RSVP,
contact Gail Pollack,(206) 861-3151 or gpollack@jsseattle.org
 
friday, august 19, 2011 .
www.jtnews.net
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jtnew OpiniOn
letters to the editor the rabbi’s turn
“I haven’t talked to one person, not one donor, who has said, ‘I don’t like what you’re doing, we’re not going to give.’”— Jewish Federation CEO Richard Fruchter on the reaction to the agency’s new fundraising and allocations model.
WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR: We would love to hear from you! Our uide to writi aletter to the editor a be foud at www.jtew.et/idex.h?/letter_uidelie.html,but leae limit your letter to aroximately 350 word. The deadlie for the ext iue iAuut 24. Future deadlie may be foud olie.
Beore I was a rabbi, I was acareer Navy ocer. I am also a veteran on total disability. Withthis part o what denes me,one thing I do is volunteer as apastoral counselor and benetsadvocate at the Disabled Amer-ican Veterans chapter oce inOlympia. Because o my ownexperiences trying to accessdisability benets through theVeteran’s Administration and the SocialSecurity Administration, I have dedicatedmysel to ensuring that other disabled vet-erans get the services they need — that they earned — through service to our country.Sadly, political and budgetary pressuresare putting our veterans at great risk. Tereare current moves aoot in the DeenseDepartment to cut military and retiree pay and benets while we are at war. Te VA,while doing its best, is not able to ully serveall veterans.he situation or veterans with Postraumatic Stress Disorder is even worse.With troops serving as many as ve or sixcombat tours in Iraq and Aghanistan, it’s amiracle that
all 
troops coming home are notseverely disabled due to PSD.What is worse, several sources haveound that roughly 56 percent o veteranswith PSD diagnoses are homeless. TeVA reports that there are usually about107,000 veterans without a place to stay.Veterans comprise more than 25 percento the homeless population throughout theUnited States.Tis inability o our country to care or the veterans it chews up in combat is a true
hillul Hashem
, a disgrace to God. You might besaying to yoursel that this is horrible, but why am I reading about it in the
 JTNews
?We as Jews have a huge obligation tocare or each other. Irrespective o one’spolitical views, I believe we all have an abso-lute orah obligation to care or our vet-erans.In
Parashat Shofetim
(Sept. 4 this year),we see in Deuteronomy 20 the rules or whoshould not go to war. Aer the priests havegiven instructions, the ocers, in verse eight,say, “Who is the man who is araid and aint-hearted? Let him go and return to his houseso his brother’s heart should not melt likehis.” In other words, orah understands thatsoldiers who are not ully ready mentally should not go into combat, because they willbring down their unit. Nonetheless, we havesoldiers with severe PSD who are sent back to combat or more troubles.In Ecclesiates 3:3 we see “A time to kill,and a time to heal; a time to break down,and a time to build up.”
 Midrash
 
Kohe-let Rabbah
(tr. Davka SoncinoClassics edition) III:5 inter-prets this as “A time to kill: inthe time o war; A time to heal:in the time o peace. A time tobreak down: in the time o war;A time to build up: in the timeo peace.”What is this telling us?Tose military personnel whocome home are now in ourcare. We must help them rebuild their lives,and to seek spiritual and physical healing.In Leviticus 10:18 we are told, “You shalllove your neighbor as yoursel.”Veterans are a small percentage o thepopulation, but we all are obligated to careor them. Would you like to experience whatour troops go through in Iraq, Aghanistan,Libya and elsewhere? Would you like to beghting these wars every day, even aeryou’ve come home? As a veteran, I dread theidea o the lie veterans o our era are living— i you can call it living.So what can we do? Tere are many things. Advocating or better care or mili-tary troops and veterans and preserving thebenets we have earned in blood is a goodstart. Contact your Congressional delega-tion as well as your local leaders to pleador better care or our veterans. Make dona-tions to Veteran Service Organizations,which help care or our wounded and dis-abled veterans. Speak out about it on yourblogs, your Facebook and LinkedIn posts,your tweets. In other words, shout it romthe rooops.August 31 brings in the month o Elul,where we ocus on
heshbon hanefesh
, sel-introspection and personal inventories. Aswe near the penitential season, we need toask ourselves, have we done everything wecan to bring peace at home and abroad?Have we done everything we can to helpwounded and disabled veterans heal? Tisis one o many orms o 
tikkun olam
, o repairing the damage, that we can easily efect.As we see in
Pirkei Avot,
the eachingso the Sages, 1:12, according to our greatteacher Hillel, may it be God’s will that weshould be like Aaron the priest’s students,loving peace and pursuing peace, lovingall humans, and bringing people nearer toorah.
Rabbi Jaron B. Matlow, a Navy disabled veteran, volunteers as spiritual adviser to Congregation B’nai Torah in Olympiaand as a veteran counselor and advocate at the Disabled American
Veterans, Olympia ofce.
What we mst d fr rveterans
Rabbi JaRon Matlow
Cogregato B’a Torah
THE pOTEnTIAL WEDgE
The debate between Joel Alperson (Judaism is more than
tikkun olam,
” Aug. 5) and Eric
Yofe (“Judaism is always
tikkun olam —
and more”) offered two very different perspectives
on whether non-Orthodox movements can survive long-term. And while it’s interesting to read
point-counterpoint arguments in our local Jewish newspaper, they have the potential to drivea divisive wedge in our community.Particularly during this, the Hebrew month of Av, we should focus not on what divides us,
but what unites us. We have so much in common, and it’s a terrible shame when we focuson our differences.There’s a beautiful mitzvah called
ahavat Yisrael 
; it is the commandment to love your fellowJew. The simple language of the mitzvah is instructive. It doesn’t say to love only those Jewswith whom you agree; it says to love them even if you disagree with them. And our sages arepractical enough to know that you can’t always bring yourself to feel loving feelings towardsanother, so we are told that the fulllment of the mitzvah is to behave lovingly towards eachother. Why is this important during the month of Av?One of the events that our recent day of solemn national mourning and fasting, Tisha B’Av,commemorates, is the destruction of the Second Temple in the year 70 CE. A primary cause of 
that destruction is that Jews at the time engaged in
sin’at chinam
, or baseless hatred, towardeach other.
I think that the Seattle Jewish community does a pretty good job at dealing with each oth
-
er’s differences, but there’s a big gap between simply tolerating each other and behaving with
love toward each other. So as we leave Av and enter Elul, our month of introspection leading
up to Rosh Hashanah, each of us should resolve to reach out in kindness to another memberof our big, diverse Jewish family, so that 5772 is a year of blessing for the Jewish people in
Seattle and worldwide.
Rady KelerMerer Ilad
nO MORE cRITIcIsM
Week after week, month after month, in articles, op-eds and letters, the very legitimacy
of the State of Israel is battled out on the pages of the
 JTNews
. Israel’s critics are granted
more than sufcient ink in the
Seattle Times, The New York Times
and in every other major or
minor news publication. Would it be too much to expect that Washington’s sole Jewish news-
paper serve as an unapologetic advocate of the Jewish state rather than just another outletfor its demonization?
Mihael Beharseattle
CourTEsy KAdimA
Dhara, left, Sara, center and Sam do a drumming activity during the annual Middle East PeaceCamp held in late July. The camp is a joint venture of the Kadima Reconstructionist Community,the Arab Center of Washington and philanthropist Kay Bullitt.

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