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JTNews | February 17, 2012

JTNews | February 17, 2012

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JTNews | The Voice of Jewish Washington for February 17, 2012
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j e w i s h
february 17, 2012 • 24 shevat 5772 • volume 88, no. 4 • $2
connecting our local Jewish community
@jew_ish • @jewishdotcom • @jewishcal
13 23 25 28
 teen celebrations spring booksoutreach through artnathan talks
Marriage supporters celebrate,then prepare to wait
Joel Magalnick 
Eitor, JTNews
As David Serkin-Poole stood among the 100 attendees at the cer-emony in Olympia in which Gov. Christine Gregoire signed the billthat legalized same-sex marriage, he said he elt a collective holdingo breath until the signature was complete.“Tere was this moment o anticipation, and waiting and waitingand waiting, and sheer relie and joy that it actually happened,” saidthe cantor rom Bellevue’s emple B’nai orah. Serkin-Poole is hal o one o the eight couples that led suit against King County nearly eight years ago, aer he and his partner Michael’s request or a mar-riage license was publicly rejected.At the same time, Serkin-Poole said as he looked around the roomat the aces o people who had also been a part o this ght, he was reectingon the roller coaster o reaching this point.“It’s instructive and a reminder,” he said. “All o those so-called ailuresled up to this very wonderul day to see our governor sign into law marriageequality.”Approximately 20 Jewish organizations and synagogues supported SenateBill 6239, which grants civil marriage status to same-sex couples.“I think it was just a great moment,” said Zach Carstensen, director o gov-ernment aairs at the Jewish Federation o Greater Seattle, who coordinated
Rabbi SETh GoldSTEiN
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friday, february 17, 2012
PLEASE SAVE THE DATES!Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Westin Seattle Hotel • Must pre-register
Event Chairs: Lynn & Howard Behar 
Leslie Sugiura, (206) 861-3151or Lsugiura@jfsseattle.org
For complete details about these and other upcoming JFS events and workshops, please visit our website: www.jfsseattle.org
Late Winter/Early Spring Family Calendar
AA Meetings at JFS
 Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.
(206) 461-3240 or ata@jfsseattle.org
Discovering Sources ofRetirement Income
 Thursday, March 17:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Leonid Orlov, (206) 861-8784or familylife@jfsseattle.org
Shaarei Tikvah: Gates of Hope
Purim Celebration forPeople of All Abilities
 Sunday, March 43:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Marjorie Schnyder, (206) 461-3240or familylife@jfsseattle.org
Russian LanguagePassover Seder
 Sunday, April 85:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Leonid Orlov, (206) 726-3619or familylife@jfsseattle.org
JFS services and programs are made possiblethrough generous community support of
To donate, please visit www.jfsseattle.org
1601 16th Avenue, Seattle
(206) 461-3240 • www.jfsseattle.org
Programs of Project DVORA (DomesticViolence Outreach, Response & Advocacy)are free of charge.
Support Group for Jewish Womenwith Controlling Partners
Condential location, dates and time.
Project DVORA
, (206) 461-3240or contactus@jfsseattle.org
Using Yoga to Transcendthe Effects of Domestic Violence
 Sunday, April 11:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Jackie Smith, (206) 861-3186 or jackiesmith@jfsseattle.org
Endless Opportunities
 A community-wide program offered in partnership with Temple B’nai Torah & TempleDe Hirsch Sinai. EO events are opento the public.
Work Zone Ahead:The Alaskan Way Viaduct
With Matt Preedy
 Thursday, February 2310:30 a.m. – Noon
Outing to Gauguin at theSeattle Art Museum
A docent led tour
 Friday, March 2Varying times
 Jewish Humor
With Rabbi Robert Maslan
 Tuesday, March 1310:30 a.m. – Noon
Ellen Hendin, (206) 861-3183 orendlessopps@jfsseattle.org regarding all
Endless Opportunities
For details, visit our website, www.jfseattle.org,or contact Jane Deer-Hileman, Director of
Volunteer Services
, (206) 861-3155 orvolunteer@jfsseattle.org.
Parenting Mindfully
The Middah* of Truthfulness
Drawing on Jewish Values through Musar
 Sunday, February 2611:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Emotion Coaching: An EssentialPart of Your Parenting Toolbox!
 Tuesday, March 1310:00 a.m. - Noon
Parenting Mindfully
The Middah* of Patience
Drawing on Jewish Values through Musar
 Sunday, March 2511:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Marjorie Schnyder, (206) 461-3240or familylife@jfsseattle.org
* Middah – characteristic or attribute
Strengthening LesbianRelationships
Explore how to build a healthier relationshipwith the woman you love!
 Wednesday, March 216:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Leonid Orlov, (206) 861-8784 orfamilylife@jfsseattle.org
Caring for Aging Parents:Teamwork & Communication
Coming this Spring!
 Date and Time TBA
Leonid Orlov, (206) 861-8784 orfamilylife@jfsseattle.org
Community Open House &Tours of JFS Campus
Sunday, April 1, 2012
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
friday, february 17, 2012 .
jtnws OpiniOn
letters to the editor the rabbi’s turn
“I can’t even tell you. I remember seeing turtles in a lake.”— Author Nathan Englander on his inspiration for the short story “Camp Sundown,” about a group of seniors who suspect a fellow camper of being a Nazi guard. See page 28.
WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR: We would love to hear from ou! 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 our letter to aroximatel 350 word. The deadlie for the ext iue iFebruar 21. Future deadlie ma be foud olie.
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Rabbi Daniel a. SeptiMuS
Temple de hirsc Sini
A seasoned Jewish edu-cator at a large Reorm con-gregation once asked hisreligious school parentsabout their most meaning-ul Jewish childhood expe-riences. Without a doubt,attending Jewish camp was atthe top o the list. Tere is noquestion that one o the mostsuccessul American Jewisheducational models is the Jewish campexperience.Tousands o Jewish children attendcamp on an annual basis, returning yearaer year or a memorable summer o un.Jewish communities, such as the greaterSeattle area, pour considerable resourcesinto encouraging kids to go to Jewishcamp, as they understand that camp is aormative Jewish experience.What is it about the Jewish campingexperience that resonates with so many o our Jewish children? Many o us knowthe answer to this question. Jewish campsallow us to be immersed in a Jewish day,holiday or Shabbat experience, exploreJudaism through all ve senses and liveexclusively among other Jewish childrenin a sae environment.Not only do our children orm lielongriendships with other Jewish children, butthey also come away with a sense o prideabout their Jewish identity. Getting away and being outdoors allows our children toacquire a truly integrated Jewish educa-tional experience. In a nutshell, our youthlive and breathe Judaism during their timeat camp.While our youth leave camp with astrong sense o connection to Judaism, they are oen disappointed when they returnhome, unable to reconnect to their commu-nities. It is almost as i there is a step missingin the process: Bringing camp home. rans-lating the camp experience into somethingtangible in our home congregations and day schools is critical to the ongoing develop-ment o a youth’s Jewish identity.Understanding that Jewishcamps and Jewish day schools/supplementary schools havea vested interest in buildingJewish community, the AVICHAI and Jim Joseph Foun-dations in partnership withthe Foundation or JewishCamp created six partner-ship grants to hire top-notchJewish educators to build ayear-round consistent Jewish educationalexperience. Each seasoned Jewish educa-tor will work to bridge the gap betweenthe religious school/day school and campenvironments by taking an in-depth look at the curricula o the two organizations inthe partnership.We are lucky to have one o the sixpartnerships in the greater Seattle regionbetween emple De Hirsch Sinai andCamp Kalsman. We are joining togetherto reevaluate how we approach educationin both o our programs, by building aconsistent educational vision that will pro- vide a holistic approach to our youth. By creating a year-round Jewish experience,our youth will perceive our organizationsnot as segmented but as one, making thetransition seamless rom camp back to ourReligion School. And engaging parentswill be an integral part o the process, asdebrieng the experience rst takes placeon the car ride rom camp back home.Our ancestors willingly established acovenant with God at Sinai, promising topass it on rom generation to generation.How we engage a uture generation o Jewish youth will be critical to the ongo-ing vitality o the Jewish people. Creat-ing a year-round Jewish experience orour youth, building on the success o theJewish camp model, will ensure the utureo the Jewish people.
Daniel A. Septimus is associate rabbi and director of congregational learning at TempleDe Hirsch Sinai.
I applaud the opening of a Jewish delicatessen in Olympia (“Olympia deli tickles mind,soul and stomach,” Feb. 10). Obviously, an expanded Jewish presence in a place like Olym-pia is a good thing — and what better than a deli showcasing good-tasting Jewish food? How-ever, if establishing the deli is in response to the boycott of Israeli products at the Olympiaco-op, it seems to me to be somewhat missing the point. I don’t purport to understand themindset of the boycotters, but to the best of my knowledge, they are not calling for a boy-cott of Jewish food or Jewish businesses — at least not yet! I think it would behoove theowners to stock the very products removed from the co-op and go one better and carry stillothers. (Perhaps they are, but there is no mention of that in the article.) That way, thosewho do enjoy high quality Israeli foodstuffs — and there are many nowadays — will onceagain be able to obtain them in Olympia. I’m sure the “Israeli” cucumber salad as depicted
on page one is delicious, but really doesn’t have much to do with helping Israel in its ght
against boycotts.
Mark D. Blitzerseattle
sTOp On By
I was grateful to see the editorial by Wayne L. Firestone, Hillel’s president and CEO,reprinted in the
last week (“Colleges playing catch-up on Israel,” February 10). Fire-stone is absolutely correct when he points out that the rest of us have a great deal to learnfrom the way college students conduct their conversations about Israel on campus.Fortunately, our local Hillel community is no exception. Public discourse about Israel toooften slides into rhetoric characterized by personal attacks and an unwillingness to listen tothe perspectives of others whose viewpoint differs from one’s own. But here at Hillel UW, cir-cumstances could not be more different.Here, students grapple with challenging questions about personal identity and thenational character of the Jewish State. But they also come to Hillel in order to become betteracquainted with Israel from many other different perspectives. Our students come to learnabout Israel’s role as an incubator of high-tech and ecological innovation. They come hereto hear the stories of young Israeli gays and lesbians. They come to ask penetrating ques-tions of Israeli soldiers not much older than themselves. And they come — dozens of themat a time — to join the tens of thousands of their peers who visit Israel on a Birthright Israeltrip each year.I am hopeful that Firestone’s words resonated strongly with
’s readers, and tothem I want add my own personal invitation: Come visit us and see for yourselves. Stop
by Hillel and see rst-hand the many ways that we can learn from the thoughtful and com
mitted students who make Hillel UW their second home. I am condent that you will come
away from your visit inspired and newly committed to thoughtful and compassionate dis-course on Israel.
Rabbi Ore J. Haogreetei Famil Exeutive DiretorHillel UW
Jewish organizational support or the bill.“A huge swath o the Jewish community has gotten behind this, behind an eortthat doesn’t just promote marriage rightsor same-sex couples but also ensures thatreligious liberty is protected and allowsclergy an opportunity to decline to marry someone they don’t want to marry.”wo rabbis testied beore the stateSenate in January in avor o the bill, anda 2010 Pew Research poll showed that 75percent o Jews across the country supportsame-sex marriage.Tat’s a huge leap even rom when theSerkin-Pooles signed onto the lawsuit.“Ultimately, it requires an individual,a person, to make that step o growth,”David Serkin-Poole said. “Even i it’s nota personal thing, when it comes down tobeing air and just to all citizens, I think most Jews get that.”Acknowledgment o the bill’s pas-sage within the Jewish community wasto include a Feb. 16 learning session atemple De Hirsch Sinai, in place o whathad become a traditional lobbying day inOlympia or marriage equality.Despite the momentary high o the bill-signing ceremony, opponents o the mea-sure led paperwork to begin gatheringsignatures or Reerendum 74, which willseek to overturn the new law.Carstensen said the Jewish institutionsthat advocated or this bill will need toeducate their constituents to keep the lawin place.“As a group, they’ve demonstratedan ability to put their heads collectively around the issue, and talked about howthey’re going to talk to riends and neigh-bors, how they’re going to do the hardwork o educating olks in their own con-gregations about the issue,” he said.Te law is set to go into eect June 7,though it is expected that enough signa-tures will be validated to delay the law untilNovember, unless it is overturned. Shouldhe be granted the right, Serkin-Poole said,“As soon as we get the green light, we willbe as close to rst in line as we can.”
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