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JTNews | March 16, 2012

JTNews | March 16, 2012

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JTNews, The Voice of Jewish Washington for March 16, 2012.
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j e w i s h
march 16, 2012 • 22 adar 5772 • volume 88, no. 5 • $2
connecting our local Jewish community
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friday, march 16, 2012
Capitol Hill Campus1601 16th AvenueSeattle, WA 98122-4000
(206) 461-3240 • www.jfsseattle.org
Bring the Family!
Sunday, April 1st
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Community Open House & Tours of JFS Campus
1601 16th Avenue
This is the rst facility that JFS and our community have builtspecically to meet the social service needs of family, friends andneighbors here at home. This building and our new Capitol HillCampus are to use, to serve, to assist and to respond even moreeffectively than ever before. Come see how we’re planting theseed for generations to come.
Ribbon cutting and short program at 2:15
Light snacks, beverages and tours
Free parking at Temple De Hirsch Sinai: 1511 East Pike Street, Seattle
Event Co-Chairs: Emily Alhadeff, Dianne Loeb, Sandy Melzer, Judy Neuman & Laura Stusser-McNeil 
On domstic iolnc front, mor work is ndd
Lori Weinstein and Lee sherman
JTA World News Service
(JA) — Tirty years ago, a Jewishwoman experiencing domestic violencehad ew places to turn. Community lead-ers strongly resisted acknowledging vio-lence or ear that it would harm marriagesand break up amilies. Few services existedor women seeking support in a Jewish set-ting. Prior to 1994, the U.S. governmentdid not even recognize domestic violenceas a ederal crime.Since then, we have witnessed a boldtransormation in national and Jewishcommunal responses to violence againstwomen. oday, more Jewish women expe-riencing domestic violence are comingorward than ever beore. Approximately 175 Jewish programs and organizationsare in place to respond to their complexneeds with liesaving services. Jewishclergy have recognized that in times o crisis, survivors oen turn to them orsupport, guidance and reuge, and they are working together to promote aware-ness and share best practices when coun-seling amilies experiencing abuse. Jewishdomestic violence organizations also areengaging in political advocacy, leadingprevention programs or young peopleand working with other aith groups toaccomplish their goals.Te coordinated community approachto eradicating violence has successully addressed the needs o thousands o Jewish amilies. Now the Jewish commu-nity serves as a model or other religiouscommunities trying to make their aith aresource, not a barrier, to addressing vio-lence. But there is still work to be done.According to Jewish Women Inter-national’s 2011 survey o Jewish domes-tic violence organizations, 90 percent o respondents believe their clients ace a gapin services, citing a lack o legal servicesand aordable housing as the two larg-est areas o unmet need. Some 76 percento respondents also see elder abuse as agrowing problem, but ew programs are inplace to oer services to older Jewish indi- viduals aected by abuse.Despite great strides, too many amongus still live in ear o violence and do nothave access to a ull range o services. Wemust do more to ensure that every Jewishperson can lead a healthy, sae and stablelie.Domestic and sexual violence are per-sistent crises. According to the Centers orDisease Control and Prevention’s 2010National Intimate Partner and SexualViolence Survey, one in our women andone in seven men have been the victim o severe physical violence by an intimatepartner, while one in ve women will beraped in her lietime. Clearly there is stillwork to be done.Every Jewish individual and organiza-tion that cares about
tikkun olam
, repair-ing the world, must take a stand. Morerabbis must speak rom the
aboutthis issue and receive training so they can eectively respond to cases o abusewithin their congregations. With onein 10 adolescents experiencing physicaldating violence, all Jewish youth should beexposed to healthy relationship program-ming as part o their Jewish education.Finally, we must all become advocatesor this cause by promoting legislation andcommunity action that supports domestic violence programs and services.Congress is considering legislation toreauthorize the historic, bipartisan Vio-lence Against Women Act, or VAWA, oranother ve years. VAWA, our nation’smost critical tool in responding to domes-tic violence, dating violence, sexual assaultand stalking, supports law enorcementresponses and direct services or victimso these crimes. Since its passage in 1994,VAWA has unquestionably improved ournation’s response to violence: All stateshave strengthened rape laws, and thenumber o individuals killed by an inti-mate partner has decreased by 34 percentor women and 57 percent or men.VAWA has been a bipartisan eort o Congress since it was passed. But in thispolitical and economic climate, VAWA’sreauthorization cannot be assumed. Asthe Senate considers S. 1925 — the Vio-lence Against Women ReauthorizationAct o 2011 introduced by Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho)— we urge everyone to become an advo-cate or the legislation. Te bill would con-tinue the ederal government’s response to violence against women or another veyears and provide more gateways or vic-tims to access services. It emphasizes theimportant work o the aith community by providing more opportunities or aithgroups to access VAWA unding.Forty-ve national aith organizations,including a broad array o prominentJewish organizations rom the Ameri-can Jewish Committee to the OrthodoxUnion, have signed on to a letter urgingCongress to swily reauthorize VAWA.Te organized Jewish community isplaying a critical role in this eort, but weneed your help. We should be contactingour senators to co-sponsor S. 1925 andurge our representatives to introduce sim-ilar bipartisan legislation in the House o Representatives.Domestic violence is an issue thatdeserves the dedication, passion and atten-tion o the Jewish community. By work-ing together to reauthorize VAWA andaddress violence against women and ami-lies, we will continue to build a oundationor healthier homes and saer communities.
Lori Weinstein is the executive director of  Jewish Women International. Lee Sherman isthe president and CEO of the Association of  Jewish Family & Children’s Agencies.
friday, march 16, 2012 .
jtnews OpiniOn
letters to the editor the rabbi’s turn
“The main take-away message here is that good diets can alleviate the eects o bad genes.”— Pro. Daniel Michaelson rom the George S. Wise Faculty o Lie Sciences at Tel Aviv University, on how fsh oils can help to reduce the chances o developing Alzheimer’s Disease.The “Israel to Your Health” column is on page 9.
WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR: We wold love to hear from o! Or ide to writi aletter to the editor ca be fod at www.jtews.et/idex.h?/letters_idelies.html,bt lease limit or letters to aroximatel 350 words. The deadlie for the ext isse isMarch 20. Ftre deadlies ma be fod olie.
 A journy of rmmbranc
rabbi Cindy enger
Congregation Beth Israel
Several weeks ago, I trav-eled to New Jersey. I journeyedacross the country rom Bell-ingham to Princeton Univer-sity to deliver the memorialaddress at the annual Service o Remembrance, which is part o each year’s Alumni Day sched-ule o events. It is the univer-sity’s custom, I learned uponreceiving the invitation, toinvite an ordained membero the 25th reunion class to serve as thepreacher during the Alumni Day Service o Remembrance. As a member o the Class o 1987 and an ordained rabbi, I am, indeed, anordained member o the 25th reunion class.I had not been back to Princeton in 20years — not since my h reunion. wenty years is a long time, years lled with learn-ing and work, love and loss, relationshipsand moves — lie and its moments, richeso experiences. In so many ways, Prince-ton and my experience there elt like a very distant and mostly dormant part o thepast. And then, aer 20 years o absence,I returned to that magnicent campus. Ireturned to Princeton not only to deliverthe memorial address but also to engage inmy own work o remembrance. I returnedto urther integrate the various parts o my lie experience, to bring together the pieces,to reconnect. Tat is what remembrance is.Aer all o the Alumni Day eventshad concluded, I had some time to walk around campus and the town o Prince-ton, recalling places, experiences, riends.It was a beautiul day, and as I sat in thesun outside the Woodrow Wilson Schoolountain, I experienced a deepening o awareness o what a pilgrimage is. On a journey o return, I was walking the land-scape o a place I had experienced longbeore. In the process, something insideme shited and settled. I experiencedopening and integration, as well as a senseo wholeness and reconnect.On the Jewish calendar, we are movingtoward the season o spring pilgrimage.wo o the three pilgrimage estivals, the
shalosh regalim
, take place in the spring.Pesach is just weeks away, and Shavuotwill ollow seven weeks later. Pilgrimage isa powerul spiritual practice.In
 Mishkan ’lah
, the Reorm move-ment’s prayer book, the estival morningservice includes a poem by Yitzhak Yas-inowitz that reads:
One does not travel to Jerusalem,one returns,one ascendsthe road taken by generations,the path o longing on the way to redemption.One brings rucksacksstufed with memoriesto each mountainand each hill.In the cobbled white alley-waysone ofers a blessing  or memories o the past which have been renewed.One does not travel to Jerusalem.one returns.
What is pilgrimage? It is a power-ul spiritual practice o Judaism as wellas many other religious traditions. It isa vehicle o transormation. Pilgrim-age is external and internal, geographicand existential. Pilgrimage is a journey o return and remembrance that allows us tointegrate the various parts o our lie expe-riences, to bring together the pieces, toreconnect.With Pesach’s approach, we onceagain prepare ourselves or pilgrimage.We prepare our homes and our selves,our surroundings and our inner beings.In preparation or our journey to ree-dom, we make decisions about what wetake with us as well as what we clean out— what gets le behind. On the physi-cal level, we clean out our
. Tiscan mean ood items as well as othermatter ripe or spring cleaning ready to bereleased and will lighten our load. Whattypes o clutter in your lie wait to becleared? On the spiritual level, we ready ourselves to begin again.Pesach is the rst o the spring pilgrim-age estivals. Shavuot invites us to jour-ney, too. Beginning with the second nighto Pesach, we will begin our counting o the Omer.
Serat haOmer 
and its Kab-balistic contemplations are a vehicle toprepare ourselves spiritually or Shavuotand standing together at Sinai, where werenew the Covenant, when we reconnectand recommit to Jewish peoplehood andpartnership with the divine presence inour midst.Individually and together as a collec-tive, we enter the season o spring pilgrim-age. We journey out rom Mitzrayim, ourplaces o constriction, into the wildernesso reedom and onto the mountain wherewe meet God, receive orah, and touchthe truth o our experience and deepestconnections. What will you take with youduring this season o spring pilgrimage?Who will journey with you? What memo-ries and experiences wait to be integrated?What pieces ask to be brought together?How will you reconnect and renew?What a blessing it is to return, to beginagain.
Philip Scheier writes (“An insult,” letters, Feb. 29) that J Street “claims it is pro-Israel, aclaim rejected by all Israeli leaders, including Bibi, along with most observers, who have allturned down many invitations to address the J Street lobby.” Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert sees things differently. He is speaking at the J Street “Making History” conference March 24-27, and I’ll be there to hear what he has to say becauseI care about a safe future for my friends and relatives in Israel, and because as a Jewish edu-cator I want my students to have a positive connection with Israel, consistent with humaneJewish values.
The unresolved conict with the Palestinians is causing increased international isolation
for Israel and stress on Israel’s democracy. The choice is urgent: A historic two-state com-promise, or a de facto single state that will mean the end of Israel as a Jewish state, or as ademocratic state.That’s why a minyan of Israel’s political, military and intelligence leaders endorse the sametwo-state solution that J Street supporters like myself advocate to Congress and the WhiteHouse. Leaders such as Adm. (Ret.) Ami Ayalon, former head of the Shin-Bet and the IsraeliNavy; Colette Avital, former deputy speaker of the Knesset, consul general and ambassa-dor; Shlomo Ben Ami, former foreign minister and public security minister; Maj. Gen. (Ret.)Shlomo Gazit, former head of IDF intelligence; Dave Kimche, former director general of theForeign Ministry; Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Amos Lapidot, the former commander of Israel’s Air Force;Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Amnon Lipkin-Shahak, former chief of the IDF general staff; Brig. Gen. (Ret.)Israela Oron, former deputy National Security Council adviser, former chief of the IDF Wom-en’s Corps; Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Ilan Paz, former head of the Civil Administration in the WestBank; and Danny Yatom, former head of the Mossad. I can name dozens more.Mr. Scheier’s concern for Israel will be better served if, rather than attacking, he joins withthese Israelis in supporting pluralistic and civil debate on how American Jews can best work forIsrael’s long-term security as a Jewish democracy, offering opportunity to all its diverse citizens.
Raier Waldma AdkisSeattle
Dear Mr. Wilkes:Did you neglect to wear reading glasses when you perused my letter bemoaning “wastedtomatoes” (“Repair and defend,” Letters, March 2)? I am a proud and active member of JStreet. We are busting our kishkes trying to keep Israel out of world censure! I adamantlyoppose boycott, divestment and sanctions directed toward our Jewish homeland. Happily, this
otherwise silly dialog between commentators is a ne example of exactly what father and son
rabbis Martin and Daniel Weiner decry (“More than one way,” March 2).Mr. Wilkes and I both want to see Israel thrive. I believe this is the desire of most AmericanJews whether they are so-called left, right or middle. What’s needed right now is cooperation
between the various American Jewish organizations, admittedly difcult for an argumentative
tribe. The result wouldn’t be stuffy, drawing room etiquette, but powerful healing energy! I amever so grateful to the rabbis for eloquently stating the position that I endorse.
pala Libes ChesterMercer Islad
Tacoma LGBTQ groups cancel Israeli meetup
Following pressure rom possible pro-testors, a proessional workshop scheduledor Tursday between LGBQ groups inacoma and a delegation o representativesrom similar groups in Israel was cancelled.A letter posted on Facebook by oneprotestor suggested the Israeli govern-ment was engaging in a “pinkwashing”public relations campaign, in which pro-gressive communities in Israel are used todivert attention rom the Israeli-Palestin-ian conict.Robert Jacobs, executive director o StandWithUs Northwest, which coordi-nated the event, said in a statement he was“appalled by the single-minded and dehu-manizing tactics o those who would seek to censor opportunities or engagement,dialogue, learning and collaboration.”Four representatives o the Allianceo Israeli LGB Organizations said they came to the U.S. representing their ownorganizations. Tey expressed disappoint-ment about the cancellation by the Rain-bow Center and the Oasis Youth Center.“Israel has many aces,” said Irit Zviely,CEO o the Israeli LGBQ advocacy groupHoshen, at a Wednesday panel discussion.
— Joel Magalnick

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