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JTNews | April 13, 2012

JTNews | April 13, 2012

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JTNews, The Voice of Jewish Washington for April 13, 2012
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washington
 april 13, 2012 • 21 nisan 5772 • volume 88, no. 8 • $2
 
professionalwashington.com
connecting our local Jewish community
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poverty is localmessy mapmakingyoung philanthropistsa coming of age
Obama administration is ready or Iran talks —but is Iran?
Ron Kampeas
JTA Wrld Nws Srvi
WASHINGON (JA) — Te Obama administration has its Iranducks in a row: ehran is coming to the table, Israel is sitting still,most o the world’s major oil buyers and sellers are on board with thesanctions eort, and Congress is in an agreeable mood.Ducks, though, have a tendency to wander o. Iran might notstay at the table, or it might oer delaying tactics that peel o supportor sanctions by U.S. allies. Israeli leaders are skittish about allegedObama administration leaks that they believe are aimed at headingo an Israeli military response. Republicans in Congress, while pleas-antly surprised at the administration’s diligence at keeping to thesanctions timeline, are worried the administration could oer toomuch at the talks.Iran is not likely to deliver the concessions the United States is likely toseek, said Alireza Nader, an Iran analyst at the Rand Corp., a think tank thatoen consults with government.“Te issue between Iran and the United States is not the nuclear pro-gram,” he said. “Tere is a perception among Iran’s leaders that Iran isengaged in a conict with the United States and the nuclear program is parto the conict. Tey believe that i Iran makes compromises under pressure,it makes Iran looks weak.”Iran is ready or talks in Istanbul on April 13 with the world’s majorpowers, including the United States, on its nuclear program. It is not clear
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 At times the rush was frantic, but Emuna David, left, and Laura Hedeen, both undergraduate students at the University of Washington, were able to take a short breatherfrom serving the appetizers — gelte sh and matzoh ball soup — during Hillel at the UW’s annual Passover community lunch on Tuesday.
 
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friday, april 13, 2012
Volunteer at JFS toMake A Dierence
JFS
Volunteer Services
coordinates numerousrewarding and meaningul activities or peopleo all ages to get involved throughout the year.Here are some ways you can help:
•BIG
PALS
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LITTLE
PALS:
 
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•COMPANIONSERVICES:
 
Discover thesatisaction that comes rom making animportant dierence in the lie o an isolatedand lonely older adult or a person with adisability.
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FOOD
BANKPROGRAM:
 
There’s incred-ible and rewarding satisaction that comesrom eeding hungry people. Volunteersplay an essential role in ood distribution,collection, shelving, bagging and homedelivery year-round.
•HOLIDAYBASKETS:
Individuals and groupscollect ood and small gits, fll basketsand/or deliver the baskets to seniors andpeople with disabilities each year at Purim,Passover, Rosh Hashanah and Chanukah.
•INTERNSHIPS:
 
Become an intern at aJFS oice in Seattle, Bellevue or Kent, andexperience working in an acclaimed socialservice agency that alleviates suering,sustains healthy relationships and supportspeople in times o need.
•REFUGEE
&
IMMIGRANTSERVICES:
 
Assist or teach English as a SecondLanguage (ESL) classes, provide individualEnglish tutoring in the home, mentor newimmigrants, create and/or lead inormationalworkshops or immigrants.
•YOUTH
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FAMILYVOLUNTEERING:
 
Arrange a ood drive, hold a undraiser, helpseniors, make holiday cards or gits, collectgrocery bags or the JFS
Food Bank 
, helpat JFS events (e.g., ood sort or holidaybaskets) or create your own project.
•OTHER:
 
Help with Mitzvah Days, childcare,camp counselors, oice work or at ShaareiTikvah events. Visit www.jsseattle.org orupcoming volunteer events.
To get involved, volunteer tomake a dierence.
Contact Jane Deer-Hileman, Director of Volunteer Services, (206) 861-3155,e-mail volunteer@jfsseattle.org or visit www.jfsseattle.org
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Our volunteers give themost precious git o all…
themselves.
Back in 1892, volunteers were the backbone o Jewish Family Service.The same is true today. Over the years, our community has donated nearly2.2 million hours to assist those with needs here at home. On behal o theover 11,750 people served last year alone, thank you or giving the mostprecious git o all:
yourselves
.
For details about JFS volunteer opportunities for individuals, couples or groups,please contact Jane Deer-Hileman, Director of Volunteer Services, (206) 861-3155,e-mail volunteer@jfsseattle.org or visit our website.
 
friday, april 13, 2012 .
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jtnews OpiniOn
letters to the editor the rabbi’s turn
“It is shocking to me that anybody would ever feel so worthless and meaningless that their child, having been bullied to a point of suicide, wasn’t worthy of the world’s attention.”— Oz Fishman, BBYO’s international co-president, on the effects of extreme bullying. A story about what the Jewish community is doing about it appears on page 20.
WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR: We wold love to hear fro yo! Or ide to writi aletter to the editor ca be fod at www.jtew.et/idex.h?/letter_idelie.htl,bt leae liit yor letter to aroxiately 350 word. The deadlie for the ext ie iAril 17. Ftre deadlie ay be fod olie.
What happens at the seder(doesn’t) stay at the seder
Rabbi DaviD Fine
Unin fr Rfrm Judaism
Years ago I passed a sign-board whose message hasremained with me. “Reli-gion is what happens aer thesermon.” Simple and pow-erul.We are at the tail end o Passover. Te rituals o theseder are behind us — or arethey? I think the true impacto the seder is not on the oneor two nights it is observed, but rather asa booster or the entire year. ake thesedays, a halway point on the Jewish cal-endar to Rosh Hashanah, as a marker orwhat you want your year — or your lie tobe. Follow up on the message o Passover.A scan o just our Passover ingre-dients, elements o the seder — thoughthere are many more — will lead us in thisdirection.
Bdikat Chamtz:
he search orleaven — or that which pus up. Just asyeast le to sit and rise pus up bakedgoods, so too arrogance and pride caninate a person i ignored. At Passoverwe seek out the leaven in our homes asa way to create distinction. How healthy it is, spiritually and physically, to con-sciously rid ourselves o conceit. Passoveris an opportunity to look inward — intothe home o our souls —and to adjust ourown living.
Ha Lachma Aa
: Tis is poor peo-ple’s bread. We declare this at the rstappearance o matzoh at the seder. Whowould order an item made solely o ourand water at a estive meal? At Pass-over we identiy with those lacking oodchoices, who cannot choose what they will eat. How are we going to see to it thatothers have ood to eat? Do we contrib-ute to MAZON — A Jewish Response toHunger? Do we contribute to Leket Israel,which distributes 220 tons o ood a week to the hungry inIsrael? Do we work at a oodbank? Do we grow ood anddistribute to others?
Dau
: It would havebeen enough. his is ourpaean to reedom. We recountthe steps o liberation. Eachone would have satised us,so long as we would have leEgypt — Mitzrayim. In Hebrew the wordliterally means the most constricted o places. How are we ortiying others todepart their own internal or external mitz-rayim? Are we working collectively to endslavery, which still exists in Sudan, in thecocoa elds o Ivory Coast, or the broth-els o Cambodia and even in the streets o American cities? How are we partneringwith others to release economic shacklesand bring about justice?
Bikat HaMazo
: Blessing aer a ullmeal. Tis is intended to remind us toacknowledge the gis and blessings thatwe have, rather than ocusing on what welack. In a larger sense, it calls us to aware-ness and to express our appreciation —to the Divine and to each other. Seek outopportunities or expressing gratitude.Tis not only increases social capital, butmore important it changes our own inter-nal compass, directing us toward our gisand responsibility to others.Te almud teaches that one shouldonly pray in a room that has windows(Berachot 34b). One can read this as anadmonition to know what is happen-ing in this world even as one reaches outbeyond one’s sel. Passover is an extendedprayer. Keeps your eyes — and your mind— open. Celebrate Passover ully. May itlast guratively long aer your seder iscomplete.
ADDITIOns TO THE TImELInE
The article “A chronology of the cancelled invitations to gay and lesbian Israelis” (March30) left out important details. As one of the people who was present when the LGBT Com-mission made their decision to cancel the StandWithUs event and who later spoke at the City
Council hearing in favor of their decision, I would like to ll in some gaps in the JTNews story.At the Commission meeting on March 15, a group of LGBT Jewish and Palestinian activistsurged the commissioners to reconsider their decision. Several Jewish Voice for Peace activists,
myself included, explained that while we were not against hearing from individual LGBT Israe-lis, we could not support a tour backed by StandWithUs and the Israeli consulate.We explained that this event was part of a larger strategy of pinkwashing, the Islamopho-bic strategy of positioning Israel as an oasis of gay freedom in the Middle East surrounded by
uncivilized and homophobic Arabs, especially Palestinians.Two Palestinian LGBT activists described how pinkwashing affected them and their com
-munities. The commissioners were moved by their stories (at least two of the commissionerscried), and said that they hadn’t understood that holding this event would marginalize and
invisiblize LGBT Palestinians.Later, at the city council hearing, several Jewish and Palestinian activists spoke in favorof the cancellation, and Stefanie Fox, a Jewish Voice for Peace organizer (not Dean Spade asthe JTNews states), presented the letter of 3,500 signatures in support of the cancellation.Why did the JTNews interview only people who were against the cancellation (Rob Jacobs,the regional director of StandWithUs and Zach Carstensen from the Jewish Federation)? Amore balanced article would have included interviews with the Jewish activists (part of anational Jewish peace group of 100,000 supporters) and the Palestinian activists who were
in favor of the cancellation.
Wedy Eliheva soeroseattle
ApOLOgIEs ARE nOT EnOugH
We suffered a great public opinion defeat with the City of Seattle LGBT commission’s egre-giously bad decision not to meet with the Israeli LGBT group (“A chronology of the cancelledinvitations to gay and lesbian Israelis,” March 30). While I know that all sorts of apologiescame forth from the Seattle LGBT community and the City Council, the damage was done. It
is long-term damage both to the local Jewish community and to Israel.Put simply, there were global news stories about the refusal, and no news about the apol
-ogies. The anti-Israeli forces are publicizing their victory, which it was. They are using the vic-tory to gain more friends and to solicit more money. Check what they are doing and sayingon their websites.We got apologies, or as they say in Yiddish, “bubkis.” 
Proper reparations need to be made: What we should have asked for at the City Council
and what we should go back and ask for now is that the City of Seattle have a special day hon-oring countries that support gay rights and make Israel the top country in that category. Weshould ask that the City of Seattle invite the gay leaders from Israel back to Seattle and to havea day honoring them in their personal efforts to bring equality and tikkun olam to the world.
mark Blooeseattle
Reflections from Mike Wallace
Te ollowing excerpt written by MikeWallace is rom “I Am Jewish: Personal Refections Inspired by the Last Words o Daniel Pearl” by Dr. Judea and Ruth Pearl.Wallace was senior correspondent on “60 Minutes” and was a reporter or CBS News or more than our decades. He died on April 7 at the age o 93.
 
Reprinted with per-mission rom Jewish Lights Publishing 
(JA) — Occasionally down the yearsI’ve winced at being labeled a “sel-hatingJew” because my reporting rom the MiddleEast was perceived as tainted by hostility toward Israel. It wasn’t true, o course, but Igured it came with the territory, meaningthat I was deemed biased because I reportedaccurately what was happening on theother side, with the Palestinians.And it turned out that every once in awhile it was helpul to me as a reporter,or the act that I am Jewish and not in thepocket o the Israelis seemed to appeal tomovers and shakers in Cairo and Damas-cus and Riyadh, who were willing to talk tome on the record with some candor.I’ve worked the Middle East beat sincethe 1950s, back in the days o MosheDayan, Golda Meir, Menachem Begin,Anwar Sadat, Yasir Araat, MuammarGadha. My relations with all o them,with the sole exception o Begin, were cor-dial and straightorward. But when I ques-tioned Begin in a ashion that I thoughtreasonable and he ound belligerent, ourconversation was brought to an end by theintervention o Ezer Weizman, his deenseminister, who shortly aerward took meor a riendly drink at a nearby bar.My eyes had irst been opened toIsraeli-Palestinian realities by two pio-neering gures rom that part o the world.Back in the ies, Reuven Dane, a Roma-nian Israeli, and Fayez Sayegh, a Palestin-ian Christian, two riends o mine, gaveme a primer course on the complicatedsubject, or which I remain grateul.I have long admired the courage anddetermination o the Israelis and sym-pathized with their yearning or a securestate. I have similar eelings about the Pal-estinians. But I’m an American reporter, aJew who believes in going aer acts on theground, as Daniel Pearl did, and reportingthem accurately, let the chips all wherethey may.

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