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JTNews | June 22, 2012

JTNews | June 22, 2012

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JTNews | The Voice of Jewish Washington issue for June 22, 2012
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j e w i s h
june 22, 2012 • 2 tammuz 5772 • volume 88, no. 13 • $2
connecting our local Jewish community
@jew_ish • @jewishdotcom • @jewishcal
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P   g   1  5  
 Tacoma Chabad’s new synagogue opensPage 6  A visit from Israel’s ambassadoPage 7  A day school in dangePage 25
 young jews who arechanging the worldStarts on Page 9
JTN .
friday, JuNe 22, 2012
For complete details about these and other upcoming JFS events and workshops, please visit our website: www.jfsseattle.org
Summer Family Calendar
AA Meetings at JFS
 Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m.
(206) 461-3240 or ata@jsseattle.org
1601 16th Avenue, Seattle
(206) 461-3240 • www.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.
Picnic in the Park
For Jewish single parent amilies and the
BigPals/Little Pals
 Sunday, July 15Noon – 4:00p.m.
Jane or Marjorie, (206) 461-3240, jdeer@jsseattle.org or amilylie@jsseattle.org
RESCHEDULED:Parenting Mindully
The Middah of Truthfulness
 Monday, July 166:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Marjorie Schnyder, (206) 861-3146 or
Positive Discipline:Parenting with Confdence
Attend one or all o the events
 TuesdaysJuly 17, 24, 31 & August 76:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Marjorie Schnyder, (206) 861-3146 or
(206) 861-3155 • www.jfsseattle.org
 or volunteer@jsseattle.org
Programs of Project DVORA (DomesticViolence Outreach, Response & Advocacy)are free of charge.
Support Group for Jewish Womenwith Controlling Partners
Location, date and time are strictly confdential
Project DVORA
, (206) 461-3240
Yoga Healing Workshops
 Sundays, July 22 & August 1910:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Project DVORA
, (206) 461-3240
Science o Chronic Pain
 Thursday, July 1210:30 a.m – Noon
Treatment o Chronic Pain
 Tuesday, July 1710:30 a.m – Noon
New Research AboutChronic Pain Management
 Thursday, July 2610:30 a.m – Noon
to Ellen Hendin, (206) 861-3183 orendlessopps@jsseattle.org regarding all
Endless Opportunities
Shaarei Tikvah: Gates o Hope
Summer Shabbat experience for peopleof all abilities
 Friday, June 295:30 p.m.Service followed by dinner
Marjorie Schnyder, (206) 861-3146 or
Holy Hell Raisers: Jewish Women & Social Change
 Wednesdays, July 11 & 187:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Project DVORA
, (206) 461-3240 orcontactus@jfsseattle.org
Kosher Food Bank Event
Pre-registration required
 Wednesdays, July 11 & August 15:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Jana Prothman, (206) 861-3174 or jprothman@jsseattle.org
Pride Shabbat
 Friday, June 226:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Pride Festival
 Sunday, June 2410:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Leonid Orlov, (206) 861-8784or
Jewish Family Service
Annual Meeting & Birthday Celebration
Margot Kravette
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. • Hillel UW
All guests must be registered.For inormation, contact Leslie Sugiura:
Lsugiura@jfsseattle.org • (206) 861 3151
Three Part Series on Chronic PainLGBTQ Pride Events:
friday, june 22, 2012 .
jtnws OpiniOn
“There’s always this incredibly steep learning curve. That, to me, is always the hardest part.”— Pulitzer prize-winning reporter Eli Sanders, one of our 10 Jews under 40 making a difference. See all 10, starting on page 9.
the rabbi’s turn
Write a Letter tO the eDitOr: W wold lov o  fom o! O gd o wg  l o  do c  fod  www.jw./dx.pp?/l_gdl.ml, pl lm o l o ppoxml 350 wod. t ddl fo  x   Jl 3. F ddl m  fod ol.
How America first learned ofthe Holocaust
JoinMdi Nws Srvic
Seventy years ago this month, Amer-ica learned, or the rst time, about thesystematic mass murder o Europe’s Jews— but Allied ocials and some leadingnewspapers downplayed the news.In late 1941 and early 1942, Westerndiplomats and journalists received scat-tered inormation about Nazi massacres o many thousands o Jews in German-occu-pied Poland and Russia. But the news wasdicult to conrm and sounded to many like the usual travails o war.Te turning point came in late May 1942, when a courier rom the JewishSocialist Bund o Poland reached Englandwith a shocking report. It began: “Fromthe day the Russo-German war broke out,the Germans embarked on the physicalextermination o the Jewish population onPolish soil.”Te Bund Report stressed that the kill-ings were not isolated outbursts, but parto a systematic plan to “annihilate all theJews in Europe,” town by town, coun-try by country. Te report described howin villages throughout Poland and West-ern Russia, German troops marchedthe Jewish residents to a nearby orestor ravine, and machine-gunned theminto giant pits. Te Bund also detailedthe killing o Jews in the Chelmno campin mobile death vans — trucks whoseexhaust umes were pumped back into thepassenger cabin.Some 700,000 Jews had already beenmurdered, the Bund Report calculated.At a ollow-up press conerence inJune, World Jewish Congress ocials inLondon reported that the death toll hadpassed one million. (Te real number wasalready close to 2 million.)BBC Radio devoted several broad-casts to the story, and the London imesand other British newspapers published itprominently. Te response o the Amer-ican press, however, was much weaker.Te Chicago ribune, or example, rele-gated the news to 11 lines on page 6, andreported vaguely that the Jews had per-ished as a result o “ill treatment” by theGermans. Te Los Angeles imes gave ittwo paragraphs on page 3.Te coverage in the New York imeswas particularly important because many other newspapers looked to the imes— as they still do — to decide i a par-ticular story deserves attention. On June27, the imes buried the Bund story atthe end o a column o short news itemsrom Europe. Five days later, the imesreported on the World Jewish Congress’spress conerence — but the imes dilutedthe news by asserting that the death toll“probably includes many who died o mal-treatment in concentration camps, starva-tion in ghettos or orced labor” rather thanmass murder.Ten, on July 4, the imes tried to pullthe rug out rom under the Bund Report.An unsigned news analysis, published onpage 4, claimed the Jewish death toll couldbe anywhere “rom 100,000 to 1,500,000.”Te Germans “treat the Jews accordingto whether they are productive or non-productive,” the imes asserted. hehigh mortality rate among “nonproduc-tive” Jews was due to “starvation and ill-treatment” rather than mass executions.Eyewitness accounts o mass graves with40,000 bodies at Zhitomir “appear to havebeen based on hearsay.”Meanwhile, the Allies were tryingto bury the story. A ew weeks aer theBund Report arrived, ocials o the U.S.Oce o War Inormation and the Brit-ish Ministry o Inormation began meet-ing in Washington under the auspiceso their new Committee on War Inor-mation Policy. Tey decided to withholdnews about Nazi massacres o Jews, lest itlead to “hatred o all members o the racesguilty o such actions” or provoke retalia-tion against American POWs.In response to the Bund Report, theAmerican Jewish Congress, B’nai B’rithand the Jewish Labor Committee orga-nized a rally at Madison Square Gardenin July 1942 that drew a capacity crowd o 20,000. But AJC president Rabbi StephenS. Wise and the other speakers rerainedrom calling on the Allied governmentsto take any steps to rescue European Jews.Te protest was limited to expressions o sorrow over the killing, and hope or aspeedy Allied victory over the Nazis.“It is somewhat dicult to put all theblame or complacency on British andAmerican statesmen...when Jewish leadersmade no visible attempt to put pressure ontheir governments or any active policy o rescue,” Pro. Yehuda Bauer, o HebrewUniversity and Yad Vashem, has written.“Te Jewish leadership could hardly pleadlack o knowledge.”Bauer blames the restrained Jewishresponse on doubts about the news, “loy-alty to President Roosevelt,” and “earo arousing anti-Semitism i the UnitedStates were requested to act specically inthe interest o Jews in Europe.”Pro. David S. Wyman, author o “TeAbandonment o the Jews,” contends thatWise and other Jewish leaders “were stillin shock — the news rom Europe wasso horric, and so unprecedented, that ittook time to understand and absorb it.” Itwould take several more months o suchreports, and a grudging conrmation by the Roosevelt administration at the end o 1942, beore Jewish leaders began propos-ing concrete plans or rescue — but eventhen, the struggle to bring about Alliedaction would prove ormidable indeed.
Dr.Rafael Medoff is director of The David S.Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, and coauthor, with Prof. Sonja Schoepf Wentling,of the new book “Herbert Hoover and the Jews: The Origins of the ‘Jewish Vote’ and Bipartisan Support for Israel.” 
CourteSy the DaviD S. WyMaN iNStitute for holoCauSt StuDieS
Shmuel Zyelbojm, a Jewish member of theLondon-based Polish overnment in exile,played a major role in publicizin the Bund
Our uniue purpose
Rabbi avReMi YaRMush
Chbd of Whcom Couny
In this week’s orah portion, Korachinstigates a mutiny against Moshe Rab-beinu. Troughout history, Korach hasbeen vilied as someone who was cor-rupt and had no ear o God. However, i we look at his argument, it doesn’t seemall that bad.Korach asked Moshe: “he wholenation o Israel is holy; why do you exaltyoursel over the congregation o God?”Seemingly, Korach was not corrupt, butwas ghting elitism, which could very wellhave been a noble cause or him to cham-pion.As an American, I love the statementin the Constitution that “all men were cre-ated equal.” It’s something ingrained inJewish ethics, in the way we were broughtup, that all human beings deserve equalopportunity.Korach, the Midrash tells us, askedMoshe: “Does a tallit that was madeentirely o techelit (special blue wool)need to have strings made o techelit aswell?”Korach was saying that all the Jewishpeople were holy, so there was no need tomake a distinction between them (white vs. blue). I doubt this is what the FoundingFathers meant when stating that all menwere created equal.omorrow, Shabbat, is the 18th anni- versary o the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s (R’Menachem M. Schneersohn) passing. TeRebbe, as he was lovingly known, taughtthat Korach’s error was that although allmen are created equal, we each have anindividual mission in changing this worldinto a place o goodness and kindness.We’re all equal yet distinct, and each oneo us is unique.Nelson Mandela is quoted as saying,“Tere is no passion to be ound in playingsmall, in settling or a lie that is less thanthe one that you are capable o living.”In Ethics o our Fathers (Chapter 4), itstates: “Do not scorn any person, or thereis no person without his/her hour.” Every human being, every creature, every object,has its unique purpose. Let us learn romKorach’s mistake and treat every humanbeing as an equal, yet respect our dier-ences, and help one another reach thegoal o making this world a place that Godwould be proud o.Shabbat Shalom!

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