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The culture of success and failure
Jonathan S. tobin JNS.org
  All’s fair in love, war and politics. So it is ment in the West Bank, as well as the indeto be expected that Jewish Democrats desirpendent Palestinian state (in all but name) ous of President Obama’s re-election will that Hamas governs in Gaza, work, offibe doing their best to perpetuate the idea cial corruption is the rule rather than the that Republican presidential candidate Mitt exception. The complete absence of the rule Romney’s foreign trip this month was an of law there is not the fault of Israel but of unmitigated disaster. But the media narrathe terrorist organizations masquerading as tive about his trip to Israel is one that ought political parties who run those places.  to worry supporters of Israel no matter Instead of concentrating on fostering which party or candidate they support. free enterprise and creating trust, the focus Romney is said to have disgraced himof the Fatah-run entity is the enrichment self by saying that if you want to underof the ruling elite and the continuance of stand the stark contrast between the success the war on Israel. Following in the footof Israel and the failure of the Palestinsteps of Yasser Arafat, Mahmoud Abbas ians, “Culture makes all the difference.” It was to be expected that the Palestinian Authority (PA) would attack him. But the American mainstream media has been almost as scathing in describing it as an “insult.” While political observers will rightly put this down as just one among scores of minor skirmishes in a long presidential campaign that won’t have much impact on the final outcome, the controversy FlaSh90 is actually quite signifi- Mitt Romney touches the Western Wall during his recent trip to Israel. cant in terms of what it reveals about American attitudes toward and his cronies have squandered or stolen the Middle East. Far from Romney being most of the billions that have been poured revealed to be a foolish dabbler in forinto these areas by the European Union eign policy whose blunders have exacerand the United States.  bated an already troubled peace process, Palestinians are not just hampered by his comments were actually quite accurate the Arab cultural backwardness in which about the reasons why Israel is a haven of human rights are abused, women are disfree enterprise and the areas run by the criminated against, and gays and reliPA are, to be charitable, a basket case. It gious minorities are persecuted. They are is, instead, Romney’s critics, such as the harmed by their own particular culture, in pompous editorialists at the New York which rejection of the legitimacy of Israel Times, who are demonstrating their proand fomenting of hatred against Jews has found ignorance. What’s more, it is the given their leaders license to eschew peace refusal of so many allegedly informed and glorify violence. Anyone who ignores observers of the region, as well as Amerthis truth and the need for Palestinians to ican and European political figures, to undergo a cultural sea change for peace or admit that what Romney said was true, prosperity to have a chance is doing them that is enabling the corruption and viono favor. lence that continues to sink any hopes of   The troubling aspect of this story is Palestinian reform. not whether Romney will be hurt by it, but The fact that the key to success lies whether friends of Israel on both sides of in the political and economic culture the political aisle will continue to avoid the of a nation is something that has been truth about the Palestinians. Neither politacknowledged by virtually every credible ical correctness nor the political advantage authority on the subject. Indeed, even the that Democrats seek justifies the attacks United Nations’ Arab Human Developon Romney’s remarks. Anyone who cares ment Report noted that existing cultural about peace in the Middle East — including norms in the Arab world are a primary Jewish liberals — ought to be echoing the obstacle to progress. Republican on this issue, not attacking him. Romney’s critics say he’s wrong because   Israel’s “occupation” is the reason why JNS Columnist Jonathan S. Tobin is senior the West Bank and Gaza are so depressed. online editor of Commentary magazine and While the continuance of the conflict chief political blogger at because of Palestinian intransigence doesn’t www.commentarymagazine.com. He can be help development, that is not the cause of reached at jtobin@commentarymagazine.com. all their problems. As anyone who has even Follow him on Twitter at @TobinCommentary. a passing knowledge of how the PA govern-

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Obama has helped make Israel safer
Edgar M. bronfMan JTa World News Service
NEW YORK (JTA) — Throughout a half-century of international diplomatic work, I have learned to tell the politicians from the friends and the charlatans from the statesmen. Charlatans scream. They tell you what you want to hear and call other people names. Friends and leaders need not rely on rhetoric or boisterous bravado. They produce results and act on principle. President Obama is such a friend and leader. In his 3-1/2 years in office he has deepened and strengthened the relationship between the United States and Israel. And today, Obama continues to implement a comprehensive pro-Israel agenda that has made Israel safer and more secure. Under Obama, U.S. financial aid to Israel is at its highest levels ever. During the past four years, Israel has avoided becoming engaged in any substantial frontal military engagements, advanced its notable economic development, and remains prepared for negotiating a comprehensive peace. Obama as president has led a mutually beneficial resurgence in the exchange of strategic technology, intelligence and cooperation between U.S. armed forces and the Israel Defense Forces. Standing by Israel, Obama opposed the unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state and blocked its recognition at the United Nations. He supported Israel’s right to defend itself and confronted head-on the now-discredited Goldstone Report that condemned Israeli defensive action off its coast. He also ordered the United States to withdraw from the Durban Review Conference, whose namesake conference was supposed to be about racism but instead became an anti-Israel hate-fest. Obama stated unequivocally that “The United States will stand up against efforts to single Israel out at the United Nations or in any international forum.” Going even further, Obama has taken the floor of the United Nations to declare that “Israel’s existence must not be a subject for debate” and that “efforts to chip away at Israel’s legitimacy will be met only by the unshakable opposition of the United States.” When Fatah and Hamas joined political forces and pressured Israel to enter negotiations with them, Obama told the world that “No country can be expected to negotiate with a terrorist organization sworn to its destruction,” concluding that “Israel cannot be expected to negotiate with Palestinians who do not recognize its right to exist.” And this is also why Obama has taken such a strong stand against the Iranian nuclear program — the single greatest threat to the State of Israel and the stability of the Middle East. After years of inaction and neglect by the Bush administration, Obama constructed an international coalition to impose the most crippling sanctions ever on the Iranian regime. These sanctions have already chocked off Iran’s access to many capital markets and have had a profound effect on the way Tehran finances its nefarious operations. Covert U.S. operations targeting Iran’s nuclear infrastructure reportedly have also slowed their rate of progress. While his opponents can talk tough on Iran, the president is doing what is necessary to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. Nevertheless, despite clear facts and substantial evidence, political partisans and opponents of the president continue a coordinated campaign to distort reality in a brazen attempt to fool the public. The same type of people who called Obama a closet Muslim and claimed he was not born in the United States now exercise linguistic calisthenics to obfuscate the truth and portray the president as hostile to the Jewish State. Nothing could be further from the truth. Not long ago, while sitting in the Oval Office, Obama looked me in the eye and said, “My commitment to Israel’s security is bone deep.” He did not have to say it. I already knew that President Obama would never forsake the Jewish State, its security, and its people. His record of performance is crystal clear and the charlatans cannot change that. My father before me actively supported Jewish communities around the world and prior to 1948 closely worked with those establishing the modern State of Israel. For more than a half century, I have worked with successive Israeli governments and U.S. presidents — Republican and Democrat — to provide for the safety and security of the Jewish people and the State of Israel. My family has loved, worked, invested in and supported the State of Israel, its security and its people since before its founding. We have not always agreed with its policies, but we have always been there to support and defend its government and people. We are connected to every facet of Jewish life and want nothing more than Israel’s peace, security, vibrancy and prosperity. I am confident that President Obama shares our values and I shall confidently vote for him in November.
Edgar M. Bronfman is the former CEO of the Seagram Company Ltd. and the former president of the World Jewish Congress.

the rabbi’s turn

All that we need
rabbi JaninE SchloSS Temple Beth am
I have a confession to make. You see, I thought I was pretty modest, but I’ve recently learned that I might have been haughtier than I thought I was. You want to hear the story? Sure! Here’s how it begins…. Like I said, I think I’m pretty modest. I don’t have a lot of clothes; I don’t spend a lot of time concerned with how I look. I don’t brag about my house or my trips or my kids’ school. So if you had asked me this question a few years or even a few months ago, I would have comfortably told you that I think I control my possessions and my wants pretty well. That was before the divorce. Even though my husband and I separated quite amicably, we still had to divide up our possessions. The process was understandably difficult, and it was the first time that I began to realize how important my possessions were to me. Then we had to sell the house, and that’s when the real trouble began. I love my house. It’s beautiful and it’s big and everything I owned could fit in it. The problem is, when you get divorced, you have to get two houses for the price of one. So surprise, surprise, the rental home that I moved into a few weeks ago is half the size of my previous home. It wasn’t until I started unpacking that I truly realized how many things I own! I think I could fill my new kitchen three times over and still not have enough room for everything! This week’s Torah portion, Ekev, talks about this exact experience. God tells us: “Take care lest you forget the Eternal your God…. When you have eaten your fill, and have built fine houses to live in, and your herds and flocks have multiplied, and your silver and gold have increased, and everything you own has prospered, beware lest your heart grow haughty and you forget the Eternal Your God” (Deut. 8:11-14). God is sending us a very important message. God is saying: When we’ve eaten everything we want to eat, and we’ve built a big house to live in, and our possessions have not only increased but multiplied, we run the risk of becoming full of ourselves. The more we have, the more likely we are to become conceited and selfabsorbed. Not only that, but the more we have, the less often we give thanks to God. Suddenly the money in our bank account seems like a fitting reward for our brilliance. We believe we deserve to be so well off and — perhaps most tragically of all — we forget to give to others who have less than we do. So too with me. I had eaten my fill, I was living in a fine house, and I had prospered. I had plenty, but I had gotten to the point where I no longer appreciated it. Worst of all, I had forgotten to give thanks to God for the goodness around me. I am grateful that the lesson of Ekev came just when it did. Now that I’m downsizing, I need to find a way to feel just as proud of myself and my home no matter how many bathrooms there are (or aren’t!) in my new house. I need to stay appreciative and I need to remember to give to others, even as I begin this new stage in my life’s journey. Most of all, with every box that I unpack, I need to remember to thank God for the tremendous good in my life. I have a roof over my head, I have beds for my children and me, and I have food in my pantry. Thank you, God — I truly have all that I need.
Rabbi Janine Schloss is Temple Beth Am’s director of education.

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This issue marks the debut of our new logo and a refresh in the design of the paper. It also marks the first time that JTNews will be distributed throughout the Greater Seattle area on a biweekly basis, so it’s available for everyone to enjoy! One criticism we have heard since we adopted the JTNews name was that we didn’t sound Jewish enough. Now, when you see us in your synagogue, in your neighborhood coffee shop, in your supermarket, or in your mailbox, you’ll know right away exactly who we are and who we represent: You, our Jewish community. As always, thank you for reading. Joel Magalnick Editor and Acting Publisher JTNews, The Voice of Jewish Washington

“Islam is the perfect religion for Muslims. Christianity is the perfect religion for Christians. Judaism is the perfect religion for Jews.” — Rabbi Jim Mirel of Temple B’nai Torah at a joint Tisha B’Av/Ramadan event last week. See the full story on page 6.


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news briefs
Jewish Olympians take the Games
Dozens of Jewish and Israeli athletes are competing in the London 2012 Summer Games, several of them earning medals for their countries. Most notably, Alexandra Raisman has brought the U.S. women’s gymnastics team two gold medals — the first time the U.S. girls have placed since 1996. New Zealand’s Nathan Cohen, with partner Joseph Sullivan, won a gold medal for men’s double sculls; Australia’s Jessica Fox carried her mother’s Olympic legacy in kayaking, taking a silver medal; and U.S. swimmer Jason Lezak won a silver medal with his team for the 400-meter freestyle relay. Israeli Olympians are expected to go home with no medals for the first time since 1988. On July 27, the JTNews profiled Jews on the ballot. At press time, this is how they and all of their fellow Jewish candidates were doing following the Aug. 7 primary: Laura Ruderman, U.S. Representative, Congressional District 1: Will not advance Andrew Hughes, U.S. Representative, Congressional District 7: Will not advance Steve Gonzalez, Supreme Court Justice Position 8: Likely winner Sheryl Gordon McCloud, Supreme Court Justice Position 9: Will advance Pam Loginsky, Court of Appeals, Division 2, District 2: Will advance Sue Parisien, King County Superior Court Judge Position 42: Will advance David Ruzumna, King County Superior Court Judge Position 42: Will not advance Andy Billig, State Senator, 3rd: Will advance Sherry Appleton, State Rep. Position 1, 23rd (Incumbent): Will advance Reuven Carlyle, State Rep. Position 1, 36th (Incumbent): Will advance Leslie Klein, State Rep. Position 1, 36th: Will likely advance Marcie Maxwell, State Rep. Position 1, 41st (Incumbent): Will advance Roger Goodman, State Rep. Position 1, 45th (Incumbent): Will advance Jessyn Farrell, State Rep. Position 2, 46th: Will advance Shelly Crocker, State Rep. Position 2, 46th: Will not advance David Frockt, State Senator, 46th (Incumbent): Will advance Results will be certified by Aug. 21.

2012 primary results

coming up
Wednesday, August 15, 7–10 p.m. This November, Washingtonians will vote on Referendum 74, which would legalize same-sex marriage. Temple B’nai Torah is hosting religious leaders from around Puget Sound who will participate in a dialogue about how their religious movements support the referendum. The discussion will be followed by a dessert reception. At Temple B’nai Torah, 15727 NE Fourth St., Bellevue. For more information contact Jennifer Fliss at jfliss@templebnaitorah.org or 425-603-9677 or visit templebnaitorah.org.

■ Religious support for marriage equality

Wednesday, August 22–Sunday, August 26 TorahTrek, “the center for Jewish wilderness spirituality,” is leading a five-day camping trip on Mount Rainier. Activities include hiking, intentional prayer walks, games, baking challah over a campfire, and observing Shabbat under the stars and in the great wide open. The trip is ideal for families with children 5 and older, but all are welcome. Parties may join for any part of the trip, Shabbat only, or the entire five days. $100/day, $45/day for children under 16. For more information contact Josh Lake at joshlake1@mac.com or 310-779-7670 or visit torahtrek.com. Applications are available on the website.

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yiddish/ladino lesson
by iSaac azoSE

inside this issue
Jews and Muslims, praying together
In a special service commemorating Ramadan and Tisha B’Av, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and Temple B’nai Torah held a service to break their respective fasts.


Ken kere la roza, no mira el espino.

Whoever wants the rose does not pay attention to the thorns.

The preservation of Ladino


A majority of the world’s Ladino speakers were killed during the Holocaust, and now an international effort, led by a University of Washington professor, is rushing to preserve it.

Found on FaCEbooK
• El Al’s unintentional Groupon. And I missed it. DANG! • Today is Pasteles Day at SBH! Anybody know how the baking is going? • In Wisconsin, Jews seek ways to help Sikhs after Milwaukee shooting • Alec Baldwin interviews Billy Joel on his new NPR show “Here’s The Thing.” Want to see more? Follow us at www.facebook.com/jtnews.

Back to (Hebrew) school
A number of supplementary programs are emerging this year that hope to change the way kids think of Hebrew school — and maybe even want them to keep coming back!

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Jewish High The Livnot Project Chabad Hebrew School Live Online Learning Want salad?

Next time you head to Island Crust Café, order the Hadassah Salad. You get lettuce, falafel, a bit of spice, and a donation to Israeli hospitals.

Want deli?


From the Jewish Transcript August 15, 1985 We’re all going gaga over Jewish gymnast and gold medalist Aly Raisman, who did a routine to “Hava Nagila” in this year’s Olympic Games. But back then, at the 12th World Maccabiah Games in Israel, the Puget Sound had a full contingent of medalists, including karate expert Kathy Jones, pictured here. Jones won two gold medals: One in fighting, the other in contact karate. The Jerusalem Post dubbed her “America’s Queen of Karate.”

For dinner, Stopsky’s Delicatessen is offering a new menu that takes some deli standards and elevates them to something even more heavenly.

MORE Israel: To Your Health: Fighting cancer M.O.T.: Science! Crossword Community Calendar The Arts Lifecycles The Shouk Classifieds

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In the Jews on the Ballot series article about Pamela Loginsky, we mistakenly noted that Loginsky is the only attorney running for the judgeship position with appellate experience. The article should have stated she is the only candidate with extensive appellate experience. JTNews regrets the error.

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Two faiths, one God: Jews and Muslims unite for shared observances, values
gwEn daviS, Special to JTNews
“Islam is the perfect religion for Muslims. Christianity is the perfect religion for Christians. Judaism is the perfect religion for Jews,” said Rabbi Jim Mirel at “Two Faiths, One God,” an event that brought Jews and Muslims to the synagogue to pray and break the fasts of Tisha B’Av and Ramadan together. The July 29 event joined members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and Temple B’nai Torah. Mirel, of TBT, and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s leader, Anwar Mahmood Khan, spoke about the unity of the two religions. “Brothers and sisters,” Mirel began, “we both praise, honor and try to follow the best we can — God. Sometimes we have the Arabic word for God, Allah. Sometimes we have the Hebrew word, Elohim. And other times we have the English word, God. But, one God.” He continued, “It’s wonderful learning about the wonderful tradition of Islam, which, as you know, is our sister religion.” “This is a great gathering,” Khan said when he addressed the audience. “It teaches that people from different faiths might have different ideologies, but they believe in one God. We all adhere to please our Creator, to ask for forgiveness from Him, to thank “I often read the Quran for the congregation and at home,” said 16-year-old Awais Ahmae, who sang Quran versus during the service. “I feel blessed I’m able to do that. I’m happy I’ve been blessed by God.” The event was planned several months ago when Khan reached out to Mirel, suggesting the two organizations create an interfaith experience. Mirel proposed it should be on Tisha B’Av, which this year coincided with Ramadan, when both groups fast. “Our celebration reminds us that the tradition — whether Jewish, Christian or Islam — the most important thing is to be faithful and follow God or Allah,” Mirel said. “That’s what it’s all about.” The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is not considered to be mainstream Islam. The Ahmadiyya movement was founded in 1889 in India by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, who claimed he was the messiah. Following his death, the group split into the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and the smaller Lehore Ahmadiyya movement. The community has 65 chapters in the U.S.; the Seattle-region mosque is in Lynnwood.
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Rabbi Jim Mirel addresses the mixed sanctuary of Jews and Muslims at Temple B’nai Torah and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s joint Tisha B’Av and Ramadan gathering.

Him and request of Him that He continuously guide us in the best way He can so that we can bring forth world peace.” Along with the addresses, the evening alternated between Jewish and Muslim prayers. Mirel and Khan told the congregants to participate only if they felt comfortable. A Torah and Quran exhibit was set up in the social hall for people to observe after the services and before and during the break-fast meal. Approximately 200 people joined the event, with about 60 percent from the

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and the rest Jews, mostly members of TBT, as well as some Christians. Both Jewish and Muslim attendees seemed happy that this event was taking place. “I was always impressed with how the Islamic faith embraced the Jewish prophets and Christian prophets and respected the Torah and Gospels in a manner that is beautiful,” said Phil Gerson, interfaith dialogue coordinator at TBT. “It sets the stage for realizing we’re all connected.”

Help support two great institutions helping kids
In a perfect world every child would be happy and healthy. Unfortunately, the real world doesn’t work that way and not all children are able to enjoy good health. But fortunately, many of those young people who have health issues have two premiere northwest institutions to turn to for some of the best pediatric care in the country. They are Children’s Hospital in Seattle and Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Oregon. QFC is proud to support these two great organizations as our charities of the month for August. Each is a leader in providing superior patient care and using research to advance new treatments. Children’s Hospital in Seattle has been treating children regardless of race, religion, gender or a family’s ability to pay since 1907 and provided over $100 million in uncompensated care in 2011. It has consistently been ranked among the best children’s hospitals in the U.S. and serves as a pediatric and adolescent referral center for Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. Seattle Children’s consists of three organizations, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle Children’s Research Institute and Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation.  Children’s Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, emergency and outreach services. It has 254 beds and a staff of over 1,200 professionals, including over 700 doctors. In 2011, it had over 300,000 patient visits, including visits to off-site clinics. Seattle Children’s Research Institute has nine major centers with over 350 investigators researching hundreds of diseases and disorders in fields such as cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention and bioethics. Researchers in the centers collaborate with each other and with their colleagues at partner institutions including the University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Doernbecher Children’s Hospital began serving patients in 1926 in Portland and is now affiliated with Oregon Health and Sciences University. It has clinics in several communities around the state of Oregon and one in Vancouver, Washington. Like Children’s Hospital in Seattle, Doernbecher is involved in research which is quickly translated into new treatments. Specific areas of research include cardiology, neurology, weight regulation, metabolism, oncology and stem cell research.

Both Children’s Hospital in Seattle and Doernbecher Children’s Hospital believe that children should have compassionate, family-centered care. Both are at the forefront of pediatric medical research so that they can advance new treatments in their quests to prevent, treat and eliminate pediatric disease. You can join QFC in supporting these great institutions by donating at any check stand using the $1, $5, or $10 scan cards or by dropping change in coin boxes.

For comments or questions you can contact QFC Associate Communications Manager Ken Banks at ken.banks@qfci.com or phone 425-462-2205.

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israel: To your healTh


Rushing to preserve Ladino legacies
charlottE anthony JTa World News Service
NEW YORK (JTA) — Isaac Azose knew he had a treasure in his hands — a nearly century-old booklet for Ladinospeaking Jews immigrating to the United States that featured English, Ladino and Yiddish expressions to help them acculturate into their new communities. “I thought to myself, I’ve got a real find here,” said Azose, the cantor emeritus at Congregation Ezra Bessaroth in Seattle, whose family came from Turkey. So he became one of many people in Seattle to share a Ladino artifact with Devin Naar, an assistant professor in Jewish studies at the University of Washington who is trying to uncover, collect, preserve and digitize the rich heritage of Sephardi Jews. While small collections of Ladino books and documents can be found at the Library of Congress, the American Sephardi Federation and Yeshiva University, Naar says his project, the Seattle Sephardic Treasures, is the first community-based initiative to gather Ladino source materials in one place. “More than 10,000 Yiddish books are readily accessible and digitized through the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Mass., but no equivalent exists for Ladino and virtually no original Ladino books can be accessed online,” said Naar, whose effort is part of the larger Sephardic Studies Initiative of the University of Washington’s Stroum Jewish Studies Program. Ladino, also known as Judeo-Spanish, was the language of Sephardi Jews whose ancestors were expelled from Spain in 1492 and then settled throughout the Mediterranean basin of the Ottoman Empire. Its Ashkenazi counterpart, Yiddish, continues to survive through Yiddishspeaking haredi Orthodox communities and some secular advocates of the language. Ladino, however, has faced a steep decline in the past century. While Yiddish has more than 3 million speakers worldwide, UNESCO estimates that fewer than 150,000 people still speak Ladino. Gloria Ascher, co-director of Judaic Studies at Tufts University, offers several reasons for the language’s precipitous dropoff: 90 percent of Ladino speakers, particularly in places such as Bulgaria and Greece, were murdered during the Holocaust; with the rise of Zionism, Hebrew is emphasized as the central Jewish language; and Ladino-speaking immigrant parents encourage their children to speak the native language of their new countries, such as English. After New York and Los Angeles, Seattle has the third largest Sephardi community in the United States. According to a 2000 study by the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, there are 2,700 Sephardi households in the community’s total 22,490 Jewish households. Naar started collecting materials at Ezra Bessaroth, a Sephardi synagogue, at the annual Purim bazaar in March. He already has gathered dozens of documents, including a rare Ladino textbook published in Salonika, Greece, in 1929. He even found a set of letters from the 1930s written by 9-year-old Claire Barkey from the Island of Rhodes to her family members in Seattle. “She was able to correspond her way and her family’s way off the island of Rhodes to evade Nazi persecution and to find safety in the U.S.,” Naar said. “The entire story is preserved in the set of letters. It’s really an amazing story.” The value of the objects should not be underestimated, says Noam Pianko, chair of the Stroum Jewish Studies Program. “It’s the stories and the past of the Sephardic Jewish community of Seattle, so it has tremendous communal value,” he said. “These documents are important on a scholarly level as well. They tell an untold and yet incredibly important story of the Sephardic Jewish experience in America.” Many of the documents, he says, have been buried in basements or closets and breathe an authenticity that can never be captured in academic works. “I want to make the materials available in their original form so you can see the handwriting, the coffee stains and the lived
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Innovative research may lead to cancer prevention, even a cure
JaniS SiEgEl, JTNews Columnist
Doctors will tell you that it is far better to prevent cancer, if at all possible, but if a cancer does begin to grow, the next best defense against its fastgrowing tendencies is to diagnose it early and fight it with as many tools as possible. This year, four research institutions in Israel have made significant leaps toward the prevention and the detection of the disease. to Your On the prevention side, researchers found strong evidence that overweight children are more prone to developing certain cancers as adults, and a plant geneticist found that altered sleep cycles may also play a role in developing the disease, according to his innovative research on plant genes. On the treatment side, researchers may have succeeded in finding a smarter, more cancer-sensitive blood test using infrared light technology, while other researchers have come closer to finding a more precise chemotherapy procedure that only attacks cancer cells, and spares healthy ones. A large, long-term study by Dr. Ari Shamiss at the Sheba Medical Center and Dr. Adi Leiba of Tel Aviv University followed 1.1 million average-weight and obese Israeli Defense Forces members over 18 years and found that those subjects who had a body mass index above the 84th percentile as an adolescent had a 50 percent greater risk of developing cancer of the bladder, urinary tract, and colorectal cancers as an adult. The research, recently published in the journals Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention and Obesity, has prompted future studies to see whether weight loss as an adult can reverse this effect, or whether a higher BMI acted on a genetic mutation to produce the cancers. Shamiss has a hunch that childhood obesity may be linked to several other cancers, including the subject of his current

Plants and humans

research, pancreatic cancer.


Childhood obesity and cancer

In a highly innovative study coming out of TAU’s Manna Center for Plant Biosciences, its director, plant geneticist and professor Daniel Chamovitz, found that plants can see, smell, touch, and taste, although not the same as humans do, and that we share a large part of their health genetic makeup. Chamovitz discovered that plants, humans, and animals all share the genes that makes us sensitive to light and regulate our circadian rhythm, cell division and immune system. When his team studied fruit flies that had a mutation in these genes, the researchers found that they developed a fruit-fly type of leukemia and that their circadian rhythms were off. The fruit flies exhibited something like “jetlag.” “The same group of proteins that plants use to decide if they are in the light or dark is also used by animals and humans,” Chamovitz reported to TAU staff. “First, they control the circadian rhythm, the biological clock that helps our bodies keep a 24-hour schedule. Second, they control the cell cycle — which means we can learn more about mutations in these genes that lead to cancer.” Chamovitz’s finding could also lead to the use of plants as subjects for cell research, replacing much of the animal subjects used in research today.

Blood tests for cancer

Even though this study was performed on small groups of in-clinic patients, researchers at the Soroka Medical Center and Ben Gurion University in Be’er Sheva experimented with a new blood test using infrared light and less than a teaspoon of the patient’s blood that proved to be 90 percent successful in detecting several cancers. Dr. Joseph Kapelushnik, the head of
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Keep Your Measures Honest
by Mike Selinker

This Week’s Wisdom

A science prodigy and an environmental restorer


Few acts in the Old Testament were more likely to get you a severe stoning than having dishonest weights and measures. Shaving a few shekels off your talent was an egregious way to defraud your neighbor. But who can tell a shekel from a talent these days? If you do some quick conversion from these old-time creative works we’ve uncovered, you can.
ACROSS 1 Brokeback Mountain director Lee 4 Preempt, as on a talk show 8 New Denver Broncos QB Manning 14 Internet co. that owns The Huffington Post 15 “Cómo ___?” 16 Peter who plays Pope Paul III on The Tudors 17 Grp. whose members hear a lot of reports 18 Will Smith film converted from the Old DOWN 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 19 21 25 26 27 30 31 33 34 36 37 38 40 41 42 47 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 61 62 63

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Testament movie One Hundred Ninety-Four Shekels? “Well, that certainly puts a ___ on things” Thumbs-up vote Have a bagel, perhaps With “The,” Bruce Willis film converted from the Old Testament movie One Hundred Eight Handbreadths? Charge Paleozoic, for one Houston Rockets star Ming “___ the Knife” Ain’t fixed? Guys and Dolls number converted from the Old Testament song “One and a Quarter Ephahs”? “TiK ToK” singer Instrument that represents the duck in Peter and the Wolf Intl. association whose 1999 conference in Seattle resulted in riots Swiss mountain Distorts Jane Smiley novel converted from the Old Testament book Nineteen Point Three Six Million Square Cubits? In the manner of Friend of Harry and Hermione Someone who feels your pain Tennessee Ernie Ford folk song converted from the Old Testament song “Two Hundred Ninety-Six Talents”? Decorate an Easter egg First-string squads Olympian’s weapon Pyramid Breweries’ Thunderhead, for one Sticky note Reasons to practice safe sex Above, in poetry

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games, with Super Smash Earlier this year, Kurtis Bros. Melee a current favorite. Carsch, 18, became a finalist in the Intel Science Talent Search (Intel There was a bronze STS), which seeks out and recmedal of a different ognizes pre-college contribusort awaiting Rebecca tions to science by students Hoff, who traveled to Washand their schools. Initially ington, D.C. this spring to he was one of 300 competiaccept an award. It was from tors selected from 1,839, and her employer, the National went on to become one of Oceanic and Atmospheric 40 invited to Washington, Administration (NOAA). D.C. for final judging. Final- Member of An environmental scienists were competing for $1.25 the tribe tist in the Northwest Region million in awards (of which of the Office of Response and everyone got some). Restoration, Rebecca leads the Duwamish While he was born and raised in BelTeam, which was recognized for its work levue and started school at the Jewish Day planning natural restoration areas along that industrial Seattle waterway. These plans are tied into the Lower Duwamish Waterway Superfund Site cleanup. Rebecca and the team worked with Boeing and other businesses to plan naturalized areas along the bank of the Duwamish that will be put in place when the work removing contaminants from the waters and river sediment is finished. “We had a cooperative settlement with the Boeing Company,” says Rebecca, “and also, we are working with a private company…to create [another] restoration bank in the Duwamish area.” Most people are familiar with the Superfund law and the EPA, the primary

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Intel science contest finalist Kurtis Carsch.

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School, Kurtis’s family moved to Texas about 10 years ago. He graduated from Texas Academy of Math and Science, a high school program at the University of North Texas on the outskirts of Dallas. The family retained its connection to the Pacific Northwest, says his mom, Leslie Mickel Carsch, and they returned to Bellevue. Kurtis’s sister, Lillianna, attended Camp Solomon Schechter for many years and the family returned often to visit Leslie’s parents, Jack and Margrethe Mickel. “Oh, and yes, we have had a subscription to the JTNews” sent to Dallas for many years, Leslie added in an email. Kurtis will attend CalTech in the fall, and while classes haven’t started, he’s already there doing research in computational chemistry. Working under Dr. William A. Goddard III and Smith Nielsen in the Materials and Process Simulation Center in the chemistry department at Caltech, Kurtis is “researching theoretical fuel cells that use natural gas more efficiently than their commercial counterparts.” He’s the youngest person to participate in this research program. In SoCal, Kurtis is enjoying the sunny weather and some sightseeing. In his free time he enjoys weightlifting, hanging out with friends, and multi-player video

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site cleanup agency, says Rebecca. But another part of the law “designates agencies to be trustees for natural resources… [providing] the option after they do the cleanup to make the environment whole by creating restoration,” she said. “Our piece is NRDA, Natural Resource Damage Assessment,” Rebecca explained,
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For years, decades, generations even, Jewish educators have lamented the loss of Jewish engagement at the elementary level, after the Bar or Bat Mitzvah, and into high school. this year, different organizations and synagogues have come up with different programs for different ages that aim to stand the same old supplementary model on its head, all in the name of making Judaism relevant to a generation far more connected to the world than any that came before it.

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Jewish High also offers a junior high proHow do you make Jewish education gram for 6th–8th graders. interesting and relevant to teenagers? It’s Spiro hopes the students will “discuss a question probably as old as the Jewish and debate and come to their own conpeople. And the organizers behind Jewish clusions.” The Jewish values class covers High are taking a stab. a spectrum of Jewish foundational con“We’re tremendously improving the cepts such as God, Torah, reward and puncurriculum, especially the Jewish philosishment, and community; Jewish ethics ophy or ethics curriculum, along with a works through applying such concepts to number of electives,” said Rabbi Mark real-life ethical dilemmas and situations. Spiro, Jewish High’s principal. “They So, how do you make Jewish educashould get a secure Jewish education, not tion interesting and just talking heads.” relevant to teenagJewish High ers? You pay them. emerges from a And give them school partnership formed Jewish high takes place credit. For every in 2010 between wednesdays 7–9 p.m. at the friend students sign Hebre w H ig h , a stroum Jewish Community up, they get $20, and nondenominaCenter, 3801 E Mercer Way, the student who signs tional program of mercer Island. For more up the most friends the Jewish Federainformation and to enroll, visit wins a trip to Israel. tion of Greater Seatwww.jewishhighseattle.com But the real driving tle, and Torah High, or call rabbi spiro at force behind Jewish an accredited pro206-851-9949. High is its accreditagram out of Toronto tion program, which adapted by Ari Hoffhas expanded since the days of Torah man, the director of Seattle’s Orthodox High. National Council of Synagogue Youth “We are fully adapting the model that chapter. Hebrew High closed its doors has proven very successful in Canada,” after 41 years this June, and in its place said Hoffman, referring to the original have grown Jewish High and the Livnot Torah High, where students earn school Project, a social justice curriculum. credit for their supplementary school At Jewish High — JHigh for short — classes. Hoffman is the dean of Jewish students attend two one-hour periods at High. the Stroum Jewish Community Center on Hoffman is particularly excited about Mercer Island. First, they choose an eleca new program he and two partners, Josh tive — like conversational Hebrew, cookRussak and Greg Berretta, are implementing, Krav Maga, Israel advocacy, music, or ing called Business Ethics Torah, or B.E.T. independent Jewish study — then 9th and 10th graders head to Jewish values and 11th and 12th graders to Jewish ethics. } PAGe 17

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The program is designed to offer a variety of entry points for students to get involved. This flexibility works with student’s busy schedules, encouraging maximum involvement in order to create a strong sense of community among participants. Service learning takes place weekly, in small groups, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings, providing relevant opportunities to engage with communal organizations. Each month students will come together at Jewish Family Service on for a Think Tank session to collaborate around issues of leadership and best practices in the field of Jewish learning and social justice. For More Information: info@thelivnotproject.org 206.486.0104


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Make way for Generation Z
JaniS SiEgEl JTNews Correspondent
Move over Generations X and Y, the Jewish “Generation Z” is making its Seattle debut. Through a new Jewish high school program focused on social justice, there will be no classrooms in sight. Gone is the Community High School of Jewish Studies (Hebrew High) that was centered in the Stroum Jewish Community Center and where a cascade of Jewish teachers and leaders imparted wisdom to youth in chairs and desks for 41 years. Beginning in October and during the first year, small groups of students in the Livnot program will travel to “justice organizations” throughout Seattle, say program creators. High schoolers will engage with food justice programs, environmental agencies, and homelessness prevention organizations. They will also work in a peer-to-peer Muslim-Jewish dialogue group. “Generation Z students, born from 1994 to the present, are an exceptional group of young adults who are much more savvy than previous generations and require a shift in how institutions connect with them,” Julie Hayon, Livnot’s education director, told JTNews via email. They are “digital natives…have strong connections to a broad range of people, and they tend to form relationships with people, not institutions.” Hayon, who last year moved to Seattle with her family from Texas, was recruited for the education director position. She has spent the bulk of her 15-year career working in different facets of Jewish education across the country, and has directed programs ranging from K–8 to adult learning. “Generation Z was also born into globalization,” Hayon said. “Students are aware of the larger world, they see themselves as part of something bigger, and want to be part of global change and innovation. In addition, Generation Z is very creative. The Internet has allowed students to explore art, music and language and participation in these media.” Livnot students will get involved in nity organizations they’ve been visiting throughout the year. Once a month, the entire student body will come together for “think tanks.” According to research used in modeling the Livnot program, Irit Eliav, education director at Congregation Beth Shalom, told JTNews that Z-ers are politically aware, socially conscious, and technologically astute. Z-ers, she said, feel more confident than ever that they can make change and that they can persuade their peers to follow along. “This program is designed to capitalize on these strengths and interests, while also being rooted in Jewish tradition and learning,” Eliav said. “We held focus groups for teens, met with them one on one, and The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle gave Livnot a $35,000 grant in startup funds. Other monies came from private donors, and tuition will round out the remainder of its operating budget. The program, originally conceived of by staff and clergy at Congregation Beth Shalom and Herzl-Ner Tamid, was further developed by a board made up of clergy and lay members working over the last year. Carol Starin, Livnot committee cochair with Donna Peha, said she is looking forward to the pilot year of the project. “I’m very excited, because it is bold, it is new, it’s pretty creative, and it’s scary, too, because I don’t think our community has ever done anything like this,” Starin said. “It’s not going to be focused in just one place and all of the learning is going to be focused on social justice issues. They are going to have choices.” Beginning October 7, students will gather at Jewish Family Service from 5:30 to 8 p.m. for their first think tank session called “Why Poverty Exists.” Ken Weinberg, CEO of Jewish Family Service, will speak. Parents are welcome to attend the session and dinner will also be available. Teaching will also look very different in the Livnot program. Jewish teachings will accompany each eight-week module, but they may come from a variety of sources. “There will be texts, but I don’t know if there will be textbooks,” added Starin. “A text might be from the Torah or a Talmud text, or a novel. It will depend on what it is they’ve chosen to learn. What are being hired are text people.”

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New Chabad Hebrew School reaches out to families exploring Judaism
JaniS SiEgEl JTNews Correspondent
Husband-and-wife team Rabbi Avi and The teaching duo describes the lessons Marave Herbstman hope the new afteron their website, www.seattlechs.com, as school Hebrew program at the Menachem “multi-sensory and hands-on.” Mendel Seattle Cheder will be an intimate Avi Herbstman brings a confidenceand warm place, which kids won’t want to and team-building educational method miss a minute of. called Project Adventure, which he has “Our program is about Jewish hisbeen using for over two years, to the tory, Jewish culture, Jewish values, and Hebrew school. Its value, according the how Jewish heroes give our life meaning, website, is to promote self-confidence, strength, and courage for our lives,” Rabbi learn group dynamic skills, help with Herbstman, director of the Chabad Hebrew physical coordination, and to learn social School, told JTNews. “Our school is not for skills. religious children. Our school is for non“It’s a mode of learning that the chilaffiliated Jewish families. It will give them dren will walk in for their whole lives,” he real-life Jewish skills said. “Project Advenunder the umbrella of ture is a team-builda Jewish perspective.” ing program that The program enhances working Chabad hebrew school runs will run from 4:15 together, [teaches] Monday afternoons from 4:15 to 6 p.m. on Monhow to be a leader, to 6 p.m. starting Sept. 10 at days beginning Sept. [and asks] ‘How do the menachem mendel seat10, with two concuryou deal with disaptle Cheder, 8511 15th Ave. NE, rent sessions. Marave pointment? How do seattle. For more information Herbstman, the you deal with life’s visit www.seattlechs.com. school’s co-director, sudden blows?’” will lead First Taste, Marave Herbsta Montessori-style man, who is a certiclass for 3 to 6 year olds, and Rabbi Herbstfied Montessori educator, said she intends man will lead Hebrew School, which will to have a jam-packed fun time planned focus on “the who, what, when and whys” for the young ones when they come each of Jewish history for 7 to 12 year olds. week. “These values are very important to have “I would start off with circle time — for your children, that they understand preparing them for what we’ll be doing their place in history,” the rabbi added. next,” she said, “and then, maybe do arts “That is important for every Jew to know.” and crafts or baking or cooking — some“One of our goals is to bring Jewish thing that would make it personal for the people from all around the community to kids who are coming. create community,” said Marave Herbst“Then, have a snack and talk about man. “It’s a beautiful piece of property near where food comes from and what blessthe reservoir. This is also a space where ings go with the food,” she added. “We’ll adults will have an opportunity to meet.” be making our own, maybe a fruit salad or The Chabad Hebrew School is a pros’mores, and they prepare it so that will be gram of Chabad of the Pacific Northwest. exciting.” The Chabad-Lubavitch movement hosts In addition to learning to read and the supplementary school program in cities write Hebrew, students will also learn their across the United States and internationally. way around the siddur (prayer book), and According to MMSC’s director of busithey’ll study the Torah portion associated ness and development Tziviah Goldberg, with each week and learn about Israel. the school’s implementation is a response Using the Montessori materials that to requests for a Jewish educational proshe has been developing for years along gram by mostly unaffiliated families that are with her staff, Marave Herbstman said not ready to send their kids to day school. children will experience mock holiday “We had many people asking in the meals leading up to Jewish holy days like community for some type of program that Rosh Hashanah and learn Shabbat rituals. would address mostly unaffiliated Jews, For now, the couple wants to limit that would be something that they could enrollment to about 15 children, keeping take part in that wouldn’t be a day school the student-to-teacher ratio around sevenprogram,” said Goldberg. The hope is to to-one. As the program grows, they will “catch those kids that are not quite ready hire new teachers. for day school, and give them a rich Jewish “We look forward to building [our experience.” school] through word of mouth,” she said. The target family is composed of people She hopes it will add to the strength of the who are exploring Judaism, and “not really Seattle Jewish community. “I definitely looking for a shul,” Goldberg said, but rather think this is a beautiful piece to add to the “more looking for a community. They don’t Northend. It’s a link in our chain.” necessarily feel that they’re going to find that through the synagogue experience.” Emily K. Alhadeff contributed to this article.

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on the sources we’re studying,” Meyers Traditional Hebrew school has undersaid. “Students can offer ideas and ask gone a 21st-century makeover with the questions via a privately directed chat — introduction of Live Online Learning or share their ideas orally or by chat with (L.O.L.), a new Seattle-based Jewish eduthe rest of the class. What’s unique about cation program that provides an innothe L.O.L. learning style is that the teacher vative way for students to study Torah views him or herself as a facilitator. Far online. L.O.L., a project of Congregation from giving a frontal class, the instrucEzra Bessaroth in conjunction with Torahtor introduces texts and solicits students’ Tutors, an international program that response in interpreting the sources.” conducts Torah study through video conL.O.L. is primarily intended for Seatferencing, plans to educate local students tle children over 8 years old who are not coming from any Jewish background in a currently enrolled in a local Jewish day live, hassle-free video-chat format. school, explained Meyers, but will eventu“The ongoing and future health of ally expand to offer adult and teen interour community depends on cultivating est classes as well. Groups of any age will an authentic and relevant Jewish idensoon be able to solicit particular topics of tity,” said Rabbi Ron-Ami Meyers, Ezra interest, and the L.O.L. team will work to Bessaroth’s rabbi, a teacher at the Seatformulate a curricutle Hebrew Acadlum tailored to their emy, co–founder and requests. director of TorahL.O.L. will offer Tutors, and leader of a detailed course list with four initial courses the L.O.L. program. dates and times will be for the fall 2012 ses“Familiarity and even released after the august sion: “Year In, Year fluency in our clas30 registration deadline. For Out,” an overview of sical sources goes more information, visit the major themes and a long way in forglolseattle.wordpress.com or holidays throughing such an identity. email lolseattle@yahoo.com. out the Jewish year, My central goal [for “Torah on the Tip L.O.L.], which fuels of Your Tongue,” a much of what I have weekly Torah portion study, “Love Your done professionally over the past two-andNeighbor,” a study of the history and a-half decades, is the dissemination and applications of Jewish law, and “Beginners’ clear articulation of Torah knowledge.” Talmud,” a weekly session on the content L.O.L.’s technology integrates video and structure of the Talmud. Class size camera, microphone, instant chat, and will be limited to around six students per desktop applications to allow teachers to eight-week course in order to ensure that fully engage and communicate with their teachers are able to provide personalized students. Rabbi Meyers has been using attention to students’ individual learnthis platform, developed by Cisco-Webex, ing needs. for over four years during his work with L.O.L plans to utilize community sponTorahTutors and is confident the prosorships as the primary source of funding gram will be successful due to the learnfor the program. Rabbi Meyers is hopeing opportunities accessible through the ful this funding will allow him to provide video-conferencing system. additional class resources and expand the “The Webex desktop comes along with menu and scope of L.O.L. course offerings annotating tools like highlighters, arrows for future years. and other features that help students focus

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Event names, locations, and times are provided here for ongoing weekly events. Please visit calendar.jtnews.net for descriptions and contact information. 1 p.m. — Kabbalah Class Temple B’nai Torah 5 p.m. — The ramchal’s Derech hashem, Portal from the ari to Modernity Congregation Beth Ha’Ari 6 p.m. — avot u’Banim Seattle Kollel (BCMH portable) 7 p.m. — CSa Monday Night Classes Congregation Shevet Achim 7–8 p.m. — ein yaakov in english Congregation Shaarei Tefilah Lubavitch 7:45–8:45 p.m. — For Women only Congregation Shaarei Tefilah Lubavitch 8–10 p.m. — Women’s israeli Dance Class The Seattle Kollel 8:30 p.m. — Talmud, yeshiva-Style Eastside Torah Center

7 p.m. — Beginning israeli Dancing for adults with rhona Feldman Congregation Beth Shalom 7–9 p.m. — Teen lounge for Middle Schoolers BCMH 7:30 p.m. — Parshas hashavuah Eastside Torah Center

9:30–10:30 a.m. — SJCC Tot Shabbat Stroum Jewish Community Center 11 a.m.–12 p.m. — Tots Welcoming Shabbat Temple B’nai Torah 12:30–3:30 p.m. — Bridge Group Stroum JCC 12:30–3:30 p.m. — Drop-in Mah Jongg Stroum JCC

9–10:30 a.m. — advanced talmud Seattle Kollel 10:15 a.m. — Sunday Torah Study Congregation Beth Shalom 7:30–10:30 p.m. — he’ari israeli Dancing Danceland Ballroom (call to confirm) 8 p.m. — rabbi Frand video Shiur Seattle Kollel

10 a.m.–2 p.m. — JCC Seniors Group Stroum JCC 12–1 p.m. — lunch and learn Seattle Kollel (Island Crust Café) 6:50–7:50 p.m. — introduction to hebrew Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation 7 p.m. — Junior Teen Center BCMH 8–9 p.m. — rabbi Mansour video Shiur Seattle Kollel 8–10 p.m. — Teen lounge for high Schoolers BCMH

11 a.m.–12 p.m. — Mommy and Me Program Chabad of the Central Cascades 12–6 p.m. — Kesher Garden Fruit Stand Stroum JCC 7 p.m. — alcoholics anonymous Meetings Jewish Family Service 7 p.m. — Teen Center BCMH 7:30 p.m. — Weekly round Table Kabbalah Class Eastside Torah Center

9–10:30 a.m. — Temple B’nai Torah adult Torah Study Temple B’nai Torah 9:45 a.m. — BCMh youth Services BCMH 10 a.m. — Morning youth Program Congregation Ezra Bessaroth

10 a.m.– 2 p.m. — JCC Seniors Group Stroum JCC 12:30 p.m. — Caffeine for the Soul Chabad of the Central Cascades

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Jennifer Fliss at jfliss@templebnaitorah.org or 425-603-0677 or templebnaitorah.org Annual outdoor, camp-style Shabbat dinner and service with sing-a-long, burgers, hot dogs and s’mores. RSVP to 425-603-9677. $12/adults, $4/ children 6–13, free/under 5. At Temple B’nai Torah, 15727 NE Fourth St., Bellevue. 9:30 a.m. — hungarian and israeli Shabbat Service
Elise Peizner at elisep@jewishinseattle.org or 425-765-6245 Join visiting Hungarians and TIPS Israelis for Shabbat services. Kiddush luncheon following. At Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation, 3700 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island.

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2–4 p.m. — SJFF/SJCC Best of Fest: “My lovely Sister”
Roni Antebi at ronia@sjcc.org or 206-232-7115 or www.sjcc.org Blending Sephardic superstition, magical realism and an Eastern-flavored score, this film about the sibling rivalry and reconciliation is based on a Moroccan Jewish folktale. $8, $6/seniors and youth. At the Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. 7 p.m. — “reb elimelech and the Chassidic legacy of Brotherhood”
Rabbi Avrohom David at info@seattlekollel.org or 206-722-8289 or seattlekollel.org Documentary detailing the rise of the Chassidic movement, Reb Elimelech M’Lizhensk and the outcome of his doctrine of seeing the good in others. Producer and director Rabbi Hanoch Teller will be in attendance. $10. At The Seattle Kollel, 5305 52nd Ave. S, Seattle.

Jewish Family Service. At Hillel at the University of Washington, 4745 17th Ave. NE, Seattle.

12 auguSt

$7/person, $10/couple. At Jewish Family Service, 1601 16th Ave., Seattle.



7–10 p.m. — Marriage equality interfaith Forum
Jennifer Fliss at jfliss@templebnaitorah.org or 425-603-9677 or templebnaitorah.org Referendum 74 is on the November ballot, putting the decision to legalize same-sex marriage in the hands of the voting public. Religious leaders from the Puget Sound region will participate in a dialogue about how their religions support marriage equality. Dessert reception to follow. Free. At Temple B’nai Torah, 15727 NE Fourth St., Bellevue.

15 auguSt


2 p.m. — Mount rainier Family Camping Trip
Josh Lake at joshlake1@mac.com or 310-779-7670 or torahtrek.com Join Torah Trek for a 5-day camping trip (returning Aug. 26). Hike, explore forests and glaciers, sing, bake challah over campfire, and observe Shabbat under the stars. Geared toward families with children 5 and up, but all are welcome. $100/day, $45/day for children under 16.

22 auguSt

1–4 p.m. — Krav Maga introduction Class
Chris Masaoka at kravmagaetc@hotmail.com or 425-736-6019 or www.kravmagaetc.com For beginners or those with past experience who want to brush up on the basics, and ideal for young adults leaving for college in the fall. Registration available through BrownPaperTickets.com. $100. At Krav Maga Eastside LLC, 13433 NE 20th St., Bellevue.

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7–8:30 p.m. — Three Flavors of Marriage equality: Spiritual, legal and Psychological
Leonid Orlov at familylife@jfsseattle.org or 206-861-8784 or www.jfsseattle.org Get the scoop from Rabbi Aaron Meyer, attorney Shelly Crocker and therapist Larry Nicholas over kosher ice cream. Financial assistance available.

14 auguSt

10–11:30 a.m. — Playschool Playdate at Seward Park
SJCS at storytime@sjcs.net or 206-522-5212 SJCS’s partners at the Seattle Jewish Cooperative Playschool will have drop-by play dates at area parks throughout the summer. Free. At Seward Park, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S, Seattle.

16 auguSt



6:30–8:30 p.m. — JFS 120th annual Meeting and Birthday Celebration
Leslie Sugiura at LSugiura@jfsseattle.org or 206-461-3151 or www.jfsseattle.org Reception with hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer and a dessert buffet to celebrate 120 years of

21 auguSt

10–11:30 a.m. — Playschool Preschool at Carkeek Park
SJCS at storytime@sjcs.net or 206-522-5212 SJCS’s partners at the Seattle Jewish Cooperative Playschool will have drop-by play dates at area parks throughout the summer. Free. At Carkeek Park, 950 NW Carkeek Park Rd., Seattle. 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. — election Primer: The initiative and referendum Process
Ellen Hendin at endlessopps@jfsseattle.org or 206-861-3183 or www.jfsseattle.org Katie Blinn, co-director of elections, will give an overview of how elections are conducted in Washington State and what sets it apart from other states. At Temple De Hirsch Sinai, 1441 16th Ave., Seattle.

23 auguSt

10 a.m.– 2 p.m. — Seattle Kollel’s 14th annual Golf Tournament
Rabbi Avrohom David at info@seattlekollel.org or 206-722-8289 or seattlekollel.org No professional experience necessary. Price includes green fees, awards and prizes, snacks, and a morning on the golf course. Hole sponsorships available: $500 or $250 for half hole. $60, $30/ students. At Foster Golf Links, 13500 Interurban Ave., Tukwila. 8:30 p.m. — outdoor Family Movie: “Bee Movie”
Kim Lawson at klawson@sjcc.org or 206-232-7115, ext. 267 or www.SJCC.org “Bee Movie” will screen in the SJCC Kesher Community Garden. Bring a lawn chair. S’mores will be made in the campfire area. Free. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island.

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Saturday, August 11 at 7 p.m. Kate Bornstein author event Returning to her old stomping ground on Capitol Hill, Kate Bornstein will discuss and read from her new book, “Queer and Pleasant Danger.” Born a man, she served as lieutenant on the flagship vessel in the Church of Scientology’s fleet. Now, she’s a lesbian playwright, best known for her activism, writing, and witty performances, challenging people to re-examine their assumptions about gender. Her newest book is an account of the wild, weird, and terrible things that happened to her along the way. At Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave., Seattle. For more information, call 206-624-6600.

Tuesday, August 14 at 7 p.m. Jewish art symbology presentation arts lecture The study of Jewish Art since the 1800s has been dedicated to collecting, explaining, and preserving art works without digging too deeply or attempting to decipher the symbols behind them until recently. Many questions are now being asked: Are these symbols recognizable? What is the history behind them? Were these symbols always “Jewish?” This lecture is about the basics of Hebrew symbols and the Jewish people as artists. Be part of this informative and thought-provoking lecture by Andrea Diaz, an independent Jewish art historian who has worked in this field for five years. At Hillel at the University of Washington, 4745 17th Ave. NE, Seattle. For more information, visit on.fb.me/ODDIjT or contact Andrea Diaz at ai.eos@hotmail.com.

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Wednesday, August 15 at 8 p.m. Yuvi Zalkow reading and book signing From Portland comes self-described “novelist, failed writer, schmo” Yuvi Zalkow, debuting his somewhat neurotic first novel, “A Brilliant Novel in the Works.” Just take a look at his website, yuvizalkow.com, which boasts blog posts with titles like, “I am a failed writer,” to get a sense of his honesty and humor. “Yuvi Zalkow writes like the secret love child of the smartest person you ever met and the weirdo who lives down the block. In ‘A Brilliant Novel in the Works,’ he mines the territory between hilarity and heartbreak with a voice so original it’s as if he made the territory up.” – Cheryl Strayed. At Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave., Seattle. Free and open to the public. For more information call 206-624-6600.

Sunday, August 12 at 2 p.m. SJFF/SJCC Best of Fest: “my Lovely sister” Film Inspired by Moroccan Jewish folklore, “My Lovely Sister” captures an Israeli family torn apart by sibling rivalry. Infused with Sephardic superstition, symbolism and magical realism, this beautiful film teaches that reconciliation is always possible, without getting kitschy. Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. For more information contact Kim Lawson at KLawson@sjcc.org or 206-388-0823. For tickets, visit www.sjcc.org.

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Hadassah celebrates its 100th birthday — with salad
EMily K. alhadEff associate editor, JTNews
Sometimes a salad is not just a salad. For every Hadassah salad purchased at the Island Crust Café, a percentage will go to Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc. in honor of its centennial year. Talby Gelb, a local Hadassah organizer, says the group originally proposed that Island Crust name a pizza for the organization’s 100th birthday. “It would be great if we could have some foods named for Hadassah,” Gelb said, recalling the initial conversation. But given Hadassah’s emphasis on health and Israel, Island Crust owner Richard Benjamin decided to create an Israeli-style falafel salad instead. Hadassah formed in 1912, when Henrietta Szold realized her call to aid the impoverished, hungry and sick Jews of prestate Israel. Today, the organization has 300,000 members worldwide and advocates for women’s issues, education, at-risk children and young immigrants in Israel, and medical advancement. The Hadassah Medical Organization consists of two

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It’s what’s for dinner
JoEl MagalnicK editor, JTNews
I tasted the shilshka at Stopsky’s Delicatessen just a few hours after our waiter had. The Eastern European dish is one of the half-dozen selections on the Mercer Island restaurant’s new dinner menu that debuted this week, and oh, was it good. If you’re not familiar with shilshka, you won’t believe what you’ve missed all these years. Think gnocchi, but instead of being potato based, the soft, chewy balls of pasta are made with ground matzoh meal. Stopsky’s take on the dish makes it much less heavy than its Italian counterpart. The shilshka sat in an Armenian braised green bean and tomato sauce known as fassoulia, and saba, a dressing made from a grape-must reduction, and not (as we originally thought) mackerel or the chef’s grandfather, which cut the acidity of the tomato to near perfection. Topping the dish, and adding a necessary herbed kick, were shallots coated in matzoh meal and fried. One caveat: As good as it was, the residual oil on those last couple of shilshka overpowered what was left. My dining companion David ordered the pan-seared chicken breast. “The skin was the high point,” he said. “Crispy, dense and flaky, which seems impossible to do.” The quartered bird came bathed in a grilled corn-tomato broth and a mix of lima beans, which David said was a perfect accent. And he loved the requisite starch, a mellow, ricotta-filled kreplach, even more than the fried, brisket-filled dumplings he ordered as an appetizer. The seared albacore tuna dish has many personalities: Its namesake arrived coated in matzoh meal and black peppercorns. On the side sat more tuna, flaked and poached in extra-virgin olive oil and served on a bed Oh, shilshka. of greens with plum tomatoes in a lemon preserve. Third on the plate was Chinese eggplant, fried and breaded in the same matzoh meal as the seared tuna, and served with a red-pepper hummus that was so light and sweet you’d think Chef Austin Zimmerman snuck in some sugar. He didn’t, he assured me — all of the sweetness came from the peppers. While the hummus and eggplant went well together on their own, they felt a bit discordant from the two tunas. Both preparations were delicious — the seared had just the right amount of kick from the pepper, and the poached was light enough to be perfect for the hot summer evening. But why did we need two? To maximize the amount of fish on the plate and remain is as good as it gets this side of the Nile. While I did find my salad slightly heavy on schug and lettuce, I would hands-down order the Hadassah again, assuming I am not attempting to self-soothe with a giant slice of the Dayenu pizza. “It’s become a very popular salad,” Gelb said. In one day, she saw seven salads fly out of the kitchen. All were met with good reviews. model, it chose to shift its focus away from programming, said interim CEO Nancy Greer. “The decision to get out of the program was simply…consistent with the fact that the Federation really didn’t want to be running programs; it wanted to be funding programs,” Greer said. The Federation allocated funds to both Jewish High and to Livnot. “Jewish High pretty much took the best of Hebrew High and Torah High,” said Hoffman. He stresses that the program is meant for students of any or no affiliation. “There are so many thousands of Jewish kids in Seattle,” he said. “If we don’t get these kids now, we’re never going to see them again. It’s fighting a battle against assimilation.” about it. But is it deli? Stopsky’s bills itself as “tradition, updated,” taking old deli favorites and updating them as local, sustainable dishes that meet the demands of the modern palate. At the same time, people who want deli want their deli: They want the smoked fish and pickles at the counter, which they get. They want their bagels and black-and-white cookies, which they get. They want pastrami on rye with the meat piled to the ceiling, which they get. Those old standbys are on this new dinner menu, incidentally. And the chicken soup, which Stopsky’s originally served as a modern variation when it opened last year, is now the most traditional item they offer. Yet take the new shilshka dish: To compare the painstaking preparation and Mediterranean-style sauce to Ballard’s Golden Beetle, for example, or to some vinyl-coated, overlit joint on the Lower East Side, the Stopsky’s needle points decidedly toward the Beetle. Owner Jeff Sanderson told me his goal with the restaurant is to celebrate Jewish heritage in all its forms, and unlike other parts of the country, that means a nod to Seattle’s Sephardic roots. “Jewish food is a living, breathing thing,” he said. “The deli in Houston is not the deli in Seattle is not the deli in Minneapolis.” We should be thankful for that, whatever you call it. It’s “basically a social evening,” said Gelb, but with jewelry on sale and door prizes. The event is directed toward women but open to all. The proceeds from the salads will go to Hadassah, wherever need is greatest. “That’s how we built the tower,” said Gelb, referring to the new wing of Hadassah Ein Kerem medical center in Jerusalem. “One hundred percent donations.”

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at the $25 price point, the kitchen needed to get creative. Still, the poached version felt like overkill to me. There’s no reason it couldn’t stand on its own as an appetizer. As an aside, David told me he’d steal my keyboard if I didn’t mention the steakon, the deli’s non-pig answer to bacon. Stopsky’s maple cures a beef short rib, smokes it overnight, then serves it fried, either on burgers or as an occasional sandwich special with lettuce and tomato. “To be able to have that flavor and not have that Jewish guilt,” he said. Though the steakon isn’t bacon, keep in mind that it (and the rest of the deli’s offerings) are not kosher. This new menu is great. No question Julie Varon, who handles marketing for Island Crust, said Benjamin was “just was ready and willing to go” with the idea. But why stop at just donating a percentage of the proceeds, when they could have a party, too? So, on August 15 from 6 to 8 p.m., for every Hadassah salad ordered, customers will receive a complimentary brownie sundae, healthy eating be damned.


The Hadassah salad consists of small, crisped-to-perfection falafel balls poised around a scoop of humus, tahini and a dollop of schug — a spicy Israeli dip — on a bed of lettuce. The salad comes with triangles of fluffy pita bread — which, I must say, is the closest to Israeli falafel joint pita as I’ve found in this region. The falafel, too,


It’s a multi-year business school track focusing on business and personal fiscal responsibility, entrepreneurship, and Jewish ethics. Students can earn math credits, intern with local tech startups, and invest mock funds that will mature into actual funds for Jewish programs and Israel trips. In the long term, Hoffman hopes B.E.T. will become its own accrediting agency with tracks for non-Jewish youth as well. But most important, in the wake of financial scandals like Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, he said, “We really need to put things in perspective.” The separation from Hebrew High occurred because when Federation leadership decided to overhaul its allocations



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lives of the owners,” Naar said. Lynne Winters, director of the American Sephardi Federation, says it is remarkable that Naar has gained so many original documents. “When you can touch something that someone’s hands touched however many years ago, whether it is 20, 25 or 100 years ago, there’s something unique about that than just seeing it in a book,” she said. “You are touching history and making a physical connection with someone who’s passed.” Naar hopes to use his effort as a pilot program to be replicated with Sephardi communities elsewhere in the United States. “Ladino source materials, although in smaller amounts to begin with, are not easily accessible and there’s been no project until now to make Ladino materi-

als widely accessible over the Internet,” he said. Unlike Yiddish documents, which have been catalogued through the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York and other archives, Ladino documents have no such home. “I have a few Ladino books and they are in pretty rough condition, and there are not going to be any more coming out,” said Randall Belinfante, librarian and archivist at the National Sephardic Library. “People are writing about Ladino culture, but they are not writing Ladino materials.” Lyudmila Sholokhova, the head librarian at the YIVO Institute, says there is no clear estimate of how many Ladino books still exist. However, there are an estimated 600 Ladino works at Yeshiva University, 200 more at YIVO, 200 at the Library of Congress and about 170 at the National Sephardic Library.

“Digitization will bring huge possibilities for people to get access to their heritage and also huge possibilities for libraries around the world to collaborate because at the moment, we don’t have a clear idea of what other libraries have,” Sholokhova said. There is a level of interest in preserving the language. Ladino Komunita, an online Ladino forum started by Rachel Bortnick in 1999, tries to unite the Ladino-speaking community. The forum now has 1,400 people from more than 42 countries. “The language was the rope that tied our culture together,” Sholokhova said. “Without the language and without the communities that spoke the language, all we can do is to pick up the pieces and rescue them from oblivion — the food, the sayings, the customs related to our Jewishness in the Sephardic form.” Azose is hoping Naar’s effort will have an impact not just on scholars but on this process, an unfortunate side effect that doctors would very much like to eliminate. Prof. Daniel Wreschner of TAU’s Department of Cell Research and Immunology is developing new antibodies that attach to a protein in the cancer cell called MUC1, killing off only the cancer cells. The other significant benefit of targeting the MUC1 protein is that MUC1 is found in many more cancers, possibly giving many more patients an alternative treatment to a wider array of cancers.
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today’s descendants of Ladino speakers. “I think the younger generation will take more of an interest than the current generation,” he said. “They will want to know more about their history and where they came from, and their parents may not be able to answer those questions for them — but this will.”
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The Ahmadiyya community’s hallmarks are interfaith dialogue and community outreach. The Ahmadiyyas also emphasize helping the homeless, volunteer work and packaging food for needy families. “I thought this was a neat idea to bring together groups that often don’t get along,” said Rebecca Leavitt, a participant from TBT. Moreover, Leavitt said she wasn’t surprised by this event’s subject matter. “This is a really open community and this is in line with everything we believe. “I learned a lot about Islam I didn’t know,” she said. “We have a greater understanding that we are all here for the same reason.”

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adding, “It’s hard to explain this without a lot of acronyms!” And “NOAA doesn’t work alone on the Duwamish,” she points out. The agency — part of the Department of Commerce, in case you didn’t know — works with the state, the Department of the Interior and the Suquamish and the Muckleshoot tribes. Representatives from each organization work as a council, and Rebecca is lead trustee for the council. Hailing from Oakland, Calif., Rebecca got her undergraduate degree in environmental science from UC Santa Cruz where, she says, “I was interested in marine science as an undergraduate.” She spent two years in the Peace Corps working on a fisheries project in Sierra Leone. “I wrote my grad school application on the porch of this mud house I was living in,” she says, “with goats running around.” She got into the fisheries program at the UW and began working for NOAA part time while still in school in the late 1980s. “The restoration part is what’s satisfying for all of us,” she says of the Duwamish project. “If you go to the Duwamish, it’s a very busy place [with] lots of heavy industry,” she says. “The vision is not to go back to a pristine river… It’s still going to be a shipping river, [but] we feel it also can support healthy fisheries.”

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