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For the 18th year, Larry and Irene Harvitz, left, opened their home and gardens to residents of the Kline Galland Jewish nursing facility and the Summit at First Hill. Jeffrey Cohen, Kline Galland’s CEO, right, and Joshua Gortler, president of the Kline Galland Foundation, saluted the Harvitzes for their long-standing support to the community.

Seattle-area Jewish organizations awarded security grants
Emily K. AlhAdEff assistant editor, Jtnews
On August 29 five Jewish organizations from King and Pierce Counties were awarded Nonprofit Security Grants from the Department of Homeland Security. Chabad of Pierce County, Northwest Yeshiva High School, Temple Beth El in Tacoma, Temple B’nai Torah and Temple De Hirsch Sinai each received grants to improve their security systems. Only two other local organizations, Pacific Lutheran College and Pierce College, received funds. The Nonprofit Security Grant Program, which was instituted by Congress in 2005, awards funds to nonprofit organizations like community centers, places of worship, hospitals and schools that are deemed at-risk for targeting by terrorists or other radical extremists. This year the granting organization had $18,962,000 to mete out across the country. Homeland Security identifies 11 tier-one and 20 tier-two urban areas inside of which nonprofit organizations may apply for up to $75,000 in funding for target-hardening equipment. The Seattle metro area, which extends from Snohomish to Pierce County, falls into a tier-two urban area. The Jewish Federations of North America and the Orthodox Union were involved in the push to establish the grant program. According to a Jewish Federations of North America press release, this year more than 80 percent of the awards went to Jewish organizations. The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle aids synagogues and Jewish organizations in the application process. Homeland Security measures eligibility using the criteria of identification and substantiation (such as police reports), prior threats of attacks, the symbolic value of the site, the role of the organization in recovering from or responding to attacks, and results of risk assessments. “After Mumbai, we’re somewhat concerned on a general level,” said Rabbi Shneur Zalman Heber of the Chabad of Pierce County, located in Tacoma. The Chabad just broke ground on a synagogue, which is due for completion April 2012. “It’s important after the Federation shooting that the government recognizes the need for our protection,” he added. Larry Broder, executive director of Temple De Hirsch Sinai, echoed this sentiment. “You receive the occasional call. We’ve had suspicious packages that merit calling the authorities,” he said. “Anytime there’s a threat to any one Jewish institution in the Seattle area, other organizations need to consider that as a potential. You don’t know if it is a single instance or coordinated.
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“If you look at Mumbai,” he added, “that was all planned out.” Each of the Jewish organizations received the full amount of $75,000, except for Beth El, which received $2,350. This is Temple De Hirsch’s third round of receiving a security grant. According to Sierra Wardell, the Emergency Operations Center Program Coordinator for the Washington Military Department, 18 organizations applied for funding this year, 13 of which were Jewish organizations. Grants were determined by how well organizations demonstrated their risk for attack as well as their need for tar-

get-hardening equipment, such as cameras, monitoring, physical access control, card key access, window glazing and lighting. “Everyone who receives the money is very deserving,” said Wardell. With organizations becoming more secure, members of the organizations can also rest assured, she said. “Not only are they hardening their security,” added Wardell, “they’re becoming more aware of how to handle situations, too.” Wardell said that grantees may opt for trainings in addition. “Those [first] two grants enabled us to do a number of things on our Seattle campus, including video cameras with the recordability, fencing and gates, access

control, and what they call ‘target hardening efforts,’” said Broder. This year, the temple plans to complete the security projects started in the past and to train staff on their new roles as administrators of the technology. “We’re having to adapt our staffing behaviors accordingly.” It should come as no surprise that the Northwest Yeshiva High School on Mercer Island received the full amount of funding. Last fall, just before Yom Kippur, vandals spray-painted anti-Semitic graffiti on the walls. In the spring, an 85-yearold man was shoved to the ground in an attempted robbery in the parking lot. Patrick Young, NYHS’s business manager, explained that the funds would be

put toward expanding security camera coverage and installing high-impact, shatter-resistant windows. According to Young, police advised them, “The more cameras you can get, the better.” All of the perpetrators of last year’s crimes were positively identified on camera and brought to justice. Increasing the security of Jewish organizations not only keeps the Jewish community safer, but it also has potential for securing the community-at-large from general threats. As for the parking-lot robber, “It turned out this individual had committed several other crimes on the island,” said Young.

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One of the privileges of synagogue membership is that, in addition to vibrant services and life-long Jewish study, the synagogue is a place members often turn to with personal problems. In any given week, congregants sit with me and talk about their relationships, mental illness, struggles with depression, unemployment, anti-Semitism and bias against Israel in their children’s classrooms, impending divorce, their children’s learning disabilities and emotional challenges, spousal abuse, painful grief, and many other issues. I am a rabbi, not a social worker or therapist. Yet, I believe that Judaism offers spiritual and religious tools for confronting life’s challenges. Jewish practices such as daily prayer, heightened sense of appreciation for all of God’s creation, performance of mitzvot and awareness that each one of us is a vessel that carries the divine spark of God within us all have the power to transform us and our perceptions of the vicissitudes of life. I know this is true because, in addition to being a rabbi, I am a regular person. I have a sister who is schizophrenic. My brotherin-law’s bipolar brother, whom I met once 18 years ago, keeps trying to sue me for $20 million. Recently, my beloved mentor, Rabbi Jack Stern, died and I continue to grieve his loss. I so deeply want to call him on the phone one more time! Daily prayer, performance of mitzvot, and intense gratitude for all the good things in my life get me through a lot of internal tzuris. The synagogue provides a surprising amount of support of all kinds to an astonishing number of people. Upon reflection about how our very small staff helps so many hundreds of people, I have come to realize that we can only be as effective as we are because of some vital partnerships with other Seattle Jewish organizations and individuals. At the risk of not mentioning a worthy partner, I want to highlight three community-based institutions that have helped us immeasurably at Beth Am to help our congregants. One of our most unsung heroes is Gary Friedman of Jewish Prisoner Services International. When I first arrived in Seattle, I had the privilege of serving at Temple De Hirsch Sinai for two years before joining my husband, Rabbi Jonathan Singer, at Temple Beth Am. From my experience at both synagogues, you would be shocked

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to know the number of times in a year that a synagogue must weigh safety and Jewish values as recently released convicted felons seek to find a synagogue community. You might be even more surprised to know that yes, sometimes our own members do land in jail. Gary Friedman has been a constant source of support, a knowledgeable man who also balances the Jewish value of welcoming guests and strangers with keeping everyone in the community safe. I call him with increasing frequency. He visits Jewish prisoners and guides us when we are contacted by some pretty unsettling characters. Michelle Lifton, head of Project DVORA in particular and Jewish Family Service in general, has been an invaluable partner. There was life in Seattle before Michelle Lifton and life in Seattle after Michelle Lifton. Now that we have her, I can’t imagine doing my work without her. She provides comprehensive resources to Jewish women (and men) in Seattle who are survivors of domestic abuse. We now all know that there is more domestic violence in the Jewish community than we realized. Amidst her availability to every rabbi in the Puget Sound, one-on-one counseling services, and the numerous Project DVORA programs, she and her team provide incalculably valuable resources that strengthen our community. I have yet to meet a JFS program that has not augmented our work at Beth Am and so many other synagogues in the region. We refer our congregants regularly to JFS emergency services, counseling services, elder services and an array of other helpful programs that they provide. Finally, in this time of great concern for the corrosive effects of hard-core antiZionism that goes beyond helpful criticism of Israeli policies, we are continually aided by Rob Jacobs and StandWithUs Northwest. While we are also grateful to AIPAC, J Street, Rabbis for Human Rights, and other strong voices for peace, Rob is on my speed dial for advice in dealing with situations when the local rhetoric crosses a line into hatred. Rob is always available to walk us through reasonable responses to hard issues. He is open to a variety of perspectives —  left, right and center —  and is amazing with students dealing with virulent anti-Zionism in the classroom.

As an occasional-to-frequent pro-Israel advocate in the JTNews letters section — my first letter on Israel and the conflict was in 1999, the year I made my first teaching trip to Israel; my most recent followed my seventh teaching Israel teaching trip this May — it would be easy, but morally and ethically wrong — to agree with letter writer Michael Behar’s desire for JTNews editors to muzzle our Jewish press by only publishing letters and opinion columns that support Israel (“No more criticism,” Aug. 19). I write that even though Diaspora apologists for Prime Minister Netanyahu and the settlers write letters published in these pages that promote an anti-Israel agenda via advocacy of positions that leading Israeli military and intelligence figures reject. That’s what a free and open press is all about, however dangerous the ideas and opinions. These anti-Israel positions, which show up regularly in the JTNews opinion pages, include knee-jerk support for military solutions to the political conflict; advocacy for maintaining West Bank settlements, and support for recently approved new Jewish housing in Arab East Jerusalem. While these letter writers threaten and delegitimize Israel’s very existence, I hope to continue seeing them here, however ugly and misguided. A free and open press in American Jewish communities is just as important as an open press in Israel and a free press anywhere. Sadly, the existence of a free and open press is threatened in far more countries than those that have a free press. Journalists worldwide are targeted for abduction or killings, and many are maimed and murdered for writing about issues of concern, for exposing military, corporate and governmental corruption and investigating wrongdoing in every region and country on earth. Others are maimed and killed while covering wars, including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Israel’s wars with its neighbors. Let the JTNews editors do their thing. Akiva Kenny segan seattle
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In a letter on August 19, Michael Behar asked, “Would it be too much to expect that Washington’s sole Jewish newspaper serve as an unapologetic advocate of the Jewish State?” The answer to that question is, Yes, it is far too much to expect, and in fact since there is only one Jewish newspaper in the state, it is all the more important that such a newspaper should be a forum where every shade of Jewish attitude toward the Jewish State is given a voice. To paraphrase: “If not there, where?” Goldie Gendler silverman seattle

I most recently attended an elaborate and impressive Bat Mitzvah. That prompted my daughter to ask about my Bar Mitzvah almost 70 years ago in Minot, North Dakota. At its height during the early ’40s the congregation numbered about 40 families. This year a devastating flood, the worst in 130 years, destroyed over 4,000 homes, including the area where most Jewish families lived during the height of the community. The beautiful synagogue was sold within the last five years. Fortunately, the cemetery was not destroyed with the flood. My daughter asked about the services, the attendees, gifts, etc. While I received the usual gifts for the times, such as pens, shirts, books, war bonds, and so forth, I only recall two gifts: A bible from the rabbi and a pair of Fruit of the Loom shorts from a poor family who operated a small store. Humorous? Perhaps, but I recall that the family came from a small town, Killdeer, whose claim to fame was that it was the site of the only Indian battle during the Indian Wars in what was to become North Dakota. Times were hard, and the facts became embedded in my memory. With little to give, they still shared in the community. I feel good that the gesture was not forgotten. A few years ago I spoke to a remaining member, and he remarked that the son of that poor family is now a successful businessman back east who came to Minot to reminisce. I am proud that life has been fortunate for him, rising from that struggling era. I am most pleased. Jerry shulkin Mercer island

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“It’s a real problem.” — A Mitt Romney fund-raiser on the potential donors who have turned away from Romney in favor of the “Jewish candidate,” Michele Bachmann. Bachmann is Lutheran. From the New York Post, Aug. 30. For more Romney problems, see page 4.


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With Perry surging and romney slipping, GOP Jews grapple with a changed field
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WASHINGTON (JTA/WASHINGTON JEWISH WEEK) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s surge to the front of the GOP presidential pack has Jewish Republicans reckoning with a field that suddenly looks much different than it did just a few weeks ago. According to the latest Gallup poll, 29 percent of likely Republican voters favor Perry, with 17 percent supporting former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the previous front-runner. Romney, seen as the business-friendly favorite of establishment Republicans, has been popular with Jewish donors to the GOP. But while Perry’s harder-edged conservatism and religion-tinged rhetoric may make him a tougher sell to centrists, prominent Jewish GOPers say he’ll have little trouble courting Republican Jews who are hungry for a victory in 2012. “I think it’s safe to say that everyone, Jews included, was surprised” to see Perry eclipse Romney, said Tevi Troy, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and a former liaison to the Jewish community in George W. Bush’s White House. But, he added, “I have not seen evidence that Republican Jews are uncomfortable with Perry. Everyone will of course have their preferences in the primaries, but GOP Jews are in ABO mode — they will support ‘Anyone But Obama’ come November of 2012.” Republican Jews don’t have to be enamored with Perry in order to vote for him, says Noam Neusner, a former Bush speechwriter who succeeded Troy as the White House’s Jewish liaison. “If he’s the nominee, Republican Jews will support him,” Neusner said. “They may not be enthusiastic about him, but they’re not enthusiastic about Romney, either.” Mark Lezell, a lawyer, Republican fundraiser and Romney supporter from Rockville, Md., called the Perry surge “unexpected,” but he still believes that the “smart bet remains with Romney.” “In the Jewish community right now, the money is overwhelmingly with Romney,” Lezell said. “At this point I feel very good about Romney getting the nomination.” Republican candidates such as U.S. Reps. Ron Paul of Texas and Michele Bachmann of Minnesota are still doing reasonably well in the polls — the Gallup survey pegged their support at 13 percent and 10 percent, respectively — and they have helped push the tenor of the campaign to the right, observers say. But the race appears to be narrowing with Perry’s entry. “This race is between Romney and Perry and the other candidates are filler for campaign reporters,” said one Jewish political strategist who requested anonymity. Both Perry and Romney are seen by Jewish Republicans as strongly pro-Israel, as is the rest of the Republican field, with the notable exception of Paul. “You’ve got a bunch of pro-Israel people and then Ron Paul,” Troy said. “They’re all out elbowing each other to say, ‘I’m the pro-Israel guy.’” more time talking about issues that might be more confrontational to certain voters,” said Dan Schnur, a Californiabased political strategist who served as the communications director for Arizona Sen. John McCain during the 2000 GOP presidential primaries. Perry, on the other hand, has adopted a range of conservative social stances, and puts his faith front and center. That type of rhetoric, Schnur said, “might make it more difficult for [Perry] to attract the Jewish voter — even someone who agrees “Perry doesn’t duplicate either Romney or Bachmann’s support, he overlaps with them both,” Schnur said. “He’s the most Tea Party candidate the establishment can deal with and the most establishment candidate the Tea Party can handle.” Schnur said that in order for Perry to maintain his current edge, he will have “to prove himself in debates and fundraising, and the day-to-day challenges on the campaign” trail. Perry has sparked controversy on the campaign trail, notably warning the Federal Reserve’s chairman, Ben Bernanke, not to print more money before the presidential elections because doing so would be “almost treasonous” and treated “pretty ugly down in Texas.” While hailing Perry’s pro-Israel bona fides, The Washington Post’s Rubin wrote that the Texas governor “has a way to go in demonstrating gravitas and command of a range of critical policy issues. He’s going to need to spruce up his rhetoric and elevate his tone.” And David Frum, a former Bush speechwriter and outspoken internal conservative movement critic, warned that Perry’s criticisms of Social Security and Medicare could “reverse this election from a referendum on President Obama’s record to a referendum on Rick Perry’s intentions.” Perry, however, has earned plaudits from one surprising corner of the Jewish world: Kinky Friedman, a country singer, mystery writer and self-proclaimed “Jewish cowboy” who lost to Perry in the 2006 Texas gubernatorial election. In an Aug. 24 Daily Beast article titled “Kinky for Perry,” Friedman labeled Perry a “mensch” and praised him as “the nutsand-bolts kind of guy you want in” the White House. “So would I support Rick Perry for president? Hell, yes!” Friedman wrote. “As the last nail that hasn’t been hammered down in this country, I agree with Rick that there are already too damn many laws, taxes, regulations, panels, committees, and bureaucrats.” Friedman later reportedly clarified in a radio interview that his article was not meant as an endorsement of Perry.

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Jennifer Rubin, a conservative Washington Post blogger, approvingly noted that Perry mentioned Israel in his campaign’s kickoff speech, criticizing President Obama’s policies toward the Jewish state. Romney, for his part, has built a reputation as a candidate who eschews the type of religious appeals that make Jewish voters of all political stripes uncomfortable, several Jewish Republicans noted. He “doesn’t appear to frighten people in the Jewish community,” Troy noted, adding that Romney is “defined in the Jewish community, and in a positive way.” Romney’s focus on the economy, jobs and national security appeals to conservative Jews and potential swing voters, Jewish Republicans said. The strategy “makes him potentially a more comforting alternative to a swing voter than a candidate who spends

with him on economic matters or issues relating to Israel and the Middle East.” Troy, however, suggested that Perry is getting a bad rap. “I think Perry-phobia exists in many places, and the Jewish community is one of those places,” Troy said. “A lot of people say to me, ‘I’m afraid of this Perry guy,’ but I don’t think there’s any basis for it.” Perry’s supporters point to his record as governor. Perry has more than a decade of executive governing experience — more than even Romney, noted Steve Papermaster, a Jewish Perry devotee from Texas. “Up until today, until right now, he’s dealing with the current economy, not just the economy of four, six or eight years ago,” said Papermaster, who was appointed in 2001 by President Bush to the President’s Council of Advisors in Science and Technology. “Romney has got experience as a governor, but it’s a bit dated to be honest.” Perry also appeals to broad segments of the Republican electorate, Schnur said.

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Yiddish Lesson
by Ruth PEizER

inside this issue
Taking a two-state stand 6
At a rally of 800 two-state solution supporters, J Street claims it’s going where no other Jewish organization wants to go.

Der emes ken arumgeyn a naketer, dem sheker darf men bakleydn.
The truth can go uncovered; it’s a lie you have to clothe.

Living history
A sapling from the fallen tree outside Anne Frank’s hiding place comes to Seattle for planting.

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A mission to serve
Leah Jaffee stops at nothing to save kosher cooking – and to make it more delicious.

Seattle Jewish Chorale audition call
Seattle Jewish Chorale is seeking experienced choral singers for all voice parts for the 2011-2012 season (September-June). Time commitment: Weekly Wednesday evening rehearsals, monthly sectional rehearsals, and 6-8 performances during the season. Opportunities are available for small ensemble and solo work within the larger group. Applicants must have music-reading skills; sight-reading ability preferred; familiarity with Jewish languages a plus. Auditions/open rehearsals will be held Sept. 7, 14, and 21. Seattle Jewish Chorale is a 32-member SATB choir, under the direction of Mary Pat Graham. Repertoire includes songs in Hebrew, English, Yiddish and Ladino, and incorporates many styles and genres within the Jewish choral tradition. The chorale presents two major concerts annually, at Hanukkah and in late spring, as well as community events and outreach performances. Contact or 206-708-7518 to schedule an audition and for open rehearsal details.


Wedgewood’s Orthodox Emanuel Congregation allows women to lead services and read Torah – but stops short at calling itself egalitarian.

The challenges of service work


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J Streeters tell senators they support two states
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When Rainer Waldman Adkins handed two small boxes, each containing about 800 postcards expressing support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, to representatives of both of Washington State’s senators on Aug. 23, he said they had one simple message: “We’ve got your back.” The purpose, Adkins told JTNews, “was to demonstrate that there’s considerable grassroots support in America’s Jewish community and other people who care about the future of Israel.” The presentation of the postcards, held at the front of the federal building in downtown Seattle, drew about 20 supporters but was part of a nationwide J Street event that saw the presentation of more than 40,000 postcards to members of Congress. Though J Street is known for its liberal views, Adkins said the postcard campaign drew more than the organization’s supporters. “They represent a wide diversity of people within the Jewish community and within the general community,” he said. “Many of the signers were people participating in the heart of the Jewish community, and we’re very pleased with that.” Michael Richmond of Seattle attended the presentation because he said J Street is the only organization he has seen that is predecessors. Letting them know there’s broad support from citizens validates those positions, Brod said. “We do these things to let them know that constituents have their backs,” she said. The dog days of late August might seem the wrong time to get an elected official’s attention, but Adkins said the timing was set for two reasons: The first was that during a recess the elected officials would more likely be in their home states, and the second was because the Palestinian Authority is expected to request formal recognition of statehood from the United Nations on Sept. 20, and “we believe that it’s really important that there be a boost provided to the United States government to promote alternatives to that avenue,” he said. Before that request is granted, Adkins said, there should be meaningful negotiations between the two parties that would lay a groundwork to statehood. “If the Palestinians go to the General Assembly, it’s not going to create major changes on the ground,” he said. “The status quo still will be the same, really, in terms of the day-to-day lives of Israelis and Palestinians.” Jay Heyman, a rabbi from the Bay Area who recently retired to West Seattle, told
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Stephen Yim, left, of Sen. Maria Cantwell’s office, and ryan Mace, center, of Sen. Patty Murray’s office, listen to a speech by J Street Seattle chair rainer Waldman adkins, right, before adkins presents each with a box of postcards from 800 supporters of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

strongly pushing for a two-state solution. Nobody else, he said, is taking a stand. “They don’t come out strong enough for it, often enough for it, and they don’t push the president and Congress for it,” he said. Brooke Brod has been working with J Street since its inception more than three

years ago, and does so because “I want [Israel] to remain both a democratic and Jewish state,” she said. “I don’t see how it’s possible otherwise.” She acknowledged that both Sens. Patty Murray (D) and Maria Cantwell (D) have come out in favor of two states, as have President Obama and his recent

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In 2006, the diseased, 150-year-old chestnut tree outside of the secret annex where Anne Frank hid during World War II was set to be cut down. In preparation for its death, saplings from the tree were promised to different sites around the world to carry the tree and its message to new communities. Despite strong pushback from the tree’s supporters and a series of legal battles which ensued that saved the tree and resulted in the construction of a support structure to keep it from falling, Seattle was chosen as one of the recipients. Kennedy and Maureen McNeil, director of education at the Anne Frank Center USA in New York, who recently visited Seattle, both wish for the sapling Seattle will receive to do the same for this community. “In our proposal for the tree we talked about the shooting that happened here in 2006 and then the outpouring of support that occurred afterwards,” said Kennedy. “But the tree wasn’t really a memorial, the tree was really to remember what can happen when all of these groups come together to support each other. And we hope…for all the communities of Seattle to see that we can respect each other’s differences and how powerful that can be.” All 11 saplings to be planted in the U.S. are currently under quarantine, as required by the U.S. government to ensure no diseases will be brought to America. However, the quarantine will end at the end of 2012, and when spring weather begins, the trees can be planted. According to McNeil, Seattle’s sapling will most likely be planted in the spring of 2013 near the Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park. “We’re planning on doing a large ceremony that will be open to the community,” said Kennedy. “We’ll just make a wonderful celebration of it.” The design for the site of the tree is still underway. “One idea is that we’ll open it up as a contest to submit ideas for the actual planning of what the site will look like,” said Kennedy. “We hope for something organic with stones…something very natural.” The Holocaust Center has partnered with Seattle Parks and Recreation, which will be maintaining the tree, to ensure its long and healthy life. In addition to becoming a part of Volunteer Park, the Holocaust Center will use the tree as a way to continue informing the community about Anne Frank’s story. They will team up with the Anne Frank Center USA, which, according to Kennedy, is “a powerhouse of educational materials.” Many community organizations will be invited to the ceremony to symbolize and facilitate community respect, including Densho, an organization that collects oral histories from Japanese-Americans placed in internment camps during World War II, the Wing Luke Museum, the Seattle Asian Art Museum, the Bosnian community and the gay and lesbian community. Anne Frank relied on the tree outside her window to assure her that the world was still good, a sentiment that still resonates today, McNeil said. “I think that [the tree] will be really linking a lot of contemporary American issues with historical issues in Anne Frank’s life and time,” said McNeil.

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Harry and Leora Bloom take a break among boxes of donated food at last year’s JFS Community Food Sort. Food Drive 2011 runs from September 29 to October 22 and the Food Sort takes place on October 9.

If You Have Hope, Anything is Possible

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the tree that anne Frank could see from her hiding place stood for 150 years before it was felled by a storm last year.

However, on August 23, 2010, a windy day in Amsterdam, the tree fell, taking its support structure with it. No one was injured, and no buildings were damaged. Now, with the original tree gone, the saplings sent around the world, including 11 to the U.S., are all the more important to the tree’s supporters. “There’s just a really wonderful feeling about having something from Amsterdam,” said Ilana Cone Kennedy, director of education at the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center, “something that represents this positive idea of hope in our community.” From July 1942 to August 1944, when Anne Frank and her family were in hiding, Anne used the tree as a sign of hope and happiness until the Frank family was discovered. Anne mentioned the tree in her worldfamous diary three times. “From my favorite spot on the floor I look up at the blue sky and the bare chestnut tree, on whose branches little raindrops shine, appearing like silver, and at the seagulls and other birds as they glide on the wind. As long as this exists, I thought, and I may live to see it, this sunshine, the cloudless skies, while this lasts I cannot be unhappy,” she wrote.

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Cooking up a dying art: Leah Jaffee makes it all, and kosher
JAniS SiEgEl Jtnews Correspondent
When Seattle entrepreneur Leah Jaffee takes on a project, she goes big. As an international textile buyer and designer for Nordstrom in the 70s, she won awards. When she converted to Judaism through the Reform movement in 1992, it wasn’t long before she switched to Orthodoxy. And now, after 13 years of catering some of the best kosher food in Seattle, Jaffee is debuting her new, interactive, 14-page kosher food website,, where she instructs members on the basics of preparing everything Jewish, from Ashkenazi babkas to Sephardic bourekas, and all of it using the finest kosher ingredients. In an interview with the JTNews about her newest business venture, Jaffee unapologetically declared, “I am intent on being the worldwide authority on kosher cooking.” She is a self-described “Filipino-Chinese-Spanish convert” who is highly regarded in the Seattle area for cooking traditional Sephardic and Ashkenazi foods. Many in the Jewish community likely became familiar with Jaffee’s kosher food in 1999 when she opened several businesses in the Ravenna shopping area on N 65th Street in Seattle. The subsequent incarnations, Leah’s Catering, Leah’s Deli, and Leah’s Bakery and Catering, stayed in different locations on the same block through 2008. “After I converted, there was nothing to eat that was decent,” laughed Jaffee, who took a time-out from her food prep in the kitchen at the University of Washington Hillel dining hall to reminisce about her life, Jewish tradition, and her dream of community-building. Jaffee has leased the kitchen there since 2009. “What I’ve learned over the last 10 years is that no one knows how to make make keeping kosher easier. Membership, which is free, also gives visitors access to a growing virtual kosher pantry of products that Jaffee is building on her site. Guests can see the brand and packaging and find live links to the manufacturer’s website. Kosher foodies can learn exactly where Gidon to buy any product Leah Jaffee has taken her catering business online. listed there. There are also food tips and menu suganything anymore,” she said. “We have to gestions for people with food allergies and go back almost two generations to the only intolerances, as well vegetarian and gluwomen who are left who know how to go ten-free recipes. into the kitchen and make anything.” “I sort of feel like I’m on a mission, to Leah’s food is not only kosher on the tell you the truth, because it is a dying art,” religious level. In 2011, Leah’s Catersaid Jaffee. “A lot of people don’t know ing was the first kosher food business how to cook. It’s take out, it’s deli counter, in Washington to receive the “seal of it’s fast food. I’m going to nail all the tradiapproval” from a new social justice kosher tional stuff, Sephardic, Ashkenazic, Medirestaurant certification system certificaterranean, and Israeli. I’m going to show tion called Tav HaYosher. you how to make it all.” A kosher business that displays the Born and raised in Seattle, Jaffee gradTav HaYosher seal is deemed compliant uated from the now-defunct Custom with local, state, and federal labor laws Apparel and Design program at Seattle which require that an employer pay a fair Central Community College. Trained as wage including overtime compensation, a couture seamstress, she designed bridal give employees standardized and periodic gowns and men’s tailored suits for sevbreaks, allow for adequate time off, and eral local manufacturers, including Norprovide safe working conditions. dstrom. Jaffe’s new online venture incorporates In the 70s, she put herself through the many of the community values she honed prestigious Parsons School of Fashion in her brick-and-mortar storefronts. in New York and was later recruited by In addition to her blog, recipes, and a sportswear company in Salt Lake City. photos of food preparation, members can It was there that Jaffee met and married upload their own recipes and pictures, her first husband and had her first baby make friends, view other people’s recigirl, Rebekah, who is now 28. She spent pes, and add comments. Jaffee wants to the next 20 years as a buyer, trainer, and designer at the downtown Seattle Nordstrom before leaving corporate life. In 1992, she converted to Judaism, began studying at the Chabad House, and married her second husband, University of Washington professor of Jewish Studies, Martin Jaffe. They have a daughter, Aviva, who is 16. The couple is now divorced. In 1998, Jaffee started catering. “I was still designing,” she said. “In one half of my basement was my design studio, and I put in a commercial [kosher] kitchen on the other side of my basement. I started doing fundraisers for Rabbi [Sholom Ber] Levitin. We did a series of ethnic nights, a Thai night, an Italian night, and a French night. We packed Chabad House.” Already, there have been over 10,000 hits on the Jaffe’s new mega-site from locations around the globe, including Malaysia, Israel, and Canada. Members are voting in polls, creating their own Cook’s Profiles, and communicating with each other. Jaffee says that her vision, though global, is really a simple one. “I’m actually trying to teach and I want to form a community.”

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the gathered supporters that he feared an “ongoing, unsustainable stalemate.” “We will not stand by idly while…the occupation continues indefinitely,” he said. Polls have consistently shown that a majority of American Jews supports a twostate solution, Adkins added, and the best avenue of action is to press the U.S. government to continue supporting that goal. Richmond’s concerns were much more internal: He said he sees a civil war within the Jewish community, and they need to present a united front when it comes to Israel’s future. “When the time comes that Israel needs all the supporters it can get, we won’t be able to get our act together,” Richmond said. “That’s the thing that scares me most of all.”

Melt him, already
According to the JTA, the UK Zionist Federation has suggested that the wax sculpture of Hitler on display at Madame Tussauds should be made to look more vulnerable. “I have no problem with Adolf Hitler being displayed,” Stefan Kerner, the federation’s director of public affairs, told the Evening Standard. “However, we want to display him in a more vulnerable position or situation. Or he could be placed in a way that people can’t take photographs beside him.” Despite warnings from the guards, visitors still photograph themselves next to the dictator making the “Seig Heil” salute. So far, no one has suggested simply melting him down.


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Women receive a permanent spot on Emanuel’s bima
JoEl mAgAlnicK editor, Jtnews
When Emanuel Congregation began a trial run nearly two years ago of allowing women to come to the bima, its members and leaders didn’t know how things would turn out. But the test results — increased participation, a handful of new members, more visitors — were positive enough that this small Orthodox shul in Seattle’s Wedgwood neighborhood decided to make the change permanent. “Our thinking was, it seemed to be a successful experiment — a lot people felt this was the right thing to do,” said Jay Wang, Emanuel’s president. In most Orthodox synagogues, the leading of prayers and reading of Torah is restricted to men. With the new arrangement, women can lead services and read from the Torah. It’s called a partnership minyan, or quorum of 10 to conduct a prayer service, based upon a nine-year-old egalitarian movement from Israel called Shira Chadasha. Emanuel doesn’t follow the movement exactly because its small size makes creating a minyan of 10 men and 10 women difficult, if not impossible. Also, Wang pointed out, “we’re not exactly completely egalitarian.” That’s because there is a stricture that says men must lead the Amidah prayer, so women are allowed only to participate. The decision to allow women to lead services, even as a trial, was carefully deliberated by Emanuel’s board, and they moved to make it permanent only after they saw the effects were overwhelmingly positive. The permanent arrangement went into effect earlier this year. When JTNews spoke with Wang in early 2010, one of the reasons the congregation had moved forward with this plan was to attempt to bring in new people to a synagogue with a decidedly older member base. Emanuel had been in danger of closing its doors entirely. “We’re not in the same situation,” Wang said. “We’re moving in a positive direction.” The growth has been small, but it has included a few families with children as well as some who liked the idea of the more egalitarian model. “We’ve got a number of people who are interested in the whole concept of being able to participate who have joined,” he said. There has been one other, unintended benefit as well. “Not only are we holding our older members,” Wang said, “they are actually coming to services more often.” Wang said that because the synagogue is small, and because the recitations are done as a congregation, it is more accessible to people who are less familiar with or have not been to Orthodox services for some time. Also, because there is no rabbi — the cantor, Boaz Pnini, is Emanuel’s only paid staff member — Emanuel offers ample opportunity to lead services. “Anybody who wants to, who knows how, you can lead services if you show us you can,” Wang said. And if they can’t, he added, there are plenty of people willing to help them learn. “You do not need to feel that you’re an outsider and you’ll never learn how to do this,” he said.

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Ask an ordinary Jewish American what Judaism’s core values are, and invariably “tikkun olam” will come up. Tikkun olam — translated and appropriated by an American cultural context as “repairing the world,” that is, helping those less fortunate, preserving the environment, giving tzedakah and so on — is a defining feature of modern American Judaism. Without philanthropy and service projects devoted to both Jews and non-Jews, American Judaism would be an entirely different species. In this spirit, this summer 14 American young professionals from Seattle and around the East Coast joined the American-Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

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The challenges of Jewish service
(JDC) on a service mission to Khabarovsk, Russia. “First and foremost we strongly believe that North American Jews need a greater understanding of what’s happening in the Jewish world,” said Sarah Eisenman, the JDC’s Director of Next Generation and Service Initiatives. “It’s a much more globalized world. We need to think about what that means.” But understanding the global Jewish world — and what it needs — took some uncomfortable steps out of the American paradigm. For one, the concept of giving in the Former Soviet Union is a different animal. So is the concept of Jewish identity. Which

Visitors to a JDC homecare recipient look at paperwork asserting his status as a Holocaust survivor. Survivors receive money from the Claims Conference.

poses some problems for Americans who enter the scene with their own, subconsciously ingrained, concepts of volunteerism and Jewish identity. “That’s the hard thing about service trips,” said Josh Furman, director of the University of Washington Hillel’s young adult Jconnect program. “You’re going there with the framework from home.” So when Eisenman and the JDC imagined giving North American Jews a bigger picture of the global Jewish world, perhaps they gave us more than they bargained for. Asher Ostrin, Director of JDC’s Former Soviet Union Department, articulated that Jewish communities in the Former Soviet

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Union are communities in formation. “Community development is not a science,” he said. “It’s not math, like two-plus-two is four. There are dilemmas.” For instance, “If you have a father’s who’s alcoholic, and a son who’s needy,” he asked, “Do you cut them off?” Interestingly, this was one of the central questions the North American young professionals were faced with. On a humid gray morning the group split into three subgroups and set out to meet recipients of JDC’s homecare aid. The groups met with elderly Holocaust survivors who poignantly shared their stories of trauma and their gratitude for assistance from the Jewish communities. Others, though, had a different story. “The at-risk family we visited was supposed to be a boy 7 years old who had chronic asthma and bronchitis,” said Joanne (Jhanna) Rossignol, 28, from Seattle. “When we went into the home we found that the boy had no room of his own. He slept clearly on the couch. But the boy was missing and the dad was missing.” Rossignol and her group were told by family members that the father had taken the boy shopping on his day off, despite the pre-planned visit from the JDC. “Just the way that they said it and the way that they looked, it was obvious that that wasn’t the real story,” said Rossignol, who speaks Russian. “It was also very sad because you could tell that every adult in that family smoked. Obviously that’s going to make his situation worse.” Rossignol recounts what happened next, after the translator stopped translating. The boy’s grandfather proceeded to argue with Boris Boguslavsky, JDC Representative for Siberia and the Russian Far East, about the amount of money they received. Four-hundred-fifty rubles was not enough per month, he said. He wanted the Americans to know this. “You could tell it was very uncomfortable for Boris to be in that position,” Rossignol continued. “But when we got outside he started to vent a little bit. These are some of the problems that JDC has. Some people use the system just because they’re Jewish and they know they can get the assistance so they don’t actually care, or they’re not actually grateful for what they’re getting.” “Every minute of every day in these programs, there are dilemmas that come up,” said Ostrin. “We can’t be paralyzed by empathy. On the other hand, we have to apply empathy or we become automatons.”


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In the group discussion that ensued after the home visits, Boguslavsky and Khabarovsk Hesed Center Director Vadim Katsman helped unpack the experience. “They will beat up a child five times a week. But with sports camp, they beat him up twice a week. Is that an accomplishment? Our specialists say ‘yes,’” said Boguslavsky through a translator. “All of this is really complicated,” said Katsman, also through a translator. “It hurts to look at it.” “Any time it’s regarding tzedaka, if someone says they need it, they need it,” countered Furman. “Or if they’re lying, they’re desperate enough to need it.” Furman and his group entered a different troubling situation that day: A family of eight women living in squalor. Their refrigerator door hung open; their cabinets were empty. The group returned speechless. Back in the reflection circle, one group member tried to explain the impact the women’s house had on her. “I don’t know if there’s an emotion to describe it,” she said. The JDC-FSU experts tried to temper the outrage. “The Chinese say: Don’t give a fish, teach them how to fish,” said Boguslavsky. “We don’t know what to do in that situation.” We give them offers to work, Katsman said. They never come. “They’re so used to taking, taking, taking,” continued Boguslavsky. “They don’t want to give back. We’re facing a

really serious professional dilemma here.” The solutions are not easy, either. Should they impose rules or institute agreements for reciprocation to the Jewish community in return for their services? “We haven’t used [involvement] as a parameter for eligi-

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above: a boy rides his bike past a building on the outskirts of Khabarovsk. Left: Inside the home of a JDC homecare recipient.

bility because there are so many people that are coming from nothing,” said Ostrin. “We hope it will be stimulus for later on.” “Some of them didn’t seem to have a desire to go to help build a Jewish community and they were just there to receive assistance,” said Rossignol. “And for me, as a former nonprofit worker, that’s how

it is for everything. When you aren’t making your basic needs, thinking about things like building community and being involved in the community and being active in a religious organization — it’s not on people’s priority list.” As for Furman, he trusts that people have the best interests. “I’m really not the one to judge the people in the commu-

nity because I am so removed from cultural nuances.” “There are cultural differences; there’s no way around it,” Ostrin said. “Up until 1991 the society [that the Former Soviet Union] was built on had a different ethical anchor.” With the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, a sort of values vacuum was created. The things Americans might consider appalling, like old women taking government handouts while their sons drive Lexuses, are not necessarily considered hypocritical. “When I say the word ‘tzedaka,’ you know it’s a Jewish value,” Ostrin continued. But, “We’re looking at societies that are in formation. They don’t always meet our standards. The whole notion we take for granted [is] the fact that Jews are particularly generous. Jewish philanthropy is legendary in America. “It’s not just a difference between America and Russia,” he added. “As Americans, we have to learn to be open to those differences and deal with it.” “I think [Americans would] rather everyone be able to convince somebody rationally the importance of giving, but we’re not dealing with a culture that has this [mentality],” said Rossignol. Without a sense of charity built into the culture, guilt might be necessary. “If you play it their way for one generation, generations after that will probably be more
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as one restaurant celebrates a milestone, another winds down


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“We started Purple about 10 years ago — 10 years ago exactly,” Larry Kurofsky told me a few weeks ago about the well-known restaurant with branches in Seattle, Kirkland, Bellevue and Woodinville. After graduate school, Larry and his wife Tabitha started a restaurant together in Las Vegas. After selling it, they considered moving back to L.A., where Larry is from, but made a vacation stop in Seattle. Of course, they “really liked it, got an apartment in Bellevue and did a little research.” That resulted in the first Purple in Woodinville. Diners familiar with the current venues — large restaurants with big furniture and grand architecture — may be surprised to learn that the original was a nine-table neighborhood place where Tabitha waited tables and Larry worked the bar. It was “really fun” and a “great community” says Larry. Purple is part of Larry’s Heavy Restaurant Group, which includes Barrio on Capitol Hill and Lot #3 in Bellevue. An event space will open in the fall.


The company has been visible in the Jewish community, too. In addition to carrying wine from Israel at Purple, they have hosted a few J-Pro events, been an AJC Seattle Jewish Film Festival sponsor, and were named best wine bar by this newspaper last year. Larry is not a chef, as many assume. “My role is conceptual,” he says, adding that if he “cooked in front of our chefs, they would laugh.” He and Tabitha — who have two kids, Ethan, 12, and Olivia, 10 — enjoy trying other restaurants and named Walrus and Carpenter in Ballard and Lecosho in downtown Seattle as two current favorites. They enjoy travel and hope there will a trip to Italy in their future. There is nothing like the restaurant biz to keep you busier than you want to be, but Larry says he tries to maintain a workand home-life equilibrium. “I try to balance my time,” and be “as hands-on as I can,” at work, he says, and credits “a good staff and management team” for helping things run smoothly.

While he loves the Northwest, Larry sometimes misses the California sun and the large extended family that he grew up celebrating the holidays with. But “it’s been great being up here for 10 years and having the growth that we’ve had,” he says. “I feel really fortunate,” he adds. “It’s a lot of fun, it’s a people business.”


While one local restaurant institution grows, another says goodbye as Karen Binder retires from the Madison Park Café. The restaurant, which started as a breakfast and lunch place before taking on fine evening dining, has been part of locals’ lives for 32 years. “It’s been a really good life,” says Karen. “I’ve been really lucky” to have such variety. “I bake, I cook, I sweep the courtyard,” and both her children “have grown up at the café. “The chronology of my life has been marked by time at the café,” and years catering local simchas, she says. That chronology takes her on a new road as she travels to Hawaii to greet her first grandchild, due next month, courtesy daughter Sarah Medwell Redican.

Courtesy Karen Binder

Karen Binder is winding down the Madison Park Café after 32 years.

Sarah taught at the Seattle Jewish Community School for four years. Students knew her as Morah Meddy and they all
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Compiled by Madeleine Lowe, JTNews intern The dates for High Holidays this year are: Selichot: Saturday, September 24 n Rosh Hashanah: Begins the evening of Wednesday, September 28 through Friday, September 30 Kol Nidre: Friday, October 7 n Yom Kippur: Saturday, October 8

Congregation Beth Shalom
Held at 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle Contact Marjie Cogan at 206-524-0075, or Selichot: 9:15 p.m.–12 a.m. Rosh Hashanah eve: 6:30–7:15 p.m. (Prospective member open house at 6 p.m.) Rosh Hashanah day 1: Main Service: 8:30 a.m.–1:15 p.m. Young Family Service (pre-school): 9:45–10:45 a.m. Family Service (grades K-4): 11 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Children’s Programming: 11 a.m.–1:15 p.m. Rosh Hashanah day 2: Main Service: 8:30 a.m.–1:15 p.m. Young Family Service (pre-school): 9:45–10:45 a.m. Family Service (grades K-4): 11 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Children’s Programming: 11 a.m.–1:15 p.m. Kol Nidre: Main Service: 6:10–8:45 p.m. Family Service (grades K-4): 7–8:30 p.m. Children’s Programming: 6:45–8:45 p.m. Yom Kippur: Main Service: 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Young Family Services (preschool): 9:45–10:45 a.m. Family Service (grades K-4): 11 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Children’s Programming: 11 a.m.–1:15 p.m. Ne’ilah: 6–7:20 p.m. Havdalah/Maariv: 7:20–7:30 p.m. Cost: $200 (includes all services). Discount available before September 9. Beth Shalom is a welcoming, inclusive, and participatory community. High Holiday services and programs provide enriching experiences for all ages.

Stroum JCC: 8:45 a.m. Rosh Hashanah day 2: 8:30 a.m. Kol Nidre: 6 p.m. Yom Kippur: Herzl-Ner Tamid: 9:40 a.m. Stroum JCC: 10 a.m. Yizkor:12:45 p.m. Mincha: 5 p.m. Ne’ilah/Maariv: 6:10 p.m. Havdalah and Final Tekiah: 7:19 p.m. Cost: $100 per person per holiday, or $180 for both holidays for adults, $36 per child (ages 13-23) for both holidays Herzl-Ner Tamid offers both traditional participatory services at their main sanctuary and a smaller, more intimate experience with lots of ruach at the SJCC, along with terrific children’s programming, including their exciting new young family experience co-sponsored by the Stroum JCC and PJ Library.

Congregation Eitz Or

Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue
Held at Unity of Bellevue, 16330 NE 4th St., Bellevue Contact Shellie Oakley at 206-527-9399 or, Selichot: “Opening to Forgiveness”: 8–10 p.m. (No ticket needed) Rosh Hashanah eve: 7:30 p.m. Rosh Hashanah day 1: 10:30 a.m., followed by community potluck lunch, open to all Kol Nidre: 7 p.m. Yom Kippur: Letting Go Into the One We Are: 10:30 a.m. L’Chaim (12-Step) Meeting: 1:45 p.m. Family Service: 1:45 p.m. Healing Meditation: 2:45 p.m. Yizkor/Memorial Service: 4:45 p.m. Ne’ilah/Concluding Service: 6 p.m. Break-Fast: 7 p.m. Cost: Adults: all services $200; single service $70. No one turned away if unable to pay full amount. Using traditional liturgy and melodies as a foundation, plus meditation and Kabbalah, Rabbi Olivier BenHaim leads congregants to new relevance and meaning of the High Holidays.

Held at University Unitarian Church, 6556 35th Ave. NE, Seattle Contact Ellen Jablow at 206-467-2617 or, Selichot: check Rosh Hashanah eve: 7–9:30 p.m. (Registration from 6:15 p.m.) Rosh Hashanah day: Main Service: 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Vegetarian Potluck Lunch: 1–2 p.m. Tashlich at Green Lake behind Bathhouse Theatre: 4–5:30 p.m. Kol Nidre: 6:30–9 p.m. (Registration from 5:45 p.m.) Yom Kippur: Main Service: 10 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Healing/Yizkor/Ne’ilah/Havdalah: 3:30–6:30 p.m. Vegetarian Potluck Break-Fast: 7–8:30 p.m. Cost: Non-nembers per service: Adult $80– $120; youth (11–18) $18–$24; low-income $15–$30. Cost: Members: Adult single service $50; adult all services $130; youth single service $15; youth all services $50; low-income single service $15–$30. High Holy Day services at Seattle’s Jewish Renewal synagogue offer a deeply spiritual, holistic approach for progressive Jews.

BCMH Capitol Hill Minyan
Held at 1501 17th Ave., Seattle (blue awning, west side of building) Contact Rabbi Ben Aaronson at 206-659-SHUL (7485) or, Selichot: 11 p.m. (BCMH Seward Park Campus) Rosh Hashanah eve: 6:45 p.m. Rosh Hashanah day 1: Service: 8:30 a.m. Sermon: 11 a.m. Shofar: 11:15 a.m. Mincha: 6:25 p.m. Rosh Hashanah day 2: Service: 8:30 a.m. Sermon: 11 a.m. Shofar: 11:15 a.m. Mincha: 6:30 p.m. Kol Nidre: 6:20 p.m. Yom Kippur: Service: 8:30 a.m. Sermon: 11:15 a.m. Yizkor: 11:30 a.m. Mincha: 5:05 p.m. Break-Fast: 7:30 p.m. The Capitol Hill Minyan offers traditional Orthodox services and a warm environment in the center of Seattle.

Kadima Reconstructionist Community

Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation

Held at Herzl-Ner Tamid, 3700 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island and the Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island (Rosh Hashanah Day 1 and Yom Kippur only) Contact Leslie Reibman at 206-232-8555, ext. 207 or, Selichot: Programming: 8:45 p.m. Services: 11 p.m. Rosh Hashanah eve: 6 p.m. Rosh Hashanah day 1: Herzl-Ner Tamid: 8:15 a.m.

Held at Prospect Church, 1919 E Prospect St., Seattle Contact Kathy Gallagher at 206-547-3914 or, Rosh Hashanah eve: 7 p.m. Rosh Hashanah day 1: Main Service: 10 a.m. Children’s Programming: 10–11 a.m. Kol Nidre: 7 p.m. Yom Kippur: Main Service: 10 a.m. Children’s Programming: 10–11 a.m. Yizkor: 5 p.m. Ne’ilah: 6 p.m. Break-Fast: 7 p.m. Cost: Free Community-led, interactive services. Kadima’s machzor includes traditional prayers and modern poetic interpretations. Inaugural High Holidays with Kadima’s Women’s Torah.

Bikur Cholim Machzikay Hadath Congregation (BCMH)

Held at 5145 S Morgan St., Seattle Contact Dee Wilson at 206-721-0970 or, Selichot: 11 p.m. Rosh Hashanah eve: Candle Lighting: 6:37 p.m. Mincha: 6:45 p.m. Rosh Hashanah day 1: Shacharis: 7:45 a.m. Torah Reading: 9:40 a.m. Sermon: 10:15 a.m. Shofar Blowing: 10:40 a.m. Musaf: 11 a.m. Mincha: 6:25 p.m. (Followed by Tashlich) Candle Lighting for second day: 7:38 p.m. Rosh Hashanah day 2: Shacharis: 7:45 a.m. Torah Reading: 9:40 a.m. Sermon: 10:15 a.m. Shofar Blowing: 10:40 a.m. Musaf: 11 a.m.


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Mincha: 6:30 p.m. Candle Lighting for Shabbos Shuva: 6:33 p.m. Kol Nidre: 6:20 p.m. Yom Kippur: Shacharis: 8 a.m. Torah Reading: 10:45 a.m. Sermon: 11:30 p.m. Yizkor: 12 p.m. Musaf: 12:15 p.m. Mincha: 5:05 p.m. Ne’ilah: 6:15 p.m. Fast Concludes: 7:20 p.m. Cost for services: Non-member adult $225; non-member children (Age 13–17) $50; non-member student $75.

Congregation Ezra Bessaroth
Held at Congregation Ezra Bessaroth, 5217 S Brandon St., Seattle Contact 206-722-5500 or Rosh Hashanah eve: Mincha: 6 p.m. (Followed by Arvit) Candle Lighting: 6:37 p.m. Rosh Hashanah day 1: Shacharit: 8 a.m. Sermon/Shofar: 10:30 a.m. Mincha/Tashlich: 6 p.m. (Followed by Arvit) Candle Lighting: 7:39 p.m. Rosh Hashanah day 2: Shacharit: 8 a.m. Sermon/Shofar: 10:30 a.m. Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat: 6 p.m. Candle Lighting: 6:33 p.m. Kol Nidre: Mincha/Hatarat Nedarim: 2:30 p.m. Kol Nidre: 6 p.m. (Followed by Arvit) Candle Lighting: 6:19 p.m. Yom Kippur: Shacharit: 8 a.m. Sermon: 12 p.m. President’s Message: 5 p.m. Ne’ilah 6 p.m. (Followed by Arvit) Fast Ends: 7:21 p.m. Cost: Visiting adult relatives of EB members $100; $30 for under 18. Non-members $200 per seat. This price allows you to attend one or all of the 5772 holiday services.

Kol Nidre/Maariv: 6:25 p.m. Yom Kippur: Shacharit: 8:30 a.m. Yizkor: 11:30 a.m. Mincha/Ne’ilah/Maariv: 4:45 p.m. Cost: No tickets required, non-member contributions appreciated Traditional Orthodox services led by Rabbi Yechezkel Kornfeld and Cantor Ari Goldwag from Israel.

Emanuel Congregation

Chabad House

Held at 4541 19th Ave. NE, Seattle Contact Rabbi Yechezkel Rapoport or Rabbi Elie Estrin at 206-387-3919 or 206-523-1359 or or,, Rosh Hashanah eve: Mincha/Maariv: 6:30 p.m., followed by light meal Rosh Hashanah day 1: Shacharis: 10 a.m., followed by kiddush lunch and Mincha and Tashlich Maariv: 7:38 p.m. Rosh Hashanah day 2: Shacharis: 10 a.m., followed by kiddush lunch and Mincha Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv: 6:33 p.m. Shabbat ha’Gadol: Shacharis: 10 a.m. (Followed by kiddush lunch and Mincha) Kol Nidre: Mincha/Kol Nidre/Maariv: 6:19 p.m. Yom Kippur: Shacharis: 9 a.m. Mincha/Ne’ilah/Maariv: 5 p.m. (Followed by break-fast) Cost: Free Classic traditional services with plenty of songs, spirit, speed and explanations/ instructions in English and Russian.

Held at 3412 NE 65th St., Seattle Contact Jay Wang at 206-633-1762 or, Selichot: 10:30 p.m. Rosh Hashanah eve: 7 p.m. Rosh Hashanah day 1: 9:30 a.m. Rosh Hashanah day 2: 9:30 a.m. Kol Nidre: 6 p.m. Yom Kippur: 9:30 a.m. (Includes Yizkor. Ends with Havdalah after sundown.) Cost: Free Services follow Ashkenazic Orthodox liturgy led by Chazan Boaz Pnini. As they are a partnership congregation, women participate in services.

Rosh Hashanah day 1: Children’s Service: 9 a.m. Main Service: 10:30 a.m. (child care provided — please call to register — followed by a brunch at the temple) Kol Nidre: 7:30 p.m. Yom Kippur: Children’s service: 9 a.m. Main Service: 10:30 a.m. (child care provided) Afternoon study and meditation programs: 1:30 p.m. Afternoon Service: 3 p.m. Yizkor/Ne’ilah Service: 5:15 p.m. Break-Fast Potluck: 6:30 p.m. Cost: Donations requested: $85 per day or night service, $285 for all four services; no donation required for under age 30 but call/ email to let them know you are coming. Rosh Hashanah services led by Rabbi David Fine. Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur services led by Rabbi Mark Glickman.

Kol HaNeshamah

Sephardic Bikur Holim Congregation

Congregation Shaarei Tefilah– Lubavitch
Held at 6250 43rd Ave. NE, Seattle Contact 206-527-1411 or Rosh Hashanah eve: Shacharis/Hataros Nedarim: 7 a.m. Mincha/Maariv: 6:30 p.m. Rosh Hashanah day 1: Shacharis: 9 a.m. Mincha: 5:30 p.m., followed by Tashlich Maariv: 7:38 p.m. Rosh Hashanah day 2: Shacharis: 9 a.m. Kabbalat Shabbat/Mincha/Maariv: 6:33 p.m. Shabbat ha’Gadol: Shacharis: 9 a.m. Mincha: 6 p.m., followed by Rabbi Levitin’s Shabbos ha’Hagol Drasha. Kol Nidre: Mincha: 3:45 p.m. Kol Nidre/Maariv: 6:19 p.m. Yom Kippur: Shacharis: 9 a.m. Mincha/Ne’ilah/Maariv: 5 p.m.

Chabad of the Central Cascades

Held at 6500 52nd Ave. S, Seattle. Contact Diana Black at 206-723-3028 Rosh Hashanah eve: Selihot: 5 a.m. Mincha/Arvit: 6:30 p.m. Rosh Hashanah day 1: 8 a.m. Rosh Hashanah day 2: 8 a.m. Kol Nidre: Mincha: 3:30 p.m. Noche de Kippur Service/Kol Nidre: 6:30 p.m. Yom Kippur: 7:30 a.m. Cost: Free. Please call to reserve your seat. Services are conducted in the traditional Sephardic custom in the style familiar to those of Turkish ancestry, occasionally utilizing the Ladino language in the liturgy.

Held at Seattle First Presbyterian Church, 1013 Eighth Ave., Seattle Contact 206-935-1590 or Rosh Hashanah eve: 6 p.m. Rosh Hashanah day 1: 9 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Kol Nidre: 6–10 p.m. Yom Kippur: 9 a.m.–7 p.m. Cost: Free Kol HaNeshamah attracts many unaffiliated community members, averaging about 300 people per service.

Temple Beth Or

Held at 24121 SE Black Nugget Rd., Issaquah Contact, 425-427-1654, or Rosh Hashanah eve: Evening Services: 6:30 p.m. Candle Lighting: 6:36 p.m. Rosh Hashanah day 1: Morning Services: 9:30 a.m. Shofar Sounding: 11:30 a.m. Tashlich Service: 6:30 p.m. Evening Services: 7:30 p.m. Light Candles after: 7:38 p.m. Rosh Hashanah day 2: Morning Services: 9:30 a.m. Shofar Sounding: 11:30 a.m. Light Candles before: 6:32 p.m. Evening Services: 7:30 p.m. Kol Nidre: Candle Lighting: 6:18 p.m. Fast Begins at: 6:36 p.m. Kol Nidre Services: 6:30 p.m. Yom Kippur: Morning Services: 9:30 a.m. Yizkor Memorial Service: 12 p.m. Afternoon Service: 5:30 p.m. Ne’ilah Closing Service: 6:30 p.m. Fast ends at: 7:20 p.m. Followed by light dinner by Seth and Sandy Basker Cost: Free. Advance reservations suggested.

Bet Chaverim Community Synagogue of South King County
Held at 25701 14th Pl. S, Des Moines Contact 206-577-0403 or, Rosh Hashanah eve: 7:30 p.m. Rosh Hashanah day 1: 10 a.m. (Tashlich Service follows) Kol Nidre: 7:30 p.m. Yom Kippur: Main Service: 10 a.m. Healing Service: 3 p.m. Yizkor: 4 p.m. Concluding service: 4:45 p.m. Cost: Suggested $50 donation per family per holiday Friendly congregation with rabbi, cantorial soloist, and spiritually moving music welcomes non-members to its Reform Judaism services.

Congregation Shevet Achim

Held at Northwest Yeshiva High School, 5017 90th Ave. SE, Mercer Island Contact Greg Berretta at 206-275-1539 or, Selichot: 11 p.m. Rosh Hashanah eve: 6:45 p.m. Rosh Hashanah day 1: Shacharit: 8:30 a.m. Sounding of Shofar: 10:45 a.m. Mincha, followed by Tashlich: 6:25 p.m. Maariv: 7:40 p.m. Rosh Hashanah day 2: Shacharit: 8:30 a.m. Sounding of Shofar: 10:45 a.m. Mincha and Kabbalat Shabbat Shuvah: 6:30 p.m. Kol Nidre: Selichot Services: 6:30 a.m. Shacharit: 7 a.m. Mincha: 3 p.m.

Held at 3215 Lombard Ave., Everett Contact Terri Schweigert at 425-259-7125 or, Selichot: 8 p.m. Rosh Hashanah eve: 7:30 pm Rosh Hashanah day 1: Main Service: 10 a.m. Children’s Programming: 2:30 p.m. Tashlich: 3:45 p.m. at Everett public boat launch Kol Nidre: 7:30 p.m. Yom Kippur: Main Service: 10 a.m. Text Study: 1 p.m. Children’s Programming: 3 p.m. Yizkor and Ne’ilah: 4–6:30 p.m. Cost: $200 for all services. Only Erev Rosh Hashanah and Rosh Hashanah Day, $125. Only Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur Day, $125. They are a welcoming, participatory Reform congregation led by Rabbi Jessica Marshall. Cantorial Soloist Celia Cohen joins the temple for High Holy Day services.

Temple B’nai Torah

Congregation Kol Ami

Held at Bear Creek Methodist Church, 16530 Avondale Rd. NE, Woodinville Contact Anthony Goldin at 425-844-1604 or, Rosh Hashanah eve: 7:30 p.m. (Oneg following)

Held at Temple B’nai Torah, 15727 NE 4th St., Bellevue Contact 425-603-9677 Selichot: Jointly conducted with Temple De Hirsch Sinai. Service at Temple De Hirsch Sinai, Seattle at 8 p.m. Rosh Hashanah eve: Contemporary Service: 5 p.m. Traditional Service: 8 p.m. Rosh Hashanah day 1: Traditional Service: 9 a.m. Youth Service (1-5 grade): 9 a.m. Teen Service (6-12 grade): 9 a.m. Contemporary Service: 12:30 p.m. Children’s and Family Service: 3:15 p.m. Sha’arei Tikvah Service at TDHS, Seattle: 4 p.m. Tashlich at Phantom Lake: 4:15 p.m.

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Kol Nidre: Contemporary Service: 5 p.m. Traditional Service: 8 p.m. Yom Kippur: Traditional Service: 9 a.m. Youth Service (1-5 grade): 9 a.m. Teen Service (6-12 grade): 9 a.m. Contemporary Service: 12:30 p.m. Yom Kippur Study Sessions: 1 p.m. Children’s and Family Service: 3:15 p.m. Mincha Service: 4 p.m. Yizkor: 5 p.m. Ne’ilah Concluding Service: 6 p.m. Congregational Break-Fast: 7 p.m.

Temple De Hirsch Sinai

Held at 1441 16th Ave., Seattle and 3850 156th Ave. SE, Bellevue Contact Wendy Dessenberger at 206-3238486 or, Selichot: Joint service with Temple B’nai Torah at Seattle campus: 8 p.m. Rosh Hashanah eve: 7:30 p.m., both campuses Rosh Hashanah day 1: 10 a.m., both campuses Kol Nidre: 7:30 p.m., both campuses Yom Kippur: Morning Service: 10 a.m. Yizkor and Ne’ilah: 3 p.m., both campuses Cost: Non-member tickets available at $65 per service per person or all four services for $225 per person. Family services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur at 1:30 p.m. at Seattle and Bellevue campuses free and open to the public.

Rosh Hashanah eve: 6:30 p.m. Jconnect and Undergrad Dinner: 7:45 p.m. Rosh Hashanah day 1: Traditional Egalitarian Service: 9:30 a.m. Liberal Service: 10 a.m. Apple and honey receptions will follow each service. Kol Nidre: Traditional Egalitarian Service: 6:15 p.m. Liberal Service: 7:15 p.m. Yom Kippur: Traditional Egalitarian Service: 10 a.m. Liberal Service: 11 a.m. Yizkor (Memorial Service): 1 p.m. Yom Kippur Afternoon Activities: 2:30 p.m. Mincha (afternoon service): 5:15 p.m. Learning: 6:15 p.m. Ne’ilah (concluding service): 7 p.m. Break-Fast Meal: 8 p.m. Guests are invited to bring a shofar and join them for shofar blowing. Hillel UW offers both traditional egalitarian and liberal services led by Rabbi Oren J. Hayon, Greenstein Family Executive Director, Rabbi Jacob Fine, and Rabbi Stuart Light. All services will include opportunities for prayer, singing, study and reflection. Cost: Reservations required. Student reservations are always free, Jconnect and community reservations are by donation.

Held at Temple De Hirsch Sinai, 1441 16th Ave., Seattle Contact Marjorie Schnyder at 206-861-3146 or, Rosh Hashanah day 1: 4–6 p.m. Cost: Free Non-denominational service and celebration for persons of all abilities, Kosher dietary laws observed. Advance registration encouraged.

Services led by Rabbi Mark Glickman, Rabbi David Fine and Cantorial Soloist Laura Cannon.

Paths to Awakening

Congregation Tikvah Chadashah

Held at a member’s home in Seattle — call for more information Contact Jack Fackerell at 206-355-1414 or, Rosh Hashanah eve: 7 p.m. Rosh Hashanah day 1: 10 a.m. Kol Nidre: 8 p.m. Yom Kippur: Morning Service: 10:30 a.m. Yizkor: 4:30 p.m. Ne’ilah: 6 p.m. Cost: Free Congregation Tikvah Chadashah is Puget Sound’s GLBTQ Chavurah. Services are lay-led in an informal atmosphere. All are welcome.

Held at Alderbrook Resort, Hood Canal Contact Ruth Neuwald Falcon at, Kol Nidre: 7:30 p.m. Yom Kippur: Morning worship: 10:30 a.m., break at 1 p.m. Healing: 2 p.m., break at 3:30 p.m. Concluding worship: 4:30 p.m. Break-Fast: 7 p.m. Closing session: Sun., Oct. 9, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Cost: Program fee $170 (includes Break-Fast meal on Saturday); Friday and Saturday accommodations (double or single occupancy) $231 in shared two-bedroom cabin or $351 for lodge room (limited space remaining). A non-traditional, spiritually focused Yom Kippur weekend retreat with Rabbi Ted Falcon, Stephen Merritt, Marcie Howard and Jenny Heutmaker.

Congregation Beth Israel
Held at: Leopold Ballroom, 1224 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham unless otherwise noted Contact Mary Somerville at 360-733-8890 or, Selichot: Study session: 8 p.m. Havdalah/Selichot at Beth Israel Synagogue, 2200 Broadway, Bellingham: 9 p.m. Rosh Hashanah eve: 7:30 p.m. Rosh Hashanah day 1: Morning Service: 9:30 a.m. Family Service: 2:30 p.m. Rosh Hashanah day 2: Morning Service at Beth Israel: 9:30 a.m. Kol Nidre: 7:30 p.m. Yom Kippur: Morning Service: 9:30 a.m. Family Service: 1:30 p.m. Restorative Prayer and Healing Service: 3 p.m. Afternoon Service, Yizkor and Ne’ilah: 4 p.m. (Break-Fast meal will follow) Cost (does not apply to Selichot service): All non-member guests may purchase tickets at a cost of $180 per person (adult). Services led by Rabbi Cindy Enger and Cantor Sharona Feller, with music from Beth Israel’s adult and youth vocal ensembles. Advance reservations required, even for complimentary tickets.

The Kavana Cooperative

Temple Beth Am

Held at Temple Beth Am, 2632 NE 80th St., Seattle Contact Kara Hardman at 206-525-0915 or, Selichot: 8 p.m. Dessert: 8:30 p.m. Havdalah followed by program: 9:30 p.m. Rosh Hashanah eve: 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Rosh Hashanah day 1: 8:30 and 11:45 a.m. Kol Nidre: 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Yom Kippur: Main Services: 8:30 and 11:45 a.m. Healing Service: 11:30 a.m. Teen Service: 11:45 a.m. Children’s Service: 2:45 p.m. (6 years and younger, no tickets needed) Afternoon Yizkor, concluding: 3:45 p.m. Break-Fast: 7 p.m. Cost: Non-members $225 for all services; $65 for a single service; $60 students, all services; $30 student, single service; $90 seniors, all services; $40 seniors, single service. Temple Beth Am gathers as a community to celebrate creation, and to find renewal and redemption during this holy and inspiring season.

Held in Queen Anne, please contact for address Contact Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum or Liz Thompson at, Please contact for service times. Rosh Hashanah eve: Services and dinner Rosh Hashanah day 1: Full array of services, including family programming, shofar service, and Tashlich Rosh Hashanah day 2: Services Kol Nidre: Memorial candle-lighting and cello: 6 p.m. Services: 6:30 p.m. Yom Kippur: Morning: Services, Family Programming, Yizkor Afternoon: Gentle yoga, Book of Jonah study/ discussion Evening: Ne’ilah (closing) service and final shofar blast 7:19 p.m. Cost: $180 per person for non-partners, $18 per person for Kavana partners. Deeply rooted in tradition (Hebrew liturgy) and user-friendly (with space for individual meditation, personal reflection, and community discussion). Please visit their website for specific times and more information about services, and auxiliary High Holiday programming.

Congregation Beth Hatikvah
Held at 1410 11th St., Bremerton Contact Petra Masellas at 360-373-9844 or, Selichot: 8 p.m. Rosh Hashanah eve: 7:30 p.m. Rosh Hashanah day 1: Main Service: 9:30 a.m. (Tashlich service and dairy potluck to follow) Youth service: 9:30 a.m. Rosh Hashanah day 2: 9:30 a.m. Kol Nidre: 7 p.m. Yom Kippur: Morning Service: 9:30 a.m. (followed by Yizkor) Afternoon Service and Ne’ilah: 4:30 p.m. Break-Fast: 6:30 p.m. (dairy potluck) Cost: $75 recommended donation per person for non-members. All services are led by Rabbi Sarah Newmark and cantorial soloist Emily Katcher.

Secular Jewish Circle of Puget Sound

Congregation Kol Shalom

Hillel Foundation at the University of Washington/ Jconnect Seattle
Held at Karen Mayers Gamoran Family Center for Jewish Life, 4745 17th Ave. NE, Seattle Contact Silver at 206-527-1997 or

Contact for Seattle location Contact 206-528-1944 or, Rosh Hashanah eve: 7-9 p.m. Kol Nidre: 7-9 p.m. Cost: Call or email for details. Join Secular Jewish Circle at their non-theistic Rosh Hashanah and Kol Nidre events.

Shaarei Tikvah: Gates of Hope – A Celebration of Rosh Hashanah for People of All Abilities

Co-sponsored by Jewish Family Service, the Seattle Association for Jews with Disabilities, Temple B’nai Torah, and Temple De Hirsch Sinai

Held at Congregation Kol Shalom, 9010 Miller Rd., Bainbridge Island Contact Martha Hathaway at 206-842-9010 or, Rosh Hashanah eve: 7 p.m. Rosh Hashanah day 1: Children’s Service: 9 a.m. Morning Service: 10 a.m. (Tashlich immediately following) Kol Nidre: 7 p.m. Yom Kippur: Children’s Service: 9 a.m. Morning Service: 10 a.m. Study Session: 2 p.m. Yitzkor: 5 p.m. (followed by Ne’ilah, Havdalah, and community Break-Fast) Cost: Tickets included with membership; visiting family of members $75 per person, $150 per family; $250 per person for nonmembers/general public.

Chabad Jewish Discovery Center
Held at The Chabad Jewish Discovery Center, 1611 Legion Way SE, Olympia (Rosh Hashanah); The Phoenix Inn, 415 Capitol Way N, Olympia (Yom Kippur) Contact Rabbi Cheski Edelman at 360-584-4306 or, Selichot: 10 p.m. Rosh Hashanah eve: 6 p.m. Rosh Hashanah day 1: 9 a.m. Rosh Hashanah day 2: 9 a.m. Kol Nidre: 6:30 p.m. Yom Kippur: Morning Services: 9 a.m. Yizkor Memorial Service: 12 p.m. Afternoon Service: 4:30 p.m.


high holiday services

Jtnews . . friday, september 2, 2011

Ne’ilah Closing Service: 6 p.m. Fast Ends at: 7:24 p.m. (Followed by light refreshments) Join them for an easy-to-follow service in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Traditional services using Hebrew-English prayer books, with commentary and explanations provided by the rabbi during the service. No background or affiliation necessary.

Congregation B’nai Torah

Held at 3437 Libby Rd. NE, Olympia Contact Rabbi Jaron Matlow at 360-951-8899 or, Rosh Hashanah eve: 6:30 p.m. Rosh Hashanah day 1: Main Service: 9 a.m. Evening Service: 7 p.m. Rosh Hashanah day 2: 9 a.m. Kol Nidre: Mincha: 5:30 p.m. Kol Nidre: 6 p.m. Yom Kippur: Main Service: 9:30 a.m. Mincha: 4:30 p.m. Ne’ilah: 5:15 p.m. Cost: Free This is a traditional, egalitarian service using the Silverman Machzor. They are a small crowd but have great energy.

Rosh Hashanah day 1: Children’s Service: 9:30 a.m. Torah Service: 10 a.m. Noon Break: Brown bag lunch/beverages provided Tashlich Services: 1 p.m. Kol Nidre: 7 p.m. Yom Kippur: Morning Service: 10 a.m. Group Discussion: 3–4 p.m. Memorial and Concluding Services: 4 p.m. (followed by Break-Fast dairy potluck) Cost: Recommended $100, no one will be turned away due to inability to pay. All are welcome to join them in services led by student rabbi Miriam Farber and cantorial soloist Susan Windham.

Temple Beth El

Temple Beth Shalom

Bet Shira
Held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Jefferson and Tyler, Uptown Port Townsend Contact Barry Lerich at 360-379-3042 or, Rosh Hashanah eve: 7 p.m. Rosh Hashanah day 1: 10 a.m. Kol Nidre: 6:30 p.m. Yom Kippur: Morning Service: 10 a.m. Yizkor: 4:30 p.m. Closing: 5:30 p.m. (closing followed by dairy/ vegetarian potluck Break-Fast) Cost: Free All services are conducted by lay leaders and generally follow Reform/Conservative guidelines.

Held at 1322 E 30th, Spokane Contact Rabbi Michael Goldstein at, Selichot: Refreshments: 10:30 p.m. Selichot Service: 11:15 p.m. Rosh Hashanah eve: 7:30 p.m. Rosh Hashanah day 1: Morning Service: 8 a.m. Youth Service, Gan Rachel–3rd: 10:30 a.m. Youth Service, 4th–7th Grades: 11:30 a.m. Rosh Hashanah day 2: Morning Service: 8 a.m. Erev Shabbat Service: 5:45 p.m. Evening Service: 6:45 p.m. Kol Nidre: Yom Kippur Evening Service/Kol Nidre: 6 p.m. Yom Kippur: Morning Service: 9 a.m. Youth Service, Gan Rachel–3rd: 10:30 a.m. Youth Service, 4th–7th Grades: 11:30 a.m. Yizkor: 1:15 p.m. Holy Day Discussion: 4:30 p.m. Mincha and Ne’ilah: 5 p.m. Havdalah/Shofar/Break-Fast: 7 p.m.

Held at 5975 S 12th St., Tacoma Contact Rebecca Farley at 253-564-7101 or, Selichot: Program: 7:30 p.m. Selichot Service: 9:30 p.m. Rosh Hashanah eve: Family Service: 5 p.m. Tot Service: 6 p.m. Main Service: 8 p.m. Rosh Hashanah day 1: Family Service: 9 a.m. Morning Service: 10:30 a.m. Tashlich Service at Owen Beach: 1:30 p.m. Rosh Hashanah day 2: Morning Service: 10 a.m. Kol Nidre: Family Service: 5 p.m. Tot Service: 6 p.m. Main Service: 8 p.m. Yom Kippur: Family Service: 9 a.m. Morning Service: 10:30 a.m. Study Session: 1:30 p.m. Afternoon Service: 3 p.m. Yizkor/Ne’ilah Services: 4:30 p.m. Cost: $300 for individual or $500 for family; free if current members of another synagogue, with a letter of reciprocity from that synagogue.

Rosh Hashanah day 2: Morning Service: 9:30 a.m. Shofar Blowing: 11:30 a.m. Kol Nidre: 6:15 p.m. Yom Kippur: Morning Service: 9:30 a.m. Children’s program: 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Yizkor Memorial Service: 11:30 a.m. Mincha/Ne’ilah–Closing Service: 5:15 p.m. Final Shofar Blowing/Break-Fast: 7:22 p.m. Cost: No cost, reservations appreciated

Congregation Beth Israel
Held at Congregation Beth Israel, 1202 E Alder St., Walla Walla Contact Jennifer Winchell at Rosh Hashanah eve: 7 p.m., followed by oneg Rosh Hashanah day: 10 a.m., followed by oneg Tashlich ceremony: 3 p.m., Lakum Dukum, Whitman Campus Kol Nidre: 7 p.m. Yom Kippur: Morning service, 10 a.m. Other services and events to be announced. If you find yourself in Walla Walla for the High Holy Days, please join them for services.

Congregation Beth Sholom
Held at 312 Thayer Dr., Richland Contact Tikva Glantz at 509-627-0697 or, Rosh Hashanah eve: 7 p.m. Rosh Hashanah day 1: Main Service: 9:30 a.m. Children’s Service: 10 a.m. Tashlich: 5 p.m. at Lee Blvd. and Columbia River at Howard Amon Park Evening Service: 7 p.m. Rosh Hashanah day 2: Main Service: 9:30 a.m. Dairy Potluck and Shabbat Services (call or email for details): 6 p.m. Kol Nidre: 6 p.m. Yom Kippur: Main Service: 9:30 a.m. Children’s Service: 10 a.m. Yizkor: 11 a.m. Ask the Rabbi: 4 p.m. Concluding Services: 5:15 p.m. Community Break-the-fast: 7 p.m. Cost: Free Rabbi Jack Izakson (formerly of Temple Beth Shalom, Spokane) will lead High Holiday services. Mid-Columbia Jews and visitors welcome.

Whidbey Island Jewish Community
Held at The Whidbey Institute at Chinook Contact Ruth Neuwald Falcon at,, Rosh Hashanah eve: 7:30 p.m. Rosh Hashanah day 1: 10:30 a.m. Cost: Program fee $85 (includes lunch on Thursday); limited overnight spaces available for an additional $89. A non-traditional, meditative celebration of the universal, spiritual energies of Rosh Hashanah. Led by Rabbi Ted Falcon, with Stephen Merritt.

Chabad of Pierce County
Held at the Professional Development Center Auditorium (Adjacent to Skyline Elementary School), 6501 N 23rd St., Tacoma Contact Rabbi Zalman Heber at 253-565-8770 or, Rosh Hashanah eve: 7 p.m. Rosh Hashanah day 1: Morning Service: 9 a.m. Shofar Sounding: 11:30 a.m. Tashlich Service at Titlow Beach: 4:30 p.m. Evening Services: 7 p.m. Rosh Hashanah day 2: Morning Service: 9 a.m. Shofar Sounding: 11:30 a.m. Evening Services: 7 p.m. Kol Nidre: 7 p.m. Yom Kippur: Morning Service: 10 a.m. Yizkor Memorial Service: 12 p.m. Minchah and Ne’ilah Closing Service: 5 p.m. Fast Ends at: 7:21 p.m. (Followed by a BreakFast meal) Cost: Free Hebrew/English prayer books, warm and friendly atmosphere, no background or affiliation necessary, traditional and contemporary services, special children’s program. Advance reservations are suggested.

Whidbey Island Jewish Community

Jewish Community of the Palouse, Washington State University Hillel
Held at Unitarian Universalist Church, 420 E 2nd St., Moscow, Idaho Contact Myron Schreck at 208-882-0971 or Rosh Hashanah eve: 6:45 p.m. Rosh Hashanah day 1: Call for times Kol Nidre: 6:45 p.m. Yom Kippur: Morning service: Call for times Concluding Service: 5 p.m. (with a Yizkor service) Final Shofar blast: 6:30 p.m. (followed by a potluck Break-Fast.) Cost: Free

Held at the Freeland Park Boat Launch on Holmes Harbor Contact Susan Bennett, Rosh Hashanah day 2: Tashlich: 5 p.m. Mincha: 7:19 p.m. Bread will be provided.

Temple Shalom
Held at 1517 Browne Ave. Yakima Contact Paula Glazer Vornbrock at 509-966-1261 or Rosh Hashanah eve: 7:30 p.m. Rosh Hashanah day 1: 10 a.m. (Tashlich service will follow) Kol Nidre: 7:30 p.m. Yom Kippur: 10 a.m., resuming at 4 p.m. Cost: Free High Holy Day services will be led by Student Rabbi Molly Plotnik using the Reform machzor.

Chabad of Clark County
Held at the Chabad Jewish Center, 9604 NE 126th Ave., Suite 2320, Vancouver Contact Rabbi Shmulik Greenberg at 360993-5222 or, Rosh Hashanah eve: 6 p.m. Rosh Hashanah day 1: Morning Service: 9:30 a.m. Shofar Blowing: 11:30 a.m. Educational Children’s Program: 11:30 a.m. Family Service, Tashlich Waterfront Services and Rosh Hashanah food tasting: 5:30 p.m.

Congregation Emanu-El
Held at Unitarian Universalist Church, 4340 West Fort Wright Dr., Spokane Contact 509-835-5050 or, Rosh Hashanah eve: 7:30 p.m. (Oneg to follow)

friday, september 2, 2011 . . Jtnews

world news


Op-Ed: Parents can help raise Jewish children even once they’re away at college
hERShEy novAcK Jta World news service
ST. LOUIS (JTA) — American Jews are known for the emphasis they place on academic success. Jewish professors populate America’s universities, and, respectively, Jewish doctors, lawyers and politicians help fill the nation’s hospitals, law firms and legislatures. At the core of this success are generations of American Jewish parents who have encouraged their children to focus, work hard and succeed from kindergarten through college and graduate school. College in particular is a formative time for students’ Jewish identities. In a widely publicized essay written in 1968 for the journal Judaism, Rabbi Yitz Greenberg wrote, “By and large, college is a disaster area for Judaism, Jewish loyalty, and Jewish identity.” More recently, in a 2006 study for the Avi Chai Foundation, Brandeis University researchers found that, “In the soup of the college experience, Jewish students are making religious choices, and these are often decisions to do less, not more.” Similar sentiments can be expressed about college students’ connections to Israel, though that is another matter. No magic bullet exists to quickly and cheaply reverse this phenomenon. But parents can play a vital role in helping students — their children — maintain a connection to Judaism by setting an example of Jewish involvement and by partnering with the agencies that bring Jewish life directly to young people. A Jewish parent’s relationship with a child is so sacred that it is codified in the Ten Commandments, requiring children to respect their mothers and fathers. But just as it is the children’s duty to respect their parents, so, too, is it the parents’ responsibility to raise their children. Jewish education works best when it reinforces deep, rooted values established by parents. Ideally, parents should begin educating their children at birth; however, they can begin at any age, and even after the children are off at college. In today’s hyperconnected world, students studying at schools across the country are just a phone call or a video chat away. Using technology, parents can model Jewish living from home while still allowing their children the space to grow up. Before children head off to college, parents often engage their children in various coming-of-age discussions. Parents must have a similar conversation about Jewish values and observances — a discussion in which they articulate expectations and hopes that too often are left unsaid. Of course, such a conversation carries more weight when parents “walk the walk” by serving as role models of Jewish living. Parents can also support their college students by sending them care packages associated with Jewish holidays and themes. Some synagogues already do this, but when these gifts come from home, they carry that much more intergenerational meaning and educational value. Universities have evolved to become more inclusive in the services they offer to students — whether from a psychological or career counselor, a resident adviser or even a campus rabbi. Instead of only supervising a university’s kosher food or facilitating prayer services, campus Jewish groups have broadened their reach to serve as much of the Jewish student community as possible. Far from being a place of refuge for a few committed Jewish students, these organizations have developed programs to reach out to all those seeking meaning in their Judaism. The challenge is to reach all Jewish students — not just those who are already inclined to participate. The goal must be to show Jews of all stripes and backgrounds that within Judaism’s incredible depth and breadth is something — more than just something, even — that could interest them. If parents want their children to have a close connection with Jewish life on campus, they should connect with the campus Jewish mentors who are there 24/7 for students. Just as parents support their children’s secular education, it is imperative that parents also support their children’s Jewish education at college by providing financial support to Jewish organizations there. This will also help to create a culture of Jewish involvement from the home to the campus. These ideas, when delivered to young people with a bit of space and a lot of love, can resonate during college and long after.
Rabbi Hershey Novack is the director of the Chabad on Campus - Rohr Center for Jewish Life at Washington University in St. Louis.

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sunday 11 september short stories Live: The Jewish imagination, part 2 performance After last year’s success comes round two of the Jewish literary imagination. This year’s lineup includes Bernard Malamud’s “The Angel Levine,” about main character Manischewitz’s interactions with Angel Levine, a Jewish black man/angel who teaches him about brotherhood and colorblindness; Isaac Bashevis Singer’s “Getzel the Monkey,” which exemplifies the writer’s recurring theme of the rift between old and new worlds; and Nathan Englander’s stunning breakout, “For the Relief of Unbearable Urges.” Each of these legendary writers brings a distinct Yiddishkeit voice to the stage that pulls from old-world folklore and new-world challenges. Christine Sumption directs Seattle actors David Silverman, Anthony Fuller, Julie Briskman and Chris Ensweiler. At Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave., Seattle. Tickets are $13, $10 for Town Hall members, students and seniors in advance, and $15/$13 at the door. Order through Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006. ACT members can reserve through ACTPass and Charter Membership by calling 206-292-7676. For more information visit september 14 at 7 p.m. Are comics the most Jewish medium? Talk American-Israeli comic artist Miriam Libicki will speak about the graphic novel’s deep roots in Jewish tradition. Jewish artists in particular have used comics as a channel for personal expression, from Art Spiegelman’s Maus graphic novels to Will Eisner’s Contract with God. Libicki, the creator of Jobnik!, Towards a Hot Jew, ceasefire, fierce ease, and Jewish Memoir Goes Pow! Zap! Oy!, will discuss comic books, their challenge to the prohibition against graven images, and their role in fostering Jewish artistic traditions. At the Peretz Centre for Secular Jewish Culture, 6184 Ash St., Vancouver, BC. For more information contact Jewish Museum & Archives of BC at or call 604-257-5199.

In southern Madagascar,

september 16 Chasing Madoff film opening Produced by the Cohen Media Group, Chasing Madoff follows Harry Markopolos and his investigative team for 10 years as they try to crack history’s biggest Ponzi scheme. Subtitled “Unfortunately, based on a true story,” this docu-thriller recounts a decade of pieced-together clues collected on white-collar criminals that eventually led to Madoff. Too bad no one listened to Markopolos, which is how he went on to write a book, No One Would Listen, upon which the film is based. At Landmark Varsity Theatre. For more information visit or

Between giant chameleon & lemur sightings, Norm & Harriet Klein catch up on all the hometown news.
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september 18 at 7:30 p.m. hirsh Goodman: The future of israel Talk Hirsh Goodman, Israeli journalist, security expert and author of The Anatomy of Israel’s Survival, will give a “strategic state of the nation.” Goodman will address the inaccuracy of the question, “Will Israel survive?” He has no doubt Israel will survive — rather, he asks, “What kind of Israel will that be?” At Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle. Tickets are $5 and available through Brown Paper Tickets or at the door starting at 6 p.m. For more information visit or call 206-652-4255.

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september 19 at 7 p.m. ilan pappé and Mark rosenblum: palestine at the United nations potentially inflammatory discussion Ilan Pappé, an Israeli new historian, one-state-solution advocate and author of The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, along with Mark Rosenblum, founder of Americans for Peace Now, will give a talk on “Confronting the Israel-Palestine Question: Elusive Answers, Enduring Hope.” Presented by the Episcopal Bishops Committee on Israel/Palestine. At Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle. Tickets are $15 and available through Brown Paper Tickets or at the door starting at 6 p.m., which is when the book signing begins. For more information visit or call 206-652-4255.

friday, september 2, 2011 . . Jtnews

a view from the u


Watching the block in Seward Park
mARtin JAffEE Jtnews Columnist
In case you don’t know, Seward Park has been in the midst of a crime wave. You won’t read about it in the Seattle Times because, unless you’ve been affected by it, it’s hardly news. But consider this information from the Seattle Police Department: In the 30 day period before and after Memorial Day, there were 19 reports of household thefts involving breaking and entering. And perhaps as many reports of car “prowling.” Things have slowed down a bit since then, but reported incidents occur often enough to make everyone jittery. In fact ,the two most recent break-in attempts occurred after midnight, with families asleep in their homes — a disturbing departure from the earlier midday robberies with no one at home. Some readers may remember a column I wrote about this problem a few years ago. So the bad news is that the problem is still with us. Maybe it’s getting worse. It’s hard to tell. But, thank God, there is also something good to report, as well. First of all, despite initial concerns (exacerbated by the “swastika incident” of autumn 2009), Jewish homes are not being targeted. Judging from reliable information, the plague of thefts is, like a natural disaster, blind to religion and race. So the problem is real, but at least it’s not about us. Which brings me to the second piece of good news. That is, quite simply, this time there is a unified neighborhood response. It includes about 100 households representing all members of our ethnically and religiously diverse community. Some ambitious folks have managed to organize, under the guidance of the SPD, the Graham Hill Neighborhood Block Watch. It has now joined many other Seattle neighborhoods in promoting some simple security-minded steps to make the neighborhood as a whole less “bad-guy friendly,” as well as a web-based communications network that promises homeowners much more peace of mind when we leave our homes unattended for work or lengthier summer vacations. Here’s an example of how it works. One morning at work, my wife Charla received a call from our alarm company. Our system had registered a breach of some sort that might indicate a break-in. I immediately notified our Block Watch’s Yahoo group of the information. By the time I arrived home from my U-district office an hour after the alarm, four neighbors had beaten me (and the SPD!) and were awaiting my arrival. It turns out, happily I guess, that one of our three cats (probably the fat white one) had triggered the alarm. But at least these “cat burglars” were not making off with our laptops, flatscreen, or kiddush cups! While the problem hasn’t gone away — and probably won’t — the difference now is that homeowners feel empowered to protect each other. Instead of sitting around like a bunch of Seward Park geese awaiting the neighborhood coyote, we can support each other in a way that really counts. Just last night a neighbor called to tell me that she noticed the light on in my car. “Is everything okay?” she asked. There was no foul play, but at least it spared me a dead battery in the morning! Sure, it’s a great feeling to know that our neighbors are aware of our own comings and goings and willing to go out of their way when they see something unusual. But, as far as I’m concerned, the biggest pleasure is taking pride in how our own Orthodox Jewish community has taken a prominent role among the Block Watch’s organizers and facilitators. A Jewish home served as the venue for the group’s very first organizational meeting, and the BCMH synagogue has hosted two large follow-up meetings of up to 70 neighbors. For many folks, these meetings constituted a first opportunity to encounter neighbors of other faiths and races over questions of common concern beyond the needs of simple courtesy. You could see this at our August 2 block party this year, synchronized with the national Night Out. Falling during the much-dreaded first “Nine Days of Av” — a time during which the participation of Jews in frivolous public events is severely discouraged — I was concerned that observant Jews would stay away and convey an impression of disinterest in the larger community. Not so! A “kosher table,” prepared by observant Jewish neighbors, joined the other tables laden with food and drink, lining South Morgan Street in front of BCMH. Although the mayor never made his promised appearance, his absence was more than compensated for by BCMH’s jovial president, pressing the flesh and jawboning with the neighbors as if contemplating another term! The street was
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QFC supports the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
By Eric Miller, QFC Public Affairs Specialist QFC’s Check Stand Charity of the Month Program raises funds for local non-profit organizations and also is designed to help educate our customers and the community about the great work that is being done right here in Western Washington. This summer, our customers have really shown their support — by raising almost $15,000 for the Boys and Girls Clubs in June, over $24,000 for the USO in July and by making significant donations to Seattle Children’s Hospital in August. Beginning September 4th, QFC is partnering with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) as our Check Stand Charity of the Month. LLS is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. It funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services. With Light the Night Walks coming up in Anchorage, Seattle and South Sound, this is the perfect opportunity to provide more information about the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and how you can help donate to their mission when you visit your neighborhood QFC. Blood cancers are diseases of the blood, bone marrow, and/or lymphatic systems. They include leukemia, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma. Leukemia is the most common cancer among children and young adults under 20. In fact, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society was founded in New York City in 1949 by Rudolph and Antoinette de Villiers after the death of their son Robert from leukemia. Today, with the help of major fundraising campaigns, including Team in Training, the world’s largest endurance sports training program, and Light the Night Walk, LLS has awarded more than $750 million in research funding since the first funding in 1954. This September, QFC will offer several ways you can help support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society:
n We have $1, $5, and $10 Scan cards at each check stand. Simply hand a card

n We have coin boxes at each check stand. n We offer a 3-cent credit to customers for every bag they bring in to reuse

while shopping in our stores. Customers may choose to keep this 3 cent credit and have it applied to their bill, or they may designate it for donation by QFC on their behalf. In 2010, we raised and donated over $45,000 through this program, 3 cents at a time! QFC is proud to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and we hope that you will join us in that support this September! Thank you!

to your Checker.

Eric Miller is the Public Affairs Specialist for QFC. He can be reached at or 425-990-6182.


Jewish on earth

Jtnews . . friday, september 2, 2011

Act Your Age
by Andrew Marc Greene

This Week’s Wisdom

the people of sustainable impact: take two
mARtin wEStERmAn Jtnews Columnist
In summer of 2006, I asked a “highly placed Israeli source” this question: “What’s with Olmert?” New Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was botching the Lebanon war, relations with the territories and his Kadima party’s coalition, as well as facing criminal indictment. The source’s resigned reply: “We work with what we’ve got.” That reply sounded both realistic and defeatist. Realistically, in any given situation, we each do the best we can with what we’ve got. And if we believe this is the best we can do, then it follows that we’re always at our best. Which is where I found the hapless Olmert. We can also defeatedly whine about results, saying, “This is all we’ve got to work with. What did you expect?” In other words, we deserve to end up like this, we didn’t achieve anything, and it’s not any one person’s fault — especially not mine. In this, we see more than a difference between glass-half-empty vs. glass-halffull folks. We see the difference between humans who will be able to get themselves out of serious political and environmental trouble, and humans who won’t. People are now making wars all over the world. High-profit technologies, such as genetically modified foods, nanotechnology and laser uranium enrichment are being advanced without regard for their consequences. Politicians and their supporters are screaming at each other rather than conversing. And human-created gases and pollutants have re-ordered our planet’s seasons and cycles in ways we’ve never seen before. This new form of earth is what we’ve got to work with now. And I believe our only way forward is to dedicate ourselves to tikkun olam — healing the earth, and those who live on it. There’s no better time to embrace healing than now, as our children return from idealistic weeks at summer camps. Let’s reinforce their idealism, and assure them of a peaceful future on a healthy planet — not use fatalistic excuses to betray their expectations and trust. The strategy is straightforward. As Bill McKibben notes in his book, Eaarth, we’ll have to live differently now on this different planet. Fortunately, we’ve already begun shrinking fossil fuel use and meat production, and boosting resource efficiency, alternative energy and organic farming. We must continue these actions, but you may be surprised at how familiar these steps already sound: 1. Plan car trips to combine errands with commutes, and use high-MPG vehicles. 2. Use the car less. Instead, share one, ride the bus, walk or bike. 3. Use earth-friendly cleaners at home, work, school and camp. 4. Only use and buy Energy Star or better electronics, appliances, heaters and air conditioners. 5. Conserve water with low-flow faucets, toilets, and appliances, and metered landscape irrigation. 6. Use low-wattage lighting. 7. Use a clothesline for drying. 8. Share more — through Zeitgeist (www., the Venus Project (, Neighborrow ( and other alternative economic structures. 9. Grow your own organic vegetables and fruits, without fossil fuel garden or landscape chemicals. 10. Support local agriculture, through CSAs (community supported agriculture), farmers markets, natural foods supermarkets, and slow food activities. 11. Support your local economy: get your mortgage and other loans from community banks or credit unions, join cooperative enterprises, shop locally, and volunteer in your community. 12. Remodel and build “green.” If you shop at chain stores, buy from ones that sell healthful products. For example, Trader Joe’s sources all its products from non-GMO ingredients; Safeway and Kroger are pricing organic products competitively against conventional products; Pharmaca ( provides a healthy pharmacy alternative; and membership-based Costco and REI are always responsive to member input. A world without burning fossil fuels is healthier, quieter, and smells fresher —
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The command “Act your age!” is widely viewed as a negative one, as if age is just a number. That may be true, but the book Pirkei Avot has good advice as to what you should try to accomplish by the time you reach certain years of life. For example, the book says you should start your studies by age 10. The bold entries show what you might strive to achieve at each of the successive decades.

ACROSS 1 ___ Martin (cognac brand) 5 Federal Way-born Olympian ___ Anton Ohno 10 American Idol runner-up Lambert 14 Month in which hamantaschen are had 15 Wanton destruction 16 Firebug 17 At twenty... 20 Like an unfriendly stare 21 To the ___ degree 22 Honda or Hyundai 23 Dig (into) 25 At thirty... 29 Bambi’s aunt, for one 30 Bookmaker’s transaction 32 Energizer option 33 At forty... 39 “Cornflake Girl” singer Amos 40 Skirt chaser 41 At fifty... 46 Animal of interest to a primatologist 47 The Dirty Dozen actor Marvin 48 Edge 50 At sixty... 55 Start a hole 57 ___ a soul 58 Place to get a grasshopper 60 Piece of lingerie 61 At seventy... 66 Caprica actor Morales 67 Chart-topping 2007 Alicia Keys hit 68 Jazz singer’s style 69 ___ suit 70 Grant 71 Vodka that comes in grape, passion fruit, and ginger flavors DOWN 1 Fleet 2 Teased out 3 International Gymnastics Hall of Fame inductee Retton

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Candlelighting times september 2 ........................7:31 p.m. september 9 ........................7:17 p.m. september 16 ......................7:03 p.m. september 23 ..................... 6:48 p.m. SAtuRdAy

Takes place in the newly opened Kesher garden. RSVP required. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island.

Holim, 6500 52nd Ave. S, Seattle.




11–11:30 a.m. — tot shabbat
Irit Eliav at or 206-524-0075, ext. 2503 or Children ages 0–3 (and their parents) are invited to a fun Shabbat morning tot-friendly service on the first Shabbat of the month. Free. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle.



7–9 p.m. — First night of Hebrew High
Amy Hilzman-Paquette at A variety of courses are offered, including Hebrew language, culinary arts, Krav Maga, as well as SAT prep, driver’s ed and more. Free. At the Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. 7–8:30 p.m. — Keeping Judaism alive
Michael Wardlow at or 206-443-5400 Share an evening of Torah learning and discussion with Rabbi Sholom Ber Levitin from Congregation Shaarei Tefilah-Lubavitch, who will discuss how to keep Judaism alive for young adults once they leave high school or college and begin creating their own homes. At a private residence; call for location. 10–11:30 a.m. — taming transition times
Kim Lawson at or 206-388-0829 or Join longtime parent educator and early childhood education instructor Vicki Smolke in this timely discussion during the first few days of the new school year. Discuss transitions and routines for parents and children. $10. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island.


10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. — pJ library song and story time
Amy Hilzman-Paquette at or Music, singing and storytelling with the PJ Library and Jeff Stombaugh. Come for the songs and story and stay for activities and playgroup fun. Free. At Seattle Jewish Community School, 12351 8th Ave. NE, Seattle. 6:30–9:30 p.m. — southern Fried and sanctified
Giti Fredman at or 206-935-4035 or Sanctify Shabbat and join a rockin’ Kabbalat Shabbat service and southern fried chicken. At West Seattle Torah Learning Center, Seattle. Call for address. 7:30–9 p.m. — nishmat shabbat
Shellie Oakley at or 206-577-2391 or Bet Alef teachers share their passion for meditation, mystical chant and the deeper transformational messages of Jewish tradition. Silent and guided Jewish meditations, ecstatic chanting and dancing, and Judaism’s non-dual spiritual teachings are offered throughout the evening. $10 donation. At Queen Anne United Methodist Church, 1606 5th Ave. W, Seattle.




6:30–8 p.m. — sJCC annual meeting or 206-388-1998 or


5–10 p.m. — parents night out
Josh Johnson at or 206-388-0839 or Parents can hit the town while the kids spend a fun evening at the SJCC. Kids make new friends and see all old ones, and enjoy open swim time, dinner, dessert, and an evening movie. $25–$45. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. 8 p.m.–12 a.m. — nCsy puyallup Fair trip
Ari Hoffman at or As part of Seattle NCSY’s kickoff weekend, there will be a Saturday night trip to the Puyallup Fair. A bus will take teens to the fair and return at the end of the night. Leaving from and returning to Sephardic Bikur

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9:30–11 a.m. — pathways through the oral torah: an introduction to the talmud and midrash
Mimi Porad at 206-315-7399 All forms of Judaism today, including Reform, are based on the Talmud and Midrash. In this literature are laws and discussions on such topics as conversion, capital punishment, ethics and human nature. Study some major topics and learn how they became part of today’s Judaism. Ten-week class. $160/members, $190/non-members. At Temple De Hirsch Sinai, 1441 16th Ave., Seattle. 7 p.m. — 10th anniversary Commemoration of 9/11
Andrea Sievert at or 206-527-1411 or Chabad of Washington State invites the community to an event that commemorates 9/11 through reflection and prayer. At Congregation Shaarei Tefilah Lubavitch, 6250 43rd Ave. NE, Seattle. 7–10 p.m. — nCsy alki Kickoff Barbecue
Ari Hoffman at or Join Seattle NCSY for the final event of the kickoff weekend with a fully kosher barbecue. At Alki Beach, West Seattle. 10:30–11:30 a.m. — prenatal yoga Workshop
Kim Lawson at or 206-388-0829 or Expectant mothers in any trimester are encouraged to join. Prenatal yoga nurtures you and your baby during the physical and mental journey of pregnancy. More information online. Free. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. — repentance: undoing mistakes and repairing relationships
Mimi Porad at or 206-315-7420 or Doing repentance (teshuvah) during the upcoming Rosh Hashanah–Yom Kippur period involves more than prayer and is a prerequisite for forgiveness. This can be difficult to do, especially when we must ask forgiveness from those we have wronged. This five-week series runs through Oct. 9. $80/ members, $95/non-members. At Temple De Hirsch Sinai, Seattle Conference Room, 1520 E Union Ave., Seattle.

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5–9 p.m. — aJC seattle annual meeting
Becki Chandler at or 206-622-6315 or RSVP Required. $18. At Temple B’nai Torah, 15727 NE 4th St., Bellevue.

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11 a.m.–12 p.m. — the pJ library story time at mockingbird Books
Amy Hilzman-Paquette at or Join the PJ Library for music, storytelling and learning Hebrew through ASL with Betsy Dischel from Musikal Magik and a certified Signing Time Academy teacher. Free. At Mockingbird Books, 7220 Woodlawn Ave. NE, Seattle.

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7–9:30 p.m. — local interfaith relations: the Choice for Cooperation or isolation?
Phil Gerson at 425-890-8685 Guest speaker Rabbi Ascherman of Rabbis for Human Rights, along with a panel of Jewish and Muslim leaders, will discuss Mideast peacemaking efforts over the years, the prospects for peace, and ways the local interfaith community can work together. At Temple B’nai Torah, 15727 NE 4th St., Bellevue.

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9:30–11 a.m. — pathways through the oral torah: an introduction to the talmud and midrash
Mimi Porad at 206-315-7399 At Temple De Hirsch Sinai, 1441 16th Ave., Seattle. 10 a.m.– 3 p.m. — 13th annual Golf tournament
Rabbi Avrohom David at or 206-722-8289 or Join the Seattle Kollel for a fun morning of golf. No need to play well to have a great time at this annual event. Price includes green fees, prizes and snacks. Golf carts available for an additional charge. $60/ adults, $30/students. At Foster Golf Links, 13500 Interurban Ave., Tukwila.

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Dennis B. Goldstein & Associates
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Interfaith Israel/Palestine: Event The Choice for Peace or Isolation?
Local Interfaith Relations: The Choice for Cooperation or Isolation? September 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Temple B’nai Torah Guest Speaker: Rabbi Arik Ascherman of Rabbis for Human Rights,
an Israeli Human Rights Organization Participants: Rabbi James Mirel, Temple B’nai Torah Interfaith Event: Implications for our Jamal Rahman, Interfaith Community Church Jeff Sidiqui, American Muslims of the Puget Sound local community Mark Rosenblum, Center for Ethnic & Racial Tolerance
Temple B’nai Torah 15727 NE 4th Street Bellevue, WA 98008 425-603-9677


Presentations about Muslim/Jewish/Christian dialog and current prospects for peace in Israel/Palestine. Small group discussion: What will make a difference locally and in the Middle East?


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“had their Bar and Bat Mitzvahs last year. I had the busiest year of my life,” Karen quips. Entrenched in the Jewish community, she estimates she’s catered “probably over 1,000” B’nai Mitzvah receptions. Karen’s son Jake, a recent USC grad, was among a group of young L.A. entrepreneurs featured recently in Forbes magazine. Her kids are “the first great thing I’ve ever done,” she says. “The second great thing is the restaurant.” The active Congregation Beth Shalom member caters that synagogue’s annual breakfast fundraiser. She was a sponsor of the Seattle Jewish Film Festival from its inception, and if you attended the recent multi-congregation Homeless to Renter (H2R) fundraiser, you might have tasted her smoked salmon appetizer. She’s taught cooking classes for Jconnect and participated in the Hillel-Washington State Jewish Historical Society’s recent kugel throwdown with her “sweet noodle kugel from my Hungarian mother-in-law.” In the meantime, B’nai Mitzvah parents, don’t panic. Karen will still offer catering and is reachable through e-mail ( and, for a while, at the restaurant phone number, 206-324-2626. Karen is thrilled that after some remodeling, the restaurant will reopen as Café Parco under the ownership of Celinda Norton, formerly of 94 Stewart in downtown Seattle.

Welcome back, kids! It’s the first day of school at the Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle.

Courtesy Jds

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packed with families — straight and gay, black, brown and white, Jewish and gentile — enjoying each other, united in gratitude to each other for the simple fact of neighborliness. Since becoming part of the Graham Hill Neighborhood Block Watch network, I’ve learned a lot about the meaning of being part of a “community” that transcends and encompasses my own narrower Jewish world. Perhaps the most meaningful lesson came from a woman

who had been a stranger until just a few weeks ago. We had been chatting politely at the block party when I off-handedly asked what made her choose Seward Park as her home. Her answer silenced me: “I’ve always hoped that, were I needed, I would have the courage to stand by the Jewish people in a crisis. So I wanted to live in a neighborhood where that might be possible.” May she never get her wish! But one thing’s for sure — that neighbor is no longer simply the gentile “backdrop” of this adventure, and wanted to see where the world would take me. One evening in Perth, we had dinner with Dave’s warm and loving family. His British grandmother Bette told me she had met her husband Leonard in Jerusalem in 1946. Leonard was in the British military, and they traveled the world together. She was an adventurous lady filled with energy, and as a youngster she was an avid dancer. I listened, mesmerized. Her world forever changed on Feb 28, 1967 when she was severely injured in a terrorist bomb attack in Aden, Yemen. The bomb exploded during a cocktail party. The two women talking to Bette were killed. Her injuries were severe, but she survived and was left as a paraplegic, paralyzed from the waist down.   The incident shattered the Ellis family. Her youngest son, David, was sent to England to be looked after by Bette’s sister. Leonard suffered from extreme guilt because he had left Bette alone at the party when he was called away to work. They eventually divorced, and she found herself a single parent to three children. Leonard went on to have three nervous breakdowns and died at age 62 from cancer. In my search for beauty in the world, I had come face to face with terrorism 40-plus years later and the effects it had on a family. My heart once again ripped to shreds over how one act, one moment in time, can shatter and splinter a person,

a life lived in the surrounding cocoon of daily Jewish observance. By inserting herself in my world — however awkwardly — she invited me to share her own. I can only hope that she feels as enriched by our neighborliness as I am by hers.
Martin S. Jaffee currently holds the Samuel & Althea Stroum Chair in Jewish Studies at the University of Washington. His award-winning columns for JTNews have recently been published in book form as The End of Jewish Radar: Snapshots of a Post-Ethnic American Judaism by iUniverse press.

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“I’ll never forget September 11,” he responded. “My mother died in my arms at the hospital and then my brother and I heard the news.” I couldn’t help but think, as I was watching the world falling apart, his world was also falling to pieces thousands of miles away. Soon after, Grant was sent to fight the war in Afghanistan. I covered the story for two years and my usual happy, sunny disposition disappeared. Covering funerals and sad stories on a daily basis took its toll. I needed a change, and wanted to focus on the good in the world. I read books by the Dalai Lama and every positive person I could find. But the book that made the most sense to me was the Australia and New Zealand guidebook. So I did the math, dug into my savings account and booked myself a flight. In my quest to find a new perspective of life, I climbed glaciers, went whitewater rafting, hiked mountains, and scared myself half to death by getting talked into skydiving in New Zealand. Dave, the friend I made who convinced me to step out of that plane, and I bonded immediately after jumping from 12,000 feet above the earth in Queenstown, New Zealand. So when he invited me to spend time with him and his girlfriend in Perth, Australia, I accepted. I had no plans on

and a family, forever. The story stuck with me, and I recently emailed Dave’s father Alex about the ongoing pain. “Yes, the impacts may go on for years and in many cases are difficult to cope with,” he wrote, “whereas the public interest tends to be more about the event and the immediate impacts. In many ways, there are almost forgotten victims of such attacks. Mum was a very strong person and led a very active life considering the extent of her injuries. Her story is certainly one of strength and hope but there is no doubt that many other victims have not fared as well.” He also told me that Bette had died three years earlier. “The date is very easy for us to remember, as it was 11 Sept. 2008.” Wiping away tears, I shook my head in disbelief. I couldn’t help but wonder about the timing. So while 10 years have passed since Sept 11, 2001, for many, it is as if it happened yesterday, and for even more people, the scars of terrorism will be there for generations. I don’t know if I believe that things happen for a reason, but I do know that giving them reason is all most people can accomplish. Perhaps take a moment out of your day, remember the victims of terrorism, and try to do something to try to make the world a better place.
Masada Siegel can be reached at

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10 a.m.– 4 p.m. — Hadassah mah Jongg tournament
Judi Leader at 360-301-5039 or West Sound Hadassah’s third annual Mah Jongg tournament. Visit the Seattle Hadassah chapter website or contact Judi to register. At Silverdale Beach Hotel, 3073 NW Bucklin Hill Rd., Silverdale. 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. — repentance: undoing mistakes and repairing relationships
Mimi Porad at 206-315-7399

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At Temple De Hirsch Sinai, Seattle Conference Room, 1520 E Union Ave., Seattle. 1–3 p.m. — Zumbathon
Lisa Kutzke at or 206-388-1987 or Dance, have fun, and groove to the music. Come to a Zumbathon to benefit the American Heart Association. Show support by wearing red. Get a great workout while giving to a great cause. Complimentary snacks and beverages provided. Suggested donation $15. At Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. 3:30–5:45 p.m. — standWithus northwest

Community reception with daniel Gordis or 206-801-0902 Enjoy complimentary Israeli wines, mimosas, other beverages and light appetizers. $54. At McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St., Seattle. 5–9 p.m. — Jewish Federation Community Campaign Kickoff
Wendy Dore at or 206-443-5400 or The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle is pleased to announce the Community Campaign Kickoff, starring

Yeshiva University’s The Maccabeats. Registration costs $54. At McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St, Seattle.


10–11 a.m. — energize your life Workshop
J.D. Green at or 206-388-1989 or An interactive workshop to help participants feel their best every day. Everyone, including busy moms, athletes, and office workers trying to avoid the three o’clock slump, can learn how to make small changes to make a world of difference in their energy. $10. At Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island.

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Hamrick Investment Counsel, LLC Roy A. Hamrick, CFA 206-441-9911 ✉☎  Professional portfolio management services for individuals, foundations and nonprofit organizations.





Leah’s Catering, Inc. Seattle’s Premier Kosher Caterer 206-985-2647 ✉☎ Full Service • Glatt Kosher Delivery or Pickup • All your catering needs. • Va’ad supervised.

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Mass Mutual Financial Group Albert Israel, CFP 206-346-3327 ✉☎ Jamison Russ 206-346-3266 ✉☎ Retirement planning for those nearing retirement • Estate planning for those subject to estate taxes • General investment management • Life, disability, long-term care & health insurance • Complimentary one hour sessions available


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Eastside Insurance Services Chuck Rubin, agent 425-271-3101 F 425-277-3711 4508 NE 4th, #B, Renton Tom Brody, agent 425-646-3932 F 425-646-8750  2227 112th Ave. NE, Bellevue We represent Pemco, Safeco, Hartford & Progressive

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charitable,” she continued. “I’d really like to see how the United States was 80–90 years ago. Did people freely give money? Or did people have to give money because of social pressures? Were we always free from that mentality too?” Back to Eisenman at the JDC. “The whole purpose of participating in a Jewish service program – we want your demographic to be grappling with these questions and to understand the sheer complexity of the Jewish community around the world.” In that case, the mission was a success. But “service program” doesn’t quite ring accurate. In large part, the group left feeling as though it had contributed only a little and received a lot of fodder for thought. “I think we’re very comforted to see these pictures [of impoverished Jews]

and to want to give money,” said Furman. Those are the photos that drive fundraisers. But when we enter their homes, when we’re the ones taking the pictures, are we idealizing them as poor? “In general,” he said, “it’s easy for people to idealize certain things” like hunger and homelessness. Up close, it’s awkward. “Do you want them to emily K. alHadeFF represent this idea?” a little girl takes a break in the playground of Khabarovsk’s Jewish Furman invoked preschool. the preschool was created 12 years ago with the help of the Yehuda Amichai’s Seattle Jewish community. stoppage kept at least 220,000 tons of aircraft and airport vehicle carbon emissions out of America’s skies, and gave George W. Bush the dubious honor of doing more for the environment those few days than in his eight years of presidency. Other positive notes: America’s “clean economy” now employs more people than the steel, fossil fuel or biotech industries — 2.7 million — according to a new Brookings Institution-Battelle report. Organic farming has grown more than 600 percent since 1990 — to six million cultivated acres, according to the USDA — and accounts for 1 percent of U.S. agriculture. The organic livestock sectors have grown even faster. We know what we’ve got, now. And even if we talk a fatalistic game, we’ve

poem, “Tourists,” to express what he got out of the program. Amichai writes, “A group of tourists was standing around their guide and I became their target marker. ‘You see that man with the baskets? Just right of his head there’s an arch from the Roman period. Just right of his head.’ ‘But he’s moving, he’s moving!” “How do you guarantee that it’s not just about you going there?” Asked Furman. “We have to ask ourselves, were we really in that country? [Or] the way that country’s defined? “What are these people feeling? What are they doing?” It’s about seeing their struggles in a very real way, he said, and bringing that home.
This is the third in a series by Emily K. Alhadeff about Jewish life in the farthest reaches of Russia.


which may initially feel odd to America’s city-dwelling majority. Recall the quiet days after 9/11, when U.S. commercial aircraft were grounded and few vehicles drove the roads. We could hear the wind, rustling tree leaves, birds, conversations and other human activities. The flight

never been the kinds of people who were willing to let circumstances dictate the outcomes for us without a fight. So, let’s show up at our best, and work with it.
Author and teacher Martin Westerman writes and consults on sustainable living. He can be contacted with questions at

W h E R E
GREATER SEATTLE Chabad House (Traditional) 206/527-1411 4541 19th Ave. NE Bet Alef (Meditative Reform) 206/527-9399 16330 NE 4th St., Bellevue (in Unity Church) Congregation Kol Ami (Reform) 425/844-1604 16530 Avondale Rd. NE, Woodinville Cong. Beis Menachem (Traditional Hassidic) 1837 156th Ave. NE, Bellevue 425/957-7860 Congregation Beth Shalom (Conservative) 6800 35th Ave. NE 206/524-0075 Cong. Bikur Cholim-Machzikay Hadath (Orthodox) 5145 S Morgan 206/721-0970 Capitol Hill Minyan-BCMH (Orthodox) 1501 17th Ave. E 206/721-0970 Congregation Eitz Or (Jewish Renewal) 6556 35th Ave. NE 206/467-2617 Cong. Ezra Bessaroth (Sephardic Orthodox) 5217 S. Brandon Street 206/722-5500 Congregation Shaarei Tefilah-Lubavitch (Orthodox/Hassidic) 6250 43rd Ave. NE 206/527-1411 Congregation Shevet Achim (Orthodox) 5017 90th Ave. SE (at NW Yeshiva HS) Mercer Island 206/275-1539 Congregation Tikvah Chadashah (Gay/Lesbian) 206/355-1414 Emanuel Congregation (Modern Orthodox) 3412 NE 65th Street 206/525-1055 Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation (Conservative) 206/232-8555 3700 E. Mercer Way, Mercer Island Hillel (Multi-denominational) 4745 17th Ave. NE 206/527-1997 Kadima (Reconstructionist) 206/547-3914 12353 NE 8th, Seattle Kavana Cooperative


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bREmERTon Congregation Beth Hatikvah 360/373-9884 11th and Veneta EVERETT / EdmondS Chabad Jewish Center of Snohomish County 2225 100th Ave. W, Edmonds 425/967-3036 Temple Beth Or (Reform) 425/259-7125 3215 Lombard St., Everett FoRT LEWiS Jewish Chapel 253/967-6590 Liggett Avenue & 12th iSSAquAh Chabad of the Central Cascades (Hassidic Traditional) 24121 SE Black Nugget Rd. 425/427-1654 oLympiA Chabad Jewish Discovery Center 1611 Legion Way SE 360/584-4306 Congregation B’nai Torah (Conservative) 3437 Libby Rd. 360/943-7354 Temple Beth Hatfiloh (Reconstructionist) 201 8th Ave. SE 360/754-8519 poRT AnGELES And SEquim Congregation B’nai Shalom 360/452-2471 poRT ToWnSEnd Congregation Bet Shira 360/379-3042 puLLmAn, WA And moScoW, id Jewish Community of the Palouse 509/334-7868 or 208/882-1280 SpokAnE Chabad of Spokane County 4116 E. 37th Ave., Spokane 99223 509/443-0770 Congregation Emanu-El (Reform) P O Box 30234, Spokane 99223 509/835-5050 Temple Beth Shalom (Conservative) 1322 E. 30th Ave. 509/747-3304 TAcomA Chabad-Lubavitch of Pierce County 1889 N Hawthorne Dr. 253/565-8770 Temple Beth El (Reform) 253/564-7101 5975 S. 12th St. TRi ciTiES Congregation Beth Sholom (Conservative) 312 Thayer Drive, Richland 509/375-4740 VAncouVER Chabad-Lubavitch of Clark County 9604 NE 126th Ave., Suite 2320 360/993-5222 E-mail: Congregation Kol Ami 360/574-5169 Service times and location can be found at VAShon iSLAnd Havurat Ee Shalom 206/567-1608 15401 Westside Highway P O Box 89, Vashon Island, WA 98070 WALLA WALLA Congregation Beth Israel 509/522-2511 E-mail: WEnATchEE Greater Wenatchee Jewish Community 509/662-3333 or 206/782-1044 WhidbEy iSLAnd Jewish Community of Whidbey Island 360/331-2190 yAkimA Temple Shalom (Reform) 509/453-8988 1517 Browne Ave.

K’hal Ateres Zekainim (Orthodox) 206/722-1464 at Kline Galland Home, 7500 Seward Park Ave. S Secular Jewish Circle of Puget Sound (Humanist) 206/528-1944 Sephardic Bikur Holim Congregation (Orthodox) 6500 52nd Ave. S 206/723-3028 The Summit at First Hill (Orthodox) 1200 University St. 206/652-4444 Temple Beth Am (Reform) 206/525-0915 2632 NE 80th St. Temple B’nai Torah (Reform) 425/603-9677 15727 NE 4th, Bellevue Temple De Hirsch Sinai (Reform) Seattle, 1441 16th Ave. 206/323-8486 Bellevue, 3850 156th Ave. SE 425/454-5085 SOuTH KING COuNTy Bet Chaverim (Reform) 206/577-0403 25701 14th Place S, Des Moines WEST SEATTLE Kol HaNeshamah (Reform) 206/935-1590 Alki UCC, 6115 SW Hinds St. Torah Learning Center (Orthodox) 5121 SW Olga St. 206/938-4852 WAShinGTon STATE AbERdEEn Temple Beth Israel 360/533-5755 1819 Sumner at Martin AnAcoRTES Anacortes Jewish Community 360/293-4123 bAinbRidGE iSLAnd Congregation Kol Shalom (Reform) 9010 Miller Road NE 206/855-0885 Chavurat Shir Hayam 206/842-8453 bELLinGhAm Chabad Jewish Center of Whatcom County 820 Newell St. 360/393-3845 Congregation Beth Israel (Reform) 2200 Broadway 360/733-8890

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Bright – Silver
Meghan Elizabeth Bright and Joseph Elliot Silver will be married on September 4, 2011, at Court in the Square in Seattle. Rabbi Will Berkovitz will officiate. Meghan is the daughter of Penny and John Bright of Bainbridge Island. Her grandparents are the late Mary and Howard Morrison and the late John and Hattie Bright. Meghan graduated from Bainbridge Island High School, the University of Washington and the University of Washington Law School. She works as an attorney at Mayer Brown. Joseph is the son of Beverley and Michael Silver of Bellevue. His grandparents are Johanna Moss of La Jolla, Calif., and the late Malcolm Moss, Esther Silver of Omaha, Neb., and the late Norman Silver. Joseph graduated from Newport High School, the University of Washington and Columbia University Business School. He works as an associate for Imprint Capital. Meghan and Joseph reside in New York, N.Y.

Bar Mitzvah

Ari Ben Levin
Ari will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on September 3, 2011, at Congregation Beth Shalom in Seattle. Ari is the son of Robert Levin and Deirdre Glynn Levin of Seattle and brother of Tali. His grandparents are Allan and Beverly Levin of Detroit, the late Elaine Levin, Mildred Glynn of London, Ont., and the late John Joseph Glynn. Ari will be a 7th-grader at University Prep. He enjoys playing Select soccer and the saxophone, and attending Camp Solomon Schechter. Ari’s family invites the community to the kiddush luncheon following services.

Bat Mitzvah

Emily Claire Gordon
Emily will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on September 3, 2011, at Temple De Hirsch Sinai in Bellevue. Emily is the daughter of Nancy and Matt Gordon of Mercer Island and the sister of Josh. Her grandparents are Ed and Jeanne Diner of Denver, Colo., and Hillard and Florence Gordon of Summit, N.J. Emily will be a 7th-grader at Islander Middle School. She enjoys competitive cheer, hanging out with friends and shopping. A portion of Emily’s Bat Mitzvah funds will go to the Academy for Precision Learning, founded by her parents in honor of her brother, Josh.

Craig Naon June 13, 1962—August 18, 2011
Craig Naon passed away Thursday, August 18, 2011. He is survived by his loving partner and best friend Joel Davis and his beloved dog Maggie. His is also survived by his mother, Sandy Naon, his brothers Dave Naon (Kathy), and Jeff Naon (Lori) and his nephews, Zach, Ben and Jack Naon, and his niece Harper Naon. He was preceded in death by his father Jack Naon. Craig made his home in Palm Springs, but spent the last few years working in Vancouver, BC for the Washington Corp. Craig was loved by many and will be greatly missed. Donations may be made to the Desert AIDS Foundation, 1695 N. Sunrise Way, Palm Springs, Calif. 92262. A celebration of his life is being planned.

Bat Mitzvah

Valerie Gayle Kearns
Valerie will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on September 10, 2011, at Temple De Hirsch Sinai in Bellevue. Valerie is the daughter of Emmi and Matthew Kearns of Kirkland and the sister of Marty. Her grandparents are Bob and Bunny Rogers of Mercer Island, Alma Kearns of Seattle, and the late Marvin Kearns. Valerie will be a 7th-grader at Rose Hill Junior High. She enjoys singing, drama, playing volleyball and attending Camp Kalsman. For her mitzvah project, she gathered supplies for MEOW Cat Rescue with her Girl Scout troop. She will donate a portion of her gifts to the Seattle Humane Society, where she adopted her own dog and cat.

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remembering 9/11

Jtnews . . friday, september 2, 2011

ten years later, still feeling the pain
mASAdA SiEgEl special to Jtnews
Several things run through your mind at the end of a great adventure seeking beauty in the world, especially when you have quit your job, run out of money and aren’t certain where in the world you are headed next. But a philosophical discusof wandering around Australia and New Zealand. He was en route to Wales. “Everything happens for a reason,” Grant said. “How can you be so sure?” I asked. “I know it,” he replied. “I’ve seen it head as we spoke — especially September 11, 2001. I vividly remember 9/11: I was working for CNN on Lou Dobbs’s show “Moneyline” as a field producer. I had just started and I was excited — financial news was perfect for me, I thought at the time, ing about it brings tears. In disbelief, I watched smoke pour out of the enormous gash in one of the World Trade Centers. Soon after, the building started to fall in front of me. “There are people in that building and

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an artwork that commemorates the 9/11 attacks was created by the writer’s father, Gerald Siegel.

sion on the meaning of life — with a perfect stranger, no less — certainly is not one of them. Grant, a member of an elite Australian Special Forces team, was in line behind me at the Sydney airport, when he started talking to me. It was August of 2004 and I was returning home after three months

every day of my life, and it’s just how the world works.” “How can you believe it?” I wondered. “How do you know that things happen for a reason? Maybe things happen and we give them a reason, not the other way around.” A million thoughts swirled in my

being generally low drama. I distinctly remember a conversation with my father in late August 2001. “I can do this,” I said. “The markets go up and down, there are no blood and guts in these news stories.” Weeks later, September 11 happened. Right in front of my eyes. Still today, writ-

you are watching them die and there is nothing you can do!” my brain screamed. Never have I felt such anguish and helplessness. “Where were you on September 11?” I asked Grant.
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