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January Family Calendar
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Endless Opportunities
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Kosher Food Bank Event
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AA Meetings at JFS
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Tour Research Laboratories

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Caring for Our Aging Parents Series

Downsizing: Challenges & Solutions

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Emotion Coaching: An Essential Part of Your Parenting Toolbox!
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January 8 Supporting Your Parents Long-Distance January 29 Difficult Behaviors: Responding to Depression, Mental Illness & Substance Abuse



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Mindful Parenting: Nurturing Our Children, Growing Ourselves
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the rabbi’s turn

No regrets!

letters to the editor
In support of E1


Rabbi ElazaR bogomilsky The Friendship Circle
Bronnie Ware, a registered nurse in Australia, did a fascinating study a couple of years ago. She spent several years working in palliative care, caring for patients in the last few months of their lives. She recorded their dying epiphanies and put her observations into a book called “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying.” Ware writes of the phenomenal clarity of vision that people gain at the end of their lives, and how we might learn from their wisdom. When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, she writes, “common themes surfaced again and again.” The number one regret was, “I wish I had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.” At the moment of utmost clarity, people wished that they had spent more time pursuing a life true to themselves and their feelings. In other words, they wished they had spent their years living, rather than acquiring the materials for future living, which they so often didn’t get the chance to have. These people’s biggest regret was that they were repressed, whether by themselves or others. They never truly expressed themselves. How do we assure ourselves that our lives will be different? What can we do today that will inspire and direct us to be that certain individual with a goal — pursuing happiness, meaning and gratification? I would like to share a story with you: In December 1995, Boston businessman Aaron Feuerstein had just returned home from his 70th birthday party, when a phone call informed him that his Malden Mills textile factory in Lawrence, Mass., had burned down. Twenty-six employees had been injured, some seriously. Three thousand people worked at Malden Mills. When the employees saw the devastation wrought by the fire, they assumed, as one worker put it, “The fire is out of control. Our jobs are gone.” The fire was indeed out of control, but Feuerstein was not. A pious Jew who studied Talmud every day, Feuerstein recalled how his father would quote the Talmudic aphorism, “In a place where there is no man, be a man” (Pirke Avot 2:5). In the immediate aftermath of the fire, he met with 1,000 employees and told them, “When all the textile mills in Lawrence ran out to get cheaper labor down south, we stuck. We’re going to stay and rebuild.” Two days later, wages were due. “Pay everyone in full,” Feuerstein ordered —

and on time. Along with the payroll checks, Feuerstein included a $275 bonus for the New Year season, and a note: “Do not despair. God bless each of you.” The following day, Feuerstein convened a meeting of his employees and announced, “For the next 30 days, it might be longer, all employees will be paid full salaries.” Thirty days became 90 as he arranged for temporary facilities. The total cost of supporting his people after the fire came to $25 million. Did either American or Jewish law require Feuerstein to act as he did? No. That is why his generous actions received national acclaim, and were the subject of numerous articles in magazines and newspapers. In addition to feeling compassion for his employees and wanting to rebuild his business, Feuerstein exemplified the most exalted Jewish value: Sanctifying God’s name (kiddush Hashem). The Talmud tells a story that illustrates the meaning of this term. The sage Rabbi Shimon ben Shatach found a precious stone hanging around the neck of a donkey he had bought from a non-Jew. Refusing to yield to the requests of his disciples, who urged him to keep the treasure Providence had sent to him, he returned the stone, saying, “I bought a donkey, not a precious stone.” The non-Jewish witness to the sage’s integrity thereupon exclaimed, “Blessed is the God of Shimon ben Shatach.” God’s name becomes sanctified when those who claim to have a relationship with Him act in such a manner that makes it evident how faith transforms a life. Shimon ben Shatach would not have endangered his reputation nor violated the national law if he had decided to keep the stone. In returning the stone Rabbi Shimon moved a man to say, “If this behavior is the child of faith, then faith is worth having.” When non-Jews with whom you interact know that you are Jewish, you are no longer merely an individual. For better or for worse, you become an ambassador of the Jewish people to the non-Jewish world. When you act nobly and ethically, you bring honor and purpose to yourself, the Jewish people, and God Himself. Looking back over the past 2,000 years, we have never had such amazing opportunities, when Judaic virtues have been more admired by non-Jews. We are admired for
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Seventeen years after the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, we find ourselves debating the settlement of “E1.” Rabin, of course, was the man who ushered in the Oslo era and the two-state solution as we know it. Settling E1 has been characterized by many on the left as a scheme to destroy the two-state vision advanced by Rabin. Ironically, the E1 plan was Rabin’s idea to begin with. Left-wing groups such as J Street have voiced their opposition to E1 settlement, parroting concerns raised by Abbas. This is consistent with J Street’s definition of “pro-peace” as a framework in which Jews endorse Palestinian viewpoints and adopt them as their own. I reject this definition of “pro-peace.” I reject the hysteria and condemnation stirred up by Jews planning to build houses. I support the two-state vision of Rabin. I support settlement of E1. David plotnik shoreline

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We must address the intersection of mental illness and gun violence
loRi WEinstEin JTA World News Service
WASHINGTON (JTA) — Twentysix lives were lost in Newtown in a sliver of time, and yet another community was shattered by violence. These lives of beautiful potential lie like shards of glass on the floor of our national conscience. While we grieve as a nation, it is imperative that we engage in a national discourse about gun control and the need for improved access to mental health services. Gun violence and mental illness intertwine in ways that are dangerous and can be deadly. Few understand that as well as the families, friends and advocates of domestic violence victims, with whom Jewish Women’s International has been working for years. The devastation in Connecticut is not an isolated incident. We see the intersection between domestic violence and gun violence all too often. Every day, three women are murdered by their intimate partners, and guns are the murder weapon in the majority of cases. In 2010 alone, more than 300 women were shot and killed either by their husband or intimate acquaintance during the course of an argument. An abuser’s access to firearms drastically increases the likelihood of homicide. President Obama’s speech about the massacre in Newtown amounts to nothing less than a clarion call to action. We must seize this opportunity to come together as citizens and as a nation to enact meaningful legislation that will outlaw assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, will keep guns out of the hands of those who will use them to commit crimes, and will strengthen and expand background checks for purchasers. This is not a radical ideology, but a commonsense practicality for a country that has sacrificed too many of our loved ones to gun violence. Woven into this call to action is an urgent appeal to address the intersection between mental illness and gun violence. We must support efforts to give families the tools to treat loved ones with a proclivity toward violence. We must also provide expanded resources for mental health professionals and, most importantly, ensure that appropriate mental health policies are in place and appropriately funded. In the past few years, we have had many opportunities to come together as a nation. But this time is different. This time, we as citizens must lead — using the power of our voices and the strength of our numbers to ensure that legislation is enacted early in the 113th Congress. Left to its own devices and without our active engagement, there is a strong likelihood the legislative process will break down once again. Every member of Congress who believes that now is the time to pass life-saving legislation needs our support and our commitment. We must be committed to working alongside Congress and the administration to enact sensible but effective gun control legislation.
Lori Weinstein is the executive director of Jewish Women’s International.

“They ‘read’ Jewish but their characters are not Jewish.” — Film professor and historian Foster Hirsch, who returns next month to Seattle to talk about Jews in comedy in the 1950s. See the story on page 10.


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Tune in, turn off and be nice
Rivy PouPko klEtEnik JTNews Columnist
Dear Rivy, With December coming to an end and 2013 looming, I was wondering if it is permitted to make New Year’s resolutions even if it is not our New Year? Sometimes I think a mid-year refresher couldn’t hurt us a bit. Is it against Jewish law to recognize this time of year as a new start? Lucky for us, teshuvah is not relegated merely to the Rosh Hashanah season. According to our tradition, each and every Rosh Chodesh (new month) is a fine time to redirect and recharge. Live it up. Grab any chance to self-reflect — it’s all good. Whether it is the darkening of the days or pitter-patter of persistent precipitation, there are three burning issues keeping me up at night, things that need — shall I say — some resolute attention. I will leave worries of the financial cliff, Iran and global warming to others. Here are my three epic qualms for the New Year. The Kindness Factor. Warning: I will be invoking the Holocaust. Ten days at the International School at Yad Vashem this summer reawakened the slightly Shoahfixated hypersensitivity to Jewish-on-Jewish animosity. Our ongoing petty in-fighting and blatant disregard for deep Jewish values of care, understanding, and empathy for one another is disheartening. After being immersed in the horrors perpetrated against our people, it simply becomes beyond comprehension why a Jew would ever purposely cause distress to a fellow Jew. Call me naïve. Call me Pollyanna. There seems to be an adequate dose of awfulness from the outside; do we need to contribute to each other’s pain from the inside? I, too, will now ask: Why can’t we all just get along? Life is too short to allow demeaning communal squabbles to run amok. Tragically, not unlike bullying, most of these squabbles are around issues of selfworth and self-esteem. Healthy folks who are comfortable with who they are rarely get into an ongoing fracas. They reserve their precious mind-space for their work, well-being and family. The diabolical shenanigans that can take over a community are rarely perpetrated by the high-minded. How to avoid being sucked in? Take that oft-spoken-of high road, draw on your best Mussar teachings, and put yourself in the place of the other. Action item: Step away from the pettiness and approach grandness of spirit. Forgive and move on. Be an example to others. Life is short and we are few in number. Avoid at all costs folks for whom drama is their modus operandi. Not unlike most worthwhile endeavors, this too must be practiced until one achieves mastery. Faced next time with an opportunity to disparage, cease and desist from the conversation! More than anything else, this will contribute to world peace. On a lighter note, The Insomnia of the Electronic Reader Phenomenon. Disclaimer: the Kletenik household boasts a Kindle and a Kindle Fire. Hence, I speak not from outright abhorrence but rather from firsthand knowledge. But I have this thing with books. It’s called crazy love. It’s insatiable. It is irrational. I open a book that was once my father’s or mother’s, and the smell from its pages wafts into the air and I am transported back to my childhood home. I slide my
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Coming up
Sunday, January 6, 5–9 p.m.

■ MMSC Day School Annual Lamplighter Dinner and Auction

The Menachem Mendel Seattle Cheder welcomes Alan Veingrad, former NFL Super Bowl champion, to speak about his spiritual journey to Jewish observance. After retiring from football, Veingold came to realize that his lifestyle was more “style” than “life,” which led him to Torah and mitzvot. Participate in a Chinese auction and enjoy a sumptuous kosher dinner. For more information, contact Tziviah Goldberg at or 206-851-1193. Make reservations online at At 415 Westlake Banquet Hall, 415 Westlake, Seattle. Congregation Shevet Achim hosts a Shabbaton with “America’s rabbi,” Rabbi Daniel Lapin. Lapin will speak on “Sendra Sentiments” during a traditional Shabbat dinner Friday night, and on Saturday following kiddush he will give a talk, “How Old Are You?” After the conclusion of Shabbat, at 7:15 p.m., he will present again on “Reconciliation Recommendations,” along with a dessert reception. The Friday night dinner costs $23 per individual, $45 per couple, and $60 per family. The Saturday night reception costs $10 per individual and $15 per couple. For more information and to RSVP, visit or contact Randy Kessler at or 206-275-1539. At Congregation Shevet Achim, 5017 90th Ave. SE, Mercer Island.

■ Shabbaton with Rabbi Daniel Lapin


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Saul Singer

Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle

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by Rita katz

inside this issue
Travel to Israel! Center spread
If you’re thinking about heading to Israel next year on your own or as part of a teen program, look no further than this special section devoted to Israel travel.

Az me geyt glaykh falt men nit
If you walk straight, you won’t fall.

Hardships and triumph


Cecelia Danuweli saw horrors that no young person should ever see, but living through Liberia’s civil wars strengthened her resolve to help make her country a better place for all of its citizens. Danuweli visited Seattle last week as a guest of American Jewish World Service to tell her story.

Due to geographical challenges, none of the editors noticed that in the M.O.T. article about Talia Langman (“Life in the Amazon,” Dec. 14), the Amazon does not run through Nicaragua. JTNews regrets the error.

The return of Foster Hirsch


Brooklyn College film professor Foster Hirsch makes his third trip to the Stroum Jewish Community Center’s Jewish Touch program to talk about comedians, specifically the Jewish comedians of the 1950s.

Our Top Five Startups
In celebration of Seattle’s entrepreneurial spirit, we focus on five startups with a Jewish flavor.

The Livnot Project


From the Jewish Transcript, December 23, 1982. John Tiede, a 25-year-old officer with the King County Sheriff’s Department, decided to leave his job and head to Jerusalem, where he served as a bodyguard for the director of the International Christian Embassy. Tiede had visited Israel earlier in the year and reportedly fell in love with the Jewish State.

This new supplementary high school program is actually getting kids excited about going to Hebrew school.

Essence Salon


This one-of-a-kind, 5-year-old hair studio has created a community of Orthodox clients who must have their hair or wigs worked on modestly and confidentially, as well as of women who have lost their hair due to cancer or alopecia.


When 18-year-old Sam Franklin was surprised that millions of couples would send out inelegant, ad-filled wedding invitations, he decided he could do better. Now, four years later, he has.

Joshua “Red” Russak has the startup bug, so much so that he started a company that helps other tech startups make the connections they need to succeed.


Haiku Deck


Right under the nose of the creators of PowerPoint has arrived a new tablet-based presentation solution, from a company run by Seattleite Adam Tratt.

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Feed Your Pets First
by Deborah Manber Kupfer

The Liberian spring
When peace talks started stalling in 2003, the women went to Accra, Ghana, where they were taking place. They barricaded the hotel, cut off power and food, called the men’s mothers, and then, as a last resort, threatened to strip (it’s considered a curse for a man to see a married or elderly woman naked). A peace deal was reached a few weeks later. “We handled it the way we thought was best, and it worked,” Danuweli said. “The men, they knew that we were really serious.” Despite the horror, “Pray the Devil Back to Hell” is optimistic. “It’s inspiring, it’s moving, it’s extraordinarily informative,” said Matthew Ba l a ba n, A J WS’s development associate in San Francisco, who accompanied Danuweli. “At the end you feel more uplifted. You have more of a sense of hope, hope for peace. Not only in Liberia, but hope for peace in the world, and for these types of movements to sprout up in other places.” PEWEE Flomoku Today, under Liberian women demonstrate at the american embassy in Monrovia at the female president height of the civil war in July 2003. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberia is a safer place, but the women are AJWS, a human rights organizastill hard at work attempting to stop cortion based out of New York, supports 13 ruption, bring justice, and pass bills that organizations in Liberia, including the will protect women and make sexual vioWest Africa Network for Peacebuilding lence a crime. (WANEP), the organization Danuweli “We have some gender-sensitive men joined in 2002 when she arrived in Libewho are on the side of the women,” Danuria’s capital with her children and no job as weli said. the second Liberian civil war raged. When they need something done, they In 1989, Liberia’s first civil war swept put their white t-shirts back on and besiege the country. It lasted until 1997, when the city, stopping to talk to no one but Charles Taylor took over. But in 1999, the the president. “We don’t inform her [that second civil war began. Danuweli describes we’re coming],” she said. People see them traveling 50 miles for just a cup of rice. coming and wonder: “What is happening? “Every checkpoint you find someone There is something that they know about being killed,” she said. She was still young and they’ve come up to talk about it.” when she witnessed soldiers kill and disThe strategy is working: The women member her stepfather. have been instrumental in bringing justice “I was like, oh my God, I don’t need to to victims of brutality. In one case, they stay here and continue seeing this atrocity brought enough proof to the president to and don’t talk about it,” Danuweli said. “I have the perpetrators brought to justice in need to go out to make the world know that a matter of minutes. there are too many atrocities happening.” They collect information vigilantly and Danuweli and her children walked rapidly, before police can call upon “lack through 27 checkpoints to Monrovia, the of proof.” capital, a several weeks’ journey. Once “Even the government came to us to there, she was able to get a job with WANEP give them information,” she said. In a case and activist Leymah Gbowee, who led the of rape and murder that was staged as a women’s nonviolent resistance movement suicide, Denuwali said the women had that helped bring about the war’s end. photos and information before the body The movement of thousands of women, was taken out of the house. dressed in white t-shirts and white hair “We won that case. We won it. Because wraps, staged a nearly four-year sit-in at a we made sure that every proof was given,” field near Taylor’s mansion. “That t-shirt, she said. “I’m speaking up for the truth. when we wore that t-shirt, and went anyI’m speaking justice.” where, people listened.” Cecelia Danuweli is a commanding presence. Wearing an elegant African dress and gold scarf, long black braids exploding from the top of her head, she walks with an air of royalty. It’s a fitting entrance for a woman who helped liberate Liberia from warlords and end a civil war. Danuweli was in Seattle for two days last week with American Jewish World Service for a screening of “Pray the Devil Back to Hell,” a documentary about the thousands of Liberian women who helped bring an end to Liberia’s gruesome civil war. A committee of 28 local AJWS supporters hosted the event at the Frye Art Museum on Dec. 12.

Emily k. alhadEff Associate Editor, JTNews

Readers of Deuteronomy 11:15 are advised that only after their animals are fed may they feed themselves. There are various reasons for this: long term gain over short term pain, for example, and the lack of sin in animals. But most significantly, the quality of mercy is invoked. Here are some animals whose owners undoubtedly felt this way.
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visits his mom and stepdad, Comedian and actor actress Carolyn (Puddin’) Adam Ray says he tells and George Cox, “an people he’s from Shoreincredible support system.” line because if he says he’s from Adam misses the Pacific Lake Forest Park he’s accused of Northwest “for many reamaking the place up. sons,” he says. “I try to The native of that small Seattle book shows up there every suburb went to Shorecrest High few months.” School, where “I quit football to Catch him back home play Danny Zuko in ‘Grease,’” this weekend when he’s a Adam says. “My coach was not special guest at Brad Wiltoo happy.” liams’ show at Bellevue’s He continued his drama edu- Member of Parlor Live Comedy Club cation at the University of South- the Tribe in Lincoln Square. ern California, and spent a year in London studying and performing Shakespeare. Sipping a lovely white wine in a Now based in L.A., Adam spends much friend’s sukkah a couple months of his time writing material for and perago, I was pleased to discover that forming his irreverent comedy stand-up I was chatting with the winemaker. Stan act, but “I always consider myself an actor Zeitz, retired physician and dedicated

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adam Ray, who hails from Lake Forest Park, is a budding comedian, actor and voiceover artist in L.a.

Stan Zeitz is only slightly taller than the electric grape stomper that he uses to make his wine.


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first,” he says, auditioning whenever possible. “I’ve auditioned for probably thousands of things for the last four years.” That landed him a part in “The Heat,” the new Sandra Bullock-Melissa McCarthy buddy cop movie coming out April 5. He plays a bad guy, “a douche-y club owner.” Adam does a lot of ADR, Automated Dialog Replacement, or dubbing, used to modify a film’s soundtrack without having to bring in the original actor (removing cursing from TV adaptations of movies, for example). He regularly dubs for Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck and others. Voiceovers for animation, video games and commercials keep him busy, too. “I recorded a Toyota commercial today,” he says. He produces videos, maintains his website (, and says, “I’m always writing.” When not working, he unwinds by playing basketball. If he needs a break, “I fly up to Seattle and play with my nieces,” and

Congregation Beth Shalom volunteer, has been part of a wine-making club since the late 1960s. Born and raised on a poultry farm in Toms River, N.J., the army brought him to Ft. Lewis during World War II. After his residency, he and wife Nancy moved to Seattle for his fellowship at the University of Washington. “We never left,” he observes, raising three kids in their Lake Forest Park home. He and Nancy first made wine with a friend in 1966 and had so much fun they started their club the following year. “We started very rough, just getting grapes, putting in yeast, letting it ferment,” he says. Back then, it would take all day just to do a small batch of grapes with a hand wine press. Good fortune led them to an electric press being sold by a small local winery, and after that they could crush and de-stem a truckload of red grapes in about
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For a complete listing of events, or to add your event to the JTNews calendar, visit Calendar events must be submitted no later than 10 days before publication. Hang with Jewish community on this day when there is not much to do. Free. At Temple B’nai Torah, 15727 NE Fourth St., Bellevue. Come learn about the origins of the Chassidic movement, its core beliefs, and how every Jew can benefit from a deeper understanding of its essence. Food available for purchase. Free. At Island Crust Café, 7525 SE 24th St., Mercer Island. 7–9 p.m. — Jewish Studies and the Classroom: Accessible Text Study
Dena Kernish at 206-774-2279 or Learn how to help students create meaningful interpretations during text and weekly parashah study. Facilitated by Rivy Kletenik. JTC, STARS and clock hours available. Open to all educators in early childhood centers, supplementary schools and day schools. At the Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island.

BenHaim. Twice monthly on Thursday evenings. $160. At Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue, 1111 Harvard Ave., Seattle.

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6 p.m. — Rabbi daniel lapin Shabbaton
Randy Kessler at or 206-275-1539 or Rabbi Daniel Lapin will give three talks throughout the weekend. Friday night dinner $23/individual, $45/couple, $60/family. Saturday night reception $10/individual, $15/couple. See website for details and to RSVP. At Congregation Shevet Achim, 5017 90th Ave. SE, Mercer Island.

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5–6:30 p.m. — Tot Shabbat in West Seattle
Mrs. Shevi Greer at or 732-503-0795 or Stories, games, and kid-friendly Friday night Shabbat dinner. Shmoozing and food for adults too. Geared for ages 2-7. All background and affiliations welcome. Free. At the West Seattle Torah Learning Center (call for address), Seattle.

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10:30 a.m. — PJ library Storytime at SJCS
Amy Paquette at The PJ Library welcomes Shoshana Stombaugh as guest musician and storyteller. Stay for songs and a story, activities, and playgroup. At Seattle Jewish Community School, 12351 Eighth Ave. NE, Seattle.

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10 a.m.–12 p.m. — december 25th learning Program
Rabbi Avrohom David at or 206-722-8289 or Special guest speaker Rabbi Daniel Lapin. Youth learning program with Rabbi Yehuda Bresler for boys and girls (separately) 3rd grade and up. Girls’ learning will take place only if enough girls register. Free; babysitting available $10/day by reservation only. At the Seattle Kollel, 5305 52nd Ave. S, Seattle. 1–3 p.m. — Cookies, milk and a movie: Something Jewish to do on Christmas
Yohanna Kinberg at or 425-603-9677

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5–9 p.m. — mmSC day School Annual lamplighter dinner and Auction
Tziviah Goldberg at or 206-851-1193 or Fundraising dinner, raffle and auction for Seattle’s only Montessori Jewish early childhood, elementary and girls’ high school. Featuring Alan Veingrad, former Super Bowl champion, who will speak about his spiritual journey. Honoring Chaya Elishevitz. All are welcome. Reserve online. At 415 Westlake Banquet Hall, 415 Westlake, Seattle. 6–8 p.m. — The livnot Project Think Tank
Julie Hayon at or 206-486-0104 or Students of The Livnot Project hear from featured community leaders about overarching justice themes and share personal experiences with their peer community. At Jewish Family Service, 1601 16th Ave., Seattle.

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12–1:30 p.m. — Current Events in israel and the middle East
Shelly Goldman at or 425-603-9677 or Led by Nevet Basker, discuss a topic in the news pertaining to Israel. To find out the topic for this month or join the email list, contact Jayne Carlin at Optional pre-reading is available at This session will be repeated on Thursdays at 7 p.m. $5 payable at the door. At Temple B’nai Torah, 15727 NE Fourth St., Bellevue.

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9:30–10:30 a.m. — mishpacha Sundays
Leyna Lavinthal at or 425-603-9677 or Jewish family class for parents and children ages birth-3 years. Do crafts, games, movements, hear stories, and have music. Class led by head teacher Leyna Lavinthal and music specialist Asher Hashash. Advance registration required. Class meets in 10-week sessions. $150, plus $50 registration fee. At Temple B’nai Torah, 15727 NE Fourth St., Bellevue. 7:30–9 p.m. — Annual Winter Gala
Emily Ziskind at or 206-652-4444 A formal event for friends and family. Free. At The Summit at First Hill, 1200 University St., Seattle.

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6:45–8 p.m. — Chassidic Philosophy
Randy Kessler at or 206-275-1539 or

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From Age-ing to Sage-ing
Elizabeth Fagin at or 206-527-9399 or Ten-session class based on the book by Reb Zalman Schacter-Shalomi, exploring the transition from adulthood to elderhood. Led by Rabbi Olivier

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7–9 p.m. — Jewish Studies and the Classroom: Accessible Text Study
Dena Kernish at 206-774-2279 or See above listing. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island.

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The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Summer Programs 2013 Each summer the Rothberg International School offers short-term programs that provide students with a stimulating academic experience, along with the opportunity to live and breathe the subject matter. Students can participate in courses taught in English, intensive language courses in Modern and Biblical Hebrew as well as Colloquial and Modern Standard Arabic, archaeological digs, internships and more. Various co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, seminars, and trips complement these courses, providing students with an exceptional social and academic experience that extends beyond the limits of the classroom. Qualified undergraduate and graduate students, as well as mature learners with academic backgrounds, are invited to apply. Send for an informative brochure listing all of our enriching classes.

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With NCSY Summer Programs you are about to embark on what will surely be one of the most meaningful and memorable experiences of your life. You can spend your summer as a camp counselor in the Alps; travel on a European adventure to Italy; experience an Israel touring adventure like no other; encounter the unforgettable on a visit to Poland; volunteer with new olim at a camp for children with special needs and in Israeli hospitals; or sharpen your game with a full range of team sports at a sleepaway camp on the East Coast. We have programs tailored to public school students, yeshiva day school students, teens who want to build their learning skills, teens who want to make a difference as a chesed volunteer, and teens who want to spend their summer touring, hiking, biking, rafting and testing the limits of their physical endurance. And due to popular demand, we proudly offer two exciting programs for NCSY Juniors. Join an NCSY summer program and you’ll enjoy awesome trips, hang out with amazing advisors, and make the best friends of your life. Thousands of teens from across the U.S. and Canada have traveled with NCSY and voted our trips the best. NCSY trips are also the most affordable. Go to Israel on TJJ for only $2,699! Learn about all our trips and scholarship options at an informational meeting January 9 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Stroum Jewish Community Center.

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USY on Wheels On USY on Wheels, you will spend the summer seeing the incredible wonders of North America while making lifelong friends and having an incredible Jewish experience. On USY on Wheels, you will explore places that most never get to, but that’s not even the best part. What makes the trip unforgettable is the people you meet and the community that is created when 45 teenagers come together. The programs USY offers allow teenagers 8th–11th grade to explore North America in different ways. Our four trips, Wheels East, Pacific Northwest, Classic Wheels, and Mission Mitzvah, allow the participants to see places like the Grand Canyon, Disney World, Niagara Falls, Universal Studios, Yellowstone National Park, San Diego Zoo, Mount Rushmore, D.C. monuments, and many more amazing sites that America has to offer. USY Israel Pilgrimage More than just a tour of Israel, USY Israel Pilgrimage is a complete experience in the Jewish homeland. You’ll climb Masada, snorkel in Eilat, float in the Dead Sea, pray at the Kotel, and stargaze in the Negev desert. On the first day of the summer, you may be surrounded by complete strangers, but by the time you get back on the plane, you will have made many lifelong friends. All six of our programs will allow you to see Israel like never before! Our four-week Israel Adventure trip lets you travel, experience and learn about Israel from top to bottom. These incredible four weeks are the core of our other Israel programs. Israel Adventure Plus offers an additional week of Gadna, Israeli army training simulation. If you’re interested in traveling to Europe before experiencing Israel, you can choose between spending a week in Italy, Poland, Germany, or the Czech Republic.

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Federation Scholarships Bring Israel Alive for High Schoolers
Visiting Israel can be a life-changing experience. To enable high schoolers with financial need to participate in an Israel experience, the Jewish Federation offers the Israel Scholarship Program. Eligibility Requirements To be eligible for an Israel Scholarship, a high schooler must: • Be a permanent resident of Washington State. • Participate in an Israel program that starts anytime from the summer after ninth grade through high school graduation. • Select an Israel program that is an educational youth/peer program (adventure travel, community service, volunteer work, study). • Seek additional sources of scholarship funding from a synagogue (if the student is affiliated) and the Israel program/sponsoring organization. Additional details • Scholarships cannot be awarded on a retroactive basis. • Scholarship recipients are required to complete volunteer service at the Jewish Federation upon the conclusion of the Israel program (details can be found in the application packet). • Scholarship recipients must write one blog post and send at least five pictures for every three weeks of their Israel program. Deadlines Israel scholarship applications must be received at least three months prior to the date of departure. Applications will be reviewed on the following dates: January 18, 2013 March 22, 2013 July 12, 2013 More information is at Questions should be directed to Cindy Bockelman,, 206.774.2251. Help teens expand their Jewish education and enhance their Jewish identity through an exciting trip to Israel!

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fingers across the pages and feel the print protruding upward, each letter struggling for its own place. The spine crackles a bit and the yellow pages are frail to the touch. “Be careful,” it whispers, “I’ve been around and I’ve got stories to tell.” Dramatic underlining, blue and red — what does it mean? Bookshelves lined with volumes that have long since acquainted themselves with their neighbors to the right and to the left. They stand proudly at attention, backs straight as soldiers, lending an austere ambience to an otherwise unremarkable playroom. I read an inscription from yesteryear written in the handwriting of once upon a time: “To My Beloved Sister. Fondly, Your Devoted Brother.” Who does this sugary inscribing thing anymore? What will be of all of
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this when our grandchildren read all their books on e-readers? What’s the plan here? Will we be emptying all those shelves and loading all those tomes on one single cold plastic mechanism? Folks, what will line the shelves of our grandchildren? This keeps me up at night. Food Shows. Bam! You heard me, Rachael, Ina, Paula, Jamie, Top Chef, Iron Chef, Master Chef: You are causing me an untold loss of sleep. Plated, tasted, amuse bouche. Sous-vide, throw down. That’s enough. Yes, I was enamored and entertained. William Deresiewicz said it best in his New York Times Op-Ed: What has happened is not that food has led to art, but that it has replaced it. Foodism has taken on the sociological characteristics of what used to be known — in the days of the rising postwar middle class, when Mortimer under the sovereignty of God. We are commended to become “partners with the Holy One Blessed Be He, in the work of creation.” Hence we each possess the capacity to positively influence all people, elements and events of our world; we can become “a light unto the nations” by saturating our life with holiness and nobility. Through the integrity with which we conduct our business or professional lives, by the grace that we bring to our relationships, by the beauty that radiates from our homes, by the way we use words to heal and not to hurt, every one of us can sanc-

Adler was peddling the Great Books and Leonard Bernstein was on television — as culture. Remarkable as this may sound, but not a week after reading this illuminating piece, I was actually told that a community event would be featuring “high society” food and wine, and the word “culture” was sprinkled in there as well. A clanging alarm went off in my mind as the words, so deliciously cooked up by Deresiewicz, found their way to my frontal lobe. Aha! The evidence! Foodism, running wild. What is becoming of us, that we are so preoccupied by the plate that we have neglected the stage and the page? When did the palate become the favored conduit for tasting the unknown? Where once it was the redemptive eminence of art, poetry, the salon, the essay, now it is Iron Chef. Redemption? tify God’s name in the world. President John Adams put it in these words: “I will insist that the Hebrews have done more to civilize man than any other nation. If I were an atheist, and believed in blind eternal fate, I should still believe that chance had ordered the Jews to be the most essential instrument for civilizing the nations.” There is an old Jewish saying: “When it is very cold, there are two ways of keeping warm. One is to put on a fur coat. The other is to light a fire. Put on a fur coat and keep yourself warm; light a fire and you

I get that food is not just fuel. I get that it is an outlet for creativity. I get that delectable and delicious sustenance can communicate tradition, heritage, love and care. But it cannot be the central focus of our need for soul-feeding inspiration. It has all gone too far. Action item: This year, let’s read a classic that we never got to, get ourselves a collection of poetry to consider, attend a play and the symphony. Do not let it be said of our age that we surrendered Shakespeare, Whitman and Mozart for Bobby Flay, Tom Colicchio and the many celebrity chefs.
Rivy Poupko Kletenik is an internationally renowned educator and Head of School at the Seattle Hebrew Academy. If you have a question that’s been tickling your brain, send Rivy an e-mail at

our strong community life, the warmth of Jewish family, our passion for education, our growing commitment to philanthropy. Today we have the chance to be an outstanding voice in the moral conversations of mankind. Indeed, we all have a special calling. At the heart of the covenant at Mount Sinai the Jews were summoned by God to become a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. As Jews we are summoned to engage in  tikkun olam, “perfecting the world”

share your warmth with others.” As Jews we have been charged to share our warmth with others and light the fire of God and compassion throughout the world. This is our calling. This is our destiny. If you are truly engaged and encompassed in this life pursuit, not only will you change the world around you, but at the end of time you will have no regrets!
Rabbi Elazar Bogomilsky is the executive director of The Friendship Circle and host of Shmooze Radio and the Rabbi’s Message, KKNW-AM 1150.

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GREATER SEATTLE Chabad House 206/527-1411 4541 19th Ave. NE Bet Alef (Meditative) 206/527-9399 1111 Harvard Ave., Seattle 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 St. 206/721-0970 Capitol Hill Minyan-BCMH (Orthodox) 1501 17th Ave. E 206/721-0970 Congregation Eitz Or (Jewish Renewal) Call for locations 206/467-2617 Cong. Ezra Bessaroth (Sephardic Orthodox) 5217 S Brandon St. 206/722-5500 Congregation Shaarei Tefilah-Lubavitch (Orthodox/Chabad) 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 (LGBTQ) 206/355-1414 Emanuel Congregation (Modern Orthodox) 3412 NE 65th St. 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 8th Ave. NE, Seattle Kavana Cooperative K’hal Ateres Zekainim (Orthodox) 206/722-1464 at Kline Galland Home, 7500 Seward Park Ave. S Mitriyah (Progressive, Unaffiliated) 206/651-5891 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 St., Bellevue Temple De Hirsch Sinai (Reform) Seattle, 1441 16th Ave. 206/323-8486 Bellevue, 3850 156th Ave. SE 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 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 102 Highland Dr. 360/393-3845 Congregation Beth Israel (Reform) 2200 Broadway 360/733-8890 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 and 12th iSSAquAh Chabad of the Central Cascades 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. 509/443-0770 Congregation Emanu-El (Reform) P O Box 30234 509/835-5050 Temple Beth Shalom (Conservative) 1322 E 30th Ave. 509/747-3304 TAcomA Chabad-Lubavitch of Pierce County 2146 N Mildred St.. 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 Congregation Kol Ami 360/574-5169 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 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.


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The return of Foster hirsch: Jewish comedians in 1950s hollywood
chaRlEnE kahn JTNews Correspondent
Foster Hirsch loves movies with passion and enthusiasm. A professor of film, commentator, interviewer, historian, author and critic, Hirsch is at heart a lover of movies who translated that passion into a 40-year teaching career in the film department at Brooklyn College. He also gives illustrated lectures on cinema to the general public. On January 6, Hirsch will visit the Stroum Jewish Community Center on Mercer Island for the third time for its Jewish Touch lecture series. He will share research for his latest book (forthcoming, Knopf), which examines Jewish comedy in ’50s in Hollywood. Hirsch has 16 books on theater, film personalities, impresarios and genres under his belt, and has a solid academic pedigree and 45 years of teaching experience to support that, with “no plans to retire.” Speaking with JTNews from his home in New York, Hirsch recalled in his resonant voice, “I always loved going to movies, since I was a kid.” He is a fan of drama and comedy, but comedy, he says, “was not good in the ’50s. In the ’30s there were great screwball comedies. Nothing like this in the ’50s. Danny Kaye, Judy Holliday and Jerry Lewis were all Jewish, [but] they weren’t allowed to play ethnic types. They ‘read’ Jewish but their characters are not Jewish.” Hirsch’s lecture T. WhiPPlE material is original, Film professor and buff Foster hirsch, who will talk about Jewish comedians says program chair of the 1950s during his January visit to Seattle. Joyce Rivkin, who the movies of the Holocaust,” Rivkin said. originally booked Hirsch back in 2010. “This will be his third season with us and “He tailor-makes it [for our audience].” I have no doubt he will be as entertaining Rivkin says she “discovered Foster and informative as before.” while I was researching who could lecThe program has proved itself with ture on Woody Allen for our 2010 series. JCC members. “The Jewish Touch series I knew he had written a book on Allen so has become very popular and our audiI had a feeling he could deliver a compreence base is growing,” Rivkin says. “I think hensive lecture — and I was right.” it’s important for the world to know the At that lecture, Hirsch gave a full perfabulous contribution Jews have made to spective of both Allen’s comedies and the arts and I like to think this series somemore serious films. how enriches the soul.” When he returned last year, he gave Later in January, after his appear“a fascinating lecture on Hollywood and “We’re waiting for the first grandchild to become a member,” says Stan. The group meets twice a year, once when they decide which grapes to buy, and second for a dinner at which they serve their wine. In the fall they gather in the Zeitzes’ garage to meet the truck delivering the grapes and start the crushing, stemming and fermenting process. The juice goes into carboys (very large jugs) and members takes their wine home to finish fermenting however they choose. “It’s been a fun hobby and I’ve met some really nice guys,” Stan says. Even though women are members, and wives, girlfriends and daughters help with the winemaking, it’s the men who maintain a long-term interest. “These are some close friends,” he adds, from “all walks of life.” Stan and Nancy, as you might guess, like to eat well. Their vegetable garden

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the Jewish touch takes place on sun., Jan. 6 at 2 p.m. at the stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. single tickets for individual lectures of the Jewish touch series are $8 for sJCC members/$12 general admission. for more information, contact Kim Lawson at or 206-388-0823. All lectures are presented with audio-visual supplements.

ance at the SJCC, Hirsch will head down the coast to Los Angeles where he’ll host the American Cinematheque tribute to actor Martin Landau, with a screening of “Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

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two hours. While membership has waxed and waned, a core group has been there from the start, Stan says, including quite a few from our local Jewish community. Currently there are approximately 35 members, about a quarter of whom are original members’ offspring (including Stan’s sonin-law Craig Lawson).

benefits from the must, or wine leavings, which makes great compost. “I do the grilling,” says Stan, while Nancy handles the baking. They keep busy with home repairs and enjoying their sailboat. They also have nine grandchildren to keep track of. “We have a policy for visiting each grandchild in college and going back for their graduation,” he says. So far, he adds, “we’re keeping up.”

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Whether it’s in technology or Jewish life, Seattle is known for its entrepreneurial spirit. Read on as we celebrate five of those entrepreneurs who have made something out of the glimmer of an idea.

The social justice classroom without walls
JoEl magalnick Editor, JTNews
If there is one place to see where the Livnot Project is making a difference, it’s in who it’s attracting: Boys. It is no secret that participation of non-Orthodox men and boys has been rapidly decreasing in all facets of Jewish life over the past two or three decades. That fully three quarters of this newly created social justice-based supplementary Jewish high school consists of boys has made its organizers take notice. “The feedback we’re getting over and over again is that finally there’s this Jewish education that’s hands-on,” says Livnot’s education director Julie Hayon. “They’re out and doing something that matters instead of sitting around talking about their feelings, which is what so many Jewish classrooms are doing.” One of those boys, freshman Sam Sherer, signed up for the political advocacy track. “We went out and did some stuff for Referendum 74,” the marriage equality referendum, he says. “When it passed, it agencies throughout the city — one group has spent time at Seattle City Hall to meet with leaders there — and perform direct service. Their teachers are not Jewish educators, but experts in their respective fields. That’s a huge departure from the classroom-based high school program JoEl mAGAlNiCk Livnot Project education director Julie hayon, with the Livnot blog projected that preceded Livnot. “I imagined behind her. something much more similar to the past, what’s been was cool to come together and feel like we going on here for the last 40 years: One did something.” night a week, and somewhere central,” Forty high school students who have says Livnot program chair Donna Peha. chosen one of several different social jus“But there are so many issues about that tice tracks meet up on one of five nights [which] didn’t work more recently.” a week to visit and learn about various Congregations Beth Shalom and HerzlNer Tamid decided to create the Livnot Project as a community-based program earlier this year. Started as a kernel of an idea between Peha and longtime local Jewish educator Carol Starin, they brought in Hayon, who “just took the idea and ran with it and made it what it is,” Peha says. “It’s much more creative than I ever anticipated.” Hayon says not only are the kids showing up for class every week, they’re doing their homework. “These students have said to their teachers, ‘But we want to do stuff outside of class.’ They’re doing research about the issue outside of class, they’re bringing it back, and then they’re looking at the most effective ways to create change, and they’re doing it,” she says. “It’s so powerful.” During monthly think tanks, as they’re called, the students are invited to meet and discuss a topic of interest with experts on
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As we conclude 2012, we wish to thank you for being our partners in moving our Jewish community forward, in Seattle, in Israel and around the world. 2012 was a momentous year for us. We implemented our new philanthropy model and made grants to 43 programs. Besides supporting ongoing activities, the model provides a mechanism for bold and creative initiatives that will strengthen Seattle’s Jewish community. Thanks to the new model, one of the most gratifying experiences of the past year has been the chance to engage nearly 200 volunteers. These individuals have brought creativity, energy and thoughtfulness to our efforts. In 2012, we introduced JTech, a networking group for Jews working in technology. In addition, we launched a new leadership development program, partnered with numerous organizations on issue-oriented activities and advanced the dialogue around Jewish education in Seattle. We thank the Seattle Jewish community for its support and look forward to all that we can accomplish together in the coming year.

Mona Golabek Headlines Connections 2013: Women Making Choices
Every winter, hundreds of women attend the Federation’s Connections brunch, the largest gathering of Jewish women in the Pacific Northwest. This year features a special presentation by keyboard virtuoso Mona Golabek in excerpts from her dynamic onewoman show, The Pianist of Willesden Lane. The production is based on Golabek’s acclaimed book, The Children of Willesden Lane, which tells the story of her mother’s journey from Nazi-era Austria to London as a member of the Kindertransport, and her later success as a pianist and music teacher. But far from being a dark look at Jewish history, The Pianist of Willesden Lane offers an uplifting testament to the power of music and one woman’s capacity for survival. Hailed by the L.A. Times as “an arresting, deeply affecting triumph,” the show has wowed audiences wherever it’s been performed. With the assistance of adapter and director Hershey Felder, Golabek reveals her mother’s narrative through a combination

Impressive Progress on 2013 Community Campaign
We’re delighted to report the campaign is up 15% donor-for-donor over last year and has raised $2.65 million to date. Our Challenge Grant Initiative, which added $150,000 to the Community Campaign this fall, was a major success. The Loeb Family Foundation and a small group of donors provided matching funds for donations from new contributors or those who increased their gifts by at least 10%. The Initiative reached its goal in less than ten weeks! While these numbers are impressive, the real story is in what a successful campaign means for our Jewish community. Thanks to the generosity of literally thousands of people, we look forward to being able to strengthen our community even more this year through our grant making process.

of acting bits and glorious piano concertos. Besides her performing career, Golabeck is heard on more than 200 radio stations across the U.S. as host of the program “The Romantic Hours.” More on Golabek and The Pianist of Willesden Lane can be found at her website, Connections 2013: Women Making Choices Iantha Sidell & Brooke Pariser, Chairs Sunday, January 27, 11 AM Hyatt Regency Bellevue Register at or 206.443.5400.

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It’s been five years since Cherie Hershman opened her North Seattle salon, Essence. When JTNews reported on the opening in 2007, Hershman’s clientele was growing. As a result of networking, community connections and unique services, Hershman has since taken on five stylists and an aesthetician. Business is booming. “People are really into using local in Seattle,” Hershman says. “We’ve been tremendously blessed by the people in the community.” Before creating her business, Hershman operated Cuts on Wheels, offering styling services to women in their homes, in addition to other jobs, like serving as director of the Stroum JCC’s Northend facility. “Because I used to run the JCC, I tend to run the salon as a community center,” she says. “It’s not your average salon…I get to hang out with friends and family all day and make people look beautiful.” Hershman is one of the few area stylists who washes, cuts and styles wigs. In addition to serving Orthodox women who wear sheitels (wigs) due to Jewish modesty, Hershman’s clientele has grown to include cancer and alopecia patients who are losing their hair. Essence offers free head shaving for patients facing chemotherapy treatment. Stylists will wash and massage the scalp, and counsel clients about wigs, scarves, and skin care. Women may be “empowered to shave their head, or completely falling apart,” says Hershman. “You have to be prepared for anything.” The most important part, she notes, is “treating them with as much love and nurture you can give.” Whether the client wants privacy because of the sensitive nature of the treatment, or because she keeps her natural hair covered for modesty’s sake, Hershman sets up privacy screens. The salon also offers hair removal, permanent makeup, up-dos and mainstream services, like coloring and cuts for all ages and both genders. Since hiring another Jewish stylist, Iris Brumer, Hershman says her reach to Jewish clients has increased. “I have my hands in a lot of communities. I had been at the JCC, my kids had been at [Seattle Jewish Community School]. I’m pretty connected,” she says. But yet, “now that [Brumer’s] there, my grasp has definitely gotten bigger.” Hershman’s advice to budding entrepreneurs is to network. “Networking has been the backbone,” she says, along with consistency in her message and hours. Five years later, she’s
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Sam Franklin is a busy, busy man. The 22-year-old entrepreneur has been on leave of absence from Washington University in St. Louis for the past year while building up his online invitation business, “I tried doing the business and school for a while,” says Franklin, who was majoring in entrepreneurship and marketing. “It was pretty crazy trying to balance a full-time job and the workload at a top university.” Four years ago, at the age of 18, he couldn’t believe that 1.2 million couples would use Evite, arguably the most popular invitation website, for their wedding invitations despite the advertisements that appear throughout the user experience. “I wanted to create a service without ads where people would create an elegant experience that really emulated opening the paper envelope,” Franklin says. So he got to work. “It was my first company and first online business endeavor,” he says. There was “a big learning curve in working with developers, in finding out what I wanted took longer than I thought.” It took more than a year of design and coding, but at the beginning of 2010 Franklin launched Greenvelope. And he hasn’t looked back. “Business is going really well,” he says. “We’re growing pretty significantly every month. It’s an exciting time.” The company currently consists of Franklin, a full-time programmer, and a stable of contract developers across the world, people he found through online freelance services. When he started Greenvelope, which he touted as an elegant, environmentally friendly alternative to paper invitations, he didn’t have a plan or structured goals. “This is going to be a fun kind of project and I just want to make it as big as I can,” he says he thought at the time. “I’ve matured in my thinking since I started four years ago.” With more defined goals and a structured plan, “so far it’s definitely in line with my expectations,” he says. “The sky’s really the limit with the Internet and how many people you can reach.” The environmental angle to Greenvelope is one Franklin takes personally. Having grown up on Mercer Island and spending as much time as possible in the outdoors, he says he is passionate about protecting the earth. Each quarter, he gives a percentage of his revenue to the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, which promotes conservation and land preservation efforts between the Puget Sound and Central Washington. “That’s the organization that seemed really aligned with my mission,” Franklin says. Many of his customers see the electronic invites the same way. “A lot of people have a greenthemed Bar or Bat Mitzvah,” he says. “A lot of kids are excited about going green.” Of course, saving on the costs of printing and postage are a big draw as well. Right now, Franklin is busy on the design front. In addition to implementing a program in which he’ll be working with independent designers for the invites, early next year Greenvelope will expand from its current offering of approximately 150 templates to nearly 500. That includes offering a larger palette of events from which to choose, such as bridal showers, engagement parties and graduations. CouRTESy SAm FRANkliN “The system is already built, so Sam Franklin, inside one of his b’nai a lot of [the work is] getting these Mitzvah invitation designs. new designs into the system,” accounting to legal.” Franklin says. “That’s how we’re really Though Franklin has his real-world going to expand.” entrepreneurial experience, “I also think So the question, then, given his educaschool was valuable for me. I wouldn’t say tion from getting his hands dirty, is will he it’s not worth going to school,” he adds. go back to college? “I think the perfect combination is to go Maybe at some point, but “there’s a to those couple of years of school, make lot of schools of thought that entreprethose connections, and get the experience. neurs can’t really learn in the classroom,” Then, if you have the opportunity, go off he says. “I know personally that I learned and continue to do your own thing.” so much from a variety of things, from

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What do you get when you put a bunch of Jewish techies in a room together? “Chances are, magic is going to happen,” says Joshua “Red” Russak, founder of Startup Seattle, an organization that helps budding technology startups succeed. Which is exactly why Russak, 28, helped the Jewish Federation of Greater launch J-Tech, a “meetup” group for Jewish techies that met for the second time on December 5. The event, which featured keynote speaker Norm Judah, chief technology officer of Worldwide Services at Microsoft, saw over 100 participants. “StartupSeattle was all about creating a central hub for startups, so if you’re new to the startup community you could go to and boom, there’s everything you need to know,” Russak says. The December program ran along similar lines. “There is the standard Jewish community, but it’s so much more beneficial if we have the high-tech community also come together,” he says. Russak began StartupSeattle approximately a year ago, after a friend urged him to use his talents to help the startup community. It includes a host of web and offline resources for people interested in creating a startup, and is dedicated to helping startup communities around the world better attract talent, grow, and learn from each other. The newsletter has over 2,000 subscribers, its Facebook page has nearly 2,000 likes, and more than 1,000 people follow the startup on Twitter. “StartupSeattle is my labor of love,” he says.

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Beloff, The Honorable Adam Mitchell, 48, of Philadelphia, Penn., passed away on Saturday, December 1, 2012. Adam was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Beloff, twin brother, Marc Beloff, and stepmother Mollie Braverman. He is survived by his father Dr. Stanley of Ventnor, N.J.; brothers Sam (Dale) of Swedesboro, N.J. and Josh (Eva Corets) of Clyde Hill, Wash.; sisters Donna Wood (Dan) of Cherry Hill, N.J. and Gail of Crown Point, Ind.; nieces and nephews Jared (Erika Metzger), Bryce, Sarah Lloyd (Brian), Allison Wood, Rebecca Wood, Reid Corets Beloff and Madison Corets Beloff; great niece and nephew Zoe Beloff and Charlie Lloyd; and step-siblings Carol Schreibman of Margate, N.J., Alan Jay (Melody) Braverman of Boca Raton, Fla. and Bennett Braverman of Boulder, Colo. Adam was born in Philadelphia and raised in Ventnor. He graduated from Atlantic City High School, attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C., receiving a B.A. in Public Affairs, and Catholic University and St. Louis University as part of his continuing education abroad in Spain. After returning to the U.S., he attended the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Mich. While in law school, he successfully competed on the National Trial Team. Adam served as the president of the South Seventh Street Redevelopment Association and was a volunteer to the Miss Columbus Day Scholarship pageant for 30 years, including as the pageant’s Chairman of Judges. He volunteered and judged National Mock Trial competitions, including the John S. Bradway High School Mock Trial Competition at Temple University, sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association, and the American Mock Trial Invitational at the New Jersey State Bar Foundation in New Brunswick, N.J. Adam proudly served as a judge in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County. Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at Beth El Synagogue, Margate, N.J., followed by interment at Rodef Shalom Cemetery in Egg Harbor Township, N.J. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to a charity of your choice.


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Russak was originally a recruiter after finishing Yeshiva University in 2007 with a degree in speech and drama. Russak, a redhead, was known for most of his life as Joshua. “I worked in New York with agents and people who worked in IT departments who came from Russia, India and Poland and they didn’t know how to spell Joshua or Russak,” he says. “But they could spell Red.” StartupSeattle is reportedly self-sufficient; aside from finding sponsors, it needs little more than manpower. “There’s no question: You want to start up something in Seattle, it can happen — it’s just a matter of who can help you,” Russak says. And with Seattle being a major hub for startups, the conditions could not be more
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The tablet computer is one of the “major shifts afoot in technology now,” says Adam Tratt, cofounder of Haiku Deck ( Those book-sized, flat computers — iPads, in particular — streamed into our lives hardly three years ago and were “quickly adopted as a great way to watch Netflix in bed” or read The New York Times “without waking up your spouse with the crinkling of newspaper.” Tratt is sure the tablet “will become increasingly used in the workplace.” In fact, he points out, walk into any coffee shop around the country and you’re sure to see someone making a presentation on a tablet. Most presentations are currently made with Microsoft PowerPoint. That software was designed more than 20 years ago and hasn’t fundamentally changed in that time, Tratt says. It hasn’t adapted to the Internet and definitely not to tablet technology. It’s unwieldy, too, he points out, with too many font choices and bad clip art when you need graphics. The whole category of presentation software “was ripe for disruption,” says Tratt. “People are presenting in ways they didn’t 20 years ago.” Tratt and Kevin Leneway, his partner at Giant Thinkwell, Inc., decided to “re-imagine a tool that millions of people have to use every day in a way that will be better.” Research told them that experts identify three rules for good presentations: Offer one idea per slide, use an image that makes an impact, and have a consistent Instagram did for photos: Make us all look like creative geniuses,” said Time), Tratt says more than 200,000 people use the app. He and Leneway thought it would take six months to see results, “but we knew in two weeks that we were on to something.” We’re “trying to make the product more useful,” Tratt says. Haiku Deck offers a simpler approach to images and fonts and makes web publishing easy. Haiku Deck is about to move from its shared space of tech startups in South Lake Union to larger quarters in “the center of the universe,” Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood, among such tech giants as Google, Adobe, and Getty Images. It helps, says Tratt, to work near other tech companies. “There’s more serendipity,” he says. “You bump into people who are working on interesting problems while standing on line for lunch.” Tratt grew up on Cape Cod and took a job here with Microsoft in the mid-1990s. He says his kids — ages 11, 8 and 4 — are his hobby, along with skiing and, when he finds himself someplace warm, all sorts of water sports. He also admits to some “really good Bon Jovi karaoke skills.”


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look and feel. They combined the need with the rules, and Haiku Deck was born. Rather than focus on the technological benefits of presentation software, the guys decided to concentrate on the creative. After months of building and testing, Haiku Deck launched this past August and was featured on the front page of iTunes. The app is free, with some features available for pay, and Tratt expects it will stay that way. Currently Haiku Deck is only available for iPad, but it will soon be made available for Google’s Android operating system. After a “really nice review in the Wall Street Journal,” and write-ups in Time Magazine and Fast Company (“Haiku Deck promises to do for presentations what think that dynamic response, for the students to say, ‘This is important to us,’ and for us to be able to make that happen, is unique about the project.” While the goal of having the students learn about Judaism and social justice hands-on has taken off, Hayon sees another benefit as well: The future. It’s “an unbelievable process in empowering the students, but also in terms of 21st-century education skills, where they are going to leave for college and then execute [their knowledge] in a really powerful way and motivate their friends and motivate their leaders to make real change,” she says. “My hope is that this changes the direction that they choose to study.”

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