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First tastes of a Mexican classic
Michael NatkiN JtNews columnist
Pozole (also spelled this way, it can posole) is a soup or stew even be a weekmade all over Mexico, dating night supper. But back to pre-Columbian times. if you want a more Kosher pozole is almost a leisurely and even non-sequitur, because the better soup, you original is heavy on the pig. can cook them But this vegetarian version is both from scratch. so delicious and filling, I don’t Hominy corn is think you’ll miss the meat. It available dried, in makes a terrific one-pot meal which case you Jewish and on a cold day. would soak it overThere are more variations Veggie night and boil it for of pozole than you can count, several hours, simbut as long as it has hominy ilar to preparing and some kind of red chili in it, you’re dried beans. Or if you are really in the ballpark. I add pinto beans, which motivated, you could try to find makes it pozole de frijol. I like to use tomamaiz para pozol and soak it yourself in lye toes and a lot of lime juice to make a somewater and then remove the end of each what sour broth. kernel. Sounds like fun! Much of the fun comes with the accompaniments, which you can put out Vegetarian Pozole Rojo de Frijol on a big platter and let everyone choose Serves at least 4 as a one-pot meal for themselves. Popular options include: Vegetarian and gluten-free; vegan if you Avocado slices, cilantro, lime wedges, tordon’t offer cheese as a condiment tilla chips, shredded cabbage or lettuce, 1 or 2 (or more, if you are a chili head) dried onions and radishes. If you want to make a chilis de Arbol, ancho, or guajillo chilis to suit your true feast, fry up some homemade tostadas preference and make a batch of guacamole. 2 Tbs. oil The recipe below calls for canned 1 onion, diced hominy and beans for simplicity. Made 4 cloves garlic, minced
over medium heat. Add the tomatoes, 2 tsp. of salt, the oregano, and 6 cups of vegetable broth or water and bring to a simmer. • Add the pinto beans and hominy and bring back to a simmer. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes. • Add the puréed chilis and lime juice, stir, then add salt and more lime juice or more of the tomatoes as needed to produce a piquant broth. You might like to add the chilis a little at a time and MIchael NatkIN taste to make sure you aren’t exceeding your heat preference. You can always serve the remainder of the chili sauce on the side. • Serve it forth, with a good selection of garnishes.
Local food writer and chef Michael Natkin is the author of the recently released cookbook, “Herbivoracious, A Flavor Revolution with 150 Vibrant and Original Vegetarian Recipes,” based on his food blog, herbivoracious.com.
6 cups mild vegetable broth (or water) 1/2 15-oz. can diced tomatoes — those “fireroasted” ones would be good if you have them 1 Tbs. dried oregano 1 15-oz. can pinto beans, drained and rinsed 2 15-oz. cans hominy, drained and rinsed Salt Juice of 2 limes Garnishes: use any discussed above • Soak the chilis in a bit of boiling water for 20 minutes or so, then purée in a food processor. • In a large soup pot, sauté the onion and garlic in the oil for 2 minutes
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the rabbi’s turn
Gun violence in our country
Rabbi JaRoN Matlow special to JtNews
Many cultures observe a festival of lights in the darkest days of winter. For us it is Hanukkah, for others Christmas; as well there are Pagan festivals of light in the winter. For Jews and Christians, the winter festival also represents salvation. This winter, however, no amount of candles, LED lights or bonfires will lighten the darkness in our hearts. In mid-December, there were at least three mass shootings in public areas. The most heartbreaking, of course, is the loss of all those precious children at the school in Newtown, Conn. In the Talmud, Sanhedrin 37a, we find: “Man was created alone, to teach you that whoever takes a single life...Scripture ascribes to him the guilt of having destroyed the whole world; and whoever saves a single life... Scripture ascribes to him the merit of having saved the whole world.” The world of those parents in Connecticut, as well as in other places of mass murder, has in fact been destroyed. No parent should ever have to bury a child; that it was from senseless murder makes it that much worse. There is no answer in Torah for such acts of violence. The Torah tells us we were created “b’tzelem Elohim,” in God’s image. The Torah also commands that we shall not murder. These acts of murder, in essence, serve as an attempt to destroy God from the world. On December 19, 2012, President Obama gave a charge to his cabinet to find answers and real fixes for several problems in our country. I would like to elaborate on what I see are the issues, and how we can address them: 1. The glorification of gun violence in movies, TV and video games: Just as it is not legal, according to interpretation of the First Amendment, to shout “fire” in a crowded theater, other incendiary speech should be limited too. This includes, as I see it, limiting the glorification of gun violence in the media. 2. This country has become, in the last few decades, morally bankrupt. We no longer teach ethics, values and personal responsibility in schools. I firmly believe that these topics can and should be taught, without resorting to the Bible or other religious teachings. 3, With the current trends in healthcare, mental health care has become very difficult to afford or access. We need much more available mental health care in this country. 4. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act has, based on my experiences as a teacher, forced far too many students into inappropriate mainstream settings. The schools are not equipped or staffed for this, and most teachers do not have the requisite special training needed. By mainstreaming such children, they are then shunned by their classmates, leading them to be socially isolated, and often hated for the disruptions they cause due to their difficulties. If these students were taught in special-needs programs with similar students, they would be able to function at a higher level, and would be more socialized. This would result in such developmentally or educationally disabled people feeling more at home in society. Some Chabad schools have been very successful with this. So, what can we do about this horrible trend? I have seen many calls for more gun control laws. In my opinion, adding broad-based gun control is really tilting at windmills. In the case of the Newtown shooting, the rifle was apparently legally obtained. One thing to observe is that these weapons are sold as semi-automatic, which means one shot per trigger pull. Amazingly, while gun shops cannot legally sell fully automatic (one trigger pull, many bullets) versions of these rifles, they can sell the conversion kit to switch to full auto separately. This is certainly one area where gun control might have an effect. However, rather than putting a spot Band-Aid on an arterial bleed, we need to stay focused on the root causes — guns are the tool but not the source of the violence. None of the ideas I have suggested are easy. Making mental-health care accessible would be expensive, as is special-needs instruction in schools. We need to provide motivation for good people to go into these fields with scholarships for advanced degrees in mental-health care and special-needs education, with the recipients committing to at least four years of public service to pay for their scholarships. It seems to me that we have been placing a value on human life by refusing to confront these issues, which are mainly economic. It is a very cynical calculus when people monetize the value of human life. Please consider talking or writing to your state and federal legislators to fully fund the fixes to these issues, so that we can restore some sense of freedom and safety in our lands, and restore value to human life, instead of having greed be the capital we operate on.
Rabbi Jaron Matlow is a veteran pastoral counselor in Olympia. He has taught in Jewish day schools, in classrooms with students with special needs in the mainstream, and has seen first-hand how difficult mainstreaming can be.
Remember King for battling hate against all
keNNeth JacobsoN Jta World News service
NEW YORK (JTA) — For those of us who closely follow the progress in America in the battles against racism and antiSemitism, the observance of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday this year has particular relevance. First, the King holiday, which this year is observed on Jan. 21, reminds us of two significant anniversaries surrounding the civil rights leader. It is the 50th anniversary of his historic “I Have A Dream” speech at the Mall on Washington and the 20th anniversary of all 50 states in the union observing the holiday. Second, while leading the monumental struggle for civil rights in this country, King never equivocated in denouncing anti-Semitism. “The segregationist and racists make no fine distinction between the Negro and the Jews,” he stated bluntly. And in a letter to Jewish leaders just months before his 1968 assassination, King said, “I will continue to oppose it [anti-Semitism] because it is immoral and self-destructive.” The message — that it is never enough for Jews and Jewish organizations to condemn anti-Semitism — remains terribly important for the country. Important leaders from all communities must follow King’s lead. More specifically, King’s condemnation of anti-Semitism was and is important for his own African-American community. For too long, levels of antiSemitic attitudes have been too high. And some African-American cultural figures utter sentiments about Jews and Jewish power that remain very troubling. Not only did King react against blatant anti-Semitism, but early on he anticipated the more sophisticated versions. In an appearance at Harvard, as reported by the scholar Seymour Martin Lipset in his book, “The Socialism of Fools,” King responded to a hostile question about Zionism, “When people criticize Zionists they mean Jews; you are talking antiSemitism.” Third, King understood the importance of standing up for other minorities both as a value and to strengthen support for his work on behalf of African Americans. Perhaps King’s greatest legacy was his conviction that justice for black people could not be achieved in a vacuum, that all Americans must live free from oppression in order to guarantee freedom. Why was obtaining civil rights for African Americans so important to the American Jewish community? Because it was the right thing to do, and because it was good for all and built coalitions in fighting all forms of prejudice. Fourth, King knew that power politics were important to bring change. Speeches, marches, demonstrations and sit-ins were all about power politics. But he profoundly understood that ultimately, appealing to the moral values, the goodness and long-term interests of those who needed to change — the white majority — was the key to changing society. In the long run, however, changing hearts and minds through education and appealing to the best instincts of America is the real solution. Fifth, the civil rights revolution led by King also further opened up America for Jews and is one of the key elements as to why today American Jews are the freest community in the 2,000-year history of the Diaspora and why things are so much better for Jews today than 60 or 70 years ago. Civil rights legislation allowed Jews to challenge their exclusion. Even more, the revolution changed society in a way that being different and expressing one’s differences was no longer a liability. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s work in seeking equality for all was consistent with the values expressed by the Jewish sage Hillel two millennia ago: “If I am not for me, who will be?” One must have pride and stand up for one’s own. “If I am only for myself, what am I?” To be fully human, one must go beyond one’s own problems and stand up for others. “If not now, when?” Justice delayed is justice denied. These values were King’s values. Too often in society today we stray from them. This 50th anniversary of his “I Have a Dream” speech is a good time to recommit to those things that brought us all together.
Kenneth Jacobson is deputy national director of the Anti-Defamation League.
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Plenty of question marks as legislative session begins
Joel MagalNick editor, JtNews
With a new governor in office and a reconstituted Senate leadership, the legislative session that begins Monday has the state wondering what solutions will be proposed for a $900 million revenue shortfall and what might be sacrificed to get the budget balanced. “We’re going to be watching the budget really closely,” said Zach Carstensen, director of government affairs for the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, which leads lobbying efforts on issues that affect the Jewish community. For legislators, the state Supreme Court’s mandate that the legislature fund education as the constitution requires, while maintaining social-service programs, will likely top the list of priorities. “I think it’s going to be a really big issue this session,” said Sen. David Frockt (D–46th). “We have to get the cost side under control. We have to make sure we do this in a smart way…. The question is, how do we come up with the funding to do it in a divided government with an electorate that is pretty hesitant on the revenue side?” Carstensen said he is concerned about the sections of the budget that deal with support for refugee and immigration resources, a major program within Jewish Family Service of Greater Seattle, and the Medicaid reimbursement program, which affects nursing facilities such as the Kline Galland Center and its affiliates. Whether it’s at the state or federal level, Jewish Family Service’s CEO Ken Weinberg is positive his agency’s clients will see cuts in benefits. Given the new makeup of the Senate — an effective 25-24 Republican-plus-two-Democrats majority — and word that funding for refugee resettlement at its current levels is being questioned, “we don’t know at this point whether that will be cut, but we know that it’s something [senators] are seriously looking at,” he said. “We know the news won’t all be good,” Weinberg said.
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Monday, January 14, 7–8:30 p.m.
Named “America’s best math whiz” by Reader’s Digest, Harvey Mudd professor Art Benjamin turns math into magic. In this dynamic, high-energy performance, Benjamin will demonstrate and explain his secrets for performing mental calculations faster than a calculator. Benjamin has given a TED Talk and has appeared on “The Colbert Report,” “The Today Show,” and National Public Radio, to name a few. Admission is $5. At Congregation Ezra Bessaroth, 5217 S Brandon St., Seattle. For more information, contact Susan Jensen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-722-5500 or visit ezrabessaroth.net.
■ Make some Mathemagic
Thursday, January 17, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
In commemoration of the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz on January 27, 1945, Robert Herschkowitz will discuss one of the most debated questions of World War II: Why didn’t the Allies bomb Auschwitz? Herschkowitz is a historian, Boeing engineer, retired naval commander, and Holocaust survivor. Clock hours available. Free. At the Museum of Flight, 9404 East Marginal Way S, Seattle. For more information and to RSVP, contact Ilana Cone Kennedy at email@example.com or 206-774-2201 or visit wsherc.org/news/news.aspx.
■ The Bombing of Auschwitz
Saturday, January 19, 7:15–10:30 p.m.
■ Jewish Tween Extreme – Limo Scavenger Hunt
Temple De Hirsch Sinai presents
This popular event already has over 100 kids signed up — don’t miss out! Fifteen limos will depart from the Stroum Jewish Community Center on Mercer Island and take teens around Seattle on a competitive scavenger hunt. Afterward, meet up for pizza, tally the scores, and see which team wins the prize. Sponsored by the Stroum JCC, NCSY and BBYO. Tickets are $25. Meet at the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. For more information and to register, contact Ben Starsky at BenS@sjcc.org or 206-388-0837 or visit bit.ly/NCSYtweenextreme.
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inside this issue
What’s happening in Olympia
The Jewish community will be looking very closely at how multiple mandates will affect social and fiscal policy during this year’s legislative session.
Ken mira lo muncho piedre lo poko.
He who runs after much, loses the little things.
Called to perform
A person stands to lose even that which he had within his reach because of greed or avarice.
This year’s Connections speaker started her career as a concert pianist, but she now sees the telling of her family’s experience in the Holocaust as her life’s calling.
Welcome, little baby
The first Jewish baby of 2013 came just a few hours after the fireworks finished popping. Meet little Elex!
Gathering in song
A conference last weekend at Temple Beth Am brought teens from across the state and the country to sing and play music. While the kids had fun, it also educated them in how to use their music as outreach in their home communities.
A Bar Mitzvah with the CEO
Lior Hemmat didn’t expect that he would be able to hand the proceeds from his Bar Mitzvah gifts straight to the head of the organization he wanted to support. But that’s exactly what this teenager did when he met the CEO of the Jewish National Fund last month.
From the Jewish Transcript, January 10, 2003. Readers of a certain age (anyone over 28 years old, that is) can remember that where a beautiful building now stands was once the site of the much older but well-used building that housed Hillel at the University of Washington. In anticipation of that structure’s demolition to make way for the Hillel that exists there today, students came in to fill the walls with their memories.
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Imagine a World Without War
by Mike Selinker
Actions are more important than words, but when it comes to opposing war, symbols can be just as important. The non-shaded squares show one prominent symbol used by anti-war activists, and this grid is filled with more of them. Reading down the circled letters is a Hebrew word whose letters often are used as a powerful visual symbol against war.
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Given that none of its funding sources — individuals, Federation, corporations, local, state and federal governments — are truly stable in a still-shaky economy, Weinberg said that to counter cuts his agency needs to continue to diversify its fundraising. Kline Galland’s CEO Jeff Cohen said he would be making repeated trips to Olympia over the next two months to speak to legislators. The baseline for Medicaid reimbursement payments to nursing homes — the amount of money the state pays a facility to provide necessary services for its residents — has not changed since 2009, which translates to effective cuts to homes across the state. “Our costs go up significantly every year,” said Cohen. “We pay our employees more every year to stay competitive, and that’s a market condition. Food costs go up, utility costs go up, the cost of medication goes up every year for our residents…. The reimbursement needs to be related to our increased costs.” In addition to adding programs in recent years such as its hospice and homehealth programs, Kline Galland has been in the process of looking at ways to reduce expenditures. In addition, “we’re going to have to rely more on community support than we have in the past in order to maintain our current level of care,” Cohen said. While lawmakers don’t expect to see dramatic policy changes such as the passage of same-sex marriage last year, Carstensen said he would be looking closely at laws that affect civil rights. “We’re going to be looking at ways to make sure that people can express and worship in ways that are consistent with their faith tradition,” he said. In particular, Carstensen said he would be closely examining the implementation of the new charter school system passed by voter initiative in November. “While not intentional, when you’re creating something new, there’s always the risk that there can be an oversight, and we want to make sure that Jewish kids [and] Jewish teachers are not going to be unduly discriminated against because of this new system,” he said. Carstensen said he may pursue reintroduction of a bill that would require a grace period for religious objections to an autopsy. However, Sen. Adam Kline (D–37th), who introduced legislation that passed the Senate last year before it died in the House, told JTNews that aside from an incident in 2011 that spurred the legisla-
tion, the need to regulate medical examiners hasn’t been an issue. “The need for that bill subsided. There really is no need to proceed with it,” Kline said. “The authority is always there to go to court.” As JTNews was going to press, a letter signed by local rabbis and Jewish community leaders was being sent to lawmakers urging them to consider closing the loophole that allows anyone to purchase firearms at gun shows without requiring background checks, as well as to put more resources into mental health treatment. This position was adopted after the shooting of six women at the Federation’s offices in 2006, and has been reiterated after the mass shooting last month at the elementary school in Newtown, Conn. “We want to make sure that we have a mental health system that’s responsive, that actually works, and then make sure people on the edges of society, people that have a potential to inflict great harm on our communities, can be caught, can be helped, can be assisted before they step over the precipice,” Carstensen said. Should lawmakers decide to take up gun control — and media reports across the state suggest they won’t have the appetite to do so — there is no consensus even within political parties on solutions. Kline said he would be introducing legislation to hold parents responsible for children who use firearms without supervision, following three incidents in the state last year. And there may be interest in dealing with the mental-health side of the issue. Frockt said he was heartened by comments made by Sen. Mike Carrell (R–28th) in Wednesday’s Seattle Times that Carrell would seek to improve the mental-health system to treat at-risk individuals. Referring to the Federation shooting, the Jewish community “understands the collision between firearms and mental health issues,” Frockt said. “How do we have an intervention system that we make sure that people who shouldn’t have access to weapons don’t have them?” Kline noted that even if a small percentage of the mentally ill population becomes violent — and it isn’t possible to stop every incident — it’s still in the state’s interest to reduce those people’s access to firearms. “We would seriously decrease the body count, and that’s what the state has to do,” he said. “There’s no solution to the problem that’s 100 percent, but we can certainly make guns less available instantly when anybody wants one.”
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Pianist Mona Golabek brings mother’s wisdom and grandmother’s choices to Connections
gigi yelleN-kohN JtNews correspondent
Inspired by her mother’s and grandmother’s legacies, world-renowned pianist and recording artist Mona Golabek combines timeless music and powerful storytelling in “The Pianist of Willesden Lane.” Golabek brings a special edition of this critically acclaimed one-woman show to Connections 2013, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle’s annual women’s gathering on January 27 at the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue. With a goal of gathering 500 or more Jewish women around a theme of “Women Making Choices,” “Mona’s story will help everyone understand how easy we have it, compared to the choices some women have had to make,” said Connections co-chair Iantha Sidell. Golabek’s story begins with her pianist grandmother Malka Jura’s forced choice in 1938 Vienna to send only one of her children away on a kindertransport to the safety of faraway England. She chose her teenage daughter, Lisa. A piano prodigy herself, torn from her beloved concert halls and from her dreams of playing the Grieg piano concerto on their stages, the determined Lisa Jura made her way to London, to a children’s hostel at 243 Willesden Lane. Malka left her daughter at the train station in Vienna with these words: “Hold on to your music. It will be your best friend in life.” Lisa shared that friend, and made friends ever after, in her mother’s spirit. “The Pianist of Willesden Lane” is based on Golabek’s book “The Children of Willesden Lane,” co-written with Lee Cohen, and brought to the stage by producer Hershey Felder, who has performed as George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein in his own one-man shows. Introduced to critical acclaim in Los Angeles and Boston in 2012, “The Pianist” requires Golabek to meet the astonishing challenge of speaking in character while playing famous classical music solos at the highest professional level. Lisa wound up marrying a Polish resistance fighter and settling in Los Angeles. There, she taught her mother’s words and her own stories to her two daughters, sitting side by side at the piano bench. The dreams of concert careers that she and her mother had sacrificed took flight in the careers of Mona and her sister, the late Renee Golabek-Kaye. Named for her grandmother Malka, Mona Golabek has added her grand-
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Connections will take place on January 27 at 11 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue, 900 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue. Tickets $18 for first-time attendees, $65 general, $180 for friends, $360 for patrons, and $650 for a table. For more information or to register, call 206-443-5400 or email email@example.com or visit www.jewishinseattle.org/ news-events/news/ welcome-connections-2013.
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Pianist Mona Golabek will perform at the 2013 Connections women’s brunch on the morning of Jan. 27.
mother’s and her mother’s stories to the powerful wave of voices emerging from the Shoah’s surviving generations. She has created the Hold On To Your Music Foundation (www.holdontoyourmusic. org) with the stated mission “to expand awareness and understanding of the ethical implications of world events such as the Holocaust, and the power of the arts, especially music, to embolden the human spirit in the face of adversity.” “The Children of Willesden Lane” has already become part of the widely used
“Facing History and Ourselves” curriculum. “A hundred fifty thousand students have read the book so far,” Golabek said. “Students in Alabama who had never even heard of the Holocaust have told me they have been inspired to hold on to their own dreams as a result of their work with Lisa’s story.” The success and power of that work inspired Golabek to make a midlife career change.
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While MS Remains Shrouded in Mystery MS Society Drives the Search for a Cure
What causes multiple sclerosis, a disease of the central nervous system? Scientists are working on several factors that they think might be involved, but so far the exact cause remains a mystery. What is known is that MS affects 400,000 individuals in the U.S. and 2.1 million worldwide. About 200 people are diagnosed with this condition each week and women are more than twice as likely as men to contract this incurable and often debilitating condition. The disease most commonly strikes people between the ages of 20 and 50. MS attacks the central nervous system, which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. Symptoms can range from mild, such as numbness in the limbs, to severe, including paralysis or loss of vision. Possible suspects in the cause of MS include the immune system, the environment, infectious diseases and genetics. What might trigger an abnormal response of the body’s immune system to cause MS? Why does MS occur more often in areas away from the equator? Does childhood exposure to viruses, bacteria or other microbes trigger the onset of MS years later? Why does having a close family member with MS increase one’s odds of coming down with it? Scientists from around the world are searching for answers. While they do, the Greater Northwest Chapter of the National MS Society is working to mobilize people and resources to help drive that research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS and to provide programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. Headquartered in Seattle, the Greater Northwest Chapter serves over 12,000 people living with MS in 23 counties of western and central Washington as well as people throughout Alaska and Montana. The Oregon Chapter serves more than 7,500 individuals with MS and their families in Oregon and SW Washington. The Greater Northwest Chapter offers programs, services and fundraising events to improve the quality of life for people living with MS and also funds cutting-edge research into new treatments and finding a cure. It supports more than 50 self-help groups that meet on a regular basis, including a “stay at home” telephone support group. It sponsors programs such as Online Peer Connections, “MSFriends” Peer
Support Program that connects people with MS with volunteers living with MS, “Someone to Listen” Peer Support Program, Walk MS, Bike MS and StoryBank. Here in the Northwest MS is more prevalent than almost anywhere else on earth. Your support of the Greater Northwest Chapter and of the important research that is being done could make a difference to the lives of thousands of people right here. If you would like to support QFC’s charity of the month, The Greater Northwest Chapter of the MS Society, you can do so by asking your QFC checker to scan a $1, $5, or $10 donation card, or simply place your extra change in our coin boxes. Thank you.
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Meet elex, the first Jewish baby of 2013
eMily k. alhadeff associate editor, JtNews
Robin Poppsinger was due to give birth New Year’s Eve. Lo and behold, as the fireworks began exploding into the air Monday night, her labor picked up. Robin, her husband Cole, and the doula made their way to Swedish Ballard, and at 5:51 a.m. on New Year’s Day, Ralph Elex Poppsinger entered the world. Elex, as he is going to be known, weighed 8 lbs., 2 oz. and measured 20 inches. “Everything went smoothly,” said firsttime mom Robin. “He was really alert and with it right away…he didn’t look funny.” Robin and Cole opted not to find out the baby’s gender, which added an element of mystery, says Robin. The baby is named for his paternal grandfather, Ralph, and his maternal great-great-grandfather, whose family name was Elex. The Elex family emigrated from Lithuania in the early 1900s and settled in Georgia, where Robin was raised. Elex also had the honor of being the first baby boy to be born at Swedish in 2013. Robin says they received a gift basket with stuffed animals and blankets — but, of course, “this was definitely not on purpose.” Robin came to Seattle in 2004 to pursue a graduate degree in art therapy. She is a mental health counselor and health coach with Primera. Cole, who moved to Seattle from Cape Cod in 2005, is a manager at a South Lake Union Starbucks. Robin is looking forward to her four months, and Cole’s one month, of time at home getting to know Elex. “We both are just so happy, just figuring out how to be a family together,” Robin said.
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Cole, Robin and elex Poppsinger pose for a first family portrait.
“I’ve had a strong career,” she concedes, as a concert pianist, recording artist, and radio performer. “But I saw that God, or someone, or destiny, gave me this.” Her story is her work now. A reviewer for the Boston Globe wrote, “We sense that she has to tell it.” Golabek’s music-plus-readings radio show, “The Romantic Hours,” produced in L.A., airs nationwide. It is not currently broadcast in Seattle, but Amazon sells it on CD with glowing reviews. She credits her mother for teaching her, by example, to combine music and the spoken word. “During piano lessons,” she recalls, “Mom would talk about the bombs, or about the big kid at the hostel who whistled the Grieg piano concerto to her to make her laugh.” Mona and Renee understood that they were to “be worthy of the losses. Be worthy of the pain. We knew we had a clarion call to make something of our lives.”
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he says. A lot of the Shabbat Dinner Crowd participants never set foot in a synagogue, so this gathering also provides an alternative to our area’s vast unaffiliated community. “For the kids that attend, who knows how many Shabbat dinners they go to otherwise?” asks Jeffrey. “To bring a little candle lighting and kiddush into somecheryl PuterMaN Jeffrey Kay leads kiddush for his fellow Shabbat Dinner Crowd attendees one’s house…it’s a huge, huge win.” at a dinner in December. native, who admits he’s still getting used to Northwest weather, is also an avid bicycle rider and CrossFit enthusiast. “I believe it’s very important to provide places for Jews to get together around common interests” both in and outside of the synagogue or community center,
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Event names, locations, and times are provided here for ongoing weekly events. Please visit calendar.jtnews.net for descriptions and contact information. 9:15–10:15 a.m. — Mitzvot: the Fabric of Jewish living Seattle Kollel 9:30–10:30 a.m. — Mishpacha sundays Temple B’nai Torah 9:30–10:30 a.m. — Introduction to Judaism Temple B’nai Torah 7:30–8:30 p.m. — Jewish ethics and Philosophy for Women Seattle Kollel 7:30–10:30 p.m. — he’ari Israeli Dancing Danceland Ballroom 8–10 p.m. — open Beis Medrash Seattle Kollel 8:30–9:30 p.m. — Daf hayomi/Mishna Berura Seattle Kollel
12–1 p.m. lunch ’n’ law at Microsoft Eastside Torah Center 7 p.m. — alcoholics anonymous Meetings Jewish Family Service 7 p.m. — teen center BCMH 7 p.m. — a Path of true liberation: recovery as a spiritual Practice for everyone Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue 7–9 p.m. — the Jewish Journey II Seattle Kollel 7:30 p.m. — the tanya Chabad of the Central Cascades 7:30 p.m. — torah studies Chabad of the Central Cascades 7:30–8:30 p.m. — tanya In-Depth Eastside Torah Center (call for location) 8 p.m. — Jewish history Seattle Kollel 8–10 p.m. — open Beis Medrash Seattle Kollel 8:30–9:30 p.m. — Daf hayomi/Mishna Berura Seattle Kollel 7–8:30 p.m. — Jewish learning, Jewish living Temple Beth Or 7–9 p.m. — teen lounge for Middle schoolers BCMH 8–9 p.m. — Fundamentals of talmud Seattle Kollel 8–9 p.m. — Israel: the spiritual side of our homeland Seattle Kollel 7:30 p.m. — Parshas hashavuah Eastside Torah Center 8–9 p.m. — talmudic ethics and stories Seattle Kollel 8–10 p.m. — open Beis Medrash Seattle Kollel 8:30–9:30 p.m. — Daf hayomi/Mishna Berura Seattle Kollel
11:15 a.m. — tots Welcoming shabbat Temple B’nai Torah 12:30–3 p.m. — Drop-in Bridge Stroum Jewish Community Center 12:30–4 p.m. — Drop-in Mah Jongg Stroum JCC
9–10 a.m. — torah study for all levels Temple B’nai Torah 9:30 a.m. — Beginners’ Minyan Eastside Torah Center 9:45 a.m. — BcMh youth services Bikur Cholim Machzikay Hadath 1:15–2:15 p.m. — adult ed Temple B’nai Torah 2 p.m. — kabbalah 101 with rabbi alyjah Navy Vashon Intuitive Arts 6:30–7:30 p.m. — avot uBanim Seattle Kollel
9:30–10:30 a.m. — essays in ethics for Women Seattle Kollel (call for location) 1 p.m. — torah studies Chabad of the Central Cascades 6:45–8 p.m. — chassidic Masters Island Crust Café 8–9 p.m. — the shabbos and yom tov kitchen Seattle Kollel 8–9 p.m. — Fundamentals of talmud Seattle Kollel 8–9 p.m. — talmud for Men Eastside Torah Center 8–10 p.m. — open Beis Medrash Seattle Kollel 8:30–9:30 p.m. — Daf hayomi/Mishna Berura Seattle Kollel
10 a.m.–2 p.m. — Jcc seniors group Stroum JCC 12–1 p.m. — lunch and learn Seattle Kollel (Island Crust Café) 7 p.m. — Junior teen center BCMH 8–9 p.m. — rabbi eli Mansour Video Presentation Seattle Kollel 8–10 p.m. — teen lounge for high schoolers BCMH 8–10 p.m. — open Beis Medrash Seattle Kollel 8:30–9:30 p.m. — Daf hayomi/Mishna Berura Seattle Kollel
11 a.m.–12 p.m. — torah with a twist Seattle Kollel (call for location) 12 p.m. — Beyond the Bible: Jewish text study Temple B’nai Torah 12–12:45 p.m. — talmud study (Berachot) Seattle Kollel (Tully’s Westlake Center) 7 p.m. — Beginning Israeli Dancing for adults with rhona Feldman Congregation Beth Shalom 7–8 p.m. — crash course in hebrew level II Seattle Kollel
8–10:30 a.m. — sunday Brunch and learn Seattle Kollel 9–10:30 a.m. — adult ed Temple B’nai Torah 9:15–10:15 a.m. — advanced talmud for Men Seattle Kollel 9:15–10:15 a.m. — Journey through halachah Seattle Kollel
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10:30 a.m. — PJ library storytime at sJcs
Amy Paquette at email@example.com The PJ Library welcomes Shoshana Stombaugh as guest musician and storyteller. Stay for songs and a story, activities and playgroup. At the Seattle Jewish Community School, 12351 Eighth Ave. NE, Seattle.
6:30–8:30 p.m. — learn Israeli Dance
Janice Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-842-9010 or www.kolshalom.net No partner needed, all dances taught. Wear nonscuffing shoes and comfortable clothes. $8, $5/ kids, preschoolers free. At Congregation Kol Shalom, 9010 Miller Rd., Bainbridge Island.
7:30–9 p.m. — annual Winter gala
Emily Ziskind at email@example.com or 206-652-4444 A formal event for friends and family. Free. At The Summit at First Hill, 1200 University St., Seattle.
7–8:30 p.m. — Mathemagics
Susan Jensen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206 722-5500 or ezrabessaroth.net Magician Art Benjamin will demonstrate and explain his secrets for performing mental calculations faster than a calculator. $5. At Congregation Ezra Bessaroth, 5217 S Brandon St., Seattle. 7–9 p.m. — using the Internet for genealogical research
Mary Kozy at email@example.com or www.jgsws.org/meetings.php Learn about Internet genealogy, useful sites, search engine techniques and original document sites that will help you research your family. Good for beginners or experts. Free to members; $5 for non-members. At the Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way, Mercer Island. 7–9 p.m. — Jewish studies and the classroom: accessible text study
Dena Kernish at 206-774-2279 or bit.ly/accessibletextstudy 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 JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. 8 p.m. — kollel u: the shabbos and yom tov kitchen
Rabbi Avrohom David at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-722-8289 or seattlekollel.org Study the halachah pertaining to food preparation for Shabbos and Yom Tov with Rabbi Avrohom David. Through Feb. 11. Free. At the Seattle Kollel, 5305 52nd Ave. S, Seattle.
7–9 p.m. — a Path of true liberation: recovery as a spiritual Practice for everyone
Elizabeth Fagin at email@example.com or 206-527-9399 or betalef.org Rabbi Olivier BenHaim and Lynne Carol, MA, LMHC, lead a yearlong monthly 12-step program based on spiritual teachings from Buddhist and Jewish mystical traditions. $200. At Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue, 1111 Harvard Ave., Seattle. 7:30–9 p.m. — Nefesh B’Nefesh aliyah Planning Workshop
Sarah Kantor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 718-355-8220 or www.nbn.org.il/jnbncal/ main/2/4472 Informational program to learn more about living in Israel, immigrant rights, employment, education and more. Free. At Seattle Crowne Plaza, 1113 Sixth Ave., Seattle. 8–9 p.m. — Jewish history
Rabbi Avrohom David at email@example.com or 206-722-8289 or seattlekollel.org “World History Through the Framework of Tanach,” taught by Larry Russak. Through Feb. 5. Free. At The Seattle Kollel, 5305 52nd Ave. S, Seattle.
6:30–8:30 p.m. — the Bombing of auschwitz
Ilana Cone Kennedy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-774-2201 or wsherc.org/news/news.aspx Robert Herschkowitz, historian, Boeing engineer, retired naval commander and Holocaust survivor, will discuss one of the most debated questions of World War II: Why didn’t the Allies bomb Auschwitz? At the Museum of Flight, 9404 East Marginal Way S, Seattle.
8 a.m.–4 p.m. — creating change: teaching about the holocaust and genocide
Ilana Cone Kennedy at email@example.com or 206-774-2201 or wsherc.org/news/news.aspx Introductory seminar for teachers including “Rise of the Nazi Party,” “Rescue and Resistance,” “Genocide,” and a tour of the museum’s personal courage wing. Pre-registration required. Clock hours available. $20. At the Museum of Flight, 9404 E Marginal Way S, Seattle.
8–9 p.m. — Israel: the spiritual side of our homeland
Rabbi Yehuda Greer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-643-6623 or seattlekollel.org Explore why Israel is so central to the Jewish nation and why historically Jews have sacrificed everything for the chance to walk its holy streets. Through Feb. 13. Free. At The Seattle Kollel, 5305 52nd Ave. S, Seattle.
7:15–10:30 p.m. — Jewish tween extreme – limo scavenger hunt
Ben Starsky at BenS@sjcc.org or 206-388-0837 or bit.ly/NCSYtweenextreme Compete with other teams to figure out clues around Seattle. Afterward, meet up for pizza, tally the scores, and see which team wins the prize. This event fills quickly. $25. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island.
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8–10 p.m. — BcMh Men’s club scotch tasting
Dr. Jerry Barrish at firstname.lastname@example.org Taste top-tier scotches like Talisker, Bowmore, Glenrothes, and Glenmorangie. Light Asian fare will be served. Designated drivers available. Reservations and payment required by Jan. 14. RSVP to BCMH front office and make check payable to BCMH Men’s Club with “Scotch Tasting” on the memo line. $40 per person. At the Kanter-Broches residence, Seward Park.
entertainment, a trivia championship, and tailgate food. If the Seahawks are still playing, event is postponed to Feb 10. $18; kids under 18 free. At Congregation Ezra Bessaroth, 5217 S Brandon St., Seattle.
10 a.m. — how to successfully grow your greens
Hanna Esther Begoun at email@example.com BCMH Sisterhood presents Shirley Savel, queen of all things green, who will show you how to start off planting projects on the right foot and teach some tricks to maintaining a healthy garden. Free; bring a non-perishable item for the JFS food bank. At Bikur Cholim Machzikay Hadath, 5145 S Morgan St., Seattle. 2–4:30 p.m. — WsJhs year celebration tailgate Party
Lori Ceyhun at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-774-2277 or www.wsjhs.org/cart/home.php?cat=259 An end to the yearlong celebration of sports history, featuring an exhibit highlighting sports profiles, sports memorabilia, performances,
6:45–8 p.m. — chassidic Masters
Randy Kessler at email@example.com or 206-275-1539 or shevetachim.shulcloud.com Most people know of the Rebbe – but how many know about the previous rebbes of Lubavitch, or the other masters of the Chassidic movement? Led by Rabbi Yechezkel Kornfeld. Food available for purchase. At Island Crust Café, 7525 SE 24th St., Mercer Island.
2–3:15 p.m. — seattle Melton school adult ed
Sari Weiss at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-323-5750, ext. 239 “Purposes of Jewish Living” taught by Rabbi Aaron Bayer. Lecture and discussion-style adult learning. At Seattle Hebrew Academy, 1617 Interlaken Dr. E, Seattle.
9 a.m. — Nyhs shabbaton for Prospective and current students
Rabbi Yona Margolese at email@example.com or 206-232-5272, ext. 547 or www.nyhs.net Spend Shabbat with the NYHS community at the annual Shabbaton for all current and prospective
students. $65 for prospective students. At Northwest Yeshiva High School, 5017 90th Ave. SE, Mercer Island. 5–8 p.m. — Fruticas shabbat Dinner (tu B’shevat)
Susan Jensen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206 722-5500 or ezrabessaroth.net Chicken dinner with fruits and grains of the Holy Land. The children of EB will recite special blessings in Hebrew, Ladino, and English. RSVP and pay by Jan. 22; no walk-ins. $20 adults, $10 kids 5-12, $60 family. At Congregation Ezra Bessaroth, 5217 S Brandon St., Seattle. 6–7:30 p.m. — shabbat shira with sababa
Stacey at email@example.com or 206-323-8486 Jewish rock group Sababa will join temple musical groups for Shabbat Shira service and celebration. Free. At Temple De Hirsch Sinai, 1441 16th Ave., Seattle. 6:30–8 p.m. — tu B’shevat community shabbat Dinner
Marjie Cogan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-524-0075 or bethshalomseattle.org Services at 5 p.m. with drash about nusach (liturgical melodies). Dinner at 6:30. Zemirot (singing) at 8. $15/person. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle.
or 206-524-0075 or bethshalomseattle.org Family service led by Jewish educator Rabbi Lauren Kurland. Geared toward families with children ages 6-11. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle. 5–7 p.m. — spice Night 2013: havdalah in the clouds
Rabbi Jill Levy at Rabbi.email@example.com or 206-232-8555 or www.h-nt.org Lively Havdalah led by Cantor Kurland. See kites, gliders, and stomp rockets take off as the Museum of Flight’s Flying Gizmo show visits Herzl. $7/adults, $5/kids, free/under 3. At Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation, 3700 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island.
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10 a.m.–1 p.m. — connections 2013
Michael Wardlow at MichaelW@JewishInSeattle.org or 206-774-2256 or www.JewishInSeattle.org The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle’s annual women’s philanthropy brunch, featuring Mona Golabek. At the Hyatt Regency Bellevue, 900 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue. 5:30 p.m. — torah Day school annual Dinner
Sasha Mail at email@example.com or 206-722-1200 A celebration of students and staff with a cocktail bar, buffet dinner of international foods, dessert, and raffle. Ads for the ad journal start at $50 and are due by Jan. 16. For more information and to help prepare, contact Sasha Mail. At Congregation Ezra Bessaroth, 5217 S Brandon St., Seattle.
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M O N D A Y, F E B R U A R Y 4 , 2 0 1 3 6:00 p.m. at Congregation Herzl – Ner Tamid 6:00 p.m. at Herzl-Ner Tamid 3700 E. Mercer Way, Mercer Island, WA
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Get out your wedding dress: It’s time for your divorce
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“Undo,” a play about a Jewish couple’s divorce ceremony, premieres at Annex Theatre Jan. 18. Annex company member Erin Pike interviewed playwright Holly Arsenault and actors Mark Waldstein and Samantha Leeds. JTNews: How would you summarize “Undo”? Holly Arsenault: “Undo” takes place in a world that is exactly like our own, except in order to get divorced, you have to endure an elaborate ritual of undoing that involves everyone who was invited to your wedding. In the world that we’re in, all religions have this ritual. It’s not just a Jewish thing. But the family whose ritual we are seeing happens to be Jewish. JTNews: Mark and Sam, what characters do you play? Samantha Leeds: My character is the youngest daughter, Naomi. She’s 14. She’s taken on Judaism in an intense way to cope with the [dissemblance] that’s going on with her family. Mark Waldstein: I play Abraham (Abe), who is the father of the groom, soon-to-beex-groom. Abe is sort of the patriarch of this play. He’s always nudging people. He’s not afraid, at times, to speak his mind. JTNews: Why did you choose to focus on a family that is Jewish? HA: I loved the image of the broken glass, which plays a central role in this play. That is the only reason that I made them Jewish. My stepfather’s Jewish, so a little part of my family was Jewish, and I had Jewish friends growing up. I wrote the first couple of scenes almost 12 years ago, and then I put it in the drawer for over a decade. In that decade, I married a Jewish person, so I gained this huge, wonderful Jewish family. Suddenly, one day, I thought, “I think I might be able to write this play now.” It wasn’t that clear of a trajectory. It wasn’t like, “Oh I get Jews now, I’ll write this play.” I sat down to write another play, but this one kept asserting itself to me. I could hear these people talking to me in a way I hadn’t before. A lot of people have commented that it feels really appropriate. “Somehow, this feels like something that Jews would do” is a comment that I get a lot. MW: When I first read the script, I actually had a moment where I said to myself, “This isn’t real...is it?” SL: I did that, too! MW: Could I have possibly have been around all this time, and missed that somehow? HA: My mother-in-law said, “I’ve been Jewish my whole life, but is it possible that I just missed this?” People have said to me throughout this process, “Is this real?” And I say, “Really? You think that somebody has to put on their wedding dress and go back — you think that’s a real thing that could actually happen?” Despite that [the play] is a fantasy, the tone is stark naturalism. JTNews: Was the Jewish context the
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“Undo,” written by Holly Arsenault and directed by Erin Kraft, runs Thursday–Saturday at 8 p.m., Jan. 18 through Feb. 16 at the Annex Theatre, 1100 E Pike St., Seattle. Tickets ($5–$20) are available at www.annextheatre.org.
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Mark Waldstein, who plays abe, the father of the soon-to-be-ex-groom, and Samantha leeds, who plays 14-year-old Naomi, who dives into Judaism as a coping mechanism.
oring how difficult it is to end it, and allowing people a vessel for experiencing that and sharing their grief about it. SL: It’s okay if the audience thinks that this is a very real ritual. That’s what the theater is for, right? HA: It’s not a play about Judaism. The play is also in a suburb of Philadelphia, but it’s not a play about Philadelphians.
MW: Because at heart, it’s a family play. It’s about a family who happens to be Jewish. And that’s a real thing in the world. Not every Jew goes around broadcasting that. SL: Mark and I grew up two towns away from each other in New Jersey, at different times. From a purely cultural level, this play is so fun. I remember reading this play for my audition and just being like, “Yes, this is so right on!” There’s something so satisfying about doing this show. HA: As a non-Jewish person writing a play about Jewish characters, there’s anxiety. I want to get it right. I want to be respectful. I want people to understand the tremendous affection I feel for this culture, for Jewish practices. MW: Everything Holly just talked about, Sam and I are here to attest to. She’s done it very thoroughly.
right choice for this play? HA: Absolutely. It fits in this world. And maybe if I had decided that they were Methodists, and did that research, I may have found ways that it aligned. But — MW: [Whispering] Methodists aren’t funny! HA: [Laughs] For one thing, the characters needed to be funny — MW: No one tells Methodist jokes. HA: [Laughing] So yes, that helps. Another reason that it feels possible to people is, I think that Jews “do” death better than a lot of other religions, by which I mean they don’t try to ignore it. And this ritual is essentially a funeral. So it makes sense to me that it makes sense to other people, that this feels like something that Jews might do. Because the ritual that I’ve invented is honoring this institution that existed, and hon-
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Singing a new song
eMily k. alhadeff associate editor, JtNews
It’s Sunday morning at Temple Beth Am in Seattle, and instead of sleeping, watching TV, or doing whatever else teenagers tend to do on Sunday mornings, five high school students are enthusiastically strumming guitar and singing “Lecha Dodi” to a room full of 2nd graders. guests from up and down the West Coast and as far as Oklahoma and Virginia — gathered to build their songleading skills. “This is really born out of the URJ’s campaign for youth engagement, as well as responding to a lot of teenagers around the country who are really passionate about songleading,” said Jewish musician and Temple Beth Am scholar-in-residence Alan Goodis. “Many of the teenagers in this country who songlead are sort of discovering and figuring out songleading on their own.” Despite being the largest Jewish denomination in America, the Reform movement suffers high attrition rates, especially among youth. At the same time, the movement inspires its members with folksy renditions of the liturgy popularized by eMIly k. alhaDeFF nFTY nashir participants Sydney and adam rock out to Jewish Debbie Friedman, Jeff Klepper, Danny Freelander and others. tunes. At Kutz Camp, in upstate New York, guitar-slung teens “major” in songThe teens were participants in NaShir, leading every summer. a nation-wide songleading conference “I think that so much of the music that created by the Union for Reform JudaReform congregations sing…comes from ism and NFTY, the Reform movement’s camp,” said Goodis. “Kids who go away to national youth group, in partnership with Reform Jewish summer camps…[want] to Temple Beth Am. Thirty 8th-12th graders come home and have that same experience — mostly from the Seattle area but with when they’re at temple.” Temple Beth Am started its own songleading conference in 2006. Shir B’Yachad was the Northwest answer to Kutz for musical teens who couldn’t make it to New York for the summer. According to Beth Am’s youth director Dorothy Kahn, hundreds of kids get songleader training through the temple’s music madrichim program, and today the temple has about 23 songleaders. It was only natural that NFTY should reach out to them as a conference partner. This was NaShir’s second conference; the first was in August at Kutz. Goodis says he does not know where or when the next one will take place. Participants attended workshops over the weekend of January 4–6 on repertoire, prayer, engagement strategies, and leadership led by a faculty of rabbis, cantors, and educators from Temple De Hirsch Sinai, Temple B’nai Torah, Congregation Kol Ami, the Seattle Jewish Community School, NFTY-NW and Temple Beth Am. On Sunday, as the culmination of their weekend, the teens broke into groups and shipped off to area temples to lead religious school children in prayer and song. “I love watching cantors and rabbis just, like, connecting with kids, especially through music,” said a participant named Rebekah. (NFTY does not allow participants’ last names to be disclosed.) “I really want to be able to do that when I’m older.” Of the approximately 15 teens who spoke with JTNews in a group interview, a handful said they aspire to become rabbis or cantors. All of them are involved with music — in bands, musical theater, and the like — and almost all consider music an inroad to their Judaism and an adhesive to a community. “At my temple, NFTY barely exists anymore,” said Claire, “so I want to be able to use my knowledge of NFTY-style songleading and tefilah and bring that back to my temple to sort of inspire younger kids to come.” “I’m at NaShir because I songlead at my home temple,” said Natalia. “I really wanted to learn new songs and just grow as a songleader.” According to Goodis, songleading is an engagement strategy that will succeed if paired with mentorship at home congregations. “It’s not someone saying, ‘Oh, you should songlead,’ but ‘We’re going to make an investment in you and send you to this conference,’” Goodis said. “The ones that will have the greatest success are the ones that are going to have opportunities to return to their communities where they have chances to really share their skill.”
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all those sports and sells insurance from his downtown office, which is decorated with sports memorabilia. Stu’s longest involvement is with basketball. He started playing in junior high and now plays in the over-50 league at Seattle’s Washington Athletic Club. He took up ice hockey when he moved here in the mid-1990s, although he did play on “a pond in Rhode Island” as a kid. A jazz aficionado, Stu peppered our conversation with songs, although by his own admission he’s not much of a singer. When I asked if he went to synagogue, he answered with a few bars of “Give Me That Old Time Religion.” A regular at Seattle’s New Orleans Restaurant, he says he once auditioned informally for late bandleader
Lionel Hampton, who was playing at Jazz Alley. (“Hamp” rejected him.) In addition to his “four-and-a-half sports” — the half being the 100 meter race he runs annually in the Northwest Senior Games — Stu took up playing the drums about five years ago and has even played a few paid gigs with some local musicians. “I was looking in the ‘Seattle Weekly’ to see who was playing in the clubs, and I see this two-line thing, ‘expert drum lessons.’” he says. “A day or two later, I’m taking my first lesson.” Stu is a model for technology use in his age group, too. He has a website (www. seattlestu.com) where you can read a lot more about his long and active life, and he tweets from @StuFitelson.
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the Internet: Unreliable in sex education
JaNis siegel JtNews columnist
There may be no more sensitive issue today for parents to tackle than discussing sexuality with their maturing teenage children. Whether you’ve fostered an open dialogue with them about the subject, or you’re delaying the conversations with unrelenting trepidation, parents should factor in the influence of the World Wide Web on their teens. To Your The Internet has become a frequent source of health information for adults, from WebMD to the Mayo Clinic. At the same time, online resources for sexual health information from oral contraceptives to sexually transmitted diseases are readily available to youth, say researchers, and they need to be assessed for their accuracy. In a research overview article published in the September 2012 issue of “Israel Journal of Health Policy Research — The Internet, teenagers, and sexual health information: a cautionary tale,” Doctor and Professor Freya Sonenstein, director of the Center for Adolescent Health in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, warns that even though the use of health information sites varies among groups of teens, the veracity, reliability, credibility, and accessibility of many sites is unreliable at best. “The findings are worrisome,” wrote Sonenstein in her paper. “Unfortunately, the sites providing the most accurate and complete information about oral contraceptives had the lowest ratings on credibility.…Teenagers may also be limited by the search engines that they use. If they are using computers in public schools or libraries, these engines may have monitors that limit access to certain information.” Sonenstein also reported that abstinence-teaching polHealth icies in many U.S. schools that exclude sex education, as well as religious and cultural influences, also play a part in the availability of information — or lack thereof. In her report, Sonenstein relied heavily on evidence from a large Israeli study, “Quality of Online Health Information About Oral Contraceptives,” which analyzed the information contained in 29 Israeli sexual health websites. The study was conducted by Dr. Yehuda Neumark and his team at the Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine at Hebrew University–Hadassah in Jerusalem. In the study, also published in the September 2012 issue of the journal, Neumark evaluated 29 Hebrew-language Israeli websites for accuracy, credibility, and usability. He then classified the selected sites into categories that included health maintenance organizations, contraception-specific websites, a health portal, promotional and commercial sites, women’s health sites, and lifestyle sites. Using the Health on the Net Foundation code of conduct guidelines, Neumark found that the information contained in slightly over 50 percent of sites was unreliable, providing either incomplete or inaccurate information. Each of the sites also earned an average rating of 70 percent credibility or believability, which monitored the inclusion of disclosures such as funding sources, authors, dates for original content creation and updates, specific references to evidence-based data, citations, and references. “The findings highlight the need to establish quality guidelines for health website content, train(ing) health care providers in assisting their patients to seek high quality OHI (online health information), and strengthen(ing) e-health literacy skills among online information seekers, including, perhaps, health professionals,” according to Neumark. In Israel, according to the results of another recent study by the Israel Ministry of Education, which Neumark referenced, more than 7,000 middle school and high school students from the 7th to the 12th grade documented their Internet use and health information searches in the prior year. The results showed that of the 50 percent of Israeli youth who have Internet access use it to find health information, 70 percent use three search engines. While one-third said they were alert for biases, 43 percent said they researched the veracity of the information they found there. According to other study data, nearly a third of girls in the 12th grade hadn’t had sex, 40 percent of the sexually active adolescents used oral contraceptives, and nearly 15 percent of females under 20 years old had pursued an abortion. Additionally, one-quarter of Israeli adolescents conducted online health searches for information on oral contraceptives. American students, on the other hand, did far less research than their Israeli counterparts. “In the U.S.…the most frequent use of the Internet by 12- to 17-year-olds is social networking,” added Sonenstein. “The next most frequent use is multi-media and entertainment….So although teenagers occasionally seek health information on the Internet, they are not doing it frequently. Moreover, qualitative data, again collected in the U.S., indicates that teens are mistrustful of the Internet as a source of sexual health information.”
Longtime JTNews correspondent and freelance journalist Janis Siegel has covered international health research for SELF magazine and campaigns for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
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Ben Harris August 22, 1916–December 31, 2012
Ben Harris was born August 22, 1916 in Seattle, Wash. On Monday, December 31, 2012, we experienced a great loss with his passing. In his 96 years of life, he was a loving husband, beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather, successful businessman, and an accomplished athlete. A graduate of Garfield High School, Ben competed in and won many state and regional championships in baseball, basketball and tennis. He cultivated a discipline of hard work, practice and love for sports, which he seemed to naturally excel in. He was married to Shirley Oseran Harris for 64 years, until her sudden passing from an aggressive cancer 10 years ago. She was his one and only love. Ben worked hard building a family-owned furniture store, Harris Furniture, with his brother Hymie. Together, they established one of the most successful family-owned businesses for over 40 years on the Eastside. Ben tried to retire several times, but still had the urge to keep selling. He came out of retirement twice: First to work at Frederick & Nelson’s and then to work at Greenbaum Home Furnishings. He kept his sales career going strong until the age of 90. He then finally decided to retire so he could devote his time to mastering the game of golf. Ben became the oldest golfer at Glendale Golf and Country Club to still carry his clubs at the age of 93, rather than using an electric cart, on the 18-hole golf course. Ben is survived by three children: Son Bill and his wife, Judy Harris; daughter Jacqueline Harris Curran; and son, Robert Harris. Also included are six grandchildren: Tony and his wife Stephanie Harris, Matt and his wife Maja Hansen, granddaughter Molly Sherer and her husband Charles, grandson Andrew Harris. He is also survived by granddaughter Maryl Curran Widdows and her husband Dominic and granddaughter Celia Curran. There are six greatgrandchildren: Elinor and Carina Widdows, Tori and Bentley Harris, Mila Hansen-Harris, and Hannah Sherer. Donations in honor of Ben Harris are being directed by the family to the Caroline Kline Galland Home, an organization that provides services and outreach to Jewish seniors in Seattle, including managed care and assisted living at The Summit at First Hill, where Ben was well-looked-after in his last years: The Caroline Kline Galland Home, 7500 Seward Park Ave S., Seattle, WA 98118.
Jauntie Amira (née Altabet) March 7, 1926–December 16, 2012
With love and fond memories, we say “goodbye” to Jauntie Amira, who passed away on Sunday, December 16, 2012 of natural causes. She was born in Seattle, Washington on March 7, 1926 to Menachem and Mazeltov Altabet. She was a lifetime Seattle resident, graduating from Garfield High School in 1944. After marrying Victor S. Amira in 1948, she raised a family and also worked for the Seattle Public School District in the lunch program for 20 years. Her synagogue and the Jewish community were an integral part of her life. She devoted many years of service to Sephardic Bikur Holim Congregation. Jauntie was also a member of the SBH Ladies Auxiliary, Ahavath Ahim Social Club, Seattle Sephardic Sisterhood, and the City of Hope. She enjoyed playing Mah Jongg with her friends, and especially loved to bake and cook and also teach her children and grandchildren how to make many of the traditional Sephardic delicacies. Jauntie was a very sweet, kind, and nurturing person who loved and cared about all of her family and friends. She always looked for the best in everyone and would never say a negative word about anyone. If she were called upon to help, she would not hesitate to lend a hand. She was preceded in death by her loving husband Victor S. of 40 years, sister Jean Marcus, and brother Sol Altabet. Jauntie was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She is survived by her son, Sam (Charlene) Amira, and daughters Susan (Alan) Amira-Weinstein, and Marcia A. (Michael) Wiviott. Jauntie was proud of her six grandchildren, Jennifer (Jeff) Berg and Jeff Amira, Jacquelyn and Melanie Wiviott, and Sari and Victoria Weinstein, and two great grandchildren, Taylor and Samantha Berg. The family is extremely grateful for the special care she received from her caregiver, Martina Williams, and the staff at the Kline Galland Home, where she lived for three years. The family suggests remembrances to Sephardic Bikur Holim Congregation or to the Kline Galland Home.
Richard Asia January 1942–December 2012
Richard Asia passed away in his sleep on the morning of December 23. A lifelong resident of Seattle, he was born at Virginia Mason Hospital in January of 1942, attended Isaac I. Stevens Elementary School, Meany Junior High School, Garfield High School, and was a member of Temple De Hirsch Sinai. Dick entered the Peace Corps, where he was assigned to work with Yoruba communities in Western Nigeria, assisting with various development projects, including the construction of several bridges. He was respected by fellow corpsmen and the Yoruba with whom he worked, given the Yoruba name “one who brings home honor.” After the Peace Corps, Dick received his BA in history from Simon Frazier University in Vancouver, British Columbia. Shortly after completing his education, he became a successful real estate agent in the greater Seattle area. He soon fell in love with the water in and around Puget Sound, becoming a passionate sailor. Going out on the boat with Dick became a rite of passage for close friends and family. He was an insightful, active, engaging man with a big heart, who loved laughter, children, music, reading, biking, birding, attending lectures at the Seattle Art Museum and many other activities in the city. He is survived and will be remembered by his wife, the love of his life, Kim Christie, a sister, Susan Asia Hannan, a brother, David Asia, many nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, and many close friends. Donations may be offered in Dick’s name to the Center for Wooden Boats, 1010 Valley Street, Seattle, WA 98109.
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William Frank Danz January 22, 1915–December 10, 2012
William Frank (Bill) Danz passed away on December 10, 2012, a month before his 98th birthday. He was born in Seattle on January 22, 1915, to Jessie and John Danz. After graduating from Garfield High School, he attended the University of Washington, earning a degree in accounting. Until 1952, Bill was head of the accounting department at Sterling Theatres Co., the business founded by his father. Later, he employed his entrepreneurial skills and purchased Georgetown Hardware and then founded Merchants’ Finance Co., among other businesses. In December 1959, Bill and Carolyn Blumenthal Taylor were married and soon after built their dream house in Madison Park, where they lived until moving to The Summit at First Hill. They were a close and loving couple, who often said or sang at special occasions, “Life is better the second time around.” Carolyn preceded Bill in death just last March. Bill was a past president of Glendale Country Club, where he enjoyed bridge, golf, and many friendships for his entire adult life. When he saw his daughters, stepsons, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, Bill always broke out with his famous big grin. Bill is survived by his daughters Barbara (Ted) Daniels, Carolee Danz, and Penny (Buzz) Coe and Carolyn’s sons, Jim (Donna) Taylor and Ken (Cindy) Taylor. Between them, Bill and Carolyn had 14 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Bill was thrilled with all of them. As Bill requested, there will be no funeral. He will be privately interred in the mausoleum at Hills of Eternity in Seattle. The family thanks Epi Tuilakulaku and Theo Kostalecky for eight years of devoted care to both Bill and Carolyn. A memorial, for family and friends, will be held at a noon brunch on Sunday, January 27 at Glendale Country Club, Bellevue. The family suggests remembrances to The Kline Galland Foundation, Jewish Family Service, or a charity of your choice.
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Anita C. Stolov June 10, 1930–December 31, 2012
Anita passed away on Monday, December 31, 2012. She was preceded in death by her sister Shirley Solender and brother Allan Delman. She is survived by her husband Walter, daughters Nancy Goldov, Amy Stolov and Lynne Pauleen, and grandchildren Hanah Goldov, Michael Pauleen and Shayna Pauleen. Anita was born in Minneapolis on June 10, 1930. She was the youngest of three children born to Misha and Sonia Noodelman. She met her husband Walter in 1950 while she was studying at the University of Minnesota. Marriage followed in 1953. This past August they celebrated 59 years of matrimony. Anita graduated in 1952 with a Bachelor’s degree in education. Anita loved teaching and worked for 25 years supervising a preschool co-op program. Anita also enjoyed traveling with her husband as he attended various professional activities. Together they visited 17 countries. Over the years Anita remained fully engaged with life, whether it was teaching children and adults, running a business, enjoying social activities, or exploring ideas with friends. Her interests included theater, art, bridge, hiking, and tennis as well as entertaining her many friends. Donations in memory of Anita may be made to the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Fund (UW Foundation) and/or the Walter C. and Anita C. Stolov Endowed Research Fund (UW Foundation) c/o UW Medicine Advancement, Box 358045, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-8045.
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of rockets have rained on southern Israel — including the Hof Ashkelon region, the Seattle Jewish community’s sister area. Thousands of children and adults have been traumatized by these unprovoked attacks. I decided to make a donation to the Sderot Indoor Recreation Center, a 21,000-square-foot secure indoor playground and community center built by the Jewish National Fund. I only discovered later that the CEO of the Jewish National Fund, Russell Robinson, would be visiting Seattle two days before my Bar Mitzvah! I had the honor to meet Mr. Robinson and personally give him a check. He spoke to a group of people about all of the wonderful projects the JNF is doing in Israel to create new technology, help the environment, and to make Israel stronger. I was very proud to have chosen such an organization to give to.
Lior Hemmat celebrated his Bar Mitzvah on December 22, and is the son of Steve and Rachely Hemmat. Both Lior and his sister attend the Seattle Hebrew Academy.
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My sister Zohar and I recently celebrated our B’nai Mitzvah three months apart — my sister turned 12 in September and I turned 13 in December. Some people might find it unusual that we are only nine months apart in age — we were adopted. My parents and older brother Amir brought both of us from Novosibirsk, Russia, in the winter of 2001, around the time of Hanukkah. My sister’s name, Zohar, signifies brilliance; and my name, Lior, means “light to me.” We were both very young and didn’t understand any English. Fortunately, our new family brought us into a warm community in Seattle. We also had the opportunity to meet our new grandparents on Mercer Island and on a small moshav called Beit Shikma in Hof Ashkelon, Israel. During 2009-10, my sister and I lived and studied in Jerusalem, where our older brother studied at a yeshiva outside of the city.
Hannah Mae Morris
Hannah will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, January 19 at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue. She is the daughter of Ian and Lisa Morris of Mercer Island, and the sister of Robbie and Kaylee Morris. Her grandparents are Renee and David Morris of Fair Lawn, N.J., Anita Skop of Staten Island, N.Y. and the late Bob Skop. Hannah is a 7th-grader at the Jewish Day School and enjoys art, fashion design, gymnastics, tennis and spending time with friends. For her mitzvah project, Hannah is donating her hair to Locks of Love.
lior Hemmat, left, talks with Jewish National Fund Ceo Russell Robinson before presenting him with a check with proceeds from his bar Mitzvah gifts.
As I was writing my Bar Mitzvah speech, my mother and I looked to see if I could make a donation from the gifts I received to a worthy project. As a Bar Mitzvah, it is now my turn to bring light unto others. My mother’s moshav is less than 10 kilometers from the border with Gaza. For the past several years, thousands