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A light unto the nations v2.0

Rabbi HaRRy Zeitlin Congregation beth HaAri
Judaism has contributed a great deal to world civilization. We introduced the concept of ethical monotheism and were among the first peoples to encourage universal literacy. Our tradition speaks of freedom and liberty for all not just for an elite a society based on law rather than power. We have much to be proud of. But have we run out of gas? Does our tradition today offer anything more than a private and temporary shelter in the storm from an increasingly material-oriented, crisis-torn world? Does anything in our millennia-long story makes a difference anymore? Is our charge to be a light unto the nations now obsolete? Or is the best yet to come? Perhaps our least appreciated resource (outside, of course, of yeshiva enclaves) is our Talmudic tradition. Among the many ways we can describe it, it is a twomillennia cooperative art project, a living system that continues to develop. Its also a systematic unfolding of the Infinite into the physical world of boundaries and limits. It serves as the foundation, source material, and methodology for deriving halachah defined as a going (i.e., a path toward spiritual development) ritual and liturgical law, as well as Jewish civil and communal law. The detailed descriptions and analyses of the written Torah text and of the Temple services have inspired us and fired both our imaginations and our yearning, contributing greatly to our miraculous and unique survival as a homeless people. But is that really all it is? Beyond the various internal (limited to religious/ritual/halachic) benefits Talmud study provides, the process itself is unique, powerful and multi-layered. Transcending all specific subjects, it trains our minds to think in very advanced ways. As we zero in on a point, we suddenly find ourselves examining other phenomena, which might share only one non-obvious similarity to our original subject. Sometimes well return to the main point, other times well continue exploring and examining a chain of associations. We examine everything from multiple points of view, both in isolation and in relation to other ideas and opinions. Sometimes well solve the puzzle, but other times well just leave the question for the time being, marking it as, indeed, difficult kushiya (thats a hard one) or teiku (well wait for Elijah the Prophet announcing the imminent arrival of Messiah to explain). If we take a step back, something even more curious emerges. Although the Talmud is based on questions and answers, it soon becomes apparent the answers were known before the discussion even begins. For example, the very beginning of the Oral Torah, the first chapter of the first tractate, Berachot, begins by asking from what time can we begin to say the evening Shema. Obviously, the rabbis of the Mishna davened every day of their lives, as did their fathers and grandfathers and great-grandfathers. They knew exactly when to say the Shema. This is our first clue something much more important is going on were being taught and drilled in advanced thinking. Daily Talmud study resembles nothing so closely as daily gym workouts or daily musical scale practice. Intense immersion in Talmud study, in addition to the religious and even the spiritual benefits, develops our minds to work linearly and laterally, empirically and intuitively, serially and associatively, all at the same time! Although the Gemara (Berachot 6b) defines its actual benefit as learning how to reason, I have no quarrel with those who want to limit their study to questions of halachah, nor with those who study in order to, in indescribable but actual ways, merge their intellect with the Divine Intellect in order to deepen their relationship with God. But I want to propose an entirely additional direction. Our world is a mess! Between almost universal economic meltdown, endless environmental disasters, continual wars and culture clashes, starvation, resurgent disease and probably more people living under slavery than at any time in the past, were all in a heap of trouble! To add even more urgency, our former problem-solving strategies no longer seem effective. One reason for this crisis, I propose, is our exclusive reliance on science, based entirely on empiricism. Even ever-advancing computing power doesnt really help, since its the same binary-only fallacy, just at much higher speed. Lets introduce rigorous Talmud study
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A sixth broken camera

Hen maZZig special to JTnews
I had been in Seattle and the U.S. only a few days when I heard that Palestinian Iyad Burnat, brother of the filmmaker of the Oscar-nominated feature documentary, 5 Broken Cameras, would be speaking about the non-violent nature of Palestinian demonstrations. I knew I had to attend the event. I had met Iyad five years earlier when I was a young Israeli soldier, an 18-yearold who had just started my service in the Israeli Defense Forces. The IDF knew there would be a demonstration against Israels security fence near Ramallah, a Palestinian city in the West Bank. The IDF wanted someone who spoke Arabic to mediate between the demonstrators and the IDF soldiers and minimize the chances of any physical altercations. Since I speak Arabic, I was chosen for this task. As soon as I arrived at the Palestinian town, I encountered Iyad Burnat, who was leading the demonstration. I tried to speak with him again and again, and ask him to stop what was becoming a violent riot. I told him there are other ways to protest and that talking with each other would work better than clashing with the IDF. In response, he shoved me to the ground and the crowd cheered. Soon after, the Palestinian demonstrators began hurling rocks and stones. One broke the jaw of a friend of mine, a fellow IDF soldier. He was forced to stay in the hospital for three weeks until he recovered. Now, five years later, on January 13, 2013, I saw Iyad again at his presentation in Seattle. I was unfamiliar with the sponsoring groups, Jewish Voice for Peace and Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights (SUPER), but thought they might want the audience to hear what I had to say, even if they disagreed with me. I sat quietly while Iyad talked. His presentation was full of lies, demonization of Israel and of Israels army, false accusations, and deception. Hard as it was to do, I listened politely to his hate speech. It was even harder to sit still through his pictures and video clips of soldiers being pushed and injured, accompanied by overly dramatic music common in action and horror films. It hurt me to hear the audience laugh every time an Israeli soldier fell down, and to see that the film had been edited to make it seem that the IDF abused the demonstrators. From personal experience, I knew the provocations and violence that forced the IDF to act were omitted. When Iyad opened the floor to questions, I waited patiently for others to speak. I stood and asked Iyad if he recognized me. As I expected, he said he did not. I told Iyad and the audience about the first time we met and how he had shoved me and how his demonstrators had broken the jaw of a fellow soldier who was my friend. I told them about another similar nonviolent demonstration when Palestinians threw rocks and severely injured a young soldier who lost his eye. I asked Iyad, How can you call these non-violent protests? I then brought out my photo of one of Iyads demonstrations, which showed five masked Palestinians with big rocks in their hands, preparing to hurl them at Israeli soldiers. When I was in mid-sentence, a young man in the audience, probably in his early 20s and wearing a Free Palestine t-shirt, began screaming at me. When I had spoken about the injured Israeli soldiers, he shouted, Good. Im glad. They deserved it. Then he began yelling, Get this f--ing, f---ing Zionist out of here. Another Israeli in the audience stood up and told him to let me speak. But the young man continued his vulgar tirade, demanding that Zionists be removed from the room. I attempted to calm him, reassuring him that I had come to start a dialogue and that there was no need for such hostility. But the angry man started aggressively charging toward me. I simply turned and left the room. I was determined not to let him get into physical contact with me. The other Israeli man later told me that unfortunately, the confrontation did not end after I left. When I left, he also started to leave. A woman reached out to him and said in Hebrew, Please dont leave. Im scared, but I want to ask a question. The Israeli waited while she asked her question. Apparently, as Iyad attempted to answer, the aggressive man moved toward the Israeli, and while facing the woman who had asked the question, made threatening gestures, moving his hand across his neck as if slitting someones throat. Then he charged across the room toward the Israeli as though preparing to attack him. With no way to protect himself or the woman who asked the question or another sympathetic attendee, the Israeli swung the camera he was holding to ward off the attacker. In the course of the confrontation, the Israeli mans camera broke, resulting in what he called the sixth broken camera. This event was my introduction to the battle against Israel and its supporters in the U.S. I was shocked and saddened by the hatred and lies of anti-Israel propagandists in the U.S. and by the aggressive effort to silence me, my perspective, and the facts. The Burnats and their film are indeed about broken cameras, but their cameras were not broken by the IDF. They manipulated reality to create a fractured vision that omits all context and is no more than raw anti-Israel propaganda.
Hen Mazzig is the shaliach for StandWithUs Northwest.

Solidarity with Palestinian non-violent resistance

eitan isaacson and Wendy elisHeva someRson special to JTnews
On Sun., Jan. 13, the Seattle chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace, with Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights (SUPER), co-hosted a talk by Iyad Burnat. Burnat is the head of the Bilin Popular Committee and a leader in the villages non-violent popular resistance movement. Since 2005, residents of the Palestinian village of Bilin in the West Bank have held weekly unarmed demonstrations against the building of the Israeli wall through the communitys agricultural lands and the encroachment of illegal settlements. The demonstrators are joined by Israeli and international peace activists, and have maintained a commitment to non-violent methods of resistance in spite of armed, military opposition that has resulted in many injuries and some deaths. These demonstrations are the subject of the recent documentary 5 Broken Cameras, the Oscar-nominated film directed by Iyads brother, Emad Burnat. Hen Mazzig, the Israeli representative for the Pacific Northwest chapter of StandWithUs, claims that when he was working for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) in Ramallah five years ago, he met Iyad, who acted violently toward him. There is no way of verifying the accuracy of this claim, but we recommend that you watch 5 Broken Cameras. The film shows Iyad and the other demonstrators week after week peacefully protesting to gain their land back. You will also see a great deal of violence and aggression on the part of the IDF, who arrest and wound Iyad, his brother Emad, and many others, as well as kill one of their close friends. The village of Bilin has been subject to a military occupation for decades before Mazzig joined the IDF, and there are no signs of this changing anytime in the future, long after Mazzigs involvement. As people without citizenship who were born into an illegal occupation of their land, Iyad and his community understand that the wholesale theft and destruction of their ancestral olive orchards will not be stemmed by asking politely, silent vigils, or by talking with each other, as Mazzig suggests. Instead, with their weekly demonstrations, the people of Bilin have aligned themselves with other historic non-violent struggles for justice, including the Civil Rights movement in the U.S. and the struggle to end apartheid in South Africa. The Oscar nomination of 5 Broken Cameras, which documents the Bilin communitys struggle to regain their land, demonstrates the growing international attention the protests in Bilin are attracting. Mazzig presents his role in the IDF as a level-headed mediator. As a pro-Israeli occupation organization, StandWithUs is trying to put a human face on a brutal military occupation in order to make it palatable to Americans who care about civil rights. In reality, Mazzig and the IDFs Civil Administration unit are facilitating a very lucrative (and illegal, according to international law) real-estate grab of private Palestinian land, and the continued permanent colonization of the West Bank. During Iyads presentation of video footage shot by his brother, people in attendance at our event were not laughing at IDF soldiers. Instead, we were watching in shocked silence as IDF soldiers brutalized and attacked not only the protesters, but all the villagers in Bilin: They arrested Palestinian children in the middle of the night, took over Palestinian houses, and arrested more than half the men in the village on trumped-up charges. After Burnats presentation, Hen Mazzig asked his question, and a young man, unknown to JVP or SUPER, started yelling at him. JVP and SUPER supporters immediately tried to calm the young man down. We all knew Iyad could handle the question, and we encourage dialogue at our events. The young man eventually ran across the room, and the other Israeli man (identified by Mazzig) hit him on the head with a camera. Both the man with the camera and the younger man showed blatant disregard for the speaker and his message of non-violent protest. By yelling and engaging in a physical confrontation, both men caused a violent disruption, which upset the audience who had come to learn from Burnat and the long-standing commitment to unarmed resistance shown by the people of Bilin. We took immediate action to deescalate the situation and to ensure the safety of all attendees. JVP and SUPER strongly condemn all violence, including the verbal and physical assault that occurred at the event. Our intent is to create a safe space for dialogue and education, and we regret that violence occurred at our event. The disruption only underscored the vital importance of Burnats message. As the presentation so compellingly showed, we believe that steadfast non-violent resistance in the face of the daily violence of the Israeli occupation will ultimately pave the way for justice. We are committed to ensuring that violence does not occur at any future events, and we ask all who attend our events to conduct themselves peacefully.
Eitan Isaacson and Wendy Elisheva Somerson are members of the Seattle chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace.

People make their own decisions theyre adults but the reality is that people dont have information to make decisions. Author Doron Kornbluth, a rabbi from Jerusalem who spoke in Seattle last month about the growing trend of cremation among Jews. See the story on page 7.

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Summit residents write their lives

emily K. alHadeff Associate editor, JTnews
On January 27, eight residents of the Summit at First Hill celebrated the launch of their literary anthology with the community. Stories from the Summit consists of memoirs as well as two pieces of short fiction, and is the culmination of a writing course taught by community educators Carol Starin and Cindy Muscatel in 2012. Muscatel, who has been teaching writing to seniors since 1991, was impressed with the group. There were good writers here, she said. They have really wonderful and meaningful stories to tell, Starin added. Both women agreed that the students turned out to be their teachers. The stories capture experiences of bygone times, foreign worlds, and sweet romantic encounters that turned into lifelong partnerships. My Two Lives, by Ada Ash, 97, opens with her memory of marauding Cossacks and the sound of the bombs of the Russian Revolution and the First World War. In The Life and Death of a Shabbos Chicken, Ernie Mednick, who was born in 1918 in southern Utah, poignantly describes bringing a chicken to the butcher as a young boy. Adele Sharaga depicts her grandfathers disobedience in spurning his arranged marriage for the girl of his dreams in the 1800s. Sharaga gets the last word in the book: My advice to those who are thinking about writing a memoir dont wait until youre 91, she said. Theres too much to write and nobody to ask. Copies of Stories from the Summit are available by contacting Summit activities coordinator Beth Cordova at 206652-4444.

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The fruits of learning together
On Tu BShevat, elementary school children from five Jewish day schools got together to learn, celebrate, and eat fruit.

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Fifteen years after meeting Rabbi Doron Kornbluth on a teen trip to Israel, Emily K. Alhadeff sat down with him in Seattle to talk about his latest research on burial and cremation.

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Jewish kids and special fruit unite: SHA hosts interschool Tu BShevat celebration
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Kids like pomegranates. Especially Rosie, a 4th-grade student at the Menachem Mendel Seattle Cheder. So when MMSC teamed up with Seattle Hebrew Academy and three other Seattle Jewish day schools to celebrate Tu BShevat the Jewish New Year for trees Rosie was excited. But I like all the fruits, she made clear. On January 24, SHA hosted the interschool 4th- and 5th-grade Tu BShevat celebration with MMSC, Torah Day School, the Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle, and the Seattle Jewish Community School. Students engaged in a host of interactive activities throughout the morning to learn about the holiday. They went on nature walks, played Tu BShevat Jeopardy, made Tu BShevat table centerpieces, and played Tu BShevat Pictionary on a smart board. Students also learned about Israel, the blessings said over fruit, the environment, and about the holiday itself. Tu BShevat, the 15th of the month of Shevat on the Jewish calendar, marks the new year for the trees. The holiday falls at this time of year because the earliest blooming trees in Israel emerge from winter hibernation and begin a new fruitbearing cycle. Furthermore, in ancient times the date was important for determining the age of trees so as to calculate the proper time of tithing produce. The Torah references seven fruits, or species, special to Israel: Wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates. Therefore, it is customary on Tu BShevat to eat these fruits. At lunchtime, the students participated in a Tu BShevat seder, with opportunities to sample the seven special fruits. They also ate ice cream and sang songs together. While Tu BShevat is a somewhat obscure holiday, the concept of a spiritual seder around the seven species was begun by Kabbalists in the 16th century and has become a popular custom. School staffers said the goal was for Jewish kids in Seattle to make friends with each other, regardless of their respective schools. SHA acquired the money for these events by securing a grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. Since then, the schools plan to continue interschool events. Earlier in the year, students met for an outdoor education week. Theres nothing better than bringing Jewish children together. Its a wonderful thing, said Chaya Elishevitz, programs coordinator at MMSC. It was a very well-organized and well-done event. Its a special experience to see the Jewish schools come together. Its cool for the kids. The students said they appreciated the day, too, because it expanded their awareness. Basically, it shows what other schools are like and whats good about other schools, said Sam, a 4th-grade student at SJCS.

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Matters of life and death

emily K. alHadeff Associate editor, JTnews
In 1998, Doron Kornbluth and his wife, Sarah Tikvah, hosted several members of my NFTY teen tour group for Shabbat. I never forgot that spiritually enlightening weekend or their hospitality. Fast forward to last month, when I saw an announcement for a talk by one Doron Kornbluth at the Hillel at the University of Washington and at the West Seattle Torah Learning Center on his latest research and book, Cremation or Burial: A Jewish Perspective. Over lunch at Island Crust Caf , Doron and I reconnected, and he filled me in on the unappetizing details of why more and more Jews are making un-Jewish endof-life choices. JTNews: What got you onto cremation and burial as a topic? Doron Kornbluth: You have this major uptick in cremation rates, nationally and amongst the Jewish community. I was just really bothered by it. People make their own decisions theyre adults but the reality is that people dont have information to make decisions. There are a lot of misconceptions out there. So I started researching it. JT: Describe the Jewish practice of burial. DK: For thousands of years Jews have always insisted on burial. A Roman historian, Tacitus, when he was describing the Jews to his Roman compatriots, one of the few defining characteristics that he said was, Jews bury, rather than burn, the dead. Even 2,000 years ago it stuck out. The Romans cremated. The Greeks cremated. All these guys cremated. Its not a new idea; its actually an old idea. Jews always stuck out for burial. JT: So what has happened? DK: In the last 30 years, cremation rates nationally among non-Jews have gone up. The same with Jews. And in the last four years, its gone up dramatically. Imagine if youre a Jewish person and youre looking at the planet, looking at America, and you see that every year 5 percent less of the Jewish community is celebrating Hanukkah. Last year it was 100 percent, 95, 90, and you know that within a few years if you dont do anything about it, soon its just going to be the strictly Orthodox who celebrate Hanukkah. What would you do? How would you feel? I think if you were a caring Jew youd be concerned about that. The reality is that it is happening, but its happening with different parts of Judaism. Its happening to Jewish burial. It used to be a given, but because of a lack of education and understanding, it is not a given at all. JT: What are some factors causing this dramatic rise in cremation? DK: When it comes to why Most Jews have heard people are cremating, cost of the idea of tearing kriyah is definitely a big factor. [tearing a garment as a sign of Theres another reason: mourning]. You tear kriyah Mobility. Meaning, it used because you are expressCouRTesy doRon KoRnbluTH to be that people for genering that life is not going ations would be in the same town. Today, on. Theres a loss. Somethings broken. In you have grandparents in one city, parents burial, the earth itself is tearing kriyah. Isnt in a different city, kids in another city. it a beautiful symbolism? The earth is openPeople also think its better for the ing up. Youre making a tear in the earth. environment, but its not. EnvironmenNot only is the cremation rate very, talists are not in favor of cremation. [This very high, but funeral services are on the misconception is due to a 1950s campaign way out. We dont want to deal with it. against burial because of the pollution Woody Allen once said, I dont want to caused by metal caskets and embalming.] receive immortality through my work, I What does Jewish tradition say? No metal want to achieve it through not dying. casket, no embalming. Jewish burials are People dont want to talk about it, but actually a model of environmentalism. Judaisms point is, No, we dont do that. Plants, animals, birds what do they The tradition is to bury within a comdo? They grow, and they die, and their munity cemetery, emphasizing that bodies go back into the earth. So the natural were part of a community. We live way is actually burial. Its the way of every there together forever. The word cemliving thing. When youre putting it into a etery comes from the Greek for sleepmodern oven and by the way, its essening place. Thats why a grave looks like a tially an Auschwitz oven, it hasnt changed bed. Because its a quiet, subtle promise of youre firing it up thats artificial. rebirth. Its kind of a beautiful idea. JT: What is the significance of burying the dead in Judaism? Cremation or Burial: A Jewish View, as well as DK: Israel has released hundreds of terDoron Kornbluths three other books on being, rorists many times in the last 20 years just dating, and raising children Jewish, are available for bodies of the dead. Every Jew deserves at Read an extended a proper burial. version of this story at

Go Red for Women

February 1, 2013, marked the 10th anniversary of National Wear Red Day, an event that was inspired to help raise awareness of the shocking frequency of heart disease in women. That first National Wear Red Day in 2003 subsequently motivated the American Heart Association to create Go Red for Women, a social initiative intended to increase awareness, educate and inspire women to take action in the fight against heart disease. Funds raised for this initiative are also used to support scientific research and develop new tools and treatments in the fight against heart disease. Go Red for Women is QFCs Charity of the Month for February. Here are some sobering facts provided by the American Heart Association. Heart disease is the #1 killer of women in the U.S. It accounts for 1 of every 3 womens deaths. 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors that can lead to heart disease. Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease. Heart disease can affect women of all ages, even women who lead healthy lifestyles, if they have other risk factors. 64 percent of women who die suddenly from coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms. Despite those statistics, only about 20% of women believe that heart disease is the greatest health threat they face. Go Red for Women and the American Heart Association are combatting heart disease through awareness and education and by motivating women to take action. Awareness includes understanding the symptoms of a heart attack, which can be different in women than in men. Womens symptoms can include shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain. Other symptomswomen should look out for are dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting, pain in the lower chest or upper abdomen and extreme fatigue. Knowing those symptoms is important, but wouldnt it be even better to avoid those symptoms? And that means taking actions to reduce the risk of ever having a heart attack. Some of the actions the American Heart Association recommends are: not smoking, managing your blood sugar, getting your blood pressureunder control,

lowering your cholesterol, knowing your family history of heart disease, staying active, losing weight and eating healthfully. Eating healthfully will have multiple benefits. A diet rich in a variety of vegetables and fruits, lean proteins, healthy fats and whole grains can be a great defense against the onset of high cholesterol, high blood pressure and heart disease. The AHA recommends that an adult consuming 2,000 calories daily should aim for: Fruits and vegetables:At least 4.5 cups a day. Fish (preferably oily fish, like salmon):At least two 3.5-ounce servings a week. Fiber-rich whole grains:At least three 1-ounce servings a day. Nuts, legumes and seeds:At least 4 servings a week, opting for unsalted varieties whenever possible. If you would like to support QFCs Charity of the Month, Go Red for Women, please hand a donation card to your checker, or drop your spare change in the checkstand coin jar. Thank you for supporting this great cause.

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

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Reach Out Across the World

by Mike Selinker

We love our music and we love our food

When you see The Music Man at Seattles 5th Avenue Theater (starting Feb. 7), keep your eye on 9-year-old Jasmine Harrick. The North Seattle resident plays Gracie Shinn in her first professional stage production. Getting the part first involved an open audition with 400 other kids, plus two callbacks, a process that took so long she was sure she wouldnt get the role. I was really surprised, she says.

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I ended my interview with Adam Gold craving Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixins. The long-time Woodinville resident and I talked turkey, specifically about Gobble, his all-turkey-all-the-time restaurant in the Woodgate Mall there. Gobble opened just in time for Thanksgiving last year, and though you can always get turkey with trimmings, Adam says its about more than just that holiday. For those who arent into [Thanksgiv-

When you come near a city to fight against it, then proclaim peace unto it! said the scholar Maimonides. The sister city effort proclaims peace between cities in far-off lands, opening trade and building bridges. Seattle has 21 sister cities around the world, of which nine are located in this puzzle. Theyre just waiting for you to visit them.
ACROSS 1 O, GQ, or YM 4 In Hollywood, they often have hearts of gold 11 Injured, as a knee 14 Hi-tech address 15 Defeat in a joust 16 On the Beach actress Gardner 17 To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper 18 Kenyan sister city of Seattle 19 Crackpot 20 Bday, for one 22 Indubitably! 23 Soup server 25 French sister city of Seattle 27 Irish sister city of Seattle 28 Israeli sister city of Seattle 32 Like 1933 Gold Double Eagle coins 35 Member of the Mongol Empire 36 March Madness org. 40 ___ You There, God? Its Me, Margaret 41 God bless us, every one! proclaimer 43 Move like a bunny 44 Oft-repeated lyric in My Boyfriends Back 46 Weapon carried by many on Bilbos 47 49 51 53 54 55 57 61 64 66 67 69 70 71 72 73 74 DOWN 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 21 24 26 27 29 30 31 32 33 34 37 38 39 41 42 45 48 50 52 55 56 58 59 60 62 63 65 68

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Nine-year-old Jasmine Harrick, sitting front and center, is part of the cast of the 5th Avenue Theatres production of Music Man.

Answers on page 13 2012 Eltana Wood-Fired Bagel Cafe, 1538 12th Avenue, Seattle. All rights reserved. Puzzle created by Lone Shark Games, Inc. Edited by Mike Selinker and Mark L. Gottlieb.

Jasmine started acting lessons when she was 5 and this is the third musical shes appeared in. She played Annie in drama school Broadway Bounds production last year, and this past summer her whole family mom Deb, dad Tod, and sister Eliana were in Kitsap Forest Theaters production of Fiddler on the Roof. As the representative Jews in the cast, we were the rabbinical consults for the director, Deb says. Jasmines favorite parts of Music Man so far are the dances for Shapoopie and 76 Trombones, and her favorite song is Iowa Stubborn (me, too!). Jas, as her family calls her, took up tap dancing this year, and in her free time she enjoys climbing just about anything, and, she adds, I really love art. As a homeschooled student, Jasmine has an easier time fitting her schoolwork into the demanding rehearsal schedule than the other kids in the production, including Josh Feinsilber, who was featured in this column in November. The Harricks are members of Temple Beth Am, but as Deb teaches at Kadima, the sisters go to religion school there. We have a rich Jewish life in our home, says Mom, and, no surprise, were always singing.

ing], were doing a whole Italian thing, he told me the week we spoke. Yesterday we did a turkey cacciatore, and a turkey osso bucco sold out quickly. Its all, he says, about the bird. Whole Foster Farms birds, provided by Costco, are slow roasted on-site daily and are the basis of most of what is served there, which depends on the day and either Adams or the chefs whim. Diners order at the counter, watch their meals prepared, then sit at communal farmhouse-style tables. Turkey sandwiches are a permanent fixture, and Adam spoke glowingly of the turkey potpie made on premises, and the delectable desserts, including chocolate cake, bread pudding and, of course, pumpkin pie. Adam does like to cook view his YouTube cooking videos at the restaurant site but hes discovered that restaurant ownership is about much more than food. The day we spoke he was working on an employee manual, 86 pages of bureaucratic fun, he says. The experience has been an adventure and an education. The Southern California native moved to the Northwest about 30 years ago because he liked the seasonal weather. A former marketing executive, he worked in
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israel: To your healTh

New technology makes waves in brain research

Janis siegel JTnews Columnist
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has been in a vegetative state since his second stroke and subsequent brain hemorrhage in 2006. Recently, however, brain researchers in Israel identified considerable activity in the political and military icons brain after a two-hour brain scan with the most sophisticated MRI available to them, the Philips INGENIA 3.OT, To Your which the company claims is the first digital broadband MRI system delivering some of the best imaging available today. After being shown pictures of his family, hearing the sound of his sons voice, and being exposed to other sensory stimulation, researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negevs Brain Imaging Research Center at the Soroka University Medical Center determined that Sharons brain showed activity in each of the corresponding regions specific to the stimuli, signaling to researchers that the information was being processed correctly. Although many in the region and around the world are skeptical that evidence of brain waves might eventually lead to Sharon regaining full consciousness, Dr. Ilan Shelef, the director of medical imaging at Soroka, said that this technology will benefit many others in the years to come. This is a dream come true, said Shelef. The unique location of the MRI here at Soroka University Medical Center enables us to [make] clinical research and basic science research. We really hope that many researchers will come out to the Negev. The state-of-the-art scanner features dStream architecture that gives researchers an excellent digital signal producing high-quality images. The speed and accessibility built into the technology also make the process shorter for most patients and easier for the technicians. However, it is the scanners capability to vividly display the brains activity in isolated centers that has already provided new information about autism for Dr. Galia Avidan, in the department of psychology at BGUs Zlotowski Center for Neuroscience, and part of the research team experimenting with the new technology. Avidan said she is becoming increasingly persuaded that these kinds of conditions are actually a wiring or connectivity problem in the neural pathways of the brain. What we found is that for an individual with autism, who has difficulty extracting the emotional response in the person they are looking at, it turns out that they hardly look at the eyes of the person standing in front of them, said Avidan. They prefer scanning other features, such as the mouth, or even features around the hairline. Avidans team also studied people who have difficulty reading other peoples expressions or face reading and face processing. Although these subjects showed normal activity in the posterior portion of the brain, which recognizes faces, the activity in the anterior part of the brain Health was compromised, where the processing network is located. We try to understand how different areas of the brain process complex information, said Avidan. We scan subjects while they view different images and we examine the brain activation for these different stimuli. Dr. Martin Monti, a professor in the departments of psychology and neurosurgery at the University of California, Los Angeles, created the innovative study methodology. Among the many tests performed on the former prime minister, the most encouraging being Sharons responses to external stimuli, researchers were less enthusiastic about the possibility that he is aware of what he is seeing, hearing, and feeling. Information from the external world is being transferred to the appropriate parts of Sharons brain, Monti told BGU staff. However, the evidence does not as clearly indicate whether he is consciously perceiving this information. Other team members included Prof. Alon Friedman and Tzvi Ganel of the BGU Zlotowski Center for Neuroscience, and Erez Freud, a doctoral candidate in BGUs department of psychology. BGU researchers have high hopes for the future of the MRI, its capabilities, and its applications in Israel and around the world. Knowing what sensory channels are intact in these patients is crucial for the family and the treating team to stimulate and interact with them, Friedman told BGU staff. Avidan believes it could lead to new therapies that could ultimately result in bringing families closer to their affected family member. We hope that by understanding the way the brain encodes and represents visual information and by understanding the psychological basis for visual perception, said Avidan, we may be able to create specific training regimes and specific rehabilitation programs.
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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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. or 206-524-0075 Service, Jewish art projects, cookies, and Jewish music. Special guests from Mad Science Shows will teach about the principles of air and pressure. Free. RSVP requested. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle.

10:30 a.m.12 p.m. stories in stone: urban geology
Ellen Hendin at or 206-861-3183 or David Williams, writer and geologist, examines the rocks and stones you pass daily and makes connections between local buildings, structures, and the stone theyre made from. At Temple De Hirsch Sinai, 1441 16th Ave., Seattle.

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810 p.m. Annex Theatre presents undo

Bret Fetzer at or 206-728-0933 or 2013-season/main-stage/undo Rachel and Joe Pfeiffer are getting divorced and everyone they know is invited. Guilt, grief, desire, and booze collide in this darkly comedic new play. $5$20, all Thursdays by donation. Runs through Feb. 16. At the Annex Theatre, 1100 E Pike St., Seattle. 10:30 a.m. pJ library storytime at sJCs
Amy at The PJ Library welcomes Shoshana Stombaugh as guest musician and storyteller. Songs and a story, activities and playgroup fun. At the Seattle Jewish Community School, 12351 Eighth Ave. NE, Seattle.

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6:308:30 p.m. pajama Havdallah goes up, up, and Away

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9:45 a.m.12 p.m. Herzl-ner Tamid legacy brunch

Nadine Strauss at or 206-232-8555 or Annual fundraiser brunch, featuring guest speaker Chef Emily Moore. Tickets start at $18. At HerzlNer Tamid Conservative Congregation, 3700 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. 5:309 p.m. sJCs gala 2013
Karen Friedman at or Seattle Jewish Community School Gala 2013, honoring alumni parents Howard and Eileen Klein. Dinner, live auction and program start at 6:45 p.m. At SJCS, 12351 Eighth Ave. NE, Seattle. 78:30 p.m. new voices in world Jewish music: galeet dardashti
Lauren Spokane at or 206-543-0138 or Through conversations and live performances, three music artists will showcase their Sephardic roots from medieval Spain to Greece, Iran, Turkey, and Jerusalem. Next up: Galeet Dardashti. Free. At UW School of Music, Brechemin Auditorium, Seattle.

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7:30 p.m. Hadassah book exchange

Meryl Alcabes at Beersheva.Hadassah@ or 206-723-1558 Trade used books for something new to read. Meet and mingle with other Hadassah members and help support the medical clown program at Hadassah Hospital. At the home of Cathy Godwin (RSVP for address), Seattle.



1:302:30 p.m. lunchtime learning series presents: Hannah mayne

Lauren Spokane at or 206-543-0138 or events Making it Normal, Making it Safe: Womens Voices from a West Bank Settlement. Mayne, a doctoral student at the University of Florida, will read a few ethnographic vignettes and issues these conversations reveal. At the University of Washington, Thompson Hall Room 317, Seattle. 79 p.m. we Are Here: memories of the lithuanian Holocaust
Mary Kozy at or Author Ellen Cassedy will share how a journey to the old world changed her views of the past, the future, and herself. Free to JGSWS members; $5/ non-members. At the Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island.

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12 p.m. new york Trip shabbaton

Ari Hoffman at or Join JSU, Jewish High, and NCSY from all over the Northwest on a tour of NYC. $599, including airfare. Limited space available.

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68 p.m. bCmH on wheels

Julie Greene at or 206-721-0970 Rollerskate with BCMH and benefit the Seattle Hebrew Academys 8th grade Israel trip. $5. At Bellevue Skate King, 2301 140th Ave. NE, Bellevue.

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121:30 p.m. Tour of mcCaw Hall

Ellen Hendin at or 206-861-3183 or Explore McCaw Halls public spaces with a staff member and learn its history and construction makeover. At McCaw Hall, Seattle Center.

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where to worship
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 Khal 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 Bnai 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. 206/643-5353 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 / LynnWood Chabad Jewish Center of Snohomish County 19626 76th Ave. W, Lynnwood 425/640-2811 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 Bnai Torah (Conservative) 3437 Libby Rd. 360/943-7354 Temple Beth Hatfiloh (Reconstructionist) 201 8th Ave. SE 360/754-8519 poRT AnGELES And SEquim Congregation Bnai 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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79 p.m. Caring for Aging parents: A Teamwork Approach

Leonid Orlov at or 206-861-8784 or Learn how to keep relationships strong as families care for a frail or ailing older person. $15 at door; $10 in advance; $25 family of 3 or more. Scholarships available. At Jewish Family Service, 1601 16th Ave., Seattle.

1:302:30 p.m. lunchtime learning series presents Arie dubnov or 206-543-0138 or Dubnovs recent book, Isaiah Berlin: The Journey of a Jewish Liberal, offers an intellectual biography of the philosopher, political thinker, and historian of ideas. At the University of Washington, Thompson Hall Room 317, Seattle.


79 p.m. israel matters 2.0: The forbidden Conversation

Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg at 425-603-9677 or Panelists Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg, Inbar Gazit, and Nance Morris Adler discuss religion and gender equality in modern Israeli society. $5 suggested donation. At Temple Bnai Torah, 15727 NE Fourth St., Bellevue.

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10:30 a.m.12 p.m. The gates foundations pacific northwest initiative

Ellen Hendin at or 206-323-8486 or David Bley of the Gates Foundation will describe strategies to help vulnerable children and families. At Temple De Hirsch Sinai, 1441 16th Ave., Seattle.

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711 p.m. erev purim

Carol Benedick at or 206-524-0075 or Megillah reading for all. Klez Katz. Shushan Masquerade Ball. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle. 7:10 p.m. bCmH purim party
Julie Greene at or 206-721-0970 Purim bash with live band, food, moon bounce and a costume contest for adults and kids with prizes. Free. At BCMH, 5145 S Morgan St., Seattle.

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children ages 0-5). Purim carnival. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle. 123 p.m. sJCC Annual purim Carnival
Zach Duitch at or 206-232-7115 or Carnival games, prizes, dancing, and music. Purchase tickets for carnival games. Free. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. 35 p.m. purim Celebration for people of All Abilities
Marjorie Schnyder at or 206-861-3146 or Accessible community-wide celebration with music, activities and a special Purim spiel. All ages welcome. Contact by Feb. 17 to discuss special accommodations. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle. 9:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. under the sea purim Carnival

Rachel Nemhauser at or 425-603-9677 or Celebrate Purim dressed as your favorite sea creature. For ages 3-12. Free. At Temple Bnai Torah, 15727 NE Fourth St., Bellevue.


7:309 p.m. in-depth study of narratives that Repeat in the bible

Rabbi Jill Levy at or 206-232-8555 or our-congregation/learning/adult-lifelong Many Torah stories are told more than once. Explore examples and reflect on how this phenomenon affects your relationship with Jewish text and tradition. Bring a Tanach. $36. At HerzlNer Tamid Conservative Congregation, 3700 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island.

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9:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. purim

Carol Benedick at or 206-524-0075 or Megillah reading. Purim Katan (for families with

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exploring the Lithuanian Holocaust with author ellen Cassedy

diana bRement JTnews Columnist
In the year since her book, We are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust (University of Nebraska), came out, Ellen Cassedy has traveled around the country to speak about the summer she spent studying Yiddish in Lithuania and what she learned about how Lithuanians are trying to come to grips with what happened to their Jewish citizens during World War II. Its been quite an adventure, says the author. Ive been so moved by people who have opened themselves up to this material. Just reading about the Holocaust is hard and painful. Cassedy will speak in the Seattle area twice next week. On Mon., Feb. 11, she will appear at a gathering of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State. On Feb. 12, she speaks at the University Bookstore. Cassedy journeyed to Lithuania, where her family had its roots, to take an intenThe author continued her sive course in Yiddish. Just language studies, and her before she left, her uncle often-humorous attempts to made a startling revelation master the extremely comto her about his time in the plicated grammar of Yidghetto, which changed her dish are laid out side by side perspective on the Holowith her conversations with caust. Lithuanians, including an Living in Vilna, once elderly man who wanted to known as Jerusalem of the talk to a Jew before he died. north, she began to ask Complicating the issue Lithuanians about their peris that many Lithuanians spectives on what happened see themselves as victims, during the war. She learned J. TKATCH that moral definitions are Author ellen Cassedy wrote too both of the Nazis and not always drawn as clearly a b o u t h e r e x p e r i e n c e i n the Soviets. Many are comas most of us believe. Lithuania to learn about the fate pletely ignorant of what My book asks people to of the countrys Jews during and happened to the Jewish population, a testament to how look with respect at people after World War II. isolated the cultures were who a lot of us in the Jewish from one another. There is much denial, community in the United States have thought and there were many righteous gentiles. of as being on the other side, she said. Cassedy explores the moral gray area of what gentile Lithuanians did and did not do during the war. If its a choice between protecting your own family versus reaching out across a cultural divide to stand up for another part of a population, observed Cassedy, we are nave if we think we would automatically rescue someone else at our own risk. Its a question we all have to ask ourselves, she said.

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Ellen Cassedy will address the Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State on Mon., Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. Free for members/$5 nonmembers. On Tues., Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. she will speak at the University Bookstore, 4326 University Way NE, Seattle. Free.

By writing this book and speaking about it, she said what I do today is make sure I dont have to make that decision. She said she hopes for a world where people can stand up in the face of injustice without jeopardizing ourselves. Cassedy doesnt challenge Lithuanians. She asks some gentle questions and observes some brave souls a minority of Lithuanians who pose these questions to their fellow Lithuanians. In that country, currently dominated by right-wing nationalist politics, Cassedy feels its important to talk to those who are engaged in what she called good-heartedfragile initiatives of getting their society to talk about the Holocaust.
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Dress up your Pink Lady for a Purim party treat

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This is one of my favorite 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil appetizers to serve for a party; Kosher salt they are a cinch to make and 16 thin slices of crusty baguette 1 Tbs. unsalted butter will surprise your guests with 2 small apples such as Pink Lady, the unexpected combination cut into 16 wedges of caramelized apple, blue Tiny pinch of cayenne pepper cheese, and tarragon. The key Freshly ground black pepper is to use a good, crisp-cook1/4 cup blue cheese (such as Blue ing apple and then really carde Causses or Gorgonzola dolce), at amelize it deeply, like you see room temperature in the picture. Using both a Flaky sea salt (such as Maldon, quickly made tarragon oil and Jewish and a.k.a. the worlds greatest salt) or the fresh leaves is a good trick Veggie large-crystal sea salt (such as red to amp up the flavor. Hawaiian salt) I prefer a creamy blue Preheat oven or toaster oven to 400. cheese that will get a little melty on the Set aside 32 nice looking tarragon warm apples, such as Blue de Causses, but leaves. In a mortar and pestle or mini any blue cheese will work. Instead of tarfood processor, roughly pure the reragon, you could also use basil or even maining tarragon with the olive oil. arugula. Brush the baguette slices with the If you have any fancy finishing salts tarragon oil, reserving the crushed (which you can find at high-end food tarragon. Toast in the oven (on a bakretailers), this is the perfect dish to use ing sheet) or toaster oven until golden them on. A few grains will sit beautifully brown and crispy, about 5 minutes. on top of the apples and add a bit of extra Melt the butter in a large skillet over crunch and interest.
medium heat. Cook the apples in a single layer, working in batches if needed, until both sides are golden brown and somewhat tender, about 5 minutes. Season with a pinch of cayenne pepper and several grinds of black pepper. To serve, arrange two slices of cooked apple on each crostini. Top with 1/2 teaspoon of the blue cheese, a speck of the crushed tarragon, two whole tarragon leaves, and a few grains of sea salt.
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Bear Creek Country Club

Located amid the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, Bear Creeks lovely wooded setting is the idyllic location for your outdoor wedding. Close to Seattle yet far from the hectic pace of the city, Bear Creek is one of the most unique places to get married in Washington. Whether you are planning an intimate affair or a gala for 200 guests, you will have all the elements you need to make your special day perfect. From its stunning ballroom to the tented terrace that overlooks the golf course, the pristine wooded location is ideal for a romantic wedding ceremony and abundant photo opportunities. Your wedding can be customized with rows of white wedding chairs, a floral archway, and a white aisle runner. Inside the newly renovated clubhouse, youll find banquet rooms that feature breathtaking panoramic views of the reflecting lakes and illuminated fountains. At 13737 202nd Ave. NE, Woodinville, WA 98077. Contact Elise Roberts at 425-883-4770, ext. 231 or

beautiful University of Washington campus, the Burke offers a wide array of outdoor photo opportunities, from totem poles to cherry blossoms and historic buildings on the Quad. The lobby and other event spaces feature beautiful, quirky, and fascinating treasures. Whatever your vision and budget, the Burke Museum provides a variety of reception spaces that will have your guests talking about your big day for years to come. For more information, contact them today at useburke@, 206-221-7083, or visit their website at

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In 1912 a personal jeweler opened a family-run store in downtown Seattle. Over a hundred years later, Ben Bridge Jeweler is still a family-run business, but one that has grown to more than 70 stores. Today, Bens grandsons Ed and Jon Bridge manage the company. They attribute Ben Bridges longevity and success to the companys commitment to quality and customer service. We want our customers to feel confident with every selection, explains Ed Bridge. Thats why Ben Bridge has more Certified Gemologists than any other jeweler in the country. Even after 100 years, Ben Bridge is still growing. This includes opening multiple stores dedicated to the wildly popular jewelry line, Pandora. As they look to the next 100 years, the Bridge family knows one thing will never change: Ben Bridge is dedicated to being your personal jeweler. Find locations at

The Burke Museum

Envision your wedding dancing among dinosaurs? Or surrounded by beautiful gemstones and works of art from around the globe? For those looking for an elegant event with a twist, the Burke Museum is the perfect place for unique and memorable weddings. Located on the

Dani Weiss has traveled the world perfecting her skills as a photographer and building a portfolio of her specialty: people and places. Portraits, weddings, Bnai Mitzvah, anniversaries, and family reunions are captured by Dani in a true-to-life documentary style. Dani has been a professional photographer since 1987. In addition to family celebrations photography, she shoots portraits and works freelance for several publications. Dani recently won the JTNews Best of Everything Readers Choice survey for the 6th year in a row and has won the Brides Choice Award on Wedding Wire two years in a row. She holds a degree in fashion and commercial photography as well as photojournalism. She is currently involved with the Seattle Professional Photographers Association and the Greater Seattle Business Association. Contact her at 206-760-3336 or

Create a lifetime of memories at Seattle Art Museum. When you host your wedding celebration at one of SAMs three stunning locations, you offer your guests an extraordinary experience: from light-filled contemporary spaces, to historic Art Deco architecture, to breathtaking views of Seattles waterfront. Let our imaginative team inspire you and assist with creating a truly unique and artful event. 206.654.3140

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Distinctive Design Florist

Distinctive Design Florist is a Seattle-based floral and event design service that creates exquisite floral designs for weddings, parties and corporate events. It is their one-of-a-kind design to fit the clients vision, style, and special day that keeps them coming back for more! Distinctive Design delivers beauty and service beyond flowers. They also offer a wide selection of rental and decor accessories for table centerpieces, ceremonies, receptions and parties. They are able to meet all of your event requirements just ask, and they will make it happen! A family-owned and operated business, Distinctive Design has a combined total of 50-plus years in the floral industry. This business was conceived in 2000 with the goal of using years of experience and creativity to exceed clients dreams and visions in creating a memorable occasion. Contact 206-714-6776 or, or visit

Their wedding gifts are not limited to Judaica! Included in their wide array of offerings are shadowbox picture frames, which are also a big hit. As pictured in this issue of JTNews (on page 22), these lovely picture frames offer sentiments that come from the heart. Come visit them at one of their five locations in Seattle or Bellevue. Or, if you have a ticket to fly, you can visit them at one of their two locations in the Central Terminal of SeaTac. Friend Fireworks on Facebook and let them know what you have brought home from Fireworks! If you have questions, give them a jingle at 425-688-0933 or visit them online at

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Hotel 1000 in downtown Seattle opened in June 2006 and features 120 luxury guest rooms, BOKA Restaurant + BAR, Spaahh and The Golf Club. At Hotel 1000, genuine and personalized service, leading-edge technology and intimate yet spectacular accommodations redefine the luxury experience. Hotel 1000 offers distinctive amenities, anticipative service, and a customized experience tailored to any occasion. Located at 1000 First Ave. at the corner of Madison Street, Hotel 1000 is steps from the waterfront along Elliott Bay, and conveniently centered between Pike Place Market, Seattle Art Museum, the business district, and lively and historic Pioneer Square. Call 206-957-1000.

Theyve been cleaning rugs, carpets, furniture and fine Orientals for more than 103 years. You can count on them! Highest-quality carpet cleaning, custom in-plant rug washing, rug repair and blind and upholstery cleaning. They specialize in Oriental care, repair and mending and restoration. Emmanuels is the place to go for consigned new and antique Orientals, rug sales and appraisals, as well as on-site carpet cleaning and maintenance. Fifteen percent off all in-home services and 30 percent off all cash-and-carry cleaning services. Gift certificates available. For more information call 206-322-2200, fax 325-3841, or visit

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Thank you all very much for, once again, naming Fireworks Galleries best independent gift store! Their goal is to offer items that will delight. Whatever your occasion, or if you are simply treating yourself, Fireworks aims to provide you with a treat that is unexpected and inspirational. They are constantly seeking out new Judaica that reflects their quirky yet sophisticated nature and have some new menorah offerings as well as mezuzot. They have had couples register for their impending weddings and later gushed over their Judaica gifts from Fireworks.

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Kaspars Special Events and Catering

You will remember your special day for the rest of your life, so choosing the right partners to help you is an important decision. The team at Kaspars Special Events and Catering, with more than 22 years of experience and a reputation for excellence, will support you through the entire planning process, including venue selection, menu creation, ceremony, and reception planning, ensuring you are stress-free. Family owned and operated, Kaspars passion is to provide creative, fresh cuisine and superior service at a reasonable price. They cater to groups of all sizes, both within Kaspars as well as at off-site locations, including private homes. Whether you are entertaining a few or a few hundred guests, the elements for success are the same: Superb fare, impeccable service, the proper ambience, and the right caterer! Kaspars Special Events and Catering has it all. Visit or call 206-298-0123 or fax 206-298-0146.

Larkspur Landing Bellevue

We like to think of our guests as friends visiting from out of town. Give your guests a suite experience at Larkspur Landings all-suite hotel in Bellevue. Their hotel is conveniently located near local synagogues and provides an ideal place to stay for families visiting from out of town for Bar or Bat Mitzvahs, weddings, or other social events. Let your guests enjoy their comfortable FeatherBorne beds, complimentary healthy-start breakfast each morning, and full in-room kitchens. Group rates are available. Contact sales and catering coordinator Megan Frodge at 425-201-1262 or

Law Office of Ralph Maimon

Imagine your special day aboard a beautifully appointed yacht, with ever-changing views of Seattles skyline, surrounded by sparkling water and the scenic shorelines of Lake Union and Lake Washington. Waterways Cruises offers full service catering, event planning, a variety of wedding packages and elegant venues for receptions, rehearsal dinners, post-wedding brunch and other bridal events.

Ralph Maimon has practiced in greater Seattle for 40 years, graduating from Garfield and the University of Washington (BA Political Science and Law School). Now, in the convenient Eastlake neighborhood, he helps clients in a myriad of legal areas including preparing wills, trusts, and financial and health care powers of attorney. Without proper estate planning, an estate will be distributed according to statutes, likely to be contrary to what the client wants. He collaborates with financial planners and tax accountants to make sure your estate plan is effective and a good fit. Law office of Ralph Maimon, P.S., 2825 Eastlake Avenue E, Suite 120, Seattle, WA 98102. Contact 206-323-0911, 206-323-0915 (fax) or

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Marianna Trio

For all your special occasions, weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs and all your other simchas. Jewish and world music. Traditional and contemporary. Dance and concert. Many years of experience in all types of music. For more information about their music trio, please call 206-715-8796 or visit

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Personalized service is just a phone call away. Racheli knows the importance of feeling at home. She is an expert in relocation and will help make the move as seamless as possible. As your realtor and trusted advisor, she will be there every step of the way to find your dream home. Whether you are buying your first home, selling your home or looking for an investment property or rental property, Racheli Ronen is committed to providing you with superior service to reach your goals! Your choice for realtor and trusted advisor, call or email Racheli Ronen today for more information at 425-908-0375 or

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Pogacha of Issaquah is a casual fine-dining restaurant nestled in Issaquah with easy access from I-90. They pride themselves on their fresh, delicious food, exceptional service, and friendly neighborhood atmosphere. Pogacha has two private dining rooms and full-service catering, and they are delighted to provide personalized event planning with their friendly Pogacha touch. They offer Northwest cuisine with an Adriatic flair. All of the food is made from scratch, using only the freshest ingredients. For questions or information, contact event dining manager Sarah Barnes at 425-392-5550 (office), 425-269-2616 (cell) or For catering contact Justin McMartin at 425-894-7441.

Located among the gorgeous scenery of Redmond, the Redmond Marriott Towncenter has everything to celebrate the perfect Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Surround your loved one and all your special guests in the welcoming warmth of its beautifully decorated reception areas. With more than 10,000 square feet of flexible space, youll have the ideal venue to host an intimate affair for your closest family and friends to a grand gathering for everyone to enjoy. Allow their Marriott-certified event professionals to help you create the day, from the dcor to finding the right photographer to setting the menu to your exact desires. Theyll be on hand to make sure every detail is covered and everything runs exactly as you wish. Sit back, relax and let them set the stage for a day your loved one, and all your special guests, will treasure forever. Mazel tov! Call 425-498-4040 or visit today.


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Seattle Art Museum

Love is an art Planning the perfect event is, too. Planning a summer wedding? Create a lifetime of memories at Seattle Art Museum by hosting your event at one of SAMs three unique locations: Seattle Art Museum Downtown, Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park, or the Olympic Sculpture Park on the Seattle waterfront. Easily transformed to reflect your personality and vision, SAMs exquisite views and stunning interiors will make your next event a masterpiece. As the exclusive caterer of the Seattle Art Museum, TASTE Events will work with you to design a custom menu, serving fresh, local and sustainably farmed ingredients. Let their creative team inspire you and assist with creating a truly unique and artful event. For more information contact SAMs facilities marketing manager at 206-654-3140 or email

a memorable event that reflects your taste and honors your tradition. Catering sales department: Contact the sales administrative assistant at 206-256-1022 or

The Ruins

The Ruins is a private dining club in Lower Queen Anne with catering available to the public. The founder and creator, Joe McDonnal, built a mansion inside of a warehouse with a small garden area and four beautifully appointed rooms. The rooms used collectively can accommodate up to 150 for a seated dinner or 250 for a stand-up cocktail reception. From beginning to end, their professional staff and beautiful venue will offer you and your guests a truly unique and memorable experience. Contact The Ruins at 206-285-RUIN or visit

Seattle Marriott Waterfront Hotel

Located on the picturesque Seattle Waterfront in the heart of Emerald city, the Seattle Marriott Waterfront Hotel is the ideal location to celebrate your special day. Take advantage of their outdoor patio for ceremonies and receptions, perfect for 150, or celebrate in style in the elegant state-ofthe-art ballroom with seating for up to 500 guests. Their experienced staff is committed to authenticity, working with their certified Marriott wedding professionals to plan every detail, from securing the perfect photographer to developing and executing your menu. And, since theyre located just two blocks from Pike Place Market, they have the resources to deliver a carefully crafted farm-to-table culinary experience. In addition, they can accommodate all kosher needs. So, sit back, relax and let them provide everything to set the stage for

Shawns Kugel

Shawns Kugel is one of the best Klezmer bands in the Pacific Northwest. They specialize in getting guests to participate in folk dancing and horas at weddings,Bnai Mitzvah, and other lifecycle events. Shawns Kugel has released four CDs, with the latest being Odyssey. Check out Shawns Kugel on MySpace, CD Baby, or iTunes to hear some songs and learn more about this Northwest treasure. Contact 206-523-9298 or or visit

Sheraton Seattle Hotel

Discover true comfort as if you were at home. Sheraton Seattle Hotel will make any event youre envisioning a reality. A multiple winner of the prestigious Gold Key and Pinnacle awards, the hotel offers comprehensive meeting and destination planning along with

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unparalleled service and style. Situated in the heart of the city, adjacent to the Washington State Convention and Trade Center, the hotel is surrounded by Seattles financial and business district and exciting entertainment attractions. Sheraton Seattle is more than just a meeting place its a member of your family. Settle into the inviting comfort of one of 1,258 smokefree guestrooms offering inspiring views of the city. A peaceful nights sleep awaits you between the crisp sheets of the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper bed. Visit for more information.

modate your indoor and outdoor event. Accommodating 130 guests in the interior and up to 175 guests utilizing the outdoor floral garden and white-tented deck, the Manor offers the privacy and space options you seek! Phone: 425-837-3367 Fax: 425-837-3338

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Sparkll draws their inspiration from their clients themselves. At Sparkll, your event is singular. Their custom designs reflect the uniqueness of your event, your style and your personalities. Tap into their creativity for your ideal invitation suite. Mention this ad and receive a 10 percent discount. Contact 206-388-8817 or

Tibbetts Creek Manor

The Tibbetts Creek Manor is a 7,000-square-foot, two-story traditional home with country elegance and interior grace. Sitting on three creekside acres, the Manor provides the serene and picturesque ambiance needed to create a memorable setting for any occasion. Conveniently located in downtown Issaquah, the Tibbetts Creek Manor can easily accom-

Tulalip Resort Casino, a AAA four-diamond resort just outside of Seattle, is not just a luxury resort experience. Its a cultural journey, from the hand-carved, 25-foot house posts that greet guests to the artwork of native coastal Salish people that adorn the walls of the guest and meeting rooms. The propertys 12-story hotel features 370 spacious and elegantly appointed guestrooms and suites that welcome guests with majestic floor-toceiling windows, gorgeous Italian tile, and sleek granite countertops. Standard amenities include 47 HD televisions, premium pillowtop beds, fullsized makeup vanities, large CouRTesy TulAlip ResoRT CAsino

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he Tibbetts Creek Manor is a 7,000 sq. ft., two story, traditional home with country elegance and interior grace. Sitting on three creek-side acres, the Manor provides the serene & picturesque ambiance needed to create a memorable setting for any occasion. Conveniently located in downtown Issaquah, the Tibbetts Creek Manor can easily accommodate your indoor and outdoor event. Accommodating 130 guests in the interior and up to 175 guests utilizing the outdoor floral garden and white-tented deck, the Manor offers the privacy and space options you are seeking!
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walk-in showers with three body sprays, 24-hour room service, and complimentary local calls and Wi-Fi. Tulalip Resort Casino offers extraordinary value to meeting planners with more than 30,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. Options range from the 15,000-squarefoot Orca Ballroom to several breakout rooms. Each meeting space is equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi, high-lumen LCD projectors, and drop-down screens. Tulalip Resort Casino, 10200 Quil Ceda Blvd., Tulalip, WA 98271. Contact 360-7166570, 360-716-6509 (fax), or, or visit

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W Seattle vows to make your day the ultimate celebration with an array of packages to commemorate a proposal, wedding, honeymoon or anniversary. Situated in the heart of downtown Seattle, the stylish and contemporary 26-floor W Seattle offers 415 deluxe guestrooms, including nine suites, and features Bliss Spa Sink-side Six bath and body products, signature pillowtop beds, goose-down duvets, and a plush window banquette perfectly framed to reflect city views. As a perfect backdrop to your nuptials, the hotel recently underwent an exciting renovation of its Living Room, event spaces and added a new restaurant and bar, TRACE, for a fresh, urban dining experience. Plan your wedding day at W Seattle and youll receive bonus SPG Points (Starwood Preferred Guest) to use toward a romantic rendezvous from more than 1,000 hotels and resorts worldwide. Please contact W Seattles wedding specialist, Kristin Newton, catering sales manager, at or 206-264-6113.

Elegant. Personalized. Timeless. Plan your all-inclusive wedding at the Washington Athletic Club, a historic landmark in the heart of downtown Seattle. Contemporary elegance and tradition define the Club. The WAC provides everything you need for a seamless day of romance, celebration and tradition. The Crystal Ballroom can accommodate up to 200 guests, while other rooms offer more-intimate settings for smaller groups. Whether you want guests to dance all night or enjoy an elegant dinner, or both, they can turn an event into a distinctive experience. A full-service day spa and 109-room inn offer room for all your guests. Make it a weekend and stay in one of their seven suites. Enjoy water and city views on your first night of marriage. Wedding packages are available and personalized with your contract. Evening parking included for guests in the WAC garage. Make the Washington Athletic Club the choice for your special day. It would be their pleasure to assist you. For more information please contact or 206-464-3050.

Waterways Cruises and Events

Waterways Cruises and Events will make your special occasion an unforgettable Northwest experience with the Seattle skyline and views of Lake Washington and Lake Union as the perfect backdrop for your celebration. Add exquisite cuisine prepared by their culinary team, professional event-planning services, and your personalized touches for lasting memories of your special event.

Kaspars will ensure your celebration is spectacular!

Kosher-style available Chef Kaspar offers exceptional Northwest cuisine along with a superior staff versed in weddings, rehearsal dinners, showers and b'nai mitzvahs. Kaspars can accommodate up to 300 guests or can offer full service off-premise catering at your home or other special location.
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To merchants who have accepted Visa and MasterCard at any time since January 1, 2004: Notice of a 6+ billion dollar class action settlement.
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Notice of a class action settlement authorized by the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York. This notice is authorized by the Court to inform you about an agreement to settle a class action lawsuit that may affect you. The lawsuit claims that Visa and MasterCard, separately, and together with banks, violated antitrust laws and caused merchants to pay excessive fees for accepting Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards, including by: Agreeing to set, apply, and enforce rules about merchant fees (called default interchange fees); Limiting what merchants could do to encourage their customers to use other forms of payment through, for example, charging customers an extra fee or offering discounts; and Continuing that conduct after Visa and MasterCard changed their corporate structures. The defendants say they have done nothing wrong. They say that their business practices are legal and the result of competition, and have benetted merchants and consumers. The Court has not decided who is right because the parties agreed to a settlement. On November 27, 2012, the Court gave preliminary approval to this settlement.


Every merchant in the Cash Settlement Class that les a valid claim will get money from the $6.05 billion Cash Fund, subject to a deduction (not to exceed 25% of the fund) to account for merchants who exclude themselves from the Cash Settlement Class. The value of each claim, where possible, will be based on the actual or estimated interchange fees attributable to the merchants MasterCard and Visa payment card transactions from January 1, 2004 to November 28, 2012. Payments to merchants who le valid claims for a portion of the Cash Fund will be based on: The money available to pay all claims, The total dollar value of all valid claims led, The deduction described above not to exceed 25% of the Cash Settlement Fund, and The cost of settlement administration and notice, money awarded to the class representatives, and attorneys fees and expenses all as approved by the Court. In addition, merchants in the Cash Settlement Class that accept Visa and MasterCard during the eight-month Interchange Period and le a valid claim will get money from the separate Interchange Fund, estimated to be approximately $1.2 billion. The value of each claim, where possible, will be based on an estimate of one-tenth of 1% of the merchants Visa and MasterCard credit card dollar sales volume during that period. Payments to merchants who le valid claims for a portion of the Interchange Fund will be based on: The money available to pay all claims, The total dollar value of all valid claims led, and The cost of settlement administration and notice, and any attorneys fees and expenses that may be approved by the Court. Attorneys fees and expenses and money awarded to the class representatives: For work done through nal approval of the settlement by the district court, Class Counsel will ask the Court for attorneys fees in an amount that is a reasonable proportion of the Cash Settlement Fund, not to exceed 11.5% of the Cash Settlement Fund of $6.05 billion and 11.5% of the Interchange Fund estimated to be $1.2 billion to compensate all of the lawyers and their law rms that have worked on the class case. For additional work to administer the settlement, distribute both funds, and through any appeals, Class Counsel may seek reimbursement at their normal hourly rates, not to exceed an additional 1% of the Cash Settlement Fund of $6.05 billion and an additional 1% of the Interchange Fund estimated to be $1.2 billion. Class Counsel will also request reimbursement of their expenses (not including the administrative costs of settlement or notice), not to exceed $40 million and up to $200,000 per Class Plaintiff in service awards for their efforts on behalf of the classes.

Under the settlement, Visa, MasterCard, and the bank defendants have agreed to make payments to two settlement funds: The rst is a Cash Fund a $6.05 billion fund that will pay valid claims of merchants that accepted Visa or MasterCard credit or debit cards at any time between January 1, 2004 and November 28, 2012. The second is an Interchange Fund estimated to be approximately $1.2 billion that will be based on a portion of the interchange fees attributable to certain merchants that accept Visa or MasterCard credit cards for an eight-month Interchange Period. Additionally, the settlement changes some of the Visa and MasterCard rules applicable to merchants who accept their cards. This settlement creates two classes: A Cash Settlement Class (Rule 23(b)(3) Settlement Class), which includes all persons, businesses, and other entities that accepted any Visa or MasterCard cards in the U.S. at any time from January 1, 2004 to November 28, 2012, and A Rule Changes Settlement Class (Rule 23(b)(2) Settlement Class), which includes all persons, businesses, and entities that as of November 28, 2012 or in the future accept any Visa or MasterCard cards in the U.S.

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TO ASK FOR PAYMENT To receive payment, merchants must ll out a claim form. If the Court nally approves the settlement, and you do not exclude yourself from the Cash Settlement Class, you will receive a claim form in the mail or by email. Or you may ask for one at:, or call: 1-800-625-6440. FOR MERCHANTS Merchants will benet from changes to certain MasterCard and Visa rules, which will allow merchants to, among other things:
Charge customers an extra fee if they pay with Visa or MasterCard credit cards, Offer discounts to customers who do not pay with Visa or MasterCard credit or debit cards, and Form buying groups that meet certain criteria to negotiate with Visa and MasterCard. Merchants that operate multiple businesses under different trade names or banners will also be able to accept Visa or MasterCard at fewer than all of the merchants trade names and banners.







Members of the Rule Changes Settlement Class are bound by the terms of this settlement. Members of the Cash Settlement Class, who do not exclude themselves by the deadline, are bound by the terms of this settlement whether or not they le a claim for payment. Members of both classes release all claims against all released parties listed in the Settlement Agreement. The settlement will resolve and release any claims by merchants against Visa, MasterCard or other defendants that were or could have been alleged in the lawsuit, including any claims based on interchange or other fees, no-surcharge rules, no-discounting rules, honorall-cards rules and other rules. The settlement will also resolve any merchant claims based upon the future effect of any Visa or MasterCard rules, as of November 27, 2012 and not to be modied pursuant to the settlement, the modied rules provided for in the settlement, or any other rules substantially similar to any such rules. The releases will not bar claims involving certain specied standard commercial disputes arising in the ordinary course of business. For more information on the release, see the settlement agreement at:

AND OPTIONS Merchants who are included in this lawsuit have the legal rights and options explained below. You may:
You will receive a claim form in the mail or email or le online at: from the Cash Settlement Class (Rule 23(b) (3) Settlement Class). If you exclude yourself, you can sue the Defendants for damages based on alleged conduct occurring on or before November 27, 2012 on your own at your own expense, if you want to. If you exclude yourself, you will not get any money from this settlement. If you are a merchant and wish to exclude yourself, you must make a written request, place it in an envelope, and mail it with postage prepaid and postmarked no later than to Class Administrator, Payment Card Interchange Fee Settlement, P.O. Box 2530, Portland, OR 97208-2530. The written request must be signed by a person authorized to do so and provide all of the following information: (1) the words In re Payment Card Interchange Fee and Merchant Discount Antitrust Litigation, (2) your full name, address, telephone number, and taxpayer identication number, (3) the merchant that wishes to be excluded from the Cash Settlement Class (Rule 23(b)(3) Settlement Class), and what position or authority you have to exclude the merchant, and (4) the business names, brand names, and addresses of any stores or sales locations whose sales the merchant desires to be excluded. Note: (Rule 23(b)(2) Settlement Class). . The deadline to object is: . To learn how to object, see: or call 1-800-625-6440. Note: If you exclude yourself from the Cash Settlement Class you cannot object to the terms of that portion of the settlement. For more information about these rights and options, visit:



On September 12, 2013, there will be a Court hearing to decide whether to approve the proposed settlement, class counsels requests for attorneys fees and expenses, and awards for the class representatives. The hearing will take place at: United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York 225 Cadman Plaza Brooklyn, NY 11201 You do not have to go to the court hearing or hire an attorney. But you can if you want to, at your own cost. The Court has appointed the law rms of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP, Berger & Montague, PC, and Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP to represent the Class (Class Counsel).

For more information about this case (In re Payment Card Interchange Fee and Merchant Discount Antitrust Litigation, MDL 1720), you may: Call toll-free: 1-800-625-6440 Visit: Write to the Class Administrator: Payment Card Interchange Fee Settlement P.O. Box 2530 Portland, OR 97208-2530 Email: Please check for any updates relating to the settlement or the settlement approval process.


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The film festival at 18: All grown up

Joel magalnicK editor, JTnews
If the first 17 years of the Seattle Jewish Film Festival were its childhood, its 18th chai year is the time for it to spread its wings. We sort of feel a little bit like a teenager going off to college, said festival director Pamela Lavitt. We were raised by [the American Jewish Committee], we got our foundation, our values, and a lot of purpose from thatparenting relationship. Now its sort of taking that next step out of the home. That next step is the festivals move this past fall from the AJC to its new home within the Stroum Jewish Community Center. Aside from an unusually Francophileheavy lineup, most attendees wont see a huge difference from past festivals films will again be screened March 210, mainly at the SIFF Cinema Uptown and AMCs Pacific Place but people paying attention will see new integration with many of the other programs the JCC already offers. Part of growing up is the gift of reflection: The arts theme the festival has embraced, Not a Lawyer, Not a Doctor? Jews in the Arts, is just self-deprecating enough to channel the festivals inner Woody Allen, and Lavitt hopes those selections can be a draw for people both in and outside of the Jewish community. The lineup includes a step inside the studio of renowned graphic novelist Art One feature that should have wide Spiegelman in Clara Kuperberg and Joelle family appeal is the film version of French Oosterlincks documentary The Art of cartoonist Joann Sfars The Rabbis Cat. Spiegelman. Michael Kantors Broadway The adaptation of Sfars two graphic novels Musicals: A Jewish Legacy tells the stories based in pre-war Algeria, which show that of popular luminaries such as composer Jewish community from the eyes of a talkIrving Berlin, which Lavitt calls staring cat, should be appropriate for kids age studded and schmaltz in one fell swoop. 9 and up. And yes, its animated, so no live That film, incidentally, takes advantage of cats were injured in the making of this prothe festivals new home: It screens in the duction. Stroum JCCs Mercer Island auditorium at Sfar actually appears twice in the noon on March 6. film festival: The documentary Joann In what could be a controversial but Sfar Draws from eye-opening selecMemory looks into tion, the story of disthe prolific 41-yeargraced Polish-French old artists inspifilmmaker Roman The Seattle Jewish Film Festival ration and the 150 Polanski is told in runs March 210 at SIFF Cinema graphic novels he has Roman Polanski: A Uptown, AMC Pacific Place, and written. Film Memoir. The the Stroum Jewish Community Opening-day film director fled the U.S. Center. Ticketing, schedule and Hava Nagila is a in 1977 after being location information will be documentary about convicted of statutory available online at just that: The popular rape of a 13-year-old dance that flares up girl, yet not many as of Feb. 8. at every Jewish wedpeople know about ding and Bar Mitzhis having lived in vah, and has been sung by the likes of Harry the Krakow ghetto or the hardships he Belafonte, Elvis Presley, andwait for it suffered as a child. Leonard Nimoy. The screening coincides The film really humanizes his life a with the annual Matzoh Momma Sunday great deal, and I think people will find it brunch, so come hungry and wear comgripping, Lavitt said. Some may come fortable shoes, as there will be dancing. for the train wreck effect, others might Local klezmer band The Klez Katz will perfind that hes a fascinating human being form on-site before the show for a hora to and has endured a great deal. snake all the way through the Pacific Place theater. It is going to be quite the event, Lavitt said. While the festivals original parent, AJC, has let its child leave the nest, the human-rights organization still plays a role with its annual Bridge Series. This year, Bottle in the Gaza Sea depicts a budding but uncomfortable friendship between an Israeli teen and a Gazan Palestinian, while the Spanish film Angel of Budapest tells the story of Spanish diplomat ngel Sanz Briz, who did for Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust what Oskar Schindler did for Polish Jews. Both that films producer, Jos Manuel Lorenzo, and Luis Fernando Esteban, honorary consul of Spain, will speak at the screening. If theres a highlight to the festival, it will be closing night. For the first time in its 18 years, the festival will have a free community-wide screening. The Words, starring Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana, was produced by homegrown up-andcomer Michael Benaroya. Benaroya, 31, whose most recent film Kill Your Darlings premiered last month at the Sundance Film Festival, will receive the SJFFs Reel Difference award for his alreadyexpansive accomplishments in film. This is truly the combination of community building, celebrating and arts festival, Lavitt said.

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Whats so Jewish about a fiddler?

(Or, why we snap up tickets when Izhak Perlman comes to town)

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Whats so Jewish about the fiddle? Okay, the violin. You do know that even classical players of this little box are known to call it a fiddle, right? Of course, the title of the Broadway show about the one on a roof has been embedded in contemporary Jewish consciousness for 50 years. Youve probably seen Marc Chagalls cockeyed, colorful image of that fiddler. Why did the creators of a show about Sholem Aleichems decidedly non-fiddle-playing farm papa, Tevye, choose to evoke that image? Well, Ill tell you: Tradition. It was a lot easier to schlep a fiddle than a string bass or cello, says Temple Beth Ams music director Wendy Marcus. A career klezmer fiddler and Yiddish culture maven, shes quick to point to the obvious: During our long years in Eastern Europe, we often had to move. Quickly. With big families and little baggage. Opportunities for shtetl dwellers to attend, say, a concert by a piano virtuoso with a resident orchestra? Pretty unavail-

able. But a traveling klezmer band could show up, wedding or no wedding, play, and move on. Hard to carry a piano around with a band like that, although the fiddler might show up with a keyboard player strong enough to hold up an accordion. So while Bach composed and performed at magnificent organs installed in imposing buildings, and Mozart developed his genius at delicate harpsichords available in every royal patrons household, the fiddlers whose names we will never know developed certain music to delight people longing for the comfort of a home. Portability is one thing. The comfort of familiarity is another. The sound of the violin is the closest instrumental sound to the human voice, as both Marcus and my own music theory teacher, Sandra Layman, remind me. Steeped in fiddle playing from klezmer to Romanian, Greek, Turkish and Hungarian, Laymans album Little Blackbird still startles me with how these four little strings can imitate the expressions of the human vocal cords.


The violin can get close to the krechts, that catch in the throat that American country music also uses, and microtones of the voice, says Layman. Of course, she adds, the voice was especiallyimportant because of its preeminence in synagogue services. Oh, and the voice is usually portable, too. As Marcus puts it, The voice and the violin so alike and so revered in the Jewish tradition infuse the heart with fire and magic. Well, yes, and even with humor. Once upon a time, no less an American Jewish musical wit than George Gershwin had fun with the predominance of Jews among the star violinists of his time. In a 1921 song called Mischa Jascha Toscha Sascha, George and lyricist brother Ira tossed off lines like, Were not highbrows, were not lowbrowswere He-brows from the start. Those lines got laughs at parties particular the heady ones attended by these very virtuosos Mischa Elman, Jascha Heifetz, Toscha Seidel, and Sascha Jacobson all Russian-born marquee names of the day. (Hear it in a classic recording by a cheekily named group, The Funnyboners, on a CD set called From Avenue A to the Great White Way: Yiddish and

American popular songs, 1914-1950.) Which brings us, once again, to Itzhak Perlman, playing Benaroya Hall on Feb. 19, with just about 200 tickets left to go toward a sellout of a hall that holds 2,481 people. And its not even with the whole Seattle Symphony: Its a recital! Just one fiddler with one pianist. Despite Perlmans delight in his late-career roots music experiments with the Klezmatics, Andy Statman, and the Klezmer Conservatory Band the In the Fiddlers House projects Perlman in recital remains close to his own personal musical roots. Hell play Beethoven, Franck, and a phenomenal virtuoso showpiece by Fritz Kreisler, the guy the Gershwins song calls Dear Old Fritz. And not to be forgotten is this: Perlman is a sabra, born in 1945 in Tel Aviv. One of the great Jewish heroes of the baby boomer generation, hes teaching, conducting, and performing not just great music, but a great message. A mensch like this sings out to the world in a voice that feels like the best, and most comforting, of the land that we call home.

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Two world-acclaimed dance companies will link Chicago to Israel to Seattle for one night this February. On Saturday, February 9 at the Paramount Theater, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, the American contemporary dance company celebrating its 35th year, will perform two works by the Israeli choreographers Ohad Naharin and Sharon Eyal, both of Batsheva Dance Company. Easily considered a rock star in his native country and in the world of contemporary dance, Naharin has been a dancer, the creative director and the choreographer for the famed Tel Aviv-based dance company since 1974. Besides his commissions for Hubbard Street, Naharins work is in the repertoires of major European, Canadian and American contemporary dance companies, including Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Lyon Opera Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater, Les Grand Ballets Canadiens de Montral, and Le Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve. Sharon Eyal has been the house choreographer for Batsheva Dance Company since 2005; the Jerusalem native danced with the company from 1990 to 2008. Eyal additionally collaborates with music producer Gai Behar. Together they created works for Company E, Tanzcompagnie Oldenburg, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.

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Each of the two dance pieces on the touring repertoire was created specifically for Hubbard Streets repertory and touring company, which, like Batsheva, brings forth new works that typically stretch the audience perhaps as much as the dancers themselves. Hubbard Street is known for an emphasis on Pilobolusstyle movement, agile physicality, and for commissioning choreography from internationally recognized artists outside the

company. Though designed by two Israelis affiliated with the same contemporary dance company, the two pieces [we are presenting in Seattle] are very different from one another, said Hubbard Street dancer Penny Saunders via phone from Chicago. They are enthralling...Batsheva Dance Company is known consistently for pushing the envelope. Saunders has been a member of Hub-


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bard Streets touring company since 2004. [This is] the first time we focused on this area of the world, she said of Israels company. We just recognized they were doing incredible work. The first piece, THREE TO MAX, is a collage of past works created by Naharin over the past decade. The Hubbard Street website cites Naharins Gaga method of movement. Part of the method involves covering studio mirrors to let dancers observe and analyze multiple moves at once. We are aware of the connection between effort and pleasure, Naharin explained. In conjunction with her co-creator Behar, Eyal developed Too Beaucoup, meaning too, too much, which aims to manipulate and replicate precise, robotic movement that offers a sense of watching a 3-D video. Saunders said the dance company has a lot of moving parts: The school side, intensive programs, the dance hub [which includes] the main touring company and the junior company Hubbard Street Dance 2, the education outreach, and the school shows. Some of the outreach includes being active in Chicago Public Schools and bringing in youth dancers. Younger dancers are a catalyst, Saunders said. The Seattle performance is supported in part by the Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest. The Jewish community in Chicago has already seen these works, Saunders said, including the citys mayor, Rahm Emanuel, a former dance student who will be honored by Hubbard Street Dance Chicago this spring for his support of the arts. Next on its West Coast tour the company performs at Portlands Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on February 13. The close-knit, 18-member dance company tours year-round; the West Coast tour started in Scottsdale and performed in Berkeley and Arcata, Calif. prior to Seattle. Art and dance are necessary for life and give richness, Saunders said. Come with an open mind. The specific performance will be eclectic, engaging and forward thinking. Viewers are bound to be surprised.