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Rabbi Seth Goldstein Temple Beth Hatfiloh
Whenever I find myself outside Olympia speaking to a member of a local Jewish community, I will invariably be asked two questions. First, I will be asked, “How many Jews are there in Olympia?” When I respond that we have about 150 affiliated households, but we serve almost double that, plus more unaffiliated, I get a surprised look. The second question is some version of, “Isn’t Olympia very anti-Israel?” To which I reply that although there is a local minority who are very vocal and who get a lot of attention, it isn’t really like that, and life in our state capital is quite comfortable. Which leads me to believe that maybe I should say a word or two about our Olympia Jewish community and Temple Beth Hatfiloh. This year of 5773 (2012-2013), Temple Beth Hatfiloh has been celebrating its 75th anniversary. The local Jewish families — mostly merchants — decided in 1937 to incorporate as a synagogue, and set out to build a synagogue building. In June 1938, the original building of TBH was dedicated at the corner of 8th and Jefferson in downtown Olympia and it served as our home for almost 70 years. The history of our local Jewish community stretches back further than 75 years, though. Olympia is the home of the first Jewish settlement in the area, the first Jewish cemetery (still in use) and the first Jewish organization in Washington Territory, the Hebrew Benevolent Society of Puget Sound, established in 1873 to create and maintain the aforementioned cemetery. TBH absorbed the Hebrew Benevolent Society in the 1950s and we continue to manage the cemetery. In the decades following those early years after the establishment of TBH, the Jewish community remained relatively stable. The core of families who established the congregation continued to maintain and guide it, and slowly new families would arrive. The congregation began to truly grow in the 1970s with the growth of state government and the establishment of The Evergreen State College. After a long period of lay leadership and support from rabbis in Tacoma and Seattle, by the late 1980s the congregation sought its own rabbinic leadership, first with part-time Rabbi Vicki Hollander, then with full-time Rabbi Marna Sapsowitz. I joined the congregation 10 years ago this coming July. As with any community there were growing pains and changes. A number of families left TBH to form a Conservative congregation. After many years of being unaffiliated, TBH decided to affiliate Reconstructionist. And by the 1990s it became clear that our sweet shul was not big enough to house our growing congregation and the number of programs — including a full religious school — we were offering. After numerous options were weighed and rejected, the opportunity arose to purchase the Christian Science Church, just three blocks from our original home. We moved in 2004 with a Torah walk and communal celebration, and spent the next several years in renovation and expansion until we dedicated the new space in 2008. Today, TBH continues as a full congregation, very active in community and interfaith affairs, and serves a diverse community comprised of people who come from a wide range of backgrounds and approaches to Judaism. I understand how some folks might not understand what is going on in Olympia, since our small Jewish community is sometimes off the radar screen. And when unfortunate events like the Olympia Food Coop’s boycott of Israeli goods occur, it overshadows the strong and vibrant Jewish community that exists here. I will admit, though, that we sometimes do things a little differently here. For example: • We don’t have High Holiday tickets or fees. We just publish the service schedule and open the doors. • We hold a major fundraiser every year — Blintzapalooza — during which we welcome in the community and sell blintzes, bagels and used books. This year we raised $11,000. Then we give all that money away to local charities. • We held a “Community Conversations” project in which we got a large number of people — both members and non-members — together to sit and share their personal Jewish journeys, not for any strategic planning process, but simply to have people meet each other. So, yes, we do some things differently down here in Olympia. I like to think that being a smaller congregation we get to do some interesting and creative things. But mostly we just keep the flame of Judaism alive in the South Sound region, as we have been doing for 75 years. And everyone is welcome to help us celebrate at our 75th Anniversary Street Fair on Sunday, June 2. Then you can see what we are all about!
Seattle Public Schools will begin school for the 2013-14 year on September 4, erev Rosh Hashanah. Our families must choose between the first days of school and being practicing Jews. I have been in contact with my board member, Ms. Smith-Blum, who is aware of the problem. All she could do was assure me that it would be an excused absence. For our family, not only will our first grader and our seventh grader begin a new year, but our sixth grader, a child with Asperger’s, will enter middle school. School conflicts with Jewish holidays are difficult for any child. Missing the first two days is unreasonable and insensitive. So often in our Jewish community we worry about the future of Judaism. We worry about intermarriage and synagogue affiliation, yet we completely ignore the roadblocks that are put before us by school and extra-curricular schedules. As it stands, my kids won’t be attending any Rosh Hashanah services at the shul where I will be leading music. I will arrange childcare. The kids will learn that most Jewish holidays are not nearly as important as Christian ones. Emily Katcher Seattle Editor’s note: The school calendar is negotiated between the teachers’ union and the district. To register a complaint or offer a suggestion you may contact schoolboard@ seattleschools.org.
Not a Jewish parent’s worst nightmare
While reading the article “A Jewish Tombstone” (April 26) by Emily K. Alhadeff, I was appalled by her use and context of the pejorative word goy, referring in part to a “Jewish parent’s worst nightmare.” Her insensitivity to non-Jewish people, her use of a word as derogatory as the n-word, and the offensive generalization of a Jewish parent’s worst nightmare, was hugely offensive — a narrow-minded editorial tangent — and an indication of her lack of acceptance and inclusivity. I am a Jewish parent, and this is not my worst nightmare, by a long shot! It would seem this flippant expression of intolerance and bigotry by your associate editor is awkwardly inconsistent with your stated JTNews mission statement. Extremely disappointing…if you presume to be the voice of Jewish Washington. Dennis Warshal Seattle
Rabbi Akiva and the IRS
As the IRS scandal unfolds, it is worth recalling that, according to the medieval rabbis, the practice of reciting Kaddish, the Jewish prayer for the dead, originated in the medieval story of Rabbi Akiva found in Mahzor Vitry. Walking in a cemetery, Akiva meets a naked man, carrying wood on his head and apparently alive. Stopping him, Akiva asks why he does such onerous work and just who he is. The man replies that he is dead, and that in life he had been a tax collector who showed partisan prejudice in assessing taxes, favoring the rich and killing the poor. Akiva asks whether his “superiors” have told him how he might relieve his condition. The unfortunate man, “black as coal,” says there is probably no relief for him, but that he has heard that if he had a son and his son were to stand before the congregation and recite “Bless the Lord who is blessed!” and the congregation were to answer “amen,” and the son were also to say “May the Great Name be blessed” (a sentence from the Kaddish) “they would release him from his punishment.” Unfortunately, the tax collector never had a son, although he did leave his wife pregnant when he died. But even if she gave birth to a boy, who would teach Torah to the son of a friendless man? Perhaps the IRS culprits should pay close attention to Akiva’s story. Edward Alexander Seattle
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“They’ve invited us to try and create some of what we’ve created here. It’s scary and it’s exciting.” — Rabbi Beth Singer, on the move she and her husband Rabbi Jonathan Singer will be making to San Francisco next month. See the story on page 7.
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■■Diversity Week 2013
“Ever wonder why people say Israel practices apartheid? We do too!” That’s the slogan of Antioch University’s “Diversity Week 2013,” a response to six years of Israel Apartheid weeks on the downtown campus. Students and StandWithUs Northwest will hold three days of Israel educational activities, including a presentation by its community liaison Hen Mazzig on “The Israeli Perspective, From a Real Israeli”; a screening of “Israel Inside” and discussion on “Is There Any Israel Apart from the Conflict?”; and a talk on “The Real History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” with Prof. Roberta Seid from the University of California at Irvine. For more information, contact Efrat at email@example.com.
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■■Drash Vol. VII Reading
The seventh edition of the Drash literary journal makes its debut at Ravenna Third Place Books with readings by many of its contributors. This annual compendium of fiction, essays, poetry and photography includes a memorial to a father from the streets of Vilnius, a commentary between two scholars on the weekly Torah reading Tetsaveh, a tribute to the children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary, and a story about three sisters spending a day in New York. Ravenna Third Place Books is located at 6504 20th Ave. NE, Seattle. For more information about Drash, contact Wendy Marcus at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Starting third from left, Shelly Cohen, Alexis Kort, Diane Baer, and Steve Gelb, all of Temple Beth Am in Seattle, traveled to Washington, D.C. in April to receive the 2013 Fain Award from the Union for Reform Judaism’s Religious Action Center. The temple was given the award, its third, for its work in support of marriage equality and the passage of Referendum 74 in November 2012. Beth Am collaborated with other congregations and organizations as part of the Jewish Coalition for Marriage Equality in Washington State. Surrounding the quartet are directors of the Religious Action Center and members of the awards committee.
New website educates Jewish community about genetic health issues
GeneSights, a new online education and resource program hosted by Yeshiva University and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, was recently launched to provide individual lessons about genetic issues affecting people with Jewish ancestry. Lessons include hereditary breast and ovarian cancers and the BRCA 1 and 2 genes, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and resources like webinars and options for handling next steps once diagnosed with a genetic condition. For more information, visit www.genesites.com.
DAY OF JEWISH ARTS AND CULTURE
From Strength to Strength
An original theatre production of Jewish History in Washington State by Book-It Repertory Theatre.
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How you can help provide relief for Oklahoma tornado victims
NEW YORK (JTA) — Jewish groups are joining the effort to help those displaced by the tornado in suburban Oklahoma City. Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, announced Tuesday that his organization will collect donations and distribute them to the American Red Cross and others on the ground in Oklahoma. To make an online donation, go to www.urj.org/relief. The Jewish Federations of North America also has started a fund to aid the relief effort of the Jewish Federation of Greater Oklahoma City at bit.ly/1a3ZL9t. “Our hearts go out to all those who were in the path of this disaster and who are grieving the loss of their loved ones,” said Michael Siegal, chair of the JFNA Board of Trustees. “This was a terrible tragedy. The destruction of an elementary school filled with students and teachers was especially painful.” B’nai B’rith International has opened its Flood, Tornado and Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund (bit.ly/16718I7). Meanwhile, the Chabad Community Center of Southern Oklahoma has opened its building as a shelter and is collecting supplies for those displaced by the tornado that hit Moore.
inside this issue
A teacher arrested
A Torah Day School teacher has been charged by county prosecutors with molesting children in the classroom.
The husband-wife rabbinical team of Jonathan and Beth Singer from Seattle’s Temple Beth Am will be moving to San Francisco at the end of June to take the helm of one of that city’s largest temples.
Health is in the home
In anticipation of new Obamacare regulations as well as hoping to expand its continuum of care, Kline Galland has launched a new home-health program.
Help at the bottom
Urmi Basu, the founder of an organization that helps young women in India escape the degradation of sex slavery, visited Seattle to tell her story.
From the Jewish Transcript, May 21, 1981. Visitors to the Stroum Jewish Community Center on Mercer Island can’t walk in without noticing the Holocaust memorial sculpture that sits a few steps from the entrance ramp. Each year on Holocaust Remembrance Day, a commemoration is held at the sculpture. The piece was created by sculptor Giselle Berman, a survivor herself, who in this picture is in her studio working on the molds that eventually became the bronze piece.
Temple Beth Hatfiloh, Olympia’s first synagogue, is in the midst of celebrating its 75th anniversary. Here’s a history of the growing congregation.
Books for summer Books in brief Finding the peaceful moments
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It sure doesn’t feel like summer yet, but don’t let that stop you from checking out these thrillers, all with a hint of mystery.
Not everyone would expect a meditation CD to come from a rabbi, but this new work from Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue’s Olivier BenHaim takes his students into the mystical and multiple levels of consciousness.
In the land of rain and salmon
A new staged reading from the Washington State Jewish Historical Society and Book-It Repertory Theatre will bring alive the history of Jews in our state.
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Day school teacher accused of child molestation
Tim Klass JTNews Correspondent
A teacher at Torah Day School of Seattle pleaded not guilty to four counts of first-degree child molestation on Monday, May 20. If convicted, Jordan Eareckson Murray, 32, could face from 149 to 198 months in prison with an indeterminate sentence of up to life following that, according to the King County prosecuting attorney’s office. If a jury finds predatory intention, the sentence could start at 25 years. Murray was jailed briefly before being released on $100,000 bail on May 3. His next hearing will take place June 18. In a statement filed in King County Superior Court, police detective Michael Moore wrote that according to statements from the victims, two girls who attend Torah Day School, Murray touched them under their clothing as they stood by him in front of the class. He appeared to focus elsewhere as the desk shielded his actions from view, Moore wrote. “The defendant is a clear danger to children given the circumstances of this crime…secretly molesting these girls in class in front of others,” wrote deputy prosecutor Carol D. Spoor in court papers. Murray, a married father of three, declined to make a statement to police. His attorney, Brad A. Meryhew, who specializes in defending clients charged with sex offenses, did not return telephone calls to his office for comment. Murray, known to his students as “Rabbi Yaakov,” is not an ordained rabbi but was allowed by the Orthodox school’s administration to call himself one as a “merely honorary” title, Moore wrote. He has no known criminal convictions, said Dan Donohoe, the press secretary to the prosecutor’s office. Murray moved to Washington State 20 months ago and began teaching at the school in the Columbia City neighborhood at the start of the 2011–12 school year, according to Moore’s statement. “By promptly reporting this matter to the appropriate authorities, TDS has taken the necessary action to ensure the safety of our students,” said Randy Kessler, the school’s executive committee president, in a statement. Murray has since been fired. Rabbi Sheftel Skaist, head of the school, urged parents in a post shared on Facebook Friday, May 3: “We are diligently working to find an appropriate safety program that will assist our community to move forward and further ensure a safe school environment for our students. We are researching programs that provide updated safety protocols, specialized staff training, parent workshops, and classroom presentations for students.” Kessler said in a telephone interview he has two children in the school, which is in its seventh year. “It has been a wonderful experience for us,” he told JTNews. He also said he had met Murray but would not comment further. About 130 youngsters from kindergarten to 8th grade, almost all from Seattle, attend TDS classes in a former public school building, Kessler said. “We did a thorough background check,” Kessler told JTNews, but said that though Murray’s references checked out, the school did not perform a criminal check. Kessler added that a criminal check wouldn’t have been of help, as Murray’s record is apparently clean. Going forward, however, all staff will be screened more closely. “That policy has been changed,” he said. As for the current staff, Kessler said, “my understanding is that they have all been criminally background checked.” TDS notified parents the day after the school received reports of the investigation of Murray. Kessler would not release the notification letter sent to parents, and the school’s website was taken down after the matter came to light. “We just want to not provide anyone with information that they could use in a detrimental fashion,” Kessler said. “There’s just so much going on right now.”
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After Murray’s arraignment on May 20, Kessler told JTNews the school is stepping back and letting the authorities take it from here. He said he knew of no falloff thus far in enrollment, attendance or interest among families with children who might attend the school. He would not say whether the children described in court papers were still going to class or enrolled at the school. David Chivo, executive vice president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, said he was told of the matter while it was under investigation, before Murray posted bail, but said he had heard nothing from the school since then. “The Federation supports strong and immediate action by law enforcement and the courts to bring the individual in question to justice. Keeping children safe at all times and in all places is of paramount importance,” according to a statement released by the Federation. “Our thoughts are with Torah Day School families at this difficult and painful time.” Kessler said he had not heard from any other Jewish schools in the area except for a call of support from Rivy Poupko Kletenik, head of school at the Seattle Hebrew Academy. “I honestly don’t think that this has
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Small Agency Grants Awarded
The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle is pleased to announce that seven organizations received Small Agency Sustainability Grants totaling $28,000 for fiscal year 2014. Small Agency Sustainability grants are available for agencies with annual budgets of less than $200,000. Agencies awarded grants include: • Congregation Beth Hatikvah, serving the Jewish community on the Kitsap Peninsula. • Washington State University Hillel, serving Jewish students at both WSU and the University of Idaho. • Western Washington University Hillel, serving Jewish students enrolled in any institution of higher learning in Skagit and Whatcom counties. • Whidbey Island Jewish Community, serving more than 100 individuals and families of all denominations.
Conditional Building Sale Agreement Signed
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The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle is pleased to announce the signing of a conditional purchase and sale agreement for the Federation’s property, the Charles and Ann Bianco Building, at 2031 Third Avenue in downtown Seattle. The impending sale stems from a once-in-a-generation opportunity that emerged as a result of changing economics in downtown Seattle’s commercial real estate market. The Federation received an unsolicited offer to sell from a local developer. After careful deliberation, the Federation board decided to take advantage of this offer, realizing it will grow the organization’s resources and enable the organization to locate its new offices where it can optimally serve the growing Seattle Jewish community. The sale is subject to a long due diligence period by the buyer, and the buyer will be able to terminate the
transaction at different stages of its due diligence. Therefore, the process of looking for a new location is being deferred until such time as all sale contingencies have been removed and we are closer to an actual closing. The potential sale presents an opportunity to explore how the location of the Jewish Federation will further strengthen our ability to advance Jewish life in Seattle. The Federation’s new office site will be the one that both makes the best business sense and also takes into consideration how our physical space connects us to our partners in the community as well as the leaders and volunteers who interact with us. “We are very excited by the dynamics the sale presents to the Federation for the community,” said Nancy Greer, the Federation’s Interim President and CEO.
• Seattle Jewish Chorale, preserving and promoting Jewish chorale music through multiple performances each year. • Chabad at University of Washington, serving needs of Jewish students at UW and other area campuses with family-style programming on all Jewish holidays. • Congregation Shaarei Tefilah, serving the observant Jewish population of North Seattle. For more information, please visit http://bit.ly/101deh8.
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Beth Am rabbis prepare for a new life
Joel Magalnick Editor, JTNews
Rabbis Beth and Jonathan Singer know they’re taking a risk. When the co-senior rabbis of Temple Beth Am pack up and leave Seattle at the end of June, they’ll be moving from their large synagogue community to one that’s more than double the size. For a couple that has made a point of building relationships with as many of their temple’s members as possible, starting from scratch in a new community will be a daunting task. “We have prided ourselves, even though we’re a fairly large synagogue, on being very personal and accessible,” said Jonathan Singer. “Learning how to do that, and to share with other clergy to ensure that people feel connected, is going to be a challenge for us.” The synagogue the couple will be moving to, Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco, is an urban temple in the center of the city with about 2,000 families and four rabbis already on staff. “We’ve been able, at Beth Am, to create a serious liberal community, where we don’t have privatized B’nai Mitzvah services, for example, but the community comes,” Jonathan Singer said. “Those are the areas that that synagogue is looking for our help. They want to build a better sense of community.” The Singers weren’t looking to leave Beth Am, but the confluence of relatives nearby and the invitation to interview from Emanu-El’s retiring senior rabbi, who had visited Beth Am earlier this year for a family lifecycle event, created something of a perfect storm. It’s a risk, “but the fact that my family is there, I can’t think of any other congregation I would leave to go do this for. They’ve invited us to try and create some of what we’ve created here,” said Beth Singer. “It’s scary and it’s exciting.” The Singers have spent the past 18 years building upon Beth Am’s foundation as “a place that’s serious but also joyful and is committed to social justice and is welcoming,” said Jonathan Singer. “It was important to me to not make a New Jersey synagogue — to work hard against the entropy that’s always there, to turn into a place that honors only certain people, or that is cold, that’s hierarchical in some ways, but to make sure that this was a place that would be intellectually engaging and spiritually inspiring.” Beth Singer said they spend a lot of time making sure they don’t get stagnant. “We’re always monitoring that,” she said. “It’s just ongoing work to maintain your authenticity.” Beth Am’s employees are charged with the same mission. “We run our staff as a team approach,” Jonathan Singer said. “We encourage people to work together and share and say what’s broken and needs to be fixed.” The staff will have two new rabbis to work with come August 1. The congregation voted to approve the hiring of interim Rabbi Ilene Bogosian through June 2014 until a permanent senior rabbi is selected, and of Jason Levine, who will receive his ordination next month, as Beth Am’s assistant rabbi. The Singers have plenty of accomplishments they can point to — the synagogue’s explosive growth and building the largest Jewish school of any kind in the Pacific Northwest, as two examples — but Beth Singer said that much of her pride and inspiration in Temple Beth Am has come from members with big ideas. “We do a lot of the midwifing that makes those things actually happen,” she said. “It was a congregant who came to us and said, ‘I’d really like to see Tent City in our parking lot,’” citing one example. Jonathan Singer also cited the temple’s work on gay rights, in particular many of its members’ work to get marriage equality passed last November. “We worked hard on that, and I’m proud of this synagogue,” he said. “But 16 years ago, when I took that stand, it was a much less popular stand to take, and it was this synagogue board made up of librarians at the university and small business people who could have fired me, and they didn’t. Ultimately we took the stands together, and I think that’s part of why Beth Am has done so well.” When the Singers prepared to move to Seattle 18 years ago, their mentors actually told them they should stay on the East Coast, because nobody here wanted to be Jewish. “I think we’ve proved them wrong,” Jonathan Singer said. “We started out in synagogues in Westchester [N.Y.], and Beth Am invited Rabbi Jonathan to be the senior rabbi. It was a lot smaller, and there was no job for me at Beth Am. It was really a risk for us to do that,” said Beth Singer. “But we went ahead and felt optimistic that things would work out.” Beth Singer initially found part-time rabbinical work at Temple De Hirsch Sinai before becoming associate rabbi at Beth Am. The temple elevated her to co-senior rabbi five years ago, and the two have led the synagogue since. “I always thought I would be here for five years and I would leave and go on because it was a smaller place,” said Jonathan Singer. “It kept growing and changing, so about every five years I felt like I was at a new institution. With the growth you have to change how you work and how you manage.” Beth Am had about 380 families in 1995, compared to 900 today. “It was a very warm, small group of people who made up the core of Beth Am. There were no Saturday morning services unless there was a Bar or Bat Mitzvah,” Jonathan Singer said. Today you’d be hard pressed to find a weekend, excepting July, where usually two kids are celebrating that rite of passage. As they prepare to leave, the Singers believe their home for nearly two decades is in good hands. “Rabbis come and go, but the congregation’s a really strong, healthy, congregation,” said Beth Singer. “I believe that Temple Beth Am is going to have this unexpected, unanticipated opportunity to grow in a way that the congregation otherwise wouldn’t have grown, and it could be a very positive thing.”
Thank you to our 2012-13 Board of Trustees
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book kind of exploded,” with When I last spoke to the news, she adds. Chelsea Garbell in Last year, Chelsea was part early 2012, she had of an American Jewish Combeen named one of New York mittee delegation that attended University’s most influential the “Women as Global Leadstudents. Now she’s garnered ers” conference in Abu Dhabi. another honor: She was stuI asked what that was like. dent commencement speaker “Excellent,” Chelsea at the all-school graduation responded, who wasn’t sure ceremony at Yankee Stadium what to expect of travel to a on May 22. Muslim country, but “nobody The Northwest Yeshiva batted an eyelid,” at her passHigh School alumna will Member of port with its Israeli stamp. graduate summa cum laude the Tribe “Whenever I mentioned I from NYU’s Steinhardt was Jewish, especially to EmiSchool of Culture, Education, rati women [at the conference], and Human Development with they were surprised, but not nega B.S. in media, culture, and ative,” she said. communication, and minors in She was probably the first Jew public health and policy, and many delegates had met, and Hebrew and Judaic studies she managed to keep Shabbat The dean of each of NYU’s there by staying with a friend on five schools nominated comNYU’s campus there. mencement speakers, submitChelsea also enjoyed a ting the students’ CVs and Courtesy NYHS summer internship in Patty transcripts with letters of rec- Chelsea Garbell Murray’s office in the “other” ommendation. A review comWashington and, given her interest in mittee narrowed it down to five finalists reproductive rights policy and advocacy, who each submitted a draft speech and “everything I learned about the Hill and were interviewed. politics [made it] the perfect summer.” It’s “a little overwhelming,” said ChelWith plans for the next year still evolvsea, who has been hard at work on her ing, Chelsea couldn’t give me specifics, but speech, and “such a huge honor. My Face-
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she’s hoping for opportunities to travel and volunteer before returning to graduate school. While she has no specific plans to return to Seattle, “I’ll always be a Seattle girl at heart,” she says. “The only time I care about sports is when Seattle is playing.”
I told Sam Fein that he ought to be called Mr. Basketball. “I agree with that,” the University of Southern California senior replied. This past year, Sam has been busy integrating his love of basketball into his life and he’ll be bringing that love to the Seattle area next month with Hebrew Hoops, a weeklong basketball camp for 5th through 9th graders to be held at the Jewish Day School in Bellevue. It will be a place, he says, “for Jewish kids to meet other Jewish kids…and interact with Jewish role models who happen to be athletes as well.” Sam grew up in Seattle’s Laurelhurst neighborhood. He attended the Seattle Jewish Community School and then Lakeside Academy, where he played basketball. He has been a camp counselor and head of basketball instruction at Camp Solomon Schechter and last summer interned at A PLUS, an after-school education program that uses sports for education and “character development necessary for studentathletes to succeed in life,” according to its website, www.aplusyouthprogram.org.
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Last year, Sam, a political science major minoring in business and entrepreneurship, reached out to the Boys and Girls Club closest to the USC’s L.A. campus, and started coaching there. “I tried to implement some of the things A PLUS does,” he says, like requiring a minimum GPA and instituting a mandatory study hall after school for team members. He’s seen results already in at least one student, and remarked to me that many of these inner-city students do
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Kline Galland brings health home
Janis Siegel JTNews Correspondent
It’s taken two years, but in mid-April Washington’s nearly century-old Caroline Kline Galland Home opened its new home health care agency to all eligible clients in the Jewish community and to all who qualify in King County. After complying with hundreds of federal Medicare regulations and working in close partnership with the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, which granted $45,000 in operating funds for the new service while it proved its competence to the state, Kline Galland earned Washington’s Department of Health certification and now offers a full continuum of healthcare services. “This is an important program for us and a great gift that the Jewish community can give to the greater community,” Kline Galland CEO Jeff Cohen told JTNews. “Kline Galland is a five-star rated facility. If we can take that Kline Galland quality and follow it into people’s homes, we can continue to be the preferred partner of hospitals who are referring patients to us.” To help fund the program’s transition to viability, the Jewish Federation marshaled its resources in 2011 by contacting its nearly 2,000-member Washington State Jewish Action Center mailing list, asking them to support Kline Galland’s new venture. Hundreds of letters poured in, blowing away the competition. “Several applicants applied to become a home-health provider,” said Cohen. “We generated over 200 letters of support from the Jewish community. Our competitor generated three.” Currently, the Kline Galland’s rehabilitation unit is caring for 10 patients. But with the expansion of services into private homes, independent and assisted living communities, and adult family homes, Cohen said he hopes to serve hundreds, if not thousands more each year. “The Jewish Federation sees serving the needs of our community’s elderly as a critical obligation, especially as this population grows here in Seattle,” said Nancy Greer, the Federation’s interim president and CEO. “Thanks to support raised specifically for the needs of older adults under our philanthropic model, Federation donors were vital partners in this important accomplishment for Seattle’s Jewish community.” The Kline Galland’s newly expanded division couldn’t be more well timed. Under the new Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program added to the Social Security Act and implemented in 2012 under the Affordable Care Act, Medicare will reduce its payments to hospitals that have “excess readmissions” within 30 days of a discharge from a facility. The incentive, said Cohen, is to get people well, if possible, outside of the hospital setting. “Hospitals are laser-beam focused on preventing these readmissions,” said Cohen. “Under Obamacare [the Affordable Care Act], hospitals are looking for partners that can help prevent these readmissions.” In order to qualify, Medicare and most insurance companies require patients to be under the care of and referred by their doctors. Patients must also be “homebound.” Diane Tepfer, 68, flew to Seattle for knee replacement surgery at Virginia Mason Hospital in April from her home in Washington, D.C. Tepfer spent time in Kline Galland’s rehabilitation wing before she was discharged to a temporary apartment in South Seattle, where she has been using the new home health services. Tepfer told JTNews that as of her current nine visits from their in-home caregivers, she has been progressing, getting stronger and better every day, and learning how to take care of herself once she gets back home. “I had physical therapy, I had occupational therapy, I had a shower aide, and I had a nurse,” Tepfer said. “They came into where I live and found ways to make it safer for ‘ADLs,’” or activities of daily living, she said. Tepfer’s Medicare coverage and her supplemental insurance plan covered the procedure and all additional expenses, leaving her with no out-of-pocket co-pays. She said she has been impressed by the overall experience. “I feel very fortunate to have their services,” Tepfer said. “They’re all very experienced. Sometime by the end of the month I’ll go home.” Pam Swanborn, the program’s clinical director since May 2012, has been working as a physical therapist for 18 years, 13 of them previously in Swedish Medical Center’s home health program. According to Swanborn, in order to qualify for in-home care, it must take “a considerable or taxing effort to leave the home, or require assistance, or it could be that there is a condition that prevents them from leaving home for safety reasons. “Let’s say someone is at a high risk for infection, or there can be cognitive issues,” said Swanborn. “If someone has severe dementia or has memory issues, it wouldn’t be safe to leave the home without assistance. If someone is wheelchairbound but has systems in place to allow them to get out of the home on a regular basis, then they wouldn’t qualify.” To determine whether someone qualifies for home care, home health sends a
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Blessings for Dad
Rivy Poupko Kletenik JTNews Columnist
Dear Rivy, This year on Father’s Day, besides the regular celebrations, we are also commemorating a significant birthday for my father, the patriarch of our family. I have been tasked with the role of emcee at this event and must now face the daunting task of creating something memorable for the occasion. The What’s part about my dad I can take JQ? care of — but I was thinking about putting some Jewish thoughts in as well. Any ideas for a d’var Torah for Father’s Day? Though it is not a specifically Jewish timeframe, this period we are in between the celebration of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day feels like it should have some designation — kind of like the time between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur or the seven weeks between Pesach and Shavuot. It feels like a distinctly bracketed time in the American Jewish calendar, a time of filial honoring. Though as the song reminds us… every day is Mother’s Day! It has become appropriate to use these particular days as moments in time to express particular unexpressed sentiments and appreciation for Mom and Dad that might otherwise never be brought to light. You know the drill: First, we search furtively for the perfect Mother’s Day gift and then plan the day’s gatherings — taking care that all family members are in sync — all the while putting up with the media barrage around flowers and jewelry. Then the next stage kicks in: There is no mistaking it as we collectively experience the manly onslaught of outdoor cooking gadgets and toolchest advertising campaigns. The tone is palpable as the mood changes from goodies to gear. We may as well give a name to this month-long period that moves us from Your brunch to barbecue, from celebrating Mom to fêting Dad. Some might throw out a name for this 30-or-so-day period along the lines of “Guilt Trip,” but no, not me. How about “Take Five” — as in Commandment Number Five: Honor your father and mother? Since we all “Take Five,” so to speak, to remember and recognize our parents, this is an everyday obligation and should be a daily practice, but it can’t hurt to have one particular day as a reminder. “Take Five” here we come! Now, on to the Father’s Day d’var Torah. Some might approach this task pessimistically or even cynically. They might suggest, tongue in cheek, a focus on the sending away of a son, the sacrifice of Isaac, or maybe a discourse on the seemingly lethal preferential treatment of Joseph. Fathers in the Torah? They might skeptically be drawn to speak of the heart-wrenching visceral bellow of the paternally scorned firstborn Esau, “Have you but one blessing, Father?” Yes, there are those who would take a cursory glance at our famous forefathers and surrender with chagrin. They might step away from this Father’s Day d’var Torah to cite the continued Genesis pattern of filial favoritism. They might toss in references to blessings and a coat of many colors as exhibits A and B. And who would blame them? But let’s focus instead on the lofty, noble and inspiring father–son moments in our teachings that you might draw on for your Father’s Day d’var Torah. We shouldn’t forget that the Torah text is to teach and to instruct. If all of our Biblical heroes were perfect, what would we learn? Our holy patriarchs are human and their deeds are recorded to provide instruction and guidance. Let those short on stamina step aside as we prepare to get messy with the text: Dig deep, probe with determination, and let’s get Dad his d’var! Three fathers, three powerful messages of paternal passion. The episode of the binding of Isaac is one of the most significant, complex and evocative — no one will debate its centrality in our tradition. It is read daily as part of the morning service, read yearly in the Shabbat portion of the week, and it takes center stage on Rosh Hashanah as the centerpiece to the Torah service and theme for the holiday. Few of us are not perplexed by the issues this portion presents. Perhaps even fewer would evoke its tale on Father’s Day. Let us go where no one has gone before! So, choose one of three blessings for Dad: Abraham The text describes the walk toward the Binding of Isaac, “and they went both of them together.” Dad, I thank you for believing in something transcendent and timeless — for valuing it and treasuring it with faith. I admire you Dad for never compromising when it comes to belief. Thank you for passing on not only the beauty of our tradition but also the courage to remain loyal to it, even when belief was not a given. As Abraham our forefather walked together with his son Isaac toward Mount Moriah, so too have you walked with me. At those times it was your steadfast presence and unwavering commitment that gave me the confidence to continue on. In an odd way it was your strong silence, your knowing that sometimes there are no words that can communicate more authentically than our walking together. May you be blessed with the length of days as was our father Abraham. Isaac Dad, as a father, I now know the challenge of treating all children equally. Not easy. Dad, forgive me for always thinking your favor was with someone else...anyone but me. Now I have firsthand experience that parent-child relationships are not simple. They are quite complex. There are times when one child needs to be brought close, one child needs to be strengthened. You have always understood that each of us in our own way cries out as did Esau, “Bless me, even me also.” We may have given you quite a run for your money over the years, but you stuck with us. Dad, as Isaac our forefather knew the particular blessing that fit each child, so too you have always known what each of us kids has needed from you. Jacob Whose parenting could be more complicated than that of Jacob? Of all the Biblical figures, perhaps Jacob’s love for his sons is most visceral: A coat for Joseph, a tragic premature mourning for him, and for Benjamin the most striking of all Biblical endearments: “Nafsho keshurah benafsho,” his soul is bound up with his soul. What does this mean to be connected soul to soul? It might be something you know only if you have experienced it. Dad, to be connected soul to soul is to understand and to feel a love so strong it almost hurts. It is to know someone, maybe even better than he knows himself. It is to believe so deeply in him and his abilities that you would spare no effort for him to deeply know the other and to realize his deepest hopes and dreams. Dad, you are that for me — you always have been and I know you always will be. May we all be blessed to have fathers like Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Rivy Poupko Kletenik is an internationally renowned educator and Head of School at the Seattle Hebrew Academy. If you have a question that’s been tickling your brain, send Rivy an e-mail at email@example.com.
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anything to do with the fact that this is a religious school or an Orthodox school,” he said. Det. Moore, in the charging papers, wrote that the investigation began April 23, following two referrals from Child Protective Services, a state agency. A relative of one of the assaulted girls told Moore she had noticed a pattern that began early in the current school year: Her relative, the other girl who said she had been molested, and four other 1st- and 2nd-grade girls in Murray’s classes com-
plained frequently of “stomach aches, headaches and general nervousness,” but “appeared fine and acted normally” after going home early. Moore wrote that one of the two girls listed in the complaint talked to the other about Murray. Both then told the second girl’s sister, who had babysat for Murray’s three young children, and eventually they told the girls’ mother. “The [two] girls mentioned a book they have seen and read called the Let’s Be Safe book,” the detective wrote. “The book deals with safety rules and is used at the school and in [the sisters’] home.”
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Breaking the cycle
Emily K. Alhadeff Associate Editor, JTNews
When Urmi Basu was 9 years old and growing up in the genteel suburbs of Kolkata (Calcutta), India, she survived an attack on her family by a rival political group. “My father was stabbed in three places,” she said. “Our house was burnt down. All our possessions were completely destroyed.” In spite of the attack, her father, a doctor, refused to abandon his community. Later, he even forgave the attackers. “I can go to any place and not be afraid,” said Basu. “I had great examples in my day.” This spirit of resistance drives Basu to continue the work she does to help break the cycle of sex slavery in Kolkata’s redlight district. Petite and soft-spoken, Basu shrugs off the danger she faces every day. “If I were afraid, I couldn’t have managed to do what I do,” she said. “I could have gotten kidnapped or even bumped off.” In 2010, Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation’s Rabbi Jay Rosenbaum set out on a sabbatical trip to New Light India, the organization Basu founded in 2000. New Light provides shelter, food, education, recreation, and health care to sex workers and their children. It also works to educate the Southeast Asian public and the world at large about human trafficking, gender inequality, violence against women and children, and the deplorable conditions of prostitution. New Light was featured in Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wu Dunn’s documentary “Half the Sky.” Basu came to Seattle in late April–early May as a guest of Herzl-Ner Tamid and the Mercer Island Presbyterian Church. On May 5, Basu spoke on “Breaking the Cycle of Human Trafficking” at a joint congregation event. “I was hoping that when I came back [from the sabbatical] I would be able to do something to help New Light,” said Rosenbaum. He partnered with the church, and together they raised $25,000 for a housing complex for women over 18 with no place to live. Basu also spoke at Hillel at the University of Washington and to a UW class on global mental health. She met with the Child Rights and You (CRY) chapter at Microsoft, the editorial board and a columnist at the Seattle Times, Village Volunteers, See Your Impact, and with private groups. She was a guest on KUOW’s “Weekday” program as well. outside the caste system and at the very bottom of the social ladder, which Basu cites as a challenge. Another complicating factor, Basu told her audience at Hillel, is the Hindu belief system. “Fate and karma is another thing that shackles our country,” she said. This leads people to believe their current situations are responses to a past life, and often removes a sense of responsibility. “We as human beings can alter our fate,” said Basu. “If we can save one life, five lives, 20 lives, we’ll consider ourselves successful.” At the same time, Basu invokes the Hindu goddesses as models for her job, particularly when she has to deal with people who perpetuate the idea that prostitutes can never become anything better. “When people are nasty, you really have to deal with them that way. There’s no point of talking polite language with people who don’t understand that,” said Basu. “You have many other divinities in the form of very peaceful, very beautiful women [like Lakshmi]. And you also have the Kali, the destroyer of all evil; you have Chinnamasta, who has no head. She’s actually beheaded herself and is holding her head in her hand while blood is spurting out of her neck. “If you want Lakshmi,” she said, “be ready to take Chinnamasta.” Pulling the rug out from under the pimps is potentially dangerous work, but Basu shirks fear of death. “We all have our designated moments,” she said. “It’s just that one second between being alive and being dead. And I’m dead; OK, fine I’m dead. I won’t be worried about that. “The reason I feel why we have not had a huge deal of trouble [with the pimps] is because at the end of the day they know that what they are doing is completely not right,” Basu said. “I’ve walked down the streets and pimps are sitting on both sides, and they usually look away.” One of Basu’s current projects is raising money for a home for high schoolage boys. They need to “educate the boys so they know that pimping is not an option,” Basu said, adding that “issues of poverty and livelihood are so intrinsically woven into this.” A private donor from Herzl-Ner Tamid has provided the down payment for the building. Basu’s optimism for her organization echoes another Herzl: Theodore. “If we continue to dream a little bit by bit,” she said, “we will surely be able to achieve something.”
Urmi Basu founded New Light after witnessing the hopeless conditions of sex workers and their children in the red light district of Calcutta.
Human trafficking and sex slavery are thriving industries, with India leading the way. According to Basu, girls are trafficked from Indian villages, as well as across the porous borders of Nepal and Bangladesh. “Pimps go across the border, propose marriage to a family or promise jobs, and bring them to Kolkata and sell them into prostitution,” she told JTNews. As incomprehensible as it may be to Western sensibilities, families — strapped for cash and accountable for dowries — rarely look for their daughters, assuming they’re working in the city. It’s only when the money stops coming back that they begin to wonder. Yet even then, families of women sold into sex slavery rarely take their daughters back. In this traditional society, the burden of an unmarriageable child is too heavy and laden with stigma. Maybe one in 1,000 mothers will look for her daughter, Basu said. “It’s literally abandoning your child,” she said. “We are a country of so many people, a family thinks, okay, one child off the list of my responsibilities.” Basu has witnessed enormous growth in New Light over the past 13 years. “In the beginning, [the prostitutes] were very doubtful…they couldn’t even imagine what was possible for their daughters to achieve.” But now, “for the girls, it is like, ‘This is my birthright.’ It is such a contrast,” she explained. “They can walk into store, any library…raise their voices and say, ‘This is what we want.’” Sex workers in India live completely president of the USC chapter and says that “learning to lead meetings [and] take other people’s advice” has been invaluable. “I’m really excited” about Hebrew Hoops, says Sam. If you haven’t seen the posters at Wedgwood’s Grateful Bread, at Island Crust Café on Mercer Island, or your synagogue, you can get information at www.hebrewhoops.com.
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75 years of Jewish life in the South Sound
Russell Lidman Special to JTNews
Let’s take a look back at a headline in The Olympian, dated April 1938: “Jewish folk in church ceremony.” The “church” in question was the newly completed Temple Beth Hatfiloh, which has been celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. The use of the term “church” appears again in the text of the article, suggesting this was not simply a one-time mistake. Jews have always been a part of the history of the Olympia area, and we felt this anniversary year was a good time for the congregation to think about what Temple Beth Hatfiloh has meant to this area — and what this area has meant to us. First, a little history: The original synagogue building, at the corner of 8th and Jefferson, was built in 1937-38, and the founders turned it into a community event. They celebrated with a fried chicken dinner once the speechifying and praying was done. Shortly after that event, on August 14, 1938, Temple Beth Hatfiloh held its first wedding, of Anna Zlotnik to Percy Bean. The Bean family has been prominent throughout TBH’s history. Jacob Bean, Percy’s grandfather, emigrated from Russia with a set of Torah scrolls that he finally found a home for, according to the book “Family of Strangers: Building a Jewish Community in Washington State” by Jacqueline Williams, Molly Cone and Howard Droker.
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The first Temple Beth Hatfiloh community street fair will be held at the temple, on 8th St. between Washington and Franklin, Olympia, on Sun., June 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
While TBH started as an Orthodox shul, after World War II it became a mix of Conservative and Reform liturgy before affiliating Works, the organization behind much of with the Reconstrucfaith communities’ social justice work in tionist movement the South Sound. As it does each year, the in 2000. The memtemple wanted to show bership of Temple its support for the work Beth Hatfiloh has of the many nonprofits grown from some 25 that make the Olympia families in the early area such a good place Jim Stevenson 1970s to more than Temple Beth Hatfiloh’s current building. to live. 150 families today. Speaking of life here, community charities as Our rabbi, Seth Goldstein, and the the entire community — beneficiaries of funds temple board have planned several milemeaning the Olympiaraised at Blintzapalooza stones for the anniversary that have area community as well — this year it was the included a gala dinner last fall, to which as the Jewish community urban gardening orgawe invited representatives from some of — is invited to Temple nization GRuB and the the original community institutions and Beth Hatfiloh’s commuhomeless assistance prochurches who attended the synagogue’s nity street fair at the curgram Sidewalk — but dedication. The temple’s annual comrent synagogue on June in honor of our annimunity-wide food-based event, Blintza2 to celebrate this mileversary we asked the palooza, also celebrated an anniversary, its Courtesy TBH stone anniversary. Tour greater community to The first wedding at Temple Beth the temple. Eat. Dance to 25th, earlier this year. help. Over 2,000 people Hatfiloh in 1937 was between Percy klezmer tunes. We look While the temple’s founders created a voted online to select the Bean, the grandson of one of its forward to 75 more years durable institution, they did a little more Thurston County Food founders, and Anna Zlotnik. than that, too. Embedded in Jewish traof celebrating in our Bank. These three major dition is the notion of tzedakah, justice, hometown of Olympia. recipients each received $2,500 from the and tikkun olam, repair of the world. revenues of this event, as well as the traBlintzapalooza represents both of those Russ Lidman is president of Temple Beth ditional donation of $1,500 to Interfaith ideals. Temple members always select Hatfiloh.
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Stacey Giachino at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-315-7390 or tdhs-nw.org Town Hall meeting with U.S. Congressman Adam Smith on “American Leadership and the Middle East.” Sponsored by J Street and Temple De Hirsch Sinai. Open to the public. Reception following at 8 p.m. Free. At Temple De Hirsch Sinai, 1441 16th Ave., Seattle. 2 p.m. — Day of Jewish Arts and Culture
Lisa Kranseler at email@example.com or 206-774-2277 Go back in time and meet Washington’s Jewish pioneers in a live performance by Book-It Repertory Theatre of “In the Land of Rain & Salmon: Jewish Voices of the Northwest, 18801920.” At Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, 104 17th Ave., Seattle. 7–9 p.m. — Seattle Jewish Chorale Spring Concert
Michele Yanow at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-708-7518 or www.seattlejewishchorale.org Seattle Jewish Chorale presents its fifth annual spring concert, featuring songs in Hebrew, English, Yiddish and Ladino. At Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave. (at Seneca St.), Seattle.
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Shelly Goldman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-603-9677 or www.templebnaitorah.org From the story of creation to today’s Senate, Jewish women have been raising hell. Rabbi Kinberg will teach more about women who have moved mountains and pushed boundaries. Twopart series continues on June 5. $5 payable at the door. At Temple B’nai Torah, 15727 NE Fourth St., Bellevue.
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Susan Pass at email@example.com or 425-836-1409 Honor life-member Rahla Turck at the Hadassah of Redmond Ridge fundraiser. An afternoon of games, food and fun. To register or for more information contact Susan at 425-836-1409 or Darlene at 425-836-4539. $36. At Trilogy Cascade Club, 23225 NE Greens Crossing Rd., Redmond. 3–5 p.m. — Preparing for the High Holidays
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Friday-Monday, May 24-27 Folklife Arts festival The annual Folklife festival features a slew of klezmer and Balkan performers, including Klez Chaos (Friday at 2:45 p.m.), Nu Klezmer Army (Friday at 8:30 p.m.), Fleet Street Klezmer (Saturday at 4:20 p.m.), Erev Rav and Chevrona (Saturday at 6 p.m.), and Klez Katz (Monday at 1 p.m.). On Sunday at 3 p.m., Harvey Niebulski will lead a workshop, “Klezmer 101 and Jewish Music.” For more information, visit 2013northwestfolklifefestival.sched.org, and see our article about this year’s Folklife performances on jtnews.net.
Wednesday, May 29 at 7 p.m. A Conversation About Life with David Shields New York Times bestselling author David Shields reads from “The Thing About Life is That One Day You’ll Be Dead” and “How Literature Saved My Life.” Book signing and kosher reception will follow. Free, but register in advance at DavidShields. brownpapertickets.com. At the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N, Seattle. For more information contact Leonid Orlov at email@example.com or 206-861-8784 or jfsseattle.org.
Through June 1 Seattle International Film Festival Cinema Four Jewish-related films are screening at SIFF this year. “Out in the Dark” (Israel) is the story of two star-crossed gay lovers, Israeli Roy and Palestinian Nimr (May 25 at 9:30 p.m. at the Harvard Exit and on May 26 at 2 p.m. at SIFF Cinema Uptown). Romantic comedy “Putzel” (U.S.) follows “little putz” Walter Himmelstein, a homebody in the Upper West Side aspiring to do nothing more than work in his family’s smoked fish shop — until the vivacious Sally comes along (June 2 at 5:30 p.m. at the Kirkland Performance Center, June 3 at 7 p.m. at AMC Pacific Place, and June 7 at 1 p.m. at AMC Pacific Place). “Zaytoun” (U.K.) follows unlikely duo Yoni, an IDF soldier, and Fahed, a young Palestinian refugee in Beirut out of Lebanon in 1982 (May 27 at 8:30 p.m. and May 29 at 4:30 p.m. at AMC Pacific Place). And “Inch’Allah” (Canada) follows a Québecer in the West Bank, highlighting the effects of war and the complexity of relationships, putting a “human face on the front line of the conflict” (May 31 at 4 p.m. and June 1 at 9 p.m. at AMC Pacific Place). For more information, visit www.siff.net/festival-2013.
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Variations on the theme of mystery
Diana Brement JTNews Columnist
Only one of the four books featured here is an actual detective novel and that’s “The Missing File,” a new murder mystery from Israel by D. A. Mishani (Harper, cloth, $25.99). Set almost entirely in the Tel Aviv suburb of Holon, the novel is cleverly bracketed by references to Israeli detective literature, something our detective protagonist, Avraham (Avi) Avraham, claims on page two doesn’t exist. “Why doesn’t Israel produce books like those of Agatha Christie, or ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo?’” he asks a mother who comes in to report a missing son. Avi claims it’s because life in Israel, and crime in Israel, is just too ordinary. He’s wrong on both counts, it appears, as Mishani unfolds the plot of the missing boy. With its requisite twists, turns and red herrings, the book leaves the reader guessing until almost the very end and, of course, the book becomes that Israeli detective novel Avraham claims doesn’t exist. A morose and neurotic chain smoker, Avi is a bachelor whose bickering parents live nearby. We wonder if he really knows what he’s doing as he goes up against faster-moving detectives, tangles in office politics, and tries to figure out what to do with the missing boy’s neighbor, who behaves more and more strangely as the book progresses. A bonus for American readers are Mishani’s vivid images of Israel and Israeli life, aptly translated by Steven Cohen, and a glimpse into neighborhoods and lives rarely seen by tourists. Nancy Richler’s new novel, “The Imposter Bride” (St. Martin’s, cloth, $24.99), is less a whodunit than frustrating, especially in the beginning of the book. However, Ruth’s first-person narratives always feel most authentic and bring out the author’s best writing. As Ruth grows up, her voice takes over the story and it begins to flow. The reader will be on tenterhooks until the very end trying to
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a “where-went-she.” Lily Azerov is a mail-order bride, a refugee from World War II Europe whose entire family perished. She arrives in Montreal to marry Sol, a stranger to her and who rejects her immediately. But Sol’s brother Nathan falls for Lily, and they are soon married and have a daughter, Ruth. As time passes, it becomes clear to family and friends that Lily is not who she says she is. Shortly after Ruth’s birth, the already quiet and retiring Lily disappears and Ruth grows up with the mystery of her mother’s disappearance and true identity weighing on her. Richler uses multiple points of view and shifts back and forth from third person to first person, which can be confusing and
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figure out Lily’s identity, motives and fate. Richler, the author of “Your Mouth is Lovely,” also uses the plot to illustrate the horrors of war, and explore the challenges of the new immigrant and the psychological damage of extreme loss. Local author Patty Lazarus has documented her journey to find a daughter in “March into My Heart: A Memoir of Mothers, Daughters and Adoption” (independent, paper, $14.95). In her quest to complete her family with a daughter and to overcome both the grief of losing her own mother too early and the grief of infertility, Lazarus sets out to adopt a daughter through open adoption. The mystery here is, Will She or Won’t She? Will the birth mother come through in the end? As with many memoirs, the reader knows the answer — here it’s in the cover photo — but Lazarus skillfully and movingly constructs the story and
keeps up a good level of tension that leaves the reader guessing till close to the end. Lazarus acknowledges she is already blessed when she begins her quest, with a loving husband and two sons, but she’s smart enough to be emotionally honest with herself and to share that honesty with her readers. Her willingness to be open about her life and her feelings adds to the success of this book and the story of the adoption will certainly encourage others seeking to adopt children in this country. Finally, in “The Art Forger” by B.A. Shapiro (Algonquin, cloth, $23.95), we meet Claire Roth, a talented young artist who earns a living copying famous works of art for a publisher. Claire is caught up in the intrigue of art forgery when she is asked to copy a work she is sure is stolen. Flaunting morality for ambition, she agrees to do it in exchange for a onewoman show at a gallery. The foundation of this novel is a true story: In 1990, thieves stole $500 million worth of art from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, including Degas’ “After the Bath,” featured in Shapiro’s novel. Shapiro writes from Claire’s perspective, going into great detail about the painting process itself, about art forgery and learning, as Claire does, about 19th- and early 20th-century art and the relationship between Degas and Isabella Gardner.
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Books in brief
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A Provocative People: A Secular History of the Jews by Sherwin T. Wine (IISHJ, paper, $24.95). The late author was a founder of the Humanistic Judaism movement, dubbed the “atheist rabbi” in a 1960s Time magazine article. In this overarching history, mixed, as the introduction explains, with some opinion, Wine draws on secular sources, emphasizing that Humanism gives no credit to any supernatural powers in the actions of people. Probably his most interesting assertion is that the roots of European anti-Semitism are not in religion, but in the strong Jewish role in commerce that dates back to ancient times. Holy Wars: 3,000 Years of Battles in the Holy Land by Gary L. Rashba (Casemate, cloth, $32.95). The author is a career defense-industry writer with an expertise in the Middle East. He turns to a more general audience here with 17 readable chapters, each covering a significant battle in what is now Israel, from biblical times to the 1982 Lebanon war. Rashba, who has lived in Israel for 20 years, demonstrates that today’s conflicts are just part of a series of almost unending conflict in that region. Text Messages: A Torah Commentary for Teens, edited by Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin (Jewish Lights, cloth, $24.99). A variety of rabbis, cantors, teachers and communal leaders have contributed these commentaries specifically for high school students. For Parashat Noah, Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin asks teens to be the “un-Noah” and speak up in the face of the world’s wrongs. In Shelach-Lecha, Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman uses the line “we looked like grasshoppers” to encourage readers not to shy away from a challenge. Clear, short and to the point, these writings are ideal for bringing Torah relevance to teens.
Two recent Holocaust-themed books focus on those who resisted and those who escaped. Doreen Rappaport’s Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust (Candlewick, paper, $22.99) is written as a textbook for students ages 10 and up, but still makes for interesting — and chilling — reading. Tens of thousands of Jews across Nazi-occupied Europe resisted during World War II, demonstrated here by individual portraits of courage in the face of death. The awardwinning author based her writing on personal interviews and extensive research for this book that took six years to complete. Professor Steve Hochstadt of Illinois College brings us a collection of interviews with Jews who managed to get out of Europe in Exodus to Shanghai: Stories of Escape from the Third Reich (Palgrave, paper, $28). Sixteen thousand European Jews were able to get visas to enter the one place that permitted free entry, at least until 1939. While the stories Hochstadt has collected provide a fascinating look into this chapter of Jewish history, his initial discussion of how an interviewer melds the randomness of a conversation into a cohesive narrative was equally interesting. The book is part of the publisher’s “Studies in Oral History” series. Trusting Calvin: How a Dog Helped Heal a Holocaust Survivor’s Heart by Sharon Peters (Lyons, cloth, $19.95). As a teenaged prisoner in a Nazi work camp, Max Edelman witnessed a horrific dog attack on a fellow prisoner. He then suffered a brutal beating by prison guards that
left him blind. How he managed to survive the camp is an incredible story on its own. Then, at age 68, he was forced to overcome his terrible fear of dogs when his wife’s crippling arthritis made it clear he would need a guide dog to maintain his independence. Peters describes how Max and Calvin, a chocolate lab provided by Guiding Eyes for the Blind, work around their mutual difficulties in a touching and entertaining fashion.
Saturday People, Sunday People: Israel through the Eyes of a Christian Sojourner, by Lela Gilbert (Perseus, cloth, $25.99). The author came to Israel for a pilgrimage six years ago and is still there. She arrived at the height of a war, already fascinated by a land of international conflicts of epic proportions, and found a country of “warm-hearted, smart and lively people.” A writer and a poet, she turned to journalism, writing about visits to Mamilla Mall and bomb shelters, and her conversations with Israelis, Jewish and Arab. She hopes this collection of her writings will promote understanding and harmony particularly among Jews and Christians. Gefilte Fish for Neshama by Anna Shvets (Neshama Books, paper, $15.99). Here’s my dirty secret: I like jarred gefilte fish and never even had homemade gefilte fish until well into adulthood. Shvets’s wellcrafted short book — part memoir, part cookbook — is filled with color photos of Israel where the Russian émigré spent her formative years before she moved to Vancouver, BC and opened Neshama Books. Her grandmother’s detailed gefilte fish recipe is illustrated with step-by-step photos
and tempted me to try it. But I was deterred. Not by the live carp to be gutted and scaled after swimming in the bathtub, or even the popping out of the eyeballs so the sockets can be a handhold to secure the head while pulling out the spine with a pliers. It’s the smell that will linger in the house for a week after two hours of simmering the fish on the stove. (After reading this, you should read or re-read the classic children’s book, “The Carp in the Bathtub.”)
A Wedding in Great Neck by Yona Zeldis McDonough (New American, paper, $15). Relying on cultural stereotypes to propel its story forward, this light but entertaining book errs more on the side of sitcom than literature. A wealthy Great Neck matron hosts a wedding at her mansion for her type-A, go-getter daughter while her type-B hippie daughter languishes in the background. Unruly teenagers, well-meaning grandmothers, and an impulsive act that threatens the entire wedding are some of what you’ll find here. The Other Shore by Fred Skolnik (Aqueous, paper, $21). This saga-length novel follows a motley cast of Israeli types through the 1980s between the Lebanese War and the outbreak of the first intifada. Skolnik, editor of the award-winning second edition of the Encyclopedia Judaica, has lived in Israel since 1961 and is a skillful writer and entertaining observer of Israeli society. The story illustrates the decade that saw the final shift in Israel from a Zionist-Socialist society to a Western-style consumer culture.
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With a voice that combines an exotic hybrid of his French roots, a decade in Israel, and a nod to the Pacific Northwest incorporated from his current environs in Seattle, Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue’s Rabbi Olivier BenHaim’s new six-step meditation CDs feature his self-described straightforward technique that is geared to the novice practitioner. “Souls’ Journey: Meditation and Kabbalah,” his inaugural release out on April 21, is a two-CD set designed to orient the student into the Jewish mystical, Kabbalistic tree of life. To train the aspiring listener, BenHaim begins and ends each session with a “three-fold” chant of the Hebrew word for peace and wholeness, “shalom.” “This is Jewish,” BenHaim told JTNews. “This is from our own book. Meditation has always been part of our past and our texts.” Once oriented to BenHaim’s chants and his use of the Hebrew names for the five levels of the soul — or as he prefers to call them, “levels of consciousness” — the student begins his or her approach toward the five levels that Kabbalists say are accessible to all of us. “I believe you can move through the tree of life through meditation,” said BenHaim. “They were states that the Kabbalists themselves had access to. We can experience what the Kabbalists experienced themselves in their bones and in their personal experience.” BenHaim explained that the second track is a relaxation, centering, breathing, and grounding meditation. Instructions, he said, are simple and clear. “It’s not convoluted and we don’t use highfalutin words,” he added. “It’s a very down-to-earth practice that follows the Kabbalistic system, but most importantly, follows our day-to-day human experience.” His advice to would-be practitioners is that they practice with one each week, master that level, and build up to the more advanced lessons. “I wanted to make it very easy for people to find 15 minutes during the day, to plug it in, and just do it,” BenHaim said. During the sessions, BenHaim addresses one of the central teachings in Judaism often tackled by rabbis and mystics alike: The duality of the yetzer ha’tov, the good inclination, and the yetzer ha’ra, commonly called the evil inclination. Judaism says the human personality has both; however, the good-evil dichotomy is a misunderstanding of our essential natures, they say. The yetzer ha’ra is really where we form our ideas and plans for our lives. Some benefit us and others don’t. While meditating about this aspect, BenHaim asks the listener to become introspective and to pay attention to his or her own thoughts and reactions. “A lot of the yetzer ha’ra is out of the emotional body,” said BenHaim. “How can we not be enslaved to our emotions — to not be under their dictate? We can be responding instead of reacting.”
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The techniques in the lessons, according to BenHaim, are a compilation of approaches that have been used by mystics and Kabbalistic teachers he has studied over the years. The five aspects of the Kabbalistic vision of “soul,” explained BenHaim, exist within us like concentric circles that lie at the core of who we are. “Track four is a meditation that talks about the level of nefesh, which is entering into our body,” said BenHaim. “Where are the sensations? Where are they coming from? Really being aware of whatever is happening in our body.” By using these methods, said BenHaim,
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Klaus Stern, 1921–2013
In spite of World War II closing in around them, Klaus and Paula Stern married in Germany in 1942, because, as Klaus stated in a short documentary about their survival, “two people can fight whatever comes better than one person.” The Sterns were deported to Auschwitz nine months later. Over the next two years, Klaus survived Sachsenhausen, Flossenburg, Leonberg, and Mühldorf concentration camps, as well as death marches. Sick with typhoid when the Americans arrived, Klaus rallied through and made the slow journey back to Ahrnstadt, Germany, where he and Paula promised to meet again — if they survived. Klaus sent a note with a soldier going in the general direction of her town in the hopes it would reach her hands. It read: “Paula, I’m still alive. Wait for me.” Klaus and Paula reunited and were married 70 years until Klaus’s passing on May 12 due to complications from pneumonia. He was 92. After liberation it took Paula six weeks to return to Ahrnstadt. She knew her family was gone, but she was sure Klaus would be there waiting for her. “There was no doubt about it,” she said in a film segment that appeared on ABC’s Nightline. Every night in Auschwitz, Klaus sent his thoughts to her to stay strong. “Maybe I would have gotten the feeling that Klaus was gone, and I would have given up, too,” she said. Miraculously, the letter found its way to her, and so, eventually, did Klaus. Klaus and Paula moved to Seattle a year later, where Klaus found work with Langendorf Bakeries. They had two children, Marvin and Marion, and later were blessed with four grandchildren. Shortly after the Sterns hit American soil in 1946, Klaus began speaking about his experiences during the Holocaust, and in 1989 helped found the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center. Part of the center’s speakers bureau, he educated the public — particularly school groups — about the war and the consequences of intolerance up until his health began to fail in the past year. In a comment to the Seattle Times’ obituary on May 16, a former high school teacher paid tribute to the survivor: When queried at the end of the school year on what were the best things about the class, Klaus’ visit was always at the top of the list. He changed more lives than anyone else I’ve ever known, encouraging students to be tolerant of others and always respect human life as sacred. His horrific story of surviving Auschwitz showed kids they also could survive almost anything and come out on the other side to have a happy life. God bless dear Mr. Stern. “Klaus Stern led by example,” said Dee Simon, executive director of the Holocaust Center. “With his support, the center now reaches over 40,000 students each year. He served on the center’s board of directors since 1989 providing a moral compass for the center’s leadership, and keeping the survivor’s perspective at the forefront. Klaus was not only a leader but a dear friend of the center. He will be missed.”
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History of Washington State’s Jews comes to the stage
Gwen Davis JTNews Correspondent
Who were the first Jews in Washington State? How were they able to assimilate into American and Washington culture? Why did they move here and what were their lives like day to day? On June 2, the Washington State Jewish Historical Society (WSJHS) and Book-It Repertory Theatre will premiere “In the Land of Rain & Salmon: Jewish Voices of the Northwest, 1880-1920” at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. “It’s a collaboration of everything we stand for — our whole mission is in this production,” said Lisa Kranseler, executive director of WSJHS. “It’s bringing awareness to Jewish history and that’s important.” Kranseler anticipates the show will sell out. “We expect it will be very popular,” she said. That the performance will be at Langston Hughes is significant: In 1914, Chevra Bikur Cholim (now Bikur Cholim Machzikay Hadath) built the facility and used it as its synagogue until 1958. “It’s a really big thing,” Kranseler said. “The Langston Hughes community welcomes our community.” This original theater production is based on “Family of Strangers,” a 2003 book authored by Jacqueline Williams, Molly Cone and Howard Droker, which describes the history of Jews in Washington, and materials from the Jewish Archives at the University of Washington’s Special Collections library. According to Annie Lareau, education director at Book-It, the staged reading combines several vignettes from historical moments in Washington State history that involve its various Jewish communities. “We keep authors’ words intact,” she said. “They take place all over the state and include Sephardic and Ashkenazic stories, with violin music. Photos are also displayed during the performance.” The theater contracts with organizations like the WSJHS frequently. “WSJHS commissioned us to create a touring staged reading, where this can be done in big or small spaces,” Lareau said. “We’ve done this several times with different historical societies.” Author Jacqueline Williams is pleased her book is being made into a performance. “Book-It picked out six or eight people from the book and used the dialogues from the book and supplemented it with oral histories,” she said. 4Culture, an organization that advances cultural services in King County,
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“In the Land of Rain and Salmon” will be staged on Sun., June 2 at 2 p.m. at the Langtston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave. S, Seattle. Tickets at brownpapertickets. com cost $30 until May 28, $36 after. Students and kids under 18 cost $18.
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partnered with WSJHS to make the performance happen. “When I heard the WSJHS had the theme of ‘Jews in Arts’ this year, and we talked about different ways of approaching it, we realized that theater-style was the one format the WSJHS would be most interested in,” said Eric Taylor, a senior
staffer at 4Culture. 4Culture has helped put on other similar events. “We have done this type of program before, starting in 2009 with commemorating Seattle’s first World’s Fair in 1909,” he said. “After the success of that program, we wanted to do something like it in the following years. In 2010 we did a performance to commemorate women’s suffrage in Washington State, which was also based on a book.” In 2012 the performance commemorated the 50th anniversary of the World’s Fair. Funding for this performance came from 4Culture and a Small and Simple
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