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JTNews . . friday, june 7, 2013


Marking the nineteenth yartzeit of the

In Loving Memory

lubavitcher rebbe rabbi MenacheM Mendel SchneerSon of bleSSed MeMory
3rd of Tamuz corresponding this year to June 11, 2013
His Torah teachings and Persona continue to imbue in us a sense of mission, world vision and communal responsibility in enhancing the quality of spiritual growth and commitment in all of us. We pledge to continue the Rebbe’s Holy Work until the realization of the day that Maimonides writes about at the conclusion of his Mishna Torah, “In that era, there will be neither famine nor war, envy nor competition, for good will flow in abundance and all the delights will be [as common] as dust. The occupation of the entire world will be solely to know G-d.” with the coming of our righteous Moshiach.

Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson Lubavitcher Rebbe OBM

the community is invited
to join in a Shabbos weekend of reflection and learning with Scholar-in-Residence

rabbi david twersky
Shabbos, June 22nd 2013
Rabbi David Twersky is a fourth generation member of Seattle’s Orthodox community on his mother’s side. On his father’s side, he traces his lineage back to Reb Nochum of Chernoble, a disciple of the Baal Shem Tov. Rabbi Twersky graduated in 1963 from Seattle Hebrew Academy, and from Garfield High School in the “Top Ten” in 1966. He received a BA in mathematics from Yeshiva College in 1970 and a Masters in Computer Science from New York University in 1972. Rabbi Twersky received ordination from RIETS (Rabbinical School affiliate of Yeshiva University) and was a student in the shiur of the renowned Rabbi Yosef Dov Soloveitchik OBM for three years while attending the Semicha program. He has served on the Boards and Executive Committees of the Seattle Hebrew Academy, Congregation Bikur Cholim-Machzikay Hadath, and the Board of the Northwest Yeshiva High School. In recent years he has served as the Rabbinic Trustee of the Samis Foundation. Rabbi Twersky recently retired from the Boeing Company after almost 40 years. He and his wife Tzippy will make Aliyah in October, joining three of their children and families.

at Congregation Shaarei Tefillah Lubavitch 6250 43rd Ave NE, Seattle WA
Shacharis Services Saturday 9:30 AM Kiddush and Shabbos Meal 12:15 PM

Rabbi Twersky will discuss the topic “The Rebbe’s Leadership in the Rebuilding of World Jewry after the Shoah (Holocaust)”
A Special Lecture will be given Shabbos afternoon at 5:30 PM at the home of Rabbi & Mrs. Levitin for the women of the community Rabbi Twersky will give a special Shiur (class) between Mincha and Maariv at Seuda Slishit at CSTL

He feels what everyone here feels. He helps all attain the unattainable. In his presence, one feels more Jewish, more authentically Jewish. Seen by him, one comes in closer contact with one’s own inner Jewish center.
— Elie Wiesel, author, speaking of the Rebbe, June 1988

In memory of Shmuel ben Nisan O.B.M. — Samuel Stroum — Yartzeit March 9, 2001/14 Adar 5761 Sponsored by a friend of Samuel Stroum and Chabad-Lubavitch. For more information, please visit

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the rabbi’s turn

Conflict: Kosher… or not?
Rabbi Mark Spiro LivingJudaism
Prior to our arrival in Seattle nearly 10 years ago, we’d heard about the warm, closeknit Jewish community, and in many respects we have not been disappointed. But we’ve also witnessed quite a bit of controversy relating mainly to our schools and synagogues. At times, we have been upset and even disgusted by the things we’ve heard. The Jewish people are no strangers to internal conflict, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s unreasonable to expect the members of a community to march lockstep in agreement with each other at all times. Nor would we want them to, since healthy disagreements within communities expand their horizons and make them better. The important question therefore is: What is a healthy disagreement? Our sages teach us that Korach’s rebellion against Moshe (recounted in this week’s parashah) is the paradigm for unhealthy and destructive conflict: Any dispute that is for the sake of heaven will have a constructive outcome; but one that is not for the sake of heaven will not have a constructive outcome. What sort of dispute was for the sake of heaven? The dispute between Hillel and Shammai. And which was not for the sake of heaven? The dispute of Korach and his entire company. (Pirkei Avot 5:17) According to our Mishna, the distinction between healthy and unhealthy conflict lies in our motive: Whether or not it is for the sake of heaven. Maimonides further clarifies that an argument to prove someone else wrong is “not for the sake of heaven,” whereas an argument intended to help someone discover the truth is “for the sake of heaven.” Which is all very clear, except for one problem: Have you ever seen an argument where everyone involved wasn’t convinced they were pursuing the truth? Rabbi Yochanan Zweig of the Talmudic University of Florida offers a novel approach: I know that I’m arguing in a constructive manner, not when I believe that I’m pursuing truth, but rather when I believe that my adversary is. Not everyone is motivated by a pure desire for truth, but most people genuinely believe they are right, and most, while not necessarily correct, have a perspective that contains elements of truth we can learn from. If I believe my adversary is motivated by a desire for truth, I will be open to what he has to say, which will ensure the argument remains constructive even when I continue to embrace my position. Hillel and Shammai are the paradigms for healthy disagreement, because even though the law was generally decided in favor of Hillel’s opinion, the students of Hillel not only learned Shammai’s approach, they made sure to learn it first. The search for truth doesn’t necessarily have to be the search for ultimate truth. It can simply be an attempt to understand another person’s personal truth, because in so doing I not only learn, but I build a bridge of understanding that brings us closer and enables us to find collaborative and creative resolutions to our conflicts. But what if my adversary is not a Hillel or a Shammai? There are dishonest people out there, some knowing and deliberate, and others driven by deeper agendas that even they may not be aware of. I can’t read people’s hearts to know their motivations, so how can I protect myself and avoid engaging in pointless and potentially destructive controversy? The best way to determine if others are arguing for the sake of heaven is if they are willing to listen, stick to the issues, and refrain from personal attacks. Korach didn’t just present another point of view; he accused Moshe of being power hungry and controlling, which Moshe properly understood to be a projection of his own deeper motivation. Further, our oral tradition points out that when Moshe tried to reason with Korach, Korach refused to respond because he knew he couldn’t win. It was then that Moshe realized that he had nothing to gain by arguing further. As a resident of Seattle, I am amazed there are people who actually seem to believe that all conservatives are heartless, or that all liberals are mindless. As a member of the Jewish community, I am shocked and appalled by some of the things that have been said about people I know: Vicious attacks designed to turn adversaries into two-dimensional villains, fitting subjects for a comic book series but bearing little resemblance to the characters I know. As a counselor working with couples, I’ve been blown away by some of the uncharitable assumptions husbands and wives make about each other that are miles from the truth, but are nonetheless accepted by the very ones who should know how baseless they really are. Regardless of whether they are in the public realm or in the privacy of our own home, our disagreements must be based upon a sincere mutual desire for truth, fueled by a belief in the essential goodness of others. As soon as we or our adversaries lose sight of this fundamental fact, it’s game over. In such a case it is imperative that we, like Moshe before us, put an end to the conversation and whenever possible, appeal to a higher and more impartial authority.

What if the Nazis had tweeted?
Gideon Behar JTA World News Service
JERUSALEM (JTA) — What could Goebbels have done with 140 characters? The question, disturbing as it might sound, can no longer be approached only as theoretical. As the arch-propagandist of Nazism, Joseph Goebbels spread the demonic messages of his fuehrer via the written word, mass demonstrations, radio and film. He used those avenues to near perfection, promoting what perhaps was the most evil publicity campaign in the history of humankind. Some eight decades later, the tools are different but the motivations are the same. In the place of vitriol-filled radio broadcasts and Berlin stadia filled to capacity with saluting Nazis, the resources employed today by bigots are increasingly the Internet and social media. Undoubtedly the #HeilHitler hashtag, if launched in 1933, would have had followers in the many millions, likely surpassing even the numbers of the most revered celebrities who employ resources like Twitter. With all the tremendous good it does, and the hundreds of millions of people it entertains, inspires and educates daily, at its core the Internet is the most capable propaganda tool ever invented. The online community is both largely uncensored and without any natural borders or limits — a combination that makes it so effective and so dangerous. With the same speed it takes to reach millions with videos of laughing babies or talented Korean dancers, hate-filled messages pour into the world’s social media feeds and email inboxes. The reality in the online war against hate is that our enemies are smarter than any anti-Semitic forces we have ever seen. They understand the power of the Internet and embrace the protections under law it offers. Today’s most effective anti-Semites are not the flag-waving, storm-trooping skinheads of yesteryear. While those forces still exist, their reach pales in comparison to the computer users able to spill their messages of hate to millions around the globe in a matter of seconds. The peace-loving forces within the international community are therefore faced with a daunting challenge — yet it is not insurmountable. First, we need to recognize the scope of the problem. Online hate is difficult if not impossible to quantify. While we can try to count the number of problematic websites, there is no real way to know how many people those sites reach, and even more so with social media, where the trail of content can instantaneously split


into thousands of directions. The scope of the problem is unprecedented and enormous, and deserves a massive allocation of resources and international cooperation. Second, and perhaps more fundamental, the world must change its mindset for what deserves protection within the online community. Most often, when people speak about the Internet and the world of social media, terms bandied about are “marketplace of ideas,” “common ground for expression,” or similar terminology that states users should be allowed to disseminate whatever ideas come into their heads. This position is defended by those who advocate that freedom of expression should be interpreted literally to allow people to express whatever they feel, regardless of how inflammatory or incendiary it might be. This must be rethought. People’s right to free speech can and must be protected. But those protections should never be extended to expressions that come at the physical expense of another. Hate speech on the Internet and in social media has the very real potential to inspire acts of violence. This has been proven countless times since the advent of the Internet and is realized every day through the examples of young and impressionable people who turn to the Web for inspiration for all sorts of devious ideologies and beliefs. In order for the Internet to sustain its openness, all responsible parties must commit to guarding against the use of online hate mongering. Re-evaluating the understanding of what is and is not acceptable will be a challenging process and requires an underlying commitment to protect the interests of all viewpoints while rooting out those messages that cross the fine line between valid speech and dangerous incitement. The success of this effort will require the participation and involvement of the relevant commercial players who allow the Internet to flourish along with national governments and international law enforcement. It will not be achieved overnight. If the past has taught us anything, however, it is that the stakes are far too high to do nothing. This time the world must respond.
Gideon Behar is the director of the Department for Combating Anti-Semitism of the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the chair of the Global Forum for Combating Anti-Semitism, which was held last month in Jerusalem.

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The National Council of Jewish Women-Seattle Section’s new speaker series will feature Cheryl Stumbo, an advocate for common-sense gun control, and Charlene Strong, a marriage equality and civil rights advocate. Stumbo, a survivor of the 2006 Jewish Federation shooting, will speak about her physical and emotional recovery and why communities need to promote sensible gun laws. She will also speak at TEDx in Seattle on June 23. Strong is a governor-appointed member of the Washington State Human Rights Commission, the founder and principal of LFB Advocacy Group, and the subject of the documentary, “for my wife…” At the Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave., Seattle. For more information contact Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg at or 360-280-5372.

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The Puget Sound Affiliate of Pancreatic Cancer Action Network hosts its seventh annual gala with special guest Lisa Niemi Swayze, widow of actor Patrick Swayze, who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in 2009. Research shows that there is a higher incidence of pancreatic cancer among Ashkenazi Jews. For more information about the organization and upcoming events, visit

By finishing the season at 14-1, the Seattle Hebrew Academy’s girls’ basketball team had its best season in its history. The team’s one loss, by two points, was on March 4 to Renton Christian. A week later the girls had a rematch and built a 10-0 lead in the first quarter.

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yiddish lesson
By Rita Katz Ven di katz shloft, tantzn di mayz.
When the cat sleeps, the mice dance.

inside this issue
Allocations time
It’s that time of year when the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle announces its grants to local and overseas organizations.

Israel week at Antioch


After several years of “Israel Apartheid Week” at Antioch University near downtown Seattle, people upset by the event created something more positive.

Adam Smith on Israel


Rep. Adam Smith came to Temple De Hirsch Sinai to talk to his constituents and J Street supporters about what’s happening in the Middle East.

10 Under 40

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Remember when

For the fourth year, JTNews has found 10 Jews under the age of 40 who have been doing great things for their community.

Cantor Leah Elstein Storyteller Brian Rohr Attorney Casey Trupin Startup guru Dan Shapiro Emerging chef Sarah Rosenthal Arts maven Lauren Palmor Food truck entrepreneur Venessa Goldberg Digital communicator Hannah Pressman Social worker Rachael Kwong Educator Amy Paquette The growing preschool
Chabad of the Central Cascades started a preschool two years ago, and like the children it serves, the Issaquah-based school hasn’t stopped growing.

From the Jewish Transcript, June 5, 1967. Exactly 46 years after this rendering of the Jewish Community Center on Mercer Island announced the launch of a “clean-up” campaign to raise $400,000 to complete the now-well-used building, the Stroum JCC has officially launched its capital campaign to give the building a phased makeover, starting with its auditorium.

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2014 Federation grants aim for depth
If there’s one direction the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle has gone with its agency allocations, it’s more deep and less wide. “One of the focuses we had this year… was to grant in a more deep, impactful way than we did last year,” said Nancy Greer, the Federation’s interim CEO. “We were very thoughtful in that process, so you’ll see a number of agencies got everything they asked for in some areas.” This is the Federation’s second community campaign under its new grant-based model in which it raises funds and allocates grants based upon individual projects in specific areas of impact instead of blanket allocations to cover operating costs. The community campaign ends June 30 and the Federation believes it will hit its goal, with current pledges having reached 96.7 percent as of June 3. “Our target is to meet or exceed what we realized last year at $4.8 million,” said David Chivo, the Federation’s executive vice president. Ken Weinberg, outgoing CEO of Jewish Family Service, expressed relief about his agency’s grants being roughly equivalent to what his agency received last year. “Staying the same is the new up,” Weinberg said. “You just can’t complain about that. That is really doing very, very well.” The Federation fully funded grants for JFS’s food bank and emergency services program, the Project DVORA domestic violence program, and the Seattle Association for Jews with Disabilities. “I’m particularly pleased with the SAJD allocation,” Weinberg said. “Last year that caused a lot of pain, and I think that it’s clear that the folks at Federation really understood the need to support SAJD.” SAJD went unfunded last year. One JFS program partially funded by the Federation is a family volunteer program. The grant will “identify more clearly and create more family volunteering activities,” said Jane Deer-Hileman, director of JFS’s volunteer services. That includes creating program materials such as an online calendar and family volunteering toolkit, expanding the types of programs offered across the lifecycle spectrum such as a recent seedling-planting program to grow produce for the food bank, and to help fund an AmeriCorps VISTA member. Some grant requests that resonated with the planning committees this year involve intergenerational activities: The second-generation program from the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center brings together children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Holocaust survivors to meet and talk about their families’ experiences. “This is a unique community and we’ve held one event, which was very successful, standing-room only,” said Dee Simon, executive director of the Holocaust Center. “There was a great deal of interest to continue the program, so we are working to

Joel Magalnick Editor, JTNews

Helping Our Local Community In Need Priority Area Organization Project Grant Stabilizing Lives in Crisis Jewish Family Service Food Bank and Emergency Services $110,000 Jewish Family Service Project DVORA $100,000 Total in Priority Area $210,000 Mental Health Eastern European Counseling Center Mental Health Treatment for Victims of Domestic Violence $10,000 Jewish Family Service Seattle Association for Jews with Disabilities (SAJD) $75,000 The Friendship Circle of Washington Friends@Home $18,000 The Friendship Circle of Washington Sunday Circle $32,000 Total in Priority Area $135,000 Older Adults: 65 and Older Stroum Jewish Community Center Intergenerational Education Project $24,460 The Kline Galland Center and Affiliates Chaplaincy Program $15,000 Total in Priority Area $39,460 Helping Our Local Community In Need Impact Area Total $384,460 Strengthening Global Jewry Priority Area Organization Project Grant JAFI and JDC Unrestricted Allocations Programs in Israel and Overseas $552,315 Human Need/Social Services in Israel AMIT Break the Cycle of Poverty $10,000 Kiryat Malachi Endowment Fund Kiryat Malachi Emergency Clinic $9,000 Leket Israel Nutritional Support in the Kiryat Malachi & Chof Ashkelon Region $20,000 Nerya Center-Kiryat Malachi Afterschool Programs for Disadvantaged Children in Kiryat Malachi $5,000 SELAH: Israel Crisis Management Center Direct Emergency Aid to Immigrants to Israel struck by tragedy $15,000 Partnership 2Gether Partnership 2Gether Israel-Based Programs $77,604 YEDID Citizen Rights Center in Kiryat Malachi $17,500 Total in Priority Area $154,104 Human Need/Social Services Overseas American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee The Partnership for Children Program in Moldova $15,000 Jewish Agency For Israel FSU Camping $5,000 Total in Priority Area $20,000 Services to the Elderly in Israel and Overseas American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee Welfare Support for Needy Elderly Jews in the FSU $10,000 Total in Priority Area $10,000 Strengthening Global Jewry Impact Area Total $736,419 Experiencing Judaism Priority Area Organization Project Grant Jewish Camping Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle Community Needs-Based Jewish Overnight Camp Scholarships $15,000 Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle One Happy Camper First-Time Camper Incentive Grant Program $44,500 Stroum Jewish Community Center Summer Camp: North End Expansion Focus $40,000 The Friendship Circle of Washington FC Summer Camp $14,000 Total in Priority Area $113,500 Jewish Early Childhood PJ Library of the Jewish Federation PJ Library General Grant $120,000 Seattle Jewish Community School Seattle Jewish Cooperative Playschool $15,000 Seattle Jewish Community School The Hub@SJCS $15,000 Stroum Jewish Community Center Early Childhood Education Tuition Assistance Program $30,000 Total in Priority Area $180,000 Formal Jewish Education Education Services of the Jewish Federation Jewish Education Services $77,000 Kol HaNeshamah Out of the Box! $15,000 All-Schools’ Request for Scholarships Funding $306,000 Jewish Day School, Menachem Mendel Seattle Cheder, Northwest Yeshiva High School, Seattle Hebrew Academy, Seattle Jewish Community School, Torah Day School Seattle Jewish Community School Hebrew Online - Collaborative Project with Lookstein Center $20,000 The Livnot Project The Livnot Project Expansion Year Two $45,000 Total in Priority Area $463,000 Jewish Teen Experiences BBYO Evergreen Region The Seattle BBYO Program $20,000 Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle “Israel Incentive Grant, Phase II” $50,000 Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle Israel Need-Based Scholarship Grant $26,00 Jewish High Jewish Student Union Clubs $5,000 Total in Priority Area $101,000 Experiencing Judaism Impact Area Total $857,500 building jewish Community Priority Area Organization Project Title Grant Adult Education Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation Torahthon7 $5,000 Stroum Jewish Community Center Jewish Film Festival $15,000 Total in Priority Area $20,000 Building Jewish Identity Jewish Federations of North America Taglit-Birthright Israel $10,000 Jewish Family Service Family Volunteering $30,000 Stroum Jewish Community Center Community Jewish Holiday Celebrations $60,000 Partnership 2Gether Partnership 2Gether People to People Programs $34,853 Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center Outreach to Adult Children and Grandchildren of Local Holocaust Survivors $17,500 Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center Yom Hashoah program $10,000 Washington State Jewish Historical Society MOHAI Exhibit for Who’s Minding the Store $19,400 Total in Priority Area $181,753 Young Adults: Aged 18-35 Hillel Foundation for Jewish Life at U of Washington Jconnect Seattle $100,000 Hillel Foundation for Jewish Life at U of Washington Undergraduate Shabbat and Holiday Program $30,000 Stroum Jewish Studies Program at U of Washington Jewish Studies, Digital Storytelling, and a Virtual Museum of Seattle’s Jewish History $10,000 Total in Priority Area $140,000 Building Jewish Community Impact Area Total $341,753 Fiscal Year 2014 Program/Project Allocations Total $2,320,132 Special Purpose Funds Allocations Research Fund $40,000 Contingency Fund $20,000 Emergency Capital Needs Fund $20,000 Total FY14 Special Purpose Allocation $80,000 Fiscal Year 2014 Allocations Total $2,400,132

Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle Fiscal Year 2014 Community Grants

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create new activities that interest this unique group of people.” A second Holocaust Center grant will help expand Yom HaShoah programming. The organization will receive $27,500, compared to $5,000 for 2013. The Stroum Jewish Community Center received a grant for a similar request to launch an intergenerational program this fall. “The goal is to integrate grandparents — not only of children in our school, but grandparents in general —  into the early childhood [program] so that there’s learning going on and volunteering going on between generations,” said Judy Neuman, the JCC’s CEO. A $60,000 grant for holiday program-

ming is a 25 percent increase over last year’s. That grant expanded the JCC’s offerings, including an Israel at 65 event that Neuman said drew more than 500 people, and a Hanukkah event at Northgate Mall. She hopes to be able to do more such offsite programming in the coming year. “To take some of these programs out and travel with them, as you scale them it costs considerably more money to pull them off,” Neuman said. That’s why she’s unhappy that this grant, and the other four the JCC received for a total of $169,460, were only partially funded. Three requests did not receive any funding. “This funding cycle marks the second consecutive year that funding has been

significantly reduced,” Neuman said. “During those two years ‘J’ programs and services have grown significantly. We’re definitely meeting the needs of more community members.” Having lost 50 percent of its funding dollars over that period, Neuman wondered if the Federation’s new funding process should take a more holistic approach. “Looking at these program grants by their impact areas may be somewhat in isolation. It seems that it’s made it very difficult for people to walk away and understand how each individual grant connects and fits into the total JCC story,” she said. But the Federation’s Greer said that is the part of the process. “From our perspective, it’s really what

we’re doing for the community as a whole, how we address specific needs,” she said. Greer added that while the Federation values all of the agencies it supports and their programs, other grants in the same areas were judged to have a more significant impact on the community overall. Of 133 grant requests to the Federation, 47 were funded at least in part. JTNews, which received $22,700 last year for community-wide paper distribution, did not get funded. The Federation has provided financial assistance to its operations, however. Some organizations not on this year’s list, including Chabad at the University of Washington and Congregation Beth
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Send a Food Basket
by Mike Selinker

Antioch’s anti-anti-Israel week attempts dialogue, change
Emily K. Alhadeff Associate Editor, JTNews
Antioch University, a one-building institution in downtown Seattle serving 900 students, has been holding an Israel Apartheid Week for six years. This year, a tiny band of activists tried to put an end to it — and succeeded. Sort of. Efrat Gilad, an art therapy student from Israel, said that when she saw posters for this year’s international week of anti-Zionist activism, she felt she was “going to die.” Gilad decided she would have to either fight back or leave the school. “I couldn’t bear the fact that my university sponsors an anti-Israel event,” she said. Gilad, who has been in the U.S. for four years, contacted a number of people to ask for help. She and a handful of students, aided by local Israel advocacy organization StandWithUs Northwest, approached the administration to express their discomfort about the events, which this year included a mock checkpoint, a lecture, and a film screening and discussion. “We asked for an event that will balance the effects of the anti-Israel event,” Gilad said. The administration responded positively, allowing the group to host an Israel Diversity Week May 28-30. Furthermore, according to statements from StandWithUs, the administration said it would pull out of its sponsorship of Israel Apartheid Week and work toward a more inclusive “Israel Dialogue Week” in the future. However, the administration received pushback from the supporters and organizers of Israel Apartheid Week, which includes vocal Palestinian faculty member Nada Elia and the library director, Beverly Stuart. Shana Hormann, Antioch’s dean of students, is cheerfully optimistic about the future of dialogue. “We’re in a university that tries to further critical thinking,” and to “strengthen the ability to hold the tension of multiple perspectives,” she said. While Hormann did not comment on the future of Israel Apartheid Week, she said, “what is true is that the office of academic affairs will sponsor an Israel Dialogue Week.” On May 28, about 50 people gathered to hear StandWithUs Northwest community liaison Hen Mazzig explain the history of Israel and describe the cultural diversity of the land. During the questionand-answer period, Mazzig encountered both respectful and hostile comments from audience members. One woman accused him of lying and faulted him for Zionist indoctrination, and told him he should be ashamed of himself. “You are an oppressor state,” Elia told Mazzig. Yet another asked, “Where does the hate come from?” to which Mazzig had no answer. As tension mounted, Hormann stepped in to end the session with a round of applause. “People are paying attention, and I am grateful for that,” Hormann told JTNews. “This is about academic freedom. This is about multiple perspectives…. Who are we as Antioch if we don’t take on what’s tough?”

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De Hirsch Sinai wins national award
Temple De Hirsch Sinai was one of eight temples from across the country to win a 2013 Union for Reform Judaism Belin Outreach and Membership Award. The award honors Reform synagogues that have found innovative ways to engage and retain members. In the case of TDHS, which has sanctuaries on both Capitol Hill in Seattle and in Bellevue, it was outreach to younger Jews in four different areas that caught the judges’ attention: Its longrunning The Tribe for Jews in their 20s and 30s, the new KIDdish Club for young families, Aleph Bet Baby for newly married couples or those about to have children, and the young adult membership program. Temple members and staff will travel to San Diego in December to receive the award. The Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle announces its debut junior kindergarten program, an inquiry-based learning approach for 3-5 year olds. The curriculum involves planned explorations resulting in authentic discoveries in science, math, art, and stories. “We have designed the Junior Kindergarten program in a way that captures the natural curiosity of children and gets them excited about learning,” said Amy Adler, JDS’s admissions director, in a statement. The program fosters emotional and social development, as well as Jewish identity through music, celebrations and Hebrew. For more information and to apply, contact Amy Adler at or 425-460-0260. Tuition assistance is available.

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MMSC Jewish Montessori Preschool now accepting applications
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The Menachem Mendel Seattle Cheder’s preschool, the only Jewish Montessori preschool in Seattle, is now accepting applications for the 2013-14 school year. Contact Marave Herbstman at 206-523-9766 or with questions and to schedule tours.

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Rep. Adam Smith: We have Israel’s back
Janis Siegel JTNews Correspondent
At a community briefing at Seattle’s Temple De Hirsch Sinai, Rep. Adam Smith (D-9th District) used a long checklist to discuss America’s role in the Middle East: The Obama administration’s actions in the region, characterized by caution; remaining disengaged in Syria; top-level diplomacy through Secretary of State John Kerry’s frequent trips; economic support; and a prudent military component in the region. At the event organized by Al Garman the left-leaning Israel advo- Rep. Adam Smith speaks at Temple De Hirsch Sinai at an event cacy organization J Street, for the J Street Israel advocacy organization. Smith, whom it endorses, also nomic plan in that region. We need to be said he was waiting for a formal White strategic about it. We have to find a way to House plan outlining its approach toward be engaged. Syria, which is in the midst of an increas“I’m cautiously optimistic that the ingly combustible sectarian civil war. The peace [with Morsi] will hold,” he added. growing violence there has left 80,000-plus However, Smith was unequivocal and dead and threatens the safety of Israel and direct about the U.S.’s commitment to Israel. the stability in the region. “Israel is our most critical ally and we “I’m still waiting for someone to put must make it clear to all the parties that we a plan on the table, but I haven’t seen it,” will have their back,” he said. “That is funsaid Smith, the ranking Democrat on the damental and it is a vital national security House Armed Services Committee. “It’s interest.” the most dangerous situation we face on In contrast to President Obama’s recent the globe today.” speech on military policy going forward According to observers, the U.S. must when he asserted that the terror threat, in commit to some involvement going forgeneral, is subsiding, Smith noted that the ward in Syria because several American terror threat is still very real. He recalled allies that share a border with the majority events that originally led the U.S. into the Sunni Islamic country have already been fight against radical Islamic extremism. drawn into hostilities that have spilled “Al-Qaeda declared war on the U.S. in across their borders. 1996,” said Smith. “There are some very At the same time, however, Syrian dangerous people that are threatening us President Bashar Assad’s allies have come and we can’t back down from that.” to his aid. Russia sent Assad an assortment While in Rome in May, Secretary Kerry of its newest high-tech defensive missiles met with Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi and it has been widely reported that Iran Livni and Qatar’s prime minister, accordhas mobilized and armed Hezbollah inside ing to reports. In Washington, D.C., Kerry the country. met for a second time with Livni and he According to Sen. John McCain also met with the PLO chief negotiator, (R-Ariz.), who recently returned from Saeb Erekat and Jordan’s foreign minister. stealth meetings there with the anti-Assad During a return trip to the Middle East, rebel factions, the insurgents deserve U.S. Kerry met separately with Israeli Prime support. Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and PalesSmith expressed some of the presitinian president Mahmoud Abbas. dent’s caution, recognizing that the alli“I urge against preconditions,” said ances that undergird the longtime Syrian Smith, who told the crowd he traveled to president are formidable. Israel and the surrounding territories in “We should not support regime change,” 2005 and 2011. “A two-state solution is the Smith said. “We don’t have a group of only sustainable path forward and the U.S. viable people to support. The opposition to has to be part of it. The economic developAssad is somewhat splintered and dangerment in the West Bank has been critical.” ous. We can make it worse. He’s got enough Speaking more broadly concerning firepower that can last.” his vision for the future of the region as However, he said the breakdown of a whole, Smith said that economic devela fragile peace in Egypt and the general opment and diplomacy are crucial, but unrest in neighboring countries could there must be a dialogue of cooperation have catastrophic consequences for Israel. with younger generations to affect last“The implications for Israel are proing change and to help them believe in the found indeed,” Smith said, “but we can’t possibility of a true peace process. just show up and tell Egypt and Libya how “The clash of civilizations needs to be to run their government. We need an eco-

Man’s best friend, cancer’s worst enemy?
Janis Siegel JTNews Columnist
More and more, scientists are becoming intrigued by the possibility that dogs may be uniquely sensitive to the distinctive smell of a cancer cell and that they may someday play a crucial role in saving the lives of patients affected by cancer. Recently, an Israeli researcher at Ben Gurion University of the Negev decided to see if letting the hypersensitive To Your olfactory skills of a trained dog Health might prove to be accurate enough to warrant further testing. Dr. Uri Yoel, an instructor at BGU who also specializes in internal medicine at BGU’s Health Sciences department, didn’t even wait for funding to begin the firstphase test of these dogs in his lab. Intrigued by several anecdotal accounts around the world during the last decade from dog owners who claimed that their pet continually barked at a particular site on their body no matter how much they tried to distract it, Yoel initiated an admittedly small study with only two dogs to test the phenomenon. Yoel’s first experiment, having the dogs identify cancer cells in a Petri dish, showed great potential. He found that dogs can, in fact, smell, differentiate, and identify various cancers. Once trained, Yoel’s canines achieved a 100 percent success rate, correctly distinguishing healthy, non-cancerous breast cancer cells from cancerous ones they found in separate cell culture plates. “All smells leave a molecular footprint,” said Yoel, “but with something like breast cancer, it was hard to understand how this worked. The dogs were taught to smell only breast cancer cell cultures but were tested also for their ability to recognize lung cancer and melanoma cell cultures. They scored a perfect 100 percent in all cases.” Over a decade of individual accounts of cancer detection by dogs showed that they correctly identified skin and lung cancer, which Yoel understood, because these smells are exhaled in a person’s breath or on their skin. But could a dog smell breast cancer, or other cancers inside the body, he wondered? “Our research proves that dogs can smell cancer cells in vitro [outside the body] and that different types of cancer share the same smell print,” continued Yoel. “Again, we cannot know for sure if in vivo [inside the body], the dogs are reacting to the cancer itself or to the body’s reaction to it. I think that the cancer itself has a special smell print that the animals detect though it may be a combination of the two factors.” Researchers are still not quite sure what the animals actually smell, but Yoel has observed that “different types of cancer share the same smell print.” Since the first documented case of canine cancer detection about a decade ago, two women in the United Kingdom have claimed that their pets alerted them to lumps in their breasts by gently “pawing” at the area or otherwise signaling them. Both women were prompted to see their doctor and both women had malignant lumps. Still, despite his results, it was not clear to Yoel if the dogs were correctly identifying the cells because of the human body’s own reaction to the cancer, which itself emits its own distinctive odor, due to either cell death or inflammation. In addition, even if further study proved conclusively that dogs could reliably identify cancers in humans, the question remains as to how they might be used in the diagnostic setting when significant numbers of cases would need screening. Encouraged by this first round of results, Yoel is going forward with a second phase of research with the cancer-sniffing canines, although he is looking for funding to further his work. He will need to hire two dog trainers, locate a facility to conduct the research, recruit hundreds of smokers with early-stage lung disease along with more than 100 dogs, according to BGU staff. Training dogs to identify cancer cells is a relatively easy process, say dog-training experts, because it comes naturally to them and their acute sense of smell can be adapted to most settings. Doctors only need to introduce the dog to a particular scent or cell, and they get a reward when they respond to it during training. Once the dogs are trained to alert for lung cancer by identifying the scent of those study participants who have the disease, Yoel will test again to determine whether they can pick out the subjects on their own. “Even before we start training the dogs, we must see if they are suitable for this type of work,” said Yoel. “We need to see the dogs’ qualities as puppies and to trace their development. All this takes time — and modest resources.”


brought out into the open and addressed,” said Smith. “It’s real and it’s tangible. It’s about working with the broader group on ideology so that people don’t turn to these [radical] groups.” Smith blamed the ongoing upheavals in leadership and protests in many Muslim

countries in the Middle East on “unsustainable governments” where the people “were shut out, shut down, and not provided for.” “They need economic support, political freedom, and hope,” said Smith. “We’ve got to work with the populations.”


The reJewvenator: Cantor Leah Elstein
Emily K. Alhadeff Associate Editor, JTNews
Age: 37 Location: Tacoma Where to find her: On the bima at Temple Beth El

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It’s awe-inspiring that we live in a place where young Jews are doing inspirational things for their community. Whether it’s protecting the rights of kids, doing outreach to increase participation in the Jewish community, or cooking a damn good meal, we salute these 10 Jews, all under the age of 40, and thank them for doing all they do.

The storyteller: Brian Rohr
Gwen Davis JTNews Correspondent
Age: 35 Location: Port Townsend Where to find him:

Transforming Jewish life into something engaging and meaningful is at the forefront of every Jewish communal professional’s mind. When Leah Elstein arrived in Tacoma three years ago, fresh out of cantorial school, to lead Temple Beth El’s music and religious education programs, she was faced with her first challenge. “The committee that hired me sat down with me and said, ‘Our religious school doesn’t look like what we want it to look like….We want you to make the religious school a totally different place,’” she says. In three short years, Elstein has started a high school program that has retained the preteen and teen contingent that typically drops out of congregational life after B’nai Mitzvah. This year, it expanded to include eighth graders, and each year includes a trip — so far to New York, Washington, D.C., and New Orleans. “It’s something that our incoming 8th graders are super excited about,” Elstein says. The program now has about 25 kids. “Considering we’re a 260-family congregation,” she says, that’s “not too shabby.” After earning her bachelor’s in music, Elstein shipped out to Greenville, Miss., for Teach for America. She considers those years some of her most challenging. “It was a good day if I didn’t cry,” she

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said. “My students had really difficult lives.” Concurrently, Elstein enrolled in a music education master’s program at Delta State University. When her stint down South was up, she returned to her native Chicago to teach music at a private school, and to serve as a cantorial soloist, youth group adviser and music teacher at her synagogue. “We had a new rabbi there at the time, and she kept saying, ‘I don’t know why you’re teaching. You need to go to HUC,’” Elstein recalls. “Finally it clicked: Why don’t I do this full time?” So Elstein got into Hebrew Union College in New York, where she received her master’s of sacred music in 2009 and was
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For Making This Year’s 10 Under 40 List of Leaders Doing Big Things


Many of our stories and news updates come from Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and other postmodern entertainment institutions. However, humans will always gravitate toward classic stories and storytellers — Facebook need not apply. Brian Rohr, a storyteller living in Port Townsend, does just that. He tells Jewish and non-Jewish stories to all types of audiences all over the country. “All the storytelling I do I feel is sacred,” he said. “Stories teach about the human condition, our own spirit and our own soul and how we relate with each other. There’s a sacredness in that.” Rohr began storytelling in 2007 after his introduction to the craft. “I became interested in storytelling in general while at an ALEPH Kallah event of the Alliance for Jewish Renewal,” he said. The organization puts on such events yearly, with a gathering of 500 to 800 musicians, rabbis, teachers, performers and students. The event aims at exploring the mystical side of Judaism. He was hooked. “I went to it and signed up for a storytelling class. The teacher was not Jewish himself but was connecting the Kabbalistic story of the four worlds. Upon meeting him, I was so moved and blown away by what he did that I gave up my job and life in Chicago and moved to Port Townsend as a storyteller.” Rohr’s topics are varied. “Now, in my career as a professional storyteller, I tell stories about many different cultures, and a subset of that is Jewish storytelling, which mainly includes stories in the Torah.” “The essence of what I aim to do is breathe life back into these stories,” he said. “A lot of times we get these stories in written form, but they were originally oral. They got written down but a story likes to live and respond to listeners.” Rohr said his storytelling gigs are largely appropriate for intergenerational audiences, but he prefers to perform to teens and adults. “I’m drawn to stories that are very com-

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plex and very rich,” he said. “I like delving into the complexity of stories. Kids can follow a story, but teens and adults understand and relate more often with complex stories and how I share them.” One of the reasons Rohr enjoys storytelling is because stories speak to the human condition. “We like them because even if they are totally fantastical, they resonate. It’s like, maybe I didn’t have that experience right before the Red Sea parted, but through storytelling I understand what happened.” Rohr gets hired to perform at synagogues, community events, summer camps, libraries, high schools, universities and festivals. His performances also often stand on their own. He recently performed a major event for the Port Townsend Jewish community called “Hearing Lightning, Seeing Thunder,” which told the story of the receiving of the Torah. A typical performance will last anywhere between 10 and 45 minutes or
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The activist: Casey Trupin
Sarah Zaides Special to JTNews
Age: 39 Location: Capitol Hill Where to find him: @columbialgl_cyp

The startup guy: Dan Shapiro
Dikla Tuchman JTNews Correspondent
Age: 38 Location: Green Lake Where to find him: Facebook: Twitter: @danshapiro

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When asked about his most important connection to Judaism, attorney Casey Trupin says without hesitation: Tikkun olam. To “repair the world” is a call to action Trupin lives by. As an attorney focusing on issues related to children, youth, and homelessness, he understands his place in the Jewish community as part of a larger movement. Social justice is “a part of our history…it was through that lens that American Jews played in social justice and civil rights movements.” Trupin is very proud of the role that Jews played in the Civil Rights movement and cites the need for Jews, regardless of religious affiliation, to stand up and “protect minority groups and less empowered groups.” Trupin, a Seattle native and graduate of Garfield High School and the University of Washington School of Law, says his understanding of tikkun olam and the call for American Jews to be a part of a social justice movement comes largely from his family. One grandfather, Ben Diamond, spent his legal career on civil rights issues, while the other grandfather, Julian Trupin, worked on labor rights and other social justice causes. Both came of age during the McCarthy era, and were targeted for their leftist views during the Cold War (Trupin was involved in a movement to save Julius and Ethel Rosenberg and was called before the House Un-American Activities Committee). Conversations at the dinner table with parents Toby Diamond and Eric Trupin — both child psychologists, the former having worked for the Seattle schools for 20 years, and the latter now on faculty at the University of Washington — often included social justice topics, particularly surrounding youth. After completing his undergraduate studies at Pomona College in California, Trupin traveled to Latin America on a Thomas J. Watson fellowship to examine the ways in which different communities responded to homeless youth. In Guatemala City, Trupin met an attorney who was working with the everyday realities of Guatemalan homeless youth on everything from “registering homeless youth with the government to working on prosecutions of police who were massacring homeless youth.” The attorney inspired Trupin to take the LSAT and attend law school in Seattle. “This guy put aside all thoughts about himself,” said Trupin.

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Back in Seattle, he became involved with homeless youth as an intern through the UW Law School’s Child Advocacy Clinic. Currently, as an attorney with Columbia Legal Services, his caseload includes advocacy primarily on issues relating to children, youth, and/or homelessness, including civil rights, foster care, family, and education. He is most proud of his work on foster care, resulting in a reform of access and programs for the 10,000 children in Washington’s foster care system. “I’m proud to be part of a movement that raises the visibility of poor children and youth and address the underlying things that cause young people to be stuck in poverty,” says Trupin. His colleague at Columbia Legal Services, attorney Katara Jordan, describes him as someone whose  “optimism and enthusiasm is contagious, but grounded in such a way that results in effective systemic change that has improved the lives of thousands of children, youth, and their families.” Trupin’s family has made an impact on the community. His brother, Remy Trupin, founded the Washington State Budget and Policy Center and was featured as a JTNews 10 Under 40 back in 2010. And when he’s not out repairing the world, or spending time with his wife and two young kids, what does he do? “Watching a Seahawks game with bagels and lox from Eltana Bagels,” he says. “That’s my idea of a good Sunday.”

On paper, Dan Shapiro looks like many other guys who graduated from a highranking math and science university in the late ’90s and got a job out of college at Microsoft. But five years later, his career got interesting, and he’s now raised over $30 million dollars total in venture capital to invest in startups. “Eight years ago, I knew nothing about starting companies, I had zero experience writing a pitch deck and I knew exactly one angel investor and zero venture capitalists,” says Shapiro. After five years of working at Microsoft, which he looks back fondly upon, Shapiro started to realize that there were two kinds of people out there in the professional world: “Those who are experts in something and who refine their skills to an art, and those with short attention spans who compulsively throw themselves into situations for which they’re under-qualified and ill-prepared,” says Shapiro. “I fall in to the second camp, for better or for worse.” Through the help of a supportive com-

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munity and what Shapiro describes as “many, many coffee meetings,” he started to navigate the startup world. “I can’t easily repay the time that was invested in me, but I can pay it forward,” he says. But there are only so many hours in the day to do one-on-one mentoring at coffee shops, so Shapiro has found writing to be a great way to funnel his wisdom and share it with the startup community. Other than perhaps the early years of, which were primarily devoted to blogging about woodworking,
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10 under 40 The cooking prodigy:

JTNews . . friday, june 7, 2013

Sarah Rosenthal
Tori Gottlieb Special to JTNews
Age: 18 Location: West Seattle

The artist: Lauren Palmor
Erin Pike Special to JTNews
Age: 27 Location: Capitol Hill Where to find her: theartobject.

Sarah Rosenthal has been cooking for as long as she can remember. The 18-yearold, who will graduate from West Seattle High School next week, says her love of cooking was sparked by growing up in a home where food played a huge role. “My family is big on cooking,” she says. “I think most of it comes from my grand-

thal’s recipe for kiwi pesto pasta, which she said has quickly become one of her favorite recipes. Surprisingly, Rosenthal’s future career plans don’t involve a kitchen. “Cooking is definitely a skill that I want to have for the rest of my life,” she says. “I just don’t want to go into the industry.” She cites the culinary industry’s long hours and limited opportunities for advancement as major

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As students and supporters watch, Sarah Rosenthal competes with two other students to create an entrée that represents contemporary American cuisine in only 40 minutes as part of the ProStart Cooking Competition May 8.

mother. [She’s] always in the kitchen and there’s always something good cooking up.” One of Rosenthal’s favorite family recipes is chicken paprikash, a traditional Hungarian stew with chicken and noodles. Rosenthal proved herself something of a culinary whiz kid after she enrolled in ProStart, an occupational education program that prepares high school students to enter the culinary industry. The two-year program is offered in high schools all over the United States and provides instruction in cooking, nutrition, and hospitality for budding chefs and restaurateurs. Rosenthal credited her completion of the rigorous program to her instructor, Danielle Henry. “I couldn’t have done any of this without her,” says Rosenthal. “She’s just amazing.” ProStart holds annual state-level invitationals through its parent organization, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. In March, Rosenthal and four other students from her high school’s ProStart course placed fourth in the Washington State invitational. They were competing against students from a dozen other schools from all over Washington — including Garrison Smith, a close friend of Rosenthal’s — using Rosen-

reasons for her move away from cooking as a career. Instead, Rosenthal will head to the University of Montana this fall to study journalism. She fell in love with the field during a 2012 internship with KUOWFM in Seattle, where she produced a story about a homeless woman forced to move into her van so she could afford her daughter’s college tuition. The story was picked up by radio stations across the country and resulted in the woman, Elizabeth Jay, being offered a place to live, free of cost. “[My story] changed someone’s life in a pretty significant way,” says Rosenthal, who feels she can contribute more to journalism than to the culinary industry. “In the culinary industry, you have to start at the bottom,” she says. “Oftentimes, you are someone’s slave for 10 years or more before you get to a position of power where you can actually cook. I don’t want to sign up to be a slave.” But under the right circumstances, Rosenthal says she could eventually see herself back in the kitchen in a professional capacity. “I think it would be incredible to own my own restaurant,” she says, going on to describe her ideal fare as a light, healthy Mediterranean style. “It’s a big dream, but it would be wonderful.”

“I have always been drawn to art, and museums have long been my favorite places,” says Lauren Palmor. “At a relatively young age, I learned that art history is the history of everything: The history of religion, ethics, society, technology, gender relations — all of it can be seen and understood through visual culture...all of it comes together through art history.” Palmore is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the department of art history at the University of Washington, where her academic interests lie in British and American art of the 19th century. “[This specific genre] appeals to Courtesy Phillip Carpenter me because of its highly symbolic and Lauren Palmor, left, Phillip Carpenter, center, and Adam thoughtful nature. Before the rise of Newman at the opening of the first exhibition at A Modernism, paintings were coded Gallery, “Phillip Carpenter: Six Portraits.” and organized in a completely difruns a pop-up gallery in Occidental Park ferent way — pictures could behave like with partner Adam Newman of Integrus visual puzzles.” Architecture, called A Gallery. Between earning her master’s at The “The work of A Gallery is largely driven Courtauld Institute of Art in London in and determined by our location in the Pioneer Square area, and our exhibition program has been developed in part by our sensitivities to this area, its unique social Check out Lauren’s A Gallery, 117 landscape, and its historical value,” she South Main St., Seattle. Hours: said. “As a storefront, we design our exhiMon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. bitions so that they can be read easily from the square, street, or sidewalk. Our exhibitions are mindful of the elements of leg2009 and landing in Seattle in 2011 to ibility and accessibility in this context. ” begin her doctoral studies at UW, Palmor Contemporary art within Seattle’s spent time working at the Metropolitan community is something that Palmor is Museum of Art, the American Federation clearly passionate about. She describes, of Arts, and gave tours of American art at with enthusiasm, what she finds unique the Brooklyn Museum. about working here. She’s pursuing a career in museum “We live in a relatively small city, so work, “a career,” she explains, “which smaller gestures can have a bigger impact,” demands flexibility, elasticity, and sensishe says. “A Gallery is a perfect example of tivity to the work of different periods, cula small space and a small program that feels tures, and perspectives.” like it has the room and support to grow. Palmor’s interests reach far beyond the There is a rich interconnectedness that one UW campus: She is a research assistant at encounters in this city. It is inspiring to see the Frye Art Museum (“I love mining and how the arts here share a common vision in sharing the stories of art with museum many ways, across all media.” audiences”), and — most notably — she

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The lunch lady: Venessa Goldberg
Diana Brement JTNews Columnist
Age: 30 Location: Central District How to find her: Twitter: @pickleandjam

The scholar: under Hannah Pressman
Diana Brement JTNews Columnist
Age: 34 Location: North Seattle Where to find her: @jew_dub

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So, how does a pickle get out of a jam? Hopefully in the kitchen of Venessa Goldberg, where she prepares unique pickles and jams that go in and alongside the dishes she will be serving from her catering truck, How Pickle Got Out of a Jam.

The truck is ready to roll onto the streets around Seattle, but Goldberg and her business partner, James Kennicott, are waiting on final inspections from the city and state. “I have learned to be a little patient,” says Goldberg. “What is going on is out of my hands.” Goldberg trained and worked as a pastry chef and took time off when her daughter was born three years ago. When she was ready to return to work last year, and looking for something new to do, Kennicott pointed out: “I drive a truck and you make food.” And the business was born. Featuring “Northwest cuisine with a hearty dose of our own preserved items,” Goldberg says their menu will always feature a signature pickle and a signature jam along with a cake or biscuit to put that jam on. Some variation of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich will always be offered for kids, along with seasonal soups and salads. Goldberg is already known for her carrot bourbon pickles, and her pickled snap peas and yellow beans with basil and garlic pickles are also favorites. “We will have a traditional kosher dill as soon as cucumbers are
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While a doctorate in Modern Hebrew literature may sound a bit obscure, it led Hannah Pressman to a career doing what she loves in the new field of digital Jewish studies. As communications coordinator for the Stroum Jewish Studies Program at the University of Washington, she has put her lifelong love of language, Judaism and Jewish literature into play as the editor of the program website, The University of Virginia alumna grew up in Richmond, Va., and arrived in Seattle in 2007 as the Hazel D. Cole Fellow in Jewish Studies as she prepared to complete her Ph.D. from New York University. She came here excited to work with UW faculty, like Joel Migdal and Naomi Sokoloff. “My husband and I fell in love with Seattle,” she says, and she stayed on as an instructor. While in school, Pressman was also a member of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship Jewish leadership program. A couple of years ago, program chair Noam Pianko “had this idea to start a blog,” and thought Pressman would make a good

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editor. Then a part-time job, it was ideal for the mom of two little boys. But as someone who does “my best writing with a pen and paper at the kitchen table,” Pressman had to learn a new technological language. “On the other hand, it was a perfect fit for me because I love making Jewish content accessible.”
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The community builder: Amy Paquette
Joel Magalnick Editor, JTNews
Age: 38 Location: Marysville Where to find her:

When Rachael Byer Kwong first joined Jewish Family Service working with the disabled community, she was the youngest full-time employee with the organization. Nearly 15 years later, she can look around and see a program and community that has grown around her, shaped by her commitment and dedication to the disabled community. Fresh out of the University of Washington, through a connection at Kline Galland, Kwong found herself working in geriatric care with JFS. After a long period feeling disconnected from the Jewish community, Kwong felt instantly reconnected at JFS and comfortable with the values and culture that working with a Jewish organization offered her. After going back to school to obtain her master’s in social work, Kwong returned to JFS as the supported living program

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manager at the Seattle Association for Jews with Disabilities. “When I started we had about 22 clients and served about 30 people a year;
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The Charles Bronfman Prize celebrates the vision and endeavors of innovative humanitarians whose inspiring work benefits the world. We are committed to recognizing young, dynamic individuals whose Jewish values inform their work and inspire future generations. The Prize is pleased to announce our 2013 recipient, Eric Rosenthal, founder and executive director of Disability Rights International (DRI), a pioneering human rights advocacy organization fighting the discrimination and abuse of people with disabilities in custodial institutions worldwide. Witnessing children locked away in orphanages, psychiatric facilities, and nursing homes deeply affected Eric, so DRI recently launched the World Campaign to End Institutionalization of Children, which advocates that children live with families rather than segregated from society. Eric exemplifies what can be accomplished when leadership and compassion come together. We salute his tireless work to lift the lives of an overlooked, stigmatized, and excluded population and his belief that every person has a fundamental right to human dignity.

If anyone can point to how the first five years of a child’s life sets the tone for his or her Judaism, that person is Amy Paquette. “My mother died when I was 5, and my dad died when I was 12. I really had to figure out my teenage years on my own,” Paquette says. Growing up in Pocatello, Idaho, her grandparents helped to found the tiny temple there, but otherwise “I was thrown very much into a Christian world,” she says. “But I always knew I wanted to come back to being Jewish, and it was because of those first five years.” Paquette, whose career as a Jewish communal professional has led to her current position as director of community engagement at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, got her start as many in the field do: By serving as a youth adviser. She worked at Temple Beth Or in Everett, where she and her then-fiancé Dan — now her husband and the father of their 6-yearold daughter — became members. “I felt this would be a great way to know people in the community, so that’s where I fell into working with teens,” she says. Her day job, however, was working for Catholic Community Services, and it struck her how people working within their reli-

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gious communities could be so passionate about their work. So she talked to a rabbi she knew, who connected her to the Federation’s education department, and she became principal of the former Community High School of Jewish Studies. While the school has since wound down, during her tenure Paquette also took on responsibilities for PJ Library, which sends free Jewish books to any young child in the area — a perfect match given her life experience. Whereas in past years you may have
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invested as a cantor in 2010. Next thing she knew, she was en route to Tacoma. “I moved to Tacoma three years ago completely single. I had no idea what life was going to look like one I got here,” she says. She dove into her new job. “That was my thing. I worked all the time.” Then, one day, “my husband walked through the doors of the synagogue.” Though she says she was intrigued, she kept reminding herself, “this guy is a potential congregant!” After running into each other several times, Elstein says a shidduch was made. “He was my bashert, and I was his, and it was pretty amazing,” she says. The couple married, and they’re expecting a baby girl in August. Elstein brings “enthusiasm energy to everything she does here,” said Beth El’s Rabbi Bruce Kadden. “When she came, she took over both responsibilities of our

music program and our religious education program, and has infused new life into both of them.” Elstein has also resuscitated the preschool. Young parents who had previously been unengaged now come to the temple two Sundays a month for family learning. “We want the parents to feel like they have a connection to the Jewish community,” Elstein says, whether they’re temple members or not. “Twenty kids and their parents enrolled this year.” Given the small size of the community, Elstein is a proponent of helping kids of different grades identify with one another. She is also inspired by relational Judaism. Put forth in a book by Ron Wolfson, relational Judaism seeks to build and strengthen Jewish communal life by building relationships. Most importantly, Elstein wants to build the kind of community she wants her own family to be a part of. “I’m looking forward to being part of the Tacoma community for the time to come,” she says.

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longer, depending on the story and program. “Hearing Lightning, Seeing Thunder” was close to an hour. Some last as long as two hours. Rohr does not write down his stories or memorize them. Rather, he has a mental outline of what he will say, and will let the mood of the audience tweak his story accordingly. “I don’t memorize the words like a script of an actor. The words of each story will not be the same, but the core essence of the story is absolute. The flesh is always a little bit different and having that flexibility allows the storyteller to respond to the needs of the audience consciously or subconsciously. “I’ll read the story way ahead of time,” he said. “I’ll read it, practice it, read the commentaries on it, and in that way I’ll

move forward.” Sometimes the way his stories turn out surprises even him. “One day I was performing a story — it was one of the same stories I’ve performed before — but it came out as a love story.” But that type of spontaneity “is an important essence of storytelling,” he said. “It allows the heart of the story to come through.” Furthermore, a key part of successful storytelling is for the storyteller to truly understand the beginning, middle and end. “How we close a story will determine how people carry the story into the rest of their lives.” Rohr wants his stories to have fantasy. “I want to let go of the rational — these stories are not rational. But instead, have people listen with the ears and the heart. I like bringing people into the magical realm.”

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Two years ago, Chabad of the Central Cascades in Issaquah opened a preschool. Four children enrolled. This year, says Rabbi Shalom Farkash, they already have 15 kids registered, and he expects a few stragglers to join by the September start date. “It grew very rapidly,” Farkash told JTNews. Chabad had been renting two prefabricated classrooms, but lacked the funds to buy the structures. In addition to housing the preschool, the buildings, which provide 2,800 square feet of space, contain the Hebrew school — another rapidly growing program. Meanwhile, the community had been providing financial assistance to an older woman with a rare disease and no family. In August, she passed away; in November, the rabbi received a surprising phone call. “I get a phone call from Charles Schwab saying that she put us as the beneficiary,” said Farkash. “We didn’t expect any return [from helping her].” The funds were enough to serve as seed money for buying the classrooms, and the community began scraping together the rest of the money needed to make the purchase. “[We] needed additional funding from the community,” said Farkash. “Everybody gave a little bit.” They pulled together around $50,000, and as of two weeks ago the buildings were theirs. “Now we have a beautiful space for our preschool,” said the rabbi. The community spirit that came together to acquire the buildings spread to one of the congregants, an Eagle Scout out to earn his Eagle badge. He recruited his troop, and together the men and boys planted trees, landscaped, and installed a playground for the incoming preschoolers. This fall, one classroom will serve a 2–3-year-old group, and the other will serve the 3–4 year olds. Now, Farkash says his challenge is what to do with the Hebrew school, which has over 50 students. “I have two months to figure out exactly what am I doing,” he said.

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Mazel Tov on your graduation. May you go from strength to strength. Love from Auntie Maggie, Uncle Mark, Joey and Rachelle Mosholder

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The graduating class from the Jewish High supplementary community school.

Northwest Yeshiva High School’s class of 2013. From left to right, front row: Rena Greene, Grace Almo, Ilana Polack, Talia Etsekson, Halle Friedland. Second row: Sarah Boldor, Hermina Des, Shaina Stone, Naomi Stanley, Jessica Schwartz, Marissa Almoslino. Standing: Dolev Nissanov, Itai Amon, Albert Maimon, Alex Satin, Garrett Becker, Shawn Sobel, Zev Behar, Joel Jacobs, Caleb Angel, Raymond Levy. Not pictured: David Kintzer.

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Wishing you continued success in all your future endeavors BH! All our love, Mom & Papa, Raymond, Ezra, Jacob, Beloria, Avraham & Solomon

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Richard Goldman
Congratulations on graduating from JDS. We are proud of all your accomplishments. May the rest of your journey be full of success and happiness. We love you, Mom, Dad, Dan & Steven.

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Seattle Jewish Community School’s 5th-grade graduating class. Top Row: Ethan, Zachary, Joshua, Avishai. Bottom Row: Alexis, Ava, Talia, Siena, Talia, Heather.

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Temple B’nai Torah’s confirmands, top row, from left to right: Rabbi Jim Mirel, Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg, Aliza Ben-Varon, Anna Good, Seth Hubbell, Emily Kaplan, Naomi Litwack-Lang. Bottom row: Cantor David Serkin-Poole, Josie Mermelstein, Carly Rosenbaum, Lily Rosencrantz, Cayla Seligman.

Temple B’nai Torah’s graduating Chai School seniors: Daniel Kaplan, left, and Raphael Schuster. Not pictured: Rachel Kahn.

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Temple Beth Am’s 10th-grade Covenant Renewal class. Back row, from left to right: Leah Neumaier, Isabel Mintz. Schuffman, Katya Grigerman, Robert Singer, Eli D’Albora, Levi Moore. 2nd row: Liora Silkes, Hannah Fishbein, Mikaela Koch, Sarah Freyd, Aaron Glickman, Adele Maxwell. 3rd row: Rabbi Jonathan Singer, Rose Soiffer-Kosins, Evelyn Larsen, Adi Carlyle, Abigail Merritt, Noah Simon, Moshea Cox. 4th row: Julia Morley, Molly Bermet, Zac Turner-Lipson, Emma Graham, Noah Santiago, Rabbi Beth Singer. Front row: Sarah Rost, Eleanor Patz, Madeline McAllister Not pictured: Michelle Goldman.

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The 8th-grade graduating class of the Seattle Hebrew Academy.

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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. 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 or 206-528-1944 or Four two-hour facilitated group sessions in June and through August. Each focuses on a theme or value: Tshuvah, Tashlich, gemilut hassidim, vows and forgiveness. Classes on June 9, July 14, August 11 and August 25. At Secular Jewish Circle, Leschi area, Seattle. Celebrate summer with NYHS alumni and friends. $10. At Northwest Yeshiva High School, 5017 90th Ave. SE, Mercer Island.

7:30 p.m. — NYHS Graduation

Edison Leonen at Graduation ceremonies. At Sephardic Bikur Holim, 6500 52nd Ave. S, Seattle.

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Candlelighting times June 7.............................. 8:46 p.m. June 14............................ 8:50 p.m. June 21............................ 8:53 p.m. June 28............................ 8:53 p.m. Saturday

1:15–2:30 p.m. — Life Cycle Customs and Liturgy: Engagement (Tna’im) and Weddings

Shelly Goldman at or 425-603-9677 or Historical customs and how they have evolved, including smashing of the glass, chuppah, bedeken (unveiling), ketubah text (what it promises), seven blessings, and music. Free. At Temple B’nai Torah, 15727 NE Fourth St., Bellevue.

8 June

6:30 p.m. — Outspoken Women Speaking Out

Yohanna Kinberg at or 360-280-5372 or Inaugural session of the new National Council of Jewish Women-Seattle Section’s program. Hear from two local advocates, Cheryl Stumbo and Charlene D. Strong, who used their personal tragedies to inspire their activism. At the Frye Art Museum/Sorrento Hotel, 704 Terry Ave., Seattle.

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10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. — Dance Baby Dance: Kids’ Dance Party

Leyna Lavinthal at or 425-603-9677 or Dance party just for kids. Music by Seattle’s DJ Eric, bite-sized food and smoothies, and a raffle. $18. At Temple B’nai Torah, 15727 NE Fourth St., Bellevue. 12:30–4 p.m. — Let the Games Begin: Mah Jongg and Game Day

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9 June

7:30–9 p.m. — Online Genealogy Research: Specializing in Sephardic Genealogy of the Ottoman Empire

Mary Kozy at or Sephardic genealogist Victor Alkana will share how he does almost all of his research online using mainly free sites, as well as certain paid sites. Free to Jewish Genealogy Society of Washington State members; $5 for non-members. At the Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island.

10 June

10:30 a.m. — PJ Library Storytime at SJCS

Amy Paquette at The PJ Library welcomes Shoshana Stombaugh as guest musician and storyteller. Stay for songs and a story, activities and playgroup fun. At the Seattle Jewish Community School, 12351 Eighth Ave. NE, Seattle.

14 June

6:30–8 p.m. — Hadassah Nurses: Impacting Lives, One Life at a Time

Peg Elefant at or Hadassah fundraiser with the head of Hadassah’s master’s degree nursing program Freda DeKeyser Ganz. $36-$72. At the home of Tami Rudnick Rabin. RSVP for location details.

18 June




4–6 p.m. — NYHS Alumni Picnic

Melissa Rivkin at or 206-232-5272, ext. 515 or

12 June

1:15–2:30 p.m. — Life Cycle Customs and Liturgy: End of Life

Shelly Goldman at or 425-603-9677 or Lifecycle series with Cantor David Serkin-Poole, part three: End of life (illness, shiva, yahrzeit), specifically rituals for healing, and how they make painful times less painful and more meaningful. Free. At Temple B’nai Torah, 15727 NE Fourth St., Bellevue.

15 June

7–9 p.m. — Jewish Day School Graduation

Risa Coleman at or 425-460-0242 or All are invited to the JDS 8th grade graduation. Light reception to follow. At the Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle, 15749 NE Fourth St., Bellevue.

19 June


7 p.m. — Hoedown at Helene’s

Melissa Rivkin at or 206-232-5272 Join the NYHS community for a Texas hoedown with music by Yoni Goldstein and the Kosher Cowboys, delicious BBQ by Nosh Away, and tons of fun. $50. At the home of Helene Behar, Seattle. RSVP for location details.

23 June

Hatikvah in Bremerton, received funding from separate Small Agency Sustainability grants or Small & Simple grants for $5,000 or less. Between the funding for Jewish Family Service’s SAJD and the Friendship Circle, which runs several programs for specialneeds children and their families, the planning and allocations committee saw a specific necessity to help people with disabilities. Friendship Circle received grants totaling $64,000 to expand three projects: A summer camp, the monthly Sunday Circle, and its flagship Friends@Home program, in which teen volunteers hang out with special-needs kids in their homes. “This is a very powerful program because a lot of times with these kids, this is their only social interaction. A lot of times these kids

cannot easily go out into public,” said Rabbi Elazar Bogomilsky, the Friendship Circle’s executive director, of Friends@Home. “At the same time it provides tremendous respite and comfort to the families.” That “the Federation is allowing an organization such as [ours] to really take it to another level is very, very powerful, and that’s something that the community at large can be proud of,” Bogomilsky added.

The Federation’s Chivo agreed. “The importance of serving families who have children who have special needs in our Jewish community cannot be overstated,” he said. “It is an area in which our total community should be investing more… As you set the table for the whole Jewish community to sit around, if there is not a place for the family who has a child, who has children with special needs, then we’re not

really a total community.” The Federation also saw a need for programming in Seattle’s Northend. The Seattle Jewish Community School received $50,000 in grants that focused heavily on early-childhood development as well as for the emerging Jewish Junction, which seeks to provide a bevy of resources and services for families north of the Ship Canal.

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“I wish I knew what works because I’d do more of it. I suspect, though, it has a lot to do with forcing myself into extroversion,” says Shapiro. Like most of us, he hates the forced interaction that comes with meeting new people. “But I’ll be damned if it doesn’t seem to work,” says Shapiro. “Seattle’s full of amazing people who are not afraid to roll up their sleeves and make things happen when the circumstances are right.” In fact, the sale of his last company, Sparkbuy, to Google came about from a conversation with his seatmate on an Alaska Air flight from San Jose to Seattle. The Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation member just had a chicken coop installed at her Central District home the day we spoke. “I use a lot of homegrown stuff in my own cooking.” And she still cooks for her family — her husband Joe, their daughter, and his 10-year-old twins. The kids help in the

Currently, Shapiro’s most exciting project is the O’Reilly book he’s writing about startup CEOs. “I’m incredibly excited about telling some of the amazing stories and sharing some of the knowledge I’ve learned over the years with a wider audience,” says Shapiro. “It’s slow going, but enormously gratifying.”  Beyond the countless hours mentoring, advising and writing, Shapiro loves being a dad and is more proud of his family than anything else. “Our four-year-old twins, Ina and Elan, are the very best kind of startups,” says Shapiro. “Watching them garden and provide feedback on new dishes. With the truck focused on Northwest food, she mostly cooks international food at home. “Tonight I’m making falafel from scratch,” she says, using a recipe from the new “Jerusalem” cookbook by Yotam Ottolengi. Goldberg also caters, and she and Kennicott are not only friends, but have cooked together for six or seven years. “We work pretty well in the kitchen together,” which is good, because “we’ll be together a lot,” she says. The Ballard High School graduate got her pastry training at South Seattle Com-

build Legos, tell each other stories, and sing songs to us is more rewarding than anything I could ever do at the office.” Having spent most of his life in the Pacific Northwest between Portland and Seattle, Shapiro is glad to be raising his kids here with his wife, Leslie. “They love the preschool curriculum at JDS, which seems to get better every year, and we love the fantastic community of parents, as well as look forward every weekend to services at Seattle’s best-kept synagogue secret: Emanuel Congregation,” says Shapiro. “We feel incredibly blessed for the community we’ve found here in Seattle!” munity College. She belongs to a cookbook club, plays on a kickball team and is thinking about training for a triathlon — her second. Athletics are more for fun than weight control, she says, pointing out that professional cooks need to learn moderation in eating. If not, “it will become apparent early on in training…If you are constantly eating what you are cooking, you lose the ability to taste when something is fresh and new.” Goldberg’s truck should be rolling out in a few weeks, if all goes as planned. Look for it at Kirkland Uncorked, July 19-21, and find other scheduled appearances at 

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now we have 56 active clients, 75-100 clients served a year,” says Kwong about the evolution of the supported living program. “We’ve doubled the amount of clients and staff as well to accommodate that.” As with any medical profession, Kwong has seen how research and advances have also changed the philosophy of SAJD. “We used to be more focused on keeping someone safe where they’re at, maintaining their situation,” says Kwong. “Now, [we’re] more focused on independence and autonomy.” Kwong points out that SAJD’s focus has moved away from the idea of basic sustainability to improving the situation of those with disabilities. “We try to stay up to date with best practices and new research to keep up and make sure that we don’t stay stagnant as a

program. We’ll never be done — there’s always something new coming out and changing the way we work,” Kwong says with a laugh. “My personal goal is to work myself out of a job.” Kwong is especially pleased with the Shaarei Tikvah all-inclusive services that SAJD and Seattle Jewish community leaders organize for people of all levels of faith and disability to participate in, regardless of their situation. During the Rosh Hashanah service, attendees are welcomed to ascend the bima and view the Torah. For many participants, this is their first time ever seeing the Torah up close. One of the biggest challenges for Kwong, even after 25 years of the SAJD’s presence in the community, is the lack of knowledge about the resources it provides. “I hear about a lot of people who just have no idea that the program exists,” she says. “I work closely with a lot of the clergy

and a lot of people go to their rabbis and let them know about something they are struggling with, so it’s frustrating when they don’t know about our programs.” Incredibly, Seattle’s JFS is the only one in the country that provides services to adults with disabilities, including mental health disabilities. Kwong has shared the SAJD program manuals and documentation with other Jewish service organizations around the country that have shown an interest in starting similar programs. “I’m really open and encouraging of sharing the information about our program to develop those programs,” she says. “We’ve had a lot of people who have moved here from other parts of the country just for the program that we offer.” Kwong finds the most rewarding part of her job is working directly with clients. “Knowing this person is struggling and knowing that I have the tools to help them

make things easier is truly rewarding for me,” she says. Her goal for the program in the coming years is to continue seeing more growth. “In the next fiscal year, we’ll have enough funding to hire another case manager, so we can take on more clients,” says Kwong. “Funding in the past has been a challenge. Each case manager has a varied amount of clients that they can take on, but just one case manager means a substantial growth.” Meanwhile, Kwong balances being the director of a constantly growing program, which just a few months ago went from being a separate agency to officially becoming part of Jewish Family Service, and being a mom. “I’ve probably gotten as many services out of JFS as I’ve given,” laughs Kwong. “JFS is very much a family. JFS has supported me through it all.”

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What started as a simple blog has morphed into a wide variety of media on a range of topics that appeal to students, to faculty, and to the community, including course listings and faculty bios for students and public lecture schedules. Pressman wanted to “take all this expertise that professors have….and make [it] available and engaging for a broader audience.” The site contains articles, student blogs, a YouTube channel, and a Twitter feed, and links to other publications. It also houses an entire section on Sephardic studies, a growing area of research for the program and a popular subject for the Seattle community. Pressman’s interest in Israeli literature is rooted in the time she spent in Israel while growing up. She lived there for several months as a child, then again for a couple of summers and returned for a study abroad program during college. It was during that time she developed an interest in her Sephardic heritage on her mother’s side. She visited Rhodes and

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located her great-grandmother’s house, and her genealogy research even led her to some cousins here in Seattle. “I enjoy learning about Sephardic culture and cooking Sephardic foods,” she says. “It’s another reason I’m so thankful to be living here in Seattle!” Descended from Lithuanian Jews on her father’s side, Pressman takes an active interest in that part of her family, too. She is the co-editor of an anthology, “Choosing Yiddish: New Frontiers of Language and Culture” (Wayne State, 2012) featuring “a new generation of scholars who are working in Yiddish.” Most scholars of Hebrew literature learn Yiddish, she says, in order to better understand Jewish writers of the early 20th century, some of whom wrote in both languages. Pressman, her husband and sons are active members of the Kavana Cooperative and Congregation Beth Shalom in Seattle. When not working, the family enjoys kid-centered outings. Pressman will be the featured speaker at Temple Beth Am’s Yiddish service on Friday, July 26.

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Sunday, June 16 at 10 a.m. “Holy Land Hardball” Film Spend Dad’s special day at this Father’s Day sports film, winner of the 2009 Seattle Jewish Film Festival’s Audience Choice Award. When Boston bagel maker Larry Baras wanted to create a professional baseball league in Israel, no one believed it would work. He tried anyway. $5. Bagel and shmear included. At Majestic Bay Theater, 2044 NW Market St., Seattle. For more information contact Pamela Lavitt at or 206-388-0832 or visit

Monday, June 17 at 12 p.m. Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy TV program PBS Great Performances presents a new show about the Jewish presence and influence in the Broadway musical art form. Watch online at program/great-performances/ or tune in to KCTS 9. For more information contact Nancy Geiger at or 206-443-6701.

Through June 30 Celebrating a life in art Exhibit and retrospective Lael Cohen, 80, is the Seattle Creative Arts Center’s June artist of the month. Cohen’s unique collages of abstract photographs will be displayed alongside a retrospective of her 60-year career, which includes her woven, macramé, ceramic and mosaic creations, as well as her kogin (Japanese) needlework, sketches, oils, and pastels, and her Judaica- and multi-faith inspired work. A portion of sales proceeds will go to Alpha Supported Living Services, a Seattle-based non-profit organization caring for adults with developmental disabilities. At the Seattle Creative Arts Center, 2601 NW Market St., Seattle. For more information contact Meleah Gibson at 206-297-6001 or, or visit

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Jack and Barbara Cordova celebrate the wonderful milestone of 60 years of wedded bliss on June 7, 2013. Barbara, who moved to Seattle from her hometown of Chicago in 1943, took Jack’s hand in marriage in Jack’s native city of Seattle in 1953. The happy couple proceeded to raise their three children, Lynne, Jeff, and David, while contributing to the growth of Seattle’s business and Jewish communities — Jack as the longtime proprietor of Georgetown Pharmacy and active member of the Seattle Sephardic community, and Barbara through a number of charitable and community outlets,

including as president of the local B’nai Brith chapter and as a volunteer with her beloved Seattle Symphony. These days, when not on a cruise ship, Jack and Barbara spend quality time with friends and family, including their three children, daughters-in-law Andrea and Michelle, and their four grandchildren, Shaina, Jace, Adam, and Jeremy. Should you have an opportunity to see Jack and Barbara, perhaps around the Seward Park area where they’ve maintained their residence throughout their 60 years of marriage, please be sure to congratulate them. 

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Morris Piha July 20, 1933–May 14, 2013
Morris Piha (Morrie), Seattle-area real estate entrepreneur, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on May 14, 2013 after a short battle with cancer. He was born on July 20, 1933 in Portland, Ore. to Samuel and Vida Piha, who had emigrated from the Island of Rhodes. In 1944 the family moved to Seattle to join a growing community of Sephardim from Rhodes and Turkey. Morrie attended Garfield High School and the University of Washington, earning a degree in accounting. After serving his country in the U.S. Coast Guard in Alaska, he returned to Seattle and soon married the love of his life, Marlene Calderon Piha. They had three children, Vicki, Sandy and Ricca. In 1965, after working for M. Ross Downs and the Melrose Company for Herb Meltzer, Morrie opened a one-man office in the Hogue Building in downtown Seattle. Over his 48-year career the company grew into one of the largest and most well-regarded firms in the area. Morrie was dearly loved and respected by a wide circle of friends, family, business

associates and employees. He sponsored a baseball team called Morrie’s Kids, and he was fondly known to team members as Uncle Morrie. He was a founding member of ROMEO (Retired Old Men Eating Out) and a beloved member of many other social groups. Morrie was active in communal affairs and served on several boards including Make A Wish, the Samis Foundation, Seattle Sephardic Brotherhood, and Foundation Bank. He was a longtime member of the Sephardic Bikur Holim synagogue, where he helped to maintain the Sephardic culture and customs he loved. He is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 51 years, Marlene Calderon Piha, their daughter Ricca Poll (Billy), and their son Sandy Piha (Lesley). Their beloved daughter Vicki Lynn Ashberg (Jay) preceded him in death in 2007. Morrie was lovingly called “Popoo” to his six grandchildren he so dearly cherished...Miles, Emma, Shane, Jadon, Mitch, and Macy. He is also survived by his brother, Victor S. Piha, sister Esther Kligerman, mother-in-law Rita Calderon, and numerous nieces and nephews, all of whom he loved so much. Morrie touched so many lives. He was generous with his time and advice as a beloved mentor to friends of any age. He was always quick-witted and humorous, making all of those around him smile. He was also fondly known for his life’s philosophies, commonly known as Morrie-isms. In lieu of flowers, Morrie would have loved to have donations made to the charity of your choice or to the City of Hope in memory of his daughter, Vicki Lynn.

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Micah will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on June 8, 2013, at Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation on Mercer Island. Micah is the son of Gina and Marc Gonchar of Bellevue and the brother of Jordan and Ella. His grandparents are Fred and Lila Ehrlich of Edmonds, and Joel and Nancy Gonchar of Scarsdale, N.Y. Micah is a 7th grader at the Jewish Day School. He enjoys building with Legos, reading Manga, playing drums, Tae Kwon Do, skiing, sports, and spending time with cousins. Micah is donating a bike pack to Herzl-Ner Tamid’s green initiative, and volunteering with The Friendship Circle.

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Shira Ariana Lyss-Loren
Shira will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on June 8, 2013, at URJ Camp Kalsman in Arlington. The family attends Temple Beth Am in Seattle. Shira is the daughter of Julie Lyss and David Loren of Seattle, and the sister of Isaac and Aviva. Her grandparents are Joan and Allen Loren of New York, N.Y., and Esther Lyss-Greenstein and Harvey Greenstein of St. Louis, Mo. Shira is a 6th grader at Seattle Girls School. She enjoys travel, musical theater, Ultimate Frisbee, soccer, basketball, family movie nights, hanging out with friends, and sleepovers. She is volunteering with several organizations that help feed hungry and homeless people.

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Emil Isaac Talerman
Emil celebrated his Bar Mitzvah on June 1, 2013, at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue. Emil is the son of Dyan Simon and Eddie Talerman of Mercer Island, and the brother of Liv and Noah Talerman. His grandparents are Barbara and Michael Simon, Margaretha Talerman, and the late Alecsander Talerman. Emil is a 7th grader at Islander Middle School. He enjoys playing soccer and basketball. For his mitzvah project, Emil is distributing toys and clothes to children in need through Eastside Baby Corner.

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JTNews . . friday, june 7, 2013

Eating healthy out of the nest
Michael Natkin JTNews Columnist
This is the month when Coconut Rice with Black seniors say goodbye to high Beans, Plantains, and Mango school and start to dream of Salsa life in college. Some of my Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free favorite memories of college For the rice: are impromptu dinner par2-1/4 cups basmati rice (3 standard ties, sharing good, simple, rice-cooker cups) 1 13-oz. can coconut milk inexpensive food. This week’s dish of Caribbean-inspired, coconut milk-scented rice, For the sauce: black beans, plantains, avo1 ripe mango, cubed cado, mango, and a mango Jewish and 1 to 2 jalapeño or serrano pepper salsa would be perfect. It is Veggie (or, if you are insane, some part of a habañero), seeded and roughly easy to prepare and much chopped more healthy and tasty than what you’ll 1 clove garlic, thinly sliced probably find in the college cafeteria. 1/3 cup finely diced red onion The mango salsa is moderately spicy, 1 handful cilantro and you can use it for a wide variety of 1/2 tsp. kosher salt other meals, ranging from Mexican to Southeast Asian. The coconut rice reheats For the dish: really well in the microwave, so you can 2 Tbs. coconut oil or vegetable oil make it a day in advance, or easily enjoy 2 ripe plantains, peeled and sliced into generous leftovers. 1/4"-thick coins Plantains, of course, are in the banana Kosher salt family but are less sweet and more starchy. 2 cups cooked black beans, heated, seasoned with They are popular in much of the Caribsalt (or if you like, with garlic, onions, epazote, etc. bean and West Africa, as well as Guateas you please) mala. In this recipe I simply pan fry them 1 ripe avocado, sliced to produce a delicious, slightly caramel1 mango, cubed ized surface and a tender, creamy interior.
1 handful cilantro Flaky sea salt 1 lime, cut into quarters • For the rice: Cook the rice in your usual way, on the stovetop or in a rice cooker, but replace one can’s worth of water with the coconut milk, then add in an extra 1/4 cup of water. • For the sauce: Roughly purée all ingredients in a mini food processor. Just 10 seconds or so should be sufficient, as you want to retain some texture. Taste and adjust seasoning. • To complete the dish: Warm your serving bowls or plates. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When it is shimmering, add the plantains in a single layer. Fry until brown on one side, about 3 minutes. Flip and cook on the other side until browned and tender, about 2 more minutes. Sprinkle with kosher salt. • To serve, you may either divide the rice among four bowls and top with

Michael Natkin

the plantains, beans, avocado, mango, cilantro and sauce, or serve all of the ingredients separately and let diners make their own. Pass the lime quarters to squeeze over the finished plate as desired.
Local food writer and chef Michael Natkin’s 2012 cookbook “Herbivoracious, A Flavor Revolution with 150 Vibrant and Original Vegetarian Recipes,” was a finalist this year for a James Beard award. The recipes are based on his food blog,

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