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Games people play, and other rehabilitation successes
Janis Siegel JTNews Correspondent
Two of the latest studies to come out of Israel have given hope to sufferers of neurodegenerative diseases and stroke victims alike, in two vividly different but successful research trials. For those who struggle with diseases like Alzheimer’s, Lou Gehrig’s, and Parkinson’s, the latest findings by Dr. Iliana Gozes, a Tel Aviv University researcher To Your who developed a new compound called Davunetide, or Health NAP, found that her proprietary peptide compound solution prevented further cell damage in the brain cells of mice and that it also repaired damaged nerve cells. In previous studies, NAP also showed positive results when it was tested on the damaged cells of patients with schizophrenia. In the second study comparing the rehabilitative progress of stroke patients who played video games to that of patients who had traditional physical therapy, TAU occupational therapist Dr. Debbie Rand found that subjects who played video games using Xbox Kinect, Sony PlayStation, and Nintendo Wii gaming consoles benefitted from two times the number of movements per session than those in a conventional physical therapy session. The video game group also continued progressing for months beyond the group that underwent conventional physical therapy. the journal “Neurobiology of Disease.” Gozes holds a “composition of matter” patent on NAP. She is a co-inventor named on over 15 other patents and patent applications for Allon Therapeutics Inc., in Vancouver, B.C., where she is a co-founder and the chief scientific officer. NAP is the company’s premier compound. to experience a decline in function and degenerative symptoms. Gozes anticipates continuing her research to see how NAP may be applied to humans in a treatment setting and to determine which patients would benefit the most from the therapy.

Cell repair for the brain
Because nerve cells exist in a “microtubule network” that not only allows proteins to pass from cell to cell, but also enables communication between cells, people impaired by neurodegenerative diseases have networks that do not function properly, which affect a person’s motor skills and brain function. Gozes injected study subjects with NAP, a compound solution derived from a hormone-regulating powerhouse protein called ADNP. It restored and stabilized the flow of those critical proteins to both compromised and chronically damaged cells and altered the progression of disease. “There is no difference,” Gozes told JTNews. “NAP provides protection by restoring (or protecting) the transport system/scaffold of the nerve cell.” In a statement to the university, Gozes said that “NAP appears to have widespread potential in terms of neuro-protection.” The study’s results were published in

Game therapy — the study
Rand looked at 40 stroke patients who had the event between one and seven years prior to the study. At two sessions per week for three months, one group of 20 received traditional physical therapy and the other group of 20 received video game therapy. Patients who played video games had a much greater frequency of movement, said Rand. Additionally, because the activity involved strategy, she said, the brain was also engaged to coordinate with the movement. This involvement caused the patient to concentrate less on having to perform a required activity and more on completing a “fun” task. Rand also found the interaction between brain and body contributed to “brain plasticity,” a necessary component in the reconnection of vital brain linkages in the stroke victim. The most striking advantage, Rand noted, was that the video game group continued its progress in grip strength for three months after the sessions ended while the other group did not show the same results. The study was a collaboration with Sheba Medical Center and funded by a Marie Curie International Reintegration grant. Study participants also reported that the group activity and interaction was an important part of the “fun” factor. Rand will continue studying the effects of video gaming on stroke patients by experimenting with solitary video game players.
Longtime JTNews correspondent and freelance journalist Janis Siegel has covered international health research for SELF magazine and campaigns for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

The study
To test NAP, researchers injected two sets of mice with manganese to observe its path as it traveled through the animals’ brains. One grouping included normal mice whose microtubule system was damaged by the administration of compound substance. The second group of mice was genetically modified to produce Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) symptoms. Their microtubule systems were chronically damaged. Each group of mice was divided into those injected with NAP and the control group, which did not receive the NAP injection. In the brains of mice injected with NAP, whether their cells were genetically modified for ALS or impaired by the solution, the nerve pathways were either spared further damage or were returned to a healthy state. In both groups, the mice that did not get the injections continued

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Rabbi Sarah Newmark Congregation Beth Hatikvah
When I tell people I’m a Reconstructionist rabbi, I generally get this response: “I’ve heard of Reconstructionism, but I don’t know anything about it.” Those of us who trained at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College near Philadelphia are used to this. In fact, in our first class on Reconstructionist thought in the seminary, we are all assigned to write “The Elevator Paper” — a summary of an entire movement that can presumably be presented to someone during a brief ride in an elevator! Since America celebrated its birthday yesterday, I thought it would be appropriate for me to get in the elevator with everyone who is reading and introduce you to Reconstructionism, the only form of Judaism born on American soil. The founder of Reconstructionism, Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan (1881-1983), did not intend to form a new branch of Judaism. His goal, rather, was to introduce a process by which Judaism would be continually “re-constructed” so successive generations of Jews could find meaning in Judaism in the era and culture in which they lived. He was profoundly influenced by living in America (he immigrated with his family in 1889) and was inspired by the democratic principles upon which the country was founded. Kaplan’s seminal work, “Judaism as Civilization: Toward a Reconstruction of American-Jewish Life” (1934), put forth this important doctrine: “Judaism is the evolving religious civilization of the Jewish people.” Kaplan used the word “civilization” consciously. He was influenced by the then-new field of sociology and argued that Jewish civilization included history and culture, language, literature, art, ethics and values, and beliefs and practices. He insisted that Jews who were not connected religiously to Judaism but who had different ties to it were still part of the civilization. But he himself was not a secularist. Kaplan’s view was that Judaism was the product of the religious experience of the Jews through the history of the Jewish people. Kaplan rejected the notion of what he called a “super-natural” God. He viewed divinity as the coordinating, integrating factor in nature that allows for the actualization of justice, truth, and compassion. He taught that human beings seek the divine because doing so adds meaning and purpose to their lives. Kaplan described the Torah as the “earliest diary of the Jewish people.” He believed Torah to be the record of our ancestors’ search for meaning as well as the repository of a society’s moral principles, values and laws through which we are encouraged to become fully human. Reconstructionist theology teaches that Torah is the Jewish people’s response to God’s presence in the world. Kaplan taught that Jews living in democratic societies could and did “live in two civilizations.” I bristle when I hear the rather new appellation of “Jewish-American.” I’m not a Jewish hyphen American. I’m Jewish and I’m an American. I take part in American political, social and cultural life. American English is my native language. I celebrate Thanksgiving and the 4th of July and other American civic holidays. My father (age 99) is a veteran of World War II and served in the European theater. My husband was a reservist who served in the Gulf War in Saudi Arabia. How much more American can we get? But we are also Jewish, and our personal calendars run according to Jewish rhythms. We are both: Jewish and American. Kaplan articulated this concept to Jews struggling with their new American identities and the old-world Judaism many had shed when they arrived on our shores. Reconstructionism teaches that “the past has a vote but not a veto.” Like Reform Judaism, it is a post-halachic movement. Reconstructionists study Jewish texts to discern answers to today’s questions. Jewish tradition is the starting point for Reconstructionists, but it may not be the ending point. Teachings at odds with contemporary values may be rejected or “transvalued” — given new meaning to match the sensibilities of contemporary life. Many American Jews of different denominations — or of no denomination — actually think about their Jewish lives much in the way Kaplan suggested without calling it “Reconstructionism.” It has been quite a long elevator ride, and I’ve barely scratched the surface of Reconstructionist Judaism. I am a member of the third generation of Reconstructionist rabbis (the seminary was founded in 1968) and am one of about 335 Reconstructionist rabbis in the world. I wonder what Kaplan would have thought of our discussions of his theology

The “Rabbi’s Turn” on May 22 (“What we’re all about”) featured Rabbi Seth Goldstein of Temple Beth Hatfiloh in Olympia. While he provided interesting facts about the history of TBH and Olympia’s local Jewish community, he does a great disservice to those of us in Olympia who see that the very active and growing BDS movement and strong and well-organized groups of Israel demonizers have caused harm and promote anti-Semitism here in Olympia and beyond. If the rhetoric against Israel — supposedly in support of the “suffering” Palestinians — could have been curbed, or at least moderated, through some of our local Jewish leaders coming forward to counter the false claims and outright lies that have been spewed by the Evergreen State College professors and others, our community would not have been allowed to get so poisoned with these biased and false anti-Israel and anti-Jewish sentiments and propaganda. Our family has never joined the TBH congregation because we couldn’t comfortably align ourselves with a rabbi and other Jewish leaders who wouldn’t lead. Their peace-at-any-price attitudes and concessions to local Israel haters have led to the strengthening of the BDS movement at Evergreen and now South Puget Sound Community College and elsewhere in Olympia. Some openly Jewish and Israel-supportive students at these local public colleges have been harassed, shoved, intimidated, and threatened by Israel demonizers. The silence of most of our Jewish leaders has contributed greatly to the divisiveness, stress, and vitriol that most of us experience here. How can Rabbi Goldstein claim that we don’t have a problem with the vocal “minority” in Olympia who hate Israel? I am actually offended that he has made this claim. Far too many of us have been affected! Some of us can’t even comfortably express our support of Israel in our community at large without being shunned or attacked or intimidated. We have to constantly listen to the lies and hatred against Israel and fellow Jews that take place through professors, guest speakers, biased documentaries, and other events within our community. At a major intersection in Olympia, a large, in-your-face mural showing “solidarity” between Olympia and Rafah was painted by those who hate Israel. The anti-Israel organization, The Rachel Corrie Foundation, headquartered in Olympia, sponsors ongoing events that demonize Israel and its Jews. Longtime friends in Olympia no longer talk to each other because they have differing opinions on the merits of Israel and the Jewish people. What happened to a community that once prided itself on its diversity, tolerance, and acceptance? Is Rabbi Goldstein blind to what we’ve been forced to endure for all these years, including the Olympia Food Co-op board’s unilateral decision, with BDS pressure, in July 2010, to boycott Israel and Israeli goods without input from members on this contentious issue? The anti-Israel proselytizing will take place, again, in September at Evergreen and SPSCC to another group of young, impressionable, and unsuspecting students, with no counterbalancing by Rabbi Goldstein or others. Another crowd of brainwashed students will then take up the cause against Israel, based on lies and misinformation. Truthful facts are not part of any dialogue, so proselytizing and hatred continue to foment in Olympia. Rabbi Goldstein has buried his head in the sand. L. S. Davis Olympia, WA

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at the seminary. Many of us are not “Kaplanians”; Reconstructionist prayer services would no doubt seem foreign to him. But Kaplan would probably be happy to see that Reconstructionist Judaism has continued to evolve. After all, he shocked the world, includ-

ing his own congregation, when his daughter Judith was called to the Torah to become the first Bat Mitzvah in 1922. America is the land of innovation, and Reconstructionist Judaism has found fertile soil here for its first 45 years.

“I need to learn what’s going on. I need to learn what the strengths are and what the areas of improvement will be.” — Keith Dvorchik, incoming CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, on what he needs to do when he first arrives. The story is on page 6.

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Holocaust Center receives state funding
One big win for the Jewish community in this year’s legislative session came for the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center, which plans to build a standalone Holocaust museum. “The Holocaust Center will be receiving $150,000 in capital support so they can build out their new facility in downtown Seattle,” said Zach Carstensen, director of government affairs for the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. “That’s a huge victory for them.” Dee Simon, the Holocaust Center’s executive director, said the new museum “will allow our community and students from throughout the region to view a new Holocaust and human rights center. We’ve had many requests by community organizations and educators to visit our center and view the artifacts, but have not had the space to accommodate large visits.” Legislators from the Jewish caucus as well Sen. Ed Murray (D-Seattle), a Holocaust Center board member, led the funding effort. The museum is expected to open in spring 2014.

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Following up on his book, “Baseless Hatred,” Seattle Jewish community member and retired University of Washington professor of pharmaceutics Rene H. Levy opens the floor to conversation about the age-old issue of Jewish unity and its obstacles, particularly lack of empathy. According to Levy, the erosion of empathy leads to the destruction of personal relationships and spreads to the community and world at large. Joel Benoliel will moderate the discussion. Kosher dessert reception to follow. At Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle. Tickets are free but reservations are requested at levylecture@gmail.com. For more information visit townhallseattle.org or call 732-788-6489. Minyan Ohr Chadash will celebrate its first Shabbat July 5-6. Ohr Chadash is a Modern Orthodox, Zionist minyan that encourages singing and group participation for men, women, and teens. The group will meet for Shabbat and holidays at the Caroline Kline Galland Home, 7500 Seward Park Ave. S, in the activity center. Youth programming for children ages 3-6 will be available in the adjacent day center. For Shabbat July 5-6, Mincha services will take place on Friday at 7:20 p.m. Saturday Shacharit begins at 9 a.m. (followed by kiddush), and Mincha, followed by Seuda Shlishit, takes place at 8:45 p.m. For more information or to join the mailing list, contact minyanohrchadash@gmail.com.

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Meet the CEO
The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle has announced its new leader, a current Hillel director who will move all the way across the country to start his new job.

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With the end of the legislative session finally upon us, and a government shutdown averted, the analysis is that had it not been for unexpected revenue, things could have ended up a lot worse.

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A synagogue nears completion

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After nearly two years of building, the Eastside Torah Center’s new synagogue is coming close to its grand reopening, which its leaders hope will serve a wide swath of northern Bellevue, Redmond and even farther afield.

Cross-cultural honors
Al Maimon keeps plenty busy within his Jewish community, but his outreach to Spanish and Portugese speakers to educate about Sephardic culture brought him an award from the Spanish consulate.

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The JCC’s rebuilding begins

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After many years of waiting, the first phase of the Stroum Jewish Community Center’s remodel has gotten underway, with a makeover of its auditorium that leadership hopes will become a community centerpiece.

There is a future

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While Jews outside of Israel focus on the situations with the Palestinians and Iran, most Jews in Israel are struggling just to get by — and many are leaving. A Knesset member from a new centrist party was in Seattle last week to talk about what’s really on her fellow citizens’ minds.

From JTNews, July 9, 2004. It’s hard to believe Seattle’s new downtown library is nearly a decade old, but the Rem Koolhas structure has managed to keep ’em coming. SPL’s head librarian at the time, Deborah Jacobs, was gracious enough to give our reporter an insider’s tour of the then-new facility.

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Don’t Let Age Slow You Down
by Mike Selinker & Gaby Weidling

Incoming Federation CEO is all ears
Joel Magalnick Editor, JTNews
Come next week, when Keith Dvorchik spends his first days in his office at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, he’s got one item on his agenda: To listen. “When I get off the plane, my first job needs to be to meet with people and to listen,” said Dvorchik, the Federation’s incoming CEO. “When I’m done meeting with people and listening, I need to meet with people and listen. I need to learn what’s going on. I need to learn what the strengths are and what the areas of improvement will be.” The Federation’s board announced Dvorchik’s selection on June 28, with an official start date of Aug. 19, following a year-long search after the resignation of Richard Fruchter last July. Dvorchik, 45, will come to Seattle from Hillel at the University of Florida, Gainesville, where he spent 15 years as the student organization’s executive director and built the small organization into a powerhouse that serves between 8,000 and 10,000 students annually and has been recognized by Hillel International as well as by students both Jewish and non-Jewish. When he began at Hillel, “there was very little impact on campus,” Dvorchik said. “We changed that fairly quickly. We made a decision that we would be out on campus, that we would be making a public presence, that we would become a significant part of the university and become an integral part of students’ lives.” Today, he noted, the organization has strong ties with student government and has sent key leaders, including several student body presidents and former Gators football coach Urban Meyers, to Israel. And if the students don’t know what goes on inside Hillel, they can’t miss the building: It’s across the street from the football and basketball stadiums, constructed from a capital campaign completed in 2004 under Dvorchik’s leadership. “We were able to secure a site that nobody thought we ever could have secured,” said the lifelong sports fan. “You come to Gainesville, you literally cannot miss us.” Though the bulk of his career has been at Hillel, Dvorchik’s life has taken some interesting twists and turns. He earned his undergraduate degree from Penn State in accounting, realized he’d made a mistake, and a year later returned to Penn for a master’s degree in counseling. His internship took him to Gainesville, where he ended up working in the criminal justice system with patients ranging from troubled adolescents to death-row inmates. “When the Hillel opportunity was presented to me, I actually had two choices: One choice was to come work at Hillel, the other was to run an inpatient adolescent facility,” he said. “At the time, it was a big question.” Dvorchik chose Hillel and threw himself into one of his greatest challenges during

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Keith Dvorchik with his wife, Alison. They and their two kids will move to the Seattle area later this summer.

“The prosperity of a country can be seen simply in how it treats its old people,” writes Rabbi Nachman of Breslov. If so, the persons spotlighted in this puzzle make their countries very prosperous indeed. Accomplishing their most notable achievements after seven decades or more, these five give us hope that it is never too late to dream.
ACROSS 1 Convenience store treats 6 Build up 11 Child’s oft-repeated question 14 Mass times acceleration 15 Artist fond of haystacks 16 Color 17 He published his first comprehensive 19 20 21 22 24 25 26 30 32 33 34 35 40 41 42 43 48 49 50 53 54 55 56 58 62 63 64 65 66 67 DOWN 1 Otherwise 2 Brand with cans that change based on 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 18 23 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 35 36 37 38 39 40 44 45 46 47 50 51 52 54 55 56 57 59 60 61

dictionary at 70 Mischief maker Approximately Like candles on a cake “Essen,” in English Mao ___-tung Manipulate Cayman Islands account holders, perhaps She began painting at 76 ___ Rafael, CA UK record label Bart’s gramps He was elected president at 75 Color changer Place to get outdoor gear Laudatory poem She won her first Oscar at 80 Planetarium souvenir Prefix for some school subjects Weep One overly focused on fashion Each Back of a 56-Across or 38-Down Speedy aircraft He published his first book of game rules at 70 Night before What the 10 lords did Command posts According to the song, it’s good for absolutely nothing The protozoan Tetrahymena has seven What Febreze fights

temperature Clear, as a chalkboard Cave phenomenon Make a quilt Brand of sleep aid Word found in many yearbook awards Hill dweller View Brook Macy’s event Run smoothly “Uh-huh!” Jewelry designer Peretti Hullabaloo Ash carriers Hermione portrayer Narcissistic Country singer McEntire Seattle Center to International District dir. One who might do-si-do Withdraw, as from office Tends to Putin’s veto Sight on some whale watching tours Kind of tide Birdbrain? Ice cream brand namesake Fatboy Slim and Tiësto, for example B’way sellout sign Urges Secret Service members Jonathan Coulton fan, perhaps Approval Hockey player from Alberta Sanctify The new one is from Argentina Mr. ___ (The Wind in the Willows character) Tevye, e.g. Longoria or Mendes Ruby ___ The Grinch’s pup Game of Thrones network

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his tenure — building excitement for an organization that’s a five-hour drive from its biggest stakeholders in greater Miami. “It’s not easy to come see what’s going on,” he said. “It’s not easy to feel the passion first hand.” But it gave him insight into how Hillel needs to serve a community beyond its walls, which he believes can transfer to Federation leadership as well. What he would like to see, he said, is a unified community with the Federation serving as its backbone. At an organization’s event, for example, “it’s not just a JFS event, it’s not just a day school event, it’s not just a JCC event,” Dvorchik said, “it’s a communal event.” He also wants to be sure that any organization — whether it’s his own or a partner agency — is doing top-quality work. “We can’t waste people’s time,” he said. Dvorchik has one pet peeve: “I don’t ever want to hear a reason for doing something is because we’ve always done it that way,” he said. “I don’t accept that.” But he also doesn’t want to begin ruling with a heavy hand. “I don’t know what the community wants and what the community needs,” he said. Celie Brown, the Federation’s board chair as of July 1, said Dvorchik’s ability to listen is one of the key reasons he received her board’s vote of confidence. During the search process, “one of the comments that we got the most was that ‘When he talked to me, he looked right at me and I knew he heard me,’ and that resonated with so many people,” she said. Brown, who has a background in leadership coaching, said Dvorchik’s skills as “a change agent” resonated with her. Dvorchik joins a Federation staff that has been humming relatively smoothly over the past year and has demonstrated a dedication to community building. “We have the best staff since I’ve been volunteering. They’re all a team, they’re excited about him coming,” Brown said. Will Berkovitz, who became CEO of Jewish Family Service on July 1, knew Dvorchik during his tenure as executive
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Legislative session (finally) ends with compromise, relief
Janis Siegel JTNews Correspondent
Likening the final 2013-2015 state budget deal to a tied score baseball game in the bottom of the ninth inning, Washington’s Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee was philosophical about the inevitable compromises on new taxes and transportation funding. But, he said, he’s ready to work with it. “We didn’t hit a home run, but we hit a solid double,” Inslee told reporters at a post budget-signing press conference in downtown Seattle Tuesday. Off the table are catastrophic cuts to social services and help for the disabled that threatened to devastate the poor and needy in Washington throughout the early budget negotiation process. Inslee said it “spared and in some cases, enhanced” critical social services for lowincome residents, and extended healthcare to 300,000 citizens, while sometimes preserving and otherwise ending tax relief to businesses. Jewish communal leaders and aid agencies are also breathing a bit easier now since the late-breaking forecast from Washington’s Economic and Revenue Forecast Council found more than $300 million in additional monies in state coffers that averted the need to slash assistance programs. “In this challenging 2013 legislative session,” Rep. Marcie Maxwell (D-Renton), a member of the state’s Jewish caucus, told JTNews, “we’ve worked hard to approve a state budget that makes these smart investments and preserves our community values. Our Jewish organizations have been strong advocates for budget decisions that value education (K-12, early learning, and higher education), ensure safe and healthy families and communities, protect vulnerable people of all ages and abilities, and grow economic opportunity.” The state was $900 million in the hole when lawmakers began hammering out this biennium’s budget, but the surprise additional revenue paved the way for a bipartisan agreement in the final hours of their second special session. The “blacker” bottom line came from privatized liquor sales, lottery sales, an increase in housing construction permits, and an anticipated contraction in consumer spending due to a 2 percent payroll tax increase that didn’t happen. Within the 483-page document the legislature fulfilled its obligation to fund $1 billion for K-12 schools — that’s $500 per student, paid for, in part, by cuts in state building projects, increases in state employee’s health benefit premium cost-sharing, and no cost-of-living increases for teachers. “This quality budget takes meaningful steps forward in funding public education from early learning, through higher education, and it protects the most vulnerable with important human and social services,” Rep. Reuven Carlyle (D-Seattle) told JTNews. Carlyle is the chairman of the House finance committee and the House budget negotiator. “Unfortunately, due to the Senate’s absolute unwillingness to close tax exemptions on the revenue side,” Carlyle added, “the spending plan is unsustainable in the long run and we will face similar challenges again soon.” However, Rep. Cathy Dahlquist (R– Enumclaw), the lead Republican on the House education committee, said she was pleased with the educational outcome. “This bipartisan bill is the product of collaboration with stakeholders and legislators that starts us down a path to improve student outcomes and better support teachers,” she said in a statement. Zach Carstensen, the director of government relations and public affairs for the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, said he accepted the new budget, but he told JTNews the revenue won’t keep up with the cost of running the state, and these challenges will persist. “In the final compromise budget there are things that are not so great but could have been a lot worse,” said Carstensen, who is acutely aware of the lingering budgetary woes from the 2008 economic fallout. “There’s nothing terrible about this particular budget, but it’s cumulative. We’re all going to have to struggle with [the effects of] the last five years.” Carstensen said that Medicaid reimbursements to nursing homes remain frozen at 2009 recession levels, which continues to impact the always rising cost of
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Just a couple of weeks ago, Eliana Rudee was part of a panel on the future of Jewish leadership at the Israeli Presidential Conference in Jerusalem. The Mercer Island High School grad, whom friends and family call Ellie, was already in Israel. She is on a five-month Career Israel internship through Masa, a program of the Israeli govern- Member of ment and the Jewish Agency Sarah Schuman for Israel. Speaking at the the Tribe Ellie Rudee of Mercer Island participated in a panel discussion on the future of Jewish annual conference, which was leadership at the Presidential Conference in Israel in June. founded by Shimon Peres in 2008, was ninth president. Ellie reports the conon learning the panel topic. She knew it not originally on her agenda. ference was multi-disciplinary. “Scienwas vital “for a panel about the future of In early June, “I spoke at an informatists, psychologists, politicians, actors and Jewish leadership…to have [the] perspectional session for future Birthright group actresses,  economists, environmentalists tive of…a future Jewish leader,” she said. leaders, telling them about my experiand Jewish leaders” offered perspectives As president of the Israel club at ence,” she wrote in an email. After the on “problems and solutions in the Jewish, Scripps College in California, where she session, both a Masa director and a conIsraeli and world community,” she wrote. will be a senior in the fall, and a board ference representative requested her bio. In Jerusalem for a five-month internmember and employee of Hillel, Ellie is “A couple days later, someone from the ship at the Institute for Terrorism Research already an experienced Jewish leader comPC called me and said I had been nomiand Response, Ellie is also researching fortable with public speaking. nated by multiple parties” to speak on a women’s involvement in terrorism and The three-day conference’s theme panel, she wrote. their motivations compared to men. was “Facing Tomorrow” and included While she was surprised at first at Growing up in Herzl-Ner Tamid Cona 90th-birthday bash for Peres, Israel’s being sought out, she was less surprised

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servative Congregation, Ellie says her involvement in Judaism is driven by passion and a sense of responsibility. “I connect to faith…through loving and helping my community,” she writes, “and in my opinion, one of the most important things as a human being is to be responsible for other human beings. I cannot accept that there are problems facing our community that are not worth solving, or unsolvable.” And, she adds, “it is simply fun for me!” Describing herself as athletic and close to her family, since being in Israel she’s taken up healthy cooking and buying fresh food from the shuk (market) and cooking for her friends.

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In the mid ’90s, Joel Sacks was working for Joe Dear at the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) in Joel’s home state of New Jersey. Dear is a Washington native and in 1996 newly elected governor Gary Locke asked him to come home and lead our state’s L&I. “Just on a whim,” at Dear’s going away party, Joel asked him if he could get a job
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Shelly Goldman at sgoldman@a.templebnaitorah.org or 425-603-9677 or www.templebnaitorah.org Mundane situations are where people encounter the Divine and find meaning and joy. Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg will explore the ancient Kabbalistic approach to finding meaning in everyday life. $5 payable at the door. On Tuesdays through July 23. At Temple B’nai Torah, 15727 NE Fourth St., Bellevue.

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Jef Nobbe at development@campschechter.org or 206-447-1967 or www.campschechter.org/ index.php/aboutus/openhouse2013 Feel the ruach (spirit) and energy of camp, introduce younger children to Schechter, reunite with old friends, and see the beautiful camp. $8 per person in advance or $10 at the grill. At Camp Solomon Schechter, Olympia. 6:30–8 p.m. — Crisis in Jewish Peoplehood: A Call for Conversation

Rene Levy at levylecture@gmail.com or townhallseattle.org A community-wide discussion on Jewish unity, based on Rene Levy’s book, “Baseless Hatred.” Moderated by Joel Benoliel with kosher reception. Free with RSVP. At Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle.

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9:15–10:30 p.m. — Tisha b’Av Services

Heidi Piel at lifecycle@bethshalomseattle.org or 206-542-0075 or bethshhalomseattle.org Tisha b’Av services beginning Monday evening and ending Tuesday with Havdalah and a small breakthe-fast. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle.

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New Chabad synagogue nearing completion
Gwen Davis JTNews Correspondent
Rabbi Mordechai Farkash of the Eastside Torah Center is thinking about the full synagogue experience. “When people come in the shul, there will be couches in a section of the lobby, so if they are not comfortable yet with going to shul, they can just sit in the lobby and wait for services to end,” said Farkash of his new $4.5 million synagogue set to open in the fall. Farkash wants the elaborate 20,000-square-foot Chabad-Lubavitch synagogue to serve all Jews, whether they are observant or not, young or old, single or with a family, natives or travelers, and anyone in between, even those nervous about attending an Orthodox synagogue. The property for the new synagogue, located at 16199 Northup Way, was purchased in 2006, with city permits acquired by late 2011. Since then, the building has been under construction and Farkash hopes to open its doors shortly after the High Holidays. “It’s a home for every Jew, especially for Eastsiders,” he said about the diverse group of people that makes up the Eastside Torah Center. “Some come for services, others for Bar Mitzvah celebrations, others for yahrzeits [anniversaries of a death], others for classes.” Chabad emphasizes outreach to non-observant Jews, and subsequently caters to people who know very little or nothing about Orthodox Judaism. Farkash wanted the design of the building to keep these Jews in mind. “There will be a women’s section on the main floor with a mechitzah [barrier] for people who feel it’s important Gwen Davis to be up close,” he Rabbi Mordechai Farkash points out the design plans of the new Eastside said, “and a more Torah Center from inside the under-construction synagogue. traditional upstairs are houses for $300,000 or $400,000, there balcony for women who are more comare smaller houses, apartments or condofortable with that.” miniums.” The location, about a half mile from Having affordable housing nearby benits current spot on one floor of a Bellevue efits families who are not Orthodox but office complex, took its members’ housing may become so in the future, Farkash situations into consideration as well. noted. The synagogue will not have a set “In this area there are opportunities for seating capacity, but will remain flexible people to find comfortable and affordable depending upon how many people come housing,” Farkash said. “There are houses to a given service or event. nearby for a million dollars or more, there “At Simchat Torah last year we had such a packed crowd at the Torah Center that we had to dance outside in the parking lot,” he said. The facility will include an outdoor playground and approximately 50 parking spaces. More parking will be available at the church next door. In addition to offices and a beit midrash, a space for learning, the synagogue will house the Eastside Jewish Public Library and have classrooms and a large recreation room with couches and ping-pong tables for the Torah Center’s CTeen Club so teenagers can talk and “schmooze,” Farkash said. The Eastside Torah Center currently serves approximately 500 families. Some are regulars, while others show up for major events such as the High Holidays. However, whichever the attendance style, everyone is welcomed, Farkash said. “It’s an open door policy, [which is] Chabad’s traditional policy,” he said. “This is not a typical synagogue. It’s not just for members. It’s for every Jew to come and take advantage.” Since 2002, when the current space for the Eastside Torah Center was purchased,
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GREATER SEATTLE Bet Alef (Meditative) 206/527-9399 1111 Harvard Ave., Seattle Chabad House 206/527-1411 4541 19th Ave. NE Congregation Kol Ami (Reform) 425/844-1604 16530 Avondale Rd. NE, Woodinville Cong. Beis Menachem (Traditional Hassidic) 1837 156th Ave. NE, Bellevue 425/957-7860 Congregation Beth Shalom (Conservative) 6800 35th Ave. NE 206/524-0075 Cong. Bikur Cholim Machzikay Hadath (Orthodox) 5145 S Morgan St. 206/721-0970 Capitol Hill Minyan-BCMH (Orthodox) 1501 17th Ave. E 206/721-0970 Congregation Eitz Or (Jewish Renewal) Call for locations 206/467-2617 Cong. Ezra Bessaroth (Sephardic Orthodox) 5217 S Brandon St. 206/722-5500 Congregation Shaarei Tefilah-Lubavitch (Orthodox/Chabad) 6250 43rd Ave. NE 206/527-1411 Congregation Shevet Achim (Orthodox) 5017 90th Ave. SE (at NW Yeshiva HS) Mercer Island 206/275-1539 Congregation Tikvah Chadashah (LGBTQ) 206/355-1414 Emanuel Congregation (Modern Orthodox) 3412 NE 65th St. 206/525-1055 Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation (Conservative) 206/232-8555 3700 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island Hillel (Multi-denominational) 4745 17th Ave. NE 206/527-1997 Kadima (Reconstructionist) 206/547-3914 12353 8th Ave. NE, Seattle Kavana Cooperative kavanaseattle@gmail.com K’hal Ateres Zekainim (Orthodox) 206/722-1464 at Kline Galland Home, 7500 Seward Park Ave. S Mitriyah (Progressive, Unaffiliated) www.mitriyah.com 206/651-5891 Secular Jewish Circle of Puget Sound (Humanist) www.secularjewishcircle.org 206/528-1944 Sephardic Bikur Holim Congregation (Orthodox) 6500 52nd Ave. S 206/723-3028 The Summit at First Hill (Orthodox) 1200 University St. 206/652-4444 Temple Beth Am (Reform) 206/525-0915 2632 NE 80th St. Temple B’nai Torah (Reform) 425/603-9677 15727 NE 4th St., Bellevue Temple De Hirsch Sinai (Reform) Seattle, 1441 16th Ave. 206/323-8486 Bellevue, 3850 156th Ave. SE SOuTH KiNg COuNTy Bet Chaverim (Reform) 206/577-0403 25701 14th Place S, Des Moines WEST SEATTLE Kol HaNeshamah (Reform) 206/935-1590 Alki UCC, 6115 SW Hinds St. Torah Learning Center (Orthodox) 5121 SW Olga St. 206/643-5353 WASHINGTON STATE AbERdEEN Temple Beth israel 360/533-5755 1819 Sumner at Martin bAINbRIdGE ISLANd Congregation Kol Shalom (Reform) 9010 Miller Rd. NE 206/855-0885 Chavurat Shir Hayam 206/842-8453 bELLINGHAm Chabad Jewish Center of Whatcom County 102 Highland Dr. 360/393-3845 Congregation Beth israel (Reform) 2200 Broadway 360/733-8890 bREmERTON Congregation Beth Hatikvah 360/373-9884 11th and Veneta EvERETT / LyNNWOOd Chabad Jewish Center of Snohomish County 19626 76th Ave. W, Lynnwood 425/640-2811 Temple Beth Or (Reform) 425/259-7125 3215 Lombard St., Everett FORT LEWIS Jewish Chapel 253/967-6590 Liggett Avenue and 12th ISSAquAH Chabad of the Central Cascades 24121 SE Black Nugget Rd. 425/427-1654 OLympIA Chabad Jewish Discovery Center 1611 Legion Way SE 360/584-4306 Congregation B’nai Torah (Conservative) 3437 Libby Rd. 360/943-7354 Temple Beth Hatfiloh (Reconstructionist) 201 8th Ave. SE 360/754-8519 pORT ANGELES ANd SEquIm Congregation B’nai Shalom 360/452-2471 pORT TOWNSENd Congregation Bet Shira 360/379-3042 puLLmAN, WA ANd mOScOW, Id Jewish Community of the Palouse 509/334-7868 or 208/882-1280 SpOkANE Chabad of Spokane County 4116 E 37th Ave. 509/443-0770 Congregation Emanu-El (Reform) P O Box 30234 509/835-5050 www.spokaneemanu-el.org Temple Beth Shalom (Conservative) 1322 E 30th Ave. 509/747-3304 TAcOmA Chabad-Lubavitch of Pierce County 2146 N Mildred St.. 253/565-8770 Temple Beth El (Reform) 253/564-7101 5975 S 12th St. TRI cITIES Congregation Beth Sholom (Conservative) 312 Thayer Dr., Richland 509/375-4740 vANcOuvER Chabad-Lubavitch of Clark County 9604 NE 126th Ave., Suite 2320 360/993-5222 Rabbi@ChabadClarkCounty.com www.chabadclarkcounty.com Congregation Kol Ami 360/574-5169 www.jewishvancouverusa.org vASHON ISLANd Havurat Ee Shalom 206/567-1608 15401 Westside Highway P O Box 89, Vashon Island, WA 98070 WALLA WALLA Congregation Beth israel 509/522-2511 WENATcHEE greater Wenatchee Jewish Community 509/662-3333 or 206/782-1044 WHIdbEy ISLANd Jewish Community of Whidbey island 360/331-2190 yAkImA Temple Shalom (Reform) 509/453-8988 1517 Browne Ave. yakimatemple@gmail.com

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Sephardic community leader receives public service award
Charlene Kahn JTNews Correspondent
In a move that continues to cement the historic relationship between Spain and the Iberian Jews, a member of the Seattle Sephardic community received a public service award from the University of Washington for his commitment to preserving Ladino culture and heritage. On Friday, June 14, the 2013 Luis Fernando Esteban Public Service Award was presented to Seattle native Al Maimon, a descendant of both the Turkish and Rhodes Jewish communities, at a graduation celebration for 80-plus graduates of the University of Washington’s Spanish and Portuguese Studies department at the Center for Urban Horticulture. Officials presented Maimon with letters of commendation from statewide and international sources, after which Maimon gave the graduation address using a mixture of Spanish, Ladino and English. Recalling all the solemnity of official proclamations — but laced with some informal Northwest humor — department chair Anthony Geist was joined on the dais by Luis Fernando Esteban, honorary consul of Spain in Seattle and the program’s namesake; Washington State Representative Marcie Maxwell (D-41) representing Gov. Jay Inslee; Dr. Ricardo Sanchez from Lt. Gov. Brad Owen’s office; and Rabbi Simon Benzaquen, rabbi emeritus of Congregation Sephardic Bikur Holim, bearing congratulations from the rabbi of the Israeli Knesset, Alex Hochman. A letter of commendation from Miguel de Lucas Gonzales, director of the Spanish government agency Casa Sefarad in Madrid, also attended.    “One person can make a difference,” Maimon said, lauding Esteban’s role in “so many ambitious and substantial educational, cultural and industrial projects here and in Spain.” The award is presented in the name of Esteban for contributions to the region, in particular to its Hispanic community and the Spanish and Portuguese Studies department. In 2008 Esteban received the Washingtonian of the Year from Lt. Gov. Owen for his work on over 200 significant educational, cultural and commercial projects involving Spain and the state, according to the lieutenant governor’s office. Maimon taught his audience a few phrases in Ladino, the amalgam of medieval Spanish, Hebrew, Arabic and other languages, to show how it differs from modern-day Spanish.    Maimon, who retired from Boeing in 1999, is a longtime community volunteer: He is currently board president of the Samis Foundation, sits on the UW’s Sephardic Studies committee, and volunteers in his congregation, Sephardic Bikur Holim. He also sits on the board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, and noted that his terms on the UW’s Stroum Jewish Studies Program advisory board and the Seattle Association for the Jewish Disabled Foundation are expiring. He is also transitioning from interim director of the Va’ad HaRabanim of Greater Seattle.

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The University of Washington Spanish and Portuguese Studies department chair Tony Geist, left, awards Al Maimon, right, the Luis Fernando Esteban Public Service Award for his work supporting the Sephardic community and culture. Esteban, the honorary consul of Spain, is standing in the center.

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providing care at retirement, assisted-living, long-term–care facilities, and hospices like the Caroline Kline Galland Center. Additionally, he said, the loss of state funding for these programs only puts more financial pressure on private Jewish agencies like Jewish Family Service to make up the difference. In the current budget, Carstensen noted the supplemental food program is funded at 75 percent, which is below the level of need in the community. However, the 2013-2015 budget increased that amount by 25 percent from the previous biennium. Still, Carstensen’s reference point reaches back to the start of the recession, when so many programs were downsized. Those cuts, he said, are only compounded today. “It’s different than what it was a few years ago,” he said. “We had general assistance programs. We used to provide the disabled a modest cash stipend, a few hundred dollars a month, not enough to live on. Now, as they’re struggling with profound mental health issues and disabilities that haven’t quite reached the threshold to invoke federal support, we tell folks we’ll give you a voucher for housing.” According to the state revenue report, Washington’s economy will continue to experience moderate growth; however, overall employment numbers will remain tepid, at best.

“I have a modest, informal ‘distribution list’ for matters of Sephardic/ Ladino interest and I do poke my nose in a lot of different places…to make connections across organizations and/or community divides,” Maimon said. He has collaborated with the Spanish and Turkish consuls and communities, the UW’s library archives, and its Turkish, Greek, Spanish and Portuguese and music departments. Through his award, Maimon hopes “to help achieve even greater accomplishments of academic scholarship and communal progress in understanding and realizing

the dignity and true strength of diversity” in Seattle and around the world, he said. Geist plans to further the department’s connection with Sephardic communities, specifically Seattle’s, one of the largest in the U.S. “It’s been my dream for years to establish links with the Seattle Sephardic community,” Geist said.  “We have many historical, linguistic and cultural points of intersection that go back to the Middle Ages and the period of convivencia [coexistence] when Christians, Jews and Muslims lived together in peace for many centuries.”

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JCC remodel begins its first phase
Joel Magalnick Editor, JTNews
The Stroum Jewish Community Center’s Mercer Island site looks the same until you make your way toward the back of the building. That’s where you’ll find temporary walls in front of the old auditorium, and you’ll hear plenty of construction noise, but what the JCC will unveil by early next year will be a completely different space from the dark, outdated room that preceded it. “All of it is going to be fully remodeled,” said Judy Neuman, the JCC’s CEO. “It’s going to be a very fluid and flexible space.” Aaron Alhadeff, the JCC’s board president and capital campaign chair, said it’s no secret a remodel has been needed for the 45-year-old building. But just doing construction didn’t resonate with donors without giving them an understanding of how it could benefit the people who will be using it. “Once we shifted from what our facility needs were to what the community needs were, that’s when we got traction,” Alhadeff said. Permits were obtained early last month and work began soon after. The project will not just create a new auditorium, but also rework the space around it so what is currently a foyer and classroom will become a modular space for multiple uses, with a library and play area to draw people in from across the region. “You could have a reception in the foyer one moment, and you could have drop-in play space for a family in the unscheduled times,” Neuman said. “The library room will open up into the foyer so you can have that as two distinctly separate spaces, or one space.” All of which will flow into the centerpiece of this project, the auditorium. “One of the big things we’ll be doing is bringing natural light in,” Neuman said. That will come through the installation of skylights as well as windows on the northfacing wall that opens onto the building’s rear courtyard. Seating capacity will increase by 50 percent. The way the space will be reworked will allow for the overall execution of the JCC’s programmatic strategy: The new audiovisual system will have digital projection capabilities, surround sound, and the ability to stream online video, in line with the agency’s takeover of the Seattle Jewish Film Festival last year. While the festival wouldn’t move entirely in-house from its regular Seattle venues, this will create Mercer Island’s only movie theater, as well as a more inviting performance space. “We’ll be able to bring all kinds of talent and artists culturally that we haven’t been able to serve before, from a Courtesy SJCC standup comedian A rendering of how the foyer in front of the auditorium will look after this to dance troupes to first remodel phase. musical ensembles caust Education Resource Center that now to concerts,” Neuman said. houses the JCC’s Kesher garden, and proAlhadeff pointed to JCCs in New York gramming dollars. and San Francisco that have become cen“The programmatic money we’re getters of Jewish culture. ting is as significant, if not more signifi“Demand is growing more and more cant, than rebuilding the facility,” Alhadeff every day for a cultural and performing said. “We were definitely intentional about arts central place in the Jewish communot building a wonderful vessel without nity,” he said. being able to put anything in it.” Alhadeff added that the space will be The campaign launched with a large suitable for wedding and B’nai Mitzvah lead gift and multiple community supreceptions as well. Still, Neuman noted porters, which Alhadeff called “angel that becoming a cultural arts and events funders,” as well as full board participacenter does remain secondary to the early tion. For future phases, the JCC will need childhood and camps programs, which much wider community support, he said. will make use of the space on a daily basis. As for the next phase, “we want to see This phase, which the JCC expects how the community responds before we to be the first of several, raised $5 milput the date out there,” Neuman said. lion and encompasses the remodel, land “Right now our schedule is to get this projat the southern end of the property purect completed.” chased from the Washington State Holo-

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Sunday, July 14 at 3 p.m. Mordy Ferber Concert Israeli guitarist Mordy Ferber is stopping in Seattle for one show only, following the success of his last invitation-only performance back in 2011. Ferber, who has been described by saxophonist David Liebman as “a wonderful musician who digs deep in his writing and playing with a clear sense of communicating to the listener,” will perform a house concert in the Arroyos in West Seattle. Seattle bass player Chuck Kistler will join him. For more information and to reserve tickets, visit jazzscapes.com. Seating is limited to 35 people.

Through July 13 Louise Hoeschen-Goldberg Art exhibit Longtime, established Seattle artist Louise Hoeschen-Goldberg creates vivid works of faces, animals and bodies in bold colors reminiscent of Gauguin. Her paintings and sketches are both fantastical and childlike. But the artist prefers to let the art speak for itself, and it will be speaking from the walls of the Sisko Gallery for one more week. At the Sisko Gallery, 3126 Elliott Ave., Seattle. For more information visit siskogallery.com or call 206-283-2998.

Jersey directly influenced his choice of career in public service, Joel says. His parout here, too. In 1998 there ents were both very active was an opening and Joel and in synagogue and “growing his wife, Stephanie Hoffup in that Jewish environman, came to Olympia for ment…grounded [me] in a what they thought would be really strong belief in giving a few years’ “overseas postback” and convinced him ing,” Joel joked. Fifteen years “to spend my life in public later, they’re still here; and in service.” January Joel took on the leadWhile he enjoys exerership of Washington State’s Courtesy L&I Department of Labor and Joel Sacks, the director of cising and reading, most Industries. W a s h i n g t o n S t a t e ’ s of Joel’s free time is spent “We just fell in love with Department of Labor and doing things with the kids. On Father’s Day the family the Northwest,” says Joel, and Industries. drove to Paradise on Mt. the “much healthier lifestyle,” Rainier, where the piles of snow tempted kept them here along with their daughters, Gabby to climb higher and higher. Gabby, 9, and Samantha, 6. Plus, two of “I kept reminding her that we had to Joel’s siblings have moved here, too. get down,” which they did, Joel says, but it The family belongs to Olympia’s involved “a lot more sliding than walking.” Temple Beth Hatfiloh, where Joel served a term as the congregation’s vice president. “TBH is just great,” he says. Its ReconA correction: In my last column, structionist affiliation “aligns with our I misidentified which college Julia values.” Snyder attends. Julia is a student at Growing up in a Conservative synList College of the Jewish Theological Semagogue in Bellmawr in southern New inary and Columbia University.
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In its brief existence, Israel has made enormous strides. But the popular impression that the state is an indefatigable miracle of creation is eroding. “Will Israel exist in 50 years?” is no longer a cynical question. “That’s my husband!” Adi Koll exclaimed. “Sometimes he says, ‘Let’s go to Iowa…They have no problems.’” At 37, Koll is a doctor of law and the award-winning founder of University of the People, which offers free courses at Tel Aviv University. And she’s one of the 19 members of the new Yesh Atid (There’s a Future) party in the Israeli Knesset, a party populated by a diverse group of individuals new to politics. Koll was in Seattle last week as a guest of the Israel lobbying organization J Street to introduce herself and the party’s platforms, which claim to represent the broad swath of Israel’s secular middle class. Yesh Atid is focused on reforming Israel’s civil society, from creating a more effective government to overhauling education and jump-starting the economy. “We want to change the way politics have been done in Israel to make it more accessible,” Koll told JTNews. Using social media to their advantage, Yesh Atid members invite Israelis to ask questions through a website called “Your Friend in Knesset” — a new move for Israeli politicians. The party also sports Facebook and Instagram pages. When Yair Lapid, handsome news anchor turned finance minister, launched

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Koll has been working with Haredim to understand their world better, and to bring them into the fold. “There are 26-year-old kids who have, like, $100,000 debt, and they have no way to cover it,” she said. And “working is not part of their tradition.” She believes army or civil courtesy Yesh Atid service, the shared experience among Israeli youth, will help close the gap. “After the army, you work,” she said. “This is the main issue: Educating people to work and to support themselves.” Americans should understand that the cost of living is the biggest concern to the majority of Israelis, Koll said, as opposed to the Iran threat or the “matzav,” the conflict. “No one cares and no one talks about the matzav anymore. I think you talk about it more than us,” she said. “I’ve been

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here for four days meeting a lot of Jews that are involved in J Street especially, and they’re talking about Oslo agreements…. People in Israel don’t have a clue what the Oslo agreement is about. “This is what Yesh Atid came to talk about,” she continued. “We can’t ignore it anymore if we want Israel’s future to be secured as a…democratic Jewish state.” Additionally, the longer liberal, democratic ideals flourish among young Israelis, the sooner they’ll feel Israel is not their home, Koll explained. She cites the stagnated political process and Orthodox control as factors driving Israelis to other lands. “This is a real threat,” she said. “The answer too often is that we shouldn’t be here. Yesh Atid comes to say that we have to be here, but we have to change.” The problems are personal for Koll, who got married in the U.S. to avoid the rabbinic establishment. She would like to start a family, but is not religious enough to be approved to adopt and raise a Jewish baby, who would likely have to go through an Orthodox conversion first. “These are things that bother people,” she said. “They don’t want to live in a country like that.” Koll hopes Judaism can be a bridge between democracy and security, and that a new, pluralistic Jewish voice will emerge. “I think protecting the fact that it’s a Jewish democratic country is something we need to do with all the forces that we have,” she said. “This is why I’m there.”

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of ignition interlocks. At Temple De Hirsch Sinai, 1441 16th Ave., Seattle. 2:45–4 p.m. — Tisha b’Av Video Program A

Rabbi Avrohom David at info@seattlekollel. org or 206-722-8289 or seattlekollel.org Watch a video from the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation featuring Rav Yitzchok Scheiner and Rav Yissocher Frand. Optional donation: $15 adults, $10 students. At Bikur Cholim Machzikay Hadath, 5145 S Morgan St., Seattle. 6:30–8 p.m. — Tisha b’Av Video Program B

Rabbi Avrohom David at info@seattlekollel.org or 206-722-8289 or seattlekollel.org “Choice by Choice, Step by Step” from the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation featuring
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Rabbi Eytan Feiner and Rabbi Eli Mansour. Optional donation: $15 adults, $10 students. At Sephardic Bikur Holim, 6500 52nd Ave. S, Seattle.

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Mrs. Shaindel Bresler at campseedseattle@yahoo.com or 206-722-8289 or seattlekollel.org Special three-day arts and music camp. $90. Contact for location information. Camp SEED Three-Day Overnight Camping Trip

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Mrs. Shaindel Bresler at campseedseattle@yahoo.com or 206-722-8289 or seattlekollel.org Camp SEED for Jewish children ages 5-12. Week 1: “Sports Camp with Jim Weisen” July 22-July 26. Week 2: “Day Trips Camp” July 29-August 2. Week 3: “Hiking, Biking and Overnighting Camp” August 5-9. “Seedlings” camp for children ages 2-5. Before- and after-camp care available. $185 per week. Contact for location information.

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the center has grown to the point where a new building made sense. “This wasn’t something that was a pri-

ority for me to build,” Farkash said. “Construction and fundraising isn’t my cup of tea. I’m more of a people person in terms of teaching and counseling and creating opportunities for people to come and cel-

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ebrate Judaism and life. But our place was just becoming too small.” More than two thirds of the money to build the synagogue has been raised. Farkash hopes the sell the current facility for an additional $500,000. Farkash and his wife, Rochie Farkash, are well suited to the growth of the Chabad movement. When the couple started out 18 years ago, very few people were involved. Now their efforts have

extended to more than a thousand participants. Rochie Farkash’s parents, Rabbi Sholom Ber and Chanie Levitin, opened Chabad’s first center in the Pacific Northwest in 1972; now, Rabbi Levitin is the director of Chabad for the Pacific Northwest. Mordechai Farkash was born and raised in Jerusalem. His brother, Rabbi Shalom “Berry” Farkash, runs the nearby Chabad of the Central Cascades.

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Lifecycles
Bertram M. Schenck February 13, 1924-June 12, 2013
The first half of Bert’s life was spent in Philadelphia. He was a graduate of the Wharton School of Business. A World War II veteran, and an intellect with strong knowledge of government and politics, eventually, after many years of running the family-owned and operated Philadelphia Paper and Card Co., he left for Seattle where he met his wife JoAnn. His new venture included owning and operating retail establishments, including Abby Carpet Stores, and cookie/coffee shops that his wife helped operate. Bert resided on Mercer Island with his wife for 40 years. Together they had one child, Jahneen. Other living relatives include Libby Goldstein, David Van Gelder, Adrienne and Jim Moore, and other Schenck relatives living within the Los Angeles area. Bert was a very kind and patient man, an honest man, and highly intelligent. He will be greatly missed. Donations may be sent to Jewish War Veterans, World Jewish Congress, and the International Jewish Braille Institute.

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Bar Mitzvah

Daniel Albert Almoslino
Daniel will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on July 20, 2013, at Congregation Beth Shalom in Seattle. Daniel is the son of Michael and Laurie Almoslino and the brother of Suzanne DeSelms. His grandparents are Arnold and Beverly Slatin of Scottsdale, Ariz., Minnette Almoslino of Seattle, and the late Danny Almoslino. Daniel is entering 8th grade at Eckstein Middle School. He enjoys football, biking, movies, anything Batman, and hanging out with friends. For his mitzvah project, he is collecting funds and sports equipment for children who want to play sports but can’t afford the equipment or fees.

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director of Hillel at the University of Washington. He called Dvorchik “a big-tent thinker.” “He understands the diversity of the Jewish community [and] he understands the ability of how to engage the next generation, which I think is vital,” Berkovitz said. “[The Federation needs] somebody who is going to bring a very different perspective to what it means to convene community and what it means to build community.” Rabbi Oren Hayon, the current Green-

stein executive director at Hillel UW, agreed. “I am personally very pleased about his background in the Hillel world because Hillel is an organization that rewards creativity, agility, thoughtfulness and innovation, all of which are qualities that will mean the success of the new Federation CEO,” Hayon said. At the same time, however, Hayon cautioned that a lot is riding on Dvorchik. “Everyone recognizes that the stakes are really high with this appointment,” he said. “It’s a time that the Federation needs to succeed.”

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jewish and veggie

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A foodie twist on a summery, American classic
Michael Natkin JTNews Columnist
To my way of thinking, more flavor. This won’t turn summer hasn’t started until pale, flavorless berries into we’ve had our first big bowl gold, but it can make fair ones of strawberry shortcake. Gentaste a lot better. erally I make it with big, Okay, I know you’ve read flaky biscuits, but for some this far but you are really reason this year it crossed my thinking: “Tarragon whipped mind to try it with cornbread cream? Really?” Well, all I instead. Corn and strawbercan tell you is that I think it ries go really well together, goes beautifully with the berand they both speak of Amerries and cornbread. If this is Jewish and icana, so why not? too out there for you, or just I modified my regular Veggie violates everything you think cornbread recipe by using a strawberry shortcake should slightly lower corn-to-flour ratio, skipbe, I can accept that. But if you are on the ping the brown butter, and adding a bit of fence, I think you should try it! Something vanilla to make it slightly more cakey and about the anise-y intensity of the herb dessert-like without being overly sweet. adds just the right balance against the corn There are two ways to think about the and strawberries. strawberries for strawberry shortcake. Ideally, of course, you would have the Strawberry “Shortcake” with Cornbread freshest berries from the farmer’s market, and Tarragon Whipped Cream still warm from the field and one of the For the tarragon-infused whipped cream: delicate, perfumed varieties that don’t 2 cups heavy (whipping) cream travel well enough to be found at the gro4 tsp. tightly packed fresh tarragon leaves cery. If you are so lucky, you might want to 1/4 cup confectioner’s sugar macerate them less or not at all. For the strawberries: If your strawberries aren’t quite that 6 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and halved or good, a longer maceration period with quartered (depending on size) plenty of sugar will cause them to break 1/2 cup sugar down and be more tender and release For the cornbread (makes more than you need):
occasionally. • For the cornbread: Preheat the oven to 375° and butter an 8x8” baking pan. In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, melted butter, eggs, and vanilla extract. • In a medium bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, salt, and baking soda. Pour in the wet ingredients and gently fold together to just combine. Do not overbeat. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 25 minutes.

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1 cup buttermilk 1/2 cup butter, melted 2 eggs, lightly beaten 1 tsp. vanilla extract 2/3 cup cornmeal 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. baking soda • For the whipped cream: Bruise the tarragon leaves by rubbing them between your fingers. Stir into the cream and refrigerate for at least one hour. If you like a stronger tarragon flavor, overnight is even better. Strain the cream, add the confectioner’s sugar, and whip until it holds firm peaks or use a cream-whipping device. • For the strawberries: In a medium bowl, gently toss together the strawberries and sugar. Set aside to macerate for about one hour, tossing

To serve: Cut four generous squares of cornbread, and then cut those in half horizontally. Place one half in the bottom of each of four bowls and ladle in some of the strawberries and their juice. Add another half piece of cornbread and divide up the remaining strawberries and juice. Top with a generous portion of the tarragon whipped cream and serve immediately. Serves 4.
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, herbivoracious.com.