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HAPPY CHANUKAH FROM CHABAD-LUBAVITCH
Celebrate Miracles Then and Now
Join us at the many Chanukah displays, lightings and events being held throughout Washington State

Chabad of Seattle Events
Menorah Lighting at Northgate Mall Sunday, December 1st at 6:00 pm Menorah Lighting at Seattle Center Sunday, December 1st at 6:00 pm Menorah Lighting at University Village Monday, December 2nd at 6:00 pm For more information, please visit www.ChabadOfSeattle.org

Chabad of Bellingham Events
Menorah lighting at Fairhaven Village Green Wednesday November 27th at 5:30 pm Menorah lighting and party at WWU’s Red Square Monday December 2nd at 6:00 pm For more information, please visit www.JewishBellingham.com

Chabad of the Central Cascades Events
Menorah Lighting at Blakely Hall Saturday, November 30th at 6:30 pm Chanukah in Lego Land Saturday, November 30th at 6:30 pm For more information, please visit www.ChabadIssaquah.com

Congregation Shaarei Tefillah Lubavitch and Menachem Mendel Seattle Cheder Events
Family Chanukah Party Saturday, November 30 at 6:30 pm

Chabad of Pierce County Events
Menorah Lighting in Downtown Tacoma Wednesday, Nov 27th at 6:00 pm Menorah Lighting in Gig Harber Monday, December 2nd at 6:30 pm Menorah Lighting at University Place Wednesday, December 4th at 6:00 pm For more information, please visit www.ChabadPierceCounty.com

Chabad of Snohomish County Events
Menorah Lighting at Centennial Plaza Sunday December 1st at 4:00 pm Chabad Dreidel Tournament Tuesday December 3rd at 6:30 pm For more information, please visit www.JewishSnohomish.com

Chabad at UW Events
Greek Chanukah Lighting Monday, December 2nd at 5:00 pm at AEPi Young Professionals Chanukah Party Tuesday, December 3rd at 7:00 pm Menorah Lighting and Undergraduate Chanukah Party Wednesday, December 4th at 5:00 pm For more information, please visit, www.ChabadUW.org

Chabad of Thurston County Events
Menorah Lighting in Olympia Tuesday, December 3rd at 5:30 pm For more information, please visit www.JewishOlympia.com

Eastside Torah Center Events
CTeen Chanukah Party Sunday, December 1st Menorah Lighting at Crossroads Sunday, December 1st at 4:30 pm Chanukah at Redmond Center Wednesday, December 4th For more information, please visit, www.ChabadBellevue.org

Chabad of Spokane County Events
Menorah Lighting at Riverfront Wednesday, November 27th at 5:30 pm Chanukah Celebration at South Side Community Center Sunday, December 1st at 5:30 pm For more information, please visit www.JewishSpokane.com

Friendship Circle
Chanukah Bowling Party Wednesday, December 4th at 5:30 pm For more information, please visit www.FriendshipCircleWA.org

Chabad of Clark County Events
Menorah Lighting and Celebration at Esther Short Park Wednesday, November 27th at 5:30 pm For more information, please visit www.JewishClarkCounty.com

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 on any of these events and/or service times in all Washington State locations, please contact Chabad House at 206-527-1411, info@chabadofseattle.org, or visit our website at chabadofseattle.org.

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HELP THE PHILIPPINES TYPHOON VICTIMS
Several Jewish organizations have set up funds to help provide aid for the wounded in the Philippines and the people left homeless in Typhoon Haiyan’s wake. Jewish Federations of North America is taking donations online at bit.ly/1i7EDpD or through the mail at Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund, The Jewish Federations of North America, Wall Street Station, PO Box 148, New York, NY 10268. Funds will be distributed through the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, which is focused on providing on-the-ground aid for survivors. Donations to the Orthodox Union and United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism are also being directed to the JDC. The Union for Reform Judaism will distribute funds collected to aid groups already working in the region. Donate online at urj.org/socialaction/issues/relief. American Jewish World Service will be channeling funds primarily to local Filipino aid groups. Donate online at bit.ly/19inkKt.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Rabbi’s Turn
Rabbi Jay Rosenbaum, during a recent trip to Israel, had an experience that made him realize he shouldn’t give up on the peace process. At least not yet.

Represented in Burien
Burien, the small city in South King County, has a new city councilwoman. Lauren Berkowitz survived a blistering campaign to serve a community that was feeling underrepresented.

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Kickstarting Jewish projects
A new initiative by the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle aims to bring the crowdfunding model to innovative local projects.

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Walking away
Palestinian negotiators walked away from peace talks this week, citing the approval of more settlement building by Israel. Will they come back to the table?

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REMEMBEr WHEN
From the Jewish Transcript, November 17, 1995. This photo showed Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin walking with President Bill Clinton in Washington, D.C. after the signing of the Oslo peace agreement but before Rabin’s assassination on Nov. 5, 1995. This issue of the Jewish Transcript examined Rabin’s accomplishments, and included firstperson accounts of local people who had been at the rally in Tel Aviv where a lone gunman took the prime minister’s life.

Tasty Thanksgivukkah treats

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The once-in-a-lifetime celebration of Thanksgivukkah is nearly upon us, and we’ve got tasty food ideas to make the holiday even more special.

Thanksgivukkah books for kids

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Each year, a number of Hanukkah books gets released for young children, and this year is no exception. We’ve got the pick of the litter.

Our Jewish lives, on the page Books in brief The history of the family

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On the heels of the Pew Research Center’s study of American Jewish life, a selection of books approaches the different ways Jews live.

Seattle author David Laskin went back to his family’s early history for his most recent book, but the experiences he has had in meeting his readers has been just as illuminating.

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As we prepare for Thanksgivukkah, local photographer Eric Radman has some tips to make your pictures sparkle and shine.

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For a complete listing of events, or to add your event to the JTNews calendar, visit calendar.jtnews.net. Calendar events must be submitted no later than 10 days before publication. survives. Performance includes a wide array of instruments, such as recorders, pipe and Renaissance guitar. $25-42. At Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle.

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10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. — An Outing to the Museum of History and Industry

Ellen Hendin at endlessopps@jfsseattle.org or 206-461-3240 or jfsseattle.org Join Jewish Family Service for an in-depth presentation about MOHAI, which focuses on innovation and technology around the Puget Sound. $5 MOHAI members; non-members $16 (nonrefundable, due prior to outing). At MOHAI, 860 Terry Ave. N, Seattle. 6:30 p.m. — SJCC: Hanukkah Cooking Class

Kim Lawson at klawson@sjcc.org or 206-388-0823 or www.sjcc.org The head chef of Stopsky’s Delicatessen will lead a hands-on cooking class, putting a new spin on classic Hanukkah dishes. SJCC member $65/ guest $80. At Stopsky’s Delicatessen, 3016 78th Ave. SE, Mercer Island.

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12–3:30 p.m. — Half-Day School’s Out Camp: Iron Chef

Daliah Silver at daliahs@sjcc.org or 206-388-0839 or www.sjcc.org School’s out so join the SJCC for a day of “Iron Chef”themed camp. Compete in a cooking contest with a secret ingredient. At the Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. 9–11 p.m. — PBS Fall Arts Festival; Great Performances: Rogers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma

kcts9.org/tv-schedule PBS Fall Arts Festival brings world-class arts to your living room. This episode features Rogers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma.” Record Friday night’s broadcast to watch after Shabbat. On KCTS Channel 9.

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6:30–8:30 p.m. — PJ Havdallah Motion of the Ocean

Irit Levin at IritLevin@bethshalomseattle.org or 206-524-0075 Marine biologist and Jewish educator Marci Greenberg joins Pajama Havdallah for a special service followed by programs including Jewish arts and crafts, music, ocean themed cookies, story time, and more. RSVP requested. Free. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle. 8–10 p.m. — Ensemble Lucidarium: ‘Una Festa Ebraica – Celebrating Life’

August Denhard at emg@earlymusicguild.org or 206-325-7066 or www.earlymusicguild.org Reflecting the importance of each stage of life, a large amount of Jewish medieval “party music”

16 NOVember

1–2 p.m. — Ensemble Lucidarium (Plus Kids!): ‘Un Bel Matin d’Amor: Discovering the Music of Medieval Italy’

August Denhard at emg@earlymusicguild.org or 206-325-7066 or www.earlymusicguild.org The party keeps going Sunday morning: Discover the detective work behind modern reproductions of historical instruments. $10/adults, $5/seniors and children. At Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle. 2–3:30 p.m. — Global Day of Jewish Learning: Focus on Creating Friendship

Shelly Goldman at sgoldman@a.templebnaitorah.org or 425-603-9677 or www.templebnaitorah.org What is the essence of friendship? Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg will explore friendships in the Bible, Talmud, and the ancient world. Free. At Temple B’nai Torah, 15727 NE 4th St., Bellevue. 3 p.m. — WSJHS Presents: ‘In the Land of Rain and Salmon’

www.wsjhs.org/events.php Witness the experiences of Washington State’s Jewish pioneers, brought to life on stage by the Washington State Jewish Historical Society and Book-It Repertory Theatre. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. At Temple Beth El, 5975 S 12th St., Tacoma. 5–9 p.m. — SHA’s Annual Gala

Bev Falgione at bfalgione@sha613.org or 206-323-5750 or www.seattlehebrewacademy.org Please join Seattle Hebrew Academy for an evening honoring Hazzan Isaac Azose. At The Showbox SoDo, 1700 1st Ave. S, Seattle. 5–9 p.m. — AIPAC Gala Event

Seattle Office at seattle_office@aipac.org or 206-624-5152 or www.aipac.org Annual AIPAC gala dinner. Contact the office for details and location.

17 NOVember

206-388-0839 or www.sjcc.org Join the J for a “Storybook Land”-themed camp day. Travel to the land of storybook characters. SJCC member/$25, guest/$35. At the SJCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island.

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10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. — Kabbalah and Why We Study It

Ellen Hendin at endlessopps@jfsseattle.org or 206-461-3240 or jfsseattle.org Rabbi Mark Spiro, executive director of Living Judaism, gives a taste of Jewish mysticism and a greater understanding of its history, place, and purpose within the Jewish world. At Temple De Hirsch Sinai, 3850 156th Ave. SE, Bellevue. 12–3:30 p.m. — Half-Day School’s Out Camp: Aliens Vs. Cowboys

Daliah Silver at daliahs@sjcc.org or 206-388-0839 or www.sjcc.org Join the J for an “Aliens vs. Cowboys”-themed camp day. Come dressed as either a cowboy or an alien. SJCC member/$25, guest/$35. At the SJCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. 7:30 p.m. – ‘Catching Fire’ Pre-Screening for Hunger Awareness & Advocacy

Benjamin Starsky at bstarsky@bbyo.org or www.bbyo.org/hunger/seattle Join BBYO for an exclusive pre-screening of “Catching Fire” to raise hunger awareness. Admission $8 (pre-sale only) plus two food items to be donated to Jewish Family Service. At the AMC Factoria 8, 3505 Factoria Blvd. SE, Bellevue.

21 NOVember

1:15–2:30 p.m. — Shabbat Evening Liturgy and Customs

Shelly Goldman at sgoldman@a.templebnaitorah.org or 425-603-9677 or www.templebnaitorah.org Centuries ago, a group of passionate Jews in Tzfat walked outside of their synagogue during the Friday service. Why? Cantor David Serkin-Poole will answer these questions and more. At Temple B’nai Torah, 15727 NE 4th St., Bellevue. 5–8 p.m. — Fall Spice Night

Rabbi Jill Levy at rabbi.levy@h-nt.org or 206-232-8555 or www.h-nt.org A family event open to the community. More information and registration available online. At Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation, 3700 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. 5:30–7:30 p.m. — SJCC: Hanukkah Under the Stars

Mark Rosenberg at MarkR@sjcc.org or www.sjcc.org Sing and dance with kids’ band Recess Monkey, do storytelling with PJ Library, gorge on latkes, pizza, kosher Chinese, and more. Cosponsored by the Jewish Day School. Admission free with the donation of a personal item to JFS. At the SJCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island.

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12–3:30 p.m. — Half-Day School’s Out Camp: Storybook Land

Daliah Silver at daliahs@sjcc.org or

22 NOVember

9:30–11 a.m. — NYHS Hanukkah Breakfast & Kids’ Carnival

Melissa Rivkin at mrivkin@nyhs.net or 206-232-5272, ext. 515 or bit.ly/HLBfSY Get in the mood for Hanukkah at NYHS: Delicious breakfast, face painting, cookie decorating, bouncy house, magician and more! $20/family or $7/ person. At Northwest Yeshiva High School, 5017 90th Ave. SE, Mercer Island. 11 a.m.–12 p.m. — Book Reading & Signing

Island Books at info@mercerislandbooks.com or 206-232-6920 or www.mercerislandbooks.com Former JTNews reporter Felice Keller Becker will read her story, “The Sweetest Thing,” from the new XXPaGE 5

24 NOVember

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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Getting caught trying
RabbI JaY ROsenbaUm Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation
When we had a high school class on Muslim-Jewish dialogue last year, I asked our Herzl-Ner Tamid students to agree or disagree with the following statement: “There will never be peace between Israel and the Palestinians.” Nine of the 10 students agreed. These are students who know that once America had slaves and now we have an African-American president. They know that women didn’t get the right to vote in this country until 1920. These things could change. But, Israeli-Arab hostility is permanent. Of course, our students are not the only skeptics. Here are just a few of the good reasons to believe that Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations are a waste of time: • The rest of the Middle East is a mess. For all we know, we could soon end up with radical Muslim states in Egypt, Syria and Jordan. Is this any time to be making concessions? • The last time Israel ceded territory, Hamas took over Gaza and began firing rockets at Israeli cities. If we give up the West Bank, and Hamas takes over there, radicals will be within easy missile range of Israel’s major population centers. • How is Netanyahu going to negotiate a peace agreement when he doesn’t have the support of his own party? More and more Likudniks now reject a two-state solution and urge Israeli to annex the West Bank. That’s the short list. So, why do I have hope? First, a brief Torah lesson. When God wanted to destroy the wicked cities of Sodom and Amorah, God said to Himself, “I cannot hide from Abraham what I’m about to do.” Why? “Because I want the children of Abraham to be change agents in the world.” So what does God do at this moment? He engages Abraham in a conversation about right and wrong. It’s as if God is saying to Abraham, “Do you want to change the world? Learn how to have this conversation. Yes, Abraham, there are going to be some situations where right and wrong are crystal clear. But most of the time, there is going to be at least a little bit of right and a little bit of wrong on both sides. You are going to have to learn to have a conversation with each other where both of you will find a way to move toward each other.” Not only that. God also models with Abraham how to have that conversation. When God first tells Abraham about Sodom, Abraham reacts with passion: “What if there are 50 righteous people in this city? How dare you!” he says. “Can the judge of all the earth be unjust!” If I were God in this situation, I would have walked out of the room and said, “This conversation is over. I’m not going to stand here and be insulted.” But God does not walk out. God stays in the conversation. Ultimately, Abraham was not able to save the people of Sodom. So was this conversation an exercise in futility? I don’t think so. Bill Clinton has an expression that I love. He says there are certain ethical challenges that have such a high likelihood of failure, it is tempting not to attempt them at all. But, he says, “I’d rather be caught trying” than give up before he starts. This past summer, I traveled to Bethlehem with a group called Encounter. Encounter takes North American Jews on trips to the West Bank to meet with Palestinian peace activists. Why did I go? To be honest, I was skeptical. But my daughter Shani works for Encounter and she convinced me to try, and I had an experience that surprised me. A young Palestinian named Hashem especially impressed all of us. He was thoughtful. He was open. He seemed to want to change things. When it was time for questions, a member of our group asked Hashem, “What is your dream for the future?” “A bi-national state,” he responded. It was like icicles had entered the room. A bi-national state is a recipe for the destruction of Israel. I felt even myself begin to shut down. One member of our group struggled to respond to Hashem in a way that didn’t sound like an attack. He didn’t succeed. But, while Hashem was speaking, I noticed that he believed if there were two states, neither side could enter the other one. He, for example, would never be allowed to visit Jaffa. So I asked Hashem: “What if it weren’t like that? What if there were two states, one with a clear Jewish identity and one with a clear Palestinian identity? You could visit Jaffa, and an Israeli Jew could visit Hebron. Would that be compatible with your dream of peace?” Hashem thought for a second, and he said: “Yes, I think it could be.” Nobody in the room had expected that answer. I was ready to give up on Hashem and walk away on the basis of two words he used in a sentence. But because I hung in there a little longer, I found out that our differences were not irreparable. Within

I appreciate Rita Berman Frischer’s review (“Some bookahs for your sukkah,” Sept. 11, online) of “The Vanishing Gourds.” I’m so happy when I find that my story has evoked fond Sukkot memories in readers. It’s been gratifying, as well, to hear non-Jews relate to the story, especially to the joy of discovering an unexpected backyard harvest! Susan Axe-Bronk Author, “The Vanishing Gourds” WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR: We would love to hear from you! You may submit your letters to editor@jtnews.net. Please limit your letters to approximately 350 words. The deadline for the next issue is November 19. Future deadlines may be found online. The opinions of our columnists and advertisers do not necessarily reflect the views of JTNews or the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle.

a few minutes we had gone from turning away from each other to listening carefully to each other and finding common ground. There is never a perfect time to reach out. We can spend our whole lives waiting for Sadat, whether we are talking about two nations, or two family members. Peace is not made between perfect people. If we were perfect, we would not have to make peace in the first place. The sky didn’t open up when I visited

Bethlehem. I didn’t fundamentally change my views on the Middle East. Nor did any Palestinian I met jump up and shout, “I will go to Jerusalem.” But over the course of the two days I spent in Bethlehem, there were several times I felt a human being on the other side who was listening as well as speaking. Could that feeling be expanded? I don’t know. But, I’d like to be caught trying.

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book, “Chicken Soup for The Soul: Think Positive for Kids.” Free. At Island Books, 3014 78th Ave. SE, Mercer Island. 2–3:15 p.m. — Oil Press Demonstration

Julie Greene at julie@bcmhseattle.org With Rabbi Emlen of Chabad for Kids. At Bikur CholimMachzikay Hadath, 5145 S Morgan St., Seattle.

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12–3:30 p.m. — SJCC Half-Day School’s Out Camp: Across the USA

Daliah Silver at daliahs@sjcc.org or 206-388-0839 or www.sjcc.org Join the J for an “Across the USA”-themed camp day. Make a movie in LA or climb to the top of the Empire State Building. SJCC member/$25, guest/$35. At the SJCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island.

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12–3:30 p.m. — SJCC Half Day School’s Out Camp: Cupcake Wars

Daliah Silver at daliahs@sjcc.org or 206-388-0839 or www.sjcc.org Themed camp day: “Cupcake Wars.” Ready, set, decorate! Who can design the best cupcake? SJCC member/$25, guest/$35. At the SJCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island.

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12–3:30 p.m. — SJCC Half-Day School’s Out Camp: Survivor

Daliah Silver at daliahs@sjcc.org or 206-388-0839 or www.sjcc.org Themed camp day: “Survivor.” Campers divide into teams for a day of fun and physical survival challenges. SJCC member/$25, guest/$35. At the SJCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island.

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12–1:30 p.m. — Lunch and Learn

Shelly Goldman at sgoldman@ a.templebnaitorah.org or 425-603-9677 or www.templebnaitorah.org Drop-in discussion group led by Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg on messages from Torah and Jewish values in relation to high-profile issues in today’s news. Free. At Temple B’nai Torah, 15727 NE 4th St., Bellevue. 5 p.m. — BCMH Shabbos Hanukkah Dinner

Julie Greene at 206-721-0970 or julie@bcmhseattle.org or www.bcmhseattle.org Hanukkah dinner at BCMH with Rabbi Zev Goldberg, assistant rabbi of Young Israel of Century City in Los Angeles. Vegetarian options available. RSVPs no later than November 25. $20 adult/$10 child (ages 4-11)/$60 family. At BCMH Volotin Social Hall, 5145 S Morgan St., Seattle. 6:15–8:30 p.m. – Hanukkah Shabbat Dinner

Wendy Marcus at wendy@templebetham. org or Barbara Bernstein at barbbern53@ gmail.com Service begins at 6:15 p.m. with a potluck dinner following at 7:30. Latkes, sour cream, applesauce and dreidels will be provided. Bring a main dish, side dish, dessert or beverages to share. RSVP attendance to Wendy and email Barbara with what you will bring. At Temple Beth Am, 2632 NE 80th St., Seattle. 9–11 p.m. — Barbra Streisand Back to Brooklyn on PBS

kcts9.org/tv-schedule Barbra Streisand makes a historic homecoming to Brooklyn. Streisand performs an extensive selection from her five-decade career, including a duet with her son, Jason Gould. Record Friday night’s airing and watch after Shabbat. On KCTS Channel 9.

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“The advent of crowdfunding has changed the relationship of people to projects that they care about.” — Entrepreneur Dan Shapiro, creator of a very successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, on the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle’s new J-Kick initiative. See the story on page 7.

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Make a Pilgrimage
by Mike Selinker

A changing of the guard in Burien
DIkla TUCHman JTNews Correspondent
If you would have asked Lauren Berkowitz three years ago if she’d be running for a spot on Burien’s City Council, she probably would have laughed. But the 29-year-old University of Washington law student wasn’t planning a path to political victory after finishing her undergraduate degree at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2007. Following her graduation, Lauren worked as a union organizer for First United Food and Commercial Workers 21 and then with the Washington Federation of State Employers. “There are very few disincentives for people to violate labor laws,” Berkowitz said, so she decided to go back to school She believes her city council role dovetails nicely with her studies. “There are a lot of labor concerns in Burien and there isn’t a lot of representation in those areas,” she said. Five years ago, Berkowitz and her campaign coordinator Jeff Upthegrove met while he was making the transition to becoming a full-time campaign manager. Back then, Berkowitz wasn’t necessarily interested in politics, but he definitely saw in her a spark for public service. “Lauren decided to run because she lives in North Highline and had a sense that the council in Burien was disconnected from a lot of the residents,” Upthegrove said. “She felt that her skills as

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Lauren Berkowitz, right, discusses neighborhood issues with outgoing Burien mayor Brian Bennett and Spanish interpreter Margarita Gallo in the Olde Burien neighborhood during her successful city council campaign.

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and concentrate on a law degree that specializes in public-interest labor laws. The call to serve her community came about from her need for social justice where she lives. After living in North Highline for three and a half years, Berkowitz felt frustrated that the city wouldn’t meet basic neighborhood needs. “Our neighbors were promised things like sidewalks and haven’t seen them built,” she said. “Only one or two parts of Burien have all of those services, but they already have representation. I needed to get involved in order to get representation.” Once she decided to run and began to go door to door to campaign, Berkowitz realized her neighbors’ concerns lined up with her own. “They want sidewalks, animal control, traffic regulation,” she said. “I’m a person who knows how to bring people together.” While another grueling year of law school at the UW lies ahead of her, Berkowitz will be taking her Position 1 seat in January. “It’s definitely tough, but I like to be busy and social justice is paramount,” she said.

an organizer would bring more citizen involvement in the city.” That was the basis of Berkowitz’s message: More citizen involvement, more input, more listening to people’s needs, such as the need for sidewalks, streetlights, safe routes to school, traffic control, and other neighborhood issues. “We raised about $14,000, which is fairly large amount in a Burien race,” said Upthegrove. “[Her opponent] Jack Block, Jr. outspent us by a few thousand dollars.” Berkowitz’s campaign primarily used that money for direct mailings, but the primary focus was voter contact — knocking on every door possible. Upthegrove said that between Berkowitz and her supporters, they knocked on about 5,000 doors. “That’s why I believe she won,” said Upthegrove. “When you meet a candidate face to face, it’s compelling.” Block has held the council seat for eight years. Berkowitz said the biggest difference between them was her coalition-building experience. “I have the ability to find common ground and have people come together in
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Community funding gets a kick
DIkla TUCHman JTNews Correspondent
On November 4, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle launched what it is calling one of its most innovative “value-add” programs ever to be introduced: They set up a website and then mostly stepped away, saying, “Good luck, and may the force be with you.” The new Federationsponsored site, J-Kick, combines “Jewish” and “Kickstarter” as a way for local organizations to raise project funds. Kickstarter, if you’re not familiar, is the world’s largest crowdfunding platform. The company’s mission is to help bring creative projects to life. Since launching in 2009, 5.1 million people have pledged $867 million, funding 51,000  creative projects such as films, stage shows, comics, journalism, video games, and food-related projects. People who back Kickstarter projects are offered tangible rewards and one-ofa-kind experiences in exchange for their varying levels of support. J-Kick was born out of a desire and need for the Federation to continue forging ahead in its mission to engage a younger, everevolving Jewish audience. While the Federation itself continues to raise money with its traditional Jewish population, its leaders have come to realize that engaging Jewish millennials means tapping into a new way of fundraising and communication. “Federations emerged years ago in order to centralize fundraising and grantmaking within the Jewish community, and that was great, but this is not your grandfather’s Federation,” said Jim DiPeso, the Federation’s director of communications. “Today’s Federation donors have new ideas and new ways of thinking about getting the most out of their philanthropic dollars.” J-Kick is open to 501(c)(3) organizations in Washington State or individuals who have a 501(c)(3) organization as their fiscal sponsor. Projects must serve the Jewish community in Washington State, have a fundraising goal ranging from $1,800 to $18,000, and cannot be under consideration for any other Federation grant while being listed on J-Kick. From the time the project goes live on the site, the funding goal must be reached by 30, 45 or 60 days — a period determined by the project’s mana chore, for the people who work tirebrought in $2,147 of its requested $5,744. ager. A project will receive funds if it reaches lessly to support it,” Shapiro points out. That campaign incorporates incentives, a “tipping point”: Two-thirds of the fund“By opening up ‘the budget’ to the comsuch as lunch with the special guest for the raising goal.  munity, and letting people vote with their highest donation level, to sweeten the pot. Allowing organizations that already pocketbooks, I think we could see a renaisLocal entrepreneur Dan Shapiro receive traditional Federation funding — sance in Jewish community support.” believes that the successful projects will be applying for and receiving specific proHowever, Max Temkin, a Chicagothe ones that engage the hearts and imagigramming grants each year — to get more based entrepreneur who co-created the nations of the Jewish community. creative and specific with their fundraiswildly successful Kickstarter project “If J-Kick allows donors to feel more ing is exactly what the Federation intends Cards Against Humanity, is skeptical. connected to their community, everyone to encourage with J-Kick. He doesn’t believe the design of J-Kick is going to benefit,” he said. “This is a way for new ideas that maybe will hold up when compared to the KickShapiro launched a Kickstarter for don’t fall within the traditional funding starter model. Over email, Tempkin told a children’s board game in September, guidelines to get funded and people can JTNews that “crowdfunding is revoluwhich raised more than $630,000 — over get excited about it,” said Keith Dvorchik, tionary and it’s changed my life and I’m 25 times its original goal. the Federation’s president and CEO. “We happy for any opportunity for people to “The advent of crowdfunding has can use it as a way to broaden and expand get to make their own things, but I what’s offered in our Jewish comdon’t think J-Kick is a great tool,” munity.” he wrote. “They charge backers Since the launch earlier this when the project reaches 67 permonth, eight projects have cent of funding, which seems like appeared on J-Kick. They vary it would lead to a scenario where from the “Schechter Tub,” a hot people have money from backtub for Camp Solomon Schechter, ers but not enough money to exeto Vintage UW, which will allow cute their project,” with regard to Hillel students to create and bottle the “tipping-point” policy impletheir own kosher wines. mented by J-Kick. Rabbi Oren Hayon, executive With many of the project mandirector of Hillel at University of agers creating the J-Kicks being Washington, said he is intrigued new to crowdfunding and how to about how his agency’s experience budget exactly what may or may using J-Kick will go. not be needed to carry out a suc“Vintage UW is a little bit of an cessful project, this may lead to experiment for us; we’re not sure underfunded, impossible complehow people are going to respond Courtesy Hillel UW and we’re not sure how it’s all Hillel at the University of Washington’s J-Kick campaign creators Rayna tions, implied Temkin. DiPeso said the idea of modelgoing to work,” said Hayon. “We’ll Shoihat, left, Josh Furman, center, and Oren Hayon toast what they see how this works differently hope will be the product of four years of learning for UW freshmen who ing J-Kick this way was to straddle between two crowdfunding schools from our traditional fundraising.” take part in the Vintage UW wine-making program. of thought: One that gives projects Given that J-Kick is so different the money only if they reach their goals, and changed the relationship of people to from its other fundraising efforts, Hillel the other that allows projects to take whatprojects that they care about,” said Shaleaders are excited to see if the campaign ever they’re pledged, regardless of the goal. piro.  “With services like Kickstarter and is successful. With the all-or-nothing model, “it Indiegogo, people can find inspiration and “Because it’s a really student focused creates a sense of urgency, so it really role models in projects that bring them project, we’ll be able to reach students and behooves the agency listing the project to joy, and then back those in a way that is other people in new ways,” Hayon said. really get out there and create a compelling both affordable to them and meaningful As of Nov. 13, the project had received message and market the project,” he said. to the project creator.” donations from nine funders, totaling 15 At the same time, the Federation didn’t But Kickstarter disallows charity funpercent of the $1,800 effort, with 37 days want agencies who didn’t reach their full draising, so Shapiro sees J-Kick as having left to donate. Another project, Bet Alef goals to end up with nothing. the potential to bring this same ethos to a Meditative Synagogue’s “Living a Life “We’re looking for some middle new type of program. that Matters,” which will bring in a Jewish ground,” he said. “That should be an opportunity, not Zen master for a Shabbaton weekend, has

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Palestinian negotiators walk away from talks
AleX TraIman JNS.org
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Palestinian negotiators have resigned over the lack of progress in Israeli-Palestinian conflict talks. Abbas said in an interview on Wednesday on Egypt’s CBC television that his negotiators were upset over continued plans for Jewish construction in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem. But he said negotiations could still continue with a new delegation. “Either we can convince [the current negotiators] to return, and we’re trying with them, or we form a new delegation,” Abbas said. While chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat told Reuters that Israeli-Palestinian negotiations stopped “in light of the settlement announcements last week,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently canceled plans for the construction of 1,200 housing units in the E1 corridor that links Jerusalem with the Jewish community of Ma’ale Adumim. Despite attempts to jumpstart them by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, the parties involved in trying to create a framework for a negotiated peace deal showed the lack of trust among all sides. Kerry last week warned that should peace not advance between the parties, Israel could face growing isolation in the international community as well as violence. “The alternative to getting back to the talks is the potential of chaos. I mean, does Israel want a third Intifada?” Kerry said in Index Poll from Tel Aviv University’s an interview that was broadcast on both Israel Democracy Institute showed that 73 Israeli and Palestinian TV networks. percent of Israelis do not believe the cur“If we do not find the way to find peace, rent Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiathere will be an increasing isolation of tions will lead to peace.  Israel, there will be an increasing camIsraeli leaders paign of delegitimiquickly downplayed zation of Israel that Kerry’s warnings. has been taking place Defense Minister in an international Moshe Ya’alon said, basis,” he said. “There is no need Yet many Israeli to fear threats of citizens and leaders whether there will or are choosing not to won’t be a third intiheed what they confada.” sider to be empty According to warnings from Inbar, an intifada is Kerry. not a likely outcome “It’s a funny of failed negotiaargument [Kerry is] tions, since the Palmaking. This adminU.S. Department of State. istration simply Israeli President Shimon Peres, U.S. Secretary estinians are bent on doesn’t see reality,” of State John Kerry, and Palestinian Authority proving that Israel is Professor Efraim President Mahmoud Abbas join in a handshake the primary obstacle Inbar, director of the at the World Economic Forum in Jordan, on May to a peace deal. FurBegin-Sadat Center 26, 2013. In American-brokered Israeli- thermore, the Israeli for Strategic Stud- Palestinian conflict talks, both sides have Defense Forces are well prepared to ies and professor of exhibited declining trust in the U.S. quickly handle any political studies at uptick in Palestinian violence, he said. Bar-Ilan University, told JNS.org. “I’m not really sure that an intifada will With America’s lack of success in erupt, and if the Palestinians have a clear bringing about peaceful resolutions and interest [in a violent uprising],” Inbar told conditions in Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Egypt, JNS.org, “we can beat them again. The PalIsraelis are as skeptical as ever that the U.S. estinians remember what happened the can play a productive role in negotiating last time they started a cycle of violence at peace in Israel. The latest monthly Peace the beginning of this century.” Alan Elsner, vice president of communications for J Street, the left-leaning Israel-advocacy organization that is heavily promoting a campaign in favor of a two-state agreement, said he believes the failure of an agreement will be very difficult for both sides. “I think the Palestinian economy will pancake. They’re already dependent on a lot of foreign aid, and a lot of the foreign aid will dry up,” said Elsner during a visit to Seattle on Nov. 6. “You’re going to see Israel diplomatically isolated to a great extent, which will be very painful emotionally for Israelis who like to feel welcome traveling the world and going to Europe. You’re going to see Israeli academics being boycotted increasingly. You’re going to see the Palestinians go to the international criminal court, which has the potential of criminalizing the entire occupation and anyone who serves in it.” According to Inbar, however, Israel has improving relations with many countries around the world — including in Europe, as far east as China, and even in the Middle East. The same cannot be said of the Palestinians, he said. “Most countries simply don’t care about the Palestinian issue. How many protests did we see during the Arab Spring about the Palestinian issue?” Inbar said.
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Laurie uses the five-and-aI was intrigued by half hours her son is in kinderLaurie Frankel’s second garten to “sit down and write, novel, “Good-bye For write, write, write.” She is hard Now.” When Laurie’s protagat work on her next novel. onist Sam, a brilliant computer programmer, is fired from his job, he begins casting about Issaquah author Jane for something to do. Seeing Isenberg received his girlfriend Meredith so a WILLA award bereaved by her grandmothrecently from Women Writer’s unexpected death, Sam ing in the West. Jane won devises a way to virtually recrein the original softcover ficate and communicate with her. Member of tion category for her SeatThis book is very much tle-centric historical novel the Tribe about death, so I fully expected “The Bones and the Book.” some form of religion or spiriThe competition seeks out tuality to pop up, but Laurie cleverly skirts the best of published literature concerning the issue throughout. women’s or girls’ stories set in the North It didn’t start out that way, the author American West. told me. “Originally, Meredith and her A retired professor who also penned family were Jewish,” she shared, “but I the Bel Barrett mystery series, Jane maintook it out.” It started to make certain tains a blog of appreciation for other

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A new edition of David Volk’s “Cheap Bastard’s Guide to Seattle” is out with “a new cover…a new introduction…[and] 40 new listings in the first four chapters alone — theater, film, music and comedy,” the author tells me. Plus, he adds, “it comes fully loaded with rack-and-pinion steering.” And yes, this guide to everything cheap or free in the Seattle area comes fully loaded with David’s quirky sense of humor. David maintains a blog of daily deals at cheapbastardseattle.com. He suggests the book will make a great Hanukkah present, too. If you want to see David in person, check out upcoming readings at the Mercer Island Library at 7 p.m. on Thurs., Nov. 14 and at the Bellevue Library at 1 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 16.

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It was a strange coincidence. This summer the Seattle Times published an article on Soap Lake, the small Eastern Washington town known for its medicinal mud. Ten days later I got an email from retired Hollywood screenwriter Michael Druxman, saying a screenplay he’d written about Soap Lake was going to be performed there this coming summer. “The Summer Folk” is a “slightly fictionalized account of the summers that our family spent in Soap Lake” in the late 1940s to early ’50s, the Seattle native wrote. Although it now turns out the play won’t be produced, Michael continues to publish his screenplays on Amazon.com and produces promotional videos. He’s also just written his second memoir, “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Hollywood.” Find these, audio plays, and more of his work at www.druxmanworks.com.

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plot elements too complicated in a book already dealing with complex issues. “In my brain, my heart, I think their family is Jewish,” says the Seattle author. “A lot of things had to fall away to talk about the things I wanted to keep,” she reflects, calling it “the painful cutting part.” The Seattle author points out that she got to make the characters in her first novel “Atlas” Jewish. The former University of Puget Sound writing and literature professor grew up in Columbia, Md., near Baltimore, and comes from a long line of Baltimoreans. She moved out here because “I met a boy,” she laughs, who she eventually married. “I was teaching in Baltimore” and would spend summers in Seattle, which “caused me to believe that Seattle was a sparkling, light-filled city,” she says. “And then there was February.” That said, she adds, “I love it out here.” The mother of a 5-year-old son, Laurie now writes full time. “It was hard to teach full-time, and raise a child full-time, and write full-time,” she observes.

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The Hanukkah street treat
MICHael NatkIn JTNews Columnist
4 cups clear vegetable broth Arancini. “Little oranges.” 2 Tbs. olive oil Only these guys aren’t quite 1/2 cup finely diced onion so healthy as a piece of citrus. 1-1/4 cups arborio or other risotto They are actually balls of rice risotto, stuffed with molten 1/4 cup dry white wine or vermouth cheese, rolled in breadcrumbs 1/4 cup grated Parmigianoand deep fried, which makes Reggiano them a perfect change of pace 1 egg for Hanukkah. About 4 oz. of scamorza, smoked Arancini are traditionally mozzarella or other flavorful, meltstreet food, but you can serve able Italian cheese, cut into cubes a them as a passed appetizer at Jewish and little bigger than 1/2” on a side a party, or a fairly filling first Veggie Salt to taste course. And although they Oil for deep frying are a bit labor intensive, you 1-1/2 cups finely ground fresh breadcrumbs (whiz can prepare everything the day before so day-old, non-moldy bread in food processor; if not all you have to do at showtime is the actual dry enough, toast lightly first) rolling in breadcrumbs and frying. 2 eggs beaten with 1/4 tsp. salt Please don’t use commercial “Italian” Flaky sea salt breadcrumbs for this (or anything else). Tomato sauce for dipping It is well worth the minimal effort to run • Bring the broth to a simmer. Heat a some day-old bread through the food promedium saucepan over a mediumcessor. You can freeze any leftover breadhigh flame. Sauté the onion in the crumbs (that haven’t touched raw egg) olive oil for 1 minute until it softens and use them to top gratins, casseroles, but doesn’t brown. Add the rice and pasta, etc. sauté for another minute, until it turns translucent. Add the wine and cook for 30 seconds. • Begin to add the broth. Initially, add enough to cover the rice. Reduce to a simmer. Stir occasionally — you don’t balls in a single layer in the refrigerator for a day. Wrap them well so they don’t dry out. • When you are ready to cook, heat your oil for deep frying to about 360º. Dip each ball first in the beaten eggs, then roll them around in the breadcrumbs. (Hint: don’t put all the breadcrumbs in the bowl at once — then, if you have some left, they will be uncontaminated to save for later). Fry the balls in small batches so the oil doesn’t cool down too much, or they will turn out greasy. Cook, turning occasionally, until deep brown. • Remove the balls to plates covered in paper towels. Season with flaky sea salt. Allow them to cool a bit before serving and warn your guests, so they don’t burn their mouths! These guys really hold the heat, especially the molten cheese. Serve with tomato sauce on the side for dipping. Makes about 12, depending on size.
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.

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need to do it as much as you would if you were serving this as regular risotto. Add broth occasionally, as you see it dip below the level of the rice. You probably won’t need all of it. Stop when the rice is tender to bite but still has a hint of toothsomeness left — the equivalent of al dente for pasta. Stir in the grated Parmigiano-Reggiano. Taste and add salt if needed. • Allow the rice to cool to room temperature (you can spread it out if you need that to happen faster), then stir in one egg thoroughly. • With dampened hands, form balls of the rice. Something around golf-ball size is good. Poke a hole and insert a cube of cheese, then re-form the rice evenly around the cheese. If you like, you can now store these pre-formed

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Thanksgivukkah’s coming. What will you eat?
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Every year just before Hanukkah, our intrepid JTNews staffers and our neighbors eat lots and lots of kosher treats — sweet, savory, liquory, kale — so you have a good resource for what, besides latkes and jelly doughnuts, you can serve at your Hanukkah parties or take as gifts. This year presented us with a new, once-in-alifetime challenge: How can we integrate Thanksgiving into the festivities? So integrate we did. While you’re busy cooking the turkey, behold the bounty that our forefathers and their pilgrims created so you can celebrate the holidays — whether together or whether you wait for the weekend — in gut-busting style.

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cheesecake ($6.99), which got raves all around. “Smooth and good flavor,” noted Becky. Cheryl loved the Jewel Date Co.’s organic date pecan rolls (Central Co-op, $8.99.) “Heavenly,” she exclaimed. Dikla concurred with a simple, “Yum!” Lynn said they were okay — “if you like dates.” Trader Joe’s joined the pecan party with its pecan pralines ($5.49), which got ratings that ranged from Becky’s “good flavor” to “great!” to Lynn’s “delicious!” Or, as Shoshannah put it, “Pecans are perfect!” Some other notables: “Licorice twists are a quality product and should be part of everyone’s Hanukkah gifts,” noted Jean. You can find Newman’s Own Sour Apple Licorice Twists at Central Co-op ($2.29). To drink, we tried Genesis organic apple-ginger juice from Central Co-op

For the game
Thanksgivukkah just isn’t Thanksgivukkah without football. Isn’t that what the Maccabees were fighting for? We tried chips galore, some of which we’d never seen before — like Food Should Taste Good’s kimchi chips (Central Co-op, $3.29) which got universal likes, especially when dipped in such tasty dips as Trader Joe’s smoked salmon dip with capers ($3.99). According to Cheryl: “Best. Combo. Ever.” But pairing the Kimchi chips or Snack
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Factory’s garlic cheese pretzel thins (QFC, $2) with some Bone Suckin’ Mustard (QFC, $5.99) also got great reviews. “Bone Suckin’ Mustard is da bomb,” exclaimed Cheryl. “Very tasty,” said Nicole, while Addison noted it is “very good with pretzel crisps.” The chip market has clearly gone Middle Eastern, judging from the Boulder Chip Company’s sesame hummus tortilla

chips (Central Co-op, $3.29) — “delicious and totally addicting,” said Emily — and Flamous O’s falafel chips (Central Co-op, $5.19). “Yum, without the mess,” said another of our tasters. Try either of them with Sabra’s cucumber dip (QFC $5.99), also known to you Mediterranean connoisseurs as tzatziki. And in case, after all this food (and maybe some beer), you’re not already feeling pickled, how about some actual pickles? We tried Dietz & Watson kosher spears from Albertson’s (3.59) which got

one vote of “perfect,” though Jean considered them too be too bland. “I like mine

I couldn’t agree more, even after it had cooled. We tried it on La Brea Bakery’s sweet potato pecan bread (Albertson’s, $4.99) — “my favorite!” said Dikla — and Schwartz Bros. rustic black olive loaf (QFC, $3.99), which she called crunchy, with a nice texture. For the gluten-free folks, Back to Nature’s glutenfree crackers (Whole

with more crunch,” said Emily. But also on the plate we tried Bubbie’s pickled tomatoes, which Dee said were “just like New York.” “Surprisingly good,” echoed Benjamina.

Bread and cheese
After the big game, but before the big meal, or if you’re just getting the party started, we couldn’t beat the selection of crackers, breads and cheeses. The big favorite? Trader Joe’s Holiday Hot Herb Brie Dip ($4.99). “Fabulous!” said Lynn.

Foods, $3.99) seemed to do the trick. Cheryl couldn’t stop raving about Trader Joe’s dukkah spice mix ($2.99), which, when mixed with their XV black truffle olive oil ($4.99) and sopped up with the olive loaf, rocked her world. If you’re looking for a little sweet to

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go with the savory, we tried three different goat cheeses from Trader Joe’s: Called “holiday logs,” each was coated with wild blueberries ($4.49), apples and cinnamon ($4.49), or cranberries ($3.99). Benjamina found the apples and cinnamon “a little too sweet” while I liked the sour bite that came with the cranberry. “Perfect for the fall,” agreed Sara.

Dessert last
Yes, yes, we know. We also tried the dessert first. But why not finish with something sweet, as well? So we’ll go Hanukkah style with Silver Lake Cookie Company’s Hanukkah butter cookies, in lovely little star and dreidel shapes topped with blue sugar crystals (QFC, $3.49). “Bland!” said Emily. “Delicious!” I said — but I’m a sucker for a good butter cookie, especially when they’re as cute as this. Shoshannah found them kind of dry. Brown & Haley’s Almond Roca cookies (Albertson’s, $3.99) — that’s right, they’ve taken those yummy, foil-wrapped bits and turned them into cookies — got a warmer reception. “Nice looking, and taste good, too,” said Lynn, but Nicole didn’t like the flavor of the chocolate, plus it had a “weird texture.” We’ll finish off with an Israeli favorite, which Dikla said reminded her of her childhood, Galil-Hashahar H’Aole’s cocoa spread (Albertson’s, $4.89). “Yummy,” said Lynn. Dip in a Trader Joe’s wholegrain pretzel stick ($1.99) — or your finger — and you’ll be in heaven. We certainly were. Happy Thanksgivukkah!

Cautionary tales
As much as we recommend so many items each year, we did find a couple you should avoid as well. Taste, of course, is subjective, but everybody who tried these items strongly disliked them. We picked up Katz’s gluten-free cinnamon donuts from Whole Foods ($5.99) because we thought something that’s been certified gluten-free in the kosher world might be held to a higher standard than the current GF marketing craze. No such luck. We couldn’t even chew ’em. We’ll sum it up with this simple review from Ruth: “Tastes like a dry sock.” Same with Brad’s Piña Kale-Ada leafy kale chips from QFC ($7.99). “Atrocious! Gross!” said Emily. “Ew,” agreed Cheryl. “I will stick to real kale.”

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Dreidels and pilgrims and latkes, oh my… Children’s books for Thanksgivukkah
RIta Berman FrIsCHer Special to JTNews
This year, as usual, we find a plethora of new stories ready to ride the Christmas/ Hanukkah gift train into children’s hands. However, the first book I will focus on is an older, award-winning story that inspired an Academy Award-winning short film, and which might have been written especially for this most unusual Hanukkah we are about to celebrate. “Molly’s Pilgrim,” by Barbara Cohen, is illustrated in a new edition by Daniel Mark Duffy. In 1983, Cohen (perhaps best remembered for her Passover book, “The Carp in the Bathtub”) wrote, from her family’s experience, about Molly, a young Russian Jewish immigrant who feels keenly out of place in America. As Thanksgiving approaches, like Hanukkah’s Hebrews surrounded by a Hellenistic culture, Molly faces being mocked and excluded for being different. Worse yet, when her mother helps dress a doll for her to bring in as a pilgrim for the 3rd-grade class project, Molly is shocked to find the doll not in gray and white, but instead like the Russian child her mother once was. Molly’s mother patiently explains how she was a pilgrim, too — as are all immigrants who come to America for religious freedom as those in the traditional story did long ago. As Molly feared, the other children at first do make fun of her very different doll. But with the help of her sensitive teacher, they all begin to understand the true meaning of Thanksgiving and the courage of those, then and now, who take risks for the sake of what they believe in. See why this is a perfect Thanksgiving story for Hanukkah? Now for the new releases: “The Story of Hanukkah,” by David Adler, illustrated by Jill Weber. A traditionally told and brightly illustrated introduction to the holiday by prolific author Adler; includes a latke recipe and instructions for playing dreidel. “Eight is Great,” by Tilda Balsley, illustrated by Hideko Takahashi. A bright little board book that uses the number eight to introduce customs and symbols, though the number itself is never shown, just the word. The pictures show a family (of guess how many!) as it lights candles, eats latkes, gets presents, and celebrates for eight days. “ABC Hanukkah Hunt,” by Tilda Balsley, illustrated by Helen Poole, is a “hunt” because unlike most alphabet books, the next letter in sequence isn’t used to begin a noun about the holiday and its symbols, but might be found highlighted anywhere on the page, hidden in the description, starting an adjective or a verb as often as a noun. Cartoonlike characters and imagination provide information along with
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Light, Learning and Laughter
In Lauren L. Wohl’s “The Eighth Menorah,” illustrated by Laura Hughes, young Sam is busy making a menorah in his Hebrew School class. But Sam’s family is already awash in hanukkiot. With seven already in his house, he worries his creation will be unneeded. When he visits his Grammy in her new condo, he realizes this will be the perfect home for his very special menorah — warmly welcomed here to replace the electric menorah in the community room and light up the holiday for Grammy and her delighted neighbors. Speaking of light, no candles can compete with the magnificent lights of the Aurora borealis, the Northern Lights, which illuminate the sky in Barbara Brown’s “Hanukkah in Alaska,” illustrated by Stacey Schuett. Living in a snowy landscape, a young girl is dealing with a very hungry moose. She celebrates

the holiday with her family while trying to figure out how to protect her favorite backyard tree, which he’s gradually devouring. This entertaining story provides insight into life in Alaska, shows a miraculous burst of light in the sky on the night of the last Hanukkah candle, and introduces a practical new use for freshly fried latkes — as moose bait. A different approach and fun… Jane Yolen and Mark Teague have done it again. Since their “How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night” (2000) delighted children and became an ALA Notable book and a New York Times bestseller, over 14 million dinosaur books have looked at love, sickness, school, eating, dogs, cats, birthdays and Christmas through the eyes of their mischievous dinosaur. Now it’s Hanukkah’s turn. We meet Dinosaur as he cavorts through both the bad manners possible and the good manners preferred in the observance of the eight festive days. The marriage of text and picture will entertain, the small letters identifying each kind of celebratory dinosaur will educate, and the artist’s exuberance will exhilarate.
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How to be Jewish? Let us count some ways
A variety of new books are unintentionally riding the wake of the recent Pew Center report on contemporary American Judaism. While written and published before the report’s release, they illustrate the study’s demographic numbers, some of which have caused hand-wringing in the established Jewish community. The problem, some might say, is that many Jews subscribe to a non-conventional Jewish life. They intermarry, they practice other religions, they waver in their practice. But, the study shows, they identify somehow as Jewish, enough to be counted. In “True Jew: Challenging the Stereotype” (Algora, paper, $22.95), business professor and amateur historian Bernard Beck traces Jewish world history in a slightly different way than usual, offering the perspective that there have always been “hidden” Jews, assimilated like those called out by the current Pew study, but not daring to be counted. (Beck relies on the Pew study from 2001 for some of his data). Turning to the future, he offers a different perspective on how modern Judaism can survive using a more

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entrepreneurial model. He suggests that our model be the Enlightenment, with encouragement of learning, education and values. This reviewer lacks the academic qualifications to evaluate the history, but Beck’s interpretations and ideas are fascinating. Susan Katz Miller’s “Being Both” (Beacon, cloth, $25.95), subtitled “Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family,” draws on personal experience and others’ anecdotes to broadly demonstrate the success of intermarried couples and children. Brought up Jewish by a Jewish father and a non-practicing Christian mother, and the product of Hebrew school and a Bat Mitzvah, Miller grated at being told throughout her life that she was not really Jewish. After marrying a non-Jew and having children, she and her husband began to look for a faith community to which they could both comfortably belong. It turns out that there are such communities around the country — not many, but numbers are increasing — that serve Jews and Christians together with religion school and religious celebration.

Of course, the approach on both ends is quite liberal. Jews will want to know “What about Jesus?” and Christians might ask, “where’s Jesus?” These dual-religion communities are not proselytizing, so Jesus becomes more a historical figure, a Jewish one, and an ecumenical understanding is fostered. Children brought up like this are not guaranteed to become Jews. Many of them end up as Quakers, Unitarians, or claim both religions, comparing it in one case to bisexuality. That brings us to the question of Jewish continuity. Fortunately — and again, this has probably been true throughout the ages — there are people like Vladimir Tsesis, M.D., who escaped Soviet religious oppression and chose to rediscover the religion of his birth. In “Why We Remain Jews: The Path to Faith” (Academy, paper, $19.95), Dr. Tsesis talks about

his life, his views, and why he thinks Judaism is so great. Having emigrated from the Soviet Union, Tsesis and his wife were complete Jewish neophytes and had to learn their way around a culture, a system, really, that wasn’t always welcoming. Christian churches were often
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more welcoming and how they resisted this proselytizing makes for interesting reading. Local author David Blatner probably didn’t expect his science book “Spectrums: Our Mind-Boggling Universe from Infinitesimal to Infinity” (Walker, cloth, $25) to appear in an article about religion, but in his clever, well-written

book about the physical world, he makes a point about the array of Judaism represented here. Whether we are considering the nature of sound — molecules in motion that vibrate our eardrums — or the nature of belief — a mixture of ideas, practice and faith that vibrate the strings of our soul — our perception and experience is always on a spectrum. I think these authors would all agree that to acknowledge the spectrum of Jewish experience

from the beginning until now would increase our acceptance and our understanding. Finally, if we are so concerned about the supposed diminishing numbers of Jews, and if we combine the information generated by the Pew study and recent genetic research that shows that there is no unified Judaism — if we accept that Judaism is a religion, that is, a system of beliefs, and we put this all together, why not count

all the folks who say they are Jews, who want to be Jews, who have a Jewish parent? Much of what is seen as “new” in Pew is actually old. The difference, as our first author would hopefully agree, is that now we can let the hidden Jews — the intermarried, the dual-religionists — stand up and be counted. “A true Jew,” writes Beck, “maintains his pride in being Jewish and his commitment to Jewish continuity.”

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Books in brief: Feed your head and your tummy
DIana Brement JTNews Columnist
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Happy Any Day Now, by Toby Devens (New American Library, paper, $15). Raised by her single Korean mother in a poor section of town, Judith Soo Jin Raphael’s childhood was also shaped by her father’s Jewish relatives — the father who abandoned her when she was a toddler. Despite these setbacks, Judith becomes a professional cellist with a brilliant career, but less successful with romance. On the eve of her 50th birthday, two men re-enter her life, an old college flame and her father. With her world falling apart, Judith finds she is the only one who can reassemble the pieces in this highly entertaining novel, rich in two cultures. The Secret of the Nightingale Palace, by Dana Sachs (Wm. Morrow, paper, $14.99). It’s not entirely clear why, but the 35-year-old widow Anna decides to drive her grandmother’s Rolls Royce, with grandmother in tow, from New York to California. Grandma Goldie is the antithetical Jewish grandmother — curt, crabby and critical — and the two have barely spoken since Anna’s husband’s death. Goldie’s behavior continually threatens the trip, yet as the two widows get reacquainted, Anna learns about her grandmother’s youth and a valuable piece of art that needs to be returned to a Japanese family in San Francisco. Zix Zexy Ztories, by Curt Leviant, (Texas Tech, cloth, $24.95). At the heart of these well-crafted stories — certainly sexy, and sometimes quirky — is a man who desires a woman. We find the usually Jewish protagonists in settings around the world: Italy, London, Israel, and “the vast goyland that stretched beyond his gerrymandered New York.” Desire here has nothing to do with love, only lust, often mixed with revenge, which gets Leviant’s characters into strange situations. Another journalist once called Leviant “one of the greatest novelists you’ve never heard of.” The Chaff, by Joel Chafetz (self, cloth, $12.56 Amazon). This adventure novel by local author Chafetz takes place in three action-packed days in 1881 Russia. Usell is one of two survivors of a pogrom, thanks to her secular education and the help of an American gun smuggler, a princess, and a handful of revolutionaries. The plot is dense with action and characters, making it sometimes hard to follow, but the idea intrigues as the reader wonders if this could have really happened. Texas Ranger Ian Kinsler. The Philosophical Child , by Jana Mohr Lone, (Rowman & Littlefield, cloth) If you’ve ever had a child ask you why the sky is blue (or gray), or why water is wet, or how we know we’re not dreaming, University of Washington professor Lone hopes you have taken these questions seriously. In her very readable — but scholarly — book, she explores children’s natural and earnest philosophical nature and the best way adults can respond, often using popular children’s books as the source of discussion.

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American Jews & America’s Game, by Larry Ruttman, (Nebraska, cloth, $34.95) This wonderful compendium of narratives encompasses personal, American and Jewish-American history within the framework of baseball. Ruttman — a lawyer by vocation — collected oral histories from players, family, team staff and memorabilia collectors. Organized by era, the 500-page book begins in the 1930s with recollections from Hank Greenberg’s family. It concludes in the 2010s with

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Yet honoring America’s push for a negotiated settlement, even in the unlikely scenario of a peace deal, is a responsibility that Israel must bear, Inbar believes. “After all, America is our greatest ally. We are deferential to the Americans. It is very difficult for us to tell them to stay home,” he said. Recent reports have stated that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

could agree to a peace framework in which signing a deal would bring about the permanent end to all hostilities, and that Israel would be recognized officially by Arab nations as a Jewish state. Netanyahu is “simply trying to buy time, to minimize the damage to Israel, to convince the international community that Iran is taking the Americans for a ride,” Inbar said. “This will not be the first round of negotiation that failed and nothing happened.”

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Author David Laskin: A place for his own family in history
DIana Brement JTNews Columnist
Speaking from Miami, about halfway through his book tour for “The Family: Three Journeys into the Heart of the Twentieth Century,” David Laskin was pleased with how the trip was going. Published by Viking, “The Family” is Laskin’s own family’s saga of “ur-20thcentury Jewish stories,” he says. He puts his ancestors squarely in the midst of history and traces the “three branches that became two.” Laskin has heard equally compelling tales from his tour audiences. “They thank me for writing the book and then they want to share what happened to their uncle, their aunt,” which creates a “sense of connection and community.” The tour has been a Jewish homecoming of sorts for Laskin, who was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Great Neck, N.Y. The first event was at the Eldridge Street Synagogue (and museum) on the Lower East Side, “one of the most beautiful and one of the most historic” synagogues in our country, he says. Laskin felt it “was a sacred spot…[possibly] holy to my grandparents and their generation.” Today he makes his home here in Seattle. At Shabbat services at Pittsburgh’s Rodef Sholom, Laskin spoke about the book, struck by how well it worked as a sermon, “how we have suffered, how we have endured, what we have in common.” Laskin makes it clear that he is not conventionally religious, but says writing the book and touring have created a stronger connection to Judaism. “I am a secular Jew,” he says, “but I’ve come to feel that category does not adequately describe who I am.” “My grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather…were scribes,”

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and Laskin says he is a type of scribe. “I write history, I write family stories. In writing the book, I came to feel that I am also a religious Jew.” Even if he doesn’t attend synagogue, he adds, it “doesn’t mean I don’t revere Judaism, I don’t revere Torah and the survival of our people.” The writing drew him to “the most meaningful and the most powerful parts of our religion.” To write the story, Laskin took two “roots” trips, one to Israel to meet his Israeli cousins, and one to Belarus to see where his family had once lived — both those who survived through emigration and those killed in the Holocaust. At the Western Wall, “I felt the generations were bridged,” he says, and “felt how much my ancestors would have wanted to be there.” He felt that again at Rodef Shalom, “moved by the beauty of the prayers, the

beauty of the songs…I felt this was my place.” A freelance journalist whose pieces often appear in the New York Times, Seattle Met and the Seattle Times, Laskin describes in the introduction how the book started with a bubbe meise, Yiddish for apocryphal story. Because the Russian form of the family’s name was Kaganovich, a cousin suggested that “Stalin’s notorious henchman Lazar Kaganovich was a relative.” Laskin was taken by the idea that while his great aunt Itel (Ida) Rosenthal was building Maidenform Bra Company, her cousin was engineering a famine that killed over 7 million people in Ukraine. It wasn’t true, Laskin quickly learned from his Israeli cousin, “but that got me going.” “The real gift” of his research, he says, was a “treasure trove of letters” Laskin’s cousin Benny had in Israel, most “written by people who were killed in the Holocaust.” Together the cousins, who have become great friends, translated letters from Yiddish into Hebrew and English. Back in Seattle, Laskin got Hebrew translation help from local tutor and Israeli native Aza Hadas, who offered insights as well as translation.

Laskin and his wife Kate O’Neill moved to Seattle in 1993 when she was offered a job at the University of Washington law school. He loves “the beauty, the recreation, the library systems, the gardening,” he says. “I even love the weather.” He’s written two other books: A World War I history, “The Long Way Home,” and for kids, “The Children’s Blizzard.” Laskin also enjoys Seattle’s “vibrant literary community,” where he counts many local writers as friends. He got both guidance and inspiration from local history writer Jackie Williams, who herself has done extensive genealogical research, and who steered Laskin to JewishGen.org, “a great resource.” “The Family” was featured on Amazon as one of October’s best books, which the author attributes partly to the allure of “the Maidenform connection,” a great American success story about “a four-foot-eleven Jewish chain-smoking tycoon,” who “started out as a socialist and ended up as the Henry Ford of brassieres.” What Laskin does so well in “The Family” is insert his family’s personal and intimate story into the larger world history that swirled around them. Outside — and sometimes inside — the walls of their houses, pogroms raged, countries fought wars, and borders shifted. The line of demarcation between Germany and Russia in World War I cut through one of the family’s shtetlach. The world changed. Young people were drawn to Zionism or Socialism. Yet inside their houses they tried to keep the traditions of a thousand years alive until history drove them from their homes.

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ErIC Radman Special to JTNews
This year, Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah fall on the same date. What a rare opportunity to remember these wonderful holidays by capturing beautiful family photos! Photography is all about light and composition. While composition is in the eye of the photographer, finding or creating beautiful light for your subject can be more challenging. Here are 10 easy tips and tricks to help you find better light and create beautiful pictures from your point-and-shoot or Digital SLR camera. 1. If you have a choice, shoot outdoors during cloudy days. Seattle’s cloud cover eliminates harsh shadows and casts a complimentary light on people. (And who doesn’t want to look good?) 2. For better composition, don’t use zoom. Use your feet. Get in close. Fill the frame or find an interesting angle. 3. Move around to avoid distracting backgrounds. Don’t let telephone poles protrude from behind people’s heads or tree limbs from their ears. 4. During daylight, take indoor photos of people by using soft window light. Have them stand slightly to one side so faces can be illuminated by the light that comes in from the window. This light will be much more flattering than a harsh flash. 5. Take a few minutes prior to your photo shoot to familiarize yourself with the versatility of your camera’s flash and exposure features. Then, if the image appears too dark or too light, adjust the exposure compensation to let more or less light in. 6. If it’s sunny outside, find a shady spot to photograph people. If you can’t find shade, face your subject so the sunlight is behind them or to their side. This will produce a nice “rim” light around their head and body. If you take their picture without a flash, your subject may appear dark. This is one of the few times I recommend using your built-in flash. Lower the flash output to illuminate your subject. 7. When photographing Hanukkah candles, try putting a piece of wire mesh (window screen) in front of the lens with the flash turned off. This produces a lumi8. If your indoor pictures look “orange,” that means the camera’s white balance is off. You can correct that orange cast by setting your camera’s white balance to tungsten (described in your owner’s manual). Just don’t forget to set it back to AWB (automatic white balance) when you’re done! 9. For indoor shots, avoid using the camera’s built-in flash on people. Instead, bring in more lamp lights. Point them toward the ceiling to bounce light around the room and to reduce harsh shadows. 10. If you’re still not getting the quality photos you want, invest in an auxiliary flash. Pull out the flash’s catchlight panel and point the flash toward the ceiling. The catchlight panel will bounce a soft flash toward your subject and will soften any harsh shadows. Enjoy your photography endeavors. You’ll create lasting memories. Chag urim sameach — happy holidays!
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Sunday, November 17 at 3 p.m. Ernest Boch’s Schelomo: Hebraic Rhapsody Concert The first concert of the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra’s 71st season will feature composer Ernest Bloch’s “Schelomo: Hebraic Rhapsody” for cello and orchestra. In his works, composed between 1912 and 1916, Bloch sought to compel people to “hear the Jewish spirit, the greatness and the destiny of this race.” Many consider the crowning achievement of Bloch’s “Jewish Cycle” to be the Hebraic Rhapsody. The intricacies of this work showcase the virtuosic cello performance of 2013 SYSO concerto competition winner Hana Cohon. Cohon, 17, currently attends the Center School. She began cello at the age of 7 and is currently a student at the Seattle Conservatory of Music.  Tickets range from $15 to $45 with discounts available for students, seniors, and rush tickets. Tickets can be purchased at the door or reserved now by calling 206-362-2300. At Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle.

Saturday, November 30 at 8 p.m. Bubbe’s Old Fashioned Hanukkah Shindig Music/Performing Arts Come celebrate Thanksgivukkah with four Jewish, Klezmer, and Balkan-inspired party bands that will keep you on the dance floor. Get ready for the high-octane Hanukkah event of the year. Featuring live music by Bucharest Drinking Team, Erev Rav, The Debaucherauntes and The Mongrel Jews. But the evening doesn’t stop there. Along with the bands there will be fire dancers, burlesque and more. This is not your bubbe’s Hanukkah party. Or is it? Either way, it’s sure to be a wild, miraculous night. This event is 21 and over. Happy hour 7 p.m., doors at 8 p.m., menorah lighting at 8:30 p.m. and music starts at 9 p.m. General admission is $10, available online at www.ticketweb.com/fb/3893454/nectarlounge. At the Nectar Lounge, 412 N 36th St., Seattle.

Sunday, December 1, 4 and 15 Seattle Jewish Chorale: A Feast of Grace and Light Concert Usher in the festival of lights with “A Feast of Grace and Light,” songs of gratitude for the season. Seattle Jewish Chorale’s 2013 Hanukkah concerts distinctively blend beautiful sound, high energy, and lighthearted humor. Dance along to the jazzy Brubeckinspired rhythms of “Five-Sided S’vivon” and the bouncing “Mayim Mayim,” and walk away humming the heartfelt anthem of hope and peace “Al Kol Eileh” by Naomi Shemer. The 30 voices of Seattle Jewish Chorale, conducted by artistic director Mary Pat Graham, will be joined by pianist Harumi Makiyama, percussionist Will Dowd, and clarinetist John Stiffler. Appropriate for all ages and backgrounds. The first concert, on Dec. 1, takes place at 4 p.m. at Temple Beth Hatfiloh, 201 Eighth Ave. SE, Olympia. Tickets cost $5-$12. Following on Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. the chorale will join the Shalom Klezmer Band at Temple B’nai Torah, 15727 NE 4th St., Bellevue and on Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. at Seattle Jewish Community School, 12351 8th Ave. NE, Seattle. For tickets and information, visit www.seattlejewishchorale.org or call Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006.

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Bar Mitzvah

Eli Micah Pruchno
Eli will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation on Mercer Island. He is the son of Billy and Dana Pruchno of Mercer Island and the brother of Jake and Lilly. His grandparents are Naomi Doble of Phoenix, Ariz., the late Joel Goldhar, and the late Albert and Gladys Pruchno. Eli is a 7th grader at Islander Middle School and is passionate about sports. He is especially fond of playing and watching baseball, has been a Mercer Island Select baseball player for three years, and is a member of his school’s wrestling team. Eli enjoys reading, playing Xbox, and spending time with friends, family and his dogs. For his mitzvah project, Eli is gathering used sports equipment to donate to children in need.

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Esther the Gorilla, determined to give each of her friends just the perfect Hanukkah gift, spends the day shopping till she almost drops. The result is shown in “Esther’s Hanukkah Disaster” by Jane Sutton, illustrated by Andy Rowland. When Esther delivers each “perfect” present, she is appalled to realize that not one of them is suited to its recipient. Meanwhile, each of her friends gives her a gift perfectly chosen for Esther’s pleasure. Embarrassed and unhappy, she thinks of a solution: She’ll have a party on the last night and have everyone bring the gift she gave them. The party is a great success; even better is the gift swap Esther suggests they carry out when it is over. Everyone ends up happy with their final choice.

The Season of Shared Joy
Finding the right gift has always been hard to achieve. In “Boris and Stella and the Perfect Gift,” Dara Goldman owes her inspiration in part to O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi” as she shows how two charming bear friends — Boris, a musician from Russia and Stella, a brilliant baker from Italy — determine to find the perfect gifts for each other, though each has little money. Each sells something precious to be able to buy the

other a very special item, not realizing this sacrifice might backfire. The story has a real warm and uplifting O. Henry twist — the last words are exactly what to say to make the reader and listener feel better. Selina Alko has written and illustrated a work that acknowledges today’s reality of so many families celebrating both Christmas and Hanukkah, sharing traditions of both religions. Her picture book, “Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama,” contains page after page of mixed symbols and actions: Daddy makes latkes and leaves them on the mantle with milk, near where Mama hung the stockings. There’s gelt under the tree, candy canes on the menorah branches, and songs about dreidels and silent nights. While probably not acceptable to more traditional families or schools, this book, published by Alfred A. Knopf, should be welcomed by many families looking for read-alouds that mirror their family experience and carry a message of acceptance and respect.

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Benedict” and pretzel recipes are among the 100 deli-style recipes found here. The West Coast gets a nod with “Left Coast Gefilte Fish,” handed down to author Zusman from his paternal grandmother Edith, the daughter of Portland’s kosher butcher Harry Schnitzer and his wife Maritka. Mouth-watering photos, clear instructions, and heart-stopping photography are part of this review of traditional and contemporary Jewish fare. Jewish Fairy Tale Feasts, by Jane Yolen, Heidi E.Y. Stemple and Sima Elizabeth Shefrin (Crocodile, cloth, $25). For each Jewish folk tale in this book, retold by Yolen, author Stemple has provided a child-friendly recipe — simple enough to prepare with children or at least food that children generally enjoy. Illustrator Shefrin of Gabriola Island, BC, illustrates with charming cloth collages reminiscent of Eric Carle, but the pancakes here are latkes and blintzes of course!

written that fascinating story in this short book, including the trauma and anti-Semitism his family suffered in Kiev, and his return there as a free adult, finally able to visit his grandparents’ graves. Self-published, the book suffers a bit from lack of design and typos, but the story still holds. Songs from the Territories, by Chaim Bezalel, (iUniverse, paper, $5 Amazon download or author website www.stanwoodhouse.com). Camano Island resident Bezalel combines poetry, photographs and an essay to create an interesting approach to memoir. The poems are very accessible and some of the most interesting concern his service in the IDF. The convoluted path that took him to Israel makes for thought-provoking reading. The black and white photographs, unfortunately, don’t translate well to the printed page, but clearer versions can be seen at the author’s website (above).

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17 Cents and a Dream, by Daniel Milstein (self/Amazon, paper, $13.33). When Milstein published “The ABC of Sales” last year, it was clear he had another story to tell — of how he arrived in the U.S. from Russia as a penniless teenager and became one of our country’s most successful mortgage brokers. Milstein has now

Unterzakhn , by Leela Corman (Schocken, cloth, $24.95). For fans of this art form, and for those interested in the darkest underbelly of life on the Lower East Side in the early 1900s, comes this graphic novel whose title translates as “underthings.” Corman brings us the story of two sisters and their struggles in a world filled with poverty, sexism and anti-Semitism.

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