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A hundred blessings
Rabbi Jill Borodin suggests we say 100 blessings each day to help us appreciate all of the bounty in our lives.

Why Birthright is important

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Keith Dvorchik, president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle and a former Hillel director, responds to last week’s Rabbi’s Turn column that suggested we could do more for Jewish engagement with the $1 billion that has been spent on sending young adults to Israel.

Where Hillel stands

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WHAT DID YOU LOVE?
Our annual Best of Everything survey is now online and waiting for you to tell us what you loved in 2013. Take it now! Tell your friends! Find it at www.jtnews.net/best.

When the Swarthmore College Hillel announced it would not follow guidelines set by the international body of the Jewish student organization, it raised questions about what other chapters are doing.

In honor of the rabbi

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Rabbi Solomon Maimon led Sephardic Bikur Holim for many years, but his heart was always with educating children. He will be honored next month for his work in founding the Sephardic Adventure Camp.

We’re taking New Year’s off! See you again on January 10. Jewish life emerges in Poland 8
While so much we hear about Jewish life in Poland is about death, there is actually a vibrant, growing Jewish community that’s finally emerging in the former Communist country.

REMEMBEr WHEN
From the Jewish Transcript, December 7, 1990. The Seward Park eruv is all grown up! Local kashrut inspector Yitzchok Gallor works on the construction of the boundary that allows observant Jews to carry some items on Shabbat.

Israel’s big year in tech

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Billions. That’s how much has been invested in Israeli startup tech companies. 2013 has been a banner year for investment and purchases of many of those companies.

Explore Israel Center section
Resources for you and your kids to take part in Israel programs in the coming year.

Northwest Jewish Family Section Abba Knows Best: Our religious freedom

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Columnist Ed Harris says to just walk or drive a block to find some type of house of worship before asking if we really don’t enjoy freedom of religion.

A moment’s peace for local teens

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A new program coming to the Seattle area will bring teens from the Middle East to spend the summer with Jewish, Muslim and Christian teens so they can learn about each other and forge the peace agreement that continues to elude their elders.

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Writer and professor Ilan Stavans will visit Seattle to talk about his intellectual love affair with poet Pablo Neruda, as well as his own Jewish history.

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Author Louise Steinman never thought she’d step foot in the country from which her elders hailed. But a chance request to visit Poland set her on a decade-long path to reclaim her past.

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One hundred blessings
RABBI JILL BORODIN Congregation Beth Shalom
Rabbi Haninah, the son of Papa, says (in the Talmud, Tractate Berachot, page 35b): “Anyone who enjoys any thing from this world without a blessing, it is as if they have stolen from God and the community of Israel.” What a statement — to be guilty for just eating the delicious piece of fruit I bought at the farmer’s market, or perhaps picked from my very own garden, or delivered to me by my neighbor. And guilty of stealing not only from God, but also the community of Israel. And if one is guilty for stealing if you don’t say a blessing, what is involved in saying a blessing that is so transformative as to make that same act (that same eating of the piece of fruit) no longer theft? What is a blessing all about? I often use the metaphor of quotation and plagiarism for explaining the mechanics of blessings. Similar to how citations work when we intellectually benefit from the wisdom of someone else and are allowed to do so by citing the source, when we acknowledge the source (through the act of blessing), we then have permission to use and enjoy this item. Alternatively, through the act of blessing, we may be transforming ourselves, seeing the world through sacred lenses, somehow transporting ourselves to the divine realm, and are thereby fit to enjoy God’s bounty. The rabbis suggest one should say 100 blessings a day. If one sleeps between seven and eight hours a day, an equal distribution of reciting blessings has one saying a blessing approximately once every 10 minutes of one’s waking time. (The rabbis assumed one would be saying a greater number of blessings during the three daily services, so the expressing of blessings is not necessarily evenly distributed every 10 minutes throughout the day.) What an incredible way to interact with the world — to pause frequently to be mindful of one’s surroundings, to acknowledge one’s blessings, to show gratitude and express a sacred connection with the Divine and the world around you. How differently would you perceive the world, how much more grateful and mindful, patient and appreciative would you be if you interacted with the world with regular pauses, mindfulness and appreciation? I know, from the couple experiments I have done with trying to fit in my hundred daily blessings, that this practice helps radically shift my perspective and energy. I see the world and those around me as a constant source of awe and potential. For me, the hardest part to understand about Rabbi Hanina’s statement is how we can steal from other human beings when we don’t offer a blessing. One possibility, as suggested by the commentator Rashi, is in how we behave as role models: When we don’t bless, others will think it is acceptable to not bless. I want to suggest another possibility, based on another passage in this same tractate of the Talmud, offered in the name of Ben Zoma (Berachot 58a). Ben Zoma is recounted as including in part of his blessings, after thanking the Creator, a list and acknowledgment of all the different people involved in the supply chain of producing a piece of food or creating a piece of clothing, and how fortunate he was to have others who help with the various stages of production. Ben Zoma would contrast himself to the Biblical Adam and say: “How many labors did primordial Adam have to work at before he found bread to eat? He plowed, planted, harvested and stacked the sheaves. He threshed, winnowed, sorted, ground and sifted, kneaded, baked, and after all this he ate. And I wake up and find all these done before me.” Perhaps blessings, in addition to reminding us of the Divine, can also play a key role in helping us be mindful of the large number of people involved in helping us source our food, manufacture our electronics, produce our clothing, transport all our goodies, and source the fuel for transportation — people both locally and internationally. And perhaps from this place of awareness of all those who have helped us along the way, we will be motivated to help create and uphold conditions for fair treatment and compensation for everyone along the supply chain, acknowledging the large number of people, all created in God’s image, from whom we benefit every day. May our lives be filled with many blessings and the blessing of awareness and gratitude for our blessings.

Why Birthright makes a difference
KEItH DVORCHIk Special to JTNews
I read with dismay the opinion piece “Why Birthright Israel is hafuch,” Rabbi’s Turn, by Rabbi Aaron Meyer on Dec. 13. Having spent the past 15 years on a college campus and sending thousands of students on Birthright journeys, I strongly disagree with Rabbi Meyer’s conclusions. My reasons are based on both my personal experiences and on research findings more recent than the figures the article quoted. First, the hard numbers: Brandeis University’s Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies released a 2012 update to its Birthright research. You can find it here: www.brandeis.edu/cmjs/noteworthy/ jewish_futures_taglit_2012.html. The Cohen Center examined the impact of  Taglit-Birthright Israel on its alumni six to 11 years after their trips to Israel. The data was derived from the third year of a longitudinal study of Jewish young adults. The key findings are significantly different from the 2008 study Rabbi Meyer cited. For example: • Participants were 42 percent more likely to feel very much connected to Israel compared to individuals who did not take a Birthright trip. • Participants were 22 percent more likely to indicate that they are at least “somewhat confident” in explaining the current situation in Israel as compared to those who did not go on Taglit. • Participants were 45 percent more likely than non-participants to be married to a Jewish spouse. Taglit’s impact on inmarriage was consistent across all levels of childhood Jewish education, which underscores the powerful impact a Birthright trip can have in strengthening Jewish identity. • Taglit’s influence extends beyond participants themselves. Seven percent of nonparticipants are married to Taglit alumni, while 25 percent of participants are married to other participants (whom they did not necessarily meet on their trips). • Among respondents whose spouses were not raised by Jews, participants’ spouses were more than three times as likely to have formally converted to Judaism at the time of the survey than non-participants’ spouses. In his article, Rabbi Meyer asked, “Is feeling positive about being Jewish — without translating those feelings into action — worth such a significant expenditure of resources?” I would argue that the 2012 findings show that his premise is off base, as they reflect a longer-lasting impact of Birthright on actions as well as attitudes. Now, I want to share a few personal stories that add a heartening personal dimension to Brandeis’s empirical research. A few weeks ago, one of my former Birthright participants posted the following in our Birthright Facebook group for a trip that took place last year. I was laying (or lying not sure) in bed about to fall asleep and I started thinking about our trip. I can’t believe that it happened over a year and a half ago and how much of those ten amazing days I can still remember. Those were easily the ten best days of my life and my biggest regret was not writing down all of the amazing memories that I gathered along the way. I hope that at some point down the road, ALL of us can have a reunion and talk about the incredible experience we all shared (and share a drink or three). I miss all of you guys SO much! Peace and love and a happy last night of Hanukkah! Over a year and half after the trip, he is still connected, still interested in Judaism and Jewish life, still interested in the Jewish community. In the closing remarks to our group on that same trip, another participant wrote the following words: One of the things I have heard many of you repeatedly say is how you realize now that Judaism is more than just a religion; it is a culture, tradition, set of values, and way of life. This Jewish heritage is what brought us all to Israel in the first place. Once here, though, we discovered more than just our roots; we discovered a way of life that we can connect with on a level so deep that it has changed our world views. Think about that. In 10 days, a country the size of New Jersey (but not as smelly) changed the way we view ourselves, our religion, the world, and our role in that world. After returning from his Birthright experience, that student began to attend Shabbat services and dinner each week. His social circle expanded to include his Jewish friends from the trip. He ensured that his younger brother went on Birthright so he could also understand what being Jewish and being part of the Jewish community means. This is more than feeling positive about being Jewish. This is action that changes lives. These are choices that strengthen our Jewish community. While I could cite many other examples, a revealing story I can share is what happened a month ago when I traveled to Israel for the Jewish Federations of North
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Where Hillel stands
JOEL MAGALNICk Editor, JTNews
In early December, news came out that the Hillel Jewish student group at Swarthmore College, a small school outside of Philadelphia, had voted to break from Hillel International’s guidelines on Israel and embrace a model supported by a student group called Open Hillel. The collective of Jewish activists “[encourages] local campus Hillels to adopt policies that are more open and inclusive than Hillel International’s guidelines, and that allow for free discourse on all subjects within the Hillel community,” according to the Open Hillel website. Swarthmore’s Hillel is the only one thus far to move in that direction. Almost immediately, Eric Fingerhut, president of Hillel International, made his organization’s position unequivocally clear: “Hillel will not partner with, house or host organizations, groups or speakers that as a matter of policy or practice: Deny the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish and democratic state with secure and recognized borders; delegitimize, demonize or apply a double standard to Israel; support boycott of, divestment from, or sanctions against the State of Israel; exhibit a pattern of disruptive behavior towards campus events or guest speakers or foster an atmosphere of incivility,” according to an open letter posted on Hillel’s website. Given that Hillel chapters do, for the most part, operate autonomously, questions about what it means for Hillels on campuses across the country have emerged, including in Seattle. The answer, according to Oren Hayon, executive director of Hillel at the University of Washington, is not much. “The guidelines don’t specify any groups in particular at all (Eric Fingerhut made an emphatic point about this the other day) in order to let individual local Hillels determine whether groups (Palestinian student clubs, Jewish Voice for Peace, J Street, etc.) in their community COURtESY HIllEl UW are considered ‘in’ or Hillel at the University of Washington’s Greenstein family executive director ‘out,’” Hayon wrote. “We are an incredibly Rabbi Oren Hayon with a group of Hillel interns. diverse community, and we constantly strive to remain accessible “Swarthmore Hillel is not a bellwether to all young Jews, regardless of their backfor the rest of the Hillel world; this does ground, their level of religious observance, not indicate that Hillel as a movement is or their political perspective.” out of touch with students or local camHe added that “it’s very important to puses when it comes to its Israel policy,” me personally that I and my organizaHayon told JTNews via email from Los tion will be able to inspire students and Angeles, where he was attending a conferJconnectors [the young adult program] ence of the Western Hillel Organizations. to deepen their connection to Israel as Fingerhut spoke at the conference, and the Jewish homeland, but individuals will Hayon said he “left the discussion feelnever be turned away from Hillel because ing completely assured that Eric and his they don’t share my feelings about Israel.” office are truly committed to a pluralistic That said, Hillel UW has every intenapproach to student engagement with Israel tion of upholding the Israel guidelines. and that he deeply respects the autonomy of “I don’t think that Hillel UW would individual Hillels and their leadership when benefit from cosponsoring programming it comes to creating our own individual with organizations who deny Israel’s right approaches to Israel programming.” to exist as a Jewish, democratic state,” Hayon said his staff is committed to he wrote. “Our openness to an honest supporting Israel, but also to differences appraisal of modern Israel does not mean of opinion, and the international guidethat Hillel UW will open its doors to the lines allow for that. organizations that spread lies or demonize Israel.” Another vote this month has fewer direct ramifications for Hillel as an organization, but can be reflected on campuses at large. On Sunday, the American Studies Association voted, by a two-thirds majority, on an academic boycott of Israel. The association, which according to its website is “devoted to the interdisciplinary study of American culture and history,” applies to institutions and not individual Israeli academics. But the announcement sends a larger message that the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement (BDS) against Israel is gaining legitimacy. Unlike other campuses in Washington State, most notably The Evergreen State College, the BDS movement has not made significant inroads at the UW, Hayon said. But given precedent at colleges like Evergreen, he worries about the effects of BDS, which make Jewish students feel threatened and alienated. “Successful BDS campaigns on campus often go hand-in-hand with the weakening of local Hillels, the dissolution of civil discourse on campus, and the growth of feelings of fear and alienation in Jewish students,” he wrote. “My job is to ensure that every Jewish student feels safe on UW’s campus, and that no one is made to feel intimidated or afraid because of their religious identity or ideological convictions.” Mikael Kvart, Hillel UW’s board president, acknowledged that the education on Israel the Hillel staff has been engaging in
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Honoring a rabbi who always put the children first
TORI GOttLIEB JTNews Correspondent
It wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that Rabbi Solomon Maimon has been a pillar of Seattle’s Sephardic community since he moved here as a young child in the 1920s. Though he initially accompanied his father, Rabbi Abraham Maimon, who moved to Seattle from Tekirdag, Turkey in 1924 to serve as the rabbi at Sephardic Bikur Holim (SBH), Solomon Maimon quickly made a name for himself as a religious leader in his own right. At the age of 17, he left Seattle to attend Yeshiva University in New York, and upon his graduation, became the first Sephardic rabbi ordained in the United States. Rabbi Maimon returned to Seattle after his ordination to serve as SBH’s fulltime rabbi. His true passion, however, was working with children, and that was reflected in his work helping to found several children’s programs in the greater Seattle area — namely, the Seattle Hebrew Day School (which later merged with the Seattle Talmud Torah to become the Seattle Hebrew Academy), and the Sephardic Adventure Camp (SAC). On January 12, Rabbi Maimon, now 93, will be honored for his work with the camp at a special dinner event at Sephardic Bikur Holim in Seward Park. Rabbi Maimon founded the Sephardic Adventure Camp in 1948 as a way to help and night, and feed them, and love them, and make it fun — real fun. It’s not an easy job.” The camp is a two-week program that generally runs from late June to early July, and includes all the typical markers of a sleep-away summer camp — from swimming to hiking to arts and crafts. But it also includes the hallmarks of an immersive religious experience, like Sephardic culture sessions, morning and evening Orthodox prayer sessions, and a Shabbat observance at the end of each of the two weeks. SAC is staffed by religious leaders, yeshiva students, and former campers, and it attracts campers from all over the United States, Canada, and Israel. “The camp is a success,” said Rabbi Maimon of his flagship program. “Everybody who ever came had a great time, and they learned a lot.” Rabbi Maimon believes it will be those former and current campers who will join him and his family at the event. SAC expects between 200 and 250 people at the dinner, which will include a celebration of Rabbi Maimon and his founding of the

IF YOU GO
The dinner to honor Rabbi Maimon will take place on Sun., Jan. 12, 2014 at 5 p.m. at Sephardic Bikur Holim, 6500 52nd Ave. S in Seattle, and is open to anyone who would like to join SAC to honor Rabbi Maimon for his years of service. For more information, contact Sephardic Adventure Camp at office@sephardicadventurecamp.org or 206-257-2225.

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by Mike Selinker

Jewish Poland: Come for the history, stay for the latkes
DIkLA TUCHMAN JTNews Correspondent
It’s been nearly a quarter century since the fall of Communism, which began with the Revolution of 1989 in Poland. The crumbling of the Soviet Union gave those who did not fit into Poland’s homogenous population permission to finally reemerge and rediscover their heritage. But the change was not immediate, and it has taken the last 25 years to see a significant transformation that arguably could not have been possible without, at least for Poland’s Jews, the help of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. The JDC works in more than 70 countries and in Israel to alleviate hunger and hardship, rescue Jews in danger, create told JTNews. “I think what really brings their interest now is the Jewish renewal in Poland.” Given how Poland’s Jewish population, at one time one of the largest in the world, was decimated during the Holocaust, the country “is not really seen as any kind of a place for the Jewish community to be thriving,” Sokolowska said, “and that’s exactly what it is, from my point of view, and this is the story that I’m sharing.” Sokolowska’s job is not only to put forth efforts toward the revitalization of the Jewish communities in Poland, but she also shares that narrative with other Jewish communities around the world.

“Memory cannot recall more than what was forgotten,” Moses ibn Ezra wrote. And that was a long time ago, when there was less to remember. With the information overload of the modern age, it’s harder than ever to remember critical details. Certain mnemonics—memory-jostling sentences—can make this task a lot easier. Here are five common mnemonics for lists that we might forget.
ACROSS 1 Paint lightly 4 Actor Ventimiglia 8 Control, as a scandal 12 Drive-in that serves limeades 14 “Like that could ever happen” 15 Series that includes Reach 16 What “Every Good Boy Does Fine” evokes 19 Use a sight 20 Portrayer of a Bill-killing Beatrix 21 Infuse with bubbles 22 What “Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain” 26 27 28 31 34 37 38 43 44 45 46 48 50 53 59 61 62 63 67 68 69 70 71 72 DOWN 1 Gray seen in a picture 2 Shortage of iron 3 Crab feast necessity 4 Large parrots 5 St. Croix, e.g. 6 Prevarication 7 Organ meats 8 Bakes eggs 9 Like the multinational cuisine at Seattle’s 10 11 12 13 17 18 23 24 25 29 30 32 33 35 36 38 39 40 41 42 47 49 51 52 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 64 65 66

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evokes Response to “Some haggis?” Plopped down Storehouse Actress Carrere iPad option Assist What “Will A Jolly Man Make A Jolly Visitor?” evokes One of 78 in Buckingham Palace Tater One likely with a negative approval rating, these days It’s not lightly suffered U2 album Rattle & ___ ___ Misérables What “Super Man Helps Every One” evokes Hydrocodone, e.g. Daft Punk, e.g. Sound a mouse hears What “King Phillip Cried Out For Good Soup” evokes Fencer’s item Small fluid measurement ___ Shore Is Dead (2003 film) Respond impertinently to Heroine Jane Piggy’s home

Dragonfish ABBA’s “___ the Music Speak” Schnozz Symbol on ESP cards Symbol on playing cards Angsty music style Fifth sign Team that got Pierce and Garnett from the Celtics in 2013 Reached a point of requiring payment Lex Luthor’s idiot henchman Drunk Takes too much 59-Acrosses ___ Always Sunny in Philadelphia Android program Gingerly bite Courthouse words Progressive woman Network started as Pax TV Ruts Central European valley First name of the Queen of Jazz Baskin-Robbins offerings French term of respect Just barely get Decorous UFO inhabitants Quartz repository Outfit for saying 36-Down Möbius strip, e.g. Vodka brand with a cobalt blue bottle Mineral deposits Elderly Smurf Futurama character Roadway material Illmatic rapper

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connections to Jewish life, and provide immediate relief and long-term development support for victims of natural and man-made disasters. The JDC’s work in Poland over the last 20 plus years has been especially significant. In places like Warsaw and Western Poland (which, prior to 1945, was a part of Germany), the efforts of the JDC have been focused on revitalization by developing the community infrastructure, leadership, and educational resources necessary to ensure a Jewish future. Since the democratic opening of the region, pilgrimages to Poland have mostly centered on connecting with the sadder part of Jewish history in places like Warsaw and the Auschwitz concentra tion camp. “They really come for Jewish death, not Jewish life,” said Karina Sokolowska, the JDC’s Poland country manager, who visited Seattle earlier this week. Karina has been working with the JDC for the last 20 years and has seen the changes both in the organization and her home country as progress has rapidly been made in conjunction with the now thriving Jewish communities in Poland. “I have definitely lived and led the transition,” said Sokolowska. Sokolowska draws a direct correlation between what she calls a “natural link between people who are interested in the genealogical side of the Jewish story and Poland and Polish-Jewish history,” she

Her Seattle visit included audiences with the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle and the Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State. “Most American Jews — and this is certainly the case in Seattle — came from Eastern European roots, which include territories that are Poland today and former Poland that grandparents and great-grandparents emigrated from,” said Michael Novick,the JDC’s executive director of strategic development. Sokolowska focuses much of her attention, both while in Poland and when she visits the States, on sharing the present and future of Polish-Jewish life, rather than delving too deeply into the past. “We’re trying to not get involved in teaching Holocaust,” said Sokolowska. “But it’s unavoidable. For us, it’s figuring out a way to deal with it. It’s very hard.” With the JCC Warsaw having just opened its doors in October and turnouts of nearly 1,000 Jewish Poles at the Limud Keszet education conference outside of Warsaw in late November, it’s becoming apparent that Poland’s Jewish identity is resurfacing and a resurgence is slowly but surely occurring. “For three years running, Limmud Keszet Poland has been the largest gathering of Polish Jews in the country since the late 1960s,” according to the JDC. Having just run its sixth program, Limmud drew
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my heart open” as particiWhen the head of her pants imagined the normal temple announced he life activities those prisoners was going on a reconcilwere denied. iation journey to Auschwitz, “You really begin to feel Dee Endelman found herself the human suffering that saying, “‘I’ll go with you’… occurred there,” Dee says, although at the moment I calling her grief “a blessing on wasn’t sure why.” so many levels…. [It brings] The temple in question is a little deeper understandDai Bai Zan Cho Bo Zen Ji, ing...both in order to honor or Plum Mountain Temple, the dead and to understand Seattle’s Rinzai Zen Buddhist what it means for today,” and congregation. A practicing Member of influencing “how I have to Buddhist for more than 14 live now.” years, Dee was born Catholic the Tribe Zen Peacemakers, founded and says she’s been “part of a by Bernie Glassman, encourages “practice Jewish family for 40 years.” and action for personal and social transforThe trip was sponsored by Zen Peacemation,” according to its website. makers (www.zenpeacemakers.org). The “Before I left,” Dee says, “I didn’t want international and multi-faith group of 95 to put myself in the spotlight,” but is now included a gentile Polish woman who had been a child prisoner, and two Palestinians involved in peace work. They learned about Nazi atrocities, held meaningful dialogues, then gathered at the tracks each day to read victims’ names aloud and meditate. At a special ceremony on the last

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jokes, “in Buddhism you’re ready to share her experience not supposed to be attached to as “part of the loving action your opinions.” that arises from bearing witness to suffering.” He might have just Asked her opinion of bought The Fearey the “Jew-Bu” phenomenon Group — one of the — the many Jews drawn to leading independent public Buddhism — Dee says Budrelations and public affairs dhism draws adherents from firms in the Pacific Northmany Western religions, west — but Aaron Blank is which often create “a spiriequally dedicated to being the tual hunger,” but fail to feed dad of three. COURtESY AARON BlANk it. Buddhism is “not an exclu- Aaron Blank, the new owner Aaron grew up in Holsive religion,” she notes, so of the Fearey Group public brook, on New York’s Long it could be “compatible…to relations firm. Island. His mother is Israeli, recite the Shema and go sit so “I’m first generation,” on Zazen (meditate). her side, he notes. It also meant he got to “There is a contemplative practice in have two Bar Mitzvahs, one at his synaalmost every religion…I don’t see any gogue and a second at the Western Wall. reason why contemplative practice and Judaism wouldn’t work.” Although, she XXPaGe 17

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day, yahrzeit candles were lit. The trip began in Krakow, Poland, with a vegetarian Shabbat dinner and service that included young people from the local Jewish community, part of “a small revival of Judaism,” there, says Dee. Over the weekend they toured the Jewish quarter and ghetto, and on Monday bused to Oświęcim, the town outside of Auschwitz, where they stayed. Her first day in Auschwitz, Dee viewed the museum there with its display of human hair and discarded glasses. Describing it to me, she began to cry, although at the time, “I was so over whelmed I couldn’t feel anything,” she says. It was the visit to the women’s barracks later that week “that really cracked

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2013: Israeli tech’s big, big year
JANIs SIEGEL JTNews Correspondent
Waze, ScaleIO, PrimeSense, Onavo, and Intucell might not sound like household names to the general public just yet, but Google, Facebook, Apple, IBM, Cisco and eBay, to name a few, have paid serious attention to them in 2013, buying each of them for hundreds of millions. The one exception is Waze, which Google purchased for over $1 billion this past June. These titans of tech have been purchasing multiple startup companies in Israel since 2000 and are part of the reason why Israel is the only other country, after the United States, with the greatest number of companies listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange, according to the 2009 best-selling book “Startup Nation” (Dan Senor and Saul Singer, Twelve Publishing). “The climate is extraordinary,” said Jonathan Medved, the internationally recognized founder and creator of OurCrowd, the online individual-investor funding platform for Israeli startups. “This [coming] year, there will be $2.3 billion invested in Israeli startups — approximately 600-plus. These are huge numbers.” On Medved’s site, single investors can pick from a curated selection of companies that OurCrowd has already put its own money into. He told JTNews his business continues to grow. “For every 100 companies we look into, we select one or two,” said Medved. “We have 30 this year and next year we will have 50 or 60.” Google made industry news when it won a bidding war against Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, and others to ultimately purchase Waze, regarded as the world’s biggest social-networking-based navigation application and online real-time mapping service, according to Reuters. IBM bought security firm Trusteer for a reported $800 million in 2013 and founded a new IBM Cyber-security software lab in Israel. According to research from Israel Venture Capital, Israel’s high-tech companies raised more than $4 billion from 2011 to 2012, compared with the $2.4 billion that was raised from 2009 to 2010. The Startup and Private Equity Directory reported that from 2003 to 2012, “772 Israeli were acquired for $41.6 billion and in the third quarter of 2013, 162 companies raised $660 million from local and foreign investors, the highest quarterly amount since 2000.” “In the last 22 years, there have been 1,000 Israeli companies purchased,” Medved said. “Companies like Microsoft, Intel, Cisco, Google, and Facebook are not buying one or two companies. They are buying lots of them. Since 1990, some of them have been buying double-digit companies. Today, there are 300 multinational research and development centers in Israel.” But while these impressive acquisitions make headline news, smaller companies purchased hundreds of lesser-known Israel startups in 2013 as well. According to Forbes Magazine, some of the larger acquisitions in October alone included Assurion’s buyout of Soluto, a web-based remote manager for PCs for $100 million, and Quixey, a “search and discovery engine for apps that closed a $50 million Series C round of funding from new investors,” the article said. Washington State, arguably an emerging tech hub in its own right, has also been paying attention to Israel’s success. Chuck Broche, founder of the Broche Group, a public affairs, government relations and strategic communications firm, also sits on the board of the WashingtonIsrael Business Council. He and his associates have been working closely with the Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association’s president and CEO Chris Rivera to build connections between Israeli high-tech and Washington innovators. Broche is hoping to capitalize on three events in Washington scheduled for June 2014 — his group’s June 18 Seattle pitch to a select group of invited Israeli companies to highlight the region’s high-tech offerings, a WBBA Life Sciences Conference in Seattle on June 19 and 20, and the national WBBA conference in San Diego on June 23 and 24. “We are calling it a mini-conference or a workshop,” Broche told JTNews. “Our goal is to bring over a half-a-dozen or more Israeli companies that are in the biomedical sector because we have a very strong biomedical technology sector in Washington State already.” In the not too distant future, Broche envisions a group of Washington business leaders, accompanied by either a member of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce, the governor or a congressional member, who would travel to Israel on a trade mission. “We are still a small dot on the map of the Israeli minds,” Broche said. “Most Israelis do not know what’s going on in Washington State and most people in Washington State have a vague idea about what’s going on in Israel.” Broche is also hoping that Washington will become popular as the “friendlier” place to start a technology business. The WIBC website includes a section on everything a prospective entrepreneur might need to know to start a business in the state. “When you’re dealing with technology and you’re dealing with creative people, we don’t want to be limiting their creativity or their applications of technology,” Broche said. “We want to be the group that is helping facilitate that.”

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Jerusalem explored in a new way through bike tours
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Nekofa, where he lives, to the city. JERUSALEM — What kind of ground For the new tours, the Inbal procan you cover in three hours in Jeruvides riders the bikes, a helmet, a salem? bottle of water, and a map for $30 for Start at First Station (the renovated a full day or $20 for half a day. As part train station), go to the Haas Promeof the hotel’s “wellness concept,” Roth nade for views of the city, continue said the biking initiative offers participast Mishkenot Shaananim and the pants “a new way of exploring Jerusahistoric windmill, through the Russian lem and discovering what they didn’t Compound, on to Jaffa Street, over the know.” “harp” string bridge crossed by light Gordon Active offers the following rail passengers, through the Supreme biking options: Half or full day tours of Court area and the Knesset, past  the Jerusalem; half or full day bike tours Israel Museum to the Valley of the of Tel Aviv; night tours of Jerusalem; Cross, and back through the neighborfull-day, 20-mile tours of the Judean hood of Rehavia. hills with visits to wineries; nine-day, The above itinerary represents the 20-35-mile-per-day  tours of northern first collaboration of its kind in JeruIsrael; eight-day, 25-40-mile-per-day salem: Bike tours launched by the tours from Jerusalem to Eilat; sevenInbal Hotel and outdoor tour operator day tours, including five days of 60-90 Gordon Active. Inbal communications BARRY A. KAPLAN miles per day, from Jerusalem to Eilat; manager Barak Roth says the Inbal Inbal Hotel communications manager Barak Roth (left) and Amir Rockman, bicycle six-day tours across the Galilee; Negev “is the first hotel in Jerusalem to take director of Israeli tour operator Gordon Active, outside the Inbal in Jerusalem. mountain bike safaris of one to three upon themselves such an endeavor,” days;  and six one-day mountain bike choosing Gordon Active as a partner tours (www.gordonactive.com). Outside of biking, the company offers 14-day self“because they’re the leading company [in Israel] when it comes to bike tours.” guided tours; three food and wine tours of varying lengths; the Israel Deluxe — a Amir Rockman, bicycle director of  Gordon Active, recently kicked off the ininine-day tour including spa hotels, visiting wineries, farms, and restaurants; and five tiative by leading a bike tour from the Inbal for Israeli journalists (including this different family programs. reporter), in an abbreviated journey of the tour company’s usual route through Count Zohar Dublin, an account executive for a Tel Aviv public relations firm, is Jerusalem. Accompanying Amir was his brother Asaf, with whom he has operated a fan of Gordon Active’s new bike tour from the Inbal Hotel. Gordon Tours (the parent company of Gordon Active) for the past five years. “I really enjoyed the ride through the streets of Jerusalem,” Dublin said. “The ride The Rockmans are a family of bicyclists from Jerusalem. On the press tour, Amir was beautiful, and this was a great chance to tour the city in a different and more commented that he lives in Caesarea and bikes 30 miles to Tel Aviv on a regular active way.” basis. Asaf bikes seven miles — mostly uphill — from the Jerusalem suburb of Beit

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Seders in a box for families in need Taxi vouchers for senior citizens to attend evening services and programs Digitizing recordings of traditional Ladino songs Birthday celebrations for children with special needs Those are examples of the 24 projects that will receive Ignition Grants from the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle in fiscal year 2014. On November 21, the Jewish Federation’s Board of Directors approved $64,698.80 in this year’s Ignition Grants cycle. Ignition Grants fund new and innovative programs or projects, expansion of current services, or one-time projects or pilot programs or projects that are not capital purchases. Ignition Grants are funded out of the Jewish Federation’s Special Initiatives Fund. Funded projects include the following: BBYO Evergreen Region Jewish Tween Extreme - $1,800 Outreach to middle school-aged youth for participation in exciting programs, such as Teen J-Serve and Haunted Havdallah. Camp Solomon Schechter Camp Solomon Schechter Teen Foundation - $1,250 Campers will learn about Jewish values and philanthropy by researching and distributing funds to Olympia-area non-profits. Chabad of the Central Cascades Seder in a Box - $1,800 About 70 Issaquah/Sammamish area families in need will receive “Seders in a Box.” Congregation Beth Hatikvah Hizuk Beit S’freinu (Strengthening Our School) - $2,187.80 CBH will update religious school supplies and install Wi-Fi, increasing access to teaching materials. Congregation Ezra Bessaroth The Midrasha Seattle/Women’s Institute of Torah Studies - $1,800 The Midrasha will provide meaningful Jewish education for women that includes text analysis and understanding of prayers and traditions. Hebrew Hoops Hebrew Hoops Summer Basketball Camps - $1,800 Hebrew Hoops combines a rigorous basketball program with Jewish education. Hillel at University of Washington Israel Fellow and Israel Program Expansion - $4,550 Hillel recently expanded its staff to include an Israel Fellow, who plays a critical role in helping students and young adults deepen their knowledge about Israel. Jewish High Business Ethics Torah/Teens - $2,500 Business Ethics Torah will bring in local business leaders to talk about their backgrounds and companies. Jewish Transcript Media Jewish Transcript Digitization and Preservation Project - $3,724 Jewish Transcript Media will work with the Seattle Public Library to make digital copies of previous publications available online. Livnot Chai Livnot Engaging the Community - $3,000 Community engagement will bring Livnot programming to students unable to attend weekly learnings and students in underserved rural communities. Music of Remembrance Ela Stein Weissberger Visit for “Brundibar” - $2,465 Music of Remembrance will present two performances of the beloved children’s opera “Brundibar” at the Seattle Children’s Theatre. Seattle Hebrew Academy Tu B’Shevat Inter-School Learning and Celebration - $3,558 The Community Day School Tu B’Shevat Seder will be part of a month-long experiential learning. Seattle Hebrew Academy Community Partnership - $1,105 Seattle Hebrew Academy will work with First Place School to support Childhaven. Seattle Jewish Community School SJCS Edible Garden - $2,000 SJCS will expand its edible garden with new irrigation systems and worm buckets. Stroum Jewish Community Center Oneg Shabbat at the J - $3,439

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Music of Remembrance received an Ignition Grant to present two performances of “Brundibar” at the Seattle Children’s Theatre. Ela Stein Weissberger, a Holocaust survivor who played The Cat in all 55 original performances of Brundibar in Terezin, will make a presentation about the opera’s message to students from local day and high schools. Photo shows 2006 performance. From left in front are Pepicek, played by Ross Hauck; Aninku, played by Maureen McKay; Ela Stein Weissberger; and The Cat, played by David Korn. Oneg Shabbat Outreach Program provides a low-barrier way to facilitate and strengthen participants’ connections to one another, to key SJCC and PJ Library staff. Stroum Jewish Community Center Senior Holiday Celebrations - $2,500 SJCC will organize five Jewish holiday luncheons for local seniors. Stroum Jewish Studies Program at University of Washington “Cantame una cantiga/Sing me a song”: Collecting Sephardic Ballads in Seattle, 1973-2014 - $3,060 The project will digitize recordings of traditional Ladino songs for the Seattle Sephardic Treasures project. Temple Beth Am Senior Evening Rides - $1,800 The program will provide taxi vouchers enabling senior citizens to attend nighttime Temple Beth Am programs. Temple Beth El Caring and Sharing: Reaching Out to Those in Need - $2,000 Temple Beth El will work to connect with seniors and unaffiliated people in the Tacoma and Pierce County Jewish community. Temple B’nai Torah Camp Kesher - $3,000 The grant will support Camp Kesher’s scholarship program. The Friendship Circle of Washington Birthday Club - $3,250 The Birthday Club will enable kids with special needs to celebrate their birthdays with special parties in which they will be celebrated and honored in their own way. The Kavana Cooperative Jewish Community Networks Initiative - $3,500 The Kavana Cooperative is expanding its program in order to strengthen the Jewish community through network building. Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center With My Own Eyes - $4,550 Funding will support addition of better graphics, updated research information and outtakes of Holocaust survivors to an introductory film about the Holocaust for educators and community groups. Washington State Jewish Historical Society The Yesler Way Story: A Digital Narrative - $4,060 WSJHS will produce short multimedia videos and an interactive map telling the story of Yesler Way businesses.

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The parallel America
By Ed Harris “I don’t like getting  pushed around for being a Jew, and I don’t think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians… [W]here did the idea come from that… we aren’t allowed to worship God?” — Ben Stein, from CBS Sunday Morning, Dec. 18, 2005 It’s not uncommon for me to ask my youngest son Izzy a relatively simple question, such as “Would you like to eat something?” or “Do you need a ride later today to hang out with friends?” and for the response to be, “I don’t know.” On such occasions, I am in the habit of saying, “I’ll ask the other Izzy.” Abba Knows Best The implication is there is a parallel universe that contains a parallel Izzy who does know whether he’s hungry or needs a ride somewhere. However, it’s just a little private joke of mine. In reality, there is only one Izzy: The version who can earn straight A’s in school but seems incapable of taking a definitive stand on whether or not he’d like a sandwich. Our family, including our inscrutable son, lives in Bellevue, home to an ethnically, religiously and culturally diverse population. Within a 10-minute drive of our home are dozens of religious institutions. I can find churches of numerous denominations — Baptist, Catholic, Christian Reformed, Foursquare, Episcopal, Jehovah’s Witness, Lutheran, Mormon, Seventh Day Adventist, and several others — services available in multiple languages — English, Spanish, Korean, Chinese — as well the Jewish Day School, three synagogues, a Chabad House, a mosque, and two Bahai centers. Broaden the radius to 20 miles, and the number of houses of worship mushrooms literally into the hundreds. It’s difficult to drive three blocks around here without passing at least one church. A common theme of the December holiday season is the complaint that religion in our society is under attack, as reflected in the quote above by Ben Stein. The idea that in America Jews and Christians get “pushed around” and aren’t allowed to “worship God” isn’t merely wrong, it’s laughably, absurdly and ludicrously wrong. Ben Stein must believe in a parallel America, one that forbids religious worship, like the Soviet Union did under Communism. Sadly, many countries around the globe still experience a suppression of their freedom of religion, such as China and Saudi Arabia. What Stein seems either to not understand, or to deliberately obfuscate, is that the U.S. is not a theocracy — there is no official government religion. As the First Amendment of the Constitution states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” Note the two powerful ideas of the founding fathers contained in this passage. The American XXPaGe 13

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New camp will bring together youngsters from different religious backgrounds
By Lily Katz the friendships that are formed are actually very genuine, Come August, Jewish, Christian and Muslim youth from meaningful and lasting. It creates a community of people who Jerusalem and Seattle will spend 10 days learning about each are doing this together, so it gives them the strength to keep other’s faith traditions and cultural backgrounds while engaging doing it despite the pressures they’re facing.” in peace building. It’s not unusual for participants to receive criticism for attending The camp, to be held in Mount Vernon, is organized by the the program, and to be accused of being spies or traitors, added new Seattle chapter of Kids4Peace, a national nonprofit orgaGoldwarg. But despite this, Palestinian children who have never nization that brings kids from Jerusalem to seven cities around had a Jewish family in their homes will often invite over their new the United States. Seattle is the newest addition. Israeli friends, and vice versa. Jewish kids will invite their Muslim Here’s how it works: Leading up to the 10-day summer friends to their Bar or Bat Mitzvah, and Muslim youth will invite camp, kids ages 12-18 and their parents in the United States Jewish friends to break the fast during Ramadan. and in Jerusalem attend monthly meetings in their respective In addition, participants will often stand up for one another cities to get to know one other and discuss conflict and identity. Courtesy Kids4Peace When summer comes, the young people from Jerusalem visit A group of campers and their counselors discuss peace issues at the Kid- in school when their peers are badmouthing the other side, Goldwarg said. Even after one year of the program, these one of the seven U.S. cities to meet with their American cohorts. s4Peace camp held outside of Houston this past summer. youth will have developed a newfound sense of openness Ideally, kids begin the program at age 12 and participate for and curiosity. six years, or until they’re 18. Since 2002, when the program “We provide a safe space where people can talk and where people can listen and where first began, the retention rate has been very high. The Boston chapter, for example, which people can be listened to,” Goldwarg said. “For families who are skeptical, it’s reassuring is in its fourth year, has only lost one of its 36 participants. to know that it’s a place of openness, a place of honesty.” “The kids are mature enough to spend 10 days away from home, but at the same time, Hamdi, a participant from Jerusalem, testified to this. She said the program is like a they’re young enough that they’re still really open-minded,” said Jordan Goldwarg, the second home. Northwest regional director of Kids4Peace. “They’re open to meeting people who are very “Kids4Peace for me is a place where I express everything in my heart, especially the different than themselves and having positive interactions with them.” violence that is happening between Israel and Palestine,” she said. A typical day at camp looks like this: Half of the time is spent in a dialogue session, in Becca, a Kids4Peace alum from Atlanta, also speaks highly of the organization. which kids do creative projects and discuss peace-building and how conflicts emerge. The “The young nervous girl that I was at 11 has become a person who is much more campers talk about things like how individual identity is different from group identity, and aware and outspoken about the injustices brought about by uninformed and misinformed constructive ways in which to solve conflict. The second half of the day includes typical prejudice,” she said. camp activities like swimming, hiking, sports and arts and crafts. The Mount Vernon campers The program was started in Jerusalem by Henry Carse, an American Episcopal priest, who will take day trips to Seattle and attend services at a church, a synagogue and a mosque. lived and worked in Jerusalem during the second intifada. His idea was to bring kids out of “Here in Seattle, I think that there’s a lot of interest in doing something like this,” the conflict zone and allow them the opportunity to have fun and get to know each other. Goldwarg said. “There are fairly substantial Jewish, Muslim and Christian populations in the The goal for American youth, said Goldwarg, is to equip them with a better understanding city, and it’s a fairly progressive and globally minded city where there’s a lot of interest in of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and allow them to become leaders in helping solve that other parts of the world. The level of enthusiasm and interest in this has been astounding.” conflict. It also serves as a good model for examining conflicts here in the United States. The first camp will take place at Camp Brotherhood in Mount Vernon Aug. 7-18. The The camp costs $1,200 per year per family for the summer camps and the sessions that Seattle chapter has already begun looking for participants by reaching out to religious lead up to it, though the program itself costs about $3,000 per participant. Kids4Peace communities and schools, and by doing media outreach. receives most of its funding through donations, and works hard to make sure kids with “It’s pretty phenomenal,” Goldwarg said “For the kids coming from Israel and Palestine, little resources aren’t turned away. “There are so many people who have never met or had a meaningful interaction with someone from the other side,” Goldwarg said. “These kinds of person-to-person programs where individuals from across the line of conflict get to meet each other have such an incredibly humanizing impact.” Lily Katz is a student in the University of Washington’s Department of Communication News Laboratory.

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government won’t establish any single religion, but at the same time it shall not prohibit the exercise of any faith. Could there be a more perfect expression of religious freedom? The government doesn’t seek to impose an official, state-sanctioned form of belief, and every citizen can choose to worship — or choose not to — according to his or her heart’s desire. Religion is dynamic, vibrant and deeply woven into the fabric of American life. Arguing that Americans are not allowed to worship God is like making the claim we are forbidden to play baseball, eat popcorn or wear sunscreen. A search for books under the topic “Religion” on Amazon.com yields over one million choices, which sounds about right, given the incredible religious diversity in America. To maintain that religious expression is prohibited is preposterous and proven false by simply driving a couple of miles down any busy street in any town in our nation and taking note of all the churches. One might rephrase the quote above, and ask of Ben Stein where he got the idea that Americans aren’t allowed to worship God. While we’re at it, perhaps in his parallel universe, which contains an America that is utterly unrecognizable to the rest of us, we can ask him if he knows whether Izzy would like a snack. Ed Harris, the author of “Fifty Shades of Schwarz” and several other books, was born in the Bronx and lives in Bellevue with his family. His long-suffering wife bears silent testimony to the saying that behind every successful man is a surprised woman.

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The unspoken language of language
JANIs SIEGEL JTNews Correspondent
Ilan Stavans is unrelentingly attracted to the work of Pablo Neruda. “I think that I love Neruda enough to want to bring him to an audience that can’t read him in the original,” Stavans told JTNews. “But I also love him so much that I want people to see him in the original and how he sounds in both languages.” Stavans, an influential author and editor, the Lewis-Sebring professor of Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College, and a former journalist will be in Seattle as Temple Beth Am’s scholar-in-residence in early January. The Mexican-born Ashkenazi Jew will also speak in other venues, including Town Hall on Jan. 8, where he’ll discuss his latest work as editor and one of the translators of the bilingual edition of “All the Odes: Pablo Neruda” (Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2013), the complete collection of all 225 odes written by the Nobel-prize winning Chilean poet. While Stavans has edited many note“His Spanish is deceptively worthy compilations such simple,” said Stavans, “and as “Singer’s Typewriter and then you sit down and realize Mine: Reflections on Jewish that each of those words have Culture” (2012) and “Isaac different meanings. I have Bashevis Singer: Collected spent years and years trying to Stories V. 1 and V. 2” (2004), understand how he uses cerhe is as well-known for his tain words. It’s kind of what own provocative political Biblical scholars do.” titles that include “José VasThe professor’s whirlwind concelos: The Prophet of visit continues on Jan. 9 with Race” (2011) “Mr. Spic Goes a screening and discussion of to Washington” (2008), and the film “My Mexican Shiva,” “The Scroll and the Cross: SAM MASINtER 1,000 Years of Jewish-His- Ilan Stavans, who will visit based on one of his short stopanic Literature” (2002). Seattle in January to talk ries, and concludes with a In 2005, Stavans edited the about his intellectual love University of Washington Lunchtime Learning lecture book “The Poetry of Pablo affair with Pablo Neruda. on Jan. 10, “The Jews of Latin Neruda.” America,” that will be open to the public. Stavans said he can only dream of Stavans will cover 500 years of Jewish hishaving met Neruda, who died in 1973, but tory, from the conversos and maranos to the linguist, essayist, and cultural analyst the Jews of modern-day Latin America. said he hopes to draw the reader’s attenStavans also devotes much of his litertion to the poet’s use of the Spanish lanary energy to introspective projects, often guage and the “silences behind the words.”

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Ilan Stavans will serve as scholar in residence at Temple Beth Am, 2632 NE 80th St., Seattle from Jan. 10-12. Visit www.templebetham.org for scheduling information. Stavans will also read from “All the Odes: A Bilingual Edition” at Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave., on Wed., Jan. 8 at 7:30 p.m. $5. He will also speak about the Jews of Latin America for the University of Washington’s Stroum Center for Jewish Studies on Fri., Jan. 10 from noon–1 p.m. at Thomson Hall 317 on the UW campus. For more information, visit jewishstudies.washington.edu or call 206-543-0138.

reflecting on his life growing up Jewish in Mexico City in books like “Return to Centro Historico: A Mexican Jew Looks for his Roots” (2012). In his 2008 book “Resurrecting Hebrew,” Stavans examined the beginnings of modern Hebrew in Israel through the

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life of its developer, Eliezer Ben-Yehuda. He discovered that Hebrew played a curious role in many complicated relationships in Israel, such as the conflict between the Orthodox and Zionist communities, the virtual expulsion of Yiddish literature from Israeli literature, and the polarization of Diaspora Jewry from Israeli Judaism. “That is what prompted the writing of the book and it was also kind of a personal journey for me,” Stavans said. “I had grown up with Yiddish, and together with SpanWWbirthriGht PaGe 5

ish, it was the main language of communication of my childhood. Then, at some point, the elders of the Mexican Jewish community started to bring teachers from Israel and they would teach us Hebrew.” “When the Jewish State was created in 1948, the majority of Jews in the world were Ashkenazi and spoke Yiddish,” said Stavans. “It would have been easier, faster, and less complicated to simply adopt Yiddish as the language of the Jewish State. And yet we chose to give up Yiddish and embrace credit for introducing these students to Israel and enabling them to build a strong bond with the Jewish people. I appreciate Rabbi Meyer’s concerns about carefully scrutinizing how we spend communal dollars. I am all for analyzing the effect of everything we choose to do and ensuring we put communal dollars to their highest and best use. I can say with confidence, however, that Brandeis University’s 2012 Birthright survey and my 15 years of personal experience with Birthright are good evidence that the dollars we spend on Birthright are returning lasting benefits in deeper Jewish identity and a stronger Jewish community.
Keith Dvorchik is president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle.

Hebrew as new national language.” Stavans laments the sidelining of other hybrid languages like Ladino and the five languages his grandmother spoke. Using her main language of Yiddish as her foundation, she mingled it with her knowledge of Polish, Hungarian, Russian, Spanish, and English, he recalled. “So Hebrew, which had been a kind of fossilized language used by Talmudic scholars and rabbis, all of a sudden became a majority language and Yiddish was

incinerated in the gas chambers, literally a language of nostalgia, put aside, in favor of a Biblical language because Israel really wanted to tie themselves to their Biblical roots and not to their Diaspora roots.” Yet the scholar and writer demonstrated that he could also be pragmatic about a world where dozens of unspoken languages disappear each year. “It’s a Darwinian world out there,” reasoned Stavans. “Languages that have a need and a reason to exist, survive.”

LETTErS TO THE EDITOr
FOR THE SAKE OF BIRTHRIGHT

America General Assembly. I was in Israel for less than a week, but during that brief visit, I lost count of the number of former Birthright participants I saw who were in Israel for various reasons. Some had made aliyah. Some were there for Federation Young Leadership missions. Others were studying at Pardes or spending a semester abroad in Israel. Still others were involved in a long-term MASA program by spending up to a year living in Israel. If you ask Celie Brown, current board chair of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, or Iantha Sidell, a current Federation board member and past board chair, they will tell you that it seemed as if I knew everybody in Israel. That’s the power of Birthright. I give Taglit-Birthright Israel

Keith Dvorchik and I recently wrote of our dissenting opinions regarding the efficacy of Taglit-Birthright Israel for JTNews (“Why Birthright Israel is hafuch,” Rabbi’s Turn, Dec. 13; see the response at left). Truly this is “an argument for the sake of heaven,” as we both care deeply about the Jewish community. I respect Mr. Dvorchik’s experience leading Birthright groups and his service to the Hillel world, and firmly believe that his background and qualifications make him the ideal president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. My greatest joy on this issue would be to be proven wrong, for it would mean more people engaging with Jewish life and drawing closer to Torah, and I am so thankful for the number of individuals that have had positive experiences through their trips. Both articles cite the same research, a 2012 study by Brandeis University’s Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies. I would encourage all readers to peruse this important study and to evaluate its findings for themselves: bit.ly/JsQfpG. As Taglit-Birthright Israel reaches expenditures of $1,000,000,000, Mr. Dvorchik and I disagree on the cost/benefit analysis. What do you think? Rabbi Aaron Meyer Temple De Hirsch Sinai, Seattle

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The ode to gefilte fish. Oy!
RIVY POUpkO KLEtENIk JTNews Columnist
Dear Rivy, I’m not sure how to approach this issue. I don’t mean to overdramatize; however, a major family battle is brewing over — believe it or not — gefilte fish. My family is very traditional and serves gefilte fish at every major Jewish holiday. My mother puts in a full day in the kitchen to prepare What’s it and serves it with immense JQ? pride. It was her mother’s recipe and before that her grandmother’s and so on. It is almost sacrosanct. Here’s the problem: My wife did not grow up eating gefilte fish. She despises it — the smell, the taste, everything about it. And she does not hide her feelings. She refuses to even taste it. Every time it comes up she is sure to let everyone know that she never intends to make it. Family get-togethers are becoming unpleasant on account of the gefilte fish. Even as I write this, I can’t believe it. Any suggestions on solving this tempest in a fish pot? Not that I’m fishing for compliments, but I think some solutions are certainly possible. First, time to fish or cut bait. Let’s solve this one fast — after all, there just may be bigger fish to fry in this world of ours. And, frankly, your wife should not have to feel like a fish out of water. First things first. Keep in mind that the Jewish value Your of shalom bayit, a home of peace, comes before anything, even gefilte fish. That said, I feel your pain. I was not always a gefilte fan, myself. Your question, though, has ignited a lyrical chord. If the Jewish-born Heinrich Heine, one of the most significant German poets of the 19th century, could write a poem about cholent, then why not a poem about gefilte fish? I believe its time has come! Later, as Shabbat candles burn, With subtle probing, to me they’d turn, “No fish daughter dear, why heavens not?” “It’s not my thing — not by a long shot!” Not till married, that very first year Did gefilte fish upon my table appear. I took that very first tentative nibble, Whoa, this is okay! Not a crumb of a quibble! From then, till now, I chop and I mix, Boil and bake and lovingly fix. Ode to gefilte It’s quite the fish. Oh, dear gefilte You’re quite the dish. Have you been brave? Taken a morsel? The jar with the gel? – Hmmm, quite awful! But homemade? With carp and maybe some pike? I’m not first to say, “What’s not to like?” Way over the pond they fry it up — Quite the feat for a Britishe kup! Go get a loaf, you can shake it and bake it Throw on some red sauce — no need to fake it. This GF squabble is so, so sad, Especially since it’s become quite the fad! On websites order yours organic, Or go for the local, no need to panic. This dish has got some history — Plus passion and some mystery. The French make quenelles and others do croquette, For we Jews it’s not that at all, you can bet. Invented to stop us from picking out bones On Shabbat that’s a no-no in all of our zones. There are recipes galore from salty to sweet, The horseradish made red with some added beet Tops it all off with a pop and a punch. If any is left, serve it for brunch! So, give it a shot! That’s my advice. Go home and cook it, then take a slice. You may be surprised, like I was back then, You’ll thank me, I tell you — amen and amen! GF on the dish is part of our story. So hurry it up and share in the glory!

Ode to Gefilte Fish
On Mother’s table Friday night, Gefilte fish, it’s quite a sight. The pot set long before we wake, Friday morning, as the challahs bake.

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A story of Polish-Jewish reconciliation, propelled by history’s personal gaps
DEBORAH GARDNER Special to JTNews
When Louise Steinman first faced the suggestion of writing about Poles and Jews, she was unequivocal: No. Growing up Jewish with a mother whose parents had immigrated from Poland in 1906, she inherited what she calls “received prejudices” about Poland. “I had no intention of setting foot in Poland or pursuing the topic,” she says. But Steinman also knows there is truth to the cliché that writers don’t choose their stories; their stories choose them. Her story began with an invitation from Rabbi Don Singer, leader of an informal Jewish congregation near Los Angeles that incorporates teachings from Zen Buddhism. He served as rabbi for an annual interfaith retreat to AuschwitzBirkenau, at which participants bear witness and meditate together. He invited Steinman to join them. “You would have to be out of your mind to do that,” Steinman thought. Like some other American Jews of Polish descent — a population that comprises about 80 percent of American Jews — she felt no interest in reconciliation. But she became curious. From early years working in theater performance in Seattle, Steinman underbooks, works of collective memory gathering written after the Holocaust, served as records of Jewish communities that had just been destroyed. Many are being translated into English from the Yiddish. Steinman delighted in the details about her ancestral town, whose lively Jewish community co-existed with Polish Catholics and where, she writes, “a Polish Catholic painted the synagogue’s blue ceiling and a Jewish tinsmith roofed the spires of the Catholic church.” The yizkor book pleaded: “Please! Descendants of Radomsk, wherever you are in the world; teach your children and grandchildren about our town and its people.” “Surely they’re not talking to me,” Steinman said. “I’m a secular Jew. I go to Friday night services in a Zen center. I don’t keep kosher.” But this, she realized, is who many descendants are. The interfaith gathering at AuschwitzBirkenau was intensely powerful. It became the first of her nine trips to Poland over the course of a decade. Her new book, “The Crooked Mirror: A Memoir of Polish-Jewish Reconciliation,” published last month by Beacon Press, is a personal memoir of these geographic journeys and her own personal journey within Polish-Jewish reconciliation. She spoke about the book and shared slides from her trips on Dec. 3 at Seattle’s Elliott Bay Book Company. The book’s title, like many Jewish anecdotes, has more than one meaning. A Polish priest, Józef Tischner, wrote: “When reflected in a crooked mirror, the face of a neighbor is distorted.” But Steinman also discovered there had been a satiric section of the Yiddish newspaper in Radomsk called “Der Krumer Spiegel,” The Crooked Mirror. Steinman describes writing the book as an act of repairing the world. The story takes the reader along on that personal journey of serendipity, grief, disappointments, and connections. Drawing on the Talmud’s statement that “a dream which is not interpreted is like a letter which is not read,” Steinman’s book is rich with descriptions of dreams as means of sorting out emotions of a journey. Her story has resonated with people trying to connect or reconcile with their pasts, fill gaps in family history, or examine received prejudices. At the University
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stands the power of art and experience to heal. She accepted Singer’s invitation and began to research. She was surprised to find online a yizkor, or memory book, from Radomsk, the town of her mother’s ancestors. These

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Polish Jews who ran the gamut of Jewish identification and demographic backgrounds for a weekend of learning and entertainment. The goal of the JDC’s efforts in Poland is twofold, according to Sokolowska: First, it wants to be able to create an opportunity for people to be Jewish in Poland, whatever that may mean. “I want my kids to be able to have a Jewish identification that I was not able to
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have,” said Sokoloska, who grew up under Communism. Second, though this may still be years down the road, the Polish-Jewish community hopes to be self-sustaining and less reliant on the efforts of the JDC to coax those who may still live in fear or ignorance of their Jewish heritage. The change has certainly been extraordinary in a place where, “quite honestly, I could not have imagined 20 years ago it happening,” Novick said. a way that he said can help them have an informed dialogue while staying true to their own values. At the end of the day, Hayon believes Jewish students should feel free to organize in any way they wish, and it’s not the role of Hillel to change itself based upon the desires of a specific campus while giving rights to its name and resources. “If an individual McDonald’s fran chisee unilaterally decides to stop selling hamburgers, or to paint the golden arches blue,” he said, “it won’t be very long before he has to change the sign outside his restaurant.” one installation: Beams of light rising from manholes in all that remained of a city’s Jewish quarter, the basements of houses long paved over. For young Poles, there is also a sense of reclamation. Under Communism, it was taboo to talk about the fate of the Jews. When people went looking for an authentic Poland in the history of Poland’s Jews, it was a rebellious act. Times have changed: September 2014 brings the exhibition opening at Warsaw’s new Museum of the History of Polish Jews, dedicated to the hundreds of years of history of Jews in Poland. “There’s no way to bring back the past,” Steinman says. But she believes in making symbolic gestures that resonate. Having put aside her own crooked mirror, she now hopes her book will be translated into Polish. There is interest already.

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of Southern California, several African American students related to the challenge of connecting with a past with a truncated ancestry. One student, working on a memoir, asked Steinman, “What do I do about all the gaps in the story?” “You have to use them,” Steinman replied. Gaps and ruptures, she said, make us who we are. Ruptures, she notes, have shaped the history of many American Jews. Almost every American Jew lost family in the Holocaust; we just may not know who they were. While her generation grew up with the maxim “Never forget,” the next step, she says, is remembering what existed before the trauma. Her past had always felt full of nameless relatives her mother just called “the ones who didn’t get out of Poland.” Steinman found names and a great-aunt’s former house. But finding them was bittersweet. “To gain people,” she said, “is also to lose them again.” Rather than the generation that suffered the trauma, she says, reconciliation belongs to the next generation. But “reconciliation isn’t necessarily about forgiveness. It’s about looking at history together.” Steinman tells of people in Poland willing to look together at the past, even the shameful past. She has become close with some of these people, and is tickled to realize that she now has friends living in Radomsko, modern-day Radomsk. Some of her Polish friends are working on historical-memory art projects themselves, resonating with Steinman’s theater performance days. Art, she said, can help to make an absence palpable when other tangible remnants of history have been destroyed. She showed a photo of

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