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Leni Reiss
Special to JTNews
By now, Cody Solomon is back home on Bainbridge
Island and has delivered the message in person that he
asked me to convey to his parents, Julie and Robert, on his
behalf: “Mom and Dad, you have to come. I’d fy you here
if I could. I want you to experience Israel, too.”
Cody was one of 40 young men and women from the
Seattle area who visited the Jewish State last month, cour-
tesy of Birthright Israel, the program that provides free
10-day trips to young Jews, ages 18 to 26, from around the
world.
I met Cody, who is entering his senior year at the Uni-
versity of British Columbia this semester, in Tel Aviv one
afternoon where he and the others in his Birthright group
were extolling the trip, explaining how it has opened
them up to the land, people and state of Israel, and to
each other.
Tat’s the idea behind Birthright, launched almost a
decade ago by a small group of American mega-philan-
thropists, and joined by the Jewish Federations of North
America and the State of Israel in a $100-million-a-year
project that to date has brought more than 220,000 young
people to Israel.
Beyond showing young adults the sites, the organiz-
ers are seeking to strengthen the sense of love of Israel,
support for the state of Israel, and commitment to Jewish
peoplehood among the participants, most of whom are
visiting the country for the frst time.
“My younger and older brothers were here and lived on
kibbutz for a time,” Cody told me, “but now it is my turn,
and this is a lovely and intense experience.”
Birthright experience
a high for Seattle-area
participants
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Ron Kampeas
JTA World News Service
ANALYSIS
WASHINGTON (JTA) — Israel’s highest-ranking
female soldier, Brig. Gen. Yisraela Oron, was sounding all
the right notes for her J Street hosts.
At the tail end of a U.S. tour for the left-wing pro-Israel
lobby, Oron was lending her considerable security creden-
tials to its platform: A two-state solution, territorial conces-
sions by Israel, and a robust U.S. peacemaking role.
Te conversation with a group of reporters then turned
to Iran and its nuclear potential, and Oron was unequivo-
cal: Yes to engagement, but on a timetable that would be
tied to punishing sanctions.
“Te thing that worries me and that worries other
Israelis is that it is not limited in time,” Oron said as the
faces of her J Street hosts turned anxious, adding, “I’m not
sure I’m expressing the J Street opinion.”
She was not. J Street explicitly opposes a timetable and
has reservations about proposed additional sanctions.
Te awkward moment pointed to a potential split
between left-wing pro-Israel groups and the Israeli con-
stituents for whom they claim to speak. Unlike the Israeli-
Palestinian issue, little dissent exists among Israeli
politicians over how to deal with Iran.
Tat puts left-wing U.S. Jewish groups at odds with
Israeli left-wingers.
“Tere is a more hawkish perception among virtually
all circles in Israel” than there is in the United States, said
Yossi Alpher, a consultant who has worked with Amer-
icans for Peace Now. “It’s very natural. Iran doesn’t say
the U.S. has no right to exist and doesn’t do the equiva-
lent of denying the Holocaust. It doesn’t deploy proxies
like Hamas and Hezbollah against the United States and
on its borders.”
Right now, the diferences are not pronounced —
the administrations of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu and President Obama are virtually on the
same page on the need to confront Iran, and soon. Tat
could change, however, if Iran makes a serious counter
ofer to Obama’s proposal to engage.
Last week, the Iranians said they had made such an
ofer. Its details are not known, but it will be part of the
“reassessment” Obama has pledged to complete by the
end of September, when the major world powers meet at
the U.N. General Assembly.
“If Iran engages and the Obama administration
argues that a deal has been made, the Israeli government
will be very wary,” Alpher said. “Tis could immediately
create a whole world of suspicions.”
Under those circumstances, the vast majority of
American Jewish voters who backed Obama last year
would be faced with the frst either-or U.S. vs. Israel issue
in decades, and groups that describe themselves as pro-
Israel and pro-peace will fnd themselves for the frst time
speaking for virtually no one in Israel on a critical issue.
Te Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish
Organizations planned to lobby in Washington on Sept. 10
and will rally outside the General Assembly on Sept. 24 for
sanctions that would end the export of refned petroleum
to Iran, which imports 40 percent of its refned oil.
On Israel’s left, the Labor Party, currently part of
Netanyahu’s governing coalition, aggressively backs
sanctions. Its leader and the current defense minister,
Ehud Barak, makes Iran’s isolation the centerpiece of his
exchanges with his counterparts in the West.
Te smaller Meretz Party, to Labor’s left, also backs
Iran’s isolation. It routinely frames its arguments for
robust peacemaking in terms of the need to contain Iran’s
ambitions.
Iran policy reveals split between U.S.
Jewish and Israeli left
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Courtesy Seattle Hebrew Academy
The frst day of school at the Seattle Hebrew Academy found middle schoolers trekking across the I-90 bridge, partly in fulfllment of SHA’s theme for the year, “Building Bridges,”
but also in solidarity with classmate Sam Owen, who is undergoing a bone marrow transplant this week. Donations to Seattle Children’s Hospital were made in Sam’s honor for
each student and teacher who successfully made the one-and-a-half mile walk across the bridge.
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Rabbi
Yechezkel
Kornfeld
Congregation
Shevet Achim
Everything in Judaism is both con-
stant and unique. The reason for this
seeming paradox is that Torah is our life.
Just as we want our life to be constant
and also unique, the same applies to our
Torah behavior.
Te New Year 5770 is upon us, and
another Rosh Hashanah is about to be
observed. Tis Rosh Hashanah is basi-
cally the same as the thousands that were
observed by our ancestors. We will hear
the shofar, pray extra-long and extra-spe-
cial tefllat, dip apples in honey, listen
to sweet-voiced cantors and be inspired
by our rabbis’ sermons. We will cast our
sins into bodies of water at Tashlich, and
strengthen our communal ties with our
fellow congregants at synagogue.
Philosophically and mystically, this
Rosh Hashanah will represent major
tenets of Judaism. We will acknowledge
that God Almighty is the king of the uni-
verse, and particularly, Melech Yisrael. We
will confrm that He is a personal God, who
cares about us, and is intimately famil-
iar with all our afairs. Te blowing of the
shofar is a yearly coronation of God, and a
recommitting of ourselves as His servants.
Tese concepts and more are relevant and
meaningful every Rosh Hashanah.
However, this year is a unique lesson
that we are taught. Te sound of the shofar
will be silent on the first day of Rosh
Hashanah. Despite the fact that it is a bibli-
cal mitzvah to hear the shofar; despite the
fact that by blowing the shofar we coronate
God as King of the universe; despite the
fact that the shofar arouses and inspires
us to improve our behavior and become
more moral, ethical, spiritual, observant,
and pious Jews — the shofar is silent. Why?
Because there is something more impor-
tant, holy and crucial that trumps the sig-
nifcance of shofar.
Shabbat! Shabbat is so much more
holy and relevant for Jews that we silence
the shofar because we are worried that
the Shabbat will be compromised.
When Rosh Hashanah occurs on a
weekday, the world appears to be an exis-
tence, separate from God. When we blow
the shofar, we accept God as our King,
and behave appropriately in the world.
We are empowered to receive the world in
its true essence — permeated with Godli-
ness, completely and constantly depen-
dent on God for its continued existence.
Terefore we don’t have to blow the shofar
to remember the Divine King. Te whole
world shouts the fact! On the second day
when the world reverts to its weekday
status, we will blow the shofar.
This year when its rosh, its head, is
Shabbat, it is appropriate to renew our
commitment to this weekly holy day. Light
the candles, recite kiddush, have special
meals with family and friends, go to shul,
and refrain from weekday activities.
Afrming this resolution before Rosh
Hashanah will surely call forth God’s
favor, and bless each and everyone with a
happy, healthy, sweet New Year.
A “Shabbosdiger” year
Tough the shofar announces God as king of the universe,
even that call can be silenced by something even more holy: Shabbat
rAbbi’S turn
Alison Eisinger
and Sally Kinney
Special to JTNews
Our Jewish traditions are deeply rooted
in the concept of home. Our most beloved
holidays center around the home, both lit-
erally and metaphorically. On Passover, we
gather at home — not in the synagogue —
to celebrate our release from Egypt and our
hope of making a new home in a new land.
On Sukkot, we erect simple outdoor huts
to remind us that after we left Egypt, we
wandered homeless in the wilderness and
made shelter of what we could fnd. When
we celebrate Shabbat, whether we observe
a whole day or share an evening meal, we
distinguish between the outside world of
work and worry, and the home world of
family, security, and togetherness.
We don’t confne this traditional yearn-
ing for home to our own houses. Trough
thousands of years, we have brought
warmth, comfort, and a sense of belonging
into our synagogues, settlement houses,
schools, and community centers. We joy-
fully welcome the strangers in our midst
and strengthen those in need by giving
them assistance, as Maimonides urged.
That assistance often involves helping
people to regain independence and create
or re-create their own homes.
Tis fall, our Jewish community has an
especially important opportunity to put
into practice our traditions and help others
secure the blessings of home. We can act on
our common belief that everyone deserves
the safety and stability of a home by sup-
porting Proposition 1, which will renew
Seattle’s housing levy. We will be joining
many other Seattle residents of various
religious and secular traditions who care
about making our city home for everyone.
Seattle voters frst passed a housing
levy in 1981. Since then, Seattleites have
voted to renew the levy four times. Tis
November’s Proposition 1 will renew the
expiring levy, bringing in $145 million
over the next seven years, and will cost a
typical Seattle homeowner only $5.50 a
month, or $65 a year. Tis modest prop-
erty tax has produced great results since
1981. Over 28 years, the levy has:
Funded 10,000 afordable housing •
units for seniors, families with children,
and low-wage workers
Provided rental assistance to people •
on the brink of homelessness
Helped extend loans to 600 frst-time, •
moderate-income homebuyers
Dedicated funds to repair and main- •
tain existing low-income housing.
We may not think of it this way, but
most of us have lived in subsidized hous-
ing at some point in our lives. Perhaps
we’ve lived in a college dorm, or military
housing, or a relative’s basement. If we
are homeowners, we take a federal mort-
gage interest deduction.
Trough Proposition 1, we can extend
that same privilege to our neighbors and
community members who might other-
wise be without homes. In the current
economic crisis, it is especially important
to renew the levy in order to keep Seattle
from becoming a city divided between
those who have the resources to both live
and work here, and those who work here
but can’t aford to call it home.
Over the next seven years, a renewed
levy will:
Build or preserve 1,850 afordable •
homes that will serve thousands of
households over 50 years
Prevent homelessness for more than •
3,000 families and individuals
Create hundreds of jobs and leverage •
millions of additional state and federal
dollars to build and rehabilitate housing
in Seattle.
Fixed-income seniors, minimum-wage
workers, people with disabilities, veter-
ans, and those emerging from domestic
violence or homelessness will be housed
through levy programs. Tis renewal is pri-
marily designed to help Seattleites whose
income is less than a third of local median
income. In a city where the average two-
bedroom apartment rents for $1,200 a
month, levy resources will help a family of
three living on $1,895 or less aford housing
and be able to cover groceries, childcare,
transportation, utilities, and insurance.
In Leviticus 19 we are told: “When you
reap the harvest of your land, you shall not
reap all the way to the edges of your feld or
gather the gleanings of your harvest. You
shall not pick your vineyard bare or gather
the fallen fruit of your vineyard; you shall
leave them for the poor and the stranger.”
We share our harvest in many ways.
We grapple during High Holy Days with
our responsibilities to one another. We
make collective and individual commit-
ments each year to advance a more just
and whole world. Tis fall, let us celebrate
the new year by practicing the Jewish tra-
dition of sharing the harvest with those
who have less. Support Proposition 1: Yes
for Homes! On behalf of all who will be
helped by this sharing, thank you.
For more information about Yes for
Homes! Proposition 1 to renew the Seat-
tle Housing Levy, please contact Tera
Bianchi, Campaign Manager, at 206-954-
4663 or visit www.yesforhomes.org.
Alison Eisinger is executive director of the
Seattle/King County Coalition on
Homelessness and sits on the steering
committee of the Yes for Homes!
campaign. Sally Kinney is a member of
Temple Beth Am, the Lake City Task
Force on Homelessness and the Interfaith
Task Force on Homelessness.
Yes for homes!
Why Seattle’s Jewish community should feel at home supporting the Seattle housing levy
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Something extraordinary is going on in the
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A Happy & Healthy New Year,


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Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur pro-
vide a time for each of us each year to
refect upon ourselves and our place in
the world.
It is during these times we address
issues within ourselves that are not nec-
essarily pleasant or easy. However, it
should also be a time when we refect
upon what is good in our lives and what
aspects we wish to enhance. Have we
become, in Gandhi’s famous words, “the
change we wish to see in the world?”
These questions spin through our
heads during the High Holy Days, but
when another year passes us by and we
ask ourselves the same questions without
much sign of improvement, that is when
we know that a change must be made.
Asking the question is the first step,
making a change is the next.
One change we can al l make, or
improve upon, is addressing the prob-
lem of hunger in our communities. While
I could go on about the inequities and the
wrongfulness of hunger existing in the
richest country in the world, I will save
that for another time. Today, as Jews, these
upcoming holy days are a time of both
repentance and giving. Many synagogues
during these holidays now collect bags of
groceries from their congregants, provid-
ing much-needed food for various food
banks. It’s important to bring those bags
back full of food, but it’s even more impor-
tant to consider giving all year long.
Tere are over 40 million people in the
United States who don’t have enough to
eat, and approximately 15 million of them
are children.
Te Child Nutrition Reauthorization
Act of 2004 expires on Sept. 30, 2009 —
just a few days after Rosh Hashanah. Tis
year, lawmakers must ask themselves a
number of questions to understand how
the Child Nutrition Program can best
address the needs of hungry kids and how
nutritious meals can be provided to chil-
dren in school on a daily basis. Te Child
Nutrition Act supports a series of pro-
grams, including the School Breakfast
Program and the National School Lunch
Program, that provide daily nutritious
meals to school children in need. Every
fve years, lawmakers work together to
model improvements and reauthorize
the federal Child Nutrition Program.
In 2008, President Obama set a goal to
end childhood hunger by 2015. Let this
Rosh Hashanah be the year to set that
goal into motion. Tis year, ask yourself
how you can become part of the solu-
tion. Ask yourself how you can help pre-
vent these children from augmenting the
mounting negative statistics. Tere is no
reason to wait, now is the time to act.
Throughout t he High Hol y Days
season, I challenge all of us to speak and
act from our hearts. We turn the pages of
the machzor and listen to the clarion call
of the shofar as it is blown to welcome the
New Year. But what happens when there
are no more pages to turn and the blasts
of the shofar have been silenced? Look
within yourself and ask the question:
How can I help?
As the Jewish community continues
to grow and strengthen, our hearts do the
same. L’shanah tovah u’metukah, a good
and sweet New Year.
Mark Richard Schuster serves on the
national board of directors of MAZON: A
Jewish Response to Hunger, and also
serves on the Seattle Advisory Circle for
UNICEF.
A time to reflect, a time to
move forward
Let the High Holidays be a time that we think about
hunger and feeding those without food on their plates
Courtesy nYHS
from left to right, Shana Jacobson, class of 2013, Jamie Schwartz, class of 2011,
Hannah Robsman, class of 2013, and Shoshana Goldberg, class of 2009, get ready
to climb a 50-foot climbing wall at Camp Kiloqua in Stanwood during Northwest
Yeshiva High School’s annual frst-week-of-school retreat.
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Cody’s ent husiasm is echoed by
everyone with whom I spoke. Lindsay
Goldberg, 24, a graduate student in envi-
ronmental studies, appreciated that the
tour lacked “dogma” and allowed partici-
pants to think for themselves.
“Tey give us the groundwork,” she
said appreciatively.
Goldberg said she planned to stay in
Israel for several weeks and visit kibbut-
zim in the south that teach about the
environment. Lindsay’s father is Jewish,
her mother is Catholic.
Troy Banni ster, anot her Uni ver-
sity of Washington student with whom
I spoke, is also the child of an inter-
faith marriage. Indeed, Birthright of-
cials say that a substantial number of
participants now are in that category.
As a result, these young people, many
with little Jewish identity, are given the
opportunity to choose a Hebrew name
for themselves during the trip, and some
have Bar or Bat Mitzvah ceremonies
during which they pledge to commit
their lives to the Jewish people.
Troy, a college junior, lives on Mercer
Island with its sizable Jewish population.
He says his Catholic father, Jef, and Jewish
mother, Candace, have given him the option
“to make my own [religious] choice.”
“Tis is a very interesting time for me,”
he says. “It is having a real impact. I am
proud of Israel and proud to be connected
to its history.”
Ariel Winger, a graduate of the Uni-
versity of Washington from Port Ange-
les, said she initially came on the trip
because she “heard good things about it
— and it’s free.”
She said t hat her mot her, who is
Jewish, has “a big, strong, Jewish cul-
tural connection,” and this experience is
making Ariel “want to learn more about
and share this part of my heritage.”
A key challenge for Birthright remains
follow-up programs to keep enthusias-
tic Birthright participants connected to
Jewish life.
Josh Furman, who helped to staf the
trip, is associate director of JConnect,
the Seattle social network program that
serves approximately 1,500 people, ages
24 to 32, about one-third of whom have
been Birthright participants.
He said the program broadens young
people’s Jewish horizons, from spiritual
pursuits to cooking classes, and cred-
its Birthright with opening up a sense of
Jewish interest among many of its par-
ticipants.
Birthright Israel t Page 1A
Josh Furman
Attendees from a Seattle contingent of Birthright Israel take advantage of the mud
baths at the Dead Sea.
Now approaching its 10th anniver-
sary, with plans for a gala reunion in the
works, Birthright is proving to be “the
most positive Jewish experience anyone
can have,” Birthright CEO Gidi Mark tells
me. “It is the only Jewish programming in
the world with a waiting list.”
Tanks to Birthright, he said, “this is
the frst generation where more young
people have been to Israel than their
parents.”
Te challenge, Mark said, is not only
to continue to fund the ambitious project
during a time of serious recession, but to
inspire former participants to give back
with their commitment, ideas and fnan-
cial support because, he says, “it’s essen-
tial for the future of the Jewish people.”
Leni Reiss is the American Jewish Press
Association’s liaison to Do the Write
Thing, a journalism project for Jewish
collegians.
Courtesy mmSC
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Ah, summer. As the season for wear-
ing cool linens and comfortable light-
weight cottons draws to a close, a Jewish
detective-in-training is gearing up for his
busiest season coming in the fall.
His work is like a Jewish CSI episode,
but he’s no crime scene investigator.
Rabbi Yehoshua Pinkus has taken over
the NW Shatnez Lab from Rabbi Chaim
Tatel, who has been tearing apart peo-
ple’s newly purchased garments in the
Northwest for the past 37 years to look for
shatnez, the Hebrew word for material
that has a mixture of linen and wool in it,
a combination expressly forbidden in the
Torah for Jews to wear.
Tatel ofcially retired from the role
as of late August, mainly due to painful
arthritis in his hands.
In this highly specialized position, he
used a microscope, chemical solutions,
and even fre to investigate the threads of
fabrics found in everyday clothing such
as men’s and women’s suits and shirts,
and children’s wear.
After receiving the intensive week-
long training program ofered once a year
at one of the “premiere” shatnez training
labs in the country in New Jersey, Rabbi
Pinkus will do the same.
Unt i l t hen, Rabbi Zal man Krems
from Portland will travel to Seattle and
perform the tests for customers. Both
Tatel and Pinkus said that business
increases around Yom Kippur and the
New Year.
“Before the holidays is always the bus-
iest,” Pinkus told JTNews. “Each inspec-
tion takes about 30 to 45 minutes. Tis is
our frst week and we had fve suits. Tat’s
pretty good for the frst week.”
Pinkus teaches classes at the Seattle
Kollel and is involved in programming
there. He said they plan to do a series of
community seminars and events on the
topic of shatnez to educate people about
this little-known mitzvah.
“Shatnez hasn’t gotten the visibility in
the world. For food, you have the FDA, but
for clothing you don’t have that. Knowl-
edgeable people know about this and
the more knowledgeable the community
becomes, they want higher standards,”
Tatel said.
Te commandment against wearing
shatnez is found twice in the Torah. Te
frst is in Leviticus 19:19, which prohib-
its the interbreeding of diferent animals,
the planting of mixed crops, and the
wearing of a garment that contains two
materials. However, in Deuteronomy 21:
11, the Torah is more detailed and states:
“Lo tilbash shaatnez tzemer u’phishtim
yachdav: Tou shalt not wear a mingled
stuf, wool and linen together.”
Tatel, who has worked at Boeing for 22
years in the model management group for
the 737 program, said that religious author-
ities can’t really tell you why the mixing of
these two threads is not allowed.
“We don’t really know why,” Tatel said.
“God said it, and that’s it.”
Pinkus agrees.
“We’re using our technology and we
bow to his superior wisdom,” he said.
Once a part of the garment is found to
contain shatnez, the customer must take
it to a tailor and request a polyester or
synthetic replacement part.
“Tis is a service to the community,”
said Tatel, who was raised in Seattle. He
told JTNews the practice was something
he originally started as a student in the
’70s to help out the community, and it just
kept on going.
Tatel is not too unhappy about hand-
ing over the reins to a new rabbi. He’s
been at this work for a long time.
“I got my training when I went to a
Yeshiva in Baltimore,” he said. “In the
summers, when I came back, I would
bring my kit with me. When I moved back
here in 1984, I started it again.”
Pinkus and Tatel are both members of
Bikur Cholim-Machzikay Hadath Con-
gregation.
Inspection fees are generally low. Tatel’s
1997 prices are still advertised today,
charging $10 for a suit, $7.50 for a jacket,
$2.50 for a pair of pants, and $10 to remove
the “non-kosher” threads or padding.
Tatel always investigated commonly
used tailoring support pieces like canvas,
which wi l l change color af ter being
treated with a solution, or will have a
unique smell when burned. He warns
all those who want to avoid the forbid-
den blend of materials that mislabeling is
more common than most people think.
“Most of the shatnez issues will be in
the men’s garments and it’s in 95 percent
of kids’ stuf,” said Tatel. “Tey put a lot
more stifeners and canvas in them. For
women, it’s generally the shell and the
liner and that’s it.”
“You would be surprised how often
[clothes] are mislabeled,” Pinkus said.
“And you wouldn’t believe the many dif-
ferent parts of a suit or a jacket. We learn
how to carefully examine it without doing
damage to the garment. It comes back to
the client virtually the same.”
As investigators, Pinkus said, they
take fber samples from diferent parts
of the fabric then put it under a micro-
scope.
“You have no idea what’s in other parts
of the garment, like the stitching or the
shoulder pads,” he said.
What’s Tatel’s best piece of advice to
consumers trying to keep this command-
ment?
“Test frst, then alter it,” he said. “Tis
way you can return it to the store. Tey’re
not required to tell you anything except
the shell and the lining. You can’t trust
the labels.”
Can’t fnd the time to make an appoint-
ment or have too many clothes to test?
Pinkus has a solution for that.
“We also do house calls,” he added.
“We’ll come to your house and check
them all on the spot.”
For more information about getting a
clothing inspection, contact 206-203-
3739 or nwshatnez@gmail.com.
more than just Inspector 12
Longtime shatnez inspector hands his practice to a new set of eyes
Friday, Sept. 18 5–9 PM
The commandment of shatnez: “Thou shalt not wear a mingled stuff, wool and
linen together.”
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Two guys whose careers are based
entirely around the neuroses of Jewish
families are about to hit it big. Sam Wolf-
son and Bryan Fogel, creators and stars of
the of-Broadway hit Jewtopia are back on
stages around North America, just before
their creation heads to the silver screen.
Teir latest venture is a combination of
standup humor and a scene from their play
mixed in with a multimedia presentation,
kind of, says Wolfson, like Al Gore. Tis
speaking tour is keeping them busy until
they start flming what they hope to be a
Hollywood blockbuster, which is loosely
based on the stage production of Jewtopia.
The play is about Chris O’Connell,
a non-Jewish man looking to marry a
Jewish woman so he never, ever has to
make a decision again in his life. He
meets up with his old friend Adam Lip-
schitz, who guides him in his quest.
Jewtopia opened in Los Angeles in
2003, and then moved to New York, where
it became an of-Broadway hit. While the
show recently closed in New York, it will be
opening up in Toronto, Tampa and Roch-
ester, and, on Sept. 16, in Seattle. Fogel and
Wolfson will be performing “World of Jew-
topia” at the Jewish Federation of Greater
Seattle’s community campaign kickoff
event at Benaroya Hall.
In the play, Wolfson plays the char-
acter Chris. I asked Fogel if Chris is a
ref lection of his own personality. He
immediately burst out laughing.
“Sam and I very different from the
characters we play,” he said. “As a matter
of fact, I’m the one who needs to make all
the decisions. I don’t like other people
deciding for me.”
Perhaps not wanting other people to
decide their fate is what propelled the
duo to take their careers into their own
hands. After each struggled for years
in horrible Hollywood jobs, they were
introduced to each other by a mutual
friend because they were the only two
Jews he had ever met. Tey decided to
work together and created Jewtopia. Not
only did they write, produce, and act in
ready to make it big
Two comedians bring their Jewish neuroses to the stage
iF You go:
“Laugh Your Way to Giving,” the
Jewish Federation’s community
campaign kickoff event, will be held on
Wed., Sept. 16 at Benaroya Hall, 200
University St., Seattle. Admission costs
$36. Visit www.jewishinseattle.org to
purchase tickets.
at Jewish stereotypes such as overprotec-
tive parents and obsessive cleanliness,
has sold more than 40,000 copies. While
they mock Jewish mothers, Wolfson and
Fogel know it’s always important to use
the big guns when it comes to promoting
their work. Joking aside, who could give
them a greater endorsement then, well,
you guessed it — their mothers?
“We put our mothers’ phone numbers
on the back of the book, so they could
help with publicity,” Wolfson said.
“It is not beneath us to pawn our
goods,” Fogel said. “One day we were on
the Upper East Side of NYC in a Barnes
and Noble. Our books were out in front,
so we started signing them. Since we had
our ‘Jewdar’ on, we pounced on anyone
we knew was Jewish — to buy our book
and have us sign it for them.”
Tey moved back to California after
having a ball in the Big Apple, and now
both live in Malibu, a few miles away
from one another. They were amused
when this reporter asked if they lived a
Hollywood lifestyle.
“Act ual l y our l i ves are pret t y
mellow,” said Fogel.
Wolfson surfs and Fogel, an avid skier
and cyclist, bikes a few hundred miles a
week. At the moment the two are working
feverishly on their movie, which is sched-
uled to start flming in mid-October.
“It’s going to be a crazy, fun, wild, hys-
terical movie,” Wolfson said.
If their chutzpah and past perfor-
mances are an indication of what is to
come, it’s best to catch them while you
can. No doubt a live preview of actors
soon to be on the big screen just might be
the hottest ticket in town.”
Masada Siegel, otherwise known as the
Fun Girl Correspondent, is a freelance
writer and can be reached at
fungirlcorrespondent@gmail.com.
the show, they initially did all the mar-
keting and even sold tickets.
Teir philosophy of hard work is no
laughing matter — it’s how these two
small-time stand-up comedians came to
be so successful.
“Bryan and I put the show’s expenses
on our credit cards,” Wolfson said. “Alto-
gether we spent 80 grand. Our parents each
chipped in thousands of dollars. We wrote
the play to get noticed — we were both
struggling at that point in our careers.”
Teir wishes came true and the “Jew-
topia” concept expanded into a book
where their independent streak became
even more apparent.
“Warner Brother books gave us an
advance to create a book,” Wolfson
explained. “We did not just want to do
a book, we wanted pictures and draw-
ings. So we put an ad on Craigslist, hired
15 people that worked out of our apart-
ments, and spent the entire advance money
on creating the book. Our agent thought we
were out of our minds and told us that if
Warner did not like the book, we would
have to return all the money. But we were
determined and wanted it to be great.”
Te book Jewtopia, which pokes fun
Courtesy Jewtopia
Bryan fogel, left, and Sam Wolfson, right, the masterminds behind Jewtopia, with the
women who made it all possible: Their moms.
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JTNews
Columnist
Ilana Long is a funny person; and if
you saw her perform stand-up comedy
in the days before she had kids, you
know this.
For those who have missed those days,
Ilana has written a book, Te Binky Con-
spiracy: True Tales of Mommydom, so you
can access her funny stories at any time.
As t he publ i shi ng i ndust r y goes
through massive upheavals, I’m always
i nterested i n how wr iters are get-
ting their books published. Ilana self-
publ i shed t hrough Create Space, a
branch of Amazon.com. Amazon sells
the books and prints them as they are
ordered, charging the author a fee per
book.
“It really wasn’t about the money,”
she says, “I had stories I wanted to share”
and conventional publishing wasn’t even
considered. “I just wanted to get it out
there.”
Many of the essays are about the year
she and her husband, Steve Blatt, spent
in Mexico. Steve had been a Peace Corps
volunteer in Thailand before he met
Ilana, and as a couple they nourished a
long-standing dream to live and work
overseas. About two years ago, they took
their then-4-year-old twins Benji and
Marina to Cancun, where they taught at
the International American School and
the kids attended bilingual kindergarten
at the sister school, Communidad Educa-
tive del Sol (www.iasces.com).
Having taught language arts for many
years at Northwest Yeshiva High School,
and now middle school at Open Windows
School in Bellevue, Ilana found teach-
ing overseas challenging. “It was very
hard. I was teaching seven classes a day,”
she says, as opposed to four or fve in the
States.
Origi nal ly f rom Cleveland, Ilana
moved to Seattle in the early 1990s. She
came to perform in a play after work-
ing with Second City in Chicago. One of
her frst local jobs was as a drama camp
counselor at the SJCC.
Having laughed my way through most
of our interview, I wondered if her stu-
dents thought she was funny.
“My [middle school] students would
be very surprised to fnd out I do stand-
up,” she says, although her yeshiva stu-
dents thought she was funny. “My own
kids think I’m funny,” and she says being
around a comedian has led them to have
a very sophisticated sense of humor — “or
at least sarcasm.”
Steve and Ilana are not formal mem-
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long-standing members of Temple De
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Coasters who ended up, a lot of them,
marrying each other,” she says.
Ilana’s book is available on Amazon.
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Alpern’s version of the play has all of
the characters of the classic Peter Pan,
but he has tweaked it to incorporate
Jewish values and themes, which is Alp-
ern’s stock-in-trade style that has served
him well throughout his 31-year theater
career around the country.
Te storyline picks up where the orig-
inal ends, but this version is set in the
future.
“It’s got a Jewish favor and concept,
but it takes place 70 years later,” Alpern
told JTNews from his ofce at the SJCC,
where he is planning the rest of his frst
season back at Center Stage theater.
“It starts with the ending [of the orig-
inal story] and the big fight between
Hook and Pan. Neverland has become
an evil place and Peter Pan has disap-
peared. Tiger Lilly, the Crocodile, and
Tinker Bell go to look for Wendy, who
is a 60-ish Jewish mom, and ask her
to heal Neverland. It’s a play in which
tikkun olam is the theme but it’s based
more from the book with a time travel
twist.”
According to Alpern, Peter Pan Returns
is going to be written to accommodate
whomever auditions. If he needs extra
characters, he’s going to create them. It
only takes him about a day. And you don’t
have to be Jewish to be in the productions.
Everyone gets in, there is no charge to par-
ticipate, and no one is turned away.
“It’s not a youth theater,” Alpern said.
“It’s a theater with the focus on youth, but
parents can be in the show. Tis does two
things: It gives credibility to the show…
and they’re mentors to the kids. We’re
creating a hybrid of community, family,
and youth.”
He already knows of four families that
have decided to audition together, as
families, he said.
Alpern grew up in Cleveland, Ohio,
and studied theater at Emerson College in
Boston. He’s been in the Jewish commu-
nal feld for 16 years and has written and
directed more than 300 shows. He ran his
own theater at the Cleveland JCC from 1982
to 1986, and then went to the Dallas JCC for
fve years where he worked with teens as a
theater arts director, and where he started
another theater of his own in 1990.
“I was raised in a very creative house-
hold,” Alpern said. “I went to music theory
classes from kindergarten through 12th
encore at center stage
Longtime theater director returns to his former post at the JCC
grade and I studied the trombone from
4th grade to the 10th grade.”
He frst began working at the JCC on
Mercer Island in 1992 and was their youth
and theater director there by the time
he left in 2000. From 2001 until 2008, he
taught at Temple B’nai Torah as a drama
and education teacher where he used
drama to teach Torah Studies and Judaic
subjects.
Alpern was the resident director of the
Bellevue Youth Teater from 2002 to 2009
as well, and he’s applying their model to
the SJCC Center Stage. He created a pro-
gram called Academy that lets children
create their own shows.
“Te only thing I give them is a charac-
ter,” Alpern said.
He’s also directed plays at the High-
land Community Center in Bellevue star-
ring people with disabilities.
“I want to get Jewish people with dis-
abilities to perform,” Alpern said. He
has already begun working with Jewish
Family Service and Cantor David Serkin-
Poole of Temple B’nai Torah to see that
dream become a reality.
Tere will be fall, winter and spring
shows at the Center Stage, but there
won’t be a summer production because
Shabbat ends too late for any perfor-
mances. Tat’s when Alpern will apply
his skills to the summer camp program
at the center.
“I want Jewish kids of all denomina-
tions doing something together,” said
Alpern. “Jewish kids love to do shows like
Annie, Te Wizard of Oz, Grease, Oliver
and Bye, Bye, Birdie. Tey simply would
not get the opportunity to do these shows
since many of them cannot participate in
Friday evening performances.”
Alpern has adapted many famous sto-
ries into Jewish versions as well, with
titles like Harry Potterstein, Willy Wonka
and the Hanukkah Factory, The Show
Must Go On (a play about doing a play)
and The Casebook of Sherlock Cohen,
which he said is hysterically funny and
will probably do again in the spring.
“I was so thrilled when the JCC called
on me and asked me to come back and get
Center Stage going again,” Alpern said.
“Center Stage is an institution within an
institution. My goal is that when I leave
Center Stage, it doesn’t disappear.”
Courtesy SJCC
Daniel Alpern, the returning director of
the Stroum Jewish Community’s Center
Stage theater program.
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Sept. 14 at 5:30 p.m. at the JCC, 3801
E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. Contact
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Ongoing
frIdAY
9:30-10:30 a.m. – SJCC Tot Shabbat n
Dana Weiner at 206-232-7115, ext. 237
Parents with children ages infant-3 celebrate Shabbat with
challah, live music, singing, and dancing in the JCC’s foyer.
Free. At the Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E Mercer
Way, Mercer Island.
11 a.m.-12 p.m. – Tots Welcoming Shabbat n
425-603-9677 or www.templebnaitorah.org
This Temple B’nai Torah program for kids ages infant-5 includes
songs, stories, candle lighting, challah, and open play. Free.
At Temple B’nai Torah, 15727 NE 4th St., Bellevue.
12:30-3:30 p.m. – Drop-in Mah Jongg n
Roni Antebi at 206-232-7115, ext. 269
A friendly game of Mah Jongg. Free for members, $2 for guests.
At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island.
12:30-3:30 p.m. – Bridge Group n
Roni Antebi at 206-232-7115, ext. 269
Prior bridge playing experience necessary. Coffee and tea
provided. Bring a brown bag lunch. Free for members, $2
for non-members. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way,
Mercer Island.
SATUrdAY
9-10:30 a.m. – Temple B’nai Torah Adult Torah Study n
425-603-9677
A discussion of each week’s parshah. No experience needed.
At the Temple B’nai Torah youth room, 15727 NE 4th St.,
Bellevue.
9:45 a.m. – BCMH Youth Services n
Julie Greene at 206-721-0970 or julie@bcmhseattle.org
Bikur Cholim-Machzikay Hadath Congregation has something
for all ages: Teen minyan, Yavneh program, Junior minyan,
Torah Tots, Mommy and Me, and Navi class. Starting times
vary. At Congregation Bikur Cholim-Machzikay Hadath, 5145
S Morgan St., Seattle.
10 a.m. – Morning Youth Program n
206-722-5500 or www.ezrabessaroth.net
Congregation Ezra Bessaroth’s full-service Shabbat morning
youth program focuses on tefllah, the weekly parshah and
the congregation’s unique customs in a creative and fun
environment. For infant to 5th grade. At Congregation Ezra
Bessaroth, 5217 S Brandon St., Seattle.
10:45 a.m.-12 p.m. – Herzl Mishpacha Minyan n
206-232-8555 or www.herzl-ner-tamid.org
Shabbat morning service at Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative
Congregation.
Songs, stories and treats for 2- to 5-year-olds and their families.
First and third Shabbat of the month. Herzl-Ner Tamid, 3700 E
Mercer Way, Mercer Island.
5 p.m. – The Ramchal’s n Derech Hashem, Portal from the
Ari to Modernity
Rabbi Harry Zeitlin at 206-524-9740 or hlzeitlin@comcast.net
This is the earliest systematic and reliable explanation of
Kabbalah, which is grounded in tradition and comprehen-
sible to contemporary, educated Jews. At Congregation Beth
Ha’Ari Beit Midrash, 5508 35th Ave. NE, Seattle.
SUNdAY
9 a.m. – Shabbat in Practice n
Marilyn Leibert at 206-722-8289 or info@seattlekollel.org
An ongoing course taught by Rabbi Yehoshua Pinkus on the
Abridged Book of Jewish Law, known as the Kitzur Shulchan
Aruch. Free. At the Seattle Kollel, 5305 52nd Ave. S, Seattle.
10 a.m. – Mitzvot: The fabric of Jewish Living n
206-722-8289 or info@seattlekollel.org
An ongoing course about the philosophical underpinnings
and practical implications of the 613 mitzvot. Free. Part of
the Seattle Kollel’s “Breakfast Club,” offering bagels, lox and
cream cheese, Starbucks coffee and Krispy Kreme Donuts.
At the Seattle Kollel, 5305 52nd Ave. S, Seattle.
10:15 a.m. – Sunday Torah Study n
Carol Benedick at 206-524-0075
Weekly study group. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800
35th Ave. NE, Seattle.
1–4 p.m. – Shalom Bayit Warehouse Volunteer Work Party n
Rachel at 425-558-1894 or shalombayit@ncjwseattle.org
Help organize donated items for survivors of domestic violence
and their children. This event takes place every second or
third Sunday. Call for exact dates and location.
7:30-10:30 p.m. – He’Ari Israeli Dancing n
Ellie at 206-232-3560 or tiaellie1@yahoo.com or
israelidanceseattle.com
Seattle’s oldest Israeli dance session. Couples and singles
welcome. Call for schedule changes. Cost is $6. At Danceland
Ballroom, 327 NE 91st St., Seattle.
mONdAY
10 a.m.–2 p.m. – JCC Seniors Group n
Roni 206-232-7115 ext. 269
The Stroum JCC’s Seniors Group meets on Mondays and
Thursdays for activities and celebrations. At the Stroum JCC,
3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island.
10 a.m. – Jewish Mommy and Me n
Giti fredman at 206-935-4035 or info@seattlekollel.org
Giti Fredman leads a weekly playgroup for Jewish moms and
young children. Sponsored by the Seattle Kollel. At the Hiawatha
Community Center, 2700 California Ave. SW, West Seattle.
4:30–6:30 p.m. – Modern Conversational Hebrew n
Sharron Lerner at 206-547-3914, ext. 3 or
slerner@kadima.org or www.kadima.org
Kadima Reconstructionist Community offers conversational
Hebrew classes for students in the 3rd–7th grades. Open to
non-members. At Kadima, 12353 8th Ave. NE, Seattle.
7 p.m. – CSA Monday Night Classes n
info@shevetachim.com
Weekly class taught by Rabbi Yechezkel Kornfeld on topics
in practical halachah. At Congregation Shevet Achim, 5017
90th Ave. SE, Mercer Island.
7-8 p.m. – Ein Yaakov in English n
Joseph N. Trachtman at 206-412-5985 or
tracht@accommotrac.com
Ein Yaakov has been studied since its publication in 1516 by
those desiring an introduction to the Talmud through its stories.
Free. At Congregation Shaarei Teflah-Lubavitch, 6250 43rd
Ave. NE, Seattle.
7:30 p.m. – Torah Scroll Class for Men n
eastsidechabad@earthlink.net
Shemer Berkowitz, a professional Ba’al Koreh, will teach students
to become their own Torah readers by learning the cantillation
marks and becoming familiar with the secret of Torah reading.
Eastside Torah Center, 1837 156th Ave. NE #303, Bellevue.
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Congregation Shevet Achim
invites you to share the High Holidays with us
B’’H
Traditional Orthodox services led by
Rabbi Yechezkel Kornfeld
& internationally renowned Chazzan Ari Goldwag
Selichot: (Saturday Evening 9/12)
Services: 11:00 pm

Erev Rosh Hashanah: (Friday 9/18)
Mincha & Maariv: 7:05 pm
Rosh Hashanah: (Saturday 9/19 & Sunday 9/20)
Shacharit: 8:30 am
Shofar: (Sunday) 10:45 am
Mincha & Maariv: 6:50 pm (1
st
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Mincha, Tashlich & Maariv: 6:30 pm (2
nd
day)
Erev Yom Kippur: (Sunday 9/27)
Kol Nidre & Maariv: 6:40 pm
Yom Kippur: (Monday 9/28)
Shacharit: 8:30 am
Yizkor: 11:30 am
Mincha, Neilah & Maariv: 5:25 pm
Fast Concludes: 7:40 pm
No tickets required - Non-member contributions appreciated
Services held at
Northwest Yeshiva High School
5017 90th Avenue S.E. Mercer Island, WA 98040
www.shevetachim.com
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Westin Seattle
11:30am to 1:30pm
For more information,
call 206.774.2201 or
visit www.wsherc.org
7:45-8:45 p.m. – for Women Only n
206-527-1411
Rabbi Levitin offers classic commentaries on
the weekly parshah, Rashi, Rambam and Or
HaChaim. At Congregation Shaarei Teflah,
6250 43rd Ave. NE, Seattle.
8-10 p.m. – Women’s Israeli Dance n
Ruth fast at 206-725-0930
Learn Israeli dance steps in an all-female
environment. At the Lakewood/Seward Park
Community Club, corner of 50th Ave. S and
Angeline St., Seattle.
8:30 p.m. – n Iyun (in-depth) class in
Tehillim
info@seattlekollel.org
Class led by Rebbetzin Shirley Edelstone and
sponsored by the Seattle Kollel. For women
only. Free. Location provided upon RSVP.
8:30 p.m. – Talmud in Hebrew n
Rabbi farkash at rabbifarkash@earthlink.net
An in-depth Talmud class in Hebrew for men
taught by Rabbi Mordechai Farkash. At the
Eastside Torah Center, 1837 156th Ave. NE,
Suite 303, Bellevue.
8:30 p.m. – Talmud, Yeshiva-Style n
eastsidechabad@earthlink.net
This class tackles sections of ritual, civil and
criminal law. Be prepared for lively discussion,
debate and analysis. Must be able to read
Hebrew and should have had some experience
with in-text Torah study. At the Eastside Torah
Center, 1837 156th Ave. NE #303, Bellevue.
TUeSdAY
11 a.m.-12 p.m. – Mommy and Me n
Program
Nechama farkash at 425-427-1654
A chance for parents and kids to explore the
child’s world through story, song, cooking,
crafts and circle time. At a private address.
Call for location.
12 p.m. – Torah for Women n
Rochie farkash at 206-383-8441 or
eastsidechabad@earthlink.net
Rochie Farkash leads a group of Eastside
women in a discussion of the weekly Torah
portion. At Starbucks (backroom), Bellevue
Galleria, Bellevue.
7 p.m. – Crash Course in Hebrew Reading n
Level 2
info@seattlekollel.org
Five-week course taught by Rabbi Dovid
Fredman. At the Seattle Kollel, 5305 52nd
Ave. S, Seattle.
7 p.m. – Teen Center n
Ari Hoffman at thehoffather@aol.com
Video games, game tables, food, and fun for
high school students. Hosted by NCSY. Stroum
JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island.
7:45 p.m. – Mystical Understanding of the n
Hebrew Alphabet
Dovid fredman at 206-251-4063 or
rabbifredman@seattlekollel.org
Discover the mystifying depth and beauty of
the Hebrew letters. Free. At Seattle Kollel,
5305 52nd Ave. S, Seattle.
7 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings n
Eve M. Ruff at 206-461-3240 or
emruff@jfsseattle.org
Meeting for anyone who has stopped or would
like to stop drinking. At Jewish Family Service,
1601 16th Ave., Seattle.
7 - 8:30 p.m. – Intermediate Conversational n
Hebrew
Janine Rosenbaum at 206-760 -7812
A course for students with some Hebrew back-
ground interested in expanding their conversa-
tional skills and understanding the basic prin-
ciples of Hebrew grammar. $65 plus materials.
At Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation,
3700 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island.
7:30 p.m. – Weekly Round Table Kabbalah n
Class
eastsidechabad@earthlink.net
Men and women explore the mystical teachings
of the Kabbalah. At a private home.
WedNeSdAY
11 a.m.-12 p.m. – Torah with a Twist n
206-938-4852
Women learn Torah with Rabbi Ephraim
Schwartz of the Seattle Kollel at this weekly
class. At a Mercer Island location. Call for
directions.
11:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m. – Downtown Mai- n
monides Class
Rabbi Yehoshua Pinkus at 206-722-8289
A weekly discussion based on the text of
Maimonides’s Thirteen Fundamental Princi-
ples of the Jewish Faith by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan.
Sponsored by the Seattle Kollel. At Tully’s
Westlake Center, 400 Pine St., Seattle.
1:30 p.m. – Book Club at the Stroum JCC n
Roni Antebi at 206-232-7115, ext. 269
Book discussions the frst Wednesday of every
month. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer
Way, Mercer Island.
3 p.m. – The Mother’s Circle n
Marjorie Schnyder at 206-461-3240,
ext. 3146
A program for moms from other backgrounds
raising Jewish kids to get support, learn about
Jewish rituals, practices and values, and get
connected to the Jewish community.
Sponsored by Jewish Family Service. Every
other Wednesday. At Whole Foods Market,
1026 NE 64th St., Seattle.
7–9 p.m. – Middle Schoolers’ Teen Lounge n
Ari at 206-295-5888
Foosball, ping-pong, pool, basketball, arcade
games and optional classes. Yavneh building
at Congregation Bikur Cholim-Machzikay
Hadath, 5145 S Morgan St., Seattle.
7 p.m. – Beginning Israeli Dancing for n
Adults with Rhona feldman
Carol Benedick at 206-524-0075
Older teens and all experience levels are
welcome. $40 for a fve-session punch card.
Discount for members. At Congregation Beth
Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle.
7 p.m. – Wisdom for Women 14-plus n
Rabbi Bresler at 206-331-8767 or
info@seattlekollel.org
Jewish women ages 14 and up are invited
to take part in an afternoon of thought
provoking learning, wisdom, and ideas from
the Torah. Seattle Kollel, 5305 52nd Ave.
S, Seattle.
7 p.m. – Introduction to Judaism n
425-603-9677
A 20-week class taught by Rabbi James Mirel
and guest scholars. Free and open to the
community. At Temple B’nai Torah, 15727
NE 4th St., Bellevue.
7-10 p.m. – Parsha and Poker n
info@h-nt.org
A look at the Torah portion of the week
followed by a friendly game of poker with
proceeds going to tzedakah. Led by Rabbi
Josh Hearshen. At Herzl-Ner Tamid, 3700 E
Mercer Way, Mercer Island.
7:15 p.m. – The Jewish Journey n
206-722-8289 or info@seattlekollel.org
This two-year comprehensive program guides
students through the historical, philosophical
and mystical wonders of Judaism’s 3,500-year
heritage. $360 plus a $36 registration fee. At
the Seattle Kollel, 5305 52nd Ave. S,
Seattle.
7:30 p.m. – n Parshas Hashavuah
eastsidechabad@earthlink.net
This class provides a general overview of the
Torah portion of the week accompanied by
Midrashic commentaries, philosophical
insight, and practical lessons. At the Eastside
Torah Center, 1837 156th Ave. NE #303,
Bellevue.
ThUrSdAY
9:30-10:30 a.m. – Women’s Talmud n
Sasha Mail at 206-323-7933, ext. 301
The Talmud from women’s perspectives,
presented by Rivy Poupko Kletenik. Free. At
Seattle Hebrew Academy, 1617 Interlaken
Dr. E, Seattle.
12 p.m. – Ramban on Chumash for n
Women
Marilyn Leibert at 206-722-8289
A discussion of foundational Jewish concepts
through the eyes of Nachmanides on Chumash
in the Book of Genesis, as well as an analysis
of key Rashis. Prerequisite: the ability to
recognize the Hebrew letters and a desire to
learn basic Hebrew grammar. For women
only. $25. Sponsored by the Seattle Kollel. At
a private home, Mercer Island.
6:50 p.m. – Introduction to n Hebrew
Janine Rosenbaum at 206-760 -7812
Helps students build fuency and comprehen-
sion of the prayers of the Friday evening
service. $50. At Herzl-Ner Tamid, 3700 E
Mercer Way, Mercer Island.
7 p.m. – Junior Teen Center n
Ari Hoffman at thehoffather@aol.com
Video games, game tables, food, and fun for
middle schoolers. Hosted by NCSY. At the
Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer
Island.
7 p.m. – Beginners Bridge Class n
Roni Antebi at 206-232-7115, ext. 269 or
ronia@sjcc.org
An eight-week class to familiarize students
with the basic principles of bridge. $60/JCC
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7:30 p.m. – Judaism: The Ultimate n
Journey
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Rabbi Jay Rosenbaum leads a course called
“From Slavery to Freedom: Political Activism
and Personal Ethics in the Bible and the Age
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8–10 p.m. – High Schoolers Teen Lounge n
Ari at 206-295-5888
Foosball, ping-pong, pool, basketball, arcade
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Hadath, 5145 S Morgan St., Seattle.
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3 - 6 p.m. – Challahpalooza! n
Whole Foods Roosevelt Square hosts a tasting
event for Rosh Hashanah foods. Free. At Whole
Foods, 1026 NE 64th St., Seattle.
7 p.m. – “Beyond the Mindset of 9/11” n
Pastor Don Mackenzie, Rabbi Ted Falcon and
Sheikh Jamal Rahman discuss spiritual
teachings that provide healing and support a
world without violence and war. At Barnes &
Noble University Village, 2675 NE University
Village St., Seattle.
7:15 p.m. – n Sheva Brachot
Ari Hoffman at thehoffather@aol.com
High school-age teens are invited to join Seattle
NCSY in celebrating the marriage of chapter
alumni Joshua and Rachel Russak. At Sephardic
Bikur Holim, 6500 52nd Ave. S, Seattle.
SATUrdAY 12
5 - 8:45 p.m. – Picnic in the Park and n
Havdalah
Blevi44@aol.com
Sports and a barbecue with JewSEA. At the
Downtown Bellevue Park, 10201 NE 4th,
Bellevue.
8:30 p.m. – Do the Puyallup n
Ari Hoffman at thehoffather@aol.com
A trip to the Puyallup Fair with NCSY. $25.
RSVP requested. Meet at Sephardic Bikur
Holim, 6500 52nd Ave. S, Seattle.
SUNdAY 13
10 a.m. – Bike & Brunch n
Anna frankfort at annaf@jewishinseattle.org
Monthly bike ride and brunch sponsored by
Women’s Philanthropy in conjunction with
the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. RSVP
for starting location.
10 a.m. – NYHS Sport Court Dedication n
Northwest Yeshiva High School invites the
entire community to the school for the dedica-
tion of its new sport court. At Northwest Yeshiva
High School, 5017 90th Ave. SE, Seattle.
12 - 4 p.m. – Rosh Hashanah Baskets for n
Seniors
Jane Deer-Hileman at
volunteer@jfsseattle.org
Volunteers needed to make and deliver Rosh
Hashanah baskets for seniors and adults with
disabilities. At Jewish Family Service, 1601
16th Ave., Seattle.
12 p.m. – Rabbi Dr. Abraham J. Twerski n
Congregation Shaarei Tefilah Lubavitch
presents the fourth and fnal Webcast of the
Rohr Jewish Learning Institute’s Unity Lecture
Series featuring Rabbi Dr. Abraham J. Twerski.
His lecture is called “Together We Can Fill
the World With Light.” Free and open to all.
At Congregation Shaarei Teflah Lubavitch,
6250 43rd Ave. NE, Seattle.
2:30 - 5:30 p.m. – Peter Pan Auditions n
Daniel at daniela@sjcc.org
Children ages 8 and older are invited to
audition for a part in the Stroum JCC’s
musical production of Peter Pan Returns.
At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way,
Mercer Island.
3 p.m. – Chabad Dedication n
Chabad of the Central Cascades will celebrate
the completion of its Torah and the dedica-
tion of its new building. At the Lakeside
Montessori School, 2001 15th Ave. NE,
Issaquah.
5 p.m. – Annual Alki Beach Barbecue n
Ari Hoffman at thehoffather@aol.com
Beach sports and food with NCSY. $10. Meet
at Sephardic Bikur Holim, 6500 52nd Ave. S,
Seattle.
mONdAY 14
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. – Peter Pan Auditions n
Daniel at daniela@sjcc.org
Children ages 8 and older are invited to
audition for a part in the Stroum JCC’s musical
production of Peter Pan Returns. At the Stroum
JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island.
7 p.m. – Genealogical Discoveries n
www.jgsws.org
Sally Mizroch and Nancy Adelson present a
talk on “Genealogical Discoveries from Cem-
eteries in the Old Country and the New
World.” Sponsored by the Jewish Genea-
logical Society of Washington State. At the
Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer
Island.
7 p.m. – Women’s Night of Jewish n
Learning
Anna frankfort at 206-774-2226 or
annaf@jewishinseattle.org
Monthly interactive Jewish learning, dessert,
and schmoozing sponsored by Women’s
Philanthropy in conjunction with the Jewish
Federation of Greater Seattle. Location
provided upon RSVP.
7 - 8:30 p.m. – “Why Should We Eat and n
Not Sleep?”
events@shevetachim.com
Pre-High Holidays class taught by Rabbi
Yechezkel Kornfeld. Free, open to all. At
Northwest Yeshiva High School, 90th Ave.
SE, Mercer Island.
TUeSdAY 15
6 p.m. – A.J. Jacobs n
Author A.J. Jacobs reads from his new book,
The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experi-
ment, a collection of humorous essays about
experiments Jacobs has undertaken for the sake
of personal betterment. At the University
Bookstore, 4326 University Way NE, Seattle.
6:30 p.m. – J-Pro’s Second Annual Wine n
Tasting
Sarah Persitz at Sarah.Persitz@gmail.com
Pre-holiday kosher wine-tasting event. At Tree
of Life Books and Judaica, 2201 NE 65th St.,
Seattle.
6:30 p.m. – Prospective Member Open n
House
Carol Benedick at 206-524-0075 or
carolbenedick@bethshalomseattle.org or
www.bethshalomseattle.org
A chance to learn more about Beth Shalom
membership and take free classes in preparation
for the High Holidays. At Congregation Beth
Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle.
7 p.m. – Soul Work: Preparing for the High n
Holy Days
Jacob at jacob@jconnectseattle.org
Two-session class on the deeper meaning of
the High Holidays, focusing on the transforma-
tive personal experiences they promote. At
UW Hillel, 4745 17th Ave. NE, Seattle.
7 - 8:30 p.m. – Lashon Hara n
Carol Benedick at 206-524-0075 or
carolbenedick@bethshalomseattle.org or
www.bethshalomseattle.org
This class takes an in-depth look at Jewish
texts concerning Lashon Hara (gossip) and its
relevance to the High Holidays. Free. RSVP
appreciated. At Congregation Beth Shalom,
6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle.
7 - 8:30 p.m. – Holiday Challah Baking n
Carol Benedick at 206-524-0075 or
carolbenedick@bethshalomseattle.org or
www.bethshalomseattle.org
Learn to make challah in time for the holidays.
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7 p.m. –“Parenting and Teshuva: Rupture, n
Repair and Return”
www.kavana.org/family/
parenting-and-teshuva
Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum of Kavana and
Marjorie Schnyder of Jewish Family Service
discuss teshuva, the process of self-refection,
and how it relates to healthy parenting. $20
per person or $30 per couple. Scholarships
available. Location provided upon RSVP.
7 p.m. – “Interfaith Responses to the Middle n
East Crisis”
Pastor Don Mackenzie, Rabbi Ted Falcon and
Sheikh Jamal Rahman discuss their differing
opinions on Middle East politics and the places
where they have found common ground. At
University Temple United Methodist Church,
1415 NE 43rd St., Seattle.
WedNeSdAY 16
12 - 1 p.m. – Eastside Lox ’n’ Learn n
Jacob at jacob@hilleluw.org
Lunch and a discussion led by Rabbi Jacob
Fine. RSVP requested. At Microsoft, Building
9 Room 2569, Redmond.
7 p.m. – Preparing for the High Holidays n
Rabbi fredman at rabbifredman@gmail.com
A fresh perspective on the High Holidays of
Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot. At
the Seattle Kollel, 5305 52nd Ave. S, Seattle.
7 p.m. – Laugh Your Way to Giving n
Rebecca Cohen at 206-774-2272 or
rebeccac@jewishinseattle.org
A night of comedy featuring “World of
Jewtopia” to beneft the Jewish Federation of
Greater Seattle. At Benaroya Hall, 200 Uni-
versity St., Seattle.
7:15 p.m. – High Holy Day Workshop on n
Creation
Shellie Oakley at 206-527-9399 or
shellie@betalef.org
Rabbi Ted Falcon explores the essential
energies of Rosh Hashanah as a path to spiritual
awakening. At Unity of Bellevue, 16330 NE
4th St., Bellevue.
ThUrSdAY 17
7 p.m. – High Holiday Refresher Course n
thetribetdhs@gmail.com
Rabbi Daniel Septimus reviews the basics of
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Hosted by
the Tribe at Temple De Hirsch Sinai, 1441
16th Ave., Seattle.
8 - 10 p.m. – Third Thursday Happy Hour n
Blevi44@aol.com
Monthly happy hour gathering with JewSEA.
At Palomino, 610 Bellevue Way NE #120,
Bellevue.
SUNdAY 20
1 p.m. – Open House Community Lunch n
capitolhillminyan@gmail.com
An open house luncheon for the Capitol Hill
Minyan community. Friends and family
welcome. At the Council House, lower level,
1501 17th Ave., Seattle.
1:30 - 2:45 p.m. – Ravenna Kibbutz Shofar n
Blowout
kibbutznik@ravennakibbutz.org
Shofar blowing workshop. At Ravenna Kibbutz
House Gimmel, 6211 23rd Ave. NE, Seattle.
7:00 pm – Apple-tinis with the Tribe n
thetribetdhs@gmail.com
A new twist on the High Holidays for Jews
ages 22 to 35. First two drinks are on the Tribe.
At Barca, 1510 11th Ave., Seattle.
mONdAY 21
10:30 a.m. – Perspectives on Sin, Repen- n
tance and Community
offce@kadima.org
Kadima presents a discussion on interfaith
and multiculturalism with relation to the High
Holidays. At the Sand Point Education Center,
6208 60th Ave. NE, Seattle.
TUeSdAY 22
7 p.m. – Soul Work: Preparing for the High n
Holy Days
Jacob at jacob@jconnectseattle.org
Two-session class on the deeper meaning of the
High Holidays, focusing on the transformative
personal experiences they promote. At UW
Hillel, 4745 17th Ave. NE, Seattle.
7 p.m. – “Parenting and Teshuva: Rupture, n
Repair and Return”
www.kavana.org/family/
parenting-and-teshuva
Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum of Kavana and Marjorie
Schnyder of Jewish Family Service discuss
teshuva, the process of self-refection, and how
it relates to healthy parenting. Cost is $20 per
person or $30 per couple. Scholarships available.
Location provided upon RSVP.
WedNeSdAY 23
7 p.m. – Complaining as a Spiritual Practice n
with Shirah Bell
Carol Benedick at 206-524-0075 or
carolbenedick@bethshalomseattle.org or
www.bethshalomseattle.org
Using Yom Kippur prayers, participants will
identify their spiritual relationship with their
complaints. Free, RSVP required. At Congre-
gation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE,
Seattle.
7:15 p.m. – High Holy Day Workshop on n
Atonement
Shellie Oakley at 206-527-9399 or
shellie@betalef.org
Rabbi Olivier BenHaim explores the essential
energies of Yom Kippur as a path to spiritual
awakening. At Unity of Bellevue, 16330 NE
4th St., Bellevue.
ThUrSdAY 24
7 p.m. – “What Does Atonement Mean?” n
events@shevetachim.com
Pre-High Holidays class taught by Rabbi
Yechezkel Kornfeld. Free, open to all. At
Northwest Yeshiva High School, 90th Ave.
SE, Mercer Island.
frIdAY 25
10 a.m. – PJ Library Story Time n
Stefanie Somers at 206-774-2247 or
StefanieS@jewishinseattle.org
Stories, bagels and a chance for kids to look
around the fre station. At Fire Station #73,
1280 NE Park Dr., Issaquah.
SUNdAY 27
12 p.m. – Italia fest Grapestomp n
Josh at joshf@hilleluw.org
Join Jconnect in cheering on Team Manisch-
ewitz as they crush their way to victory at the
annual ItaliaFest Grapestomp. At the Seattle
Center, 305 Harrison St., Seattle.
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will join together for two events
in conjunction with the release of their
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faith. Te frst event is called “Beyond
the Mindset of 9/11” and will focus on
the spiritual teachings that provide heal-
ing and support a world without violence
and war. Fri., Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. at Barnes &
Noble University Village, 2675 NE Univer-
sity Village St., Seattle. Te second event
is on the topic “Interfaith Responses
to the Middle East Crisis” and focuses
on the three spiritual leaders’ difering
opinions and the places where they have
found common ground. Tues., Sept. 15 at
7 p.m. at University Temple United Meth-
odist Church, 1415 NE 43rd St., Seattle.
rabbi dr. Abraham J.
Twerski
Congregat ion Shaarei Tef i l ah
Lubavitch presents t he fourt h
and f i nal webcast of t he Rohr
Jewish Learning Institute’s Unity Lec-
ture Series featuring Rabbi Dr. Abra-
ham J. Twerski. Twerski has also written
over 60 books and articles and is recog-
nized as an international authority in
the chemical dependency field. His lec-
ture is called “Together We Can Fill the
World with Light.” Free and open to all.
Sun., Sept. 13 at noon at Congregation
Shaarei Tefilah Lubavitch, 6250 43rd
Ave. NE, Seattle.
perspectives on sin,
repentance and
community
Kadima presents “Perspectives
on Sin, Repentance and Commu-
nit y: Jewish and Christian Per-
spectives” with Nance Morse Adler and
John Berg, a discussion on interfaith
and multiculturalism with relation to
the High Holidays. For more informa-
tion, e-mail office@kadima.org. Mon.,
Sept. 21 at 10:30 a.m. at the Sand Point
Education Center, 6208 60th Ave. NE,
Seattle.
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Crossword Puzzle
By Matt Gafney
Answers on page 31
Across
1 Larry Gelbart’s pride
5 Hoover et al.
9 Use an Uzi
14 Fashionable periodical
15 Charles Lamb’s pen name
16 ___ fear (is intrepid)
17 Portrayer of Happy and Billy
18 Well, to Sephardim
19 Example of monotheism
20 Moshe Sharett’s predecessor and
successor
23 A as in Asch
24 Marx’s hue
25 Like the Hamptons
29 “Scarborough ___”
31 Cigar remains
34 “Home ___”
35 Funny Barry
36 Margarine
37 Roth work of 1959
40 Lower East Side homes, for short
41 “Hear, hear!”
42 Piece maker
43 Nessman of “WKRP in
Cincinnati”
44 What the speaker’s holding
45 Way out
46 Holstein comment
47 Miner concern
48 Kidnappers of 1924
56 Play shadchan
57 Facility
58 “Oy vey!”
59 “___ My Love” (Friedman song)
60 Bills of Washington
61 Timer sound
62 Like some references
63 Jay’s home
64 Baird and Caldwell
Down
1 Nevada-Arizona lake
2 1-Across actor
3 Many a Pale of Settlement
resident
4 Prefx with sphere
5 59-Across composer
6 Spielberg character, frequently
7 Demeanor
8 Did some Gershwin
9 Tird Reich chronicler
10 Tzaddik, for instance
11 Quisling’s capital
12 Judah’s son
13 Arnold of TV
21 Brightest star in Cygnus
22 Hebrew for “light of God”
25 Katie of “Married...With
Children”
26 Forego a chuppah wedding
27 In which Asner played Tomas
Davies
28 Machiavelli concerns
29 Streisand flm title word
30 Bard’s river
31 Pulitzer playwright of ’67, ’75,
and ’94
32 Lorax creator
33 Garden “snakes”
35 Woody directed her in
“Deconstructing Harry”
36 Lag Ba’___
38 Golem
39 Egged on
44 Added lox, perhaps
45 Mariel’s grandfather
46 Jew in the Holocaust, to
Spiegelman
47 Mirages, often
48 Money for Primo Levi
49 Sign that glows at Loew’s
50 “Exodus” name
51 Victor Borge, for instance
52 City near Chelmno
53 Where Joel Grey was born
54 Feminine ending
55 Swamps
56 It’ll pass
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ArtS & entertAinment
Wednesday, September 23, 5:30 p.m.
Sheila Himmel
Author reading
In Hungry: A Mother and Daughter Fight Anorexia, restaurant critic Sheila Himmel and
her 20-something daughter Lisa tell the story of Lisa’s struggle with anorexia juxtaposed
against a family fascination with food. At Elliott Bay Book Co., 101 S Main St., Seattle.
Monday, September 28, 8 a.m.
Diane Ackerman
Author reading
Diane Ackerman reads from her new book,
Dawn Light: Dancing with Cranes and Other
Ways to Start the Day, a collection of essays
about the beginning of they day.
Because of the book’s subject matter, this
event will take place frst thing in the morning.
Diane Ackerman is the author of 20 books,
including The Zookeeper’s Wife. At Elliott
Bay Book Co. (enter through the café), 101 S
Main St., Seattle.
Thursday, September 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Lesley Hazleton
Author reading
In After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni
Split in Islam, Seattle author Lesley Hazleton explores
the centuries-long history of the relationship between
Shia and Sunni Muslims. Hazelton is also the author
of Jezebel and Jerusalem Jerusalem: A Memoir of War
and Peace, Passion and Politics. Tickets are $5 at
www.brownpapertickets.com or 800-838-3006. At
Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave., Seattle.
September 24–27
Mozart’s double piano concerto
Music
www.seattlesymphony.org
Pianists Jon Kimura Parker and Orli Shaham will join Seattle
Symphony for Mozart’s “Concerto for Two Pianos and
Orchestra” in E-fat major, No. 10. Music Director Gerard
Schwarz will conduct the program, which also includes
Brahms’ “Variations on a Theme by Haydn,” Op. 56a and
Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68. Performances will
take place on Thurs., Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 26,
at 8 p.m.; and Sun., Sept. 27, at 2 p.m. at Benaroya Hall,
200 University St., Seattle.
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Sara Paretsky
Author reading
Sara Paretsky will read from her newest book, Hardball, the
14th book in her V.I Warshawski detective series. In Hardball,
detective Warshawski takes on a 40-year-old missing person
case that leads her back to the youth movement of the 1960s.
Thurs., Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. at the University Bookstore, 4326
University Way NE, Seattle. Fri., Oct. 2 at 12 p.m at Seattle
Mystery, 117 Cherry St., Seattle and at 6:30 p.m. at the Pan
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ArtS & entertAinment
Michael Regenstreif
Ottawa Jewish Bulletin
FrAnk London
& Lorin SkLAmberg
Tsuker-zis
Tzadik — tzadik.com
Frank London — who plays trumpet,
alto horn, fugelhorn and harmonium —
and singer-accordionist Lorin Sklamberg
have been mainstays of the Klezmatics,
one of the most essential bands of the
klezmer revival, since the group’s incep-
tion more than two decades ago.
London and Sklamberg are bot h
musically active in groups and collabo-
rations beyond the Klezmatics and this
is the third in a series of the pair’s col-
laborations on religious songs they’ve
adapted from various Chassidic tradi-
tions. The first, Nigunim, focused on
wordless melodies while the second,
The Zmiros Project, wit h keyboard-
i st Rob Schwi mmer, feat ured Sab-
bat h songs. Tsuker-zis adapts songs
and prayers associated with specific
holidays and festivals including Rosh
Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Pass-
over and Hanukkah.
London and Sklamberg use a remark-
ably diverse musical palette in these
adaptations. You can hear the inf lu-
ence of jazz trumpeter Miles Davis on
London’s playing on their deeply con-
templative version of “Our Parent, Our
Sovereign (Ovinu Malkeynu),” from the
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur lit-
urgies. A joyous Passover song with an
impossibly long title, “Mighty, Blessed,
Great, Prominent, Glorious, Ancient,
Meritorious, Righteous, Pure, Unique,
Powerful, Learned, King, Enlightened,
Exalted, Brave, Redeemer, Just, Holy,
Merciful, Almighty, Omnipotent is Our
God,” has a klezmer-meets-ska arrange-
ment with noisy, but somehow suitable,
electronic efects.
In the best folk music tradition, these
songs combine something that seems
very familiar with something that is
somehow wonderfully weird.
Special credit also needs to be given
to the superb musicians — guitarist Knox
Chandler, Armenian oud virtuoso Ara
Dinkjian, and Indian percussionist Deep
Singh — who join London and Sklamberg
on this recording.
beYond tHe pALe
Postcards
Borealis — beyondthepale.net
Postcards is the third CD by Beyond
the Pale, the Toronto-based klezmer
band led by mandolinist Eric Stein, the
artistic director of Ashkenaz, Toronto’s
biennial festival of Yiddish and Jewish
culture.
In addition to Stein, Beyond the Pale
also features t wo violinists, Bogdan
Djukic and Aleksander Gajic, both of
whom were established classical musi-
cians in their native Yugoslavia; accordi-
onist Milos Popovic, who also began his
career in Yugoslavia; clarinetist Martin
van de Ven, a former member of the
Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band; and bassist
Bret Higgins.
While most of the album is instrumen-
tal, Israeli vocalist Vira Lozinsky joins
them for three songs including “An Old
Legend,” which combines a traditional
Romanian tune with new Yiddish lyrics
in a swinging arrangement that features
Stein on cimbalom, a type of hammered
dulcimer.
Whether playing up tempo toe-tap-
pers l i ke “Magura,” or slower, con-
templative pieces like “Meditation,” a
Chassidic niggun, Beyond the Pale’s cre-
ative arrangements never fail to engage.
Half of the tunes were written by mem-
bers of the band, and the compositions
refect the various musical backgrounds
of the composers. Stein’s “Split Decision”
Jazzed up for the holidays
CD reviews: Frank London & Lorin Sklamberg, Beyond the Pale, Tim Sparks Plays Naftule Brandwein
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classical, groove that variously brings
each of the various musicians to the fore
for riveting solos. “Back to the Begin-
ning” is an intense piece characterized by
shifting moods that was written by Gajic
during the NATO bombing campaign in
Belgrade in 1999.
tim SpArkS
Little Princess: Tim Sparks Plays Naf-
tule Brandwein
Tzadik — timsparks.com
Naftule Brandwein, who came to Amer-
ica in 1908 and became known as the “King
of the Klezmer Clarinet,” was, arguably,
the greatest of the frst-generation klezmer
musicians in the New World. His 78 RPM
recordings, now reissued on CD, have pro-
vided inspiration and tunes to countless
klezmer revival bands in recent years.
Tis set of 10 Brandwein tunes is the
fourth excursion into Jewish music by Tim
Sparks, a highly innovative guitarist from
Minnesota best known for his recordings
of folk, jazz and blues. Working with bass-
ist Greg Cohen — known for his work with
Tom Waits — and Brazilian percussionist
Cyro Baptista, Sparks has done a superb
job of reimagining music composed for
the clarinet as fnger-style guitar pieces.
Owing to the origin of the music, and
certainly to the contributions of the per-
cussionist, there’s an Eastern Europe-
meets-South America groove to many
of these tunes. Tese are not traditional
klezmer interpretations, but it is a fne
album of Jewish music that will have
great appeal to lovers of sublime acoustic
guitar playing.
•••
What does it mean to have a Jewish
soul? Meredith Binder’s new short flm
— she only makes short movies —Alastair
MacLean: Y’did Nefesh (Jewish Soul),
explores the dilemmas of a young man
trying to convince a board of rabbis of his
sincerity in wanting convert to Judaism
before his wedding.
Filmed at Congregation Beth Shalom
in North Seattle, the movie features Mer-
edith (co-writer and producer) and other
family members, including her dad,
Harold Binder, as one of the reluctant
rabbis.
“My films are low/no budget,” the
actress, writer and flmmaker explained.
“Tere are no investors for short flms,”
so she relies heavily on donations of time
and services from friends, family, other
actors and flmmakers.
“I’m shooting something this month,”
she says. “People are giving me free
14-hour days.”
While she grew up in Detroit, Mere-
dith landed in Seattle with her husband,
George Ostrow, af ter a Peace Corps
assignment in Fiji where she taught
math and physics and he attempted to
teach management techniques to village
elders, “which they were totally uninter-
ested in.” Tey chose their new home as
“a city where we could raise urban chil-
dren,” which she says they’ve done with
sons A.J., 16, and Elijah, 13.
Meredith started taking theater and
acting classes while working as an elec-
trical engineer. Af ter committing to
acting full-time, “I got cast in [Northwest
Film Forum founder] Jamie Hook’s Naked
Proof,” she says. “Tat kind of put me on
the map.”
Te family belongs to Beth Shalom,
and although George is not Jewish he’s
“very much part of the Jewish commu-
nity.” Having longed for a sukkah when
growing up, “now I’m married to a guy
who builds me a sukkah every year,” Mer-
edith says.
Meredith has been surprised how
many diferent people relate to the theme
of the movie. She recommends it “for
anyone who loves to laugh, anyone who
is an outsider, anyone who is a convert,
anyone who is Jewish…knows someone
who is Jewish.”
Available “for only $5.95” at www.
indiefix.com, it’s been on that site’s top
seller list for over two weeks as I write
this, which Meredith calls “very excit-
ing.” You can see a preview at the site as
well.
An interview with Meredith and her
director Andy Spletzer appears on this
paper’s sister site, jew-ish.com. Read it
at http://jew-ish.com/index.php?/blogs/
blog1_item/484.
Meanwhile, Meredith is working on
another production.
“Tankfully, Seattle is a good place to
make flms,” she says.
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“No scared?” asks my Inuit guide, Sam
Omik.
Truth is, I was terrified. We’d just
climbed a 5,000-foot-high, snow-cov-
ered mountain peak on Nunavut’s Bylot
Island, our snowmobile barely making
it to the zenith. Perched at the top and
about to begin a frightening, 75-degree
vertical descent, I was silently praying
we’d make it down alive. I squeezed my
eyes shut as Sam freewheeled down the
slope, and in minutes, we were back on
the frozen ice of Pond Inlet, with the mag-
nifcence of Canada’s Arctic stretching
endlessly before us.
It was my idea to head nort h to
Pond Inlet, a small Inuit community
in northern Baffin Island. The litera-
ture promised polar bears, narwhals,
beluga whales and seal watching, so
I booked my f lights, only later poring
over the Nunavut map to find the tiny
speck of the massive Arctic that consti-
tutes Pond Inlet.
It wasn’t until I got there, though,
that I thought seriously about what I’d be
eating. In a land where polar bear and
seal meat constitute the staple diet for
the majority of the Inuit residents, a Jew
has a hard time putting a kosher meal
together — unless said Jew happens to
be an adept ice fsherman and the Arctic
char are biting.
I knew we’d travel to the edge of the
ice. But I wasn’t prepared for the pris-
tine yet desolate beauty of the Canadian
Arctic, for the haunting whistling of seals
swimming far below the surface and the
strength, courage and determination of
those who choose this place as home.
Until recently, Nunavut was part of the
Northwest Territories. Tat changed in
1999 when it became Canada’s largest
and least populated political subdivision,
constituting 18 percent of the country’s
land mass.
It was evening in the town of Pond
Inlet when our fight from the capital of
Iqaluit landed, and though a heavy fog
obscured the view, night could not have
been further away. By late May, Nunavut
has surrendered to 24-hour days, con-
fusing the mind and body with sunshine
even at 11 p.m.
Te sun shone brightly the next morn-
ing as we followed our guide, Dave Reid,
owner of Polar Sea Adventures, to “the
beach,” our point of departure. Despite
the presence of upturned boats on the
shore, it was hard to imagine this stretch
of ice as a beach. Husky sled dogs sat non-
chalantly on the ice alongside their koma-
tiks, or sleds, and with no sound of waves,
no trace of sand and no visible water, it’s
easy to believe this is, indeed, land.
Peer down a crack, however, and you
can’t help but notice that it’s ice frozen fve
feet deep. We clambered aboard the koma-
tik that would transport us behind a roar-
ing snowmobile for the two-hour journey
to Bylot Island, along with camping gear,
food and a very long rife — just in case we
encountered an aggressive polar bear.
Our first stop, just four kilometers
from the shore, was an iceberg, arrested
in its path last fall and frozen in place
until the ice melts in July. Te residents of
Pond Inlet have the beneft of continually
changing scenery, as new icebergs arrive
from nearby Greenland each year, while
others continue their journey en route to
Newfoundland.
Lauren kramer
The writer on the outskirts of Pond Inlet at a stone inukshuk, which, directly translated
from the Inuit language, means “in the likeness of a human.” Traditionally, it means
“someone was here,” or “you are on the right path.”
On top of the world
Seeking a kosher meal in the Canadian Arctic land of Nunavut
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NEW YORK (JTA) — With Rosh Hasha-
nah approaching, JTA has compiled a list
of the biggest stories of the past Hebrew
calendar year:
oCtober
Tzipi Livni, who won Kadima Party
elections in September following Ehud
Olmert’s resignation, fails to assem-
ble a coalition government and become
prime minister. President Shimon Peres
announces that Israel will hold new gen-
eral elections.
An acid and feces attack at the Buda-
pest Jewish Theater just before Rosh
Hashanah revi ves concerns about
increasing anti-Semitism in Hungary.
Rabbi Julie Schonfeld is named the
new executive vice president of the Con-
servative movement’s Rabbinical Assem-
bly, becoming the frst female rabbi to
serve in the chief executive position of an
American rabbinical association.
Longtime Seattle Symphony Maestro
Gerard Schwarz announces he will step
down from his post in 2011.
The Eastside Torah Center receives
a $1.8 mi l l ion grant to bui ld a new
16,000-square-foot center that, when
completed, is hoped to serve as a gather-
ing spot for the Jewish community in the
North Bellevue/Redmond area. Mean-
whi le, some neighbors pushed back
against a proposed expansion of Chabad
of Pierce County’s center in Tacoma.
november
Barack Obama is elected the frst black
president of the United States with 78 per-
cent of the Jewish vote, in line with previ-
ous Democratic nominees.
Months after being the target of the
largest immigration raid in American
history, the embattled kosher meat pro-
ducer Agriprocessors f i les for bank-
ruptcy, leaving kosher consumers in the
lurch and ushering in uncertain times for
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Te company is subsequently sold to a
Canadian frm.
Tree new Jewish members are elected
to the U.S. House of Representatives, but
the Democratic tide is not strong enough
to send Congress its frst rabbi, Jewish
Latina or Chinese Jew.
Rahm Emanuel is tapped to become
White House chief of staf and will emerge
as a key point person in the administra-
tion’s outreach to the Jewish community
regarding Israel-related issues.
Secular businessman Nir Barkat is
elected mayor of Jerusalem.
Terrorists target the Chabad house
in Mumbai, India, killing its directors,
Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg, and four
others.
brian Hendler
Supporters of Benjamin Netanyahu, who was eventually named prime minister by the
Israeli Supreme Court, carry signs before he campaigns at the Machane Yehuda market
in Jerusalem in february.
Courtesy chabad.org
Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg,
killed during an attack at their Chabad
center in Mumbai, have become a cause
celébre for Chabad groups worldwide.
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during train ride on his way to Washing-
ton and his swearing-in as president.
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Congregation Kol Ami (Reform) 425/844-1604
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Congregation Eitz Or (Jewish Renewal)
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Cong. Ezra Bessaroth (Sephardic Orthodox)
5217 S. Brandon Street 206/722-5500
Congregation Shaarei Teflah-Lubavitch
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Mercer Island 206/275-1539
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deCember
The col lapse of Bernard Madoff ’s
Ponzi scheme leads to the immediate col-
lapse of two Jewish organiza-
tions and sends shock waves
through the Jewish philan-
thropic world.
The Bush administration
makes a last-gasp push for Pal-
estinian statehood — or the
nearest it can get to it — with
the apparent quiet encour-
agement of President-elect
Obama.
Te deadliest road accident in Israeli
history kills 24 Russian tour agents and
casts a dark shadow over eforts to pro-
mote tourism to the southern Israeli city
of Eilat.
Israel launches Operation Cast Lead to
curtail Hamas rocket fre from the Gaza
Strip onto southern Israel.
JAnuArY
Enduring an onslaught of massive
anti-Semitic and anti-Israel demonstra-
tions in Europe, Jewish communities
throughout the continent hold counter
rallies to support Israel as it wages war
against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
Te vandalism of a synagogue in Cara-
cas, Venezuela, further unsettles the
Jewish community, already on
edge over the harsh anti-Israel
rhetoric of President Hugo
Chavez.
Ari Fol man’s ani mated
Lebanon War flm Waltz with
Bashir wins the Golden Globe
for best foreign-language flm,
but later fails to become the
frst Israeli movie to take home
an Oscar.
Operation Cast Lead ends after about
3-1/2 weeks and leaves some 1,300 Pal-
estinians and 13 Israelis dead. Hamas
rockets during the war reach as far as the
Israeli cities of Yavneh, Beersheva and
Kiryat Gat.
Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to
revoke an excommunication order for
a Holocaust-denying bishop sparks an
uproar and prompts another round of
anguish over the state of Catholic-Jew-
ish relations.
While the stalwart Jewish women’s
organization Hadassah lays off staff
across the country, including in Seattle,
in light of its losses in the Madof scan-
dal, women on Bainbridge Island and the
Kitsap Peninsula celebrate the inaugura-
tion of their new chapter.
FebruArY
Wading into what has emerged as a
major partisan fght, Jewish organiza-
tions in Washington line up with Dem-
ocrats in ofering strong support for the
$819 billion economic stimulus bill.
In the Israeli elections, Tzipi Livni’s
Kadima emerges as the largest single
party, but the right-wing parliamentary
bloc, led by Likud’s Benjamin Netan-
yahu, captures the majority of the Knes-
set seats.
Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beit-
einu vaults over Labor to become Isra-
el’s third-largest political party, with
15 seats in the Knesset. A month later,
Yisrael Beiteinu becomes Likud’s first
coalition partner, and the controversial
Lieberman — who during the election
campaign proposed mandating loyalty
oaths to the Jewish state in a bid to curb
Israeli Arab political power — is named
foreign minister.
mArCH
Eleventh-hour negotiations to free
Gilad Shalit collapse.
Tree of the largest Jewish federations
in the country — New York, Atlanta and
Cleveland — announce substantial cut-
backs in staf, adding to concerns about
the health of the primary American
Jewish charitable network.
Te Obama administration organizes
the frst-ever seder at the White House.
Benjamin Netanyahu’s careful artic-
ulations in his inaugural address leave
uncertain where he stands on the most
contentious issue in Israel, and between
Israel and governments overseas.
Te United States decides to seek to
join the U.N. Human Rights Council,
reversing its policy of shunning the group
and prompting concern among some
Jewish organizations.
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michael J. Jordan
Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadine-
jad’s speech at the Durban II Confer-
ence in Geneva in April was inter-
rupted several times by irate activists
in the gallery.
brian Hendler
A column of Israeli army armored personnel carriers is deployed in a farmer’s feld
along Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip during the January war.
Animated Israeli soldiers march on
Lebanon during the Sabra and Shatila
massacre in Waltz with Bashir. u Page 23A
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In light of economic considerations,
the Union for Reform Judaism closes
several regional offices, including its
location in Seattle. Te three-year-old
Camp Kalsman in Arlington is unaf-
fected by the closure.
ApriL
Jews across the denominational spec-
trum in Israel and the United States
organize to say the Birkat Hachamah, a
blessing over the sun that is recited every
28 years when, the Talmud says, the sun
reaches the same spot in the frmament
as when it was created.
Te discovery of a Hezbollah terror
network in Egypt highlights the divide
between the pro-Western moderates in
the Middle East and the Iranian-led rad-
icals, as well as the regional interests
Egypt and Israel share.
Jewish and Israeli activists descend
en masse on t he “Durban II” U. N.
racism conference in Geneva. Euro-
pean delegates walk out of the main hall
to protest an inf lammatory anti-Israel
speech by Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad.
Arlen Specter switches to the Demo-
cratic Party, leaving the Senate without
a Jewish Republican for the frst time in
decades.
Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum, director of
the Kavana Cooperative, receives one
of fve fellowships nationwide from the
Avi Chai Foundation, which includes a
$25,000 grant to help in building pro-
gramming for the organization.
Tel Aviv kicks of its centennial cele-
brations.
mAY
The government moves to drop
charges against two former AIPAC staf-
ers accused of passing classifed informa-
tion to Israel.
Pope Benedict XVI visits Israel and
the West Bank. In Bethlehem he calls for
a Palestinian homeland, leaves an inter-
faith conference in Jerusalem early after
a Palestinian cleric accuses Israel of kill-
ing women and children and destroying
mosques, and prompts disappointment
among some Israelis for remarks on the
Holocaust seen as insufcient.
President Obama and Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hold their
frst meeting at the White House. Obama
talks of putting a timetable on U.S. diplo-
matic outreach to Iran over nuclear weap-
ons, while also emphasizing that Israel
needs to take “difficult steps” such as
freezing settlements. Netanyahu stresses
his interest in achieving peace, but stops
short of endorsing a two-state solution.
June
In a speech in Cairo billed as an
address to Muslims worldwide, Presi-
dent Obama describes Israel and the
United States as sharing an unbreakable
bond, then criticizes Holocaust denial in
the Arab world and the use of the Pales-
tinian issue to distract Arab populations
from other problems. Obama draws crit-
icism from some corners of the Jewish
community for reiterating his call for
a settlement freeze and failing to talk
tough on Iran. Some critics claim that
the president appears to embrace the
Palestinian understanding of the Israeli-
Arab confict.
Alysa Stanton becomes the frst Afri-
can-American female rabbi after being
ordained by the Reform movement’s
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute
of Religion.
For the f irst time, the Rabbinical
Council of America appoints as its pres-
ident a rabbi from the West Coast: Rabbi
Moshe Kletenik of the Bikur Cholim–
Machzikay Hadath Orthodox congrega-
tion in Seattle.
A securit y guard is killed when a
gunman known for his anti-Semitic
beliefs opens fre at the U.S. Holocaust
Memorial Museum in Washington.
In a speech at Bar-Ilan University,
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netan-
yahu expresses conditional support for
the eventual creation of a demilitarized
Palestinian state. The Obama admin-
ist rat ion hai ls t he speech as “posi-
tive movement,” while the Palestinian
Authority condemns it.
Haredi, or fervently Orthodox, dem-
onstrators in Jerusalem turn violent pro-
testing the opening of a parking lot on
Shabbat and the arrest of a haredi woman
on charges of child neglect.
Camps across the country report out-
breaks of the swine fu virus, forcing some
to postpone their openings and others to
implement sweeping measures to screen
new arrivals for signs of the illness.
Natan Sharansky, the former Soviet
dissident and Prisoner of Zion, is formally
elected chairman of the Jewish Agency
for Israel.
With unrest mounting in Iran over
official claims of President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad’s re-election, U.S. Jewish
organizational leaders cal l for more
American support for the protesters and
more international action to stop the
Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.
As the health care reform debate heats
up, Jewish organizations back the Obama
administration on several key points,
including the creation of a government-
run public insurance option and pushing
for measures that would help the rapidly
aging Jewish community.
With its decision in favor of come-
dian Al Franken, the Minnesota Supreme
Court gives the U.S. Senate a 13th Jewish
member.
JuLY
Nearly 40 Jewish and evangelical
Christian leaders meet in Washington for
a groundbreaking dialogue session.
Te leader of the gang responsible for
kidnapping, torturing and murdering
French Jew Ilan Halimi in 2006 is sen-
tenced to life in prison. Many French
Jews are upset that the trial is held behind
closed doors, as the crime’s anti-Semitic
nature was in dispute.
President Obama has his frst White
House meeting with Jewish leaders, sit-
ting down with representatives of 14
organizations. Jewish leaders ofer no
direct criticism of his calls for a settle-
ment freeze, but say he appears to be
putting more pressure on Israel than on
the Palestinians and Arab states. Te
president says he will work to change
that perception.
Some 8,000 athletes from around the
world participate in the 18th Maccabiah
Games, including U.S. Olympic swimmer
Jason Lezak, who chooses the so-called
Jewish Olympics in Israel over the World
Championships. Lezak wins four gold
medals, but Israel easily wins the medals
competition.
Five rabbis are among 44 people
arrested as part of a public corruption
and international money-laundering
investigation in New Jersey that uses a
prominent rabbi’s son as an informant.
Also charged are the mayors of several
New Jersey cities and other state politi-
cians, as well as a Brooklyn man who is
accused of acquiring and trading kidneys
for transplants.
AuguSt
A masked gunman attacks a gay com-
munity center in Tel Aviv, killing two
people and injuring a dozen. Te tragedy
sparks demonstrations throughout Israel
in solidarity with the victims and the gay
community.
JTNews editor Joel Magalnick contributed
to this report.
eric Fingerhut
Bullet holes in the entrance to the
United States Holocaust Memorial
Museum in Washington after the June
10 shooting that killed a security guard.
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flag-bearing participants at the opening ceremonies of the18th Maccabiah Games show
off the countries they represent as they march into Ramat Gan Stadium on July 13.
Flash90/JtA
Pope Benedict XVI is fanked by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, and
President Shimon Peres upon his arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport on May
11. The pope’s visit followed a controversial decree to bring back to the church four
previously excommunicated bishops.
Courtesy rabbi moshe kletenik/rCA
Rabbi Moshe Kletenik of Seattle’s Bikur
Cholim-Machzikay Hadath congregation
takes the stand for the frst time as
president of the Rabbinical Council
of America.
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HOBOKEN, N.J. (JTA) — Daniel Saks’
crazy black curls bounce on stage with
him to the wiry, deafening sound of gui-
tars, horns and drums as the front man
for DeLeon — an indie rock band with
15th-century Spanish infuences infused
with cadences of the ancient Sephardic
tradition — belts out plaintive tunes in
English, Hebrew, Spanish and Ladino.
For the most part, the 150 20-some-
thing hipsters dancing to DeLeon’s music
at Maxwell’s lounge, 20 minutes from
Manhattan, have no idea what the songs
mean. It doesn’t seem to matter.
“It wasn’t a Ladino-f luent crowd,”
Saks jokes after the show, referring to the
Judeo-Spanish language from the Middle
Ages. “I think people can get past the lan-
guage barrier. In a place like New York
City, we’re acclimated to hearing music
in foreign languages.”
Saks grew up near Washington, D.C.
listening to Sephardic music played by
his mother, whose family lived in Italy for
centuries after the expulsion from Spain,
before coming to the United States.
Years later he would name his band
af ter his great-grandfat her Giorgio
DeLeon and philosopher Moses DeLeon.
With its haunting melodies and the Span-
ish timeless themes of love, God and
murder, he thought the music “held up
well, better than most songs.” He knew
of plenty of people recording traditional
music, but “I thought I could bring it to
my peers and bring new light to them.”
DeLeon is part of a new crop of
modern Jewish artists drawing on their
Sephardic roots — from Spain and Portu-
gal, to Morocco, Iran and Syria, to India
and Greece. Many of those Jewish com-
munities, although not all, were cre-
ated by Jews who left Spain following the
Inquisition, when they were ordered to
convert or leave the country by July 31,
1492 (Tisha B’Av of that year).
Now, more than fve centuries later,
dozens of musicians, writers, poets,
playwrights, f ilmmakers, historians,
educators and chefs are reclaiming that
culture to create a veritable Sephardic
renaissance.
Many artists mine Sephardic culture
because they want to popularize a lesser-
known Jewish heritage.
“People who came from Poland stick
together, and they are not so interested
in the people who come from Morocco or
Spain,” says Nathalie Soussana, arranger
of Songs from the Garden of Eden: Jewish
Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes, a book
and CD of songs in Hebrew, Arabic and
Spanish, including “Y’aommi Yamali,” an
Algerian lullaby in Arabic whose words
mean “King of the home/May God touch
you and lift up your soul.”
Soussana wanted somet hi ng t hat
refected her own mottled family — orig-
inally from Morocco, living in France,
with an uncle with a wife from Turkey,
an aunt married to an Ashkenazi, family
members in Israel.
“I think that it’s like that for a lot of
Jewish families,” she says.
One might not know that from seeing
the history of Jewish culture in America.
“Jewishness has tacitly been assumed to
be synonymous with Germanic or Eastern
European descent,” Aviva Ben Ur writes in
the new book Sephardic Jews in America:
A Diasporic History (New York University
Press, 2009). “What began at the turn of the
20th century as denial of shared ethnicity
and religion (whereby Ashkenazim failed
to recognize Sephardim as fellow Jews)
continues today in textbooks, articles, doc-
umentaries, flms and popular awareness.
More often than not, Sephardic Jews are
simply absent from any sort of portrayal of
the American Jewish community.”
Ur prefers the term non-Ashkenazic
Jews, dividing those called Sephardim
into three groups: Sephardi Jews (Span-
ish and Portuguese-speaking Jews of
Western Europe and Ladino-speaking
Jews of the Ottoman empire); Mizrahi
Jews (Arabic-speaking Jews native to
the Middle East and Western Asia); and
Romaniotes (Greek-speaking Jews native
to the Byzantine Empire).
For some artists, exploring Sephardic
culture is a way to explore their own
Jewish identity. Sephardim account for
3 to 4 percent of the Jewish population in
the United States.
“Te communities that people lived
in before were so much more closed, and
you were only defned by one thing,” says
Vanessa Paloma, a singer and scholar
who specializes in Sephardic women’s
songs like “Mose de Salio de Misrayim,”
a Ladino song about the burning bush
and Moses’ journey from Egypt, which
women would sing at Passover.
For Paloma, being American means
having many diferent identities — actor,
writer, yogi, and more.
“It’s like we’re hungry for some kind
of deeper meaning and these roots are
where we came from,” she says.
Now Paloma is living in Morocco,
where she can investigate her past.
“What did my grandmother sing?
What kind of smells did she smell?” she
wonders. “If I know more about that, I
know more about my ancestors and know
more about myself.”
Others want to preserve a culture they
fear might be lost.
“I just t hought about writ i ng my
family story — it’s a very eccentric, eclec-
tic family,” novelist Gina Nahai says of
the beginning of her journey writing fc-
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Iranian Jews make up “the oldest
Jewish community in the Diaspora and
no one had recorded their stories,” she
says. “And it didn’t look like people were
going to survive.”
Many artists may be teaching their
culture to their own people.
Jennifer Abadi, author of the cook-
book-memoir Fistful of Lentils: Syrian-
Jewish Recipes from Grandma Fritzie’s
Kitchen (Harvard Common Press, 2007),
was surprised to fnd that many students
in her classes were Syrian women who
grew up eating food prepared by their
mothers and housekeepers but had not
learned to cook it.
“All of a sudden they get married to
Syrian men, and it’s expected [for them to
cook Syrian food] and they have to go to
their mothers and aunts,” Abadi says.
Tat’s why many artists are mining
Sephardic culture — because they like
it. Majadrah (rice with lentils) might be
better than kugel, and DeLeon “might
be cooler than klezmer,” jokes Jacob
Harris, the chief operating ofcer of JDub
records, which produces both DeLeon
and Songs From Te Garden Of Eden.
JDub wasn’t seeking out Sephardic
artists per se, Harris says, but wanted “to
promote authentic Jewish culture within
the mainstream.” And the mainstream
likes world music.
“I don’t think it’s an accident that
it’s become so popular now — we are
becoming more global, seeing Jewish
history in a broader way,” says Ilan Sta-
vans, editor of The Schocken Book of
Modern Sephardic Literature (Schocken,
2005), an anthology that includes fc-
tion, memoirs, essays and poetry from
28 writers over 150 years, including a
short story by Cuban-Jewish writer Ruth
Behar titled “Never Marry a Man Who
Doesn’t Beat You.”
“The Jewish community is increas-
ingly heterogeneous, not only politically
but ethnically. People come from dif-
ferent parts of the world through immi-
gration and mixed marriages, and they
are pushing the collective identity in
different ways,” Stavans says, includ-
ing contributions from Asian and His-
panic cultures. “Te need to understand
the Sephardim is to understand a very
important part of Jewish history.”
No longer does Jewish identity have to
be “the standard fagpoles of Israel, the
Holocaust and the shtetl,” he says.
Yet even the term “Sephardic Renais-
sance” can be seen as Ashkenazi-centric;
after all, these cultures have been four-
ishing for centuries, even if invisible to
Ashkenazim.
“We live our religion — there is no
resurgence,” says Sheila Schweky, the
program chair for the Sephardic Commu-
nity Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., a JCC-like
institution that serves 50,000 to 70,000
Jews — mostly Syrian, but also Egyptian,
Iraqi, Moroccan and others.
Schweky cites the strong family ties
and tight-knit community for preserving
the Syrian Jewish heritage.
“As far as our traditions and cus-
toms, t hey’re basical ly t he same as
when our fathers came here,” she says,
so the idea of a “renaissance” doesn’t
apply. “We don’t turn around and say we
have to teach our children our heritage
— they live it.”
Many tight-knit Sephardic commu-
nities that have thrived, but remained
nearly invisible to the rest of the world,
are learning that art can sometimes
show less-than-positive portrayals. The
Syrian Jewish communit y, for exam-
ple, was not happy with David Adjmi’s
Stunning, a recent of f-of f-Broadway
play that The New York Times called “a
stinging portrait of an insular Syrian
Jewish communit y in contemporary
Brooklyn.”
“Smal ler communit ies t hi nk t hat
everyone is going to judge everyone by
that one play,” the novelist Nahai says.
“People overreact — it’s not like every
time you meet a Greek person you think
of My Big Fat Greek Wedding.”
On the one hand, people like seeing
their community portrayed.
“So many young people write to me
and tell me finally I can understand
why my family is the way they are,”
Nahai says.
Others, however, become upset at
some of the issues she raises, such as the
treatment of women in the Persian Jewish
community or how the rabbis were not
always just.
“All novelists need to tell the truth.
It doesn’t mean it’s the only reality, it
doesn’t mean I’m trying to capture the
entire population,” Nahai says. “Telling
the truth is the only thing I have a respon-
sibility to do. Te rest a publicist needs
to do.”
Perhaps the Sephardic communities
will become accustomed to the spot-
light — and the good and bad lights
shone on them.
“It’s interesting that this is happening
now,” Stavans says. “It’s because the Ash-
kenazi community is really solid, and it
can look into other aspects of Jewish life
without feeling threatened.”
What they are seeing from Sephardic
culture, in all its multiplicity and history,
is that Sephardim “are more ethnic and
more attractive in close-knit families that
traveled across time and kept their iden-
tity,” he says.
“At a time when it’s very easy to lose
one’s identity, you admire their abil-
ity to keep their identity across time and
space,” Stavans says. “You feel an allure
to Sephardic culture.”
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Former Meretz leader Yossi Beilin
tells audiences that Yitzhak Rabin, the
late Israeli prime minister who launched
the Oslo process in 1993, did so princi-
pally because of his fears of Iran. Beilin
told a German audience last year that he
“advocates increased sanctions towards
Iran in order to stop centrifugal uranium
programs.”
Avshalom Vi lan, a Meret z Knes-
set member until March, was a forceful
advocate of reaching out to the nations
most able to wound Iran’s economy,
including Germany and India.
Across the ocean, however, left-wing
U.S. Jewish groups — not to mention non-
Jewish left-wing groups — are against
more sanctions.
Americans for Peace Now has the most
pronounced opposition.
“We don’t think crippling sanctions are
right if the meaning of that is that the sanc-
tions will not be targeted against Iran’s
governments and leaders but will target
Iranian people,” spokesman Ori Nir said.
“We think that’s not only morally wrong
but is also strategically perilous.”
Other left-wing groups also hedge on
the prospect of sanctions.
Te Israel Policy Forum, in a July 15
paper, encouraged engagement and said
threats of enhanced sanctions were “not
necessary” because Iran’s leadership
knew they were forthcoming.
Te most recent statement from Brit
Tzedek v’Shalom, dated July 2008, rejects
“diplomatic isolation or veiled threats of
military action” and advocates “utilizing
diplomatic and economic incentives and
sanctions together.”
In a policy statement, J Street says
it does not oppose further sanctions
“i n pri nciple,” but “under t he cur-
rent circumstances, it is our view that
ever harsher sanctions at this time are
unlikely to cause the Iranian regime to
cease weapons development.” Engage-
ment should “not be conducted with a
stopwatch,” it said.
Te Reform movement, which often
aligns with the left-wing groups on Israel-
Palestinian matters, is a bit closer to the
Israeli position when it comes to Iran.
Rabbi David Saperstein, who directs
the Reform’s Religious Action Center,
disputes Americans for Peace Now’s
contention that the proposed enhanced
sanctions are immoral.
“Tese were chosen as a much more tar-
geted way to put the maximum pressure on
the power structure in Iran,” he said.
Te other left-wing pro-Israel groups
arrived at t hei r Iran pol icies part ly
because of their alliance with an array of
liberal Democrats wary of engaging Iran
in the wake of the Iraq War and its resul-
tant quagmire. Behind the scenes, these
groups have sought sanctions that would
not harm ordinary Iranians.
Supporters of tougher sanctions argue
that sanctions targeting the regime have
been in place for years and have had little
efect.
Shai Franklin, a senior fellow for U.N.
afairs at the Institute on Religion and
Public Policy, said that gravitating away
from deference to Israeli constituen-
cies may be healthy for some U.S. Jewish
groups.
“It makes the conversation more inter-
esting, and once that happens you’ll fnd
more people getting involved, from the
right and left,” he said.
Steven Spiegel of the Israel Policy
Forum said differences might emerge
next month over the pacing and intensity
of sanctions.
“Te Iran diference is part of a difer-
entiation that has got to be addressed,”
he said. “At some point there has to be a
serious dialogue between American Jews
and Israel and the Obama administration
and Israel.”
One tactic might be to remind Israel that
Obama’s policy of engagement with Iran
appears to have rallied support in Europe
in recent weeks for tougher sanctions.
“The doves,” Spiegel said, “accom-
plished what the hawks could not.”
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Rebecca and Daniel were married March
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Noam is the son of Judy Posner of
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We hiked onto the massive girth of
this centuries-old iceberg, marveling at
its 100-foot height, and even more at the
knowledge that most of its magnitude
was hidden well below the surface. And
we knocked of a small block, saving it for
our tea and cofee break. “Tere’s noth-
ing like the taste of water derived from a
10,000-year-old iceberg,” Reid said.
“Tis is a harsh land,” cautions Parks
Canada in its literature to visitors of
Sirmilik National Park. “Rescue facilities
and services are very limited…and may
make rescue entirely impossible. You
must be prepared for self-rescue.”
We’d come equipped, Reid informed
us. For the past nine years he’s made a
living by taking visitors onto the ice foe
in May and June, and escorting them
by kayak through the inlet in July and
August. He carries the essential satel-
lite telephone, a two-way radio, the ever-
present rife and plenty of food and warm
clothing. Most importantly, he relies on
the companionship of an Inuit elder,
Omik. Te Inuit know this land better
than anyone else, and it was Omik who
advised us where the ice was sufciently
solid to travel, keeping a watchful eye out
for bears.
From a distance, we saw seals lying
like large slugs on the ice surface, nearby
the holes they’d ingeniously created. At
the frst sound of the snow machines,
however, they lumbered back into the
icy water. Perhaps time has taught them
that machines like ours can be their
demise. Many Inuit hunters rely on their
seal catch to stave of hunger, waiting
for hours and days at their small cabins
to hunt.
Tough they know this land so well,
even they can make potentially fatal
mistakes while traversing its surface.
In the comfort of our communal dining
tent at night, we heard stories of Inuit
who, caught on the ice for weeks in bad
weather, were forced to eat their team of
Huskies to survive. Inuit elders still recall
family and friends who died of starva-
tion, some found frozen to death in their
makeshift homes.
Te message is clear: Te weather has
no mercy out here, and your resources are
all you have. Te isolation is at once mag-
nifcent and fearsome.
We saw this with sheer clarity when we
stopped briefy in Sirmilik National Park
to inspect the remains of an old whal-
ing station. All that remains of this once-
active slaughterhouse is a rusty barrel
and the bones of an unfortunate, long-
dead mammal. Nearby, circles of stones
designate the places where a Tule com-
munity resided long ago, and the shallow
grave of one of its residents lies undis-
turbed, a skull and femur glinting in the
afternoon sunshine.
Nunavut leaves you with a sense of
your smallness in the world, and the
power of the natural forces around you.
Travel here requires a sense of adven-
t ure and a wi l l i ngness to push t he
limits of your experience. But it’s richly
rewarded, for the Canadian Arctic is one
of the last pristine frontiers, a place liter-
ally on top of the world, and one so vast
and silent, you can hear the murmur of
your very soul.
Lauren Kramer is a Richmond, B.C.-based
Jewish travel writer.
iF You go:
Ottawa is the point of departure for
First Air fights into Nunavut. From
here, you fy frst to Iqaluit and then to
Pond Inlet. Weather permitting, the
journey from Ottawa to Pond Inlet can
easily take a day. For more information,
contact First Air (www.frstair.ca) or
call 800-267-1247.
Given the danger of traveling solo in
this area, it’s best to join a group or
enlist the help of a guide to customize
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dogsledding and kayaking, as well as
customized itineraries. For more
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867-899-8870. Nunavut Tourism has
detailed information about the area.
Visit www.nunavuttourism.com or call
866-686-2888.
Parks Canada has an offce in Pond
Inlet providing travelers with
information on Sirmilik National Park.
Call 867-899-8092 or visit www.
parcscanada.gc.ca/parks/nunavut/
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NEW YORK (JTA) — Harking back
to an era when Jews ruled the ring, two
devoutly observant boxers are fghting to
make this the best year for Jewish boxing
in seven decades.
Middleweight Yuri Foreman, 29, and
welterweight Dmitriy Salita, 27 — both
undefeated — are poised to battle for
world titles this fall.
As they prepare for their champion-
ship bouts, the Brooklyn pair say they feel
good about their chances of following in
the footsteps of such Jewish ring greats as
Benny Leonard and Barney Ross.
“I would not be in this sport if I wasn’t
confdent,” said Foreman, who will meet
World Boxing Association junior middle-
weight champion Daniel Santos in Las
Vegas on Nov. 14. “I am confdent that I
will be successful, God willing.”
Salita, who is gearing up for his WBA
light-welterweight title shot against Brit-
ain’s Amir Khan in a bout tentatively set
for Dec. 5, adds that “I think it’s incredible
that Yuri and I made it to the same level
at the same time. Hopefully we’ll both be
successful.”
The hebrew hammers
Devoutly Jewish fghters hoping titles will silence critics
Much of the media attention sur-
rounding Foreman and Salita, who are
friends — Foreman attended Salita’s
recent wedding — has focused on their
strict observance of Judaism. Te pious
pugilists refuse to box on Shabbat, and
they keep kosher and study Torah in their
free time. Foreman is even training to
become a rabbi.
“Many people have a stereotype about
boxing that you can’t do anything spiri-
tual,” Foreman said. “Judaism in many
ways helps me in my boxing. It helps me
to stay grounded, not to forget who I am
and where I am.”
Salita, who studies at a Chabad yeshiva,
says his Judaism helps him become a
better person and fulfll life goals.
“God wants us to work hard,” he said.
“While I wouldn’t recommend a rab-
bi’s son become a boxer, it fts in with my
background. In my way, I’m spreading my
Judaism.”
But critics say the focus on Foreman
and Salita’s Jewish credentials may be
obscuring the boxers’ shortcomings in
the ring.
Though both are undefeated, some
have suggested that Salita attained his
high World Boxing Association ranking
only because he has fought subpar oppo-
nents and that Foreman can win only on
points. Of Foreman’s 27 victories, only
have eight have come by knockout.
“In looking at Salita’s boxing record,
it’s hard to see how he was ever pushed
to the No. 1 spot in the WBA rankings,”
wrote Scott Gilfoid, a blogger for Boxing
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News. “I can’t recognize one name among
Salita’s 31 fghts — not one. I don’t know
who these fghters are, and it seems pecu-
liar that the WBA put Salita at No. 1 based
on these wins.”
Salita acknowledges that he hasn’t
fought top contenders, but he attri-
butes it to bad luck. Every time he was
scheduled to fght a major contender,
the match fell through for one reason or
another, he said.
Both Foreman and Salita were born
in the former Soviet Union — Fore-
man in Gomel, Belarus, and Salita in
Odessa, Ukrai ne. Sal ita i mmigrated
with his family to Brooklyn in his early
teens, while Foreman took a more cir-
cuitous route, frst immigrating to Israel
before moving to New York City’s larg-
est borough in 1999 at age 20 to pursue
his career.
Tey agree that the immigrant experi-
ence greatly infuenced their decision to
pursue boxing.
“Immigration is a tough process,”
Salita said. “My American dream con-
veyed its way through boxing.”
“If you look back at Jewish world
champions, they used to be immigrants,”
Foreman said. “So I guess you need this
little quality, this hunger.”
Their emergence has sparked the
i magi nat ion of many Jewish boxi ng
enthusiasts fond of a bygone era when
there were more Jewish fghters in pro-
portion to their share of the U.S. pop-
ulation than any ethnic group in the
country.
“We had a period that people don’t
know or appreciate, when we had almost
30 Jewish world champions,” said Mike
Silver, the curator of an exhibition on
Jewish boxing at the National Museum
of American Jewish History in Philadel-
phia and author of Te Arc of Boxing: Te
Demise of the Sweet Science.
“What I like about this is that it brings
back histor y. It makes more people
become aware of the Jewish experience
in boxing, and that should be taught as
part of the Jewish immigrant experi-
ence,” he said. “Boxing was the sport that
more Jews have participated in than all
other sports combined. Tey have been
more successful at that sport than in any
other in terms of sheer numbers.”
While Silver says he’s doubtful that the
emergence of two Jewish boxers heralds a
return to the glory days of Jewish boxing,
in the 1920s and 1930s, “Even one fghter
is a nugget of gold.”
Lou DiBella, a veteran boxing pro-
moter who has worked with both Fore-
man and Salita, says Foreman is the more
tested and has a better chance to take a
title.
“Wit h respect to Yuri, t he televi-
sion executives don’t think he’s exciting
because of his style,” DiBella said. “Dmi-
triy has more of a brawling style, but
with him the question is his quality.”
Steve Kim, a blogger for MaxBoxing.
com, said he calls Foreman Yuri “Bore-
man” because of his style in the ring.
“Boxing needs exciting fghters, and
I don’t think Yuri Foreman is one,” Kim
told JTA. “He’s a very cautious, safety-frst
combatant. If you listen to the crowd’s
reaction in his last bout in Atlantic City,
people were booing.”
Foreman is aware of the criticism and
says he feels no need to apologize for
avoiding slugfests. To him, boxing is more
akin to chess, where opponents outma-
neuver and trick each other.
“I don’t care what critics say, I just do
my thing and it’s gotten me a shot at the
world title bout,” Foreman said. “I am
also thinking about my future, and I want
to be able to talk to my children.”
Salita says his fight in December,
which likely will take place in either
London or Manchester, will be his big
chance to prove his worth in the ring.
“I hope that Jewish people in Britain
come out and show their support,” Salita
said, “and that I make them proud.”
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