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What is our responsibility?
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July Family Calendar

Gleaning Season is Here

Spend Sunday afternoons at the Broadway Farmers Market
collecting produce donations for the Polack Food Bank.
For more information, contact Jane Deer-Hileman,
(206) 861-3155 or




Positive Discipline

AA Meetings at JFS

Endless Opportunities

Tuesdays, July 22, July 29,

August 5 and August 12
6:30 9:00 p.m.
Babysitting may be available with advanced
Contact Marjorie Schnyder, (206) 861-3146

Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m.

Contact (206) 461-3240 or

A community-wide program offered

in partnership with Temple Bnai Torah &
Temple De Hirsch Sinai. EO events are open
to the public and are at 10:30 a.m. unless
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Plan ahead

Love, Culture and Community

Mondays, August 11, 18, 25 and
September 8
7:00 9:00 p.m.
Contact Marjorie Schnyder, (206) 861-3146

Kosher Food Bank

Wednesday, July 2
5:00 6:30 p.m.
Contact Jana Prothman, (206) 861-3174 or

The Ecosystem of the

Book Business

Solutions to Senior Hunger

Washington State Ferry System:

The Largest in the US

JFS is helping eligible seniors sign-up for
food stamps.
Contact Emma Johnston, (206) 726-3635 or

Thursday, July 10

Tuesday, July 15

A Trip to the Ballard Locks


Thursday, July 31

RSVP Ellen Hendin or Wendy Warman,

(206) 461-3240 or


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stories you may have missed

inside this issue

Every weekday at 3 p.m., we send out an email with stories from near and far about
whats happening in our Jewish world. Here are some stories you may have missed
over the past week:
Shabbat kaboom
On the fence, eh?
Political realities
Divestment, settled
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Find all of these articles on our website, The Jewish Sound.

Ten things about the Ten Commandments

Rabbis Turn columnist Bruce Kadden introduces us to 10 things we probably didnt know about those
ever-important Ten Commandments.

Whats our responsibility?

Given the number of mass shootings in recent years, what are Jews attitudes toward gun ownership?

How a student beat divestment

Even before a motion was introduced, one student at Western Washington University was pivotal in ensuring that no motions to divest from Israel will see the light of day.

Holocaust museum breaks ground

The new Belltown museum, when it opens in early 2015, will bring in thousands of visitors each year to
give them a better understanding of the Holocaust and other genocides.

Remember when

Rallying for the kids


A rally last week on Mercer Island let the families of three kidnapped Israeli teens know theyre not alone.

Northwest Jewish Family

If universal preschool comes to Seattle


Should voters approve a universal pre-K levy this November, the benefits would likely outweigh any drawbacks.

Second fiddle


Abba Knows Best columnist Ed Harris relishes his status as the lesser parent.

Mixed families


Childrens book reviewer Rita Berman Frischer looks at stories that tell of being Jewish and something

From the Jewish Transcript, June 17, 1957.

Golf anyone? These eight local leaders were among the 64 men who participated in the first of what was promised would become an annual golf tournament,
sponsored by Seattle Lodge No. 503, Bnai Brith, and the Seattle Jewish Community Center. Each of the winners in three categories was presented with a trophy by
Mayor Gordon S. Clinton.

Community Calendar
The Arts
Letters 5
M.O.T.: Like father, like daughter
Crossword 10
Whats Your JQ?: Seminal moments
Israel: To Your Health: A focus on autism
Lifecycles 23
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27 June

69 p.m. Pride Shabbat at Temple Beth Am

Alexis Kort at 206-525-0915 or or
A celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender,
and queer jews with their friends, allies, and
families. Kosher Shabbat dinner after services.
ASL interpreter available. Free. At Temple Beth Am,
2632 NE 80th St., Seattle.
8 p.m. Funny Girl

Box Office at 425-392-2202 or boxoffice@ or
The irrepressible story of Fanny Brice: comedienne,
Vaudeville star, and one of the most celebrated
entertainers of her time. Select Tuesdays at 7:30
p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.,
Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.,
Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Senior and youth
discounts available. $46-$65. At Village Theatre,

303 Front St. N, Issaquah.

611 p.m. The Amazing Adventures of
Kavalier & Clay

Book-It Repertory Theatre at 206-216-0833

or or
In 1939 Joe Kavalier smuggles himself out of Nazioccupied Prague and reappears in New York to live
with his cousin, Sammy Clay. Based on Michael
Chabons tale of escape, transformation, magic,
and moxie. Theatrical event complete with dinner
break. $23-$42. Through July 13. At The Center
Theatre at the Armory, 305 Harrison St., Seattle.


29 June

810 p.m. Jewish Comedy show: Guilty


Erez Benari at 425-501-7225 or or
Featuring comedians Nick Decktor, Paul Barach,
Tyler Schnupp, Rome Davis and Ron Reid, hosted
by Erez Benari. Adults only. $15. At Parlor Billiards
and Spirits, 700 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue.


4 July

67:15 p.m. Kinder Kabbalat Shabbat

Alexis Kort at 206-525-0915 or alexis@ or
Designed for kids 6 and younger. Greetings, candle
blessings, challah, prayers, dancing, a story, and
blessings. Led by Shoshanah Stombaugh. Light
dinner for kids before services at 6:15. No RSVP

required. At Temple Beth Am, 2632 NE 80th St.,



10 July

10:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. The Ecosystem of

the Book Business

JFS Endless Opportunities at 206-461-3240

or or
Can a bookstore be both an economic ecosystem
and feed the soul? A panel of managers and
owners discuss their roles in building communities
where book lovers, authors and the public come
together to exchange ideas. At Temple Bnai Torah,
15727 NE Fourth St., Bellevue.

the arts
Sunday, June 29 at 3 p.m.
The Lost Town
Lost Town tells the story of Trochenbrod, an almost exclusively Jewish
town in Ukraine decimated by the
Nazis in 1942 and made famous by
Jonathan Safran Foers book Everything is Illuminated. The film follows Avrom Bendavid-Val, who has dedicated his
life to piecing together his family and the towns history and interviewing former
residents, such as Betty Gold, a Cleveland Jewish leader who is one of the last
survivors of Trochenbrod. Gold will speak after the film and sign copies of her new
book, Beyond Trochenbrod: The Betty Gold Story.Reception to follow.
At the Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. For
more information contact 206-232-7115 or


Claims Conference recent negotiations with the German government have resulted
eligible Holocaust survivors:
Income Limit Raised
allowed a

Thursday, July 10 at 7 p.m.

Tzofim Friendship Caravan Concert
The Tzofim Friendship Caravan, a troupe of 10 talented Israeli youth, part of the
Friends of Israel Scouts, comes stateside to sing, dance, and tell personal stories
in a performance that depicts the vitality of Israel. Started in 1973, the Friendship
Caravan tours North America every summer to promote a message of hope and
peace for Israel. $5 child, $10 adult, $25 family. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer
Way, Mercer Island. For more information contact 206-232-7115 or,
or visit

Open Ghettos

Claims Conference

Sunday, July 13 at 8 p.m.

The Lego Movie
Outdoor film
Come to the Js Kesher Community Garden to watch The
Lego Movie under the stars.
Ordinary Lego minifigure
Emmet prophesies to save
the Lego universe from the
tyrannical Lord Business, who plans to use the Kragle to glue everything in place.
Smores at 8, movie starts at approximately 8:30. Free. At the Stroum JCC,
3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. For more information contact 206-232-7115 or or

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the rabbis turn

letters to the editor

Ten things you might not

know about the Ten
Rabbi Bruce Kadden Temple Beth El

Earlier this month we celebrated Shavuot, the holiday of matan Torah, the
giving or gift of Torah. It
had special meaning for our
family this year because our
first grandchild, Matan Aviv
Ballon, was born on May 5,
which was not only Cinco de
Mayo, but the fifth of Iyar,
Israel Independence Day; I
guess that means he is destined to be independent.
In any case, the Torah reading for
the first day of Shavuot is Exodus 19-20,
which includes the Ten Commandments.
While most of us are familiar with this
text, over the years I have discovered a
variety of interesting facts about the Ten
Commandments that are not as well
known. So here are ten things you might
not know about the Ten Commandments:
The Ten Commandments are not
referred to in the Torah as the ten mitzvot,
but most commonly aseret hadvarim,
literally the ten words (Exodus 34:28,
Deuteronomy 4:13, 10:4). They are also
referred to in Jewish texts as aseret hadibrot which also means the ten words
or the ten sayings. This understanding
helps make sense of the fact that I am
the Eternal your God who led you out of
the land of Egypt, the house of bondage,
which is a statement and not a commandment, is the first of the ten.
The Ten Commandments were recited
as part of the daily sacrificial ritual in the
Temple but were omitted by the rabbis when
they created the worship service. Talmud
Brachot 12a tells us the Ten Commandments were recited in the Temple along
with the three paragraphs of the Shema, the
priestly blessing from Numbers, and other
blessings. The text then says that the people
wanted to do the same thing outside of the
Temple, but were prevented from doing so
due to the minim. These were sectarians
(early Jewish-Christians according to some)
who claimed that the Ten Commandments
were the only mitzvot incumbent upon
the community. In response to this claim,
the rabbis refused to allow the Ten Commandments to be recited as part of the daily
prayers outside the Temple.
The Ten Commandments are found not
only in Exodus (chapter 20) and Deuteronomy (chapter 5) but also, according
to the rabbis (Leviticus Rabbah 24:5), in
Leviticus (chapter 19). The order of the
commandments and their wording in
Leviticus are different, and in a couple of

instances the identification is

a stretch. For example, You
shall not murder is said to be
reflected in the teaching Do
not stand by the blood of your
neighbor (Leviticus 19:16).
While Judaism and Christianity agree there are ten
commandments, they do not
agree on what those commandments are. Judaism considers I am the Eternal your God who
brought you out of the land of Egypt, the
house of bondage, to be the first commandment, but Christianity does not. So
how does Christianity still end up with
ten? The Catholic Church divides the
commandment against coveting in two:
One prohibiting coveting ones neighbors
wife and the other prohibiting coveting
ones neighbors goods. In the Protestant
tradition, You shall have no other gods
beside me is considered distinct from
the prohibition against graven images
that follows, whereas these are considered
as one commandment in the Jewish and
Catholic traditions.
The word Torah in gematria (Jewish
numerology) has a value of 611; but the
rabbis enumerated 613 commandments
in the Torah. They accounted for this discrepancy by teaching that the first two of
the Ten Commandments were directly
spoken by God to the Jewish People,
whereas the other 611 were transmitted
through Moses (Makkot 23b-24a).
There are different ways to chant the Ten
Commandments depending on whether
one is studying them or reading them
aloud during a worship service. When one
chants the Ten Commandments during
a worship service, the trope is arranged
so each commandment is chanted as if it
were a single verse (even though some are
more than one verse). However, when one
is studying this text, the trope treats each
verse individually.
Many synagogues have a representation
of the Ten Commandments above the
ark; this is a relatively recent innovation.
Responsa both supporting and opposing
the displaying of the Ten Commandments
above the ark only began appearing with
the rise of the practice among 19th-century Reform Judaism.
The commandment to honor our parents is one of the few commandments in
the Torah that promises a reward. Honor
your father and your mother, that you may
long endure on the land that the Eternal
your God is giving you (Exodus 20:12). In

Alleged friends

Shoshana Wineburgs impassioned plea for transparency regarding BDS and other
issues germane to the Israel-Palestinian conflict in her open letter to Ari Shavit (June 13)
begs an obvious question: Short of unconditional surrender to Mahmoud Abbas and his
kleptocratic Palestinian Authority, when might we expect some transparency on the part
of Ms. Wineburg and her coterie of insatiable critics vis vis their intentions toward Israel?
For what she has given us is yet another warmed-over serving of the half-truths and
fables she and her ilk, past and present, have been circulating since Israel made the unforgivable mistake of winning a 1967 war thrust upon it by an Egyptian-Syrian cabal, a war openly
aimed at Israels destruction.
Is there suffering and poverty among the Palestinians? Without doubt. But it is hardly
as a result of the Jews or Israel having disdained their plight. Israel has provided the jobs that
put food on the tables of thousands of Palestinian families who cross the Green Line daily to
work in construction, manufacturing and the retail trades.
Ms. Wineburg laments the Palestinians lack of a home. There are already two Palestinian states: Jordan, illegally gouged by the British mandatory power out of the land set aside
for a Jewish national home, and Gaza, from which Israel unilaterally withdrew in 2005. Hashemite Jordan has a 70 percent Palestinian majority. Gush Katif, from which 10,000 Jews
were expelled, was being readied as a rocket-launching site by its new Hamas tenants as
soon as the last Jewish bus left.
Despite all this, three Israeli governments were prepared to vacate 80-97 percent of
Judea and Samaria for a third Palestinian state in exchange for peace and recognition of
Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people. There were no takers. Mr. Abbas and Mr.
Arafat before him made it quite clear, in word and deed, that the only Palestinian state they
would accept is one that would have made Israels existence an historic footnote.
Israel will have to carry on without her niggardly blessings. There are limits to what
alleged friends think they can demand of friends and still be regarded as friends.
William Mehlman
Efrat, Israel
Speak for yourself

This is in response to Shoshana Wineburgs open letter to Ari Shavit of June 13. I am a Millennial. I have been on Birthright and formed lasting friendships. I have participated in the full
range of Jewish observance, from Reform to Orthodox, and have invested much personal
time and effort studying the histories of our people and the modern State of Israel. While I
respect Shoshanas right to share her opinion, I found her statements on Jewish Millennials
and Israel disturbing and full of error, both in fact and degree. She describes this universalism that appeals so much to us Millennials and what we all feel concerning Israeli-Palestinian
relations. I can only speak for myself; and what Id like to say is that Shoshana doesnt know
me, and hasnt a clue about how I feel. So the next time Ms. Wineburg decides to speak on
behalf of an entire generation, please remember to exclude me.
Elizabeth Meyers

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Deuteronomy 5:16, a second promise, and

that you may fare well is also included.
For the rabbis, these rewards indicate the
importance of this mitzvah. According
to the Talmud, it is one of the mitzvot for
which one is rewarded both in this world
and in the world to come (Shabbat 127a).
According to the rabbis, You shall not
steal refers not to the stealing of possessions, but to kidnapping. The rabbis
concluded that the prohibition against
stealing found in Leviticus 19:11 refers to
stealing property, whereas the prohibition
against stealing in the Ten Commandments prohibits stealing a human being.

They arrived at this conclusion because

in the Ten Commandments, stealing is
listed among murder and adultery, both of
which are crimes against persons.
The tenth commandment, which forbids
coveting, on the surface seems to deal with
a thought or a feeling rather than a behavior, which raised a concern for many rabbis.
The rabbis taught that a desire for an object
might lead to stealing the object and a desire
for another mans wife might lead to adultery or even murder. They also note that the
text is specific, referring to ones neighbors
property and ones neighbors wife, something that belongs to someone else.

I believe strongly that high tuition and low wages prevent many families from affording quality programs and prevent quality teachers from remaining in the field of early learning.
Leah Lemchen, director of early childhood education at Congregation Beth Shalom, on the proposed universal preschool program possibly coming to Seattle. See the story on page 18.

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Jews and guns: Whats our responsibility?

Emily K. Alhadeff Associate Editor, JTNews
Mike Tobias lives on a boat in Ballard
with his wife, their dogs, and two guns. On
the back of his car are two bumper stickers: One has an image of a Star of David
in American flag print, two rifles, and the
unequivocal statement, Gun control is
NOT kosher; the other has an X-ed out
swastika and reads, Gun control made
the Holocaust possible. No more Nazi gun
control laws.
What the anti-gun community frequently ignores is that every year, on
average, guns are used 2 million times
to stop crimes, Tobias explained in his
native Kentucky drawl. You never see the
headline, Yesterday 88 million legal gun
owners didnt kill anyone.
Tobias, a security officer in downtown
Seattle, is involved with Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, a Wisconsin-based nonprofit aimed at educating Jews
about the historical evils that Jews have suffered when they have been disarmed.
Tobias is of the opinion that individuals are in charge of their own safety. Twice
in the past two years, hes been glad to
have a gun on him when he encountered
aggressive figures while out late at night.
Hes in his 60s; he has a pacemaker. He
cant protect himself like he might have
once been able to, he told me.
If youre a criminal and a lot of people

have concealed weapons, youre going to

think twice, he said.
Tobias will not be voting in favor of
Initiative 594 in November, a ballot measure that, if passed, will require criminal
background checks on all gun sales.
Its another law that wont do any
good, he said.
The spate of recent shootings up the
West Coast, not to mention the massacres in Colorado and Connecticut, have
made it clear that something needs to be
done, and whether that means more guns
or fewer is a point of debate.
Much of the organized Jewish community, affected by the July 2006 shooting at the Jewish Federation of Greater

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Seattle, has gotten behind gun control

in the form of the Washington Alliance
for Gun Responsibility, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit formed in January 2013 advocating
for the legislation, and the Center for Gun
Responsibility, a 501(c)(3) that launched
last month, which is looking beyond the
November election.
According to Daniel Weiner, senior
rabbi at Temple De Hirsch Sinai, the alliance formed in response to the shooting at
Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in December 2012.
Something needed to be done, he
said. About 60-70 leaders of different faith
groups got together, and the result of their
conversations became the alliance and the
initiative. At this point, 16 Jewish organizations and congregations, including
the Jewish Federation, the Stroum Jewish
Community Center, and the Anti-Defamation League have signed on, plus a
number of clergy.
I-594 will close the gun show loophole and require everyone who wishes to
purchase a gun, even privately, to undergo
a criminal background check. The state
legislature was charged with addressing
the initiative but declined to do so, thereby
sending it to voters in the fall.
Though many recent shooters stole their
guns from relatives, according to the alliance, mandatory background checks will
make it harder for people who shouldnt
have access to guns to obtain them.
Theres no single solution to ending
gun violence, said Cheryl Stumbo, the
initiatives citizen-sponsor and a survivor
of the shooting at the Jewish Federation.
Background checks are the foundation
piece to make anything happen.
We know states that do have criminal
background checks experience lower levels
of intimate partner violence and suicide
by gun, said Zach Carstensen, the Federations director of government relations
and public affairs. Missouri had a criminal background check. They repealed it.
The homicide rate went through the roof.
Carstensen and Stumbo assure that this
is not an anti-Second Amendment initiative. Literature put out by the alliance notes
that eight out of 10 Washington State residents support background checks.
We have a number of responsible firearm owners who believe in back-

ground checks, said Stumbo. I am all for

people with concealed carry permits being
around me. Youre a good guy.
Weiner points out that the Second
Amendment is preceded by the First, which
is the right to life, liberty, and happiness.
From a Jewish perspective, if this will save
one life its already a success, he said.
Rabbi Moshe Kletenik echoes this sentiment.
Judaism recognizes the intrinsic value
of life. There is an obligation to protect
life, he said. Theres also an obligation
of the government to protect its citizens.
Background checks dont infringe on anybodys rights.
Kletenik, the director of the Seattle Vaad
HaRabanim, also testified before the legislature at the initiatives hearing in January.
The sources kind of speak for themselves, said Rabbi Ben Hassan of Seph
-ardic Bikur Holim Congregation. I
would say there should be tighter legislation for buying weapons based on a rabbinic tradition.
In the same way a bartender should
stop serving a customer who has had too
much to drink, gun sellers have an obligation not to sell weapons to customers who
might do harm, Hassan said.
These things for me are quite clear,
he said. If someone is spiritually blind we
cannot allow them to stumble.
Hassan received some critical feedback
after a talk he gave on the subject earlier
this year. Like Tobias, some congregants
look to the Holocaust as a cautionary
tale. (We have 6 million reasons to carry
guns, Tobias said.)
Those who want to have personal
arms, [its] because of what happened in
the Holocaust, and they never want to be
in a position where they are vulnerable,
said Hassan.
The Washington State Holocaust and
Education Resource Center is part of the
alliance, and according to the centers director Dee Simon, its mission is to educate and
help eliminate the causes of violence by
encouraging students to call out injustice.
By using the stories of rescuers we
teach students that one person can make
a difference, she said. We are concerned
about all violence and work hard to help
students navigate a complex world.
But in the meantime, with neo-Nazis
and others still out there who seek Jews
harm a lesson learned from the Federation and more recently the Jewish
Community Center of Greater Kansas
City some Jewish community firearms
owners may be inclined to carry their
weapons into synagogues and community
institutions. (Most sources agree that carrying a gun on Shabbat is not prohibited.)
Its a possibility Kletenik and Hassan
are opposed to. Both prefer security protocols, like hosts and screeners.
There should be no reason for anyone
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Western students proactive defense of Israel

Janis Siegel JTNews Correspondent

The Associated Students of Western

Washington Universitys board of directors, in an unprecedented move for a
U.S. college or university, proactively and
unanimously voted in June to reject all
boycott, divestment, and sanctions movements at the school, a policy Israel-advocacy groups have endorsed.
Aimed at prohibiting discrimination
against all national entities, the resolution,
affirmed by all seven board members states
that the ASWWU shall not take positions
advocating divestment from, boycott of,
sanctioning, or ceasing collaboration with
companies, products, or organizations
due to their nation of origin.
We didnt set out to do anything revolutionary, we set out to just live out our
values, outgoing ASWWU president
Carly Roberts told JTNews. We discussed
a desire to be proactive, get in front of
these discussions, and set down some positive precedents for people coming after
us so if these discussions do come up they
will have a positive framework from which
to approach them.
It took one Jewish student at WWU in
Bellingham, Alysa Kipersztok, an Emer-

son fellow for Israel advocacy organization StandWithUs, who brought the
document to the board.
It was not difficult to persuade members
of the Associated Students to pass the resolution, Kipersztok told JTNews. The resolution was discussed in two consecutive weekly
meetings and took less than 30 minutes.
Kipersztok said she hadnt received
much feedback from the student body
on the passage of the resolution, but the
handful of replies she did receive supported the vote.
Kipersztok objected to the boycott and
divestment strategy against Israel on the
grounds that it was divisive and unrepresentative of the views of the student body
there, although the final language in the
resolution makes no mention of Israel.
She did not want to go through the
same thing that the University of Washington had just gone through, SWU Northwest regional director Robert Jacobs told
JTNews, referencing the contentious divestment vote in May at the UW, where a resolution to adopt a divestment policy was voted
down in a 59-8 vote with 11 abstentions.
They used the national draft language

WWletters Page 5
Misplaced priorities

Asher A. Novs letter (The Greatest Sin? June 13th) decrying the JTNewss reporting of the
facts surrounding the Eli Varon case displays an unfortunate corruption of priorities.
Janis Siegel did not humiliate anybody. She reported the facts of an important case that deals
with an issue that our community must honestly confront. The charges being brought are the
result of an investigation by the police and have nothing to do with destroying this young mans
reputation. They are about protecting the victim.
Dr. Nov also injects anti-Semitism and BDS into a topic that has nothing to do with either. To
imply that they are relevant to this case merely distracts from the important conversations that
we should be having about making sure our children are safe.
Joshua Strassman

for a resolution that SWU put together,

said Jacobs. It was modified to make it fit
better with WWUs situation.
Passage of the resolution would preserve
the nature and the culture of the campus,
according to Roberts. The new policy will
guide all future debate on campus when
contentious political issues come up.
As a liberal arts institution, we value
taking complex issues and taking collaborative approaches to learning and to
issues of the day and not making blanket judgments or blanket decisions, she
said. We acknowledged that Israel was
the presenting situation that caused Alysa
to bring it forward, but Israel is not mentioned anywhere in the document. Its
meant to apply to any situation where
international conflict is in question.
The resolution condemns the targeting of individual countries based on their
national origin or other identity-based
Such movements, it continues, threaten
the safety and inclusive atmosphere of the
university and can promote hostility and
isolation toward certain student groups.
Boycott and divestment efforts against

Israel continue to be debated on college

campuses around the country, though earlier this year a similar resolution passed at
the University of Oregon, which specifically stated that Israel would be protected
from any divestiture campaigns.
StandWithUs Northwest plans to
insert both the WWU and UW resolution
into its materials package for students to
use if they want to bring a similar document to their student organizations.
We want students to take the lead,
said Jacobs. We dont tell students what
they should do. We think Alysa and the
board did an incredible job and were
working with a number of student organizations and schools around the country
right now. We believe that they know their
campuses the best.
Jacobs said that SWU Northwest is
looking forward to more actions like this
one in Washington State and around the
country to keep boycott and divestment
resolutions from further dividing academic institutions.
Were working with any students,
Jacobs said, that are trying to avoid the
BDS divestment battle.

A long line of leaders

After reading the recent opinion piece by Rabbi Oren Hayon (What have we lost? May 30)
about the divisive BDS debate at the UW, Im struck by the strong, thoughtful, effective leadership we enjoy and have enjoyed at our Hillel. Rabbi Hayon didnt fully describe the important strategic role he played in coordinating campus and community resources during the past two years
in anticipation of the threat to Israels legitimacy posed by the BDS campus effort. But he didnt
stop there. He recognizes the collateral damage caused by such a campaign, even while the BDS
effort was stymied at UW. He understands that the real battle is over the hearts and minds of our
young Jews, a large segment of whom are not comfortable with Israel or the portrayal of Israel in
the media. Our communitys challenge is to continue reaching out and embracing the next generation, helping them to live Jewishly, and connect to Jews world wide and in Israel in particular.
This thoughtful approach, which looks at the overall struggle and not just todays battle, is consistent with a tradition of wise, talented leaders weve enjoyed at Hillel at the UW, such as Rabbis
Jacobovitz, Bridge and Berkovitz. As a community, weve been blessed with this leadership.
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8 com m unity new s

With ribbon cut and prizes awarded, construction of a

Holocaust museum prepares to commence
Joel Magalnick Editor, JTNews

Henry Friedman had a message for the

nearly 100 school-aged kids and their parents who sat in the shell of what will soon
become the museum that bears his name:
Its not for Holocaust survivors, he said.
Its for you.
The event, an award ceremony for the
winners of the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Centers annual
writing and art contest, also marked the
groundbreaking, so to speak, of construction of the Henry and Sandra Friedman
Holocaust Center for Humanity. When
it opens in early 2015 at Second and
Lenora in downtown Seattle, the center
will be the first Holocaust museum in the
Pacific Northwest and will nearly triple
the amount of space the Holocaust Center
has at its current location a block away,
which it rents from the Jewish Federation
of Greater Seattle.
We chose this as a location because we
want to welcome as many visitors as possible, said Dee Simon, the Holocaust Centers executive director. The museum will
lie along a museum corridor bound by
Seattle Art Museum and the Pacific Science Center.
The $3.4 million project $1.2 million already raised went to purchase the
cavernous 6,000-square-foot space in the
recently constructed Cristalla building,
while $1.2 million is still needed to complete the capital campaign is expected
to serve 15,000 visitors in the first year,
with that number projected to double by
2019. Those figures come from comparisons to similar-sized museums in Cincinnati and St. Louis, according to Simon.
In addition to the exhibit gallery, the
museum will host conference space, a
research area, a bookstore, and library.
It will allow us to provide primary

Via Architecture

A rendering of the library at the new Holocaust Centers museum.

sources, which teachers who are teaching social studies require, Simon said.
In addition, students will now have an
opportunity to learn through local Holocaust testimony and artifactsand about
stages of human rights violations that in the
extreme lead to genocide, and in the everyday lives of the students that lead to lessons
on bullying, suicide, hate crimes and discrimination, which they know all too well.
The new museum will be a working
space, as the Holocaust Center will continue to fulfill its ongoing mission of building curricula and sending educational
materials for schools across the state as well
as operate its speakers bureau of Holocaust survivors. Simon said the technology
infrastructure of the new space will allow
the center to increase its offerings and its
reach by teaching via Skype, for example,
and having the nearly 200 local survivor
testimonies more easily accessible. Among
those testimonies is that of the man whose

name will be on the museum, Henry Friedman, who with a group of fellow survivors
founded the Holocaust Center 25 years ago.
Rather than a typical exhibit of the Holocaust based on the historical timeline, the
new museum will be able to provide thematic exhibits based on the 5,000 artifacts it
currently has, as well as focus on four stages
of human rights violations: Identification,
exclusion, violence and rebuilding.
When we look at those stages of
those human rights violations through
the Holocaust, Simon said, we saw that
those stages apply to other human rights
violations and discrimination not only
globally, but locally as well.
Which means that traveling exhibits from Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project can bring the Japanese
internment during World War II into the
conversation, as well as local Native tribes.
What we are doing is using the Holocaust as a way of teaching, because there

is no greater example, and there is no

example that is as well-documented as the
Holocaust, Simon said.
Hahnna Christenson, a 6th-grade history teacher at Cedar Park Christian School
in Bothell and the granddaughter of two
survivors, looks forward to having additional resources both for herself and her
Its important to teach about the
Holocaust, she said. Most of them
had never learned about the Holocaust
While growing up, Christenson, who is
Jewish, said she knew that her grandparents had survived, and would hear bits
and pieces, but began to learn much more
once she started using the Holocaust Centers curriculum six years ago.
For myself its been more rewarding, she said. I feel more of my story has
come teaching my students, which is really
a gift.
Teaching 6th graders is a challenge,
Christenson said, because theyre not
quite old enough to wrap their heads
around the magnitude of such an atrocity, but she also doesnt want to minimize
it. Having these materials available to her
has been important to her students learning, she said.
The museum and the centers new
name, the Holocaust Center for Humanity, will be dedicated later this year, with
the opening set to take place in January
2015. In addition to ongoing donations
from the Jewish community, we have
had a lot of support, both in public funding and in private funding from non-Jewish sources, Simon said. We are grateful
that the greater community has embraced

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Like father, like daughter: Recognizing two civic leaders

Diana Brement JTNews Columnist

I came from a family of volunteers,

Growing up in Seattles
It was awards season
notes Frannie. Her Richlen grandparents
Central District, Frannie
for one Northwest
helped start Ashkenazic Bikur Cholim
learned to work hard when
family this spring.
and her dad, Jack, helped start a bank
her parents, Jack and Pearl
First, Francine Richlen
in the neighborhood when other banks
Richlen, opened a small
Cohen was named Edmonds
wouldnt serve the local black community
butcher store at 23rd and
Citizen of the Year by the
(see below). An active member of City of
Union, which they operated
local Kiwanis on May 22.
Hope and Hadassah, Frannie has made a
for 51 years. She and her sister
Nominated often, and now a
hobby of asking people for their unused
Merle Richlen packed and
winner, she was noted for her
yarn from which she crochets afghans
marked meat, stacked shelves,
voluntary policing of trash
for Kline Galland residents,
we ran the cash
around Edmonds central
foster children, and local
registers, she
business district.
raffles and auctions. She has
says. We did
She and her husband
Member of
made over 100 for Kline Galeverything...
Sidney moved to their downland residents alone.
scrubbing the
town Edmonds condo in 2000 the Tribe
A frequent volunteer at
and Frannie, as shes known,
events like the annual Taste
cleaning the floors. Later,
wondered how she could give back to her
of Edmonds, you can often
the family added fruit, vegnew community. An exercise aficionado, she
find Frannie at the inforetables and canned goods,
noticed a lot of garbage, including dog waste,
mation booth in downtown
taking over a bigger space on
on her thrice-weekly, four-mile walks.
the same block. The business
Not one to mince words, Frannie says,
Im an energy bunny,
moved to the Shell station
after stepping in it one too many times
she says. I love giving and I
across the street, becoming
I said, When I see that I have to pick it
love watching people smile.
one of the first mini-marts
up. Armed with gloves and grabbers, she
in the region. Adding Kickin
has picked up childrens clothes, adult
Chicken fried chicken to
clothes...tampons and
A few days before
their offerings, Frannie said
containers.... You get the picture.
Frannie received her
it sold well even with Ezells
She washes clothes and donates them,
award, her dad Jack
nearby. Eventually, Franand recycles what she can. Its a good
Richlen, 93, received one
nie and Sidney took over the Frannie Cohen at her Edmonds as well for his role as one of
workout, she notes, all that walking and
store, but stepped away from condo armed with gloves and the founders of Seattles Libbending, that supplements the exercise
that in the late 90s.
classes she takes three times a week.
erty Bank in 1967. When
clean-up bag.





Diana Brement

Jack Richlen, in his Seattle apartment, holds his

award recognizing his work in the founding of
Liberty Bank.

running his store in Seattles Central District, he observed that African Americans
were treated unfairly by local banks, often
denied mortgages and business loans.
Banding together with minority community leaders, including Japanese- and
Chinese-Americans, they formed a bank
to serve the neighborhood, with Jack the
only white person involved. On June 3,
1967, he told the Seattle Times, We know
the area will prosper if the people have an
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Travel Without Fear

by Mike Selinker

Six action items to

Rivy Poupko Kletenik JTNews Columnist

Despite the tumult in the Middle East, CBS News travel editor Peter Greenberg urges us to
exercise our basic right to journey abroad. He writes, It is a time to never forget that travel
remains the most effective and powerful tool to break down barriers and build bridges.
From a space in the top row of this grid, a path of horizontally and vertically adjacent letters
spells a series of nine Mideastern nations, ending in a space somewhere in the bottom row.
We wish you safe journeys!
1 Ding Dong Merrily On High, e.g.
6 See 46-Down
10 Car company bought by National Electric Vehicle

Like ___ in the woods
Character who despises Othello
___ mater
Like a sentence that just keeps going and going
and going and going
Nano, e.g.
His brother came out, with his hand grasping ___
heel; so he was named Jacob (Genesis)
Boy, ___ you (Miley Cyrus lyric)
Krypton, for one
They banned Donald Sterling
Acing one gets you college credit
Captain America portrayer Evans
Glasses, slangily
Convent leader
Heavy thing for a roadie
Xbox videogame series
1983 sci-fi/fantasy film
Opera adapted into an Elton John musical
Bostons Liberty Tree, e.g.
Turtle king of the pond on the far-away island of
Are You ___ Out? (Aladdin and the King of
Thieves song)
Time-delay filmmaking technique, for short
Some match results
In the past
Submachine gun brand
Formerly called
Dragon slain by the Norse hero Sigurd
Alter, as text
Author Seton
French toast topping
Fashion designer Wang
Most dogs have 18
Barely managing, with out
Dwarven weapons
Uses a Kindle

1 Tesla, for one
2 ___ Dhabi
3 Kurosawa adaptation of King Lear
4 Instrument in the intro of Seals Kiss

from a Rose
Nikon offerings
Cause an auction price to rise
Bats use them to echolocate
___ Khan (Asian title)
Dick Graysons original nickname
Reacted to a tongue depressor
Nestl Purina brand
Cupid, by another name
Have ___ in (share)
Now I know my ___...
Christian martyr with a fire thats
heeded by sailors
Prefix meaning outside
Spoil, as ones parade
Of limited presence
Chilly acknowledgement
Common conjunction
Its between kay and em
Pervy person
Computerized brains, for short
With 6-Across, Jellystone Park
Some rays
Car wash machine
School in Amherst and Boston,
Type of bean
Rodriguez of the diamond
Sound from a tee
Stared at
Van ___ (facial hair style)
Prefix for violent or partisan
Coastal inlet
Sturm ___ Drang
Some movie ratings

Answers on page 23
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All rights reserved. Puzzle created by Lone Shark Games, Inc. Edited by Mike Selinker and Gaby Weidling.

Dear Rivy,
I know there seems to be
no shortage of awful things
that happen to us Jews, and
maybe on some level we
should get used to it. As I read
about anti-Jewish activities in
France for example, I confess
I sometimes just glaze over.
I mean, how many times can
we let ourselves get worked up
over these things? What with Whats
being Jewish bad things
seem to be inevitable.
That said, the shooting in the Brussels
Jewish Museum this past May gave me
great pause. But the recent kidnapping of
the three young men in Israel really has
me disturbed and engrossed in their fate.
I feel its offensive to get political about
it it does not matter from where they
were kidnapped. Three Jewish kids are
kidnapped? This is just awful. They were
not soldiers, just kids on their way home.
What can we do about this?
Two demeanors that I disdain? Being
cynical and being jaded. So good for you
that you care. We must care. It is tempting to change the channel and not let ourselves get disturbed, and easy to rationalize
that one person cant really make a difference. Many here in the Pacific Northwest
fall prey to assuming there is little we can
accomplish, and that we should allow the
government of Israel to handle the situation or allow some of the larger Jewish
communities take action. I disagree. For
every reason you mentioned, we must not
sit idly by the blood of our brothers.
Moreover, we are compelled, according to Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik, in his
essay Kol Dodi Dofek, as detailed by Dr.
Moshe Sokolow, by a covenant of arevut
mutual responsibility that we collectively entered into as we arrived in the
land of Israel. We have a shared responsibility and liability, he writes, Kol Yisrael
areivim zeh bazeh all Jews are guarantors for one another. This is not merely a
lofty philosophical aspiration. It functions,
in halachah, as a principle of law.
We do not have the luxury to turn a
blind eye to the fate of our fellow Jews.
Indeed, we should be proud that it is our
mandate to be involved and intricately
connected to each other. In that very article by Sokolow, he cites this oft-told joke to
display the very idea:
A Jewish immigrant arrives as a newcomer to New Yorks Lower East Side
and frantically seeks the company of
other Jews. Not knowing whom, or where
they might be, he goes out into the street
and shouts, in Yiddish: Men schlogt de
Yidden! they are beating Jews! People
quickly surround him and demand to
know what was going on and how they
could help. The man replies: In my shtetl,
back in the alter heim, they are beating

Jews I only wanted to know

whether anybody here cared.
Self-deprecating device
and wolf-crying ploy aside,
the joke communicates the
core notion that we are a
people that cares about each
other. This is who we are. In
every generation it looks a
little bit different and in some
cases we do better than other
Your cases. For now, in this generation, at this moment, it looks
like this: #bringbackourboys.
Here are six action items all grounded
on Jewish values lets get busy.
1. Write letters to the family. Let them
know you care, that their sons are on all
of our minds, and that we too are desperate for their return. When going through
a crisis or a time of immense stress and
hardship, knowing that others are present with us and sharing in our burden is
meaningful and serves to alleviate of some
of the pain. Our tradition teaches us that if
one-sixth of the pain of an ailing patient is
relieved by one compassionate visitor, just
think what a flood of letters could do. You
can even write online by going here: www.
2. Stay informed. One of the endearing
attributes of most Israelis is their predilection for compulsively listening to the hourly
news. Can you hear the beep beep beep
Kol Yisrael yet? Tragically, the habit is
borne from the reality of the highly charged
situation, fondly known as the matzav.
In times such as these we must adopt this
stance. It is our duty to check in with Israeli
news sites on a daily basis to keep apprised
of the situations latest developments. This
way, our sensitivities are never diverted
from the plight of these boys and their families lest our hearts become hardened.
3. Engage Jewishly: Rabbi Adin Stenhalz,
in whose yeshiva one of the boys is a student, implores us to take action: What
we can do and this has been the Jewish
way from time immemorial is to add
more holiness and learn more Torah. If we
can, each of us should take upon ourselves
something additional, no matter how
small, especially and explicitly devoted
for the sake and well-being of the missing boys: Naftali Frenkel (Yaakov Naftali
ben Rachel Devorah), Gilad Shaar (Gilad
Michael ben Bat Galim), Eyal Yifrach
(Eyal ben Iris Tesura.)
What could this increase in holiness look
like? Light an additional Shabbat candle
for the students. Be conscious of your daily
activities how you speak, eat and spend
your time. Each of us is blessed with freedom and self-actualization those held
hostage are not. How do we use our blessings, our time and our wherewithal? How
can we be sure to not squander them?
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Seattle rallies for kidnapped

Boris Kurbanov Special to JTNews

the boys attend yeshiva. Wattenstain asked

Members of Seattles Jewish commuthe crowd in attendance for prayers for the
nity gathered Wednesday, June 18 at the
teenagers to come home safely.
Stroum Jewish Community Center on
The boys disappearance has gripped
Mercer Island to express solidarity, love,
Israel, setting off a large Israeli security
and support for the three Israeli teenagers
operation dubbed Brothers Keeper in
kidnapped in the West Bank on June 12.
the West Bank, and especially in Hebron
Jews around the world have been galvain the southern West Bank to Nablus in
nized by the incident in which Eyal Yifrach,
the north. Israeli troops have conducted
19, and 16-year-olds Gilad Shaar and Nafa large-scale, door-to-door search for
tali Frenkel all students at yeshivas in
Jewish settlements in
the West Bank vanished while hitchhiking at the Gush Etzion
Junction in the West
Bank, a Jewish settlement bloc that is under
direct Israeli control.
Rabbi Chaim
Levine, whose organization Hope for Heroism helped organized
the rally, was contemplative and somber
after the event.
Boris Kurbanov
The Jewish People Members of the Jewish community gathered at the Stroum JCC last week
are one. This is not an to offer prayers and support for the missing Israeli teens.
issue that affects just
the teens, and have detained more than
Israel it affects every Jewish person in
280 Palestinians since the kidnapping
the world, and its more than just showincluding high-ranking members of the
ing our complete support and solidarity,
Islamic militant group Hamas while
Levine said. We are all part of this
confiscating its cash and weapons.
these are our children. Every Jewish parent
The kidnappings have also sparked the
feels that way. The very least we could do
Twitter campaign #BringBackOurBoys, a
for them is to come together and pray.
hashtag used to mobilize support for Israel
In addition to Hope for Heroism,
and modeled after Mays viral #BringBackwhich helps injured Israeli soldiers put
OurGirls movement led by Michelle Obama
their lives back together, the rally was
that brought international attention to the
organized by the Jewish Federation of
mass kidnapping of Nigerian schoolgirls by
Greater Seattle, StandWithUs Northwest,
terrorist group Boko Haram. A petition on
and the Stroum JCC.
the White House website was created June
During the rally, Levine spoke via Skype
with Aralah Wattenstain, who is serving as
a commander in the field in Hebron, where
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Gray and white matters: Mapping autism in the brain

Janis Siegel JTNews Columnist

As part of his U.S. brain

initiative in 2014, President
Obama visited Israel and
learned about groundbreaking brain research developed
by Ben-Gurion University of
the Negev researchers. This is
part one of a two-part look at
some of those technologies.
Hes Ben-Gurion University of the Negevs resident
warrior against autism.
His labs credo, the Din- To Your
stein Computational Neuroimaging Lab reads, We want Health
to transform the definition of autism from
one that is behavioral to one that is biological.
Ilan Dinstein, 38, a senior lecturer in
the department of psychology and the
Zlotowski Center for Neuroscience, along
with his research team, are singly focused
on detecting autism in children well
before the current age of 2 or 3 years old
by studying how each part of the autistic
brain performs differently.
My passion is understanding the
brain, said Dinstein in a BGU interview.
What we want to do in my lab is to develop
techniques to identify autism at the age of 1
or 2 using biology. We want to look at the
brains of children and be able to identify

those who will later develop

autism. The earlier you intervene, the better the outcome.
While many researchers
concentrate on surveying
the whole brain, looking for
areas that do not fire the way
a normal brain would, Dinstein is exploring each section
of the brain while assessing its
ability to function properly.
Of all the parts of the
body, the brain is probably
the least understood organ,
Dinstein said. Even though
it weighs only three kilograms, its what
makes you yourself. Its all located in this
small box that we know very little about.
Globally, according to the World Health
Organization, an autism spectrum diagnosis occurs in roughly one in every 160 children and in one out of 100 in the U.S. An
autism diagnosis covers a spectrum of conditions that include Asperger syndrome
and childhood disintegrative disorder.
Children with autism have problems
interacting and communicating socially.
They exhibit many physical tells such as
chronic repetitive behaviors, pronounced
clumsiness, and an overly sensitive reaction to sound and sensory experiences.
Using several imaging tools, Din-


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MRI Diffusion Tensor Imaging, or DTI,
and Electroencephalography, or EEG, to
explore the brains ability to function. But
that is only half of his process.
By taking an anatomical MRI, he then
compares the volume, thickness, and folding of the several frontal lobe areas of the
brain, comparing it to brains that do not
exhibit the autistic syndrome.
Next, he maps out the gray and white
matter of a normal brain to use as a roadmap, superimposing it over an image of
the same brain matter from an autistic
child to note differences.
Researchers can see how the sensory
systems behave and whether an autistic
brains connections are similar to the same
system of a healthy brain.
In 2012, doctors believed that autism
was a malfunction of the brains ability to
generally process neural signals. In autism
patients, those connections appeared to be
unreliable and unclear.
Investigators concluded that the spectrum of behavioral effects were originating
from one part of the brain and producing
the various autistic symptoms throughout
the whole brain.
That year, Dinstein and his team tested
several parts of the brain in autistic patients

to further identify which parts of the brain

affected the autistic persons ability to
react and respond to everyday communication. The results, titled The Unreliable
Evoked Responses in Autism, were published in the September issue of the journal
NEURON. The study included 28 subjects
14 with autism and 14 subjects without.
The autistic group had a median age of 26.5
and the non-autistic groups median age
range was 26 years old.
Each participant completed three
event-related fMRI experiments, wrote
Dinstein, which enabled us to measure
stimulus-evoked responses independently
in the visual, auditory, and somatosensory
Researchers combined meticulous brain
signal processing techniques with complicated computational methods that used
classification and clustering algorithms.
Dinstein posited that a complete identification and classification of the remaining basic neural processing characteristics,
like plasticity and selectivity, are essential to the understanding of autism. This
approach could also be helpful in accurately connecting neurophysiological
abnormalities with potential genetic or
molecular functioning that may lead to the
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How would universal preschool affect

Jewish early childhood programs?
By Janis Siegel
Jewish preschools in Seattle may feel the
impact of a city-wide ballot measure this
November that would approve and fund
Mayor Ed Murrays Seattle Preschool Plan
a four-year, $58 million education levy for a
voluntary universal preschool curriculum and
performance assessment model.
Passed unanimously by the Seattle City
Council in May 2014, the projected 20-year
program is designed to serve 80 percent of all
interested 3- and 4-year-olds in Seattle and
would take effect in the 2015-2016 school year.
While public funds cannot be appropriated
for private schools, final eligibility guidelines for
participating in the program have not yet been
set, according to the City of Seattles deputy
director for Office of Education, Sid Sidorowicz.
Guidelines for eligibility to participate will
be developed later, Sidorowicz told JTNews.
However, the approach taken by the city, to
date, is that religious entities can serve as a location for a city-funded preschool, but they
may not directly operate it. For example, a church can lease space to a private operator,
or may have a separate nonprofit established that does not include religious elements.
In order to qualify, schools need to be a part of the Early Achievers Program equal to a Level
3 or higher, meaning the schools provide quality instruction beyond basic licensing standards;
comply with the Classroom Assessment Scoring System and the Revised Early Childhood
Environment Rating Scale; and dedicate at least two classrooms to preschool learning.
If a school already contracts with Seattle Public Schools and meets additional standards,
they would have priority status.
It looks like our school could be eligible, Leah Lemchen, early childhood director at
Congregation Beth Shalom, told JTNews. Our school serves primarily Jewish children,

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licensed by the Washington State Department
of EarlyLearning and we are participating in the
Early Achievers program. We also have a dual
language program and provide full daycare,
which are priorities in the citys proposal.
Qualified organizations will need to be
licensed by the Washington State Department
of Early Learning to provide preschool services
if they are not a public school or an institution
of higher education.
I believe that our 501(c)(3) status under IRS
is as an educational, not a religious institution,
said Tziviah Goldberg, business and development director at the Chabad-based MMSC
Day School, representing its early childhood
centers board. On that basis, hopefully we
would qualify, as would any independent
school. In addition, since we are approved by
the State of Washington as an institution, I hope

that we would be able to participate.

Tuition for a family of four with income under $47,700, 200 percent of the federal
poverty level, would be fully subsidized by taxpayers. On the proposed sliding scale fee
structure, that same family of four with an income of $59,625 would pay a $535 annual
copay, calculated in 2014 dollars. An amendment passed by the City Council on June 23
set the sliding scale threshold at 300 percent of the federal poverty level.
More than 25 percent of 3- and 4-year-old children in Seattle live in families that have
incomes within the subsidized poverty level, according to the Seattle Preschool Program
Action Plan report.
I believe strongly that high tuition and low wages prevent many families from affording
quality programs and prevent quality teachers from remaining in the field of early learning, said
Lemchen. If the city of Seattle has a plan to address both of these challenges through subsidies,
I think that can provide an excellent opportunity for preschool and childcare programs.
To meet the demand for enhanced early childhood education, Murray has proposed
new standards for all incoming teachers and gives all current staff four years to comply
with the new criteria. A program supervisor or director would need to have a bachelors
degree in early childhood education or equivalent college-level coursework, as well as
classes in educational leadership and business management.
A lead teacher would need the same bachelors degree, but would have the option to
add a state teaching certificate. Assistants in the classroom will need an associates degree
in early childhood education or two years of comparable coursework that would satisfy
the criteria in the Washington State Core Competencies for Early Care and Educational
Given what teachers in even the highest-quality preschools are paid, satisfying these
requirements may prove difficult.
We do not currently meet the staff education requirements and I find them to be
extremely unrealistic for the pay scale of early childhood, even with improved wages and
subsidies, said Lemchen. I do see that there is an opportunity for waivers, but if that wasnt
something we received, I see those requirements as a significant problem.
So what would that mean for Jewish schools that wouldnt qualify to take part in the
program? Its possible some could lose students to a free program, but Sharon Mezistrano,
director of the Seattle Hebrew Academys early childhood education program, believes
hers wouldnt.
SHA offers a unique program as the only Seattle-area Modern Orthodox dual-curriculum program with classes that begin with one-year-olds and allows students to complete
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Mein Yiddishe Papa: In defense of dad

By Ed Harris
Households across America this month
celebrated Fathers Day. June, with its
Dads and Grads, is probably a great
month for Hallmark, especially now that
most of humanity has embraced Facebook
as a way to offer free birthday congratulations, a transgression I have committed
more than a few times myself. You can get away with posting
an online birthday greeting for most friends and relatives. But
when it comes to parents, the Fifth Commandment honor thy
Abba Knows Best mother and father has been interpreted by the rabbis to mean,
at a minimum, a card, a gift, and depending upon geography,
either a visit or phone call.
Dads are clearly regarded as the secondary authority figure in the average heterosexual
two-parent family. This is true in popular culture generally, and especially in the Jewish
community, where the term Jewish mother is iconic. The classic Yiddish song Mein
Yiddishe Mama contains uplifting lyrics that compare a saintly Jewish mother, always ready
to sacrifice for her children, as a gift from God. Note we dads dont have a song of our
own. If we did, it would probably ask whether the trash had been taken out or if we had
done anything about the dashboard service light which came on last week in the minivan.
We dads enthusiastically relish this junior authority status. Go ask your mother is my
general default response to any question requiring parental judgment.
When our kids were younger, they fought a lot, just like everyone elses offspring. Sibling
rivalry is the oldest story in the book, literally. According to the Torah, the first nuclear family
in the history of the world contained two brothers Cain and Abel who famously could
not get along. This theme was repeated a few generations later with Jacob, who tricked his
brother Esau into giving up his birthright for a steaming bowl of lentil stew (before I became a
vegetarian I would have entered into a similar bargain for the right corned beef and pastrami
sandwich) and then in the very next generation when Josephs brothers, consumed with
jealousy, threw him into a pit and sold him into slavery. I am not familiar with the sacred

books of all the other world religions, but I suspect most of them
contain similar tales of siblings who could not share their toys nicely,
with significant consequences for the rest of humanity.
In our home, whenever the roof was about ready to blow off
the top of the house from the general commotion, I would calmly
reassure my wife, Dont worry, if they need us to intervene, theyll
come downstairs.
My placid demeanor, intended to have a calming effect, only made my spouse more
No wonder you never get worried. Id be relaxed too, if I had your attitude, shed say.
You just sit there and do your crossword puzzle and tune out the rest of the world. Why
do you think Im so stressed out all the time?
Yes, my point exactly.
Dads also expect greater recognition for their contribution to family responsibilities.
However, this may be more than merely old-fashioned male ego. According to a recent
study by a University of British Columbia researcher, the extent to which fathers participate
in household chores has a significant impact on the career goals of their daughters. Dads
who do more housework, according to the study, tend to have more ambitious daughters.
See, honey? Thats why I make such a big fuss and expect a round of applause every time
I unload the dishwasher or do a load of laundry.
My kids are now adults, or nearly so, but they love each other enough to engage in the
occasional squabble. Fortunately, the magazine section of the Sunday New York Times has
an especially large, complex and challenging crossword puzzle. I only solve it about half
of the time, and doing so takes hours. Whats a four-letter word for torpid? It starts with
an l and the last two letters are z and y. And it may be the clue to being a successful
father. Just ask my wife, once shes done untangling everyone.
Ed Harris, the author of Fifty Shades of Schwarz and several other books, was born in the
Bronx and lives in Bellevue with his family. His blog, Fizz-Ed, and additional information
about his books are available at

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straight through 8th grade, she said via email. We are fortunate to have a dedicated group
of families who understand the value of this, the integration of Judaic and general studies
in an environment that is emotionally responsive to students.
Still, she expressed excitement about the idea of such a program.
It is so crucial for excellent early childhood educational opportunities to be accessible
to all children, she said. This issue should be front and center, as its long-term effects on
students is of utmost importance in the development of healthy, well-rounded individuals.
Not everyone agreed, however.
Thisinitiative would close all religious preschools down, unless parents can afford to
pay tuition, said Nechama Farkash of the Gani Preschool of the Arts at Chabad of the
Central Cascades in Sammamish. We would be competing against free tuition, as do all
Jewish day schools. I would not be willing to compromise or change the religious aspect
of my curriculum in order to qualify for tax money.
Local lawmakers have not ascertained whether Farkashs program, based in Sammamish,
would be affected, as it has not taken up the question of whether families living outside
of Seattle would qualify. The city estimates that after the initial four years of the program,
660 3-year-olds and 1,340 4-year-olds will have benefitted from the preschool curriculum.

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development of autistic symptoms.

The first goal is to better understand
what are the biological mechanisms that
underlie the emergence of the strange and
unique cognitive and social behaviors that
are exhibited by individuals with autism,
said Dinstein. The second goal is to identify objective biological measures that will
enable early and accurate clinical diag-

nosis of autism, which would be able to

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and Julius Deutsch,
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in Seattle to bring a weapon into synagogue, said Hassan.

Jeffrey A. Slotnick of Tacoma-based
security company OR3M advises that all
institutions have an emergency plan in
place for natural, technical, and manmade
Bottom line is, have a plan, train your
plan, and practice your plan, he said.
When the emergency happens is not the
time to figure out what youre going to do.
Slotnick consults widely on security measures, and frequently appears on television.
He is opposed to the initiative, and believes
most law enforcement officials are, too.
Its feel-good legislation at best, he
said. We already have systems in place,
and they work.
According to Slotnick, membership to
the Washington Arms Collectors requires
a background check, and no one can walk
in and buy a gun off the floor at a show.
Thats not a loophole, he said.
Slotnick wants people to be able to
exercise their Second Amendment right,
and if that means carrying a gun to synagogue, they should just assume liability for

their actions. He is acutely aware of threats

to the Jewish community worldwide, and
he helped found Safe Washington, a consulting and emergency response network
for local Jewish communities.
If someone in Aurora, Colorado had
a firearm, would that have stopped it? he
asked. Very likely. As soon as the shooter
is presented with opposition, they commit
suicide or give up.
This leads to an uncomfortable question. Had someone at the Federation been
trained to shoot, would Naveed Haq have
been stopped before he shot six women,
killing one?
The Federations Carstensen refuses to
Its always easy to look back eight
years and say maybe something would
have made a difference, he said. Who
Carstensen is focused on the legislation,
the future, and the community support.
In the Jewish community, there is a
recognition that the Second Amendment
exists, and theres a place for it, he said.
There is also recognition that there is a
serious problem and we need to find solutions.

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even break; if they have an opportunity to

obtain loans under the same conditions as
everyone else.
Chatting with Jack in his apartment
at the Summit at First Hill, surrounded
by his collection of Red Skelton clown
paintings and clown dolls and toys, he
recounted how his parents had fled unrest
in Russia to move to Tacoma. His father
then lost his business during the Depres-

m . o .t.: memb er o f the tr i b e

sion and they moved to Seattle and began

all over again.
I didnt want to work for anybody,
Jack recalls, so he purchased the store
where he and his late wife Pearl and their
daughters worked for so many years.
At the time, [the neighborhood] was a
very good mix of black and white, Jack says.
Pearl also served as the original secretary of the banks board.
Jacks award was presented during a
meeting of the Minority Business Hall of

Fame and Museum, which is now located

at the University of Washingtons Foster
School of Business.
Although Jack retired from the store
after 51 years, and Frannie in the 1990s,
the gas station, now an Exxon, still stands
at the corner.

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Weiner, the Stroum Jewish Community
Centers senior director of family education
and outreach, and Zach Carstenson, the
Federations director of government affairs,
received the annual Pam Waechter Jewish
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s ummer books

A mix of cultures in childrens books

Rita Berman Frischer Special to JTNews
As the grandmother of cross-cultural
Jewish children, Im especially interested
in how this phenomenon plays out in
Jewish Seattle, with its seemingly open
doors and open minds. So when I recently
received three childrens books for review,
all dealing with how young cross-culture
Jews interact with their communities,
schools and friends, I called the Jewish
Federation for demographic information.
I found that the latest Seattle community study dates back to 2000, with
an updated survey only now underway.
Noting that the 2010 U.S. Census cites a
50 percent increase in multiracial children since 2000, I turned for background
instead to a 2012 article in New Yorks The
Jewish Week. Julie Wieners article seems
to describe our local changing landscape
as well, with its headline Multiracial Jews
moving beyond isolation.
The UJA-Federation of New York
included questions about race in its 2012
survey the first Jewish population study
to do so. It found that approximately 12
percent or 87,000 of N.Y. Jewish
households are multiracial or nonwhite.
Of course this includes a broad range of
respondents including couples, adult children of multiracial couples, Jews with nonwhite adopted children, and non-whites
born Jewish or converted to Judaism.
But what multiracial households shared,
according to April Baskin, then-president
of the Jewish Multiracial Network, is a
desire to meet other Jews of color and share
their stories. They also shared a relatively
low rate of Jewish engagement.
San Franciscos Bechol Lashon states
as one of its prime goals bridging the gap
between Jews of color and the organized
Jewish community by increasing awareness in mainstream groups about the multiracial Jews and the global nature of the

Jewish community. As part

of its policy, Bechol Lashon
partners with Jewish organizations when planning
events so people are brought
into Jewish spaces often and
It will be interesting to
see how our own communitys survey and resultant
actions approach this part of
our Jewish family. Now, to
the books:
In 1970, Judy Blume
was considered a maverick
when her book Are You
There God? Its Me Margaret brought into the open the
issues and confusions faced
by a pre-teen girl in a Jewish-Christian mixed marriage. Now, over 40 years later,
interreligious marriage is just
one aspect of the broad diversity of intercultural and interracial families found in many
of our Seattle public and private schools, our synagogues,
and our playgrounds.
In February I reviewed
Elan, Son of Two Peoples,
in which Elan, son of a Jewish
father and Native American mother, now Jewish,
became a Bar Mitzvah but
also went through a comingof-age ceremony important
to his mothers people. Such
fusion of cultures, reflected
more and more often in our
lives and in childrens books for all ages,
sparked this column. Here are three books
I hope you will introduce to some of the
young people in your lives:

Carolivia Herron, a professor of Comparative Literature, is a Jew of African

descent living in Washington, D.C. After learning surprising stories about
her own familys past, she
wrote Always an Olivia: A
Remarkable Family History, illustrated by Jeremy
Tugeau (Kar-Ben).
From this fictionalized
historical picture book,
young readers will learn
about roots and backgrounds
not often made accessible to
them. It opens as Carol Olivias great-grandma, another
Olivia, tells the true tale of
a Jewish family in the 1400s
when Jews fled Spanish soldiers during the Inquisition. With five children, they
sailed to Portugal for safety,
taking a Portugese name and
hiding their Judaism.
But to no avail.
Persecution soon began;
again they were forced to
leave. This time they sailed
across the Mediterranean,
landing in Venice, Italy,
where they lived for many
generations among other
Jews who had escaped. Years
later, one of their descendants, Sarah Shulamit, was
kidnapped by pirates as she
walked by the water. They
planned to take her and
their other captives to North Africa where
they would get rich Jews to pay ransom for
their release.
Instead, Sarah was rescued by a seaman

she later married. The couple ended up

in the Georgia Sea Islands among the
Geechees, black people from West Africa.
There Sarah changed her middle name
from Shulamit to Olivia, because it made
her think of the olive branch of peace.
Her children and her childrens children married the children of the African
people among whom they lived safely and
happily. But Sarahs daughter, and all the
daughters down through the years, light
Shabbat candles on Friday nights and
always name a daughter Olivia so they will
never forget the people they came from.
My Basmati Bat Mitzvah by Paula J.
Freedman (Amulet Books) is the story of
just your average Jewish-Indian-American girl, a description lifted right off the
saffron yellow book jacket festooned with
Jewish stars. Tara Feinstein has been doing
well so far balancing Hebrew school and
Bollywood movies. However, the pressure builds when she agrees with her converted-to-Judaism Indian mother that
shell consider becoming a Bat Mitzvah.
Remembering her deceased Indian
grandparents with love, she worries this
major step into Judaism will somehow
alienate her from that side of her background. Luckily, her Jewish grandmother,
while thrilled her granddaughter is going
to be called to Torah, still respects Taras
need to honor her whole identity. With
her support, Tara overcomes all kinds of
minor catastrophes en route to the bima.
She picks the best boy, plans the best
Indian appetizers, finds the most ethnically
beautiful dress to wear, learns that nobody
is perfect, and discovers her own capacity
to understand others, accept and forgive.
Perfect for middle graders (10-12).
In The Whole Story of Half a Girl
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Bar Mitzvah


Ethan will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah July 3, 2014 in

Israel. His family attends Temple De Hirsch Sinai.
Ethan is the son of Scott and Deborah Kaplan Clancyand
the brother of Noah. His grandparents are Harold and
Ruth Kaplan of Boynton Beach, Fla., and the late Gary and
Mary Helen Clancy.
Ethan just finished 7th grade at Inglewood Middle School.
He enjoys lacrosse, football, skiing, riding his scooter, and
listening to music. For his mitzvah project, Ethan
volunteerswith feeding the homeless through TDHS.

Orly and Matthew Feldman announce the birth of their

son, Noah Elliott, on March 21, 2014 at Overlake Hospital
Medical Center in Bellevue. Noah weighed 8 lbs., 12 oz.,
and measured 20-1/4 inches.
Noah has an older sister, Ella. His grandparents are Pearl
and Meir Monk of Houston, Tex., and Lori and Lloyd Feldman
of Parkland, Fla. His great-grandparents are Edith Mincberg
of Houston, Sonia and Leon Monk of Ramat Gan, Israel, Hilda
Feldman of Boca Raton, Fla., and the late Seymour Feldman,
Josef Mincberg, and Frieda and Morris Black.
Noahs Hebrew name is Noach Shai after his late
great-grandfather, Seymour.

Ethan Louis Clancy

Noah Elliott Feldman

Bar Mitzvah


Noah will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on July 3, 2014, in

Israel. His family attends Temple De Hirsch Sinai.
Noah is the son of Scott and Deborah Kaplan Clancyand the
brother of Ethan.His grandparents are Harold and Ruth
Kaplan of Boynton Beach, Fla., and the late Gary and Mary
Helen Clancy.
Noah just finished 6th grade at Inglewood Middle School.
He enjoys tennis, golf, skiing, camping,video games and
caring for animals.For his mitzvah project,Noah volunteerswith feeding the homeless through TDHS.

David and Amy Plotnick announce the birth of their son,

Jacob, on April 28, 2014, at Swedish Edmonds. Jacob
weighed 7 lbs., 13 oz. and measured 20 inches.
Jacobs big brothers are Noah and Caleb. His grandparents are Robin and Darryll Plotnik of Redmond, Julie Cook of
Washington, DC, and the late Bryan Cook. Jacob is named
for his great-grandfather Mair Rodrigue.

Noah MichaelClancy

Jacob Mair Plotnick

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by Veera Hiranandani (Random House),

Sonia Nadhamunis mixed identity wasnt
a problem in the progressive private school
shed always attended. Her mother and her
BFF are Jewish, her father is Indian, her
education is creative and exciting. Life is
good. Then her father loses his job, money
becomes tight, and she and her little sister
must move into public school. There the first
thing she realizes is that the white kids and
the black kids never sit together in the lunch
room and suddenly everyone wants to
know exactly what is she anyway? Now she
wonders, too: Does she want to make friends
with Kate, the cheerleader, or with Alisha,
who rides a bus to get to this good school
and who loves to write? Is Sonia Indian?
Is she Jewish? Is she Jewish enough? Cant
she be both? Is she destined to be broken in
half? Her identity problem is just one challenge, since her family is also coping with
her fathers unemployment and his resultant
deep depression and disappearance.
Admirably, this work, while it deals compassionately with the stresses of Sonias life,
maintains a positive voice and moves quickly.
It hits the right balance between serious content and light reading, giving us another fine
book for the circa Bat Mitzvah set. In receiving starred reviews from both the Kirkus
Review and Publishers Weekly, the Kirkus
review compared Sonia to Blumes main
character in Blumes aforementioned classic,
Are You There, God? That puts Hiranandanis work in the big leagues, indeed.

4. Fight evil: Evil pops up in all of our

daily lives. It may sound extreme, but it
is there. How often do we back down in
family, work or community affairs when
we feel it would be to no avail to stand
up to the intimidator, the narcissist, or
the social blackmailer? Many of us relent
quickly when intimidated by the powerhungry. We need to practice standing up
for what we believe in. Just as it is not okay
for one human being to kidnap another, it
is also not okay to hijack an organization,
institution or community through strong
arming, threatening and extortion.
5. Take political action. Call your govWWrally for teens Page 11

14 demanding the release of Frenkel, who is

a dual Israeli-American citizen.
While the boys kidnapping has sparked
nonstop coverage in Israeli media, the
incident has received scarce journalistic
attention in the West, said Keith Dvorchik,
president and CEO of the Jewish Federation. For him, the young age of the victims
also conjured strong emotions.
Its really a shame, Dvorchik said.
These were boys they werent soldiers,
they werent in uniform. That should be
Israels Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu has blamed Hamas for the
abductions and said he was holding the
Palestinian Authority accountable, calling

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6. Finally, lets together lift our eyes and
hearts and offer heartfelt daily prayers for
their safe return. Remember, we are collectively believers, the children of believers,
and it is our deep belief that prayers have
the power to effect change. Join me time
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it a serious incident [that] will have grave

consequences. Hamas has since denied
responsibility while celebrating the kidnapping.
The kidnapping revives memories of
Gilad Shalits abduction by Hamas in
2006. Shalit was detained for five years
and released in exchange for 10,000 Palestinian prisoners. With the recent FatahHamas unity deal, Israel is in a precarious
position to act.
Its very important that this took place
today, Levine said of the rally. This is
beyond any Jewish organization, and this
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to do anything we can. We are an interconnected people, and we had to come
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