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ANALYSIS
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel has not ofcially claimed
responsibility for the assassination in Dubai of top
Hamas arms smuggler Mahmoud Mabhouh, but the kill-
ing is raising questions about whether it will compromise
Israel’s efort to stop Iran from obtaining the bomb.
Tat’s because one of the key fgures behind the efort,
Mossad chief Meir Dagan, is coming under heavy criti-
cism for the sloppy operation in Dubai.
Operating under the assumption that Israel was
behind the Dubai hit, some Israeli analysts are calling for
Dagan’s ouster. Tey say the Mossad has adopted an irre-
sponsible, trigger-happy approach to fghting terrorism,
and they point to the diplomatic imbroglio facing Israel
for the use of fake British and Irish passports by members
of the hit squad, who traveled under the names of Euro-
pean citizens now living in Israel.
Dagan’s tenure at the Mossad is up for renewal at the
end of the year.
Defenders of Dagan point to the long list of Mossad
achievements in the war on terrorism and the campaign
against Iran’s nuclear program, and argue that his tenure
at the intelligence agency should be extended for an
unprecedented fourth time. Tey insist that his knowl-
edge of the Iranian theater is unmatched, and that as the
clock reaches zero hour on the Iranian nuclear threat, his
input will be invaluable — and not only for Israel.
Under Dagan, the Mossad has had just two priorities:
Delaying Iran’s nuclear program and counter-terrorism.
“Te list must be short. If we continue pretending we
can do everything, in the end we won’t do anything,”
Dagan was quoted as saying when he was appointed by
then-prime minister Ariel Sharon in 2002.
Sharon reportedly told Dagan to run the agency “with
a knife between its teeth.”
Te main focus of his tenure has been Iran. Soon
after Dagan took over the Mossad, the agency reportedly
passed on information to the United States and others
that the rogue Pakistani nuclear dealer Abdel Qadir Khan
was helping the Iranians build a uranium enrichment
facility at Natanz.
Since then, a string of unexplained accidents has
aficted the Iranian nuclear project: Scientists have disap-
peared, laboratories have caught fre, aircraft have crashed
and whole batches of equipment have proved faulty.
In 2007, Israeli intelligence detected work on a secret
nuclear program in Syria, and in September of that year
Israeli planes bombed the site of a North Korea-style
Mossad chief’s blunder raises
questions about fitness on Iran
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‘Righteous’ title
Stacey Palevsky
j. Newsweekly of the Bay Area
Hermanna Van Corbach de Vries did two heroic things
during World War II.
First, she agreed to hide a 9-month-old Jewish boy. And
then, three years later, she gave him back to his relatives.
“Hers was a love so great that even the horrors of war
could not fracture it,” said Gideon Lustig, deputy Israeli
consul general, during a Feb. 19 ceremony at the Israeli
consulate that honored de Vries for her eforts and of-
cially recognized her as Righteous Among the Nations.
About 22,000 people worldwide hold such a title —
which is conferred by Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust
memorial — and receive a medal of honor as a “sign of
thanks from the Jewish people,” which is engraved in
Hebrew on the bronze medallion.
Doris Gill, de Vries’ great-niece, few to San Francisco
from Sunnyside, in Eastern Washington, to accept the
award on her great-aunt’s behalf. About 40 people — includ-
ing fve Holocaust survivors — attended the ceremony at the
consulate, which serves all of the Pacifc Northwest.
De Vries died in 1967 in the Netherlands. Te recogni-
tion “is almost like a dream come true,” Gill said during
an interview before the ceremony.
Gill and a friend worked for several years to gather
enough documentation to verify de Vries’ brave eforts.
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Some kids know how to have a good time, and they appeared to be enjoying themselves when Jewish musician Eytan Katz came to Seattle Hebrew Academy on Fri., Feb. 19. What
made the concert unique, however, was that it wasn’t just kids from SHA in the audience — students from all of the area’s Jewish elementary day schools flled the gym for the
morning concert that had kids dancing in the bleachers. This concert was underwritten by local developer Martin Selig and his wife, Catherine Mayer, while a fundraiser the
following evening that featured Katz benefted all of the Seattle area’s Jewish day schools.




















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Rabbi Beth
J. Singer
Temple Beth Am
Some days while driving to a down-
town meeting or hospital, I listen to
KTTH-AM 770, “The Truth” — Seattle
radio’s ofering of conservative talk show
hosts such as Rush Limbaugh, Dr. Laura
Schlesinger, and Michael Medved. Other
days I tune into Seattle’s progressive
FM radio station, KPTK-AM 1090, with
the lesser-known but equally vitriolic
Tom Hartmann, Randi Rhodes, and Ed
Schultz. I’m not schizophrenic, but I am
very interested in hearing opinions, not
only at both ends of my radio dial, but also
at opposite ends of the political spectrum.
Whether you place your own self to the
left, right or center of the American politi-
cal spectrum, I think it is wise to listen to
the arguments of “the other side.”
As I mentioned the last time I wrote
in this space, my own parents were very
conservative Republicans and obser-
vant Reform Jews — all in all, quite a rare
species in any Jewish community. While
most members in my childhood syna-
gogue favored Democrats, labor unions,
and more government spending to care
for the poor, my parents espoused fscal
and individual responsibility along with
lighting Shabbat candles weekly, regu-
lar Friday night and Shabbat morning
service attendance, and a fully kosher
Pesach. Because of this upbringing it
always was and remains clear to me that
Jews can be part of any political party and
favor the rantings of Rush or Tom.
But there was one element of my
upbringing that I never could reconcile
with Judaism or politics. From day one,
my parents taught my sisters and I that
homosexuality was an abomination and
that we should avoid homosexuals when-
ever we met them.
It was certainly easy enough to avoid
contact in my 1960s small town, as no gay
or lesbian person of that time would have
dreamed of identifying him or herself pub-
licly. As a child, I did possess a funny image
in my head that I might fnd myself walk-
ing down the street, minding my own busi-
ness, and pictured what it might be like to
suddenly fnd myself face to face with a
homosexual — though I wasn’t quite clear
what one looked like. I worried, though,
that I would have to cross the street in order
to honor my father and my mother!
In the time and place where I grew up,
fear and loathing of sexual minorities was
shared by pretty much everyone. School
chi ldren of l iberal Democrats along
with everyone else used terrible anti-gay
invective on the school playground. I can
honestly say that I never did use that pejo-
rative term or understand the anger or
the energy of the anger directed at sexual
minorities.
Today, denial of full equality for gays,
lesbians, bisexual and transgender indi-
viduals and couples to serve in the military
and to get married has become increasingly
identifed with a more conservative politi-
cal stance. As it has become more accept-
able for LGBT individuals to live openly,
many more of us have come to know them
personally as who they are rather than from
the stories we were told as children.
We Jews are well aware that it becomes
harder for others to believe that all Jews
have horns once they meet us and fnd
out that we don’t. (Te time I spent in a
rural college in Kentucky helped sort this
issue out for numerous undergrads at that
school). So, too, once we come to know an
excellent person who happens to be gay;
and once we fnd out that the amazing
physician who saved our life is a lesbian;
and once we get to know a stable, middle
class family with family values like our
own who happens to have two moms or
two dads, it becomes tougher for us to
continue to see them as the sexual devi-
ants or marriage destroyers that society
has portrayed them to be.
Because of my upbringing, I don’t think
that people who think diferently than I do
on this issue are awful or evil. I do think it is
time for people of all faiths and all political
parties to understand that in order for Amer-
ica to remain the great country it is, sexual
minorities — just like women; just like Jews;
just like African-Americans — must have
exactly the same rights and responsibilities
as all citizens of this country.
By now it should be clear that the
ancient biblical prohibitions against sex
between males (the Torah has no opin-
ion on sex between women) fall into the
same category as the obligation to stone
to death the wayward and rebellious son.
Orthodox law may decide that it cannot
sanction kiddushin, marriage under the
chuppah, while other branches of Juda-
ism do embrace kiddushin for Jewish
marriages regardless of sexual identity.
Te beauty of our country is that it makes
room for all of these individual reli-
gious expressions while simultaneously
upholding the rights of all citizens.
One can be an excellent conserva-
tive Republican or liberal Democrat, and
one can be an observant or any kind of
Jew and, as Americans, we can all recog-
nize the full rights and responsibilities
of LGBT individuals and couples to serve
our country and attain the sanctity of
marriage in their lifelong partnerships.
When the stories were wrong
Fear and loathing of gays and lesbians in the past doesn’t jibe with the reality — and our laws should refect that
Letters
Missing in action
I was very disappointed to open my
JTNews last week and see no mention of
the J Street kickoff event that took place
on February 4. The event had about 100
supporters, who came together (via video)
with others from around the country, to
kick off the organization’s new presence
across the nation. This is a Jewish organi-
zation that supports Israel while encour-
aging peace and justice solutions for the
current quagmire in the Mideast. Many
members of the Seattle Jewish community
are supporters. I found it frustrating that
the main voice of the Jewish community
(that my wife and I long supported) chose
to highlight the work of a non-Jewish orga-
nization supporting Israel but not that of
a Jewish one. I would like to believe that
this resulted from a scheduling error rather
than an intentional omission. I assume
that the JT is the voice of the whole Jewish
community and not just those on one end
of the political spectrum. Am I correct?
R. David Frum
Seattle
petty poLicies
February is the anniversary of my part-
ner’s passing. For the last six years I asked
the rabbi of a large temple to say kaddish for
her, and he did. This year, however, I called
and again spoke to the rabbi’s secretary. She
told me as a non-member the rabbi would
not read the name and that if I went to the
service I could stand and say the name.
At frst this sounded reasonable, then I
realized how petty this is. I wasn’t asking
for free High Holiday tickets. The read-
ing of all the names at a service for kad-
dish only takes about 12 to 15 seconds. Is
not one of the main missions of a religious
institute charity? What a way to treat a
potential new member, or one who wants
to give a donation or support a children’s
fundraiser. Are we not all brothers and
sisters? No wonder Nordstrom has such
excellent customer service.
I also called another temple and they
had the same policy. It’s time for the tem-
ples and synagogues who have this policy
to rethink it.
David Rosenblum
Seattle
Posthumous Honor t Page 1A
“He assured me that God would not let
this story dry up,” Gill said. “I believed that.
I believed that we’d eventually have a piece
of family history that we could pass on to
our children about the value of life — of
protecting and guarding and defending it.”
Hermanna van Corbach de Vries was
born in 1901 and lived in the eastern dis-
trict of Overijssel in the Netherlands. She
married her husband in 1940. Two years
later, she was a widow.
Te following year, in March 1943, an
underground Dutch resistance group
knocked on her door. Would she safeguard
a Jewish baby boy, Andy Ijzerman, and
care for him as though he was her own?
Andy’s parents, Machiel and Marie Ijz-
erman, worried about going into hiding
with their son, and decided it would be
safest to hide him in a separate loca-
tion. Tey wrote a letter to their baby and
enclosed it in a small suitcase containing
a few other items. It explained their pre-
dicament and expressed their love.
“To hand over a child to strangers must
have been an excruciating choice,” Gill said
during a speech at the awards ceremony.
Within weeks, Machiel and Marie
were discovered, sent to the death camps
and murdered.
De Vries raised Andy for nearly three
years. She nourished him, loved him,
protected him.
Ten came a knock at the door. It was
Andy’s uncle, Gerrit Trompetter, who had
survived the Holocaust. After liberation,
he spent months searching the Nether-
lands for his surviving family. When he
fnally found Andy, he wanted him back.
“She had grown so attached to him,”
Gill said. “She postponed giving him back
for weeks. It took some convincing by her
family members that giving him back was
the right thing to do.”
And so, “in an act of equal heroism,” said
Consul General Akiva Tor, de Vries achingly
parted with the young boy, whom she had
come to love as though he was her own son.
Gerrit and his wife adopted Andy and
with their biological son, Jack, moved to
the United States in 1948. Te Trompet-
ters stayed in touch with de Vries, who
came to visit them in the 1950s.
Andy Trompetter few to the Nether-
lands in 1965 to see his quasi-mother. Te
two continued to think of one another as
family.
Andy event ual l y mar r i ed and
divorced, and made a name for himself in
puppetry. In 1979, at the age of 37, he died
suddenly of a heart attack.
Hermanna van Corbach de Vries and
Andy ijzerman during World War ii.
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coMMunity news
Leyna Krow
Assistant Editor, JTNews
American Jews hold a wide variety of
opinions on Israel. Tere are those who
support the nation unconditionally, those
who believe the Jewish State should never
have been created to begin with, and a
likely majority that holds all manner of
beliefs in between. But what leads us to
form such beliefs?
On Feb. 21 at Hillel at the University of
Washington, Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg and
author Mark Braverman took part in a
panel discussion that began with ques-
tions about what informs Jewish views on
Israel, but also dipped unexpectedly into
ruminations about the cultural isolation of
the Jewish people, and whether Jews might
have been better of in the long run as
Christians.
Kinberg is the associate rabbi and edu-
cation director of Temple B’nai Torah in
Bellevue. Braverman is the executive
director of the Holy Land Peace Project and
the author of the book Fatal Embrace,
about the relationship between Christians
and Jews in Israel in the context of the
Israeli-Palestinian confict. Te discussion
was called “Te Israeli-Palestinian Con-
fict, Jewish Spirituality, Tradition and Psy-
chology,” and was hosted by the Kadima
Reconstructionist Community.
Kadima board president Doug Brown
introduced the afternoon’s topic, saying
that for all the attention American Jews pay
to Israel, they rarely take time to refect on
how they came to hold the beliefs that they
do, or what those beliefs — specifically
those that allow for the victimization of the
Palestinians — mean about Jewish culture.
“Tese are questions we’d like to be
absolved of having to discuss,” he said.
Both Braverman and Kinberg began by
acknowledging that their personal views
on Israel are based upon the experiences
they have had in Israel coupled with reac-
tions to their upbringings.
Braverman, who was raised on the East
Coast in a Hassidic family and has relatives
living in Israel, held the State of Israel in
very high regard until visiting the country
as a teenager and witnessing Israeli racism
toward Arabs. Subsequent visits, to live on
a kibbutz and then to do social justice work
in the West Bank, led to a radical shift in his
thinking.
“I had always thought I was pretty far to
the left in my view on Israel,” he said. “Ten
I went to work in the West Bank and found
I had actually been just right of center.”
Today, Braverman said, he has come to
think of the creation of the Jewish State as a
mistake, claiming it can never be a truly
democratic country if the basic tenets prize
the rights of one group of people over
another.
Kinberg described her own feelings
about Israel as closely tied to the liberal
The psychology of opinion
A discussion on what informs Jewish views on Israel
political climate in which she grew up. Te
trouble came for her when she tried to align
what she saw going on in Israel with ideas
she had always perceived as central to her
Jewish faith, such as equality and social
justice.
“Turns out what I thought was Judaism
was my left-wing worldview from Eugene,
Oregon,” she said.
She said that for her, sorting out where
that distinction lies will be a life-long chal-
lenge.
Braverman then ventured into less
steady territory — musing about what
accounts for the opinions of the Jewish
people as a whole when it comes to Israel. He
took aim at Israel supporters, speculating as
to how Jews can allow human rights abuse
against Palestinians to take place in the
name of nationalism and national safety.
“What is it about us?” he asked. “Te
idea of the abused becoming the abuser
isn’t enough.”
Braverman suggested that injustice in
Israel is the result of something larger than
the Holocaust, or the challenges Jews
living in the Palestinian Mandate faced
prior to 1948. Rather, he said, it is centuries
of isolation and ghettoization that has led
to Israel’s inability to fnd a place in its soci-
ety for Palestinians.
“We see ourselves as a people apart.
Tat’s the problem. And the evidence of
that problem is the dark side of Israel,” he
said.
During a question and answer session,
Rob Jacobs, executive director of Israel
advocacy group StandWithUs Northwest,
asked Braverman to elaborate on the
notion of Jews as “a people apart.” Jacobs
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Northwest Yeshiva High School
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A debate on the question of how to
solve the issue of Jewish settlements in
the land occupied after the 1967 Six-Day
War is like listening to a pair of technical
mountain climbers discuss which route
is the best.
Both have the same objective — the
summit. As to which route is better, only
time and trial and error may tell. But that
error could be a costly one.
Tat, in an allegorical way, is what
three dozen audience members heard
on Turs., Feb. 18 at a debate between
Gad Barzilai and Neve Gordon, arguing
the best way to deal with the occupied
lands — economic boycott, divestment
and sanctions or a more laissez faire
approach, with perhaps a dash of cutting
back on foreign aid to Israel.
Both were raised in Israel and say they
love Israel and want a peaceful outcome
and believe in a two-state solution. Tey
difer, however, on how that will best be
accomplished.
Gordon is a senior lecturer on politics
and government at Ben Gurion University
and is a supporter of the boycott, divest-
ment, and sanction method, referred to in
shorthand as BDS.
Barzilai is the chair of the Jewish Stud-
ies Program at the University of Washing-
ton and a professor at the Jackson School
of International Studies, and is opposed
to BDS.
Gordon, who has been active in peace
initiatives in Israel since adolescence,
believes that the Israeli government is an
apartheid regime, where two peoples live
in the same space under diferent legal
systems.
He sees BDS as a strategy for bringing
a two-state solution to fruition.
“The average Israeli is not affected
by the current system, so nothing will
change until they feel economic hardship
in their daily lives,” he told the audience.
Gordon says the root of the problem is
political demographics and an obsessive
preoccupation with security.
“There is no Zionist left anymore,
Labor is gone,” he said. “Te right has
taken over.”
For Barzilai, while the topic of the
evening makes for a good debate, the
political realities speak against the BDS
strategy.
“The Israeli economy is strong,” he
said. “It likely can withstand most BDS
impacts. But if it should manage to cause
the economy to collapse, it will bring on
a situation much like Italy and Germany
before the second World War and with it,
fascism. BDS will make the right stron-
ger and kill of the NGOs (non-govern-
mental organizations), bringing an end
to democracy.”
He did acknowledge that the United
States is in a unique position to wield
power over the Israeli government to
bring about change through assertive
diplomacy by cutting back on the $3 bil-
lion a year in foreign aid that fows from
Washington, D.C. to Tel Aviv.
Tat brought a counter argument from
Gordon, who latched on to that statement
as saying that Barzilai was supporting
a de facto form of BDS, only at a higher
level.
Gordon said currently more than 115
BDS programs in Europe are aimed at
Israel, but that it is still early in the game.
Te BDS strategy against South Africa
took two decades to force change — the
current programs targeted at Israel have
only been at it for four years.
Barzilai pointed out that no matter the
society involved, BDS hurts the poorest
frst and in the case of Israel, that would
likely be the Palestinian populations, the
very people Gordon claims are sufering
under an Israeli apartheid regime.
Gordon came to Seattle as a part of a
conference hosted by Friends of Sabeel,
titled “Te United States, Israel and Pal-
estine: What Does Justice Require of Us?”
held at St. Mark’s Cathedral. Te Barzilai/
Gordon debate was sponsored by the
Kadima Reconstructionist Community.
On boycotts, divestiture and sanctions
Debate highlights diferences of opinion on how justice
in Israeli-Palestinian confict can be achieved
referenced a statement he said Braverman
had made the day before at a conference at
St. Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle, hosted by
Friends of Sabeel, intimating that the
Jewish people’s alienation started almost
2,000 years ago when they refused to
accept Jesus as the messiah.
“I haven’t converted to Christianity,”
Braverman assured the audience. “But
Jesus is a very powerful fgure to me…. And
I wonder, what if Judaism had been able to
make that shift? It would have put an end to
our isolation and it might not have ended
with us thinking we needed to go and
create a Jewish homeland.”
Amid whispers from audience mem-
bers in the back rows, Kinberg defended
the decision of the world’s Jews not to
become Christians.
“Hell yeah, it would have been a lot
easier for us if we had all become followers
of Jesus,” she said. “Tere might have been
a lot less persecution. But we might also
have ceased to exist.”
With regard to Braverman’s suggestion
that the Middle East would have been better
of had the Jewish State never been created,
Kinberg noted that statements of hindsight
do little to solve current problems.
“When a couple comes to me having
marital problems, I don’t question if the
institution of marriage was a good idea for
them in the frst place,” she said. “Te thing
for me is to ofer a compassionate response
for the people in front of me now.”
What the compassionate response may
be to the Israeli-Palestinian confict, Kin-
berg did not say, except to suggest that
sometimes pragmatism is the most com-
passionate place to begin.
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reactor the Syrians were building.
Egypt’s Al-Ahram daily ran an arti-
cle in mid-January calling Dagan Israel’s
Superman and claiming that he almost
singlehandedly has delayed the Iranian
bomb.
“Without this man, the Iranian nuclear
program would have taken of years ago,”
the newspaper’s former Gaza corre-
spondent Ashraf Abu al-Haul wrote. In a
moment of rare praise for an Israeli in the
Egyptian press, he called Dagan’s actions
against Israel’s enemies “very brave.”
Now, as the international community
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and the Iranians move closer to nuclear
weapons’ capacity, Dagan’s reading of
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it can deliver to 2014.
Few criticize Dagan’s actions on Iran,
but some question his derring-do tac-
tics on terrorism as refected in the Dubai
operation. Tey argue that his risk taking
could cost Israel diplomatically and pro-
voke heavy terrorist retaliation. His critics
also contend that taking out top terror-
ists is a dubious proposition: Often their
replacements are even more dangerous.
Dagan’s advice on Iran over t he
coming months will carry considerable
weight. He seems to think there is still
time for actions other than a full-scale
military operation.
If and when it comes to that, however,
chances are that despite the Dubai inci-
dent, Netanyahu, one of Dagan’s staunch-
est admirers, will want Dagan at his side
helping to plan it.
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As anti-Israel protestors step up their
tactics to disrupt and, in some cases, shut
down speakers that support Israel on col-
lege campuses across the country, 45
Jewish high school and college students
from the Pacifc Northwest came to Seattle
on Feb. 21 to bone up on Jewish history and
sharpen their verbal skills, as they brace
for what some fear may be an onslaught of
anti-Israel protest on their campuses.
In an efort to support these students,
the Seattle chapter of StandWithUs, an
Israel advocacy group headquartered
in Los Angeles, held its frst Northwest
Regional Campus Israel Advocacy Con-
ference to educate and train students on
how to respond quickly and efectively
to false or misleading allegations and
claims about Israel.
“What we’re trying to do is empower
them, instead of just countering allega-
tions with other allegations,” said Robert
Jacobs, regional director of StandWithUs
Northwest. “We’re telling students to
counter them with something that can’t
be quibbled about, like the Hamas char-
ter that talks about hunting down the Jews
and killing them wherever they are.”
SWU Northwest sponsored this one-
day event that featured regional leaders,
representatives of Jewish groups on vari-
ous campuses, and speakers from SWU’s
Southern California ofce.
Te recent arrests of 11 protestors at
the University of California-Irvine on Feb.
8, who relentlessly shouted down Israel’s
ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren as
he tried to speak, came after the mod-
erator, Prof. Mark Petracca, chairman of
UCI’s Political Sci-
ence depart ment,
took to the podium
to plead for a return
to civility.
In her Feb. 12
column in Te Jeru-
salem Post, Caroline
Gl ickman warned
American Jews, “As
the demonstrations
agai nst Ambassa-
dor Michael Oren at
UC Irvine, against
former prime min-
ister Ehud Olmert
at Uni ver si t y of
Chicago, agai nst
Deput y For ei g n
Mi ni st er Danny
Ayalon at Oxford, as
well as the disinvi-
tation of Prof. Benny
Morris at Cambridge and the celebrity of
Harvard’s anti-Semitic Prof. Steve Walt
show clearly, the bastions of intellectual
elitism where American Jews feel most at
home have become the repositories of the
most virulent hatred of Jews in America
and the West today.”
Maya Rozov, a former SWU student
leader at UCI who is now with SWU’s
national ofce, recounts what everyday
life was like for her on that campus.
“When you see blood on an Israeli fag,
it’s not a great day,” said Rozov, referring
to a Muslim Student Union campus dis-
play in the spring of 2009 of 15 efgies of
the Israeli fag splattered with blood.
One speaker, Rozov said, compared
formation of the State of Israel to the
Holocaust.
“How dare you use the word Holocaust
and say that Israel and the Jews learned
from the Nazis how to commit a Holo-
caust and now they’re doing it to the Pal-
estinians,” she said.
Rozov said she always felt person-
ally supported by the university admin-
istration, although it has never publicly
decried this kind of speech on campus.
Dr. Roberta Seid, the education and
research director for StandWithUs in Los
Angeles, has been a historian and a lec-
turer in academia for more than 20 years.
She has been teaching at UCI for the last
three years.
“Tere is an extremely strong, well
organized, and large Muslim Student
Union that is very active and extremely
aggressive,” said Seid, who lectured on
Jewish history at the conference for the
morning session.
During their Palestine Awareness
Week, she said, they have brought in
speakers such as Israel critics Norman
Fi nkel stei n and Brit i sh Parl iament
member George Galloway.
During two annual campus events
on the UCI campus, Palestinian Aware-
ness Week and Apartheid Week, in which
Israel is the villain, Seid said displays can
contain pictures of decapitated Gazan
children — or this year’s artist’s render-
ing of Anne Frank wearing a kafyah, the
black and white checkered scarf that has
come to symbolize the Palestinian free-
dom movement.
“What this anti-Israel movement is
trying to do is drive a wedge between
social justice values and supporting
Israel,” Seid said. “We’re trying to teach
people that that wedge doesn’t belong
there and that by supporting Israel, you
do support social justice values.
“Is Israel perfect? No, of course not,”
Seid added. “But there is a kind of bias
against Israel that is very fashionable.
Tere are only a few faculty members that
don’t agree or that have another point of
view. My students come up to me and say,
‘We never hear this.’”
According to Jacobs, many of the same
speakers also come to the University of
Washington campus.
“When we have one of these speakers
coming on to campus, we get tons of calls
from students who say, ‘What can we do
to respond to this?’” he said. “We provide
material and we provide training.”
At the Seattle conference, Bryan Solo-
Fighting back
On the eve of “Israel Apartheid Week,” one organization hosts event to help students respond
Janis siegel
Robert Jacobs, director of the StandWithUs northwest chapter,
gives a presentation to students at the israel advocacy training
event.
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Rabbi Harry Zeitlin is one of those
multi-faceted, multi-talented people —
photographer, musician, composer, plus
he runs a small teaching synagogue,
Beit Ha’Ari, located above a small suite
of ofces in Seattle’s Wedgwood. We met
there for a widely digressing interview
earlier this month.
“As you can see from the mess on the
table…most of my teaching is one-on-one
or on the Internet,” he said, explaining
the book-covered table that occupies one
of the synagogue’s two open rooms.
Harry came to the rabbinate circu-
itously, but then, he would say it’s all
about the path. Growing up in Denver, “I
went to the Orthodox day school, went to
the Orthodox shul, but we were far from
the ‘frum-est’ family in Denver.”
Always interested in learning, he still
drifted away from religion as a young
adult. He began circling back when he
studied with the late Rabbi Shloime
Twerski, from the well-known family of
Hassidic teachers, in the late 1960s and
70s. Still, he said, “I didn’t want to be
involved in something that said you can’t
have fun.”
Already a bluegrass banjo and guitar
player in high school, he got interested
in jazz guitar at Yale, even studying with
Larry Coryell for a while. He learned
flmmaking and wanted to be a musician,
but “my mother was always pushing me
to be a rabbi.”
Tere was a little problem, though:
Harry had stopped believing in God.
Living in L.A. at the time, he encoun-
tered a 16th-century book, Te Book of
Divine Power, by the Maharal of Prague
(of Golem fame), who turned out to be a
distant relative. “I decided to see what my
great-great uncle had to say,” which was,
“only God is perfect so everything else is,
necessarily, not perfect.” Tis answered
many of his questions.
He started going to shul on the Venice
boardwalk where Rabbi Daniel Lapin,
now of Mercer Island, was serving. In
the company of other artists and writers,
“I started becom-
i ng i nt erest ed i n
becoming observant
again.”
Moving to Jerusa-
lem, Harry bounced
around “most of the
American-oriented
yeshivot,” but didn’t
fnd the right teacher
until he met Nissan
Applebaum from a
local kollel (school).
“He brought me to
this place where the
Gemara [commentary
section of the Talmud]
is now my favorite
activity,” he said.
Smicha — ordi-
nation — still eluded
him as he struggled with issues around
halachah. By 1989 he was in Seattle, work-
ing as a professional photographer and rais-
ing a family — four kids now ages 17 to 24.
When his mother became ill at the
end of her life, he decided to fulfll her
wish. He fnished his studies with Rabbi
Avrohom David at the Seattle Kollel,
was ordained by the American Board of
Rabbis, fnally becoming the rabbi his
mother always dreamed of.
St i l l an avid photographer, he’s
recently had works in two exhibits in Col-
orado and has photos on semi-perma-
nent exhibit at the Seattle Kollel. He’s also
returned to composing music.
He says his photography is “totally
secular,” but then, “nothing I do is totally
secular,” he said. “My work is not Jewish
subject matter, it’s the underlying feeling
and spirit behind it.”
Harry favors nature photography,
but likes to trick the eye with the natu-
ral image, creating “natural abstracts” in
nature. “Tere’s this energy,” that he tries
to capture, “that animates everything in
the universe.”
Find his work at www.harryzeitlin.com,
hear music at www.myspace.com/har-
ryzeitlin and contact him about Beth Ha’Ari
through www.congregationbethhaari.org.
• • •
I hope you’ve been partying, because
it is gala season in the Jewish community.
Some of these galas are also opportu-
nities to honor people who have enhanced
the lives of local organization.
Seattle Hebrew Academy honored
Connie Kanter and Chuck Broches
last month. Parents and active volun-
teers, Connie was also the school’s devel-
opment director for a number of years
before returning to corporate life.
Head of school Rivy Poupko Kletenik
calls them “models for the Jewish commu-
nity in their dedication, commitment and
cheerful bigheartedness,” noted for com-
mittee work, hospitality and generosity.
Connie and Chuck are also very involved
in the Jewish community as a whole.
Mercer Island’s Congregation Herzl-
Ner Tamid honored Bob Zimmerman on
Feb. 6. A teacher of adults and children for
39 years, service leader and torah reader,
Rabbi Jay Rosenbaum says that with his
“great spirit” and “tremendous warmth,”
Bob “exemplifes the best of what we want
to be at Herzl-Ner Tamid.
“A fantastic guy, a wonderful person,
a great teacher…when people walk into
his classes or his minyan, whether it’s a
student who’s 15 or 12, or an adult…Bob
lends a personal touch…makes every-
one feel enthusiastically welcome,” Rabbi
Rosenbaum said.
Seattle Jewish Community School will
honor two couples at their Purim-themed
gala Feb. 28. Dr. Peg Hall and Moss
Patashnik, and Joann and Carl Bianco
are long-time supporters of the north-
end school.
Debbie Butler, head of school, wel-
comes the opportunit y to say thank
you to people “who have made such an
impact on our present and our future.”
Despite the fact that their daughter hasn’t
been at the school for almost eight years,
Moss and Peg have turned “deep paren-
tal involvement into an ongoing commit-
ment,” Butler said, “because they believe
in us as a vital, community-wide asset.”
Te Biancos have never had kids at
the school, but their “longstanding pas-
sion for Jewish education,” Butler said,
motivated them to help the school fnan-
cially at a crucial time, allowing SJCS to
be “transformed…from a nomadic school
to a permanent institution that will have
a profound and ongoing impact” on the
community.
Local rabbi has many talents
Also: Honoring the honorable in our community
avital Zeitlin
Rabbi Harry Zeitlin in front of his photographic exhibit, “Art is
the Spiritual.”
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arts & entertainMent
SATURDAY, MARCH 13 AT 2 P.M.
Sparks of Glory
Music
Music of Remembrance’s Sparks of Glory series continues with the premiere of a new
version of “Fathers,” the song cycle by American composer Lori Laitman, which centers on
the relationship of fathers with their children. MOR artistic director Mina Miller will provide
commentary. Free. At the Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle.
t he art s
march 6 – 17
SATURDAY, MARCH 6 AT 6:30 P.M.
Arranged
Film
www.arrangedthemovie.com
The Islamic Educational Center of Seattle, Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue, and Interfaith
Community Church present a screening of Arranged, a flm about an Orthodox Jewish
woman and a Muslim woman working together at a Brooklyn school who become friends
after learning they are both going through the process of arranged marriages. Free. At the
Interfaith Community Church, 1763 NW 62nd St., Seattle.
TUESDAY, MARCH 9
AT 7:30 P.M.
Michael Chabon
Author discussion
www.lectures.org
Seattle Arts & Lectures presents Pulitzer Prize-winning author
Michael Chabon, who will give a talk titled, “I was Edgar
Allan Poe! A True Story of Imaginary Reincarnation, Literary
Infuence, and Pathetically Belated Revenge.” Chabon is the
author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay and
Manhood for Amateurs, among others. At Benaroya Hall,
200 University St., Seattle.
MARCH 11-21
Wizard
Theater
The Stroum JCC’s Center Stage program presents Wizard, the story of a Mercer Island girl
who claims to have met the Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz. Is she
having a delusion? Or is it real? Visit www.sjcc.org for times and ticket information. At the
Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island.
MonDAY, MARCH 8 AT 7 P.M.
Linda Morgan
Author reading
Author and parent Linda Morgan will discuss her
book, Beyond Smart: Boosting Your Child’s Social,
Emotional, and Academic Potential. Morgan is
the former editor of the Mercer Island Reporter
and a regular contributor to ParentMap Magazine.
At the University Book Store, 4326 University
Way, Seattle.
WEDnESDAY, MARCH 17 AT 8 P.M.
Balkan Beat Box
Music
www.showboxonline.com
The multicultural performers
of Balkan Beat Box (including
a few Israelis) blend electronic
music with hard-edged folk
music from the Balkans, North
Africa, and the Middle East.
$17.50 in advance, $20 at the
door. At the Showbox Market,
1426 1st Ave., Seattle.
SUnDAY, MARCH 7 AT 7 P.M.
“The Jews of Tin Pan Alley”
Music
www.lilrev.com, www.templebnaitorah.org
“The Jews of Tin Pan Alley” is a one-man show by musician
Lil’ Rev. Performing on banjo, guitar, ukulele, mandolin,
harmonica and recorder, he highlights the work of Sophie
Tucker, Gus Kahn, Fanny Brice, Ted Lewis, Gus Edwards,
Al Jolson, the Gershwins, Irving Berlin, Aaron Lebedoff, Joel
Grey, the Weavers, and more. Throughout the show Lil’ Rev
will trace the contributions of Jewish performers to the
American musical landscape in song and dance. At Temple
B’nai Torah, 15727 NE 4th St., Bellevue.
A word with the director: A past revealed
WWII tests Tunisian women’s bond in Te Wedding Song
strand pictures
Sixteen-year-old best friends nour and Myriam must navigate their relationship among
the upheaval of World War ii-era Tunis.
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Special to JTNews
French-Jewish writer-director Karin
Albou assumed that the Algerian side of
her family had been untouched by World
War II. Then she came across the let-
ters that her grandfather, a doctor in the
French Army, had written to her grand-
mother from a German POW camp.
He was held for four years, Albou’s
grandmother explained, protected by his
French citizenship at the same time the
Vichy regime was stripping Algerian Jews
of theirs.
“I learned all this when I was 20,”
Albou recalls, “and I was shocked that the
Second World War [afected] the former
French colonies of Algeria, Tunisia and
Morocco, and that the French government
can decide that this one is not French any-
more, that Jews are not French anymore.”
Te plight of European Jews during
the war was taught in French schools, but
Albou had to do her own research to dis-
cover that the Nazis occupied Tunisia for
six months.
That historical reality provides the
background of her second flm, Te Wed-
ding Song, as well as the external pres-
sure that threatens to destroy the lifelong
f riendship bet ween t wo Jewish and
Muslim teenagers. An artful, evocative
story of women navigat-
ing dangerous times,
The Wedding Song
screens March 14
i n t he Seat t l e
Jewish Film
Festival.
“I didn’t want to make a political flm,
and that’s why I portrayed this friendship
in a period flm,” Albou related over cofee
at her hotel when she presented her flm
last summer at the San Francisco Jewish
Film Festival. “If I would have made this
same story with Palestinians and Israe-
lis, it would have been very complicated
because there’s no distance.
“I didn’t want to make
a political movie, but I
understand through
many people’s reaction that the flm is
still political,” she says with one of her
frequent laughs.
Albou is referring to the reviews and
post-screening Q&As after Te Wedding
Song opened in France in December
2008. In particular, she drew criticism
from some corners for the flm’s open-
ing montage of archival newsreel foot-
age, including a picture of Hitler with the
smiling Grand Mufti of Jerusalem.
“Some French people were upset —
not the Arabs,” Albou explains. “Some
iF you go:
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Festival on Sun., March 14 at SIFF
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St., Seattle. Visit www.siff.net or call
206-324-9996 for tickets and visit
www.seattlejewishflmfestival.org for
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Four seriously overweight friends,
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A highly entertaining picture that
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closes the Seattle Jewish Film Festival.
Te Hebrew title translates as “A Big
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we meet Herzl (played by Itzik Cohen,
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who lives with his widowed mother in
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all right, and getting bigger, despite (or
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diet-group leader.
Te epitome of a shlub, Herzl is not
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Unti l he’s had enough abuse and
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lowed by the pretty and equally zaftig
Mona (Levana Finkelstein) and his three
buddies. A Matter of Size is a story of self-
awareness, self-conf idence and self-
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tures.
Te exception is sumo, the Japanese
style of wrestling, as Herzl discovers
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restaurant. Tese athletes aren’t embar-
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what’s your Jq?
Rivy Poupko
Kletenik
JTNews
Columnist
Dear Rivy,
Tinking about the story of Esther
often leaves me deeply confused and
disturbed. Tough the holiday of Purim
is festive and celebratory with a seem-
ingly happy-ever-after ending, ele-
ments of the story give me great pause.
Tere are questions that seem to resur-
face through Jewish history — big ques-
tions. Why does Haman hate the Jews?
Why is there anti-Semitism? Why do
people choose to hate? If we see Haman
on the bully continuum, what does that
mean for us and our lives? Are we but
steps away from such hatred or is it pos-
sible to dream of a day without hate?
Tough there are many who choose
to consider just about everything in the
Book of Esther aside from the very blar-
ing impetus for the story, I agree with
you. It really should be a central part of
our conversation. Tough it is tempting
to discuss the heroism of Esther, the per-
spicacity of Mordechai, the feminism of
Vashti and the foolishness of Ahasuerus,
who, following his advisor’s advice, gets
rid of his wife and then follows his wife’s
advice and gets rid of his advisor — I am
with you. Time to stare down evil in the
face! As the current lingo goes, what’s up
with Haman? Where does all this hate
come from? As Rodney King might inter-
ject, “Can’t we all just get along?”
We have many a sleek technique to our
Haman avoidance syndrome. It is dis-
cernible in our decided efort to comic-
ize Haman. We grogger him with vigor,
toss water balloons at him with glee,
and energetically costume ourselves in
three-cornered hats! We sing about him,
jest about him and reduce him to a silly
joke of an enemy. We laugh until we cry.
It is a complicated abhorrence, quintes-
sentially represented by our son back so
long ago when, as a boy of 7, he excitedly
dressed up as Haman, diabolical mous-
tache and all — only to discard the garb at
the door of the shul with disgust. Te real-
ity of his assumed persona hit him as he
approached the doors of the holy space.
Te temptation to embody and thus con-
trol the evil was too much for him to bear.
Some might say there are deep roots to
this Haman hatred. It is a story that begins
with the blessing bestowed upon one
son, and denied to the other. As progeni-
tor of Haman, a unique brand of hatred
is assigned to Esau by the sages. It is seen
as an incomprehensible state of afairs. It
is Halachah, almost a law of nature, that
Esau hates Jacob. Tere is but one bless-
ing to be given, and it is not to him. Esau is
grandfather to Amalek, those who attack
the Israelites on their way out of Egypt
and whose King Agag is wrongly spared by
King Saul, ancestor of Mordechai. Ironi-
cally, here in the Megillah the two powers
once again take center stage, pitted against
each other. Tis is not a new confict.
This chosenness rankles the mobs.
Tere is a sense that the People Israel have
some special connection to a transcen-
dent mystery, a national commitment to
that which is unseen, yet ever present. We
seem to have a staying power larger than
life. Tey are aware of this noble embrace
we have of a destiny to be realized by all
mankind and our profound acknowledge-
ment of the promise of every soul.
Anti-Semites are not members of an
exclusive club. It has been a camaraderie
that traverses economic class, religion and
social spheres. Hence the wonderment:
Why hate the Jews? Whether they be in
ghettoes, or assimilated, rich or poor, local
or abroad, they are not spared. What is this
non-discriminating abhorrence? Perhaps
it is a simple case of envy. Tere is some-
thing about the Jews that they just cannot
comprehend, that intangible quality that
they ironically hunger to taste.
Mordechai refuses to bow to the newly
promoted Haman, who then launches his
attack to Ahasuerus, and the plot begins
to unfold: “Tere is a certain people scat-
tered abroad and dispersed among the
peoples in all the provinces of thy king-
dom; and their laws are diverse from
those of every people; neither keep they
the king’s laws; therefore it profts not the
king to sufer them. If it please the king,
let it be written that they be destroyed.”
No matter that he is second to the
king, Mordechai’s very being and lack of
kowtowing irks Haman into his ultimate
downfall.
But why does Haman need the obei-
sance of others in order to exist? Why does
he need a Mordechai to bow to him? Rabbi
Solovietchik explains that each of us here
in this world must confront our fniteness;
our dire existential predicament. We are
not here forever. Tat we are not all-pow-
erful is the challenge each of us must ulti-
mately confront. Getting beyond this truth
and navigating life around it is what each
of us is about. Tough there are a number
of redemptive paths to follow, some of us
choose to circumnavigate this ornery cer-
tainty by avoiding it all together.
Tere is a lot out there to numb this
pain: Drugs, work, shopping, alcohol,
entertainment, hedonism and power.
Terein lies the rub. For those who are
unable to sit with the truth of their exis-
tence here on earth, there is many an
escape. For the bullies among us, they
fnd their relief in our torment. Teir vic-
tims most often are the ones who have
exactly what their victims do not. Con-
sider a familiar bully: Could be in a class, a
dreams of hate-free days
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what’s your Jq?
synagogue, a community or organization.
He despises most the person who has what
he lacks. He is tragically drawn to this
person and sets out to bring her down.
Haman sought power to offset his
deep-feared existential inadequacies.
Petrifed of his own fniteness, Haman
found his only viable way to exist was to
bring down the one person who would
not tolerate his power grab. Some call this
hatred for the sake of hatred.
Though it does not seem to be an
envied position, a pious victim of a
pogrom refected that given the choice, he
would rather be the person laying on the
ground with the boot of the persecutor at
this throat, rather than be the persecutor
whose boot digs into the neck of a fellow
human. Why we are hated may not be as
useful of a question as, given our expe-
rience of being hated, what can we do to
eradicate senseless hate? What can each
of us do daily to combat distance between
“the other”? What in our gifted fnite life
can we contribute to helping others real-
ize their God-given potential to do good?
How’s that for a Purim riddle!
Rivy Poupko Kletenik is an internationally
renowned educator and Head of School
at the Seattle Hebrew Academy. If you
have a question that’s been tickling your
brain, send Rivy an e-mail to
kletenik6@aol.com.
What’s Your JQ? t Page 11A
French people are more pro-Arab than
the Arabs themselves. Tey said, ‘You did
a Zionist movie’ and stuf like that. An
Arab man stood up [at one screening] and
said, ‘No, she did the right thing. We have
to talk about that. As an Arab, I think it’s
very important to show these pictures.’
It’s interesting that it’s French people, not
the Arab people, that were shocked or
embarrassed by these photos. Tey don’t
want to know that it happened.”
Tere’s a scene in Te Wedding Song of
the occupying Germans dropping anti-
Jewish leafets on Tunis. Te implication
is that by raising the specter of anti-Sem-
itism, the Nazis instigate the tension
between Muslims and Jews.
“In any culture, you can have dark
sides that are buried because people live
together,” Albou says. “As soon as pro-
paganda comes and says this one is the
bad guy, all the inner dark side rises up.
I think there was some anti-Semitism in
France, too, but very underneath. You can
have tension, but the war suddenly makes
everything on fre.”
Albou didn’t set out to construct a par-
able about current Arab-Jewish relations,
but to tell a story about female friendship
during a time in North Africa that had
never been depicted onscreen. It’s dif-
cult not to consider the flm’s contempo-
rary resonance, though.
“In France we don’t really have prob-
lems living together,” she relates. “When
there’s a confict in Israel, there’s an invis-
ible border and then one is pro-Palestin-
ian and one is pro-Israeli and this is the
crack. It’s like in the movie: Te [girls] are
together and suddenly the war shows up
and they are put on completely diferent
sides in spite of themselves. Tey don’t
understand what’s happening to them.”
Albou is married to an Israeli and
divides her time between Tel Aviv and
Paris. She works in France, though one
wonders if she might be working on a
screenplay set in Israel.
“For the moment, no, but I would love
one day to make an Israeli movie, and to
make an American movie in Los Ange-
les,” she volunteers with another laugh.
Wedding Song t Page 8A
rassed by their girth; to the contrary,
bigger is better. Herzl bugs his boss to
coach him, and our unlikely hero eagerly
embraces the sport, along with the train-
ing-table regimen.
Meanwhile, Herzl’s romance with Mona
picks up speed. His mother emerges as the
villain for a while, thanks to her repeated
bad-mouthing of the younger woman. But
we should have a little empathy for a frus-
trated Jewish mother who doesn’t know
whether to say “Eat!” or “Don’t eat!”
Tadmor (co-director of the youth-
oriented Arab-Palest i nian romance
Strangers) and Maymon shift tones with
dexterity and the occasional, intentional
whiplash efect. Blending the eccentric
with the formulaic, they keep the audi-
ence feeling a bit like a sumo novice —
slightly off-balance. But we’re always
right there with Herzl, a sad sack who
deserves happiness just as much, if not
more, than the next guy.
Herzl’s Japanese boss/coach and co-
workers are good for a few solid laughs,
but it would have been nice to see them
play a bigger role. Te flmmakers largely
choose not to explore the culture clash
between East and Mideast, foregoing an
opportunity to shed some light on yet
another unlikely minority group that has
settled in Israel.
A Matter of Size t Page 9A
mon, a Lakeside High School senior, waited
eagerly for the day’s activities to begin.
“My parents thought it would be a
good idea to come to this since I will be
going to college at Western Washington
University next year,” he said.
Two students from WWU, Adi Kletter,
a senior, and Uri Chotzen, a junior, are
hoping to start the frst pro-Israel club on
their campus.
Adam Gillman, a WWU freshman, said
he wants to be more verbally prepared.
“It’s such an instrumental and impor-
tant time in our lives when we start to
gain our ideals as young Jews,” said Gill-
man. “Tere are a lot of misconceptions
about Israel. Te whole outlook on Israel
is very idealistic, but not very realistic.”
Duri ng t he conference’s i nterac-
tive training session, students practiced
responding to some of the most common
allegations they hear at their schools.
Topping their list were four common
anti-Israel accusations propagated by its
detractors — that Israel is an apartheid
system, that Israel is systematically starv-
ing Gazans, and that Israelis are living
on stolen land, and that Israel is consis-
tently violating the human rights of Pal-
estinians.
Nevet Basker, regional advisory chair
for SWU, led the session.
“We’re givi ng t hem communica-
tion tools to respond in the most efec-
tive manner with the most compelling
answer,” Basker said. “We’re practicing
by doing.”
Shira Jaret, SWU’s local campus and
program coordinator, said that their
main objective is coalition-building.
“We don’t have a political solution, but
students just need to hear the facts,” said
Jaret. “Israel is actually at the forefront of
human rights. We just want to open up a
dialogue and develop a network of stu-
dents.”
In Seattle, a group called Israel For-
ever formed on the UW campus a year ago
and are working with SWU.
According to Rozov, the pro-Israel
group on the UCI campus, Anteaters for
Israel, is becoming well organized and
active. She said they are trying to empha-
size that there are two sides to every
story.
“The Jewish pro-Israel groups on
campus are getting stronger and stron-
ger,” Rozov said. “Te students on campus
are motivated and educated because they
realize they can either run away, or they
can deal with the issues and educate
people. Tat’s the stance that the students
have taken.”
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Explore how diferences in back-
ground impact communication
through fun and meaningful dis-
cussion and experiences. Tis three-ses-
sion course from Jewish Family Service
will help you gain tools to enhance com-
munication with each other and extended
family. Designed for interfaith couples
and Jewish couples with diferent cul-
tural backgrounds. Tuesday evenings,
March 9–23 from 6:15–8:30 p.m. Held at
JFS, 1601 16th Ave., Seattle. $54/couple,
scholarships available, advance registra-
tion required.
Contact Emily Harris-Shears at 206-
861-8784 or familylife@jfsseattle.org.
Wine for Jewish history
Te Washington State Jewish His-
torical Society will host a wine tast-
ing event that will include guests
Eric LeVine, founder of CellarTracker.
com, Richard Kinssies, former Seattle
P-I wine columnist, and Michael Friend,
regional kosher wine distributor.
Wines will be donated by individ-
ual wine col lectors and distributors
within the community. Kosher and non-
kosher wines available, light kosher hors
d’oeuvres will be served. Cost is $54/
person. Wed., March 10 from 7-9 p.m. at
the Howard House, 704 2nd Ave., Seat-
tle. Contact loriw@jewishinseattle.org or
206-774-2277 to RSVP.
Maintaining dignity
An evening that discusses balanc-
ing parents’ safety and indepen-
dence in life will be held to help in
understanding caring for aging parents.
Parents may insist upon driving despite
safety concerns, or refuse to take vital
medication. Gain perspective on how to
maintain respect for your parents’ dig-
nity and independence, while you also
look out for their safety. Mon., March 8,
7–9 p.m., at the Seattle Kollel, 5305 52nd
Ave. S, Seattle. Advance registration
encouraged. $10/person.
Contact Emily Harris-Shears at 206-
861-8784 or familylife@jfsseattle.org. Co-
sponsored by Bikur Cholim Machzikay
Hadath Congregation, Seattle Kollel, Sep-
hardic Bikur Holim Congregation and
Congregation Ezra Bessaroth.
Jacob Friedman holocaust
Writing and Art contest
Te annual contest, open to stu-
dents in grades 5-12 in the Pacifc
Northwest (Wash., Ore., Id., Ak.), is
accepting entries now through April 2. In
honor of a sapling from the tree that sat
outside the window of the house in which
Anne Frank hid, which will be planted
in Seattle’s Volunteer Park, the contest
asks students to consider how their lives
might be diferent if people were more
respectful and tolerant of each other’s
diferences. Sponsored by the Washing-
ton State Holocaust Education Resource
Center. For further details, visit www.
wsherc.org/writingcontest/contest.aspx.
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to calendar@jtnews.net at least 10 days before
the publication date. Ongoing events can be
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candle lighting times
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February
FRIdAY 26
6 p.m. – Purim Party n
Kristine Ganes at 206-528-1944 or
info@secularjewishcircle.org or
www.secularjewishcircle.org
Shabbat potluck and a Purim party with the
Secular Jewish Circle. Location provided upon
RSVP.
SATuRdAY 27
6:30–11 p.m. – Erev Purim Celebration n
Carol Benedick at 206-524-0075 or
carolbenedick@bethshalomseattle.org or
www.bethshalomseattle.org
Purim celebration. At Congregation Beth
Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle.
7 p.m. – Purim at Temple Beth Am n
Megillah reading and shpiel. At Temple Beth
Am, 2632 NE 80th St., Seattle.
7 p.m. – Purim Party n
julie@bcmhseattle.org
Megillah reading and Purim party. All are
welcome. At Bikur Cholim-Machzikay Hadath
Volotin Hall, 5145 S Morgan St., Seattle.
7:15 p.m. – Red, White and Blue Purim n
U.S.A. Extravaganza
Patriotic-themed costume contest and dance
party. $5 per person. At the Eastside Torah
Center, 1837 156th Ave. NE, #303,
Bellevue.
8 p.m. – Circus Purim n
Josh at joshf@hilleluw.org
Jconnect and The Tribe at Temple De Hirsch
Sinai host a circus-themed Purim party. All
proceeds from this event will go toward Haiti
earthquake relief. At Emerald City Trapeze,
2702 6th Ave. S, Seattle.
SuNdAY 28
11 a.m.– Purim Brunch n
Marjie Cogan at 206-524-0075 or
marjiecogan@bethshalomseattle.org
Brunch and entertainment for adults and kids.
$15 per adult, $5 per child 4-12 yrs old, free
for children 3 and under. Member discount
available. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800
35th Ave. NE, Seattle.
12 p.m. – SJCC Purim Carnival and Camp n
Registration
Zach Duitch at 206-232-7115, ext. 243 or
zachd@sjcc.org
Purim carnival for families and an opportunity
to sign up for summer camp programs. At the
Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer
Island.
12 p.m. – Purim Carnival n
Alysa Rosen at 206-525-0915 or
rsvp@templebetham.org
Purim carnival for children. At Temple Beth
Am, 2632 NE 80th St., Seattle.
4 p.m. – Purim in issaquah n
425-985-7639 or
www.chabadissaquah.com/purim
Israel-themed Purim celebration for kids and
families. At Blakely Hall, 2550 NE Park Dr.,
Issaquah.
5 p.m. – SJCS Gala 2010 n
206-522-5212 or dbutler@seattlejcs.org
Annual fundraising event for the Seattle Jewish
Community School. At SJCS, 12351 8th Ave.
NE, Seattle.
March
TueSdAY 2
10 a.m. – E-Mail Class for Seniors n
Roni Antebi at 206-232-7115, ext. 269
Class focuses on setting up an e-mail account,
reading mail, managing folders, moving and
deleting messages, sending and opening
attachments. Basic knowledge of Windows
required. Free. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E
Mercer Way, Mercer Island.
WedNeSdAY 3
12:30 p.m. – Law School Lox ’n’ Learn n
Jacob at jacob@jconnectseattle.org
This monthly event is sponsored by the UW
Jewish Law Students Association. Non-law
students welcome to join. Lunch provided.
RSVP requested. At UW Law School, room
TBA.
5: 30–7: 30 p. m. – Cocktai l s and n
Community
Attorneys, law students, judges and friends
are invited to this networking get-together
hosted by the Cardozo Society. $10. At the
Daily Grill, 629 Pike St., Seattle.
ThuRSdAY 4
9 a.m.-3:15 p.m. - Tulalip Casino Trip n
Roni Antebi at 206-232-7115, ext. 269
Field trip to the Tulalip Casino with the Stroum
JCC. $1 for members, $2 for non-members.
Meet at the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way,
Mercer Island.
7 p.m. – Beth Shalom n Beit Midrash
Carol Benedick at 206-524-0075, ext. 4 or
carolbenedick@bethshalomseattle.org
Rabbi Stuart Light teaches Masechet Berachot
from the Mishna. All levels welcome. Meets
frst Thursday of the month. $5/class or six
classes for $25. At Congregation Beth Shalom,
6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle.
FRIdAY 5
8 p.m. – Jewish Medical Ethics: What’s it n
All About?
360-733-8890
Shabbat service followed by a discussion with
scholar-in-residence Rabbi Elliot Dorff. At
Temple Beth Israel, 2200 Broadway, Belling-
ham.
SATuRdAY 6
10:30 a.m.– issues in Medicine Today n
360-733-8890
Morning service followed by a discussion of
Jewish medical ethics with scholar-in-resi-
dence Rabbi Elliot Dorff. At Congregation
Beth Israel, 2200 Broadway, Bellingham.
12:30 p.m. – issues at the Beginning of n
Life
360-733-8890
Lunch and a discussion about Jewish medical
ethics with scholar-in-residence Rabbi Elliot
Dorff. At Congregation Beth Israel, 2200
Broadway, Bellingham.
7:30 p.m. – Healthcare Panel Program n
360-733-8890
Community discussion with Rabbi Elliot Dorff
called “Health Care in America: Who Receives
Care, and Who Pays?” At Whatcom
Community College, Heiner Auditorium, 237
West Kellogg Rd., Bellingham.
SuNdAY 7
9 a.m. – issues at the End of Life n
360-733-8890
Discussion about Jewish medical ethics with
scholar-in-residence Rabbi Elliot Dorff. At
Congregation Beth Israel, 2200 Broadway,
Bellingham.
MONdAY 8
12:30 p.m. – Current Events/Round n
Table
Roni Antebi at 206-232-7115, ext. 269
Current events discussion group led by Al
Ziontz. Topic TBD. Free. At the Stroum JCC,
3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island.
7 p.m. – Maintaining Dignity n
Emily Harris-Shears at 206-861-8784 or
familylife@jfsseattle.org
A class on balancing aging parents’ safety and
independence. Hosted by Jewish Family
Service. $10. At the Seattle Kollel, 5305 52nd
Ave. S, Seattle.
TueSdAY 9
6:15–8:30 p.m. – Hidden Messages… n
Uncovered!
Emily Harris-Shears at 206-861-8784
A course designed for interfaith couples and
Jewish couples with different cultural back-
grounds to gain tools to enhance communica-
tion with their partners and extended family.
$54 per couple. Scholarships available. At
Jewish Family Service, 1601 16th Ave.,
Seattle.
WedNeSdAY 10
11:30 a.m. – Daytimers Lunch & Movie n
isolde Shiebert at 206-232-8555, ext. 204
or rsvp@h-nt.org
This month’s flm is The Mad Adventures of
Rabbi Jacob. $7. At Herzl-Ner Tamid Conser-
vative Congregation, 3700 E Mercer Way,
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Answers on page 19A
Te Jerusalem Post
Crossword Puzzle
By David Benkof
Across
1. Actor Gyllenhaal (“Jarhead”)
5. Designer of the fountain in Tel
Aviv’s Dizengof Square
9. Oft-cited Talmudic rabbi
13. Tel ___
14. Ready, as challah
15. Short story writer Etgar
16. British centenarian and knight
19. “___ a Minkman!” (SNL
catchphrase)
20. Ira or Stephen
21. Drescher role, with “Te”
22. “We ___ One”
23. Adam and Eve, at frst
24. One place to fnd Larry David
27. Suds source
28. Hamas’s “Day of ___”
32. Tower of note
33. City founded in 716
35. “Hellboy” Perlman
36. Author, “Badenheim 1939”
39. “Girl ‘rabbi’ of the golden West”
Frank
40. Nursery supplies
41. Bows
42. Understood
44. Director Bergman (“Broken
Wings”)
45. Israel’s “Music Director for Life”
since 1981
46. “Mummy” actor Fehr
48. It can be rented from Eldan or
Avis
49. Dreidel letter?
51. Desire
52. “Curb Your Enthusiasm” network
55. Co-founder of Miramax flms
58. Sheer
59. “A great miracle happened ___”
60. Title role of Allen’s Oscar winner
61. Clutter
62. An etrog has one
63. Writer Welt (“Berlin Wild”)
Down
1. “Square Peg” Gertz
2. Avraham, Yitzchak, and Yaakov
3. Smooch
4. She raised Cain
5. Covet, perhaps
6. Kosher fowl
7. Frank or Meara
8. NYC art museum, with “Te”
9. Brooks collaborator on “Te 2000
Year Old Man”
10. Synagogue ark
11. Extremely
12. Enjoyed kasha varnishkes
15. ___ Saba
17. Get the matzah down
18. Allow
23. Minor distractions on an El Al
fight
24. Socialist writer Abraham
25. 9-Across’s primary adversary
26. Marxist Zionist Borochov
27. 1939 White ___ (restriction on
Jewish immigration to Palestine)
29. Ain’t right?
30. She succeeded Levi as prime
minister
31. Means justifers
32. Dog sound
33. Fast
34. Einstein and Sabin
37. What Israel will be in 2038
38. Pshaw!
43. Timber and grey
45. Way
47. Bambi, e.g.
48. Arab capital
49. One kind of honey
50. Spiegelman and Garfunkel
51. Do some gardening
52. Get better
53. Wrestler Goldberg
54. ___Simchas.com
55. Run smoothly
56. Reporter’s question
57. “Tat’s ___ ticket!” (SNL
catchphrase)
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12 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.
5:30 p.m. – Small Business networking n
Jay Bakst at 253-709-2850 or
jblists@comcast.net
Meet and share ideas with other Jewish
business owners. At the Eastside Grill, Bellevue
Coast Hotel, 625 116th Ave. NE, Bellevue.
7 p.m. – History Uncorked n
www.wsjhs.org
A wine tasting fundraiser for the Washington
State Jewish Historical Society. $54. At
Howard House, 604 2nd Ave., Seattle.
7–9 p.m. – Author Jay Michaelson n
info@betalef.org
Jay Michaelson, author of Everything is God,
The Radical Path of Nondual Judaism, offers
a workshop based on insights from his book.
$20 for adults, $15 for students/seniors.
Sponsored by Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue.
RSVP requested. At the University Unitarian
Church, 6556 35th Ave. NE, Seattle.
SuNdAY 14
11 a.m. – A Beneft for Furnishing Peaceful n
Homes
ncjwseattle.org
Fundraising event for Shalom Bayit. $60. At
the Bellevue Hilton, 300 112th Ave. SE,
Bellevue.
4 p.m. – Jewish Day School Annual n
Auction
Fundraising auction for JDS. At Meydenbauer
Center, 11100 NE 6th St., Bellevue.
TueSdAY 16
6:15–8:30 p.m. – Hidden Messages… n
Uncovered!
Emily Harris-Shears at 206-861-8784
A course designed for interfaith couples and
Jewish couples with different cultural back-
grounds to gain tools to enhance communica-
tion with their partners and extended family.
$54 per couple. Scholarships available. At
Jewish Family Service, 1601 16th Ave.,
Seattle.
WedNeSdAY 17
7 p.m. – Death and Dying Workshop n
Emily Harris-Shears at 206-861-8784 or
familylife@jfsseattle.org
Jewish Family Service presents a series of four
workshops on the traditions surrounding
death, including comforting the bereaved,
burials, and mourning rituals. Cost is $36 per
person for all four sessions. Scholarships
available. At Temple De Hirsch Sinai, 1530
E Pike St., Seattle.
Community Calendar t Page 14A
Karla Frances Lieberman
January 26, 2010
Karla Frances Lieberman, 57, passed away peacefully in
her home surrounded by friends and family after a courageous
battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) on Tuesday, January
26. She is survived by her parents Wm. S. Lieberman and
Mae Samuelson Lieberman, both of Mercer Island, and her
sister Joanie, brother-in-law John, nephew Alex and niece
Danielle of Bellevue.
Karla graduated from Mercer Island H.S. and the Evergreen
State College. She was a founding faculty member of the
Northwest School in Seattle, where she taught for 28 years.
She established and developed the ceramics program until
her retirement in 2008. Karla was an accomplished glass and
ceramics artist and her works of whimsical sculptures appear
in several museums across the country. Her work may be
viewed at www.karlal.com
She will be remembered as an inspirational teacher who
believed in the potential of every student, and for her sense
of humor, her amazing creativity, depth of spirit, and gra-
ciousness. She was loved by all who knew her and will be
missed. A memorial service will be held on March 23 at 2
PM at Seattle Unity Church, 200 8th Ave. N., with a reception
to follow. In lieu of fowers please direct donations to the
Northwest School www.northwestschool.org, the ALS Asso-
ciation www.alsa.org, or the ALS division, Muscular Dystrophy
Association, www.als.mdausa.org.
Tillie Prottas
February 3, 2010
Tillie Prottas passed away on Wednesday, February 3, 2010.
She was 95 years old. The funeral was held on February 5 at the
Bikur Cholim Cemetery. Born in New York City, she grew up in
Sidney, Nova Scotia. She moved to Seattle and in 1938 married
George Prottas. Tillie and George were very active members of
the Jewish community for many years and members of Bikur
Cholim and later founding members of Emanuel Congregation.
Tillie was preceded in death by George. Tillie is survived by her
son Robert (Susan) Prottas, grandchildren Jeffrey (Dana) Prottas,
Jennifer (Eric) Lowe, four wonderful great-grandchildren, Ayelet
and Adina Prottas, Allison and Elijah Lowe and her sister, Edith
Schniederman. Remembrances may be made to the Kline Galland
Home in Seattle.
Bat Mitzvah
Sabina Rose Rogers
Sabina will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on March 6, 2010 at
Temple De Hirsch Sinai in Seattle.
Sabina is the daughter of James and Theresa Rogers of Seattle
and the sister of Zoey Rogers. Her grandparents are Diane Calvert
of Seattle, Frances Rogers of Mercer Island, and the late Fred
Rogers.
Sabina is in the 7th grade at The Northwest School. Her interests
include soccer, basketball, track, skiing, animals, writing, music, and photography. For her
mitzvah project, she has been raising money for earthquake relief in Haiti.
ilana Greenberg sinks
one in for northwest
Yeshiva High School’s
613s girls’ basketball
team on Feb. 18 to
send them to the state
fnals. if they lost
Wednesday, however,
(after JTNews went to
press) they would have
had to forfeit their
Thursday afternoon
game due to the Fast of
Esther. if they won,
they would have
played Thursday
evening, after the fast
ended. Regardless, this
is the frst time
nationwide an
orthodox girls’ team
has made it this far in
league play.
Debra rettman
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GREATER SEATTLE
Chabad House (Traditional) 206/527-1411
4541 19th Ave. NE
Bet Alef (Meditative Reform) 206/527-9399
16330 NE 4th St., Bellevue (in Unity Church)
Congregation Kol Ami (Reform) 425/844-1604
16530 Avondale Rd. NE, Woodinville
Cong. Beis Menachem (Traditional Hassidic)
1837 156th Ave. NE, Bellevue 425/957-7860
Congregation Beth Shalom (Conservative)
6800 35th Ave. NE 206/524-0075
Cong. Bikur Cholim-Machzikay Hadath
(Orthodox)
5145 S Morgan 206/721-0970
Capitol Hill Minyan-BCMH (Orthodox)
1501 17th Ave. E 206/721-0970
Congregation Eitz Or (Jewish Renewal)
6556 35th Ave. NE 206/467-2617
Cong. Ezra Bessaroth (Sephardic Orthodox)
5217 S. Brandon Street 206/722-5500
Congregation Shaarei Teflah-Lubavitch
(Orthodox/Hassidic)
6250 43rd Ave. NE 206/527-1411
Congregation Shevet Achim (Orthodox)
5017 90th Ave. SE (at NW Yeshiva HS)
Mercer Island 206/275-1539
Congregation Tikvah Chadashah
(Gay/Lesbian) 206/355-1414
Emanuel Congregation (Modern Orthodox)
3412 NE 65th Street 206/525-1055
Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation
(Conservative) 206/232-8555
3700 E. Mercer Way, Mercer Island
Hillel (Multi-denominational)
4745 17th Ave. NE 206/527-1997
Kadima (Reconstructionist) 206/547-3914
12353 NE 8th, Seattle
Kavana Cooperative kavanaseattle@gmail.com
TAcomA
Chabad-Lubavitch of Pierce County
1889 N Hawthorne Dr. 253/565-8770
Temple Beth El (Reform) 253/564-7101
5975 S. 12th St.
TRi ciTiES
Congregation Beth Sholom (Conservative)
312 Thayer Drive, Richland 509/375-4740
VAncouVER
Chabad-Lubavitch of Clark County
9604 NE 126th Ave., Suite 2320 360/993-5222
E-mail: Rabbi@ChabadClarkCounty.com
www.chabadclarkcounty.com
Congregation Kol Ami 360/574-5169
Service times and location can be found at
www.jewishvancouverusa.org
VAShon iSLAnd
Havurat Ee Shalom 206/567-1608
15401 Westside Highway
P O Box 89, Vashon Island, WA 98070
WALLA WALLA
Congregation Beth Israel 509/522-2511
E-mail: nsleavitt@hotmail.com
WEnATchEE
Greater Wenatchee Jewish Community
509/662-3333 or 206/782-1044
WhidbEy iSLAnd
Jewish Community of Whidbey Island
360/331-2190
yAkimA
Temple Shalom (Reform) 509/453-8988
1517 Browne Ave.
yakimatemple@gmail.com
K’hal Ateres Zekainim (Orthodox) 206/722-1464
at Kline Galland Home, 7500 Seward Park Ave. S
Sephardic Bikur Holim Congregation (Orthodox)
6500 52nd Ave. S 206/723-3028
The Summit at First Hill (Orthodox)
1200 University St. 206/652-4444
Temple Beth Am (Reform) 206/525-0915
2632 NE 80th St.
Temple B’nai Torah (Reform) 425/603-9677
15727 NE 4th, Bellevue
Temple De Hirsch Sinai (Reform)
Seattle, 1441 16th Ave. 206/323-8486
Bellevue, 3850 156th Ave. SE 425/454-5085
SOuTH KING COuNTy
Bet Chaverim (Reform) 206/577-0403
25701 14th Place S, Des Moines
WEST SEATTLE
Kol HaNeshamah (Reform) 206/935-1590
Alki UCC, 6115 SW Hinds St.
Torah Learning Center (Orthodox)
5121 SW Olga St. 206/938-4852
WAShinGTon STATE
AbERdEEn
Temple Beth Israel 360/533-5755
1819 Sumner at Martin
AnAcoRTES
Anacortes Jewish Community 360/293-4123
bAinbRidGE iSLAnd
Congregation Kol Shalom (Reform)
9010 Miller Road NE 206/855-0885
Chavurat Shir Hayam 206/842-8453
bELLinGhAm
Chabad Jewish Center of Whatcom County
820 Newell St. 360/393-3845
Congregation Beth Israel (Reform)
2200 Broadway 360/733-8890
bREmERTon
Congregation Beth Hatikvah 360/373-9884
11th and Veneta
EVERETT / EdmondS
Chabad Jewish Center of Snohomish County
2225 100th Ave. W, Edmonds 425/967-3036
Temple Beth Or (Reform) 425/259-7125
3215 Lombard St., Everett
FoRT LEWiS
Jewish Chapel 253/967-6590
Liggett Avenue & 12th
iSSAquAh
Chabad of the Central Cascades (Hassidic Traditional)
24121 SE Black Nugget Rd. 425/427-1654
oLympiA
Chabad Jewish Discovery Center
1611 Legion Way SE 360/584-4306
Congregation B’nai Torah (Conservative)
3437 Libby Rd. 360/943-7354
Temple Beth Hatfloh (Reconstructionist)
201 8th Ave. SE 360/754-8519
poRT AnGELES And SEquim
Congregation B’nai Shalom 360/452-2471
poRT ToWnSEnd
Congregation Bet Shira 360/379-3042
puLLmAn, WA And moScoW, id
Jewish Community of the Palouse
509/334-7868 or 208/882-1280
SpokAnE
Chabad of Spokane County
4116 E. 37th Ave., Spokane 99223
509/443-0770
Congregation Emanu-El (Reform)
P O Box 30234, Spokane 99223 509/835-5050
www.spokaneemanu-el.org
Temple Beth Shalom (Conservative)
1322 E. 30th Ave. 509/747-3304
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Joel Magalnick
Editor, JTNews
Should Israel be a place that welcomes
all Jews regardless of belief, or should it
be a place where one religious viewpoint
is sponsored by the government while
the rest are merely accommodated? What
defnes a Jewish state is an issue Anat
Hofman deals with every day.
“The big question is, what are the
values of that Jewish state? Who defnes
what is Judaism? Who holds the keys to
Judaism? What kind of Judaism does the
Jewish state have? A closed-minded one?
A violent one? An extremist and funda-
mentalist one? Or one that has plural-
ism, tolerance, social justice at its core?”
she asked.
Though Hoffman is director of the
Union for Reform Judaism’s Israel Reli-
gious Action Center, she is much better
known these days as the leader of Women
of the Wall, a group of mostly Orthodox
women who wish “to pray out loud, read
Torah, and wear a prayer shawl, a tallit,”
according to Hofman.
Israel’s religious authority currently
proscribes them from doing so at the
Kotel, as the western wall of the second
temple in Jerusalem is called.
“[Te Kotel] can’t be an ultra-Ortho-
dox synagogue. Judaism should not be
dictated by one faction only,” she said.
Hofman, who served on Jerusalem’s
City Council for 14 years, was summoned
for questioning and fingerprinted by
Israeli authorities in January following
the arrest in November of medical stu-
dent Nofrat Frenkel for wearing a tallit
during Women of the Wall’s monthly
prayer service at the Kotel.
Spurred in the winter of 1988 by a
group of North American women, who
wished to hold Torah services in the wom-
en’s area of the Kotel but were assaulted
after doing so, Hofman has been bring-
ing women to pray at the beginning of
each month since.
Hofman visited Temple Beth Am in
Seattle as the synagogue’s scholar-in-res-
idence during the weekend of Feb. 19–21.
Her visit came partly as a result of the
urging of Beth Am member Goldie Sil-
verman, who, during a temple-led trip
to Israel two years ago, heard Hofman
speak and was entranced by what she
had to say.
Silverman said she has been upset
about the fracas surrounding Frenkel’s
arrest and the prohibition on women
holding prayer services at the Wall, par-
ticularly after her own experience there
during that trip.
“When all of us were together at the
Wall, why didn’t we have a service? Tat
would have been the most appropriate
place. Here we were, a group from the
synagogue, there with our rabbi,” Silver-
man said. “We were made to feel unwel-
come.”
Rules on who can and cannot worship
at the Wall have become ever more strict
during the past several years, Hofman
said. In 2003, the Supreme Court ruled
that the women must hold their services,
which follow halachah, or Jewish law, at
the nearby Robinson’s Arch.
“Te Court believed it had to reach a
compromise between proponents of tra-
ditional and egalitarian prayer which
would enable the Kotel to remain the fun-
damental symbol which unites the Jewish
people, rather than a site of contention
which divides them,” Akiva Tor, Israel’s
consul general to the Pacifc Northwest,
told JTNews via e-mail.
Hofman met with Tor in San Fran-
cisco the day before she came to Seattle.
She said she rejects the court’s suggestion
that the locations are equal.
“It’s an archaeological site. It doesn’t
have siddurim, it doesn’t have chairs,
they don’t let you sit down, they don’t let
you stay away from the rain when it rains,
and worst of all, at 9:15 they charge you 30
shekels to go in,” Hofman said.
But Hofman also brought up a larger
question: “If a halachic group doesn’t
have a place at the Wall, what do non-
halachic groups do?
“This particular group, at this par-
ticular hour, with this particular mode,
is the least of all provocation: Orthodox
consensus, omitting anything that could
be b’kedusha, that requires a minyan, all
modestly dressed, at the most ungodly
hours at 7 in the morning, spacing them-
selves as far from the wall and as far from
the men and as far from the partition, and
as far from anybody who might be dis-
turbed as possible.”
Yet there is resistance, even from
other women at the Kotel who say they
are ofended by these women who want
to read from the Torah. Police this month
had to hold back protestors from attack-
Fighting for the right to pray
Leader of the growing Women of the Wall movement wants equality for all at Judaism’s most holy site
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“My kid thinks milk comes from the
dairy case.”
It’s a parent’s perennial lament. But,
the truth is, most Americans think their
survival depends on grocery stores. Tu
B’Shevat, which is just behind us, and
Passover, which is just ahead, are good
times to look past the stores, to where our
food and drink really come from, so we
can appreciate:
• How far we’ve advanced in the past
century,
• How much we’ve separated our-
selves from Nature, and
• How much we need to re-connect
with it.
Today’s food industry is dramatically
diferent from our ancestors’. Without fos-
sil-fueled machinery, refrigeration, genet-
ically modifed organism seeds, and dairy
growth hormones, our forebears had to
grow their food in season, using local
resources, and eat it fresh. Grains could
be stored for a season, but transporta-
tion was limited to a few hundred miles,
not thousands, as in today’s refrigerated
world. To preserve their protein (meat and
fish), humans used salt. Refrigeration,
which freed us from only eating seasonal
foods, also killed the salt market.
At the end of each harvest season, farm-
ers saved seeds from their hardiest plants,
the ones that showed the most resistance
to pests and environmental stresses, and
planted them the following season. As
humans spread out from the Middle East,
they carried these seeds with them to start
lives in new places. Te seeds our ances-
tors nurtured season after season are the
ones we now use to grow our food, and
provide the bases for the world’s farming.
So the ancient Israelites took very little
for granted — which shows in the prayers
they passed down to us. Tey thanked
God for awakening in t he morning,
beholding Creation, partaking of food
and drink, completing childbirth, and
traveling. Tey expressed wonder, wari-
ness around nature, and, sometimes,
superstition. We may not want to connect
as much with nature as our ancestors
did — living outdoors in caves and tents,
and subsisting on nearby seasonal foods,
daily hunting, salted meats, and milk and
cheese from pastured sheep and goats.
But we do need to understand and honor
what nature provides for us, and make
sure we continue to support it.
In the past century, we have become
so specialized in our economy that today
fewer than 22 percent of America’s 134 mil-
lion working citizens connect with nature
— in extraction (0.5 percent), farming (3
percent), transportation (3 percent), con-
struction (5 percent), and manufacturing
(10 percent). Most of us work removed from
it in government (9 percent), education
(10 percent), and services such as retail,
wholesale, creative, legal, fnance, man-
agement, and health care (59 percent).
It’s a marvel that one-fifth of our
people supply the essentials for our entire
society. It’s a greater marvel that all of our
food and water — for more than 300 mil-
lion Americans — is supplied by just 2
million farmers, 1.6 million food manu-
facturing workers, and a half million util-
ity workers. Tey can do that thanks to last
century’s explosion of technological and
chemical advancements, ones that helped
American farmers boost grain production
from 20 bushels an acre to 200, and milk
production from 125 million pounds in
1958 to 13.7 billion pounds today.
But here are the rubs:
• Our widely extended food supply system
depends on fossil fuels — if their prices go
up, our food prices go up,
• Food production is increasingly a fac-
tory-based system. As it mass-produces a
smaller and smaller range of products, at
lower and lower prices, we lose the natural
diversity of seeds and plants that generate
new survival traits in the environment,
and erode our own ability to survive,
• By narrowing our seed and plant variet-
ies, we’re increasing our vulnerability to
disease and food system failure. Nearly 89
percent of our farmland is planted in just
four high-volume, low-cost crops: Corn
(27 percent), soybeans (24 percent), hay
(18.7 percent) and wheat (18.6 percent).
For the full story, read Michael Pol-
lan’s Te Omnivore’s Dilemma, and watch
the scary documentary, Food, Inc. Half of
America’s corn crops are grown from six
seed varieties, 90 percent of our soybean
crops are grown from one. Most of both are
supplied by just one company: Monsanto.
• Finally, most of America’s meat cattle
are raised in concentrated animal feed-
ing operations, and fed corn, because
It’s all about the food
Just where does food come from?
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it fattens them faster than their natural
food, grass. Corn changes their stomach
chemistry, however, so it no longer kills
e coli bacteria, which now gets passed to
the ground in their droppings, and car-
ried far and wide in rain-driven runof. So
we’re increasingly seeing e coli outbreaks
not just in meat, but in vegetables, too.
Tis is a lot to digest. What to do? Use
Tu B’Shevat and Pesach to take a new look
at the food you choose to celebrate these
holidays. As much as possible, buy local,
heirloom and/or organic. Know that you
“vote” with your dollars: What you buy is
what the food industry will supply. And
the more diverse food varieties you buy —
whether from the grocery store or the farm-
er’s market, the more you ensure your own,
your children’s and your planet’s health,
and survival.
Author and teacher Martin Westerman
writes and consults on sustainable living.
He can be contacted with questions at
artartart@seanet.com.
Jewish on Earth t Page 18A
ing the group, though the worshippers
were subjected to verbal attacks.
Still, the women are showing up.
“At Rosh Chodesh Adar we had 200
women,” Hofman said, referring to the
Hebrew month that began last week. “We
have not been 200 in the winter ever. Ever.
We barely have a minyan in winter. We
had 153 at Tevet [two months ago].”
It appears the arrest has created a
groundswell of support for the women
— both the Reform and Conservative
movements in the U.S. have taken up the
cause.
“Te Wall belongs to the entire Jewish
people; it must not be used as a tool of
division,” wrote URJ president Rabbi
Eric Yofe in a statement following Fren-
kel’s arrest. “We urge the government to
enforce the law at the Kotel in an equal
and just manner and to end harassment
of women gathering there for prayer.”
In a letter sent by Richard Skolnik,
president, and Rabbi Steven Wernick,
executive vice president of the United
Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, to
Israel’s ambassador to the U.S. Michael
Oren and the ambassador to Canada,
Miriam Ziv, they stated: “We urge the
municipality of Jerusalem, the State of
Israel and its ambassador to the United
States to realize the gravity of this issue
and take immediate steps to promote reli-
gious pluralism, provide equitable treat-
ment to non-Orthodox streams of Jewish
life and end the harassment of women
seeking to pray with dignity at the West-
ern Wall, Judaism’s most holy place.”
Te letter requested that supporters
of the women let Oren and consuls gen-
eral worldwide know their feelings — and
they have.
“From the protest letters I received, I
had the feeling that some of the signato-
ries were imagining Israel in far darker
colors than it deserves,” said Consul Gen-
eral Tor. “Israel is a place of exceptional
human freedom and of great Jewish
religious creativity by women, and this
ought not be overlooked — even if one is
angered by the Kotel issue.”
Oren, speaking at a conference of the
Jewish Council for Public Afairs on Tues-
day, responded as well.
“I will only assure you that I think
there are good solutions for the problems
at the Kotel,” he said. “Tey are at the top
of my agenda. And that at the end of the
day, it will require compromise on every-
one’s behalf.”
Hofman said she doubts that prose-
cutors will pursue a case against her of
“performing a religious act that ofends
the feeling of others,” which could result
in a $3,000 fne or six-month prison term.
“I think it’s insanity if they decide
to pursue it, but hopefully it’s going to
make things happen here,” Hofman said.
“Tat’s my hope.”
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not For steaL
Re: Josh Basson’s recent letter about
Israel and a two-state solution (“No condi-
tions, no compromise,” Jan. 29). His basic
premise is that if only Moslems would make
nice, we would give them our land. We
must stop such foolishness, for the “peace
process” is a road to Israel’s suicide.
In our daily prayers, we are admon-
ished to “stay away from evil men,” and
that includes Moslem land grabbers who
openly profess their goal to destroy us. We
must not negotiate with them at all.
Did our generals ever negotiate with
Hitler, Mussolini or Hirohito in World
War II?
And when the Confederate states merely
wanted to go their own way and were never
a threat to the North, our Grant and Sher-
man did not negotiate, but mounted a dev-
astating war promising the South “would
learn a lesson they would never forget.”
Does England give up Gibaltar to Spain
or the Malvinas to Argentina? Does France
give up Corsica; China give up Tibet
and Taiwan; Spain give up land to their
Basques?
Jews must proudly assert our self-respect
and affrm our historic and ancient rights to
this tiny God-given land, sworn by our Cre-
ator to be ours for as long as the sky remains
over the earth (Deut. 11:13-21). The traitor-
ous, spineless Netanyahu, Obama, Livni and
Barak are not our gods to alter anything.
When did the Moslems ever get title to
any portion of our land, except by duplic-
ity, invasion and conquest? The Balfour
Declaration, the League of Nations, the
British Mandate, the San Remo Confer-
ence — all these confrmed the Jews’
rights to our historic homeland.
This land is not for steal — or deal —
or sale. Period.
Jack Greenberg
Seattle
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Happy Passover! Passover Greetings! Pesach Sameach
Make your selections by checking the message you want,
the artwork you want and the size ad you want.
Choose the size greeting you want.
2” box
▼ 3” box
8” box
$
150
$
76
$
59
6” box
$
112
$
304
$
39
▼ 5” box
$
93
▼ 4” box
quarter page

Choose 1 message and/or 1 artwork selection.
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Payment Details
Total $
Please enclose your check for the full amount, or use
your VISA or MasterCard.
Card #
Exp. /
Signature
All greetings must be paid in full in ad vance!
FINAL GREET ING DEAD LINE 3-17-10
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Print all names as you want them
to appear in the Greeting, like: “Bob
and Lucy Goldberg” or “Mr. and Mrs. Gold-
berg” or “The whole Goldberg Family,” etc.…
( Same as last year)
E-mail
Name
Address
City/State/Zip
Day Phone
RETURN THIS ORDER FORM AND YOUR CHECK OR CREDIT CARD NUM BER TO: JTNEWS, 2041 THIRD AVENUE, SEATTLE, WA 98121-2418.
Qustions? Please call or e-mail Becky at 206-774-2238 or beckym@jtnews.net
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