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vol. 86, no. 9 n f r i d ay , april 30, 2010 n 16 i ya r 5770 n

the voice of jewish washington

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Rabbi Dan Bridge, former executive director of Hillel at the University of Washington, had the platter; longtime supporter and former board president Michele Rosen had the fire;
and longtime supporter Joel Gamoran had the actual piece of paper — the mortgage of the Karen Mayers Gamoran Family Center for Jewish Life, home of Hillel at the University
of Washington — that after six years and $12 million became worth nothing more than its ashes. “It was a communal endeavor. There were certainly some incredibly generous
donors,” said Rabbi Will Berkovitz, current Greenstein Family executive director at Hillel UW, “but it wasn’t just folks like that. It was really the $100 gifts, the $50 gifts, the
$1,000 gifts. It was a communal effort. That, I think, says a lot about the Seattle Jewish community.”

Area Jewish day schools surviving —

but with much-needed help
Joel Magalnick part resulted in massive infrastructure changes. “If the recession continues,…certainly Samis does not
Editor, JTNews School leaders acknowledge a private education is have enough resources that we can make up the gap of
Special Report expensive, and understand all too well the gap between increasing scholarship needs and decreasing individual
the actual cost of a child’s education and his or her fam- donations,” said Rabbi Rob Toren, Samis’s grants admin-
Relative to the news that some Jewish day schools ily’s ability to pay for it. Yet many are captive to that cost istrator.
across the country are shutting their doors, Jewish — Orthodox families, and some non-Orthodox fami- In response to the recession, Samis increased its allo-
schools in Seattle appear to be surviving, and in some lies, will not accept anything less than a comprehensive cation to schools by 7 percent last year and 8 percent for
cases thriving. Jewish education. the upcoming year. “We’re looking at deficits despite that
But the past two years have not been easy. While the “Public school is not an option,” said Rivy Poupko increase,” Toren said.
five primary and secondary day schools have seen steady Kletenik, head of school at the Seattle Hebrew Academy. The Federation assesses the increase in need will be
or slightly reduced attendance, drops in fundraising and “For our population there really aren’t alternatives.” 20 to 30 percent.
increases in requests for tuition assistance have been Two organizations have tried to fill that gap. The Jewish “Though there’s some glimmer of blue sky in the econ-
much larger. The Northwest Yeshiva High School, the Federation of Greater Seattle this past year gave nearly omy, it takes time for that to translate to individual fam-
state’s only Jewish high school, will be covered in a future $450,000 of campaign and auxiliary funds to each school, ilies, and then campaigns and philanthropy,” Fruchter
issue of JTNews. with the exception of the Torah Day School. But the Fed- said. “It’s still not a happy scenario for schools, or our
To account for these shortfalls, school administrators have eration also brought in fewer dollars last year in its cam- social service agencies, or even the Federation itself.”
had to get creative in finding grants, shifting priorities, and paign and is running slightly behind that this year. Despite the economic difficulties, all five schools
in some cases finding new modes of learning for the students. “Our goal, of course, is that any family that wants to believe they are doing okay, if not well.
Compared to a number of schools in places like Mem- have their kid have a quality Jewish education should be
phis, Tenn., Lakewood, N.J. and even Los Angeles that able to have that, so I think we’re all struggling with that Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle
have shut down or will do so at the end of the school year, same issue,” said Richard Fruchter, the Federation’s CEO. According to Maria Erlitz, head of school at the Jewish
things in Seattle aren’t so bad. The Samis Foundation, a trust intended specifically to Day School in Bellevue’s Crossroads neighborhood,
The overriding theme at a January conference of four provide funding for Jewish day schools that’s unique to things are going “very, very well.”
Jewish day school associations, at which representatives this state’s Jewish community, has also been able to pro- They have lost some students, though not all attrition
from several local schools were in attendance, was how to vide much-needed relief. has been directly related to the economy, but the incom-
stay afloat during the economic crisis. “We have to thank God every day that we have a Samis ing kindergarten is larger than this year’s 8th grade grad-
“We’re all dealing with the same challenges of trying to Foundation that is helping us,” Kletenik said. “That is uating class. In addition, Erlitz told JTNews, she has been
make quality Jewish educational experiences for children,” really what sets Seattle apart from other cities that are receiving an inordinate number of inquiries from par-
Scott Goldberg, director of the Institute for University- really struggling.” ents with children in public schools about applying for
School Partnership at Yeshiva University, told the JTA World “Samis has stepped up for us,” said Robert Sulkin, the middle school.
News Service. “That commonality drove our programming board president of the Jewish Day School. “If we didn’t “Classes, even on Mercer Island, [are] getting to be
from the macro-level — needing to do more with less and have Samis, we couldn’t give tuition assistance to the over 30 kids,” she said. “It’s not looking as pretty as they
really forcing us to reassess how we do things.” [level] we’re giving it and not reduce programming.” hoped it would.”
While reassessment at local day schools has been But if the recession continues, all the assistance going That every 8th grade student who applied last year
ongoing — some staff has been laid off or positions have to the five elementary day schools may simply be pro-
been left unfilled, for example — it has not for the most longing some difficult decisions. u Page 6

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Seeking beauty
friday, april 30, 2010

Taking a moment to stop and smell the flowers of our Jewishness can yield intellectual and spiritual treasures
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out” even while driving to work in agoniz- thetics play an important but limited role Many devote their professional lives
ingly slow rush hour traffic on 520 — lost. in traditional Judaism. Indeed, so much to reversing or stemming this seemingly
Sure, one or two people stopped and of Jewish life deals with ways of living inexorable march of assimilation. Assim-
dropped quarters into Bell’s violin case, a one’s life and how a community should ilation accompanied by low birthrates
case that cradles a violin worth hundreds ideally live in “holiness.” and high rates of perpetual “passing by”
Rabbi of thousands of dollars! But the video Jewish tradition concerns itself so (read: “opting out”). In many ways, the
Rob Toren revealed countless passersby not paying often with limits. This emphasis on limits challenges of cultivating a classical musi-
Samis any discernible notice to the artistry and may be the core problem as to why so cal audience are parallel to those facing
Foundation beauty right in front of them. (Subway many pass by its beauty, opting for what- Jewish professionals and organizations.
stations often have quite good acoustics, ever else. Much of the message of our Attend a typical Seattle Symphony or
I received in my e-mail inbox a link to by the way, albeit a bit too echo-y.) Wikipedia, cable TV with 700-plus chan- opera or chamber music concert — and
a fascinating YouTube video: A violinist This interesting story of human oblivi- nels, Google culture eschews limits. we are truly blessed in this city by these
playing at a subway station in a Washing- ousness to beauty or, let’s say generously, We celebrate freedom, bordering on an wonderful world-class organizations and
ton, D.C. Metro stop. What was interest- obliviousness to beauty out of context, unbridled if not anarchic freedom. many other “minor” ones — and you’ll
ing was that this was somewhat of an seemed to me a Midrashic parable, or The entire corpus of Jewish life and see what advocates observe as the “gray-
experiment or, more accurately, a “gen- what our sages called a “mashal.” Expla- law embraces norms and rhythms of per- ing of the audience.” Many wonder where
tleman’s wager” (an un-PC expression for nation/digression: Rabbinic midrashic mitted and forbidden, kosher and non- the next generation of devotees will come
a dollar-less bet). parables are stories our sages created to kosher, categories of work and rest, pure from once all these gray heads — and I
This was not your typical street musi- explicate or explain a usually challeng- and impure; the word kadosh/holy has as count myself proudly among this “wise”
cian looking to pick up an extra buck or ing narrative in the Torah, essentially its root meaning “separation.” It is similar elite — are no more.
two. It was Joshua Bell, world-renowned interpreting one narrative by means of to classical music, with its rigors of form, And the “assimilation” or, more accu-
concert violinist, playing solo Bach parti- another, apparently more accessible one. melody, rhythm, instrumentation, yet rately, attrition is a serious problem. On
tas during rush hour. The bet was around The “Joshua Bell in the Subway Tale” mysteriously facilitating and providing a the other hand, the concerns about the
the question of whether anyone would pay occurred to me as a “mashal” of many of platform and framework for genius — in next generation both among classical
any attention and notice extraordinarily our people’s response to Jewish life these addition to the significant technical facil- music advocates and Jewish communal
beautiful music being played by a consum- days in the U.S. Here we have something of ity required to bring a score, a written leaders are decades old. I recall reading
mate concert artist. extraordinary beauty and power, attested code, to life. In addition to the discomfit- a 1954 study conducted by the American
Guess who won the bet? The person to by its adherents throughout the his- ing fit between authentic Jewish concepts Jewish Committee about the crisis of con-
who bet there would be significant num- tory of this culture and this people, being of holiness — not the spiritual, super- tinuity, the lack of effective Jewish educa-
bers of passersby who would stop in their ignored, passed by; our people too busy or ficial fluff of “holiness” as some sort of tion, the ongoing disaster of assimilation
busy lives and take notice — akin to us oblivious or otherwise occupied to stop, disembodied or out-of-body experience and intermarriage, even if rates back
Seattleites noticing “when the mountain’s observe, and appreciate. (Confession: I’m — and popular culture, the misfit is also then were much lower than the current
a snob, which means I don’t believe that expressed by the disconnected if not nar- roughly 50 percent. Sometimes I think
music or other great art is simply a matter cissistic self (cf. Robert Putnam’s Bowling we Jews just love a crisis mentality, even
of personal taste. Beethoven, or in this Alone) in contrast to this collective iden- if the crisis is real. It’s the mentality, the
case, Bach, is simply better, greater music tity known as “the Jewish people” or, clas- drama, the “oy vey!” that we Jews so love.
than Led Zeppelin or whatever goofy noise sically, “Knesset Yisrael/Klal Yisrael.” As noted Jewish historian, formerly of the
teenagers listen to nowadays. Mozart is This reminds me of the wicked son’s UW faculty, Deborah Lipstadt famously
even much greater than Abbey Road, a question at the Pesach seder: “What’s quipped, “We Jews never fail to find the
The JTNews is the Voice of Jewish noisy album even an old snob like me can all this to you, not him.” He denies his cloud in the silver lining.”
Washington. Our mission is to meet appreciate!). But, parentheses aside, I also involvement in the collective Jewish For those of us at the Samis Founda-
the interests of our Jewish community don’t believe that Shabbat or Pesach or experience of redemption and thus — tion, devoted to Jewish education and
through fair and accurate coverage of local, and here’s the point — he denies a funda- the continuity of the Jewish people,
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and events in Israel. We strive to contribute to this wicked one: He is a “kopher b’ikkar,” such wonderful day schools and camps
but pick any other nearly infinitely fas-
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Publisher *Karen Chachkes 267 Accentuating the positive We survivors tell students about love and Protesting Grandpa
Editor *∞Joel Magalnick 233 The article which appeared in the compassion and the quest to live and never So the South African Zionist Federa-
Assistant Editor Leyna Krow 240 April 9 edition of JTNews (“Opting out”) to give up. We are the witnesses to some of tion has arranged to prevent Judge Richard
Account Executive Lynn Feldhammer 264
Account Executive David Stahl 235 was offensive to me as a Holocaust survi- the worst horrors—we don’t teach hate, we Goldstone from attending his grandson’s
Account Executive Stacy Schill 292 vor. Other survivors who read this article teach compassion and love for each other. Bar Mitzvah next month. Thus contin-
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Art Director Susan Beardsley 239
shared some of the same feelings with me Therefore, when we commemorate ues the vilification and rejection of Gold-
Proofreader Mordecai Goldstein that a Jewish paper supported by Jewish Yom HaShoah we have to see the posi- stone since the Goldstone Report on
people would be so insensitive to publish tive — that each human is special and that Israel’s 2008-9 campaign in Gaza. A blog-
Board of Directors this opinion in the week of Yom HaShoah. each one of us is different. Personally, I am ger wants to “spit in his face and kick him
Peter Horvitz, Chair*; Robin Boehler; Andrew
When we commemorate Yom Ha- alive because one person risked her life. in the ass.” What more is left — assas-
Cohen∞; Cynthia Flash Hemphill*; Nancy
Greer∞; Aimee Johnson; Stan Mark; Daniel Shoah, we pay respects to those who have In Germany today, before you gradu- sination? When a segment of Jewry cre-
Mayer; Cantor David Serkin-Poole*; Leland perished during the Holocaust. We also ate from high school, you have to visit a ates a safe haven for hatemongers, they
Rockoff; Tana Senn∞
Richard Fruchter, CEO and President, pay respects to those survivors who have concentration camp. I personally speak to are taking the proverbial serpents to their
Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle risen from the ashes and come to America thousands of people each year because
Ron Leibsohn, Federation Board Chair
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*Member, JTNews Editorial Board As survivors, we worked very hard to raise history of the Holocaust.

Ex-Officio Member
families for years, and many of us kept our I hope that survivors are helping put an
past inside. In the last few decades many end to genocide by telling their stories. Correction
have decided to share their experiences Henry Friedman The name of Anna Cherkasov, one
by going to schools and sharing their sto- Founder and President Emeritus of the 10 Jews Under 40 (April 16), was
ries to prevent future Holocaust from hap- Washington State Holocaust Education misspelled throughout the article.
pening. Resource Center JTNews regrets the error.
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Sharing Jerusalem: The key to peace?

Letters t Page 3

Two states means both sides need to work — and act — productively
breasts, without being able to predict
what might come next. Goldstone did not
“betray the Jewish people,” as some have
Rainer Waldman Adkins produced creative ideas for resolving the can Jews, with our deep personal con- said. Rather, the hatemongers do. Those
and Teri Citterman toughest issues and ensuring freedom of nections to Israel and to Jerusalem, can who would keep him from his grandson’s
Special to JTNews access and respect for holy sites. either choose to ensure Israel’s security Bar Mitzvah reject a whole array of Jewish
And most importantly, achieving a and peace for Jerusalem by supporting values. I agree with retired South Afri-
I looked up, and I saw a man holding a two-state solution and broader regional pragmatic, win-win peace options or tac- can justice Arthur Chaskalson that “they
measuring line. “Where are you going?” I peace is the single best way to finally itly support a dangerous, dead-end status should hang their heads in shame.”
asked. “To measure Jerusalem,” he replied, achieve international recognition for quo. Edna Oberman
“to see how long and wide it is to be. Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. That We can line up with those who would Seattle
— Zechariah 2:1-2 will mean Palestinian rule over the Arab hold on to all the land of Israel, even if it
areas of East Jerusalem and Israeli con- is destructive to Israel’s future or in con- Direct talks, now
Let’s be clear: Jerusalem must remain trol over Jewish areas of Jerusalem. Then flict with democratic and Jewish values. Your front page article “Senate letter
the capital of the Jewish homeland. But Israel can build any where within its Or we can recognize the painful, yet nec- urging tensions tamp-down gets 76 signa-
the only way to ensure Jerusalem’s future established borders with the complete essary, steps we need to take to achieve tures,” (April 16), was quite informative.
is to prevent the city from being reduced support of the international community. a two-state solution and support Presi- I hope the Obama administration
to a rhetorical flourish. Furthermore, many simplistic talking dent Obama’s sensible leadership in the heeds the words of more than three quar-
We are supporters of a t wo-state points about Jerusalem do not hold up Middle East. ters of U.S. Senators urging them not to
solution and want to see international under scrutiny. Thankfully, many throughout the allow tensions with Israel to harm Israeli-
recognition for the capital of Israel in Many American Jews know only West American Jewish community agree. A Palestinian talks. It is more important than
Jerusalem. But we cannot help but be Jerusalem and the Old City, the latter of March J Street poll found that 82 percent ever for Israel and the Palestinians to enter
frustrated by how much of this debate which represents just 1/60th of municipal of American Jews support the United into direct face-to-face negotiations with-
is marred by a lack of information about Jerusalem. Yet greater Jerusalem, stretch- States playing an active role in resolving out pre-conditions on either side. The
what is really happening on the ground, ing almost from Bethlehem to Ramallah the Arab-Israeli conflict, with 73 percent Senate letter rightly pointed out that Pal-
and by simplistic rhetoric which mythol- (East Jerusalem was added to Jerusalem of American Jews supporting this even if estinian leaders are refusing to enter into
ogizes Jerusalem as eternally united and in 1967 and formally annexed by Israel the United States publicly states its dis- direct negotiations with Israel.
undivided. We are troubled by the omis- in 1981), is a divided city with unequal agreements with both Israelis and Arabs. Interestingly, a companion letter in the
sion that some recent Israeli actions are regard for Arab and Jewish needs. Nearly three-quarters of American Jews U.S. House of Representatives won over-
undermining the two-state solution, and The rosy picture some paint of a Jeru- support the United States “exerting pres- whelming support in 72 hours.
with it, the future of Israel as a Jewish, salem where all people — Jewish, Arab, sure” on all parties to make the necessary Since Obama became president, his
democratic home. and other — are able to build anywhere compromises to achieve peace. administration seems to view Israel as the
The Obama administration was right they want is simply false. It is virtually With that kind of backing, now is the primary cause of instability in the Middle
to speak out against Israeli construc- impossible for Arabs to build in Jewish time for the United States to assert itself East. They seem to forget the number of
tion in East Jerusalem because it makes it neighborhoods, and politicized red tape as a credible steward of peace through a times Israel has unsuccessfully taken bold
more difficult to achieve a successful two- and administrative hang-ups make it two-state solution. It is critical President moves to make peace with Palestinian
state solution. No credible peace process difficult for Palestinians to even obtain Obama receives support and encour- Arabs. Also, they overlook the fact that the
can survive unproductive steps by either building permits in Arab neighborhoods. agement from pro-Israel and pro-peace U.S. has never had to go to war to defend
side, and Israeli actions in Jerusalem cer- Not only is it virtually impossible American Jews as he presses for tough the Jewish State. Israel is being unfairly
tainly fit that bill. So, too, must the United for Palestinians to build in Jerusalem, decisions from Israel and the Palestin- accused of being an obstacle to peace.
States hold the Palestinians accountable some are even evicted from their homes. ians, because the gates of opportunity for The greatest obstacle to peace remains
against continued incitement to violence Jewish housing projects are being set in real peace and security for Israel and the Israel’s neighbors’ refusal to recognize the
and glorification of terrorists. the heart of Palestinian neighborhoods Palestinians are closing. right of the Jewish people to a tiny state in
We also believe that a viable two-state such as Sheikh Jarrah, with construction their historic homeland.
solution — the only way to secure Israel’s funded by wealthy American Jews. Arab Rainer Waldman Adkins chairs the On May 24, 2007, candidate Obama
future as a Jewish, democratic home — Palestinian families who have lived in Western Washington branch of J Street, said Israel is our most reliable ally and the
must be based on 1967 lines with agreed their homes since 1948 have been evicted which defines itself as “the political home only established democracy in the Middle
and reciprocal land swaps, as well as a and thrown in the street to make way for for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans.” East. Israel’s security — which is of vital
shared Jerusalem that houses the capitals Israeli Jewish families. Teri Citterman is a J Street steering importance to the U.S. — can best be
of both states. Previous negotiations have We now face a stark choice. Ameri- committee member. guaranteed by reaching negotiated peace
agreements with its neighbors. But Israel

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to negotiate.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu rightly
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Love songs
Stroum lecturer offers a different take on influential Israeli writer Agnon

Janis Siegel fornia Press, 2000), and Melville’s Bibles ship with both Rosensweig and Sholem,
JTNews Correspondent (University of California, 2008). the three writers debated the sacredness
In the her first lecture of the series, of the Hebrew language and considered
Though it threatened her arrival, vol- “Upon the Handles of the Lock: Agnon, whether a more secular interpretation
canic ash clouds from Iceland couldn’t Balak, and the Israeli Bible,” Pardes of biblical texts wouldn’t better reflect
keep Israeli Comparative Literature pro- explored the works of S.Y. Agnon, one of the character and ideology belonging to
fessor Ilana Pardes from making it to Israel’s most prominent authors, who won those Zionists who resettled the land.
Seattle to deliver her first evening lecture the Israel Prize in 1954 and the Nobel Prize “It is as though he were saying,” imag-
that kicked off the 35th Annual Samuel & in 1966, and who died in 1970, to gain a ined Pardes in her prepared remarks,
Althea Stroum Lectures in Jewish Studies. greater understanding of how the Bible is “‘Since you will not accept the continuity of
There was no need to worry about any reflected in popular Israeli culture. tradition and its language in their true con-
pulverized powder deterring her flight, “This is really my first plunge into text, take them in the transformation which
University of Washington Prof. Gad Bar- modern Hebrew literature,” Pardes told they have undergone in my work. Take them
zilai, chair of the Stroum Jewish Studies JTNews. “I always deal with the nexus of from someone who stands at the crossroads
Program and Pruzan Professor of Jewish Bible, literature and culture, but these and can see from both directions.’”
Studies, jokingly told the nearly full audi- are stories and texts from the ’50s, mostly In another work, Agnon reinterpreted
ence at the UW’s Kane Hall, because “the the Bible, within the Zionist imagination, the classical biblical book about love,
Stroums would take care of business.” explored through Agnon. I’m investigat- “Song of Songs,” traditionally understood
Pardes, a widely recognized scholar, ing my own culture, the culture of my to be a metaphor of the love that God T. Sasson
was born and raised in Israel, and has childhood.” has for Israel. Agnon recast the themes 2010 Stroum lecturer Ilana Pardes.
been teaching at the Hebrew University Born Shmuel Yosef Czaczkes in 1888 of the story in secular Zionist tones that
in Jerusalem since 1992. Prior to return- to an observant Jewish family in Buczacz, reflected the ideology of the then-fledg- text to questions about the Bible itself in
ing to Israel, she taught at the University Galicia, S.Y. Agnon, learned biblical texts, ling country’s founders. modern literature and modern culture,”
of California at Berkeley and Princeton rabbinical commentary and Hassidic liter- This romantic and celebratory narra- Pardes added. “This is a formative moment
University. Pardes spent last fall at The ature as a youth through his formal educa- tive, said Pardes, is put on a pedestal in the that I’m dealing with, but of course, it has
Center for Judaic Studies in Philadelphia. tion and through the influence of his father, writings of those who resettled the land. implications for contemporary culture.”
“She is the most prominent expert on a rabbi, while his mother introduced him “‘The Song of Songs’ is sort of an exem- Pardes’ second lecture was titled
literal interpretations of the Bible and to German philosophical writings. plary text,” Pardes told JTNews. “It has its “Agnon’s Ethnographies of Love and the
how the Old Testament has been gener- As an adult, he became interested in own special status within secular Zion- Quest for the Ultimate Song.”
ated through and reproduced in poetry Zionism and emigrated to Palestine in ism. That’s why I chose it.” This year, the Stroum series intro-
and literature,” Barzilai told JTNews. 1907, joining the secular literati of the Agnon, according to Pardes, inter- duced a new format for the third lec-
Pardes’ books include Countertradi- day there, before moving to Berlin, where preted the love poem as a “new national ture. Pardes’ final presentation, “Freud,
tions in the Bible: A Feminist Approach he befriended other great writers includ- allegory…providing modern forms of col- Zipporah, and the Bridegroom of Blood:
(Harvard University Press, 1992), The ing Martin Buber, Franz Rosensweig and lective love, primarily the love between National Ambivalence in the Bible” was
Biography of Ancient Israel: National Nar- Gershom Sholem. the community and the land.”
ratives in the Bible (University of Cali- Having established a close friend- “This was a shift from the biblical u Page 22

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Schools t Page 1 vative in spending while launching its “To tell you the truth, we’re euphoric,” the Orthodox school draws most of its
capital campaign and keeping program- Kletenik said. “Every single teacher is students was ample for its 52 elementary
got into the private high school of his or ming intact. going to give $10. It’s a line item of giving students. Four years later, finding a build-
her choice probably helped to spur those Cuts have included discontinuing or that we had not anticipated this spring, ing that will fit its 90 children (down from
inquiries, Erlitz noted. suspending some extracurricular pro- and we’re hoping t hat parents and 94 earlier this year — any loss of students
The fundraising event the school held grams or switching them from staff-led to board members are going to be equally has come not from economic hardship
in March raised more than $400,000, volunteer efforts. inspired.” but from families making aliyah) is one of
but that highlight has not come with- In addition, he said, “we’ve begun to A salary freeze instituted last year will TDS’ highest priorities.
out a cost. The school made cuts over the explore other learning options that can be dropped; teachers will receive a 3 per- “We are actively looking,” said Mike
past year and a half that reduced staffing help reduce our overall staff size, such as cent pay increase as of July 1. Eisenstein, co-president of the TDS
hours and reached into the hundreds of Internet-based instruction.” Kletenik credited the school’s steady board. They expect to find another space
thousands of dollars. Despite the cutbacks MMSC has had enrollment to its status as an Orthodox to rent — a building purchase is not rec-
Those cuts included “taking our IT guy to make, admissions are looking steady school. The preschool program, San- ommended for such a young school.
from full-time to part-time,” Erlitz said, and families are showing interest in the dorffy said, is at capacity as well. “Not all of our parameters are well-
as well as reducing hours of support staff new facility. defined in terms of demographic and
to keep from doing actual layoffs. “It’s something that has generated a Seattle Jewish Community School ultimate size at the rate we’re growing,”
The Seattle Jewish Community School Eisenstein said.
in North Seattle has one big change in its Though school leaders believe the
immediate future: A new head of school, economy has not had a dramatic impact
Shoshana Bilavsky, arrives from Boul- on the school, having to account for more
der, Colo. this summer. The school she tuition assistance requests, meaning less
comes to is vastly different from the one income, has clearly delayed some initia-
that existed just five years ago — a new tives, Eisenstein said. But being the new
school building, a larger student body — kid on the block has its benefits.
and according to board president Yonah “When I sit around at a [heads of
Karp, “we finally look like our vision of school] meeting and hear the discussion
ourselves, the vision that we had for 18 surrounding how to cut back and which
years before we bought the building.” programs need to be cut back, we’re not
One of the biggest bonuses of the facil- even there yet,” said Rabbi Sheftel Skaist,
ity, which previously housed a Christian TDS’ head of school.
elementary school, is the science lab that “There are so many things that we’re
became available when SJCS made the looking to add to the program,” he added.
purchase. “Electives for middle school kids, and
“We do have a brand new science cur- various programs that this facility can’t
Joel Magalnick riculum that’s an extension of previous [handle]. We don’t have a gym. We don’t
Two Jewish Day School students rock out at a concert by Jewish musician Eytan Katz curricula, and because we have a build- have a place for an art room. Our library is
in February at an all-day-school event at the Seattle Hebrew Academy. The event was ing that’s basically a turnkey building minuscule. So we’re looking to build.”
sponsored by local developer Martin Selig and his wife Catherine Mayer. Katz also with a science lab, we’ve been able to do Eisenstein said many TDS students
played a fundraiser that benefited all the local day schools. things that we haven’t in the past,” Karp attend after-school and weekend supple-
said. mental programs as well.
Erlitz doesn’t expect these efficiencies to tremendous amount of excitement and The economy had an effect on the “You don’t need a Bunsen burner to
revert to former levels, at least in the short interest overall from people who are cur- school over the past school year, mainly in learn science,” he said. “I’ve been very
term. The school has received grant money, rently touring, and if they are current the form of the need for increased schol- impressed with the biology and basic
including from the Women’s Endowment parents as well,” Charytan said. arships. chemistry my daughter comes home
Foundation at the Jewish Federation of “The request for tuition assistance, spouting, without having a formal sci-
Greater Seattle and the Samis Foundation, Seattle Hebrew Academy and the number of families that are eli- ence lab in school. And that’s 2nd grade.”
for teacher development programs to help In addition to the Seattle Hebrew gible, had gone up,” Karp said. “It’s made The board has worked with outside
continue the globally based curriculum Academy, Seattle’s oldest day school, increases in fundraising much more consultants, including Samis, to help
the middle school has adopted. being hit hard by the economy came two appreciated than ever before.” them with strategic planning in regards
“We’re very excited about the changes unplanned incidents: A landslide in the Enrollment has stayed fairly consis-
we’re looking at in the middle school,” urban forest behind their 100-year-old tent, with some attrition, and mid-year
she said. It is “more project-based, more building’s grounds, and the entrance applications have been strong this year,
global-based, more getting the kids out onto the campus of a man spouting Karp said. Though the school did not lay
into the world. Even my most seasoned anti-Semitic epithets that resulted in a off any staff, pay raises and retirement
teachers are really excited about that.” $50,000 security expenditure. The school contributions were taken off the table.
Erlitz emphasized that none of the has appealed to the Jewish Federation SJCS plans to reintroduce both into its
cuts affected programming or services for an emergency grant to help cover budget for next year.
that directly affect the students. the approximately $100,000 it will cost “Our staff is the backbone of our
“If you’re asking me to cut the quality, to repair the damage and shore up the school. We would not be who we are with-
you need to get another head of school,” affected area. out the teachers and staff,” Karp said. “We
Erlitz said she told her board. “Why be “It is such a gift to be housed in this need to honor that as well as we can in
here if you can’t enrich what’s happening school,” said Kletenik, SHA’s head of any economy.”
with the students?” school. “It is a beautiful campus…the sur- One reason the school has managed
roundings are inspired, and it is a huge to stay fairly consistent with its budget
Menachem Mendel Seattle Cheder responsibility to keep it the way it is.” has been due to strong community sup-
When the Menachem Mendel Seat- Joanna Sandorffy, SHA’s board presi- port, even from people not otherwise Joel Magalnick
tle Cheder moves into its newly acquired dent, said figuring out how to maintain connected to the school. Samis has been Torah Day School’s head of school,
facility in Seattle’s Maple Leaf neigh- the school’s programming and grounds, crucial in helping SJCS reach its fund- Rabbi Sheftel Skaist, in his office.
borhood — hopefully by mid-summer, particularly with the additional budget raising goals, however, by instituting a
school leaders say — they will have, in line items, has been a top priority. 2-for-1 matching grant, similar to the one to the school’s v ision and financial
addition to the elementary school and “We’ve definitely had hard decisions to offered to SHA, through the end of the responsibilities.
girls’ high school, their recently opened make, and our finance office, together with school year. Where TDS has firmly established
early-childhood Montessori program the volunteers, the finance committee, has Bilavsky will also be crucial to future itself is in its Judaics curriculum. Outside
in place. They’re also looking to open a scrutinized and painstakingly looked at fundraising. of Skaist’s office is a large grid, adapted by
licensed childcare within the facility. items all the while,” Sandorffy said. “She’s got quite a track record of fund- Rabbi Jonathan Rietti, founder of a New
According to MMSC’s head of school, When SHA’s Judaics principal left the raising at her previous school,” Karp said. York-based organization called Jewish
Rabbi Yosef Charytan, the economy has school last year, Kletenik took on those Bilavsky’s impending arrival comes Inspiration, that allows for the use of
been somewhat hard on the school, but responsibilities to keep costs down. with high expectations, as well. mnemonic devices to help students take
they also felt effects of the recession on “We decided not to fill the position, “I think she’s going to take us places numerical values of English words and
the early side. thinking that would be good for our that we haven’t been before, and we are apply them to the Torah. The mention of
“We always have been very budget con- budget — and it was,” Kletenik said. every excited,” Karp said. “She has been the phrase “Rolls Royce,” for example,
scious, and I think that we as a school felt Some teachers have stepped in to fill in in three different community day schools refers students to a specific passage in all
the economic downturn before many of any holes left by the absence of a dedicated before coming to us…. I think that that five books.
the other schools did, and we were able to person in the position as well, she said. richness of experience that she’s bringing “It’s astounding. They can do that now
respond to it in advance of everything really But things are looking up. Fundrais- to the table is certainly something that’s in Genesis, and in Exodus,” Skaist said. “If
coming down for the overall school com- ing for this year appears to be on track going to inform our growth as a school.” the English word translates to the word
munity…in Seattle.” Charytan told JTNews. for reaching the school’s goals, Kletenik 42, then they make a connection between
Currently, he said, “we’re doing great. said, and a 2-for-1 challenge grant from Torah Day School of Seattle that English word and the subject matter
Things, thank God, are running well.” the Samis Foundation announced this W hen the Torah Day School first in chapter 42 of Genesis.”
In the past two years, MMSC has made month has garnered enthusiasm from opened in 2006, the rented space near the
some budget cuts and tried to be conser- school staff. Seward Park neighborhood from where u Page 20
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m.o.t.: member of the tribe

Hearts and bloodlines

Cancer survivor celebrates son’s Bar Mitzvah • Also: Helping cardiac patients get well
cal journalist when he received his diag- but growing. hear audio shows or watch short videos
nosis. He holds journalism degrees from “Now the typical person, especially narrated by Andrew and Peter Frishauf,
Columbia and the University of North the typical Jewish person, will look for featuring a variety of medical experts.
Carolina, and had worked mostly in tele- health information online,” Andrew The Schorrs live on Mercer Island,
vision, including for the groundbreaking adds. where Andrew runs his small business.
Diana “PM/Evening Magazine.” Five years ago he started Patient “It’s much less a business and much
Brement He also assumed he didn’t have much Power — — and more a passion,” he says. “We zap audio
JTNews time to live. Diagnosed around the same he still does occasional programming, and video files,” plus provide content to
Columnist time as Seattle School District Superin- sponsored by the University of Washing- hospital Web sites, including the UW and
tendent John Stanford, he was horrified ton, on KOMO radio during drive time. Harborview. Sixty percent of the content
All Bar and Bat Mitzvah kids are spe- at how quickly Stanford died. He estimates those segments reach about is cancer-oriented, with a variety of other
cial, but Andrew and Esther Schorr of “To me, that was leukemia,” he says. 100,000 people a day, but 2.2 million subjects covered, “connecting the most
Mercer Island can be allowed a little “Strong guy, do not pass go, you’re dead.” people went to Patient Power last year, to remote patient with the smartest doc-
leeway in thinking their son, Eitan is However, Andrew tors,” says Andrew.
even more special — in fact they call him got a more favorable And just to show the pace of research,
their “miracle baby.” diagnosis, allowing the experimental drug combination
In 1996 Andrew was diagnosed with him to forgo treat- Andrew had in 2000 in Houston has only
chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). At ment u nt i l 2 0 0 0 just been approved by the FDA.
the time, the Schorrs had been think- w hen t he c a ncer Meanwhile, he knows he is blessed to
ing about having a third child, but knew began to affect his have been in remission and lead a normal
chemotherapy drugs could cause infer- immune system. life for the past 10 years. He enjoys Boy
tility. Andrew’s doctor at the Anderson His illness cata- Scout outings with Eitan and running
Cancer Center in Houston, where he later pulted his work in a with their dog, Candy. He goes to the
took part in clinical trials, suggested the different direction. gym almost every day with Esther, “a ter-
cancer was slow-growing enough to put He started doing a rific lady,” who works for Microsoft. Their
off treatment. When Esther told the doctor Su nd a y mor n i n g oldest son, Ari, 20, is at the University of
of their plan, “he gave her a big hug and radio show on KVI Michigan and middle daughter Ruth is a
said, ‘Go have your baby,’” says Andrew. on different health junior at Mercer Island High School.
“And that’s the kid who stood on the topics. •••
bima last Saturday,” April 17, at Temple “Soon it became It’s been quite a different type of job for
B’nai Torah. apparent to me that Karen Portman, who took over running
“He did a great job, by the way,” added its home base should The Beat — the Stroum Jewish Commu-
Dad. “It was a very life-affirming thing.” be on the Internet,” nity Center’s cardiac rehabilitation pro-
In a little twist of irony or destiny, he says. Courtesy Schorr Family gram — from Kathy Hutchinson in 2008.
Andrew, who grew up in New York’s Internet use at The Schorr family, University of Michigan fans, on campus in
Westchester County, was already a medi- the time was low, Ann Arbor. u Page 18

Mina Miller, Artistic Director • 12th Season

Spring Concert:
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Monday, May 10, 2010 FRIDAY MAY 7
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at Benaroya Hall, Seattle 216 UNION ST
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Librettist: John 1-800-745-3000
Sharify interviews
Lori Laitman and
David Mason
Northwest Boy Choir

World Premiere of MOR Commission!

The oratorio VEDEM is based on the astonishing poems
written by boy prisoners in their secret concentration camp
journal. Northwest opera vocalists Ross Hauck and Angela
Niederloh join the amazing Northwest Boychoir and the
MOR Ensemble. Also: Schwarz’s In Memoriam, with cellist Julian
7:30 Schwarz, and Pavel Haas’ String Quartet No. 3.
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The coal miner’s son who

The Jerusalem Post teaches a man to fish
Crossword Puzzle Costco co-founder sees providing jobs as highest form
By David Benkof
of social work

Joel Magalnick lucky I’ve been. I’ve been very fortunate.

Editor, JTNews I came from a very humble background
— my father worked in the coal mines
Jim Sinegal, co-founder and CEO of and steel mills in the Pittsburgh area. It’s
Costco Wholesale Corp., runs the larg- quite a leap from there, an immigrant
est chain of discount warehouses in the family, to be in a position like I am in right
world. But he also has a charitable streak. now. So life has been very good to me, the
In advance of his speaking engagement country has been very good to me. You’d
at Jewish Family Service of Greater Seat- have to be pretty foolish not to under-
tle’s annual Community of Caring lun- stand how lucky you’ve been and to want
cheon, JTNews talked with Sinegal about to share that. And, I think, I’ve been for-
his views on philanthropy, both person- tunate to have people who have mentored
ally and for his company. An abridged me in that direction.
version of the conversation can be found It goes back to when I went to school.
here. Find the full transcript online at The nuns would beat it into our heads, “To whom much is given, much is expected.”
I guess after a period of time it starts to
seep in. Why they ever thought we would
ever have anything, I don’t know. But we
were fortunate enough in my particular
case, and in many of my colleagues’ at
school at that time.

JT: How are you taking those chari-

table values to the stores, to the employ-
ees, to the customers, to the company?
Sinegal: Well, first of all, we’ve got a
Across Down pretty simple code of ethics. You may
1. Word with rain or dew 1. Double helix know it, maybe you’ve heard it. We think
as a company we have to do four things:
5. Marina ___ Rey 2. Brisker ___
We’ve got to obey the law, we’ve got to
8. That girl 3. Rower’s need
take care of our customers, we’ve got to
11. Actor famous for his role in “ER” 4. Moses’ nemesis
take care of our people, and respect our
13. Kind of wave 5. Chevruta, e.g. supplies. And we think if we do those four
16. Prominent religious Zionist rabbi 6. Stately trees things, pretty much in that order, that
18. Staffs 7. Neighborhood of many E. Joel Magalnick we’ll do what we ultimately have to do,
19. Up for grabs European Jewish immigrants Costco Wholesale Corp. co-founder and which is to reward our shareholders.
21. Judaism alternative 8. Israel, e.g. CEO Jim Sinegal, in his Issaquah office. We think it’s possible to reward your
24. Later! 9. Widest part of the skeleton shareholders without paying attention to
25. Follow a commandment, 10. Delete JTNews: You’re active in several all those four things, but we think if you
perhaps 12. “To ___ shall I make out the charities, United Way and Children’s don’t you’re going to stumble somewhere
26. Cleveland Jewish News location check?” Hospital, to name a few. What is your along the way. So we feel pretty good about
own personal philosophy on charita- some of the things we do, then to be able
27. Smile widely 14. 1936-39 uprising in Palestine
ble giving? to make a profit out of it, that’s gravy. And
29. Prize money 15. Michigan and others
Jim Sinegal: It’s all directed toward that’s what it’s all about, obviously. You
30. Munch 17. Financier Salomon
health and human services. I don’t think I can have the loftiest goals in the world,
31. Agudath Israel spokesman 20. Moshe Dayan had one give a thousand dollars a year to the arts. It’s but if we weren’t showing a profit, weren’t
Shafran 21. Actress Skye all directed toward things like Children’s able to out-efficiency the other guy and
32. J___ (matchmaking Web site) 22. Opportunity Hospital, toward education. I’m on the make more money, nobody would give a
33. Pilot’s announcement, briefly 23. Phoebe from “Friends” board of trustees at Seattle University, so s--- what we were doing, we would be just
34. The gemara is part of it 24. Free from jail I’ve set up a fund for the school of nursing, another asterisk, another company that
36. Hebrew letter, palindromic in 27. Kibbutz building, perhaps for which I think there’s a big need in our was flying a supersonic, low-flying jet.
English 28. Adolf’s other community. My wife and I have done that.
39. He composed “Ol’ Man River” 29. Manhandle My wife is very active in Children’s
41. Mideast commodity 32. R. Crumb’s “___ Steinberger, the Hospital, so we’ve not only supported If you go:
children’s hospital ourselves person-
42. Itzhak Perlman’s chance to shine Jewish Cowgirl”
ally, but Janet has devoted an enormous The Jewish Family Service
43. Treat badly 34. Sen. Ron Wyden’s state
amount of time to Children’s Hospital. Community of Caring luncheon
45. Adorable 35. Prepared to bless the candles
She’s been on the board of trustees at the takes place Tues., May 11,
46. Plan 37. Oodles hospital. She was at one time on all three noon–1:30 p.m. at the Westin
47. Hunks have nice ones 38. Knesset action boards: The guild board, the foundation Seattle, 1900 5th Ave. RSVP
48. It might say “Shalom” 40. Dead Sea sect board, the hospital board. She was the required by contacting Gail Pollack
49. Actress Midler (“The Rose”) 42. Participated in a bee first person, I think, in history, who was at 206-861-3151 or
50. Nurse 43. Network of the J.J. Abrams- ever on all three boards at one time.
52. Simplest Hebrew verb produced “Lost” I’m also on the board at Mendoza $150 minimum gift requested.
construction 44. Some chazers School of Business at Notre Dame, and
54. Major investor and 45. King or queen provided a scholarship program there,
philanthropist, especially to 48. Yiddish actress Picon and I’m on the board of San Diego State JT: To name an example, right?
University, where both Janet and I went There’s a donation matching program
Chabad 49. Boxer Max
to school and we provided a scholarship with United Way, for instance, that
59. Grow 51. Poet Marcia
program for…people who just need help employees can give and Costco would
60. Grow 52. National Museum of American
getting through school. Even though it’s match?
61. Heaven Jewish History’s St. an inexpensive school, it’s still costly to Sinegal: Yes, employees can do that,
62. Hannah has two 53. Rainbows, e.g. go. Then I’m on the board of the United of course they can designate if they want,
63. Tie 55. ___-eating contest Negro College Fund on a national basis, or they can put it into the United Way
56. Purim mo. so as you can see, education and children safety net, or designate to specific chari-
57. Happy ___ clam and that type of thing is generally where ties, which many people do. As a matter
58. L’shana Tovah! (Happy ___ Year!) we’ve given most of our money. of fact, that’s really made it more popular
than ever, that they can designate their
JT: What’s driven your desire to be so own charitable giving.
Answers on page 18
Sinegal: Why wouldn’t I be? Look how u Page 18
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what’s your jq?

In memoriam
Why we cover our mirrors during the week of shiva
age of 93, and this fetching, little gazing Cover the mirror. We wish to distance ered because prayers are usually recited
10-month-old, was a hint as to why mir- ourselves from such behavior; we hope to in a house of mourning and one may not
rors are indeed covered in a Jewish house remember the person who has died and pray in front of a mirror.
of mourning. More on this later, but first treasure him or her well into the future. Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, in the
the basics. We are not the only ones to have this chapter, “Sitting Shiva is Doing Tes-
Rivy Poupko During the week of shiva, I, along with practice. Far be it for me to attempt a huvah” in Reflections of the Rav, cites the
Kletenik most mourners, had the opportunity to “who came first” on this one. Many cul- Talmud Moed Katan’s exhortation that
JTNews revisit, discuss and learn about the host of tures have the practice of covering mir- “a mourner is obligated to overturn his
Columnist rituals that are part of the Jewish customs rors upon a death in the family. It is bed” as the precursor to the modern-day
of mourning. Most would agree there is a attributed to Irish, Italians, to the Vic- practice of covering the mirrors. In Tal-
Dear Rivy, tremendous amount of sense and prac- torian age, to Germany, Belgium, Eng- mudic times it was the practice to turn
Knowing that your father has just ticality about the Jewish way in death. land and France. For some, the basic one’s bed upside down during the week
passed away I thought it would be In the case of covering mirrors, there is explanation is similar to our most preva- of shiva. On one hand, this would pre-
timely to ask about the mirrors in a much meaning to the symbolism. lent explanation: That is, that the mirror clude the sitting on the bed, which is for-
house of mourning. I recall the practice The basic practice is that as soon as draws attention to one’s self and the time bidden. We are to sit low during shiva. But
of covering all the mirrors in the house mourning begins for a loved one who has of mourning is a time to focus on the indi- on the other hand, it evokes the idea that
from my childhood, when my parents passed away, the mirrors in the home are vidual who has passed — not on our own new souls are drawn into this world in the
sat shiva for relatives. Where does this covered. According to Jewish law, there particular narcissistic diversions. bed of mother and father, the bed being
practice come from, why do we do it, are seven relatives for whom one officially But for some, the explanation is more the agent of the procreative process. With
and is it still practiced? mourns: Father, mother, sister, brother, of the paranormal, Snow White variety: the passing of one of these links we real-
son, daughter and spouse. It is for these “Mirror, mirror on the wall!” Mirrors are ize our human failure at perhaps not
For an hour or so during the Shabbat that one observes shiva and then addi- seen as a portal to the afterworld, to spir- living up to the mission of being a bridge
morning of shiva, I was charged with the tional mourning of 30 days, and for parents its and ghosts on “the other side.” Some in the tradition being passed from parent
watching of our grandchild as his tired only, a full year. Some practices are pretty were wont to conjure up souls by divin- to child. He writes:
jet-lagged-East-Coast mother took a nap self-explanatory: Tearing clothes, sitting ing through mirrors and feared being
and the rest of the family was in syna- low to the ground, not wearing leather, not swept away by a returning soul still roam- Overturning the bed was later
gogue. At a bit of a desperate moment of offering greetings, not studying Torah — ing about who through the mirror might replaced by turning the mirrors to
having exhausted many an entertain- all resonate with shades of sorrow. Does draw a live soul into the netherworld. For the wall or covering them. The sym-
ment option, I plunked little Ilan down in this practice of mirror covering fit in this this reason the mirrors are covered so as bolism is the same as the turning of
front of a full-length mirror, the bottom category as well? It just might. We are sad to stymie these activities. the bed, namely that our image is
of which did not get covered as it should and therefore not inclined to vainly pretty- Yet the fundamental reason, sensible not as lustrous as it should be. The
have been. As I watched him curiously up. But there seems to be more. though it is, would be enough: Our tra- period of mourning suggest human
consider his image, it never occurred Some suggest the mirror is a cynical dition has recorded a number of other failure and covering the mirror is a
to me that this odd juxtaposition of the instrument. It reflects only what it sees in perspectives with further layers to this form of vidui, confession.
week of shiva for my father, of blessed the immediate present. It has no memory conversation. Some offer a matter-of-fact,
memory, who lived till the beautiful old and no skill for anticipating the future. utilitarian explanation. Mirrors are cov- u Page 23

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Judaism on
two wheels
Seattle cyclists prepare for a trip to California for Jewish environmental group’s bike ride

Leyna Krow Congregation Beth Shalom, the Ravenna

Assistant Editor, JTNews Kibbutz, Temple Beth Or, and Hillel at the
University of Washington. They’re calling
Can riding a bicycle make you a better themselves Team Seattle and, as of April,
Jew? they represented the largest single con-
That question remains open for debate, tingent to sign up from any city.
but organizers of the upcoming Hazon Participants needn’t be affiliates of
California Bike Ride believe that riding any of the organizing communities, how-
bikes can help Jewish environmentalists ever. According to Mantell, the team is a
make the connection between their pas- mix of people from a broad cross section
sion for protecting the planet and their of Jewish life.
religion. “For the most part these aren’t Talmud
“A lot of people have environmental scholars or people who are going to syn-
ethics – to behave responsibly, be it with agogue every week,” Mantell said. “For a
regard to food or transportation,” said lot of people, they’re looking for a way to
Ilana Mantell, director of operations for make Judaism relevant to their values.”
the Kavana Cooperative, who is co-orga- For the past few months, the team
nizing a team of cyclists from Seattle to has been doing Sunday morning train-
take part in the ride. “For a lot of people ing rides to prepare for the miles they
there’s a desire to connect those ethics will cover in California. Marshall said
with Jewish values, though how to do that the turnout for these rides has often been
isn’t always obvious. Hazon is trying to larger than the team itself.
make that connection.” Courtesy Ilana Mantell “It’s a mix of people who are partici-
The event, which runs May 7-10, Members of Team Seattle before a Sunday training ride. pating, but also just Jewish bikers who
includes a two-day Shabbat retreat in like riding and want to join us,” she said.
Sonoma County, followed by a two-day For Marshall, riding a bicycle is not
bike ride to San Francisco. The retreat will Fellowship, a three-month leadership “They were advertising the ride at only a way for her to practice her own
feature rabbis and Jewish educators from training program for young adults, and the conference, and we were so thrilled brand of Jewish ethics, but also as a way to
around the country offering lectures, The Jewish Farm School, which hosts to find another way for people to com- facilitate conversations about Judaism.
classes, and services centered around the alternative spring breaks for students on bine Judaism with environmentalism,” “I really feel like for me, my spirit just
connection between Judaism and envi- the East Coast and in California. Some of she said. soars with having kind of deeper conver-
ronmentalism. the money stays with Hazon to help fund Rabbi Jessica Kessler Marshall of Ever- sations while on a bike,” she said. “I’ve
“By the time people get on their bikes, their annual food conference, commu- ett’s Temple Beth Or took part in Hazon’s had all kinds of discussions, from what
they will have been marinating for two nity supported agriculture program, and New York ride last summer. are the different definitions of God to
days in the idea that Jews are caretakers future bike rides. “Hazon announced they would be what to do about a daughter who’s dating
of the world,” Mantell said. Hazon began hosting bike rides in doing a California ride in 2010 and a non-Jewish guy.”
The ride isn’t just an educational 2001, with previous events taking place in I thought, ‘Great, I don’t have to f ly Marshall said she hopes Team Seat-
oppor t unit y; it’s a lso a f undraiser. New York and Israel. This is the first time a across the country to do this anymore,’” tle members will return from California
Cyclists are asked to raise a minimum ride has been held on the West Coast. recalled Marshall, an avid cyclist and with a better sense of how their religion
of $1,000 to participate, with the money Mantell said the idea to field a team of outdoor enthusiast. “And then I thought, fits with their other passions, cycling or
being distributed by Hazon, a New York- Seattleites for the Hazon ride first came ‘Wouldn’t it be wonderful to get other otherwise.
based Jewish environmental advocacy in December when she and several other people from Seattle to come along?’” “There are a myriad of different ways
organization, to a variety of American leaders from Seattle Jewish organizations Mantell and Marshall combined their for people to connect with Judaism,” she
and Israeli projects. Recipients include attended Hazon’s annual food confer- efforts and the Seattle group is being orga- said. “It doesn’t always have to be while
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Poetry from imprisonment

Music of Remembrance’s spring concert inspired by a secret magazine created by boys at Terezín camp

Peter A. Klein one — handwritten, in a concentration incidental music to

Special to JTNews camp. The boys created stories, poems, Shakespeare’s The
essays and drawings which expressed Taming of the Shrew.
The poetry of teenaged Jewish boys their observations, hopes, fears and Motherhood
imprisoned in the Terezín concentra- dreams. Every Friday night, they read occupied most of her
tion camp will be given new life in the aloud and critiqued the week’s work. time in the 1980s.
oratorio Vedem, by composer Lori Lait- According to Mason, an acclaimed Then in 1991 soprano
man and librettist David Mason. Vedem poet and Bellingham native who now Lauren Wagner, an
will receive its world premiere at Music lives in Colorado, the story of Vedem is “an old f r iend, asked
of Remembrance’s spring concert on opportunity to get at the lives of very spe- Laitman to write an
May 10. Laitman believes these lines of cific boys, and they’re not angels, they’re ar t song for Wag-
Mason’s express the essence of the piece: rascally little guys,” he said. “They’re in ner’s debut CD. It
that strange period between childhood turned out to be the
We lived for what we wrote and and adolescence…and I find that pro- spark t hat ignited
painted, foundly interesting. We’re not only writ- her career.
as if imagination were a jewel. ing about mechanistic, institutionalized “I haven’t stopped
victimization…it’s a story about human si nce,” sa id L a it-
Terezín (aka Theresienstadt) is an old aspiration and fire and creativity in the man. “I found my
Czech fortress town that the Nazis turned face of absolute annihilation.” voice writing for the
into a transit camp during the Holocaust. Mason is the author or editor of nine voice.”
144,000 Jews were sent to Terezín, includ- books of poetry, and a regular contribu- She now has more
ing many from the arts and letters. One- tor to magazines such as The New Yorker, than 200 songs to
quarter of the prisoners died there, and Poetry and The Nation. her credit, to texts
two-thirds were later killed in the death Approximately 100 boys worked on by many noted poets
camps. Yet they created an astounding Vedem. Only about 15 survived. Most, past and present.
cultural life in the camp, which existed including Ginz, died at Auschwitz. One Talk to Laitman
right alongside starvation, cold, over- boy, Sydney Taussig, was allowed to remain about her craft today,
crowding, disease, and death. in Terezín because he had worked in his Courtesy MOR and she radiates self-
Boys in Terezín lived in a converted father’s blacksmith shop, which the Ger- Sydney Taussig, a survivor of Terezin who saved the 800-page confidence. Her work-
school building designated L417, with the mans considered essential. Taussig buried manuscript of the magazine Vedem, with his bound replica of ing method is differ-
oldest occupying a room known as Home about 800 pages of the magazine in a metal the recovered publications. ent from that of many
Number One. Educating the children was container meant to hold crematorium other composers.
forbidden, but the Jewish leaders of the ashes, and retrieved them after liberation. Laitman’s Holocaust-related song cycles. “I always write the vocal line first,”
homes did so secretly. In the mid-1990s, the Vedem boys’ But this time, Miller wanted something Laitman said. “I never think of a musical
Home No. One’s adult leader, Valtr Eis- story and work were published in the book bigger, an oratorio with soloists, a chil- structure and squish words into it.”
inger, was a teacher of Czech language and We Are Children Just the Same, first in dren’s chorus, and a chamber ensemble. Each melody is “custom crafted,” she
literature. With Eisinger’s encouragement, Czech, then in English. Israeli astronaut Laitman turned to Mason, with whom said, with musical notes matched to the
the boys created their own clandestine Ilan Ramon, who went into space on the she recently collaborated on her first text’s meaning, flow and dramatic content.
literary magazine, called Vedem, which ill-fated Columbia shuttle mission, took full-length opera, The Scarlet Letter. She Only after she is satisfied with the vocal
means “We Lead” in Czech. Vedem existed with him a copy of Ginz’s drawing of Earth selected a group of the boys’ poems, which line will she begin to flesh out other ele-
for two years between 1942 and 1944. The viewed from a fanciful lunar landscape. Mason wove into a narrative libretto. ments, such as harmony and accompani-
key contributors were aged about 14-16. When MOR Artistic Director Mina Laitman studied at the Yale School of ment. Each of these layers exists to further
Petr Ginz, a multi-talented writer, artist and Miller read the book about Vedem, she Music in the 1970s. She earned her mas- “color and magnify the emotions that are
diarist, was editor-in-chief. The magazine’s told herself, “One day I will commission ter’s degree in flute performance, but also inside and behind the words,” she said.
logo was a Jules Verne-inspired rocket ship a piece on this.” Miller had someone in studied composition. At that time, she was Mason desc r ibes t hei r work i ng
flying past a book toward a star. mind — Lori Laitman, one of America’s mostly interested in composing for film partnership as “a collaboration of great
Imagine your high school newspaper foremost composers of art songs. Over and theater. After Yale, she taught flute,
and creative writing magazine rolled into the years, MOR has performed several of scored several industrial films, and wrote u Page 15


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joy for both of us,” he said. Now – June

When working on a project, they talk If you go: Leonard Bernstein Arts Festival
almost daily, with Laitman often singing Music and Theater
themes to Mason and playing the piano Vedem will be performed Mon.,
over the telephone. May 10 at 8 p.m. at the Illsley Ball A consortium of 19 arts organizations
“He understands what it is that I need. Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya present a celebration of composer
He understands how to write a libretto, Hall, 3rd and Union, downtown Leonard Bernstein. Events include
how to write a poem,” Laitman said. “He’s Seattle. Performed by tenor Ross talks, a performance by the Seattle
a genius.” Hauck and mezzo-soprano Angela Jewish Chorale, and a run of Bern-
“I’m in the hands of a great composer, Niederloh, and the Northwest stein’s classic musical, On the Town
and I can trust her absolutely,” Mason Boychoir (Joseph Crnko, conductor), at The 5th Avenue Theatre. Visit the
said. “She responds to language in a way accompanied by Mikhail Shmidt, Web site for details and a calendar of
that I cannot even begin to describe.” violin, Laura DeLuca, clarinet, Walter events.
For Vedem, Laitman stretched her Gray, cello, and Mina Miller, piano.
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“hands still shaking,” she called Lait-
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schools and outreach concerts. Filmmaker and they told Laitman the story. Laitman Sunday, May 2 at 3:30 p.m.
John Sharify is creating a Vedem docu- agreed to include the “Humoresque” in Tzuza Dancers of Israel
mentary that includes interviews with five Vedem, then found to her surprise that Dance
of the six survivors still alive today. Miller the melody “fit exactly” into a section of
and Laitman each met separately with two music she had just written. Tzuza Dancers of Israel, a teen dance troupe from Kiryat Malachi, an Israeli town provided
survivors — Emil Kopel and Leopold Lowy The concert also includes the String assistance by the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle’s TIPS partnership, will perform at the
— at Lowy’s New Jersey home. Quartet No. 3 (1938) by the Czech-Jew- Stroum Jewish Community Center’s Lag B’Omer celebration. Tzuza Dancers of Israel compete
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would understand, Kopel took her aside and ers imprisoned at Terezín. The program pre-register, or $5 at the door. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island.
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before, fearing he’d be thought crazy — Seattle Symphony conductor Gerard
how a well-known piece of classical music Schwarz’ In Memoriam, dedicated to the u Page 22
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Buchenwald. Prisoners who collapsed or cellist David Tonkonogui, and played by
fell behind were shot. Kopel kept pace by Schwarz’ cellist son Julian.
“listening” to Dvorák’s “Humoresque No. “We’re dedicating the concert,” said
7” over and over in his mind. Miller, “to all who died too young.”
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A 20-year project, now completed

A Sephardic hazzan’s musical project is a reflection on his people’s history

Emily Keeler into history. What- fering with love / Come quickly, dove,
Special to JTNews ever t hei r beg i n- come quickly to me / (Come) quickly my
n i ng s, S eph a rd ic soul, because I shall die.” The instru-
Hazzan Isaac Azose’s CD, Ladino life has preser ved mental accompaniment of guitar, piano,
Reflections, took just six months to pro- its Ladino roman- mandolin and cittern — a three-string
duce, but it took 20 years to dream. His zas, or romanceras, guitar popular during the Renaissance
double-disc collection of Ladino folk- remarkably well. The — appeals to the emotions of each song
songs is t he cherr y atop a lifet ime folk songs appear with a sound reminiscent of Spain and
of Sephardic liturgical and cantorial to be part of some the Orient.
achievements. Sephardic collective Although the folksongs largely speak
The CD follows Azose’s far-reaching unconscious. of love, others, like “La Vida Do El Por
contributions to the preservation of Turk- “Some of t hese Raki” (“I Would Give My Life for Arak”)
ish and Rhodesli Jewish customs and I’ve learned as part attest to the fact that every culture has a
the Ladino language. Azose’s first CD, of the liturgy,” says drinking ballad. On the other side of the
The Liturgy of Ezra Bessaroth, came out Azose. “Some of them spectrum is “Kuando El Rey Nimrod.” In
in 1999, and 2002 saw the release of his I’ve learned f rom this uplifting folksong, Nimrod sees a
Seattle Sephardic Siddur, the only prayer Mom and Dad and holy light above the Jewish quarter pre-
book to follow the customs of Jews from t heir f r iends who dicting Abraham’s birth.
Turkey and the Greek Isle of Rhodes. used to get together Several songs have experienced a
The siddur became an overnight sen- on a Saturday night.” rebirth, and tracing them back to their
sation and is used not only in Seattle but He recalls listen- sources becomes a musicological excava-
also in Sephardic congregations as far Courtesy Isaac Azose ing to Ladino songs tion. For instance, “Miserlu” (Greek and
as Maryland and South Africa. In 2007, Ezra Bessaroth’s Hazzan emeritus Isaac Azose. i n h is home as a Turkish: “Egyptian Girl”) is well known
Azose published the Seattle Sephardic child, when, before in Greek, Turkish and Arab cultures and
mahzor — festival prayer book — for in which he is fluent, is one of Azose’s television, the adults gathered on Satur- likely filtered into Sephardic Jewry during
Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot. passions. Also known as Judeo-Spanish, day nights to listen to records and dance. its years in the Ottoman Empire. “Miserlu”
Azose’s production of a Ladino album Judezmo, Spaniolit and a number of other The songs on Ladino Reflections cap- was introduced to America in 1963 by
is a natural progression from his back- names, Ladino is a Hebrew and old Span- ture those eternal themes of love: Love Dick Dale (formerly Richard Mansour, a
ground as hazzan (cantor) of Ezra Bessar- ish hybrid colored primarily by Turkish, found, love lost, love forbidden. Cryptic Lebanese American), and it spawned the
oth for nearly half a century. Born in 1930 Hebrew, Arabic and Greek and, to a lesser and beautiful, “La Serena” (“The Siren”) genre of surfer rock, going on to be fea-
to Turkish parents, Azose was intrigued extent, Italian and French. Fewer than an begins: “If the sea were made of milk / tured in the film Pulp Fiction. This catchy
with liturgy from a young age. He came estimated 200,000 people still speak this And the boats of cinnamon / I would stain tune was most recently sampled in 2006
to learn nearly all the synagogue liturgy language, which became specific to the myself completely / To save your banner. by hip-hop group The Black Eyed Peas.
by listening intently to the different Seat- Jews after the Spanish expulsion in 1492. / If the sea were made of milk / I would And no one can be sure whether “Adio
tle hazzanim. Azose began working for Efforts to preserve the language and cul- become a fisherman / I would fish for my Kerida” (“Farewell, My Love”) preceded or
Boeing in 1950, moonlighting as a hazzan ture are being made, particularly in Israel sorrows / With little words of love.” emerged from Verdi’s opera, La Traviata.
in the early ’60s at the site of the then- and in Internet forums like LadinoKo- Each romanza should be a lesson for Debate on this subject abounds. Rising
new Sephardic Bikur Holim, then called munita. aspiring poets, many of them reminis- star and Ladino Shakira Yasmin Levy per-
“The Branch.” In 1966, Azose became The origins of the 34 songs on Azose’s cent of the biblical “Song of Songs.” The forms this haunting and mysterious song
the hazzan of Ezra Bessaroth, where he CD are virtually unknown. Riding the voice of “La Rosa Enflorese” (“The Rose on her 2009 album, Mano Suave.
remained until his retirement in 2000. wave of migration, their roots can only Blooms”) sings, “The rose blooms in the
The preservation of Ladino language, be traced so far before they disappear month of May / My soul darkens suf- u Page 18

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■■4 p.m.–Lag B’Omer Picnic Sunday 9 A fundraiser for Northwest Yeshiva High
The JTNews calendar presents a selection of Lag B’Omer picnic and scavenger hunt hosted ■■10 a.m. – Rescuers of Jews During the School featuring home-baked dishes to be
ongoing events in the Jewish community. For by the Capitol Hill Minyan. All are welcome. Holocaust auctioned off to the highest bidder. Location
a complete listing of events, or to add your At the Volunteer Park playfield, 1400 E Alysa Rosen at 206-525-0915 or provided upon RSVP.
event to the JTNews calendar, visit www. Prospect St., Seattle.
■■4 p.m.–Torah Dedication and Lag B’Omer Sunday morning forum with Dr. Patrick Henry, Friday 14 Calendar events must be submit-
Celebration author of We Only Know Men: The Rescue ■■6 p.m. – Edwin L. Bierman Scholar in
ted no later than 10 days before publication. Rabbi Zevi Goldberg at 425-967-3036 or of Jews in France during the Holocaust, about Residence Weekend with Prof. Vanessa L. why rescuers risked their lives to save strangers, Ochs
Candle Lighting Times Chabad Jewish Center of Snohomish County and why it is important to make them part of Carol Benedick at 206-524-0075 or
4/30/10 8:01 p.m. dedicates its new Torah and celebrates Lag Holocaust education. At Temple Beth Am, or
5/7/10 8:11 p.m. B’Omer. All are welcome. At the Edmonds 2632 NE 80th St., Seattle.
5/14/10 8:20 p.m. Conference Center, 201 4th Ave. N, Vanessa L. Ochs, professor of religious studies
Edmonds. Monday 10 at the University of Virginia, offers an explo-
5/21/10 8:29 p.m. ■■7 p.m. – The Y Chromosome and Beyond: ration of new Jewish rituals. $25/person.
Monday 3 Tracing Your Genealogy with the “Other” Includes dinner and Shabbat service. Member
April ■■11 a.m. – Parenting Mindfully DNA discount available. Children 3 years and under
Friday 30 Marjorie Schnyder at 206-861-3146 or or free. Childcare available during program by Bennett Greenspan, founder and CEO of Family pre-registration. At Congregation Beth Shalom,
■■6 p.m. – Reclaiming Spinoza
Jewish Family Service presents a four-session Tree DNA, explains the nuances of Y-DNA 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle.
Kristine Ganes at 206-528-1944 or
class aimed at exploring how parents can and mtDNA testing for the Jewish Genealogi-
express their emotions and beliefs in balanced cal Society of Washington State. At the Stroum Saturday 15
Shabbat potluck with the Secular Jewish Circle
and healthy ways. At Temple B’nai Torah, JCC, 3801 East Mercer Way, Mercer Island. ■■1:15 p.m. – Edwin L. Bierman Scholar in
and a program on 17th-century Dutch phi-
15727 NE 4th St., Bellevue. ■■7:30 p.m. – The Way to Pray Residence Weekend with Prof. Vanessa L.
losopher Baruch Spinoza. Location provided Ochs
upon RSVP. Tuesday 4 Rabbi Yechezkel Kornfeld explains the Carol Benedick at 206-524-0075 or
■■7 p.m. – Making Marriage Work structure of Shavuot davening, including when or
May to do what and why. Free. At Northwest
Saturday 1 Dr. John Gottman, founder of the Gottman Yeshiva High School, 5017 90th Ave. SE, Vanessa L. Ochs takes a look at some of the
Institute for Marriage Research and the author Seattle. most curious, infuriating, and dazzling
■■1:15 p.m. – Rabbi’s Tisch
of more than 40 books, will offer tools and passages of Talmud. Free. At Congregation
Carol Benedick at 206-524-0075, ext. 4 or
insights to couples who want to take their Tuesday 11 Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle.
marriage to the next level. Sponsored by ■■11:30 a.m. – Injured Soldiers Helping ■■8 p.m. – Edwin L. Bierman Scholar in
An hour of study and discussion with Rabbi
ParentMap. Tickets are $20 in advance and Injured Soldiers Residence Weekend with Prof. Vanessa L.
Jill Borodin on mitzvot and middot. At Con-
$25 at the door. At Town Hall Seattle, 1119 U.S. and Israeli soldiers wounded in combat Ochs
gregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE,
8th Ave., Seattle. reflect on their experiences and shared Carol Benedick at 206-524-0075 or
struggles. At Seward Park. or
Sunday 2 Thursday 6 ■■12 p.m. – Community of Caring
■■7 p.m. – Israel to Haiti: Across the World Luncheon Vanessa L. Ochs explores what Jewish tradition
■■10 a.m. – History Tour of the Paramount
in 48 Hours Gail Pollack at 206-861-3151 or has to say about dreaming, dream interpreta-
Rebecca at 206-774-2272 or tion, and rituals for incubating dreams and
A special tour of the Paramount Theatre for Eighth annual Community of Caring luncheon chasing away nightmares. Dessert and
members of the Washington State Jewish
Daniel Biran, administrative ambassador to benefiting Jewish Family Service, featuring Havdalah included. RSVP requested. Free. At
Historical Society. At the Paramount Theatre,
the Israel Consulate of New York, will share Costco CEO Jim Sinegal. At the Westin Seattle, Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave.
911 Pine St., Seattle.
his experience as a first responder to Haiti 1900 5th Ave., Seattle. NE, Seattle.
■■11:30 a.m. – Lag B’Omer
after its recent earthquake and the Israeli
Isolde Shiebert at 206-232-8555, ext. 204
Defense Force’s efforts in aiding Haiti. Hosted Thursday 13 Sunday 16
by the Maimonides Society of Washington ■■6:30 p.m. – NYHS Cake, Food and Dessert ■■5 p.m. – The Seattle Kollel’s 19th Annual
BBQ and bonfire to celebrate Lag B’Omer. At
State. $18. RSVP requested. At Top of the Auction
Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation,
Market, 93 Pike St., Seattle. 206-232-5272, ext. 515 or u Page 22
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Jim Sinegal t Page 8 vide good merchandise, and you’re going things that we’re proud about, when Jeff people in 100 days in the worst fashion
to be honest and above board in what [Brotman] and I started the business, we you can imagine — machetes out in the
JT: Talking about not just Costco, you do.... Think of the suppliers that pro- could have sold the business hundreds of street. It was just horrible. As the presi-
but corporate America in general, what vide goods for us, and their families, and times. There were all kinds of people cov- dent of the country, he’s determined that
role should companies play in giving to how many factories would go out of busi- eting the business in the early days. But aid is bad.
charity or giving a leg up to people who ness or have serious layoffs if we weren’t we never wanted to sell it. Just taking money and continuing to
might not even be fortunate enough to around. We wanted to build an institution. take money is never going to move his
shop at your stores? We wanted the company to be here years country forward. If he’s ever going to have
Sinegal: I think an awful lot of it goes JT: Do you see a lot of companies not from now, and still be flourishing and still any chance of success in his country, they
back to the philosophy that Peter Drucker holding up their end of that contract? be prosperous and still to be an impor- have to build some commercial base. They
has, the business guru…. It’s about more Sinegal: I think in corporate America tant part of the community. have to develop a middle class and to have
than making money. we have allowed ourselves to get sucked I’ve been involved recent ly w it h a form of business. And really, businesses
It’s about the fact that you have a con- into the situation where there are a lot of Rwanda. I was introduced to the presi- in every country of the world, in every suc-
tract with society, that there’s a social short-term goals that are forcing every- dent of the country, and met him and have cessful country, in every non-third world
contract that you’re going to do the right body to act differently than they would if introduced him to several other business country, that’s really what makes the dif-
things in the community where you’re they really were looking at how they sur- people. He was the guy who liberated the ference: Successful business, a middle
doing business, that you’re going to pro- vive their business 50 years from now. country from that terrible genocide that class that develops out of that business.
vide good jobs, that you’re going to pro- One of the things about Costco, one of the was taking place. They lost like a million That creation of jobs, as they say, is the
highest form of social service, and it also
creates the types of entrepreneurs that you
see flourishing in our country.

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vented you from studying Torah. Now you Isaac will Sophie will
must devote the rest of your life to plumb- celebrate his Bar celebrate her Bat
ing its depths and spreading its word.” Mitzvah on May 8, Mitzvah on May
From Poland the family, with help from 2010 at Congrega- 1, 2010 at Temple
the American Jewish Joint Distribution tion Beth Shalom Beth Am in
Committee, secured visas to the United in Seattle. Seattle.
States and immigrated here in 1931. Isaac is the son Sophie is the
Rabbi Poupko studied at Yeshiva Col- of Bob and Hannah Cordes of Seattle and daughter of Audrey Fine and Stephen Katz
lege, City College and Columbia University, the brother of Sam. of Seattle and the sister of Adam and
receiving his B.A. and M.A., as well as his Isaac is in the 7th grade at Eckstein Mitchell. Her grandparents are Ann and
rabbinic ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Middle School. He enjoys baseball and Norman Katz of Bloomfield Hills, Mich.,
Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva basketball, playing double bass in the Alice Fine of Seattle and the late Morton
University in 1941. He moved to Pittsburgh, Eckstein Middle School orchestra, reading, Fine.
and become rabbi of Shaare Torah Congre- drama, hanging out with his friends and Sophie is in the 7th grade at the
gation and married the late Gilda Twersky- family, and he looks forward to going to Northwest School. She is an accomplished
Novoseller Poupko. By 1952 Rabbi Poupko Camp Solomon Schechter this summer. For equestrian.
had earned his Ph.D. from the University of his mitzvah project, Isaac will be volunteer-
Pittsburgh. He wrote his dissertation on the ing with the JHarvest CSA program at Hillel
state of Jewish adult education in the U.S., at the University of Washington.
tracing its history, studying its trends, and
Rabbi Dr. Bernard Poupko, a nation- prescribing its future.
ally prominent Orthodox rabbi recog- A lt hough Rabbi Poupko escaped Engagement
nized for his initiatives in saving Soviet Communism, he felt his escape was less Briana Goldstein and Jeff Roberts
Jewry, pioneering efforts in the Jewish a privilege and more a responsibility.
day school movement, and for his lead- His synagogue, therefore, was the first Briana and Jeff are engaged to be married
ership of religious Zionism, died April 14 to hang a “Free Soviet Jewry” sign, and in October 2010 in Seattle. Rabbi Josh
in Seattle, where he had lived for the last he was the first rabbi to speak publicly in Hearshen of Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative
six years. He was 93 years old and suc- Moscow under Soviet rule. He risked his Congregation will officiate the ceremony.
cumbed to Alzheimer’s. life, being tracked by the KGB when he Briana is the daughter of Dennis
At the time of his death, Rabbi Poupko traveled to Russia a dozen times to cam- Goldstein and Robin Rogel-Goldstein of
was rabbi emeritus of Shaare Torah Con- paign for the liberation of Soviet Jewry Bellevue. Her grandparents are David and
gregation in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he and bear witness to their plight. Due in no Helaine Goldstein of Redmond and Joseph
served as rabbi from 1941-2004. He was small part to these efforts, more than one and Ann Lee Rogel of Bellevue.
a former national president of the Reli- and a half million Soviet Jews emigrated She is a graduate of the Bellevue Inter-
gious Zionists of America and a national to Israel and the United States. national School and holds bachelor’s
vice-president of the Rabbinical Coun- Rabbi Poupko’s efforts to save Soviet degrees in business administration and of Laguna Woods, Calif. and the late Gladys
cil of America. Rabbi Poupko was influ- Jewry are recounted in his award-win- French from Emory University. She works Friedenrich.
ential in building the Jewish community ning Yiddish book, In the Shadow of the as a program manager in Microsoft’s Trust- He is a graduate of Garfield High School
in Pittsburgh, serving as president of its Kremlin, as well as in dozens of newspa- worthy Computing organization. and holds a B.A. in business administration
rabbinical council from 1949-1999, co- per articles that he wrote. He also edited Jeff is the son of Patrick and Marilyn from the University of Washington. He is
founding Hillel Academy, the Holocaust and co-edited 38 sermon manuals for the Roberts of Seattle. His grandparents are a manager with Ernst & Young’s advisory
Center, and the Greater Association of Rabbinical Council of America, many of Jeanna Roberts of Willows, Calif. and the services practice.
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Border crossings
New Arizona law brings renewed attention to immigration reform

Melissa Apter immigrant, a tactic civil liberties groups National Council of Jewish Women. precipitate an investigation into his or her
JTA World News Service and several Jewish organizations say Gideon Aronoff, the president and legal status is an anathema to American
effectively mandates racial profiling. CEO of HIAS, who supports legisla- values of justice and our historic status
WASHINGTON (JTA) — Jewish groups Proponents of the law say the tough tion like Schakowsky’s and that of Sen. as a nation of immigrants. The bill is also
are slamming Arizona’s stringent new measures are necessary — given the Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), said he is likely to endanger our communities by
immigration-enforcement law, but hope federal government’s failure to act — working actively with other Jewish orga- discouraging immigrants from cooper-
outrage over the measure will reignite to rescue the state from a flood of ille- nizations to draft a broad statement con- ating with law enforcement on issues of
efforts to push comprehensive immigra- gal immigrants from Mexico they say demning the federal government’s failure national security.”
tion reform on a national level. sap taxpayer-funded programs and, in to enact comprehensive reform. HIAS Along similar lines, Rabbi Marvin
“I believe that it has absolutely ignited some cases, commit violent crime. They also is coordinating with its partners in Hier of the Simon Wiesenthal Center
a movement across this country for com- also note that the governor has issued an Arizona and anticipates that rallies, the issued a statement saying, “This law
prehensive immigration reform,” said executive order establishing a training filing of amicus briefs and other actions makes no sense — it guarantees and stig-
U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), the program on how to avoiding racial profil- may be warranted in the near future. matizes people of color as second-class
daughter of Jewish immigrants, who is a ing when implementing the new rules. “Are most of the Latinos who suffer citizens and exposes them to intimida-
co-sponsor of a bill that would provide On Monday, following a weekend of from this law Jewish? The answer is no, tion and the use of racial profiling as a
illegal immigrants with an opportunity protests, vandals — apparently opposed but we look at this through the oral com- weapon of bias.”
to normalize their status. “You see people to the new law — smeared refried beans mandment of ‘welcome the stranger,’” Amy Laff, chair of the Arizona chapter
pouring out of their homes and into the in the shape of swastikas on the win- Aronoff said. “We are all Americans, we of the Republican Jewish Coalition, told
streets and halls of government reject- dows of the Arizona State Capitol build- are all our brothers’ keepers. We have an The Jewish News of Greater Phoenix that she
ing this notion of allowing our country to ings, The Associated Press reported. More obligation not to stand by when legisla- has lingering concerns about the new law.
become a police state.” protests were being planned, including a tion so harmful is put through.” “I’m concerned that the law will be
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed the vigil organized by the Jewish Council on Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, a Jewish viewed by many as mean-spirited and
Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Urban Affairs. Democrat, referred to the immigration hostile to minorities,” she said. “I’m also
Neighborhoods Act into law last week, The new law has been criticized by bill as one that “nationally embarrasses disturbed by the prospect of Arizona res-
though the measure won’t go into effect an array of Jewish groups, including the Arizona” in an Op-Ed piece published idents filing actions against law enforce-
for 90 days. The new law requires that Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, Anti-Def- April 25 in The Washington Post. ment personnel whom they deem not to
police check the immigration status of amation League, American Jewish Com- “Already, I have called a special meet- be enforcing federal immigration stat-
anyone suspected of being an illegal mittee, Simon Wiesenthal Center and the ing of the Phoenix City Council to establish utes to the full extent of the law.”
standing to sue the state on the grounds Another Jewish  Republican, state
that S.B. 1070 unconstitutionally co-opts Sen. Barbara Leff, voted for the law and

Should you consider long-term care insurance? our police force to enforce immigration
laws that are the rightful jurisdiction of the
defended it.
Leff, the only Jewish member of the Ari-
federal government,” Gordon wrote. zona Senate, told the local Jewish newspa-
Let us help. Eight of the state’s Reform rabbis per that “no one can be stopped without
wrote a letter to Brewer urging the gov- probable cause, and no one can be asked
ernor to veto the measure, calling it “an anything about their immigration status
affront to American values of justice and without there being reasonable suspicion
our historic status as a nation of immi- that they are here illegally. Racial profiling
grants.” And The Jewish News of Greater will not be tolerated in this state.”
206-448-6940 Phoenix voiced concern in an editorial
7525 SE 24th Street, Suite 350, Mercer Island, WA 98040 Marvin Meyers that the new law would lead to racial pro- Debra Morton Gelbart contributed to this
filing and questioning of U.S. citizens. report from Phoenix.
Rabbi David Saperstein, director of
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Arts Calendar t Page 15 Community Calendar t Page 17 Communications, University of Washington.

■■7:30 p.m. – The Way to Pray
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May 7 – May 12 Ilana Pardes t Page 5 too much,” said Jennifer Cohen, assis-
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Breath Made Visible follows the life and career of ulty and students. All future series will learning community — that’s what we’re
dancer Anna Halprin. The daughter of Lithuanian feature this new format. Organizers hope trying to create.”
immigrants, Halprin was obsessed with dancing from this more intensive option, which came
the time she was a small child. She spent her life in response to past series attendees who A Web site set up by the UW’s Stroum
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self-expression. Her story is told with the help of interviews and archival performance footage lecturer and the material, will allow for, has further
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What’s Your JQ? t Page 9 becoming invisible. As we mourn, we the other, a life well-lived is remembered. months, when they recognize themselves
inevitably begin to think about ourselves. One personal reflection: After a week of in the mirror. This mirror stage is a decisive
Rabbi Moshe Lichtenstein elaborates Funny thing about we humans, it seems not seeing myself I pulled down the paper turning point in the mental development of
on this teaching: Death is the antithesis to to always be about: Me! and took a good hard look. “Hmmm,” the child. It’s no accident we cover our mir-
birth. In mourning, therefore, we mourn This drama of vanishing calls our I thought, “I am still here. There I am. I rors as we face death. This Jewish mourning
not only a specific person but also the very existence into question. And well it have survived this deeply sad experience practice of giving ourselves a break in look-
loss of “demut deyukani” — the image of should. We are not here forever; one gen- of losing my father.” ing at the mirror demands of each of us to
God, now defeated with death. We mourn eration comes and another passes. The But there is more. There is my little grand- look anew at our own image, to ask ourselves,
the loss of the human-Divine image, and covered mirror tells the tale. son, Ilan, plunked in front of the mirror. The who are we now that a generation is past?
therefore we must conceal it and overturn “Covering the mirror helps us con- challenge for each of us after the passing of
the place where it is seen: The mirror. front our fears in both directions: that it a parent is to figure out the puzzle, of “What Rivy Poupko Kletenik is an internationally
Rabbi Maurice Lamm, in his book is real in a sense that life will go on with- now?” Jacques Lacan, French psychoanalyst renowned educator and Head of School at
Consolation, The Spiritual Journey Beyond out us and that it is unreal that each of us theorist of the “mirror stage,” had noticed the Seattle Hebrew Academy. If you have
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