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Round 2: Netanyahu, Abbas talk ‘tough issues’ in Jerusalem
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas discussed “tough issues” at their Sept. 15 meeting in Jerusalem, George Mitchell said. “They are tackling up front the issues that are at the center of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” Mitchell, the U.S. Mideast envoy, told reporters following the meeting, the third between the two leaders in two days. “I will say that the two leaders are not leaving the tough issues to the end of their discussions. We take this as a strong indicator of their belief that peace is possible.” Abbas traveled from Ramallah in the West Bank to Jerusalem on Wednesday afternoon for direct talks with Netanyahu at his official residence. They met first with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Mitchell. Clinton and Israeli President Shimon Peres met Wednesday morning. Clinton told reporters that the leaders are serious about peace. “They are getting down to business. They have begun to grapple with the core issues that can only be resolved through face to face negotiations,” she said. “This is the time, and
these are the leaders.” Talks were held the day before in the Egyptian resort Sharm el-Sheik. That meeting ended with a U.S. call for Israel to extend its settlements freeze. “We think it makes sense to extend the moratorium, especially given that the talks are moving in a constructive direction,” U.S. Mideast envoy Mitchell told reporters at the end of the meetings. Mitchell added that the Obama administration realizes “this is a politically sensitive issue in Israel.” The Palestinians have said they will bolt the talks should any construction begin again in the settlements. Netanyahu has been seeking creative ways to avoid lifting the freeze completely, including limiting construction to a small number of structures, and possibly only in settlements that are certain to remain in Israeli hands following a peace agreement.
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This High Holiday season, leave the judgment to God
Rabbi MaRk SpiRo LivingJudaism
“To judge between good or bad, between successful and unsuccessful, would take the eye of a God.” — Anton Chekhov Everyone knows the story of David and Goliath. But how many people know that the difference between these famous rivals can be traced to one point of origin and one critical, defining moment? David and Goliath were actually third cousins; descendants of Moabite sisters named Ruth and Orpah, who married the sons of Elimelech and Naomi, Israelites who had fled the city of Bethlehem during a famine. When Elimelech and his sons died prematurely, Naomi decided to return to Israel, insisting her daughters-in-law remain with their own people. But in a tremendous display of loyalty, both women ignored Naomi’s attempts to push them away until, at the story’s climax, Orpah gave in, kissed her mother-in-law, and returned home. Ruth accompanied Naomi to Israel, where she married and eventually produced David. Orpah went on to produce Goliath. The storyline is striking. Why should Orpah, who came within a hair’s breadth of making the same choice as her sister, produce Goliath, the antithesis of David? Our oral tradition provides the missing link: That night, while Ruth was following Naomi, Orpah lay with one hundred men. Goliath was the product of this promiscuity. (Ruth Rabba – 2:20) But the question remains: How could Orpah fall so far so fast? I believe Orpah realized she had missed an opportunity to achieve greatness. But instead of owning her mistake and moving on, she crossed into self-judgment, deeming herself unworthy. Instead of recognizing her momentary failure to live up to her potential, she chose to define and limit her potential altogether, turning disappointment into despair and devastation. So what do David and Goliath have to do with Rosh Hashanah? According to our tradition, Rosh Hashanah — the awesome Day of Judgment — ushers in the 10 days of teshuvah (literally “return”), a time when people examine their ways and improve themselves. This is why it’s important, now more than ever, to emphasize that Judgment is God’s job, not ours. Yes, I’m familiar with the adage that we shouldn’t judge a person until we’ve stood in their shoes, which seems to imply that it’s okay to judge ourselves. Nevertheless, I beg to disagree for a couple of reasons. First, even when we’re aware of our actions and motivations, we usually lack the big picture. We experience life in fragments of time, and we view those fragments from way too close a vantage point: Even if we could recall every detail of our lives, we would still lack the necessary objectivity to put them into context. We are rarely capable of viewing ourselves without distortion. But there’s a more fundamental reason why selfjudgment is not an option, even when we accurately identify our flaws: We cannot evaluate our lives and live our lives at the same time. Self-judgment removes us from life. This is not to say we shouldn’t be mindful of how we live. It’s just that there’s a huge difference between mindfulness and selfjudgment. In fact, they tend to conflict. Take a look at what you’re passionate about and you’ll see the difference. One of my favorite extracurricular activities is martial arts. I love how it combines a great workout with mastery of a skill and self-perfection. To become proficient, I must be constantly mindful, focusing on the smallest details as I work the same forms over and over again. For me, this is what makes the processes both engaging and fun — that is, until I see someone who is better than me and decide that I’ll never be any good. The moment I focus on myself, I cease being mindful of the process, and the activity that had just moments before been a source of pleasure now leaves me feeling demoralized. It’s easy for me to slip into self-judgment, and my work as a coach tells me I am not alone. Most of my clients tend to judge themselves harshly, which often leaves them carrying a heavy burden of negativity, depression, and disempowering beliefs that they’re sometimes not even aware of. I recently met a woman who regularly beat herself up over her tendency to worry because she knew it was silly and counterproductive. Sadly, she thought her selfcriticism was a mitzvah, her only chance to change. But the truth is that her inability to lovingly accept her flaws was the single biggest impediment to her growth. On Rosh Hashanah, a snapshot is taken of our life and the question is asked: What have we become and where are we heading? It’s not our job to take that snapshot. Nor are we meant to feel in any way limited by it. Rather, that snapshot is meant to inspire us to do more with our lives. It’s meant to fill us with excitement and joy, not negativity. But most of all, it’s meant to make us more mindful of the greatest gift we will ever possess — the gift of life. Wishing you a sweet and meaningful New Year!
Recently “Blatant Discrimination” (Letters, Sept. 3) totally mischaracterized ADL’s position on the proposed NY Islamic center. From the start ADL stated that the consortium has every right to build in the location they own and have chosen. ADL leads in the effort to protect religious freedom in America, always and in this instance. The center’s organizers viewed their proposed location as helping to promote healing. ADL thought this goal might be undermined by the location. We did not “take a lead role in fighting against this center.” We asked a question regarding the effectiveness of the consortium’s choice. Good people can disagree, but this issue has fallen prey to ideologues on all sides. For some it has been an opportunity to smear all Muslims and Islam. ADL condemns such appeals to bigotry as un-American and wrong. Others have used this occasion to label all who questioned the center as bigots or supporters of bigotry. This too is demagoguery, and the enemy of dialogue and reflection. The ADL has never “equated all Muslims with the terrorists responsible for the Trade Center disaster” and would never do so. In fact, ADL has consistently spoken out for the protection of Muslim rights in America, and spearheads a consortium to champion the rights of Muslim communities across the country to build their places of worship. Withdrawing support for ADL rejects the long history of ADL’s good work locally and nationally. Our local Pacific Northwest ADL office investigates and exposes extremism, educates law enforcement, and handles victim complaints of anti-Semitism and all forms of discrimination. We lobby to protect civil rights and advocate for religious freedom. We promote diversity and respect in schools with programs and resources to help create learning environments where all feel valued and appreciated. For the record, ADL is not a membership organization. Our donors contribute because they want to ensure that our community is safe and inclusive for all, regardless of race, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, or ability. They know they can count on ADL to pursue this vision every day. We urge your readers to continue with us in supporting ADL. Thank you. the adl regional board david cohen howard Michel pam schwartz, chair tammy Federman Joel newman linda clifton, immediate past chair connie Gould chuck scheinbaum bill Mowat, incoming chair henry haas arthur siegal William Goldberg, secretary eileen hershberg Jeff silesky Mark schuster, treasurer larry Kuznetz Michael silver louis berg r broh landsman rob spitzer phil chanen Joe levin don stark
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The following is a response to John Rothschild’s letter to the editor (Sept. 3) wherein he “urge[s] all members of the Jewish community to resign any membership that they have with ADL.” Rothschild accuses the Anti-Defamation League of “stereotyping all Muslims as terrorists...[and] claiming that Muslims do not have a right to have a center near the Trade Center.” Rothschild contends that now the ADL is “engaging in the worst kind of discrimination, based on one’s religion.” First, Rothschild is misinformed on ADL’s stance. In “The Mosque at Ground Zero,” ADL’s national director Abraham H. Foxman describes ADL’s position: “Ultimately, this was not a question of rights, but a question of what is right. In our judgment, building an Islamic Center in the shadow of the World Trade Center would unnecessarily cause some victims more pain. And that wasn’t right. Shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Muslims were being stereotyped and in some cases individual Muslims or Muslim institutions were attacked. ADL took the lead in not standing idly by. We took out ads in The New York Times and other newspapers with the headline, ‘Don’t Fight Hate with Hate.’ Our message was that a terrible event occurred on 9/11, a national tragedy brought on by hate, but the way to deal with it was to fight the terrorists, and not to stereotype and hate individual Muslims” (Huffington Post, posted 8/2/10). To Mr. Rothschild: It is one thing to ask those who agree with you to write letters condemning the ADL. However, it is far different to blatantly misrepresent ADL’s stance and to advocate for its termination. For decades, ADL had defended the rights of minorities in this country. ADL has taught generations the true facts of the Holocaust. ADL continues X PaGe 4 to be a champion of rights on all fronts.
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W leTTers PaGe 3 Mr. Rothschild: Your purist and idealist demands to end ADL’s existence could result — heaven forbid — in one day you being collected on a cattle train heading toward a concentration camp. There will be no other organization like ADL explaining that you — as a Jew — are not the root cause of the problems in the world. Be careful what you hope for, Mr. John Rothschild. ruvane richman seattle
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You certainly have the right to publish John Rothschild’s misguided letter on the New York City Muslim center near the World Trade site, However you are completely remiss for not printing ADL’s response alongside. philip s. chanen Board member, Anti-Defamation League Pacific Northwest chapter seattle
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Rabbi Charles Kroloff’s column (“Let’s recognize the sacred power of this time — for peace,” Sept. 3) misstates Mideast peace prospects. The fact that Palestinians finally agreed to direct negotiations, without pre-conditions, may be a positive step. However, let’s not delude ourselves. There can never be peace in the Middle East with a nuclear Iran. I am outraged and deeply saddened by the brutal killing of a pregnant mother, her husband and two passengers in their car, by Palestinian terrorists. Since Hamas, a terrorist organization, claimed responsibility and were jubilant about it speaks volumes of their hatred and evil intentions against the good people of Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should have cancelled the talks and immediately returned home to attend the victims’ funerals. In continuing to negotiate with Mahmoud Abbas, a weak leader that is not a credible peace partner, Netanyahu appears to have made a major blunder. The Palestinians are not yet ready to make a lasting peace with Israel and think they can defeat the Israelis by violence and murder. A persistent myth of the Arab-Israeli conflict is that Palestinian terrorists kill Jews in order to “disrupt the peace process,” and that the best response to terrorism is to persevere with negotiations.” Peace will never be possible with “partners” that refuse to accept the permanent legitimacy of Jewish sovereignty in the Middle East. Israel should not be pressured by her allies to enter a delusional peace agreement until she has a credible peace partner ready to accept Jewish sovereignty. Josh basson seattle
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I would like to draw your attention to a misleading book review, by Diana Brement, published 30 August 2010. You’ve done a disservice to your readers in presenting Isabel Vincent’s book as a “biography.” Indeed, far from investigative journalism, the book is a shabby attempt at selling books at any expense — including that of the facts. Your columnist questions whether Mr. Safra’s death was “An accident, or murder?” and claims that “Eleven years later it’s still unclear.” This is completely false. The circumstances of Mr. Safra’s tragic death are clear, despite nonsensical gossip: Ted Maher, acting alone, started the fire, and was found guilty of his crime after an extensive investigation, a trial, and an appeal. Contrary to your reviewer’s assertion, Dominick Dunne wrote, in his column “Verdict in Monaco” published February 2003, that he believed that Ted Maher was guilty. I would appreciate your publication of this letter as your readers deserve to know the truth on this question, just as they deserve to know that the book is fiction masquerading as biography, where errors of fact are piled high to allow the author to present conspiracy theories worthy of those who believe that 9/11 never happened or that man never walked on the moon. They shouldn’t be as gullible as was your columnist. seth Goldschlager adviser, safra sa Geneva, switzerland
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by MuRRay Meld
Yiddish goes back more than a thousand years to when Jews, who came with Julius Caesar’s legions, began to settle in Germany’s Rhineland. Besides the everyday Latin dialects, they brought with them their languages of ritual and prayer, their loshn-kodesh, Hebrew and Aramaic. As they began to hear and use dialects of German in the marketplace and with neighbors, the result became the root-stock of Yiddish. Moving east into areas of Poland and Russia, they added Slavic words and phrases, and when later transplanted across the ocean, American idioms, slang and nuances. The following folk saying shows double Yiddish irony. First, it points out the prevalence of poverty and the infrequency of opportunities to eat chicken. Second, the chicken would not be edible in any case since, being sick, it wouldn’t be kosher:
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From left to right, Anne Israel, Sara Eskenazi, Rose Liberman, Rae Barroh, and Mary Ross, all residents at the Summit at First Hill retirement community, made pumpkin bourekas for Rosh Hashanah dinner at a cooking class taught by the Summit’s executive chef, Michael Rogozinski.
torah day school’s new home
It was a scramble, but weeks before the school year began the Torah Day School signed the lease to take over a facility that had been shuttered by the Seattle School District. But they’re in now and they’ve got room to grow.
the first Jewish baby of the New year
Though she had her parents worried she’d be too early, Washington State’s first Jewish baby of 5771 actually arrived for them a couple days late. But she was right on time for the New Year — just after sunset, in fact!
“Oyb an orem mentsh hot a hun gegesn, muzn zey beyde geven krank.”
If a poor person ate a chicken, both must have been sick. My mother would take a market hen to the rabbi for an eytse (opinion) if she saw something questionable upon opening it. I don’t ever recall a rejection.
Jews on the ballot: Randy gordon
He was appointed last year as senator for the 41st district, which covers Mercer Island and parts of Bellevue and Renton. Now he’s in a tough race to hold onto his seat. Read about Gordon’s first official run for political office.
Eliminating the J-word
The acronym for the derogatory term Jewish American Princess is a painful word for Asian Americans as well. So the two communities got together to do something about stopping its use.
Jew-ish in print: the Autumn edition Remember when
From the Jewish Transcript, September 13, 1984 Hadassah national president Frieda Lewis appears at a San Francisco rally, on behalf of Soviet Jewry.
An architecture contest — for building a sukkah! Also, a conversation with the creator of an anthology written by Orthodox lesbians, and Tel Aviv’s growing bike culture. Plus, some really, really bad poetry.
the yom Kippur sermon that saved soviet Jews
When Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel gave a Yom Kippur sermon that asked American Jews to do more than sit idly by while Soviet Jews suffered, people finally began to listen. Author Gal Beckerman has a book coming out about the movement, and writes about it here.
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One of the girls’ classes at Torah Day school spells out shana tova — have a good year — on their new playground.
Torah Day school finds new digs — in the nick of time
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When the Torah Day School of Seattle’s plans to move into the historic Columbia City Public School collapsed last April due to the city’s need for space, they waited, hoping they could complete the move in time for the 2010-2011 school year. This summer, just two weeks before the August 30 start of school, TDS signed a three-year lease with the Seattle Public School District and scrambled, with the help of more than 50 parent, staff, and community volunteers, to spruce up the 1920s-era school, located in the heart of the trendy Columbia City neighborhood, just west of Rainier Avenue South. Vacant since November 2009, the grounds were somewhat unkempt, but the neighbors pitched in and welcomed them with open arms. “They’re really nice,” said Rabbi Sheftel Skaist, head of school at TDS. “We had a couple of families who were out there on one of our play yards and they volunteered to clean it up. It was wonderful to see that the local community views this as something that they’d like to take care of.” Currently in its fifth year of operation, the Orthodox Jewish day school now occupies a facility that spans a 3.2-acre square block of land, and is equipped with Internet connections, 13 classrooms, a gym, a library, a beit midrash study area, a lunchroom, an organic garden with a greenhouse, and multiple play areas where
students can let out all of their pent-up physical energy during their day of rigorous, dual-curriculum studies. “We have a completely covered outdoor area that can fit our entire school at once,” Skaist said. The school-age children have plenty of areas for play and sports, while the preschool has a dedicated playground as well. TDS’s 1st and 2nd grades are co-ed, and the 3rd grade may or may not be, depending upon the class, but grades 4 through 8 grades are separated by gender. They use what Skaist calls a “blendedgrades” model. “We look at not only a student’s age,
but also their academic abilities and their emotional development,” said Skaist. “Then, we group them based on a number of criteria. It just depends on where they fall developmentally.” Half of the school day is devoted to general studies, and the other half to Jewish studies, where students learn from the classic Jewish texts including the Torah, prophets, and Jewish law. In TDS’s previous location, a converted elder-care facility, the common area was a cafeteria-style space that doubled as a lunchroom and an indoor recess area. As enrollment increased, however, even that
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First baby of 5771 arrives, right after sunset
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Oftentimes when we’re searching for the first baby of the New Year, it’s pretty clear-cut who the winner is. So when we got word that the Rabbi Zevi and his wife Leeba Goldberg, who run Chabad of Snohomish County, had had a baby boy on the Friday morning following Rosh Hashanah, we thought we had our (little) man. But it turns out that Jessica Pearlman had the Goldbergs beat, by a day and a half, and hardly an hour and a half after the sunset the New Year began. And that’s how Ilia Cecile Pearlman Oliver entered the world as the first Jewish baby of 5771 in Washington State. Ilia was born in her own home on Sept. 8 at 8:44 p.m., weighing 8 pounds, 4 ounces. So far, everything’s going great, said new mom Jessica. “I think it’s awesome,” said Pearlman about Ilia’s status as the first. “There’s something about the fact that she threatened to come at 29-1/2 weeks, then waited to come at the beginning of 5771…. It’s the neatest thing.” Labor, as Pearlman put it, depended upon how you count it: It took either three hours or 11 weeks and three hours, because she started having contractions 11 weeks early and there was some fear the baby would come prematurely. But Ilia held out even past her due date by two days. What makes the timely arrival all the more surprising is that at eight months of pregnancy, her family moved to Capitol Hill. Pearlman was on bed rest, however, so her husband, Tony Oliver, had to deal with the movers. Still, she said, “there was a lot of concern Ilia would come simultaneously with the moving.” Ilia doesn’t come into the world alone. In addition to her mom and dad, she’s also got a very proud and excited big sister, Mian, who turns 4 in November. “She’s been great, she’s really thrilled,” said Pearlman of her older daughter. “She was the one who was lobbying for a sibling for a long time.” Regardless of whether Ilia was the first Jewish baby of the year, the significance of her coming on Rosh HashaJESSiCa PEaRLMaN nah still means a lot to Pearlman. Three-year-old Mian shows off her new baby sister Ilia, “Every Rosh Hashanah I’ll be the first Jewish baby of 5771. thinking about the birth and what think about him,” she said. the experience was like,” Pearlman said. Pearlman, a partner at the law firm The High Holidays already have a bitterK&L Gates, said she’d probably return to sweet tinge in the cycle of Pearlman’s famiwork in about six months. She also sits ly’s life — when she was in high school, her on the board of Hillel at the University of grandfather died on Yom Kippur. Washington. “I always remember him then and
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Jews on the ballot: randy Gordon
eRic nuSbauM assistant Editor, JTNews
Early in Randy Gordon’s appointment to the State Senate in Olympia, he was asked, “Where do your values come from?” by a fellow senator. Gordon showed the senator into his office, where he keeps a 19-volume set of the Talmud. Gordon (D-41), an attorney and adjunct law professor at Seattle University, lives in Bellevue and is an active member of Temple B’nai Torah. While he does not cross-check each individual vote with Talmudic law, Gordon cites his Jewish values as definitive — they are both the motivation for and the foundation of his public service. Gordon’s appointment came about in a whirlwind when former Senator Fred Jarrett vacated his seat in order to serve as Deputy King County Executive. Gordon joined the Senate on the second day of its 2010 session. “I was appointed one day, sworn in the next day, the second day of session, and I escorted the governor to the State of the State address by lunch,” Gordon said. But in the excitement, Gordon made League of King County, it a point to maintain his the highest possible. focus on the issues and “I’m asking the his work. people to let me carry “One of the stories out on,” Gordon said. The of the Talmud I’m always 41st district Senate race reminded of is of a fellow will elect a candidate to who is busy planting a serve two years — the tree and he’s told the remainder of the term Messiah has come. The begun by Jarrett in 2009. advice of the Talmud is Gordon believes the disto finish planting the tree trict deserves continuity and then go and check,” in representation — and Gordon said. “There’s that after learning a great a value in attending to deal in 2010, he will the things at hand and enter his second session then focusing on the in the Senate even more moment.” WaSH. SENaTE prepared. He says this practice, state senator randy Gordon, D-41. But when it comes to along with his experience legislation, don’t expect any changes from as a trial lawyer, is helping him handle the an elected as opposed to the appointed rigors of his first-ever election campaign. Gordon. Gordon believes that although he was “You’re not going to find a lot of inner appointed to his office and is campaigning torment in me,” Gordon said. “I went for the first time, he is doing so as a true through the session with the decisions I incumbent. He cites the “Outstanding” was making being the right decisions for rating he was awarded by the Municipal people. I believe that that’s the essence of our faith, which is — and there’s an old poem that says it — that we serve God best when serve each other.” Gordon was the primary sponsor of seven bills and a co-sponsor of 22 others during the 2010 term. Among the bills on which he was a primary sponsor were provisions on school safety, infant and toddler early intervention, foreclosure regulation, and training for electrical workers. Gordon’s first Senate term is likely to be remembered for the drawn-out budget negotiations that forced legislators to remain in Olympia for a special session. Less likely to be remembered is that the extra session fell during Passover. Gordon voted for the final budget but not before a brief excursion to the East Coast. “I let the majority leader know I was going to spend time with my family for Passover,” he said. A few votes were shifted around for the sake of Gordon and other legislators with family obligations
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When Noah Sarkowsky came home with a Seymour Kaplan Humanitarian Award from Seattle’s Coe Elementary School, he not only generated kudos from his family, but some curiosity as well. He pointed out to his parents, Stacy Lawson and Steve Sarkowsky, that his certificate was signed by Art Siegal, who Stacy realized was the same Art Siegal she and her family have known for years. She also figured out that Seymour Kaplan was the husband of Sara Kaplan, a beloved teacher of hers at Franklin High School. (Sara currently lives at the Kline Galland Home.) Seeing all these familiar names on the award gave her a nice feeling of community and connection, but it also made her wonder about the award. “I just didn’t realize there was this award, and what it meant,” she says of the Seattle School District honor named for the Northwest’s Anti-Defamation League director, who served from 1956 until his death in 1975. Calling Art to find out more left her thinking the award’s original meaning may be getting lost. “It’s not just about being nice,” he said, “it’s about where you stick your head out,” something Sey (as he was called) was definitely willing to do. According to his son, Magnolia resident David Kaplan, Sey was attuned to injustice at a young age. He joined the Navy as an officer during World War II, in part to fight the anti-Semitism he heard pervaded the military. After the war and college he wound up as an ADL intern in Columbus, Ohio, where he met Sara, who worked for Hillel. (David recalls his mom joking, “It wasn’t a marriage, it was a merger.”) Moving to Seattle in the mid-1950s, Sey became active in the civil rights movement. He helped integrate the local carpenter’s union and led an anti-Soviet protest at the Spokane World’s Fair. It was “very impor-
tant to him…to be a role model,” remembers David, and he carried this inscription in his wallet: “Judaism is not something you are, it’s something you do.” He and Sara were founding members of Temple Beth Am. The award gives David a nice sense of community, too. He tries to attend award ceremonies at both Blaine and Lowell Elementary schools at the minimum, and has made unexpected connections with award winners over the years. “One of the things that has been very cool for me is to run into people who
committee responsible for creating a suitable memorial. A member of both B’nai B’rith and the ADL board at the time, he and his committee believed, as Sey did, that prejudice was a bad habit formed young. “We decided on a schoolage memorial for students who exemplified” Kaplan’s actionoriented attitude. Leaving each school to choose winners, Art says he arranged for B’nai B’rith to underwrite it. “It’s been going on ever since.” When I first spoke to Stacy, she wondered if the award itself would survive another generation. That’s probably not a concern for the near term. Art says the costs of the award — about $500 a year for certificates and plaques — are still covered by the B’nai B’rith Foundation (of which he is treasurer). However, he points out that since local philanthropist Jack Spitzer died in 2004, “there hasn’t been a fundraiser” for this group. “My dad was one of those people who believed…it wasn’t enough to care, you had to act,” David says. So Seattle public school parents, let your principal know you know the value of the award so we can carry it forward. Group Health nephrologist Dr. Ilan Zawadzki has been twice nominated by his peers as one of Seattle’s best doctors (Seattle Metropolitan Magazine and Seattle Magazine), but he modestly takes this in stride. “It’s always nice to be recognized,” he says, but “a lot of great docs that I work with aren’t on the list. Not being on the list doesn’t mean you’re not a great doctor.” Kidney disease is on the rise in this country, says Ilan, who is both a clinician
and researcher. “A lot of people are walking around with some degree of kidney disease,” usually undiagnosed. A simple blood test can show early symptoms, but is not part of routine physicals. “It’s been looked at whether it makes sense on a nationwide basis to screen for it,” he says.
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Anyone with high blood pressure should be screened, of course, and obesity may play a role. “If you do have [high blood pressure], keep it controlled. Exercise, be as active as you can,” he prescribes. And don’t ignore kidney trouble if you have it. Born in Israel and raised on Long Island, Ilan moved to Seattle to attend medical school at the University of Washington. He and his wife Patty Blount have three kids, Miriam, Jonathan and Benjamin, and are all active members of Congregation Herzl-Ner Tamid. This summer they had had the enjoyable experience of hosting two Ethiopian students from Kiryat Malachi. One of the students was featured on a recent cover of this paper.
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eliminating the “J-word”
Joel Magalnick editoR, JTNews.net
The whole thing started with a comedian. Cory Kahaney is creator of and a performer in “The J.A.P. Show,” a stage act of Jewish comediennes whose routines cover the vagaries of growing older, but in a Jewish context, while occasionally mining the stereotype of neurotic, gold-digging and fashion-centric Jewish women. Plenty of Jews are familiar with the pejorative term, which stands for Jewish American Princess. But that wasn’t the case for the people of Asian descent who took exception to the “J-word” when they saw promotional materials for Kahaney’s appearance at last year’s Seattle Jewish Film Festival. They had translated the reference as Jap, a slur that, especially in this region, brings painful reminders of the Japanese internment camps that dotted the American West during World War II. “We were very regretful that this happened, and so we really saw this as an opportunity to move forward and discuss this term that really isn’t used very much anymore,” said Wendy Rosen, executive director of the Seattle chapter of the American Jewish Committee. The AJC runs the film festival. “The Japanese community considers it very hurtful, but the Jewish community, too, considers it a disparaging term.” So a group of representatives from several Asian communities and the Jewish community banded together last year to do something about the term. What emerged from discussions between the two groups — the Jewish community, represented mainly by the AJC, and the Asian Pacific Island Coalition of King County, which works with more than 100 local organizations — was a joint statement released on Sept. 1 to try to eliminate the term from the lexicon. “Between the Jewish and Asian Pacific communities, we unanimously agreed that we find the use of the ‘J-word’ in any form — with or without punctuation marks — to be reprehensible, disrespectful and insulting,” reads the statement in part. As a call to action, its signers pledge to create “teachable moments” and take appropriate action “when we encounter usage of the term.” Though the word is much more prevalent on the East Coast than on the West, “when we talked to people both in our dialogue and in our experiences about the term in the Jewish community, when it’s used and when it was used historically, there wasn’t sensitivity, a heightened awareness of the hurtful term to the Japanese community,” said Bettie Luke, who represents APIC and co-chaired the committee to create the statement. So while the campaign is beginning here, the signatories hope to take it to a national level. “People have to understand how hurtful that term is to the Japanese-American community,” said Jon Bridge, a board president of the local AJC in the late 1980s. He said he signed the statement for that reason, but also because “it brings up a very embarrassing stereotype that we should not be emphasizing in our community.” Bridge also drew on historical similarities between the two peoples as a reason to sign the statement: During his leadership tenure, the AJC was among the first non-Japanese organizations to pressure then-Rep. Mike Lowry (D-7th) to back the Japanese-American Reparation Act of 1988. The act was signed by President Reagan and gave redress to individuals and families interned during World War II. The national AJC organization eventually signed on to the legislation as well, which was similar to the reparations Jews received from the German government following the Holocaust. “That’s not to draw any distinct likenesses to the end treatment of the individuals, but nevertheless, economically, the Japanese Americans were treated… very similarly to the way the Jews were in Europe,” Bridge said. With the statement now in circulation, the next step is the outreach and education.
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Invite the immigrant into your sukkah
MaRtin WeSteRMan JTNews Columnist
As Americans repeat their centuriesold folly of inflaming anti-immigrant passions, we might remind ourselves that the Torah commands us 36 separate times to love or provide for the stranger. That’s more than for Shabbat, sacrifices, Yom Kippur, or kashrut. It’s a good idea to recall this Torah commandment at Sukkot, when it’s a mitzvah to invite families, friends, neighbors and even sukkah-less strangers to our booths. We were strangers once in the Land of Egypt, and God, Moses and our rabbinic sages apparently don’t want us making the same mistakes with strangers that the ancient Egyptians made with us. Torah commandments are made to set ideals for us. We’re fear- and scarcitydriven animals, whose intellects (cerebral cortex) are constantly wrestling with our fight-or-flight lizard brains (amygdala). This leads us to often act irrationally. But our intellects are determined and persistent, and over the millennia, they’ve led us past superstition and brutality to wiser places. For example, we don’t pronounce death sentences on recalcitrant sons (Ki Tetze), or on people who plant two different crops in the same field, wear garments made from two different kinds of thread (Lev.19:19), or violate the Sabbath. We no longer kill or banish men for trimming their hair (Lev. 19:27), or trading clothes with women (Ki Tetze). And we don’t keep slaves (Lev. 25:44), or sell our daughters into slavery (Exodus 21:7). Curiously, the Torah ignores female homosexual relationships, but it does condemn male ones — once (Lev. 18:22). But as genetic research advances, we pursue justice, exercise kindness to strangers, and increasingly view these relationships as unremarkable, intellect may lead us past this “hot-button issue,” as it did with earlier ones. It’s a good thing: We need to focus on how we’ll survive on this climate-challenged planet. The key to survival is re-imagining our social contract. It’s the invitation behind every commandment in the Torah — how can we choose to better relate to and work with each other? Currently, we see everything in economic terms, as in, “It’s the economy, stupid!” But it’s really the people in each economy who create the impacts on our planet. People are the bottom line. Until recently, economists magically separated the economy from its social and ecological consequences, rejecting them as “externalities” with no bearing on business. Now we know better. Our new perspective, “sustainable business,” promotes a “triple bottom line” of equity, ecology and economy. It is possible in business, as Starbucks, Nike, 3M, Costco, REI, Patagonia, and hundreds of other companies have shown, to treat people well and reduce environmental impact. But to be a sustainable business, a firm must stay in business. Though societal responsibilities are spelled out in every corporation’s charter, profit concerns still trump people and planet for most of them. Businesses are also hampered by their sizes: The more national or global the enterprise, the less its owners, executives and managers connect with local, social and environmental consequences. But the more local and regional the business, the more it connects with people and planet. Do you see a pattern here? One way to re-imagine the social contract is by “voting with your dollars.” This supports local and regional enterprises that take good care of the people and places where they do business. We’re bound in Judaism to pursue justice and do mitzvot. What are the incentives for such good behavior? Potentially, more civic engagement, less pollution and illness, better uses of resources, more jobs, more local investment. In short, better lives for us all. Another way to help reimagine, and engage in the social contract is by joining the tikkun olam or social action committee at your temple or synagogue. Other opportunities are posted by the Reform, Reconstructionist, Conservative and Orthodox movements. They have all initiated offices or resource centers to promote earth-healing actions. Several independent Jewish organizations also promote them. Consider contributing time and/or dollars to: • American Jewish World Service (www.ajws.org), dedicated to alleviating poverty, hunger and disease among people across the globe, • COEJL (www.coejl.org), the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life, which creates distinctively Jewish responses to the environmental crisis, • Hazon (www.hazon.org) working to create a healthier and more sustainable Jewish community and world for all, and • Repair the World (www.werepair.org), working to make service to those in need a defining part of American Jewish life. The sukkah’s-eye view makes the world seem simple and clear. To paraphrase the shema and Ki Tavo: Be kind to the earth, and it will be kind to you. You are the key — and how kind you are to others.
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Welcoming our heavenly guests
Dear Rivy, As I prepare to celebrate the holiday of Sukkot I have been exploring the various customs, and I’ve become intrigued by the ritual of Ushpizin, the inviting of supernal beings as guests to the sukkah. From what I have read it sounds like quite the magical mystery tour. Where did this idea come from and what is its significance? Is this a must? Is there an explicit text to this ritual? Is there a specific way to invite them? I am hoping there is a “big idea” here, otherwise it seems a bit off the rational path, maybe even bordering on the — dare I say it — spooky. Please enlighten me!
Rivy poupko kletenik JTNews Columnist
Though many of us are deep in the menu planning and the lists of actual guests, I applaud your diverting our attention to the other kinds of guests, the Ushpizin. To a certain degree, they offer less of a challenge to the host: No food allergies, no fussy tastes — they tend to be mostly punctual and never overstay their welcome. Given that, however, we have much to explore here. First, a word about the word Ushpizin: Not originally a Hebrew word, it is one of those rare four-letter roots, perhaps meaning either to be a guest and to host. Inter-
estingly, it shares the same origin as the Latin hospes, as in hospitality and hospital. In Hebrew, these seven guests are called Ushpizin, which besides the name of a wellknown Israeli film, means, in a version of the root as well, l’ashpez, to be hospitalized. The practice of Ushpizin, inviting heavenly beings, is well-known and accepted. The text for the practice is found in many holiday prayer books, though some people’s practice avoids this custom, eschewing its mystical nature. Those who do embrace the custom ritually invite Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moshe, Aaron, Joseph and David each time they eat a meal in the sukkah. This practice is first found in the Zohar. There we learn that when we sit in the sukkah, the Divine Presence spreads itself over us and Abraham, along with the other righteous guests who arrive to sit with us. This is indicative of our elevated connection to God as we sit in the sukkah. This ritual of dwelling in the sukkah represents a tangible demonstration of our faith in the Almighty. Ironically, we feel secure and confident during the year in our safe, protected homes. Not to
get everyone paranoid here, but this is an illusion — a huge pitfall and false sense of confidence we easily succumb to. Indeed, our material goods and comforts lead us to become haughty and forget that in truth by the grace of God go we. This genuine, perhaps latent, and unexpressed concern should cause us constant distress during the year — if we would pause to reflect. On Sukkot we are suddenly catapulted into being unshielded by the walls of our sheltering abodes and therefore have the joy of dwelling within the pure state of trust and joy in our Maker; we cannot help but feel the precariousness of our being. There is no false sense of security in those shaky sukkah walls. This is true dwelling in the gentle protective shadow of faith. According to the Zohar, our holy guests, which accompany the Shechinah, the Divine Presence, is even hinted at in the scriptural verse, “You shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are citizens in Israel shall dwell in booths” — this is not at all evident in the English translation. In the Hebrew the verb “you should dwell” in the second phrase differs from the way it appears in the second phrase. The first is teshvu — in second person, while the latter is “yeshvu” — in the third person, indicating there are two who dwell; the first, the mystical guests and the second, all of Israel in the here and now. Rabbi Hamnuna the Elder, as the Zohar continues to detail, would stand at the door of his sukkah and actually verbally invite in these lofty visitors. Here are the words from the Zohar describing rabbi Hamnuna’s practice:
Let us invite the guests and prepare a table and he used to stand up and greet them, saying, “In booths we shall dwell,” sit most exalted guests, sit, sit guests of faith, sit. Happy is our portion and only then would he sit. This greeting of the guests, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moshe, Aaron, Joseph and David, must include the specific names, fully articulated with great joy and delight, adjures the Zohar. This is because each new day brings a new guest. Though the guests each appear each night together, they each take turns leading the others as the week progresses and each deserves to be greeted with tremendous joy! On the first night, Abraham is the lead guest, on the second night Isaac, on the third night, Jacob takes the lead, and so on. However, the subsequent guests are the
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subject of a small dispute: There is a discussion about the order of the guests after Jacob. One opinion holds that the order of the guests is determined by age, in that at a meal we honor the oldest and most venerated guest with the seat of most honor. We know that Abraham is oldest, followed Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moshe, Aaron, and David. However, another opinion holds that the order is determined by wisdom — this seating is less about sharing a meal and more about a counsel of sorts, thereby resulting in placing Moshe and Aaron before Joseph and then finishing with David. That order would then be Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moshe, Aaron, Joseph and David. A Sephardic practice even goes so far as to provide a symbolic, fully decorated chair in honor of the guests, not unlike the chair of Elijah at a brit milah. There are those who light seven candles in honor of the guests as well. Now for the “big ideas” of Ushpizin: One notion central to the holiday of Sukkot is the responsibility to feed the hungry, either as guests in our homes or with foods provided before the holiday that are sent on to the homes of the needy. In the same passage where the Zohar describes our pious guests from the beyond, it instructs us to also gladden the poor, “for the portion of these seven guests must be given to the poor.” Truly, it is easy enough to stand at the entrance of the sukkah and to invite each of these holy guests by name and to even prepare a decorated chair in the sukkah to symbolize their presence, but as always, our tradition is consistent in its expectations of all of us to never forget those that do not have food for their table. Perhaps we might institute a yearly “Ushpizin” campaign to feed the hungry. Big idea number two: Each of the Ushpizin guests personify character traits to which we must all aspire. Abraham represents loving kindness; Isaac, strength; Jacob, glory; Joseph, holiness; Moshe, eternity; Aaron, splendor; and David, royalty. It’s not all easy to grasp but something to ponder about on each evening. What would it look like to embody the trait of that day? Who else are examples of these values? In what way might we nurture these values in ourselves and others? Finally, perhaps the biggest idea of all: What does it mean to create a family, a home, a sukkah to which our holy forefathers would be feasible guests? Now there’s a challenge for each of us!
Rivy Poupko Kletenik is an internationally renowned educator and Head of School at the Seattle Hebrew Academy. If you have a question that’s been tickling your brain, send Rivy an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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By Eric Nusbaum By definition the sukkah is an inauspicious structure. Its origins are in the makeshift huts built by biblical Israelites for temporary shelter as they fled slavery in Egypt. The laws dictating its construction — three walls, an organic roof that leaves the visible sky—lend themselves to the ephemeral, and to the pastoral imagination. Perhaps this is why the sukkah was such an intuitive place for Adam Newman to turn to in the months after he graduated from the University of Oregon’s School of Architecture and Allied Arts in June. Newman, a Bellevue native and Northwest Yeshiva High School graduate, sought a personal challenge and professional kick-start. Newman and his friend Jacob Schaeperkoetter-Cochran, a product ion designer, had decided to try their hand at an architecture competition. After browsing blogs and architecture magazines, they came across Sukkah City, a competition in which entrants were tasked with radically re-imagining the sukkah within biblical constraints. A dozen winners would have their renderings built and displayed in Union Square Park in New York. For Newman, Sukkah City was an immediate draw. He was well-versed in the holiday of Sukkot, but had never considered the unconventional possibilities that came with the humble dwelling associated with the holiday. “The sukkah that I had growing up was a blue tarp and 2x4s from Home Depot,” Newman said. However, it was not the sukkah that presented Newman’s first challenge, but the assembling of a team. In a recession economy, the prospect of devoting one’s first months after finishing school to something besides job-hunting seemed especially foolish — especially when that something is working,
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uncompensated, to enter a design competition with no financial reward, if indeed they were to win. “‘You don’t have a job, you’re all moving in a couple months, you’re not going to get a full 9-to-5 now,’” Newman told his cohorts. “‘What else can you do that’s better, professionally and socially?’” The plea worked. Logan Steinfeld, a product designer, and Drew Hastings, an architect, joined Newman and Schaeperkoetter-Cochran to round out the Portland-based team. w Page 3
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Navigating the difficult road of sexuality and Orthodoxy
By Joel Magalnick In the shadow of the polarizing world of same-sex marriage and California’s Proposition 8, real people grappling with real issues about their sexuality are often overlooked. One such subgroup that has largely flown under the radar has been Orthodox Jewish lesbians. As Miryam Nabakov, who came to Seattle on tour for the anthology she edited, Keep Your Wives Away from Them, can attest, establishing her identity while remaining true to tradition has not been easy. The book features stories and histories of many Orthodox lesbians, some of who wrote pseudonymously to keep their secret lives from communities still coming to grips with the reality of homosexuality. It’s the first book of its kind, and was one Nabakov first envisioned more than 25 years ago. Acceptance of gays and lesbians in the Orthodox world has been fleeting at best, and in many cases has resulted in discrimination or even the casting out of individuals who have come out of the closet. Most objections to homosexuality come from a single line in the Torah of a prohibition of a man lying with another man. The only reference to women is Talmudic, and doesn’t specifically prohibit sexual acts. “If you’re an Orthodox lesbian, that’s a little bit more comforting, but it doesn’t answer the question, ‘Is this okay?’” Nabakov said. “The way I understand it is that God is compassionate, we weren’t created this way for no reason, and if you can’t change, then you can’t.” Nabakov had first-hand knowledge of being asked to change — when her sexual orientation became clear to her, the rabbis she consulted suggested she follow a prescribed path to right herself. “The theory was that when you become a mature woman, that means you that will be attracted to men,” she said. She followed her rabbis’ advice. One suggested she work with children to become more in tune with her feminine side. “I spent a year working with kids in Israel,” Nabakov said. “It was a life-altering experience and I grew tremendously, but at the end of that year I didn’t become straight. I just became more of who I was.” Nabakov’s continual questioning eventually brought her to a place in which she accepted she was gay but needed to continue to embrace living within Jewish law, and that there would sometimes be natural tensions between the two. “I loved the tradition too much to just say it doesn’t belong to me anymore. I did believe that it did belong to me and I still believe that it does,” she said. She said people question her all the Miryam Nabakov, editor time about hold- Them. ing onto a tradition that would seem to not want her. “What people don’t get about Orthodoxy is it’s very joyous, and it’s kind of intoxicating in a certain way. The prayer is very meditative,” she said. “The whole thing is just very joyous in many ways and it fills your life with meaning.” That makes up about 90 percent of her experience. The other 10 percent is the intolerance she encounters.
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“I’m not giving up everything that I love because of that 10 percent or because of that one line in the Torah,” she said. “It just doesn’t make sense to me.” Nabakov and her partner were married, with a traditional-style wedding, though the two have different definitions of the document that sealed their union. What her partner saw as a ketubah Nabakov saw as a contract bound by the strictures of Jewish law.
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Finally, just before the deadline, they submitted their DialogueBox. The final design turned out to be a merger of narrative inspiration and practical inclination. Newman cited the dialogue between endurance and struggle and the concept of transition. The interior walls are warped and slanted to symbolize the turmoil of persecution and the exterior walls dissipate vertically to draw one’s eyes and thoughts skyward. They also chose to design their sukkah to be even more affordable and transportable than the competition regulations required. The DialogueBox design is fully collapsible and, as Newman described it, “super portable.” The project team estimates its cost at $1,500 — far less than the $10,000 budget set by competition organizers. Copyrights are pending as well. DialogueBox was not among the dozen sukkahs selected for construction in Union Square on Sept. 19-20. But that is hardly discouraging when considering the competition. Sukkah City organizer Joshua Foer said they received more than 600 sukkah entries from 43 countries — Lebanon, Kazakhstan, Egypt, Venezuela, and Malaysia among them. Newman said he would still like to see the sukkah constructed. Schaeperkoetter-Cochran on the other hand, would simply like to try his hand at sitting inside a sukkah and observing Sukkot. “I believe it can be interpreted in a really current fashion,” he said.
“The whole wedding was just based on Orthodox tradition, but I didn’t think it was halachically binding except for the documents,” she said. “It was just great, and it infused our relationship with all the values that I grew up with.” Her experience has been different from many of the Orthodox lesbians she has met, but because of a support group she ran for gay Jewish women, she was able to create a safe space that allowed acknowledgement of their sexuality while maintaining the connection to tradition. This safe space is one of the goals of her book tour as well, which she called the “You are not alone” tour. In each city she visits, she is trying to speak in both a Jewish space and a non-Jewish space that can be that neutral place. “I want to be able to have Orthodox people meet each other,” she said. “Because how do they meet?” An event earlier this summer has shown that the tide against acceptance of gay and lesbian Orthodox Jews may be slowly turning. In July, two months after Nabakov’s book came out, Rabbi Nathan Helfgot of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah rabbinical school in New York released a “Statement of Principles on the Place of Jews With a Homosexual Orientation in Our Community.” The document was signed by more than 90 Orthodox rabbis. The gist of the statement is that all humans are created in the image of God and it is unacceptable to treat any person differently because of sexual orientation. It notes that while homosexual acts are forbidden, orientation and sexual attraction are not. The statement also
called therapies that attempt to change sexual orientation “either ineffective or potentially damaging psychologically for many patients.” The statement discouraged same-sex relationships while recommending full acceptance of children of gay or lesbian couples. Though it was a public acknowledgment that has not really been made before, the statement was not universally well-received. “It is simple to use halakhah as an excuse not to ask these challenging questions about ethics, human dignity, and how we relate to those who are different than us. But those of us who know that halakhah is not stagnant and is always open to reinterpretation can see that this statement has a way to go before it actually treats gay and lesbian people as human beings who are truly created in the Image of God,” wrote Rabbi Haviva Ner-David for Zeek magazine. Nabakov said she appreciated the statement, but stopped short of a whole-hearted endorsement. “A lot of people think it’s pathetic, or don’t get why it’s a good thing or it’s been a move,” Nabakov said. “But there’s a lot in there that I thought was good. Just the fact that we put it out there was good.”
For more information on Keep Your Wives Away From Them and local support groups being set up by Nabakov, visit www.keepyourwivesawayfromthem.com.
Sukkah City v Page 1 Before the brainstorming could begin, however, Steinfeld, Hastings, and Schaeperkoetter-Cochran had one more task: Since the three were not Jewish, they would need to learn a thing or two about Sukkot. “I had no idea what a sukkah was,” said Schaeperkoetter-Cochran. They conducted a great deal of research, learning the history and the legal requirements. “They really wanted to understand what Sukkot was all about instead of just make something that looks cool,” Newman said. The result was a mutual sense of history and of place. The team became motivated by the universality of the sukkah concept — that the story of persecution and of survival is not just a Jewish one, and that all people could benefit from time inside a sukkah. “I felt like I was more conscious of where I was physically, the space that I was in,” said Schaeperkoetter-Cochran. “I could relate it to what I was doing — how you had to be able to feel the rain through the roof.” The team then went straight to work. They treated the competition as a full-time job. The foursome sat for hours at a time, making a home of Floyd’s coffee shop in Southeast Portland, consulting with a rabbi on halachic issues when needed, and powered through the days and nights fueled by caffeine and cigarettes.
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By Josh Cohen The thought of a world-class bicycling city brings to mind images of safe, dedicated bike lanes brimming with bicyclists in Copenhagen or Amsterdam. Americans might think of Portland, Ore., where business people, chic hipsters, and families line up at the lights, bike tire to bike tire, on their daily commutes. Few people, if any, would likely think of Tel Aviv in the same bike-centric context. But with plans for a public bike-share program and increasing grassroots advocacy efforts, Tel Aviv is laying the groundwork necessary to one day be a high-quality bicycling city. On paper, Tel Aviv holds enormous potential. The city is compact, it is flat as a pancake, and it has a warm, Mediterranean climate. According to nonprofit bike advocacy group Israel Bicycle Association director Yotam Avizohar, riding a bike in Tel Aviv also makes more sense than driving, because driving a car is so difficult. “There is a very serious problem with congestion and a lack of parking for cars,” said Avizohar. “There are more than 1 million cars entering and leaving the city every day, but only a few hundred thousand parking spaces. The bicycle is a great solution for many residents.” Tel Aviv city officials are hoping to capitalize on the bicycle as a transportation solution when they roll out their public bike share program next year. According to the daily newspaper Haaretz, the Tel Aviv-approved plan is to build a bike-share program similar to the popular Vélib’ program in Paris, France. Bike shares are short-term bike rental programs that typically allow users to borrow bikes from an outdoor corral for a nominal hourly fee. They are meant to be used for short trips (which bike-shares often encourage by offering the first half-hour of riding for free), and are often ridden the final mile
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and a decrease in the number of injuries. We want to see more people riding to work, more children riding to school.” Avizohar says in just the last two months they worked with local legislators to pass a bill requiring public buildings to provide indoor bicycle parking. “Now every residence building and public building will supply a room for parking your bike. Bike theft is really a major problem in Tel Aviv, but indoor parking will be one of the solutions to meet the challenge.” In the past year, the IBA also worked with Tel Aviv police to set up bike theft sting operations with GPS-embedded bikes. The stings led police to some of the major bike thieves in the city and have had “some positive impact” according to Avizohar. Now, the advocacy group is working to pass a bill that would encourage multi-modal transportation by allowing bikes onto trains, require municipalities to develop bike lanes, encourage businesses to provide showers for bicycling employees, and provide economic incentives for employees to ride to work. The bill has passed the first of three readings in the legislature and Avizohar is confident it will make it through the next two. The IBA’s efforts have clearly had an effect. Ten years ago, only 2 percent of trips in the center city were taken by bikes. Now, more than 15 percent of trips are made by bike. Tel Aviv has a ways to go before it can be ranked alongside Europe’s major cycling cities (where over a third of the population rides every day). But with active advocates, an enthusiastic and responsive government, and phenomenal bicycling conditions, Tel Aviv has all the ingredients to emerge as a world-class bicycling city.
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of a trip from a bus or train station to the user’s destination. Tel Aviv’s program, slated to launch in 2011, will initially offer 2,000 bikes at 150 stations throughout Tel Aviv, with plans to expand to more than 5,000 bikes and 225 stations over the next 10 years. All those inexpensive, readily available bikes would be rendered useless if Tel Aviv’s streets were too dangerous to ride on. Thanks in large part to the efforts of the IBA, Tel Aviv has a growing network of dedicated bicycle paths and bike lanes. The city says they have more than 100km of lanes and paths. And while that’s a solid start (and more miles of lanes than many American cities), Avizohar says not all lanes are equal. “Some of our bike infrastructure is good, some of it is quite lousy,” he says. “Like everywhere,” there is kind of an evolution of bike lanes. At the beginning
the city just painted lines on the sidewalks. There were no guidelines and the Ministry of Transportation knew nothing about bicycle transportation. But the IBA worked with the ministry to draft infrastructure guidelines. In January 2009, the ministry adopted the new guidelines and can now, according to Avizohar, “develop good, professional bike lanes” like the ones you’d find in Europe. In addition to improving the quantity and quality of Tel Aviv’s bike infrastructure, the Israel Bicycle Association is also working to increase bike parking, reduce bike theft, get bikes onto trains and buses, launch a Safe Routes to School program, and increase the overall number of cyclists in the city. “The main goal is not to get a certain number of bike lanes in the city,” Avizohar said. “We want to see an increase in the number of bicyclists,
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As I pick up the chicken The bird begins its journey Around my head. Again and again. I twirl it faster, faster, faster. My sins melt away with each spin With every feather flying Another one releases itself from my heavy heart Faster, faster, faster I have many sins this year For which to atone. And already one for the next, For as I begin the new year with a light heart and a heavy arm I have killed the chicken. I have killed the chicken.
Kapparot is the custom of swinging a live chicken around one’s head at Yom Kippur to allow one’s sins escape through the bird’s mouth. Though opposition to the practice from animal rights activists to religious scholars exists, some traditionalists still do it. This poem somehow lost a bad poetry contest at the site MyJewishLearning.com last year.
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Russian-Israeli pianist Yefim Bronfman’s four-show run with the Seattle Symphony will feature him playing Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2. The concerts will also include Arthur Foote’s Francesca da Rimini and Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 3. Seattle Pacific University Professor Eric Hanson will deliver a pre-show lecture on Brahms one hour prior to the performance. Ticket information online at seattlesymphony.org.
rabbi Yossi Charytan, left, building contractor Fima Kotlyar, alter levitin and Frumi Marasow look on, along with all the students at the Menachem Mendel seattle Cheder, while Tziviah Goldberg cuts the ribbon to let the kids in for their first day at their newly purchased facility in seattle’s Maple leaf neighborhood. so far, the north wing of the art deco-style building has been renovated to get the Chabad school operational, and authorities hope to have the rest of the building complete by next year.
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Jonathan Safran Foer is the author of novels Everything is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. He has also more recently written a book of non-fiction, called Eating Animals, about his exploration of factory farming and subsequent embrace of vegetarianism. Safran Foer will be reading from Eating Animals. At Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave., Seattle. Tickets $5.
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rabbi sarah newmark, a recent graduate of the reconstructionist rabbinical college, lectures on her predecessors in the rabbinate. suggested donations of $10 to $25 go toward the Women’s Torah project. Location Tba. 7 p.m.–9 p.m. — Simchat Sukkot Benefit
206-525-0915 or www.templebetham.org Join Temple beth am for its annual fundraising event in support of its h2r — homeless to renter — program. features guest speaker doreen cato, executive director of first place. requested donation of $18. at Temple beth am, 2632 ne 80th st., seattle.
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Rabbi Fredman at 206-251-4063 celebrate sukkot with pizza and desserts. rsVp requested. at West seattle Torah Learning center, 5121 sW olga st., West seattle. 7–8:30 p.m. — intro to Living Judaism–in the Sukkah
Carol Benedick at 206-524-0075 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.bethshalomseattle.org Learn about beth shalom’s introduction to Judaism class while enjoying a nosh in their sukkah. no charge for this “open sukkah.” rsVp requested. at congregation beth shalom, 6800 35th ave. ne, seattle.
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Lori Weinberg at 206-774-2277 or email@example.com or www.wsjhs.org The Washington state Jewish historical society will elect a new board. features the first lecture in the stan Tobin Lecture series, dr. ellen eisenberg, co-author of the book, Jews of the Pacific Coast: Reinventing Community on America’s Edge. at Temple b’nai Torah, 15727 ne 4th st., bellevue. 4–6 p.m. — J.Team
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“It’s our hope that we can tackle this one at a time — one child at a time, one school at a time, one artist, educator, comedian, filmmaker,” said Rosen. Luke said she sees the outreach as an extension of current curricula that might be similar to Holocaust education, for example. “Hopefully this statement will get educators talking, and get students talking,” she said. “Starting with [curricula] we
already know that exists, we want to bring this to the attention of the schools. Basically, my measure of success is that simply kids can learn to arm themselves with phrases to protect themselves as a beginning step, if they are a victim.” Luke added that having such responses at the ready can be helpful for bystanders that have caused unintended suffering in the past by not speaking out. “There’s too much silence. They say nothing, they do nothing, and that silence is so damaging,” she said.
One organization with experience in teaching the power hateful words can have is the Anti-Defamation League. Hillary Bernstein, director of the Pacific Northwest chapter of the ADL, said their “No Place for Hate” curriculum taught in area schools would integrate the connotations of the term. “To the extent that we can, we are always going to speak out against use of that word and we are going to encourage people to be aware of how hurtful that word can be,” Bernstein said.
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The Yom Kippur sermon that helped spur the soviet Jewry movement
gal beckeRMan JTa World News Service
NEW YORK (JTA) — On a fall day in 1963, Abraham Joshua Heschel unburdened his soul. Speaking the truth without regard for whether it scandalized or hurt was something he would do fairly often in that decade of social upheaval. Already branded as an eccentric and an outsider, that year he had met the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. for the first time, beginning a close friendship that would deepen his involvement in the civil rights movement. The two eventually would offer the most endearing and enduring image of the now long dead black-Jewish alliance when they walked arm and arm to Selma, Ala., in protest, garlands of flowers around their necks. But in September 1963, Heschel’s audience was Jewish — a gathering of rabbis at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. His speech would be read aloud that Yom Kippur at hundreds of congregations across the country. It was a sermon that set in motion one of the great engines of what would soon be known as the Soviet Jewry movement: Guilt. Heschel was angry and ashamed that American Jews were not more engaged in helping their brethren in the Soviet Union. There was mounting evidence that these Jews were stuck in an increasingly untenable situation. Every element of their Jewish identity, from religious life to cultural expression, had been brutally squashed. At the same time, the avenues to assimilation were blocked — if nothing else, their internal passports singled them out for discrimination by identifying them as Jews. The option of abandoning the Soviet Union for good was not even a possibility. Heschel looked at the Jews of America — most of them themselves only two generations removed from the Pale of Settlement — and could not believe they were responding with little more than sadness and resignation “What is called for is not a silent sigh but a voice of moral compassion and indignation, the sublime and inspired screaming of a prophet uttered by a whole community,” Heschel lectured the assembled rabbis. Then he made his most searing argument. This was not the first time that American Jews had been impotent when it came to helping other Jews, Heschel told them. “We have been guilty more than once of failure to be concerned, of a failure to cry out, and failure may have become our habit,” he told them. Heschel was referring, of course, to the Holocaust. And it was effective. Whether or not American Jews deserved to bear this historical burden — whether there was anything more they could have done — is irrelevant. In the early 1960s, just as consciousness of the extent of the genocide was bubbling up, so too was a painful recognition that as millions of their brethren were murdered in Europe, this increasingly stable and prosperous community could hardly organize themselves to put on a single rally. This guilt would blossom into what for some time now has been an obsessive concentration on the Holocaust, one that many have rightly come to see as an extremely corrosive development — the constant memorializing eclipsing so much else about Jewish identity. But what has been forgotten is that before every Jewish community had its own memorial and museum, there was the guilt and the need to do something about it. I’ve been exploring the Soviet Jewry movement over the past five years for a forthcoming book. Throughout its 25-year history, the need to cast away this heavy burden was present at nearly every moment. But I also came to see it as a positive element. American Jews mobilized, went up against an American administration and became a more assertive community partly as a way of clearing their collective conscience. Guilt was present when a group of NASA scientists in Cleveland, Ohio, decided in 1963, after reading the thenslim literature of the Holocaust, that they had to do something for those Soviet Jews now suffering “spiritual genocide” and started the first grass-roots Soviet Jewry group. It was also present in New York the following year at the inaugural mass meeting of what would soon be known as the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry. One of the students offered to sing a ditty he had come up with for their first protest. Its refrain was “History shall not repeat.” Guilt, leavened with anger, also was present in Rabbi Meir Kahane’s slogan “Never again,” when he hijacked the movement in the early 1970s. In 1971 he rallied a thousand young people to be arrested in Washington, D.C., near the Soviet Embassy with the words, “I’m asking you to do today what Jews didn’t do while the gas chambers were burning. Sit down in the streets of Washington.” And in 1987 when a quarter-million people marched in Washington for Soviet Jewry, greeting Gorbachev on his first visit to the United States, guilt dripped from Elie Wiesel’s words: “Too many of us were silent then. We are not silent today.” But this guilt was not about wallowing. It was directed, focused. I heard the same line from the many activists I interviewed for the book: They did not want their children to ask the same question of them that they had asked their parents: What had they done to help Jews during the war? As a result, the movement acted as a sort of catalyst. By cleansing the conscience, it allowed these Jews to be assertive. It emboldened them to act with a confidence they had never before exhibited on American soil. Never was this truer than during the fight for the Jackson-Vanik amendment from 1972 to 1975. The Jewish community went up against the president — and won. They wanted Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger to temper their pursuit of detente and make any improved trade relationship with the Soviets contingent on freer emigration. Here, too, the Holocaust was not far away. The amendment was inspired by a new tax the Soviets wanted to levy on departing emigrants: They would have to pay back the state for their education. An editorial cartoon in the Los Angeles Times captured the feeling this tax inspired by showing a caricature of two almost identical prisoners: The first held out an arm tattooed with a number from a concentration camp and was captioned “Germany, 1936’; the second had the same tattooed arm and was captioned “Russia, 1972.” The difference was the numbers on the second arm had a dollar sign in front
of it. American Jews made this guilt productive. The Soviet Jewry movement became as much about saving themselves as it was about saving this far-off community of Jews. When I started working on the book, I was drawn by a need to understand the world after the war. My grandparents all survived death camps and lost much of their families. And yet, by the time I knew them, they had raised families and were happy, well-adjusted people. As curious as I was about what happened to them in those camps, I also wanted to understand what went into this transformation. The same was true on a much larger scale. How did American Jews scrub out that terrible stain? The answer, it seems, was contained in the Soviet Jewry movement. Here Jews were able to work out those feelings, to answer Heschel’s lament. A few months before his speech in 1963, a reporter from the Yiddish newspaper the Day-Morning Journal asked Heschel where he had been in 1943. He answered mournfully that he had just arrived in America, did not speak the language well, and commanded no attention from the Jewish leadership. Still, he said, “This does not mean that I consider myself innocent. I am very guilty. I have no rest.” If not for him, then for the next generation, Soviet Jewry offered that rest.
Gal Beckerman is a writer at The Forward and the author of When They Come for Us, We’ll Be Gone: The Epic Struggle to Save Soviet Jewry, in bookstores Sept. 23.)
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space was cordoned off to create makeshift classrooms. When the school began five years ago, it had 52 students. “This year, we’re at 104,” Skaist said. The Columbia City School, however, has capacity for far more. “It’s a campus, it’s a real school!” said Ezra Genauer, development chair at TDS. Genauer’s three children all attend TDS. Genauer said the school will be able to section off part of the facility to sublease. “There’s actually one hallway that’s going to be a cultural corner, where we will lease some rooms to a dance company, and a historical society. We can provide a service to the community and make space available for these important elements of the community.” Connecting with their local neighbors is a high priority for TDS. Since so many of the surrounding residents most likely attended school there before the district closed it, TDS decided to keep all of the play areas open to the community after school hours and until dusk. “There’s a history here,” said Skaist. “People come here with their kids and their strollers and it’s really nice to see. We want to maintain community expectations.”
Next to one of the jungle gym play areas is a large organic garden filled with beds of fruiting cherry tomatoes, ready-to-eat cabbages, and carrots. Another section is packed with blossoming herbs like lemon balm and long-stemmed flowers bursting with color. A quaint and somewhat distressed greenhouse is waiting for a caretaker with a green thumb to restore its natural beauty. “The space is so versatile and unique,” Genauer said. “It could be used for many educational purposes, for both science and religious purposes,” he added. “You could plant things for Pesach like bitter herbs, and other things. It does work very well with the hands-on approach, educationally, that the school has.” TDS is considering a partnership of sorts with the local Columbia City Farmer’s Market for them to teach classes there, or maybe parents might teach classes to students. The possibilities seem limitless to Genauer. “There’s never been a [Jewish] school that has had this type facility before,” he said. “I could see it being used for community events, or a Hanukkah party for the community. On weekends, we could have concerts here. The potential is here. Then we could share the wonderful gift we have of this building with the whole community.”
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JERUSALEM (JTA) — Here are some recent stories out of Israel that you may have missed. guage, have signed on to the program. About 50 Arab teachers have been hired to teach in the program. Israeli children begin compulsory English-language instruction in the third grade. Students until now could choose among several languages to study as a second language from grades 7 to 10. The languages include Russian, French and Amharic.
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Emily celebrated her Bat Mitzvah on August 14, 2010, at a 4 p.m. mincha service at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue. Emily is the daughter of Carol Schuster and John Kaplan, step-daughter of Brian Schuster, and step-daughter of Michelle Carmody Kaplan, all of Bellevue. She is sister to David and Daniel Kaplan, step-sister to Shoshana, Galya and Raphael Schuster, and half-sister to Thomas John Kaplan. Her grandparents are Dr. and Mrs. F. Alan and Marjorie Coombs of Salt Lake City, Utah, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Morton and Elaine Kaplan. Her step-grandparents are Rabbi Arlene Schuster of Bellevue and the late Dr. Joseph Schuster, Ms. Sharon Carmody of Seattle, and Mr. and Mrs. John and Sharlene Carmody of Edmonds. Emily is an 8th grader at Odle Middle School. She enjoys reading, playing soccer, swimming, dancing, listening to music, and spending time with friends. For her Bat Mitzvah project, she is raising money for the Central Asia Institute, a program working to promote and provide community-based education and literacy programs, especially for girls, in remote mountain regions of Central Asia, made popular by Greg Mortensen’s book Three Cups of Tea.
Home, sweet, more expensive home
The cost of housing in Israel is rising through the roof and shows no signs of stopping. The average price of an apartment rose more than 17 percent from June 2009 to June 2010. Tel Aviv showed the largest increase, with the average price of a three-bedroom apartment jumping 32 percent to nearly $612,000. Other average increases: Haifa and Beersheba, 20 percent; Jerusalem, 19 percent; and Herzliya, 14 percent. One reason for the ballooning prices: a shortage of new apartments for sale, according to the Bank of Israel. The bank believes that housing prices will continue to rise and has tried to cool off the market by raising interest rates.
Hit the road, Jack
Prototypes of an electric car made specifically for Israel have hit the road for field tests. Renault sent the cars to Israel in August to check them out in extreme heart conditions.
tap water during meetings. The Forum of Water Corporations had written a letter to Hauser telling him that it was difficult for the public to believe in the quality of the country’s water when its leaders were drinking water from a bottle. The move was undertaken to prove to the Israeli public that Israeli tap water is safe to drink, as well as less expensive. Hauser also is responsible for replacing the meetings’ weekly spread of bourekas with vegetables, fruits, granola and yogurt.
shalom salaam: Israeli kids to study Arabic
Soon Jewish and Arabic kids will be speaking the same language. Arabic language classes are expected to become compulsory soon for Israeli students beginning in grade 5. A pilot program in 170 schools in northern Israel was rolled out for the new school year. More than 200 schools in the north of Israel, where Arabic is a common lan-
cold on turkey
Israel is set next year to become one of the first markets for electric cars with a quick-change station, where cars can stop and pick up a freshly charged battery for immediate use. Despite Turkey’s best public relations efforts, Israelis are finding other attractive
tourist destinations to replace Turkey. Israeli tourism to Turkey has declined by as much as 90 percent in the past year, more specifically since the Gaza flotilla incident in May. The number of Israeli tourists who traveled to Turkey in July was down 90 percent to 4,500 tourists, compared to 43,000 in July 2009 and 78,000 in July 2008, according to Haaretz. June saw a similar drop. In all, Israeli travel to Turkey is down 40 percent for the year compared to 2009. Israelis have cut back on travel to Turkey as relations between the two countries continues to sour, beginning with the December 2008 outbreak of the monthlong Gaza war.
make mine tap water
Israeli government minister’s heads no longer will be hidden by bottles of mineral water during Cabinet meetings — Cabinet Secretary Zvi Hauser will now be serving “My goal was to stop the Congress from being a Republican Congress because I was unhappy with how they were taking the country under the Bush administration,” Gordon said. “The best chance of having a Democrat in the 8th was an uncontested primary. I thought that I was true to my beliefs.” Rabbi James Mirel of Temple B’nai Torah attests to those beliefs. “He’s been a member of our temple for many years and he has been involved; he’s a very committed Jew,” Mirel said. “He’s part of our community, part of our family.” Gordon is proud of his active role at Temple B’nai Torah — where once upon a time he helped carry a Torah scroll on foot to the congregation’s new synagogue in Bellevue from its prior Mercer Island location — and of his Judaism in general. “As an attorney and as a legislator, I am very devoted to the law,” Gordon said. “And the law of all laws is the Torah.”
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during the special session. Visiting his parents, who are in their late 80s, was not something Gordon was willing to forgo. His parents often accompanied Gordon — via hands-free cell phone — on his long early morning commutes from Bellevue to Olympia, Gordon said. The conversations usually ended in satisfied surprise when Gordon caught a glimpse of the Capitol dome before him, reminding him of the fulfillment of what he describes as a “lifelong interest in public service.” Gordon’s first major step toward realizing that goal was his brief candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives 8th district seat in 2006. He quickly withdrew from the race, however, to throw his support behind Darcy Burner, who was eventually defeated by incumbent Dave Reichert. Gordon sees that decision to withdraw as an extension of the Jewish values — the Talmudic purposefulness — that drew him to politics in the first place.
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