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Fourth graders from the Seattle Jewish Community School traveled to the state capitol in Olympia, where they met with Rep. David Frockt (D–46th). The freshman state legislator gave the students a tour while learning some of the state’s history from their general-studies teacher Elizabeth Siegel. Frockt, incidentally, is the parent of two students who attend SJCS.

Seattle’s oldest shul celebrates 120 years
Eric Nusbaum Assistant Editor, JTNews
Eli Genauer’s family has been part of the Bikur Cholim-Machzikay Hadath Orthodox congregation since 1909. Genauer, who on March 6 was honored with his wife Eva at the synagogue’s 120th anniversary gala, says the BCMH story is also Seattle’s story. As the city has grown from a transport center to a technological hub, the congregation has gotten younger and larger. “At the hundredth anniversary, our president used an expression: Founders and finders,” Genauer said. “I think it’s a good mix of old-timers and their families with a lot of newcomers. Without the newcomers there wouldn’t be the growth.” Larry Russak, a third-generation member of the Orthodox congregation and also its president, notes that his grandchildren are the fifth generation of his family to be a part of Seattle’s oldest synagogue. Russak points to constancy as a reason for his congregation’s staying power; times may change, but BCMH stays true to its roots. “The average level of observance is much higher than it was at any point in the last 20 years,” Russak told JTNews. “I think it’s more of a swing toward traditionalism.” BCMH celebrated that swing, as well as the ebbs and flows of its 120year history at a dinner event on March 6 at the SeaTac Marriott. The sold-out gala featured Richard Joel, president of Yeshiva University and former national Hillel director, as keynote speaker. BCMH started out as Chevra Bikur Cholim, or the Society to Visit the Sick, which incorporated in 1891, according to a book on Washington’s Jewish history, Family of Strangers. As Seattle became a more popular transport hub in the wake of the Klondike gold rush, local Jewish citizens saw a need for basic services such as medical assistance and a proper Jewish cemetery. The cemetery, just off Aurora Ave. near Shoreline, predates the congregation’s first actual structural home. In 1898, Bikur Cholim moved into its first synagogue on 13th
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Ortho-phobia: How we must bring all Jews together
rabbi DaviD FrEDmaN West seattle Torah Learning Center
A few weeks ago I was at an event in town and a friend of mine came over. We began to discuss different goings-on in the Seattle community. My friend, let’s call him Jack, told me about a certain Jewish event that goes on every year. Tongue-in-cheek he said, “You can come, it’s ‘Orthofriendly.’” A few of us got a good laugh from the new terminology. But as I drove home I got to thinking about the word he used and the perception that went with it. Ortho-friendly generated a series of thoughts that led me to a new word: “Ortho-phobic:” the fear of “Orthodoxy” or fear of Orthodox Jews. Could this really be true? I thought. And if it is, what can or should be done about it? It has certainly been something on my mind in one way or another for the two-and-a-half years my family has been back in the United States. But this word concretized it in my mind. There is an astonishing discussion among the classical commentators on the Torah. They compare and contrast the following two episodes: First the Torah details the generation of the flood. Here was a people completely broken down morally who mistreated one another to an extreme. The other generation was known as the “Generation of dispersal.” These people tried to build a tower to “fight against God.” If we were looking at it and deciding which group was worse, I assume most of us would argue that trying to fight against God should warrant a harsher response. Yet the Torah tells us that the generation of the flood was wiped out completely, whereas those who built the tower to fight God were only dispersed. The lesson: When there is unity among the people, even for a nefarious purpose, God can tolerate it, but disunity and strife has no place. As a father, I’ve often contemplated this idea. Should my children — when my children? — band together as a unit to pull something over on us, I walk away with a certain sense of joy that they get along and are able to work together despite their differences. Sure, there may be consequences that need to be meted out for what they did, but there’s a parental satisfaction in their loyalty to one another. But should they fight, call each other names, or hurt one another, we cannot tolerate it. Period. Such behavior is unacceptable. In describing the encampments on the way to Sinai, the Torah repeats the phrase, “and they….” Yet when the Jewish people are actually at the foot of the mountain, ready to receive the Torah, the Torah refers to the people in the singular. The commentaries point out: They were like one person at that time, a completely unified being. They were able to see the differences among them and love each other nonetheless. It is a powerful lesson indeed. In the story of Purim we will be reading this month, Haman, the nefarious despot of the story, when trying to convince the King Achashverosh to allow him to kill the Jewish people, describes the Jews as a nation “spread out and dispersed.” Our commentators pick up on this expression and take it to mean something beyond the physical locale of where the Jews lived. Rather, Haman was saying, “now’s the time to get them for they are dispersed and distant from one another.” They lack the unity to band together and without that unity they crumble. And it took an Esther and Mordechai to piece (peace!) them back together. We live in very turbulent times. The Jewish people have spiteful enemies around the world. There is hardly a day that goes by without a terrible act of anti-Semitism and hate being perpetrated somewhere on the globe against our fellow Jewish brothers and sisters. There is no better time for us, the Jewish people, to band together strongly than there is today. There’s no greater a time than now to turn to our brothers and sisters, no matter how different looking we’ve become and to look past all differences and unite. Historically, Jews have lived in diverse cultures, picked up diverse habits from their countries, different modes of dress and even different styles of food. But there has been one front where the Jewish people have been unified throughout the generations: The study of our sacred Torah. This is a place where our diversity comes to greatly enrich our understanding of the depth and beauty of the Torah, and I would propose that there is no time like the present to engage in its richness like today. So grab a study-partner, maybe even a Jew you’ve only recently met, maybe even a Jew from a different stream of Judaism than you generally affiliate with, and study — unite and study!

Josh Basson’s latest letter deserves congrats (“In need of democracy,” Feb. 25): He has made the strongest case possible against dozens of letters he authored over the past decade. He wrote forcefully and unceasingly in support of a rejectionist stance to negotiations with Palestinians (because of Palestinian terror, missile strikes from Gaza, and Palestinian refusal to accept Israeli statehood). He wrote against land for peace, and recently urged Israel to not negotiate at all. He criticized Arafat and successors unrelentingly, including moderate Palestinians. He spoke of the need for strong military ops as the only way to address the conflict and has been a tireless local spokesperson of the same policies promulgated to Congress and the president by AIPAC, the ZOA, the ADL, and in Israel by every Israeli prime minister except for the assassinated Yitzhak Rabin. Now that Mubarak’s brutal, corrupt and repressive regime has finally collapsed, Israel’s gross failure to have aggressively pushed to shut down 90 to 95 percent of West Bank settlements concurrent with a massive housing and infrastructure development for those who would have been displaced to new towns inside the Green Line is now going to hit Israel hard in the face. Israel could yet aggressively push for a two-state solution and defuse outrage by millions of Arabs in adjacent countries. Save for Rabin, Israeli political leadership is not known for being visionary and farsighted: Israel will probably become more isolated and more of a pariah. Re: Rabbi Jaron Matlow’s letter (“In need of education,” Feb. 25), he wrote: “With the creation of the state of Israel, it was supposed to be the Jewish homeland, with Jordan, the Hashemite kingdom, being a place for Arabs in Palestine; this has never worked as Jordan (along with Lebanon, Syria and Egypt) does not allow Palestinans entry.” Oh? Fifty to 70 percent of Jordan’s population is Palestinian; the Palestinian population is between 2.4 and 3 million (the variance in numbers reflecting different demographic sources). The Palestinian population of Syria: 434,000; Egypt: 70,000. As of 2005, there were 405,000 Palestinians in Lebanon. Akiva Kenny segan seattle
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The governor of the state of Wisconsin is addressing his state’s budget deficit by attempting to limit the collective bargaining rights of both state employees and teachers. Furthermore, he is also attempting to have those employees contribute a small percentage of their wages to their health care benefits and retirement benefits. At present, those employees contribute little or nothing to a very generous benefits package they receive. Across the breadth of the United States Jewish community, there is undoubtedly outrage directed at the Republican governor who is attempting to reduce the budget deficit on the backs of hardworking state workers and teachers by reducing their benefits and eliminating some of their collective bargaining rights. Before the American Jewish community becomes too exercised by the actions of the governor, the following information should be ascertained about various Jewish institutions and organizations, national and local, throughout the United States: Do employees of Jewish agencies, the teachers, day care workers, social workers, as well as office and other support staff receive a commensurate salary to government employees employed in comparable federal, state and local governmental positions? Are the employees and their families employed by American Jewish agencies and organizations provided with a benefits-rich medical package provided by their employers with little or no out-of-pocket cost to their employees? Furthermore, are generous medical packages extended to retired employees and their families employed at an agency for a requisite number of years? Are the employees of American Jewish agencies and organizations provided with a generous retirement package commensurate with government employees in similar positions and with similar years of service? And most important, are the employees of Jewish agencies and organizations not only allowed, but encouraged by both Jewish leaders and organizational end users, to unionize, and enter into collective bargaining agreements with their employers? If the answer to any or all of the above questions is no, then moral outrage and indignity should not be directed at the governor of Wisconsin. As they say, charity (as well as so-called ”economic and social justice”) begins at home. Eric soll Edmonds

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J Street conference: Seeking assistance for both sides of the conflict
simcha shtull special to JTNews
Last week I joined more than 2,400 supporters of Israel — 20 of them from Washington State — at the second J Street Conference in Washington, D.C. The forum in which I found myself was comprised of activists, students, political analysts, members of Knesset, rabbis, and concerned American Jews. Unlike what the expected detractors have suggested to the media, all of these attendees support a secure and democratic Jewish homeland that reflects the best of our values and traditions. With a broad range of Jewish, Israeli, American and Palestinian speakers, the conference provided an intellectual and emotional incubator for the community of people who support both Israel and Palestinian national realization. Though the JTA wire service’s article on March 1 inaccurately described the conference as weak in its support for Israeli security, 700 of its attendees went to Capitol Hill after the conference ended to ask our Congressional representatives to support our vision for peace in the Middle East. As part of our lobbying effort, we requested support for the administration’s efforts to prevent reductions in foreign aid that advance U.S. interests in the Middle East, and we asked members of Congress to support President Obama’s budget request providing $3.075 billion in assistance to Israel as agreed upon in the 2007 Memorandum of Understanding between Israel and the United States. Alongside that appeal was a request for strong and consistent funding to strengthen institution- and state-building efforts in the West Bank. A viable Palestinian Authority able to grow CourTEsy rAiNEr WALdmAN AdkiNs its economy, meet the From left to right, part of the Washington State contingent that attended basic needs of its citi- the J Street conference in Washington, D.C.: Elizabeth Stanton, Phil zens, and reduce the risk ginsberg, J Street Northwest regional director gordon gladstone, Rainer of terror aimed at Israel Waldman adkins, Simcha Shtull, Rabbi Jay Heyman, and ariel Robinson. is essential to achieving Jews across the globe) who defend human a negotiated, peaceful solution with Israel. rights as unpatriotic and even treasonous. A consistent theme in many of the conConference speakers expressed conference discussions concerned the corrocern for this current that seeks to stifle dissive, trickle-down effect of the conflict and sent and impose an exclusive nationalism continued occupation of the West Bank on in Israeli society. They spoke, too, of the democratic institutions in Israel. We have many courageous individuals and orgaseen in recent years an erosion of the legitnizations working to defend the values of imacy of dissent, a growing intolerance democracy — in civil society, in the courts, of religious and ethnic minorities, and a in Knesset, in the media, and in the arena rising tendency to label those Israelis (and of public opinion. In an atmosphere of open discussion and debate, journalists, analysts, directors of NGOs, activists and policy makers deliberated whether the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is, in fact, a “core national security interest” for the United States; whether Israel is a Jewish social justice issue; what role the United States should play in creating environmental cooperation, economic development and people-to-people projects in the Middle East; how the sensitive subject of an “indivisible” Jerusalem might be negotiated; what the broader implications of democracy movements in the Arab world may mean for America, Israel and the region; and much, much more. I am an American and an Israeli. I lived in Israel for 20 years and raised my family there; three of my four children still live in Tel Aviv. The J Street experience reassured me that there is a community that represents and promotes the Jewish values on which I was raised and which inspired my aliyah almost three decades go. Journalist Peter Beinart eloquently expressed this sentiment in his remarks on the first evening of the conference:
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A conversation with the president
Yeshiva University’s president, Richard Joel, who was in town for Congregation Bikur Cholim-Machzikay Hadath’s 120th anniversary, spoke with JTNews about the state of Jewish education today.

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Las paredes tienen oyidos.
The walls have ears.

hillel gets a new director

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It took a year to find him, but Hillel at the University of Washington just received word that their choice for their new executive director is approved and headed up to Seattle. The heavy equipment has moved in and demolition has begun. The first phase of construction for the expansion of Jewish Family Service began Feb. 28, and the former parking lot has made way for heavy equipment and tons of mud. Construction is expected to be complete by early 2012.
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The year of the rabbi?

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Those crazy Chinese, God bless ’em, apparently couldn’t tell the difference between a symbol and cigar droppings. And now they’ve figured out they’ve been celebrating their new year all wrong. And what the heck are we talking about, anyway?

Trash the trash

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Our special “green” section features a guy who kept a year’s worth of his garbage in his basement. Crazy? Maybe. But he got a much better understanding of where his trash goes.

film fest previews

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As the AJC Seattle Jewish Film Festival gets underway, we’ve got a look at one of the most popular bands in the klezmer revival and a history of Jewish life in Turkey.

Teaching peoplehood

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Remember when
From the Jewish Transcript, March 6, 1961. Summer camp goes Vegas! Max Mondschein, president of the Seattle Jewish Camping Association, receives a donation check for the old Camp Benbow from Jerry Gordon, vice president of Las Vegas’ Flamingo Hotel.

Avraham Infeld, the former international president of Hillel, likes to show young adults how to best foster their Jewish identities. He was just in Seattle to help a group of University of Washington students with just that.

mORe A view from the U: Old Jewish cairo’s treasure trove Jewish on earth: Appreciating what we’ve got The Arts crossword community calendar m.O.T.: The glass sculptor lifecycles The Shouk classifieds

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How we should educate our children
JoEl magalNick Editor, JTNews
Richard Joel, president of Yeshiva University, came to Seattle to speak at the Bikur Cholim-Machzikay Hadath 120th anniversary celebration on March 6. The next day he spoke to a small group of Seattle Hebrew Academy supporters, and to JTNews about the state of Jewish education.

JTNews: Where is Jewish education today, and where is it heading? Richard Joel: I think it’s the same question as, “Where’s the Jewish future?” because without Jewish education there’s no Jewish future. We’re the people of the book, we’re not the people of the text message. There are two issues that will ensure Jewish survival: One is text and the other is context. An ignorant tribal Jewishness doesn’t transmit. It’s not going to go from one generation to another. If there’s not content and experience, it’s not going to happen. That means you need community, you need a sense of mission. Often Jews are called people of history and people of destiny — you need to know the history and you need to have a sense of destiny. There’s just no way that happens without some profound and serious education and Jewish life experience. Regardless of what our delivery mechanisms are you have to start with a sense of peoplehood and a sense of purpose,

with a young family saying, “This is something my children have to know and experience.” Clearly, I believe that a day school experience of whatever flavor should be a non-negotiable. It’s far from a nonnegotiable. I don’t think there’s an alternative to a serious day-school education that’s of quality that’s also in the context of a communal education — that means youth groups and camp and resplendent Jewish preschool and Israel experience and the like. There’s a harder question of saying, “If it’s not going to be in the cards that students go to day school, what do we do?” The supplemental education has always been and continues to be a challenge. I certainly think it’s better than nothing. I think the challenge that should really be very important on the communal agenda is to figure out how to make that work, because the old system where you go to school, and then you spend three hours at the end of the day while you’re friends are playing baseball, it’s hard to find the successful models of that. I suspect that the only way to make it work, [is] a combination of formal and experiential education involving family retreats and enriching the camping experience. JT: I’ve seen you address there being a

crisis in day schools. How do we pay for the education? I can tell you that if we don’t pay for it, we will profoundly pay for it. We talk at Yeshiva University in the work we are doing with our graduate school of education about issues of sustainability and how to make sure you can deliver the product of education in as quality and JoEL mAGALNiCk efficient and effec- Jordan, left, Naftali, center, and Tamar, all students at the Seattle Hebrew tive a way as you can, academy, give Yeshiva University president Richard Joel a tour of their while at the same school while SHa’s head of school, Rivy Poupko Kletenik, looks on. time making sure next question should be, “Let me look at the that the best and the brightest go into the expenses of our life, let’s see what’s negotiateaching profession, because we need that. ble and non-negotiable. Let’s see how in all The issue is, how does the Jewish comthese areas we can be as cost-effective as we munity decide what matters? In other can.” The primal scream of tuition is terriwords, the financial crisis should not be, ble. I think it’s a short-sighted, terrible mis“Boy, we lived for a couple decades believing take that we shouldn’t give into. that as middle-class people we could have JT: In looking at the other side of this an upper class lifestyle, and we’ve seen that issue, as a university present training there’s a new normal.” The sentence that succeeds that should not be, “Therefore I don’t want to pay for Jewish education.” The X PagE 7

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so many students to be teachers, you’re in many ways giving them a life where they’re not going to be paid very well. How do you get around that? If you look at Teach for America, or our Jewish Teach for America — that’s our Legacy Heritage Fellowships — we have a moment in time where all young

people are really looking at a world where they feel anonymous and where they want to matter. The best and the brightest want to matter. That doesn’t mean they can’t matter in hedge funds if they want to do that. That doesn’t mean they can’t matter in business or in the professions. There’s also a time now where people want to matter in helping professions and in education, and I think that’s glorious

that the best want that. But we also have to be honest with them and say, “You know what? This is not a path to wealth.” I’d also tell you that the challenge of the community, as we deal with issues of sustainability, is that we do have to run as lean and mean a business as we can. We do have to decide what are the essentials of education. We can’t just be profligate and say that there’s every possible

course in every possible field that I want my day school or university to offer. And once we do that, we have to have a conversation as a community and say, “What we are saying to these educators is we offer you the opportunity for a life of meaning where you’ll be respected in your community and you’ll be paid well enough that you get to live. That you’ll be able to have your home and educate your kids.”

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with Machzikay Hadath, the Central District’s last remaining Orthodox Avenue and South Washshul, to form what is still ington Street in the Central Bikur Cholim-Machzikay District. A decade later, the Hadath. Those who stayed congregation again moved, behind in the Central Disthis time a few blocks away trict formed what’s now to a location on 17th Avenue called the BCMH Capitol and Yesler Way. In 1962, Hill Minyan. This year also Bikur Cholim merged marks those two important with a young congregation 40-year milestones in the called Yavneh and formed a congregation’s history. Seward Park branch. LAWrENCE ALTosE Genauer also noted that Jewish families both b i k u r C h o l i m - m a c h z i k a y Ashkenazi and Sephardic Hadath’s rabbi, moshe Kletenik, BCMH has, in 120 years, continued to move south speaks during the shul’s 120th become an institution with reach beyond even the from the Central District, anniversary celebration. Northwest. Rabbi Moshe and by 1970, that branch Kletenik is currently president of the Rabhad become the heart of Bikur Cholim binical Council of America, an Orthodox itself. The Central District synagogue organization of about 1,000 rabbis. He’s the was sold, and in early 1971 ground was first president of the organization to hail broken on the synagogue’s South Morgan from the Northwest, and one of a handful Street location, where it remains today. to come from outside the New York area. That same year, Bikur Cholim merged

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The old bikur Cholim synagogue in January 1916. The building is now the langston Hughes Cultural arts Center.

“Obviously Rabbi Kletenik is deserving of that honor, but also that he’s the rabbi at BCMH was taken into consideration,”

Genauer said. “I think it shows the respect that our synagogue, which is 120 years old, has not just locally but nationally.”

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UW’s Hillel finds a new leader
JoEl magalNick Editor, JTNews
It has been nearly a year since Rabbi Will Berkovitz, the previous executive director at Hillel at the University of Washington, gave notice that he would be moving on. At that time, the Hillel board began a search for a replacement, but came up empty handed for a permanent director. According to incoming board president Julia Bacharach, these types of searches are best begun at the start of the school year. “Last spring we were a little late in the process,” she said. So the organization brought in Jeremy Brochin, who had retired as executive director of the Hillel at the University of Pennsylvania, to act as interim director for the year. The search committee began its search again in September, and announced in mid-February that Rabbi Oren Hayon would be the Jewish student organization’s new Greenstein family executive director. “We were looking for our next executive director to continue what Rabbi [Arthur Jacobovitz], may he rest in peace, Rabbi Dan [Bridge], and Rabbi Will created,” said Suzan LeVine, Hillel UW’s current board president. “We wanted to make sure the person we hired was up to that. But we also wanted to hire a person who could put his own stamp on [the organization]. With Oren, what we found was someone with this energy.” Bridge, who served on the search committee, agreed. “The excitement he showed about being here, and the programs that we do, and the kinds of questions he asked really showed the committee and the board and the students and the young adults that even though he’s new to Hillel, he knew what he was talking about,” Bridge said. Hayon, 38, is currently an associate rabbi at Temple Emanu-El, a large Reform congregation in the Dallas area. “Once I got the phone call from Seattle, it became clear that what was going on with the UW and what was going on with Jconnect were really, really ideal for the next step of what I wanted to do with my career and with my life,” Hayon said. Hayon has been working extensively with the young adult population at his current synagogue, though most of his work with college students has been to “check in with them from afar and be with them during breaks,” he said. As executive director, “I’m really excited about taking the wheel,” he said, “and really getting the chance to steer a place and vision that is significant and productive and meaningful for the constituents.” Bacharach said that since announcing Hayon’s hiring, she has been impressed with his proactive attitude toward the job. “He doesn’t start until July 1, and yet he has already said, ‘Hey, I understand that staffing decisions get made around this time, is there anything I should know,’” she said. Though Hillel UW told supporters last month that Hayon had been hired, the organization still had one hurdle to overcome before it became official: Approval from headquarters. “We’re very particular about the directors who we bring into our system, and put them through quite a rigorous process,” said Scott Brown, executive vice president of Hillel International. “We think he brings a lot to our organization. He’s inspiring, he inspires others to act, nurtures growth, strives for excellence, and relates to others.” LeVine said that Hayon won’t have many major challenges to confront as he begins his new job. “There is no mandate for him other than to make sure that he’s helping to make this organization succeed, and carrying the mantle that was established” by Hillel’s previous directors, LeVine said. As someone who has held the position, Bridge said Hayon’s challenges would be two-fold: “One is the idea of reaching out to young adults who really are not affiliated — not just with Hillel but any Jewish organization,” he said. The other, he said, are the “financial challenges in this tough age and our era, and making sure the financial support is always there.” But, Bridge added, “He’s a young guy so he understands young people and how to find and reach them…. He’s a smart, delightful young man. He will be a great rabbi and executive director.” Hayon and his wife and two small children enjoy being outdoors, so he said he is looking forward to what the Puget Sound region has to offer. If he is nervous about his impending move, it’s the adjustments he will have to make both personally and professionally. “I have to learn a new city, I have to learn a new international organization that I haven’t worked with before. Even
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zation where the biggest supporters don’t make use of the services it offers. “Moving from a community where programming is sustained by people who generously, regularly, willingly pay dues to be part of their organization to where that isn’t the case — that’s a big change, and it says a lot of really good things about Hillel’s donors,” Hayon said. “That’s tzedakah, right?”

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“Our parents and grandparents struggled to ensure that the Jewish people would survive, to ensure that we would not be forever at the mercy of the gentile world. And in that awesome struggle, to their everlasting credit, despite the millions of dead, they triumphed. Today, because of them, we not only have a Jewish state, we have power, both in Israel and the United States that they could only

have dreamed of. But with that power comes another struggle, every bit as momentous: Not a struggle for Jewish survival, but a struggle for Jewish honor. A struggle to show that we can wield power and still keep faith with the teachings of the Prophets, a struggle to show that, despite everything, the Jewish people still has an ethical message for the world.”
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Latest Genizah discovery: BDS movement to boycott Jewish Federation It’s the Year of the Rabbi
A document from a recently discovered genizah in China indicates that the Chinese year that recently started was originally “The Year of the Rabbi” and not “The Year of the Rabbit,” as has been celebrated for centuries. Jewish and Chinese scholars working together to decode the document and verify its authenticity had long assumed the letter ‘t’ has authoritatively been determined to be cigar ash. The scholars issued a joint statement indicating it is too early to determine the impact that it will have on the future of the Chinese calendar. “Everyone is always excited about the year of the rabbit. I mean, who doesn’t love those furry little creatures?” said noted scholar Richard “Indiana” Jonestein. “The Chinese will have a hard time adjusting to the year of the rabbi. Most don’t even know what a rabbi is and have never met one.” Another document found in the genizah purportedly explains the origin of the Jewish tradition of eating in Chinese restaurants on Christmas Eve — apparently the result of an agreement between Jewish and Chinese leaders, which also reportedly led to the introduction of vegetarian egg rolls to Chinese menus. The discovery of the genizah, in the basement of a synagogue in Kaifeng, China, that had been destroyed in the 1860s, was made by Rabbi Yesh Lee Mazal, who traces his own ancestry to the Kaifeng community. He said he was tipped off to the Kaifeng genizah after opening a fortune cookie that read: “Help, I’m a prisoner in a Chinese fortune cookie factory” — written in Hebrew. He traced the fortune cookie to a factory on the outskirts of Kaifeng and was easily able to identify the person who wrote the fortune. “Funny, you don’t look Chinese,” he said to the man, who then led him to the secret entrance to the genizah. The Jewish community in Kaifeng dates from between the 10th and 12th centuries, when Jewish traders from central Asia settled in Kaifeng during the Northern Song Dynasty. The community, which was always relatively small, survived into the 19th century, when the synagogue was destroyed and much of the community intermarried and assimilated into the surrounding culture. Today, as many as 1,000 residents of Kaifeng claim to trace their ancestry to the Jewish community and after contact with Western Jews, some have reclaimed their Jewish roots and resettled in Israel. Librarians of the Klau Library at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio —where most of the known manuscripts of the Jewish community of Kaifeng are located — said there was no indication that the Year of the Rabbi had been observed by the Kaifeng community. The news of the discovery broke into the open an argument archaeologists with specialties in Chinese history have kept quiet Following attempts to force the city of Seattle to divest from companies that do business with Israel, signs on campuses and highway overpasses decrying the Israel occupation of Gaza, the takeover of a statefunded college campus in Olympia, campaigns to get several food cooperatives to remove Israeli products from their shelves, a still-to-be-fully determined attempt to put advertisements critical of Israel on the sides of King County Metro buses, an art exhibit that calls Hebrew “the language of abuse,” and a disruption at a performance of the Israel Philharmonic at Benaroya Hall, proponents of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement have taken aim at a most unlikely target: Organizers announced this month that they would be boycotting the Jewish Federated Fund for its support of Israel. “For many years, this Jewish group has publicly and unapologetically proclaimed its support for a country where all of the people, even the old ones and the babies, do super, super mean stuff. I saw the pictures on the Internet,” said Noah Goldstein, a spokesperson for a new organization called bdSeattle. The Purimonomist found Noah while handing out bumper stickers stating, “I’m Anti-Israel and I Vote” at Westlake Park in downtown Seattle. “I think there needs to be a show of solidarity by everyone at the horrors of Gaza,” Goldstein said. “This is why we need to deligee… deligitimy… deli-jimmy… delegitimize Israel.” Confederate officials met the news of the latest boycott with a mix of shrugs and guffaws. “Um, yeah! We really weren’t expecting any of them to donate to our community campaign anyway,” said one high-level official. “Everything they say about the money we send to Israel to benefit the poor and to build the infrastructure for new immigrants and refugees there is all true. So I guess that if you think about it, their accusations are justified. Guilty as charged.” Supporters of the Texas-based Christians Who Really, Really Love Israel, upon hearing the news of the boycott, overwhelmed the Jewish organization’s phone lines with messages of support. “Thanks,” said a receptionist who asked to not be named, “but you can all stop calling now. I have actual work to do that doesn’t entail answering your unnecessary phone calls.” A press release sent out by CWRRLI took credit for driving Goldstein out of the park,

though witnesses said he headed straight toward a men’s room before he left. In addition, the Los Angeles-based Freedom, Inc. threatened to send a person with his own bumper stickers to the park during Goldstein’s one-man demonstration, but were unable to get the requisite permits in time. A spokesperson from King County would not comment on the foundation’s attempts to get a demonstration permit, saying only that he had a really, really intense headache. bdSeattle’s Facebook page posted a note that they were so incredibly, awesomely proud of themselves for their activism in helping to end the occupation.

for the past several decades: Some have long contended that early drawings of what were initially assumed to be cute widdle bunnies are actually portrayals of a lost sect of ultraOrthodox mountain Jews with their peyot — long sideburns — flying through the air as they skied to Torah study. In an unprecedented joint news conference by leaders of the Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist, Humanist, Orthodox and Chabad rabbinical associations, the rabbis welcomed the news as an important step to restoring respect to the rabbinate. “The Year of the Rabbi” will call attention to the important role that rabbis have played throughout the Jewish world, even in the most obscure places, they said. Not everyone welcomed the news of the discovery of the genizah. A number of cantors, who refused to speak on the record, expressed concern these findings would further diminish their role as clergy partners of rabbis. They denied reports, however, of another document indicating that The Year of the Pig (Chazer) was originally The Year of the Chazan and was only changed due to scribal error. Editor’s note: This piece may have plagiarized the writings of a great sage who served his people in the ancient Northwestern settlement known to its natives as Tacoma (TaCOME-a), but researchers were unable to verify this before the Purimonomist went to press, so we printed it anyway.

Jewish groups stop 520 tolling before it starts
being that drivers will now be able to see the With the region’s first tolling authority, true cost of the roads they drive on. across the Highway 520 Evergreen Point bridge, “It’s very generous of the Jewish commuset to launch this spring, a proposal set forth by nity,” Johnson said, “but this doesn’t feel like Jewish communal leaders may delay — if not true tikkun olam if it doesn’t allow people to see eliminate entirely — the need to charge drivers how their actions affect our environment and at all to get between Seattle and the Eastside. traffic patterns.” “We’re calling it our brick by brick campaign,” said Larry Rosen, executive director of a local synagogue and the leader of a consortium of congregations who are pitching the idea to the Washington State Department of Transportation. “It’s a practice we all do in our shuls, so why not do it for a major regional waterway crossing?” The idea, as Rosen put it, is for each concrete span, column, safety railing and rail tie — should light rail be added into the final design — to have a brass plaque and a Sound Transit workers are still trying to ascertain whether riders will be able donor’s name. to figure out where they’re going if the train has a donor’s name on it. “We can offer different tiers Sound TranSiT Some Microsoft employees who drive the of giving, from the ‘Commuter’ level of just a span each day also said they didn’t like the idea, few hundred dollars to the ‘King of the Road,’ mainly because they hadn’t thought of it first. who would get his or her name on any tunnel Some other Jewish organizations have entrances,” Rosen said, “plus the warning for gotten in on the action, however. The theme when the drawbridge opens would say the perof this year’s AJC Seattle Jewish Film Festison’s name instead of a loud bell.” val is “Building Bridges.” While the theme is But not everyone is happy about the idea. intended as a metaphorical bridge between difRob Johnson, executive director of the Seattleferent faith and ethnic groups, “if the shoe fits,” based Transportation Choices Coalition, said said festival director Pamela Lavitt. that he sees one of the benefits of the toll system

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The Cairo genizah: Not just for bookworms anymore!
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Consider the remarkable tale of Ovadiah the Convert. Born in a small village near Naples in the late 11th century, he was sent by his parents to a monastery to prepare for a life in the priesthood. But then, horrified by the bloody massacres of Rhineland Jewry during the first Crusade of 1096, he committed the entirely bizarre act of converting to Judaism. Understandably “out of place” in Catholic Europe, he migrated to the more tolerant Ottoman Empire, settling by the early 1120s in Fustat, the Old City of Cairo. There, before his death, he penned in Hebrew a religious hymn in homage to Moses, entitled Mi Al Har Horev (“Who stood upon Mt. Horev”). He accompanied his text with musical notations — but not the cantillation known from Torah chanting. Rather, he chose a tune and a notational system familiar to him from the monasteries of Catholic Europe. When, centuries later, Ovadiah’s notation system was deciphered, it became clear that he had set his Hebrew hymn to Moses to the traditional chords of the Gregorian chant! You can hear it online today at http:// jew.sh/M4xk. How did we come to know the story of Ovadiah the Convert? How did we discover what remains the oldest piece of written Jewish music? The answer comes in three words: The Cairo Genizah. A scrap of parchment containing Ovadiah’s poem was found by the scholar of medieval Jewish history, Norman Golb, in 1964 as he searched through the vast hoard of uncatalogued manuscripts at the Jewish Theological Seminary’s collection of Jewish manuscripts from the genizah (text depository) of the Ben Ezra synagogue of Old Cairo. The story of Ovadiah the Convert offers just one tiny insight into the wealth of information the Cairo Genizah holds about Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Jewish history in ancient and medieval times. And, at last, general readers with a curiosity about the Jewish past have a sure guide to the story of the Cairo Genizah in the form of a new book by the local rabbi and Seattle Times columnist Mark Glickman. Titled Sacred Treasure—The Cairo Genizah: The Amazing Discoveries of Forgotten Jewish History in an Egyptian Synagogue Attic (Jewish Lights, 2010), this book is a marvelous guide not only to the contents of the genizah, but also to the fascinating figures who have made its contents accessible to the world. Rabbi Glickman, a textual scholar in his own right, is well-versed in the ins and outs of genizah studies as a discipline and guides readers through the technical details of genizah manuscript studies with a light touch. He also spins a darn fine yarn. Rabbi Glickman manages to tell two stories at once: The story of the material discovered after 1,000 years in a synagogue attic and the story of the brilliant and, at times, idiosyncratic scholars who discovered, deciphered, and organized the genizah texts over the course of the entire 20th century and into the 21st. Imagine a room with the remains of some 300,000 manuscripts thrown every which way since the 11th century! Among the texts are biblical scrolls in Hebrew, Hebrew writing from the “unknown Jewish sect,” which produced the Dead Sea Scrolls discovered in the 1940s, secular literature and documents of all kinds documenting the lifestyles, economic world, and private lives of generations of Jewish Cairenes, the musical jottings of a converted monk who joined his Catholic musical sensibilities to his new faith in a stunning synthesis — in addition to a letter to Maimonides, signed by his brother, David, before the ill-fated business trip that took his life! Now imagine the scholars who devoted their lives to the Genizah and its texts. Here we find a rich portrait of Solomon Schechter, known primarily to contemporary Jews by the Jewish schools and summer camps established in his name. In “real life” he was one of the great rabbinic scholars of the early days of secular Jewish Studies, who first visited the Genizah in 1896 and recognized it as more than a moldering pile of useless scraps of parchment. We meet as well twin sisters Agnes Lewis and Margaret Dunlop Gibson, two genteel, highly educated Presbyterian ladies, who (in 1892!) rode on camel-back from Suez to Gaza in sun bonnets and long sleeves and found the manuscript identified by Schechter as the long-lost Hebrew original of the apocryphal Second Temple Jewish text cited in the Talmud as “Ben Sirah.” As Rabbi Glickman’s tale of the discovery of this trove of textual treasures unfolds, readers will grasp what exactly motivates scholars who hole up in musty rooms with wormy books. But, more importantly, readers outside of academic textual research will learn that there is an important lesson in the very existence of such a thing as a genizah. Let’s listen in as Rabbi Glickman explains. And let’s give him the last word: There is something awesome about the power of writing, isn’t there? Pen touches paper and moves across the surface, leaving a trail of ink behind it. Just so. The shape of that trail forms letters; the letters form words; the words form thoughts, ideas, and images,
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LOS ANGELES (JTA) — My parents are dining at a Jewish Federation event with some folks from their community. As happens on occasion when Jewish parents get together, the subject turns to the accomplishments of their children (shocking, right?). Mr. Cohen offers up that his son is curing cancer. Mrs. Schwartz mentions that her daughter is working with Obama. Then my mom proudly declares, “My son didn’t throw anything away last year, instead keeping all of his garbage and recycling in his basement. And worms eat all of his food scraps!” The table falls quiet as forks clink on gefilte fish plates and looks are traded. Someone coughs. A few moments pass and one mother leans in to another. “They always seemed like such normal people,” she says. “Didn’t David go to yeshiva?” And then I wake up. Yes, I did in fact attend a yeshiva in my formative years. Yes, I did save all my trash and recycling in my basement a couple years ago, feeding food scraps and paper to my 10,000 worms. And yes, my mother is quite proud of my accomplishments, as is my dad. It all began in October 2007 as I was talking with a friend about the idea of throwing things “away.” It occurred to us that we had no idea where “away” was and that every time our trash magically disappeared, it didn’t seem entirely responsible. We assumed that we were doing the right thing — environmentally, socially and ethically — but also understood what happens when you assume. I realized that the only way to really evaluate my waste footprint was to stop. Stop throwing things “away” and start looking at what I was actually leaving behind. I figured recycling, while better than trashing something, still uses resources, energy and creates waste, so I decided to stop recycling as well. Essentially I took a pledge to keep all of my trash and

recycling for one solid year and see what happened. And that’s just what I did. Now before you judge, hear me out. I’m not insane — not in the dictionary sense of the word anyway — and actually believe that despite what many may see as extreme, what I did made more sense than just going with the flow. My traditional upbringing, Jewish day school education, and parental tutelage taught me to question things that didn’t make sense and fix the things that I could — tikkun olam and all that. Little did Rabbi Liff know when he was teaching me Bava Kama that he was actually preparing my mind to hoard stuff in my basement. Our people should be the most ardent stewards of spaceship earth. Why? I could give you a thousand reasons, but need go no further than the concept of shmita. Every seven years we are told to let the land rest and rejuvenate itself. Hands off, as it were. Is there a better indication that we are mere sojourners here and not owner-operators? As any renter knows, you mess up your place and you’re in trouble with the landlord. Well, it seems to me that we’ve got some ’splainin’ to do right about now and better start cleaning up pretty darn quick. Take the United States, for instance. The average American disposes of roughly 4.6 pounds of trash every day — more on Shabbat if you’re frum. That’s roughly 480 billion pounds for the entire country, give or take a billion. It’s insane, and I quickly recognized that I didn’t want to be part of the problem anymore. But before you can fix something, you need to understand it, so down in the basement everything went. And what happened? My trash output dwindled to a mere half pound per month — 31.5 pounds in total. I learned to make simple choices and ended up not changing my lifestyle as much as my buying habits. My children learned that hand towels and paper go to
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Perhaps Israel should change its national anthem from “Hatikvah” to “Dayenu.” For the Jewish State, so dependent on the support of powerful allies, a song that expresses thanks and delight for every new blessing seems more appropriate than a patriotic, historical, sentimental national anthem. But the Middle East is fast becoming an environmental disaster area, and they’re all running out of water and arable land. Israel’s list includes forest fire residues, a polluted Haifa harbor, air pollution from automotive, maritime and air traffic, and a 92 percent reliance on fossil fuels for energy. Israel is a net food importer for its growing population, and it burns oil to desalinate the Mediterranean, pump out the Jordan River and Lake Kineret, and suck the last drops of non-renewable water from its natural aquifers. But wait! There’s more. Surrounding Middle East countries feature autocratic governments, unhealthy economies, high unemployment, and: • Industrial, agricultural, and urban environmental toxins pollute Lebanon’s air, water and land. Overgrazing and over-

Appreciating what we’ve got
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cultivation are eroding topsoil fast, and it’s still cleaning up from the 2006 war — cluster bombs on farmland, water and sewage system damage, toxic waste from bomb damage and industrial facility fires. And bored Hezbollah soldiers use migrating bird flocks for target practice; • In Jordan, environmental problems became serious in the 1970s, as it modernized and urbanized, absorbed influxes of refugees, and its population burgeoned. Now, it’s dealing with deforestation and agricultural erosion, air, land and water pollution; • Syria’s agriculturally disastrous drought is driving refugees from farms to cities. Deforestation, overgrazing, soil erosion, and desertification are also problems, and dumping of raw sewage and petroleumrefining waste are polluting their water; • Palestinian Authority and Israeli administrators contend over managing sewage and solid waste, scarce water and land. Israelis continue clearing away Palestinian orchards and farms for settlements, where houses often feature water-devouring lawns and, sometimes, swimming pools. Palestinian houses are designed more for

the environment, with flat roofs for harvesting rainwater, and backyard garden plots. Israelis are also trucking out West Bank rock for Israel construction projects; • Gaza is challenged with sewage and solid waste management, war debris cleanup, desertification, brackish fresh water, depletion and contamination of underground water resources, water-borne diseases, and soil degradation; • Egypt, with low literacy and high birthrates, has created terrible air pollution over Cairo and Alexandria. It’s losing arable land to development, desert wind erosion, overcultivation and heavy uses of agricultural

chemicals. Expanded desert area irrigation has increased soil salinity, and helped spread waterborne diseases. And oil pollution, raw sewage, and industrial effluent dumping threaten beaches, coral reefs, wildlife habitats and potable water supplies. Given these deadly, common challenges, and if only because misery loves company, one might expect Middle Eastern parties to find ways they could work

together, to stabilize the worst situations, mitigate damage and start restoring their environments. Yes, small, promising, individual and cooperative efforts are underway in every country, but historical, political, tribal and ideological animosities trump them. Externally, Israel’s top priorities are survival and secure borders. Internally, secular vs. religious factions vie for Israel’s soul. Outside Israel, secular vs. religious Arab factions fight over the same things — who will set each government’s agenda, philosophy and laws. All parties seem to agree on two things: 1. Annoyance with environmental problems, and 2. Disdain for peace negotiators. The two main factors on which they should agree, however, are those which historians have found to torpedo every empire since ancient Egypt: Failure to manage water, topsoil and food supply, and creation of severe disparities in wealth and society. In environmental business terms, these are failures to manage the “triple bottom line” — economics, environment and social equity. It’s ironic to see 21st-century people in Judaism’s birthplace repeat 4,500-yearold mistakes — and know they see us making the same ones in the New World.
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The Klezmatics raise the roof in festival doc
michaEl Fox special to JTNews
When a band has been together for nearly a quarter of a century, a celebration is warranted. If it’s a Jewish band, you can assume that a certain amount of tzuris has accompanied the success. That’s the case with the Klezmatics, the world-renowned klezmer band founded in the mid-’80s in New York’s East Village. Beloved for their rousing, soulful performances, the group’s onstage camaraderie masks a surprising amount of offstage tension. Music documentaries such as Erik Greenberg Anjou’s excellent The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground, screening in the AJC Seattle Jewish Film Festival, acknowledge fans’ demands that their spirits not just be raised, but untethered. I can report that the music is indeed a highlight, with a slew of toe-tapping numbers and poignant Yiddish ballads recorded in a variety of venues and settings. But the heart of the documentary, somewhat unexpectedly, is the unique and sometimes heated dynamic among longtime members Frank London (the high-energy trumpet player and keyboardist), violinist Lisa Gutkin (the lone woman in the ensemble), saxophone and clarinet maestro Matt Darriau, Paul Morrissett (bass and cymbal) and avant-garde elements that has a niche audience. Anjou filmed the band on and off over more than four years, and the musicians graciously (albeit reluctantly, at first) allowed the film crew to record some of their meetings. While it is fasErik GrEENBErG ANJou/sJFF cinating to observe all the angst disappears once the Klezmatics take the stage. mature, mutually respectful adults fighting fairly — talking the charismatic accordionist, guitarist and straight without manipulation, name-callpianist Lorin Sklamberg. ing or sugar coating — the tension eventuThe Klezmatics: On Holy Ground is not ally darkens the mood of the film. a “Behind the Music”-style, rags-to-riches Although creative disagreements are chronicle of a successful group undone by inevitably part of the mix when strongdrugs, egos or nefarious record company willed musicians play together, the real executives. Nor is it a saga of serious artangst on display in The Klezmatics involves ists forced to compromise to attain mainclashing priorities and opportunities. Frank stream popularity, or refusing to bend and London has numerous side projects and therefore suffering commercial ignominy. session dates, to a seemingly greater degree At its core, the documentary is about the than the other members, which complicate challenge of being a middle-aged artist in scheduling a Klezmatics tour. And for at America and struggling to earn a consistent least a few of the other members, live perincome (and perhaps support a family). formance is their main source of income. It’s almost incidental, in a way, that the art What we glean is that all the acclaim, form is a kind of eclectic ethnic music with

If you go:
The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground screens as a part of the AJc seattle Jewish Film Festival on sun., March 13 at 1 p.m. at AMC Pacific Place 11, 600 Pine st., seattle. Visit www.seattlejewishfilmfestival.org for tickets. An encore seniors’ performance will take place Wed., March 16 at the stroum Jewish community center, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. $7. no tickets for this performance will be sold at the door or online. RsVP to Roni at 206-232-7115, ext. 269 or ronia@sjcc.org.

and the galvanizing inspiration of collaborating over the years with the likes of Allen Ginsberg, Tony Kushner, Itzhak Perlman and Chava Alberstein, and even a Grammy Award for best contemporary world music album for Wonder Wheel (2006), are tempered by the real-world realities of making a living. To be sure, this valuable documentary amply honors and salutes the band’s steadfast contribution to Jewish music and Jewish culture. Indeed, all the mishegoss melts away when the ensemble takes the
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an oral history
JoEl magalNick Editor, JTNews
Rachel Amado Bortnick didn’t suffer through pogroms. She didn’t escape her home country as government troops closed in on her town. She didn’t have to leave everything behind — her family, her cherished treasures — to make her way to the new world. But that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have a story to tell. Her 1989 film, Trees Cry for Rain: A Sephardic Journey, will most likely resonate with Seattle’s sizeable Sephardic community, as it’s the story of Bortnick’s childhood growing up in Turkey and what life was like in the early to mid-20th century for a Jewish family there. Bortnick’s memoir on film screens as a part of the AJC Seattle Jewish Film Festival on Sun., March 13. Life, as it turned out, was pretty good. Jews were more or less integrated — though not always fully assimilated — into Turkish society. They owned businesses were able to move about as they pleased, and were often welcomed into their neighbors’ homes. Part history of the region — which unless you grew up in a Turkish Sephardic family you would probably not have any insight into — and part personal history, Trees Cry for Rain consists mostly of Bortnick looking back on her home country and the traditions she remembers and brought with her to the U.S. She intermingles photographs and art, Sephardic music, and with a friend, Esther Levy, one of the last Jews from Egypt, she gives a cooking demonstration as well. Bortnick goes as far back as the 15th century, when Jews CourTEsy rACHEL AmAdo BorTNiCk expelled from Spain Esther levy, left, and Rachel amado bortnick demonstrate how to make were welcomed by bourekas. the Ottomans, and One moment that will likely strike talks about life under both Muslim and many people as funny comes later in the Christian rule. film, when Bortnick talks about her arrival In her own family’s history, she talked in the U.S. and the trouble she had conabout life in her town: The egg man, who vincing people she was even Jewish. clucked when he came with his deliver“Growing up in Turkey I thought Spanies, or the wine man, whose wares often ish was the Jewish language,” she says. But turned to vinegar before the Shabbat or when she landed in St. Louis to attend colholiday, and the intricate traditions when lege, “most of them had never even heard visiting other families, from the youngof Sephardic people, let alone believed est daughters who compliment their hosts that you could be Jewish and not be from while serving baked sweets to the cerea Yiddish-speaking background.” mony of serving the Turkish coffee.

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Trees Cry for Rain: A Sephardic Journey screens as part of the AJc seattle Jewish Film Festival on sun., March 13 at 3 p.m. at AMC Pacific Place 11, 600 Pine st., seattle. Rachel Amado bortnick will be appear as a special guest. Visit www.seattlejewishfilmfestival.org for tickets.

Her first holiday in America, Hanukkah, was very different from anything she had ever experienced. “I had never seen a dreidel, and I didn’t know what latkes were — we have our own foods for the holidays,” she says. “My whole concept of what being a Jew meant was shaken. It was very, very disturbing and I felt very, very lonely to tell you the truth.” A few years after making this film, Bortnick founded Ladinokomunita, an organization that creates materials to keep the Ladino language alive. It appears she found her place in her adopted country.

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March 18 at 7:30 p.m. David Laskin: The Long Way Home Reading David Laskin’s book The Long Way Home tells the stories of 12 immigrants who went from Europe to Ellis Island — and then back to Europe to serve in World War I. Two won Medals of Honor, and three were Jewish. At Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park.

ACROSS 1 Simple garment 6 Alligator shirt brand 10 iPhone purchases 14 Continued for lines and lines and lines . . . 15 “Veni, ___, vici” 16 Root used in Chinese cooking 17 “Welcome!” 20 Halt the flow of, as tears or blood 21 Whale with an eponymous King County transit pass 22 Macroeconomic stat 23 Stanford’s main rival 24 Some W.B.A. wins 26 Saturday Night Live alumna Cheri 28 Wallet contents 30 Phonies 33 Fails to keep pace with 35 Louisianan style of cuisine 37 Begin’s diplomatic partner 38 “Welcome!” 42 Fetch 43 A square has four 44 Bagel topping 45 Song by Stone Temple Pilots, TLC, or Radiohead 46 Engrave with acid 50 Social stratum 52 “___ vous plaît” 54 Vince’s agent on Entourage 55 Weather map icon 56 Withdraw from, as a class 59 Spruce up 61 “Welcome!” 64 No sweat 65 “___ boy!” 66 Intrinsically 67 Small songbird 68 Series whose villain was a smoke monster 69 Used an electroshock weapon on
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DOWN 1 City that’s across the bay from Oak-Town 2 Palm used for making chairs 3 Cheaper than normal 4 Mass. neighbor 5 New York baller 6 ___ Got a Secret 7 Giants pitcher Barry 8 Aroma 9 Dance clubs 10 Past tense of 19-Down 11 “Sorry, that’s above your ___” 12 Like a certain Biblical son 13 Dinner alternative to salad 18 Like the Israelites, according to Exodus 19 Have a nosh 25 Synagogue horn 27 Pass, as time 29 What dogs track 31 In solitary 32 Gets onto the highway, perhaps 34 Where the Rams play, in box scores 36 Oil platform 37 Opposite of NNW 38 How I Met Your Mother network 39 Prophetic 40 From the fashion capital of Italy 41 Type of skiing 45 Breakfast alternative to a bagel 47 Spuds 48 Fold 49 Insinuated 51 Seahawks scores, for short 53 Sprang 55 Send out, like molten lava 57 Bart Simpson’s bus driver 58 Butter servings 60 On the ocean 62 The Fountainhead novelist Rand 63 Kit-___

March 18-April 17 7:30 p.m. All My Sons Theater All My Sons is the second play by the legendary Arthur Miller, who would later write Death of a Salesman and The Crucible. This family drama is set in an African American household in Seattle’s Central District in 1947 – the year the play debuted. At Intiman Theater, 201 Mercer St., Seattle. Tickets at www. intiman.org.

March 19 & 20 Music Inspired by shel silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends concert The Bushwick Book Club presents two performances of music based on the Silverstein children’s poetry classic. They play Saturday night at the Can Can at 9 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at Town Hall at 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. At the Can Can, 93 Pike St., Seattle, and Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave., Seattle.

March 21, 7:30 p.m. David brooks Reading David Brooks, the well-known New York Times columnist, brings his third book, The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement to Seattle. In the occasionally novelistic form, Brooks takes on the ultimate questions of nature vs. nurture. At Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle. Tickets $5.

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March 23 at 7:30 p.m. suze Orman Reading TV host Suze Orman brings her message of smart personal financial planning to Seattle with a reading at the University of Washington. Orman will (energetically, we imagine) read from The Money Class: Learn to Create Your New American Dream and then sign copies. At Kane Hall 130, University of Washington, Seattle.

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World-renowned singer coming to Vancouver
arthur Wolak special to JTNews
VANCOUVER, BC — David “Dudu” Fisher, Israeli-born world-renowned performer who rose to fame as Jean Valjean in Les Misérables, first in Israel — where “Les Miz” became the nation’s longest running show — and then on Broadway, is coming to Vancouver, BC for one Pacific Northwest performance as part of his current world tour on March 14. Event organizers have arranged a special package for the Seattle community, including concert tickets, 10 percent off lunch or dinner at the kosher Maple Grill, and a discounted hotel rate (reserved under the concert name) of $105 (plus tax) at the Park Inn & Suites near the venue. Dudu’s vocal talent has filled concert halls throughout the world, from Carnegie Hall, Wembley Stadium, and Sydney’s Opera House to the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. Dudu has also performed for President Clinton, the British and Thai Royal Families, and even for the Pope. Dudu Fisher is perhaps one of Israel’s most renowned musical ambassadors. The first performer on Broadway to be contractually exempt from Friday night and Saturday matinees in order not to violate Shabbat, Dudu has enjoyed a rich international musical career, launched by his success in Les Misérables, that led to dozens of CD and DVD recordings of his work. Dudu performs in many languages, from Hebrew, English, and Yiddish, to Russian, Italian, Spanish, and Ladino. An Israeli-trained cantor in the Ashkenazi European Orthodox tradition, Dudu has served as cantor at congregations in Tel Aviv, New York, and South Africa. He still serves annually as cantorial solowho don’t use genizahs know it, too. Why else would we cherish our old letters, flowery certificates, and tattered children’s books? To save these papers is to connect ourselves to our past, retain long-ago experiences, and bind ourselves, if only fleetingly, to the souls of others. If that’s not holy, then what is? (pp.229-230) ist for High Holiday services in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Following a concert tour that has taken him to Mexico, the U.S., and Australia, Dudu is coming to Vancouver for a special fundraiser for Congregation Beth Hamidrash, the largest and only Sephardic synagogue in Western Canada. According to Tanya Marciano, a member of Beth Hamidrash’s organizing committee, “Dudu Fisher is not only known as a world-class Broadway performer but he also performs traditional Ashkenazi, Sephardi, Israeli, and Yiddish songs.” Marciano added. As Dudu confirmed, this will be an intimate evening with just piano accompaniment and a broad repertoire of his most popular and enduring favorites from Broadway and the Yiddish and Jewish

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Dudu Fisher will perform at Vancouver’s oldest synagogue, schara Tzedeck, 3476 Oak st., Vancouver, bc on Mon., March 14 at 7:30 p.m. For information on tickets and accommodations, contact congregation beth Hamidrash at 604-872-4222 or info@bethhamidrash.com.

liturgical traditions. As this year is also the 25th anniversary year of Les Misérables, Dudu will also share stories and songs from this long-time audience favorite.

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W KlEzmaTiCS PagE 16 Martin S. Jaffee currently holds the Samuel & Althea Stroum Chair in Jewish Studies at the University of Washington. His award-winning columns for JTNews have recently been published in book form as The End of Jewish Radar: Snapshots of a Post-Ethnic American Judaism by iUniverse press.

sometimes of indescribable splendor. The written word can convey the evanescent content of one mind or heart to another. God knew this; that’s why God’s greatest gift to the Jewish people is Torah — a magnificent collection of written words. And even those of us

stage, and connects with both Jewish tradition and diverse audiences as it always does. And it is the songs, with their echoes of loss, love and friendship, as much as the musicians’ candid and complex relationship that makes The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground such a bittersweet and rewarding experience.

QFC and Treehouse team up to help support foster children
By Eric Miller, QFC Public Affairs Specialist Being able to provide the proper foundation and support for our children is extremely important. The chance to grow up in a loving family who nurtures one another and faces challenges together is something every child deserves, and I’m sure many of us have been quite lucky to grow up in this type of household. While we may not have been wealthy, we never went hungry and we were always loved and protected. We had all of the necessities and maybe even got a few “extras” too. Unfortunately, not every child can claim to know this kind of stability. Through no fault of their own, some children are removed from their homes in order to protect them from unspeakable acts of abuse, neglect and cruelty. Although it is in the best interest of the child — for their physical and emotional wellbeing to be taken out of the situation, this displacement can sometimes cause unintended consequences including anxiety and low self-esteem. Foster families provide the safe homes for these children, but many times they cannot afford the “extras” like music or dance lessons; or sometimes even the simple things like a warm winter coat. This is where Treehouse comes in. They are the local nonprofit organization helping to bring the “childhood” back to scores of foster children in our area. Treehouse bridges the gap for foster families to provide school supplies and clothing, as well as support for the “extras” such as tutoring or sports equipment. They help create wonderful memories and encourage positive self-image, self-worth and self-confidence in local foster children. All of these are critical components to developing well-adjusted adults who will hopefully make the correct choices in life for themselves and for their future families. QFC is proud to partner with Treehouse to raise awareness and funds in support of local foster

children. We invite you to make a donation at any QFC checkstand or designate your bag reuse credit to Treehouse now through April 2nd. We hope that you’ll join us and support Treehouse because “Living in foster care shouldn’t keep a kid from just being a kid.”

Eric Miller is the Public Affairs Specialist for QFC. He can be reached at eric.miller@qfci.com or 425-990-6182.

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6–9:30 p.m. – southern rabbis and Black Civil rights
Wendy Dessenberger at wdessenberger@tdhs-nw.org or 206-323-8486 or www.tdhs-nw.org Learn about Southern rabbis and the black civil rights movement, from the 1880s-1990s with Rabbi Daniel Septimus. Lecture free, dinner $10. At Temple De Hirsch Sinai, 1441 16th Ave., Seattle.

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1–2 p.m. – Camper reunion and New Campers Event
Cheryl at development@campschechter.org or 206-447-1967 or www.campschechter.org Bounce off the wall with excitement for summer 2011. Reservations required. $10. At Sky High Sports, 1445 120th Ave. NE, Bellevue. 1–6 p.m. – interfaith Women’s Conference: Common Ground – Common Good
Chris Hillman at ipjc@ipjc.org or 206-223-1138 or www.ipjc.org Conference focus is Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions. Common Ground: Living one’s faith tradition,

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women’s spirituality and leadership. $35. At Seattle University Campion Hall, 914 E Jefferson, Seattle. 4–9 p.m. – Jds 30th Anniversary dinner and Auction
Sarah Wayne at auction@jds.org or 425-460-0230 or www.jds.org Celebrate the Jewish Day School’s 30th Anniversary at its Annual Dinner and Auction. This year’s event honors JDS alumni parents Laurie Minsk and Jerry Dunietz. At Meydenbauer Center, 11100 NE 6th St., Bellevue. 7:30–9 p.m. – Pleasure of your Company improv Night
Carol Benedick at carolbenedick@bethshalomseattle.org or 206-524-0075 or https://bethshalomseattle.org/ event_details.php?id=310 Get together with friends old and new for improv games, entertainment, and conversation. Facilitated by Liora Minkin. No charge, donations welcome. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle. 12:45–4 p.m. – repair the World Hosts A Community Toolbox
conferences@weRepair.org or weRepair.org Join Jewish educators and community members to bolster commitment to service, justice and action while developing tools for incorporating these values into daily life. $10. At Temple Beth Am, 2632 NE 80th St., Seattle.

events at events@shevetachim.com or 206-275-1539 or www.shevetachim.com/ events.php In the Spirit of Adar and Purim, Congregation Shevet Achim welcomes the entire community to a lighthearted look at classic rock lyrics from a Jewish perspective, presented by Rabbi Yechezkel Kornfeld. At Island Crust Café, 7525 SE 24th St., Suite 100, Mercer Island.

Waldorf teachers Melissa Borden and Tim Bennet will focus on the various qualities of boys — their strengths and special challenges — from birth through the teen years. Childcare available. Parents only. $20. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island.

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6–8 p.m. – kosher Wine Tasting
Wine World Warehouse at wineworldwarehouse.com Try kosher-for-Passover wines in this complimentary tasting of 10 different wines. Free. At Wine World Warehouse, 4015 NE 45th St., Seattle.

15 march

6–9 p.m. – israeli Night
info@secularjewishcircle.org or 206-528-1944 or secularjewishcircle.org An apolitical evening dedicated to Israel with the Secular Jewish Circle. A fun, upbeat, educational experience about the contributions of Israel and Israelis, including statistics, readings, music, art and food. RSVP for N. Seattle location.

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7–8 p.m. – CsA presents Classic rock Lyrics From A Jewish Perspective

14 march

7–9 p.m. – israel matters series
Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg at rabbikinberg@templebnaitorah.org Nevet Basker, director of Broader View and Israel Resource Center, speaks on the topic “End the Occupation: Territorial or Existential Conflict.” Reception follows. $5 suggested donation. At Temple B’nai Torah, 15727 NE 4th St., Bellevue. 7–9 p.m. – you’re Not the Boss of me! The Charms and Challenges of raising Healthy Boys.
Kim Lawson at klawson@sjcc.org or 206-388-0829 or jew.sh/x98f

16 march

8:30–10:30 p.m. – Purim Extravaganza
Cynthia Gamel at cynth613@yahoo.com or 206-725-2525 or ezrabessaroth.net Megillah at 8:30, party right afterward, costume parade, bouncy house, henna tattoos, hose hockey, foosball tourney, prizes and much more. Free. At Congregation Ezra Bessaroth, 5217 S Brandon St., Seattle.

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9:30 a.m.–12 p.m. – sesame street Purim Carnival
Orly Feldman at ofeldman@templebnaitorah.org or 425-603-9677 Sesame Street Purim carnival at Temple B’nai Torah.

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GREATER SEATTLE Chabad House (Traditional) 206/527-1411 4541 19th Ave. NE Bet Alef (Meditative Reform) 206/527-9399 16330 NE 4th St., Bellevue (in Unity Church) Congregation Kol Ami (Reform) 425/844-1604 16530 Avondale Rd. NE, Woodinville Cong. Beis Menachem (Traditional Hassidic) 1837 156th Ave. NE, Bellevue 425/957-7860 Congregation Beth Shalom (Conservative) 6800 35th Ave. NE 206/524-0075 Cong. Bikur Cholim-Machzikay Hadath (Orthodox) 5145 S Morgan 206/721-0970 Capitol Hill Minyan-BCMH (Orthodox) 1501 17th Ave. E 206/721-0970 Congregation Eitz Or (Jewish Renewal) 6556 35th Ave. NE 206/467-2617 Cong. Ezra Bessaroth (Sephardic Orthodox) 5217 S. Brandon Street 206/722-5500 Congregation Shaarei Tefilah-Lubavitch (Orthodox/Hassidic) 6250 43rd Ave. NE 206/527-1411 Congregation Shevet Achim (Orthodox) 5017 90th Ave. SE (at NW Yeshiva HS) Mercer Island 206/275-1539 Congregation Tikvah Chadashah (Gay/Lesbian) 206/355-1414 Emanuel Congregation (Modern Orthodox) 3412 NE 65th Street 206/525-1055 Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation (Conservative) 206/232-8555 3700 E. Mercer Way, Mercer Island Hillel (Multi-denominational) 4745 17th Ave. NE 206/527-1997 Kadima (Reconstructionist) 206/547-3914 12353 NE 8th, Seattle Kavana Cooperative kavanaseattle@gmail.com

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bREmERTon Congregation Beth Hatikvah 360/373-9884 11th and Veneta EVERETT / EdmondS Chabad Jewish Center of Snohomish County 2225 100th Ave. W, Edmonds 425/967-3036 Temple Beth Or (Reform) 425/259-7125 3215 Lombard St., Everett FoRT LEWiS Jewish Chapel 253/967-6590 Liggett Avenue & 12th iSSAquAh Chabad of the Central Cascades (Hassidic Traditional) 24121 SE Black Nugget Rd. 425/427-1654 oLympiA Chabad Jewish Discovery Center 1611 Legion Way SE 360/584-4306 Congregation B’nai Torah (Conservative) 3437 Libby Rd. 360/943-7354 Temple Beth Hatfiloh (Reconstructionist) 201 8th Ave. SE 360/754-8519 poRT AnGELES And SEquim Congregation B’nai Shalom 360/452-2471 poRT ToWnSEnd Congregation Bet Shira 360/379-3042 puLLmAn, WA And moScoW, id Jewish Community of the Palouse 509/334-7868 or 208/882-1280 SpokAnE Chabad of Spokane County 4116 E. 37th Ave., Spokane 99223 509/443-0770 Congregation Emanu-El (Reform) P O Box 30234, Spokane 99223 509/835-5050 www.spokaneemanu-el.org Temple Beth Shalom (Conservative) 1322 E. 30th Ave. 509/747-3304 TAcomA Chabad-Lubavitch of Pierce County 1889 N Hawthorne Dr. 253/565-8770 Temple Beth El (Reform) 253/564-7101 5975 S. 12th St. TRi ciTiES Congregation Beth Sholom (Conservative) 312 Thayer Drive, Richland 509/375-4740 VAncouVER Chabad-Lubavitch of Clark County 9604 NE 126th Ave., Suite 2320 360/993-5222 E-mail: Rabbi@ChabadClarkCounty.com www.chabadclarkcounty.com Congregation Kol Ami 360/574-5169 Service times and location can be found at www.jewishvancouverusa.org VAShon iSLAnd Havurat Ee Shalom 206/567-1608 15401 Westside Highway P O Box 89, Vashon Island, WA 98070 WALLA WALLA Congregation Beth Israel 509/522-2511 E-mail: nsleavitt@hotmail.com WEnATchEE Greater Wenatchee Jewish Community 509/662-3333 or 206/782-1044 WhidbEy iSLAnd Jewish Community of Whidbey Island 360/331-2190 yAkimA Temple Shalom (Reform) 509/453-8988 1517 Browne Ave. yakimatemple@gmail.com

K’hal Ateres Zekainim (Orthodox) 206/722-1464 at Kline Galland Home, 7500 Seward Park Ave. S Secular Jewish Circle of Puget Sound (Humanist) www.secularjewishcircle.org 206/528-1944 Sephardic Bikur Holim Congregation (Orthodox) 6500 52nd Ave. S 206/723-3028 The Summit at First Hill (Orthodox) 1200 University St. 206/652-4444 Temple Beth Am (Reform) 206/525-0915 2632 NE 80th St. Temple B’nai Torah (Reform) 425/603-9677 15727 NE 4th, Bellevue Temple De Hirsch Sinai (Reform) Seattle, 1441 16th Ave. 206/323-8486 Bellevue, 3850 156th Ave. SE 425/454-5085 SOuTH KING COuNTy Bet Chaverim (Reform) 206/577-0403 25701 14th Place S, Des Moines WEST SEATTLE Kol HaNeshamah (Reform) 206/935-1590 Alki UCC, 6115 SW Hinds St. Torah Learning Center (Orthodox) 5121 SW Olga St. 206/938-4852 WAShinGTon STATE AbERdEEn Temple Beth Israel 360/533-5755 1819 Sumner at Martin AnAcoRTES Anacortes Jewish Community 360/293-4123 bAinbRidGE iSLAnd Congregation Kol Shalom (Reform) 9010 Miller Road NE 206/855-0885 Chavurat Shir Hayam 206/842-8453 bELLinGhAm Chabad Jewish Center of Whatcom County 820 Newell St. 360/393-3845 Congregation Beth Israel (Reform) 2200 Broadway 360/733-8890

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Free. At Temple B’nai Torah, 15727 NE 4th St., Bellevue. 11:15 a.m.–12:45 p.m. – Purim Brunch
Carol Benedick at carolbenedick@ bethshalomseattle.org or 206-524-0075 or https://bethshalomseattle.org/event_details. php?id=323 Light brunch with entertainment and shtick for adults and kids. No charge. RSVP for brunch by March 14. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle. 12–3 p.m. – sJCC Annual Purim Carnival
Zach Duitch at ZachD@sjcc.org or 206-388-1990 or www.sjcc.org Purim Land returns this year with activities for children ages 5 and younger including grogger making, edible necklaces, bouncy-ball room and face painting. Storytelling with PJ Library. Lunch from Island Crust. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. 1–2:30 p.m. – Matanot L’Eviyonim
Carol Benedick at carolbenedick@bethshalomseattle.org or 206-524-0075 or www.bethshalomseattle.org/ event_details.php?id=324 A family tzedakah program making gifts for the poor. Everyone welcome. Children must be accompanied by a parent. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle. 4:30–7 p.m. – Purim at the Circus
www.friendshipcirclewa.org Friendship Circle present circus entertainment, a Purim dinner, and games for the entire family — plus hamentaschen and the fastest Megillah reading in town. Please RSVP. Adults: $18, Kids: $12, Families: $50. At Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation, 3700 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. 5–10 p.m. – Purim at dante’s Join Chabad at UW and Chabad at WWU as they take

over Dante’s in the U District. Full bar, (kosher) Italian eats, pool table, and wild dance floor. Special live performance by Breakin’ Down Mechitzas. Megillah reading at 6 p.m. 18-plus. $10 cover/$5 if you come in costume. Bring ID and money for drinks. People under 21 are welcome but will not be served alcohol. At Dante’s, 5300 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle.

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7–9 p.m. – israel 360: The American-israeli relationship: Where is the obama Administration Taking it?
Roni Antebi at ronia@sjcc.org or 206-388-0832 or http://jew.sh/fmTv University of Washington Professor Joel Migdal will analyze U.S. interests in the Middle East. Rescheduled from a previous weather cancellation. $10-$15. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. 7–9 p.m. – israel matters series
Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg at rabbikinberg@ templebnaitorah.org Rob Jacobs, executive director of StandWithUs Northwest speaks on “Delegitimization of Israel: The Verbal Battle Front.” Reception will follow. $5 suggested donation. At Temple B’nai Torah, 15727 NE 4th St., Bellevue.

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klawson@sjcc.org or 206-388-0829 or http://jew.sh/fGW6 The SJCC presents an encore presentation of the documentary The Race To Nowhere: The Dark Side of America’s Achievement Culture. $10-$15. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island.

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6–9 p.m. – Turn the Page
Anna Vander Munnik at info@jewishinseattle.org or www.jewishinseattle.org Women in Seattle’s Jewish community can explore Torah and secular-based topics, led by a variety of local female educators. $72 supporter/$25 participant, includes kosher dinner. At Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation, 3700 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. 7:30–9 p.m. – shabbaton with rabbi marc Angel
Susan Jensen at office@ezrabessaroth.net or 206-722-5500 This event launches Ezra Bessaroth’s Scholar-inResidence weekend with Rabbi Marc Angel. He will speak on “Orthodox and Non-Orthodox Jews: Can We Learn From Each Other?” Free. Call for Shabbaton cost. At Congregation Ezra Bessaroth, 5217 S Brandon St., Seattle. 7–9:30 p.m. – using Ancestry.com to Locate your Jewish Ancestors
Phyllis Grossman at programs@jgsws.org or www.jgsws.org Crista Cowan will share go-to sources and some hidden gems to help you grow your family tree. Sponsored by the Jewish Genealogy Society of Washington State. Free for JGSWS members, $5 for nonmembers. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island.

$225. At Camp Solomon Schechter, Tumwater.

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Cheryl Puterman at development@campschechter.org or 206-447-1967 or www.campschechter.org Refresh, Renew, Reconnect at a relaxing weekend at camp. Yoga, hiking, mixology, bookclub and more.

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5–7 p.m. – NCsy’s Annual Basar Fest
Ari Hoffman at thehoffather@aol.com or 206-721-0970 National Conference of Synagogue Youth fundraisers for teens to earn scholarships to Jewish camps, conventions and trips to Israel at this meat cookoff. $15. At Sephardic Bikur Holim social hall, 5200 6500 52nd Ave. S, Seattle. 5–6 p.m. – sJCC-red Cross Babysitting Class
Matt Korch at MattK@sjcc.org or 206-388-0830 or http://jew.sh/rcn4 This course teaches 11-15 year-olds how to handle emergencies, prevent accidents, and understand children’s needs at different ages. Students learn the skills every parent wants in his or her babysitter. Continues on April 3. Must be able to attend both days. $100-$115. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. 4–10 p.m. – sJCC goes to see Billy Elliot for teens
Matt Korch at MattK@sjcc.org or 206-388-0830 or http://jew.sh/besl Dinner, a workshop, and the musical Billy Elliot at the Paramount Theatre. Teens will participate in a preshow workshop and enjoy a pizza dinner. $25-$30. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. 4–6 p.m. – sJCC Jewish Touch Lecture: yiddish Theatre
Roni Antebi at RoniA@sjcc.org or 206-388-0832 or http://jew.sh/QeTV The National Yiddish Theatre: Zalmen Mlotek’s Magical World of Yiddish Song With Special Guest Daniella Rabbani. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island.

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When film director Eran Riklis (The Human Resources Manager) receives his AJC Seattle Jewish Film Festival “Reel Difference Award” on opening night, March 12, he will get not just accolades, but an original kiln-cast glass sculpture by local artist Roger Nachman. From his Fremont studio in Seattle, Roger told me he was a longtime volunteer at the festival, which “always happens on my birthday,” he says. “I treat myself and lavish in [it].” Last year he decided to be a sponsor, but festival director Pamela Lavitt had a better idea. First she asked him to make mezuzot for the volunteers. Then, when the Reel Difference award was created, she asked him to make a piece for that, too. The long-time Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue member created a plaster silica mold in the shape of the festival’s hamsa logo [hand-shaped amulet]. “Instead of the eye, I put the film reel with the piece of film coming out the [thumb],” Roger says. The crystal sculpture has unusual dichroic

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glass inside, which looks blue, but reflects yellow. Roger also added glow-in-the-dark powders, something only the winners will be able to appreciate. He puts “a lot of subtle things” in his works that observers often don’t discover for years. “I really strive for… keeping the glass and the art work really alive,” he says. As a kid, Roger moved a lot — 10 schools in eight states before the age of 14 — but finished high school in Pueblo, Colo. and college in Boulder. He was studying business when he applied for a seminar in religion and the arts in Japan. “I came back and changed my major” to religious studies, he says. Learning stained glass while working as a sign painter, he returned to Japan with a small green leather box with pieces of colored glass in it. He stayed in that country for many years, teaching glass art and helping to start a glass program at an arts and crafts school, which was pivotal in launching a Japanese glass movement. After moving back and forth from Japan to the States, he came to Seat-

tle in 1985. At first he found “I was a little fish in a big pond,” but Seattle also proved easier to be connected to the art world precisely because of the size of the art community. diANA BrEmENT The day we first Seattle glass artist Roger Nachman in his studio with one of the “raindrops” spoke, he and his from his “Joyful Rain” installation that will head up to Harborview Elementary assistant Megan School in Juneau. The artwork is upside down, as an image would be when Wittenberg were seen through the lens of a raindrop. Former Seattleite and architect Stuart starting to pack up gerger connected Roger with the project. a fascinating commission piece, “Joyous Rain,” a series of Jewish Day School teacher Nance teardrop-shaped hanging glass works for Adler has secured one of only five a school in Juneau. spots in a summer program for When he’s not in the studio, you can Jewish educators at the Pardes Institute of find him playing softball on three differJewish Studies in Jerusalem. The curricuent teams, including the championship lum workshop is for novice educators and Temple De Hirsch Sinai team and another being in her fourth year, she says she just over-50 men’s team that earned a national scooted in under the wire. championship. “I wanted to study at Pardes for a long Roger works exclusively on commistime,” says Nance, and a “program specifision but photos of his work are on his Web cally for teachers was really appealing.” site, www.nachmanglass.com (check out She had already planned to be in Jerusathe cool insects), where there is also conlem this summer, and she received a $1,000 tact information.

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articles, you write stories. It should be in everyday language, a colloquial language, not a written language.” The best-known history of Jews in China comes from the community of Kaifeng, with documentation of Jewish succession that went from the 11th century to the mid-19th century. Xin has written two books on this community.

Since then the number of Jews in China has correlated most often to the business climate, for Sephardic Jews who came to Hong Kong and later Shanghai to export fur and other staples to the West. A sizeable community of Ashkenazi Jews, originally from Russia, settled in the northern city of Harbing to build the Trans-Siberian railroad, but after 1930, when the Japanese occupation pushed them out of their jobs, many went south

to Shanghai. When the Japanese moved in and occupied China, its citizens “were worried about their survival, nothing to talk about Jews,” Xin said. They had “more interior issues than external.” But Jews kept coming, though this time it was a matter of survival following Kristallnacht in 1938. “That’s why a lot of Jews who wanted to leave badly came to China,” Xin said. “Of

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the worms and that farmers are the people who make and sell your produce and eggs. My wife learned that she gets a new blender when I use hers to blend food scraps for the worms. And the more than quarter-million people who read my story became aware of a larger problem, many offering their own solutions as well as their advice. So how about helping me turn the chosen people back into the environmental stewards we were intended to be? Stop drinking bottled water, get yourself a reusable coffee mug, drive less, think before you buy. There are a hundred different

simple things we can all do on a daily basis to help ourselves, help the planet and, who knows, maybe even save a little time and money while we’re at it. And for those of you who are having trouble with kicking your plastic bag habit, I’d ask you to consider this perspective: Circumcising your newborn son is tough; remembering to bring a shopping bag to Kosher Mart is not.
Dave Chameides is an environmental educator, Emmy Award-winning director/cameraman, and the director of sustainability at the Shalhevet School in Los Angeles. More tips on sustainable living can be found at www.sustainabledave.org.

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At least (“Dayenu!”) they’re apprised of this situation, can assess its elements, and start taking corrective action. We can also be thankful for the progress locals are making: The Jordan-Israel Water Agreement, international environmental conferences, work by international organizations from the Heinrich Boell Foundation to Greenpeace, and Israeli initiatives from its Environment

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Praying in plural: Former Hillel leader speaks about Jewish peoplehood
Avraham Infeld’s booming voice resonated throughout the small living room, an intimate, salon-style venue at Hillel at the University of Washington. Twentyfour students, backpacks in tow, snacked on bagel with lox while feeding upon the wisdom of the 68-year-old educator and former international president of Hillel, who on Feb. 24 gave his perspective on Israel, its identity and its future. Holding the group’s rapt attention, Infeld told the students that there’s nowhere else he’d rather be than speaking to today’s Jewish young adults. “The only way to understand who the Jews are is as a family, because we’re always fighting,” Infeld began. “It’s an ethnic family that has a common memory and shares a value-carrying language. The primary condition for being a Jew, the necessary condition for being a Jew, is being a member of the people.” An avowed Zionist born in South

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Africa to Jewish Zionist parents who were both Jewish educators, Infeld’s father, an atheist, instilled in him a very strong sense of Jewish identity and was fundamentally concerned about world Jewry. “I grew up with a very strong sense of Jewish identity, and religion had nothing to do with it,” said Infeld. “It was devoid of any religious experience.” His central view, that the Jewish people are not a religion and not a race, but a family tied together by customs and cultural traditions, seems to be the most urgent message he wants to deliver to future Jewish generations. “We are not educating people in this country to understand that the Jews are a people,” Infeld told JTNews following his talk. “It’s a tribal family. That is why Jews pray at a minyan (a group of 10 or more). That is why all of our prayers are in the plural.” Infeld’s visit was cosponsored by the

Young Leadership Division of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, Hillel UW and Hillel’s Jconnect young adult program. “Many students have heard him [speak] on Birthright and resonate with his message of Jewish people-hood,” Jeremy Brochin, interim Greenstein family executive director at UW Hillel, told JTNews. Brochin was referring to the Taglit-Birthright Israel program that has sent thousands of young Jewish adults on free trips to Israel since 2002. Infeld was the first director of the program. “He also adds nuance and complexity to students’ understanding of Israeli society,” Brochin added. “His message is captivating and moving to young Jews,” Jconnect director Josh Furman told JTNews. “His vision of Judaism and understanding of the Jewish future resonates with young adults.” Infeld currently serves as the president of the Chais Family Foundation and chair

of the board of Melitz, an organization he founded that helps young people build their Jewish identity based upon pluralism and the importance of Israel. He is also a senior consultant on Jewish people-hood to the Nadav Fund. At the same time, he continues to speak to Jewish students around the world. The Jerusalem-based recipient of Hillel’s 2010 Renaissance Award also spoke to a private gathering of 30 from a Jewish Federation leadership group, who met with him that evening. “We brought Avraham to town because of the many questions we often hear in our campaign about support for Israel, or where our dollars go,” said Keith Krivitzky, vice president of the Federation’s Center for Jewish Philanthropy. “Our giving is not political, but goes to help our extended Jewish family in need. Avraham’s talk
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A taste of women’s Jewish learning
On March 24, hundreds of local women will come together for the annual Turn the Page event, an evening of women’s Jewish learning. The keynote speaker will be local educator Rivy Poupko Kletenik, who will speak on “A Different View From Sinai: A Woman’s Perspective at the Seder.” To attend, contact Anna at 206-4435400 or register online at www.jewishinseattle.org/TurnThePage. Tickets cost $25 for kosher dinner and program or $72 for supporter level. Takes place Thurs., March 24 from 6–8:45 p.m. at Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation, 3700 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. Please RSVP by March 18. in a sovereign Jewish state, he said, even though internally, its residents wrestle over seemingly conflicting ideas of exactly what that means. “What is this thing called a Jewish state?” queried Infeld of the Hillel crowd, as he quickly answered his own question. “Israel is only one of two things. On the one hand, it is a state in which the Jewish people apply the laws of modern nationalism to themselves, or, Israel is a state in which God has returned to history and fulfilled his promise of returning his people to their land. That’s the big struggle in Israel.”

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Aliya SaraMarie Droker
Aliya will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on March 12, 2011 at Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation on Mercer Island. Aliya is the daughter of Cindy and Jeff Droker. Her brothers are Zach and Matthew. Her grandparents are Hilde Droker of Bellevue, Everett and Valeria Blanchard of Nevada City, Calif., the late Wayne M. Droker, and the late Richard Koch. Aliya is a 7th grader at Tillicum Middle School. She enjoys gymnastics, volleyball, soccer, and dance. For her Bat Mitzvah project, she is volunteering at the Jewish Family Service food bank and the Teen Feed program.

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about the importance of Jewish peoplehood, and strengthening the ties between Jewish communities around the world was highly relevant and emphasized the importance of the international work we do.” Students at the Hillel event raised several questions about Israel’s role in the Mideast conflict and about Israel’s detractors. Infeld said he considers it perfectly legitimate to criticize Israel’s behavior, but that he thoroughly rebuffs anyone who denies or questions Israel’s right to exist. The Jewish people must continue to live
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Neil Jay Golden
Neil Jay Golden passed away March 2 after a brave battle with stage 4 bladder cancer. He is survived by his wife Suzie and his two sons Matthew and Andrew. Neil enjoyed the love of his family and friends. His passions were his boys, riding his Harley and playing basketball. Neil was a member of the Seattle Tribe for the past four years and participated in many of the club activities, including riding cross country. He could be found many a day hanging out at the Stroum JCC playing basketball or working out. His customers thought of him very highly and will miss his sunny disposition. Neil’s courage is an inspiration to us all and he will be missed. Neil was buried in Baltimore on Sunday, March 6. The family will be celebrating Neil’s life with all their friends in Seattle on Sun., March 13 at 4 p.m. at Herzl Ner-Tamid on Mercer Island.

scholarship from the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle’s Jewish Education department as well. She expects the workshop will really augment her masters dANi WEiss in Jewish Studies Nance adler from the Jewish Theological Seminary, which she got through a distance learning graduate program that no longer exists. Before teaching, she worked for 15 years managing medical practices. Her biggest challenge applying to

Pardes was conveying that “you need their help, but look good enough for them to want you,” she says. Nance and her husband Steve have also been engaged in a dramatic weight-loss effort that they have spoken openly about. Both had lap band surgery — Steve last March and Nance in July — and have lost a combined 300 pounds. “The two of us now weigh less than when he started,” and they’ve inspired four others to have the surgery. Doing it together has helped, says Nance, and their communities at Congregation Beth Shalom and the day school “have been particularly supportive.” Life is not too much different, she says, except Steve exercises every day and “traveling is so much easier.”

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a brief history of Jewish China
JoEl magalNick Editor, JTNews
China today has a vibrant community of Jewish expatriates, but what has become even larger is the study of Jewish history and culture. “Jews, or especially Jewish civilization or culture — whatever term they used — were the cornerstone of Western civilization, Western religion, so that’s how the Chinese pay attention to them,” said Prof. Xu Xin, who heads the Institute of Jewish Studies at Nanjing University in Nanjing, China. Xin, who is active in building a network between China and Jews in the U.S. and Israel, visited Seattle last month as a guest of the American Jewish Committee. Xin spoke with JTNews about the interactions between Jews and the Chinese both past and present. The Jewish people, from the Chinese viewpoint, have thrived in business and though they suffered throughout history “they still kept their own tradition,” Xin said. “Jewish people survived without a country for 2,000 years. That’s amazing.” Today, with Tiger moms and staggering economic growth and the massive bank notes China holds on the U.S., it might be difficult to see how the Chinese could see themselves as a people oppressed. But the country’s older citizens can remember a time when Western powers tried to carve up the country and its neighbor Japan nearly succeeded in taking China over. “Jews were considered a model for Chinese then, who wanted to get modernized, who wanted to rebuild a strong country, a strong nation,” Xin said. It is only in the last 30 to 35 years, when China began its open door policy, that the most populous country on earth began to flex its economic muscles. But it’s from moving to a more capitalistic model that Chinese scholars were able to see the world for themselves — the West in particular. There were many Chinese scholars [and] professors who have been abroad and have had a chance to contact with Jews,” Xin said. “They come to the idea that China, if we want to do business with the West, we have to know the Western society. If you want to know Western society, Western culture, you have to know Jewish culture.” In the 1990s, Xin and several other scholars interested in Jews and Judaism pushed to make Jewish Studies an official curriculum at Chinese universities. There are currently 10 across the country that work closely together, with Xin’s own Nanjing University being the first. Nanjing’s Jewish Studies department is housed in the philosophy department, so the subject matter is more abstract, but other universities have their programs based in more diplomatic and political spheres. Many of the curricula include travel to Israel, now that the two countries have diplomatic relations. “Each and every one of my Ph.D. students goes to Israel,” Xin said. “We’re hoping we’re able to send some of them to America, to Jewish programs at various universities, because Israel is important, but also Jews in America are important.” Given that Jewish Studies are being taught by Chinese professors to students with almost no knowledge of Judaism — and most never having even met someone Jewish — the approach is different from Western academia, where a majority of the faculty has a Jewish background. “A lot of things are more or less the same, but the curriculum is different, because we have to meet Chinese needs in those ways,” Xin said. Rabbi Anson Laytner, a former director of the AJC’s Seattle chapter and current president of the California-based SinoJudaic Institute, agreed that though some aspects of the Chinese the education can be abstract, it all comes from admiration. “It’s absolutely accurate,” Laytner, who has known for more than 20 years, said. And, he added, “all of the negative stereotypes that Christian Europe and, to maybe a lesser degree, America have about Jews is turned on its head and have become positive virtues in China.”

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Jewish education in China goes back more than 150 years. Even early on, Jewish culture played a part in educating the Chinese people. “Asian Jewish literature — Hebrew literature — flourished in the second half of the 19th century in a new form, Yiddish literature,” Xin said. “In China we introduced Yiddish literature as new Jewish literature.” Seeing how Hebrew was, at that time, a dead language used only in sacred texts, the presence of a second, everyday Jewish language was an epiphany in educating a population that was 95 percent illiterate. “[If] you want to change that situation, the language should be everyday language. Not a classic they don’t use in their life,” Xin said. “How do you do it? You write
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