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Agencies get welcome surprise despite down campaign
7.5% increase over last year
Joel Magalnick Editor, JTNews
When the directors of local Jewish organizations opened up their email inboxes on June 17, most received a pleasant surprise: For the first time in three years their allocations from the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle’s annual community campaign had gone up. In some cases, the increase was significant. “We made some strategic decisions within the Federation budget this past year, and that allowed us to put more money into the allocations system,” said Richard Fruchter, the Federation’s president and CEO. In addition, with a reduction and shift in the way it pays dues to its umbrella organization, Jewish Federations of North America, the Seattle Federation’s Planning and Allocations committee had more money to work with, said Amy Wasser-Simpson, the Federation’s vice president for planning and community services. All told, allocations to the local agencies and international organizations — through the American-Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and Jewish Agency for Israel — increased by about 7.5 percent overall from last year. Wasser-Simpson gave much of the credit for the increased allocations to the agencies themselves, most of whom have for the past four years been working on honing their requests through an objective scoring process based upon several uniform criteria. “People are really taking seriously the attributes we developed,” she said. “Agencies are achieving higher scores and therefore increasing allocations.” Wasser-Simpson said the organizations that saw increases had been able to present themselves more clearly and concisely. “Some of them articulated what their programmatic pieces are in a way that gave Planning and Allocation members more insight into the work of the agency,” she said. Ken Weinberg, CEO of Jewish Family Service of Greater Seattle, said he received notification about his agency’s increased allocation as he began his normal Sunday morning ritual of diving into the New York Times with his wife. “I had a great Father’s Day, and it started with reading the allocation letter,” Weinberg said. “I was very, very pleased, very excited.” Nearly all of the increase to JFS — about $28,000 — will go toward emergency services. “Food, housing, heat in the winter, those are things that people simply can’t live without, and those things are an enormous challenge for us because the numbers of utilizers is
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Kids and adults alike enter the June 10 grand opening ceremony for the new Kesher Community Garden at the Stroum Jewish Community Center’s Mercer Island facility. The plot of land that once held a dilapidated house has been transformed over the past several months to a P-patch–style garden and learning center. Read more on page 6.
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israel must act
Rabbi Jessica kessleR MaRshall Temple beth or
We just celebrated the holiday of Shavuot, and when we explain this holiday, we typically say that we sanctify God’s giving us the Torah. But as modern Jews, is it possible to believe in revelation? Did any revelatory event in fact take place? How do we know which of these events are authentic and which are not? And what was revealed — a Divine presence? The Creator’s will? And how? In a book? In nature? In historical events? This holiday led me to explore more about the nature of revelation, and I found superb resources in Rabbi Neil Gillman’s Sacred Fragments: Recovering Theology for the Modern Jew. I offer three theological understandings of Revelation, each defining the Eternal and the nature of revelation differently. Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, founder of Reconstructionist Judaism, believed in religious naturalism. He saw God as a salvational activity, an actualization of personal and social fulfillment, and the elimination of all evils that stand in our way. Our human “discovery” of how to live religiously is the Eternal’s “revelation” to us — within the human mind. But if revelation and Torah are outcomes of natural human activity, what makes them unique and authoritative? Kaplan would respond that Torah is unique because it is ours. However, the locus of authority shifted from the supernatural God to the human community; the Jewish community has the power to define itself and to make changes as it determines appropriate. Some of us may wonder where our reinterpretations stop, and if anything can qualify as “Judaism,” how seriously would we take Torah and its hold on our lives? Tackling the nature of “commandedness,” early 20th-century philosopher Franz Rosenzweig employed an existential theology. Rosenzweig differentiated between law and command. He maintained that law was not part of the content of Revelation, but the sense of “being commanded” was. While law is impersonal, universal, and written in books, commands are personal, subjective, and experienced. What was revealed, then, was not the commandments, but the fact of being commanded. During revelation, our obligation was entirely spontaneous, a natural yearning to acknowledge the Eternal and God’s covenant with Israel. Similarly, in our deepest relationships, we are “commanded” or personally compelled to demonstrate our devotion and closeness. In the same way, Rosenzweig argues, God’s love for Israel inspires Israel to live in a certain way. The challenge is that our original spontaneous desire to acknowledge the Eternal’s command faded, and human beings changed the commands into laws, into an impersonal legal system empty of the spontaneity and of the emotion that characterized the original response to Divine presence. Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, another seminal modern theologian, elaborated on our understanding of Torah. Heschel maintains that our Torah is not pure Torah, but our ancestors’ and our own understanding of its contents. The Torah is midrash, a report about revelation. Authority comes from our understanding of the text, not necessarily the written words. These theologies raise numerous questions about Jewish authority and its implications for us. If the source of our authority is not the Torah itself, but our ancestors’ and our own understanding of its contents, what if we disagree with our ancestors’ interpretation? Is oral law, rabbinically generated, just as binding as Divine revelation? If the task for modern Jews is to repossess the emotional command to respond, what if rabbinic mitzvot do not further that intrinsic desire? Are we called to observe mitzvot without feeling an emotional connection? I believe that certain times call for observance of mitzvot regardless of our innate affinity. Jewish observance is not only about what “feels good,” and upholding tradition has its place. At the same time, I connect to the Eternal and experience revelation in ways that the rabbis did not prescribe. Without a visceral connection, Jewish authenticity and significance are severely attenuated. Our Torah teaches that the old set of tablets containing the Ten Commandments were placed alongside the new ones inside the mishkan, the tabernacle. We keep the laws with us, but we also carve our own new set of tablets. If the Eternal’s revelation is ongoing, and we are stirred to be in a relationship, then our everlasting command is to recapture our original sense of revelation.
Israel currently controls the lives of 2.5 million Palestinians in the West Bank. I therefore find it difficult to understand Wendy Rosen’s dire prediction (“The coming Palestinian winter,” June 10) that declaring a Palestinian state will mark an end to Israel as a Jewish state. It makes significantly more sense that to secure Israel’s Jewish majority and character, its leaders should act quickly to relinquish the occupied territories and make real progress toward a two-state solution. The West Bank settlements are a huge impediment to this goal. Not only are they an obstacle to peace with the Palestinians, a security liability and an economic drain, but also a terrible moral burden and a major contributor to Israel’s growing international isolation. It is incumbent upon American Jews who care about the democratic future of an Israel that is a “light unto the nations” that they not “check their liberalism at Zionism’s door” (in the words of journalist Peter Beinart). They would do Israel a greater service by challenging Israel’s behavior in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and by doing everything possible to bring about a Palestinian state. One cannot help but be concerned, as we watch current events unfold, that if more meaningful progress is not made in establishing a Palestinian state with the 1967 borders as a starting point, other forces will seize the initiative in shaping the Middle East. simcha shtull seattle
hoW Will you act?
As an infrequent visitor to the area I was interested in the JTNews and the opinions expressed in the letters written to your publication. The letter to Congress written in the J-Teen section (May 27) was interesting in what it did not say as opposed to what was written. All the ethical reasons for not standing by and getting involved in Libya were stated. What was missing was a personal statement of involvement, a statement of what part of “we should intervene” you personally will make. Will you talk from the sidelines, as in “send in the Marines” or will you volunteer to be part of the intervention? Will you join ROTC? Will you enlist to be an active part of the intervention? The letter was wonderful as far as it went in ethical thought, but it ended leaving me thinking you are very willing to send someone else’s son or husband or daughter to do what you are wanting to be done. The ethical act is incomplete without you personally completing it. The letter by Pastor Niemoller was his regret for not personally acting. I think you missed the whole point. There was a time that a president of ours said the same things as your ethical commitment. I believed JFK and volunteered. I was never sorry I did. Joseph schvimmer Pikesville, md.
unseal the Fortress
Just back from my seventh Israel teaching trip and read my favorite JTNews section: Letters. Re: Mr. Israel Kochin’s letter, “In Defense of Mom” (May 11): I agree. Israel desperately needs safety and security. Ditto Palestine. Mr. Kochin writes: “The author writes that my mother’s views imply that ‘she must have no moral compass’ if she cannot see the mitigating historical factors that motivate these terrorists.” Mr. Kochin attributes words to me I never wrote regarding terrorism; his inference that I am a terror supporter is so far out in left field it’s outside the park. I have been a public critic of Israel’s failed military campaigns and of terrorism: Hamas and Al-Aqsa for war crimes and crimes against humanity, especially murder-suicide bombings. In Jerusalem the week of May 9, Ha’aretz published an ad urging Netanyahu to press now for a Palestinian state. The all-Israeli signatories included former generals, military and civilian intelligence directors, and police heads. Israelis (and Diaspora supporters of Netanyahu) run the risk of appearing to support terrorism by their rejectionist stance. Yet the forthcoming (nonbinding) planned UN resolution granting recognition to a Palestinian state is exactly what late Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion and Jewish and Diaspora Jews sought: Palestinian recognition of Israel’s 1967 borders. If both sides recognized the other today, these still need negotiation:
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Rabbi Jessica Kessler Marshall serves Temple Beth Or in Everett and the Snohomish County community. She also officiates at lifecycle events throughout the Seattle area.
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so high,” Weinberg said. Of JFS’s allocation request, he said, “I think that we were much more explicit than we ever have been of the extent to which there is need in our community. I think we spelled that out extremely carefully both for JFS and for the Seattle Association for Jews with Disabilities.” SAJD, a subsidiary of JFS, received an increased allocation of $4,669 that will help to cover the fees its clients are increasingly unable to pay. For an organization that had prepared itself for the worst, “I know that the entire board of directors and my staff all feel an enormous sense of gratitude to the Federation for this increase,” Weinberg said. “We’re going to be able to do more of what we want to do, which is help more people who are in need.” Judy Neuman, CEO of the Stroum Jewish Community Center, felt the same sense of surprise, but also a validation of the strides her organization has made over the past few years. She said the JCC has been working hard to reach the requirements set forth by the Federation’s process, which asks for demonstration of collaboration between organizations, creating innovative programs, and adhering to its stated mission. “This allocation is really a vote of confidence and allows us to continue along the wonderful path we’re on,” Neuman said. The JCC’s increase of $23,931, to $320,131, will go toward infrastructure and for funding new and existing programs that Neuman said are necessary but not necessarily moneymakers. “The mission-driven programs don’t drive revenue, but they build community,” she said. Several educational and cultural organizations actually saw decreases in their allocations this year. Rivy Poupko Kletenik, head of school at Seattle Hebrew Academy, noted that despite a drop of $3,300, the school had received several gifts through the Federation’s Small and Simple grant program as well as $50,000 in an emergency grant and loan after a mudslide on the school’s property. “I think it all balances out,” Kletenik said. “It’s more of a package, and when you look at things like this you have to
look at it as a package.” The agencies that received more money Agency nAme finAl Agency AllocAtions fiscAl yeAr fiscAl yeAr did so at a time when 2012 2011 the community campaign’s revenue, for the HumAn need PillAr Jewish Family Service $375,575 $347,500 first time in many years, Kline Galland Center and Affiliates—Polack Adult Day Center only $11,997 $11,100 fell under $5 million. A Seattle Association for Jews with Disabilities $62,469 $57,800 number of factors came HumAn need totAls: $450,041 $416,400 into play for the smaller JewisH educAtion PillAr intake: The Federation BBYO—Evergreen Region $8,862 $8,200 closed the campaign Jewish Day School $122,885 $113,700 four months earlier than Jewish Studies Program at UW $9,900 $13,600 last year to allow for Menachem Mendel Seattle Cheder $19,021 $17,600 a transition to a new Northwest Yeshiva High School $52,635 $48,700 fundraising and alloSeattle Hebrew Academy $76,200 $79,500 cations model; several Seattle Jewish Community School $42,700 $43,200 larger donors did not WA State Holocaust Education Resource Center $4,500 $5,500 make a donation this Education Services $92,610 – year, costing the FederHebrew High $28,550 – ation several hundred JewisH educAtion totAls: $457,863 $330,000 thousand dollars in lost JewisH identity/community Building PillAr income; and the econAmerican Jewish Committee $5,700 $8,300 omy still played a part. Anti-Defamation League $8,000 $9,700 “Most of our donors Hillel: Foundation for Jewish Campus Life at the University of Washington $145,100 $140,300 Hillel—Washington State University $1,000 $1,000 either kept their gifts flat Hillel—Western Washington University $2,063 $2,100 or were able to increase JTNews $20,103 $18,600 a little bit,” Fruchter Stroum Jewish Community Center $320,131 $296,200 said. “We did bring new Washington State Jewish Historical Society $1,100 $1,300 donors into the mix, JewisH identity/community Building totAls: $503,197 $477,500 and that’s been helpworld Jewry PillAr ful to us. We have more Jewish Federations of North America $836,500 $1,107,800 new donors than many Taglit-Birthright Israel $13,077 $12,100 other communities in Partnership 2000/TIPS Unrestricted & Consulting/Programmatic Fees $94,894 $87,800 the country.” Elective and Supplemental Giving The Federation’s American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee— board recognized, howKhabarovsk Chesed Center $21,940 $20,300 ever, that the agency Kiryat Malachi - Emergency Medical Clinic $4,646 $4,300 could not continue to do SELAH: Israel Crisis Management Center—Partners in Healing $14,600 $18,900 business the same way Leket Israel $16,536 $15,300 YEDID Kiryat Malachi Citizens Rights Center $14,806 $13,700 it had with a $6 million world Jewry totAls: $1,016,999 $1,280,200 campaign and needed to take some drastic meareserves And contingency sures that included staff Emergency Capital Needs Fund $2,500 $1 Community Contingency Fund $2,689 $1 layoffs and shedding Community Research Fund $2,500 $1 several programs that Community Welfare Funerals Fund $$9,822 didn’t fit into its core reserves And contingency totAls: $7,689 $9,825 philanthropy model. Two of these prototAl: $2,435,789 $2,513,925 grams, Hebrew High and the education services department, had been on the chopping block earlier in the year but were instead coming year while a decision is made on this year, even though the funding for handed to Planning and Allocations, how or if they should continue. these positions will be coming from differwhich gave the programs line items for the “Those two positions will remain for ent places,” Fruchter said.
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Sowing the seeds of community
Supporters and partners of Stroum JCC’s new Kesher Garden are growing like weeds.
Kedó komo un gatiko en un kenar.
He was left like a little cat in a corner. Used when a man is so embarrassed and ashamed about something that transpires, that he has to retire to a corner with a sense of defeat. Or, when he loses an argument to a more articulate competitor, with no sensible comeback in sight.
beating breast cancer
A new facility at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Medical Center is making strides toward prevention and ease of treatment.
10 under 40
Introducing five of our ten rising stars in the Jewish Seattle sky. aaron Levine: Building his own field of dreams. rabbi Daniel Septimus: Clearing a rabbinic path. aaron and Emily alhadeff: A Jewish service power couple. Michael Taylor-Judd: Progressive City Council candidate with an “Obamica.” Joel Magalnick: Meet the man behind these pages.
Meeting a ‘tremendous need’
Four new Jewish preschools open this fall, spanning the spectrum of Jewish values.
coming of age at 83
Holocaust survivor Henry Friedman celebrates his Bar Mitzvah.
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THANK YOU! The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle thanks the thousands of members of Jewish community for your generous support of the many organizations that make our community a caring, sharing place to live. Our 2011 Community Campaign is now closed, and we are pleased to announce that we will be able to distribute increased funding back to our partner agencies in the community. A successful campaign, coupled with some strategic Federation budget management, along with lots of hard work by our volunteers and staff, have made this a gratifying year for our beneficiaries. “Your Federation strives throughout the year to deliver the greatest possible impact to our community,” noted Richard Fruchter, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are pleased to report a positive outcome to a challenging year, as well as share our excitement as we prepare to introduce a dynamic new philanthropic model. This program will help our donors engage with us, ensure they are able to express their passions through their Jewish giving, and offer even greater opportunities for funding to more Jewish organizations than ever before.” A complete list of this year’s allocations is available at www.JewishInSeattle.org.
Connections — and vegetables — grow from the mud at new JCC garden
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It came from mud. It took on a life of its own. It grew enormous, bigger than anyone expected, possibly changing its community irrevocably. It is not a golem. It’s the brand-new Kesher Community Garden at the Stroum Jewish Community Center on Mercer Island. And on June 10, shortly before the start of Shabbat, dozens of community members and volunteers gathered in the garden pathways, amid already-blooming flowers and ambitious vegetable starts, for speeches, a little noshing, a shehecheyanu, and the garden’s official launch. The idea for a garden is distinctly — if not exclusively — Jewish. Even the Talmud (Kedoshim 4:12) says, “It is forbidden to live in a town which has no garden or greenery.” The idea of caring for the earth resonates across all sectors of Judaism, notes Shannon Cruzen, the SJCC’s early childhood pedagogical coordinator. And since the community center attracts people from all across the Jewish spectrum, and even some from outside of it, there are benefits to something that resonates widely. Kesher means “connection” in Hebrew, and the SJCC staff, volunteers, and community members who created the garden hope connections — to other people and to the earth — will make up the garden’s most sizeable harvest. The space reflects this goal. The large mandala-shaped garden, located adjacent to the JCC’s building, features sixteen P-patch-style individual and family garden plots, eight learning garden beds, a shed with tools and educational materials, a fire pit, and soon a worm bin and solar panel for educational purposes. Oxbow Farm will deliver produce boxes for community-supported agriculture shares. Space for a larger farm area is still being dug out. The result is a therapeutic and nurturing garden for children and adults to gather, learn, share, and take care of the land. Even the individual P-patch plots feel more communal than separate; many feature small plants with tags declaring them to be gifts from a neighboring gardener. “It’s really fun because we’ve got a whole bunch of other kids helping,” said 9-year-old Kiara as she tended her plot with her brother Antonio, 10, and sister Eleanor, 6. “You don’t just work on your own patch. If someone else is busy, you can water their patch and help them.” The idea for the garden was in gestation for several years. The space was a mess — an enormous, soggy, muddy stretch of land, the site of a former house that had been donated. Nobody had thought of a garden there, not even Lisa Porad; the garden was her brainchild, born as she sat in a room with Matt Grogan, the Senior Operations Director at the SJCC, tossing out ideas. She figured they’d tear up a modestsized piece of lawn and plant a tiny garden. But momentum grew: The donated space by the center was available. The staff reeled in a committee of individuals and organizations. “Once we started, it was one of those amazing things that person after person after person kept coming and saying, ‘How can I get involved? How can I help?’” said Porad. She was surprised in particular about not just how many people have gotten involved with the project in significant ways, but who those people have been: Existing JCC members she would never have thought would care about a garden; people who had never been part of the JCC community; Jews and non-Jews. As the idea grew, so did the need for space, and JCC leaders began to eye the plot of land next door. “The space was a disaster. We had the mud to begin with, but we picked the rainiest spring in history to do this,” Grogan said. The weather pushed work crews behind by three months, but those aspects that can’t be controlled are just, as Grogan said, part of the process. As they worked, the gardeners met Heide Felton, founder of the organization Garden-Based Education, and Rita Howard, a therapeutic-garden designer and writer who has developed curricula for a number of local school garden programs. With Felton’s and Howard’s contributions, the vision expanded beyond a simple P-patch to a vibrant, educational setting to support the JCC’s school programs and other existing educational programs. Support for educational gardens has blossomed in recent years, sparked in part by visible programs like Alice Waters’s Edible Schoolyard project in Berkeley, as well as local efforts. Northwest groups such as the Puget Sound School Gardens Collective advocate for and support school gardens, highlighting educational, developmental, social and nutritional benefits. Howard noted that educational benefits of gardening vary by age group, something good curricula must reflect. For younger kids, focusing on hand-eye coordination, detail, and sensory experience are critical. Digging builds skills and curiosity. Older youth can get more into the science of gardening, testing soil pH and temperature, sampling for insect life, learning about fertilization, or analyzing weather. But a garden educates anyone. “Everybody eats, right?” Howard said. “So harvesting and eating works for all ages. There are so many people who didn’t have the experience of picking and eating fresh food.”
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Do you have a teenager interested in his or her community? Do you know a high school student for whom philanthropy is an important value? J.Team might just be the perfect program! J.Team is the Jewish Federation’s teen philanthropy program. During the school year, the participants learn how to: select an organization for funding consideration; research and evaluate funding requests; and make decisions as a team that result in substantial grants to life-changing organizations. Applications for the 2011-2012 J.Team are now open and due on June 30. For an application or additional information, visit www.JewishInSeattle.org/JTeam.
Cardozo Society: Jewish Legal Community Honors Judge Carol Schapira
From left: Aric Bomsztyk, Aaron Kiviat, Judge Carol Schapira, Robert Spitzer, Dan Swedlow
On Thursday, June 2, King County Superior Court Judge Carol Schapira received the L’Dor V’Dor award from the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle at the Cardozo Society’s third annual year-end reception. Nearly 90 members of the legal community, plus family and friends, gathered in the Chinese Room on the 35th floor of the historic Smith Tower to honor Judge Schapira’s distinguished career of leadership and service as a trial lawyer, Director of Legal Services for the Seattle Indian Center, and on the King County Superior Court. Washington’s Jewish attorneys, judges and law students also looked back on another successful year of continuing education and giving, and welcomed Dan Swedlow as incoming co-chair of the Cardozo Society. The Jewish Federation’s Cardozo Society of Washington State strengthens relationships among Jewish legal professionals and law students in Washington through education, leadership, philanthropy and working together to enhance the quality of Jewish life in Washington, Israel and throughout the world.
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naturopath Catie Morse checks out the Kesher Garden’s first strawberry.
Perhaps, she said, that will be the key to its success. “If we’re really serious about sustainability, we have to make sure kids have an understanding of the fact that food comes from the earth,” she said. “That’s a real investment in sustainability.” Besides, Howard added, there aren’t a lot of places kids can engage in meaningful work, and can share the setting and results of that work with a larger community. To the JCC’s Grogan, it’s the bringing in of people new and old that really matters. Half the P-patchers had never been to the SJCC before, and are now welcomed into the community. “When we had the first planting day, it was everything we could have dreamed of,” he said. At the garden’s opening ceremony, a
woman came up and asked Grogan if he recognized her. His face grew into a grin; now 36, she was a mischievous 6-year-old when she first started spending time at the SJCC. Though Grogan has been at the center a long time, he said he never would have seen something like the garden coming 10 or 20 years ago. But the SJCC’s ideas have grown tremendously before. A tiny softball league formed 26 years ago, Grogan said, grew into the largest league in Washington State. If the idea is ready to happen, and there’s momentum in the community, the right people will come along. “Be open to everything,” he said. People have stepped up and donated their time, supplies and labor, the equivalent of $70,000 in three months, including $20,000 in cash. “People,” Grogan said, “want to be part of something successful — probably have been wanting to be part of something really good happening at the J. And this is something really good happening at the J.” Families are on the waiting list for garden patches as the center builds more. Catie Morse, a naturopathic student, is now offering classes on medicinal herbs and naturopathic medicine. There is a lecture series, a senior gardening club, plans for a shelter, a platform for gathering and education, an oven, and other ideas. Once it is fully completed, the JCC will partner with local restaurants to serve herbs and vegetables it has grown. Bent over a patch, a woman admired the plants and said to her companion, “I wonder what they’re growing.” It might have been broccoli. It might have been connections. We’ll likely see more of both over the next few months.
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a new medical center offers new ways to hope
Janis siegel JTNews Correspondent
The women who have their breast health check-ups at Hadassah Medical Center’s new Marlene Greenebaum Multidisciplinary Breast Center at Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem campus won’t only have the convenience of some of Israel’s best medical professionals, from oncologists to plastic surgeons, in one clinic, they will also have the peace of mind that comes from promising recent statistics: 90 percent of women diagnosed early will most likely survive. The center is a one-stop shop where both men and women — although the incidence of male breast cancer is rare — can seamlessly visit with specialists, often during the same appointment, alleviating the needless stress of waiting days for follow-up procedures and running from one appointment to another. “We try to give the woman the best service possible to reduce her stress as much as we can,” Dr. Einat Carmon, a surgeon in the department of surgery at the Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem told JTNews. “Having everything done at the same place is much more convenient for the woman.” Carmon visited Seattle earlier this month for a Hadassah panel on breast cancer. A specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, the 36-yearold surgeon and soon-to-be mother of two spoke to a group of 70 women at Seattle Chapter Hadassah’s campaign kickoff for the women’s Zionist organization’s fall fundraising event, Breast Cancer Exposed! The gala fundraising event at Seattle’s Fairmont Olympic Hotel on September 21, 2011, is designed to raise awareness of prevention strategies and to raise money to find a cure. Speakers at the event will include Breast Cancer Exposed! honorary chair Mary Alhadeff, a Seattle native who survived a rare form of breast cancer as a young mother of twins and a new baby, and the gala’s keynote speaker, Jessica Queller, writer and producer for the TV show “Gossip Girl.” Queller is the author of the memoir Pretty is What Changes: Impossible Choices, the Breast Cancer Gene, and How I Defied My Destiny. She will tell her story of how a single 30-something woman enjoying her life in Hollywood writing for hit shows that included “Felicity,” and “Gilmore Girls” coped with her breast cancer diagnosis. “We hope to have a lot of survivors in the room,” said Naomi Newman, marketing chair for the event. “Our goal is to raise $200,000 for the center. We are working on corporate sponsorship to offset the cost of the event so that the lion’s share will go toward the research.” Although breast cancer is at epidemic proportions around the world and at a national high in the Seattle-Puget Sound region, all women, and specifically, Eastern European Jewish women, should investigate the incidence of breast cancer in their family as a first line of defense, said Carmon. She advised women to first find out if they have a family history of the breast cancer gene’s two genetic mutations, BRCA1 and BRCA2, because they correlate with a significantly higher incidence of developing the disease. “This is an extremely common disease that will affect a lot of women,” Carmon said. “About 90 percent of cases are not hereditary, so every woman is at risk. The non-BRCA [mutation] carrier Jewish woman has to be screened just as often as the woman who is not Jewish.” Between 20 and 50 percent of BRCA carriers will never get the disease, Carmon said. Ashkenazi women with no history of breast cancer in their families have a one in 10 incidence of developing breast cancer. “In the general population, one in eight women, or 12 percent, has a lifetime risk of getting breast cancer,” continued Carmon. “However, in the Ashkenazi Jewish population, one out of 40, or 2.5 percent of people are carriers of the BRCA mutations. For them, there is a 50 to 80 percent chance of getting breast cancer. They have a much higher risk of being a BRCA [mutation] carrier compared to the general population and need more close surveillance or preventive measures.” Recently, Hadassah researchers found two additional BRCA mutations in the Sephardic population, one in BRCA1 and one in BRCA2, but, she added, they are not nearly as prevalent as the Ashkenazi BRCA mutations. In addition, about 10 to 15 women out of 100 who have a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation will develop ovarian cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control, but for women who have both mutations, the risk for early breast cancer and ovarian cancer is greatly increased. Other lesser known risk factors for developing breast cancer include having children at the age of 30 or later, which Carmon said nearly doubles the risk of developing breast cancer when compared to the incidence of cancer found in women who had their first child when they were 18. Similarly, there is no exact statistic for the incidence of developing breast cancer in women who haven’t had any children, but they have an even higher risk, said Carmon. Hadassah researchers want women to consider their own risk factors and choose the best diagnostic approaches for themselves. They may include breast self-exam, digital mammography, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging or MRIs, genetic
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We all know the words “Honor thy mother and father.” That’s easy to say and sometimes not so easy to do. Here, we’ve made it in a little trickier by including five phrases where your MA and PA encourage their progeny to follow close upon their heels.
ACROSS 1 Humorist Bombeck 4 First reindeer name-checked by Clement Moore 10 Bulk 14 Bill addition 15 Mysteries of the occult 16 Seth’s first son 17 Kelly of daytime TV 18 Song in which “someone left the cake out in the rain” 20 “___ takers?” 21 Antibiotic target 22 “Bonjour, ___ amis!” 23 Like an unsuccessful visa application 25 Lunges toward, as with a fork 29 River in central Germany 30 Star Trek character named after an Asian sea 32 Show boredom 33 Medicine cabinet staples 37 D.C. baseballer 38 Domino function 41 Days of ___ Lives 42 ___ the wall (excoriated) 43 Ars Amatoria poet 45 Swear 46 Stun 50 Lions and tigers, but not bears 52 Moses’s sister 54 Org. on a toothbrush box 55 Belch forth 57 Eureka-to-Seattle dir. 58 In 2010, the Boxing Writers Association of America named him Fighter of the Decade 62 Reason for a doctor’s visit 63 Gorilla who can read signs 64 Home of the SuperMall 65 HS dropout’s test 66 Jacob’s twin brother 67 Jetta alternative 68 Where MDs perform triage
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DOWN 1 Brokerage company with an asterisk in its name 2 Came down in sheets 3 2008 Mark Wahlberg movie based on a video game 4 ___ control (spin doctor’s specialty) 5 Like a rainbow 6 Harrison Ford has one on his chin 7 Injure 8 Leafy Tolkien creature 9 “Go team!” 10 As a result of this 11 Pawn-capturing move 12 ___ all intents and purposes 13 Sound accompanying a finger wag 19 Lucy’s Kill Bill co-star 24 The Hurt Locker setting 25 Water park features 26 Made some grand adjustments? 27 On vacation 28 Inside the NBA channel 30 The Dog Star 31 Russian range 34 Optimistic forecast 35 “Shalom!” 36 Small fight 38 Pale purple 39 Home of Radio Ceylon 40 Sound of a souped-up engine 41 Punch to the breadbasket reaction 44 ___ Hear About the Morgans? (2009 Hugh Grant film) 47 Where a surfer might end up 48 Less staid 49 Corrects 51 City in California’s wine country 52 Ben Stiller’s mom Anne 53 “Forget it!” 55 Long lunches? 56 Papal name that’s a homophone of a word meaning “deeply religious” 58 Earn 59 Social Security IDs 60 Word with ice or salary 61 Sine ___ non
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For the second year, JTNews and jew-ish.com present 10 members of our Jewish community under the age of 40 who are making a difference. Whether it’s in the realm of Judaism, business, the arts, or even sports, these exceptional individuals have shown a commitment and dedication to what they do, often for little more than the satisfaction of a job well done. We are splitting the 10 over two issues, so stay tuned for our remaining five — but you’ll just have to wait to see what we have in store for them.
eMily k. alhaDeff assistant Editor, JTNews
When I ask sports anchor Aaron Levine about his passions outside of work, he replies: Golf. Levine, 29, is the lead sports anchor Monday through Thursday on the Fox Network’s Seattle affiliate Q13. He also hosts his own half-hour show, “Q It Up,” on Sunday nights. Levine pretty much eats, sleeps and breathes sports. “My first love was the L.A. Lakers,” Levine says. “My other passion beginning in high school was writing.” Sports journalism fuses his love of the game with his love of writing. “I always wanted to be a sports journalist,” says Levine. “My mom always reminds me that I was reading the sports section of the L.A. Times when I was 4 or 5 years old.” Levine’s star is rising. He recently won the Pacific Northwest Regional Emmy award for best sports anchor in 2009 and 2010. But as anyone in journalism can tell you, success comes with grunt work. Levine covered sports on his college radio station and in the paper, and then, in his senior year, he came within inches of scoring a year-long gig as an ESPN SportsCenter anchor through the “Dream Job” competition. ESPN “did a casting call for anyone who wanted to be an anchor, but you couldn’t have any professional experience,” he says. As a finalist, Levine had to take a quarter off from school during his senior year to fly back and forth between San Francisco and New York. He was runner-up. “In fact, I’m extremely happy that I didn’t win the ‘Dream Job’ show,” he says. “I didn’t have enough experience to start at ESPN.” Instead, he spent the next two-and-ahalf years reporting for KBAK in Bakersfield, Calif., trying to break in. “I had to do everything for myself,” he
Building his own field of dreams
says, spending endless hours on the road covering stories for Cal State Bakersfield, five minor-league baseball teams, and 24 high school teams. At Fox since 2007, “I still do everything for the most part. I write, edit, produce, on a daily basis,” he says. “I put feature packages together. I go to press conferences, interview athletes and coaches.” He notes how fortunate he is to have creative freedom. He begins each edition of “Q It Up” with a commentary, something different from most sports shows. “I consider myself to be extremely fortunate to be a media director of the top-15 media market,” he says, adding, “I felt lucky to get a job in Seattle at the age of 25.” Levine was raised in Calabasas, Calif., attending Hebrew school and traveling to Israel three times before the age of 11. He considers his Judaism unique: His mother, who is Filipino, converted before he was born. Though he does not consider himself observant, he says with conviction, “I definitely identify myself as a Jew.” Due to the coinciding nature of the sports calendar and the Jewish calendar, he adds, “If I have a regret it’s not being able to go to be with my family for the holidays.” And no, he never gets sick of sports. “However, when it’s your job you don’t appreciate sports as much as fans,” he says. On his days off, when he’s not playing golf, “I’m a huge homebody,” holing himself up with movies and TV. The industry is “more stressful than people give us credit for,” he remarks. “I tend to sleep all day,” says Levine. “I’m not afraid to admit that.”
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Rabbi Daniel Septimus:
Joel Magalnick Editor, JTNews
He’s still got about a week before he officially steps into his role as Temple De Hirsch Sinai’s director of congregational learning, but participants at an early childhood educators’ conference earlier this week certainly got a taste of what’s to come. Rabbi Daniel Septimus spoke animatedly about this week’s Torah portion — of the man Korach and his followers who challenged Moses — and brought the story into the context of the evening. “Rather than lash back, he demonstrates confidence in his leadership,” Daniel told the educators. “We should model good behavior as Moses does for us.” This young associate rabbi was right at the point in his career where he could have found a pulpit in a smaller city and served out his career there or used it as a stepping stone to lead a congregation the size of the one where he has spent the past four years. But Daniel, 32, decided to step off that track and head in a direction he knew he should go. His new role means he will be taking a holistic approach to educating his congregants. “It’s always been a passion of mine, teaching and learning, and learning to really create innovative programs,” he says. “Last year, in particular, I began to think about a position like this because this is kind of a new thing in the education world.” The temple’s board agreed, and asked him to step in as the new director. The team that runs the temple’s religion school will stay in place, and Daniel will put more of an emphasis on early childhood and adult learning to round out the synagogue’s offerings — and unite them where possible. When Daniel arrived in Seattle fresh from his training in 2007, he and his wife
Stepping off the track
Aaron and Emily Alhadeff:
The next generation of communal leadership
Joel Magalnick Editor, JTNews
Rabbi Daniel Septimus gives a d’var Torah to a group of educators in one of his first acts as Temple De Hirsch Sinai’s director of congregational learning.
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Family comes first for aaron and emily alhadeff, but the respective organizations they dedicate their lives to take a close second.
Amanda settled in South Seattle. “We really love living in Columbia City,” he says, “we’re proud of the fact that we’re in one of the most diverse areas of the country.” From the start, this new rabbi began building a program for people in his age group, something that had long been a challenge for the city’s oldest Reform congregation. “His starting The Tribe has far surpassed any historic success we’ve had,” says Larry Broder, Temple De Hirsch Sinai’s executive director. “He’s brought
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Both Emily and Aaron Alhadeff shy away from being called the Seattle Jewish community’s up-and-coming power couple. But Emily is on the verge of taking the presidency of one of Seattle’s two largest and most visible organizations, and Aaron is a year from becoming president of the other. That noted, however, they come by their titles honestly if we mention how this story really begins: At the Stroum Jewish Community Center’s preschool, where these two Seattle natives first met more than 30 years ago. Yes, they have known each other that long.
From there both attended the Jewish Day School, but then their paths diverged for a time — different high schools and colleges — but their paths still crossed at Temple De Hirsch Sinai’s religion school. That they would embed themselves and their children into Seattle’s Jewish community now feels natural to them. “JFS has always been a part of my life,” says Emily, 35, who on July 1 will become president of the board of Jewish Family Service. Her father, Dennis Warshal, was on the board when she was growing up. Her family used JFS for family counseling. And fresh out of school with a degree in social work, Emily’s first paying job was at JFS. From there she worked at the Harborview trauma center and for the past few years has been a stay-at-home to her two kids, ages 5 and 2. But she never really left JFS. “When I was asked to be on the board I was just so honored, because to be so closely associated with that agency is so special,” Emily says. “Every employee that works for JFS is so completely dedicated to the mission, and that really translates in the work that they do.” As board president, Emily’s main focus will be on fundraising, in part to shore up the $30-plus million strategic plan that includes JFS’s current $9 million buildingexpansion project. “Everyone is feeling the pinch. Our institutional funding sources are not able to fund us in the ways that they’ve been able to in the past, and we need to rely
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Although he is running for office — Seattle City Council Position 1 — Michael Taylor-Judd says, “I’m pretty busy, but I’m not sure my life is radically different” from before. The 36-year-old continues to work part-time at the foundation for Health Care Quality, where he’s worked for eight years. That organization tracks healthcare practices and progress, advocating for things like surgical checklists in operating rooms and standards of cardiac procedures in hospitals. And Taylor-Judd is still the local political activist he’s been since he moved to Seattle to canvass door-to-door for state healthcare 13 years ago. Growing up in Southern California, he was active in USY at Temple Beth Emet in Anaheim. Now he’s a board member of Kol HaNeshemah in West Seattle and sings in the choir there. He sees a direct connection between his years of social activism and religion. “Something about the Jewish education that we get…we try to improve the world we live in, try to get other people on board to improve the world, and fight for others,” he says. “I think that has a lot to do with religion.” A deep admirer of the late Sen. Paul Wellstone, a progressive Democratic Party leader, Taylor-Judd feels his motivation to help others comes “from a deep-rooted source within.” Taylor-Judd’s campaign focuses on three major issues facing Seattle: transportation — transportation equity in particular, affordable housing, and support for education and youth and family programs. “There are lots of details under those,” he says. He’s running against the well-known
Jean Godden and two other candidates, so his name will appear on the primary ballot in August. The top two vote-getters will appear on the fall ballot. When we spoke last Friday, he’d just wrapped up a particularly demanding week attending state Democratic Party endorsement meetings. He’s been active in the party, too, “including trying to resurrect the LGBT caucus,” — successfully — “and being active in the Jewish caucus.” He’s working on the perpetual problem of events being scheduled on Jewish holidays and Saturdays, not because of discrimination but because “people don’t seem to be aware,” he says. To raise their awareness he wore his “Obamica” — a bright blue kippah with the president’s name emblazoned on it — to the state Democratic convention and tries “to make sure I’m always wearing one at Democratic Party events,” he says. He’s proud of the party “for stepping up” to address the issue. In Seattle, Taylor-Judd has been active in marriage equality and transportation issues. He’s helped to bring a bus-service funding problem to the attention of King County Metro, in which Seattle was slated to receive only 20 percent of Metro’s monies, even though it accounts for 75 percent of bus service. A new plan passed by a regional task force will go to the County Council soon. He also worked on the “Sound Transit 2” ballot measure, bringing light rail to the University District and Eastside. No matter the results of the primary, Taylor-Judd will be taking Labor Day weekend off to staff the admission gates for the Bumbershoot music festival, as he has done since 1998. “It makes me feel part of the community,” he says.
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“Make sure you say I’m a very forgiving editor,” says Joel Magalnick as we sit down to talk near his home in Seattle’s Ravenna neighborhood. I’ve wondered for years when I could turn my keyboard on the man who says “yea” or “nay” to my story ideas. Now 39, this paper’s editor has been nominated (not by himself) as one of our 10 under 40, giving me my opportunity. As editor for the past eight years of our state’s only Jewish newspaper, Joel works “very hard to promote our community,” to let readers know what’s going on and to give “as many people as possible a voice.” Joel also hopes the JTNews is “shining light where there needs to be light shined,” exposing problems and issues in the community. “I try to do that the best that I can given the size and politics within our community.” Fortunately, there’s not “a whole lot that’s scandalous that’s going on,” he says, but concerns do need to be aired. “Sometimes it has to be uncomfortable.” Of course, being in journalism means being the target of some vitriol. He most often hears the JTNews is “either too left wing or too right wing” — often considered a mark of balance. Israel, though, is one subject that keeps him up at night, especially if the invective is directed at JTNews. “I find it patently ridiculous that someone would call the paper or me anti-Israel,” he says. “We have to reflect the opinions of everyone in the community.” Joel sees an increasing division and hostility between some local organizations on the subject. He also worries about “the rise of delegitimization” of Israel around the world and an increase in anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism. Joel and his wife Jenn, an early childhood specialist for the Union for Reform Judaism, met in Israel while doing a year abroad at Hebrew University. After Joel graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in journalism, the couple moved around the country before settling in Seattle. He had been working in web design and moved here for a dot-com job, just in time for the bubble to burst. He started freelancing and eventually landed in his current job. Joel — and print editors everywhere — are preoccupied with moving profitably into the 21st century. Actually, “we’re here
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in the 21st century,” he says of the former Transcript, with more online readers than print subscribers and an iPad app coming. A companion site developed by Joel for younger adults, Jew-ish.com, is gaining traction, and both publications are active
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on Twitter and Facebook. The 21st-century challenge is in making a profit. The traditional print advertising model doesn’t work on screen, but advertisers are shying away from print media, which is why publications have shrunk. There’s not less news, just less advertising. Electronic publishing could work well by “making publications more efficient,” focusing “more on gathering the news and less on distribution,” Joel says. The Jewish publishing world can take advantage of being “small and nimble,” to test ideas like the various guides that come with the JTNews: The Guide to Jewish Washington, the Professional Directory and Northwest Jewish Family. Joel jokes that he’s been called a “model of Jewish continuity,” with the requisite years of Hebrew school (Denver’s Rodef Shalom) and camp (Ramah in California). Living in Ravenna with Jenn and their two young sons, Joel observes that he is at “the crossroads of rabbis taking walks.” At Third Place Books, his local bookstore and hangout, rabbis and Jewish community members he runs into might not pitch him stories, but “they’ll often tell me stuff that’s going on.” For one, he now has two children. “Fatherhood is unbelievable,” Daniel says. “There’s nothing better than watching your kids growing up.” Becoming a parent has meant changes in his professional outlook as well. “Certainly early childhood is more on my radar than it was before,” he says. Though Daniel says it hadn’t occurred to him when he received his ordination that he could step off the typical rabbi track and focus on building an education program, it also feels right to him. “That’s where my passion is,” he says. was asked to join the board. In 15 months he will become the JCC’s president. “There are more and more Jewish people that aren’t affiliated at synagogues,” Aaron says. “The JCC is a natural place to plug in to get Jewish life and culture.” Professionally, Aaron is president of Elttaes Enterprises, which focuses on investments and owns such local properties as the Majestic Bay Theater in Ballard. His parents and grandparents are longtime philanthropists in Seattle’s Jewish community, and even from an early age they instilled in him a desire to help people who don’t have what he does. “I was always raised that it’s been a privilege and an honor to give back to our community,” Aaron says. “It’s not a burden or a tax.” Judy Neuman, the JCC’s CEO, calls Aaron remarkable. “The time and commitment and passion that Aaron has, specifically for the J, is just unparalleled. His heart and soul are in this place,” Neuman says. “If you need help, or you need an idea, or you just need an extra person to come and sit and think with you, he’s always there. He always answers the call.”
new members to the congregation, he’s brought a vitality and a zeal for more to the congregation and to that community of young folks.” Emily Alhadeff, a life-long Temple De Hirsch Sinai member and one of the other 10 Jews under 40 we recognized, agrees. “He’s such a wonderful asset to his community,” she says. “We’re so lucky to have him.” Four years can bring a lot of changes to a person’s life, and Daniel is no exception.
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more and more on individual donors,” she says. “[Emily] is truly a person who cares very, very deeply about people who are in need, with her whole heart and soul,” said Ken Weinberg, CEO of JFS. “This is a young woman who really cares.” Weinberg noted that as a social worker who worked “in the trenches,” Emily understands the needs of people who work in social service fields. “She did not choose the easy path,” he said. “As a result of doing that she not only developed skills in working with people, it further developed her own empathy and it also developed her own understanding of what it means to be a staff person.” After Aaron returned to Seattle from some time living in San Francisco, he went back to a place that he had spent so much time during his teen years: The Stroum JCC. “When I came back, it was the first place I wanted to plug back in and give some of my time and energy,” he says. As these things often happen, Aaron, 35, started on a committee and from there
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Supporters and clients of Jewish Family Service in Seattle are already aware of the construction project that has dominated the organization’s land at the corner of 16th Avenue and Pine Street for the past few months. Ed Weinstein, architect of JFS’s new offices, just received the 2011 American Institute of Architects Seattle Medal of Honor, presented to him at the annual AIA Honors dinner in May. AIA board president George Shaw recognized the “consistently exceptional quality of [Ed’s] firm’s work” as well as “Ed’s generous, open, engaging, down-toearth personality [which has] has clearly made its mark on our profession and our community.” “I felt very honored,” said Ed, noting that while the award is given for lifetime achievement, “in many respects I feel that I’m only mid-career. “It was very much a surprise; I consider myself to be a young pup.” Ed has been involved in the Jewish community both as a professional and a volunteer for many years. He and his wife Marcia Friedman are long-time members of Temple De Hirsch Sinai and of the Stroum Jewish Community Center, and he has served on the facilities committee of the former and the board of the latter. Growing up in Aberdeen, Wash., in a merchant family, he was always interested in architecture.
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“I enjoyed drawing and building models,” and his mother suggested the career over those more traditional “Jewish” careers of doctor or lawyer. She thought his clients might be happier. Ed shared this anecdote with the audience at the awards dinner to quite a bit of laughter — which you’ll understand if you’ve been on either end of a building or remodeling project. Coming to Seattle in the late 1960s to attend architecture school at the University of Washington, he added two years of grad school at Harvard before returning to Seattle. He worked for others here for a short while before forming his own firm. “We’re very experienced in working for not-for-profits,” he says of Weinstein A/U, which has taken on a wide variety of public and private building projects, including TDHS’s Bellevue building. Designing the JFS project was particularly challenging “because of the tight space and the need to keep them in business [on-site],” he says. The staff has continued to use the existing Jessie Danz building and the food bank has been operating during construction, too. What we remember as the parking lot provided the footprint for the new building. On its completion in December, staff will move in and renovations on the “old” building will begin. On completion, JFS will be almost double its current size, at 33,500 square feet.
We last heard from Jake Bobman four years ago when he graduated from Mercer Island High School and was on his way to the University of Washington honors program. As a National Merit Scholar, a Washington State Scholar and class valedictorian, we certainly had high hopes for this young man who said then that he planned to blend his academic interests with a desire Jake Bobman to help others. Back then he expected to double major in biochemistry and math. He achieved that goal, graduating with two degrees, a BS in mathematics with college honors and a BA in biochemistry, but bettered his predictions by adding minors in music, chemistry, and international studies. With all that to his credit, it’s no surprise that Jake is the 2011 UW president’s medalist for his class, an award given to the graduating senior with the University’s most distinguished academic record. He was presented with the award by UW interim president Phyllis Wise at commencement on June 11. While at UW, Jake worked in the Kim Laboratory conducting behavioral neuro-
science research and wrote his honors mathematics thesis on cryptography research focusing on “a type of public key cryptography and how it protects patient privacy,” he explained. He studied abroad in Costa Rica, sang with the UW Vocal Jazz Ensemble and Men’s Glee Club, and held leadership positions within the honors program. Jake is the son of Karen and Bruce and grandson of the late Rae and Jack Tacher and Marcia and the late Joseph Bobman. The Bobmans are longtime members of Temple De Hirsch Sinai, and Jake is a longtime active volunteer in our community. As anticipated by Jake four years ago, he is headed to medical school, attending Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons on a full-tuition merit scholarship. “It’s extremely exciting,” he says and he’s “looking forward to experiencing a new city.” But for now he’s just hoping for “time with family and friends and having a relaxing summer before going to medical school.”
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Rivy PouPko kletenik JTNews Columnist
Dear Rivy, I am being urged by just about everyone I know to get on Facebook. My friends are threatening to write me off saying that I am “out of it.” I am not old nor am I not hip — I actually think I am quite with it. I am just not into the Facebook thing. I have ventured onto my friends’ Facebook pages and find the whole thing somewhat revolting. I feel that there is something decidedly not Jewish about the whole thing. What is your take on it? It can similarly, suddenly take on the accoutrements of a dimly lit salon, a whispered, furtive, soul-bearing intimacy revealed — to the whole world! It is a bulletin board, a message board, a family picture album, a community newsletter, and a street corner with many a fanatic standing on a soap box demanding your ear. It is the wave of the future! We humans love to communicate, from cave wall scratches to high-tech tweets. This is who we are and how we do business. What are the Jewish values that should inform our Facebook usage? To this need I offer you “Masechet Facebook” a “Mishnaic” approach to this newfangled of foibles. • From what time may one post updates on Facebook? From the time that the first morning milk is steamed for lattes at Starbucks. No desperate, irresponsible, middle-of-the-night postings. These cannot be trusted. The rabbis add: Review your words carefully before hitting “share.” Once it happened that the sons of Rabbi G. came home so late from a wedding feast and shared…too much! • Mark Z. received the tradition from those at Harvard who came before him, such as Bill G. He should have said three things: Be not the one to reveal a secret confided in trust, degrade not the business from which you draw a check, and be not of the students of those who bore us with their mundane fripperies. • He was wont to say, “Let your home page be modest and open to those you choose; let your information be guarded lest it incite the jealousies of others or draw you into bitter waters — for once drawn into such evil, Heaven’s name may become profaned.” • Who desires long life? Who loves peace and seeks to pursue it? The one who causes no grief through their postings. They guard their keyboard from harm; they lead no one down paths of illicit intrigue. • How many postings may a man or woman post in an hour? Or how many postings may a man or woman post in a day? As many as will not bring tedium to those who follow them. “What’s for dinner” is acceptable to some, others tire of such news. All agree that marriage proposals are to remain private while engagements must be shared. • Be cautious of braggadocio, our rabbis teach; “blessings are found only in that which is hidden from the eye.” • The rabbis said: Which is the right way to choose to link videos, to post upcoming events, or even to “Like” that which you see? The right way is the middle path — not too much nor too few. Be not the one to “Like” it all. • With whom may we connect, with whom may we not connect? We may connect with all whom we know; but do not be fooled — real connections need time and attention. Do not mistake the casual for the real. Nor be fooled by concern of the virtual — face time is more precious than Facebook. • Excellent is Facebook together with Torah, for without Torah one might come to set aside the feelings of others. Heed yourself lest you become an addict; too much time with hand-held devices of plastic might put a person out of this world. • It is not incumbent upon you to share every video that comes your way; your chuckle is not always the chuckle of others; refrain from forwarding all that comes your way. • Find friends who you may know with caution and care — connect with wisdom, not whim. • Reward is waiting for those who inspire others to do good, who share words of Torah and opportunities to do tzedakah and righteousness. They who bring others to mitzvah through postings will have eternal life. • You will not come into the power of sin if you know what is above thee: A cloud that deletes nothing, eyes that see everything where all your postings are forever recorded; your deeds in data centers and your actions in search engines will find you. • Know that whatever the Holy One created in this world is for His glory — even Facebook — the rest is commentary. Amen.
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I feel your pain. But it’s time to come face-to-face with Facebook. Mark Z., here we come. Your calling it revolting seems strong; what did you catch a glimpse of, Anthony Weiner’s postings? Hope not — that’s far from the best in show. That said, the time has come to cast the Facebooking of America under the scorching scrutiny of the lens of Torah. But first, what is this thing we call Facebook? It is at once a rolling marquee of updates — postings, if you will, of all of your “friends” — who might include just about anyone you’ve ever met anytime in your life, from your nursery schoolmates through your college buddies up to and including yesterday’s new acquaintances. It is a busy percolating town square where you bump into just about everyone you know, exchange a quick hello, a “what’s up” check-in, and continue on your way — all day long!
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June 24 through July 17 Garden of monsters Play Port Townsend playwright Mara Lathrop’s Garden of Monsters starts with the liberation of Dachau and spans 100 years, four generations and several countries, and highlights the epic struggles of life and death, faith, pregnancy and loss. Described as “an epic tapestry in which hope itself travels a perilous journey,” Lathrop uses her own family’s Holocaust experience to share a message of healing the world. It’s part morality tale, part prophecy, part clowns. Yes, clowns. At Key City Playhouse, 419 Washington St., Port Townsend. The show runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Thursdays and Sundays at 7 p.m. For more information, call 360-385-7396 or visit www.keycitypublictheatre.org. Tickets for Friday and Saturday shows are $20, Thursday and Sunday $18, students $10 all shows. June 26 and 30 are “pay-what-you-wish” performances. June 29 at 8 p.m. simon Kaufman and Friends at the comedy underground stand-up Seattle native Simon Kaufman is bringing sexy back to Seattle — oh wait, it was too expensive so he had to return it. Well, at least this local-born funnyman will be performing his stand-up comedy for us. Simon will be performing in conjunction with Shear Genius Productions and alongside Shannon Whaley and J.R. Berard. Seattle Comedy Underground, 109 S Washington St., Seattle. Tickets $10. For more information visit www.comedyunderground.com.
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Four new Jewish preschool options in the Puget Sound region this fall will give parents even more choices for getting their children started in the basics of Jewish learning. Three of the new preschools are located on the Eastside: Temple B’nai Torah’s Solomike Early Childhood Center in Bellevue, Chabad of the Central Cascade’s Gani Preschool of the Arts in Issaquah, and First Steps Play Center, an educational Jewish toddler program for fall, located within the Jewish Day School. In Seattle proper, the Seattle Jewish Playschool Co-op, which co-directors and longtime educators Stefanie Robbins and Jennifer Magalnick refer to as more of a program than a school, hasn’t found a location yet, but it will likely be in the city’s Northend. They plan to operate on Thursday mornings and accommodate children between 18 and 35 months old. Robbins said that the program will be “parent-driven.” “Parents are hiring the parent educator and the teacher for the kids,” Robbins said. “The parents are also in the classroom.” Magalnick, whose background is in early childhood education, holds a master’s degree in Jewish Communal Service with a concentration in education. She works as an early childhood specialist for the Union for Reform Judaism. Robbins holds a master’s degree in Marriage and Child Therapy and is also a musician who works with children and adults. Robbins said the program will have Jewish content and that families need to identify as Jewish. “We want it to feel organic, and not a hityou-over-the-head constantly talking about being Jewish,” she said. “There won’t be a lot of prayers, but on the other hand, we’ll make challah together and maybe teach the kids a blessing before we eat a snack.” When the Chabad headquarters in New York notified Chabad of the Central Cascades in Issaquah that a grant for a preschool available was to them, Rabbi Shalom Farkash jumped into action. Currently, no other Jewish organization actively serves the “far Eastside,” defined by Farkash as Issaquah, Sammamish, Snoqualmie, and even Ellensburg, where he teaches Judaic subjects by phone to people who contact him. The school is located on the land Chabad owns in Issaquah, adjacent to their primary building. Chabad purchased a prefabricated building and are currently tying up final arrangements for city permits. The school, which opens Sept. 6, will be the first bilingual English–Hebrew program that serves children from ages 2 to 4 years old. “There is a tremendous need for a Jewish preschool,” Farkash told JTNews. “Many parents came to us and spoke about the issues that they have with their children going to a local preschool, where the children are exposed to non-Jewish content that sometimes can contradict the Jewish way of life.” The curriculum will include art, movement, pre-writing and reading skills, and early math skills through hands-on learning taught by instructor Sharon Eichberg. Organizers are setting a 10-child capacity for the first year. Chabad believes that parents will find many advantages to starting their children’s education there. For those living in the area, the location of the school, right off the I-90 freeway ramps, is also convenient. Lisa Morris, creator and director of the First Steps Play Center, is starting an educational Jewish toddler program located at
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Henry’s Bar Mitzvah: Making peace with God
“When you live past 70, it’s like a new life,” said Henry Friedman. Friedman will be celebrating his Bar Mitzvah this Saturday, June 25, at Temple De Hirsch Sinai. He is 83. “When my dad was reaching 80,” explained Friedman, rather than celebrating becoming an octogenarian, “he said, wait until I’m 83. He says, Jewish custom is that when one passes 70, and when one is fortunate enough to live to 83, he can have a second Bar Mitzvah.” His father died at 81. Neither Friedman nor his father had the opportunity to have a Bar Mitzvah due to World Wars I and II. When Friedman was 13, Poland had become Judenfrei. He and his family were hiding in a neighbor’s barn. “Most young people, when they’re 13, they study about Judaism, they go up there and make a pledge to continue Judaism,” said Friedman. “They don’t even know what it means. “At my age, what does it mean? It
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means a lot to just reach 83. But after the Holocaust…I had a difficult time with God. How could he allow something like this to happen? It took many, many years to make peace with God.” Over his long life, Friedman has spoken countless times about his experiences, has met world leaders, and cofounded the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center. His mission, besides education, “is to give something back, to say ‘thank you, America’ for giving me the opportunity to raise three wonderful children, six grandchildren, now a great-grandson, because I won’t be around,” he said. “My enemy now is time.” Think of it not as a mitzvah project, but a thank-you project. “I want to give something back to the community, to the state of Washington,” Friedman said. “To me, this is like holy.” Friedman will be reading Parashat cussions about various parenting issues.” Leyna Lavinthal and Chava Mirel will be the new co-directors of the new Solomike Early Childhood Center at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue, which opens Oct. 10. Named after the late Michael “Solomike” Negrin, a longtime B’nai Torah member, the school will be focused around two central Jewish values — being “green” and being Jewish. “We’ll be working on a sustainable classroom and working in the mitzvah garden we have outside,” Lavinthal said. “We will be donating the vegetables that we grow to Jewish Family Service and to
Korach on Shabbat. Originally, he related the rebellion to his own situation and Moses to the oppressive leadership. But upon deeper reflection, he said: “Korach was not interested in the community. He was egotistical, he wanted to be the leader.” Most important, will he have a DJ or karaoke at the party? “Remember, most of the guests are older people,” Friedman said, laughing. “They don’t like noise. They don’t hear too well.” Friedman joined Temple De Hirsch in 1955. On his relationship with God, Friedman explained that through the Holocaust, although he doubted, “by believing, it gave me hope. I don’t think I would have survived otherwise.” The events he’s had the honor to attend, like the Rabin-Arafat peace treaty and hearing “Kol Nidre” at the Vatican, seem like miracles. “I made peace with God, because I am blessed.” other local charities and families in need.” The program will focus on sustainability, serve organic food to the children, attempt a “zero-plastic” toy policy in the classroom, and keep it a generally healthy environment. The toddler class for 2-1/2 to 3-1/2-yearolds, scheduled for Wednesday and Friday
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Henry Friedman. “I am blessed.”
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the Jewish Day School in Bellevue called Educational Play Center. Designed as an eight-week program, Morris intends the sessions to be “an entry point into the Jewish community for young Jewish families, giving them an Eastside place to meet and get to know other Jewish parents. “This program stimulates childhood development through imaginative and educational play strategies,” Morris described in a press release, “and also serves as a resource for parents and caregivers by providing weekly handouts and a forum for dis-
mornings, will be more of an enrichment class, Lavinthal said. It will focus on music, art, play, and social skills. “On Monday mornings from 10 to 11:30 we’ll be giving a caregiver and baby class, where we’ll be exploring Jewish culture, nature, music, in an interactive, communitybuilding environment,” Lavinthal added.
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The cure for the common hospital.
In the 101 years since Swedish first opened its doors, we’ve learned a few things — including how to build a hospital that meets the needs of its community. And that’s exactly what we’re bringing to the Eastside. Imagine a hospital so committed to health that the energy-efficient building itself contributes to the well-being of both patients and the environment. Or one so full of natural light on the inside and mountain views on the outside that your healing begins the minute you walk through our doors. Or a place so simple to navigate that you’ll forget you’re in a hospital at all. (Our intention, exactly.)
Wireless, paperless and unnecessary stress-less.
Swedish/Issaquah is making the hospital more hospitable in a whole lot of other ways, too. Like free Wi-Fi. Or electronic medical records throughout the hospital so your information (including images and X-rays) is instantly available whether you’re in a Swedish clinic or the ER. All to make your visit as safe, quick, easy and, dare we say, pleasant as possible.
The commons. Anything but.
How about a hospital with a café so focused on healthy eating that there are no deep fryers or soda machines? And a huge, welcoming commons area for education and community events? You’ll even find unique retail spaces dedicated to health and wellness, and day care where patients can drop their little ones when they come for an appointment. It’s all here. And then some.
Timing is everything.
To keep with our no-wait philosophy, Swedish/Issaquah will open in two phases. Phase 1 opens July 14, including the medical office building, ER and outpatient services. This fall, phase 2 opens to welcome overnight patients, inpatient surgery and everyone’s favorite, the childbirth center.
An open house even teddy will love.
While this very new approach to designing a health-care facility is worth seeing on its own, there are plenty of other reasons to put July 9 on your calendar. You can sign up for free classes on heart health, joint pain and more. You can ask questions of Swedish family doctors and specialists. Your kids can bring their stuffed animals and dolls to the free teddy bear clinic for a checkup. And right next door will be Highlands Day — with games and activities for the
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No doubt you’ve seen waiting rooms at more common hospitals. You’ll see them here, too, but they’ll rarely be used, because the idea at Swedish/Issaquah — especially in the new ER — is to get patients right in without a wait. Combine that with the latest and greatest in medical technology, and we’ll do all we can to make sure your visit will be both short and sweet.
whole family. So for a rather uncommon way to have some fun, check in and
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Open House – July 9, 10 A.M.- 5P.M.
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