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November 25, 2011 28 cheshvaN 5772 volume 87, No. 25 $2

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Mark Eisner, whose mother and stepbrother are both in same-sex relationships, and his wife Jennifer address a group of marriage-equality supporters during the launch of the Washington United for Marriage coalition on Nov. 14. Several Jewish organizations have signed on to cosponsor legislation that would legalize civil marriage for same-sex couples in the state.

Jewish agencies will support marriage equality

Joel Magalnick editor, JTnews
When a bill that legalizes same-sex marriage gets presented before legislators early next year, many of Washington States most prominent Jewish organizations will be actively supporting it. The support, many say, is based on civil rights, human rights, and that its the right thing to do. One of the important points that religious and communal leaders both inside and out of the Jewish community are making about the push for civil same-sex marriage in Washington State is that it will respect religious traditions. The First Amendment guarantees it, said Josh Friedes, director of marriage equality for Seattle-based Equal Rights Washington. The only conversation that is occurring today is about civil marriage. It is for each faith tradition in accordance with its religious polity [to decide] who it will and will not marry. Several Jewish organizations and synagogues have thrown their weight behind a coalition called Washington United for Marriage, which launched on Nov. 14 to educate the states citizens about a measure that will be introduced in the legislative session beginning in January. Seven organizations that make up the coalition include Equal Rights Washington, the Human Rights Campaign, and the ACLU of Washington. The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle and the Anti-Defamation League have signed on as supporting organizations. Many rabbis from across the state have expressed support as well. We think civil marriage is an institution separate from religion, said Hilary Bernstein, regional director of the ADLs Pacific Northwest chapter. Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is just as abhorrent as any other form of discrimination. But at the same time, Bernstein said, we also fully support the right of specific religious groups to decide that this is not a ceremony theyre going to perform. Not supporting marriage creates a two-tiered system that denies same-sex couples the rights of others, Bernstein said. Washington expanded its domestic partnership law in 2009, but Friedes noted that
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December Family Calendar

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Learning, Language & Love: Connecting the Keys to a Strong Start in Life
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Havdalah Writing Workshop

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Thinking Ahead: Funding Health Care in Retirement

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Endless Opportunities
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The Westerbork Serenade: A Prison Cabaret

With performer David Natale m Tuesday, December 13 10:00 11:30 a.m.

A Chanukah Celebration for People of All Abilities

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the rabbis turn

letters to the editor


We must all be responsible for one another

Rabbi Moshe kletenik congregation Bikur cholim Machzikay Hadath
The recent revelations concerning allegations of deeply disturbing acts at Penn State University focus attention on the difference between technical legal requirements and moral obligations. The laws in Pennsylvania are less rigorous than those of most states concerning mandated reporting. Some of those aware of the allegations may have fulfilled their narrow technical legal obligations. Others did not. There were strong motivations not to make waves. Penn State grosses $70 million annually in revenue from its football program. All of those in authority allegedly fell short in terms of doing what is right to protect the vulnerable, as opposed to what is dictated by expediency. The Torah lens on this issue is unequivocal. The dictum from Vayikra, You shall not stand idly by as your fellows blood is shed, dictates that everyone be a mandated reporter. One is not permitted to know of someone being hurt and not act. There is an imperative to intervene. I am proud that during my tenure as president of the Rabbinical Council of America we were able to address the issue of child abuse in a serious way. After lengthy discussions and careful weighing of the issues, we unanimously passed a strongly worded resolution that states in part: The Rabbinical Council of America reaffirms its halakhic position that the prohibitions of mesirah and arkaot do not apply in cases of abuse. Let me explain the implications. Throughout the centuries, mesirah, the informing of one Jew on the other to governmental authorities to be tried before arkaot, a non-Jewish court, has been an anathema, a serious violation warranting isolation from the community. There are those who point to this issue as an excuse as to why they dont report a Jew implicated in abuse. Our resolution states that it is the position of the Rabbinical Council of America, the largest organization of Orthodox rabbis in the world, that this prohibition is not applicable in cases of abuse. The victim must be protected. This is what the Torah demands of a Jew. Are there expectations of a nonJew? The Torah portions from Bereshit we have been reading these past weeks on Shabbat give us important insights into these issues. Concerning the inhabitants of the city of Sodom, who were of course not Jews, God declares that if they act in accordance with its outcry which has come to Me then destruction (Bereshit 18:21). Our sages in the Talmud explain that this refers to the outcry of a young woman tormented by those in power. No one heeded her cry for help. Nachmanides, in his commentary on the Torah, explains the outcry is the cry of the oppressed, crying out and begging for help from the arm of wickedness. God cannot abide when those who are vulnerable are oppressed by the powerful and when others fail to intervene. It is not always easy to make the right choice. We humans sometimes vacillate when faced with complicated scenarios. There is a rare cantillation, a musical note for Torah reading called a shalshelet, that appears only three times in the book of Bereshit. The voice of the Torah reader rises and drops three times. It indicates inner conflict and hesitation. The first time is when Lot lingers. The angels tell him he must leave Sodom and he hesitates, reluctant to leave his wealth behind. He is paralyzed into inaction. The angels intervene to whisk him away. In the second instance, Eliezer, the faithful servant of Abraham, is sent on a mission to bring a wife for Isaac from Abrahams family. The shalshelet teaches us that Eliezer hesitates; he is conflicted because he wants Isaac to marry his own daughter. He overcomes this and finds Rebecca to be Isaacs wife and then the matriarch of our people. In the third instance, Joseph, while just a teen, has been sold into slavery in Egypt. He becomes the manager of his masters household. His masters wife tempts him and threatens him with great harm if he does not submit to her seduction. Expediency dictates that he should comply. Vayemaen, and he refuses, is chanted to the note shalshelet. Joseph is torn. He hesitates and he is conflicted. But he has the strength to refuse. He does what is morally correct despite the fact that as a result of this, he is condemned to spend years in a dungeon. The Torah explores how people make decisions. When Abraham and Sarah come to the land of Plishtim, they claim that Sarah is Abrahams sister. They fear that due to Sarahs extraordinary beauty, if it is known that Abraham is her husband, he will be killed. Avimelech, the king, seizes Sarah and releases her only
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Here are some observations on the Olympia Food Co-op boycott controversy described in the Nov. 11 issue of JTNews (Israel critics use courts to protect their speech). I attended the public meeting in Olympia before the board vote and along with others was given a chance to speak against the boycott. No decision was reached at that meeting. Some time later, the board met in closed session and emerged with the boycott in place. No appeal process was offered. Elated with being the first in the country to boycott Israeli products, the organizers moved their show to Port Townsend. They had chosen their targets well, or so they thought: Small communities, little or no organized Jewish activity, far from the resources based in Seattle, progressive populations leaning toward support of the Palestinians. I went along with fellow Israel supporter Jack Greenberg and again was allowed to speak. The board was seated at a table set up on the stage. After comments from the audience they passed the microphone around and discussed the proposal in full view and hearing of those concerned. What a concept! When the discussion ended they voted right then and there. The motion to boycott was defeated 3-2. Meanwhile, back in Olympia, a once-cohesive community was being torn apart. I was told that lifelong friends were not speaking anymore. There was the stench of betrayal in the air. I know that one of the plaintiffs now filing to overturn the Olympia boycott originally supported it, but after listening closely to the views of the other supporters she came to see that what they were after was not a return of Israel to the 1967 lines, but the complete destruction of the Jewish State. Message to the boycotters: The slogan Not in my name cuts both ways. Rob Jacobs of StandWithUs sent this information to every co-op in America, and the last time I checked not one of them has voted to boycott Israel. The movement that began in Western Washington, to our shame, has also ended here, much to our credit. There is a lesson here for community nudniks like me who fly off the handle at every insult to Israel, rush to our computers or to meetings, convinced that if we dont act now Israel is doomed. Sometimes we need to sit back and let matters take their course. Given the right information, most people are decent and intelligent and will figure things out for themselves. As for the boycotters great concern for freedom of speech, that also cuts both ways. As anyone who has dealt with the Israel bashers knows, their guiding principle is Free Speech for Me, None For Thee. Robert G. Kaufman seattle

I commend Joel Magalnick for his perceptive column Seattleites win education prize (Nov. 11) as very informative. Glad to hear that Robert Beiser, the campus/Jconnect director was recognized nationally by the Covenant Foundation and awarded a prize of $15,000 over the next three years to further his education. Also glad to hear that Gilah Kletenik was awarded the prize as well. I consider the awards were appropriately made to very able and talented individuals. I was especially delighted to meet and talk with Beiser. He is an excellent role model to the youth at Hillel and a strong advocate for Israel. His advocacy with others to promote fair trade in the sale of chocolates from organizations that monitor the exploitation of children from slave trade is commendable. I hope parents will buy chocolates from companies that engage in fair trade that enables children to be free from enslavement and go to schools. Beiser rightly says, its the ethical, responsible thing. I do wish Beiser much success with his job at Hillel. I also wish Kletenik much success with her work at Ramaz Upper School in New York. Josh basson seattle

The Books, etc. edition of the JTNews (Nov. 18) has just arrived. I would prefer not to see a picture of a swastika, and a man holding a gun on the front cover. There must be a better way to go. Kate Lesser seattle

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The book portrays this kind of thinking as delusional and paranoid. The narrator, who ultimately crafts The Protocols, is the most hateful narrator in literature. Harcourt Publishings senior vice president, Bruce Nichols, on Umberto Ecos new book, The Prague Cemetery. See the story on page 16.


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The time is now to prevent the Iranian nuclear bomb

Wendy Rosen Special to JTnews
Now, theres no doubt about it. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) states in its chilling new report on Iran that while it has not yet actually built a bomb, Iran has carried out activities relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device. Not nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, as the Iranian government and its international apologists would have it, but mechanisms that are specific to nuclear weapons. Unlike the information about Saddam Husseins alleged nuclear program that triggered the second Iraq war, this time the unimpeachable evidence comes from the UN nuclear watchdog, not from the intelligence services of interested countries. The IAEA, under Director Yukia Amano, is universally respected for its professionalism and impartiality. As a U.S. State Department spokesman put it, the report is comprehensive, credible, quite damning, and alarming. The report shows that U.S. intelligence erred in 2007 when it reported that Iran had suspended its nuclear program four years earlier. On the contrary, the program continued unabated, aided by technical assistance from Russian, North Korean and Pakistani experts. Iran in possession of the bomb would revolutionize the balance of power in the Middle East and beyond. The emergence of Shiite Iran as the strongman of the region places the security of all the predominantly Sunni nations at risk. No wonder that Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States anxiously call for steps to contain Iran. The recent assassination attempt on the Saudi ambassador in Washington may be only a hint of what lies in store for the Sunni Middle East if Iran is allowed to run rampant. And since these countries are U.S. allies and major exporters of oil to the West, an Iranian threat to their independence could have catastrophic consequences for the entire democratic world, both geo-strategically and economically. Iran has long singled out Israel for special opprobrium. President Ahmadinejad, a Holocaust denier, has repeatedly stated his wish to perpetrate another by wiping Israel off the map. Armed with a nuclear capacity, Iran might be tempted to carry out that threat. And even if it does not, Iran could ship atomic weapons in some form across the border to supporters in Iraq and Syria, or to the non-state terrorist groups that are its clients Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza from where they could be used against Israel. As we near zero-hour, what can be done to stop the Iranian atomic juggernaut? The UN Security Council has already passed four resolutions, the last in June 2010, imposing economic and financial sanctions. The U.S., the EU and several other countries have adopted their own measures against key Iranian companies and individuals. And we at the American Jewish Committee which over the course of a decade has sought to alert the international community about the Iranian threat and urge steps to stop it recently met with top leaders of more than 70 nations stating the case for action to prevent Tehran from acquiring nuclear-weapons capacity.

There are clearly ways to ratchet up the economic pressure on Iran, and these should be tried before force is ever considered. Unfortunately, more stringent sanctions that could convince Iran to halt its nuclear program are being held up by Russia, China and some other countries that fear losing the economic benefits they get through trade with Iran. Up to now, their leaders have rationalized their inertia by parroting the Iranian line that Tehrans

atomic ambitions are for peaceful use. With the IAEA report, however, they cannot say that with a straight face anymore. The nations of the world have no choice but to act jointly with purpose to deter Irans aggressive nuclear plans, and do so before its too late.
Wendy Rosen is the executive director of the Seattle chapter of the American Jewish Committee.

With the possibility of Iran hostilities, security is everyones responsibility

david dabscheck JTa World news Service
NEW YORK (JTA) The flurry of commentary about an outbreak of hostilities between Iran and the United States or Israel has overlooked a critical issue the security implications for the American Jewish community. Any military conflict could not only transform the geopolitical situation in the Middle East but also directly affect our own institutions and community here in the United States. Hezbollahs threats of a regional war if the Americans or Israelis use force against Iran has been widely reported. What may not be understood clearly is that the Iranians, together with Hezbollah and their other allies, consider Jewish communities around the world legitimate targets as well. This is evident from the 1994 terrorist attack on the Jewish communitys AMIA building in Buenos Aires. It is widely believed that Hezbollah, under Iranian orders, conducted the bombing, which claimed 85 lives and devastated the Argentinian Jewish community. Moreover, in the event of a Middle Eastern war, the American Jewish community also is likely to face threats from a host of other groups and unaffiliated individuals, as was tragically demonstrated by the Seattle Jewish Federation shooting during the 2006 war in Lebanon. While members of the American Jewish community might not be aware of this danger, our nations law enforcement and government agencies clearly recognize the risk. For example, the Department of Homeland Securitys Nonprofit Security Grant Program is overwhelmingly directed toward assisting vulnerable Jewish institutions, accounting for 80 percent of 2011s total funds alone. Similarly, it is no coincidence that DHSs first faith-based security partnership was with two key Jewish organizations the Jewish Federations of North America and the Secure Community Network. This, for instance, resulted in a version of DHSs If You See Something, Say Something public awareness campaign specifically designed and developed for the American Jewish community. However, a central element in building a holistic community response to security is what is referred to as operational security. This concerns the security personnel at a location during high-risk times who serve as the eyes and ears for law enforcement, as well as first responders in emergency situations. In this aspect, the community is woefully underprepared, with many synagogues and institutions having minimally trained security guards or, as is too often the case, nothing. Typically, communities hastily hire protection when a terrorist incident occurs somewhere before scaling back when nothing happens in their particular location in the succeeding months. Considering the severe consequences of an attack, this approach is shortsighted and dangerously complacent. What we fail to realize is that operational security is as much our responsibility as our education, welfare and religious programming. The nonprofit Community Security Service, or CSS, provides a uniquely sustainable means to meet this challenge by training at no charge members from the community in professional operational security techniques. Using properly trained community volunteers also provides security that is qualitatively superior to hired security because members of the community are both more committed to the safety of their friends and family and have the cultural familiarity to better identify suspicious behavior and out-of-place objects. To thwart future attacks, we must build a culture of security awareness that extends to the entire community. We will have succeeded when the elderly congregant walking to synagogue notices suspicious behavior and notifies the operational security team, which then reacts appropriately and in coordination with the police and other authorities. To achieve this ability, we cannot wait until the next incident or rely on temporary measures. We must recognize that security preparation is everyones duty and requires our immediate and continual commitment.
David Dabscheck is a founder and co-president of the nonprofit Community Security Service, which safeguards the community by training volunteers in professional security techniques, providing physical security and raising public awareness about safety issues.

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inside this issue

Helping the helpers
With approximately 65 million people nationwide providing uncompensated care to disabled or ill loved ones, whos taking care of the caregivers? A new program at Jewish Family Service does just that.

La alma dezea gan eden, los pekados no deshan.

The soul desires paradise, but the sins dont allow it.
Said when a man finds himself in a situation when he would like very much to be in a better position to achieve a certain goal, but other circumstances or his past record do not warrant the success of this venture.

Taking the conversation out of the lecture hall

On Dec. 1, a four-part series from the Stroum Jewish Studies Program at the University of Washington will explore how the Jewish community should relate to global issues.

The media watchdog

For 15 years, Itamar Marcus has kept his finger on the pulse of Palestinian media and society. The atmosphere, he says, is getting ugly.

Israels thriving LGBT community Date night: The stories of Israel through film
Every other Wednesday evening, a breakout from a UW Stroum Jewish Studies program course has become an Israeli film festival.

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Being gay in Israel can be difficult for many, but for others its a thriving, open and progressive community.

The Protocols smackdown

Renowned author Umberto Eco has stepped into the fray of the infamous forgery The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Why? Im always fascinated by stupidity and credulity, he says.


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by Mike Selinker

This Weeks Wisdom

New program helps the helpers

Joel Magalnick editor, JTnews
Sometimes the hardest thing people can do is ask for help. But help is exactly what a program just launched through Jewish Family Service is offering. The program is supposed to surround family members who are caring for a loved one with an illness or a disabilitywith an array of support services that allow them to continue providing support, said Don Armstrong, director of community services at JFS. The program, called Family Caregiver Support, is open to anyone over 18 years old who provides unpaid care to another adult. While the program is largely free, there are caveats based on federal guidelines: The ill or disabled person cannot be receiving Medicaid funding for long-term care and some of the respite-care services are fee-based, though these fees are dependent upon income. Financial assistance is available for caregiver-related goods and services as well, such as for a bathtub grab bar. The crucial detail of this program is that its not for the people who are being cared for it is for the people who take care of them. They are oftentimes in their 80s or 90s and have taken on the burden of caring for a spouse, but at the expense of taking care of themselves. These are individuals who are now themselves oftentimes dealing with some age-related issues and some health concerns and some limited mobility, Armstrong said. Its extremely challenging and some of them are really in demanding situations. But many are afraid to ask for help. The typical response is, Im his wife, this is my job, this is my responsibility, and people feel that if theyre a good partner, a good spouse, this is what they need to do, Armstrong said. Theyre very reluctant to bring in outsiders. That, however, is why this program exists. I keep telling people, Were a family, were all a family, and youre not alone, and you dont need to do this alone, Armstrong said. There are several aspects to Family Caregiver Support, starting with an assigned caseworker who is available during regular business hours. After initial consultations and help with basic problem-solving issues, the program offers support groups, counseling, classes, and training in procedures as simple as how to maneuver the care recipient out of the bath. While the caregiver is receiving these services, the respite care brings another person into the house to tend to the care recipients needs. The program, Armstrong said, is a win-win. The overwhelming majority of adults, when they fall ill or get a disability, do not want to move out of their familys home, and the majority of families want them to stay. The money to provide this service came mainly from a federal grant, though the state put some money in as well. Keeping people at home removes a financial burden for families, but it also helps the state. If you can help someone who is ill or disabled and who qualifies, say, for a nursing home bed, if you can help them stay at home for another 60, 90, 180 days, the savings for the state are significant, Armstrong said. Thats why the legislature actually expanded this program.

Music represents an ideal world, says Jerusalem Music Centre president Murray Perahia, a world where all dissonances resolve, where all modulations, that are journeys, return home, and where surprise and stability coexist. If all this could be taught, the love of music would continually expand. Following his lead, weve created a grid on which you can learn to play an instrument. If it seems strange, dont fret. Itll strike a familiar chord soon enough.
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JFS is one of 10 agencies throughout the state providing these services, which began nationwide a decade ago. JFSs service area for this program is King County, and it will assist anyone in that area, though it is doing special outreach to elderly Russian speakers, elderly African-Americans Thats been an underserved population in some respects, Armstrong said the elderly gay and lesbian community based mostly near JFSs headquarters on Capitol Hill, and the Jewish community. According to the National Family Caregivers Association, an organization that provides resources and advocates for this population, approximately 65 million Americans serve in the capacity of caregiver. Since 1994, the association has actually designated the week of Thanksgiving to recognize family caregivers, and Congress and the president have issued proclamations of appreciation every year since. Just over 20 families have signed up thus far for the program, but the agency hopes to bring in many more to take advantage of these much-needed services. We look forward to people accessing this grant aggressively, said Ken Weinberg, JFSs CEO. We want people to come. Lets use this money and make a case to the government to do more.

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Making Jewish studies relevant to world affairs

eMily k. alhadeff assistant editor, JTnews
Can foreign aid really help Africa? How can the U.S. move toward a just domestic agenda? And why are these Jewish questions? Armed with an innovative vision and a grant from the Legacy Heritage Jewish Studies project under the Association for Jewish Studies, the Stroum Jewish Studies Program at the University of Washington is holding a series of talks addressing the relationship between global human rights issues and Jewish values. The series, If I Am Only For Myself, What Am I? Judaism Confronts Human Injustice, brings UW professors and renowned Jewish activists together in conversation. The first talk, on December 1, features American Jewish World Service president Ruth Messinger and international studies professor Dan Chirot. The vision is that Jewish studies has historically provided an important value in the community, said Noam Pianko, assistant professor of Jewish Studies and the departmental chair. At the same time, its increasingly clear to me we want to be relevant to a broader portion of the community, to expand what kind of topics were looking at. Pianko applied for and received $25,000 from the Association for Jewish Studies for his program idea, Community Building 2.0: Visions of Justice in the Jewish Tradition. In addition to the speaker series, Pianko is building a blog and a social media presence. According to the grant summary provided by the AJS, Community Building 2.0 is a response to new, tech-savvy styles of interpersonal communication. The blog serves to support innovative programming and provide a space for learning about and discussing Jewish topics. There is a need to create a new kind of public program for Jewish studies, Pianko said, and to do it in a way that would be relevant to a younger generation, to a generation that is interested in understanding why Judaism is meaningful. The topic of the December 1 talk is Can Foreign Aid Really Help Africa? Messinger, whose organization supports more than 150 projects in 16 African countries, and Chirot, an expert in African affairs, will help shed light on the complexity of this topic. For instance, he said, I think one issue has to do with the complexity of trying to help a government when its not clear how much aid is going into the cause. What are the reasons were giving aid? Are we giving aid equitably? he asked. Pianko also wants to take the conversation out of the lecture hall. The event will take place at a more intimate venue in South Lake Union. Hed like the group to be able to sit in a circle, as opposed to the traditional podiumaudience setup, and

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Ruth Messinger, president of american Jewish World Service, during a visit to Hillel at the University of Washington in 2009. Messinger will kick off the Jewish Studies Programs If I am Only For Myself, What am I? Judaism Confronts Human Injustice lecture series on Dec. 1.

Notions of justice and social action are important for young adults in Seattle, Pianko said. By bringing activists and scholars together, he hopes to provide a chance to get beyond some of the headlines and think more deeply.

for the speakers to converse with the help of a moderator. The idea is to make it more of a conversation than a frontal lecture, he said. The following three lectures also bring to the proverbial table highly regarded

Jewish activists. In January, former CEO of Jewish Funds for Justice Simon Greer will interact with Professor David Domke of the UWs Department of Communications on the topic of Can America Move Toward a Just Domestic Agenda?; in February Hazon executive director Nigel Savage will present alongside political science professor Karen Lifton on Whats Religions Place in Food Politics?; and in April, Ken Weinberg, CEO of Jewish Family Service, and Professor Marcia Meyers, of the School of Social Work, the Evans School of Public Affairs and director of the West Coast Poverty Center, will discuss What Would it Take to End Poverty in Seattle? The program, true to its mission to serve its students, is going to where they are: Their social media feeds. So Pianko has posted an Africa quiz on Facebook. Other plans for the remaining lectures are in the works. He hopes the quiz will generate interest in the program and reach out to potential participants. For most folks Africas this big place, he said. With next weeks program, he hopes to make it that much smaller.

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Israels media watchdog

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If theres anything that Itamar Marcus, the director of Palestinian Media Watch, can say has changed over the past three to four years, its the large-scale growth of the intense rhetoric to delegitimize Israel and glorify terrorists. What hes hearing, he said, is similar to the lead-up to the second intifada that began in 2000. Where not long ago there would be an occasional sports event or TV show dedicated to someone who had been involved in terror attacks, today there are two weekly programs where they visit the home of terrorists who are sitting in jail, Marcus said. They could be serving 35 life sentences for killing 35 people in suicide bombings and direct planning, and these people are honored and glorified and said to be heroes. PMW has spent the past 15 years analyzing Palestinian media, most of which is government run, and by extension Palestinian society itself. Marcus made his second visit to Seattle last week as a guest of the StandWithUs Israel advocacy organization. While he has uncovered instance upon instance of high-level Palestinian officials saying one thing to the world in English while saying different, more incendiary statements to their citizens in Arabic, the rise of the glorification has him more concerned. Its so pervasive and so successful, a poll was done not too long ago asking Palestinians to give positive or negative ratings, Marcus said. Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas got a 55 percent positive vote. But the highest ranking in the country, at 75 percent, went to Dalal Mughrabi, who was responsible for a suicide attack in 1978 that killed 37 Israelis. This past summer, two summer camps were named for her, as was a high school class. Fatah started referring to all the sorority sisters in all universities of the Fatah as sisters of Dalal, Marcus said. In addition, on what would have been her 50th birthday this year, Abbas sponsored a big celebration as well as a TV show about her. In September, as the Palestinian Authority began its quest for recognition of statehood at the United Nations, Palestinian leaders held a march in Ramallah to the UN offices with the formal letter of request to speak before the Security Council. They picked one person to hand over this letter to the UN. The person they picked was Latifa Abu Hmeid, Marcus said. Why was she picked? She has four sons in Israeli jails, one of whom is sitting seven life sentences for seven murders, another one five life sentences, another one three, another one two. This was the person that the Palestinian Authority felt represents them for statehood? Marcus said he is not opposed to a Palestinian state, but given what he continues to hear, he feels that the rhetoric coming from the highest levels, be it the terror glorification or assertions that Israel performs Nazi-like experiments on its prisoners, is not conducive to a lasting peace. Its keeping violence on the backburner, its keeping the anger there, its keeping the glorification there, he said. We dont believe a peace treaty will survive, and the polls indicate it wont survive. However, a poll from May of this year by the Near East Consulting Center, cited on the PMW website, stated that 72 percent of Palestinians support an agreement with Israel. And while she wouldnt necessarily dispute PMWs findings, Rabbi Beth Singer of Temple Beth Am in Seattle visited Ramallah earlier this year and said what she saw isnt wholesale hatred. I sense that its always more complicated than that, Singer said. With Palestinian police forces having been trained by American and Israeli forces, and businesses, at least in Ramallah, being built looking toward a future that serves both peoples, theres more than just rhetoric on peoples minds. Those people that we met who are employers and are busy training Palestinian workers for their enterprises, it doesnt really wash that thats what they were basing everything on, Singer said. Regardless, PMW has begun taking its findings to members of different countries parliaments. Using what he called endless documentation, this month the organization has been preparing documentation for The Netherlands foreign minister, with more than 50 examples of the minister of prisoners, Abbas, Prime minister Salaam Fayyad, among other toplevel officials promoting the glorification. We expect the foreign minister will not be able to ignore this documentation because its being brought to him by his own MPs and everything we give them is dated, Marcus said. He has also presented his findings to about 10 other parliaments as well as the U.S. Congress. If things are going to change, he said, it must come by way of foreign funding. I tell these members of parliament, if youre funding the Palestinian Authority, you have the moral obligation to use that leverage to demand peace education, he said. Its time we didnt give money generally to the PA, we give it for specific projects.

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advising Jewish students at Whitman College also: a Bronfman fellow reflects on the experience

About two months ago my family and I visited Whitman College in Walla Walla. We arrived Friday afternoon and headed to the student union to buy challah from Challah For Hunger (which we wrote about in April) before our tour. Later, we joined about 30 students in the spiritual activities room for the Fridays at Five Shabbat gathering of the Shalom Hillel group. Sharon Kaufman-Osborn, from the colleges counseling staff, is the groups long-time faculty adviser. She and her husband, Tim Kaufman-Osborn (were known as SKO and TKO, she says), moved to Walla Walla in the late 1970s when he began teaching political theory at Whitman. They planned to stay only a few years, but gradually fell in love with the place, staying and raising their sons Jacob and Tobin there. Initially Sharon, who has an MSW from the University of Wisconsin, worked part-time at the college. There was little Jewish activity on campus and the local Congregation Beth Israel (one of the

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states oldest) had a small, mostly elderly population. We really didnt do much for a while, she says. In 1992, some students approached her about starting an official Jewish group. Despite not having a strong Jewish education she says, Im a great organizerand I felt strongly there should be something there. The group was originally called Shalom, but in 2001 they affiliated with the national organization Hillel, combining names. Today there are over 120 students on the Hillel listserve. The admissions office estimates the student body at about 8 percent Jewish with Jewish student enrollment increasing. This years entering class had 35 Jewish students. Sharon says more students now come from California and areas with larger Jewish populations. Some students do become active at Beth Israel, too, where monthly services are held. Jacob Kaufman-Osborns Bar Mitzvah in 2001 was the first there in 10 years and the next one after that was his brothers three years later.

In addition to Fridays at Five, Shalom Hillel hosts a Passover seder, and the schools coordinator of religious and spiritual life hosts an annual Shabbat dinner. One of the things we do every courTeSy SHaron kaufMan-oSBorn year, Sharon Sharon Kaufman-Osborn adds, is to bring has been an adviser for a Holocaust surviJ e w i s h s t u d e n t s a t vor to Whitman. Whitman College for It is a very popumore than two decades. lar event and one that as the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, I am deeply committed to.

Our readers are most likely familiar with the Bronfman Foundations Birthright Israel trips for young people. The foundation also sponsors the Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel, bringing 26 high school students to Israel for six weeks the summer before their senior year, all expenses paid. The fel-

lows American kids from wide ranging Jewish backgrounds, Orthodox to agnostic are joined for part of the time by 26 Israeli students. Seattleite Anya Tudisco went this year, attracted by the opportunity to explore Jewish diversity. I couldnt be a true Jewish leader or representative of the Jewish people without having ventured beyond Reform Judaism or Reform Jews, wrote the Roosevelt High School senior in a recent paper assigned by the program. Bronfmanim as they are known, continue to meet, read and reflect on their experiences during the year following the program. You have to be willing to read, write, think and talk, says Anya. In Israel, the Temple Beth Am youth group president says she had to form opinions pretty quickly regarding things she hadnt known much about, noting that she knew less than her peers about Israel, traditional Judaism and even just current events. As a public school student, Anya feels she brought a different perspective to
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Israels gay community: Open, diverse and thriving

eMily k. alhadeff assistant editor, JTnews
When I think about Israel, said Irit Zviely, I dont think, generally speaking, there is any place the LGBT community cannot live. Zviely is the director of Hoshen, Israels lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender information and education center. Zviely and another representative, Daled Dotan, spent three days talking with Jewish and non-Jewish community members earlier this month. The events, hosted by StandWithUs Northwest, Hillel at the University of Washingtons Jconnect and Kolenu programs, Congregation Beth Shalom and the Consulate General of Israel, sought to address the victories, struggles and general reality of gay life in Israel. Zviely and Dotan told JTNews about the relatively high quality of LGBT life in Israel. While they admit that Tel Aviv is the most comfortable city to be openly gay with about 10 percent of its population identifying as such most parts of Israel are accepting. Zviely herself lives in the relatively religious community of Raanana. Hoshen has three focal points: Education through dialogue and personal stories; events, like conferences for educators and medical professionals; and research. Its programs include an LGBT civic studies program through Israels Ministry of Education, a kindergarten teachers program, academic studies, and advocacy work with the military. We tell our own personal stories, said Zviely. We believe that once you tell your own story, the story that comes out of the heart, it would meet another heart. Zviely and Dotan say theyve seen major improvements in acceptance over the years. Whereas a few years ago they had to track down school counselors and convince them of the importance of LGBT education, now the schools are calling them. I dont want to paint a too pink picture, though, because there are bad things and you can see them, Dotan said. In the religious school system, its much harder, and the religious communities its much harder and the Palestinian communities its much harder, and you can see that. But you compare that to other countries in our region, and to other countries as well, Im quite proud of where we are, where we stand, and what weve achieved. With Israel being recognized, however quietly, as a safe place to be LGBT, Hoshen has provided protection for gay and lesbian Palestinians and members of surrounding Arab communities. Like in the religious community, as the population gets more conservative and more religious, Dotan said, you hear many more stories about Palestinian LGBTs that get thrown out of their homes, get persecuted, or murdered or other kinds of horrific stories. Hoshens approach to outreach is arguably more grassroots than political. Legislation is not our issue as an organization, said Zviely. Whenever [there are] laws that need to be passed, our job is to bring the human story behind the issue. Whereas gay marriage is a hot-button issue for Americans, Zviely points out that the Israeli LGBT community itself does not agree that this is the most critical issue on its agenda. For one, commonlaw marriages grant the same rights to all unwed couples as married couples. Zviely and Dotan acknowledge that marriage in Israel, which is managed by the religious courts, is far too complicated for too many people to be considered an issue of just the LGBT community. There are much, much more important issues for us, more important fights for us, such as adoption, and surrogacy, and rights for pension and health care, said Dotan. And they are making strides. Zviely recalled a law that required unmarried women whether gay or straight, single or common law to receive psychiatric screenings before artificial insemination. Why do you think you need to give us permission to be mothers or check if were fit mothers, and other women in the entire country you dont ask? Zviely said of the argument a lesbian couple took to Israels Supreme Court. If you want to ask, ask everyone. The law was overturned. Contrary to what one might expect, homophobia and opposition to LGBT rights in Israel do not necessarily fall on party lines. Homophobia can come from the religious person and the secular person, said Zviely. When she went to court to adopt her non-biological child, she expected the judge to shoot down her request. I thought, Oh my God, hes religious. He will never allow this, she said. But he approved the adoption. Sometimes you get recognition from an unexpected person, and sometimes youre totally shocked that a totally modern man or woman can say horrible things, she said. Zviely, with a larger delegation from Israels LGBT community, plans to return
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David Chivo Joins Federation as Vice President/Center for Jewish Philanthropy

David Chivo has joined the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle as Vice President/Center for Jewish Philanthropy. Chivo was most recently Vice President of Development for the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston. He brings to the Federation nearly 20 years of Jewish philanthropic work, including serving with the Hebrew College, the American Society for Technion, Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver and Vancouver Bnai Brith Hillel Foundation. Chivos responsibilities include overall management of the Federations development and fund-raising activities, including the Community Campaign and Planned Giving programs. A native of Vancouver, B.C., David understands the Northwest and looks forward to meeting and working with our donors and partner organizations. I am very excited to be back near my hometown, David said. It is a pleasure to be working with such a dedicated Jewish community. I am already impressed with the variety of Jewish organizations we have in the Greater Seattle area, and the quality of Jewish programs that will ensure a strong Jewish future for our community.

Womens Philanthropy Set for a Passionate Afternoon

Women....Save the date for a very special Connections brunch! This year, you will be treated to a lively presentation by bestselling author Iris Krasnow. Iriss new book, The Secret Lives of Wives is one of O Magazines Ten Titles To Pick Up Now. She has been featured on the Today show, CBS Early Show and Oprah. Mark your calendars now for the largest gathering of Jewish women in our region, and watch your mail for your invitation. We hope to see you there!

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the new direction of the Federation and Thats great I have wanted to be able to designate my gift for a long time, to be sure my dollars are used to support an area I care about, were common reactions. This was a truly community-wide effort, said Celie Brown, 2012 Community Campaign Chair. The support from our community partners, volunteers and

Now We KnowOur Community Imagines a Bright Future

This year, the Jewish Federation asked our community to think creatively and cooperatively to build and deliver programs that will help our community thrive. On November 11, over 200 letters of inquiry were submitted for initial consideration, from 65 organizations, representing requests for over $15 million in funding. We are gratified that so many organizations turn to the Federation as a central point for community support, said Richard Fruchter, President and CEO. Our dedicated volunteer teams will be working hard to evaluate each proposal over the next several months. Our communitys generous support to the 2012 Community Campaign will enable the Federation to make grants that will have meaningful impact.

Over 70 enthusiastic volunteers gathered at the Stroum Jewish Community Center on Sunday, November 13 for the annual community-wide phone-a-thon, Super Sunday. Calls were made to community members with an opportunity to support the Federation as we raise funds for Jewish organizations both locally and across the globe. This year, Super Sunday raised $120,000. This was the first year donors were able to designate their gift to a specific community impact area or priority, and the response was positive. We appreciate

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students was exceptional and we appreciated the time they devoted to our Jewish community. The funds raised will help us continue to support the programs and activities that will help us achieve our vision of a vibrant, thriving Jewish community. Do you have trouble choosing the perfect gift for someone who has everything? This year, you can make your holiday giving truly meaningful. Give the gift of Impact. Consider making a gift to the 2012 Community Campaign of the Jewish Federation, making the gift in their name, and designating it to a specific community Impact Area or Priority that means the most to them. To make your gift, simply visit our Website at Well send a card acknowledging your gift.


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after Divine intervention. Avimelech challenges Abraham, What have you seen that you did such a thing? (Bereshit 20:10). Malbim, in his commentary, explains that Avimelech argues that the land of Plishtim is a civilized society with laws and mores. How can Abraham think they would kill him to take his wife? Abraham

responds, Only the fear of God is not in this place; and they will slay me because of my wife (Bereshit 20:11). Abrahams response was that Avimelech was correct his was a civilized society with a legal system. Yet, when confronted with a moral dilemma, this alone cannot be relied upon. People tend to rationalize and do what is easy or what they desire. Fear of God can help one prevail and make the right choice, although it

may be difficult. This too is no guarantee that one will do what is right. While it is clear what the Torah expects of us should we find ourselves in circumstances such as those faced by the officials at Penn State, it is not at all certain that we will make the right decision when we face complex dilemmas. So often in life we confront situations that are punctuated by a shalshelet. We are challenged by choices. We are conflicted between doing what is

appropriate albeit difficult and what is easier. We have the benefit of being guided by Torah, the eternal and immutable word of God that illuminates the way and inspires us to meet the challenges that arise throughout the vicissitudes of life. Let us hope that when tested we will have the wisdom and strength of character to make the right choice.

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the group. Most Bronfman fellows attend Jewish schools or private schools in major Jewish population centers. I sometimes stepped into discussions to bring attention to an issue or opinion that came from outside the Jewish community, she says. I felt it important to bring my experience with the secular world. Like other seniors, right now Anya is busy with college applications and preparing for a number of jazz performances she plays sax and clarinet in her schools award-winning jazz band. In December shell fly to New York for a working meeting with this years American and Israeli BYFI participants and shes of course excited to see her friends. I never would have found my way to these lifelong friends without this program. These friends are now my teachers, she says. BYFI is in every way a priceless experience.

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9:3010:30 a.m. SJcc Tot Shabbat Stroum JCC 11 a.m.12 p.m. Tots Welcoming Shabbat Temple Bnai Torah 12:303:30 p.m. Bridge group Stroum JCC 12:303:30 p.m. drop-in Mah Jongg Stroum JCC

910:30 a.m. Temple Bnai Torah adult Torah Study Temple Bnai Torah 9:45 a.m. BcMH youth Services BCMH 10 a.m. Morning youth Program Congregation Ezra Bessaroth 1:152:15 p.m. Middot and Mitzvot Congregation Beth Shalom 5 p.m. The ramchals derech Hashem, Portal from the ari to Modernity Congregation Beth HaAri

9:3011 a.m. Pathways Through the oral Torah: an introduction to the Talmud and Midrash Temple De Hirsch Sinai 9:3011:30 a.m. reflective Parenting: disciplining from the Heart Temple Bnai Torah 1011 a.m. Hebrew class: advanced Beginner Congregation Herzl-Ner Tamid 10:15 a.m. Sunday Torah Study Congregation Beth Shalom 11 a.m. 12 p.m. Hebrew class: Beginner Congregation Herzl-Ner Tamid 11:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Hebrew reading class Back to Basics Congregation Beth Shalom 7:3010:30 p.m. Heari israeli dancing Danceland Ballroom (call to confirm)

7:458:45 p.m. for Women only Congregation Shaarei Tefilah Lubavitch 8:30 p.m. Talmud in Hebrew Eastside Torah Center 810 p.m. Womens israeli dance class The Seattle Kollel 8:30 p.m. Talmud, yeshiva-Style Eastside Torah Center

7:159:15 p.m. engaging israel: foundations for a new relationship Stroum JCC 7:30 p.m. Weekly round Table kabbalah class Eastside Torah Center 7:30 p.m. The Tanya Chabad of Central Cascades

11 a.m.12 p.m. Mommy and Me Program Chabad of the Central Cascades 12 p.m. Torah for Women Eastside Torah Center 7 p.m. alcoholics anonymous Meetings Jewish Family Service 7 p.m. Teen center BCMH 7 p.m. Hebrew (alef Bet) level 1 Congregation Beth Shalom 7 p.m. Hebrew (Biblical) level 2 Congregation Beth Shalom 7 p.m. Siddur Hebrew: amidah Congregation Beth Shalom 7 p.m. intermediate Hebrew Congregation Herzl-Ner Tamid 79 p.m. The Jewish Journey Seattle Kollel 79:15 p.m. living Judaism: The Basics Congregation Beth Shalom

7 p.m. Beginning israeli dancing for adults with rhona feldman Congregation Beth Shalom 79 p.m. Teen lounge for Middle Schoolers BCMH 7:30 p.m. Parshas Hashavuah Eastside Torah Center

10 a.m.2 p.m. Jcc Seniors group Stroum JCC 12:30 p.m. caffeine for the Soul Chabad of the Central Cascades 6:158:30 p.m. Bringing Baby Home Jewish Family Service 7 p.m. cSa Monday night classes Congregation Shevet Achim 78 p.m. crash course in Hebrew Seattle Kollel 78 p.m. ein yaakov in english Congregation Shaarei Tefilah Lubavitch

10 a.m.2 p.m. Jcc Seniors group Stroum JCC 6:507:50 p.m. introduction to Hebrew Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation 7 p.m. Junior Teen center BCMH 810 p.m. Teen lounge for High Schoolers BCMH 7:30-9 p.m. Beth Shalom Beit Midrash Congregation Beth Shalom

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UW film class offers students a glimpse of daily life in Israel

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Students and community members who want to learn more about daily life in Israel now have a way to do so: Through film. Every other Wednesday night, the Stroum Jewish Studies Program at the University of Washington offers an Israeli film class, and it has been opened to the public. It [gives] students an opportunity to see feature films, which we didnt have time for during the lecture course, said Professor Naomi Sokoloff, who teaches the course. I think students love to see films. The class was first offered in the winter 2011 quarter as a two-credit supplement to a larger lecture course, Israel: Dynamic Society and Global Flashpoint, which focuses on historical decisions, political issues, and current events in Israel. Orlie Golan, a junior in the class, said it was interesting for her as an Israeli to compare her experiences in Israel with those of the Israelis in the movies. I think that the films we watched are very relatable to the day-to-day life in Israel because they encompass real issues in Israel, whether its secular vs. religious, Tel Aviv vs. Jerusalem or Arabs vs. Israelis, said Golan. These are issues that are prevalent in Israeli society. Professor Noam Pianko, chair of the Jewish Studies Program, said it was important for the program to share Israeli culture as well as politics. I think Israel has a good record of producing excellent films, said Pianko. [The course] offers a way for students to engage Israel the way Israelis engage Israel, and film provides a more nuanced way of appreciating the complexity of life in Israel. Jake Lustig, a UW senior and former Israel programming intern for Hillel at the UW, said that as part of his internship, he used Facebook to advertise to his friends about the class. The films are screened at Hillel. Within a few days of being online, the course had 40 to 50 students sign up. Lustig believes the structure of the class was an important reason students signed up. I think different mediums of education can be powerful. You can read about these conflicts, but to be able to sit there and see them, said Lustig. That visual and auditory aspect can be powerful, and for a lot of students I think thats one of the draws for the class. Lustig said one of the interesting aspects of the class was that because it has been opened to the public, community members have come to some of the screenings. It became very much like if you werent doing anything every other Wednesday night, even if you werent in the class, you could go to Hillel to see a good film and have a good discussion about it, Lustig said. Sara Lucas, director of undergraduate engagement at Hillel, said she is excited that the class is taking place at Hillel because it gives students the opportunity to get exposed to Israeli films.
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Eco wades into The Protocols conspiracy

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NEW YORK (N.Y. Jewish Week) That The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the notorious anti-Semitic tract about a Jewish conspiracy to control the world, still has currency in parts of the world today was no deterrent for Umberto Eco. If there was anyone who could get away with a novel about the forged documents creation, it was Eco. A towering member of Italys intellectual elite, he is a man as famed for his works on philosophy as he is for his best-selling novels. But why, given the sensitivity, create a whole book around such a vicious piece of bigotry? Simple, Eco said in an interview from Italy: Im always fascinated by stupidity and credulity. He added, If you sort through the Internet, you find [conspiracies] all the time. Not only about Jews, but that the Twin Towers were not taken down by bin Laden or al Qaeda, for instance. Conspiracies are a way for people to say, Its not my fault. Theres someone else to blame. A lapsed Catholic, Eco, 79, knew he was wading in perilous waters. Before he even published the book, he showed a manuscript to Jewish friends, and even the chief rabbi of Rome. Most gave him their approval, especially since the main character, Simone Simonini, the one who forges The Protocols, is so clearly repellent. But once the novel titled The Prague Cemetery and available in an English translation in the United States this week came out in Italy, Romes chief rabbi publicly questioned the books conclusion. In a conversation with Eco published in a national magazine, the rabbi said: At the end the reader asks: these Jews, do they or dont they want to overthrow society and rule the world? A literary scholar reviewing the book in another Italian paper was more blunt: It cant be deniedthat the continuous description of Jewish villainy brings about a whiff of ambiguity, certainly not intended by Eco but permeating every page of the book. The criticism has failed to impugn Ecos integrity. But it has put him on the defensive. His response comes down to this: He made Simonini as repugnant a villain as possible to make clear that no sensible person, not least he, could have sympathy for such a man. And anyway, a less sophisticated reader can find much worse things on the Internet, all of them free and more accessible than a $27 novel. Perhaps to preempt criticism in America, Ecos U.S. publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, had a back-cover blurb written by the Jewish critic Cynthia Ozick, known for her biting rebukes of anti-Semitism. And in an email to The Jewish Week, Bruce Nichols, Harcourts senior vice president publisher, offered his own defense of Eco. Any reasonable reader every reasonable reader will understand immediately that Eco is no proponent of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, N ich ol s wr ote. The book portrays this kind of thinking as delusional and paranoid. The narrator, who ultimately crafts The Protocols, is the most hateful narrator in literature. Still, Eco said, Probably, if I were a rabbi, Id have the same concerns. He went on, But if there was a meter of the responses [from Jewish readers], I say, 20 to two, I had more positive responses than negative ones. A few Jewish groups even said this should be read in schools. The novel is set in 19th-century Europe, when revolutions are threatening, if not entirely upending, the established order. There are appearances by Garibaldi, the unifier of Italy, as well as the novelist Alexander Dumas, and Sigmund Freud. All these historical figures somehow work their way into the diary of Simone Simonini, who serves as one of the novels narrators. Like the reactionary grandfather who raised him, Simonini the only fictional character in the entire book seeks an explanation for all the social upheaval. Given his ingrained hatred of Jews, he finds it easy to blame them for all the recent tumult. The fundamental feelings animating the Talmudic spirit, we read Simonini write, as he begins to forge The Protocols, are an overweening ambition to dominate the world, an insatiable lust to possess all the riches of those who are not Jewish and a grudge against Jesus Christ. This is not the first time that Eco has written about The Protocols. His second novel, Foucalts Pendulum, published in 1988, also had a chapter on the forgery, though it was just one among many other conspiracies included in the book. Eco has shown an interest in other realms of Jewish history as well Kabbalah and Jewish mysticism chief among them, which show up in many of his writings. In part, Ecos interest in Judaism is an outgrowth of his academic training. He wrote his dissertation, more than 50 years ago, on the theology of the medieval Christian thinker Thomas Aquinas, who is often studied in relation to
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Dear Rivy, Hanukkah is our familys favorite holiday. We host a different set of guests each night and we like to inject each year with its own special flavor. As the holiday approaches we identify a theme for the year and I try to plan something a bit different and special for our eight nights of celebration. Any ideas for this year? determination to live together in harmony until Christmas. Let all the world know that the national hatred of a few cannot destroy what all of us in Billings, and in America, have worked together so long to build, stated the editorial. It later became the subject of a childrens book, The Christmas Menorahs. Talking Points: Have you ever experienced an act of hate? Have you ever stood up to a bully? What effect can this kind of collective coming together have on society? Fourth Night Menorahs carved from potatoes: Survivors of the Holocaust have told of heroic steps they took or saw others take to observe Jewish rituals, even in the most horrific of situations. This story poignantly tells that tale: On the first night of Hanukkah 1943 in Bergen-Belsen, Rabbi Israel Shapiro, the Bluzhever Rebbe, organized fellow inmates to observe Hanukkah. From their meager food rations, they set aside bits of fat, drew threads from their ragged garments, and twisted them into wicks. And the menorah? That they formed out of raw potatoes. I can imagine the extreme gratification they must have felt being able to wrestle a small dose of redemption and spirituality amidst the horrors of their reality. Talking Points: How does the lighting of a potato menorah during the Holocaust reflect the themes of Hanukkah? How does this specific observance resonate for you today? Fifth Night The Menorah of the Book of Zechariah: Here the menorah is central to an intense prophetic vision of Zerubavel, leader of the Babylonian Jewish returnees to Zion around the year 538 BCE, who was charged with the rebuilding of the Temple. We read this passage in the Haftarah on Shabbat Hanukkah. In the revelation, Zerubavel sees an angel who tells him: showbread, the altar for incense, the washstand we did not feel the intense need to rededicate these items. The search for the oil took on an almost disproportionate centrality relative to its inherent utility. Many scholars discuss the overzealousness in getting the menorah lit. Some say that enthusiasm forced the miracle of the oil, which lasted eight days instead of the one day it should have burned. This led to the fashioning of our menorah, more correctly referred to as hanukkiyah, with not seven branches but eight, plus one in the center. Talking Points: How do you understand the miracle of the oil? What do the lights of menorah symbolize for you? Seventh Night The menorah on the emblem of the State of Israel: The design for the emblem of the State of Israel was adopted after a competition held in 1948. The olive branch border is reminiscent of the vision of Zerubavel, while the menorah itself is a deliberate copy of the menorah of the Arch of Titus. Its powerful message is lost on few. The Titus menorah dramatically evoked the message of the newly reborn State of Israel and the culmination of the exiled Jew in captivity. Talking Points: Why else should the menorah belong on Israels emblem? Where else do you see menorah images used in Jewish life? Eighth Night Your own menorah: Every family has its own menorah story. Here is mine: When I was 10 years old, my family traveled to Israel for the summer. It was magical! There were places to see, foods to eat and shopping to be done. We were in Jerusalem, on Strauss Street near Jaffa Road, when we walked past a tiny Judaica store with a formidable Jerusalemite Chassid standing by the door. A beautiful silver menorah stood in the window. We had never seen anything like it: An oil menorah with a low base and silver back that held a golden Ten Commandments. Eight small lions with heads as lids hinged back to allow the oil to be poured in. The mouths were tiny cylinders for wicks. On each side, a miniature pitcher hung precariously. That menorah had to come back to Pittsburgh. Each night, my mother and I would roll cotton into wicks, which we would then painstakingly maneuver into those tiny spouts. My father would come home from evening services, light the menorah in our living room, and sing the blessings, taking us back to that street in that crowded, pint-sized storefront in Jerusalem. For now, it sits tentatively here in Seattle, dreaming of a return to the Holy Land and a reunion with that formidable Chassid. Talking Points: Whats your familys menorah story? How will you pass it on?
Rivy Poupko Kletenik is an internationally renowned educator and Head of School at the Seattle Hebrew Academy. If you have a question thats been tickling your brain, send Rivy an email at


I salute you and I offer you the Marvelous March of Menorahs! Heres the plan: Each night you will highlight a legendary menorah from the past. First, tell its story and then draw out a lesson that it uniquely exemplifies. By using the Talking Points outline for each night, you will be able to draw out meaningful conversations from your guests. Good luck and godspeed. First Night The menorah of the Mikdash: We must start with the original prototypical menorah of menorahs. Shortly after the Exodus and the giving of the Torah, the people Israel were commanded to build a tabernacle, a portable abode to house the Divine Presence to inscribe on their consciousness that indeed the Lord dwells among the people. All the specifications are meticulously described to Moshe, among them a candlestick of pure gold, symbolizing, according to Abravanel, the seven degrees of wisdom. The middle branch represented the Torah with which all wisdoms must harmonize. Talking Points: In what way does Judaism serve as a central illuminating branch in your life? In what way do all wisdoms interface with Torah? Second Night The menorah on the Arch of Titus: I grew up hearing about the menorah on the offensive Arch of Titus, carried by Jewish captives of Zion. It is an honorific arch located in Rome, constructed in 82 CE by the Roman emperor Domitian after the death of his older brother Titus to commemorate Tituss victories, including the Siege of Jerusalem in 70 CE. It is a raw, in-your-face record of our peoples national humiliation and catastrophe. Jewish tourists were known to deface the ancient arch by scratching Am Yisrael Chai, the Nation of Israel lives into its marble, and Roman Jews refused to walk under it. Talking Points: What feelings emerge for you around this image? Would you walk under it? Would you deface it? Third Night Menorahs made from paper: In Billings, Mont. on December 2, 1993, someone threw a brick through the window of a Jewish home that displayed a menorah. What happened next was truly remarkable. An editorial in the local newspaper urged residents to join together by displaying paper menorahs in the windows of their homes as a symbol of their

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Maimonides. Though he did not write his first novel, The Name of the Rose, until he was 48 spending the first 25-odd years of his career as a influential postmodern philosopher he delved back into history when he began writing fiction. Repeatedly, he found himself drawn to The Protocols. He said he found it fascinating that the document continued and continues to be taken seriously, despite irrefutable evidence of its falsity. Just after they were proven to be false in 1921, he said, people believed them more. Hitler even quoted them in Mein Kampf.

He added that they continue to be printed and sold in the Arab world, where they have enormous influence. It is not only the persistence of antiSemitism that intrigues, and repulses, him. It is the very persistence of conspiracy theories themselves, whomever they defile. In The Prague Cemetery, Simonini explains his first contact with another conspiracy theory, one about Freemasons being behind the French Revolution. Simonini reads about it in Alexander Dumas novel Joseph Balsamo, and the passage in Ecos novel reflects Ecos own musings on the very nature of conspiracies. I wondered whether the bard

Dumas had not discovered, in describing a single conspiracy, the Universal Form of every possible conspiracy, Eco writes. Dumas had a truly clear understanding of the human mind. What does everyone desire, and desire more fervently the more wretched and unfortunate they are? To earn money easily, to have power and to avenge every wrong ever suffered. No one, he adds, believes their misfortunes are attributable to any shortcoming of their own; that is why they must find a culprit. Eco told The Jewish Week that he spent months reading up on conspiracies. And while, in The Prague Cemetery, their eti-

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ology is explained through Dumas fiction, Eco found evidence of conspiracies as far back as Homer. He learned this from Karl Popper, he said, the great 20th-century Jewish philosopher. Popper said conspiracies started with Homer, Eco said. In The Iliad, he wrote that Troy was destroyed because, the day before, the guards who were protecting the gates were plotting to let the Greeks in. Despite his acute knowledge of The Protocols, he is aware that there are still gaps in our knowledge about the documents origin. No one has, for instance, pinned down exactly who wrote the document only that its contents are undeniably false. That unsolved mystery was critical for his writing of the novel, he said, for it allowed him to create the fictitious Simonini. Thats why I could write a book like this, he said of the documents unknown origins. I could play a bit.

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I think its really meaningful to have members of the community come, because they offer a different perspective than college students, said Lucas. Its a different conversation because they have different life experiences. Elizabeth Kent, a junior, said she enjoys the class because the films highlight different areas of Israeli society. The Israeli films that [Professor Sokoloff] picks are really focused on giving you a glimpse of life in Israel and its really to get to know the culture and the families that make up the culture of Israel, said

Kent. She picks films that show a historical background so you are really getting a comprehensive overview of daily life in Israel beyond the politics. This quarter, some of the featured films include Dolphin Boy, which focuses on trauma and healing in Eilat; Ushpizin, a Sukkot tale that focuses on religious and secular Jews in Israel; and Tel Aviv-Yafo, a documentary on the history of Tel Aviv. Lustig also added that although the class covers many topics in Israeli society, it is only an introduction. Its not like youre going to take this class and immediately understand all the

issues, because you wont, he said. But you can start to learn all of the dynamics that are involved and hopefully give you a better understanding of how the situation is the way it is and how that action plays out on the ground. After the movie, the class engages in a discussion of the film. I think discussions are needed to understand [films]. A lot of films have subtle nuances and to understand Israel, you have to understand Israeli culture, Israeli history, Israeli religious history so the discussions are vital for people who dont know that, Lustig said.

Golan believes the film class provides an opportunity for people who have never been to Israel to get a perspective of Israel outside mass media. I think its important to look at Israel in terms of culture versus just media portrayal, Golan said. I think especially for students, it gives young people a way to see Israel as a normal place. Israelis have a day-to-day life, and thats hard to see through the media.
Charlotte Anthony is a student in the University of Washington Department of Communications News Laboratory.

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Sarah Adams at or 206-232-7115, ext. 250 or Learn about the SJCC kindergarten. Free. At the Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. 7:30 p.m. rosh chodesh Society
Rochie Farkash at Guided by classical Jewish and Kabbalistic texts, this class for women will examine spirituality, love, relationships, career, beauty, education and family. Meets monthly. $46. At Eastside Torah Center, 1837 156th Ave. NE #303, Bellevue.

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Rabbi Mordechai Farkash at or 425-957-7860 or Join Rabbi Mordechai Farkash at the giant menorah lighting and listen to songs from the Chabad Hebrew school childrens choir. Free. At Crossroads Shopping Center, 15600 NE Eighth St., Bellevue. 7:159 p.m. Tzafona Belly dancing
Nancy Geiger at Tzafona (Northend) Hadassah invites everyone to learn belly dancing with master teacher Zaphara. Free. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle. 7:30 p.m. can foreign aid really Help africa?
Jennifer Cohen at or 206-543-0138 or The first in a four-part series of conversations between national Jewish activists and University of Washington scholars about justice and Judaism in a global society. The first conversation, Can Foreign Aid Really Help Africa? will feature Ruth Messinger of American Jewish World Service and Professor Dan Chirot of the UW. Register at eventbrite. Free. At 415 Westlake Ave., Seattle.


12:30 p.m. Heroes Making History

Lori Weinberg Ceyhun at or 206-774-2277 The Stan Tobin Lecture Series and the Washington State Jewish Historical Society honor Washington State Jewish veterans with presenters Admiral

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Herb Bridge and Captain Jon Bridge. Exhibits open at 12:30 p.m.; program begins at 1 p.m. At Hillel at the University of Washington, 4745 17th Ave. NE, Seattle. 23:30 p.m. Jewish Touch lecture: The Holocaust Through the lens of Hollywood
Roni Antebi at or 206-388-0832 or Professor Foster Hirsch of Brooklyn College will examine widely differing approaches using excerpts from films spanning six decades, including The Juggler (1953), George Stevens The Diary of Anne Frank (1959) and Quentin Tarantinos Inglourious Basterds (2009). Reservations recommended. $5 for members, $10 for non-members. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. 4:309 p.m. SHa annual gala: dinner and auction
Sari Weiss at or 206-323-5750, ext. 239 or An evening to support Seattle Hebrew Academy. At the Sheraton Hotel, 1400 Sixth Ave., Seattle. 89:30 p.m. rise and Shine: Tips, Tools and Wisdom for rising above the challenges of your family, Home and life
Elisheva Hiller at or 206-722-8289 or A World Wide Womens evening with an inspirational video presentation by Tiferes, a project of the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation. For women only. At a private home, Seattle.


47 p.m. latkes and applesauce: Hanukkah fest 2011

Leonid Orlov at or 206-861-8784 or Taste an assortment of olive oils, potato pancakes and applesauce, donuts, and other treats. Donations of cooking oil are welcome to help others have a tasty holiday. Co-sponsored by JFS and Jconnect. Free. At Whole Foods Market, Roosevelt Square, 1026 NE 64th St., Seattle.

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7 p.m. SJcS open House or 206-522-5212 or Prospective parents are invited to presentations from the faculty, admissions staff, and alumni. RSVP for complimentary childcare. Tours by appointment. At Seattle Jewish Community School, 12351 Eighth Ave. NE, Seattle.

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10:30 a.m.12 p.m. PJ library Song and Storytime at the Seattle Jewish community School
Amy Hilzman-Paquette at or Music, singing and storytelling with the PJ Library. Stay for activities and playgroup fun. Free. At Seattle Jewish Community School, 12351 Eighth Ave. NE, Seattle.

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Wendy at or 206-323-8486 or Join Latke Larry for the annual latke dinner and Hanukkah celebration. Kids: bring homemade hanukkiyot. Prizes will go to the most creative. Suggested donation: $5/person; $15/family. At Temple De Hirsch Sinai, Jaffe Annex, 1520 E Union St., Seattle.

ages of 22 and 32). Rabbi Moshe Kletenik will lead a discussion, Talking to the Enemy: A Halachic Perspective on Trading Terrorists for Captured Soldiers. At a private home, Seward Park, Seattle.



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Julie Greene at or 206-721-0970 Enjoy kosher pizza and meet other young adults from the Seattle Jewish community (between the

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9:30 a.m.12 p.m. Hanukkah carnival

Melissa Rivkin at or 206-232-5272 or Join NYHS for the second annual Hanukkah Carnival, with a bouncy house, face painting, arts and crafts, bulemas, brunch and shopping. $20/ family. At Northwest Yeshiva High School, 5017 90th Ave. SE, Mercer Island. 10:30 a.m.12 p.m. double chai Brunch cBS fundraiser

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Carol Benedick at or 206-524-0075 or Congregation Beth Shaloms annual fundraiser. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle. 1:303 p.m. Cinderella
Natasha Ransom at or 206-232-7115, ext. 247 or The Stroum JCCs Now Playing program offers discounted performances in dance, music and theatre and backstage experiences for families. Twenty discounted tickets are available for Cinderella. $80 apiece. At the 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 Fifth Ave., Seattle.


to Seattle in February to further share about gay life in Israel, as well as take back more information from the communities here. I think this U.S. tour strengthens the feeling that the education issue is not only an Israeli issue, its a worldwide issue, Zviely said. What I realized, because the globe is so small, theres no reason why we wouldnt do knowledge transfer. Maybe when we do round tables, the tables get bigger and bigger.

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there are important distinctions between that and marriage. The domestic partnerships make no attempt to confer the over 1,000 legal rights and responsibilities of marriage that one gets with a marriage license, he said. Those include Social Security, immigration rights, and portability. Very much outside of Washington State, but even inside of Washington State, people often dont know what a domestic partnership is, and we have seen problems arise during times of crisis that would not exist if gay and lesbian couples had the right to marry, because marriage is of course universally understood, Friedes said. In addition, the domestic partnership occurs at the division of corporations, which is really quite humiliating when you stop and think about it. If nothing else, the Jewish community has the numbers behind it. In a Pew Research poll from 2010, 76 percent of Jews across the country support marriage equality. In addition, Zach Carstensen, director of government affairs at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, noted that though Jews make up less than 1 percent of the total population in

the state, 5 percent of the registered partnerships are of Jewish couples. As a Jewish organization that represents and is sensitive to a broad spectrum of Jewish opinion, that weighed heavily on us when deciding to support same-sex marriage, Carstensen said. In addition, from a financial perspective, as a philanthropic organization, we have an interest in ensuring that assets and property pass down in an orderly way, whether thats through a same-sex couple or an opposite-sex couple, he said. But when the Federation volunteers were looking at the issue, it really boiled down to a First Amendment religious liberty determination, Carstensen said. Its that lack of recognition that the Federation and ADL boards, as well as the boards of Jewish Family Service and Hillel at the University of Washington, among others, agreed was a civil-liberties issue. Both Ken Weinberg, CEO of JFS, and Julia Bacharach, Hillels board president, cited a resolution passed by the Federations board stating that the Federation supports allowing same sex couples equal access to civil marriage and reaffirms guarantees of religious freedom which protect the right of clergy members and congregations to perform marriages consistent with their own

religious practices and traditions as a primary reason for getting behind the coalition. It was very much about religious pluralism and civil marriage equality, Bacharach said. This Hillel prides itself on social justice and being at the forefront of social justice issues, and believes in this statement with our values of social justice and equality. Given the contentious nature of the marriage issue, Bacharach said her board wrestled with the decision about offending people and risking losing some large donors by standing in favor of it, but they also had to weigh that argument against offending people if they remained silent. JFSs Weinberg said that despite a possible financial risk, his organization did not want to remain silent because silence has been devastating for Jews in the past. I could just imagine a group of Germans before the war, saying, If we were to take a position of support for the Jewish community, we might really have a terribly negative reaction on the part of some people. Were better off being quiet, he said. Were not about to do unto gays what was done unto us. We see no reason, no reason whatsoever, to exclude gays. With JFS being located on Capitol Hill, which holds the largest concentration of the LGBT community in the state, the

agency serves many of that communitys individuals and families. The gay and lesbian community has found us to be open and inclusive, and we want to make sure that they continue to see us as open and inclusive, and that were here for them, Weinberg said. Dee Simon of the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center said her organization will support legislation because it promotes human rights. Its important to understand that homosexuals and the LGBT community were persecuted during the Holocaust, and today there are young students in schools throughout our state who are persecuted because of their sexual orientation, Simon said. We feel its a human rights issue and its important for us to be there. Despite the broad support from Jewish communal organizations, some parts of the community will not support a new marriage law. When the Federation board voted on its marriage-equality resolution, the Vaad HaRabbanim of Greater Seattle, the areas kashering authority and Orthodox religious court, cast a vote against. The rabbis who make up the board are not likely to change their minds, according to one of the rabbis who asked that he not be quoted on the record.

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Audrey Chechik July 9, 1925October 23, 2011

Audrey Marion Silver was born on July 9, 1925 in Medicine Hat, Alberta, the youngest daughter of Sam and Rose Silver, and died peacefully at home in Vancouver, surrounded by her family, on October 23, 2011. She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Cyril, and her grandson, Nathaniel Chechik. Audrey is survived by her loving children: Kathy and her husband Burt, Miriam and her husband Pip, and Lewis; her grandchildren Barak Souery, Aaron and Simone Souery, Avi and Jessica Meyerson, Gabe and Eve Meyerson, and her great-grandchildren Noah, Caleb and Julian Souery and Rafi Meyerson, who called her Big Baba. Audrey spent her childhood in Medicine Hat and Winnipeg. She attended the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, where she met her future husband Cyril Chechik. They married in 1946 and moved to Vancouver, where they established their home. She created and sustained a family, modeled strength, unconditional love and support and unsurpassed generosity. Audrey was beautiful, dignified and intelligent, and intellectually curious with a great sense of humor. Her love of family, reading, crossword puzzles, travel and adventure permeated her life, which she passed on to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. After her husband died in 1998, Audrey lived an independent and fulfilling life golfing, playing bridge, walking, lunching with her many friends, and traveling to see her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who live all over the world. She will be greatly missed by her extended family and many friends. Donations may be made to Hadassah WIZO of Vancouver or to a charity of your choice.


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people you may not have expected in this case, Coca-Cola, Dr. Pepper-Snapple, Krafts Capri Sun and others will join you. When Israelites first appeared circa 1700 BCE, historians estimate that about 35 million people lived on earth and life expectancy was just over 30 years. Outside of The Flood, there had never been a global climate crisis. That hadnt changed by 1800, when human population reached a billion, and average lifespan was nearly 40 years. But by 1974, when human

population reached 2 billion, environmental crises were standard fare. They got worse as population hit 4 billion in 1999, and they promise to worsen as we reach 8 billion by 2025. Letting things get worse is not a promise we must keep. Weve got a more important promise to keep instead: That we wont leave our mess for the next generation to clean up.
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Is it ethical to burden future generations with the environmental mess this generation created? From a Jewish perspective, the answer is no. Were constantly reminded about passing this world from generation to generation (dor ldor). Its almost inconceivable that wed dump our mess on our children to pay for and clean up. Torah and Talmud are packed with admonitions and commandments to take responsibility for our present actions, that we may guarantee clean relationships and a healthy world for future generations. But recent Pew Research polling indicates that majorities of older Boomers and Silents resist acknowledging climate change and taking actions to manage it. Majorities of Millenials, Gen Xers and younger Boomers, on the other hand, are not only aware of the challenges, they want to get them handled (Millennials are 18 to 30; GenXers are 31 to 46; Baby Boomers are 47 to 65; and Silents are 66-plus). And so we set up an intergenerational conflict thats impeding our progress toward solutions. As the global population reached 7 billion on October 31, 2011, global birth rates were actually declining. As fewer babies were born, more grown-ups were not dying, thanks to centuries of advances in nutrition, sanitation and medicine. Overall, Earths human population is getting older. And theyre facing three serious challenges: 1) An exponentially growing population is creating worldwide environmental crises; 2) Intergenerational friction is blocking movement toward solutions; and 3) Current theories and institutions are not designed to meet these challenges. Conservative, older Boomers and Silents primarily lead our countries and institutions today. Often misinformed about environmental issues, jostled by competing interests, and overwhelmed by the scale of the environmental challenges, theyre often unwilling to take bold actions. Rather, they settle for desperate, stopgap measures to mollify constituents and ameliorate the worst of environmental impacts. By advocating safe nuclear and clean coal, GMO foods and geoengineering, they dump the root problems on future generations to solve. So the challenge for younger citizens is how to get action on issues their elderly leaders find discomfiting or unpopular. The answer: Revolutionize conventional wisdom. This ability appears to be wired into Jewish DNA. Its Moses using signs and wonders to free the Hebrews from Pharaoh, and then lead them for 40 years in the wilderness; Theodore Herzl implementing the modern Jewish homeland; Samuel Gompers helping to create Americas trade unions; Alisa Gravitz co-founding Americas biggest green business co-operative; Mark Zuckerberg co-creating Facebook. Now, Jeremy Rifkin is helping facilitate the third Industrial Revolution, which is replacing the worlds current structure of secretive, tribal, patriarchal hierarchies into transparent, new, laterally organized, egalitarian models. The great economic revolutions in history occur when new communication technologies converge with new energy systems, Rifkin says. In this case, the Internet is combining with global commerce and renewable energy to create such innovations as, Wikipedia, YouTube, Occupy Wall Street and the Arab Spring. Rifkin outlines five pillars of the third Industrial Revolution: Renewable energy growth, movement away from centralized power plants toward energy generation distributed among all buildings everywhere, deployment of hydrogen and other storage technologies, transformation of every continents power grid into Internet-based, energy-sharing intergrids, and transitioning our transport fleet to electric and renewable power sources. The challenges we face today may be huge, but theyre surmountable. We can feed 7 billion people and preserve the planets abundant fresh water by minimizing centralized, industrial meat and agriculture production and maximizing organic, local and regional grain, fruit and vegetable production. We can shift entirely away from fossil fuel use and pollution to renewable energy by building worldwide energy efficiency. And we can create millions of good-paying jobs in the process. We neednt reinvent the wheel or eliminate conservative old folk to do this. Like Honest Tea co-founders Seth Goldman and Barry Nalebuff, we need only create, rethink and/or join initiatives that offer widespread benefits: In this case, reducing obesity- and diabetes-causing sugar from bottled beverages. Pretty soon,
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