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the rabbi’s turn

letters to the editor
KEEpIng HIs mOnEy

The important direction of the occupation
Rabbi Seth GoldStein Temple Beth Hatfiloh
On November 28, the first day of the special session of the Washington State legislature, I had the honor of delivering the invocation in the House. This special session is called to deal specifically with the budget issues facing the state. I took my position at the rostrum and delivered some words of reflection in advance of the difficult job our leaders are called upon to do. I then went outside and took a different position, on the steps of the capitol with the throngs of protesters demanding a fair and just budget. It was an interesting day of protests. Many different groups were represented, and several different rallies were held. Teachers unions, health care worker unions, those opposed to cuts for higher education, those advancing the needs of the disabled, and more, were present and raising their voices. And bringing it in an “Occupy the capitol” action, with the Occupy Olympia protest serving as host. (The Occupy Olympia “chapter” itself has been camped out in Heritage Park here, in the shadow of the capitol building.) The message is timely and appropriate, for many of the budget cuts on the table are geared toward those most vulnerable in our midst. Thousands may be cut from Basic Health and left without health insurance. Cuts to education of our youth and the disabled are proposed. A member of my congregation who runs a local social service agency for youth was quoted in our local newspaper as potentially having to cut a program which provides outreach and services for homeless teens, since the program relies on state funding for support. One proposed “solution” thrown about is that non-profits in general and faith communities in specific fill the gap. But faith communities, synagogues included, can only do so much — we do not have the skills or the resources to provide the social services necessary to support people. In Olympia, our local interfaith organization has used a city grant to open an intake center for homeless adults — an important and powerful development. As an individual congregation, my synagogue hosts a temporary shelter, volunteers at the food bank, and other such actions, but we are not capable of, for example, providing health insurance for one who is too poor to afford any. This issue, I believe, is beyond politics. I am not saying it is Jewish to support the Occupy movement, or Jewish to support any one party or policy over another. What is Jewish is recognizing that we have obligations to others. We make our own choices, have our own individual responsibility in this world (as I remind our B’nai Mitzvah students about the meaning behind the ceremony, that becoming an adult means personal responsibility). Yet our Torah teaches that we are responsible for one another as well, protecting the “widows and orphans,” the poor and vulnerable in our midst. Wealth in and of itself is not the issue. We learn in the stories of Genesis that our spiritual forefathers and foremothers were wealthy people. What one does with that wealth is the issue. This, to me, is the message that Occupy brings. Some sour notes hit us at the protest: Calls to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were out of place

Re: The article Jewish agencies will support marriage equality (Nov. 25). Wow. Another good reason not to give a dime to Federation. Eric Leibman portland

Thank you for the Books, Movies, Music and Food section from November 18! While reading it I moved to my computer to reserve four of the books from the library (luckily they have them). So many good ideas — I appreciate it! Lisa schuchman seattle

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An open letter to our state legislators
A personal story from a Bellevue rabbi underscores the gravity of the situation facing our state and the families hurt by the lingering economic downturn. During the course of the last year, this rabbi said requests for emergency assistance have gone up at the same time welfare, Basic Health, Work First, Disability Lifeline, and other programs have been cut. The rabbi has pulled from all available resources, drawing on discretionary funds to help families with hospital bills, rent, food, and car repairs. At times, resources were so stretched that this rabbi even used personal finances to help others get through a crisis. Rabbis like this one should be an example for us all. The rabbi’s story reveals that we cannot meet the need with private charities alone. The primary obligation of government is to provide for the basic health, safety, and welfare of its citizens. But as lobbyists and legislators have returned to Olympia to make hard decisions about how to balance the state’s budget shortfall, this rabbi’s simple act can be a guide for all of us. As we carry out fiscally necessary reforms and cuts, we must at a rally for the state’s issues and seemed like an unnecessary and unfocused tangent. Swearing during chants and stump speeches only serves to alienate and undercut the message. But these glitches should not dismiss the message as a whole. Occupy is important because it is changing the national conversation on who we are as a nation, and what individual citizens could and should expect of its institutions and each other. As Jews we know we do not live solely for ourselves. Our lives are, by definition, tied in with one another — from the partnerships and families we create to the communities we build. We cannot pray protect the state’s health and human service safety net and educational system through additional revenue. We know that eliminating medical benefits for the temporarily disabled will cost our state and ultimately all of us more in the long run. We know reducing the number of school days and cutting higher education will put us at a disadvantage economically for years, if not decades to come. We know that families needing welfare won’t be able to rise out of poverty with cuts to the cash grant and a reduced benefit eligibility period. We know that cuts to long-term care means the state cannot properly care for people in the twilight of their lives. We also know that after three straight years of malaise and more than $10 billion in real reductions, our state needs additional revenue if we are going to maintain the best of what government does and be positioned for a stronger economic future. The previously mentioned rabbi explained that in the Middle Ages, local Jewish councils established sumptuary
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Rabbi Seth Goldstein gives the invocation at the start of the state House’s special session on Nov. 28.

all together was the Occupy movement, which made its presence strongly felt. The coming of the special session provided an outlet and unique opportunity for the Occupy movement in our state that is not necessarily replicated elsewhere. While originally established to provide support to the Occupy Wall Street protests happening in New York, which brings the general message of uneven distribution of wealth, income inequality and overall issues of poverty, the Occupy movements in Washington now have a particular direction to face that argument: Toward the legislature, which is convening to find a way to balance the state budget. The Occupy movements across the state came together

outside of a community, we cannot mourn outside of a community — our spiritual well-being rests with others. And while we may argue as to how to do it, we cannot deny the fact that our physical and economic well-being rests with others as well. Very soon we will gather around the Hanukkah lights. In light of these challenging times, perhaps we can look upon the miracle of Hanukkah as this: Faced with a projected [oil] shortfall, a group was able to have faith and spend those resources anyway [by lighting the menorah]. The result was growth and increased light for all.

“I was aware of the fact that my father was in great danger if the Germans ever came, but it didn’t seem any scarier than a Grimm’s fairy tale.” — Dr. John Werner Cahn, a Seattle materials scientist who last month won the Kyoto Prize in Advanced Technology.



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laws for the community. Citizens were forbidden to spend more than a limited amount of money at weddings and other special occasions. These laws were created so the poor wouldn’t be shamed because they couldn’t match the expenses of the wealthy. For these wise men and women of the Jewish councils, the value of not shaming the poor and caring for the entire community was more important than allowing exorbitant sums to be spent on celebrations while other community needs went unmet. In biblical times, farmers were required to leave the crops in the corners of their field for the poor. There is no question these farmers could have used the income from even one of those corners to expand their fields or reinvest in their farm. However, reaping every bit of one’s crop was forbidden, because living on less meant that the entire community could flourish

by supporting the few who needed help. Relying on thousands of years of Jewish tradition and teaching, new revenue must be considered and included as part of Washington State’s budget solution. In doing so, we can avoid increasingly drastic cuts that imperil the health, safety, and welfare of Washington’s citizens.
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inside this issue
A surprise award
Rabbi Morton and Leya Moskowitz knew they were being honored at the Seattle Hebrew Academy’s gala dinner this week. They just didn’t know how honored.


Az ikh vel zain vi yener, ver vet zain vi ikh?
If I am like someone else, then who will be like me?

Views from the front


Several veterans who served during both war and peace spoke about their experiences in America’s armed services at a recent Washington State Jewish Historical Society event.

Never too late to learn


A group of retired men, some of whom never became a Bar Mitzvah, just celebrated the completion of their study of ancient Jewish texts. These men spoke of how it has changed them.



Too often delegated to being poured from a jar while the star of the show, the latke, gets all the attention, the applesauce has decided it wants its own seat at the gourmet table.



Food columnist Emily Moore gets the last word in the latke/applesauce showdown with variations on the fried treats to add color to any Hanukkah table.

What are you doing this Hanukkah?
We’ve got lots of fun stuff happening around town this Hanukkah season. No matter your sensibilities, you’ll find something to enjoy.

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Hanukkah happenings on the Eastside Remember when
From the Jewish Transcript, December 8, 2000. Master puppeteer Eugene Gimelfarb visited Gonzaga University in Spokane for a week-long engagement of his show, The Little Prince. Gimelfarb grew up in Soviet-era Ukraine and was unable to explore his Judaism until he moved to Siberia, out of the glare of the Communist government’s eye.

What’s so funny about peace, love and understanding?

Israeli folk legend Chava Alberstein, who plays Meany Hall on the 10th, talked to JTNews about her music, growing older, and life as a peacenik.

Getting the kids in the literary holiday spirit
We’ve got reviews of several good — and not-so-good — books for kids this Hanukkah.

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A visit to the synagogues of Paris
Jewish Paris has many gorgeous sites, from the museums to the monuments to the synagogues.

Egypt’s election results concern Israelis

With the surprise elevation of an Islamist organization in Egypt’s first election since the uprising earlier this year, Israel and Middle East experts are concerned about what that means for the region.

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Two educators celebrate an anniversary with a surprise award
Joel MaGalnick editor, JTnews
Rabbi Morton and his wife Leya Moskowitz knew about the gala in their honor. They knew they’d be called onstage during the event to speak. The longtime educators even knew about the trip to Hawaii a Seattle Hebrew Academy family had donated in honor of their 50th anniversary, which they had celebrated the day before the event. What they didn’t know was they would walk out with two etched glass plaques, and checks for $10,000 each, bestowed upon them as the Samis Foundation’s first Rabbi Doctor William Greenberg Award, recognizing them for their individual contributions to educating generations of children in Seattle’s Jewish community. “How can you receive so much appreciation for doing something you love so much?” Leya Moskowitz told JTNews after leaving the stage. “It’s so much recognition for simply doing the things we love the best in the world.” For Rob Toren, the grants administrator for Samis, bestowing the award on the Moskowitzes “just felt right.” Rivy Poupko Kletenik, SHA’s head of school, noted that for a teacher like Leya Moskowitz who has spent JoeL MagaLniCk decades in the class- Leya and Morton Moskowitz were honored for their contributions to local room, it would be Jewish education at the Seattle Hebrew Academy gala on Dec. 4. easy to resist change, in particular when that change is as draHebrew immersion program at the start of matic as SHA’s adoption of the Tal Am the 2010–11 school year. “It really is a huge change, a philosophical change — it’s also on how you lead the classroom,” Kletenik said. “It was really amazing that Mrs. Moskowitz was able to do that.” But she wasn’t surprised. This is a teacher, Kletenik noted, who has a different set of earrings for each Torah portion and “comes to school in a certain outfit that connects to what she’s teaching and the kids have to figure out what it is. “She has this really whimsical imagination,” Kletenik added, “She really is beloved.” Since 1979, Rabbi Moskowitz has taught virtually every Judaics course at the Northwest Yeshiva High School, in addition to several weekly adult courses. Some of his students now are the children and even grandchildren of those he taught previously. “It’s hard to think who could have reached more people,” said Rabbi Bernie Fox, NYHS’s head of school. “He is a very, very dedicated teacher and he is a person that is constantly involved in his own selfdevelopment. He never stagnates.” Fox cited two ways Moskowitz has positively reached his students: “His capacity to make all of his teachings relevant,” Fox said, and “his ability to facilitate the student in understanding the messages in the text…. He’s making the students think.” The Greenberg Award had been under discussion for several years, Toren said. At this point, the particulars of the award have not been decided upon beyond this first announcement. “We don’t know how often it’s going to be, how much it’s going to be, what the criteria are going to be,” he said. But, he added, “there is a strong sense we do not want to be doing this every year.” Who would receive the award — seasoned veterans like the Moskowitzes or an educator early in his or her career who shows great promise — should be an item of discussion among the trustees, as would parameters on how the stipend should be used, Toren said. They will not be seeking nominations. One factor in the award is dependent upon the fortunes of the foundation, which gets the vast majority of its income from its real estate holdings. “This year, we’ve been very fortunate that we’ve done well relative to our budget projections,” Toren said. Samis is unique in that its funding model reduces the cost for any K–12 student to attend any of the Jewish day schools in Washington State. The Greenberg Award will not affect those grants or any of the other institutes it supports, including Jewish overnight camps. Though he compared the award to national education awards bestowed by the Covenant Foundation or the Milken Foundation — at least in the way they surprise the winning teachers and institutions —
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Stories of the front
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They came from all over the state of Washington and were sent all over the world. They were soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who fought in every American conflict since World War II, and at a Washington State Jewish Historical Society event on Dec. 4, they told their stories to a rapt crowd of more than family members and friends who were there to honor them and commemorate their service to the United States. “They” are Jewish war veterans — plus a few still on active duty — and as the audience learned, their experiences in the military have been as varied as the places they’ve served, the conflicts they’ve witnessed, and the specific roles they’ve played. From Jack Yusen, who spent more than 50 hours in the shark-infested waters of the Pacific after his ship was sunk during World War II, to Rabbi Jay Heyman who had to counsel a sailor on why it was inappropriate to use the words “kike” and “nigger,” veteran after veteran described their experiences with a mix of solemnity, pride and a good dose of Jewish humor. Air Force pilot Yoni Goldstein, who’s just been deployed overseas, provided his comments on tape. As an observant Jew, Goldstein described the changes he’s had to make — willingly — to practice Judaism and fulfill his military duties. For one thing, there are limits to when he can keep his head covered. “I wear my kippah as long as it’s not a hazard to flight,” he explained, “but the mission comes first. And I know I can’t wear it in certain countries.” Goldstein also has had to make concessions about observing Shabbat. “I’ve had to fly on Shabbat a few times,” he said. “At first it was hard, but I put the fact that we are saving people’s lives ahead of everything else.”

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The veterans who told their stories about life in the military at the Washington State Jewish Historical Society’s “Heroes Making History” event.

Other vets alluded to the issues faced by Jewish troops in recent years, given where conflicts are now taking place. Dr. Rob Lehman, who served during Desert Storm, explained that he was directed to replace “Jewish” with “no religious preference” on

his dog tags before being deployed. And he described coming face to face with the Jewish-Arab divide when he first entered the hospital where he’d be ministering to Iraqi
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Never too late to learn
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“Do not say ‘When I free myself of my concerns, I will study,’ for perhaps you will never free yourself.” So go the Pirke Avot, or the Sayings of the Fathers, the Mishnaic collection of Jewish, ethical maxims from the turn of the Common Era. For a group of men at The Summit at First Hill retirement community, Jewish study wasn’t always easy to come by. But under the guidance of Rabbi Elana Zaiman, 11 men decided to learn this tractate of timeless wisdom. The culmination of their study of Pirke Avot was celebrated on Dec. 4 at the Summit. To a room packed with friends, family, fellow residents and supporters, five of the 11 men shared their life stories before heading to the dining room for a feast of bagels, fruit, spinach quejado and cheesecake. According to Zaiman, the chaplain at the Summit and the Kline Galland Home, “The men didn’t get to study as much as they wanted” when they were young, “or

they wanted to have a celebration” that they were never able to have due to war, the Depression or otherwise. Zaiman made clear that this was not a Bar Mitzvah celebration, like the one she organized for five Summit women in June 2010. It was more like a siyum — a celebration to mark the completion of a cycle of study — “to honor the men and celebrate the men who wanted to take time to study.” Pirke Avot was an obvious choice of text. “Here are fathers,” Zaiman said. “Basically what they’re doing is they’re commenting on their lives. So it fits with the mission of what they’re doing.” It is a relatively short, simple text “that they

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Columbus, Ohio native Brenda Luper (“go Buckeyes!”) was a relatively new arrival in the Seattle area in 2007 when she learned her mom had pancreatic cancer. “We had no idea what that meant,” she says. Sadly, her mother died four months later and “we spent much of that time trying to figure out what we were up against.” Finding the right answers was hard. In 2008 her son Nathan raised $2,000 for pancreatic cancer research for his Bar Mitzvah service project. By donating the money to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (, Brenda first learned of the organization. In 2009, her dad organized a fundraising walk in Tempe, Ariz., where her parents had been living. “If my son can do this, if my dad can do this, I can do this,” Brenda thought. When she found out there was no local walk, “I said, ‘Let’s get a walk started.’” With volunteers and staff from PanCAN’s Puget Sound affiliate, she helped plan the Nov. 2009 event in only eight

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weeks. Expecting 50 participants, the committee was amazed when 500 people registered “five days before the walk,” Brenda says. And last month’s walk attracted 1,500 participants, raising $150,000. Because of her mom’s death, Brenda also got involved in the daily minyan service at her synagogue, Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation. “Right after mom died I started to go say Kaddish,” she says. The Herzl minyan, she said, provided much-needed support. By the way, research shows a connection between pancreatic cancer and Ashkenazi Jews. “Out of the regular minyan-goers at Herzl,” Brenda says, “I have met 12 people…who are directly connected with pancreatic cancer.” Though the minyan was welcoming, as a newcomer she found it difficult to make a strong connection with the rest of the congregation. Also, she says, the minyan was struggling with mostly older participants and dwindling attendance. “So I decided, being the renegade that

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eric Yoffie: The exit interview
Uriel Heilman JTA World News Service
NEW YORK (JTA)  — At the end of this year, Rabbi Eric Yoffie, the president of Union for Reform Judaism, will be stepping down after 16 years at the movement’s helm. In late November, Yoffie sat down with JTA Managing Editor Uriel Heilman at the URJ’s offices in New York ahead of the Reform biennial, which will be held Dec. 14-18 outside Washington, D.C. JTA: What are you proudest about your time leading the movement? Yoffie: My first biennial I talked about Torah at the center. That was less of a programmatic initiative than it was a theological and cultural assertion. We had to operate with a consciousness of Torah being fundamental to all we do. It was an important cultural change. Second, there has been an extraordinary worship revolution in the Reform movement of joyful, enthusiastic Jewish worship built around participatory Jewish music. It has dramatically changed the worship experience in the movement, and you really see it everywhere. I certainly didn’t create this, but we saw the sparks of this and then tried to support it, accelerate it. That’s Reform Judaism at its best. And camps. In the last 15 years we’ve added five camps and more than doubled our camping population. JTA: Any regrets? Yoffie: I have lots of regrets. I’m not one of those people who say I have no regrets. Are all Reform Jews studying Torah? Celebrating Shabbat? Performing mitzvot? Until such a time that that’s happening, we need to ask why not and what more could we have done. Jews are a dissatisfied people; we cry out all the time. Jewish leaders have to be more dissatisfied than anyone else. Among the elite, we have more observance and commitment than I would have imagined possible, but general levels aren’t what they ought to be. Two years ago we started a youth engagement campaign for ages 13 to 18. In retrospect, we should have started that 15 years ago. While individually I’ve been tremendously engaged and involved in Israel, the reality is that too many people don’t feel the connection they should. I’m sorry I wasn’t more successful in creating those bridges. JTA: What’s the role of the president of the URJ? Yoffie: It’s a mistake to exaggerate the influence of the president of the URJ, and for that matter, most Jewish leaders. The most important Jewish work is done in local Jewish congregations. We can help shape Jewish consciousness, give priority to important Jewish things, give concrete support, offer legitimacy in cases where there may be some resistance among leaders. JTA: If organizations like yours only have a limited influence on Jewish life, who has a great influence? Yoffie: The critical arena for the Jewish world is the synagogue. It’s the anchor. It’s the only place in the Jewish world where you’re valued as an individual Jew no matter who you are or how much money you have. It’s a democratic venue. It’s a place where you study Torah and you pray and you educate your children, where you create community, deal with people who are suffering, celebrate successes. Where else does that happen? JTA: Does contemporary Reform have an ideology? Yoffie: Heschel [Abraham Joshua Heschel, a major Jewish thinker who taught at Reform’s Hebrew Union College for five years but spent most of his career at the Jewish Theological Seminary], talked about a three-legged stool of God, Torah and Israel. I would say Torah study, observance of mitzvot and faith in the God of Israel. We understand you need a balanced Judaism; focusing on any one leg distorts the others. Reform Judaism has become more expansive. What is certainly different is the word “mitzvah” [commandment]. That word had really disappeared from the Reform lexicon, even as late as the 1970s. That began to change. I spoke a language of mitzvah. We now have a Reform Judaism that is in a certain sense more traditional. We’re also more radical. We live with the contradiction.   We’re not a halachic movement and we don’t profess to be. In some ways, we clearly have adopted polices that by premodern standards are a departure: patrilineal descent, gay and lesbian partnerships. If it’s not ethical, it’s not Jewish. As much as we embrace tradition, we remain committed to this notion. JTA: Reform Judaism long has struggled to gain a foothold in Israel. Will it ever catch on there? Yoffie: If we’re not a part of Israel, we move to the margins of Jewish history. The key is Israeli Reform rabbis. When we have 100 Israeli-born and -educated rabbis, it’s going be a different country and a different movement. Now we have 40-plus rabbis. In 10 years we’ll have 100. JTA: What’s next for Eric Yoffie? Yoffie: I write for The Huffington Post, I blog for the Jerusalem Post, I have some other writing projects. I’m exploring. There’s a lot to do in the Jewish world, even outside of the Jewish world. I’ve thought of writing about Israel, I’ve thought about
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As global governments focus on deterring nuclear threats and cyber-terrorism, we could be missing longtime “frenemies” in our midst that can keep us healthy — or take us out in a matter of hours. And they are everywhere. In groups, these individuals are not afraid to act independently, or they can fall back and let others lead. Their sophisticated communication strategies allow them to quickly adapt to outside threats, and according to Israeli researchers, they may also be a key factor in how we choose our mates. I’m talking about bacteria. Today, they are one of the top three killers in hospitals. They are smart, linguistic, and social, according to Prof. Eshel Ben-Jacob of Tel Aviv University’s Sackler School of Physics and Astronomy, whose team found that bacteria use 12 different complex messages to communicate in their nanoscopic version of Twitter. Researchers also found that they carry on dialogues, make collective decisions, and advise us to mimic their behavior not only for our survival, but to advance our progress in computer technology, robotics, artificial intelligence, and even to rethink cancer research. With over 10 billion of them in a single, 8-centimeter–wide colony, BenJacob showed a group at a recent Google Tech Talk seminar a sped-up food-tracking sequence, viewed through his microscope, of swarming bacteria which, he said, are highly successful at “social networking” and “chemical tweeting” to achieve their goals. “Long before Google appeared, bacteria formed health large social networks all over the globe,” said Ben-Jacob. “Acting jointly, these tiny organisms can sense the environment, process information, solve problems and make decisions so as to thrive in harsh environments.” Working together, he added, bacteria can change genetically to adapt to a situation, with or without a leader, and they also save for the future, storing vital resources for any unforeseen challenges. This ability to perceive, project into the future, and quickly adapt is no small thing. Remember back in January 2011, when nearly 4,000 red-winged blackbirds fell out of the sky to their deaths in Beebe, Ark., and scientists were baffled? In that same week, 500 blackbirds plunged to the ground in Louisiana, dying, en masse, to the bewilderment of local residents, again, with no definitive explanation. And in an equally perplexing event, just one week earlier, 83,000 drum fish washed up on the banks of the Arkansas River, only 100 miles from the location of the birds, with no apparent cause. Adi Shklarsh, a doctoral candidate at TAU and a member of Ben-Jacob’s team, claims it is the superior communication tactics of bacteria that give them their edge on survival. “Many animal swarms can be harmed by erroneous positive feedback, which is a common side effect of navigating complex terrains,” explained Sklarsh. “This occurs when a subgroup of the swarm, based on wrong information, leads the entire group in the wrong direction. “But bacteria communicate differently, through molecular, chemical and mechanical means, and can avoid this pitfall.” Okay. So bacteria cooperate, tweet, and even rearrange their genome in response to an obstacle, something Ben-Jacob calls “an epi-genetic collective identity switch” which, he said, might be a prototype that could help us understand complex and sudden societal changes, like social revolutions. But what can bacteria teach us about why we are attracted to our choice of a mate or partner? Well, it turns out that fruit flies that were fed two different diets showed a preference for mates who had the same bacteria in their guts from the same food. Professors Eugene Rosenberg and Daniel Segel, along with doctoral student Gil Sharon of TAU’s Department of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology, found that this dietary effect showed up almost immediately in the two groups of the quickly reproducing flies who were fed different foods. To test this, researchers isolated the specific bacteria, killed it with antibiotics, and found that the mate preference was then eradicated. But when the bacteria were reintroduced into the flies, the preferential mating resumed. Is it hard to believe that the pasta primavera you shared with your partner for dinner last night is the secret to your happy partnership? Well, maybe so. But Ben-Jacob’s latest find is a new strain of bacteria, one of the three smartest he’s found, whose I.Q. he compares to Einstein’s. So, don’t say you weren’t warned and don’t be shocked if, one day, it happens to you as it did to one Google employee who blogged, “No way. That bacterium just ‘liked’ me on Facebook!”
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In the midst of preparing all those homemade cookies and potato pancakes we need for Hanukkah, there is one food item that, while necessary for the latkes (in my opinion), is often overlooked, picked up at the last minute, and poured out of a jar. Yes, I’m talking about the applesauce. Who among us hasn’t (at one time or another) just opened that jar of that sweet, gooey glop, poured it in a bowl and said, “Here you go kids, enjoy”? While I’m certainly guilty of that particular food infraction, at this time of year, as a gift to yourself and your family, you should try the extraordinary taste of homemade applesauce. Making applesauce is very easy and the following recipes can be whipped up in no time. For the most part, you won’t even have to go to the store for any ingredients — except, possibly, the apples.
For additional flavor, add sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, grated lemon rind or juice, or a combination of spices. Yield: 8 servings Wash apples (do not peel), remove bruised spots, and cut in quarters. Place the cut apples in an ungreased baking dish. Add the cinnamon or lemon and water. Mix well, cover with foil and bake at 375º until tender, 20 to 30 minutes. Place the mixture through a strainer and then add the sugar. Mix well. This is great either hot or cold. Yield: 6 to 8 servings.

Applesauce Variations
• Honey applesauce: In the master recipe, substitute 1/2 cup honey for sugar. Add 1 to 2 tsp. grated lemon rind. • Minted applesauce: In the master recipe, add 1/4 cup chopped mint with sugar. • Orange applesauce: In the master recipe, add 2 to 3 tsp. grated orange rind with sugar. • Rosy cinnamon applesauce: In the master recipe, cook 1/3 cup red cinnamon candies with apples. • Spiced applesauce: In the master recipe, substitute 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar for granulated sugar. Add 1/4 tsp. cinnamon and 1 tsp. grated lemon rind.

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• Creamed applesauce: Substitute 2/3 cup light cream for water. Add 1/2 tsp. cinnamon and 1/4 tsp. nutmeg with sugar. • Honey applesauce: Substitute honey for sugar. Add 1 Tbs. grated lemon rind. • Maple applesauce: Substitute 1 cup maple syrup for sugar and water. • Orange applesauce: Add 2 Tbs. grated orange rind while cooking.

Applesauce (Master Recipe)
Wash, pare, and core 8 cooking apples. Add about 1/2 cup water and 1/8 tsp. salt. Cook in a covered pot until soft. Add about 1/2 cup sugar while hot. Simmer just long enough to melt sugar. Amount of sugar and water varies with sweetness and juiciness of apples.

Baked Applesauce
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6 lbs. McIntosh apples, quartered and cored 1/2 cup water 2 cups cranberries

1 cup sugar 2 tsp. honey In a large cast-iron casserole, combine the apples and water. Cover and cook over moderate heat, stirring often, until soft, about 20 minutes. Uncover and cook on low heat, stirring occasionally, until it forms a thickened purée, about 45 minutes. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, cook the cranberries with sugar over low heat, stirring occasionally, until a thick purée forms, about 15 minutes. Pass cranberry purée through a coarse strainer. Then pass the apple purée through a coarse strainer and return it to casserole. Cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally until very thick, about 15 minutes. Add the honey and the cranberry purée and stir until blended. Transfer the apple butter to a heatproof bowl and cool completely.

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Trendy latkes come in rainbow colors
eMily MooRe JTnews Columnist
A couple of years ago I went to a Hanukkah party that started with the best wines to pour at a latke fest: Light, sparkling wines like Moscato and Prosecco cut cleanly through the delicious oil that clings to latkes. We ate batch after batch, which provided a continual reminder of the miraculous oil that burned in the Temple and gave us reason to eat more latkes! But each batch of those latkes was more gorgeous and delicious than the last, having been crafted from different colors of potatoes, vegetables and fruits. The apples came in the latkes as well as in the sauce, along with latkes made from deep ruby beets, purple and blue potatoes, bright orange winter squash, the creamy ivory and green of cauliflower and zucchini, and the earthy tones of mushrooms and broccoli, studded with brilliant pomegranate seeds. It has become clear that it’s all the rage to bring the garden into the latke pan, with the myriad recipes that all these wonderful pancakes require. So I want to provide you with two master veggie/fruit latke recipes (one for vegetables, one for fruits), along with a syrup and a delicious cream that lowers the fat content of the requisite sour cream on our plates of latkes. The basic recipes use eggs and varying amounts of flour, potato starch and/or matzoh meal, depending upon the moisture content of the fruits or vegetables. Suggested combinations are given with possible spices and herbs, but if you have something else on your shelf, garden or fridge, try it out! Part of the fun is in the personality your own creativity will bring to your latke party!
low zucchini, or Napa, green or red cabbage: Clean thoroughly, chop or grate and combine with other grated vegetables. • For carrots, parsnips, celery root (delicious!), yams, sweet potatoes, beets or golden beets: Peel and grate and add to the mixture. Use in combination or by themselves with just grated onion or chopped green onions. • For butternut, pumpkin or other winter squash: Peel, cut open carefully and scrape out seeds. Grate as you would any other vegetable. Once you have your vegetables grated, you may want to add a couple of potatoes to the mix to add starch, body and crispness to the finished latkes. Peel and grate the potatoes separately and let drain for 10 minutes in a strainer placed over a bowl. Discard the liquid in the bowl, leaving the potato starch in the bottom. Dry the shredded potatoes with paper towels, add to your vegetable mixture, and mix in the collected potato starch. Some great combinations: • Zucchini, winter squash and green onions accented with dill weed, mint, and ground cumin. • Mushrooms, broccoli, cauliflower and russet potatoes with shallots, thyme, tarragon, parsley, a dash of mace or nutmeg, and a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds. • Beets, winter squash and green or grated onions with ginger, cinnamon, a wisp of clove and a tablespoon of honey. Serve sprinkled with toasted pumpkin seeds. • Leeks, red onions, mustard greens, slivered almonds and Yukon gold potatoes with chopped garlic and chives. • Getting the picture? Use frozen green beans, if you have them, with some thawed frozen corn, basil pesto, shredded cabbage, a bit of sage and red pepper, and add a dash of orange juice or zest. Thaw frozen veggies and dry on paper towels before adding the eggs, starch and seasonings or the latkes will be wet and not fry correctly. To cook veggie latkes, be sure to use enough oil in the pan to almost float the latkes. My mom — and her mom — say that 1/2 inch of oil in the pan is essential, heated slowly to shimmering. Add a bit of latke batter to the oil when you think it’s hot enough; if it sizzles but doesn’t spit, the oil is hot enough. Make your latkes 3–5 inches in diameter but make sure they are X PAGe 14


Basic Veggie Latke Recipe
2 lbs. vegetables, peeled and seeded as needed, grated on biggest holes of hand grater, or shred with shredding attachment of a food processor 3 beaten eggs 1/4 cup flour or potato starch or 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbs. matzoh meal (not cake meal) 1 tsp. salt (or salt substitute) 2 to 3 tsp. spice or dried herbs, as desired 1–3 Tbs. fresh herbs, finely chopped Olive oil or vegetable oil for frying • If you’re using mushrooms, green onions, spinach, Swiss chard, mustard greens, leeks, onions, green or yel-

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no more than 1/2 inch thick or they will remain raw in the center. When a latke is golden brown on the first side, carefully turn over and brown on the other side. Be prepared to add oil to the pans. Remember that the latkes will be absorbing some oil as they cook and to ensure the 15th latke is as good as the first, the oil level needs to be constant. When you add more oil, skim the crisped latke crumbs from the pan so they don’t burn as your latke frying proceeds, and let the new oil come to the correct temperature before adding new latkes to the pan. Depending on the party you’re having, you can keep your veggie latkes warm in a 200º oven and serve them all together, serve them hot from the pan (sometimes your guests or family will grab them before you can get them to the oven), or freeze them flat, stack them and reheat in the oven in a single layer at 350.º Yield: About 20 3-inch latkes

sweetener, potatoes or squash and flour, potato starch or matzoh meal. Mix in the eggs, salt, vanilla and spices. Some delicious combinations: • Try apples and russet potatoes with curry powder, sesame seeds and sesame oil. • Bosc pears, Yukon gold potatoes, rosemary, honey, black pepper, and thin-sliced red onions. • Quince, apples, butternut squash and red potatoes, fresh thyme, a dash of ground coriander and cumin. • D’Anjou pears, purple potatoes, sweet potatoes, fresh sage, chopped walnuts, pomegranate seeds, tangerine juice. • Have fun by adding apples or pears to a vegetable combination for a fresh, sweeter flavor in your veggie latkes. • Yield: About 16 to 20 3-inch latkes

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Fruit Syrup
The method for these syrups is so simple you can make them while you are doing anything else in the kitchen. When you peel and core apples, quince or pears for latkes, pies, cobblers or sauce, save the peelings and cores, put them in a large pot and cover with water to about 2 inches above the peelings.
Add one cup of sugar or brown sugar for peels and cores from about six pieces of fruit, add a half lemon, sliced, a stick or two of cinnamon, one or two cloves, two or three slices of fresh ginger (optional), and a couple of sprigs of fresh thyme or other fresh or dried herbs. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer, and let cook for a couple of hours, adding water to keep the level the same throughout the cooking. If

Basic Fall Fruit Latkes
1-1/2 lbs. apples, under-ripe pears, quinces, or any combination, peeled, cored and grated 1/2 lb. russet potatoes, sweet potatoes or butternut squash, peeled and grated 2 Tbs. lemon juice 2 Tbs. sugar or brown sugar, if the fruit is tart 1/3 cup flour, potato starch or matzoh meal, or a combination 3 beaten eggs 1/4 tsp. salt 2 tsp. vanilla (optional) Herbs and/or spices (suggestions follow) Mix the fruit with the lemon juice. Add

you don’t have time to let the syrup simmer for two hours, just turn the heat off and bring the syrup back up to a simmer when you’re back in the kitchen. Strain out the solids and return the liquid to the heat. Bring to a boil and let simmer until the syrup is just thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Cool and serve warm or at room temperature instead of applesauce. To make a truly delicious dessert sauce, bring the syrup to a simmer and add 1/2 cup of heavy cream for each cup of syrup. Simmer until the cream is completely incorporated, about 5 minutes. Let cool, cover and store refrigerated. Reheat to use on ice cream, cobblers, pies, strudels or cakes.

1 qt. natural yogurt with no pectin, gums or preservatives. (Greek, Indian and high-quality domestic yogurt are the best, preferably whole milk. Lowfat can work well if the yogurt is of excellent quality) Medium strainer or colander 18-inch square of clean linen or thin tea towel 3-foot length of kitchen string 1-quart bowl or container 1 tsp. kosher salt or to taste Line the strainer or colander with the clean cloth and rest it on the bowl. Pour the yogurt into the cloth, gather up the corners above the yogurt and tie firmly together with the one end of the string. Hang the yogurt in its cloth bag above the bowl, tying the string to a kitchen cabinet handle, a shelf in the refrigerator or, at night, the faucet of the kitchen sink. Let the yogurt hang for between two and eight hours, until no liquid drains from the bag. Replace the cloth in the strainer and untie the bag. Carefully transfer the lebneh to a bowl and whisk or stir in the salt. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. To serve, vigorously stir the lebneh till smooth and creamy and use as a lovely substitute for sour cream with any of your beautiful, fragrant, colorful and very trendy latkes! And have a very healthy and happy Hanukkah!
Emily Moore is a local chef with 30 years experience in her field, including 13 years in local and regional restaurants. Her business, Emily’s Kitchen, provides culinary services to all facets of the food industry and catering to the Jewish community. She also currently teaches culinary arts at Edmonds Community College.

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Joel MaGalnick editor, JTnews
Rather than fill the gym with activities for an afternoon affair, the Stroum Jewish Community Center this year has moved its annual community-wide Hanukkah celebration to Saturday night and turned it into a real party. “We decided to change it up,” says Heidi Turner, the JCC’s membership and marketing director. “With Hanukkah so late, we decided to try to do something before so a lot of the families that go out of town can participate.” “Hanukkah Under the Stars” will feature local kids’ band The Not-Its as the main attraction, and the upstart The Sababas, nice Jewish boys Ben Gown and Josh Niehaus gone silly, will open with their biblical puppets and multiple musical instruments. But before the lights go down and get all funky, the kids can enjoy a PJ Library storytime and a Havdalah service, as well as “a bunch of bouncy balls if kids want to get their yayas out,” Turner said. The Hanukkah candle lighting, of course, will have to wait a few days. In addition, the kids will have art booths available to make things like edible dreidels. The JCC will have giveaways and prizes as well. And then there’s the food. Food will be inexpensive — dinner and a soft drink for Sunday’s big event, The Big Spin, which returns this year with a new format and new entertainment. The third annual Hanukkah event, which raises money for the Mitzvah Mamas Guild at Seattle Children’s Hospital, is taking over the Showbox Sodo to be bigger, flashier, and all music all the time. DJ’d by KEXP’s Derek Mazzone, it will take the form of Baby Loves Disco, a family dance party that Big Spin cofounder and organizer Laura Glass used to run. “If I was going to do it ever again, it would be great to do it for Children’s,” Glass says. And yes, there will be plenty of Hanukkah music on the dance floor. Like the JCC party, the Big Spin will have a chill-out room with pillows, tents, books, toys, and a nursing space set up by high-end children’s store Tottini. Some of the stuff that the kids enjoyed in previous years — the face painting, the Jewish Day School’s candy menorah station, a new variation on the photo booth — will return. A separate guild run by Glass’s daughter Sophie, which makes bracelets each month to give to girls staying at Children’s, will have a booth as well.
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quiet room with books and toys. Entry is free — but only if you bring a bottle of oil for the Jewish Family Service food bank. RSVP online at The fun starts at 5:30 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 17 and goes until 7:30. “Hanukkah Under the Stars” takes place at the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way on Mercer Island. You can have a few hours to recover for

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you’ll find this old railroad town’s resident Klezmer group, What the Chelm?, blowing off the roof and frying things up with an afternoon Hanukkah show that will send La Niña back to where she belongs. The old city hall is located at 121 Prospect St., and it’s free for museum members, $3 for non-members. Bring your dancing shoes! On the second night of Hanukkah, head over to the University Village candle lighting for an event that’s not only fun, but rare: A collaboration between a Reform temple and Chabad. But that’s what happens each year at this outdoor mall, which for many years has hosted the candle lighting on Chabad’s giant menorah while Temple Beth Am’s Klez Kids musical group sings and performs. The festivities start at 6 p.m. on the plaza between Boom Noodle and Barnes and Noble. If you’re a part of the JLGBTQ community (everybody always wonders what

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the ‘J’ stands for), once the U-Village event ends, you should hightail it up to the Lobby Bar on Capitol Hill for the annual “Light the Night” celebration. This celebration honors eight members — one for each candle, of course — of the local Jewish gay/lesbian/transgender community who have worked to improve the lives of their community members and the larger community as well. Entry’s free, as are the snacks, but you’ll have to buy your own drinks. Sponsored by Jconnect with Jewish Family Service, Congregation Tikvah Chadashah, and a number of LGBTQ organizations. Despite Light the Night being a Jconnect program, it is open to adults of all ages. The Lobby Bar is at 916 E Pike St. in Seattle. Contact Josh Furman at for more details. For this next event, get a sitter and leave the kids at home. The year is zero. Well, you know, right around when zero would be since the people who were counting down the years until when Jesus would be born weren’t so adept at their timekeeping. Anyway, Mary’s pregnant. And Joseph’s mad because, despite what he’s told the

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boys in the locker room, he and that crazy nymphomaniac haven’t actually, ahem, done the deed. So he knows he is not the father, and he wants to know who is. To get to the bottom of this immaculate deception, he calls upon three wise men. Who he gets instead are the Wisemen Law offices, run by litigious Brooklyn attorneys Goldberg, Frankenstein, and Murray. And that launches Wisemen, a revisionist history of the story of Christmas by local actors and musicians Eli Rosenblatt and David Bestock. These two nice Jewish boys, whose theatrical collaborations began at a Passover seder when they were 8 years old, are trying to get the Jewish community to show up for a story about Jesus? “The show is actually not about Jesus,” says Rosenblatt, who also wrote the musical accompaniments. “It’s about Jews. And Jesus is just a baby.” If this seems a little off-kilter, well, that’s kind of the point. “We’re sort of taking this tale, this Christmas tale, which makes just as much sense,” Rosenblatt says, and making it “more or equally absurd in another direction.” Given that it is, almost, the story of Christmas, of course there needs to be an appearance by Santa Claus — gangsta Santa Claus, that is. The Easter Bunny makes a cameo appearance — doing hiphop, naturally — as does the pope. “Everything’s so familiar, but it’s cocked at a 32-degree angle,” Rosenblatt

says. “You laugh really hard, but it bends your mind a little bit.” Wisemen will take the stage Dec. 13–15 and 20–22 at 8 p.m. at the ACT Theatre’s Bullitt Cabaret space, 700 Union St., Seattle. Tickets cost $15/$18 at the door and are available at And while this last event isn’t really Hanukkah related, who wouldn’t want to find tickets under their pillow for the ACT Theatre? Especially one where you can bring the kids. Granted, the show just started and it ends before Hanukkah begins, but that doesn’t matter. The theater brought 13 back because audiences loved the story of Evan Goldman, the boy who has it all. Until he doesn’t. After his parents divorce, Evan and his mom move from the center of the world, New York City, to Indiana farm country. In the meantime, he’s got to get ready for his Bar Mitzvah. And make new friends. But he only wants the popular kids to come to the Bar Mitzvah party. You can probably see where this is going and the lessons Evan learns. 13 launched in 2007 and was the first Broadway production to feature an allteenaged cast. The cast of local middle and high school students (including Adam Westerman, the son of our own columnist Marty Westerman, as the lead), which also staged this production last summer, returns for 10 performances between Dec. 8 and 18. Visit Tickets/OnStage/13TheMusical for tickets

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on Nov. 22, the Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle held its Mitzvah Day, performing volunteer works for such organizations as Food Lifeline, operation Sack Lunch, king County Greenhouse and Mountain to Sound Greenway Trust. Here the school’s 3rd graders packed bags of rice at Northwest Harvest to go to area food banks.

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writing about Chabad. I’ve always thought about writing children’s books. I enjoy the blogging style. It fits my mentality. JTA: What would you write about Chabad? Yoffie: Their role in the community is fascinating. I see the intense reactions they elicit, both positive and negative, from people outside of the Chabad world both in Reform and non-Reform circles. There are those who feel it’s undermining other institutions
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in the community and at the same time people who have been touched by a Chabad rabbi or have found a Chabad connection. There are Reform rabbis who say they specifically target our wealthy members and they feel that that’s outrageous, and other Reform rabbis who say they’re out there offering Jewish services in the competitive, free market society in which we live, and we have to do what we’re doing and we have to do it better. of day school educators. We would love it if other communities did this.” The Moskowitzes were clearly excited about the Greenberg award, but not just because of the money that came with it. Greenberg, a lifelong educator and for 30 years the rabbi at Congregation Ezra Bessaroth, had been their close friend and

December 22 at 8 p.m. Klezmatics Concert With over two decades of music making behind them, the Klezmatics continue to perpetuate and innovate klezmer music. The socially conscious sextet prides itself on keeping the traditional sound of Eastern European Jewry alive, while incorporating other genres, like jazz, punk, Arab, African and Balkan sounds. At the Neptune, 1303 NE 45th St., Seattle. Tickets are $24 and can be purchased through or by calling 877-784-4849. All-ages show.

Toren said his board is not attempting to put Samis on the national stage. But he does have something to say to the rest of the country: “We think other communities should be doing this,” he said. “It’s a way of calling attention to the importance

mentor. He died in 2007. “He just stood for so much good in the world,” Leya Moskowitz said. “He was a very extraordinary person.” Toren said that given its nature, naming the award for Rabbi Greenberg was fitting. Aside from his rabbinical and teaching duties, Greenberg would visit

each of the area’s day schools every year and sit in on teachers to assess the quality of the education. “He himself was a master teacher,” Toren said. “He was deeply committed to and concerned about Jewish education in our day schools.”

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December 10 at 7 p.m. Dunava concert Dunava, a local choir of “women’s folk harmonies from the Balkans and beyond,” presents its biggest concert yet. Dunava (“the Danube” in Bulgarian) will perform vocal arrangements from around Eastern Europe with the musical partnerships of David Bilides on Macedonian tambura and kaval, and Jen Morris, who will share songs of Caucasus Georgia. At the Museum of History and Industry, 2400 27th Ave. E, Seattle. Tickets are $17, $12 for students and seniors, and available through For more information and to listen, visit

December 12 at 7 p.m. Annie Leibovitz Talk and book signing World-renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz will present her new book, Pilgrimage, a pictorial atlas of places significant to a host of historical figures, from Emily Dickinson to Sigmund Freud. “Leibovitz has produced a book without people, yet portraits are everywhere on its pages, and in them a profound sense of life’s bold fragility and art’s imperfect beauty,” says Vanity Fair. Leibovitz will sign copies after the brief talk/reading. Books are $50. At Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 Tenth Ave., Seattle. For more information visit

December 11 at 12:45 p.m. Hanukkah Humor stories children’s event Temple librarian Toby Harris and PJ Library’s Amy Hilzman-Paquette are teaming up to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Benjamin Zukor Children’s Library. Toby will tell a Chelm story, and Amy will lead a creative hands-on activity. Recommended for children ages 4–8, but everyone is welcome. An optional pizza lunch offered by the temple youth will be available beforehand for $5. At Temple De Hirsh Sinai, 3850 156th Ave. SE, Bellevue. For more information and to order lunch, contact Toby Harris at

December 14 at 7:15 p.m. Jewish composers, The promise of America: george gershwin Talk When Moishe and Rosa Gershowitz immigrated to the U.S. from Russia they wanted what so many European Jews dreamed of: To raise a family with opportunities to overcome traditional prejudices through hard work and talent. Moishe (Morris) Gershwin and his children, George, Ira, Francis and Arthur, all excelled in the American art scene. This lecture will illuminate the lives and accomplishments of all the Gershwins, how they epitomized the American dream, and why George returned to Europe to expand his musical boundaries. At Temple Beth Am, 2632 NE 80th St., Seattle. Free. For more information email Diana at; to reserve a seat call 206-525-0915.

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On the phone from her home in Ramat Eshkol, near Tel Aviv, Chava Alberstein says it’ll be a short interview: Her grandchildren are coming over for a hug before the legendary singer, now 64, flies off for her latest cross-planet tour. In Seattle, Alberstein plays Meany Hall on the University of Washington campus on Dec. 10 as part of the UW World Series. “Basically, a concert is like a diary of your life,” says the award-winning recording artist whose 2011 calendar has already taken her to Helsinki, Berlin, London and Australia. Born in the village of Szczecin, Poland in 1947 and raised from the age of 4 in Israel, Alberstein’s concert diary bursts with languages and places and the stories that go with them. Yiddish, her first language, has moved audiences to tears at her sold-out concerts in Poland or Germany. Alberstein works with what she calls “international subjects and issues that every folksinger must sing about: Family, getting older, parents and children, fighting for justice, foreign workers.” Of just what “folk” does she see herself as a singer? “I hope human folk!” she exclaims with a laugh, and then elaborates. “There is, in my music, the Jewish people,” she says. “The language that I sing, even Hebrew, dead for almost 2,000 years, it’s a story by itself. And of course, the tragedies of the Jewish people in Europe, and the way the country was built.” “Human, Jewish, Israeli,” is the identity Alberstein claims. The title track from her triple-platinum 1975 album Like a Wildflower is one of the songs she says she can’t do without in a concert; her 1990 album Songs of My Beloved Country is another concert staple. No doubt the Seattle show will include a children’s song or two. Her latest album, Yaldat Tevah/Nature’s Child is a children’s collection, like more than a dozen among her 50-plus recordings. Renowned as a composer and performer, Alberstein has cited the American 1960s social-conscience folksingers Joan Baez and Pete Seeger as early inspirations for her career. She began as a Tel Aviv nightclub singer and nurtured while she was a soldier, entertaining fellow troops with voice and guitar. That career was already full of gold and platinum recordings and international concert acclaim

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when, in 1989, with the first intifada swirling, Alberstein sparked a controversy at home with her adaptation of the Passover song “Chad Gadya,” into a critique of occupation. A record store owner threw it out; a government official, citing freedom of expression, threw out Israel Radio’s effort to ban on the song. Indeed, the UW World Series’ press release announces Alberstein’s program as “Songs of Protest, Peace and Love.”

Maybe this is a way of enticing audiences who might otherwise avoid an Israeli performer? Or of heading off local protesters by reminding them that this Israeli herself has some issues with her government’s stands? Thinking Alberstein was carrying dark thoughts about her country into a famous Bible story, I had this “protest” stance in mind as I listened, over and over, to the haunting song “HaSulam,” “The Ladder,” from her 2001 album Foreign Letters. Invoking the biblical image of Jacob’s ladder, Alberstein’s song tugs the heart. As a less-than-fluent but more-than-ignorant
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We’ll start with stuff for families. The Seattle Jewish Chorale is doing it second-night style with a concert at Temple B’nai Torah. “It’s Hanukkah songs, but not necessarily all the Hanukkah songs that everybody knows,” says Michele Yanow, the chorale’s executive director, of “Light the Candles: A Hanukkah Concert for Everyone.” Yanow and her army of music lovers have combed the archives of Jewish lore to find songs such as an adaptation of an old Sephardic liturgical tune, which translates to “Let’s Make a Meal.” They’ll do some of what she calls the “typical beautiful, mournful Yiddish-inminor-key piece” while interspersing that with sing-a-longs, a bopping, klezmerstyle (with clarinet!) ode to the dreidel written by a couple of ’20s-era Yiddish theater musicians, and plenty of tunes that celebrate the candles. One song the chorale performed in the spring, “Not in Our Town,” tells the story of the night in the early 1990s that white supremacists threw a rock through the window of a home displaying a menorah in Billings, Mont. Many residents of the city put a picture of a menorah in their own windows to stand in solidarity with the family. The chorale will reprise that

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touching piece at its Hanukkah concerts, and close “with a beautiful interpretation of the Refuah Shlemah, ‘Heal Us Now,’ by a cantor friend of mine from back east,” Yanow says. The piece was sung at the memorial service for the victims of the January shooting in Tucson that critically injured Jewish Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. The Bellevue concert will also feature Rabbi Jim Mirel’s Shalom Ensemble and, of course, a candle lighting before the concert begins. Temple B’nai Torah is located at 15727 NE 4th St., Bellevue. The show begins at 7 p.m. This performance, incidentally, is one of two the Seattle Jewish Chorale will perform during the week. Three days before, at the Westside Unitarian Universalist Church at 7141 California Ave. SW in West Seattle, in conjunction with Congregation Kol HaNeshamah, you can see the chorale with some other special guests.

“We will have some children with us at the West Seattle concert…who will come up and join us for one of the songs,” Yanow says. Those kids, she added, have “a special surprise of their own.” Both concerts are intended for anyone and everyone: All ages from kids to seniors, interfaith families, Jews and non-Jews alike. Tickets for both concerts are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, $5 for children, and the unemployed or underemployed can pay as they are able. Purchase them online at If you enjoyed the Shalom Ensemble for this concert, you can always head back to Temple B’nai Torah the next day, Dec. 22, to see them again. Starting at 10:30 a.m., the ensemble will perform its mix of Ashkenazi and Sephardic Hanukkah tunes as well as some rollicking klezmer for Jewish Family Service’s Endless Opportunities seniors program. Contact Ellen

Hendin at JFS at endlessopps@jfsseattle. org or 206-861-3183 if you need more information. Then, later that day, if the building doesn’t collapse from all the use, the Shaarei Tikvah program for people of all abilities will have its annual Hanukkah celebration at B’nai Torah. Rabbi Mirel and Cantor David Serkin Poole will lead the party that will of course feature latkes, dreidel spinning and a lot of singing. That celebration runs from 3 to 5 p.m. RSVPs are required. Contact Marjorie Schnyder at or 206-8613146 to register. There’s probably a reason nobody has attempted to build a six-foot menorah out of ice in our region before: We’re not Antarctica. Or Minnesota (though we suspect that somewhere along the line the original Ballardites were fooled until it didn’t stop raining). But as they do every year with one type of six-foot menorah or another, be it candy, Lego or some other creative

object that can easily stored in the Farkashes’ basement, Chabad of the Central Cascades will carve this year’s Hanukkah menorah out of a big block of ice. And then they will put candles on it and set it alight. Following the annual public lighting of their traditional aluminum menorah by Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger and several of the city’s other elected officials on the first night, Dec. 20, the party will move to Blakely Hall on the Issaquah Highlands for the ice sculpture, a party with latkes, doughnuts, kids’ activities and a show by local puppeteer/musical duo The Sababas. The first candlelighting will take place at Village Green, followed by the party and ice sculpture lighting at Blakely Hall, 2550 NE Park Dr., Issaquah Highlands. To get more information, contact 425-427-1654 or visit For a traditional candle-lighting celebration, the Eastside Torah Center moves
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Let there be lights: Children’s books for Hanukkah
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It’s beginning to look a lot like Hanukkah. In bookstores everywhere, among the children’s holiday books crowding the shelves, Hanukkah is definitely a featured player. But there are Hanukkah books and then there are Hanukkah books. Some are delightful, insightful or pleasantly informational. Others should bear a warning label alerting you that the contents may be derivative, written by Jewishly unaware writers, or prone to missed nuances and occasional inaccuracies, making them questionable as appropriate gifts for the children in your life. Choosing pre-school and picture books published by Kar-Ben Publishing is one way to guarantee Jewish authenticity. Started by two women determined to provide quality Jewish stories for their children and others, it is now a division of Lerner Publishing but still operates under the same mandate, providing facts leavened with humor and good illustrations. Maccabee! The Story of Hanukkah by Tilda Balsley, illustrated by David Harrington, is a case in point. The basic story is told in rhyme, the illustrations of the Grecian gods include a tippler and a body builder, and the text reminds us that “sometimes it only takes a few/who know what’s right and do it too.” Engineer Ari’s third historic adventure, Engineer Ari and the Hanukkah Mishap, by Deborah Bodin Cohen, is set on board a train in 1890s Palestine. Ari’s effort to celebrate Hanukkah with his fellow engineers almost gets derailed as his holiday daydreams cause a near collision with a camel on the tracks near Modi’in, the very place where Hanukkah began. When the camel’s Bedouin owner comes to his aid, the two men share an impromptu discovery of the miracle of friendship and cooperation. Delightful art, historical backstory, and a photo of the actual 1892 train between Jerusalem and Jaffa round out the book. On the pleasantly informational side, Harvest of Light by Allison Ofanansky is illustrated with photos by Eliyahu Alpern and shows how an Israeli family raises and processes olives, using some of the oil to light their Hanukkah menorah. School Library Journal calls this a “wonderfully different Hanukkah book…resonating with familial warmth and a shared purpose.” Who could argue? I’ll never look at an olive the same way again. Nathan Blows Out the Hanukkah Candles, by Tami Lehman-Wilzig with Nicole Katzman and illustrated by Jeremy Tugeau, is a family story. It’s told by Jacob, whose older brother Nathan is autistic and often an annoyance, especially in front of new friends. How can you celebrate with new neighbors when Nathan has trouble understanding how the Hanukkah candlelighting ceremonies are carried out? The solution devised by Jacob’s mother is a bit strained, but in a work obviously intended to introduce developmental problems to young children and families, it underscores the importance of inclusion and compassion. An author to be trusted is Erica Silverman, whose When the Chickens Went on Strike, Liberty’s Voice: The Story of Emma Lazarus, and Sholom’s Treasure are just a few of her good children’s books. She’s done it again with a humorous and lively work called The Hanukkah Hop (Simon & Schuster). The Hanukkah symbols and story which open the book are later downplayed in favor of the high energy and comical action that comes when the klezmer band kicks in. Illustrator Steven D’Amico has fun showing the extremely diverse partygoers wearing themselves out by dancing to the point of collapse. Rhyming text and repetition are designed for younger children. Though it’s a bit long for its target age, even you will enjoy chiming in on “Biddy-biddy-bim-bom-bop… at our Hanukkah Hop.”

And now we come to my “warning label” books. They may be well intentioned and attractive, and some of my colleagues and some of you, in fact, may welcome them, but I find them problematic on some basic level. The first two books have much in common, as you will see. One, a new Hanukkah book for children put out by Viking, is called Jackie’s Gift: A True Story of Christmas, Hanukkah and Jackie Robinson. Written by Robinson’s daughter Sharon, it tells of the year 1948, when Jackie and his family moved in next door to the Satlow family, whose 10-yearold son Steve befriends Sharon and even helps her family trim its Christmas tree. When Jackie Robinson realizes the family next door doesn’t have a tree, he doesn’t know it’s because the Satlows are Jewish. Thinking they’re too poor, Jackie brings them the generous gift of a tree, which the family, with some trepidation, awkwardly accepts. While explaining that they’re Jewish, they decide that this will be the year they will have both a tree and a menorah, and set about trimming their tree with their new friends. It’s a well-written and illustrated book and has been praised by many for demonstrating tolerance and good black-Jewish relations. Still, it’s a work I consider to be

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linked more to Christmas than to Hanukkah, a holiday, after all, which commemorates the courage of the Maccabees in resisting the attractions of Hellenistic assimilation. I understand the appeal of advocating tolerance, but for a kid, the message may not be that the most important thing is not to embarrass anyone and to have peace with your neighbors. Instead the message may be that if you have a generous enough neighbor, your dad will let you have the Christmas tree you’ve always wanted so you can be like all the other kids. A strange

tribute to the Maccabees indeed. And then there’s A Chanukah Noel (Second Story Press) by Sharon Jennings with illustrations by Gillian Newland. When young Charlotte moves to France with her family, she’s faced with a new school, a new language, and new children to befriend. Overwhelmed by arriving in the midst of the entire town’s celebration of the Christmas holiday, she is fascinated by Christmas and tries to calm her envy by deciding to give Christmas to a poor girl in her school, one who isn’t even nice

to her. The writing is good, the illustrations are exceptional, but what’s the message here? Charlotte convinces her dad that her family should play Lady Bountiful to the very poor Christian family. The dad at least worries about shaming the other father, but to me the family’s effort to make the Christian family happy by providing excesses they could never afford feels sadly insensitive, with altruism tweaked to make one’s self feel outstandingly generous and also to buy into vicarious Christmas celebration. I think the work was well intended; I just don’t see the audience or the message as being carefully thought out. The Story of Hanukkah Howie, written by local Jan Dalrymple and illustrated by Bob Dalrymple, is another book nicely packaged and done with loving hands but which appears to be at odds with the real message of Hanukkah: Resistance against going along with the crowd. When baby Howie’s hair develops strange spikes each December, an additional one for each of Hanukkah’s eight days, his parents resign themselves to trying to cover it over with hats, creams, and even glue. Then one day Howie, now in college, takes a job delivering holiday gifts from house to house in his neighborhood. Now known as Hanukkah Howie, he finds his bag is magically kept filled with gifts for everyone. Finally, with all presents distributed, he steps out into the night air, speaks words of hope and light, and drives off with a wave of

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his hand. To test my critical judgment, I shared the book with some kids and asked them for a reaction. Shall I quote? “So, why’d they write about a skinny Jewish Santa Claus with funny hair?” The Santa tie-in may not bother some people, but for those into the Jewish meaning of Hanukkah, I thought a heads up (pun intentional) was in order. Another local, the multi-talented Arthur Feinglass, whose efforts toward establishing a Jewish Theatre in Seattle are off to a good start, also has a picture book, The Lonesome Dreidel (CreateSpace). With a talking dreidel as the central figure, our heroes Talya and Aitan find the dreidel, chase it as it spins away, teach it to play the dreidel game, and give it a happy home. A bit influenced by the Gingerbread Man, a bit by the Runaway Latke, but mostly a simple story for very young children “because the lonesome dreidel wasn’t lonesome anymore.” Illustrated by R.M. Florendo. Last, storyteller Mark Binder has collected a number of his previously published stories about the holiday of Hanukkah in Chelm, the village of fools, into a single volume, A Hanukkah Present (Light Publications), for readers 8–12 or listeners of any age. Humor and adventure, plus nice rhythm and pacing, make this a real gift, providing stories just right to read aloud each night while the candles burn down. Also available as an e-book edition.

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Question: I always host a big Hanukkah party and make tons of latkes, but this year my party isn’t until the holiday’s seventh day and I’m worried my guests will be sick of latkes. Can you give me some suggestions of other creative fried foods I can make that will still seem appropriate for the holiday? —Annie, Houston Answer: You’re right that latkes are delicious, but they can get old by the end of the eight-day holiday. Luckily, almost everything is good when fried, so you have plenty of options. To help narrow things down I consulted with Rick Rodgers, author of more than 35 cookbooks, including Fried & True, Crispy and Delicious Dishes from Appetizers to Desserts.

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Here is Rick’s advice: I love latkes as much as (more than!) the next person, but then again, anything that is hot and crunchy has my vote. This Hanukkah, try an international menu with crispy treats from around the world. For starters, consider Thai spring rolls, Chinese egg rolls or Indian samosas. These can be made ahead and fried just before serving. For a main course, Mexican flautas must be deep fried to give them their crusty tortilla shell, and they can easily be made dairy free. If you care to keep things in the Hebrew culinary sphere, make falafel — I often serve them on a large salad with the tahini dressing and pita on the side. Dessert means fritters of some kind — I love dipping apple and pear wedges in club-soda batter for a dessert that celebrates winter produce. But come on, is it Hanukkah without taiglach? I totally agree with Rick, these are all great options for frying. Two other suggesX Page 43

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12 p.m. — Torah for Women Eastside Torah Center 12–1 p.m. — Lunch ’n’ Law at Microsoft Eastside Torah Center 1:30–2:30 p.m. — Women’s Torah Class: song of songs Chabad of the Central Cascades 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 7–9 p.m. — The Jewish Journey Seattle Kollel 7:15–9:15 p.m. — engaging israel: foundations for a new relationship Stroum JCC 7:30 p.m. — Weekly round Table kabbalah Class Eastside Torah Center

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10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. — pJ Library song and storytime
Amy Hilzman-Paquette at or Music, singing and storytelling with the PJ Library and Jeff Stombaugh. Come for the songs and story and stay for activities and playgroup fun. Free. At Seattle Jewish Community School, 12351 Eighth Ave. NE, Seattle. 6–9 p.m. — Latke dinner and Hanukkah Celebration
Wendy at or 206-323-8486 or Join Latke Larry for the annual famous latke dinner and Hanukkah celebration, with dreidels, latkes and one big celebration. Kids, bring homemade hanukkiyot — prizes go to the most creative. Suggested donation $5/person or $15/family. At Temple De Hirsch Sinai, 1520 E Union St., Seattle. 7–10 p.m. — second friday shabbat
Josh Furman at or Drinks and schmoozing at 7, lively kabbalat Shabbat at 7:30. After services, come to a dinner with meat and vegetarian options. At Hillel at the University of Washington, 4745 17th Ave. NE, Seattle. 8–10:30 p.m. — Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat or 425-881-6777 or This family musical tells the biblical story of Joseph. With its colorful cast of characters, catchy musical score and its heartfelt story, Joseph reminds everyone that “any dream will do.” $25. At SecondStory Repertory, 16587 NE 74th St., Redmond.

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Carol Benedick at or 206-524-0075 or This annual fundraiser event is free for all CBS members and friends.  No minimum and no maximum gift required. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle. 12:15–1:30 p.m. — pJ Library storytime
Amy Hilzman Paquette at Hanukkah humor stories at 12:15 p.m., then optional $5 pizza lunch (fundraiser for temple teens). At 12:45 join story time and activities with temple librarian Toby Harris and PJ Library. At Temple De Hirsch Sinai, 3850 SE 156th Ave. SE, Bellevue. 2–4:30 p.m. — Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat or 425-8816777 or At SecondStory Repertory, 16587 NE 74th St., Redmond. 5 p.m. — pro-israel and pro-peace — Hot issues and decisions 2012: security
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or Discuss security and J Street’s policy perspective on “borders and security first.” First in a series of grassroots activist potlucks on Israeli-Palestinian issues. Dairy and vegetarian. Free. At a private home, Seattle. 8–9:30 p.m. — Worldwide Women’s video event
Marilyn Leibert at or 206-722-8289 or “Rise and Shine: Tips, Tools and Wisdom for Rising above the Challenges of Your Family, Home and Life.” At a private home, Seattle.


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Julie Greene at or 206-721-0970 Enjoy kosher pizza and meet other young adults (ages 22–32) from the Seattle Jewish community. Rabbi Kletenik will lead a discussion, “Talking to the Enemy: A Halachic Perspective on Trading Terrorists for Captured Soldiers.” At a private home in Seward Park, Seattle.

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Paris, the city of lights, also brims with the bright light of Jewry, with which it has been associated for centuries. With the exception of the period of expulsion in 1395 (no Jews were in Paris in the 15th and 16th centuries), Jewish residence in Paris and in France — the first European nation to grant Jews citizenship — has been almost continuous. And in the 20th century, three Jews became prime ministers of France, a feat never achieved in any other country: Leon Blum, Rene Mayer and Pierre Mendes-France. It was also in Paris that Theodore Herzl composed the great Zionist manifesto, “The Jewish State,” a document central to modern Jewish history. Today 700,000 Jews live in France, the fourth largest community of Jews in the world, with about 350,000 in Paris. Of the city’s 50 synagogues, three magnificent buildings stand out. One is the so-called Rothschild synagogue (Ashkenazic), on rue Victoire, built in 1874; the second, a few minutes’ walk away, is the slightly smaller but equally dazzling rue Buffault (Sephardic), built in 1877. (In France, shuls are generally known by the name of the street on which they are located.) The third beautiful synagogue is called Nazareth, at 15 rue Notre Dame de Nazareth, a street where the many Jewish shops display Israeli flags in their windows. The rabbi here told me an interesting fact: Whereas the Sephardic rite of prayer is followed for most of the year, it switches to Ashkenazic during the Rosh Hashanah-Yom Kippur period (very likely to accommodate those Ashkenazic Jews who stream back to prayers during the High Holy Days.) Built in 1852, not only is the Nazareth synagogue the oldest in Paris, but it achieved world fame when a part of the great comic French movie, The Adventures of Rabbi Jacob, was filmed in its sanctuary. In all these synagogues newcomers are warmly welcomed and invited to the beautiful kiddush after Sabbath services. Judaism’s preponderant coloration is no longer either the old native French Jews, some of whom trace their family lineage back many centuries (an ancestor of a relative, whose 18th-century portrait hangs on his living room wall, fought for French independence in the 1780s), nor is

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from the Le Crillon. A good place to begin one’s Jewish tour of Paris is to visit its oldest and most famous quarter, the area around rue des Rosiers, in the historic Marais district. Some 700 years ago this used to be the Jewish residential quarter, the Juiverie, when rue des Rosiers was called the Street of the Jews. Now it is Leora CHefiTz filled with colorful in Paris’s Jewish quarter, a Lubavitch Chassid helps a Jew put on tefillin. shops, many with nities and displays manuscripts, clothing, Yiddish or Hebrew signs. One shop artifacts, ritual objects and paintings. offered “Yiddish sandwiches,” as if a lanTo mitigate the rather hefty museum guage could be swallowed. Not only Jews admission fees, you can buy a three-day tour these narrow cobblestoned streets, or week-long museum pass, which saves of course. Many people of different ethnic you the long, long lines to buy tickets. backgrounds are drawn to the charm of And get a pass to the Metro, which gives this old quarter. Be sure to visit the rue you unlimited rides on the easily negotiPavée synagogue, which was designed by ated Paris subway system and on all the Hector Guimard, the same architect who bus lines. The pass also lets you enjoy the made the famous Art Nouveau decorations free concerts in the huge spaces that confor the Paris Metro. nect the stations. We were often treated to Nearby lies the Picasso Museum, as American, folk, and even klezmer music does the Museum of Jewish Art and His— played by young Swedes. tory at 71 rue du Temple. Located in one For a break in sightseeing, we discovof the most elegant private mansions in ered a superb vegetarian restaurant run by Paris, this Jewish museum accents the hisan American named Deborah. She serves tory of French and other Jewish commu-

delicious gourmet meals imaginatively rendered and creatively designed. Gentle Gourmet is at 17 rue Duret, near the Arc de Triomphe (Metro: Argentine). For further info, search online for The Gentle Gourmet. Enjoy too the wide spectrum of entertainment in Paris. One favorite site is the ornate grandeur of the Palais Garnier, Paris’s famed opera house, a mid-19th century architectural marvel, where we saw a memorable production of Rossini’s The Italian Girl in Algiers. Its sister opera house, the Opera Bastille, also offers stunning operatic productions; to wit, The Marriage of Figaro, which we saw a month later. If you travel outside of Paris, buy the France Railpass, which permits you to board all trains in France (for the highspeed TGV, reservations are needed). It dramatically reduces costs and lets you board without waiting in line for tickets. With the pass you can also change your itinerary at will and take spur-ofthe-moment trips. To purchase this pass — not available in Europe — call Rail Europe at 800-361-7245. Also, check for special rates and low fares on point-to-point tickets. And for help in planning your trip visit for an array of useful information.
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7–8 p.m. — Crash Course in Hebrew Level 2
Rabbi David Fredman at or 206-251-4063 or It’s time to take the next step. After learning to read, what do the words mean? In this series, learn some key root words and practice more reading. At the Seattle Kollel, 5305 52nd Ave. S, Seattle. 7–9 p.m. — Why did our ancestors Leave a nice place Like the pale? Changing Borders of eastern europe
Nancy Adelson at or Hal Bookbinder will trace Eastern European border changes over the past millennium, discussing the Pale and teaching about ways to locate ancestors. Free/members of JGSWS, $5/non-members. At the Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island.

10–11:30 a.m. — The Westerbork serenade: a prison Cabaret
Ellen Hendin at or 206-861-3183 or Westerbork was a Nazi transit camp where the commandant’s pet project was a weekly cabaret performed by prisoners. David Natale will share his research of this material. At Temple De Hirsch Sinai, 3850 SE 156th Ave., Bellevue.

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Carol Benedick at or 206-524-0075 or Study the themes and aesthetics of modern Hebrew and Israeli literature. Second Wednesday of the month. Free. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle.

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11 a.m.–12 p.m. — The pJ Library storytime
Amy Hilzman-Paquette at or www.facebook. com/pjlibraryseattle Join the PJ Library for music, storytelling and learning Hebrew through ASL with Betsy Dischel from Musikal Magik, a certified Signing Time academy. Free. At Mockingbird Books, 7220 Woodlawn Ave. NE, Seattle. 7–8:30 p.m. — Modern Hebrew Literature with Joel altus and Lisa orlick

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7–9 p.m. — Hanukkah prep and practice
Liz Thompson at or Bring more meaning to the holidays and connect with other Jews.  Learn to make fairtrade chocolate gelt and explore the connection between Hanukkah and freedom themes. $10. At Catering by Phyllis. Call for location.

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2–4:30 p.m. and 8–10:30 p.m. — Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat or 425-881-6777 or At SecondStory Repertory, 16587 NE 74th St., Redmond. 5:30–8 p.m. — Hanukkah under the stars
Zach Duitch at or 206-388-1990 or Featuring the Seattle kids rock band The Not-Its. Purchase cuisine from local chefs. Art projects for kids. Giveaways and door prizes. Free admission with donation of oil for the JFS food bank. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. 8–11 p.m. — Herzog new Wine Launch party
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Meet the Synagogue
Join us for our Annual Hanukkah Shabbat
Friday, Dec. 23 at 7pm
Service led by Rabbi Mark Glickman, followed by a festive party with latkes, sufganiyot, cookie decorating and crafts

Come to “It’s a Party” Fundraiser and Pasta Dinner
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Sunday, Dec. 11 at 5:30pm
Dinner is $5; kids under 5 eat free

Come join our vibrant Reform Jewish congregation. We hold Shabbat services and celebrate all major holidays and festival occasions. There is a strong commitment to Jewish education and spiritual growth for all our members.

Many of our congregants have generously agreed to host parties or classes for this event.
Contact the Temple for more information

Temple De Hirsch Sinai is a diverse and inclusive Reform congregation serving the
greater Seattle area with two campus locations. Our supportive community is founded upon progressive Jewish ethical, social and spiritual ideals.
Please join us for weekly Shabbat Services and our exciting Keller Lecture Series featuring Dr. Deborah Lipstadt, Professor of Modern Jewish & Holocaust Studies at Emory University, Atlanta. Sunday, January 22, 2012

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Lighting the darkness in our soul
Shai held JTa World news service
NEW YORK (JTA) — We are all of us afraid of the dark. At night, anxieties suppressed or repressed come swimming to the surface: Am I safe? Am I loved? Am I needed? Is there meaning in the world, or ultimately is it all just a swirl of chaos? For some of us much of the time, and for all of us some of the time, darkness suggests peril and instability, the sense that life is fleeting, tenuous, random and senseless. Physical darkness threatens, at least at moments, to conjure existential darkness: It is dark, and I am alone and afraid. The Talmud reports that Adam and Eve were panic stricken when they first saw the sun go down, thinking that the setting of the sun was a consequence of their sin and this new, intense darkness would spell their death. They spent that entire first night weeping, until dawn broke and they realized, to their immense relief, that this was simply the way of the world — day followed by night, and night followed by day. We who come after the first couple are aware that night is not permanent, and that morning, too, inevitably will come. And our fears are usually less that night is the outgrowth of our failures and more of what it suggests, of the feelings and concerns that night has the power to elicit. But if we think of night in metaphorical terms, who among us has never had a foreboding akin to Adam’s: What if night never ends? What if meaningless and loneliness are simply all there is? We also are aware of profound links between physical darkness and existential darkness — as the days grow shorter and the nights grow longer, moods often shift, worries often mount, and hope often wanes. Judaism does not ask us to ignore this darkness and the sense of doom it might educe. On the contrary, it asks us to face them squarely and defy them. How? In Genesis, God takes Abram outside and says, “Look toward heaven, and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” And God adds, “So shall your offspring be” (Gen. 15:5). On the surface, the meaning of God’s promise is clear: The children of Abram will be so numerous as to be beyond counting. But the great Chassidic master Rabbi Yehudah Leib Alter of Ger (18471905), known as the Sefas Emes, offers a much different and deeply arresting interpretation of God’s promise. God’s promise, he says, is not quantitative but qualitative: To be a Jew is, like a star, to bring light to places of vast darkness. Thus, even and perhaps especially when Israel descends into the darkness of its Egypt, its mission is clear: To light up the darkness of the most depraved and immoral parts of the world (Shemot, 1878). Let me add one note to the Sefas Emes’ comments. In understanding our mission in the world, there is something crucial to keep in mind about the nature of stars: Stars do not eliminate the darkness, but rather mitigate it. They do not turn the world into a palace full of light, but rather find ways to shed light in places that otherwise would be consumed by absolute darkness. In a similar vein, we ought to be wary, to say the least, of the fantasy that human beings can somehow remove all darkness from human life. Such notions are chimerical at best and unimaginably dangerous at worst. But we can — and to take the covenant between God and Israel seriously is to affirm that we must — bring light into otherwise abandoned places, to bring flashes of meaning and companionship to places otherwise overrun by heartache and devastation. What does all of this have to do with Hanukkah? Think for a moment about the central ritual act that marks this holiday. It is winter now: The days are becoming shorter and shorter, and the nights are getting longer. Passover and Sukkot begin in the middle of the Jewish month, when the moon is full. But Hanukkah is different: It begins on the 25th of the month, when the moon has all but completely disappeared. We are in one of the darkest periods of one of the darkest months of the year. All around us is darkness. And what do we do? We light a fire. Not a bonfire, but a small fire — now one, now another, and so forth for eight nights. In other words, we do not pretend to be the sun but only stars. We do not bring an end to darkness, but soften its effects. “The soul of man is the lamp of God,” the Book of Proverbs tells us (20:27). What this means is that ultimately, our task is not to light candles but to be candles. We have the potential to be the bits of light that help bring God back into a world gone dark. As the Sefas Emes puts it in discussing Hanukkah, “A human being is created to light up this world” (Hanukkah, 1874).
Rabbi Shai Held is the co-founder and rosh yeshiva of Mechon Hadar in Manhattan.

Meet the Synagogue

Decorate, Dine, and Celebrate — Shake a Lulav

A Simchat Torah FIRST!
The first Torah in history to be scribed and completely embellished by an international community of women celebrated her first Simchat Torah with her community. “It was profound and fun and deeply moving," exclaimed Wendy Graff, chair of Kadima’s Women’s Torah Project.

Kadima community and friends gathered for an evening of learning and lively discussion.

Kadima Students Pack Sack Lunches for Tent City
It was a “Chanukah of Giving” for Kadima students. After packing 100-plus homestyle sack lunches, students had time for Chanukah crafts, songs, and dreidle games before delivering the lunches and visiting with residents at Tent City.

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Be What You Eat
by Mike Selinker

This Week’s Wisdom

or Join Herzog Wine Cellars for an exclusive first taste of two new wines, the Pacifica Oregon Pinot Noir and the Pacifica Washington Meritage. Enjoy a seated pairing menu followed by dessert and guided wine tasting. $90 or $175 per couple. Benefits the Torah Day School of Seattle. At Sephardic Bikur Holim, 6500 52nd Ave. S, Seattle.


The food you eat defines you. Eat lazily, and you will be lazy. Eat well, and you will be well. Along these lines, Deuteronomy 8:8 lists a set of foods called the Shiv’at HaMinim, the edible offerings that were brought to the temple of Jerusalem. These fruits and grains signify the bounty of the Promised Land, and also the richness of the soul.
ACROSS 1 Captain America, for one 5 Bivalve served at Ivar’s 9 24-Across component that represents 14 15 16 17 19 20 21 23 24 28 29 33 35 38 39 41 42 43 44 46 47 49 51 56 59 60 61 63 66 67 68 69 70 71 DOWN 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 18 22 25 26 27 30 31 32 33 34 36 37 40 42 44 45 48 50 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 62 64 65

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Palestinian political party the United States classifies as a terrorist organization Banishment Home improvement specialists 24-Across component that represents struggle McBride of Pushing Daisies Fashion designer Claiborne “Rolling in the Deep” singer Shrapnel remover, often Less rational Grow long in the tooth Register Nobel Prize-winning author Wiesel Justin Timberlake brought it back ___ Floss (trivia magazine) 24-Across component that represents awareness Put in stitches? The Devil Wears ___ Nobel Prize-winning author Bellow Appease, as a god Prima donnas have big ones 18-wheeler ___ Spumante Tucker’s Rush Hour costar Giant bird encountered by Sindbad Capital of Senegal “Take ___ from me” Oz’s Good Witch of the North Word before ball or bail In the manner of Kool & the Gang song with the lyric “Gotta run for shelter, gotta run for shade” 24-Across component that represents vitality Roof overhangs Use a sailplane Musical set in Buenos Aires When charoset is eaten Talon “That hurts!” Just that single time Covert Affairs org. “Understand?” Sturm ___ drang
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10 a.m.–12 p.m. — Lego party
Julie Greene at BCMH is hosting a Lego party for kids kindergarten–5th grade. Snacks will be served. At Bikur Cholim Machzikay Hadath, 5145 S Morgan St., Seattle. 2–4:30 p.m. — Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat or 425-881-6777 or At SecondStory Repertory, 16587 NE 74th St., Redmond. 3–5 p.m. — Hanukkah Celebration for people of all abilities
Marjorie Schnyder at or 206-861-3146 Shaarei Tikvah: Gates of Hope hosts a nondenominational celebration for persons of all abilities. Led by Rabbi James Mirel, Cantor David Serkin-Poole and other special guests. Spin dreidels, sing, and eat latkes. Free. At Temple B’nai Torah, 15727 NE Fourth St., Bellevue. 3–4:30 p.m. — Light the Candles: a Hanukkah Concert for everyone
Michele Yanow at or 206-708-7518 or Seattle Jewish Chorale presents an interactive, family-friendly musical celebration featuring familiar and unusual holiday songs in Hebrew, English, Yiddish and Ladino. $10/ adults, $8/students and seniors, $5/children, unemployed pay as able. At Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 7141 California Ave. SW, West Seattle. 7–9 p.m. — Tribe Hanukkah party
Anna at Food, fun, friends, and firewater. RSVP on Facebook. $10. At Ave One Condos Club Room, 2721 First Ave., Seattle.

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Prospective parents should come to learn more about the Reggio Emilia-inspired curriculum, visit classrooms and meet teachers at an open house. Free. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. 6–8:30 p.m. — Miracle of Light Hanukkah party
Marjie Cogan at or 206-524-0075 or Hanukkah dinner, latkes, dreidel, music by the Klez Katz and more. RSVP by December 15. $12/adult, $5/ children 4–10. Free for 3 and under. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle. 6 p.m. — Hanukkah Celebration
Rabbi Berry or Nechama Farkash at or 425-427-1654 or The nine-foot outdoor menorah will be kindled at Village Green by Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger and other elected officials, then a six-foot ice menorah will be lit at Blakely Hall. The party includes latkes, doughnuts, crafts and activities, a concert and puppet show featuring the Sababas. At Issaquah Highland’s Blakely Hall, Issaquah. 8–10:30 p.m. — Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat or 425-881-6777 or At SecondStory Repertory, 16587 NE 74th St., Redmond.



9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. — sJCC Winter Break Camp
Matt Korch at or 206-388-0830 or Come spend winter break at the SJCC. Participants will swim, play in the gym, do art projects, go on field trips, and participate in a wide range of activities. Camp runs daily through Dec. 29. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. 7–9 p.m. — northwest yeshiva High school evening of Talent
Shirley Fox at or 206-232-5272 or NYHS students, parents and faculty will perform musical, dramatic and dance pieces. $3/student, $10/family. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island.

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10 a.m. and 4 p.m. — sJCC early Childhood school open Houses
Sarah Adams at or 206-232-7115, ext. 250 or

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5 p.m. — young adults Hanukkah party
Rabbi Mordechai Farkash at or 425-957-7860 or Come make delicious latkes (potato, sweet potato and zucchini) and celebrate Hanukkah around the fireplace. For 20- and 30-somethings, no young children. Reservations required. At Eastside Torah Center, 1837 156th Ave. NE #303, Bellevue. 6:30 p.m. — Hanukkah at redmond Town Center
Rabbi Mordechai Farkash at or 425-957-7860 or Join Rabbi Mordechai Farkash at the annual giant menorah lighting. Dreidels and Hanukkah gelt for everyone. Free. At Redmond Town Center 7–8:30 p.m. — Light the Candles: a Hanukkah Concert for everyone
Michele Yanow at or 206-708-7518 or Seattle Jewish Chorale presents an interactive, family-friendly celebration featuring familiar and unusual holiday songs in many languages. With special guests The Shalom Ensemble. $10/ adults, $8/students and seniors, $5/children, unemployed/pay as able. At Temple B’nai Torah, 15727 NE 4th St., Bellevue. 7–9 p.m. — Light the night
Josh Furman at or A GLBTQ Hanukkah celebration to honor eight community leaders who have been influential in the local fight for equality. Latkes, dreidels, and a candle-lighting ceremony to symbolize the miracle of Hanukkah and the idea that great leadership and community action will prevail. 21-plus. Free. At the Lobby Bar, 916 Pike St., Seattle. 8–10:30 p.m. — Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat or 425-881-6777 or X Page 37

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Giving the gift of tikkun olam
Suzanne kuRtz JTa World news service
WASHINGTON (JTA) — If the thought of spending too much Hanukkah gelt on lavish gifts for friends and loved ones seems a little dim this year, adding a little tikkun olam to the presents can give your Festival of Lights a memorable glow. The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism has assembled a Social Justice Hanukkah Gift Guide ( pubs/holidayguides/chanukah) with giftgiving ideas suitable for all the do-gooders on your list. Buying fair-trade products, adopting a U.S. serviceman or servicewoman, donating blood or joining the National Bone Marrow Registry are just a few of the suggestions that can be found easily on their website. There’s an idea for each of the eight nights of Hanukkah. The organization created the guide two years ago, says Naomi Abelson, the social action specialist at the Union for Reform Judaism, “when we realized no such resource existed” to help those interested in giving gifts for Hanukkah with a social justice bent. Some rabbis and synagogues go even further in aiding their congregants with non-commercial gift-giving ideas. Congregation Beth Israel in Austin, Texas, has been hosting a Hanukkah Mitzvah Bazaar ( mitzvah) for the past 15 years, says Rabbi Cookie Olshein, as an alternative to gift shopping for the holiday. A philanthropic cause is chosen each year — like hunger, aging, Israel or the environment — and several charitable organizations devoted to the cause are invited to come to the bazaar and introduce their work, services and mission to the holiday shopping congregants. The shoppers select an organization they would like to support, and purchase a donation for friends and loved ones in lieu of buying them an actual present. A beautiful, personalized card is included. “Hanukkah isn’t Yom Kippur, it isn’t a major holiday,” Olshein says. “It is a celebration of Jewish identity, and small acts can make a big change in the world.” And unlike Purim, says Rabbi Sari Laufer of Congregation Rodeph Shalom ( in New York, there is no religious commandment instructing us to give gifts on Hanukkah. Still, every year, Laufer compiles an “8 Nights, 8 Ways” list for her congregants with suggestions for them to “bring hope on Hanukkah,” she says. For families who want to bring a social action spirit to their holiday celebration, Laufer encourages parents to have their children pick out a toy for a child in need instead of receiving one themselves or volunteering as a family at a soup kitchen one night instead of making latkes at home. Since gift giving is probably not what the Maccabees had in mind for celebrating the Hanukkah miracle, Rabbi Elyse Frishman of Barnert Temple in Franklin Lakes, N.J., says the home-based aspect of the holiday lends itself to an ideal opportunity for families to also reinforce traditional values like learning, humility and acts of loving kindness. During the lighting of the menorah, Frishman encourages families to take the time and ask questions: Who are these candles for? What matters to us as a family? Who might we think of tonight? If children in need of books come to mind, Reading Village, a nonprofit organization that promotes literacy in impoverished villages in Guatemala, has created a family discussion guide geared to Hanukkah. With its Light Up Literacy ( html) program, children are encouraged to forgo a toy on the seventh night and instead give tzedakah to Reading Village. Guided learning material for having a discussion about the importance of books and literacy are also part of the program, along with a special blessing to be recited over the Hanukkah candles. The program, says Linda Smith, founder of Reading Village, not only “helps to lessen the consumerism angle” of Hanukkah but creates a shared bond between Jewish families and the families in Guatemala, since candle-lighting rituals are also symbolic in Mayan culture. Rabbi Isaac Jeret, of Congregation Ner Tamid of South Bay in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., however, says the Hanukkah candles should ultimately serve as a reminder “of our unique Jewish light.” “We won’t be able to be there for anybody else if we don’t ensure our own sustainability,” Jeret says. “We teach the world by way of example, but we are the miracle of Hanukkah and we must preserve that light.”

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Brenda works at Franklin Moves, which specializes in managing business moves, and enjoys spending free time with husband Steve, and kids Nathan, 16, and Jessica, 13. The family enjoys skiing and traveling, and visiting synagogues at their destinations. Next up? “We’re going to Australia in December and we’re going to The Great Synagogue,” she says.


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If you glanced at our arts section first, perhaps you were surprised to see a listing for a Dec. 10 concert of Balkan folk music performed by Dunava, a women’s choral ensemble. In fact, three members of Dunava — Bulgarian for “Danube” — are Jewish, and there is more of a Jewish connection than you would think. “Some of the Balkan melodies are reminiscent of Eastern European Jewish folk melodies,” wrote Meredith Selfon in an

The Balkan folk music ensemble Dunava.

email, “and so they feel like home to me.” Meredith met her husband Scott through Hillel at the University of Washington’s former a capella group and observes, “though I am not religious, singing… [gives me] a spiritual connection to fellow singers, audiences and the universe.” Israeli-born Hila Lenz, a founding member of the group, says she didn’t realize the music and folk dance of her youth

had Eastern European roots until she joined Dunava, but finds that connection “was very cool.” Hila’s family moved to Boise when she was 9, where she sang in Ahavath Beth Israel’s choir, which her parents directed for a while. She sang in choirs at Seattle University while getting her Bachelor’s degree, and is just finishing a Master’s in Middle Eastern studies at the UW.

Jill Cohen’s involvement in the choir grew out of her connection to dance. “I grew up doing Israeli and international dancing and the music is integral to that,” she says. She first heard Balkan women’s music on the radio in the mid-1980s, and found it “unearthly beautiful.” She got a chance to dance and sing folk songs as a member of Radost, the Balkan folk dance troupe, and was delighted to have the chance to sing more complex choral pieces in Dunava. “The music in the style of the female vocal choir is heart-wrenchingly beautiful, incredibly complex,” says Jill, who is also president of Seattle’s Congregation Beth Shalom. All Balkan peninsula countries had Jewish communities, and all were decimated by the Holocaust. Jill and choir director Dina Trageser are interested in finding Balkan Jewish women’s songs that the choir can sing. If you can help, please contact Jill at

Happy HanuKKaH!
Kevin, Debbi, Samantha & Jake Halela

Hanukkah Greetings to the Community
from Richard & Tricia Jonah, David & Gabe

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A Great Miracle Happened There Peter & Peggy Horvitz
Happy Hanukkah! from Susan & Loki

Linda Burns & Jon Lellelid

Sara Kaplan David Kaplan & Susan Devan Sydney Kaplan Daniel & Miriam Barnett Miya & Blake

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Al Sanft Brina & Louie Mark & Nettie Cohodas Samantha & Ben Richard & Barrie Galanti Sam, Oliver & Rachel Ada

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Tips to ‘Jewify’ the non-Jewish holidays
leo MaRGul JointMedia news service
The winter holidays can be a tough time for any Jew: Christmas music plays in every store, fragile ornaments plaster your office, dancing mechanical Santa Clauses follow you with their cold, unfeeling eyes. Although Christians are unaware that Hanukkah is not nearly as important to us as Christmas is to them, they go to great lengths to get us to feel comfortable during these times. We could explain this to our well-meaning friends, or we could have some fun with their non-denominational guilt. Allow me to demonstrate: Why is there a wreath on my office chair? Why are there strings of red and green lights wrapped around pictures of my family? Why did my screensaver change to break-dancing elves (actually that’s pretty cool, hold on to that)? Christmas decorations can be pretty intrusive, but just repeat after me: “I also want to get into the holiday spirit, and my holiday requires that I move from a cubicle to an office, because four walls lock in the Hanukkah traditions.” Feel free to also add that you need a new mahogany desk for a “proper dreidel spinning surface” and this, right? Why don’t we just put half a brick of cheddar cheese into some yogurt, call it CHEDNOGTM and say it’s the official drink of Hanukkah? Anytime gentiles are drinking eggnog, they will have to down some Chednog, too, unless they want to look insensitive: “There, there, Dolores from Accounting. An upset stomach means you respect Jewish culture.” did there), but the effort required will keep them from bothering you with constant, cheery holiday greetings. Or even talking to you in general.

Holiday Movies on TV
While A Christmas Story can be enjoyable, it’s not so hot seven times a day on every basic cable station. I thought TNT was supposed to “Know Drama?” Well, how about during Christmas time, TNT “Knows Jews?” Is it too much to ask to create a movie where Seth Rogen has to choose between Sloan from “Entourage” or Scarlett Johansson (she’s Jewish, I checked)? Or where Adam Sandler and Jesse Eisenberg become best friends while trying to seduce Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, and that hot Israeli chick from Fast Five? I don’t think so, TNT, I don’t think so. Follow these steps to a much more enjoyable holiday season. They may lead to a great deal of Jewish guilt, so be sure to donate generously to a local synagogue/ charity, and watch out for these religious roles to be reversed on Yom Kippur/ Columbus Day.

Dancing Santa Machines
Make sure to publicize a little-known fact: If you take two of these evil things and face them toward each other, they turn to stone.

office Decoration

People Saying Merry Christmas But Specifically Wishing You Happy Holidays
Well this is nice of them, but it feels unspecific. Don’t let them leave until they wish you “Happy Hanukkah” but really enunciate the “huuuuh” sound. Give them some water and tell them to hold it in their throat while speaking. Tell them to repeat this classic Hanukkah saying, emphasizing the “huuuhs”: “Hello Chaim, how do you type so hectically in Helvetica?” Not only will this be HUUUHHilarious (see what I

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Just add cheddar and watch the fun ensue.

large windows for “menorah ventilation.”

Seasonally Flavored Drinks
Eggnog is milk, sugar and raw eggs? Are you kidding me? No one actually drinks

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10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. — a Hanukkah Celebration with the shalom ensemble
Ellen Hendin at or 206-861-3183 or Come sing, dance and listen to the Shalom Ensemble play old and new Ashkenazi and Sephardic holiday and klezmer tunes. Free. At Temple B’nai Torah, 15727 NE Fourth St., Bellevue. 5–7:30 p.m. — Hanukkah Happening
Mrs. Giti Fredman at or 206-852-6418 or For kids. Decorate a doughnut, bedazzle a menorah, make a sandwich to donate to the homeless. Latkes and pizza for dinner. Hosted by Jewish Y-FI (Young Family Initiative). Free. At High Point Community Center, 6920 34th Ave. SW, West Seattle. 8–10:30 p.m. — Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat or 425-881-6777 or At SecondStory Repertory, 16587 NE 74th St., Redmond.

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5–9 p.m. — Herzl-ner Tamid Hanukkah party
Leslie at The night will start with Havdalah and a bring-yourown hanukkiyah lighting, followed by a Chinese dinner and sufganiot. After dinner, the HNT theatre will show The Princess Bride on the big screen. At Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation, 3700 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. 9:30 p.m.–2 a.m. — Latkepalooza!
Josh Furman at or 206-527-1997 or latkepalooza Jconnect and the Jewish Federation’s YAD are

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partnering again for a hot Jewish party at the Baltic Room. Drinks and music all night long. $15/ advance, $20/week of, $25/at the door. At the Baltic Room, 1207 Pine St., Seattle.


6–8:30 p.m. — dinner and Comedy night
Roni Antebi at or 206-388-0832 or Chop Shtik at the J: Dinner and comedy show. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. 6–8:30 p.m. — Chinese food on Christmas
Josh Furman at or

25 deceMbeR Some traditions are as old as time, like Chinese food on Christmas. Jconnect is joined by Seattle Weekly food editor Hanna Raskin, who will share her expertise. Space is limited. RSVP for location.


5:30 p.m. — Hanukkah dinner and party
Julie Greene at Enjoy pizza and latkes, Bingo, Hanukkah trivia, prizes, a moon bounce for kids, cotton candy, slushies, and popcorn. $12/adults; $8/ages 4-12; free/under 3. At BCMH, 5145 S Morgan St., Seattle.

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JoShua Mitnick new york Jewish Week
Tel Aviv (N.Y. Jewish Week) — Israelis are watching elections in Egypt with the same ambivalence they have viewed the Arab Spring: Historic images of Egyptians casting ballots for the first time were accompanied by troubling commentary by officials and analysts that the election is likely to empower an Islamist leadership that is more hostile to the Jewish State. The strong showing by the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamic parties is expected to further complicate the 32-year-old peace between the neighbors, while boosting political Islam in neighboring Jordan and the Palestinian territories. As expected, the Muslim Brotherhood emerged from the first round of parliamentary elections last week as the strongest party, with nearly 40 percent of the vote. More surprising was the powerful showing by an ultra-conservative Salafist party, which captured another quarter of the vote — giving Islamists a hefty majority in the first round of voting. Last month’s street demonstrations in Cairo calling for the resignation of Field Marshall Tantawi seemed to suggest that the military leadership — which has continued close ties with Israel — is in retreat. The military council has been a “catastrophe” as a player in Egypt’s new political scene, said Ehud Yaari, the veteran Arab affairs commentator for Israel’s Channel 2 News. “We are at the onset of the era of the Muslim Brotherhood.” On Nov. 28, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was quoted as telling Israeli lawmakers that while Israel wants to bolster its peace treaty with Egypt, the region has been destabilized by an Islamist wave. The week before he had said that Arab countries “are not moving forward toward progress, they are moving backwards.” Since the fall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Israel has managed to maintain good ties with Egypt’s interim military rulers despite a terrorist attack on the nation’s shared border that left casualties on both sides and prompted rioters to overrun Israel’s embassy in Cairo. The two sides even collaborated on negotiations to release Gilad Shalit from Hamas captivity in Gaza. But recent demonstrations in Tahrir Square have been a reminder of the high degree of uncertainty over who will hold sway over Egyptian foreign policy in the future. The first round of elections included large cities such as Cairo and Alexandria, with runoff elections being held to determine who will take the seats in parliament. Other regions of the country are scheduled to vote in future rounds. A victory for Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood will give it a leading role in drafting Egypt’s new constitution and crafting its government. According to the Middle

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East Media Research Institute, the party platform hints that Egypt should reconsider its peace treaty with Israel, which is referred to as a “racist, settling, expansionist and aggressive entity.” But Ed Husain, a senior fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, told The Jewish Week that it does not appear that Egyptians have a “huge appetite to nullify the agreement or go to war.” “Do they want Egypt to recognize Israel as a Jewish state?” he asked rhe-

torically. “No. Do they want to confront Israel? No. Do they want to improve relations? No. So they want to maintain the status quo without making [Israel] an issue. They want to focus on domestic considerations, not regional ones.” Husain added that the Muslim Brotherhood is “no more anti-Israel than the average Arab in this part of the world.” The Muslim Brotherhood is expected to give a boost to Hamas in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip as it gears up for elec-

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tions tentatively set for next May against the secular Fatah party led by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. But, despite all the anxiousness, few in Israel expect the peace to collapse in the coming years or a war to break out between Egypt and Israel. “We know that there are those who even though they don’t love Israel, realize that the price will be very high if they cancel the peace agreement,” said Israeli cabinet minister Silvan Shalom in an interview with Israel Radio. But Husain said he is concerned that Congress might cut off that aid in reaction
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to a victory by the Muslim Brotherhood. “The Muslim Brotherhood is [wrongly] portrayed as monolithic,” he said. “It’s so easy to say it supported Hamas and the Nazis in the 1930s and is anti-U.S. and is persecuting Jews, so why fund them? … Can the U.S. cut off aid? Yes — and my worry is that it might.” The immediate concern in Israel is that Egypt’s focus on domestic challenges has diverted attention away from the Sinai Peninsula, a vast desert region which Israel views as a growing base of operations for militants. To counter that threat Israel has accelerated construction on a for their equal access to the base’s PX and recreation facilities and for their right to sit where they pleased on public transportation to and from the base. Heyman, a former Navy chaplain, had an even more far-reaching impact. Heyman was posted to an air base in Japan and described his discovery there of an anti-Semitic film that was being distributed to men and women throughout the military services around the world. The film fed the worst stereotypes of Jews, depicting them as black-frocked, hooknosed Christ killers. Heyman protested and was eventually able to get the film withdrawn. He also worked to sensitize non-Jewish airmen about why Jews are offended by Christian symbols on government property during the holiday season. While virtually all the younger vets denied there is any anti-Semitism in the

new border fence and reinforced areas where the frontier is still porous. “The political and security changes in Egypt … turned what was, until very recently, Israel’s quietest border for 30 years into a complex security challenge,” wrote Yoram Schweitzer and Ilona Dryndin, in an article published by Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies.  Even if the new Egyptian government becomes more hostile, observers believe that the opening up of Egyptian society might give Israel more freedom to thaw the regime’s imposed “cold peace” — which limited the normalization of ties between modern military, former Marine and current Air Force reservist Mike Ekshtut acknowledged that fear of discrimination hasn’t completely disappeared. Ekshtut described his first day in Marine boot camp when his drillmaster asked all the Jews to stand up. Ekshtut was the only one among 87 recruits who did so and was told to report immediately to a major. Needless to say, he was fearful of what was in store for him but his concerns were soon allayed. “You are one tenth of one percent of all the Marines in the Marine Corps,” the major told him, then added, “By the way, I’m Major Goldberg and I’d like to

the grass-roots of the two countries. “Throughout the history of the peace, the ability of Israel to go beyond the regime was extremely limited because everything was always tightly controlled by the regime,” said Gerald Steinberg, a political science professor at Bar-Ilan University. “Even though there might be more hatred of Israel by extremists, there might be a more open framework and willingness to see Israeli realities.”
JTA and N.Y. Jewish Week staff writer Stewart Ain contributed to this story.

POWs. He realized that none of the maps on the walls showed the state of Israel. Instead, its territory was identified as Palestine. The overwhelming message of Sunday’s event was that serving in the military has been a deeply meaningful experience, But the veterans offered reminders that there has been discrimination against Jews and other minorities. Two of the honorees — Stan Tobin, now deceased, and Heyman — had direct roles in fighting for equal rights and both were recognized for their efforts. Tobin’s niece Lee Micklin recounted her uncle’s experience during World War II at Fort Geiger Air Force Base in Spokane, before the armed services were integrated. Micklin explained that Tobin was appalled by the military’s unfair treatment of his black troops and successfully fought

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LOS ANGELES (Jewish Journal) — In the course of an election campaign, most presidential candidates talk about what they’ll do if — or, if they’re particularly bullish, when — they’re elected. But Fred Karger isn’t like other Republicans running for president, and not just because he’s openly gay and Jewish. Karger is also pro-choice, in favor of marriage equality, and a self-described “flaming moderate” running against a pack of candidates who appear to be perpetually vying for the title of “most conservative.” Yet what most sets Karger apart when he talks about his campaign is his focus on what might seem like a more achievable goal than reaching the White House. “I will be in a debate,” Karger said on a recent trip back to Los Angeles from his part-time home in Manchester, N.H. “The field may have to narrow, but I will be on that stage. I’m not going anywhere.” Getting on the podium with the Republican challengers to President Obama is no small task, and Karger, 61, hasn’t succeeded yet — not surprising for someone who has never run for office. Better-known candidates, like Buddy Roemer, a former congressman and Louisiana governor, also are having difficulty getting attention. But Karger, who isn’t a stranger to the political arena, presumably knew what he’d be up against. He worked for years as a political consultant to Republican candidates, including running campaigns for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. After he retired, at 53, Karger waged a campaign in 2006 to save the Boom Boom Room, a gay bar in Laguna Beach, Calif. — a fight that also brought him out, for the first time, as an openly gay man. He later went on to join the unsuccessful fight to defeat the anti-gay marriage Proposition 8. His involvement in the cause of gay rights led to his decision to run for president. Karger’s run for the White House at times also can seem close to the “It Gets Better” campaign launched by gay columnist and activist Dan Savage that aims to bolster the spirits of embattled gay youth. “I want to send a message to the LGBT youth that there are no restrictions like I thought I had for so many years,” Karger told a reporter for The Jerusalem Post when he visited Israel in May. His presidential campaign also has its fair share of jokiness. “Fred Who?” is the slogan on Karger’s promotional Frisbees and other materials. The Karger campaign also produced a couple of chuckle-worthy YouTube videos, splicing the candidate into footage of debates from which he’s been barred entry. But as Karger sees it, his presidential bid is equally a campaign against what the Republican Party has become. Born into a family of Jewish Republicans in a suburb north of Chicago, he once worked in one of Nelson Rockefeller’s presidential campaigns. He says the GOP needs to look back to Reagan as a model for engaging moderate voters. “You’re seeing right now, the country — California, Iowa — voters leaving the two [major] parties,” Karger said. “Most of new registrants are registering in record numbers as independents and undeclared. The Michael Bloombergs of the world resonate with them. Hopefully the Fred Kargers will.” Brad Hertz, Karger’s director of Jewish outreach, said he believes that’s happen-

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ing, despite the unconventional character of Karger’s campaign. “He is having fun, but taking it seriously, and, I think, inspiring people,” Hertz said. “And also probably making some people uncomfortable.” Among those standing in the way of the Karger campaign are some organizers of debates and forums with Republican presidential candidates — which comes back to Karger’s singular goal. The closest he came to making it onto the stage for a debate was in August, when he scored 2 percent on a Harris Interactive Poll — the same as Jon Huntsman and more than Rick Santorum, who came

in at 1 percent in that survey. Karger said it should have qualified him for the Fox News Aug. 11 debate in Iowa. Yet he wasn’t invited and has since filed a formal legal complaint against the network’s parent corporation, News Corp. Karger couldn’t even snag an invitation to the Republican Jewish Coalition Presidential Candidates Forum on Dec. 7, where six candidates — including Huntsman and Santorum — appeared. “Once they send out an invitation that says ‘Presidential Candidates Forum,’ then the light goes off,” Karger said. “They have to invite me.” Representatives from the RJC declined

to comment for this story, nor did they disclose to the Karger campaign the criteria they used to decide which candidates to invite and to exclude. “For candidates who spend significant time, money and effort on their campaigns, it’s important for them to be made aware of those criteria,” said Cary Davidson, an election lawyer who is Karger’s campaign treasurer. “Otherwise, how do the candidates know if the sponsors of the debates are following the applicable law?” So Karger will have to be patient. Meanwhile, he plans to keep running his idiosyncratic campaign — he hires a bagpiper to walk precincts, which he says reli-

ably gets voters to come to their doors — on its shoestring budget for as long as it takes, even until the Republican Party’s convention in August. Karger estimates he’s spent $400,000 on the campaign, most of it his own. “My campaign is going to close in New Hampshire, and it’s going to be the theme of ‘Fed Up With the Republican Party? Vote for Fred,’” Karger said. “As kind of a protest vote.” But, really, he just wants a chance to stand on that stage, for one reason or another. “All I want to get is one debate,” Karger said. “Just give me that one shot.”

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using the tzedakah box template we sent in our Nov. 11 issue of JTNews, Bennett Geller, 9, a student at Seattle Hebrew Academy, decorated his and sent it in.

its annual giant menorah lighting from Crossroads to Redmond Town Center. At 6:30 p.m. on Wed., Dec. 22 the Torah Center will erect its big hanukkiyah and hand out dreidels and gelt to everyone. Young adults, there’s a party for you as well! As soon as you knock off work on the 22nd, the Eastside Torah Center will have a Hanukkah celebration and latke-making party around its fireplace. The party starts at 5 p.m. Leave the kids at the day care for an extra hour — they’re not invited to this shindig. RSVPs required at 425-957-7860 or It will be at the Eastside Torah Center, 1837 156th Ave. NE #303 in Bellevue.
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Carl Kitz May 2, 1942–October 17, 2011
Seattle’s Jewish community said its goodbyes in late October to Carl Kitz. He passed away suddenly on October 17, 2011 from complications following heart surgery. He was 69. Carl George Kitz was born May 2, 1942 in Brooklyn, N.Y. to Esther and Jacob Kitz. He grew up in the Bronx. After graduating from Indiana Institute of Technology in 1965, Carl headed west to take a position with Boeing. Later, he attended the Seattle University for post-graduate studies. Deciding to settle there, he eventually brought his parents to Seattle to join him. Shortly after his arrival in Seattle, Carl met the lovely Marion Stern and married on August 22, 1971. The marriage would last over 40 years and produce two devoted and loving daughters, Rebecca and Leah, who both now reside in Los Angeles. Dedicated to his family, Carl enjoyed visiting his daughters in Los Angeles with Marion as well as their frequent visits back home in Seattle. He instilled in his daughters the Jewish values of tikkun olam; they both work in the Los Angeles Jewish community. In the summer of 2006, the family met in Israel and toured the country together to celebrate Carl and Marion’s 35th wedding anniversary. In 2009, Carl welcomed Rebecca’s husband, Opher, into the family. He adored Marion’s parents, Klaus and Paula Stern, survivors of the Holocaust who reside in Seattle. Shortly after his graduation from Seattle University, Carl began what would become a 36-year career as a chemical engineer with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). While there, he supervised the aftermath of major oil spills, including clean-up efforts, and ultimately he would help determine the impact on the environment. Not one to idle at home, Carl lent his valued skills to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) after his retirement from the EPA. He even flew down to New Orleans three times following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to offer his services and considerable expertise. Professionally, Carl was known as a mentor by many, and his family was touched by the many who contacted them after his passing to acknowledge his role in their professional development and training. A thoughtful listener, Carl was a gentle man of quiet grace; he gave sage advice, but only after careful and due consideration. When asked for his opinion, he took information on the subject to heart and offered wise words that would make an impact. Carl was buried on October 18, 2011 at Herzl Memorial Park. The family requests that any contributions made in memory of Carl Kitz be to the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center, Congregation Shaarei Tefillah–Lubavitch or the Menachem Mendel Seattle Cheder. In addition to Marion, Leah, and Rebecca Kitz (Opher), Carl is survived by his brother Saul Kitz, brother in-law and sister in-law Marvin and Michelle Stern, and his mother-in-law and father-in-law Paula and Klaus Stern.

Simon Korch August 12, 1925–November 24, 2011
Simon Korch was born in Germany on August 12, 1925 to Albin and Jenny Korch, and died November 24, 2011 at 86 years of age. Simon was predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Helga, in 2006, and is survived by his sister Ida (Klaus) Gallinger, three sons David (Melanie), Peter (Linda), and Michael (Dana), and eight grandchildren Matthew, Kathryn, Aliya, Benjamin, Elena, and Annalise Korch, Rachelle (Justin) Mentink and Meghan (Steven) Crawford, and four great-grandchildren. Simon said he lived three lives: His childhood in Germany, his teenage years in Shanghai, China during and immediately after World War II, and his adult years in Seattle. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, and later became a U.S. citizen. Simon was a successful entrepreneur and business owner. He was a residential realtor, appraiser, and developer in Northeast Seattle for over 42 years. He started and ran his own real estate office, Lakeview Homes, in Wedgwood for over 20 years. He maintained long-term relationships with customers, colleagues, and fellow business owners. His family will miss his sense of humor, spontaneity, and generosity. Remembrances can be made to the Caroline Kline Galland Home.


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only connected him to the enjoyment he remembers as part of men’s groups in South Africa, but it also provided a celebration for his Judaism he never had. Like Kotzen and other men, Franklin, 95, never made it to college due to economic challenges. After leaving school at 16 to work, then marrying, having four children and suffering several ailments, Franklin obtained his GED at the age of 77. At 82 he earned his BA, and at 84 he graduated with a Master’s of Social Work. “Because of my love to learn,” said Franklin, “I joined the men’s group here at the Summit. I also joined because it might be helpful in my grappling with my belief in God.”

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Franklin, who has had trouble believing in God since the Holocaust, added, “While I am not completely sure what I believe, I have begun to feel more comfortable in my search for understanding.” Between presentations, Zaiman led the audience in Jewish songs, including a version of the Shema. She explained that the Shema should be on one’s lips three times a day, and also as a Jew dies. Ernie Mednick, she said, might have had this prayer on his lips at one time. He was born in 1918 to a fur and hide buyer in tiny Richfield, Utah, and ended up in infantry during World War II. One morning, after the Battle of the Bulge, he awoke in his foxhole and “there was a man straddling the foxhole, a Nazi, pointing a gun in my face. From that time on, I was a prisoner of war,” he said. “In my breast pocket I had a khaki-colored pocket siddur. I had my dog tags. They knew I was Jewish. I was afraid.” With a gun pointed at his chest, Mednick was ordered to march. Instead of killing him, though, they sent him to a prisoner camp, where he remained until the Americans liberated them. After the liberation, Mednick describes walking, at a meager 115 pounds, through a German town where an old woman “handed me an old withered apple that she must have had in storage for a while. I remember she had tears in her eyes. I imagine she didn’t have much to eat. “There were moments of kindness in this horror. Kindness like we talked about in our study of Pirke Avot. Among the things on which the world stands is gemilut hasidim, deeds of loving kindness.” “Give us the courage to search for truth,” said participant Phil Flash at the end of his speech, invoking the Gates of Prayer siddur. “Teach us the path to a better life. So shall we, by our lives and our labors, bring nearer the realization the great hope inherited from ages past, for a world transformed by liberty, justice and peace.” This group proved it’s never too late to start that search.

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Bar Mitzvah

Jacob Max Piatok
Jacob will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on December 10, 2011, at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue. Jacob is the son of Sandy and Robert Piatok of Redmond and the brother of Hannah. His grandparents are Susan Piatok of Fresno, Calif., Milton Piatok of Renton, and the late Geraldine and Joseph Bitterman. Jacob is a 7th grader at Timbercrest Junior High. He enjoys baseball, street hockey, guitar, attending Camp Solomon Schechter and hanging out with friends and family. He will donate a portion of his Bar Mitzvah money to Homeward Pet Adoption Center of Woodinville.

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Orly and Matthew Feldman of Kirkland announce the birth of their daughter Ella Jolee on September 13, 2011, at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue. Ella weighed 7 lbs., 8 oz. and measured 20 inches. Ella’s grandparents are Lloyd and Lori Feldman of Parkland, Fla. and Meir and Pearl Monk of Houston, Tex. Ella’s great-grandparents are Sonia and Leon Monk of Ramat Gan, Israel; Edith Mincberg of Houston and the late Josef Mincberg; Hilda and Seymour Feldman of Boca Raton, Fla.; Morris Black of Boca Raton and the late Frieda Black. Ella is named for her maternal great-grandfather and her paternal great-grandmother.

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A recognition that materialized over decades
JaniS SieGel JTnews Correspondent
In May 2011, one of the foremost materials scientists in the world, Seattleite Dr. John Werner Cahn, received a letter, then a call, and finally a visit from five members of Japan’s Inamori Foundation, who informed him after a five-hour interview that he would be one of three recipients of this year’s 27th Kyoto Prize in Advanced Technology. Cahn, an 83-year-old German Jew born in Cologne in 1928, received the prestigious award in November for his work in alloy metals at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Washington, D.C., in the late ’70s and for his contribution to the theory of Spinodal Decomposition in Alloys, a method that allows scientists to study the rate at which the structure of an alloy coarsens during aging. “It was such a total surprise and I was in a bit of disbelief,” Cahn told JTNews upon his return to the Pacific Northwest. “This is something I did 50 years ago. The NIST has won four Nobel Prizes, several National Medal of Science awards, and now, the Kyoto Prize.” Although Cahn’s award for Fundamental Contributions to Materials Science is recognition for research he did decades ago, his work is still being cited by researchers today — about 100 times a year, Cahn said. His work has been applied to many devices today, including smart of quasicrystals, which led to the development of ultra-strong materials now used in several industries. Cahn first met Shechtman when he was a visiting professor at the Technion and Shechtman was a graduate student. Following his second teaching assignment there, he invited Schechtman to spend a sabbatical at his laboratory. “He spent two years in my laboratory and that’s where he made the discovery for which he won the Nobel Prize,” said Cahn. “The NIST considers his prize to be the fourth Nobel Prize they’ve gotten since 1988 because this was work on my project, in my laboratory. I’ve just been delighted.” Cahn was also a co-author on Shechtman’s Nobel-winning paper. Cahn credits his success to being a “refugee” and the opportunities he was given as a child that exposed him to innovation and change. As a fledgling lawyer litigating civil cases against the National Socialist Party in 1925, Cahn’s father soon realized he had become a Nazi target. Believing that the situation would be a temporary one, his father moved the family to Belgium, hoping to wait out the growing anti-Semitic climate. “We first fled to Belgium because my father was convinced that the Nazis were a temporary aberration and that the German courts would rule the Nazis illegal and that they would be out of power soon,” said Cahn. “We stayed at a summer resort in Belgium until November 1933. My father made a trip to Palestine in 1934 to scout it out, and came back enthusiastically, but my mother was hesitant.” In 1936, Cahn’s father and mother made another trip to Palestine, which unfortunately coincided with the Arab uprising, so the family moved to Amsterdam instead and stayed there for six years until 1939, when they moved to the United States. “I had a marvelous childhood,” said Cahn. “I was aware of the fact that my father was in great danger if the Germans ever came, but it didn’t seem any scarier than a Grimm’s fairy tale. Living in four countries before coming to the U.S. gave me a broader understanding of things.” Today, Cahn conducts ongoing research at the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois, and still pursues his passion for his work. He’s got two ongoing research projects — experimenting with a glass-like material that may yield something similar to a quasicrystal, and another, looking at the surface between crystals and identifying what happens to it under stress, he explained. Cahn enjoys retired life in Seattle, with his wife, Anne. The couple has three adult children who live in the area.

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Dr. John W. Cahn receives the 27th kyoto Prize in Advanced Technology on Nov. 8.

phones and mobile computers. “What we’ve done is open fields up and show that there are principals that apply to a certain subject, publish it, and then people started applying these principals to make inventions and to use it,” Cahn said. In addition to being recognized for his own achievements, Cahn also played a significant role in the career of 2011 Nobel Prize recipient Prof. Dan Shechtman at the Technion–Israel Institute of Science. Shechtman is Israel’s 10th Nobel laureate and its fourth award winner for chemistry. He was recognized for his 1982 discovery

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