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Cantor David Serkin-Poole of Temple Bnai Torah, left, thanks Gov. Christine Gregoire for her support of same-sex marriage at the bill-signing ceremony on Feb. 13. Gregoire handed one of the pens she used to sign the bill to Serkin-Poole to give to his partner Michael, who was unable to attend the ceremony.

Marriage supporters celebrate, then prepare to wait

Joel Magalnick Editor, JTNews
As David Serkin-Poole stood among the 100 attendees at the ceremony in Olympia in which Gov. Christine Gregoire signed the bill that legalized same-sex marriage, he said he felt a collective holding of breath until the signature was complete. There was this moment of anticipation, and waiting and waiting and waiting, and sheer relief and joy that it actually happened, said the cantor from Bellevues Temple Bnai Torah. Serkin-Poole is half of one of the eight couples that filed suit against King County nearly eight years ago, after he and his partner Michaels request for a marriage license was publicly rejected. At the same time, Serkin-Poole said as he looked around the room at the faces of people who had also been a part of this fight, he was reflecting on the roller coaster of reaching this point. Its instructive and a reminder, he said. All of those so-called failures led up to this very wonderful day to see our governor sign into law marriage equality. Approximately 20 Jewish organizations and synagogues supported Senate Bill 6239, which grants civil marriage status to same-sex couples. I think it was just a great moment, said Zach Carstensen, director of government affairs at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, who coordinated
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a year-round Jewish experience

Rabbi Daniel a. SeptiMuS Temple de hirsch Sinai
A seasoned Jewish educator at a large Reform congregation once asked his religious school parents about their most meaningful Jewish childhood experiences. Without a doubt, attending Jewish camp was at the top of the list. There is no question that one of the most successful American Jewish educational models is the Jewish camp experience. Thousands of Jewish children attend camp on an annual basis, returning year after year for a memorable summer of fun. Jewish communities, such as the greater Seattle area, pour considerable resources into encouraging kids to go to Jewish camp, as they understand that camp is a formative Jewish experience. What is it about the Jewish camping experience that resonates with so many of our Jewish children? Many of us know the answer to this question. Jewish camps allow us to be immersed in a Jewish day, holiday or Shabbat experience, explore Judaism through all five senses and live exclusively among other Jewish children in a safe environment. Not only do our children form lifelong friendships with other Jewish children, but they also come away with a sense of pride about their Jewish identity. Getting away and being outdoors allows our children to acquire a truly integrated Jewish educational experience. In a nutshell, our youth live and breathe Judaism during their time at camp. While our youth leave camp with a strong sense of connection to Judaism, they are often disappointed when they return home, unable to reconnect to their communities. It is almost as if there is a step missing in the process: Bringing camp home. Translating the camp experience into something tangible in our home congregations and day schools is critical to the ongoing development of a youths Jewish identity. Understanding that Jewish camps and Jewish day schools/ supplementary schools have a vested interest in building Jewish community, the AVI CHAI and Jim Joseph Foundations in partnership with the Foundation for Jewish Camp created six partnership grants to hire top-notch Jewish educators to build a year-round consistent Jewish educational experience. Each seasoned Jewish educator will work to bridge the gap between the religious school/day school and camp environments by taking an in-depth look at the curricula of the two organizations in the partnership. We are lucky to have one of the six partnerships in the greater Seattle region between Temple De Hirsch Sinai and Camp Kalsman. We are joining together to reevaluate how we approach education in both of our programs, by building a consistent educational vision that will provide a holistic approach to our youth. By creating a year-round Jewish experience, our youth will perceive our organizations not as segmented but as one, making the transition seamless from camp back to our Religion School. And engaging parents will be an integral part of the process, as debriefing the experience first takes place on the car ride from camp back home. Our ancestors willingly established a covenant with God at Sinai, promising to pass it on from generation to generation. How we engage a future generation of Jewish youth will be critical to the ongoing vitality of the Jewish people. Creating a year-round Jewish experience for our youth, building on the success of the Jewish camp model, will ensure the future of the Jewish people.
Daniel A. Septimus is associate rabbi and director of congregational learning at Temple De Hirsch Sinai.

I applaud the opening of a Jewish delicatessen in Olympia (Olympia deli tickles mind, soul and stomach, Feb. 10). Obviously, an expanded Jewish presence in a place like Olympia is a good thing and what better than a deli showcasing good-tasting Jewish food? However, if establishing the deli is in response to the boycott of Israeli products at the Olympia co-op, it seems to me to be somewhat missing the point. I dont purport to understand the mindset of the boycotters, but to the best of my knowledge, they are not calling for a boycott of Jewish food or Jewish businesses at least not yet! I think it would behoove the owners to stock the very products removed from the co-op and go one better and carry still others. (Perhaps they are, but there is no mention of that in the article.) That way, those who do enjoy high quality Israeli foodstuffs and there are many nowadays will once again be able to obtain them in Olympia. Im sure the Israeli cucumber salad as depicted on page one is delicious, but really doesnt have much to do with helping Israel in its fight against boycotts. Mark D. Blitzer seattle
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I was grateful to see the editorial by Wayne L. Firestone, Hillels president and CEO, reprinted in the JTNews last week (Colleges playing catch-up on Israel, February 10). Firestone is absolutely correct when he points out that the rest of us have a great deal to learn from the way college students conduct their conversations about Israel on campus. Fortunately, our local Hillel community is no exception. Public discourse about Israel too often slides into rhetoric characterized by personal attacks and an unwillingness to listen to the perspectives of others whose viewpoint differs from ones own. But here at Hillel UW, circumstances could not be more different. Here, students grapple with challenging questions about personal identity and the national character of the Jewish State. But they also come to Hillel in order to become better acquainted with Israel from many other different perspectives. Our students come to learn about Israels role as an incubator of high-tech and ecological innovation. They come here to hear the stories of young Israeli gays and lesbians. They come to ask penetrating questions of Israeli soldiers not much older than themselves. And they come dozens of them at a time to join the tens of thousands of their peers who visit Israel on a Birthright Israel trip each year. I am hopeful that Firestones words resonated strongly with JTNewss readers, and to them I want add my own personal invitation: Come visit us and see for yourselves. Stop by Hillel and see first-hand the many ways that we can learn from the thoughtful and committed students who make Hillel UW their second home. I am confident that you will come away from your visit inspired and newly committed to thoughtful and compassionate discourse on Israel. Rabbi Oren J. Hayon greenstein Family Executive Director Hillel UW

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Jewish organizational support for the bill. A huge swath of the Jewish community has gotten behind this, behind an effort that doesnt just promote marriage rights for same-sex couples but also ensures that religious liberty is protected and allows clergy an opportunity to decline to marry someone they dont want to marry. Two rabbis testified before the state Senate in January in favor of the bill, and a 2010 Pew Research poll showed that 75

percent of Jews across the country support same-sex marriage. Thats a huge leap even from when the Serkin-Pooles signed onto the lawsuit. Ultimately, it requires an individual, a person, to make that step of growth, David Serkin-Poole said. Even if its not a personal thing, when it comes down to being fair and just to all citizens, I think most Jews get that. Acknowledgment of the bills passage within the Jewish community was to include a Feb. 16 learning session at

Temple De Hirsch Sinai, in place of what had become a traditional lobbying day in Olympia for marriage equality. Despite the momentary high of the billsigning ceremony, opponents of the measure filed paperwork to begin gathering signatures for Referendum 74, which will seek to overturn the new law. Carstensen said the Jewish institutions that advocated for this bill will need to educate their constituents to keep the law in place. As a group, theyve demonstrated

an ability to put their heads collectively around the issue, and talked about how theyre going to talk to friends and neighbors, how theyre going to do the hard work of educating folks in their own congregations about the issue, he said. The law is set to go into effect June 7, though it is expected that enough signatures will be validated to delay the law until November, unless it is overturned. Should he be granted the right, Serkin-Poole said, As soon as we get the green light, we will be as close to first in line as we can.

I cant even tell you. I remember seeing turtles in a lake. Author Nathan Englander on his inspiration for the short story Camp Sundown, about a group of seniors who suspect a fellow camper of being a Nazi guard. See page 28.


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Medicaid reforms need not undermine services

DaviD SapeRStein anD WilliaM DaRoff JTa World News Service
WASHINGTON (JTA) During February, Jewish communities across North America observe Jewish Disability Awareness Month. It is an opportunity for us to raise awareness of the needs, strengths, opportunities and challenges of individuals with disabilities in our communities, and to ensure we are building more inclusive communities that celebrate all of our neighbors. The Jewish community, through its institutions and social service agencies, has been increasingly effective in serving the critical needs of individuals with disabilities and their families. At the same time, we recognize the indispensible impact that Medicaid has on the ability to provide for these needs. For many members of our communities with disabilities seeking healthy, independent lives, Medicaid is an essential resource. Earlier this month, Jewish leaders from across America came to Washington, D.C. to express to Congress how vitally important Medicaid is to the disability community, as well as the agencies and communities that serve them. More than 8 million individuals with disabilities in America rely on Medicaid as their sole source of comprehensive health and long-term care coverage. Medicaid ensures that people with disabilities have access to essential services, including transportation, medical care and personal care assistance. This, in turn, ensures that they are able to contribute economically, socially, politically and spiritually to their communities. Unfortunately, under several prominent congressional proposals being considered as part of deficit reduction efforts, Medicaid would be restructured by capping funds flowing to states and/or creating a block grant formula. Block granting or capping Medicaid funds would result in the denial of health and long-term care to millions of Americans, including those with disabilities. These kinds of spending cuts and harmful changes to Medicaid would undermine human dignity by limiting the choices and opportunities for people with disabilities. Terry Burke and Andy Berman of St. Louis Park, Minn., say that Medicaid has truly been the saving grace in their family. Their 23-year old daughter, Rachel, who has cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism and moderate cognitive disability, is the joy of their lives, but things have not always been easy. When Andy was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia, he and Terry quickly learned that juggling the demands of health care for Andy and care for Rachel was extremely challenging. Through Medicaid, Rachel is able to have personal care assistants, or PCAs, help her with basic needs, ranging from showers and meals to helping with her visits to the doctor. She also has the opportunity to participate in programs that truly contribute to her happiness and allow her to really have a life, such as recreational social nights, exercise programs and making dinner with her PCAs. As Terry and Andy grow older, as they balance managing the health needs of Andy and Rachel, and their ability to manage Rachels care declines, they cannot imagine a future without the services provided through Medicaid. Leading Jewish organizations have made it a priority to fight to protect the services and benefits that individuals with disabilities and their families receive under the Medicaid program. We as a community believe that while there is still a need to reform the program to ensure it remains sustainable through a time of austerity, the program provides services to individuals with disabilities and their families that must remain intact. Collectively, the Jewish community sees a number of effective ways that Medicaid can be reformed while realizing cost savings. These proposed recommendations range from allowing funding for home- and community-based services (services that cost less than comparable institutionalized care) to be accessed without the current burdensome waiver process, to promoting preventative measures such as chronic disease management. Other recommendations include enrolling beneficiaries in drug and care management programs, which ultimately would improve the delivery of services and generate savings. Any reforms to Medicaid to make it financially sustainable for future generations must be made with the mind-set that Medicaid remains available as a source of health and long-term services for individuals with disabilities and other lowincome populations. Jewish organizations and social service agencies across America stand ready to work with our federal and state governments to ensure that individuals with disabilities are able to live healthy, independent lives. We all have a role to play in ensuring this end, and Medicaid is an essential tool in that effort.
Rabbi David Saperstein is director and counsel of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. William Daroff is vice president for public policy and director of the Washington office of The Jewish Federations of North America.

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No leads on temple vandalism
Two weeks ago, Temple Bnai Torah was hit with a swastika and anti-Semitic writing on one of its walls. The police still have no suspects.

Ke te agas un ijo de buena vertud.

May you grow to be a virtuous young man. An expression of blessing that this young man will turn out intelligent, moral and successful in business as well as all other endeavors.

Autopsy bill heads to House

A bill that would give families religious exemptions from autopsies passed the state Senate unanimously.

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For the past five summers, Jewish teens from Hungary and Israel have spent several weeks in the Puget Sound region working at day and overnight camps as well as learning about American Jewish life, Northwest style. For the program to continue, several families are needed to host these English-speaking teenagers. If you have a teen (1518 years old by June) please make a tentative commitment to host one of these high school students for a three-week Stroum JCC day camp session and help to deepen the Jewish identity of your guest and expand your own familys. Sessions: June 16July 7; July 8July 28; July 29Aug 18. Please contact Elise Peizner at or 206-774-2236 for further information.

A new home for Jewish Vikings

Come April, Chabad of Western Washington University will open its new headquarters just across from campus. Its leaders hope to create a Shabbat dinner powerhouse.

A new approach to Israel conversations


A coalition of national organizations is working to help Jewish communities reframe how they discuss Israel and to fight back against delegitimization.

The film festival is coming!

The Sephardic community is heavily represented in the AJC Seattle Jewish Film Festivals 17th annual 10-day celebration of film and community.


Remember when

Books for spring


The flowers are beginning to bloom, as are our latest selections on Israel, Torah, historical fiction, and a few kids selections for good measure.

Artists from Israel


Over the last weekend, four artisans from Israel visited the Puget Sound region to create art with adults and kids as well as to forge bonds with local Jewish artists.

Oscar nominee has a local connection


The Academy Award-nominated In Darkness holds a special place in the heart of Cecelia Benzaquen. The Holocaust survival movie is about her parents.

What we talk about when we talk about Nathan Englander

From The Jewish Transcript, February 27, 1981 Members of the Jewish Federations Womens Division pose with Monty Hall, host of the game show Lets Make a Deal. The celebrity appeared at the womens campaign luncheon, which took place at the Sea-Tac Red Lion. The report didnt state whether choosing Door No. 2 won them a doubled donation or a pet goat.
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No leads in vandalism on Bellevue temple

Joel Magalnick Editor, JTNews
Nearly two weeks after the facilities manager found a swastika painted on the side of Temple Bnai Torah, Bellevue police dont have any leads on who vandalized that building or the church across the street. We have no answer to who did it or why, but we dont take it in any way lightly. We take it very seriously, said Rabbi Jim Mirel, Bnai Torahs senior rabbi. The graffiti, which also had the message Kill the Jews, was found between Friday Shabbat services on Feb. 3 and services the next morning. The site was mostly cleaned after the police investigated the incident, so temple goers were not subject to the vandalism, which was painted on a side of the building that is not easily viewable from the front. Officer Carla Iafrate of the Bellevue Police Department said that the case is inactive at this time, pending suspect identification, but that their investigators did take photos and paint samples to enter into evidence. According to Howard Wasserteil, Bnai Torahs executive director, the police officer who first visited the scene believed it was malicious mischief and not a direct threat to the congregation or its members. Thats the essence of a message sent to the membership the day following the incident. Because we were clear in our communication based on what the police had told us, [it was] just some hateful acts that, as far as we know, were random, we werent raising huge alarm bells in what we said to the congregation, Wasserteil said. He said all of the responses the temple received from members expressed concern, but none had expressed any kind of alarm. Mirel, in his remarks to the congregation at Saturday morning services, alluded to the incident. I told them were not going to be dissuaded or cowed from doing our regular services, were not going to overreact to it, were always going to maintain our Jewish identity, he said. At this time, the synagogue does not have security cameras in the area that may have caught the perpetrators on tape, but Bnai Torah did receive a security grant from the Department of Homeland Security before the vandalism took place, and part of that money had already been earmarked for a camera system, Wasserteil said. Though anti-Semitic graffiti against Jewish institutions in the area is relatively rare, the Sephardic Bikur Holim and Bikur Cholim-Machzikay Hadath congregations, which are across the street from each other in Seattles Seward Park neighborhood, were vandalized with swastikas and anti-Semitic epithets just prior to Rosh Hashanah in 2009. Northwest Yeshiva High School on Mercer Island was hit by extensive graffiti a year later. Wasserteil said the expense of the cleanup was small enough that it wasnt worth submitting for insurance reimbursement. Though Mirel called the incident at Bnai Torah minor, he still considers it a hate crime. But he was also philosophical about the episode. The authorities are working on it and Im confident well find the person or people who did it, he said. Life goes on and were not going to change anything were doing because of it.

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Washington state Senate passes bill allowing halt to autopsies

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(JTA) Washingtons state Senate approved a bill that would allow families to block autopsies for religious reasons. Under the measure, which passed Feb. 9 by a vote of 46 to 2, families would have 48 hours to register religious objections to an autopsy, the Tacoma News-Tribune reported. Sen. Adam Kline, a Seattle Democrat, introduced the bill after the family of Brian Grobois, an Orthodox Jewish man who died on Mount Rainier in December, objected to an autopsy, ultimately taking the Pierce County Medical Examiners Office to court over its religious objections. The coroner in some cases can still ask a court to order an autopsy despite a religious objection. The House is expected to take up the legislation before the session ends in March.
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Bellingham campus Chabad finds a new home

JaniS Siegel JTNews Correspondent
Theres a city, not even a hundred miles north of Seattle, that is home to a rare community of modern Jewish Vikings who hope to expand their numbers once they move into a new building that will house their growing community. The Viking, as any Bellinghamster or student in those parts can tell you, is Western Washington Universitys sports mascot, and the Chabad Jewish student center there will be celebrating Sabbath dinners and other Jewish holidays in its newly renovated, 4,800-square-foot community center once they widen the kitchen and make it kosher, design a student lounge with computers and a Nintendo Wii, extend the synagogue space, and make room for a small kosher caf where students can have sandwiches for lunch or grab a snack. Our goal is to have every Jewish student know they have a homey, warm environment in a family setting where they can have a Jewish dinner, Rabbi Avremi Yarmush, one of the co-directors of the soon-to-beopen Chabad center told JTNews. Were a two-minute walk from the center of campus, and right across the street from the dorms. The Brooklyn-born rabbi, his wife Nissa, the centers co-director, and their two boys, ages 3 and 1, cant wait to open their home to as many Jewish students that show up at their doorstep. Thats why theyre remodeling the upstairs offices into their family living quarters. The Yarmushes hope to be fully settled there by April 2012. Chabad on campus has a very special system, said Yarmush, where we bring students into our own home, into tory this year. Yarmush and his wife plan to take advantage of their new digs to add programs and community outreach projects that might engage an increasing number of Jewish students on campus and fill a need in peoples lives at the same time. Well be opening a Jewish preschool, said Yarmush. Weve started to work on that, and we would love to expand into doing some community work. A program we really love is called Loaves of Love, where we get students to bake challah and bring it to seniors in the community. As we get more settled, wed like to expand that program to where seniors in the Jewish community have people to listen to them and the students get to hear something about what the world used to be like. They can have a connection with a generation or two before them. The Yarmushes said they would also like to start a Jewish library. Most of the money for the reportedly $880,000 deal for the property located on Highland Drive in Bellingham was granted to Chabad by George Rohr, a Florida businessman who Yarmush said is as committed to Chabad and its campus ministries as much as he is to the business side of his everyday projects. The new center, the Rohr Center for Jewish Life, will honor his contribution. According to Yarmush, Rohrs spirituality and his entrepreneurship go handin-hand. He has an affinity for Chabad on campus, has an affinity for the younger generation, and its something he really loves, he said.

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The hillside view of the new center that will house Chabad of Western Washington University.

our own environment, a Jewish environment.The idea is a Jewish home away from home. The Chabad organization collaborates with the other Jewish groups, including the Hillel at WWU and the larger one in Seattle at the University of Washington. He would like to increase the inter-group activities and their own outreach to the student body at WWU. Our goal when we came here was to have every Jewish student know they have a home in Bellingham, where they can hang out, said Yarmush. We would love to have 300 to 400 kids over for Shabbat dinner. Im an ideologue because thats

what I want. This will be the first full-fledged Chabad center in Bellingham, even though the Chabad organization has had a presence there since 2006. Yarmush and his wife have been working out of their own home for the last three years. Friday night dinners are the mainstay of our programs, Yarmush said. Its the most popular event, by far. Between 35 and 45 students come over for Shabbat dinner, but we are busting out of the seams of our home, so we couldnt stay there. I have seen an increase and it really should help. WWU experienced its largest-ever freshman enrollment in the schools his-

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The six-word Jewish memoir challenge

Rivy poupko kletenik JTNews Columnist
Dear Rivy, Have you heard about the latest literary challenge? Six-word memoirs! I read about them in the latest O magazine. Here is what its all about: Larry Smith threw out a challenge on his online publication, SMITH Magazine. It seems he was inspired by Ernest Hemingways legendary shortest short story: For sale: Baby shoes, never worn. Smith wanted to get people to describe their lives in just six words. I think we should launch our own Jewish version. What do you think? our very core religious mantra is itself a mere six words long: Shema Yisrael Hashem Elokeinu Hashem echad! Confirmation, perhaps, there is something to this six-word thing. Before we create our own memoirs, why not get some practice writing memoirs of Jews from yesteryear? Do I dare? King David Shepherding sheep, shooting slingshots, singing Psalms. Queen Esther Orphaned and adopted. Kidnapped and crowned. Hillel Teaching while standing on one foot? Rashi The best. The rest? Its commentary. Maimonides Perplexed? Your Guide by the side. Abarbanel In 1492. Columbus was a Jew? Spinoza From yeshiva to philosopher, pantheist, outcast. Baal Shem Tov Song and dance. Mystical trance. Hassidim. Sigmund Freud Id, Ego, Superego. Yid, Ego, SuperYid. Anne Frank Dear Diary, you changed our lives. Golda Meir - Smoky Milwaukee Jewish mother does good. Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik He, the lonely man of faith. This is all well and good. But we are the People of the Book. Why limit this exercise in brevity to peoples memoirs? Why not extend it tolets say, Torah portions? It might look something like this; Bereshit Six days and world is done. Noach The ark, the rain, the arc. Lech Lecha You cant go home again, Abraham. Vayera Isaac unbound. Ram offered. Nuf said. Chayei Sarah One funeral and a wedding. Congrats. Toldot Doubly blessed? Surprise, its twins! Oy. VaYetzei Big love. Members of the tribe. Vayishlach Wrestling. Remember me at wounded thigh. Vayeshev Joseph: Dream weaving, sheaves binding. Sold. Miketz The brothers; spies who loved me. Vayigash Judah steps up. Jacob comes down. Vayechi Bow for blessings, bury. Bereshit ends. Thus goes the Book of Bereshit. Why not get carried away? Lets do all the other books too! Joshua Jericho: Those walls came tumbling down. Judges Repeat; Depravity, punishment, penance, oh my! Samuel Give us a king! Happy now? Kings The good, the bad, the ugly. Isaiah Why not give peace a chance? Jeremiah The end is near. Destruction here. Ezekiel Chariots of fire. Visions of heaven. Trei Asar Twelve prophets, one message. Repent now. Psalms Though I walk through the valley Proverbs Dont enter the path of wickedness. Job Why suffering? We will never know. Song of Songs Hark, I am to my beloved. Ruth Marriage, death. Gleanings, schemings. Marriage, birth. Lamentations Return. Renew our days of old. Kohelet Vanity of vanities, all is vanity. Esther King kills queen. King kills advisor. Daniel From lions pit to Holy Writ. EzraNehemia Hold the weapon, build the wall. Chronicles From Adam to Cyrus. Start over. Anyone can condense a Torah portion, even a Holy Book. What about a Jewish holiday? We seem to always be celebrating and explaining. This could come in handy. Shabbat Candles and kiddush. Ladino and Yiddish. Rosh Hashanah Apples and honey. Shul and shofar. Yom Kippur Hey, not so fast. Pretty slow Sukkot Build a booth. Shake a lulav. Hanukkah Light the candles, open the presents. Purim Make merry. Masks, Megillah and mayhem. Pesach All who are hungry, come eat. Shavuot Thou shalt stay up all night. Tisha BAv By the waters of Babylon, tears. Now that weve got holidays we are going to need some food. If we could only get those recipes pared down a bit things might get a little easier. It is definitely worth a shot. Challah Proof the yeast. Knead the dough. Gefilte fish Carp in bathtub, carrot on top. Chicken soup Carrots, celery, onions. Noodles, knaidlach, kreplach. Cholent Crock pot. Hope for the best. Chopped liver Shmear the matzoh. Shape the mold. Kugel Noodle, potato, spinach; add eggs, bake. Bourekas, boulemos, biscochos Advice? Make friends with Sephardic cooks!
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YouIn Six Words. Its a humbling challenge that has become an impressive movement. From Paula Deens famous, telling, crisp, Might as Well Eat That Cookie memoir, to Melinda Huis lesswell-known personal account, Abandoned at 5. Learning to Thrive, you can see how six succinct pithy words can pack a potent punch. Though the Six-Word Memoir contest officially concluded after a month, terse tales continued to be submitted. More than half a million mini-memoirs have been sent in over the last five years. Smith has since published five collections of personal accounts and continues his Internet quest to spark the creativity of aspiring writers. There is inspiration everywhere, he says. Even if you dont think youre a storyteller, you are. Well, who am I to disagree with Larry Smith or Ernest Hemingway, let alone Jewish tradition? Pirke Avot instructs us to say little and do much. While the Book of Proverbs teaches that the wise keep their words brief, consider further that

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Profs new book on Yiddish theater also: Hadassahs PNW region president reflects

Most American Jews with Nineteenth and 20throots in the Russian Empire, century Yiddish and including Poland and the Pale Russian literature and of Settlement, are convinced drama is her field, but UW that their familieswere perProfessor Barbara Henry is secuted and suffered, says not Jewish. Barbara, but its not necesYiddish was in the water sarily true. Jewish residence where she grew up in New in Russia was restricted to Jersey, she explains. She useful Jews like Gordin, loved klezmer as a child and and there were plenty who wanted to know what the were comfortable and safe, songs were about. Careerusually urban dwellers and wise, it became a natural extension of my mostly merchant class. interest in Russia. Its not all that movie about the Barbara just published her first book, mouse, she laughs, referring to the aniRewriting Russia: Jacob Gordins Yiddish mated childrens film AmerDrama. Gordin (to crib off ican Tale. the jacket notes), the first Barbara is an avid runner major playwright of the and likes to do things with her Golden Age of New Yorks 14-year-old son, like stand Yiddish theater, was best out in the freezing cold and known for translating or watch him play soccer. Calladapting classic literature ing genealogy her crazed for the stage. passion, she spends hours on Studying at Oxford, bara learned of Gordin while Skullbook: Facebook researching her dissertation. for dead people, her husA sometimes-controversial band calls it. figure who kept his ties to The crazy stories you Russia, he was often accused CouRTESY baRbaRa hENRY of being too Russian and University of Washington hear from your family are not Jewish enough. professor Barbara Henry, who often true, she has learned, I just wanted to know specializes in Yiddish and and the ones that everyone accepts are generally not. what his deal was, Barbara russian literature. Shes worked this passays. sion into her teaching, and includes an He was a curious guy, she pointed out, assignment on family history in her intro with a different story than the familiar to Russian culture class. Many of her stuJewish immigrant one.

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dents are Russian immigrants and this makes them talk to their relatives. She has similar assignments for the Jewish community. Buy books about Yiddish theater, she quips (her second book is coming soon) and, more importantly, talk to your grandparents.


They enrolled their kids at JDS, which became my first Jewish community here, she recalls. In 1998 Hadassah tapped Jacquie for a new leadership training program. She was one of 15 who completed the original year-long program that included a trip to Israel. She chaired a gala honoring the late Althea Stroum, and then served as Seattle chapter president before I have a bad habit taking her current position. of giving 110 perIm a big believer that cent, jokes Jacwhen you get something, quie Bayley, president of you give something back, Pacific Northwest Region she says. of Hadassah. Often called Last year Seattle HadasMadame Hadassah, shes sah put on Breast Cancer been active in many local Exposed, a successful funorganizations, including the draiser that helped educate Federation and the Jewish the local community about Day School, but the womHadassahs role in breast ens Zionist organization is cancer treatment, prevengetting her attention now. Born and raised in VanCouRTESY JaCquiE baYlEY tion and research. As a volunteer organicouver, BC, the Bellevue Jacquie Bayley, president of the resident grew up at Congre- Pacific Northwest region of zation, Hadassah shares a problem common to all gation Schara Tzedek. She Hadassah. organizations: Attracting met and married husband and keeping volunteers. Time is what keeps Bjrn in Vancouver and they moved here in 1986 after eight years in the Philadelphia area. X PaGe 21

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Leave a Note in a Wall

by Mike Selinker

This Weeks Wisdom

New tools to promote positive israel dialogue

Joel Magalnick Editor, JTNews
Though the conversation about Israel can often hinge on the extremes of one side or the other, theres a middle that makes up about 70 percent of the population in this country. While there may be plenty who dont have an interest in talking about Israel, a new collaboration between two national umbrella organizations, the Jewish Federations of North America and the Jewish Council of Public Affairs, is entering its second year in a project to promote positive dialogue about the Jewish State. The effort, said the Israel Action Networks managing director Geri Palast, is to mobilize the mainstream Jewish community to counter the assault on Israels legitimacy and also to reach out to Jews and non-Jews to really build a new conversation about Israel. Palast, who served as assistant secretary of labor in the Clinton administration, along with the networks associate director Julie Bernstein, and Ethan Felson, the JCPAs vice president and general counsel, visited Seattle on Feb. 12 and 13 to speak to different groups that included Israel activists, rabbis, and even members of the Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign, the group that purchased the ads critical of Israel that were canceled by King County Metro. The IANs operations in Washington State are being administered by the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. The IAN has specific aims to counter delegitimization: One is by driving a wedge between those who dont see Israel as a viable state and those who may be critical of its policies. Wecall out those who engage in a brand of activism that is not just critical of Israel, but is anti-Zionist and anti-Jewish, Felson said. We cannot tolerate that becoming mainstream in America. The other is to create a dialogue between Jews and anyone with whom they are doing outreach that treats both sides of the conflict fairly and positively. Our message is one of peace and reconciliation. Two states for two peoples living in peace and security, Palast said. Though the first organizations to come to mind that question Israels legitimacy might be ones like SeaMAC or the Olympia Food Co-op, which removed Israeli products from its shelves in 2010, the real battle, said Felson, is actually within mainline Protestant churches. The rank-and-file Presbyterians in this country, and the same for the other mainline Protestant denominations, are people who are supportive of Israel, of the U.S.Israel relationship, and of positive relationships between Jews, and Presbyterians, Methodists, etcetera, Felson said. There are groups within those denominations that are advancing a narrative that really doesnt allow for that support for Israel or the support for the relationship with the Jewish community. This includes upcoming resolutions that call Israel an apartheid state and seek divestment from companies doing business with Israel. A Facebook page set up by a Presbyterian group was removed earlier this month after pressure from JCPA and other Jewish groups. The challenge, Felson said, is maintaining a positive conversation with these churches while at the same time recognizing the bond the churches have with the plight of Palestinian Christians, as well as the interfaith work Jews and Christians do together that dont relate to Israel. No one has a lock on truth, he said. We want and understand that there are different understandings that can coexist. Relationship building between Jewish communities and the mainline churches is one of the tactics the IAN is using to combat delegitimacy campaigns, as are setting up a central database for communities to share best practices, meeting with womens and ethnic groups and labor unions, and running training sessions in communities like the one that took place in Seattle this week. The Pacific Northwest is seen as a hotspot of activity in promoting Israel delegitimization, according to Palast. We see this as a priority community, she said. We want to work closely with Washington State. We will create models and hone strategies trial by fire here that really will make a difference for everyone else. Bernstein, the IANs associate director, noted that tactics deployed here to delegitimize Israel city divestment resolutions, campus protests, newspaper ads might not be effective elsewhere. What resonates in Washington State and the Bay Area may stay within the realm of those regions because thats the population, thats the mentality, thats who exists. It may not ever influence Chicago, she said. One of the IANs missions is to conduct opposition research, according to Palast, by keeping track of the organizations who have made the most impact. We are a network fighting a network, she said. Though events like Israel Apartheid Week, scheduled later this month on campuses around the country, have very little impact, she said, that terminology, that phraseology, is not something we have been able to counter as effectively as the individual events. And therein lies the biggest challenge. Where IANs strategy is to move from negative messaging and spreading blame toward positive and constructive dialogue, its not always as sexy.
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At the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, visitors leave notes in the cracks of the mortar, hoping their wishes will be heard. In this puzzle, a wall of black squares cuts the grid in half. The bold entries are visitors, in that they each leave a note behind, dropping the letters W-A-L-L in one of the walls black squares.
ACROSS 1 Frees (of) 5 Culmination 8 Box office bonanza 11 Off-white shades 13 Way back when 14 Way back when 15 Tractor name 16 Weird Al Yankovics instrument 18 Rise of the Planet of the Apes actor 20 21 24 25 26 28 30 33 35 37 38 40 42 43 47 48 50 52 53 55 57 58 60 62 64 68 69 70 71 72 73 DOWN 1 Brian Jacques fantasy series about heroic forest 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 12 13 16 17 19 21 22 23 27 29 31 32 34 36 39 41 44 45 46 49 51 54 56 58 59 61 63 65 66 67

James Fruit salad tidbit Classic Pontiac model Coiner of the term Oedipal complex Uh-huh! January caucus state Computer screen background Mr. ___ (soft drink brand) Metaphorical head-bashing site Heathers actress Winona Argentinian director Gaspar whose last name is an anagram of 39-Down Like Porterhouse steaks Hanna-Barbera reptile New Wave band that recorded If You Leave One who believes reason alone can demonstrate the existence of God Inglourious Basterds actor Daniel Require Where you might find handwriting or a fly Picards counselor on the Enterprise Sex Pistols bassist Vicious Fox News host Van Susteren Prefix with stick or stop Louvre Pyramid architect Enjoys Thanksgiving Footwear also known as topsiders NBA superstar Shaquille The Book of ___ (2010 Denzel Washington film) Supermarket conveyance Well see Gen ___ Ancient They may be kept on a chain or a ring

critters Antarctic cliff Raps Dr. ___ Ocean phenomenon thats a homophone of 12Down Like QTXRPQP for this answer Sgt. or cpl. Churchill Downs event Switchback Dr. Frankensteins assistant Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre Vassal near a castle With 45-Down, movement started by the anticonsumerist Canadian group Adbusters Lend ___ (1940s Broadway musical) Profound Dadaist Jean Lesser ape Where all roads lead, proverbially speaking Succumb to depression Gromits owner Del ___ Books Oh, poor you! It was dismantled between 1989 and 1991 Tyke Hi-tech color value system Keanus role in The Matrix 1959 Masters winner whose name sounds like a gallery feature Seattle neighborhood east of Fremont See 13-Down Oakland ballclub Program for losers? Billfolds Donna Summers genre Molecule component Long-horned wild goat Mexican chocolate sauce ___ King (company whose products include Granny Goose Blazin Hot Cheese Nibbles) Computer that refused to open the pod bay doors State fish of Minnesota Kangaroo cousin ___ Misrables

Answers on page 17 2011 Eltana Wood-Fired Bagel Cafe, 1538 12th Avenue, Seattle. All rights reserved. Puzzle created by Lone Shark Games, Inc. Edited by Mike Selinker and Mark L. Gottlieb.

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Iantha Sidell to Lead New Gifts Initiative

The power to make our community the best Focusing on goals, setting priorities Empowering our donors to make Seattle a stellar example to all other Jewish communities Through philanthropy we can make Seattle a great place to be Jewish These are the messages that Iantha Sidell wants members of Seattles Jewish community to absorb through her role as New Gifts Initiative Chair for the Jewish Federation.

invitation to them to learn about the philanthropic choices they have with the Jewish Federation to support the communal priorities about which they care the most.

Women: Come Join the Discussion at Turn the Page 2012

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Iantha, a past Jewish Federation Board Chair and respected community member, is leading this effort to reach out and engage new people from all sectors of the Jewish community with the intent of showing them how their support can impact Jewish life in Seattle and beyond. It is exciting to share our new philanthropic options with members of the community, Iantha noted. For people who have not connected with the Federation previously, or perhaps not in a long time, its a pleasure to speak with them about how they can help enhance and improve Jewish life in our community. The new gifts initiative is an

Iantha and her team of volunteers will be reaching out to potential supporters at all levels with the goal of raising $150,000 in new gifts for the 2012 Campaign. While we have an ambitious financial objective, our real intent is to build and strengthen relationships with donors who care about Jewish life, she noted. It is about building a better Jewish community today and for future generations. We are thrilled to have Iantha leading this effort, said David Chivo, Vice President of the Center for Jewish Philanthropy. Her passion for the Jewish Federation and the Jewish community are infectious and through her efforts she is sure to engage more people in the Federations mission.

Transforming livesbuilding families

These are two of the goals of the Youth Clinic in Kiryat Malachi, the Federations partnership community in Israel. The Jewish Federations Womens Endowment Fund recently made a grant in support of the Youth Clinic for Women in Distress in Kiryat Malachi. The clinic provides free treatment of medical, psychological and emotional disorders for young women in the region. One visit to the clinic makes clear the need for critical support services to assist women and children in building healthy, strong, self-sufficient and productive lives. The project is one of several programs offered under the umbrella of the Mother to Another initiative in Kiryat Malachi, a community with high poverty levels and a population encompassing Israelis from very diverse backgrounds, including many from Ethiopia. The language and cultural diversity often presents challenges. This program, with the help of funding from the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle and other TIPS Partnership Federations, brings together professional counseling and support services, coupled with medical and emergency services, to provide women, children and families in distress with the attention and support they need to move forward.

Welcome Elise Peizner: New Israel Programs Mgr.

A key priority of the Jewish Federation is supporting the people of Israel through programs that address their social, communal and societal needs. This month we welcomed our new Israel Programs Manager, Elise Peizner. Elise brings to the Jewish Federation a passion for Israel and a commitment to our Jewish community. After living in Israel for a year on the Young Judaea Year Course program, she attended Boston University where she received a degree in International Relations. She most recently worked for Food Lifeline. Elise will also be leading the Jewish Federations Teen Philanthropy Program, which includes J.Team and the Youth Mitzvah Fund. Additionally, she will be working with Jewish organizations in our region to encourage teenagers, beginning in sixth grade, to learn about the power, joy and impact they can have through their own philanthropic efforts. To learn more about the Jewish Federations Israel and Teen Philanthropy initiatives, please call Elise at 206-774-2236 or visit Please join us in welcoming Elise to the Jewish Federation.

Yaffa Cohen, director of the Kiryat Malachi Welfare Department, thanked the Womens Endowment Fund. I am not sure that in Seattle you realize how important this clinic is to teenagers in Kiryat Malachi. For the many young women who suffer from eating disorders, sexual abuse, neglect, inability to communicate, drug and alcohol use, this clinic has been a life saver. These teens are drawn to a safe place where discretion is maintained and where they feel free to speak to the open and very professional staff in order to deal with these serious problems. Without this clinic, there would be a dramatic increase in suicides, serious addiction, prostitution, and violence amongst the teens in the town. We thank you for your important support. For more information on the TIPS Partnership and the programs your Jewish Federation supports, visit

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Jason Kintzer is an enthusiastic Judaics teacher with 30-plus years of experience in Bar and Bat Mitzvah tutoring, helping students learn to lead and understand the prayers, write their dvar Torah speech, chant Torah and Haftarah, and gain synagogue skills. Students find the process fulfilling and inspiring. A graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary, Jason is an active leader at Congregation Beth Shalom of Seattle (since 1989) and beloved teacher of both youth and adults of all skill levels. Students learn a melodic and uplifting chanting style that infuses their prayer with spiritual depth. Jason also has extensive experience in working with youth and adults both individually and in groups for Hebrew instruction and Torah learning. Each student receives personalized teaching, making for a meaningful experience for the student and family. The way it should always be! Contact Jason for more information: 206-387-1845 or

An intimate French restaurant set in the heart of Kirkland. Serving lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Also enjoy the fixed-price menu: Three courses for $30. Offering a range of catering options from intimate dinner parties to large galas. The restaurant is available for private functions, business meetings, baby showers, rehearsal dinners and more. Lynns also offers specialty holiday menus for Passover and Rosh Hashanah. Located at 214 Central Way, Kirkland or call 425-889-2808.

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Madison Park Caf Catering

By Karen Binder, formerly of the Madison Park Caf. Full-service professional catering for all life passages in the Jewish community for over 32 years. Let Madison Park Caf Catering help you plan and enjoy your Bar/Bat Mitzvah, wedding, rehearsal dinner, special occasion or any other simcha. Providing delicious, seasonal food, professional service, rentals, flowers, and bar service. Retail wine offered at discount prices at Binders Bottles. Contact Karen Binder at 206-324-4411 or

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Give your guests a suite experience at Larkspur Landings all-suite hotel in Bellevue. Their hotel is conveniently located near local synagogues and provides an ideal place to stay for families visiting from out of town for Bar or Bat Mitzvahs, weddings, or other social events. Let your guests enjoy their comfortable FeatherBorne beds, complimentary healthy start breakfast

Your lifecycle event is their specialty. Catering with a personal touch. Serving the community for over 25 years! Bar and Bat Mitzvah kiddush luncheons, brit milah and baby namings, birthdays, weddings and anniversaries. Call Pip and Miriam Meyerson at 206-324-MAMA.

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Miriams Exquisite Tallit

Making and creating tallit for Miriam was a thought (I can make one of these) that turned into a reality. She did some research, bought appropriate fabrics, ordered tzitzit and started sewing. What she discovered was a love for the process, from conception to tying that last knot. A thought turned into a hobby into a passion! What she enjoys most is creating a beautiful, meaningful, personal ritual piece to be worn over and over as a personal reminder of lifecycle events, of being Jewish, of Torah and mitzvot. She works with individuals, and each tallit is unique and personal. Contact Miriam Zderic at 360-201-1980 or

They offer Northwest cuisine with an Adriatic flair. All of the food is made from scratch, using only the freshest ingredients. For questions or information, contact event dining manager Sarah Barnes at 425-392-5550 (office), 425-269-2616 (cell) or For catering contact Justin McMartin at 425-894-7441.

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Premier Entertainment was voted Washingtons Best Bar and Bat Mitzvah DJ Company this January, which certainly came as no surprise to the hundreds of families who have hired them to perform at their parties. No other service in the area provides the entertainment value and caliber of performance of Premier Entertainment. What sets them so far above the pack? Start with high-energy MCs whose infectious personalities energize the party while ensuring that all the formalities flow seamlessly. Then, add exceptional DJs who mix todays top hit music and the classics to keep the party jumping! Finally, top it all off with a team of talented, hip Party Motivator Dancers who will ensure your guests are having the time of their lives. Simply put, when you hire Premier Entertainment, youre not only hiring the best youre guaranteeing yourself a party of a lifetime! Contact 206-367-9000 or


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Pogacha of Issaquah is a casual fine-dining restaurant nestled in Issaquah with easy access from I-90. They pride themselves on their fresh, delicious food, exceptional service, and friendly neighborhood atmosphere. Pogacha has two private dining rooms and full-service catering, and they are delighted to provide personalized event planning with their friendly Pogacha touch.

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featuring a newly renovated ballroom (opening in July 2012) with over 5,000 square feet of space. When planning this special event, you deserve to work with the very best. The Redmond Marriott Town Center appreciates your cultural nuances and can bring them to life in a way that is authentic, delicious, and leaves friends and family raving for years to come! Theyll handle the details, you just handle the compliments. Lchaim! For more information, contact 425-498-4040 or, or visit www.

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Shawns Kugel

Shawns Kugel is one of the best Klezmer bands in the Pacific Northwest. They specialize in getting guests to participate in folk dancing and horas at weddings, Bnai Mitzvah and other lifecycle events. Shawns Kugel has released four CDs, with the latest being Odyssey. Check out Shawns Kugel on MySpace, CD Baby, or iTunes to hear some songs and learn more about this Northwest treasure. Contact 206-523-9298 or or visit pweb.jps. net/~shawnsax.

Celebrate your special day at the Sheraton Bellevue. Their Snoqualmie Ballroom offers 2,319 square feet, which can accommodate up to 150 guests for a sit-down dinner or grand buffet. They are the perfect location for your Bat or Bar Mitzvah, holiday party, rehearsal dinner, or to celebrate any special occasion. They also have up to 8,000 square feet of meeting space that can accommodate from 50150 people. Rediscover Sheraton at the updated Sheraton Bellevue Hotel. Featuring fresh, crisp, coastal dcor; their guestrooms are appointed with the famous Sheraton Sweet Sleeper bed. Other special offers or discounts may apply for your event. Contact the catering sales department at 425-945-3316.

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Sky Zone-SKYMANIA! provides guests with thrilling activities fit for all ages and fitness levels, where they are guaranteed to have a soaring time. Filled with wall-to-wall trampolines, SKYMANIA! provides a brand new way to move and sets the stage for a variety of activities such as 3-D Dodgeball and SkyRobics, an invigorating and fun yet highly effective fitness class that can burn up to 1,000 calories in an hour. Participants can also partake in Open Jump where they can bounce for fun, or jump into a giant foam pit. The facility is also the perfect venue for a unique and memorable group outing, offering birthday party packages, team building programs and events for groups such as churches, schools and camps. Located at 11801 NE 116th St., Kirkland. Contact 425-825-7599.

Studio-on-the-Gos photographer has all kinds of fun ideas and helps you look your very best. After viewing your images on their monitor, they kick out a beautiful 4x6 color print on high-quality xtralife paper and slide it into a personalized embossed photo folder. Guests get it right away! Their Studio-on-the-Go includes super-fun props like hats, flowers, big picture frames, retro phones and even a giant flamingo. Its a fun activity and a great gift to give your guests. Studio-onthe-Go is WAY outside the box! Contact Jennifer and Scott Matsuda at 425-670-2018 or visit

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gigs for the Bellingham Parks and the Whatcom Museum. The band plays klezmer, Israeli, Yiddish, Ladino and other music, and teaches dance, too. Please visit, or call 360676-1621 for booking info.

TPC Snoqualmie Ridge

TPC Snoqualmie Ridge is one of the most recognized and highly regarded event facilities in the Northwest. With breathtaking views of Mount Si, the Cascade Mountains and their Championship Golf Course, parties of up to 300 people can enjoy a premier Bar/Bat Mitzvah experience that will leave you and your guests with lasting memories. Their complimentary event coordinator provides you with the personalized and attentive service on the day of the event and throughout the planning process to make sure every detail caters to your personal preferences. TPC Snoqualmie Ridge offers a first-class professional service team as well as an award-winning culinary team that can cater to all tastes and preferences. For more information on having your Bar/Bat Mitzvah at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge, please call 425-396-6005 or visit

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What the Chelm! has enlivened simchot since 1993 and entertained at countless Bnai Mitzvah and weddings around the Puget Sound area. Public performances have included Folklife, Klezfest, the Juan de Fuca Festival and moving the Boise synagogue to its new home, as well as annual

Celebrate your special simcha at the Woodmark Hotel, voted the best venue for a Bar and Bat Mitzvah by JTNews readers. At the Woodmark, they understand the importance of this cherished rite of passage. Delicious and decorative cuisine created by their culinary staff complements the magnificent shoreline and yacht harbor view seen from the Marina Room and Bayshore Room...perfect fits for a variety of party sizes. The Woodmark boasts over 9,000 square feet of versatile event space, with beautiful indoor and outdoor settings for parties, Shabbat dinners, brunches, ceremonies, and celebrations for up to 200 guests. Your guests will savor delicious and unique dishes created specifically for your event, as well as kosher-style cuisine. Contact 425-827-1986 or and talk to a Woodmark catering manager to get started on planning your special event.

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Dont let all this fun obscure the worth of this ambitious enterprise. This paring down of ideas to the smallest denominator is an exercise in honing in on essential components. It pushes us to get to a core of our being and to bravely put it out there. Are you willing to give it a shot? Here is mine, for now. Lots to say, learning to listen. Join me. What would be if

we give every Jew in Seattle six words? We just might be able to publish everyones autobiography! Now that is a community, Hooray!
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people away, Jacquie observes. There is also the Hadassah Lady stereotype to overcome. They think its their mothers or their grandmothers organization, [but] I can tell you its ours and our daughters organization, she says. So she is excited about a local program, Live, Laugh, Love, the region is putting on in March designed for Jewish women with passion and with focus and with cause, as well as those interested in

laughing, drinking wine, eating chocolate, she says. (Visit www.newhadassah. com, and for full disclosure, its an event Im involved in marketing.) When time allows, Jacquie plays golf. I used to play tennis but my knees said no, she says, and once a month she ushers at her shul, Congregation Beth Shalom. She also loves spending time with her kids and with friends. I have met some of the smartest, most creative and passionate volunteers, she reflects, many whom I would not have met if not for Hadassah. both parties to be able to live in peace and security. At this point, Washington State is in a strategic planning phase. The Jewish Federation has won a $4,000 grant from the IAN to begin relationship-building with local labor unions, and they will work with organizers here to help set direction and to help people hold difficult but civil conversations about Israel. Ultimately, Palast said, it is up to the individual communities to figure out how they are best able to address their own needs.

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Joel Magalnick Editor, JTNews
The Seattle area is unique in that such a large Sephardic population settled here more than a century ago. While many of the families whose ancestors grew their families and fortunes here do their best to keep their culture and traditions alive, sometimes its best to let others do the heavy lifting. People are visual, says Barri Rind, this years committee chair of the AJC Seattle Jewish Film Festival. Its very heartwarming for me to see that cinema celebrates these cultures and traditions that may disappear. Rind knows firsthand. As the Israeliborn daughter of Iranian Jewish immigrants, we couldnt always be openly Jewish, she says. When Israel was established, a lot of Jews had to leave Arab lands. Defining Sephardic Jewry isnt always simple. The term translates as being of Spanish origin, with most of this areas Jews coming from Turkey or the Greek island of Rhodes, where they migrated after their expulsion from Spain. Many more, who are also called Mizrachi Jews, hail from North Africa and Arab or Middle Eastern countries. To me, it doesnt make any difference. Iranian, Iraqi, Moroccan, Rind says. Were all connected in so many different ways. By focusing on Sephardic films in this years festival a third of the screenings have Sephardic themes Rind and festival director Pamela Lavitt both hope these artistic efforts not only give that population a taste of the old countries, so to speak, CouRTESY muSiC of REmEmbRaNCE/SJff but also teach people Screenshot from The Boys of Terezn a member of the Northwest Boychoir whose only connec- reads poetry from the secret magazine Vedem. tion to the Jewish Bessaroth hazzan emeritus Isaac Azose community might be through this festival. and Prof. Devin Naar, the Marsha and Jay We can go deeper into our own roots Glazer Professor of Jewish Studies at the and our own history, yet it has a broader University of Washington, will follow My appeal rather than a smaller appeal, Lavitt Sweet Canary. says. For Rind, however, its the opening Though the majority of the Sephardic night film that stole her heart, not to menfilms and the festivals films in general tion the hearts of the members of the festhis year are features rather than doctivals film-selection committee. Mabul umentaries, Iraq n Roll and My Sweet is the story of a teenage boy with autism Canary: The Story of Roza Eskenazi, The who ends up back with his family after the Queen of Rebetiko explore the musical hisinstitution in which hes been living closes tory of Iraq and Israels Sephardic comdown from lack of funding. munities. An Echar lashon, an informal The family suddenly is faced with, How koffee klatch with Congregation Ezra

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do we deal with this kid that needs 24-hour care? said Rind, whose own 19-year-old son has a severe form of autism. It really hit home, she says. The way the movie is depicting how autism affects the family, the marriage, the siblings, [and] the community is very realistic and very authentic. In one scene, where after an especially difficult episode the boys mother sits down and cries, I was that woman, Rind says. You dont cry for yourself, you cry for Wheres the solution? Whos going to fight? Rind has long been the one at the forefront of that fight. Mabul, she says, is powerful enough that she wants state legislators to attend to get a much greater
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Diana bReMent JTNews Columnist
Where is Israel going? And where has it been? These questions are explored in four new books non-fiction and fiction that highlight aspects of Israeli history, life and culture. Hirsch Goodman will give you a good sense of where Israel is going in The Anatomy of Israels Survival (Public Affairs, cloth, $26.99). The longtime journalist, now a senior researcher at the University of Tel Avivs Institute for National Security Studies, assesses his countrys prospects for long-term peace and prosperity. Summarizing Israels history and place in the Middle East, he reviews the challenges to its survival, both internal and external. He offers a hopeful stance that conflict is not inevitable. Goodman can probably be described as center-left, although he might resist characterization. Israel has to move ahead with peace without Gaza, he writes. There is a potential partner in the West Bank, and that is where Israel has to invest its energies. Peace is possiblethe risks tremendous. The very thoughtful Out of Palestine: The Making of Modern Israel (Atlas, cloth, $26.95), by Hadara Lazar, uses personal testimony to bring a specific era into sharp focus. Lazar traveled Israel and the world to interview those who lived through the time of the British Mandate, before Israels independence. Over the course of 25 years, the Haifa-born journalist talked to British, Arab and Israeli witnesses to that time of enforced peace, when intelligentsia of all backgrounds mingled professionally and socially, putting aside differences and perhaps ignoring growing unrest as the quest for independence grew. Of course it was beautiful, says one development fluctuated over the decades. During the 1948 war it was overrun by Arab forces and a tragic massacre occurred there. During the war of 1968 the land was reclaimed and it is now a city of 70,000 people. These battles bracket Tonias life, and Politis gives them a larger role in the book than even the birth of her children. Finally, Evan Fallenberg, author and translator of A Pigeon and a Boy, brings us his excellent second novel, When We Danced on Water (Harper, paper, $14.99). Two lost souls are drawn together by their art in this story set in contemporary Tel Aviv. Teo is a world-renowned choreographer and Vivi is a waitress in the coffee shop where he has his daily coffee and where they first begin to discuss the meaning of art. In his 80s, coming to grips with his mortality, Teo is at the end of his career. Vivi has never married, and never quite recovered from an early love affair gone bad, one that left her estranged from her family and disconnected from her creativity. As they become friends, and Teo reveals his deeply disturbing Holocaust survival story for the first time, they discover a strange commonality in their pasts. Without quite meaning to, they come together in a journey of creativity and healing. A lovely piece of fiction from a prize-winning author.

of her Arab subjects one of many living in the U.S. or Europe. As Lazar brings current politics into these mostly positive memories at the end of the book, she says, It was because of the uprising, in fact, that we could discuss what I had wanted to: shifts in memory after forty years, the last years of the Mandate as a time of transition, and recollection itself. A fascinating story of a time not much discussed. Yael Politis novel The Lonely Tree (Holland Park Press, paper, order at www. is a near-epic sweeping through Israels formative years, from the 1930s to 1968. Tonia Shulman is our protagonist; her family has emigrated from Europe to religious kibbutz Kfar Etzion, before independence. Tonia does not share her parents Zionist fervor for the land and the hardship of kibbutz life, and she clashes with

her father. Allowed to attend high school in Jerusalem, she mingles enviously with privileged girls and dreams of a peaceful life, one that involves a little house with a white picket fence in America. In order to achieve this she must discard her first love, Amos, a Yemenite Jew from her kibbutz. But Amos haunts her and draws her back. War is as big a character in this book as any of the fictional characters, and the events are historical. Kfar Etzion was purchased from local Arabs in the 1920s and its

Nourishment for a childs imagination

Rita beRMan fRiScheR Special to JTNews
My career as a librarian working with children, primarily in Jewish settings, began in the days when most mainstream publishers booklists for kids were heavily rooted in reality. Judy Blume and her compatriots ruled. One reviewer commented that the key to Blumes popularity lay in the way her narrative techniques are used to communicate a style of experiencing and perceiving the self and the world and a definition of what it means to be a pre-adolescent child in suburban America, concluding that such books are poor nourishment for the imagination of children. Another said, with disapproval, that while books used to provide children with valuable windows onto a larger world, Blume-era books provided only mirrors, reinforcing a self-involved, insular and frequently superficial world view. Fast-forward some 30 years. The picture has diversified and books for elementary and middle school kids often seamlessly include Jewish values and family life in contemporary stories that still have crossover appeal and lots of imagination. Here are just two I recently received and much enjoyed. Beyond Lucky by Sarah Aronson (Penguin, ages 11-14). In 12-year-old Ari Fishs life, lucky rituals rule. So when he finds a rare soccer trading card of his hometowns soccer hero, Wayne Timcoe, he takes it for a sign that he and his team are under magical protection. But things get complicated when the addition of a girl named Parker to his team creates friction, his best friend Mac starts acting strange, and Aris lucky card disappears. Worrying about his older brother Sam, a missing fire jumper, Ari negotiates some of his difficulties by
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Books in brief
Diana bReMent JTNews Columnist
Local interest The Rescuers Path, by Paula Friedman (Plain View, paper, $15.95). Readers will not be surprised to learn that the Portlandbased author is also a poet, and she brings that spirit her novel. At the heart of this story is Malca, 15 years old when the book opens during the turbulent early 1970s in Washington, D.C. Weaned on her mothers stories of surviving the Holocaust hidden in a gentile friends attic, Malca takes that message of rescue and compassion to heart. So when she finds an injured fugitive in a wooded park, she feels obliged to aid him. The Rescuers Path is not traditionally written, presented in short chapters jumping back and forth in time and told from varying characters perspectives. Really its as much a story as a question put to the reader, inspired, according to the author, by the events of 9/11. How do we make peace, both in ourselves, and in the world? Lucias Eyes and Other Stories, by Vancouver, BC based Marina Sonkina (Guernica, paper, $18) is a collection of five novellas, each one an intriguing character study. Sonkinas characters are lonely people, struggling against a confusing world they cannot contain, and which spirals out of control. Many of the stories are set in pre- and post-Soviet Russia, and Sonkinas literary and cultural roots are clearly there. Even while bad things are happening to her characters, their situations are evoked with beautiful language. Religion Gone Astray: What We Found at the Heart of Interfaith, by Mackenzie, Falcon and Rahman (SLP, paper, $16.99). The Three Amigos, the clerical triumvirate of Pastor Don Mackenzie, Rabbi Ted Falcon and Imam Jamal Rahman, run through a shopping list of things seen as wrong with religion, including Staking Claim to a One and Only Truth, Justifying Brutality in the Name of Faith, womens inequality and homophobia. Each writer responds to each subject, explaining his perspective from a personal and theological point of view, in an effort to combat bigotry and chauvinism (of all types) and an important attempt to bridge the interfaith gap. Judaism The Jewish Annotated New Testament, AmyJill Levine and Marc Zvi Brettler, editors (Oxford University Press, cloth, $35). Those who were treated to any of Dr. Levines lectures on Judaism and Christianity in Seattle and on Mercer Island last month may want to tackle directly some of the New Testament to which she referred. This scholarly volume gives the ambitious reader a Jewish perspective on the Christian Bible through introductory essays and extensive footnotes. There is no refutation here, but explanations that bring an appropriate Jewish focus on these books whose writers were familiar with Jewish texts and practice, and were often addressing the Jewish community of the time. Open Minded Torah by William Kolbrener (Conti n uum , paper, $19.95). The New York-born Modern Orthodox author lives and teaches in Israel, where he is an English literature professor at Bar Ilan University. This collection of short personal essays covers a wide range of topics, illustrating how open mindedness allows us to more genuinely engage with our Judaism. Some of his more moving pieces are about his son who has Down Syndrome, but he covers grated smoothly into a broadly appealing small-town American story. Its complete with humor, intergenerational differences, and a very clever shtick devised by Zelly Frieds Yiddish-spouting grandfather. After Zellys grandmother dies, her family moves from Brooklyn to Burlington, Vermont to live with her eccentric Grandpa Ace. He sympathizes with her desire for a dog, persuading her to convince her parents she can be responsible by pretending an old orange juice jug is a dog and treating it accordingly. Zelly, aka Zelda, eventually meets Jeremy, a Shakespeare, quantum physics and psychoanalysis, too. Angels at the Table: A Practical Guide to Celebrating Shabbat by Yvette Alt Miller (Continuum, cloth, $34.95). For those who want to expand their observance of Shabbat, or to delve into weekly observance more deeply, the author offers clear advice on both a spiritual and practical level. Although she is observant, she recognizes that not all her readers are, so her advice is basic without being condescending, and she attempts to anticipate any questions readers might have. There are recipes, too, of course, and advice on how to keep children occupied during Shabbat afternoon (read: While the adults are trying to nap). Memoir Soul to Soul: Writings from Dark Places by Deborah Masel (Gefen, paper, $14.95). This short and very readable book is the moving narrative of the authors double journey: Her experiences with Judaism and her experiences being diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. The American-born author lived in Israel and has since settled in Australia, where she has become a wellknown Torah teacher. Her diagnosis forces her to reconsider her personal and professional life and she shares that journey with us with poignancy, humor and great insight. Fiction The Price of Escape by David Unger (Akashic, paper, $15.95). Samuel Berkow is fortunate to have a wealthy uncle give him passage from Germany to Guatemala in 1938. But Sam is a spoiled and sheltered not-so-young man who doesnt know how to comport himself in difficult situations. The plot unfolds during his first three disastrous days in Guatemala, where he is stuck in a backwater of a poverty-stricken banana company town, rank with sewage flowing through open drainage ditches. Trying to connect with his estranged cousin, he is not sure if hell even get the help he needs. Unger vividly captures the steamy, threatening atmosphere of the town and Samuels soul. The Little Bride by Anna Solomon (Riverhead, paper, $15). Solomon drew on Jewish memoirs of settler life on the prairie to create the story of Minna, an orphaned teen in Odessa who becomes a mail-order bride. The America she imagines escaping to is New York, but on her arrival she is whisked to a train for a three-day journey to Sodakota, where she finds herself living in one room carved out of a hillside with her unskilled, older and very religious farmer husband and his two teenage sons. The story and Minnas distress move along at a good pace in this interesting work of historic fiction. History Jews in Service to the Tsar by Lev Berdnikov (Russian Live, paper, $22). A fascinating account of 28 Jews who served Russian royalty from the 15th to the 19th centuries, including businessmen, diplomats, scholars and doctors, a police chief, minister of finance and two court jesters. Originally published in Russian, the book has enjoyed popularity in the authors native country. The authors access to untranslated source documents enhanced his research and opens a window onto Russias long and conflicted relationship with its Jewish citizens. Jewish boy who has also moved into the neighborhood. She takes on walking real dogs along with O.J. (orange juice), her practice jug/dog, and has adventures sure to delight any dog-loving 3rd grader and up. Includes a glossary of Yiddish words so the reader can enjoy Aces jokes and references.

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talking with his parents and his rabbi, but mostly he comes through the challenges in this fast-moving coming-of-age story by learning to rely on himself and not on omens or lucky cards. A good book for boys and, because of talented Parker Llewellyns determination and character, girls will like it too. When Life Gives You O.J. by Erica S. Perl (Knopf, ages 8-12). Erica Perls new middle grade book is a great example of how a modern Jewish family can be inte-

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a community art experience reaffirms friendship

chaRlene kahn Special to JTNews
Although cold February winds blew outside the doors, in the social hall of Congregation Beth Shalom in Seattles North End, all was warmth and friendship. A post-Shabbat evening of interactive art drew a crowd of adults from Seattle and the Eastside on Feb. 11 for the second of three events that sought to reinforce the connection between Israel and the American Jewish community. The first brought together area teens with Israeli artists and the day following the adult workshop at Beth Shalom an American artist-to-Israeli artist exchange took place. We are touching 300 to 350 participants, said Amy Wasser-Simpson, vice president for planning and community services at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. You can touch a lot of people through art, observed Saraleh Haitman, a retired arts administrator and teacher who lives on Moshav Geha in Israels Hof Ashkelon region. Haitman was a founder of a creative womens forum in Hof Ashkelon and taught art in local schools. Through the sponsorship of the Jewish Federation and TIPS Partnership Together, a joint program between Federations in Seattle, Tucson and Phoenix and Israels Kiryat Malachi and Hof Ashkelon region, four Israeli women artists/designers have been volunteering their time to visit each of the cities. At each locale, the artists and the local community create a cooperative art project that will stay behind, a memory of the visit. Besides Haitman, the group consisted of artist Vered Otmy, events designer Ada Bouganim, and Yehudit Ogorinsky, a mosaic artist. The women are all from Ashkelon, and were chosen by a steering committee in Israel; planning for the trip started the year before. Ashkelon is a coastal area south of Tel Aviv. The workshop opened with greetings and a slide show of the artists work. Tables were set up with art materials, including medium-sized white canvas frames for each participant. Otmy, a warm, vibrant woman, began by sharing her own personal challenges, explaining that though I invent ideas and it works, she too must work hard because of [her] dyslexia. Her hard work is paying off. Known for stunningly colorful designs in paper machir,
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Otmys works are exhibited nationally in Israel and throughout Europe. Otmy asked the participants to create a mandala, or symbolic circular design. She partially painted an example, then walked around the tables with her fellow artists and the local organizers. Bouganim and Haitman offered advice and support where needed and invited everyone into the project. The room was full of quiet conversation, and background music gave off a relaxing vibe. A number of local Israelis showed up for the program, happy to meet the artists,

and even ended up assisting with some translation. Michal Sheffer mentioned seeing a news article about Vered during a trip to Israel. Although the creative process of making colorful mandalas was the medium, the artists and organizers were also clear about their message. Its a mission, said Haitman, whose family members, originally from Russia, were Israeli pioneers in the 1920s. One of the evenings participants, Steve Epstein, was told by Otmy that the U.S. has given Israel a lot and this was [something] she could to do in return. Its great, he said. Shes right.

The Sunday event, in which approximately 25 local Jewish artists visited the Mercer Island home of David and Lorna Isenberg, ended up lasting into the night. Everything was interesting, and the art was beautiful! Lorna Isenberg wrote in an email. People stayed until 10, talking to each other. Reminiscent of a summer camp reunion, the Saturday night group posed for a photo, mandalas held aloft. The completed artworks will be hung on display at the Jewish Federations offices in downtown Seattle, a lasting reminder of friendship and cooperation.


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In Darkness sheds light on Seattle womans family history

JaniS Siegel JTNews Correspondent
On Feb. 10, Seattleite Cecelia Benzaquen, inside a packed movie house in Berlin, sat on the edge of her seat as she waited to watch the premiere of a Holocaust survival story. The Academy Awardnominated In Darkness, for which a production crew built a replica of the 1943 sewer system in Lvov, Poland, is special not because of the subject matter and the compelling story, but because of how personal a story it is for Benzaquen: It tells the true story of her father, her mother, and other Jews who hid from the Nazis for 14 months. It took me right into the sewer, living what they were living, said Benzaquen, who is the wife of Sephardic Bikur Cholims Rabbi Simon Benzaquen and the daughter of two of the main characters in the movie, Mundek Margulies and Klara Keller. Benzaquen answered questions for JTNews while in London for its premiere there. film and its already a Critics Choice Movie Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. Regarding In Darkness, Holland wrote in her directors statement that she wanted to make a movie that would last. It is a gripping and emotional story, she wrote. I held my SoNY PiCTuRES ClaSSiCS breath during some Polish actress agnieszka Grochowska plays klara keller, who in real life parts of the film. Holland insisted was Cecelia Benzaquens mother, in In Darkness. on having the actors speak the six languages spoken in Lvov Directed by two-time Academy Award Polish, Yiddish, German, Hebrew, Ukrainominee Agnieszka Holland, with 17 feanian, Russian and Balak, the dialect of ture films to her credit, including the Polish spoken in Lvov at the time. Golden Globe winner, Europa, Europa It was absolutely believable and (1990), this is Hollands third Holocaust authentic, Benzaquen said. Benzaquen, her brother, and the 7-year-old Jewish girl in the movie who lived through the ordeal, Kristina, with whom Benzaquen said she is very close, were the only descendants at the premiere. The film was given an amazing reception in Berlin, said Benzaquen. The German people try to make it better, almost apologizing for the horrors that went on in Germany, and showing an interest in how the Jews were rescued. The film is also being shown in nearly all the cinemas in Poland, where the people see this as theirs because the hero was one of them. In Darkness main protagonist is Leopold Socha, a Lvov sewer worker, father, husband, and small-time thief, persuaded by his affluent Ukrainian friend to enrich himself by ferreting out Jews hiding in
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What we talk about when we talk about Nathan englander

eMily k. alhaDeff assistant Editor, JTNews
On the page, noted author Nathan Englander is clear and concise, like each word has been polished and placed alongside the others on a trophy shelf. When he speaks, however, his thoughts come at a pace that could best be described as frenetic. Englander spoke with me between a Washington, D.C. hotel room and a cab ride to a reading on his book tour, taking two short breaks in our casual conversation to change into a suit and brush his teeth, then to take the elevator without aggravating fellow riders. On how he views his success, or shortcomings, as a writer, Thats the best part, he said. Theres only your work. Nothing ever really feels like anything. You know what Im saying? And postmodernism claims another victim. Englanders collection of eight short stories, What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, hit the shelves to critical accolades, riding on the popularity of the title story that appeared in The New Yorker in December. His book tour brought him to Seattle Feb. 16. Englander, 42, has one novel and two short story collections in print, all of which draw upon themes from the Jewish religious and cultural context his life is steeped in. Having grown up in a religious community on Long Island, it was only in Israel as a young adult that he disavowed Orthodoxy. After one week in Jerusalem, where he encountered secular Israelis, Englander turned toward a nonreligious life. I often feel a connection to peoples stories about coming out of the closet, he said. What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank traverses the landscape of Jewish identity. The pages interact with defectors from the faith, Israeli pride and zealotry, bullies and their scrawny yeshivish victims, even Englanders own family. And lets not forget the Holocaust and anti-Semitism (or the perception thereof), their dull drumbeats never lingering too far off. In the title story, we meet two couples, as a Nazi, stands apart in originality and darkness. Despite the loaded themes, the stories step back at moments of judgment, leaving in their wake a cloud of moral dust. The characters are often left looking at one another, unsure what to make of themselves. I cant even tell you, he said. I remember seeing turtles in a lake. Somehow, he said, this got him to John Demjanjuk and Nazis. And summer camp. And the elderly. My obligation is to the story. I really feel connected to them all in different ways, he said. You get these lessons you didnt me its become this nice thing. Thats what a living thing should be. Like other Jewish American writers, Englander spurns the Jewish American writer description. Thats the point. Youre describing my work, he said. Stories are universal. Im an American writer. My whole family is from America. I refuse to see my fiction as other. It must be somebody elses choosing. Its a category that comes from the outside. Is it about circumcision or craft or what? Nonetheless, Englander, who has been compared to Bernard Malamud and Isaac Bashevis Singer, seems to fall into a class of contemporary Jewish American writers, and his prose shares qualities, at times, with Jonathan Safran Foer, Etgar Keret and Shalom Auslander. (He has a Haggadah coming out with Safran Foer, and he co-translated Kerets latest story collection from the Hebrew.) Hes flattered to be considered part of this line of Jewish literary giants, but again, avoids putting himself there. Im sure I play that game all the time, he said. Dylans better than the Stones. But the Stones might think differently. And dont even mess with the Beatles fanatics.... As the person who was dreaming of being a writer, this is the life I dreamed of. Its not for me to absorb it. You have to believe in the work.

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In this light, Englanders vague, postmodern responses make more sense. He says his story ideas dont come from one place or with any agenda, and he describes his inspiration base as a word cloud. When he began writing Sister Hills, which he named as his most challenging story, When I had a few pages down I didnt even know if the words made sense, he said. It was just so allconsuming. And how he came up with the twisted premise for Camp Sundown?

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9:45 a.m.12 p.m. Presidents day learning

Rabbi Avrohom David at or 206-722-8289 or A day of learning, starting with bagels and Political Debate and Negative Campaigning with Rabbi Avrohom David or Avot UBonim/Parents learning with their children. At 11 a.m.: The Trade-Off of Living in a Democracy with Rabbi David Fredman. Free. At the Seattle Kollel, 5305 52nd Ave. S, Seattle. 6:308 p.m. Pizza and Prayer: The Amidah, Part 3
Congregation Shevet Achim at or 206-275-1539 or Rabbi Kornfeld explains the Amidah and how it helps connect people to Hashem. This is the third of three weekly classes. Free. At Island Crust Pizza, 7525 SE 24th St., suite 100, Mercer Island. 78 p.m. Jewish Things That Go bump in the Night
Rabbi David Fredman at

20 febRuaRy or 206-251-4063 or Mysticism, Satan, angels, reincarnation, the afterlife: Take a walk on the mystical Jewish wild side with this exploration on Judaisms take on esoteric beliefs. Free. At the Seattle Kollel, 5305 52nd Ave. S, Seattle. 7:458:45 p.m. double Play
Rabbi Avrohom David at or 206-722-8289 or Purim and Pesach through the lens of Rabbi Dessler. Learn why these holidays are juxtaposed, and gain a depth of understanding to share with holiday guests. Free. At the Seattle Kollel, 5305 52nd Ave. S, Seattle. 89 p.m. 48 Ways to Wisdom
Rabbi David Fredman at or 206-251-4063 or The Jewish tradition has a program to greatness found in Ethics of the Fathers: the 48 ways of wisdom, which detail the ways to become great. Learn to apply this ancient wisdom to modern life. Free. At the Seattle Kollel, 5305 52nd Ave. S, Seattle.

Rabbi Yehuda Bresler at or 206-331-8767 or Contemporary issues are examined through the eyes of classical works, working up through modern day responsa. Subjects include accidents and expenses, alcohol and drug abuse, body piercing, business competition, gun control, hunting and more. Free. At the Seattle Kollel, 5305 52nd Ave. S, Seattle.



11 a.m.12 p.m. PJ library Storytime at mockingbird books

Amy Hilzman-Paquette at Music, storytelling and Hebrew through ASL with Betsy Dischel from Musikal Magik, a certified Signing Time academy. At Mockingbird Books, 7220 Woodlawn Ave. NE, Seattle. 7:458:45 p.m. To the Source: Contemporary questions

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7:309 p.m. beth Shalom beit midrash

Carol Benedick at or 206-524-0075 or Study Talmud with Joel Goldstein on the second and fourth Thursday of the month. All levels welcome. $5/class, $25/6class punch card. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle. 7:309 p.m. What is Religions Place in food Politics?
Jennifer Cohen at or 206-543-0138 or Access, sourcing, modification: Food is political. What if the way to restore food to a de-politicized role is through religion and religious movements? Nigel Savage, executive director of Hazon, and UW political science professor Karen Litfin will have a candid conversation about religion and the global tug of war over food. RSVP to foodpolitics-eorg. Free. At 415 Westlake Ave., Seattle.

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79 p.m. fourth Shabbat Services and dinner

Aaron Meyer at or The fourth Shabbat of each month brings people together in community and prayer. Come to this musical Shabbat service and plan to stay for dinner. At Temple De Hirsch Sinai, 1511 E Pike St., Seattle.

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this coalition? Interested in what the Bible says, and doesnt say, about homosexuality? At Elysian Brewery, 1221 E Pike St., Seattle.



11:15 a.m.12:30 p.m. Parenting mindfully: The middah of Patience

Marjorie Schnyder at or 206-861-3146 or Drawing from traditional Jewish writings and contemporary research, explore healthy ways for parents to express emotions and beliefs. Facilitated by Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg and Marjorie Schnyder, LICSW. At Temple Bnai Torah, 15727 NE 4th St., Bellevue. 510 p.m. Parents Night out
Josh Johnson at or 206-388-0839 or Parents can go out while kids have an evening of fun. $30$50. At the Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island.

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79 p.m. discovering Sources of Retirement income

Leonid Orlov at Money in retirement can come from work, Social Security, savings, investments and even from equity on a home. Exploring a variety of income sources is an important skill in these uncertain economic times. $10, reduced rates available. At Jewish Family Service, 1601 16th Ave., Seattle.

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8:159:30 p.m. is Religion Good or bad for the World?

Carol Benedick at or 206-524-0075 or Rabbi Daniel Goldfarb is Beth Shaloms Edwin L. Bierman scholar in residence. Program preceded by kabbalat Shabbat services and dinner. Dinner requires pre-registration and pre-payment. $25/ non-member. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle.

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6:309 p.m. Wisdom of the heart Spiritual Singles Celebrations

Rabbi Alyjah Navy at or All are welcome to meet new friends, relax, meditate and enjoy a taste of intimacy through sharing personal insights. $20 per celebration. At Vashon Intuitive Arts, 17331 Vashon Hwy. SW, Vashon. 7:158:30 p.m. Respect for Elders and Parents: are There limits?
Carol Benedick at or 206-524-0075 or With Rabbi Daniel Goldfarb, Beth Shaloms Edwin L. Bierman scholar in residence. Free. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle.




11:15 a.m.12:30 p.m. Parenting mindfully: The middah of Truthfulness

Marjorie Schnyder at or 206-861-3146 or Drawing from traditional Jewish writings and contemporary research, explore healthy ways for parents to express emotions and beliefs. Facilitated by Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg and Marjorie Schnyder, LICSW. At Temple Bnai Torah, 15727 NE 4th St., Bellevue. 4:309 p.m. NYhS Gala dinner and auction
Melissa Rivkin at or Silent and live auctions. Honoring Steven and Iris Schwartz. At the Seattle Grand Hyatt, 721 Pine St., Seattle.

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6:308 p.m. Torah on Tap with the Tribe at TdhS

Aaron Meyer at or Jewish organizations have joined a coalition to secure civil marriage equality in Washington. Curious about the Jewish values that support

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9:3011 a.m. PJ library Storytime at Kol haNeshamah

Amy Hilzman-Paquette at The PJ Library welcomes Erik Lawson as guest musician, with PJ Library manager Amy Paquette as storyteller. At Kol HaNeshamah, 6115 SW Hinds St., Seattle. 1:152:30 p.m. from bernie madoff to Strauss Kahn
Carol Benedick at or 206-524-0075 or Are people sinning more now than ever, and if so, why? With Rabbi Daniel Goldfarb, Beth Shaloms Edwin L. Bierman scholar in residence. Free. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle. 4:305:30 p.m. Parental advice on avoiding Sin: Wisdom from Pirkei Avot
Carol Benedick at or 206-524-0075 or With Rabbi Daniel Goldfarb, Beth Shaloms Edwin L. Bierman scholar in residence. Free. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle.

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10:30 a.m.12 p.m. The final four Playoffs of mitzvot

Carol Benedick at or 206-524-0075 or With Purim coming, Rabbi Daniel Goldfarb will look at the Talmuds competition for most important mitzvah. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle. 123 p.m. SJCC annual Purim Carnival
Zach Duitch at or 206-388-1990 Annual Purim carnival with games, prizes, music, entertainment, food and more. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. 12:30 p.m. are the Ten Commandments Jewish?
Carol Benedick at or 206524-0075 or With Rabbi Daniel Goldfarb, Beth Shaloms Edwin L. Bierman scholar in residence. Get a sense of how rabbis of old studied and read biblical text. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle. 2:305 p.m. instant Replay Sports Trivia Contest
Lori Ceyhun at or First contest in a series for Instant Replay, the Washington State Jewish Historical Societys year of sports. Featuring a well-known surprise MC and prizes. Winners will advance to subsequent contests and compete in the playoff round at the WSJHS annual celebration fundraiser event on October 28. At Fuel, 164 S Washington St., Seattle.

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35 p.m. a Purim Celebration for People of all abilities

Marjorie Schnyder at familylife@jfsseattle. org or 206-861-3146 or A joyful, inclusive and accessible community-wide Purim celebration led by Cantor David Serkin-Poole and other special guests. Costumes encouraged and all ages welcome. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle. 35 p.m. ldor vdor: Caring for the older Generation
Yohanna Kinberg at or 425-603-9677 or This three-part series will explore how people can support and care for their parents and grandparents as they grow older and their needs change: Led by a rabbi, a lawyer and a social worker to share perspectives and provide information and guidance. Space is limited. Mar. 4, 11 and 25. Free. At Temple Bnai Torah, 15727 NE 4th St., Bellevue.


9:3010:30 a.m. PJ library Storytime at JdS

Robyn Nathan at Storytime at the Jewish Day School with songleader and storyteller Erik Lawson. Check out special age-level programming: 9:309:50/3 and 4 year olds; 9:5010:10/5 year olds; 10:10 10:30/more 5 year olds. At the Jewish Day School, 15749 NE 4th St., Bellevue. 6:308 p.m. Raising Respectful and Resilient Kids
Kim Lawson at or 206-232-7115 or Linda Morgan, author of Beyond Smart: Boosting Your Childs Social, Emotional, and Academic Potential, will discuss strategies from her book on how to help raise children while supporting their social and emotional education. $5$10. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. 6:308 p.m. The Rebirth of bulgarias Jewish Community: how a Neuro-opthamologist from Sophia is leading a Jewish Renaissance
Wendy Dore at 206-443-5400 or Dr. Alexander Oscar, president of the Sofia Jewish community, will recount his role in helping to recreate a sense of Jewish life in Bulgaria and the Balkans. Includes light kosher buffet and wine. $18/$25 after Feb. 27. At SodoWithin, 2916 Utah Ave. S, Seattle.

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understanding of her efforts over the past 15 years. Its a great opportunity to teach the community what autism is all about, she says. Other films include this years offerings in the AJC Bridge series, which highlights the diplomatic mission of the American Jewish Committee. My So-Called Enemy premiered at last years Seattle International Film Festival and followed a group of Israelis and Palestinians who came together at a camp in the U.S. and tracked how their lives were affected over seven years. The Judge is a documentary of the former chief justice of Israels Supreme Court, and will be followed by what Lavitt calls a pecha kucha, a presentation style developed in Japan that features several short lectures on a subject in this case, three minutes on how court systems operW BeNzaqUeN PaGe 27

ate followed by discussion. These films are the tip of the iceberg. To close the festival, the committee decided to show something much closer to home. The Boys of Terezn is a documentary from Seattle-based Music of Remembrance, an organization that unearths and commissions music related to the Holocaust. With former TV news reporter John Sharify as director and the Northwest Boychoir performing the music, the film documents the lives of 100 teenage boys in the Terezn concentration camp who secretly created a magazine of their stories, drawings and poetry, and the reunion of four of the survivors 65 years later. It really is a gift to the festival to close on that note. We wanted to send it off with a true testament to life, Lavitt says. The fact that this film is premiering all over the country its a little bit of Seattle exported, so were very proud. under a breezy manner, Benzaquen said her father was orphaned at 11 years old, one of six children always buying and selling in the streets. He eventually became the local barber, she said, but most of all she saw her father as a true mensch who helped her mother through her life of lingering pain. It was very difficult for my mother to live a normal life, Benzaquen said. They did not talk about what they went through. If someone started a conversation about hiding in the sewer, my mother would walk out of the room. But my father was her hero and he helped her through it. She was a warm, emotional and extremely caring person. Benzaquens parents left no letters, diaries, or notes about their time under Lvov, within the maze of its sewers, although their story was first published in a 1991 book by Robert Marshall, In the Sewers of Lvov. Following that, the British Broadcasting Company produced a documentary about the saga called A Light in the Dark. I feel so proud that this story has been made public, added Benzaquen, and so proud of my hero father.

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Elana will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on February 25, 2012, at Temple De Hirsch Sinai in Bellevue. Elana is the daughter of Deb and Marc Kadish of Issaquah, and the sister of Gabrielle. Her grandparents are Judith and Norman Rosenbloom of Portland, Ore., and Susi and Ira Kadish of Mercer Island. Elana is a 7th-grader at the Jewish Day School. She enjoys swimming, volleyball, skiing, reading, traveling, listening to music, and hanging out with her friends. For her mitzvah project, she started a Youth Mitzvah Fund account and she volunteers at Eastside Baby Corner.

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W THe arTS PaGe 32 March 1 at 8 p.m. pink carpet project Fashion benefit show The Pink Carpet Project: Seattle Fashion Stands with Planned Parenthood will feature fashion designers, retail vendors, burlesque performers and a discussion with Dr. Anna Kaminski, medical director of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, on the status of its life-saving clinical breast exams and referrals for mammograms. At Fred Wildlife Refuge, 98 Belmont, Seattle. Tickets are $25 (standing), $50 (VIP) and $300 (table host). 21-plus only. Contact Cameron Levin at or visit Tickets available through

sewers. When Socha finds a group of Jews, Mundek (Benzaquens future father) Klara (Benzaquens future mother), a couple of children, and other adults desperate to escape the Lvov ghetto as the Nazis begin its evacuation, he takes their money and agrees to hide them in the sewers. Socha evolves into more than an advocate for the group. When Mundek falls madly in love the young Klara, Socha helps him and risks his own life by aiding Mundek in a frustrated attempt to rescue Klaras sister from the nearby Janowska Camp, at great risk to his own safety. My father left the sewer for three days, to take her out of there and back into the sewer, but she would not go with him, Benzaquen said. My mothers sister died in Bergen Belsen concentration camp after being taken out of the Janowska Camp. Socha would save Mundeks life by killing a German soldier who was poised to expose the group. Described in the movie notes as a con man who hides deep reserves of courage

March 2 at 8 p.m. Fran Lebowitz: public speaking Opinionated entertainment The Strangers Savage Lover Dan Savage will sit with chain-smoking, extremestatement making, aging cultural satirist Fran Lebowitz. What will happen when they start talking is anyones guess. At the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle. For tickets and information visit or call 206-215-4747.

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February 21 at 6:30 p.m. Dalis Aliyah: The Rebirth of Israel Art opening Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali portrayed the epic history of the Jewish Diaspora and the return to the homeland. View 25 signed, colored lithographic reproductions of original mixed-media paintings. Catered wine and hors doeuvres reception. At Hillel at the University of Washington, 4745 17th Ave. NE, Seattle. Free. For more information visit

February 26 at 8 p.m. Hadag nahash concert One of Israels most popular music groups, Hadag Nahash, has spent the last decade using its rap-hip-hop-reggae-Middle Eastern style to riff on Israeli identity and a progressive social agenda, often sharing the stage with the Black Eyed Peas and Cypress Hill. Not a show to be missed, if only for the frenetic energy its guaranteed to generate. At the Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., Seattle. $30 through or $25 through

February 22 at 7 p.m. Ernest Bloch: poms Juifs Music lecture Music expert Theodore Deacon will explore the full extent of Ernest Blochs artistic talent, including his hypnotic and elegiac Jewish music. The haunting beauty of his music, frequently inspired by his Jewish heritage, overcame much of the prejudices of the early 20th century. At Temple Beth Am, 2632 NE 80th St., Seattle. For more information contact Diana at

Friday, February 24 at 6:15 p.m. steve sheinkin Author event Steve Sheinkin, the man behind the Rabbi Harvey childrens book series that evokes Jewish folklore, Talmudic lessons and stories from the wise men of Chelm, and places them in Old West Colorado, comes to Temple Beth Am, 2632 NE 80th St., Seattle. To pre-order a signed book, contact Sheinkin will speak during Shabbat services, which will also feature klezmer music.

February 29 at 8 p.m. And Evening with Joan Rivers: The Lady. The Legend. The Dirt!! comedy Joan Rivers strikes again. Mere months after her performance in Tacoma, the foul-mouthed fashionista and comedienne will take to the mic at Benaroya Hall. Children and those easily offended are discouraged from attending. Everyone else is welcome. At the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle. For more information and tickets visit or call 206-215-4747.

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