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On domestic violence front, more work is needed
Lori Weinstein and Lee sherman JTA World News Service
(JTA) — Thirty years ago, a Jewish woman experiencing domestic violence had few places to turn. Community leaders strongly resisted acknowledging violence for fear that it would harm marriages and break up families. Few services existed for women seeking support in a Jewish setting. Prior to 1994, the U.S. government did not even recognize domestic violence as a federal crime. Since then, we have witnessed a bold transformation in national and Jewish communal responses to violence against women. Today, more Jewish women experiencing domestic violence are coming forward than ever before. Approximately 175 Jewish programs and organizations are in place to respond to their complex needs with lifesaving services. Jewish clergy have recognized that in times of crisis, survivors often turn to them for support, guidance and refuge, and they are working together to promote awareness and share best practices when counseling families experiencing abuse. Jewish domestic violence organizations also are engaging in political advocacy, leading prevention programs for young people and working with other faith groups to accomplish their goals. The coordinated community approach to eradicating violence has successfully addressed the needs of thousands of Jewish families. Now the Jewish community serves as a model for other religious communities trying to make their faith a resource, not a barrier, to addressing violence. But there is still work to be done. According to Jewish Women International’s 2011 survey of Jewish domestic violence organizations, 90 percent of respondents believe their clients face a gap in services, citing a lack of legal services and affordable housing as the two largest areas of unmet need. Some 76 percent of respondents also see elder abuse as a growing problem, but few programs are in place to offer services to older Jewish individuals affected by abuse. Despite great strides, too many among us still live in fear of violence and do not have access to a full range of services. We must do more to ensure that every Jewish person can lead a healthy, safe and stable life. Domestic and sexual violence are persistent crises. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, one in four women and one in seven men have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner, while one in five women will be raped in her lifetime. Clearly there is still work to be done. Every Jewish individual and organization that cares about tikkun olam, repairing the world, must take a stand. More rabbis must speak from the bima about this issue and receive training so they can effectively respond to cases of abuse within their congregations. With one in 10 adolescents experiencing physical dating violence, all Jewish youth should be exposed to healthy relationship programming as part of their Jewish education. Finally, we must all become advocates for this cause by promoting legislation and community action that supports domestic violence programs and services. Congress is considering legislation to reauthorize the historic, bipartisan Violence Against Women Act, or VAWA, for another five years. VAWA, our nation’s most critical tool in responding to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking, supports law enforcement responses and direct services for victims of these crimes. Since its passage in 1994, VAWA has unquestionably improved our nation’s response to violence: All states have strengthened rape laws, and the number of individuals killed by an intimate partner has decreased by 34 percent for women and 57 percent for men. VAWA has been a bipartisan effort of Congress since it was passed. But in this political and economic climate, VAWA’s reauthorization cannot be assumed. As the Senate considers S. 1925 — the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2011 introduced by Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) — we urge everyone to become an advocate for the legislation. The bill would continue the federal government’s response to violence against women for another five years and provide more gateways for victims to access services. It emphasizes the important work of the faith community by providing more opportunities for faith groups to access VAWA funding. Forty-five national faith organizations, including a broad array of prominent Jewish organizations from the American Jewish Committee to the Orthodox Union, have signed on to a letter urging Congress to swiftly reauthorize VAWA. The organized Jewish community is playing a critical role in this effort, but we need your help. We should be contacting our senators to co-sponsor S. 1925 and urge our representatives to introduce similar bipartisan legislation in the House of Representatives. Domestic violence is an issue that deserves the dedication, passion and attention of the Jewish community. By working together to reauthorize VAWA and address violence against women and families, we will continue to build a foundation for healthier homes and safer communities.
Lori Weinstein is the executive director of Jewish Women International. Lee Sherman is the president and CEO of the Association of Jewish Family & Children’s Agencies.
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A pOWERFuL MInyAn
A journey of remembrance
rabbi Cindy enger Congregation Beth Israel
Several weeks ago, I traveled to New Jersey. I journeyed across the country from Bellingham to Princeton University to deliver the memorial address at the annual Service of Remembrance, which is part of each year’s Alumni Day schedule of events. It is the university’s custom, I learned upon receiving the invitation, to invite an ordained member of the 25th reunion class to serve as the preacher during the Alumni Day Service of Remembrance. As a member of the Class of 1987 and an ordained rabbi, I am, indeed, an ordained member of the 25th reunion class. I had not been back to Princeton in 20 years — not since my fifth reunion. Twenty years is a long time, years filled with learning and work, love and loss, relationships and moves — life and its moments, riches of experiences. In so many ways, Princeton and my experience there felt like a very distant and mostly dormant part of the past. And then, after 20 years of absence, I returned to that magnificent campus. I returned to Princeton not only to deliver the memorial address but also to engage in my own work of remembrance. I returned to further integrate the various parts of my life experience, to bring together the pieces, to reconnect. That is what remembrance is. After all of the Alumni Day events had concluded, I had some time to walk around campus and the town of Princeton, recalling places, experiences, friends. It was a beautiful day, and as I sat in the sun outside the Woodrow Wilson School fountain, I experienced a deepening of awareness of what a pilgrimage is. On a journey of return, I was walking the landscape of a place I had experienced long before. In the process, something inside me shifted and settled. I experienced opening and integration, as well as a sense of wholeness and reconnect. On the Jewish calendar, we are moving toward the season of spring pilgrimage. Two of the three pilgrimage festivals, the shalosh regalim, take place in the spring. Pesach is just weeks away, and Shavuot will follow seven weeks later. Pilgrimage is a powerful spiritual practice. In Mishkan T’filah, the Reform movement’s prayer book, the festival morning service includes a poem by Yitzhak Yasinowitz that reads: One does not travel to Jerusalem, one returns, one ascends the road taken by generations, the path of longing on the way to redemption. One brings rucksacks stuffed with memories to each mountain and each hill. In the cobbled white alleyways one offers a blessing for memories of the past which have been renewed. One does not travel to Jerusalem. one returns. What is pilgrimage? It is a powerful spiritual practice of Judaism as well as many other religious traditions. It is a vehicle of transformation. Pilgrimage is external and internal, geographic and existential. Pilgrimage is a journey of return and remembrance that allows us to integrate the various parts of our life experiences, to bring together the pieces, to reconnect. With Pesach’s approach, we once again prepare ourselves for pilgrimage. We prepare our homes and our selves, our surroundings and our inner beings. In preparation for our journey to freedom, we make decisions about what we take with us as well as what we clean out — what gets left behind. On the physical level, we clean out our hametz. This can mean food items as well as other matter ripe for spring cleaning ready to be released and will lighten our load. What types of clutter in your life wait to be cleared? On the spiritual level, we ready ourselves to begin again. Pesach is the first of the spring pilgrimage festivals. Shavuot invites us to journey, too. Beginning with the second night of Pesach, we will begin our counting of the Omer. Sefirat haOmer and its Kabbalistic contemplations are a vehicle to prepare ourselves spiritually for Shavuot and standing together at Sinai, where we renew the Covenant, when we reconnect and recommit to Jewish peoplehood and partnership with the divine presence in our midst. Individually and together as a collective, we enter the season of spring pilgrimage. We journey out from Mitzrayim, our places of constriction, into the wilderness of freedom and onto the mountain where we meet God, receive Torah, and touch the truth of our experience and deepest connections. What will you take with you during this season of spring pilgrimage? Who will journey with you? What memories and experiences wait to be integrated? What pieces ask to be brought together? How will you reconnect and renew? What a blessing it is to return, to begin again.
Philip Scheier writes (“An insult,” letters, Feb. 29) that J Street “claims it is pro-Israel, a claim rejected by all Israeli leaders, including Bibi, along with most observers, who have all turned down many invitations to address the J Street lobby.” Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert sees things differently. He is speaking at the J Street “Making History” conference March 24-27, and I’ll be there to hear what he has to say because I care about a safe future for my friends and relatives in Israel, and because as a Jewish educator I want my students to have a positive connection with Israel, consistent with humane Jewish values. The unresolved conflict with the Palestinians is causing increased international isolation for Israel and stress on Israel’s democracy. The choice is urgent: A historic two-state compromise, or a de facto single state that will mean the end of Israel as a Jewish state, or as a democratic state. That’s why a minyan of Israel’s political, military and intelligence leaders endorse the same two-state solution that J Street supporters like myself advocate to Congress and the White House. Leaders such as Adm. (Ret.) Ami Ayalon, former head of the Shin-Bet and the Israeli Navy; Colette Avital, former deputy speaker of the Knesset, consul general and ambassador; Shlomo Ben Ami, former foreign minister and public security minister; Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Shlomo Gazit, former head of IDF intelligence; Dave Kimche, former director general of the Foreign Ministry; Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Amos Lapidot, the former commander of Israel’s Air Force; Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Amnon Lipkin-Shahak, former chief of the IDF general staff; Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Israela Oron, former deputy National Security Council adviser, former chief of the IDF Women’s Corps; Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Ilan Paz, former head of the Civil Administration in the West Bank; and Danny Yatom, former head of the Mossad. I can name dozens more. Mr. Scheier’s concern for Israel will be better served if, rather than attacking, he joins with these Israelis in supporting pluralistic and civil debate on how American Jews can best work for Israel’s long-term security as a Jewish democracy, offering opportunity to all its diverse citizens. Rainer Waldman Adkins Seattle
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Dear Mr. Wilkes: Did you neglect to wear reading glasses when you perused my letter bemoaning “wasted tomatoes” (“Repair and defend,” Letters, March 2)? I am a proud and active member of J Street. We are busting our kishkes trying to keep Israel out of world censure! I adamantly oppose boycott, divestment and sanctions directed toward our Jewish homeland. Happily, this otherwise silly dialog between commentators is a fine example of exactly what father and son rabbis Martin and Daniel Weiner decry (“More than one way,” March 2). Mr. Wilkes and I both want to see Israel thrive. I believe this is the desire of most American Jews whether they are so-called left, right or middle. What’s needed right now is cooperation between the various American Jewish organizations, admittedly difficult for an argumentative tribe. The result wouldn’t be stuffy, drawing room etiquette, but powerful healing energy! I am ever so grateful to the rabbis for eloquently stating the position that I endorse. paula Libes Chester Mercer Island WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR: We would love to hear from you! Our guide to writing a letter to the editor can be found at www.jtnews.net/index.php?/letters_guidelines.html, but please limit your letters to approximately 350 words. The deadline for the next issue is March 20. Future deadlines may be found online.
Tacoma LGBTQ groups cancel Israeli meetup
Following pressure from possible protestors, a professional workshop scheduled for Thursday between LGBTQ groups in Tacoma and a delegation of representatives from similar groups in Israel was cancelled. A letter posted on Facebook by one protestor suggested the Israeli government was engaging in a “pinkwashing” public relations campaign, in which progressive communities in Israel are used to divert attention from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Robert Jacobs, executive director of StandWithUs Northwest, which coordinated the event, said in a statement he was “appalled by the single-minded and dehumanizing tactics of those who would seek to censor opportunities for engagement, dialogue, learning and collaboration.” Four representatives of the Alliance of Israeli LGBT Organizations said they came to the U.S. representing their own organizations. They expressed disappointment about the cancellation by the Rainbow Center and the Oasis Youth Center. “Israel has many faces,” said Irit Zviely, CEO of the Israeli LGBTQ advocacy group Hoshen, at a Wednesday panel discussion. — Joel Magalnick
“The main take-away message here is that good diets can alleviate the effects of bad genes.” — Prof. Daniel Michaelson from the George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences at Tel Aviv University, on how fish oils can help to reduce the chances of developing Alzheimer’s Disease. The “Israel to Your Health” column is on page 9.
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Cooperation in the face of an Iranian threat
Wendy rosen Special to JTNews
If the leaders in Tehran hoped for signs of a U.S.-Israeli policy rift over the Iranian nuclear program, President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu surely left them disappointed. The extensive common ground the two men share suggests that their private two-hour White House meeting last week found them largely on the same page. Both the president and the prime minister stressed the special connection between their countries. As Obama put it, “we are bound to Israel because of the interest that we share” and also “our common ideals,” adding — in this election season — that American support for Israel is bipartisan. Netanyahu spelled out some of those ideals: Minority rights, religious freedom, women’s rights, the rule of law — all still woefully lacking elsewhere in the Middle East despite all the promise of the “Arab Spring.” The prime minister lauded “the great alliance between our two countries.” For his part, the president detailed the administration’s close defense collaboration with Israel, promising to “do what it takes to preserve Israel’s qualitative military edge.” Most significantly, he announced: “when the chips are down, I have Israel’s back.” They also agreed on the grave danger posed by Iran’s nuclear aspirations and that a policy of “containment,” whereby the international community reconciles itself to an Iran capable of building nuclear weapons but seeks to limit its impact, is not an option. Both spoke of how nuclear capability would enable Iran not only to threaten Israel, but also to endanger the world’s oil supply, propel a nuclear arms race in the region, and supply nuclear weapons to radical factions that could be detonated anywhere, including Western countries. As President Obama said, “the entire world has an interest in preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.” And he fully understands that “no Israeli government can tolerate a nuclear weapon in the hands of a regime that denies the Holocaust, threatens to wipe Israel off the map and sponsors terrorist groups committed to Israel’s destruction.” President Obama detailed the steps his administration has taken to rally the international community in support of a series of economic sanctions against Iran through the UN, the EU, and by individual states. He claimed that these steps, especially those targeted at Iran’s Central Bank and oil exports, are “virtually grinding the Iranian economy to a halt” and that over the coming months Tehran “faces the prospect of even more crippling sanctions.” Clearly, geopolitical realities dictate that the two allies do not view the situation identically. Unlike the U.S., Israel lies in missile range of Iran’s border, and that lent a greater sense of urgency to Netanyahu’s remarks. For all the damage that economic sanctions have done to the Iranian economy, he said, “Iran’s nuclear march goes on.” While Obama advocates continuation of “diplomacy backed by pressure,” his Israeli counterpart declares: “We’ve waited for diplomacy to work. We’ve waited for sanctions to work. None of us can afford to wait much longer. As Prime
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The new building 6
After years of planning and building, Jewish Family Service’s new Capitol Hill headquarters is finally complete.
La alma saleh, la manya no saleh.
The soul comes out, but habits never leave. To indicate a person who is set in his ways and already grown up living a certain lifestyle, even if he tries to change his lifestyle or abandon his life-long habits, they still remain.
The rise of Bulgaria’s Jewish community
When the iron curtain fell, many of the Jews in Bulgaria knew nothing about their history. The country is having a reawakening and its Jewish community, led by a recent visitor to Seattle, is growing by leaps and bounds.
Dalí goes to Hillel
During the 1960s, Salvador Dalí did a series of paintings that honored the land and people of Israel. A rare set of the limited lithographic reproductions are currently on display at Hillel at the University of Washington.
A home for the stranger
Need a place to go for your Passover seder this year? We’ve got plenty. Community seders abound, and the listings are here.
Wine for your guests
For 10 years JTNews has tasted kosher-for-Passover wines to help you choose something delicious for your seder table. Here’s this year’s selection.
The films, the films, the films
We’ve got reviews of several of the films that will play at the AJC Seattle Jewish Film Festival.
The strategy behind the bombings
Though a limited ceasefire has been declared between Israel and Hamas, there’s a supposed method to how and why the shellings this past week occurred.
From the JTNews, March 19, 2004. Though some things stay the same, some things must change. In March 2004 The Jewish Transcript became JTNews, and this was the first issue. Hard to believe it has been eight years! But in that issue, as in this issue, we did our annual tasting of kosher-for-Passover wines. Esther Friend of Royal Wine Corp., who has since passed on the job to her husband Michael, shows off the selection of wines we tasted and commented on. You can see what they had to offer this year on page 13.
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Completion of JFS building ‘nothing short of miraculous’
emiLy K. aLhadeff Assistant Editor, JTNews
Since 1892, when it was called the Hebrew Ladies Benevolent Society and it cared for immigrants, widows and orphans, Jewish Family Service has not had a building it felt it could call its own. JFS’s former home, the Jessie Danz building on Capitol Hill, operated as an eye clinic before the social service organization took it over. It had virtually no windows, and the board could barely fit into one room for meetings. Two programs had to be located offsite. “We had outgrown our building, and we had outgrown it dramatically,” said Ken Weinberg, JFS’s CEO. The agency’s new 19,000-square–foot, $9.1 million building, which was built adjacent to the old Danz building, will officially open to the public April 1. Refugee and immigrant services offices in Bellevue and Kent will remain in their current locations. The goal was “to get us all to one site, and to create a campus here,” facilities manager Keara Kazanjian explained during a tour of the building. “Another element was to make our private services more private.” “It was never a social-service agency with issues of confidentiality, soundproofing, [and] a waiting room where people could not be seen by the general public,” Weinberg said. The old Jessie Danz building will continue to hold the JFS Polack Food Bank
The same corridor as below, from the other direction, during construction six months ago.
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The new JFS building is designed to be “simple, durable and welcoming to everyone,” said facilities manager Keara Kazanjian.
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The third-floor workstations face south and bring in lots of natural light.
and counseling services. With the help of a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant from the federal stimulus package in 2009 and support from Kathy and Steve Berman, JFS opened its renovated food
bank in 2010 and is currently making the counseling space more privacy-friendly. After years of working in the dark, JFS employees now have the pleasure of airy, modern, light-filled quarters. Every office
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has a window. “There are studies that show that people are more productive and happier and content when there’s natural light,” said Weinberg. Not only that, but the building was designed to be as eco-friendly as possible and is certified LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver. Among the requisites of certification: Over three-quarters of indoor spaces are day-lit, the toilets are low-flow, many building materials are recycled or locally sourced, and over 90 percent of construction waste was salvaged or recycled. The metal grate along the outside of the building is not a security feature, Kazanjian pointed out, but a brise-soleil, which reduces heat accumulation and regulates temperature in the building. “If the agency’s mission is tikkun olam, to repair the world, then you should have a building that’s consistent with that mission,” Weinberg said. The building committee also mandated an elevator to connect the lobby and the new building’s two upper floors to the food bank, which operates on the basement level, to make navigating the campus easier for people with limited mobility. For employees and clients with very high mobility, there’s bike parking, not to mention a few parking spots for energy-efficient vehicles. The new building was already in the works when it received $2.3 million from Washington State’s Building Communities fund last June. While that was “nothing short of miraculous,” Weinberg said, the process of planning and building was far from easy.
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The road from knowing nothing about his history to leading his people
Janis siegeL JTNews Correspondent
Some might say he’s a big shot in Bulgaria, but the 34-year-old neuro-ophthalmologist and up-and-coming European Jewish communal leader, Dr. Alexander Oscar, unassumingly mingled throughout the crowd, waiting to take the podium at the March meeting of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle’s Maimonides Society of Washington State event. If he wanted to claim much of the credit for the revival of the Jewish community there, he could easily do so, but instead he is quick to say that the 7,000 Jews now living in Bulgaria, a remnant of the post-World War II population of 50,000, are thriving because of agencies such as the American-Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, which came to help immediately following the fall of Communism in the region in 1989. “He’s a rapidly rising Jewish volunteer in all of Europe,” Michael Novick, the JDC’s executive director for strategic development, told JTNews. “Here’s a guy who knew nothing about his Jewish background and for the first time in his life, he has the opportunity to learn about being a Jew.” Oscar didn’t know anything about his heritage until the early 1990s, when as a teen he attended summer camps and informal Jewish education programs set up by the JDC. “I was first elected vice president of the Shalom Organization of the Jews in Bulgaria back in 2004,” he wrote in an email. “At that time I was responsible for the young people in the community.” His trajectory has shot rapidly upward since, with roles as president of the Shalom Organization and vice president of community development for the greater Jewish community. Last year he was elected vice president of the Eurothe Balkans, according to historians. Bulgarian Jews recently celebrated the synagogue’s 100th anniversary. Oscar reported that Jewish life there is ever increasing. “Last year, we opened a Jewish kindergarten, a Jewish preschool, and a Jewish public school,” he told the group of 60 during his presentation, which included a short film documenting urban Jewish life there. “We have 700 students. They learn Hebrew. The children are teaching the parents.” When asked about anti-Semitism today in his country, however, the doctor’s prognosis was not as rosy. “Unfortunately, anti-Semitism in Europe and in Bulgaria is growing,” Oscar responded. “It’s all over Europe today.” According to Oscar, a bustling tourism trade, particularly from Israeli travelers, bolsters its economy, but even that has taken a hit from rising tensions in the international community. “We have many Israeli companies and tourists,” he said. “We had 100,000 last year, but the crisis in Turkey quashed that,” Oscar added, referring to Sept. 2011, when Turkey expelled Israel’s ambassador and publicly vowed support of the Palestinians’ move for unilateral recognition of statehood at the United Nations. However, despite these trends, he is decidedly optimistic. “I believe that the future is bright,” added Oscar. “I believe we will flourish in the next five to 10 years.” Again, Oscar acknowledged that much of his confidence must be attributed to the help of the Jewish community in the U.S. and around the world. “The JDC has been rebuilding Jewish life since the fall of communism,” Oscar said, “and our partnership is ongoing.”
Dr. Alexander Oscar, right, of Sofia, Bulgaria mingles at the Maimonides Society event on March 5.
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pean Council of Jewish Communities, an agency that encompasses Jewish organizations across the continent. All of these roles are as a lay leader, he noted — he also has his medical practice to keep him busy. During his trip to the United States, Oscar touched down at Jewish agencies in Arizona, Kansas, Connecticut, and New York. Living in the city of Sofia, where 90 percent of Bulgaria’s Jews reside, Oscar told JTNews that the majority take a traditional but liberal approach to their religious practice. “It’s a learning community,” Oscar said. “This summer, we are going to have 3,000 Jewish children from all over Europe at a summer camp. It’s attracting young people all over the country.” Bulgaria’s majority religion is Greek Orthodox and 1.5 million are Turkish Muslims, added Oscar, but he said they have good relationships with all the other cultures and faiths in his country. “We are very well integrated into society and very well accepted,” he said.
For five centuries, as part of the Ottoman Empire, the Jews of Bulgaria lived peacefully alongside the Turks, Greeks, and Armenians. Bulgarian Jews are Sephardic and arrived there from Spain in 1492. Although Bulgaria was an ally of Germany’s during World War II, the Nazis had to pressure its czar to deport 11,000 Jews to the concentration camps. Afterwards, the czar refused to cooperate further with the German agenda, leaving a post-Holocaust community of nearly 50,000 lives spared. After the war, 90 percent of the remaining Jews immigrated to Israel. But after the fall of communism, the JDC, along with the World Jewish Relief agency and the European Jewish Congress, helped them financially and logistically to establish Jewish schools and centers. “We are helping him with the strategic plan,” Novak said. Bulgaria has the third largest synagogue in Europe and it is the largest in
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Your chances of developing Alzheimer’s Disease double about every five years after the age of 65, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, but after the age of 85, the odds of developing the symptoms are almost 50 percent. As researchers around the world race to find preventative and restorative therapies, it’s already evident the incidence of diagnosis and the progressive nature of the condition looms large as a domestic and international health crisis. The financial strain on Medicare and Medicaid alone has prompted the association to petition President Obama to establish a National Alzheimer’s Plan. Yet the organization states that the disease is not a normal part of aging. Currently, five Federal Drug Administration-approved medications are on the market, but none of them are preventative and they only treat or manage the symptoms of the condition. In the U.S., there are over 100 ongoing Alzheimer’s studies and there is a flurry of clinical trials taking place around the globe. Israeli researchers are standing on the frontlines of the quest to prevent its onset — which research shows is sometimes genetic, sometimes environmental, sometimes diet-connected, and sometimes trauma-related. In 2011, the 32-year-old American Federation for Aging Research gave its New Investigator Awards in Alzheimer’s Disease grants of $100,000 each to two Israelis to further their Alzheimer’srelated work. Dr. Einor Ben Assayag, the head of research in the stroke unit at the Sourasky Medical Center in Tel Aviv, will use her AFAR grant money to study the saliva and cortisol (the stress hormone) of 100 firsttime ischemic stroke patients for 18 months. A control group of 30 of their healthy peers will also be tested to look for any clues to the possible relationship between elevated stress and cognitive decline after a stroke. health The other grantee, Dr. Ramit Ravona-Springer, a professor in the Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer, on the outskirts of Tel Aviv, will follow 1,400 healthy, over-65 Israeli diabetics for five years and monitor their Vitamin E levels, along with other dietary fats, every 18 months while documenting their nutritional patterns to assess their cognitive and functional abilities. In the brain, Alzheimer’s disrupts and destroys the chemical communication between cells, which occurs at the synapse or connection. Eventually, these connections are lost and brain cells die, disassembling the brain’s communication network. More Israeli doctors have already had results that look promising or have proven to be effective. They range from food research to gene therapies to nasal sprays. A 2011 study at Tel Aviv University with CEppt, the extract from cinnamon bark, slowed the formation of a harmful plaque found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. Curious about the biblical priest’s ritual of using a cinnamon bark ointment after offering animal sacrifices in the Temple, Prof. Michael Ovadia in the department of zoology conjectured that it might be a means of preventing infection. He found that cinnamon bark does have anti-viral properties. When his team gave a solution to mice and fruit flies that were genetically altered to develop Alzheimer’s for four months, their activity and longevity level equaled that of the healthy mice. “The discovery is extremely exciting,” Ovadia told TAU staff. “Our extract would not be a drug with side effects, but a safe, natural substance that human beings have been consuming for millennia.” Ovadia was quick to caution that the small amounts used on food would not produce the same effects as the highly concentrated solution in his study. But if you’re a fish eater, there’s another diet-related study that shows great promise. Prof. Daniel Michaelson from the George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences at Tel Aviv University found that a diet low in cholesterol and rich in Omega 3 oils significantly reduced the negative effects of the APOE4 gene, an indicator for Alzheimer’s. “The main take-away message here is that good diets can alleviate the effects of bad genes,” Michaelson said. The results were presented at an international conference in Barcelona in March 2011. Another TAU researcher, Dr. Dan Frenkel from the department of neurobiology in the George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences, is working on a nasal spray vaccine that may repair vascular damage in the brain by eliciting an immune response in blood vessels. It may also attack those bad plaque proteins and prevent strokes in patients who already have Alzheimer’s. The 2011 studies show that it also may prevent strokes associated with Alzheimer’s. The results of the research are scheduled for publication in the journal Neurobiology of Aging.
Longtime JTNews correspondent and freelance journalist Janis Siegel has covered international health research for SELF magazine and campaigns for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
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Salvador Dalí and his Israel period
Long after the wine has been quaffed, the fingers pointed, the hushed comments disappeared into the ether, the paintings still hang. Since late last month, visitors to Hillel at the University of Washington have been treated to a rare viewing of Salvador Dalí’s scenes of Israel. Dalí’s Aliyah: The Rebirth of Israel, is on loan to Hillel through June. The 25 lithographs depicting events leading up to the creation of the State of Israel and its first two decades are one of only a few known complete sets. The exhibit belongs to Dr. David Blumenthal, professor of Jewish Studies at Emory University, and his wife, Ursula. Blumenthal recalled visiting a couple in the early 1980s who offered to sell the Blumenthals his set, which he had purchased when it was first issued. “Ursula, recalling that on our first date in 1965 I had taken her to see an exhibit of Dalí in the Huntington Hartford Museum in New York, decided to buy the suite for me as a present,” he said. The collection is comprised of 25 color lithograph replicas of the original paintings commissioned by Shorewood Publishing and Israel Bonds in 1968 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the State of Israel. After the collection’s debut in 2010 at Emory’s Hillel, Jconnect director Josh Furman contacted the Blumenthals. Excited to have the collection premiere on the West Coast, the Blumenthals were joined by local Dalí enthusiast Hoyt DeMers, who added his own singular pieces for display at Hillel, “Orah, Horah: Light, Joy” and “Angels of Rebirth.” Visitors of the collection can follow along with a guide and podcast by Blumenthal, which details the significance and context of these works. Blumenthal noted that Dalí created the collection in what is considered by many art critics to be his less noteworthy period. He shared some ideas about why Dalí chose to depict Israel in the first place, refuting theories of Dalí’s Jewish ancestry or Zionist inclinations. It is possible that the famed Surrealist simply wanted the money. “There is no real order to the pieces, so instead I have organized the pieces thematically,” said Blumenthal, who has acted as curator for each showing of the exhibit. He groups the paintings into “exile and hope,” “the Yishuv,” “Shoah” and “independence.” Blumenthal said he and his wife have both expressed their fondness for the depictions of Israel in three pieces that begin with “the land,” all part of the Yishuv section. “‘The Land Come to Life’ is such a vibrant piece,” Blumenthal said. The image conveys the period of time when Israel began to cultivate its land for
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agriculture, quite literally bringing the land to life. “If I was to display a piece in my living room as a singular piece, it would likely be ‘The Land of Milk and Honey,’” he said. That image depicts three sketched figures upon a lush landscape, a central watercolor explosion of blue and a gray rain cloud in the upper left corner. According to Blumenthal, it represents the land’s fertility. At the opening reception last month, the Blumenthals were joined by Israel’s
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deputy consul general to the Northwest, Gideon Lustig, who spoke about the exhibit’s historical significance to the Jewish community. Lustig said the Jewish community is lucky to have artwork that encapsulates such a significant time in history, and being able to share the exhibition around the country is an extraordinary opportunity. Both the Consulate General of Israel and the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle are sponsors of the exhibit. For Furman, the most powerful piece is “We Shall Go Up At Once and Possess It.” Inspired by the words of Caleb in the biblical story of the spies (Numbers 13), the painting shows a group of men carrying an Israeli flag. “You can really see the turbulence in this painting,” Furman said. “The background reminds me of leaving Egypt, and the painting as a whole seems to really stand for freedom.” With stories so rich in emotion and rooted in a long history of struggle, it stands to reason that the series continues to resonate with the Blumenthals and the entire Jewish community. The Blumenthals are currently in discussions regarding Aliyah’s proposed next stop, in Denver, Colo. “It is our hope that this will contribute to Jewish culture within each of the communities that it visits,” Blumenthal said.
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Welcoming in the stranger – somewhere there’s a seder for you
CompiLed by emiLy K. aLhadeff Assistant Editor, JTNews Passover begins on the evening of Friday, April 6 this year. If you don’t yet have a place to go, many local synagogues and organizations will be hosting seders on both Friday and Saturday
Congregation Beth hatikvah
Harriet Greenberg at email@example.com 6 p.m. $25/adults 13-plus; $15/children; free/ children under 5. Please mail reservation and check, made payable to CBH, to Cindy Bockelman, P.O. Box 2122, Poulsbo, WA 98370. At Silverdale Community Center, Silverdale. Congregation Beth Sholom
Debbie Greene at seder@CBStricities.org or 509-735-1149 5:30 p.m. From Zeroah to Afikomen, with Dr. Seuss and a multi-course kosher dinner in between. $39.50/adults; $29.50/Beth Sholom members; $17/children 7–13; $7/children 4–7; free/children under 4. At Congregation Beth Sholom, 312 Thayer Dr., Richland. Chabad of the Central Cascades
Rabbi Berry Farkash at firstname.lastname@example.org 7:30 p.m. At Chabad of the Central Cascades, 24121 SE Black Nugget Rd., Issaquah. Chabad Jewish Center of Clark County
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Center, 2146 N Mildred St., Tacoma. Chabad at the university of Washington
Rabbi Elie Estrin at 206-523-1359 or www.JewishUW.com 8:30 p.m. Traditional seder with English-Hebrew Haggadot, songs and an uplifting evening. $36; free for students. At Chabad at the University of Washington, 5200 21st Ave. NE, Seattle. Congregation Shaarei Tefillah-lubavitch
Lori Lasswell at email@example.com or 206-527-1411 8:30 p.m. Two Passover seders, one in English and one in Russian, will run simultaneously in separate rooms. For English service questions contact 206-527-1411 or info@chabadofseattle. org. For Russian service questions contact Rabbi Rapoport at 206-387-3919 or rabbi@ evreyinseattle.org. English seder: $20/adults; $8/children, students and seniors. Russian seder: $16/adults; $8/children and students; free/seniors. At Congregation Shaarei TefillahLubavitch, 6250 43rd Ave. NE, Seattle. The Summit at First hill – liberal Seder
Summit concierge at 206-652-4444 4:30 p.m. A shorter seder in a Reform/ Conservative style. $35/adults; $17/children 6–13; free/children under 6. Reservations required. At The Summit at First Hill, 1200 University St., Seattle. The Summit at First hill – Traditional Seder
Summit concierge at 206-652-4444 8:30 p.m. At The Summit at First Hill, 1200 University St., Seattle. hillel at the university of Washington
Kris Sigloh at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-527-1997 or hilleluw.org 6:30 p.m. Join Hillel undergraduates, Jconnect and community members for festive seders led by Hillel staff and volunteers. Seating will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. RSVP by Friday, March 30. $54/community, $25/Jconnect, $12/ students. At Hillel at the University of Washington, 4745 17th Ave. NE, Seattle. West Seattle TlC of the Seattle kollel
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firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-993-5222 8 p.m. Celebrate with family and friends at an inspirational seder, complete with hand-baked shmurah matzoh, four cups of fine kosher wine and a gourmet dinner. Kid friendly. $30/adult; $20/child. At Chabad Jewish Center, 9604 NE 126th Ave. Suite 2320, Vancouver, WA. Chabad Jewish Discovery Center of olympia
info@JewishOlympia.com or 360-584-4306 or www.Jewisholympia.com 7 p.m. Enjoy a community seder complete with hand-baked matzoh, wine, and a dinner spiced with unique traditional customs. $20/adults, $10/ students, children under 12 free. RSVP by April 1. At the Phoenix Inn, 415 Capitol Way N, Olympia. Chabad of Pierce County
Seder@ChabadPierceCounty.com or 253-565-8770 8 p.m. Enjoy an in-depth Hebrew/English Passover experience, with plenty of translation, traditional songs and lively discussion. Relive the triumph of Passover and discover the seder’s relevance to today’s modern Jew while enjoying a Passover meal. $25/adults, $18/children under 12. No one turned away for lack of funds. At Chabad Jewish
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Jeanne Buchler at email@example.com or 206-525-0915 or www.templebetham.org 10:30 a.m. Temple Beth Am, 2632 NE 80th St., Seattle. The Summit at First hill – liberal Seder
Summit Concierge at 206-652-4444 4:30 p.m. A shorter seder in Reform/Conservative style. $35/adults; $17/children 6–13; free/ children under 6. Reservations required. At The Summit at First Hill, 1200 University St., Seattle. The Summit at First hill – Traditional Seder
Summit Concierge at 206-652-4444 8:30 p.m. At The Summit at First Hill, 1200 University St., Seattle. Bet Alef meditative Synagogue
Shellie Oakley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206527-9399 or www.betalef.org/participate/holiday 5:30 p.m. Explore the deeper mystical teachings and share the traditional symbols, story and songs to discover anew the spiritual dimensions of Passover. Catered meal. Guests welcome. $48/adult nonmembers; $25/children 6-plus. At Mercer Island
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Admin@kolaminw.org or 425-844-1604 or www.kolaminw.org 5–7 p.m. Members and guests are invited to enjoy a delicious catered meal, songs, and camaraderie for this ancient and awe-inspiring tradition. $36/ adult members, $40/adult non-members; $18/ ages 6–12; under 5 free. At The Y at Carol Edwards Center, Woodinville. Secular Jewish Circle of Puget Sound
Brad at email@example.com or 206-528-1944 or secularjewishcircle.org 5–7 p.m. Come to a non-theistic Passover seder with food, singing and lots of friendly folks. At the Secular Jewish Circle (Wallingford area, call for address). Congregation Tikvah Chadashah
Roy Hamrick at 206-355-1414 or www.tikvahchadashah.org 6 p.m. The Puget Sound’s LGBT chavurah will host a second-night Passover seder. Meat potluck (ritual foods, wine and juice will be provided) – no chametz, please. Suggested donation $20 or $10/ students, low income. Children under 13 free. RSVP by March 31. At Graham Visitor Center, Washington Park Arboretum, Seattle. Chabad at university of Washington
Rabbi Elie Estrin at 206-523-1359 or www.JewishUW.com 8:30 p.m. Traditional seder with English-Hebrew
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Karen Sakamoto at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-603-9677 or templebnaitorah.org 6–8:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to Temple B’nai Torah’s traditional seder dinner. Vegetarian meal available upon advance request. Families encouraged to bring their own highchairs or boosters. Before March 21: $45/adults 13-plus, $20/children (6–12), free/children 5 and under. After March 21: $55/adults 13-plus, $25/children (6–12), free/5 and under. At Temple B’nai Torah, 15727 NE 4th St., Bellevue. Temple Beth El
Petra Lehman at Pmasellas@templebethel18.org or 253-5647101 or www.tbeseder2012.eventbrite.com 6 p.m. $15/member adults; $20/non-member adults; $10/member children (5–10); $15/nonmember children (5–10). At Temple Beth El, 5975 S 12th St., Tacoma. Temple Shalom of yakima
Marcia Zack at email@example.com 5 p.m. Student Rabbi Molly Plotnik will lead the seder, adding a special flavor with her singing and guitar. $35/temple members; $45/non-members, reduced costs for children and college students. At the Yakima Arboretum, Yakima. Chabad of Central Cascades: Second Seder
Rabbi Berry Farkash at rabbifarkash@ gmail.com 9 p.m. At Chabad of the Central Cascades, 24121 SE Black Nugget Rd., Issaquah.
Temple Beth Am: russian Seder
Jeanne Buchler at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-525-0915 or www.templebetham.org 5 p.m. This seder will be held in Russian. At Temple Beth Am, 2632 NE 80th St., Seattle.
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www.sjcc.org 4–5 p.m. A family seder with singing, art projects, storytelling and more. Suggested for families with children age 5 and younger. Visit the website for cost. At Seattle Jewish Community School, 12351 8th Ave. NE, Seattle.
hillel Passover lunches
Kris Sigloh at email@example.com or 206-527-1997 or hilleluw.org 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m. A Seattle Passover tradition. Come for a great meal and a community experience. $8/students; $15/community and Jconnect prepaid; $18 at the door. At Hillel at University of Washington, 4745 17th Ave. NE, Seattle.
Kris Sigloh at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-527-1997 or hilleluw.org 7 p.m. This special Shabbat will connect the Passover story to issues of modern slavery and human trafficking. For undergraduates and Jconnect (ages 18–32). $15/Jconnect; free for students. At Hillel at University of Washington, 4745 17th Ave. NE, Seattle.
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Something happened this year. For the past 10 years, JTNews has brought Royal Wine Distributors to our offices to offer tastings of a selection of kosher-for-Passover wines so we could tell you how your seder table could be elevated above the syrupy sweetness of traditional kosher wines. Every year it seems the wines would get better, plateau, then improve again. This year feels like the wines truly, finally, became excellent. As always, we invite members of our community to help with our tasting, whether they have experience in the wine industry or simply like a good glass of wine. This year we had some new faces around our table, but as always we have Michael Friend, Royal Wine’s local representative, to thank for bringing in the wines and providing insightful knowledge of the appellations and their origins. So without further ado, here’s our crew: Emily K. Alhadeff, Assistant Editor, JTNews Ned Porges, retired professor of wine and spirits at Washington State University David Greene, wine enthusiast Joel Magalnick, Editor, JTNews Ari Somers, wine enthusiast Tzippy Wiens, jew-ish.com columnist and wine enthusiast Michael Blumson, wine enthusiast Ed Epstein, wine enthusiast
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And here is a list of our wines: Binyamina Special Reserve Chardonnay (M) Baron Herzog Chenin Blanc (M) White by W (M) Segal’s Fusion Red Blend (M) Capçanes Peraj Petita (NM) Pacifica Meritage (NM) Segal’s Special Reserve Merlot (M) Red by W (M) Bartenura Moscato Sparkling Rose (M) The “M” designation means the wine is mevushal, a process in which the wine is flash heated to remove any impurities, which for observant Jews means the wine, a sanctified object, may be poured by non-observant caterers or guests. NM means non-mevushal — no pasteurization has taken place. All of these wines should be available at the QFC in University Village and the Albertson’s on Mercer Island. Wine World in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood has a limited selection as well. Regardless, if you don’t find it in your own neighborhood grocery, any wine steward should be able to order you a bottle. Or 20. So let’s hear what our tasters have to say. We started with whites.
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Michael Friend pours the Pacifica Meritage while David Greene tastes.
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Binyamina Special Reserve Chardonnay ($22.99) Binyamina is a 60-year-old Israeli winery, located in the Galilee, that puts out a high-end chardonnay that received raves all around. Most of us found it light and fruity, with “just a touch of oak,” David noted. He also tasted pear, as did Emily and I, and “a hint of apples.” “That’s what they mean by balance,” Michael F. said. “The fruit, the wood.” Emily caught a bit of a single malt Scotch in there as well. Wishful thinking, I suppose. Baron Herzog Chenin Blanc ($9.99) Compared to the Binyamina, which universally received high marks, this wine was much less strong — but that’s also characteristic of a Chenin Blanc. “Thick, sweet, buttery,” Ari said. Ned agreed, also calling it flowery.
“concentrated tartness,” kind of like green apple. Tzippy, however, found it too sweet, like a sorbet. “A child’s wine,” she said. White by W ($10.99) Made by Weinstock Winery on California’s Central Coast near Santa Barbara, this blend doesn’t give the feel of any specific varietal. Given its light flavor, Michael F. said it’s what wine vendors would call “approachable.” And it was light — it felt like a warm-weather wine, for “summer on the deck,” noted Ned, that would go well with fruit or a salad. Tzippy suggested pairing it with macaroni and cheese (during the 51 weeks of the year that aren’t Passover, that is). “Minimal aroma, light bodied, short aftertaste,” said Ed. And now for the reds:
Segall’s Fusion Red Blend ($14.99) This slightly tannic mix of 60 percent Merlot with Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon also comes from Israel’s Galil. “Smells like a spicy vanilla,” Tzippy said. Emily caught some spice — and some moss. “Pleasant for the new wine drinker and the aficionado,” said Ed. He found it to be a well-blended wine. David said it had a “wonderful bouquet — rich and fruity.” Ned said it was smooth, with “heat on the tongue.” And Michael B. thought it was nicely balanced and would go well with salty foods. Hello, matzoh ball soup! Capçanes Peraj Petita ($20.99) This new entry into the kosher field comes from Spain’s Montesant region, a high-elevation growing area that produced a wine that got high marks all around. We got it because David first tasted it during a visit to Chicago, and he liked it so much he asked that Royal Wines bring it to the area. We’re glad he did. “Hints of raspberries and blueberry in the bouquet,” David said, with “flavor of cardamom/spices.” It would go great with red meat, he suggested. I agreed, though I’d probably substitute a portobello mushroom. Many of us tasted the spice in there — it almost tasted like pumpkin pie, I thought.
Michael Friend of Royal Wines pours an aerated cup of the Pacifica Meritage for emily Alhadeff.
David found it fruity, but “a bit light, [with] a sour edge.” Michael B. found a
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“Tastes like a summer vacation but would be great post-snowshoeing in February,” Tzippy said. Pacifica Meritage ($36.99) Could it be? Is it true? A kosher wine produced right here in our very own backyard? It is! it is! This, our first taste of the Northwest in our 10 years of tastings, comes from Walla Walla, and to much acclaim. It’s the priciest wine of the bunch, so it may merit drinking during the seder meal rather than the telling of the story, but we found this taste of home was worth the cost. Michael F., Emily and Ned all tasted cherry. Ari found some almond and pepper in there as well. “Very smooth, very pleasant finish,” said David. “This wine is like a meal,” Tzippy said.
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David Greene, left, checks the nose on one of the reds while Ned Porges checks its legs.
“It’s a meaty wine that is smooth and smoky (slightly).” But, cautioned Michael B., with the evidence on his lips to prove it, it “ doesn’t go well with chocolate.” Segall’s Special Reserve Merlot ($19.99) Back to the Galil with this Merlot, which apportioned the varietals similarly to the Fusion, and it showed. Ed gave it a top rating. “Not much floral,” he said. “Very nicely balanced.” It didn’t top my list of favorites, partly because I smelled a lot of smoke on the nose. Several of us found a hint of eucalyptus. “Tastes solid, robust,” Ned said.
Ed said. “Good toasting for a wedding,” noted Ned. Because really, who wouldn’t want to have a seder under the chuppah? Michael B. tasted apple, with a transition to pear after sitting in the air. “Very sweet,” he noted. The “acidity provides some balance.”
For the big finish, why not a little bubbly? Bartenura Moscato Sparkling Rosé ($17.99) It’s not Champagne — only grapes grown in the Champagne region of France qualify as Champagne, and this bubbly is Italian — but that doesn’t mean it’s any less enjoyable. Or celebratory. “It’s like candy,”
But overall, this wine brought us to a fourth-cup, seder-ending finish the way a seder should end: The exodus completed, joyous singing, and a rosé to keep the story fresh.
Above, the Capçanes Peraj Petita comes from a mountainous region in Spain. Below, the Bartenura Moscato rosé.
Michael Blumson examines the nose on the Baron Herzog Chenin Blanc.
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Tzippy Wiens prepares to take her first sip of the bubbly Bartenura Moscato rosé.
“Smooth, very flavorful,” David said. Michael B. thought it would go well with tender meats. Red by W ($10.99) This California table wine, a blend of syrah, zinfandel and black muscat — hence the sweetness — in some ways lifted the weight from such strong wines as the Pacifica and the Capçanes. “So much fun, this wine,” Michael F. said. It had just a touch of sweetness, noted Ned. “Brisk,” he said. Michael B. found some jamminess in the nose, perhaps with a hint of fig. He tasted “strong fruit, some black pepper.” Ari said he tasted strawberry. “Sweet, light,” he said. Emily, however, was unimpressed. It had a “funny taste,” she said, like “cleaning product.”
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Watch the Seasons Turn
by Debbie Manber Kupfer
This Week’s Wisdom
March 24 at 7 p.m. and March 25 at 3 p.m. The Last night of Ballyhoo play Set in 1939 as Hitler is invading Poland, an affluent Jewish family in Atlanta troubles itself with getting to Ballyhoo, a lavish ball for Jewish socialites, in what has been described as a “A delightful comedy freighted with an uncomfortable message” by the New York Post. Director Art Feinglass brings “veteran” and new talent to his Seattle Jewish Theater Company as it enters its second year. At University Prep Theater, 8000 25th Ave. NE, Seattle. For more information and other upcoming shows, visit seattlejewishtheater.com/upcoming-shows.
“To everything, turn, turn, turn, there is a season, turn, turn, turn,” Pete Seeger wrote, turning a passage from the Book of Ecclesiastes into a pop classic. As the weather takes its annual turn, take time to enjoy the passing of the seasons. In this puzzle, a few entries have already done so.
ACROSS 1 Way to go 5 Target score on a golf course 8 Funky ’do 11 Concert hall employee 13 A solo homer earns you one 14 “I’m all ___” 16 Ballet enjoying a seasonal turn? 20 Sulks 21 Type of British co. 22 Lennon’s love 23 Cup holder? 25 Chicago actress Zellweger 27 “Not only that...” 28 Eddie Cochran song enjoying a seasonal 32 Some are airtight 33 Tribe of Judah chieftain sent by Moses to 34 35 36 39 41 43 47 48 49 50 51 52 55 60 61 62 63 64 65
DOWN 1 Situate 2 Volcano output 3 Topical 4 Ticker tape parade recipient 5 Like your favorite station on your car radio 6 Blood-typing system 7 TV Western starring Chuck Connors, with 8 9 10 12 15 17 18 19 23 24 26 27 29 30 31 35 37 38 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 51 53 54 56 57 58 59
scout out Canaan Earth Day subj. Obama’s title prior to POTUS Mascara site Controversial supplement taken by Mark McGwire, for short Italian peaks Jazz standard enjoying a seasonal turn? Kerfuffles Kodiak native Fork over Skim milk’s lack Cat ___ Hot Tin Roof Gave everyone a hand Peter O’Toole film enjoying a seasonal turn? Like slander, but not libel Ornamental pond fish Large volumes Gather intelligence Puffin relative Vegas gas
The Decades-old dispute Ewe’s mate Ersatz gold Reason to get the sewing kit Have a feeling Gull relatives Sword material Down Under bounders Ewe’s remark Lord over “Way to go!” Capital whose last two letters are its state’s postal abbreviation WWII wolf pack vessels Pooh creator Under Island nation whose flag features a lion holding a sword Rhythm technique employed in some jazz numbers Wife of Zeus Liquid-Plumr alternative Doles (out) Sunset site Float airily State specializing in spuds They’re paying attention Intolerable kvetcher Like a stereotypical used-car salesman Fitting ___ Hubbard Seat for Fluffy Debtor’s letters Conservative leader? Where to watch Match Game reruns
March 20 at 7 p.m. Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots? Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification and the Desire to Conform Author talk Activist Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore will address the angry, the flamboyant and the subversive, and why queer culture is not just about marriage and military service. Sycamore, a prolific activist-writer, is the author of two novels and an editor at Make/shift, a feminist magazine. At Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 Tenth Ave., Seattle. For more information visit www.elliottbaybook.com.
March 20 at 7 p.m. Ellen ullman Reading Ellen Ullman will read from her novel By Blood, a suspense that follows a disgraced professor’s obsession with a psychology patient’s past. When the professor begins eavesdropping on her conversations, he finds himself compelled to help her unearth the truth about her Jewish birth family. Soon he is waist-deep in her life and his research of displaced-persons camps, postwar Zionism and the Nazi Lebensborn program. At University Bookstore, 4326 University Way NE, Seattle. For more information visit www.bookstore.washington.edu.
Answers on page 22 © 2012 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.
March 24 at 2 p.m. Sparks of glory concert: “not Martyrs, not Saints” Two contemporary composers, Simon Sargon and Osvaldo Golijov, are on the program along with a concertino by Erwin Schulhoff, inspired by Slavonic fold music. Free. At Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Wallingford. For more information and tickets, contact Micah Shelton at email@example.com or 206-365-7770 or visit www.musicofremembrance.org.
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If we’re to get a taste of Jewish life through film, then there’s no better place in our corner of the world to go than the AJC Seattle Jewish Film Festival. The theme this year is Vidas Largas — live large. You can learn about Sephardic life, so vibrant in Seattle, with heavy representation both in the past and present. Or watch Jason Alexander (you know, George Costanza) get violent — in a musical. You’ll even find some therapy, whether it’s through music or swimming with dolphins. This year’s festival runs March 15–25, with most shows at the newly reopened SIFF Cinema at the Uptown in lower Queen Anne. We’ve got several reviews here, but you can find more information and get your tickets by visiting www.seattlejewishfilmfestival.org. To the movies!
Musical prodigies play for keeps in wartime ‘Wunderkinder’
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The curtain rises on the riveting, rollercoaster drama Wunderkinder (Child Prodigies) in a present-day concert hall with a white-haired violinist rehearsing for her recital. The arrival of a surprise visitor catapults Hanna Reich, and us, back to 1941 and Poltava, Ukraine, where two gifted children play a marvelous violin-and-piano duet for an audience of Soviet authorities and local bigwigs. The stage is set for a familiar wartime saga glossed with classical music, but German writer-director Markus Rosenmuller delivers much, much more. For starters, the title simultaneously manages to be accurate and misleading. Abrascha Kaplan (Elin Kolev) and Larissa Brodsky (Imogen Burrell), the wellcoached, well-scrubbed performers, are prodigious talents indeed. But as the war plays havoc with their ambitions — and their lives — the way in which they are different from other children matters less to us than the ways in which they are the same. Up to a point, that is. Larissa and Abrascha are Jewish, which becomes a big deal after Hitler shockingly and ruthlessly voids the non-aggression pact he’d signed with Stalin. To the invading Nazis and some of the Ukrainians, the children’s ethnicity is their defining characteristic. That said, another filmmaker might rely on Abrascha and Larissa’s artistic ability to compel us with their plight and root against potential tragedy. Rosenmuller’s underlying theme, expressed without a single line of dialogue, is that every child is promising, and innocent, and war’s greatest horror is that the casualties include children. While Jewish viewers will identify with Larissa and Abrascha, it’s a strongwilled German girl, Hanna, who propels the movie in key early sequences. A few years younger than the prodigies, and not as accomplished musically, she succeeds in pushing her way into their friendship. Hanna’s father is a former Olympic skier dispatched by a Berlin brewery to open and run its lucrative Poltava operation; her mother is an enthusiastic Hitler supporter. The Reichs (an apt name for geographical interlopers) get on fine with
Live large through film — Vidas Largas!
The three prodigies, Abrascha, Larissa and Hanna, share the stage while their city is under siege in Wunderkinder.
the Ukrainians until the German attack makes them instant enemies. The Brodskys and Kaplans come to their rescue, ferreting them from one hiding place to another. When the Nazis arrive and occupy Poltava, the Reichs are returned to their comfortable former status. Soon enough it is their turn to intercede on behalf of their Jewish friends. The Nazis possess a deranged sense of culture and art filtered through unthinking anti-Semitism, embodied by the SS officer who rules with a loathsome smugness. The gulf between civilization and barbarism, a recurring theme in countless war movies (both pulp entertainments and nuanced morality plays), ultimately plays out in the cruelest fashion imaginable. Relative to the vast number of Holocaust films set in Poland, Germany and, in recent years, France, only a handful examines the unique and morally fraught terrain of the Ukraine. Wunderkinder provides a vivid and revealing sense of the powerlessness of
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The Seattle Jewish Theater Company is presenting The Last Night of Ballyhoo, the Tony award-winning romantic comedy by Alfred Uhry, author of Driving Miss Daisy, and directed by Art Feinglass, who brought The Last Seder to TBA last March. The play will be performed in the modern 200-seat 3 University Prep theater, next door to Temple Beth Am.
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Films in brief
My dysfunctional family
Achoti HaYafah translates to My Lovely Sister, but it may as well translate to “My Really Dysfunctional Family.” But it’s beautiful dysfunction, and the film is a rare specimen of Israel’s finer productions. Following tropes of Moroccan Jewish folklore, it’s an interwoven tale of familial love, romantic love, betrayal and reunion. Superstitious, spiteful Rahma banishes her sister Marie for marrying an Arab Israeli fisherman, and for the suspicion that Robert, her own libidinous husband, has had an affair with her. From the beginning, Rahma, who hears her dead mother’s voice through the living room wall and offers her cakes for appeasement, has already driven away her husband, her daughter, and her porn-obsessed son with a caseload of psychotic behaviors. Rahma’s anger toward Marie does not diminish — even as Marie dies — and that’s when her life really begins to unravel. The rest of the story weaves through tightly wound dichotomies of fidelity and sexuality, rejection and acceptance, and ultimately life and death. Note the references to fish: Though practically unnoticeable, moVIEPluS ProDuCTIoNS this Jewish symbol Sisters Marie and Rahma share a dance in My Lovely Sister, a Moroccanof fertility and sexu- Israeli drama that’s part of the Sephardic Spotlight in this year’s AJC Seattle ality drives the story. Jewish Film Festival. My Lovely Sister captures the best of the Israeli film genre: The authenticity of a lonely, sandy experiMy Lovely Sister screens on Sun., March 25 at ence and its ultimate redemption through 4:45 p.m. at SIFF Cinema at the Uptown. love, pieced together only after everything has been broken. Pull out the hockey masks — Emily K. Alhadeff A few things should happen in a slasher flick. One, somebody should get slashed, preferably in the beginning. Two, the villain should be evil enough that we want him to die, and the protagonists should be likeable enough that we want them to make it out alive. Kalevet (Rabies) holds the somewhat embarrassing honor of being Israel’s first horror/slasher film — at least the first one that isn’t a documentary, anyway — which is the only reason why, I think, it’s getting international attention. The low-budget, slow-paced production takes place in a booby-trapped, land-mined, killer-stalking nature preserve, where four groups of pointless young people meet their fate. (As if that much free green space in northern Israel would not be swarming with busloads of schoolchildren and picnicking Arab families, but never mind.) The directors, Navot Papushado and
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Hip hop ya don’t stop — except for Bar Mitzvah lessons
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Seattle filmmaker Lisa Cohen worked in technical post-production for 15 years before leaving her job to stay at home with her two young children. About two years ago, the idea for her first documentary film, B-Boy, came to her by happenstance, and the timing was right for Lisa to make her first film, which premieres on March 20 at the AJC Seattle Jewish Film Festival. The documentary looks at the story of a young Jewish teen, Eli, who must navigate two different communities: His Jewish community, in which he must prepare for his Bar Mitzvah; and the breakdancing community, in which Eli participates as one of the youngest members of an intensely competitive genre. it, I decided I’d take a trip out there with my cameraperson and shoot some footage and see what it would turn into. JT: What was your favorite part of making the film? LC: I think my favorite part was getting to know the [breakdancing] group. I had no experience with the breakdancing scene before this, and it was interesting to see what a supportive environment it is. It was very similar to the environment of a synagogue, which was also very supportive of Eli with his Bar Mitzvah training. The most exciting part of making the film
In ‘Little Rose,’ Poland gets its way
JoeL magaLniCK Editor, JTNews
he must use her to find out what Adam and his colleagues are up to in their supposed attempts to overthrow the state. As Lord John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton of England said, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” And so it begins. The problem with Rozek’s plan is that as he puts it into play, he sends the lives of everyone he encounters into a downward spiral. Kamila’s love and trust in Rozek falters. She, after all, feels she has no choice in the matter and has no desire to hurt the man whose bed she has been sent into by her boyfriend. This angers Rozek, who becomes increasingly volatile. And Adam, despite his intellectual brilliance, is clueless to the betrayal by the woman he takes under his wing and with whom he begins to fall in love. Jan Kidawa-Blonski has created a beautiful, suspenseful film, based on a true story, that nestles tightly into the political upheaval of the late 1960s. This moNolITh FIlmS Kamila and Roman, before she became his informant against a Jewish was a time of black and white, which is professor and things headed downhill, in Little Rose. how several scenes of the film fade in, only to be brought to onto the other side of the Iron Curtain color by the beauty of the red roses and the — at least that what he’s told her. Adam woman for whom they are intended. Warczewski, an outspoken professor of litIn some ways it’s easy to see how living erature at the university in Warsaw where under this communist regime, especially she works, has drawn the interest of his if you were Jewish, could feel like a place government in part because he is Jewish. where people felt trapped with nowhere Rozek, we quickly find out, is not who to run. On the other, it was a reminder he says he is. Unbeknownst to anyone that even on that side of the curtain, the but us and his colleagues, he is a member sun still shined and kids would frolic at of the secret police assigned to Adam to the beach. The bright cinematography and ensure that the professor’s Zionist tenseamless transitions between the actual dencies, not that anyone has said he has government broadcasts and the story itself any, do not interfere with his loyalties to show the director’s expertise in telling the Poland. story. But Kidawa-Blonski doesn’t hesiIn actual footage from the era, the tate to remind us that life during that time country’s leader, General Secretary Wlacould be harsh: When the state wanted dyslaw Gomulka, denounces Zionism as to be brutal, it would be brutal, collateral an enemy of Poland. Rozek, to justify his damage be damned. relationship with Kamila to his superiors — no one is immune to surveillance and they confront him about it — he decides X Page 27 So many secrets, so little time. But in communist-era Poland, secrets are the currency of choice. Such is the case for Kamila, known to her handlers in the secret police as Little Rose, for whom this film is named, and she’s got more of these little nuggets of information than she can reasonably handle. Let’s set the groundwork. It’s 1967. Israel has just surprised its neighbors in its victory over the weapons of war amassed at its borders. The Soviet government, with Poland in its orbit, has cut ties with Israel and a campaign of anti-Semitism has begun. In Warsaw, typist Kamila is in love. Her lover Roman Rozek exports goods
JTNews: The topic of your documentary is really unique and different. What prompted you to create a documentary on this particular subject? Lisa Cohen: The subject of the film came to me through the character, Eli. Eli is the son of an old, old friend of mine. I was back east at a college reunion two years ago and I reconnected with Beth, Eli’s CourTESy lISA CohEN mom, and she started telling me Thirteen-year-old eli, a.k.a. e-Break, navigates his worlds of about her kids and what they were breakdancing and Bar Mitzvah. doing. She told me about Eli and for me was to learn about the breakdanchis breakdancing and I thought, wow, ing culture and compare it to the Jewish that’s interesting. I’d like to see that. So, I culture that Eli was growing up in. went out there to Connecticut to check it JT: What were some of the challenges out, and it was interesting. I thought, this you faced with making the film? is an exciting juxtaposition of cultures that LC: The biggest challenge for me was they’re exploring, this family. And that’s that Eli is such a great kid and has so much what precipitated my interest. support in every aspect of his life that there JT: How did you approach Eli and his was no major conflict. A good film typifamily about doing the film from there? cally needs a strong conflict. But I decided LC: After the reunion, I came back to to continue with the film even though Seattle and kept in touch with Eli’s mom there wasn’t a serious conflict because of and talked about it. Could this be a film Eli and who he is as a person, able to navproject? A documentary? His Bar Mitzvah igate two worlds and bring them together was coming up in a year and I thought, in such a graceful way. ‘Wouldn’t it be kind of interesting to go JT: What is it about Jewish film that out there and explore his processing his makes incorporating Jewish life into the coming of age as a Bar Mitzvah. And while subject of your movie so important? I’m out there, I’ll check out the breakLC: In my opinion, there isn’t only one dancing and see how he behaves in both worlds and see how he manages each in his life.” After a few months of discussing X Page 26
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Aharon Keshales, have noble intentions: To represent the culture’s lack of interpersonal respect as a blood-spattered forest. But the characters need the motives more. Their shallow, gross relationships (incest? really?) seem well suited to punishment by death. My vote? Bear trap. Where Rabies succeeds is in imagining the greatest fear as the fear of oneself. In doing so, it completely circumvents the role of the original killer — a neat idea, but one better suited for a psychological thriller. It could be great, but instead Rabies chases its tail and ends up a comedy with enough blood (and some severed fingers and a nasty dislocated jaw) to give Red Cross blood bank workers a day off. I do see cult potential here. If in 15 years my kids are wearing out our vintage DVD player with Rabies on repeat, I’ll be humbled to say I knew it when. For now, I’ll opt for the vaccine. — EKA
Rabies bites on Sat., March 24 at 9:30 p.m. at SIFF Cinema at the Uptown.
A coming of age that got up and went
Here’s a synopsis: Uptight, repressed Valley girl spends some time in the city, learns about herself, and finds love. Deb Dorfman lives with her uptight, depressed, not-so-recently widowed father. He spouts a lot of Yiddish and complains a lot — that’s how we know they’re Jewish. She works for her brother, a lying, sex-addicted worm who spends more time on the golf course than in the office. So when her brother’s best friend, the object of Deb’s desire, asks her to spend four days cat sitting at his gorgeous new loft in a gentrified industrial district downtown, she jumps at the chance — not to escape the 1980s, where she apparently lives, but to unpack all of his stuff and decorate for him. Because she loves him. And he loves her, in that “luvs ya” kind of way, despite the fact that he’s good looking and an international journalist and hangs out with models. But Deb can’t stand the sight of herself, let alone utter a complete sentence in his presence. And she thinks the models are prostitutes because they’re models. And she lives with her father. It doesn’t sound
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Cookie, the improbable love interest in Dorfman, shows Deb the improved downtown L.A.
like the makings of true love, but stranger things have happened. Just not in L.A. So the models give Deb a Cyndi Lauper makeover, which, sadly, is an improvement. She argues with the neighbor, an artist, apparently the only other person who lives in the building, then spends a day on the town with him to see the real L.A. Meanwhile, Deb parked Dad at her brother’s mansion, but big brother can’t
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In latest clashes, a new technology vies with old grievances and internal power struggles
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JERUSALEM (JTA) — If Israel has its way, this is how future conflicts with Gazabased terrorists will unfold: Israeli aircraft launch surgical strikes on rocket launchers; terrorist leaders are assassinated as necessary; Israeli civilians along the southern frontier are protected by advanced technology that shoots enemy rockets out of the sky; and the world, preoccupied with other matters, is too distracted to object. The clashes last weekend provide a glimpse of what this brave new world of warcraft might look like. They were precipitated by the Israel Defense Forces’ bombing of a car that carried Zuhair Qaisi, leader of the Popular Resistance Committees in the Gaza Strip, and another top PRC terrorist released in the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange. As Israeli leaders expected, Islamist terrorist organizations responded with a barrage of mortar shells, Kassam rockets and Grad missiles aimed at the million or so Israelis living within firing range of Gaza. But Israel’s Iron Dome rocket defense system performed admirably, foiling dozens of deadly hits and providing Israel with cover to go after terrorists it considers valuable targets. Israel also has been able to act decisively without causing widespread carnage and inviting a broader retaliation. As of Monday night, Israel Air Force strikes had resulted in few civilian deaths among the more than 20 Palestinians killed — most of the casualties were members of terror groups. And with the world largely distracted by the violence in Syria and a looming confrontation with Iran, it seems that Israel’s leaders viewed this as an opportune moment to strike. “The Americans are busy with presidential elections, Syria is involved in a civil war, which means that its proxy in Lebanon — Hezbollah — has been weakened, and Egypt is dependent on the U.S. and is in no position to do anything,” said Professor Efraim Inbar of the Begin-Sadat (BESA) Center for Strategic Studies at Bar Ilan University. “Most of the world would be relieved that Israel is tied down in Gaza and not planning an attack on Iran.” On the Palestinian side, a different set of considerations is driving Hamas, the controlling power in Gaza, to refrain from taking an active part in the attacks against Israel and confronting more extremist organizations. Hamas is keen to show it can ensure quiet in Gaza and avoid provoking Israel, but it also wants to preserve its position with Gaza’s young and radicalized population by avoiding a clash with the PRC and Islamic Jihad. Both groups are socalled muqawama, or rejectionist, terror groups, funded and backed by Iran, and oppose what they see as Hamas’ “pragmatic” approach. They advocate a commitment to violent struggle against Israel. “Hamas is in transformation, moving away from its old alliance with Iran and Syria, and attempting to align itself with Sunni states such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia,” said Ehud Yaari of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “Hamas has a vested interest in showing that it is capable of maintaining stability in Gaza.” The decision to pursue Qaisi was driven by the IDF’s belief that he was in the process of planning a terrorist attack from the Sinai Peninsula, a swath of land measuring 23,000 square miles that is only nominally under Egyptian control. Qaisi already had succeeded in launching such an attack, last August, which left eight Israelis dead. The ensuing fighting along the border also claimed the lives of three
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ordinary people, especially Jews, to negotiate the whipsaw turn of events there in the early years of World War II. It should be noted that the film avoids the usual portrayal of all Ukrainians as anti-Semitic opportunists, instead depicting some characters as kind (albeit gruff) and others as complying out of fear of their new Nazi overlords. Wunderkinder also eschews the winsome movie cliché that art can bridge ethnic or national divides. The most bracing character in the film is music teacher
Irina Salomonowa (Gudrun Landgrebe), whose passion for liberty and justice surpasses even her dedication to musical excellence and her students. One imagines that Hanna Reich carried Irina’s inspiration, among others, to every performance of her career.
Wunderkinder will screen on Sat., March 24 at 7:15 p.m., preceded by the short film With My Own Eyes: Holocaust. Genocide. Today. at SIFF Cinema at the Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave. N, Seattle. Visit www.seattlejewishfilmfestival.org for ticket and film information.
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way to have a Jewish life. I think it’s really important for us to explore the variety of ways in which people are living Jewish lives. JT: Being that you’re located in Seattle but the film does not take place here, did you have to do a lot of traveling to make the movie? LC: I made four trips to the East Coast; three trips to Connecticut and one to Atlanta over a two-year period. It was challenging, as I have two small children, but my husband’s really supportive and my trips weren’t too long.
JT: Where will you be taking your film next? LC: I’ve been approached by a couple of festivals and I’m exploring other festivals to submit my film to. Right now on my list are: Jewish film festivals, dance film festivals, and children’s film festivals. JT: Now that you’ve completed your first writing/directing project, are there any other projects on the horizon? LC: Going through this experience and definitely sparked an interest for me in filmmaking on the creative end. I’ve got some ideas that I’m exploring right now and I think I’d like to make another short. We’ll see.
Lisa Cohen will speak at the premiere of her film B-Boy on Tues., March 20 at 6:30 p.m. at SIFF Cinema at the Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave. N, Seattle. Visit www.seattlejewishfilmfestival.org for ticket and film information.
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March 24 at 8 p.m. The Thomashefskys: Music & Memories of a Life in Yiddish Theater Television broadcast Boris and Bessie Thomashefsky immigrated to America from the shtetls of Ukraine in the 1880s to become two of Yiddish theater’s greatest stars. Owning theaters around New York, performing for crazed fans and publishing a magazine, The Yiddish Stage, the Thomashefskys are now an endangered cultural memory. Their grandson, Michael Tilson Thomas, wrote and hosts the program. The Thomashefskys will broadcast on PBS Great Performances (check local listings). A DVD will be released April 24.
Nikita Cali Marcou
Nikita will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on March 17, 2012, at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue. Nikita is the daughter of Jennifer and Richard Marcou of Mercer Island and the sister of Nadia and Damon. Her grandparents are Joyce and Joseph Marcou of Lake Worth, Fla., John Hudson and Anita Colombo of Oak Harbor, and Susan and Paul Singer of Santa Barbara, Calif. Nikita is a 7th-grader at Islander Middle School. She enjoys acting in plays and musicals, and for her mitzvah project she is raising money through bake sales benefiting UNICEF to fight hunger in Africa.
Liam Alexander Geisser
Liam will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on March 24, 2012 at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue. Liam is the son of Adam and Mindy Geisser of Bellevue and the brother of Joshua, Eden and Rachel. His grandparents are Bob and Betty Krueger of Rancho Mirage, Calif., Mary Lee George of Asheville, N.C., Anne Geisser of St. Paul, Minn., and the late Seymour Geisser. Liam is a 7th-grader at The Jewish Day School of Greater Seattle. He enjoys karate and playing guitar and piano. His mitzvah project is supporting Little Kids Rock, which raises money for musical instruments in underprivileged schools.
March 31 at 8 p.m. Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra: Adams, Barber, Copland Concert Indigenous and rarely heard works will include Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” alongside Barber’s “Adagio for Strings” and the stunning “Knoxville: Summer of 1915,” as well as Adams’ raucous Chamber Symphony. At Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle. For tickets and information visit www.seattlesymphony.org.
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As the mess Rozek has created gets worse, his bright red roses become less a gift and more a calling card. Kamila and Adam fall in love, and because she has found that what Adam can teach her holds more value than her blind subservience to the state, their lives become a living hell. Yet Rozek’s own layers of secrets continue to peel back like a rotting onion, so much so that his stock in trade eventually
becomes worthless. He, too, must pay a price. Nobody escapes unscathed, everything is irretrievably destroyed. Everything, that is, except for the mastery of this film.
Little Rose screens on Thurs., March 22 at 9:10 p.m. at the SIFF Cinema at the Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave. N, Seattle. Visit www.seattlejewishfilmfestival.org for ticket and film information. This film contains graphic scenes of sexuality and violence.
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Egyptian soldiers, prompting thousands to storm Israel’s embassy and souring relations between Jerusalem and Cairo. Avoiding such an eventuality appears to be shared on the opposite side of the border. Egypt, where President Hosni Mubarak’s autocratic regime has been replaced with a parliament controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood — an Islamist organization with close ties to Hamas — might be compelled to react in the face of widespread civilian deaths in Gaza, Yaari said. But given the country’s relative instability and lack of clear leadership, all factions of the country’s government would like to avoid a Gaza crisis and a further deterioration in relations with Israel. Egypt’s intelligence chief, Murad Muafi, is playing a major role as a liaison between Hamas and Israel to bring about a cease-fire in Gaza. Israel’s ability to act narrowly in Gaza — avoiding the threat of an Egyptian retaliation while reducing the likelihood of high civilian casualties that would have generated intense pressure for a wide-scale assault — was enabled by the technologi-
cal wizardry behind Iron Dome, a potential game-changer in Israel’s continuing struggle against cross-border terrorism even if it leaves the region’s underlying dynamics unchanged. The technology, first deployed in southern Israel in March 2011, is capable of downing rockets with a range of between 2.5 and 43 miles. In the latest round of clashes, it has intercepted over 90 percent of incoming rockets, according to the Jerusalem Post, up from 75 percent a year ago. So far, only one Israeli civilian has been seriously wounded — a 40-year-old foreign worker from Thailand who was hit by shrapnel. The much-reduced risks of civilian casualties on the Israeli side protects the political leadership from pressure to undertake a full-scale assault on Gaza, as happened during Operation Cast Lead, the 22-day military incursion into the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip that began in December 2008 and left 1,166 Palestinians and 13 Israelis dead. “Under the circumstances,” said Yoram Schweitzer, a terrorism expert at the Institute for National Security Studies, “when the chance arose to take out Qaisi, we took advantage of it.”
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