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How America first learned of the Holocaust
Rafael Medoff JointMedia News Service
Seventy years ago this month, America learned, for the first time, about the systematic mass murder of Europe’s Jews — but Allied officials and some leading newspapers downplayed the news. In late 1941 and early 1942, Western diplomats and journalists received scattered information about Nazi massacres of many thousands of Jews in German-occupied Poland and Russia. But the news was difficult to confirm and sounded to many like the usual travails of war. The turning point came in late May 1942, when a courier from the Jewish Socialist Bund of Poland reached England with a shocking report. It began: “From the day the Russo-German war broke out, the Germans embarked on the physical extermination of the Jewish population on Polish soil.” The Bund Report stressed that the killings were not isolated outbursts, but part of a systematic plan to “annihilate all the Jews in Europe,” town by town, country by country. The report described how in villages throughout Poland and Western Russia, German troops marched the Jewish residents to a nearby forest or ravine, and machine-gunned them into giant pits. The Bund also detailed the killing of Jews in the Chelmno camp in mobile death vans — trucks whose exhaust fumes were pumped back into the passenger cabin. Some 700,000 Jews had already been murdered, the Bund Report calculated. At a follow-up press conference in June, World Jewish Congress officials in London reported that the death toll had passed one million. (The real number was already close to 2 million.) BBC Radio devoted several broadcasts to the story, and the London Times and other British newspapers published it prominently. The response of the American press, however, was much weaker. The Chicago Tribune, for example, relegated the news to 11 lines on page 6, and reported vaguely that the Jews had perished as a result of “ill treatment” by the Germans. The Los Angeles Times gave it two paragraphs on page 3. The coverage in the New York Times was particularly important because many other newspapers looked to the Times — as they still do — to decide if a par-
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In this week’s Torah portion, Korach instigates a mutiny against Moshe Rabbeinu. Throughout history, Korach has been vilified as someone who was corrupt and had no fear of God. However, if we look at his argument, it doesn’t seem all that bad. Korach asked Moshe: “The whole nation of Israel is holy; why do you exalt yourself over the congregation of God?” Seemingly, Korach was not corrupt, but was fighting elitism, which could very well have been a noble cause for him to champion. As an American, I love the statement in the Constitution that “all men were created equal.” It’s something ingrained in Jewish ethics, in the way we were brought up, that all human beings deserve equal opportunity. Korach, the Midrash tells us, asked Moshe: “Does a tallit that was made entirely of techelit (special blue wool) need to have strings made of techelit as well?” Korach was saying that all the Jewish people were holy, so there was no need to make a distinction between them (white vs. blue). I doubt this is what the Founding Fathers meant when stating that all men were created equal. Tomorrow, Shabbat, is the 18th anniversary of the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s (R’ Menachem M. Schneersohn) passing. The Rebbe, as he was lovingly known, taught that Korach’s error was that although all men are created equal, we each have an individual mission in changing this world into a place of goodness and kindness. We’re all equal yet distinct, and each one of us is unique. Nelson Mandela is quoted as saying, “There is no passion to be found in playing small, in settling for a life that is less than the one that you are capable of living.” In Ethics of our Fathers (Chapter 4), it states: “Do not scorn any person, for there is no person without his/her hour.” Every human being, every creature, every object, has its unique purpose. Let us learn from Korach’s mistake and treat every human being as an equal, yet respect our differences, and help one another reach the goal of making this world a place that God would be proud of. Shabbat Shalom!
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Shmuel Zygelbojm, a Jewish member of the London-based Polish government in exile, played a major role in publicizing the Bund Report.
ticular story deserves attention. On June 27, the Times buried the Bund story at the end of a column of short news items from Europe. Five days later, the Times reported on the World Jewish Congress’s press conference — but the Times diluted the news by asserting that the death toll “probably includes many who died of maltreatment in concentration camps, starvation in ghettos or forced labor” rather than mass murder. Then, on July 4, the Times tried to pull the rug out from under the Bund Report. An unsigned news analysis, published on page 4, claimed the Jewish death toll could be anywhere “from 100,000 to 1,500,000.” The Germans “treat the Jews according to whether they are productive or nonproductive,” the Times asserted. The high mortality rate among “nonproductive” Jews was due to “starvation and illtreatment” rather than mass executions. Eyewitness accounts of mass graves with 40,000 bodies at Zhitomir “appear to have been based on hearsay.” Meanwhile, the Allies were trying to bury the story. A few weeks after the Bund Report arrived, officials of the U.S.
Office of War Information and the British Ministry of Information began meeting in Washington under the auspices of their new Committee on War Information Policy. They decided to withhold news about Nazi massacres of Jews, lest it lead to “hatred of all members of the races guilty of such actions” or provoke retaliation against American POWs. In response to the Bund Report, the American Jewish Congress, B’nai B’rith and the Jewish Labor Committee organized a rally at Madison Square Garden in July 1942 that drew a capacity crowd of 20,000. But AJC president Rabbi Stephen S. Wise and the other speakers refrained from calling on the Allied governments to take any steps to rescue European Jews. The protest was limited to expressions of sorrow over the killing, and hope for a speedy Allied victory over the Nazis. “It is somewhat difficult to put all the blame for complacency on British and American statesmen...when Jewish leaders made no visible attempt to put pressure on their governments for any active policy of rescue,” Prof. Yehuda Bauer, of Hebrew University and Yad Vashem, has written.
“The Jewish leadership could hardly plead lack of knowledge.” Bauer blames the restrained Jewish response on doubts about the news, “loyalty to President Roosevelt,” and “fear of arousing anti-Semitism if the United States were requested to act specifically in the interest of Jews in Europe.” Prof. David S. Wyman, author of “The Abandonment of the Jews,” contends that Wise and other Jewish leaders “were still in shock — the news from Europe was so horrific, and so unprecedented, that it took time to understand and absorb it.” It would take several more months of such reports, and a grudging confirmation by the Roosevelt administration at the end of 1942, before Jewish leaders began proposing concrete plans for rescue — but even then, the struggle to bring about Allied action would prove formidable indeed.
Dr. Rafael Medoff is director of The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, and coauthor, with Prof. Sonja Schoepf Wentling, of the new book “Herbert Hoover and the Jews: The Origins of the ‘Jewish Vote’ and Bipartisan Support for Israel.”
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The people of Israel lives! — in Tacoma
After much ado, Chabad of Pierce County’s first Orthodox shul opens its doors for spiritual business.
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Di klenste nekome farsamt di neshome.
The smallest revenge poisons the soul. “Getting even” is a poor bargain.
On a visit to Seattle, Israel’s ambassador Michael Oren talked about the spiritual side of his job.
An Iranian civil-military relations expert breaks down Iran’s nuclear intentions.
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Eighth-graders from the Jewish Day School reflect on their class trip to Israel.
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Reinventing Jewish education
Seattle Jewish educators came together to collectively dream at the Jewish Education Summit.
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Chabad of Tacoma celebrates new space
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On Sunday, June 10, Rabbi Zalman Heber greeted some 400 guests to celebrate the opening of the new Chabad Jewish Center — the first synagogue built in Tacoma and Pierce County since the Reform Temple Beth El opened its doors in 1968. “How long has it been?” Rabbi Heber asked his audience rhetorically. The struggle to build the new shul, he admitted, had given him some “sleepless nights and white hairs.” But it was worth it. By building a new synagogue, he said, we proclaim to God, “We are your partners in creation.” How long has it been? Rabbi Heber and his wife Miriam, who grew up in the Chabad-Lubavitch community in Brooklyn, came to Tacoma to begin Chabad of Pierce County in 2003. Two years later they moved into a spacious home on North Hawthorne Street overlooking the Tacoma Narrows, where they still live, converting downstairs rooms into a small sanctuary/social hall/school space. From the beginning, a new shul was planned for the adjoining lot in back, at 2146 North Mildred Street. Construction, however, did not start until last summer. The project was delayed for two years when neighbors objected to the size of the proposed building in their residential neighborhood, and to the traffic and parking problems they expected. (There is no onsite parking, although the use of a nearby offsite lot has been arranged.) The city of Tacoma refused to grant a land-use variance until a hearings examiner ruled in favor of Chabad in 2010 on the basis of its religious rights. What’s the next step? Chabad plans to convert the space now vacated in the old building into a mikvah, Heber said. The event attracted Chabad rabbis from all over the Pacific Northwest, including the Chabad shaliach for the region, Rabbi Sholom Ber Levitin of Congregation Shaarei Tefilah-Lubavitch in Seattle, as well as Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, vice chairman of the Central Organization for Jewish Education and chairman of the Council of Chabad Rabbis, who had just arrived from Bogota, Colombia. Rabbi Kotlarsky called the new shul an answer to the Holocaust and ended his greeting with a rousing “Am Yisrael chai!” (“The people of Israel lives!”) “This is incredible,” said congregant Rick Grenhorn. Getting the new shul built has been “like rolling a boulder uphill, but now we’ve got to the top.” Tovah Ahdut, a major donor to the construction effort with her husband Danny, said the new shul would be “an enrichment for the whole Jewish community.” Quite a few members of Temple Beth El came out in support, including temple president Jim Friedman. Chabad member Jonathan Friedman directed the Tacoma men’s chorus, the Totem-Aires, and contributed his own solo rendition of “Oseh Shalom.” Rabbi Heber, he said, had changed his life for the better. The excitement mounted after the speeches ended and the ritual steps toward opening the shul began. Rabbi Heber, assisted by his father Rabbi Shmuel
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At the grand opening of Chabad of Pierce County’s new synagogue building, Rabbi Zalman Heber and his family are joined by Rabbi Sholom Ber Levitin, director of Chabad of the Pacific Northwest, and Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, vice chairman of the Central Organization for Jewish Education and chairman of the Council of Chabad Rabbis, as well as several local and state politicians.
At the opening, Tacoma mayor Marilyn Strickland congratulated Chabad and noted that “Nothing is more contentious in government than land use.” Rabbi Heber believes the dispute was strictly over land use. “Nothing more should be read into it,” he said. Lieutenant Governor Brad Owens brought greetings to the congregation from Governor Christine Gregoire, who could not attend because of family health issues. Pierce County Council member Tim Farrell added congratulations from Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.) and County Executive Pat McCarthy.
The new shul is a three-story replica of 770 Eastern Parkway, the iconic Crown Heights building and Lubavitch headquarters where the Lubavitcher rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, held his post until his passing in 1994. The sanctuary, brightly lit on the sunny day through tall, clear windows, can seat 120. There is also ample office and classroom space and a social hall in the basement. Rabbi Heber stressed that the fundraising campaign is far from over, and dedications are still possible. All major donors to the effort are from the local area, with some individual out-of-state contributions.
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The ambassador’s spiritual conversations
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The hardest thing Michael Oren has ever done occurred while he was an officer in the Israeli Defense Forces seven years ago, during the disengagement from Gaza. “I went into houses and pulled people from houses, and I haven’t gotten over it since,” said Israel’s ambassador to the United States during a June 6 visit to Seattle. The worst part, he said, was that the result of the unilateral withdrawal intended by then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon ended not in peace, but in rocket fire. “We pulled up 21 settlements, we pulled 9,100 people out of their houses in order to advance the peace process,” Oren said. The ambassador spent a day in Seattle, speaking with media and to a near-capacity crowd at Temple De Hirsch Sinai in the evening. Earlier in the afternoon, however, in a conference room in a downtown Seattle high rise, Oren had a much more intimate setting: The Seattle chapter of the American Jewish Committee hosted Oren at a luncheon that brought in Jewish and Christian clergy from many different denominations to meet with and question him about Israel’s role in Mideast politics. The ambassador couched the discussion in spiritual terms, including speaking about his own religious connections to Judaism and Israel, that day in Gaza being given duty to restore Israel to the Jewish people. In his 2007 book “Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East, 1776 to the Present,” one of the men he researched was Orson Hyde, an apostle of Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon Church, “who in 1844 comes to JeruJoel MagalNiCk Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren, left, talks with Israel’s Consul salem and builds an general to the Pacific Northwest, Akiva Tor, during Oren’s June 6 Seattle altar on the top of the Mount of Olives,” visit. Oren told the group. “A prayer was said that I believe has a case in point. become a part of the Mormon liturgy, Under the Rabin administration in the which talks about the restoration of the early ’90s, “I had the honor of serving as Jews to the Promised Land.” advisor for interchurch affairs,” Oren told And such is the spiritual connection the luncheon attendees. It was “one of the between Americans and Israel. most extraordinary experiences of my life, “I would go so far as to say it is actually being a Jewish kid from New Jersey who was stronger, in many ways, than the strategic dealing with the Papal Nunzio. I worked alliance or the shared democratic values. with 44 different Protestant churches.” It is so integral to this country,” Oren said. Oren, an academic and author of For a man who spends as much time on several books on Israeli history, poliCapitol Hill as he does, that connection is tics and religion, spoke about the early very powerful, especially when he meets Americans who saw it as their Godwith legislators who may not have a single Jew in their constituency. “I will walk into their rooms,” he said, “and they will open the Bible, and they’ll point to the passage that says ‘Those who bless your people are blessed,’ and say, ‘Okay, what do you want for missile defense?’” One representative of the Catholic church, Sister Joyce Cox, said that during a recent visit to Jerusalem she had been troubled by two issues within the IsraeliPalestinian conflict: The security barrier and West Bank settlements. The barrier, Oren said, is easy. “I would say we didn’t build the wall. Hamas built the wall. Al-Aqsa Brigades built the wall. We’ve lost 1,000 people to suicide bombers,” he said. “There was no choice.” Settlements are a bit more complicated, however. “There were no settlements before… the Six Day War, and there was an ArabIsraeli conflict well before the Six Day War,” Oren responded. Pointing again to the 2005 disengagement, “We uprooted all these settlements in Gaza in order to advance peace and we didn’t get peace,” he said. “That’s Exhibit
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This Week’s Wisdom
The ongoing enrichment of the nuclear option
Janis siegel JtNews Correspondent
Ahmadinejad, the son of a blacksmith, As tensions remain high over the progearned his doctorate from the Univerress of Iran’s nuclear program, an Iranian sity of Science and Technology in Tehran, civil-military relations expert, Ali Alfoneh, where he was a lecturer. He claims to have told a Seattle crowd at Temple De Hirsch joined the Guard after the revolution, Sinai that in Iran today, a corrupt and where he reportedly worked in covert milincreasingly powerful Islamic Revolutionitary operations throughout the war. ary Guard Corps does not fear the United “Ahmadinejad is the first president in States or President Obama. As its political the history of my country during the past 33 and economic power surges, Iran’s “radiyears who is not a cleric,” said Alfoneh. “He’s cal clergy” continue to manipulate a popa soldier, an eight-year Iraq War veteran and ulation steeped in “superstitious” religious war hero. Ahmadinejad has 18 cabinet minteachings. isters and all of them are war veterans.” Alfoneh, a resident fellow at the AmerIt was the Revolutionary Guard who ican Enterprise Institute for Public Policy arrested hundreds and beat and shot proResearch exposed an Iranian regime whose testors in the streets during the 2009 main objectives include continued nuclear election protest, killing more than 20, enrichment, despite threats of attack from according to official reports. the U.S. or Israel, and the suppression of the reform movement within the country, which took to the streets in 2009 to protest what it believed was Ahmadinejad’s corrupt landslide re-election to his second term in office. Under the rule of the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iranian law, which discourages the military from intervening in politics, is playing out differJaNiS Siegel ently on the ground. Iranian civil and military expert Ali Alfoneh speaks with Lydia Katz “Iran is generally dete- about his policy research. riorating into a military “The biggest mistake was to allow dictatorship,” said Alfoneh at the June 8 the Revolutionary Guard to suppress event that was co-hosted by the Ameridomestic enemies, but the leadership of can-Israel Public Affairs Committee. “Ever the movement blew the uprising,” said since the revolution in my country, power Alfoneh, arguing that protesters refused to has rested upon two pillars…the Revolustay in the streets at all costs. tionary Shia Clergy and the Islamic RevToday, the Revolutionary Guard influolutionary Guard Corps. The IRGC is an ences all areas of Iranian life, he said, ideological military organization. The RSC including the economy, where it monopois being marginalized.” lizes all state-run building contracts, subAlfoneh, who writes extensively about contracting the construction to private internal Iranian politics, has stated that local companies. after the Islamic Revolution in 1979, modThe Guard also runs a healthy smugerates such as former presidents Hashgling business, according to Alfoneh, supemi Rafsanjani and Mohammad Khatami, plying the Muslim country with plenty of both from the literary cleric class, confined liquor and Viagra-type male enhancement the Revolutionary Guard to a “bureaumedicine. cratic” role. However, at the end of the Internationally, the Guard remains defiIran-Iraq war, popular support began to ant against any and all sanctions, continued favor military power, which Alfoneh comAlfoneh, and has ample funds to wait out the pared to the disposition of German society effects of those sanctions, however severe. after its bitter defeat in World War I. This At a minimum, he said, the regime shift in Iran, he said, led to the ascendancy may have $30 billion of financial reserves of Ahmadinejad to the presidency in 2005. that could sustain the country through a “The clerical class in Iran is recruited year of the most austere sanctions. Others from the rich,” said Alfoneh. “Rafsanestimate Iran’s financial reserves to be closer jani’s father was a pistachio farmer who to $90 billion, which, Alfoneh believes, could could afford to send his son to Japan, to the sustain the country for as long as two years. United States, to Canada, and to Malaysia. When asked by JTNews as to whether He traveled all over.” Iran’s defiance amid tightening international On the other hand, he said, the Revolutionary Guard recruits from lower- and middle-class rural families. X PAgE 22
Being a boss means being in charge, but there are right ways and wrong ways to treat your employees. The right way goes back all the way to Deuteronomy, which says, “You shall not oppress a hired worker who is poor and needy, whether he is one of your brothers or one of the sojourners who are in your land within your towns.” Here is a cautionary sequence of ways you should not treat your valued employee.
ACROSS 1 Retail giant founded in Kirkland 7 Unfortunate fact of life in Sudan 10 Prefix with adjusted 13 Shows up 15 State west of Mont. 16 Sea-Tac datum 17 If your employee says “Let’s make 19 “i” lid? 20 Popular Father’s Day gift 21 If your employee says “I sold some 23 25 26 27 31 32 39 40 41 42 43 47 48 49 51 53 57 62 63 64 66 67 68 69 70 71 DOWN 1 Hierarchical social grouping 2 Choose to participate 3 Movie in which Jan de Bont threw Keanu 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 14 18 22 24 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 44 45 46 49 50 51 52 54 55 56 58 59 60 61 65
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widgets!” you don’t... Comes to a halt Sounds of sighs Sue Sylvester’s series “Rumor ___...” The ___ Club (show hosted by Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker) If your employee says “Can we make nacho cheese widgets?” you don’t... Cirque du Soleil show featuring a giant egg that’s currently performing in Portland Captain Morgan’s drink Flatfoot “...man ___ mouse?” If your employee says “I mislabeled the nacho cheese widgets,” you don’t... Landscaper’s purchase In base 8 “Headache with pictures,” according to Fry from Futurama Trouble ___ switch If your employee says “I’ll relabel the nacho cheese widgets,” you don’t... Pool necessity Warning from an angry dog If your employee says “You mislabeled the nacho cheese widgets!” you don’t... Grow gray Bruce buried in Seattle’s Lakeview Cemetery Reverend who watched birds... er, botched words Even so Wacky Like a brat
Reeves under the bus Leaves during breakfast, perhaps? Pasture newborn Killer whale One of the D’s in 3D “So long, amigos!” “Round and Round” band Boneless portion of beef Seek redemption Hanukkah pancake ___ Lanka Send over the moon Network of House Hunters International “Steady as ___ goes” “Extra Dry” antiperspirant brand Undesirable sorts ___ Thomas, Soul Queen of New Orleans Kate Middleton’s sister Palme ___ (Cannes Film Festival award) Pre-holiday day Like many briefings Obama is privy to Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap band Tugboat signal Carson Daly’s MTV show “w00t!” Sound heard by a circus crowd or from a circus crowd Who has set foot on Mars Target for a bowhunter “Yep, ___” (words on a 1997 Time cover featuring Ellen DeGeneres) Funerary song Wired Foolhardily encouraged Disappointing response to an invite Network director Sidney Not convinced City in which Mideast peace accords were negotiated in 1993 Some batteries Measures of countries’ economies Black, in poetry London lavatory
Answers on page 17 © 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.
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The lonely man of rap
eMilY k. alhadeff associate editor, JtNews Nissim Black
Age: 25 Twitter: @mash340 It’s hard to believe Nissim Black, sitting across from me at Café Vita in Seward Park, is the same person as D. Black — the D. Black whose parents pioneered Seattle’s rap scene, who was mentored by legendary Vitamin D, who was described in the Seattle Times in 2009 as “Seattle hip-hop’s first son, the mini-wrecking ball with a golden voice.” In just a quarter century, Nissim — né Damian — Black has already lived two lives. Nowadays he can be found around Seward Park, where he lives with his wife and two children, attending Sephardic Bikur Holim and donning a black velvet kippah. The South Seattle native and Rainier Beach High School grad released his first album, “Cause and Effect” in 2006, at the age of 19. “That was my gangsta album,” he says, and laughs. “I don’t recommend listening to that.” You could say music is in his blood. His parents, James Croone (Captain Crunch) and Mia Black were part of the Emerald Street Boys and Emerald Street Girls back in the ’80s, and when Seattle rap legend
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Vitamin D moved his studio to Nissim’s family’s basement, “the stipulation was that he had to teach me everything he knew.” Six years later, after a detour through Christianity, Damian is now Nissim and identifies as an Orthodox Jew. And after a hiatus from the music industry, where he was CEO at Sportn’ Life Records, he’s reinventing himself as a producer at Orach Emet Music Company, which he manages with his brother-in-law. Nissim’s 2009 album, “Ali’Yah,” locates the mid-point between his life as a rapper and an observant Jew. Case in point: The music video for “Yesterday,” which follows the artist playing chess with himself under a bridge. He opens with the lyrics, “new life, new day, new breath,” and the chorus picks up, “Forget about yesterday. Today won’t be the same.” After the old Black loses the game, new Black stands and turns, a tallis draped over his head. “My music was different, much more powerful,” says Nissim of “Ali’Yah.” “When we did the release party for that, there were people crying.” “Ali’Yah” also marks Nissim’s transition from vibrant Christian faith to Orthodox Judaism. During that time, his hunger for spiritual knowledge intensified. “I read through the Tanach twice, and I couldn’t get into Christianity anymore,” he says. “For the first time I felt the connection with Torah. I became fascinated with Halachah. I don’t know
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Each year the JTNews celebrates 10 of the community’s most accomplished, interesting people under the age of 40. We are proud to present to you this stellar list of artists, teachers, entrepreneurs, big thinkers and super doers, who represent a snapshot of the vibrant and diverse Jewish American landscape. Even though none of them are doctors or lawyers, we think their mothers should be very happy.
The Pulitzer Prize winner
eMilY k. alhadeff associate editor, JtNews Eli Sanders
Age: 34 Website: elisanders.net Twitter: @elijsanders Personal philosophy: “I would love to have the time to figure out my personal philosophy.” Last June, I happened to pick up a copy of The Stranger and opened to a story called “The Bravest Woman in Seattle.” I couldn’t put it down, and I couldn’t forget it. The story, by The Stranger’s associate editor Eli Sanders, reached into the dark night when a deranged man broke into Jennifer Hopper and Theresa Butz’s South Park home, raped each woman repeatedly, and, after promising not to kill them, stabbed Butz to death, leaving Hopper to grieve the woman she planned to marry. The story won Sanders the Pulitzer Prize in journalism for feature writing this year. “I assumed that they would get in touch with you in advance, give you a little heads up,” says Sanders. On the day the announcement was supposed to be made, he went to the Pulitzer web page, “and there was my name.” After graduating from Garfield High in 1995, Eli headed east to study journalism at Columbia. Those days were good to writers, and upon graduation he landed a three-year residency at the Seattle Times. Following a short writing hiatus, he returned to the craft, freelancing for The Stranger and going on to become a news assistant for the New York Times Seattle Bureau before being hired by The Stranger some six years ago — at this point he can’t remember exactly how long he’s been at the city’s popular alternative weekly. A glance at Eli’s list of stories shows his aptitude to master an incredible breadth of topics: In-depth features, comprehensive profiles — including one of Isaiah Kalebu, Butz’s killer — politics and sex stories (but are they so different?), marriage equality
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and religion, campaign trails and criminal trials that call hard facts and the human condition onto the floor for reckoning. “In my work I have to dive into a lot of different worlds,” says Eli. “There’s always this incredibly steep learning curve. That, to me, is always the hardest part.” Eli, who was raised Reform, says he relates to Judaism “in my own personal idiosyncratic way, like we all do.” Though not observant, Eli’s relationship to his roots comes through in his stories, like “The Jewish Problem” for The Stranger, a look at Portland’s shape-shifting Jewish scene on Tablet, and most recently a profile of Faygele ben Miriam, an early Seattle gay marriage activist, also on Tablet. “I like weird characters. Feygele is a weird character,” he says. “I’m drawn to characters like that. I enjoy the process of getting into their world a little bit more.” After he absorbed the news of his prize, Eli says The Stranger’s office manager ran out to fetch champagne, and everyone at the paper later went out for drinks — joined by Jennifer Hopper and her mother. Eli has developed a strong friendship with his subject since telling her story. “It’s been one of the most remarkable and wonderful parts,” he says.
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It’s all Greek to him. Really.
diana bReMent, JtNews Columnist Devin Naar, Assistant Professor
Age: 29 Reading: “A lot of esoteric stuff” as well as “Eating Animals” by Jonathan Safran Foer Inspired by: Our local Sephardic community Professor Devin Naar’s enthusiasm is palpable and contagious, even over the phone. The University of Washington’s Marsha & Jay Glazer Assistant Professor in Jewish Studies, a Sephardic history expert, has just finished his first year teaching in the history and Jewish studies departments. “We raced through history,” he notes dryly of his 10-week survey of Jewish culture from the Bible to the 20th century. Modern Jewish history and a seminar about Jewish, Christian and Muslim interaction around the Mediterranean rounded out the year. In that third class, Naar was able to focus on Salonika, his area of expertise. The northern Greek city was part of the Ottoman Empire for many centuries and “from 1492 to World War II, half the population of the city was Jewish, mostly Sephardic,” he says. “The Jerusalem of the Balkans,” was a center of cultural, political and religious diversity, where Jewish exiles from around the world found refuge. The community’s common language was Ladino, the Judeo-Spanish dialect that has existed since before the Inquisition, but that community was decimated by the Nazis — as were almost all Ladino-speaking com-
munities of that time, leading to tremendous losses in Ladino literature and culture. A faculty grant has given Naar time for two projects, completing his book on Salonika, an outgrowth of his Stanford University dissertation, and developing the Sephardic Studies Initiative, an effort “to collect, preserve and rejuvenate [our] rich Sephardic heritage,” he says. Although Seattle may have the third largest Sephardic population in the country, “it’s probably one of the most wellorganized,” Naar observes. It’s also the perfect place to launch the initiative’s pilot program, Seattle Sephardic Treasures, and Naar calls it “bashert [destiny], or kismet, as you would say in Ladino or Turkish,” that he ended up here. With both academic and community components, Naar hopes to make the initiative a repository and resource center for Ladino documents, similar to the Yiddish Book Center. He launched it with a table at the Ezra Bessaroth Purim Bazaar earlier this year and continues to invite the community to “open their closets and drawers” and share their Ladino documents and books so they can be documented and digitized (www.jewdub.org/ seattle-sephardic-treasures). And look for a conference on the subject of Sephardic Jews and the Holocaust to be held here in the fall. Calling it “a real grassroots” project, Naar credits Noam Pianko, head of the Althea & Sam Stroum Jewish Studies Pro-
gram, for his support and “an amazing job” of thinking innovatively about what the department can offer both students and community. A New Jersey native, Naar describes himself as “Ashkepharedi,” with roots in Salonika through his paternal great-grandfather, “the first rabbi of the Sephardic synagogue in New Jersey.” Naar attended that synagogue as a young child before his family moved and joined a Conservative synagogue, but “both those heritages [were] an important part of my life,” he says. Certainly no one else he knew “had a picture of their great-grandfather who was wearing a fez and happened to be a rabbi,” he added. Although he thought he might become a children’s book illustrator or an attorney — both, he notes, involve telling stories — his interest in his Sephardic heritage bloomed in college when, at Washington University in St. Louis, he became known as “the Sephardic kid” among his brothers at Alpha Epsilon Pi. The busy Professor Naar is getting married shortly in Los Angeles by the same rabbi who presided over his Bar
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Mitzvah. He drew the cover of his wedding invitation, which incorporates both English and Ladino in Hebrew characters — the first, he thinks, to be printed this way since before the war. In his free time Naar enjoys playing a little basketball. He and his fiancée Andrea Soroko enjoy cooking mostly vegetarian food, although they’ve added seafood to their diet since moving to Seattle. A previous profile of Naar, by the way, appeared in these pages in July 2011.
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The sandwich environmentalist
eMilY k. alhadeff associate editor, JtNews Ben Friedman
Age: 26 Twitter: @homegrownian Personal philosophy: “Work hard, play hard.” The sandwich: Stuff of nostalgia, epitomizer of simplicity, even — one could argue — America’s “poor man’s food.” Pull almost anything out of the fridge, slap it between two pieces of bread, and lunch is served. And like all poor man’s foods, the sand-
Joel Magalnick editor, JtNews Jessica Piha
Age: 30 Twitter: @jvpmedia The secret to her success: “Keep on hustlin’. I just don’t take no for an answer.” You might not know Jessica Piha’s name, but Elizabeth Hurley does. So does Isabelle Fuhrman, who played Clove in “The Hunger Games.” Fashionista Piha has made a name for herself on the red carpet while the women making the walk wear the jewels she has personally picked out for them. Penelope Ann Miller, who most recently appeared in last year’s “The Artist,” sported a pair of earrings at this year’s Academy Awards hand-picked by Piha. So how did she end up in the dressing rooms of the stars? “It’s about relationship building and trust,” she says. “I’ve been able to be really quite good at making sure I’m able to deliver both a fantastic experience to the celebrity or stylist, and make sure they’re always feeling beautiful and in good hands.” Her entrée into the world of actors and models came through her work with local online jeweler Blue Nile, which she says “was really wanting to pivot themselves in the celebrity sphere.” Though it’s usually the camera lens that separates us from them, in reality the cli-
Sure, anyone can make a sandwich. So what separates a good sandwich from a great one? “Sauce is integral,” Ben muses. And composition is key: “Every bite of a sandwich is like the Thanksgiving bite. Every bite you get a little bit of everything.” Sandwiches currently offered at Homegrown include a leek and fennel grilled
ents Piha works with are regular people who, just like her, have a job to do. Brooklyn Decker, who played Skyler in “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” is “one of the sweetest people we’ve ever met, just down to earth,” Piha says. “They’re very grateful if you’re able to loan them a million dollars’ worth of jewelry.” But who wouldn’t be? Providing exquisite jewelry, however, is a far cry from where Piha got her start: As a CNN reporter who did on-the-ground coverage after Hurricane Katrina.
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wich has been gentrified. At Ben Friedman’s Homegrown Sustainable Sandwich Shop, the humble sandwich comes packed with things like caramelized leeks, Meyer lemon aioli, artisanal cheese and Stumptown coffee-cayenne-rubbed pork loin. Introduce it to Seattle, and the sandwich becomes an activist, too. “Our goal is to not just create sustainable sandwiches, but to make sandwiches sustainable themselves,” says Ben. “We set out to fill kind of a niche place in the market… You can find around Seattle several wonderful restaurants to get local, organic sustainable food. It just comes at a high price.” For Ben and his business partner, Brad Gillis, it began with the idea of creating a socially responsible enterprise; they started out with a “desire for a more ecological way of living,” says Ben. The sandwiches are not only made with sustainable ingredients, but the restaurant uses recyclable and compostable materials and rejects that environmental misanthrope, the plastic water bottle. Ben says they look at the whole environmental picture when making business decisions so they can minimize impact. This approach is what they call “sandwich environmentalism.” Ben and Brad grew up on Mercer Island together and opened the first Homegrown location, on Capitol Hill, in 2009 when they were just 23. Since then, locations on Queen Anne and in Fremont have sprouted up. They’ve been lauded in Food & Wine, Sunset, Seattle Magazine, Seattle Met — just to name a few.
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cheese, seasonal squash with snap-pea pesto, and the “Reuben revised” with a red wine sauerkraut and Beecher’s cheese. The Reuben is among Ben’s favorite Jewish foods — it’s tied with blintzes, he says. “My biggest connection to the faith is food.” He spent a lot of time growing up in the kitchen with his mother and grandmother. “I come from a family of incredible cooks,” he adds. Although Ben says his favorite sandwich (if he had to pick one — besides the “mile-high” national sandwich of Uruguay) is the very unkosher turkey-baconavocado, if saving the world through food is a Jewish ideal, then Ben is righteous. “The bigger we get, the more impact we can have in terms of buying power,” he says. While he’s content with Homegrown’s rapid success, he hopes to one day influence the supply side of business with his demands for sustainability. The more immediate goal is to influence Seattleites who eat organic, local foods at home, but who throw those values away when it comes down to finding a cheap lunch. “More and more people are eating like this at home,” he says. “It’s about voting with your pocketbook, and it’s hard to corral people to think like that.” “For us, the challenge is providing that access in a price point people can access,” says Ben. “I think we do a good job of that.”
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The fine food forager
diana bReMent JtNews Columnist Andrea Lott, author
Age: 31 Reading: The second Hunger Games book, “Catching Fire,” and a lot of magazines. Inspiration: “People who are passionate about [something] and acting on it.” If you are a foodie, or even if you just like food, you will probably envy Andrea Lott. The author of “Dining In Seattle: Past and Present,” co-written with Andrea Umbach and Elliott Wolf, is working on a second book about Vancouver, B.C. for the series. The “Dining In” books are a revival of a series published by Classic Day/Peanut Butter Publishing, the oldest self-publishing business in the nation. The publisher, who happens to be co-author Wolf, and who also happens to be Lott’s dad, wanted to the update original 38 volumes and bring them into the 21st century. “Dining In Seattle” features entire menus from Seattle’s best known restaurants, along with recipes for signature dishes from each. “You can replicate an entire meal,” says Lott, “including wine pairings,” from
notable food establishments like Canlis and El Gaucho. Nineteen of these restaurants no longer exist, but Lott culled information about these “iconic” establishments from the original publication. “If you had never been [to them] you could at least learn about it,” she says. The book’s historic section reflects “the evolution of eating” over the past decades. Those who pine for The Other Place, The Adriatica or Gerard’s Relais de Lyon — or wish they could have been there — can create a little bit of those memories in their own kitchens. “It was a cool learning experience,” says Lott of the project. The first book took about two years to complete and involved talking to many chefs and eating out a lot. And cooking. Getting to try the recipes was half the fun, and Lott says she made about half the dishes in the book. Lott was lured away from a corporate job to write the series and says she was impressed by the dedication of the chefs So he threw away all of his records in penitent fashion. “If you’re listening to a person that’s only after fame and fortune, it’s damaging for your soul,” he says. Now Nissim’s able to reconcile music and religion, but don’t look for any new albums any time soon. “I don’t feel Hashem is pushing me in
with whom she worked. “A lot of them were owner-chefs” giving “blood, sweat and tears,” she says. “They were really passionate.” She also enjoyed seeing that “there were people who were truly enjoying their jobs,” something that she often found lacking in the corporate world. Growing up in Seattle’s Montlake neighborhood, Lott’s bio on Amazon.com tells us that she started in the food business selling chocolate chip cookies outside her house on Husky game days. She grew up attending Temple De Hirsch Sinai, where her family still belongs, and attended Lakeside School and Yale University. Lott is an active Jewish Federation volunteer who co-chaired the Women’s Philanthropy Connections brunch this year and served on the grants committee. She is joined in her volunteer efforts by husband Jordan, who also sits on the Federation board. His family attends Herzl–Ner Tamid, so “we split our time” between the two synagogues, she says. that direction,” he says. Reflecting on Matisyahu’s shift away from religious observance, he says, “It’s hard to maintain your religiosity and remain out there…I’m strong, I feel very grounded. But the thought of not being close to Hashem — because I’m so wrapped up in the hype and myself — I would feel so empty.” Though he still makes appearances on
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Not surprisingly, Lott says, “I like to cook, to spend time with friends.” The night before we spoke she had prepared homemade pizza for dinner. Jordan likes to barbecue. A gymnast in college, she’s a runner now with “a few marathons” under her belt, including the New York Marathon, “all to support my eating habits,” she says. She confesses that these days, “my knees don’t love me so much,” so perhaps there is a triathlon in her future. other artists’ albums and performs periodically, Nissim is content to produce music and develop artists with Orach Emet. The company is also partnering with a musiclicensing agency, and with the Garvey Woodson Society to create a music education program for youth. “I get to do what I want to now,” he says. “Baruch Hashem.”
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why...I just felt a love for that.” The spiritual journey also challenged his music. “I had to separate myself from being an artist,” he says. “In my mind I couldn’t make the two fit. I wanted to serve Hashem so much.”
the JTNews’ “10 Under 40.”
on being named one of
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The one-man show
eMilY k. alhadeff associate editor, JtNews Rabbi Heber
Age: 34 Personal philosophy: “To be partners with God and to make the world a better place.” He just built a huge new Jewish center in Tacoma, but why stop there? Two weeks after the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Rabbi Zalman Heber already has his sights set on outgrowing the building. “There’s a lot of work,” he says. “Reaching every single Jew in Pierce County, it could be our entire life.” The Brooklynite and father of five children under the age of 10 comes from a long line of rabbis in Poland and Israel. A student and emissary of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, Heber makes it his job to create a space for Jews to understand their purpose in this world. “That is the central point of Judaism,” he says. “My lifelong mission is dedicated and devoted to promoting this concept in Pierce County.” In 2003, Heber moved from New York to Tacoma to build a Chabad presence. The only other Jewish institution in that city is the Reform Temple Beth El. In nine years, Heber built enough of a community to warrant building a larger space. He says he just wants to provide for
“people looking for more religion, perhaps. “In the beginning, you start with a handful of people coming to your Friday night dinner,” he says. “Then it snowballs and people realize you’re here to serve them.” In time, a need and desire for religious services and classes emerged. Heber did most of the fundraising and building planning on his own. “It’s a oneman show,” he says. While his most impressive accomplishment comes down to getting the building off the ground — and a tiresome journey navigating zoning issues and neighborly relations — Heber’s real accomplishment is, he says, “when all of a sudden you see that there’s a community coming together. “A lot of Jews all of a sudden feeling and experiencing this community that they never felt before, that’s a very accomplished feeling,” he says. “A man burst out in tears and said he never had a place he could call his own synagogue.” The rabbi also found himself wrapped up in politics this year. When a Jewish man succumbed to hypothermia on Mount Rainier in December, his family reached out to Heber in order to stop the Pierce County medical examiner from
performing an autopsy. Autopsies are contrary to Jewish law, but refusing an autopsy when unusual conditions are involved is contrary to Washington State law. “I simply got a call from the family,” says Heber. “At that point, it was just to facilitate the transfer of the body.” But a legal battle ensued, and Heber, joined by several Jewish organizations and the government affairs department of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, helped to push a bill to allow families to refuse an autopsy on religious grounds within 48 hours of a death. The Senate passed the bill 46–2 on Feb. 9, but it languished in the House and never made it to the governor’s desk. While Heber says he will resume the fight in next year’s legislative session, he did feel a sense of accomplishment when the man’s body was returned to the family.
Now that he’s in his new spiritual home, Rabbi Heber wants to continue reaching out to the Jewish community and building “a place where they can feel at home. “People should just know that there is a place where they can call home, and pray, study, and discover their Judaism.”
for being awarded one of the “Ten Under Forty.” By bringing Jewish history to life you are helping revitalize our Sephardic community. With thanks and admiration, Harley and Lela Franco and Joel and Maureen Benoliel And congrats on your marriage to Andrea Soroko!
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The guy who does everything
dikla tuchMan arts editor, JtNews Zach Duitch
Job: Program director at the Stroum Jewish Community Center Age: 34 the Seattle Jewish Community School His vision: To have 1,000 campers and campus and has expanded to two sessions operate on a $1 million budget for the for this summer. Stroum JCC’s camps program. Looking back to when he first started What does the program director do? A with the camps program at the JCC, whole lot more than you’d assume from Duitch has been responsible for growing the simple title. The position was created the program nearly 200 percent. about two years ago when the Stroum “We’re probably going to hit close to JCC’s CEO Judy Neuman decided to 800 individual kids this summer,” he says. umbrella several programs under one title. Having grown up going to overnight The position was not created specifically camp, Duitch really loved and connected for Duitch, but Neuman certainly had him strongly to that experience. So he’s trying in mind as a leader at the JCC to incorpoto put it into a day camp context. rate many of the successful programs he The camp program is designed to was already overseeing. After working at engage kids and encourage them to latch the center for seven years and transitiononto what piques their interests. ing from leading the youth programs to “Kids can really hook on to what they’re becoming the camp director, he’s now in interested in and really grow within those charge of youth and recreation, sports, fitprograms,” Duitch says. “They’re taking ness, aquatics, and wellness, and of course, projects home, they’re really developing summer camp. something unique and special.” Duitch feels the growth of the summer What is Duitch’s vision for the future camp program at the JCC is the most as program director at the Stroum JCC? important aspect of his role. Branching out, which is what they’ve “I’ve really focused on the growth of started doing in the last two years. The our summer camp programs,” he says. summer camp programs are now offered “We’ve expanded to Seattle — we’ll have in North Seattle, which is a big change, and close to 80 kids a session in Seattle.” now they’re looking in other directions. That camp launched last summer on
“We’re still evaluating and seeing where we can go next. South? East?” he says. “[We’re] looking at different pockets and seeing where we can serve them and see where we can make it easy for kids to participate in Jewish day camp.” His accomplishments at the Stroum JCC are easy to track: Growing the summer camp program from 300 participants to 800 is proof in numbers. But Duitch also prides himself in growing and developing a more robust aquatics program for the JCC, as well as leading the way for a major remodel in the fitness center and continuing to grow and promote community events. Most importantly, Duitch sees his role in the larger Seattle Jewish community as centralized in what the JCC can do for the greater population. “We’re trying to cut down barriers and make sure people know we’re available and accessible,” says Duitch. “We’re a
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Israel comes to Bellevue
Every year, 8th graders at the Jewish Day School in Bellevue travel to Israel. Members of this year’s class share reflections on the powerful experience of visiting the Jewish State together.
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The wordsmith • Also, an education award for a local legislator
If you didn’t know it already, the crossword puzzle that appears in this newspaper also appears in life size on the wall at Capitol Hill’s Eltana bagel café in Seattle. The Eltana version is a weekly moveable sculpture (to match your moveable feast), made of white crossword tiles fitted over colorful permanent wall tiles. Every week a restaurant employee climbs a big ladder and moves the tiles around to fit the new puzzle written and/or edited by Mike Selinker. Mike explained that the idea for the wall puzzle came from Stephen Brown, Eltana’s owner. The two were introduced by a mutual friend and Mike knew it was the right job for him, plus, “Stephen has one of the biggest ladders I’ve ever seen,” says Mike. Mike grew up not far from the restaurant and has been writing crosswords since he was a kid. Games magazine published his first when he was 13. He has appeared in the New York Times (that dreidel-shaped diagram-less puzzle you did in December was his) and still appears regularly in Games and also in Wired. After graduating from Garfield High and Northwestern University, Mike
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worked as a political reporter in Chicago for seven years before deciding to “retire at the ripe old age of 27 [and] came home” to devote himself full time to games. Working for Wizards of the Coast, he helped develop the modern versions of Dungeons and Dragons, Risk, and, he says, “different games like that.” He started his own custom game design company, Lone Shark Games, in 2003 and quips that it “seems to be very successful.” Lone Shark’s specialty is “making large puzzle objects,” usually for special events and conventions. “Rather epic stunts is what we do,” says Mike, giving examples like “a Mexican jungle city for the game Uncharted,” at the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) or a large toscale model of the solar system that occupied the grounds of a Microsoft picnic. Unlike all of his other projects, the crossword on a wall was “an opportunity for a permanent fixture…where people could come and see our work and have a really great meal,” he says. “That has been particularly satisfying.” Each puzzle, if completed, gives you a message “about practical wisdom,” providing a suggestion or imperative that will
Crossword master and game creator Mike Selinker.
improve you or your world. “Know what you eat,” for example, or “speak out against prejudice,” have been titles that adorn the wall and the pages of this paper. Mike and I agree, by the way, that Eltana makes some of the best hummus in town. You can see a photo of Mike and his wife, Evon Fuerst, hanging crossword tiles at Lone Shark Games’s Facebook page, and you can learn more about the com-
pany and see some of their projects at their website, www.lonesharkgames.com. State Representative Marcie Maxwell (D-Renton) received the Washington Education Association’s highest honor last Saturday at the organization’s 2012 Representative Assembly in Spokane. The proclamation that accompanied Maxwell’s Friend of Education award acknowledged her work as a prominent figure in addressing critical issues facing public education and for her work aimed at ensuring a better life for public school students in Washington state. A former Renton school board director, Maxwell is a tireless advocate for improving the public education system in Washington. While serving in Olympia, she has led efforts to pass educationfunding reform bills that put the state on the right track toward providing a quality education in our public schools. Rep. Maxwell represents the 41st Legislative District communities of Bellevue, Beaux Arts, Issaquah, Mercer Island, Newcastle, Renton, and Sammamish. She serves in a legislative leadership role as the Deputy Majority Leader for Education and Opportunity, and co-chairs the Quality Education Council. In 2011, she earned the Washington State PTA’s highest honor, the Friend of Children award.
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Singing the song of a foreign land
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Dear Rivy, Did you catch the latest “America’s Got Talent?” It’s the one with the adorable kippah-wearing Jewish kid, Edan Pinochot, singing One Republic’s “Good Life.” Is it a moment of pride for the Jewish community when Edan is chosen by the judges, Howard Stern, Howie Mandel and Sharon Osbourne, to move on in the competition and “go to Las Vegas?” Or is this phenomenon emblematic of all that is wrong with American Jewry? A cute Jewish kid with talent — what could be wrong? All right, a little Howard Stern, a little Las Vegas. But let’s indulge ourselves in a little Jewish pop culture temperature taking. Let’s take this short video and slide it, if you will, under the microscope, slowly narrowing our gaze as we zoom in on the intricate facets of our specimen: The kippah, the youngster, the comfort level we have attained with American culture, and maybe even that most curious of marvels — talent. First, that lavender kippah affixed ever so securely by its “kippah clip” is the epicenter of the attention that our short video instigates. The collective pride washing over Jewish middle schoolers from coast to coast when first catching a glimpse of that pastel sphere perched matter-of-factly for all to see as Edan crooned on stage was palpable. Is that a kippah? That’s a kippah — no mistaking it. There he was, a pretty typical clean-cut, standard-issue American kid, but for that skullcap. But wait: Have we not been to this Matisyahu-esque movie before? Have we not already experienced this complicated squirminess made up of equal parts— muddled pride and complicated chagrin? True enough, though in this case the statement seems to be less about a conspicuous costume and more about the commonplaceness of Edan’s Judaism. For other than that kippah, there was nothing “Jewish” about the performance. This stands in contrast to what one might argue in regard to Matisyahu’s music, which seemed to be all about a Jewish spiritual quest that, at times, went rogue. Edan’s kippah, perched blithely atop his head, would have garnered nary a turned head in most of America’s big cities, though up there on stage it was a neon light flashing for all to behold — a differentness. His was a bold adherence to the ancient custom of covering one’s head, a gesture of humility before the Lord. A kippah, known also as a yarmulke (from the Hebrew words “yoreh Malka,” in awe of the King), is the ritualistic covering for the seat of our intellect, indicating a symbolic self-effacement. It says: “My cerebral prowess is capped, limited, before the All-knowing One.” This is in line with the Talmudic tradition that the haughty, arrogant individual, when standing, pushes away the Divine Shechinah hovering delicately over our heads. Edan, our valiant contestant setting aside fears of bias or concerns of being not the same, brandished his kippah with aplomb, connecting him powerfully with kippah-wearers everywhere and a people who hopefully walk humbly before the Lord. Though his is not the intense martyr’s gauntlet-walking of the kippah-wearing hero of Yiddish writer I. L. Peretz’s classic short story “The Three Gifts,” it is nonetheless a 2012 act of Jewish pride and self-assurance lending many a kippah wearer a healthy antidote to selfconsciousness that sometimes accompanies the donner of said apparel. What thoughts have we of this display of talent born of such extreme cultural comfort? Could he at least have sung “Hava Nagilah”? What of this engagement and ease with the quintessential of American pop culture? Decry it as much as we may, but folks, that ship has sailed. Edan’s lavender suede, kippah-bedecked head would never have been featured on the “American Bandstand” of yesteryear. That we know. We are in a new reality. Dr. Steven M. Cohen, sociologist of Jewish modernity warns us: Jewish identities in the United States, as elsewhere, are constantly undergoing change. The dynamics of how American Jews conceive of and express their diverse ways of being Jewish inevitably pose new challenges, constraints, and opportunities for Jewish education. Accordingly, an understanding of the changing configurations of American Jewish identity should inform the theory and practice of Jewish education. Simply put, in what ways can we take a look at this episode and learn something from it that might inform how we can best engage our youth? That slide under the microscope of Jewish discernment tells us that our kids are the most comfortable of Jewish American generations. So nimble are they with their Judaism that they belt out the music of the times while wearing the nolonger-for-Sunday-school-only kippah on the epitome of the most pop culturey of pop shows ever, “America’s Got Talent.” The times are surely a changin’ and we have got to keep up. The Judaism that will speak to our Edans is one that is less of guilt and dire omens and more of pride and confidence. Though there will always be those who see this cup half empty, I cannot but celebrate the delight that the sight of Edan brings to our kids. They see their flavor of
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monday, July 9 at 7 p.m. “the World Without you” by Joshua henkin author reading On the July 4, 2005 the Frankel family gathers at their summer home in the Berkshires. But they aren’t celebrating; they’re commemorating the one-year anniversary of the death of Leo, the youngest of the Frankel children. So much has gone wrong in the past year, and the ceremony turns into an opportunity to air out the dirty laundry among parents Marilyn and David, who have just announced their separation, and the three remaining Frankel children, as well as Leo’s widow Thisbe. Author Henkin will read from his just-released novel and answer questions. At Elliott Bay Book Co., 1521 Tenth Ave. Seattle.
thursday, June 28 at 8 p.m. balkan beat box music With roots firmly planted all around the Mediterranean rim and solid rock/ reggae foundations, the New York-based band Balkan Beat Box has been featured at major festivals such as Bonnaroo, Roskilde, Paleo and Bumbershoot. The band’s album released in March was its first recording since 2010. Balkan Beat Box transcends categories (pop, electronic dance music, world, rock) by creating a new breed of 21st-century music, deeply connected to the band members’ cultural upbringing, yet forward-thinking and inclusive, which appeals to audiences across the geographical and stylistic borders. At The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., Seattle. The show is 21-plus, tickets available at bit.ly/Balkanbeats or at Under The Needle Tattoo, 2118 Second Ave. in Belltown.
saturday, July 7 at 5 p.m. under the Wings of g-d art Open house Hiawatha Artist Lofts presents its BREAKDowN breakOUt semi-annual open house. The afternoon will include a free performance by Cancellations, Amy Abts and Kibibi Monie from 3–5 p.m.; Rabbit Skin Glue will perform the nighttime soiree in the Community Room after 9 p.m. Twentyplus visual artist residents will have their lofts open for visitors 5–9 p.m. Seattle Jewish artist Akiva Segan’s loft (#307) will be open from 5–8 p.m. His exhibit will include all four of the monumental “Under the Wings of G-d” Holocaust mosaic-drawing combos, along with other artworks. At the Artspace Hiawatha, 843 Hiawatha Pl. S, between Dearborn and Charles St., around the corner from Rainier Ave. S. For more information about the exhibit, call 206-624-4154 or visit on.fb.me/NBfjdJ.
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Shayna Rosen at ShaynaR@JewishInSeattle.org Open to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning Jews, friends, allies and families. Appetizers at 5:30, service at 6, followed by oneg of desserts and snacks. Free. At Temple De Hirsch Sinai, 1441 16th Ave., Seattle.
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Lori Ceyhun at email@example.com or 206-774-2277 or www.wsjhs.org Sports memorabilia scanning and sharing party, viewing of documentary “The Seattle Rainiers,” and the second sports trivia contest. Scanners and laptops available. $20 suggested donation. At The Summit at First Hill, 1200 University St., Seattle.
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Marjorie Schnyder at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-861-3146 Meal, Shabbat rituals and brief service accessible to all – young and old, persons of all abilities. A Kabbalat Shabbat service will be led by Rabbi Beth Singer, Wendy Marcus, Rabbi Aaron Meyer and Cantor David Serkin-Poole. ASL provided by a CI/CT interpreter. Free. At Temple Beth Am, 2632 NE 80th St., Seattle.
2–6 p.m. — kesher garden fruit Stand
Kim Lawson at email@example.com or 206-388-0823 or sjcc.org The Kesher Garden fruit stand will be open every Tuesday this summer for fresh, organic fruit from a local farmer. At the Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island.
11 a.m.–12 p.m. — PJ library Storytime at Mockingbird books
Amy Hilzman-Paquette at firstname.lastname@example.org Music, storytelling and Hebrew through ASL with Betsy Dischel from Musikal Magik, a certified Signing Time Academy. At Mockingbird Books,
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Irit Eliav at email@example.com or 206-524-0075, ext. 2503 or bethshalomseattle.org Shabbat morning tot-friendly service for children ages 0-3 (and their parents). Service meets on the first Shabbat of the month. Free. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle. 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. — Shabbat luncheon with Shani taragin
Julie Greene at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-721-0970 Lunch buffet after morning services in the Volotin social hall featuring Jewish education and law expert Shani Taragin. Free childcare available. Lunch reservations made upon payment: Adults/$18, children 4-11/$10. Reserve by July 2; price goes up by $2 after. At BCMH, 5145 S Morgan St., Seattle. 2–4 p.m. — kabbalah 101 with rabbi alyjah Navy
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workshop. At Vashon Intuitive Arts, 17331 Vashon Hwy. SW, Vashon. 6:30–9 p.m. — Wisdom of the heart Spiritual Singles Celebrations
Rabbi Alyjah Navy at email@example.com or www.kabbalahcommunity.org Meet new friends, relax, meditate and enjoy a taste of intimacy through sharing personal insights about stuff that matters. $20 per celebration. At Vashon Intuitive Arts, 17331 Vashon Hwy. SW, Vashon.
Yohanna Kinberg at Rabbikinberg@templebnaitorah.org or 425-603-9677 or www.templebnaitorah.org Rabbis Yohanna Kinberg and Aaron Meyer will explain the elements of the Jewish wedding ceremony and ways to update ancient Jewish traditions. Bring questions and a notepad for discussion. Glass of wine included. Free. At Temple De Hirsch Sinai, 3850 SE 156th Ave. SE, Bellevue.
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7:30–9:30 p.m. — Mikvah refresher Class
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Bayla Friedman at firstname.lastname@example.org “Is there a Halachic view of election 2012?” Cosponsored by BCMH and the Jewish Federation of Seattle. Open to the community, light refreshments
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sanctions could be taken as a signal that the regime intends to use its resources to achieve its nuclear goals — whatever they may be — within two years, Alfoneh answered affirmatively. “The Revolutionary Guard believes that the U.S. today is a declining empire, so why should they give any concessions to them?” added Alfoneh. “I believe that the Revolutionary Guard and the regime are afraid of Israel, but they don’t think it’s going to be a massive blow. But it would be a disaster if the U.S. engaged in such an operation. It would mean four to five weeks of bombardment of their air defenses. But if they are attacked, they are ready to pay that price.”
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For nearly 100 years, the Anti-Defamation League has been a leader in the fight against anti-Semitism, prejudice and bigotry, and a defender of democratic ideals and civil rights for all. In the Pacific Northwest, the ADL serves as a resource for individuals facing discrimination, for legislators strengthening civil rights laws, and for educators creating bias-free classrooms. ADL is here for you, too. No Place for Hate® ADL’s No Place for Hate® campaign provides public recognition and a No Place for Hate® banner to schools where students have helped create inclusive learning environments for all. Program guidance and No Place for Hate® banners are provided free of charge to schools earning this designation. To bring this nationally-acclaimed initiative to your school, contact ADL. Confronting Anti-Semitism Workshops for Teens ADL’s “Confronting Anti-Semitism” workshops help Jewish youth (ages 6th–12th grade) develop essential skills needed to understand, recognize, and respond to anti-Semitic incidents they (or their friends) may have experienced. Participants are also empowered to respond to
other types of bigotry and bullying they witness in their schools and community. Workshops are interactive and, thanks to a recent grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, are available free of charge to local religious schools and youth groups. Contact ADL to schedule a workshop for your teens. Developing Jewish Leaders ADL’s Glass Leadership Institute is an upclose and personal opportunity for a select group of young professionals (typically 28–40 years old) to gain knowledge about the ADL as a civil rights and human relations organization. Participants commit themselves to informative monthly meetings throughout the year and to attend an annual Leadership Conference, held each spring, in Washington DC. To join the Fall 2012 group, contact ADL for applications forms now. Save the Date! ADL’s annual No Place for Hate Luncheon will be October 22, 2012. To join our list of Table Captains, or to be a Luncheon Sponsor, contact the ADL office today! Connect your passion for social justice to your Jewish roots and help make our community “no place for hate.” Call (206) 448-5349.
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Heber of Brooklyn, affixed the new mezuzah. Then the ceremonial ribbon was cut, and children rushed to release balloons. Finally, the Torah scrolls were carried down the street under a chuppah — as the
crowd broke into Chasidic singing and clapping — and installed in their new ark. The ceremonies continued in the sanctuary, with Torah prayers, singing by the second grade class, and recognition of major donors. Miriam Heber’s grandmother, Itu Lustig, also spoke. She dis-
played her concentration camp number and said, “We Jews never give up. We just go forward.” Rabbi Heber responded, “This number has been replaced by another number: 2146 North Mildred. “The reality is setting in,” Rabbi Heber said after the event. “Tacoma has its own
Herb Levine is the editor of Soundly Jewish, the online Jewish newspaper for the South Sound and the Olympic Peninsula (www.soundlyjewish.org). A version of this article appeared there.
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What comes next
Joel Magalnick, editor, JtNews Elizabeth Siegel
Age: 39 What she’s reading: A Rick Steves guidebook to Croatia, where she’ll be traveling this summer. Words she lives by, in particular when it comes to religion, according to her grandmother: “If you’re smart, you’ll take a little bit from here and a little bit from there, and you’ll find that we’re actually much more similar than we thought.” School’s out at Seattle Jewish Community School. But guess where Elizabeth Siegel is? When JTNews caught up with her, she was still in the building, cleaning out six years’ worth of 4th grade lessons, old papers, and maybe a dog treat or two. Like her colleagues, she’ll soon be heading out on summer vacation — this year to Croatia and Slovenia, of all places. But unlike her colleagues, Siegel won’t be back in the fall. “It’s just time for a new challenge and a change,” she says. But you can tell that a conversation about the 4th and 5th grade classes she has taught for the past six years makes her wistful about what she’s decided to leave behind. “I have such a passion for working with kids, being able to show them how much power that each individual has in being able to create change within their community or their world,” Siegel says. Shoshana Bilavsky, head of school at SJCS, says that Siegel “understands the meaning of Jewish education and the importance of Jewish education for the Jewish people.” Though she taught general studies subjects such as English and mathematics, her passion lies in civics and government. Highlights over the years included trips to Olympia, where her students met with legislators, and, this year, a trip to Swedish Hospital after a unit on the human body so they could see how it works up close. “I love experiential learning,” she says. “I think that’s the best way for the kids.” She also modified the SJCS philosophy of derech eretz, which teaches the idea of working together to create a better world, from the concept of tzedakah to justice. Rather than just taking care of the less fortunate, she says, “it’s ‘What is the right thing to do?’” At the same time she was teaching, Siegel also became very active in local politics. Her connections allowed her to take
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Joel Magalnick editor, JtNews Hannah and Zachary Robin
Ages: 17 and 14 Healthy teeth make healthy people. That’s long been the mantra of Hannah Robin, founder of the nonprofit organization 2thfairy.org. “It could be a life or death situation if you lose teeth,” Hannah says. “Eventually [your] gums will get infected, [which can] lead to blood clotting and could possibly go to the brain.” The incoming senior at Seattle’s Uni-
her students on what she calls “the private tour” when they visited Olympia. She limited the politics in the classroom to the functions of government and discussion of important issues in a context that would allow her students to effect change, but Siegel says the “parents knew and the community knew where I would hang my hat.”
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Where she hangs her hat, aside from advocating against animal cruelty — she even brought her dog Scout to class on occasion — includes serving as vice chair of the 36th district Democrats and as associate director for a fellowship held by the Institute for a Democratic Future that introduces young leaders to our state’s political issues. “The fellows that come to the program expect a high-quality program because of the work she has done,” says Jason Bennett, the Institute for a Democratic Future’s executive director. “What the program is today, she really helped crystallize that.” But her political involvement manifests itself in the Jewish community as well. She sits on the board of the Washington State Democratic Jewish Caucus, a recently revived group that successfully fought down what Siegel called “an antiIsrael resolution basically saying we don’t support Israel” at last month’s convention. Siegel also co-founded the now-defunct Menschworks social action program through the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle and is currently working her way through AIPAC’s leadership development program. Teaching at SJCS “brought her closer to Judaism in a different way than she [understood],” Bilavsky said, “back to her heritage.” So what does Siegel plan to do next? It could be teaching, it could be politics, it could be something completely different. Whatever it is, it’s written in her DNA that she will somehow serve her community.
versity Prep started the organization in large part because of the care given to her by her own dentist and orthodontist. “They’re great people, and so that made me interested in dental work,” Hannah says. “I’m very interested in teeth.” 2thfairy takes donated basic dentalcare items that most of us take for granted, as well as easy-to-learn information on how to use them, and puts them into the hands of kids who don’t have them. “I love for younger kids to understand how to brush their teeth and how to floss, because it is a big deal,” Hannah says. “Not many people have the opportunity to go to the dentist or orthodontist.” So far, two groups have been receiving packages from this organization that launched last fall: An Indian reservation in South Dakota, and more recently an orphanage in Peru. According to Hannah’s mom, Lisa Robin, their contact at the reservation teaches health and physical education to the kids. He said that oftentimes people want to donate to the bigger, flashier projects, and “the Indian reservation kids are
often forgotten.” For many of these children it’s their first introduction to dental care. “It just means more to her that it’s getting into the hands of the kids that need it,” says Lisa Robin. Hannah blocks out three or four hours each week to fill her little blue bags with her logo on it with a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss, as well as an illustrated informational sheet on how to use each. She then packs them up and ships them out. “I use the money I earn through babysitting to send over the products,” she says. This is mainly a solo project, but her younger brother Zachary helps out, and once she has to start preparing for college, he’ll take over a lot of the effort. Zach is also interested in expanding the web presence to help get the word out about 2thfairy.org. As she does start with her college applications, Hannah CourteSy liSa robiN says she’s looking at schools with more rigorous scientific tracks, since she hopes to turn her love of dentistry into a career. But the teeth aren’t everything. She also plays guitar, and the Jewish Day School alumna loves to hang out with many of the friends she made there. “Our grade was really tight-knit,” she says. “We’re all family, and that’s one reason I do really miss JDS. I miss that family feel.” So far, Hannah has been collecting items from three spots: Her beloved dentist Dr. Cyndy Pauley of Brookside Dental and orthodontist Dr. Barton Soper of Advanced Orthodontics in North Bellevue, as well as from Affordable Dental Care in Factoria. She has a goal of sending out 1,000 bags by December 31, so she has put out the call for more donors and for more pickup sites. “If any dental offices or people couponing would like to give any sort of items, mainly toothbrush, toothpaste and floss,” Hannah says, “I will be willing to pick up from Seattle, Mercer Island or the Eastside, anytime.”
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Day school hangs by a thread
Joel Magalnick editor, JtNews
The Menachem Mendel Seattle Cheder needs a miracle. “We want to stay healthy, and we can’t stay healthy if we don’t have community support,” Tziviah Goldberg, MMSC’s director of development, told JTNews. Following the death of one major supporter and the loss of a business by another, which had been a combined $250,000 commitment to the school over each of the past several years, school leaders realized in January there would be a budget shortfall and began an emergency campaign to raise the difference. So far the campaign has raised approximately $130,000, according to Goldberg, and needs to raise $50,000 more by July 1 to keep from defaulting on its debt obligations.
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“We got 100 percent participation from all of our faculty, all our parents, and we’re reaching out to alumni as well,” said Rabbi Yossi Charytan, MMSC’s head of school. The school is now turning to the larger community for assistance. “We felt like it was time for the community to come forward and give us a little push,” Goldberg said. The challenge has been in meeting the debt obligations related to the school’s building in Seattle’s Maple Leaf neighborhood, which MMSC occupied in 2010. The 36-year-old Orthodox academy had previously operated rent-free in the Chabad of the Pacific Northwest headquarters, but a building switch between several Jewish organizations had left MMSC homeless until it gotten any better — not that she’s complaining. In the two years since Piha launched JVP Media & Public Relations, online at www.jvpmedia.com, she has made it a point of always being available, no matter the time of day or what’s going on in her life. “That’s actually one of the crazy parts of the job,” she says. “At any minute you
bought what was originally the Waldo Hospital from the Campfire Girls organization. The Samis Foundation, which provides funding to all six of the state’s day schools, helped with obtaining loan money that MMSC has already defaulted on, but “we felt that we could not go beyond our obligations,” said Rob Toren, Samis’s grants administrator. “Even if we could afford it, it would not be a relationship for us to have with any school in this situation.” A request to Chabad’s central body in New York is pending, but “they generally don’t support nationally,” Goldberg said. “You have to do your part as your own Chabad institution.” Rabbi Sholom Ber Levitin, director of Chabad of the Pacific Northwest, told JTNews that he is confident the school can meet its obligations, but “the ultimate responsibility of the financials is vested in the board of directors and the parent can get a call and…you are beckoned to New York or L.A.” But, she says, she’s having a great time. Piha grew up in Seattle in a Sephardic family that has produced generations of leaders at Temple De Hirsch Sinai. “My father was president, my grandfather was president,” she says. “I hope to be
body, as at any school.” He added that “the Chabad regional offices continue to make substantial grants to the school,” both financially and through other material support. Ultimately, Levitin believes the energy created by MMSC’s parents and supporters around filling the shortfall could be good for the school. “In the long run that’s exactly what the school needs,” he said. So the question is, if the school is unable to meet its goal in such a short time period, what happens in the fall, especially if it loses its building? “Our intent is to open, somehow, some way,” Goldberg said. “We are definitely going to be here — not even a question in our minds,” Charytan said. “If we don’t meet that particular deadline, we’ll have to strategize and figure out what the next step will be.” active as I have more time.” She has also volunteered for the AJC Seattle Jewish Film Festival and at the Council for World Affairs, for which she helped to organize a lunch between Israelis and Palestinians. “I’m really passionate about Middle East affairs,” she says.
“I really loved it, but the work hours were very hard for me,” she says. Public relations felt like a natural transition, so she went for it. “I was able to use my media contacts, and I was able to do some great work.” It’s safe to say that the work hours haven’t
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The vision — and reality — of a dynamic Jewish education
chaRlene kahn JtNews Correspondent
Teachers, heads of school, rabbinic and lay leaders from the region’s Jewish educational and religious institutions gathered together during the last two days of May for a new take on a subject almost as old as Judaism itself: Jewish education. Education, partnerships, outreach, use of new media and family programming were some of the topics discussed at “Jewish Education Summit: Reinventing Jewish Education for the 21st Century.” The summit was cosponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, with support from the Samis Foundation, which provides funding for Jewish day schools in Washington State. David Stiefel, chair of the Federation’s Jewish education task force, said the summit “represents an opportunity for us collectively to dream about what Jewish education in Seattle could be and to start developing a vision.” “Seattle’s Jewish community has grown, and the number of opportunities for Jewish education have mushroomed,” Stiefel told the gathering of 93 Jewish educators from a large contingent of day and supplementary schools. Stiefel said his goal for the event was to “find new, innovative and compelling mechanisms to support Jewish education in Seattle.” Jonathan Woocher, whose title is Chief Ideas Officer for the New York-based Jewish Education Service of North America, facilitated the workshops and programs. Woocher also heads the Lippman Kanfer Institute, an action-oriented think tank for Jewish learning and engagement. Woocher demonstrated and discussed new technologies and concepts that have already become a part of the Jewish education framework. He urged attendees to gain new perspectives on learning aided by innovation and by using technology to increase outreach to include the whole family. such a summit was an important component to building a model for Jewish education in the region. “It was powerful to see our community come together to discuss this important matter,” Zaidenberg said. “Jewish education is the vehicle for shaping identity and building community.” She said she hopes to extend existing programs with “others that came out of our community into a bigger communal effort.” Stiefel said the groups identified new and innovative ideas, including a call for a more central Jewish education body such as the Federation’s Jewish Education Council, which was phased out over the past six to eight years. “The summit meetings created a lot of interest and passion about the potential for a community educational agency,” Stiefel said. “Seattle deserves the services that such an agency would provide.” He cautioned, however, that a new central body “can’t diminish funding to current organizations,” a concern stated by several educators at the summit. The next step, Stiefel said, is that “Federation, consistent with its goals, will take the lead in assembling a working group/ interim board to look into structuring a new organization.” It’s a process, he said, that would begin in the near future. While the Jewish Federation and lay leadership explore this new programmatic initiative, the benefit of attending the summit was evident to educators like Debbie Zainwel, principal of Temple Beth Or’s religious school in Everett. “What I took away most was that the facilitator, Jonathan Woocher, promoted an open exchange of ideas,” she said. “Being a principal from a small synagogue north of Seattle, it was gratifying that many of the ideas, if implemented, could go beyond the Seattle and Eastside areas.”
Educators from around the Puget Sound region met for two days of workshops, including hearing from Jonathan Woocher of Jewish Education Service of North America, to discuss the future of Jewish education in Seattle.
Following Woocher’s address, attendees participated in brainstorming sessions, which were then compiled by the event’s organizers and handed back, full-circle, to all of the attendees. Liat Zaidenberg, director of education services at the Federation, said her staff purposely arranged seating to mix the attendees so people of different backgrounds could meet. One such arrangement included a synagogue’s rabbi and director of education, a Jewish Federation lay leader with a business background, the head of a pre-K-8 day school, an active parent volunteer, and a former teacher. Each brainstorming group focused on topic areas: Partnerships and collaborations, settings and modalities, learners, educators, and Jewish content, all of which has been that the 1967 borders would not make a secure state. “What we’re asking for is a defensible border,” Oren said. The challenge, he said, is that the biblical land of Israel lies in the disputed areas of Jericho, Hebron, Jerusalem and Nablus. “For want of a better word, these are our tribal lands. This is the cradle of Jewish civilization,” Oren said. “For a Jewish state to tell a Jew that he or she cannot live in their tribal lands is really impossible, because it goes to the essence of what we are.” But regardless of the claim, he said, there has to be recognition that Jews are not the only people with a claim to the land. “For the head of this political government, Benjamin Netanyahu…to actually come out and say this and make it the policy of the Israeli government is no
were paired with appropriate phrases from the Torah to give a heightened illustration to the presentation. Woocher told JTNews he “was pleased with the extraordinary energy by which people went about their tasks [during workshops], that people really wanted to work together with others who were not their colleagues.” He saw “a good deal of mutual respect,” he added. A strong sense of community, commitment and connection informed the two days of workshops, ending with a final presentation by the keynote speaker to the Samis Foundation and community leaders. Educators came from Jewish organizations as far north as Everett and as far south as Olympia, many of whom said that mean thing. We have to make very painful sacrifices. We have to create a Palestinian state there and live side by side.” Reciprocal recognition from the Palestinians that Jews have a religious and historical claim is equally important, Oren said, and gets to the heart of Israel’s very existence. “If you don’t recognize the Jews as a people, that means we don’t have the right to self-determination. And if we don’t have the right to self-determination, then it means that the Jewish state is not legitimate. It’s a passing phenomenon, it’s transient.” That lack of recognition would be the basis for irredentist claims and future wars. “It would never stop,” he said. “If we recognize that you have the right to be here, and that we have the right to be here, that these two states are permanent, that’s the way it ends.”
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normal up there on stage, and that can only be a good thing. Ironically, the words of the psalmist declaring the oath of those of Zion captured, “How shall we sing the song of the Lord in a foreign land?” seem long ago and far away. The question of our generation will be more aptly put: “Lord, how shall we sing the song of the foreign land?” With a lavender kippah, of course! To see the clip with Edan’s performance, visit bit.ly/EdanP.
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Dalia will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on June 30, 2012 at Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation on Mercer Island. Dalia is the daughter of Cheryl and Jeff Puterman of Issaquah, and the sister of Shira. Her grandparents are Veronica and Harold Rosen of Montreal, Que., Rachel Puterman of Montreal and the late Abraham Puterman. Dalia will be a 7th grader at Pacific Cascade Middle School. She enjoys cheerleading, volleyball, hanging out with her friends, listening to music, playing with her dog, Farfel, and spending her summers at Camp Solomon Schechter with her best friends. Dalia is excited to be sharing this special day with Benedicte Knudson. Together, they are collecting pet food, money and supplies for the ASPCA as part of their Bat Mitzvah project.
Corben Gerard Roszak
Corben will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, June 23 at Congregation Beth Hatikvah in Bremerton. Corben is the son of Amy and Joe Roszak of Poulsbo, and brother of Madison. He is the grandson of Mary Roszak of Sheboygan, Wisc. and the late Kenneth Roszak, and the late Mildred Phillips and Leonard Kantrowitz. Corben will be a 7th grader at Poulsbo Middle School. He enjoys computers, reading, and the outdoors. For his mitzvah project, Corben collected used eyeglasses to donate to programs that match collected prescription glasses to people in developing countries. He also created a short documentary that culminates with a stop-motion Lego segment. To see Corben’s mitzvah project documentary, visit bit.ly/Corben or check it out on the JTNews Facebook page on June 24.
Maxwell James Bonda
Maxwell will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on June 23 at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue. Maxwell is the son of Meg and Gregg Bonda of Snoqualmie and the brother of Sam. His grandparents are Dory and Fred Ratner of The Villages, Fla., Martin Bonda of Richmond, Va., and William and Geraldine Hutchison of Wilmington, Del. Maxwell will be a 7th grader at Snoqualmie Middle School. He enjoys sports, math and music. His mitzvah project was working with YouthCare, which helps get local homeless youth off the streets.
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Marking the eighteenth yartzeit of the
In Loving Memory
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His Torah teachings and Persona continue to imbue in us a sense of mission, world vision and communal responsibility in enhancing the quality of spiritual growth and commitment in all of us. We pledge to continue the Rebbe’s Holy Work until the realization of the day that Maimonides writes about at the conclusion of his Mishna Torah, “In that era, there will be neither famine nor war, envy nor competition, for good will flow in abundance and all the delights will be [as common] as dust. The occupation of the entire world will be solely to know G-d.” with the coming of our righteous Moshiach.
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