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Not that were condoning gambling in schools, but its hard to say theres anything wrong with a few spins of the dreidel at Hanukkah time. Seattle Jewish Community School second graders Edee, left, and Ella clearly enjoyed playing the game in the week before school let out for the holiday. Hanukkah began the evening of Dec. 20.

Mini grants bring big initiatives to local organizations

Joel Magalnick editor, JtNews
It could be that the best way to a kids Jewish identity is through his print-making supplies at the Seattle Hebrew Academy. Or the best place to send a child to learn about Judaism is at Bet Alef Meditational Synagogues new BYachad Hebrew school. Or the best way to provide direct, instant hunger relief to a homeless person is by giving away a sandwich made by the Mitzvah Team at the Jewish Day School. If theres anything that can be said about the disbursements made to local Jewish organizations from the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattles Small and Simple Grants program, its this: The projects that got funded came from the ideas that [were] the best of the bunch that seemed to rise to the top, said Dan Lowen, chair of the Federations Special Initiatives Fund. The Federations Special Initiatives Fund came up with Small and Simple to fund projects costing $5,000 or less that dont rise to the funding level or long-term goals of an annual campaign allocation. This year the Federation gave out a record $68,000, and whats interesting about this years 21 grants is how interesting they are. Were trying to provide those small seed fund for projects that are otherwise unproven and untested for agencies to be able to try something new and different, Lowen said. The Stroum Jewish Studies Program at the University of Washington, for example, received $5,000 to launch its JewDub Talks, a series of short online videos similar to the popular TED Talks, featuring experts who give brief educational talks on their areas of knowledge. Our goal is to assemble UW faculty members and Jewish Studies faculty to present short but important talks that address issues that would be relevant to our members of the community, said Jewish Studies Program chair Noam Pianko.
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Jewish Social Media: How to be a Connected Mensch

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Life Gets Better: The Unexpected Pleasures of Growing Older

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The Jewish Community in Khabarovsk, Russia: Success, Failure, and the Unknown
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The building blocks of a great Jewish community

Rabbi Jonathan SingeR temple Beth Am
A few weeks ago, I found myself in an unlikely place: The Bavarian city of Bamberg, in the medieval cathedral of that German town which avoided significant damage during World War II. The cathedral guide proclaimed that among the treasures of the church is a famous sculpture depicting the primacy of Christianity over Judaism. It does so by representing the church as a beautiful woman, holding a sturdy staff, the light of her eyes gazing toward the future, while Judaism is presented as a woman with her eyes blinded by a scarf, unable to see, leaning on a shattered staff. This perception of Judaism as being an inconveniently persistent relic of the past was of course not just limited to medieval Christianity. Arnold Toynbee and Karl Marx also posited that our time had come and gone, while the Nazis tried to ensure that such was the case. And yet there I was, in that place, to participate in a ritual that would show that despite the best efforts of those who would deny us a future, we persist as a vibrant people, with ideas and values we share with the surrounding civilizations and not just in the confines of our own intellectual and spiritual ghettos. In this age, we as a Jewish people have become whole again. Our staff was perhaps never broken, but by strengthening the renewal of Jewish community in various parts of the world, we are better able to part the seas of complacency. Today our eyes cast the light of the Jewish spirit, love of learning, and belief that all people, created in Gods image, can partner with holiness to bring healing into a world so clearly in need of it. The ritual was the fourth ordination of rabbis from the new progressive German rabbinic seminary, the Geiger School located near Berlin. I was in attendance because a student from Seattle, Paul Strasko, who has an amazing personal story, was about to become a rabbi. He had invited me, as his former rabbi, to participate. The Geiger School does something that at the beginning of my rabbinic career I would never have thought possible. They train men and women for the rabbinate for the express purpose of serving the needs of the European Jewish community especially in the German-speaking world and the former Soviet Union. I used to believe that in our time Jewish life in Central and Eastern Europe was indeed a relic of the past; that Hitler and Stalin had for the most part succeeded in making Europe a place where the staff of Judaism was broken and where we Jews should not live. But in Germany and Eastern Europe, Jews have chosen to make Jewish life a continuing presence and have started to recreate significant Jewish community. Chabad, God bless them, recognized this reality a while ago, but so did the principals of the Geiger school, two charismatic Jewish leaders one German, Walter Homolka, and one American, Walter Jacob rabbis who understood that liberal Judaism would play a necessary role in this revival of European Jewry. This years graduates will all serve European communities, with my student Paul, who converted to Judaism here at Beth Am, working with Francophone Jewry in Geneva, Switzerland in a growing congregation. I hope Seattle Jewry will be inspired by the example of those Jews who had the vision to create and support this new European rabbinical school as we realize the pivotal role we can take in shaping the

Thank you for your article in the November 25 edition by Diana Brement about Sharon Kaufman-Osborn of Whitman College in Walla Walla (Advising Jewish students at Whitman College). By her willpower and effort she revived a Jewish community dating back to the 1860s that was slowly dying out. We had been struggling to get a minyan. When Sharon took over we started running out of chairs for the attendees. It shows what one person or family can do. Alan L. Barer Kirkland

On behalf of executive board of the Washington State Jewish Historical Society, thanks so much for the wonderful article about our recent program, Heroes Making History (Stories of the front, Dec. 9). The speakers truly represent the best of America, and we were honored to share their stories. But I did notice an important omission in your overview: The recipient of our annual Meta Buttnick award: Eugene Normand, Ph.D. We purposely decided that Sundays program was an appropriate time to recognize Gene, for he is a highly esteemed veteran, not just in service to the U.S. but to the society as well! As a self-effacing person, I doubt Gene would ever want to call much attention to himself. But I had the honor of serving side by side with him for more than three years, so I feel eminently qualified to do so. Under his tenure, our society achieved recognition throughout King County for excellence in programming (some of which he arranged himself before we hired executive director Lisa Kranseler). He may have been president, but no task was ever too small for him to perform himself his sense of humor tempered with strategic wisdom honed over a prestigious career at Boeing propelled us to ever-larger stages. Please join me in wishing him a hearty yasher koach for an award he so richly deserved! Betsy R. Schneier past president, Washington State Jewish Historical Society WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR: We would love to hear from you! Our guide to writing a letter to the editor can be found at, but please limit your letters to approximately 350 words. The deadline for the next issue is January 3. Future deadlines may be found online.

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Rabbi Jonathan Singer, lower left, traveled to germany to participate in the ordination of the rabbis who are leading the growth of Jewish life in Eastern and Central Europe.

Jewish future. We are no longer an outlying community, looking to New York or Los Angeles for direction. We have visionary leaders, from those in our Jewish Federation who are developing a new way for all the community to come together and support each other to rabbis and teachers and scholars in our universities and thriving synagogues. This Jewish community is poised to become a significant center of Jewish life. What we still need, however, are busi-

ness visionaries and philanthropists to step forward and take their place as communal leaders to help to inspire the dynamic renewal of Jewish life both locally and nationally. We are blessed to have the wealthiest Jews in Jewish history living in this town captains of industry who have transformed how we communicate, how we make third places over a hot beverage, leaders in the distribution of goods. It is a situation not unlike what Isaac Meyer Wise, the founder of American Reform

Judaism, found in Cincinnati in the 1800s, then the Seattle of its day. He was able to convince Jewish leaders in the business community to support his vision of creating a transformative, progressive Judaism for America. Now we desperately need that kind of visionary commitment to step forward and fund a Jewish Gates Foundation in Seattle that could help us create the foundation of the New Jewish future, to support our synagogues and the work we are doing, to fund the rabbinical schools Reform, Orthodox, Conservative, Reconstructionist that serve all of our communities, to create centers of Jewish music and creativity, including a Center for Jewish Heritage here in this beautiful city. In our own ways all of us in the synagogue and non-profit Jewish communities strive to do this, but on a paltry budget, because our funding is limited. Just think what we could do to bring on the real Golden Age of this generation if we nurtured historic philanthropic leadership in this community that is so capable of producing it. I have been here for 17 years and have yet to meet those who would help us reach that next level but I am inspired by what I experienced in Germany. There I was reminded that the staff on the statue of Jewish life is beginning to become whole again and it is our privilege in this great Jewish city to be able to continue to strengthen it!

The whole thing is essentially a dysfunctional family drama. Renowned Seattle choreographer Donald Byrd, on his work that tells the story of the split between Abraham and Ishmael. See the story on page 14.

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To the family of Myron Cohon and our community:

On December 9, JTNews published Martin Jaffees monthly A View from the U column, titled Lament for a Jew lost: Myron, we hardly knew ya! We never should have published this column. Prof. Jaffee did not know Myron Cohon or any of his family and jumped to conclusions about you that were not accurate. As editor of JTNews, I should never have allowed the column to be published, for which I am truly sorry. While the story Prof. Jaffee wrote may be true of some Jews who came of age during the Great Depression, it was not representative of your family. As we have learned from his family and friends, Myron was not one of those who abandoned Judaism during the great rush to assimilation in American culture. He was Jewish and thought of himself as such, and you, his children and grandchildren, were not lost in the ether of assimilation: Some of you are active in our local Jewish community, and your children were raised learning about their heritage. One of you, Myrons granddaughter, studies Judaism and its roots at the graduate level. But the way Myron lived his life, as far as this newspaper is concerned, should have been immaterial. We had no right to judge him or your family, and by publishing this column we engaged in lashon hara, the spread of the evil tongue. We did not make any attempt to learn about the real Cohon family and instead published a column based upon statistics, stereotypes and wrong assumptions. We deeply regret the poor judgment that allowed this column to be written and published and apologize for the great pain we caused to your family and the many friends who knew and loved Myron. We also apologize to our readers and the community for violating the trust youve placed in JTNews to be accurate and fair in everything we publish. We should not have let you down. Martin Jaffees apology to the Cohon family appears below, which will be his final contribution to the paper. Sincerely, Joel Magalnick Editor, JTNews

getting to know Myron: a remembrance from his family

by WilliaM cohon
Many of you knew my father, Myron Cohon, and were saddened by his recent passing. My family and I are grateful to you for the support, and kind messages of condolence. Many of you attended his shiva minyan service at Temple Beth Am, and many others helped celebrate his life, at a wonderful ceremony held at his home, University House. Martin Jaffee did not know my father, and was not saddened by his passing; he just read the obituary because he loved the comedian with nearly the same name Myron Cohen. And yet, Mr. Jaffee wrote an article about my father, without benefit of research, in the December 9, 2012, issue of JTNews. In sentiment, it was the opposite of a condolence message, and it was published in the paper! The inevitable mischaracterization begs for a response. Mr. Jaffees article dishonors my fathers memory. It misinforms those who did not know Myron Cohon. It irritates those who did. And to those for whom my father was the real Myron Cohon, to those of us who loved him, Martin Jaffees words cause pain. Mr. Jaffee strove to make the point that many of my fathers generation seemed to turn their backs on their Jewish identity, in order to make it in the mainstream culture. There is no doubt that that is true. But Mr. Jaffee has missed some important details. While my father, in many ways, exemplified the trends of his generation he did not practice the rituals or attend synagogue he did not turn his back on his people. It is true that my father was not a member of a synagogue for the last 28 years of his life. But he was for the first 65! All three of his children had a Bar/Bat Mitzvah. His granddaughter is a graduate student in the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Department at Brandeis University. Two of his three children are members of Temple Beth Am, and are active, contributing members of the Jewish community. My father identified as a Jew. Thirty years ago, when my wife and I were expecting our first child, my dad was so worried that he might end up with an uncircumcised grandson, he took off work and drove 250 miles to lobby for the practice of his people. And, as recently as two years ago, he vigorously led the family seder. Mr. Jaffee painted the picture, with my dad in it, of Jews who abandoned not only Judaism, but also Jewish communal life of any kind. In truth, although my father was totally comfortable among gentiles, his closest group of friends tended to be similarly secularized Jews. Go figure. But lets get to the heart of the matter. My father was a righteous man. He was raised to be so, and in that regard, he was a good Jew. He noticed that many of his contemporaries were smart and interested in books, but could no longer read because of failing eyesight. So he read aloud to them. Fiction and non-fiction. He noticed that many of his music-loving contemporaries were unable to avail themselves of the opportunity to attend concerts because they didnt walk well enough to leave University House. So he began a weekly music-listening group. And then he arranged for on-site performances of fine young student musicians (including his granddaughters). He took the bus, three times a week, to see his wife, Lois Molinari (nee Furstman), who is still in a dementia care facility in the Northgate area a mitzvah in itself. When he noticed the proximity of another retirement home, Merrill Gardens, he began to read there, as well. Is Mr. Jaffee a righteous man? Oh, he has the bully pulpit. He is a Jewish expert. He presents himself as such, and others concur. He occupies the Samuel and Althea Stroum chair in Jewish Studies, at the University of Washington, which means that both the State of Washington and the Stroum family vouch for him. The JTNews entrusted him with a column. And I understand from YouTube that he presents himself as a pious, Orthodox Jew. I am a Reform Jew, and I have a few questions. I know there are differences in the siddurs and practices. But dont all Jews recognize the obligations without measure? In his article, Mr. Jaffee quoted the first line of the obituary, Surrounded by family... Did it not occur to him to console the bereaved? Does Mr. Jaffee not care about the Jewish position on hotzaat shem ra (spreading a bad name)? And who is Mr. Jaffee to judge my father or his descendants religious practices? Several times, Mr. Jaffee stated that my dad was typical. Okay, in some ways he must have been, although anyone who knew him would hardly find that an apt descriptor. He really was quite singular. Mr. Jaffee said he wished hed known a guy like Myron. I wish hed known him, too. He certainly could have learned a thing or two.

An apology to the family of Myron Cohon and to my readers

A frequently cited passage of the Talmud advises: It would be better to dive into a fiery furnace than to humiliate ones companion in public. Recent events have driven home to me the wisdom of this advice. To those members of Myron Cohons family and his many circles of friends, I ask to be pardoned for the humiliation my careless words have caused all of you. Elementary common sense should have warned me not to comment upon the religious life of a person Id never met, and common decency should have reminded me not to write about a person for whom the mourning was still in progress. I cannot excuse this lapse of judgment, nor will I defend it here. Perhaps, though, I can clarify the intention of the article as I envisioned it, an intention that in fact has been hopelessly eclipsed by my own failure to properly execute it. Like many of my columns, this one took a quick impression of American Jewish life and sought to draw out some thoughtful implications. As I should have realized, a quick impression has to at least come close to reality in order to have any implications worth sharing. The reality, as I learned, is that Mr. Cohons life was as far as possible from that slice of American life that I thought his obituary had captured. And what I had intended as an expression of admiration for Myron Cohon, the man, and a lament for the loss of his contributions to the Jewish community, turned out to imply that he was less than a good Jew. In fact, I do not believe in the idea that some Jews have the right to sit in judgment of the Jewishness of others. We are all, I believe, doing the best we can under the desperate circumstances which confront those for whom the life of Torah is an existential concern. The results of our struggles, and the way we articulate and interpret them, is, however, subject to criticism in view of their fairness and accuracy. Clearly, my column of Dec. 9 failed that test. So, in addition to my apology to the Cohon family, I feel an obligation to ask the pardon of the many readers who have followed my columns in the JTNews for almost eight years. I regret that I betrayed your trust in my reportage and may have been misled by my words. You deserve better. But in any event you have my thanks and gratitude for all your comments pro and con over the years. Ill miss our many conversations. Martin Jaffee

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Reducing childrens trauma 6
A new library at a womens shelter in Lynnwood, sponsored by a national Jewish organization, will give kids who witness domestic violence a respite from the trauma theyve experienced.

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Rebranding rabbis

Two Washington State rabbis have been chosen to help guide the conversation between the Jewish community and everyone else.

Cardozo Society seeks panel members

The Cardozo Society of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle is seeking local attorneys to serve on the Cardozo Judicial Evaluation Committee for the coming election cycle. The Cardozo Society has recently created its first Judicial Evaluation Committee rating candidates on various factors including integrity, fairness, legal ability, as well as demonstrated commitment and knowledge of issues particular to the Jewish Community, says committee chair Aaron Kiviat. This is a great way to meet current and potential judges and help the Jewish Community make informed decisions in future elections. Interested attorneys may respond directly to Kiviat at or 206-658-2404.

Dancing in Jerusalem


Seattle dance legend Donald Byrd has been working with dancers in Jerusalem to create a bridge between Israelis and Palestinians.

The changing of the guard


This years Reform Biennial in Washington, D.C. saw a changing of the guard, angst over the future of the movement, and a visit from the president.

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From the Jewish Transcript, December 15, 1995 In a lot of ways, the Biennial of the Union for Reform Judaism, which completed this past Sunday in Washington, D.C., was like the Biennial that took place 16 years ago in Atlanta. Both conferences had a change in its top leadership: Rabbi Eric Yoffie, who was installed as president of what was then known as the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, gave his last convocation this year before turning the helm over to Rabbi Richard Jacobs. Also this year, President Barack Obama spoke, but in 1995 it was then-Vice President Al Gore, shown here with Temple De Hirsch Sinai Sisterhood president Carol Hoffman. Find more coverage on page 22.
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Violence can change a child. Living in a violent home can cause kids to become either angry or emotionally numb, say child domestic violence advocates at the YWCA Seattle, King, and Snohomish Counties Lynnwood shelter. So they know that the first childrens library and study area in Washington State, opened in their facility and furnished by Jewish Women International with the help of a $15,000 donation from the Verizon Foundation, will go a long way toward helping a traumatized child relax and grow. Denise Redford, a domestic violence childrens counselor at the center, sees the effects of the household violence on its smallest victims. They are so traumatized, Redford said. The effects of domestic violence on children are similar to men in combat. All of them have experienced trauma. And on top of that, theyre trying to go to school and learn and interact. Its difficult. As soon as the computer, desk, and printer are installed along with the kidsized table and chairs, the little ones can sit on the large, bright blue, alphabet-adorned carpet, and choose from 300 classic childrens books shelved in new oak bookcases. They can hang out in a child-sized rocking chair, have an adult read with them in another full-sized rocker, or complete their homework. At the Dec. 9 opening of the library, nestled in a corner of the office lobby of the YWCA Somerset Family Village in Lynnwood, administrators and counselors expressed their sincere thanks, with a lobby full of community supporters looking on. A Jewish scholar once wrote, If you drop gold and books, pick up the books first and then the gold, said Susan Turnbull, chair of the JWI board of trustees in Bethesda, Md., who flew in for the ribbon cutting. What they read today, they will carry with them for a lifetime. JWIs National Library Initiative is one of eight JWI programs. It complements the organizations domestic violence training for clergy and other professionals. Were committed to ending violence against women, Turnbull said. The library initiative was launched in 2006 to try to break the cycle of domestic violence, help children with schoolwork, and give them a chance at a successful academic career. The time they spend in the library not only provides a needed break from the tension at home, but it also provides some normalcy in their lives that may prevent the same behavior when they

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become adults. JWIs focus is on helping young girls and women achieve success in all areas of their lives, from money, to relationships, to leadership training. They hope to expand the program by adding tutors, but for now, by the end of 2011, they will have opened 38 childrens libraries in domestic violence programs around the country. Their eventual goal is to establish 100 libraries in battered womens and homeless shelters. JWIs partner in the project is Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Wireless, which has awarded more than $28 million in cash grants to domestic violence prevention and education programs across the U.S. Its HopeLine program recycles and refurbishes unused and donated mobile phones and gives them to domestic violence survivors for emergencies. Verizon Wireless employees from Washington State also donated 200 books to the libraries. I think I had the easy part, providing

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Susan Turnbull, left, national chair of Jewish Women International, Milt Doumit, center, of the Verizon Foundation, and Jo Jo gaon, a domestic violence counselor at the YWCa in Renton.

the funding, said Milt Doumit of the Verizon Foundation. My kids read so many of these books. Thats what youre giving

these kids an opportunity to escape. Mary Anne Dillon, the coordinator for the YWCA of Snohomish County, said she

is proud the agency has helped so many poor and homeless women since 1894. We have a $7 million budget, Dillon told JTNews. In all of 2010, the program helped 135 young people in violent homes. The program saw 118 children who are living in violent homes between January and October of 2011. Jo Jo Gaon, the domestic violence coordinator at the YWCA in Renton, believes the new library will provide happy memories for many of these children who are not as fortunate as he was, growing up with a grandmother who spent many happy hours reading to him by the fireplace. I was thinking about how blessed I was, Gaon said, and theres a lot more need. Penny Potter, a domestic violence advocate at the Lynnwood shelter, sees a brighter future for these families. It gives them the message that there are people in the community that care, she said, and its a wonderful place [for them] to do some bonding with Mom. Were hoping were going to change patterns.

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Jewish service organization seeks volunteers

Young adults looking to spend a year performing community service can work with organizations in Chicago, New Orleans, New York, and Washington, D.C. to fight poverty through AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps year-long service program. Volunteers should be between the ages of 21 and 26 and have a passion for social justice and Jewish life. Organizations work on issues involving immigration, hunger, education, public health, and domestic violence. The program offers a monthly living stipend, travel money, health insurance, and possible eligibility for a $5,000 AmeriCorps education award to pay back student loans or put toward future education. For more information and to apply to the program, visit or contact program alumna Mollie Spevack at or 212-545-7759, ext. 312.

Attention budding hoopsters

Beginning in January, the Stroum Jewish Community Center will launch its Dinky Dunkers basketball league for boys and girls in grades K3. The league will focus on the basics dribbling, passing, shooting and teamwork while teaching strategy and good sportsmanship. Practices take place Monday or Wednesday evenings and games are played Sunday afternoons. Cost includes the games, trophy and a jersey. For information on game and practice times and to sign up, contact Jessica Wilkinson at or 206-388-0826. All play will take place at the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way on Mercer Island. Parent volunteers are also needed to coach.

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At the end of each year Magen David Adom, Israels emergency medical service, compiles the statistics of ambulance runs, patients treated, and lives saved. But behind those numbers are the stories of individual Israelis. The man treated for rocket attack wounds, the woman in labor rushed to the hospital, and the child healed after a car accident all have MDA to thank for their expert and compassionate care. Chanukah is a holiday of celebrations and gifts, but its also a time to reflect on the past year and think about giving back. Getting involved with American Friends of Magen David Adom, MDAs US fundraising organization, is an excellent way to support the Jewish community at home and in Israel. The organizations Western Region holds events including galas, speakers, ambulance dedications, and more. In March 2012, AFMDA is holding a mission to Israel to see MDAs work firsthand. To find out more about getting involved, contact Yossi Mentz, Western Regional Director, at 800-323-2371 or Thanks to AFMDAs generous donors, the organization can ensure that MDA is ready to respond to every emergency in Israel - from heart attacks to terror attacks. Although MDA receives no governmentbudgeted funding, the MDA team is mandated by the Knesset to provide the entire nations pre-hospital emergency care, including disaster, ambulance and blood services. The MDA National Blood Services Center provides 100% of the blood needs of the Israel Defense Forces and 95% of the blood needs of Israels hospitals. AFMDA supporters built the MDA National Blood Services Center, continue to build or renovate many of MDAs emergency medical stations, and supply MDA with a wide range of medical supplies, equipment and ambulances. Most of the 900 MDA ambulances and Mobile Intensive Care Units that are on call 24/7, logging ten million miles and caring for 600,000 patients annually, were donated by AFMDA.

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Rebranding rabbis
eMily k. alhadeff Assistant editor, JtNews
This year, 90 rabbis from around the U.S. and across the denominational spectrum applied for 23 spots to be Rabbis Without Borders. Two of them come from Washington State. Rabbi Beth Singer of Temple Beth Am in Seattle and Rabbi Seth Goldstein of Temple Beth Hatfiloh in Olympia were selected as 2011-2012 Rabbis Without Borders fellows. The yearlong program, a project of Clal, the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, seeks to nurture rabbis as American religious leaders and to bring Jewish wisdom to a broader Jewish and non-Jewish public. It just struck me as a very intriguing idea, said Goldstein from one of the learning sessions in New York this week. It gives me new ways of thinking, and new tools. Singer admits she only had a vague idea of the program when she applied. She was also intrigued by the idea of the fellowship and wanted to work collaboratively on the process to figure out what Judaism might look like moving forward, as opposed to working with old models, she said. Her first challenge came from Clal president Rabbi Irwin Kula and his vision for American rabbis: For him, Rabbis Without Borders was the concept that traditionally, rabbis have spoken to their own communities. Judaism has gifts and wisdom, she said. He suggests that rabbis should be more out there in the who are searching for new places of meaning, she said. In 2008 a Pew study found that 50 percent of the population polled had changed its religious affiliation over binic voices to be speaking to the nation about healing and recovery, she said. I dont remember reading op-ed columns by rabbis in the New York Times or even in the Seattle Times. Weve been so conditioned to talk to our own communities and not to bother the rest of the community too much, she added. The fellows meet in New York four times a year, and each conference revolves around a different theme. The first meeting focused on the sociology of religious identity in America today; the second which took place this past weekend focused on the intersection of technology and religion, including social media and gaming; the third meeting will deal with politics and religion; and the fourth will center around positive psychology. What increases peoples happiness? asked Sirbu. The ideas generated from these conversations should influence how American rabbis approach Judaism in America moving forward. Goldstein remarked that the shape of Jewish life is changing: Its not about the traditional hierarchical structures, he said. Its now about groups. Its also about a new mindfulness, a
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public sphere, like Oprah, like people everybody listens to. Program director Rabbi Rebecca Sirbu explained that in present-day America, identities mix and change, and they would like rabbis to help people navigate those identities. If you look at whats going on in terms of religion in America there are people

time. Were living very much in a melting pot, Sirbu said. Singer, for example, noted the missed opportunity for Jewish religious leaders after September 11. Jews have so much historical experience with mass destruction. That would have been an appropriate time for rab-

QFC Meat Donations Help the Hungry

Meat is one of the few sources of wholesome, nutritious protein in food pantry visitors diets. But for many food pantry visitors, meat is something that rarely is put on the table. Food pantries that serve the hungry often dont have the resources to provide meat to the people they serve. However, for several years now QFC has been able to help these agencies by donating wholesome meat products that no longer meet our standards for appearance or freshness. Last year, QFC donated 560,000 pounds of meat to food pantries in Washington and Oregon. This is part of QFCs Grocery Rescue program. Healthy food is important for everyone, but particularly so for low-income people suffering from illnesses, as well as children and seniors. QFC meat donations enable people to maintain healthier lifestyles and give people the energy everyone needs to care for themselves and their families, says Food Lifeline Grocery Rescue Program Manager Laura Johnson. QFC stores are allowed to donate any meat product in good condition that is frozen on or before the date on the package. This can include beef, poultry, pork, and seafood, as well as pre-packaged meats such as fully cooked lunch meats and hot dogs. When meat products no longer meet QFCs standards for selling to our customers and become eligible to be donated, it is critically important that we maintain safe handling and storage procedures. There are very real cross contamination risks when handling meat. For that reason, we keep all meat donations separate by species while awaiting pickup. We use plastic tubs provided by Oregon Food Bank and Food Lifeline; the bins nest and stack and help us to separate meat by species in our meat freezer. All meat donations are frozen solid before leaving the store. Practices we follow before donating meat products include: freezing to 0 Fahrenheit on or before the date on the package and separating the meat by species. A Food Lifeline agency that participates in the Grocery Rescue program says, Thanks for the food you give to those in need. We are seeing an increasing need in our community and you are a big part of why we can help. By donating product that doesnt meet our selling standards, QFC helped our neighbors and friends in Western Washington and Oregon feed their families. This helps people get back on their feet after experiencing challenges like losing their homes or jobs. Do you have questions about donations? Need additional info? Want to volunteer at a local food pantry? If so, please contact Ken Banks at 425-462-2205.


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Kenny and Marleen Alhadeff are always happy to be honored, as they were Nov. 18, receiving the Outstanding Family Philanthropists award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Washington Chapter, for their work with the Foundation for Early Learning. On accepting the award, Kenny stressed to those gathered at the local Philanthropy Day luncheon and to me on the phone last week that they arent doing this alone. I know it sounds trite, he said, but we werent standing on a podium receiving an award, we were standing on the shoulders of our parents and in the

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work of so many people, said Jenna Barrett of the Foundation for Early Learning. As for their passion for early learning, Kenny says there are basic skills that parents can use with their children from birth to age 5 and all parents can learn them which pave the way for school success. Without them, by 1st grade theres already a separation, says Kenny, measured 12 years later by excessive high school dropout rates in Seattle and nationwide. The Granite Curling Club of Seattle is no secret and its not tucked away in some remote corner of town. It sits on N 130th Street, just east of Aurora


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You are looking for a hands-on, family-friendly, multi-generational, highly interactive look at Israel in all of its varied dimensions You want the advantage of an organized trip plus the flexibility of spending time in Israel (or other places) on your own, too Youve been to Israel before, but you want to see and do things youve never seen or done before in Israel You want a deeper look into the most compelling issues facing Israel today You want to study with the outstanding teachers of the Hartman Institute in Jerusalem


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shadow of our children. We are part of a legacy, a chain of giving. Its one of the reasons the couple recently changed the name of their foundation from Kenneth and Marleen Alhadeff Charitable Foundation to the Alhadeff Family Foundation. We felt strongly [that] our childrens involvement, and the generations that came before us, was so important that we changed the name, Kenny said. The Alhadeffs philanthropic reach is broad. They are passionate about the arts, the importance of philanthropy, drug and alcohol rehabilitation and social justice. They support a long list of organizations including Cascade Land Conservancy, The Childrens Museum, Senior Services, the University of Washington and Washington State University, Pacific Northwest Ballet, 5th Avenue Theater, Jewish Family Service, and The Northwest School for Hearing-Impaired Children. The work these two have done to contribute to the success of organizations all across our region touches the lives and

Avenue, and Seattle native Ariel KrasikGeiger says that as a kid he had driven by it thousands of times, just like many Seattle north-enders. (I certainly have, and just expressed surprise that theres curling outside of Canada, and let it go at that.) But Ari, now 25, had a different response. In 8th grade he decided to find out more and attended one of the clubs many open houses. It just clicked with me, he recalls. I just loved it, and had a natural affinity for this sport which requires a high level of strategy. He became a competitive junior curler, joining a team and competing at the state level, and he even went to nationals one year. Curling is a good workout, says Ari, who grew up in Congregation Beth Shalom, and as physically challenging as [what] you put into it. Its mentally challenging, too, and is often called chess on ice. He also admits that curlers have a good sense of humorwe know that its an obscure sport; we love it nonetheless.
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$1.3 Million Bequest Received

him in dedicating financial resources to support the community. Ron Leibsohn, immediate past Board Chair, remembers the Kaplans for their dedication to the community and for always doing what was right. Charles and Lillian Kaplan exemplified all of the positive Jewish values. The best legacy we can give them is that the next generation continue to support and participate fully in the Jewish community to ensure that we have a strong, thriving place for Jewish people to live for generations to come. The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle is launching a comprehensive planned giving initiative to secure our Jewish communitys future. A bequest is an important way for donors to ensure they continue to have a positive impact on the Jewish community for ensuing generations. For information on how to make a bequest of any size, contact Philip Cohn at 205-443-5400, or

The Power of Passion: CONNECTIONS 2012

Women are a strong, driving force in our Jewish community. They have the power to build the community for our children and grandchildren. This year, all women in the Seattle area are invited to join the Jewish Federation for the largest gathering of Jewish women in the region. It will be a day filled with spirit, philanthropy and the passion of a Jewish community coming together. Featured speaker Iris Krasnow will share her insights from researching and writing her best-selling books on the subjects of women, their relationships and their passions. She has been a guest on the NBC Today Show, CBS Early Show and Oprah Winfrey Show. Her latest book, The Secret Lives of Wives was featured this fall on O Magazines Ten Titles to Pick Up Now list. Now is the time to gather your friends and relatives and reserve your spots at Connections 2012. Chairs Andrea Lott and Kim Fisher promise an inspiring day to be remembered. Join the Jewish Federation and help make a difference for future generations. Want to make the day even more special? Be a table captain or sponsor and enjoy a private pre-reception with Iris Krasnow. Register at Connections or by calling 206-443-5400.

This month, the Jewish Federation received a very generous bequest from the estate of Dr. Charles and Lillian Kaplan, zl, long-time Seattle Jewish community leaders and philanthropists. They gave because there was a need, said Bob Kaplan, their son. They believed that being part of a community meant that one should give of their time, energy and their financial resources. According to their wishes, the Kaplans gift will support both the annual Community Campaign and provide scholarships for children and teens to attend Jewish overnight summer camps or teens and young adults to visit Israel. Jane Kaplan noted that her parents were truly committed to sharing their own good fortune. What was most important to them was the continuity of the Jewish community and Jewish education. And my dad had no hesitation about asking others to join

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Last-Minute Chanukah Gift-Giving

Still need that one special gift for the person on your list who has everything? This year, give a truly meaningful gift by making a tribute to a specific Impact Area at the Jewish Federation. Your gift can be made in the recipients name, and designated to address community needs that are most important to that person. Its easyand it will make a world of difference. You can select a special holiday card that will be sent to the recipient. Visit, or call 206-443-5400. Designate a tribute gift today.


The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle announced that it received over $13 million in requests through the first round of submissions for funding through the 2012 Community Campaign. We were gratified by the outstanding response to our call for proposals. We received over 200 Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) from more than 60 organizations 55% of whom have never before received an allocation from the Federations Community Campaign, said Jack Almo, Chair of the Planning and Allocations Committee. The creativity and cooperation among organizations demonstrates to us that our Jewish community is thriving and has a vibrant future. Volunteer workgroups from a diverse cross-section of the community read and prioritized each of the LOIs, making very difficult choices as to which proposals they felt were most aligned with the priorities and goals within their Impact or Priority Area. The Campaign Cabinet and Planning and Allocations Committee hope the community will respond with increased donations to this years campaign, so we are able to fund as many of these excellent programs as possible. Submissions were received in every one of the newly defined Community Impact and Priority areas. It was satisfying to see that each of the defined areas has one or more organizations working on meeting our community needs, said Almo. We know how much effort was invested in preparing the LOIs and we appreciate the work that went into every submission, said Amy Wasser-Simpson, Vice President of Planning and Allocations. All organizations have received notification about the status of their LOIs. Final Request For Funding submissions for the 2012 campaign year are due February 7, and announcements of the final allocations will take place in late spring.

Year-End Giving Reminder

This year, more than ever before, you can make a meaningful year-end gift to the Jewish Federation and enjoy both the satisfaction of knowing your gift will have an impact that reflects your passions and receive the tax benefits of making a year-end gift. Remember that your Jewish Federation now offers 18 options for you to designate your gift. Your Jewish Federation is here when you need ustoday and for future generations. In order to qualify for a 2011 tax deduction, payments must be postmarked and gifts of stock must be received no later than December 31, 2011. Please give generously. Its easy and it makes a world of difference. Donate online at or by calling 206-443-5400.

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by Mike Selinker

This Weeks Wisdom

To those wonderful people who made civilization possible

MaRtin WeSteRMan JtNews Columnist
As the feast months of this holiday season are in full swing, lets thank our farming and herding ancestors for helping make our civilization possible. And lets thank our current farmers and ranchers for helping keep it so. Yes, 10,000-odd years ago in the Fertile Crescent, our forebears began seriously tending plants, taming animals, and storing surplus food, and concentrating so many calories in one place they could feed 10 to 100 times more people per acre than hunter-gatherers could. When Hebrews appeared about 6,500 years later, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Sarah, Rachel, Rebecca and Leah were born into a planet that supported about 40 million people, and dined on grass-fed, pasture-raised meats, fish, vegetables, fruit, roots and nuts, and few grains, legumes, dairy products or salt, and no refined sugar or processed oils. Today, we call this The Caveman Diet. Combining farming and herding with hunting and gathering, humans multiplied, congregated in villages, towns and cities, supported artisans, commerce, bureaucracies and standing armies, and built empires all without fossil-fuel inputs and industrialized methods. In Israelite times, Egypt was the western worlds greatest power, and among their fertility and abundance deities, Egyptians worshipped Anuket, goddess of the Nile, whose dependable floods irrigated the crops and livestock that fed the empire. The Hebrews worshipped their mono-deity in the same way, saying if we fear God and follow Gods commands, God may keep us alive and give rain in its season, so we may gather grain, wine, and oil, grow grass for cattle, eat and be satisfied. If we dont, God will shut up the heavens, and well perish. (Deuteronomy 6:24 and 11:13-17). You may have heard this in the Shema, created around 100 CE. In Psalms 128:2, Mishnah scholar Simeon ben Zoma asked, Who is rich? and answered, He who is satisfied with his lot, as it is said: When you eat the toil of your hands you are fortunate and it is good for you. Today, most of us are far removed from eating the toil of our hands, and thats bad for us. Less than 3 percent of our population provides the abundant food for all 460 million of us North Americans. The other 90-odd percent of us work sedentary or low-activity jobs, and move from place to place in conveyances like cars, elevators and escalators. Most of us dont even do simple daily exercise. And our food-rich blessings come with an overeating curse. Two million years as hunter-gatherers embedded scarcity in our bones, and even 10,000 years of cultivator-herder abundance cant change that. So when we humans see food, we eat it, because genetically, were never sure of where well get our next meal. So in abundant America were suffering explosive increases in binge eating, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, food allergies and antibiotic resistance. Whole industries have grown up to help us resist and mitigate our urges to overeat therapy groups, psychologists, meal plans, weight loss clubs. But I see overeating as a symptom of the bigger problem: Our modern lives are characterized by great wants, limited means, and industrial productivity that seeks to narrow the gap, but always falls short, which results in perennially dissatisfied societies. Contrast that with hunter-gatherers (including ancient Hebrews). Research anthropologists and ethnographers found these societies consumed less energy per capita than any other human group. And they achieved affluence without abundance: by desiring little (surpluses and possessions hinder their nomadic lives), they met their needs and wants with what was available from their environments. It makes sense that our journey toward societal satisfaction should begin with food. Repeated studies have found that organically grown varieties of produce are more nutritious than conventionally grown ones, which are also less nutritious today than they were 50 years ago. In addition, most processed foods cater to our natural cravings for sugars, salts and fats. Its a recipe for dissatisfied living. That healthier menu is in the Caveman Diet what humans presumably ate before, and for a few millennia after agriculture developed. Its also what the whole foods and farm-to-table movements are all about. If we eat nutrient-rich and psychologically satisfying foods, well enjoy more quality, and desire less quantity. Added bonuses: We build stronger immune systems, and decrease our risks of disease. So first, lets replace our diets processed foods with more nutritious whole ones. Next, lets replace less nutritious conventionally raised foods with more nutritious organic ones. Finally, lets appreciate those ancient cultivator-herders who got the ball rolling, and the modern ones who keep it going. Its thanks to them weve achieved what we have today.
Author and teacher Martin Westerman writes and consults on sustainable living. He can be contacted with questions at


Get in the habit of dancing, said 18th century Rabbi Nachman of Brezhlov. It will displace depression and dispel hardship. Weve given you 16 clues to get in that habit, each answered by a dance but its not clued as one. So TWIST might be clued as Orphan Oliver. Note the letter in each square where two dances meet, and reading down, youll get one more dance.
ACROSS 1 Horses gait 5 Celebrity chef Bobby 9 What a hall monitor, a Girl Scout, and Miss 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 24 25 26 27 30 33 34 36 37 40 41 43 44 46 47 48 49 51 55 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 DOWN 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 15 20 21 23 24 26 28 29 30 31 32 33 35 38 39 42 45 48 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 61 62

America have in common Car company that makes the Quattro Subtitled language in Airplane! ___ Go? (moon-landing conspiracy film) Ariz. neighbor Leave out Everybody Ought to Have ___ (Sondheim song) Toothpaste option Spheres Wobble, as an axle Disney World site Eliminate the chaff from Enterprise opening? Honey Nut Cheerios mascot, for one I am ___/I am what I play (David Bowie lyric) Blow a huge lead Firewood amount Projectionists need Acorn, eventually Like the secure verification system used by Google Playtex purchase Good source of fiber Silent All These Years singer Tori Dangerous Iris setting Superman villain, familiarly Ball (up) Light bulb unit President dubbed the Father of the Constitution Strait of ___ (Persian Gulf outlet) Brother/bandmate of Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon, and Michael ___-la-la Cause of tears in the kitchen Last letter of the NATO phonetic alphabet Word embroidered on a towel Johnny 5, WALL-E, or Bender Change for a five Step ___! Grp. I Love Lucy actor Arnaz My Little ___

___ & Cash Bruce and Demis daughter Entertainment Tonight cohost Nancy Theyll get you into an Ms game Glacially formed inlets like Hood Canal Neither Heaven nor Hell Rental car company So far Comparable Eves mate Do one leg of a triathlon Samson and Delilah actress Lamarr James and the Giant Peach author Roald Beginning Elviss blue shoe material Arctic bird Brand of breath mints Beantown baseballers, to sportswriters They have coming-out parties Jackass Its covered in kernels Tortoise opponent You bet! Cosmic ice ball Now I ___ me down to sleep Best Supporting Actor Christoph of Inglourious Basterds Madrid museum Twilight sequel Despot Amin African breed of cattle Mothers brothers wife A long way Dictation taker Senator Hatch of Utah Uncivil Sesenta minutos Yoko and kin Thoracic cage components Melody Superman II villain, familiarly 2011 film about the Easter Bunnys teenage son

Answers on page 13 2011 Eltana Wood-Fired Bagel Cafe, 1538 12th Avenue, Seattle. All rights reserved. Puzzle created by Lone Shark Games, Inc. Edited by Mike Selinker and Mark L. Gottlieb.

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What were really talking about when were talking about talking about anne Frank
Rivy PouPko kletenik JtNews Columnist
Dear Rivy, I just read Nathan Englanders short story in the latest New Yorker and I found something deeply disturbing about it. On one hand, I love to read and see Jewish things out there in the world. On the other hand, its almost too much. Im embarrassed we Jews dont come off smelling like roses, and I wonder: Does the whole world have to know all the ins and outs of our eccentricities? Thank goodness all Jews can at least identify with the Holocaust its something we all share. Who didnt grow up obsessed with Anne Frank? Its natural for the Shoah to be uppermost in our minds. Thoughts? Signed, Baby Boomer Englander brings together two girlhood friends, Lauren and Debbie, who attended a modern Yeshiva high school many years ago. Their paths took them in drastically different directions. Lauren, now Shoshana, has been living an ultra-Orthodox lifestyle in Israel with her husband Yerucham, formerly known as Mark, and their 10 children. Debbie took a turn to the left. No longer observant, she lives in Florida with her husband, and one son, Trevor. They have been brought together thanks to Facebook and a visit to an aging parent in South Florida. One thing leads to the next as the visit progresses. The two long-lost couples drink too much and then get high on Trevors secret marijuana stash. One minute they are exchanging family updates, the next dancing with exuberant abandonment in the rain until finally they enter into some pretty intense intimate conversations ultimately leading up to a dramatic revelation. Englander makes no secret of the fact that he has modeled this New Yorker offering after Raymond Carvers short story, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, which is a tale of the inebriated intimate exchanges of two couples also leading up to some unexpected revelations. The reunion begins with the typical prickly points of contention between the observant and the secular: Kosher laws, dress standards, Israeli politics you get the drift. Englander, a true insider himself, growing up Orthodox in West Hempstead and attending day school, gets these nuances down pat. But do not be fooled. They are a smoke screen for the real issues that begin to emerge. The first is Jewish identity in this postHolocaust age of ours. On one hand, Debbie argues that There is such a thing as Jewish culture. One can live a culturally rich life. While on the other hand weve got the bombastic Yerucham contending with great verbosity and bravura: Judaism is a religion. And with religion comes ritual. Culture is nothing. Culture is some construction of the modern world. It is not fixedin Jerusalem, we dont need to busy ourselves with symbolic efforts to keep our memories in place. Because we live exactly as our parents lived before the war. Englander keeps it up the Holocaust pops up repeatedly like a bad game of Whack-a-Mole; the retirement home is like a D.P. camp with a billiards room, the retirees have numbers on their arms, the Mormons are posthumously baptizing the 6 million, there is a silent Holocaust in the highly assimilated America. And of course the subject would not be complete without Yerucham contending that Americans use the Holocaust as their only source of identity. If youre not emotionally drained enough by now, wait theres more: Lets go back to the title, What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank. After all the verbal sparring about lifestyles, the two couples end up in close quarters, locked tightly in the pantry, wondering about living in really close quarters, about going into hiding; about who would hide them if there was a need in the event of another Holocaust. This resurrects a maudlin game of the womens childhood: Would so-and-so hide them, would they hide each other? Would husband hide wife? Is it disturbing to see Jewish characters behaving like this drinking, smoking pot and ragging at each other? Is it painful to see Jews portrayed in such unappealing ways? Yes, but such is the path of fiction in our comfortable diaspora. Weve got volumes of lies that tell our truths, from Isaac Bashevis Singer to Phillip Roth. That ship has sailed. It is a rare contemporary portrayal of Jews that has us beaming ear to ear. But heres the upside: We will survive all of these depictions. In fact, we will thrive. Stories like this are a healthy palette upon which we can do some sorely needed soul searching. These are issues we all struggle with some of us on a daily basis. In what ways can we remember the Holocaust with respect and honor, learn from its lessons yet develop, nurture and grow a healthy Jewish identity for our children? Can anything compare with the intense experience of the Shoah? What are the ways to demonstrate ones love, short of literally giving up your life? That I will leave to you. But on the Jewish front, I suggest that the answer lies in balance and attention: The balance of ongoing, rich Jewish engagement along with joyous pride in our traditions, with authentic Torah experiences and lots of loving attention to how we transmit all of our history. Yes, the pain, but not to the exclusion of the pride.
Rivy Poupko Kletenik is an internationally renowned educator and Head of School at the Seattle Hebrew Academy. If you have a question thats been tickling your brain, send Rivy an e-mail at


Dear Rivy, I just finished reading Nathan Englanders story in the latest issue of The New Yorker. I think its spot on. We may be religious or we may be secular, but the issue of our generation is that we lack total direction. We are floundering in the aftermath of the Holocaust. Is our only unifying point fear of persecution? Im sick of it Judaism is more than Holocaust, pogrom and inquisition. Young Jews are searching for a new vibrancy kudos to the author for having the courage to say what needed to be said! We need to stop being paranoid. The world is not out to get us. What do you think? Signed, Millennial That was quite the short story to evoke such drastically different responses. Lets take this from the top. Like many, I first came to know Nathan Englander when his award-winning collection of short stories, For Relief of Unbearable Urges, came out in 1999. I loved the collection though a number of stories were admittedly a bit too close for comfort. He brilliantly captures the authentic voices of both men and women and the observant and the secular. In his story, What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank,

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Seattle dance legend turns heads in Jerusalem

Judy laSh balint special to JtNews
Instead of arriving to work at the Spectrum Dance Companys home on tranquil Lake Washington Boulevard, artistic director Donald Byrd has spent the past two months crossing Jerusalem every day from his temporary home in Abu Tor to the Machol Shalem independent dance studio on the seam of eastern and western Jerusalem. Byrd, an internationally renowned choreographer and one of Seattles most prominent dance figures, is one of four fellows of the inaugural class of the American Academy in Jerusalem, a project of the U.S.-based Foundation for Jewish Culture that sponsors the artists for a nineweek stay. Other fellows who have been in Jerusalem since October include David Herskovits, award-winning director of the Target Margin theater in New York; Lynne Avadenka, a visual artist from Detroit; and David Karnovsky, general counsel to the New York City Department of Urban Planning. Designed to introduce senior creative professionals to the local arts scene in Israels capital, the fellowship presents the artists with the opportunity to work alongside local peers and to pursue but not necessarily complete a project in their field. For Byrd, this is his second attempt rative as a source of inspiration. I believe its about the beginning of the conflict, he says. The whole thing is essentially a dysfunctional family drama. But the use of the biblical narrative will give the project a less political and more poetic quality, Byrd believes. Byrd has been encouraged by the willingness of his dancers to work together, and by their honesty and openness. The artists here are very open with their feelings, very smart and very opinionated, but its been very complicated, like everything in the Middle East, he says. During their time in Jerusalem, the fellows have met with professors and lecturers from the Bezalel Academy at Hebrew University and other arts institutions and toured galleries, museums, theaters and dance studios all over Israel. What made a particular impression on the Seattle choreographer is the diversity of Israel: I now realize how many groups there are within the Jewish religion, he says, and how little Americans know about Israeli Arabs and Christians in Israel. We hear only about the extremists, he explains. While Byrd has no illusions about cultural exchange resolving the conflict, he
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In 2008, choreographer Donald Byrd, in one of his many collaborations with the Jewish community, created Mirror of Memory for the arts organization Music of Remembrance.

at creating a project based in Israel. Four years ago, the Tony Award nominee was disillusioned by the process of getting Palestinians and Israelis together, when he worked on a piece based on a phrase by Israeli author Amos Oz. Visa issues prevented the Palestinian dancer from participating, but Byrd says hes not so nave this time.

At the beginning of his stay in Jerusalem, Byrd conducted auditions at Machol Shalem and chose one Arab-Israeli and three Jewish-Israeli dancers Shaden Abu al-Asal, Anat Yaffe, Irad Matzkiach and Or Avishai who have been working with him on his new piece. This time around, Byrd explains that he decided to use the Abraham-Ishmael nar-

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does believe that art can communicate to people differently than political discourse and can help provide another way of looking at things. Byrd has nothing but praise for his dancers and for the Israeli dance scene in general. The Batsheva Dance Company and Ohad Naharin are great companies on the international scene, he says, and the Suzanne Dellal Dance Center in Tel Aviv is a place Byrd would like to emulate in Seattle. Byrd is due back in Seattle at the beginning of January with plans to bring some of his new Israeli dance colleagues to the Pacific Northwest. I think its important to create dia-

logue about what artists are doing in Israel, he says. He also hopes to find a way for Spectrum Company dancers to come to Israel to take part in a dance festival in the future. The Foundation for Jewish Culture initiated the concept of the American Academy in Jerusalem to promote intercultural dialogue between artists and professionals whose talents could specifically benefit Jerusalem. Elise Bernhardt, President and CEO of the foundation, said, We are confident that this program will provide a significant contribution to the local Jerusalem cultural landscape, facilitating relationships between Jerusalemites, Jerusalems new and seasoned cultural institutions and the fellows.

December 26 at 7:30 p.m. Woody Allen and his new Orleans Jazz Band Concert No need to talk to your analyst; this should be a night of good fun. Woody Allen and his band have been jamming for 35 years, and their repertoire comprises more than 1,200 songs in the styles of spiritual, hymn, blues, march and rag. Even with a four-figure song set, the band runs on spontaneity: They never know what number Woody or band director Eddy Davis will call out. At the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle. For more information and to purchase tickets visit or call 877-784-4849.

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Ari continues to curl, more on a social level, with the guys he grew up playing with. His busy school schedule doesnt allow the level of practice required to compete. The graduate of Occidental College is in the process of applying to graduate school in mechanical engineering and completing his prerequisites for that program. He has a handyman business as well, and he stays in shape at a CrossFit gym. The club still has open houses and doubters are particularly welcome. Information is online at

Its time to say goodbye to My Miekos Minyan. Thats what I call my workout companions who

show up at that Northend Seattle gym on weekday mornings. Sometimes there are enough of us (a liberal minyan) to daven shacharit say our morning prayers. No, Im not going anywhere, but Miekos is under new ownership, and once the old signs come down, Vision Quest Minyan wont have quite the same ring. Heres a shout out to some of the self-employed, part-time, flextime, work-from-home, and homemakers who are getting to the gym: Debbie Dick Shuster, Steve Katz, Elizabeth Davis, Elizabeth Braverman, Phillip Levin, Mitchell Hymowitz (also a curler!), Rhona Feldman, Amee Sherer, Michael Sherer, Marcy Porus-Gottlieb, Karen Iglitzin, and apologies to anyone I missed.

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It was a full house in the gym at the Stroum Jewish Communitys Hanukkah under the Stars party on Dec. 17. The kids band The Not-Its performed, with lead singer Sarah Shannon here entertaining the troops.

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To generate community interest, Jewish studies programs at most universities use the standard model of lectures followed by a question-and-answer session. This is another format, and so I think its a new way of thinking about how Jewish Studies can contribute to the broader conversation about issues related to Jewish life, Pianko said. In addition, he said, by having these videos accessible to students, it can be a good recruitment tool for the program. These are great kinds of talks that we can share with students on Facebook and on our website, and students will recognize faculty and hopefully get engaged in a topic, Pianko said. The videos will be viewable on the programs new Jewdub blog site, which will go live early next year. If theres one place where Sam Perlin, director of Camp Solomon Schechter in Olympia, felt his camp needed improvement, it was in the arts. Thats why hes excited about the $3,750 the camp received to build an artist-in-residence program. Its going to be a vehicle thats going to kick-start a new direction that Schechters going to go, in that we are going to be more focused on the arts, Perlin said. Im excited about the product that Ill be able to put out there. This pilot year will bring in five art-

ists from the Puget Sound region that will focus mainly on visual arts in particular pottery, since the camp recently installed a kiln. Camp staff is looking at the possibility of including drama and performance as well. Hopefully some training occurs, not only to my campers, but to my staff, so we can keep it going in subsequent years, Perlin said. After camp, after college, and into the wider world, many Jews leave behind their Jewish identity. But as they choose a mate, they may reassess that decision, yet have no idea how to find a way back into Jewish life. Thats where the $3,480 to Temple De Hirsch Sinai for its JLife program comes in. We recognize that we do a great job about teaching lifecycle events: The wedding, the baby naming, the brit milah in sixth and seventh grade, said Rabbi Aaron Meyer of TDHS. But, he added, thats the last place you want to be learning about weddings, the baby namings, and brit milah. So come summer, Meyer and Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg of Temple Bnai Torah will teach four classes, two on the wedding traditions and two on the birth traditions. Were really trying to hold these outside of traditional venues, in a place that there is no barrier to entry, whether its the local Starbucks or some exciting place in both Seattle and Bellevue, Meyer said.

The money will be used in part to find non-conventional means to get the word out, since posting a notice in a synagogue bulletin is obviously not going to reach their target market. Were not shooting for any one congregation, or affiliated or non-affiliated, he said. Were really just going for whomever this information might be practical at this time of their lives. These agencies received grants as well: Hazon, a national environmental organization that will launch its cross-country bicycle ride in Seattle next September, received $5,000 for a one-day pre-ride that shows off the city on two wheels. The AJC Seattle Jewish Film Festival received $2,000 to continue its expansion to show a handful of films year-round beyond its traditional 10 days in spring. $2,500 for an afterschool program at the Stroum Jewish Community Center will engage kids in learning musical instruments and songwriting, in a Jewish context. The Washington State Jewish Historical Society received $4,700 to fund a researcher for Instant Replay: Featuring Washington State Jews in Sports. The Drash: Northwest Mosaic annual literary journal received $1,000 to expand its readings by Jewish poets and writers to all over the state. Temple Beth El received $5,000 to engage a strengths-based planning consultant to assist the Tacoma synagogues

strategic planning committee. BBYO received $1,000 to help bring Jewish middle schoolers from North Seattle and Kitsap County to local youth group events. Also on the Kitsap Peninsula, Congregation Beth Hatikvah received $3,460 to enhance its religious school. The Friendship Circle received $5,000 for its Bnai Mitzvah program to help 6th and 7th graders volunteer within their communities. Hillel at the University of Washington will expand its Passover offerings with $1,500 to celebrate the Sephardic/North African Maimouna festival. Jewish Family Service will expand its Family Life Education with $3,000 for online offerings for people unable to come to events or sessions. The Kavana Cooperatives Holiday Prep and Practice series received $3,100 to teach adults about holiday ritual. The Torah Day School of Seattle received $4,980 to launch a physical education program. The Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center, in conjunction with Temple De Hirsch Sinai, received $3,530 to teach age-appropriate courses on the Holocaust for 6th graders. The Northwest Yeshiva High School received $5,000 for its production of Life in a Jar, a play about Irene Sandler, who saved 2,500 children from the Warsaw ghetto.

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Leslie at or At Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation, 3700 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. 9:30 p.m.2 a.m. latkepalooza!
Josh Furman at or 206-527-1997 or latkepalooza Jconnect and the Jewish Federations YAD have partnered for a hot Jewish party at the Baltic Room. Drinks and music all night long. $15/ advance, $20/week of, $25/at the door. At the Baltic Room, 1207 Pine St., Seattle.

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Matt Korch at or 206-388-0830 or Participants will swim, play in the gym, do art projects, go on field trips, and participate in a wide range of activities. Runs weekdays through Dec. 30. At the Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. 6 p.m. Community hanukkah shabbat dinner
Rabbi Mordechai Farkash at or 425-957-7860 or Annual Hanukkah dinner: An event for the whole family. Reservations required. $25. At Eastside Torah Center, 1837 156th Ave. NE #303, Bellevue.

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Maya at or 425-241-5978 or Come celebrate the last night of Hanukkah at Congregation Shevet Achim with a menorah lighting, dinner, entertainment, crafts and a raffle. RSVP to by Dec. 23. $18/adults, $11/kids, $60/family. At Northwest Yeshiva High School, 5017 90th Ave. SE, Mercer Island.

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Amy Hilzman Paquette at The PJ Library welcomes Erik Lawson as guest musician, with PJ Library manager Amy Paquette as storyteller. At Kol HaNeshamah, 6115 SW Hinds St., Seattle.

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Amy Hilzman-Paquette at Join The PJ Library for music and storytelling. Learn Hebrew through ASL with Betsy Dischel from Musikal Magik, a certified Signing Time academy. Free. At Mockingbird Books, 7220 Woodlawn Ave. NE, Seattle.

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Tziviah Goldberg at or 206-851-1193 or Honoring Alter and Debbie Levitin and Julie Burns. Reception and Chinese auction begin at 5 p.m.; dinner and program begin at 6 p.m. At Hillel at the University of Washington, 4745 17th Ave. NE, Seattle.

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Sarah Adams at or 206-232-7115, ext. 250 or Prospective parents can learn more about the Stroum JCCs Reggio Emilia-inspired curriculum, visit classrooms and meet teachers at an open house. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island.

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Neither Singer nor Goldstein envisions becoming the next Shmuley Boteach or rabbi to the stars, however. When am I going to get the time to be an American spiritual leader? asked Singer. Managing a 930-family congregation is a lot of work, she said. No one really needs to know Rabbi Beth Singer, she said, but they do need to know about being made in the divine image, how that works in society, and how it speaks to Jews and non-Jews. The takeaway from this program will be different for every rabbi, which is Rabbis Without

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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (JTA) The metaphors abound. To Rabbi Rick Jacobs, the next president of the Union for Reform Judaism, its a gas station. To Rabbi Eric Yoffie, the outgoing president, its an anchor. To Stephen Sacks, the incoming chairman of Reforms board, its a supermarket. Theyre all talking about the Reform synagogue, and they all agree on one thing: Its not a place you can find very many Reform Jews from post-Bar/Bat Mitzvah age through their 30s. Synagogues need to think differently about how to reach them. I think its always been a challenge, but theres more awareness of it now, said Rabbi Elissa Koppel, 39, of Temple Beth El in Hillsborough, N.J. Reform activists and leaders cite several reasons for the disaffection of young Jews: The difficulty of competing for young peoples attention given the distractions of the modern world; the ethos of individualism in American life; a growing preference for virtual social networks over physical ones; parents who emphasize soccer practice over Jewish tradition; a declining sense of obligation to belong to communal institutions. And then, of course, theres the deterrent of Reform synagogues themselves. The standard model is not working for the younger generation, said Rabbi Larry Sernovitz, 39, of Old York Temple Beth Am in Abington, Pa., near Philadelphia. A lot of programming is based on the 50s and 60s set one size fits all. But American Jews have become more assimilated and are moving away from organized synagogue life. The Reform movement is facing a host of challenges, in particular the economic downturn. But Reform leaders say their greatest hurdle is figuring out how to engage young Jews, most of whom leave Reform synagogues with the last hora of the Bar/ Bat Mitzvah party, as Jacobs puts it. One need look no further than Yoffies own children, whom he talked about in his Shabbat sermon at the Reform biennial conference held Dec. 14-18 at a hotel just outside Washington, D.C. His daughter, Adina, attends a Modern Orthodox shul, and his son Adam, 28, finds temple boring and doesnt go much at all, according to Yoffie. They agree on what they dont want, Yoffie said. They dont want their synagogue to be the synagogue of their youth. In a time of decreasing affiliation with communal Jewish institutions across the denominational spectrum, concern is growing in the Reform movement that unlike previous generations, the young Jews leaving Reform synagogues now will never return. A newer trend indicates that fewer and fewer Jews will even join for their children, Jacobs said in his Dec. 18 biennial address. Of all the movements, Reform Jews lead the way and this aint a happy one we lead the way in leaving when childhood education is over. In an interview with JTA, Jacobs added, If we dont start thinking differently about youth, its certainly not a bright and rosy future. The bleak prognosis for the movement was belied by a biennial that many participants described as the most energetic they had ever attended. Ive felt inspired by this conference, said Jonah Kaplan, 25, of Springfield, Mo. My belief in the movement has been reaffirmed. Its important to get some Yiddishkeit and Jewish vigor and Jewish identity, and be surrounded by people like me who share the same passion for Judaism that I do. Nearly 6,000 people attended the biennial, making it the biggest Reform conference in history. It featured speeches by President Obama, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, among others. It also was the last biennial with Yoffie at the helm. Jacobs, who has been the rabbi at the Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, N.Y., will take over as president in January after 16 years of Yoffies leadership. Sessions at the five-day conference covered everything from Yoga Shalom: The Embodiment of Prayer to Is America Abandoning Church-State Separation? Implications for the Jewish Community. The conference was a mix of old and new, reflecting some of the changes made by the movement over the last generation and some it has not made. The weekday prayer services consisted of participatory singing, guitar playing and even storytelling and meditation part of a revolution in Reform prayer led by the late singersongwriter Debbie Friedman. But the Shabbat morning service was more formal and operatic, sending some congregants into the hallways to chat. Yoffie over the years has tried to make Torah a renewed focus of the movement, pushing for more Jewish study, Shabbat observance, the adoption of some kind of Jewish dietary ethos and the practice of mitzvot. To some degree the push has taken hold, though not always in step with traditional Jewish practice. Were not a halachic movement and we dont profess to be, Yoffie told JTA. We now have a Reform Judaism that is in a certain sense more traditional. Were also more radical. We live with the contradiction. The question for the Reform movement isnt how close or far it can get from halachah, or Jewish law, but whether it can interest the 80 percent of Reform Jews who stay away from the synagogue for two or three decades after their Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Jacobs says that if young people arent going to come to the synagogue, the movement will just have to bring the synagogue to them. How that is to be done is not exactly clear. Jacobs, whose own temple hired a rabbinic intern to work outside the synagogue to engage people in Jewish life, is starting by launching a campaign for youth engagement and going on a listening tour to learn about innovative and successful models. Rabbi Jonathan Hecht, 51, of Temple Chaverim in Plainview, N.Y., says the movement has to move away from synagogues being Bar Mitzvah factories what Jacobs called a gas station to fill up the next generation with Jewish gas and what Sacks called a supermarket where Reform Jews come to purchase services. We are at fault for creating a model based on You come to synagogue when your kids are in third grade and youre out in eighth grade, Hecht said, lamenting that kids see Reform Judaism as something you do at one time in your life, like college. Its a question, he said, of resources. Are we willing to add more camps, more full-time youth workers? Hecht asked. Where are we putting our efforts?

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Stanley V. Erlitz November 18, 1918December 14, 2011

Stanley V. Erlitz, age 93, died at his home at The Summit At First Hill in Seattle on December 14, 2011. The son of Henry M. and Sarah R. Erlitz, Stan was born in Brooklyn, New York on November 18, 1918. After completing his undergraduate studies at New York University, he was graduated from Ohio State University Dental School in 1942. He spent a years internship at what is now Eastman Institute for Oral Health at the University of Rochester. Shortly thereafter, he married the love of his life, Libby Toby Pliskin. As a member of the greatest generation, he served as captain in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European theater as a member of the 93rd Medical Gas Treatment Battalion. Following the war, he moved to Merrick, New York, where he established a dental practice and was an early member of Temple Beth Am. After moving to Bellevue in 1981, Stan was an active member and trustee of Temple Bnai Torah, as well as a volunteer at Overlake Medical Center and the Jewish Day School. He also helped many immigrant families acclimatize to the United States by tutoring high school students and helping their families become U.S. citizens. Stan is survived by his sons, Marc (Maria) and Joel (Andrea Selig) Erlitz of Seattle; grandchildren Corey, Jill (Charles Arcoleo), Yael (Jeffrey Mito), Elisa (Dan Barr), and Perri Erlitz; and great-grandchildren, Ava and Nola Arcoleo. He was preceded in death by his wife, Libby Pliskin Erlitz, and brother, Perry Erlitz. Stan was loved by all for his kind and gentle manner, remarkable sense of humor, and devotion to his wife, children and grandchildren. Funeral services and interment took place December 16 at Herzl Memorial Park, 165th and Dayton Ave. N, Shoreline. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to either the Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104 or Jewish Family Service, 1601 16th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122.


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