JTNews | April 30, 2010
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DESCRIPTIONJTNews | The Voice of Jewish Washington edition for April 30, 2010
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Rabbi Dan Bridge, former executive director of Hillel at the University of Washington, had the platter; longtime supporter and former board president Michele Rosen had the fire; and longtime supporter Joel Gamoran had the actual piece of paper the mortgage of the Karen Mayers Gamoran Family Center for Jewish Life, home of Hillel at the University of Washington that after six years and $12 million became worth nothing more than its ashes. It was a communal endeavor. There were certainly some incredibly generous donors, said Rabbi Will Berkovitz, current Greenstein Family executive director at Hillel UW, but it wasnt just folks like that. It was really the $100 gifts, the $50 gifts, the $1,000 gifts. It was a communal effort. That, I think, says a lot about the Seattle Jewish community.
area Jewish day schools surviving but with much-needed helpJoel MagalnickEditor, JTNews
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Special RepoRtRelative to the news that some Jewish day schools across the country are shutting their doors, Jewish schools in Seattle appear to be surviving, and in some cases thriving. But the past two years have not been easy. While the five primary and secondary day schools have seen steady or slightly reduced attendance, drops in fundraising and increases in requests for tuition assistance have been much larger. The Northwest Yeshiva High School, the states only Jewish high school, will be covered in a future issue of JTNews. To account for these shortfalls, school administrators have had to get creative in finding grants, shifting priorities, and in some cases finding new modes of learning for the students. Compared to a number of schools in places like Memphis, Tenn., Lakewood, N.J. and even Los Angeles that have shut down or will do so at the end of the school year, things in Seattle arent so bad. The overriding theme at a January conference of four Jewish day school associations, at which representatives from several local schools were in attendance, was how to stay afloat during the economic crisis. Were all dealing with the same challenges of trying to make quality Jewish educational experiences for children, Scott Goldberg, director of the Institute for UniversitySchool Partnership at Yeshiva University, told the JTA World News Service. That commonality drove our programming from the macro-level needing to do more with less and really forcing us to reassess how we do things. While reassessment at local day schools has been ongoing some staff has been laid off or positions have been left unfilled, for example it has not for the most
part resulted in massive infrastructure changes. School leaders acknowledge a private education is expensive, and understand all too well the gap between the actual cost of a childs education and his or her familys ability to pay for it. Yet many are captive to that cost Orthodox families, and some non-Orthodox families, will not accept anything less than a comprehensive Jewish education. Public school is not an option, said Rivy Poupko Kletenik, head of school at the Seattle Hebrew Academy. For our population there really arent alternatives. Two organizations have tried to fill that gap. The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle this past year gave nearly $450,000 of campaign and auxiliary funds to each school, with the exception of the Torah Day School. But the Federation also brought in fewer dollars last year in its campaign and is running slightly behind that this year. Our goal, of course, is that any family that wants to have their kid have a quality Jewish education should be able to have that, so I think were all struggling with that same issue, said Richard Fruchter, the Federations CEO. The Samis Foundation, a trust intended specifically to provide funding for Jewish day schools thats unique to this states Jewish community, has also been able to provide much-needed relief. We have to thank God every day that we have a Samis Foundation that is helping us, Kletenik said. That is really what sets Seattle apart from other cities that are really struggling. Samis has stepped up for us, said Robert Sulkin, board president of the Jewish Day School. If we didnt have Samis, we couldnt give tuition assistance to the [level] were giving it and not reduce programming. But if the recession continues, all the assistance going to the five elementary day schools may simply be prolonging some difficult decisions. Page 12
If the recession continues,certainly Samis does not have enough resources that we can make up the gap of increasing scholarship needs and decreasing individual donations, said Rabbi Rob Toren, Samiss grants administrator. In response to the recession, Samis increased its allocation to schools by 7 percent last year and 8 percent for the upcoming year. Were looking at deficits despite that increase, Toren said. The Federation assesses the increase in need will be 20 to 30 percent. Though theres some glimmer of blue sky in the economy, it takes time for that to translate to individual families, and then campaigns and philanthropy, Fruchter said. Its still not a happy scenario for schools, or our social service agencies, or even the Federation itself. Despite the economic difficulties, all five schools believe they are doing okay, if not well. Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle According to Maria Erlitz, head of school at the Jewish Day School in Bellevues Crossroads neighborhood, things are going very, very well. They have lost some students, though not all attrition has been directly related to the economy, but the incoming kindergarten is larger than this years 8th grade graduating class. In addition, Erlitz told JTNews, she has been receiving an inordinate number of inquiries from parents with children in public schools about applying for the middle school. Classes, even on Mercer Island, [are] getting to be over 30 kids, she said. Its not looking as pretty as they hoped it would. That every 8th grade student who applied last year
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Taking a moment to stop and smell the flowers of our Jewishness can yield intellectual and spiritual treasuresout even while driving to work in agonizingly slow rush hour traffic on 520 lost. Sure, one or two people stopped and dropped quarters into Bells violin case, a case that cradles a violin worth hundreds of thousands of dollars! But the video revealed countless passersby not paying any discernible notice to the artistry and beauty right in front of them. (Subway stations often have quite good acoustics, by the way, albeit a bit too echo-y.) This interesting story of human obliviousness to beauty or, lets say generously, obliviousness to beauty out of context, seemed to me a Midrashic parable, or what our sages called a mashal. Explanation/digression: Rabbinic midrashic parables are stories our sages created to explicate or explain a usually challenging narrative in the Torah, essentially interpreting one narrative by means of another, apparently more accessible one. The Joshua Bell in the Subway Tale occurred to me as a mashal of many of our peoples response to Jewish life these days in the U.S. Here we have something of extraordinary beauty and power, attested to by its adherents throughout the history of this culture and this people, being ignored, passed by; our people too busy or oblivious or otherwise occupied to stop, observe, and appreciate. (Confession: Im a snob, which means I dont believe that music or other great art is simply a matter of personal taste. Beethoven, or in this case, Bach, is simply better, greater music than Led Zeppelin or whatever goofy noise teenagers listen to nowadays. Mozart is even much greater than Abbey Road, a noisy album even an old snob like me can appreciate!). But, parentheses aside, I also dont believe that Shabbat or Pesach or Shnayim ochazin btalit (the provocative opening mishna of Bava Metzia discussing the dispute between two litigants laying apparently equal claim to a found object, but pick any other nearly infinitely fascinating and compelling teachings from the wellsprings of Torah, both written and oral) are equal to whatever is out there in the marketplace of ideas and sensations competing for Jewish time, Jewish energy, Jewish wisdom. On an aesthetic plane, I suppose one could argue whether Shabbat is more moving or beautiful than hearing Joshua Bell play Mozart. But Jewish life is not about aesthetics, a value we inherit somewhat from Classical Greece, though aesthetics play an important but limited role in traditional Judaism. Indeed, so much of Jewish life deals with ways of living ones life and how a community should ideally live in holiness. Jewish tradition concerns itself so often with limits. This emphasis on limits may be the core problem as to why so many pass by its beauty, opting for whatever else. Much of the message of our Wikipedia, cable TV with 700-plus channels, Google culture eschews limits. We celebrate freedom, bordering on an unbridled if not anarchic freedom. The entire corpus of Jewish life and law embraces norms and rhythms of permitted and forbidden, kosher and nonkosher, categories of work and rest, pure and impure; the word kadosh/holy has as its root meaning separation. It is similar to classical music, with its rigors of form, melody, rhythm, instrumentation, yet mysteriously facilitating and providing a platform and framework for genius in addition to the significant technical facility required to bring a score, a written code, to life. In addition to the discomfiting fit between authentic Jewish concepts of holiness not the spiritual, superficial fluff of holiness as some sort of disembodied or out-of-body experience and popular culture, the misfit is also expressed by the disconnected if not narcissistic self (cf. Robert Putnams Bowling Alone) in contrast to this collective identity known as the Jewish people or, classically, Knesset Yisrael/Klal Yisrael. This reminds me of the wicked sons question at the Pesach seder: Whats all this to you, not him. He denies his involvement in the collective Jewish experience of redemption and thus and heres the point he denies a fundamental truth of Judaism. The sages of the Haggadah declare one of their most serious opprobriums on this wicked one: He is a kopher bikkar, a denier of the essence of Judaism. Probably, more accurately, an essence, since there is considerable, ongoing dispute as to what the essence or ikkar of Judaism is. By denying the centrality of the collective Jewish people, elevating himself as an individual over the collective, he is deemed a heretic. (Oh, how modernity hates the word heresy; again, the cultureconflict between an unbridled individualism and a collective with norms and standards.) We survivors tell students about love and compassion and the quest to live and never to give up. We are the witnesses to some of the worst horrorswe dont teach hate, we teach compassion and love for each other. Therefore, when we commemorate Yom HaShoah we have to see the positive that each human is special and that each one of us is different. Personally, I am alive because one person risked her life. In Germany today, before you graduate from high school, you have to visit a concentration camp. I personally speak to thousands of people each year because educators feel it is important to teach the history of the Holocaust. I hope that survivors are helping put an end to genocide by telling their stories. Henry Friedman Founder and President emeritus Washington State Holocaust education Resource Center
Rabbi Rob TorenSamis Foundation I received in my e-mail inbox a link to a fascinating YouTube video: A violinist playing at a subway station in a Washington, D.C. Metro stop. What was interesting was that this was somewhat of an experiment or, more accurately, a gentlemans wager (an un-PC expression for a dollar-less bet). This was not your typical street musician looking to pick up an extra buck or two. It was Joshua Bell, world-renowned concert violinist, playing solo Bach partitas during rush hour. The bet was around the question of whether anyone would pay any attention and notice extraordinarily beautiful music being played by a consummate concert artist. Guess who won the bet? The person who bet there would be significant numbers of passersby who would stop in their busy lives and take notice akin to us Seattleites noticing when the mountains
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Many devote their professional lives to reversing or stemming this seemingly inexorable march of assimilation. Assimilation accompanied by low birthrates and high rates of perpetual passing by (read: opting out). In many ways, the challenges of cultivating a classical musical audience are parallel to those facing Jewish professionals and organizations. Attend a typical Seattle Symphony or opera or chamber music concert and we are truly blessed in this city by these wonderful world-class organizations and many other minor ones and youll see what advocates observe as the graying of the audience. Many wonder where the next generation of devotees will come from once all these gray heads and I count myself proudly among this wise elite are no more. And the assimilation or, more accurately, attrition is a serious problem. On the other hand, the concerns about the next generation both among classical music advocates and Jewish communal leaders are decades old. I recall reading a 1954 study conducted by the American Jewish Committee about the crisis of continuity, the lack of effective Jewish education, the ongoing disaster of assimilation and intermarriage, even if rates back then were much lower than the current roughly 50 percent. Sometimes I think we Jews just love a crisis mentality, even if the crisis is real. Its the mentality, the drama, the oy vey! that we Jews so love. As noted Jewish historian, formerly of the UW faculty, Deborah Lipstadt famously quipped, We Jews never fail to find the cloud in the silver lining. For those of us at the Samis Foundation, devoted to Jewish education and the continuity of the Jewish people, what other choice is there but to invest in effective Jewish education? We are truly blessed in our community to have such wonderful day schools and camps for those families possessing the wisdom and insight to not just pass by our glorious tradition. Even if we were not facing a crisis, which we Jews seem to so enjoy masochistically, this is the legacy Sam Israel bequeathed to the Jewish community of Washington State. If only more would pause for a moment and not just pass by, but stop and listen to this achingly beautiful way of life, which has sustained our people for 4,000 years.
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accentuating the PositiveThe article which appeared in the April 9 edition of JTNews (Opting out) was offensive to me as a Holocaust survivor. Other survivors who read this article shared some of the same feelings with me that a Jewish paper supported by Jewish people would be so insensitive to publish this opinion in the week of Yom HaShoah. When we commemorate Yom HaShoah, we pay respects to those who have perished during the Holocaust. We also pay respects to those survivors who have risen from the ashes and come to America without knowing the language or customs. As survivors, we worked very hard to raise families for years, and many of us kept our past inside. In the last few decades many have decided to share their experiences by going to schools and sharing their stories to prevent future Holocaust from happening.
Protesting granDPaSo the South African Zionist Federation has arranged to prevent Judge Richard Goldstone from attending his grandsons Bar Mitzvah next month. Thus continues the vilification and rejection of Goldstone since the Goldstone Report on Israels 2008-9 campaign in Gaza. A blogger wants to spit in his face and kick him in the ass. What more is left assassination? When a segment of Jewry creates a safe haven for hatemongers, they are taking the proverbial serpents to their
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Sharing Jerusalem: the key to peace?Two states means both sides need to work and act productivelyRainer Waldman Adkins and Teri CittermanSpecial to JTNews I looked up, and I saw a man holding a measuring line. Where are you going? I asked. To measure Jerusalem, he replied, to see how long and wide it is to be. Zechariah 2:1-2 Lets be clear: Jerusalem must remain the capital of the Jewish homeland. But the only way to ensure Jerusalems future is to prevent the city from being reduced to a rhetorical flourish. We are supporters of a t wo-state solution and want to see international recognition for the capital of Israel in Jerusalem. But we cannot help but be frustrated by how much of this debate is marred by a lack of information about what is really happening on the ground, and by simplistic rhetoric which mythologizes Jerusalem as eternally united and undivided. We are troubled by the omission that some recent Israeli actions are undermining the two-state solution, and with it, the future of Israel as a Jewish, democratic home. The Obama administration was right to speak out against Israeli construction in East Jerusalem because it makes it more difficult to achieve a successful twostate solution. No credible peace process can survive unproductive steps by either side, and Israeli actions in Jerusalem certainly fit that bill. So, too, must the United States hold the Palestinians accountable against continued incitement to violence and glorification of terrorists. We also believe that a viable two-state solution the only way to secure Israels future as a Jewish, democratic home must be based on 1967 lines with agreed and reciprocal land swaps, as well as a shared Jerusalem that houses the capitals of both states. Previous negotiations have produced creative ideas for resolving the toughest issues and ensuring freedom of access and respect for holy sites. And most importantly, achieving a two-state solution and broader regional peace is the single best way to finally achieve international recognition for Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. That will mean Palestinian rule over the Arab areas of East Jerusalem and Israeli control over Jewish areas of Jerusalem. Then Israel can build any where within its established borders with the complete support of the international community. Furthermore, many simplistic talking points about Jerusalem do not hold up under scrutiny. Many American Jews know only West Jerusalem and the Old City, the latter of which represents just 1/60th of municipal Jerusalem. Yet greater Jerusalem, stretching almost from Bethlehem to Ramallah (East Jerusalem was added to Jerusalem in 1967 and formally annexed by Israel in 1981), is a divided city with unequal regard for Arab and Jewish needs. The rosy picture some paint of a Jerusalem where all people Jewish, Arab, and other are able to build anywhere they want is simply false. It is virtually impossible for Arabs to build in Jewish neighborhoods, and politicized red tape and administrative hang-ups make it difficult for Palestinians to even obtain building permits in Arab neighborhoods. Not only is it virtually impossible for Palestinians to build in Jerusalem, some are even evicted from their homes. Jewish housing projects are being set in the heart of Palestinian neighborhoods such as Sheikh Jarrah, with construction funded by wealthy American Jews. Arab Palestinian families who have lived in their homes since 1948 have been evicted and thrown in the street to make way for Israeli Jewish families. We now face a stark choice. American Jews, with our deep personal connections to Israel and to Jerusalem, can either choose to ensure Israels security and peace for Jerusalem by supporting pragmatic, win-win peace options or tacitly support a dangerous, dead-end status quo. We can line up with those who would hold on to all the land of Israel, even if it is destructive to Israels future or in conflict with democratic and Jewish values. Or we can recognize the painful, yet necessary, steps we need to take to achieve a two-state solution and support President Obamas sensible leadership in the Middle East. Thankfully, many throughout the American Jewish community agree. A March J Street poll found that 82 percent of American Jews support the United States playing an active role in resolving the Arab-Israeli conflict, with 73 percent of American Jews supporting this even if the United States publicly states its disagreements with both Israelis and Arabs. Nearly three-quarters of American Jews support the United States exerting pressure on all parties to make the necessary compromises to achieve peace. With that kind of backing, now is the time for the United States to assert itself as a credible steward of peace through a two-state solution. It is critical President Obama receives support and encouragement from pro-Israel and pro-peace American Jews as he presses for tough decisions from Israel and the Palestinians, because the gates of opportunity for real peace and security for Israel and the Palestinians are closing. Rainer Waldman Adkins chairs the Western Washington branch of J Street, which defines itself as the political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans. Teri Citterman is a J Street steering committee member.
Letters t Page 3 breasts, without being able to predict what might come next. Goldstone did not betray the Jewish people, as some have said. Rather, the hatemongers do. Those who would keep him from his grandsons Bar Mitzvah reject a whole array of Jewish values. I agree with retired South African justice Arthur Chaskalson that they should hang their heads in shame. edna oberman Seattle
Direct talks, noWYour front page article Senate letter urging tensions tamp-down gets 76 signatures, (April 16), was quite informative. I hope the Obama administration heeds the words of more than three quarters of U.S. Senators urging them not to allow tensions with Israel to harm IsraeliPalestinian talks. It is more important than ever for Israel and the Palestinians to enter into direct face-to-face negotiations without pre-conditions on either side. The Senate letter rightly pointed out that Palestinian leaders are refusing to enter into direct negotiations with Israel. Interestingly, a companion letter in the U.S. House of Representatives won overwhelming support in 72 hours. Since Obama became president, his administration seems to view Israel as the primary cause of instability in the Middle East. They seem to forget the number of times Israel has unsuccessfully taken bold moves to make peace with Palestinian Arabs. Also, they overlook the fact that the U.S. has never had to go to war to defend the Jewish State. Israel is being unfairly accused of being an obstacle to peace. The greatest obstacle to peace remains Israels neighbors refusal to recognize the right of the Jewish people to a tiny state in their historic homeland. On May 24, 2007, candidate Obama said Israel is our most reliable ally and the only established democracy in the Middle East. Israels security which is of vital importance to the U.S. can best be guaranteed by reaching negotiated peace agreements with its neighbors. But Israel must have credible partners with whom to negotiate. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu rightly stated that Jerusalem is not a settlement. We must not allow Jerusalem to be used as a propaganda tool in the hands of people who sadly crave Israels destruction. We cannot accept a divided Jerusalem. People of all faiths have been allowed to pray there under Israeli rule since 1967. Jerusalem is the eternal capital of Israel and the Jewish people. It is not the third holiest city as it is for the Muslims. It is the only holy city of the Jewish people. It has been so for over 3,300 years. Jerusalem is mentioned 700 times in the Jewish Holy Scriptures. Jerusalem is not mentioned even once in the Koran. King David founded the city of Jerusalem. Mohammad never came to Jerusalem. A lasting peace can only be achieved if Hamas and Fatah nullify their charters calling for the total destruction of Israel, renounce violence and end their hate campaign against Israelis and Jews living in their ancestral home. Josh Basson Seattle
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love songsStroum lecturer offers a different take on influential Israeli writer AgnonJanis SiegelJTNews Correspondent Though it threatened her arrival, volcanic ash clouds from Iceland couldnt keep Israeli Comparative Literature professor Ilana Pardes from making it to Seattle to deliver her first evening lecture that kicked off the 35th Annual Samuel & Althea Stroum Lectures in Jewish Studies. There was no need to worry about any pulverized powder deterring her flight, University of Washington Prof. Gad Barzilai, chair of the Stroum Jewish Studies Program and Pruzan Professor of Jewish Studies, jokingly told the nearly full audience at the UWs Kane Hall, because the Stroums would take care of business. Pardes, a widely recognized scholar, was born and raised in Israel, and has been teaching at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem since 1992. Prior to returning to Israel, she taught at the University of California at Berkeley and Princeton University. Pardes spent last fall at The Center for Judaic Studies in Philadelphia. She is the most prominent expert on literal interpretations of the Bible and how the Old Testament has been generated through and reproduced in poetry and literature, Barzilai told JTNews. Pardes books include Countertraditions in the Bible: A Feminist Approach (Harvard University Press, 1992), The Biography of Ancient Israel: National Narratives in the Bible (University of California Press, 2000), and Melvilles Bibles (University of California, 2008). In the her first lecture of the series, Upon the Handles of the Lock: Agnon, Balak, and the Israeli Bible, Pardes explored the works of S.Y. Agnon, one of Israels most prominent authors, who won the Israel Prize in 1954 and the Nobel Prize in 1966, and who died in 1970, to gain a greater understanding of how the Bible is reflected in popular Israeli culture. This is really my first plunge into modern Hebrew literature, Pardes told JTNews. I always deal with the nexus of Bible, literature and culture, but these are stories and texts from the 50s, mostly the Bible, within the Zionist imagination, explored through Agnon. Im investigating my own culture, the culture of my childhood. Born Shmuel Yosef Czaczkes in 1888 to an observant Jewish family in Buczacz, Galicia, S.Y. Agnon, learned biblical texts, rabbinical commentary and Hassidic literature as a youth through his formal education and through the influence of his father, a rabbi, while his mother introduced him to German philosophical writings. As an adult, he became interested in Zionism and emigrated to Palestine in 1907, joining the secular literati of the day there, before moving to Berlin, where he befriended other great writers including Martin Buber, Franz Rosensweig and Gershom Sholem. Having established a close friendship with both Rosensweig and Sholem, the three writers debated the sacredness of the Hebrew language and considered whether a more secular interpretation of biblical texts wouldnt better reflect the character and ideology belonging to those Zionists who resettled the land. It is as though he were saying, imagined Pardes in her prepared remarks, Since you will not accept the continuity of tradition and its language in their true context, take them in the transformation which they have undergone in my work. Take them from someone who stands at the crossroads and can see from both directions. In another work, Agnon reinterpreted the classical biblical book about love, Song of Songs, traditionally understood to be a metaphor of the love that God has for Israel. Agnon recast the themes of the story in secular Zionist tones that reflected the ideology of the then-fledgling countrys founders. This romantic and celebratory narrative, said Pardes, is put on a pedestal in the writings of those who resettled the land. The Song of Songs is sort of an exemplary text, Pardes told JTNews. It has its own special status within secular Zionism. Thats why I chose it. Agnon, according to Pardes, interpreted the love poem as a new national allegoryproviding modern forms of collective love, primarily the love between the community and the land. This was a shift from the biblical
2010 Stroum lecturer Ilana Pardes. text to questions about the Bible itself in modern literature and modern culture, Pardes added. This is a formative moment that Im dealing with, but of course, it has implications for contemporary culture. Pardes second lecture was titled Agnons Ethnographies of Love and the Quest for the Ultimate Song. This year, the Stroum series introduced a new format for the third lecture. Pardes final presentation, Freud, Zipporah, and the Bridegroom of Blood: National Ambivalence in the Bible was
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got into the private high school of his or her choice probably helped to spur those inquiries, Erlitz noted. The fundraising event the school held in March raised more than $400,000, but that highlight has not come without a cost. The school made cuts over the past year and a half that reduced staffing hours and reached into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Those cuts included taking our IT guy from full-time to part-time, Erlitz said, as well as reducing hours of support staff to keep from doing actual layoffs.
vative in spending while launching its capital campaign and keeping programming intact. Cuts have included discontinuing or suspending some extracurricular programs or switching them from staff-led to volunteer efforts. In addition, he said, weve begun to explore other learning options that can help reduce our overall staff size, such as Internet-based instruction. Despite the cutbacks MMSC has had to make, admissions are looking steady and families are showing interest in the new facility. Its something that has generated a
To tell you the truth, were euphoric, Kletenik said. Every single teacher is going to give $10. Its a line item of giving that we had not anticipated this spring, and were hoping t hat parents and board members are going to be equally inspired. A salary freeze instituted last year will be dropped; teachers will receive a 3 percent pay increase as of July 1. Kletenik credited the schools steady enrollment to its status as an Orthodox school. The preschool program, Sandorffy said, is at capacity as well. Seattle Jewish Community School The Seattle Jewish Community School in North Seattle has one big change in its immediate future: A new head of school, Shoshana Bilavsky, arrives from Boulder, Colo. this summer. The school she comes to is vastly different from the one that existed just five years ago a new school building, a larger student body and according to board president Yonah Karp, we finally look like our vision of ourselves, the vision that we had for 18 years before we bought the building. One of the biggest bonuses of the facility, which previously housed a Christian elementary school, is the science lab that became available when SJCS made the purchase. We do have a brand new science curriculum thats an extension of previous curricula, and because we have a building thats basically a turnkey building with a science lab, weve been able to do things that we havent in the past, Karp said. The economy had an effect on the school over the past school year, mainly in the form of the need for increased scholarships. The request for tuition assistance, and the number of families that are eligible, had gone up, Karp said. Its made increases in fundraising much more appreciated than ever before. Enrollment has stayed fairly consistent, with some attrition, and mid-year applications have been strong this year, Karp said. Though the school did not lay off any staff, pay raises and retirement contributions were taken off the table. SJCS plans to reintroduce both into its budget for next year. Our staff is the backbone of our school. We would not be who we are without the teachers and staff, Karp said. We need to honor that as well as we can in any economy. One reason the school has managed to stay fairly consistent with its budget has been due to strong community support, even from people not otherwise connected to the school. Samis has been crucial in helping SJCS reach its fundraising goals, however, by instituting a 2-for-1 matching grant, similar to the one offered to SHA, through the end of the school year. Bilavsky will also be crucial to future fundraising. Shes got quite a track record of fundraising at her previous school, Karp said. Bilavskys impending arrival comes with high expectations, as well. I think shes going to take us places that we havent been before, and we are every excited, Karp said. She has been in three different community day schools before coming to us. I think that that richness of experience that shes bringing to the table is certainly something thats going to inform our growth as a school. Torah Day School of Seattle W hen the Torah Day School first opened in 2006, the rented space near the Seward Park neighborhood from where
Two Jewish Day School students rock out at a concert by Jewish musician eytan Katz in February at an all-day-school event at the Seattle Hebrew Academy. The event was sponsored by local developer Martin Selig and his wife Catherine Mayer. Katz also played a fundraiser that benefited all the local day schools. Erlitz doesnt expect these efficiencies to revert to former levels, at least in the short term. The school has received grant money, including from the Womens Endowment Foundation at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle and the Samis Foundation, for teacher development programs to help continue the globally based curriculum the middle school has adopted. Were very excited about the changes were looking at in the middle school, she said. It is more project-based, more global-based, more getting the kids out into the world. Even my most seasoned teachers are really excited about that. Erlitz emphasized that none of the cuts affected programming or services that directly affect the students. If youre asking me to cut the quality, you need to get another head of school, Erlitz said she told her board. Why be here if you cant enrich whats happening with the students? Menachem Mendel Seattle Cheder When the Menachem Mendel Seattle Cheder moves into its newly acquired facility in Seattles Maple Leaf neighborhood hopefully by mid-summer, school leaders say they will have, in addition to the elementary school and girls high school, their recently opened early-childhood Montessori program in place. Theyre also looking to open a licensed childcare within the facility. According to MMSCs head of school, Rabbi Yosef Charytan, the economy has been somewhat hard on the school, but they also felt effects of the recession on the early side. We always have been very budget conscious, and I think that we as a school felt the economic downturn before many of the other schools did, and we were able to respond to it in advance of everything really coming down for the overall school communityin Seattle. Charytan told JTNews. Currently, he said, were doing great. Things, thank God, are running well. In the past two years, MMSC has made some budget cuts and tried to be consertremendous amount of excitement and interest overall from people who are currently touring, and if they are current parents as well, Charytan said. Seattle Hebrew Academy In addition to the Seattle Hebrew Academy, Seattles oldest day school, being hit hard by the economy came two unplanned incidents: A landslide in the urban forest behind their 100-year-old buildings grounds, and the entrance onto the campus of a man spouting anti-Semitic epithets that resulted in a $50,000 security expenditure. The school has appealed to the Jewish Federation for an emergency grant to help cover the approximately $100,000 it will cost to repair the damage and shore up the affected area. It is such a gift to be housed in this school, said Kletenik, SHAs head of school. It is a beautiful campusthe surroundings are inspired, and it is a huge responsibility to keep it the way it is. Joanna Sandorffy, SHAs board president, said figuring out how to maintain the schools programming and grounds, particularly with the additional budget line items, has been a top priority. Weve definitely had hard decisions to make, and our finance office, together with the volunteers, the finance committee, has scrutinized and painstakingly looked at items all the while, Sandorffy said. When SHAs Judaics principal left the school last year, Kletenik took on those responsibilities to keep costs down. We decided not to fill the position, thinking that would be good for our budget and it was, Kletenik said. Some teachers have stepped in to fill in any holes left by the absence of a dedicated person in the position as well, she said. But things are looking up. Fundraising for this year appears to be on track for reaching the schools goals, Kletenik said, and a 2-for-1 challenge grant from the Samis Foundation announced this month has garnered enthusiasm from school staff.
the Orthodox school draws most of its students was ample for its 52 elementary students. Four years later, finding a building that will fit its 90 children (down from 94 earlier this year any loss of students has come not from economic hardship but from families making aliyah) is one of TDS highest priorities. We are actively looking, said Mike Eisenstein, co-president of the TDS board. They expect to find another space to rent a building purchase is not recommended for such a young school. Not all of our parameters are welldefined in terms of demographic and ultimate size at the rate were growing, Eisenstein said. Though school leaders believe the economy has not had a dramatic impact on the school, having to account for more tuition assistance requests, meaning less income, has clearly delayed some initiatives, Eisenstein said. But being the new kid on the block has its benefits. When I sit around at a [heads of school] meeting and hear the discussion surrounding how to cut back and which programs need to be cut back, were not even there yet, said Rabbi Sheftel Skaist, TDS head of school. There are so many things that were looking to add to the program, he added. Electives for middle school kids, and various programs that this facility cant [handle]. We dont have a gym. We dont have a place for an art room. Our library is minuscule. So were looking to build. Eisenstein said many TDS students attend after-school and weekend supplemental programs as well. You dont need a Bunsen burner to learn science, he said. Ive been very impressed with the biology and basic chemistry my daughter comes home spouting, without having a formal science lab in school. And thats 2nd grade. The board has worked with outside consultants, including Samis, to help them with strategic planning in regards
Torah Day Schools head of school, Rabbi Sheftel Skaist, in his office. to the schools v ision and financial responsibilities. Where TDS has firmly established itself is in its Judaics curriculum. Outside of Skaists office is a large grid, adapted by Rabbi Jonathan Rietti, founder of a New York-based organization called Jewish Inspiration, that allows for the use of mnemonic devices to help students take numerical values of English words and apply them to the Torah. The mention of the phrase Rolls Royce, for example, refers students to a specific passage in all five books. Its astounding. They can do that now in Genesis, and in Exodus, Skaist said. If the English word translates to the word 42, then they make a connection between that English word and the subject matter in chapter 42 of Genesis.
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Cancer survivor celebrates sons Bar Mitzvah Also: Helping cardiac patients get wellcal journalist when he received his diagbut growing. nosis. He holds journalism degrees from Now the typical person, especially Columbia and the University of North the typical Jewish person, will look for Carolina, and had worked mostly in telehealth information online, Andrew vision, including for the groundbreaking adds. PM/Evening Magazine. Five years ago he started Patient He also assumed he didnt have much Power www.patientpower.info and time to live. Diagnosed around the same he still does occasional programming, time as Seattle School District Superinsponsored by the University of Washingtendent John Stanford, he was horrified ton, on KOMO radio during drive time. at how quickly Stanford died. He estimates those segments reach about To me, that was leukemia, he says. 100,000 people a day, but 2.2 million Strong guy, do not pass go, youre dead. people went to Patient Power last year, to However, Andrew got a more favorable diagnosis, allowing him to forgo treatment u nt i l 2 0 0 0 w hen t he c a ncer began to affect his immune system. His illness catapulted his work in a different direction. He started doing a Su nd a y mor n i n g radio show on KVI on different health topics. Soon it became apparent to me that its home base should be on the Internet, he says. courtesy schorr family Internet use at The Schorr family, University of Michigan fans, on campus in the time was low, Ann Arbor. hear audio shows or watch short videos narrated by Andrew and Peter Frishauf, featuring a variety of medical experts. The Schorrs live on Mercer Island, where Andrew runs his small business. Its much less a business and much more a passion, he says. We zap audio and video files, plus provide content to hospital Web sites, including the UW and Harborview. Sixty percent of the content is cancer-oriented, with a variety of other subjects covered, connecting the most remote patient with the smartest doctors, says Andrew. And just to show the pace of research, the experimental drug combination Andrew had in 2000 in Houston has only just been approved by the FDA. Meanwhile, he knows he is blessed to have been in remission and lead a normal life for the past 10 years. He enjoys Boy Scout outings with Eitan and running with their dog, Candy. He goes to the gym almost every day with Esther, a terrific lady, who works for Microsoft. Their oldest son, Ari, 20, is at the University of Michigan and middle daughter Ruth is a junior at Mercer Island High School. Its been quite a different type of job for Karen Portman, who took over running The Beat the Stroum Jewish Community Centers cardiac rehabilitation program from Kathy Hutchinson in 2008.
Diana BrementJTNews Columnist All Bar and Bat Mitzvah kids are special, but Andrew and Esther Schorr of Mercer Island can be allowed a little leeway in thinking their son, Eitan is even more special in fact they call him their miracle baby. In 1996 Andrew was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). At the time, the Schorrs had been thinking about having a third child, but knew chemotherapy drugs could cause infertility. Andrews doctor at the Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where he later took part in clinical trials, suggested the cancer was slow-growing enough to put off treatment. When Esther told the doctor of their plan, he gave her a big hug and said, Go have your baby, says Andrew. And thats the kid who stood on the bima last Saturday, April 17, at Temple Bnai Torah. He did a great job, by the way, added Dad. It was a very life-affirming thing. In a little twist of irony or destiny, Andrew, who grew up in New Yorks Westchester County, was already a medi-
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the coal miners son who teaches a man to fishCostco co-founder sees providing jobs as highest form of social workJoel MagalnickEditor, JTNews Jim Sinegal, co-founder and CEO of Costco Wholesale Corp., runs the largest chain of discount warehouses in the world. But he also has a charitable streak. In advance of his speaking engagement at Jewish Family Service of Greater Seattles annual Community of Caring luncheon, JTNews talked with Sinegal about his views on philanthropy, both personally and for his company. An abridged version of the conversation can be found here. Find the full transcript online at www.jtnews.net. lucky Ive been. Ive been very fortunate. I came from a very humble background my father worked in the coal mines and steel mills in the Pittsburgh area. Its quite a leap from there, an immigrant family, to be in a position like I am in right now. So life has been very good to me, the country has been very good to me. Youd have to be pretty foolish not to understand how lucky youve been and to want to share that. And, I think, Ive been fortunate to have people who have mentored me in that direction. It goes back to when I went to school. The nuns would beat it into our heads, To whom much is given, much is expected. I guess after a period of time it starts to seep in. Why they ever thought we would ever have anything, I dont know. But we were fortunate enough in my particular case, and in many of my colleagues at school at that time. JT: How are you taking those charitable values to the stores, to the employees, to the customers, to the company? Sinegal: Well, first of all, weve got a pretty simple code of ethics. You may know it, maybe youve heard it. We think as a company we have to do four things: Weve got to obey the law, weve got to take care of our customers, weve got to take care of our people, and respect our supplies. And we think if we do those four things, pretty much in that order, that well do what we ultimately have to do, which is to reward our shareholders. We think its possible to reward your shareholders without paying attention to all those four things, but we think if you dont youre going to stumble somewhere along the way. So we feel pretty good about some of the things we do, then to be able to make a profit out of it, thats gravy. And thats what its all about, obviously. You can have the loftiest goals in the world, but if we werent showing a profit, werent able to out-efficiency the other guy and make more money, nobody would give a s--- what we were doing, we would be just another asterisk, another company that was flying a supersonic, low-flying jet.
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Costco Wholesale Corp. co-founder and Ceo Jim Sinegal, in his Issaquah office. JTNews: Youre active in several charities, United Way and Childrens Hospital, to name a few. What is your own personal philosophy on charitable giving? Jim Sinegal: Its all directed toward health and human services. I dont think I give a thousand dollars a year to the arts. Its all directed toward things like Childrens Hospital, toward education. Im on the board of trustees at Seattle University, so Ive set up a fund for the school of nursing, for which I think theres a big need in our community. My wife and I have done that. My wife is very active in Childrens Hospital, so weve not only supported childrens hospital ourselves personally, but Janet has devoted an enormous amount of time to Childrens Hospital. Shes been on the board of trustees at the hospital. She was at one time on all three boards: The guild board, the foundation board, the hospital board. She was the first person, I think, in history, who was ever on all three boards at one time. Im also on the board at Mendoza School of Business at Notre Dame, and provided a scholarship program there, and Im on the board of San Diego State University, where both Janet and I went to school and we provided a scholarship program forpeople who just need help getting through school. Even though its an inexpensive school, its still costly to go. Then Im on the board of the United Negro College Fund on a national basis, so as you can see, education and children and that type of thing is generally where weve given most of our money. JT: Whats driven your desire to be so charitable? Sinegal: Why wouldnt I be? Look how
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JT: To name an example, right? Theres a donation matching program with United Way, for instance, that employees can give and Costco would match? Sinegal: Yes, employees can do that, of course they can designate if they want, or they can put it into the United Way safety net, or designate to specific charities, which many people do. As a matter of fact, thats really made it more popular than ever, that they can designate their own charitable giving.
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Why we cover our mirrors during the week of shivaage of 93, and this fetching, little gazing 10-month-old, was a hint as to why mirrors are indeed covered in a Jewish house of mourning. More on this later, but first the basics. During the week of shiva, I, along with most mourners, had the opportunity to revisit, discuss and learn about the host of rituals that are part of the Jewish customs of mourning. Most would agree there is a tremendous amount of sense and practicality about the Jewish way in death. In the case of covering mirrors, there is much meaning to the symbolism. The basic practice is that as soon as mourning begins for a loved one who has passed away, the mirrors in the home are covered. According to Jewish law, there are seven relatives for whom one officially mourns: Father, mother, sister, brother, son, daughter and spouse. It is for these that one observes shiva and then additional mourning of 30 days, and for parents only, a full year. Some practices are pretty self-explanatory: Tearing clothes, sitting low to the ground, not wearing leather, not offering greetings, not studying Torah all resonate with shades of sorrow. Does this practice of mirror covering fit in this category as well? It just might. We are sad and therefore not inclined to vainly prettyup. But there seems to be more. Some suggest the mirror is a cynical instrument. It reflects only what it sees in the immediate present. It has no memory and no skill for anticipating the future. Cover the mirror. We wish to distance ourselves from such behavior; we hope to remember the person who has died and treasure him or her well into the future. We are not the only ones to have this practice. Far be it for me to attempt a who came first on this one. Many cultures have the practice of covering mirrors upon a death in the family. It is attributed to Irish, Italians, to the Victorian age, to Germany, Belgium, England and France. For some, the basic explanation is similar to our most prevalent explanation: That is, that the mirror draws attention to ones self and the time of mourning is a time to focus on the individual who has passed not on our own particular narcissistic diversions. But for some, the explanation is more of the paranormal, Snow White variety: Mirror, mirror on the wall! Mirrors are seen as a portal to the afterworld, to spirits and ghosts on the other side. Some were wont to conjure up souls by divining through mirrors and feared being swept away by a returning soul still roaming about who through the mirror might draw a live soul into the netherworld. For this reason the mirrors are covered so as to stymie these activities. Yet the fundamental reason, sensible though it is, would be enough: Our tradition has recorded a number of other perspectives with further layers to this conversation. Some offer a matter-of-fact, utilitarian explanation. Mirrors are covered because prayers are usually recited in a house of mourning and one may not pray in front of a mirror. Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, in the chapter, Sitting Shiva is Doing Teshuvah in Reflections of the Rav, cites the Talmud Moed Katans exhortation that a mourner is obligated to overturn his bed as the precursor to the modern-day practice of covering the mirrors. In Talmudic times it was the practice to turn ones bed upside down during the week of shiva. On one hand, this would preclude the sitting on the bed, which is forbidden. We are to sit low during shiva. But on the other hand, it evokes the idea that new souls are drawn into this world in the bed of mother and father, the bed being the agent of the procreative process. With the passing of one of these links we realize our human failure at perhaps not living up to the mission of being a bridge in the tradition being passed from parent to child. He writes: Overturning the bed was later replaced by turning the mirrors to the wall or covering them. The symbolism is the same as the turning of the bed, namely that our image is not as lustrous as it should be. The period of mourning suggest human failure and covering the mirror is a form of vidui, confession.
Rivy Poupko KletenikJTNews Columnist Dear Rivy, Knowing that your father has just passed away I thought it would be timely to ask about the mirrors in a house of mourning. I recall the practice of covering all the mirrors in the house from my childhood, when my parents sat shiva for relatives. Where does this practice come from, why do we do it, and is it still practiced? For an hour or so during the Shabbat morning of shiva, I was charged with the watching of our grandchild as his tired jet-lagged-East-Coast mother took a nap and the rest of the family was in synagogue. At a bit of a desperate moment of having exhausted many an entertainment option, I plunked little Ilan down in front of a full-length mirror, the bottom of which did not get covered as it should have been. As I watched him curiously consider his image, it never occurred to me that this odd juxtaposition of the week of shiva for my father, of blessed memory, who lived till the beautiful old
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Judaism on two wheelsLeyna KrowAssistant Editor, JTNews Can riding a bicycle make you a better Jew? That question remains open for debate, but organizers of the upcoming Hazon California Bike Ride believe that riding bikes can help Jewish environmentalists make the connection between their passion for protecting the planet and their religion. A lot of people have environmental ethics to behave responsibly, be it with regard to food or transportation, said Ilana Mantell, director of operations for the Kavana Cooperative, who is co-organizing a team of cyclists from Seattle to take part in the ride. For a lot of people theres a desire to connect those ethics with Jewish values, though how to do that isnt always obvious. Hazon is trying to make that connection. The event, which runs May 7-10, includes a two-day Shabbat retreat in Sonoma County, followed by a two-day bike ride to San Francisco. The retreat will feature rabbis and Jewish educators from around the country offering lectures, classes, and services centered around the connection between Judaism and environmentalism. By the time people get on their bikes, they will have been marinating for two days in the idea that Jews are caretakers of the world, Mantell said. The ride isnt just an educational oppor t unit y; its a lso a f undraiser. Cyclists are asked to raise a minimum of $1,000 to participate, with the money being distributed by Hazon, a New Yorkbased Jewish environmental advocacy organization, to a variety of American and Israeli projects. Recipients include ADAMAH: The Jewish Environmental
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Members of Team Seattle before a Sunday training ride.
Fellowship, a three-month leadership training program for young adults, and The Jewish Farm School, which hosts alternative spring breaks for students on the East Coast and in California. Some of the money stays with Hazon to help fund their annual food conference, community supported agriculture program, and future bike rides. Hazon began hosting bike rides in 2001, with previous events taking place in New York and Israel. This is the first time a ride has been held on the West Coast. Mantell said the idea to field a team of Seattleites for the Hazon ride first came in December when she and several other leaders from Seattle Jewish organizations attended Hazons annual food conference in Monterey, Calif.
They were advertising the ride at the conference, and we were so thrilled to find another way for people to combine Judaism with environmentalism, she said. Rabbi Jessica Kessler Marshall of Everetts Temple Beth Or took part in Hazons New York ride last summer. Hazon announced they would be doing a California ride in 2010 and I thought, Great, I dont have to f ly across the country to do this anymore, recalled Marshall, an avid cyclist and outdoor enthusiast. And then I thought, Wouldnt it be wonderful to get other people from Seattle to come along? Mantell and Marshall combined their efforts and the Seattle group is being organized as a partnership between Kavana,
Congregation Beth Shalom, the Ravenna Kibbutz, Temple Beth Or, and Hillel at the University of Washington. Theyre calling themselves Team Seattle and, as of April, they represented the largest single contingent to sign up from any city. Participants neednt be affiliates of any of the organizing communities, however. According to Mantell, the team is a mix of people from a broad cross section of Jewish life. For the most part these arent Talmud scholars or people who are going to synagogue every week, Mantell said. For a lot of people, theyre looking for a way to make Judaism relevant to their values. For the past few months, the team has been doing Sunday morning training rides to prepare for the miles they will cover in California. Marshall said the turnout for these rides has often been larger than the team itself. Its a mix of people who are participating, but also just Jewish bikers who like riding and want to join us, she said. For Marshall, riding a bicycle is not only a way for her to practice her own brand of Jewish ethics, but also as a way to facilitate conversations about Judaism. I really feel like for me, my spirit just soars with having kind of deeper conversations while on a bike, she said. Ive had all kinds of discussions, from what are the different definitions of God to what to do about a daughter whos dating a non-Jewish guy. Marshall said she hopes Team Seattle members will return from California with a better sense of how their religion fits with their other passions, cycling or otherwise. There are a myriad of different ways for people to connect with Judaism, she said. It doesnt always have to be while sitting in a pew in a building.
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A day of volunteerismLocal Jewish teens get their hands dirty in service to the community They swept, scrubbed, painted, collected, stuffed, schmoozed and, after a few hours, finished up with some much-needed pizza. More than 90 Jewish teens from around the Puget Sound region gathered at the Stroum Jewish Community Center on Sun., April 25 to participate in the J-Serve international day of Jewish volunteer service, organized by the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle with help from BBYO, to do projects for other kids. The students performed maintenance tasks at the First Place School and Treehouse in Seattles Central District, collected goods at supermarkets for young children served by Eastside Baby Corner and Westside Baby, and sent out Mothers Day cards on behalf of the Hope Heart Institute, and much more. Photos by Joel Magalnick and Matt Lemchen.
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poetry from imprisonmentPeter A. KleinSpecial to JTNews The poetry of teenaged Jewish boys imprisoned in the Terezn concentration camp will be given new life in the oratorio Vedem, by composer Lori Laitman and librettist David Mason. Vedem will receive its world premiere at Music of Remembrances spring concert on May 10. Laitman believes these lines of Masons express the essence of the piece: We lived for what we wrote and painted, as if imagination were a jewel. Terezn (aka Theresienstadt) is an old Czech fortress town that the Nazis turned into a transit camp during the Holocaust. 144,000 Jews were sent to Terezn, including many from the arts and letters. Onequarter of the prisoners died there, and two-thirds were later killed in the death camps. Yet they created an astounding cultural life in the camp, which existed right alongside starvation, cold, overcrowding, disease, and death. Boys in Terezn lived in a converted school building designated L417, with the oldest occupying a room known as Home Number One. Educating the children was forbidden, but the Jewish leaders of the homes did so secretly. Home No. Ones adult leader, Valtr Eisinger, was a teacher of Czech language and literature. With Eisingers encouragement, the boys created their own clandestine literary magazine, called Vedem, which means We Lead in Czech. Vedem existed for two years between 1942 and 1944. The key contributors were aged about 14-16. Petr Ginz, a multi-talented writer, artist and diarist, was editor-in-chief. The magazines logo was a Jules Verne-inspired rocket ship flying past a book toward a star. Imagine your high school newspaper and creative writing magazine rolled into
Music of Remembrances spring concert inspired by a secret magazine created by boys at Terezn campone handwritten, in a concentration camp. The boys created stories, poems, essays and drawings which expressed their observations, hopes, fears and dreams. Every Friday night, they read aloud and critiqued the weeks work. According to Mason, an acclaimed poet and Bellingham native who now lives in Colorado, the story of Vedem is an opportunity to get at the lives of very specific boys, and theyre not angels, theyre rascally little guys, he said. Theyre in that strange period between childhood and adolescenceand I find that profoundly interesting. Were not only writing about mechanistic, institutionalized victimizationits a story about human aspiration and fire and creativity in the face of absolute annihilation. Mason is the author or editor of nine books of poetry, and a regular contributor to magazines such as The New Yorker, Poetry and The Nation. Approximately 100 boys worked on Vedem. Only about 15 survived. Most, including Ginz, died at Auschwitz. One boy, Sydney Taussig, was allowed to remain in Terezn because he had worked in his fathers blacksmith shop, which the Germans considered essential. Taussig buried about 800 pages of the magazine in a metal container meant to hold crematorium ashes, and retrieved them after liberation. In the mid-1990s, the Vedem boys story and work were published in the book We Are Children Just the Same, first in Czech, then in English. Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon, who went into space on the ill-fated Columbia shuttle mission, took with him a copy of Ginzs drawing of Earth viewed from a fanciful lunar landscape. When MOR Artistic Director Mina Miller read the book about Vedem, she told herself, One day I will commission a piece on this. Miller had someone in mind Lori Laitman, one of Americas foremost composers of art songs. Over the years, MOR has performed several of incidental music to Shakespeares The Taming of the Shrew. Motherhood occupied most of her time in the 1980s. Then in 1991 soprano Lauren Wagner, an old f r iend, asked Laitman to write an ar t song for Wagners debut CD. It turned out to be the spark t hat ignited her career. I havent stopped si nce, sa id L a itman. I found my voice writing for the voice. She now has more than 200 songs to her credit, to texts by many noted poets past and present. Talk to Laitman about her craft today, courtesy mor and she radiates selfconfidence. Her workSydney Taussig, a survivor of Terezin who saved the 800-page manuscript of the magazine Vedem, with his bound replica of ing method is differthe recovered publications. ent from that of many other composers. Laitmans Holocaust-related song cycles. I always write the vocal line first, But this time, Miller wanted something Laitman said. I never think of a musical bigger, an oratorio with soloists, a chilstructure and squish words into it. drens chorus, and a chamber ensemble. Each melody is custom crafted, she Laitman turned to Mason, with whom said, with musical notes matched to the she recently collaborated on her first texts meaning, flow and dramatic content. full-length opera, The Scarlet Letter. She Only after she is satisfied with the vocal selected a group of the boys poems, which line will she begin to flesh out other eleMason wove into a narrative libretto. ments, such as harmony and accompaniLaitman studied at the Yale School of ment. Each of these layers exists to further Music in the 1970s. She earned her mascolor and magnify the emotions that are ters degree in flute performance, but also inside and behind the words, she said. studied composition. At that time, she was Mason desc r ibes t hei r work i ng mostly interested in composing for film partnership as a collaboration of great and theater. After Yale, she taught flute, scored several industrial films, and wrote u Page 15
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joy for both of us, he said. When working on a project, they talk almost daily, with Laitman often singing themes to Mason and playing the piano over the telephone. He understands what it is that I need. He understands how to write a libretto, how to write a poem, Laitman said. Hes a genius. Im in the hands of a great composer, and I can trust her absolutely, Mason said. She responds to language in a way that I cannot even begin to describe. For Vedem, Laitman stretched her vocal line first rule a bit, she said, creating an instrumental theme that recurs and develops throughout the work. Vedem is MORs most ambitious project to date. In addition to the full oratorio, Laitman has crafted a more portable version without choir that can be performed at schools and outreach concerts. Filmmaker John Sharify is creating a Vedem documentary that includes interviews with five of the six survivors still alive today. Miller and Laitman each met separately with two survivors Emil Kopel and Leopold Lowy at Lowys New Jersey home. Because Miller was a musician and would understand, Kopel took her aside and revealed something hed never told anyone before, fearing hed be thought crazy how a well-known piece of classical music saved his life during a death march out of Buchenwald. Prisoners who collapsed or fell behind were shot. Kopel kept pace by listening to Dvorks Humoresque No. 7 over and over in his mind. I was stunned, Miller said. Her
NoW JUNe if you go:Vedem will be performed Mon., May 10 at 8 p.m. at the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya Hall, 3rd and Union, downtown Seattle. Performed by tenor Ross Hauck and mezzo-soprano Angela Niederloh, and the Northwest Boychoir (Joseph Crnko, conductor), accompanied by Mikhail Shmidt, violin, Laura DeLuca, clarinet, Walter Gray, cello, and Mina Miller, piano. Tickets cost $36. Visit www.musicofremembrance.org or call 206-365-7770 for tickets.Leonard Bernstein Arts Festival Music and Theater www.seattlecelebratesbernstein.org A consortium of 19 arts organizations present a celebration of composer Leonard Bernstein. Events include talks, a performance by the Seattle Jewish Chorale, and a run of Bernsteins classic musical, On the Town at The 5th Avenue Theatre. Visit the Web site for details and a calendar of events.
hands still shaking, she called Laitman on her cell phone, introduced Kopel, and they told Laitman the story. Laitman agreed to include the Humoresque in Vedem, then found to her surprise that the melody fit exactly into a section of music she had just written. The concert also includes the String Quartet No. 3 (1938) by the Czech-Jewish Pavel Haas, one of several composers imprisoned at Terezn. The program opens with a reprise performance of Seattle Symphony conductor Gerard Schwarz In Memoriam, dedicated to the memory of beloved Symphony and MOR cellist David Tonkonogui, and played by Schwarz cellist son Julian. Were dedicating the concert, said Miller, to all who died too young.
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a 20-year project, now completedEmily KeelerSpecial to JTNews Hazzan Isaac Azoses CD, Ladino Reflections, took just six months to produce, but it took 20 years to dream. His double-disc collection of Ladino folksongs is t he cherr y atop a lifet ime of Sephardic liturgical and cantorial achievements. The CD follows Azoses far-reaching contributions to the preservation of Turkish and Rhodesli Jewish customs and the Ladino language. Azoses first CD, The Liturgy of Ezra Bessaroth, came out in 1999, and 2002 saw the release of his Seattle Sephardic Siddur, the only prayer book to follow the customs of Jews from Turkey and the Greek Isle of Rhodes. The siddur became an overnight sensation and is used not only in Seattle but also in Sephardic congregations as far as Maryland and South Africa. In 2007, Azose published the Seattle Sephardic mahzor festival prayer book for Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot. Azoses production of a Ladino album is a natural progression from his background as hazzan (cantor) of Ezra Bessaroth for nearly half a century. Born in 1930 to Turkish parents, Azose was intrigued with liturgy from a young age. He came to learn nearly all the synagogue liturgy by listening intently to the different Seattle hazzanim. Azose began working for Boeing in 1950, moonlighting as a hazzan in the early 60s at the site of the thennew Sephardic Bikur Holim, then called The Branch. In 1966, Azose became the hazzan of Ezra Bessaroth, where he remained until his retirement in 2000. The preservation of Ladino language,
A Sephardic hazzans musical project is a reflection on his peoples historyinto history. Whatever t hei r beg i nn i ng s, S eph a rd ic life has preser ved its Ladino romanzas, or romanceras, remarkably well. The folk songs appear to be part of some Sephardic collective unconscious. Some of t hese Ive learned as part of the liturgy, says Azose. Some of them Ive learned f rom Mom and Dad and t heir f r iends who used to get together on a Saturday night. He recalls listening to Ladino songs courtesy isaac azose i n h is home as a ezra Bessaroths Hazzan emeritus Isaac Azose. child, when, before television, the adults gathered on Saturin which he is fluent, is one of Azoses day nights to listen to records and dance. passions. Also known as Judeo-Spanish, The songs on Ladino Reflections capJudezmo, Spaniolit and a number of other ture those eternal themes of love: Love names, Ladino is a Hebrew and old Spanfound, love lost, love forbidden. Cryptic ish hybrid colored primarily by Turkish, and beautiful, La Serena (The Siren) Hebrew, Arabic and Greek and, to a lesser begins: If the sea were made of milk / extent, Italian and French. Fewer than an And the boats of cinnamon / I would stain estimated 200,000 people still speak this myself completely / To save your banner. language, which became specific to the / If the sea were made of milk / I would Jews after the Spanish expulsion in 1492. become a fisherman / I would fish for my Efforts to preserve the language and culsorrows / With little words of love. ture are being made, particularly in Israel Each romanza should be a lesson for and in Internet forums like LadinoKoaspiring poets, many of them reminismunita. cent of the biblical Song of Songs. The The origins of the 34 songs on Azoses voice of La Rosa Enflorese (The Rose CD are virtually unknown. Riding the Blooms) sings, The rose blooms in the wave of migration, their roots can only month of May / My soul darkens sufbe traced so far before they disappear fering with love / Come quickly, dove, come quickly to me / (Come) quickly my soul, because I shall die. The instrumental accompaniment of guitar, piano, mandolin and cittern a three-string guitar popular during the Renaissance appeals to the emotions of each song with a sound reminiscent of Spain and the Orient. Although the folksongs largely speak of love, others, like La Vida Do El Por Raki (I Would Give My Life for Arak) attest to the fact that every culture has a drinking ballad. On the other side of the spectrum is Kuando El Rey Nimrod. In this uplifting folksong, Nimrod sees a holy light above the Jewish quarter predicting Abrahams birth. Several songs have experienced a rebirth, and tracing them back to their sources becomes a musicological excavation. For instance, Miserlu (Greek and Turkish: Egyptian Girl) is well known in Greek, Turkish and Arab cultures and likely filtered into Sephardic Jewry during its years in the Ottoman Empire. Miserlu was introduced to America in 1963 by Dick Dale (formerly Richard Mansour, a Lebanese American), and it spawned the genre of surfer rock, going on to be featured in the film Pulp Fiction. This catchy tune was most recently sampled in 2006 by hip-hop group The Black Eyed Peas. And no one can be sure whether Adio Kerida (Farewell, My Love) preceded or emerged from Verdis opera, La Traviata. Debate on this subject abounds. Rising star and Ladino Shakira Yasmin Levy performs this haunting and mysterious song on her 2009 album, Mano Suave.
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Khal Ateres Zekainim (Orthodox) 206/722-1464 at Kline Galland Home, 7500 Seward Park Ave. S Sephardic Bikur Holim Congregation (Orthodox) 6500 52nd Ave. S 206/723-3028 The Summit at First Hill (Orthodox) 1200 University St. 206/652-4444 Temple Beth Am (Reform) 206/525-0915 2632 NE 80th St. Temple Bnai Torah (Reform) 425/603-9677 15727 NE 4th, Bellevue Temple De Hirsch Sinai (Reform) Seattle, 1441 16th Ave. 206/323-8486 Bellevue, 3850 156th Ave. SE 425/454-5085 SOuTH KING COuNTy Bet Chaverim (Reform) 206/577-0403 25701 14th Place S, Des Moines WEST SEATTLE Kol HaNeshamah (Reform) 206/935-1590 Alki UCC, 6115 SW Hinds St. Torah Learning Center (Orthodox) 5121 SW Olga St. 206/938-4852 WAShinGTon STATE AbERdEEn Temple Beth Israel 360/533-5755 1819 Sumner at Martin AnAcoRTES Anacortes Jewish Community 360/293-4123 bAinbRidGE iSLAnd Congregation Kol Shalom (Reform) 9010 Miller Road NE 206/855-0885 Chavurat Shir Hayam 206/842-8453 bELLinGhAm Chabad Jewish Center of Whatcom County 820 Newell St. 360/393-3845 Congregation Beth Israel (Reform) 2200 Broadway 360/733-8890
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april 30 may 18The JTNews calendar presents a selection of ongoing events in the Jewish community. For a complete listing of events, or to add your event to the JTNews calendar, visit www. jtnews.net. Calendar events must be submitted no later than 10 days before publication. n 4 p.m.Lag Bomer Picnic Lag BOmer picnic and scavenger hunt hosted by the Capitol Hill Minyan. All are welcome. At the Volunteer Park playfield, 1400 E Prospect St., Seattle. n 4 p.m.Torah Dedication and Lag Bomer Celebration Rabbi Zevi Goldberg at 425-967-3036 or firstname.lastname@example.org Chabad Jewish Center of Snohomish County dedicates its new Torah and celebrates Lag BOmer. All are welcome. At the Edmonds Conference Center, 201 4th Ave. N, Edmonds.
Sunday 9n 10 a.m. Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust Alysa Rosen at 206-525-0915 or email@example.com Sunday morning forum with Dr. Patrick Henry, author of We Only Know Men: The Rescue of Jews in France during the Holocaust, about why rescuers risked their lives to save strangers, and why it is important to make them part of Holocaust education. At Temple Beth Am, 2632 NE 80th St., Seattle.
A fundraiser for Northwest Yeshiva High School featuring home-baked dishes to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Location provided upon RSVP.
fRiday 14n 6 p.m. edwin L. Bierman Scholar in Residence Weekend with Prof. Vanessa L. ochs Carol Benedick at 206-524-0075 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.bethshalomseattle.org Vanessa L. Ochs, professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia, offers an exploration of new Jewish rituals. $25/person. Includes dinner and Shabbat service. Member discount available. Children 3 years and under free. Childcare available during program by pre-registration. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle.
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Monday 10n 7 p.m. The y Chromosome and Beyond: Tracing your Genealogy with the other DNA email@example.com or www.jgsws.org Bennett Greenspan, founder and CEO of Family Tree DNA, explains the nuances of Y-DNA and mtDNA testing for the Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 East Mercer Way, Mercer Island. n 7:30 p.m. The Way to Pray firstname.lastname@example.org Rabbi Yechezkel Kornfeld explains the structure of Shavuot davening, including when to do what and why. Free. At Northwest Yeshiva High School, 5017 90th Ave. SE, Seattle.
april fRiday 30n 6 p.m. Reclaiming Spinoza Kristine Ganes at 206-528-1944 or email@example.com Shabbat potluck with the Secular Jewish Circle and a program on 17th-century Dutch philosopher Baruch Spinoza. Location provided upon RSVP.
Monday 3n 11 a.m. Parenting Mindfully Marjorie Schnyder at 206-861-3146 or firstname.lastname@example.org Jewish Family Service presents a four-session class aimed at exploring how parents can express their emotions and beliefs in balanced and healthy ways. At Temple Bnai Torah, 15727 NE 4th St., Bellevue.
SatuRday 15n 1:15 p.m. edwin L. Bierman Scholar in Residence Weekend with Prof. Vanessa L. ochs Carol Benedick at 206-524-0075 or email@example.com or www.bethshalomseattle.org Vanessa L. Ochs takes a look at some of the most curious, infuriating, and dazzling passages of Talmud. Free. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle. n 8 p.m. edwin L. Bierman Scholar in Residence Weekend with Prof. Vanessa L. ochs Carol Benedick at 206-524-0075 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.bethshalomseattle.org Vanessa L. Ochs explores what Jewish tradition has to say about dreaming, dream interpretation, and rituals for incubating dreams and chasing away nightmares. Dessert and Havdalah included. RSVP requested. Free. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle.
tueSday 4n 7 p.m. Making Marriage Work www.townhallseattle.org Dr. John Gottman, founder of the Gottman Institute for Marriage Research and the author of more than 40 books, will offer tools and insights to couples who want to take their marriage to the next level. Sponsored by ParentMap. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. At Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave., Seattle.
May SatuRday 1n 1:15 p.m. Rabbis Tisch Carol Benedick at 206-524-0075, ext. 4 or email@example.com An hour of study and discussion with Rabbi Jill Borodin on mitzvot and middot. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle.
tueSday 11n 11:30 a.m. Injured Soldiers Helping Injured Soldiers U.S. and Israeli soldiers wounded in combat reflect on their experiences and shared struggles. At Seward Park. n 12 p.m. Community of Caring Luncheon Gail Pollack at 206-861-3151 or firstname.lastname@example.org Eighth annual Community of Caring luncheon benefiting Jewish Family Service, featuring Costco CEO Jim Sinegal. At the Westin Seattle, 1900 5th Ave., Seattle.
Sunday 2n 10 a.m. History Tour of the Paramount www.wsjhs.org A special tour of the Paramount Theatre for members of the Washington State Jewish Historical Society. At the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle. n 11:30 a.m. Lag Bomer Isolde Shiebert at 206-232-8555, ext. 204 or email@example.com BBQ and bonfire to celebrate Lag BOmer. At Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation, 3700 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island.
thuRSday 6n 7 p.m. Israel to Haiti: Across the World in 48 Hours Rebecca at 206-774-2272 or firstname.lastname@example.org Daniel Biran, administrative ambassador to the Israel Consulate of New York, will share his experience as a first responder to Haiti after its recent earthquake and the Israeli Defense Forces efforts in aiding Haiti. Hosted by the Maimonides Society of Washington State. $18. RSVP requested. At Top of the Market, 93 Pike St., Seattle.
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The career R.N. has worked in cardiology nursing for 32 years including teaching for a decade and was running clinical trials before she came to the J. The Beat is a stage four rehab program (stage one begins when patients are still in the hospital). It is a guided fitness program incorporating aerobic exercise, strength training, stretching and relaxation into a one-hour class up to three times a week. When you start the program, I do a nursing history and physical, explains the Temple Bnai Torah member, who adds that patients cardiologists provide background information about their health and any limitations clients might have (with HIPAA guidelines followed). Blood pressure and heart rate are
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Jim Sinegal t Page 8 JT: Talking about not just Costco, but corporate America in general, what role should companies play in giving to charity or giving a leg up to people who might not even be fortunate enough to shop at your stores? Sinegal: I think an awful lot of it goes back to the philosophy that Peter Drucker has, the business guru. Its about more than making money. Its about the fact that you have a contract with society, that theres a social contract that youre going to do the right things in the community where youre doing business, that youre going to provide good jobs, that youre going to pro-
vide good merchandise, and youre going to be honest and above board in what you do.... Think of the suppliers that provide goods for us, and their families, and how many factories would go out of business or have serious layoffs if we werent around. JT: Do you see a lot of companies not holding up their end of that contract? Sinegal: I think in corporate America we have allowed ourselves to get sucked into the situation where there are a lot of short-term goals that are forcing everybody to act differently than they would if they really were looking at how they survive their business 50 years from now. One of the things about Costco, one of the
things that were proud about, when Jeff [Brotman] and I started the business, we could have sold the business hundreds of times. There were all kinds of people coveting the business in the early days. But we never wanted to sell it. We wanted to build an institution. We wanted the company to be here years from now, and still be flourishing and still be prosperous and still to be an important part of the community. Ive been involved recent ly w it h Rwanda. I was introduced to the president of the country, and met him and have introduced him to several other business people. He was the guy who liberated the country from that terrible genocide that was taking place. They lost like a million
people in 100 days in the worst fashion you can imagine machetes out in the street. It was just horrible. As the president of the country, hes determined that aid is bad. Just taking money and continuing to take money is never going to move his country forward. If hes ever going to have any chance of success in his country, they have to build some commercial base. They have to develop a middle class and to have a form of business. And really, businesses in every country of the world, in every successful country, in every non-third world country, thats really what makes the difference: Successful business, a middle class that develops out of that business. That creation of jobs, as they say, is the highest form of social service, and it also creates the types of entrepreneurs that you see flourishing in our country.
Isaac Azose t Page 16 Hazzan Azose, who never received formal voice training, commands the album. He is accompanied on guitar by Asaf Erez and Julian Catford and on piano by Steve Rice. David Bartley accompanies on guitar, cittern and mandolin. The CDs liner notes include the Ladino lyrics without English translations. The one exception is Avrij Mi Galanika (Open Up, My Beauty), about a young man begging his lover to let him inside. This song is depicted in the artwork throughout the CD booklet. Ladino Reflections does not simply transmit music. It also transmits history and Ladino culture and language. I just wanted to have Ladino perpetuated, to leave a legacy for the Sephardic community of Seattle, Azose says. And my children. Hazzan Isaac Azoses CD Ladino Reflections can be purchased online at www.isaacazose.com/ladinoreflections.html, on Ebay, and at performances around Seattle.
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obituaryRabbi Dr. Bernard Poupko 1917April 14, 2010vented you from studying Torah. Now you must devote the rest of your life to plumbing its depths and spreading its word. From Poland the family, with help from the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, secured visas to the United States and immigrated here in 1931. Rabbi Poupko studied at Yeshiva College, City College and Columbia University, receiving his B.A. and M.A., as well as his rabbinic ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University in 1941. He moved to Pittsburgh, and become rabbi of Shaare Torah Congregation and married the late Gilda TwerskyNovoseller Poupko. By 1952 Rabbi Poupko had earned his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. He wrote his dissertation on the state of Jewish adult education in the U.S., tracing its history, studying its trends, and prescribing its future. A lt hough Rabbi Poupko escaped Communism, he felt his escape was less a privilege and more a responsibility. His synagogue, therefore, was the first to hang a Free Soviet Jewry sign, and he was the first rabbi to speak publicly in Moscow under Soviet rule. He risked his life, being tracked by the KGB when he traveled to Russia a dozen times to campaign for the liberation of Soviet Jewry and bear witness to their plight. Due in no small part to these efforts, more than one and a half million Soviet Jews emigrated to Israel and the United States. Rabbi Poupkos efforts to save Soviet Jewry are recounted in his award-winning Yiddish book, In the Shadow of the Kremlin, as well as in dozens of newspaper articles that he wrote. He also edited and co-edited 38 sermon manuals for the Rabbinical Council of America, many of which include his own sermons. Rabbi Poupkos articles and sermons took on a progressive, tolerant and visionary tone, often calling for activism in upholding social justice, understanding of difference and confidence in the Jewish future. Rabbi Poupko is survived by his wife, Miriam Bak-Poupko, five children, among them Rivy Poupko Kletenik of Seattle, 28 grandchildren and 41 great-grandchildren. Rabbi Poupko instilled within his family a deep love for the people Israel, the noble notion of community service, and devotion to the State of Israel. He is remembered for his stirring eloquence, buoyant optimism, and enduring dignity. More than anything else, Rabbi Poupkos life was marked by a deep concern for the human-other in service, of the divinely Other, and commitment to mending whatever brokenness he encountered. The family is deeply grateful to the Kline Galland Home and its staff members for providing Rabbi Poupko with a sanctuary of dignity and Jewish respect in which to complete his days on earth. Gilah Kletenik Bar Mitzvah Isaac Cordes Isaac will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on May 8, 2010 at Congregation Beth Shalom in Seattle. Isaac is the son of Bob and Hannah Cordes of Seattle and the brother of Sam. Isaac is in the 7th grade at Eckstein Middle School. He enjoys baseball and basketball, playing double bass in the Eckstein Middle School orchestra, reading, drama, hanging out with his friends and family, and he looks forward to going to Camp Solomon Schechter this summer. For his mitzvah project, Isaac will be volunteering with the JHarvest CSA program at Hillel at the University of Washington. Bat Mitzvah Sophie Katz Sophie will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on May 1, 2010 at Temple Beth Am in Seattle. Sophie is the daughter of Audrey Fine and Stephen Katz of Seattle and the sister of Adam and Mitchell. Her grandparents are Ann and Norman Katz of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Alice Fine of Seattle and the late Morton Fine. Sophie is in the 7th grade at the Northwest School. She is an accomplished equestrian.
Rabbi Dr. Bernard Poupko, a nationally prominent Orthodox rabbi recognized for his initiatives in saving Soviet Jewry, pioneering efforts in the Jewish day school movement, and for his leadership of religious Zionism, died April 14 in Seattle, where he had lived for the last six years. He was 93 years old and succumbed to Alzheimers. At the time of his death, Rabbi Poupko was rabbi emeritus of Shaare Torah Congregation in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he served as rabbi from 1941-2004. He was a former national president of the Religious Zionists of America and a national vice-president of the Rabbinical Council of America. Rabbi Poupko was influential in building the Jewish community in Pittsburgh, serving as president of its rabbinical council from 1949-1999, cofounding Hillel Academy, the Holocaust Center, and the Greater Association of Pittsburgh Rabbis, as well as supporting other Jewish institutions there. Born in Velizh, a town in Smolensk Oblast, Russia in 1917, Rabbi Poupko was known to refer to himself in humor as a child of the revolution. The fifth of eight children born to the late Rabbi Eliezer Poupko, the towns religious leader, and Pesha Chaya Sapir, a renowned Talmud scholar, Rabbi Poupko became sensitized from a young age to the implications that the Bolshevik Revolution had for religious observance. The scope became clear when his father was twice arrested and tried by the Communists and sentenced to years of hard labor in Siberia for his leadership in upholding Jewish practice in the town. In 1930, by rowboat in the middle of the night, the family escaped and made their way to the home of the Hafetz Hayyim, Rabbi Yisrael Meir Kagan, in Radun, Poland. There, Rabbi Poupko and his family were reunited with his three older brothers, who had been sent there nine years earlier to study Torah. Rabbi Poupko often recalled the life-shaping moment when the Hafetz Hayyim turned to him and said, In Russia, the Communists pre-
Engagement Briana Goldstein and Jeff Roberts Briana and Jeff are engaged to be married in October 2010 in Seattle. Rabbi Josh Hearshen of Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation will officiate the ceremony. Briana is the daughter of Dennis Goldstein and Robin Rogel-Goldstein of Bellevue. Her grandparents are David and Helaine Goldstein of Redmond and Joseph and Ann Lee Rogel of Bellevue. She is a graduate of the Bellevue International School and holds bachelors degrees in business administration and French from Emory University. She works as a program manager in Microsofts Trustworthy Computing organization. Jeff is the son of Patrick and Marilyn Roberts of Seattle. His grandparents are Jeanna Roberts of Willows, Calif. and the late Fred Roberts and Richard Friedenrich
of Laguna Woods, Calif. and the late Gladys Friedenrich. He is a graduate of Garfield High School and holds a B.A. in business administration from the University of Washington. He is a manager with Ernst & Youngs advisory services practice.
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border crossingsNew Arizona law brings renewed attention to immigration reformMelissa ApterJTA World News Service WASHINGTON (JTA) Jewish groups are slamming Arizonas stringent new immigration-enforcement law, but hope outrage over the measure will reignite efforts to push comprehensive immigration reform on a national level. I believe that it has absolutely ignited a movement across this country for comprehensive immigration reform, said U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), the daughter of Jewish immigrants, who is a co-sponsor of a bill that would provide illegal immigrants with an opportunity to normalize their status. You see people pouring out of their homes and into the streets and halls of government rejecting this notion of allowing our country to become a police state. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed the Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act into law last week, though the measure wont go into effect for 90 days. The new law requires that police check the immigration status of anyone suspected of being an illegal immigrant, a tactic civil liberties groups and several Jewish organizations say effectively mandates racial profiling. Proponents of the law say the tough measures are necessary given the federal governments failure to act to rescue the state from a flood of illegal immigrants from Mexico they say sap taxpayer-funded programs and, in some cases, commit violent crime. They also note that the governor has issued an executive order establishing a training program on how to avoiding racial profiling when implementing the new rules. On Monday, following a weekend of protests, vandals apparently opposed to the new law smeared refried beans in the shape of swastikas on the windows of the Arizona State Capitol buildings, The Associated Press reported. More protests were being planned, including a vigil organized by the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs. The new law has been criticized by an array of Jewish groups, including the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, Anti-Defamation League, American Jewish Committee, Simon Wiesenthal Center and the National Council of Jewish Women. Gideon Aronoff, the president and CEO of HIAS, who supports legislation like Schakowskys and that of Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), said he is working actively with other Jewish organizations to draft a broad statement condemning the federal governments failure to enact comprehensive reform. HIAS also is coordinating with its partners in Arizona and anticipates that rallies, the filing of amicus briefs and other actions may be warranted in the near future. Are most of the Latinos who suffer from this law Jewish? The answer is no, but we look at this through the oral commandment of welcome the stranger, Aronoff said. We are all Americans, we are all our brothers keepers. We have an obligation not to stand by when legislation so harmful is put through. Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, a Jewish Democrat, referred to the immigration bill as one that nationally embarrasses Arizona in an Op-Ed piece published April 25 in The Washington Post. Already, I have called a special meeting of the Phoenix City Council to establish standing to sue the state on the grounds that S.B. 1070 unconstitutionally co-opts our police force to enforce immigration laws that are the rightful jurisdiction of the federal government, Gordon wrote. Eight of the states Reform rabbis wrote a letter to Brewer urging the governor to veto the measure, calling it an affront to American values of justice and our historic status as a nation of immigrants. And The Jewish News of Greater Phoenix voiced concern in an editorial that the new law would lead to racial profiling and questioning of U.S. citizens. Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, said in a statement that Allowing an individuals accent or skin color to precipitate an investigation into his or her legal status is an anathema to American values of justice and our historic status as a nation of immigrants. The bill is also likely to endanger our communities by discouraging immigrants from cooperating with law enforcement on issues of national security. Along similar lines, Rabbi Marvin Hier of the Simon Wiesenthal Center issued a statement saying, This law makes no sense it guarantees and stigmatizes people of color as second-class citizens and exposes them to intimidation and the use of racial profiling as a weapon of bias. Amy Laff, chair of the Arizona chapter of the Republican Jewish Coalition, told The Jewish News of Greater Phoenix that she has lingering concerns about the new law. 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Schools t Page 6 Younger students have created journals that allow them to learn and understand all 613 mitzvot a program completed over the course of three years. Its all a part of the idea that connects students to their religion and their history. The mitzvah is not just an isolated piece of the puzzle, but the puzzle has been assembled for them, Skaist said. They have the complete picture they have the sense of You are here. Given the size of the areas Jewish community, are there too many day schools in Seattle? I would say there are too few kids, SJCS Karp said. I think there should be two to three times as many kids in the day schools. W hen the Torah Day School first opened, SHA saw a slight dip in enrollment that has since returned to previous levels, Sandorffy said. Kletenik quoted Maimonides to explain why one should not stop his neighbor from opening up a new school: The more Jewish schools, the more Torah schools, the better. Given Torens knowledge of the history of nearly all of the areas schools, and citing a study about the boutique-ization of Orthodox schools by the Avi Chai Foundation, a national organization dedicated to Jewish education, contraction or mergers would not likely serve the families that rely on the services each school provides. Each community wants to meet its own special needs. Can we afford that? Its a good question, Toren said. Parents make those choices. Theyre making those decisions with their feet.
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Community Calendar t Page 17Gala Dinner Marilyn Leibert at 206-722-8289 or firstname.lastname@example.org Fundraising gala for the Seattle Kollel. At Marriott Waterfront, 1200 Alaskan Way, Seattle.
SUNDAy, MAy 2, 58 P.M.Rashanim Music and Lag Bomer Celebration Rashanim, a fusion of mellifluous jazz, grungy Mediterranean, and light rock will perform at Chabad at the UWs annual Lag BOmer picnic. Additional performances by local student artists Philharmonic and Edison Trait. The day will start at 2 p.m. for a childrens haircut celebration, with Rashanim coming on stage at 5 p.m. Students free/non-students $20. At Rohr Jewish Student Center, 5200 21st Ave. NE, Seattle.
Communications, University of Washington. n 7:30 p.m. The Way to Pray email@example.com Rabbi Kornfeld explains the structure of Shavuot davening, including when to do what and why. Free. At Northwest Yeshiva High School, 5017 90th Ave. SE, Seattle.
Monday 17n 3:30 p.m. Israeli Secret Services and the Struggle Against Terror www.jsis.washington.edu/jewish An expert on terror and political extremism, Prof. Ami Pedahzur of the University of Texas, Austin, argues in his talk Israeli Secret Services and the Struggle Against Terrorism that Israels strict reliance on the elite units of the intelligence community is fundamentally flawed. At 120
tueSday 18n 8 p.m. Shavuot Leil Tikkun and Dairy Dinner Carol Benedick at 206-524-0075, ext. 4 or firstname.lastname@example.org Dairy dinner and a night of learning in honor of Shavuot. $20/adult, $10/child 4-12 yrs. Member discount available. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle.
MAy 7 MAy 12Breath Made Visible Film www.nwfilmforum.org Breath Made Visible follows the life and career of dancer Anna Halprin. The daughter of Lithuanian immigrants, Halprin was obsessed with dancing from the time she was a small child. She spent her life spreading a gospel of healing and wholeness through self-expression. Her story is told with the help of interviews and archival performance footage as a tribute to one of Northern Californias most beloved artists. At the Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave., Seattle.
Ilana Pardes t Page 5 held in a new learn-in format, which was reserved for educators, and UW faculty and students. All future series will feature this new format. Organizers hope this more intensive option, which came in response to past series attendees who said they wanted more time with the lecturer and the material, will allow for additional interactivity and questions. Three lectures in this day and age are
too much, said Jennifer Cohen, assistant director for the Samuel & Althea Stroum Jewish Studies Program. We want people to feel that they are part of a learning community thats what were trying to create. A Web site set up by the UWs Stroum Jewish Studies Program, www. stroumlectures.org, has further information and audio recordings of Pardes lectures.
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caring for aging parentsAs part of their Caring for Our Aging Parents series, Congregations Bikur Cholim-Machzikay Hadath, Sephardic Bikur Holim, Ezra Bessaroth and the Seattle Kollel, in conjunction with Jewish Family Service, will present Difficult Behaviors: Responding to Depression, Mental Illness & Substance Abuse. This discussion, which addresses new behaviors among parents as they age, will help participants learn to recognize warning signs and where to help them obtain the support they need. Mon., May 3, from 79 p.m. at the Seattle Kollel, 5305 52nd Ave. S, Seattle. $10/ person. Advance registration encouraged. Contact Emily Harris-Shears at
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israel to haiti: across the World in 48 hoursDaniel Biran, administrative ambassador to the Israel Consulate of New York, will share his experience as a first responder to Haiti following the January earthquake that devasted much of the country in Israel to Haiti: Across the World in 48 Hours. Biran will focus on the Israeli Defense Forces efforts in aiding Haiti. Hosted by the Maimonides Society of Washington State. Thurs., May 6 at 7 p.m. at the Top of the Market in Pike Place Market. $18 per person. Space limited. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-774-2272.
Making Marriage WorkBestselling author and renowned marriage expert Dr. John Gottman will appear in Seattle as a part of ParentMaps annual lecture series for parents. Gottman is founder of The Gottman Institute for Marriage Research and the author of more than 40 books. He will offer tools and insights to couples who want to take their marriage to the next level. Tickets $20 in advance/$25 at the door. For information and tickets, visit parentmap.com/pathways or call 1-800-838-3006. Tues., May 4 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave.
Snohomish torah dedicationChabad of Washington State and the Chabad Jew ish Center of Snohomish County will hold a Torah dedication and Lag BOmer celebration, including the completion of the last letters of the centers Torah, music, dancing, and a festive meal. Open to all. Sun., May 2 at 4 p.m. at the Edmonds Conference Center, 201 4t h Ave. N, Edmonds. For more information contact rabbi@jew ishsnohom ish.com or 425-967-3036, or email@example.com or 206-527-1411.
Whats Your JQ? t Page 9 Rabbi Moshe Lichtenstein elaborates on this teaching: Death is the antithesis to birth. In mourning, therefore, we mourn not only a specific person but also the loss of demut deyukani the image of God, now defeated with death. We mourn the loss of the human-Divine image, and therefore we must conceal it and overturn the place where it is seen: The mirror. Rabbi Maurice Lamm, in his book Consolation, The Spiritual Journey Beyond Grief, suggests that covering mirrors addresses a primitive fear the fear of
becoming invisible. As we mourn, we inevitably begin to think about ourselves. Funny thing about we humans, it seems to always be about: Me! This drama of vanishing calls our very existence into question. And well it should. We are not here forever; one generation comes and another passes. The covered mirror tells the tale. Covering the mirror helps us confront our fears in both directions: that it is real in a sense that life will go on without us and that it is unreal that each of us does make a difference. On one hand, we are not here forever; on
the other, a life well-lived is remembered. One personal reflection: After a week of not seeing myself I pulled down the paper and took a good hard look. Hmmm, I thought, I am still here. There I am. I have survived this deeply sad experience of losing my father. But there is more. There is my little grandson, Ilan, plunked in front of the mirror. The challenge for each of us after the passing of a parent is to figure out the puzzle, of What now? Jacques Lacan, French psychoanalyst theorist of the mirror stage, had noticed babies first become cognizant of themselves and their own image at about the age of 6
months, when they recognize themselves in the mirror. This mirror stage is a decisive turning point in the mental development of the child. Its no accident we cover our mirrors as we face death. This Jewish mourning practice of giving ourselves a break in looking at the mirror demands of each of us to look anew at our own image, to ask ourselves, who are we now that a generation is past? 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 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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