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Can we listen to one another while disagreeing?Rabbi beRnie Fox Northwest Yeshiva High SchoolMy wife Shirley and I spent this past Shabbat in Pittsburgh visiting my mother. In the morning, I arrived at synagogue and took my usual seat next to where my father, of blessed memory, sat for many decades. Two rows in front of me was another visitor. Slowly, I realized this guest was the many-decadeslater version of a dear high school friend. Just to make sure my analysis of the effect of aging on facial and body features was not flawed, I decided to wait before introducing myself. When he was called up to the Torah, his name and voice confirmed my conclusion. With my analysis completed, I introduced myself and discovered that apparently aging had had a greater effect on my features than on his. But slowly, the light of recognition illuminated his eyes. We embraced and after services caught each other up on our respective lives and adventures. My friend Dov is older than me. He was a senior in high school when I was a freshman. But in a small yeshiva high school with 75 students, these issues were not crucial in forming friendships. Dov became somewhat of a mentor to me. It was interesting to speak to him decades later and reencounter some of the same qualities that so impressed me as a teenager. I tell my students it is wonderful to debate one another. The process forces the participants to clarify and to refine their positions. However, debate and dialogue oftentimes fail to achieve this result because the parties are simply not listening to one another. Each participant is so enamored with his own position that rather than considering the what the other has to say, he blindly promotes his own. The participants are not talking with one another; they are talking at one another. So, in order to enable my students to meaningfully debate and discuss positions, I begin by teaching them to listen to one another. One way I do this is by insisting that a participant repeat his or her opponents position before posing a question or formulating a response. This is not merely a classroom exercise it is a tool for life. How much conflict would be avoided or resolved if the parties would merely take the time to consider each others positions rather than focusing exclusively on promoting their own perspectives! As I spoke to Dov, I was reminded how he is a remarkable listener. He was not interested in telling me about himself, his children, and grandchildren until he had heard about my family. And he did not just act as if he was listening so as to be polite while his mind roamed the galaxy he was fully focused. When we show that level of interest in another person, we acknowledge that individuals intrinsic worth and sanctity. Speaking with Dov, I realized that by helping my students listen more intently to one another, I am not only helping them dialogue more effectively, I am teaching them to treat others with the deference modeled by my friend. Sunday night we reconvened, now joined by my brother-in-law and sisterin-law. Dov shared a wonderful story about his mother, Evelyn. Evelyns grandfather was an ardent Zionist even before Theodore Herzl popularized the concept. Evelyn was raised in a Zionist home and as an adult was a member of many of Pittsburghs Zionist organizations; actually, she was a member of all of them. She was active in Mizrachi, the religious Zionist organization, gave a weekly class for Hadassah, served as an officer of the Zionist Organization of America, and paid dues to various other organizations. At one point, a conflict had developed with the ZOA regarding its direction. Some members felt the organization had shifted to the right and ultimately these members left the ZOA to form a Pittsburgh chapter of a more moderate Zionist organization. Evelyn immediately joined the new organization. She explained that although she was an officer of the ZOA, she would not countenance the existence of a Zionist organization in Pittsburgh in which she was not a member. In other words, she believed that the issue uniting all Zionists love for and support of the State of Israel was far greater than the issues upon which different organizations disagreed. I believe that this attitude reflects the ability to be a good listener. Evelyns attitude required that she look beyond her position in a tense dispute, understand the other partys position, and recognize that despite the dispute, all the parties shared many of the same fundamental values. If only we could all do this! I also observe this attitude in my students at NYHS. They come from diverse religious backgrounds. Many are from OrthodoxX Page 8

I am glad to see coverage of the Olympia Co-ops decision to boycott Israeli products. It is a principled and courageous action and naturally they are taking heat for it. Many Jews like myself are not represented by Israel and Zionism. I doubt even a majority of U.S. Jews are. I am glad to see activism that seeks to overturn Israels crimes against Palestinians and against Israel destroying Jewish traditions of fighting for the oppressed, and of valuing honor and justice. adrienne Weller seattlethe giFt oF liFe

Thank you, Erez Ben-Ari, for a very moving column (Not just for anyone, July 9) making a very important point about how organ donation saves lives. Albert Behar and his family are very close friends of mine. I have nothing but admiration and respect for Lea Hanan for bravely donating one of her kidneys to save her fathers life. It was not only a great Fathers Day gift, but shows a daughters love and gratitude to him for all he has done for her. Im delighted to hear both of them are doing well. Albert has been a very active volunteer at the Seattle Hebrew Academy, where he is affectionately called Uncle Albert. May he be blessed with many more years of good health to continue volunteering at the school where he is much loved. Josh basson seattle

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What should we do about BDS?Joel Magalnick Editor, JTNewsTheres going to come a time in the notso-distant future that the news of a food cooperative or some company deciding to boycott Israel isnt going to make the front page of the JTNews. And if the past year is any indication, these events arent going to lose front-page status because the issue is going to disappear. Its going to be because it happens so often, the issue is going to be become routine. Oh, look, there goes another one. So what do we do about this? The first thing we need to do is understand that people on the different sides of this issue are not speaking the same language. Earlier this summer Ethan Felson, director of domestic concerns of the Jewish Council of Public Affairs, an umbrella group for Jewish public policy organizations, spoke at a conference I attended about boycotts against Israel. We are excellent at coming up with the self-resonating messages, he said. We know what they need to hear. And we are very, very good at writing that letter to the editor and showing it to our spouse and saying, Doesnt that work? and then hearing exactly what we want to hear, not necessarily knowing that the person who reads it might be looking for something different. It says something when letters I see in the Seattle Times defending Israel exemplify that and do nothing to further the argument in Israels favor. Where many of us see the existence of a Jewish homeland as something embedded in our DNA, plenty of others, even in religious communities, see a nation with the upper hand hell-bent on keeping an underdog in its place. Theres generally not context attached to the images, but theres a growing consensus, even among Jews especially among Jews that what Israel is doing with the Palestinians needs to change. That probably explains why the organizations promoting BDS that now-ubiquitous acronym of boycott, divestment and sanctions are so quick to point out the Jews in their midst. Felson suggests finding common ground with people on the other side of this issue: Peace, personal stories, shared values, and giving context by moving the conversation from occupation to terrorism. In essence, acknowledging the concern about the offense while justifying the defense. But the effort of personal contactX Page 4

no, theyre not. Mines much more boring. Author Jonathan Tropper. see an interview on page 23.



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might not be enough. People have to be willing to listen. Lets think about local efforts at BDS and how, until last month, they had been unsuccessful. This is important, because it isnt a story of right over might, as one would hope. Its a story of procedure undoing passion. But make no mistake: People who feel a sense of attachment to Israel are starting to see ourselves on the losing end of this battle. Consider what was probably the biggest local effort thus far, Initiative 97. That effort in 2008 would have forced the City of Seattles retirement board to divest from some companies that do business with Israel. Caterpillar, the heavy equipment company that sells its products to the Israeli Defense Forces, was on that list, which is quite remarkable because Caterpillar operates under U.S. anti-boycott laws, Felson noted. Caterpillar cant not sell to Israel. And so they chastise Caterpillar for operating within the law. I-97 was thrown out due to a jurisdictional issue. Then theres the Central Co-op boycott resolution, which never even made it

to a vote before the board tossed it out because the phone calls and e-mails to the store had gotten so voluminous the issue had begun to get in the way of what the co-op is first and foremost supposed to be doing: Selling food. But heres the common thread: When these efforts, and the many others like it, failed, it was because of procedural mistakes or unnecessary burdens on business. Just because the boycott failed does not mean the people who ended the effort agree with Israels behavior. And when the co-op board was getting annoyed about this issue, it became immediately clear that their annoyance wasnt with the people supporting the boycott. A month ago, in Minnesota, Israel supporters got (another) reprieve when language in a resolution presented to attendees at the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church would have recommended sanctions and divestment against Israel. The recommendations were made by a committee that accused Israel of apartheid tactics and would have asked the U.S. to withhold funding as a means of pressuring Israel, according to a report by the JTA news service. This is, I dont have to remind you, a mainline American Christian church, with

tens of millions of members and churches on almost as many corners as Starbucks. That brings us to Olympia. Last month, when the board there voted almost unanimously to take the handful of Israeli products they have off their shelves, the BDS supporters finally got a victory. As small as the Olympia Food Co-op is, the echo from the first domino finally falling reverberated around the world. The co-op is holding a meeting next week to discuss the issue kind of the backward way of doing things and the way this democratic organization so proudly stifled an open discussion before the vote runs counter to cooperative principles established nearly 80 years ago. The conditions set for repeal are, as one opponent of the decision put it, a complete dissolution of Israels Jewish character. Between the hard lines drawn on both sides will be, I hope, the glimmer of understanding about why boycotting an entire country, as opposed to a corporation, for example, is such a bad idea: Its futile to pressure a government, which is looking at more than the bottom line, to change its ways because a store 10,000 miles away is refusing to sell bulk couscous. Not to mention that doing so doesnt solve any problems.

For Israeli officials, Felson said, divestment is another fly in the ointment. Theyre used to Israel being criticized. But the BDS movement is growing, and both sides are doing so much educating that it really is getting harder and harder to know who exactly is telling the truth, and what one nugget of fact means when taken in a greater context. Most of us just dont have the time or inclination to parse out each detail and figure out how exactly to combat what doesnt sound quite right, though we just dont know why. And then we scratch our heads when yet another cooperative, that bastion of progressive capitalism and democracy, decides to banish from its shelves the products from a capitalist, democratic country. So the question for us American Jews is, what are we going to do about it? Are we going to continue to play defense and merely monitor the situation or are we going to get in front of it not with educational materials and historical facts, but with engagement and attempts to move the conversation forward? A slap on the wrist in the form of a boycott does just the opposite. But the continual black eyes Israel is receiving in the press are beginning to take its toll, and a large number of us are beginning to lose patience.

QFC proudly supports Seattle Childrens HospitalBy Kristin Maas, QFC Public Affairs Director Seattle Childrens is a hospital with a history that is both heartwarming and inspiring. Its the story of a Seattle woman named Anna Clise who watched her six-year-old son, Willis, die of inflammatory rheumatism. Anna turned her grief into hope, leading the effort to create a hospital dedicated to the care of children. The hospital was founded in 1907. Today, Seattle Childrens is one of the nations leading pediatric hospitals, combining unsurpassed medical skill, groundbreaking research, and profound human compassion in the effort to cure and prevent childhood disease. Its a special place designed around, and for, children and their families. They are committed to helping all children, regardless of the familys ability to pay. In 2001, Seattle Childrens provided nearly $25 million in uncompensated care. In 2009, the figure for undercompensated and uncompensated care reached more than $100 million. So, what can you and I do to help this incredible organization in their mission to help children in need? During the month of August, QFC will feature Seattle Childrens as our checkstand charity of the month. Customers can donate to Seattle Childrens at any checkstand using the $1, $5, or $10 scan cards; dropping their coins in the coin boxes at the checkstands; or designating their 3 cent bag reuse credit as a donation to Seattle Childrens. In addition, QFC will make a donation of $10,000 to Seattle Childrens. As the mother of a 10-year old boy, I am thankful that I have never needed the services of Seattle Childrens. However, I rest a little easier knowing that there is a hospital right here in Seattle that is dedicated entirely to the care of children. I believe Anna Clise would be pleased with her legacy.

Kristin Maas is the Director of Public Affairs for QFC. She can be reached at kristin.maas@qfci.com or 425-990-6182.

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inside this issueOn the coverMonday, August 2 was Israel Day for the day camps at the Stroum Jewish Community Center. Each child got a passport and took part in events such as making pita bread, like Israeli counselor Moshe was doing on the cover, face painting, and more. Photo by Lenny Kashner.

when small objects become a big deal


Something as small as a mezuzah on a front door can become a big deal if a condo association has issues with religion. This was just one topic discussed at a recent education session for local Jewish attorneys.

not just lunch


Several local organizations have created opportunities for seniors to come to eat, talk, participate in activities, and meet up with people they havent seen in a long time. Heres a rundown of whats available in the area.

More than a pink ribbon


Rochelle Shoretz has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Twice. And she hasnt even turned 40. After her first go-round, when she couldnt find young Jewish women with cancer with whom she could commiserate, she decided to start a support group on her own.

M.O.T.: Member of the Tribe Remember whenFrom the Jewish Transcript, Aug. 11, 2000 A group of doctors from Seattle, Alaska, and beyond, worked with Rabbi David Fine, lower right, then the director of the Reform movements Northwest region, to study the religious aspects of circumcision to enable them to perform brit milah.


A Seattle-area couple that transplanted themselves to Hawaii was just given an award in volunteerism by the island states governor, and a local boy gets into the New York music scene.

A view from the u


A Talmudic story has confounded columnist Marty Jaffee for quite a long time, and he tries to shed a little light on truth-telling.

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Another story about something to do with Twitter? Nope. Its a review of a new acid jazz/hip hop album by an amalgamation of Jewish musicians known as Abraham Inc. And it rocks.

An unappreciated hero


Abba Kovner led the resistance in the Vilna ghetto and was instrumental in the founding of Israel. But his desire for revenge against his oppressors overshadowed his accomplishments. A new biography of this complicated man attempts to sort out the mans life.

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When daily necessities of observant Jewish life become legal precedentaMy Holan Special to JTNewsSometimes something as seemingly innocuous as a mezuzah hanging on the doorpost of a condominium can raise the biggest legal questions. Such was the case with the recent Continuing Legal Education meeting, hosted by the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattles Cardozo Society, that discussed two cases involving a mezuzah and an eruv, a line placed around a neighborhood that allows observant Jews to carry items from inside the home into the public on the Sabbath. On Shabbat, the prohibition against carrying items outside ones house can make it difficult to be an Orthodox parent, said Emanuel Jacobowitz, who presented the Tenafly (N.J.) Eruv Association, Inc. v. The Borough of Tenafly case, which after filed in 1999 took more than two years to settle. Parents cant carry children outside the front door, pack milk bottles for the child, or perform any other acts of pushing or lifting. Eruvim have other practical applications beyond children as well. But whats a prohibition without a workaround? The common loophole for Orthodox communities to leave the house without leaving their kids at home on Shabbat, the eruv, essentially creates one big household. Its put in place by using existing wires strung on utility poles, and attaching vertical black rubber strips, about 6 inches long, called lechis. These lechis form a symbolic Kevin Britt doorway, Jacobowitz explained. Even by pushing a stroller to services, it is simply an extension of ones home. Lechis are hard to spot, but they still appeared to get in the way in Tenafly, N.J., he said. This town of 14,000 people had about 40 Orthodox families. When the eruv association approached the city of Tenafly with its request, Mayor Ann Moscovitz had no problem, but referred the matter to the city council. A public meeting followed, and concerns were raised: The Orthodox families would take over. People would be stoned for driving through. They would be giving up too much of the boroughs power. Still, the process moved forward. The eruv association went to Bell Atlantic, the local phone company, and was granted the ability to hang the lechis. A second council meeting was held. When the borough attorney noticed there was a no-signage ordinance, the votes were cast and, 5-0, the eruv was no longer allowed. The only problem with this, Jacobowitz said, was that other signs still hung political posters, holiday wreaths, and even large directional signs to churches displaying large crosses. This was obviously no longer an issue of a signage ordinance, Jacobowitz said. It was an issue of discrimination. The Tenafly Eruv Association filed suit. The suit was dismissed on the grounds that it didnt violate the Fair Housing Act Orthodox families could still live in their homes. There was no free-speech interest, either. It was cited to be a discriminatory interference with the free exercise of religion, however, so the eruv was granted by the 3rd Circuit Court. However, if the nosigns ordinance had been regularly applied, it would have been an easy decision the other way, Jacobowitz said. Meanwhile, another religious freedom issue was brewing in the Seattle suburb of Shoreline. Marvin Bloch and his family moved into their condo in the early 1970s, at which point they hung a mezuzah without incident. In 2001, hallway rules were implemented to clear away clutter. Another rule stated that sign plates, swastikas, Playboy bunnies and the like could not be to hung on doors. The Blochs were allowed to keep their mezuzah that is, until 2004, when a new board president, Edward Frischholz, was elected. Frischholz took the board by storm, according to Kevin Britt, the attorney who presented on the matter. His first order of business: Renovations and painting. After the painting was finished, the Blochs mounted their mezuzah, and a battle of wills began. They would put it up; the condo association would take it down. The Blochs proposed a new rule: How about an exception from the board for religious items? The hanging of a mezuzah is a mitzvah many Jews take very seriously. The board denied the request. Intolerance began to seep into other board issues, Britt said. Meetings had always been held during the week so the Blochs could attend, but after FrischholzX Page 8

celebrating sports at the Maccabi Gamesthe stroum Jewish community centers seattle contingent to the annual Maccabi games doesnt seem to be having trouble working up a sweat. this years games are taking place in denver, colo. this week with the 13 seattle representatives playing boys and girls basketball, soccer, tennis, and more. Photos courtesy of Jessica Wilkinson.

the boys basketball team, left to right, take a breather: Josh gladstein, Joshua barokas, Joe Katz, aidan gold, eytan raphaely, Mason azose, caleb angel, and coach Jay azose. also on the team is Max tilden.

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Order up! Community lunches bring together Jewish seniorscHaRlene F. kaHn Special to JTNewsFor those in the 60-and-over set, three area synagogues and the Stroum Jewish Community Center have created different opportunities to socialize over homecooked, balanced lunches. Each location offers a variety of activities: A film series, bingo or Mah Jongg, or musical performance. But the main, and most popular, course is the socializing. Retired lawyer Mo Epstein attends the Herzl-Ner Tamid Daytimers program on Mercer Island. He noted the social value in the event: It brings us out, he said. The food is good, and theres camaraderie. I see people I havent seen in a while. Rachel Calderon is a member of the Sephardic Bikur Holim Social Club, where she helps to cook and takes reservations for the lunches. For Calderon, a long-time congregant, these lunches are fantastic, and its nice to see people come out and enjoy themselves, she said. People have to get out and come together. For many of the attendees at the Daytimers events, its often the only opportunity they may have to see old acquaintances with whom theyve lost touch. I come here because I get to see people I dont normally, said Ruth Fligstein, who lives at The Summit at First Hill retirement

If you go:organizers of local senior lunches say their programs often sell out, so reservations are a must. contact the following for dates and times: stroum Jcc: roni antebi at 206-388-0832 herzl-ner tamid: leslie reibman at 206-232-8555, ext. 207 sephardic bikur holim: rachel calderon at 206-723-3388 ezra bessaroth: esther sadis at 425747-0915 Most lunches cost between $7-$8. Programs are open to non-members. endless opportunities, a program of Jewish Family service, also has programs for seniors in conjunction with local synagogues. contact ellen hendin at 206-861-3183 for details.


Herzl Daytimers, from left to right, Muriel epstein, Maurice Mo epstein, Ruth Sassoon, Lucie Kavesh, Diane Lilly, Mason Lilly and Fanny Marchevsky hold the poster from their summer film series events.

residence. I come here [to Herzl-Ner Tamid] because this is my synagogue. Some folks cross over and attend more than one community lunch: Fanny Marchevsky, also a member of HerzlNer Tamid, enjoyed a recent meal at Ezra Bessaroths Lunch and Lashon group. The lunch was magnificent, she said. Even the rolls were homemade! In Diane and Mason Lillys case, the couple moved to the Seattle area in 2005 to be closer to their son and family; they

brought successful adult education program ideas along with their furniture. We were among the founders of the DayTimers program at Congregation Har Shalom in Potomac, Maryland, recalled Diane Lilly. The Herzl Daytimers program was born out of an effort to meet people, she said. That was four-plus years ago. Mason and I alternate researching, writing and delivering introductions to the film, chosen by committee and often rented

from Video Judaicas collection. Attendee Muriel Epstein, who has a background in dietetics and nutrition, heads up the kitchen crew. Sometimes the films theme influences the spread: The July film, Sixty Six, featured a picnicstyle meal. The two Sephardic synagogues in Seattles Seward Park neighborhood alternate serving the monthly lunches. At SephardicX Page 8

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took over, they would be held only on Friday nights. When the Blochs asked to change the date, dissension grew. Frischholz would also make comments about the unimportance of religion, Britt said. But the final act of intolerance occurred when Marvin Bloch died. The family was sitting shiva, and asked the board for an exception to hang the mezuzah during this time. It was granted, but when the family returned home with the rabbi from the funeral, they were humiliated to find the mezuzah gone. They filed their case and won, but the victory wasnt clear-cut. Without the other intolerant acts, it would have been a much harder case to win, Britt said. If you dont have the board member making flippant comments, if you dont have the funeral type incidents, he said, its a much, much harder argument to make. So what can a condo owner do? In a situation like this, there is a basis to resist a condominium board that is telling you to take down a mezuzah, Britt said. That doesnt mean necessarily that you will win[but] given the right set of facts, you can get past some of the judgment. Jacobowitz added that house hunters should know condo association rules before making an offer. Preferably, get it in writing, he said. Its much more difficult for the board to come down and change their mind or change the rule if you get it in writing first.

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Bikur Holim, Eli Varon has been cooking meals for the Social Club and special occasions for 10 years. Varon is somewhat of an anomaly, as he is younger than the people he serves, but he enjoys coming in to prepare the meals. These people are great, he said. I listen to stories of their fun times. Its a good crowd to be around. Varons menu often consists of traditional Sephardic-style meals that have included Avicas con arros rice and beans or macaroni rinadoes hamburger and macaroni. We also include salate (salad), bread, vegetable and dessert, sometimes biscochos, he said. At Congregation Ezra Bessaroth, just north of SBH, Lunch and Lashon is organized by members of the Ladies Auxiliary. Treasurer Esther Lee Sadis started the lunches more than 13 years ago, taking reservations and preparing meals. Its a nice warm and comfy lunch, she said. We are not out to make money. Its a nice way of seeing people its a full meal deal. Most of us dont eat dinner that night. Meals range from chicken or salmon to traditional Sephardic specialties. The Stroum Jewish Community Centers lunch programs feature an educational or musical component as a draw. In addition to those who drive themselves, buses from three different retirement communities drop off guests, according to Roni Antebi, the JCCs seniors program coordinator. A recent program consisted of a buffet lunch followed by the Bay-Area Klezmer band Red Hot Chachkas. The meals are cooked on-site by the staff in the JCCs kosher kitchen or brought in from kosher caterer Nosh Away. Antebi sees the auditorium filling up with music, lectures and laughter. Once you open the door in your mind and heart to learning more about Jewish life and culture, we find peoplecome back to the J to keep learning more.

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homes; a large contingent come from a Conservative background, other students are members of the Reform community. They represent a unique mixture of perspectives seldom encountered in the adult community. Our students work closely with each other, enjoy their friendships and camaraderie, and deeply care about one another. This is not because they do not recognize their differences. It is because they recognize that the common values they share are far more significant than their differences. They are able to disagree on important issues while demonstrating tolerance and respect for one another. I am grateful to Dov, my students, and to Evelyn for the lesson they have taught me to listen carefully to others, hear the other partys position, and not allow our differences to conceal shared values and perspectives.

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Cancer survivor works to help others facing the dreaded diseaselillian coHen-MooRe JTNews InternIn the early days of Rochelle Shoretzs first cancer diagnosis, the 28-year-old mother of two struggled to find someone else to talk to. I found myself asking anyone who called to offer support whether they knew of another young Jewish woman who had breast cancer, she said. More than the meals, more than the rides, more than baby-sitting, I really needed other young people. So Shoretz created Sharsheret, an organization that provides support for Jewish women with breast cancer. Six months after starting Sharsheret, Hebrew for chain, Shoretz had added more than 20 links and had begun to attract the attention of national cancer organizations. The centerpiece of Sharsherets 10 offerings is the Link program, in which women affected by breast cancer can act as a peer supporter to others. For a young woman facing breast cancer, the notion of connecting over the telephone with other peers at a time and place that is convenient and private is critical, Shoretz said. Shoretz spoke with JTNews during a visit to Seattle in July.Viewpointe Profile

The effort to see Jewish women supported through breast cancer led Shoretz to make the Seattle trip, with the hope of seeing the program Sharsheret Supports brought to the area. Sharsheret Supports seeks to partner with organizations and agencies already existing in a region, and to offer assistance in the creation of locally aimed programs and materials sensitive to the needs of Jewish women dealing with breast and, more recently, ovarian cancer. Marjorie Schnyder of Jewish Family Service met with Shoretz during her visit. One of the things we looked into six or seven years ago is Jewish healing programs nationally, Schnyder said. We got a lot of calls about people looking for support for chronic and serious illnesses, and we did some strategic planning to see if we needed to expand our programming. Project Misheberach was a pilot program at JFS to explore programs supporting the ill. During the pilot, they discovered the work Sharsheret was doing, and they finally had a chance to connect in July. Schnyder said JFS looks forward to working with Sharsheret in the future. In the past year alone, Sharsheret has seen 75 inquiries from Washington StateDiane joined the Viewpointe community after two decades serving Seattles citizens in her career with the citys public utilities.What is retirement like for you?

for requests of materials or support concerning breast cancer, Shoretz said. The recent addition of ovarian cancer to Sharsheret programming is both an outgrowth of a new strategic plan for the organization and genetics issues faced in the realm of cancer support. Jewish women of Ashkenazi descent who carry a mutation in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene are at increased risk of developing both breast and ovarian cancer, Shoretz said. One in 40 Jewish women of Ashkenazi descent carries the mutation. Carriers of the BRCA mutations have as high as an 80 percent chance of developing breast cancer in their lifetimes. With the added risk of ovarian cancer that comes with the mutation, Sharsherets strategic plan called for an expansion of programming to address the risk of ovarian cancer in the Jewish population. Though hereditary breast and ovarian cancers are a small percentage of all cases, Sharsheret also has a Genetics For Life program that addresses the concerns of Jewish women and families, making it possible to consult with a genetics counselor, free of charge, to weigh both familial risks and options.


Rochelle Shoretz, founder of the Sharsheret young Jewish womens cancer support group.

There are a lot of questions that Jewish families face when considering genetic counseling, and genetic testing, Shoretz said. The organization is ultimately unique, Shoretz said, because There are unique ways in which Jewish families are affected by a breast or ovarian cancer diagnosis, and Sharsheret is the only national organization that can address those unique needs. Shoretz gave examples of how the High Holidays or use of the mikvah brings questions and concerns into the life of patientsX Page 21


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Were still here is the proud and defiant declaration that will usher in the second century of community for the historic Seattle Orthodox Sephardic synagogue, Congregation Ezra Bessaroth. The synagogue will celebrate its 100-year milestone anniversary in August with a gala dinner, guest lecturers, and the dedication of a new courtyard, sponsored by members Harley and Lela Franco. The garden will feature a memorial obelisk inscribed six times, in six languages, that honors the founders ancestors on the Greek island of Rhodes. As the synagogue memorializes the now-small remnant of a once-thriving Sephardic Jewish community in Rhodes before the Nazis rounded them up and transported them to their deaths in Auschwitz-Birkenau with an exact replica of the same black granite monument that stands in Rhodes they are also surging forward into a dynamic future filled with plans to increase membership and diversity, reach out to all Jews in the community, focus on education, and recruit a new rabbi. Were still here is the defining message from those from the Island of Rhodes who survived, Steve Hemmat, Ezra Bessaroths, president told JTNews. We take a very solemn responsibility to perpetuate the traditions of the founders from the Island of Rhodes and, at the same time, to integrate people of all backgrounds, including different Sephardic backgrounds, Ashkenazi[m], converts, and Jews by choice. Ezra Bessaroth is a diverse community open to those who practice all levels of Jewish observance, added Hemmat. We are an Orthodox synagogue, he said. Most members are not, but you will see a tolerance for everyone.

Theres a kind of social contract that goes along with membership: Ones personal observance is not prescribed, but the lifecycle events and rituals conducted within the community are observed in the Orthodox tradition. When the first Jewish immigrants from Rhodes began their new lives in Seattle in 1904, others soon followed. Soon, they would need a kehilla, the Sephardic word used for a synagogue. More like a Jewish brotherhood in its first incarnation in 1909, the Koupa Ozer Dalim Anshe Rhodes, the Fund for the Aid of the Poor People of Rhodes, was organized. Its first building was located at 9th and Yesler in Seattle and the monthly membership dues were 25 cents. Today, a congregation that decades ago held daily services in the Spanish-Hebrew hybrid language of Ladino, now uses nearly all Hebrew and English, with only a few prayers in Ladino. Here we are, a hundred years later, with the prayer and the minchag, or customs that are exactly the same customs as it was 100 years ago on Rhodes, said Joel Benoliel, a former board member and longtime volunteer at Ezra Bessaroth. Benoliel is also a member of the program committee for the centennial celebration and will act as master of ceremonies at the events related to the centennial and gala. We think its one of the few synagogues in the world that is faithful to the customs of the Isle of Rhodes. And thats the challenge for Ezra Bessaroth as it continues to grow. They want to maintain their unique and warm character that many visitors and members love, while including and accommodating younger members who may not have grown up in that culture. To do that, the synagogue is looking

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Rev. David J. Behar agreed to serve as ezra Bessaroths temporary hazzan and spiritual leader. He served from 1917 to 1939, then as hazzan until he retired in 1966. Below: a birds-eye view of ezra Bessaroths current sanctuary in Seward Park. the congregation moved to Seward Park in the late 1950s, but the sanctuary itself was dedicated in 1969.

If you go:ezra bessaroth will hold several events to celebrate its first century: on thurs., aug. 12, at 6 p.m. dr. aron rodrigue of stanford university will talk about life in rhodes. on thurs., aug. 19, at 1 p.m. rabbi dr. Marc d. angel will return to his native seattle to speak, and on sun., aug. 22 at 6 p.m. the 100th Year gala celebration will be held at Meydenbauer center, 11100 ne 6th st., bellevue. contact susan Jensen at 206-722-5500 or office@ezrabessaroth.net for details and to rsVP.

at left, ezra Bessaroths original building, at 15th and Fir, had a grand, ornate bima in its sanctuary.

to hire Rabbi Daniel Hadar from Silver Springs, Md., currently an attorney with the United States Postal Service. Hadar has a strong background in outreach and growth, according to Ruben Owen, the congregations past president and grand trustee. Owen acts as an advisor and support to the current president. Were looking for him to be an outreach person, to kind of bring our roots back together, and strengthen our Sephardic heritage, said Owen, while at the same time, I would hope that he would maintain the ties with our non-Sephardic members. The synagogue is currently in negotiations with Hadar. We need to educate people about the traditions, have Shabbat services that are more user-friendly, and make the memorial services more meaningful for people, Owen said. Like many Jewish institutions, we are all trying to invigorate ourselves and make ourselves more relevant to the newer generations. Membership numbers have been static, added Owen, with new memberships being offset by those who are passing on. Hemmat said he is hopeful that a new rabbi with the right set of skills will give Ezra Bessaroth the boost it needs. As we move away from the original roots, very few people are 100 percent Sephardic, said Hemmat. People are seeking meaning and tradition in their lives and it is a challenge to keep it relevant in the modern day. But with our newly

appointed rabbi, were very excited about that future. Realistically, an increase in membership also means an increase in the bottom line. The 100th-anniversary gala dinner at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue on August 22 will attract close to 350 people. In addition to the gala, a two-lecture series, the first on Aug. 12 featuring Dr. Aron Rodrigue, a Stanford University historian and the second on Aug. 19 with Rabbi Marc Angel, founder and director of the lnstitute of Jewish ldeas and ldeals are all open to the community. Both speakers have strong ties to Seattles Sephardic communities. Finances in a recession are always challenging, but we have some very generous donors, Hemmat said. This gala is a major fundraiser for the congregation and we seem to be on track to do very well there. The leadership at Congregation Ezra Bessaroth seem to thrive on the powerful customs, rituals, and memories from their past. In July 1944, the Germans moved with relentless precision into Rhodes and nearby Kos, and deported all but 50 of the 2,000 Jews who lived there, a mere three months before they were defeated. Those 50 Jews that held Turkish citizenship were protected by the Turkish consulate. Only 151 Rhodesli Jews survived the Holocaust. Thirty-five Jews live in Rhodes today. This gala has to be looking in two directions, said Benoliel. The 100 years past, but it also has to look toward the future.





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ness relationship and wanted Northwest Yeshiva graduate Yishai to develop an innovative and Mizrachi-Varon (2005) has been creative outreach program in Israel this summer as a fellowfor Jewish college students, ship recipient of the PresenTense Global which Yishai has been workInstitute. ing on. A Baruch College student in New York, It is hip, cool, edgy, and Yishai has been working in an unpaid fresh perhaps even a little internship at Shemspeed, a Jewish worldprovocative, Yishai wrote via music recording label and promotion e-mail, and he believes that agency in Brooklyn (www.shemspeed.com). gave them an edge in the grant He applied for and received one of only 16 selection process. fellowships worldwide after his mom, Rina, Attending the Global Institute is a sixfound an announcement about the proweek business incubator gram in her daily scan of the boot camp for Jewish social JTA Jewish wire services entrepreneurs, Yishai has newsfeed. He proposed to been developing workshops work on the Israeli keffiyeh, a on Jewish identity, on new product of Dveykus, a trendy and original Jewish music, Jewish apparel company and identifying role models (www.thekef.com). for creativity, passion and The keffiyeh is a Middle Jewish commitment around Eastern scarf that has emerged the keffiyeh theme. as the ultra-hip fashion accesThe extremely intense, sory, especially among college Yishai Mizrachi-Varon hands-on program allowed students, Yishai explained. him to clarify the vision of our venture, The Israeli version comes in blue he writes, while doing market research, and white or camouflage, printed with developing the brand and setting achievJewish messages. Erez Safar, Shemspeeds able and measurable goals. The Keffiyeh founder and director, and Baruch CherProject is on track for a fall launch. tok of Dveykus had already formed a busi-


Yishai hooked up with Shemspeed at a summer festival called Jewzapalooza, where he saw more Jews in one place than in all the synagogues of Seattle put together, he writes. Artists, performers, and entrepreneurs of every descriptiona world of Jewish creativity and innovation that I didnt even know existed. Buying a t-shirt, he connected with the vendor over their mutual love of hip hop music. That vendor was Safar, Shemspeeds founder. Yishai began attending their parties and events. That slender thread lead me to an internship with Shemspeed, which culminated in my receiving this very fellowship, he says. Yishai will graduate with a degree in advertising communications and marketing management next year. He hopes his current work will lead to non-profit work with a focus on youth outreach and programming.X Page 21


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the town called truth: Better look for a place in the suburbs!MaRtin JaFFee JTNews ColumnistThe Talmud is famous for its stories and parables. My favorites are those so allusive and ambiguous that we can hardly know what to make of them. Consider the following, which I recently rediscovered. I taught it (that is, confessed to my students that I didnt get it) years ago and then forgot all about it. Then, one day, while preparing Daf Yomi, there it was, smack in the middle of Sanhedrin 97a. Im still not sure what to make of it; but nowadays Im experienced enough to express my lack of imagination in the form of learned bafflement. So here we go: Said Rava: There was a time when I claimed there was no Truth in the world. Then one of our Masters, and Rav Tavut was his name (and others report: Rav Tavyume was his name), told me that if theyd give him all the wealth of the world, he would never speak deceptively. One time he chanced upon a town, and Truth was its name. And no one there spoke deceptively, and no one there died before his time. He took a wife from among them, and raised two children with her. One day his wife was sitting and washing her hair. Her neighbor came and knocked on the door. He thought it immodest to reveal what she was doing and said, shes not here. Immediately, his two children died. The people of the town came to him and asked: Whats this all about? He told them all that happened. They said to him: We beg of you! Get out of here before you bring Death upon all of us! Now, we all know that Truth is precious and rare. But Rava, the teller of the tale (by way of Rav Tavut or maybe it was Rav Tavyume?), originally doubted that Truth existed at all! Really? Wasnt Rava a great sage of the oral Torah? Wasnt he immersed in learning? A veritable oiker harim (uprooter of mountains) by virtue of his powerful mind? How could he doubt the existence of Truth even to the point of being unsure of the very informant whose tale he relates? Well, apparently, doubt he did. But he was comforted in his skepticism by Rav Tavuts (or Rav Tavyumes) personal testimony that Truth indeed existed not in the bais midrash, mind you, and not in the hearts of great sages, nor even in the scrolls of the Torah and the prophets. Truth was alive, it seems, in a scarcely known town visited by virtually no one and well off the beaten-path of Torah scholarship. Now, if not of Torah, of what does the Truth in the town called Truth consist? In the simple fact of calling things what they are. As a reward for upholding the integrity of language the residents of Truth live out the span of life ordained by their Creator, suffering neither accidental death, dismemberment, calamitous disease, or the ravages of ones fellow creatures. Call President Obama! Let Truth be the single provider! Unfortunately, as it happens, the standard of Truth is very uncompromising. Rav Tavut (or Rav Tavyume) tells a little white lie to protect his wifes privacy from a prying neighbor. To the balabuste banging on the door he could have said, Sorry, Rivkele is indisposed. Instead, he claimed, Shes not in! Not a huge deception, really. Can it possibly matter whether Mrs. Tavut is doing her hair or engaged in retail therapy at the local Best Buy? Shes unavailable all the same. Why does this minor discrepancy between Truth and its representation draw the consequence of the death of Rav Tavuts innocent children, the very children raised wholly in Truth? The point of the parable seems to be that even the tiniest misrepresentation of the most insignificant reality causes an immense crack in the cosmos that permits entry to the entropic forces that bring annihilation to us all. Personally, I find the lack of proportion between Rav Tavuts white lie and its deathly consequences appalling. Surely there are some truths that are best left obscured? Is reality so fragile (or important!) that it cant bear the weight of a discrete fib or two to protect anothers dignity? Arent we prohibited from shaming our neighbor in public?X Page 15





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Well, if you put it that way . . . But maybe that way wasnt the way it was. Perhaps, something less noble motivated our sage? Perhaps he harbored a grudge against his wife or their neighbor, and felt threatened by their chumminess? Was he undermining his wifes independence rather than preserving her privacy? Wasnt it, after all, his wifes prerogative to decide whether she wanted company

while doing her hair? Or, lets face it, there might be an even darker interpretation. Might it have been mikvah night at the Tavuts? After all, the Missus was bathing! Could the sage have bent the truth in order to ensure a cozy evening for the exercise of his own lust? Even subliminally? As the saying goes: The greater the tzaddik, the greater the yetzer! We can never know. All we know is that the Tavuts (or Tavyumes) were run out of town, lest their own breach cause

the unraveling of the tapestry of Truth that protected the world of Truth from the corrosive power of the Lie. What do we learn from Ravas parable? Im not sure. Is the veneer of respectability we treasure so vulnerable that it cannot bear the scrutiny of the Truth? Conversely, is the harsh Truth so important as to trump the simple decency and compassion of the white lie? Let every reader decide! But if you choose Truth, Rava is here to tell you:

Truth is a rough neighborhood!Martin S. Jaffee currently holds the Samuel & Althea Stroum Chair in Jewish Studies at the University of Washington. His award-winning columns for JTNews have recently been published in book form as The End of Jewish Radar: Snapshots of a Post-Ethnic American Judaism by iUniverse press.

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9 a.m. Hike to Goldmyer Hot Springs Josh at joshf@hilleluw.org One-night backpacking trip to Goldmyer Hot Springs with Jconnect. Must provide own gear. $15. Meet at Hillel UW, 4745 17th Ave. NE, Seattle.

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6 p.m. Get Smore Shabbat at Temple Bnai Torah Melissa Bloom at 435-603-9677 or mbloom@templebnaitorah.org or www.templebnaitorah.org The evening starts with a ruach service for young families at 6 p.m. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by roasting smores and an outdoor worship service beginning at 8 p.m. $12/adults, $4/children over 5, free/prospective members. At Temple Bnai Torah, 15727 NE 4th, Bellevue.

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11:30 a.m.2 p.m. Daytimers Movie & Lunch Isolde Shiebert at 206-232-8555, ext. 204 or rsvp@h-nt.org This months film is The Cemetery Club. $7 for lunch and the movie. At Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation, 3700 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. 7 p.m. Employment Resources Emily Harris-Shears at 206-861-8784 or familylife@jfsseattle.org Workshop covering job-hunting skills, health insurance information, and job training programs. At Jewish Family Service, 1601 5th Ave., Seattle.

18 august

non-members. At Unity of Bellevue, 16330 NE 4th St., Bellevue.


6:15 p.m. Summer Shabbat Barbeque Alysa Rosen at 260-525-0915 or rsvp@templebetham.org or www.templebetham.org A barbeque followed by an acoustic Shabbat service. $8/adults with early registration, $10 the week of the event. $4/ children (ages 3-12). At Temple Beth Am, 2632 NE 80th St., Seattle.

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9 a.m. Yard Sale Petra Masellas at 253-564-7101 or pmasellas@templebethel18.org Temple Beth Els annual yard sale. All proceeds go to fund Temple Beth Els programming. At Temple Beth El, 5975 S 12th St., Tacoma.

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9 a.m. Mitzvah Mamas at the Movies PJ Party Laura at 206-579-5372 or laura@thebigspin.org Seattle Childrens Hospital guild the Mitzvah Mamas is hosting a screening of retro cartoon shows. Kids are encouraged to come dressed in pajamas. This event is a fundraiser for Childrens Hospital. $20/ kids, $40/adults. At the Majestic Bay Theaters, 2044 NW Market St., Seattle. 58 p.m. BCMH annual Barbecue Julie Greene at 206-721-0970 or julie@bcmhseattle.org Hot dogs, hamburgers, games and attractions for kids and adults. All are welcome. At Bikur CholimMachzikay Hadath Congregation, 5145 S Morgan St., Seattle.

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1 p.m. The Lasting Legacy of Judeo-Spanish Civilization Susan Jensen at 206-722-5500 or office@ezrabessaroth.net A lecture by Rabbi Dr. Marc D. Angel. A part of Ezra Bessaroths 100-year anniversary celebration. Location TBA. 67:30 p.m. Pickling Workshop: Learning to Make zoyers Jacob at jacob@hilleluw.org At this hands-on workshop, learn to make traditional sour pickles, sauerkraut and other fermented treats. At Hillel UW, 4745 17th Ave. NE, Seattle. 6:30 8:30 p.m. Young Professionals Happy Hour Josh at joshf@hilleluw.org Join fellow Jewish professionals for happy hour. Hosted by Jconnect and JPro. At the Columbia Tower Club, 701 5th Ave., Seattle. 78:30 p.m. The Jewish Practice of Dying 206-527-9399 or Shellie@betalef.org Four workshops on the topics of life and death in preparation for the High Holidays. Offered by Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue. $40/members, $70 for

19 august

9:30 a.m. 12th annual Golf Tournament 206-722-8289 or info@seattlekollel.org Gold tournament and fundraising event for the Seattle Kollel. $50 to enter. At Foster Golf Links, 13500 Interurban Ave. S, Tukwila. 6 p.m. 100 Year Gala Celebration Susan Jensen at 206-722-5500 or office@ezrabessaroth.net Gala dinner and celebration in honor of Congregation Ezra Bessaroths 100th year. At Meydenbauer Center, 11100 NE 6th St., Bellevue.

22 august


68 p.m. The Island of Memory: Jewish Life in Rhodes Susan Jensen at 206-722-5500 or office@ezrabessaroth.net Dr. Aron Rodrigue, professor in Jewish studies and history at Stanford University, presents a talk on what Jewish life was like in Rhodes. Hosted by Congregation Ezra Bessaroth. Location TBA. 78:30 p.m. The Jewish Practice of Dying 206-527-9399 or shellie@betalef.org Four workshops on the topics of life and death in preparation for the High Holidays. Offered by Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue. $40/members, $70 for non-members. At Unity of Bellevue, 16330 NE 4th St., Bellevue.

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7 p.m. GSJBN Professional Networking & Career Development Presentation Rebecca Cohen at 206-774-2272 or rebeccac@jewishinseattle.org or bit.ly/bGLN0I An evening of professional networking. Free. RSVP requested. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island.

17 august

6:30 p.m. Stories from a Holocaust Survivor: Henry Friedman ilanak@wsherc.org or www.wsherc.org Henry Friedman survived the war hiding with his family in a barn owned by a Christian family. Hell share stories of his experience at this event. Sponsored by the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center, Seattle University, and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. At Seattle University, Le Roux Conference Center, Room 160, Seattle.

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AUGUST SONG AND STORy TIME AT THE MARKET PERFORMANCESeattle Jewish Community School and the PJ Library present performances of Jewish songs and stories for young children and their families at neighborhood farmers markets throughout the month of August. Song and Story Time will be led by SJCS teachers and music leaders Jeff and Shoshana Stombaugh. Sun., Aug. 8, 22, 29 and Sept. 5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Broadway Farmers Market at Broadway Ave. E & E Thomas St. and Thurs., Aug. 26 and Sept. 2 from 4-6 p.m. at the Lake City Farmers Market at Albert Davis Park, 125th and 28th Ave. NE.

SATURDAy, AUGUST 7 AT 8 P.M. MATISyAHU MUSICHassidic Jew and international reggae sensation Matisyahu performs with special guest Dub Trio. Heavily influenced by the work of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, as well the Grateful Dead and Phish, Matisyahu blends rap, rock and beat boxing with more traditional reggae sounds, peppering his lyrics with Hebrew and Yiddish words. Tickets are $25 in advance and can be purchased through www.stgpresents.org. At the Moore Theatre, 1932 2nd Ave., Seattle.

SATURDAy, AUGUST 7 AT 2 P.M. THE WORLD OF JEWISH MUSIC MUSIC WWW.CANTORMARINA.COM/MARIANNAThe Seattle Public Library will host a performance of traditional and contemporary Jewish music from local group The Marianna Trio with songs in Yiddish. Ladino, Russian, English and Hebrew. At the Seattle Public Librarys Central branch, 1000 4th Ave., Seattle.

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tweet, tweet: Serious musicians open explorations between black and Jewish communitiesDaniel kiRscH Special to JTNewsGenre-bending bands are nothing new. For decades The Clash fused punk with reggae. The Pogues have similarly drawn on punk rock energy to deliver their interpretations of Irish pub music. In the past decade or so, we have seen an increasing number of bands that have fused both Ashkenazi and Sephardi with more commercial music. In most cases, the music borrows the beats and/or melodies from traditional forms of popular music, and the Jewish component is found in the language of the signing and/or themes of the songs. The resulting product thus appeals primarily to a Jewish audience with an appreciation for popular music. Tweet, Tweet, Abraham Inc.s debut release, defies this trend. The band, which bills this album as an all-out klezmer-funk dance party, combines funk, klezmer, hip hop and jazz in a way that is neither Jewish nor black, and fans of any of these genres, especially funk and klezmer, would find this album pure candy for the ears. This supergroup consists of long established klezmer clarinetist David Krakauer, trombonist Fred Wesley, whose bona fides include work with James Brown and George Clinton, and Socalled, whose meshing of hip hop and Ashkenazi traditions have been reviewed in these pages previously. The sound is rounded out by a more-than-able backing band and guest vocalists. The album opens with the title track, which finds Krakauers clarinet and Wesleys trombone exchanging solos supported by a grooving beat. Socalled and guest rapper C Rayz Walz add energy and flavor. It is clear from the start that while these musicians are clearly serious about their work, they are also having some pretty serious fun, which shines through and is contagious. The album continues with the instrumental Moskowitz Mix, which finds Krakauers clarinet kvetching of a disco beat. Vocals take center stage on Its Not the Same (Figure It Out), featuring C Rayz Walz on the mic followed by The H Tune, a tricked-out version of Hava Nagila sung gospel-style. Wesley takes the lead on the festive Trombonic, before things slow down on Push and Baleboste: A Beautiful Picture. The latter of these, a meditation praising the role of strong women, can also be heard on Socalleds Ghettoblaster (2007) but without C Ray Walzs crafty rhymes. Fred the Tzadik follows, not surprisingly featuring Wesley soloing over a funky disco beat with Krakauer sneaking around


the full band, aka abraham inc., that fuses together jazz, klezmer, and hip hop.

in the background and on breaks. The album ends with Abe Inc Techno Mix. True to its name, this track would probably be better suited for the dance floor than this otherwise coherent album. Its not all that bad (for a club mix anyway)

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I see tremendous opportunities for growth in the area of Jewish social entrepreneurship, he writes. And despite the fact that he misses walking the loop at Seward Park and little Seattle clubs that play jazz, and even the Seattle drizzle, the Big Apple seems to have wormed its way into his heart for the time being. You can read about all the interesting PresenTense fellows at presentense.org.

grandparents and tutors at a local elementary school. (More trivia: Maui Ocean Center is owned by the Israeli company Coral World.) The Paularenas came to Hawaii because of something called a granddaughter after living in the Seattle area for about 22 years. Michele misses the Northwest

more than Marv, who found snowy winters challenging for getting around in his wheelchair. When Marv signed off with the traditional aloha, I replied, aloha and shalom. Marv jumped right in. Oh, we dont say that here. We say shaloha!

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Former Seattle-area residents Marvin Paularena and Michele Brooks Paularena were nominated by Hawaiis governer as Outstanding Older Americans in Maui, where they now live. But only Marvin got the award in the end. It wasnt because Michele did anything wrong or wasnt deserving. The nominees had to be 65 in Maui County, Marv explained. Michele, a little shy of that benchmark, was too young. On May 20 the couple traveled to the governors mansion in Honolulu to receive the award. I have told this to the governorIve told this to everyone else in the state office on agingIm in a wheelchair, and without Michele I couldnt have done any of it, Marv points out. As the song goes, shes the wind beneath my wings. And then, with characteristic timing, he adds I can actually say that my wife


Marvin Paularena and Michele Brooks Paularena received an award from Hawaiis governor for their vast amount of volunteerism.

pushes me around all the time. (A bit of trivia: Hawaiis Republican governor, Linda Lingle, is Jewish!) The Paularenas were nominated for their work with Senior Medicare Patrol, a federal program that helps seniors detect medical errors or fraud. They spend over 100 hours a month on a wide range of projects too numerous to list here, but highlights include being certified marine naturalists working at the Maui Ocean Center and for NOAA, and being foster

that had never before been present. In 10 years, Sharsheret has fielded more than 19,000 requests for help. The New Jersey-based organization has helped women across the United States with its diverse programming, and has remained in operation primarily from the contributions of individual donors. When asked where she hoped Sharsheret will be in 10 years, Shoretz was both hopeful and pragmatic. My real hope is that there isnt a need for Sharsheret, that breast cancer has been cured, she said. But if there is that need, she hopes

Sharsheret is there to support those Jewish women and families who may have before our founding felt alone in their fight against breast cancer. In talking about her own fight with the disease, Shoretz explains the changes shes experienced since receiving treatment for a second breast cancer diagnosis. The immediacy of it is more obvious now, with this diagnosis, than it was in the first, she said. Now that I can experience our program as a patient, Sharsheret, the chain, has really come full circle.For more information, visit www.sharsheret.org.

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Book review: ghetto resistance leader wanted revenge on germanyeDWaRD alexanDeR Special to JTNewsThe Fall of a Sparrow: The Life and Times of Abba Kovner, By Dina Porat; translated by Elizabeth Yuval (Stanford University Press, 2009). burst of light in the midst of impenetrable, unfathomable darkness and prompted Arendt to think how utterly different everything would be today inall countriesif only more such stories could have been told. This glimpse of Kovner may have given Arendts readers the impression that he was an early promoter of the (mischievously misleading) notion that wartime Europe was teeming with Righteous Gentiles. Nothing could be further from the truth. From 1945-47, Kovner alienated many Jews by his project of revenge against Germany and its collaborators, which was required because the idea that Jewish blood can be shed without reprisal must be erased from the memory of mankind. Like every other aspect of his life, this episode is fully described in Dina Porats splendid book, at once biography and history. It is the most important point of entry into Kovners world since Seattleite Shirley Kaufmans book of poetic translations, A Canopy in the Desert (1973). Kovner was a paradoxical figure. In a famous speech of December 31, 1941, by which time thousands of Lithuanian Jews had been murdered, and in subsequent calls to arms, he exhorted members of Vilnas Zionist youth groups: Let us not go like lambs to the slaughter. But when the image of European Jews passively going like cattle to slaughter became a clich of small Jewish minds in Israel and America, he declared repeatedly: I never thought a woman who had her child taken out of her arms had gone like a sheep to the slaughter. When the war ended, he was fiercely critical of Jews who wanted to rebuild their lives in the continent that had just spat them out: Jews should not settle in a graveyard, he said. Yet when he came to Israel, he redirected his anger at Israelis who were both ignorant and contemptuous of Diaspora Jewry, failing to understand that there is no Jewish future without rootedness in the past. He believed, passionately, in negation of the Diaspora, but founded and organized the famous Beit Hatefutsot (House of the Diaspora) Museum in Tel-Aviv, dedicated to the proposition that Diaspora Jews were a dispersed, but

Abba Kovner ghetto resistance commander in Vilna during World War II, leader in the Brichah movement that brought the remnant of European Jewry to Palestine, major Hebrew poet, designer of Jewish museums was at the stormcenter of Jewish history from 1939-49, a decade that determined his subsequent 40 years in Israel. Yet most American Jews first became aware of him through Hannah Arendts reports on the 1961 Eichmann trial. She wrote that the great dramatic moment of the trial was Kovners account of how German officer Anton Schmidt had helped Jewish partisans with forged papers and military trucks, and did not do it for money. Those two minutes of testimony were the first and last about a German in the entire trial; they were like a sudden

not dismembered, people. He was a lifelong member of the left-wing and atheist Hashomer Hatzair movement and Mapam Party, but he rejected the movements commitment to international class solidarity in favor of his overriding concern: The survival of the Jewish people. Kovner was a man of prophetic vision. He was the first to declare as fact the planned destruction of European Jewry. He instinctively sensed that the apparently futile armed resistance to Nazism in Vilna and Warsaw would have its effect not in Europe but in Israel, because nothing doneX Page 27

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Say something funnyJoel Magalnick Editor, JTNewsAuthor Jonathan Tropper, whose bestselling This is Where I Leave You just came out in paperback, doesnt try to be funny. But that didnt keep this novel about a family that comes together to sit shiva after the death of its patriarch a serious subject if anyone can think of one from being laugh-out-loud hilarious. Piled on top of the mourning came infidelity, infertility and, given another day or so in familial captivity, near-infanticide. Tropper spoke with JTNews just before his July 28 reading at Elliott Bay Books. In my other four books, theyre all kind of about men coming to terms with their lives and relationships and family in that upper-middle-class social pressure that pushed them in one direction until they realized probably a little too late that wasnt necessarily where they needed to be. Theres something very Jewish about that, too, even though there wasnt anything Jewish in those books. I was actually a little nervous about using the shiva, wondering if that would greatly diminish the readability of the book to a broader audience, but it turned out to have the opposite effect. This book has done significantly better than my other ones. JT: Have you found that with these different audiences you speak to that something different resonates? Tropper: I think everyone, Jews, non-Jews alike, just relates to this family. There are enough siblings, and the mother, and their histories and their inability to get past things in their youth its kind of like striking gold if you hit that right family nerve that so many people just feel, God, thats like my family, or maybe not like my family but I could see how my family could be like that. JT: So is your family like that? Tropper: No, theyre not. Mines much more boring. JT: The vibe of the remembrance really had an old, institutional feel, like that 60s and 70s Conservative tradition. Why that? Tropper: This is a family that grew up with nothing. Their father was an atheist, and they dont relate to this at all. They werent going to go and observe an Orthodox shiva, but at the same time, I didnt want to go too far away from what the basic traditions were. Portraying it in this kind of novel waters it down enough, and I didnt want to make it a shiva that had zero ritual and kind of just lose the meaning what a shiva is. I had to give them some kind of structure. So yeah, it does probably feel like something right in the middle there, like a Conservative shiva, seven days, not three, and stuff like that. JT: Everything kept building on everything you could really feel like you were sitting in that house as the tension

JTNews: Youve got a few books under your belt. Whats the career of Jonathan Tropper? Jonathan Tropper: This is my fifth novel. Of the five Ive written its the first one of that has any kind of Jewish content in it. It was a plot device that worked, I didnt have any larger comment about shiva or grieving or mourning or religion, it was just that I needed a way to keep these characters together for a week that otherwise wouldnt last more than a few hours in each others company. So I used the shiva as a contrivance.

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grew. Was there any sort of experience in your life you drew from to create this experience? Tropper: Not really. The goal was to create these five characters the mother and her four kids and put them in this pressure cooker where no one can leave, and that is going to build. TheX Page 26

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resentments are going to build, the tensions are going to build, and in what some of them are going through, whether its [narrator Judds] wifes infidelity or Alices infertility, or Wendy or the mom and her situation and obviously these people are going to be stepping over each other until something explodes. JT: I was cracking up throughout your book, but I gave it to some female friends and they didnt appreciate it as much. Is this what youre seeing in your experience? Tropper: I have significantly more female fans than male fans, because I think thats the balance of who reads novels. Ive heard very positive feedback from females. Ive

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heard one or two who were a little scared Do men really think like that? And its on purpose that the main character here sexualizes every woman he meets because hes grappling with, in a sense, the loss of his own manhood. His wife was sleeping with another man for 14 months, so hes trying to rediscover that. So no, I havent found that actually. JT: So when youve written a novel that gets people to laugh, do you often run into people who demand that you say something funny? Tropper: When I talk and I read and I answer questions and stuff, I do try to be funny and get some laughs and engage people, but when people say, Oh, you should have been a standup comic, they dont understand that writing humor and delivering it are two very different things. I have plenty of time to go back and hone my lines over and over again until theyre exactly the way I want them to be. I do chafe a little bit when people call it a comic novel, because I dont think of it as a comic novel. Thats just how I write. The comedy facilitates a certain brutal honesty. You can admit certain things, you can examine certain things, and make them more palatable with a little bit of humor. JT: Is that your experience with your own family? Tropper: Maybe its an East Coast New York thing. Ive always felt myself more an observer than a participant, which I think a lot of writers feel. I notice a lot and I take in a lot, and it registers, and I save it and at some point it comes out in the writing. When Im really heavy in a novel Ill sometimes get ideas in the middle of the night and literally leave myself voice mails. And then the next day Ill turn on my phone and Ill have three voicemails, and theyll all be from me. Just reminding myself of ideas or phrases or things I want to say or a character to do or things like that. JT: And your wife is like, Shut up, Im trying to sleep? Tropper: No, she sleeps through a lot.

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MONDAy, AUGUST 9 AT 7 P.M. BERNSTEINS ChIChesTer Psalms AT SUMMER SINGS MUSICThe Seattle Symphony Chorale announces its 30th Summer Sings schedule with three open choral reading sessions on select Monday nights, ending in August. Summer Sings offers singers of all skill levels the opportunity to come together to sing choral masterpieces with the Seattle Symphony Chorale in an informal setting. Mon., Aug 9 Summer Sings will perform Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein. Cost is $10 to participate. At Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle.

MONDAy, AUGUST 16 AT 7:30 P.M. THE AMINA FIGAROVA SExTET MUSICThe Amina Figarova Sextet, led by composer-pianistbandleader Amina Figarova, celebrates the release of their new CD Sketches. There is no cover charge, but reservations are required. Contact 206-4419729 or www.jazzalley.com. At Dimitriouss Jazz Alley, 2033 6th Ave., Seattle.

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relevant. While there are many things that define Jewish and black communities and make each one unique, this album illustrates that there is still much territory to explore and promote dialogue and collaboration between the two communities. As Socalled writes on the bands Web

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lifeBar Mitzvah

Adam Scott DavenportAdam celebrated his Bar Mitzvah on July 31, 2010 at Temple Bnai Torah in Bellevue. Adam is the son of Sue and Scott Davenport of Duvall and the brother of Aaron. His grandparents are Barbara and Paul Caraco of Kirkland, Richard and Joan Davenport of Lynnwood, and the late Douglas Koch. His greatgrandfather is Howard Michel of Bellevue. Adam is entering the 8th grade at Tolt Middle School. He enjoys playing football, baseball and basketball and spending time with friends and family, especially his brother Aaron. For his mitzvah project, Adam collected and distributed sports equipment to kids in need.

Bat Mitzvah

Esther GoldbergEsther will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on August 6 and 8, 2010. She will chant Shir Hashirim (the Song of Songs) and lead a womens Kabbalat Shabbat service the evening of Fri., Aug. 6 at the Kline Galland Home. She will then have a siyum (completion ceremony) for finishing the study of the entire tractate of Megillah (Babalonian Talmud) on Aug. 8 at the Robinswood House in Bellevue. Esther is the daughter of Shlomo (Sheldon) Goldberg and Karen Treiger and the sister of Elisheva, Jack and Shoshana. Her grandparents are Betty Lou and Irwin Treiger of Seattle and the late Sam and Esther Goldberg. Esther has completed the 6th grade at the Seattle Hebrew Academy, where she plays on the volleyball and basketball teams. Her interests include sports, piano, reading and drama. Esther will make a donation to the Gvanim Association in Sderot, Israel, which provides psychological counseling and support to those affected by the years of bombings from Gaza, as well as programs for disabled adults in the region.

Bat Mitzvah

Sara GreeneSara celebrated her Bat Mitzvah on August 1, 2010 at Bikur Cholim-Machzikay Hadath in Seattle. Sara is the daughter of Julie and Joey Greene and the sister of Benjamin and Rena. Her grandparents are A. Richard and Ina Weiner of Omaha, Neb., Bernard Greene of Seattle, and the late Irene Greene. Sara is a student at the Torah Day School. Her interests include shopping, animals, art, sports swimming, basketball and especially soccer hanging out with friends and attending Jr. NCSY events. For her mitzvah project, she is collecting items to be donated to various homeless and animal shelters in Seattle.

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Sara FlashSara will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on August 7, 2010 at Temple Beth Am in Seattle. Sara is the daughter of Edward and Rabbi Allison Flash of Newcastle and the sister of Adam and Daniel. Her grandparents are Ed and Sue Shulkin of Studio City, Calif., Phil Flash of Mercer Island and the late Claire Flash. Sara is entering the 7th grade at Maywood Middle School. Her interests include swimming, art, photography, and running. She also plays flute and piano. For her mitzvah project, Sara planted a garden at the Ronald McDonald House.

Local filmmaker succumbs to cancerJoshua Isaac, who created a film about his decade-long battle with the cancer that took one of his hands, died Aug. 2. He had just turned 38. Josh leaves behind his wife, Kim, and three small children.


Adam and Tobias Toby HaradonIdentical twins Adam and Tobias were born April 9, 2010 at Swedish Medical Center to Zeb and Elisa Haradon of Seattle. Adam weighed 4 lbs., 11 oz. and Tobias weighed 3 lbs. Their grandparents are Rita and Gerry Deutsch of Livingston, N.J. and Michael Keane and Andrea Haradon of Corning, N.Y.

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for the sake of justice is, in the long run, useless: Israel was born in the last bunker of the ghetto, he said. Kovner also began, planned, and provided the impetus for the exodus of European Jewry to eretz Yisrael. What for many years seemed the most quixotic of all his ventures, the pursuit of vengeance against Germany, was based on a foreboding that now seems far less outlandish than it did 60 years ago. He believed that vengeance was not only repayment for the past but also a warning for the future without revenge there would be a second Holocaust. When he learned of the existence of atomic weapons, he wanted them for Israel, to put the

world on notice that those who survived Auschwitz could destroy the world. Let them know that! That if it ever happens again, the world will be destroyed. As the international noose today tightens around Israels throat, and the umbrellas go up in Europe and also Washington, these words may seem less extreme than they once did.Edward Alexander is co-author, with Paul Bogdanor, of The Jewish Divide Over Israel: Accusers and Defenders (2006). His most recent books are Lionel Trilling and Irving Howe: A Literary Friendship (Transaction, 2009) and Robert B. Heilman: His Life in Letters (U. of Washington Press, 2009).



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Resident, Aljoya (Thornton Place Northgate)

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Resident, Aljoya (Mercer Island)

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