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    connecting our local Jewish community


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    Not tht were condonin mblin in schools, bt its hrd to sy theres nythin wron with few spins of the dreidel t Hnkkh time. Settle Jewish Commnit

    School second rders Edee, left, nd Ell clerly enjoyed plyin the me in the week before school let ot for the holidy. Hnkkh ben the evenin of Dec. 20.

    Mini rnts brin bi inititives to locl orniztions

    Joel Magalnickedior, JtNwIt could be that the best way to a kids Jewish identity is through his

    print-making supplies at the Seattle Hebrew Academy. Or the best place to

    send a child to learn about Judaism is at Bet Ale Meditational Synagogues

    new BYachad Hebrew school. Or the best way to provide direct, instant

    hunger relie to a homeless person is by giving away a sandwich made by

    the Mitzvah eam at the Jewish Day School.

    I theres anything that can be said about the disbursements made to

    local Jewish organizations rom the Jewish Federation o Greater Seattles

    Small and Simple Grants program, its this: Te projects that got unded

    came rom the ideas that [were] the best o the bunch that seemed to rise

    to the top, said Dan Lowen, chair o the Federations Special Initiatives


    Te Federations Special Initiatives Fund came up with Small and

    Simple to und projects costing $5,000 or less that dont rise to the und-

    ing level or long-term goals o an annual campaign allocation. Tis year

    the Federation gave out a record $68,000, and whats interesting about th

    years 21 grants is how interesting they are.

    Were trying to provide those small seed und or projects that are ot

    erwise unproven and untested or agencies to be able to try something ne

    and dierent, Lowen said.

    Te Stroum Jewish Studies Program at the University o Washington

    or example, received $5,000 to launch its JewDub alks, a series o sho

    online videos similar to the popular ED alks, eaturing experts who giv

    brie educational talks on their areas o knowledge.

    Our goal is to assemble UW aculty members and Jewish Studies a

    ulty to present short but important talks that address issues that would b

    relevant to our members o the community, said Jewish Studies Progra

    chair Noam Pianko.

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    For complete details about these and other upcoming JFS events and workshops, please visit our website: www.jfsseattle.org

    Early Winter Family Calendar


    AA Meetings at JFSmTuesdays at 7:00 p.m.

    Contact(206) 461-3240 or ata@jsseattle.org

    Life Gets Better:The UnexpectedPleasures ofGrowing OlderNoted local author,speaker and socialworker Wendy Lustbader

    will share about howgrowing older can be ajoyul adventure.

    mSunday, February 121:30 3:00 p.m.

    ContactMarjorie Schnyder, (206) 861-3146 oramilylie@jsseattle.org.

    JFS services and programs are made possiblethrough generous community support o

    To donate, please visit www.jfsseattle.org

    1601 - 16th Avenue, Seattle

    (206) 461-3240 www.jfsseattle.org


    Programs of Project DVORA (DomesticViolence Outreach, Response & Advocacy)are free of charge.

    Support Group for Jewish Womenwith Controlling PartnersmOngoing

    Confdential location, dates and time.

    Kids Club: Helping Children whohave Witnessed Domestic Abuse11-week series or mothers and theirchildren using art, games and interactiveactivities. For ages 9 -12.

    mBegins in January, 2012

    ContactProject DVORA, (206) 461-3240or contactus@jsseattle.org.


    Endless Opportunities

    A community-wide program offered inpartnership with Temple Bnai Torah & TempleDe Hirsch Sinai. EO events are opento the public.

    Jewish Social Media:How to be a Connected MenschWith Dan Rasmus

    mTuesday, January 1010:00 11:30 a.m.

    The Jewish Community inKhabarovsk, Russia: Success,Failure, and the UnknownWith Emily Keeler Alhade

    mThursday, January 19

    10:30 a.m. Noon

    Speaking Truth to Power:Modern Lessons from a HistoricInjustice at Seattles Fort LawtonWith Jack Hamann

    mThursday, January 2610:30 a.m. Noon

    RSVPEllen Hendin, (206) 861-3183 orendlessopps@jsseattle.org regarding allEndless Opportunities programs.



    For details, visit our website, www.jseattle.org,or contact Jane Deer-Hileman, Director oVolunteer Services, (206) 861-3155 orvolunteer@jsseattle.org.



    Baking with Chef EliJewish single moms, dads and their childrenlearn to make delicious Jewish treats withChe Eli Varon.

    mSunday, February 52:00 5:00 p.m.

    ContactMarjorie Schnyder, (206) 861-3146 oramilylie@jsseattle.org.



    Emotion Coaching: An EssentialPart of Your Parenting Toolbox!Helps parents guide their children through liesups and downs in a way that builds confdence,resilience and strong relationships.

    mMonday, January 306:30 8:30 p.m.

    ContactMarjorie Schnyder, (206) 861-3146 oramilylie@jsseattle.org.

    New JFS Building NearlyFinished with Construction!

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    Renowned Seattle choreographer Donald Byrd, on his work that tells the story of the split between Abraham and Ishmael. See the story on page 14.

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    The bildin blocks of retJewish commnity

    Rabbi Jonathan SingeR tmpl Bh Am

    A ew weeks ago, I oundmysel in an unlikely place:

    Te Bavarian city o Bamberg,

    in the medieval cathedral

    o that German town which

    avoided signiicant damage

    during World War II. he

    cathedral guide proclaimed

    that among the treasures o

    the church is a amous sculp-

    ture depicting the primacy

    o Christianity over Judaism. It does so

    by representing the church as a beautiul

    woman, holding a sturdy sta, the light o

    her eyes gazing toward the uture, while

    Judaism is presented as a woman with her

    eyes blinded by a scar, unable to see, lean-

    ing on a shattered sta.

    Tis perception o Judaism as being an

    inconveniently persistent relic o the past

    was o course not just limited to medieval

    Christianity. Arnold oynbee and Karl

    Marx also posited that our time had come

    and gone, while the Nazis tried to ensure

    that such was the case.

    And yet there I was, in that place, to

    participate in a ritual that would show that

    despite the best eorts o those who would

    deny us a uture, we persist as a vibrant

    people, with ideas and values we share

    with the surrounding civilizations and not

    just in the connes o our own intellectual

    and spiritual ghettos. In this age, we as a

    Jewish people have become whole again.

    Our sta was perhaps never broken, but by

    strengthening the renewal o Jewish com-

    munity in various parts o the world, we

    are better able to part the seas o compla-

    cency. oday our eyes cast the light o the

    Jewish spirit, love o learning, and belie

    that all people, created in Gods image, can

    partner with holiness to bring healing into

    a world so clearly in need o it.

    Te ritual was the ourth ordination o

    rabbis rom the new progressive German

    rabbinic seminary, the Geiger School

    located near Berlin. I was in attendance

    because a student rom Seattle, Paul Strasko,

    who has an amazing personal story, was

    about to become a rabbi. He had invited me,

    as his ormer rabbi, to participate.

    Te Geiger School does something that

    at the beginning o my rabbinic career I

    would never have thought possible. Tey

    train men and women or the rabbinate or

    the express purpose o serving the needs o

    the European Jewish community espe-

    cially in the German-speaking world and

    the ormer Soviet Union. I used to believe

    that in our time Jewish lie in Central and

    Eastern Europe was indeed a relic o the

    past; that Hitler and Stalin had or the

    most part succeeded in making Europe a

    place where the sta o Juda-ism was broken and where we

    Jews should not live.

    But in Germany and East-

    ern Europe, Jews have chosen

    to make Jewish lie a con-

    tinuing presence and have

    started to recreate signicant

    Jewish community. Chabad,

    God bless them, recognized

    this reality a while ago, but

    so did the principals o the Geiger school,

    two charismatic Jewish leaders one

    German, Walter Homolka, and one

    American, Walter Jacob rabbis who

    understood that liberal Judaism would

    play a necessary role in this revival o

    European Jewry. Tis years graduates will

    all serve European communitie