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<p>israels brain drain page 12www.jtnews.net</p> <p>JTnews</p> <p>n</p> <p>the voice of</p> <p>february</p> <p>JEWISH22, 2013n</p> <p>talking with madeleine albright page 3212 adar 5773n</p> <p>volume</p> <p>89,</p> <p>no.</p> <p>4</p> <p>W a s h i n g t o n</p> <p>Living the Chai LifeThe Seattle Jewish Film Festival turns 18Previews begin on page 7</p> <p>Bar and Bat Mitzvah CeleBrations speCial seCtion Begins on page 17 professionalwashington.com connecting our local Jewish community</p> <p>/jtnews</p> <p>@jew_ish @jewishcal</p> <p>2</p> <p>JTNews . www.JTNews.NeT . friday, february 22, 2013</p> <p>March Family CalendarFor complete details about these and other upcoming JFS events and workshops, please visit our website: www.jfsseattle.orgFOR PARENTS &amp; FAMILIES IN YOUR RELATIONSHIP ARE YOU Changing your behavior to avoid your partners mood or temper? Feeling isolated from family and friends? Being put down? Lacking access to your money? Call Project DVORA for confidential support, (206) 461-3240 FOR THE COMMUNITY</p> <p>Baking with Chef EliFor Jewish single parent families Sunday: March 3 2:00 5:00 p.m. Contact Marjorie Schnyder, (206) 861-3146 or familylife@jfsseattle.orgm</p> <p>AA Meetings at JFSTuesdays: 7:00 p.m. Contact (206) 461-3240 or ata@jfsseattle.orgm</p> <p>Kosher Food Bank EventPre-registration required Wednesday: March 6 5:00 6:30 p.m. Pre-register Jana Prothman, (206) 861-3174 or jprothman@jfsseattle.orgm</p> <p>Strengthen Your Relationship &amp; Be a Great Parenting Team!Tuesdays: March 5 &amp; 19 6:30 8:30 p.m. Contact Marjorie Schnyder, (206) 861-3146 or familylife@jfsseattle.orgm</p> <p>FOR ADULTS AGE 60+</p> <p>Endless OpportunitiesA community-wide program offered in partnership with Temple Bnai Torah &amp; Temple De Hirsch Sinai. EO events are open to the public.</p> <p>South King County Caregiver ClassTuesdays: February 26 March 19 1:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. Contact Don Armstrong (206) 861-3170 or darmstrong@jfsseattle.orgm</p> <p>Part Two: Hindu Culturem</p> <p>Thursday: March 7 10:30 a.m. Noon Tuesday: March 12 10:30 a.m. Noon</p> <p>Passport to PassoverThursday: March 14 5:00 7:00 p.m. Contact Leonid Orlov, (206) 861-8784 or familylife@jfsseattle.orgm</p> <p>Coexistence on the Gaza Borderm</p> <p>Marine Debris: Whats Washing Up On Our Shores?m</p> <p>Thursday: March 21 10:30 am Noon</p> <p>Mitzvah Think TankA special brunch for parents Sunday: March 10 10:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Contact Marjorie Schnyder, (206) 861-3146 or familylife@jfsseattle.orgm</p> <p>RSVP Ellen Hendin, (206) 861-3183 or endlessopps@jfsseattle.org regarding all Endless Opportunities programsPLEASE SAVE THE DATE</p> <p>Passover Seder in RussianSunday: March 31 4:00 p.m. Call (206) 726-3619 or e-mail familylife@jfsseattle.org with your name and phone number in a message.m</p> <p>Parenting Mindfully Series: The Middah of TrustSunday: March 17 11:00 a.m 12:30 p.m. Contact Marjorie Schnyder, (206) 861-3146 or familylife@jfsseattle.orgm</p> <p>Community of Caring LuncheonTuesday April 30, 201311:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m.m</p> <p>11th Annual</p> <p>VOLUNTEER TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!</p> <p>Passover Basket MakingSunday: March 17 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. Contact Jane Deer-Hileman, (206) 861-3155 or volunteer@jfsseattle.org for this and other volunteer opportunities</p> <p>Seattle Sheraton Hotel / Downtown, 6th &amp; PikeEvent Chairs: Lela &amp; Harley FrancoTo register, become a Table Captain or for sponsor information, please contact Leslie Sugiura: (206) 861-3151, Lsugiura@jfsseattle.org or visit www.jfsseattle.org</p> <p>1601 16th Avenue, Seattle (206) 461-3240 www.jfsseattle.org</p> <p>See You March 2-10 At The...</p> <p>OF GREATER SEATTLE</p> <p>friday, february 22, 2013 . www.jtnews.net . jtnews opinion</p> <p>the rabbis turn</p> <p>The challenge of darknessRabbi MaRk GlickMan Congregations Kol Ami and Kol ShalomNostalgia, Yogi Berra once quipped, isnt what it used to be. His insight probably referred to the ever-shifting ways we remember good experiences, but a recent development in Jewish life shows that the ways we remember tragedy can change just as much. A team of researchers at the University of Southern California is developing technology to create holograms of Holocaust survivors telling their stories and sharing their thoughts. Dozens of survivors have agreed to sit before an array of cameras, recount their experiences, and respond to about 100 likely audience questions. The recordings will be far more vivid than those of the 3D extravaganzas at todays movie houses. Here, the images will appear not on a screen, but projected into real space, allowing the survivors to take a virtual seat at the table as they tell us their stories. Afterward, the loaded Q&amp;A memory banks will allow survivors to offer Siri-like replies to follow-up questions. Preserving the survivors stories is important, of course we dare not forget the evil they witnessed. Still, this new technology begs some important questions: Why the gimmick? Will the three-dimensional versions of survivors recollections really be any more jarring or memorable than the two-dimensional ones? Will our ersatz conversations with the survivors succeed in conveying their stories more effectively than purely narrative accounts? Do we really think this futuristic technology can describe what happened any better than the technology weve already got? Furthermore, while Holocaust survivors represent a disappearing Jewish world, there are other vanishing Jewish cultures, too. Has anyone considered holographically recording memories of Jewish life in Muslim lands? Or of smalltown Jewish culture in the American South? Certainly the Holocaust survivors faced evil that was far more systematic and horrific than the others, but in remembering our past, why is it that the memories we want to recall most vividly are precisely those that are the most horrifying? The answer, I think at least in part is that even now, almost seven decades after the liberation of the Nazi death camps, we havent figured out how to remember the Holocaust. We live today in a golden, glittering age of Jewish culture, but a dark cloud of unanswered Holocaust questions still dims its brilliance: How? Why? Could it happen again? Are we Jews ever truly at home? Our family trees show branches that were abruptly lopped off in the 1940s, killing not only our aunts and uncles, but also the cousins we never had. What should be our response? Would any response be adequate? What, when it comes right down to it, does the Holocaust really mean? We yearn for answers to these questions, but those we find are often pithy slogans rather than guiding truths. They leave us full of words, but ultimately speechless in our quest for understanding. Rabbi Ismar Schorsch once described the Holocaust as a theological black hole so dense that it fails to emit even a single ray of light. We live in that darkness as we seek to remember, searching desperately but in vain for light and understanding. And as our search continues, we realize the survivors those who best help us remember will soon be no more. We want to grasp their stories and never let go. And to do it, well use every tool weve got even high-tech cinematic wizardry. The technology will certainly be awesome, and its important to record survivors recollections, whatever the format. But there is something sad about this attempt to vivify our memory of the Holocaust. Were unable to grasp the magnitude of its loss; we insist on keeping its memory alive; we think adding a third spatial dimension will help us succeed. It wont. Ultimately, the two-dimensional survivor-memories of page and screen are just as significant and vivid as the threedimensional ones of modern technology. Holocaust holography is the kind of thing that happens when we undertake the daunting task of trying to remember the unfathomable. It is a high-tech stab at a profoundly spiritual monster. Instead of focusing on whiz-bang technologies, lets simply acknowledge the darkness and the fear we encounter as we confront the Holocaust. Maybe the Holocaust really is unfathomable. Maybe we never will fully grasp the enormity of our loss. And maybe our memory of it will fade as it recedes farther and farther into the past. Indeed, it probably will. All we really can do is hear the stories, hoping that one day some light will emerge after all. We dont need holograms. All we need are compassionate hearts, open minds, and a good dose of courage to continue listening despite the overwhelming bewilderment we face.</p> <p>letters to the editorI am that woman</p> <p>3</p> <p>Hen Mazzigs account (A sixth broken camera, Feb. 6) of the fracas at the talk by Iyad Burnat on the documentary 5 Broken Cameras provoked a defensive response by Eitan Isaacson and Wendy Elisheva Somerson of Jewish Voice for Peace. In his riveting report, Hen mentioned a woman who said in Hebrew to an Israeli man nearby, Please dont leave, I am scared but I want to ask a question. I am that woman. The Jewish Voice for Peace account in the JTNews was a pack of falsehoods and outright lies. Their portrayal of a polite, respectful gathering is a lie. Their hate-filled presentation of disinformation was truly frightening. Im an Israeli American and Ive traveled all over the world. Ive seen reflexive hatred toward Israel before. I am sad to see it here in my current home, Seattle. Isaacson and Somerson claim the violent young man that attacked Hen, the Israeli man, and me was someone they didnt know, although some called him by name. Nevertheless, they bear responsibility because their vile propaganda inspired an intense young man to lose control and become violent. Shouts of f---ing Zionists! and Get the f--k out of here! menaced anyone who appeared to support Israel. When I asked my question regarding the film clips, the crowd started yelling and the violent man came toward me, I asked the Israeli man whom I did not know to stay. I am a middle-aged Israeli-American woman who came to this gathering out of curiosity. To be treated with such vitriol surely was not a peaceful gathering as Jewish Voice for Peace claims that it was. There is only one name for what I experienced: Jew hatred. It was the responsibility of the sponsors of this gathering to protect me and the Israeli man. Rather than protect me, I was told by several people to get the f--k out. Isaacson and Somerson claim that the crowd watched in shocked silence as IDF soldiers brutally attacked... This statement is a total lie. Burnat stages these peaceful demonstrations and the Israeli Army must keep the situation from spiraling out of control. He pushes small children toward the soldiers with instructions to touch their weapons, or even take them away. I did not see brutality by the IDF. I only saw mobs of men provoking, yelling, banging on metal cans, actually barricading themselves and endangering themselves by encasing themselves in metal drums. The IDF did what they could to free these men from this dangerous confinement as carefully as possible. Isaacson and Somerson further claim that Hen and the other Israeli showed blatant disregard for the speaker. This is another example of the deception they portrayed in their piece. As a witness, I can dispute each and every paragraph written by them. I am utterly ashamed that the JTNews printed these lies next to the admirable and truthful piece that Hen Mazzig wrote. I am proud that someone like Hen Mazzig represents Israel and all of us that respect and represent truth and true peaceful gatherings. Clearly JVP and Mr. Burnats message is not one of peace, but rather of thuggery, lies, and propaganda. I feel sorry for those who have been duped into believing these falsehoods, and I am proud of Jews and non-Jews alike who understand this. I am proud of those that understand that Israel is a free, democratic nation and is inclusive of all races, religions, genders, and opinions, unlike what Mr. Burnat and JVP represent. Iris Langman mercer IslandIgnorIng the facts</p> <p>Re: your half-page, mind-numbing rationale by Eitan Isaacson and Wendy Elisheva Somerson of the Seattle chapter of so-called Jewish Voice for Peace (Solidarity with Palestinian non-violent resistance, Feb. 8) defending never-ending Palestinian rocket, bomb, and mortar attacks against Israel: Its all Israels fault for defending itself against Palestinian attacks to drive them into the sea and worse. Get it? We are all very fortunate to have such a clear-cut description of what Israel should and should not do to remain alive, by this super-heroic Seattle Jewish Voice for Peace group. Never mind these brave souls safely live half a world away from danger to themselves or their families. Shucks, if they are wrong, theyre still safe here. Golly, you cant be more</p> <p>X Page 29</p> <p>WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR: We would love to hear from you! Our guide to writing a letter to the editor can be found at www.jtnews.net/index.php?/letters_guidelines.html, but please limit your letters to approximately 350 words. The deadline for the next issue is February 28. Future deadlines may be found online.</p> <p>If you have no reason to ask questions, you dont ask questions. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, on her late-in-life discovery of her being Jewish. Albright talks with JTNews on page 32.</p> <p>4</p> <p>JTNews . www.JTNews.NeT . friday, february 22, 2013</p> <p>festival highlights</p> <p>laugh.</p> <p>tom Douglas launch Party</p> <p>oPening night film &amp; festivities</p> <p>cry.</p> <p>Ilyanne Cauchy Photography</p> <p>Wed., Feb. 27, 7:00PM: only $25 Food, wine, beer, friends, short films</p> <p>eleb .cry. laugh debate.cch mar 0 0 2 1</p> <p>rate.</p> <p>Sat., March 2, 7:30PM: $18 Happy Hour Before &amp; Cake After</p> <p>celebrate.matzoh momma sunDay BrunchFilm only tickets also availableS e at tl</p> <p>iSh eJew</p> <p>Film</p> <p>96 24.99 2 0 6 . 3 i va l . o r gFeSt</p> <p>Sun., March 3, 9:30AM brunch &amp; 11am film: $1620</p> <p>Sun., March 10, 2:30PM: $912 The Rabbis Cat - age 9+</p> <p>films4families</p> <p>debate.</p> <p>Ilyanne Cauchy Photography</p> <p>Jewish soul food, music, film: Hava Nagila (The Movie) - all ages</p> <p>seattlejewishfilmfestival.org | ticket hotline: 206.324.9996</p> <p>friday, february 22, 2013 . www.jtnews.net . jtnews inside</p> <p>57 8 8 9 9 10</p> <p>yIDDIsH LEssONby Rita katz A mentsch iz amol shtarker fun ayzn, un a mol shvakher fun a fley. Man is sometimes stronger than iron, and at other times weaker than a flea.</p> <p>inside this issueLiving the chai life through filmThe Seattle Jewish Film Festival is back with a diverse selection of films for this year.</p> <p>Seeing heartsA delightful French film, about a young woman seeking her fathers heart who must deal with the consequences when she takes too close a look, opens the festival.</p> <p>Romeo and Julietalmost Different family values Talking catsThe Rabbis Cat is a much-loved series of graphic novels that tell the story of a rabbi and his Talmudtalking feline. The story has come to the screen.</p> <p>A story of star-crossed pen pals one in Israel, the other in Gaza takes a look into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the perspective of two teens who must also contend with their individual situations. Israels first film that loo...</p>