JTNews | January 25, 2013
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February Family CalendarFor complete details about these and other upcoming JFS events and workshops, please visit our website: www.jfsseattle.orgFor aDults age 60+ For the communityPlease save the Date
Endless OpportunitiesA community-wide program offered in partnership with Temple Bnai Torah & Temple De Hirsch Sinai. EO events are open to the public.
AA Meetings at JFStuesdays: 7:00 p.m. Contact (206) 461-3240 or email@example.com
Kosher Food Bank EventPre-registration required Wednesday: February 6 5:00 6:30 p.m. Pre-register Jana Prothman, (206) 861-3174 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Stories in Stone: Urban Geologym
tuesday: February 12 10:30 a.m. noon tuesday: February 19 noon 1:30 p.m.
Community of Caring LuncheonTuesday April 30, 201311:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m.
Tour of McCaw Hallm
South King County Caregiver Classtuesdays: February 12 march 19 1:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. Contact Don Armstrong, (206) 861-3170 or email@example.com
Seattle Sheraton HotelDowntown, 6th & Pike
Event Chairs: Lela & 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
A Teamwork Approach to Caring for Your Aging Parents The Gates Foundations Pacific Northwest Initiativem
tuesday: February 19 7:00 9:00 p.m. Contact Leonid Orlov, (206) 861-8784 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For Parents & Families
thursday: February 21 10:30 a.m. noon thursday: February 28 10:30 a.m. noon
Shaarei Tikvah: Purim Celebration Allsunday: February 24 3:00 5:00 p.m. Contact Marjorie Schnyder, (206) 861-3146 or email@example.com
Parenting Mindfully: Drawing on Jewish Values Through Musarsundays: 11:00 a.m 12:30 p.m. February 3 The Middah of Patience m march 17 The Middah of Trust m april 14 The Middah of Calmness m may 19 The Middah of Responsibility Contact Marjorie Schnyder (206) 861-3146 or firstname.lastname@example.org m
RSVP Ellen Hendin, (206) 861-3183 or email@example.com regarding all Endless Opportunities programs 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
Early Learning & Early Experiences: Unraveling the Mysterytuesday: January 29 4:00 6:00 p.m. Contact Anna Goren, (206) 861-3179 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday: February 6 7:00 9:00 p.m. Contact Marjorie Schnyder, (206) 861-3146 or email@example.com
volunteer to make a DiFFerence!
Purim Basket Making & Delivery1601 16th Avenue, Seattle (206) 461-3240 www.jfsseattle.org
sunday: February 24 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. Contact Jane Deer-Hileman, (206) 861-3155 or firstname.lastname@example.org for these and other volunteer opportunitiesm
OF GREATER SEATTLE
friday, january 25, 2013 . www.jtnews.net . jtnews opinion
the rabbis turn
Honoring a diverse Jewish communityRabbi beth SingeR Temple Beth AmThe Pacific Northwest was greatly honored this past month by a visit from the new president of the Union for Reform Judaism, Rabbi Richard Jacobs. Rabbi Jacobs has quickly distinguished himself as a powerful visionary in an evolving contemporary Judaism, a leader who seeks to enable 1.5 million American Jews to practice liberal Judaism seriously, and as an ardent Zionist who practices what he preaches: Am Yisrael chai! The people of Israel lives! Back when I was a newly minted rabbi, Rabbi Jacobs was one of my first bosses. I am the better for having learned with him as he transformed a synagogue in New York into a vibrant, serious home of Jewish lifelong learning and practice for over 1,000 Jewish families. One reason we brought Rabbi Jacobs to our congregation on a Sunday morning was because the Reform movement is concerned with the national issue of the disappearance of Jewish kids after Bar and Bat Mitzvah. We wanted him to see the large, vibrant Jewish youth culture that prevails at Beth Am with over 100 postBar/Bat Mitzvah teens electing to serve as teen educational leaders each Sunday morning in our religious school madrichim program. At Beth Am, a teen may only enter the madrichim program if he or she is enrolled in our religious education program. Each year, in spite of our best efforts, a certain number of students do exit our program at some point in the year after Bat or Bar Mitzvah, and each departure is personally upsetting. At the same time, though, we have grown a powerful all-ages community, and we know that large numbers of our students graduate 12th grade with a strong Jewish identity based on a combination of their Jewish home experience and their religious communal experience at Beth Am, Jewish summer camp, and our regular Israel trips. So, thats what I wanted Rabbi Jacobs to see on a Sunday morning in January. At 9:15, we planted him at the front entrance to our building, and over the course of the next 20 minutes he shook hands with an extraordinary number of teens streaming through our building. As I tried to personally introduce him to as many teens as possible, I started to notice their great diversity. Some of these students come from interfaith homes where both parents have made a commitment to raise exclusively Jewish children. A number of the students are biracial. Even more were adopted at birth from other countries, particularly from Asia and Africa. A couple of students are uncertain whether they are male or female. A few of them already know they are gay. Some of our teens have learning disabilities or emotional disabilities or are somehow different than a stereotypical Jewish kid. Standing by Rabbi Jacobs as each student smiled and shook his hand I was overwhelmed by a diversity I had not noticed before. During his community address, Rabbi Jacobs relayed a true personal story in which he found himself in a crowd rushing down a street in Manhattan. On either side of him were strangers, each of a different skin color. A man on the street holding tefillin looked at all three and asked Rabbi Jacobs, Are you a Jew? The moral of the story: As we worry about shrinking numbers of Jews worldwide, let us not overlook those Jews who do not look exactly the same as our old notions. Let us all reflect on the diversity of the many faces of Jews in our time. There was once a stereotype of a white person of European descent with pale white skin and dark, curly hair. Now, that is simply one of so many looks that a Jewish person might have. Many of us will still look at a person of color in our shul reciting the prayers and wonder, Is that person really Jewish? For the sake of a healthy Jewish future, it is vital we recognize that Jews come in all colors, nationalities, abilities, disabilities, sexual orientations and backgrounds. Rabbi Jacobs spoke to the Jewish community about the importance of welcoming all who bring strength to the Jewish people. I am proud of our efforts here in the Pacific Northwest to empower all varieties of Jews to grow as Jews. Watching the larger Jewish community move in the direction of welcoming Jews of all different backgrounds can fill us all with great hope for the future of American Judaism.
Remembering those who had courage to careabRaham h. Foxman Special to JTNewsIt is fitting that the United Nations, as part of the international commemoration of the Holocaust on January 27, is paying tribute this year not only to the millions of innocents who died in the Nazi gas chambers, but also to those who made extraordinary sacrifices to hide and protect tens of thousands of Jews and others from certain death at the hands of Hitlers genocidal pogrom. Im speaking, of course, of the rescuers those individuals who made a calculated decision to shelter Jews and others wanted by the Nazis for no crime other than being the members of a deeply hated minority. The rescuers heroic deeds are often forgotten amid the greater tragedy of the Shoah. Fourteen years ago, a group of students in rural Whitwell, Tennessee, embarked on a remarkable classroom project in an effort to come to grips with the sheer enormity of the Holocaust. They did so by collecting paper clips. Over a period of many months, the students collected 6 million paper clips, one for each of the 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust. It was a monumental undertaking, requiring hours of unforgiving tedium as the paper clips were collected and counted. But at the end of the day the students succeeded and filled the greater part of a rail car with paperclips. I wish there could be a similar effort to raise awareness about the rescuers, those courageous individuals who went out of their way to save and protect Jewish lives. Aside from Steven Spielbergs Schindlers List, which in 1993 so greatly elevated public awareness of one rescuer in particular, the stories of the righteous gentiles who stepped up to make a profound, life-altering choice have been largely forgotten to history. Perhaps what is most remarkable about the rescuers is that their varied ethnicities and religious backgrounds challenge our preconceived notions about who might risk his or her own life for the sake of Jews. Apart from their willingness to help others, they do not seem to have much in common. They crossed gender, ethnic, religious, and socio-economic lines. They were Catholic, Orthodox Christian, evangelical, Baptist, Lutheran, and also Muslim. They were farmers, doctors, diplomats, peasants, and kings. They were simple people of faith. My very existence stands as testimony to those who had the courage to care. When I was a child in Nazi-occupied Poland, I was taken in by a Polish Catholic woman who had been my nanny. She saved me by hiding my true identity from the Nazis. She provided food, shelter and a safe haven and raised me for four years until the war was over and my parents returned to claim me. She even had me baptized. And yet, while Im eternally grateful for her sacrifice, it is still hard for me to understand why she went to such great lengths to keep me hidden. What was it that gave this poor, illiterate and uneducated woman the moral courage to save a life? Others went to even more extraordinary lengths to protect their Jewish neighbors and friends. Consider the almost unfathomable story of Khaled Abdelwahhab, recently unearthed by the historian and writer Robert Satloff. In 1942, the Germans arrived in Mahdia, a town on the eastern shore of Tunisia, where Mr. Abdelwahhab lived with his family. In the town, the Germans set up a house where they would capture Jewish girls and sexually violate them. Two local Jewish girls, unable to deal with the trauma of their experience at the house, committed suicide, and news of their fate spread like wildfire through the terrified town. Abdelwahhab found out about it and did what he could to protect young girls by distracting the Germans with liquor and other pursuits. Later, after learning that a Jewish family was hiding in an olive oil factory, he warned them that they were in grave danger and gathered the family and all of their relatives and moved them to his familys farm 20 miles to the west. He arranged for food and shelter, and every day, for over four months, he visited them, provided for them and made them feel safe. Abdelwahhab risked his life for the sake of others in the face of humanitys greatest evil. Here is a story we dont hear every day an Arab saving Jews. Another lesser-known story is that of Dr. Feng Shan Ho, a Chinese diplomat who issued thousands of visas to Jewish refugees during World War II. Dr. Ho was among the first of a small number of diplomatic rescuers who took extraordinary measures and personal risk to do the right thing. Ho served as the Chinese Consul General in Vienna from 1938 through 1940. Despite being ordered by his supervisors to cease his activities, he nonetheless facilitated the safe departure of thousands of Jews in 1938 and 1939 by issuing visas toX Page 4
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Coming upSaturday, January 26, 7:309 p.m.
Cremation or Burial: The Jewish Perspective
More and more Jews are choosing cremation rather than burial. Bestselling author and international speaker Doron Kornbluth spent over three years consulting with experts and environmentalists, reading studies, and examining practices and philosophies on the subject. His book, Cremation or Burial? A Jewish View, analyzes the reasons people choose cremation, points out many myths and misconceptions, and explains why throughout history Judaism has insisted on burial. Free. At Hillel at the University of Washington, 4745 17th Ave. NE, Seattle. For more information contact Rabbi Avrohom David at email@example.com or 206-722-8289, or visit seattlekollel.org.
person is $36, but if you create your own team of eight, admission is $31, or $248 for the table. Sponsorship opportunities range from $100 to $1,000 visit the website for more details. Free babysitting is available on a first-come, first-served basis. At Congregation Ezra Bessaroth, 5217 S Brandon St., Seattle. For more information and to register, visit theqseattle-efbevent.eventbrite.com
Monday, February 4, 69 p.m.
AIPAC Washington State Community Event
Saturday, February 2 at 8:30 p.m.The Q is back for its second annual trivia-fundraiser for NCSY. A 21-plus event, contestants can enjoy food catered by Dalia Amon and an open bar with top-shelf liquor. Five insane categories come with a physical challenge at the end of each round. Price per
AIPACs community dinner will feature guest speaker Saul Singer, co-author of Startup Nation: The Story of Israels Economic Miracle. The book led to Netanyahus proclamation, We are the startup nation! and is being translated into 21 languages. Singer is a former editorial page edi...