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    Games people play, and other rehabilitation successesJanis siegel JTNews Correspondent

    Two of the latest studies to come out of Israel have given hope to sufferers of neuro-degenerative diseases and stroke victims alike, in two vividly different but success-ful research trials.

    For those who struggle with diseases like Alzheim-ers, Lou Gehrigs, and Par-kinsons, the latest findings by Dr. Iliana Gozes, a Tel Aviv University researcher who developed a new com-pound called Davunetide, or NAP, found that her proprietary peptide compound solution prevented further cell damage in the brain cells of mice and that it also repaired damaged nerve cells.

    In previous studies, NAP also showed positive results when it was tested on the damaged cells of patients with schizo-phrenia.

    In the second study comparing the rehabilitative progress of stroke patients who played video games to that of patients who had traditional physical therapy, TAU occupational therapist Dr. Debbie Rand found that subjects who played video games using Xbox Kinect, Sony PlaySta-tion, and Nintendo Wii gaming consoles benefitted from two times the number of movements per session than those in a conventional physical therapy session. The

    video game group also contin-ued progressing for months beyond the group that under-went conventional physical therapy.

    Cell repair for the brain

    Because nerve cells exist in a microtubule network that not only allows pro-teins to pass from cell to cell, but also enables communi-cation between cells, people impaired by neurodegener-

    ative diseases have networks that do not function properly, which affect a persons motor skills and brain function.

    Gozes injected study subjects with NAP, a compound solution derived from a hormone-regulating powerhouse protein called ADNP. It restored and stabilized the flow of those critical proteins to both com-promised and chronically damaged cells and altered the progression of disease.

    There is no difference, Gozes told JTNews. NAP provides protection by restoring (or protecting) the transport system/scaffold of the nerve cell.

    In a statement to the university, Gozes said that NAP appears to have wide-spread potential in terms of neuro-pro-tection.

    The studys results were published in

    the journal Neurobiology of Disease.Gozes holds a composition of matter

    patent on NAP. She is a co-inventor named on over 15 other patents and patent applications for Allon Therapeutics Inc., in Vancouver, B.C., where she is a co-founder and the chief scientific officer. NAP is the companys premier compound.

    The studyTo test NAP, researchers injected two

    sets of mice with manganese to observe its path as it traveled through the animals brains.

    One grouping included normal mice whose microtubule system was damaged by the administration of compound sub-stance.

    The second group of mice was geneti-cally modified to produce Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrigs Disease) symptoms. Their microtubule systems were chronically damaged.

    Each group of mice was divided into those injected with NAP and the control group, which did not receive the NAP injection.

    In the brains of mice injected with NAP, whether their cells were geneti-cally modified for ALS or impaired by the solution, the nerve pathways were either spared further damage or were returned to a healthy state. In both groups, the mice that did not get the injections continued

    to experience a decline in function and degenerative symptoms.

    Gozes anticipates continuing her research to see how NAP may be applied to humans in a treatment setting and to determine which patients would benefit the most from the therapy.

    Game therapy the studyRand looked at 40 stroke patients who

    had the event between one and seven years prior to the study. At two sessions per week for three months, one group of 20 received traditional physical therapy and the other group of 20 received video game therapy.

    Patients who played video games had a much greater frequency of movement, said Rand. Additionally, because the activ-ity involved strategy, she said, the brain was also engaged to coordinate with the movement. This involvement caused the patient to concentrate less on having to perform a required activity and more on completing a fun task.

    Rand also found the interaction between brain and body contributed to brain plasticity, a necessary component in the reconnection of vital brain linkages in the stroke victim.

    The most striking advantage, Rand noted, was that the video game group continued its progress in grip strength for three months after the sessions ended while the other group did not show the same results.

    The study was a collaboration with Sheba Medical Center and funded by a Marie Curie International Reintegration grant.

    Study participants also reported that the group activity and interaction was an important part of the fun factor. Rand will continue studying the effects of video gaming on stroke patients by experiment-ing with solitary video game players.

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    I need to learn whats going on. I need to learn what the strengths are and what the areas of improvement will be. Keith Dvorchik, incoming CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, on what he needs to do when he first arrives. The story is on page 6.

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    American JudaismRabbi saRah newmaRk Congregation Beth Hatikvah

    When I tell people Im a Reconstructionist rabbi, I generally get this response: Ive heard of Reconstruc-tionism, but I dont know anything about it.

    Those of us who trained at the Reconstructionist Rab-binical College near Philadel-phia are used to this. In fact, in our first class on Recon-structionist thought in the seminary, we are all assigned to write The Elevator Paper a summary of an entire movement that can presumably be pre-sented to someone during a brief ride in an elevator! Since America celebrated its birthday yesterday, I thought it would be appropriate for me to get in the elevator with everyone who is reading and intro-duce you to Reconstructionism, the only form of Judaism born on American soil.

    The founder of Reconstructionism, Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan (1881-1983), did not intend to form a new branch of Juda-ism. His goal, rather, was to introduce a process by which Judaism would be con-tinually re-constructed so successive generations of Jews could find meaning in Judaism in the era and culture in which they lived. He was profoundly influenced by living in America (he immigrated with his family in 1889) and was inspired by the democratic principles upon which the country was founded.

    Kaplans seminal work, Judaism as Civilization: Toward a Reconstruc-tion of American-Jewish Life (1934), put forth this important doctrine: Juda-ism is the evolving religious civilization of the Jewish people. Kaplan used the word civilization consciously. He was influenced by the then-new field of soci-ology and argued that Jewish civilization included history and culture, language, lit-erature, art, ethics and values, and beliefs and practices. He insisted that Jews who were not connected religiously to Judaism but who had different ties to it were still part of the civilization.

    But he himself was not a secularist. Kaplans view was that Judaism was the product of the religious experience of the Jews through the history of the Jewish people.

    Kaplan rejected the notion of what he called a super-natural God. He viewed divinity as the coordinating, integrating factor in nature that allows for the actu-alization of justice, truth, and compas-sion. He taught that human beings seek the divine because doing so adds meaning and purpose to their lives.

    Kaplan described the Torah as the earliest diary of the Jewish people. He believed Torah to be the record of our ancestors search for meaning as well as the repository of a societys moral principles, values and laws through which we are encouraged to become fully human. Reconstructionist theology teaches that Torah

    is the Jewish peoples response to Gods presence in the world.

    Kaplan taught that Jews living in dem-ocratic societies could and did live in two civilizations. I bristle when I hear the rather new appellation of Jewish-Ameri-can. Im not a Jewish hyphen American. Im Jewish and Im an American. I take part in American political, social and cul-tural life. American English is my native language. I celebrate Thanksgiving and the 4th of July and other American civic holidays. My father (age 99) is a veteran of World War II and served in the European theater. My husband was a reservist who served in the Gulf War in Saudi Arabia. How much more American can we get?

    But we are also Jewish, and our per-sonal calendars run according to Jewish rhythms. We are both: Jewish and Amer-ican. Kaplan articulated this concept to Jews struggling with their new Ameri-can identities and the old-world Judaism many had shed when they arrived on our shores.

    Reconstructionism teaches that the past has a vote but not a veto. Like Reform Judaism, it is a post-halachic movement. Reconstructionists study Jewish texts to discern answers to todays questions. Jewish tradition is the starting point for Reconstructionists, but it may not be the ending point. Teachings at odds with contemporary values may be rejected or transvalued given new meaning to match the sensibilities of contempo-rary life.

    Many American Jews of different denominations or of no denomination actually think about their Jewish lives much in the way Kaplan suggested with-out calling it Reconstructionism.

    It has been quite a long elevator ride, and Ive barely scratched the sur-face of Reconstructionist Judaism. I am a member of the third generation of Reconstructionist rabbis (the seminary was founded in 1968) and am one of about 335 Reconstructionist rabbis in the world. I wonder what Kaplan would have thought of our discussions of his theology

    at the seminary. Many of us are not Kap-lanians; Reconstructionist prayer services would no doubt seem foreign to him. But Kaplan would probably be happy to see that Reconstructionist Judaism has con-tinued to evolve.

    After all, he shocked the world, includ-

    ing his own congregation, when his daughter Judith was called to the Torah to become the first Bat Mitzvah in 1922. America is the land of innovation, and Reconstructionist Judaism has found fer-tile soil here for its first 45 years.

    seeking leadership

    The Rabbis Turn on May 22 (What were all about) featured Rabbi Seth Goldstein of

    Temple Beth Hatfiloh in Olympia. While he provided interesting facts about the history of TBH

    and Olympias local Jewish community, he does a great disservice to those of us in Olympia

    who see that the very active and growing BDS movement and strong and well-organized

    groups of Israel demonizers have caused harm and promote anti-Semitism here in Olympia

    and beyond.

    If the rhetoric against Israel supposedly in support of the suffering Palestinians could

    have been curbed, or at least moderated, through some of our local Jewish leaders coming

    forward to counter the false claims and outright lies that have been spewed by the Evergreen

    State College professors and others, our community would not have been allowed to get so

    poisoned with these biased and false anti-Israel and anti-Jewish sentiments and propaganda.

    Our family has never joined the TBH congregation because we couldnt comfortably align

    ourselves with a rabbi and other Jewish leaders who wouldnt lead. Their peace-at-any-price

    attitudes and concessions to local Israel haters have led to the strengthening of the BDS

    movement at Evergreen and now South Puget Sound Community College and elsewhere in


    Some openly Jewish and Israel-supportive students at these local public colleges have

    been harassed, shoved, intimidated, and threatened by Israel demonizers. The silence of most

    of our Jewish leaders has contributed greatly to the divisiveness, stress, and vitriol that most

    of us experience here.

    How can Rabbi Goldstein claim that we dont have a problem with the vocal minority in

    Olympia who hate Israel? I am actually offended that he has made this claim. Far too many

    of us have been affected!

    Some of us cant even comfortably express our support of Israel in our community at large

    without being shunned or attacked or intimidated. We have to constantly listen to the lies

    and hatred against Israel and fellow Jews that take place through professors, guest speakers,

    biased documentaries, and other events within our community.

    At a major intersection in Olympia, a large, in-your-face mural showing solidarity

    between Olympia and Rafah was painted by those who hate Israel. The anti-Israel organiza-

    tion, The Rachel Corrie Foundation, headquartered in Olympia, sponsors ongoing events that

    demonize Israel and its Jews.

    Longtime friends in Olympia no longer talk to each other because they have differing opin-

    ions on the merits of Israel and the Jewish people. What happened to a community that once

    prided itself on its diversity, tolerance, and acceptance?

    Is Rabbi Goldstein blind to what weve been forced to endure for all these years, including

    the Olympia Food Co-op boards unilateral decision, with BDS pressure, in July 2010, to boy-

    cott Israel and Israeli goods without input from members on this contentious issue?

    The anti-Israel proselytizing will take place, again, in September at Evergreen and SPSCC

    to another group of young, impressionable, and unsuspecting students, with no counterbal-

    ancing by Rabbi Goldstein or others. Another crowd of brainwashed students will then take

    up the cause against Israel, based on lies and misinformation. Truthful facts are not part of

    any dialogue, so proselytizing and hatred continue to foment in Olympia. Rabbi Goldstein has

    buried his head in the sand.

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    Jewish Peoplehood Crisis: A Call for ConversationSunday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m.

    Following up on his book, Baseless Hatred, Seattle Jewish community member and retired University of Washington professor of pharmaceutics Rene H. Levy opens the floor to conversation about the age-old issue of Jewish unity and its obstacles, particularly lack of empathy. According to Levy, the erosion of empathy leads to the destruction of personal relationships and spreads to the community and world at large. Joel Benoliel will moderate the discussion. Kosher dessert reception to follow.

    At Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle. Tickets are free but reservations are requested at levylecture@gmail.com. For more information visit townhallseattle.org or call 732-788-6489.

    New Minyan in Seward ParkMinyan Ohr Chadash will celebrate its first Shabbat July 5-6. Ohr Chadash is a Modern

    Orthodox, Zionist minyan that encourages singing and group participation for men, women, and teens. The group will meet for Shabbat and holidays at the Caroline Kline Gal-land Home, 7500 Seward Park Ave. S, in the activity center. Youth programming for chil-dren ages 3-6 will be available in the adjacent day center.

    For Shabbat July 5-6, Mincha services will take place on Friday at 7:20 p.m. Satur-day Shacharit begins at 9 a.m. (followed by kiddush), and Mincha, followed by Seuda Shlishit, takes place at 8:45 p.m. For more information or to join the mailing list, contact minyanohrchadash@gmail.com.

    Coming upHolocaust Center receives state funding

    One big win for the Jewish community in this years legislative session came for the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center, which plans to build a stand-alone Holocaust museum.

    The Holocaust Center will be receiving $150,000 in capital support so they can build out their new facility in downtown Seattle, said Zach Carstensen, director of government affairs for the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. Thats a huge victory for them.

    Dee Simon, the Holocaust Centers executive director, said the new museum will allow our community and students from throughout the region to view a new Holocaust and human rights center. Weve had many requests by community organizations and educa-tors to visit our center and view the artifacts, but have not had the space to accommodate large visits.

    Legislators from the Jewish caucus as well Sen. Ed Murray (D-Seattle), a Holocaust Center board member, led the funding effort. The museum is expected to open in spring 2014.

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    Coming upjuly 19Focus on bellevue

    From JTNews, July 9, 2004.Its hard to believe Seattles new downtown library is nearly a decade old, but the

    Rem Koolhas structure has managed to keep em coming. SPLs head librarian at the time, Deborah Jacobs, was gracious enough to give our reporter an insiders tour of the then-new facility.

    meet the CEO 6The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle has announced its new leader, a current Hillel director who will move all the way across the country to start his new job.

    as politics goes, compromises abound 7With the end of the legislative session finally upon us, and a government shutdown averted, the analysis is that had it not been for unexpected revenue, things could have ended up a lot worse.

    a synagogue nears completion 10After nearly two years of building, the Eastside Torah Centers new synagogue is coming close to its grand reopening, which its leaders hope will serve a wide swath of northern Bellevue, Redmond and even farther afield.

    Cross-cultural honors 11Al Maimon keeps plenty busy within his Jewish community, but his outreach to Spanish and Portugese speakers to educate about Sephardic culture brought him an award from the Spanish consulate.

    The JCCs rebuilding begins 12After many years of waiting, the first phase of the Stroum Jewish Community Centers remodel has gotten underway, with a makeover of its auditorium that leadership hopes will become a community centerpiece.

    There is a future 16While Jews outside of Israel focus on the situations with the Palestinians and Iran, most Jews in Israel are struggling just to get by and many are leaving. A Knesset member from a new centrist party was in Seattle last week to talk about whats really on her fellow citizens minds.

    moreCrossword 6m.O.T.: The future of Jewish leadership 8Community Calendar 9The arts 14lifecycles 19Jewish & Veggie: Summer with strawberries 20The Shouk Classifieds 16

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    JTNews wins journalism awardAt the annual conference of the American Jewish Press Association in Seattle on June

    26, JTNews associate editor Emily K. Alhadeff won a Simon Rockower award for excellence in personality profiles. The article, Chief rabbis visit unites community, about the visit of former Israel Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Laus trip to Seattle, ran in June 2012.

    The NCSY youth groups national publication, Ignite, won two awards as well.

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    Dont Let Age Slow You Downby Mike Selinker & Gaby Weidling

    2013 Eltana Wood-Fired Bagel Cafe, 1538 12th Avenue, Seattle. All rights reserved. Puzzle created by Lone Shark Games, Inc. Edited by Mike Selinker.

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    The prosperity of a country can be seen simply in how it treats its old people, writes Rabbi Nachman of Breslov. If so, the persons spotlighted in this puzzle make their countries very prosperous indeed. Accomplishing their most notable achievements after seven decades or more, these five give us hope that it is never too late to dream.

    ACROSS1 Convenience store treats6 Build up11 Childs oft-repeated question14 Mass times acceleration15 Artist fond of haystacks16 Color17 He published his first comprehensive

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    perhaps30 She began painting at 7632 ___ Rafael, CA33 UK record label34 Barts gramps35 He was elected president at 7540 Color changer41 Place to get outdoor gear42 Laudatory poem43 She won her first Oscar at 8048 Planetarium souvenir49 Prefix for some school subjects50 Weep53 One overly focused on fashion54 Each55 Back of a 56-Across or 38-Down56 Speedy aircraft58 He published his first book of game

    rules at 7062 Night before63 What the 10 lords did64 Command posts65 According to the song, its good for

    absolutely nothing66 The protozoan Tetrahymena has seven67 What Febreze fights

    DOWN 1 Otherwise2 Brand with cans that change based on

    temperature3 Clear, as a chalkboard4 Cave phenomenon5 Make a quilt6 Brand of sleep aid7 Word found in many yearbook awards8 Hill dweller9 View10 Brook11 Macys event12 Run smoothly13 Uh-huh!18 Jewelry designer Peretti23 Hullabaloo25 Ash carriers26 Hermione portrayer27 Narcissistic28 Country singer McEntire29 Seattle Center to International District dir.30 One who might do-si-do31 Withdraw, as from office32 Tends to35 Putins veto36 Sight on some whale watching tours37 Kind of tide38 Birdbrain?39 Ice cream brand namesake40 Fatboy Slim and Tisto, for example44 Bway sellout sign45 Urges46 Secret Service members47 Jonathan Coulton fan, perhaps50 Approval51 Hockey player from Alberta52 Sanctify54 The new one is from Argentina55 Mr. ___ (The Wind in the Willows character)56 Tevye, e.g.57 Longoria or Mendes59 Ruby ___60 The Grinchs pup61 Game of Thrones network

    Incoming Federation CEO is all earsJoel magalnick Editor, JTNews

    Come next week, when Keith Dvor-chik spends his first days in his office at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, hes got one item on his agenda: To listen.

    When I get off the plane, my first job needs to be to meet with people and to listen, said Dvorchik, the Federations incoming CEO. When Im done meet-ing with people and listening, I need to meet with people and listen. I need to learn whats going on. I need to learn what the strengths are and what the areas of improvement will be.

    The Federations board announced Dvorchiks selection on June 28, with an official start date of Aug. 19, following a year-long search after the resignation of Richard Fruchter last July.

    Dvorchik, 45, will come to Seattle from Hillel at the University of Florida, Gaines-ville, where he spent 15 years as the stu-dent organizations executive director and built the small organization into a pow-erhouse that serves between 8,000 and 10,000 students annually and has been rec-ognized by Hillel International as well as by students both Jewish and non-Jewish.

    When he began at Hillel, there was very little impact on campus, Dvorchik said. We changed that fairly quickly. We made a decision that we would be out on campus, that we would be making a public presence, that we would become a signifi-cant part of the university and become an integral part of students lives.

    Today, he noted, the organization has strong ties with student government and has sent key leaders, including several stu-dent body presidents and former Gators football coach Urban Meyers, to Israel. And if the students dont know what goes on inside Hillel, they cant miss the build-ing: Its across the street from the football and basketball stadiums, constructed from a capital campaign completed in 2004 under Dvorchiks leadership.

    We were able to secure a site that nobody thought we ever could have secured, said the lifelong sports fan. You come to Gaines-ville, you literally cannot miss us.

    Though the bulk of his career has been at Hillel, Dvorchiks life has taken some interesting twists and turns. He earned his undergraduate degree from Penn State in accounting, realized hed made a mistake, and a year later returned to Penn for a masters degree in counseling. His intern-ship took him to Gainesville, where he ended up working in the criminal justice system with patients ranging from trou-bled adolescents to death-row inmates.

    When the Hillel opportunity was pre-sented to me, I actually had two choices: One choice was to come work at Hillel, the other was to run an inpatient adoles-cent facility, he said. At the time, it was a big question.

    Dvorchik chose Hillel and threw himself into one of his greatest challenges during

    his tenure building excitement for an organization thats a five-hour drive from its biggest stakeholders in greater Miami.

    Its not easy to come see whats going on, he said. Its not easy to feel the pas-sion first hand.

    But it gave him insight into how Hillel needs to serve a community beyond its walls, which he believes can transfer to Federation leadership as well. What he would like to see, he said, is a unified community with the Fed-eration serving as its backbone.

    At an organizations event, for exam-ple, its not just a JFS event, its not just a day school event, its not just a JCC event, Dvorchik said, its a communal event.

    He also wants to be sure that any orga-nization whether its his own or a part-ner agency is doing top-quality work.

    We cant waste peoples time, he said. Dvorchik has one pet peeve: I dont

    ever want to hear a reason for doing some-thing is because weve always done it that way, he said. I dont accept that.

    But he also doesnt want to begin ruling with a heavy hand.

    I dont know what the community wants and what the community needs, he said.

    Celie Brown, the Federations board chair as of July 1, said Dvorchiks ability to listen is one of the key reasons he received her boards vote of confidence.

    During the search process, one of the comments that we got the most was that When he talked to me, he looked right at me and I knew he heard me, and that reso-nated with so many people, she said.

    Brown, who has a background in lead-ership coaching, said Dvorchiks skills as a change agent resonated with her.

    Dvorchik joins a Federation staff that has been humming relatively smoothly over the past year and has demonstrated a dedication to community building.

    We have the best staff since Ive been volunteering. Theyre all a team, theyre excited about him coming, Brown said.

    Will Berkovitz, who became CEO of Jewish Family Service on July 1, knew Dvorchik during his tenure as executive

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    CourTEsy KEiTH DvorCHiK

    Keith Dvorchik with his wife, Alison. They and their two kids will move to the Seattle area later this summer.

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    Legislative session (finally) ends with compromise, reliefJanis siegel JTNews Correspondent

    Likening the final 2013-2015 state budget deal to a tied score baseball game in the bottom of the ninth inning, Washing-tons Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee was philo-sophical about the inevitable compromises on new taxes and transportation funding. But, he said, hes ready to work with it.

    We didnt hit a home run, but we hit a solid double, Inslee told reporters at a post budget-signing press conference in downtown Seattle Tuesday.

    Off the table are catastrophic cuts to social services and help for the disabled that threatened to devastate the poor and needy in Washington throughout the early budget negotiation process.

    Inslee said it spared and in some cases, enhanced critical social services for low-income residents, and extended health-care to 300,000 citizens, while sometimes preserving and otherwise ending tax relief to businesses.

    Jewish communal leaders and aid agencies are also breathing a bit easier now since the late-breaking forecast from Washingtons Economic and Revenue Forecast Council found more than $300

    million in additional monies in state cof-fers that averted the need to slash assis-tance programs.

    In this challenging 2013 legislative ses-sion, Rep. Marcie Maxwell (D-Renton), a member of the states Jewish caucus, told JTNews, weve worked hard to approve a state budget that makes these smart investments and preserves our commu-nity values. Our Jewish organizations have been strong advocates for budget decisions that value education (K-12, early learning, and higher education), ensure safe and healthy families and communities, protect vulnerable people of all ages and abilities, and grow economic opportunity.

    The state was $900 million in the hole when lawmakers began hammering out this bienniums budget, but the surprise additional revenue paved the way for a bipartisan agreement in the final hours of their second special session.

    The blacker bottom line came from privatized liquor sales, lottery sales, an increase in housing construction permits, and an anticipated contraction in con-sumer spending due to a 2 percent payroll

    tax increase that didnt happen. Within the 483-page document the leg-

    islature fulfilled its obligation to fund $1 billion for K-12 schools thats $500 per student, paid for, in part, by cuts in state building projects, increases in state employ-ees health benefit premium cost-sharing, and no cost-of-living increases for teachers.

    This quality budget takes meaning-ful steps forward in funding public educa-tion from early learning, through higher education, and it protects the most vul-nerable with important human and social services, Rep. Reuven Carlyle (D-Seat-tle) told JTNews. Carlyle is the chairman of the House finance committee and the House budget negotiator.

    Unfortunately, due to the Senates absolute unwillingness to close tax exemp-tions on the revenue side, Carlyle added, the spending plan is unsustainable in the long run and we will face similar chal-lenges again soon.

    However, Rep. Cathy Dahlquist (REnumclaw), the lead Republican on the House education committee, said she was pleased with the educational outcome.

    This bipartisan bill is the product of collaboration with stakeholders and leg-islators that starts us down a path to improve student outcomes and better sup-port teachers, she said in a statement.

    Zach Carstensen, the director of gov-ernment relations and public affairs for the Jewish Federation of Greater Seat-tle, said he accepted the new budget, but he told JTNews the revenue wont keep up with the cost of running the state, and these challenges will persist.

    In the final compromise budget there are things that are not so great but could have been a lot worse, said Carstensen, who is acutely aware of the lingering bud-getary woes from the 2008 economic fall-out. Theres nothing terrible about this particular budget, but its cumulative. Were all going to have to struggle with [the effects of] the last five years.

    Carstensen said that Medicaid reim-bursements to nursing homes remain frozen at 2009 recession levels, which con-tinues to impact the always rising cost of

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    The USOSupporting our troops overseas and at home

    When people think of the USO (United Services Organizations) many often think of the entertainment tours they sponsor for our troops in combat zones or the care packages they send out. These important services are actually just a small part of the wide-ranging work the USO is doing to support our U.S. military service personnel and their families. In fact, while many of the USOs services are focused on supporting our troops in the field, a growing number of services are targeted at supporting the troops returning home and their families. QFC is proud to support the work the USO does to support our troops. The USO is our Charity of the Month for July.

    The USO was created in 1941 and has been continually active since 1951, but it is really only within the last decade that it has experienced a profound growth in the services it offers to pursue its mission, which is: The USO lifts the spirits of Americas troops and their families.Among the programs and services of the USO are:n USO centers for troops and families that include: n USO in box for troops in isolated combat areas n USO on wheels also for troops in the field n USO Day Rooms in hospitals and medical facilities n The Wounded Warrior Center in Landstuhl, Germany n Two USO Centers at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to support the families of fallen soldiersn Operation Phone Home to facilitate calls from troops to their familiesn Pro vs. G.I. Joe, a real-time video gaming experience that pairs soldiers against professional athletesn Health and Recreation Programs including: n Ride to Recovery, a cycling program, and n Warrior Games, Olympic-style athletic competitionsn Family Strengthening Programs such as: n A program featuring entertainer Trevor Romain to support military children as they adjust to a new normal with a wounded parent n Oxygen Couples Seminar to help work on and strengthen relationship issues n Healing Adventures Camps for families with a wounded or ill parent

    n Education and employment services such as: n Hire Heroes USA/USO Workshops n Career Opportunity Days n Purpose Driven Rehab n Rivers of Recovery, fly-fishing program with an emphasis on female wounded warriorsn Operation Enduring Caren Grief Counseling such as: n TAPSTragedy Assistance Program for Survivors n Grief camps for children

    The USO is a nonprofit, congressionally chartered, private organization and is not part of the U.S. government. It relies on the generosity of individuals, organizations and corporations to support its activities. If you would like to support the great work of the USO in supporting our troops please hand a donation card to your checker the next time you visit QFC. Thank you!


    Mercer Island native speaks at Israel conference L&I director happy out westdiana bRement JTNews Columnist

    1 Just a couple of weeks ago, Eliana Rudee was part of a panel on the future of Jewish leadership at the Israeli Presidential Con-ference in Jerusalem.

    The Mercer Island High School grad, whom friends and family call Ellie, was already in Israel. She is on a five-month Career Israel internship through Masa, a program of the Israeli govern-ment and the Jewish Agency for Israel. Speaking at the annual conference, which was founded by Shimon Peres in 2008, was not originally on her agenda.

    In early June, I spoke at an informa-tional session for future Birthright group leaders, telling them about my experi-ence, she wrote in an email. After the session, both a Masa director and a con-ference representative requested her bio.

    A couple days later, someone from the PC called me and said I had been nomi-nated by multiple parties to speak on a panel, she wrote.

    While she was surprised at first at being sought out, she was less surprised

    on learning the panel topic. She knew it was vital for a panel about the future of Jewish leadershipto have [the] perspec-tive ofa future Jewish leader, she said.

    As president of the Israel club at Scripps College in California, where she will be a senior in the fall, and a board member and employee of Hillel, Ellie is already an experienced Jewish leader com-fortable with public speaking.

    The three-day conferences theme was Facing Tomorrow and included a 90th-birthday bash for Peres, Israels

    ninth president. Ellie reports the con-ference was multi-disciplinary. Scien-tists, psychologists, politicians, actors and actresses, economists, environmentalists and Jewish leaders offered perspectives on problems and solutions in the Jewish, Israeli and world community, she wrote.

    In Jerusalem for a five-month intern-ship at the Institute for Terrorism Research and Response, Ellie is also researching womens involvement in terrorism and their motivations compared to men.

    Growing up in Herzl-Ner Tamid Con-

    servative Congregation, Ellie says her involvement in Judaism is driven by pas-sion and a sense of responsibility.

    I connect to faiththrough loving and helping my community, she writes, and in my opinion, one of the most important things as a human being is to be responsible for other human beings. I cannot accept that there are problems facing our community that are not worth solving, or unsolvable. And, she adds, it is simply fun for me!

    Describing herself as athletic and close to her family, since being in Israel shes taken up healthy cooking and buying fresh food from the shuk (market) and cooking for her friends.

    2 In the mid 90s, Joel Sacks was working for Joe Dear at the Department of Labor and Indus-tries (L&I) in Joels home state of New Jersey. Dear is a Washington native and in 1996 newly elected governor Gary Locke asked him to come home and lead our states L&I.

    Just on a whim, at Dears going away party, Joel asked him if he could get a job

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    Ellie Rudee of Mercer Island participated in a panel discussion on the future of Jewish leadership at the Presidential Conference in Israel in June.

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    Candle LightingJuly 5 .............................. 8:52 p.m.July 12 ............................ 8:48 p.m.July 19 ............................ 8:42 p.m.July 26 ............................ 8:35 p.m.

    tuesday 9 July45 p.m. Bullitt Foundation outing

    Ellen Hendin at endlessopps@jfsseattle.org or 206-461-3240 or jfsseattle.orgSee the worlds greenest building on a tour of the Bullitt Foundation and learn about the technically complex systems inside. Limited space available. Parking at Temple de Hirsch Sinai. At the Bullitt Foundation, 1501 E Madison St., Ste. 600, Seattle.

    78:30 p.m. Everyday Kabbalah Shelly Goldman at

    sgoldman@a.templebnaitorah.org or 425-603-9677 or www.templebnaitorah.orgMundane situations are where people encounter the divine and find meaning and joy. Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg will explore the ancient Kabbalistic approach to finding meaning in everyday life. $5 payable at the door. On Tuesdays through July 23. At Temple Bnai Torah, 15727 nE Fourth St., Bellevue.

    thuRsday 11 July10:30 a.m.12 p.m. Coal Train Controversy

    Ellen Hendin at endlessopps@jfsseattle.org or 206-461-3240 or jfsseattle.orgWilliam McPherson, a Sierra Club activist, will discuss why he is opposed to coal exports, including the environmental impact along rail lines, shorelines and waterways. At Temple Bnai Torah, 15727 nE Fourth St., Bellevue.

    sunday 14 July124 p.m. Camp solomon schechter open House

    Jef Nobbe at development@campschechter.org or 206-447-1967 or www.campschechter.org/index.php/aboutus/openhouse2013Feel the ruach (spirit) and energy of camp, introduce younger children to Schechter, reunite with old friends, and see the beautiful camp. $8 per person in advance or $10 at the grill. At Camp Solomon Schechter, Olympia.6:308 p.m. Crisis in Jewish Peoplehood: a Call for Conversation

    Rene Levy at levylecture@gmail.com or townhallseattle.orgA community-wide discussion on Jewish unity, based on Rene Levys book, Baseless Hatred. Moderated by Joel Benoliel with kosher reception. Free with RSvP. At Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle.

    monday 15 July9:1510:30 p.m. Tisha bav services

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    tuesday 16 July10:30 a.m.12 p.m. Tough New Dui Laws

    Ellen Hendin at endlessopps@jfsseattle.org or 206-461-3240 or jfsseattle.orgRecent tragedies involving drunk drivers have put substance abuse in the spotlight again. Laura Kramer, Jewish Family Service addiction counselor and educator, will discuss proposed legislation, ways to reduce dUI incidents, and the effectiveness

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    New Chabad synagogue nearing completiongwen davis JTNews Correspondent

    Rabbi Mordechai Farkash of the East-side Torah Center is thinking about the full synagogue experience.

    When people come in the shul, there will be couches in a section of the lobby, so if they are not comfortable yet with going to shul, they can just sit in the lobby and wait for services to end, said Farkash of his new $4.5 million synagogue set to open in the fall.

    F a r k a s h w a n t s t h e e l a b o r a t e 20,000-square-foot Chabad-Lubavitch synagogue to serve all Jews, whether they are observant or not, young or old, single or with a family, natives or travelers, and anyone in between, even those nervous about attending an Orthodox synagogue.

    The property for the new synagogue, located at 16199 Northup Way, was pur-chased in 2006, with city permits acquired by late 2011. Since then, the building has been under construction and Farkash hopes to open its doors shortly after the High Holidays.

    Its a home for every Jew, especially for Eastsiders, he said about the diverse group of people that makes up the East-side Torah Center. Some come for ser-vices, others for Bar Mitzvah celebrations, others for yahrzeits [anniversaries of a death], others for classes.

    Chabad empha-sizes outreach to non-observant Jews, and subsequently caters to people who know very little or nothing about Orthodox Judaism. Farkash wanted the design of the build-ing to keep these Jews in mind.

    There will be a womens section on the main floor with a mechitzah [bar-rier] for people who feel its important to be up close, he said, and a more traditional upstairs balcony for women who are more com-fortable with that.

    The location, about a half mile from its current spot on one floor of a Bellevue office complex, took its members housing situations into consideration as well.

    In this area there are opportunities for people to find comfortable and affordable housing, Farkash said. There are houses nearby for a million dollars or more, there

    are houses for $300,000 or $400,000, there are smaller houses, apartments or condo-miniums.

    Having affordable housing nearby ben-efits families who are not Orthodox but may become so in the future, Farkash noted. The synagogue will not have a set seating capacity, but will remain flexible depending upon how many people come to a given service or event.

    At Simchat Torah last year we had such a packed crowd at the Torah Center that we had to dance outside in the park-ing lot, he said.

    The facility will include an outdoor playground and approximately 50 parking spaces. More parking will be available at the church next door.

    In addition to offices and a beit midrash, a space for learning, the syn-agogue will house the Eastside Jewish Public Library and have classrooms and a large recreation room with couches and ping-pong tables for the Torah Centers CTeen Club so teenagers can talk and schmooze, Farkash said.

    The Eastside Torah Center currently serves approximately 500 families. Some are regulars, while others show up for major events such as the High Holidays.

    However, whichever the attendance style, everyone is welcomed, Farkash said.

    Its an open door policy, [which is] Chabads traditional policy, he said. This is not a typical synagogue. Its not just for members. Its for every Jew to come and take advantage.

    Since 2002, when the current space for the Eastside Torah Center was purchased,

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    Rabbi Mordechai Farkash points out the design plans of the new Eastside Torah Center from inside the under-construction synagogue.

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    Sephardic community leader receives public service awardchaRlene kahn JTNews Correspondent

    In a move that continues to cement the historic relationship between Spain and the Iberian Jews, a member of the Seattle Sephardic community received a public service award from the University of Washington for his commitment to pre-serving Ladino culture and heritage.

    On Friday, June 14, the 2013 Luis Fer-nando Esteban Public Service Award was presented to Seattle native Al Maimon, a descendant of both the Turkish and Rhodes Jewish communities, at a gradu-ation celebration for 80-plus graduates of the University of Washingtons Spanish and Portuguese Studies department at the Center for Urban Horticulture.

    Officials presented Maimon with let-ters of commendation from statewide and international sources, after which Maimon gave the graduation address using a mixture of Spanish, Ladino and English.

    Recalling all the solemnity of official proclamations but laced with some informal Northwest humor depart-ment chair Anthony Geist was joined on the dais by Luis Fernando Esteban, hon-orary consul of Spain in Seattle and the programs namesake; Washington State Representative Marcie Maxwell (D-41) representing Gov. Jay Inslee; Dr. Ricardo Sanchez from Lt. Gov. Brad Owens office; and Rabbi Simon Benzaquen, rabbi emer-itus of Congregation Sephardic Bikur

    Holim, bearing congratulations from the rabbi of the Israeli Knesset, Alex Hoch-man. A letter of commendation from Miguel de Lucas Gonzales, director of the Spanish government agency Casa Sefarad in Madrid, also attended.

    One person can make a difference, Maimon said, lauding Estebans role in so many ambitious and substantial edu-cational, cultural and industrial projects here and in Spain.

    The award is presented in the name of Esteban for contributions to the region, in particular to its Hispanic community and the Spanish and Portuguese Studies department. In 2008 Esteban received the Washingtonian of the Year from Lt. Gov. Owen for his work on over 200 significant educational, cultural and commercial proj-ects involving Spain and the state, accord-ing to the lieutenant governors office.

    Maimon taught his audience a few phrases in Ladino, the amalgam of medi-eval Spanish, Hebrew, Arabic and other languages, to show how it differs from modern-day Spanish.

    Maimon, who retired from Boeing in 1999, is a longtime community volun-teer: He is currently board president of the Samis Foundation, sits on the UWs Sephardic Studies committee, and volun-teers in his congregation, Sephardic Bikur Holim. He also sits on the board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, and noted that his terms on the UWs Stroum Jewish Studies Program advisory board and the Seattle Association for the Jewish Disabled Foundation are expiring. He is also transitioning from interim director of the Vaad HaRabanim of Greater Seattle.

    I have a modest, informal distribu-tion list for matters of Sephardic/ Ladino interest and I do poke my nose in a lot of different placesto make connections across organizations and/or community divides, Maimon said.

    He has collaborated with the Spanish and Turkish consuls and communities, the UWs library archives, and its Turkish, Greek, Spanish and Portuguese and music departments.

    Through his award, Maimon hopes to help achieve even greater accomplishments of academic scholarship and communal progress in understanding and realizing

    the dignity and true strength of diversity in Seattle and around the world, he said.

    Geist plans to further the departments connection with Sephardic communities, specifically Seattles, one of the largest in the U.S.

    Its been my dream for years to estab-lish links with the Seattle Sephardic com-munity, Geist said. We have many historical, linguistic and cultural points of intersection that go back to the Middle Ages and the period of convivencia [coexis-tence] when Christians, Jews and Muslims lived together in peace for many centuries.


    The University of Washington Spanish and Portuguese Studies department chair Tony Geist, left, awards Al Maimon, right, the Luis Fernando Esteban Public Service Award for his work supporting the Sephardic community and culture. Esteban, the honorary consul of Spain, is standing in the center.

    providing care at retirement, assisted-liv-ing, long-termcare facilities, and hospices like the Caroline Kline Galland Center.

    Additionally, he said, the loss of state funding for these programs only puts more financial pressure on private Jewish agen-cies like Jewish Family Service to make up the difference.

    In the current budget, Carstensen noted the supplemental food program is funded at 75 percent, which is below the level of need in the community. However, the 2013-2015 budget increased that amount by 25 percent from the previous biennium.

    Still, Carstensens reference point reaches back to the start of the recession, when so many programs were downsized. Those cuts, he said, are only compounded today.

    Its different than what it was a few years ago, he said. We had general assis-tance programs. We used to provide the disabled a modest cash stipend, a few hun-dred dollars a month, not enough to live on. Now, as theyre struggling with pro-found mental health issues and disabilities that havent quite reached the threshold to invoke federal support, we tell folks well give you a voucher for housing.

    According to the state revenue report, Washingtons economy will continue to experience moderate growth; however, overall employment numbers will remain tepid, at best.


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    JCC remodel begins its first phaseJoel magalnick Editor, JTNews

    The Stroum Jewish Community Cen-ters Mercer Island site looks the same until you make your way toward the back of the building. Thats where youll find temporary walls in front of the old audito-rium, and youll hear plenty of construc-tion noise, but what the JCC will unveil by early next year will be a completely differ-ent space from the dark, outdated room that preceded it.

    All of it is going to be fully remodeled, said Judy Neuman, the JCCs CEO. Its going to be a very fluid and flexible space.

    Aaron Alhadeff, the JCCs board pres-ident and capital campaign chair, said its no secret a remodel has been needed for the 45-year-old building. But just doing con-struction didnt resonate with donors with-out giving them an understanding of how it could benefit the people who will be using it.

    Once we shifted from what our facil-ity needs were to what the community needs were, thats when we got traction, Alhadeff said.

    Permits were obtained early last month and work began soon after. The project will not just create a new auditorium, but also rework the space around it so what is currently a foyer and classroom will become a modular space for multiple uses,

    with a library and play area to draw people in from across the region.

    You could have a reception in the foyer one moment, and you could have drop-in play space for a family in the unscheduled times, Neuman said. The library room will open up into the foyer so you can have that as two distinctly sepa-rate spaces, or one space.

    All of which will flow into the center-piece of this project, the auditorium.

    One of the big things well be doing is bringing natural light in, Neuman said. That will come through the installation of skylights as well as windows on the north-facing wall that opens onto the build-ings rear courtyard. Seating capacity will increase by 50 percent.

    The way the space will be reworked will allow for the overall execution of the JCCs programmatic strategy: The new audio-visual system will have digital projection capabilities, surround sound, and the abil-ity to stream online video, in line with the agencys takeover of the Seattle Jewish Film Festival last year.

    While the festival wouldnt move entirely in-house from its regular Seattle venues, this will create Mercer Islands only movie theater, as well as a more inviting

    performance space. Well be able

    to bring all kinds of talent and artists culturally that we havent been able to serve before, from a standup comedian to dance troupes to musical ensembles to concerts, Neuman said.

    Alhadeff pointed to JCCs in New York and San Francisco that have become cen-ters of Jewish culture.

    Demand is growing more and more every day for a cultural and performing arts central place in the Jewish commu-nity, he said.

    Alhadeff added that the space will be suitable for wedding and Bnai Mitzvah receptions as well. Still, Neuman noted that becoming a cultural arts and events center does remain secondary to the early childhood and camps programs, which will make use of the space on a daily basis.

    This phase, which the JCC expects to be the first of several, raised $5 mil-lion and encompasses the remodel, land at the southern end of the property pur-chased from the Washington State Holo-

    caust Education Resource Center that now houses the JCCs Kesher garden, and pro-gramming dollars.

    The programmatic money were get-ting is as significant, if not more signifi-cant, than rebuilding the facility, Alhadeff said. We were definitely intentional about not building a wonderful vessel without being able to put anything in it.

    The campaign launched with a large lead gift and multiple community sup-porters, which Alhadeff called angel funders, as well as full board participa-tion. For future phases, the JCC will need much wider community support, he said.

    As for the next phase, we want to see how the community responds before we put the date out there, Neuman said. Right now our schedule is to get this proj-ect completed.

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    A rendering of how the foyer in front of the auditorium will look after this first remodel phase.

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    3 A correction: In my last column, I misidentified which college Julia Snyder attends. Julia is a student at List College of the Jewish Theological Sem-inary and Columbia University.

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    Thats my husband! Adi Koll exclaimed. Sometimes he says, Lets go to IowaThey have no problems.

    At 37, Koll is a doctor of law and the award-winning founder of University of the People, which offers free courses at Tel Aviv University. And shes one of the 19 members of the new Yesh Atid (Theres a Future) party in the Israeli Knesset, a party populated by a diverse group of individu-als new to politics.

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    We all came from the outside, and we all felt the need to make a difference, and we all decided that we want to do it from within, Koll said.

    As far as the hot-button issues in the American Jewish community, namely the conflict with the Palestinians and the reli-gious-secular divide, Ill start with the easier one, said Koll.

    Koll has been working with Haredim to understand their world better, and to bring them into the fold.

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    This is the main issue: Educating people to work and to support themselves.

    Americans should understand that the cost of living is the biggest concern to the majority of Israelis, Koll said, as opposed to the Iran threat or the matzav, the conflict.

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    This is what Yesh Atid came to talk about, she continued. We cant ignore it anymore if we want Israels future to be secured as ademocratic Jewish state.

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    This is a real threat, she said. The answer too often is that we shouldnt be here. Yesh Atid comes to say that we have to be here, but we have to change.

    The problems are personal for Koll, who got married in the U.S. to avoid the rab-binic establishment. She would like to start a family, but is not religious enough to be approved to adopt and raise a Jewish baby, who would likely have to go through an Orthodox conversion first.

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    Koll hopes Judaism can be a bridge between democracy and security, and that a new, pluralistic Jewish voice will emerge.

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    ebrate Judaism and life. But our place was just becoming too small.

    More than two thirds of the money to build the synagogue has been raised. Far-kash hopes the sell the current facility for an additional $500,000.

    Farkash and his wife, Rochie Far-kash, are well suited to the growth of the Chabad movement. When the couple started out 18 years ago, very few people were involved. Now their efforts have

    extended to more than a thousand par-ticipants.

    Rochie Farkashs parents, Rabbi Sholom Ber and Chanie Levitin, opened Chabads first center in the Pacific North-west in 1972; now, Rabbi Levitin is the director of Chabad for the Pacific North-west. Mordechai Farkash was born and raised in Jerusalem. His brother, Rabbi Shalom Berry Farkash, runs the nearby Chabad of the Central Cascades.


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    Bar MitzvahDaniel Albert Almoslino

    Daniel will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on July 20, 2013, at Congregation Beth Shalom in Seattle.

    Daniel is the son of Michael and Laurie Almoslino and the brother of Suzanne DeSelms. His grandparents are Arnold and Beverly Slatin of Scottsdale, Ariz., Minnette Almoslino of Seattle, and the late Danny Almoslino.

    Daniel is entering 8th grade at Eckstein Middle School. He enjoys football, biking, movies, anything Batman, and hanging out with friends. For his mitzvah project, he is collecting funds and sports equipment for children who want to play sports but cant afford the equipment or fees.

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    Bertram M. SchenckFebruary 13, 1924-June 12, 2013

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    director of Hillel at the University of Wash-ington. He called Dvorchik a big-tent thinker.

    He understands the diversity of the Jewish community [and] he understands the ability of how to engage the next gener-ation, which I think is vital, Berkovitz said. [The Federation needs] somebody who is going to bring a very different perspective to what it means to convene community and what it means to build community.

    Rabbi Oren Hayon, the current Green-

    stein executive director at Hillel UW, agreed.I am personally very pleased about his

    background in the Hillel world because Hillel is an organization that rewards cre-ativity, agility, thoughtfulness and inno-vation, all of which are qualities that will mean the success of the new Federation CEO, Hayon said.

    At the same time, however, Hayon cau-tioned that a lot is riding on Dvorchik.

    Everyone recognizes that the stakes are really high with this appointment, he said. Its a time that the Federation needs to succeed.


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    A foodie twist on a summery, American classicmichael natkin JTNews Columnist

    To my way of thinking, summer hasnt started until weve had our first big bowl of strawberry shortcake. Gen-erally I make it with big, flaky biscuits, but for some reason this year it crossed my mind to try it with cornbread instead. Corn and strawber-ries go really well together, and they both speak of Amer-icana, so why not?

    I modified my regular cornbread recipe by using a slightly lower corn-to-flour ratio, skip-ping the brown butter, and adding a bit of vanilla to make it slightly more cakey and dessert-like without being overly sweet.

    There are two ways to think about the strawberries for strawberry shortcake. Ideally, of course, you would have the freshest berries from the farmers market, still warm from the field and one of the delicate, perfumed varieties that dont travel well enough to be found at the gro-cery. If you are so lucky, you might want to macerate them less or not at all.

    If your strawberries arent quite that good, a longer maceration period with plenty of sugar will cause them to break down and be more tender and release

    more flavor. This wont turn pale, flavorless berries into gold, but it can make fair ones taste a lot better.

    Okay, I know youve read this far but you are really thinking: Tarragon whipped cream? Really? Well, all I can tell you is that I think it goes beautifully with the ber-ries and cornbread. If this is too out there for you, or just violates everything you think strawberry shortcake should

    be, I can accept that. But if you are on the fence, I think you should try it! Something about the anise-y intensity of the herb adds just the right balance against the corn and strawberries.

    Strawberry Shortcake with Cornbread and Tarragon Whipped CreamFor the tarragon-infused whipped cream:2 cups heavy (whipping) cream4 tsp. tightly packed fresh tarragon leaves1/4 cup confectioners sugarFor the strawberries:6 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and halved or quartered (depending on size)1/2 cup sugarFor the cornbread (makes more than you need):

    1 cup buttermilk1/2 cup butter, melted2 eggs, lightly beaten1 tsp. vanilla extract2/3 cup cornmeal1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour1 tsp. salt1/2 tsp. baking soda For the whipped cream: Bruise the

    tarragon leaves by rubbing them be-tween your fingers. Stir into the cream and refrigerate for at least one hour. If you like a stronger tarragon flavor, overnight is even better. Strain the cream, add the confectioners sugar, and whip until it holds firm peaks or use a cream-whipping device.

    For the strawberries: In a medi-um bowl, gently toss together the strawberries and sugar. Set aside to macerate for about one hour, tossing

    occasionally. For the cornbread: Preheat the oven

    to 375 and butter an 8x8 baking pan. In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, melted butter, eggs, and vanilla extract.

    In a medium bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, salt, and baking soda. Pour in the wet ingredients and gen-tly fold together to just combine. Do not overbeat. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 25 minutes.To serve: Cut four generous squares of

    cornbread, and then cut those in half hor-izontally. Place one half in the bottom of each of four bowls and ladle in some of the strawberries and their juice. Add another half piece of cornbread and divide up the remaining strawberries and juice. Top with a generous portion of the tarragon whipped cream and serve immediately.

    Serves 4.

    local food writer and chef michael natkins

    2012 cookbook Herbivoracious, a Flavor

    Revolution with 150 vibrant and original

    vegetarian Recipes, was a finalist this year for

    a james beard award. the recipes are based

    on his food blog, herbivoracious.com.

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    miCHaEL NaTKiN