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june 10, 2011 8 sivan 5771 volume 87, no. 12 $2
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o the bitter end, this years legislative session was a nail-biter, with
Jewish Family Service o Greater Seattle and a number o Jewish cultural
and social service organizations holding their breath.
We are cautiously optimistic, Lisa Schultz Golden, JFSs chie devel-
opment ocer, told JNews a day beore the month-long special session
ended on May 25 as the organization awaited word on whether its $9 mil-
lion building-expansion project would receive state unding.
Now, said Schultz Golden, were over the moon. With the approval
o the states Building Communities capital projects und, JFS will receive
$2.3 million, enabling it to continue building.
Were eeling great, she said. Teres great news in the budget or us .
But theres not great news or some o our clients.
Overall, this years legislative session ended with cuts that slamme
K-12 education, public colleges and universities, and health care or low
income adults, the disabled and seniors. But Jewish community organ
zations with programs that aced the chopping block made it throug
For that reason, Schultz Golden noted, it is all the more important o
the building expansion to continue.
We can expect those people to turn to JFS more and more, she said
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Teyre going to be able to handle
many more clients and low-income people
in a ar more eective way, ar more e-
ciently, said Zach Carstensen, the direc-
tor o government aairs at the Jewish
Federation o Greater Seattle, who lobbies
in Olympia on behal o the Jewish com-
munity.Rep. Reuven Carlyle (D-36th), who
was instrumental in pushing the capital
budget through, expressed his enthusiasm
over the session results at least regard-
Its a tremendously positive and won-
derul reection on the ability o the Jewish
legislators to build a coalition among all
legislators to see the unique role that JFS
plays in the community, he said. All o
us, whether Jewish or not, saw at the core
in an era o severe budget cuts the
state has a compelling public obligation
to create the inrastructure o service. And
thats why JFS was unded.
Gov. Christine Gregoires original
budget had eliminated many services or
low-income citizens and immigrants and
reugees, both services provided by JFS.
Legislators and social services lobbyists
such as Carstensen were able to convince
the two chambers to soen the blow by
She zeroed out a lot o stu, Carstensen
said. All those programs are not zeroed
out now. From zero to 50 percent, thats
Shane Rock, director o reugee and
immigrant services at JFS said he is happy
that things did not turn out or the worst.
Te actual impact o [the budget cuts]
is a 27 percent reduction rom our current-
year contract, Rock said. However, an
internal discussion is taking place at DHS
to possibly move unds over rom empo-
rary Assistance to Needy Families. Worst
case is a 27 percent cut, best case is same as
what we were, he said.
Freshman Rep. David Frockt (D-46th)
worked this session to pass legislation on
shiing the burden o proo rom women
in cases o domestic violence, providing
aer-school childcare, banning environ-
mentally harmul sealants and oering
options or homeowners acing oreclo-
sure. He said he stood behind the JFS und-
ing aer observing their work frsthand.
Youve got to have institutions like JFS
to step it up and provide more services,
Despite his legislative victories, how-
ever, his overall sentiment was more glum.
We did what we had to do, he said.
We didnt have many options. Tere were
no revenue options that were viable.
Its been a very challenging session.
We had very dicult budget decisions,
said Rep. Marcie Maxwell (D41st). I
think we worked very hard to consider our
values or our people and our local com-
munities, and the state we live in.
Maxwell, who ocuses on education
and economic development, also sup-
ported the continuation o unding or
the endangered 4Culture, King Countys
public arts and heritage agency.
Lisa Kranseler, director o the Was
ington State Jewish Historical Society, an
Dee Simon, co-director o the Washin
ton State Holocaust Education Resour
Center, both expressed relie with the dec
I didnt know how we were actual
going to do everything we do without th
unding, Kranseler said. Our membesupport us, but they also support...all kin
Without 4Culture, WSJHS would hav
had to pare down programming or sta
Kranseler said, and we dont have an
sta to cut.
For an organization like ours, th
4Culture unds heritage projects is crit
cal, said the Holocaust Centers Simo
Were delighted we can continue to app
or unding. WSHERC will be able
move orward with projects that includ
the registration o artiacts in a sowa
system or teachers to research the Hol
Je Cohen, CEO o the Caroline Klin
Galland Center and Associates, had a tem
pered enthusiasm ollowing the session.
Tis is relatively good news, he said
Due to its large size, the Kline Gallan
Jewish nursing acility is responsible
only $1 per bed per day o a new $11 be
tax enacted to backfll cuts to Medica
and nursing sta which means Klin
Galland will need to absorb about $40,00
Without the tax exemption, Kline Gallan
would have had to make up or aroun
Cohen said he is more concerned abo
how to handle rising operating costs with
static budget. Nursing home costs amou
to about $300 per patient per day. For re
idents who receive Medicaid, the sta
oers only $180.
What they pay us is not equal to wh
we spend, Cohen said. Tis unding di
crepancy is compounded by the cut.
Given a state operating budget that
essence does not raise new money to mak
up or the more-than-$5 billion shorta
in revenues means that all legislators ha
to cut to balance the budget.
We live in a time o seriousness an
reection o the role o public services an
the level o taxes that were willing to pa
And there are prooundly painul implic
tions in these cuts, Rep. Carlyle said. N
one will be spared some eect. Te mor
and spiritual challenge is to educate th
public about the need or reection an
courageous honesty o our willingness
pay or essential public services.
Te decision to und JFS, he said, w
one o the great moral victories o the se
Te Federations Carstensen tried to b
optimistic about the uture given what w
retained in this all-cuts budget.
From where we started to where we
at right now, there is reason to be hope
and theres a reason to think, as we com
out o this recession, as we rebound, th
were going to be able to restore what w
lost, he said.
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Mr. Wilkes response to my recent letter begins with an oleaginous politeness, thanking
me for my thoughtful letter, and then goes on to totally (and I do mean, totally) distort
what I wrote and what I believe (Providing cover, Letters, May 27). To remind readers, I
wrote to protest his claim that President Obama is weak. I have no idea why, in this letter,
Mr. Wilkes brings up stoning women in foreign countries? Or why he brings up the bombingin Spain as a response to my comment that everywhere I went in northern Spain last Sep-
tember, people were very complimentary of President Obama. Im sure in my rhetoric class
in college I learned the name of this type of argument where you bring up totally unrelated
points, accuse your opponent of making them, and then go on to argue against them. Ive
forgotten the name of such an attack but my sense of logic holds. Mr. Wilkes, get a grip.
ULSA, Okla. (JA) For Jen, it all
started in the 8th grade with an invitationrom a riend to a BBYO Shabbat dinner.
Jen had grown up in a non-Jewish area o
Virginia, and the invitation was one o ew
opportunities she had to experience the
warmth and amiliarity o Jewish tradi-
tions in the company o peers.
What happened in the years aerward
highlights the critical importance o the
teen years in solidiying the uture o the
Deep involvement in her local BBYO
chapter led to regional and national lead-
ership trainings or Jen and, ultimately,
a year deerring college to serve as the
youth organizations international teen
president. Once on campus, Jen became
involved in Israel advocacy with Hillel and
the American Israel Public Aairs Com-
mittee, and she spent a year studying at
Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Aer
graduating in 2005, she came to work or
the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family
Foundation, becoming the steward o
countless Jewish engagement eorts.
oday she is the COO o Moishe
House, an organization that annually
reaches tens o thousands o young Jewish
adults around the world.
In short, Jen Kraus Rosen has spent
her proessional lie paying orward the
investment made in her by our commu-
nity by helping thousands o young adults
fnd a meaningul place in the Jewish com-
munity. In her personal lie, too, she is a
convener and connector, oen bringing
together various groups o riends or her
own Shabbat dinners.
While Jen is certainly exceptional, we
are ortunate that she is not the excep-
tion. Recent research on Jewish teen expe-
riences makes clear that investing in Jews
during their teenage years pays signifcant
dividends toward ensuring their involve-
ment in Jewish lie well into adulthood.
A new study commissioned by the
Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family
Foundation shows, among other things,
that the BBYO experience results in young
adults who, like Jen, are more inclined to
remain involved in Jewish lie, hold lead-
ership roles in their community, invest
time and money in Jewish causes, develop
a strong Jewish network, and give their
children a Jewish education. Moreover,
the study reveals that these individuals
directly credit involvement in BBYO or
their growth on these ronts.
Recent studies rom the Foundation
or Jewish Camp and Moving raditions
support similar underlying fndings: Tat
eectively designed Jewish teen experi-
ences successully reach and engage youth,
helping them eel pride in their Jewish
identity, encouraging them to contributeto Jewish lie and even ensuring a greater
resiliency against the pressures that are
commonplace in the teen years.
It is clear that un, meaningul, aord-
able Jewish experiences have a deep and
signifcant impact on teens. It is clear that
they are vital to ensuring our teens stay
engaged with our community and develop
the necessary skills to lead it.
It is clear that it is time or us to elevate
our investment in the teen years when
individuals begin exploring their iden-
tity, defning their values and shaping who
they will become as adults as a priority
on our communal agenda.
Tink about it: An estimated 75 per-
cent o teenage Jews celebrate a Bar or Bat
Mitzvah. Fresh rom their entry into Jewish
adulthood and with a desire to seek mean-
ing in their lives, they are ripe and ready to
begin the next phase o their Jewish jour-
neys. And yet it is at this particular moment,
when Judaism has so much to oer and
when teens need our guidance most, that ar
too many are turning away rom involve-
ment in Jewish experiences. In act, it is esti-
mated that by the time they reach their last
two years o high school, only hal at best
continue to be involved in Jewish lie.
We have researched, discussed and
lamented at length about why this is hap-
pening. We need to stop ocusing on what
we are doing wrong and instead invest our
human and fnancial resources in replicat-
ing and expanding what we are doing right.
Projects that promote peer-to-peer
recruiting and put the teens in charge o
the programming oer aordable and
It is up to us to ensure that the pro-
grams that work best with teens have the
resources they need to grow and deepen
their impact. Tat is why I am doubling
down on our oundations investment
in BBYO, and why we hope others will
commit to joining us in supporting work
in the teen space.
Tis is the best way we can ensure that
the post-Bnai Mitzvah years become an
on-ramp to, rather than an exit route
rom, urther and sustained engagement
in Jewish experiences.
We can create pluralistic, inclusive
environments where even the least al-
iated will eel sae exploring Jewish lie.
And, ultimately, we can change the tra-
jectory o teen engagement in the Jewish
community or generations to come.
Lynn Schusterman is chairwoman of the
Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family
Uppn the ante:Wh i doubln downon the teen ears
lynn SchuStErmAn JTa World nws Srvi
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raises hope or a transition to democracy
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