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    t h e v o i c e o f j e w i s h w a s h i n g t o n

    june 10, 2011 8 sivan 5771 volume 87, no. 12 $2

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    connecting our local Jewish community

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    fostering empathy the big finale a mix of music communal honors

    Joel Magaln

    Seattle Hebrew Acade rst rader Alza ets rushed b classate Est durn a soccer-stle ae at the schools eld da at Volunteer Park on June 3. Thouh th

    outdoor aes are enerall held on La BOer, because the holda fell on a Sunda ths ear the actvtes were delaed b a couple weeks just n te for t

    weather to nall cooperate.

    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

    relatively unscathed.

    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

    T o itois o t gisti sssionEmily K. AlhAdEff assistt editor, JTnws

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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-

    ing JFS.

    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

    about hal.

    She zeroed out a lot o stu, Carstensen

    said. All those programs are not zeroed

    out now. From zero to 50 percent, thats

    an achievement.

    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,

    he said.

    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

    sion.

    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

    o organizations.

    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

    caust online.

    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

    $600,000.

    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

    sion.

    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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    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.

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    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

    Jewish community.

    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

    scalable models.

    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

    Foundation.

    Uppn the ante:Wh i doubln downon the teen ears

    lynn SchuStErmAn JTa World nws Srvi

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