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Carol Mullin, director of emergency services at Jewish Family Service, reads letters from appreciative food bank clients at the opening of the facilitys newly expanded food bank on March 7. See the story below.
UW Hillel director Berkovitz to leave organizationJoel MagalnickEditor, JTNews Rabbi Will Berkovitz would have been satisfied serving his career as executive director of Hillel at the University of Washington. But then came an offer he couldnt refuse. Beginning in July, Berkovitz will become vicepresident of partnerships and rabbi in residence at a yearold organization called Repair the World. I love my job here [at Hillel], and Ive always said it was my dream job, Berkovitz told JTNews. When I was approached by these folks and they told me what the position was, I said, Look, it sounds great, [but] I really love Seattle as well and I have no interest in leaving this community, because its my community. When the New York-based organization offered a position that would allow Berkovitz to stay in Seattle, however, he began to give the opportunity some serious thought. His mission, Repair the World told him, would be to strive to take the model he has created at the UW to other campuses and communities around the country, Berkovitz said. In particular, it is his work in social justice such as volunteer spring break trips that work with indigenous peoples in places like Central and South America that brought Berkovitz to the attention of the founders of Repair the World. Will is really absolutely exemplary as a model of someone who lives a life of commitment to service and social change, and does so Jewishly, said Jon Rosenberg, Repair the Worlds CEO. The work hes done, in terms of leading immersive service trips, bringing social justice and service to be a critical part of Jconnect and of the work of Hillel at the University of Washington hes just someone who, as a speaker, as a writer, as a thinker about these issues, is a rare mix of being passionate, articulate and strategic.
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Repair the Worlds mission is to make service a defining element of American Jewish life, learning and leadership, Rosenberg said. Fulfilling that mission is four-fold, including help to build up existing programs, creating a more robust Jewish volunteer infrastructure, bringing service as a central tenet to local organizations like Jconnect, and to tie all those pieces together by supporting the people who make these kinds of programs happen. Berkovitz will help to forge partnerships across the spectrum of Jewish institutions, primarily things that help strategically to make service a normative part of the Jewish experience, Rosenberg said. Rosenberg cited the Jserve Jewish International Youth Day of Service, which will have an event in Seattle next month, as one organization with which Repair the World is working. It also includes working on college campuses, Rosenberg said, since students are often at the front lines of providing direct help for people in need worldwide through what he called immersive service experiences. Theres a need and an opportunity when they come back to campus for all sorts of follow-up programming, where they can continue to engage in service activities, to deepen their commitment to service and social change, to deepen the Jewish context for them doing that work, he said. Thats one of the things were going to be focused on in the coming year, and Will is going to lead those efforts for us. Having the ability to be based in Seattle is something important to Berkovitz, because the innovation that happens in local sectors such as tech and global health, for example, finds its way into public service and volunteerism. Such has not always been the case in the Jewish
JFS food bank expansion project completedJoel MagalnickEditor, JTNews
Though reporters and economists have been saying for the past few months that the recession is over, victims of the so-called jobless recovery would beg to differ. Nobody can attest to that more than workers in food banks across the country. The statistics bear that out at the food bank that specializes in serving Seattles downtown and Capitol Hill neighborhoods as well as the areas Jewish community, for instance. This past January the food bank at Jewish Family Service gave away more than 24,000 pounds of food an 18 percent increase over the previous January, when the economy was still spiraling downward. And the number of people, including many senior citizens, in need of emergency services continues to rise. But Ken Weinberg, CEO of JFS, was smiling. Good news is in very short supply, he said to a room packed with supporters and staff on the morning of Sun., March 7 who attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the expanded Polack Food Bank. This food bank is very good news, for our clients, our city, our state, and our country. The remodeled facility will enable JFS to store more food, including perishable items, as well as serve its clients more efficiently. The dedicated area, which was constructed within the confines of JFSs current building, has a wide sliding door at the street for food bank employees to receive pallet shipments, shelves at the back filled
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My inner realityA mantra, a meditation, a reminder of whats behind this entire Jewish enterpriseare given free choice to, at each moment, consciously and actively, independently move ourselves ever closer. So the universe is created incomplete and were placed in it with the opportunity to partner in the finishing touches, bringing the world to its own perfect completeness. Tikkun olam is not merely restricted to helping others, to protecting the physical environment or any other specific set of tasks that might seem urgent at the time, although it does include all of these and more. But it really means each of us uses our unique gifts and vision to facilitate the ultimate perfection. This becomes clearer as we remember that olam, world or universe, has several meanings. What we usually call the world is, more specifically, olam gadol, the greater world. But there is also olam katan, the small world, actually many of them each individual human. This is the teaching that whoever saves a life is like one who creates the world. So we work, simultaneously, healing and completing both the olam gadol and the olam katan. When we learn as above, so below, were really talking about the power generated as we heal and integrate our own personalities, as we refine ourselves as lovers and creators. Much is beyond our vision and understanding, but which, nonetheless, is part of Creation. So in addition to those actions whose effects we can seemingly observe and understand, the empirical, there is also a lot which we can, at best, intuit, and if not, only take on faith. But there is no blind faith in Judaism. Emunah, faith or belief related to amen is based on the same root as omanut, craft. Our mandate is to slowly craft our own beliefs, each a work in progress. So we have to work to accept, understand and, finally, believe that even while most of Creation is beyond our conception, it remains within our influence. And tikkun olam extends to this realm as well. There are both actions that make sense and those which defy or transcend sense both the logical and the transrational, and each can and must further the project of bringing the world to its perfect completion. Step back a moment. Take ourselves out of the centers of our universes, admit our own finitude, and we begin to see more than when we relied only on our own senses. Reishet chochmah, yirat Hashem, the beginning of wisdom is seeing that there is an Infinite and Transcendent. And remember, this Infinite Transcendent God acts only for the Good, for our good. More than the calf wants milk, the cow wants to nurse. Were meant to succeed. Were given the tools to operate in the empirical, rational world. We have sense organs coupled with sense, the ability to process information. Much of what needs to be done in the world can be learned through this channel. But our work in the invisible, transcendent world beyond our conception requires a map, advice and guidance. But to accept and trust these gifts, remember the source and the motivation of them, which is love. This enables us to trust, to do things that evade everyday reasoning: Mitzvot, in a word. So we can now view those perplex-
Rabbi Harry ZeitlinCongregation Beth HaAri We exist to be loved because the dominant flavor of God is love it must be dynamic and flow in order to flower. And while there is almost nothing our finite minds can truly grasp of His infinite nature, we do know that he is perfectly complete, needing nothing from outside Himself to be complete, that, ultimately, He is unknowable, but that He is the source of and definition of all Goodness. A lover wants only the best for the beloved, and since the ultimate goodness is defined as God Himself, were given the seemingly impossible opportunity to, as finite beings, approach ever so closely to the Infinite Goodness. And nearness, spiritually, rather than physically, speaking, is resemblance. So were given the opportunity to imitate the Creator. We can do this by becoming creators ourselves, generating our closeness rather than merely receiving it like some sort of cosmic welfare. We
ing mitzvot as pathways toward the tikkunim were not able to directly understand. Theyre not arbitrary, nor intended to turn us into regimented, unthinking robots, but rather to enhance our unique effectiveness, our sensitivity, our capacity to love. We might not understand the exact mechanism. We dont have to. Just as the Creator desires our perfect completion, we work to create that same perfection in the unfinished world, both in ways we can determine for ourselves and in ways we accept with loving trust. Of course, we can analyze and examine this to the finest detail. Like our individual emunah (faith), like our efforts in tikkun, like the world itself, its a work in progress. Theyre all works in progress, each of us, the world we share, the infinite realms of reality we cant even directly perceive. By saying were the key, were not in any way saying the world is ours to exploit, to destroy, to use as we wish. Although we do have the power to destroy much, our ultimate role, once again, is to bring it all, our individual unique selves included, to its finest state. Then were truly the creative partners of the Creator. Were as close to that transcendent being as possible, connected and receiving the flow of great love, which was the original goal. A mantra, a meditation, a reminder. Were here to do our best, to be our finest, and to then ultimately enjoy just being, in the eternal moment, basking in that Source of all light, all good, all love. To paraphrase Hillel, the rest is details. Come and learn.
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letters Free passMorris Malakoffs article (On boycotts, divestiture and sanctions, Feb. 26) certainly gives a free pass to Gad Barzilai would that his comments have been half as innocuous as the article suggests. While Gordon castigated Israel as an apartheid regime, Barzilai refused to counter such blatantly false accusations, saying merely that he did not wish to engage in semantics. This is certainly not the response I would expect from a lawyer and certainly not the response we would want to hear from the chair of the Jewish Studies Program at the University of Washington. I have a son who is a student at the University of Washington and he is engaged in defending Israel during so-called Israeli Apartheid Week apparently he can not expect to receive any factual information or other support from Barzilai. I am deeply concerned that a man who will not defend Israel against false charges of apartheid is in a position to teach our children at the university level. Malakoff writes that Barzilai did acknowledge that the United States is in a unique position to wield power over the Israeli government to bring about change through assertive diplomacy by cutting back on the $3 billion a year in foreign aid that flows from Washington, D.C. to Tel Aviv. He further asserts that this statement prompted Gordon to say, Barzilai was supporting a de facto form of BDS [boycotts, divestments and sanctions], only at a higher level. At first it appears that Gordons statement is a deliberate misinterpretation of Barzilais intent. But, in fact, Barzilai argued that the Obama administration should impose its own solution on Israel. Further, he urged that should Israel try to alter the terms of an imposed solution, all aid to Israel should stop completely. It is only when one considers Barzilais own words that it becomes apparent that he and Gordon are indeed in agreement as to what should be done to Israel, although perhaps there is some difference in tactics to be employed. Ronda Stark Seattle
reFusal oF acceptanceRe: Jack Greenbergs letter about Israel and a two-state solution (Not for Steal, Feb. 26). Greenberg makes some valid points on this issue. Unfortunately, the peace process has not led to peace, but to more violence and killing of innocents. The problem is that Arab countries have never abandoned their dream of destroying Israel. They were unable to defeat Israel in war. So they decided to fight Israel by proxy by creating a terrorist organization, calling it the Palestinian people, and installed it in Gaza and the West Bank. That is why Jordan and Egypt refused to accept back the West Bank and Gaza, respectively. Their objective has been to erase any claim Israel has to their ancestral homeland. This is one reason why they have refused to recognize Israel as a Jewish state while the rest of the world does. Remember, there never was an independent Palestinian state. One way to achieve peace in the Middle East is for Arab countries to acknowledge and accept their defeat in their war against Israel, as the losing side should. They should accept Israels ancient sovereignty over Gaza and the West Bank. Let us not be deceived to think that Palestinian Arabs are like Native Americans, because they are not. Creating a terrorist Arab state called Palestine will only lead to war, not peace. Israel should not be pressured to negotiate with Palestinian Arabs to make a temporary and elusive peace that endangers its long-term survival and national security. Josh Basson Seattle
Fighting the 3 DsIm grateful to the JTNews for highlighting the wonderful work that StandWithUs is doing, training our college students to effectively counter the rhetoric of antiIsrael voices on our college campuses (Fighting back, Feb. 26). While vigorous political debate has always been expected on campus, we are seeing criticism of Israel escalate into calls for Israels isolation and destruction, with unprecedented levels of the three Ds: Demonization, delegitimization, and a double standard. As the recent film Crossing the Line: The Intifada Comes to Campus, makes evident, it can be not only frightening, but dangerous to be Jewish or pro-Israel on campus these days. The movement to brand Israel as an apartheid state, complete with boycotts, divestment and sanctions, hurts our brothers and sisters in Israel, and it damages our collective Jewish pride. Its up to us as a community to expose the truth that in spite of its imperfections, Israel is a beacon for freedom, human rights, and democracy, and I applaud StandWithUs for taking a lead role. Randy Kessler Mercer island
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remember usTraveling exhibit will highlight Israelis lost in its many warsErez Ben-AriJTNews Correspondent Israel is the home of the Jewish people, but protecting that home has claimed the lives of thousands. Over the years and during its many wars, more than 22,000 Israelis have died. Every year, the entire countr y stops and remembers them during Yom Hazikaron. Israel has chosen to hold its national Memorial Day one day before Israels Independence Day, and that choice has been done with a purpose. What started unofficially back in 1949 became law in 1963, and since then, on the fourth of Iyar, Israel and many Jews around the world observe Yom Hazikaron. Most countries have national Memorial Days, but as opposed to some where its an excuse for retailers to have a sale, Israels version is particularly solemn. The day opens w ith a siren that resounds throughout the country. All activity halts, people stand and cars stop, and the citizens of Israel spend a minute contemplating those who gave their lives so the rest of their countrymen can live theirs. Every kindergarten, school and college, as well as many companies, organizations and government offices, hold memorial ceremonies. Even TV and radio stations dedicate their entire broadcast schedule to Yom Hazikaron, playing shows dedicated to remembering Israels fallen men and women. One reason Yom Hazikaron is such an important and widely observed day is that nearly every Israeli knows at least one or two persons affected by war or terror. For some, it is a family member; for others, a friend. Many Israelis, though alive and well, still carry scars, false limbs or shrapnel somewhere within their bodies to remind them of a battle they survived. Some of these battles go back decades, while others are as recent as last years Operation Cast Lead in Gaza, which added four widows and three orphans to the circle of bereavement. This year, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle is opening a special exhibition dedicated to Yom Hazikaron. Rachel Schachter, Israel program manager for the Federation, has been working for several months in the hopes of giving names and faces to the stories of some of those thousands. With the help of volunteers in Israel, Seattle, Canada, Germany and elsewhere, Schachter has collected dozens of stories, photos and items from some of those who have died protecting Israel, many of which will see the light for the first time. Full disclosure: This reporter has assisted in some Hebrew translations for the exhibit. The exhibition will take place from March 19 to April 25, and will be hosted in several places, such as the Seattle Jewish Film Festival (March 19-21), Congregation Beth Shalom (March 22-28), Hillel at the University of Washington (March 29-April 6), the Stroum Jewish Community Center (April 11-15) and Temple Bnai Torah (April 23-25). The actual Yom Hazikaron will be observed in Israel on April 19, followed by Israels Independence Day on April 20. Schachter, joined by Federat ion employees and a group of volunteers, collected hundreds of stories, photos, articles, postcards, letters, and more, had the materials translated to English or Hebrew, and built the mobile exhibition. The stories presented include many unknowns, as well as those of some high profile casualties such as Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser, whose bodies were returned by Lebanon more than two years after they died in the second Lebanon war of 2006. One unique story is of Nava and David Applebaum, as told by Shoshana Kordova. Nava, who was about to get married in Jerusalem, went out for a drink with her father, a respected doctor from the Shaare Tzedek Medical center. Both were killed in a suicide bombing at Cafe Hillel on Emek Refaim Street in Jerusalem. The timing of their deaths seems almost too tragic to be true, Kordova said. A Jerusalem emergency room chief returns from New York, where he lectured at a September 11 commemorative conference on how hospitals should deal with mass casualties, and is killed in a terror attack the night of his return. A young woman goes out to a caf with her father and is blown up nearly beyond recognition the night before her wedding. Another unusual story is that of Captain Yonatan Netanel of Kedumim. Netanel, a deputy commander of the 202nd Paratroopers Brigade, sent his wife a text message shortly before going into battle, saying, Everything is all right; you have nothing to worry about. Fate, however had a different plan, and he was killed in a friendly-fire accident. These two stories, along with the others, will be shown in the exhibition. Younger visitors will also be invited to paint a camel in memory of Tal Kerman, killed in March 2003 in a suicide bombing on Bus Route 37 in Haifa. Tal loved camels, and her father Ron is collecting painted pictures of camels created by children from around the world in her memory. Visitors will also be invited to make a donation to the families of soldiers, as well as to Kiryat Malachi, Seattles sister city through the Federations Tucson-Israel-PhoenixSeattle partnership. Such donations will be used to provide needy families with healthcare, groceries and more. The Federation will also launch a special Web site in coming weeks that will include additional material beyond what is shown in the exhibition.
Children at the Bet Shira religious school in Port Townsend have created a Purim tradition by making hand-decorated shalach manot baskets to give to each of the congregations 75 families. The catch is that each family must gift a basket to another family, with the courtesy Bet shira proceeds going to a charity of choice. This years choice was more than $1,000 for Haiti earthquake relief.
correctionMark Braverman, whose talk on Israel was profiled (The psychology of opinion, Feb. 26) grew up in the Con-
servative movement, not within the Hassidic community as reported. JTNews regrets the error.
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Yom HashoahHolocaust Remembrance Day Community Commemoration Sunday, April 11, 2010 1:00 pm 3:30 pmPacific Lutheran universitys third annuaL PoweLL and heLLer famiLy
Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way, Mercer Island
Holocaust conferencescholar christopher Browning, John roth, Professor sara Horowitz and carl Wilkens will speak. March 20th is designed with educators in mind, and is focused on lessons of diversity and tolerance that can be learned through the Holocaust. educator clock hours are available. the conference is free and all sessions are open to the public. for further information, please contact Brenda Murray at 253-535-7595 www.plu.edu/holocaustconference
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Jews gone GreekUW Panhellenic recognizes Jewish sororityNick FeldmanSpecial to JTNews Three and a half years of hard work and dedicated organization came down to one vote. And that vote, deciding whether the University of Washingtons Panhellenic Council would recognize the 18-member Jewish Sorority, passed. It makes a lot of sense, said Lauren Brown, director of Undergraduate Engagement for Hillel at the UW. Theres a community of Jewish women out there and weve seen that build over the last couple of years, and many of them are interested in being a part of the Greek system. Its really easy for Jewish guys who come to campus, but this gives an independent place for Jewish girls. Now they can say, I really want to join a Jewish house for the best of both worlds. Students at the UW have the option of joining specialinterest fraternities or sororities as an alternative to traditional Greek organizations. The options for Jewish women have long been limited since the Jewish-founded, non-sectarian sorority Phi Sigma Sigma left campus in the 1980s. Even Jewish men have had multiple options namely the Alpha Epsilon Pi and Zeta Beta Tau fraternities. But with the granting of recognition by the campus sorority communitys governing body, that quickly changed. Currently called The Jewish Sorority, this longrunning project already has 18 fully committed women and hopes to be housed by recruitment time next fall. This is really important to the UW community, because the Jewish girls on campus didnt really have a place to go, said Jaclyn Lieberman, Jewish Sorority copresident. But now, with the Greek community having a place for Jewish women, itll help all of us become so much stronger. Also integral to the formation of the formation of this new sorority is the UWs Chabad House. While Chabad and Hillel have been notorious nationally for butting heads, the two organizations in Seattle have had a warmer relationship over the past several years. Rabbi Eli Estrin from Chabad and Rabbi Will Berkovitz from Hillel meet on a regular basis and often do programming in collaboration with each other. [Estrin] and I strategically think through any number of topics as it relates to campus, Berkovitz told JTNews. They saw this opportunity as one truly important to the Jewish community as a whole, and worked for a long time together to make it happen. When I think about it, its an amazing thing that Hillel and Chabad were able to come together and bring this huge asset to the Jewish community, said Chaya Estrin of Chabad. If the whole world would work like that, itd be amazing. Though it has taken time and hard work, both UW Greeks and the organizations members and supporters see this endeavor to create a new division of Jewish campus life as an important addition to the UW community and an exciting new place for Jewish students to live and be supported. AEPi only started nine years ago, and ZBT just three years ago, and theyve both so strongly helped solidify the Jewish community on campus, Estrin said. I think everyone sees that having a Jewish sorority on campus will enhance the Jewish fraternities and enhance the Jewish community. Now more students can be actively Jewish and actively involved at the same time. Nick Feldman is a student in the University of Washington Department of Communication News Laboratory.
From left to right, Lauren Brown of Hillel at the University of Washington, sorority president Jaclyn Leiberman, member Nicki Balk of The Jewish Sorority, and Chaya estrin of Chabad at the UW worked to create the recently university-recognized sisterhood. Before the sororitys creation, the only other Jewish womens organization at UW was Banot originally created to be the Jewish sorority which has since evolved into a less-formal bonding group for Jewish women. Most members of The Jewish Sorority were or are also members of Banot, and while overlap exists between the two organizations, theyve come to fill different purposes. Although the sororitys members cant yet hold leadership positions on the Panhellenic Council, they do have every social, philanthropic and community leadership opportunity the nationally recognized fraternities and sororities do. The sorority just doesnt have letters yet. When a new national organization is invited to campus, it will hopefully take the nascent organization under its umbrella and grant what is now The Jewish Sorority membership from its national headquarters.
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delegation of power for sale of CHometzRabbi............................................................ to act in my place and stead, and in my behalf to sell all Chometz possessed by me (knowingly or unknowingly) as defined by the Torah and Rabbinic Law (e.g., Chometz, possible Chometz, and all kinds of Chometz mixtures). Also Chometz that tends to harden and to adhere to inside surfaces of pans, pots or cooking and usable utensils, and all kinds of live animals that have been eating Chometz or mixtures thereof. And to lease all places wherein the Chometz owned by me may be found especially in the premise located at..................................................... and elsewhere. Rabbi ....................................................... has the full right to sell and to lease by transactions, as he deems fit and proper and for such time which he believes necessary in accordance with all detailed terms and detailed forms as explained in the general authorization contract which have been given this year to Rabbi ...................................... to sell Chometz. This general authorization is made a part of this agreement. Also do I hereby give the said Rabbi ............................................. full power and authority to appoint a substitute in his stead with full power to sell and to lease as provided herein. The above given power is in conformity with all Torah, Rabbinical regulations and laws, and also in accordance with laws of Washington State and of the United States. And to this I hereby affix my signature on the .......................... day of Nisan in the year 5770.
Know YE that I, the undersigned, fully empower and permit
Rabbi Bernard FoxDean, Northwest Yeshiva High School
Rabbi Sholom Ber LevitinRegional Director, Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi, Congregation Shaarei Tefilah-Lubavitch
Rabbi Abraham DavidRosh Kollel Kollel Seattle
Rabbi Moshe KletenikRabbi, Congregation Bikur Cholim Machzikay Hadath
Rabbi Mordechi FarkashDirector, Eastside Torah Center
Moderated by Rabbi Yecheskal KornfeldEducational Director, Chabad of Washington State Director, Chabad-Lubavitch, Mercer Island Rabbi, Congregation Shevet Achim
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The forgotten victimsThe Roma, known then as Gypsies, were also targets of the Nazi machineLeyna KrowAssistant Editor, JTNews Its easy to forget that Jews were not the only victims of the Holocaust. As the single largest group targeted by the Nazis, the Jewish story is the most frequently told, and the best documented. But that doesnt mean its the only story worth telling. On Feb. 24, educators from a variety of Western Washington schools as well as a half-dozen students from a class on social justice at South Seattle Community College got a chance to learn about the fate of a far less studied ethnic group. At an event hosted by the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center, Morgan Ahern, founder of Lolo Dik lo/Red Bandanna: Roma Against Racism, gave a talk called Roma/Sinti During the Holocaust and in Todays World. Aherns lecture focused on the wartime experiences the Roma and Sinti, who are more commonly known as Gypsies. Gypsy is a term thats loaded with stereotypes, Ahern said. The names Sinti and Roma refer to the largest tribes found in Europe, and are less racially charged words. However, they refer to specific groups, so Ahern continues to use the word Gypsy for general reference. Ahern began with a brief characterization and history of the Gypsies. I always have to assume people dont know who we really are, she said. The Gy psies o r i g i n a t e d f r om the Punjab region of Ind ia a nd a re thought to have left India to escape the Indo-Persian wars, ending up in Europe by t he beginning of t he 12t h cent u r y. Since t hen, they have lived a predominantly nomadic lifest yle and can be found in almost every countr y in Europe, as ilana Kennedy/wsherc well as other places Morgan Ahern shows methods of measuring Gypsies heads in around the world. the years prior to the Holocaust. Gy psy life has not changed much over the centuries. communists, homosexuals, the disabled, Although some have assimilated into and others, upwards of 500,000 Gypsies their countries of residence, many conwere killed during the Holocaust, 65-70 tinue to live in traveling caravans, keeppercent of the entire European Gypsy ing their money in the form of jewelry population. rather than in banks, and valuing apprenLike the Jews, the trouble for the Gypticeship more than formal education. sies in Germany actually began long Gypsies have no written language and, before the rise of the Third Reich. The first therefore, no self-recorded history. anti-Gypsy laws in Germany were written We are one of the only people to say in the early 1400s. weve never waged a war, Ahern said. By the mid-1930s, as the Nazis were I think thats because weve never had making life difficult for Jews, so too were a homeland and weve never wanted a Gypsies picked out for scrutiny and harasshomeland. ment. German anthologist Eva Justin Thats not to say that violence hasnt and psychiatrist Robert Ritter took spebeen inflicted upon the Gypsies, however. cial interest in the Gypsies and spent the Alongside Jews, Jehovahs Witnesses, years leading up to the Holocaust studying Gypsy genealogy, hoping to prove that they are inherently asocial criminals. Ahern blames Justin and Ritter for much of the attention paid to the Gypsies by the Nazis. Germany began its deportation of Gypsies to concentration camps in 1940. The final blow came in 1942, when Heinrich Himmler signed a decree condemning all Gypsies to death. Himmler had reservations about this, Ahern said. Not because he felt remorse, but because he wanted to keep a few purebreds and open up a zoo for the education and entertainment of the German people. But he was told this was impractical.
Jerusalem of Gold dinnerThe Northwest Yeshiva High Schools annual dinner and auction will honor supporters Don and Deanne Etsekson. This years theme is Jerusalem of Gold. Music will be presented by Grant Blumenstein 2009, with TV host John Curley on auction duty. Takes place Sun., March 21 at 4:30 p.m. at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University St., Seattle. Contact 206-232-5272 or email@example.com to RSVP. To preview items, visit www.nyhsauction.com.
Turn the Page: Tips and TextThis years Turn the Page womens learning event, Tips and Text for These Times, will feature a long list of speakers that explore feminine voices from biblical to Talmudic to modern times, including educator Rivy Poupko Kletenik, Rabbis Yohanna Kinberg, Rachel Nussbaum and Zari Weiss, as well as Stefanie Thomas, victim advocate on the Internet Crimes Against Children task force with the Seattle Police department, who will speak about the importance of promoting safety for children when they use the Internet. Keynote speaker will be local comedian and radio personality Julie Mains. Cost is $25 for kosher dinner and program, $72 for Turn the Page supporter. Thurs., March 18 from 68:45 p.m. at Herzl-Ner Tamid, 3700 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. Register at w w w.jewishinseattle.org/ turnthepage or at 206-774-2272.
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JERUSALEM (JTA) A civil trial in the death of American activist Rachel Corrie by an Israeli military bulldozer opened in Haifa. Some 40 protesters demonstrated outside the courthouse Wed., March 10, the first day of the trial, carrying signs reading Remember Rachel Corrie. Her parents reportedly are demanding $324,000 in damages from the Israel Defense Forces. Members of U.S. Vice President Joe Bidens entourage met Tuesday with the Corrie family, Haaretz reported. The Corries and four witnesses who were with their daughter when she was killed are currently in Israel. Corrie, 23, of Olympia, was wearing an orange vest and attempting to stop
a bulldozer from demolishing a Palestinian home when she was killed seven years ago. An Israeli army investigation following Corries death found that the driver of the bulldozer did not intentionally run her over because he could not see the activist. The report accused Corrie and the pro-Palestinian International Solidarity Movement of illegal, irresponsible and dangerous behavior. Witnesses say that Corrie was clearly visible and that activists shouted for the bulldozer to stop before it hit her. The Corries sued Caterpillar Inc., the U.S. company that manufactured the bulldozer, but lost in court. JTA World News Service
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author! author! (Publisher!)A roundup of some of our local Jewish authorshim at email@example.com. Over at Temple Beth Am, in Seattles Jewishly happening Northeast quadrant, music director Wendy Marcus, a former journalist, has been maintaining her writing chops. After founding the literary journal, Drash: A Northwest Mosaic, she published a collection of her short stories through Beth Ams publishing arm. Polyglot: Stories from the Wests Wet Edge was a Jewish Book Council fiction finalist last y e a r a nd w on Sna ke Nat ion P re s ss S eren a McDonald Kennedy 2009 award for fiction. You can find Polyglot and back issues of Drash on l i ne a nd at The cover of Wendy local booksellers. More i n for maMarcuss book of short stories, Polyglot. tion on Drash Volume Four is in production is at www.templebetham. org under Music & Arts. Journalist-turned-judge Adam Eisenberg has published his book, A Different Shade of Blue. While working as a prosecutor and still writing articles for local papers, he struck up a conversation with hire women police officers in 1912. Women also earned the vote in our state 10 years earlier than the rest of the nation. Currently working as a commissioner in Seattle Municipal Court, Adam is seeking appointment to the Superior Court. Information on purchasing the book is on the Web site. Baseball author Steve Steinberg has a new book coming out written with Lyle Spatz: 1921, The Yankees, the Giants and the Battle for Baseball Supremacy in New York, will be published by University of Nebraska Press early next month. Im quite modest about my work, Steve writes us, but says he cant help be pleased with enthusiastic responses and comments from national sports commentators Bob Costas and Frank Deford (I always wondered how I could work those two into my column!). Steve will be at the newly relocated Elliott Bay Books on May 21, at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park on June 16, and at the Federal Way Regional Library on July 15. Visit him online at www.stevesteinberg.net and read more about the book under Whats New. One of the byproducts of Seattles being the most literate city in America is its abundance of local bookstores, so support your local bookstore!
Diana BrementJTNews Columnist We Washingtonians are a bookish lot (Seattle once again has topped the list of most literate U.S. cities, according to a survey by Jack Miller, the president of Central Connecticut State University). This results not only in a lot of book reading, but a lot of book writing. Here is just a sampling of folks in the Seattle area who are working at writing, publishing or promoting new books. Miryam Gordon has an exciting publishing project through her small press, Green Elms. While doing some research on Julius and Ethel Rosenberg a while back, she met David Alman, 91. David and his late wife, Emily, who had known the Rosenbergs, had written a book he was trying to publish. (For younger readers, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were controversially executed for spying for the Soviet Union in 1953.) Exoneration: The Rosenberg-Sobell Case in the 21st Century will be released in June, on the 57th anniversary of the execution. This first-person account of the Almans efforts to win clemency for the Rosenbergs includes new information, published here for the first time, and deals with anti-Semitism in the federal government during a period of extraordinary societal paranoia. Its clear from just reading the transcript, says Miryam, that there was prosecutorial misconduct. For more information or to place an advance order, call 206-367-713 or visit www.greenelmspress.com. Sondra Kornblatt has been teaching people how to cope with insomnia for 10 years and now shes written a book, Restful Insomnia: How to Get the Benefits of Sleep When You Cant. Sondra laughed when I asked her how her sleep is. Everyone asks me that, she says, adding that her sleep is fine, thank you. Her book is mistaken for one about sleeping better, but really its about learning to relax when you have insomnia, making it restful and not distressing. The science writer is hoping to teach another Restful class in September, but meanwhile you can learn more at her Web site, www.restfulinsomnia.com or buy the book! Her next book will be about the female brain. David Volk has decided to Web-publish his entertaining travelogue, Fresh American Bananas: Memoirs of an Itinerant Idiot on his Web site, www.davidvolk.com. Like a lot of authors today, David searched high and low for a publisher before deciding just to do it himself. He calls it the humorous coming-of-age-t hroughtravel-tale of a man who thought he was too old to come of age, and includes stories of his travels in Asia, New Zealand and Australia. Three sample chapters are posted, and more will come. Meanwhile, our intrepid traveler is home-bound, working furiously on a project for Globe Pequot Press, The Cheap Bastards Guide to Seattle. Davids still collecting suggestions on how to experience Seattle on the cheap, particularly ideas for entertaining kids. You can contact him through his Web site or e-mail
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Former journalist Adam eisenberg, who is now a judge, recently published his history of female police officers in A Different Shade of Blue. a policewoman at the court house. Thinking it might make an interesting article, he asked what it had been like to work as a female officer 30 years ago, when women were first being hired on the force. The subject proved so compelling that it became this book, which you can learn more about at www.adifferentshadeofblue.com. Seattle has a unique place in history. Adam says. It was first place to
its not every day you can throw things at your rabbi, but the kids were lining up at Temple Beth Ams Purim carnival on Feb. 28 to try to give Rabbi Jonathan Singer a sponge bath.
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Their Stories Live On: Yom HaZikaronOn September 9, 2003, Nava Applebaum, her father David, and many of their friends and family members were working feverishly to prepare for the 800 guests expected for Navas wedding the following evening outside of Jerusalem. As it grew late, David suggested that he take his Navaleh out for a father-daughter chat and a cup of coffee at Caf Hillel. He simply wanted some alone time with his daughter before she became a bride. But Nava and David never returned. A suicide bomber detonated a bomb at the Jerusalem caf that evening, wounding 50 innocent people and killing sevenincluding bride-to-be Nava and her father David. Each year on Yom HaZikaron, Israels National Memorial Day, Nava and David are remembered along with thousands of innocent civilians killed in terrorist acts and Israel Defense Forces soldiers who fell fighting for their country, trying to make the world a safer place for Jews.
Send a Tailored Tribute.Mark a special occasion with a thoughtful tribute through our new online tribute page. An acknowledgement will be sent on your behalf, reflecting your personal message and benefiting the Jewish community. www.JewishInSeattle.org/Tribute. As we near Yom Hazikaron, you may wish to make a special tribute in memory of a loved one. The proceeds from this special tribute will provide psychological, medical, legal or financial help to those affected by terror in our partnership communities in Israel. Go directly to www.JewishInSeattle.org/YHZTribute.
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In a way, those whom we remember on Yom HaZikaron sacrificed their lives not only for Israel, but for all of us, to ensure that Israel would endure as the home of the Jewish people. While we may not know them personally, their lives and deaths affect us all. This year, we are bringing their stories to life through a memorial exhibit of soldiers and civilians killed by terrorism and acts of war against the Jewish people and Israel. This multi-paneled exhibit of stories, photos and other mementos will be shown at several locations throughout Seattle between March 18 and April 25. Our hope is that the memorial we have created and the stories we tell will put faces and names to Israels heroes, to honor their memories with the respect and dignity that they so richly deserve. At sundown on April 19, as Yom HaZikaron draws to a close and Yom Haatzmaut (Israel Independence Day) begins, let us remember that Israel is independent and free because of the dedicated men and women who gave their lives for the country they loved. This year, lets celebrate in their honor.
Read their stories and more at www.JewishInSeattle.org/YomHaZikaron. Special thanks to volunteer Erez Ben-Ari for his hard work on this project and to the generous and brave families who shared their stories with us.
Jewish Federation Goes to the MoviesJoin the Jewish Federation at three movies we are sponsoring during AJCs Seattle Jewish Film Festival this March.
Federation Movie Night, March 21Join Jewish Federation donors and supporters for Sushi, Sake, Sweets & Sumo. This closing night of the film festival will feature the Israeli Academy Award nominated comedy, A Matter of Size, and a tasty pre-reception with kosher alternatives. March 21, 7:30pm at Cinerama
Bashert Movie Night, March 20Eyes Wide Open is a restrained yet bold look at the highly controversial topic of homosexuality in Jerusalems ultra-Orthodox community showing March 20, 9:15pm at Cinerama.
Israel Unplugged Night, March 17Join those already registered for our Jewish community trip to Israel May 23-June 1, those still considering it and those who just adore Israel, for the moving film, Jaffa, that captures the complexities of contemporary multi-ethnic Israel. March 17, 9:15pm at McCaw Hall
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Tips and Text for These TimesJoin us for a girls night out of learning, laughing and dining at Turn the Page on Thursday, March 18. This entertaining evening for women of all ages will begin with a humorous keynote speaker and light dinner, followed by a selection of additional learning sessions covering a wide breadth of both secular and Torah-based topics. This year Julie Mainsan adored local radio personality and comedianwill be taking center stage as our keynote speaker. Julie is an entertainer who is intensely connected to Judaism and knows that this is what makes her funny! She is not only hilarious, but also quite inspiring. The breakout learning sessions, led by Jewish educators and experts in our local community, range from sexuality and marriage in Judaism to keeping our kids safe online. Check out our session leaders and topics below and join us for Turn the Page: Tips and Text for These Times.The Generosity of Women Rivy Poupko Kletenik Deepening the Connection with Our Children Techiya Levine Turning up the Volume on Your Inner Comedienne Julie Mains Keeping Your Kids Safe Today: Cyberspace 101 Stefanie Thomas Hey Girlfriend: The Blessing of Female Friendships Rabbi Zari Weiss With My Voice I Call Out to the Eternal(Psalm 3)
Sexuality & Marriage in Judaism Ruz Gulko Never Have A Boss Again: Financial Empowerment by Self-Employment Marlene Kaplan
Meaningful & Fun Passover Seders for all Ages & Stages Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg Mussar for Busy Moms & Working Women Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg Repair the World & Recover Your Life Susan M. Kleiner,PhD, RD, FACN, CNS, FISSN
Pharaohs Daughter Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum Changing Roles: When Mom Needs Help Jane Relin Torah & Toddlers Stefanie Somers
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Turn the Page Thursday, March 18, 2010 6:00-8:45 pm at Herzl-Ner Tamid on Mercer IslandRegister online at www.JewishInSeattle.org/TurnThePage or call 206 774-2272$25 Kosher Dinner & Registration ~ $72 Turn the Page Supporter
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Good, evil, and the spaces in betweenThe Holocaust in fact and fiction
Diana BrementJTNews Columnist Revenge against the Nazis the ultimate battle between good and evil. Could it be more clear-cut? Maybe, maybe not. This theme is visited in two new works of fiction that have the Holocaust at their center. The first is an interesting murder mystery by contemporary, non-Jewish German historian Christian von Ditfurth. A Paragon Of Virtue (Toby, cloth, $25) is set in modern-day Hamburg and translated for British audiences by Helen Atkins. Ditfurths protagonist, Prof. Stachelmann, is also an historian, specializing in World War II Germany. While struggling to complete his long-delayed thesis, the very shy Stachelmann is persuaded by an old school acquaintance, now a police detective, to help solve a series of puzzling murders. Its his historians thoroughness that leads him to clues before almost becoming a victim himself. These crimes go to the heart of his expertise; all concern the appropriation of Jewish property by local police at the time. The case also forces him to look at, and finally confront, what his father did during the War. The author is only about 50, but he has clearly struggled, as many Germans have, with the moral and ethical questions that arise over actions of ordinary German citizens at the time. Readers of both mysteries and of Holocaust literature will be interested in seeing how Ditfurth has handled the subject in this format. Vengeance lives in the heart of novelist Norman Lebrechts new work The Game of Opposites (Pantheon, cloth, $24.95), which also deals with questions of good or evil and what ordinary citizens did during the War. His protagonist, Paul, escapes a brutal work camp a few days before the end of the War. Almost dead from starvation, he collapses while scavenging for garbage and is found, taken in and hidden by the 19-year-old daughter of a local innkeeper. During the time she harbors and nurses him, they fall in love, marry and have a child while Paul becomes an established part of the town. They never speak of his past, but as he becomes a village leader he continues to hate his neighbors for ignoring the plight of the men who were worked to death outside the
town. He also lives with his obsession of revenge against the commandant of the camp. As he becomes friend and family to a few, good and evil become less black and white. Lebrecht tries to make this a story without a place. The camp, the village, the country, the war all remain unnamed. Its an interesting idea, assuming Lebrecht wants to free the reader from preconceived notions, but it proves too challenging to sustain through to the end. It also removes the reader emotionally from the characters, but remains an interesting idea in an interesting book. More common Holocaust literature is the memoir and as Holocaust survivors reach the ends of their lives, we see more books written by their children. One new offering is Good Neighbors, Bad Times: Echoes of My Fathers German Village (Nebraska, paper, $16.95) by Mimi Schwartz. Schwartz had an all-American childhood and didnt pay much attention to her fathers stories about the Holocaust or growing up in a German village that was
half Jewish. But years later, she hears that her fathers Christian neighbors saved the synagogues Torah on Kristallnacht, and she is consumed with curiosity about her dad, his home and surviving villagers, Jewish and gentile. Traveling to Germany and Israel to hear first-person accounts she finds that judgment, which seemed so easy before, is a little muddier. Readers of the New York Times may already be familiar with the work of Sandra Hurtes, whose personal essays are collected in a short book, On My Way to Someplace Else (Poetica, paper, $15). Hurtess parents were both survivors of Auschwitz. Survivors seem to fall into two groups: The tell-all and the tell-little, with Hurtes mom of the tell-all persuasion. Hurtes writes movingly about the influence of these stories on her life and how they made her the person she is today, even creating her career. Even when not writing directly about the Holocaust or her parents, they still shadow almost everything she does. A more typical Holocaust biography is The Girls of Room 28: Friendship,
Hope, and Survival in Theresienstadt (Schocken, cloth, $26). A decade ago, Swiss journalist Hannalore Brenner met 10 of these surviving, now-elderly women at their annual reunion in Europe and decided to bring their stories to us. In Holocaust history, Ronald Florence tells the story of Joel Brand and the Jewish Rescue Committee of Hungary in Emissary of the Doomed (Viking, cloth, $27.95). The committee, which had successfully brought individual Polish and Slovakian Jews to the relative safety of Hungary, then turned their efforts to saving Hungarian Jews, including secret negotiations with Adolf Eichmann. Without the aid of the Allies, they lost their race against time. Other new Holocaust non-f iction includes Who Will Write Our History: Rediscovering a Hidden Archive from the Warsaw Ghetto, by Samuel D. Kassow (Vintage, paper, $16.95) and Rediscovering Traces of Memory: The Jewish Heritage of Polish Galicia, by Jonathan Webber, photographs by Chris Schwarz (Indiana U, paper, $27.95) from the Littman Library.
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Books in briefA look back in biblical history, with a dash of humor thrown inDiana BrementJTNews Columnist visors), and of Orthodox and secular women from a myriad of different cultures plus her own experiences, PolakSahm explores the most secret, sacred and sensual moments in a Jewish womans life. Extraordinar y People, edited b y A r yeh Rubi n (D e v o r a , p a p e r, $16.95). One inspiri ng prof i le a f ter another of rabbis, scholars, scientists, advocates and more all working in service to the Jewish community. The cover states the subjects are drawn from across the U.S. and Israel, but from this Northwest outpost the book seems a little New York-centric. Surely a few people west of the Rockies are doing a few things of value in the Jewish community. Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Story Behind the Song, by Canfield, Hansen and Geffen (CSS, paper, $14.95). Here a r e t h e e x c l usive, personal stor ie s b eh i nd 101 of you r f avor ite songs. Of course, not all song w riters are Jewish, but many of them are, so you can enjoy a little John Legend (Ordinary People) with your Barry Manilow (Mandy, etc.).
BibleJPS Illustrated Childrens Bible, retold by Ellen Frankel (JPS, cloth, $35). Illustrated by Israeli artist Avi Katz (Jerusalem Post), this 225-page book focuses on the most plot-driven sections of the Tanach. Frankel, a scholar of folklore and Midrash, and the editor-in-chief of JPS, adds some interesting notes for the grownups on the challenges of introducing American children to the language and rhythms of the Hebrew Bible. Subversive Sequels in the Bible, by Judy Klitsner (JPS, cloth, $35). I n t h i s book , subtitled How Biblica l Stories Mine and Undermine Each Other, the aut hor m a kes u nu sua l pa i ri ng s of bibl ical stories and shows how the later story may comment on or even subvert the earlier one. Noah and Jonah are linked, for example, as are the Tower of Babel and the midwives of Exodus. Fascinating and thought-provoking work (and just a tad scholarly) from a senior faculty member at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem.
FictionThe Fruit of Her Hands: The Story of Shira of Ashkenaz, by Michelle Cameron (Pocket, cloth, $25). Historical novelist Cameron weaves fact and fiction together in this tale of European medieval Jewr y during one of the most challenging periods in Jewish history. The f ictional Shira is witness to some of the more horrific events of the times: Talmud burning, religious disputations, executions and Crusader massacres. Shira has a real-life husband, Meir of Rothenberg, a distant ancestor of the author, which adds to the books appeal. As often occurs in this genre, the author sometimes works too hard to include all the historical details, but it reads well and is entrancing in parts. The Defector, by Daniel Silva (Putnam, cloth, $26.95). Silvas Israeli spy-art restorer-hero Gabriel Alon returns to again combat the evils of terrorism, counter-espionage and international crime, enduring the usual threats on his life and his family. An exciting pageturner, but nothing especially unique or different here. Perhaps t h is is A lons retirement pa r t y? A f ter a l l, how much abuse can one man take, even in the service of his country?
Comics & HumorThe 188th Crybaby Brigade: A Skinny Jewish Kid from Chicago Fights Hezbollah, by Joel Chasnoff (Simon & Schuster, cloth, $25). As Chasnoff begins his basic training he has the following encounter: Hey, I think you misspelled my name, I said to the guy at the dog tag machine. So dont die, he said and shooed me out the door. A proverbial 98-pound weakling lies his way into the Israeli armed forces in order to live in Israel and of course impress a girl. Comedian Chasnoff has lived to tell the tale of war and make us laugh. Jews and American Comics: An Illustrated History of an American Art Form, edited by Paul Buhle (New Press, cloth,
ReligionThe House of Secrets: The Hidden World of the Mikveh, by Varda PolakSahm (Beacon, cloth, $28.95). A fascinating culmination of 10 years of research on the part of the Israeli author, this book dissects the historical and cultural significance of the mikveh and its value in todays world. Based on indept h i nter v iews w it h balanyiot (immersion super-
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$29.95). Reading an early political cartoon in this book, it occurred to me that my grandfather, who arrived on these shores in 1912, might have viewed this exact piece: Karl Marx as Moses, leads the working class to the land of milk and honey, the land of economic freedom through a Red Sea of woes consisting of tenement houses, child labor, war, corruption, hunger and rotten food. Entertaining and educational. Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bible! by Jonathan Goldstein (Penguin, paper, $15). Public radio listeners may be familiar with the work of this Canadian comedian (Americo-Canadian according to Wikipedia), a staff member on This American Life, and host of Wire Tap, his own CBC show, which airs in Seattle on KUOW 94.9. Goldstein puts his spin on a number of biblical tales both famous and obscure a nd g ives fa m i liar characters sardonic, neurotic and poignant personas, saying and thinking things youd never imagine. Since every village needs a mayor as well as a village idiot, it broke down in this way: Eve: mayor; Adam: village idiot. Goldstein takes us all the way to Mary and Joseph, the latter whining about how difficult his life is now that his girlfriend has been impregnated by the Lord.
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Join Rabbi Mark Glickman with members and friends of Congregation Kol Ami for the 2nd Annual Community Passover SederSaturday, April 3 at 6 p.m.Enjoy a delicious catered meal, songs and camaraderie as we participate in this ancient and awe-inspiring tradition. Seating is limited, reserve your place at the table today!Send payment with RSVP to: Congregation Kol Ami, 16530 Avondale Rd. NE, Woodinville 98077 c/o Stephanie, 425-820-8301 or 425-844-1604
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ya gotta love em!The true story of the fabled 613s and their road to near-victoryfinal game on a date that coincided with the Fast of Esther. Observant Jews will recognize Taanit Ester as the fast established by the rabbis to commemorate the self-sacrifice of Queen Esther in saving her people from the genocidal hatred of the Persian court. The story, of course, is memorialized in the Esther Scroll (see Esther 4:15-17), read in most synagogues on the evening and morning of Purim. According to the halachic tradition, Esthers dark night of the soul, prior to confessing her Jewishness to King Ahasueros and begging him to spare her people from the plotting Haman, is commemorated by a public fast in which both men and women abstain from all food and drink from sunrise to sunset on the day before the Megilla is read in public. This year, Purim fell on a Sunday. Since fasting is not permitted on Shabbat, the fast was pushed back to Thursday. That calendrical anomaly is what hung up the WIAA. Its officials claimed that scheduling accommodations to enable Sabbath observance are acceptable, but that there is no precedent for fast days. Negotiations between the Head of School, Rabbi Bernie Fox, and the WIAA proved fruitless. Before the team lay a stark choice: To break the fast in order to accept the honor of athletic competition on the state level, or to honor the fast and forfeit the honor of all-state competition. As we all know and to our pride the team forfeited the game and refused to compete. permitting the girls to break the fast. But even were such a heter found or at least contemplated, I think the team and the school made the right choice. Once it became clear that the scheduling would remain as planned by the WIAA despite the danger to the team, which would have to play without any hydration, they found that the disappointment of forfeiture concealed a rare opportunity. How common is it for American teenagers to be forced to make a choice between religious principle and the egof lattering rewards of public acclaim? Well, these kids did. Confronted by pressure to compromise on a Jewish obligation in favor of a thisworldly reward, they resolutely chose the path of kiddush hashem bfarhesia (public sanctification of the Holy Name). In the glare of public media coverage, the girls explained the significance of their choice and, in so doing, brought before the public gaze a rarely glimpsed aspect of Jewish spirituality. For this they deserve from all of us a loud yasher koach! So much of the upheaval of modern Judaism has been premised on the assumption that any conflict between halachic tradition and modern realities would necessarily be resolved in favor of reality. The resurgence of halachic consciousness across the spectrum of American Jewry unanticipated by experts as recently as a
Martin JaffeeJTNews Columnist While the adults of American Jewry make news all too frequent ly through public scandal, it appears that its up to the younger generation the millenials as the journalistic pop-sociologists call the generational cohort born between 1980 and 2000 to uphold Jewish dignity in the public eye. You might remember t he courageous self-control shown by Jewish University of Washington undergrads last spring when their celebration of Yom HaAtzmaut was raided by a threatening, pro-Palestinian demonstration. Well, add now to the list the exemplary message conveyed by the girls basketball team of the Northwest Yeshiva High School just before Purim at the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association state playoffs in Yakima. The 613s, as they are called, are the first athletic team in any sport to represent a Jewish school in an all-state competition anywhere. Quite an honor! The only problem was this: The team was scheduled by the WIAA to play its
Though the Washington interscholastic Activities Association was unable to accommodate the 613s request to change their game time so they wouldnt have to play during a fast, they were able to move games around so boys and girls teams from the same schools would not have to play at the same time. Now, as Blu Greenberg, one of the pioneers of Orthodox Jewish feminism, is famous for observing: Where theres an halachic will, theres an halachic way. A diligent halachic expert, in love with girls basketball and recognizing the value of public acclaim in strengthening Jewish identity, might have found a heter, a loophole, for
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QFC teams up with Treehouse to help foster kidsBy Kristin Maas, QFC Public Affairs Director
Many of us have been quite lucky in life and we have probably taken it for granted. We grew up in families that loved us and took care of us. While we may not have been wealthy, we never went hungry and we had many of the things we not only needed, such as school supplies, but we also had some of the things we wanted, like dance lessons. Unfortunately, not every child is so lucky. Through no fault of their own, some children are removed from their family homes in order to protect them from unspeakable abuse, neglect, or parental drug use. And although it is in the best interest of the child for their physical safety and emotional wellbeing, sometimes the displacement can cause other unintended consequences, such as anxiety and low self-esteem. Foster families provide safe homes for these children, but many times they cannot afford to provide the extras like music lessons or even some of the simple things, such as a warm coat for winter or jeans that are in style. Thats where Treehouse comes in. They are a local nonprofit organization which helps bring childhood back to scores of foster
children throughout our area. Treehouse helps bridge the gap for foster families to provide necessary school supplies and clothing, as well as support for the extras such as tutoring, music lessons, sports activities, and much more. Treehouse is the humble strength behind foster families, helping to create wonderful memories and encouraging positive self-image, self-worth, and self-confidence in local foster children. All of these are critical components to developing good adults and good citizens, who will hopefully make better choices in life for themselves and for their future families.
QFC is proud partner with Treehouse to raise awareness and funds to support local foster kids. We invite you to make a donation at any QFC checkstand or designate your bag reuse credit to Treehouse, now through March 27th. We hope youll join us and support Treehouse because, Living in foster care shouldnt keep a kid from being a kid.
Kristin Maas is the Director of Public Affairs for QFC. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-990-6182.
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march 12 april 3candle lighting times 3/12/10 3/19/10 3/26/10 4/2/10 5:52 p.m. 7:02 p.m. 7:12 p.m. 7:22 p.m.Kabbalah, which is grounded in tradition and comprehensible to contemporary, educated Jews. At Congregation Beth HaAri Beit Midrash, 5508 35th Ave. NE, Seattle. n 6:30 p.m. Avot Ubanim Rabbi Yehuda Bresler at 206-722-8289 A class where children can learn alongside their parents. Refreshments and prizes at each session. At the Seattle Kollel, 5305 52nd Ave. S, Seattle. n 7:30-10:30 p.m. HeAri israeli Dancing ellie at 206-232-3560 or email@example.com or israelidanceseattle.com Seattles oldest Israeli dance session. Couples and singles welcome. Call for schedule changes. Cost is $6. At Danceland Ballroom, 327 NE 91st St., Seattle.
The JTNews calendar presents a selection of ongoing events in the Jewish community. For a complete listing of events, or to add your event to the JTNews calendar, visit www.jtnews.net. Calendar events must be submitted no later than 10 days before publication.
MOndayn 10 a.m.2 p.m. JCC Seniors Group Roni 206-232-7115, ext. 269 The Stroum JCCs Seniors Group meets on Mondays and Thursdays for activities and celebrations. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. n 10 a.m. Jewish Mommy and Me Giti Fredman at 206-935-4035 or firstname.lastname@example.org Giti Fredman leads a weekly playgroup for Jewish moms and young children. Sponsored by the Seattle Kollel. At the Hiawatha Community Center, 2700 California Ave. SW, Seattle. n 4:306:30 p.m. Modern Conversational Hebrew Sharron Lerner at 206-547-3914, ext. 3 or email@example.com or www.kadima.org Kadima Reconstructionist Community offers conversational Hebrew classes for students in the 3rd7th grades. Open to non-members. At Kadima, 12353 8th Ave. NE, Seattle. n 7 p.m. CSA Monday Night Classes firstname.lastname@example.org Weekly class taught by Rabbi Yechezkel Kornfeld on topics in practical halachah. At Congregation Shevet Achim, 5017 90th Ave. SE, Mercer Island. n 7-8 p.m. Ein Yaakov in english Joseph N. Trachtman at 206-412-5985 or email@example.com Ein Yaakov has been studied since its publication in 1516 by those desiring an introduction to the Talmud through its stories. Free. At Congregation Shaarei Tefilah-Lubavitch, 6250 43rd Ave. NE, Seattle. n 7:45-8:45 p.m. For Women only 206-527-1411 Rabbi Levitin offers classic commentaries on the weekly parshah, Rashi, Rambam and Or HaChaim. At Congregation Shaarei Tefilah, 6250 43rd Ave. NE, Seattle. n 8-10 p.m. Womens israeli Dance Class Ruth Fast at 206-725-0930 Learn Israeli dance steps in an all-female environment. At the Lakewood/Seward Park Community Club, corner of 50th Ave. S and Angeline St., Seattle. n 8:30 p.m. Iyun (in-depth) class in Tehillim firstname.lastname@example.org Class led by Rebbetzin Shirley Edelstone and sponsored by the Seattle Kollel. For women only. Free. Location provided upon RSVP. n 8:30 p.m. Talmud in Hebrew Rabbi Farkash at email@example.com An in-depth Talmud class in Hebrew for men taught by Rabbi Mordechai Farkash. At the Eastside Torah Center, 1837 156th Ave. NE, #303, Bellevue. n 8:30 p.m. Talmud, Yeshiva-Style firstname.lastname@example.org This class tackles sections of ritual, civil and criminal law. Be prepared for lively discussion, debate and analysis. Students must be able to read Hebrew and should have had some experience with in-text Torah study. At the Eastside Torah Center, 1837 156th Ave. NE, #303, Bellevue.
SUndayn 9 a.m. Shabbat in Practice Marilyn Leibert at 206-722-8289 or email@example.com An ongoing course taught by Rabbi Yehoshua Pinkus on the Abridged Book of Jewish Law, known as the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch. Free. At the Seattle Kollel, 5305 52nd Ave. S, Seattle. n 9 a.m. Advanced Talmud for Men Marilyn Leibert at 206-722-8289 or firstname.lastname@example.org A chance for men to study the intricacies of a classic Talmudic text and examine the basic commentaries that bring forth its understandings. Taught by Rabbi Avrohom David. At the Seattle Kollel, 5305 52nd Ave. S, Seattle. n 9 a.m. intermediate Halachah Marilyn Leibert at 206-722-8289 or email@example.com Designed for students who want to learn comprehensive, in-depth, everyday Halachah. Taught by Rabbi Yeshoshua Pinkus. At the Seattle Kollel, 5305 52nd Ave. S, Seattle. n 9:30 a.m. The Role of Conscience in Judaism Mimi Porad at 206-323-8486 or firstname.lastname@example.org Explore the role of conscience in religion in general and Judaism in particular in this seven-week class. $60 for members, $75 for non-members. At Temple De Hirsch Sinai, 1530 E Union St., Seattle. n 10 a.m. Mitzvot: The Fabric of Jewish Living 206-722-8289 or email@example.com An ongoing course about the philosophical underpinnings and practical implications of the 613 mitzvot. Free. Part of the Seattle Kollels Breakfast Club, offering bagels, lox and cream cheese, Starbucks coffee and Krispy Kreme Donuts. At the Seattle Kollel, 5305 52nd Ave. S, Seattle. n 10:15 a.m. Sunday Torah Study Carol Benedick at 206-524-0075 Weekly study group. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle. n 10:30 a.m. intermediate/Advanced Prayerbook Hebrew Alysa Rosen at 206-525-0915, ext. 210 or firstname.lastname@example.org This course focuses on developing a basic Hebrew vocabulary necessary for understanding the siddur. At Temple Beth Am, 2632 NE 80th St., Seattle. n 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Hebrew From Scratch Melanie Berman at email@example.com Learn the basics of the Aleph-Bet. $170. At the Frankel Library at Herzl-Ner Tamid, 3700 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. n 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Moving on in Hebrew Melanie Berman at firstname.lastname@example.org Reading, comprehension and basic grammar. $170. At the Frankel Library at Herzl-Ner Tamid, 3700 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. n 14 p.m. Shalom Bayit Warehouse Volunteer Work Party Rachel at 425-558-1894 or email@example.com Help organize donated items for survivors of domestic violence and their children. This event takes place every second or third Sunday. Call for exact dates and location. n 7:15 p.m. Beginners Talmud Marilyn Leibert at 206-722-8289 or firstname.lastname@example.org This course will walk the novice through the basic learning skills to begin to learn Talmud. At the Seattle Kollel, 5305 52nd Ave. S, Seattle.
Ongoing Fridayn 9:30-10:30 a.m. SJCC Tot Shabbat Dana Weiner at 206-232-7115, ext. 237 Parents with children ages infant-3 celebrate Shabbat with challah, live music, singing, and dancing in the JCCs foyer. Free. At the Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. n 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Tots Welcoming Shabbat 425-603-9677 or www.templebnaitorah.org This Temple Bnai Torah program for kids ages infant-5 includes songs, stories, candle lighting, challah, and open play. Free. At Temple Bnai Torah, 15727 NE 4th St., Bellevue. n 12:30-3:30 p.m. Drop-in Mah Jongg Roni Antebi at 206-232-7115, ext. 269 A friendly game of Mah Jongg. Free for members, $2 for guests. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. n 12:30-3:30 p.m. Bridge Group Roni Antebi at 206-232-7115, ext. 269 Prior bridge playing experience necessary. Coffee and tea provided. Bring a brown bag lunch. Free for members, $2 for non-members. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island.
SaTUrdayn 9-10:30 a.m. Temple Bnai Torah Adult Torah Study 425-603-9677 A discussion of each weeks parshah. No experience needed. At the Temple Bnai Torah youth room, 15727 NE 4th St., Bellevue. n 9:45 a.m. BCMH Youth Services Julie Greene at 206-721-0970 or email@example.com Bikur Cholim-Machzikay Hadath Congregation has something for all ages: Teen minyan, Yavneh program, Junior minyan, Torah Tots, Mommy and Me, and Navi class. Starting times vary. At Congregation Bikur Cholim-Machzikay Hadath, 5145 S Morgan St., Seattle. n 10 a.m. Morning Youth Program 206-722-5500 or www.ezrabessaroth.net Congregation Ezra Bessaroths full-service Shabbat morning youth program focuses on tefillah, the weekly parshah and the congregations unique customs in a creative and fun environment. For infant to 5th grade. At Congregation Ezra Bessaroth, 5217 S Brandon St., Seattle. n 10:45 a.m.-12 p.m. Herzl Mishpacha Minyan 206-232-8555 or www.herzl-ner-tamid.org A Shabbat morning service at Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation that meets twice a month and features songs, stories and treats for 2- to 5-year-olds and their families. Meets first and third Shabbat of the month. At Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation, 3700 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. n 5 p.m. The Ramchals Derech Hashem, Portal from the Ari to Modernity Rabbi Harry Zeitlin at 206-524-9740 or firstname.lastname@example.org This is the earliest systematic and reliable explanation of
TUeSdayn 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Mommy and Me Program Nechama Farkash at 425-427-1654 A chance for parents and kids to explore the childs world through story, song, cooking, crafts and circle time. At a private address. Call for location.
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n 12 p.m. Torah in Sneakers with Rabbi Borodin Carol Benedick at 206-524-0075 or email@example.com or www.bethshalomseattle.org Power walk with the rabbi while discussing the Torah portion and other topics. Meet at Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle. n 12 p.m. Torah for Women Rochie Farkash at 206-383-8441 or firstname.lastname@example.org Rochie Farkash leads a group of Eastside women in a discussion of the weekly Torah portion. At Starbucks (backroom), Bellevue Galleria, Bellevue. 1 p.m. The Gaonim: The era of Genius Marilyn Leibert at 206-722-8289 or email@example.com Five-week class exploring the era of Gao taught by Rabbi Ephraim Schwartz. $25. At the Seattle Kollel, 5305 52nd Ave. S, Seattle. n 7 p.m. Teen Center Ari Hoffman at firstname.lastname@example.org Video games, game tables, food, and fun for high school students. Hosted by NCSY. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. n 7 p.m. Living a Meaningful Jewish Life: From Social Justice to Sexuality Jacob at email@example.com This year-long class for people new to Judaism as well for Jewish young adults interested in deepening their knowledge of Jewish life will cover the Jewish calendar, lifecycles, theology and prayer and will emphasize the deeper meaning behind Jewish practice. At Hillel UW, 4745 17th Ave. NE, Seattle. n 7 - 9:15 p.m. Living Judaism - The Basics with Mary Potter Kris Klippel at 206-524-0075 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.bethshalomseattle.org An introduction to Judaism for Jews looking to deepen their knowledge, non-Jewish partners of Jews, and conversion students. The tuition for this weekly class includes a year-long Hebrew course. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle. n 7 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings eve M. Ruff at 206-461-3240 or email@example.com Meeting for anyone who has stopped or would like to stop drinking. At Jewish Family Service, 1601 16th Ave., Seattle. n 7-8 p.m. Portraits in Leadership 425-957-7860 A study of the life stories of six figures whose courage and determination helped Judaism weather its darkest hours. Lessons will examine a range of classic Jewish sources, drawing extensively from the stories of the Talmud and modern commentaries. Led by Rabbi Sholom Ber Elishevitz. At the Eastside Torah Center, 1837 156th Ave. NE, #303,Bellevue. n 7 - 8:30 p.m. intermediate Conversational Hebrew Janine Rosenbaum at 206-760 -7812 A course for students with some Hebrew background interested in expanding their conversational skills and understanding the basic principles of Hebrew grammar. $65 plus materials. At Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation, 3700 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. n 7:15 p.m. The Philosophy of Rav Aharon Kotler Marilyn Leibert at 206-722-8289 or firstname.lastname@example.org Five-week course exploring the life of Arahon Kotler, founder of the Kollel movement in America. Taught by Rabbi Yehoshua Pinkus. $25. At the Seattle Kollel, 5305 52nd Ave. S, Seattle. n 7:30 p.m. Why Be Jewish? Melanie Berman at 206-232-8555 or email@example.com This class explores what is distinctive about Judaism and the Jewish people. At Herzl-Ner Tamid, 3700 E Mercer Island Way, Mercer Island. n 7:30 p.m. Parshah class 425-427-1654 or Rabbi@Chabadissaquah.com Rabbi Berry leads an in-depth parshah class. At Chabad of
the Central Cascades, 24121 SE Black Nugget Rd., Issaquah. n 7:30 p.m. Weekly Round Table Kabbalah Class firstname.lastname@example.org Men and women join together to explore the mystical teachings of the Kabbalah. At a private home. n 8:30 p.m. Understanding the rabbinate Marilyn Leibert at 206-722-8289 or email@example.com This course will explore the role of the rabbinate and some of the greatest leaders in recent centuries. Taught by Rabbi Yitzchak Goldman. $25. At the Seattle Kollel, 5305 52nd Ave. S, Seattle. n 8:30 p.m. Fertility, Birth, and Jewish Parenting Marilyn Leibert at 206-722-8289 or firstname.lastname@example.org This class will guide students through the different lifecycle events that accompany the birth of a new baby. Taught by Rabbi Schwartz. $25. At the Seattle Kollel, 5305 52nd Ave. S, Seattle.
WedneSdayn 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Torah with a Twist 206-938-4852 Women learn Torah with Rabbi Ephraim Schwartz of the Seattle Kollel at this weekly class. At a Mercer Island location. Call for directions. n 11:45 a.m. Talmud Berachot Rabbi Yehoshua Pinkus at 206-718-2887 or rabbipinkus@ seattlekollel.org Interactive discussion and study session of the Talmud Berachot. Hosted by the Seattle Kollel. Free. At Tullys Westlake Center, 1601 5th Ave., Seattle. n 1 p.m. Heroines of the Torah Marilyn Leibert at 206-722-8289 or email@example.com This series will explore six of the most important women of the Torah. Taught by Rebbetzin Shirley Edelstone. $25. At the Seattle Kollel, 5305 52nd Ave. S, Seattle. n 1:30 p.m. Book Club at the Stroum JCC Roni Antebi at 206-232-7115, ext. 269 Book discussions the first Wednesday of every month. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. n 3 p.m. The Mothers Circle Marjorie Schnyder at 206-461-3240, ext. 3146 A program for moms from other backgrounds raising Jewish kids to get support, learn about Jewish rituals, practices and values, and get connected to the Jewish community. Sponsored by Jewish Family Service. Every other Wednesday. At Whole Foods Market, 1026 NE 64th St., Seattle. n 79 p.m. Teen Lounge for Middle Schoolers Ari at 206-295-5888 Foosball, ping-pong, pool, basketball, arcade games and optional classes. At the Yavneh building at Congregation Bikur Cholim-Machzikay Hadath, 5145 S Morgan St., Seattle. n 7 p.m. Beginning israeli Dancing for Adults with Rhona Feldman Carol Benedick at 206-524-0075 Older teens and all experience levels are welcome. $40 for a five-session punch card. Discount for members. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle. n 7 p.m. Wisdom for Women 14+ Rabbi Bresler at 206-331-8767 or firstname.lastname@example.org Jewish Women ages 14 and up are invited to take part in an afternoon of thought-provoking learning, wisdom, and ideas from the Torah. At the Seattle Kollel, 5305 52nd Ave. S, Seattle. n 7-10 p.m. Parsha and Poker email@example.com A look at the Torah portion of the week followed by a friendly game of poker with proceeds going to tzedakah. Led by Rabbi Josh Hearshen. At Herzl-Ner Tamid, 3700 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. n 7:15 p.m. The Jewish Journey 206-722-8289 or firstname.lastname@example.org This two-year comprehensive program guides students through
the historical, philosophical and mystical wonders of Judaisms 3,500-year heritage. Cost is $360, plus a $36 registration fee. At the Seattle Kollel, 5305 52nd Ave. S, Seattle. n 7:30 p.m. Parshas Hashavuah email@example.com This class provides a general overview of the Torah portion of the week accompanied by Midrashic commentaries, philosophical insight, and practical lessons. At the Eastside Torah Center, 1837 156th Ave. NE #303, Bellevue. n 8:15 p.m. The Hot Zone: Topics of Controversy Marilyn Leibert at 206-722-8289 or firstname.lastname@example.org Rabbi Fredman tackles some of the hottest topics in modern Judaism, including Jewish pluralism, defining committed marriage relationships, interfaith dialogue and mutual cooperation, confronting evil, the right to life and the right to die, and the changing role of women. $25. At the Seattle Kollel, 5305 52nd Ave. S, Seattle. n 8:15 p.m. Great Books of Spirit and Wisdom Marilyn Leibert at 206-722-8289 or email@example.com This course will explore the book of Psalms-Tehillim, Shir Hashirim-Song of Songs, Kohelet-Ecclesiastes, MishleiProverbs, Iyov-Job, and Yonah. Taught by Rebbetzin Shirley Edelstone. At the Seattle Kollel, 5305 52nd Ave. S, Seattle.
THUrSdayn 9:30-10:30 a.m. Womens Talmud Sasha Mail at 206-323-7933, ext. 301 Talmud study class for women led by Rivy Poupko Kletenik. Free. At Seattle Hebrew Academy, 1617 Interlaken Dr. E, Seattle. n 12 p.m. Ramban on Chumash for Women Marilyn Leibert at 206-722-8289 A discussion of foundational Jewish concepts through the eyes of Nachmanides on Chumash in the Book of Genesis, as well as an analysis of key Rashis. Prerequisite: the ability to recognize the Hebrew letters and a desire to learn basic Hebrew grammar. For women only. $25. Sponsored by the Seattle Kollel. At a private home, Mercer Island. n 6:50 p.m. introduction to Hebrew Janine Rosenbaum at 206-760-7812 Helps students build fluency and comprehension of the prayers of the Friday evening service. $50. At Herzl-Ner Tamid, 3700 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. n 7 p.m. Junior Teen Center Ari Hoffman at firstname.lastname@example.org Video games, game tables, food, and fun for middle schoolers. Hosted by NCSY. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. n 7 p.m. Beginners Bridge Class Roni Antebi at 206-232-7115, ext. 269 or email@example.com An eight-week class to familiarize students with the basic principles of bridge. $60/JCC members, $70/non-members. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. n 7:30 p.m. Judaism: The Ultimate Journey firstname.lastname@example.org Rabbi Jay Rosenbaum leads a course called From Slavery to Freedom: Political Activism and Personal Ethics in the Bible and the Age of Democracy. At Herzl-Ner Tamid, 3700 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. n 810 p.m. Teen Lounge for High Schoolers Ari at 206-295-5888 Foosball, ping-pong, pool, basketball, arcade games and snacks. At the Yavneh building at Congregation Bikur CholimMachzikay Hadath, 5145 S Morgan St., Seattle. n 8 p.m. Beth Shalom Beit Midrash Carol Benedick at 206-524-0075 or email@example.com or www.bethshalomseattle.org Rabbi Stuart Light will teach Masechet Berachot from the Mishna. $5/class or 6 classes for $25. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle.
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n 5:30 7 p.m. Jconnect Grad School Happy Hour Rachel Feller at firstname.lastname@example.org Happy hour for graduate and professional students and their friends. At The District Lounge, 4507 Brooklyn Ave. NE, Seattle. n 6 p.m. Mussar 2: Along the Way Devlin Donnelly at 206-323-8486 or email@example.com Rock Shabbat including dinner and a look at the Mussar ethical movement with Rabbi Daniel Weiner. At Temple De Hirsch Sinai, 1441 16th Ave., Seattle. n 711:30 p.m. Mega Shabbat www.hilleluw.org The Ravenna Kibbutz, Hillel UW, Jconnect and the Kavana Cooperative are joining forces for Seattles biggest young adult Shabbat of the year. $12 for dinner. RSVP requested. At Hillel UW, 4745 17th Ave. NE, Seattle.
SUnday 14n 10 a.m. United Way the Jewish Way with Jon Fine Alysa Rosen at 206-525-0915 or firstname.lastname@example.org Jon Fine, president and CEO of United Way of King County, will discuss how the United Way meets the needs of the Jewish community and how his Jewish values motivated him to enter this field. At Temple Beth Am, 2632 NE 80th St., Seattle. n 11 a.m. A Benefit for Furnishing Peaceful Homes ncjwseattle.org Fundraising event for Shalom Bayit. $60. At the Bellevue Hilton, 300 112th Ave. SE, Bellevue. n 4 p.m. Jewish Day School Annual Auction Fundraising auction for JDS. At Meydenbauer Center, 11100 NE 6th St., Bellevue.
TUeSday 16n 46 p.m. Whats a Gefilte Fish? emily Harris-Shears at 206-861-8784 or email@example.com Passover foods tasting co-hosted by Jewish Family Service and Jconnect. At Whole Foods Market, 1026 NE 64th Ave., Seattle. n 79 p.m. Good Health, Great Sex and Your Body Alysa Rosen at 206-525-0915 or firstname.lastname@example.org Dr. Morton Stenchever, a chair of the University of Washington School of Medicine, gives a talk on womens health. At Temple Beth Am, 2632 NE 80th St., Seattle.
email@example.com or jewishinseattle.org An opportunity for women to explore their feminine voices through biblical, Talmudic, prophetic, medieval and modern women. At Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation, 3700 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. n 79 p.m. Conference on Holocaust education Brenda Murray at 253-535-7595 or firstname.lastname@example.org Kickoff for the third annual Powell and Heller Family Conference on Holocaust Education. Includes three days of events and lectures offered through the History department at Pacific Lutheran University, 12180 Park Ave. S, Tacoma.
WedneSday 17n 7 p.m. Death and Dying Workshop emily Harris-Shears at 206-861-8784 or email@example.com Jewish Family Service presents a series of four workshops on the traditions surrounding death, including comforting the bereaved, burials, and mourning rituals. Cost is $36 per person for all four sessions. Scholarships available. At Temple De Hirsch Sinai, 1530 E Pike St., Seattle.
SaTUrday 20n 4p.m. Garinim Chametz Hunt isolde Shiebert at 206-232-8555, ext. 204 Young family night featuring Passover seder songs, a burrito bar, and chametz scavenger hunt. Members and non-members welcome. $20 per family. At Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation, 3700 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island.
SaTUrday 13n 7:3011 p.m. international Womens Day Christina Lopez at 206-722-6057 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.radicalwomen.org Palestinian Women Resist the Israeli Occupation panel discussion commemorating International Womens Day and addressing the effort to build an international boycott of
MOnday 15n 79 p.m. The Power of Stories: Yours, Mine, and ours www.jgsws.org Carol Starin shares the story of her threedecade search for her familys history. Hosted by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State. Free for members, $5 for nonmembers. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer
THUrSday 18n 68:45 p.m. Turn the Page Tips and Text for These Times Rebecca Cohen at 206-774-2272 or
SUnday 21n 9 a.m. Passover Symposium 206-527-1411 or email@example.com Join community rabbis for discussion and reflections on Passover concepts and mitzvot. At Congregation Shaarei TefilahLubavitch, 6250 43rd Ave. NE, Seattle. n 10 a.m. A Great Yiddish Poet & Anti-Nazi Fighter Alysa Rosen at 206-525-0915 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.templebetham.org/education/adults Barbara Henry, associate professor in the department of Slavic languages and literatures at the University of Washington, will speak about the life and work of Yiddish poet and Vilna ghetto anti-Nazi partisan fighter Avrom Sutskever, who helped to conceal books and works of art from the Nazis. Free and open to the community. At Temple Beth Am, 2632 NE 80th St., Seattle. n 10 a.m. HNT Blood Drive isolde Shiebert at 206-232-8555, ext. 203 or email@example.com Annual blood drive. RSVP requested. At Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation, 3700 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. n 3 p.m. Discovering Passover Together emily Harris-Shears at 206-861-8784 or firstname.lastname@example.org An opportunity for interfaith families to learn about the Passover seder. Hosted by Jewish Family Service. At the Miller Community Center, 330 19th Ave. E, Seattle. n 4:30 p.m. Grand Gala Dinner & Auction Melissa Rivkin at 206-232-5272 or email@example.com Fundraising event for Northwest Yeshiva High School. At the Fairmount Olympic Hotel, 411 University St., Seattle.
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MOnday 22n 1 p.m.Seniors Book Club Roni Antebi at 206-232-7115, ext. 269 or firstname.lastname@example.org Book club co-sponsored by Herzl-Ner Tamid and the Stroum JCC. Meets the first Monday of every month. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island.
SaTUrday 27n 10:30 a.m. Western Washington iBD Connections 2010 Sarah Smith-Brady at 877-703-6900 or email@example.com An opportunity to learn about the latest updates on topics related to Crohns disease and ulcerative colitis, as well as resources available to patients, loved ones and healthcare providers. At Seattle University, Pigott Hall, 901 12th Ave., Seattle. n 5 p.m. JRM Auction Laurel Abrams at 206-323-8486 Fundraising dinner and auction for Jennifer Rosen Meade Preschool. At Temple De Hirsch Sinai, 1520 E Union St., Seattle.
SUnday 28n 10 a.m. Bike Ride Bike ride with the Ravenna Kibbutz. Approx. 30 miles. Meet at Ravenna Kibbutz House Gimel, 6211 23rd Ave. NE, Seattle.
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Community sedersNeed a place to go for Passover?Compiled by Leyna KrowAssistant Editor, JTNewsIf you dont have a seder planned at home or with family or friends, plenty of synagogues and organizations around Washington State will be hosting community seders. Share a meal with a stranger and make a new friend on this holiday that celebrates the exodus from Egypt. Please contact the individual organization for reservations and questions. donation of $15. At Ravenna Kibbutz House Bet, 6316 23rd Ave. NE, Seattle. n 7 p.m. Hillel at the University of Washington Join Hillel undergraduates, Jconnectors and community members for festive themed seders led by Hillel staff and volunteers. Food supervised by the Vaad HaRabanim of Greater Seattle. $54/community, $25/Jconnect, $12/ students. At Hillel UW, 4745 17th Ave. NE, Seattle. n 7:15 p.m. Chabad Jewish Center of Snohomish County 425-967-3036, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.jewishsnohomish.com A traditional, insightful, uplifting seder in a great atmosphere. $36/adults, $15/children ages 12 and younger, free/children under 2. At the Chabad Center, 22225 100th Ave. W, Edmonds. n 7:25 p.m. Chabad of Spokane 509-443-0770 or jewishspokane.com $25/adults, $18/children under 12. At Chabad of Spokane, 4116 E 37th Ave., Spokane. n 7:45 p.m. Chabad of Pierce County 253-565-8770, email@example.com, or www.chabadpiercecounty.com An in-depth Hebrew/English Passover experience with translation, traditional songs and lively discussion. RSVP requested. $25/adults, $18/children under 12. At the site of the future Chabad Jewish Center, 2146 N Mildred St., Tacoma. n 8 p.m. Chabad Jewish Center of Whatcom County 360-393-3845 or rsvp@jewishbellingham. com $25/adults, $75/families, free/students. At the Chabad House, 820 Newell St., Bellingham. n 8 p.m. The Seattle Kollel Rabbi David Fredman at 206-251-4063 or
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MOnday, MarcH 29n TBD Chabad of the Central Cascades www.chabadissaquah.com The story of Exodus comes alive through mystical meanings and Kabbalistic insights told through humor and melody. Suggested donation of $36/adults, $20/children, no one turned away due to lack of funds. RSVP requested by March 20. At the Chabad House, 24121 SE Black Nugget Rd., Issaquah. n 7 p.m. The Chabad Jewish Discovery Center 360-584-4306, firstname.lastname@example.org, or www.jewisholympia.com Discover the seders relevance to the modern Jew in a warm and friendly environment. Suggested donation $18/adults, free/children and students. At the Chabad Jewish Discovery Center, 1611 Legion Way SE, Olympia. n 7 p.m. Ravenna Kibbutz www.ravennakibbutz.org/events/2010-03-29 Kosher dairy/vegetarian seder dinner with residents and friends of the Ravenna Kibbutz. All welcome, RSVP requested. Suggested
email@example.com Join the Seattle Kollel for an explanatory Passover seder. Learn the depth and wisdom behind why this is the most celebrated night in the Jewish year. $20/adult, $10/child. At the Seattle Kollel, 5305 52nd Ave. S, Seattle. n 8 p.m. Chabad Jewish Center of Clark County Rabbi Shmulik Greenberg at 360-993-5222 or firstname.lastname@example.org An inspirational and enjoyable familyfriendly community seder complete with a catered gourmet dinner and four cups of fine kosher wine. $30/adults, $20/children. At the Chabad Jewish Center, 9604 NE 126th Ave., suite 2320, Vancouver. n 8 p.m. Chabad Russian Community Seder 206-387-3919 or email@example.com $16/adults, $16/students and children, free/ seniors. At the Chabad House, 6250 43rd Ave. NE, Seattle. n 8:15 p.m. Chabad of Seattle Community Seder 206-527-1411 or firstname.lastname@example.org $20/adults, $5/seniors, students and children. At the Chabad House, 6250 43rd Ave. NE, Seattle.
TUeSday, MarcH 30n TBD Chabad of the Central Cascades www.chabadissaquah.com The story of Exodus comes alive through mystical meanings and Kabbalistic insights told through humor and melody. Suggested donation of $36/adults, $20/children. No one turned away due to lack of funds. RSVP requested by March 20. At the Chabad House, 24121 SE Black Nugget Rd., Issaquah. n TBD Hillel UW Second Night GLBTQ Seder
email@example.com This special seder will connect the Passover story to GLBTQ history. For students and Jconnect members, ages 18-32. Food not supervised by the Vaad. Location TBD. n 5:30 p.m. Congregation Beth Sholom Debbie Greene 509-735-1149 or richland.uscjhost.net/seder.asp $27/adult members, $37/adult non-members, $16/children 7-13, $6/children under 7, free/ children under 4. At Congregation Beth Sholom, 312 Thayer Dr., Richland. n 6 p.m. Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue Shellie oakley at 206-527-9399 or firstname.lastname@example.org Explore the deeper mystical teachings of the Jewish lineage and share the traditional symbols and story of Passover. Led by Rabbi Olivier BenHaim. For members: $38/adults, $20/children. For non-members: $48/adults, $25/children. RSVP requested by March 23. At the University Unitarian Church, 6556 35th Ave. NE, Seattle. n 6 p.m. Temple Beth Hatfiloh China Star at 360-754-8519 or email@example.com An open, relaxed and participatory community seder. For members: $20/adults, $10/first child, $5/additional child. For non-members: $25/adults, $15/first child, $10/additional child. At Temple Beth Hatfiloh, 201 8th Ave. SE, Olympia. n 6 p.m. Congregation Tikvah Chadashah 206-355-1414 or firstname.lastname@example.org Annual community seder hosted by Seattles GLBTQ chavurah. Requested donation of $20/ adults, free/children. All are welcome. At the Graham Visitors Center in the University of Washington Arboretum, 2300 Arboretum Dr. E, Seattle.
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n 6p.m. Temple Bnai Torah Karen Sakamoto at 425-603-9677 Led by Rabbi James L. Mirel and Cantor David Serkin-Poole. Enjoy a traditional seder dinner catered by Terentino. Vegetarian meals available upon advance request. $45/adults, $20/kids ages 6-12, free/kids 5 and under. RSVP requested by March 16. At Temple Bnai Torah, 15727 NE 4th St., Bellevue. n 6:30 p.m. Bet Chaverim Howard orlean at 206-577-0403 or email@example.com A traditional celebration with music and an affordable seder of the finest blend of homemade and catered foods. For members: $22/adult, $12/children ages 6-12, $5/ children ages 2-5. For non-members: $28/ adult, $18/children ages 6-12, $8/children ages 2-5. RSVP requested by March 24. At Bet Chaverim, 25701 14th Pl. S, Des Moines. n 6:30 p.m. Hillel of Western Washington University firstname.lastname@example.org This seder is focused on the exile of Jews throughout history. Participants will read short passages and enjoy a great meal together. Free. At the Shalom Center, 102 Highland Dr., Bellingham. n 6:30 p.m. Stroum JCC Roni Antebi at 206-2327115, ext. 269 or email@example.com Join the SJCC for a traditional second night Passover seder recalling the exodus from Egypt and freedom from slavery. $35/adult members, $50 for adult non-members. $25/senior members, $35/senior non-members, $22/ children ages 7-15, free/children 6 and under. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. n 7:45 p.m. Chabad Jewish Center of Snohomish County 425-967-3036, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.jewishsnohomish.com A traditional, insightful, uplifting seder in a great atmosphere. $36/adults, $15/ages 12
and younger, free/children under 2. At the Chabad Center, 22225 100th Ave. W, Edmonds. n 7:45 p.m. Chabad of Pierce County 253-565-8770, email@example.com or www.chabadpiercecounty.com An in-depth Hebrew/English Passover experience with translation, traditional songs and lively discussion. RSVP requested. $25/adults, $18/child under 12. At the site of the future Chabad Jewish Center, 2146 N Mildred St., Tacoma. n 8 p.m. Ravenna Kibbutz www.ravennakibbutz.org/events/2010-03-29 Kosher dairy/vegetarian seder dinner with residents and friends of the Ravenna Kibbutz. All welcome, RSVP requested. Suggested donation of $15. At Ravenna Kibbutz House Gimel, House Gimel, 6211 23rd Ave. NE, Seattle.
Friday, aPril 2n 11 a.m.1:30 p.m. Hillel UW Community Passover Lunches Its a Seattle Jewish community tradition you wont want to miss. Food supervised by the Vaad HaRabanim of Greater Seattle. No reservations needed. $15/community, $7/ students. At Hillel UW, 4745 17th Ave. NE, Seattle.
SaTUrday, aPril 3n 5 p.m. Secular Jewish Circle of Puget Sound
firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-528-1944 Join the only Secular Humanistic Jewish community in Seattle for Passover. $20/ members, $35/non-members, $10/children. Location TBD. n 6 p.m. Congregation Kol Ami Stephanie Glickman at email@example.com $35/adults, $15/kids under 12. At the Carol Edwards Center, 17401 133rd Ave. NE, Woodinville.
its time for the JTNews matzoh brie contest!So you think you can fry the best matzoh brie? Savory, sweet or just a bissel of salt, this Passover breakfast tastes like perfection to a fault. Were having a contest, its even got prizes! To see whose oily creation makes us feel none the wisest. By the fifth day or sixth, when youre tired of dry crackers, the fat from this treats quite the haven for snackers. So send us your method of frying it up so we know how your family prefers to sup. Well print them next issue as many as we can so you can taste for yourself if any are worth a damn. So give a shot, send it in, fill your pot! But w het her t r ad itional, modern, or with ingredients unknown, no cribbing from cookbooks it must be your own. Send your matzoh brie recipe to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Friday, March 19. One random winner will receive a really ugly Passover pot holder. But you should send your recipes in anyway.the Marmot/creative commons
WedneSday, MarcH 31n 6 p.m. Congregation Kol Shalom Beth at 206-842-9010 or email@example.com Potluck supper. Free. At Congregation Kol Shalom, 9010 Miller Rd. NE, Bainbridge Island.
THUrSday, aPril 1n 11 a.m.1:30 p.m. Hillel UW Community Passover Lunches Its a Seattle Jewish community tradition you wont want to miss. Food supervised by the Vaad HaRabanim of Greater Seattle. No reservations needed. $15/community, $7/ students. At Hillel UW, 4745 17th Ave. NE, Seattle. n 6 p.m. Russian Seder irina Vorona at 425-643-2221 or firstname.lastname@example.org Through a partnership with Jewish Family Service, Temple Beth Am is hosting a Passover seder in Russian for non-English speaking immigrants. Free. At Temple Beth Am, 2632 NE 80th St., Seattle.
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Passover-observant wine lovers, rejoice!The kosher wine market has made it maybe even to your cellarJoel MagalnickEditor, JTNews There are people who love wine. And there are people who love wine. Not 10 years ago, the people whose tastes hew toward the enocentric would have looked at a kosher wine likely with a rectangular-shaped bottle and laughed all the way to their cellars. Not anymore. Every year, when we taste wines in anticipation of Passover, we remark how the wines are generally quite good and for the most part comparable to any decent bottle of wine youd find at your local grocery or wine store. Not anymore. As weve seen in the past couple of years, kosher wines are not just comparable to your average bott le. They are, oftentimes, better. For our tasting this year, a small group of us tasted nine wines supplied by Michael Friend, regional distributor for Royal Wine Corp., all of them kosher, most of them mevushal, meaning that the wines have been flash boiled for about two seconds to allow anyone, whether an observant Jew or not, to serve the wine at a catered meal. And, with the possible exception of one or two, they were excellent. Most wines, incidentally, are available at Albertsons on Mercer Island or the QFC at University Village, though most stores would be willing to do special orders. Prices listed are suggested retail. Depending upon where you go, they may be a bit more or a bit less. The tasters in our eighth annual event were a mix of new and veteran: Karen Chachkes, JTNews publisher and wine enthusiast Joel Magalnick, JTNews editor (need more be said about journalists and alcohol?) Dan Mayer, JTNews board member and wine enthusiast Michael Natkin, aspiring chef and writer of local food blog herbivoracious.com David Schor, wine enthusiast Ned Porges, professor emeritus of wine and spirits at Washington State University and Highline College. Ned, prior to the first pouring, gave us a lesson in appellations, estates and growing regions of France and Italy. We began with the whites. Ou r f i rst, Sega ls Cha rdonnay/ Columbard Fusion from Israel ($13.99), is mevushal and started out with mixed reviews. The first thing I got was apples, Karen said. I got butter, actually, on the palate. Seems like a brunch wine. Dave liked the nose, but after that, particularly for a Chardonnay, it came across as too buttery, he said. I thought there was a lot of oak and not a lot of fruit, Michael N. said, calling it crispy and acidic. It wasnt a very interesting wine, said Dan, noting the butter, but with a smoother second note. Didnt have a range that Id be looking for. Ned liked this wines smoothness, with tastes of retsina and licorice. Michael F. called it crisp, light, and easy to drink. Not so serious, more fun and good with appetizers, probably, he said. Next was a 2007 Herzog Special Reserve Chardonnay Russian River (California, $34.99), also mevushal. This is available exclusively at the Costco on 4th Ave. S in Seattle.
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This Year in Sderot!and Beer Sheva, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Tel Aviv, Gedera, Nahariya, and of course, Jerusalem
On the evening of March 29, Jews worldwide will again celebrate the Passover Seder, telling the story of our redemption from Egypt. In southern Israel and along the Gaza border as well as at the northern border with Lebanon and throughout the country, MDA personnel are on alert at holiday time, ready to respond to every medical emergency, anywhere in Israel. Our tradition tells us that our people were redeemed by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Today, in Israel, and next year in Jerusalem as well, they are redeemed by the brave Magen David Adom personnel Israels medical emergency first responders.
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Continued t Page 17 Michael F. called it grassy, with a long, oaky finish and a medium body. I liked that a lot more than the Segals, Michael N. said. That one was a lot better balanced. Flavors played off each other. I did get the stronger flavor immediately, Ned said. Lots of tannins, long finish. Dave thought the dark color was perfect for a Chardonnay, but he found the taste a bit too oaky and with too much vanilla. Theres a good vegetative flavor going
on, he noted however. Like me, he also found hints of honeydew. The nose it smelled like toast, Karen said. I liked the butteriness in this one. Its what I lean toward in Chardonnay. Our last white was Barkan Sauvignon Blanc, also from Israel ($11.99), made with grapes from the Galil in Northern Israel. Its mevushal as well. Dan liked the wide range of fruit, calling it light and smooth. I liked this wine. I was surprised, he said. The real range of taste was there, offered what I wanted in a Sauvignon Blanc: Light, but there was some taste there. I was pleasantly happy. I thought I caught a little bit of apples and pears in the nose, Dave said, calling it delightful. It felt like a day at the
seashore, like a summer breeze coming in from the ocean. A little fruit flavor in it, buttery, said Ned, who found a short finish: Zimzam-dam.
Michael N. found it tingly, crisp, balanced, and with a taste of mango. I thought it was pleasant, he said. And now the reds: As we got started on the reds, our host Michael noted something about the commonly purchased Manischewitz: That this fortified kosher wine is not kosher for Passover year-round. All year long they put in a sweetener, and the sweetener is not kosher for Passover, he said. But what is Passover without Manischewitz? Ned asked. All the wines were drinking here! I responded. We started with a label unfamiliar to us all: Binyamina Yogev Cabernet/ Merlot (Israel, $13.99). That said, we did find the label, with an image of a worker carrying a bushel of grapes, impressive. The non-mevushal wine was not universally so. I like the bottle more than the wine, said Dan. Not much nose to it. Kind of a Merlot taste and a Cabernet afterglow. I got hints of cassis in the flavor. It somehow reminded me of being in a clay studio, Dave said. Yeah, I got earth, Karen responded. She called it a one-note wine, and quite tannic. Michael F., also finding it too tannic, noted a barnyard taste. Theres a lot of smoke to it, Ned said. It was smooth and it did linger. It also did have a bite. I thought I got a little cherry on the nose, but none on the palate. Next we tried Segals Special Reserve
Merlot (Israel, $14.99). Though its closest availability is an Albertsons in Portland, this wine produced in Israels Galil may be worth the drive, especially considering the price. It is mevushal. Ned found the Segals robust with a good finish. Mmm This is a Merlot, he said. I thought it was earthy, really fullbodied, nice glow. Dave tasted currants, raisins, and commented on what he called the perfect ruby red color. I thought it was the right note, he said. I thought it was really spicy, and [would] go well with that Passover roast. Dan called it a good Merlot. I think of the characteristics I would find in a Merlot and it had those. Specifically, he liked the well-blended variety of tastes and the nice fruit nose. I liked this more than a regular Merlot, Karen said, noting its syrupy nose, peppery flavor, and long finish. I thought it was going to be smoother than it was. I liked it. One persons syrupy is anothers distaste, however. Michael N. thought this wine was pretty acidic, and he noted something a little funky on the nose. But Michael F. really enjoyed this one. I detected a fruit in the nose, then chocolate, he said. From Spain, we tried Elvi Wines Classico ($12.49), made from 88 percent tempranillo grapes, 12 percent Merlot. It is not mevushal. Michael N. tasted olives and blackberry with what he called a very straightforward wine. Not a very complex wine,
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he said, but I could eat it with a lot of foods. Id serve it with cheese, added Dave. Fat, cheese it would cut through that. He added his appreciation for the deep dark black cherry color, he said. I wouldnt say it was complex, but I got a lot of different flavors: Roasted peppers, licorice. Spicy, woody and herbal, Karen said. Ned found it to be tart, spicy and astringent, with a lingering afterglow. We have tried Goose Bays wines before, most notably their Chardonnay. This year we got a taste of the Goose Bay Pinot Noir, a mevushal wine (New Zealand, $23.99) I like that a lot, Michael N. said. Every time I tasted it I came back to the same thing: Sesame oil. Spicy and maybe a little honey, Ned said. Dave liked the flavors, but found it a bit too light, perhaps diluted even. It didnt stay with me very much, Dan said, finding this more acidic and oaky for his tastes. A first taste, and thats it. Karen wasnt so impressed. Sweet. Just boom, she said. Sweets what I got and that kind of stopped it. Baron Rothschild Malbec ($24.99) was our one taste of what our host Michael said is the hot grape these days. Grown and produced in Argentina, on alluvial flood plains, he said its the only kosher Malbec on the market. It was strong, long finish, full body, Ned said. It wasnt a favorite for him. But Karen marked this as her favor-
ite. Smoky nose, she said. Just a very yummy fragrance. I loved this. Dave tasted a little bit of tobacco, and the burnt ends of a roast with this one. Yum! he noted. Excellent cassis/currant. Almost like a sweat lodge. Dan found it to have the most acidic aftertaste of everything we tried not that thats a bad thing. He really liked it. I thought this would go really well with a roast, he said. Michael N. found it to be young, aggressive and brash but likeable. This is the image I get of a teenager, he said. Still going. We finished the night with a bang. When the producers of Herzog Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (California, $42.99) caught wind of our tasting, they FedExed a bottle straight to Michael for us to try. The 2007 vintage, the one we tried, received a 92 rating from Wine Enthusiast and was being bottled as we speak, he told us. Its got a great nose, he noted. I could smell it all day long. Ned really enjoyed this one. It had a sweet taste despite the dryness, he said. Pretty strong at the beginning. I tasted cumin, Karen said, noting shed like to grill a big steak with it. It gave a range of tastes that rainbow but in a very enjoyable way, Dan said. He found it grassy and not very acidic, with a nice finish. Michael N. found this to be balanced and distinct. Much more distinct fruit a lot going on, he said. Blackberry, stone fruit, vanilla. Dave found this complex, a mix of ber-
ries, peppers and raisins, with a lingering finish. It stood as one of his favorites. As for me? It knocked my socks off. Michael Natkins blog, www.herbivoracious. com, has been nominated as a finalist in Saveur magazines Best Special Interest Blog category. Visit http://bit.ly/aLp3nl for details on how to submit your vote.
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Ethiopia in IsraelA film about Israeli Ethiopians, by Israeli Ethiopians, would make Tevye proudJoel MagalnickEditor, JTNews For their first time out, Israels Ethiopian community has produced a film that enters their adopted countrys pantheon of moviemaking. That said, Zruvabel is not without its flaws. At 72 minutes, this short (by todays standards, anyway) feature film is the first time we can see a snapshot of a population, now in its second and third generations in Israel, through the eyes of one family, for whom the film is titled. Zruvabel screens as a part of the Seattle Jewish Film Festival on Tues., March 16. To call this film a modern Fiddler on the Roof wouldnt be much of a stretch, with the family patriarch, Gite (Meir Desai), as the much more austere Tevye. Gite has three children a fourth died during his army service who emigrated from Ethiopia with him and his wife, Molo. Gites children cause him tsuris while he, once an important man in his homeland but now working as a street sweeper, struggles to come to terms with the hand modern society has dealt him. The eldest, Hana, has left her husband because his fervent embrace of Judaism has alienated his family and led him to
A wild, incredible rideCycle of Israeli Arab-Jewish violence sparks sizzling AjamiMichael FoxSpecial to JTNews Even by the high standards set by Israeli films in the last few years, Ajami is a knockout. A crackling urban drama shot with unblinking realism and steeped in astringent Middle East irony, Ajami sinks its hooks in the first minute and never lets up. Written, directed and edited by Scandar Copti (a Palestinian citizen of Israel) and Yaron Shani (a Tel Aviv Jew), Ajami takes its name and its intersecting plotlines from the Jaffa neighborhood where Jews and Arabs live in uneasy proximity. Melting pot? Try boiling pot. The story unfolds from a succession of characters perspectives, augmented at times with flashbacks, that grant us entre to a number of worlds. The kinetic effect of this 21st-century neo-realism, achieved via non-professional actors and handheld cameras, is to experience this seething city at the speed of life. Ajami was nominated and passed over for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The film begins with a bang, with a child gunned down on the street by a duo on a motorcycle. This gutless revenge killing turns out to be a case of mistaken
Young Almaz (Tamar imla) sits in her boyfriends rooftop domicile while factory smokestacks loom in the background, in Zruvabel. violence. The middle child, the beautiful Almaz, has been promised to a man twice her age, but she rebels against her fathers traditional ways and falls in love with a distant cousin she meets while tending bar at a nightclub. The youngest, Gili, is smart but mixed up in the wrong crowd, despite his fathers attempts to extract him from his dangerous lifestyle. Hanas son, video-camera-wielding, 12-year-old Itzhak, is the only native Israeli in the family, yet hes only too
An arrest shows the seamy underside of Jaffas Ajami neighborhood in Ajami, which opens the Seattle Jewish Film Festival. identity; the intended target was an innocent Arab teenager whos been inadvertently thrown into the middle of an Arab-Arab dispute. So Omar (Shahir Kabaha) appeals to a well-off, well-connected, Christian Arab restaurant owner, Abu Elias (Youssef Sahwani), who arranges a cease-fire with the aggrieved Bedouin gang and a meeting to arrange a settlement. The price is more than Omar can pay, leaving him susceptible to illegal and dangerous schemes to raise the cash. One of the workers in Abu Eliass
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