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a j e w i s h t r a n s c r i p t p u b l i c a t i o n n $ 2 . 0 0insidenew atwww.jtnews.netvol . 86, no. 10 n fri day, may 14, 2010 n 1 si van 5770 n j tnews. netMorris MalakoffJTNews CorrespondentIn 1995, Jewish Family Service moved into its cur-rent Capitol Hill location on 16th Avenue, renovating a former eye clinic to serve as the center of operations for 40 employees and about 200 volunteers.Fifteen years later, 200 employees and 1,300 volunteers are crammed into the same structure, with closets and other non-administrative areas having long ago been converted into ofce space, often shared by more than one employee.Many other employees and programs are spread across town in rented space, adding a fnancial burden to JFS and a logistical burden for clients who need to access multiple programs.Te current ofces are so overcrowded and outdated that administrators worry client confdentiality is at risk.It is very uncomfortable to be here for a confdential appointment and have someone you know walk in and ask What are you here for? said Ken Weinberg, Jewish Family Services CEO.But those days of uncomfortable working conditions, awkward moments in the lobby, and other impediments to the high standard of service JFS strives to deliver may soon be a thing of the past.On April 28, the JFS board of directors unanimously voted to proceed with the construction of a $9 million, 19,000-square-foot building adjacent to the current 13,500-square-foot structure. Groundbreaking is expected to take place in early 2011.Tis has been a long process that was not entered into lightly, said JFS board president Dianne Loeb. It has been a dream for nearly a decade and now it seems like after almost 10 years the pieces have sufciently fallen into place for us to feel comfortable with moving ahead.Te plan is contingent on promised money convert-ing to solid donations, something Loeb and Weinberg are confdent will happen. Fundraising for the building is also continuing.Loeb said the funds, which are segregated from the operational monies used for programs, have been actively raised for many years and that a combination of sources available, including some government money, have made the board comfortable with breaking ground early next year.Our goal is to raise $11 million, Weinberg said. About $2 million of that is to cover interest charges, which we are hoping to not have if enough money is raised to pay for the building.Te new building, named the Jesse Danz Building, as the current structure is now, will rise above the current parking lot on the north side of the JFS building with the parking being retained at street level below the frst foor of the two-story building.Weinberg said that while JFS is not building an extrav-agant headquarters, it is building a quality facility.Te building will be LEED certifed at the silver level, he said, referring to environmental building standards. Tat is not only good for the broader environmental ele-ments, but it has been shown that LEED buildings are healthier working environments as well.Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design is an internationally recognized green building certifcation system.Te Jessie Danz Building, which will be attached to the current structure, will bring an immediate cost savings to JFS when programs that are currently in rented satellite locations are consolidated under one roof.New JFS building finally gets green lightu Page 12 u Page 5 CelebrationsJoel MagalnickThe women of Alpha Epsilon Phi, until earlier this week known as the Jewish Sorority, received their colonization into the national organization at a ceremony on Mon., May 10. The 13 University of Washington students, plus Lauren Brown of UW Hillel and Chaya Estrin of Chabad at the UW, who were instrumental in getting the sorority off the ground, received membership ribbons from several of the Jewish sororitys alumni. AEPhi had a presence on the campus until the 1980s, so this new colony, after it satisfes a number of criteria, will become a full-fedged chapter and retain the previous iterations charter.the voice of jewish washingtonnewsJTPAgE 13Kagan seen as brilliant and afable and a mysteryRon KampeasJTA World News ServiceWASHINGTON (JTA) Rabbi David Saperstein runs through a shopping list of superlatives on Elena Kagan self-evidently brilliant and steady, strategic and tacti-cal before acknowledging that he doesnt have much of a handle on what President Obamas choice to fll a U.S. Supreme Court seat actually believes.In the Jewish community Saperstein, the head of the Reform movements Religious Action Center, apparently is not alone.Community reaction to Obamas selection of Kagan, the U.S. solicitor general, is enthusiastic until ofcials consider what it is, exactly, she stands for.Kagan, 50, has never been a judge she would be the frst Supreme Court justice without bench experience since 1974. Its a biography the White House touts as refreshing, but also has the convenience of lacking a paper trail of opin-ions that could embarrass a nominee in Senate hearings.When someones a solicitor general, it is really difcult to know what is their own position and what is the position of the state they are charged to represent, Saperstein said.Te White House strategy going into Senate hearings appears to be blame whatever controversy trails her on her employer, on her client on anyone but Kagan herself.The first such controversy to emerge since Obama announced the nomination May 10 was Kagans defense, as dean of Harvard Universitys Law School, of the practice of banning military recruitment through the main career emilys corner 7a View from the u 9M.o.t.: Member of the tribe 10calendar 18lifecycles 23the shouk classifeds 26 Page 10Page 21Her Bubby wouldnt have made it to the hospital.Our Kiryat Malachi clinic saved her life. _Dr. NissimHelp create healthy communities in Israel at www.JewishInSeattle.org/IsraelNeedsThe JTNews is the Voice of Jewish Washington. Our mission is to meet the interests of our Jewish community through fair and accurate coverage of local, national and international news, opinion and information. We seek to expose our readers to diverse viewpoints and vibrant debate on many fronts, including the news and events in Israel. We strive to contribute to the continued growth of our local Jewish community as we carry out our mission.2041 Third Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121 phone 206-441-4553 fax 206-441-2736E-mail: editor@jtnews.net www.jtnews.netJTNews (ISSN0021-678X) is published biweekly by The Seattle Jewish Transcript, a nonproft corporation owned by the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, 2041 3rd Ave., Seattle, WA 98121. Subscriptions are $56.50 for one year, $96.50 for two years. Periodi-cals postage paid at Seattle, WA. 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Our guide to writing a letter to the editor can be found on our Web site: www.jtnews.net/index.php?/letters_guidelines.htmlThe deadliNe FOr The NexT iSSue iS may 18 n FuTure deadliNeS may be FOuNd ONliNefriday, may 14, 2010 n jtnews3viewpointspageRabbi Olivier BenHaimBet Alef Meditative SynagogueAs my first name suggests, I was born in France. Te France I grew up in ofered only one Jewish denomination, one form of practicing Judaism: Ortho-doxy. For French Jews like my parents, practicing Judaism was virtually an all-or-nothing endeavor. My parents were uncomfortable to say the least with most Jewish Orthodox practices. As Jews frmly grounded in modern French sec-ular culture, they restricted their Jewish celebrations to Passover and Yom Kippur, the purpose of which was to get together with extended family twice a year. As a good rebellious teenager, I decided to embrace Orthodox Judaism, to the utter dismay of my entire family. I practiced modern Orthodoxy through my teens and into my 20s both in France and, later, in Israel, where I emigrated after graduating from high school. Jewish Orthodoxy was not only all I had ever known, it was all I ever knew existed. You can imagine my surprise then, when, having moved to the U.S. in my late 20s, I discovered numerous denominations available to American Jews. I was stunned! I found myself wondering, How would Jewish life have been diferent for my par-ents for French Jews in general? Would they have found it easier to attend syna-gogue had such diversity been available in my youth?It soon became apparent, however, that the pluralism I had found so refresh-ing does not necessarily foster harmony. Many conversations taught me that the norm of existing discourse within the American Jewish community is that of discord. Members of the more liberal denominations disparage the more tra-ditional ones, while the latter criticize the practices or lack thereof, in their opin-ion of the former. Tose in the liberal camp are accused of being accomplices to the growing number of intermarriages raising the specter of Jewish disappear-ance while those in the Orthodox camp are decried as being anachronistically patriarchal and stuck in an irrelevant iso-lationist past raising the same specter.Te list of grievances continues from all sides, ad nauseam. Ultimately, every-one believes his or her particular method of practicing Judaism is the correct and authentic way. Most in the name of political correctness would not pub-licly admit as much; nevertheless, our Jewish Home is deeply divided. Where might this divisiveness lead us? Te Talmud ofers us one particularly dark possibility: Why was the second Temple wherein the society was involved in Torah, Commandments and acts of kind-ness destroyed? Because gratuitous hatred was rampant in society. (Yoma 9b)We have yet to reach this level of conten-tion. Tankfully, even amid great inter-nal rumblings, the House of Jacob is not on the brink of collapse. We might be dis-pleased or uncomfortable with the ways others choose to practice Judaism, but that is a far cry from hatred. Perhaps in our generation we have the opportunity to ofer an alternative ending to that of the Talmuds; we can seed a diferent vision for the unfolding of the Jewish story, if we heed a profound teaching gleaned from this weeks Torah portion: Bamidbar. Bamidbar Sinai, in the wilderness of Sinai, the Eternal spoke to Moses saying: Take a census of the whole Israelite communit y (Num. 1:12) Tere, through the census, every tribe is accounted for, each one given a place in the composition of the community as it is about to march through the wilderness. Te metaphor of the wilderness, itself, is most telling. Here is a space welcoming of all and belonging to no one. In this space we are able to receive Torah, or metaphori-cally speaking, to awaken to the most fun-damental teachings. Tis is the spiritual space all of us always travel through. Te marching tribes of our ancestors could represent, in our days, both the multiple denominations of modern Judaism, and those of us non-denominational Jews; all wandering through the midbar together. If we are to pay attention to this aspect of this weeks teaching, not only do all of us, afliated or not, need to be counted as part of the Israelite community, but all of us need the unique space we take up in the arrangement of the tribes in the breadth of Judaism to be recognized and afrmed by all others, as we march through the midbar as one people. Trouble begins when we believe we own Te Truth. No one does. Rather, each of our denominations expresses a whole but partial truth. By whole I mean that, deeply grounded in our convictions, steeped in our unique form of practices and worldview, we hold an absolutely valid and necessary form of Jewish expression a whole truth. But our truth is also part of a greater whole, the whole we call Judaism. And therefore, it is a par-tial truth on the spectrum of truths that make up Judaism. Tis is why I believe all the denominations are needed. Te congregation I personally gravi-tated toward, and of which I now lead, is Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue. Tough founded by a Reform rabbi Rabbi Ted Falcon Bet Alef is an independent con-gregation. As a Jew, I am blessed with being able to find a community that matches my current spiritual orienta-tion and preference. Not only that, but as an evolving human being, I am also well aware that diferent times in my life may call me to diferent forms of practice, and, therefore, to diferent denominations. In our Torah portion, the Hebrew words usually translated as take a census, liter-ally mean: lift the head. By accounting for the entire range of denominations, by counting us all as integral whole-parts of the modern Israelite community, we restore the pride and sense of belonging of all Jews, and allow all to hold their heads up high. As we wander through the wilder-ness, each others presence enhances the remarkable experience of being Jewish. May we be able to fnd within our hearts the benevolent love that will unite our people in the essential acceptance of our diferences, here in America, and most critically in our time, in the land of Israel. e Pluribus unumJust as in the Torah, to each his own placerabbis turnDefinition of insanityThe editorial by Rainer Waldman Adkins and Teri Citterman (Sharing Jeru-salem: The key to peace? April 30) sup-portive of a two-state solution and Barack Obamas public criticism of Jewish construction in Jerusalem reminds me of Albert Einsteins defnition of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. The failed Oslo process and past Israeli concessions have not resulted in Palestinian abrogation of violence to obtain its polit-ical goals. Lets look at the facts. First, to date the Palestinian National Covenant has not explicitly omitted the language deny-ing Israels right to exist. Offcial Palestin-ian pronouncements continue to assert that the Jews have no historic claim to Jerusa-lem and no Jewish Temple ever stood on what they call the Haram-al-Sharif The Temple Mount. Second, all Israeli territo-rial withdrawals over the past decade have been reciprocated not with compromise by Arabs but with increased violence. Israels unilateral withdrawal from Lebanon in May 2000 was met with an emboldened Hez-bollah, kidnappings of Israeli soldiers, and the bloody second intifada. Moreover, the number of rockets fred at Israel from Gaza more than tripled after Israels unilateral withdrawal from the Gaza Strip in August 2005 with nearly 6,000 rockets and mortars were launched between August of 2005 and the January 2009 Gaza war. In light of these undisputed facts, Adkins and Citterman now suggest that a cessation of building in Jewish neigh-borhoods in Jerusalem will lead to peace and a two-state solution notwithstand-ing the fact that all prior concessions and efforts made by Israel have been met with Palestinian violence. This is insanity. Jewish blood should not have been shed in vain, and over 20 centuries of prayers to return to Jerusalem dismissed, because of the political lefts severe cogni-tive dissonance. As simply stated by Golda Meir, We will have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.Steven A. Hemmat SeattleDiversity of opinionThank you for publishing Rabbi Anson Laytners essay on dialogue between and among Jews with differing viewpoints regarding Israel and Palestine (We need to talk, April 16). It amazes me, as a com-mitted Jew, just how obvious our dislike of Arabs/Palestinians is when our ancient right to eretz Israel is asserted. In fact, some Jews say there are no Palestinians and no Palestine, even.I dont understand how a gap this big could develop from a people known, admired and envied for their history of major intellectual accomplishments, achievements and survival against the odds. Thats our story. Why are Jews split-ting and factionalized, fearful of stating to each other differing opinions on Israels political policies?I applaud the JTNews for running arti-cles from a wide range of rabbinic and intellectual opinions in the Seattle com-munity. Americans live in a democracy. As Jews and Americans, upholding those inalienable rights and having the right to express different opinions are essential to maintaining that democratic standard. As Jews, we must also try to respect and care for one another especially in times of divisiveness. Many rabbinic quotes can be cited, at the very least the great Rabbi Hil-lels, If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? And if not now, when?That question of the ages remains as rel-evant today as ever. We must strive to fnd a middle ground. That is what I will pray for. Charlene KahnSeattleu Page 22CorrectionTe report on the state of the day schools (April 30) noted the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle has given nearly $450,000 to each of the day schools. Tat fgure was the total amount of money allocated to schools and area education organi-zations in the past year, plus addi-tional emergency grants.JTNews regrets the error.jtnews n friday, may 14, 2010 4coMMunity newsKristin Maas is the Director of Public Afairs for QFC. She can be reached at kristin.maas@qfci.com or 425-990-6182. May is here and that not only means spring is in full swing, but it means that we are just weeks away from the 17th annual Komen Puget Sound Race for the Cure. Tis year, the Race will be held on Sunday, June 6th at a new location Seattle Center. Tis is the fourth consecutive year that QFC has been the Local Presenting Sponsor of this amazing event and we are looking forward to helping Komen break their fundraising goals for 2010. For all of us at QFC, it is so much more than being the presenting sponsor of the Race; its about being a part of our community. Its about being an information resource for our customers regarding breast cancer. Its about raising funds for research and treatment of breast cancer. Its about educating our employees and getting them involved in this cause. Its about being a good neighbor and doing the right thing.Susan G. Komen for the Cure began as a promise by Nancy G. Brinker to her dying sister, Susan G. Komen; to do everything she could to end breast cancer. In 1982, Susan G. Komen for the Cure was launched and today is the worlds largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors, activists, and volunteers working to save lives. Its truly amazing how one persons passion can change the world. In the 28 years QFC is Proud to be the Local Presenting Sponsor of the Komen Puget Sound Race for the CureBy Kristin Maas, QFC Public Afairs Directorsince it began, Komen for the Cure has helped transform the way in which the world treats the disease and more importantly, how it treats those with the disease. Early detection is critical. When caught early, the 5-year survival rate for breast cancer is 98% today, vs. 74% in 1982. Tat is an amazing statistic! But the key is early detection. First, get the facts and educate yourself. n Do monthly breast self-exams. n Know the warning signs. n Know your body and be alert to any changes. n Notify your doctor immediately if you notice any changes or have any concerns. n Have yearly check-ups and mammograms, as recommended. n Spread the word. Talk with your sisters, mothers, families, and friends. Te power of love and knowledge are powerful weapons in this battleplease use them! So what can you do to help?Please join us on Sunday, June 6th at Seattle Center for the Komen Puget Sound Race for the Cure. You dont have to be a runner; there will be events for runners and walkers and even a Sleep In for the Cure event. To register online, go to www.komenpugetsound.org. In May, QFC will collect donations through our checkstands to beneft the Komen Puget Sound Afliate and Race for the Cure.We hope you will join us to help make a diference in the lives of breast cancer patients and survivors. We look forward to a day when breast cancer will be a disease of the past. * Information and statistics provided by Susan G. Komen for the Cure.Leyna KrowAssistant Editor, JTNewsThere are few points on which all Jewish educators, regardless of denomina-tion, seem to agree. But one thing that gets a nod from nearly everybody be they Orthodox, Reform, or Secular Humanist is the value of summer camp. Statistics show that Jewish camp is the key to Jewish continuity, said Kim Greenhall, director of community ser-vices for the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. Kids who go to camp are more likely to be involved Jewishly, give their time Jewishly, and grow up to raise Jewish children themselves.But like Jewish day schools and Hebrew schools, Jewish camping programs are rarely free. In fact, many charge several thousand dollars per session. And with many families still reeling from the efects of the recession, those fees are enough to keep kids who would otherwise go to camp at home for the summer. Tats why a number of organizations, including the Federation, the Foundation for Jewish Camp, Jewish Family Service, and vari-ous local synagogues ofer camp scholar-ships, or camperships, to help ease the fnancial burden and make sure kids who want to spend the summer in a Jewish set-ting have the opportunity to do so. Te Foundation for Jewish Camp pro-vides a variety of camperships to Jewish kids around the country. Here in Wash-ington State, families are eligible for grants through the foundations JWest program, which provides $1,800 to frst-year camp-ers in middle school who do not attend a Jewish day school or yeshiva. Additional grants are available for JWest recipients who return to camp for a second summer.JWest does not take applicants fnan-cial situations into account. Every camper to meet the JWest criteria receives a grant. So far this year, JWest has given out 798 grants to frst-time campers and 329 grants to continuing campers, 95 of whom live in Washington State. JWest grants can be used at any of 20 Jewish camps in the Western United States. JWest is still accepting applications for the upcoming summer. Michele Yanow, program ambassador for JWest, said the grants are primarily a means of convincing families who might not otherwise be involved in Jewish life to consider Jewish camp when shopping for summer activities for their kids. Thats why its not a need-based thing, she said. People who are trying to decide what camp to send their kids to fnd out they can get some money for Jewish camp might decide to try it when they wouldnt have otherwise.Since the JWest program began in 2008, more than $2.6 million has been given out in grants. But does the JWest program really help get otherwise unafliated kids inter-ested in Judaism?Ive heard from a number of people who say they werent doing Jewish stufbefore, but now they are because their kid got excited about it at camp, Yanow said. One mother in Alaska told me her son came home and said I want tot be a rabbi. Tats the extreme, but it does happen.Another major provider of camper-ships locally is the Jewish Federations Jewish Education Center. Te JEC part-ners with a variety of local camps and synagogues as well as the Samis Foun-dation, Jewish Family Service and the Foundation for Jewish Camp to provide camperships.With the exception of the Samis Foun-dation, families can also apply to each of these organizations independently, and many do. Te JEC application simply pro-vides a one-stop-shop for campership seekers, with JEC staf doing the legwork for families by seeking out a variety of available campership options and clus-tering them together to provide each family with as much funding as possible. Thi s year, t he JEC recei ved 271 requests from families seeking assis-tance to pay for camp, up from 163 requests in 2009. More requests have been coming in each week.Im assuming this is all refective of a down economy, the Federations Green-hall said. Jewish families are hurting just like everyone else. Greenhall added that almost every family who submitted an application Camp for allScholarship programs help Jewish kids get to summer camp despite agencies and families fnancial woesu Page 23courtesy camp solomon schechterThe girls at Camp Solomon Schechter have trouble deciding between cheerleading and the game.5 friday, may 14, 2010 n jtnewscoMMunity news15749 NE 4th St. Bellevue, WA 98008 425.460.0200 www.jds.org Annual Meeting Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010 7 PM Greenstein Athletic Center The Jewish Day School Installation of 2010-2011 Board of Trustees Executive Committee: Richard Galanti President Robert Sulkin Immediate Past President Janice Brumer VP Development Robin Castrogiovanni Secretary Norm Chapman Treasurer Jill Friedman VP Governance Judy Greenstein VP Marketing Marcy Bockow Cindy Caditz Bonnie Cape (PA Chair) Jerry Dunietz* Lela Franco Mindy Geisser Marc Gonchar Dena Herbolich* Deb Kadish Alan Kipust Marty Lazoritz Sharon Lott Amy Schottenstein Gordon Cohen Gina Gonchar (PA Chair) Pam Grossman Laurie Minsk Linda Morgan Michelle Sloan Members-at-Large: Thank you to those board members whose terms have ended: * nominated for new three-year term RSVP to Elizabeth Goertzel at 425.460.0230 or egoertzel@jds.org Create a Lifestyle Thats Just Right for You.Guaranteed!Retirement living at Merrill Gardens is full of opportunities for self expression including Anytime Dining,SM activities, classes, trips and more. We are so sure youll find living here inspiring that we back it up with a 60-day guarantee.*(800) 889-5510www.merrillgardens.comRetirement & Assisted LivingA one of a kind retirement community*Call your local Merrill Gardens community for details.ofce (veterans were allowed to recruit independently) due to of the militarys discriminatory hiring policies on gays.Kagan inherited the policy when she became dean in 2003, but she was not shy about agreeing with it. When the Bush administration in 2004 threat-ened to withdraw funding, she rescinded the ban, but wrote to the student body, according to the authoritative SCOTUS Blog, of how much I regret making this exception to our anti-discrimination policy. I believe the militarys discrim-inatory employment policy is deeply wrong both unwise and unjust. And this wrong tears at the fabric of our own community by denying an opportunity to some of our students that other of our students have.Such stirring defenses are absent from White House materials that have emerged on the matter. Instead, the Obama administration is distributing an Op-Ed that appeared May 11 in the Wall Street Journal by her predecessor at Har-vard Law, Robert Clark.As dean, Ms. Kagan basically fol-lowed a strategy toward military recruit-ing that was already in place, Clark wrote, not mentioning her stated ideolog-ical investment in the matter.Another debate pertains more closely to an issue that divides Jews: Federal funding for faith-based initiatives.Kagan clerked for Turgood Marshall in the late 1980s, and in a memorandum to the Supreme Court justice, she said there was no place for such funding.In her Senate hearings last year for the solicitor general post, Kagan outright repudiated the position she had force-fully advanced in 1987.It was the dumbest thing I ever read, she said. I was a 27-year-old pipsqueak and I was working for an 80-year-old giant in the law and a person who let us be frank had very strong jurispruden-tial and legal views.Her defense was convenient Mar-shall, of course, is long dead and unable to defend himself and troubling to Saperstein, whose group joins the major-ity of Jewish organizations in opposing such funding.People arent quite sure what to make of that, he said.The Orthodox Unions Washington director, Nathan Diament, on the other hand, knows just what to make of it .As strong proponents of the faith-based initiative, and appropriate gov-ernment support for the work of religious organizations, we at the Orthodox Union fnd Ms. Kagans review and revision of her views encouraging, he wrote on his blog.Saperstein noted that the Religious Action Center along with other Jewish civil liberties groups, like the Anti-Defa-mation League and the American Jewish Committee is preparing questions for Kagan to be submitted to the Senate Judi-ciary Committee. Saperstein, who recalls Kagan from her Clinton White House days, says she brings the same deep understanding of all sides of a debate to the Jewish community.She was quite aware of where there were diferences aid to education, gov-ernment funding of religious institu-tions, he said.Elena Kagan t Page 1Joel MagalnickEditor, JTNewsTe Jewish Community Center, says Judy Neuman, CEO of the Seattle areas Stroum JCC, is in the outreach business. What that means, she told a crowd of approximately 400 that flled the gym at its Mercer Island facility, is that where for the past 60 years the Stroum JCC has been in one or two places Mercer Island and Seattles Northend that model doesnt necessarily work anymore. As compared wit h just 50 years ago, todays Jews have far fewer Jewish spouses, friends, neighbors and cowork-ers, she told the crowd on April 29 at the JCCs Circle of Friends brunch. Yet it is clear, from a recent [Jewish Community Center Association] national benchmark study that Jewish continuity is directly linked to making Jewish friends and nourishing those connections.In her frst year, Neuman said she has committed to partnering with other local agencies for programming both on-site and elsewhere in the community using what she called their new mobile JCC strategy.Neuman pointed to a Purim party in which the JCC partnered with the Kavana Cooperative, the Jewish Federations PJ Library program and Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation, and a part-nership with Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center for their Yom HaShoah program last month as examples of how the agency is committed to flling gaps, not duplicating eforts, she said.Neuman, who took over as CEO in September 2009, is putting into play a plan set forth by the JCCs board that includes expanding its community reach and overhauling its facilities. JCC board expanding the circleStroum JCC event shows how center is pushing forwardu Page 11Joel MagalnickPopular israeli musician and 2009 Eurovision winner Achinoam Nini, known to her fans as Noa, sings the motzi at the Stroum JCCs April 29 luncheon.jtnews n friday, may 14, 2010 6coMMunity newsI wear glasses. In fact,without them I cannotsee a thing. Every morning I struggle to locate them on my night stand so that I can navigate my way through daily life. They allow me to see my childrens faces, read, work, drive and live a satisfying life. If you also wear glasses to see, you can relate to what itwould feel like to livewithout themthe frustra-tions and challenges thatsurround you wheneverything is a blur. Now, I want you to take amoment and imagine that theones shown here are yourdaily glasses. These are what youfumble for each morning and put on so that you can move aroundwithout bumping into things. So that you can read. Look at your children.Or simply function. You have had to wrap them, tape them and sew them so that you could makethem last, because you did not have the funds to replace them...for 46 years. These were the actual glasses of an elderlyRussian Jew, who received them afterreturning from battle in World War II. He wore them as his only pair for 46 years. Funds raised through the Jewish Federations Community Campaign allowed the man who wore these glassesand did everything he could think of to make them last 46 years because he could not afford to replace themget a new pairof glasses. A pair that actuallyallowed him to see, without cloth, string,glue or rubber between his eyes and the world. Through the Community Campaign and our partner agencies like the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, or JDC, we work to ensure noone in our extended Jewish family here or around the world, has to spend their life looking at the world through glasses like these. Provided by the Jewish Federation of Greater SeattleTHyWould you wear these glasses?www.JewishInSeattle.orgBy Amy WeisbandJoel MagalnickEditor, JTNewsWhile for most the Fourth of July is about spending a day on the beach, at the park, or behind the grill, a select few who love books and education are hoping to bring the local Jewish community inside for a break from the heat this Indepen-dence Day. Te event, which will kick of the Association of Jewish Libraries annual convention, is being held this year for the frst time in Seattle.While the convention itself is like any other afnity trade groups sessions that help people to better do their jobs, networking, and opportunities to catch up with colleagues from around the world the day the meeting planners have opened up to the public is being billed as Te Fourth at the Fairmont because it will take place at the Spanish Foyer of the Fairmont Olympic Hotel. On hand will be exhibitors of Jewish books and publica-tions as well as activities such as a presen-tation by the PJ Library, the program that sends Jewish-themed books to small chil-dren, music by Temple Beth Ams house band the KlezKidz, poetry, and local Jewish authors signing their books.While a few local Jewish librarians have been involved in putting the con-ference together, they have bigger aims than just three days in July. Tey want to fnally put the Pacifc Northwest on the map when it comes to available resources for Jewish librarians and educators.Ive watched, since 79, when I really got active in this organization, the dif-ference that the organization made in Los Angeles, which is a sprawling place and has no real cohesiveness, said Rita Frischer, a librarian who now lives in Seattle. She has taken on an advisory role in planning the conference. Te way that having Jewish libraries workedwith the education council, and working with all the schools enlivened Jewish life.But the association isnt just for Jews. Tere are actually plenty of librarians who work in day schools and other places, or higher institutions, who arent Jewish, and they come to these conferences so they can learn about what theyre providing, said Toby Harris, the librarian at Temple De Hirsch Sinai and co-chair of the Seat-tle conference.Some of the chap-ter members arent Jewish, either. Marion Scichilone, branch library manager for t he Seatt le Publ ic Li br ar ys Nor t h-east and Wal l i ng-ford branches, joined because I was just intrigued, interested and felt that this type of professional partic-ipation would be great for me personally as well as profession-ally, she said. Especially for the reading interest and use of our branch, I felt that [in] participation in this group and attending the convention there would be synergy.The Nort heast branch is located across the street from Congregation Beth Shalom and the meeting place for Con-gregation Eitz Or, as well as within walk-ing distance of three other synagogues.Scichilone said that as a librarian for a large public system, she can ofer many different types of support for smaller institutions while bringing what she learns at events like the AJL convention back to her own staf. At the same time, she has been doing her own learning about Judaism.Im not thinking that [Im] going to become fuent in Jewish literacy or mate-rials, but it just helps me to be able to put my work as a public librarian in perspec-tive, she said.Te conferences keynote speaker, Dr. Joseph Janes, is a luminary in the library scene: The associate professor in the University of Washingtons Information School was the founding director of the Internet Public Library and has written eight books on the relationship between libraries and technology.Technology is often one of two big challenges money, of course, being the other that keeps a collection of books on a shelf from becoming a useful library. Harris said she hopes the nascent local The keepers of the books of the people of the bookLocal chapter of Jewish library association launches with upcoming Seattle conferenceJoel MagalnickLibrarians Toby Harris, left, and Rita frischer with some of the titles being talked about at this years Association of Jewish Libraries conference in Seattle.u Page 12if you go:The Fourth at the Fairmont, the public portion of the Association of Jewish Libraries international convention, will take place Sun., July 4 from noon5 p.m. in the Spanish Foyer at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University St., Seattle. Local educators are invited to a one-day session that will include a presentation by Liat Zaidenberg of the Jewish Federations Jewish Education Center. Contact ajlnw@earthlink.net for rates and information.7 friday, may 14, 2010 n jtnewseMilys cornerEmily MooreJTNews ColumnistWhen Shavuot was celebrated in frst Temple times, what a celebration it was! It marked the end of the counting of the omer, begun with the barley harvest and the Passover holiday, meaning the wheat harvest was coming in and barley cakes were now joined in the Jews diet by real bread (pita and fatbreads), risen with natural yeasts and the gluten in wheat. Flowers were blooming in the desert and the baby goats and lambs, born early in the spring, were weaned onto new grasses so their mothers milk could now be eaten by the people, made into yogurt and cheese. Tis plenty of the land was brought to the Temple from all over the territory of Israel in commemoration of the giving of the Torah at Sinai and the covenant with Yahweh that made the Jews the people we still are.Not surprising, of course, that a fes-tival honoring the giving of the Torah would be jubilantly celebrated with food. During those times, most Jews were agrarian and bringing joyful oferings of new foods to the Temple was traditional and natural. We can imagine a lot of fun: Roasting new male lambs for the ritual sacrifces, so the Temple priests receiving their tithes of food also meant a big bar-becue at the Temple for the people, meet-ing old friends for gossip and sharing news, and seeing how the children had grown over the weeks since Passover. After the Diaspora, the need to keep Shavuot traditions alive created sym-bolic food associations among the difer-ent scattered tribes. Te eating of cheese was associated with the holiday because Mt. Sinai looks like a loaf of cheese, or the word for Hebrew word for milk, chalav, has the numerological sum of 40 the same number of days Moses spent on Sinai receiving the Torah. Te miracle of mothers milk, which nourishes a new-born with everything it needs is like the Torah, which similarly nourishes the Jewish people.Here are some recipes for Shavuot that celebrate both the old food traditions and the Diaspora: Recipes from the Ashke-nazic and Sephardic cultures.Tis is a Russian pancake pie, basi-cally crepe-like pancakes layered with a simple mozzarella and ricotta flling, then baked, cut in wedges, and served with (what else?) sour cream and fruit sauce like blintzes, but much easier. Great for brunch or any Shavuot meal.Blinchatky Pirog Filling:2 eggs6 oz. fresh mozzarella, cut into 1 pieces4 oz. ricotta1/2 tsp. salt or to taste2 Tbs. sugar or to taste1/2 tsp. vanilla1/4 tsp. nutmeg or cinnamon (optional)Place all ingredients in a food processor bowl or a blender jar and process or blend until smooth. Set aside, refrigerated.Pancake BaTTer:2 cups all-purpose four1/2 tsp. salt2 tsp. sugar4 large eggs2 cups nonfat milk4 Tbs. melted butterBlend the eggs and milk in a food processor bowl or blender jar till smooth. Slowly add the four mixed with the salt and sugar and blend just till smooth. add the butter last.if any lumps remain in the batter, strain through a fne strainer. Set the batter aside, covered, in the fridge for a couple of hours or overnight.Making The PancakeSYoull need about 3 Tbs. butter or cooking oil or non-stick spray and a 6 or 8 non-stick skillet.heat the pan over medium-high heat and spray with non-stick spray or wipe lightly with melted butter or oil on a paper towel. When the pan is sizzling lightly, take the pan off the heat, scoop about 1/3 cup of batter (1/4 cup for a 6 pan) in a cup measure, and pour in a circle in the middle of the hot pan. immediately tip and turn the pan around so the batter covers the entire bottom of the pan. Put back on the heat and cook until the top of the pancake has bubbled and cooked till its dry. Just cook on one side and turn out onto a plate. continue making pancakes until all the batter is used.aSSeMBlYgrease an 8 cake pan or pie pan generously with non-stick spray, oil or butter. Place a pancake in the pan, spread with a little (about 2 Tbs.) flling and top with another pancake. continue until the flling is used up. (if you have pancakes left, roll them up with sour cream or yogurt and jam for a really yummy treat!)cover the pan with aluminum foil, place in a 350 oven for 18 to 20 minutes until the flling is cooked and set. Take off the foil. loosen the sides of the pie with a small knife run around the sides and place a warm plate upside down on top of the pie or cake pan. invert the pie onto the plate, cut into wedges and serve with sour cream, vanilla yogurt and any fruit sauce or syrup (applesauce of course is traditional but any fresh fruit, fruit sauce or compote is great). enjoy!Serves 6 to 8 Here is a traditional Turkish Anatolian soup often made with barley and leftover roasted chicken. I have modifed it to use barley (for the end of the counting of the omer), mushrooms and the traditional yogurt fnish. If you like, you can replace the barley with faro, or spelt grains, an ancient wheat type that has less gluten than wheat and is appropriate for people who cant tolerate the gluten in wheat. Its available at PCC, Whole Foods and most grocery stores that sell bulk foods or Bobs Red Mill pack-aged grains. Some historians claim spelt was more commonly used in Biblical times than modern wheat and it is absolutely delicious. If using faro (spelt), increase the cooking time. Faro has lately become one of my favorite dishes. Try it if you can!Yogurtlu Corbasi Barley Soup with Yogurt1 large onion, chopped1 lb. white or crimini mushrooms, cleaned and sliced1/2 lb. shiitake mushrooms, stems removed and sliced3 Tbs. butter, olive oil or margarine2 cloves garlic, sliced2 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. white pepper1 cup pearl barley or faro10 cups water or vegetable broth or bouillonBig pinch saffron threads2 Tbs. chopped fat-leaf parsley plus 2 or 3 Tbs. for garnish4 Tbs. chopped fresh mint plus 2 or 3 Tbs. for garnish2 cups plain yogurt (whole milk greek-style is best)3 Tbs. toasted pine nuts for garnish (optional)in a four-quart soup pot, saut the onion in 1 Tbs. butter, margarine or oil until soft and golden. add all the sliced mushrooms, the rest of the oil (or fat) and the garlic and increase the heat to medium-high. Season with salt and pepper and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms are golden brown and any liquid they have released has been re-absorbed. Turn the heat down to medium, add the barley or faro and stir until all the grains are coated with oil. add the water or vegetable broth or bouillon, stir the bottom of the pot to release any caramelization and bring to a boil. crush the saffron with the back of a spoon on a little plate and stir it into the broth. Turn the heat down and simmer the soup, partially covered, for about one hour or until the barley or faro is swollen and tender (faro will take about 15 to 20 minutes longer to become tender) and the mushroom favor is pronounced. add the parsley and mint and adjust the seasoning, remembering that the yogurt will add tartness. add more liquid if the soup seems a little thick.Just before serving, beat the yogurt in a bowl with a few ladles of the soup. Then pour the yogurt mixture back into the soup, beating vigorously with a whisk over low heat. heat just until hot, stirring constantly. Dont allow the soup to boil or it will curdle. Serve with more chopped mint and parsley and the toasted pine nuts if you like. 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Find out on page 17.jtnews n friday, may 14, 2010 8coMMunity newsErez Ben-AriJTNews CorrespondentYou know, we are Israelis, and weve got chutzpah! With these words Daniel Biran, admin-istrative ambassador to the Israel Consul-ate of New York, described some of his teams interactions with the incredible, and often impossible, circumstances they had to deal with during the Haiti rescue operations in January of this year. Biran, who headed the advance Israeli team to Port-au-Prince following the devastating earthquake that struck the area, spoke about his experiences at a presentation for the Maimonides Society, the Jewish Fed-eration of Greater Seattles medical pro-fessionals afnity group, on May 6. Biran started his presentation with a video showcasing some of the hor-rifc damage sufered by Port-au-Prince during the earthquake. He gave the audi-ence a glimpse of what it is like to rescue lives in a place that can barely sustain human life. Just getting there, Biran said, was nearly impossible. The cit ys airport was almost completely destroyed, so as I sprung from my home in New York to survey the area, I quickly realized that fying there was impossible. Biran and a small crew of rescue work-ers took a fight to Santo Domingo, and realized that even driving to cross the Haitian border, which normally takes six to seven hours, was impossible. With such rescue operations, the frst 72 hours are the most critical, so while another team in Israel was looking into preparing aircraft with the required manpower and equipment, Biran tried to rent a private jet as a means of quickly getting to Port-au-Prince. When this turned out to be impossible as well, he was able to convince a local American army force to take him and his men on one of their choppers. Te cooperation with the U.S. Army throughout the operation was great, Biran said. Tey helped us a lot, and were very nice about it, even though we were a constant nag.Once they landed, he said, we found ourselves in the middle of one huge post- apocalyptic battleground. Tousands of people were on the street, as their homes [were] destroyed, looking for food and water.At that point, we already knew Israel was sending in two aircrafts carrying over 200 men and over 75 tons of equip-ment, but even though the planes were already in the air, we had no idea where to actually land them, Biran said. But the Israeli chutzpah helped us out again. Te airport was partially operating at the time, so Biran and his crew requested a landing slot. Tey were given a slot, but a week later. Tey persisted, and eventu-ally got their slots, barely in time to allow the planes to safely land.Te team in Israel decided to dedicate more room on the planes to the medical staf and equipment, which was the right decision, according to Biran. Te rescue team was the absolute elite, crme-de-la-crme, he said. Doctors left their pri-vate practices, senior civil engineers and architects left their ofces without hesi-tation and few for 16 hours to spend an unknown amount of time crawling under shaky concrete wreckage. Tis kind of sacrifce is incredible. Once havi ng l anded, t he t eam deplaned, and instead of taking much-needed rest, commenced in setting up a base and a hospital that started to receive patients the next morning, a mere eight hours past touchdown.Despite having two large jets at their disposal, the Israeli team had to make some sacrifces to ft all the necessary medical equipment, meaning items like tents and food would not ft and had to be brought in from Santo Domingo. We found a kosher food supplier in Santo Domingo, but our rabbi didnt accept it as it was not kosher enough, Biran said. However, the New York Jewish com-munity came to the rescue and shipped $20,000 worth of kosher food. According to Biran, even the patients enjoyed the kosher food, and the improvised hospital quickly became not only the best and only hospital in the city, but also the best hotel and restaurant, feeding thou-sands of survivors daily. The Israeli rescue team ended up spending two weeks in Haiti, and leav-ing was not an easy decision to make. In most hospitals, once a patients life is no longer at risk, you send them home, but in this case, there was no home to send our patients to, Biran said. However, once the prime minister of Israel made the decision to discontinue, we insisted on fnding a solution to every patient, one by one, no matter what. During the operation, the Israeli team treated 1,100 patients, performed 370 sur-geries and 16 emergency baby deliveries. Tis sort of operation is extremely difcult to realize, he emphasized, but Israel will always be there to help other nations in time of need.into the wreckageHead of Israeli Defense Forces Haiti response team recounts eforts following January earthquakecourtesy summit at first Hillisraeli Administrative Ambassador Daniel Biran met Stan Erlitz, left, Rachel Stone, second from left, and Naomi Henryson, when he presented his review of israels on-the-ground response to the Haiti earthquake to residents at the Summit at first Hill independent and assisted living facility during his Seattle visit.9 friday, may 14, 2010 n jtnewsa view froM tHe uAndrew ConruB40CC;4C740CA46A>D?0=>=?A>58C0ACB>A60=8I0C8>=?>F4A43 1HMartin S. JaffeeJTNews ColumnistReaders may recall that about a year ago, my collection of JTNews columns was published as Te End of Jewish Radar. It was the subtitle, however, that really tele-graphed the books argument : Snapshots of a Post-ethnic American Judaism. My point was that something is hap-pening in Seattle and, indeed, throughout the region we call the Pacifc Northwest that signals a real shift in the character of North American Jewish culture. Instead of nourishing itself at the breast of the Jewish cultures of New York and L.A., something is happening among us that might in fact be trend-setting in the con-text of American Jewish history. Is Amer-ican Jewish culture beginning to f low from West to East?Some readers have challenged my point, arguing that given the number of Hebrew and Yiddish expressions that required a glossary of over a hundred terms the books evidence for post-ethnicity among PNW Jews may be over-stated. Tey may have a point; but, in any case, since I ofered my comments in the spirit of journalistic provocation rather than academic sobriety, my job was to be entertaining rather than right! [Editors note: Hey, wait a second!]Tats why I was fascinated to learn t hat t he UW Press (which decl ined, ahem, to publish my own book) has just now released a volume entitled Jews of the Pacifc Coast: Reinventing Commu-nity on Americas Edge. Te authors, Ellen Eisenberg, Ava F. Kahn, and William Toll, are all professional historians with long-standing interests in our regions Jewish history. Te idea of reinventing community at a place called Americas Edge really caught my attention. Would I fnd, in this book, scholarly kindling to feed the fres of my own journalistic intuitions? In a word: No. Which is both a good thing and, I think, a bad thing. Let me explain.First the very good news. Tis book, which traces the history of West Coast Jewish cultural and communal institu-tions from the earliest migrants to San Francisco till about 2005, is the frst of its kind that Im aware of. Te authors see the region of the Pacifc Coast (broadly envisioned as incorporating the states of California, Nevada, Oregon, and Wash-ington, as well as parts of British Colum-bia, Idaho, Colorado, and Arizona) as a Jewishly meaningful cultural entity that has its own story within the larger story of American Jewish history.The authors argue, convincingly I think, that just as Northeast, Southern, or Midwestern American culture is part of the larger context that colored the cul-ture of American Jewries of those regions, so too the culture of the Pacifc Coast has decisively shaped the Jewish culture of our region. Tey point out diferences in patterns of migration that distinguish Pacifc Coast Jewries from those of the Eastern, South-ern, and Midwestern Jewish population centers. Te specifc economic opportu-nities of the Pacifc Coast wrought subtle diferences in areas as diverse as residen-tial patterns, philanthropic projects, and the meaning of religious and ethnic identity. Even the threat of anti-Semitism and its role in Jewish life are measurably diferent in the relatively libertarian and unchurched Pacifc West than in the fabled East.Not only have the authors done a won-derful job of telling the story of Western Jewry in a way that distinguishes it from other American-Jewish regional cultures, they also tease out the nuances of difer-ence within the diverse Jewish cultures of the Pacifc West. Tey tell a multi-dimen-sional tale of many cities and their hin-terlands. San Francisco and Los Angeles dominate the narrative, as well they should. But plenty of attention is drawn to the fortunes of Portland, Seattle, Bell-ingham (who knew?), Spokane, Denver, Phoenix, and other centers of signifcant Jewish settlement. And i f t he general it y of Ameri-can Jewish historical memory is domi-nated by the Ashkenazic experience, this book gives the fullest accounting of the Sephardic experience in the American Pacifc Coast that Im aware of in a book not devoted entirely to Sephardic-Amer-ican history.Complete with archival photos, charts of population shifts, and all the other accoutrements of professional histori-ography (hundreds of notes and a large bibliography), the book is a goldmine of up-to-date information. It is also writ-ten with a light touch and an eye toward the general reader. Its large format and wonderful pictures make it appear like the proverbial cofee table book, but its much more.Nevertheless, the book fails, in a way, to deliver on the promise of its subti-tle. Readers expecting textured descrip-tions of Jewish folkways of community Judaism at americas edgePutting Pacifc coast Jewry on the cultural mapu Page 18jtnews n friday, may 14, 2010 10M.o.t.: MeMber of tHe tribeDiana BrementJTNews ColumnistWhen Judith Shahn isnt teaching at the University of Washington School of Dramas Professional Actor Training Pro-gram, she works on public speaking skills with professionals of all sorts through her business, Vibrant Speaking. She recently taught an Empowering Your Voice class to lawyers at a Washington State Associa-tion for Justice meeting in Seattle.Its a no-brainer why actors need to work on their voices, she says mean-ing speaking voice, not singing voice. For lawyers its also a no-brainer that they need to be really vibrant and using their voices in a skillful way [and] fnd their presence and persona in the court-room, where there is plenty of drama. Shell repeat that class in Spokane this month.Judith has taught at PATP for 20 years and carries the title of senior lecturer in voice and dialec-tics. The exclu-s i ve pr og r a m takes about eight students out of 1,000 applicants every other year. Before the U, she t aught at Cor-nish Col lege of the Arts and she started out as an actor herself.Growing up in Great Neck, N.Y., she got her MFA from Carnegie Mellon and worked as an actor in New York for about seven years. She went to a lot of auditions where there were 500 women who looked like me, she says. Tiring of that, she came to Seattle with its smaller pond and much tighter community.While working at Seattle Childrens Teater, she was asked to teach voice to teens at their drama school. Tat led to the job at Cornish where, feeling like she needed more training, she became certi-fed in the Linklater method, created by Kristen Linklater in the 1970s.She and her husband, Jay Lurie, are members of Temple Beth Am, where her daughter, Ella, just became Bat Mitz-vah. Judith credits her mother, Ruth Goldman, who died recently and unex-pectedly, for getting her involved in the synagogue.She was the root of my caring about Judaism, says Judit h. An amazi ng woman, she was such a strong infuence on my life.I couldnt resist asking Judith if shed had any famous students. She can claim Brendan Fraser at Cornish, and Joel McHale (From NBCs Community) at the UW. PATP students have a pretty good working actor statistic, but, she points out, they go of to L.A. or New York to a profession where theres 90 percent unemployment.Judith herself hasnt been on stage recently, but if that door opens, I would love to.One interesting part of her business is accent reduction. Its surprising how many calls I get for that, she says. Shes worked with people from all over the world. Tey want to be more understood, she says. It takes a lot of dedication and focusto change ones accent, but people can do it.Find information on Vibrant Speaking at www.vibrantspeaking.com. Most of us arent lucky enough to know what we want to do when we are 13, but Melissa Bloom, the new director of administration of Bellevues Temple Bnai Torah, says she did.I always had a passion for becom-ing an executive director, since I was 13, she says. Growing up in Portland, Ore., I had a very infuential executive director in my life, Sheri Cordova at Congrega-tion Neve Shalom, the citys Conserva-tive shul.I was working with her because I was very involved in [United Synagogue Youth], Melissa explains. As an organized person, Melissa thought that combining that skill with her love and passion for Judaism could come together nicely to help an organiza-tion succeed.H o w e v e r , her career path di verged f rom her passion. Dis-couraged by her pa r ent s f r om Jewish commu-nal work, Melissa chose to st udy graphic design at Cornish Col-lege i n Seatt le. Her parents were committed to their congregation, but they believed you volunteered at a synagogue, you didnt work at a synagogue, she says.Unsure of her academic choice, Melissa quit school to consider what she wanted to do. Moving back to Portland, she managed a photo studio and took a job as a youth director at a synagogue. Tats when I decided to follow my passion, she says.Matriculating at the Universit y of Judaism (now American Jewish Uni-versit y) in Los Angeles, she finished her undergraduate degree and went straight into a double masters pro-gram in non-proft business administra-tion and Jewish communal studies. She has worked at synagogues and Jewish camps as a kindergarten teacher, a camp director, an administrative assistant, an interim executive director and, most recently, executive director of Congrega-tion Beth Ami in Santa Rosa, Calif.I got to stay in California longer than I anticipated, she says, [but] I always wanted to come back [to the Northwest]. I just loved the Jewish community here and the city life, says the Camp Solomon Schechter alum. Melissa has settled into urban life in downtown Bellevue with her dog and her cat and she looks forward to serving the Eastside congregation. Bnai Torah is a large congregation that fts the needs of many generations, she says, and will hopefully see a lot Two people passionate about their workOne teaches for voice while the other found her voiceAnswers on page 23Te Jerusalem Post Crossword PuzzleBrainy WordsBy Matt GafneyAcross1. Hebrew for fsh4. Last word of the last paragraph of the Shema8. Exonerate13. God, to the Jews14. Pitiful, as an efort15. Otherwise Known As ___ the Great (Judy Blume book)16. Former SNL star Kazurinsky17. Describe18. Gave a bad review, a la Joel Siegel19. PART ONE OF A QUOTE22. Some horses23. Preordain the outcome24. One-time El Al rival27. Verve28. Katie of Married...with Children31. Needs for Morgan Pressel32. Deborah Lipstadts university34. Like Leopold Bloom35. PART TWO OF QUOTE39. Sky wonders40. Make a diving grab41. Company that provided Blitz trucks to the Nazis42. In a playfully reserved fashion44. Dutch cheese48. ___ Tag (Yiddish newspaper)49. 1988 flm with Meg Ryan and Daniel Stern50. Greenpeace concern51. PART THREE OF QUOTE56. Horse-related58. Metamorphoses author59. I can ___ it for you wholesale60. Ottoman Empire base61. Adam and Eves status62. Common street name63. Holders for Ben and Jerrys64. Between Passover and Shavuot65. Norma ___ (movie with Ron Liebman)Down1. Languish in prison2. Noahs ark passenger3. Commentary on mishnah4. Important island in Jewish history5. Common street name6. Poet Lazarus (Send these to me)7. Circus structure8. Tina Cohen-___ (Asian Glee character)9. Nazi flmmaker Riefenstahl10. SOURCE OF THE QUOTE11. Stout12. Cool, to kids15. Ruin20. Moshe Dayan, notably21. Rosemarys Baby author Levin25. ___ Bank26. Tisha BAv substance28. ___ Married an Axe Murderer (Myers flm)29. Give Uzis30. Hitler victim31. Acrobats equipment33. My, to Leon Blum34. Shapiro and Dershowitz appeared before him35. Sulk36. Nullify a decision, a la Stephen Breyer37. Wise bird38. Reviled attorney Cohn39. Indicate agreement42. ___ Island (New York fun spot)43. Common street name45. Sandy Koufax was one46. German Chancellor Merkel47. ___ in St. Louis49. Noted anti-Nazi resisters50. Less likely to ask the Four Questions52. Raise53. Taboo54. Egg, to Salk55. From side to side56. List-ending letters57. Quid pro ___courtesy Judith shahnProfessional speaking coach Judith Shahn.courtesy tbtMelissa Bloom, Temple Bnai Torahs new administrator.u Page 2411 friday, may 14, 2010 n jtnewscoMMunity newsCELEBRATE BETTER HEARING & SPEECH MONTH THIS MAYVisit everhear.com/bhsm for a calendar of events.Bellevue 425.454.1883 Kirkland 425.899.5050 Redmond 425.882.4347MAY 24-26Reserve a spot in our three-day eventSet Yourself Free From Hearing Loss! By improving your hearing, youll im-prove your life! The event will feature personalized demonstrations of new Oti-con hearing instrument products with our Doctors of Audiology, and special Better Hearing & Speech Month incentives! Join us in nding out more about technology and how amplication can assist you- ap-pointments ll up fast 425-882-4347!Special Hearing EventBellevue - Kirkland - Redmondwww.everhear.com/bhsmJanis SiegelJTNews CorrespondentShe was groggy and admittedly still under the efects of the anesthesia in May 2004 when doctors at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York told Katie Edelstein, a Hadas-sah national executive board member, that her extra kidney was accepted by the transplant recipient. She replied to the doctors, without hesitation, Of course its working. Its a Hadassah kidney. She recalled the story at an April fund-raiser of the Seattle Chapter Hadassah to raise money for its hospitals in Israel and for its To Save a Life Program, Pikuach Nefesh. Even six years after her organ dona-tion to another Hadassah member, Edel-steins emotions about the procedure havent diminished. She tried unsuccess-fully, several times, to hold back her tears as she spoke. Let me ask you this, when you have something to give to another person that would save his or her life, would you help? Edelstein asked. It is one of the most meaningful things a person can do and by far one of the most meaningful things Ive ever done.Te event at Pacifc Science Centers Mercer Slough Environmental Educa-tional Center in Bellevue drew more than 50 members and guests who came to hear a panel of professionals discuss organ and tissue donation. Hadassah Medical Organization pio-neered some of the frst kidney trans-plants in Israel in 1967, and has continued to perform successful heart transplants, heart and lung combinations, and since then also liver transplants. Tey are also at the forefront of embry-onic stem cel l research, which has already reproduced beating heart cells coaxed from undiferentiated stem cells in a petri dish. Tis process could eventu-ally allow doctors to grow various human organs in the lab and theoretically, be used for transplantation, thus eliminat-ing the need for human donors.Hadassah Medical Organization is one of the leading research organizations in this feld, said Edelstein. When she donated her own kidney, the waiting list in New York was six years out. What followed was a rigorous screen-ing process including blood tests, an in-depth physical examination, an elec-trocardiogram, a complete psychological evaluation, CT scans, and more. Today, she says she is healthy, feels fne, and does not have any restrictions on her activities.Donors outlive the general popula-tion, said Dr. Connie Davis, a professor of medicine at the University of Wash-ingtons Division of Nephrology. Davis is also the director of Kidney Care Line, and the medical director at Kidney-Pancreas Transplantation. Youre born with two and you need one, Davis told the group. If you take one of the kidneys out, what happens to the other one thats left is that it gets bigger. Davis was one of four panelists that included the Seattle Hebrew Academys Rabbi Ron-Ami Meyers, who spoke about the Jewish ethics of organ donation; Les Olson, who discussed organ recovery; and Edelstein, who shared her experi-ence as a donor.There are 28,000 transplants per-formed each year, Davis said, and 14,000 donations are from deceased donors. Twelve to 16 people die each day waiting.According to Olson, a surgical organ recovery specialist at LifeCenter North-west, a person must not be coerced in any way to do this and must volunteer for the procedure. He or she must also be psy-chologically and fnancially healthy. In addition, candidates for organ donation are ruled out if they have AIDS, metastatic cancer, a chronic infection, and certain types of the hepatitis virus, among other exclusions. But the initial obstacle in the process of organ donation for those facing the death of a loved one, said Olson, is deter-mining when to give up and acknowledge that he or she really gone, with no hope of resuscitation. Most people in the throes of facing the possible loss of a loved one are looking for obvious signs of death, a corpse that is not breathing and not moving, Olson said. A person is brain dead when the entire brain is dead, including the brain stem. The loss of brain stem ref lexes are determined by the absence of spontane-ous movement, spontaneous respiration, any heartbeat that can be detected on an EKG, and normal cerebral blood fow.The question is, what is death? said Meyers, an educator at SHA and at webyeshiva.org. The answer is that Jewish law fundamentally draws on the medical community to make a decision.According to Jewish law, Meyers said, the admonition to not stand idly by the blood of your brother or the blood of your neighbor instructs Jews to save or defend another person to save his life. In other words, said Meyers, if you can save someone, do it, but not at the expense of your own safety. It is forbidden in Jewish law for anyone to risk his own life to save anothers.However, that is when rabbinical opinions diverge, he said. Te simple test of whether someone is breathing or not breathing is now a debate about whether there is an irreversible cessation of breathing. Te danger of declaring someone dead too soon is all too possible, according to some Jewish legal scholars. If doctors rees-tablish an earlier criteria for determining death that allows for the continual circula-tion of blood in a patient kept breathing on a respirator, and therefore provides organs that result in more successful transplants, the temptation might be, some say, to declare patients brain dead, keep them on respirators to facilitate blood fow, and harvest their organs for transplantation to serve a higher good. Traditionally, rabbis have agreed that decapitation establishes certain death, added Meyers, but other rabbis accept The most meaningful giftPanel on organ donation explores the ethics and efects of transplant surgeryJanis siegelRabbi Ron-Ami Meyers of Seattle Hebrew Academy and Webyeshiva.org talks about the ethics behind organ donation at Hadassahs Pikuach Nefesh event.u Page 12president Lindsey Schwartz told the crowd that the board had committed to a three-year strategic vision, of which hes already begun to see results. All of this points to a new direction for the JCC and informs and supports our brilliant future, Schwartz said. A video created by local company Sadis Filmworks, and posted on the SJCCs Web site, showed how Neuman and the JCC staf are working to put that vision into practice.Neuman also made note of the chang-ing landscape when it comes to how JCCs around the country have traditionally operated.In pushi ng oursel ves, we have acknowledged the JCCs traditional busi-ness model could put us at risk long term, she said. For those of you who have come to the J over the past many months, I believe you are experiencing real change right now. We are addressing tough issues, making enhancements to our programs and services, collaborating more then ever, and bringing Jewish life back to every day at the J.While the meal was a fundraising event, it wasnt intended to bolster the general operating budget all of the money raised will be used for scholar-ships for its summer camps.Local developer Martin Selig, who was given the Sam and Althea Stroum Spirit of Inspiration Award, related two stories about why he has been involved in Jewish causes, and the feeling he got from those experiences. One was of how he had a Torah written in honor of his mother in Israel, and how he personally, carefully carried it back to the U.S.It was a wonderful, wonderful feel-ing, he said.During another visit to Israel, Selig went early one morning to the Western Wall in Jerusalem.If youre really lucky youll be the only one there, he said. You get a feeling there, its the same as carrying that Torah.So when he supports local Jewish causes, it is because of the feeling it cre-ates that reminds him of those two points in his life. I do it for no other reason, and that Im lucky enough to be able to do it, he said.Stroum JCC t Page 5wwwwww.jtnews.netjtnews n friday, may 14, 2010 12chapter can be useful to provide techno-logical resources its members, particularly smaller libraries in small communities.What I think would be really exciting would be to get all our libraries online and to have a centralized place where people can go and see who has which Judaic books, resources and training, Harris said. Being the keepers of Jewish resources is important to educating Jewish children and adults about their religion and iden-tity, Frischer believes. I think its really important that all our children see our commitment to edu-cation as extending beyond the secu-lar and showing some dignity within the Jewish framework as well, Frischer said. Harris agreed.Were information centers, she said. We help vet information. We organize it for you. Everyone doesnt like research-ing. I love researching.But the chapter growth comes next frst comes the conference. Most of the planning is complete. Book award win-ners have been notifed; the authors are booked they include Maggie Anton of Rashis Daughters fame and Jacqueline Dunbar Greene, who wrote the Jewish addition to the American Girl series and the sessions are scheduled. At this point theyre dotting the is, processing registrations, and picking the menu.AJL has always been committed to having kosher conferences, Harris said. We do want to have meals together, and if we want to do that weve got to be kosher.coMMunity newsFor the larger community, Weinberg noted benefts that extend beyond the tra-ditional clientele served by JFS.We only have one small meeting room at the moment and it is barely ade-quate for our internal purposes, he said. In the new building we are planning more space, including a large room that can be divided for various meeting con-fgurations. We are planning to make it available for more than just JFS.For individual clients, the privacy issue will be answered.Tere will be an entrance for people coming to JFS for confdential meetings and a lobby for just that purpose, Wein-berg said. Tere will also be a new public entrance.The bui lding could take 10 to 12 months to complete, meaning a year of adjustments for both JFS staf and clients.We are developing a list of nearby available parking we will make avail-able, Weinberg said. Many of our clients and staf do use transit or other methods of transportation as well.JFS hopes to be able occupy the 16th Avenue facility for at least the next 25 to 30 years beginning in late 2011 or early 2012.We have planned for growth of pro-grams in constructing the Jessie Danz Building, he said. It is not like we will move in and suddenly again be out of space.Loeb concurred. She pointed out that the board is cognizant of the wave of graying baby-boomers rapidly approach-ing.We are planning for that and know that the demand for services is going to rise in the next few decades, she said. Tis is a project that has that in mind.Weinberg and Loeb say they are par-ticularly gratifed that raising the money so far has been separate from program funding. Weinberg says the community is generous in contributing to those pro-grams and he thinks asking for a new building is not an extravagance, even in the rough economic times that have been part and parcel of the past two years.We have been around 118 years and this is the frst time we have built a new structure designed specifcally for JFS and for our community, he said. Once in 118 years doesnt seem excessive.JFS Expansion t Page 1that the loss of brain stem function is death and that liquefaction of the brain is also death. In any case, he said, the bottom line remains the same.Te principal in Jewish law is clear, Meyers said. If a person is dead then you can transplant the organ in the body. If theyre not dead, then you cant. You cant kill a person to save a person because the Torah says you value the person who is alive.Organ Donation t Page 11courtesy weinstein architects + urban Designers llcA rendering of Jewish family Services recently approved Jessie Danz building.Jewish Libraries t Page 6Professional Directoryto Jewish WashingtonNetworking Our Local Jewish Community90 Days online & a year in print for as little as $60A full year online & a year in print for as little as $115Deadline May 31.www.professionalwashington.com Contact Phone 206- E-mail addressEastside & South Lynn 774-2264 lynnf@jtnews.netSeattle & North Stacy 774-2292 stacys@jtnews.netClassifed Becky 774-2238 beckym@jtnews.netOther inquiries Karen 774-2264 karenc@jtnews.netCall for your discount coupon code! n jtnewsfriDay, May 14, 2010daringdifferentdanidani weiss photographywww.daniweissphotography.com206.760.3336Seattles Only Indepndent Handbag Boutiqueover 20 of your favorite designers1212 4th avenue, seattle n 206.624.2362 n www.clutchseattle.comclutchContinental & Pacifc Northwest cuisinein the privacy of your own home.Celebrating 26 Years in BusinessCHEF THIERRY ADAM206-622-8199 www.rentachefcatering.com chef@rentachefcatering.comRENT-A-CHEF CATERINGstephanie cristalli photographyThe Terrace and Great Room at Hotel 1000. 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To learn more, call 206.957.1000 or visit hotel1000seattle.com13Celebrations adv ert i s er i ndex AlanaJewelers................................................................................................................... 16 CinemaBooks.................................................................................................................... 14 Clutch...................................................................................................................................13 DaniWeissPhotography...................................................................................................13 Hotel1000..........................................................................................................................13 K1Speed..............................................................................................................................17 LakeUnionCrew............................................................................................................... 16 LeahsCatering.................................................................................................................. 16 LindaJacobs&Associates................................................................................................ 16 MadisonParkCafe.............................................................................................................15 MariannaTrio.....................................................................................................................13 MercerRoom&Terrace................................................................................................... 14 Rent-a-ChefCatering........................................................................................................13 SDBStyle.............................................................................................................................17 SeattleBride...................................................................................................................... 16 ShalomEnsemble.............................................................................................................. 16 ShawnsKugel.................................................................................................................... 14 SykartIndoorRacingCenter.......................................................................................... 14 TulalipResortCasino.........................................................................................................15 UnitedInsuranceBrokers,Inc..........................................................................................17 WhattheChelm.................................................................................................................17 WoodlandParkZoo...........................................................................................................15 WoodmarkHotel.............................................................................................................. 14s pri ng14Alana: Antique & Estate JewelryEverything in Alanas is a treasure something exquisitely beautiful that cant be found anywhere else. People come to Alanas to fnd something different, says owner Alana Fornoni. They dont want something someone picked out of a catalogue or something all their friends have. They also would like to know the story behind the piece.Alana is happy to share that story, if she knows it. But she has observed that most people inherit a piece of jewelry with no idea who owned it originally or what its worth. With her expert eye and years of experience, Alana recognizes quality when she sees it and can usually tell the owner when their jewelry was made and its market value. For more information about Alana: Antique & Estate Jewelry, visit www.alanajewelry.com. The Web site has extensive photographs of inventory and pricing. fCinema BooksCinema Books is the flm bookstore of the Northwest. Collections include biographies of movie stars and directors, glamorous picture books of Hollywood, posters, stills and cards of the stars, and technical flmmaking books for the novice or professional. They also carry criticism and reference flm books to lead you to movies you may have missed. Call 206-547-7667 or visit www.cinemabooks.net.fThe Clise Mansion and Robinswood HouseThese two historic gems are beautifully tucked into Marymoor Park near Redmond and Robinswood Park in SE Bellevue. Both offer the warmth and charm of years past. Bay windows, freplaces, hardwood foors and fower-flled gardens with patios are a few of the details you will fnd. These are buildings whose walls have held joyous celebrations for more than a century.The Clise Mansion now has summer dates available for 2010. For more information visit www.seattlebride.com or call 425-865-0795.ClutchOpen since August 2007, Clutch is Seattles original handbag boutique. Stocked with over 20 independent designers, every gal is sure to fnd a great ft. American designers such as CC Skye, Rebecca Minkoff, Treesje, Kooba, Linea Pelle, Foley & Corinna, Botkier and more. International designers such as Gerard Darel and Belen Enchandia are top sellers across America. From classic to glamorous to tomboy and everything in between, all styles are embraced and adored. Browse or shop at their Web site, clutchboutique.com, call 206-624-2362 or stop by their shop at the historic Fairmont Olympic Hotel in downtown Seattle.fCollege Placement Services: Linda Jacobs & AssociatesServices include: Review of student records, testing guidance, and counseling on all aspects of the college selection and application process such as trip planning, interview techniques, special needs, early decision/action, requirements of individual schools, review of personal statements and resumes, and scholarship searches. College Placement Services goal is to help students become better-informed consumers, to guide them to appropriate choices, and to help each individual present him or herself as well as possible. Lending library of catalogs and viewbooks available. Call 206-323-8902 for a free introductory appointment.f Dani Weiss PhotographyDani Weiss has traveled the world perfecting her skills as a photographer and building a portfolio of her specialty: People and places. Portraits, weddings, Bnai Mitzvah, anniversaries, and family reunions are captured by Dani in a true-to-life documentary style. Dani has been a professional photographer since 1987. In addition to family celebrations photography, she shoots portraits and works freelance for several publications. Dani recently won the Best of JTNews for the fourth year in a row and was just voted the Brides Choice Award on Wedding Wire. She holds a degree in fashion and commercial photography as well as photojournalism. She is currently involved with the Seattle Professional Photographers Association and the Greater Seattle Business Association.Contact her at www.daniweissphotography.com or 206-760-3336.jtnews nfriDay, May 14, 2010The Community Center at Mercer View8236 SE 24th St., Mercer Island, WA 98040 206.275.7609 www.mercergov.org/ccmv The Mercer Room & Terraceon Mercer IslandA Stunning Wedding & Reception Venue The Mercer Room, located inside the Community Center at Mercer View, is our beautiful 3,335 square foot banquet room that can seat up to 200 people, offering stunning views over Lake Washington and the latest technology. Plus, our kitchen is sure to please any caterer. Reservations can be made 18 months in advance, so call (206) 275-7609 today to reserve your date!Your Special Event Deserves a Special Place.AT CARI LLON POI NT,KI RKLAND, WASHI NGTONHOTEL RESERVATI ONS: 800. 822. 3700SALES & CATERI NG: 425. 827. 1986THEWOODMARK. COMTHEWOODMARKSPA. COMLakeside Weddings, Rehearsal Dinners, Anniversaries, bnai mitzvah, Birthday Parties.AZZURA PHOTOGRAPHYShawns KugelThe Northwests Premier Music EnsembleWeddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Special EventsContact: Shawn Weaver 206-523-9298email: shawnsax@jps.nethttp://pweb.jps.net/~shawnsaxVoted Best Jewish Band by JTNews readers in 2007Cinema Books4735 Roosevelt Way ne206-547-7667 Books Posters stillsFrom all your favorite moviesfSpring Celebrations4 2 5 - 2 5 1 - 5 0 6 0w w w. s y k a r t . c o m17450 west valley highway tukwila, wathrilling real fast, real fun indoor go-kartingideal setting for:private rentalsmeetingsparties for all ageswalk-in racing15friDay, May 14, 2010 n jtnewsEver yone eats well at the zoo. Our zoo offers ve unique picnic locations for 50 to 5,000 guests. Enjoy a tasty picnic spread courtesy of Lancer Catering.For more information, visit zoo.org/events or contact groupsales@zoo.org, 206.548.2590Ryan Hawkfull service cateringfor all your Jewish Life PassagesWeddings Rehearsal Dinners Special Occasions Bar/Bat Mitzvahapproved caterer of Hillel at the uWcall Karen Binder(206) 324-2626Simmering in Seattle for 31 yearsHotel 1000At Hotel 1000, they dont just do weddings. It is their desire to capture the essence of unwritten moments. Featuring an opulent, climate controlled terrace, an ultra-chic and lavish Great Room, and attentive, personalized service. Cutting-edge menu offerings and handcrafted cocktails will charm your guests throughout your special evening. An urban destination awaits your guests, offering a serene refuge at their Spaahh, or taking a swing in The Golf Club while discovering breathtaking, world-renowned golf courses.Come take a peek. Discover why Hotel 1000 is rated the best luxury hotel by KING-5s Best of Western Washington 2009. Infnite possibilities await your every desire, speak tenderly to your impending nuptials, and help create an everlasting impression that you and your guests will remember for a lifetime.Customizing, anticipating, satisfying every need its their pleasure. Be their guest.Contact 206-357-9455 or events@hotel1000seattle.com, or visit www.hotel1000seattle.com.fK1 SpeedK1 Speed is a revolution in indoor karting, with its award-winning centers, European-style racing, emissions-free electric karts, and professionally designed race tracks. As soon as you walk in, the difference is apparent, with up to 80,000 square feet of race track, a 10,000-square-foot lobby overlooking the tracks, live scoring system, corporate meeting rooms, the Pit Cafe and games area. The karts are the best available in the world, and with 20 horsepower they reach speeds of 45 mph, much faster than gas karts and without the smog. K1 Speed is ideal for company events, with its corporate rooms equipped with state-of-the-art presentation equipment and with full catering available if required, whether you wish to motivate your employees with a special bonus or provide your clients with an unforgettable experience. This all adds up to safe, exhilarating indoor racing excitement!Visit www.k1speed.com or call 425-455-9999.Lake Union CrewLake Union Crew has just what you need to make your party stand out above the rest. Spectacular, sweeping views of the city and a stone freplace add warmth and intimacy to any gathering.Weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, anniversaries, Bar or Bat Mitzvahs if theres a reason to celebrate, theyll help you do it in style. Their venue is easily transformed into a room for formal dining, an intimate space for cocktails and quiet conversation, or a place to kick off your shoes and dance.Youre welcome to use the caterer of your choice and room setup and decoration is limited only by your imagination. Lake Union Crews friendly, capable staff is on hand to make suggestions and can point you in the right direction for catering, rental companies or DJs.Take the 360 virtual tour at www.lakeunioncrew.com. For more information, contact Caitlin at 206-860-4199 or info@lakeunioncrew.com.fLeahs Catering Leah Jaffee, owner of Leahs Catering of Seattle, designs menus and events to suit each clients personal tastes and budget. Jewish lifecycle events, special occasions, and fundraisers are specialties. Venues within the greater Seattle area, from synagogues to private residences, hotels to state parks, offer creative backdrops for lavish buffets or full sit-down affairs. Leahs Catering is a strictly kosher catering service supervised by the Vaad HaRabanim of Greater Seattle. Glatt kosher meat and dairy menus, in both traditional Ashkenazi or Sephardi specialties, are available. Northwest infuences permeate seasonal food offerings. Organic, local, vegan and restrictive dietary needs available by request. Leahs Catering is committed to composting and recycling during production. Compostable disposables are promoted for use whenever possible. Each event is personally designed by Leah. Contact her at 206-985-2647 or leah@leahscatering.com to schedule an appointment. fSpring Celebrations16full service event catering customized menus206.985.2647 leah@leahscatering.comthe best in dairy, fresh seafood and glatt kosher meat entresPhoto by starrphoto.netsupervised by the vaad HarabanimVoted Best Caterer by JTNews ReadersLeahs Catering Pacific Northwests Premier Kosher CatererRabbi Jim MirelsShalom EnSEmblEKlezmer, popular music played by professionalsCall now!206-323-7674Linda Jacobs & AssociatesCollege Placement Services206/323-8902A COLLEGE EDUCATION IS A MAJOR INVESTMENTSensitive professional assistance to ensure a successful match between student and schoolVintage Wedding Sets 1 year interest-free fnancing availableNorthgate Mall 206-362-6227 Visit us online: www.alanajewelry.comWe BuySeattle BrideHistoric Properties for Special Events&Romantic Weddings Receptions Rehearsal Dinners Partiestwo eastside locations Clise Mansion Robinswood House425.865.0795 www.seattlebride.comMadison Park Caf Simmering in Seattle for more than 31 years.The Madison Park Caf provides full-service catering for all your Jewish lifecycle events including Bnai Mitzvah, weddings, and other simchot. The caf offers French bistro food and professional service as well as wine, liquor, beer and rentals. Contact Karen Binder at 206-324-2626 or madisonparkcafe@aol.com.fMarianna Trio For your weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs or any other simchas. Jewish and world music, traditional and contemporary dance and concert. For more information about Marianna Trio, please call 206-715-8796 or visit www.cantormarina.com/Marianna.fMercer Islands Mercer Room & TerraceImagine your event on Mercer Island with stunning views of Lake Washington and the Cascade Mountains! They are the new Community Center at Mercer View. While this upscale, state-of-the-art facility may be a community center in name, the quality of their venue can compete with many high-end wedding locations, but at a much lower cost. Conveniently located between Seattle and Bellevue, theyre surrounded by extraordinary natural beauty and panoramic views, offering a beautiful hillside setting overlooking Luther Burbank Park, Lake Washington, and the Cascade Mountains. The Mercer Room offers seating for 200 guests and the latest media capabilities. They also offer several styles of rooms for wedding-related events, including bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, receptions and the ceremony itself. Their large catering kitchen is sure to please any caterer. Reservations are taken 18 months in advance, so visit www.mercergov.org/mercerroom, or call 206-275-7609 to reserve your date.Rent-A-Chef CateringThierry Adam specializes in private events. He designs, prepares and serves elegant dinners at home or on location. Serving the Jewish community for 26 years, Thierry is able to prepare his menu to accommodate dietary laws and preferences. He specializes in French cuisine, but can tailor every meal to the clients taste and budget. He excels at Bnai Mitzvah parties, weddings and business and private dinners from four to 80 people perfect for an intimate affair. This is world-class catering perfect for special occasions. Contact Thierry at 206-622-8199, 800-593-2283, rentachef@aol.com or www.rent-a-chef-catering.com.fSDB Style: Shop In Your Own Closet Reinvent your wardrobe by shopping in your closet. Shona Brenner has been in the fashion industry for over 20 years and through her passion created SDB Style. SDB Style is about reinventing your own wardrobe by shopping in your closet. She has many packages available, such as wardrobe assessment, pre-shopping and any fashion needs. Offering a one-time complimentary consultation to customize a package to suit your needs. For more information contact Shona Brenner at 206-251-9297 or shona@sdbstyle.com, or visit www.sdbstyle.com.fSpring CelebrationsfriDay, May 14, 2010jtnews n17friDay, May 14, 2010 n jtnewsJewish Band MusicKlezmer, Israeli, Yiddish, Ladino and moreFor all occasionsInfo and Bookings: 360-676-1621www.whatthechelm.comWhat the Chelmunited insurance brokers, inc. Your insurance source since 1968Employee Benefts, Commercial & Personal InsuranceLinda Kosin425-454-9373 Fax: 425-453-5313 Lkosin @uiB.coM 50 116th avenue se, suite 201 BeLLevue, Wa 98004Shop in your own cloSetreinvent your wardrobeCall for complimentary consultationShona Brenner 206-251-9297www.sdbstyle.com shona@sdbstyle.comShalom Ensemble Great Jewish, klezmer and popular music played by professionals for all your special occasions, including Bnai Mitzvah, weddings and events. Please call Rabbi Jim Mirel at 206-323-7674 for more information and to reserve dates.fShawns KugelShawns Kugel is the premier Jewish band in the Pacifc Northwest. Voted Best Jewish Band by JTNews readers in 2007, they have performed for enthusiastic clients for more than 11 years. They specialize in getting guests to participate in folk dancing and horas at weddings, Bnai Mitzvah and other lifecycle events. Shawns Kugel has released four CDs with the latest being Odyssey. Check out Shawns Kugel on MySpace, CD Baby, or iTunes to hear some songs and learn more about this Northwest treasure. Contact 206-523-9298 or shawnsax@jps.net or visit pweb.jps.net/~shawnsax. fSykartGet ready for a thrilling ride an inch off the ground at 30-35 mph! Welcome to Sykart, your indoor racing headquarters. Whether its just you and a friend or your company, they cater to the competitive racer while not diminishing the fun-loving, exciting racing atmosphere. Experience the thrill of real fast, real fun indoor go-karting. Indoor kart racing is ideal for teambuilding exercises, product launch events, client entertainment, off-site staff meetings, fundraising, and a birthday or special milestone celebration. Also, Sykart is an ideal place to simply unwind and recharge your battery. Open in the morning and still racing hard when most people are turning out the lights, this is the place to race. Call 425-251-5060 or visit www.sykart.com.fTulalip Resort CasinoWith more than 30,000 square feet of fexible special event and reception space, two ballrooms, and an expertly trained catering staff, Tulalip Resort Casino is the perfect location to celebrate lifes milestones. The AAA Four Diamond Tulalip Resort Casino accommodates events of every size, from small gatherings to large functions with up to 1,500 attendees. Every need is addressed by a capable and conscientious staff, whether the requirements involve state-of-the-art technological equipment, customized catering, or providing the ideal venue for social gatherings.For more information about planning a special event at Tulalip Resort Casino, please contact James Hillman at 360-716-6830 or james.hillman@tulalipresort.com. United Insurance Brokers, Inc. Your insurance source since 1968. Employee benefts, commercial and personal insurance. Call Linda Kosin for estimates and information at 425-454-9373, 425-453-5313 (fax) or e-mail lkosin@uib.com. Located at 50 116th Ave. SE #201, Bellevue.fWhat the Chelm!What the Chelm! has enlivened simchot since 1993 and entertained at countless Bnai Mitzvah and weddings around the Puget Sound area. Public performances have included Folklife, Klezfest, the Juan de Fuca Festival and moving the Boise synagogue to its new home, as well as annual gigs for the Bellingham Parks and the Whatcom Museum. The band plays klezmer, Israeli, Yiddish, Ladino and other types of music. Contact Dan Raas at 360-676-1621 or visit www.whatthechelm.com.fWoodland Park ZooWoodland Park Zoo, one of Seattles most cherished community resources, is the perfect location for your next event! Set on 92 acres with more than 300 species of animal, the zoo offers 17 unique venues to host your Bar/Bat Mitzvah, holiday party, picnic, meeting, wedding, family reunion or birthday party. Funds generated by your event help support the zoos quality animal care, education programs, and feld conservation projects to preserve wildlife species and habitats in the Northwest and around the world. For more information contact groupsales@zoo.org or 206-548-2590, or visit www.zoo.org.fThe Woodmark HotelThe ultimate in lakeside romance. This unique location on the shores of Lake Washington, exquisite cuisine and personalized service have made the Woodmark Hotel, Yacht Club & Spa the Northwests premier wedding destination. Exchange vows in their lakeside canopy. Toast your guests with the fnest Northwest wines as the sun sets on Lake Washington. Customize your reception with elegant plated dinners or buffets. Dance the night away in their elegant ballroom. Retreat to your complimentary lakefront guest room. Let the experienced staff provide you with the ideal day at the perfect place...the Woodmark Hotel. Call 425-822-3700 or visit www.thewoodmark.com.fSpring CelebrationsWinking at our inner pink..The Womens IssueAdvertise in the Womens Issue.Published May 28 - Ad Deadline May 19Eastside & South: Lynn206-774-2264 - lynnf@jtnews.netSeattle & North: Stacy206-774-2292 - stacys@jtnews.netClassifed & Professional Directory: Becky206-774-2238 - beckym@jtnews.netAll other inquiries: Karen206-774-2264 - karenc@jtnews.netJTNews invites you to a celebration of women.jtnews n friday, may 14, 2010 18coMMunity calenDarSJCS Annual Meeting & Dessert ReceptionMonday, May 17, 20107:00 p.m. n SJCS AuditoriumHonoring Debra J.G. Butler Founding Principal 1991-1995 Advisory Board 1996-2005 Head of School 2006-2010Volunteer of the Year Seth RosenbloomR.S.V.P. to development@seattlejcs.org. www.sjcs.net n 206.522.5212 12351 8th Avenue NE n Seattle 98125The 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 submit-ted no later than 10 days before publication. candle lighting times5/14/10 8:20 p.m.5/21/10 8:29 p.m.5/28/10 8:37 p.m.6/4/10 8:43 p.m.Friday 146:45 p.m. Mega Shabbat nJacob at jacob@hilleluw.orgJconnect, the Ravenna Kibbutz and the Kavana Cooperative are joining forces for a special Shabbat blow-out. Drinks and schmoozing at 6:45 p.m., followed by two Shabbat services to choose from at 7:15 p.m. $12 for post-service dinner. At Hillel UW, 4745 17th Ave. NE, Seattle.6 p.m. Edwin L. Bierman Scholar-in- nResidence Weekend with Prof. Vanessa L. ochsCarol Benedick at 206-524-0075 or carolbenedick@bethshalomseattle.org or www.bethshalomseattle.orgVanessa L. Ochs, professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia, offers an explo-ration of new Jewish rituals. $25/person includes dinner and Shabbat service. Member discount available. Children 3 years and under free. Childcare available by pre-registration. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle.SaTurday 1511:30 a.m. 1 p.m. gLBTQ Shabbat nBrunchJosh at joshf@hilleluw.orgJoin Kolenu, Jconnects young adult GLBTQ group, for a Shabbat brunch/oneg. At Cal Anderson Park.1:15 p.m. Edwin L. Bierman Scholar-in- nResidence Weekend with Prof. Vanessa L. ochsCarol Benedick at 206-524-0075 or carolbenedick@bethshalomseattle.org or www.bethshalomseattle.orgVanessa L. Ochs takes a look at some of the most curious, infuriating, and dazzling passages of Talmud. Free. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle.2 4p.m. Seattle Cheese festival nJosh at joshf@hilleluw.orgIn preparation for Shavuot, Jconnect hosts an outing to the annual Seattle Cheese Festival. At Pike Place Market.6 p.m. Cardozo Society LDor VDor nEnd-of-Year Receptionwww.jewishinseattle.orgThe Cardozo Society of Washington States 2nd annual LDor VDor End of Year reception, honoring 2010 award recipient Robert Sulkin. At the China Room in the Smith Tower, 506 2nd Ave., Seattle.8 p.m. Edwin L. Bierman Scholar-in- nResidence Weekend with Prof. Vanessa L. ochsCarol Benedick at 206-524-0075 or carolbenedick@bethshalomseattle.org or www.bethshalomseattle.orgVanessa L. Ochs explores what Jewish tradition has to say about dreaming, dream interpreta-tion, and rituals for incubating dreams and chasing away nightmares. Dessert and Havdalah included. RSVP requested. Free. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle.SuNday 1611 a.m. girls Just Want to Have fun nwww.chabadissaquah.com/rsvpA class on making dairy desserts and fower topiary for Shavuot. Also includes a panel discussion about maintaining balance in busy lives. At Chabad of the Central Cascades, 24121 SE Black Nugget Rd., Issaquah.2 3 p.m. Meditation nkibbutznik@ravennakibbutz.orgMeditation hour. All are welcome. At Ravenna Kibbutz Gimmel, 6211 23rd Ave. NE, Seattle.5 p.m. The Seattle Kollels 19th Annual ngala DinnerMarilyn Leibert at 206-722-8289 or info@seattlekollel.orgFundraising gala for the Seattle Kollel. At the Marriott Waterfront, 1200 Alaskan Way, Seattle.mONday 1712:30 p.m. our Upstairs Neighbors nRoni Antebi at ronia@sjcc.orgAl Ziontz discusses his memoir, Our Upstairs Neighbors. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island.3:30 p.m. israeli Secret Services and nStruggle Against Terrorwww.jsis.washington.edu/jewishAn expert on terror and political extremism, Prof. Ami Pedahzur of the University of Texas, Austin, argues in his talk Israeli Secret Services and the Struggle Against Terrorism that Israels strict reliance on the elite units of the intelligence community is fundamentally fawed. At 120 Communications, University of Washington.7:30 p.m. The Way to Pray ninfo@shevetachim.com Rabbi Kornfeld explains the structure of Shavuot davening. Free. At Northwest Yeshiva High School, 5017 90th Ave. SE, Seattle.TueSday 1810 a.m. 12:45 p.m. Computer class nRoni Antebi at 206-232-7115, ext. 269 friday, may 14 friday, may 28Seeking host families for hungarian teensFour English-speaking Jewish Hungarian high school students arriving in mid-June to partic-ipate in the Stroum Jewish Commu-nity Centers summer day camps are in need of home hospitality. Families with teens who reside in ZIP Codes 98040, 98004, 98005, 98006 or 98007 able to host for three weeks or more and can drop them of on Mercer Island by 8:30 a.m. each weekday may contact Zach Duitch at zachd@sjcc.org or Lenny Kashner at lakashner@yahoo.com to volunteer.beth Shalom Scholar in residence weekendCongregat ion Bet h Shaloms annual Edwin L. Bierman scholar in residence will be Prof. Vanessa L. Ochs, professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia. Her weekend presentations will include a session on the new Jewish rituals invented in the past 30 years that have taken root, funky, modern new ways of interpreting the Talmud, and what Jewish tradition has to say about dreams. Childcare for some programs available by pre-registration. Fri., May 14Sun., May 16. Tere is a cost for some of the programs. Contact 206-524-0075 or visit www.bethshalomseattle.org to RSVP.Learn the basics of Microsoft Word. Free. RSVP requested. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island.8 p.m. Shavuot n Leil Tikkun and Dairy DinnerCarol Benedick at 206-524-0075, ext. 4 or carolbenedick@bethshalomseattle.org Dairy dinner and night of learning in honor of Shavuot. Cost for dinner is $20/adult, $10/child 4-12 yrs. Member discount available. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle.WedNeSday 1912 a.m. All Night Learning Extrava- nganzaJulie greene at 207-721-0970 or julie@bcmhseattle.orgAn all-night learning event on the frst night of Shavuot for men, women and teens. Free. At Bikur Cholim-Machzikay Hadath, 5145 S Morgan St., Seattle.12 a.m. Shavuot All-Night Torah Study ninfo@shevetachim.comShavuot all-night Torah study with Rabbi Kornfeld. Food provided. At Northwest Yeshiva High School, 5017 90th Ave. SE, Mercer Island.ThurSday 2012 p.m. Jewish Urban Politics in the City nand BeyondJennifer Cohen at jencohen@u.washington.edu Prof. Lila Corwin Berman of Temple Univer-sity will discuss her new book, Exit City: A Study of Jewish White Flight from Post-WWII Detroit. At the Petersen Room, Allen Library, University of Washington.SuNday 2310 a.m. The Cairo genizah with Rabbi nMark S. glickmanAlysa Rosen at 206-525-0915 or alysa@templebetham.orgA lecture on Rabbi Solomon Schechter of Cambridge University who, in 1897, found the largest trove of medieval manuscripts ever discovered. At Temple Beth Am, 2632 NE 80th St., Seattle.11 a.m. 4 p.m. Bike Repair Workshop nand Afternoon Joy RideBicycle repair workshop followed by a neigh-borhood bike ride. At Ravenna Kibbutz House Bet, 6316 23rd Ave. NE, Seattle.mONday 247 p.m. Awards and Recognition nReceptionJennifer Cohen at jencohen@u.washington.edu A kosher dessert reception and program that includes the awarding of the 2010-11 schol-arships and travel grants to outstanding UW students by the Stroum Jewish Studies Program. At the Husky Union Building, room 310, University of Washington.TueSday 2510 a.m. 12:45 p.m. Computer Class nRoni Antebi at 206-232-7115, ext. 269 or ronia@sjcc.orgLearn the basics of computer use. Free. RSVP requested. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island.7 p.m. online Dating Profle Writing nWorkshopJosh at joshf@hilleluw.orgWriting consultant Leah Kaminsky offers advice for the online profle construction process. At Hillel UW, 4745 17th Ave. NE, Seattle.WedNeSday 2610:30 a.m. Louie Richmond nRoni Antebi at ronia@sjcc.org A performance by Louie Richmond, founder of the Northwest Chamber Orchestra and former cellist of the National Symphony Orchestra, accompanied by Judith Gordon on the piano. Hosted by the Active Seniors Club. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island.ThurSday 2712:30 p.m. n Love Come LatelyRoni Antebi at ronia@sjcc.orgThe Stroum JCC Film Club presents Love Come Lately, the story of a New York writer whose longtime girlfriend is convinced hes cheating on her. Free. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island.1:30 p.m. Simplifying Life Transitions nTrudi Arshon at 206-652-4444A seminar for older adults considering moving to a smaller home or retirement community. RSVP requested. At The Summit at First Hill, 1200 University St. Seattle.Friday 287:30 11:30 a.m. Personal n Aliyah Planning MeetingsSarah Kogon at 718-355-8220 or skogon@nbn.org.il or www.nbn.org.ilA chance to meet with a Nefesh BNefesh expert for a personal pre-aliyah meeting. Pre-registration required. At Crowne Plaza Seattle, 1113 6th Ave., Seattle.6 p.m. Bnai Mitzvah Student-Led nProgramKristine ganes at 206-528-1944 or info@secularjewishcircle.orgStudents enrolled in Secular Jewish Circles Bnai Mitzvah program will lead the May Shabbat ritual. Location provided upon RSVP.reinvention at the edge of American culture (whatever that is) will be dis-appointed by a story dominated by the usual cast of conventional characters synagogue boards, business tycoons, gonifs, philanthropists, and, of course, golden-tongued oratorical rabbis of all favors. So, once again, the best is the enemy of the good. But lets not put the cart before the horse! We have now at hand, thanks to Profs. Eisenberg, Kahn, and Toll, the historical context that will enable more nuanced anthropological studies of the Jewish tribes of the Pacifc Coast.Martin S. Jaffee currently holds the Samuel & Althea Stroum Chair in Jewish Studies at the University of Washington. His award-winning columns for JTNews have recently been published in book form as The End of Jewish Radar: Snapshots of a Post-Ethnic American Judaism by iUniverse press.A View From the U t Page 919 friday, may 14, 2010 n jtnewsarts & entertainMentSTAGELiveMusicNEW HOURS12 6:30pmTUESDAYS, MAY OCT Farmers MarketKaty Bourne Quartet Jazz:j /| |:a Boys of Greenwood Glen Acoustic / Bluegrass / Celtic:j /| :i):a Brad WarrenSinger-Songwriter ShowcaseNE 8th & 156th Ave NE, Bellevuecrossroadsbellevue.comMay |pmLIVE AT THE CROSSROADSAlways Fabulous.Always Free.Thinking abouT WRITING A BOOK OR A MEMOIR? MAYBE A MOVIE SCRIPT?JUST PICK UP A VOICE RECORDER AND START TALKING INTO THE MICROPHONE. A FORMER SCRIPT EDITOR AT WARNER BROS. WILL DO THE REST. CALL ME TO DISCUSS YOUR PROJECT.MORDECAI (425) 280-1724 2010 sunball-productions.comDennis B. Goldstein & AssociatesCertifed Public AccountantsPersonalized Consulting & Planning for Individuals & Small BusinessTax Preparation12715 Bel-Red Road Suite 120 Bellevue, WA 98005Phone: 425-455-0430 Fax: 425-455-0459dennis@dbgoldsteincpa.comSUNDAY, MAY 23 AT 3 P.M.opening Reading of Drash: Northwest MosaicAuthor readingwww.templebetham.org/music/drashContributing writers read from Drash: Northwest Mosaic, Volume IV. Drash: Northwest Mosaic is a literary review with poetry, prose and photos encouraging the redemptive nature of life from Jewish perspectives. At Ravenna Third Place Books, 6504 20th Ave. NE, Seattle.the arts may 16 30SUNDAY, MAY 16 AT 7 P.M. Jon Simon piano concertMusicwww.templebnaitorah.orgPianist Jon Simon will perform an hour-long concert featuring jazz interpretations of music from his Jewish heritage. Admission to the concert is free, made possible through the Hermine Pruzan Endowment Fund. At-will donations will be accepted and directed to the Norm Greenbaum Campership Fund, which provides fnancial assis-tance to children and teens wishing to attend Jewish summer camps and leadership retreats. At Temple Bnai Torah, 15727 NE 4th St., Bellevue.SUNDAY, MAY 23 AT 4 P.M.The Jewish Touch: The 3 CantorsLectureDavid Serkin-Poole of Temple Bnai Torah, Brad Kurland of Herzl-Ner Tamid, and Isaac Azose, hazzan emeritus of Ezra Bessaroth, will discuss the history and background of cantorial music and its various styles. Part of the Stroum Jewish Community Centers ongoing arts and culture lecture series, The Jewish Touch. For more information, contact Roni Antebi at 206-232-7115, ext. 269 or at ronia@sjcc.org. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 East Mercer Way, Mercer Island.SUNDAY, MAY 23 AT 4 P.M.Short Stories Live: A Mothers TaleTheaterTown Hall Seattle presents an afternoon of classic short stories in honor of Mothers Day (yes, we know its two weeks late). The program includes Cynthia Ozicks Holocaust story The Shawl. Advance tickets are $13 for the general public, $10 Town Hall members, seniors and students and are available at www.brownpapertickets.com. At Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave., Seattle.SUNDAY, MAY 30 AT 7:30 P.M.Fiddler on the RoofTheaterstgpresents.orgThe Paramount Theater presents a production of Fiddler on the Roof, the classic story of a poor Jewish family trapped between the pull of modernity and tradition. Those attending the May 30 show are invited to a pre-show program and special exhibit, Our Village Seattle: Family of Strangers, honoring Jewish Heritage Month. At the Paramount Theater, 911 Pine St., Seattle.TUESDAY, MAY 18 AT 8 P.M.Steve HostetterStand-up comedyWriter, comedian and Jew-ish.com columnist Steve Hofstetter shares his brand of irreverent humor, including insights into the challenges of being a Jewish redhead. Tickets are $16.50 and are available at picksteve.com. At the Laughing Ladies Caf, 17551 15th Ave. NE, Shoreline.THURSDAY, MAY 20 AT 7 P.M.Steve AlmondAuthor readingSteve Almond reads from his new memoir, Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life: A Book by and for the Fanatics Among Us, about his years as a rock critic and obsessive music fan. Almond is also the author of Candyfreak and (Not That You Asked). At Third Place books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park.MAY 20-23The American String ProjectMusicwww.theamericanstringproject.orgThe American String Project is comprised of 15 musicians, drawn from the title positions in major orchestras, and includes some of the preeminent soloists and chamber music musicians from across the country and around the world. Under the leadership of co-artistic directors Barry Lieberman, double bass professor at the University of Washington, and Maria Larionoff, concertmaster of the Seattle Symphony, The American String Project operates without a conductor. Instead, the position of concertmaster is rotated among the violinists. Tickets are $20 students and seniors, $30 general admission. At Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle. If you would like your work to be considered for the cover and throughout the pages of this years Guide to Jewish Washington, please contact art director Susan Beardsley at 774-2239 or susanb@jtnews.net.Deadline June 11. Calling all artists.jtnews n friday, may 14, 2010 20arts & entertainMentRuss Katz, RealtorWindermere Real Estate/Wall St. Inc.206-284-7327 (Direct)www.russellkatz.comJDS Grad & Past Board of Trustees MemberMercer Island High School GradUniversity of Washington GradFirst class service First class resultsFull service real estateMary Frimer Residential Specialist 206-391-6161maryfrimer@johnlscott.com 11040 Main Street, #200 Bellevue, WA 98004Fluent in SpanishKen Shiovitz 206-718-2140Associate Broker E-mail: ken@shiovitz.comServing the community for over 25 years206-526-5544 http://home.sprynet.com/~shiovitzCynthia WilliamsCall me for current market information Call 206-769-7140Associate Broker, EcoBroker QuorumLaurelhurst, Inc. cwilliams@quorumseattle.com www.seattlehomesforsale.net Offce 206-522-7003Gigi YellenJTNews CorrespondentKnown to ci nema fans f rom his soundtrack for the 1991 film Tous les Matins du Monde/All the Mornings of the World, composer Jordi Savalls 40-year career combines scholarship, entertain-ment, and visionary goodwill with virtu-oso performances both in concert and on hundreds of recordings, many from his own label, Alia Vox. Often, his recording projects explore themes, crossing geo-graphic boundaries, like Lux Feminae (Feminine Light, theme of his recent Town Hall Seattle concert) or Diaspora Sefard.With his characteristic blend of deep research and virtuosic performance, his-torical accuracy and jazz-like improvisa-tion, Savall and his band have created in Jerusalem: City of Heavenly and Earthly Peace a mesmerizing and troubling con-temporary performance piece. Maestro Savall, esteemed creator of more than 160 honored recordings of early music, combines ancient instruments, chants, recitations of sacred texts, folk tunes and even a Suf dance in his concert (based on his 2008 two-CD set of the same name), which I was privileged to see performed on May 5 as the focus of a three-day Jerusalem event at New Yorks Lincoln Center. I wanted to share with you some impressions and some thoughts about this most unusual Savall project.Silhouetted against a huge dawn-like screen, a robed man blows an immensely long, grandly twisted shofar, the fawless opening notes of a fanfare that expands to include half a dozen players of these beautiful rams horns and as many play-ers of the equally long, impossibly slen-der Arabic trumpets called annafrs. Te shofar, a wake-up call most associated in our time with synagogue High Holi-day services, is played by the Israeli Yagel Harel, one of a collection of multi-ethnic players Savall has carefully gathered to demonstrate how historic enemies can melt their diferences in the warm light of their musical similarities. As he confessed in a pre-concert dis-cussion, Maestro Savall departed from his usual approach to ensemble-build-ing when he set about to create Jerusa-lem. To his regular forces La Capella Reial de Catalunya and Hesperion XXI he insisted on adding not simply the best players, but the best players from specifc backgrounds: two oud masters one Israeli, one Iraqi; three chant masters Sephardic Jewish, Palestinian Arab, and Armenian; players of percussion, harps, bells, and f lutes representing most of the Middle East, plus Te Trumpets of Jericho those shofars and annafrs, joined by the drumming of tambours.What to make of this sophisticated musical time machine, a chronologi-cal scrapbook of spiritual longings cre-ated by a virtuoso of immense good will? Temed around the city at the center of so much terrifying talk, Savalls Jerusalem: City of Heavenly and Earthly Peace aims at nothing less than demonstrating that peace is possible. As Yo-Yo Ma (who showed up i n the Jerusalem series audience) has reminded us with his Silk Road project, as the late Isaac Stern demonstrated when he went to China, musicians are mas-ters of peace, intuitive communicators of wordless truths that transcend boundar-ies. Laying aside the question of how this kind of interpersonal, one-on-one peace-making might or might not translate onto that other stage where history per-forms, consider this an efort by one man to contribute what he can to healing the wounds of his time.Ambitious in its historical scope (5,000 years in two hours), Jerusalem trav-els chronologically through the music of the citys ancient, and less ancient, rulers. Te show divides into chapters, like acts of a play, with dramatic readings in Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic, Latin, Arabic and French, supplemented by giant supertitles. Heartbreaking laments are sung: In Hebrew, in Lior Elmalehs twin-ing Sephardic sound; in Armenian, in the sublimely sweet tenor of Razmk Aman; in Arabic, in the haunting echo of Muwafak Shahin Khalils chant. And in the middle of it all, a devastating reading, in French, of the papal edict that started the catas-trophe known as the Crusades. Savall carries the weight of Spains1492 expulsion of its Arabic and Jewish popu-lations heavily on his Catalonian shoul-ders. In pre-concert comments, he declared his belief that the roots of todays conf licts in Jerusalem are in Spain at that moment when co-existence among Christian, Jewish and Arabic cul-tures blew apart. Could be. But some of his Jerusalem program doesnt make sense. Maybe Im overly sensitive to this one, but if he has set out to honor Jerusalem, why has he thrown in a Holocaust-related Jewish lament that never once mentions that city? It is the one pre-recorded segment in the entire concert: House lights dim, a single candle is lit, and a concentration camp story is told, of a cantor who begged to be allowed to sing a memorial prayer for himself before being led to his death; of how his life was spared by the Nazi guard who allowed the song, and was moved by it; of how the cantor recorded the song years later. Ten we hear that recording, with organ accompaniment. It feels out of place more politically than aestheti-cally correct.Yet where Jerusalem is missing from this piece, it is integral to so much Jewish liturgy! If a nod to the 20th-century Jewish tragedy was the point this was part of the concerts City of Refuge and Exile chapter why not simply recite Just like heavenComposition on the city of gold shows both grandeur, oddities of Jerusalemu Page 24Professional Directoryto Jewish WashingtonNetworking Our Local Jewish Communitywww.professionalwashington.com Contact Phone 206- E-mail addressEastside & South Lynn 774-2264 lynnf@jtnews.netSeattle & North Stacy 774-2292 stacys@jtnews.netClassifed Becky 774-2238 beckym@jtnews.netOther inquiries Karen 774-2264 karenc@jtnews.netA full year in print + online in print & 90 days online for as little as $60A full year online & a year in print for as little as $115Deadline May 31.21 friday, may 14, 2010 n jtnewsarts & entertainMentGREATER SEATTLEChabad House (Traditional) 206/527-14114541 19th Ave. NE Bet Alef (Meditative Reform) 206/527-939916330 NE 4th St., Bellevue (in Unity Church) Congregation Kol Ami (Reform) 425/844-160416530 Avondale Rd. 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But what if we were to take the comment literally?Te frst question we might ask is, If Jacob never died, then where exactly has he been all these years?Of course, for those of us with a stand-ing appointment Tuesday nights, one potential answer is obvious: Hes living on a mysterious island somewhere in the South Pacifc, fshing, weaving and spending the rest of his days saving the world by keeping a satanic smoke mon-ster all bottled up.No, thats not from Rashi. Its a refer-ence to Lost, ABCs groundbreaking show about a plane that crashes on the weirdest not-so-deserted island you could imagine, the keeper of which is an enig-matic, ancient but young-looking man (we think hes human, or at least used to be) named Jacob. Tat smoky thing? Its his dead brother meaning, like his bib-lical counterpart, the Lost Jacob has serious sibling rivalry issues. And did we mention the series is shaping up to be pri-marily about his search for a replacement? Te leading candidate: A plane-crash sur-vivor named... wait for it... Jack Shephard. (Jacob the shepherd, get it?)OK. OK. Its a stretch. Yes, the creators of Lost clearly want us chewing on the biblical reference. But they have had us chewing on plenty of unrelated refer-ences since the beginning. With just one episode and the 2-1/2hour fnale on May 23 left by the time you read this, it seems increasingly clear that they have no plans (thank goodness) to ofer up a unifying theory for the show as an exact metaphor for some other literary or religious work.So why dwell on the Jacob thing? Because the parallel holds not so much between the two Jacobs themselves, but the experience of pondering them.For Losties (think Trekkies, but cooler), watching the show is an exercise in prob-ing a mix of literary, religious and phil-osophical al lusions, wrest l i ng wit h existential and moral questions, and, of course, enjoying great storytelling about compelling characters. Its not much dif-ferent from studying Torah an expe-rience marked by depth, meaning and intrigue, once you get the hang of it.Dont believe me?Next Tuesday night will be the last one with a new episode of Lost (the fnale is airing the following Sunday). An hour or two later, many synagogues will be mark-ing the holiday of Shavuot with Torah study throughout the night.What Jack wouldnt give for a sign like that. So check out a shul near you.Youre going to need something to do when Lost ends.Shavuots giftWhat to do after LostNEW YORK (JTA) In the fnal season of Lost, the show has explored an alter-native reality, defned to some degree by what would have happened to the main characters had Oceanic 815 from Sydney to Los Angeles not crashed on the island. In that spirit, what if the plane had gone down but it had been an El Al fight?Well, the plane never would have crashed because the El Al pilots would have been able to perform evasive maneuvers. But if it had Jack would not have been the only doctor. John Locke would have been named Yeshayahu Leibowitz. Sayid would have never made it on to the plane. Instead of Sayids makeshift radio, some of the Israeli passengers would have set up a high-speed Internet link. Some Lubavitcher would have shown up before long to open up a Chabad house. Tere would be more than just one recklessly driven German-made vehicle on the road. Te existence of a nuclear weapon on the island never would have been acknowledged. Grat uitous shots of Kate i n her underwear would be replaced by quick peeks of haredi women sans sheitels. The island suddenly would have attracted the attention of the entire world, wit h t he United Nat ions accusi ng t he passengers of i l le-gally occupying territory and using disproportionate force to fend off attacks by the Others. JTA World News Serviceel al 815?abc studiosThe constructed wreckage of oceanic fight 815 on ABCs Lost.jtnews n friday, may 14, 2010 22coMMunity news1202 harrison seattle 98109Have you ever worried about which electrician to call for help? Which painter or carpenter or appliance repairman? For over 50 years the Home owners club has assisted thousands of local homeowners in securing quality and guaranteed home services! To join or for more information call(206) 622-3500www.homeownersclub.orgHome owners clubOther critters are consideredDOg-walking anD pet-sittingRates start at $20 per 30 minutesFor more info:www.deliriouspetsitting.comCatering to cats and dogsServing the community with dignity & respect.Burial CremationColumbarium ReceptionsOn Queen Anne at 520 W. Raye St., Seattle(In front of Hills of Eternity Cemetery)PleAse cAll 206-622-0949 or 206-282-5500Barbara Cannonsecurity firstReferencing the article Sharing Jerusa-lem: The Key to Peace? (April 30), it is plain to see that the authors have a very conspic-uous left-wing agenda, or in the alternative they are nave or myopic and dont fully understand the Israel-Arab situation.For peace to be achieved, the involved nations have to want peace. Peace cannot be imposed from the outside; America can act as a facilitator, but should never dictate the terms.What are the stumbling blocks to peace between the Israelis and the Arabs? Is Jerusalem the issue? Are settlements the issue? Is the security fence the issue? Let us remember history. Prior to 1967 the Arabs never advocated for a Palestinian state. Their sole concentration was the destruc-tion of Israel. I am still convinced that that is their mission, despite the veneer that they desire to have their own state that is Judenrein and to live in peace with Israel.What makes the Palestinians and other Arab states feel they have the right to dic-tate terms for peace, after losing an offen-sive war against Israel?Where are those who argue and dem-onstrate for more U.S. involvement or who take anti-Israel government positions, yet they do not demonstrate against nations and their policies that are far more det-rimental to peace and the stability of the world? Having peace in the Middle East will not create nirvana throughout the rest of the world. Israel should only make peace when it feels totally secure.Ed EpsteinMercer islandLetters t Page 3Leyna KrowAssistant Editor, JTNewsTeres certainly no shortage of par-enting classes being ofered in the Seattle area. But according to Yafa Maritz, very few of these classes focus on the emo-tional connection between parents and their children. Tere are a lot of places parents can go for support or advice, but most classes are dealing with issues like diaper rash, or sleep and eating issues. Tats good and needs to happen, explained Maritz, a family counselor and the co-founder of the Community of Mindful Parents. But we deal with a range of emotional issues as well: People feeling the blues, not sure they love the baby, relationship with their partner on the rocks, not really under-standing who they are because their iden-tity has shifted so much. Its amazing the kinds of things that come up.Its this broader emphasis that, for Maritz, makes the classes offered by the Community of Mindful Parents so unique. Maritz and a team of facilitators have been running parenting groups for new mothers and fathers for the last decade. But it was just a year and a half ago that the decision was made to expand the pro-gram into a community a place that parents could continue to get help and support even after they had completed their courses. Te result is a Web site with a blog and articles on all manner of topics, a lecture series, and of course, the parenting classes, all functioning under the Commu-nity of Mindful Parents umbrella.Maritz said she was originally inspired to lead parenting classes after working as a therapist and talking with clients about their upbringings. A lot of the issues we sufer from and deal with as adults can be traced back to earlier relationships, she said. When I was talking to patients about how they grew up, I often wished we could go back in their past. I thought, wouldnt it be better if we could start early raising chil-dren in a way that is healthy?In addition to her counseling work, Maritz said much of her motivation to start a parenting program came, not sur-prisingly, from her experiences with her own three children. Although her kids are now adults (with one about to get mar-ried), she still relies on those experiences when thinking about how best to help new parents. I wish somebody would have told me it is okay to take some time and help your-self regulate, she said. It can go such a long way. Stepping out energizes you so much. Its really important to take time to center, regulate and refect.The Community of Mindful Parents regularly ofers two diferent eight-week classes: Listening Mothers for parents of children 6 months and younger, and Refective Parenting for parents with kids between the ages of 18 months and 5 years. Both programs focus on understanding and reacting to childrens emotions and forming strong bonds between parent and child early on.Classes meet at a variety of locations in King County, including Swedish Hospital, Ballard Pediatrics, Herzl-Ner Tamid Con-servative Congregation and the Stroum Jewish Community Center. The Community of Mindful Parents classes have become the cornerstone of the Stroum JCCs Parenting Center.The JCC, when we started doing our groups, didnt have a Parenting Center, Mar i t z r ecal l ed. Since then, they have rallied in creat-ing a home for fami-lies right from birth. Our program, which was the only one, has become one of many.Kara Moscovitz and her husband, Kerry, took Reflec-tive Parenting at the Stroum JCC during the winter.It defnitely helped us approach our parenting differently, Moscovitz said. We find ourselves being more under-standing of our kids behaviors and a little more thoughtful in how we respond.Although the class is aimed at parents with children age of 5 and under, Mosco-vitz said she and her husband found the information relevant to all three of their children, who are 3, 6, and 9 years old.With our oldest, I think it helped my husband to understand her with her emo-tional ups and down a bit better, she said.Moscovitz was so taken with the pro-gram that she is in the process of training to become a facilitator for the Community of Mindful Parents. 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Camp begins June 28, 2010Exploration! Discovery! Fun!Bar MitzvahEric Joseph MoshcatelE r i c wi l l cel ebr at e hi s Bar Mitzvah on May 22, 2010 at Templ e B nai T o r a h i n Bellevue. Eric is the son of Michael and Susu Moshcatel of Seattle and the brother of Marc. His grand-parents are Jack and Fran Moshcatel of Seattle, Leonard Wiviott of Seattle, and the late Evelyn Pickle Wiviott.Eric is in the 7th grade at Eckstein Middle School. He enjoys playing baseball, cards, and video games. He also likes listening to music, and is working toward achieving his black belt in martial arts. For his mitzvah project, Eric is collecting supplies and funds to help Gingers Pet Rescue, a nonproft organization specializing in the rescue and adoption placement of dogs that would otherwise be euthanized in animal shelters. He is also donating a portion of his Bar Mitzvah gifts to this organization.Bat MitzvahKylie Brooke GoldfarbKylie Brooke Gol df ar b was called to the Torah on April 17, 2010 at Temple Adath Emanu-El in Mt. Laurel, N.J. Kylie is the daughter of Linda and Keith Goldfarb and brother of Alec. Her grandparents are Natalie and Bob Malin of Mercer Island, Kris and Royal Goldfarb of Kirkland, and Marcia and David Glassel of San Francisco, Calif. Her great grandfather was the late Samuel E. Goldfarb, former cantor at Temple De Hirsch. Kylie is an honor student and a talented artist who enjoys playing soccer on her traveling team, acting, reading, and spending time with her friends. Her mitzvah project is collecting clothes for a womens shelter. Bat MitzvahRichelle Lillian Willner-MartinRichelle will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on May 22, 2010 at Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Con-gregation, on the same bimah where h e r mo t h e r became the frst Bat Mitzvah when the synagogue opened in November 1971. Her grandfather became a Bar Mitzvah at Herzl in 1938.Richelle is the daughter of Patricia Willner-Martin and Neil Martin of Bellevue and the sister of Allison. Her grandparents are Kathryn and James Martin of Edina, Minn., Ina Willner of Bellevue and the late Richard Willner.Richelle is in the 7th grade at the Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle. Her interests include attending Camp Solomon Schechter, acting and teching at Youth Theatre Northwest, Facebook, Skype, and texting with friends. For her mitzvah project, Richelle is raising money for the Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces Bar/Bat Mitzvah LEGACY Program to send a child whose parent or sibling has been killed in action with the Israeli Defense Forces to summer camp in the United States.EngagementTamera Farkas and Jeremy Sandler Tamera and Jeremy are engaged to be married.Tamera is the daughter of Michael and Francine Farkas of Los Angeles, Calif. Her grandparents are Nat and Elaine Stern of Los Angeles, Shary Farkas of Los Angeles and the late Sammuel Farkas. Tamera graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 2009 with a degree in History and Jewish Studies. She works as a Judaics teacher at Oakland Hebrew Day School.Jeremy is the son of Mark and Sharon Sandler of Bellevue. His grandparents are Rose Stalin of Mercer Island, Rose Sandler of Bellevue, the late Max Stalin, and the late Martin Sandler. Jeremy is a graduate of Northwest Yeshiva High School and holds a degree in biology from the University of Washington. He is starting a masters/Ph.D. program at the California Institute for Technology and currently works doing genetics research at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Berkeley, Calif.Bat MitzvahAbigail Geiger ShifrenAbi gai l wi l l celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on May 22, 2010 at Con-gregation Beth S h a l o m i n Seattle.Abigail is the daughter of Lisa Geiger and Charles Shifren of Edmonds. Her grandparents are Iris Shifren and Seymour Shifren of Los Angeles, Calif., Anne Geiger of Millburn, N.J. and the late Harold Geiger.Abigail is in the 7th grade at Madrona K-8. Abby enjoys playing the viola, swimming, reading, and spending time with her friends and family. For her mitzvah project, she organized and performed with a string trio at the Ida Culver House in Broadview.received some amount of funding.Tere were a handful of people who applied saying, We dont really need help, but we heard you were giving out money, Greenhall explained. Thats not really the case and so those kinds of applications we do turn down.But every family whose application showed a legitimate need received a campership. Te amount of money given varies from family to family depending on which camp the child is attending, and, of course, the familys fnancial situation.In total, $93,256 has been allocated to campership recipients, based on $400,000 in requests. Since then, another $14,006 has been raised to cover addi-tional requests.According to Greenhall, this years JEC campership applications detail a wide range of stories from families who need extra help sometimes a lot of extra help to send their kids to camp, including credit card debt, family illness resulting in hefty medical bills, or one or both parents out of work.We heard a lot of stories this year that were just heartbreaking, she said.Te mother of one camper, who asked that she remain anonymous, has been self-employed for several years and saw her business collapse when the econ-omy spiraled downward. Last summer, her daughter went to Jewish camp with friends from religious school for the frst time, and fell in love with the experience.She loved it, and the independence, and the self-sufciency, the mother told JTNews. All of that is really important.Without help, its not an experience her daughter would get to repeat this summer, but because of the JEC program, she will receive camperships covering almost 100 percent of her camp tuition for this year.Im grateful that were given the opportunity for that assistance to be able to send her, the mother said, extremely grateful for that assistance.Camp Scholarships t Page 4Express yourself with our special Tribute Cards and help fund JFS programs at the sametimemeeting the needs of friends, family and loved ones here at home. Call Irene at (206) 861-3150 or, on the web, click on Donations at www.jfsseattle.org. Its a 2-for-1 that says it all. 2-for-1 Happy Anniversary Cardsjtnews n friday, may 14, 2010 24arts & entertainMentthe traditions classic comfort state-ment: May you be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem? Now, theres a connection for you. A couple of other odd musical allu-sions worth mentioning: Was a 12th-cen-tury Crusader song with an unmistakable resemblance to Ein Feste Burg/A Mighty Fortress, Martin Luthers iconic early-16th-century hymn, chosen because of this resemblance? Chosen despite it? And the unavoidable 2001 reference in the fanfare Savall created for the shofars prehistory, indeed! Jarring, and almost, alas, funny. Those first three notes of Strauss Also Sprach Zarathustra can thrill, but they were tough to reconcile with this show.Jordi Savall is one of my musical heroes. On the Gathering Note blog ear-lier this spring, R. M. Campbell described Savalls Town Hall Seattle concert, Lux Feminae, as a kind of rare adven-ture. So is Jerusalem. I left the concert haunted by the fnale, a single ancient melody which Savall arranged to be sung simultaneously in five different tradi-tional versions, with the entire ensemble, some two dozen virtuosi, playing along in harmony. His vision, at least, merits great praise. A slightly different version of this piece also appeared on The Gathering Note blog, www.gatheringnote.com.Jordi Savall t Page 20inna volchek photographyWomen at the Eastside Torah Centers annual Spring Spa for the Body and Soul on April 25 examine products available from the treatments provided during the day of relaxation and learning. more growth and create more opportu-nities for families to interact and connect to Judaism.And in case you were worried, Melissa assures me that her parents have learned to love and embrace the profession Im in.More information about the syna-gogue is at www.templebnaitorah.org. 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We cannot thank our family, friends and neighbors enough for the tremendous outpouring of support expressed at the May 11th Community of Caring Luncheon. Over 1,000 of you donated $789,841 to provide crucial assistance to JFS clients. By doing so, you are helping ensure that JFS will, as we have since 1892, assist those in our local community who have the greatest needs. After all, family mattersalways has, always will.Our generous sponsors helped underwrite this years event, maximizing the value of each and every Luncheon gift that will beneft our community members in urgent need. On behalf of the over 11,250 clients JFS served last year alone, thank you for being a community that cares.Lets do lunch again next year, shall we?$1,500 SPONSORSBeechers Handmade CheeseThe BellettiniBernstein Global Wealth ManagementBoom Noodle and Blue C SushiCongress Asset ManagementDeloitteFoster Pepper PLLC$10,000 SPONSORSEric & Gloria Bensussen/ Bensussen Deutsch & AssociatesHarrison Berkman & Claypool PLLCSimon Family Charitable Trust and NOVA FoundationSwedish Medical Center$3,000 SPONSORSGlazers CameraJanet Gray/ Jeppesen Gray Sakai P.S.JP Morgan ChaseMoss Adams LLPNorthRoad Capital ManagementNosh AwayParagon Investment Management, Inc.PENN Capital ManagementSprague Israel Giles, Inc.United Insurance Brokers, Inc.US BankVirginia Mason Medical Center