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JTNews | The Voice of Jewish Washington for November 18, 2011


Books food movies, music &for HanukkaH

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november 18, 2011 21 cheshvan 5772 volume 87, no. 24 $2

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Jtnews . calendar.Jtnews.net . friday, november 18, 2011

Candlelighting times November 18 ...................4:12 p.m. November 25 .................. 4:06 p.m. December 2 .................... 4:02 p.m. Friday

56 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat with Parallel Kids Program Carol Benedick at carolbenedick@bethshalomseattle.org or 206-524-0075 or www.bethshalomseattle.org While the adults attend Kabbalat Shabbat services, children (27 years) can hear stories, learn songs, and participate in other activities. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle. 5:30 p.m. NYHS Family Shabbat Dinner Michelle Haston at mhaston@nyhs.net or 206-232-5272 Family Shabbat dinner. $22; $18/10 and under. At Congregation Ezra Bessaroth, 5217 S Brandon St., Seattle.

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6:308 p.m. Dream Shabbat charlottedanthony@gmail.com or www.hilleluw.org Repair the World is hosting a Dream Shabbat to advocate for the Dream Act, which would provide a path to citizenship for undocumented high school graduates who continue to college or the military. Free. At Hillel at the University of Washington, 4745 17th Ave. NE, Seattle.

dinner, dessert, and an evening movie. $25$45. At the Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island.

Tales of Chelm, based on the stories from The World of Sholem Aleichem. Free. At Temple Bnai Torah, 15727 NE 4th St., Bellevue.



8 p.m. BCMH Torah Dedication Julie Greene at julie@bcmhseattle.org or 206-721-0970 With the arrival of a new Torah, BCMH celebrates the shuls 120 years of existence. The Torah will be brought to its new home with singing, dancing, desserts and a klezmer band. At Bikur Cholim Machzikay Hadath, 5145 S Morgan St., Seattle. 510 p.m. Parents Night Out Josh Johnson at JoshJ@sjcc.org or 206-388-0839 or www.sjcc.org Parents can hit the town while the kids spend a fun evening at the SJCC. Kids enjoy open swim time,

19 November

11 a.m.2 p.m. Turkey Shecht Josh Furman at joshf@hilleluw.org or www.jconnectseattle.org Jconnect is teaming up with Growing Things Farm and Rabbis Avi Rosenfeld and Simon Benzaquen to ritually slaughter 10 organic turkeys in time for Thanksgiving. Feather and clean the birds, and participants will leave with a kosher turkey. Meet at Hillel to carpool. At Hillel at the University of Washington, 4745 17th Ave. NE, Seattle. 5 p.m. SBH Gala Dinner Diana Black at sbholim@gmail.com Honoring Dr. Larry and Sharon Adatto with the Community Hesed Award. At Sephardic Bikur Holim, 6500 52nd Ave. S, Seattle. 79 p.m. Tales of Chelm Jennifer Fliss at jfliss@templebnaitorah.org or 425-603-9677 or templebnaitorah.org The Seattle Jewish Theater Company presents

20 November


11 a.m. The PJ Library Story Time at Mockingbird Books Amy Hilzman-Paquette at amyhp@jewishinseattle.org Join The PJ Library for music and storytelling. Learn Hebrew through ASL with Betsy Dischel from Musikal Magik, a Certified Signing Time academy. Free. At Mockingbird Books, 7220 Woodlawn Ave. NE, Seattle.

23 November


7:309 p.m. Beth Shalom Beit Midrash Carol Benedick at carolbenedick@bethshalomseattle.org or 206-524-0075 or www.bethshalomseattle.org Study Talmud with Joel Goldstein on the second and fourth Thursday of the month. All levels welcome. $5/class, $25/6class punchcard. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle.

24 November

November 20 at 10 a.m. Kadima Hanukkah Art and Book Sale Book talk and sale Kadima presents Jewish Threads, a new book on Jewish fabric crafts, and a talk by contributor Lois Gaylord on Working with Spiritual Intention. Art and books will be for sale. At Kadima House, 12353 Eighth Ave. NE, Seattle. For more information visit www.kadima.org.

November 28 at 7 p.m. Lawrence Weschler Author talk Former New Yorker staff writer and award-winning journalist Lawrence Weschler will talk about his latest compilation, Uncanny Valley: Adventures in Narrative, which comprises 15 years of his best nonfiction. Weschler is, among other things, the grandson of the Pulitzerprize-winning Viennese Jewish immigrant Ernst Toch. At Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 Tenth Ave., Seattle. For more information visit www.elliottbaybook.com/node/events.

The gift of giving.Getting started: This Hanukkah, give a copy of The Tzedakah Book to yourchildren, along with envelopes, stamps, and gelt they will contribute to the organizations that inspire them.

How much? When it comes to gelt, choose what fits your familys budget, from coins to paper.

Take your time.Spend time together looking through The Tzedakah Book and building your own tzedakah Box.

Dress it up.Include stickers, glitter, markers, colored pencils, and note cards so your children can decorate their very own Tzedakah Box using the template we provided or any box or canister that you choose. Plus, they can include beautifully decorated notes with their tzedakah gelt.

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YiddiSH LeSSoNby ruth Peizer

inside this issueJust in time to get ready for Hanukkah, weve got a special books, movies, music and food issue. Here are but a few of what we have to offer this week.

Der mentsh fort un got halt di leytses.A person drives, but God holds the reins.

Escape from the notifiers

On the heels of Israeli author David Grossmans visit to Seattle last week, the writer spoke with us about his book To the End of the Land he told his Town Hall audience that President Obamas currently reading it and how he kept going when life veered so close to his art.

What do bats and owls have to do with Judaism?Find out this Saturday night at Congregation Beth Shaloms PJ Havdalah. Kids, put on your pajamas and head on over to celebrate the end of Shabbat, do arts and crafts, eat snacks, and plenty more. Be sure to RSVP to Irit at iriteliav@bethshalomseattle.org. Beth Shalom is located at 6800 35th Ave., NE in Seattle.

What Nora wants, Nora getsNoras Will which just came out on DVD, tells the story of a woman who got everything she wanted including her own death. Also, a review of last years comedy A Matter of Size.


Books to read by the fireWinters the time to curl up with heavy books and hot chocolate, so our reviews of Holocaust stories and nonfiction will give you the gravity you seek.

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Capsule reviews include local authors, poetry and memoirs Books for kidsThe Sydney Taylor Book Awards from the Association of Jewish Libraries gives a good read on what the kids should be reading. So weve got reviews of this past years winners.

Remember whenFrom the Jewish Transcript, November 8, 1935. In a special Jewish education edition that brought commentary from area rabbis and leaders, Rabbi Max J. Wohlgelernter, director of the Talmud Torah, wrote that the topic of discussion, whether all children in Seattle should receive a free day school education, was moot. The people who could not pay were already getting their education for free, and the families who did not send their children to day school would probably not do so regardless of the cost, he argued. Wohlgelernter suggested instead that a supplementary school to be held in the afternoons could be a more viable alternative.

What else would a bunch of short, hairy overweight men do?


Play basketball, of course! A fictionalized account of the best pro hoops team early in the sports history is dirty, spunky and just plain fun. But author Neal Pollack played a little fast and loose with the truth.

Getting hungry?


We are, too. Especially after reading our annual review of kosher foods that go great as gifts or for serving at your own Hanukkah parties.

The call of the shofar, with orchestraA new CD from composer Meira Warshauer brings the sounds of nature air, water, insects and couples it with the call of the rams horn to beautiful but mysterious effect.


And on the rambunctious side of the CD libraryA childrens CD of Shabbat songs from New Jerseys Mama Doni is cute, catchy and fun for the kids.

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Paradise lustThroughout history, explorers, idealists and enthusiasts have undertaken the search for the mythical Garden of Eden. Now an author has compiled the stories of those travelers.

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Call me Bond. Israel Bond.Plenty of people have tried to imitate the inimitable superspy James Bond. But none come close to OyOy-7, a 60s series of spoof novels that are once again seeing the light of day.


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ps: Send us pictures of you and your tzedakah box & well post them online and publish three in our first issue of December. E-mail pictures to editor@jtnews.net.

Build and decorate your tzedakah box today, and share the joy of tzedakah with your whole family this Hanukkah. Call us for an extra copy, or download extra copies of The Tzedakah Book at www.jtnews. net, and read about how you can bring tzedakah to your Hanukkah .

Look for November 25 December 9Holiday Giving Guide Hanukkah Greetings

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Israeli author David Grossman: No turning backemily K. alhadeFF Assistant Editor, JTNewsCelebrated Israeli writer David Grossman is on tour in the U.S. to talk about his latest novel, To the End of the Land, his first to deal with the matsav the political and security situation in Israel. After her son goes off to war, Ora decides to hike part of the Israel Trail, where she hopes no one will be able to find her when they come to notify her of her sons certain death. Before finishing the novel, Grossmans own son was killed during the final hours of the Lebanon War in 2006. Grossman says of this experience: After we finished sitting shiva, I went back to the book. Most of it was already written. What changed, above all, was the echo of reality in which the final draft was written. David Grossman spoke with JTNews about his life, his writing process, life and literature prior to his appearance last week at Town Hall. JTNews: We know your own life and To the End of the Land overlap. But how did the idea for this story come about in the first place? David Grossman: Its very hard to trace the birth of an idea. Suddenly it is there. But I was looking for this idea for some years. I was looking for the way to write the story about the situation in Israel, but I was also trying to find a family story, the story of a family that will have to live within this situation and to show how the situation radiates itself into the life of the family. My second son Uri was about to join the army, and a half-year before I finally got this idea of a woman who refuses to collaborate with the situation, to be herself and not function as a material of the situation. She decides that she will not sit at home and wait for the notifiers [the officials who would inform her of her sons death] to come, she says, to dig their notification into her. By doing the most trivial act of not waiting for them she managed to reshuffle the whole situation. JT: How much did you feel you were writing about your own life? DG: I walked from the end of the land [from the northern border with Lebanon on the Israel Trail] to my home near Jerusalem. And when the book was finished I continued to walk in parts. This was one of the sweetest experiences of writing this book: Being out, being in nature, being alone in nature, which is a special feeling. When you walk with another person you are more attuned to him or to her, and less to nature. When I walked alone, I became one more animal, one more creature. I always like to know what Im writing about. When I write about internal reality, I dont have to leave my home for that. When I write about things that happen in the outer world, I like to take part in them. I remember when I wrote The Zigzag Kid I joined the detective unit for the Jerusalem police. When I wrote Someone to Run With I spent nights on the street. I love the way can integrate objective reality into subjective reality. JT: Why did you choose a female character to tell this story? Was that a device you chose to use? DG: I thought that a book that tells so much about family and raising a child, for me it was both natural and challenging. Israel that someone has not died or been injured. The death of your beloved ones is so near to the surface. JT: How is this story received in America and other countries outside of Israel? Do people have a hard time relating to such an Isra...