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The Happy Hanukkah section from JTNews | The Voice of Jewish Washington for November 26, 2010

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<p>Happy Hanukkah to all!LesLie KLein</p> <p>This is Surrey Klein. She is 8 years old and lives in Ballard. With the help of her family those members of her family with opposable thumbs she put together and decorated the tzedakah box that came with the JTNews Tzedakah Book. Surrey says shes pretty sure that kids would have a good time doing this as well, then filling up the box with coins to give to people in need this Hanukkah.</p> <p>how to celebrate hanukkah this yearDespite Hanukkah falling so early on the calendar this year well hardly have time to fit into our pants again after Thanksgiving opportunities to celebrate abound. Synagogues all over the state are having their own parties you can find details at any synagogues Web site or at the online community calendar at calendar.jtnews.net but here are a few that draw people in from near and far, and can help the less fortunate among us at the same time.</p> <p>The MAZON Hanukkah party: Feeding us to fight hungerPip and Miriam Meyerson have worked hard to throw this party for about six years now. Theres the procurement (how many pounds of potatoes do you need to make latkes for 200?), the menu planning, the cooking, the table setting, the buffet replenishing, and then the hoping: Hoping people will come, hoping people will eat, hoping the people wont eat too much. Its a really nice dinner, says Pip, Its a great communal event, and with the candle lighting and the music, families gathering its an evening of surprises. But most important is the hope that the people who come to this Hanukkah party and dinner, which benefits MAZON: A</p> <p>Jewish Response to Hunger, will remember that though their food needs are being met for this evening, a lot of others including many who at some point probably gave generously at a previous MAZON event are not. The Meyersons have been making traditional Jewish food in Seattle since the 1970s, first at the Matzoh Momma deli and now as a catering business. They have long been devoted to ensuring that the people without the means to feed themselves get fed. But it was in 2003 that they, along with Rabbi Jim Mirel and several other friends in Seattles Jewish community, decided to turn this into more of a Jewish event.X Page 2B</p> <p>Chag Sameach!</p> <p>Happy HanukkaH!</p> <p>Full Service Horticultural Service companyVisit us on our Web site: www.plantscapes.com(206) 623-7100</p> <p>The Islands favorite gathering place for the past 37 years. 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RSVP at MatzohMommaMazon@gmail.com.</p> <p>KATIE CHMELA, DIRECTOR OF SALES 5036 25th Ave. NE, Seattle WA 98105 | 206.204.1007 direct line 800.205.6940 reservations | 206.522.1450 fax | www.silvercloud.com SILVER CLOUD INN | UNIVERSITY DISTRICT</p> <p>get ready for the holidays!All In-Home Services(Offer good through January 15, 2011)</p> <p>haPPy haNUkkah!</p> <p>Finest Seafood Ranch Eggs Quality Poultry Select WinesWe ship seafood anywhere in the USa overnight</p> <p>15% Off</p> <p>kiNg SalmoNFiNESt SmokEd FiSh CaviaR gamE BiRdS, EtC.</p> <p>Fresh Fresh</p> <p>From that sentiment came the MAZON dinner. Matzoh Momma has always committed to donating the food 100 pounds of potatoes, 40 pounds of onions, 50 pounds of salmon, plus so much more and Rabbi Mirels Shalom Ensemble provides entertainment, Temple De Hirsch Sinai allows use of the space and the Meyersons rely on friends to do the table service. They have also received funding from members of the Jewish community such as Kenny and Marleen Alhadeff, among others. Los Angeles-based MAZON gives money to food banks and food-related</p> <p>organizations around the world, including several in this state such as Jewish Family Service of Greater Seattle and Food Lifeline, which distributes food and funds to several area food banks. Pip says he appreciates the idea that a Jewish communal organization like MAZON, that distributes its moneys to secular non-Jewish probably predominantly secular organizations at this particular time in our history. Its very important that the greater community sees the support and outreach coming form the Jewish community to them. But its also a party, and the Meyersons hope that their night of a thousand latkes, as they call it, will bring out people and their families from all across the community, as it has done for so many years, to open their hearts and wallets in exchange for some great salmon and even better memories.</p> <p>Come home for Hanukkah to the JCCWhat is the first thing that pops into your mind when you think about Hanukkah? For many, its the winter holidays central activity the candle lighting. Hanukkah just doesnt feel like Hanukkah if youre not basking in the glow of those colored candles, which is exactly the feeling planners of this years communitywide family celebration hopes to recreate. 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For more information, visit bit.ly/ejZNVq.</p> <p>director of community services at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, one of the co-planners of Coming Home for Hanukkah, to be held at the Stroum Jewish Community Center on Mercer Island. There will be several activities, mostly geared toward kids, at this daytime event that includes a production of Mrs. Green-</p> <p>bergs Messy Hanukkah, a current selection from the PJ Library Jewish books program, by the teens in the JCCs CenterStage theater troupe; a mitzvah project activity room that will allow anyone to help bag dry goods for the Jewish Family Service food bank; and, of course, dreidel. It wouldnt be a Jewish event without food and even that will be a community project. J Team, the group of teens that spends a year learning about charities both local and worldwide, then divides up a pot of money to donate to these organizations, will be selling the goodies to raise funds to increase their pool of funds. In addition, the Rainier BBYO chapter will be selling jelly doughnuts, a traditional Israeli Hanukkah treat. Its an opportunity to engage teens to really do good in the world the spiritual side of doing good, and not just Lets have a party, Greenhall says.</p> <p>The event will culminate in the gym, with the lights turned low, as families will get together for a sing-a-long and then a candle lighting of more than 100 menorahs around the room. Many hanukkiot will be on hand, but families are invited to bring their own so they can recreate the coziness of the holiday and bask in its glow with the other families around them. It should be amazing, Greenhall said.</p> <p>If you go:The Big Spin gets spun on Sun., Dec. 12 from 25 p.m. at the Museum of History and Industry, 2700 24th Ave. E, Seattle. Cost of $48/adult, $36/kid age 1 and up includes concert, activities, and a goodie bag. Visit thebigspin.org to purchase tickets online.</p> <p>Spinning, spinning, spinning: The Big SpinWhen the women who founded the Mitzvah Mama Guild for Seattle Childrens Hospital held their first Big Spin event last year, they raised $12,000 to take a bite out of the more than $96 million in uncompensated care the hospital provided in 2009. That number is already expected to be much higher for 2010 as much as $150 million.</p> <p>Realizing that though their contribution so far has been small, it still makes a big difference, this year theyre doing it even bigger. Theyve still got the fun stuff the face painting, the candy menorahX Page 5B</p> <p>Senior living 62 years + Studios available from $382 $574</p> <p>Glendale Country Clubwishes to extend to the Community a Happy HanukkahGlendale Country Club13440 Main Street, Bellevue, Washington 98005 425.746.7944 Fax 425.746.7660 www.glendalecc.com</p> <p>Happy HanukkaH1501 17th Avenue seAttle, wA 98122 206-323-0344</p> <p>Happy Hanukkah!</p> <p>Happy Hanukkah!Jason &amp; Betsy Schneier, Ariel &amp; Amanda Mildred RosenbaumHanukkah Greetings!</p> <p>to our relatives and friends</p> <p>Dita and Fred Appelbaum</p> <p>Hanukkah Greetings!Stan &amp; Iantha SIDELL Mark, Leslie, Leah &amp; Hannah Scott, Pam, Sydney &amp; Emma Brooke &amp; Ben Pariser</p> <p>Dean, Gwenn, Robert &amp; Andrea Polik Joshua &amp; Sam</p> <p>Hanukkah Greetings!</p> <p>Laurie Boguch Sharon Boguch Janet Boguch Kelby Fletcher &amp; Kalen</p> <p>Happy Hanukkahfrom</p> <p>Liz Gorman and Joel Paisner Natalie and Noah Paisner</p> <p>4B</p> <p>hanukkah greetings</p> <p>Jtnews . www.Jtnews.net . friday, novemBer 26, 2010</p> <p>Hanukkah Greetings</p> <p>Hanukkah Greetings</p> <p>Commercial Broker 206 679 7918www.SeattlePremises.com</p> <p>Hanukkah Greetings from the Benardouts Bob &amp; Sue Jessie, Mandy &amp; Melissa</p> <p>from all of us at Hasson, Laible &amp; Co. p.s.</p> <p>Hanukkah Greetings!</p> <p>Frances roGers Jimmy, Zoey &amp; sabina roGers Linda &amp; micHaeL morGan Todd morGan &amp; wendy Lawrence &amp; oLiver meLissa, marTy, arieLLa &amp; sasHa neLson</p> <p>Hasson, LaibLe &amp; Co. P.s. 206-328-2871</p> <p>Hanukkah Greetings to the Communityfrom Richard &amp; Tricia Jonah, David &amp; Gabe</p> <p>Hanukkah Greetings!Natalie &amp; Bob Malin Lori Goldfarb &amp; daughter Samantha Rogel Keith, Linda, Alec &amp; Kylie Goldfarb Melissa, Todd &amp; Brandon Reninger Kevin Malin</p> <p>Chag Sameach!</p> <p>Pam, Andy, Ian &amp; Geoff</p> <p>Happy Hanukkah!</p> <p>Fruchter</p> <p>Lloyd</p> <p>Hanukkah Greetings</p> <p>from the staff of</p> <p>The Volchok FamiliesHappy Hanukkah!</p> <p>Hanukkah Greetings!</p> <p>JTNews</p> <p>Sara Kaplan David Kaplan &amp; Susan Devan Sydney Kaplan Daniel &amp; Miriam Barnett Miya &amp; Blake</p> <p>Chag Sameach!Bob &amp; Becky Minsky</p> <p>from The Feldhammers Allan, Lynn, Matthew &amp; David</p> <p>Kevin Minsky &amp; Natasha Sacouman Caryn &amp; Gary Weiss Abbi Evanna &amp; Adina Natali Wendi Neuman Alexandra Rachel &amp; Daniela Talya</p> <p>Larry &amp; Shelley Seth, Josh and Danielle Bensussen</p> <p>Jennifer, Joel, ben &amp; oscar Magalnick</p> <p>friday, novemBer 26, 2010 . www.Jtnews.net . Jtnews</p> <p>hanukkah greetings</p> <p>5B</p> <p>A twist on Hanukkah givingDasee Berkowitz JTA World news serviceNEW YORK (JTA) Hanukkah is the holiday that celebrates Jewish distinctiveness over assimilation. The Maccabees zealots to some, freedom fighters to others fought to preserve a sense of Jewish distinctiveness in the face of the Assyrian Greeks and other Jews who were attracted to their ways. So to really celebrate Hanukkah this year, lets ask ourselves: What makes us Jews distinct? How can we celebrate our distinctiveness in ways that strengthen our own identities and the Jewish identity of our families? How can we bring the best of what Judaism has to offer to our communities and to the larger society? The concept of tzedakah is one of Judaisms great contributions to the world Ethical Monotheism, the Ten Commandments, and the concept of Shabbat rank way up there, too. Jewish tradition posits giving tzedakah as an obligation (according to Maimonides, 20 percent of your income is average, with 10 percent as the minimum) and holds that this obligation rests on everybody, not just the well-off (the Shulchan Aruch states that even one who is supported by tzedakah is required to give from what he has been given). This offers a paradigm for a just and supportive society that holds rampant consumerism in check. So I propose that this Hanukkah, instead of pouring our creative energies into giving material gifts, we use that creativity to dedicate each night and each candle to a different aspect of giving. Candle 1: Have an intimate dinner with family and friends. Learn about the issues of most concern to them, then set aside the money you would spend on a material gift to make a contribution to that organization or cause in their honor. Candle 2: Follow up on the first nights activity and, if the cause is local, arrange to go on a site visit to learn more about the organizations work and how you can get involved. This activity is especially good for parents with young children. Candle 3: Be on the lookout for charity events in your area. Dedicate yourself to expanding your horizons on issues in the world in need of addressing. Candle 4: Think about someone in your life in immediate need. Bring them Hanukkah-themed treats such as cookies in the shape of dreidels or homemade Hanukkah cards. Candle 5: Get your charitable giving in order. If eight nights of eating latkes and jelly donuts becomes too much for you, take the night off and plan ahead for the coming fiscal year. Make a plan. Candle 6: Give more than your money and time give of your values. Think</p> <p>about a value that is important to you that you havent had time to develop (does the refrain too busy ring a bell?) and do an activity that reflects that value with a spouse, child or friend. Candle 7: Think about someone else in your life who is too busy to think about holiday presents. Give him or her a break. For a busy parent, this could mean pro-</p> <p>viding childcare; for a busy professional, it could be giving your time as a coach. Candle 8: Have a Hanukkah party and ask each of your guests to bring a gift to pass onto a local charity a nonperishable food, a childrens toy, books or clothing.Dasee Berkowitz is a Jewish life-cycle consultant in New York.</p> <p>W WHaT To do Page 3B</p> <p>building, goodies, the big dreidel where everyone wins a prize thats actually valuable but this year will have much more of a focus on the music. Co-founder Laura Glass has brought in three nationally recognized local bands in the kindie music scene, all of whom are donating their services to the cause: Caspar Babypants, a.k.a. Chris Ballew, a.k.a. the guy from the Presidents of the United States of America who performed last year; Recess Monkey, three local teachers that hav...</p>