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the voice of jewish washingtonworkits personal the occupation jewish in alaska indebted11182022october 14, 2011 16 tishrei 5772 volume 87, no. 21 $2RichaRd Rosenwald/JFsEverything was movement, movement, movement at the Jewish Family Service annual food sort event on Sun., Oct. 9. More than 250 community members, including kids as young as 1 year old, came to the warehouse district in South Seattle to sort, box and label 20 tons of nonperishables and toiletries for the JFS Polack food bank. Young Milo, pictured here, was part of a group of 20 children under age 5 that learned lessons in tzedakah with their own kids corner food sort. The food drive runs through Oct. 22.Shalit deal was best Israel was going to getUriel Heilman JTa world news service(JTA) If captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit is freed in the prisonerexchange deal with Hamas was approved by Israels cabinet 26-3, it will raise two immediate questions: Which side finally acceded to the others demands after years of fruitless negotiations since Shalit was captured in a June 2006 raid along the Israel-Gaza border, and what took so long to get there? Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered some hints about the first issue in a hastily called news conference shortly before going into the Cabinet meeting late Tuesday night. This deal, he suggested, was the best Israel was going to get, so if Israel was ever going to recover Shalit, it had to happen now. With everything that is happening in Egypt and the region, I dont know if the future would have allowed us to get a better deal or any deal at all for that matter, Netanyahu said on Israeli television. The window appeared following fears that collapsing Mideast regimes and the rise of extremist forces would make Gilad Shalits return impossible. The prime minister added, If all goes according to plan, Gilad will be returning to Israel in the coming days. The deal reportedly was signed by the two sides on Oct. 6 in Cairo following years of negotiations and mediation via the Egyptians. News of the deal was first reported by the satellite TV station Al Arabiya. Its exact contours remain unknown. Shalits release would mark a remarkable end to a five-year saga that has transfixed the Israeli public, frustrated two successive Israeli governments, and spanned two wars. Then a corporal in the Israeli army, Shalit was taken captive at age 19 on June 25, 2006, and almost immediately his family launched an incessant public campaign to free him. The crusade included vigils, marches,X Page 2@jew_ish @jewishdotcom @jewishcalwww.facebook.com/jtnewsprofessionalwashington.com connecting our local Jewish community2community newsJtnews . www.Jtnews.net . friday, october 14, 2011The question of the dayYoure all here because you want to say no to hate, said Hilary Bernstein, community director of the Anti-Defamation Leagues Pacific Northwest regional office. But what are you going to do about it? What are you willing to do to make our community no place for hate? That is the question of the day. The ADLs annual luncheon, which supports its No Place for Hate anti-bullying educational program, featured John Quiones of ABCs What Would You Do? and longtime supporter Mark R. Schuster, this years 2011 Torch of Liberty Award recipient. Quiones, a Mexican-American, described growing up in the barrio of San Antonio, Tex. and traveling with his family as a migrant farm worker. Raised in poverty and with a sense of social injustice, Quiones went on to earn a Masters in Journalism from Columbia University because I wanted to make a difference, he said. On his TV show, he sets up public scenarios of racism, classism and xenophobia to challenge passers-by to take a stand. Torahthon 5 While the program doesnt always show JTNews Ad side of humanity, We the philanthropic can (4.75 x 6.25) 1/4 be conditioned to care, to be generous, he said. Schuster described an ADL mission to Israel in 2005, during which his group wasW ShalIT PagE 1emily K. alHadeff assistant editor, JTnewsemily K. alhadeFFJohn Quiones of aBCs What Would You Do? talked about how he grew up in poverty but wanted to make a difference.granted a rare opportunity to meet privately with Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas. None of us had any pretense that we were going to influence Middle East peace that day, he said. But the meeting left him with hope, and it diminished a cynical view of a neverending conflict. What we need, he said, is to resurrect three values: Civility, compassion, and optimism. Im an optimist, and Im a dreamer, he said. We can change the world.meetings, statements by world leaders, celebrity endorsements, bumper stickers, congressional resolutions, songs and a protest encampment opposite the prime ministers official residence in Jerusalem. Shalits plight struck a chord in the Jewish State and the Jewish world, and Israelis and Jews from all walks of life and political camps took part in activities calling for his release. Its not clear whether this public campaign helped usher in the deal announced Tuesday or whether it hindered an agreement from being reached. Shalits family believed that it had to keep up the public pressure on the Israeli government to seal the deal. At the official state Independence Day ceremony last Yom Haatzmaut in May, Shalits brother Yoel darted onstage with his girlfriend and a banner reading Shalit is still alive. Instead of getting arrested for the stunt on the national television broadcast, he got an audience with Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni. But some analysts warned that all the public clamor to free Shalit only made a deal more difficult by increasing the price Hamas demanded for his release. Indeed, for years Israel insisted the price was too high. On Tuesday, Time magazine reported the exchange would include as many as 1,000 Palestinian prisoners the first 450 named by Hamas, and then 550 named byIsrael. The prisoners will include as many as 315 men convicted of killing hundreds of Israelis in terror attacks, Time foreign editor Tony Karon wrote. Critics of prisoner-exchange swaps warn that such deal merely encourages Israels enemies to capture more Israelis. Such criticism followed then-Prime Minister Ehud Olmerts decision in July 2008 to trade five Lebanese prisoners including notorious murderer Samir Kuntar and the bodies of 199 others in exchange for the bodies of Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev, two Israeli soldiers captured in the border attack by Hezbollah that sparked the 2006 Lebanon War. Goldwasser and Regev were thought to have been killed in the attack or shortly thereafter, but until the coffins with their bodies arrived on Israeli soil, Israeli officials said they could not know with certainty that they were no longer alive. Shalits case has been a little different. In a video released by his captors in October 2009, a frail but otherwise healthylooking Shalit held a current newspaper and read a message asking Israeli authorities to conclude an agreement for his release. In all his years in captivity, Shalit was allowed no international or Red Cross visitors. As Israels Cabinet debated the deal late Tuesday night, the heads of the Israel Defense Forces, the Mossad and the Shin Bet internal security service all reportedly expressed support for the deal.Herzl-Ner Tamid proudly presents PubLiShEd NovEmbEr 11Space deadline october 21The Tzedakah Book offers families a step-by-step plan that transforms the opportunity to give into a memorable gift for our children at Hanukkah. In print and online, The Tzedakah Book places your organization and the good work that defines you front and center throughout the giving season.because giving feels goodShare the joy of tzedakah.Find inspiration to give inside the pages of The Tzedakah Book, filled with inspiring profiles about improving the lives of those in need, both near and far from home.Start a Hanukkah tradition.Devoting one night of Hanukkah to a celebration of Tzedakah is a breeze. Start with the basics: Wrap a copy of The Tzedakah Book for each child individually, along with envelopes and gelt for them to give in any amount that suits your familys budget.Take your time.Spend time together looking through the Tzedakah Book, exploring the many ways their gift can help improve the lives of others.Dress it up.Include stickers, glitter, markers, colored pencils, and note cards in the gift wrapped Tzedakah Book box so your children can decorate their own tzedakah box using the template at the center of the book. Plus, they can include beautifully decorated notes with their tzedakah gelt. Encourage your children to really own the process, from selecting where to give to addressing the envelopes and dropping them in the mailbox. 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Eastside Lynn 206-774-2264 Seattle Cameron 206-774-2292tzedakah bookah book th e tz e d a k g feels good because givin let it shine! t andInsIde:nigh Choose your together one night of Hanukkah to3700 East Mercer Way Mercer Island WA www.h-nt.orgfamily guide. Bring the whole this step-by-step of tzedakah, using explore the joyfriday, october 14, 2011 . www.jtnews.net . jtnewsopinionthe rabbis turnletters to the editorSHIFT cOuRSEThe mezuzah security camrabbi Simon benzaqUen sephardic Bikur holimWhile shopping at the pharmacy last week, I couldnt help notice they were selling home security cameras. These cameras are to be installed outside of ones home to monitor any activity day and night for security purposes. Some cameras were expensive and some were very cheap. I took a closer look at both options and noticed that the much cheaper security cameras were exact replicas of the expensive cameras, but they werent able to monitor or record anything at all. Even though they looked exactly the same as their expensive counterparts, and were made by the same company, there were in fact just decoys empty cameras. A very interesting chance to take. As a rabbi, I started thinking about the first home security system used by the Jewish people. They were installed on the Jewish homes in Egypt. The upside of these primitive yet very effective units was their simplicity of installation. Lamb blood on the door posts with hyssop branches. The downside of these units was that they were in service and effective for one night only, known as the beginning of yetziat Mitzrayim, the rapid exodus from Egyptian slavery. The Angel of Death just couldnt penetrate these force fields of security and was forced to pass over onto the next domicile. It is interesting to note that the Jewish people might normally have thought of keeping themselves secure by hiding their Jewish identity and especially not bringing any attention to their homes. During Passover, it was quite the opposite. God commanded them to proudly identify themselves as a group and stand up (or, more accurately, stay home) and be counted as one. Their security came via an identification with the community at large. Fast forward some years, and the system was upgraded with the commandment of mezuzah. The Biblical source for the commandment of mezuzah is found twice in Deuteronomy, the fifth book of the Torah. The Torah states in two entire paragraphs: And you shall write these words on the entryways of your dwellings and your gates. The oral law, which God taught Moshe at Mount Sinai, teaches that these first two paragraphs of the shema are to be affixed to the right side of the doorpost. The two paragraphs of the shema contained in the mezuzah include the declaration of Gods Oneness and the basics of reward and punishment, two fundamentals of the Jewish faith. The mezuzah is finally affixed to each doorway of our homes, schools, synagogues, and some place them on their businesses. These parchments are to be written by a traditional God-fearing scribe, according to strict codes of Jewish law. They must be written with special black ink and with a quill on one piece of specially prepared and scored parchment. The mezuzah is carefully checked for textual errors and incorrectly formed letters by an expert who knows the strict laws of tefillin and mezuzot. It is carefully rolled and inserted into the mezuzah case. How does the mezuzah provide us with the sense of security we so desire from our high-tech monitoring gadgetry? The great sage, rabbi, doctor and philosopher Maimonides writes in his magnum opus, the Mishne Torah, Every time a person enters and exits (and encounters the mezuzah) one automatically contemplates the Singularity of the Name of God. He recalls his affection for Him. He will then awake from his sleep and his obsession with the daily grind, and come to realize that there is nothing that lasts for eternity except for the knowledge of the Creator of the world. This will motivate him to regain full awareness and follow the paths of the upright. Tefillin, tzitzit and mezuzah are ones true reminders and security guards. In reality then, it is not only the mezuzah that watches over us, but it is our watching of the mezuzah that can bring us to a level of consciousness like no other, which can empower us to decipher the secrets of the universe. So, how does the mezuzah compare to the modern-day security-monitoring camera system I stumbled upon at the pharmacy? For one, there are also two models. A mezuzah that contains a kosher parchment is connected to a recording system and actually writes the data to a spiritual hard-drive, which some refer to nowadays as The cloud. There is also a much cheaper model, from the same company, but its only the case. It might look serious, but its just a decoy. This too is a very interesting chance to take, especially during this time of the year. For the High Holidays, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, many people do a lot of soul searching and introspection for an increased level of consciousness. Though I dont install security cameras, I do install and check the parchments of mezuzot. Feel free to contact me if you would like additional monitoring systems.Does the Israeli government or ours for that matter see the sad irony in opposing votes at the UN regarding the recognition of a Palestinian state? Where would Israel be today were it not for the votes taken in 1947? Yet here we are in 2011, with Israel and the United States opposing action that reiterates the UNs longstanding support for a two-state solution. Rather than opposing the recognition of a Palestinian state by the UN, Israel and the U.S. should endorse it and work with the Palestinian Authority to ensure its implementation. The longer Israel, the PA and the U.S. delay, the greater the possibility that dream of two states living in peace alongside each other will fade like a mirage in the desert. Instead we could look forward to the triumph of the maximalist, anti-Israel Hamas party, the anti-Palestinian activities of ultra-nationalist, pro-settlement Israelis, and decades of increased violence. Rabbi Anson Laytner SeattleEnOugH pLAyIng gAmESI commend Mervyn Danker for his perceptive op-ed column (A Palestinian state should be the result of negotiations, Sept. 16) as right on the mark. Abbas needs to negotiate directly with Netanyahu without pre-conditions and accept Israel as a Jewish state. Also, the creation of a Palestinian state via the UN will in no way end the Mideast conflict, but will only add to the instability in the region. It will not serve the interest of the Palestinian people. Netanyahu spoke the truth to the General Assembly following Abbass speech when he said the United Nations has become both a house of lies and a theater of the absurd in its obsession to delegitimize Israels right to exist as a Jewish state and to falsify the history of the Palestinians own self-inflicted wounds. The Palestinians came to the UN to get a state, but without giving Israel peace in return. What cannot be overlooked is the fact that the Gaza half of the proposed Palestinian state is ruled by Hamas that has openly called for the destruction of Israel and a genocide against the Jewish people. UN Security Council Resolution 242 adopted on November 22, 1967 is the cornerstone for what it calls a just and lasting peace that recognizes Israels need for secure and recognized boundaries. The resolution became the foundation for future peace negotiations. Netanyahu has extended his hand in peace. It is time that Abbas stop playing political games and accept it. This may well result for the Jewish and Palestinian people living side by side with a real and lasting negotiated peace agreement. Pressuring Israel to make only one-sided concessions will not work. Josh Basson SeattleWRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR: We would love to hear from you! Our guide to writing a letter to the editor can be found at www.jtnews.net/index.php?/letters_guidelines.html, but please limit your letters to approximately 350 words. The deadline for the next issue is October 18. Future deadlines may be found online.meRyl alcaBesThe parchment on kosher documents such as those placed in mezuzot and tefillin must be checked twice every seven years to ensure they remain kosher. Climate and age can cause ink to crack, invalidating their kosher status. Just prior to the high holidays, Torah scribe Rabbi avraham Benzaquen, left, brother of Sephardic Bikur holims Rabbi Simon Benzaquen, who is also a scribe, visited Seattle to help community members check and, if necessary, repair their scrolls. here, the brothers have just resewn a tefillin box that they have confirmed is once again kosher.Its actually one of the best cases I ever had. It was really unbelievably rewarding. Attorney Barry Wallis on his legal victory for a woman seeking asylum. See the story on page 17.4opinionJtnews . www.Jtnews.net . friday, october 14, 2011Bridging the Israel-Diaspora gap is more vital than everavi dicHter JTa world news serviceAshkelon, Israel (JTA) Turkey, long one of Israels more stable and supportive partners in the region, expelled Israels ambassador.In Egypt, a peaceful partner to Israel since the two nations signed a treaty in 1978, the Israeli Embassy was attacked by an angry mob whose members spoke of being willing to die just to have the chance to remove the Israeli flag. And in Jordan,staffers at the Israeli Embassy were evacuated recently for fear of a similar attack. Israels ties with other Middle Eastern nations may never have been as fragile as they are today, which is a bold statement when one considers the history of violence and war in the region.It is that very fragility that lends new urgency to the effort to strengthen Israels ties to Jews around the world. As a people, Jewish unity has been a primary value of our community. But in the 21st century, we find the connection between Israel and the Diaspora slipping away.Those bonds, critical to Israels standing and resiliency, must be reinforced so that we are able to contend with the myriad challenges confronting us today. My parents were born in Poland, survived Nazi concentration camps, and managed to immigrate to Israel. From a young age they taught me to appreciate the Jewish State and never take it for granted. I witnessed the rebirth of my nation, and I have served my country for the past 40 years through various roles in security and public life. But the post-Holocaust Jewish narrative is, in fact, nothing less than a continuum of the historic Diaspora a distancing that now, more than ever, raises troubling questions about support for Israel from Jews across the world, but especially in the United States. My cousin Sammy and I, for example, share a common past and values, but totally different upbringings. Oceans away from my hometown of Ashkelon, Sammy This has always been of great concern to me, but it became even more important on a study trip I took to North America several months ago. Organized by the Ruderman Family Foundation, the trip showed me that my deep personal concerns for my family ties are but a microcosm of the dangers facing the continuity own ideas, we learned from others. And some of what we learned was alarming. We found out that 12 percent of the population more than 30 million Americans hold anti-Semitic views, according to a 2009 Anti-Defamation League survey. We were astonished to learn of such bigotry in America, the beacon of freedom around the world, where Jews have thrived for well over a century. Further, we learned that 35 percent of American citizens view American Jews as more loyal to Israel than the United States. Just as disturbing were inconsistent statistics about the number of Jews living in the United States.Various studies estimate the number of American Jews from 5.2 million to 6.5 million. The vast 25 percent difference in the sum suggests a serious crisis of identity as to the definition of Jewish or, as we in Israel frame the question, Who is a Jew? In Israel, we tend to define Jewishness with clear either-or classifications. But by doing so, we risk alienating our friends in the diverse Jewish communities around the world and most importantly in America, which finds unity through diversity. As Israeli political leaders, this journey into the American Jewish community has left us deeply concerned about this divide and its potential for widening even further at a time when Israel must depend on friends from abroad.Avi Dichter is a member of the Israeli Knesset for the Kadima Party. He is a former director of the Shin Bet security service and minister of public security.JeRusalem minisTRy oF TouRismJews in Israel and the Diaspora must work harder to bridge their differences, the author says.was raised in Detroit, where his father and uncle immigrated after surviving the Nazis. Sammy grew up as a committed Jew and Zionist, and remains so to this day. We have been close since childhood, devoted to keeping our families intact with regular visits and communication. But will our children and grandchildren be committed to maintaining that connection and its underlying devotion to Israel?of the Jewish people. I am not the first, of course, to grasp this threat to national Jewish unity and security. Pundits and researchers have examined the IsraelDiaspora relationship for years, with debates raging over the ability to sustain this unique bond in the 21st century. As politicians, this was a new experience for all of us. Rather than coming to speak, we came to listen. Instead of espousing ourYouth groups, synagogues, schools -- selling JTNews subscriptions is simple and earns money for your project or program. Contact Karen for more information. karenc@jtnews.net or 206-774-2267.Fundraise in partnership with JTNewsI called Jewish Family Service because I was desperate. Emergency Services Client, JFSJFS services and programs are made possible through generous community support ofFor more information, please visit www.jfsseattle.orgfriday, october 14, 2011 . www.jtnews.net . jtnewsinsideLADInO LESSOniSaac azoSeinside this issue5772s first babyThe first Jewish baby of the New Year has arrived! Little Libby showed up a couple days after the start of Rosh Hashanah. Were pleased to meet you!6Ked kon la tinya i la TurkedadHe was left with the scalp disease and his TurkishnessThe story goes: A man had a scalp disease. After trying doctors and medicines with no success, he was told there was a Turkish clergyman who was expert in curing these diseases. He went to see the Turk, who told him, I can cure you but you have to change your religion and become a Turk. The man did so out of desperation. Months passed, but his scalp disease got worse. So he remained with the disease and his conversion to Islam.The bus ads wont be backFederal Judge Richard Jones said it in February, and last week he said it again: King County was right to not allow ads critical of Israel on the sides of its buses.6A new conversation about Israel Israel: To Your Health7 11Two local rabbis will be leading a program that attempts to shift the discourse on discussion about Israel.Last call for Seattle Jewish co-op preschoolThe Stroum Jewish Community Centers Parenting Centers Seattle Jewish Cooperative Playschool is will begin on Thurs., Oct. 27. This parent/caregivertoddler class for children aged 18-35 months will meet weekly between 10 a.m. and noon on Thursday mornings at the Seattle Jewish Community School. Class will be taught by an early childhood educator and will include playtime and exploration as well as songs, crafts, snack and outdoor play. A parent-education discussion group will also be part of each class period. Jewish content will be integrated into classroom activities as well as parent discussion with a focus on building community around parenting and Jewish identity. Limited space available. For more information, please contact seattlejewishcoop@gmail.com.The debut of our new column about health and medical breakthroughs that come from Israel is all about work do we do too much of it?A new breed of explorer17When a local dad gathered a bunch of other Jewish dads to do dad-style programs at the Y, he decided they should happen in a Jewish environment instead. Now they do.A legal defense of immigration17Several lawyers in the Jewish Federations Cardozo Society began a program to do pro bono defenses for asylum cases. Theyve had several successes already.The new occupation18Remember whenFrom the Jewish Transcript, October 17, 1985 Rabbi Chanina Rabinowitz and the students of Seattle Hebrew Academy held a memorial service and letter-writing campaign for Leon Klinghoffer, the man aboard the Achille Lauro cruise ship who was shot and thrown overboard by hijackers who called themselves the Palestinian Liberation Front.the voice of j e w i s h washington JTNews is the Voice of Jewish Washington. Our mission is tomeet 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 206-441-4553 editor@jtnews.net www.jtnews.netJTNews (ISSN0021-678X) is published biweekly by The Seattle Jewish Transcript, a nonprofit 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. Periodicals postage paid at Seattle, WA. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to JTNews, 2041 Third Ave., Seattle, WA 98121.The protests against Wall Street both in New York and in Seattle have parallels with the protests that took place this summer across Israel.A dogsled to Jewish Alaska20Our intrepid travel correspondent Masada Siegel made a trek to our 49th state to experience its beauty, its wildlife, and, of course, its Jewish communities.Should my sukkah have a debt ceiling?Thats the question one correspondent asks as he decides whether his temporary hut should be an allegory for his financial situation.22MORE M.O.T.: Two men and their boats A View from the U: Blame in on the Sifrei The Arts Community Calendar Lifecycles The Shouk Classifieds8 10 12 15 23 21STAffReach us directly at 206-441-4553 + ext. Publisher *Karen Chachkes 267 233 Editor *Joel Magalnick Assistant Editor Emily K. 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Or visit MOT at www.jtnews.net to join us today!BoArd of direcTorSPeter Horvitz, Chair*; Robin Boehler; Andrew Cohen; Cynthia Flash Hemphill*; Nancy Greer; Aimee Johnson; Ron Leibsohn; Stan Mark; Daniel Mayer; Cantor David Serkin-Poole*; Leland Rockoff Richard Fruchter, CEO and President, Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle Shelley Bensussen, Federation Board Chair *Member, JTNews Editorial Board MemberLook for October 285 Women to WatchThe opinions of our columnists and advertisers do not necessarily reflect the views of JTNews.Ex-OfficioNovember 11published by j e w i s h transcript mediaHoliday Celebrations6community newsJtnews . www.Jtnews.net . friday, october 14, 2011Meet little libby, the first Jewish baby of 5772emily K. alHadeff assistant editor, JTnewsThe JTNews searched desperately to find its first baby of 5772. Was it possible that no Jewish babies were born between Rosh Hashanah and press time? Were the angels in heaven on strike? Lo and behold, in the eleventh hour one came through. We are pleased to announce the birth of Libby Brooke Sarne, born October 1 to Stephanie Relkin and Jason Sarne. On her new role as first-time mom: So far so good, Stephanie says. Im just a little tired. Stephanie, 42, is thankful to have had a natural and healthy pregnancy, even though Libby was delivered through an emergency cesarean section at Overlake Hospital. During her last 45 minutes of labor everything just went crazy, Stephanie said. The baby had stopped breathing. Thankfully, she pulled through. Libby Brooke as born at 4:09 p.m. and weighed in at 7 lbs., 5 oz., measuring 19-3/4 inches. She is named for her maternal greatgrandmother, Lillian (Libby in Yiddish) and Lillians brother, Bob. Stephanie and Jason moved to Bellevue about a year and a half ago from New York so Stephanie could take on the position of senior art director at Eddie Bauer. Once she goes back to work, Jason will take over childcare duties. The couple is not yet affiliated with a congregation, but Stephanie, who grew up in the Conservative movement, says she is leaning toward Herzl-Ner Tamid. After the interview, Stephanie sent an email with one more undeniable message: We couldnt imagine our lives without her.libby Brooke Sarne was born October 1, making her our first Jewish baby of 5772.couRTesy sTephanie RelKinJudge upholds ban on bus adsIn deciding to reject advertisements critical of Israel that had been scheduled to run on King County Metro buses late last year, a federal judge granted summary judgment in favor of the county, ruling it had acted appropriately. U.S. District Court Judge RichardJones said last week that while the court saw the need to defend free speech, in this instance the ads were viewpoint neutral and that the content about Israel was not at issue. He cited the response that followed after news outlets reported on the ad campaign, which would have appeared for a month on 12 Seattle buses, that resulted in thousands of calls to the county and a possible threat to public safety. The countysdecision, Jones said, was a reasonable restriction in a limited public forum. King County has since decided that any advertisements that take a political position will not be allowed. Local Jewish groups had called the ads one-sided and unfair, while supporters of the Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign, the organization that bought the ads, had called the campaign perfectly legitimate messages thatare asking U.S. citizens to think about where their tax dollars are going, as JTNews reported in December. SeaMAC and the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit in federal court in February, where Jones denied a preliminary injunction. An appeal to the 9th District Court may be forthcoming, a SeaMAC spokesperson said. Joel MagalnickQFC proudly supports JFS Bag Hunger Food DriveBy Eric Miller, QFC Public Affairs Specialist From September 29th through October 22nd, 2011, QFC is partnering with Jewish Family Service to help Bag Hunger here at home. We invite you to stop by one of our eleven store locations in Bellevue, Capitol Hill, Mercer Island or University Village to donate nonperishable food, personal hygiene items, and cleaning products. With your support of this important drive, we will be able to make a dramatic impact in meeting the needs of our local families. The JFS Polack Food Bank serves people of all backgrounds and denominations from Downtown Seattle to the Madison Valley, as well as providing kosher food for those in the Jewish Community who request it. QFC BELLEVUE VILLAGE 10116 NE 8th Street Bellevue, WA 98004 QFC BELLEVUE EAST 1510 145th Place SE Bellevue, WA 98007 QFC NORTH TOWNE 2636 Bellevue Way NE Bellevue, WA 98004 From July 1st, 2010, through June 30th, 2011, JFS served an average of 1,850 different individuals. This was an increase of nearly 18% from 2009/2010. Add to that an all-time monthly record of 1,375 households served in June, 2011 and the fact that the amount of food distributed has increased almost 40% since 2008, and you can see just how vital your support is to the success of this program. Thank you so much for your donations, and for helping QFC and Jewish Family Service Bag Hunger this year! The following list of QFC locations will be accepting donations from September 29th through October 22nd:QFC CROSSROADS 15600 NE 8th Street Bldg K1 Bellevue, WA 98008 QFC FACTORIA 3550 128th Street SE Bellevue, WA 98006 QFC NORTH MERCER ISLAND 7823 SE 28th Street Mercer Island, WA 98040QFC SOUTH MERCER ISLAND 8421 SE 68th Street Mercer Island, WA 98040 QFC CAPITOL HILL 416 15th Ave East Seattle, WA 98102 QFC HARVARD MARKET 1401 Broadway Ave Seattle, WA 98122 QFC BROADWAY MARKET 417 Broadway Ave East Seattle WA, 98102 QFC UNIVERSITY VILLAGE 2746 NE 45th Street Seattle, WA 98105For information or comments contact Ken Banks, QFC Associate Communications Manager. He can be reached at ken.banks@qfci.com or phone 425-462-2205.friday, october 14, 2011 . www.Jtnews.net . Jtnewscommunity news7Teaching a new narrative on IsraelJaniS Siegel JTnews correspondentTwo local rabbis are taking the lead from an Israeli leadership think tank and challenging Seattle-area Jews and Jews worldwide to re-imagine a more Jewishvalues based Israel going into the future. The Jewish Day Schools assistant head of school Rabbi Stuart Light and Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregations Rabbi Jay Rosenbaum say Jews need to shift their vision of Israel from a refuge-based, postHolocaust-era homeland dedicated to harboring endangered Jews everywhere, which they say it has since achieved, into a more ethical society that is more fair to religious and ethnic minorities, the poor, aliens, and even those in their midst who may be hostile to the Jewish State. Teaching from the Engaging Israel Project: Foundations for a New Relationship series developed by the Shalom Hartman Institute, the two rabbis will take students back to the future to study noted Jewish thinkers and politicians like Martin Buber and David Ben-Gurion, and texts from the Mishna to Maimonides to create a new narrative about Israel, they say, one that allows for criticism and conversation with worldwide Jewry in a pluralistic approach that transcends politics and religious divide. Israel has been the homeland for the refugee, the home for the outcast, a place where all Jews can be free, the place where no one [need] be ashamed of their heritage, and that has been tremendously powerful for Jews in the past, Light told JTNews from his JDS office. Now, we see a shift because the United States is a place where a Jew can very much express everything about [his] identity. But what happens when you no longer need that place of refuge, when you no longer need to go there if everything is horrible? Whats the value of that place? Thats what this class is about. According to the Shalom Hartman Institute of North Americas marketing materials, The Engaging Israel Project, was developed to address the increasing feelings of disenchantment and disinterest toward Israel among an ever-increasing number of Jews worldwide. Bristling to some degree at that particular language, Rosenbaum, who couldnt speak highly enough about the quality of scholarship at the SHI, clarified his approach and told JTNews exactly what predicament he believes Jews both in and out of Israel find themselves in, and what he hopes to accomplish in the classes. Its a fresh approach and a paradigm shift, said Rosenbaum. Theres a flotilla in Gaza, we have to react to that. Theres a move by the Palestinians to get recognition unilaterally in the United Nations, and we have to respond to that. Theres a constant attempt by people around the world to delegitimize Israel and we have to respond to that, but this is a chance to dig deep, to go back to our own terms. The SHI was founded in 1971 by a Montreal rabbi and professor, David Hartman. The congregational rabbi moved to Jerusalem hoping to realize his vision of creating a scholarly Jewish institute where the best and brightest Jewish thinkers could innovate new ideas and meet the challenges that he knew would inevitably come upon Israeli society. The institute generally believes that Jews around the world are looking for new meaning to reinforce their connection to Israel. SHI also believes that Israel has wandered from its Jewish foundations, and may be betraying its original mission. Other questions examined in the SHI course materials include an analysis of the benefits of Jewish sovereignty, a critique on the use of Israeli military power, and a look at some of the problems associated with governing a Jewish democracy. Although both Light and Rosenbaum agree that this series is not politically based, they both say its nearly impossible to separate Israeli society from political concerns. This is not a propaganda piece with a particular point of view, Rosenbaum said.If you go:The Engaging Israel project nine-week course taught by Rabbi Jay Rosenbaum begins Tues., Oct. 25 at the Stroum Jewish community center, 3801 E mercer Way, mercer Island. Visit www.sjcc.org to register. Rabbi Stuart Lights course begins Wed., Oct. 26 at the Jewish Day School, 15749 nE 4th St., Bellevue. contact rlight@jds. org to register. The cost is $150 for individuals and $275 for couples. Registration deadline is Oct. 19.This is a conversation. Whats our vision? We need to be motivated by a reason to be beyond survival. At the same time, North American Jewry looks to Israel and thinks, How can it be that the values that Ive been taught about Judaism arent manifested in the place that Ive been told is the beacon of everything a Jew stands for? Each rabbi will teach his own ninesession evening course. They will use the same class materials, though both rabbis will apply their unique personal styles in the discussion format. Both rabbis welcome any and all Jewish denominations, secular and religious Jews, non-Jews and any interested community member.CONNECTING YOUR PASSIONS TO MEANINGFUL IMPACT IN OUR JEWISH COMMUNITYYou can now designate your gift to the Jewish Federation to support what matters most to you. Make a New Years gift today. Build a thriving Jewish community for our future.www.JewishInSeattle.org/DonateNow | 206-443-54008m.o.t.: member of the tribeJtnews . www.Jtnews.net . friday, october 14, 2011Row, row, row your boat, gently down the ice cream two men making (radio) waves1No, this isnt a series on the Kezner family. But if I hadnt interviewed Larry Kezners cousin Llance last issue, Larrys name would never have jumped out at me from a Seattle Times piece announcing Larrys smallboat passenger ferry connecting Seattles South Lake Union and University Districts. Captain Larry has piloted the Sunday Ice Cream Cruise around Seattles Lake Union for years (with hot chocolate and tomato soup in winter). The 30-ton vessel, used for parties and charters the rest of the time, is busiest in December following the Christmas ships and with holiday parties. The Seattle native mostly runs the business himself with a small crew and some administrative help. Marketing and maintenance are the two big things, he says. Water transportation catches peoples imagination, he says. People see that it doesnt take roads, bridges, tunnels. The infrastructure is minimal, reminding passengers of life 100 years ago. Growing up in Seattles Madison Park, Larrys family moved to Shoreline, where he attended high school. A ham radio enthusiast who built his own equipment, his first job was with the Coast and Geodetic Survey, the precursor to NOAA. A long career in marine electronics ensued, punctuated by Merchant Marine service during the Vietnam War and starting and selling a business building long-range radios.diana brement JTnews columnisttribeIn 1999 he felt finished with indoor work, asking himself, What am I going to do that is fun? Acquiring his captains license, he worked for Argosy Tours, which was so much fun he decided he needed his own boat. He found a cute one, he said, but it was in Cleveland. So he had it cut up and trucked here 30 tons of steel down the road, he said and a business was born. Larrys new ferries, Mocha and2Quick, a trivia question: what Seattle-area parking lot entrepreneur hosts a late-night radio show? If this was (answer, please!) Bruce Caplans show, you would have heard this as an audio clip. Bruce says hes learned to rely on audio trivia for Radio Trivia on KIXI AM, because trivia questions are so easily answered on the Internet. The show, airing at 1 a.m. Sundays (or any time at www.radiotrivia.com), is a must for old radio buffs, as is his Crime Club in the prior hour. Both feature oldtime radio shows with interviews, Hollywood anecdotes, and trivia contests. Recording the show in a spare bed-couRTesy laRRy KezneRcouRTesy BRuce caplanlarry Kezner, or Captain larry as hes known, loves boats, and now hes got a fleet.Insomniacs with a hankering for useless information rejoice! Bruce Caplans got you covered.Espresso, are small, open boats, so service runs from spring through early fall. You can see pictures and get more information at www.seattleferryservice.com. Ice Cream Cruise guests, by the way, are welcome to bring food and drink on board, and enjoy the ride while following dietary restrictions.room in his and his wife Esthers home means he can sleep at night, but Arbitron ratings indicate about 2,000 listeners at air time. There are a lot of insomniacs out there, Bruce observes. A man of many avocations, Bruce is well known as a Titanic expert and authorof The Sinking of the Titanic. The book, a compilation of interviews published three weeks after the ship sank, was in the public domain when Bruce got it as a gift. Finding it fascinating, but sloppy, he acquired the rights and rewrote it, correcting facts, removing archaic and racist language, and reissued it in 1996. One year later, the blockbuster film Titanic was released. The next day the book got 10,000 orders. Its now in its eighth printing. Bruce is the resident expert at Titanic events and exhibits around the country and lectures on cruise ships (Caribbean routes) and at our own Stroum Jewish Community Center. The 69-year-old retiree, who still consults in the parking industry, is busier now than ever. A Garfield High School grad both his parents went there, too attended University of Washington (Sigma Alpha Mu) and has a long family history in the area. One grandfather came for the Gold Rush and appears in Seattles 1903 Polk directory. His family includes B. Marcus (Benny) Priteca, architect of Chevra Bikur Holim (now Langston Hughes Arts Center) and the Alhadeff Sanctuary of Temple De Hirsch Sinai, where Bruces family belonged (he now goes to Shevet Achim on Mercer Island). Im fascinated withold radio, admits Bruce, who is working to filter static out of old recordings he hopes to air. I even want to do the Jews of radio comedy, he says. 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On Sun., Oct. 23 at Temple De Hirsch Sinai, 3850 156th Ave. SE, and Sun., Oct. 30 at Temple Bnai Torah, 15727 NE 4th St., Bellevue, from 911 a.m., Coffees A La Carte will offer free lattes and accept donations to benefit the Joshua and Robin Berry Childrens Trust. For more information on the Berry children, visit www.theberrychildren.org or www.showyourhearts.org.A young mans legacy will benefit kidsRobert Vasen should have turned 25 this year. But at the age of 20, Rob was killed by a drunk driver. This lifelong athlete and Temple Bnai Torah member had overcome a life-threatening staph infection that nearly robbed him of his ability to take the field, and his personality drew many people of all walks of life into his circle. Since his death, numerous scholarships and a foundation have been founded in Robs name. On Oct. 26, a fundraiser at CenturyLink Field will help raise money to be distributed to various organizations that help kids overcome obstacles such as poverty, drugs and truancy, as well as for scholarships that help low-income children attend sports camps in the summer, an alternative pediatric treatment program, and internships in orthopedics. For more information and to register, visit www.robertvasen.com.Kehilla | Our CommunityJew-ish is new-ishLed by intrepid managing editor Emily Alhadeff and inspired by a passion for all things, you know, jew-ish Seattle (Of the moment. Braided through with ineffable context.), we offer a new look and an endlessly new story to tell. Posterchild Around town doing something remarkable, fun, or Jewy with Jews? Click it and submit your pic to posterchild@jew-ish.com. Bloggish Blogosity Were talking to you. Talk back.The Anti-Defamation League is a leader in fighting prejudice and protecting civil rights for all. 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With warmth and caring, we embrace all who 206.323.8486 enter through our doors. www.tdhs-nw.org We invite you to share our past, and help 1511 East Pike St. Seattle, WA 98122 shape our future. 3850 156th Ave. SE, Bellevue, WA 98006news10a view from the uJtnews . www.Jtnews.net . friday, october 14, 2011Write Your Sins in Pencilby Andrew Marc GreeneThis Weeks WisdomThe midrash of love: Blame it on the Sifreimartin Jaffee JTnews columnistThis year, in preparation for the Days of Awe, I started a new project working through the famous Tannaitic midrash on Deuteronomy, known as the Sifrei. This is no whim. The standard edition of Sifrei features 430 pages of text, with copious notes and variant manuscript readings compiled by the editor, Prof. Louis Finkelstein, of New Yorks Jewish Theological Seminary. First published in 1939, it was the last Hebrew book produced in Berlin before the official onset of the second World War. Why am I picking such a challenging text? The answer is complicated. First, I blame Rashi. Of course, all his Torah commentaries ransack the Tannaitic midrashim for material. But his commentary on Deuteronomy seems to do so more than most. So I am curious: When Rashi quotes Sifrei, what is he leaving outside the quotation marks? I also blame the Tannaim in general. These early transmitters of the oral Torah, whose teachings dominate the Mishna, are my favorite rabbis. Their terse wisdom and snappy mottos attract me more than their successors, those prolix yakkers, the Amoraim of the Talmud! So the prospect of spending lots of time with the Tannaim has its appeal. This project will take some time. So far, Im on page 59 (chapter 32 of 357), which covers Deuteronomy through the text of the shema (Dt. 6:4-9). Obviously, I have a way to go. But I thought that, during this season of repentance, it might be a public-spirited gesture to report on how Rashi, as a student of Sifrei, encounters the commandment to love God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your power. Lets get down to the heart of the matter. What do we make of Deuteronomys three-fold repetition of ways of loving Hashem with all your heart, all your soul, and all your power? Does the Divine Author really need to pile up synonyms to show his linguistic skills? He created the world by talking, no? So why the poetic pyrotechnics? Rashi is alert to this problem. And his comments on these words are all direct citations of Sifrei. Commenting on the word, levavechah (your heart), Rashi follows Sifreis lead by noting how here the word heart is spelled with two bets. Why this idiosyncratic spelling, when one bet will do the job (as in libchah)? Channeling Sifrei, Rashi writes: This refers to the two impulses in the human heart the impulse to obedience and the impulse to rebellion. Then, for good measure, he adds another midrash from Sifrei: Let your heart not be divided against the Omnipresent! Okay we are to love God wholeheartedly. So what is added by the next phrase, all your soul? Rashi quotes another Sifrei: Love Hashem even if He takes your soul. Succinct and to the point: We owe our lives to God and must deliver them if need be. Finally, a third quote from Sifrei adorns Rashis comment on all your power: This means all your wealth. It addresses people who love their wealth more than their own bodies! This must be Jack Bennys favorite Rashi. Remember the shtick? A gunman pokes a Saturday night special into his ribs, saying: Your money or your life! After a longish pause, the mugger says: Well? Benny replies: Im thinking, Im thinking! But I digress. Sifrei devotes roughly 60 lines of its text to explicating the shema. Rashi quotes maybe six of those lines. That means that 90 percent of Sifreis commentary on the shema is hidden by Rashis use of it as a source! So, what interpretive options did Rashi decline to share with his readers? Heres just a taste of what Rashis commentary omits: The passage to follow (page 55, line 6 of the Finkelstein edition) is the briefest of the several midrashic interpretations assigned by Sifrei to the Torahs phrase all your soul: Shimon b. Azzai says: This means: Love Him till your soul is drained dry! It may be brief, but it packs a wallop, dont you think? How much of our being is supposed to be consumed by love of God? The image chosen by the midrash is remarkable: ad mitsui hanefesh (even till the draining of the soul). We are not merely to give up to God our entire capacity for love, and not only are we expected to give up our lives to God in martyrdom should it become necessary. Even more, we are asked to let our souls dry up and whither in longing for God, the souls true love. Why did Rashi choose to ignore this most powerful (and demanding) of Sifreis interpretations of loving God with all your soul? Who knows? Rashi never tells his readers why he leaves out what he chooses to leave out (or why he quotes what he quotes). But I think I can hazard a guess. Can it be that Rashi wants to offer his readers a model of loving God that is within human reach? After all, the Torah is given to flesh and blood not to angels! To average people not only to religious virtuosos, like the prophets! It is achievement enough to revere the Holy One in thoughtX PagE 19viewIn his book Otzar Midrashim, Yehuda David Eisenstein writes: During the year, a persons sins are recorded in pencil. During the Days of Repentance, if one repents, they are erased. On Yom Kippur, whatever remains is copied in ink. When it comes to solving this puzzle, it is your choice whether to use pencil or penbut this time, your choice will definitely matter. Pick one way, and youll get one result; pick the other, and a very different result emerges.ACROSS 1 ___ Raton 5 Fairy tale monster 9 Delta of Venus author Nin 14 Plenty 15 Person, place, or thing 16 To some extent, slangily 17 In pencil: Liquidated, as assets; In pen: Liquidated, as assets 19 Bold response to All in! 20 Article in Paris Match 21 Muscles above the abs 22 In pencil: Appropriate for 65-Across; In pen: Feature edged by a 66-Across 23 Congregation ___ Israel (Bellingham or Walla Walla synagogue name) 24 Project Runway fashion guru Tim 25 Wood used in baseball bats 28 Woeful lament 30 In pencil: Makes late?; In pen: Bucks mate 34 Improves by reworking 35 Telephone button without any letters 36 Gymnast Korbut 37 They may be Red or White 38 In pencil: Thoughts; In pen: Cocoa containers 40 Abbr. before Pepper or Friday 41 In pencil: Mythical sailor; In pen: Spoiled 43 It may be taught as a second lang. 44 Like pantyhose 46 Prefix with nautical 47 Rear 49 Comedian Sykes 50 Noticeably down 52 Saharan 54 In pencil: On the ascent; In pen: Construct 57 Important portent 58 Personal question? 61 Element immediately below neon on the periodic table 62 In pencil: What rats flee; In pen: Male supremacy? 64 She played Thelma to Susans Louise 65 Jazzy Fitzgerald 66 Roof overhang 67 Milk source 68 Place for a poster 69 Last word of the Kaddish 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 18 22 23 24 25 26 27 29 31 32 33 38 39 42 44 45 48 51 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 62 DOWN Neo-soul musician Erykah Lena of Chocolat In pencil: Trigonometric function; In pen: London 2012 Olympics chairman Sebastian Off-roaders ride Start Bounty hunters cry of success Bitterly regrets Finish Please give me ___! Thats just impossible Syrian or Jordanian ___ be a cold day in hell Bargain hunters delight Olympic blades In pencil: Cranial cavities; In pen: Employs Quick deli order Jets or Sharks, on stage In pencil: Partner of Loggins; In pen: Big butte Acrobat software developer Toy Story studio In pencil: What you leave in Vegas; In pen: Cabin components Mary-Kate or Ashley Pelted on Halloween, perhaps In pencil: Blue-eyed crooner; In pen: Gillette razor Got together, as with pals E pluribus ___ Confounded Playground equipment Victimized by a con artist Mark of Return of the Jedi ___ Lander (70s video game) Pertaining to the kidneys Thats Italian! brand Furious In pencil: Burned a bit; In pen: Dropouts doc. Its state song is from a Bway musical 80s band with an exclamation point in its name Bee base Ready for business In pencil: What you might see while dissecting a frog; In pen: What you might say while dissecting a frog Briny deep63Answers on page 18 2011 Eltana Wood-Fired Bagel Cafe, 1538 12th Avenue, Seattle. All rights reserved. Puzzle created by Lone Shark Games, Inc. Edited by Mike Selinker and Mark L. Gottlieb.friday, october 14, 2011 . www.Jtnews.net . Jtnewsisrael: to your health11Work its personalJaniS Siegel JTnews columnistEditors Note: This marks the debut of a new monthly column, Israel: To Your Health, which focuses on innovations in the health and medical fields from Israeli research and higher learning institutions.It should come as no surprise to anyone in the tribe that we Jews put a high premium on work and success. Jewish achievement in the disciplines of science, law, medicine, academia, religion, and art are well known. But do we pay a personal price for our devotion to hard work and excellence, or is it a core value that has contributed to our longevity as a religion and a culture? Are we workaholics? Mostly used as a social pejorative by family, unhappy spouses, and significant others who feel deprived of attention, some of us also heap the guilt on ourselves for ignoring our loved ones, which is a Jewish double-whammy that could bury a person in a pile of self-help books for days. But its an unavoidable fact that the term itself, a close cousin to its precursor, the alcoholic, cant be a good thing, right? Coined in 1971 by the late Americanprofessor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences Wayne Oates, a workaholic could be defined if his or her need to work took center stage in his life, endangered her health, or negatively impacted personal happiness, personal relationships, or social life. Oates once said the workaholic drops out of the health human community in a quest to optimize personal achievement. But, apparently, people who study such things say there is really no one set of characteristics or personality traits that define someone as the W word. In 1983, University of Texas researcher S.K. Mosier defined a workaholic as someone who simply worked 50 hours or more per week. Others researchers have speculated that creativity and self-expression are also elements of the workaholic personality and that so-called workaholics enjoy passionate involvement and gratification through work. They found that workaholics continue to think about work even when they are not working. In a 1997 study, Prof. Itzhak Harpaz, aleading researcher for the Israel Center for the Study of Organizations and Human Resource Management in the Graduate School of Management at University of Haifa, and his colleague Xuanning Fu at the University of California, found that expressive orientation was the strongest predictor of work satisfaction in Germany, Israel, Japan, and the United States. In a 1998 international study thatalex sloBodKin/isTocKphoToseemed to bolster this theory, Harpaz and several colleagues found that a majority of workers in seven countries would continue to work, even if it was not financially necessary. The data showed that the American sample ranked second highest after Japan, followed by Israel, the Netherlands, andBelgium. The British and the West Germans ranked the lowest in what researchers termed work centrality. Also in 1998, Harpaz studied the effects of religious convictions on labor force samples from Israel, the Netherlands, and Germany. While there was a strong association between work and religious convictions in the latter two, Harpaz found that in Israel, the more religious the worker, the weaker the connection to his or her job. But the common element, wrote Harpaz in a 2009 paper, Workaholism from a Cross-Cultural Perspective, co-written with colleague Raphael Snir from The Academic College of Tel AvivYaffo, is simply someone who puts a substantial investment in work. Some view it in positive terms, some equate it with other addictions, and some differentiate between positive and negative workaholic types, wrote Harpaz. Still others, he added, view it as only one kind of heavy work investors, and some say its mostly a guys problem. In a 2003 study of two representative samples of the Israeli work force, Workaholism, Its Definition and Nature,X PagE 1314th Season Mina Miller, Artistic Director14th Season Mina Miller, Artistic DirectorWorld Premiere ScreeningA chamber music concert to mark the 73rd anniversary of KristallnachtWhat a Life!one night onlyMusic behind barbed wireDiscover What a Life!a satiric cabaret-like revue by the Viennaborn composer Hans Gl, with ironic numbers like The Barbed Wire Song, The Ballad of the German Refugee, and The Song of the Double Bed. Gl created the revue for the entertainment of his fellow prisoners in the English detention camp where wartime authorities interned enemy aliens. ACT Theatres Kurt Beattie will read from Gls journal of those dark days. Also: Gls Huyton Suite, Marcel Tybergs romantic piano trio, Vilem Tauskys Coventry: A Meditation for String Quartet.7:30 p.m. Monday, November 7, 2011 Sunday, October 30, 2011 2:30 p.m.A Documentary FilmPlestcheeff Auditorium, Seattle Art MuseumTickets: $18 in advance / $25 at the door Order: (206) 365-7770 | www.musicofremembrance.orgIllsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall, SeattleFirst 100 H.S. students free! See details at websiteImagine youre a Jewish teenagerin 1942. The Nazis have occupied your country. Youve been deported to the concentration camp at Terezn. You dont know your fatebut in fact most of your friends will be sent to a death camp over the next two years. From acclaimed newsman and lm producer John Sharify comes the story of the boys of Terezns Home One, their secret magazine VEDEM, and the unlikely reunion of four survivors in Seattle, 65 years later. Post-screening discussion with director and cinematographer.ACTs Kurt Beattie Tenor Ross Hauck Baritone Erich Parcean impressive record of performances with some of the regions finest musicians (Seattle Times)Tickets: $36 (206) 365-7770 www.musicofremembrance.org12the artsJtnews . www.Jtnews.net . friday, october 14, 2011October 15 at 6:30 p.m. Alice Hoffman Author talk Alice Hoffman will discuss her new novel, The Dovekeepers, an imagined history of the two women and five children who survived the massacre at Masada in 70 CE. The tale follows the dramatic lives of Yael, Revka, Aziza and Shirah and their activities as widows, warriors, healers, victims and witnesses. The Dovekeepers has been described as Hoffmans masterpiece. Books available for signing. At Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park. For more information visit www.thirdplacebooks.com.October 19 at 4 p.m., October 27 at 7 p.m. and October 28 at 1 p.m. I Cant Remember Anything play Uniquely suited for seniors, I Cant Remember Anything is Arthur Millers one-act comedy about two elderly friends, Leonora and Leo, and their argument over what they have learned to be lifes truths. For Leonora, the world is an increasingly ugly place, while Leo accepts reality and places hope in the future. Through the banter, themes of companionship and mortality shine through. The actors and director will lead a discussion following the performance. This event is part of the month-long ArtsCrush series. At the Mount Baker Community Center, 2811 Mt. Rainier Drive S, Seattle. For more information call 425-452-4874 or visit artscrush.org. Free/pay-what-you-can.October 17 at 7:30 p.m. Hillary Hahn concert World-renowned violinist Hillary Hahn, alongside pianist Valentina Lisitsa, will perform Bachs Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001; Beethovens Violin Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 12; and Brahms Sonatensatz (Scherzo) in C minor, WoO2. Hahn is a two-time Grammy Award winner and was named Americas Best Young Classical Musician by Time magazine, among other accolades. Hahn will also perform new pieces from her latest project, In 27 Pieces: The Hillary Hahn Encores. At the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium at Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle. Tickets range from $39 to $142. Tickets are available at 206-215-4747, at seattlesymphony.org, or at the ticket office at Benaroya Hall.October 21 at 7 p.m. nancy pearl Talk Part of ArtsCrush 2011, Seattles favorite librarian will be talking about you guessed it books. Bring your favorite book title and help her inspire you to write your own review to share with the community. Book reviews will then be displayed at the Edmonds Sno-Isle Library and on the Edmonds Arts Commission website. Signed copies of Nancys books will also be available for purchase. At the Edmonds Public Library, 650 Main St., Edmonds. For more information call the Edmonds Arts Commission at 425-771-1933 or visit artscrush.org. Free/paywhat-you-can.Introducing Seattles newest Kosher (Vaad supervised) bakery located in the historic Central District!1 2nnual AstCultu Cross ral ro Fe s t i v a d s alNove mber 46Where culture and celebration take center stage. Come and visit , nosh, and share your holiday recipes with us.If we use your family recipe, well name it after you! 1400 23rd Avenue Seattle 206-436-8510Join us for our 21st annual multi-cultural celebration featuring performances from 35 ethnic music and dance groups, plus an international bazaar lled with handmade crafts.produced by the Ethnic Heritage Councilcrossroadsbellevue.com156th e ave nNE 8th stfriday, october 14, 2011 . www.Jtnews.net . Jtnewsthe arts13W TO YOuR hEalTh PagE 11October 30 at 2:30 p.m. The Boys of Terezn Film screening Music of Remembrance will present the world premiere of The Boys of Terezn, a documentary that follows the reunion of five of the six remaining survivors of a group of boys imprisoned in the Terezn concentration camp. The boys compiled a secret 800-page magazine called Vedem, which was set to music by composer Lori Laitman. Directed by John Sharify. The first 100 high school students to register will be admitted for free. At the Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave., Seattle. For more information visit www.musicofremembrance.org.Harpaz and Snir found that gender was the strongest predictor of workaholic behavior. In general, men work longer hours than women do, and married men work more hours per week than unmarried men. Conversely, they also found that unmarried women worked more hours per week than married women. In Israel, life is generally family centered, but women do double duty and often sacrifice pay and job for location, part-time work, and flex time, noted Harpaz. So, it seems that women in Israel also carry forward the everyday tasks of caring for home and family while working out-side the home and, at the same time, often sacrifice wages and earning power. But that is another topic for another day. For now, it might be time for a paradigm shift, a new label, a change in attitude. 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Jtnewscommunity calendar15ongoing eventSEvent names, locations, and times are provided here for ongoing weekly events. Please visit calendar. jtnews.net for descriptions and contact information.SUndayS9:1510:15 a.m. advanced Talmud for men Congregation Beth HaAri 9:3011 a.m. pathways Through the oral Torah: an introduction to the Talmud and midrash Temple De Hirsch Sinai 1011 a.m. hebrew class: advanced Beginner Congregation Herzl-Ner Tamid 10:15 a.m. sunday Torah study Congregation Beth Shalom 11 a.m. 12 p.m. hebrew class: Beginner Congregation Herzl Ner-Tamid 11:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. hebrew Reading class Back to Basics Congregation Beth Shalom 7:3010:30 p.m. heari israeli dancing Danceland Ballroom (call to confirm)fridayS9:3010:30 a.m. sJcc Tot shabbat Stroum Jewish Community Center 11 a.m.12 p.m. Tots welcoming shabbat Temple Bnai Torah 12:303:30 p.m. Bridge Group Stroum JCC 12:303:30 p.m. drop-in mah Jongg Stroum JCC7:458:45 p.m. For women only Congregation Shaarei Tefilah Lubavitch 8:30 p.m. Talmud in hebrew Eastside Torah Center 810 p.m. womens israeli dance class The Seattle Kollel 8:30 p.m. Talmud, yeshiva-style Eastside Torah Center7:30 p.m. weekly Round Table Kabbalah class Eastside Torah Center 7:30 p.m. The Tanya Chabad of Central CascadesWedneSdayS7 p.m. Beginning israeli dancing for adults with Rhona Feldman Congregation Beth Shalom 79 p.m. Teen lounge for middle schoolers BCMH 7:30 p.m. parshas hashavuah Eastside Torah CentertUeSdayS11 a.m.12 p.m. mommy and me program Chabad of the Central Cascades 12 p.m. Torah for women Eastside Torah Center 7 p.m. alcoholics anonymous meetings Jewish Family Service 7 p.m. Teen center BCMH 7 p.m. hebrew (alef Bet) level 1 Congregation Beth Shalom 7 p.m. hebrew (Biblical) level 2 Congregation Beth Shalom 7 p.m. siddur hebrew: amidah Congregation Beth Shalom 7 p.m. intermediate hebrew Congregation Herzl-Ner TamidSatUrdayS10 a.m. morning youth program Congregation Ezra Bessaroth 9:45 a.m. Bcmh youth services BCMH 910:30 a.m. Temple Bnai Torah adult Torah study Temple Bnai Torah 5 p.m. The Ramchals derech hashem, portal from the ari to modernity Congregation Beth HaAritHUrSdayS10 a.m.2 p.m. Jcc seniors Group Stroum JCC 6:507:50 p.m. introduction to hebrew Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation 7 p.m. Junior Teen center BCMH 810 p.m. Teen lounge for high schoolers BCMH 7:30-9 p.m. Beth shalom Beit midrash Congregation Beth ShalommondayS10 a.m. 2 p.m. Jcc seniors Group Stroum JCC 12:30 p.m. caffeine for the soul Chabad of the Central Cascades 7 p.m. csa monday night classes Congregation Shevet Achim 78 p.m. ein yaakov in english Congregation Shaarei Tefilah LubavitchHave you visited the new online Jewish community calendar? Find it at calendar.jtnews.net!candlelighting times october 14 ...................... 6:06 p.m. october 21 ...................... 5:53 p.m. october 28 .......................5:41 p.m. november 4 .................... 5:30 p.m. fridayperson, free/kids under 4. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle. 711 p.m. J explorers sleepover in the sukkah Matt Korch at MattK@sjcc.org or 206-388-0830 or www.sjcc.org Join dads and their kids for a campfire, smores and a sleepover in the Kesher community garden. $20. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. 7:30 p.m. nishmat shabbat Shellie Oakley at info@betalef.org or 206-527-9399 or www.betalef.org Bet Alef teachers share their passion for meditation, mystical chant and the deeper transformational messages of Jewish tradition. $10 donation. At Queen Anne United Methodist Church, 1606 5th Ave. W, Seattle. fran_abbott@earthlink.net or 206-452-1734 or bit.ly/q038VX Seattle City Council candidates will state their positions on social justice, poverty, homelessness and more. Cosponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. At Christ Our Hope, 1902 2nd Ave., Seattle. 35 p.m. Kabbalah of sukkot workshop Shellie Oakley at info@betalef.org or 206-527-9399 or www.betalef.org In Kabbalah, the eight days of Sukkot are intertwined with different sephirot (levels) of the tree of life. Rabbi Olivier will guide an exploration of these Kabbalistic energies. Donations appreciated. At Nachman Glassworks, 310 NW 40th St., Seattle. 47 p.m. pizza in the hut sukkot across america Rabbi David Fredman at rabbifredman@seattlekollel.org or 206-251-4063 or seattlekollel.org The sukkah will be open to all, with Island Crust Caf pizza. Donations appreciated. At West Seattle Torah Learning Center, Seattle. Call for address. 5 p.m. ncsy Family sukkah party Ari Hoffman at thehoffather@gmail.com Come to a dairy feast, enjoy an ice cream dessert buffet, bouncy house, music, cotton candy, popcorn and slushies. $15/person. At Congregation Ezra Bessaroth, 5217 S Brandon St., Seattle. 7:15 p.m. annual sukkot concert Andrea Sievert at info@chabadofseattle.org or 206-527-1411 or www.chabadofseattle.org Chabad Lubavitch presents the annual Sukkot concert featuring Yossi Ben-Shimon. $5, free for students and seniors. At Congregation Shaarei Tefilah Lubavitch, 6250 43rd Ave. NE, Seattle.monday10:30 a.m.12 p.m. pJ library song and storytime at sJcs Amy Hilzman-Paquette at amyhp@jewishinseattle.org or www.facebook.com/pjlibraryseattle Music, singing and storytelling with the PJ Library and Jeff Stombaugh. Free. At Seattle Jewish Community School, 12351 8th Ave. NE, Seattle. 12:303:30 p.m. schools out for sukkot Josh Johnson at JoshJ@sjcc.org or 206-388-0828 or www.sjcc.org K5th graders will spend the day doing art projects, playing in the gym, swimming in the pool and more. Bring a non-perishable peanut-free dairy lunch, a swimsuit and towel. $5055. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. 5:307 p.m. community shabbat dinner in the sukkah Matt Korch at MattK@sjcc.org or 206-388-0830 or www.sjcc.org Come for dinner in the sukkah, songs, PJ Library storytime and a campfire with smores. $5$10. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. 6:458:45 p.m. sukkot community shabbat dinner Marjie Cogan at marjiecogan@bethshalomseattle.org or 206-524-0075 or www.bethshalomseattle.org Come to a dinner in the Beth Shalom sukkah catered by Eric Gorbman. Member discounts available. $22/14 october67:30 p.m. meal planning made Quick and easy Kim Lawson at KLawson@sjcc.org or 206-388-0828 or www.sjcc.org Jill Ginsberg of Seattle Health Coaches will guide a step-by-step customized meal plan lesson to suit the needs of the entire family. $159. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island.17 octobertUeSdaySatUrday39 p.m. celebrate sukkot in Fremont Shellie Oakley at info@betalef.org or 206-527-9399 or www.betalef.org Come to a Bet Alef family festival for all ages. Donations appreciated. At Nachman Glassworks, 310 NW 40th St., Seattle.15 october8 9:15 a.m. Jds Keys for success community and parent Breakfast Elizabeth Goertzel at egoertzel@jds.org or 425-460-0230 or www.jds.org Join the JDS board and administration for their Keys for Success parent and community breakfast. Free, but contributions to the JDS Annual Fund are encouraged. At the Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle, 15749 NE 4th St., Bellevue. 78 p.m. hebrew (alef Bet) level i Carol Benedick at carolbenedick@bethshalomseattle.org or 206-524-0075 or www.bethshalomseattle.org Using the text Aleph Isnt Tough, Talya McCurdy teaches this yearlong (23-session) class on basic biblical and siddur Hebrew. $250. Meets Tuesday nights. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle. 78 p.m. hebrew (Biblical) level ii Carol Benedick at carolbenedick@bethshalomseattle.org or 206-524-0075 or www.bethshalomseattle.org X PagE 1618 octoberSUnday3 p.m. The pJ library sukkot storytime Amy Hilzman-Paquette at amyhp@jewishinseattle.org Seattle Jewish Community School hosts a Sukkot event, including performances by students. A PJ Library storytime precedes the event. Free. At SJCS, 12351 8th Ave. NE, Seattle. 35 p.m. city council candidates Forum on social Justice Fr. Paul Magnano at16 october16community calendarJtnews . www.Jtnews.net . friday, october 14, 2011Jeremy Alk teaches this yearlong (23-session) class on vocabulary, grammar, and reading of biblical Hebrew. $250. Meets Tuesday nights. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle. 78 p.m. siddur hebrew the Amidah Carol Benedick at carolbenedick@bethshalomseattle.org or 206-524-0075 or www.bethshalomseattle.org Learn Hebrew, discuss theology and understand what is said when davening in Hebrew. Yearlong (23-session) class meets Tuesday nights. At Congregation BethShalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle. 78:30 p.m. introductory study of the zohar Shellie Oakley at info@betalef.org or 206-527-9399 or www.betalef.org Discuss and wrestle with this Kabbalistic text, and have fun in the process. Seven-session course takes place on Tuesdays. Subsequent sessions in Bellevue. $90/members; $120/non-members. At Nachman Glassworks, 310 NW 40th St., Seattle.79:15 p.m. living Judaism The Basics Sandy Sloane at sandysloane@bethshalomseattle.org or 206-524-0075 or www.bethshalomseattle.org This yearlong course is an introduction to Judaism for Jews looking to deepen their knowledge, and for potential converts to Judaism. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle.SatUrdayWhere Judaism and Joy are Onewww.campschechter.org 206-447-1967 Info@campschechter.orgSee why Camp Solomon Schechter was voted#1 Jewish Camp!9:30 a.m. The pJ library storytime at Kol haneshamah Amy at amyhp@jewishinseattle.org The PJ Library welcomes guest musician Erik Lawson with PJ Library manager Amy Paquette as storyteller. At Kol HaNeshamah, 6115 SW Hinds St., Seattle. 7:3011:30 p.m. haunted havdalah for middle schoolers Matt Korch at Mattk@sjcc.org or 206-388-0830 or www.sjcc.org or Ari Hoffman at thehoffather@gmail.com This annual event brings together 6th8th graders from BBYO, the J, NCSY and USY to celebrate Havdalah then go to Stocker Farms for a haunted corn maze. Transportation and corn maze admission included; spending money optional for warm drinks. $20. Meet at the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island or Sephardic Bikur Holim, 6500 52nd Ave. S, Seattle.22 october Janine Rosenbaum at Janinerosenbaum@comcast.net or 206-232-8555, ext. 204 Advanced beginner Hebrew class. Call for cost. At Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation, 3700 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. 11 a.m.12 p.m. Beginner hebrew course Janine Rosenbaum at Janinerosenbaum@comcast.net or 206-232-8555, ext. 204 Hebrew class for beginners. Call for cost. At HerzlNer Tamid Conservative Congregation, 3700 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. 1011 a.m. sunday Forum: The politics of medicare and medicaid Alysa Rosen at alysa@templebetham.org or 206-525-0915 or www.templebetham.org U.S. Congressman Jim McDermott, WA-7, and Teresa Mosqueda, chair of the Healthy Washington Coalition, will discuss the impact of budget decisions on Medicare and Medicaid. Free. At Temple Beth Am, 2632 NE 80th St., Seattle.mondaySUnday1011 a.m. advanced Beginner hebrew23 octobera79 p.m. J street community Reception Barbara Lahav at bjlahav@comcast.net or 206-226-7205 or www.jSt.org Meet J Street founder and president Jeremy Ben Ami with former Israeli naval commander and general X PagE 1924 octoberIn the heINGS Lake BILLt of Green rRegistration now open!Early bird discounts availableOpen Houses: Tues, Nov 8 at 7 pm and Wed, Dec 7 at 7 pm. Drop by Sat, Nov 12, 10am-noon to tour the campus www.billingsmiddleschool.orgBillings Middle School admits students of any religion, race, color, sexual orientation and national or ethnic origin.Join us at our upcoming Open House Sunday, October 30th at 7:00 pm for and Families. Please RSVP to admin@nyhs.net.Class of 2011Fundraise in partnership with JTNewsSynagogues, schools -- selling JTNews subscriptions is simple and earns money for your project or program. Contact Karen for more information. karenc@ jtnews.net or 206-774-2267.The Pacific Northwests Independent College Preparatory Dual Curriculum Jewish High SchoolMural by Sarah Varon 2011Visit us now at www.nyhs.net or call us at 206.232.5272friday, october 14, 2011 . www.Jtnews.net . Jtnewscommunity calendar17Daddy time, Jewish-styleeric nUSbaUm JTnews correspondentThe Stroum Jewish Community Center will be hosting overnight guests Friday and no, that doesnt mean its launching a new initiative to become a hotel. The guests will be the fathers, daughters, and sons of the SJCCs J Explorers participating in the programs second annual Sleepover in the Sukkah event. The J Explorers program brings together dads and kids between kindergarten and third grade for planned Jewish activities. The Sleepover in the Sukkah is the annual kickoff event. Last year, about 25 kids slept over. This year, sign-ups are underway with organizers expecting a much larger turnout.If you go:Sleepover in the Sukkah takes place tonight, Oct. 14, so RSVp now. contact matt Korch at mattK@sjcc.org or 206-388-0830. $20. In the Kesher community garden at the Stroum Jcc, 3801 E mercer Way, mercer Island.The legal defense of the immigrant experienceJoel magalnicK editor, JTnewsAttorney Daniel Swedlow has a client from Ethiopia seeking asylum in the U.S. When gunfire started erupting he just ran, and he ran and ran and ran and wound up going through something like 17 different countries, Swedlow said. All of his being beaten, detained and shot at is simply being a member of this minority group in Ethiopia. The man eventually ended up in California, and is currently living in SeaTac. He is scheduled for a hearing this month to grant him permanent residency here. Swedlow is one of a number of Seattle-area lawyers affiliated with the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattles Cardozo Society, whose leadership a year ago decided to begin a pro bono representation project to take on asylum cases. Cardozo partnered with an organization called the Northwest Immigration Rights Project, which exists to provide pro bono assistance to people in the region seeking asylum. Its a wonderful partnership because theres such an inherent connection between the Jewish community and the plight of the immigrant culture, regardless of who those immigrants are, Swedlow, now one of Cardozos co-chairs, said. Whats clear is that several attorneys taking part in this program arent doing it because they have extra time on their hands. Cardozo member Souphavady Bounlutay came to the U.S. as a child from Laos and her family had to deal with many of the same issues as her pro bono client: Language barriers, no family support network, navigating a new culture. Bounlutay successfully represented a 20-year-old Somali woman who underwent genital mutilation at the age of 8 and was raped at the age of 9. Because of that event, her father disowned her and kicked her out of the house, Bounlutay said. The woman later became pregnant out of wedlock, and has since had the child. Had she been deported to Somalia, Bounlutay said, her clan members or family members would kill her because she shamed them by being pregnant. That threat posed the basis for the asylum plea. Research on other cases showed that Bounlutays client had a strong case, but she received affidavits from a doctor confirming the genital mutilation as well as from members of the local Somali community that her life would indeed be in danger should she return home. Being a woman and being an immigrant and having no family here, I knew how hard her life is currently, and I knew that if I could make it just a little easier, [and] make her legal, that I would be at least giving her an opportunityhere in the U.S., Bounlutay said. Trial lawyer Barry Wallis also has an immigrant story: He came to the U.S. from France when he was a year old. His family had tried to gain asylum in the United States during World War II but only his mother, who was a toddler at the time, was granted entry. How can they send a 2-year-old child to America? Wallis said. His grandfather was in the French resistance and captured by the Gestapo. They took him and tortured him for 12 weeks because he was Jewish, Wallis said. Wallis spent far more hours than he expected on his first pro bono case, which as principal of his own firm caused him a bit of hardship, but its actually one of the best cases I ever had, he said. It was really unbelievably rewarding. The case, a Colombian woman on the run from her business lord husband, resulted in her release from nine months in detention at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement center in Tacoma. We were able to demonstrate that she had a real, credible fear of being tortured if she was forced to return to Colombia because of her husbands extensive contacts, Wallis said. I hope that shes going to be safe here. Wallis got so much satisfaction from his first case that he took another: This one in defense of a Moldavian Jewish woman who was raped by white supremacists there and threatened if she returns to Moldavia. NWIRP assists with these cases the same way it does with the roughly 200 pro bono cases it assigns each year in addition to those taken by its staff attorneys. Jordan Wasserman, the organizations pro bono program coordinator, makes it clear that each lawyer who takes a case is the attorney of record. Theyre ultimately responsible, Wasserman said. We see our role as support and help them do what they need to do. The partnership with the Cardozo Society is the only group of otherwise unconnected attorneys with which NWIRP works, Wasserman said, though one large firm in Seattle has taken on asylum projects as a companywide mission. To me it seems like a great idea to commit to one project because the firm or organization creates an institutional knowledge and it becomes easier and easier for them to do a good job on the cases, he said. Wallis said that given his familys own troubles when trying to leave Nazi-occupied France, the issue of asylum is something thats very, very close to my heart. We have a duty to the world to help anybody who is suffering in another country because of race, ethnicity, political disposition anything to upset the status quo, he said. Jews have a deep obligation to help these people.make new Jewish friends. The foundation of the program has been those groups of ECS graduates. But organizers are begin-couRTesy sJccThe dozens of dads with their young sons and daughters who have joined up to do programming with other members of the Jewish community in the Stroum JCCs J Explorers program.About 70 kids have expressed interest, said Craig Fisher, who helped found J Explorers. Fisher saw an opening for the J Explorers program when he was participating with his daughter in the YMCA Princesses program. He had arranged for a group of his daughters friends from the JCCs early childhood program and their fathers to participate in the Y program then realized that it might as well be a J program. There was no Jewish connection even though it was all Jewish friends, said Fisher. So I looked into why the J didnt have a program like this and explored other Js that had father-kid programs. The program is anchored by two campouts: The Sleepover in the Sukkah and a spring overnight trip to Camp Kalsman in Arlington. In between, J Explorers participate in structured activities such as a food drive in coordination with Jewish Family Service and events for Hanukkah and Purim. The fathers and children also break into smaller groups based on gender and grade level for dad-planned activities. For children who live in different neighborhoods but went to preschool and kindergarten at the JCC, J Explorers provides an opportunity to keep in touch andning to see J Explorers expand. They have a blast, said steering committee member Paul Rosenwald, whose daughter is in the program and goes to school in Bellevue. A lot of her girlfriends are friends she doesnt see a lot. Plus at the Kalsman sleepover, she made some new friends with girls in other age groups. The program also provides a Jewish anchor in the lives of the participating children that goes beyond Sunday school classes. At last springs campout, one father conducted a Havdalah service that incorporated the weekly Torah portion. For Sukkot, their group will sings songs and eat a meal in the Sukkah. Weve incorporated a Jewish element to all the activities, said Fisher, who hopes the J Explorers can be the start of a bridge between early childhood programs and teen activities like BBYO. J Explorers has also been a new-found Jewish element in the lives of the fathers, who are participating and bonding with other Jewish peers right alongside their children though their activities might look a little different. Weve started to do dad planning nights where well met in a tavern and planX Page 2218world newsJtnews . www.Jtnews.net . friday, october 14, 2011how Occupy Wall Street is like Israels summer protestsadam cHandler Tablet magazineNEW YORK (Tablet) As the Occupy Wall Street protest enters its fourth week, with demonstrations popping up in more than 10 cities, including Seattle and Portland, the protesters are aggressively pushing a comparison to the Arab Spring. Some say the movement has channeled the zeal (or perhaps the naivete, others would argue) of the 1960s anti-war demonstrations. But its not Tahrir Square or Chicago in 1968 that Occupy Wall Street most resembles. Its the protests for economic justice that swept Israel this summer. Start with location. Like the J14 the catchy name for the Israel protests, taken from the date, July 14, when they began the Occupy Wall Street activists have staked out their turf in the heart of the American banking industry. In Tel Aviv, hundreds of protesters railed against the high cost of housing by setting up tents in the area of the city that houses Israels largest banks, specifically on Rothschild Boulevard, an exclusive street named after Baron Edmond James de Rothschild, a member of the famous Jewish banking family and a patron of Zionist causes. In Lower Manhattan, the Occupy Wall Street protesters have made their base 2-1/2 blocks from the New York Stock Exchange in Zuccotti Park. While there are no tents allowed, hundreds of protesters have made the park their temporary home, camping out in sleeping bags despite rain and the early autumn chill. Rothschild Boulevard in Tel Aviv houses Independence Hall, the site where Israels Declaration of Independence was signed in 1948. Zuccotti Park has been renamed Liberty Park by the protesters and is just a few yards away from Ground Zero. Demonstrators are quick to explain that the movement, Occupy Wall Street, is leaderless. This same lack of leadership between reality and your side, the cop said. Its time to move along. This inarticulateness has provided lots of fodder for blistering satire. (Because if theres one thing New Yorkers never ignore, Stephen Colbert quipped on his show, its people sleeping in a park.) At the same time, this big tent has served Occupy Wall Street, which has drawn a broad-yetdisparate coalition much in the way that the Tel Aviv protests did. Taking a lap through Zuccotti Park or Westlake Plaza, youll hear snippets of conversations about the environment, gay rights, police brutality, the Iraq War, Afghanistan, the drone program, tax cuts, foreign aid and more. But the single overarching theme of the protests has been corporate greed. It is this one-note song of economic inequality that has allowed a collection of students, the unemployed, activists, anarchists, immigrants and union members to form a coalition. They say they represent the 99 percent; the wealthiest 1 percent, they point out, controls 40 percent of the countrys wealth. Similarly, by avoiding divisive political issues such as settlements, the status of Jerusalem, the future of the West Bank, policy toward Iran and financial subsidies for the haredi Orthodox, and focusing on one issue the untenable cost of living J14 was able to unite Jews, Muslims, Arabs, Christians, Druze, gays, the religious, the secular, the left wing and the right wing in common cause. In its final rally on Sept. 3, some 400,000 people participated approximately 6 percent of the countrys population. We work for the richest retailer in the world, a man from upstate New York who works at Wal-Mart said in Zuccotti Park. And yet their employees make jack s-. He wore a hoodie, which partially covered a neck tattoo of the Hebrew letters aleph bet gimel, which he claimed was an acronym for everybodys equal. On the other side of his neck were four Hebrew words that meant Gods earth, Gods planet, bisected by a tree in the shape of a cross. Theres a lot of love, an unemployed Occupy Wall Street protester named Donna told me. On a Monday evening and in the early morning hours the next day, I saw what she was talking about. The sound of drums and guitars gave the space the feeling of a carnival. A quick tour of the plaza revealed a surprising abundance of provisions: anarchists with logistical acumen! There was more food than could be eaten, and no one knew from where it had come: Deli sandwiches, Pop Tarts, apples, bananas, coffee, and bottles and bottles of Poland Spring. There was talk of donating the excess food to homeless shelters. A similar camaraderie had pervaded the Tel Aviv protests this summer. In Zuccotti Park, a medical team roved the plaza giving out vitamins. A sanitation crew kept the square clean. Protesters used the bathroom in a nearby McDonalds. Theyve been very nice to us, Anya, who came from Iowa for the protest, told me. The workers are part of the 99 percent. At 1 a.m., a bounty of McDonalds cookies and coffee arrived. I met a guy named Max sipping McDonalds corporate coffee. Max said he lived nearby and had just dropped by to check out the scene. The protesters have no mission, he told me. Its like they are fighting a ghost. The same could be said of the Tel Aviv protests, which nevertheless galvanized an apathetic Israeli generation into political engagement.This article originally appeared on Tablet Magazine, tabletmag.comJoel maGalnicKThough smaller in number, protestors at Westlake Plaza in Seattle have created their own tent city in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement.characterized the August protests in Tel Aviv. (Yes, Daphne Leef, a 25-year-old film editor, was credited with sparking the protests when she pitched a tent in a Tel Aviv square to draw attention to the price of rent in Israel. But she remained a symbol more than a leader.) This lack of real leadership has, at least so far, resulted in a fuzzy ideology and a dearth of concrete demands from the Occupy Wall Street crowd. In the small hours of a Tuesday morning, to take one example, I watched as a 24-year-old protester named Chris from Brooklyn tried to explain the movements goal to six of New Yorks finest: The reason is bigger than you can possibly understand, Chris said. So, explain to it to us, one of the cops responded. I work this job because I have a pile of bills to pay. Whats your side? Its not about the small scale, Chris said, unable to articulate a better reply. You dont understand. 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We stared at the petite woman standing in the pouring rain raising her hands over her head and making menacing faces. If you see a bear, put your hands over your head and start saying, Bear, go away. If we do this all together, then he will be afraid and walk away, said Tammy Smith, our hiking guide in Denali National Park. Well, hopefully. The mud was sticky, the incline steep and droplets of rain stuck to our coats. Masada, my mom said, I dont think this is for me. Thats nice, I responded. Now lets go. We grabbed walking sticks and set off, walking single file behind our guide on the Triple Lakes Trail. Denali National Park in Alaska is a dream destination. The scenery is majestic, in both the rain and sunshine as it appears to be the land before time. Its both pristine and rugged, and the magic only escalates when viewing a grisly bear at close range. (We saw a few, but out of a tour bus window in the park.) But all of this came later. To start our three-week trek through Alaska in search of both the scenic and Jewish angles we landed in Fairbanks and worked our way south using nearly every mode of transportation possible: Planes, trains, automobiles, canoes, helicopters and a ship. Fairbanks took us by surprise; it is charming and filled with unique places like the Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum at Wedgewood resort. This living museum encompasses 78 vehicles ranging from the obscure such as the Hertel and Argonne to the legendary Peerless and Packard. Its a walk through both automotive and American history. Many of the shiny cars are paired with figurines wearing the fashion of the period. After exploring the fabulous ice museum, the fair and hopping on a riverboat cruise, but before dinner at the famous Pump House restaurant and saloon, we stopped by Congregation Or HaTzafon. Translated from the Hebrew, thats the Light of the North. Fairbanks has a small but vibrant Jewish community. The city started in 1902 and in 1904 a Jewish community formed with the arrival of Robert Bloom, a Lithuanian who came from Ireland via the Klondike in 1898. He ran a general store from 1906 to 1941 and contributed not only to the Fairbanks Jewish community but was one of the founders of the University of Alaska. Next came a jaunt to the Arctic Circle with Northern Alaska Tour Company. We saw our first moose only an hour into the drive. The Alaskan pipeline rose and fell, guiding us along the way. We stopped to My mom had a map, but it was unnecespick wild blueberries and bounced along sary. Driving in Alaska is much like its resthe squishy Arctic tundra. In remote idents: Straightforward. places we met people who lived by natures Upon our arrival at the Matanuska glarules, mainly fishing and hunting for their cier, we received a safety briefing and our sustenance. gear: Crampons and walking sticks. As Our tour then took a turn for the luxuour car bounced along the unpaved road rious as we boarded the majestic Alaskan toward the icy blue glacier, I got nervous. railroad. The gold-star service is premier in Was I pushing adventure too far? train travel, and sitting on the upper floor The glacial mud path was sticky, and was a treat; the car was all windows, making when the ice was mere steps away, we the views phenomenal. Watching the world laced our crampons to our boots. But roll by is relaxing, and what could be more hiking the icy blue glacier was an unexromantic than a lovely meal on bone china pectedly incredible experience. and fine silver on a train, a throwback in There comes time but with all the an age where you modern amenities? have to try everyThe train took thing, Mom said. us to Denali, where It was one of the other than hiking, most remarkable and Mom and I ventured challenging experito unknown places ences, as I had never that included walking climbed one. in thigh-high wader Once back on boots in 34-degree solid ground and water to go fly fishing. starving, we drove We followed our to Sheeps Meadows fearless guide, Terry Lodge for a delicious Boyd from Denali home-cooked meal. Fly Fishing, to the Soon after we stepped river. As new experts into a fairytale called in picking wild bluethe Matanuska berries, we grazed the entire way. couRTesy masada sieGel Lodge. This huge Mom gave me Ruth and Masada Siegel take their first hike on home turned into a bed and breakfast one of those What the ice at the Matanuska glacier. was filled with colorhave you gotten me ful art, couches and into now? looks as books and, to our surprise, mezuzot on she started to walk through the near-freezthe doors and books about Jewish art in the ing river running at around 20-25 miles living room. Even the guest book had notes per hour. written in Hebrew. This magical hideaway Of course she immediately caught a was known as far away as Israel! fish. I was not so talented, but I fell in Alaska is home to about 6,000 Jews love with the purple mountains and the and has long had a strong relationship serenity of the sounds of the river rushing with Israel. Rabbi Yosef Greenberg of around my feet. Chabad of Anchorage explained how in Alaska has a freedom thats easy to feel, 1949, Alaskan bush pilots risked their own perhaps because everyone seems to be up lives to rescue thousands of Yemenite Jews in the air, literally. The next days agenda and fly them in the dark of night to Israel included flying in a floatplane, and I was during Operation Magic Carpet. nervous. I had never flown in anything The planes at the time could make so small! the trip from Yemen to Israel in 10 hours, Talkeetna, Alaska is one of the prime however could only hold enough fuel for locations to fly into Denali National Park. nine hours, and there was no country We flew over rivers, lakes and glaciers they could stop to refuel, Greenberg said. it was like flying inside a painting. After They had to take fuel on the plane and an exceptionally smooth landing we were refuel it while flying from the inside. These greeted with hors doeuvres before a hike planes were at times shot at, but the Alasin a seemingly untouched land. kan pilots accepted the job. They flew 370 It felt unreal, but Talkeetna surprised us flights, and when Alaska Airlines had to in a few ways. We stayed at the Talkeetna pull out, their pilots carried on with the Alaskan Lodge, where we could see Mt. mission until it was completed. McKinley from our room and ate dinner at Additionally, the Alaskan Jewish comthe Base Camp Bistro, where the food was munity, understanding the importance of remarkable both in presentation and taste. the continuity of the Jewish religion and Our next adventure included a new culture, is working with native Alaskans mode of transportation: The rental car. to help them preserve their heritage and language, such as the Na-Dene language, which became extinct in January 2008. Spending time with Rabbi Greenberg, who has lived in Alaska for 20 years, was an unexpected treat. He is filled with such a positive energy and light that listening to him was mesmerizing. He hopes to complete an Alaska Jewish museum to highlight the beauty of the Jewish-Alaskan relationship. A gala and fundraiser in Anchorage in November will feature film stars Nicholas Cage and John Cusack. Our royal treatment continued as we boarded the Holland America on an inside passage cruise. Our ship, the Statendam, had a cozy, intimate atmosphere. With a never-ending selection of delectable food, much of it was surprisingly healthy and fabulous. The ship caters to kosher passengers as well as those with food allergies. No request seemed too big, with abundant little extras like cute animals fashioned from towels and a variety of religious services onboard. The ever-changing view from our deck was, of course, spectacular, and the ship itself is also a floating museum, with paintings and sculptures worth over $2 million. My father joined us for the cruise, so Mom was off the hook, but a few shore excursions excited me. In Haines, I opted to take a 30-foot canoe to Davidson glacier. Newfound friends who lovingly nominated me to sit at the front laughed as I got splashed with freezing cold water. I see you are getting the glacial facial, and for free no less, said my friend Amy, sitting comfortably behind me. I chuckled as big chunks of ice banged into the canoe and we paddled close enough to the glacier to hear the ice cracking. The next day, in Juneau, I stood atop Mendenhall glacier, arriving via a new mode of transportation. Never having been in a helicopter, the ride felt surprisingly smooth as the world of mountains, glaciers and waterfalls revealed itself below. As my trip began to come to an end, reality rapidly approached. Alas, putting my hands over my head to try to scare it away was not going to work. Though I was done seeing bears, my Alaskan adventure with Mom will last in my photos and my memories.Want a bit of Jewish Alaska? Visit the fledgling Alaska Jewish Museum at www.alaskajewishmuseum.com or find out about its November gala at www.alaskajewishgala.org. 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The right? Or, overwhelmed, would I just sit in my sukkah, go with the Bachmann flow and, like my Yiddish-speaking grandmother, drink a nice glass tea? As a practical guideline, the Talmud provides the requirements: The handbreadths, cubits and crossbeams, and that the roof covering, the schach, should provide more shade than allow sun. What we dont get is cost analysis and debt ceilings. Where could I turn for economic advice on how to rebuild my holiday infrastructure? As the psalm says, I lift up my eyes to the hills. Capitol Hill, that is. For example, President Obama in his recent jobs speech before Congress, said that we can put people to work rebuilding America. Everyone here knows we have badly decaying roads and bridges all over the country. Obama called for a plan that would put people to work right now fixing roofs and windows. And to assist responsible homeowners, he added, were going to work with federal housing agencies to help more people refinance their mortgages at interest rates that are now near 4 percent. Inspired by the presidents words, I thought, I have badly decaying stuff, too my sukkah with a roof that needs fixing right now. Good-bye sagging schach. And with all that low-interest refi green, I might even add enough room for a few more guests. But eyeing my credit card, I wondered: Isnt borrowing against the house in Washington, said Boehner, an Ohio Republican, in response to Obamas jobs speech. Theyve been slammed by uncertainty from the constant threat of new taxes, out-of-control spending and unnecessary regulation from a government that is always micromanaging, meddling and manipulating. tect, so I called both: Rabbi Alan Lurie of Rye, N.Y. Lurie is a modern-sounding rabbi with private smicha from a beit din, or rabbinical court, as well as a licensed architect who studied at the Chicago Institute of Technology. He is the managing director of the real estate firm Grubb & Ellis. In the introduction to his book Five Minutes on Mondays: Finding Unexpected Purpose, Peace, and Fulfillment at Work, Lurie wrote, Uncertainty can, in fact, be a great gift because it can cause us to rethink our established, fixed way of seeing things. Thus, I thought, he could advise me on my own sukkah uncertainty. Certainly I wouldnt go into debt. I dont think the Shulchan Aruch would suggest that, Lurie advised, crushing my expansionary dreams in a fiscally conservative way. We all dont need so much. The country is going through a tikkun, a major correction. We need to readjust, he said. I know families who have playrooms bigger than our house, and they are still not happy. Moving the debate back in time from Americas founding fathers to a group of fathers much older, Lurie reminded me that the sukkah is supposed to be a humble structure and that size was not important. To build it just to impress someone is a chet, he reminded, a sin. And what about spending for repairs? I asked. A rickety structure is kind of a lovely way to celebrate, the rabbi responded, quieting my appetite for costly infrastructure repair, though he did point out that my sukkah needed to be safe. It shouldnt fall on someone, he said, sanctioning necessary repairs as the president had proposed. So I would be building up after all, just in a scaled-down sort of way. By compromising, I would soon be on my way to a season of sukkah recovery. on the case. My son is a second grader so were still into it, he said. But next year well have to figure out what to do. Were currently trying to figure out what that looks like third through seventh grade. If it connects fathers to their kids, kids to kids, fathers to fathers, and everybody to Judaism, it will be a success, Rosenwald said. Thats the premise of the program, he said. To keep the community going, to keep the kids with their friends.TeoFilo/cReaTive commonsThe sukkah may require some financial compromises in a tough economy.how we got into trouble the last time? Maybe I should look to the other side of the sukkah, so to speak, for a more conservative idea. Not that the Republicans or tea partiers had presented a schach reduction bill, but House Speaker John Boehner did have a different approach to infrastructure and putting Americans back to work. Private-sector job creators of all sizes have been pummeled by decisions madeServing the community with dignity & respect.Burial Cremation Columbarium ReceptionsOh yeah, I had been slammed by uncertainty, too. I certainly could build a better sukkah without any meddling. And who needs rabbinic supervision for any of this stuff? Its just too expensive! So I was going strictly private sector no more approved prefab sukkahs or outof-control holiday spending. But upon reconsideration, maybe just a smidge of supervision might not be so bad, I thought. Who would decide if the etrog was fit to use in my sukkah? Confused, I needed to talk to someone about both the spiritual and design sides of my plan. I needed a rabbi and an archi-W JCC ExPlORERS PagE 17at 520 W. Raye St., Seattle(In front of Hills of Eternity Cemetery) Barbara CannonOn Queen AnnePleAsecAll206-622-0949or206-282-5500the schedule and talk about what were doing for the kids, Fisher said. The program is also expanding beyond the SJCCs Mercer Island campus. The North Seattle branch of the JCC is sending participants to Mercer Island for the sleepover and is in the process of building its own J Explorers program. As for what happens when the students graduate past the third grade? Fisher and the other dads of J Explorers are alreadyBecome a fan > jtnewsTweet with us > jew_ishfriday, october 14, 2011 . www.Jtnews.net . Jtnewslifecycles23lifeBirthEvelyn Kohealani RedicanSarah and Colin Redican of Kaneohe Oahu, Hi., announce the birth of their daughter Evelyn Kohealani on September 15, 2011, at Castle Medical Center in Hailua Oahu. Evelyn weighed 7 lbs., 2 oz. and measured 20-1/2 inches. Evelyns grandparents are Karen Binder of Seattle, Carol and Steve Medwell of Seattle, and Tom and Pat Redican of Hilo, Hi.Bar MitzvahKyle Morgan IsraelKyle will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on October 22, 2011, at Temple De Hirsch Sinai in Bellevue. Kyle is the son of Audrey Rosenfeld and David Israel of Sammamish and the brother of Dylan. His grandparents are Bella Israel of Bellevue, Michael and Linda Rosenfeld of Vancouver, BC, and the late Morris (Sharkey) Israel. Kyle is a 7th grader at Pacific Cascade Middle School. He enjoys playing basketball and soccer, travel, attending Camp Kalsman, and relaxing with friends and family. For his mitzvah project, Kyle is donating toiletries to Noel House, a shelter for homeless women.DeathArnold B. RobbinsArnold B. Robbins, a native son who practiced law in Seattle for 46 years, honored and served the Jewish community all of his life, and delighted in coaxing joyful noise from his trumpet, died September 25, after a brief illness. He was 83. Arny, as he preferred to be called, was the only child of Earl and Sara Robbins, and grew up in the Cherry Street neighborhood of Seattle, then the heart of the Orthodox Jewish community. He graduated from Garfield High School in 1945, and received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Washington, becoming an attorney at age 23. He spent seven years in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves. He was a partner in the law firm that became Breskin & Robbins for more than 30 years. He appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1974, and served as an officer in the Washington State Bar Association. He lived in Bellevue for many years with his wife, Esther, whom he married in 1950, and who predeceased him in 2006. He is survived by their children and spouses, daughter Vicki Robbins and son-in-law Rocky Silverman of Seattle; son Seth Robbins and daughter-in-law Mari Robbins, of Bozeman, Mont; and his second wife, Barbara Hurst of Dallas, from whom he was divorced. Before and after his retirement in 1996, Arnys involvement in the Jewish community was extensive, including the American Jewish Committee, the Temple De Hirsch Sinai board, and Endless Opportunities. He was a proud participant in projects of the Washington State Jewish Historical Society, and recorded an oral history for the University of Washington, describing the Seattle of his childhood. He loved to study and he loved to travel the world. Plus, he also volunteered at North Seattle Community College for 15 years, as an aid to an ESL teacher. In addition to his family, Arny leaves his many musical comrades, including fellow members of the Coal Creek Dixieland Jazz Band; the Around the Sound Band; the Bellevue Community Band, and the Sounds of Swing. On the few occasions when he stepped down from the stage, he was a polished ballroom dancer. He spent the last years of his life with his significant other, Sue Mon Wei. Graveside services were held at Bikur Cholim Cemetery. A memorial service was held at Temple De Hirsch Sinai in Seattle at 10 a.m. on Oct. 11. Donations may be made to Jewish Family Service or Temple De Hirsch Sinai.DeathReva Ketzlach TwerskyMay 8, 1923September 30, 2011 Reva Ketzlach Twersky, 88, a Seattle native, passed away peacefully at the close of the Jewish New Year, in the Kline Galland Home. She is survived by son Rabbi David Twersky of Seattle and daughters Judy Twersky of Forest Hills, N.Y. and Marya Twersky of Fair Lawn, N.J. She had six grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren all of whom she was very proud. She was preceded in death by more than 20 years by the love of her life, Meyer Twersky, a communal leader and son of the Talner Rebbe of Philadelphia. Mrs. Twersky was a life-long member, regular worshipper and active Sisterhood worker at Congregation Bikur Cholim Machzikay Hadath. She was a dedicated parent, volunteer, and PTA president at the Seattle Hebrew Day School (Academy) and was active in the (Womens) Hebrew Free Loan Society, Mizrachi Women (AMIT), and the Washington State Jewish Historical Society. Reva was a proud alumnus of the Seattle Talmud Torah, Garfield High School (where she was honored by the Garfield Golden Grads for lifetime achievement), and the University of Washington (from which she earned her MSW and was a founding social worker at the UW School of Family Medicine at University Hospital.) She loved family and was considered to be the matriarch of the Steinberg-KetzlachTreiger-Elyn families who were and are pioneers and leaders within Seattles Jewish community. She authored a two-volume memoir entitled In the Footsteps of My Grandmother, referring to her grandmother and role-model, Chaya Tsivya (Anna) Steinberg (in whose home Reva was born), who died in 1944. The family suggests that donations be made to Congregation BCMH, the Seattle Hebrew Academy, or the Northwest Yeshiva High School.how do i submit a lifecycle announcement?Send lifecycle notices to: JTNews/ Lifecycles, 2041 Third Ave., Seattle, WA 98121 E-mail to: lifecycles@jtnews.net Phone 206-441-4553 for assistance. Submissions for the October 28, 2011 issue are due by October 18. Download forms or submit online at www.jtnews.net/index.php?/lifecycle Please submit images in jpg format, 400 KB or larger. Thank you!2-for-1 Hostess with the Mostest CardsExpress yourself with our special Tribute Cards and help fund JFS programs at the same time meeting 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.DeathEdith SondlandEdith Sondland, 88, passed away on September 13, 2011, joining her beloved husband, Harry. Born in Berlin, Germany, Edith came to Seattle with her family after 12 years in Shanghai, China as a German refugee during World War II. The Broadview area was her home for 40 years. Her devotion to her husband and family always came first. After Harrys death, she moved to Ida Culver/ Broadview and then, as her health declined, to the Stratford Maple Leaf. Edith always had a smile on her face and a kind word. She will be missed by her family, friends and all whose lives she touched. She is survived by daughters Ruth Lerner (Jeff), Marion Gabrlik (Denny), grandchildren Jason, David, Leah, and Ben, and great-granddaughter Alyssa. 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