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November Family CalendarFor complete details about these and other upcoming JFS events and workshops, please visit our website: www.jfsseattle.orgFor the community For ADultS Age 60+ For pArentS

AA Meetings at JFStuesdays: 7:00 p.m. Contact (206) 461-3240 or ata@jfsseattle.orgm

Endless OpportunitiesA community-wide program offered in partnership with Temple Bnai Torah & Temple De Hirsch Sinai. EO events are open to the public.

Positive Discipline Fall SeriesCome to one, some or all of the series. tuesdays: oct. 30, nov. 6 & 13 9:30 11:30 a.m. Contact Marjorie Schnyder, (206) 861-3146 or familylife@jfsseattle.orgm

Chronic Disease Support Programmondays: oct. 29, nov. 5, 19 & 26 2:00 4:30 p.m. Contact Don Armstrong, (206) 861-3170 or darmstrong@jfsseattle.orgm

Human Rights in Russia: Then & Nowm

Kosher Food Bank EventPre-registration requiredm

tuesday: october 30 10:30 a.m. noon

Make Your Holidays BeautifulAll Jewish Single Parent Families Invited!

Wednesday: november 7 5:00 6:30 p.m. Pre-register Jana Prothman, (206) 861-3174 or jprothman@jfsseattle.org

Peace Corps & VISTA Not Just for Kids!m

thursday: november 8 10:30 a.m. noon tuesday: november 13 10:30 a.m. noon

The Long Way Homem

Becoming ParentsA Workshop for LGBTQ Couples & Individuals

The Puget Sound Blood Center Saves Livesm

thursday: november 29 10:30 a.m. noon

RSVP to Ellen Hendin, (206) 861-3183 or endlessopps@jfsseattle.org regarding all Endless Opportunities programs. For SurViVorS oF intimAte pArtner ABuSe Programs of Project DVORA (Domestic Violence Outreach, Response & Advocacy) are free of charge. Sunday: november 18 1:00 4:00 p.m. Contact Marjorie Schnyder, (206) 861-3146 or familylife@jfsseattle.orgm

Wednesday: november 28 7:00 8:30 p.m. Contact Leonid Orlov, (206) 461-8784 or familylife@jfsseattle.orgm

Emotion Coaching: An Essential Part of Your Parenting Toolbox!tuesday: november 27 9:30 11:30 a.m. Contact Marjorie Schnyder, (206) 861-3146 or familylife@jfsseattle.orgm

Latkes Taste Great with Everything!An Interfaith Chanukah Potluck Sunday: December 2 1:00 3:00 p.m. Contact Leonid Orlov, (206) 461-8784 or familylife@jfsseattle.orgm

Support Group for Jewish Women with Controlling PartnersLocation, Date and Time are strictly confidentialww Contact Project DVORA, (206) 461-3240, jackiesmith@jfsseattle.org or contactus@jfsseattle.org

Six Gifts for Your Childtuesday: December 4 6:30 8:30 p.m. Contact Marjorie Schnyder, (206) 861-3146 or familylife@jfsseattle.orgm

Volunteer to mAke A DiFFerence! (206) 861-3155 www.jfsseattle.org volunteer@jfsseattle.org

Yoga & Jewish Ritual Workshops


Saturday: november 10 5:00 8:00 p.m.


Sunday: December 2 1:30 4:30 p.m. RSVP to Project DVORA, (206) 861-3186 or jackiesmith@jfsseattle.org

1601 16th Avenue, Seattle (206) 461-3240 www.jfsseattle.org

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Lit by the nations?Rabbi Daniel a. WeineR Temple De Hirsch SinaiWhen Israel has prostitutes and thieves, well be a state just like any other. David Ben Gurion not only a permanent caste of territorial intransigents, it has empowered maximalist ideology to permeate all facets of Israeli culture, including, and most disturbingly, the IDF. The recent spate of violent racism is but one symptom of this growing infection of the democratic body politic. And while the secular Israeli education system has confronted these tragedies with a systematic heshbon nefesh (self examination) that could most likely not be found, or would most likely never be adopted by, the majority of Palestinians or any Arab states education system, to compare Jewish moral sensibilities to the undistinguished track record of three generations of radicalized Islam is to set the bar uncomfortably low. Former Knesset Speaker Avraham Burg, the scion of a religio-political dynasty, lamented what he decries as Israels fading democracy in a recent op-ed in The New York Times. Burg mourns the devolution of the covenant between Israel and America, formerly founded upon humanistic values, but currently metastasized into the mutual interests of war, bombs, threats, fear and trauma. For Burg, Israels support for the most destructive expressions of religion and capitalism, paired with an increasingly aberrant brand of democracy sorely lacking the constitutional checks and balances necessary for civic health, paves a path for Israel to become just another Middle Eastern theocracy. In the midst of the last decade, the leadership of Israels right, Ariel Sharon and Ehud Olmert, building upon the surprising conciliation of previous reactionaries like Menachem Begin, took critical steps to cede territory toward the creation of a Palestinian state, not out of an appreciation for the self-determination of this beleaguered people, but from the very practical awareness of demographic pressure: To maintain Israels democratic and Jewish character, it could no longer occupy the land of a growing Arab population. And while Palestinian recalcitrance and Islamic extremism have spurned opportunities to create a viable state, these courageous gestures, and the mindset underlying them, remain critical to Israels secure and stable future. But there is an equally important existential confrontation that lies ahead. Someone once noted that for the first 50 years Israel focused on insuring its safety; the next 50 would be about secur-

David Gruens transformation into Daveed Ben Gurion, from European socialist to Zionist utopian, reflected his potent awareness that outward perception impacts inner identity. And the individual experience echoes the larger, societal one. The pioneering prime ministers seemingly cynical sentiment, an aspiration for a base normalcy, was a necessary counterpoint to the messianic idealism that fueled the realization of the Zionist enterprise. Yet lofty hopes still inform all that the modern State of Israel embraces, especially when faced with the annihilationist vision of nuclear aspirants and the messy compromises of contemporary statecraft. But there has been a new, pernicious strain of realism afflicting a society bearing the transcendent dreams of global Jewry. While Israel has borne its comparably small share of extremist tragedies, recent abominations of intolerance, particularly among the young, bode ill with the prospect of an emerging new era of bigotry. The desecration of monasteries and mosques, the firebombing of a Palestinian taxi by Bnai-Mitzvahaged assailants, and the brutal beating of a Palestinian youth by Jewish teen thugs in the heart of Jerusalem before a mob of hundreds reveal an unprecedented, virulent strain of Jewish xenophobia. More broadly, the growing appearance of anti-immigrant graffiti, and the more frequently expressed nativism it signifies, reflect a significant departure from the inclusive regard for the other by this young nation only a few generations removed from its roots as refuge for the stateless. It is no coincidence that increases in violence percolate from the darkest corners of the religious settlement movement. As Israeli society confronts the growing divide between the negotiated demands of modernity and the theocratic visions of fundamentalists, the intractable resist change and growth with greater ferocity and ignorance. But unlike most evolving, Western cultures, Israelis are permitting the marginal to erode the mainstream. As scrupulously documented by journalist Gershom Gorenberg in his controversially incisive book, The Unmaking of Israel, years of cynical complicity in the spread of settlements by the leadership of all political persuasions has created

We commend the JTNews on its recent J-Teen insert in the October 12 edition. What a pleasure to hear first-hand from these impressive young Jewish adults their reflections on their engaging experiences with other Jewish teens in rich Jewish contexts. No doubt these teens excitement regarding these opportunities stems from the very thoughtful, passionate and intentional efforts of these programs professionals. We at the Samis Foundation feel a sense of privilege in having supported the programs which nurtured these teens: NCSY, Nesiya and the Northwest Yeshiva High School. For us at Samis, these programs share a common feature: Experiential immersion in Jewish life with friends. With Samiss support and the support of many others in our community, we sincerely wish for these programs to go from strength to strength, to continue to impart the deeper meanings of Jewish life to more and more of our communitys teens. Rabbi Rob Toren, executive Director Amy Amiel, Senior Program Director Samis foundation SeattleA fiTTing TRibuTe

I read Emily Alhadeffs article on the Rosenzweig family (The family Rosenzweig celebrates Sukkot, Sept. 28), and it reminded me of how important Norm and Shirley were in my Jewish growth. I joined Congregation Beth Shalom in 1988, and both Norm and Shirley Rosenzweig acted as models for how to live a Jewish life and how to be active in a congregation and community. More than that, they bec