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JTNews | The Voice of Jewish Washington Passover edition, March 22, 2013.


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Spring Family CalendarFor complete details about these and other upcoming JFS events and workshops, please visit our website: www.jfsseattle.orgfor the coMMunity See you on April 30! for AdultS Age 60+

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.

Kosher Food Bank EventPre-registration required Wednesday: April 3 5:00 6:30 p.m. Pre-register Jana Prothman, (206) 861-3174 or jprothman@jfsseattle.orgm

Community of Caring LuncheonTuesday April 30, 201311:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m.

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Event Chairs: Lela & Harley FrancoTo register, become a Table Captain or for sponsor information, please contact Leslie Sugiura: (206) 861-3151, Lsugiura@jfsseattle.org or visit www.jfsseattle.org

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Parenting Mindfully Series: The Middah of CalmnessSunday: April 14 11:00 a.m 12:30 p.m. Contact Marjorie Schnyder, (206) 861-3146 or familylife@jfsseattle.orgm

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Transition to ParenthoodFor LGBTQ couples & individuals thursday: April 18 7:00 9:00 p.m. Contact Leonid Orlov, (206) 861-8784 or familylife@jfsseattle.orgm

in your relAtionShip Are you Changing your behavior to avoid your partners mood or temper? Feeling isolated from family and friends? Being put down? Lacking access to your money? Call Project DVORA for confidential support, (206) 461-3240

Help Us Glean Produce at the Broadway Farmers Market!Come once or all season Sundays: April october 2:45 p.m. 4:45 p.m. Contact Jane Deer-Hileman, (206) 861-3155 or volunteer@jfsseattle.orgm

Positive Discipline: Parenting with ConfidenceAttend any or all sessions tuesdays: April 23 & 30 6:15 8:45 p.m. Contact Marjorie Schnyder, (206) 861-3146 or familylife@jfsseattle.orgm

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the rabbis turn

The importance of the Passover story, as told to our childrenRabbi Yohanna Kinberg Temple Bnai TorahMay we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right. Peter Marshall embrace this freedom and to use all of your capabilities and resources to pass the story along in a meaningful and relevant manner. This is all the more important, because Passover has a very important moral message about how we as Jews should live in this world. Being a free people means we have an extra obligation. Telling the story each year and going through the rituals of Passover has to mean more than just remembering. We were liberated from Egypt. We were liberated from Dachau. We have been enslaved and oppressed and then managed to see our way through to liberation so many times in our history. This is not just a precious remembrance. This history is also a mandate. But to do what exactly? To make choices in our lives and encourage our greater community and society to make choices that are just, life-sustaining and kind. We were brought forth from Egypt so we might have the opportunity to live a life of Torah, to live our highest values as Jewish people. As a Reform Jew, I acknowledge that living a life of Torah might look different to each individual. But at the same time, there is no denying that our tradition demands we create a just society and a society that cares for those in need. It also demands that we pass these traditions and values to the next generation. When we read, let all who are hungry come and eat at our seder table, it really needs to mean something. When the children at that table hear you read those words, they need to know you mean it. Passover is an opportunity to show yourself, your family, and our community what it means to live a Jewish life in 2013 and that you fully embrace all the blessings and opportunities you have as one of the freest Jews of all time. Will you sit down at your computer tonight and research ways to make your seder speak in a more authentic and creative way to the next generation? The resources are out there. Will you take time to consider how you can make the words let all who are hungry come and eat a reality in your community? I know that Passover embodies many more deep moral messages than I have the space to address. Will you bring the topic of the practical and moral messages of Passover as a conversation piece to your seder?

A word about freedomAs you read through this edition of JTNews, youll notice a common thread throughout many of our articles: Freedom. With Passover nearly upon us, we thought it would be a good time to mention editorial freedom. While JTNews is owned by the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, we maintain editorial independence our coverage is neither influenced nor approved by the Federation. With these freedoms comes great responsibility, of course, and JTNews does its utmost best to print only what we believe to be factual and accurate. As you sit down for your seder this Passover to reenact the Exodus from slavery to freedom, keep in your thoughts that you hold this newspaper in your hands because we are free. Please dont take it for granted. We certainly dont. Happy Pesach from all of us at JTNews.Joel Magalnick, Editor and Acting Publisher, JTNews

As American Jews, when we sit down to our Passover seders this coming week, we should keep this fact in mind: We are, hands down, the freest Jews to have ever celebrated a Passover seder. We are free to worship, move around, seek employment, seek public office, marry the people we love, receive the education we want and need, and participate in all aspects of civil society. What does it mean to sit down at our seder and retell the story of our people and feel that we too are slaves and we too have been redeemed, when our reality includes such unprecedented freedoms? How should this reality color our celebration? Passover has several key purposes and deep moral messages. First and foremost, Passover functions to pass the story of our redemption to the next generation. The entire seder is constructed as an educational tool that speaks to the younger generations. The message of what it means to be a slave, the importance of freedom, and the miracle of our redemption must be passed on to youth in a way they can hear and understand. In the past, tools like dividing the seder with four cups of wine or telling the story of the four sons or hiding the afikomen might have spoken in a very relevant manner to the hearts and minds of our children. This is no longer true. I am not recommending doing away with those traditions, but rather to add to them as free people who have access to libraries and the Internet and so many forms of technology. It is our right and duty to make our seders engaging there is no excuse for a boring seder. There is no reason to leave the kids at home or leave the seder early because it is too much for the youngest at the table. The message of the Passover story is too important to continue to do things exactly as they were passed down to you. It might be what you like as an adult, but if it is not speaking to the children if they are not able to truly hear the story and the values passed down during this sacred rite then you are failing. I know this may be a harsh statement, but its important to say: A boring seder is a shanda. You are free to make different choices; it is therefore an obligation to

letters to the editorNo to I-90 tolls

Growing up Jewish on Mercer Island, I often heard from others that it was a center of Jewish life in the Puget Sound area (How I-90 tolls would affect the entire Jewish community, March 8). I didnt necessarily believe them, but when I moved back to the Pacific Northwest in 1994 to get married and raise a family, I knew being part of a Jewish community was very important to me. There are two Conservative synagogues in the Puget Sound area one in Seattle and one on Mercer Island. There are two Jewish Community Centers in the Puget Sound area one in Seattle and one on Mercer Island. There are two large chain grocery stores with fresh kosher meat in the Puget Sound area one in Seattle and one on Mercer Island (and there is a second under development also on Mercer Island). Like so many others, I chose to live on the Eastside (in Bellevue along the I-90 corridor) specifically in order to have easy access to the center of Jewish life that exists on Mercer Island. Over the past 10 years, I have commuted to Mercer Island at least 10 times a week to get my children to and from childcare at the JCC. I have commuted to Mercer Island at least eight times a week to get my children to and from Hebrew school at Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation. I have commuted to Mercer Island at least an additional six times a week to attend services at HNT, work out at the JCC, and buy kosher food at Albertsons.Tolling I-90 could make being an active member of the Eastside Jewish community cost prohibitive. It is incumbent upon the WSDOT to not restrict access to religious life. Ilyse Wagner BellevueObama in Israel: Push for peace

This week President Obama will take the first overseas trip of his second term; it will be the first time since taking office he has visited Israel. Many of us maintain that only the United States has the power to break the Israeli-Palestinian stalemate. We therefore hope his visit will present more than just the gesture of friendship and strong partnership Netanyahu has referred to, and will be followed by a serious diplomatic American initiative and a sustainable peace plan. New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman suggests that during his visit, Obama should ask Israeli leaders and the Israeli public several questions, two of which I include here: 1. Given the relentless settlement drive in the West Bank, how can Israel avoid ending up there forever ruling over 2.5 million Palestinians with a colonial-like administration that can only undermine Israel as a Jewish democracy and delegitimize Israel in the world community? 2. What is your long-term strategy? Do you even have one? The Israeli right continues to argue that a reasonable, peaceful two-state solution is not possible, and that Israel should focus instead on maximizing its military advantage, developing its economy, and extending its control over contiguous territory. I would argue, as many other Israelis do, that the ongoing occupation of the territories is not an option. Ruling over 2.5 million Palestinians is an obstacle to peace, a security liability, an economic drain, and a terrible moral burden. Obamas visit may be the window of opportunity for America to propose a peace plan that enlists wider regional and world powers, all of whom have a stake in resolving the conflict. And we should support him. Simcha Shtull Seattle

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From this, we are now absolutely confident. Brandeis University professor Leonard Saxe, on the results of his research on the size of the Jewish population in the United States. Read about his and others findings on page 11.


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would like to wish the entire Jewish community a Wonderful and Blessed Passover. a passover Message froM the lubavitcher rebbe o.b.M.Preparing Ourselves

Chabad-Lubavitch of Washington StateFor the fate of our people is determined by its adherence to G-d and His Prophets. This lesson is emphasized by the three principal symbols of the Seder, concerning which our Sages said that unless the Jew explains their significance, he has not observed the Seder fittingly: Pesach [the Paschal Offering], Matzoh [the bread of affliction], and Moror [bitter herbs]. Using these symbols in their chronological order and in accordance with the Haggadah explanation, we may say: The Jews avoid Moror (bitterness of life) only through Pesach (G-ds special care passing over and saving the Jewish homes even in the midst of the greatest plague), and the unleavened Matzohthe very catastrophe and the enemies of the Jews will work for the benefit of the Jews, driving them in great haste out of Mitzraim [Egypt], the place of perversion and darkness, and placing them under the beam of light and holiness. There is one more important thing we must remember. The celebration of the festival of freedom must be connected with the commandment You shall relate it to your son. The formation and existence of the Jewish home, as of the Jewish people as a whole, is dependent upon the upbringing of the young generation, both boys and girlsthe wise and the wicked (temporarily), the simple and the one who knows not what to ask. Just as we cannot shirk our responsibility towards our child by the excuse that my child is a wise one; he will find his own way in life therefore no education is necessary for him; so we must not despair


The festival of Passover calls for early and elaborate preparations to make the Jewish home fitting for the great festival. It is not physical preparedness alone that is required of us, but also spiritual preparednessfor in the life of the Jew the physical and spiritual are closely linked together, especially in the celebration of our Sabbath and festivals. On Passover we celebrate the liberation of the Jewish people from Egyptian slavery and, together with it, the liberation from and negation of, the ancient Egyptian system and way of life. Thus we celebrate our physical liberation together with our spiritual freedom. Indeed, there cannot be one without the other. There can be no true freedom without accepting the precepts of our Torah guiding our daily life. A pure and holy life eventually leads to real freedom. It is said, In every generation everyone should see themselves as though they had personally been liberated from Egypt. This is to say, that the lesson of Passover has always been a timely message for each individual. The story of Passover is the story of the special Divine Providence which alone determines the fate of our people. What is happening in the outside world need not affect us; we might be singled out for suffering, G-d forbid, amid general prosperity, and likewise singled out for safety amid a general plague or catastrophe. The story of our enslavement and liberation of which Passover tells us, gives ample illustration of this.

Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson Lubavitcher Rebbe OBMby thinking the child is a wicked one; no education will help him. For, all children, boys and girls, are G-ds children and it is our sacred duty to see to it that they live up to their above mentioned title; and this we can achieve only through a proper education, in full adherence to G-ds Torah. Thus we all will merit the realization of our ardent hopes: The next year may we be free. The next year may we be in Jerusalem! from the Passover Message of 5728/1968

chabad-lubavitch passover services and coMMunity seders in washington stateFull information on service times and seders in your community is available at www.chabadofseattle.org, where you can also make reservations and pay for the seder.

shluchiM and representatives of the lubavitcher rebbe o.b.M., washington stateRabbi and Mrs. Sholom Ber Levitin Regional Director, Chabad-Lubavitch of the Pacific Northwest Rabbi, Congregation Shaarei Tefilah-Lubavitch Rabbi and Mrs. Mordechai Farkash Director, Chabad-Lubavitch of Bellevue Rabbi, Eastside Torah Center Rabbi and Mrs. Zalman Heber Director, Chabad-Lubavitch of Pierce County Rabbi and Mrs. Eli Estrin Director, University of Washington Campus Activities Rabbi and Mrs. Berel Paltiel Director, Chabad-Lubavitch of Snohomish County Rabbi and Mrs. Shimon Emlen Community Educator Rabbi and Mrs. Yechezkel Kornfeld Educational Director, Chabad-Lubavitch of the Pacific Northwest Director, Chabad-Lubavitch of Mercer Island Rabbi, Congregation Shevet Achim Rabbi and Mrs. Elazar Bogomilsky Director, Northwest Friends of Chabad-Lubavitch Director, Friendship Circle Rabbi and Mrs. Sholom Ber Farkash Director, Chabad-Lubavitch of the Central Cascades Rabbi and Mrs. Avrohom Yarmush Director, Chabad-Lubavitch of Whatcom County Rabbi and Mrs. Avi Herbstman Educator, Menachem Mendel Seattle Cheder Rabbi and Mrs. Yechezkel Rapoport Director, Projects for Russian Speaking Community Rabbi and Mrs. Avroham Kavka Administrator, Chabad-Lubavitch of the Pacific Northwest Director, Gan Israel Day Camp Rabbi and Mrs. Shmulik Greenberg Director, Chabad-Lubavitch of Clark County Rabbi and Mrs. Yossi Charytan Head of School, Menachem Mendel Seattle Cheder Rabbi and Mrs. Yisroel Hahn Director, Chabad-Lubavitch of Spokane County Rabbi and Mrs. Cheski Edelman Director, Chabad-Lubavitch of Thurston County Rabbi and Mrs. Sholom Ber Elishevitz Educational Director, Chabad-Lubavitch of Bellevue

a special fund for the needy has been set up at chabad for passover. if you would like to donate or know someone in need, please contact us.In memory of Shmuel ben Nisan O.B.M. Samuel Stroum Yartzeit March 9, 2001/14 Adar 5761 Sponsored by a friend of Samuel Stroum and Chabad. For more information on any of these events and/or service times in all Washington State locations, please contact Chabad House at 206-527-1411, info@chabadofseattle.org or visit our website at www.chabadofseattle.org

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yiddish lessonBy Sophie Meld A khessorn munt az di kalleh iz tzu sheyn. A fault-finder complains that the bride is too pretty.

inside this issueHuman ritesCircumcision: Holy rite or human rights violation? Experts from around the world gathered at the University of Washington to discuss the dynamics of the controversial practice.

Standing up for IsraelHen Mazzig excels at helping people see the real Israel. Thats why hes this years StandWithUs Northwests shaliach.


Phoenix from the ashes


Remember when

Twenty-seven years into his job, Asher Ostrin, the director of JDCs former Soviet Union department, has stopped trying to understand why the Soviet Jews who never left are reclaiming their Jewish identity.

Washington State: Good for the Jews According to Census data and insider observations, Washingtons Jewish population is on the rise.

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Mission of all missions

Rabbi Michael Skobac, the director of Canadas Jews for Judaism, realized 15 years ago that missionaries arent the problem Judaism just needs a better PR rep.

Chag sameach! Our full coverage of Passover recipes, holiday how-tos, and more begins on page 15.

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At the American Jewish Committees diplomatic seder, dignitaries discussed the meaning of freedom and slavery in todays world.

Change from the insideFrom Family of Strangers: Building a Jewish Community in Washington State. Forty years ago this week on the Hebrew calendar, the 11th of Nisan 5733, which corresponds to April 13, 1973, the first Chabad House in the state opened just in time for Passover, which began four days later. Rabbi Sholom Ber Levitin, director of Chabad-Lubavitch of the Pacific, now oversees the entire region of many Chabad centers throughout the state. Photo courtesy of the Museum of History and Industry.


Rabbi Miri Gold has been at the forefront of fighting for equality for non-Orthodox rabbis in Israel. Shes making progress, but shell believe real change when she sees it.

Black-Jewish dialogue Black-Jewish relations go back a long way in America. But what happens when Civil War-era Southern Jews spend Passover with their freed slaves? A riveting new play works that out.


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The humanitarian circumstances of circumcisionJanis Siegel JTNews CorrespondentWe are citizens of the globe and cosmopolitans, said Michael Rosenthal, professor and philosophy department chair at the University of Washington, and the rights of the child to bodily integrity have been pitted against the rights of parents to exercise religious liberty and raise their children according to the traditions of their faith. Citing the protections to minors in the United Nations General Assemblys Convention on the Rights of the Child against bodily harm, two philosophers, a historian, and a social scientist spoke for one hour to a crowd of 75 on Circumcision as a Human Rights Issue, about the growing movement seeking to limit circumcision, which is practiced around the world by many cultures and religions. In 2010, a controversial ruling in a Cologne, Germany court acquitted a doctor who performed a circumcision on a Muslim boy who was later hospitalized with complications. However, an appellate court later condemned the non-medical religious ritual, saying it constituted bodily harm and that in the future, a doctor could be held accountable even when the parents consented to the procedure, if the boy did not. Rosenthal noted, however, that even in a religious context, people do often conCologne court, I was really irritated by the hostility and ignorance among some of my secular friends, said Schmidt. For quite a few among them, the practice of circumcision displays the pre-modern, barbaric, irrational, dangerous character of religion, in general. But if you are interested to live in a society in which religious and secular citizens operate under fair and equal conditions, without prejudices and resentment, you cannot be left indifferent by the ruling of the Cologne court. Bettina Shell-Duncan, a professor of anthropology and an adjunct professor of global health at the UW, said that according to a 2006 World Health Organization study on the health outcomes from the procedure and a United Nations investigation, from an epidemiological standpoint the medical risk for males was hard to determine. She did note that in the case of female genital cutting, the report showed that while women who experience the practice experience increased difficulties during childbirth, including possible death of their newborns, the risk was still lower than mothers who smoke during pregnancy. In the absence of overwhelmingXXPage 7

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The panel on the Circumcision as a Human Rights Issue discussion, from left to right: Professors Thomas Schmidt, Robin Judd, Bettina Shell-Duncan and Michael Rosenthal.

sider the medical benefits of circumcision when making the decision about whether to circumcise. The March 4 program was sponsored by the Stroum Jewish Studies Program at the UW and the universitys Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities. The UW Department of Philosophy and the Seattle Jewish Film Festival cosponsored the event. Thomas Schmidt, a professor of the philosophy of religion at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University in Frankfurt, Germany, advocated for a more concilia-

tory approach. The terms of peaceful coexistence must be negotiated, said Schmidt. There is a real and deep conflict between religious freedom and the right to bodily integrity. Legal regulation would not satisfy the religious. Arguing the opposite view, however, Schmidt said the only morally acceptable act between two people, even parent and child, is one that is mutually agreed upon including circumcision. But where, he asked, are the limits of this principle? In the case of the decision of the

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TWO EVENTS - TWO LOCATIONS SUNDAY, APRIL 7, 2013 Stroum Jewish Community Center | 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Memorial Service Led by Rabbi Jim Mirel, Rivy Kletenik, and Julie Mirel, we willgather at the Holocaust Memorial for a short service to recognize the victims of the Holocaust and their families. Open and free to all.

University of Washington, Kane Hall | 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Liberator and Survivor A liberator of Buchenwald and survior of Buchenwald sharetheir powerful stories of compassion, survival, and hope. Sponsored by the Holocaust Center and the UW Jewish Studies Program. Open and free to all.

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coming upThursday and Friday, March 28 and 29 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.Let my people go to lunch! It wouldnt be Passover in Seattle without the annual community Passover lunch at Hillel at the University of Washington. For two days, this is the place to be for anyone, young or old, Orthodox or secular, and anyone in between to meet up with old friends for a once-a-year catchup, escape from work, and, of course, eat. $15 (pre-paid online), $18 at the door, or just $8 for students gets a full meal, all koshersupervised by the Vaad HaRabanim of Greater Seattle. Visit www.hilleluw.org/passover to reserve or call 206-527-1997 for more information.

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was honored by the Israeli Holocaust Commission as a Righteous Among the Nations. Sponsored by Congregation Kol Shalom and the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center. Free; donations welcome. At Congregation Kol Shalom, 9010 Miller Rd., Bainbridge Island. For more information contact Janice A. Hill at 206-842-9010.

Sunday, April 7 at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Holocaust Remembrance Day programs

Thursday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m.

In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer

Jeannie Smith, the daughter of Polish rescuer Irene Gut Opdyke, will be speaking about her mothers memoir, In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer. Opdyke was 17 when the Nazis invaded her native Poland. She spent the next few years hiding in forests, living under a false identity, imprisoned by Russian soldiers who abused her, and forced to serve in the German army. Yet despite all this she risked her life to smuggle food to the Jewish ghetto and eventually help prisoners escape to the woods. When caught hiding Jews in the German villa she worked in, Opdyke went to even further lengths to save them. SheWWcircumcision Page 6

The Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center is holding two community events in honor of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. At 10:30, a memorial service led by Rabbi James Mirel, Rivy Kletenik, and Julie Mirel will take place for Holocaust victims and their families at the Stroum Jewish Community Centers Holocaust memorial, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. At 2:30 a public lecture, Liberator and Liberated: A Liberator of Buchenwald and a Survivor of Buchenwald Share Their Stories, will feature Holocaust liberator Leo Hymas and survivor Robbie Waisman sharing their stories of survival, compassion, and hope. The lecture will take place at the University of Washingtons Kane Hall. For more information or to RSVP, contact Kathleen Bergin at 206-774-2201 or admin@ wsherc.org. licensure, said Judd, and anti-Semites used it as a reason to exclude Jews from certain groups, claiming that circumcision flawed the perfect human form. These same groups, said Judd, also promoted cartoons of violent and bloody circumcision rituals, invoking the old blood libel against Jews, accusing them of eating the blood of Christian and Jewish children. In the late 19th century, we saw an escalation of blood libel accusations, Judd told JTNews. The two rituals that get invoked with the most frequency are circumcision and kosher butchering. There are a large number of cases where the kosher butchers were arrested for the crime. There were fewer cases where circumcisers are accused of the crime. Judd said that these anti-Semitic accusations persist. Today, there are some blood libel accusations, absolutely, but we dont see as many cases of circumcision being invoked. But we do see kosher butchering being invoked in the blood libel conversations.

medical data against the practices, said Shell-Duncan, legal human rights scholars agreed that the most viable argument for limiting the practice was that circumcision violated a childs rights to freedom from torture and to bodily integrity. The human rights framework implies that theres responsibility on the part of the state for protecting these citizens against these violations, said Shell-Duncan. Within the U.N.s Universal Declara-

tion of Human Rights, children are not only entitled to the broad general human rights that all humans enjoy, but according to its tenets, they also benefit from unique human rights due to their minority status. Circumcision was a topic that was vigorously debated, particularly in Europe between 1840 and 1939, said Robin Judd, an associate professor of history at Ohio State University. But then, human rights were not the focus. Some cities there tried to impose regulations on the circumciser, requiring



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Changing hearts and minds, one room at a timeJoel Magalnick Editor, JTNewsWhen he was growing up, Hen Mazzigs mother would often tell him she hoped she wouldnt have to send him to the army, because Israel would have reached peace with its neighbors, rendering the military unnecessary. Unfortunately, this day seems to be far, Mazzig said. When he told that story to a group of students at a local university, the class cheered him. I talked about how I crave that one day there can be two states and one day we can have peace with the Palestinians, he said. Mazzig was a guest at the class, which featured a woman recently returned from the West Bank. This woman had worked with the International Solidarity Movement, the same group with which Rachel Corrie, who was killed under an Israeli bulldozer while protesting the Israeli Defense Forces in Gaza a decade ago, was involved. Mazzig, 23, is the shaliach, or community liaison, for Israel advocacy organization StandWithUs Northwest. StandWithUs five-month program brings Israelis recently released from their military service to Washington State to talk with schools and community groups about Israel. At this particular meeting, Mazzig said, what had begun as a one-sided talk by the woman about apartheid walls and occupation became more of a dialogue. She changed her mind, he said. It got to a point that the professor started to ask me questions rather than her. These are the types of events where Mazzig said he feels most proud. Its not when Im getting people to love Israel, or start a group for Israel, he said. Its just when people get to see the other side. Encounters such as this are not the norm. Most of Mazzigs time is spent speaking before large, mostly receptive groups he goes to synagogues and high schools throughout the state, and even some churches to talk about Israel and its diverse identity as a country. Much of what he discusses inevitably turns toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and he sees much of his job to dispel what he believes are misunderstandings of people about the conflict and the misinformation that is out there, he said. This is similar to Mazzigs military service in the COGAT unit, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories. He served as a liaison officer for interJoel Magalnick

StandWithUs Northwest shaliach Hen Mazzig.

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Growing up in the East A friend with cancer Flatbush neighborhood of says her doctor is the Brooklyn, Sheldon went to singing oncologist. Stuyvesant High School, Recently, he sang the Mi SheBrooklyn College, and NYU berach (prayer for healing) medical school. He met his with her. wife, Seattle native Karen Intrigued, I called Dr. ShelTrieger , when they both don Goldberg of Minor and worked in Washington, D.C. James Medical in Seattle to ask My wife brought me to Seatif he sings to all his patients. tle, he explains. He does if he thinks theyre The two met at a party on receptive. Hed sung to a the auspicious 15th of Av, a patient that morning, he said, Member of lesser-known Jewish holiday a song from the 70s called of love the Talmud says Baby Its You. The choices the Tribe on this date young people are relevant to the occaare supposed to meet. The couple was sionBob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, but recently honored by Seattle Hebrew Acadnot exactly up to date. My repertoire ends emy where Karen went to school and with Stevie Wonder, he says, although an where her family has been involved for occasional Adele song might creep in. generations. Jewish patients may be serenaded with A board member of Bikur Cholim the 23rd psalm (The Lord is my shepMachzikay Hadath, Sheldon, better herd) and hes sung in Hebrew to reliknown as Shlomo among friends, leads a gious non-Jewish patients. I think theyve weekly Shabbat Talmud class there, teachliked it, he says. ing in Yiddish, his first language. In a video on the Minor and James My parents were Holocaust surviwebsite, Goldberg explains that he sees vors, he explains, people who came patients as friends, taking his cues more directly from the shtetl. Sheldons father from Maimonides than Hippocrates. In was one of 60 survivors of the Treblinka the 12th century, Maimonides advised uprising and met Sheldons mother while that the patient was not a vessel of disthey were hiding in the woods. Teaching ease, but a human being.

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the class gives him the chance to preserve a little of that shtetl heritage. Sheldons passion for his profession is palpable. My great interest is in helping people and using every resource that I have to do so.



Until about seven years ago, David Munden hadnt practiced karate since childhood. Now he is coach of the Maccabi USA karate team. Along with almost 1,100 other U.S. participants, he is headed to Israel in July for the international Maccabiah games. Davids kids led him back to karate, he explains. His older son Benzion had expressed an interest back then, and David asked his younger son Joseph to come along. Joseph agreed only if Dad came, too. It was Joseph, though, who took to the sport and now hes on the Maccabiah team. Both father and son have competed locally and nationally, and David was approached by Maccabi USA (www.maccabiusa.com) four years ago to compete. That didnt work out, but he knew Joseph would be the right age for this years games. Now 37, and nursing a couple of injuries, David told Maccabi USA he couldnt compete this time, but wanted to be

Lisa Munden

Joe and David Munden, who are on their way to the Maccabiah Games in Israel this summer as part of the U.S. karate team.

involved. The organization suggested he apply to coach. He did and was named head coach. That got Joseph, almost 16, even more pumped up about the whole thing.XXPage 13

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A resurgent Jewish life in RussiaEmily K. Alhadeff Associate Editor, JTNewsNo one conceived of the notion there would ever be vibrant Jewish life in the Soviet Union, said Asher Ostrin. Now theyve disproved it big time. Ostrin has worked with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee since 1986, first serving as the director of the Vienna office and the country director for Yugoslavia, then, since 1991, as director of the former Soviet Union department. He visited Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation over the weekend of March 8. Ostrin, an ordained Conservative rabbi, is an old friend and former classmate of Rabbi Jay Rosenbaum. Over Shabbat, he gave two lectures about his experiences working with diaspora Jewish communities, particularly in the former Soviet Union. The fight for Soviet Jewry was really a seminal event for an entire generation, Ostrin told JTNews. Getting Jews out of the Soviet Union in the 1970s and 80s was an effort, in part, to halt the Soviet agenda of assimilation, a concept taken for granted as final and irreversible. There was no real notion that anyization of Jewish life. Jews thing was left behind. This who came of age in the was four generations of this 1990s have reclaimed their all-powerful system doing heritage en masse, gathereverything it could to erase ing at Hillels for parties and any vestige of anything holidays, often defying their Jewish, said Ostrin. It was parents and grandparents the end of the chapter, of legitimate paranoia. the book. As for why this is hapExcept it wasnt. In his pening, Ive never found almost three decades of an explanation that was working with Eastern Eurosatisfying for me, Ostrin pean Jewish communities, Ostrin has been struck by Emily K. Alhadeff said. The Soviets were so the unprecedented return Director of the former Soviet thorough in their efforts to to Judaism by younger gen- Union department for the Joint undermine they wouldnt erations. Distribution Committee Asher stop at anything. The Nazis come in, Theres never been a Ostrin shared stories from the case in Jewish history where field with Herzl Ner-Tamid at a youre going to be killed by the Nazis. If you suran entire community has Shabbaton March 8-9. vive the Nazis then its the completely disconnected writers plot and the doctors plot. If the from their Jewish background [and come Nazis dont get you, the communists will back], he said. get you. If the communists dont get you, Today, the JDC supports Jews in over then somebody else is going to get you. 600 locations in Russia alone, providing And then all of a sudden when it opens assistance to needy families, elderly, and up, and your children are singing Shalom victims of emergencies, and supporting Aleichem on Friday morningI gave up Jewish community centers in the revitaltrying to figure out why. Ostrin shared the story of a couple, recently made aware of their Jewish roots, sent to lead a Passover seder in a northern Ukrainian town with a population of about 700 Jews. Expecting around 100-200 attendees, they rented space in an art school a building formerly used for the Communist party headquarters. The hammer and sickle emblem remained above the door. The room quickly reached capacity, and soon 500-600 people were there hoping to partake. When the leader, only 23 years old, reached the cup of Elijah, he proceeded to explain the connection between Elijah, the messiah, and Passover. An older man, decorated with medals, stood up and told the leader hed enjoyed himself until the talk about the messiah. What kind of nonsense is that? Ostrin recounted about the mans tirade. Its ideology. Were finished with all that stuff. Why do you even bring it up? The young leader, Ostrin said, didnt miss a beat.XXPage 21

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Where the Jews liveJanis Siegel JTNews CorrespondentThe newest research on the United States Jewish population shows that it is growing. Locally, some say the size of the tribe may even be underestimated. Plagued by the ongoing decrease of landline telephones and a growing aversion to phone surveys, researchers today are often handicapped, leading them to suspect there are a greater number of Jews living within their borders than those who consent to be surveyed. But despite those challenges, two large U.S. university studies, a Brandeis University study by Leonard Saxe, and the U.S. Census 2012 Statistical Abstract from the 2010 Census concur: The number of U.S. Jews comes in at somewhere between 6.4 and 6.6 million. Saxe, director of the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies and director of the Steinhardt Social Research Institute, used data from more than 150 government surveys on education and health care and asked respondents directly about their religion. From this, we are now absolutely confident, Saxe told The Forward, and it has been vetted by all sorts of groups and people, that about 1.8 percent of the adult American population said that their reli1305_QF807

gion is Judaism. Dr. Ira Sheskin from the University of Miami and Dr. Arnold Dashefsky from the University of Connecticut compiled information from 900 Jewish communities in the U.S. and analyzed four sources of information: National Federation research, random-digit-dialing phone survey responses, U.S. Census figures, and locally knowledgeable Jewish insiders who helped identify Jewish residents. Some respondents self-identified as Jews by religion, ethnicity, or culture, while others were identified by Jewishsounding names. However, the main research methods used in the universitybased studies were the same techniques used by the 2010 U.S. Census and the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle 10 years prior. The studies confirm that the new figures show a significant uptick from the 2000 National Jewish Population Survey, which was sponsored by Jewish Federations of North America, known then as United Jewish Communities, that put the U.S. Jewish population at 5.2 million and the local numbers support the trend. In Washington State, the number of self-identified Jews living here is 45,885,

according to the same 2012 U.S. Census Statistical Abstract and published in the 2012 edition of the American Jewish Yearbook (Springer Books). The Seattle Jewish Federations 2000-2001 Demographic Study of the Greater Seattle Jewish Population, the last local research done, found approximately 37,000 Jews in the SeattleBellevueTacoma area. The 2012 figures were estimated at 39,700. David Chivo, the Federations executive vice president, believes, however, that the number might be much higher. Chivo is tracking some less-formal research through the Federations extremely popular PJ Library program, the local extension of a national program that mails free Jewish literature and music to Jewish families. The Seattle Jewish Community School looked at the ZIP codes of where PJ Library families are in the greater Seattle area, Chivo told JTNews. What they discovered is that on the entire Eastside, there are 505 PJ Library families, and in North Seattle, from University Village to Mountlake Terrace, there are 500 PJ Library families. This quadrant of the city, the northern part of Seattle, is an area of tremendous growth of families. It continues a trend from 12 years ago. The north-

ern quadrant will be a continued area of growth for the Jewish community. Chivo said the Federation is anxious to find this undercounted and potentially underserved Jewish population. He said it needs to come up with different ways of connecting with them and determining whether they are single or married, high or low income, or a more transient population, like some of the Israelis that move here to work in the technology sector. We just learned from the Israeli consul general that there are 10,000 Israelis in Seattle thats 3,000 families, said Chivo. They tend to be concentrated in the Redmond-Kirkland area and they work for the major high-tech companies. While the greater Seattle area, including Tacoma, is the 15th largest Jewish community in the country, the population still makes up only 1.1 percent of the overall population in the region. Drilling deeper shows that within the metropolitan area, 27 percent of the population lives in five ZIP codes, showing what many people can see from their front windows that while some of the Jewish population is spread out, much of it is very concentrated.

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Missionary impossibleEmily K. Alhadeff Associate Editor, JTNewsHave you heard this one? An American Jewish woman travels to the Himalayas in search of a famous guru. She finds a Sherpa, who cautions her about the perilous trek. And, he warns, Once we get there, you are only allowed to speak three words to the holy man. She consents. She must see the guru at all costs! Finally, they arrive at the mountaintop where the guru spends his days meditating. The Sherpa warns her again: Only three words. The woman walks up to the guru and says, Sheldon, come home! Its a joke, but in all humor lies truth. From March 8 to 10, Rabbi Michael Skobac of Toronto-based Jews for Judaism visited Seattle to give three lectures to members of Congregation Ezra Bessaroth, during which he presented on the differences between Judaism and Christianity, Judaisms public relations problem, and the role of meditation in Jewish life. Jews for Judaism was founded in 1985 to counter Christian missionary activities aimed at Jews, and grew to address various cults. Skobac makes himself available for questions at Jews for Jesus conferences, leads Passover seders in India for Jews and Israelis on an Eastern spiritual quest, puts out YouTube videos, and leads classes on subjects like Judaism and vegetarianism, ecology, and meditation values that often lead Jews away from Judaism. Emily K. Alhadeff The goal is basi- Rabbi Michael Skobac of Toronto-based Jews for Judaism. cally to serve as a bat-morning kiddush, he revealed that he catalyst to help Jewish people appreciate was designated class anti-Semite by his the spiritual treasures of Judaism, Skobac high school, and he spent his first years at told JTNews after his final talk. Skobac Northwestern University shunning Judasaid the organization strives to give ism and advocating for human rights, people more of an appreciation of what even going on a three-week hunger strike. they have in their own backyard. When challenged to examine the culture Bearded, suited, and topped by a black he despised, but knew little about, he fell fedora, Skobac is visibly Orthodox. But in love with it. The people he has been he wasnt always this way. At his talk, Is addressing for three decades, he said, are Religion Killing Judaism? after Shabnot so different from his younger self. I realized about 15 years ago that Jews for Jesus is not the problem, said Skobac. They were a symptom of the problem. The problem is that Jews are disconnected from the spiritual core of Judaism. So when theyre disconnected from that, they can end up in a Buddhist [temple], in a Hindu [ashram], in a Sufi place or a Sikh place or Bahai or whatever. The typical profile of the people Skobac meets looks like this: I grew up in a Jewish home, I went to Hebrew school, had a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, we had a Passover seder every year. We lit Hanukkah candles, he explained. But I never experienced it in a spiritual way. I experienced it as my culture, my heritage, my history, my identity, my tradition, but God was never part of it. It was never a spiritual thing. Judaism has a PR problem, he said. Its misunderstood as a religion lacking spirituality lacking, most crucially, God and growth. Religion is seen as a crutch for peopleXXPage 14

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the calendarto Jewish WashingtonFor a complete listing of events, or to add your event to the JTNews calendar, visit calendar.jtnews.net. Calendar events must be submitted no later than 10 days before publication. a matchmaker who try to fix up a bookseller in New York with the owner of a pickle store. Free and open to all. At Temple Bnai Torah, 15727 NE Fourth St., Bellevue. 58 p.m. An Evening with Nancy Pearl

Judy Kinney at info@nestseattle.org or 206-525-6378 or www.nestseattle.org NEST hosts an evening with Nancy Pearl, rock star librarian. Buffet dinner, no-host bar, and live music in celebration of Northeast Seattle neighborhoods. At Temple Beth Am, 2632 NE 80th St., Seattle. Torah, 15727 NE Fourth St., Bellevue.


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12 p.m. Pre-Pesach Car Wash

Ari Hoffman at thehoffather@gmail.com or SeattleNCSY.com Head to Sephardic Bikur Holim for this NCSY fundraiser and leave with a clean car. At Sephardic Bikur Holim, 6500 52nd Ave. S, Seattle. 3 p.m. Crossing Delancey

Art Feinglass at seattlejewishtheatercompany@gmail.com or www.seattlejewishtheater.com Seattle Jewish Theater Company presents a romantic comedy about a grandmother andWWm.o.t. Page 9

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121:30 p.m. Israel Current Events

Shelly Goldman at sgoldman@a.templebnaitorah.org or 425-603-9677 or www.templebnaitorah.org Nevet Basker leads a discussion on a topic in the news pertaining to Israel. To find out the topic for this month or join the email list, contact Jayne Carlin at jscarlin@gmail.com. Optional pre-reading is available at www.broaderview.org/current. This session will be repeated on Thursday, April 4 at 7 p.m. $5 payable at the door. At Temple Bnai

3 April

7:309:30 p.m. In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer

Janice A. Hill at 206-842-9010 Lecture by Jeannie Smith, daughter of Polish rescuer Irene Gut Opdyke. Smith will speak about her mothers memoir, In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer. Book signing to follow. Sponsored by Congregation Kol Shalom and the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center. Free; donations welcome. At Congregation Kol Shalom, 9010 Miller Rd., Bainbridge Island.

4 April

Akiva Kenny Segan will present on Under Wings of G-d, featuring mosaics/drawings of Holocaust victims and works from his current exhibit, SightSeeing with Dignity. At Hillel at the University of Washington, 4745 17th Ave. NE, Seattle.



10 a.m.2 p.m. Jewish Renewal Service and Art Presentation

Terry Walsh at terryhw@earthlink.net Jewish Renewal community Congregation Eitz Or welcomes UW students, family, and friends to a Shabbat service led by Reb Arik Labowitz from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. followed by a vegetarian/dairy potluck. After lunch, Eitz Or member and artist

6 April

10:30 a.m. Yom HaShoah: Holocaust Remembrance Day Memorial Service

Ilana Cone Kennedy at ilanak@wsherc.org or 206-774-2201 or www.wsherc.org Memorial service at the Holocaust memorial. Free. At the Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. 2:30 p.m. Yom HaShoah: Liberator and Liberated

Ilana Cone Kennedy at ilanak@wsherc.org or 206-774-2201 or www.wsherc.org Leo Hymas, a liberator of Buchenwald, and Robbie Waisman, a survivor of Buchenwald, share their stories of compassion, survival, and hope. Free. At Kane Hall, University of Washington, Seattle.

7 April

A Buckley resident, David had never heard of the Maccabiah Games until four years ago. Father and son train with the Japan Karate Federation Northwest at the Auburn Valley YMCA. Our karate

friends and family have been extremely supportive. Hes now reaching out to the Jewish community, in part to raise awareness and excitement, and to meet fundraising goals. Hes set up a Facebook page (www.facebook.com/mundenmaccabiah)

to communicate with supporters and a benefit concert is tentatively scheduled for April 7 at Louie Gs Pizza in Fife. The Seattle native who attended Camp Gan Israel as a child is eager for his first visit to Israel. Its been one of the things on my bucket list, he says, and to do it

coupled with a sport that I love, and with his son, adds to the fun. Teams will be in-country from July 10 to August 1, spending the first week touring and participating in community service. Part of it is a pilgrimage, connecting young Jews back to Israel, he says.

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who need it, said Skobac. What attracts them to Christianity is that evangelical Christians are passionate about God. Theyre God-intoxicated. Thats what people want. They want a relationship with God. They dont want religion. While Jews for Jesus is much larger now that it has a second generation, Skobac explained that the bulk of Jewish conversion to Christianity is not through formal missionary activity, messianic Jewish or otherwise evangelical. Its through Christian friends, Christian neighbors, Christian business associates, [who] in very different kinds of ways share their faith, he said.

On the other side of the coin is the flight of Jews to Eastern religions. People see Buddhism as the technology for personal growth, he said. At his Saturday night talk, Skobac highlighted the ways Judaism is in fact a mindfulness practice. My wife is part of a Mussar group, and usually theyll spend two to four years on an issue, he said. There are Jewish teachers who say were only here for tikkun hamiddot [perfection of our character traits], and if were not doing that, were wasting our entire life. I think that many Jews dont do that. Its not part of their world. If these concepts were so integral to Judaism, why did they fade from the main-

stream? Why did God get lost? Skobac responded. But for these post-Holocaust generations, particularly the younger ones steeped in a culture of science, God may not be an easy concept. How can Jews for Judaism inspire Jews to love God? Science can only answer what. It can never answer why, he said. It can never explain why were here. As for large-scale tragedy, Skobac admits he has no comprehensive answer. We live in a world where we have freedom to make choices, and with that freedom comes great responsibility, and also, it can be abused. It helps us understand man-made evil, but it doesnt help

us understand God-made evil. Human beings didnt cause the tsunami. For that I have no thought.The Bible says about that there are limits to what humans can understand about God. Its a very Jewish answer. But hard questions aside, Skobac reiterates that Judaism has something for all Jews. If Jews could be more connected spiritually to Judaism, theres less chance theyre going to go elsewhere, or assimilate into non-descript North Americans, or marry out of the faith, he said. Its like preventative medicine. Rather than worrying about curing illnesses, we want to build health.

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Passover Greetings!The seders beautiful light, thendarknessRivy Poupko Kletenik JTNews ColumnistDear Rivy, Year after year at the seder all is going well, then there it is the paragraph that unsettles me every time, that dire dramatic pronouncement of deep Jewish pessimism: In every generation they rise up against us to destroy us. Really? Do we need to be reminded? Why is this in the Hagaddah? Do we Whats truly believe this? What kind JQ? of message is this for our children? This is not the Judaism I want to pass on to another generation. Yet there we are, holding a cup of wine in our hands proclaiming almost proudly, with gusto, Theyre out to get us! It is never fun to have our buttons pushed. This prayer is clearly bringing something up for you. Though it is not, thankfully, an everyday ordeal it warrants some attention and probing. Its reasonable to inquire about the heart of this challenging paragraph its meaning and message, especially in the context of seder night. Notice first that you seem most moved or disturbed by the middle line of the paragraph. The beginning and Your the end actually seem rather redemptive in nature. Consider the text: And it is this, that stood by our fathers and us; For, not only one alone, has risen up against us to destroy us, but in all ages did they rise up against us to destroy us; but the Holy One, blessed be He, delivered us from their hands. The beginning is lofty and evocative of trust. The end point seems in fact to be comforting: God Almighty, no matter what, always saves us. Its that middle line that makes us squirm. And if you really want to squirm please, open the fairly new, artistic and edgy Hagaddah of Noam and Mishael Zion, HaLaila HaZeh: An Israeli Hagaddah. Here the prayer is illustrated by an artistic rendering of a varied sampling of cartoonish Jewish foes armed and in hot pursuit with a timeline hovering above it detailing, indeed, every generation. The list is about as dismal and disheartening as one could hope for: 1400 BCE, Egypt; 722 BCE, Assyria vanquishes Kingdom of Israel; 586 BCE, Babylonian exile; 167 BCE, Antiochus; 70 CE, Rome destroys the Temple; 135, Bar Kochba; 484, Persia; 627, Kuriza; 629, Spain; 873, Byzantium; 992, Limoges; 1007, Egypt; 1096, First Crusade; 1141, Norwich, England; 1171, blood libel, Paris; 1189, Third Crusade; 1198, Yemen; 1215, edict of the pope; 1242, burning of the Talmud in Paris; 1248, Baghdad; 1281, Castille; 1290, expulsion from England; 1306, expulsion from France; 1348, black plague riots; 1354, Jerusalem attacks; 1391, forced conversions, Spain; 1475, Northern Italy; 1492, expulsion from Spain; 1495, expulsion from Lita; 1496, expulsion from Portugal; 1500, expulsion from Provene; 1510, expulsion from Napoli; 1536, expulsion from Saxony; 1597, expulsion from Milano; 1648, Chmielnicki pogroms; 1736, Iran; 1840, blood libel, Damascus; 1865, Iran; 1871, Odessa pogrom; 1877, riots in Morocco; 1881, Ukraine; 1891, blood libel, Corfu; 1894, Dreyfus affair; 1898, Algeria pogrom; 1903, Kishinev pogrom; 1910, Buenos Aires pogrom; 1912, Fez, Morocco attacks; 1919, Ukraine pogrom; 1929, Hebron massacre; 1935, Nuremberg Laws; 1935, persecution of Polish Jewry; 1938, Kristallnacht; 1942, the Final Solution. The artists and authors are making a graphic point loud and clear everywhere, every generation. Dont even try toXXPage 37



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With a new cookbook, choices abound for Passover mealsHelen Nash JTA World News Service(JTA) For the many who feel overwhelmed by Passover because of the demands of cooking without leaven, a word or two: That should not be an obstacle. After all, on this most celebrated of Jewish holidays, we are allowed to eat fish, meat, poultry, eggs, nuts, fruits, most vegetables and fresh herbs. All of the recipes featured here are nutritious, attractive, flavorful and easy to prepare. They emphasize fresh, seasonal ingredients, fewer complicated techniques, and stylish, elegant dishes. What more would you want for Passover? The recipes are from the new cookbook Helen Nashs New Kosher Cuisine (Overlook Press).4-1/2 cups vegetable broth 2 Tbs. apple cider vinegar 1 Tbs. dark brown sugar Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper Peel and slice the beets (see note to the right). Heat the oil in a medium saucepan. Add the onion, garlic and apple, and saut for 5 minutes. Add the beets and broth. Bring to a boil over high heat. Lower the heat and cook, covered, for about 30 minutes, until the beets are tender. Cool a little. While the soup is cooking, wrap the reserved beet tightly in foil. Bake in a toaster oven at 400 for 30 minutes, or until just tender when pierced with the tip of a paring knife. Cool, slip off the skin, and grate. Pure the soup in a blender until very smooth. Season to taste with the vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper. Garnish with the grated beet. Makes 6 servings.

Note: I always wear thin plastic gloves when I work with beets, as this avoids staining my fingers with beet juice, which can be hard to remove.

Chicken with Potatoes and Olives5 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil 9 garlic cloves Kosher salt 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice Leaves from 10 thyme sprigs Freshly ground black pepper 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 6 ounces) 5 plum tomatoes 1 lb. Yukon gold potatoes, unpeeled, quartered 1/2 cup pitted black olives, quartered Preheat the oven to 450. With 1 Tbs. of the oil, grease a glass, ceramic or enamel-lined baking pan that can hold

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Beet Soup1-1/4 lb. beets, plus 1 small beet for garnish 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil 1 small red onion, sliced 2 garlic cloves, sliced 1 McIntosh apple, peeled and sliced

all the vegetables in a single layer. Coarsely chop 4 of the garlic cloves on a cutting board. Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp. salt and, using a knife, crush them into a paste. Place the paste in a small bowl and combine it with the lemon juice, 2 Tbs. of the oil, half of

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the thyme leaves, and pepper to taste. Pat dry the chicken breasts with paper towels and season lightly on both sides with salt and pepper. Coat the chicken with the mixture and set aside. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Drop the tomatoes into the boiling water; bring the water back to a boil and drain. Core the tomatoes and slip off the skin. Cut the tomatoes in half widthwise and squeeze gently to remove the seeds. (Some seeds will remain.) Cut the tomatoes in quarters. Thickly slice the remaining 5 garlic cloves and spread them in the prepared baking pan along with the tomatoes, potatoes, olives, the rest of the thyme leaves, and the remaining 2 Tbs. oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Roast the vegetables, uncovered, for 20 minutes, or until almost tender.

Place the chicken breasts on top of the vegetables and bake, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Turn them over, spoon on some pan juices and bake for another 5 minutes, or until the chicken is slightly pink on the inside. Cover with foil for 1 minute. Makes 4 servings.

Chocolate Meringue Squares1 Tbs. unsalted margarine for greasing the pan 1/2 lb. blanched almonds 6 oz. good-quality imported semisweet chocolate, broken into small pieces 8 large egg whites (see notes) 1 cup sugar Preheat the oven to 350. Line a 9-by13-by-2-inch baking pan with wax paper and grease the paper with the margarine. Chop the almonds in a food procesJazzijava/Creative Commons

With a large rubber spatula, gently fold the chocolate-almond mixture into the egg whites, making a motion like a figure 8 with the spatula. Do not overmix. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake on the ovens middle shelf for 25 to 30 minutes, until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out almost dry. Cool on a wire rack. Invert onto a cutting board and peel off the paper. Cut into 1-1/2-inch squares; makes 3-1/2 dozen squares.

sor, in two batches, until medium-fine. Transfer to a bowl. Chop the chocolate in the processor until fine, and combine with the almonds. Place the egg whites in the bowl of an electric stand mixer. Using the balloon whisk attachment, beat at high speed until foamy. Gradually add the sugar and beat until stiff.

Note: It is easier to separate the eggs straight from the refrigerator, when they are cold, but make sure the whites have come to room temperature before beating.Find more of Helen Nashs recipes in the Passover section at www.jtnews.net.

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Need a substitute? Try these for your Passover meal prepEileen Goltz Special to JTNewsAt some point during Pesach preparations weve all tried to convert a mainstream recipe into one for Passover, only to discover that we dont have a clue as to what to substitute for a chametz ingredient. Heres a comprehensive list of substitutions: 1 cup corn syrup = 1-1/4 cups granulated sugar plus 1/3 cup water, boiled until syrupy. 1 cup vanilla sugar = 1 cup granulated sugar with 1 split vanilla bean left for at least 24 hours in a tightly covered jar. 1 cup flour = 5/8 cup matzoh cake meal or potato starch, or a combination sifted together. 1 Tbs. flour = 1/2 Tbs. potato starch. 1 cup corn starch = 7/8 cup potato starch. 1 tsp. cream of tartar = 1-1/2 tsp. lemon juice or 1-1/2 tsp. vinegar. 1 cup graham cracker crumbs = 1 cup ground cookies or soup nuts plus 1 tsp. cinnamon. 1 cup (8 oz.) cream cheese = 1 cup cottage cheese pured with 1/2 stick butter or margarine. Chicken fat or gribenes = 2 caramelized onions saut 2 sliced onions in 2 Tbs. oil and 2 Tbs. sugar. Cook until the onions are soft. Pure the onions once they are golden. 1 cup milk (for baking) = 1 cup water plus 2 Tbs. margarine, or 1/2 cup fruit juice plus 1/2 cup water. 1-1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk = 1 cup instant nonfat dry milk, 2/3 cup sugar, 1/3 cup boiling water, and 3 Tbs. margarine. Blend all the ingredients until smooth. To thicken, let set in the refrigerator for 24 hours. 1 cup wine = 13 Tbs. water, 3 Tbs. lemon juice, and 1 Tbs. sugar. Mix together and let set for 10 minutes. Italian seasoning = 1/4 tsp. each dried oregano leaves, dried marjoram leaves, and dried basil leaves plus 1/8 tsp. rubbed dried sage. This can be substituted for 1-1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning. Curry powder = 2 Tbs. ground coriander, 1 Tbs. black pepper, 2 Tbs. red pepper, 2 Tbs. turmeric, 2 Tbs. ground ginger. Makes 2/3 cup. Pancake syrup = use fruit jelly, not jam, and add a little water to thin. I always like to combine the jelly and water in a microwavesafe bowl and heat it gently before I serve it. Seasoned rice wine vinegar = 3 Tbs. white vinegar, 1 Tbs. white wine, 1 Tbs. sugar, 1/2 tsp. salt. Mix to combine. Makes 1/4 cup. Flavored vinegar = lemon juice in cooking or salad, grapefruit juice in salads, wine in marinades. Water Chestnuts = raw jicama. Orange liqueur = substitute an equal amount of frozen orange juice concentrate.

Soy Sauce SubstituteThis soy sauce substitute doesnt taste exactly like the real thing, but it makes a flavorful alternative for Pesach stir fry.2 Tbs. beef broth 1 Tbs. red wine vinegar 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar 1 Tbs. brown sugar 1 tsp. oil 1/8 tsp. garlic powder black pepper to taste 1/4 cup boiling water Combine all the ingredients. At this point, you can either a) use the sauce as is, leaving for an hour to give the flavors a chance to blend, or b) for a thicker, richer sauce, boil the liquid until it is reduced by half, about 3 Tbs. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Makes 2/3 cup. Use the sauce within 34 days.

1 oz. baking chocolate (unsweetened chocolate) = 3 Tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder plus 1 Tbs. oil or melted margarine. 16 oz. semi-sweet chocolate = 6 Tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder plus 1/4 cup oil and 7 Tbs. granulated sugar. 14 oz. sweet chocolate (German-type) = 3 Tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder plus 2-2/3 Tbs. oil and 4-1/2 Tbs. granulated sugar. 1 cup confectioners sugar = 1 cup minus 1 Tbs. granulated sugar plus 1 Tbs. potato starch pulsed in a food processor or blender. 1 cup sour milk or buttermilk for dairy baking = 1 Tbs. lemon juice in a 1-cup measure, then fill to 1 cup with Passover nondairy creamer. Stir and steep 5 minutes. 1 cup honey = 1-1/4 cups granulated sugar plus 1/4 cup water.

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Go light serve fish this PassoverEileen Goltz Special to JTNewsPesach is that time of year when food prep is at the forefront of everyones to-do list and the concerns about cholesterol follow right behind. With the chopped liver and the mandatory brisket and roasts and chicken soup and, oy, the eggs, soooo many eggs, it makes my arteries start to harden just writing about it. Sometimes you just have to take a step back and say, No more meat pass the fish! Yes, gefilte fish might be your first thought, but after the seder leftovers are gone Im going to suggest you utilize some fresh fillets of white fish or salmon and cook up these fast, easy and healthy fish recipes to help balance out all the heavy meat meals that make up the first two and last two days of yontif. Of special note: No matzohs will harmed in the making of these recipes. They are completely, utterly and absolutely matzoh-free.2 Tbs. olive oil 1 red pepper, chopped 1-1/2 lbs. fresh tomatoes, chopped (or one 14-ounce can whole tomatoes) Salt and black pepper 1 to 2 Tbs. red wine or 1 to 2 tsp. vinegar 4 5-ounce whitefish fillets, skin and bones removed 3/4 cup black olives, pitted and sliced 1/2 to 1 cup toasted almonds Heat the olive oil in a skillet. When hot, add the garlic, red pepper, and 2/3 of the basil. Cook, stirring often, until garlic is soft, not browned, about 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat and cook, uncovered, about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the red wine or vinegar, cook 2 or 3 more minutes, and season with salt and pepper. Preheat the oven to 425. Season both sides of the fish with salt and pepper. When the tomato sauce is done cooking remove it from the heat. Place the fillets on the tomato sauce. Top the two fillets with the olives and remaining 1/3 of the sliced basil leaves. Transfer skillet to the oven and cook until fish is done, 10 to 15 minutes. Serve the fillets topped with the tomato sauce and toasted almonds. ter, sprinkle with the lime zest and top each with 1 heaping tablespoon of lime sauce (you will have extra sauce).

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Modified from epicurious.com. Serves 8 to 10.

Salmon with Lime Sauce(Fish, dairy or parve)Sauce: 1 Tbs. minced garlic 1/2 cup fresh lime juice 1-1/2 tsp. salt 1 tsp. black pepper 3/4 to 1 cup unsalted butter or margarine, melted Olive oil 8 6-oz. pieces center-cut salmon fillet (about 1 inch thick) with skin 2 tsp. to 1 Tbs. lime zest Combine all the ingredients for the sauce in a food processor and process until smooth, then set aside. Heat a grill pan with a little oil. Season salmon all over with salt and pepper, then grill, flesh sides down, for 4 minutes. Turn fillets over and grill until just cooked through, 4 to 6 minutes more. Place the cooked fish on a plat-

Cod with Green Olives(Fish/parve)1 Tbs. oil 6 cod fillets 1 onion, chopped 1 Tbs. minced garlic 4 stalks chopped celery 3 shredded carrots 2 cups seasoned tomato sauce (like a pasta sauce) 1/4 cup pimiento-stuffed green olives, halved 1 Tbs. lime or lemon juice 2 Tbs. chopped fresh parsley or cilantro Mashed potatoes (optional) Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat and saut the onion and celery, stirring occasionally, 4 to 5 minutes, until tender. Add the garlic and carrots and continue cooking for 1 minute. Add the tomato sauce and green olives. Place the cod fillets in the skillet (making sure they dont touch)

White Fish with Tomatoes and Black Olives(Fish/parve)4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 1 bunch fresh basil, sliced thin, divided 2/3 and 1/3

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Parmesan Pecan Salmon(Fish/parve)1/4 cup mayonnaise 2 Tbs. grated Parmesan 1/8 tsp. cayenne 4 salmon fillets (1 lb.), skins removed 2 tsp. lemon juice 1/2 cup ground pecans or almonds Preheat the oven to 400. In a bowl combine the mayonnaise, cheese and pepper until well blended. Place the salmon in a foil-lined pan and drizzle the lemon juice over the top. Spread the mayonnaise mixture over the top then sprinkle the ground nuts on top of the mayonnaise mixture. Bake 12 to 15 minutes (depending on the thickness of the fish) until fish flakes easily with fork. Serves 4. This recipe can be doubled or tripled.

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and then spoon the sauce over the fillets. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 12 to 15 minutes until the fish flakes with a fork. Stir in lime or

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I want to ask you a question, Ostrin recounts. If you and I had taken a stroll down the main street in this town 10 years ago, andI would have said to you, you see this Communist Party headquarters? Ten years from now theres going to be a seder, and hundreds of Jews are going to show up. You tell me whats more implausible: That theres going to be a messiah, or a seder? Ostrin said that what hes seen in his time defies academic or ethnographic predictions, even natural law. All the stuff that you read in the books, and all the theories, its all great, but its whats going to happen on the ground thats going to prove [the reality], he said. When things get tough, Ostrin said he remembers the story of the Passover seder. In essence, thats what its all about, he said. The empirical evidence all would point to the end of Soviet Jewry. But [its] the opposite.

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Pages on Passover for young peopleRita Berman Frischer Special to JTNewsHow about preparing the children for the seder as carefully as you prepare the gefilte fish? Passover (and any holiday) takes on more meaning if a parent or grandparent demonstrates its significance by personally sharing childrens books on the background of the upcoming festivities. And since Passover is one of the only two Jewish holidays that almost every year sees a new crop of titles, we should take advantage. Be careful though, sometimes these calendar-driven books can be very misleading. For instance, Ideal Publishing put out A Passover Book for Jewish Children some years ago, which began innocuously enough but ended focused on a very unexpected seder, the Last Supper. Here youll find some holiday titles, totally kosher lPesach: Lotsa Matzah by Tilda Balsley, illus. by Akemi Gutierrez. (Kar-Ben Publishing, $5.95). A rhyming board book for toddlers, this 12-page charmer makes its way to their hearts through the stomach, introducing Passovers traditional food presented and enjoyed in many different ways. Tasty and fun. Grover and Big Birds Passover Celebration by Tilda Balsley and Ellen Fischer, illus. by Tom Leigh (Kar-Ben Publishing, $16.95). A Shalom Sesame book that has the Sesame Street crowd in Israel eager to celebrate the first seder at B r o s h s house. But theyre running late, continually delayed by who may well relate to young Miriam. By the final day of Passover, she has had it with matzoh and refuses to eat another bite. As in many lovable stories about family traditions and Jewish cooking, the older generation (in this case, Grandpa) comes to the rescue with his out-of-this-world Passover French Toast. His shayneh maideleh cannot resist and neither will you. The illustrations are humorous and a super matzoh brei recipe is included, as well as a glossary of Passover terms. Newman, a fine writer of childrens books, has done it again. Sarahs Passover by Lisa Bullard, illus. by Constanza Basaluzzo (Milbrook Press/ Lerner Pub, $6.95). Mini-chapters with lively cartoonish pictures move this Cloverleaf Books Holidays and Special Days work along briskly, providing a lot of information in its four sections and supplementary material. From the preparation of house and food, to the seder, to the meaning of the holiday, it emphasizes fun and freedom. Back matter includes a pillowcase project, a glossary, and a list of resources. The Little Red Hen and the Passover Matzah by Leslie Kimmelman, illus. by Paul Meisel (Holiday House, $6.95). This

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stopping to perform mitzvot. The story and meaning of Passover are woven in, as are introductory words in Hebrew. Even grouchy Moishe Oofnik performs a mitzvah, grudgingly giving the group a lift in his old truck to get them there in time for the Four Questions. Naturally, he stays to enjoy the seder and three helpings of bitter herbs, his favorite. What Am I? Passover, by Anne Margaret Lewis, joins the My Look and See Holiday Book Series (Albert Whitman & Co., $9.99), as the first Jewish holiday

added to their popular Christmas, Easter and Halloween books for very young children. Brightly illustrated by Tom Mills, it features a series of simple holiday-related riddles on pages designed with flip-up flaps and brief explanations of symbols and the main components of the seder. Perfect for ages 2 through 4. A Sweet Passover by Leslea Newman, illus. by David Slonim (Abrams, $16.95). A delicious read-aloud for 4-8 year olds

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entertaining Pesadika spin on a favorite old tale follows the hardworking little red hen as she plants, harvests, shleps and grinds the wheat, cooks the dinner and bakes the matzoh for the holiday, all without a bit of help from her friends. Will they work? Oy, no. But, will they eat? You bet. Will she forgive and feed them? The author includes a quote from the Haggadah, a matzoh recipe, a note on Passover traditions, plus a glossary of Yiddish words. A matchmaker couldnt have found a better companion to this kosher lPesach version than Meisels rollicking artwork, created with ink, watercolor and pastel.

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Pesach at the InbalEnjoy this kosher-for-Passover salad recipe from Moti Buchbut, executive chef of the Inbal Jerusalem Hotel.Bunch of chopped parsley Sauce: Juice from 2 lemons 4 Tbs. olive oil 1 hot chili pepper, cut into thin slices Salt, pepper 1 Tbs. mayonnaise 2 Tbs. dill, chopped Mix all of the ingredients together and serve the salad in martini glasses and garnish with radish sprouts.

Strawberry Salad with Endive Leaves and Champignon Mushrooms20 strawberries, washed and cut into quarters Bunch of washed rocket leaves Bunch of fresh mint leaves 1 cup roasted pistachios 5 endive hearts, separated 15 champignon mushrooms, cut into quarters and sauted in olive oil

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Simply amazing (raw vegan) coconut macaroonsEmily Alhadeff Associate Editor, JTNewsBefore you skip this page because it has raw vegan in the title, hear me out. Raw and vegan they are, yes, but only second to Simply Amazing. I generated this recipe over Passover 2010, the holiday that renders two of my favorite food groups, homemade pizza and baked goods, taboo. I was also feeling a little bloated on bread and sugar in the days leading up to the holiday I wonder why so I began to search for alternatives to the nutrient-free Passover cake meal and recipes that call for, like, 12 eggs. Passover tends to raise Jewish cholesterol levels like a newfangled Angel of Death. Plus, being the gastronomic anarchist that I am, I try to avoid brands and products we all think we need, especially the kosher-for-Passover products that are usually unhealthy, if not strange. With all the fruits and nuts available to Passover-observers, its a wonder how underrepresented they are in Passover cooking. And we can make most of these products ourselves, which is how I passed Passover without eating one macaroon out of a jar (incredible! I know!). The recipe is based on a macaroon tartlet crust in Ani Phyos Anis Raw Food Desserts. I highly recommend this book the recipes are easy and its not one of those out there raw food cookbooks. Mushed into little balls, the crust recipe makes killer cookies, rich and buttery with the healthy fats and goodness of coconut and nuts. They dont leave you with that I shouldnt have eaten that feeling, and oh, they are satisfying. In case youre still worried about the raw vegan thing, know that I could hardly churn them out fast enough for the carnivore enthusiasts in my life. And another perk: You can eat them for breakfast without feeling guilty. At least I do.

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Different takes on the feast of freedomJoel Magalnick Editor, JTNewsYou havent truly heard The Four Questions until you hear them recited in multiple languages. Most of us at our seders will hear them in two: The usual Hebrew and their English translations. But at the first of what is hoped to become an annual event, 14 dignitaries from consulates across the Puget Sound region as well as several religious bodies learned on March 18 how Passover night was different from other nights. But they heard it in French, from Consul General Denis Stevens of Canada and dean of the Consular Corps; in German from Hon. Consul Petra Walker of Germany; in Spanish from Hon. Consul Luis F. Esteban of Spain; and in Turkish from John Goken, Hon. Consul of Turkey and president of the Consular Association of Washington. Rabbi James Mirel of Temple Bnai Torah led Mondays diplomatic and interfaith seder, a program hosted by the Seattle chapter of the American Jewish Committee. Celebrating a feast of freedom on March 18 was fitting the next day, noted keynote speaker Elena Poptodorova marked the 70th anniversary of her countrys effort to save its 50,000 Jews from the Nazis. This came at the same time, Poptodorova, Bulgarias ambassador to the U.S., noted, that 11,343 were deported from Macedonia and Northern Thrace. The seder focused heavily on the Haggadahs theme of moving from slavery to freedom. Poptodorova spoke of Bulgarias constant fight for freedom over its 1,600year history, more than half of which was under slave rule, from the Byzantines to the Ottomans to the Nazis to 45 years of communist rule. But, she noted, we cannot spend our life dealing with issues of controversy that happened so many centuries ago. Yet freedom, she added, should not be taken for granted. Freedom is just the first step. When you get freedom, you have to know what to do with it, she said. Freedom is never easy, its never smooth, its never unconditional, its never forever. As the representative of a country that only in the past 25 years has once again experienced freedom, Poptodorova knows firsthand the challenges of maintaining it: Building the institutions that will promote freedom, and fighting to ensure it doesnt go away. It always comes at a price, it always comes as a sacrifice, she said. The AJC created a Haggadah for the event that included readings of articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in addition to the standard telling of the story of the Exodus. Another seder comes on March 28, after the holiday begins, building on a biannual tradition in Olympia that brings legislators from both sides of the aisle to Temple Beth Hatfiloh. Lawmakers and many Jews whose holidays must come second to legislative work get together to break Joel Magalnick matzoh and put this Philippe Goetschel, Hon. Consul of Switzerland, reads the English translation feast of freedom into of Dayenu, it would have been enough, during the diplomatic seder. Petra the context of the Heussner-Walker, Hon. Consul of Germany, reads along next to him. work theyre doing. On alternate years, when the session XXPage 31

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The drawn-out fight for religious equalityCharlene Kahn Special to JTNewsA rabbi who served as plaintiff in a precedent-setting case for religious freedom in Israel visited the Seattle area on March 11. The case, brought before the court in 2005 by Rabbi Miri Gold and backed by IRAC, the Reform movements political and advocacy center in Israel, challenged the status quo in a seven-year effort to gain official recognition for non-Orthodox rabbis. Rabbis in Israel receive state salaries, but only Orthodox rabbis have been recognized and salaried by the government. There is no separation between religion and state, Gold said. Though victorious in winning the decision in May 2012, Gold said she will believe it when she gets her first check. She expects to be back at the Israeli Supreme Court. The Detroit native who made aliyah in 1977 traveled back to the U.S. this month to meet with Jewish communities around the country. Accompanied by Barbara Kavadias, acting executive director of the Association of Reform Zionists of America, Gold stopped in Seattle for a day-long visit. The two women spoke with JTNews before a presentation at Temple Bnai Torah in Bellevue. Gold and Kavadias shared the story of the legal case and also pitched for funds for a new synagogue building in Kibbutz Gezer, in central Israel near Rehovot. Gold small in stature and bespectacled seems unassuming. But when she speaks, it is with the confidence of belief and the earnestness of experience, frequently sprinkling the conversation with Hebrew phrases and biblical references. Gold shared her Charlene Kahn story of coming Rabbi Miri Gold with her cousin, Barry Ziker, left, of Seattle and Jordan and from a Conserva- Jeff Feinstein. Rabbi Gold performed Jordan Feinsteins Bar Mitzvah last tive household and year in Israel. moving to Israel. become Bnai Mitzvah. Studying for the After arriving there, she found something rabbinate followed soon after. At age 44, amiss. with three kids, encouraged by my hus[I] didnt fit into the Orthodox or the band as well as two rabbis, including the secular [mainstream], she said. Our kibfirst woman ordained as a rabbi, she said, butz Haggadah focused on spring; the synashe was ordained in 1999. She was the gogue doubled as a weight room. third woman ordained as a Reform rabbi She needed more than the requisite in Israel. kibbutz kosher kitchen and celebrating Gold agreed to become the test case to Jewish holidays, she said. challenge the court in 2005; in May 2012, When she saw that the boys would study the attorney general of Israel announced with Orthodox rabbis but the girls had to that rabbis of non-Orthodox communities travel to Jerusalem to learn, it lit a spark. were eligible for salaries but through She took on a para-rabbinic role leadthe Ministry of Culture and Sport. ing services and prepared students to Still, she said, I have a full-time contract now. Speaking in measured tones about the necessity of the court battle, she added, We cant yet dialogue with the Orthodox; the ultra-Orthodox simply do not recognize us. In their eyes, we are imposters. [And] my focus is on the bigger, broader Israeli population. Look what we have to offer. In the seven years since the suit was filed, Reform preschools have been established and Bnai Mitzvah are taking place, Gold noted. More and more Israelis are comfortable with us, she said. Gold told Haaretzs Bradley Burston that she was just the poster girl of the battle to recognize non-Orthodox rabbis. Temple Bnai Torahs Rabbi James Mirel lauded Rabbi Golds efforts to present a vibrant, accessible Judaism. Rabbi Miri Gold is the self-described Rosa Parks of Reform Judaism in Israel, he said. As an American Jew who made aliyah to her kibbutz over 30 years ago, she has demonstrated her commitment to Israel and its ideals. She is petitioning for recognition and status as a community rabbi. That is a just path. She is a brave pioneer and I wish her success.

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Thursday, April 4 at 8 p.m. Steve Hofstetter Comedy Steve Hofstetters a funny guy. The New Yorker-turnedLos Angeleno has shown up on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, a Barbara Walters special, and, most excitingly, JDate, among other high-profile places. More than 11 million people have viewed his comedy on YouTube thats even more views than the Maccabeats. Hes everywhere, and that includes right here, in Seattle, at El Corazon, 109 Eastlake Ave. E, Seattle. Tickets cost $20 and theyre available at www.stevehofstetter.com.

Saturday, March 23 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 24 at 11 a.m. Elissa Altman Author talk Elissa Altman, member of the food bloggerati, stops in Seattle to promote her new story-cookbook, Poor Mans Feast, a celebration of sustenance, authenticity, simplicity, and kindness in the face of pretense. In 2012, Altman won a James Beard award for best individual food blog. Despite her love of all things porcine, Altman tells heartfelt stories from her personal life alongside doable recipes, like Jewish Apple Cake. On March 23 at Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 Tenth Ave., Seattle, and on March 23 at the Book Larder, Fremont Ave. N, Seattle. For more information visit www.poormansfeast.com.

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Facing history and ourselves this Passover seasonDikla Tuchman JTNews CorrespondentWhen Moses was in Egypt land, let my people go The haunting words of this recognizable Passover hymn take on new meaning in the highly acclaimed dramatic play by Matthew Lopez, The Whipping Man. Hard as it is to believe, over 100 years before Jews were at the forefront of the Civil Rights movement alongside their African American brethren, many were among the slave-owning population of the Confederate states. The Whipping Man draws the ironic parallels between these two groups of people freed black slaves in the South at the end of the Civil War and Jews who, thousands of years prior, were themselves slaves in Egypt. The play opens with Caleb, an injured Jewish Confederate soldier, returning from battle to his war-torn home in Richmond, Va. While the rest of the family seems to have gone missing, two of the longtime family-owned slaves now emancipated are all who remain to greet him. As they observe Passover together, recalling the Jewish exodus from Egypt, their shared pasts and family secrets call into question the futures of all three men. We read about the play about two years ago and found it absolutely fascinating, said Taproot Theatres artistic director Scott Nolte. As the story is told you have to bring out the rest of the skeletons of whats going on in the family and layers of betrayal and injustice that have taken place. For Nolte, the lasting moral the show offers is youre really not going to be free until you recognize the injustices. And once you recognize them, then you can begin that reconciliation and forgiveness process. Nolte feels the play pays homage to the genuineness of Simon, the elder slave. It pays a great deal of respect to the depth of his faith, in spite of the war, in spite of the death of Abraham Lincoln Father Abraham, the American Moses. Despite his understanding that, though he thought his owners treated him like family, and he thought of them as family, that was just another layer of betrayal, said Nolte. The house (which is the setting of the play) is in itself reflective of the situation between the men on stage. The violent and devastating end of the war has left the house burned, shelled, and looted. The three men, essentially, are faced with the fact that nothing about the way they used to live is safe. They have to leave there and move forward they cannot stay in this house. The same can be said of their relationships with each other. Though there are several points at which Simon the self-proclaimed leader of the seder adapts the story of Passover to his own experience and the recent events (the surrender, death of Lincoln, and so on), he holds true to a traditional Jewish Passover ceremony. The men scrape together what they can in their dire situation, but they make it work. It becomes apparent to the audience that regardless of what has gone on outside the walls of their home, the men find it utterly imperative that this tradition is observed and honored.

if you goIf you go: The Whipping Man opens at the Taproot Theatre, 204 N 85th St., Seattle, on Fri. March 29 and runs through Sat., April 27, with preview shows on Wed., March 27 and Thurs., March 28. Tickets and are available for purchase online at taproottheatre.org or by calling 206-781-9707. Due to the mature content of the play, The Whipping Man is recommended for ages 16 and above.

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We have three really terrific actors that are really dedicated to it, which makes a huge difference, said Nolte about the stirring performances by Ryan Childers, William Hall, Jr. and Tyler Trerise. Nolte points out that, even though our response to the issue of slavery in the United States is often quite disconnected because slavery was a long time ago, and it wasnt my fault there is importance in acknowledging the legacy of that history. Its easy to walk away and say, That was a great story, but it doesnt apply to me. I live in Seattle, and were not racist here. But Noltes hope is that the play will go

deeper than that for audience members. As with all of Taproot Theatres productions, patrons who attend Wednesday night performances will have the opportunity to participate in a post-play discussion, which will feature the cast and director. In addition, a free special event is planned for April 16: Conversations will be held in conjunction with the John Perkins Center for Reconciliation, Leadership Training, and Community Development at Seattle Pacific University. Nolte has worked closely with the center throughout the development of the show to help his crew better understand how to relate to the issues of slavery, justice, and human rights, and convey that energy to the audi-

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lasts three months, Passover almost always falls near the end when the legislators are working feverishly to meet the final bill cutoff. What originally began as a way to give the elected Jewish delegation a quick opportunity to celebrate the holiday has since expanded into a festive meal of more

than 100 participants. Zach Carstensen, director of government affairs for the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, which plans and sponsors the event, said the seder is a good way to raise consciousness among lawmakers about people in the state who are constantly struggling to get by. This year our focus is on, as we still are recovering from this recession, the

struggles of people just trying to keep their heads above water, finding a good job, ensuring that their family has adequate health care, [and] adequate supports so [they] can be economically secure, Carstensen said. Carstensen noted that the story of moving from slavery to freedom resonates in many ways today, from the journeys of modern-day refugees to economic

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Temple Beth Am to honor Jewish musical giantGigi Yellen-Cohn JTNews CorrespondentHe was a force to be reckoned with, this large-voiced man, the composer Bonia Shur. The Bonia Shur tribute concert When Shur died last August at the performed by the Temple Beth age of 89, Rabbi David Ellenson, presiAm choir takes place during dent of the Hebrew Union College-JewKabbalat Shabbat services on ish Institute of Religion, paid him tribute Friday, April 5, at 8 p.m. at for having composed for and taught hunTemple Beth Am, 2632 NE 80th dreds of rabbinical students in Cincinnati St., Seattle. and cantorial students on the Jerusalem and New York camMr. Goldfarb was puses. Before becoming very traditional, Spring the director of liturgical said, picking her words arts at the Reform rabcarefully. Bonia was the binical schools Cincinopposite. He did a lot of nati campus, Shur placed writing in dissonance. his unique musical mark Spring remembers on Seattles Reform comShurs creativity and munity as music director the special programs of Temple De Hirsch. he did for the temple On Friday, April 5, youth. Along with his Temple Beth Ams choir wife, he created a music will pay tribute to the and dance program, legendary creative force she said. Her dancing that was Bonia Shur. The Hebrew union college troupe was students from tribute includes a pre- Bonia Shur in the 70s. the temple. sentation by Shurs wife, The Shurs lived in the Woodridge the equally forceful and creative choreogneighborhood of Bellevue during their six rapher Fanchon Shur, whose work often years at Temple de Hirsch (which merged combined with his. with Temple Sinai in 1971 to become Shurs life and musical expression Temple De Hirsch Sinai). With sidereflected the trajectory of 20th-century burns some have described as CaliforniaJewish experience, from the destruction shaped, the charismatic Shur embodied of the Shoah to the birth of Israel and the the spirit of the times. flowering of Jewish culture in America, In 1974, Shur was appointed director of Ellenson noted. Together with Fanchons liturgical arts at the Cincinnati campus of gifted choreography, his creativity and HUC-JIR. From 1974 to 2003, as a major vitality nurtured the academic and spirimusical force in the Reform Jewish movetual journeys of our students and enriched ment of North America, as Ellenson put the larger community. it, he revolutionized the sound of liturgiShurs biography reads like an advencal music with emphasis on rhythm to text ture movie. Born in Latvia in 1923 to a through contemporary sensory interpremusically talented Jewish family, Shur tation of worship practice. He composed wound up getting drafted into the Rusarrangements in combination for cantor, sian army, surviving by directing musical choir, with diverse instrumentation. With ensembles during the war. After the war, over 300 published compositions to his while serving as a Russian officer in occucredit, Shurs prolific output for the High pied Germany and Austria, he escaped to Holidays, life cycle, Sabbath, and festivals Poland, joined the Jewish underground, has influenced every Reform Jewish conand in 1949 moved to Israel. He lived on gregation in North America. Kibbutz Netzer Sereni, studied with the In Cincinnati, Shur collaborated musifoundational Israeli composer Paul Bencally with Christian and Muslim comHaim, and established his lifelong reputamunities. He continued composing and tion as a supremely gifted arranger. arranging up to the end of his life. At a Shur moved to the United States in 1960 tribute concert one year ago in Cincinand worked in Hollywood. Among his nati marking Shurs 88th birthday, he was projects: Collaborating on the score for the celebrated as a musical revolutionary and award-winning 1966 film, The Russians dubbed the creator of a Nusach AmerAre Coming! The Russians Are Coming! ica, a now-classic set of uniquely AmeriThen came Seattle. can synagogue tunes. Shur was tapped to succeed Temple De Among his many works beyond the Hirschs legendary longtime music director synagogue, Shur turned Seattle writer Samuel Goldfarb, who retired in 1968. His Robert Fulghums book Uh-Oh: Some dramatically different approach to the job, Observations from Both Sides of the both musically and personally, left powerful Refrigerator Door into a 1991 compoimpressions on congregants and commusition for a 40-piece orchestra. The work nity members. Lucy Spring, now volunteer coordinator at the Caroline Kline Galland Home, worked as assistant to both men. XXPage 34

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At Passover, many families leave the east door open, and a cup of wine out for the prophet Elijah. Only the youngest present think its going to get consumed that day. Its a metaphorical gesture, designed to show respect for the news a traveler might bring. In this puzzle, weve left some cups out for you. In each of 12 symmetrically aligned entries, you can place the answer before CUP to get a new word or phrase (e.g., LOVING or PUDDING). Raise your glass!ACROSS 1 Serenity director Whedon 5 He played Christian in Moulin Rouge! 9 It ___ me! 14 Stuck in ___ 15 It may be part of a horror film 16 Grouchy owner of Slimey 17 Earths most intelligent species, per The 18 19 20 22 24 26 27 28 29 32 33 34 35 36 39 40 41 44 45 47 48 49 50 52 55 56 57 60 62 63 64 65 66 67 DOWN 1 Type of session 2 Positions 3 What a vacuum cleaner has 4 Place 5 Silly Putty container 6 Court 7 Length times width 8 Crunch producer 9 Planet 10 Tennis great Arthur 11 Aberdeen Terrier, popularly 12 Woman to whom Chuck Berry sings, 13 21 23 24 25 30 31 32 35 36 37 38 39 41 42 43 44 45 46 48 49 51 53 54 58 59 61

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Honey, is that you? Plot of land Hannibal the Cannibal Hasten Virtual person in a series of PC games Pink, to Carlos Fourth notes in a scale Oft-seen symbols on a slot machine Drag Caught Month featuring Mothers Day Do what a zombie does One of 12 allowed at an express checkout, perhaps Rock-a-bye Baby locale The Devil Wears Prada co-star Tucci Like a still-standing record Hosts, briefly Take away responsibility from Pen brand Functional Beer with a blue ribbon Nickname for the South Keaton or Sawyer Part Penn of Mystic River Celestial dome Boston Harbor contents on December 16, 1773 One trusted on a one?

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Follow Me tracks an Israeli heros journey to EntebbeMichael Fox Special to JTNewsThe unexpectedly lovely documentary Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story reminds us what an unequivocal Israeli hero looks like. A portrait of the life and times of the only Israeli casualty of the stunning longdistance rescue of the Jewish hostages at Entebbe in 1976, Ari Daniel Pinchot and Jonathan Grubers excellent film hearkens to a time before black and white blurred into a morass of gray. Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story is now available on DVD after playing several Jewish film festivals and receiving a very limited theatrical release. Israel owned the moral high ground on the world stage after the massacre of its athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics, and continued to hold it as PLO operatives and sympathizers followed that success with a wave of international hijackings and hostage taking in the next few years. At home, however, national morale suffered from the heavy Yom Kippur War casualties, widely attributed to a lack of preparedness and poor decision-making. When Palestinian terrorists seized an Air France jet en route from Tel Aviv to Paris and diverted it to Uganda, Israel stuck to its staunch policy of not negotiating for hostages. Bloodshed on a massive scale appeared inevitable until the surprise hit-and-run raid by an elite squad of Israeli soldiers under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Yonathan Netanyahu saved a hundred innocent lives and gave the nation a huge shot of pride and confidence. This gripping chronology of events is intercut with Netanyahus compelling biography, which is largely unknown even to those with distinct memories of the exhilarating triumph at Entebbe. Follow Me is almost entirely in English and thus seems primarily aimed at American audiences, although it has no discernible political (or even generalized anti-war) agenda. The eldest of three brothers, Yoni Netanyahu was born in New York City in 1946 and raised in the new State of Israel. His father was a professor and editor-inchief of an encyclopedia, and scholars often visited their home. During Yonis adolescence, the family returned to the States twice for year-plus sojourns to accommodate his fathers research. I yearn for a place thats narrow, hot, filthy, a frustrated Yoni wrote from the comfortable Philadelphia suburb where they resided when he was 16. A place thats mostly desert and one can scarcely find on a map of the world. Its apparent from photographs and the recollections of his brothers (including Benjamin, the current prime minister), lovers and fellow soldiers that Yoni was charismatic, with the open face and striking good looks of a young Pierce Brosnan. He belonged to a generation of youthful nation-builders, and his first allegiance was to the State of Israel even if it meant relinquishing certain goals. Wounded in the Six-Day War, Yoni married his sweetheart and moved to Boston to attend Harvard. But the pull of Israel, and the pull of the army, was so strong that they returned after just one year. Yoni somehow finagled his way back into the military, even though he couldnt bend or straighten his injured arm, and he was assigned to a top unit entrusted with risky and usually top-secret missions. An exceptional commitment was required, and he willingly made it even at the cost of his marriage. There are telltale clues in his letters, and in his appreciation of poetry, that Netanyahu was a multidimensional person capable not just of leadership but reflection. Surprisingly, Follow Me doesnt accentuate his lost potential for non-military contributions, nor does it invite any of the interviewees to contemplate how this deeply thoughtful, highly educated Zionist would have dealt with the invasion of Leb-

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anon, or the construction of settlements on the West Bank. Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story is a valuable, well-crafted and emotionally resonant addition to the video library of Israeli history, but it doesnt stray beyond its boundaries. The ramifications of these events, and the ways in which Israel and the world have changed in the ensuing 35 years, are left to the viewer to mull. The film doesnt explore the impact of the Entebbe raid on Bibis politics, for example, although one might assume that the combat death of a revered older brother would make someone less willing to compromise with enemies. We also might consider, without expressing anything but happiness for the younger soldier, how the notion of an Israeli hero has evolved from Yoni Netanyahu to Gilad Shalit.