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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.

11th Annual

Concert with Cantor Kurlandm

thursday: April 11 10:30 a.m. noon tuesday: April 16 10:30 a.m. noon

Gardening for Good

Seattle Sheraton HotelDowntown, 6th & Pike

The Criminal Justice Systemm

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

A Tour of Sound Transit Operations & Maintenance Facility

for pArentS Sunday: April 7 11:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. RSVP Jane Deer-Hileman, (206) 461-3240 or volunteer@jfsseattle.orgm

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

Cooking Quick, Healthy MealsWednesdays: April 10 & 17 4:00 6:00 p.m. RSVP Amelia Righi, (206) 726-3603 or arighi@jfsseattle.orgm

Puberty Prep for ParentsSunday: April 14 2:00 4:00 p.m. Contact Heidi Stangvik, (206) 522-5212 or hstangvik@sjcs.netm

thursday: April 25 10:45 a.m. noon RSVP Ellen Hendin, (206) 861-3183 or endlessopps@jfsseattle.org regarding all Endless Opportunities programs.m

Volunteer to MAke A difference!

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

WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR: We would love to hear from you! You may submit your letters to editor@jtnews.net. Please limit your letters to approximately 350 words. The deadline for the next issue is March 26. Future deadlines may be found online. The opinions of our columnists and advertisers do not necessarily reflect the views of JTNews or the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle.

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 liber...