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JTNews | The Voice of Jewish Washington, September 11, 2009 issue

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vol . 85, no. 19 n fri day, september 11, 2009 n 22 elul 5769 n j tnews. neta j e w i s h t r a n s c r i p t p u b l i c a t i o n n $ 1 . 5 0insidenew atwww.jtnews.netLeni Reiss Special to JTNewsBy now, Cody Solomon is back home on Bainbridge Island and has delivered the message in person that he asked me to convey to his parents, Julie and Robert, on his behalf: Mom and Dad, you have to come. Id fy you here if I could. I want you to experience Israel, too. Cody was one of 40 young men and women from the Seattle area who visited the Jewish State last month, cour-tesy of Birthright Israel, the program that provides free 10-day trips to young Jews, ages 18 to 26, from around the world.I met Cody, who is entering his senior year at the Uni-versity of British Columbia this semester, in Tel Aviv one afternoon where he and the others in his Birthright group were extolling the trip, explaining how it has opened them up to the land, people and state of Israel, and to each other.Tats the idea behind Birthright, launched almost a decade ago by a small group of American mega-philan-thropists, and joined by the Jewish Federations of North America and the State of Israel in a $100-million-a-year project that to date has brought more than 220,000 young people to Israel.Beyond showing young adults the sites, the organiz-ers are seeking to strengthen the sense of love of Israel, support for the state of Israel, and commitment to Jewish peoplehood among the participants, most of whom are visiting the country for the frst time.My younger and older brothers were here and lived on kibbutz for a time, Cody told me, but now it is my turn, and this is a lovely and intense experience.Birthright experience a high for Seattle-area participantsu Page 5ARon Kampeas JTA World News ServiceANALYSISWASHINGTON (JTA) Israels highest-ranking female soldier, Brig. Gen. Yisraela Oron, was sounding all the right notes for her J Street hosts.At the tail end of a U.S. tour for the left-wing pro-Israel lobby, Oron was lending her considerable security creden-tials to its platform: A two-state solution, territorial conces-sions by Israel, and a robust U.S. peacemaking role.Te conversation with a group of reporters then turned to Iran and its nuclear potential, and Oron was unequivo-cal: Yes to engagement, but on a timetable that would be tied to punishing sanctions.Te thing that worries me and that worries other Israelis is that it is not limited in time, Oron said as the faces of her J Street hosts turned anxious, adding, Im not sure Im expressing the J Street opinion.She was not. J Street explicitly opposes a timetable and has reservations about proposed additional sanctions.Te awkward moment pointed to a potential split between left-wing pro-Israel groups and the Israeli con-stituents for whom they claim to speak. Unlike the Israeli-Palestinian issue, little dissent exists among Israeli politicians over how to deal with Iran.Tat puts left-wing U.S. Jewish groups at odds with Israeli left-wingers.Tere is a more hawkish perception among virtually all circles in Israel than there is in the United States, said Yossi Alpher, a consultant who has worked with Amer-icans for Peace Now. Its very natural. Iran doesnt say the U.S. has no right to exist and doesnt do the equiva-lent of denying the Holocaust. It doesnt deploy proxies like Hamas and Hezbollah against the United States and on its borders.Right now, the diferences are not pronounced the administrations of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama are virtually on the same page on the need to confront Iran, and soon. Tat could change, however, if Iran makes a serious counter ofer to Obamas proposal to engage.Last week, the Iranians said they had made such an ofer. Its details are not known, but it will be part of the reassessment Obama has pledged to complete by the end of September, when the major world powers meet at the U.N. General Assembly.If Iran engages and the Obama administration argues that a deal has been made, the Israeli government will be very wary, Alpher said. Tis could immediately create a whole world of suspicions.Under those circumstances, the vast majority of American Jewish voters who backed Obama last year would be faced with the frst either-or U.S. vs. Israel issue in decades, and groups that describe themselves as pro-Israel and pro-peace will fnd themselves for the frst time speaking for virtually no one in Israel on a critical issue.Te Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations planned to lobby in Washington on Sept. 10 and will rally outside the General Assembly on Sept. 24 for sanctions that would end the export of refned petroleum to Iran, which imports 40 percent of its refned oil.On Israels left, the Labor Party, currently part of Netanyahus governing coalition, aggressively backs sanctions. Its leader and the current defense minister, Ehud Barak, makes Irans isolation the centerpiece of his exchanges with his counterparts in the West.Te smaller Meretz Party, to Labors left, also backs Irans isolation. It routinely frames its arguments for robust peacemaking in terms of the need to contain Irans ambitions.Iran policy reveals split between U.S. Jewish and Israeli leftu Page 26ACourtesy Seattle Hebrew AcademyThe frst day of school at the Seattle Hebrew Academy found middle schoolers trekking across the I-90 bridge, partly in fulfllment of SHAs theme for the year, Building Bridges, but also in solidarity with classmate Sam Owen, who is undergoing a bone marrow transplant this week. Donations to Seattle Childrens Hospital were made in Sams honor for each student and teacher who successfully made the one-and-a-half mile walk across the bridge.the voice of jewish washingtonnewsJTM.o.t.: Member of the tribe 8acommunity calendar 10anational & international news 21awhats Your jQ? 5bjewish on earth 14bthe shouk classifeds 30aSection BPage 20A1601 - 16th Avenue, Seattle www.jfsseattle.org / (206) 461-3240September/October Family CalendarFor complete details about these and other upcoming JFS events and workshops, please visit our website: www.jfsseattle.orgFor pArentSParenting & Teshuva: Rupture, Repair & ReturnParenting is flled with constant adjustments and challenges yet these challenging moments can ultimately bring us closer to our children. Join us as we explore questions of forgiving and moving forward in our parenting through discussion, text study and activities.m tuesdays, September 15 & 22 7:00 9:00 p.m.At a Queen Anne location in Seattle$20/person, $30/couple. Scholarships available. Space is limited, advance registration required.Register online through http://www.kavana.org/family/parenting-and-teshuva or call Marjorie Schnyder, (206) 861-3146. Bringing Baby HomeA Workshop Series for Couples Be the best parenting team possible through this interactive, hands-on class!m october 1 - november 5 (Six thursdays) 6:15 8:30 p.m.JFS, 1601 16th Ave, SeattleCouples of all backgrounds are welcome.$150/couple includes workbook and materials. Scholarships are available.Advance registration is required.Contact Marjorie Schnyder, (206) 861-3146 or familylife@jfsseattle.org.PEPSA New Partnership with JFS!PEPS is now offering a peer support group experience for parents of newborns within a culturally sensitive context. Jewish and interfaith parents are invited to join us!Contact Marjorie Schnyder, (206) 861-3146 or familylife@jfsseattle.org or go to http://www.pepsgroup.org/register-for-peps/jfs.Mom2MomProvides ideas, support and connections to 1st or 2nd time moms through peer mentorship.Contact Marjorie Schnyder, (206) 861-3146 or familylife@jfsseattle.orgFor AdultS Age 60+Endless Opportunities A community-wide program offered in partnership with Temple Bnai Torah & Temple De Hirsch Sinai. EO events are open to the public.Moses & His Web of Seven Womenm September 15 (tuesday) 10:15 11:45 a.m.Mercer Island Library 4400 88th Ave SE, Mercer IslandFor directions go to http://www.kcls.org/mercerisland/ A Tikkun Olam Outing: Food Drive Food Sort!m october 18 (Sunday) 10:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Advance registration is required!Contact Jane Deer-Hileman, (206) 861-3155 or email volunteer@jfsseattle.orgEnergy: New Technologies, the Weather & ConservationWith Andy Wappler of Puget Sound Energym october 20 (tuesday) 10:00 11:30 a.m.NOTE NEW LOCATION with our New Partner!!Temple Bnai Torah 15727 NE 4th St, BellevueLuncheon with Justice Bobbe BridgeFounder of the Center for Children and Youth Justicem october 29 (thursday) 11:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.Catered lunch - Kashrut observedTemple De Hirsch Sinai - Foyer 1441 16th Ave, SeattleSpace is limited; register earlyRSVP Ellen Hendin, (206) 861-3183 or endlessopps@jfsseattle.org regarding all Endless Opportunities programs.For the communityAA Meetings at JFSm tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.JFS, 1601 16th Ave, SeattleContact Eve M. Ruff, (206) 861-8782 or emruff@jfsseattle.orgChallah-Palooza!Top challah vendors will share their delicious creations, just in time for the New Year.m September 11 (Friday) 3:00 6:00 p.m.FREEHeld at Whole Foods Market Roosevelt Square, 1026 NE 64th, SeattleContact Marjorie Schnyder, (206) 861-3146 or familylife@jfsseattle.org.Shaarei Tikvah: Gates of HopeA Celebration of Rosh Hashanah for People of All AbilitiesA community wide, non-denominational service for persons with disabilities to celebrate with their friends, families and other members of the community.m September 19 (Saturday) 4:00 6:00 p.m.Temple De Hirsch Sinai 1441 16th Ave, SeattleFREE Kosher dieta