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JTNews | The Voice of Jewish Washington for September 27, 2013.

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    October Family Calendar

    Volunteer to Make a difference!

    Food Bank Home Delivery to SeniorsTeach ESL in BellevueRefugee Family MentorsExact dates and times for these volunteer opportunities to be determined by mutual agreement.

    Contact Jane Deer-Hileman, (206) 861-3155 or volunteer@jfsseattle.org.

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

    for adults age 60+

    Endless Opportunities EO is a community-wide program offered in partnership with Temple Bnai Torah & Temple De Hirsch Sinai. EO events are open to the public and are at 10:30 a.m. unless otherwise noted.

    Hindu Beliefsm thursday, october 10

    Behind the Scenes of the Pacific NW Balletm Monday, october 14

    Earning Your Stripesm tuesday, october 15

    Hindu Culturem thursday, october 31

    RSVP Ellen Hendin or Wendy Warman (206) 461-3240 or endlessopps@jfsseattle.org.

    for the coMMunity

    AA Meetings at JFSm tuesdays, 7:00 p.m. Contact (206) 461-3240 or ata@jfsseattle.org.

    Kosher Food Bank Eventm Wednesday, october 2

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

    The Family David Laskin Author Eventm tuesday, october 29

    7:00 8:30 p.m.Contact Marjorie Schnyder, (206) 861-3146 or familylife@jfsseattle.org.

    for parents & faMilies

    The Secret Life of Boys: How to Help Your Son ThriveIn partnership with ParentMap at Town Hallm tuesday, october 8

    7:00 9:00 p.m.

    Positive Discipline Seriesm tuesdays, october 15 & 22 and

    november 5 & 19 6:30-9:00 p.m.

    Contact Marjorie Schnyder, (206) 861-3146 or familylife@jfsseattle.org.

    for surViVors of intiMate partner abuse

    Kids Clubm begins in octoberContact Project DVORA (206) 461-3240 or contactus@jfsseattle.org.

    in your relationship are you

    Changing your behavior to avoid your partners temper?

    Feeling isolated from family and friends? Being put down? Lacking access to your money? Being touched in an unloving way? Call Project DVORA for confidential support, (206) 461-3240.

    if you like us...like us!

    you filled us up!Thanks to our donors, volunteers and community partners

    for making the 2013 Food Drive & Sort a success.Please remember: the Polack Food Bank needs your donations of food and personal needs items all year.

    for lgbtQ coMMunity

    Healthy Lesbian Relationshipsm Wednesday, october 23

    6:30 8:30 p.m.

    Reaching for the MoonSeattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festivalm sunday, october 13

    7:00 p.m.Contact Leonid Orlov, (206) 861-8784 or familylife@jfsseattle.org.

    For complete details about these and other upcoming JFS events

    and workshops, please visit www.jfsseattle.org.

  • 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 October 1. 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.

    letters to the editor

    friday, september 27, 2013 . www.jtnews.net . jtnews

    3opinion

    I applaud the school for its willingness to try this. Mike Downs, interim head of school at the Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle, on the creation of its rabbinical advisory council. See the story on page 6.

    food for all

    In response to Elliott Magalnicks letter, Making Provisions for Provisions (Sept. 13), differ-

    ences of opinion about Judaism are common and I welcome his and other points of view, but

    please let me correct the misconception that I had punished Jews for observing Yom Kippur

    by not making provisions to provide needed foods for them from our weekly free-food Satur-

    day market. That is incorrect.

    For everyone observing the fast, I offered to set aside foods they could pick up after Yom

    Kippur had ended. No one was disrespected or punished for being Jewish. The opposite is true.

    Please feel free to contact me and Ill gladly share copies of my offers to Jewish residents at

    Council House and their replies.

    Thank you for allowing me to set the record straight.

    Wishing you all blessings in this New Year.

    knate stahl

    seattle

    editors note: Jtnews did not contact mr. stahl prior to running the letter regarding the

    provisions for residents at Council house who observed Yom Kippur. We regret any harm

    this has caused him.

    honoring diligence and kindness

    I live at Council House and have for about eight years. I am a people person and am the

    present greeter for new tenants to our building.

    I know both Knate and Charlene Stahl well and assure you they have done more for Coun-

    cil House with their time and effort than any persons I can think of (Making provisions for pro-

    visions, Letters, Sept. 13).

    Their diligence and kindness are shown in many ways. People who are ill or who may need

    some help with food will receive it.

    Personally, they also stop in and show their support to neighbors who are struggling with

    other problems. In no way would they not respond to problems and I know that they offered

    help with food to those on the holy day.

    The tragedy in this is that someone does not see the goodness and has unreal thoughts

    about it.

    carolyn hale

    president, circle of friends for Mental health

    seattle

    the urgency of peace

    The New Year is a time of renewal, joy, and, above all, hope for the future, and this year

    is indeed a time of hope. Twenty long years ago, the world watched as two bitter enemies,

    Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat, found a way to look beyond years of recriminations and

    hatred on all sides to create an opportunity to achieve lasting peace. While that ultimate goal

    has remained elusive, Oslo did prove a critical fact. As Robert Lifton, a former president of the

    American Jewish Congress, recently wrote, the Oslo process told the Arab world, and the

    rest of the worlds nations, that Israel and the Palestinians were capable of making a deal. A

    deal today will not be easy, nor will it achieve all our goals. But a deal is possible, with our help.

    Secretary of State Kerry has challenged American Jews to join a great constituency for

    peace. I urge you to become part of this constituency. No one has a stronger voice at this criti-

    cal moment than the American Jewish community. And as President Obama said in Jerusalem,

    leaders will take bold steps only if their people push them to. But you must act. To remain silent is

    itself a message; if there was talk of imminent war, would you speak about it? How is peace some-

    how less urgent? Let your leaders and your neighbors alike know that you understand this will be

    a tough process with tough decisions, but that youre ready to back the leaders who make them.

    You can help shape the future. There are many organizations that support Israel and many

    opportunities for you to be involved. While our tactics and strategies may differ, we all share

    the same goal: Israel as a Jewish homeland, standing with secure borders as a beacon of

    democracy in part of the world where democracy is sadly, tragically lacking.

    Let our leaders and community know that you stand behind negotiations that will lead to

    two states for two peoples living side by side in peace and security, and that you are part of

    the great constituency for peace.

    carol stockton

    chair, j street

    seattle

    SNAP cut: Who decides whos hungry?Abby J. LeibmAn special to JTNews

    On Sept. 19, the House of Represen-tatives passed a bill that slashes nearly $40 billion from the Supplemental Nutri-tion Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps). Its difficult to capture just how monumental a shift this is in American policy. It certainly demon-strates extreme callousness to the endur-ing need felt by so many of our fellow Americans; it also makes evident its back-ers apparent disregard for the political will of their constituents; and its clear that it is grounded in the premise that loyalty to ideology should be held above all else. This mean-spirited and misguided bill under-mines generations of bipartisan agree-ment to provide a federal nutrition safety net for vulnerable Americans.

    For 40 years, SNAP has been included in the federal Farm Bill. SNAPs inclu-sion represents a frank acknowledgment that too many Americans go hungry in spite of the huge bounty our farms pro-duce. How many hungry Americans are there? Fifty million thats more than the entire population of Canada, and the high-est percentage of Americans needing such assistance since the U.S. Department of Agriculture began tracking in 1995.

    The House failed to pass a comprehen-sive Farm Bill last June, primarily because of disagreement surrounding the nutri-tion title and that bills $20 billion cuts to SNAP. The response by House majority leaders in July was to turn th