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<p>the voice of jewish washington60 years in the desert living holocaust study books for fall shana tova</p> <p>7A</p> <p>12A</p> <p>18A</p> <p>sec. B</p> <p>september 3, 2010 24 elul 5770 volume 86, no. 18</p> <p>JamiE FraNk</p> <p>Tacoma Chabad breaks ground on new synagogueJoel Magalnick Editor, JTNewsAfter seven years of praying in a basement, the cornerstone has been laid for Pierce Countys only Orthodox presence to have a synagogue of its own. On Sun., Aug. 29, approximately 200 people attended a Torah completion ceremony and groundbreaking for Chabad of Pierce County at its new West Tacoma home. It was just a very, very uplifting experience, said Rabbi Zalman Heber, who opened the South Sound Chabad center when he arrived in Tacoma from New York in 2003. There was a certain festivity in the air that the Jewish community hasnt seen in a long time here. The completion of Chabads Torah marks what is likely the only such ceremony in at least 70 years if ever. Its really monumental, historically, from that perspective, said Earl Vernon, a Chabad member and member of the building project committee. Following the completion of thenew at</p> <p>Torah, in which supporters came up and wrote the final letters with the assistance of scribe Moshe Klein, the entourage danced with the Torah on a five-block walk to the citys Professional Development Center, where Chabad holds High Holiday services and large events, for a dinner buffet. In his remarks to the audience, Heber said that when he first arrived in Tacoma people questioned whether there was a need for a Chabad. By just looking at all of us gathered here together, it is obvious, that just a short seven years later, the question no longer remains. Vernon, one of those people who became attracted to Chabad, first affiliated five years ago when he learnedX Page 6a</p> <p>www.facebook.com/jtnews</p> <p>@jew_ish or @jewish_dot_com</p> <p>professionalwashington.com connecting our local Jewish community</p> <p>2A</p> <p>JTNews . www.JTNews.NeT .</p> <p>fridAy, sepTember 3, 2010</p> <p>WE ALL HAVE HOPES &amp; DREAMS FOR THE</p> <p>NEW YEAR.CONSIDER THIS YOUR CALL TO ACTION. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur provide us with an opportunity for reflection on the previous year. But the year ahead is still an open book, full of opportunity to make the world a better place. Begin the New Year with an act of tzedakah. Volunteer. Donate. Make a difference. www.JewishInSeattle.org/DonateNow</p> <p>fridAy, sepTember 3, 2010 . www.JTNews.NeT .</p> <p>JTNews</p> <p>OpiniOn</p> <p>Holidays remind of what we still need to do in HaitiRuth MessingeR JTa World News ServiceNEW YORK (JTA) On Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, many of us are haunted by the ubiquitous liturgical refrain asking, Who shall live and who shall die? As I sit in synagogue and hear these words chanted over and over again, I cant help but question whether the righteous are really being rewarded in a world where brutal leaders enjoy great material wealth while more than 1 billion people worldwide are hungry and too many cope with extreme poverty and overwhelming disasters. On these Days of Awe, I am comforted by the empowering emphasis on repentance as a means to alter reality, to change ostensible fate. The centrality of repentance in our High Holiday liturgy and tradition affirms that our actions and choices can impact our personal fate and the fate of the world. Our active role in pursuing justice is more important than ever today. Since January, when the worst natural disaster in the Western hemisphere in centuries hit Haiti, we have all seen images of mass destruction close to our shores that are unlike anything we could ever have fathomed. Eight months after the earthquake, the circumstances faced by Haitians on the ground are still appalling. More than 1 million people are living in Internally Displaced Persons camps, where rain floods their streets, rape is on the rise, and too many basic services are not provided. The Jewish community has been generous in the aftermath of this disaster, doing our best to help in the emergency phase. But now we must hold our leaders accountable to addressing the long-term needs of the Haitian people. In a recent report, the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee identified 10 key elements for a successful, long-term rebuilding effort. These include creating a plan of action, building Haitian government leadership, coordinating international aid, and integrating the voices and interests of Haitian people into the rebuilding process. It is this final recommendation that has not received nearly enough attention from the global community. The involvement of local civil society people and organizations who know the needs, understand the culture, and can mobilize their nation ultimately will determine whether Haiti can become a viable state. American Jewish World Service recognizes this. Recently, AJWS funded the distribution of thousands of hand-held solar flashlights to a camp where lack of electricity and streetlights rendered nighttime acutely dangerous, especially for women. Women were afraid to walk to bathing areas and latrines at night because rape and other forms of violence had reached epidemic proportions. Yet once the lamps were distributed, the women in the camp felt emboldened to organize safety patrols, acting as escorts for other women and creating lit pathways. These efforts, in turn, have spawned further community organizing, helping residents of the camp build self-esteem and begin income-generating activities, and helping empower the people to change their circumstances. This story illustrates that when we invest in building a future for Haiti, we must think not only about supplies and money, but also about how to harness the power and creative energy of the Haitian people. Now we must insist that the U.S. government follow five key strategies for aid in the months and years ahead: Consult with Haitians from affected populations and sectors. To date, leaders of Haitian civil society have not had sufficient opportunity to participate in setting priorities. An example of the disconnect this vacuum has created was the recent fiasco in which the Agriculture Ministry accepted a multimillion dollar donation of seeds from a large multinational corporation. The government did not solicit input from rural development groups concerned that this could foster costly, long-term dependence on imported seeds. Thousands of farmers marched in protest and pledged to burn the seeds, embarrassing the government and international donors who should have asked before assuming this solution met local needs. Decentralize resources from Port-auPrince to help build rural capacity. Both donors and the Haitian government must make more of an effort to understand the needs of the communities outside Portau-Prince doing a great deal of the heavy lifting. AJWSs grantees report that while almost all aid and rebuilding work is concentrated in the city, hundreds of thousands of displaced people are moving into small villages that are hard-pressed to feed them, provide meaningful work, offer psychosocial support, and integrate children into their schools. These rural grassroots groups want desperately to absorb these refugees, and it is vital they do so. If they fail, and a reverse migration ensues, it will only exacerbate the problems with sanitation, shelter, water and personal security that are crippling the capital.</p> <p>letters to the editorBlAtAnt discriminAtion</p> <p>I want to urge all members of the Jewish community to resign any membership that they have with ADL. ADL is supposedly dedicated to fighting discrimination and defamation against people because of their religion or nationality, among other objectives. The ADL claims that a Muslim center near the Trade Center is an affront to those killed in 9/11 and has taken a lead role in fighting against the center. Apparently, the ADL has equated all Muslims with the terrorists responsible for the Trade Center disaster. This blatant discrimination against Muslims is exactly what the ADL used to fight against. They are stereotyping all Muslims as terrorists, by implication, and from their attack on the center, they are claiming that Muslims do not have a right to have a center near the Trade Center, along with all of the strip joints. Stereotyping has always been used against Jews. Now an organization dedicated to fighting discrimination is engaging in the worst kind of discrimination, based on ones religion. If any of the members of our community are also members of the ADL, I am urging all to resign and never again give them financial support. The ADL is a disgrace to us Jews who have been fighting against bias, racism, prejudice, and discrimination. The ADL no longer deserves to exist and the only way to make sure that this happens is to cut off their financial support. Let all members of the ADL send a message to them: Resign from this bigoted organization. John rothschild seattle</p> <p>Write A letter to the editor: We would love to hear from you! our guide to writing a letter to the editor can be found at www.jtnews.net/index.php?/letters_guidelines.html, but please limit your letters to approximately 350 words. the deadline for the next issue is september 7. Future deadlines may be found online.</p> <p> Put Haitians back to work. Ultimately, the goal of reconstruction efforts must be to improve the Haitian standard of living by creating meaningful work opportunities. A study by Oxfam recently found that the biggest priority for Haitians is not food, water or shelter, but employment. Lets use our aid dollars to create jobs and enable Haitians themselves to restart their economy. Procure goods locally. An importdependent economy worsened by the disaster has stifled the development of a domestic system that could generate jobs and revenue for the Haitian people 80 percent of whom lived on less than $2 per day even before the earthquake. The best way to break this cycle of poverty and dependency is by procuring materials, food and labor from Haitian businesses. Funding local procurement also benefits American taxpayers, sparing us the costs of shipping, and eventually reducing the need for American aid altogether. Ensure effective, accountable aid policies. Congress is currently considering the Haiti Empowerment, Assistance and Rebuilding Act a piece of proposed legislation that clearly articulates U.S. aid priorities for the $2 billion committed to Haiti. It sets up benchmarks for success and requires local procurement of goods and services, and also includes a transpar-</p> <p>ent reporting and accountability system, so that both U.S. taxpayers and Haitians can see where the money is going and whether or not it is achieving the desired impact. You can lend your voice by sending a letter to your senator urging support for this bill, which weve posted on our Web site (ajws.org/takeaction). Each year, we work to improve and refine ourselves, generating the inspiration and motivation to build a better world. In the days that follow, let us begin to put this aspiration into action, and let us do so humbly, side by side with those in need. Despite a history of slavery, debt and subjugation, the Haitian people have a strong and resilient spirit. Even after this catastrophe, Haitians are not waiting for the international community to rebuild for them. Our vocal support for their efforts to organize at the grassroots level and to shape their own future represents the essence of the High Holiday season. It is the most important act of friendship we can offer them.Ruth W. Messinger is president of American Jewish World Service, an international development and human rights organization based in New York.</p> <p>What did I do to deserve this privilege? How will I pass it on? Debbie Carlson, on her recent study tour of Holocaust sites in Budapest and Prague. See page 12A.</p> <p>4A</p> <p>commuNiTy News</p> <p>JTNews . www.JTNews.NeT .</p> <p>fridAy, sepTember 3, 2010</p> <p>Schools in!The kids were all excited to load up their backpacks and head to their first day of school at the Seattle areas Jewish day schools.</p> <p>CourTESy SHa</p> <p>Seattle Hebrew academy students try out the new climbing wall, acquired through an opportunity grant from the SaMIS Foundation.</p> <p>CourTESy JDS</p> <p>Below, Justin and Jacob try to get out of the rain on their first day of school at the Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle.CourTESy JDS</p> <p>above, JDS students Robert, Noam, elyse, aliya and Madeline try to stay dry on their first day.</p> <p>CourTESy SJCS</p> <p>above, second grader Lily is already working on her first day of school at the Seattle Jewish Community School.</p> <p>CourTESy SJCS</p> <p>at right, Jack shows off his new raincoat, which he needed on his first day of the 1st grade at the Seattle Jewish Community School.</p> <p>The Jewish Agency for Israel wishes you a sweet and happy new year and wants you to say:</p> <p>Do it for mama.Subscribe to JTNews, the voice of Jewish Washington and very best way to connect with our local Jewish community. In our comprehensive community calendar, youll discover the many ways to get involved and pick whats right for you. Get an inside look at community news makers, trend setters, and the stories that define us. Whether you read JTNews in print or online, please support the work we do by subscribing. Subscribe online at www.jtnews.net or call Becky at 774-2238 and shell get your subscription started right away. New subscribers pay only $36 for a full year.</p> <p>!, This year in Jerusalem!Make your dreams a reality. Meet with your Aliyah Shaliach today. 1-866-835-0430 gci-en@jafi.org</p> <p>Subscribe to JTNews.</p> <p>fridAy, sepTember 3, 2010 . www.JTNews.NeT .</p> <p>JTNews</p> <p>iNside</p> <p>lAdino lessonWelcome to JTNews new feature, Language Lessons. Each issue we will alternate between a saying in two of of the Jewish peoples archaic but still-used languages, Ladino and Yiddish. Cantor Isaac Azose, who leads weekly classes in Ladino, and Murray Meld, co-chair of the Seattle Yiddish Group, will give us a saying, then the translation, and an example of how it would be used. Thanks to both for giving us a taste of history, but first some background from Cantor Azose on his first language: The language of the Jews who were expelled from Spain is known invariably as JudeoEspanyol, Judezmo or Ladino. Those in academia refer to it generally as Judeo-Espanyol and never as Ladino. They say that Ladino refers only to the language as written in holy books, such as the bible. Despite this, I, who was born to a Ladino-speaking mother and father, never heard them, or their contemporaries, refer to the language as anything other than Ladino. The Ladino Romance songs are referred to as Ladino Romansas. I belong to a Yahoo forum called Ladino Komunita (Ladino Community), in which all e-mails are written in Ladino.</p> <p>inside this issueon the coverEran Zantkofsky and his son complete a letter of Chabad of Pierce Countys new Torah while Torah scribe Rabbi Moshe Klein guides them. This was the first...</p>