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<p>the voice of jewish washingtonnew digs enthusiastic educator wedding celebrations teaching failure</p> <p>7</p> <p>9</p> <p>13</p> <p>26</p> <p>september 30, 2011 2 tishrei 5772 volume 87, no. 20 $2</p> <p>Courtesy sJCs</p> <p>Just prior to the holiday, Seattle Jewish Community School first-grader Nora works on strengthening her chops to herald in the New Year with the call of the shofar.</p> <p>After week of U.N. speeches, its up to Palestinians to make a moveRon Kampeas JtA World News serviceANALYSISWASHINGTON (JTA) After the mutual accusations of ethnic cleansing and the sarcastic posturing, the ball is back in the Palestinians court. The upside of last weeks Lollapalooza of speechmaking at the United Nations is that the Obama administration has succeeded in persuading the international community to back the resumption of talks without preconditions a key demand of the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. A statement released September 23 by the Quartet the grouping of the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations that guides Middle East peacemaking reiterated its urgent appeal to the parties to overcome the current obstacles and resume direct bilateral Israeli-Palestinian negotiations without delay or preconditions. The statement came just hours after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas delivered a fiery address to the U.N. General Assembly demanding statehood recognition and setting as a condition for renewed talks a complete cessation of settlement activity. Netanyahus U.N. address delivered the same day, by contrast, repeated his readiness to talk without preconditions. The day I came into office, I called for direct negotiations withoutX Page 31</p> <p>@jew_ish @jewishdotcom @jewishcal</p> <p>www.facebook.com/jtnews</p> <p>professionalwashington.com connecting our local Jewish community</p> <p>2</p> <p>JTNews . www.JTNews.NeT . friday, sepTember 30, 2011</p> <p>Early Fall Family CalendarFor complete details about these and other upcoming JFS events and workshops, please visit our website: www.jfsseattle.orgFOR WOMENPrograms of Project DVORA (Domestic Violence Outreach, Response &amp; Advocacy) are free of charge.</p> <p>FOR THE COMMUNITY</p> <p>AA Meetings at JFSTuesdays at 7:00 p.m. Contact (206) 461-3240 or ata@jfsseattle.orgm</p> <p>Support Group for Jewish Women with Controlling PartnersOngoing Confidential location, dates and time.m</p> <p>Mary LouIsraeli Emmy award-winning musical! Co-Sponsored by JFS as part of the Seattle Lesbian &amp; Gay Film Co-Sponsored by JFS as part of the Seattle Lesbian &amp; Gay Film Festival m Sunday, October 16 4:00 p.m. Contact Leonid Orlov, (206) 861-8784 or familylife@jfsseattle.org.</p> <p>Kids Club: Helping Children who have Witnessed Domestic AbuseAn 11-week series for mothers and their children using art, games and interactive activities. m Begins in October Contact Project DVORA, (206) 461-3240 or contactus@jfsseattle.org.</p> <p>New Year, New Intentions: Mindful Yoga Practice for those who have Experienced Intimate Partner AbuseJoin us for this Sukkot yoga workshop where well explore our bodies, integrating them into mindful intentions for the year to come. m Sunday, October 16 12:00 3:00 p.m. Contact Project DVORA, (206) 461-3240 or contactus@jfsseattle.org.</p> <p>1,000 Mitzvahs: How Small Acts of Kindness Can Heal, Inspire, and Change Your LifeFOR ADULTS AGE 60+</p> <p>Endless OpportunitiesA community-wide program offered in partnership with Temple Bnai Torah &amp; Temple De Hirsch Sinai. EO events are open to the public.</p> <p>With Linda Cohen m Sunday, November 13 2:00 p.m. Contact Marjorie Schnyder, (206) 861-3146 or familylife@jfsseattle.org.</p> <p>FOR PARENTS</p> <p>Meam Loez The Encyclopedia of Jewish KnowledgeWith Al Maimon m Thursday, October 6 10:00 11:30 a.m.</p> <p>Bringing Baby HomeKeep your couple relationship strong and be a great parenting team for your baby or toddler! m Monday, Nov. 7 Dec. 12 6:15 8:30 p.m. Contact Marjorie Schnyder, (206) 861-3146 or familylife@jfsseattle.org.</p> <p>FOR JEWISH SINGLE PARENT FAMILIES</p> <p>Crafts PotpourriJoin us for a fun afternoon of arts and crafts with other Jewish single moms, dads and their kids. m Sunday, November 6 1:30 4:30 p.m. Contact Marjorie Schnyder, (206) 861-3146 or familylife@jfsseattle.org.</p> <p>Food Drive Food Sort Bag Hunger? Can Do!Volunteer at the Jewish Family Service Food Sort this October! m Sunday, October 9 10:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m.</p> <p>Emotion Coaching: An Essential Part of Your Parenting Toolbox!Emotion coaching helps parents guide their children through lifes ups and downs in a way that builds confidence, resilience and strong relationships. m Monday, October 17 6:30 8:30 p.m. Tentatively full. Please call to be on the wait list/early notice list. Contact Marjorie Schnyder, (206) 861-3146 or familylife@jfsseattle.org.</p> <p>Fascinating Rhythms of North and South AmericaWith Amy Rubin and Mary Cantor m Thursday, October 27 10:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m. RSVP Ellen Hendin, (206) 861-3183 or endlessopps@jfsseattle.org regarding all Endless Opportunities programs.</p> <p>VOLUNTEER TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!For details, visit our website, www.jfseattle.org or contact Jane Deer-Hileman, Director of Volunteer Services, (206) 861-3155 or volunteer@jfsseattle.org.</p> <p>JFS services and programs are made possible through generous community support of</p> <p>1601 - 16th Avenue, Seattle (206) 461-3240 www.jfsseattle.org</p> <p>To donate, please visit www.jfsseattle.org</p> <p>friday, september 30, 2011 . www.jtnews.net . jtnews</p> <p>OpiniOn</p> <p>the rabbis turn</p> <p>letters to the editorTHE cOLLEcTOR OF THE nAmEs</p> <p>Col. Seymour Pomrenze: Caretaker of the worlds largest Jewish libraryRabbi maRK s. GlicKman Congregations Kol Ami and Kol shalomIn late February 1946, Captain Seymour Pomrenze of the United States Army rode in a Jeep through Frankfurt, Germany. A blizzard howled through the city, and through the snow, Pomrenze could see bullet-ridden walls and the bombed-out remains of a war-torn city. His driver that day was Lieutenant Leslie Poste, a librarian and archivist who the army had charged with the task of processing books and archival material looted by the Nazis during the war. Poste told Capt. Pomrenze their destination that day was Offenbach, a small city just across the river from Frankfurt. There, in an old warehouse once owned by the I.G. Farben chemical company, was a collecting point where the army gathered looted books and papers the Allies had discovered at wars end. There was, Poste explained, a lot of material to process. It was a well-known fact that the Nazis had a penchant for burning Jewish books (as well as those of other oppressed groups). Less known, however, was that the Nazis had also saved many of these works, and some of what they saved was quite valuable. The Nazi campaign to preserve Jewish books was largely the brainchild of Alfred Rosenberg, a leading Nazi intellectual, ideologue, and military leader. In early 1940, Hitler announced that Rosenberg would be assembling material for the Hohe Schule, a research institute for the study of Jews and Judaism to be established in Bavaria after the war, with a library of 500,000 volumes. As the Nazi rampage gathered steam, the idea grew to a chain of 10 or more institutes located in cities throughout the Nazi empire. Soon afterward, the Einsatzab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (Rosenberg task force) was formally established as the organization in charge of confiscating books and papers in newly conquered Nazi territories. Poste explained that Allied forces had recently sent such material discovered in American-held areas of the former Third Reich to Offenbach. Poste had overseen the initial processing himself, but to date, no books had been returned to their owners. Now it was up to the more seniorranking and experienced Pomrenze to take over. The Jeep carrying the two men pulled up to a heavily guarded concrete building. Pomrenze may have glimpsed some bookcases through the doorway as he approached, but when he entered and beheld the full scope of the buildings contents, what he saw astounded him. My first impressions of the Offenbach Collecting Point were overwhelming and amazing at once, he said in a 2002 speech for the Association of Jewish Libraries. As I stood before a seemingly endless sea of crates and books, I thought, what a horrible mess! What could I do with all these materials? How could I carry out my assignment successfully? The seemingly endless sea of crates and books that greeted Seymour Pomrenze in the old warehouse consisted of more than 1.5 million volumes looted from hundreds of Jewish libraries throughout Europe, and by the end of the decade, a total of more than 3 million volumes would pass through the warehouse doors. Some came from major collections, such as the Rothschild Museum in Frankfurt, the Jewish Theological Seminary in Breslau, and the Alliance Israelite Universelle in Paris. Others were from small-town libraries shtetls with names like Bedzin, Chelm, and Plock. There were old sets of the Talmud, modern secular novels, and archives documenting the history of Jewish communities throughout Europe. There were medieval manuscripts, centuries-old Torah scrolls, and prayerbooks with pages thumbed gray from years of use. It was the literary remains of a decimated Jewish civilization. And if a collection of stolen books could properly be called a library, then at the time it was the largest Jewish library ever assembled. Immediately, Pomrenze realized his mission. Unaware of the extent of the Nazi murder of Europes Jews, he concluded that the only action possible was to return the items to their owners, as quickly as possible. He hired a military and civilian staff, and immediately the team got to work. In short order, the workers identified many of the books and shipped them back to their original owners. In March 1946, they shipped 371 crates of material to libraries in the Netherlands. Later, 137 crates went to Yugoslavia, 41 to Greece, and 115 to Austria.X Page 11</p> <p>In response to Eric Nusbaums article of Sept. 13, 2011 titled The Family Reunion, the article neglects to mention that the reunion was made possible thanks to a Page of Testimony submitted by Wolf Hall to Yad Vashem in 1980 to commemorate his family murdered in the Holocaust. The page has been freely accessible online since November 2004, when the central database of Shoah victims names was uploaded to www.yadvashem.org. Pages of Testimony are special forms filled out in memory of the victims of the Shoah. The fact that Mr. Halls niece was unable to find his testimony earlier is primarily due the fact that the names of family members were not listed in the correct fields on the Page of Testimony form. The Names Database is a memorial, based largely on the testimony of people who knew the victims. In July 2011 Yad Vashem hosted Rachel Vered and her children and presented them with additional archival documents that brought new information to light on the fate of other family members during the Holocaust. At the time, Yad Vashem staff explained to Vered the importance of updating the information on record on her family at Yad Vashem, explained how to do so and offered assistance. Unfortunately, no full list of the Jewish victims of the Holocaust exists anywhere. In addition, there is no complete list of the Jewish survivors. To trace an individual during the Holocaust or thereafter one should utilize a variety of resources. To date, in an ongoing effort, Yad Vashem has identified two-thirds of the Jews murdered in the Holocaust 4 million names of victims are registered in our online Names Database, which is available at www.yadvashem.org in English, Hebrew and Russian. The public is invited to add new information and to send comments online. cynthia Wroclawski, manager The shoah Victims names Recovery Project, Yad Vashem JerusalemPLAY FOR THE RIgHT TEAm</p> <p>I agree with the letter writer (Taking up too much space, Sept. 16) who said we must not permit agents of our enemies to use our limited resources (i.e., print space in JTNews). And we should not forget that we do have enemies, and not just in our ancient homeland. I think it was Golda Meir who said something along the line, We will have peace with the Palestinians when the Palestinians start to love their children more than they hate us. When I was a younger man I was quite taken with the peace process and at the time of the Oslo Accords I designed an emblem for the Peace Now movement and even married an Arab-American woman from Libya. I was quite an idealist. Now, I have an Orthodox son, his wife, and two grandchildren in the enemys crosshairs, not far from Jerusalem. I am wondering if they, too, are too young and idealistic, although from a very different perspective. Remember to love all Israel and united we stand, and just dont forget what team youre playing for. If we allow ourselves to forget who we are and why were here, then God help us. Shana tova to all of the readers of this newspaper. mordecai goldstein EverettDEFEnD THE LAnD</p> <p>In his stirring speech to the Sept. 18 StandWithUs gathering, Rabbi Daniel Gordis criticized American Jewish leaders for their silence on the coming UN vote on Palestinian statehood. The op-eds by Michael Weil and Mervyn Danker in the Sept. 16 JTNews provide ample evidence to support his criticism. These Jewish leaders promote different paths to achieve what they consider to be a great benefit for Israel, the creation of a state dedicated to her destruction within easy firing range of her major population centers. Let them consider some points raised by Rabbi Gordis. Abbas has said that the Palestinians have been under occupation for 63 years. Do the math. He isnt talking about the controversial capture of lands in the Six Day War of 1967; he is talking about the creation of Israel in 1948. He is quoted as saying no Jews will be allowed to live in the territory ceded to the Palestinians, and on top of that he still insists on a right of return not only of those who left in the war the Arabs started in 1948, but all of their descendants. This will destroy the Jewish majority needed to keep Israel under Jewish control, making a mockery of the concept of a Jewish state, which he refuses to recognize. Arab media and school materials have never called for the two-state solution our authors are advocating, but the two-state solution of Arafat, negotiate for as much Israeli land as</p> <p>X Page 30</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 October 4. Future deadlines may be found online.</p> <p>Wheres the Palestinian and wheres the Israeli that actually are Israelis and Palestinians? Prof. Mark Rosenblum of Queens College, on why he shouldnt have been the one to speak at a recent event at Town Hall Seattle. See page 12.</p> <p>4</p> <p>J...</p>