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SEPTEMBER 5, 2014
10 ELUL 5774
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WHERE TO PRAY FOR THE HOLIDAYS PAGE 18
LOVE AMONG THE GENERATIONS PAGE 13
THE GOVERNOR WAS AN ANTI-SEMITE PAGE 5
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Professor Peretz Lavie, President
of the Technion-Israel Institute of
Technology, confers an honorary
fellowship on Naomi Weiss
Newman during the awards
ceremony at the Technions Haifa
campus on June 15.
Fellowship and education
DIANA BREMENT JTNews Columnist
1Naomi Weiss Newman doesnt like
to play avorites, but the consum-
mate volunteer or so many Jewish
organizations in the Seattle area admits to
a sof spot or echnion, the Israel Insti-
tute o echnology. F i t e e n
years ago, she
was the driving
N o r t h w e s t
they, in turn,
her an honor-
She traveled to
Israel in June
Jon and twin
girls to be one o 10 people rom around the
world who received ellowships or contri-
butions to echnion and or the betterment
o the organization, she explains. Among
the honorees was Alan Dershowitz.
echnions and Israels histories are inex-
tricably linked, says Naomi, who has been
president o the Northwest chapter or five
years. Founded in Haia in 1912, the school,
its students and graduates were instrumen-
tal in building the inrastructure o the uture
Jewish state. Te ellowship brings Naomi
ull circle, because my ather served in the
Haganah, she says. He was there when
[Israel] became a state. Her mother, a con-
centration camp survivor, met her dad just
afer the war.
With her interest generated by her late
mothers multiple sclerosis, Naomi sought
to support both Israel and neurology
research relating to the disease. echnion is
responsible or patents and breakthrough
treatments, she says, particularly melding
technology and neuro research together.
Naomi and Jon even toured
the school on their honey-
Te June 15 ceremony
was amazing, Naomi
says, more than I evenexpected. Each ellow
stood as his or her accom-
plishments were recited.
Some extra excitement was
added because we needed
to be on a plane on the
16th so I could be back on
the 17th or my athers
100th birthday, she says.
ies Israel, historic and
modern, says Naomi, who
is also a graduate o their
leadership development program (a boiled
down MBA, she says). I could not be
prouder, she continues, o its medical and
including in robotics. Israels
Iron Dome deense system was
developed at the school, sad, but
true, notes Naomi. Sad that we
need it, but outstanding that...ithas saved so many lives.
2Debra Siroka had reshly
arrived in the area when
I spoke to her in early
August moving to Issaquah
rom the Midwest to become the
new director o lielong learn-
ing at emple Bnai orah in
Bellevue. With her two teenage
children at camp, she and her
husband had already made time
to go hiking a couple o times.
She hopes to have time soon to explore Seat-
tles arts offerings, too.
Debra grew up in suburban Minneapolis,
belonged to a large synagogue, and attende
a high school with a significant Jewish po
I was always
involved in the
Jewish commu-nity, she notes.
And always liked
My love o Juda-
ism and my love
o education it
in this ield.
Tus, it sort o
made sense to become a Jewish educator.
Te trajectory wasnt completely straigh
She entered college as a musical theat
major, transerred a ew times or differe
reasons, and then went to Israel or a yea
Debra Siroka, Temple Bn
Torahs new director
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INSIDE THIS ISSUEALL IN A WEEKS NEWS
In the article about the Kids4Peace camp (In a summer o war, a group o kids works
toward peace, Aug. 22), Sarah Rose Shuers name was misspelled and her home city was
noted as Redmond, not Kirkland. JNews regrets the error.
Spanish clothing chain Zarahad to clear some o its shelves worldwide late last month,
including in Israel, afer receiving strong criticism or marketing a shirt with black and
white stripes with a six-pointed yellow star on the chest. Tough the star had the word
Sheriff running across it, the effect looked much more like the uniorm Jews in Nazi con-
centration camp were orced to wear. Te intended effect, according to the chain, was
meant to resemble a shirt rom classic American Westerns. Te company immediately
apologized, though it said the design would be exterminated in its Hebrew version.Source: Bloomberg News
Te University of Illinois rescinded a job offerto a proessor ors tweets criticizing Israels
actions in Gaza. Shortly afer three Israeli boys were kidnapped and killed in June, Steven
Salaita, who was set to begin a tenured position, tweeted You may be too refined to say it,
but Im not: I wish all the (expletive) West Bank settlers would go missing. His support-
ers have said the university violated his reedom o speech and academic reedom, which
allows proessors to teach or post controversial views without ear o losing their jobs.
Others have said his posts crossed a line and that academic reedom didnt apply because
he had not yet started the job.
Israel held its first annual redhead conferenceon August 28, an event initiated and orga-
nized by Ori Moshe, a 9-year-old girl who was inspired afer hearing about the amous
conerence or redheads in the Netherlands. While nearly a thousand people registered
or the conerence on Facebook, the limit was 200. It was held at Kibbutz Gezer gezer
Phil Robertson of the hit A&E series Duck Dynasty, who was suspended earlier this
year or making homophobic comments in a magazine article, is n