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At times the rush was frantic, but Emuna David, left, and Laura Hedeen, both undergraduate students at the University of Washington, were able to take a short breather from serving the appetizers gefilte fish and matzoh ball soup during Hillel at the UWs annual Passover community lunch on Tuesday.

Obama administration is ready for Iran talks but is Iran?

Ron Kampeas JTA World News Service
WASHINGTON (JTA) The Obama administration has its Iran ducks in a row: Tehran is coming to the table, Israel is sitting still, most of the worlds major oil buyers and sellers are on board with the sanctions effort, and Congress is in an agreeable mood. Ducks, though, have a tendency to wander off. Iran might not stay at the table, or it might offer delaying tactics that peel off support for sanctions by U.S. allies. Israeli leaders are skittish about alleged Obama administration leaks that they believe are aimed at heading off an Israeli military response. Republicans in Congress, while pleasantly surprised at the administrations diligence at keeping to the sanctions timeline, are worried the administration could offer too much at the talks. Iran is not likely to deliver the concessions the United States is likely to seek, said Alireza Nader, an Iran analyst at the Rand Corp., a think tank that often consults with government. The issue between Iran and the United States is not the nuclear program, he said. There is a perception among Irans leaders that Iran is engaged in a conflict with the United States and the nuclear program is part of the conflict. They believe that if Iran makes compromises under pressure, it makes Iran looks weak. Iran is ready for talks in Istanbul on April 13 with the worlds major powers, including the United States, on its nuclear program. It is not clear
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the rabbis turn

letters to the editor


What happens at the seder (doesnt) stay at the seder

Rabbi DaviD Fine Union for Reform Judaism
Years ago I passed a signboard whose message has remained with me. Religion is what happens after the sermon. Simple and powerful. We are at the tail end of Passover. The rituals of the seder are behind us or are they? I think the true impact of the seder is not on the one or two nights it is observed, but rather as a booster for the entire year. Take these days, a halfway point on the Jewish calendar to Rosh Hashanah, as a marker for what you want your year or your life to be. Follow up on the message of Passover. A scan of just four Passover ingredients, elements of the seder though there are many more will lead us in this direction. Bedikat Chametz: The search for leaven for that which puffs up. Just as yeast left to sit and rise puffs up baked goods, so too arrogance and pride can inflate a person if ignored. At Passover we seek out the leaven in our homes as a way to create distinction. How healthy it is, spiritually and physically, to consciously rid ourselves of conceit. Passover is an opportunity to look inward into the home of our souls and to adjust our own living. Ha Lachma Anya: This is poor peoples bread. We declare this at the first appearance of matzoh at the seder. Who would order an item made solely of flour and water at a festive meal? At Passover we identify with those lacking food choices, who cannot choose what they will eat. How are we going to see to it that others have food to eat? Do we contribute to MAZON A Jewish Response to Hunger? Do we contribute to Leket Israel, which distributes 220 tons of food a week to the hungry in Israel? Do we work at a food bank? Do we grow food and distribute to others? Dayenu: It would have been enough. This is our paean to freedom. We recount the steps of liberation. Each one would have satisfied us, so long as we would have left Egypt Mitzrayim. In Hebrew the word literally means the most constricted of places. How are we fortifying others to depart their own internal or external mitzrayim? Are we working collectively to end slavery, which still exists in Sudan, in the cocoa fields of Ivory Coast, or the brothels of Cambodia and even in the streets of American cities? How are we partnering with others to release economic shackles and bring about justice? Birkat HaMazon: Blessing after a full meal. This is intended to remind us to acknowledge the gifts and blessings that we have, rather than focusing on what we lack. In a larger sense, it calls us to awareness and to express our appreciation to the Divine and to each other. Seek out opportunities for expressing gratitude. This not only increases social capital, but more important it changes our own internal compass, directing us toward our gifts and responsibility to others. The Talmud teaches that one should only pray in a room that has windows (Berachot 34b). One can read this as an admonition to know what is happening in this world even as one reaches out beyond ones self. Passover is an extended prayer. Keeps your eyes and your mind open. Celebrate Passover fully. May it last figuratively long after your seder is complete.

The article A chronology of the cancelled invitations to gay and lesbian Israelis (March 30) left out important details. As one of the people who was present when the LGBT Commission made their decision to cancel the StandWithUs event and who later spoke at the City Council hearing in favor of their decision, I would like to fill in some gaps in the JTNews story. At the Commission meeting on March 15, a group of LGBT Jewish and Palestinian activists urged the commissioners to reconsider their decision. Several Jewish Voice for Peace activists, myself included, explained that while we were not against hearing from individual LGBT Israelis, we could not support a tour backed by StandWithUs and the Israeli consulate. We explained that this event was part of a larger strategy of pinkwashing, the Islamophobic strategy of positioning Israel as an oasis of gay freedom in the Middle East surrounded by uncivilized and homophobic Arabs, especially Palestinians. Two Palestinian LGBT activists described how pinkwashing affected them and their communities. The commissioners were moved by their stories (at least two of the commissioners cried), and said that they hadnt understood that holding this event would marginalize and invisiblize LGBT Palestinians. Later, at the city council hearing, several Jewish and Palestinian activists spoke in favor of the cancellation, and Stefanie Fox, a Jewish Voice for Peace organizer (not Dean Spade as the JTNews states), presented the letter of 3,500 signatures in support of the cancellation. Why did the JTNews interview only people who were against the cancellation (Rob Jacobs, the regional director of StandWithUs and Zach Carstensen from the Jewish Federation)? A more balanced article would have included interviews with the Jewish activists (part of a national Jewish peace group of 100,000 supporters) and the Palestinian activists who were in favor of the cancellation. Wendy Elisheva somerson seattle

We suffered a great public opinion defeat with the City of Seattle LGBT commissions egregiously bad decision not to meet with the Israeli LGBT group (A chronology of the cancelled invitations to gay and lesbian Israelis, March 30). While I know that all sorts of apologies came forth from the Seattle LGBT community and the City Council, the damage was done. It is long-term damage both to the local Jewish community and to Israel. Put simply, there were global news stories about the refusal, and no news about the apologies. The anti-Israeli forces are publicizing their victory, which it was. They are using the victory to gain more friends and to solicit more money. Check what they are doing and saying on their websites. We got apologies, or as they say in Yiddish, bubkis. Proper reparations need to be made: What we should have asked for at the City Council and what we should go back and ask for now is that the City of Seattle have a special day honoring countries that support gay rights and make Israel the top country in that category. We should ask that the City of Seattle invite the gay leaders from Israel back to Seattle and to have a day honoring them in their personal efforts to bring equality and tikkun olam to the world. mark Bloome seattle 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 April 17. Future deadlines may be found online.

Reflections from Mike Wallace

The following excerpt written by Mike Wallace is from I Am Jewish: Personal Reflections Inspired by the Last Words of Daniel Pearl by Dr. Judea and Ruth Pearl. Wallace was senior correspondent on 60 Minutes and was a reporter for CBS News for more than four decades. He died on April 7 at the age of 93. Reprinted with permission from Jewish Lights Publishing (JTA) Occasionally down the years Ive winced at being labeled a self-hating Jew because my reporting from the Middle East was perceived as tainted by hostility toward Israel. It wasnt true, of course, but I figured it came with the territory, meaning that I was deemed biased because I reported accurately what was happening on the other side, with the Palestinians. And it turned out that every once in a while it was helpful to me as a reporter, for the fact that I am Jewish and not in the pocket of the Israelis seemed to appeal to movers and shakers in Cairo and Damascus and Riyadh, who were willing to talk to me on the record with some candor. Ive worked the Middle East beat since the 1950s, back in the days of Moshe Dayan, Golda Meir, Menachem Begin, Anwar Sadat, Yasir Arafat, Muammar Gadhafi. My relations with all of them, with the sole exception of Begin, were cordial and straightforward. But when I questioned Begin in a fashion that I thought reasonable and he found belligerent, our conversation was brought to an end by the intervention of Ezer Weizman, his defense minister, who shortly afterward took me for a friendly drink at a nearby bar. My eyes had first been opened to Israeli-Palestinian realities by two pioneering figures from that part of the world. Back in the fifties, Reuven Dafne, a Romanian Israeli, and Fayez Sayegh, a Palestinian Christian, two friends of mine, gave me a primer course on the complicated subject, for which I remain grateful. I have long admired the courage and determination of the Israelis and sympathized with their yearning for a secure state. I have similar feelings about the Palestinians. But Im an American reporter, a Jew who believes in going after facts on the ground, as Daniel Pearl did, and reporting them accurately, let the chips fall where they may.

It is shocking to me that anybody would ever feel so worthless and meaningless that their child, having been bullied to a point of suicide, wasnt worthy of the worlds attention. Oz Fishman, BBYOs international co-president, on the effects of extreme bullying. A story about what the Jewish community is doing about it appears on page 20.


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Attempting to resolve a crisis on Friday the 13th

WenDy Rosen Special to JTNews
Undeterred by the superstitions associated with Friday the thirteenth, negotiators are slated to meet in Istanbul on April 13 for new talks on resolving the threat of Iranian nuclear capacity. There, Iranian representatives will sit with the P5+1 group the U.S., Russia, China, Great Britain and France (the permanent members of the U.N. Security Council) plus Germany. This important meeting, the first of its kind in more than a year, comes at a crucial juncture in the international campaign to stop Irans nuclear program. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the intelligence services of nations around the world have determined that, contrary to its claim to be developing nuclear technology for peaceful purposes only, Iran has in fact been moving forward with plans to acquire nuclear weaponry. Will Iran come prepared to discuss in good faith a resolution or will this highlevel gathering turn out to be another exercise in futility? Tehran, after all, has ignored calls by the European Union, International Atomic Energy Agency, United Nations and United States to end its nuclear quest. Should Iran achieve the capability to build the bomb, American interests would be severely compromised by increased instability in the Middle East. The nuclear prize would embolden Shiite Iran to commit aggression against Sunni nations in the region, and the latter, feeling threatened, would rush to join the nuclear club themselves. Nuclear proliferation could spread to non-state entities too, with Iran supplying missiles, or other devices, to terrorist cells. Oil supplies from the Gulf might be disrupted. And our democratic ally Israel, already under Iranian threat of being wiped off the map, would have its very existence endangered. The international community has leveled a steadily mounting series of economic sanctions against Iran to get it to pull back, and more is on the way. On June 28, U.S. sanctions on foreign banks that buy oil from Iran come into effect. Three days later, on July 1, the European Union will end all purchases of Iranian oil, and several already have taken that action. The prospect of new harsh blows to its already reeling economy from sharply reduced oil revenues may very well be the motivating factor driving Tehran to sit down with the P5+1. Since sanctions against Irans banking and energy sectors seem to be working, it is imperative to keep them in effect, and certainly not to loosen them, until their goal is attained. President Obama and other world leaders have expressed a strong preference for a negotiated solution. Tehran has a long history of dragging out fruitless discussions while working toward its nuclear goal. The example of North Koreas successful bluff-and-delay road to the bomb teaches a cautionary lesson. International patience is wearing thin. In the presidents words, I believe there is a window of time to solve this diplomatically, but that window is closing. Secretary of State Clinton, for her part, has made it clear that U.S. policy is one of prevention, not containment that is, America is on record declaring that it cannot live with a nuclear Iran. Secretary Clinton has sent Iran a warning that it better mean business this time. We enter into these talks with a sober perspective about Irans intentions, she said. It is incumbent upon Iran to demonstrate by its actions that it is a willing partner and to participate in these negotiations with an effort to obtain concrete results. And in a clear warning to Iran that she can envision the use of force, she publicly suggested to the Gulf States that they work out a coordinated defense plan against a potential missile attack. Let us hope that Iran sees reason and the Istanbul talks lead to a resolution of the crisis. Otherwise, this Friday the thirteenth may prove unlucky indeed.
Wendy Rosen is the executive director of the Seattle chapter of the American Jewish Committee.

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Kedo debasho la kolcha.
He remained under the comforter. When a man is expected either in synagogue or at work in the morning and does not arrive in due time, people say that hes lazy and doesnt like to get out of bed so early.

inside this issue

Poverty in Seattle
Poverty exists in Seattle, and in Seattles Jewish community. Two speakers this month brought that message close to home.

Century-old confusion

Decisions made by outside players nearly a century ago changed the face of the Middle East, and in many ways created the mess that exists there today.

Remember when
From The Jewish Transcript, March 30, 1959. He finally hung up his clown shoes late last year, but back then, a much younger J.P. Patches was scheduled to appear at a pre-Passover bazaar at the Seattle Hebrew School. The event included games, exciting new toys, the appearance by the famous KIRO-TV personality, as well as instantly developed polaroid [sic] pictures.

Focus on Philanthropy: Hanging the mitzvot


When a local high school student saw that the doorposts of the Stroum Jewish Community Center were missing mezuzot, he decided to take action.

A Passover gathering of the Russian Jewish community

For the third year in a row, Temple Beth Am was the site of more than 200 Russian Jews gathering together to celebrate Passover in a way unique to them.


A woman and child who survived Titanic


The grandest and largest ship of its day marks the centennial of its maiden voyage and subsequent sinking this week. Not everyone aboard was privy to the sit-down meal service and turned-down beds. Many, like a Jewish woman and her baby, were immigrants making their way to America.

Volunteer salute
Celebrate volunteers by becoming one! Many opportunities abound within our Jewish community.

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The campaign for Bully

The Jewish youth organization BBYO is leading the charge to combat bullying among teens, including a screening of the film that has people talking.

Welcome to our interim Assistant Editor

JTNews is happy to welcome Dikla Tuchman, who will be taking over assistant editor and jew-ish.com management duties while Emily Alhadeff is away on maternity leave. Dikla was born in Israel and grew up in Los Angeles. She has been freelancing for JTNews and jew-ish.com for several months, and says she enjoys being engaged in her community, and is interested in how the young adult Jewish community gets involved. Aside from her work for us, she writes about fine beers, improv theater and community arts.

Prolific playwright comes to the U


Joshua Sobol has written more than 60 plays, and he comes to the University of Washington as an artist in residence to share his stories.

A taste of freedom
A film opening at the SIFF Theater is based on the true story of Muslims who helped Jews escape the Nazis during World War II.


Keeping the Holocaust memory alive


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The Washington State Jewish Historical Society marks the beginning of Instant Replay, its year honoring Washington State Jews in sports, with a sports trivia contest on April 29 at 2:30 p.m. Teams of three are encouraged to sign up and compete for a place in the finals to take place at the WSJHS gala on October 28. Q13 Fox News sports anchor Aaron Levine will host this first challenge-style trivia contest. The event is 21-plus. At Fuel Sports Bar Eats and Beats, 164 S Washington St., Seattle. $20 for pre-registration; $30 at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets contact Lori Ceyhun at loric@jewishinseattle.org or visit www.wsjhs.org.

Sports trivia contest kicks off Instant Replay

book, The Unmaking of Israel, Gorenberg employs historical research and 25 years of reporting experience in the Middle East to make a plea for the repair of Jewish democracy. The talk takes place Tues., April 17, at 7 p.m., at Temple De Hirsch Sinai, 1511 E Pike St., Seattle. Hosted by J Street, Temple De Hirsch Sinai, Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation and Temple Bnai Torah with the support of Congregation Beth Shalom and Temple Beth Am. Reception to follow. For more information contact 206-442-2077 or seattle@jstreet.org. The Seattle Jewish Chorale will sponsor an old-fashioned kumzitz Yiddish for campfire sing-a-long on Sun., April 22 from 69 p.m. Participants can sing all kinds of camp songs, ballads, and Jewish folk tunes with the backing of some of Jewish Seattles finest singers. The event, which will take place at Peaks Frozen Custard, 1026 NE 65th St. in Seattle, will have custard, coffee, sandwiches and baked goods, from which the proceeds will be donated to the chorale. The chorale will also have a table where they will accept donations and be selling tickets to their spring concert. For more information, visit www.seattlejewishchorale.org.

Chorale to host a sing-a-long

Israeli scholar, analyst and author Gershom Gorenberg will speak about settlement policy and growing fundamentalism in civic institutions, and how they are undermining democracy in Israel. In his most recent

Author Gershom Gorenberg to speak on Israeli democracy

Holocaust Remembrance Day

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Yom Hashoah

From Generation to Generation: Reclaiming the Legacy 1:00 PM Reflection at SJCC Memorial 1:30-3:30 PM Program at Herzl-Ner Tamid Program includes keynote speaker Fern Schumer Chapman and recognition of Writing and Art Contest winners.

Fern Schumer Chapman

brings us the story of how her two books, Motherland and Is It Night or Day?, resulted in an emotional reunion between her mother and Gerda Katz, a Seattle resident. As seen on Oprah.

This series is made possible through the generosity of the Samuel and Althea Stroum Endowed Lectures in Jewish Studies.

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How we might bring Seattles poor out of the cycle of poverty

Janis siegel JTNews correspondent
Traveling to the community meeting at a downtown Westlake Ave. venue on the subject of ending poverty in Seattle was a feat of strategic proportions due to construction, closed streets, and congestion over massive Seattle Center renovations that signal the upcoming high-priced upgrades for tourists and locals to enjoy. But while many in the city are prospering, University of Washington Prof. Marcia Meyers and Jewish Family Service CEO Ken Weinberg told an audience of nearly 60 at the event that since the onset of the economic recession in 2008, nearly one-quarter of a million households in Seattle people just getting by have now slipped below the poverty line. I think we had a problem before the recession, and then, of course, the recession made everything a lot worse, said Meyers, director of the West Coast Poverty Center at the UW. Meyers said that in Seattle today, a family of four living within the federal poverty guideline of $22,000 a year will spend 60 percent of that on yearly rent for the average one-bedroom apartment. By one estimate, there were about 250,000 families with kids that have slipped below what we call the threshold for economic security, Meyer said. That is twice the poverty line. The event was the last in a series of four public forums, Judaism Confronts Human Injustice, sponsored by the Sam and Althea Stroum Jewish Studies Program at the UW, the Association for Jewish Studies, the Legacy Heritage Fund, and the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the UW. Noam Pianko, an associate professor of Jewish Studies in the Jackson School and director of the Stroum Jewish Studies Program, moderated the evenings conversation, which played like an informal living room-style discussion with feedback between audience members and panelists. Meyers told the crowd that Seattles poverty rate is strikingly average compared to rates of poverty around the country, but she suggested that making changes in public policy could result in higher incomes for lower wage earners today who havent seen increases since the 1970s. Meyers also advocated for greater access to education and what she called a tax-and-transfer system, her substitute for the politically charged and highly decried term income redistribution. She quickly defended the concept that some call a form of socialism. We are very, very, very, very far from becoming a socialist country, Meyers said. Instead, Meyers said she sees her taxand-transfer system as a foundation of social protections, in an effort to rebrand social safety net programs like Social Security as humane, effective, and poverty reducing. The problem in this country is that it doesnt reach other populations, she said. We dont have social insurance for working-age families. Meyers said she approves of tax breaks such as the mortgage deduction for homeowners and tax-free health insurance for those who have jobs with benefits, but again, believes that more people need to be economically able to take advantage of them. Other programs that include welfare, food stamps, and housing assistance are good, too, added Meyers, but they dont do anything to prevent poverty. Reciting the lyrics to what has become a depression-era anthem, Brother Can You Spare a Dime, taught to him by his father as a child growing up in New York, Weinberg told the audience how crushing
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Prof. Marcia Meyers, left, Jewish Family Service CEO Ken Weinberg, center, and Stroum Jewish Studies Program director Noam Pianko discuss the poverty that surrounds us.

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The changing Middle East: How century-old boundaries created confusion today
ChaRlene Kahn Special to JTNews
The plotlines of a political thriller are all contained within the complex, tangled web of the modern Middle East and its often misunderstood history. For three weeks, Resat Kasaba, director of the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington, discussed the ever-changing region and its sequel, the explosive, unpredictable and still ongoing Arab Spring, with both origins and parallels from 100-plus years earlier. Adult learners at Temple Beth Am received insight and a broader understanding on the subject from the Turkishborn Kasaba, an expert in Middle Eastern history with a focus on the Ottomans, as he sorted through this tangled web. People were excited to hear this scholars approach and his research, said Linda Capell, who, with her husband Peter, cochaired Beth Ams University Lecture series that had a focus on the Arab Spring. Professor Kasaba was recommended, Capell said. The [advantage of the] lecture series gives scholars the opportunity to go into depth. Its research-based. Kasaba used his opening lecture, Three Empires to Many States: Middle East in the Twentieth Century to provide what he called a context to whats happening in the Middle East today. He started by outlining facts: The 600year reign of the Ottoman Empire with its strong political center defined the Middle East during that time, ruling over a multiplicity of identities such as Greeks, Turks and Jews. The major relationships were between empire and its subjects. The breakup into nation-states, particularly messy in the Middle East, he said, was complicated by the involvement of the European powers, primarily Great Britain and France, who were there to serve their own interests, and not those of the native populations. One unified space now was divided into 20 nation-states, Kasaba said. Referencing three secret and contradictory agreements the Sykes-Picot Treaty, British support of the Arab Revolt, and the Balfour Declaration all impossible to follow, Kasaba said, he proceeded to tell the story of the social and national implications of each. He presented slides of these diplomatic documents and photographs, augmenting with statistics and readings of original quotes, which provided further dimension to the complexity of the period. Its extremely important to understand the events of World War I and the post-war era, Kasaba said. The boundaries set by 1920 became the future Middle East. Those comments set the stage for his next talks, in which he discussed the ramifications all the way up to the events of the past 18 months that have changed the face of the Arab world. Many of the attendees commented that they had been unaware of the political and geographic implications unleashed by the carving up of the region. Several of the attendees came because of Kasabas reputation as a speaker. Its pertinent to everything thats going on in the world, said local author and Beth Am member Jackie Williams. Professor Kasaba is very straightforward, makes salient points without editorializing, and hes organized, so you can follow. Ive read the history many times, but I could never repeat it. Event co-chair Peter Capell said Kasabas talks provided important background. If you dont know the history and background leading to the Arab Spring, then you cant understand or interpret how people or countries will be affected or respond, he said. Kasabas expertise in the factual disciplines of sociology and demography, the


University lecture series scholar Resat Kasaba, Ph.D. drew 70-80 people for each of his threesession program on The Changing Middle East at Temple Beth Am.

use of statistics to study population, and his advocacy of a long-term, reflective approach proved useful in explaining the foundational issues behind the changes in the Middle East, many still to come. As a self-declared optimist, Kasaba often referred to the necessity of hope in the lives of people in the Middle East. At the crux, he said, discussing the Arab Spring in his second lecture, was lack of hope in the future; this is the fundamental issue for young people. You have to give people a reason to hope.


Free, all are welcome In honor of Yom Hashoah/Holocaust Memorial Day, the awardwinning author of In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitlers Berlin, will read from his book and discuss his personal journey of wri ng this saga of an American family who were transported to the heart of Hitlers Berlin. We will begin the evening with the ligh ng of a memorial candle and a moment of silence in honor of the six million.

PROFESSOR PAUL LIPTZ ~ From Peyot to Bikinis: Religion in Israel MONDAY, APRIL 30, 7:00 P.M.
Free, all are welcome Professor Paul Liptz, a social historian born in Rhodesia and now at the World Union for Progressive Judaism in Jerusalem, will be discussing the complex developments in the Jewish State and delve into the advantages of "peyot" (side curls) or "bikinis" or perhaps, something in between. *Through the generosity of Hermine Pruzan Endowment, this event is

free and open to all.


Free, all are welcome Berson remembers falling in love with West Side Story early. Her parents had bought the original cast recording, and Berson and her cousin would act out the scenes as the album played. She is now a renowned theatre cri c for The Sea le Times, and has transferred her love of musical theatre into her book, Somethings Coming, Something Good: West Side Story and the American Imagina on.

* Dessert recep on to follow *

Temple Bnai Torah * 15727 NE 4th St. Bellevue, WA 98008 * (425) 603-9677 * TempleBnaiTorah.org

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Busy at 90 Also: Honors galore for local philanthropists

This past August found Henry Butler turning 90, and this past Purim found him pouring shots of schnapps, whiskey and other spirits at Temple Beth Am in Seattle. An active member of the congregation since the late 1950s, hes handled that particular job for many, many years15, 20, I dont know. Henry and his wife Olga were among some of the earliest members of the North Seattle congregation, socially part of the group that started it, but not among the original founders. At the time we were members of Herzl[and] not quite ready to go to Reform, he recalls. I had wanted [Beth Am] to become Reconstructionist. But joining soon after, the couple each served a subsequent term as president and Olga was the congregations first female president. Henry was a refugee from Wuerzburg, Germany in 1938 when his parents had the foresight to send him to join a cousin in New York just after Kristallnacht. He was raised Orthodox, you might say neoOrthodox, he says, the only option in his hometown. Just 16 when he arrived stateside, he landed a job selling cameras, went to night school and ended up

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back in Germany in the army during World War II, where his German was put to use in intelligence and prisoner interrogation. Henry had a long career with the Brillo company, which sent to him California early in his career. It was there he met and married Olga. After decades in Seattles View Ridge neighborhood, the Butlers now enjoy retirement at Mirabella Seattle in the hip and happening South Lake Union neighborhood. They moved there in 09 and the residences newsletter marked Henrys 90th with a long profile. The Butlers enjoy the location, walking distance from downtown, and with easy access to the number 70 bus, which Henry rides to the University of Washington to take Access classes the program that allows state residents over 60 to audit courses on a space-available basis and with instructor approval. A regular lap swimmer at View Ridge Swim and Tennis Club in the summer, Henry can now swim all year round at the Mirabella. The Butlers were founders of VRSTC, established by Jewish families who were banned from Sandpoint Coun-


Henry Butler serves up adult beverages during Purim at Temple Beth Am in Seattle.

try Club in the 1950s. Their two sons, daughters-in-law and two grandkids all live in the area.

Tireless Jewish community volunteer and former board chair of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, Iantha Sidell, will receive the Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award at the International Lion of Judah conference inNew York in September. She became a Lion of Judah

a woman who has donated $5,000 or more to her local Jewish Federation in the 1990s after being terribly moved by a story of Ethiopian Jewish refugees. We dont know what struggling and needs are, she said, and having travelled to many places around the world where Jews are struggling, she appreciates knowing her gift helps internationally and locally. Awardees have also welcomed new voices to the table, she says, and while Iantha wont take credit, she notes that Shelly Bensussen, the Federations current board chair, is her niece and they have talked a lot, a lot, over the years. With what she calls a historic memory of the community, this full-time Jewish community volunteer says she is good at helping people and organizations to get connected. Stating emphatically that previous award winners are awesome, she feels privileged and humbled to receive the award at a conference her Denverbased daughter-in-law, Leslie Sidell, is presiding over. My volunteer work brings meaning to my life, says Iantha. To have it recognized nationally with my daughter-in-law chairing the event is pretty cool.
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QFC supports The Nature Conservancys efforts to protect our heritage

Each month QFC is proud to support an organization that is making a positive impact on our community and our world. In April, we are pleased to continue our association with The Nature Conservancy as our Charity of the Month. This is a partnership that goes back over 20 years. The Nature Conservancy is doing important work to preserve plant and animal biodiversity in every state in the U.S. and over 30 countries around the world. For over a decade, The Nature Conservancy has been using a collaborative, sciencebased approach combined with key analytical methods to decide where to work and what to conserve. This approach is called Conservation by Design. The concepts of Conservation by Design include: setting goals and priorities, developing strategies, taking action and measuring results. Using these concepts, The Conservancy focuses on finding the highest priority solutions in places where they can have the greatest impact. There are four priority targets in Washington which the Conservancy has been working on. These targets are: clean up Puget Sound, restore Washington Coast salmon runs, restore forest lands in Eastern Washington and preserve Washington State sagelands. The Nature Conservancy notes that Puget Sound is slowly dying from toxic runoff, changes in the quality and quantity of fresh water, continued loss of natural shorelines and the effects of rising sea levels. To clean up and protect the Sound, the Conservancy is working to reduce toxic runoff and to make conservation more profitable for farmers, timber managers and shellfish growers, and the lands and waters they manage. It is working to protect and restore important rivers and shorelines to safeguard the clean water and habitat they provide. The numbers of wild salmon on the Washington coast have plummeted over the last few decades. Salmon need the clear, cold waters of Northwest rivers in order to spawn and survive. Protecting salmon on the coast becomes possible by restoring and protecting the rivers where they spawn. Recently, the Conservancy purchased 3,088 acres in a corridor along the Clearwater River and plans to restore the forests along the river. This restoration work will provide jobs and create an environment that will help in salmon recovery.

Restoring forests in eastern Washington is also one of the Conservancys priorities. Large-scale restoration projects will help protect habitat for wildlife and strengthen the overall ecosystem to protect against mega-fires and insect outbreaks. The Conservancy works with local communities and with public and private managers across ownership boundaries to pursue beneficial forest management practices. Washingtons sagelands contain hundreds of unique plant and animal species. Unfortunately, two-thirds of these natural environments in Washington are gone due to ranching, agriculture or other development. The Conservancy is working with farmers and ranchers to restore sagelands and to provide a place for wildlife to roam free. The Nature Conservancy is working to preserve and protect our natural heritage for future generations. If you would like to contribute to their efforts you can do so at your local QFC during the month of April. If you have comments or questions, please contact Ken Banks at ken.banks@qfci.com or call 425-462-2205.

For questions or more information, please contact Ken Banks at 425-462-2205 or ken.banks@qfci.com.


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Taking care of mitzvot

emily K. alhaDeFF Assistant editor, JTNews
Uriel Cohen was substituting for a Sephardic Religious School class at the Stroum Jewish Community Center one day when, while reviewing the Shema prayer, he reached and you should write [these words] on your doorposts and your gates the origin of the mezuzah concept. We looked at the classroom door and there was no mezuzah, he says. Maybe they missed a door, he thought. But Cohen quickly realized that the Stroum JCC did not have a mezuzah on many of its doors. Its a very serious problem, he says. The mezuzah, a small vertical container, often ornately or playfully designed, contains a parchment slip with two passages from the Shema (Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and 11:13-21). The mezuzah is traditionally affixed to doorframes in homes and Jewish buildings to remind Jews of their religion as they come and go. According to the SJCCs CEO, Judy Neuman, Cohen came to her and said, I really think it would be great if you had a mezuzah on every single classroom door. Although mezuzot are sprinkled all through the J and on the most prominent doorways, because we have 92,000 square feet of space, its not practical to put them on every door, Neuman told JTNews. So Cohen took it upon himself to adorn the Mercer Island facilitys doorways. We supported a mitzvah opportunity of a young man who felt passionate, Neuman said. The idea to place mezuzot on the childrens classroom doors came from his own sense of Judaism, and I said, Cohen estimates he needs about 60 mezuzot altogether, but he doesnt set an end date for the project. He also seems realistic about his own involvement in the collection. This senior at Mercer Island High School, who also attends Bellevue Colleges Running Start program, will be shipping off to yeshiva in Israel after graduation. Until then, Cohen runs the Jewish Student Union program at Mercer Island High and at Running Start, where a growing number of high school students choose to study. He also works at Island Crust Caf and spends whatever free time is leftover studying at the Seattle Kollel. Im very busy, he said. Uriel is one of the best kids Ive ever worked with in NCSY and JSU, said Ari Hoffman, greater Seattle city director of the NCSY youth group. Under Cohens leadership, Hoffman said the JSU has flourished. Cohen gets it done officially and he gets it done well. He managed the mezuzah project all on his own, from starting the website to fundraising. After yeshiva in Israel, Uriel plans to attend Yeshiva University in New York. Hoffman informed JTNews that Cohen will receive a massive scholarship to the university based on his recommendation. Hes a dynamo, Hoffman said. I wish I could take more credit for him.
To make a donation to purchase one of the mezuzot for the Stroum JCC, visit www. SJCCMezuzot.weebly.com.

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Uriel Cohen affixes one of the (so far) 60 mezuzot he will need to complete his project of placing the small boxes to the Stroum JCCs doorways.

Listen, it would be a great gift. Once he had the go-ahead, Cohen started a blog and set up a PayPal account. The simple, clear Lucite mezuzot sell for $36 each. Starting in January, orders began to come first for three mezuzot, then seven more in February, then 10 donated by a single donor, and then, to top the 10, another donor funded 11 more mezuzot in March. Cohen chose to start affixing mezuzot to the childrens classroom doors, because the mezuzah can be a learning tool.

The mezuzah initiative was very much driven by him, and he went out and made it happen, Neuman said. Its something that he should feel very proud of. On March 21, Rabbi Mark Spiro, Hebrew Highs managing director, gave an introductory lesson about the practical laws and the meaning of the mezuzah to Hebrew High students who chose to partake in the first installation at the JCC. Spiro said the levels of knowledge about the mezuzah varied among the students, who come from a range of backgrounds.

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ongoing events
Event names, locations, and times are provided here for ongoing weekly events. Please visit calendar.jtnews.net for descriptions and contact information.

1 p.m. kabbalah for Beginners Temple Bnai Torah 5 p.m. The Ramchals Derech hashem, Portal from the Ari to Modernity Congregation Beth HaAri

9:3010:30 a.m. SJcc Tot Shabbat Stroum Jewish Community Center 11 a.m.12 p.m. Tots Welcoming Shabbat Temple Bnai Torah 12:303:30 p.m. Bridge group Stroum JCC 12:303:30 p.m. Drop-in Mah Jongg Stroum JCC

1011 a.m. hebrew course: Advanced Beginner Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation 10:15 a.m. Sunday Torah Study Congregation Beth Shalom 11 a.m.12 p.m. hebrew class: Beginner Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation 7:3010:30 p.m. heAri israeli Dancing Danceland Ballroom (call to confirm)

78 p.m. ein yaakov in english Congregation Shaarei Tefilah Lubavitch 7:458:45 p.m. For Women only Congregation Shaarei Tefilah Lubavitch 810 p.m. Womens israeli Dance class Seattle Kollel 8:30 p.m. Talmud, yeshiva-Style Eastside Torah Center

7:30 p.m. The Tanya Chabad of the Central Cascades

7 p.m. Beginning israeli Dancing for Adults with Rhona Feldman Congregation Beth Shalom 79 p.m. Teen lounge for Middle Schoolers BCMH 7:30 p.m. Parshas hashavuah Eastside Torah Center

11 a.m.12 p.m. Mommy and Me Program Chabad of the Central Cascades 12 p.m. Torah for Women Eastside Torah Center 7 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings Jewish Family Service 7 p.m. Teen center BCMH 79 p.m. The Jewish Journey Seattle Kollel 7:30 p.m. Weekly Round Table kabbalah class Eastside Torah Center

10 a.m.2 p.m. Jcc Seniors group Stroum JCC 6:507:50 p.m. introduction to hebrew Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation 7 p.m. Junior Teen center BCMH 810 p.m. Teen lounge for high Schoolers BCMH

10 a.m. Morning youth Program Congregation Ezra Bessaroth 9:45 a.m. BcMh youth Services BCMH 910:30 a.m. TBT Adult Torah Study Temple Bnai Torah

10 a.m. 2 p.m. Jcc Seniors group Stroum JCC 12:30 p.m. caffeine for the Soul Chabad of the Central Cascades 7 p.m. cSA Monday Night classes Congregation Shevet Achim

candlelighting times April 13 ............................7:39 p.m. April 20 ........................... 7:49 p.m. April 27 ........................... 7:58 p.m. May 4 .............................. 8:08 p.m. FRiDay

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10:30 a.m.12 p.m. PJ library Song and Storytime at the Seattle Jewish community School
Amy Hilzman-Paquette at amyhp@jewishinseattle.org or www.facebook.com/pjlibraryseattle Music, singing and storytelling with the PJ Library and Jeff Stombaugh. Stay for activities and playgroup. Free. At the Seattle Jewish Community School, 12351 Eighth Ave. NE, Seattle. 7 p.m. Freedom Shabbat
Kris Sigloh at kris@hilleluw.org or 206-527-1997 or hilleluw.org Connect the Passover story to issues of modern slavery and human trafficking. For undergraduates X PAgE 12

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The mission of the Kline Galland Center and Affiliates, to promote the highest quality of life by providing a continuum of exceptional care and services for the elderly in a Jewish environment, is based on the Centers foundation to honor thy father and thy mother. Serving the Jewish community since 1914, 350 skilled staff and over 250 volunteers exemplify the Centers core values of compassion, excellence, integrity, respect, and dignity. The Caroline Kline Galland Home, The Summit at First Hill, The Polack Adult Day Center, Senior Nutrition Program and the Kline Galland Hospice Services can all benefit from your donations. Please send your contribution to 1200 University Street, Suite 100, Seattle 98101. We can be reached at 206-652-4444 or www.klinegalland.org.

Let your heart determine your investment: promote positive aging for King County seniors by donating to Senior Services. call 206-448-5757 or visit us at www.seniorservices.org


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and Jconnect (ages 18-32). $15/Jconnect; free for students. At Hillel at University of Washington, 4745 17th Ave. NE, Seattle. 7:309:30 p.m. one god, Three Faiths: Building community Through Prayer
Chris Hillman at chillman@ipjc.org or 206-223-1138 or www.ipjc.org Interfaith prayer series exploring sacred space and community in the Jewish, Muslim and Christian traditions. At Masjid Ar-Rahmah April 26 and Holy Spirit Lutheran Church May 9. Pre-registration encouraged. Free. At Temple Bnai Torah, 15727 NE Fourth St., Bellevue.

settlement policy and the diplomatic stalemate undermine the Jewish State, and what must be done. At Temple De Hirsch Sinai, 1441 16th Ave., Seattle.


10:30 a.m.2 p.m. Memorial yahrzeit Vigil for Victims of genocide

Robert Beiser at robert@hilleluw.org or www.jconnectseattle.org Reading names of genocide victims to remind listeners of their loss. Interested readers should reply in the comments section of the RSVP. All faiths welcome. Free. At Westlake Park, 400 Pine St., Seattle.

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At the FareStart Restaurant, giving back has never tasted better. Thats because every meal helps fund culinary job training and support for disadvantaged people in our community. From our weekly Guest Chef Night dinners to catering, volunteer opportunities or giving, FareStart has many delicious ways to support the cause.

10:3011:15 a.m. learners Minyan with Ron Schneeweiss

Carol Benedick at carolbenedick@bethshalomseattle.org or 206-524-0075 or www.bethshalomseattle.org Learn a different part of the Saturday morning service each month. Check online for updates on topics. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle. 10:30 a.m. Shabbat and yizkor Service
Jeanne Buchler at jeanne@templebetham.org or 206-525-0915 or www.templebetham.org Shabbat and Yizkor service. At Temple Beth Am, 2632 NE 80th St., Seattle. 79 p.m. Breaking Bread at the J
Matt Korch at Mattk@sjcc.org or 206-388-0830 or www.sjcc.org Feast on pizza, pasta, garlic bread, and a starchladen dessert to end Shabbat and say goodbye to Passover. $12-$25. At the Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. 810 p.m. The last Night of Ballyhoo
Stacey Giachino at info@tdhs-nw.org or www.brownpapertickets.com/event/233565 Its 1939 and Hitler has invaded Poland, but the Freitag family is concerned about the Jewish socialite ball. Followed by Q&A with the cast, director, and Rabbi Aaron Meyer. At Temple De Hirsch Sinai, 1441 16th Ave., Seattle.

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9:3011 a.m. PJ library Storytime at kol haNeshamah

Amy Hilzman-Paquette at amyhp@jewishinseattle.org The PJ Library welcomes Erik Lawson as guest musician, with PJ Library manager Amy Paquette as storyteller. At Kol HaNeshamah, 6115 SW Hinds St., Seattle.

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2 p.m. Bully
Ben Starsky at bstarsky@bbyo.org J-serve screens Bully, the first feature documentary film about the effects of bullying. $5/teens, $7.50/adults. At AMC Pacific Place, 600 Pine St., Seattle. 35 p.m. The last Night of Ballyhoo
Stacey Giachino at info@tdhs-nw.org or www.brownpapertickets.com/event/233565 At Temple De Hirsch Sinai, 1441 16th Ave., Seattle.

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13 p.m. yom haShoah: holocaust Remembrance Day community Program

Janna at admin@wsherc.org or 206-774-2201 or www.wsherc.org Featuring Fern Schumer Chapman, author of Motherland - Beyond the Holocaust: A MotherDaughter Journey to Reclaim the Past. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. 24 p.m. crossing Delancey
Lori Ceyhun at loric@jewishinseattle.org or 206-774-2277 Join the Washington State Jewish Historical Society for the play Crossing Delancey. Meet the cast and purchase a copy of the WSJHS cookbook. $14/members. At the Renton Civic Theater, 507 S Third St., Renton. 510 p.m. Basarfest
Ari Hoffman at thehoffather@gmail.com Featuring Eli Varons barbecue, hot dog-eating contest, and a chili cook-off. All funds go to NCSY scholarships. $15-20; $70/families of more than five; $100/family with five bottles of Marion Davis barbecue sauce. At Sephardic Bikur Holim, 6500 52nd Ave. S, Seattle. 79 p.m. An evening of kosher Wine Appreciation and Tasting
Ed Epstein at eppi41@aol.com or 206-232-1919 Learn the basics of wine tasting and experience kosher wines from around the world. $25. Benefits Congregation Shevet Achim. At Northwest Yeshiva High School, 5017 90th Ave. SE, Mercer Island.

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7th & Virginia (206) 267-7601 www.farestart.org

6 p.m. honorary Doctorate and Dinner for harold Marcus

Jill Waggoner at jill@ats.org or 415-398-7117 or ats.org Olympia and Seattle resident Harold Marcus receives an honorary doctorate from the TechnionIsrael Institute of Technology. $50. At the Washington Athletic Club, 1325 Sixth Ave., Seattle. 79 p.m. israeli Democracy: What Threatens it, how to Save it
seattle@jst.org or 206-442-2077 or www.tdhs-nw.org/learning/lectures A discussion with author Gershom Gorenberg. How

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7:3010 p.m. Jews in the Borderland: The complicated, Fluid, and episodic Nature of Jewish identity (for Some) Today
206-543-0138 or JewDub.org/StroumLectures The 2012 Stroum Lecture Series presents Dr. Steven M. Cohen on the shift from peoplehood to purpose for Jews in their 20s and 30s. At 220 Kane Hall, University of Washington, Seattle.

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7:309 p.m. cello Recital

Don Larson at donllarson@comcast.net or 206-384-1123 or seattlecellist.com

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A recital featuring Shelomo and Kol Nedrei by Don Larson, cellist, and Akiko Kinney, pianist. Donations welcome. At the Chapel Performance Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle.


11 a.m.12 p.m. PJ library Storytime at Mockingbird Books

Amy Hilzman-Paquette at amyhp@jewishinseattle.org Music, storytelling and Hebrew through ASL with Betsy Dischel from Musikal Magik, a Certified Signing Time Academy. At Mockingbird Books, 7220 Woodlawn Ave. NE, Seattle. 78 p.m. NyhS Annual Meeting
Melissa Rivkin at mrivkin@nyhs.net or 206-232-5272 or www.nyhs.net At Northwest Yeshiva High School, 5017 90th Ave. SE, Mercer Island. 7:309 p.m. Devotion, Distancing and Disloyalty: The Diversity and complexity of American Jews Relationships with israel Today
206-543-0138 or JewDub.org/StroumLectures The 2012 Stroum Lecture Series presents Dr. Steven M. Cohen on the emerging patterns of Jewish identity. At 220 Kane Hall, University of Washington, Seattle.

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Meat dinner featuring Israeli food, Israeli music, childrens arts and crafts, and an inflatable bouncer. $18/adults, $10/children 5-12 by April 23. At the door: $25/adults, $20/children 5-12. Children 4 and under free. At Congregation Ezra Bessaroth, 5217 S Brandon St., Seattle. 79:30 p.m. one god, Three Faiths: Building community Through Prayer
Chris Hillman at chillman@ipjc.org or 206-223-1138 or www.ipjc.org Interfaith prayer series exploring sacred space and community in the Jewish, Muslim and Christian traditions. Pre-registration encouraged. Free. At Masjid Ar-Rahmah, 17550 NE 67th Ct., Redmond. 7:309 p.m. Beth Shalom Beit Midrash
Carol Benedick at carolbenedick@bethshalomseattle.org or 206-524-0075 or www.bethshalomseattle.org Study Talmud with Joel Goldstein on the second and fourth Thursday of the month. All levels welcome. $5/class, $25/6-class punchcard. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle.

Morgan St., Seattle. 6:307:30 p.m. Red States, Blue States, the Jewish State
Julie Greene at julie@bcmhseattle.org or 206-721-0970 Gil Hoffman will speak on Red States, Blue States, the Jewish State: Washington D.C.Jerusalem Relations from an Israeli Insiders Perspective. At Congregation Ezra Bessaroth, 5217 S Brandon St., Seattle. 64 Reasons for optimism About israels Future
Julie Greene at julie@bcmhseattle.org or 206-721-0970 Seudah shlishit talk by Gil Hoffman. Check with the synagogue for times. At Sephardic Bikur Holim, 6500 52nd Ave. S, Seattle.




5:157 p.m. yom haAtzmaut celebration

Susan Jensen at office@ezrabessaroth.net or 206-722-5500 or ezrabessaroth.net

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11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. Peace, Politics and Plutonium

Julie Greene at julie@bcmhseattle.org or 206-721-0970 Gil Hoffman, chief political correspondent for The Jerusalem Post, will speak after morning services on Peace, Politics and Plutonium: An Insiders Look at the Quest for Security, Democracy and Peace in the Middle East. At BCMH, 5145 S

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9 a.m. BcMh Mens club holocaust Memorial Breakfast

Julie Greene at julie@bcmhseattle.org Breakfast buffet served after morning services in memory of Mel Wolf. With guest speaker Celia Benzaquen. At BCMH, 5145 S Morgan St., Seattle. 9 a.m. community Day of Service
Rebecca at rebecca@h-nt.org or 206-2328555 or hnt.wufoo.com/forms/q7p2x7 Sign up to volunteer with Eastside Baby Corner, Habitat for Humanity, HopeLink, Harborview Medical Center, make puzzles for local hospitals or clean and garden the Wittenberg Waterfront Park and Mediation Garden. Breakfast at 9:15. This family event replaces religious school. At

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Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation, 3700 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. 1011:30 a.m. Tile Mural Decorating at ShA
Rayne Wilder at rwilder@sha613.org or 206-323-5750, ext. 301 or seattlehebrewacademy.org Decorate tiles for Seattle Hebrew Academys commemorative 65th year. Tiles can be purchased at the event. At Seattle Hebrew Academy, 1617 Interlaken Dr. E, Seattle. 11:15 a.m.12:30 p.m. Parenting Mindfully: The Middah of gratitude
Marjorie Schnyder at familylife@jfsseattle.org or 206-861-3146 or www.jfsseattle.org Parents explore healthy ways to express emotions and beliefs with traditional Jewish writings and contemporary research. Facilitated by Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg and Marjorie Schnyder, LICSW. At Temple Bnai Torah, 15727 NE Fourth St., Bellevue. 2:305:30 p.m. WSJhS instant Replay Sports Trivia contest
Lori Ceyhun at loric@jewishinseattle.org or wsjhs.org/events.php With guest MC Aaron Levine of Q13. Winners will advance to subsequent contests and compete in the playoff round at the Washington State Jewish Historical Societys year of sports celebration on October 28. At Fuel, 164 S Washington St., Seattle. 5 p.m. Shaarei Tefillahs 11th Annual Fundraising Dinner
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Shmooze. Eat. Laugh. Give. Dinner honoring the volunteer eruv crew. 5 p.m. open bar, 6 p.m. dinner. $75. At Congregation Shaarei TefilahLubavitch, 6250 43rd Ave. NE, Seattle.


79 p.m. From Peyot to Bikinis

Jennifer Fliss at jfliss@templebnaitorah.org or 425-603-9677 or templebnaitorah.org Professor Paul Liptz discusses the religious development of the Jewish State and peyot vs. bikinis or something in between. Free. At Temple Bnai Torah, 15727 NE Fourth St., Bellevue.

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Another tireless volunteer is Hal Marcus, whose long-time efforts on behalf of Technion, are being rewarded with an honorary doctorate from the school next week. Professor Peretz Lavie, president of Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology, will visit Seattle to personally present the honor because Hals health will not permit him to attend the ceremony in Haifa in June. According to Lavie, Hal has an unstinting dedication and generous support to the Technion and the State of Israel. Hal was profiled in these pages a year ago, Apr. 7, 2011.


Lev Marcus prepares to vault at a recent track meet.

Nathan Hale High School pole vaulter Lev Marcus (no relation!) earned a mention and photo in the Seattle Times last month for soaring 15 feet, one inch at a recent competition against Cleveland High School. This was a career-best for the junior, beating a prior personal best of 14-7. His mother, Wendy Marcus, isnt surprised at his bounding around. All his life hes been jumping off roofs, jumping out of trees, she says. Shes just glad to see that energy and fearlessness channeled into athletics.

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Easing the pain of diabetes

Janis siegel JTNews columnist
The facts about diabetes are startling. Of the 346 million people worldwide who now live with the disease, there are nearly 26 million in the United States, and hundreds of thousands in Israel. Fully 10 percent of adults in that country live with the disease, according to a large Middle East study published in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation in 2009. But for the Tel Aviv University professor and doctor, Moshe Phillip, its the 5,000 Israeli children burdened with the life-robbing disease that compels him and his team to find ways to ease their pain. Although Phillip, also the director of the Institute of Endocrinology and Diabetes located in the National Center for Childhood Diabetes at Schneider Childrens Medical Center of Israel, is not touting a possible cure, he and his colleagues were proud to announce a new, cutting-edge technological innovation this year, dubbed an artificial pancreas called MD-Logic. It comes a lot closer to eliminating the debilitating effects of erratic blood sugar fluctuations in diabetics by accurately monitoring bloodsugar levels. Phillip, Dr. Revital Nimri and Dr. Shahar Miller from Schneider Childrens are now collaborating with PositiveID Corporation, a Florida-based company that develops technology for diabetes management, and the Diabetes Research Institute at the Unihealth versity of Miami to develop several compact monitoring systems that patients can easily carry with them to monitor their blood-sugar levels automatically and more precisely than they could on their own. MD-Logic works with commonly available, over-the-counter, under-theskin glucose monitors as well as insulin pumps, connecting these two units to a new computerized program that calculates the exact amount of insulin necessary for the body on a continuous basis. A sensor connected to the pump automatically adjusts the insulin ratio. Phillip, the vice dean for research and development at TAU and an associate professor in the Sackler Faculty of Medicine Administration, told GlobeNewswire that the MD-Logic system was a joint project developed by the Kinderkrankenhaus auf der Bult in Hanover, Germany, and the University Childrens Hospital in Ljubljana, Slovenia. We at Schneider Childrens believe in the importance of international collaborative research, Phillip said. Phillip and his team tested the system on 18 12- to 15-year-olds at an overnight diabetes camp in Israel. Similar groups in Germany and Slovenia were also observed. The results showed greatly improved accuracy. Right now, the MD-Logic is tethered to a computer, but Phillip and PositiveID are working to find a way to make it mobile so it can fit into a backpack. Diabetics could then have constant monitoring of their blood-glucose levels. The next phase of research will be to test the product under home-use conditions. Researchers know that the more stable a diabetic persons blood sugar is, the lower the occurrence of devastating health consequences that can include the loss of limbs, organs, and eyesight. Diabetics are also twice as likely to meet an early death when compared to their healthy peers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. PositiveID is working on bringing four other systems to market. All have patents pending. The first is Easy Check, a glucose-detection monitor that analyzes a patients bloodsugar levels by analyzing their breath. Another technology, already approved by the FDA, uses a radio frequency identification chip embedded under the skin. This glucose-sensing microchip provides continuous blood-sugar monitoring when combined with the RFID. PositiveID also has its own FDAapproved portable system, a wireless technology that allows diabetics to access a website to keep logs of their blood sugar throughout the day. In addition, it also allows them to share their medical information with family and medical staff, as necessary. Commenting in GlobeNewswire, PositiveID chairman and CEO William Caragol said he was very optimistic about collaborating with Schneider Childrens and the DRI. It will enable us to accelerate the remaining development and study of our non-invasive diabetes management projects, and ultimately bring these groundbreaking products to market, he said.

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A different kind of Passover seder

During the migration of Soviet Jews to the United States in the 1970s, 80s and 90s, thousands settled throughout the Puget Sound. In the ensuing years, many raised families and have become a part of the elderly population. Because so many scholarly Jews in the Soviet Union were killed either in World War II or by the Stalin regime, most of the Russians who came to the U.S. may have been experts in their professional careers, but they knew little about religious ritual or Jewish history. Which is why Cantor Marina Belenky says that the Passover seder she led at Temple Beth Am on Sun., April 8 is like a dream come true. The seder, performed entirely in Hebrew and Russian, used the Reform movements Russian-language Passover Haggadah. More than 200 people of Russian descent, from small children to elderly adults, were bused in from around the Puget Sound region to participate in an event they found both accessible and, at least from what appeared with the toasts and multilingual conversations, enjoyable. The Russian elderly here are such a small community, and they rarely get to see each other, said Jane Relin, Jewish Family Services director of aging and adult programs. Theres no occasions for them to get together. This is the third such seder, a joint effort of Temples Beth Am and Bnai Torah and Jewish Family Service.
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Dozens of participants sat family-style at one of the long tables set up in Temple Beth Ams social hall.

Cantor Marina Belenky leads a blessing over one of the cups of wine. Her musical group, Marianna Trio, also performed dance numbers following the seder.

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The story of Titanic survivors Leah and Filly Aks

maRshall Weiss The Dayton Jewish observer
When Titanic departed on its first and last voyage from Southampton, England on Wednesday, April 10, 1912, 18-yearold Jewish immigrant Leah Aks and her 10-month-old son, Philip were on board. Passover had concluded the day before. On sailing day, Leah was pleased to find that the third class was not completely booked; she and Philip had a cabin all to themselves. Leah was born in Warsaw, Poland. In London, she had met Sam Aks, a tailor who was also from Warsaw. They were married there. In London he was barely making a living, wrote Valery Bazarov, historian for the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, in a piece about the family for HIAS. A cousin who lived in America visited him in London and told him that if he came to America hed make money very quickly. So he came over, got a job, and soon saved enough money to bring Mrs. Aks and the baby over. Sam settled in Norfolk, Va. and entered the scrap metal business. In Titanic: Women and Children First, author Judith B. Geller indicates that all the money Sam earned was used for Leah and Fillys trip to join him. Their arrival in Norfolk would mark the first time Sam would meet his son. Though Leah and Filly were booked onto an earlier ship, Bazarov explained that Leahs mother convinced her to wait a week and travel on Titanic, considered the worlds safest liner. Four days into their journey, after the ship struck an iceberg, Leah and Filly followed other third-class passengers to the bottom of the third-class staircase at the rear of the ship. At 12:30 p.m., the crew permitted women and children in this group to make their way to the boat deck. When crew members saw that Leah and Filly couldnt get through the crowd up the stairs, they carried the two. Leah and Filly made it to the boat deck, part of the first-class area of the ship. Madeline Astor, the young wife of millionaire John Jacob Astor, covered Fillys head with her silk scarf. According to Bazarov, a distraught man who had been rebuffed by the crew when he attempted to get into a lifeboat ran up to Leah and said, Ill show you women and children first! The man grabbed Filly and threw him overboard. Leah searched the deck until someone urged or pushed her into lifeboat 13. She sat in the middle of the Atlantic with 63 others in number 13, a broken woman. Hours after Titanic went down and the cries for help from those dying in the water faded away, the liner Carpathia arrived at daybreak. Leah searched the deck of Carpathia in vain for her baby. Despondent, she took to a mattress for two days. Titanic survivor Selena Cook urged Leah to come up on deck for air. When she did, she heard Fillys cry. Unknown to Leah, Filly had fallen into lifeboat number 11, right into another womans arms. In Gellers account, the woman is presumed to have been Italian immigrant Argene del Carlo. Her husband was not permitted to follow the pregnant Argene into the lifeboat. Argene shared her warmth with Filly through the long night, Geller writes. Toward morning she began to believe that God had sent this child to her as a replacement for Sebastino (her husband) and a brother for the child she carried in her womb. On the deck of Carpathia, the woman who had cared for Filly since Titanic sank refused to give Leah the child. Leah appealed to the Carpathias captain, Arthur Roston, now put in the role of Jewish baby and he was circumcised. The (other) woman was Catholic and Italian and her male child would not have been circumcised. After their arrival in New York, Leah and Filly were taken to HIAS shelter and remained there until Frank could come for them. Leah Aks gave birth to a baby girl nine months after arriving in this country and intended to name her Sara Carpathia, in honor of the rescue ship, Binder explained. The nuns at the hospital in Norfolk, Va. got confused and named the baby Sara Titanic Aks. I have a copy of her birth certificate. Sara was Binders mother-in-law. Leah lived until 1967; her son, Filly, until 1991.
Marshall Weiss is the editor and publisher of The Dayton Jewish Observer.

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King Solomon. In an e-mail interview with The Observer, Gilbert Binder, the husband of Leahs late granddaughter, Rebecca, described what happened next. Binder said that Filly was returned to Leah because she identified him as a

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Then the voice of the Divine called out, who shall I send, who shall go for us? And I replied, here am I. Send me. (Isaiah 6:8)
As Jews, we have a special obligation to not separate ourselves from the community. From biblical times to today, our community has responded to the needs of others through volunteerism. Indeed, at the heart of our Jewish tradition is the concept of tikkun olam, repairing the world. We can do that by giving of ourselves freely to make our community and our world a better place. The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle is proud to join JTNews in saluting our communitys volunteers who uphold our 3,000-year-old history. They carry boxes to fill our Jewish Family Service food bank. Their faces bring smiles to the sick, lonely and frail. Their voices engage others in our community to act, to participate and to give. Their minds help shape a vibrant future for Seattles Jewish community. There are many words in the Jewish tradition that define the imperatives to volunteer including chesed (kindness) and tzedakah (righteous giving). When I see nearly 100 teens spending time with children with special needs at the Friendship Circle or a Stroum JCC auditorium overflowing with Super Sunday callers, what strikes me is that for many, the simple joy of helping others connects us to our ancient traditions and our sense of Jewish peoplehood. Finally, please know that the work of our community simply would not happen without a partnership involving literally thousands of volunteers. To all those who help strengthen Jewish organizational life, I offer my heartfelt thanks. You are the lifeblood of our community, answering the call to build a Seattle Jewish community and world that our children and grandchildren will be proud of.
Richard Fruchter, President and CEO, The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle

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Below are listings of many different volunteering opportunities throughout our community. Please contact the individual organization for further details. J-Serve 2012

Ben at bstarsky@bbyo.org For teens only! April 29 12:30-4:30 p.m. at Stroum Jewish Community Center National Jewish teen day of volunteering. Young adult chaperones needed.

Contact Jane Deer-Hileman, Director of Volunteer Services 206-861-3155 or volunteer@jfsseattle.org Bellevue eSL Class Assistants and Tutors Assistants, class leaders and tutors needed Mondays-Thursdays, weekends and evenings.


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Kent and Tukwila Family Mentors Immigrants in Kent/Tukwila need mentors, drivers, ESL, job coaching, orientation. Kent Intern Mentor, organize workshops and support groups for sole provider refugee women. Friendly visitors Visit seniors, nursing home clients and others every other week. Big Pals Accompany youths and preteens on recreational activities. One-year commitment. Home Delivery Deliver groceries to clients who cant reach the food bank. Car required. Gleaning for Good Collect farmers market produce Sundays, AprilNovember for the food bank.

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Each night in Seattle, 700 to 1,000 young people have no safe place to sleep. For almost 40 years,YouthCare has been working to get homeless youth off the streets and preparing for life, starting with a hot, nutritious meal at YouthCares James W. Ray Orion Center. Today,YouthCare pays tribute to Temple Beth Am, and to volunteers Diane Baer, Cheryl Cohen, Sue Covey and Susan Simon, who scheduled meal group volunteers at the Orion Center for more than 12 years. Thanks to them, thousands of homeless youth received the sustenance they so desperately needed.

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Jewish groups must bring young volunteers on board

Jon RosenbeRg anD lee sheRman JTA World News Service
(JTA) Nonprofits in the United States dont just benefit from government contracts and charitable donations. Some 62.8 million volunteers in the United States provided more than 8 billion hours of their time to nonprofits in 2010 at an estimated value of $160 billion. Like other nonprofits, our own organizations in the Jewish world continue to struggle as competition for funding dollars climbs, government support declines and staffs are stretched thin. It is time for us to rethink the role of volunteers and how we are working with them especially the next generation of young adult volunteers. Engaging young adults as volunteers with Jewish nonprofits has proven tricky, especially when it comes to connecting them with meaningful opportunities that have potential to have a real impact on clients or communities. The problem has not been a lack of willingness to volunteer among young Jews. According to Repair the Worlds 2011 Volunteering + Values report, 78 percent of young Jewish women and 63 percent of young Jewish men said they had volunteered during the 12 months prior to the survey. But their volunteerism in general now consists primarily of sporadic, one-shot engagements, and most of it occurs outside the Jewish community. That means there is great social spirit in the community, but not a lot of value added through volunteerism. Theres even less through volunteering with Jewish organizations. Even as organizations struggle to sustain funding, we must do much more to engage the important human capital provided by volunteers. But the volunteers must also know about the opportunities in order to engage with our collective work. Thats the impetus behind a new partnership between Repair the World, the service arm of the American Jewish community, and the Association of Jewish Family & Childrens Agencies, the membership association for North Americas 125 Jewish family service agencies. Repair the World and AJFCAs new Volunteer Initiative Program will focus on increasing volunteer opportunities for young people at Jewish Family Services organizations and on creating meaningful, effective service that better enables these agencies to deliver on their mission. It will help us serve those in need. Of course, while reports can help us identify concerns, we wont really know what will work until we get on the ground. So starting in April, some 22 Jewish Family and Childrens Services organizations will work to create better volunteer programs. They will come up with theories, put those theories into practice, and help us see what works so we can spread best practices to the rest of the JFS network and then beyond to the broader Jewish nonprofit world. In this process, we will not only be informed by good work happening already in the JF&CS network, but also by emerging efforts in the secular service world such as Reimagining Service (reimaginingservice.org) and the Cities of Service (citiesofservice.org) initiatives. We have a century-long American Jewish history of helping the other, be it the settlement houses of the turn-ofthe-20th century, the vast network of Jewish hospitals that now exist primarily for a general population, or the work of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society with Lifelong AIDS Alliance 1002 E Seneca St. Pack safer sex kits, prepare informational materials. Thursdays 4-7 p.m. Lucy Spring 206-725-8800 or lucys@klinegalland.org immigrants that includes not only those pouring in from ravaged Jewish communities of Eastern Europe but also refugees from all around the world. Whether or not our young people are aware, like many of our stalwarts in the Jewish world today, JF&CS agencies began by assisting Jewish refugees and immigrants, orphans, and the poor and needy. These agencies are continuing to provide critical services to people of all ages of all religious and cultural backgrounds; with special needs and physical needs; and through economic challenges and lifecycle changes. Its time that we introduce this crucial work and these impressive organizations to the next generation of volunteers, supporters and advocates. Its time we foster pride in our contributions to our communities at large and enable young people to embrace their work as an entry point back into the Jewish community.
Jon Rosenberg is CEO of Repair the World. Lee Sherman is president and CEO of the Association of Jewish Family & Childrens Agencies.

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Find a Path Through the Desert

by Mike Selinker & Gaby Weidling

This Weeks Wisdom

BBYO embraces anti-bullying documentary, taking its message to Jewish teens

DebRa Rubin JTA World News Service
WASHINGTON (JTA) Emotional. Raw. Frustrating. Thats how Oz Fishman describes his reaction to Bully, a documentary that Evergreen BBYO and The Bully follows five students who face daily bullyproject invite all seattle-area Jewish ing. The movie also focuses on two victims youth and their parents to a screenof bullying who killed themselves. ing of Bully, followed by a discusI think every single person who wants sion and training session. Tickets to be a member of any community should cost $5/teens and $7.50/adults. see this film, Fishman said. Advance registration required. For As international co-president of the information and to register, visit Jewish youth group BBYO, Fishman has www.bbyo.org/bully/seattle. been in a position to help make Bully available to Jewish teens and their parents throughout the country. BBYO has partnered with The Bully Project, which made the documentary, to bring the film to Jewish teens. Bully opened in limited release on March 30; The BUlly PRoJecT two days later, the BBYO and The Bully Project are working together to bring the film Bully youth organization to Jewish teens. held the first two of When youve seen a movie like Bully, 15 private screenings that it will host its personal in a way because all of these nationwide, including in Seattle. teenagers have seen bullying in real life, The much-discussed film has fueled the know a friend whos been bullied, Kessel national conversation over how to prevent said. The values give them a Jewish way to bullying. The Bully Project aims to have talk about it. 1 million teens see the movie and sign a Fishman, 18, was particularly struck by pledge promising to take a stand against remarks in the film from the father of one bullying stick up for others who might of the suicide victims. be in need of my help and be role The father said, Were nobody; were models by not spreading hateful rumors just some random people. Had this hapand not ignoring those who do. pened to a son of a politician, it would Bully filmmaker Lee Hirsch is have been on the front pages everywhere, delighted by BBYOs participation. Fishman recalled. It is shocking to me BBYO has rallied around this film in a that anybody would ever feel so worthless way that has absolutely been inspirational to and meaningless that their child, having me as a filmmaker and as a Jew, Hirsch said. been bullied to a point of suicide, wasnt Its been an extraordinary thing to witness. worthy of the worlds attention. The youth organizations February As Jews, he said, Its part of our values convention in Atlanta included a preto do our best to stop [bullying]. Thats view of the film. BBYO members also were how we build a better world. trained as facilitators for discussions that BBYO officials say the film dovetails follow the screenings. with the groups Stand Up for Each Other The discussions use a Jewish study guide Campaign for Respect and Inclusion, a developed by BBYO. The guide provides project that began in 2010 and is designed a Jewish foundation for the teens to talk to raise sensitivity, to teach teens to create about the film and about bullying, according open communities, Kessel said. to Rabbi David Kessel, BBYOs chief proThe concept behind The Bully Projgram officer. It is used as a supplement to ect is that it takes a movement, it takes BULLY: Fostering Empathy and Action in a village to change attitudes, and you Schools, the Facing History and Ourselves can be that change, said Estee Portnoy, curriculum created for The Bully Project. who chairs BBYOs international board The BBYO curriculum includes disof directors. That really aligned with tributing cards that contain such Jewish BBYOs Stand Up campaign. values as pikuach nefesh, or saving a life; As part of the Stand Up project, BBYO hochaiach tocheeach, you shall rebuke; joined with Keshet, a gay and lesbian halbanat panim, avoiding public humiliation; and onaat dvarim, laws aimed at avoiding verbal humiliation. X PAgE 28

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April 18 at 7 p.m. Erik Larson Author talk In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Erik Larson will talk about his latest book, In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitlers Berlin. The evening will begin with lighting a memorial candle and a moment of silence to honor the victims of Nazi terror. At Temple Bnai Torah, 1527 NE Fourth St., Bellevue. Free; dessert reception to follow. For more information contact Jennifer at 425-6039677 or jfliss@templebnaitorah.org, or visit templebnaitorah.org.

April 21 at 2 p.m. Far is my Home Concert-commentary Music of Remembrances final Sparks of Glory concert at the Seattle Art Museum builds on the current Gauguin exhibit to express how non-Western influences affected the painter as well as three composers who lost their lives in the Holocaust. Pieces include Gideon Kleins Fantasy and Fugue for String Quartet, Pavel Haass Four Songs on Chinese Poetry, and Erwin Schulhoffs Five Pieces for String Quartet. At the Seattle Art Museum, Plestcheeff Auditorium, 1300 First Ave., Seattle. For more information visit musicofremembrance.org.

April 25 at 7:30 p.m. Etgar Keret Author talk Internationally acclaimed Israeli writer Etgar Keret will speak about his latest collection of short stories, Suddenly a Knock on the Door. Described by Salman Rushdie as the voice of the next generation and compared to Franz Kafka, Woody Allen and Kurt Vonnegut, Keret employs a dark, comical and absurdist style thats launched him into Israels uppermost literary echelons. Sponsored by Seattle Arts and Lectures and Jew-ish.com. At Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle. Tickets are $5 for students under 18, $15/ general, $30/patrons. For more information visit bit.ly/suddenlyaknock.

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April 26 at 7:30 Best of Fest: mabul Film The Stroum Jewish Community Center and the American Jewish Committee team up for a post-Seattle Jewish Film Festival series, kicking off with the opening night hit film Mabul. As Yoni prepares for his Bar Mitzvah, his autistic older brother Tomer unexpectedly returns home, forcing the entire family to cope with his presence. Rated PG. Hebrew with English subtitles. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. For more information contact Roni Antebi at 206-232-7115 or RoniA@sjcc.org. To register, visit bit.ly/mabul.

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April 28 at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. The Tour-Raichel Collective Concert Idan Raichel returns to Seattle with Mali guitarist and songwriter Vieux Farka Tour. Together, the two produced an album released in February of improvised, acoustic recordings in the spirit of promoting peace and cross-cultural harmony. With bassist Yossi Fine and percussionist Souleymane Kan on a djembe drum, the Vieux Farka Tour and Idan Raichel Quartet create sublime and transcendent music. At the Triple Door, 216 Union St., Seattle. Doors open at 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Shows are all ages. Tickets are $45 in advance, $47 at the door and available through bit.ly/toureraichel. Visit www.toureraichel.com for more information about the quartet.

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The Israeli stage, as seen from Seattle

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As the spring quarter launches into full bloom at the University of Washington, the Stroum Jewish Studies Program prepares for a special visitor to arrive on campus from Israel. Selected as one of 10 sites nationwide to participate in the Schusterman visiting artist program, UW will be hosting world-renowned Israeli playwright Joshua Sobol from April 15 through June 10. With a vast amount of playwriting under his belt, Sobol is most famous for his work, Ghetto (1984), which has been produced in over 25 countries and won the London Critics award for Britains best play of the year in 1989. His work has been internationally recognized and acclaimed over the last 30 years. Bringing an Israeli artist on campus to share both his work and his experience gives the program the opportunity to reach across campus and work with other departments, in this case the UW School of Drama, to create a calendar of classes and community events featuring Sobol throughout the spring quarter. The Schusterman visiting artist program was created to build and share Israeli culture with Jewish communities in a variety of ways. Founded in June 2008 as a project of the Foundation for Jewish Culture, this program brings Israeli artists in a variety of disciplines to North American institutions. shops at a number of Israeli Jewish Studies Program Universities. leaders say they are excited Though teaching has about the opportunity to never been my main occushare the wealth of knowlpation, I have always kept edge, experience, artistic a working contact with wisdom and possibly drama departments at varimost important the Israeli ous Israeli universities and and Jewish culture Sobol training schools for actors, brings to the community and Sobol told JTNews. I find campus. the working contact with stuWe see this as an opporcoURTeSy JoShUA SoBol tunity to expand across the Renowned Israeli playwright dents very stimulating and inspirational. university to expose other Joshua Sobol. While working with the programs to Israeli and UW School of Drama, Sobol plans to share Jewish culture, said Jewish Studies chair with students his experience in approachNoam Pianko. One of our missions is to ing text as a point of departure for improtake what we study and research and share visation and using improvisation as a basis that with the community. for creating and approaching text. The Jewish Studies programs Hannah He plans to work with students on Pressman, who is in charge of coordinatexploring many aspects of dramatic intering events during Sobols visit, agreed. pretation, along with introducing students Hosting an Israeli artist is an ideal to the form and the open structure of the way to expose students, faculty, and comso-called Polydrama, a form I developed munity to the ways that a creative mind in cooperation with the Austrian director mediates the socio-political complexity Paulus Manker, Sobol said. of life in Israel, she said. We hope that Having worked primarily with Israeli Mr. Sobols presence during spring quarstudents in the past, Sobol said he looks ter will help to highlight Israeli culture for forward to his upcoming work with those curious about the role of the artist in American students. this complicated part of the world. I am quite curious to meet young Aside from the 60 plays Sobol has writAmerican students, he said, and to get ten, he has also authored several novels an idea about the values, the taste, the and non-fiction books and taught workideas and the beliefs and convictions that animate them, in one word to capture the Zeitgeist of the present rising generation of young Americans. Odai Johnson, head of the UWs School of Drama Ph.D. program and associate professor of theatre history, will be co-teaching a playwriting class with Sobol. Like Pianko, Johnson said he looks forward to working across the university with other departments during Sobols residency. We are delighted to have a professional playwright of international reputation here in residence working with students in the School of Drama, he said. Beyond teaching classes with the drama and Jewish studies programs at UW, Sobol will be spending his visit working with other Jewish organizations throughout the greater Seattle area to share his artistic and cultural experience. Currently, community events that will feature Sobol and his work include a reading at the UW Bookstore on May 8, and an invitation-only evening of staged readings on May 15. We have reached out to Seattle Jewish organizations to allow Mr. Sobol to engage with the community here, said the Jewish Studies Programs Pressman. Programs so far include engagements with UW Hillel and synagogues in Seattles Northend.

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Free Men uncovers Muslim role in helping French Jews during WWII
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If movies can truly make a difference, then the timing of the soulful French wartime drama Free Men couldnt be better. Based on actual events, the engrossing second film by the Moroccan-born director Ismael Ferroukhi reveals the largely forgotten efforts of the director of the Mosque of Paris, Kaddour Ben Gabrit, to assist the Resistance and save Jews during the Nazi occupation. With contemporary Muslim-Jewish tensions in France and elsewhere an ongoing cause of concern, Free Men provides a deeply felt reminder that both peoples are capable of performing bravely and righteously when faced with mindless racism. Its true that I wanted the film to have an echo today, and to echo in the Arab and Jewish relationship that most of the time we believe is nonexistent, Ferroukhi said in a phone interview a few days before the March 19 murders outside a Jewish school in Toulouse. Free Men opens Friday, April 13 at the SIFF Cinema. It made its Seattle debut at the AJC Seattle Jewish Film Festival last month. The films main character is a young, street-smart Algerian who sells black-market goods in wartime Paris. Arrested by the police, Younes (Tahar Rahim) is given

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Mahmoud Shalaby and dubbed in musical sequences by the Moroccan vocalist Pinhas Cohen. If this provides a clue to what Salim is hiding, so be it. The Northern African population believes, most of the time, that relations between Arabs and Jews never existed, Ferroukhi explains. In our research, we discovered exactly the opposite there were relations. But that memory has faded, and was deleted from collective memory. And that is due to the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. There was literature as well as music that dates to Andalusia, where the Arabic, Jewish and Christian cultures created culture together. Younes is also introduced to the nascent Algerian independence movement. Free
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NEW YORK (JTA) The destruction of Solomons Temple by the Babylonians in 586 BCE was the first great national tragedy in Jewish history. During the subsequent exile, four fast days commemorating the calamitous event were added to the Jewish calendar: The 10th day of the Hebrew month of Tevet, when the siege of Jerusalem began; the 17th of Tammuz, when the walls of Jerusalem were breached; the 3rd of Tishri, marking the assassination of the Gedaliah, governor of Jerusalem; and Tisha bAv, the 9th of Av, when the Temple was destroyed. For more than 2,500 years these fast days have remained on the Jewish religious calendar, and the Book of Lamentations continues to be read on Tisha bAv. This is as it should be. Even though it is a far more recent horror, the Holocaust was no less a national Jewish catastrophe than the destruction of the first and second Temples. Yom HaShoah, designated as the official Jewish day of remembrance for the millions annihilated by Nazi Germany and its multinational accomplices, is as ritually significant and divinely inspired as Tisha bAv. This year, Yom HaShoah falls on April 19. The preservation and transmission of our parents and grandparents memories is the most critical mission to which the children and grandchildren of survivors must dedicate themselves to ensure meaningful and authentic Holocaust remembrance in future generations. As the ranks of those who suffered alongside the murdered victims of the Holocaust steadily dwindle, the task becomes ever more urgent. In his keynote address at the first International Conference of Children of Holocaust Survivors in 1984, Elie Wiesel mandated us to do what the survivors have tried to do and more: to keep our tale alive and sacred. You have screened Yourself off with a cloud, so that no prayer can pass through, we read in Lamentations. And yet it is told that Reb Azriel David Fastag, a disciple of the Chassidic rebbe of Modzhitz, spontaneously composed and began to sing what has become the best-known melody to Maimonidess 12th Principle of Jewish Faith while in a cattle car from the Warsaw Ghetto to the Treblinka death camp: Ani maamin beemuna shleima, bviat hamashiach; vaf al pi sheyismameya, im kol zeh, achakeh lo bchol yom sheyavo I believe with perfect faith in the coming of the Messiah; and even though he may tarry, nevertheless I will wait every day for him to come. A young Jew managed to escape from the Treblinka-bound train, taking with him the niggun, the melody, of Fastags Ani Maamin. Eventually the melody reached the Modzhitzer rebbe, who is said to have exclaimed, With this niggun, the Jewish people went to the gas chambers, and with this niggun, the Jews will march to greet Moshiach. My mother, who had survived Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, died in 1997,
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hours after the end of Rosh Hashanah. Six months later I took my daughter Jodi, then a college sophomore, to Poland for the first time. She and my mother had been very close and spent a great deal of time together as Jodi was growing up. We went to Warsaw and Krakow, and then to Auschwitz. On a gray day with a constant drizzle, I showed Jodi Block 11 the death block at Auschwitz where my father was tortured for months. Then we went to Birkenau, where we walked in silence past the decaying wooden barracks. After 15 or 20 minutes, Jodi turned to me and said, referring to her grandmother by her nickW IRAN PAgE 1

name, You know, it looks exactly the way Dassah described it. I realized that a transfer of memory had taken place. My daughter, born 33 years after the Holocaust, had recognized Birkenau through my mothers eyes, through my mothers memories that Jodi had absorbed into her consciousness. For the past several years, grandchildren of survivors at Park Avenue Synagogue in New York City have described their grandparents experiences as a core element of what is evolving as our Yom HaShoah liturgy. Thus deportations, separations from parents and siblings, selections for the gas chambers, desperate escapes, nighttime ambushes of Nazi troops by partisan units, and avoiding death in secret hiding spaces keep the Iranians at the table, according to Trita Parsi, the director of the National Iranian American Council, and it could push away major powers that until now have followed the Obama administrations lead. This package is a non-starter to most observers, including to other P5+1 diplomats, Parsi wrote on The Huffington Post, referring to the grouping of nations that negotiates with Iran on nuclear issues and comprises permanent U.N. Security Council members United States, Russia, China, France and Britain as well as Germany. The problem is not necessarily the demands but the imbalance between what is demanded and what is offered. Dennis Ross, Obamas former top Iran adviser who still consults with the White House, suggested last week that the U.S. might soften one critical additional piece of the sanctions should Iran comply with the demands on the Qom site and enrichment. If Iran were to stop enriching uranium

and on forged identity papers cease to be abstract concepts. As family histories merge with haunting songs and melodies that were sung in the ghettos and camps, we are reminded that these firsthand, personal accounts that together chronicle the enormity of the Holocaust must enter our theology just as the testimonies of the prophets Jeremiah and Ezekiel became part of our Scripture. At the Passover seder we recite Bchol dor vador chayav adam lirot et atzmo ke-ilu hu yatza mi-mitzrayim In each generation it is incumbent on each of us to see ourselves as if we had come out of Egypt. We have been entrusted with a precious and fragile inheritance that ultimately belongs to the entire Jewish people and to to 20 percent, ship out the material it has already enriched to that level and deactivate the Fordow facility near Qom, that would probably be sufficient, he said in an analysis distributed by the influential Washington Institute for Near East Policy think tank, where he now works. Here again, the question is what Iran would seek in return. Lifting the Central Bank sanctions would probably be the minimum it would require. That prospect alarms Republicans in the U.S. Senate who until now have been impressed with Obamas implementation of the sanctions regime. So far the Obama administration is completely faithfully implementing the sanctions, said a Republican Senate aide involved in the sanctions legislation talks. Theyre executing everything as theyre supposed to. The Senate aide referred particularly to the presidents March 30 determination that oil markets could withstand

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is, rent, utilities, and medications and in 2007 we gave out, in just rent assistance, $43,000, said Weinberg. Last year we gave out $75,000, and if we had an additional $75,000, we could have distributed it all. Weinberg said he was proud of the work that JFS does but that as far as hes concerned, its really only a Band-Aid over the problem of poverty that will never be eliminated in our society. Jewish Family Service has a food bank and we serve 4,000 families a month, Weinberg said. Of the 15,000 people we

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Jewish group, to get signatures for Keshets Do Not Stand Idly By: A Jewish Community Pledge to Save Lives, which commits signers to speak against homophobic bullying and harassment. The youth group also put together a resource guide that contains a number of different model programs that you could run at a convention, Shabbaton, leadership event, Kessel said. The rabbi says he already sees a culture shift. People are more aware, for example, of the kind of language they use.

We looked at terms like, Thats so gay, Kessel said, and tried to make people understand its a pejorative. We havent solved the problem, he said, but weve taken a major step forward. For Adam Greenburg, 18, who was bullied as a child for being the only Jew for miles and for being overweight BBYO already is a safe haven. We dont put up with bullying at all, said Greenburg, of Redondo Beach, Calif. Jews are really big on doing the right thing, and I think with the Stand Up cause, it gives us the opportunity do the right thing.


Men subtly but unmistakably acknowledges the betrayal of the Algerians along with the thousands of other men from Frances North African colonies who fought in the war and were denied the recognition, rights and respect they deserved. But the soft-spoken Ferroukhi, speaking through an interpreter, downplays the suggestion that Free Men is intended to incite younger moviegoers to be politically engaged. The movie is not about the need for action, but history reminds the new gener-

ation of the need to act, Ferroukhi maintains. We can take a lesson that people from different [backgrounds], from different regions, unite for a common goal against a common enemy. I am not here to give any lessons to anyone. I learn from history and other people will learnI dont teach. Indeed, when Ferroukhi told a Jewish friend who worked on his first film, Le Grand Voyage, that Kaddour Ben Gabrit was the focus of his new project, the man exclaimed, No way thats the man who saved my grandma. Its stronger than history, Ferroukhi says quietly. Its intimacy.

professional directory
Care Givers
HomeCare Associates A program of Jewish Family Service 206-861-3193 www.homecareassoc.org  Provides personal care, assistance with daily activities, medication reminders, light housekeeping, meal preparation and companionship to older adults living at home or in assisted-living facilities.

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Congregation Beth Shalom Cemetery 206-524-0075 info@bethshalomseattle.org This beautiful new cemetery is available to the Jewish community and is located just north of Seattle.

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Dentists (continued) ConneCTInG ProFeSSIonAlS wITh our jewISh CommunITy Counselors/Therapists

Betsy Rubin, M.S.W., L.C.S.W. Individual and couple counseling 206-362-0502 betsyrubintherapy@gmail.com  I have more than 30 years exerience helping people deal with getting past the parts of their lives that leave them feeling stuck or unhappy. My practice relies on collaboration, which means that together we will create a safe place in which we can explore growth together. I believe that this work is a journey and that I am privileged to be your guide and your witness as you move to make the changes that you wish for. Arnold S. Reich, D.M.D. 425-228-6444 www.drareich.com  Just off 405 in N. Renton Gentle Care Family Preventive Cosmetic Dentistry

Matzoh Momma Catering Catering with a personal touch 206-324-MAMA Serving the community for over 25 years. Full service catering and event planning for all your Life Cycle events. Miriam and Pip Meyerson

Michael Spektor, D.D.S. 425-643-3746 info@spektordental.com www.spektordental.com  Specializing in periodontics, dental implants, and cosmetic gum therapy. Bellevue

Certified Public Accountants

Dennis B. Goldstein & Assoc., CPAs, PS Tax Preparation & Consulting 425-455-0430 F 425-455-0459 dennis@dbgoldsteincpa.com

Wendy Shultz Spektor, D.D.S. 425-454-1322 info@spektordental.com www.spektordental.com  Emphasis: Cosmetic and Preventive Dentistry Convenient location in Bellevue

Hills of Eternity Cemetery Owned and operated by Temple De Hirsch Sinai 206-323-8486 Serving the greater Seattle Jewish community. Jewish cemetery open to all preneed and at-need services. Affordable rates Planning assistance. Queen Anne, Seattle

Senior Services
Hyatt Home Care Services Live-in and Hourly Care 206-851-5277 www.hyatthomecare.com  Providing adults with personal care, medication reminders, meal preparation, errands, household chores, pet care and companionship.

Eastside Insurance Services Chuck Rubin, agent 425-271-3101 F 425-277-3711 4508 NE 4th, #B, Renton Tom Brody, agent 425-646-3932 F 425-646-8750 www.e-z-insurance.com  2227 112th Ave. NE, Bellevue We represent Pemco, Safeco, Hartford & Progressive

Financial Services
Hamrick Investment Counsel, LLC Roy A. Hamrick, CFA 206-441-9911 rahamrick@hamrickinvestment.com www.hamrickinvestment.com  Professional portfolio management services for individuals, foundations and nonprofit organizations.

Newman Dierst Hales, PLLC Nolan A. Newman, CPA 206-284-1383 nnewman@ndhaccountants.com www.ndhaccountants.com  Tax Accounting Healthcare Consulting

College Placement
College Placement Consultants 425-453-1730 preiter@qwest.net www.collegeplacementconsultants.com  Pauline B. Reiter, Ph.D. Expert help with undergraduate and graduate college selection, applications and essays. 40 Lake Bellevue, #100, Bellevue 98005

Jewish Family Service Individual, couple, child and family therapy 206-861-3152 contactus@jfsseattle.org www.jfsseattle.org  Expertise with life transitions, addiction and recovery, relationships and personal challenges all in a cultural context. Licensed therapists; flexible day or evening appointments; sliding fee scale; most insurance plans.

Jewish Family Service 206-461-3240 www.jfsseattle.org  Comprehensive geriatric care management and support services for seniors and their families. Expertise with in-home assessments, residential placement, family dynamics and on-going case management. Jewish knowledge and sensitivity.

Dani Weiss Photography 206-760-3336 www.daniweissphotography.com  Photographer Specializing in People. Children, Bnai Mitzvahs, Families, Parties, Promotions & Weddings.

Toni Calvo Waldbaum, DDS Richard Calvo, DDS 206-246-1424 Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry Designing beautiful smiles 207 SW 156th St., #4, Seattle

Mass Mutual Financial Group Albert Israel, CFP 206-346-3327 aisrael@finsvcs.com Retirement planning for those nearing retirement Estate planning for those subject to estate taxes General investment management Life, disability, long-term care & health insurance Complimentary one hour sessions available

The Summit at First Hill 206-652-4444 www.klinegallandcenter.org  The only Jewish retirement community in the state of Washington offers transition assessment and planning for individuals looking to downsize or be part of an active community of peers. Multi-disciplinary professionals with depth of experience available for consultation.

Linda Jacobs & Associates College Placement Services 206-323-8902 linjacobs@aol.com Successfully matching student and school. Seattle.

Warren J. Libman, D.D.S., M.S.D. 425-453-1308 www.libmandds.com  Certified Specialist in Prosthodontics: Restorative Reconstructive Cosmetic Dentistry 14595 Bel Red Rd. #100, Bellevue

Solomon M. Karmel, Ph.D First Allied Securities 425-454-2285 x 1080 www.hedgingstrategist.com  Retirement, stocks, bonds, college, annuities, business 401Ks.

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Camp Solomon Schechter

Where Judaism and joy are one! Founded in 1954, Camp Solomon Schechter is the premier Jewish camping experience in the Pacific Northwest. Their Shabbat-observant and kosher camp is independent, offering an innovative Jewish experience for youth of all denominations entering 2nd-11th grades. They are located an hour south of Seattle and feature engaging sports and arts activities. Breathtaking views of their private lake, forests and protected wetlands augment the exciting outdoor program. Financial aid is available. 206-447-1967 info@campschechter.org www.campschechter.org
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Join them for their 35th summer of fun, learning, and adventure! The Meridian School is well known for its summer program. Open to the general public and conveniently located in Wallingford. Day Camp program for ages 512 offers a new theme and three field trips each week. Plus, nearly 30 enrichment classes for ages 515. They have something for everyone! 206-632-7145 x.308 or 324 www.meridianschool.edu/content/summer-program Red Gate Farm is a special place where young campers can build their self-confidence while enjoying the pleasure of riding and developing a friendship with their camp horse. Eight one-week sessions are offered. Campers will learn everything about horse care including basic grooming, saddling, even some horse psychology! Other activities include arts and crafts, Dutch oven cooking, on-the-ground horsey time games and gardening. On the last day of every session, campers get a chance to demonstrate their new riding skills with a horse show for friends and family! 425-392-0111

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Death Chana Lorber

Chana Lorber, beloved mother and grandmother, passed away Saturday, March 10 at the age of 91. Chana is survived by her daughter Rosalie Revesz and granddaughter Laura Revesz. Chana was born in Warsaw, Poland and survived the concentration camps. She came to Seattle, Washington, where she had relatives, in 1951. Shortly thereafter, she married her husband of 45 years, Dow M. Lorber, who preceded her in death. Chana was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother as well as a successful businesswoman. She and her husband worked side by side at their store, Dows Economy Clothing in the Pike Place Market area for many years. She was active in many Jewish organizations including AMIT Women and Congregation Bikur Cholim-Machzikay Hadath. She will be greatly missed by her friends and family. Donations may be made to Congregation Bikur Cholim-Machzikay Hadath or the Kline Galland Home of Seattle.

SJCC Summer Camp

SJCC Summer Camp brings outdoor adventures to life, from rock climbing and rockets to kayaking and beachcombing. They reach hundreds of campers, kindergarten through 10th grade, with one, two and three week camps. They hope their campers learn more about themselves, create life-lasting friendships and develop self-confidence. Thirty-five unique camps in Mercer Island and North Seattle. They welcome everyone. www.SJCC.org The Union Hill Ranch is a private horse boarding facility in Redmond, owned by the Sternoff family for 23 years. Their daughters grew up riding horses and competing at a world breed show and college varsity equestrian level. Their program currently supports the childhood dream of owning your own horse. They have childrens lessons as well as horse boarding and leasing available. Located at 22440 NE Union Hill Rd., Redmond. 425-868-8097 ksternoff@theunionhillranch.com www.theunionhillranch.com Situated on 300 acres, their state-of-the-art facility is just over an hour north of downtown Seattle in the foothills of the Cascades. Sessions range in length from one to three weeks and are staffed by mature college students under the guidance of experienced senior staff members and faculty from across the country. Camp Kalsman is proud of its commitment to providing campers with strong and encouraging Jewish role models. Your child will never forget the joy of living in a closeknit community and developing new skills under the guidance of a dynamic staff and the Jewish values and identity developed at camp will last a lifetime! 425-284-4484 www.kalsman.urjcamps.org

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