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Depending upon which agency you talk to, the end of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattles 2012 Community Campaign is either the best of times or the worst of times. The campaign is expected to close at $4.9 million on par with last years campaign but lower than the 2011 Fiscal Year but the way the Federation allocates its money has changed significantly between this year and last. Given the past years economic conditions, I think staying even in the campaign is a success, said Richard Fruchter, the Federations president and CEO. Fruchter said the implementation of its new fundraising and allocations model likely affected the campaigns growth this year, but donor education should help to increase the campaign in the future. The new model is two-fold: Donors can choose between either giving to specific areas such as early childhood, building Jewish identity, and helping older adults, or to a general unrestricted fund, as they had done in the past; then committees from each area assess grant proposals that resulted in 48 agencies 20 of which had never received Federation campaign funding in the past receiving grants for specific projects or programs. Allocations in the past went toward organizations bottom lines with no requirements about how the money should be used. The Federations mandate is looking at the community as a whole, said Jack Almo, chair of the Federations Planning and Allocations

committee. We really opened up the process this year to be able to fund initiatives that we believe are important, such as camping, and supplementary and synagogue school funding, and organizations that we havent historically had a relationship with, but are actually doing good work in the community. Besides requiring requests that focused on specific projects, the Planning and Allocations committee gave enthusiastic consideration to collaborative programs. What was labeled the joint-camp proposal, for example, gives $58,370 to help bring first-timers to one of five summer camps. Though the Federation had raised money for need-based camp scholarships in the past, this is an identity builder thats really important for the community, and we ought to be funding it through the community campaign, Fruchter said. In all, the Federation gave a $156,000 increase to local agencies over 2012 as well as $40,000 to contingency and emergency funds that had gone unfunded for several years. In its first time opening the process to synagogues, a $7,000 grant to Congregation Beth Hatikvah in Bremerton will allow the Reform congregation to expand its small education program beyond the 7th grade as well as create a curriculum for its membership of mostly military families that often come to the area with little or no Jewish background. Rabbi Sarah Newmark said the grant plants the seeds for a program
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President Obamas Polish death camps mistake is common

Michael BerenBauM JTA World News Service
LOS ANGELES (JTA) President Obama made a simple and very basic mistake when he spoke of Polish death camps during the presentation of a posthumous Medal of Freedom to Jan Karski, a Polish resistance fighter who was among the first to report German atrocities in his country. The president spoke during the May 29 ceremony of how the Polish underground smuggled [Karski] into the Warsaw Ghetto and a Polish death camp to see for himself. The next day, after objections from the Polish government, a spokesman for the U.S. National Security Council said the president misspoke and meant Nazi death camps in Poland. There were death camps and they were situated in Poland deliberately so but there were no Polish death camps. The most accurate way to refer to these camps is Nazi death camps in German-occupied Poland. Let me tell you why: Poland was occupied by Germany. Occupation was an act of state, not of the Nazi Party. So there was no Nazi occupation, no Nazi army, no Nazi laws. There was German occupation, a German army the Wehrmacht and German laws. These were instruments of the state. These mistakes are all too common even in articles written by scholars and historians. For example, the Encyclopedia of the Holocaust commonly refers to Nazi occupation. Its editor is a distinguished scholar. That which was undertaken by the Nazi Party to realize its ideology can be properly referred to as Nazi. Hence the death camps were Nazi in origin, conception and operation, but they were situated in German-occupied Poland, an area known as the General Government (except for Auschwitz, which was situated in Upper Silesia, and Chlemno, located in the Warthegau). Another caution: Between September 1939 and June 1941, Western Poland was occupied by Germany and Eastern Poland by the Soviet Union. So Soviet not Russian occupation was the rule in Eastern Poland for 22 months. Thereafter, Germany occupied these lands until the Soviet Union reentered these territories in its march to victory in 1944 and 1945. For claritys sake, we should specify that Poland itself was divided. Some Western areas were annexed to the Reich, some were occupied by the Reich the General Government. In the areas incorporated into the Reich, all existing Polish institutions were dissolved and new administrative units were established. In the occupied but nonincorporated territories, not all Polish institutions were dissolved. One other common mistake: Many write of the Jews who perished in the Holocaust. Jews did not perish in the Holocaust. They were murdered, annihilated. Extermination is a Nazi term; something that is done to vermin and rats, not to people. We should not use Nazi terms, except when we specify that they are Nazi terms. The Poles are properly sensitive to the common mistake of speaking of Polish death camps. They have labored hard in the post-Communist era to correct this mistake and to change common usage. Their efforts deserve our support. Simply put, they are truthful. The presidents speech writers ill served him and ill served the late Jan Karski, the man so deserving of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. They should have known better or verified these matters. The presidents mistake is entirely forgivable. I can cite many distinguished scholars who have made the very same mistake. His correction is equally proper. It might go a long way toward ensuring that this mistake is not repeated.
Michael Berenbaum is director of the Sigi Ziering Institute: Exploring the Ethical and Religious Implications of the Holocaust at the American Jewish University.

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the rabbis turn

Our fates are all tied together

lena FriedMan Special to JTNews
When I first read my parashah, the part of the Torah we read today, I saw words like leprosy, and discussion of people with boils and all kinds of skin diseases, and the Torah told the story of how these people were to be dealt with and treated. And the first thing I thought was, Yuck! But then I thought more seriously, and I could tell that the Jewish people were really struggling with what to do how to deal with people with illness. On one hand, these people had diseases that would spread by contact, and because there was no medicine available, the disease would be fatal to all if caught. But on the other hand, the Jews were still plainly struggling. After all, it would have been easy to simply banish these people and forget about them altogether. But that is not what they decided. That is not what happened. Instead, difficult choices were made: Choices about where one can safely live, what one should wear to cover the infected area, and what treatments one should receive, even if there were no doctors, so the people could go on with their lives with as much meaning and dignity as possible. It was then I realized what this part of the Torah is really all about! It is about recognizing the justice that is due to those who are infected with disease, and the need to remember that they are a part of us. We are all in this together. As Rabbi Simcha Weintraub states: Our generation, as those before and after us, will be judged by how we listen to those who are sick and how we care for them. In the end, there is no them. There is only us. I talked to my mom, since my father found this story from the Torah kind of gross. My mom is a doctor who treats people with AIDS, and she made me aware of stories from very recent years where people with AIDS were treated very badly while we all tried to figure out what to do, and about how much injury was done by us to these AIDS-stricken people. This made me think beyond sickness it made me think of things I see in my own life, at my own school. People who are different in their own way. People who wear braces like I did, people who are tall, people who are small, people who think more quickly than others, or at least seem to. People who set high school running records, and people who have trouble walking at all. People who dress differently. People whose religion is different. Or maybe they have no religion at all. To me, the world is anything but a uniform place. Anything but a single color. Or a single shape. Or size. To me, the world is one big rainbow filled with all sorts of people, healthy and unhealthy, and with all sorts of challenges before them! And the important thing, as the Torah teaches, is to treat everyone with dignity, fairness, respect, compassion, and the truth that we are all in this together. It is as if we are all inside one big Noahs ark, floating down the river, and our fates are tied by how we treat each other. My fate is tied with that person who has AIDS just as her fate is tied with mine. And on this ark there is no room for bullying. Instead, we all work together, and we laugh, and we love.
Lena Friedman is a student at the Northwest School. She wrote this dvar Torah for the occasion of her becoming a Bat Mitzvah at Temple Beth Am on April 27, 2012.

My God and the God of my father

raBBi Jay rosenBauM HerzlNer Tamid Conservative Congregation
When I was in my early 20s, I went through a period of several years when I set Judaism aside. I was raised with the best Jewish upbringing you can imagine: My father was a Conservative rabbi, our family was shomer Shabbat and our home was kosher, and I attended a Jewish day school through high school. Yet for several years, I experimented with living as if Id had none of this Jewish influence. This period of my life coincided with a lot of personal soul searching on my part. I was unsure of my direction, especially what career I wanted to pursue. Even after I entered rabbinical school, I was far from clear on what I would do when I completed my training. Shortly after I entered rabbinical school, my father gave me a copy of Elie Wiesels Messengers of God. The inscription my father addressed to me on the inside cover has often come back as an example of the power of words of Torah to impact us in a very personal way. The inscription began with the words of Moses to God. When God sent Moses to rescue the Jewish people from slavery, the first reaction of our people was excitement. But then Pharoah increased the alreadycrushing burden on the Jewish slaves and anticipation quickly turned to despair and anger. The Jewish people complained to Moses that it would have been better if God had never sent him in the first place. Their lives were even more miserable because of his interference. When the Jewish people cried out to Moses, Moses in turn cried out to God: Lama hareiota laam hazeh. Lama zeh shlachtani? Why have you brought suffering on this people? Why did you send me? These were the opening words of my fathers inscription, followed by Gods somewhat cryptic response, Vayomer Adonaiani Adonai And God saidI am the Lord, and then Rashis interpretation: Vlo lchinam shelachticha And I have not sent you in vain. My father was a gifted writer. He knew a thing or two about words. Yet, my father chose to speak to me in a deeply personal way in words that were not his own. They were words of Torah. What was my father saying to me? He was reassuring me that everything was going to be all right. Look at Moses, he was telling me. Can you imagine a more meaningful and successful life than his? Yet, as a young man, Moses had profound doubts about himself and his mission in life. If even Moses had his moments of uncertainty, the rest of us are entitled to our own period of confusion. It worked out for Moses. It will work out for you, too. Of course, there was more. The words vlo lchinam shelachticha were the words Rashi imagined God speaking to Moses. Now my father was speaking them to me. He was telling me he had not sent me into this world in vain. I had a purpose, my life had a meaning. I hadnt found it yet, but in time I would. Looking back over the years, Im still amazed by how deeply affecting a message my father was able to convey to me in words he did not compose. He let me know he had faith in me. He dignified my own confusion by anchoring it in the history of our people. He showed me that the lessons of our Jewish path could speak to the most personal issues of our own lives. Not least of all, my father was responding to my questions about Judaism itself. Years of Jewish learning had given both my father and me a language of communication: The language of Torah. If we can learn to speak it, this language can connect us intimately to Jewish history, yet at the same time it can enable us to express something absolutely personal. The words my father wrote to me were meant for me and me alone. No one but my father would have used those words the way he did. Yet in speaking to my heart in Rashis words, my father was reminding me of how much we are connected to each other, and how our lives can mean so much more if we can find in them an echo of the lives that came before us. There was a time I believed that to be myself, I had to define myself in contrast to my family, my community and my heritage. With three simple words, my father showed me that the deeper our connections to others, the richer are our tools for self-expression.


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Between now and December, members of the Jewish Day School Middle School Mitzvah Team will assemble and distribute 750 bags of food and snacks to give out to people in need. Sixth graders Rachel Coskey and Talia Chivo wait in the schools parking lot to distribute bags to parents so they can hand out the bags when they see someone on the street asking for food. Two hundred bags have been delivered so far.

The issue for me is above all, domestic, moral, and democratic. Avner Cohen, an expert on nuclear nonproliferation, on Israels relationship with the bomb. See the story on page 15.

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Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, the former chief rabbi of Israel and an internationally recognized speaker and author who, at the age of 8, was one of the youngest survivors of the Buchenwald concentration camp, will make a historic visit to Seattle June 2124 to speak about Jewish life today and Holocaust remembrance. Starting on Thurs., June 21 at 7:30 p.m., you can find Rabbi Lau at Bikur Cholim Machzikay Hadath, 5145 S Morgan St., Seattle, where he will speak about From Shoah to Rebirth and sign his new book. On Sat., June 23, Rabbi Lau has two speaking engagements at Congregation Ezra Bessaroth, 5217 S Brandon St., one at 10:15 a.m. and the other at 12 p.m. A lunch will follow the noon talk. Lunch is $20 per family and requires a reservation at RabbiLauSeattle@gmail.com. Later that evening, the rabbi will speak again at BCMH at 7 p.m. and then at 8:30 p.m. at Sephardic Bikur Holim, 6500 52nd Ave. S, Seattle. All lectures are free but space is limited and nearing capacity. For more information, visit facebook.com/RabbiLau.

Rabbi Israel Laus historic visit to Seattle

make commitment tangible and to build a relationship based on trust and support. On Tues., June 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Jewish Family Service, 1601 16th Ave., Seattle. $15 per couple. People of all backgrounds are welcome to attend, and financial assistance is available. Register in advance with Marjorie Schnyder at 206-861-3146 or familylife@jfsseattle.org.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle will celebrate another year of supporting the Seattle areas Jewish community at its annual meeting, recognizing community members for their service over the year. Join chairs Andrea and Michael Dickstein and the staff and leadership of the Jewish Federation in honoring the volunteers and leaders who are working together to transform the way the Federation delivers critical funds to its community partners. The reception includes light dinner, beer and wine. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Thurs., June 21 at the Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park, 1400 E Prospect St., Seattle. Registration for the meeting is $36 and $72 for patrons at www.jewishinseattle.org/annualmeeting. He loves me, but he just cant commit! Heard that one before? Jewish Family Service is putting an end to this age-old complaint with a workshop for commitment-phobes, the people who love them, and everyone else ready to take The Next Step in their relationship. Facilitated by Max Livshitz, M.A., PsyDc., the workshop will address the tools needed to

Jewish Federation of Greater Seattles annual meeting

Did you miss out on this years Seattle Jewish Film Festival? The AJC Seattle Jewish Film Festival and the Stroum Jewish Community Center present its year-round, encore film series Best of Fest, which brings back featured festival films. The series starts with a Fathers Day movie screening of The First Basket by director David Vyorst. This film pays homage to the role sports played in the Jewish immigrant experience and the fabric of America. Co-sponsored by the Washington State Jewish Historical Society. The screening will begin at 3 p.m. on Sun., June 17 at the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. Tickets are $8 general admission, $6 for seniors and youth. For more information, contact Roni Antebi at RoniA@sjcc.org or 206-232-7115. To purchase tickets in advance, visit ow.ly/blTgi. Take Steps for Crohns & Colitis is the Crohns and Colitis Foundation of Americas largest annual event. The casual 2-3 mile stroll raises money for crucial research to bring about a future free from Crohns disease and ulcerative colitis. While many suffer in silence, Take Steps brings together this community in a fun and energetic atmosphere, encouraging supporters to make noise and be heard. Of the 1.4 million American adults and children affected by this disease, Ashkenazi Jews make up a large portion of those impacted by Crohns and colitis. Donations help to support local patient programs, as well as important research projects. Young adults can join Jconnect at the event and be a member of their team. There will be food, music and kids activities. The walk begins at 3 p.m. on Sat., June 9 at Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle. For more information, contact Deborah Jacoby at djacoby@ccfa.org or 425-4518455 or visit bit.ly/NiLPBq.

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Meals on wheels
Hazons cross-country environmental bike ride, which brings attention to sustainable food sources this year, departs from Seattle June 10.

La alguenga tierna, rompe al hueso.

A tender tongue breaks bones. A kind appeal works wonders more than harsh words.

Today, you are a man. Or a woman.

The JTNews pays tribute to 2012s day school and Hebrew school graduates

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Israel to your health: Climbing the ranks

Israeli universities churn out cutting-edge science and tech programs, climbing up the ranks of the worlds best schools.

Some little-known Israeli trivia

Who owns the land upon which the Knesset, Israels parliament, sits? Want a hint? Its not the Israeli government. The answer, according to Michael Oren, Israels ambassador to the United States, is Israels largest non-governmental landowner, the Russian Orthodox church. Oren spoke to a crowd of more than 1,000 on Wed., June 6, after JTNews went to press. We will offer full coverage of his visit in our June 22 edition.

Lifting the nuclear curtain


Armed with a cache of declassified documents, an Israel nuclear weapons expert wants you to know the truth.

Sweet Misery
Nationwide panic over Trader Joes kosher chocolate chips reaches Seattle. Be afraid. Be very afraid.


Remember when
From the Jewish Transcript, June 7, 1979. Things certainly have changed in 33 years. At an event in which he was honored for his service, former Senator Henry Jackson said that Israel should not accept a Palestinian state in the West Bank. Today, the Netanyahu government has set as a matter of policy the goal of a two-state solution.

More MOT: An endangered Yakima art gallery gets new life Crossword The Arts Community calendar The Shouk Classifieds Lifecycles Jewish on Earth: Changing the military-industrial complex

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that will enable them to hire an education director and integrate Jewish learning more fully into the synagogue. For older adult services, Jeff Cohen, CEO of the Caroline Kline Galland and Affiliates nursing and assisted living centers, said his organizations $45,000 grant will help the agency launch a service that takes healthcare outside of the confines of its facilities. Its allowing us to apply for seed money for a new home-health agency that will allow Kline Galland to send in licensed nurses and therapists into peoples homes, Cohen said. The home-based program can eventually be funded by Medicare, but qualifying agencies must be up and running before they can be certified. This [grant] will help to defray some of those startup costs, Cohen said. In future years were planning that the program will fund itself. The Kline Galland received $11,997 last year in unrestricted funds, just over a quarter of the grant it received this year. While Cohen expressed enthusiasm about his agencys grant, Jewish Family Service, historically the Federations single largest beneficiary, expressed disappointment. We received a 28 percent cut from last years allocation to this years allocation. That is a very significant cut, said Ken Weinberg, JFSs CEO. That equals a reduction of $121,860.

You do not cut the social service agency that deals with the most vulnerable people in our society during the worst economic crisis since the 1930s, he said. Though JFS did raise $1 million at its annual luncheon last month, that money, plus another $200,000 it needs to raise before June 30, is slated for the current fiscal year. Almo noted that the Federations mandate is to look at the community as a whole, which meant spreading the available funds beyond the same organizations that had been funded for decades. With looking at helping our community in need, they did receive the lions share of the funding, Almo said of JFS. Theyre our primary agency in that area. He noted as well that the Federation also uses its resources to advocate for agencies, including JFS, in Olympia. JFS will be a partner in a new Jewish supplementary high school program called Livnot, administered by congregations Beth Shalom and HerzlNer Tamid. It launches next school year with the help of a $35,000 grant. While this is a project that has been piloted by two congregations, our vision of it was not one that belonged to congregations, but is open to all teens in the city, said Rabbi Jill Borodin of Congregation Beth Shalom. The synagogues are joining with JFS and the social-action organization Repair the World to create leadership courses for the teens within various social service agencies around the region.

Theyre creating change and being empowered for the work theyre doing through Jewish learning, Borodin said. Thats going to carry them forward into [becoming] leaders on campus [and] into their lives. Hillel at the University of Washington saw a total reduction of $22,676 in the three grants it received. But that money still will need to be made up in its budget. Like everyone else in this economy these days, it means economizing, downsizing and sort of being thrifty about the way we do business, said Rabbi Oren

Hayon, Hillels executive director. He said he found it curious that Hillel had received $92, 425 for its Jconnect young adults program but only $10,000 for undergraduate services, its bread and butter. If were not delivering Jewish content for college students, we dont need to be here, Hayon said. But if it means that were not throwing the kinds of events or feeding them the kinds of food or offering the same kinds of decorations as before, Im confident that theyll walk away from
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BUILDING JEWISH COMMUNITY adult Education Herzl-ner tamid / torahthon $5,000 adult Education totals $5,000 Building JEwisH idEntitY Birthright/taglit / Birthright israel $10,000 Hillel at uw / Passover $20,000 Jewish Family service / Family life Education & Endless opportunities and shaarei tikvah $97,290 Jtnews Media / community outreach Free distribution initiative $22,700 stroum Jewish community center / Jewish community Holiday celebrations $48,645 washington state Holocaust Education resource center / Yom Hashoah community commemorations $5,000 washington state Jewish Historical society / instant replay: Featuring washington Jews in sports $5,000 Building JEwisH idEntitY totals $208,635 Young adults: agEd 1835 chabad at uw / shabbat and Holiday celebrations $5,000 Hillel at uw / Jconnect seattle $92,425 Hillel at uw / undergraduate shabbat and Holidays $10,000 Young adults totals $107,425 BUILDING JEWISH COMMUNITY TOTALS $321,060 EXPERIENCING JUDAISM EarlY cHildHood PJ library $119,760 stroum Jewish community center / new Family outreach $90,480 seattle Jewish community school / leveraging our community campus $15,000 EarlY cHildHood totals $225,240 ForMal JEwisH Education Beth Hatikvah / Yesodot Hazakim $7,000 Education services / Encouraging Excellence through collaboration $97,290 Joint day school application / tuition assistance Program (Participating schools: Jewish day school, Menachem Mendel seattle cheder, northwest Yeshiva High school, seattle Hebrew academy, seattle Jewish community school, torah day school) $291,870 Kavana cooperative / Educational array $5,000 Kol Haneshamah / out of the Box $8,000 livnot Project $35,000 ForMal JEwisH Education totals $444,160 tEEn ExPEriEncEs anti-defamation league / confronting anti-semitism / Empowering Jewish teens $5,000 BBYo Evergreen / seattle BBYo $9,000 community need-Based teen israel Program scholarships $20,000 Jewish day school, seattle Hebrew academy / 8th grade israel trips $15,000 Joint teen israel incentives (Participating agencies: alexander Muss High school in israel, BBYo, camp solomon schechter, nesiya, north american Federation of temple Youth, ncsY, united synagogue Youth, Young Judaea) $48,645 seattle ncsY / torah High $9,000 tEEn ExPEriEncEs total $106,645 JEwisH caMPing community need-Based summer camp scholarships $48,645 Joint camp Proposal / inter-camp First-time camper incentive (Participating camps: Bikur cholim-Machzikay Hadath camp Kol rena, camp solomon schechter, sephardic adventure camp, stroum Jewish community center summer camp, urJ camp Kalsman) $58,370 stroum Jewish community center / overnight camp initiative $18,400 stroum Jewish community center / summer camp $67,080 JEwisH caMPing totals $192,495 EXPERIENCING JUDAISM TOTALS $968,540 STRENGTHENING GLOBAL JEWRY HuMan nEEd ovErsEas Joint distribution committee / caring for impoverished children in ukraine $48,788 HuMan nEEd ovErsEas total $48,788 sErvicEs to tHE EldErlY Joint distribution committee / Providing vital relief for impoverished Elderly in the Former soviet union $48,788 sErvicEs to tHE EldErlY totals $48,788 HuMan nEEd in israEl development Fund for Kiryat Malachi / Kiryat Malachi Emergency clinic $7,000 leket israel / nutritional support for vulnerable Populations in the Kiryat Malachi & Hof ashkelon region $22,000 sElaH / direct Emergency aid to immigrants in crisis $25,000 tiPs / tiPs Partnership with Kiryat Malachi & Hof ashkelon region $105,944 YEdid / Kiryat Malachi citizens rights center $17,500 HuMan nEEd in israEl totals $177,444 JEwisH FEdErations oF nortH aMErica unrEstrictEd allocation $503,309 STRENGTHENING GLOBAL JEWRY TOTALS $778,329 HELPING OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY IN NEED oldEr adults Kline galland / Home-Health agency $45,000 oldEr adults totals $45,000 staBilizing livEs in crisis Jewish Family service / Emergency services and Food Bank $97,290 Jewish Family service / Project dvora $72,960 staBilizing livEs in crisis totals $170,250 MEntal HEaltH Eastern European counseling center / Mental Health treatment $5,000 Friendship circle / sunday circle $21,750 Jewish Family service / alternatives to addiction $48,645 MEntal HEaltH total $75,395 HELPING OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY TOTALS $290,645 TOTAL ALLOCATIONS $2,358,573

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Chains oiled, legs stretched: Jewish cross-country bike ride rolls from Seattle
dikla TuchMan JTNews Correspondent
Why wouldnt a Jewish cross-country bike ride launch from Seattle? The region ranks number two among major American cities in which people commute to work by bike. The percentage of people who use bicycles as their primary mode of getting to work in Seattle increased 22 percent between 2009 and 2010, according to the annual American Communities Survey conducted by the U.S. Census. Promoting cycling as a major means of transportation is a huge part of what this ride is about and the organization, said Wendy Levine, ride director of the Hazon Jewish environmental organizations Cross-USA bike ride, which launches June 10 in Kenmore. Hazon creates programs to establish entry points for Jews of all backgrounds who are concerned about the environment. The organization runs its programs primarily out of New York, San Francisco and Israel and focuses on aspects of sustainable living, such as transportation and food education. While most of the bike rides it sponsors take place only in these regions, for the first time since 2000 Hazon decided to bring its cross-country biking expedition back to Seattle. Seattle is very well known for how they then down to Chicago, across southern Ohio, with a stop in Pittsburgh before rolling into Washington, D.C. on Aug. 16. Twenty riders will leave from Bastyr University, 11 of them to make the full trek. The rest, as many as 45 in total, will do half the ride or legs between cities. The cyclists will cover an average of 70 miles per day, but take Shabbat off. Two trucks with gear and food will follow the riders, but in the spirit of Hazons focus on sustainable agriculture, they will of course stop for fresh produce from local farms and farmers markets. In addition to the cross-country ride, Hazon will also sponsor a Seattle one-day ride to promote the launch on June 10. This ride will be fully supported with sustainable food thanks to a $5,000 grant provided by the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. The one-day ride is a really great opportunity to introduce Hazon to the community. This will get the ideas going and give the exposure and is the first step in having regional bike rides in the future, Levine said. Jessica Aronson of Seattle has been working locally with Levine on marketing and promotion for the Seattle one-

If you go:
The Hazon cross-usA ride and the seattle day ride begin at Bastyr university, 14500 Juanita Dr. nE, Kenmore on sun., June 10 at 9 a.m. The day ride ends at Tolt McDonald Park and campground in carnation. $50/adult, $25/19 and under. visit www. hazon.org to register. Prior to the sunday ride, Hazon will host a saturday evening dinner and Havdalah event at Bastyr university at 7:15 p.m. RsvP at ow.ly/blPXO.

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Two riders from one of Hazons regional rides in 2010.

care about their environment and sustainability, Levine said. The theme of our ride is sustainable food sources around the country, and Seattle is very conscious about the sustainable food system. The full ride will last 10 weeks. The route will take riders through Spokane, across Montana and into the Twin Cities,

day ride. Aronson is no stranger to long bike rides: Her first cross-country ride in 2004 with the American Lung Association started here. I fell in love with [the city] and ended up moving here, Aronson said. I think it speaks to the Seattle Jewish community and its such a big opportunity. She will ride with the cross-country group for the first three days. Although the goal had been to sign up 50 riders for the Seattle day ride, Aronson said it was difficult to get people to commit to participating, mostly because it had a
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QFC supports Boys and Girls Clubs

QFC is proud to support the Boys and Girls Clubs of Washington as our checkstand charity for the month of June. The Boys and Girls Clubs have 102 Clubs and another 100 outreach sites throughout Washington that serve over 147,000 youth annually. This includes 13 Clubs in King County and 13 Clubs in Snohomish County. The Boys and Girls Clubs have been serving the youth of Western Washington for over 63 years. These Clubs are often among the only safe and supervised places many young people from age 6 to 18 can go after school or during the summer. Youths who take part in Boys and Girls Club activities typically stay involved in the Clubs for an average of 5.2 years at an average of 4 days a week. Among Club alumni who participated in a comprehensive survey several years ago, their Club experiences provided numerous positive benefits. It helped many stay in school and graduate from high school and many others to pursue college degrees. It helped many with their self-confidence, personal ethics, self-esteem, leadership skills, ability to develop goals and aspirations, and community involvement. The Boys and Girls Clubs have a set of core programs to promote youth development. Those core programs fall into the following categories: n Character and Leadership Development n Education and Career Development n Health and Life Skills n The Arts n Sports, Fitness and Recreation n Technology In particular, Clubs are focusing on impacting children in three key areas. The first is academic success; teaching kids to see themselves as learners with the goals of reducing drop-out rates and helping them improve their grades. A second area is character and citizenship. The Clubs goals are to reduce juvenile crime rates, encourage community service and help kids become more engaged with their peers and adults. The third area is healthy lifestyles. This includes fostering a positive selfimage, teaching healthy behaviors and reducing drug use and obesity. In the fall of 2011 Boys and Girls Clubs of Washington hosted its first ever TechFest. It was a daylong event held on Microsofts Redmond Campus that was

attended by over 250 youth from across the state. Attendees were exposed to a variety of technology related skills and opportunities. These included meeting professionals from different technology companies to learn about career possibilities and learning about digital arts, robotics, social media and environmental sustainability. In 2012 the Boys and Girls Clubs will be focusing on increasing the frequency of participation of the teens it serves and enhancing its services to them. During June, we invite you to make a donation at any QFC check stand or designate your bag reuse credit go toward the great work that they make possible. Thank you for your support!

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

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New Philanthropy Model Yields Impressive Results

Last fall, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle took a big gamble on how it raises funds and makes grants. Responding to a changing Jewish community in which choice and accountability are paramount to philanthropic decision-making, Federation donors were invited to make their gifts via 18 Impact Areas and Priority Areas. The results for the 2012 Community Campaign are in and the Federation received nearly 1,000 directed gifts, representing 27.5% of the total number of gifts made to the campaign. Among donors who directed their gifts, Helping Our Community in Need was the most prevalent choice (40% of all designated gifts). This was followed by Experiencing Judaism (28%) supporting programs for families with children birth to grade 12; then Strengthening Global Jewry (23%); and finally Building Jewish Community (9%), which focuses on college students and adult education programs. Our community has spoken and they told us that they appreciated being able to choose how their Federation gift impacts our Jewish community, explained Celie Brown, Chair of the 2012 Community Campaign. We are buoyed by this enthusiastic response and we look forward to having the new model strengthen our fundraising efforts during the 2013 campaign.

Federation Announces Allocations

The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle is pleased to announce grants to 48 organizations this year, including 20 grantees who are receiving Federation Community Campaign funding for the first time. Through its new philanthropy model, donors to the Jewish Federations annual Community Campaign can designate their gifts to specific impact or priority areas. Reflecting the communitys priorities, grants to local organizations advancing Jewish life in Western Washington increased by $156,000. In response to our changing community, one that is increasingly diverse and geographically dispersed than ever before we opened our grant process to all Jewish organizations in Western Washington and in Israel, serving our partnership communities of Kiryat Malachi and the Hof Ashkelon Region, said Jack Almo, chair of the Federations Planning and Allocations Committee. Were delighted that, thanks to the generosity of our Jewish community, were able to support organizations that are doing excellent work and fostering Jewish peoplehood. According to Dan Lowen, vice chair of the Federations Planning and Allocations Committee, the new model enabled the Federation to begin working with new partners and created strategic alliances among agencies which have never collaborated before, to move our community forward. While we could not fund every proposal this year, our leadership was energized by the forward-thinking initiatives presented which will help our Jewish community flourish, he said. Our focus is advancing the quality of Jewish life by working together with highly effective organizations operating in Seattle, in Israel and across the globe, added Federation president and CEO Richard Fruchter. Through our grants to Jewish Family Service, Kline Galland, the Stroum Jewish Community Center and Hillel UW, plus Jewish schools, camps and synagogues in our area, and our overseas partners such as the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and Jewish Agency for Israel, we are helping strengthen Jewish life and creating a community that cares about one another locally and around the world. View our Community Partner list at www.JewishInSeattle.org/ CommunityPartners

Partner Spotlight: The Friendship Circle

For the first time, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle is making a Community Campaign grant to The Friendship Circle of Washington, an organization serving families who have children with special needs by providing them with a range of social and educational experiences. The Federations new philanthropy model included a Mental Health Priority Area enabling the funding of initiatives that help people with a diverse set of special needs, explained Sarah Boden, Federations incoming Vice Chair of Planning & Allocations. When we learned of the great work provided by The Friendship Circle, we were excited to fund a proposal that will help this agency serve its population and grow. music, arts, Kung Fu and social activities. Participants attend workshops at The Friendship Circles facility on Mercer Island; there are many programs they offer throughout the year Sunday Circle, Holiday Programs, sib-workshops, Teen Scene, MVP and Summer camp. for those children with more severe needs, they enjoy a teen Friend each week at their home, called Friends@Home. All programs are offered free of charge. Every member of our community deserves to share the joys of friendship and love, and through our 96 teen volunteers we turn this aspiration into reality, said Rabbi Elazar Bogomilsky, executive director of The Friendship Circle. We thank the Federation for partnering with us and enabling us to grow this rewarding program in the year to come.

Thank You for Making Our Community Better

The one who causes others to do good is even greater than the doer. Talmud, Bava Batra
Dear Friends, On behalf of the Board and staff of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, I would like to thank the thousands of individuals who made our community stronger through your support of the 2012 Community Campaign. Your gift helps people in need locally and worldwide, strengthens our Jewish community, advocates for justice, builds support for Israel and so much more. The 2012 Community Campaign was the inaugural year of the Federations new philanthropic model. Whether you gave an unrestricted gift or directed your support, we appreciate your caring. We would like to call out the hundreds of donors who gave this year for the first time! Together, all of our donors are building a community of which we can be proud. My thanks also go out to the hundreds of volunteers who dedicated thousands of hours on behalf of our community. Indeed, whether it is raising tzedakah, serving on boards and committees or interacting directly with the people who need our help, the spirit of volunteerism is at the heart of what makes our community strong.

The Friendship Circle matches over 75 children with special needs, including developmental, neurological, social and This Spotlight is the first in a series of physical disabilities with teen volunteers around shared activities that include play, articles that will feature the work of both new and traditional Federation partners to show how Federation support is being invested in the Jewish community.

2012 AnnuAl Meeting Honoring Our Volunteers June 21 at 5:30pm Light kosher dinner reception Seattle Asian Art Museum at Volunteer Park 1400 E Prospect Street Seattle, WA 98112

Teen Israel Scholarship Applications Due July 25

More info at www.JewishInSeattle.org/ IsraelScholarships

Sincerely, Richard Fruchter President & CEO Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle

Registration: $36 or $72 JewishInSeattle.org/AnnualMeeting

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m.o.T: member of The Tribe

Yakimas one-woman arts booster an influential physician The moneyman with heart and his wife, the actress

Know Your Students

by Andrew Marc Greene

This Weeks Wisdom

She was born and raised on the wet side, but Gary S. Kaplan, M.D., Seattle native Josey chairman and CEO Fast is now enjoying life on of Seattles Virginia the dry side of the Cascade Mason Medical Center, was curtain as the owner of the ranked No. 2 in Modern Phyonly commercial art gallery in sician and Modern Healthcare the Yakima Valley. magazines annual listing of The Franklin High and the 50 Most Influential PhyWestern Washington Universician Executives. sity grad first headed east in This is Garys seventh time 2005, living for a while in La Grande, Ore. on the list and he placed After deciding that was too far away 12th last year. More than from her grown daughter and other family, 17,000 reader votes were cast she moved to eastern Washington for a for 2012s 2,700 nominations. The votes short-term opportunity to do marketing counted toward half of the final outcome, for the arts community in Tieton, Wash., with the magazines editors providing the known as Mighty Tieton, remaining input. as well as a bookkeeping post Gary was singled out for and other odd jobs. his use of the Toyota proI never had a retail busiduction system to reduce ness, she told me, but she costs and improve quality. had run her own business in The magazine noted a shift Seattle as a freelance assisin culture and re-engineertant and organizer. When ing of core practices under she learned last fall that his leadership. the owner of Oak Hollow The University of MichiCustom Frames and Galgan alumnus has been chairlery in Yakimas West Valley man and CEO of Virginia neighborhood was retirMason since 2000. He is a ing, Josey jumped on what University of Washington CourTESy JoSEy FAST turned out to be a really, Josey Fast, the owner of the only clinical professor who gives really good opportunity. a lot of time to service orgaart gallery in Yakima. Josey has kept Oak Holnizations in his field. He was lows business model of custom framing, recently elected chair of the board of the fine crafts and art gallery intact, which has Institute for Healthcare Improvement. pleased local artists and the community. She exhibits a new artist every month and, Im booked all the way through the middle of 2014 with shows. You can learn about current shows and read Joseys blog at www.oakhollowframes.blogspot.com. The work is fun and challenges everything I like to do, she says, including business details, problem solving, the creative part of cutting mats and frames and, most of all, not sitting behind a desk. Josey cuts every mat and frame, and hangs every show herself. People accuse me of being artistic, she says dryly. When not at the store (Tuesday CourTESy GEorGE Cox through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.), Carolyn and George Cox. she walks her dog in the orchards near her house, gardens, and takes advantage of the areas cultural offerings, including symRegistered Rep, a print and digital phony and theater. magazine for retail finance investIts beautiful, its peaceful, she says. ment professionals, nominated Josey has found a synagogue home at broker George T. Cox of Morgan StanYakimas Reform Temple Shalom, which ley Smith Barneys Seattle office as one of meets Friday evenings, some Saturdays, its top ten Advisors with Heart this year. and holidays in an old house in town. A George is the founder of the Alexanstudent rabbi visits once a month and curder Hamilton Friends Association. He was rently the congregation is served by Molly Plotnik, who grew up in the Seattle area. X Page 14

diana BreMenT JTNews Columnist


Pirkei Avot, a section of the Talmud that translates to Ethics of the Fathers, describes four types of students: one who absorbs everything, one who takes it in at one end and lets it out the other, one who rejects the wine and retains the dregs, and one who rejects the coarse meal and retains the fine flour. Only by knowing who you are teaching can you know how to teach.

ACROSS 1 They can be opened, rolled, or shielded 5 We Bought a ___ 8 Milkshake accoutrement 13 Blue-skinned Avatar race 14 Spend a night with the stars? 15 Drive away 16 With 60-Across, 9-Down, and 24-Down,

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the four types of students described in the introduction Drive away Long time ___ live and breathe! Potentially at risk for tsunami damage Nuns prayer aids Make a choice Like a direct flight Tabula ___ Caress lovingly Uses Photoshop to change the size of, say Furious Ben-___ ___-hole Brought together Hors doeuvre Plumlike fruit used to flavor gin Carry out Luke Skywalker, to Darth Vader Like a novelists aspirations Comeback Showing up at the ER late? Role for Keanu Owning a sizable amount of land See 16-Across Push out of the way Football field material Soak up some sun Clout Downton Abbey network Pub offerings

DOWN 1 Come in! 2 Google competitor 3 Makes equal 4 Princess Leia, to Luke Skywalker 5 Theyre off the wall 6 Texters jaw-drop 7 Crude grp.? 8 Toss into the junk heap 9 See 16-Across 10 Enthralled 11 On a yachting trip 12 Source of water or wishes 14 Trigonometric function 17 Halfway house resident, perhaps 22 My bad! 24 See 16-Across 25 @ in Israel, or the pastry whose shape 28 30 31 32 33 34 35 37 39 42 43 46 48 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 61 62

inspired that name ___ the ramparts we watched... M*A*S*H actor Alan Move like water through a cave wall ___ sow, so shall... Ingredients in a cookie named for Newton, MA Word with vaccine or hygiene Post-WWII alliance Mayenne manor Place under a spell 1996 Tony winner for Best Musical Swerve right in front of Orchard beverages A barista may take yours Year-long record Sweet Home Alabama actress Witherspoon What egg-white omelets lack Speak despite laryngitis Comeback Body part that may be furrowed It often precedes www Center LeBrons league

Answers on page 13 2012 Eltana Wood-Fired Bagel Cafe, 1538 12th Avenue, Seattle. All rights reserved. Puzzle created by Lone Shark Games, Inc. Edited by Mike Selinker and Mark L. Gottlieb.


2012 graduaTes

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Mazel Tov 2012 Graduates

We proudly congratulate
and share their academic choices for next year:

the JDS Class of 2012

Temple Beth Am


(Jamie Pearl not pictured)

Amanda Baruch Evan Brown

Sammamish High School Seattle Academy of Arts & Sciences

Lotan Mizrahi Jamie Pearl

Skyline High School Seattle Academy of Arts & Sciences

Temple Beth ams graduating seniors, from front to back, left to right: Rabbi Beth Singer, alexandra MacKay, anya Tudisco, Megan Warshaw, Madeline Berkman, Rabbi Jonathan Singer. Max Wasser, Evan Futran, Ben Kahle, Youth Director Dorothy Kahn. Rabbi allison Flash, Patrick Westgaard, amy Fair. Rabbi Janine Schloss, Jacob Stashower, Ben Sabath, Jesse Stout. not pictured: lauren Fishman, Elayne Flicker, Jessica deRoulet, Sophia Goodfriend, alexander Kaufman, Joshua Rubenstein, andrew Uhrich, louis Weissman, William Westgaard.

Rebecca Brown
University Prep

Sophie Rittenberg
Ingraham High School

Temple Beth Am Covenant Renewal

Benjamin Cape
The Bush School

Zach Robin

Eastside Preparatory School

Noa Dunn

Mercer Island High School

Sophie Rosenkranz
The Northwest School

Audrey Immel Jake Lewine Lia Lewine

Redmond High School Besant Hill (Ojai, CA) Stevenson School (Pebble Beach, CA)

Lauren Steiner

Issaquah High School

Michaela Strange
Mt. Si High School

Sammamish High School

Madeline Weinstein

Alexander Lustig

Eastside Preparatory School

JDS is accepting applications for our Preschool program and limited openings in Kindergarten8th Grade classrooms. Contact us at admissions@jds.org and ask about Discovery Grants available for new families.
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Temple Beth ams covenant renewal class, from front to back, left to right: Rabbi Jonathan Singer, Sophia Twersky, allison Fishman, lilia Cohen, Mara Shuster, Tess Jurcik, Rabbi Beth Singer. aaron alter, nate Yasuda, Ben Faigin, Jackson Fair, ira Fleming, adam Gruenbaum, and Ben Ramsey. Jonathan Frankel, Micah nacht, Hannah Heyrich, Kit Hipple, Eli Etzioni, Dylan McClain, Vlad Spektor. noah Weinstein, ari Cooper, Matan Bilavsky, Ella Hansen. Jacob Rosenthal, isaac Rubenstein, aidan Maifeld, Max Konsker, Jeremy Meyer.

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2012 graduaTes


Jewish Day School

Northwest Yeshiva High School


The graduating class of northwest Yeshiva High School, in alphabetical order: Reid Marcus alberstone, nicholas Brett alkan, avraham Moshe amon, Joshua David appelbaum, Milana Y. Davydova, Molly Rose Dubow, Joshua Sanford Gladstein, Benjamin Frederick Golden, ilana Beverly Greenberg, Benjamin Joseph Greene, Jacob Soloman Hanan, Sarah Michelle lizer, Jennifer Mendoza, Devon Raymond nikfard, andrew isaac Orenstein, Julia Rena Owen, Makena Flory Owens, Dena Raizel Phillips, Racquelle S. Ramirez, Zecharia Ethan Shayne, naomi Rose Steinberg, Suzannah ariella Steinberg.
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The 8th-grade graduating class of the Jewish Day School, in alphabetical order: amanda Baruch, Evan Brown, Rebecca Brown, Benjamin Cape, noa Dunn, audrey immel, Jake lewine, lia lewine, alexander lustig, lotan Mizrahi, Jamie Pearl, Sophie Rittenberg, Zach Robin, Sophie Rosenkranz, lauren Steiner, Michaela Strange, Madeline Weinstein.

Menachem Mendel Seattle Cheder

The Hebrew High graduating class, from left to right: Jacob Bock, nadav ashkenazi, alex Sanchez-Stern, aliza Mossman, Maddie Peha, Justyn Jacobs, Joey Rudee, nathan Steifal, ari Dahukey, Kayla Mogil, nathan Hemphill. in front: Jonathan newman, left, and aviv Caspi.
Amy HilzmAN-pAquETTE

Hebrew High


The graduating 8th-grade class at the Menachem Mendel Seattle Cheder, from left to right: Rochel allen, nava levine, Dassi Bogomilsky.

Congratulations Northwest Yeshiva High School Graduating Class of 2012

Join Us on 6.13.12! Sephardic Bikur Holim 7:30pm


The senior graduating class from the Menachem Mendel Seattle Cheder, from left to right: inbal levin, Sarale Farkash, naomi Kavka, natalie Krasnow and Perel Marasow. X Page 12

American University Bar Ilan University Binghampton College Brandeis University Chapman University Derech Etz Chayim
Daniela Aaron 2007 Stern College

The Class of 2012 college, university and Israel program acceptances:

Fashion Institute of Technology Goucher College Lander College Midreshet HaRova Midreshet Moriah Rutgers University
Yair Cohenca 2008 U. of Washington

Congratulations to NYHS Alumni graduating this year:

Abe Leavitt 2007 Yeshiva University Sy Syms School of Business Drew Lovy 2003 Albert Einstein College of Medicine Michal Salmon 2008 Cornell University Shoshana Rosenbaum 2007 Brandeis University

Seattle University Stern College Stern College, Honors Prog. Syracuse University Tulane University University of British Columbia

University of Denver Western Washington University University of Miami Yeshiva University University of North Dakota Yeshivat Reishit Yerushalayim University of Oregon Yeshivat Shaarei Mevaseret Zion University of Washington Yeshivat Yesodai HaTorah Washington State University
Karl Sobel 2008 U. of Maryland

Daniella Barber 2008 U. of Maryland Jordan Behar 2008 U. of Maryland Gabe Cahn 2008 Whitman College

Moshe Fox 2003 Georgia Tech (Ph.D.)

Adam Goldberg 2008 Wheaton College

Mercedes Cohen 2008 Stern College

06.04.12 - Graphics by Edison Leonen

Gavriella Golden 2007 UCLA

Daniele Goldberg 2008 Smith College

Mushky Notik 2008 U. of Washington School of Nursing Gavriela (Golden) Nomanim 2007 UCLA Yael Nov 2007 U. of Washington

Rabbi Matt Schneeweis 2002 Yeshiva University Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education Jodi Schwartz 2008 U. of Washington Aviva Shayne 2007 Stern College

Esther (Cohen) Varon 2007 Stern College Sarah Voss 2008 U. of Washington

Solomon Waldbaum 2008 U. of Washington Rachel Weinstein 2008 Brandeis University


If we missed you, please contact admin@nyhs.net.


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Seattle Hebrew Academy

Seattle Jewish Community School


The Seattle Jewish Community Schools 5th-grade graduating class. Bottom, from left to right: Jacob, Micah, Sol, Yacov. Top, from left to right: Thea, amalya, Jack, Max abraham.


The 8th grade graduating class from Seattle Hebrew academy. Front row from left to right: Esther a. Goldberg, Gabriella Joelle naggar, Roxanna Sikavi, nora Yagolnitser. Back row from left to right: akiva Jacob Greenberg, Raphael Shlomo alcabs, Eli alexander Brawerman.

Temple De Hirsch Sinai

The Temple De Hirsch Sinai graduates from the joint high school program with Temple Bnai Torah. From left to right: Rabbi alan Cook, Rabbi Daniel Weiner, Robby Soble, ashley Bobman, Rabbi aaron Meyers, Rabbi Daniel Septimus. not Pictured: Michael Edmond, Melissa Kipersztok, Joshua Esfeld, Kara Glass, Ben Eggers, Ethan Gottlieb.

Mazel Tov 2012 Graduates!

May you continue to Lead the Way!

Early Childhood, Ages 15 Lower School, Kindergarten5th Grade Middle School, 6th8th Grades Call for a tour: (206) 323-5750, ext. 239 Sari Weiss, Director of Admissions

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Temple Bnai Torah

sunday, June 10 at 3 p.m. A night of Debbie Friedman concert In honor and memory of the 10th anniversary of the passing of beloved Seattle Jewish community member Hermine Pruzan, join the entire community for a night of music by the late, great Debbie Friedman. Led by Chava Mirel and accompanied by Peter Pundy and Dean Schmidt, this concert will take listeners on a tour of Friedmans inspirational music, with classic Friedman compositions as well as some of Mirels own interpretations. At Temple Bnai Torah, 15727 NE Fourth St., Bellevue. Free and open to all. For more information, contact Jennifer Fliss at 425-603-9677 or jfliss@templebnaitorah.org.

Temple Bnai Torahs graduates from the joint high school program with Temple De Hirsch Sinai, from left to right: Sarah Cohen, Maia Shmueli, alex Dominitz, arielle Roter, Megan Brumer, Perry Blankinship.

Torah Day School

The graduating class from the Torah Day School. Front row, from left to right: aviva Prizont, Ora Rivka Werblud, leah Post. Back row, left to right: Malca Dina Toban, Shayna Peromsik, lily allen, Elisheva Skaist.

Through July 14, Fridaysunday susanna Bluhm Art exhibit The Song of Songs is an ancient, sometimes puzzling inclusion in the Torah. Many people find the collection of poems with its themes of love to have little connection to what she says is often seen as the religious hang-ups of the rest of the Bible. As a queer feminist artist, Susanna Bluhm therefore found it to be ripe biblical material to work with. Her exhibition of collaged etchings look at the crown with which his mother crowned him, and serves as a love song to her wife and child. At Prole Drift, 523 S Main St., Seattle. Free. For more information, call 206-399-5506.


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nominated for his work with that organization, which annually helps 35 talented, financially needy high school juniors develop character and leadership skills. Many of these students are from broken homes, as was Hamilton, who went on to help write the Constitution. In other Cox family news, Georges

wife Carolyn (Puddin) has a small part in the Seattle International Film Festival selection, Ira Finkelsteins Christmas. The movie, part of which was filmed in this state, has its final festival screening on Sat., June 9 at 11 a.m. at Pacific Place in downtown Seattle. Members of the cast including Elliott Gould will be at that screening, Carolyn informs me, and tick-

ets are still available at www.siff.net. You can read more about both Gary and George in their previous MOT appearances, which, coincidentally and conveniently, appeared in the same issue, Oct. 29, 2009, online at bit.ly/KETR60. Georges Registered Rep profile can be read at www.registeredrep.com.

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saturday, June 23 at 8 p.m. The vagina Monologues Theater The Jewish Circle Theater company presents a Hebrew adaptation of Eve Enslers monologues, which she first drafted with the message in mind, Womens empowerment is deeply connected to their sexuality. For this performance, six Israeli women will read monologues that focus on the female anatomy as a metaphor and tool for womens empowerment. The tone of each reading varies from heartbreakingly dramatic to funny and whimsical. The Jewish Circle Theater company is a Jewish-Israeli theater active in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2009, and director Ofra Daniel brings the play here to Seattle for one night only. At the Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland. Tickets are $3035 in advance or $45 (cash only) at the door. For more information, visit www.brownpapertickets.com/ event/248853.

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israels nukes: Declassified

Janis siegel JTNews Correspondent
30 years. In his new book, Israel and the Bomb, Cohen spoke at Town Hall Seatwriter, historian, and one of the worlds tle in late May against the backdrop of foremost voices on nuclear weapons and the NATO Chicago Summit that was Israel, Dr. Avner Cohen, reveals the conunderway which dealt, in part, with talks tents of newly declassified historical membetween the international community oranda and transcripts from some of the and Iran regarding the acceptable level of highest-level conversations between world enrichment for its nuclear program. leaders and Israel during the creation and Alumni and members of the Monthe escalation of Israels nuclear program, terey Institute Board of Governors sponincluding correspondence between Prime sored the Town Hall Seattle event, Israels Minister Golda Meir and U.S. President Worst-Kept Secret, as well as a pre-event Richard Nixon, and between President reception at the Sorrento Hotel, The John F. Kennedy and Israeli Prime MinNuclear Challenge of isters David BenIran: A Global PerGurion and Levi spective, that feaEshkol. tured Cohen and Cohen, a senior Jon Wolfsthal, the fellow and professor deputy director of of nonproliferation the James Martin studies at the MonCenter for Nonproterey Institute of liferation Studies International Studand former special ies at Middlebury adviser for nuclear College in Monterey, Calif., spent JANiS SiEGEl security to Vice Preseight years read- avner Cohen, senior fellow and professor of ident Joseph Biden. Shedding light on ing through thou- nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey sands of documents institute of international Studies at Middlebury the political and the psychological reafrom many different College in California. sons that led to Israsources for his book, els current level of secrecy about its including the David Ben-Gurion Center nuclear weapons program, Cohen advoand the Weizmann Institute Archives in cates for the abandonment of Israels Israel and the U.S. National Library and policy of censorship on the issue, which it the Dwight D. Eisenhower Foundation strictly enforces to this day. in the U.S., as well as sources in Norway. While most in the foreign press refer to Many of the documents in the Israel State the question of Israel possessing nuclear Classifieds were declassified because, by bombs with a wink and a nod, Cohen law, they entered the public domain after believes its time for Israel to depart from its bargain with the United States, which, he writes, hinges on secrecy, opacity, and ambiguity. The issue for me is above all domestic, moral, and democratic, he told JTNews. Much of this book is an effort to interpret to decode if you will the fundamentals of the Israeli bargain with the bomb, from its early seeds to the time when it was codified as a secret policy, Cohen said at the Town Hall event. Over time, it has become rooted in deeper societal attitudes, something with psychological depth, following the political deal that was made between Prime Minister Golda Meir and U.S. President Richard Nixon in 1969. Cohen pointed to the deal Meir struck with Nixon, which bartered tacit U.S. support for Israels budding nuclear program in exchange for the promise of keeping it below the political radar. The deal was made in a one-on-one conversation between Golda Meir and Nixon, Cohen said, where essentially she told him, apparently, that Israel has the bomb. He accepted it, was even sympathetic, and the issue was to keep it low profile. So, non-acknowledgement, invisibility, no tests, no declarations, and, of course, no use, not only no military use, but also no political use, in return for Americas private presidential sympathy, and also a public attitude of looking the other way. This arrangement suited Israel, said Cohen, who further explained that the way that a country manages its relationship with the bomb is sourced in the reasons it originally sought to have it. Israels, he noted, were and are deterrence. In many ways, the pursuit of the bomb was a translation into concrete terms of Israels fundamental vow of never again, Cohen said. Israel must make it clear that another Holocaust could not happen again in Israel. The bargain is as much about Israels national identity as it is about strategy. Its about something which is more than just policy. Its a holistic concept and it incorporates politics, both domestic and international law, society, culture, discourse, and national psychology. Complicating this all-encompassing relationship within Israel toward the bomb is its stance toward Iran and that nations nuclear ambitions. Cohen believes Irans intentions are just as ambiguous and opaque as the Israeli nuclear strategy, but that Iran wants to enrich uranium to the maximum level to appear bomb-ready. If you look at Iran through an Israeli lens, Cohen said, you see another Israel. That is to say, you see a country that is determined to get the bomb, but it is not clear that Iran wants to build a nuclear arsenal. Iran wanted to promote its advanced status by having both sides of nuclear energy. They are trying to push as much as they can on the peaceful side but to the point, to be very clear, that they have very strong military options.

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Its difficult to overestimate the global impact that the new partnership between the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and Cornell University, CornellNYC Tech, will have on the future of research and new technology. But last month, on May 22, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that Google, Inc. is giving these collaborative, world-class institutions the use of 22,000 square feet of its office space for free, so that classes can begin in September 2012. The gift will be in effect for a maximum of five and a half years starting July 1, which should be enough time for Cornell University to complete the campus construction. Eventually, the campus will be expanded to 58,000 square feet. Professor Craig Gotsman of the Technion will serve as the founding director of the Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute there and will partner with Cornell in its operation, when it opens in 2017. During a meeting at the Technion with a visiting New York City Council member in February, the Technions president, Professor Peretz Lavie, explained that the new hub educational approach will be a curriculum that operates across several disciplines and targeted at tech companies located in New York City. A few of these include tech giants like Tumblr, Facebook, Foursquare, Twitter, Bitly and YouTube. It may be that Professor Shechtman is the last scientist to be awarded the Nobel Prize for research conducted by one person working alone in one laboratory, said Lavie, referencing Technion professor Dan Schechtmans 2011 win in chemistry. Nowadays, achieving significant scienhealth tific and engineering breakthroughs requires tremendous knowledge that the single scientist does not possess. Lavies hope is that large technology companies will add satellites near the campus, and a high-tech startup culture will begin to surround the center, just as such companies and extensions historically developed near the Technion, he said. Our innovative venture will build a bridge of friendship and cooperation between New York and Haifa. These bridges and partnerships may increase as the academic profiles of several Israeli research institutions have risen in the last decade, making impressive showings in lists like the 2011 Academic Ranking of World Universities conducted by the Center for World-Class Universities. According to last years list of the top 100 schools in computer science, the Weizmann Institute of Science came in at 11, and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology ranked at 15. Also on the list was The Hebrew University of Jerusalem at 26, and Tel Aviv University, coming in at 28. The Hebrew University also ranked 22 out of 100 in CWCUs 2011 Academic Ranking of World Universities in mathematics. Tel Aviv University came in 32nd. In the CWCUs list of the top 500 universities in the world, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem ranked 57; the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Tel Aviv University, and the Weizmann Institute of Science ranked in the 102-150 range; and Bar-Ilan University along with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev are listed in the 301400 slot. And the cuttingedge research continues to make news. Just this past month, Lior Gepstein, professor of medicine in cardiology and physiology at the Sohnis Research Laboratory for Cardiac Electrophysiology and Regenerative Medicine at the Technion and Rambam Medical Center, successfully harvested skin stem cells from a patient with heart failure and manipulated them into healthy heart muscle cells. One day in the future, researchers may be able to introduce healthy heart cells into the heart of a sick patient to regenerate healthy tissue. This method of using skin cells would remove the ethical objections some have with using embryonic stem cells. Using a patients own skin stem cells also significantly lowers the probability of the body rejecting them. In April 2012, Maty Tzukerman, a senior research scientist also at the Technion Rappaport Faculty of Medicine and Research Institute and the Rambam Medical Center, found that cancer cells grow and replicate themselves more quickly when exposed to human cells than they do in a Petri dish or mouse model. This research could lead to the development of new methods for controlling the growth of cancer. Tzukerman hopes it may lead to cancer treatments that would render the killer disease to be a chronic condition, like HIV-AIDS, that is manageable and treatable. The research was published in the current advanced online issue of the journal Stem Cells.
Longtime JTNews correspondent and freelance journalist Janis Siegel has covered international health research for SELF magazine and campaigns for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

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ANALYSIS NEW YORK (JTA) Last weeks announcement that the Israeli government for the first time will pay the salaries of some non-Orthodox rabbis represents a major victory for the Reform and Conservative movements. But its a victory more of principle than major practical changes at least, so far. The Israeli attorney generals office said Tuesday that Reform and Conservative rabbis in some parts of Israel will be recognized as rabbis of non-Orthodox communities and will receive wages equal to those of their Orthodox counterparts. For now, the decision applies only to Israels regional councils large districts of rural communities but not Israeli cities. And the non-Orthodox rabbis, unlike their Orthodox colleagues, will have no authority over Jewish law or ceremonies such as marriage or divorce. Rather than being funded by the nations Religious Services Ministry, they will receive their salaries from the Ministry of Culture and Sport.
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Hillel knowing its an organization that cares about them. Two other Hillels, at Washington State University and Western Washington University, as well as the Seattle Jewish Chorale, received campaign dollars from a new fund the Federation established, called the Small Agency Sustainability Grant, for $2,000, $3,600 and $5,000, respectively. Theres nowhere else for those organizations to turn to, Fruchter said. Judy Neuman, CEO of the Stroum Jewish Community Center, called her organizations allocation of a combined $224,605, plus a portion of the joint-camp

proposal, bittersweet. All of our grant awards were for existing programs, which help us sustain our commitment to inspire connections, build community and ensure Jewish continuity, and for that we are very grateful. We are also pleased to see new organizations and programs being funded, Neuman told JTNews via email. The SJCCs grants are 30 percent less than the allocation of $320,131 in 2012, which Neuman said will affect some adult and family programs. The magnitude of this cut will be very difficult to manage without impacting programs, she said. So is the new grant-based model effec-

tive? Planning and Allocations chair Almo said the process used to reach its decisions was the strongest it had ever undertaken. We spent an incredible amount of time, from forming our workgroups, which consisted of about 40 people, all the way through the planning and allocations process, he said. The result was a really robust dialogue about where we wanted to take the community. The nearly $4 million gap in the amount the Federation funded and the requests considered made for some hard decisions, he added. Hillel UWs Hayon said that while he was disappointed with the reduction his organization will receive, he believes the

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The sweet misery of Chocolate Chip-gate

eMily k. alhadeFF Associate Editor, JTNews
Life is bittersweet for kosher consumers in Seattle. On May 9, the kosher certification agency OK announced that Trader Joes chocolate chips, which it had previously certified parve, or acceptable for a milk or meat meal, would now be certified dairy. Kosher certifications frequently undergo reevaluation, but outcry swept the country. A protest page emerged on Facebook, a petition called Trader Joes: Keep the Chocolate Chips Pareve! on Change.org has received almost 6,000 signatures, and on May 23 the news made the cover of the Wall Street Journal. Seattle was not immune. Kosherobservant Jews flocked to area Trader Joes stores to stockpile whats left of the parve chocolate chips, buying dozens of bags at a time. Francine Birk, who runs a cottage kosher baking business in Seward Park, bought 153 bags on just one run and has ventured out to Capitol Hill, Ballard and Tacoma locations of the grocery store. The Trader Joes chocolate chips melt well. They make great ganache. It tastes a certain way. It melts a certain way, said Birk. Im going to have to work around that unless they change it back. Furthermore, she said, other brands are just not noshable in the same way. She estimates G., in the last two weeks roughly 100 bags her supply will meet her baking needs a day have been sold, with two days topthrough the High Holidays. ping out at 300 bags. At the time of this Kosher chocolate lovers rely on the writing, 10 cases remained. Trader Joes brand because they can use Though the petitioners on Change.org the morsels for desserts served after meat include advocates for vegan and lactose-free meals. (Most kashrut observers need to wait products, Josh said that concerns and comsix hours after a meat meal before consumplaints mainly come from ing dairy.) According to an kosher consumers. We get ambiguous statement by the phone calls all the time, he OK, the parve-dairy switch said, in particular from a local results from a change in Jewish retirement facility. the level of monitoring at I have been showing up the facility. The koshering at Trader Joes since we heard organization says it is workthe news, requesting whating with the manufacturer ever parve chips they are willto remedy the situation. The JoEl mAGAlNiCK recipe for the chips has not Somehow we were able to get ing to part with, said Esther changed. our hands on a bag of the still- Friend, administrator at The At this point there isnt parve chocolate chips from Summit at First Hill, via email. Our residents are big enough information to eval- Trader Joes. fans of our outrageous chocuate what happened, said olate chip cookies during our 3 p.m. daily Rabbi Moshe Kletenik of Bikur Cholim cookie hour. Machzikay Hadath and the Vaad HaRaThe assisted living facilitys baker probanim of Greater Seattle, the local kosherduces six-dozen cookies a day, she said. ing agency. In the interim, we have to take Others are willing to switch brands, the word of the kosher supervising agency. though not without a price. Robert Beiser, Normally, the Trader Joes branch on Repair the World director at Hillel at the Capitol Hill goes through a case of chocUniversity of Washington, said the weekly olate chips, 48 bags worth, every two Challah for Justice program will switch or three days, with holiday sales spikfrom Trader Joes to Sunspire chocolate ing around one case a day. According to chips, which are parve and fair trade, for a manager who identified himself as Josh its chocolate-chip challah. Weve been looking all year to find a good substitute, because we want fairtrade chocolate in all of our challah, said Beiser, who has helped spearhead a campaign to promote fair-trade, slavery-free chocolate among Jews in Seattle. More than half of the worlds chocolate production involves child slavery. A 10-ounce bag of Sunspire chips retails at $5.89 per bag a far cry from Trader Joes $2.29 for 12 ounces. By buying in bulk, Beiser said Hillel will be paying $4.42 per bag. But he downplayed the price jump. Now there will be Challah for Justice with even more justice in it. Executives at Trader Joes have not disclosed to store-bound staff if theyll overturn their decision to switch the chips kashrut status. Right now it is completely out of our hands, Josh, Trader Joes manager, said. If they dont, said Friend, its a great niche market and someone, somewhere, will capitalize on the void you can be sure we will track them down. Until then, the rush will continue while supplies last. People are dealing in chocolate chips now, said Birk. Its so Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

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7:309 p.m. NyHS Graduation
Michelle Haston at mhaston@nyhs.net or 206-232-5272 or www.nyhs.net Celebrate the graduation of the class of 2012. Free. At Sephardic Bikur Holim, 6500 52nd Ave. S, Seattle. Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park.

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811 p.m. Jewish Tween Spring Fling

Ben Starsky at BenS@sjcc.org or 206-388-0837 or www.sjcc.org Its Saturday night dance to the beat with a popular local DJ. Celebrate the arrival of warmer spring weather with friends and practice those dance moves. Free. At the Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island.



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. Come for the songs and story, stay for activities and playgroup fun. Includes Hebrew storytime as well. Free. At the Seattle Jewish Community School, 12351 Eighth Ave. NE, Seattle. 79 p.m. iranian infighting: inside the islamic republic
AIPAC at sf_office@aipac.org or 415-989-4140 A Shabbat evening lecture and dinner with resident fellow of the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, Ali Alfoneh. Free. At Temple De Hirsch Sinai, 1441 16th Ave., Seattle.

8 June


14 p.m. Krav maga 3-hour introductory Class

Chris Masaoka at kravmagaetc@hotmail.com or 425-736-6019 or www.kravmagaetc.com A great course for beginners or for those wanting to brush up on the basics and an excellent class for young adults leaving for college in the fall. $100. At Krav Maga Eastside LLC, 13433 NE 20th St., Bellevue. 48 p.m. J-Team year-End Event
Michael Wardlow at MichaelW@JewishInSeattle.org or 206-774-2256 or www.JewishInSeattle.org Ninth12th graders celebrate their hard work with the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle J-Team Teen Philanthropy Programs annual end-of-year banquet. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island.

10 June

34:30 p.m. SJFF/SJCC Best of Fest: The First Basket

Roni Antebi at ronia@sjcc.org or 206-232-7115 or www.sjcc.org Fathers Day screening by director David Vyost pays homage to the role sports played in the Jewish immigrant experience. Co-sponsored by the Washington State Jewish Historical Society. $8, $6/seniors and youth. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. 5 p.m. Seattle Kollel 21st Anniversary
Marilyn Leibert at info@seattlekollel.org or 206-722-8289 or www.seattlekollel.org The Seattle Kollel celebrates its 21st anniversary with a gala dinner. Cocktail reception at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. Honoring Dr. Elie and Miriam Levy. $90. At The Westin Seattle, 1900 Fifth Ave., Seattle.

17 June

79 p.m. First Comes love, Then Comes Commitment

Marjorie Schnyder at familylife@jfsseattle.org or 206-861-3146 Learn how to make relationships a more consistent source of support. Facilitated by Max Livshetz, M.A., PsyDc. Advance registration required. $15/ couple, financial assistance available. At Jewish Family Service, 1601 16th Ave., Seattle. 79 p.m. NyHS Annual meeting
Melissa Rivkin at mrivkin@nyhs.net or 206-232-5272 or www.nyhs.net Northwest Yeshiva High Schools annual meeting. At 5017 90th Ave. SE, Mercer Island. Free.

19 June




36 p.m. CCFAs Take Steps Western Washington

Deborah Jacoby at djacoby@ccfa.org or 425-451-8455 or bit.ly/LjsPyi Take Steps for Crohns and Colitis is CCFAs largest fundraising event. Register today and join thousands of others in the fight against digestive diseases. Free for registered participants. At Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle.

9 June


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.

13 June

78 p.m. rebooting in Beverly Hills

Nicole Levitt at ndlevitt@gmail.com or 443-841-0818 Marcy Miller will read from her memoir, Rebooting in Beverly Hills, about reentering the dating world after marriage and finding inner happiness. At

18 June

11:30 a.m. 2:30 p.m. HNT Daytimers Summer Film Series: radio Days
Rebecca Levy at rebecca@h-nt.org or 206-232-8555, ext. 207 or www.h-nt.org/calendar/view/1359/ Woody Allens comedy Radio Days represents his version of the importance radio shows had in the early 40s. Lunch included. RSVP by June 15. $7. At Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation, 3700 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. X Page 23

20 June

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Even though the decision will not affect most Israeli Reform and Conservative Jews because the vast majority of them live in large metropolitan areas such as Jerusalem and metro Tel Aviv, the decision nevertheless opens a door toward full equality with the Orthodox, non-Orthodox Israeli leaders said. The importance of the decision is that it sets the model for the relations between the non-Orthodox movements and the government, said Rabbi Gilad Kariv, the executive director of Israels Reform movement. The Reform movement also has a petition in court to give Reform rabbis in cities the same rights of those in regional council areas. According to Kariv, the May 29 decision only gives full-service synagogues with at least 50 affiliated families in regional council areas eligibility for the funding. Theres no reason to adopt this in the regional councils and not in the cities, and the government knows it, he said. Its not clear when the Israeli courts will decide on the Reform movements petition, but if the petition is accepted, the

change would affect virtually all Conservative and Reform congregations. The announcement followed out-ofcourt negotiations over a 2005 petition by the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism and Rabbi Miri Gold, a Reform rabbi from Kibbutz Gezer in central Israel. Gold had petitioned the state to fund the Gezer Reform community just as it funds Orthodox communities and their leaders. Initially, the government has agreed to fund 15 non-Orthodox rabbis in the regional council areas. But the funding could increase as more Conservative and Reform congregations are established. Yizhar Hess, the executive director of Israels Conservative movement, known as Masorti, said there is a more important issue than the initial number of communities receiving financial support: Conservative and Reform Jews in these areas no longer will have to donate privately to support their rabbis while also paying taxes to support the Orthodox-dominated Rabbinate. This, he hopes, will allow more Conservative congregations to form and reduce the Israeli movements dependence on donations from America. Three-quarters

of the Masorti movements annual budget of approximately $4.5 million now comes from the Diaspora. The only way for a Masorti rabbi to act as a Masorti rabbi was to be able to raise enough funds from donations and dues to make a living, Hess said. We know that there are more communities that want to reach out and have us. For years the government has held the position that non-Orthodox rabbis deserve these rights: A 2008 government memorandum to the court in Golds case said that a town with a non-Orthodox community that is interested in cultural and communal activities deserves funding from the state. The attorney generals office used that memorandum as a basis for its decision, but by defining non-Orthodox activities as cultural and communal, it shifted responsibility for overseeing the activities to the Ministry of Culture and Sport meaning that Reform and Conservative rabbis still do not have state-recognized authority over Jewish law. But Kariv, Hess and their American counterparts believe that last weeks decision could pave the way to increased legitimacy for their movements in Israel.

David Lissy, executive director of the Masorti Foundation in New York, pointed to two recent surveys of Israeli Jews showing increased awareness of and identification with non-Orthodox movements. One, a recent report by the Israel Democracy Institute and the Avi Chai foundation, showed that 30 percent of Israeli Jews had attended a Conservative or Reform service. More and more people feel that they would like to take responsibility for their Jewish identity, Hess said. They understand that there is more than one way to be Jewish. Outside Israel, the Rabbinical Assembly of the U.S. Jewish Conservative movement and the World Union for Progressive Judaism were among those that lauded the decision. This is a historic day for Israelis and Jews around the world, said Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, executive vice president of the Rabbinical Assembly. In order for Judaism to grow and thrive in Israel, it is necessary that the government recognize its obligation to provide equal funding to various Jewish religious streams and expressions that flower in the Jewish state.

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Caleb Bryan Plotnik

Amy and David Plotnik of Shoreline are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Caleb Bryan, on May 10, 2012 at Swedish Hospital in Edmonds. Caleb weighed 8 lbs., 3 oz. and measured 20 inches. Caleb is the brother of Noah. His grandparents are Robin and Darryll Plotnik of Redmond, Julie Cook of Baltimore, Md. and the late Bryan Cook. Calebs great-grandparents are Donna Plotnik of Hemet, Calif. and Robert Krueger of Newcastle. Calebs middle name is for his mother Amys father, Bryan Cook.

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Esther Rose Litwack-Lang

Esther will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on June 9, 2012, at Temple Bnai Torah in Bellevue. Esther is the daughter of John Lang and Laurie Litwack of North Bend and the sister of Naomi. Her grandparents are Emanuel and Jane Litwack of Montreal, Quebec, and Fred and Glafre Lang of North Bend. Esther is a 7th grader at Twin Falls Middle School in North Bend. She enjoys wrestling, Judo, Ultimate Frisbee and cooking. Her mitzvah project was to collect donations for Baking for a Cure, which raises money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Stephen L. Kessler 19392012

The world lost a kind and caring man on May 9, 2012 when Steve Kessler passed on after living with MDS for 10 years, followed by leukemia for one year. Born in NYC in 1939, he was the only child of Al and Anne Kessler, who predeceased him. He was a highly regarded investment management professional who earned the trust and respect of his clients for more than four decades. Steve will be remembered for his cordial demeanor, warm smile and friendly greetings. A humble and ethical man, he loved to read, tell a good joke, engage in stimulating conversation, attend cultural arts events and travel the world with the love of his life, Carolyn. He participated in and proudly supported numerous Jewish, community and professional causes. He was past president of Seattle Bnai Brith Men and a member of Herzl-Ner Tamid for over 45 years. Steve treasured his family, his greatest source of joy in life. He was a devoted husband for 49 years to Carolyn, proud father of Randy (Jennifer) and Lynore (Roland) and adoring Papa to grandchildren Avi, Eliana, Corrie, Samantha, Alexandra, TasiAna and KamoLynn. He is also lovingly remembered by a large, closely knit extended family. His legacy lives on through his family members and he will be in their hearts forever. Donations in Steves memory to Puget Sound Blood Center (psbc.org/gifts), Jewish Family Service (jfsseattle.org) or charity of choice. The family extends its gratitude to Steves oncology teams over the years for their care and support.

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Hanna Rose Krasnowsky

Hanna will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on June 16, 2012, at Temple Bnai Torah in Bellevue. Hanna is the daughter of Paul Krasnowsky of Mercer Island and Lori Krasnowsky of Bellevue. Her grandparents are Jane Rosenbaum of Portland, Ore. and the late Fred Rosenbaum and the late Bernie and Kay Krasnowsky. Hanna is a 7th grader at Issaquah Middle School. She enjoys dance, art, drama and spending time with friends. For her mitzvah project, Hanna raised money for a special team-building structure for the camp her grandfather founded 42 years ago, Camp Rosenbaum, for underprivileged children.

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Keara Allison Jerome Berlin

Keara will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on June 16, 2012. The Berlin-Bencivengo family, members of Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue, will hold the ceremony at the Seattle Childrens Theater in Seattle. Keara is the daughter of Meredith Berlin and Larry Bencivengo of Seattle, and the sister of Anthony. Her grandparents are Nancy and Mike Berlin of Truro, Mass., Lawrence Bencivengo of Wallingford, Conn. and the late Pauline Bencivengo. Keara is a 7th grader at Eckstein Middle School. She enjoys fencing, playing the cello and reading. Her mitzvah project is working at the North Helpline food bank and establishing a website to sell art to raise money for the Pink Polka Dots Guild for cancer care at Seattle Childrens Hospital.

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4:308 p.m. Jewish Federation Annual meeting

Michael Wardlow at MichaelW@JewishInSeattle.org or 206-774-2256 or www.JewishInSeattle.org The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle honors its volunteers and leaders who are working together to transform the way they deliver critical funds to their community partners. Free. At the Seattle Asian Art Museum, Volunteer Park, Seattle. 7:30 p.m. rabbi israel meir lau
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1:304 p.m. instant replay: Sports Trivia Contest

Lori Ceyhun at assistant@wsjhs.org or 206-774-2277 or www.wsjhs.org Bring your friends and compete in this sports trivia contest. A Jeopardy-style competition, winners will compete at the championship in October at the Washington State Jewish Historical Society gala. $20 preregistered, $30 at the door. At The Summit at First Hill, 1200 University St., Seattle.

24 June

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fundraising aspect attached. It was a little bit of a challenge, because people have been struggling with the fundraising component. There was a $200 entry for the day ride, said Aronson, which has since been removed as a requirement to sign up. With regards to the people who are participating, it seems like a very diverse group, very pluralistic, Aronson said. Renna Khuner-Haber of Seattle plans

to ride all the way to the finish line in Washington, D.C. Khuner-Haber interned with Hazon in New York and also worked in its San Francisco office before moving to Seattle in January of this year to begin graduate studies at Bastyr University. I told Wendy I was going to be going to Bastyr in Seattle and she said, Oh, thats where the bike ride is going to start! Khuner-Haber said. She said she looks forward to reuniting some of her colleagues from Hazon programs who will be riding

alongside her to the other Washington. While working at Hazon in San Francisco, Khuner-Haber helped to organize the regional bike ride there and trained riders. Cycling for her is a good way to exercise, have fun, and get to know people in her community. I see biking as a powerful way of building connection and community, she said. You really end up building friendships out of biking together every day.


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Breaking out of the complex

MarTin WesTerMan JTNews Columnist
With sabers rattling in Persia for nearly 3,000 years, the latest Iran flare-up looks boringly familiar. Jews have spent most of history around warring empires: Starting with Passover and the escape from Egypt, its where our You tried to kill us, we survived, lets eat! holidays come from. The prophets visions of a better world havent stopped anyone from making war or creating cultures that glorify it. But maybe we can learn something new if we view the current scenario with fresh eyes. World War II made the United States a warrior empire. We created a militaryindustrial complex to mobilize for the war and to never again be caught unprepared. But by 1960, President Eisenhower was warning that the MICs enormous influence threatened to endanger our liberties and democratic processes. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry could compel the MIC to serve Americas peaceful methods and goals. Today, we spend 53 percent of our federal budget on the MIC, choosing to spend less on other essentials like education and health care. The MIC provides massive employment, operates from thousands of U.S. and overseas facilities, and delivers production capacity and revenues for national-level projects, including the Internet, interstate highways, satellites, renewable energy and international security. The MIC permeates our culture, language, media, fashion, designs, manufacturing and research. It endangers us through fossil fuel consumption and pollution, wars, laws and by promoting a culture of fear that encourages jingoistic attitudes. The worlds most prosperous economies have always fielded the biggest militaries and imposed their worldviews by force. Dominant empires believe that might makes right, and create us-versusthem situations to reaffirm that the us is more powerful. Rutgers University Professor Robin Fox asserts that we waste too much time asking what causes violence, when it is as much a part of the human life process as digesting or reproducing. The real question is how cultures manage to stop violent activity by de-escalating violent energy, managing it, and/or diverting it elsewhere. More broadly, defusing us-versus-them attitudes reduces the need for military force. In Whats the Economy For, Anyway? John DeGraaf and David Batker assert that its time for our society to invest less in our military-industrial complex, and more in our human resources and infrastructure. Basically, we need to provide the greatest good, for the greatest number, over the longest run. A starting point is to measure Americas wealth in other ways than dollar output, like with the Happiness Index, Index of Sustainable Economic Welfare, or Genuine Progress Indicator. Whereas bad outputs are added to good in the GDP for example, the Gulf oil spill contributed more to the GDP in cleanup and legal payments than just delivering the oil would have in the alternative indicators, bads are subtracted from goods to yield a net measure of wealth and health. Another approach is to subsidize and empower the goods. Rather than military service being the only full credit way to serve our country, we should be able to serve in many areas, like trades, health care, teaching, and helping to defuse international conflicts. People like University of Massachusetts professor emeritus Ervin Staub and Tikkun magazine founder Michael Lerner encourage dialogue and other practices to humanize opposing groups, overcome fear, create trust, and promote inclusive, rather than destructive, viewpoints and actions. Thats where we alert and knowledgeable citizens come in. To change the might-makes-right attitude, honor the humanity of others and ourselves, and strengthen our society, we must demand that our leaders make federal investments as massive as those in the military-industrial complex in domestic infrastructure, research and development and employment, and with adversarial countries cultural exchanges, sports, open communication, and mutual, unrestricted travel. It doesnt mean we let down our guard. But it does mean we work toward Hoseas vision: I will break the bow and the sword and the battle out of the land, and will make [all living things] to lie down safely (2:18). And America will be more secure, and world history a little less boringly familiar.


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