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At the grassy roots

How Ultimate Peace hopes to create an ultimate peace.
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the rabbi’s turn

Repairing the natural order
Rabbi Moshe Kletenik Bikur Cholim Machzikay Hadath
On a recent Sunday morning, after morning services and teaching the daily Daf Yomi, the page of Talmud a day, I was looking forward to an invigorating Pacific Northwest bike ride. A quick check confirmed the ominous clouds predicted by weather reports. Not to be satisfied with such elementary evidence, I consulted several websites, which assured me that there was zero percent chance of precipitation until evening. I confidently mounted my bicycle and headed down the hill for a ride along our beautiful Lake Washington. About five minutes later I felt raindrops. Could this be real? Zero percent chance of precipitation! I had checked websites! Apparently, even scientists objectively interpreting scientific models are prone to error. How much more so is this search for certainty and truth a challenge when confronting ethical issues. We human beings are so often swayed by subjectivity, preconceived notions, biases and emotions. Our sages teach us in Bereshit Rabbah that indeed, “Love and hate disrupt the natural order.” The horrific bombing at the Boston Marathon shocked the world. Three people were killed and over 200 wounded, many of them grievously. The alleged bombers had been welcomed to this country and had enjoyed freedom as well as the opportunity for education. As the suspects were being identified, friends of one alleged bomber spoke of how nice and kind of a person he seemed to be. Others described how in the days following the bombing the suspect resumed normal activities as if nothing had happened, working out at the university gym and appearing perfectly calm as others spoke of the terrible attack and its human toll. All of this, even as he and his brother had bombed a city and wreaked carnage and human suffering. So often hate of an individual, a group, an institution, a religion, a race or a country can lead one to engage in cruel and even self-destructive behavior. “Hate disrupts the natural order.” In the weeks leading to the Shavuot festival it is traditional to study Pirke Avot. The first statement of this tractate documents the chain of transmission of the oral law: “Moshe received the Torah at Sinai and transmitted it to Joshua, Joshua to the elders, and the elders to the prophets, and the prophets to the men of the Great Assembly.” The question arises as to why this chain of transmission is placed here before Pirke Avot, which is in the middle of the Mishna. It would seem more appropriate for this to appear at the very beginning of the entire Mishna, before the first tractate, Berachot. Rabbi Obadiah of Bertinoro, a 17th-century Italian commentator on the Mishna, explains that previous tractates discuss ritual laws, including prayer, Shabbat and the festivals. People may more readily recognize that these are given by God. Pirke Avot discusses ethics. Every civilized society has a code of ethics and values. One may think that our ethics and morals are constructed by ethicists. This preamble teaches us that our ethics are based on what was divinely revealed at Sinai and transmitted through the generations: The eternal, immutable word of God. As an Orthodox rabbi I fully believe that the Torah was given by God to Moshe and that all ethical challenges can be resolved by exploring the depths of Tanach, the Talmud, responsa literature and the codes of Jewish law. This is how a believing Jew finds answers to moral and ethical dilemmas. At the same time, I recognize that human beings, no matter how learned, are subjective creatures who are often swayed by predispositions and preconceived notions, especially in areas that are gray, which real-life situations often tend to be. Many of you know that Jewish medical ethics is an area that I have spent much time studying. I have had the experience of serving on hospital and hospice ethics and critical care committees and have lectured at a number of conferences on these issues. I have done my best to assist families and other rabbis who have consulted me in difficult situations. Yet, when critical decisions needed to be made concerning the care of my own dear mother, who has been ill, I felt incapable of evaluating the situation. I was too close. I was too emotionally involved. I called an esteemed senior colleague, a leading expert in these areas, presented the issues, and then asked a physician to describe the medical circumstances in detail. I told the rabbi, “I am too close to this to be objective. You rule as to what must be done.” Rabbi Chaim Palagi, a 19th-century Turkish Halachist and Kabbalist, writes that there are certain areas into which the family of a patient should not venture, as they are too emotionally involved to be objective. “Love disrupts the natural order.” As we approach Shavuot, let us resolve to take the time to explore more Torah together. It is the eternal wisdom of the Torah that illuminates what sometimes
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Netanyahu must take a page from Sadat
Marc Schneier JTA World News Service
NEW YORK (JTA) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is correct to describe a new proposal by the Arab League to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks as “a very big step forward.” Yet there will be no serious movement toward peace until Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responds to the Arab League initiative by evoking the words of the late Egyptian leader Anwar Sadat before traveling to Jerusalem in the later 1970s, vowing “to go to the ends of the earth” — even to the Qatari capital of Doha or the Saudi capital of Riyadh — in order to achieve peace. The new peace initiative, which was presented to Kerry and Vice President Joe Biden by a Qatari-led Arab delegation in Washington on April 30, would revive — and improve, from Israel’s standpoint — the so-called Saudi Peace Initiative of 2002. That proposal, subsequently endorsed by the entire Arab League, promised Israel full peace and recognition in exchange for a return to its pre1967 borders. Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani presented the new initiative, which would accept for the first time a modification of those borders. According to Al Thani, “The Arab League delegation affirms that agreement should be based on the two-state solution, on the basis of the 4th of June 1967 line” with the possibility of a “comparable and mutual agreed minor swap(s) of the land.” This important Arab League initiative comes in the wake of another significant but little-noticed development that also originated in the Gulf: An April 8 resolution by the Kingdom of Bahrain condemning Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. The outlawing of Hezbollah, overwhelmingly passed by Bahrain’s parliament, represents the first known instance that an Arab country has used the T-word to describe a militant Arab organization like Hezbollah, which has rained missiles on northern Israel and last year murdered Israeli tourists in Bulgaria. When I visited Bahrain in December 2011, becoming the first rabbi to meet with King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifah in his palace, the king told me — as widely reported by the media — that Bahrain and Israel share a common enemy in Hezbollah’s patron, Iran, which sits directly across the narrow Persian Gulf from Bahrain and other Gulf states including the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Kuwait. Yet nearly a month after the Bahraini statement, there has been no official response by the government of Israel. Indeed, when a reporter for the Times of Israel asked the Israeli Foreign Ministry why it has not commended Bahrain for its anti-Hezbollah stand, a spokesman blandly responded, “If the Bahrainis had wanted Israel to say something, they could have sent us a message through diplomatic channels. Since they didn’t, we didn’t.” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may well have decided to err on the side of caution in responding to both the Bahraini and Arab League initiatives by waiting to see whether support will hold up across the Arab world. Yet this is one of those critical moments in Middle East history when an excess of caution may doom hopes for a breakthrough by strengthening cynicism and peace-process fatigue on both sides. Following the dramatic steps by Bahrain, Qatar and the Arab League, Netanyahu needs to respond in similarly dramatic fashion. Just as Sadat fundamentally transformed Israeli-Egyptian relations 35 years ago by declaring his willingness to travel even to Jerusalem, Netanyahu should declare his readiness to fly to Doha or Riyadh to demonstrate his genuine desire for peace — with the Palestinians as well as Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf states. The Israeli government and people need to remember that Israel exists and is destined to live forever in the heart of the Middle East, not the Middle West. The Jewish State can only secure its longterm survival by reaching an accommodation with the Arab world — or at least an important part of it. Thankfully, the positive initiatives of the past few weeks by Bahrain and the Arab League delegation led by Qatar — neither of which would have taken place without the encouragement and support of Saudi Arabia — make clear that a historic opportunity exists for Israel to build a strategic alliance with the oil-rich states of the Arabian Peninsula. Israel and the Gulf states are endangered by Iran, a genocidal theocracy with nuclear ambitions that vows to destroy the Jewish State and has extended its reach into the heart of the Arab world through skillful manipulation of proxies such as Hezbollah in Lebanon and the tottering Bashar Assad regime in Syria. If Netanyahu seizes the moment to reach a peace agreement with the Palestinians, thanks to the initiative put forward by the Qataris and the Arab League, there is a chance that after generations of bitter conflict, Israelis will finally live in peace and security. If, however, the Israeli prime minister spurns this opportunity, he will
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“There’s going to be an awesome learning curve.” —Will Berkovitz on his new role as Jewish Family Service’s CEO. Read the story on page 6.

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coming up
In a pair of talks, professional genealogist Meredith Hoffman explores the difficulties of working with Jewish personal, family, and place names as they morphed through time and place. In “My Grandfather Came from Poison,” she shows how online resources can help navigate name changes. In “Who the Heck is Ida Gerskill?” Hoffman provides tools for puzzling out the various names you may come across in your genealogical quest. At the Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. Free to Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State members; $5 for non-members. For more information contact Mary Kozy at [email protected] or visit www.jgsws.org/meetings.php.

■■Monday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m. Some Challenges of Researching Jewish Names

Eli Varon caters this annual carnivorous pig-out (no pun intended) and fundraiser for NCSY. Stuff yourself silly on a meat cook-off, chili competition, and an offal sample table. But wait, there’s more: Jumping castle for the kids, a photobooth, music, and contests and prizes. $15 by May 16, $20 at the door, $70 per family of five and up, or $125 for a table for 10. To enter the cook-off, and for more information and tickets, contact Ari Hoffman at [email protected] or SeattleNCSY.com At Sephardic Bikur Holim, 6500 52nd Ave. S, Seattle.

■■Sunday, May 19 at 5 p.m. BasarFest

news briefs
MOR receives NEA Art Works grant
Music of Remembrance, an organization that puts artistic works from the Holocaust to music, received a grant for $15,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts for its Sparks of Glory outreach programs, a free concert-with-commentary series held at the Seattle Art Museum. Art Works grants support the creation of high-quality arts projects that encourage public engagement, lifelong learning, and community strengthening. The NEA awarded $26.3 million to 817 non-profit arts organizations around the country.

Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg wins Silver Wings Award

The Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest awarded Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg of Temple B’nai Torah its Silver Wings Award for outstanding clergy making contributions to the cause of reproductive justice. In a press release, PPVotesNW leaders wrote, “Whenever we need a diverse voice to be on a panel, to offer testimony, to write a letter to the editor, or anything else, we know we can call on Yohanna and she will always jump to our aid.” The organization named her a “she-ro” for the cause.

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From Strength to Strength
An original theatre production of Jewish History in Washington State by Book-It Repertory Theatre.
Kosher reception to follow SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 2013 Performance at 2 p.m., doors open for open seating at 1:30 p.m. LANGSTON HUGHES PERFORMING ARTS INSTITUTE 104 17th Ave. S., Seattle. Tickets: $30 before May 28, 2013, $36 after. $108 group of 4 by May 28. $18 students and 18 & under. Purchase yours today! Call 206-774-2277 or visit wsjhs.org.
Author Signing: The acclaimed book “Family of Strangers” will be available for sale at the production. All three authors will be on hand.
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yiddish lesson
By Sophie Meld A guter vort iz besser fun a nedove. A good word is better than a donation.

inside this issue
New direction
Jewish Family Service talked to 20 different candidates to fill its CEO position before finding the best option right in its own back yard.

Grass roots peacemaking
Ultimate Peace brings Jewish and Arab Israelis and Palestinians together on level ground — the playing field, that is.

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Magalnick named JTNews publisher
Joel Magalnick, who has been editor of JTNews since 2003, was named publisher this week by the JTNews board. He served as acting publisher since May 2012 following the departure of longtime publisher Karen Chachkes. He will maintain the role of editor as well. “I’m gratified that the board has put the trust of this community institution in my hands, particularly given the fragile financial state of newspapers as a whole,” Magalnick said. JTNews board chair Peter Horvitz cited Magalnick’s handling of the paper’s finances during a difficult year. “Joel has always been a good editor, but in the last year he has shown impressive growth as a publisher and has been instrumental in the turnaround of JTNews’ financial performance,” Horvitz said. “He deserves much praise for his accomplishments and we’re delighted with his leadership of JTNews.” Shelley Bensussen, board chair of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, which owns JTNews, agreed. “Joel has done an excellent job managing the paper through a difficult year, with a transition in leadership at JTNews, and in a marketplace where print media is being challenged every day,” she said. “He has demonstrated that he has the mix of leadership and editorial skills to take on the key position of publisher.” The appointment took effect May 7.

Reconstructing memory
The stories of the Sephardic experience in the Holocaust have largely been lost in the greater context of Eastern European Jewry’s destruction. The University of Washington is changing that, starting with a symposium of national and international scholars.

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Why Qatar?

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Why has Qatar, of all countries, stepped in to put forth a peace plan between Israelis and Palestinians? In a word: Money. In another word: Iran.

What to do with that Hitler teapot

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Revelations of Charles Krafft’s Holocaust denial shook the local art world. What should be the Jewish community’s response to this and to other troubling works that surface in the area?

Path of most resistance

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Music of Remembrance’s spring concert pays tribute to a Polish resistor, whose poems reflect the extraordinary decisions she had to make in her young life.

Understanding the scrolls

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In preparation for Shavuot, think about how you can find your way around the Torah — not just pedagogically, but the physical Torah itself.



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JFS gets a new leader
Joel Magalnick Editor, JTNews
For the first time in almost three decades, Jewish Family Service of Greater Seattle is set to bring on a new leader. Will Berkovitz, who will succeed long-time CEO Ken Weinberg, takes over the socialservice agency at the beginning of July. “It is extremely exciting,” Berkovitz said, but “I really find it immensely humbling.” The humility comes, in large part, from the work Weinberg and his staff have done in building the organization from what served a much smaller Jewish community with fewer needs when Weinberg began in 1975 to an agency that now has nearly 200 employees and a $9 million budget that serves more than just Jews. JFS now serves clients across the region from multiple religious, socioeconomic and ethnic groups. “This community feels just a passion and sense of protectiveness to the agency. It’s really special,” Berkovitz said. Berkovitz, 44, is already well known within Seattle’s Jewish community. He is an ordained rabbi who spent seven years at Hillel at the University of Washington, four of them as its executive director. The social justice and service work he infused into Hillel led him three years ago to the national Jewish service organization Repair the World, where he served as vice president of partnerships. His history will allow him to hit the ground running lel to the Jewish Family Service world. Last year he was a keynote speaker at a national conference for the umbrella agency for Jewish Family Services across the country. He provides ongoing couples counseling, which he has done since his Hillel days. And his travels with young adults at Hillel to perform service trips in developing countries brought him in contact with indigenous populations similar to those served by JFS’s immigrant and refugee resettlement program. Berkovitz will come into JFS with a vision for how he wants to run the agency, but he will need to put that into the context of what already exists. “It’s going to be an interesting balancing act,” said Eric LeVine, JFS’s incoming board president. Berkovitz’s vision begins with continuing what he did at both Hillel and Repair the World in measuring outcomes of program areas, which feeds into a revisiting of the agency’s strategic plan, some of which had to be put on the backburner after the start of the 2008 recession. And the need for emergency services such as the food bank and rent assistance continues to grow. “Demand in a post-recession world still continues to be very high,” LeVine said. But “it’s a great opportunity for us to take a step back and challenge the status quo a little bit and test our assumptions.” Of course, revisiting the agency’s strategy means growing the agency, which means finding new revenue streams. “A static agency is a dying agency, so I think we can’t be static,” Weinberg said. “We have to find ways of finding new leads, new projects, as well as those things that are already important to us.” Even in the very near term, Berkovitz and his staff will face some heady obstacles. “I can see cuts from the federal government, cuts from the state government, and I think it’s going to be enormously challenging to keep the agency going [and] keep the agency vital, to grow where we need to grow,” Weinberg said. In the long term, Berkovitz can see expansion — and revenue — from small neighborhood service centers, much in the same way banks are opening corner branches, or using the Internet to reach people in outlying areas to provide services. In the near term, the implementation of the Affordable Care Act will affect both the agency’s clientele and its administration, as JFS will be required to provide health insurance for its sizeable part-time staff.
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Incoming Jewish Family Service CEO Will Berkovitz.

at JFS, he said. Still, “there’s going to be an awesome learning curve.” But, he added, “it’s not completely foreign territory for me, and I’m hoping the professionals there will be teaching me and I’ll be a student of theirs for a strong period of time.” Berkovitz’s career has taken him paral-

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Follow Your Head
by Gaby Weidling

Making peace at the grassy roots
Joel Magalnick Editor, JTNews
Grab a Frisbee and a few friends and you’ve got yourself a game of Ultimate. But get serious about it, and maybe the sport can bring together Israeli Jews, Arabs and Palestinian teenagers to become a meaningful effort toward peace in the ongoing Middle East conflict. Since 2009, David Barkan’s organization Ultimate Peace has been doing just that. Barkan spent 20 years playing competitive Ultimate, and in 2005 he took some Jewish Ultimate players to spend a few weeks in Israel to introduce the sport to kids, hold clinics, and play in tournaments. “When I came back angry, she said, but Ultimate has helped her to control her temper. She attributes her newfound calm to one unique aspect of the sport: “In the game, there is no referee, so we have to deal with our little problems on the field,” she said. The self-refereeing aspect to Ultimate is what Barkan, who said that he too was once hot-headed on the playing field, sees as the key to a successful program. “Soccer wouldn’t have worked,” he said. “The violence in it isn’t conducive to it, the fact that you can pull the guy’s shirt and elbow when the referee’s not looking. The whole point of this is personal accountability.” If your opponent is also your referee, you have to figure out a solution on your own, he said, and that’s a skill that can be applied to daily life. “They’ve already said that’s transferred

Everything follows the head in life,” says the Perkei de Rabbi Eliezer. “And an empty head will lead to an empty life.” Filling your head up with knowledge is the surest way to avoid that empty-headed life. In this puzzle, 14 clues are looking to improve themselves. Though they appear in the grid in a somewhat negative light, following their heads leads to a positive conclusion. So put your thinking cap on.
ACROSS 1 Avoid 5 Feathered accessory 8 Following their heads, hurtful types become mind13 Following their heads, those occupying lawyers 15 16 17 18 19 20 22 23 24 25 29 30 33 34 36 38 39 41 42 44 45 46 47 49 51 52 53 56 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 DOWN 1 Con 2 Mata ___ 3 Gives in to an addiction 4 Politico Gingrich 5 Explosion 6 “My bad!” 7 Dwarf’s weapon, often 8 Popular jam flavor 9 Small stream 10 Ship’s body 11 Oklahoma city 100 miles away from 12 Following their heads, those making 14 21 22 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 35 37 40 43 48 50 51 52 53

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become touched? Bagel topping Trim ___ There Yet? (Ice Cube film series) Tool-using animal Like the passion of those falling in love again Following one’s head, a homewrecker becomes educational? “___ of Gold” (Sting song) Tub Cut crudely Following one’s head, a guy loitering becomes authoritative about food? “Where the Streets Have No Name” singer Totality Tattoos Country whose flag featured a three-headed elephant Marisa of My Cousin Vinny Darling dog? Following one’s head, one taken in a trial becomes upright? Where 4-Down wants a colony Christian’s creations Shallowest Great Lake Girl of Green Gables Opposite of NNE Shrinking lake in Africa Following one’s head, an explosive type becomes interested in music? Small unit of mass Minion of Sauron Warm ___ (zombie love story movie) Following their heads, some two-bit sorts become strategic? Robin’s friend Alan-___ Track in a dirt road Chow down Sorority restriction Go quickly Following one’s head, one that’s a bit rocky becomes commemorative? Following one’s head, one covering up a slip becomes ceremonial? Quirky Again

Oklahoma City

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a scene become communicative? Fulfill, as a term English nobles One who might cheer Mubarak deposed in the Arab Spring Following their heads, those that may be shrill become not so forward? Diarist Nin Response to unsolicited advice Russian ruler of old Following one’s head, one with an agenda becomes stabilizing at night? ___ friends Spaghetti western director Sergio Following one’s head, one prone to cruising becomes like a star? First string Yemen’s neighbor Messing with Will? They can be mesh or smoke Owns Land units Buffy’s Watcher Exposed Following their heads, those who play around a lot become capable of holding a mop? Smell Julie Andrews or Maggie Smith, e.g. ___ pro quo “See you later!” Prince Harry’s school Norse letter Gush It follows pi
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from Israel it became obvious to me that we needed to use this as a peace-building tool,” Barkan said. “I could see it had an effect on the kids that we worked with.” From that, Ultimate Peace was born. “The idea was simple,” Barkan said. “You bring them together, with Ultimate as the tool, to build bridges of understanding across the cultures, across the borders, with the hope that they not only enjoy playing Ultimate, and playing Ultimate together, but potentially change and transform, and become friends.” Sixteen of these coaches in training, or CITs, who create new teams in their home communities as well as coach the players, visited Seattle during the last weekend of April, both to compete at Spring Reign in Burlington, the largest youth Ultimate tournament in the world, and to talk about the program. One of those players, Areen Shihade, 16, is an Arab Israeli girl from the northern Israeli town of Tamira and a budding leader in Ultimate Peace. Before she joined the group, she would quickly become

to their lives outside: How they behave with their families, how they are interested in other sports, and what kind of students and citizens they are,” Barkan said. Like the game itself, the Bay Area-based Ultimate Peace operates from the grassroots, relying upon donations and sponsorships to hold weeklong summer camps in Israel, pay its coaches, buy equipment and uniforms, and send its players to tournaments such as Spring Reign. More than 300 teens from the Middle East have participated in Ultimate Peace since its inception. While in Seattle, members of Temple Beth Am provided home hospitality and transportation. Moses Rivkin, an Ultimate coach and teacher at University Prep in Seattle’s Northend, has been involved with Ultimate Peace since its beginning and worked with the camp in Israel. The visiting CITs spoke at his school, as well as rode the bus from Seattle to Burlington with his students, where he could see how they interacted with each other. “It was cool to see them plugging into

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each other’s earbuds and sitting in these close quarters together, laughing together, and talking about how their days had gone,” Rivkin said. Several University Prep students that Rivkin coaches have since applied to the Ultimate Peace coach-in-training program at this summer’s camp, he said. Though these Middle East kids talked to many groups about their program, they also came to play Ultimate. Spring Reign organizers were at the last minute able to seed MashUP, as the team calls itself, with the A-level high school teams, which ended up being the right call. “They are so good. They would have rolled over the B division,” said Jeff Jorgenson, one of the directors of Spring Reign. “It was highly competitive, a lot of strong throws, a lot of big jumps, a lot of downfield — all the elements you want to checkbox in a quality Ultimate match.” The team members talked about Ultimate Peace at the awards ceremony, but they spent plenty of time on the field intermingling with the other teams. “It was emotional for me, because I’ve got so many games under my belt,” Jorgenson said, “to see that players from Ultimate Peace have come from such a troubled part of the world, where they can still rise up and play with respect for themselves, respect for their teammates, and remember the

from the city of Ra’anana, being a part of the program “changed my perspective about Arabs and Palestinians,” he said. The former soccer player said that being a part of the leadership program has given him the courage to say something if one of his peers makes a disparaging remark about his newfound friends’ cultures. The real test will occur in the coming years, when the first cohort of players and coaches-in-training leave the nest and faces the high pressure of the military — or the receiving end of Israel’s military tactics. Barkan said Ultimate Peace hopes to get the Israelis who join the army to take advantage of a community-service program that would allow them to continue coaching. But Barkan hopes active duty will allow his players to see the ongoing conflict differently. “If they have a relationship, they’re way more likely to do the right thing when these guys go in the army, and they go into the neighborhoods of the kids who are in

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real victor in a game is how well you play if you give it your all.” Asmaa Hijazi, a 16-year-old Arab Israeli from the town of Tamira, said the energies she has devoted to the program have been life changing. Hijazi first heard about Ultimate Peace’s weeklong camp two years ago and decided to attend because she was interested in the sport. It quickly became much more than a game. “Just going through the camp, and having weekend practices, we talk about many things,” she said of her teammates. “We’re always talking about our lives… just as if I was in Tamira and I’d see Arab Muslims.” Hijazi has been traveling to other towns, both Arab and Jewish, to teach the sport and to recruit kids to come to the camp. She said her family has noticed a change in her, in particular how she has gotten less temperamental. “When they saw me getting involved in the program and the national team, they saw how much I love it, and how good it is,” she said. For Elad Strasman, 16, a Jewish Israeli

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their program,” he said. “Can you imagine how that’s going to be for them and how they’re going to think differently than the others around them would?” That’s the hope of Barkan and Israel’s Ministry of Culture and Sport, which he said has embraced Ultimate Peace. What has become clear is what started as a modest program has become something more positive and fulfilling than its creators could have imagined. “I’d be really happy about it if it was a cool week for some kids in the Middle East who wouldn’t have otherwise met each other,” said Rivkin, the University Prep teacher. “But to see these incredibly articulate CITs who’ve really grown up in the program, talking about how it changed their life, and coming here and talking to our students about how it changed their life and maybe touching them in some way, it’s a really profound thing for me. I’m glad it exists.”

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The changing field of Holocaust studies
Charlene Kahn JTNews Correspondent
Thinking about the Holocaust often comes from a Central- and Eastern-European focus, with recognition of the existence, established lives, and the eventual destruction of much of Sephardic Jewry further out on the periphery. Now those boundaries are expanding, thanks, in part, to a symposium at the University of Washington. “Sephardic Jewry and the Holocaust: The Future of the Field” brought together the university’s new Sephardic Studies Initiative, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) in Washington, D.C., international scholarly authorities, and Seattle’s Jewish community for three days of talks in the Allen Library April 28-30. Support also came from the Hanauer Outreach Fund of the Department of History at the University of Washington and Jack M. Karako, a USHMM Legacy of Light Society member. Leah Wolfson, senior program officer in university studies at the USHMM’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies and symposium co-convener, said she approached the UW with the idea for the symposium after Devin Naar was appointed assistant professor of Jewish studies and history and charged with leading the Sephardic Studies Initiative. Enthusiastic public support greeted the symposium. Sunday night’s keynote lecture, given by Stanford professor of Jewish history and culture Aron Rodrigue, sold out. Rodrigue’s talk, “Sephardim, Memory and the Holocaust,” delved into the constructed memory of life on the Island of Rhodes among the remnant of the Rhodes Jewish community, of which 151 of about 2,000 people survived. Recounting the history and travails of Jews from Rhodes, Rodrigue praised “the memory of Rhodes Jewry and how it lives in a diasporic space.” Rhodes Jews immigrated to Africa, North America, Latin America and Europe, settling into new communities, but they always retained their connection to their “chico Yerushalayim,” their little Jerusalem, said Rodrigue. A local Rhodesli, retired Seattle pediatrician Sam Tarica, was moved by the lecture. “My Uncle Jacob survived with my father’s help and ended up in the Belgian Congo. My father and mother escaped the Nazis, but all of our relatives [except for Jacob] were lost. It was so distressing to know they had the longest and farthest deportation of any group,” he said.
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Stanford professor Aron Rodrigue presents on “Sephardim, Memory and the Holocaust” to a packed room at the University of Washington on April 28.

“This symposium was also an opportunity for the center and the museum to engage with the Pacific Northwest,” Wolfson told JTNews. “Given the strength of the Sephardic community here and the recent appointment of Dr. Devin Naar in the Jewish Studies Program and history department at the University of Washing-

ton, Seattle was a logical choice to convene this type of an endeavor.” The symposium was scheduled for spring 2013 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the start of the Jewish community’s deportations from Salonika (now Thessaloniki, Greece) to Auschwitz. Eighty percent of the community perished.

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Oil-rich Qatar pushing to make its name as a Mideast peace broker
Ron Kampeas JTA World News Service
WASHINGTON (JTA) — When it comes to the latest Arab peace initiative, two questions are circulating in Washington: Why Qatar? And why now? The three answers: Because Qatar is rich; it is scared; and why not? Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr Al Thani, the Qatari prime minister and foreign minister, in recent weeks has driven the revivification of the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative, moderating it slightly to hew closer to the outlines touted by the Obama administration since 2011. The updated version, outlined by Hamad in remarks to reporters following his meeting April 29 with Secretary of State John Kerry and Vice President Joe Biden in Washington, pulls back from the 2002 demand that Israel withdraw to the 1967 borders in exchange for comprehensive peace. Instead, Hamid proposed “comparable and mutual agreed minor swaps of the land” — a formulation that opens the door to Israel’s retention of several major settlement blocs. Hamad also did not mention the Palestinian “right of return” and the division of Jerusalem, elements of the original Arab initiative that had led to its rejection by the Israeli government. Qatar, the fabulously wealthy Persian Gulf state that is host to the forward headquarters of the U.S. Central Command, hasn’t been known until recently for grabbing onto thorny diplomatic challenges. So what does Hamad hope to gain? The Qatari Embassy did not respond to multiple requests for comment, but experts and officials say that Qatar is wealthy enough to do what it likes and, as an autocracy concerned for its survival in a region roiling with revolution, is driven to make friends and demonstrate its usefulness. “For a small country, they’re throwing money around, organizing diplomatic events, trying to shape a range of issues, much of it related to the Middle East uprising,” said Brian Katulis, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, a think tank considered close to the Obama administration. “It’s rich, it’s small, it lacks the inner turmoil of other countries. It’s one of the [Middle Eastern] countries…that are more internally stable and have more resources.” Just prior to unveiling the revised peace plan, Hamad, a distant cousin of the Qatari emir, was honored by the Brookings Institution’s Saban Center for Middle East Policy, an organization that received $2.5 million to $5 million from the government of Qatar in 2012, according to Politico. “It vaulted Qatar into a much more prominent role in regional politics because of the loss of [Egyptian President Hosni] Mubarak,” Saban’s director Tamara Cofman Wittes, told JTA. “Its regional assistance and Al Jazeera have allowed it to play a larger role in how the awakening is viewed.” Backing winners, whether the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt or the forces that helped topple Moammar Gadhafi in Libya, also lends credibility — and insurance — to a regime that is itself autocratic, Katulis said. “If they win as many as friends as possible, get in early on the ground floor, they’ll be all the more influential,” he said. A State Department official played down Qatar’s role in reviving the Arab peace bid, noting that the new plan formally emerged from the Arab League. And yet he emphasized that the Obama administration is focused mainly on returning the Israelis and Palestinians to the negotiating table and hopes the peace initiative can help them get there. “It’s a sign that the Arab League is a constructive member in the process,” the official said. “The regional partners have a role, but our major focus is getting the Palestinians and Israelis back to the table for direct talks.” So far, that doesn’t seem to be happening. Israel is less than thrilled about the new initiative. An Israeli official confirmed that Netanyahu remains as unenthusiastic about the 1967 lines as a basis for negotiations as he was in 2011, when President Obama’s proposal based on those lines precipitated a small crisis in U.S.-Israel relations. Israelis are also skeptical of Qatar because of its support for Hamas, the terrorist group controlling the Gaza Strip. The country’s emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, became the first foreign leader to visit the strip last October. “On the diplomatic front, Qatar publicly claims to support Israeli-Palestinian peace while making certain to undermine it in every possible way,” Seth Mandel wrote last week in Commentary, the neoconservative journal. But Wittes said Qatar’s relationship with Hamas could be seen as a benefit. Hamas is a mainstay of Palestinian politics, and Qatar could help influence the group to moderate. “If obstruction of peace was Hamas’s role as spoiler,” she said, “you have to look at the potential for Qatar as a positive influence.”

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and their twins, Max and Ben, At the book launch who were 11 at the time. party for “HoraOnce complete, Josh sent tio’s One Wish,” held the book to some publishers, at Seattle’s Mockingbird but found the adventure, with Books, newly minted chilits heroic hedgehog named dren’s author Joshua KriesHoratio, didn’t fit with curberg related that he’d written rent publishing interests. He voraciously as a child. In writput the manuscript away for ing “Horatio’s One Wish,” a four years, but once he left book for middle-grade readMicrosoft he decided to pubers (ages 8 to 12) he tried to lish it on his own, a popucapture the free and unhamlar route for authors these pered writing of those years. Member of days. He found an illustraGrowing up in Bethesda, tor, James Bernardin, hired Md., Josh remembers “math the Tribe a book designer, and used and creative writing were the CreateSpace (Amazon) for production. subjects I was most interested in,” findNow he is gearing up for what many ing that “one helps the other. Doing math authors find most daunting — marketing sometimes brings out the creative side.” his book. In addition to Mockingbird, he’s After working for Microsoft for 16 made one school appearance and hopes years, he left last year to focus on promotto appear at other schools, libraries and ing the book, most of which he wrote in bookstores. He is doing some consulting 2007 and 2008. for tech startups, “but a lot of my attention “I was at a crossroads,” he says, “not is on the book,” he says. doing what I really wanted to do,” and He has a website, www.joshuakriesberg. decided to return to his dream of writing. com, and an Amazon page where all but During that year he came home from work one reviewer has given the book five stars. and wrote for two to three hours a day He finds that in the “virtual world you’re with the support of his wife, Jane Lichty,

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Joshua Kriesberg at the book launch for his new children’s book, “Horatio’s One Wish.”

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I went to Mockingbird Books another time last month to see Betsy Dischel in her monthly PJ Library appearance there.

PJ Library  is an outreach program of the  Harold Grinspoon Foundation that sends interested families a Jewish-themed children’s book or CD each month, in partnership with philanthropists and local Jewish organizations. In the Seattle area it is administered by our Jewish Federation, which hosts storytelling events around Seattle. Trained in special education, Betsy brings an additional dimension to the two to five PJ Library events she leads each month. As “a special-ed teacher in California,” she explains, “I was working with students with disabilities, who spoke Spanish and also American Sign Language, all passions of mine.” After moving to Seattle she was inspired by a preschool music class her son Diego attended. She started Musikal Magic, creating classes for preschoolers that she brings to schools and organizations around the Seattle area. “It’s become popular,” says the New York City native, and there is a waiting list. “People want Spanish, they want American Sign Language, they want
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Israeli first responders’ first-rate lessons for Boston
Janis Siegel JTNews Columnist
el’s MDA had proactively In Boston on April 15, as instructed Boston disaster happens in Israel, when an teams on what to do in those improvised explosive device crucial first 10 minutes of a detonated onto a crowd of disaster. innocent civilians at the finish “Those first magic 10 minline of the city’s signature utes, when the patient is really marathon, bystanders instincat the verge of life or death, is tively and immediately rushed really where we come in,” in to help the injured, tying said Erik Levis, assistant improvised tourniquets on director for press relations those with severed limbs, and editorial content for the transporting them to waitAmerican Friends of Magen ing ambulances, and comfort- To Your David Adom, speaking with ing others who were in utter Health JTNews from his New York shock. office. “We get victims in a position to be But within minutes, when emergency helped once they get to the hospital.” first-responders arrived on the scene Recently, he said, several of their staff that afternoon on Boylston Street, medics traveled to Boston and all over the U.S. to implemented a rescue operation with the speak about best practices in these types precision and all of the skills they learned of emergencies and, he said, medical staff from their Israeli counterparts who helped from Boston have traveled to MDA offices train them, the Magen David Adom, in Israel to see firsthand how they operate. Israel’s national emergency response In December 2011, Kurt Schwartz, the organization. undersecretary of homeland security for Tasked with administering CPR, Massachusetts, went to Israel with homeattending to traumatic injuries, mitigatland security and emergency medical sering severe blood loss, retrieving and covervices personnel from his state. He told ing severed body parts with sterile fabrics, JTNews they were focused on learning how readying patients for surgery, and transto deal with a terror attack in the event that porting them safely to hospitals, Israa device, much like the one that surfaced in Boston last month, was detonated. “We made visits to several hospitals and to Magen David Adom’s headquarters,” said Schwartz. “What I learned and saw in Israel helped me in my response to the IED attacks in Boston.” Also in 2011, Ori Shacham, a highranking official in the MDA, visited the Boston University Medical School to coach students and paramedics in its emergency management program. Shacham described how Israel integrates and coordinates the police, security, ambulances, and the fire department into an unfolding catastrophe. “The level and quality of the people at Boston University were comparable to everything we see in Israel,” said Shacham. “The only thing they were lacking was experience, which unfortunately, we could provide to them.” Shacham also described the medicines MDA uses in those crucial minutes en route to the hospital and the sophisticated tourniquets they use in their ambulances. That day in Boston, when so many ran to the aid of the wounded, Shacham said he was gratified to see all those people who tried to help. “It was a real eye-opening experience for us in Israel because we haven’t seen America attacked like this since 9/11,” Shacham said. “It felt a little like Israel, seeing that people were just rushing in — people caring for each other. We were all very happy to see that Americans cared for each other the way Israelis care for each other here.” At an impromptu press conference at the scene of the Boston attack, Dr. Alastair Conn, chief of emergency services at Massachusetts General Hospital, also credited the Israeli preparation his team received. “This is like a bomb explosion that we hear about in Baghdad or in Israel,” said Conn. “About two years ago, we asked the Israelis to come across and they helped us set up our disaster teams so that we could respond in this type of manner.” In 2005, Conn consulted with Dr. Pinchas Halpern, a world-renowned expert on trauma treatment and chief of the emergency department at Tel Aviv Medical Center, who traveled to Boston to meet with him, according to reporting from Algemeiner.com. Halpern said his team learned to
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Arts and Kraffts
Emily K. Alhadeff Associate Editor, JTNews
What do you do when the person you love turns out to be vastly different from the person you thought you knew? This is the question Northwest art lovers, Jewish and not, have been asking themselves in the months since ceramics artist Charles Krafft was exposed by The Stranger as a sympathizer of white nationalist and Holocaust denial ideologies. Krafft creates ceramic plates, objects, and figurines in the Delft style, but with an edge: A flowery AK-47, a plate decorated with the crashed Pan-Am plane, and — perhaps most famous — the Hitler teapot. Until now, Krafft’s Nazi-related art had been interpreted as wonderfully ironic. Jewish collectors bought his work. Around the same time that story broke, Delila Simon, executive director of the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center, stopped by JTNews with a recently acquired painting. The framed oil depicts a moneylender with a trimmed white beard and a conniving grin, tipping a scale away from a soldier. A donor, assuming it to be a work of European anti-Semitica, donated it to the Holocaust Center. This is not the first piece of art the Holocaust Center has received. Paintings, posters, postcards and artifacts have for years appeared at the center’s doorstep. Recently, they received a briefcase full of Nazi propaganda a new homebuyer found

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Akiva Kenny Segan describes his mosaics, part of his Holocaust-themed “Under the Wings of G-d” series.

in the house. At an estate sale, they picked up a box full of painstakingly preserved Nazi propaganda magazines saved by a German immigrant who turned out to be a pilot for the Luftwaffe. Other items, like a postcard for Germany’s 1937 “The Eternal Jew” exhibit and a massive poster advertising a world Jewish conspiracy, are picked up by travelers who, for whatever reason, are interested in propaganda.

So what’s to be done with it? And should our local Jewish community be concerned with revelations of Nazi sympathies and Holocaust denial in our midst? “I think the Charles Krafft incident heightens our awareness into the subject of anti-Semitism, and how we as a community need to be ever vigilant and never assume that something isn’t anti-Semitic because we don’t want it to be,” Simon told JTNews. “We see cases of anti-Semitism happening

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throughout our own region. And it makes our work that much more important.” Simon cited a phone call from concerned parents in nearby Federal Way whose son was acting violently and had joined an Aryan group. In some parts of the state people don’t know what a Jew is. “We use [the propaganda and art] as a case study to show future generations what it looks like when a country and its laws can marginalize its people, and how that manifests itself first as something as simple as paintings, to eventually the ultimate extermination of a people, and how a society as a whole tolerated what was subtle in the beginning. And how that occurs today,” Simon said. In light of this, a question looms large: What should be done with Charles Krafft’s Hitler teapot, Ahmadinejad hot water bottle, and swastika windmills? Krafft, who has been long considered by admirers as a “provocateur” and encyclopedic in historical knowledge, skirts around his artistic intentions. In an email correspondence, he avoided that topic, instead adjuring me to “do my homework,” which would have involved watching several Holocaust revisionism YouTube videos and reading blog posts. He denies the Holocaust denier title, but appreciates “revisionist research that includes the study of the holocaust as a psy ops,” according to a comment he left on a blog. In a short documentary film produced for the Seattle Channel around 2007, he says, “I know exactly what I’m doing, and any good artist knows exactly what buttons they’re going to be pushing, or they wouldn’t be artists. So I take full responsibility for the imagery I use.” While the revelation of Krafft’s affiliations stunned the art world, one response has been to shrug off this fringe outlier. There is an assumed separation between art and artist. Akiva Kenny Segan, a Seattle-based artist and human rights educator whose “Under the Wings of G-d” series portrays Holocaust victims with angel wings, is understandably disturbed by Krafft’s views. “I find it troubling that people are willing to divorce a famous art person’s politics…from whatever their works are, even if their work doesn’t reflect it directly,” Segan said. “If this guy is a professed anti-Semite or racist…and his work was continuing to be popular, I would find it troubling.” But as an artist, Segan finds it difficult to answer the question of intentionality versus interpretation. When an artist puts his or her work out for public view, “it’s

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out of their hands,” he said. “It’s up for grabs in terms of what people are going to make of it.” On that note, Segan dismisses Krafft’s work as boring. “In terms of creativity I don’t find it exciting at all,” he said. “It’s just kitschy to me.” According to Mark Mulder, a museology master’s student at the University of Washington and the collections assistant intern at the Holocaust Center, whatever Krafft’s intentions were, the exposure of his views changes the game. “It’s easy to see Hitler’s head on a skunk body as being kitschy, as being ironic, a way of showing absurdity,” he said. But when the artist is revealed as a Holocaust revisionist, the pieces are “not as ironic as they once appeared.” Mulder, like Segan and many others, squirms when asked what museums and art collectors should do with the art of offensive artists. He says he’s not sure if it’s

the responsibility of museums to say he’s a Holocaust denier. “It’s contested argument,” he said. “I don’t think there’s any one answer.” “How should the Jew react to this socalled gentleman’s beliefs? That’s a difficult question to answer,” said Michael Ehrenthal of Moriah Judaica in New York. “Ultimately, it depends [on] each one’s personal belief and opinion.” Ehrenthal’s father’s collection of antiSemitica is on display at the Wolfson Museum of Jewish Art at Hechal Shlomo in Jerusalem. His catalog, “The Jew in Anti-Semitic Art,” includes benign Jewish figurines and vicious Nazi propaganda, as well as a porcelain ashtray with a Jew beckoning a naked little boy, captioned “The Yiddish Clipper.” This souvenir is marked “Niagara Falls, N.Y.” and dates to around 1900. Decorative plates, a porcelain tobacco jar in the shape of a Jew’s head, and (conversely) a chamber pot with Hitler’s face populate the collection.

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“Hitler Idaho,” better known as the “Hitler teapot.” A Jewish collector donated the piece to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco before his death.

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then? Should we be outraged? “This is really nothing new under the sun,” said Ehrenthal. “We Jews have experienced this over the centuries.” But Ehrenthal separates it from antiSemitica. “Mr. Krafft has not exhibited or shown anything that is anti-Semitic other than personal beliefs,” he said. “You don’t necessarily have a good criticism regarding his artwork, at least up until now, unless he comes up with some thing anti-Semitic.” Segan hopes Krafft will come around to education, especially “if he were amenable to folks like me.” But should Krafft’s rendering of Charles Manson’s swastika-engraved head show up at the Holocaust Center’s door someday, the organization will just have to keep educating about the dangers of propaganda. “Propaganda can be a powerful tool to show institutional bigotry, brainwashing,” said Mulder. “It can start conversations about how the public was okay with acts that were committed.”

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‘Farewell, Auschwitz!’ (Don’t you just want to say that?)
Gigi Yellen-Kohn JTNews Correspondent
We may be Boomers or Millennials, Gen-Xers or Generation Thumbs, but all of us alive in this era are witnesses to the Holocaust. Survivors are still among us. We hear their reports, document them, read them, and work to maintain them accurately in the face of a forgetful world. It’s a heavy burden to carry, this witness thing. Many of us complain, “enough!” and would happily bid farewell to the name “Auschwitz” and all the baggage it deposits at our 21st-century doorstep. But it’s ours, this baggage, and thank goodness some of our contemporaries bravely pick it up, examine it, and work it into art. Their efforts reveal that in every generation, and in the most surprising places, human creativity both survives and helps us survive. That is what Krystyna Zywulska’s poems and songs did for her and her fellow prisoners at Auschwitz. And that is what American composer/librettist duo Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer are doing with Zywulska’s poems in their third work commissioned by Seattle’s Music of Remembrance. Their chamber ensemble version of Zywulska’s poetry, “Farewell, Auschwitz!” will receive its world premiere at MOR’s May 14 concert at Benaroya Hall’s Nordstrom Recital Hall. One of America’s most acclaimed contemporary opera composer/librettist teams, Heggie and Scheer created “Another Sunrise” for MOR last season. That one-woman show introduced the drama of Zywulska and her struggle with the morally wrenching choices that allowed her to survive. Hiding her Jewish identity — she changed her name from Sonia Landau — she walked sor,” with an eye toward the camps.” Scheer, who is Jewish, out of the Warsaw Ghetto. It was resistance future. Even though he makes traces his own roots to Lodz work that landed her in Auschwitz-Birkehis home in Leipzig, Germany and Warsaw, so “the cultural nau, unacknowledged as a Jew and at first and travels constantly for his terrain for me starts here.” unaware of her gifts as a writer. skyrocketing operatic career, Soprano Caitlin Lynch, MOR founder and artistic director his connection to MOR has who created the role of ZywulMina Miller, a dogged researcher of such him thinking ahead. ska in “Another Sunrise,” stories for over 15 years, didn’t learn of In an interview for a Zywulska until a presentaHadassah magazine story on tion at a 2007 Holocaust studMOR last year, Smith told ies conference in Warsaw by me that even as he considers the American scholar Barbara “Farewell, Auschwitz!” preexpanding the subject matter Milewski of Swarthmore Colmieres on Tuesday, May 14 at of MOR’s work, “the crimes lege, who researches amateur 7:30 p.m. at the Illsley Ball Norof the Holocaust of course music-making in Nazi camps. Courtesy of Max Bojarski dstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya When Miller took ZywulsPolish resistor Krystyna will always be central. Hall, 200 University St., Seat“There is value in telling ka’s story and poems to Heggie, Zywulska, born Sonia Landau, tle. A “meet the composer and stories through music,” he she said he “was more interin Lodz, Poland. librettist” pre-concert talk will says, “especially as the generested in social justice and the take place at 6:45 p.m. Tickets ation that can give firsthand moral complexity of survival” are $36 and available through accounts is passing.” than in simply setting Zywulswww.musicofremembrance.org. Ironically, MOR’s spring ka’s poems to music. In fact, the concert on May 14 coinoriginal poems had been set to cides with the first evening returns with mezzo-soprano music — most of it lost — including resisof Shavuot. Miller says Sarah Larsen of Seattle Opera’s tance anthems and popular tunes of the day. she regrets the unfortunate Young Artists Program. For “Farewell, Auschwitz!” Heggie says timing, which will mean the Baritone Morgan Smith he composed music in the style of those absence of some valued staff will also perform another tunes, ranging from sarcastic to comfortand supporters. Heggie/Scheer premiere ing. The half-dozen songs are set for three But MOR is first of all a at the May 14 concert, a voices — soprano, mezzo-soprano, and music organization, albeit song-cycle version of their baritone — with clarinet, violin, cello, one with an urgent sense mini-opera “For a Look or a double bass, and piano. Touch.” Commissioned and Librettist Scheer says he “was surprised Leo V. Santiago Photography of mission forged in Jewish premiered by MOR in 2007, Baritone Morgan Smith in “For tragedy. Just last week, the that it was such a diverse collection of conNational Endowment for the with Smith as co-star, “Look” a Look or a Touch” in 2007. cerns and hopes.” His Polish-speaking inArts announced a grant of dramatizes a gay man’s heartlaws translated Zywulska’s work literally $15,000 to MOR in support of its Sparks broken memories years after Nazis murso he could create his own poetic, singable of Glory community outreach concertsdered his young lover. versions in English. with-commentary. These concerts are held Though Miller has been with MOR for “It was not what I expected,” he says. 15 years and shows no interest in retir“There was gossip, all these sort of revealing, she has named Smith “artistic adviing cross-currents that were going on in the XXPage 23

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Shelly Goldman at [email protected] or 425-603-9677 or www.templebnaitorah.org Instructor Anna Satenstein will help students practice “listening to the still small voice” within. Cultivate shalom and compassion in these informative and experiential classes. Free. At Temple B’nai Torah, 15727 NE Fourth St., Bellevue.

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10:30 a.m. — PJ Library Storytime at SJCS

Amy Paquette at [email protected] The PJ Library welcomes Shoshana Stombaugh as guest musician and storyteller. Songs and a story, activities and playgroup fun. At the Seattle Jewish Community School, 12351 Eighth Ave. NE, Seattle.

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1:15–2:30 p.m. — Israeli Folk Dance

Shelly Goldman at [email protected] or 425-603-9677 or www.templebnaitorah.org Instructor Cindy Droker will introduce you to Israeli folk dancing. No experience necessary. Come with comfortable clothing and sneakers. Free. At Temple B’nai Torah, 15727 NE Fourth St., Bellevue.

11 May

Monday

6:30–9 p.m. — My Grandfather Came from Poison, and Who the Heck is Ida Gerskill? Some Challenges of Researching Jewish Names

Mary Kozy at [email protected] or www.jgsws.org/meetings.php Meredith Hoffman uses real examples to explore the difficulties encountered when working with Jewish personal, family, and place names as they morphed through time and space. Free to Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State members; $5 for nonmembers. At the Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. 7:30–9 p.m. — Jewish Soul Food

Yiscah Smith at [email protected] or 206-427-9096 or www.yiscahsara.com Discuss the inner soul dimension of the Torah. Discover the personal spiritual meaning in the weekly Torah portion. Ongoing class. Suggested donation $15. At private home, Seattle. Contact for location details.

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Ellen Hendin at [email protected]

14 May

10–11:30 a.m. — Shavuot Cooking with “Jerusalem: A Cookbook”

Carol Benedick at [email protected] or 206-524-0075 or bethshalomseattle.org Using Yotam Ottolenghi’s new cookbook, prepare a fattoush salad with buttermilk dressing and a basmati and wild rice pilaf with chickpeas and fresh herbs. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle. 10:30–11 a.m. — Shavuot Katan

Leah Lemchen at [email protected] org or 206-524-0075 or bethshalomseattle.org Shavuot songs, stories, and treats for children 1-5 years and their parents. RSVP appreciated. At Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle.

15 May

11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. — Parenting Mindfully: The Middah of Responsibility

Marjorie Schnyder at [email protected] or 206-861-3146 or www.jfsseattle.org Explore how parents can express emotions and beliefs in balanced ways and look at both traditional Jewish writings and contemporary research and literature. Best for parents of children up to 12 years old. Free; limited babysitting with advance request. At Temple B’nai Torah, 15727 NE Fourth St., Bellevue. 3:30–5:30 p.m. — The Livnot Project Think Tank

Julie Hayon at [email protected] or 206-486-0104 or thelivnotproject.org Two Muslim-Jewish dialogue groups will present and record a vision for how the communities can continue to work together to promote peace and dialogue. Celebration to conclude the first year of The Livnot Project in Seattle. At Jewish Family Service, 1601 16th Ave., Seattle. 5 p.m. — BasarFest

Ari Hoffman at [email protected] or SeattleNCSY.com NCSY’s annual meat festival, with massive BBQ and gourmet meat dishes. At Sephardic Bikur Holim, 6500 52nd Ave. S, Seattle. 6–9 p.m. — Friendship Circle Annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

Esther at [email protected] or 206-374-3637 or www.friendshipcirclewa.org An evening of appreciation for the 100-plus teen volunteers, dinner honorees Don and Deanne Etsekson, and volunteer of the year Talia Etsekson, for their support for families and children with special needs. At the Showbox SODO, 1700 First Ave. S, Seattle.

19 May

or 206-461-3240 or jfsseattle.org UW Professor Bruce Balick will portray the cosmic evolution of the universe for the first 100 seconds of physical existence and summarize how scientists have made this determination. At Temple De Hirsch Sinai, 1441 16th Ave., Seattle. 4–6 p.m. — Cooking Matters

Amelia at [email protected] or 206-726-3603 or www.jfsseattle.org Six-week cooking and nutrition workshop. Strategies for preparing healthy, affordable meals, nutrition information for people with diabetes or high blood pressure, and cooking practice. Free groceries, cookbook and other resources. At Jewish Family Service, 1601 16th Ave., Seattle. 6:15 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. — Family Meetings: Finding Solutions Together

Marjorie Schnyder at [email protected] or 206-861-3146 or jfsseattle.org Positive discipline builds parent confidence and guides children in a context of mutual respect. Facilitated by Sarina Behar Natkin. Best for parents with children 2-12 years old. Financial assistance available. $20/session per person. At Jewish Family Service, 1601 16th Ave., Seattle.

Thursday

8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. — Annual Truck Day

Rich Greenwell at [email protected] or 206-618-3738 or www.sjcc.org Over a dozen vehicles, including a fire truck, police car, school bus and mail truck will be on display for kids to “test drive” and admire. At the Stroum JCC, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island. 6–8 p.m. — Cardozo Society’s Annual L’dor V’dor Event

Shayna Rosen at [email protected] or 206-774-2219 or jewishinseattle.org The Jewish Federation’s Cardozo Society of Washington State invites the legal community to L’dor V’dor 2013, honoring Joel Benoliel with the 2013 L’dor V’dor award. $54 per person. At Dorsey & Whitney LLP, 701 Fifth Ave., Seattle.

23 May

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10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. — Cosmic Evolution of the Universe

Ellen Hendin at [email protected]

21 May

12 p.m. — Spring Regional Shabbaton

Ari Hoffman at [email protected] or SeattleNCSY.com Northwest NCSY returns to Keats Island, off the coast of Vancouver, B.C., for the final Shabbaton of the year. Mountain biking, rock climbing, canoeing/kayaking, ropes courses, hiking, and more. At Keats Island.

24 May

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Regarding the symposium’s purpose — shedding light on the Sephardic Holocaust experience and parsing out the future of the field — Naar said, “not only did we attempt to find a place for the varied experiences of Sephardic and North African Jews within the standard narratives of the Holocaust, but more importantly, we initiated a discussion about how the very nature of our understandings of the Holocaust change when viewed from the Mediterranean.”

The issue of European colonialism and North African persecution widens the geographical scope of the Holocaust and welcomes discussion about Muslim-majority contexts. “Together with the experiences of Jews in the Balkans and Greece, we can begin to develop a previously unexplored Mediterranean lens through which to view experiences of occupation, dispossession, persecution, resistance, and extermination that enrich and also challenge the more familiar narratives focused on Eastern Europe,”said Naar. The enhanced learning offered by the

symposium offered an extended benefit for local organizations. “The symposium offered the Holocaust Center a wonderful opportunity to learn about the latest research in the area of Sephardic studies, allowing us to share that knowledge and perspective with educators and students throughout the Pacific Northwest,” said Delila Simon, executive director of the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center. At the end of the symposium, University of California at Irvine professor of history Marc Baer reiterated this idea of

dissemination and education. “We also need to consider our audience,” he said. “While we have a built-in audience of Sephardic Jews because this is their history, we should address ourselves to a wider audience, because the stories we are telling have great significance for others, too. In all of our research, the question of what it means to be a Sephardic Jew also challenges what it means to be French, Spanish, German, Greek, or Turkish, and demonstrates how national identity changes over time.”

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Edmon J. Rodman JTA World News Service
LOS ANGELES (JTA) — On Shavuot, we celebrate being given the Five Books of Moses by opening the gift and reading from the scroll. But first we need to find the place. How do we find our place in the Torah? Newbies to the ways of a Torah scroll will soon realize that unlike the mass-produced technological marvels that bring order and wonder into their lives, this handmade inspiration comes without an operating manual. As I discovered the first time I tried to find my place, the perfect columns of scribed, unvoweled Hebrew can seem like a phone book without page numbers in a foreign language. For many, the only time we may have wanted to find our place in the Torah was at our bar or bat mitzvah — and even then someone showed us. But what if as adults we want to find our way back into the Torah — on our own? What if we want to find not only the correct place from which to read but a place to call our own? There’s no app for that — yet. “The scope would be limited,” said Russel Neil, a Jewish educator and technologist who described himself as the “coding monkey” behind PocketTorah. The smartphone app has the text of the Torah and haftarah in Hebrew and translated, as well as with the sound of how they are chanted and commentary. Asked about an app that lets you find your place in the Torah, he said it would “get in the way of the actual thing you want to be doing,” thinking of the tactile experience of confronting the text and grabbing hold of the wooden rollers, the etz chaim. But is the absence of an app the only thing keeping us from being able to navigate the source of our spirituality? Several years ago, at the conclusion of a parade welcoming a new Torah scroll to our small congregation, the Movable Minyan, was when I began to get my Torah bearings. The plan was to conclude the event with a reading of the Shema from the new scroll. However, just as we entered the room, the one person knowledgeable enough to find the place told us she had an appointment and regretfully had to leave. What now? We didn’t know the place, and there are no bookmarks that come with a Torah. However, as we discovered that day, and as I was reminded recently by Rabbi Patricia Fenton of American Jewish University, “you take what guideposts you can” in finding your place in the scroll. Fenton is the manager of Judaica and public services at her Los Angeles school’s library and a rabbinic studies adviser. According to Fenton, who was named recently by the Jewish Daily Forward as one of America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis, the place can be found by looking for clues such as gaps, familiar words or even sections. “The Ten Commandments and Haazinu are written in a special way,” she added, the latter being the Torah portion featuring the Song of Moses. “Whether a person considers the Torah to be God’s words or a foundation text, it’s the source of who we are as Jews, and reading from it is a big responsibility.” Fenton suggests starting with a Jewish calendar to find the week’s portion and then going to a tikkun — a guidebook for Torah readers with Hebrew text as it appears in the Torah scroll in one column and with vowels and singing marks in another — to narrow the search. But the Movable Minyan had no tikkun and no experience, since the task of setting the place in the Torah was typically done by an expert. So how did a group of Torah rookies manage? By navigating with our collective Jewish educations. We knew the Shema was in the Torah’s last book, Deuteronomy — Devarim, in Hebrew — and from a prayer book that it was found in an early chapter. The current place was somewhere near the middle, and since Hebrew reads from right to left, we would need to roll more up on the right roller to get to the last book. As we rolled, we noted the large gaps in text upon reaching the end of LeviticusVayikra, then Numbers-Bamidbar, until we reached Devarim. “These are the words,” the book begins. After slowly scrolling over several more columns, and finding the oversized letter ayin in the Shema, we had found our place. Since then, I have found, like other novice readers, you can find your place by counting the columns of text in the tikkun from the beginning of a book, or the portion — the count will be the same in the Torah scroll. Later, as the Hebrew grew more familiar, key words and phrases became my guide. Others in the minyan beginning their Torah journeys have used navigational aids — notes written on scraps of paper, photocopy enlargements, even Post-its — to find their place. More than an exercise or a game of word search, it became a matter of truly taking ownership of the text. There are times, however, when we open the scroll and someone has forgotten to advance it from the previous Shabbat. In those moments of being lost — and it does feel like being physically lost — and amid the pressure to find your way, words become landmarks, even the guideposts of which Fenton spoke. On one of those rolling mornings, yad in hand, I was looking for the right “va’yidaber” in the book of Exodus, Shemot — many of its verses begin with the word, as in “va’yidaber Elohim,” “and God spoke.” The word began to loom large as I scanned past one after another. In the moments it took to find the right word and my place, I felt the Torah was speaking to me as well.

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and sort of let go of Ken,” Weinberg said. Berkovitz agreed. “I come from a rabbinic background, so I believe deeply in understanding the roots of the tradition that comes before you and not cutting yourself off from your roots,” he said. “It’s in my nature to move with that understanding.” That reflective perspective was a big reason why Berkovitz rose above, as LeVine put it, the 20 candidates the agency vetted for the CEO position. “He brings a really outside-the-box creativity at how to look at some of the problems the agency’s been looking at for decades,” LeVine said. Michele Rosen, who with former Starbucks president Howard Behar led the CEO search committee, told JTNews that Berkovitz’s ability to connect both with donors and the agency’s clientele resonated with the search committee. “That was the first thing that people noticed, that he really had empathy for the people that come to JFS,” she said. “I think

that’s critical.” Berkovitz did not slide through the search process, Rosen emphasized. Her committee began searching in August, and continued until the May 3 announcement. “There were at least 20 candidates that…had long screening processes, so this was not a shoo-in at all,” she said. “We had to do right by us and by him.” Rosen was a board member at Hillel UW during Berkovitz’s tenure there, so she knew firsthand about his work on social justice issues and how he centered that mission around Judaism. But she said many members of the search committee learned only during the interview about that added dimension, and how it can move JFS forward. “Will’s ability to understand the role of Judaism…and say this service that we perform on behalf of others, the responsibility we feel to take care of people in need who can’t take care of themselves at that moment, is in the very of DNA of what

is in the Torah and other teachings,” she said. “That’s our responsibility.” Berkovitz has long struggled with the idea of God and religion, and he said he has given a lot of thought into what the Jewish part of Jewish Family Service will mean in the future. “It’s some of the work that’s done in a secular space that actually allows for the possibility of serving the Jewish community as well,” he said. “The balance of that is going…to have to be worked out deeply.” It was only having the opportunity to work on a national scale that gave Berkovitz the realization he could be more effective at home. “The impact I want to make is on the local scale in our community,” he said. “The degree to which that was important to me, that my kids could see [my wife] Lelach and I live out our values deeply like that, I don’t think I could have understood it until I was in the thick of it.”

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Jerome Katz
Jerome Katz passed away peacefully on April 28, 2013, Lag B’Omer. Born in Seattle on October 12, 1930 to Freida and Max Katz, he attended Seattle Talmud Torah, Garfield High School, and graduated cum laude from the University of Washington School of Pharmacy at the age of 20. A proud ROTC graduate and Korean War veteran, Jerry married Rita Shulman Katz in 1957, to whom he was devoted throughout 55 years of loving marriage. Together they raised three daughters, Renee (Eric), Cindy (David) and Julie (Andrew). A dedicated pharmacist, Jerry established Jerry’s Garden Pharmacy, and for 40 years served his loyal customers with compassion and care, delivering prescriptions to those too frail to pick them up from his counter. Jerry was a talented musician, playing piano, ukulele and harmonica and harmonizing at every opportunity. He was deeply committed to the Jewish community and to his shul, Herzl-Ner Tamid, where he was one of the morning “minyannaires.” A loving father, he particularly delighted in his grandchildren, Joshua, Leora, Elie, Hana and Nathan. His gentle, solid presence will be greatly missed. Remembrances to Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation, Kline Galland Home, Parkinson’s Foundation, or charity of your choice.

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Rebecca Behar Mutal was born October 17, 1927 in the Bronx, N.Y. and passed away April 26, 2013. She was the third of six children to Clavena and Jack Behar, who immigrated to America and resided in New York in the early 1900s, Jack from Turkey and Clavena from the Island of Rhodes. They had four daughters and two sons. At age 12, Rebecca and her family moved to Burbank, Calif. In her golden years, she spoke fondly of the cross-country drive with her family, and truly loved the sunny California climate. Rebecca met her late husband Henry (Hank) Mutal, a recently discharged World War II vet, on a blind date set up by his cousins while on vacation in California. They became engaged and were married on February 26, 1949 at Congregation Ezra Bessaroth in Seattle. Two years later, the young family, Hank, Rebecca and baby Sari Jane, relocated to Burbank to be near Rebecca’s family. Rebecca and Hank had two more daughters, Carol Jean and Joyce Ann. In 1974, Rebecca and Hank moved back to Washington, living on Mercer Island. Rebecca lost Hank in 1990 and moved from their home in 2001. Rebecca worked in their family businesses in California and then in Seattle, at a lunch counter on Fourth Avenue called The Pantry Shelf. Throughout her life, Rebecca also took great joy in cooking, eating, and socializing with those around her. Rebecca was a wonderful mother and grandmother to Sari (Ron, z”l) Drucker and their children David (Jenny) Drucker and Pamela (Lindsay) Drucker-Mann; Carol (Jeff, z”l) Akrish and their children Mindy (Erik) Matteson, Garrett (Barbi) Hoffman, Joel (Mary Ann) Hoffman, and Ronald Akrish; and Joyce (Larry) Steingold and their children Stephanie (Jason) Bressler, Jonathan Steingold, and Lauren Steingold. In addition, Rebecca had four great grandsons, Levi, Micah, Jacob, and John David and a step-great-granddaughter, Cecilia. Rebecca survived all her brothers- and sisters-in-law, the Mutals of Seattle and the Behars of Burbank, all from the Great Generation. Rebecca was one of a kind and a truly unique woman throughout her lifetime. Funeral services were held Sunday, April 28 at the Sephardic Brotherhood Cemetery in Seattle. Remembrances can be made to Sephardic Bikur Holim Congregation, Seattle or Overlake Hospital, Bellevue.

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Michael Natkin JTNews Columnist
Panna cotta is a classic Italinto a vortex of liquid in the ian dessert, traditionally made blender, and only then do from cream and milk set with you heat it. If you try to heat gelatin, which isn’t vegetarit, which causes the powder to ian. The gelatin is what makes hydrate, before fully dispersit different from flan (set with ing it, you’ll have a clumpy eggs) or pudding (set with mess on your hands. starch and sometimes eggs). With panna cotta you The best panna cotta is have the choice of serving it ultra-creamy and just barely in ramekins or unmolding set — it should have a disit. Obviously ramekins are tinct wiggle to it. So the chal- Jewish and the safest choice, but if you lenge in making a vegetarian Veggie want to unmold, it’s best to panna cotta is to replace the use metal or silicone molds to gelatin with something that doesn’t make aid in the release. Dipping the base of the a brittle, crumbly, or over-firm gel. Agar, mold in hot water for a few seconds before derived from seaweed, can make a good drying and inverting on a plate may aid panna cotta if you are careful to use the in release. bare minimum amount. Agar is relatively easy to find. The Caramelized Banana and Buttermilk brand I like best is Telephone — it comes Panna Cotta in little packets that you can find at Asian For the bourbon brown sugar syrup: groceries or on Amazon.com. I find this 3/4 cup water brand to be completely flavorless, and the 3/4 cup dark brown sugar thickening strength is very reliable. If you 6 Tbs. good-quality bourbon (Maker’s Mark or better) try other brands, or agar flakes, etc., you • Bring all ingredients to a simmer in a may have to experiment to find the equivsmall saucepan. Simmer 5 minutes. alent amount. Strain and reserve in refrigerator. Whenever you use agar it’s important For the caramelized banana and buttermilk to disperse it before hydrating. The best panna cotta: technique is to whisk it in with sugar or 3 overripe bananas, peeled (about 1 lb., peeled another powdered ingredient, disperse it weight)
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