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Welcome to the neighborhood.

Meet the new rabbis and community
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August Family Calendar

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that will help you remain comfortably in your own home.
Call us to learn more (206) 861-3193.



Endless Opportunities

Kosher Food Bank

Camp for the Day

A community-wide program offered

in partnership with Temple Bnai Torah &
Temple De Hirsch Sinai. EO events are open
to the public and are at 10:30 a.m. unless
otherwise noted.

Wednesday, August 6
5:00 6:30 p.m.
Contact Jana Prothman Lissiak,
(206) 861-3174 or

For Big Pals and Jewish Single Parent Families

Investigate and Protect:

The Role of the Secret Service

Thursday, August 14

Ac-cen-tu-ate the Positive:

An Evening of Song

Tuesday, August 19
7:00 p.m.

Conservation: Life Depends on It


Thursday, August 28

RSVP Ellen Hendin or Wendy Warman,

(206) 461-3240 or

Love, Culture and Community

Sunday, August 17
Noon 4:00 p.m.
Contact Marjorie Schnyder, (206) 861-3146 or

Celebrations for All

Summer Shabbat Experience
Friday, August 8
5:30 p.m.
Contact Marjorie Schnyder, (206) 861-3146 or

A Place at the Table

Film Screening
Sunday, August 17
3:00 5:00 p.m.
Contact Jana Prothman Lissiak,
(206) 861-3174 or
Co-sponsored with the Stroum Jewish
Community Center

AA Meetings at JFS
Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m.
Contact (206) 461-3240 or

Solutions to Senior Hunger

JFS is helping eligible seniors sign-up for
food stamps. For more information,
contact Carol Mullin, (206) 861-3176 or

Mondays, August 11, 18, 25 and

September 8
7:00 9:00 p.m.
Contact Marjorie Schnyder, (206) 861-3146


Contact Jane Deer-Hileman, (206) 861-3155


Farmers Market Gleaning

Friendly Visitors for Seniors
Family Mentors in Kent

Capitol Hill Campus 1601 16th Avenue, Seattle

(206) 461-3240


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stories you may have missed

Every weekday at 3 p.m. we send out an email with stories from near
and far about whats happening in our Jewish world. Here are some
stories you may have missed over the past week:
Riots rock La Roquette

inside this issue

Alls equal underground

It takes an air raid siren and a bomb shelter to make us realize were all the same.

Tunnel vision

Israels somewhat surprise discovery of the intricacy of terrorists tunnels under the Gaza Strip has
changed the name of the game.

Schoolhouse rockets

Bruchim habaim! Join us in welcoming our communitys new rabbis and educational leaders and congratulating some who have
found new homes in the area.

Eight things to know about Gaza
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name and address. Find all of these articles and more on our website,
The Jewish Sound.

Rabbi Ruth Zlotnick: Temple Beth Am 7

Rabbi David Lipper: Temple Bnai Torah 8
Rabbi Jessica Yarkin: Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation 9
Rabbi Paul Strasko: Congregation Kol Shalom 10
Rabbi Yona Margolese: Torah Day School 12
Rabbi Shaul Engelsberg: Derech Emunah 12
Hamutal Gavish: The Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle 13
Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg: Congregation Kol Ami 14
Rabbi Micah Ellenson and Rabbi Jaclyn Cohen:
Temple De Hirsch Sinai 15
Rabbi Adam Rubin: Congregation Beth Shalom 16
Northwest Jewish Family section
Hot mess


Ed Harris thinks it would be a good idea to go on a family road trip.

Remember when
From the Jewish Transcript,
July 14, 1964.
Three carloads of members of the
Seattle Jewish Community Centers
Golden Age club took a trip to
Vancouver, B.C., to tour the city, meet
with senior citizens groups there to plan
joint activities, and to participate in a
flag ceremony between the two countries.

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Candlelighting times
July 25...................................8:33 p.m.
August 1................................8:24 p.m.
August 8................................ 8:13 p.m.
August 15..............................8:02 p.m.

25 July

6:159 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat Honoring


Wendy Marcus at 206-525-0915 or
Service featuring Yiddish poetry, songs, and
prayers presented by area speakers and lovers
of Yiddish, along with traditional Hebrew liturgy
and English readings. An oneg featuring Eastern
European treats to follow. Free. At Temple Beth
Am, 2632 NE 80th St., Seattle.
710 p.m. Shabbat of Learning with Rabbi
Jack Bieler

Karen Treiger at or

Daven with Minyan Ohr Chadash Friday night
and be inspired by teachings from Rabbi Bieler of
Kemp Mill Shul in Maryland. Free. At Minyan Ohr
Chadash, 51st Ave. and Brighton St. S, Seattle.


26 July

Shabbat of Learning with Rabbi Jack Bieler

Karen Treiger at or

Rabbi Bieler will teach a shiur after morning
services (11:15 a.m.) and teach again at 8:10
p.m. Free. At Minyan Ohr Chadash, 51st Ave. and
Brighton St. South, Seattle.
Rhodes and Cos Memorial Shabbaton
with Rabbi Marc Angel

Shabbat morning: Remembering, Reminding,
Rededicating: Reflections on the Holocaust in
Rhodes and Cos. At 7 p.m.: Shalom al Yisrael:
How Will Israel Achieve Peace? Special Shabbat
Kiddush sponsored by Harley and Lela Franco.
At Congregation Ezra Bessaroth, 5217 S Brandon
St., Seattle.


27 July

8:159:30 a.m. Swedish SummeRun and

Walk for Ovarian Cancer Research

Rebecca Levy at 206-232-8555, ext. 207 or
Participate in memory of HNT members Marsha
Rivkin, Babs Fisher, and Gail Stulberg. One hundred
percent of proceeds benefit the Marsha Rivkin
Center for Ovarian Cancer Research. $30. At
Swedish Medical Center, 1101 Madison St., Seattle.


Summer outdoor Services
Shabbat in the Park
Luther Burbank Park, Mercer Island

11 a.m.12 p.m. Community Gathering
for Israel

Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle at

206-443-5400 or
Gather with members of the Seattle Jewish
community in solidarity with the people and State
of Israel and the families of soldiers who grieve,
mournful at the loss of all human life and prayerful
about a lasting and sustainable end to conflict.
Please leave signs and large bags at home.
At Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE,


29 July

68 p.m. AIPAC Young Professionals

Happy Hour

AIPAC Seattle Office at 206-624-5152 or or
Second happy hour event of the summer, joined
by a panel of speakers who experienced pro-Israel
activism first hand on Washington campuses this
year. At SURF Incubator, 999 Third Ave., 15th floor,


31 July

10:30 a.m.12 p.m. A Trip to the

Ballard Locks

JFS Endless Opportunities at

206-461-3240 or
Tour the Ballard/Chittenden Locks, connecting Lake
Washington, Lake Union and Salmon Bay to the tidal
waters of Puget Sound. Meet at the visitors center.
At Ballard Locks, 3015 NW 54th Ave.


9 August

48 p.m. Havdallah BBQ

Congregation Kol Ami at 425-844-1604 or or
BBQ followed by Havdallah service. Meet the
new rabbi, Yohanna Kinberg, and members of
the community. Contact the temple for more
information and address. Free. At members home,

the arts
Wednesday, July 30 at 9 p.m.
Yonatan Gat
One-third of former Israeli garage band
Monotonix,Yonatan Gat has gone off on his
own and produced Iberian Passage, his debut EP of a gentler sort of rock gentle being
a relative term, given Monotonixs tendency
to induce injuries and end up with the police
shutting down their riotous shows in Tel Aviv, where they started out. Guitarist-singer
Gats new solo work is a far cry from noise rock, threading in melodious sounds presumably inspired by Iberia with the help of a Portuguese drummer a Wurlitzer organist. Its not exactly Vivaldi, but its beautiful. Also performing: Selector Dub Narcotic,
Dreamsalon, and The Pharmacy. 21-plus show. $8.
At Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave. NW, Seattle. For more information and tickets

4th Shabbat in the Park

for young adults 22-35
Luther Burbank Park, Mercer Island
Outdoor Rock Shabbat

For more information visit

Sunday, August 10 at 8 p.m.

Outdoor movie night
Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to the Kesher Community Garden for family
movie night, complete with smores. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersens fairytale
The Snow Queen, Frozen tells the story of a fearless princess who sets off on an
epic journey alongside a rugged mountain man, his loyal pet reindeer, and a hapless
snowman to find her estranged sister, whose icy powers have inadvertently trapped
the kingdom in eternal winter. Smores start melting at 8 p.m., with the movie starting
at approximately 8:30. Free.
At the Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island.

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Finding equality in a
Jerusalem bomb shelter
Aaron D. Panken JTA World News Service

NEW YORK (JTA) When the siren sounded, the Rolling Stones tortured 1969 track
Gimme Shelter popped into my head, oddly enough.
That haunting song offered a stunning reminder of the endless horrors of war, reawakening a sleepy world with a vivid musical picture of human pain in times of combat. Merry
Claytons evocative vocalization of disturbing lyrics over a harsh musical background
focused global attention on the awful realities of the Vietnam War.
Nowadays, though,
one hardly requires a song
to experience war live
news feeds, endless websites and constant e-alerts
satiate us with such input
constantly. Such has certainly been the case with
the ongoing Gaza-Israel
crisis of the past weeks.
Often ignored amid the
images we see, however,
are the more human sides
of military conflict.
Wikimedia Commons/The israel project
Last week in JerusaChildren heading into a bomb shelter.
lem, I witnessed this more
human side. It started in a crowded lecture hall when the alarming, warbling music of the
first siren in the city immediately captured the attention of all present. Quickly, though
not very quietly, we filed into the miklat the shelter located in the basement of almost
every building in Israel.
Many Israelis do this with a practiced nonchalance learned over many wars and missile
attacks. They roll their eyes at the inconvenience, remark on the fact that a little siren can
take precedence over even the most important conversation or event, chuckle at morbid
jokes and generally riff on the annoyance of such happenings.
It is, I suppose, a way of normalizing the abnormal if quotidian life can continue even
in the face of the fear, then the victory of Hamas, Hezbollah or whoever the present enemy
may be is thereby restricted and limited.
In the shelter, the most remarkable equality reigns. Babies, young children, teens, soldiers, the elderly are all there the entire cycle of life walks down those stairs to seek safety,
with all its glories and challenges blatantly displayed. Those bedecked in yarmulkes or
dressed in the black suits and hats of the Haredi Orthodox stand alongside those who live
Reform, Conservative, secular or more postmodern lives, along with Israeli Arabs, Druze,
Christians and others.
Some pray, others recite Psalms, some chat, but most sit quietly and await the all clear.
For a few minutes, the divergent, contradictory and competitive streams of life in Israel all
converge, and human safety becomes the sole communal objective.
Walking on the street in Jerusalem when the alarm sounds, the scene is even more profound. As people move to their private shelters, whoever happens to be on the street is
welcomed in, no questions asked. Shopkeepers, normally reticent to share their precious
stockrooms with strangers, welcome passers-by into their inner sanctum without hesitation. Doors everywhere fly rapidly open, and the true value of hakhnasat orhim welcoming the stranger happens all over the country.
On buses and in cars, the same principle holds true, for wherever one stops, one is welcomed. Such shared vulnerability unites the country, reminding everyone of their inescapable linkage to state and people, shared government and collective fate.
This particular night, I happened to be with a group of our North American students
who had come to Jerusalem just days before to begin the first year of their studies to become
rabbis, cantors and Jewish educators. It was surreal for them, to be sure, these young visitors so recently transplanted into a new and foreign culture at a very challenging time.
Along with a palpable nervousness, what emerged with them as we left the shelter
together and dispersed into the balmy Jerusalem night was a sense of being at one with their
people. A people sheltered together, against whatever the world might tender.
Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, Ph.D, is the president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute
of Religion.

letters to the editor

A Comment on Suicide

After reading a recent article, Suicide in Jewish tradition by Rabbi Jaron Matlow
(Rabbis Turn, July 11), I wanted to humbly offer a comment to the community.
He wrote: People who commit suicide cannot be buried in Jewish cemeteries. Traditional rabbis will decline to officiate at funerals for people who have committed suicide.
I was worried that readers might come to the conclusion that if one of their loved ones
committed suicide, they would decide to bury the deceased in a non-Jewish cemetery,
which is what the article seems to say is correct according to Jewish law. Just like any other
area of Jewish law, many factors are at play, and for every issue, the applicable law must be
looked at on a case-by-case basis. After doing a bit of research on my own it seems that in
most suicide cases a person should in fact be buried normally in a Jewish cemetery and
it is only in specific cases of suicides were they are buried in a separate area of a Jewish
cemetery. I only wanted to comment that everyone should treat suicide just like every other
area of Jewish law, carefully researching, and most importantly, making sure to take their
case to a rabbi educated in the fine details of Jewish burial before deciding to bury their
loved ones among non-Jews.
Uriel Cohen
Mercer Island
Safe, but scared

My wife and I just returned from

Israel two days ago where we experienced firsthand what it was like when
the sirens go off. My grandkids, 13 and
14 years of age, were there as well, on
a Bar and Bat Mitzvah tour with their
parents. We were on Highway 1, going
from Jerusalem to Modiin to join some
cousins for dinner when I, the driver,
heard a siren. I fully expected to catch
sight of an emergency vehicle in my
rearview mirror, but instead, noted
that cars were pulling off to the side
of the road with the occupants exiting their cars and crouching down on
the road. We followed suit and stayed
at the side of the road for about five
minutes. There was the distant sound
of an explosion, which I was told represented an interception of a rocket by
an Iron Dome missile. We were safe,
but it was scary. We had a little taste of what Israelis throughout the country, but especially
in the south, are experiencing every day.
Pictured in the photo are my two grandchildren, Nate and Evan Sigmon, my wife Shainie,
and me with hands over our heads.
Michael Schuffler, MD
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Yesterday was just a horrible day. I kept thinking, people need Shabbat, people need grounded-ness, people need Torah. Thats my job now as a rabbi, to give that.
-Rabbi Jaclyn Cohen on starting at Temple De Hirsch Sinai. See the story on page 15.


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Tunnel vision: Why Hamas

tunnels are the new front in
the war with Israel
uriel heilman JTA World News Service

Until this latest war, if you asked most Israelis about the threat from Gaza, they would
probably start talking about Hamas rockets.
But that has changed over the last few days of fighting, for two reasons. One, the muchheralded success of the Iron Dome missile defense system has all but neutralized Hamas
rocket threat. Two, and far more troubling for Israelis, they have woken up to the true
extent of the subterranean threat from Gaza: the tunnels that snake underneath the densely
populated coastal territory into Israel proper.
The tunnels discovered by the Israel Defense
Forces are reinforced by
concrete walls and ceilings. Some are 90 feet deep
and extend more than a
mile in length, terminating
inside Israel not far from
residential neighborhoods.
Israeli troops have discovered phone lines, electricity wires, pulley systems and
stockpiles ofexplosivesand
Wikimedia Commons/IDF Spokesman Unit weaponsin the tunnels.
Many of the tunnels have
Israel Defense Force soldiers prepare to look for tunnels in Gaza.
multiple branches and a
multitude of exit points, which explains why the precise number the IDF says it has found
keeps fluctuating. As of Tuesday, the number was66 access shafts as part of 23 tunnels.
The terror tunnels, the IDF said in a statement, are meant to carry out attacks such
as abductions of Israeli civilians and soldiers alike; infiltrations into Israeli communities,
mass murders and hostage-taking scenarios.
It seems that the extent to which the ground underneath the Gaza-Israel border resembles Swiss cheese has caught the IDF and the Israeli public by surprise.
Before Israel launched its ground invasion on July 17, the Israeli government seemed
reluctant to send troops into Gaza and pay the price in Israeli blood, Palestinian collateral
damage and international censure that a ground invasion probably would entail.
But now that Israel has awakened to the true extent of the tunnel threat and Israeli
troops are already fighting and dying in Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
seems determined to have the IDF destroy as many tunnels as it can.
The operation will be expanded until the goal is achieved: restoring quiet to the citizens of Israel for a long period, Netanyahu said Monday, keeping things vague enough so
as not to be boxed into a corner.
If the war ends before the tunnel threat can be addressed adequately, the IDFs job in
Gaza will have been left unfinished. Though Israelis are agonizing over the death toll on
their side, they dont want those soldiers to have died in vain.
This is seen inside Israel as a war of necessity, not of choice.
But with the Palestinian death toll soaring since the launch of the ground invasion,
international pressure for a cease-fire is growing.
While Israels eagerness for a cease-fire and well publicized efforts to avoid civilian casualties bought it some time early on, the escalating violence andrapidly mounting Palestinian civilian deaths including several well-documented cases of Israeli strikes killing
children, wiping out multiple members of the same family and targeting a hospital are
shifting international opinion away from Israels favor.
It remains to be seen how long Netanyahu can withstand the pressure, or how the fighting that lies ahead will affect the calculus.
For its part, Hamas doesnt appear to want to stop fighting either. It views every Israeli
death as a triumph and every Palestinian civilian death as fodder with which to build international criticism of Israel.
But now the existence of tunnels through which terrorists can infiltrate the country
again threatens to bring the war into Israel, and thats a frightening thought for Israelis.
The country still well remembers theMaalot massacre of 1974, when Palestinian terrorists slipped across the border from Lebanon and took more than 100 children hostage at a
school in the northern Israeli town of Maalot. More than 25 Israelis were killed during that
incident, which ended when Israeli troops stormed the school building.
With the Israeli death toll rising fast, this war already has turned into a nightmare for
many Israelis, particularly those burying their loves ones. But theres a reason IDF troops
are still pushing hard in Gaza: Theyre working to avert something worse.

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Meet Rabbi Ruth Zlotnick: Hoping to continue Beth Ams

legacy of social justice
DAN aznoff Special to JTNews

Rockland County, NY
Song of Solomon
by Toni Morrison
I can wiggle my ears.

Despite the fact that she grew up 3,000

miles away from Seattle and speaks with
an East Coast accent, Rabbi Ruth Zlotnick believes she will be coming home in
August when she takes her place on the
bima as the new senior rabbi at Temple
Beth Am.
Raised in a suburb of New York
City, the new spiritual leader for the
Reform congregation in North Seattle was
attracted to the synagogue because of its
rich history of tikkun olam.
There is not a major difference
between the person I am when I conduct
services and the wife and mother I try to be
at home, Zlotnick explained. Given the
opportunity to learn about the role Beth
Am has played in the social issues of our

time, I knew immediately that this was the

type of congregation that I would want to
join, even if I was not the rabbi.
Early in her career, Zlotnick quickly
made Relational Judaism the focus of
her rabbinical responsibilities. She urged
members at the Central Synagogue in
New York, the large Reform congregation where she served as director of lifelong learning in the early 2000s, to become
aware of the need for social change, and
joined forces with groups dedicated to
positive changes throughout the urban
community. She was associate director of
programs at Synagogue 2000 (now Synagogue 3000) before that.
Zlotnick continued to lead by example when she moved across the river to
serve as senior rabbi at Temple Beth Or in
Washington Township, N.J. in 2008. She
played an active role in the secular community during her six years at the small
suburban synagogue by serving on the
Rabbinic Council of Garden State Equality
and the Gun Violence Prevention Advocacy of New Jersey.
Jewish learning happens at all levels
from our earliest days until the last days of
our lives, she said. Judaism helps us connect as a community. It allows us to look
beyond our individual needs to see the
bigger picture, both as a religion and as a
responsible member of society.
Zlotnick said that given her experience,
Beth Am and its 875 member households
feels like the right fit. Beth Am president
Bryan Rutberg could not agree more. He
said several outstanding candidates submitted applications for the senior rabbi

post when it opened last year, but Zlotnicks words jumped off the page.
The depth of her thinking, the clarity of her purpose, and the nuances of
her personality put her at the top tier of
the 42 applications we received, Rutberg
said. There was just something grounded
in the way she wrote and the passion she
evoked during the interview process. She
makes it easy to share your feelings, knowing she understands exactly what youre
trying to say.
According to Rutberg, the selection
committee told the board they were especially impressed with how the rabbi was
able to weave words from the Torah and
Talmud into her philosophy for Reform
Judaism in todays society.
Her first concerns are with the spiritual health of the community. That is the
priority we wanted to find in our next
rabbi, said Rutberg. She captivated us
with her rachmones [sympathy]. We all
had the feeling she understood our community. She wanted to be part of the solution.
Before she took her place with the
clergy in uptown New York, Zlotnick
earned her bachelors degree in religious studies from Wesleyan University
in Middletown, Conn. and a masters in
the philosophy of religion from Yale. She
received ordination from the Hebrew
Union CollegeInstitute of Jewish Religion in New York in 2001.
Zlotnick comes to Seattle with her
husband, Richard Cicale, and daughter
Suzannah. She predicted that the family

cat, Norton, will have the most difficult

transition to the West Coast. Zlotnick
described Norton as an old city Cat who
does not like changes to his routine.
As for herself, Rabbi Zlotnick is looking forward to the next chapter of her life
and hopes she will be will be remembered
in years to come for maintaining the path
toward social justice and equality that was
the foundation of the Beth Am congregation when it was established almost 60
years ago.
The size and the intellectual environment [of the congregation at Beth Am]
make this move feel like one we have been
destined to make, she said. The congregation and the community reflect the
values that we hold as sacred in our own
Besides, she said with a grin, I am
addicted to coffee. And Ive heard there
are more than a few places to get a good
cup of coffee in the Northwest.


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Meet Temple Bnai Torahs Rabbi David Lipper:

Hearing peoples stories
Joel Magalnick Editor, JTNews

Houston, Texas
Mesilat Yesharim: The Path
of the Just by Rabbi Moshe
Chayim Luzzatto
Avid sportsman
*Fun facts legend on page 7

Rabbi David Lipper believes in the

power of storytelling. He tells of a new
documentary in which its producers built
a large box and filled it with pen, pad, a
video camera and one question: What
does God mean to you?
Over the course of a year, they
recorded or photographed peoples reflections, images, discussions, whatever they

had inside the box, and created this film,

Lipper said. I think congregations need
to do that.
Lipper will spend one year as interim
rabbi at Bellevues Temple Bnai Torah,
following the retirement of its senior
rabbi, Jim Mirel, and the departure of its
associate rabbi, Yohanna Kinberg. Lipper
comes into a temple that has experienced
pain some from losing Mirel, whose
tenure spanned 29 years, and some from
losing Kinberg, who after 10 years at the
temple was passed over for the senior
rabbi position.
Most of the pain is that people
havent had the chance to really grieve,
Lipper said. By listening and talking to
people and hearing stories and struggling
through their losses, well heal that.
As a part of the Reform movements
team of interim rabbis, Lippers job is to
spend a year (though sometimes rabbis
must be on hand for two) as a transition
between a rabbi that has left and whoever
takes over. The interim is not in the running for the job, and in most cases does
not want to be. In Lippers case, he has
spent the past five years doing interim
work. Prior to that he spent 22 years in
pulpits in Wisconsin, Texas and Ohio.




Though he considers Houston home,

after his three kids were out of the house,
his wife Dora decided she didnt want to
be on her own with her husband away
so much. Last year, they sold the house
and she began to come on these year-long
assignments with him.
At some point well find a home base
again, he said.
Having now made the cross-country
trek from his last assignment in Connecticut to Bellevue, Lipper said he has a much
larger job than keeping the bima warm for a
members Bar Mitzvah, for example.
Most of my job is going to be refocusing the staff toward best practices, areas
where they can really use their skills and
talents, he said. Most of what I want to do
is help this team of people come together,
because theyre all new.
Aside from Cantor David Serkin-Poole,
who has been at TBT for more than three
decades, nearly all of the temples staff leadership has come on in the past two years.
Everybody needs to sit down at the
table and figure out what we can do best,
Lipper said.
From the outside, this may not sound
like the work of someone who must give
a Shabbat sermon each week or comfort a

family following the loss of a loved one. But

he holds a certificate in non-profit management, and all kinds of other experience
along the way, he said, not to mention a
secret weapon: His mother just retired this
month after 35 years as administrator at a
synagogue in Houston.
You learn a lotabout the inside of a
synagogue when youre inside the synagogue, he said.
Plus, Lipper said, as a leader with a
quickly approaching end date, he has the
luxury of honesty.
A lot of the time settled rabbis will say
they never really get to be brutally honest
with their congregants or their leadership, and so they endure some frustration by not being able to speak their mind,
because theyre always concerned about
the next contract or the next rotation,
he said.
Sometimes you have to be honest
and sometimes that honesty is painful for
communities who see themselves very differently from within than an interim rabbi
might see from the outside.
At the same time, hes able to use
his year as an opportunity to hear from
congregants about why they belong to a
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Meet Herzl Ner-Tamids Rabbi Jessica Yarkin: Falling in

love with American Judaism
janis siegel JTNews Correspondent

London, England
Harry Potter
Rabbi Bradley Artson
They are hidden for a reason.
*Fun facts legend on page 7

Rabbi Jessica Yarkin began her love

affair with America in her teens when she
realized that she was undeniably attracted
to its openness, religious freedom, and
willingness to accept many religious
points of view.
So, after making a few family trips here
and spending two summers at U.S. Jewish
camps, Yarkin, who hails from London,
finally made her way across the pond
seven years ago at the age of 25 to begin

her Jewish career as a program associate

at the large University of Florida campus
Hillel, where she worked for a year with
current Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle executive director Keith Dvorchik.
Today, at the age of 32, Yarkin is
making her way to Mercer Island to
become Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative
Congregations new director of congregational learning.
Along with her British accent, sharp
wit and articulate style, the recently
ordained rabbi told JTNews that she actually doesnt miss much about England
except for the weather. She looks forward
to the Northwests soggy seasons.
I fell in love with Americans, really,
said Yarkin from her car, mid-trip somewhere outside of Los Angeles, where she
has been living. I consider this my geographical soul mate. I always wanted to
live in America.
Yarkin will settle in Bellevue with her
husband, a Bay Area-native who works at
the eBay offices in Bellevue.
Yarkin will be teaching adult education
classes and overseeing Herzl-Ner Tamids
BYachad program, a religion school that
encourages parents to learn simultaneously while their children are in classes
Im getting to teach the Livnot pro-

gram with some of teenagers and thats

an area I really, really love, said Yarkin.
I love to sing, and I play piano and I
love music and choral singing. I love theater and drama and improvisation. Thats
something Id really like to do with teens
and adults, as well.
Yarkins parents practice Modern
Orthodoxy, the largest denomination in
England, and her mother is a Jewish educator. They love the fact that shes a rabbi
now, she said, and they are very proud of
her, although they miss her a lot. Yarkin
Skypes and emails her family often and
travels home to England every chance she
In a country ruled by the Queen and
Christianity, Yarkin said she often felt
Not that I really encountered antiSemitism in England, she said, it just
wasnt quite as vibrant. People are less
proud of their Jewish identity, in general. Its a Christian country, and you feel
excluded if you dont celebrate Christmas.
Yarkin spent a weekend with the synagogue earlier this spring where she met
many of the members, and delivered a
dvar Torah on Shabbat. She also held a
Torah text study for an adult group.
Rabbi Yarkin brings a great gift for

connecting with children, teens and

adults, said Herzl-Ner Tamid senior
rabbi Jay Rosenbaum. [She has] passion,
energy and humor and a great talent for
teaching Judaism in a most engaging way.
The congregation has already responded
very enthusiastically to Rabbi Yarkin.
This is a learned community with
people that are thirsty to be challenged,
said Yarkin. The questions that were
asked of me were intelligent, deep points.
She was equally impressed by the synagogues celebratory side.
I had the great experience of seeing
their Purim shpiel, and thats what really
sold it for me, she said. They had a live
band and it was one of the best Purim
shpiels Ive ever seen ever!
After graduating from the American Jewish University in Los Angeles this
spring, she began looking for a happy
community to work with one not in
crisis with a healthy and well-functioning
congregational life.
H-NT seems to be a perfect fit.
They blew me away with their incredible hospitality, she said. They were so
accommodating and on my side. I felt a
connection there. I felt love. I could see
myself here.

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synagogue and how they got there, which

is how they move forward.
The biggest thing that I try to do with
congregations is I encourage people to tell
their sacred stories, he said. As people tell
those stories, I think they appreciate where
they are a little bit more.
But Lipper realizes that with this work
he must also be completely present for a
congregation hes only beginning to get
to know. In fact, a congregant had passed
away the morning we spoke.
What I have to do is be the rabbi for
a family whom I have not even met yet,
he said. I do that often and fairly well. Its
a challenge. Most of it has to do with listening being a good listener, and telling stories.

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Meet Rabbi Paul Strasko: Looking forward to peace at

Kol Shalom
Diana Brement JTNews Correspondent
We have been back all of three weeks,
said Rabbi Paul Strasko when we spoke
last week. The newly appointed rabbi of
north Kitsaps Congregation Kol Shalom,
located on Bainbridge Island, and his wife,
Sandra Andrews-Strasko, have returned to
the Northwest after living in Europe and
Israel for the past eight years.
The Montana native took on rabbinical studies as a third career, after studying music performance and composition,
and then working in technology. Moving
to Seattle in 2002, he became active as a
lay service leader at Temple Beth Am and
decided to become a rabbi. He studied
at Abraham Geiger Kolleg in Berlin and
Potsdam, Germany, as well as in Jerusalem at the Steinsaltz Institute and Hebrew
Union College.

Helena, Montana
I simply cannot narrow
this down.
Rebbe Nachman of Breslov
Playing jazz
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Strasko then had three posts in Europe,

as student rabbi in Dusseldorf, an assistant
rabbi in Geneva (requiring him to learn to
speak French in three months) and finally
as the community rabbi in Duisberg, Germany for the past two years.
As the sole rabbi for a community
of 2,700, Strasko learned a tremendous
amount, but was also required to be rabbi,
cantor and religious education director,
often working 80 hours a week. Despite
the number of Jews, participation was low
and the community, consisting largely of
elderly refugees from the former Soviet
Union, was rife with ethnic and nationalistic conflict.
I once had to break up a fistfight in
synagogue, Strasko said.
In two years I did 55 funerals, he
added. The burnout was not sustainable.
During a Seattle visit last summer, the
couple began thinking about new possibilities.
Rabbi David Fine, local director of
the Union for Reform Judaism, recommended him to Ira Fielding, president of
Kol Shalom, which was actively looking
to fill a vacancy created by departing rabbi
Mark Glickman. It took a whirlwind few

weeks to hire Strasko.

It is a healthy spiritual community,
Strasko said. While the congregation is
affiliated with the Reform movement,
many congregants come from a Conservative background, which fits what Strasko
calls his post-denominational style. For
a new rabbi, Theyve given me amazing
flexibility, he said.
His to-do list for Kol Shalom includes
leading high quality services with the
help of their cantorial soloist and student
rabbi and developing strong youth and
adult education. He calls his approach
inreach, working to develop programs
aimed toward the congregations 67 families. Some growth may come that way,
he said. I think we could become a 100family congregation.
Attracting membership is a challenge
in an area known to have the lowest levels
of religious affiliation in the country.
We are competing with Mt. Rainier
and the Olympics, he says, but a good
synagogue provides relief from the
relentless intrusion of social media into
our lives.
Strasko is grateful that his position is
part-time, as he is writing a book and
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a jtnews special section

friday, july 25, 2014

n ort h w e s t j e wi s h fami ly

Sometimes parenting is a hot mess

By Ed Harris
Seattle residents like to complain that they never know for
sure when summer will finally start. I, however, have a sure-fire
technique for picking the last cloudy, overcast, unseasonably
cool day of the season: The precise moment we leave town for
our annual family vacation.
For several years now, our travel itinerary has been dominated
by our son Izzys dance schedule. The last two summers he
trained for five weeks with the Chicago Ballet, staying in a
college dorm downtown and, when not dancing, having a great
Abba Knows Best time with other teens from around the country. The fact girls
comprise about 95 percent of the participants in dance programs
is probably a trivially insignificant detail I suspect he has failed to notice, focused athlete
that he is.
I doubted Izzy was homesick while away. My wife, however, suggested we should go
visit him, just in case he forgot he had parents, and thereby spend our precious vacation
time and money in a concrete jungle in the sweltering Midwest. She tossed off this idea
with the casual insouciance of one suggesting we turn the hot tub to the highest setting to
see how long we might withstand the roiling waters until we faint.
Sure enough, Chicago in July both visits was straight out of Dantes Inferno, except
the humidity exceeded even the Italian poets imagination. At least we had the solace of
seeing Izzy every day, for about five minutes, before he would tell us he had plans with
his new friends that evening. Thats the problem with raising well-adjusted children: They
drop you like a hot potato three days after the Bar Mitzvah. Ah, the injustice.
This year, Izzy decided to take a break from ballet and participate in two weeklong
dance conventions, the first in Los Angeles, and the second in Las Vegas. We drove, figuring
50 hours spent confined in a space more cramped than the lunar landing module and
surrounded by junk food would be a great family bonding experience.
The first warm, sunny stretch of gorgeous weather began you guessed it the

day we left on our trip. We spent our first night on the road in Ashland, Oregon, where
we were welcomed by air baked to a toasty 104 degrees. I happened to notice on CNN
the temperature hit a high of 114 that same day in Las Vegas. Of course, as those foolish
enough to live year-round in the Southwest like to say, its a dry heat, which is about the
same consolation as being told the safe that fell out of 10-story window and flattened your
loved one was in fact a small one, as far as safes go.
The next day, while driving on I-5 (or as they say in California, The Five) the tire
pressure indicator on our dashboard light went on. My wife, seated in the back, said the
car felt like it was bobbing on the ocean. Nonsense, I replied: what she noticed was the
high winds buffeting the vehicle. What does a woman know about cars, anyway? Five
minutes later we could hear the sound of deflated rubber flapping against the pavement
and I quickly pulled to the shoulder of an exit ramp, where I parked on a sloped surface
composed of loose gravel. I decided that of all the possible ways to shuffle off this mortal
coil, pinned underneath a Honda SUV was not high on my list, so I called AAA road
service for a tire change.
Fortunately, the temperature had cooled all the way down to 98 degrees by then. To
gain access to our spare tire, I unloaded the entire cargo compartment of our hatchback,
the contents of which included a chair, a prop in one of Izzys dance acts that we were
transporting to the convention. So on his chair sat I, 20 miles south of Sacramento, traffic
whizzing by, surrounded by suitcases, waiting for a mechanic amidst a bleak, sweltering
terrain. No one said being a parent would be easy.
I wonder what next year holds in store. I hear the Pacific Northwest Ballet puts on a
great summer student ballet program. A man can dream, cant he?
Ed Harris, the author of Fifty Shades of Schwarz and several other books, was born in
the Bronx and lives in Bellevue with his family. His blog, Fizz-Ed, and additional information
about his books are available at

family calendar
Friday, July 25

11 a.m. Ravenna Jewish Junction PJ Library Storytime

Kate Speizer at 206-315-7429 or
PJ Library educator Betsy Dischel leads a free community storytime for tots and their caregivers the fourth
Friday of the month.
At Ravenna Third Place Books, 6504 20th Ave. NE, Seattle.

Saturday, July 26

9:1510:15 a.m. Tot Shabbat

Alexis Kort at 206-525-0915 or or
Special introduction to Shabbat with story, dancing, singing, prayers, and a short Torah reading, led by
a rabbi and Shoshanah Stombaugh. Tot Shabbat is held the fourth Saturday of each month. Everyone
welcome. At Temple Beth Am, 2632 NE 80th St., Seattle.

Thursday, July 31

1011 a.m. PJ Library Neighborhood Song and

Story Time at Temple Beth Am
Alexis Kort at 206-525-0915 or or

AKIM Israel, Israels National Association for the Habilitation of the Mentally Handicapped, and the largest provider of services to the disabled, is now moving hundreds of
kids and their families to safer cities in the north of the country to keep them stable and
calm. Friends of AKIM USA Seattle chapter is helping from our area.
In this photo, children with developmental disabilities sit in a bomb shelter in
Ashkelon. Photo courtesy AKIM.
For the story and information about how to help, go online to

Jewish songs and stories with Betsy Dischel from PJ Library for toddlers and preschoolers. With snacks and
an art project. Parents and caregivers connect and make new friends. Free. At Temple Beth Am, 2632 NE
80th St., Seattle.

Friday, August 1

67:15 p.m. Kinder Kabbalat Shabbat

Alexis Kort at 206-525-0915 or or
Designed especially for kids 6 and younger, the service begins with greetings, candle blessings, and
challah and continues with prayers, dancing, a story, and blessings. Led by a rabbi and Shoshanah
Stombaugh. Light dinner for kids before service at 6:15. No RSVP required. Kinder Kabbalat Shabbat is the
first Friday of each month and is open to everyone. At Temple Beth Am, 2632 NE 80th St., Seattle.

Thursday, August 7

1011 a.m. PJ Library Neighborhood Song and

Story Time at Temple Beth Am
Alexis Kort at 206-525-0915 or or
At Temple Beth Am, 2632 NE 80th St., Seattle.

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Rabbi Yona Margolese: Moving TDS forward

Emily K. Alhadeff Associate Editor, JTNews

Torah Day School has had no shortage

of changes and challenges over the past
two years, and it has met each one swiftly
and, so far, successfully.
This fall marks another season of
change for the little Orthodox elementary
school that could. Following a long search,
Seattle-based rabbi Yona Margolese will
take the helm as interim head of school,
with the hope that this will become a perFar Rockaway, NY
manent position.
We needed a new head of school, and
Pirkei Avot/Ethics of
had an ongoing search for a while,
the Fathers
Margolese said by phone from Israel,
where he was visiting. I offered to take
that position.
Margolese is a parent of students in the
school and was on the search committee
before he threw in his hat. In August of
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last year, the school, rocked by a scandal
and the resignation of its longtime head,
hired Rabbi Moshe Abady of Los Angeles, but he proved not the right fit and left the school
midway through the year.
In taking the job, Margolese is leaving an eight-year career at Northwest Yeshiva High
School, where he was the student activities and recruitment coordinator and taught introduction to prayer, Jewish law, and introduction to Torah.
Its very bittersweet for me, actually, he said.
Not only does Margolese bring education and administration experience to TDS, he
also brings a deep experience with relationship building. Margolese is a licensed family
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extensively with children, teens, and families, with an emphasis on issues facing Jewish
teenagers. As head of school, he wants to look at students not just academically, but emotionally, too.
Were very big on having the teachers give homework thats going to be relevant to the
students, and not busywork, he said. We believe strongly that students should have time
with their families.
When the students leave the school, they should have time to play sports and just be
themselves, he explained.
Margolese expects to spend the first year of his tenure getting to know the job and what
the community wants.
Year one is always good to learn things, he said. My first step is just to learn.
Beyond that, Margolese said he hopes to find a way to concretize the mission of the
school in a clear and measurable way and articulate the schools uniqueness.
TDS has a really diverse group of families, said board vice president Yossi Babani.
What that requires is someone who knows the community well. Having someone who is
well-rooted here, like Rabbi Margolese, is a huge plus.
Babani added that Margoleses experience as a community member, a former TDS
board member, a teacher, administrator and family therapist make him situated to deal
with students, parents, and teachers effectively.
We need solid and stable leadership, and we also need a relationship builder, said
Babani. Rabbi Margolese fits that bill well.
It may sound clich, Margolese said, [but] I love Jews. I love people. I see in this position the opportunity to bring Jews closer together, I think to bring the community together.
I would love to be a part of that.

Meet Rabbi Shaul

Engelsberg: Returning to
Seattle to lead
Emily K. Alhadeff Associate Editor, JTNews

When Rabbi Shaul Engelsberg moves

to Seattle from Detroit next month, hell be
taking on a new role in the community, but
hes not exactly new.
The Orthodox rabbi lived in Seattle from
1994 to 1999, where he taught Judaics at Seattle Hebrew Academy.
The relationships that I formed in those
five years were extremely special, said
Israel, Brooklyn, Baltimore,
Hes glad to be returning, this time as
Seattle and Michigan
head of school at Derech Emunah, the
nascent Orthodox girls high school in the
The Juggler and the King
Georgetown neighborhood.
by Rabbi Aron Feldman
The opportunity to come back is almost
to put into words, he said. Its very
King David
emotionally satisfying for me.
Engelsberg moved from Seattle to the
Claims to not have any.
Detroit area to be near his wifes family
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when she fell ill. After she passed away, he
remained in Detroit, where he taught at
Yeshiva Beth Yehuda, spending nine years with the girls high school division and giving motivational talks at girls high schools, conventions and Shabbatons around the country.
We have such high standards that sometimes we become discouraged when were not
meeting our highest ideals, said Engelsberg of the content of his motivational talks. Its important for every person to realize how great they really are.
Engelsberg sees Derech Emunah as providing an outstanding Torah education where every
girl comes and grows and becomes the best student possible in preparation for life.
Derech Emunah is going into its third year, with a projected enrollment of nine or ten girls.
Rooksie David has served as head of school until now, and will continue to serve as an educational consultant.
She approached me with the idea of Rabbi Engelsberg as being the head of school for the
long term, said Derech Emunah board president Jeffrey Alhadeff. Mrs. David and Rabbi


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Meet Hamutal Gavish: Bringing a holistic approach to JDS

Joel Magalnick Editor, JTNews

Petach-Tikvah, Israel
As a Driven Leaf
by Milton Steinberg
*Fun facts legend on page 7

Hamutal Gavish has what will be a busy

but important short-term goal: To meet
and get to know every family of the 180 or
so kids who attend the Jewish Day School
of Metropolitan Seattle.
In the long term, her goals may be a
little less all-consuming, but they will be
no less important for the head of school
who arrived in Bellevue not even a month
ago. The usual tasks of increasing fundraising, connecting to the outer community, and growing enrollment, as well as
continuing to implement the education
philosophy that both she and the school
share, teaching kids to critically learn, to
be owning their own learning, not just to
feed them information and to spew back
information, she said.
Gavish comes to JDS from Marin
County, Calif., where she ran the Brandeis

Hillel Day School for the past eight years.

Prior to that, the native-born Israeli spent 10 years in the Boston area, where as the first
head of school for the Jewish Community Day School of Boston, she grew the school from
20 students to 170 by the time she left.
It was my first child, Gavish said. I was very proud of that school and where it is now
and how it came to be.
Her real first child, incidentally, who was a student at Brandeis Hillel, will enter the 6th
grade at JDS in the fall.
Given Gavishs passion for holistic learning integrating Judaics and general studies as much as possible, as well as sharing a philosophy of inquiry-based learning, which
JDS itself began to implement in the past three years both she and the board believe her
entrance into the JDS community will be a great fit with a smooth integration.
She had so many of the things that JDS was looking for in a leader at this point in the
schools lifetime, Jill Friedman, the schools board president, told JTNews. We wanted somebody who was visionary.... We needed somebody who has the experience to execute on it.
That plan has multiple areas, Gavish said, from growing enrollment theres

tremendous opportunity with early childhood, tremendous opportunity with building the
middle school further to imbuing strong Jewish values into the students to the growth
of the learning philosophy.
The school nationally, hopefully, will be known and other institutions will come to us
and see how we really do the process of inquiry in the school, which integrates the Judaics
and the general studies, she said.
Inquiry-based learning is a process for kids to ask questions. For kids to identify what
theyre learning, not to come with an end product, Gavish said. When the kids have that,
when they do leave school like this, they engage in anything that they do with this go-getit attitude rather than I dont know the answer, Im not going to try.
Gavish moved to the U.S. from Israel at the age of 16, and while she knew she wanted
to spend her life as a Jewish educator, she focused in her undergraduate years more on
math and science. She spent many years working with the Conservative movements Camp
Ramah, had a few teaching jobs at Jewish schools, then went to the Reform movements
Hebrew Union College to give her the credentials to begin working in administration. Her
first administrative position focused more on the Hebrew language and Judaics, however,
and she felt that she missed the general studies side of the teaching equation.
Judaics should be integrated into everything that we do, she said.
Thats how she ended up in Boston, and then in the Bay Area, and now in Bellevue.
Friedman, the boards president, said Gavish is one of those people who is warm and loyal
and has great relationships with people. We knew that not only from our interactions with
her, but her reputation in the community.
People say that I lead from behind, Gavish said. I use a lot of empathy and active listening.
She firmly believes in building one-on-relationships, hence the goal of sitting down with
every family in her school over the next few months.
That said, decisions have to be made, it cant just be that its all, Lets just sit together
and figure this out and make a decision. But there are many times that people feel their
voices are heard, and they might not agree, and we might agree to disagree with you, but
Ive heard you.
Gavish clearly relishes taking on her new role. As the incoming leader of a school that
teaches a wide range of families at different levels of observance and income, given her
experience, what I have here is kind of a blend of Israeli-American, Conservative-Reform,
secular-traditional, Gavish said. Im not pegged into any one place, and thats something
I see in this environment as well.

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Meet Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg: On a new path in Woodinville

Diana Brement JTNews Correspondent

Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg used one leadership transition to create a career shift of
her own she chose to leave the associate rabbi position shed held for 11 years
at Temple Bnai Torah in Bellevue when
senior rabbi Jim Mirel retired from there
this June.
Kinberg will become the rabbi of Congregation Kol Ami in Woodinville this fall.
I wanted to try something different,
Eugene, Oregon
she said. Already acquainted with the congregation through the annual Reform comI pretty much inhale books
munitys family Camp Kesher, I was just
I cant name a favorite.
thrilled to help a congregation close by.
Kinberg believes the congregation
Rabbi Israel Salanter
reflects her own eclectic background and
her love of music. Its a really good fit for
Able to identify individual
me, she said. Theyre also really interested
breeds in mixed-breed dogs.
in exploring what Jewish community is.
*Fun facts legend on page 7
We are very excited to have Rabbi
Kinberg, said Kol Amis newly elected
president, Donna Lurie. Kinberg comes with experience and knowledge about all aspects
of congregational life, and we hope to tap into that expertise and be able to grow and thrive
as a congregation.
Kinberg lives in Olympia with her husband, Rabbi Seth Goldstein of Temple Beth Hatfiloh, and their two sons. I spend a lot of time in my car, she said. Her new job is just a
couple of freeway stops north of where she used to exit I-405.
Closer to Redmond than Woodinville, Kol Ami shares a building with Bear Creek


United Methodist Church and features a worship space designed to be both a sanctuary and a church. Kinberg notes that theres a competition in Germany now to design a
multi-faith space, but at Kol Ami, this has been going on for a while. Tapestries on pulleys are lowered to cover the cross on the wall, the ark is on rollers, and there are Jewish
symbols on the doors.
Theres nothing about the room that doesnt say Jewish once youve moved everything around, which takes about five minutes, she said. Plus, a huge parking lot, accommodates High Holiday attendance.
The half-time position lets Kinberg, 41, resume or start a number of community projects. This summer shes the camp rabbi at Camp Solomon Schechter, a stones throw from
her home, and shes started blogging again at Look for
her class on parenting and parsha to be taught in the community this fall. Shes also hoping
Kol Ami can sponsor some classes on holidays and food at a local food market.
Community-based learning lets all the Jews who are living up here know that were
here and ready to be a center for Jewish life on the northern Eastside.
Kinberg wants to help Kol Ami become a place that provides everything people need
for their Jewish life while keeping the congregation a manageable size. Right now it serves
about 90 families with weekly Friday night services and Sunday afternoon religion school.
No one has to get up early, she says.
Another of Kinbergs visions is to help Kol Ami become a place where we nurture
ahavat Yisrael [love of Israel] in the community.
Kinberg is the daughter of a Moroccan-Israeli mother who immigrated to Israel as a
teen, and Kinberg retains strong ties to that country. Her parents met in Israel when her
Ashkenazi father came to study Hebrew before starting rabbinical school. Rabbi Myron
Kinberg served the Jewish community of Eugene, Ore. for many years.
Kinberg will be installed on Sept. 12 at 7:30 p.m. Speakers will include Rabbi Jim Mirel,
regional Hadassah president Peg Elefant, and Rev. Vincent Lachina of Planned Parenthood Northwest.

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Meet Rabbis Micah Ellenson and Jaclyn Cohen:

Young rabbis embracing their destinies
Janis siegel JTNews Correspondent

Los Angeles, California
The Little Prince
Acting, coaching basketball
*Fun facts legend on page 7

Like many Jewish leaders over the millennia who were called to serve their flocks,
it wasnt always obvious to the two new
clergy now on staff at Temple De Hirsch
Sinai, Rabbis Jaclyn Cohen and Micah
Ellenson, that the rabbinate was their destiny.
Multi-talented and drawn to the worlds
of psychology, music, theater, sports, and
history, once the two professionals who
had worked together at the Stephen S. Wise
Temple in Los Angeles finally chose rabbinical school, they never looked back.
Director of congregational learning
was the job I wanted and Seattle was the
town I wanted to move to, Ellenson said.
I thought about entertainment, I thought

about teaching, I thought about psychology, but I was always drawn back to the
Jewish world. Its where my passion really
The son of Rabbi David Ellenson, the
recently retired president of the Hebrew
Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
in Los Angeles, Micah, 36, was not necessarily looking for his fathers blessing over
his choice of career, but he got it, nonetheless.
He said youll make an excellent rabbi
and that he was really proud that I was
going down this path, said Ellenson.
Ellenson was the youth director at Stephen S. Wise Temple for four years. Thats
where he met his wife, Sara. They have a
four-year-old daughter, Lily.
Micah brings a breadth and depth of
pedagogical training and experience that
will really help us build on the remarkable success of our educational program,
TDHS senior rabbi Daniel Weiner told
JTNews, and really take it to the next
Ellenson is no stranger to the Puget
Sound. Yearly, his family would visit relatives in Issaquah and he often visited his
best friend who was stationed at the Puget
Sound Naval Ship Yard in Bremerton.
I love the community, said Ellenson.
I love how diverse it is. Everybodys so
warm and welcoming and friendly.
Ellenson is overseeing the Jennifer Rosen Meade Preschool, the Bridge
Family Religion School, all adult learning
at TDHS, youth programs, and the temple



Los Angeles, California
Shes Come Undone,
by Wally Lamb
Biblical: Ruth;
Modern: Leo Baeck
I once made up the rhythm section
of a folk rock trio by playing the
shaker and the tambourine.
*Fun facts legend on page 7

Its also Jaclyn Cohens first congregational post. The newly married 30 year old
will be working with the 22-to-35-year-old
TDHS affinity group, The Tribe.
These are my people, Cohen said,
the sort of post-college, pre-marriagewith-children age range. Were all similarly
struggling and trying to make sense of this
bizarre world and I think Judaism is really
an essential part of having to navigate this
Officially a member of the millennial
generation, Cohen said that 9/11 was its
JFK moment.
I was a senior in high school on Sept.
11, and thats when things really shifted,
she said. According to Cohen, the eco-

nomic crash and the housing crisis of 2008

also deeply impacted her peers. The traditional images of marriage, family, and the
stability of a home look less attainable to
them and have left many in her age range
doubtful about the expectation of a prosperous and predictable future.
That pattern doesnt exist anymore and
my age group knows that, she said. Were
all asking ourselves how were going to
afford being adults, get a job, pay off our
student loans.
Speaking to JTNews the day after the
Israeli Defense Forces militarily entered
the Gaza Strip and the shoot-down of a
Malaysian passenger jet in the war zone on
the border between Ukraine and Russia,
Cohen is reminded of just how fragile a
peaceful world can be.
Yesterday was just a horrible day, she
said. I kept thinking, people need Shabbat, people, need grounded-ness, people
need Torah. Thats my job now as a rabbi,
to give that.
Cohen considered becoming a cantor
out of her love for music and singing, but
ultimately she wanted more. Her vocal
styles encompass both the secular and
sacred from a cappella to musical theatre.
Jaclyn brings incredible energy, sensitivity, insight and thoughtfulness and is
the whole package, said Weiner, not only
including that youthful vigor and idealism, but at the same time, a maturity that
belies her age that I think will appeal to the
breadth of generational cohorts that we
have here at the congregation.

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 ~ Micah

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Meet Beth Shaloms Rabbi Adam Rubin: From congregant

to professor to rabbi
Deborah gardner Special to JTNews

Tustin, California
A Tale of Love and Darkness
by Amos Oz
Rashi and Shai Agnon
Basketball and sailing.
Reads Yiddish fluently.
*Fun facts legend on page 7

In 1997, Adam Rubin was in services

at Congregation Beth Shalom listening to
Rabbi Dov Gartenberg. Rubin was spending the academic year in Seattle before

returning to Los Angeles to finish his Ph.D.

in modern Jewish history. He loved the
synagogue and the Northwest. What would
he have thought if someone told him hed
return to someday to Beth Shalom not
as a congregant but as a rabbi?
I would have been astonished, he
He was happy teaching Jewish studies.
He was also part of an egalitarian minyan
in Los Angeles that intentionally had no
rabbi. But over time, he felt a need for spiritual leadership. As members got older
and started raising families, he felt smaller
stand-alone minyans didnt have capacity
to provide childcare and fulfill other needs.
So I came to feel more and more
strongly that theres a reason why synagogues are the main mode of institutional
Jewish religion in the United States, he said.
Rubin built a career as a professor of
modern Jewish history at Hebrew Union
College in Los Angeles. But the work was
isolating, leaving him in front of a computer.
Im a people person, I like to be in the

Derech Emunah welcomes and wishes

much success to Rabbi Engelsberg and
all the new leadership the greater
Seattle community.

650 S. Orcas, Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98108

community, he explained. With Hebrew

Union Colleges requirement for faculty
to do community service, he went all over
California and beyond, teaching at high
schools and with seniors in havurot. He fell
in love with the work.
For a long time Id been involved in
Jewish community life on my own, he
reflected, but the idea of making it my lifes
work made it more appealing. He entered
the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in
Los Angeles, and was recently ordained.
It was a natural next step to Beth
Shalom. Rubins strengths matched the
needs of the community and he felt drawn
to it.
Its a big move for the synagogue, he
said. Beth Shalom has never had a second

rabbi, and he describes it as an indicator of

success and growth to hire him and an education director alongside Rabbi Jill Borodin.
He started work on July 1, emphasizing how warmly welcomed he and his
wife, Judith Schleyer, have felt with their
two children, Elior, age 4, and Naamah,
3 months. Hes already learning the ropes
from Rabbi Borodin and doing what he
calls the sacred work of visiting congregants dealing with illnesses. Hes looking
forward to performing lifecycle ceremonies, teaching, and nurturing the synagogues existing strengths.
One of the things that attracted me
to this place is that while the rabbis are
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Hey parents, its 3:30 p.m. Do you know where your kids are?
Maybe at Hebrew school?
TORI GOTTLIEB JTNews Correspondent

How many people have fond memories of their childhood Hebrew school programs, of
sitting in their synagogues classrooms or social halls after a full day of English and algebra,
going over alphabets and pronunciation and vowels, without understanding much of what
was going on? Dont answer that.
For a little something different, a group of Seattle parents,
with the help of the Kavana Cooperative, seeks to change
after-school Jewish education from something obligatory
to something fun. This fall, they will introduce the Seattle
Jewish community to Shorashim, a play-based, camp-like,
afterschool environment where kids will be able to engage
with and enjoy Hebrew language and Jewish culture.
There have been so many studies that camp is so important in developing Jewish identity, said parent volunteer Abby Calvo. If we can capture
that camp-like atmosphere through the school year and ingrain that into learning, our kids
will be all the better for it.
Among the first of its kind in the country, Shorashim will follow in the footsteps of
recently developed programs in Berkeley, Boston, and Atlanta to provide kids with Hebrew
fluency, a strong understanding of Jewish culture, and perhaps most important, a passion
for Judaism. Shorashim seeks to get kids started as early as kindergarten so Jewish education becomes an integral part of their elementary school experience.
Led by Calvo and fellow parent volunteers Larry Nicholas, Sarina Natkin and Leslie Silverman, Shorashim also seeks to provide a community for families as a whole, with holiday celebrations and quarterly Shabbat dinners so all family members feel a connection to
and ownership of the program.

Our goal is supplementary Jewish education thats inspiring, lasting, convenient, different and fun, said Nicholas, whose search for an immersive Jewish experience for his
own children was the catalyst for Shorashim.
With the help of Kavanas Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum, Shorashim is developing a curriculum similar to its Moadon
Yeladim program, which currently provides a once-weekly
kids club that fuses games, stories, the arts, and discussion
to give kids a fuller understanding of Judaism and Hebrew. In
its first year, Shorashim will pilot a twice-weekly program on
Tuesdays and Thursdays, and is hiring a professional Jewish
educator to oversee teaching efforts. Over the next five years,
Shorashims goal is to expand the program to five days a week
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with separate curricular levels for each age group, from kindergarten through 5th grade.
This will give parents and children the opportunity to use Shorashim not just as a supplemental Jewish education option, but also as their primary afterschool care provider.
Shorashims pilot year will kick off in October, and programming will be held at the
MLK FAME Community Center at 3201 E Republican Street in Madison Valley.
Shorashim has also undertaken a crowd-funding initiative at
projects/shorashim-seattle-s-emerging-jewish-kids-project to help establish start-up
funds and to minimize costs to families in the first year of the program.
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Sidney Earle

November 15, 1924July 6, 2014

Former Seattle resident Sidney Earle passed away in California; beloved husband of Rhona
Earle for 66 years; father of Marci Dachman (Kenny), Barbara Earle and the late Steven Earle.
Grandfather of seven and great-grandfather of five.
Graveside services were held July 8 in Colma, Calif.

Rhoda Sussman Lewis

June 30, 2014

Rhoda Sussman Lewis, 91, passed away at her home in

Richland, Wash. on June 30, 2014.Her parents were Joseph
and Minnie Sussman of Tacoma, Wash., where she grew up
with her three siblings, Leslie, Beatrice, and Joanne. She
attended the University of Washington where she studied
journalism and was a member of Phi Sigma Sigma sorority
as well as an editor for the University Daily.She married
Milton Lewis in 1943 and they enjoyed 58 years of marriage
before his death in 2001.They were among the founders of
and active in Beth Shalom synagogue in Richland.She wrote
advertising and was a homemaker known for her clever
sense of humor, creative writing ability, and strong and generous spirit.She traveled broadly
with her husband, was an avid golfer, skier and water-skier and grew prize-winning roses,
enjoying many summers on the Columbia River with her neighbors and friends.She is survived
by her sister Joanne Arfin (Bernard) of Palo Alto, Calif.; her children Jeanne Lewis Pantone
(Owen Chariton) of Lakewood, Colo., Robin OHearn (Chris) of Wenatchee, and Mitchell Lewis
of Kennewick; her granddaughter Rachel Chariton of Lakewood; and many nephews and
nieces.Her memory will be cherished with love by her family and friends.
Donations can be made to Congregation Beth Sholom, P.O. Box 761, Richland, WA 99352, or
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finishing his dissertation. The Evolution and Transformation of a Law: Speaking with the
Dead in Torah Through the 20th Century is an examination of the changing views and
treatment of magic in Judaism through varying ages and cultural contexts.
Congregation president Fielding calls Strasko an amazing man with remarkable experience, who is ordained as both a rabbi and cantor. His arrival has created a kind of excitement and energy that has galvanized the community. Fielding cites Straskos scholarship
and education, his five languages and his musical background, calling him a perfect
complement to our current cantorial soloist.
Fielding adds that a congregant expressed what they all feel: Wow. In Kitsap County
do we have a rabbi!

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important, its not a rabbi-centric communitythe community itself is very participatory, he said.
Rubin is planning a class on the Talmuds tractate on blessings, and possibly another
exploring the environmental and economic symbolism of the shmita year, a traditional
agricultural sabbatical cycle, and the relationship of the diaspora to the land of Israel.
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January 5, 1915July 7, 2014

Lillian Radinsky passed away on July 7, 2014 surrounded by

her family, in Seattle, at the age of 99-1/2. Lillian was born to
Abe and Anna Silver in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. on January 5,
1915. She grew up in Chicago and lived in Florida, New York,
Houston and Seattle.
Lillian received a full scholarship to the University of Chicago
at the age of 16, but she regretfully had to decline the offer in
order to go to work in the depths of the Depression to support
her family. She also worked at the Chicago Worlds Fair in
1933. Lillian moved to Seattle in 1934 with her parents and
sister Florence.
Lillian married Jack Radinsky in Seattle in 1935. Lillian and Jack had five children, Joseph, Sara,
David, Miriam and Moshe. Lillian was a founder of the Jewish Community Center in downtown
Seattle. Lillian was also active in the PTA of the Seattle Talmud Torah as well as being active in
Mizrachi (AMIT) Women. Lillian later worked for AMIT, traveling across North America, establishing
new chapters and raising funds. Lillian was a champion of many Jewish causes and the State of
Israel, which she visited frequently.
Lillian is preceded in death by her husband Jack, her sister Florence Maslan, her son Moshe
Radinsky, her daughter Miriam Renna, her grandson Joshua Friedland and her granddaughter
Devorah Urkowitz. She is survived by her children, Rabbi Joseph (Juliette zl), Sara (Paul Friedland),
Rabbi David (Barbara) and son in-law Tom Renna, she is also survived by her grandchildren Dena
Radinsky, Noah Friedland, Eliezer Radinsky, Tova Cooper, Shira Yosher, Rebecca Cohen, Moshe
Friedland, Moshe Radinsky, Daniel Renna, Rachel Pinchot, Jeremy Renna, Shoshana Radinsky,
Elizabeth Renna, Benzion Radinsky and Chana Radinsky, 47 great-grandchildren, 4 great-greatgrandchildren, her beloved nieces and nephews, and extended family and friends.
The family wishes to thank her caregivers Fe Lantajo and Eva Bacani and all of the caring staff at
the Summit at First Hill.
Donations may be made in Lillians memory to AMIT Women, The Summit at First Hill, or any
other charity of the donors choice.

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Despite obstacles, Seattle rally for Israel a big success

DIKLA TUCHMAN JTNews Correspondent
Hundreds of supporters gathered
in downtown Seattles Occidental Park
Sunday in a solidarity rally in support
of the State of Israel. The rally was organized by the Pacific Northwest chapter
of Israel advocacy organization StandWithUs and cosponsored by Hadassah,
Sephardic Bikur Holim Congregation,
Minyan Ohr Chadash, Congregation Ezra
Bessaroth, Congregation Bikur Cholim
Machzikay Hadath, Chabad on Campus,
Congregation Ashreichem Yisrael, Northwest Yeshiva High School, Seattle Hebrew
Academy, Torah Day School, NCSY and
the Jewish Student Union.
StandWithUs regional director Rob
Jacobs opened up the afternoon gathering
by introducing the purpose of the rally and
instructing participants not to engage the

modest counter-protest cordoned off by a

line of local police directly across from the
main square.
We really felt like the conflict had
started back in the beginning of July and
we were the only major city in the United
States that hadnt yet had a rally to show
solidarity with Israel, said Jacobs.
With the rallys short notice and several factors like the I-90 closure and offand-on rain throughout Sunday morning,
Jacobs had not expected many folks to
show up.
Its fabulous to see almost the entire
park filled, which is astounding to me,
said Jacobs. I was worried that wed have
just 100 people standing in the middle of
the square, but we filled it.
After opening the rally with his own

words about the current heightened activity

between Israel and Gaza,
Rabbi Ben Hassan of
Sephardic Bikur Holim
said a few words of his
own with regards to
concern for the Israeli
people and the desire
for peace in the region,
including a prayer for
peace and safety.
The rally ended with
Dikla Tuchman
a rousing recitation by
the crowd of the Israeli Supporters of Israel at Sundays rally.
national anthem, Hatikvah, and the American national anthem.
Americans and Israelis, many of whom
As the crowds lingered and began diswore Israeli or American flags around
persing, spirited songs continued among
their shoulders.

looking to be part of something from the

When Engelsberg arrives in mid-August
with his wife, Feige, and their two youngest
children, he will serve an additional role as
masgiach ruchani, or spiritual adviser, at
Congregation Bikur Cholim Machzikay
As the Ashkenazi Orthodox synagogue
continues its search for a rabbi, Engelsberg
will step in as a sort of scholar in residence

for the year.

There is no confirmation that Engelsberg
is in the running for the job.
This is only until they find a rabbi, he
said. I came here to be principal of Derech
Not only is BCMH the beneficiary of a
truly special Jew, but the entire Seward Park
and great community will benefit spiritually
having Rabbi Engelsberg rejoining our community, said Dan Birk, BCMH president.

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Engelsberg are close friends. She thought he

would be a good person to take over.
Alhadeff is excited at the prospect of
Engelsberg growing the small school into
a place for 20-30 students. He hopes the
school will meet the needs of religious families who move or send their daughters out of
state to all-girls high schools.
Were getting someone who is so talented and could teach at any one of schools
in the whole country, said Alhadeff. Hes


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Engelsberg is thankful for the opportunity to return to Seattle, where he started his
education career.
The community of Seattle has done so
much for me, he said. Now to be able to
come back in a leadership role, it fills my
heart with appreciation and thanks.



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