Columns & Views

Two who returned

Two who returned

By Diana Brement, Jewish Sound Columnist “I was always looking for the mountains,” says Rabbi Sarah Niebuhr Rubin of her return to Seattle last month. Raised in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, she grew up attending Temple Beth Am. A Roosevelt High School grad, she left town to attend Ohio State University, where she developed an(…)

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Punishment by battering ram: A High Holidays story

Punishment by battering ram: A High Holidays story

By Ed Harris, Jewish Sound Columnist You can recognize the approach of the High Holidays at the Harris household by the sight of my family members forcing their hands over their ears and fleeing the premises as if their very lives were at stake. The panic is set off rather improbably by the tiniest shofar(…)

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Getting into the Rosh Hashanah mindset, from seat 11B

By Rivy Poupko Kletenik, Jewish Sound Columnist Dear Rivy, I know that many might feel that the world has a no shortage of horrible — nay, catastrophic — flash points erupting. Still, I cannot let go of the news item that some may see as petty. But it has served as a welcome distraction during(…)

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Fellowship and education

Fellowship and education

By Diana Brement, Jewish Sound Columnist Naomi Weiss Newman doesn’t like to play favorites, but the consummate volunteer for so many Jewish organizations in the Seattle area, admits to a soft spot for Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology. Fifteen years ago, she was the driving force behind the formation of Technion’s Northwest chapter. Now(…)

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Pay attention: A simple discovery tool for ADHD

Pay attention: A simple discovery tool for ADHD

By Janis Siegel, Jewish Sound Correspondent Israeli researchers from Tel Aviv University, the University of Haifa and the Goldschleger Eye Research Institute at Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, found what they’ve called a “foolproof” method of diagnosing children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Given ADHD’s uncodified set of symptoms, its unknown causes, and the many(…)

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The governor was an anti-Semite

The governor was an anti-Semite

By Russell Lidman, Special to The Jewish Sound Governor John R. Rogers enjoys a prominent place in this state. Schools are named after him in Seattle, Spokane, Olympia and elsewhere around the state. His statue is located in Sylvester Park in downtown Olympia, in front of the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction building.(…)

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A little sweetness in this season of renewal

A little sweetness in this season of renewal

By Michael Natkin, Jewish Sound Columnist Rosh Hashanah is right around the corner, and what could be more appropriate for the New Year than a dessert featuring honey as well as egg-rich crepes? You can even substitute apples for the plums if you’d like to add another traditional element. I first made this for a(…)

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5775 minus one: No limits

By Rabbi Harry Zeitlin, Congregation Beth Ha’Ari You don’t need a rabbi to let you know which way the wind blows — the world is in crisis. Massacres in Syria and Iraq and Nigeria and Mali, regional wars between Russia and Ukraine, renewed race riots in the United States, much of the world economy stuck(…)

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A public thank you

I’m writing to publicly congratulate Robert Jacobs of StandWithUs Northwest for his leadership and advocacy during this heart-wrenching month of conflict in Israel. We reside in a community in which there’s a “multivocality” of opinions regarding the Middle East. It is essential that Seattle’s Jewish community have an atmosphere in which these diverse — and(…)

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Above the fold

In my many years working as the editor or reporter on newspapers in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, and most recently as editor/publisher of The Jewish Transcript, I am shocked — and angry — that the JTNews ran what appeared to be a paid half-page ad blasting Israel, for fighting back against Hamas rocket attacks, under(…)

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Time to talk

I believe that there is a substantial, well-funded, anti-Semitic movement in Seattle as well as other large communities in Washington State (“Seattle solidarity events find various ways to support Israel,” Aug. 8). Who is funding the movement can only be laid at the doorstep of anti-Semites even though they profess other far-fetched reasons. The influx(…)

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Changing minds about Israel, one person at a time

Changing minds about Israel, one person at a time

 By Randy Kessler, Special to the Jewish Sound As children, we were taught to not talk to strangers. But for those of us who care about educating our fellow citizens about Israel, talking with strangers is exactly what’s needed. I was recently invited by a friend to go see Alison Weir, founder of an anti-Israel(…)

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The hoopster, and living with MS

The hoopster, and living with MS

By Diana Brement, Jewish Sound Columnist Ben Eisenhardt had the same childhood ambition as many kids. “Professional basketball is a dream [that] starts from kindergarten,” he says. But his aspiration is now reality. Soon, the 6’10”, 215 lb. forward will head to Israel to play for Euroleague’s Elitzur Yavne. Ben will also make aliyah, an(…)

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