Columns & Views

UW’s Simpson Center puts Israel in the dock

By Edward Alexander, Special to the Jewish Sound “In the modern world, the Jew has perpetually been on trial; still today the Jew is on trial, in the person of the Israeli—and this modern trial of the Jew, this trial which never ends, begins with the trial of Shylock.” —Philip Roth, Operation Shylock (1993)  (…)

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Books you’ll never read

Books you’ll never read

By Diana Brement, Jewish Sound Columnist 1 Unless you’re a prosthodontist or the managing partner of a law firm, chances are you’ll never read these books — and might never have heard of them until now. “Soft Tissue Management: The Restorative Perspective,” Ariel Raigrodski’s first book, comes out in May. It’s “for the restorative general(…)

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On the backs of those who most need our help

By Rabbi Seth Goldstein, Temple Beth Hatfiloh Here is a scenario: A synagogue is faced with a tight budget. Examining its options, the board of the congregation decides not to do any additional fundraising, but instead decides to just cut programs. Doesn’t sound too realistic? As a congregational rabbi myself, I understand that there is(…)

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Pomegranate Prize winner and a funeral director for the entire community

Pomegranate Prize winner and a funeral director for the entire community

By Diana Brement, Jewish Sound Columnist 1 “Incredibly grateful” is how Talya Gillman describes feeling about receiving a Pomegranate Prize from the Covenant Foundation. The foundation, which supports Jewish education across North America and across denominations, gives this prize specifically to emerging leaders in the field. It’s a companion to the esteemed Covenant Award, which(…)

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The incredible, edible, (and spiritual) foulare

The incredible, edible, (and spiritual) foulare

By Shelley Adatto Baumgarten, Jewish Sound Columnist The festival of Purim falls on the 14th day of the month of Adar, which is early springtime. Purim, the Hebrew word for lottery, is a great cause for rejoicing. After all, we recall Queen Esther, after concealing her Jewish identity for the sake of safety, approached the king(…)

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Joan Peters: An Appreciation

By David Shayne, Special to The Jewish Sound “In other cases, the more or less universally used description of ‘eligibility” [to be considered ‘refugees’] included those people who were forced to leave ‘permanent’ or ‘habitual’ homes. In the case of Arab refugees, however, the definition had been broadened to include any persons who had been(…)

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Go, um, Giants?

Go, um, Giants?

By Ed Harris, Jewish Sound Columnist Jews have a long history, until relatively recently, as outsiders. This collective cultural memory served me well during the recent Seahawks playoff run, which ended in heartbreaking fashion for most — but not all — of the local denizens. One exception: the author of this column. I’ve called Puget(…)

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Sitting shiva for the Seahawks

By Rivy Poupko Kletenik, Jewish Sound Columnist Dear Rivy, Is it “Jewish” to be so saddened and consumed by loss of a football team — or any professional sport? Personally, I am not this way. But surveying the Facebook postings and media reports after the Seahawks lost the Super Bowl, it’s all about the extraordinary(…)

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What will you do for the Jewish people?

By Rabbi Shaul Engelsberg, Derech Emunah Seattle Jewish Girls High School My wife’s grandfather, Mordechai Szimonowitz, survived World War II. When the Nazis forced all the Jews of Budapest, Hungary to move into the ghetto, Zeide — as we called him — was able to procure false identification papers and remained outside the ghetto walls(…)

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Why Jewish families should vaccinate their kids

Why Jewish families should vaccinate their kids

By Jamie Rubin, Kveller.com (Kveller via JTA) — Since the news of the recent Disneyland measles outbreak and the subsequent chatter on Facebook began, I discovered I have at least four Facebook friends (and likely a few more) with healthy, non-immunocompromised, vaccine-aged children who have decided, for non-medical reasons, to not vaccinate. For some of these friends(…)

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Where the Jews are — can you find any?

By Ed Harris, Jewish Sound Columnist I recently visited Los Angeles, which delivered a sharp reminder, in the form of spectacular weather, that I don’t live there. Every choice we make represents a set of tradeoffs. Seattle is glorious — for at best six months of the year. The rest of the time we try(…)

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Reclaiming positivity in a world of hate

Reclaiming positivity in a world of hate

By Rivy Poupko Kletenik, JTNews Columnist Dear Rivy, Till now, when discussing the horrors of our history — persecutions, pogroms, and of course, the Holocaust — with our children it has generally been a conversation about the past; the way things once were, far away times, the way people used to think. Now, after the(…)

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Going gourmet on gefilte • A return to cello

Going gourmet on gefilte • A return to cello

Diana Brement, Jewish Sound Columnist 1. A confluence of ideas and connections brought Seattle its first Ashkenazic pop-up restaurant. Josh Furman of Hillel’s JConnect says his organization wants Seattle “to be an amazing place for young Jews, and this means events and opportunities that take on a number of forms.” And sisters Anna and Molly Goren(…)

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What Selma means to the Jews

What Selma means to the Jews

By Susanna Heschel, JTA World News Service HANOVER, N.H. (JTA) — The 50th anniversary of the 1965 march at Selma is being commemorated this year with the release of the film “Selma.” Regrettably, the film represents the march as many see it today, only as an act of political protest. But for my father Abraham(…)

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Mayim Bialik’s reflections on the Paris attacks

Mayim Bialik’s reflections on the Paris attacks

By Mayim Bialik, Kveller/JTA World News Service I grew up in a public school that had enough Jewish kids that I felt represented. I went to Hebrew school twice a week and had a chavurah, or fellowship, through my Reform synagogue with kids my age. A portion of my family was Orthodox. I was surrounded by Jews. I(…)

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Celebrating the mighty grain on Tu B’Shevat

Celebrating the mighty grain on Tu B’Shevat

By Shelley Adatto-Baumgarten, Jewish Sound Columnist Editor’s note: This article marks the first of a monthly column that will focus on the history of Sephardic foods — with recipes. We hope you enjoy it. In just a few weeks, it will be Tu B’Shevat. What? In the winter? What an odd time to be celebrating(…)

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