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A Passover feast: Where eggs and lemons meet fish

A Passover feast: Where eggs and lemons meet fish

By Shelley Adatto-Baumgarten, Jewish Sound Columnist Growing up Jewish-Turkish in Seattle, the eight-day festival of Passover was quite meaningful to me. Celebrating the flight from bondage in Egypt to liberation translated into a lot of holiday preparation. The Sephardim from Turkey were committed to the rules of grand hospitality and generosity that had been laid(…)

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The lasting impact of Ed’s last column

The lasting impact of Ed’s last column

By Ed Harris, Jewish Sound Columnist Life is all about changes — including this column — as it will be my last one. It turns out I may have played a very small part in hastening the Jewish Sound’s demise. This is not because of the obvious suspect — insipid writing — but rather due(…)

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Research for medical rarities — done with a kickstart

Research for medical rarities — done with a kickstart

By Janis Siegel, Jewish Sound Columnist This latest research study from Tel Aviv University is pioneering because it’s one of a handful of studies in the world to have successfully used crowdfunding to finance the research. The study is also counter-intuitive and atypical because TAU scientist, Dr. Noam Shomron, the co-founder and scientific director of(…)

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Two local cookbook authors have new books

Two local cookbook authors have new books

By Diana Brement, JewishSound Columnist “Just look on the cover,” was Rachel Almeleh’s response when I asked what her favorite recipe was in her just-published cookbook, “A Legacy of Sephardic, Mediterranean, and American Recipes.” There, a plate of lightly browned bourekas, plump with potatoes and two kinds of cheese, tempt the reader and the cook.(…)

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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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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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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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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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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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Add a little soda to your diet

Add a little soda to your diet

By Michael Natkin, Jewish Sound Correspondent When you want to serve bread with dinner, the two obvious options are to buy a nice artisan loaf, or make your own yeast bread — which is terrific, but not something we all make time for, or think about far enough in advance. A soda bread is a(…)

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