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Search for Ebola cure comes from Israel

Search for Ebola cure comes from Israel

By Janis Siegel, Jewish Sound Columnist Since 2002, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev virologist Dr. Leslie Lobel has been traveling to Africa more than four times a year testing the blood of Ebola-infected survivors. Lobel is trying to figure out exactly why the more than 120 subjects in his studies either don’t get sick or survive(…)

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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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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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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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Change is a-comin’. Hopefully

Change is a-comin’. Hopefully

By Ed Harris, Jewish Sound Columnist On a recent trip with my now-adult daughter to see family in Florida, I reminisced about her initial visit to the Sunshine State, when she hadn’t even reached her first birthday, and wondered where all the time went. One minute, she was an adorable baby, screaming endlessly throughout the(…)

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When the blood-brain barrier gets breached

When the blood-brain barrier gets breached

By Janis Siegel, Jewish Sound Columnist This is the second of a two-part column on “BRAINS@BGU,” featuring some of the latest brain research from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. Last year, BGU toured President Obama through its brain research labs after the president launched his BRAIN initiative, Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies,(…)

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Unusual careers

Unusual careers

By Diana Brement, Jewish Sound Columnist What’s a nice Jewish girl doing in a place like Pakistan? If you’re Edmonds native Margaret O’Connor, you are working as an “academic exchange specialist in the South and Central Asia branch for the office of academic exchanges in the bureau of education and cultural affairs at the U.S.(…)

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Nipping the zucchini bounty in the bud

Nipping the zucchini bounty in the bud

By Michael Natkin, Jewish Sound Columnist Every gardener loves to lament that they get overrun with zucchini and have to resort to baking too much zucchini bread or, worse, ringing the doorbell, dashing and leaving them on people’s doorsteps. Well, let me tell you: You’re doing it wrong. The way to avoid being overrun with(…)

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Sometimes parenting is a hot mess

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(…)

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A taste of Argentina in Seattle

A taste of Argentina in Seattle

By Michael Natkin, Jewish Sound Columnist Chimichurri is the quintessential sauce of Argentina, and deserves to be better known in the northerly climes. It is somewhat like an Italian pesto, but made from parsley, and without the cheese or nuts to thicken it. Like pesto, it comes together in a food processor with just a(…)

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Six action items to #bringbackourboys

By Rivy Poupko Kletenik, Jewish Sound Columnist Dear Rivy, I know there seems to be no shortage of awful things that happen to us Jews, and maybe on some level we should get used to it. As I read about anti-Jewish activities in France for example, I confess — I sometimes just glaze over. I(…)

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