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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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Bringing smiles to kids and a twist on the tisch

Bringing smiles to kids and a twist on the tisch

By Diana Brement, Jewish Sound Columnist “It started in 2012,” explains Zoe Mesnik-Greene, when “I saw a video about children…with cleft palate condition.” She can’t pinpoint why, but that video made her want to do something. “I asked myself, am I going to take action…or just put it on Facebook?” she said. Perhaps because “we(…)

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Watch who you’re calling a Neanderthal!

Watch who you’re calling a Neanderthal!

By Janis Siegel, Jewish Sound Columnist The next time you question someone’s place on the evolutionary chain by calling that person a Neanderthal, it might be wiser to look elsewhere, a team of scientists led by Israeli researchers have found. As it turns out, we humans share 99.84 percent of our genetic makeup with the(…)

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Maybe we’re finally fitting in. Maybe.

Maybe we’re finally fitting in. Maybe.

By Ed Harris, Jewish Sound Columnist Is it just me, or has the sense of not completely fitting in, which Jews traditionally experience at Christmas, been a bit lacking this season in the Pacific Northwest? As a child growing up in suburban New Jersey in the 1960s and ’70s, a palpable Yuletide atmosphere wafted in(…)

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More from our creative tribe

More from our creative tribe

By Diana Brement, Jewish Sound Columnist A couple of issues ago, I mentioned King County Metro’s Poetry on Buses project and poet Merna Ann Hecht, whose poem about bread is one of 50 poems currently featured on the system’s Ballard Rapid Ride line. The project is managed by Bellevue native Tamar Benzikry-Stern, through the 4Culture(…)

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True or false? Test your Hanukkah knowledge

True or false? Test your Hanukkah knowledge

By Rivy Poupko Kletenik, Jewish Sound Columnist Dear Rivy, Two issues, both Hanukkah related. Every year we host our family’s Hanukkah party, which is lovely and we are happy to do it. Issue number one: I feel as if most of my family knows nothing about what Hanukkah is really about other than latkes and(…)

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The doctor with the heart of gold

The doctor with the heart of gold

By Janis Siegel, Jewish Sound Correspondent Each year, many heart disease patients in the U.S. and around the world die waiting for a heart transplant because there are just not enough organ donors to serve all of the patients on waiting lists. Tissue engineering is now becoming a real option for patients and ongoing research(…)

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