M.O.T.: Member of the Tribe

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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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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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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Honors all around to current and emerging leaders

Honors all around to current and emerging leaders

By Diana Brement, Jewish Sound Columnist “Humbling,” is how Seattle’s Joshua Gortler described receiving an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, Yeshiva University (YU) May 22. Speaking the week before, he said the most remarkable thing was that this could happen to “an immigrant kid who [came] to this country without a penny. “What I’ve(…)

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Finish your homework and get thee to Winthrop!

Finish your homework and get thee to Winthrop!

Diana Brement JTNews Columnist 1 “It’s just a magical spot… [and] so hard to leave” explains Hannah Cordes about moving her family from Seattle to Winthrop this past fall. Having spent weekends and vacations in their “tiny cabin” (500 square feet!), they found themselves “falling in love with the whole valley.” The decision was made(…)

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The Jewish crab, and challah as a pet

The Jewish crab, and challah as a pet

1 Seattle auctioneer David Silverman has built on his foundation as a song-and-dance man to help countless organizations raise money for good causes. An auctioneer has “a huge advantage to being in theater,” he says. “You have to be able to make that flip [from] making people smile…to getting them to be moved by the(…)

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Two awaiting kidneys in the Seattle area

Two awaiting kidneys in the Seattle area

By Diana Brement, JTNews Columnist Here’s some interesting trivia: Kidney dialysis was invented in Seattle. (I was reminded of this during a visit to the new Museum of History and Industry in Seattle’s burgeoning South Lake Union neighborhood.) Dialysis — now available pretty much everywhere — is particularly important to these two MOTs featured here.(…)

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