M.O.T.: Member of the Tribe

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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In the actors’ studio (and behind the scenes) with the Jewish Transcript

In the actors’ studio (and behind the scenes) with the Jewish Transcript

By Diana Brement, Jewish Sound Correspondent “It’s an interesting lens of the 20th century, but through the eyes of one world,” says Laura Ferri, director of “Letters to the Editor,” Book-It Repertory Theatre’s performance that brings our state’s Jewish community to life on the stage — through the pages of this very newspaper. “‘Letters to(…)

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Members of the poetry tribe

Members of the poetry tribe

By Diana Brement, Jewish Sound Columnist Happy Jewish Book Month to writers and readers everywhere! I decided to reach out to Merna Ann Hecht after the Seattle Times did a lovely profile of her and her poem that won a place in the King County Metro poetry on buses competition. As co-founder and co-director of(…)

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Helping people survive and helping people sleep

Helping people survive and helping people sleep

By Diana Brement, Jewish Sound Columnist Steve Schwartz initially emailed me to say he’s “a Member of the Tribe who has found himself living and working with plenty of different tribes.” He might be referring to moving around a lot in the Midwest as a child before his family settled in Syracuse, N.Y., but he might(…)

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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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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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