M.O.T.: Member of the Tribe

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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On stage near and far

On stage near and far

By Diana Brement , JTNews Columnist “This is the first time I’ve been the main, lead part,” notes Jack Fleischmann, 12, one of the two boys playing of Oliver in The 5th Avenue Theatre production of “Oliver!” which opened in Seattle last week. Speaking to him a few hours before opening night, Jack showed all(…)

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The “˜miracle’ kidney

The “˜miracle’ kidney

By Diana Brement , JTNews Columnist After her brother Mark Koller died from kidney cancer in 2011 at age 51, it set Lisa Kutzke on a quest “to do something in memory of him.” One day the long-time Stroum Jewish Community Center fitness trainer spotted her client, Thellea Leveque, sitting on a bench at the(…)

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Writing notes

Writing notes

By , I was intrigued by Laurie Frankel’s second novel, “Good-bye For Now.” When Laurie’s protagonist Sam, a brilliant computer programmer, is fired from his job, he begins casting about for something to do. Seeing his girlfriend Meredith so bereaved by her grandmother’s unexpected death, Sam devises a way to virtually recreate and communicate with(…)

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