Editorials

Finding equality in a Jerusalem bomb shelter

Finding equality in a Jerusalem bomb shelter

By Aaron D. Panken, JTA World News Service NEW YORK (JTA) – When the siren sounded, the Rolling Stones’ tortured 1969 track “Gimme Shelter” popped into my head, oddly enough. That haunting song offered a stunning reminder of the endless horrors of war, reawakening a sleepy world with a vivid musical picture of human pain(…)

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Why we must remember

By Joel Magalnick , Editor, JTNews Josephine Jack Charlotte Jessica Dylan Allison Madeline James Avielle Benjamin Olivia Caroline Jesse Daniel Emilie Chase Ana Grace Catherine Noah Look at those names. Look at them again. Now put a face to a name, perhaps a child you know. Now imagine that as the parent of one of(…)

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Why we have pushed so hard for marriage equality

By Joel Magalnick , Editor, JTNews I can remember the moment marriage equality became important to me. More than eight years ago I sat down with a member of our local clergy, David Serkin-Poole, a man who with his partner Michael had adopted and raised three children with special needs. Why, I wondered, was I(…)

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Our High Holiday plea

By Joel Magalnick , Editor and Acting Publisher, JTNews As we begin our new year and reflect on the one drawing to a close, we often use this as a time to think about how we can better support our Jewish community. One way to support your community, and at the same time help to(…)

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Our policy on wedding announcements

By Joel Magalnick , Editor, JTNews I have been paying close attention to the recent news about gay and lesbian teens who could no longer take the incessant bullying they received at the hands of their high school peers — and ended their lives. An initiative by local sex-advice columnist Dan Savage and his partner(…)

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Approve Referendum 71

By   ,   Referendum 71, which if passed will enact into law Senate Bill 5688, giving same-sex couples and domestic partners over the age of 62 the same benefits given to married couples, is supported by a large number of Jewish institutions. It’s a list that includes many synagogues and individual rabbis across the(…)

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Thanks, Chief

By Joel Magalnick , Editor, JTNews On a tragic night a little over two and a half years ago, when Seattle’s Jewish community was in shock following the murder of one woman and the wounding of five others, we also learned that we had a friend, and an important one at that. Gil Kerlikowske, Seattle’s(…)

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Do something good this Hanukkah

By JTNews editorial committee , JTNews We can’t escape the bad news about our economy. It’s on television, it’s in the newspapers — this one being no exception — and for many of us, it stares us in the face when we look in the mirror. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t feel good at(…)

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Viewpoints page guidlines

By Joel Magalnick, Karen Chachkes ,   Sparked by reaction to an editorial cartoon appearing in the last issue of JTNews, our editorial committee met for a lively conversation. We discussed the cartoon specifically, and the larger issues we consider when developing content for our “Page 3″ (and beyond) Viewpoints section. How can we serve(…)

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Thank you, Vashon Beachcomber

By   ,   Upon hearing of the break-in at Havurat Ee Shalom, the heart of Vashon and Maury Islands’ small Jewish community, the editor at the island’s local paper, The Beachcomber, decided to do something more than report on the incident. If you travel the roads of the town of Vashon today, which serves(…)

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The squeeze

By Joel Magalnick , Editor, JTNews Well, it’s official. The cost to insure my family now exceeds the size of my wife’s paycheck. To many of you who are in the unenviable position of having to self-insure your families, this comes as no surprise. Keeping covered is very expensive. To those of us whose health(…)

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I-97: Bad for Seattle, bad for Israel

By   ,   Some Seattle citizens have reached back to 1967 in crafting an initiative they hope to put before the City Council. Initiative 97, which is sponsored by a local group called Seattle Divest From War and Occupation, uses broad strokes in its call to have the city’s retirement investment board discontinue investing(…)

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A hollow victory

By   ,   Is it a religious imperative or a matter of convenience? Though Jewish Democratic activists are claiming victory in the rescheduling of the party’s county conventions from the morning of the first evening of Passover, we believe that it’s a hollow victory. An online petition drafted by these activists garnered more than(…)

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Welcome to the new JTNews.net

By Joel Magalnick , Editor, JTNews After months of building and designing, the new jtnews.net Web site is now live! We encourage you to visit the site, but here are a few tips and features we hope you’ll start to use on a regular basis. You may notice that you now have the option of(…)

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What’s left is a seething resentment

By Joel Magalnick , Editor, JTNews Now that the trees have gone back up at SeaTac Airport, what lingers is anger and sadness in the Jewish community — and not much warm feeling at this time of year. Nobody comes out of this episode looking good. The whole situation could have been dismissed as another(…)

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