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Despite a war back home, Israelis feel the call to help in Pateros

Despite a war back home, Israelis feel the call to help in Pateros

By Emily K. Alhadeff, Associate Editor, The Jewish Sound At the same time rockets were falling on Israel during the height of its devastating conflict with Hamas, the single biggest wildfire in Washington State’s history ripped through Eastern Washington, consuming some 550 square miles and traveling up to an acre a minute through Okanogan and(…)

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In a summer of war, a group of kids works toward peace

In a summer of war, a group of kids works toward peace

By Joel Magalnick, Editor, The Jewish Sound The vast difference between the deep green valley outside of Mt. Vernon and the dusty Jerusalem hills these two-dozen 12-year-olds call home was the first clue they had entered something potentially life-changing. For these kids, divided evenly among Jews, Muslims and Christians, their first summer with Kids4Peace brought(…)

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As school resumes, how to talk to children about the Gaza war

As school resumes, how to talk to children about the Gaza war

By Jack Wertheimer, JTA World News Service NEW YORK (JTA) — With the new school year nearly upon us, Jewish educational leaders are scrambling to prepare their teachers to discuss this summer’s Gaza War. The most pressing challenge is to design age-appropriate conversations: At which grade level might classroom discussions include potentially frightening topics, such(…)

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Seattle’s first Jewish music festival to ignite Seward Park

Seattle’s first Jewish music festival to ignite Seward Park

By Boris Kurbanov, Special to The Jewish Sound Any time the word “music festival” is thrown around, people typically think of events like Sasquatch!, SXSW, or Bumbershoot. On August 31, Jewish music from around the world comes to Seattle for the city’s first-ever outdoor Jewish music festival, SPARK. Middle Eastern rock, contemporary Klezmer, Hasidic folk, and(…)

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Two life sentences for white supremacist murderer

(JTA) — A white supremacist convicted of killing four people in three states — one because his name sounded Jewish — was sentenced to two life sentences for two of the murders. David “Joey” Pedersen, 34, was sentenced Aug. 4 in a federal court in Portland, Ore., for the murder of Cody Myers of Lafayette,(…)

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When the plate comes without food

When the plate comes without food

By Joel Magalnick, Editor, The Jewish Sound When there are so many of us in our Jewish community that don’t worry about where our next meal is coming from, we can easily forget there are plenty who do. That’s why so many local Jewish organizations have come together to offer a showing of a documentary,(…)

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U.S. stiffening oversight on missile sales to Israel

U.S. stiffening oversight on missile sales to Israel

(JTA) — The United States is tightening controls on military sales to Israel in the wake of the conflict in Gaza.On July 20, days after Israel began its ground invasion in Gaza, Israel requested and received a shipment of munitions from the Pentagon without prior approval from the White House, according to The Wall Street(…)

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Wanna kill me? Take a number

Wanna kill me? Take a number

By Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA World News Service (JTA) — My friend Alain Azria gave me a puzzled look when I told him, with some indignation and disbelief in my voice, that I had just heard talk of killing Jews at an unauthorized anti-Israel demonstration last month in Paris. A young black man with a Parisian(…)

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Israel extends Law of Return to non-Jewish same-sex spouses

Israel extends Law of Return to non-Jewish same-sex spouses

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Israel extended immigration benefits to non-Jewish spouses in same-sex marriages.On Tuesday, Interior Minister Gideon Saar instructed the government to extend the benefits of the Law of Return to all married couples.The law affords non-Jewish spouses of Jewish immigrants full citizenship and immigration benefits, but Israel had not extended the privileges to(…)

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Gaza rockets resume as cease-fire ends, and Israel responds

Gaza rockets resume as cease-fire ends, and Israel responds

(JTA) — Palestinian rocket crews fired dozens of rockets at Israel as a 72-hour cease-fire came to a close, and Israel renewed its attacks on Hamas targets in Gaza. The Israeli strikes were carried out by aircraft over Gaza on Friday morning, Army Radio reported. The strikes resulted in the death of a 10-year-old boy, the Ma’an news agency reported.(…)

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Seattle solidarity events find various ways to support Israel

Seattle solidarity events find various ways to support Israel

Editor’s note: The print version of JTNews notes that a rally being held on Sun., Aug. 10 would be taking place at Westlake Center. The rally will be held at Seattle Center. We apologize for any inconvenience. One week after approximately 600 people turned out for a peaceful demonstration in solidarity with Israel in Pioneer(…)

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