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Second solidarity event for Israel focuses on prayer and hope

Second solidarity event for Israel focuses on prayer and hope

By Dikla Tuchman, Jewish Sound Correspondent Over two dozen local Jewish community groups, including synagogues and political action organizations, came together on Sunday, July 27 at Congregation Beth Shalom in North Seattle to participate in a community gathering for Israel. Speakers included Dr. Andy David, Consulate General of Israel, who came up from San Francisco,(…)

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IDF thwarts major attack

IDF thwarts major attack

(JNS.org) Hamas was likely planning a major attack on Israel during Rosh Hashanah using its complex system of tunnels under the Israel-Gaza border, Israeli security sources said. According to the report, Hamas planned to send 200 terrorists at a time through several tunnels to attack several western Negev towns and to kidnap and kill as many(…)

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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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Sometimes parenting is a hot mess

Sometimes parenting is a hot mess

By Ed Harris Seattle residents like to complain that they never know for sure when summer will finally start. I, however, have a sure-fire technique for picking the last cloudy, overcast, unseasonably cool day of the season: The precise moment we leave town for our annual family vacation. For several years now, our travel itinerary(…)

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Meet Rabbi Jessica Yarkin: Falling in love with American Judaism

Meet Rabbi Jessica Yarkin: Falling in love with American Judaism

Janis Siegel, Jewish Sound Correspondent Rabbi Jessica Yarkin began her love affair with America in her teens when she realized that she was undeniably attracted to its openness, religious freedom, and willingness to accept many religious points of view. So, after making a few family trips here and spending two summers at U.S. Jewish camps,(…)

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Meet Rabbi Yona Margolese: Moving TDS forward

Meet Rabbi Yona Margolese: Moving TDS forward

Emily K. Alhadeff, Associate Editor, The Jewish Sound Torah Day School has had no shortage of changes and challenges over the past two years, and it has met each one swiftly and, so far, successfully. This fall marks another season of change for the little Orthodox elementary school that could. Following a long search, Seattle-based(…)

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Meet Hamutal Gavish: Bringing a holistic approach to JDS

Meet Hamutal Gavish: Bringing a holistic approach to JDS

Joel Magalnick Editor, The Jewish Sound Hamutal Gavish has what will be a busy but important short-term goal: To meet and get to know every family of the 180 or so kids who attend the Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle. In the long term, her goals may be a little less all-consuming, but they will(…)

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Meet Rabbi Shaul Engelsberg: Returning to Seattle to lead

Meet Rabbi Shaul Engelsberg: Returning to Seattle to lead

Emily K. Alhadeff, Associate Editor, The Jewish Sound When Rabbi Shaul Engelsberg moves to Seattle from Detroit next month, he’ll be taking on a new role in the community, but he’s not exactly new. The Orthodox rabbi lived in Seattle from 1994 to 1999, where he taught Judaics at Seattle Hebrew Academy. “The relationships that I(…)

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Meet Rabbi Adam Rubin: From congregant to professor to rabbi

Meet Rabbi Adam Rubin: From congregant to professor to rabbi

 Deborah Gardner, Special to The Jewish Sound In 1997, Adam Rubin was in services at Congregation Beth Shalom listening to Rabbi Dov Gartenberg. Rubin was spending the academic year in Seattle before returning to Los Angeles to finish his Ph.D. in modern Jewish history. He loved the synagogue and the Northwest. What would he have(…)

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