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What’s a Jew to do?

What’s a Jew to do?

It’s that time of the year again. “All I Want for Christmas is You” has been stuck in your head since Thanksgiving, your bank account balance is frighteningly low, your pants don’t fit, and every time you enter a public space you get mauled by cheer. But who’s calling me a Grinch? As the day(…)

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Jewish Day School: Jewish values in small classes remain an integrated part of core programs

Jewish Day School: Jewish values in small classes remain an integrated part of core programs

By Dan Aznoff, Jewish Sound Correspondent The smaller class sizes at private schools do not necessary translate into a superior education or higher test scores, according to the new administrator at the Jewish Day School in Bellevue. Fewer students often translates into the need for more individualized attention, which can distract from the basic lesson(…)

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MMSC: A ‘haimish’ place to learn

MMSC: A ‘haimish’ place to learn

By Tori Gottlieb, Jewish Sound Correspondent Editor’s Note: As the year draws to an end, parents are beginning to think about how they will educate their kids in the fall. Private school application deadlines are looming, so The Jewish Sound has met with each of the primary Jewish day schools in the Seattle area to(…)

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The Hanukkah hammer

The Hanukkah hammer

By Rabbi Marc D. Angel, Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals The Shabbat of Hanukkah was observed among Sephardim of the Ottoman Empire as “Shabbat Halbashah,” the Shabbat of providing clothing for the needy. Traditionally, the rabbi would deliver a sermon that day on the mitzvah of charity and lovingkindness. Beginning the following day, members(…)

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A taste of Old Jerusalem, right here at home

A taste of Old Jerusalem, right here at home

By Joel Magalnick, Editor, The Jewish Sound Somewhere in the deepest nooks and crannies of Jerusalem’s old city is a small factory that churns out thousands of pieces of round pita bread each day. Softer and more pillowy than the more dime-a-dozen variety found in the local shouks, it was these pitas that inspired Jeff(…)

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Will U.S. Jewish groups pivot left if Herzog wins?

Will U.S. Jewish groups pivot left if Herzog wins?

By Ron Kampeas, JTA World News Service WASHINGTON (JTA) – Come early next year, there might be yet another world capital that opposes Israeli settlement expansion and sees Benjamin Netanyahu as principally responsible for Israel’s isolation: Jerusalem. Isaac Herzog, the Labor Party leader, is faring well in the polls since Netanyahu called for new elections(…)

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Alan Gross released amid major U.S.-Cuba reforms

Alan Gross released amid major U.S.-Cuba reforms

WASHINGTON (JTA) – The Obama administration announced the release of Alan Gross amidst sweeping changes in Cuba-U.S. ties, including a return to full diplomatic relations. Gross, a Jewish American contractor, was released Wednesday morning and is flying to Washington with his wife, Judy, where he will be met by U.S. lawmakers who advocated for his(…)

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True or false? Test your Hanukkah knowledge

True or false? Test your Hanukkah knowledge

By Rivy Poupko Kletenik, Jewish Sound Columnist Dear Rivy, Two issues, both Hanukkah related. Every year we host our family’s Hanukkah party, which is lovely and we are happy to do it. Issue number one: I feel as if most of my family knows nothing about what Hanukkah is really about other than latkes and(…)

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