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Welcome to our Five Women to Watch of 2014!

Welcome to our Five Women to Watch of 2014!

Every year, the Jewish Sound profiles five women in our community who are making a difference — whether it’s through business, the arts, Jewish community, social action, or the community at large. Oftentimes it’s a mix of all of these. What brings them together is their commitment to making our community, and our world, a(…)

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Marcie Maxwell: Making sure our kids get properly educated

Marcie Maxwell: Making sure our kids get properly educated

By Boris Kurbanov, Jewish Sound Correspondent Our state’s schoolchildren and their parents, whether they know it or not, are relying on Marcie Maxwell to deliver. One of Gov. Jay Inslee’s key officials responsible for ensuring the state Supreme Court’s landmark 2012 school-funding McCleary decision is adhered to and funded is Maxwell, who serves as the(…)

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Suzi LeVine: From Microsoft to the mountains: Our woman in Switzerland

Suzi LeVine: From Microsoft to the mountains: Our woman in Switzerland

By Diana Brement, Jewish Sound Columnist “This job leverages the amalgamation of all of the skills I’ve learned throughout my career and life,” says the Honorable Suzi LeVine, Seattle resident (on hiatus) and our country’s current ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Her varied job experience helped her earn this political appointment, notes Ambassador LeVine (say(…)

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Ilyse Wagner: Standing up to breast cancer

Ilyse Wagner: Standing up to breast cancer

By Diana Brement, Jewish Sound Columnist “I don’t get worked up over things,” says Ilyse Wagner about having had breast cancer. “The whole experience…really changed who I am and how I look at things.” She adds, “it’s not because I looked death in the eye,” as she was fortunate to have early diagnosis and treatment.(…)

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Leah Warshawski: An unexpected dive into the film industry

Leah Warshawski: An unexpected dive into the film industry

By Dikla Tuchman, Jewish Sound Correspondent Leah Warshawski did not come upon her career in what might be called a conventional sense: Instead, she stumbled into filmmaking while studying in Hawaii while translating Japanese for tourists on a boat. “I never thought I’d make films or want to make films, but loved working outside,” says(…)

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Divestment debate comes to the UW

Divestment debate comes to the UW

By Emily K. Alhadeff Associate Editor, The Jewish Sound On April 15, as Jewish students were celebrating the first day of Passover, a resolution was introduced to the University of Washington student senate calling on the university to divest from corporations that do business with Israel. Resolution 20-39 calls upon the UW to “examine its financial(…)

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The activist: Casey Trupin

The activist: Casey Trupin

By Sarah Zaides, Special to JTNews Age: 39 Location: Capitol Hill Where to find him: @columbialgl_cyp When asked about his most important connection to Judaism, attorney Casey Trupin says without hesitation: Tikkun olam. To “repair the world” is a call to action Trupin lives by. As an attorney focusing on issues related to children, youth, and(…)

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The cooking prodigy: Sarah Rosenthal

The cooking prodigy: Sarah Rosenthal

By Tori Gottlieb, Special to JTNews Age: 18 Location: West Seattle Sarah Rosenthal has been cooking for as long as she can remember. The 18-year- old, who will graduate from West Seattle High School next week, says her love of cooking was sparked by growing up in a home where food played a huge role. “My(…)

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The scholar: Hannah Pressman

The scholar: Hannah Pressman

By Diana Brement, JTNews Columnist Age: 34 Location: North Seattle Where to find her: facebook.com/JewDub @jew_dub While a doctorate in Modern Hebrew literature may sound a bit obscure, it led Hannah Pressman to a career doing what she loves in the new field of digital Jewish studies. As communications coordinator for the Stroum Jewish Studies Program(…)

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The artist: Lauren Palmor

The artist: Lauren Palmor

By Erin Pike, Special to JTNews Age: 27 Location: Capitol Hill Where to find her: theartobject.blogspot.com “I have always been drawn to art, and museums have long been my favorite places,” says Lauren Palmor. “At a relatively young age, I learned that art history is the history of everything: The history of religion, ethics, society, technology,(…)

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The reJewvenator: Cantor Leah Elstein

The reJewvenator: Cantor Leah Elstein

By Emily K. Alhadeff, Associate Editor, JTNews Age: 37 Location: Tacoma Where to find her: On the bima at Temple Beth El Transforming Jewish life into something engaging and meaningful is at the forefront of every Jewish communal professional’s mind. When Leah Elstein arrived in Tacoma three years ago, fresh out of cantorial school, to lead(…)

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The community builder: Amy Paquette

The community builder: Amy Paquette

By Joel Magalnick, Editor, JTNews Age: 38 Location: Marysville Where to find her: jewishinseattle.org If anyone can point to how the first five years of a child’s life sets the tone for his or her Judaism, that person is Amy Paquette. “My mother died when I was 5, and my dad died when I was 12.(…)

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The lunch lady: Venessa Goldberg

The lunch lady: Venessa Goldberg

By Diana Brement, JTNews Columnist Age: 30 Location: Central District How to find her: www.howpicklegotoutofajam.com Twitter: @pickleandjam So, how does a pickle get out of a jam? Hopefully in the kitchen of Venessa Goldberg, where she prepares unique pickles and jams that go in and alongside the dishes she will be serving from her catering truck,(…)

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