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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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The good-maker: Rachael Byer Kwong

The good-maker: Rachael Byer Kwong

By Dikla Tuchman, JTNews Correspondent Age: 34 Location: Bellevue Where to find her: At JFS’s Capitol Hill offices When Rachael Byer Kwong first joined Jewish Family Service working with the disabled community, she was the youngest full-time employee with the organization. Nearly 15 years later, she can look around and see a program and community that(…)

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