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StandWithUs speaker comes to Seattle to ‘tell the big story’

StandWithUs speaker comes to Seattle to ‘tell the big story’

By Janis Siegel, Jewish Sound Correspondent Make no mistake: Dr. Einat Wilf is on the forefront of an intellectual war to recapture the global zeitgeist of her home country, Israel, and wrench it back from those who’ve hijacked its image by using political epithets as their weapons, looking to ultimately destroy the Jewish State. When(…)

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‘J Street Challenge’ drives down the middle of the community

‘J Street Challenge’ drives down the middle of the community

By Janis Siegel, Jewish Sound Correspondent The Seattle premiere of “The J Street Challenge,” a documentary film critical of the self-described pro-Israel and pro-peace group J Street, drew over 250 adults to Congregation Ezra Bessaroth November 12, according to organizers, but the screening drew fire in a written letter of protest sent before the screening(…)

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Vaad appoints ombudswoman

Vaad appoints ombudswoman

Emily K. Alhadeff, Associate Editor, The Jewish Sound Following the discovery of Washington, D.C. rabbi Barry Freundel’s breach of privacy for spying on women preparing for immersion in the mikvah and his subsequent arrest, the Rabbinical Council of America voted to appoint ombudswomen across the country to support women in the conversion process. Every Beit Din(…)

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Dwelling together, in their own space

Dwelling together, in their own space

By Emily K., Alhadeff Associate Editor, The Jewish Sound The word on the Jewish street is “attrition.” Made painfully clear by last year’s Pew study, Jews — especially young Jews — are falling away from organized Jewish life. The one denomination that seems to defy the statistic is Orthodoxy; nevertheless, even Orthodox synagogues struggle to(…)

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What do students learn when a curriculum is based on politics?

What do students learn when a curriculum is based on politics?

By Joel Magalnick, Editor, The Jewish Sound Whether it’s seen as a way to teach students about an under-examined side of a conflict or as an irresponsible attempt at indoctrination, the next battleground in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict appears to be coming to high school social studies classrooms. Three years in the making and first appearing(…)

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Israeli aid organization sets up shop in Seattle

Israeli aid organization sets up shop in Seattle

By Janis Siegel, Jewish Sound Correspondent Because of the Israeli international development group TAG, honeybees in Myanmar are busily producing their beloved sweet syrup for more than 5,000 people in 25 villages to sell. Thanks to TAG’s Israeli agricultural experts and a grant from Google, more than 200 people in Sri Lanka now construct and(…)

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When the bombs fall, this Israeli hospital will be prepared

When the bombs fall, this Israeli hospital will be prepared

By Janis Siegel, Jewish Sound Correspondent The babies in the neo-natal unit of the Hadassah University Medical Center in Ein Kerem, Jerusalem, will be the first, followed by the children, and then the terminally ill who will be prioritized for evacuation if rockets fall and terrorists strike inside of Israel. These patients will move to(…)

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Federation building sold

Federation building sold

By Joel Magalnick, Editor, The Jewish Sound On Oct. 22, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle completed the sale of its headquarters in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood to local developer Martin Selig. The $8.45 million sale is part of a three-building package on the block of Third Ave. between Lenora and Virginia streets. The proceeds of(…)

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What is the ethical responsibility of Jewish power?

What is the ethical responsibility of Jewish power?

Emily K. Alhadeff, Associate Editor, The Jewish Sound A few hours before my call with Peter Beinart, an East Jerusalem man drove into a crowd of people at a Jerusalem light rail station, killing a three-month-old baby. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas of inciting violence, riots started to break out(…)

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Community screening seeks to weed out genetic diseases

Community screening seeks to weed out genetic diseases

By Emily K. Alhadeff, Associate Editor, The Jewish Sound For the first three months of his life, Sophie-Shifra Gold’s son, Isaac, had bad reflux. Then at four months, he was diagnosed with low muscle tone, hypotonia. At the end of April this year, Gold got an official diagnosis for her infant: Canavan Disease, a genetic(…)

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A look back at what Kline Galland was, and now is

A look back at what Kline Galland was, and now is

The Kline Galland at 100 By Joel Magalnick, Editor, The Jewish Sound When the Caroline Kline Galland home first opened on the shores of Lake Washington in 1914, the ramshackle farmhouse held seven inmates, as they were called, all of them poor, infirm, single Jewish men with no other place to go. “It is my(…)

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Jews on the ballot: Jon Zimmerman seeks a seat on the bench

Jews on the ballot: Jon Zimmerman seeks a seat on the bench

By Janis Siegel, Jewish Sound Correspondent Born in New York City, raised in Connecticut, and settled in Seattle for the last 13 years, Seattle Municipal Court Position 2 candidate and Judge Pro Tem Jon Zimmerman is a lawyer in private practice who told the Jewish Sound that he wants to bring justice and fairness to(…)

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Israeli company seeks to bring venture dollars to Northwest

Israeli company seeks to bring venture dollars to Northwest

By Janis Siegel, Jewish Sound Correspondent It takes one to know one, goes the popular saying. This year, it took CEO Jon Medved’s Jerusalem-based global venture capital equity crowdfunding platform and startup, OurCrowd, to launch its first startup IPO on the NASDAQ, ReWalk Robotics, and the first company of its kind ever to do it,(…)

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