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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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86-year-old Holocaust survivor honored with high school diploma

86-year-old Holocaust survivor honored with high school diploma

By Dan Aznoff, Jewish Sound Correspondent It’s never too late to finish high school. Henry Friedman had barely become a teenager when he was forced to hide in the confines of a cramped farmhouse attic. To escape the Nazi reign of terror, the young Friedman spent 18 silent months near the border between the Ukraine(…)

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The ‘J’ embarks on a new roadmap to sustainability

The ‘J’ embarks on a new roadmap to sustainability

By Joel Magalnick, Editor, The Jewish Sound The next three years at the Stroum Jewish Community Center look something like this: A lot more arts programming, more experimentation in fitness and outreach programs, small changes in the look and feel of its Mercer Island facility, and more emphasis on maintaining and building the quality of(…)

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Up and coming

You and Your Genes — genetic screening Sunday, November 16, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. One in four Ashkenazi Jews is a carrier of at least one in 19 genetic diseases; one in three Sephardic or Persian Jews is a carrier of at least one in eight diseases. If you and your partner happen to both be(…)

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Real estate company enters a new era

Real estate company enters a new era

By Boris Kurbanov, Jewish Sound Correspondent Nearly 50 years after the late Morris Piha opened his commercial real estate company, Morris Piha Real Estate Services, the firm has rebranded, announcing its new name on Sept. 17 as Azose Commercial Properties. Long known for being one of Puget Sound’s top commercial real estate firms, the name(…)

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Uniting Seattle under a banner of Jewish pride

Uniting Seattle under a banner of Jewish pride

By Justin Coskey, Special to the Jewish Sound I recently had the opportunity to interview Daniel Cohen, an active young adult in the Jewish community of greater Seattle, on his most recent endeavor, The Shabbos Project. While the Shabbos Project is an international organization and event, Daniel came up with the idea for a Seattle(…)

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To beat back Islamic State, a prescription for the president

To beat back Islamic State, a prescription for the president

By Janis Siegel, Jewish Sound Correspondent The Unites States needs to play hardball. When it engages in talks with Iran over its uranium enrichment program during the U.N.’s General Assembly meeting, which commences Thursday, it must keep air strikes on the table. So writes Michael Singh, the Washington Institute’s managing director and a Middle East(…)

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Samis allocations sustain the community, locally and in Israel

Samis allocations sustain the community, locally and in Israel

By Emily K. Alhadeff, Associate Editor, The Jewish Sound This past year, the Samis Foundation allocated over $4 million to local Jewish education and camps, disaster relief, Jewish life, as well as social services and war relief in Israel. Though Samis’s work is evident across the community, these figures are not widely known. For years(…)

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Chabad day school lives on despite losing its home

Chabad day school lives on despite losing its home

By Janis Siegel, Jewish Sound Correspondent Despite having to leave its building in Seattle’s Maple Leaf neighborhood after a six-year, post-recession, uphill financial struggle to buy it, the Menachem Mendel Seattle Cheder has found a new site and is now open and bustling. Nearly 80 students from preschool through 8th grade have followed the school(…)

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