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Despite obstacles, Seattle rally for Israel resounding success

Despite obstacles, Seattle rally for Israel resounding success

 Dikla Tuchman, Jewish Sound Correspondent Hundreds of supporters gathered in downtown Seattle’s Occidental Park Sunday in a solidarity rally in support of the State of Israel. The rally was organized by the Pacific Northwest chapter of Israel advocacy organization StandWithUs and cosponsored by the American Jewish Committee, Hadassah, Sephardic Bikur Holim, Minyan Ohr Chadash, Congregation(…)

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Rabbi Paul Strasko: Kitsap’s polyglot takes the pulpit

Rabbi Paul Strasko: Kitsap’s polyglot takes the pulpit

Diana Brement, Jewish Sound Correspondent Hometown: Helena, Mont. Favorite book: “I simply cannot narrow this down.” Favorite Jewish historical figure: Rebbe Nachman of Breslov. “When I am particularly struggling, his words and teachings are the ones that I tend to go to.” Hidden talent: Playing jazz. “Although it is known that I am a musician, it(…)

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Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg: A new path in Woodinville

Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg: A new path in Woodinville

Diana Brement, Jewish Sound Correspondent Hometown: Eugene, Ore. Favorite book: “I pretty much inhale books — I can’t name a favorite.” Favorite Jewish historical figure: Rabbi Israel Salanter Hidden talent: Able to identify individual breeds in mixed-breed dogs. “It is a gift.” Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg used one leadership transition to create a career shift of her(…)

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Hey parents, it’s 3:30 p.m. Do you know where your kids are? Maybe at Hebrew school?

Hey parents, it’s 3:30 p.m. Do you know where your kids are? Maybe at Hebrew school?

By Tori Gottlieb, Jewish Sound Correspondent How many people have fond memories of their childhood Hebrew school programs, of sitting in their synagogues’ classrooms or social halls after a full day of English and algebra, going over alphabets and pronunciation and vowels, without understanding much of what was going on? Don’t answer that. For a(…)

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Eddie trashes Israel

Eddie trashes Israel

By JTA World News Service Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder on Friday denounced Israel in an expletive-laden tirade during a concert in England. “I swear to f***ing god, there are people out there who are looking for a reason to kill,” Vedder said. “They’re looking for a reason to go across borders and take(…)

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The consul general speaks: A conference call with Andy David

The consul general speaks: A conference call with Andy David

By Joel Magalnick, Editor, The Jewish Sound During a lunchtime conference call today with members of Seattle’s Jewish community, Andy David, Israel’s consul general to the Pacific Northwest, laid out the issues of the war that erupted this week between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. This is what he had to say: With(…)

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Inspired by art: Students use creativity to learn from the Holocaust

Inspired by art: Students use creativity to learn from the Holocaust

This year’s Jacob Friedman Holocaust Writing, Art, and Digital Media Contest, sponsored by the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center, received 700 entries from students across the state. Here are excerpts and artwork from several of the winners: Digital Media 1st Place: Marina LaBossier, Grade 10, Eastside Catholic High School, Sammamish. “Little Red Shoes.” Watch(…)

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Everything is gone

Everything is gone

By Emily K. Alhadeff, Associate Editor, The Jewish Sound Once upon a time, there was a village in the middle of a forest. Houses lined a long street, each little plot opening into a field stretching back to the woods’ edge. There was no need for telephones — if you needed to talk to someone,(…)

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Rebranding the religious experience

Rebranding the religious experience

By Emily K. Alhadeff, Associate Editor, The Jewish Sound Rabbi Kenneth Brander took a part-time, two-year job as rabbi of a 60-family congregation in Boca Raton, Fla. with the idea that he’d have lots of time to write about his experiences living with and assisting Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik during the last years of his life.(…)

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Reflecting on tragedy: A community comes together

Reflecting on tragedy: A community comes together

By Emily K. Alhadeff, Associate Editor, The Jewish Sound On Thursday night, July 3, a community-wide memorial service was held at Minyan Ohr Chadash for Gilad Shaar, Naftali Fraenkel, and Eyal Yifrach, the three Israeli teens found dead 18 days after allegedly being abducted by two Palestinian men. After the news broke, Minyan Ohr Chadash, Sephardic(…)

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J-Kick kicks off its latest round of crowdfunding projects

J-Kick kicks off its latest round of crowdfunding projects

By Joel Magalnick, Editor, The Jewish Sound This morning, they flipped the switch, and the most recent cohort of crowd-sourcing projects launched for six projects that its organizers hope will provide positive engagement for the Seattle area’s Jewish community. J-Kick, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle’s version of the popular Kickstarter online crowdfunding platform, gives(…)

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Supreme Court sides with Hobby Lobby on contraception

Supreme Court sides with Hobby Lobby on contraception

By JTA World News Service WASHINGTON (JTA) — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that a privately held business may refuse to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives to employees. Jewish groups had closely watched the case that Hobby Lobby, a crafts chain, and Conestoga Wood Specialties, a cabinet maker, had brought against requirements in the(…)

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Jews and guns: What’s our responsibility?

Jews and guns: What’s our responsibility?

By Emily K. Alhadeff, Associate Editor, The Jewish Sound Mike Tobias lives on a boat in Ballard with his wife, their dogs, and two guns. On the back of his car are two bumper stickers: One has an image of a Star of David in American flag print, two rifles, and the unequivocal statement, “Gun(…)

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