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Meet Rabbi Jessica Yarkin: Falling in love with American Judaism

Meet Rabbi Jessica Yarkin: Falling in love with American Judaism

Janis Siegel, Jewish Sound Correspondent Rabbi Jessica Yarkin began her love affair with America in her teens when she realized that she was undeniably attracted to its openness, religious freedom, and willingness to accept many religious points of view. So, after making a few family trips here and spending two summers at U.S. Jewish camps,(…)

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Meet Rabbi Yona Margolese: Moving TDS forward

Meet Rabbi Yona Margolese: Moving TDS forward

Emily K. Alhadeff, Associate Editor, The Jewish Sound Torah Day School has had no shortage of changes and challenges over the past two years, and it has met each one swiftly and, so far, successfully. This fall marks another season of change for the little Orthodox elementary school that could. Following a long search, Seattle-based(…)

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Meet Hamutal Gavish: Bringing a holistic approach to JDS

Meet Hamutal Gavish: Bringing a holistic approach to JDS

Joel Magalnick Editor, The Jewish Sound Hamutal Gavish has what will be a busy but important short-term goal: To meet and get to know every family of the 180 or so kids who attend the Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle. In the long term, her goals may be a little less all-consuming, but they will(…)

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Meet Rabbi Shaul Engelsberg: Returning to Seattle to lead

Meet Rabbi Shaul Engelsberg: Returning to Seattle to lead

Emily K. Alhadeff, Associate Editor, The Jewish Sound When Rabbi Shaul Engelsberg moves to Seattle from Detroit next month, he’ll be taking on a new role in the community, but he’s not exactly new. The Orthodox rabbi lived in Seattle from 1994 to 1999, where he taught Judaics at Seattle Hebrew Academy. “The relationships that I(…)

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Meet Rabbi Adam Rubin: From congregant to professor to rabbi

Meet Rabbi Adam Rubin: From congregant to professor to rabbi

 Deborah Gardner, Special to The Jewish Sound In 1997, Adam Rubin was in services at Congregation Beth Shalom listening to Rabbi Dov Gartenberg. Rubin was spending the academic year in Seattle before returning to Los Angeles to finish his Ph.D. in modern Jewish history. He loved the synagogue and the Northwest. What would he have(…)

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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 “We have been back all of three weeks,” said Rabbi Paul Strasko when we spoke last week. The newly appointed rabbi of north Kitsap’s Congregation Kol Shalom, located on Bainbridge Island, and his wife, Sandra Andrews-Strasko, have returned to the Northwest after living in Europe and Israel for the past eight(…)

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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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