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The Best of Everything: Our local heroes

The Best of Everything: Our local heroes

By Joel Magalnick, Editor, The Jewish Sound See the winners of our Best of Everything survey here! Every year in our Best of Everything survey, we ask who your local heroes are. We’ve got a lot of heroes in this town, so we decided to give you the reasons behind a few of those people who(…)

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After four years at the helm, Hillel director to move on

After four years at the helm, Hillel director to move on

By Emily K. Alhadeff, Associate Editor, The Jewish Sound Four years into his job as Greenstein Family Executive Director of Hillel at the University of Washington, Rabbi Oren Hayon announced his resignation last week. Hayon, a Reform-ordained rabbi who spent many years in Texas before moving to Seattle, will be returning to Texas to take a senior(…)

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Seattle’s oldest synagogue makes way for a youth-full future

Seattle’s oldest synagogue makes way for a youth-full future

By Boris Kurbanov, Jewish Sound Correspondent After five decades as a synagogue, youth facility, and multi-purpose space, the Yavneh building on Congregation Bikur Cholim-Machzikay Hadath’s campus in Seward Park is scheduled for demolition. On Jan. 25, members of the NCSY youth group and community members will say goodbye to Yavneh before it is torn down(…)

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With new project, JFS leans into Jewish text

With new project, JFS leans into Jewish text

Janis Siegel, Jewish Sound Correspondent At Jewish Family Service, 2015 will be a time to start deepening the 123-year-old organization’s connection to Jewish values through a renewed vision for all who work there. Called Project Kavod (kavod means “honor” in Hebrew), the initiative will be a three-year education and training program for staff and volunteers(…)

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Exploring the ‘Yiddish Atlantis’

Exploring the ‘Yiddish Atlantis’

By Emily K. Alhadeff, Associate Editor, The Jewish Sound Underneath the rubble and ashes of Eastern Europe lies a buried civilization, and one of its excavators is former West Seattle resident Gerardo Ojeda-Ebert. This spring, with Rabbi Olivier BenHaim and members of Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue, Ojeda-Ebert will travel to the Czech Republic and Poland(…)

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Spanish citizenship becomes a reality for Sephardic Jews

Spanish citizenship becomes a reality for Sephardic Jews

By Boris Kurbanov, Jewish Sound Correspondent Today, an estimated 40,000 Jews call Spain their home. But five centuries ago, the nation was home to one of Europe’s largest and most vibrant Jewish communities — a group that flourished before its expulsion in 1492. Those exiled Jews — who came to be known as Sephardic Jews(…)

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Discover Jewish Cuba with the Jewish Federation

Discover Jewish Cuba with the Jewish Federation

By Emily K. Alhadeff, Associate Editor, The Jewish Sound Not long after the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle announced it would be leading a delegation to Cuba this spring, President Barack Obama announced that international relations would be restored between the United States and the small island nation after decades of strained ties. At the(…)

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What happened in 2014? Test your knowledge

What happened in 2014? Test your knowledge

By Joel Magalnick Editor, The Jewish Sound Now that 2015 has begun, what from the past year are you trying to forget? Fear not, because we’ve got 14 stumpers to jog your memory with Jewish Washington’s second annual news quiz!   1. The Napkin Friends food truck is so Jewish because it: a. Serves its(…)

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Northwest Yeshiva High School: A Jewish Model U.N.

Northwest Yeshiva High School: A Jewish Model U.N.

By Janis Siegel, Jewish Sound Correspondent The Northwest Yeshiva High School, a coed Orthodox school for grades 9 through 12, is somewhat of a Jewish United Nations in that it mixes things up by accepting all denominations of Jews from Orthodox to Reform, as well as the unaffiliated into its now 70-plus growing student body.(…)

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A trip to remember, for remembrance’s sake

A trip to remember, for remembrance’s sake

By Joel Magalnick, Editor, The Jewish Sound They’ve done this trip before, but this summer, the Holocaust Center for Humanity is doing something new. Added onto the educational trip through Warsaw and Krakow that the organization formerly known as the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center will be an optional trip to Jerusalem. “It seemed(…)

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Fleeing Cuba was the third narrow escape for a doctor from Transylvania

Fleeing Cuba was the third narrow escape for a doctor from Transylvania

By Dan Aznoff, Jewish Sound Correspondent For one Bellevue retiree, President Obama’s decision to restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba rekindled memories of his parents’ clandestine escape from the island nation more than 50 years ago. Gabe Sterns remembers clearly how it took dramatic action from both U.S. senators from Washington State and the FBI(…)

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Derech Emunah: A place for girls to grow into themselves

Derech Emunah: A place for girls to grow into themselves

By Tori Gottlieb, Jewish Sound Correspondent For families who wanted their daughters to have an Orthodox Jewish high school education in a single-gender setting, Derech Emunah was founded in 2012. Now in its third year, the school boasts a small student body of 10 students who take classes together in a multi-age classroom format focused(…)

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What’s a Jew to do?

What’s a Jew to do?

It’s that time of the year again. “All I Want for Christmas is You” has been stuck in your head since Thanksgiving, your bank account balance is frighteningly low, your pants don’t fit, and every time you enter a public space you get mauled by cheer. But who’s calling me a Grinch? As the day(…)

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