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Upcoming events, now through August

Compiled by Joel Magalnick, Editor, The Jewish Sound With the paper shutting down after this week’s edition, and the upcoming magazine not emerging until August, there will be a gap in which many local events would otherwise be overlooked. So we are presenting to you listings of big events from local organizations happening over the(…)

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Looking for lunch this Passover?

Looking for lunch this Passover?

By Joel Magalnick, Editor, The Jewish Sound What’s better than getting your lunch at one of the many food trucks around town on any given day? Getting your lunch at a food truck during Passover that’s actually kosher for Passover! Armed with an Ignition grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle and in partnership(…)

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After completing a double chai, yeshiva rabbi will call it a career

After completing a double chai, yeshiva rabbi will call it a career

By Boris Kurbanov, Jewish Sound Correspondent Nearly 30 years after he was appointed head of school at what was then the state’s only Jewish high school, Rabbi Bernie Fox will retire after the 2015-16 academic year, capping off 36 years at Northwest Yeshiva High School. “This was not an easy decision,” Fox wrote in an email.(…)

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Rabbi’s interactive class explores the spiritual soul of Judaism

Rabbi’s interactive class explores the spiritual soul of Judaism

By Dan Aznoff, Jewish Sound Correspondent Prophets in the Far East and the Holy Land explored the use of religious meditation during various periods in history, but have adopted the use of the introspective form of prayer for completely different purposes. Rabbi Shmuel Brody explains that Jewish meditation has its origins in the words of(…)

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Have Sephardic roots? They could get you ‘home’ to Spain

Have Sephardic roots? They could get you ‘home’ to Spain

By Barbara Winkelman, Special to The Jewish Sound Part two in a series about a new law that may allow Sephardic Jews to return “home” to Spain. Seattle’s Sephardic population has expanded exponentially since Vivian Kahn Blum’s grandparents, Behor and Behora Chiprut, arrived in 1909, yet it is too small to sustain itself. This is(…)

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The power of community service

The power of community service

By Emma Graham In BBYO, the unspoken rules of high school do not apply. All are welcome, and everyone is made to feel important and included. In this environment, weekly meetings and events become outlets for teens who shy away from raising their hands in class or joining school clubs. Because individual interests are encouraged(…)

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March of the Living: My journey

March of the Living: My journey

By Michal Lotzkar, Special to the Jewish Sound I went on a trip to Israel a few months ago. I had been to Israel many times before, and each time I travelled there by way of a different route. This time I traveled to Israel via Auschwitz, on the March of the Living. Every spring,(…)

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#Seder2015 hopes to bring millennials to the Passover table

#Seder2015 hopes to bring millennials to the Passover table

By Ryan Torok, L.A. Jewish Journal Millennials, what are you doing this Passover? If you’re not sure, perhaps look to Seder2015. Seder2015 is the latest brainchild of Michael Hebb, 39, a self-described “food provocateur” who last grabbed national attention for launching “Death Over Dinner,” a movement that brought people together around the dinner table to(…)

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Confidence in Israel must begin at a young age, says prominent prof

Confidence in Israel must begin at a young age, says prominent prof

By Janis Siegel, Jewish Sound Correspondent Kenneth Stein has learned a few things about his students. The professor and history scholar from Atlanta’s Emory University, who spoke to a crowd of over 50 Seattleites at Hillel at the University of Washington, said that during his 37 years of teaching Israel studies, political science and Middle(…)

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A temporary rabbi will stick around for the long haul

A temporary rabbi will stick around for the long haul

By Joel Magalnick, Editor, The Jewish Sound Nobody had planned for things to work out this way. But you might call it a happy accident that Rabbi David Lipper and the congregation to which he’d been assigned as an interim rabbi decided to remove the “interim” from his title. “I came in expecting to stay(…)

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Kosher hogs celebrate a decade on the road

Kosher hogs celebrate a decade on the road

By Dan Aznoff, Jewish Sound Correspondent They meet religiously on Sunday mornings to worship the open road and the two-wheeled bond that brought them all together. Members of The Tribe, the region’s club for Jewish motorcycle riders, have met once every month — rain or shine — for almost a decade to share the cultural(…)

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To life! One last time.

To life! One last time.

By Emily K. Alhadeff, Associate Editor, The Jewish Sound Thirteen years ago, the annual JTNews wine tasting was born. Today, it becomes a man. Like every lifecycle event in Jewish tradition, each one says goodbye to the past and marks the start of something new. Please join us in toasting The Jewish Sound on its(…)

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Ambassador seeks to break the perpetrator–victim narrative

Ambassador seeks to break the perpetrator–victim narrative

By Janis Siegel, Jewish Sound Correspondent While Middle East experts wring their hands in hopes that moderate leaders can prevail in the region, George Deek, Israel’s former vice ambassador to Norway, is calling upon Palestinian Arabs to take charge of their own fate and their own future, and to stop dividing the world into perpetrators(…)

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Celebrating a 5-year eternal flame

Celebrating a 5-year eternal flame

In search of old members: Ner Tamid’s 50th anniversary celebration for a shul that lasted five years Five years is a relatively short life for a synagogue, yet the 200 families that were members of Bellevue’s Congregation Ner Tamid from 1965 to 1970 share a special bond that endures, like the eternal flame for which(…)

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Trail-blazing leader visits the Northwest to inspire, learn

Trail-blazing leader visits the Northwest to inspire, learn

By Emily K. Alhadeff, Associate Editor, The Jewish Sound In 1935, Lithuania-born Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan wrote “Judaism as a Civilization,” a book that reimagined the religion as a way of living and became the foundation for the Reconstructionist Movement. Many of Kaplan’s ideas are taken for granted today, but they were radical for Kaplan’s Orthodox(…)

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