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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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Three Myths of Rising Global Anti-Semitism

Three Myths of Rising Global Anti-Semitism

By David Chivo, Special to The Jewish Sound The media is awash these days with coverage about the rise of anti-Semitism around the world. If we are to respond, we first need to understand that this situation is not new phenomenon, but the rehashing of the same old story. Myth #1: Anti-Semitic sentiments are on the(…)

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A scattered community united by SPARK

A scattered community united by SPARK

By Dikla Tuchman, Jewish Sound Correspondent On Sunday, August 31, South Seattle’s newly formed Eruv Cooperative hosted SPARK, an outdoor Jewish music festival in Seward Park. Hundreds of community members and Jewish music appreciators piled into Seward Park Amphitheater to enjoy artists like singer-songwriter Ari Lesser, local Seattle-based recording artist Nissim, and headlining popular Israeli-American(…)

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Thinking strategically, SHA hires principal to move school forward

By Emily K. Alhadeff, Associate Editor, The Jewish Sound This fall the Seattle Hebrew Academy welcomes Rabbi Daniel Loew to its faculty as principal, a new position created to bridge the school’s Judaic and general studies. Loew comes to the Modern Orthodox, dual-curriculum, early childhood-8th grade day school from the Hebrew High School of New(…)

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Bnei anarchy

Bnei anarchy

Emily K. Alhadeff Associate Editor, The Jewish Sound You might expect to see a line of motorcycles parked outside a dive bar, but lined up outside a Jewish assisted living facility — you might do a double take. That was the scene on the sunny Sunday morning of August 24, when the Tribe, Seattle’s Jewish(…)

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Port protesters block nothing but traffic

Port protesters block nothing but traffic

By Janis Siegel, Jewish Sound Correspondent Updated August 29, 2014 Chanting “Long live Palestine” and “Free, Free, Palestine” underscored by a mobile sound system playing a booming pro-Palestinian political mixtape, nearly 150 marchers came to Terminal 18 at the Spokane Street Fishing Area in Seattle Monday afternoon to stop longshoremen from reporting for their shifts and(…)

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Protesters unsuccessful in blocking unloading of Israeli ship in Tacoma

Protesters unsuccessful in blocking unloading of Israeli ship in Tacoma

By Jewish Sound staff Though protesters attempted to block workers from entering the Port of Tacoma on Saturday to unload a ship owned by Zim Integrated Shipping Services, an Israeli shipping company, workers entered through a different route and unloaded the ship without incident. The Tacoma News-Tribune reported that about 100 protesters had stood at(…)

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Despite a war back home, Israelis feel the call to help in Pateros

Despite a war back home, Israelis feel the call to help in Pateros

By Emily K. Alhadeff, Associate Editor, The Jewish Sound At the same time rockets were falling on Israel during the height of its devastating conflict with Hamas, the single biggest wildfire in Washington State’s history ripped through Eastern Washington, consuming some 550 square miles and traveling up to an acre a minute through Okanogan and(…)

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In a summer of war, a group of kids works toward peace

In a summer of war, a group of kids works toward peace

By Joel Magalnick, Editor, The Jewish Sound The vast difference between the deep green valley outside of Mt. Vernon and the dusty Jerusalem hills these two-dozen 12-year-olds call home was the first clue they had entered something potentially life-changing. For these kids, divided evenly among Jews, Muslims and Christians, their first summer with Kids4Peace brought(…)

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Seattle’s first Jewish music festival to ignite Seward Park

Seattle’s first Jewish music festival to ignite Seward Park

By Boris Kurbanov, Special to The Jewish Sound Any time the word “music festival” is thrown around, people typically think of events like Sasquatch!, SXSW, or Bumbershoot. On August 31, Jewish music from around the world comes to Seattle for the city’s first-ever outdoor Jewish music festival, SPARK. Middle Eastern rock, contemporary Klezmer, Hasidic folk, and(…)

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Two life sentences for white supremacist murderer

(JTA) — A white supremacist convicted of killing four people in three states — one because his name sounded Jewish — was sentenced to two life sentences for two of the murders. David “Joey” Pedersen, 34, was sentenced Aug. 4 in a federal court in Portland, Ore., for the murder of Cody Myers of Lafayette,(…)

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