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Honoring those who served

Honoring those who served

If you have visited one of our local Jewish cemeteries on Memorial Day you will have seen the efforts of a small group of local Jewish veterans who honor their comrades of past conflicts with a flag placed on each of their graves. In 1996, armed with a list of 58 names he garnered from(…)

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Day school students are vaccinating, records show

Day school students are vaccinating, records show

By Janis Siegel, Jewish Sound Correspondent When the Seattle Times released a tool on its website in early February that showed vaccination rates based on 2011-12 school year — and only one of the six Jewish day schools showed that it had provided data — anxious and upset parents lit up the Internet with their(…)

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A risktaker who keeps a portfolio of his life

A risktaker who keeps a portfolio of his life

By Janis Siegel, Jewish Sound Correspondent In today’s high-risk, high-reward venture capital scene, longtime Seattle entrepreneur and angel investor Jon Staenberg of Staenberg Venture Partners has funded his share of startups and brokered hundreds of deals by using conventional wisdom — stick to the businesses you know and to the companies you like. Since 1997,(…)

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A matchmaker in love and relief work

A matchmaker in love and relief work

By Janis Siegel, Jewish Sound Correspondent TAG International Development isn’t a public relations firm, but its founder and CEO, Orthodox rabbi and Londoner Yossi Ives, fervently believes PR can go a long way toward recasting Israel’s image in the world. The Israel-based nonprofit matches Israeli experts with local partners in poor countries setting up humanitarian(…)

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Incubating Jewish identity — without leaving the house

Incubating Jewish identity — without leaving the house

By Emily K. Alhadeff, Associate Editor, The Jewish Sound This is the true story of three to five strangers picked to live in a house to work together for pluralistic and innovative Jewish programming. Moishe House, with 75 houses in 17 countries, is dedicated to bringing Jewish twenty-somethings together in communal living situations to study, program, and grow(…)

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A letter to our community

A letter to our community

Dear readers, Over the past several years, we have watched as the world has shifted from consuming its news in print to online. At the same time, the Jewish Federation has been questioning whether the best vehicle for community outreach and communications would be through a print newspaper such as JTNews, or if there might(…)

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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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