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Series helps Jews find their family root

By , Special to JTNews Hadassah, in partnership with Temple B’nai Torah, presents a three-part mini-series, entitled “Discovering your Mishpocha.” This course will teach the basics of genealogy, America’s fastest growing hobby, and how to get started in tracing one’s Jewish family roots. Participants will learn research tips and techniques, find unknown relatives, create a(…)

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Spitzer honored by Dollars for Scholars

By , Special to JTNews A recognized leader for more than 50 years of community service, Jack J. Spitzer has been named an honorary board member of the Washington Dollars for Scholars organization, which helps communities form scholarship chapters to aid deserving and needy students. Concerned about increasing his contribution to communal causes, Spitzer became(…)

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Senn submits state claims to Holocaust insurance commission

By , Special to JTNews OLYMPIA, Wash. — State Insurance Commissioner Deborah Senn says her staff is submitting 51 Washington state claims to the international commission set up to resolve the 50-year-old dispute over Holocaust survivors’ unpaid insurance benefits. “We are participating in the process announced today (Feb. 15) in Washington, D.C., by former Secretary(…)

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Army chaplain is a rare breed

By Janis Siegel, Special to JTNews Shmuel L. Felzenberg wants to set the record straight about the job of an army chaplain. Out of roughly 1,200 chaplains who serve in the army worldwide, Chaplain Felzenberg is one out of nine Jewish chaplains currently serving in the United States. He is new to Ft. Lewis and(…)

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Seder for survivors of domestic violence

By , Special to JTNews A Passover seder for Jewish women who are survivors of domestic violence is being planned for April 2000. Intended for survivors only, the purpose of the event is to use the structure of the Passover seder to explore the themes of oppression and liberation as they relate to the experience(…)

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National director to speak at Amit Luncheon

By , Special to JTNews Seattle chapters Amit Donor Luncheon is Feb. 20, at 11:30 a.m. at the Madison Renaissance Hotel, 515 Madison St., Seattle. Amit educates thousands of underprivileged young people and orphans throughout Israel in its government-recognized schools, which provide an integrated program of Torah learning, the humanities and technology. Luncheon speaker is(…)

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Sephardic Bikur Holim announces new board

By , Special to JTNews Sephardic Bikur Holim has announced its new Congregation Board. Officers are President, Stan Morhaime; 1st Vice-President, Scott Schneider; 2nd Vice-President, Dr. Elie Levy; Treasurer, Dave S. Azose; Recording Secretary, Sarah Benezra; Grand Trustee, John M. Walls. The Board of Trustees includes Larry Adatto, Leah Gladstein, Isaac Baruch, Jack Haleva, Bruce(…)

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Jewish Women to bring others up to speed on “Internet Living”

By , Special to JTNews The Business & Professional (B&P) Women’s Division of the Jewish Federation of Seattle invites you to the first event in their Forum Series, “Internet Living: Byte into the Future with Three Leading Experts” on Tuesday, Feb. 15. Come listen to a panel discussion, followed by a question and answer session,(…)

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Jewish Family Service to honor Executive Director Ken Weinberg

By , Special to JTNews Jewish Family Service will honor its Executive Director, Ken Weinberg, for his 25 year tenure with the agency. Originally from New York, Weinberg began his career at Jewish Family Service as an intern while pursuing a Masters in Social Work from the University of Washington. After holding a number of(…)

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Young Judaea sponsors first-ever state-wide Shabbaton in Montana

By , Special to JTNews Since one of the most challenging aspects of being a young Jew in Montana is having an opportunity to get together with a group of Jews, Young Judaea sponsored the first-ever Montana state-wide Shabbaton on Jan. 15-17, 2000. Thirty youth from grades three to 12 participated in the Billings convention.(…)

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Heated competition for fewer dollars in Olympia

By Donna Gordon Blankinship, Editor, JTNews Only one thing is clear in Olympia this legislative session: competition for limited dollars will be even tougher than usual, because, thanks to I-695, there is less money to go around. What does this mean for the Jewish community? Accordingáwo speakers at a forum last weekend sponsored by the(…)

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Mel Wolf: Quiet community leader remembered

By Donna Gordon Blankinship, Editor, JTNews “Who is guaranteed a portion in the “˜world to come’?” the Talmud asks in Sanhedrin 8b. “One who is humble, lowly of knee, bends as he goes in and bends as he goes out … and never takes credit for himself.” Few of us — perhaps even none —(…)

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First Jewish baby of 2000 joins a family full of girls

By Donna Gordon Blankinship, Editor, JTNews The birth of baby Yaakov Shlomo brought a lot of firsts to the Cohen household. After three girls, he is the first boy in the family. He is the first American in the clan and the first baby not born in July. And last, but not least, he is(…)

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