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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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Jewish Day School: Jewish values in small classes remain an integrated part of core programs

Jewish Day School: Jewish values in small classes remain an integrated part of core programs

By Dan Aznoff, Jewish Sound Correspondent The smaller class sizes at private schools do not necessary translate into a superior education or higher test scores, according to the new administrator at the Jewish Day School in Bellevue. Fewer students often translates into the need for more individualized attention, which can distract from the basic lesson(…)

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MMSC: A ‘haimish’ place to learn

MMSC: A ‘haimish’ place to learn

By Tori Gottlieb, Jewish Sound Correspondent Editor’s Note: As the year draws to an end, parents are beginning to think about how they will educate their kids in the fall. Private school application deadlines are looming, so The Jewish Sound has met with each of the primary Jewish day schools in the Seattle area to(…)

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A taste of Old Jerusalem, right here at home

A taste of Old Jerusalem, right here at home

By Joel Magalnick, Editor, The Jewish Sound Somewhere in the deepest nooks and crannies of Jerusalem’s old city is a small factory that churns out thousands of pieces of round pita bread each day. Softer and more pillowy than the more dime-a-dozen variety found in the local shouks, it was these pitas that inspired Jeff(…)

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Bellevue’s genealogy sleuths share their family dramas

By Emily K. Alhadeff Associate Editor, JTNews The only thing missing was the campfire on December 8 when 30 people gathered with the Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State to practice one of the oldest arts in the world: Storytelling. The event, the first of its kind in many years, invited participants to share “family(…)

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Federation announces its 2015 Ignition grants

Federation announces its 2015 Ignition grants

By Joel Magalnick, Editor, The Jewish Sound On Nov. 28, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle announced that 14 organizations would receive nearly $64,000 to help build programs for our local Jewish community. The Federation’s Ignition grant program offers up to $5,000 for pilot or one-time projects that help support the growth of the local Jewish(…)

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Iranian speaker shares the recipe to her ‘moral soup’

Iranian speaker shares the recipe to her ‘moral soup’

By Emily K. Alhadeff, Associate Editor, The Jewish Sound Roya Hakakian was 12 when her country erupted in revolution. The daughter of intellectual Jewish parents in Tehran, she did what comes naturally to frustrated youth: She began writing poetry. Poetry, she told me in the restaurant of her downtown Seattle hotel, was her way of coping(…)

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Sixty years in the wild: Camp Solomon Schechter celebrates a milestone

Sixty years in the wild: Camp Solomon Schechter celebrates a milestone

By Boris Kurbanov, Jewish Sound Correspondent Sharing stories of its history, reuniting alumni, and looking to the future, Camp Solomon Schechter celebrated its 60th anniversary on Dec. 6 with a gala at the Hilton in Bellevue. The Tumwater-based independent children’s overnight camp was founded in 1954 by Portland’s Rabbi Joshua Stampfer, and has given approximately(…)

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For the Frishmans, there was no place like Home

For the Frishmans, there was no place like Home

By Hillel Kuttler, JTA World News Service The “Seeking Kin” column aims to help reunite long-lost relatives and friends. BALTIMORE (JTA) — “Seeking information on Harry and Yetta Frishman, who lived in Paterson, N.J., and moved to Tacoma, Wash., and then Home,” read the brief email to “Seeking Kin.” The emailer wasn’t speaking metaphorically. Home(…)

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Army fatigue

Army fatigue

By Emily K. Alhadeff,  Associate Editor, The Jewish Sound Fresh out of Israel and already scooping up a first place award at the Tribeca Film Festival is “Zero Motivation,” a darkly delightful girl-buddy comedy about the banality of daily life in Israel’s defining institution, the army. “M*A*S*H” meets “Orange is the New Black” meets “Office Space,”(…)

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Building professional relationships, Jewish style

Building professional relationships, Jewish style

By Janis Siegel, Jewish Sound Correspondent Like a shidduch, the matchmaker who transforms life by pairing the right life partners, the Hadassah women’s organization and Hillel at the University of Washington want to supercharge young Jews’ professional life — but without the attendant pressure and drama. The two organizations have themselves partnered together to accept a(…)

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