Power of Passion: Connections 2012
message from Naomi Newman
2012 Women's Philanthropy Chair
Connections is the
event that connects us to our world, families, best friends, acquaintances,
and always, to someone new.
Each year, I am delighted and enthralled with this annual brunch that bonds our community of exceptional
women. There is no better place to be than around a table of our special ladies at Connections.
For well over a decade, we have been inspired by writers, authors, activists, and leaders in society,
all with an interesting story. I learn, I laugh, and I absolutely love it. I look forward to double-cheek
kisses with so many faces that I know and deeply admire.
But beyond a delicious brunch and togetherness, resides something much deeper. Each one of us is
there to contribute to the annual community campaign, to make Seattle a great Jewish world for young
old. It's the passion within all of us.
This year, noted author Iris Krasnow, who has won audience favor nationally, will ignite The
Power of Passion in our relationships, work, and community.
We are the force that makes the Federation vital and able to fund great programs and endeavors.
Treat yourself to Passion -- in all realms of your life.
See you at Connections 2012!
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Studies Course for Teachers
Services at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle is offering a Jewish Studies course specifically
for teachers. Learn how to present your Jewish knowledge in a way that is exciting and engaging for
your students. Each session offers techniques and materials to bring back to the Jewish classroom.
Enroll in selected course themes to suit your needs or take the entire course for a 30% discount.
Registration deadline has been extended to Friday, January 20.
The sessions meet Tuesday evenings from 6:30-9:00pm beginning January 31 at Stroum Jewish Community
Center. Clock and STARS hours
and JTC credits available.
Full details and registration form online.
The American Jewish Committee is sponsoring a 1.5-credit CLE luncheon presented by Marc D. Stern
on the topic of Continuing The Conversation: International Humanitarian Law and National Security:
Recalibrating (or Reclaiming) the Balance on February 2 at 11:30am at Garvey Schubert Barer in
downtown Seattle. Co-sponsored by the Cardozo Society of Washington State.
Marc D. Stern, Associate General Counsel for Legal Advocacy of American Jewish Committee, is one
of the most respected lawyers in the United States on church-state and religious liberty issues.
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The Cardozo Society of Washington State is the official Washington State
Bar Association minority bar for Jewish lawyers. For details and to sign up to receive information
on future Cardozo Society
events, visit www.JewishInSeattle.org/Cardozo.
Workshop: Leadership -- What Does Judaism Present for Us as a Model?
Ganger is back in Seattle Monday, February 6 to continue the conversation about reflective practice
with the addition of a new topic: Leadership -- What Does Judaism Present for Us as a Model?
Please join Education Services for a workshop on leadership in Judaism. We will explore what the
Tanach teaches us about leading with vision, ethics, and morals. This includes conversation
about viewing educators as leaders and the meaning and potential behind this.
We will discuss what leading
in a pluralistic Jewish community looks like, how to listen to the strength in every voice, and
the concept of self-correction. As teachers, directors, principals, and any other
position in communal life, we affect the lives of other community members. We must always ask how
we can maximize our purpose, responsibilities, and obligations in this realm.
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Case Taken Up by Senate Judiciary Committee
Late last year, a Jewish man died while hiking on Mount Rainier. Because a precise cause of death
couldn't be determined, the Pierce County Medical Examiner insisted on performing an autopsy -- against
his family's wishes. The family successfully blocked the autopsy by pursuing the matter in court citing
Jewish law and belief, which looks unfavorably at desecration of a body. Currently, Washington State
doesn't allow a medical examiner to consider the opinion of the family and the deceased's religious
background when making the decision to perform an autopsy.
SB 6068, introduced last week and sponsored by Senator Adam Kline, Senator Joe Zarelli and Senator
David Frockt changes this omission. The bill will be heard in committee this week. A companion bill
sponsored by Representatives Reuven Carlyle and Roger Goodman will be introduced in the State House
soon. The Jewish Federation supports this legislation and will be working to see it passed in the
current legislative session.
ask your state senator to support SB 6068.
You can read
more about this issue in the Tacoma News Tribune.
2011 was a blast! With over 400 young Jewish adults in attendance, the music and dancing never stopped. What a great
way to spend Christmas Eve! Didn't make it this year? Make sure to join us next year for the largest gathering of Seattle
Jewish young adults of the year!
To see more great photos, click here.
Endowment Fund Announces Grants
The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle has announced the most recent group of community grants from its Women's Endowment
Fund. Grants from this fund are focused on programming that supports the empowerment and improves
the lives of women and girls in Western Washington and Israel.
"We are very pleased to make these grants that support the needs of women and girls in the Jewish community," said
Dan Lowen, Chair of the Special Initiatives Fund that oversees the Women's Endowment Fund. "Our community understands
that the health and safety of women and girls is key to sustaining a healthy, vibrant Jewish community.
The needs are great, and these grants will support vital programs both locally and in Israel."
This year's grants, totaling $16,000, were made to 7 organizations.
Israel Scholarship Applications
next deadline to apply for the Israel Teen Scholarship Program is on April 19, 2012. Applications should be submitted
approximately three months in advance of the teen's date of departure as scholarships cannot be awarded on a retroactive
basis. To be eligible for an Israel Teen Scholarship, teens must be a permanent resident of Washington State, participate
in an Israel program from the summer after ninth grade through high school graduation, select an Israel program that
is an education youth/peer program and seek additional sources of scholarship funding. Go to www.JewishInSeattle.org/IsraelScholarships
for more information and to download a copy of the application.
Don't forget to "like" our new page on Facebook, Jewish
Federation of Greater Seattle: Center for Israel or follow us on Twitter, JFGS_Israel!
Connections 2012: The Power of Passion -- Featuring Iris Krasnow
January 29, 2012 11am-1:30pm
Hyatt Regency Bellevue
Friend of Iris: $180* | Patron $360*
women are invited to join us as we welcome Iris Krasnow to Seattle for
annual signature outreach and fundraising event for Jewish women in the greater Seattle
area. Iris is an award-winning
author of several best-selling books, including her newest, The Secret Lives of
of Iris and Patrons are invited to a private pre-reception with Iris!
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Summer Camp Scholarships Available
The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle's Camp Scholarship Application
is now available for the summer of 2012. The Camp Scholarship Program is designed to help families
in Washington State with the cost of camp tuition. We believe that the Jewish overnight camp
experience is an integral component in building a child's Jewish identity.
All scholarship applications are due by March 9, 2012. Apply
Turn the Page - March 14
Save the date for Turn the Page on March 14
for an evening of women's Jewish learning and community.
& Simple Grant
The Friendship Circle
B'nai Mitzvah Program
The Friendship Circle extends a helping hand to families who have children with special
needs and involves them in a full range of social experiences. The Circle's unique formula
introduces teenage volunteers to the children with special needs, and through shared experiences,
both are enriched.
This project focuses on empowering 6th and 7th grade B'nai Mitzvah students to volunteer within their community. By providing a program specifically tailored for this age group, The Friendship Circle aims to motivate younger children to volunteer and experience tikkun olam.
Since younger children are generally unable to make the serious time commitment required of a Friendship Circle volunteer, this B'nai Mitzvah Program will provide these students with a meaningful way to empower themselves as they give to others.
Small and Simple grants are awarded to a new, demonstration
or one-time-only project at a Jewish non-profit organization in Western Washington or
any non-profit arts and culture organization in King or South Snohomish Counties with a
particular "Jewish-themed" project
for a maximum of $5,000. Learn more about all the grants awarded.
|The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle works to ensure a vibrant Jewish community that is connected locally, in Israel and worldwide.