Category Archive: Seattle

THREE GENERATIONS UNCOVER THEIR JEWISH SOUTHERN ROOTS. PART 5: SELMA

The Owen family, Ruben, his two sons Jacob and Rabbi Benjy and grandson Jeffrey pondered the sacred ground where they stood. On Thursday, March 25th, 1965, some fifty years earlier on that same… Continue reading

Why Would UW HILLEL & Birthright Assist an Anti-Israel Organization?

Jewish Voice for Peace; an organization that demonizes the Jewish state, has again been offered the warm embrace and welcome of UW Hillel and their JConnect young adult wing at their upcoming Young Leaders Town Hall conference.… Continue reading

Seattle’s JTNews to Shut Down

FEDERATION MAKES SURPRISE ANNOUNCEMENT In separate statements issued today the JTNews and their parent organization, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle announced the imminent demise of the ninety years old journal. The JTNews… Continue reading

Exclusive Interview: New Film Takes You Behind the Scenes with the IDF

  Whatever you expect of Jerusalem U‘s new film, Beneath the Helmet: From High School to the Home Front, it is sure to surprise. The documentary film Beneath the Helmet provides intimate, fly on the wall… Continue reading

Elie Pieprz; Telling The Settler’s Side Of The Story

Elie Pieprz stood with his guests atop a water tower perched on a windswept hill, the highest point in the Samarian town of Beit-El. The tour he was giving to a group of… Continue reading

UW Prof Calls for Boycott of Israelis Other than Himself

In perhaps one of the more interesting, if not transparent responses to calls for the boycott of Israeli academics, a group of professors, including Israeli Professor Yomi Braester at the University of Washington, has called… Continue reading

Three Generations Uncover Their Jewish Southern Roots. Part 4: Montgomery

The Owen family; Ruben, his sons Rabbi Benjy and Jacob and his grandson Jeffrey set forth on a nine day journey to discover the Sephardic and American history of the deep South. Tuesday morning,… Continue reading

Anti-Israel Speaker at UW Dishes Out the Hate

By TMR Contributor Randy Kessler. Randy Kessler suffered through a truth challenged screed against the Jewish state delivered by Alice Rothchild at the University of Washington earlier this month. Randy was moved by the… Continue reading

Israel Boycott Opponent’s Case Goes to WA Supreme Court

Back in 2010 when the Olympia Food Co-Op passed a boycott against carrying Israeli goods in their store, a small  group of pro-Israel co-op members challenged what they saw as unethical procedural manipulations used… Continue reading

Hillel UW Director Announces Resignation

In a surprise announcement, Mikael Kvart, Board President of Hillel UW informed community partners late last week that Hillel UW Director Rabbi Oren Hayon has tendered his resignation.  Rabbi Hayon assumed the position of… Continue reading

Secret Israel Trainings at UW Hillel Leave More Questions Than Answers

In late December a promotional notice for a new undergraduate event to take place on January 7th appeared on the Hillel UW calendar. Ensconced between Citrus Shabbat and Bagel Club was a program titled… Continue reading

Three Generations Uncover their Jewish Southern Roots. Part 3: Atlanta

Ruben Owen with his two sons, Jacob and Rabbi Benjy Owen along with grandson Jeffrey toured the deep South this past December, uncovering their Jewish Sephardic roots along the way. Part three of a five… Continue reading

Three Generations Uncover their Jewish Roots. Part 2: Savannah

Ruben Owen dreamed of returning to his childhood home of Columbus, Georgia. A descendent of Sephardic immigrants from the Greek Island of Rhodes, Ruben wanted to combine his homecoming with a tour of the Sephardic South.… Continue reading

Three Generations Uncover Their Jewish Roots in the Deep South. Part 1: Charleston.

As a young boy Ruben Owen would leap off the red brick porch of his family’s modest cottage style home in Columbus, Georgia, glance both ways down the pecan tree lined street before… Continue reading

Three Generations Search for their Sephardic Roots in the Deep South

It is December 24th, one of the busiest travel days of the year. In the snaking line at SeaTac airport, the ticket counter barely visible in the distance, stands three generations of the… Continue reading

Shock Video: JTNews Whitewashes Anti-Police Rally

GROUP USED INCENDIARY RHETORIC AT ANTI-POLICE RALLY, CALLING COPS “RACIST” As reported here this past week, the Seattle Jewish Federation’s JTNews (aka Jewish Transcript, aka Jewish Sound) published a fawning article on a  rally sponsored by Jewish… Continue reading

Jewish Federation Promotes Boycott Supporting Anti-Israel Hate Group in JTNews

SHOULD SEATTLE’S JEWISH FEDERATION PROMOTE AN ANTI-ISRAEL HATE GROUP? As the nation reeled in the wake of the Ferguson Grand Jury decision and angry protests erupted in many urban centers, one organization chose to… Continue reading

J STREET ENDORSES UN ACTION AGAINST ISRAEL

DISCOURAGES OBAMA FROM WIELDING VETO Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu strongly rejected Palestinian efforts to force through a UN resolution calling for Israeli retreat from Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem, seeing it as a means of… Continue reading

Jerusalem Professor Shocked By Visit To Seattle Synagogue

Professor Ira Sharkansky looked forward to celebrating his grandson’s Bar Mitzvah in Seattle while taking a break from the drama that is part of daily life in Israel; instead he found himself confronting a… Continue reading

Jewish Agenda or Progressive Agenda?

Zach Carstensen, Government Relations and Public Affairs Director for the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle took a literary victory lap today, lauding the efforts of the Seattle Jewish Federation and their cadre of… Continue reading