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Sunday, January 14

8:45am PST

A Virtual Tour of Jewish Seattle
Washington's Jewish history began around the 1850's—mostly not in Seattle. However, as Seattle grew, so did its Jewish population. The first wave of Jewish population were German Jews, followed by the Eastern Europeans and then the Sephardim. This presentation will take a virtual tour of institutions that reflected Seattle's growth into the mid-20th century.

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Linda Elman

Teacher, Temple de Hirsch Sinai
Linda Elman is a native Seattleite who attended the Seattle Hebrew Day School and graduated from Garfield High School. She left town for college, and it took her 18 years to get back to the Northwest and 36 to get back to Seattle. Linda was a school district data guru, and now teaches... Read More →

Sunday January 14, 2018 8:45am - 10:00am PST
Cromwell (South)

10:15am PST

The Beauty of Sephardic Life: Up Close and Personal
The Seattle Sephardic community is rich in history and traditions. Come learn about “Levantine,” Ladino-speaking Sephardic traditions and practices as described in The Beauty of Sephardic Life: Scholarly, Humorous & Personal Reflections, by Sam Bension Maimon, the presenter’s father. This session will provide snapshots of community practices and traditions in “the old country” and in Seattle, looking at language, life cycle events, holidays, and music from the island of Rhodes, Tekirdag, Gallipoli, and Marmara. We’ll also learn about the author, his interests, and his service to the community.

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Albert S Maimon

Al Maimon was born and raised in Seattle, into the Sephardic community. He has been active in the larger Jewish community in many ways here, in New York, Israel, and elsewhere. His Jewish education, formal and informal, encompasses many aspects of Judaism, Jewish history, traditions... Read More →

Sunday January 14, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am PST
Alumni (South)

10:15am PST

Tell Me a Story: Children of Holocaust Survivors Take on Their Legacy
Who will testify when survivors cannot? Children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors are telling the stories of their legacy in classrooms of our state. The Holocaust Center for Humanity has worked with the children and grandchildren of survivors to help them research and share their family histories. In this session Michal Lotzkar and Naomi Newman, children of survivors, and Ingrid Steppic, child of Righteous Among the Nations, will offer a look into the process of uncovering their parents' stories, finding documents, and the challenge of confronting their family histories to become classroom witnesses. Learn of the work of Legacy Speakers in the Pacific Northwest, featuring video/audio presentations.

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Laurie Warshal Cohen

Laurie Warshal Cohen, EdD, Holocaust Center for Humanity, developed and taught an award-winning Holocaust literature class at Seattle Central Community College, where she was a faculty member for 32 years. She served as Co-Executive Director of the Holocaust Center from 2002 to 2012... Read More →

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Michal Lotzkar

Michal Lotzkar’s father, Arieh Engelberg, was caught up in the partitioning of Eastern Europe when the Nazis invaded his home country of Poland in 1939. After moving into Soviet territory, the family was exiled to Siberian labor camps during the war. Using primary sources, maps... Read More →
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Naomi Newman

Naomi is the daughter of two Holocaust survivors. She tells the stories of both of her parents with details from primary source documents and historical records. Their survival is truly remarkable. Naomi calls her story, “Resilience: My Family Story.” She gathered all the documents... Read More →
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Ingrid Steppic

Born during World War II in Holland, some of Ingrid Kanis Steppic’s earliest memories include the Canadian liberation of her town and her father’s return from Dachau. As a Legacy Speaker with the Holocaust Center for Humanity’s Speakers Bureau, Ingrid shares with students and... Read More →

Sunday January 14, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am PST
Hamlin (South)

11:45am PST

Calling Each Other In
In our liberal, individualized dominant society, giving and receiving feedback can seem daunting. Learn some of what Jewish tradition has elevated in the practice of tochecha—the art and obligation of providing each other with critical feedback. We will look at sacred texts from Jewish tradition as well as some non-Jewish contemporary conversations on the topic before studying a case study in the world of racial justice activism. No prior knowledge is necessary, simply a desire to be more connected to Jewish teachings and a willingness to try to apply these teachings to issues in society today.

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David Basior

Rabbi David Basior serves as rabbi and education director at Kadima Reconstructionist Community, a 40-year-old progressive Jewish community meeting in Seattle’s Madrona neighborhood. David has worked with and for a variety of Seattle’s Jewish communities—Hillel, Jconnect, and... Read More →

Sunday January 14, 2018 11:45am - 1:00pm PST
McAleer (South)