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Samuel A. Bonda
Sam will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on June 21, 2008 at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue.
Sam is the son of Meg and Gregg Bonda of Snoqualmie and the brother of Max. His grandparents are Dory and Fred Ratner of The Villages, Fla., Bill and Gerry Hutchison of Chadds Ford, Pa. and Martin Bonda of Richmond, Va.
Sam is in the 7th grade at Chief Kanim Middle School. His interests include dogs, cars and riding his bike.
Ezra Adriel Adler
Joshua and Amy Adler announce the arrival of their son Ezra on April 1, 2008 at Swedish Hospital in Seattle. He weighed 7-3/4 lbs. and was 21-1/2 inches long.
Ezra is the brother of Boaz. He is the grandson of Renee and Bob Okren of Palm Desert, Calif. and Zenda and Marc Adler of St. George, Utah, and the great-grandson of the late Anne Adler.
Ilana Sanderson and Harris Prehogan
Ilana and Harris are engaged to be married in March, 2009 in Vancouver, B.C.
Ilana is the daughter of Phil and Estelle Sanderson of Vancouver, B.C. and the granddaughter of Mary and Leon Cohen of Seattle. She is a graduate of the University of British Columbia medical school and will soon be starting her pediatric residency in Ottawa, Ontario.
Harris is the son of Ron and Avalee Prehogan of Ottawa. He is a graduate of Boston University and is currently practicing dentistry in Ottawa.
Marc Jacob Moshcatel
Marc will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on May 31, 2008 at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue.
Marc is the son of Michael and Susu Moshcatel of Seattle and the brother of Eric. His grandparents are Jack and Fran Moshcatel of Seattle, Leonard Wiviott of Seattle and the late Evelyn “Pickle” Wiviott.
Marc is in the 7th grade at Eckstein Middle School. He enjoys baseball, soccer, video games and playing the double bass in the orchestra at school. For his mitzvah project, Marc is collecting supplies and funds to help Ginger’s Pet Rescue, a nonprofit organization specializing in the rescue and adoption placement of dogs that would otherwise be euthanized in animal shelters.
Eli celebrated his Bar Mitzvah on May 17, 2008 at Temple Beth Am.
Eli is the son of Julie Shapiro and Shelly F. Cohen of Seattle and the brother of Leah McClintock-Shapiro. His grandparents are Patty and Tom McClintock of Corvallis, Ore., and E. Richard and Gilda Cohen of Encino, Calif., and the late Hope and Irving Shapiro.
Eli is in the 7th grade at Washington Middle School. His interests include reading, swimming, soccer and models. For his mitzvah project, Eli participated in Neighborhood Cooking for the Homeless.
Ana Rae Elizabeth Miller
Ana celebrated her Bat Mitzvah on May 17, 2008 at Temple Beth Am.
Ana is the daughter of Nancy Sapiro and Lincoln Miller of Seattle and the sister of Kathryn and Aidan. Her grandparents are Heather Miller and Robert Miller of Portage, Wis., Jane Sapiro of Green Bay, Wis., the late Elizabeth Miller and the late Abner Sapiro.
Ana is in the 7th grade at the Seattle Girls School. Her hobbies include soccer and hanging out with friends.
Yaeli will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on June 7, 2008 at Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation.
Yaeli is the daughter of Antony and Rene Egnal, and the sister of Marc. She is the granddaughter of David and Verona Forman of Cape Town, South Africa, and Max and Lynette Langman of Cape Town, South Africa, and the late Joe and Selma Egnal.
Yaeli is a 7th grader at the Jewish Day School, where she is a member of the student council. She enjoys swimming for Bellevue Club Swim Team, wakeboarding, playing tennis, downhill skiing, playing football with friends, and spending summers at Camp Solomon Schechter. For her mitzvah project, Yaeli is donating money for microloans at Kiva.org and to the Children’s Red Cross Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa.
Matthew Ari Nugent
Matthew will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on May 24, 2008 at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue.
Matthew is the son of Misty Ellen Mondress and Doug Nugent of Kenmore and the brother of Natalie. His grandparents are Honey Mondress and Eldo Johnson of Temple, Tex., Howard Mondress and Mae Floyd of Gig Harbor, Walter Nugent and Suellen Hoy of Highland Park, Ill., and Kack Nugent of Mishawaka, Ind.
Matthew is a student at Billings Middle School. His interests include birding, sports and politics.
Charles “Chuck” Kaplan, Seattle pediatrician and founding member of Temple Beth Am, died on April 18, 2008. He was 95 years old.
Friends and family described Kaplan as a dedicated father and physician, as well as a man who was deeply committed to the growth of the local Jewish community.
Along with his work with Temple Beth Am, Kaplan was also a founding member of the Seattle Jewish Community School, and served terms as the president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, the Stroum Jewish Community Center, and the American Jewish Committee’s Seattle Chapter.
“Chuck was an amazing and generous human being who wanted to help any Jewish institution he felt was going to be promoting Jewish life,” said Temple Beth Am’s Rabbi Jonathan Singer.
Kaplan, a graduate of the University of Toronto Medical School, moved with his wife, Lillian, to Seattle in 1948 after serving in the Army Medical Corps for four years.
He first became involved with Temple Beth Am shortly after his arrival in Seattle when it was nothing more than a small group of Northend families who gathered in each other’s homes for Shabbat dinner on Friday nights. Eventually, those involved began thinking seriously about starting their own Reform synagogue.
Molly Cone, a long-time friend of Kaplan and a fellow founding member of Temple Beth Am, recounted Temple Beth Am’s first Shabbat service, which was held at the old Hillel at the University of Washington.
“We only expected about 20 people to show up, but that first night we had over 100. And it just grew from there,” Cone said.
She credits Kaplan for much of the early enthusiasm surrounding Temple Beth Am.
“People just naturally gravitated towards him,” she said.
As a pediatrician, Kaplan was a favorite among Northend parents. He treated patients for more than 30 years out of an office in the University District, patients which included Cone’s two youngest children.
“There was something about Chuck, a certain magic about him, that put small children at ease,” Cone said.
Kaplan also served as an adjunct faculty member of the University of Washington Medical School, and as the chairman of the King County Association on Sex Education in the late 1960s.
According to his son, Robert, Kaplan took special care to balance his work and community obligations with his family life.
“He was a very energetic person,” Robert said of his father. “He was always available as a mentor and as an advice-giver.”
Robert noted that both he and his sister were heavily influenced by their father’s love of philanthropy and community involvement.
“Probably his greatest influence on us was the result of his personal actions. Both my sister and I are involved in a lot of social issues because that’s something that he showed us was important,” Robert said.
Memorial services for Kaplan were held on April 22 at Temple Beth Am. He is survived by his wife and two children.
Popeye’s dog made Selma Waldman inspired to become an artist and devote her life to art. Actually, it wasn’t the dog itself, but the man who created the dog, Selma’s uncle Myron Waldman, a renowned cartoonist who died just over a year ago.
Selma herself died of cancer on April 17. She was 77.
Waldman grew up in Texas, but moved to Seattle in 1957. Apart from a Fulbright scholarship in Berlin in 1959-60, she spent the rest of her life here.
Early on, her work hung in galleries alongside Georgia O’Keefe and Edward Hopper, but as her sympathies with the Civil Rights movement grew, she began to reflect her desire for justice in her art.
“She really believed in doing things in a way that she felt had integrity,” said Waldman’s son, Rainer Waldman Adkins. “She was very unswerving in her dedication to the artwork she was doing and to her activism for a better world.”
Phillip Levine, a local artist and longtime friend of Waldman’s, said that in addition to her excellent technical skills as a draftsperson and painter, particularly in her depiction of the human form, the themes of her work were also important.
“The content was intellectual and emotional and rational, and had to do with what the world is about,” Levine said. “It wasn’t decorative in a contemporary sense, in that you didn’t put it on your wall to enhance your environment, you put it on your wall to enhance your ‘view’ of the world.”
Waldman’s activism manifested itself in her Jewish identity, Adkins said.
“She believed that the experience Jews had had in the world gave a very powerful link to work for tikkun olam, for social justice and peace, and fighting oppression,” he said.
Though she considered herself a secular humanist and never belonged to a synagogue, “she had a very strong network in the grassroots of the Jewish community and really believed in the power and beauty of Jewish culture and experience,” Adkins said.
Waldman had considered making aliyah in the 1960s, but “that ended after the 1967 war and her growing awareness of the contradictions of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza at the time,” Adkins said.
Her sympathy for the Palestinians made her some enemies within the Jewish community at the time, but it also helped to create circles of friends in the art and activist worlds that otherwise would never have connected. It also inspired her to create series of works against apartheid in South Africa, and she traveled to the country as a result.
“There [are] some of us, Selma particularly, that spoke out against the kinds of things that needed to be spoken out against,” Levine said. “She was good at this for several reasons: She was an extremely intelligent woman, well-read, and she was a superb writer.”
Waldman published eight books of drawings and documentation of abuses in Africa. Her Naked Aggression series, which has been exhibited in various galleries around the city, focused on that subject, as well as on the abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. She was also proud to be the only American artist to have works in the Jewish Museum in Berlin’s Holocaust collection; the pieces are several life-sized drawings of figures falling through space, from her Falling Man series.
Waldman was working until about two-and-a-half weeks before her death. Her son and family plan to start a foundation in her name to continue to bring recognition to her work. Selma Waldman is survived by her son, Rainer Waldman Adkins and his wife, Deb Figen; grandson Sam Adkins; and her sister Maryon Spotswood. A public memorial will be held June 1 at 5 p.m. at the Rainier Valley Cultural Center.
Leah Zallman and Nadav Tanners are engaged to be married Sunday, August 31 in the Washington, D.C. area.
Leah is the daughter of Marcy Bernbaum of Washington, D.C. and the late Eric Zallman. She is the granddaughter of Sara Zallman of Haverford, Pa.
Nadav is the son of Dina Tanners of Seattle and Paul Tanners of Spokane. He is the grandson of Jeanette RK Nelson of Seattle and the late Sid Nelson.
Both Leah and Nadav graduated from Swarthmore College. Leah received her medical degree in May, 2007 from New York University and Nadav received his Masters in Environmental Management from Yale University. After the wedding, the couple will reside in Boston, Mass.
Jonathan Samuel Zawadzki
Jonathan will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on May 3, 2008 at Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation.
Jonathan is the son of Patricia Blount and Ilan Zawadzki of Mercer Island and the brother of Miriam and Benjamin. He is the grandson of Judge Clarence Blount and Augusta Arnold Blount of Georgia and Reuben Zawadzki and Debora Anski Zawadzki of New York.
Jonathan is in the 7th grade at Islander Middle School. He enjoys basketball, snow skiing and reading mystery and science fiction books. For his mitzvah project, Jonathan is participating in the Darfur backpack project sponsored by Jewish World Watch, which provides backpacks containing books, toiletries, shoes and other items to school-age children who are refugees from the Darfur genocide and residents in the Oure Cassoni refugee camp in Chad.
Benjamin Bryant Zawadzki
Benjamin will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on May 3, 2008 at Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation.
Benjamin is the son of Patricia Blount and Ilan Zawadzki of Mercer Island and the brother of Miriam and Jonathan. He is the grandson of Judge Clarence Blount and Augusta Arnold Blount of Georgia and Reuben Zawadzki and Debora Anski Zawadzki of New York.
Benjamin is in the 7th grade at Islander Middle School. He enjoys basketball, snow skiing and reading fantasy novels, particularly the Harry Potter books. For his mitzvah project, Benjamin is participating in the Darfur backpack project sponsored by the Jewish World Watch, which provides backpacks containing books, toiletries, shoes and other items to school-age children who are refugees from the Darfur genocide and residents in the Oure Cassoni refugee camp in Chad.
Emory Klein & Matthew Rubin
Emory and Matthew are engaged to be married in October 2008 in Seattle. Emory’s aunt, Rabbi Elka Abrahamson of Columbus, Ohio, will officiate the ceremony.
Emory is the daughter of Ron and Cherie Klein of Issaquah and the granddaughter of Marlene Zinkow and Sandy Zimet of Los Angeles Calif., and Sue and Saul Simon of Los Angeles.
Emory is a graduate of Issaquah High School and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington. She works as a customer service representative at Gene Juarez.
Matthew is the son of Charles and Ellen Rubin of Bellevue and the grandson of the late Charles and Rita Degginger and the late Sam and Fannie Rubin. He is a graduate of Newport High School and has a bachelor’s degree from Washington State University. He currently works as an insurance agent for Allstate Insurance.
Ansara will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on May 24, 2008 at Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue.
Ansara is the daughter of Chuck and Debbie Miller of Whidbey Island and the sister of Bridget Wernau and Christine Miller. She is the granddaughter of the late Lou and Helen Miller-Huston and the late
Dale and Phyllis Casto.
Ansara is in the 7th grade at Whidbey Island Waldorf School. Her hobbies include snowboarding, music, dancing, water sports, taking care of her pets, and cooking for her friends and family. For her mitzvah project, Ansara raised money for the Whidbey Animal Improvement Fund to make funds available for people to adopt pets from the shelter entirely free of charge.
Alexander Levi Klarman
Robyn and Barry Klarman announce the birth of their son Alexander Levi on February 29, 2008 at Providence Everett Medical Center. Alexander weighed 6 lbs., 8 oz. and measured 19 inches.
Alexander is the grandson of Joanne and Jerry Klarman of Whitestone, N.Y. and Nancy and Millard Habegger of Boulder, Colo.
Alexander is named in honor of his maternal great-grandfather. His middle name is in honor of his paternal great-grandmother.
Asher Eli Leyton Barolette
Stacey Leyton and Pierre Barolette announce the arrival of their son Asher who was born March 8, 2008 at UCSF Hospital in San Francisco, Calif. He was 8 lbs., 13 oz. and 21 inches long.
Asher is the brother of Hayden Ethan and the grandson of Carol and Dr. Bryan Leyton of Bellevue, Pierre J. Barolette of Orlando, Fla. and Thermilie Delicein of Leawood, Kan. Asher is named for his great grandmother Aspasie Bel Nadel.
Joshua Max Reid
Joshua will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on April 12, 2008 at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue.
Joshua is the son of Jayne Carlin and Wallace Reid of Mercer Island and the brother of Anna and Daniel. His grandparents are Harold Carlin of Falmouth, Me. and the late Beatrice Carlin and Millicent Michalski of Port Orange, Fla. and the late Wallace Reid, Sr.
Joshua is in the 7th grade at Islander Middle School. His interests include baseball, basketball, bicycling and music.
Bailey Ethan Kaplan
Steve and Randi Kaplan of New York welcomed the arrival of their son Bailey on March 12, 2008.
Bailey is the brother of Kyle and the grandson of Ken and Lois Glickman of Seattle and Harriet Rothstein of New York.
Olla Solomyak and Jacques Alcabes
Olla and Jacques will be married in August in New York.
Olla is the daughter of Rita and Boris Solomyak of Seattle and the granddaughter of Tamara and Michail Solomyak of Rehovot, Israel and Esther Gandelsman of Haifa, Israel.
She is a graduate of Northwest Yeshiva High School and received her B.A. in Psychology, Philosophy and Mathematics from Brandeis University. She currently works as a neurolinguistics research assistant at New York University.
Jacques is the son of Meryl and Carlos Alcabes of Seattle and the grandson of Edith and Reuben Solonsky of Eugene, Ore. and the late Rosa and Jacques Alcabes.
Jacques also attended Northwest Yeshiva High School and received his B.A. from Brandeis University. He works as an Economic Analyst for NERA.
Both the bride and groom plan to attend graduate school in the fall.
David will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on April 12, 2008 at Congregation Beth Shalom.
David is the son of Jason Kintzer and Jane Becker and the brother of Raphael, Yoni, Maya, Avi and Yoel. His grandparents are Jolanda Kintzer of Long Beach, N.Y. and the late David Kintzer, and Edward Becker from New York, N.Y. and the late Mildred Becker.
David is in the 7th grade at the Jewish Day School. His hobbies include spending time with his siblings, playing basketball, soccer, baseball and tennis, hanging out with his friends, listening to music, and traveling, especially visiting his cousins in Israel.
David’s mitzvah projects included working at food banks, writing letters to political leaders on behalf of children all over the world, and reaching out to others in need.
Theo James Daniels
Ruty Sorrell Daniels and Will Daniels announce the birth of their son Theo on February 2, 2008 at Swedish Hospital. He weighed 6 lbs., 3 oz. and was 18 inches long.
Theo is the grandson of Barbara and Ted Daniels of Seattle and the late Fortune Sorrell. His great-grandparents are Carolyn and William Danz of Seattle.
Theo is named for his paternal grandfather.
Tawni Louise Halfon
Tawni celebrated her Bat Mitzvah on February 23, 2008 at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue.
She is the daughter of David and Lisa Halfon of Renton and the sister of Aaron. Her grandparents are Lionel Rivers of Simi Valley, Calif. and the late Louise Rivers, and the late Isaac and Sultana Halfon.
Tawni attends Dimmitt Middle School and enjoys music.
Karl will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on March 22, 2008 at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue.
Karl is the son of Denise Joffe and Paul Manner of Mercer Island and the brother of Matthew Manner and Jessica. His grandparents are Phyllis Manner of New Rochelle, N.Y. and the late George Manner and the late Gloria and Theodore Joffe.
Karl is a student at Islander Middle School. His hobbies include playing the clarinet, skiing, basketball and baseball.
Tracy Garretson and Daniel Lawson
Tracy and Daniel were married on September 9, 2007 at Rosario Resort on Orcas Island. Cantor Fran Lawson officiated the ceremony.
Tracy is the daughter of Janet and Dan Garretson of Bellevue. She is a graduate of Interlake High School and received both her undergraduate degree and her master’s from the University of Washington. She is now a CPA at KPMG.
Daniel is the son of Steve and Debbie Lawson of Bellevue. His grandparents are Shirley Kulman and the late Arthur Kulman and the late Esther and Label Lawson. He holds a B.A. from the University of Washington and currently works as a manager for Ampco Parking.
The couple resides in Seattle.
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