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May
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Babani Family Siete

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The Babani family Siete (shiva) schedule will take place both at SBH for services, and at the Babani home for visiting with the family.
  
SERVICES: At Sephardic Bikur Holim 6500 52nd Ave. South begining tonight Thursday, May 2nd.
VISITING: Babani home 6516 51st Ave South begining with Friday.
  
Services at Sephardic Bikur Holim
Thursday - 7:00pm
Sunday - 8:15pm
Monday - 7:00pm
Tuesday - 7:00pm
Wednesday - Corte de Siete 6:45pm
  
Home Visiting hours
Friday: 10am - 12noon & 1:00pm - 3:00pm. 
Shabbat: 5:00pm - 7:00pm.  
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday:   9:00am - 11:00am & 2:00pm - 5:00pm.
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24
Apr
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Announcement of EB Donations to Stern, Bauman families

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The EB Discretionary fund has just issued two significant donations - one to the Stern family of Boca Raton, who lost their daughter Shoshie in an accident last week.  For anyone interested in donating, click on http://www.shoshiestern.com/donate.html

We also donated to Jeff Bauman, injured so seriously in the Boston Marathon bombing. Here is the page, and the donation we sent with a message from our congregation.  Those interested in donating, click on http://www.gofundme.com/BucksforBauman

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18
Apr
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Israel Week at EB

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Israel week at Ezzy Bezzy has been great so far. We kicked off the week with a community-wide Yom Ha'atzmaut celebration. Festivities began at 5:15 pm on Tuesday afternoon with the screening of "Israel Inside: How a Small Country Makes a Big Difference". I had seen this film last year at a StandWithUS event, and felt strongly that we should find the opportunity to show it.  Over 70 members and friends of EB attended, and thoroughly enjoyed the film.  Here's the trailer:

   

The film is available through the Israel Inside website at http://www.israelinsidethemovie.com/ An inspiring film, it can serve as a tremendous "counter-propaganda" piece.  Particularly noteworthy was the unit on "Save a Child's Heart", an international Israeli humanitarian program that performs open heart surgery on kids from all over the world...Here is its mission statement:

Save a Child’s Heart (SACH) is an Israeli-based international humanitarian project, whose mission is to improve the quality of pediatric cardiac care for children from developing countries who suffer from heart disease and to create centers of competence in these countries. SACH is totally dedicated to the idea that every child deserves the best medical treatment available, regardless of the child's nationality, religion, color, gender or financial situation. 

SACH is motivated by the age-old Jewish tradition of Tikkun Olam – repairing the world. By mending the hearts of children, regardless of their origin, SACH is contributing to a better and more peaceful future for all of our children.

The SACH mission is achieved through:

 Providing life-saving cardiac surgery and other life saving procedures for children from developing countries at the Wolfson Medical Center in Holon, Israel;

 Providing a full outreach training program for the medical personnel from these countries in Israel;

 Leading surgical and teaching missions to partner countries in the developing world;

 Holding pre-operative and follow-up cardiology clinics in Israel and abroad.

Over half the children treated in recent years have been Palestinian. Need we say more? 
You can get more information about this amazing program by visiting their website at http://www.saveachildsheart.org

While adults (and some teenagers!) enjoyed the film, kids were occupied with a bouncy house, cotton candy and popcorn (thanks to Ari Hoffman and NCSY!), caricaturist Graham White's wonderful talents, and Rochelle Romano's Israeli cookie decorating extravaganza. At about 6:30 pm, Dalia and staff opened the Social Hall doors and treated us to a delectable Israeli meat dinner.  Hen Mazzig, StandWithUs shaliach to the Pacific Northwest spoke to the crowd about his ambitious work on behalf of Israel, while Fran Israel offered us a warmhearted peek into her recent adventures in Israel; for the full story see the blog entry posted here on the Ezzy Bezzy Blog back in January: http://www.ezrabessaroth.net/leadership/rabbi-s-blog/entry/how-i-traveled-to-israel-and-had-my-bathroom-remodeled

Pictures of the event can be found on our home page.

Special thanks to Susan Jensen for all her work on this program!

This Shabbat, Harley and Lela Franco are sponsoring: "Israel: A Sephardic Perpsective" featuring Rabbi Daniel Bouskila from the Sephardic Educational Center.  All the classes and the Kiddush Luncheon are open to the whole community.  Those considering joining Ezzy Bezzy are encouraged to attend!

 

 

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03
Apr
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Hametz has been repurchased

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All Hametz sold through Rabbi Benzaquen/Rabbi Meyers was repurchased at 8:45 pm Tuesday night.  

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24
Mar
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Last Chance to Sell Hametz

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Dear Friend,
 
As you know, it is forbidden for a Jewish person to own Hametz on Pesach.  Each year, the city's rabbis take on the responsibility of acting as agents to sell the Hametz of the members of our community.  To date, I have received many Hametz contracts, and I want to be certain that everyone who has planned to use me as their agent has had a chance to do so.  Halacha (Jewish law) permits the appointment of the rabbi to be done, if necessary, through the internet.  
 
There are two sales taking place in the next day:
  • One, tonight at 9:30 pm for those of you who will be east of Seattle, and for whom the prohibition to own Hametz will set in earlier than here in Seattle.
  • One tomorrow, late morning, for those of you will be welcoming in Pesach here in Seattle.
 
If you have not yet done so, I urge you to fill out the form below, copy and paste into an email - and return the email to me immediately - to my personal email address  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  specifying if you would like to be included in tonight's sale or Monday's sale.
 
If you have not already done so, it is traditional to contribute to the Ma'ot Hitim fund which is distributed to families requiring assistance in purchasing Pesach supplies.  At your convenience, any contribution to the "EB Rabbi's Discretionary Fund" would be welcome.  Checks can be mailed to EB, 5217 S. Brandon St. Seattle WA 98118, or donations can be made via our website http://ezrabessaroth.net/support-eb (choose "Rabbi's Discretionary Fund")
 
Thank you!
 
Rabbi Ron-Ami Meyers
Congregation Ezra Bessaroth
 
 
CONTRACT FOR SALE OF CHAMETZ  
 
DELEGATION OF POWER FOR SALE OF CHAMETZ 
 
 
KNOW YE that I, the undersigned, fully empower and permit Rabbi Ron-Ami Meyers
(“the Rabbi”) to act in my place and stead, and on my behalf, as my agent, to sell all Chametz
possessed by me (knowingly or unknowingly) as defined by the Torah and Rabbinic law (e.g.
Chametz, possible Chametz, and all kinds of Chametz mixtures). The also includes Chametz
that tends to harden and to adhere to inside surfaces of pans, pots, or cooking and usable
utensils, and all kinds of live animals that have been eating Chametz or mixtures thereof. I also
fully empower and permit the Rabbi to act in my place and stead, and on my behalf, as my
agent to lease all places wherein my Chametz be found, especially in the premises located at
_____________________________________________ and elsewhere. The Rabbi has the full
right to sell and to lease by transactions, as he deems fit and proper, and for such time which
he believes necessary in accordance with all detailed terms and detailed forms as explained in
the general authorization contract which have been given this year to the Rabbi to sell
Chametz. This general authorization is made a part of this agreement. Also do I hereby give
the Rabbi full power and authority to appoint a substitute in his stead with full power to sell 
and to lease as provided herein. 
 
The above given power is in conformity with all Torah, Rabbinical regulations and laws, and
also in accordance with laws of the State of Washington and of the United States.
 
 ________Nissan (Hebrew Date) in the year 5773. 
 
Name: ____________________________________________________________
Address: ___________________________________________________________ 
Date: ______________________________________________________________ 
 
The legal intricacies concerning this transfer of property are many, and only a competent
Rabbi should be entrusted with its execution. 
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22
Mar
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Sources for the "Four Sons" Shabbat Hagadol Derasha

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Just click on this link - and you can see the sources for this Shabbat's class at 5:40 at EB

http://ravron.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/another-look.pdf

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13
Mar
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Fundamentals Class to Explore the Kashrut of Locusts

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Last week saw a plague of locusts of Biblical proportions in Egypt and reaching as far as Israel.  Locust enthusiasts were excited,  a chance to eat the rare kosher species....This week's "Fundamentals" class will explore the issue of Kashrut of locusts from a number of perspectives.  Join us after Kiddush in the midrash!

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13
Mar
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Indepth Study of Hagadah this Shabbat Afternoon

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JOIN US THIS SHABBAT AFTERNOON AS WE DELVE INTO THE HAGADAH SHEL PESACH.  
BOTH MEMBERS OF EB AND OF THE BROADER COMMUNITY ARE INVITED TO COME AND LEARN IN EB'S FAST-PACED, INTERACTIVE FORMAT !

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01
Mar
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Rambam Hilchot Leil Haseder 8 am Shabbat Morning in the EB Library

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Click on the link to see the PDF file of the Rambam:

rambamleilhaseder.pdf

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Mar
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"Fundamentals" to focus on Bedikat Hametz - Searching for Hametz

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To access the article that will the basis of this week's Fundamentals discussion, click on http://ravron.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/bedikat-hametz.pdf

Our session immediately follows the Kiddush in the EB foyer

See you there!

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27
Feb
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Pre-Pesach Learning Starts This Week @ 4:10 pm

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27
Feb
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Jews for Judaism Seattle Shabbaton!

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Feb
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Collecting Matanot La'evyonim for Distribution this Sunday

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Please bring your donations for Matanot La'evyonim to Kehilla this afternoon at 5:10 pm or Saturday night at 7:15 pm at EB - thanks!

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Feb
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Hatikva Through the Prism of History

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aryeankriDr. Galit (Ankri) Eliahoo, a newcomer with her family to Seattle and Ezra Bessaroth, will be presenting a special mini-lecture in honor of the memory of her father, R. Arye Ankri, on the occasion of his first Meldatho.  You are invited to join us Wednesday evening at 7:30 pm, following Arvit, in the EB Social Hall to hear Galit share her research on "Hatikva Through the Prism of History" Light refreshments will be served.

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10
Feb
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Ladies Bake Sale ON NOW

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Feb
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"Crossing Delancey" Tickets Now On Sale

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The Seattle Jewish Theater Company will present Crossing Delancey on stage in the Ezra Bessaroth social hall at 3:00 p.m.on Sunday March 17.

The charming, romantic comedy was written by Susan Sandler for the New York Jewish theater where it was well-received. Sandler later adapted her stage play for the hit Warner Bros movie starring Amy Irving. The play has none of the racier scenes that appear in the movie and focuses on traditional Jewish values. It is a sweet, family drama that all ages can enjoy together.

The New York Times called the play, "An amusing romance that tells its story believably, rarely trying to make its gag lines, of which there are many, upstage its narration or outshine its heart." Isabelle “Izzy” is a single young Jewish woman working in an upscale Manhattan bookstore who longs to be part of the intellectual literary scene. But her old-world grandmother and a matchmaker are trying to fix her up with Sam, a quiet young man who runs a pickle store in the neighborhood. The conflict is resolved with a generous dose of humor, affection, and wisdom.

Crossing Delaney will be directed by SJTC founder and artistic director Art Feinglass who launched the company in 2011. “The mission of the Seattle Jewish Theater Company www.SeattleJewishTheater.com is to bring quality Jewish plays to the Seattle area. Crossing Delancey is a warm Jewish story with themes of love and family and the value of old-world tradition that are universal. It’s a very enjoyable play with a great cast. The audience is going to love it.” To buy tickets, contact Susan in the Ezra Bessaroth office at 206-722-5500 or go to our website and click on "Support EB", choose "Campaigns": http://ezrabessaroth.net/support-eb

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14
Jan
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Reviews of Art Benjamin

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ARTBWhat Others Say About Dr. Benjamin

"He talks like a performer, acts like a magician, and multiplies faster than a calculator."
--- The Los Angeles Times.

"Someone you can count on!"
--- People Magazine

"This is fun!"
--- Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report, Comedy Central, 2010

"Thanks again for presenting at the Amazon event. The feedback I received was amazing; everyone loved your show. It was *perfect* for the team there assembled. Now my big challenge is how do I even come close to something like that for next year?"
--- Colin Bodell, Senior Vice President, Amazon.com, 2010

"Your gift for mental calculation is truly astounding. The technology, risk management and compliance professionals who attended the Summit were completely captivated by your presentation, and we appreciate the excitement that you brought to our event. You had the complete attention of everyone in the room throughout your entire presentation, and your feats of mind were a major point of discussion for the remainder of the Summit. You inspired us all to use our brains a little bit more, and we will never forget your incredible show."
--- Alex Bender, Vice President of Marketing, Archer Technologies, 2008

"It was great. I only heard positive comments from everyone. Thanks!"
--- Mindy Harris, President, NAGDCA (National Association of Government Defined Contribution Administrators), 2008

"Doctor Benjamin's presentation ranks among the very best. He is able to entertain, motivate, stimulate, and educate simultaneously, a rare ability that helps to bring the joy of math and science into the lives of his audiences."
--- Dr. Steven Murov, Director, Modesto Area Partners in Science

"Parents, teachers, and children, with multiple layers of math phobia, related easily to your imaginative style of storytelling and theater that brings math to a 'Wow!' level."
--- Sarah Orleans, Director of Programs, The Franklin Institute Science Program

"Dr. Arthur Benjamin made two presentations at Millersville University as part of the 21st annual Brossman Science Lectureship. The audience for the afternoon presentation consisted of 5th through 9th graders. The audience for the evening performance consisted of children through adults including university students and faculty. There was standing room only for both presentations (750 each). These were the largest crowds to ever attend the Science Lectureship. Dr. Benjamin appealed to all ages. His presentations were energetic and humorous as well as being informative. He had people excited about mathematics. One teacher stated: 'Dr. Benjamin was a fantastic lecturer and truly inspiring to the students.'"
--- Dr. Lyman Rickard, Millersville University

"Your presentation at BMS was thoroughly enjoyed by both the students and the faculty. You were phenomenal! You have such a great way of getting kids thinking and enjoying math!! We look forward to having you back in the future."
--- Christy Romano, Enrichment Coordinator, Bow Memorial School

"Arthur Benjamin, the `mathemagician,' wowed the crowd with his demonstration of lightning calculation. It's hard to believe that watching someone do math would be entertaining, but Arthur is a knockout."
--- Magic Magazine, November 2007

"That was one of the most incredible finishing acts we've ever had!"
--- Carmie Henry, Vice President, Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, 2008

"Arthur Benjamin and his human calculator act is one of the most exciting, entertaining acts imaginable."
--- Academy of Magical Arts Newsletter, January 2010

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10
Jan
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Big Brothers and Sisters Donation Bin Now @ EB

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In keeping with our mission of Torah, Avodah and Gemilut Hasadim, as of today, EB is a drop-off point for donations of household items, you name it, for the Big Brothers and Sisters of Puget Sound. The Donation Bin will be located on the EB grounds, close to the corner of Wilson and Brandon Streets in Seward Park

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28
Dec
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Shabbat "Fundamentals": PED from a Torah Perspective

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PEDAs many of you may (or may not!) know, despite my attempt to "kick the habit", I remain a fan of professional football, and of the Seahawks in particular. (Always root for the home team!) Today, the Hawks' Richard Sherman won his appeal against a four-game suspension for allegedly having used performance-enhancing drugs.  I thought that it would be a good opportunity to revisit the topic, from a Torah perspective, in the context of our weekly "Fundamentals" class.  Join us after Kiddush this week @ EB for what promises to be a lively discussion !

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24
Dec
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Order Your Mathemagics Tickets Online!

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Mathemagician Art Benjamin is coming to Seattle for one performance only at EB on Monday evening, Jan. 14th at 7 pm.  Tickets are only $5, and $7 at the door on the night of the show.  Starting today, you can order your tickets online.  Just go to http://ezrabessaroth.net/support-eb and under "Campaign" select "Mathemagics".  Payment is via Paypal.  In the comments section, let us know if you want to pick up your reserved tickets at the door or whether you would like to receive them in advance. For a brief preview of what's in store for you, see the following YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4vqr3_ROIk

See you at EB on January 14th!

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