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Unlocking the Voices of our Community

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Voice Of The Week

Can you guess the Voice of the Week?

Here is this week's voice - leave your guess on Facebook or email the office:

Transcript for the November 16th Mystery Voice:

"I had never heard of Seattle. The ticket agent said you don't have much money its cheaper to go to Seattle. So naturally I asked is this American too? And he said Yes so we bought a ticket to go to Seattle.."

Transcript for the November 2nd Mystery Voice:

"Probably my favorite story about them is in 1980 I believe '80-'81-'82 they became US citizens. And so they were in their late seventies and it was the first time in their entire lives that they had ever been a citizen of a country where they could vote. So it wasn't until they were in their late seventies where they ever lived in a country where they could vote. That was super powerful. My grandmother, who died at 94 never missed an election, knew policy issues, she could talk you under the table on what was going on. And so I definitely think It was engrained in me not to take that vote for granted."

Transcript for the October 26th Mystery Voice:

"From the time I was a bar mitzvah I had listened to every little nuance of the liturgy that I heard every time I went to synagogue."

Correctly guessed by Elaine Policar Alhadeff and Betsy Schneier.

Transcript for the October 19th Mystery Voice:

"...from '89 to 1995 or so, we were able to aid in the resettlement of some 33 Jewish families from the former Soviet Union. In the Tacoma Jewish community probably spent $125,000 to resettle these folks. We worked with the Jewish Family Service in Seattle. We secured their apartment before they came. We stocked the refrigerator. We purchased used tables, chairs, everything. And when they came we would pick them up at the plane. We would bring them from the plane. They had just arrived from Moscow. We would record everything on a videotape and bring them to their apartment. It was absolutely one of the most wondrous parts of our lives."

Transcript for the October 12th Mystery Voice:

"Well it was a small town and your friends were all the Jewish people in town. And the high holidays half of the downtown stores in Aberdeen were closed."

Correctly guessed by Cynthia Reiner Spencer, Robin Plotnik, and Betsy Schneier.

Transcript for the October 5th Mystery Voice:

"And then every year for years -- I hope to be able to do it for many more years to come -- I get a truck and crew of young boys from the synagogue  and young men, and we go out to the woods and cut down the branches that we bring back for the thatching for the roofs of the Sukkot...in our synagogue we even go a step further and make home deliveries to the 20-25 homes where they're going to make a sukkah."

Transcript for the September 21st Mystery Voice:

"Every Jewish holiday two of my good friends and I would walk and go to every single synagogue and temple to hear and notice what they were doing and how they were doing it and we had a lot of fun."

Transcript for the September 7th Mystery Voice:

"...there were a lot of Sephardics working in the public market. At that time they even had Sephardic restaurants that people would go to. And it was packed full of Sephardics. If anybody came from out of town they'd go to the market and see their friends. And most of them were Sephardic and so they'd all come down and we'd get to meet a lot of people.(end 18:40)  It was good. We made a living.  But obviously it was hard.(end 18:46)  I worked for my dad for about 4 or 5 years and that's about all. And then he retired. And then I kept ownership of the company to myself and I've been there since '56."

Transcript for the August 31st Mystery Voice:

"And we were always looking for something new. That’s why Council House was the big thing in my year. We were working on it, but it was actually a dream come true in the year that I was the President. I was very fortunate to be able to speak along with the Mayor and the Governor of the State of Washington at the dedication of Council House."

Correctly guessed by James Rogers, Cynthia Stroum, Dorothy Lederman, and Lynn Wartnick.

Transcript for the August 24th Mystery Voice:

"I was a pretty entrepreneurial kid. I had paper routes, I worked as a soda jerker and assistant at the corner drugstore. I worked in the grocery story, made store deliveries. I once worked after school and on weekended at a meat market."

Correctly guessed by David Israel and Cynthia Stroum.

Transcript for the August 17th Mystery Voice:

"My mother always wanted me to be a conductor and she said when she was pregnant with me, she dreamt numerous times that I was going to be a conductor."


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