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'Letters To The Editor' Brings To Life 90 Years Of Jewish History

The cast of "Letters to the Editor": Shellie Shulkin, David Bestock, Molli Corcoran, Andrew Litzky, Laura Ferri and Carl  Shutoff.
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The cast of "Letters to the Editor": Shellie Shulkin, David Bestock, Molli Corcoran, Andrew Litzky, Laura Ferri and Carl Shutoff.

The Jewish Transcript newspaper, now known as The Jewish Sound, first went to print in Seattle in March 1924. Its founder, Herman Horowitz, said he felt a duty to the Jewish community of the Northwest to provide a forum for “their ideas, aspirations and principles." 

To mark the publication’s 90th anniversary, the editors of The Jewish Sound approached Seattle’s Book-It Repertory Theatre about a collaboration. 

The Sound’s associate editor, Emily Alhadeff, compiled 90 years-worth of clippings and turned them over to scriptwriter Rachel Atkins. Their effort became the play, "Letters to the Editor: Celebrating 90 Years of Writing Our Community’s Story."

The work covers news, opinion and advertisements from Washington’s Jewish community over the years. In it you’ll hear the history of their struggles and achievements, as told in the pages of an enduring newspaper.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, King County’s 4Culture, Seattle Public Library and Book-It Repertory Theatre presented this event on Jan. 25.

Year started with KUOW: 2006