Cynthia Flash Hemphill
Cynthia Flash Hemphill grew up in Seattle, the daughter of Claire Barkey Flash, who helped her large Sephardic family flee the island of Rhodes during World War II. Claire married Philip Flash and the couple were among the growing number of Jewish couples in Seattle to merge Sephardic and Ashkenazic traditions, and Orthodox and Reform Jewry. While Cynthia grew up listening to her mother speak Ladino to her great aunt and grandmother, she also was raised as a Reform Jew, bridging the gap between many branches of Judaism. In her youth she attended Temple De Hirsch Sinai and attended and worked at Jewish summer camps. She is now a member of Temple B'nai Torah with her husband Dan Hemphill and two sons. With a degree in communications from the University of Washington, she founded Flash Media Services in 2000 and works as a journalist and publicist. She also wrote A Hug From Afar, which details her mother's journey from Rhodes to Seattle to escape the Holocaust during WWII.