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Southern Arizona’s Award-Winning Jewish Newspaper Volume 72, Issue 19

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October 7, 2016

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THA dinner to honor late Don Baker as ‘Developer of Dreams’ DAVID J. DEL GRANDE AJP Intern

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ucson Hebrew Academy’s “Developer of Dreams” Tikkun Olam Celebration honoring the late Donald Baker will be a promotion of visionary ideals, says Deborah Baker (no relation), alumni coordinator at THA. This year will be an intimate community event because of Baker’s untimely death, she says. “There are people who have a deep connection to Don that have some stories to share, and it’s really sentimental,” she says. “This is like a love letter from our community to Don. And this is about leaving people inspired by his contribution and how he spent his life making a difference.” Baker, 59, and his wife, Dawn Hunter-Baker, died, on Jan. 18, when their plane crashed while

returning home from a business trip in Deer Valley, Utah. He was co-owner of Larsen Baker L.L.C., the largest retail-commercial real estate company in Tucson, founding the local organization with his partner, George C. Larsen, in 1993. Larsen will be one of the many guest speakers at the event, which will be held Sunday, Nov. 6 at the Tucson Jewish Community Center starting with a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m., business attire is recommended. Baker served as THA board president from 1995-1997 and was an established member of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona board of directors. He also played an integral role in designing and financing the THA’s move to the Volk Jewish Community Campus in 1996. Two short films commemorating Baker’s life and vision, which

the cornerstone of Baker’s community work, she says, and a mission he was incredibly passionate about. “I’m touched by people’s generosity of their time, talent and treasure and know my father would be as well,” she says. “THA is a community that has embraced and supported my family always, but it has been most appreciated this year — from the planning of Shiva meals to the coordination of this lovely tribute, their support as been unwavering.” She remembers her father as a creator, designer and builder so “Developer of Dreams” describes his legacy perfectly, she says, sharing words to her father from her eulogy: “From bulldozers to board meetings, you created an enduring institution that embraces education, enthusiasm

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will feature THA alumni, community members and friends will play throughout the evening. Baker’s daughter, Lindsey Baker, says she was very moved when THA asked to honor her father this year. The school was

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For local women, Lions conference is poignant, enlightening DAVID J. DEL GRANDE AJP Intern

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delegation of nine Lions of Judah from Tucson attended the biennial international conference in Washington, D.C. to discuss philanthropic programs, ideas and stories of strength. Judy Berman, a local philanthropist, has been a Lion for about 10 years. She has attended three conferences thus far but this year’s event was life-changing, she says. “I doubled my pledge this year after realizing what good work the Lions do all over the world,” says Berman. “The conference

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Tucson women at the International Lion of Judah Conference in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 12, (L-R): Ellyn Gold, Shelly Silverman, Phyllis Maizlish, Leslie Glaze, Karen Katz, Judy Berman, Jody Gross, Melissa Goldfinger and Fran Katz

was so uplifting and amazing, and I loved the fact that each speaker was better than the next.”

The International Lion of Judah Conference hosts philanthropic Jewish women from the

United States, Canada and Israel who contribute at least $5,000 to the Jewish Federations of North America, with 13,000 women meeting the charity threshold this year alone. The conference ran from Sept. 11-13, and featured multiple guest speakers including Madeleine Albright, former U. S. Secretary of State; Tom Ridge, first secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; and Mara Liasson, political correspondent for National Public Radio, who will be speaking at the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona “Together” community event on Nov. 16. Berman’s husband, Phillip, See Lions, page 5

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The Gootters, mainstays in the Tucson philanthropic community, recently served as fundraising chairs for the capital campaign that saw the establishment of the Holocaust History Center on the expanded Jewish History Museum campus. They support education, the arts and the Steven M. Gootter Foundation, which they established in 2005 in memory of their son. The foundation’s mission is to save lives by defeating sudden cardiac death through increased awareness, research and the distribution of AEDs (automatic external defibrillators). Hanson is a professor emeritus of the School of Theatre, Film & Teleivsion at the University of Arizona, where he created the musical theatre program and headed the acting/musical theatre division. Hanson current presents celebrating the American musical theater and the “Great American Song Book” for The Learning Curve’s series, Learning at the Loft, as well as conducting their “Give My Regards to Broadway” annual New York theater tours. Tickets are $95. RSVP at jewishhistorymuseum. org/support or contact Lisa Schachter Brooks at museum@jewishhisto rymuseum.org or 6709073. Richard Hanson

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and tradition.” “I love that he was able to leverage his talents for development,” she says. “And in partnership with so many incredible community leaders, including Randy Emerson, build an institution that will continue to educate, nurture and develop students for generations to come.” Baker also loves that tikkun olam, repairing the world, is a vital part of THA’s curriculum she says. While in some instances it is explicitly taught, it is also woven into the school’s approach and aura. As a young student, Baker fondly recalls Rabbi Billy Lewkowicz enthusiastically singing the mantra “it’s not what we do; it’s the way we do it that makes us THA.” “THA taught me the importance of social justice and from my grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles the importance of philanthropy was consistently emulated,” she says. “I love that THA has an incredible network of alums engaged in diverse careers, many of which tie to social justice. The Tikkun Olam dinner “will highlight some of the inspiring work alums are engaged in,” she adds, and how THA “influenced their path.” Andy Seleznov, director of leasing at Larsen Baker, was one of the fundraising chairs for the event. Baker possessed an inherent sense of loyalty and respect for their clients and community members in general, says Seleznov, who developed a close friendship with him over the years they worked together. Baker was someone who was depended on and trusted by his business partners, acting as a mentor in many V E T E R A N S

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cases. And he recalls Baker driving clear across town just to patronize retailers they were working with. “[Baker] not only taught me a lot about the real estate industry, but he certainly taught me a lot about how to treat people,” says Seleznov. “There were a lot of lessons, a lot of great lessons that Don taught me personally.” Jon Ben-Asher, head of school at THA, says for at least 20 years the Tikkun Olam celebration, formerly called the Torah Dinner, has remained a vital fundraising event that helps the Academy fill its financial gaps. “We look to the philanthropy of the community and the support of the friends of THA at this time of year to help fill that gap,” says Ben-Asher. “It’s a critical annual function.” Everyone at THA was shocked to hear Baker had passed away, says Ben-Asher, especially since he played an integral role in developing THA’s current location. “We were sad, we were mournful, and of course like everyone, we were shocked,” he says. “It really hurt because Don’s presence is here at the school. Yet when someone is lost there is an opportunity to celebrate them as a person and the work that they did in their lives.” This particular event will, he hopes, help a community in mourning. Tikkun Olam is about healing the world, BenAsher says, and this event is about healing the community’s sorrow about losing someone as special as Baker. Ben-Asher remembers Baker’s positive energy and his ever-present bright smile. “It feels like this is a beautiful way to honor his legacy and show our respect for the contributions that he’s made to Jewish Tucson, to THA and to the community at large,” he says. D U T Y

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Illustration from ‘Shanghai Sukkah’

PJ Library, JCC plan shanghai sukkot event

A family Sukkot celebration, “Shake It Up in Shanghai!,” sponsored by the Tucson Jewish Community Center and PJ Library, will be held in the sculpture garden at the J on Thursday, Oct. 20, from 5-6:30 p.m. The organizations invite families to be their ushpizin (Hebrew for “guests”) in the sukkah, a temporary structure that evokes the dwellings of the ancient Israelites during harvest time. The event will include a PJ Library craft and story time, with a reading of “Shanghai Sukkah” by Heidi Smith Hyde,

illustrated by Jing Jing Tsong, which tells the story of a Jewish boy whose family moves from Berlin to Shanghai in the 1930s. There will be a photo op with a dragon costume from the Chinese Cultural Center, songs with Shabbat Scott and Julie Zorn, Asian-inspired cuisine — including shakes and fortune cookies — and a chance to shake the lulav, a combination of palm fronds, willow and myrtle that is shaken with the etrog, a citrus fruit, as part of the celebration of Sukkot. There are many interpretations of the symbolism of the lulav.

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Friedland Award, an honor dedicated to outstanding leaders and philanthropists, for her extensive volunteer efforts in the Tucson community. Ellyn Gold, originally from Chicago, joined the Lions this year. One of the deciding factors for Gold and her husband, Jeff, was that some of their donation would fund programs in Tucson, she says. Gold was especially impressed by the noteworthy guest speakers at the conference. “The politicians in particular were very engrossing, very knowledgeable and very articulate,” she says. Since she began socializing with local Lions, Gold has always felt warmly welcomed, she says, and experiencing the camaraderie on a national level left a lasting impression. “The closeness of the women who are coming and the purpose for which they come was very touching,” Gold says. “The sisterhood, the focus and purpose was well defined, and felt very good.” The Lions that led Tucson’s pride this year were Phyllis Maizlish, Jody Gross, Shelly Silverman, JFSA Senior Vice President Fran Katz, Leslie Glaze, Melissa Goldfinger, Ellyn Gold, Judy Berman and Karen Katz; delegation head Deanna Evenchick was unable to attend due to an illness.

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who was a former Ironman athlete, contracted a form of non-smoker’s lung cancer and died in 2009. For many years the pain was overwhelming, she says. But this year’s conference showed her that how you handle personal anguish and move forward speaks volumes. “What I realized at this conference was that everyone that got up and spoke had some sort of traumatic experience happen to them in their lifetime. Yet they somehow picked themselves up and made a difference in the world,” she says. “And I think, as Jews, that’s what we’re supposed to be doing.” The political climate in the United States and questions about national support of Israel were among the many reasons Berman attended the event. “I wanted to be an informed Jewish voter,” Berman says. During the three-day event, Berman did meet some women from other cities but more important she grew closer to her Tucson “shtetl,” she says. “There’s some type of security in bonding you get, being with each other at a conference like that.” Fern Feder, who died on Aug. 23, posthumously received the Kipnis-Wilson/

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COMMENTARY When will Lithuania’s government face the truth about the Holocaust? EFRAIM ZUROFF jta

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esidents of Vilna (Vilnius), Lithuania’s capital, had their pick of two events to mark the 75th anniversary of the Holocaust held this year on Sept. 23, their country’s official Shoah memorial day. The choice was rather simple because of the stark differences between the ceremonies, which reflect a new and developing conflict between the government and some members of the country’s younger, liberal and more educated elite regarding the manner in which the Baltic country should commemorate the tragedy of its Jewish community. The earlier ceremony, which took place at Ponar, the site of the murder of approximately 70,000 Jews from Vilna and its environs, was organized by the government and the small (3,500) local Jewish community. As might be expected, it had its share of pomp with military honor guards, fancy wreaths and numerous ambassadors in attendance. Yet the lineup of speakers was quite disappointing. The president did not attend, nor did

A woman in Lithuania marks the 75th anniversary of the Holocaust at a ceremony in Veliucionys, on the outskirts of Vilna, one of the most neglected of the 227 mass graves of Holocaust victims in the country, Sept. 23, 2016.

the prime minister or the foreign minister, nor even the mayor of Vilnius, who for unexplained reasons chose to take the day off. The speakers on behalf of the government were second- or third-tier bureaucrats or veteran politicians no longer ac-

tive on the political scene. Their platitudes about remembering the victims and honoring the legacy of the Holocaust rang especially hollow. After all, since independence, every Lithuanian government has made great efforts to minimize or hide the highly significant number and role of

the local Nazi collaborators, and the fact that those Lithuanians who participated in the murder of Jews came from all strata of society — from the clergy, intelligentsia and professionals to the hooligans and illiterate farmers. It was no accident, therefore, that Lithuania had the highest percentage of Jewish Holocaust victims per population (96.4 percent), a fact that is never mentioned at such events. Perhaps just as bad, if not worse, have been the efforts of all Lithuanian governments to promote the canard of equivalency between Communist and Nazi crimes, made manifest in the infamous Prague Declaration of June 2008, which demands parity in the treatment of the two totalitarian regimes. The only refreshing words of wisdom heard at Ponar came from Jewish community chairperson, Faina Kukliansky. In her surprisingly frank speech, she called upon the government to finally publish a list of local perpetrators, whose identities have been hidden for years, and to change the names of streets and public institutions that honor anti-Soviet heroes who murdered or incited to murder Jews during See Lithuania, page 7

Why the new year is a time for saying ‘thank you’ to interfaith families MELINDA MERSACK JTA cleveland hank you: two simple words with tremendous meaning. Thank you for being part of our community. Thank you for raising your children with

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us. Thank you for being with us. Many of us are seeking meaning in our lives and wish to be valued for the contributions we make and the people we are. While the Jewish community has traditionally struggled with welcoming interfaith families, the High Holidays present the perfect opportunity for us

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to put our values into action and express our gratitude to interfaith families for the investments they make in the Jewish future. Interfaith families are a growing part of our community. Many are seeking meaning in a Jewish context. Many are exposing their children to Jewish customs and rituals, and are doing their part to transmit Jewish values and traditions to their children. Many are active members of our congregations. For such a family that chooses us and asks only to be accepted in return, why shouldn’t we extend that acceptance? The High Holidays beckon us to examine ourselves. This is our annual accounting to determine if we have lived up to our potential. We engage in teshuvah (repentance), tefillah (prayer) and tzedakah (acts of justice and giving) as a way to keep us on the right path to being our best selves and contribute to making our society and the world a better place. These themes translate to how we may specifically welcome interfaith families during this new year. Teshuvah: An opportunity to open our hearts and our doors widely to truly welcome all families who wish to be part of our communities. Too often I hear

stories of how people have felt rejected and denied a place within a Jewish community because they fell in love with someone who isn’t Jewish. Teshuvah is a way for us to mend our past communal mistakes. Welcome those who wish to be welcomed and support them on their personal journeys as they explore Judaism in their own way. Tefillah: The chance to acknowledge with blessings that every member of a Jewish family is valued. Many rabbis invite those members of our community who aren’t Jewish and are a link in the chain of transmission of Jewish values and traditions to their children to rise and receive a blessing to honor their commitment to Jewish life and heritage. This has a profound impact and speaks volumes about the type of community we are and can reinforce why someone would choose to be affiliated with us. Tzedakah: Working for justice in our world is a Jewish priority that is shared with people of many faiths. As we strive to help those who are vulnerable in our communities by performing acts of tzedakah, why not actively seek to engage every member of our community, Jewish or not? A personal invitation says with See Interfaith, page 7


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the Holocaust — two additional issues that clearly reflect the government’s efforts to rewrite the history of the Shoah in Lithuania. The size and makeup of the crowd were also indicative of the current situation. Of the 300 people attending, only the Jews present came voluntarily. The others were there either as part of their jobs or were high school students who had no choice in the matter. This was in sharp contrast to the 80 people who came to the second ceremony, which was held at Veliucionys, also on the outskirts of Vilna, but among the most neglected of the 227 mass graves of Holocaust victims in Lithuania. The ceremony was part of an individual initiative, launched on Facebook,

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sincerity that the person who isn’t Jewish is respected. It says to their Jewish partner that we value both their participation in and contributions to our community. Thousands of families will come to-

titled “Cia guli Musiskiai” (“Here lie our people”), by the popular Lithuanian author Ruta Vanagaite, my co-author of the recent book “Musiskiai” (“Our People”), which deals with Lithuanian complicity in the Holocaust and the government’s efforts to hide those crimes. The project, launched only several weeks ago, encourages Lithuanians to visit Holocaust mass graves all over Lithuania, many of which are totally neglected and never visited. Veliucionys was purposely chosen as the site of the ceremony, since in researching our book in the summer of 2015, we had enormous difficulty finding the site, which was incorrectly marked and virtually inaccessible due to the thick vegetation all around it. Thanks, however, to extensive coverage of the project by Delfi, Lithuania’s leading news portal, the local authorities cut the grass and even put up signs to make it easier to reach the site. We had no idea who would come, and

whether there would be similar ceremonies elsewhere, but the results justified the effort. The 80 people who came to Veliucionys included some leading Lithuanian cultural and media figures, and quite a few families with young children. Together we marched the mile and a quarter from the area where the Jews were kept for several days to the mass murder site. Quite a few came with memorial candles, which lit up the area around the monument in a heartwarming manner, and many observed the Jewish tradition of placing a stone on the grave. Vanagaite related the fate of the 1,159 Jewish men, women and children who were murdered there, and the identity of their killers, Lithuanian volunteer murder squads. We later learned that similar events had taken place in the Kaunas Fort IV, Zagare, Lazdijai, Naujanerai, Vilkaviskis, Katkiskes and Saukenai. This change did not occur in a vacu-

gether in observance of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. What better time for synagogues and communities to reflect their intent to be welcoming and inclusive by publicly acknowledging and thanking the members of interfaith families who join them? “Al chet shechatanu l’fanecha,” for the sin we have committed against You:

As we recite these words asking forgiveness for our transgressions of the past year, may we also be mindful of how we have missed the mark by alienating interfaith families. As we seek to begin anew, may our hearts be big enough to embrace all God’s children, recognizing their contributions to our communities and our world, and may we be humble

um. It was preceded by the impact made by our book, and an amazing turnout by hundreds of Lithuanians to the Aug. 29 memorial march in Moletai, inspired by an op-ed on Delfi by playwright Marius Ivaskevicius, a native of that city who also participated in Veliucionys. The people who came to these alternative events were almost all members of the younger, more educated generation of Lithuanians who understand that hiding the truth about the Holocaust will not erase the crimes committed by Lithuanians or spare their country the embarrassment. Only by admitting and facing their past will Lithuania emerge stronger and more able to look forward to a better future. The question then becomes: When will this positive change finally be adopted by the government? Efraim Zuroff, Ph.D., is the chief Nazi hunter of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the director of its Israel office and Eastern European Affairs.

enough to tell them “thank you.” Rabbi Melinda Mersack is the director of jHUB, which provides new ways for interfaith couples and families to comfortably explore Jewish culture in the modern world. It is a program of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland and an InterfaithFamily affiliate. Mersack is a Rabbis Without Borders fellow and received ordination from the Hebrew Union CollegeJewish Institute of Religion.

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LOCAL CHAI Circle annual retreat to focus on ‘Living with No Regrets’ Amy Hirshberg Lederman will speak on “Living with No Regrets” at the 12th Annual CHAI Circle Retreat on Sunday, Oct. 30, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Canyon Ranch Health Resort, 8600 E. Rockcliff Road. CHAI Circle (Cancer, Healing and Inspiration), a program of Jewish Family & Children’s Services, is a support group for women in the Jewish community with a Amy Hirshberg Lederman history of cancer. “It takes a great deal of wisdom and courage to live life to the fullest and to prioritize our relationships and values so that we feel deeply satisfied with our choices,” says Lederman, a Tucsonan who is an award-winning author and columnist, international speaker, Jewish educator and attorney. “’Living with no regrets’ requires conscious and intentional decision-making but can be the key to feeling that we have lived our lives to the fullest,” she adds. Lederman has published stories in the “Chicken Soup” series and other anthologies, and her book “One God, Many Paths; Finding Meaning and Inspiration in Jewish Teachings” won the 2009 Best Book Award from the Arizona Book Publishing Association in the religion and spirituality category. She has won two Simon Rockower Awards from the American Jewish Press Association for her articles in the Arizona Jewish Post. The retreat will include a light breakfast and lunch. There is no registration fee. RSVP by Oct. 16 to Andrea Siemens at 795-0300, ext. 2365 or asiemens@jfcstucson. org.

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ARTS & CULTURE/LOCAL Open studios tour brings fiber artists, sculptor to Tucson J

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Tucson Handweavers & Spinners Guild will present more than 60 juried fiber artists for its show, “A Palette of Fiber Arts” on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 1-6 p.m. at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. The event will be a stop on the Heart of Tucson Arts Open Studios Tour. The J’s Fine Art Gallery will preview THSG member artworks in an exhibition from Oct. 14 to Nov. 20. The event on Oct. 29th will include live demonstrations, a boutique and raffle baskets, as well as the gallery show. At 3 p.m. on Oct. 29, “A Parade of Fiber Fashion” will be held in the JCC ballroom, spotlighting wearable art. The fashion parade will include light refreshments and a no-host bar. Guests can expect a profusion of unique wearables,

household textiles, gift items, rugs, bags and totes, wall pieces, handspun yarns, jewelry, felted art, weavings, tapestries and knitwear on display and available for purchase. Demonstrations will explore spinning, weaving, felting and other aspects of ancient and contemporary fiber arts. The gallery, demonstration and boutique are free. Tickets for the parade are $25; reserve at thsg.org. The same weekend, also in conjunction with the Heart of Tucson Arts Open Studios Tour, local stone sculptor Merlin Cohen will have work on display in the J’s sculpture garden. Cohen retired from his dental practice “Patagonia Moebius” by Merlin Cohen in 1992 to pursue sculpture full-time. He studied under sculptor Ralph Hurst at the University of Tennessee-Martin and at the Montoya/MAS Famous Sculptors Seminar and annually attends the Marble Institute of Colorado to carve marble and study. Cohen’s work is part of the J’s permanent collection and he is immediate past chair of the sculpture garden steering committee. For more information, visit tucsonjcc.org.

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ARTS & CULTURE/LOCAL UA’s ‘Forbidden Composers’ festival to explore work of Nazi-banned musicians RENEE CLAIRE Special to the AJP

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orbidden Composers” is the theme for the 9th annual Music + Festival which will be presented by the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music later this month. The festival will focus on the music, lives and cultural impact of three Jews whose music was banned by the Nazis as degenerate: Arnold Schoenberg, Kurt Weill and Hans Winterberg. Who, you may be wondering, is Hans Winterberg? Even dedicated classical music fans are unlikely to recognize the name Winterberg, as his music, until very recently, had been locked away in the archives of the Sudeten German Music Institute. The story surrounding Winterberg’s musical scores is one of legal machinations and family disputes, shadowed by anti-Semitic overtones. In an ironic twist of fate, it Daniel Asia was Schoenberg’s grandson who would assist Winterberg’s grandson in breaking a German contract that had repressed the composer’s music for a second time. Tucsonans will have the opportunity to hear the American debut of several of Winterberg’s pieces at the upcoming festival. The festival, which will be held Friday through Sunday, Oct. 14-16, will consist of a conference, symposium and four concerts. “The designation ‘forbidden composers’ wasn’t just an exclusive club for Jews,” explains festival director Daniel Asia. “Many non-Jewish composers were banned as well, but if you were a Jewish composer, you were considered degenerate by definition.” Asia, 63, a nationally renowned composer, conductor and music professor at the UA for the past 28 years, is the founder of the Music + Festival, which focuses on 20th and 21st century composers. This year’s featured composers were all musical prodigies whose lives and music were strongly impacted by the Holocaust. The selection reflects Asia’s lifelong interests in classical music, Holocaust studies and Jewish culture.

Schoenberg was an Austrian who managed to escape the Holocaust and establish a new life in the United States. “I felt it important to include Schoenberg even though his expressionist, 12-tone music can be difficult to understand,” says Asia. “He is one of the most influential classical composers of the Arnold Schoenberg 20th century along with Igor Stravinsky. Schoenberg is really the last in a long line of extraordinary Romantic composers that includes Wagner, Strauss and Mahler. Though he was influenced by his new life in the United States, Schoenberg remained true to his classical roots. He was a gifted painter as well as a composer, so the fesKurt Weill tival will examine Schoenberg and his music in a context of understanding a person of extraordinary evolving creativity.” At a nearly opposite pole from Schoenberg, says Asia, is Weill, who was born in Germany and also immigrated to the United States to escape the Shoah. Weill’s comHans Winterberg positional focus began as classical, but early on he discovered jazz. Once in the United States, he began studying American popular music and eventually became a successful composer for American theater and film. His music has been recorded by Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, The Doors and Sting, among other artists. As Asia was preparing for this year’s festival, he says, a bit of serendipity occurred that greatly enriched the

programming. After reading “Forbidden Music: The Jewish Composers Banned by the Nazis” by Grammy award-winning music producer Michael Haas, Asia reached out to Haas and the two got to meet in London. Haas, formerly the music curator at the Jewish Museum in Vienna, is currently the director of the Jewish Music Institute’s International Committee of Suppressed Music at the University of London, as well as honorary research associate at the department of Jewish and Hebrew studies at University College London. “In the course of our conversation,” Asia explains, “Michael mentioned that he had just come across the work of another forbidden composer whose archive was just opening, and so I was introduced to the music of Hans Winterberg.” Winterberg was a Czechoslovakian Jewish composer whose music was banned by the Nazis. When Winterberg died his scores were locked away in the archives of the Sudeten German Music Institute (SMI), according to Winterberg’s grandson, Peter Kreitmeir. Kreitmeir says that when his grandfather died, his uncle sold the rights to the music to SMI, stipulating a ban on distributing or even acknowledging the existence of Winterberg’s music until the year 2031. When Kreitmeir learned about his grandfather’s musical legacy in 2011 he felt compelled to act, enlisting the help of Randol Schoenberg. (Schoenberg is the attorney portrayed by Ryan Reynolds in the movie “Woman in Gold,” who won the Supreme Court battle for restitution of a Nazi-looted painting by Gustave Klimt to descendants of its Austrian Jewish owners.) Haas explains that his role in uncovering Winterberg’s music started when Schoenberg sent him a copy of the contract with SMI. “Schoenberg’s email stated only ‘This might be something for your blog [forbiddenmusic.org].’ He was right. Within hours of posting, I had journalist after journalist contacting me, stunned that a publicly funded institution [SMI] should have agreed to such wording and conditions in a contract as late as 2002,” says Haas. Kreitmeir later gave him further documentation for his blog, says Haas. Along with the ban on distributing his grandfather’s music, Kreitmeir told the AJP, the contract included a proviso that upon the release of his music, Winterberg See Composers, page 12

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never be identified as a Jew. While his uncle was afraid of anti-Semitic repercussions, Kreitmeir was outraged by this insult to his grandfather’s memory. Winterberg, unlike Schoenberg and Weill, did not escape the Shoah. He was imprisoned in the Theresienstadt concentration camp (then in Bohemia, now the Czech Republic) in 1944. He remained incarcerated in the camp until 1947, well after the conclusion of World War II, suspended in a stateless state because his Czech citizenship had been revoked. Winterberg then suffered the hardship and humiliation of the forced march out of Eastern Europe during which 250,000 German-identified Czechs died. Winterberg eventually settled in Munich, Germany, where he worked as a writer and editor at the Bavarian Broadcasting Company and as a teacher at the Richard Strauss Conservatory. Once retired, he dedicated himself to composing music until his death in 1991. Festival attendees will have the pleasure of hearing special guest artists, the Amernet String Quartet, play the American debut of Winterberg’s String Quartet, as well as quartets by Schoenberg and Weill. The quartet’s cellist, Jason Calloway, told the AJP their upcoming performance of the three composers’ forbidden music “dovetails nicely with the work that we already do. All of us have Jewish backgrounds, and as

it happens, our violist, Michael Klotz, is a first generation American whose four grandparents all survived Auschwitz.” Calloway explains that “one of the cornerstone’s of our quartet’s professional activity is to focus on music from the Shoah as well as to advocate for music in the Jewish Diaspora.” Other festival participants include UA faculty members, student ensembles and other guest artists. Guest scholars Haas, Sabine Feisst and Stephen Hinton will speak at the conference. Kreitmeir also will travel from his home in Murnau, Germany, to attend. Guest scholars for the 2016 Shaol & Louis Pozez Fine Arts Symposium, presented by the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies, are Aaron Mobley, a composer and musicologist, and Robert Gordon, an art historian and philosopher, who are associated with the UA’s American Culture and Ideas Initiative (also founded by Asia). They will mediate conversations that examine the music presented at the festival through the lens of its impact on history, politics, culture and the broader human experience. With the exception of the Amernet String Quartet concert on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 2 p.m., which has an admission fee of $10 ($7 for UA employees and seniors 55+ and $5 for students), all festival performances, the conference and symposium are free and open to the public. Music performances will be held at the UA’s Holsclaw and Crowder Halls. For more information, visit music.arizona. edu or call 621-1655. Renee Claire is a freelance writer in Tucson.

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‘My Name Is Asher Lev’ coming to Tucson stage

Art Almquist as Aryeh Lev, Carrie Hill as Rivkeh Lev and Steve Wood as Asher Lev in Live Theatre Workshop’s production of ‘My Name Is Asher Lev’

Live Theatre Workshop will present “My Name Is Asher Lev” by Aaron Posner, adapted from the novel by Chaim Potok, through Nov. 12, with a preview performance Oct. 7. Set in post-war Brooklyn, “My Name Is Asher Lev” is the story of a boy’s passionate desire to follow his muse and be

a painter — against the will of his family, his community and his tradition. Potok’s 1972 novel received rave reviews; the play has also drawn critical acclaim. Performances will be held Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. For tickets, call 3274242 or visit livetheatreworkshop.org.

Denis Azabagic and Eugenia Moliner

The Cavatina Duo, Eugenia Moliner and Denis Azabagic, will present “Sephardic Journey” as part of the UA Presents series on Friday, Oct. 21 at 8 p.m. at Crowder Hall, 1017 Olive Road (in the music building). Moliner, a flutist from Spain, and Azabagic, a guitarist from Bosnia, together have performed at venues and festivals from Da Camera Society (Los Angeles) to the Aix-en-Provence Summer Festival (France) to the National Concert Hall of Taipei (Taiwan) and beyond. Moliner has been acclaimed as “brilliant” by the British Flute Society magazine. She has performed with principal musicians from the Chicago Symphony,

Rotterdam Philharmonic and Toronto Symphony as well with many chamber ensembles. A prize-winner in 24 international competitions, Azabagic has been described as a “virtuoso with flawless technique” by Soundboard Magazine. He has appeared as soloist with the Chicago and Madrid Symphonies and has collaborated with the Chicago Chamber Musicians, the Civitas Ensemble and the Cuarteto Casals. Both Moliner and Azabagic have extensive discographies. After hearing family stories from a Bosnian great-aunt the duo discovered that Moliner was a descendant of Sephardic Jews who had left Spain at the end of the 15th century. Always on the lookout for music from their native countries, they created “Sephardic Journey,” commissioning new works based on Sephardic melodies from five leading composers who work in a variety of styles, from jazz to Brazilian and Cuban-Latin. The world premiere was held at the Ravinia Festival with the Avalon Quartet in March 2016. Tickets start at $20 and are available from UAPresents.org or the Centennial Hall box office at 621-3341. Senior, military and student/alumni discounts are available.

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OBITUARY Shimon Peres, last of Israel’s founders and warrior for peace, dies at 93 BEN SALES JTA TEL AVIV himon Peres, the former defense hawk turned Nobel Peace Prize winner and the last of Israel’s founders, died Sept. 28 at 93. The former president suffered a massive stroke earlier in the month and was reported initially to be in stable but critical condition. His condition was reported to have deteriorated dramatically on the afternoon of Sept. 27. Israel Radio quoted his family, who were at his side, as saying he was “fighting until the end.” The phoenix of Israeli politics, Peres continually reinvented himself as the country changed. He began his career in the Defense Ministry and was the architect of Israel’s nuclear program, but in his later years Peres was more closely identified with the quest for peace with the Palestinians. He was instrumental in negotiating the Oslo Accords, the landmark Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement, and was present on the White House lawn for its signing in 1993. Though he served as prime minister three times without ever winning an election outright, and shared the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize for a peace that has yet to materialize, Peres emerged late in life as Israel’s beloved elder statesmen and a rare figure capable of uniting a fractious society. Following the signing of the Oslo Accords, Peres

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emerged as Israel’s global ambassador for peace, predicting the emergence of a “new Middle East” in which conflict was supplanted by shared prosperity. Elected to

the largely ceremonial role of president in 2007, talk of peace pervaded nearly every speech he gave. Well into his 90s, Peres still insisted he would live to see the day when peace would come. Peace, however, doomed his political career. After middling political success in the 1980s, the Oslo Accords debilitated Peres’ Labor Party, which fell from power in 2001 with the outbreak of the second intifada and has yet to win another election. When Peres won the presidency in 2007, he was a member of Kadima, a short-lived centrist party. As president, Peres rose again, this time as Israel’s wise old man. Free to rise above the political fray, Peres trumpeted Israel’s technological achievements and articulated its hopes for a brighter future. More than anything, he became a symbol of the country’s resilience — able to survive, thrive and remain optimistic — no matter the challenges. “Shimon devoted his life to our nation and to the pursuit of peace,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a statement Wednesday. “He set his gaze on the future. He did so much to protect our people. He worked to his last days for peace and a better future for all. As Israel’s President, Shimon did so much to unite the nation. And the nation loved him for it.” Born Szymon Perski in Wiszniewo, Poland, in 1923, Peres moved with his family to Tel Aviv in 1934. At 20, he became the head of a Labor Zionist youth group, through which he met David Ben-Gurion, who would

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become Israel’s first prime minister. In 1945, Peres married Sonya Gelman, who had just returned from World War II service in the British Army. The couple was married for 67 years, though they separated after Peres became a presidential candidate. Sonya Peres had long refused to play the part of political wife, and after Peres moved to the president’s residence in Jerusalem, she changed the name on her Tel Aviv mailbox to Sonya Gal, a Hebraicized version of her maiden name. Sonya Peres died in 2011 at 87. In 1947, Peres joined the Haganah, managing arms purchases and personnel. After Israel gained independence the following year, he continued working in the Defense Ministry, becoming its youngest-ever director-general in 1952 at 29. In that capacity he expanded Israeli arms purchases from France and later helped manage the 1956 Sinai Campaign. He also founded Israel’s arms production industry and led efforts to develop a nuclear weapon. Peres was first elected to the Knesset in 1959 with Ben-Gurion’s ruling Mapai party, becoming deputy defense minister. He would serve in the Knesset for an asyet unmatched total of 48 years. Peres remained a close Ben-Gurion ally, splitting from Mapai with him in 1965 to form a rival party and then rejoining Mapai when it became the Alignment in 1968. After serving in several minor ministerial positions, Peres became defense minister in 1974 under Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Peres was a territorial hawk, opposing early proposals for West Bank withdrawal and supporting settlement expansion. When Rabin resigned amid scandal in 1977, Peres briefly became acting prime minister, then lost the post when the Alignment was defeated in the 1977 election by Menachem Begin’s Likud party. Peres headed the Alignment — the precursor to today’s Labor Party — for the next 15 years, contesting three more close elections with Likud. The two parties formed a unity government following the 1984 elections — Peres was prime minister from 1984 to 1986, then foreign minister under Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir from 1986 to 1988. As foreign minister in 1987, Peres conducted secret negotiations with King Hussein of Jordan for Israel to withdraw from the West Bank as part of an IsraeliJordanian peace treaty. But Shamir rejected the proposed agreement, and the following year Jordan unilaterally relinquished its claim to the West Bank. After the Alignment lost the 1988

elections, Peres again joined a Likud-led government as finance minister, but tried to overthrow the government two years later. In what became known as the Dirty Trick, Peres assembled an Alignment-led coalition with leftist and haredi Orthodox parties, only to see it fall apart after he received a mandate to form a governing coalition. He lost his party’s chairmanship to Rabin in 1992, and again became foreign minister when the party, now renamed Labor, won elections that year. Under Rabin, Peres was the architect of the Oslo Accords, which gave the Palestinians autonomy in parts of the West Bank and Gaza. He shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. “Israel’s role in the Middle East should be to contribute to a great, sustained regional revival,” Peres said upon accepting the prize. “A Middle East without wars, without enemies, without ballistic missiles, without nuclear warheads.” After Rabin was assassinated in 1995, Peres became acting prime minister, but lost the post again in a close race with Likud’s Netanyahu. Following his defeat in ‘96, he founded the Peres Center for Peace, which runs programs aimed at regional reconciliation. Peres remained in the Labor Party through 2005, twice regaining the chairmanship and serving another stint as foreign minister under Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. In 2006, following the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, Peres joined Sharon’s new centrist Kadima party. The next year he won a race for Israel’s largely ceremonial presidency. As president, Peres stayed largely above the political fray, though he conducted secret negotiations with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in 2011, culminating in a peace deal that Netanyahu’s government rejected. After leaving the presidency, Peres remained largely silent on politics. Peres frequently traveled internationally as president, focusing his speeches and activism on encouraging Middle East peace and touting Israel’s technological achievements. In 2012, President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States’ highest civilian honor. Peres’ annual Presidential Conference brought together leaders in politics, science and culture. He finished his presidential term in 2014. He is survived by three children, Tsvia Walden, Yoni Peres and Chemi Peres, eight grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren.

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ANDREW TOBIN JTA JERUSALEM sraeli and world leaders gathered atop Mount Herzl on Sept. 30 to say goodbye to Shimon Peres, Israel’s last founding father. In addition to fond personal recollections, many of those who took the stage alongside Peres’ Israeli-flag-draped coffin offered their visions of the peace that eluded the former president and prime minister. Peres died early Sept. 28 at 93 after suffering a major stroke two weeks earlier. President Barack Obama, the last of the 10 speakers, called Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ presence in the front row “a gesture and a reminder of the unfinished business of peace.” “[Peres] believed the Zionist idea would be best protected when Palestinians, too, had a state of their own,” Obama said. “The region is going through a chaotic time. Threats are ever-present. And yet, he did not stop dreaming and he did not stop working. … Now the work of

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peacemaking is in the hands of Israel’s next generation and its friends.” Before the funeral ceremony began, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Abbas shook hands beneath jumbo screens flashing photos of Peres over the years. The two leaders have not formally met since 2010, during a failed round of U.S.-brokered peace talks. “It’s been a long time since we last met,” Abbas reportedly told Netanyahu. “I very much appreciate that you came to the funeral,” Netanyahu replied. But Abbas was not among the leaders Netanyahu greeted in his emotional eulogy for Peres, whom he described engaging in “nearly nightlong discussions” about which came first — peace or security. Netanyahu thought security and Peres peace, he said. “We were both right,” Netanyahu concluded. “Peace will not be achieved other than by permanently preserving our power. But power is not an end in itself. It is not the real power. It’s a means to an end. The goal is to ensure our national existence and coexistence.” Peres was long a hawkish defender of Israeli security. He played a major role

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election as president in 2007 did Peres receive the kind of regard in Israel that he enjoyed internationally. Among the estimated 4,000 mourners who gathered under a sprawling white tent at Israel’s national cemetery were dozens of foreign dignitaries, including President Francois Hollande of France,


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, and Prince Charles and former Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain. Israeli politicians attended from across the political spectrum. Yair Lapid, head of the center-left Yesh Atid party, arrived with left-wing Labor Party Knesset member Shelly Yachimovich. Likud lawmaker Yehuda Glick, an advocate for Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount, came with a bodyguard. A Palestinian gunman nearly killed him in 2014. Jewish billionaires and Israel backers Chaim Saban and Sheldon and Miriam Adelson of Nevada were also on hand. Former President Bill Clinton, who brokered the Olso Accords that Peres helped spearhead in an effort to make peace with the Palestinians, referenced John Lennon’s peace anthem “Imagine” in his eulogy.

“Shimon could imagine all the people living in the world in peace,” Clinton said. “In his honor I ask that we remember his luminous smile and imagine.” Clinton was part of a 33-member American delegation, which included Secretary of State John Kerry but not his predecessor, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, who some reports had said would attend. Security at the funeral and around Jerusalem was tight, with some 8,000 police officials guarding and closing streets. Amos Oz, an esteemed Israeli writer and a friend of Peres, argued in his remarks that a Palestinian state was the only option, saying there was “no choice but to divide this home into two apartments and turn it into a two-family house.” “In their heart of hearts, all sides know this simple truth,” he said. “But

where are the leaders with the courage to come forward to make it come to pass? Where are the heirs to Shimon Peres?” With Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, starting Oct. 2, David D’Or, a prominent Israeli singer beloved by Peres, performed a rendition of the High Holiday prayer “Avinu Malkeinu.” Peres’ three children then took the stage one after the other. His younger son, Chemi, first spoke briefly about his father in English, saying, “He saw in all of you leaders, friends and partners in his quest for peace. We will treasure his memory and honor his legacy.” Switching to Hebrew, he addressed his late father: “You kept your promise to your beloved grandfather when you bid him farewell on your first stop on the way to the Land of Israel. You never forgot what it means to a Jew. And I prom-

ise you that neither will I.” Notably absent from the funeral were Arab heads of state, though Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry came from Egypt, and Bahrain, Jordan and Oman were to send representatives. Arab-Israeli leaders also skipped the event. By way of explanation, Aymen Odeh, the head of the Joint List of Arab political parties in Israel, said on Army Radio Sept. 29, “I can tell you that it is complicated.” Odeh has told the Israeli media that Arab Israelis view Peres’ legacy as mixed, noting his role in the 1970s in expanding settlements and in the 1990s pressing for a peace agreement. After the funeral, which included military honors, Peres was buried between Yitzhak Rabin and Yitzhak Shamir, two former prime ministers with deeply conflicting views on peace and security, but both fierce rivals of Peres.

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speak of the importance of teaching children as a way to ensure the future of the Jewish people. For three collegeaged Tucsonans, this teaching has instilled a passion for Jewish peoplehood and the importance of working for the future. Looking for a job so he could save money for college, Isaac Swimmer was driven by the values passed down to him by his family. “My grandmother, Klara Swimmer, was very involved in the Tucson Jewish community over the last 20 or 30 years, so I got to know a great deal of the community through her, and my father, Gary Swimmer, worked on the original exhibit that eventually became the Holocaust History Center,” says Swimmer. “I started working at the Jewish History Museum because I needed a job, but what has kept me there is that through the renovation and growth, it’s turned into something bigger than it was.” Although he says he does “a little bit of everything” at the museum, as a technical consultant Swimmer has helped to build the JHM website and continues to do maintenance and supervision on a contract basis. The grandson of two Holocaust survivors, George and Klara Swimmer, Isaac grew up watching the profound impact his grandmother had when she would speak to community groups and schools. “My grandmother came and spoke in my middle and high schools. In middle school, we were studying Elie Wiesel, and she

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Interning at the museum began as career exploration for Jacobs. “Originally I was interested in potentially getting into museum work,” says Jacobs. “I thought it would be a good way to experience a new museum and see what that entails.” However, as time passed, her reason for her work at the museum became more personal. “It’s important that people keep learning about the Holocaust and are educated about it, to try to prevent something like this from happening again.” Working toward a career focused on maintaining human rights, Jacobs hopes to help with domestic issues. “Growing up and hearing what my grandparents went through, helped me realize that there are still a lot of human rights violations going on today. Understanding that there are still things happening today that happened to my grandparents in the past played a big role in my wanting to pursue justice.” The idea of pursuing justice is also important to University of Arizona junior Nathan Bacal. Doublemajoring in law and history, Bacal

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NEWS BRIEFS The American Jewish Joint Dis- Women’s Boat to Gaza, with 13 female

tribution Committee is providing aid to Haiti after a hurricane caused widespread damage in the Caribbean country. The Jewish humanitarian group, partnering with the on-the-ground relief organization Heart to Heart International, is focusing on providing medical aid and serving the basic needs of those affected by Hurricane Matthew, according to a statement. At least seven people died in Haiti as the most powerful Atlantic tropical storm in nearly a decade made landfall Tuesday and left flooding and rivers of mud that washed out roads and a crucial bridge. The Weather Channel, citing Haiti Libre, reported that “14,530 people have been displaced, 2,703 families are affected and 1,885 houses are flooded.” JDC, which provided aid in Haiti following an earthquake there in 2010, will focus its work in the country’s south, which experienced major flooding. The Jewish group will work with local organizations to assess the needs of those affected by the storm. “Our hearts go out to the people of Haiti, and the wider region, in the wake of Hurricane Matthew’s devastation,” said Alan Gill, who heads JDC. “JDC activated its network of international and local partners and is mobilizing relief efforts in an expression of humanitarian solidarity and Jewish values,” he added. American Jewish World Service is also collecting donations for immediate relief and support for the long-term recovery for Haiti.

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passengers, was intercepted Wednesday afternoon less than 50 nautical miles off the coast of Gaza, according to reports based on social media. Organizers had lost contact with the boat during the interception, according to reports. The boat was redirected to the Ashdod port in southern Israel. “The visit and search of the vessel was uneventful,” the IDF said in a statement. “In accordance with international law, the Israeli Navy advised the vessel numerous times to change course prior to the action. Following their refusal the Navy visited and searched the vessel in international waters in order to prevent their intended breach of the lawful maritime blockade of the Gaza Strip.” Pre-recorded SOS messages calling on the public to ask their governments to intervene were released after the interception. The Women’s Boat to Gaza is part of the International Freedom Flotilla Coalition. The boat, the Zaytouna-Olivia sailing under a Dutch flag, and a second boat had left from Barcelona for Gaza last month. The second boat had returned to Barcelona with technical trouble that some blamed on sabotage. Gazans had gathered on the beach with signs and balloons to greet the boat. In May 2010, Israeli commandos killed nine Turkish citizens in clashes on the Mavi Marmara boat that was part of a flotilla attempting to break the Gaza blockade. Several flotillas and individual boats attempting to break the blockade since then have been nonviolently redirected to Ashdod, where their cargoes were taken overland by truck to Gaza.

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RABBI’S CORNER Ma Nishtanah: How different will this year be? RABBI ROBERT EISEN Congregation Anshei Israel

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a nishtanah halailah hazeh mikol halailot …? How do we read that phrase? How is this night different from all other nights … or, How different this night is from all other nights! The first is what we are taught, the latter is how it could be better (more literally) translated. But wait a minute rabbi, isn’t that phrase from the Passover Haggadah, the introduction to the Four Questions? Yes it is. So why are you bringing it up now when we are in the midst of the High Holy Days and preparing for the beginning of the New Year of 5777? I am bringing it up because of the ambiguity of the translation and how it can help us get the most out of this time of the New Year. The truth of the matter is, the literal translation (to read the words as a statement) is more accurate in terms of both form and function, as much at this time of the year as it was at Passover. The night of the Passover seder, the “Ma Nishtanah” really is an exclamation of wonder and amazement. Look at how different everything is: the table is set with the finest linens, dishes and silverware … the meal consists of foods that we rarely see much less eat … (for many) instead of staring at electronic screens while we eat, we will bask in the glow of family and friends. The evening is incredibly different from our normal fare — if we actually sit down to dinner at all during the rest of the year. And on this “night” (at this time of the year), aren’t things very similar? We find ourselves in synagogues, immersed in a liturgy, or meditation, that strives to enable us to create a very special moment … we dress in our finer clothes, according to the idea that we are about to “meet the King” and as children of the King, are royalty ourselves … we find ourselves defined by our communities (family, congregations, friends) rather than ourselves alone. The experience for most of us at this

time of the year is very different from how we normally live from day to day. However, in response to the wonder and the amazement of the moment, the “Ma Nishtanah” enables us to ask a question as well: How different can we make this night (time of the year), and, if successful, ourselves as well? When asked in the context of Passover, the “Ma Nishtanah” leads us to explore the responsibilities that are part and parcel of what it means to be free … how we can and should best respond to all that God has provided us as a people. At this time of the year, we are charged to ask the question in terms of ourselves, as individuals. In the Mishnah (Sanhedrin 4:5) we are taught that to save one life is to save an entire world. Each of us is unique … each of us is of ultimate value. When that Mishnah is applied to this time of the year, when we stand before The Holy One Who Is to Be Blessed … considering how our fate and the fate of the entire world balances on the edge of our presence … we might also read it as, to change one life is to change the entire world. That is to say, “Ma Nishtanah”: What difference does this time of the year make? What difference will what I may or may not begin to change in this New Year now opening up before us make in the greater scheme of things? And the only answer that makes sense is everything! “Ma nishtanah”: How different this moment is from all other moments of the year! It is filled with opportunity, and the hope and prayer that we might take advantage of everything it offers us. “Ma Nishtanah”: How different will this moment be from all other moments of the year? Well, that will depend on us. The statement: the opportunity is here! The question: will we take advantage of it? To change one life is to change the world. “Ma Nishtanah?” This “night” calls on us to begin with ourselves. May we all find ourselves answering the challenge and finding ourselves inscribed for a year of health … a year of happiness … a year of peace … a year where we find all of our prayers fulfilled. Shanah Tovah.

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On Sunday, September 25, the Jewish Federation’s Northwest Division partnered with the Tucson J and PJ Library for a first-of-its kind outreach event at Canada Del Oro Riverfront Park in Oro Valley. Over 200 people enjoyed an afternoon of sunshine, friendship and learning about everything available to the Jewish Julie and Scott Zorn and community in northwest Tucson. The friends at Fun in the Sun Day program included Israeli and Zumba dancing, a singalong and a shofar blowing demonstration by Rabbi Ephraim Zimmerman. Two congregations, Temple Emanu-El and Chabad Oro Valley, participated in the fun. Papa Murphy’s and Cold Stone Creamery food trucks kept everyone fed and happy, and participants enjoyed a variety of games, crafts, seasonal treats and entertainment by multiple divisions of the JCC.

Women’s Philanthropy Annual Welcome

Women’s Philanthropy hosted its Annual meeting on Wednesday, September 28, 2016. Almost 100 women came together to hear from Leah Avuno, one of Tucson’s Shinshinim, and Jean Fedigan from Sister Jose Women’s Center. We also installed the Jean Fedigan, Leah 2016-2017 Women’s Philanthropy Board Avuno, Robyn Kessler and Jennifer Cassius Members and announced the JFSA 70th Anniversary Mitzvah Project benefiting Sister Jose. Women’s Philanthropy is looking forward to a wonderful year ahead helping to build a better, stronger, more hopeful world. Thank you to cochairs Robyn Kessler and Jennifer Smelkinson Cassius. REAP Welcomes Tucson Home Builders The Jewish Federation’s Real Estate and Allied Professions (REAP) kicked off their programming year with a panel of Tucson home builders featuring Eric Freedberg (Milestone Homes), Jeff Grobstein (Meritage Homes), Amy McReynolds (KB Home), Josh Robinson (Mattamy Homes), and Bill Viner (Pepper Viner). With 75 members and guests in attendance, the panelists shared their thoughts on a variety of issues including trends in land development and projections of the Tucson market. Those in attendance also had the opportunity to hear from guest speaker and 2016-17 Federation Campaign Chair, Deborah Oseran, as she highlighted the Federation’s outstanding work and services in our community.

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR The calendar deadline is Tuesday, 10 days before the issue date. Our next issue will be published October 21, 2016. Events may be emailed to localnews@azjewishpost.com, faxed to 319-1118, or mailed to the AJP at 3822 E. River Road, #300, Tucson, AZ 85718. For more information, call 319-1112. See Area Congregations on page 30 for additional synagogue events. Men’s Mishnah club with Rabbi Israel Becker at Cong. Chofetz Chayim. Sundays, 7:15-8 a.m.; Mondays and Thursdays, 6:15-6:50 a.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 6:15-7 a.m.; Saturdays, call for time. 747-7780 or yz becker@me.com. “Too Jewish” radio show with Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon on KVOI 1030 AM (also KAPR and KJAA), Sundays at 9 a.m. Oct. 9, Rabbi James Rudin, retired national interreligious affairs director of the American Jewish Committee and author of “Pillar of Fire: A Biography of Stephen S. Wise.” Oct. 16, Daniel Gordis, author of “Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn.” Oct. 23, Neshama Carlebach, singer and composer. 327-4501.

Ongoing Jewish sobriety support group meets Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m. at Cong. Bet Shalom. dc mack1952@gmail.com. Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Needlework meets first Mondays, 6:30 p.m., at cosponsor, Jewish Federation-Northwest. Contact Barbara Esmond at 299-1197 or brealjs@gmail.com. Intermediate conversational Hebrew class with native Israeli teacher Tsilla Shamir. Read, write and speak Hebrew. Westside location, alternate Mondays, 5-7 p.m. $10. Contact Debby Kriegel at 628-1746 or kriegel98@msn. com.

Wednesdays (Oct. 12 cancelled), 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. 505-4161. Tucson J Israeli folk dance classes. Tuesdays. Beginners, 7:30 p.m.; intermediate, 8:15 p.m.; advanced, 9 p.m. Taught by Lisa Goldberg. Members, $4; nonmembers, $5. 2993000. Shalom Tucson business networking group, second Wednesday of month, 7:30-9 a.m., at the Tucson J. Contact Ori Parnaby at 299-3000, ext. 241, or concierge@jewishtucson.org.

“Talmud for You” class for men at Southwest Torah Institute, Mondays, 6 p.m. 747-7780 or yzbecker@me.com.

Cong. Anshei Israel gentle chair yoga with Lois Graham, Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Members of Women’s League, $6 per class; nonmembers, $8 per class. Contact Evelyn at 885-4102 or esigafus@aol.com.

Southern Arizona Jewish Genealogy Society, second Sundays, 1-3 p.m. at the Tucson J. Contact Barbara Stern Mannlein at 731-0300 or the J at 299-3000.

Spouse Bereavement Group, cosponsored by Widowed to Widowed, Inc. at the Tucson J, Tuesdays, 10 a.m. Contact Marvin at 885-2005 or Tanya at 299-3000, ext. 147.

Temple Emanu-El Talmud study with Dr. Eliot Barron. Wednesdays, beginning Oct. 19, 1011:30 a.m. One-time $18 materials fee. 3274501.

Cong. Anshei Israel parent-tot class (9-24 months), Mondays, 9-11 a.m., facilitated by Gabby Erbst. Mandatory vaccination policy. Contact Lynne Falkow-Strauss at 745-5550, ext. 229.

JFCS Holocaust Survivors group meets Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-noon. Contact Raisa Moroz at 795-0300.

Lunch and learn with Cantor Avraham Alpert of Cong. Bet Shalom, Wednesdays, noon-1 p.m. at the Tucson J. 299-3000.

Jewish Federation-Northwest Story Time with PJ Library, first and third Tuesdays through Dec. 20. In October, story time will be held Oct. 11. Songs, snack and craft. 505-4161.

Chabad Tucson lunch and learn with Rabbi Yehuda Ceitlin, Wednesdays, 12:15 p.m. at Eli’s Deli. info@ChabadTucson.com.

Beth Shalom Temple Center of Green Valley bagel breakfast and Yiddish club, first Sundays, 9:30 a.m. Members, $7; nonmembers, $10. 648-6690 or 399-3474.

Temple Emanu-El mah jongg, Mondays at 10 a.m. 327-4501. Cong. Anshei Israel mah jongg, Mondays, 10 a.m.-noon. All levels, men and women. Contact Evelyn at 885-4102 or esigafus@aol.com. Cong. Anshei Israel women’s study group led by Rabbi Robert Eisen. Second Mondays, noon. Discussion based on “The Five Books of Miriam: A Woman’s Commentary on the Torah.” Bring dairy lunch; beverages and dessert provided. Contact Helen at 299-0340.

Tucson J social bridge. Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon-3 p.m., year round. Drop-ins welcome. Meets in library on second floor. 2993000. Northwest Knitters create hand-stitched items for donation in the Jewish community. Meets at Jewish Federation Northwest Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m. RSVP to judithgfeldman@gmail. com or call 505-4161.

Tucson J current events discussion, Mondays, noon-1:30 p.m. Lunch, bring or buy, 11:30 a.m. 299-3000, ext. 147.

Jewish Federation-Northwest mah jongg, Thursdays (Oct. 6 and 13. At private home on Oct. 17 and 25), 5:30 p.m. 505-4161.

Tucson J Rummikube group. Players wanted. Mondays, noon-2 p.m. Contact Kiki at 4038729.

Talmud on Tuesday with Rabbi Robert Eisen, Tuesdays, 6 p.m. 745-5550.

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Jewish Federation-Northwest mah jongg, children under 13, free. RSVP at 327-4501.

10 AM-9 PM: Brandeis National Committee book sale at Foothills Mall, 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd. Continues through Oct. 10. Sunday hours, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Paperbacks, $1; hardcovers, $3. Fill the bag sale, $10 on Oct. 10. Contact Steve Seltzer at 299-3788.

6 PM: Cong. Chaverim early Shabbat service. Followed by dinner oneg. 320-1015.

11 AM: Tucson J Senior Shabbat luncheon. Stephanie Balzer, executive director of the Drawing Studio, presents “Creativity and the Brain I.” $15. RSVP to Andrea Wright at 299-3000.

9:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Downtown Shabbat at the Jewish History Museum with Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon, the Armon Bizman band and soloist Lindsey O’Shea. 327-4501.

5 PM: Temple Emanu-El Tot Kabbalat Shofar Shabbat service. Followed by dinner at 5:30 p.m. (kosher chicken or vegetarian option with sides) and dessert on the playground. Adults, $10;

5:45 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Tot Shabbat service. Followed by dinner at 6:15 p.m. $25 per family (two adults and up to four children). Additional adults, $10. RSVP to Kim at 745-5550, ext. 224.

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7:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El “Simply Shabbat” service with explanations of prayers, songs, rituals, and question and answer session instead of a sermon. 327-4501.

Weintraub Israel Center Shirat HaShirim Hebrew Choir, Wednesdays, 7 p.m., at the Tucson J. Learn to sing in Hebrew. Contact Rina Paz at 304-7943 or ericashem@cox.net. Jewish mothers/grandmother’s special needs support group for those with children/ grandchildren, young or adult, with special needs, third Wednesdays at 7-8:30 p.m. at Tucson J. Contact Joyce Stuehringer at 299-5920.

Tucson J canasta group. Players wanted. Thursdays, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Instruction available and a beginners’ table every week. Call Rhoda at 886-4334. Tucson J Shabbat Stay and Play/Shabbat on the Go program for families, Fridays, 10 a.m. Once a month, celebration taken to various offsite locations: Oct. 21, Nov. 18, Dec. 16. Contact Julie Zorn at 299-3000, ext. 236, or jzorn@ tucson jcc.org. Jewish Federation-Northwest chair yoga with a Jewish flair taught by Bonnie Golden. Fridays (Oct. 7 cancelled), 10-11 a.m. $7 per class or $25 for four. 505-4161 or northwestjewish@ jfsa.org. Tucson J “Keep Tucson Warm” knitting group creates afghans for local shelter. All skill levels. Yarn donations welcome. Fridays, 10 a.m.-noon in the art gallery. Contact Tanya at 299-3000, ext. 147. Jewish History Museum gallery chats. 15-minute programs led by members of the community. First and third Fridays, 11:30 a.m. 670-9073. “Biblical Breakthroughs with Rabbi Becker” at the Southwest Torah Institute. Fridays, noon, for men and women. 747-7780 or yzbecker@ me.com. Jewish History Museum and Holocaust History Center, open Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. and Fridays noon3 p.m. 564 S. Stone Ave. Adults, $7; members and students, free. No admission charge on Saturdays. 670-9073. Tucson J Fine Art Gallery exhibit, “Discoveries Unfinished,” works by Christine Zabramny and “Peaceful Delight,” paintings by Betty Seery, through Oct. 11. 299-3000.

Jewish Federation-Northwest playgroup, first and third Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. 505-4161 or northwestjewish@jfsa.org.

Tucson J exhibit, “Palette of Fiber Arts” by Tucson Handweavers and Spinners Guild. Oct. 14-Nov. 20. 299-3000.

Cong. Bet Shalom “Lunch and Learn — Pirkei Avot, Wisdom from the Talmud for Today,” with Cantor Avraham Alpert, Thursdays, noon-1 p.m. at Eli’s Deli. 577-1171.

Beth Shalom Temple Center Art Gallery in Green Valley, “Israel Today 2016: Photography and Mementos” from the Weintraub Israel Center 2016 trip. Through Dec. 2. 648-6690.

Saturday / October 8 9 AM-5 PM: Tucson J “Simply Well for Women” seminar with Drs. Kathleen Mueller and Gloria “Gigi” Dunn, continues Sunday, Oct. 9. $500 for participant and young woman of her choice. Scholarships available. RSVP at simplywellpro ductions.com or 299-3000. 10 AM-2 PM: Secular Humanist Jewish Circle High Holiday observance and lunch at St. Francis in the Foothills, 4625 E. River Road. Practicing lawyer and rabbinical student Jeremy Kridel will lead service. Members, $25; nonmembers, $40. Visit SHJCaz.org for more details. Contact Becky Schulman at 296-3762 or schulmb@aol.com for space availability.

NOON: Cong. Anshei Israel book club discusses “In the Unlikely Event” by Judy Blume. Contact Vicki at vickauf@juno.com or Rayna at 887-8358.

Sunday / October 9 10 AM: Cong. Chaverim Tashlich and picnic at Ft. Lowell Park, Ramada #5. 320-1015. 11 AM: 1st Rate, 2nd Hand Thrift Store tutorial, “Photo Transfers on Wood.” Call for space availability at 327-5252. 11:30 AM: Cong. Or Chadash Tashlich at Ft. Lowell Park, Ramada #3. Bring a picnic lunch. Eighth graders will be selling eegee’s. 512-8500. 1 PM: Temple Emanu-El Kever Avot at Shaarei Shalom Cemetery. 2 p.m., Evergreen Cemetery.


4 p.m., Nogales Cemetery. 327-4501. 1:30-3:30 PM: Secular Humanist Jewish Circle lecture, “Judaism Beyond God: Living With the Courage of Your Convictions,” by Jeremy Kridel, attorney and rabbinic student, at Murphy Wilmot Library, 530 N. Wilmot Road. Bring a snack to share. Donations to the Food Bank accepted. RSVP to Susan at 577-7718 or srubinaz@comcast. net. 3 PM: Cong. Or Chadash Kever Avot service at Evergreen Cemetery. 512-8500. 4 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Tashlich at Reid Park, Ramada #7. RSVP to Kim at 745-5550, ext. 224. 4-5 PM: Cong. Chofetz Chayim Tashlich at Reid Park lake. 747-7780.

Monday / October 10 1:15-2:15 PM: Handmaker lecture, “The Influence of the Early Rabbis on Contemporary Jewish Life,” by Ben Zion Kogen, visiting community educator. Contact Nanci Levy at 322-3632.

Tuesday / October 11 5:20 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Kol Nidre service. Call 745-5550 or visit caiaz.org for complete holiday schedule. 5:30 PM: Chabad Oro Valley Kol Nidre service at El Conquistador Country Club, 10555 N. La Canada Drive. RSVP to office@jewishorovalley. com or 477-8672. Visit jewishorovalley.com for complete holiday schedule. 5:30 PM: Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging/Cong. Eshel Avraham Kol Nidre service. Call 322-3622 for complete holiday schedule. 5:37 PM: Cong. Young Israel candle lighting followed by Kol Nidre service. Visit chabadtucson. com for complete holiday schedule. 5:40 PM: Cong. Chofetz Chayim Kol Nidre service. Call 747-7780 for complete holiday schedule. 6 PM: Chabad on River Kol Nidre service. Visit chabadonriver.com for complete holiday schedule. 7 PM: Institute for Judaic Services and Studies Kol Nidre service at SaddleBrooke MountainView Country Club, 38759 S. Mountain View Blvd. Visit jewishtucson.org or contact Mark Schwartz at 703-209-8013 or blacksheep165@aol.com for complete holiday schedule. 7:30 PM: Cong. Chaverim Kol Nidre service at Berger Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Speedway Blvd. Call 320-1015 or visit chaverim.net for complete holiday schedule. 7:30 PM: Cong. Or Chadash Kol Nidre service. Call 512-8500 or visit orchadash-tucson.org for complete holiday schedule. 7:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Kol Nidre service. ASL interpretation. Call 327-4501 or visit tetucson. org for complete holiday schedule.

Friday / October 14 7:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Armon Bizman Shabbat service with the Armon Bizman band, Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon and soloist Lindsey O’Shea. 327-4501.

Sunday / October 16 9 AM-NOON: Tucson J Itty Bitty Open. Golf event for ages 3-5, with tee times at 9, 10 and

11 a.m. Plastic golf clubs provided. One adult required to caddy for each child. Prizes for bestdressed golfer and caddy. $5. Preregister at 2993000, ext. 191.

Ecology of Sukkot” lunch and learn with Chaplain Pinchas Zohav. $5 for pizza, salad and beverages. RSVP to 505-4161 or northwestjewish@jfsa. org.

NOON-4 PM: Tucson J Family Wellness Festival in collaboration with Tucson Medical Center. 2993000.

5:30 PM: Cong. Or Chadash Sukkot potluck dinner followed by service at 6:30 p.m. 512-8500.

1:30-3:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Taste of Judaism. Continues Oct. 23 and 30. Free childcare available; RSVP at 327-4501. 5:30 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Erev Sukkot service. 745-5550. 5:30 PM: Cong. Young Israel Erev Sukkot service. chabadtucson.com. 6 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Community Sukkot dinner. “The Bread of (and for) Our Harvest” program sponsored by Nadine’s Bakery. Members: adults, $14; children under 13, $8. Nonmembers: adults, $18, children, $12. RSVP by Oct. 7 to Debra at 745-5550, ext. 242, or visit caiaz.org. 6:30 PM: Cong. Or Chadash Erev Sukkot service. 512-8500. 7:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Erev Sukkot service. 327-4501.

Monday / October 17 9 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel Sukkot service. Mincha and evening service at 5:30 p.m. 745-5550. 9:30 AM: Cong. Young Israel Sukkot service. chabadtucson.com. 9:30 AM: Temple Emanu-El Sukkot service. 327-4501. 10 AM: Cong. Or Chadash Sukkot service. 5128500.

Tuesday / October 18 9 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel Sukkot service. Mincha and evening service at 6:05 p.m. 745-5550. NOON: Cong. Or Chadash book club discusses “Orphan #8” by Kim Van Alkemade. 512-8500.

Wednesday / October 19 11 AM: Brandeis National Committee, Tucson Chapter luncheon at Fleming’s Steak House, 6360 N. Campbell Ave., with entertainment by Crystal Stark and Khris Dodge. $39. RSVP and checks required by Oct. 10. Mail to Soralé Fortman, 6300 E. Speedway Blvd., #1321, Tucson, AZ 85710. NOON: Cong. Anshei Israel Women’s League paid-up membership lunch in the sukkah. Annual membership dues $36. Guests, $10 per person. RSVP by Oct. 14 to Hannah Meyerson at 403-1034 or hannahm1016@gmail.com. 7 PM: Temple Emanu-El Women of Reform Judaism Lilith Salon. Contact Norma Cohen at 575-9576.

Thursday / October 20 5-6:30 PM: PJ Library “Shake It Up in Shanghai” family Sukkot celebration at the Tucson J, with Chinese Cultural Center dragon costume on display. Visit jewishtucson.org, call 299-3000 or email pjlibrary@jfsa.org.

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5:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El “Spaghetti Under the Sukkah” dinner. Adults, $8; children 6-12, $5; children 5 and under, $3. Followed by Shabbat Sukkot Rocks! and Tot Shabbat service with the Avanim Rocks band. RSVP for dinner at 327-4501. 5:45 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel “Rhythm and Ruach” family Shabbat service begins with a drum circle. Instruments supplied. Followed at 7 p.m. by dinner. $25 per family (two adults and up to four children); adults (13+), $10. RSVP by Oct. 14 to Kim at 745-5550, ext. 224, or visit caiaz.org. 6:30 PM: Cong. Chaverim Sukkot potluck, followed by Shabbat Under the Stars service at 7 p.m. 320-1015.

Saturday / October 22 9:30 AM: Temple Emanu-El Shabbat Sukkot service with the Project Ezra Torah readers and the Book of Ecclesiastes. 327-4501.

Sunday / October 23 7:30 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel Hoshanah Rabbah service. 745-5550. 9:30 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel Men’s Club breakfast in the sukkah. Rabbi Robert Eisen discusses “My Experience of the High Holy Days Then and Now.” Contact Lew Crane at 400-9930 or catsfan1997@cox.net. 5:30 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Erev Shemini Atzeret service. 745-5550. 5:30 PM: Cong. Young Israel Shemini Atzeret service and hakafot. chabadtucson.com.

Monday / October 24 9 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel Shemini Atzeret service. Yizkor/Yahrzeit plaque dedication at 10:30 a.m. 745-5550. 9:30 AM: Temple Emanu-El Shemini Atzeret festival and Yizkor services. 327-4501. 9:30 AM: Cong. Young Israel Shemini Atzeret festival. Grand Hakafot celebration and buffet at 7 p.m. chabadtucson.org. 5:30 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Simchat Torah celebration and dinner. Deli (vegetarian option available) with wine, beer and Shirley Temples for the kids. Adults, $10; children (2-18) $5. RSVP by Oct. 18 to Debra at 745-5550, ext. 242, or visit caiaz.org. 5:45 PM: Temple Emanu-El pizza party. Adults, $5; children under 13, $2. Followed at 6:30 p.m. by Simchat Torah Klezmer celebration and consecration. RSVP for dinner at 327-4501. 6 PM: Cong. Chaverim Simchat Torah celebration. 320-1015.

Tuesday / October 25 9 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel Simchat Torah celebration and lunch. Service in the chapel and family program, “Why Are We Dancing?” in the lounge. Followed by reenactment around Mt. Sinai and lunch (potato bar with toppings, salad, des-

sert). Mincha and evening service at 5:55 p.m. RSVP for lunch by Oct. 14 to Kim at 745-5550, ext. 224, or visit caiaz.org. 9:30 AM: Cong. Young Israel Simchat Torah service followed by hakafot dancing at 10:30 a.m. chabadtucson.org.

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WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 26 2-3:30 PM: PJ Library meet-up at Beyond Bread, 6260 E. Speedway Blvd. Contact Hannah Gomez at 577-9393, ext. 126, or pjourway@jfsa.org. THURSDAY OCTOBER 27 NOON: Cong. Or Chadash Let’s Do Lunch featuring guest speaker Dr. Randy Aronson. $15. RSVP required. 512-8500. NOON-2 PM: Interfaith Community Services lunch and learn, “The Many Facets of Addiction: A Community Response Toward Recovery,” at the Catalina United Methodist Church, 2700 E. Speedway Blvd. $15. Vegetarian option available. Register at https://www. icstucson.org/lunch-and-learn-october-2016. SATURDAY OCTOBER 29 7:30 PM: Concert featuring Neshama Carlebach and The Glory to God Singers at the Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St., co-sponsored by Temple Emanu-El and Interfaith Community Services. Tickets available online at foxtucson. com, by calling Temple Emanu-El at 327-4501 or the ICS main office, 2820 W. Ina Road. SUNDAY OCTOBER 30 9 AM-3 PM: CHAI Circle retreat at Canyon Ranch Health Resort, 8600 E. Rockcliff Road. Amy Lederman, J.D., M.J.Ed, speaks on “Living With No Regrets.” RSVP by Oct. 16 to Andrea Siemens at 795-0300, ext. 2365 or asie mens@jfcstucson.org. 11 AM: Jewish Federation-Northwest meeteat-greet potluck. Fruits, veggies, pareve and dairy items. RSVP to 505-4161 or north westjewish@jfsa.org. NOON: Jewish History Museum 8th Annual Fall Fundraiser, “Over the Rainbow: Songs of Conscience and Hope” honoring Joe and Paulette Gootter, with entertainment by Richard Hanson, professor emeritus of the School of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of Arizona, at Hacienda Del Sol, 5501 N. Hacienda Del Sol Road. $95. RSVP at jewishhistorymus eum.org or 670-9073. 1-5 PM: Temple Emanu-El Hebrew Marathon. Learn to read Hebrew in two sessions. Continues Monday, Oct. 31, 6-9 p.m. Members, $45; nonmembers, $60. Register at 3274501. 2-4 PM: Beth Shalom Temple Center of Green Valley reception for “Israel Today-2016” exhibition of photography and mementos. Participants from the Weintraub Israel Center mission to Israel will speak and Israeli cuisine will be served. Call 648-6690. SUNDAY/NOVEMBER 6 5:30 PM: Tucson Hebrew Academy Tikun Olam celebration, “Developer of Dreams” honoring the late Don Baker, at the Tucson J, $150 single, $250 couple. RSVP at thaaz.org or call Julee Dawson at 529-3888, ext.111. October 7, 2016, ARIZONA JEWISH POST

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Area Congregations CONSERVATIVE Congregation Anshei Israel 5550 E. Fifth St., Tucson, AZ 85711 • (520) 745-5550 Rabbi Robert Eisen, Cantorial Soloist Nichole Chorny • www.caiaz.org Daily minyan: Mon.-Thurs., 7:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m.; Fri., 7:30 a.m.; Sun. & legal holidays, 8 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. / Mincha: Fri., 5:45 p.m. / Shabbat services: Sat., 9 a.m., followed by Kiddush; Tot Shabbat, 1st Fri., 5:45 p.m.; Family Service, 3rd Friday, 5:45 p.m.; Holiday services may differ, call or visit website. / Torah study: every Shabbat one hour before Mincha (call or visit website for times) / Women’s study group: most first Mondays, 12 noon (call or visit website.) “The Five Books of Miriam: A Woman’s Commentary on the Torah” is the core for discussion; bring your own dairy lunch; beverages and dessert provided. / Talmud on Tuesday, 6 p.m. / Weekday Torah study group, Wed., 11 a.m. beverages and dessert provided. Congregation Bet Shalom 3881 E. River Road, Tucson, AZ 85718 • (520) 577-1171 Cantor Avraham Alpert • www.cbsaz.org Daily services: Mon.-Fri., 8:15 a.m.; Fri., 5:30 p.m.; Sat., 9:30 a.m., followed by Kiddush; Torah Take-Out (children’s service), Sat.,11 a.m.; Sun., 9 a.m. / Religious school, Sun., 9 a.m.

ORTHODOX Congregation Chofetz Chayim/Southwest Torah Institute 5150 E. Fifth St., Tucson, AZ 85711 • (520) 747-7780 Rabbi Israel Becker • www.tucsontorah.org Shabbat services: Fri., Kabbalat Shabbat 15 minutes before sunset; Sat. 9 a.m. followed by Kiddush. / Mincha: Fri., 1 p.m.; Sat., 25 minutes before sunset, followed by Shalosh Seudas, Maariv and Havdallah. Services: Sun., 8 a.m.; Mon. & Thurs., 6:50 a.m.; Tues., Wed., Fri., 7 a.m.; daily, 15 minutes before sunset. / Week­day Rosh Chodesh services: 6:45 a.m. Congregation Young Israel/CHABAD OF TUCSON 2443 E. Fourth St., Tucson, AZ 85719 • (520) 881-7956 Rabbi Yossie Shemtov, Rabbi Yudi Ceitlin • www.chabadoftucson.com Daily minyan: Sun. & legal holidays, 8:30 a.m.; Mon. & Thurs., 6:30 p.m.; Tues., Wed., Fri., 6:45 a.m. / Mincha & Maariv, 5:15 p.m. / Shabbat services: Fri. at candlelighting; Sat. 9:30 a.m. followed by Kiddush. Mincha, Maariv and Havdallah TBA. Chabad on river 3916 E. Ft. Lowell Road • (520) 615-9443 Rabbi Ram Bigelman • www.chabadonriver.com Shabbat services: Fri., Mincha at candlelighting time, followed by Maariv. / Sat., Shacharit service, 9:30 a.m. / Torah study: Women, Mon., 8 p.m. & Wed., 12:30 p.m.; men, Tues. & Thurs., 7 p.m. Chabad oRO VALLEY 1217 W. Faldo Drive, Oro Valley, AZ 85755 • (520) 477-8672 Rabbi Ephraim Zimmerman • www.jewishorovalley.com Shabbat services: 3rd Fri., 6 p.m., followed by dinner; Sat. 9:30 a.m., bimonthly, call for dates / Torah study: Sat., 9 a.m. FOOTHILLS SHUL AT BEIS YAEL 622 E. Placita Aspecto, Tucson, AZ 85750 • (520) 400-9626 Rabbi Billy Lewkowicz Shabbat services: Fri., 7 p.m. / Men’s Kabbalah study: Thurs., 5 p.m.

reform Congregation Chaverim 5901 E. Second St., Tucson, AZ 85711 • (520) 320-1015 Rabbi Stephanie Aaron • www.chaverim.net Shabbat services: Fri., 7 p.m. (no service on 5th Fri.); Family Shabbat, 1st Fri., 6 p.m. / Torah study: 2nd Sat., 9 a.m., followed by contemplative service, 10 a.m.

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CONGREGATION KOL SIMCHAH (Renewal) 4625 E. River Road, Tucson, AZ 85718 Mailing Address: 2732 S. Gwain Place, Tucson, AZ 85713 • (520) 296-0818 Shabbat services: 1st and 3rd Fri., 7:15 p.m. Congregation m’kor hayim 3888 E. River Road, Tucson, AZ 85718 (Tucson Hebrew Academy) Mailing Address: P.O. Box 31806, Tucson, AZ 85751 • (520) 904-1881 Rabbi Helen Cohn • www.mkorhayim.org Shabbat services: 2nd and 4th Fri., 7 p.m. / Torah study, 2nd and 4th Sat., 9:30 a.m. Congregation Or Chadash 3939 N. Alvernon, Tucson, AZ 85718 • (520) 512-8500 Rabbi Thomas Louchheim, Cantor Janece Cohen www.orchadash-tucson.org Shabbat services: Fri., 6:30 p.m.; 1st Fri., Friday Night LIVE (Oct.-May); 2nd Friday, Tot Shabbat (Oct.-June), 6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. / Torah study: Sat., 8:30 a.m. THE INSTITUTE FOR JUDAIC SERVICES AND STUDIES Mailing Address: 36789 S. Golf Course Drive, Saddlebrooke, AZ 85739 (520) 825-8175 Rabbi Sanford Seltzer Shabbat services: Oct.-April, one Friday per month at 7 p.m. — call for details. Temple Emanu-El 225 N. Country Club Road, Tucson, AZ 85716 • (520) 327-4501 Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon, Rabbi Batsheva Appel • www.tetucson.org Shabbat services: Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. / Torah study: Sat., 8:30 a.m. except when there is a Rabbi’s Tish. Temple Kol Hamidbar 228 N. Canyon Drive, Sierra Vista • (520) 458-8637 http://kolhamidbar.tripod.com Mailing address: P.O. Box 908, Sierra Vista, AZ 85636 Shabbat services: Fri., 7:30 p.m.

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Beth Shalom Temple Center 1751 N. Rio Mayo (P.O. Box 884), Green Valley, AZ 85622 (520) 648-6690 • www.bstc.us Shabbat services: 1st and 3rd Fri., 7­p.m. / Torah study: Sat., 10 a.m. CONGREGATION ETZ CHAIM (Modern Orthodox) 686 Harshaw Road, Patagonia, AZ 85624 • (520) 394-2520 www.etzchaimcongregation.org • Rabbi Gabriel Cousens Shabbat services: Fri., 18 minutes before sunset / Torah study: Sat., 9:30 a.m. HANDMAKER RESIDENT SYNAGOGUE 2221 N. Rosemont Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85712 • (520) 881-2323 www.handmaker.com Shabbat services: Fri., 4:30 p.m., led by Lindsey O’Shea, followed by Shabbat dinner; Sat., 9:30 a.m., led by Mel Cohen and Dan Asia, followed by light Kiddush lunch. SECULAR HUMANIST JEWISH CIRCLE www.secularhumanistjewishcircle.org Call Cathleen at 730-0401 for meeting or other information. UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA HILLEL FOUNDATION 1245 E. 2nd St. Tucson, AZ 85719 • 624-6561 • www.arizona.hillel.org Shabbat services: Reform, Conservative, Orthodox and alternative services two Fridays each month when school is in session. Dinner follows (guests, $8; RSVP by preceding Thurs.). Call for dates/times.

OBITUARIES Neil Russakoff Neil Russakoff, 50, died on Sept. 23, 2016, of complications from bone marrow transplantation due to chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Russakoff was a pediatrician in Tucson. He is survived by his wife, Maria (Isaacs); sons, Max and Ben; parents, David and Ina Russakoff of Birmingham, Ala.; brothers, Steven (Wyndi) Russakoff of Seattle and Daniel (Betsy) Russakoff of San Francisco. Services were held at Temple Emanu-El with Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon and Cantorial Soloist Marjorie Hochberg officiating, along with Rabbi Helen Cohen of Congregation M’Kor Hayim, followed by interment at Sha’arei Shalom Cemetery (All Faiths). Memorial contributions may be made to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, 825 Eastlake Ave. E, Seattle, WA 98109; Reach Out and Read Southern Arizona, c/o Literacy Connects, 200 E. Yavapai Road, Tucson, AZ 85705; or Camp Pasquaney, 19 Pasquaney Lane, Hebron, NH 03241.

Patricia Ann Makemson STEVENSON 9/28/1930 - 7/5/2016

Patty, known fondly as Goober, was the great-greatgreat-grandniece of Union General Joseph Hooker, and a direct descendant of Malcolm the 1st, King of Scotland. She was a woman of courage and compassion; “The true majesty of a royal daughter is inside her”. (Psalm 45:14) Our Mom was the most amazing Mom, to all of us and to many others. She was a constant and dedicated companion to her husband of 65 years, Jimmy the Big Jim. Everything she did was extraordinary, from sewing and quilting, to gardening and recycling, from being a Mom to being a friend. She was full of life, a spitfire, and a super skier. A Wildcat she was! A graduate of the University of Arizona, a sister of Kappa Kappa Gamma, Goober was a dedicated Wildcat fan for life; she and Jimmy rarely missed a game. Her children, Stephanie (Jack Aaron), Suzanne Stevenson, Jack (Holly Stevenson), and Patrick (Peggy Kenney); her grandchildren, Joshua (Melissa Present), Benjamin (Stephanie Aaron), Naomi Present, and David Aaron; Sara Stevenson, Eric, and Lily Stevenson, James; Michael (Courtnay Kenney), Kaley Kenney, and Christopher Kenney; her greatgrandchildren, Harry, Aaron, Zara, Kea, Jamers, and JJ were the lights of her life. Please send donations to: Congregation Chaverim, Memo, March of the Living Fund at 5901 E. 2nd St., or the Tucson Botanical Gardens. Arrangements by East Lawn Palms Mortuary.

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MANY HANDS COURTYARD has scheduled art fairs on the third Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Tucson Wood Turners Association will be featured on Oct. 15 and holiday art fairs will be held on Nov. 19 and Dec. 17, which will include paper artist Anne Lowe. Other upcoming fairs will feature fiber art and ceramics. For more information, contact Cindy Haas at 331-2908. MARTIN C. SIMON, general manager of HILTON TUCSON EAST, will oversee an $8 million renovation of the property. Prior to the Hilton Tucson East, Simon held a variety of positions in the Hyatt Hotels Corporation for more than 27 years; most recently he was general manager of the Hyatt Morristown in New Jersey.

Tucson Jewish Singles Over 40 UPCOMING EVENTS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8 • 3-6 P.M. Bowling and pizza, Fiesta Lanes, $20 at door, 501 W. River Rd.

Sandra Wortzel, Rabbinic Chaplain

The hospice philosophy embodies all I hold sacred in my work as a rabbinic chaplain. The patients and families are held in the highest esteem and their physical, spiritual, and emotional needs are tended to with loving kindness and compassion.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23 • 5-7 P.M. Dinner at Five Palms, 3500 E. Sunrise Dr. Monthly dinner and activities planned for singles 40-65

520.544.9890 | www.casahospice.com Hospice services are paid for by Medicare

RSVP to Jill at TJSover40@gmail.com October 7, 2016, ARIZONA JEWISH POST

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YO U A R E C O R D I A L LY I N V I T E D TO T H E

JEWISH HISTORY MUSEUM’S 8 TH A N N U A L F A L L F U N D R A I S E R

OVER THE RAINBOW: SONGS OF CONSCIENCE & HOPE HONORING

JOE AND PAULETTE GOOTTER P R E S E N TAT I O N B Y

RICHARD HANSON

S U N DAY, O C TO B E R 3 0, 2 01 6 12:00 p.m. Luncheon and Silent Auction Hacienda Del Sol $95/person (includes valet parking) JOE AND PAULETTE GOOTTER

Tribute Book Ads & Sponsorship Opportunities Available Be our guest as we honor Joe and Paulette Gootter and celebrate the realization of a decades long dream in our community: the establishment of the Holocaust History Center on the expanded Jewish History Museum campus. We are thrilled to feature Richard Hanson’s entertaining presentation.

RICHARD HANSON

JOIN US TO CELEBRATE THIS EPIC SEASON! RSVP at www.jewishhistorymuseum.org/support or to Lisa Schachter-Brooks museum@jewishhistorymuseum.org 520.670.9073

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