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January 12, 2018 25 Tevet 5778 Volume 74, Issue 1

S O U T H E R N A R I Z O N A ’ S A WA R D - W I N N I N G J E W I S H N E W S PA P E R

Celebrations .............. 15-19 Mind, Body & Spirit .....22-25

UA Hillel switches gears with local focus for fundraiser

Arts & Culture .........................7 Classifieds ............................. 21 Commentary ..........................6 Community Calendar...........28 In Focus.................................30 Israel ......................................11 Local ..................... 3,4,5,7,9,15 Middle East ..................... 12

Tempest DuJour

National .......................12,14,20


Obituaries .............................27


Our Town .............................. 31 Rabbi’s Corner ......................26 Synagogue Directory...........26


he University of Arizona Hillel Foundation is going more local for this year’s fundraiser. On Saturday, Feb. 17, at 6:30 p.m., Hillel will hold “A Night at La Cage Hillel” at the Stevie Eller Dance Theater building on the university campus. The event is crucial to supporting Hillel’s work serving over 300 Jewish students at the university. Instead of bringing in a famous comedian or singer as in previous years, this year Hillel will present a cabaret night, with a reception followed by an hour or so of various acts. This local talent includes Tempest DuJour as the host, selections from the musical “Stars of David” presented by the awardwinning Arizona Onstage Productions, and the UA College of Medicine’s Docapella. Fusionz Café, located inside Hillel, will cater the hors d’oeuvres and desserts. Locally owned Public Brewery is brewing special Hillel Bear Down Ale to be served throughout the night. By hosting the event at the Stevie Eller building, Hillel has made the conscious choice to bring the event back to campus. See Hillel, page 4


JFSA Connections talk to highlight forgiveness DEBE CAMPBELL

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orgiveness is the ultimate spiritual freedom, says Edith Eger, Ph.D.: “It takes forgiveness to heal.” One of the last remaining Holocaust survivors, Eger, a psychologist, will be the guest speaker at the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona Women’s Philanthropy Connections 25th Anniversary brunch, “The Power to Heal,” on Feb. 18, at 10 a.m. at The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa. Eger will speak about her experiences as a survivor, wife, mother, educator and human dignity advocate. She also will highlight her acclaimed memoir, “The Choice: Embrace the Possible,” a moving testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of choice in our lives. Born on Sept. 29, 1927, in Kosice, Slovakia, Eger lived with her parents and two sisters, Magda and Klara, before the Nazi occupation in Hungary forced them into the Kosice Ghetto in March 1944. By May, they were loaded onto cattle cars and sent

Edith Eger, Ph.D.

to Auschwitz, where Eger first encountered Dr. Mengele. He directed her mother to the left, and the gas chamber, and the sisters the right, to labor. By November 1944, Edith and Magda were consigned to ammunition trains and slave labor. In May 1945, they were liberated from Gunskirchen and were reunited with Klara in Prague. Eger married and See Connections, page 5

Super Sunday will be part of JFSA ‘100 Days’ PHYLLIS BRAUN

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he Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona will hold its annual Super Sunday phonea-thon on Jan. 28, 2018 at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. Volunteers will call members of the Tucson Jewish community seeking donations to the Federation’s 2018 Community Campaign. This year’s campaign theme is “100 Days of Impact.” “With a desire to have a shorter, more condensed annual campaign and to educate the community about the programs of the Jewish Federation, we created ‘100 Days of Impact,’” says JFSA Senior Vice President Fran Katz. The campaign began Nov. 1 and will end Feb. 8. Each week throughout the 100 days, Federation emails and other marketing materials have been highlighting the many humanitarian and education programs the Federation and its beneficiary agencies provide for people in Tucson, Israel and around the world. Week one, for example, “Federation Includes,”

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Michael Shiner makes a call at the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona’s Super Sunday phone-a-thon on Jan. 29, 2017. Shiner is one of three Super Sunday co-chairs for 2018.

showed how support for the campaign ensures special needs programs at the Tucson Jewish Community Center, Hebrew High and synagogue religious schools, encouraging people of all capabilities to take part in Jewish life. Week four, “Federation Feeds and Shelters,” called attention to the Homer Davis Project, which supplies weekend and holiday meal kits

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elocating from Atlanta in the midst of Tucson’s hottest summer on record wasn’t Izzy Kornman’s greatest challenge. She’d already met one big challenge, being chosen as one of 25 national recipients of the Hillel International Springboard Fellowship. She also had to adjust to the Southwest vibe. “That’s a really big change coming from the East Coast,” she chuckles. Originally from Connecticut, Kornman graduated from Emory University in Atlanta in May 2017, with a double major in comparative literature and Jewish Studies. The Springboard Fellowship puts recent college graduates on campuses across the country to enrich Jewish students’ lives. The two-year fellowship provides hands-on mentorship and professional development opportunities from local and national Hillel staff, and experts from across the corporate and nonprofit worlds. Kornman is among the second cohort focusing on innovation or social justice, while the previous cohort had 19 fellows. This program is a successor to the Steinhardt Jewish Campus Service Corps Fellowship, which Hillel ran from 1994 to 2008. As an innovation specialist, Kornman tackles Hillel’s ambitious goals to strengthen the Jewish talent pipeline, developing young Jewish leaders at the University of Arizona. To do this, she will work with six University of Arizona interns this calendar year, developing bottom-up programming that most meets their needs, or “turning their concerns into useful programming,” says Kornman. In the first weeks of the fall semester, Kornman attended conferences to learn about the fellowship and how to best apply its concept of innovation at the University of Arizona Hillel Foundation. Training included tutorials in design thinking, creative problem-solving, case studies, and working with students and staff to accomplish joint goals and innovate activities on campus. Armed with this intensive skillbuilding knowledge and backed by the cohort fellows nationwide, Kornman returned to campus, where she instituted a weekly women’s discussion group and TEMPLE EMANU-EL ADULT EDUCATION ACADEMY SPRING 2017

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revamped Hillel’s student internship program. Other programs included an alternative Yom Kippur meditation service and Jewish cultural events in the dorms. Getting to know the students, what they want to change, and what they aspire to within the Hillel sphere was especially important in the first semester. “It helps being close to their age as a recent graduate,” says Kornman. “I really want to get students to care here.” Kornman brings with her past experience as the special programs director for TEDxEmory, a TEDTalk-like organization. She has also interned at the Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive, Artis Contemporary Israeli Art Fund and the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. “One of Hillel’s key roles is to build and grow the next generation of Jewish talent, both for our own movement and the broader Jewish world,” says Eric D. Fingerhut, President and CEO of Hillel International. “Through the Springboard Fellowship, we can build on the relationships we develop with young Jews on campuses across the country and around the world to provide college graduates with innovative education and skills training while serving our communities.” The UA is among only three campuses in the West hosting Springboard Fellows. Kornman’s fellowship is made possible by the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona and Hillel International, “both of which value experimentation and support young Jewish entrepreneurial spirit in Jewish communal life,” says Kornman.

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In just one year, and most notably with one proposal, President Trump and his administration have had an impact on the Middle East generally and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in particular. His proposal to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem overturned decades of US policy and drew international criticism. So far, the predicted outrage in the Arab and Islamic world failed to materialize in any lasting way. President Trump’s declaration pleased his base at home and drew applause from Israel’s political right, that today seems even more emboldened in its agenda vis-à-vis the Palestinians. Many political pundits and policy advisors around the world are now predicting the end of the two-state solution.

Prof. Feldman will address these and other issues facing Israel, the Palestinians, and American foreign policy in the region in light of the developments during President Trump’s first year in office. He will also explore possible short and long-term complications that may arise from the Trump administration’s different approach to foreign policy in the Middle East.

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Yofi has her credentials and began teaching this month at the Kurn Religious School of Temple Emanu-El. No matter that Yofi is a floppy-eared golden doodle. She’s available to listen to children as they read aloud, practicing their Hebrew reading skills. Research shows that reading to dogs helps children improve reading, social and emotional skills. “Reading to an uncritical audience helps children relax and focus, and caring for dogs helps them develop loving and caring attributes,” says Rabbi Batsheva Appel, who suggests for

more information. Along with Temple Emanu-El’s Hebrew@ Home blended distance learning program, “Likro l’Klavim: Hebrew Reading to Dogs” should make Hebrew competency “more accessible and enjoyable than ever before,” says Appel. Yofi was trained by Jeremy Brown of The Complete Canine and is certified and insured by the Alliance of Therapy Dogs. She is the pet of Judy Shepard Gomez and Temple Emanu-El’s Cantorial Soloist Marjorie Hochberg. For more information, contact Appel at 327-4501.


venue to help support Hillel in building a Jewish community for UA students,” says Narter. Another way this night is different from past Hillel benefits is that there are no general admission tickets. To participate in the night of festivities and food, a donor must buy a ticket package ranging from $180 to $5,000. Spend $1,800 or more and the package will include a VIP reception prior to the show. The VIPs will have reserved parking, special food, and a harpist to serenade them as they schmooze. “Like the last 18 years, it will be a fun, entertaining evening, with wonderful local food and brews. But this year we’re making it more intimate, and we’re focusing on the students,” says Blumenberg, who adds that students have been involved in organizing the event. Tickets can be purchased through Hillel’s website at hillelarizona.wufoo. com/forms/a-night-at-la-cage-hillel. The Stevie Eller Dance Theater is at 1737 E. University Blvd.

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DuJour is a local talent few will want to miss. A professor by day at the University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film, and Television, and a drag queen by night, DuJour is sure to bring some new flair to this long-running fundraiser. Besides highlighting great Tucson talents, this night is “the centerpiece of Hillel’s annual campaign,” says Hillel Executive Director Michelle Blumenberg. “It funds all of the student programs and helps to run over 200 meetings and programs annually,” adds Hillel Board Chair John Judin. “At the core of UA Hillel’s mission is developing young Jewish leaders today to ensure a strong Jewish community for the future. The contributions made during this annual fundraiser play a very substantial role in allowing Hillel to fulfill this goal.” The co-chairs for the evening are Dana Narter and Jason Lazarow. “I am excited that we are showcasing a variety of local talent and holding the event at a campus

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came to the United States. She had three children and became a clinical psychologist. Eger always has carried her mother’s words in her heart: “No one can take away from you what you put here, in your own mind.” She emphasizes the importance of “putting words in your mind that empower.” Self-love is not selfish, she tells the AJP, “selfish people don’t like themselves. Self-love is self-care, it’s not narcissism.” In the 1970s, Eger began studying psychology. A survivor of PTSD before there was such an acronym for post-traumatic stress disorder, she has done extensive consulting work with the U.S. military, treating American war veterans from Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. She also helped establish shelters for female domestic abuse victims. “She evolved at a time as a psychologist when PTSD wasn’t even on the map,” says Dr. Saul Levine, professor emeritus in psychiatry at University of California at San Diego, who knows and has worked with Eger for more than two decades.


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Chen Dinatzi and Tamir Shecory, Tucson’s second cohort of shinshinim (Israeli teen emissaries), will present a series of Israel education events for adults, “Talking Tachles with Chen and Tamir” at community congregations and organizations. Tachles is a slang Hebrew word, derived from Yiddish, that means “to the point” or “give it to me straight.” “Chen and Tamir enjoy working with kids of all ages and were looking for an opportunity to also share ‘their Israel’ with a group of adults,” explains Weintraub Israel Center Director Oshrat Barel, who oversees Tucson’s shinshinim program. Each event has a different topic, starting with “Typical Israeli Life Path” on Sunday, Jan. 21,4-5:30 p.m. at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. Next is “10 Reasons Why You Should Go to Israel” on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 5-6:30 p.m. at Tucson Hebrew Academy. “The 2011 Israel Tent Protest or Why Cottage Cheese Costs More in Israel” follows on Saturday, Feb. 17, 12:45-2 p.m. at Congregation Bet Shalom. Congregation Chaverim will host the pair for “Tikkun Olam in Israel” on Sunday, March 4, 3-5 p.m. Chen and Tamir will present “Couscous, Lasagna and Ballet Shoes” at Congregation Anshei Israel on Saturday, March 17, 12:15-1:30 p.m., followed by “The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” at Congregation Or Chadash on Sunday, March 18, 3-4:30 p.m. The final talk in the series will be “Sephardi, Ashkenazi and Everything in Between” on Sunday, March

Chen Dinatzi and Tamir Shecory are Tucson's latest Israeli teen volunteers.

25, 2-4 at Temple Emanu-El. “The added value of this program is that each event will take place in a different venue in our community,” says Barel, allowing participants “to explore Israel through Chen and Tamir’s eyes and feel the partnership between all the congregations, THA, the J and the Federation that brought the shinshinim program to Tucson.” For more information, contact the hosting organizations.

“Auschwitz gave me a tremendous gift in some ways, that I can guide people to have resilience and perseverance,” Eger says. “I don’t like to talk about how terrible the Nazis were, I prefer to talk about the Nazis who saved lives.” Like choosing which flowers in the garden to water — deciding which will live and which will die — “whatever you feed in the present is what will thrive. Love is the ability to let go of pain and live in the present.” A frequent visitor to Tucson over the years, Eger looks forward to her upcoming visit. Anticipating her talk, she reminds participants, “I can only touch you now. It is important to live in the present,” with forgiveness for the past. The Connections brunch will include the presentation of the Bryna Zehngut Mitzvot Award to a Southern Arizona teen. The cost to attend is $40, plus a $180 minimum pledge ($18 for students) to the 2018 Federation Community Campaign. The Young Women’s Cabinet is collecting toiletries (toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs, soap, and fullsize children’s shampoo and conditioner) and household cleaning products for Aviva Children’s Services. RSVP by Feb. 9 at or contact Karen Graham at 647-8469 or

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COMMENTARY Despite Palestinian intractability, don’t destroy the two-state solution JONATHAN A. GREENBLATT JTA

NEW YORK everal recent political measures in Israel — including announcements by Israel’s parliament, attorney general and ruling party — have significantly begun to undermine the possibility of achieving a two-state solution. Let me be clear: When discussing why the peace process has been stalled for so many years, one has to begin with the Palestinians. There is little evidence to suggest that the Palestinians have yet made the necessary qualitative leaps to accept the legitimacy of the Jewish state, to negotiate in good faith on the outstanding issues or to stop inciting its people to violence and instead prepare them for peace. In past decades there were several occasions — the 1993 Oslo Agreement, the 2000 Camp David summit, and the 2007-08 Annapolis process — when it looked as though Palestinian leaders could be on the verge of accepting Israel

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(L-R): Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin in 1994 after winning the Nobel Peace Prize for their roles in the Oslo Accords.

in a serious and responsible way. Unfortunately, that hope foundered as former Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat and then Mahmoud Abbas refused to make serious, specific responses to significant Israeli peace proposals.

In sum, principal responsibility for the absence of peace rests with the Palestinian side, even while they do have some legitimate grievances and aspirations. We at the Anti-Defamation League

have long held that the two-state solution is important for the safety and survival of the Jewish people. And Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu himself has stated Israel’s commitment to such a solution. However, the central committee of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s ruling party voted on Jan. 2 to demand “free construction and application of Israeli law and sovereignty in all liberated areas of settlement.” Doing so could make any potential Palestinian state unviable by annexing far-flung settlements to Israel that separate Palestinian population centers from each other. This is something Israel, under both right- and left-wing governments for 50 years, has refrained from doing, in part for international legal reasons. Instead, Israel has maintained judiciously that the difficult situation on the West Bank is only a temporary one, albeit long-lasting, because of the absence of peace. But that distinction was also blurred by a Dec. 31 directive from Israel’s See Two-state, page 10

What Martin Luther King Jr. learned on his only visit to Jerusalem MARC SCHNEIER JTA


n Easter Sunday in 1959, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. rose in the pulpit of his Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, to deliver a sermon that focused on his just-completed visit, with his wife, Coretta, to Jerusalem and its holy sites.

King’s trip that month to eastern Jerusalem and the nearby cities of Bethlehem, Hebron, Nablus and Jericho, all of which were then part of Jordan, came at the end of a monthlong visit to India that he wrote about extensively later in his autobiography. However, little remains to us from his visit to Jerusalem, except for an audio recording and transcript of that late

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March sermon nearly six decades ago, which he titled “Pilgrimage to Non-Violence” and spoke movingly of walking in the footsteps of his two greatest inspirations, Mahatma Gandhi and Jesus. The sermon speaks of the deep impact of walking on the Via Dolorosa in the Old City, where Jesus was mocked and tormented, and how profoundly he connected Jesus’ vision of peace, love and justice with his own struggle for justice for African-Americans. King opened his sermon by lamenting that the two sides of Jerusalem — the Jordanian eastern part and the Israeli western part — were sealed off from each other and therefore he was unable to cross to the Israeli side. “This city has been divided,” King said. “And if on your visa it is revealed that you are going into any Arab nation, you can only go to Israel without being able to … go back to an Arab country. … So this was a strange feeling to go to the ancient city of God and see the tragedies of man’s hate and his evil, which causes him to fight and live in conflict.” King told his congregants that when he came to the spot on the Via Dolorosa where Jesus stumbled under the weight of the cross, “The thing that I thought about at that moment was that … it was a black man that picked it up for him and said, ‘I will help you,’ and took it on

up to Calvary.” Simon of Cyrene, who carried the cross, is often depicted as a black man. “And I think we know today there is a struggle, a desperate struggle, going on in this world. Two-thirds of the people of the world are colored people … There is a struggle on the part of these people today to gain freedom and human dignity. And I think (that) one day, God will remember that it was a black man that helped His son in the darkest and most desolate moment of his life.” Invoking the parlous condition of African-Americans, most of whom were then still suffering under a regime of strict segregation and dire poverty, King said, “And so, this morning, let us not be disillusioned. Let us not lose faith. So often we’ve been crucified. We’ve been buried in numerous graves — the grave of economic insecurity, the grave of exploitation, the grave of oppression. We’ve watched justice trampled over and truth crucified. But I’m here to tell you this morning, Easter reminds us that it won’t be like that all the way. It reminds us that God has a light that can shine amid all of the darkness.” King concluded, “Know that God has the universe in His hands. And because of that, segregation will die one day. Because of that, all of the lands of Africa See MLK, page 10


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(L-R) Arizona Theatre Company's David Ivers directs a rehearsal of 'Outside Mullingar' with actors Robynn Rodriguez (Aoife Muldoon), John Hutton (Tony Muldoon) and Larry Bull (Anthony Reilly).

In May, the Arizona Theatre Company announced the arrival of David Ivers, the new artistic director who took over the reins from David Ira Goldstein after Goldstein’s 25-year stint leading ATC. Ivers suggested “Outside Mullingar” for the 2017/18 transition season and will make his ATC directorial debut with the play, which opens Jan. 26, with preview performances beginning Jan. 20. Written by John Patrick Shanley, who won a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award for “Doubt” and an Academy Award for “Moonstruck,” this Tony-nominated romantic comedy is set in the farmlands of Ireland. Ivers’ upbringing helped shape his artistic vision and values. His father, raised in an Orthodox Jewish family in

Montreal, Canada, found his way into radio and eventually the film business via public relations and marketing. His father’s time as an on-air radio personality prompted him to change the family name from Itzkovitch to Ivers. Ivers’ parents met at a TV studio in Bermuda and eventually settled in California. Ivers says his father’s deep connection to Judaism and his mother’s progressive sense offered him and his brother the opportunity to be exposed to all sorts of beliefs, and instilled in them the importance of family and legacy. Shanley’s “Outside Mullingar,” Ivers says, fittingly showcases these themes. For tickets, visit or call 622-2823.


ish community.” There will be three volunteer shifts, 8:30-11:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-2p.m., and 1:304:30 p.m., with food and prizes. Volunteers can make calls or help with general support, and are encouraged to wear their favorite team’s colors to add to the team spirit. To register for a Super Sunday volunteer shift, visit , email or call 577-9393. The day also will include a Red Cross blood drive from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. and a Tu B’Shevat Family Celebration from noon-2 p.m. Blood donors must be ages 17+ and blood drive volunteers must be at least 16. To celebrate Tu B’Shevat, the New Year for the trees, parents and children can visit the Tucson J’s Sculpture Garden for a “Tree-Sure Hunt,” with activities such as a “Hug a Tree” photo opportunity and a seed matching game. Participants can complete all the activities for a special prize.

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for underserved schoolchildren; clothing collection drives for local homeless women; and to Jewish Family & Children’s Services, which provides relief for families in financial crisis. Information on other impact areas, from “Federation Honors Our Elders” to “Federation Pursues Justice and Equality,” is available at “You can feel the momentum in our Jewish community right now,” says Aaron Rottenstein, who is co-chairing Super Sunday with Michael Shiner and Josh Silverman. “And this year, Super Sunday is a fantastic chance for all of us to keep that momentum going. Whether you’re making a pledge, or volunteering to help others do the same, Super Sunday gives all of us a chance to stand up, come together, and lend our own voice to Tucson’s Jew-

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niversities in Arizona, Mexico and Israel have formed a three-way partnership to cooperate on research, innovation and entrepreneurship. The partnership is made up of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, the University of Arizona and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. According to Bruce Wright, associate vice president of the UA’s Tech Park Arizona at the Bridges in Tucson, the joint research projects will focus on six technology sectors: arid lands agriculture and water; alternative energy; defense and cyber security; intelligent transportation systems; health care information technologies; and sustainable mining. “Israel is among the leaders in the world in bringing that kind of technology to the marketplace,” Wright said. “As we began to really think about how we could attract these fast-growth technology companies in these areas, we decided to do a concentrated outreach effort to Israel and see if we could offer the UA Tech Park in Tucson as a location for Israeli companies looking to enter the U.S. market.” Wright added that the UA first began working with Ben-Gurion before partnering with UNAM. “We have a similar effort to attract Mexican technology companies and that was the basis for putting the three universities and their research parks together in this effort,” he said. The partnership includes knowledge sharing and collaboration between Beer-Sheva’s Advanced Technologies Park, the UA’s Tech Park Arizona and UNAM’s high-tech initiatives. The UA and the state of Arizona could benefit from the cooperative effort in a number of ways. The UA might receive royalties for the technology produced, and the partnership could connect students with prospective employers, as well as bring a number of jobs to the state.

“We want to make sure that we create high-wage job opportunities for our graduates,” Wright said. “We’re also, as a state public university, looking to help grow not only the regional but also the state economy.” Collaborative work in applied research can lead to the development of lucrative commercial products. “We can then help move those products and either license them to an existing company or to a start-up company and help that company through the businessdevelopment process,” Wright said. While visiting Israel, the UA and UNAM met with BGU researchers and the heads of major research centers, including the National Institute for Biotechnology in the Negev, the Ilse Katz Institute for Nanoscale Science & Technology and the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research. The collaboration is made even easier because of regional similarities and cultural connections. Forty percent of Tucson residents are Hispanic, and 25 percent have family ties to Mexico. As for Israel and Arizona, Wright said, “we’re very similar in terms of climate and topography and all those kinds of things. There is a very large and active Jewish community in Tucson, so there are very strong ties between Israel and Tucson. We actually first got started in this effort in partnership with the America-Israel Friendship League here in Tucson, and we’ve gotten great support from the [Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona].” Another aim of the partnership is to help Israeli companies access U.S. markets and talent without selling out to large U.S. firms. (Israel-based Mobileye, which develops driver assistance systems, was acquired by Intel for $15.3 billion earlier this year.) “A priority of the Israeli government is to retain their companies, but also give them market access,” Wright said. “So that’s really why our program has gotten some attention, some traction, because it’s speaking to the next generation of Israeli technology companies.” Jeff Kronenfeld is a staff writer for the Jewish News in Phoenix, where this article first appeared.

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because Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel since its founding and the spiritual home of the Jewish people for millennia. But we also called on the parties to redouble their efforts to foster conditions necessary for an eventual two-state solution and to resume negotiations immediately. Whatever one’s views on the particulars of any future peace agreement, however remote it may seem today, three priorities for Israel should be respected by all: Israel’s fundamental right to security; its need to maintain a substantial Jewish majority; and the need to protect and strengthen Israel’s democratic values and institutions. At the same time, it is essential that a final resolution also address the concerns of the Palestinian people and allow them to control their own destiny through some form of statehood. And we continue to believe that such a mutually beneficial outcome, one that delivers on the needs of all people, will be determined only through direct negotiations between the two parties as both sides make the tough choices that are required to achieve peace. A two-state solution still offers the only hope to achieve all these goals. Security is possible with the right terms. A Jewish majority can be assured by separating from the Palestinians. And Israel’s democratic character and respect for civil rights depends upon its continued pursuit of the two-state solution. It is complicated and challenging, but it still must be the ultimate goal.

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attorney general, who under pressure from the country’s justice minister instructed government agencies to apply new civilian laws when possible to cover the West Bank as well as Israel proper. Finally, Israel’s parliament voted on Jan. 2 to make it well-nigh impossible for Israel to give up any part of Jerusalem in peace negotiations. It raised the bar for Knesset approval of any peace agreement that would include ceding part of Jerusalem to a foreign entity from a majority to a supermajority of 80 of the body’s 120 votes. The law itself might be reversed by a simple majority vote at a later date, but it also sends worrying signals about Israel’s long-term intentions. This was further exacerbated that same day by President Donald Trump’s ill-advised tweet stating “we have taken Jerusalem, the toughest part of the negotiation, off the table.” That telegraphs the wrong message to Israelis and Palestinians, and it stands in direct contradiction to the president’s own historic speech on the matter. On Dec. 6, Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and specified that “we are not taking a position on any final status issues, including the specific boundaries of the Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem.” He similarly confirmed that Jerusalem would remain “one of the most sensitive issues in those talks.” ADL welcomed the president’s speech

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will be free one day.” The civil rights leader never got the chance to visit Israel, including West Jerusalem and the Christian holy sites of Galilee. He was in the process of planning such a trip, with the strong support of the government of Israel, in 1967, but canceled in the wake of the Six-Day War. King was assassinated the following year. Nevertheless, we can take solace that King’s powerful experience in 1959 gave him spiritual fortitude that helped sustain his leadership of the civil rights movement during the climactic struggles of the 1960s. Those struggles liberated African-Americans from more than 300 years of slavery and segregation, and finally changed America into a country that began to live up to the promise of its founding documents. On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2018, let us — Jews, Christians, Muslims and all people of conscience — reflect upon King’s only visit to Jerusalem in 1959.

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The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. preaches in 1960 at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Rabbi Marc Schneier is president of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding and is the author of “Shared Dreams: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Jewish Community.”

ISRAEL Lack of peace with Israel is Palestinians’ fault, U.S. ambassador says after terror attack JTA JERUSALEM


he U.S. ambassador to Israel blamed the Palestinians for the lack of peace with Israel in the aftermath of a Palestinian shooting in the West Bank that killed an Israeli man. “An Israeli father of six was killed last night in cold blood by Palestinian terrorists. Hamas praises the killers and PA laws will provide them financial rewards. Look no further to why there is no peace,” David Friedman tweeted Wednesday morning. U.S. officials blaming one side for a collapse of the peace process is rare; Bill Clinton blamed the Palestinian leadership for the collapse of the Camp David talks when he was president in 2000, but otherwise, U.S. officials have criticized sides for discrete actions while avoiding blaming them for a broader impasse. Friedman, before he was ambassador, was close to the settlement movement and was a major donor to some settlement projects. The military wing of the terrorist group Hamas reportedly praised the attack in a statement, but did not take responsibility for the drive-by shooting. Rabbi Raziel Shevah, 35, was shot Tuesday night by a passing car near Nablus, in the northern West Bank, while he was driving past the Gilad Farm junction. Shevah lived in the nearby Gilad Farm outpost. On Wednesday morning, the Israel Defense Forces chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, visited the site of the attack and was briefed by local commanders. Israel’s defense minister, Avigdor Liberman, in a statement issued Wednesday morning said he had ordered his of-

fice to look into legalizing the Gilad Farm outpost, known as Havat Gilad. “Security forces are pursuing the terrorists who murdered Rabbi Raziel Shevach, may God avenge his blood,” the statement said. “I feel the pain and sorrow of his wife Yael and his six children. I have instructed the heads of the Defense Ministry to assist the family and the residents of Havat Gilad. I have also ordered an examination of the possibility of legalizing Havat Gilad and making it a community among the other settlements in Judea and Samaria.” Havat Gilad was established in 2002 in memory of Gilad Zar, security coordinator of the Shomron Regional Council, who was killed in a Palestinian terror attack. Dozens of families live in the outpost, but none of the homes have permits. Many of the outpost buildings have been demolished by the army, only to be rebuilt. Hundreds of people gathered at Gilad Farm on Wednesday afternoon for Shevach’s funeral and burial. His widow said it was his wish to be buried on the hilltop. “We decided, together as a family, to bury him in the place he had dedicated himself to,” Yael Shevach said. “Raziel said that if something was ever to happen to him, he wanted to be buried in Havat Gilad. We respect his wishes and will bury him in the settlement he loved so much.” The burial, while approved by the Samaria Regional Council, was not officially approved by the IDF or the government, according to reports. Meanwhile, the IDF expanded its search for the killer or killers, including setting up roadblocks and checkpoints and entering Palestinian villages in the area. Palestinians also reported in an uptick in stonethrowing incidents by settlers on cars with Palestinian license plates.

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NATIONAL/MIDDLE EAST Will protests against inflation, corruption roiling Iran kill the nuclear deal? RON KAMPEAS JTA

WASHINGTON ranians are taking to the streets in spontaneous demonstrations across the country to protest government corruption and a failing economy. The depth and breadth of popular Iranian anger have taken the West by surprise, nowhere more so than in Washington, where the focus on Iran since Donald Trump assumed the presidency has been on whether he would preserve the 2015 nuclear deal. Until Dec. 28, this was the calculus: Would Trump kill the agreement or be content with dismissing it as “the worst deal” in history? The deal forged between Iran and six major powers trades sanctions relief for a rollback of Iran’s nuclear program. Now the question is whether Trump sees the demonstrations and their repression by Tehran as an additional spur — or even the last straw — that would convince him to pull the United States out of the pact. On Dec. 28, anti-inflation protests broke out in Mashhad, Iran’s second-largest city and generally a stronghold of support for the theocracy. They quickly spread, fueled by anger not just at economic mismanagement but at Iran’s military adventurism overseas. At least 20 protesters have been killed. The feared Revolutionary Guard Corps has joined in the crackdown and the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has sought to blame outsiders for spurring the protests. Trump has yet to say how the protests affect the nuclear deal, but he has condemned the crackdown and warned Iranian leaders that he is watching their actions. “Such respect for the people of Iran as they try to take back their corrupt government,” Trump said Jan. 3 on Twitter, his seventh tweet about the uprising since it began a week earlier. “You will see great support from the

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Iranian students protest at the University of Tehran, Dec. 30, 2017.

United States at the appropriate time!” In a Washington Post op-ed published Jan. 4 berating the Obama administration for its handling of Iran, Vice President Mike Pence said that additional actions definitely were an option, given the latest protests. “We have already issued new sanctions on Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, and the president is weighing additional actions to punish the regime for its belligerent behavior and assault on its own citizens,” Pence wrote. Would those include resuming the narrow nuclear-related sanctions relaxed as a result of the Iran deal? Pence did not spell that out, but he blamed the Iran deal for enriching the regime and enabling it to crack down on its citizens. In mid-January, Trump has two deadlines looming: • Whether to certify Iran’s compliance with the deal:

Under a 2015 law passed by a Congress skeptical of President Barack Obama’s agreement, the deal requires certification every 90 days. Trump refused to certify the last time the 90 days were up, in October, effectively punting the issue to Congress. Doing so again would have the same effect; it would be up to Congress to reimpose sanctions. Congress demurred last time because no one at the time wanted responsibility for killing a deal that much of the world believes is working. Widespread revulsion at oppression of the protesters, if it intensifies, could change that calculus. • Whether to waive the nuclear sanctions: The deal requires the U.S. president to do so. The sanctions are renewable every 120 days under laws passed early in the Obama administration. Trump may also reimpose the nuclear sanctions by executive order at any time. Not waiving the nuclear sanctions or reimposing them would effectively pull the United States out of the deal. We asked experts who favor and oppose the Iran deal two questions: How would the protests influence Trump’s decision-making on whether to stick with the deal? And is there a connection between the deal and the protests? Here’s what they had to say. The protests may be the straw that breaks the deal’s back. Mark Dubowitz, the director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, who has counseled the White House on its Iran strategy, said the protests could spur Congress and America’s European allies to finally take up Trump’s challenge from October. That’s when the president refused to certify Iranian compliance with the deal and essentially said his goal is to “fix it or nix it” — amend the terms or walk away. Dubowitz said the protests “may increase the incentive for all sides to come together and find a legislative solution.”

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“The protests reinforce the administration’s view that the Iranian regime is an odious, expansionist and destructive force in the Middle East,” he said.“Its foreign adventurism and domestic repression must be confronted using all instruments of American power.” Richard Goldberg, a former top Senate aide who helped shape the nuclear sanctions, said it made little sense for Trump to waive them now. “With people pouring into the streets crying out for a new regime, it’s hard to imagine how the president waives sanctions and keeps money flowing into the regime’s coffers,” he said. “Whether you were a supporter or opponent of the nuclear deal, nothing should hold us back from siding with the people and against their oppressors.” The protests are exactly the wrong time to end the nuclear deal. Dan Shapiro, who was Obama’s ambassador to Israel from 2011 until a year ago, said scrapping the deal would play into Khamenei’s claims that outside actors are trying to influence the protests. “It would undercut one of the areas where protesters are rightfully blaming the regime for squandering relief on supporting terrorists and foreign adventurers,” said Shapiro, who is now a fellow at Israel’s Institute for National Security Studies. Daryl Kimball, who directs the Arms Control Association, said killing the deal would be a gift to Khamenei. “If Trump decides to reimpose the nuclear-related sanctions waived under the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, he will be creating a nonproliferation and security crisis and providing top Iranian officials — particularly Ayatollah Ali Khamenei — a propaganda bonanza,” Kimball said. “If Trump unilaterally reimposes all the nuclear sanctions, it will allow the Iranian regime to blame the U.S. for the regime’s failures to address the grievances of those who are marching in the streets.” Additionally, Shapiro said, it was not in the West’s interest to free an Iranian re-

gime already rattled by the protests to accelerate a nuclear breakout. The Iran deal, for at least 10 years, keeps Iran a year away from a nuclear bomb. If sanctions were lifted, he said, “We could be right back to Iran two to three months away from a nuclear breakout.” Alireza Nader, a senior Iran expert at the Rand Corp., a think tank that frequently consults with the Pentagon, said it made no sense to rattle the Iran deal when there were many other non-nuclear sanctions options that could squeeze the regime. Taking Iran off the list of Muslim-majority nations whose citizens are banned entry to the United States would be a signal to Iranians that the United States is heeding their plight. Another measure would be to remove sanctions on U.S. information firms doing business in Iran, Nader said. That would “make sure that Iranians have access to technology that gets information in and out of Iran,” he said. On Jan. 4, a top Trump administration official said freeing technology use for Iranians was on the agenda. “It is absolutely a core U.S. interest that this information flow into Iran and the operation of key social media platforms like Telegram, like Instagram, is preserved,” Andrew Peek, the deputy assistant secretary of state who handles Iran, told the BBC’s Persian service. He also said that sanctions were in the works targeting individuals who violated human rights. The nuclear deal helped get us here, in a bad way. Deal opponents say the nuclear deal freed up cash that the Iranian regime is now using to fund its military adventurism — and to repress protests. In his op-ed, Pence said the pact “flooded the regime’s coffers with tens of billions of dollars in cash — money that it could use to repress its own people and support terrorism across the wider world.”

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NATIONAL Steve Bannon, facing heat for ‘Fire and Fury’ quotes, leaves Breitbart News JTA



teve Bannon, the former top strategic adviser to President Donald Trump, is leaving his powerful perch at Breitbart News. Breitbart News in a statement Tuesday said Bannon is a “valued part of our legacy,” but various media, including The New York Times, said he was ousted because of a falling-out with Trump over quotes he gave to the author of an incendiary book about the Trump White House. The book, “Fire and Fury,” by journalist Michael Wolff, quoted Bannon at length attacking Trump’s family, with special rancor aimed at Trump’s daughter Ivanka and son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Bannon, calling himself an “economic nationalist,” helmed Breitbart after the sudden death of its founder, Andrew Breitbart, in 2012, and again after he left the White House in August. Under his watch, Breitbart News was seen as strongly pro-Israel, with a dedicated Jerusalem bureau. Bannon was also said to have urged Trump to move the U.S.

Embassy to Jerejected both rusalem and to and was confirefuse to meet dent they would with Palestin“wash out” of ian Authority the movement. President MahHe battled moud Abbas. with Kushner Breitbart’s Jewand Ivanka ish employees Trump at the said he made White House, sure they were calling Kushner, able to observe who is Jewish, a Shabbat and “globalist.” Jewish holidays. Stephen Bannon at a White House news conference, Feb. 16, 2017. His deparYet he was ture from the also portrayed by Jewish liberals as inim- White House in August was prompted ical to Jewish interests. Joining Trump’s by an interview in which he was critipresidential campaign in its last three cal of Trump’s foreign policy. However, months, he introduced terms like “global- he was already in a precarious position ists” and theories of international bank- because he was believed to have encouring conspiracies that often recalled anti- aged Trump’s equivocal response to a Semitic propaganda, although neither white supremacist march in CharlotBannon nor Trump explicitly named a tesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12 that turned Jewish conspiracy. deadly when one of the marchers allegBannon called Breitbart a “platform” edly rammed a crowd of counterprotestfor the “alt-right,” a loosely organized ers with his car, killing one and injuring nationalistic movement whose follow- 20. Trump said there were good people ers include white supremacists and anti- on “both sides” of the incident, earning Semites, but he also told reporters that he widespread opprobrium. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images


When he left the White House, Bannon said he wielded more power at Breitbart, to which he returned. The outlet reaches millions of voters on the right who reject what they say are the biases of the mainstream media and are seen as responsible for the defeat of establishment Republicans in some primaries. Bannon then backed a far-right candidate, Roy Moore, in a special Senate election in Alabama. Moore thoroughly bested Trump’s favored candidate, Luther Strange, in the primary, but Moore was then beset by allegations that he had pursued and in two cases assaulted teenage girls when he was in his 30s. Bannon stuck by Moore and persuaded Trump to endorse him as well. Moore lost the race to a Democrat, Doug Jones, in a state that for decades has been staunchly Republican. Trump was furious that he was tainted by Moore’s loss. The president was enraged again when passages from Wolff’s book were released, saying that Bannon had “lost his mind.” According to The Times, influential conservative political donor Rebekah Mercer, who has a minority stake in Breitbart, led the effort to push out Bannon.


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ommunication. Give and take. Love. These are some the themes that emerged when the AJP spoke recently with nine couples in the Jewish community who have been married more than 50 years – six, remarkably, in the 60-plus range — about the secrets to a long marriage. Here, without further ado, are those steadfast couples.

(Above and below): Donna and Hans Moser

(Above and right): Harriet and Jerry Belenker

Harriet and Jerry Belenker of Green Valley were married on June 21, 1952 at a wedding hall in Brooklyn, New York. The pair met in a high school earth science class and both graduated from Brooklyn College; Harriet received an M.A. in education from Loyola College in Baltimore and Jerry earned an M.A. from the University of Minnesota and a law degree from the University

of Northern Kentucky. The Belenkers lived primarily in Silver Spring, Maryland, before moving to Green Valley, Arizona, in 2006. They have two daughters and a son, and five grandchildren. Harriet believes the secret to a long marriage is “overlooking most things, frankly; picking your battles and avoiding the others.” She adds that since Jerry was a lawyer by day and a professor of economics in the evenings, they didn’t have time to argue. For Jerry, the secret is “that we love one another and never forgot that, no matter what happened.”


Donna and Hans Moser were married June 19, 1960 at Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun in Milwaukee. They met when Donna was a high school senior and got a part-time job in a shoe store, where Hans was working his way through college. They dated for five years before they wed. The Mosers have four children and seven grandchildren. For Donna, the key to a long marriage is simple: “Always having an open discussion.” For Hans, it’s even simpler: “I’m lucky.”


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(Above and right): Sandra and Gerald Ross

Sandra and Gerald Ross’ nuptials were held at the Chateau d’Or wedding hall in Brooklyn, New York, on Jan. 11, 1959. “Respect, love and respect” is the recipe for a long marriage, says Sandra, noting that the pair worked together for many years. Gerald started the Famous Sam’s franchise and before that, they owned nightclubs; Sandra kept the books. When they met, she says, Gerald was an actor, having graduated from the University of Arizona in 1956 with a degree in theater arts. They met at the Tamarack Hotel in upstate New York. Sandra, only 17, was there for Rosh Hashanah with her

family. Gerald commissioned his sister-in-law to get her phone number, drove two and a half hours to Brooklyn to court her and told her on their first date that he was going to marry her. They have four children and three grandchildren. Gerald jokes that to keep a marriage happy, it helps “if the husband is deaf and blind,” but adds more seriously, “I fell in love with this lady, and that was it. I couldn’t help myself.”


(Above and right): Ruth and Marvin Hoffman

Ruth and Marvin Hoffman’s wedding took place in Tucson on Feb. 13, 1955 at Congregation Anshei Israel’s old building on Sixth Street, with Rabbi Marcus Breger and Cantor Maurice Falkow officiating. The couple, who met on a blind date, have lived in the same house for 62 years, and raised two sons and two daughters there. They have five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Marvin says of their enduring marriage, “We each had our own way and then we settled down in between, so to speak.” Ruth says the key is to make sure to kiss each other goodnight and not discuss problems at bedtime. “Go to bed happy,” she says.



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(Left and right): Charne and Morrie Shoob

Charne and Morrie Shoob of Green Valley were married Aug. 7, 1966 at the Shaarey Zedek Synagogue in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. They met on a blind date when Charne was in Milwaukee visiting her aunt, uncle and cousin. “The date was ‘just OK’ for both of us,” she says in an email. “We went to see the movie ‘The Longest Day’ and I still refer to that evening as ‘the longest date’!” Things went better the next day at a Rose

Bowl football party — and University of Wisconsin won. The Shoobs have two daughters and a grandson. According to Morrie, the secret to their long marriage is “the two words, ‘yes dear,’” while Charne credits “tolerance and patience. Truthfully, we have been through many challenges over the years and have faced and overcome them with a united front, no matter what.”


(Above, with their daughter Gwen Brodkin Zaslow, and below): Sally and Sid Brodkin

Sally and Sid Brodkin were married on June 14, 1953 at the Benson Chateau in Brooklyn, New York, five months after meeting at a dance at the Avenue N Jewish Center. They have lived in Tucson for more than four decades, and have one daughter and two grandchildren. “To make a good marriage,” Sid says, “you have to be totally honest with your mate.You must care about your mate as much as yourself, and maybe more.” Sally says, “The art of give and take is the key.”


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(Left and right): Judy and Ted Direnfeld

Judy and Ted Direnfeld were married Nov. 2, 1957 at Congregation Anshei Israel. Asked how they met, Judy laughs. “I was on a blind date with someone else,” she says, at a dance at the old Jewish Community Center on Tucson Boulevard.

Communication is the secret to a long marriage, she says. “A lot of give and take.” Without hearing his wife’s comments, Ted echoes, “It’s a case of give and take … a case of talking to one another and working things out.” The Direnfelds have three children and two grandchildren.


(Left and right): Joyce and William Becker

Joyce and William Becker were married on Aug. 16, 1959 in Tucson, at the home of Joyce’s parents, the Goldwyns, with Rabbis Albert Bilgray and Marcus Breger officiating. They met on a blind date arranged by a friend of Joyce’s brother, while Bill was home from dental school in Milwaukee. When they married, Joyce transferred from Vasser College in Poughkeepsie, New York, graduating from Milwaukee-Downer College. The Beckers have two children and two grandchildren. The secret to a long marriage? “Compromise,” says Joyce and adds, “Sharing each other’s interests. When he writes


a scientific article he asks me to correct the grammar and offer suggestions. When I paint a watercolor, he critiques it and offers suggestions. When one has health problems, the other one acts as caregiver or physical therapist.” “I married up,” says Bill. “I’m not kidding; I married someone smarter than I am. She’s also beautiful, but she graduated number one in her class at Tucson High. … She’s very smart, very clever, very beautiful, very patient, very kind … You know anybody in Tucson that knows Joyce, they’re going to always smile and say, ‘Oh yeah, Joyce is one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet in your life.’”


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(Left and right): Johanna and Richard Stein

Johanna and Richard Stein were married on Nov. 21, 1956 in Phoenix, having eloped from Tucson with Dick’s best friend and his girlfriend as witnesses. As Johanna explains it, Dick had returned from the Army to find that cousins were sleeping in his old room. After two years living in barracks, he wanted a room of his own – although he did have to share with Johanna. Amusingly, a friend who called Johanna’s mother with longwinded congratulations ended her speech with, “And do you know Dick Stein? He got married the same weekend.” “Humor is the only thing that’ll keep anybody together,” says Johanna, who appreciates Dick’s running commentary on life. Dick agrees that humor is necessary, along with patience and understanding. The Steins have three daughters and a son, two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Johanna Stein (nee Birnam) was Tucson’s Maid of Cotton and was working at Harwood Advertising when this photo for an Arizona Cotton Growers Association ad was taken with George L. Mountainlion at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.


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t wasn’t long after Nahum Amir began working for Delta Airlines as a mechanic that he says his manager started calling him “the Jewish guy.” Then Amir says the manager accused him and other Jews of “killing kids in Gaza.” During the same period, Yaron Gilinsky was working as a Delta flight attendant on flights from New York to Tel Aviv. Except, he says, his non-Jewish co-workers would call it “Hell Aviv.” Gilinsky remembers some, including managers, making fun of haredi Orthodox Jews’ beards and sidecurls. One non-Jewish fellow attendant called them “ugly Jews.” “At some point, it makes me feel ashamed and it makes me feel this person doesn’t respect me,” Gilinsky, 38, told JTA about his co-workers’ comments. “I was brought into this company because I speak Hebrew. I was brought into this company to take care of the clients that support that flight, and here this person is talking very derogatorily and putting down my faith, my people, everything that I grew up on.” Amir, an Israeli-American, and Gilinsky, who was born in Israel and lives in the United States, are each separately suing Delta in federal court for violating the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination based on ethnicity. Gilinsky is in the process of formally joining a suit filed last week by four other Delta employees who also allege anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli discrimination. Amir’s suit was filed Monday evening. “I have been subjected to a hostile and threatening environment based on my race and ethnicity,” Amir stat-

Two Delta Connection passenger jets at LaGuardia Airport in New York, October 2017.

ed in a signed affidavit obtained by JTA. The manager, whom Amir names as Azeem Narine, “continues to make jokes and comments about Jewish people, including about circumcision. He would go to the computer room talking about Jewish people chopping off part of his private areas.” Both suits were filed by Philadelphia lawyer Brian Mildenberg. In a Jan. 3 statement, Delta says it “strongly condemns the allegations of discrimination described in this suit and will defend itself vigorously against them. As a global airline that brings people across the world together every day, Delta values diversity in all aspects of its business and has zero tolerance for discrimination.” After six years of hearing anti-Semitic comments, Gilinsky was fired in September because, he says, he made a Jewish friend his travel companion. Flight attendants are allowed to designate a friend or family member as their travel companion, which allows the companion to

fly standby at a reduced rate. Gilinsky’s travel companion is a friend he had met on a flight to Israel in 2013. Although they live in different states — Gilinsky in California, the friend in New York — they stayed in touch and met up in Israel. But Gilinsky says that Delta management, after questioning him about his friend, suspended him without pay and fired him two weeks later. “Our relationship had been very good, and we had good communication with each other,” he told JTA. “Almost every flight attendant I know has given their pass privileges to someone. It’s part of our benefits.” Gilinsky is set to join other plaintiffs, some non-Jewish, who also complain that Delta suspended or fired them because they shared their travel benefits with Jews and Israelis. One plaintiff, Cynthia Fukelman, alleges that Delta fired her because she was an Israeli Jew. The lawsuit says Delta employees derided Jews for praying in-flight and requesting kosher food. “Delta has encouraged and maintained an anti-Jewish, Hebrew and ethnic Israeli attitude among management,” the lawsuit says, adding that Delta managers “operate under an express assumption that ethnic Jews and Israelis, as employees and passengers, cannot be trusted, are aggressive and inappropriate, and engage in what are deemed to be ‘strange’ behaviors.” That Delta flight attendants would be anti-Semitic is surprising, said Paula Kraft, the managing partner of the DaVinci Inflight Training Institute, which trains flight staff. Kraft said Delta takes particular care to train its crews in how to handle kosher food and the sensitivities involved in keeping kosher. “Delta has good, specific and detailed training on See Delta, page 21

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Obama-era officials sent mixed messages on the deal when it was being negotiated. Some, like Secretary of State John Kerry, hoped it would moderate the regime. Others, like Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, argued that taking a nuclear threat off the table — however temporarily — made it easier to squeeze a recalcitrant Iran for its other

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kosher [food] for the Jewish passengers,” Kraft said, adding that the attendants have “more understanding of why someone might demand that they have plastic utensils or why they’re not going to eat off of the aircraft’s china.” Amir won an award for his performance in 2014, and still works at Delta. He has complained to human resources about the anti-Semitic harassment. But he says management handled the incident inappropriately, asking Amir to recount the story in front of Narine, his manager, and suggest a punishment. He says Delta then refused to reprimand Narine for his statements, instead

bad acts. Nader of the Rand Corp. said the latter argument appears to have been validated, to a degree: Non-nuclear sanctions that Obama kept in place and Trump has reinforced have afflicted Iran’s economy, helping to spur the uprising. But the real villain is the regime’s incompetence and corruption. “The economy in Iran is abysmal, and U.S. sanctions have contributed to that,” he said. “But the No. 1 blame should go to the Iranian regime for being corrupt.”

suggesting that Amir switch terminals. After a six-month break, Amir says Narine resumed the anti-Semitic slurs, suggesting that haredi men’s facial hair is fake and making derogatory comments about circumcision. Amir also claims Narine has subjected him to unsafe work conditions, in one instance demanding that Amir complete a 20-hour job in 90 minutes. Another time, Narine sent Amir to work alone in icy conditions. In another instance, Amir claims Narine sent him to clean up and repair an overflowed toilet on a 777 jet, and said, “You have to clean all of the Jewish shit off of these planes.” “He was joking around and gyrating his hips,” Amir said in the affidavit. “I fixed it because it is my job.”

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t was late afternoon, and I could barely get my body out of bed. In fact, I’d been in bed most of the last few days or was it weeks? Yet even with all that rest, my legs were still too weak Rivka Solomon to stand up. It wasn’t that I lacked the desire to get up or that my limbs couldn’t function. I just didn’t have the cellular energy to power up my muscles. I couldn’t do anything except lie flat. And even that was exhausting. This state of sheer debilitation was not new to me. And it hadn’t been going on for days or weeks. It’s been a decade. On this day, in the spring of 2003, I pushed past the utter exhaustion, knowing that exertion would cause my condition to even worsen. But, I was determined. After all, I was being honored with a Women Who Dared award. It was being presented by the Jewish Women’s Archive and Hadassah Boston for my women’s empowerment work. Neither of the organizations honoring me, nor the 300 dinner guests coming to hear


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me speak, knew I did most of that work from my bed. Should I tell them, I wondered? I’d written it into my speech. But would I have the guts to reveal my personal struggle in such a public setting? The only thing the attendees knew about me was what they read in the event program: I was a Jewish woman dedicated to social change and social justice, in short, to tikkun olam (repair of the world). My activism focused on a book I’d written, celebrating the bold and courageous acts of women and girls. I then started a global open mike movement where women from all backgrounds gathered to share their own true tales of daring deeds, including celebrating the chutzpah they needed to fight back against abuse and sexual assault. What the attendees didn’t know was this: I also had ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis), a devastating, chronic neuro-immune disease that disables 836,000 to 2.5 million Americans, 17-20 million worldwide. The disease is so debilitating, it often leaves me too exhausted to do basic tasks, such as cook a meal. It leaves my brain so muddled, I sometimes pause mid-sentence to remember what I’m talking about. Due to my disability, other people lead my women’s empowerment events. I usually can’t even physically get to them. ME is commonly known as chronic fatigue syn-

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get the support of elected officials; and secure state and city proclamations for ME Awareness Day (May 12th). Perhaps you will join me in our ME community’s latest tikkun olam effort? All around the country, we are holding screenings of “Unrest”, a Sundance Film Festival award-winning film by Jennifer Brea that is now shortlisted for the Oscars. The film is both a love story and a window into the hidden lives of people with ME. Tucsonan Alysa Nahmias is a producer on the film. PBS’s “Independent Lens” will air

livery, but “excited” when the baby was placed in her arms. “She was very excited about every birth, every child, even the 19th and the 20th,” Altmark said. “It also gave me a good feeling. She has sons- and daughters-in-law, and of course she has a lot of help at home.” Hadassah’s head of ob-gyn, Dr. Simcha Yagel, said he was not aware of an Israeli woman having 20 babies, though he did not look at any official records from Israel’s Health Ministry. Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center recorded a woman’s 19th delivery in 2007, however. According to the Guinness World Record website, an 18th-century Russian peasant woman holds the record for giving birth to 69 children, including 16 pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets and four sets of quadruplets.

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ne time there was a little boy who was playing the classic game of hideand-go-seek. At one point in the game, while he was hiding, his peers got busy with something else, and instead of looking for their friend, they left him hiding there, while they went along their way with some new pursuit. After a while, the little boy realized what had happened. He came out and ran to his father crying. When his father asked what was wrong, he told him how hurt he was. He was hiding only in order to be found, but they forgot about him. His father, who was the famous Maggid of Mezritch [an itinerant preacher], began to cry as well. Why are you crying, asked his son? Because, answered the father, G-d has the same complaint. The explanation of the Maggid’s response is based in Hasidic philosophy: G-d Almighty is not only the creator, but even more so, he is present everywhere in his creation. This means that G-d can be found in everything. Even so, there is a big caveat — He hides himself. When we look around we see neighbors, bananas, a desk, or a gym, and not G-dliness. So much so is G-d hidden that, unbelievably, we are able to walk around here and say “What G-d? I don’t believe in G-d.” In the game hide-and-go-seek, the pleasure is in the discovery of a well hidden player. At times, squeals of excitement can be heard (despite the fact that shortly beforehand the same two individuals were face to face). So too, G-d deliberately conceals Himself so that we shall remember Him, seek Him, discover Him and find Him. He wants to have a meaningful relationship with His children, but realizes that a commodity is rarely treasured when it is not earned. The effort of acquisition is what creates appreciation. And so, He decided to hide Himself. How much of a shame then, should we forget to seek. Since we wouldn’t want to hurt G-d, let us instead be more mindful of Him, of our relationship with Him, and of performing His desires which He has expressed in His holy Torah. And finally, as we all know, the game has an ending. G-d will come out of His hiding. One of the 13 principles of Jewish faith (see Maimonides) is that the world will reach its culmination through a leader who arises called the Moshiach (the Messiah). Under his helm, the world arrives at its redemption. And the essence of that era of Moshiach is — “The world will be filled with the knowledge of G-d as the waters cover the ocean bed.” (Isaiah 11:9) It’s when G-d reveals Himself, and his truths become plainly obvious to everybody. May it be speedily in our days.

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OBITUARIES Donald Golos Donald Philip Golos, 84, died Dec. 4, 2017. Mr. Golos grew up in Geneva, New York. He graduated from Cornell University, where he played varsity lacrosse for four years, and then served in the Marines. He was a manager at John Hancock Life Insurance Company before becoming a real estate investor, selling land in the Vail/Corona de Tucson area. Mr. Golos was active in numerous civic and community projects around Tucson. He was a founder of the University of Arizona lacrosse team and the Desert Caucus. He was a member of the Tucson Convention Center commission and a charter member and ambassador of the Greater Tucson Economic Council. He was honored as the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona Young Man of the Year in 1974 and served on the board of Temple Emanu-El. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Vanessa; children, Rex Golos of Tucson and Molly Allinger of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and sister, Sally Golos of Tucson.

Herbert Meshel

Herbert Phil Meshel, 79, died Dec. 8, 2017. Mr. Meshel was predeceased by his wife of 49 years, Mara Lynn Meshel. Survivors include his children, Marlene (Ed) Bernstein of Santa Clarita, California, and Jodie (Brian) Montgomery and Andy (Sasha) Meshel, both of Tucson; six grandchildren; and his sweetheart, Lois Bodin. Graveside services were held in the Congregation Anshei Israel section of Evergreen Cemetery with Rabbi Robert Eisen officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hebrew Free Loan Association of Tucson or Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona.

Thomas Lewin Thomas M. Lewin, 86, died Dec. 13, 2017 in Minneapolis. Mr. Lewin was born in Berlin, Germany, and sent to England in 1939. At the end of World War II, he was reunited in Minneapolis with his father, who escaped Germany in 1940. Upon his father’s death, Mr. Lewin left his studies in electrical engineering at the University of Minnesota to run the family business, Automatic Alarm, Inc., until it was ultimately acquired by 3M, where he continued to work until his retirement. He and his wife, Rhoda, spent several winters in Tucson. His travel in recent years to eastern Europe resulted in the creation of a scholarship for teens to learn more about the Holocaust in memory of his grandmother, Recha Lewin, who died in 1943 in a cattle car en route to a Nazi death camp. Mr. Lewin was predeceased by his wife, Rhoda. Survivors include his children, Ellen Lewin, Susan (James) Roth, Kate (Scott) Shamblott and Jeffrey (Jennifer) Lewin; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and special friend Eileen Weizenbaum. Services were held in Minneapolis. Memorial contributions may be made to Temple Israel, 2323 Fremont Avenue So., Minneapolis, MN 55405 or Survivor Mitzvah Project at

Lowell Rothschild, Tucson attorney and father of mayor, dies at 90 PHYLLIS BRAUN

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ucson attorney Lowell Rothschild died Dec. 29, 2017. Mr. Rothschild, a founding partner of Mesch Clark Rothschild, received his J.D. in 1952 from the University of Arizona College of Law and had recently celebrated his 65th year Lowell Rothschild in the profession. He was listed in the Best Lawyers in America for more than 20 years. A Chicago native, Mr. Rothschild moved to Tucson in 1942 and served in the U.S. Navy before attending the UA on the G.I. Bill, according to the Arizona Daily Star. Honored by the UA with a 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award, Mr. Rothschild gained national recognition as an expert in bankruptcy, business reorganization, and estate planning. He lectured in Arizona and nationally on those topics as well as law practice management. He was a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. He served as a judge pro tempore, special master and mediator for the Pima County Superior Court for the State of Arizona. Rothschild was also a civic and Jewish community leader who served as president of the Tucson Airport Authority and Temple Emanu-El and on numerous boards, including the UA Foundation, Arizona Board of Medical Examiners and the Jewish Community Foundation. He also was a member of the American Bowling Congress Hall of Fame. “My father was a fiercely proud Jew,” says his son, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, who adds, “I did not know, until I was going through some of his papers, that as a young man he thought he was going to be a rabbi. His mother told him that would be a bad choice because


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COMMUNITY CALENDAR The calendar deadline is Tuesday, 10 days before the issue date. Our next issue will be published Jan. 26, 2018. Events may be emailed to, faxed to 319-1118, or mailed to the AJP at 3718 E. River Road, #272, Tucson, AZ 85718. For more information, call 319-1112. See Area Congregations on page 26 for additional synagogue events. Men’s Mishnah club with Rabbi Israel Becker at Cong. Chofetz Chayim. Sundays, 7:15 a.m.; Monday-Friday, 6:15 a.m.; Saturdays, 8:15 a.m. 747-7780 or Chabad of Sierra Vista men’s tefillin club with Rabbi Benzion Shemtov, first Sundays, 9 a.m., at 401 Suffolk Drive. 820-6256 or “Too Jewish” radio show with Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon on KVOI 1030 a.m. (also KAPR and KJAA), Sundays at 9 a.m. Jan. 14, Dara Horn, author of “Eternal Life.”; Jan. 21, Seth Rudetsky, host of the Sirius/XM show “Seth Speaks” on the Broadway Channel, author of “Seth’s Broadway Diary, Volume 3: The Inside Scoop on (almost) Every Broadway Show and Star.” Beth Shalom Temple Center of Green Valley bagel breakfast and Yiddish club, first Sundays, 9:30 a.m. Members, $7; nonmembers, $10. 6486690 or 399-3474.

ONGOING 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 Tucson J current events discussion, Mondays, noon-1:30 p.m. Members, $1; nonmembers, $2. Lunch, bring or buy, 11:30 a.m. 299-3000, ext. 147. Cong. Or Chadash Mondays with the Rabbi, with Rabbi Thomas Louchheim. Mondays, noon1:30 p.m. Bring a bag lunch. This year's topic: “Judaism’s Departure from the Bible to Influence Contemporary Life.” 512-8500. Cong. Bet Shalom yoga. Mondays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. $5. 577-1171.

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

Chabad of Sierra Vista women’s class with Rabbi Benzion Shemtov, last Wednesdays, 2 p.m., 401 Suffolk Drive. 820-6256 or jewishsierravista. com.

Integral Jewish Meditation with Brian SchachterBrooks, Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., at Cong. Bet Shalom, free.

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

Tucson J social bridge. Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon-3 p.m., year round. Drop-ins welcome. Meets in library on second floor. 299-3000.

Jewish mothers/grandmothers special needs support group for those with children/grandchildren, young or adult, with special needs, third Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. at Tucson J. Contact Joyce Stuehringer at 299-5920.

Cong. Anshei Israel Talmud on Tuesday with Rabbi Robert Eisen. Meets 6 p.m. 745-5550. Weintraub Israel Center Shirat HaShirim Hebrew choir meets Tuesdays at 7 p.m., at the Tucson J. Learn to sing in Hebrew. Contact Rina Paz at 304-7943 or

Jewish sobriety support group meets Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m. at Cong. Bet Shalom. dcmack1952@

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, $5; nonmembers, $6. 299-3000.

“Along the Talmudic Trail” for men (18-40), with Rabbi Israel Becker of Cong. Chofetz Chayim. Includes free dinner. Mondays, 7 p.m. Call for address. 747-7780 or

Shalom Tucson business networking group, second Wednesday of month, 7:30-9 a.m., at the Tucson J. 299-3000, ext. 241, or concierge@

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.

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

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Chorny. Future meetings held bi-weekly on Sundays. Contact Chorny at 745-5550, ext. 228 or

developments within Israel and various Arab countries. 4-week class. Members, $55; nonmembers, $70. Register at 327-4501.

Women’s Academy of Jewish Studies “Women's 40-Day Program,” at Cong. Chofetz Chayim. Free weekly 45-minute class; topic: “Make Happiness Happen.” Newcomers welcome. Meets most Sundays, 10:30 a.m. Contact Esther Becker at 591-7680 or

6 PM: Cong. Or Chadash Tot Shabbat. Potluck dinner for children through second grade. 5128500. 9:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Downtown Shabbat at Jewish History Museum, 564 S. Stone Ave., with the Armon Bizman band, Rabbi Batsheva Appel and soloist Lindsey O’Shea. 327-4501.

Saturday / January 13 6:30 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel “Havdallah Under the Stars” and digital scavenger hunt. Havdallah outside, followed by digital scavenger hunt and ice cream. Bring camera/cell phone. Free. 745-5550 or

Sunday / January 14 11 AM–1 PM: Tucson Jewish Community Center art exhibit opening, “95: Henry Koffler.” 299-3000. 1-3 PM: PJ Library, Arizona Public Media and PBS Kids presents “Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George,” at The Tucson J. Meet Curious George and explore his books in Hebrew and English. Free. Parents can stay or drop their children off while they attend a film at 1 p.m., “Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George’s Creators.” $9, $8 students, seniors, military. To register, contact Mary Ellen Loebl at 577-9393 or 3 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel new Girl Scout Troop 613 parent interest meeting. For girls in kindergarten through first grade, led by Nichole


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3 PM: Cong. Or Chadash Sunday at the Movies, “The Great Dictator.” $3 donation at the door. 512-8500. 7 PM: Tucson International Jewish Film Festival presents “The Essential Link,” the story of Wilfrid Israel, who helped save thousands of Jewish children from the Holocaust through the Kindertransport. Presented by the Weintraub Israel Center; media sponsor, the Arizona Jewish Post. $9; JCC members, seniors, students, military, $8.

Tuesday / January 16 NOON: Cong. Or Chadash book club discusses “The Orphan's Tale: A Novel,” by Pam Jenoff. 512-8500.

Wednesday / January 17 11 AM: Jewish History Museum presents “Narrating Our Values: Community Conversations.” Topic: Kaddish. Panelists Rabbi Yehuda Ceitlin, Lew Hamburger Ph.D., George Hanson, Amy Hirshberg Lederman. Takes place prior to Jan. 21 TSO production of Leonard Bernstein’s “Kaddish.” 564 S. Stone Ave. 670-9073. 7-8:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El adult education class, “Arab-Israeli Conflict II: 1948 to Present,” with Gil Ribak, Ph.D. Examine the ways Jews and Arabs clashed, cooperated, and interacted with each other, as well as internal

885-4102 or

Thursday / January 18 7:30 PM: Arizona Center for Judaic Studies Shaol & Louis Pozez Memorial Lectureship Series presents “Pozez Fine Arts Symposium, The Mischlinge Exposé” by pianist Carolyn Enger. At UA Crowder Hall; free. Cosponsored by UA Fred Fox School of Music. 626-5758.

Friday / January 19 10 AM–1 PM: Tucson J and Alliance Française de Tucson cooking class, A Taste of France: French Cuisine. Taught by Berengère Allouis. Members $65; nonmembers $70. Visit or contact Barbara Fenig at 299-3000. 11:30 AM Jewish History Museum/Holocaust History Center gallery chat with Jamie Lee, director, Arizona Queer Archives. 564 S. Stone Ave. 670-9073 or 5:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Shabbat Rocks! dinner followed by service at 6:30 p.m., with fourth grade class, Rabbi Batsheva Appel, Avanim Rock Band and youth choir. Dinner $12 for adults, free for kids under 13. RSVP for dinner at 327-4501. 5:45 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel family Shabbat experience followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Dinner $25 per member family (two adults and up to four children); guest family, $30; adults (age 13+) $10 each. RSVP by Jan. 16 at

Tucson J canasta group. Players wanted. Thursdays, noon. Instruction available and a beginners’ table every week. Call Debbie Wiener at 440-5515. “Biblical Breakthroughs with Rabbi Becker” at the Southwest Torah Institute. Fridays, noon, for men and women. 747-7780 or yzbecker@ Jewish History Museum/Holocaust History Center art exhibit, “Invisibility and Resistance: Violence Against LGBTQIA+ People,” 564 S. Stone Ave., through May 31, 2018. Wed., Thur., Sat. and Sun., 1-5 p.m.; Fridays, noon-3 p.m. 670-9073 or Tucson Jewish Community Center Fine Art Gallery art exhibit, “95: Henry Koffler,” through Mar. 15. 299-3000. or 745-5550.

Saturday / January 20 8 AM: Temple Emanu-El Wandering Jews Shabbat hike. Join Rabbi Batsheva Appel at Bridal Wreath Falls. Bring a picnic lunch and water for 5.5-mile roundtrip, moderately difficult hike. 327-4501. NOON: Cong. Anshei Israel Targum Shlishi on “Wired to God…Modern Technology & Jewish Life.” Free. Contact Rabbi Robert Eisen at 7455550, ext. 230.

Sunday / January 21 9-10 AM: Tucson Hebrew Academy, “Growth Starts with Strong Roots,” K – 1st grade enrollment events. Kinder activity day; also Feb. 11. 529-3888. 9:30 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel Men’s Club breakfast. Douglas “Lev” Ettelson will present “An Encounter with Hasidism.” Men’s Club members, free; guests $4. Contact Mark Levine at 5485471 or 10 AM: Temple Emanu-El Babies & Bagels Club Tu B’Shevat in the Garden at Doolen Middle School Community Garden. For families with children in second grade and below. $3 per child. RSVP to 10 AM–1 PM: Temple Emanu-El Jewish Camp Fair with representatives from 12 Jewish summer camp programs. Raffles and applications for camperships from the Jewish Federation and Temple Emanu-El available. Food available for

purchase. Free. 327-4501.


10:30 AM: JFSA Winter Residents Reception. Tours of the new building followed at 11 a.m. by brunch. 3718 E. River Road. RSVP by Jan. 14 at or to Karen Graham at or 647-8469.

7-9 PM: Tucson Tikkun Community presents Todd Miller discussing his latest book, “Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration, and Homeland Security.” Tucson City Council Ward 6 Office Meeting Room, 3202 E. First St. Contact Michael Zaccaria at zaccarim@

2 PM: Tucson Symphony Orchestra and Desert Song Festival present Bernstein: Kaddish at Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. Narrated by Bernstein’s daughter, Jamie Bernstein. Contact the Jewish History Museum or your synagogue for tickets. 4-5:30 PM: Tucson J “Talking Tachles with Chen and Tamir.” “Straight talk” from the Weintraub Israel Center’s shinshinim (Israeli teen emissaries) on “Typical Israeli Life Path.” First of a series hosted at various organizations. 2993000. 6:30 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel comedy night at Laffs, 2900 E. Broadway. Vegetarian menu and beverages for purchase. Includes raffle. Must be 21+. $36 per person, $54 per couple. RSVP required at 745-5550 or

Monday / January 22 7 PM: Tucson J presents “Leonard Bernstein’s Jewish Heritage: A Symposium with Jaime Bernstein.” Cosponsored by Tucson Desert Song Festival. $5 suggested donation.

Tuesday / January 23 5:30 PM: JFSA REAP (Real Estate and Allied Professionals) brokerage panel at Hacienda Del Sol, 5501 Hacienda Del Sol Road. Members, free; nonmembers, $50. RSVP to Karen Graham at or 647-8469.

Friday / January 26 10: 30 AM: Jewish History Museum presents “To Tell Our Stories: Holocaust Survivors of Southern Arizona” in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. 564 S. Stone Ave. 670-9073. 1:30-2:30 PM: Special needs community event at The Tucson J. Arts for All Adult Dance Ensemble Company will perform a seven-part dance arrangement and facilitate interactive dance with audience members. FREE and open to all. 299-3000. 2-3:30 PM: Tucson J presents “The Mischlinge Expose: A Concert with Classical

Pianist Carolyn Enger.” $10. Contact Barbara Fenig at 299-3000. 5:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Tu B’Shevat Seder followed by Fred, Gertrude, and Bernard Rosen Sabbath of Song — Shabbat Shirah with Rabbi Batsheva Appel, Cantorial Soloist Marjorie Hochberg, and adult choir. RSVP for the seder at 327-4501.


Northwest Needlers create hand-stitched items for donation in the Jewish community. Meets at Jewish Federation Northwest Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m. RSVP to or 505-4161. Jewish Federation-Northwest mah jongg, Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m. Also meets Wednesdays, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., 505-4161. Chabad of Oro Valley adult education class, Jewish learning with Rabbi Ephraim Zimmerman. Wednesdays at 7 p.m., at 1217 W. Faldo Drive. 477-8672 or

Friday / January 12 6 PM: Temple Emanu-El Shabbat dinner and service in the Northwest at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 7650 N. Paseo Del Norte, with Rabbi Batsheva Appel and Northwest soloist Lindsey O’Shea. Kosher Shabbat dinner (vegetarian option upon request). Dinner: members, $12; nonmembers, $14; under 13 free. RSVP at 327-4501.

Thursday / January 18 5 PM: Jewish Federation-Northwest Campaign Dinner, “An Evening with Violinist Yevgeny Kutik.” Sunset cocktail hour on the patio followed by dinner at 6 p.m., at the Buttes at Reflections, 9800 N. Oracle Road. $40. For space availability, contact Karen Graham at 647-8469 or

Sunday / January 21 3 PM: Jewish Federation-Northwest Young Families Get Together. Social event to get to

know other young Jewish families in the Northwest. Cañada del Oro Riverfront Park, 551 W Lambert Lane. 505-4161 or northwestjewish@ 6:30-8 PM: Chabad Oro Valley presents sixweek class, “The Art of Communication.” The Highlands at Dove Mountain clubhouse, 4949 W. Heritage Club Blvd., Marana. Second option: Jan. 23, 10-11:30 AM: Golder Ranch Fire Dept., 355 E. Linda Vista Blvd. $99 includes textbook. Register at or call 477-8672.

Monday/January 22 5 PM: Jewish Federation Northwest and Hadassah Southern Arizona book club discuss “Judas” by Amos Oz. 505-4161 or

Thursday / January 25 10-11:30 AM: Jewish Federation-Northwest “Kibbitz & Schmear,” coffee, bagels and conversation. 505-4161 or northwestjewish@ 7 PM: Institute for Jewish Services and Studies adult study class, “The Problem of Evil in Jewish Thought and Belief: From Natural Catastrophe to the Holocaust and 9/11,” with Rabbi Sanford Seltzer. Continues Feb. 1 and 8. $5 donation. At MountainView Country Club, 38759 S. Mountain View Blvd. Contact Sam Horowitz at 468-6994.

UPCOMING Thursday / February 1

NOON: Chabad of Oro Valley Purim Party, Megillah reading, entertainment and hamantashen. Oro Valley Community and Recreation Center, 10555 N. La Canada. 4778672 or

9:15 AM: Jewish War Veterans Friedman-Paul Post 201 breakfast meeting at B'nai B'rith Covenant House, 4414 E. 2nd St. Contact Seymour Shapiro at 398-5360.

5:45 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Carlebach-style Shabbat Shira Service: Shabbat of Song. Participatory service with melodies by Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. 745-5550 or

1-5 PM: Temple Emanu-El Hebrew Marathon. Continues Mon. Jan. 29, 6-9 p.m. Learn to read Hebrew in two sessions with Cantorial Soloist Marjorie Hochberg. Register at 327-4501.

7 PM Cong. Chaverim Shabbat at the Museum. At Jewish History Museum, 564 S. Stone Ave. 320-1015.

2 PM: Temple Emanu-El presents “Volunteer Opportunities in Israel and the IDF,” with Palmer Shim’on, two-time volunteer with Volunteers for Israel/Sar-El. 327-4501.

Saturday / January 27 9 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel Shabbat Shira: Sabbath of Song. Learn new melodies during special “Sermon-in-Song.” 745-5550 or caiaz. org. 11 AM - NOON: Cong. Bet Shalom Tot Shabbat featuring PJ Library books and other interactive activities. Ages 0-5 years. FREE.

Sunday / January 28 8:30 AM: JFSA Super Sunday fundraiser at Tucson J. Three volunteer shifts: 8:30 a.m.11:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Food and prizes. Red Cross blood drive,

2:30 PM: JFCS book reading, “To Tell Our Stories: Holocaust Survivors of Southern Arizona,” with local survivors, at March of Remembrance, 2151 N Palo Verde Blvd. Contact Raisa Moroz at 795-0300, ext. 2214 or

Monday/ January 29 7 PM: Arizona Center for Judaic Studies Shaol & Louis Pozez Memorial Lectureship Series presents “A Year into the Trump Presidency: The U.S. & the Middle East” by Prof. Shai Feldman of Brandeis University. At the Tucson J. Free. 626-5758.


NORTHWEST TUCSON Jewish Federation-Northwest chair yoga with a Jewish flair taught by Bonnie Golden. Mondays, 10-11 a.m. $7 per class or $25 for four. 505-4161 or

8 a.m.-2 p.m. Tu B’Shevat family celebration, noon-2 p.m. Sign up at, 577-9393 or Make tax-deductible gift by Jan. 13 at and you will not be called.

Wednesday / January 31

7-9 PM: JFSA Maimonides Society wine and hors d’oeuvres at the Harvey and Deanna Evenchik Center for Jewish Philanthropy, 3718 E. River Road. $20. RSVP at or contact Karen Graham at or 647-8469.

Thursday / February 1

11 AM: Jewish History Museum presents Elizabeth Leibson Holocaust Remembrance Lecture: Rising From the Rubble: Creating Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews with Chief Curator Barbara KirschenblattGimblett. At the Harvey and Deanna Evenchik Center for Jewish Philanthropy, 3718 E. River Road. Reception follows. $36. 670-9073.

Friday / February 2

5:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Tot Kabbalat Rodeo Shabbat followed by cookout and desserts at 6 p.m. Dinner $10 for adults, free for kids under 12. RSVP for dinner at 327-4501.

Friday / February 9

5-7 PM: Secular Humanist Jewish Circle Shabbat service, led by Rabbi Jack Silver, and potluck dinner. Free for members and prospective members. RSVP for directions by Feb. 4 to Becky at 296-3762 or

Saturday / February 10

5 PM: Cong. Or Chadash Texas Hold-Em poker tournament, dinner, dancing and

casino night at Scottish Rite Cathedral, 160 S. Scott Ave. Register at texasholdemtucson. com. For information, contact Mitch Karson at 577-7879.

Sunday / February 11

10:30 AM- 12:30 PM: Desert Caucus brunch with U.S. Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA). Skyline Country Club, 5200 E. St Andrews Drive. Guests should be potential members and must RSVP at 490-1453 or

Saturday/ February 17

6:30 PM: UA Hillel Foundation annual fundraiser, “A Night at La Cage Hillel,” with local entertainers, hors d’oeuvres and desserts by Hillel’s Fusionz Café and Hillel Bear Down Ale by Public Brewery. At the Stevie Eller Dance Theater building, 1737 E. University Blvd. For ticket packages, visit

Sunday / February 18 10 AM: JFSA Connections 2018 “The Power to Heal” brunch at Westin La Paloma. Psychologist Edith Eger, Ph.D., will speak on her experiences as an Auschwitz survivor, wife, mother, educator and human dignity advocate, and her memoir, “The Choice: Embrace the Possible.” $40, with $180 minimum pledge ($18 for students) to the 2018 JFSA Community Campaign. RSVP to Karen Graham at or 647-8469.

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THA students earn spot in state math competition Tucson Hebrew Academy sixth grade students participated in a competition held at University High School on Tuesday, Nov. 29 and won big. The team won second place school, and one student won third place overall. The students will go on to represent THA at the state competition this spring.

Cantor Janece Cohen and her father, Seneca Erman, at left, celebrate Hanukkah with members of the Congregation Or Chadash Sisterhood and residents of Villa Hermosa, Dec. 13.

On Wednesday, Dec. 13, members of the Congregation Or Chadash Sisterhood celebrated Hanukkah with Jewish residents of Villa Hermosa, a senior living community. The Sisterhood provided food and Villa Hermosa’s chef made latkes. All joined in singing Hanukkah songs and the residents opened gifts provided by the Sisterhood. Cantor Janece Cohen and Nancy Lappit, Sisterhood vice president of programming, coordinated the event.

Helen Rib was named Hadassah Southern Arizona Woman of the Year at a brunch on Sunday, Dec. 3. Born in the Bronx, New York, Rib graduated from Hunter College with a degree in Hebrew and education. She has lived in Maine, New York and Maryland and taught Hebrew and religious school to every grade and to adults. She moved to Tucson in 2005 and has been active with Congregation Anshei Israel and Tucson Hebrew Academy as well as serving on the Hadassah Helen Rib, left, receives her Hadassah Southern Arizona Woman of Southern Arizona board for sev- the Year pin and certificate from Linda Kunsberg, the 2016 Woman eral years as recording secretary. of the Year, on Dec. 3 at Skyline Country Club. Including her mother, Rib’s family boasts five generations of Hadassah life members; two of her daughters, a granddaughter and great-granddaughter all attended the event.

Special needs community enjoys New Year’s Eve at J


Marty Johnston, left, and Stephanie Roberts with their Community Appreciation Awards at the Islamic Center of Tucson on Dec. 13.

Islamic Center honors members of Jewish community Photo: Allie London/Tucson Jewish Community Center

Members of Tucson’s young adult special needs community joined the Tucson Jewish Community Center’s Taglit Day Program for a New Year’s Eve celebration on Friday, Dec. 29. Participants included members of Arts for All and Danville Services. Along with a dance competition featuring the music of DJ Travis, activities included group singing, interactive games, a photo booth and refreshments. The Tucson J organizes quarterly events for the special needs community.

Photo: Cathy Olswing

Hadassah Southern Arizona names Woman of the Year

Photo courtesy Marty Johnston

Photo courtesy Tucson Hebrew Academy

The Tucson Hebrew Academy sixth grade math team, from left: Aidan Goldberg, Liam Parnaby, Alexis Mata (teacher), Lariella Citron, Ben Gerber, Mika Gisches, and Halle Hirshman

Photo courtesy Congregation Or Chadash

COC Sisterhood celebrates Hanukkah with Villa Hermosa

Trudy Dykstra and Tatum Connors enjoy the dance competition at the Tucson Jewish Community Center’s Taglit New Year’s Eve celebration, Dec. 29.

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Marty Johnston and Stephanie Roberts received Community Appreciation Awards from the Islamic Center of Tucson on Wednesday, Dec. 13. The awards were given at the Third Annual Gathering for Unity, in recognition of their creation of a fundraising campaign that collected over $14, 000 to replace copies of the Quran that were desecrated by a vandal, repair damage due to vandalism and purchase an upgraded security system to prevent future attacks. Roberts is president of Congregation Anshei Israel.

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CARLOS CHAVEZ and ALLAN MENDELSBERG are among the 40 Under 40 honorees chosen by the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Congress. Chavez is the mentor match specialist for the Arizona’s Children Association Thrive Mentor Program in Pima Carlos Chavez County and Southeastern Arizona. The program provides volunteer mentors for youth aging out of foster care. He is active with the Homeless Youth Subcommittee of the Tucson Pima Collaboration to End Homelessness, Youth on the Rise and Southern Arizona Volunteer Management Association, and also captained Allan Mendelsberg the ACA’s inaugural El Tour de Tucson team this year. Mendelsberg is a real estate broker with Cushman & Wakefield/PICOR, specializing in mobile home parks in the Southwestern United States and apartment complexes in Tucson. He is active with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Special Olympics.

Former Jewish Community Center Executives Ken Light (Tucson) and Jay Roth (Milwaukee and Miami) have formed a partnership to serve the nonprofit community, L/R STRATEGIES. Key services offered include executive coaching and training; board governance, structure, and development; communication, conflict management; planning and organizational change; fund development; and communication. Services also will be provided to the for-profit community. For more information, visit or email or

Tucson author GERMAINE SHAMES has collaborated with composer Paul Scherer to create “The Mountaintop,” a tribute for solo tenor and chorale, inspired by the killing of a counterprotestor in Charlottesville, North Carolina, in August, and the example of Martin Luther King Jr.. In honor of the 50th anniversary of King’s death, they are offering the piece royalty-free to choirs and community chorales for performance through June 2018. See To request the score, email MARK ROBERT GORDON has filed to run for Arizona Secretary of State in the 2018 election. Born and raised in Phoenix, where he was active in the Jewish community, he earned degrees from Princeton University, Columbia University School of Law and Harvard University. Gordon has had two careers: in entertainment as an actor, producer, writer and director, and as a federal law election attorney with a national law office in Washington, D.C. He recently served as an elections specialist on the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office bipartisan transition team.

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THE TUCSON MUSEUM OF ART AND HISTORIC BLOCK has been awarded a $25,000, six-month Flinn Foundation grant to develop a plan for integrating new technology into the museum’s programs. HOTEL CONGRESS recently expanded its philanthropy with a $10,000 community grant program. The recipients of the 2017 Hotel Congress Grant, chosen from more than 50 applications, are the JEWISH HISTORY MUSEUM and Tucson’s January 8th Memorial Foundation. For more information, visit The TUCSON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA is airing 13 performances on Arizona Public Media’s Classical 90.5. Hosted by James Reel, the series, which started Jan. 7, includes concerts from 2014 to the current season and airs Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m., with a repeat the following Thursday at 9 p.m. Schedules can be found on

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Jewish Camp Fair Sunday, January 21 • 10 am - 1 pm Pizza available at noon! Temple Emanu-El 225 N. Country Club Rd., Tucson Contact: Rabbi Educator Batsheva Appel (520) 327-4501 • Scholarship information will be available!

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