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Comedy writer will bring ‘tribal’ humor to Connections brunch DEBE CAMPBELL AJP Assistant Editor
ward-winning writer and producer, best-selling author, and stand-up comedian Carol Leifer will be the guest speaker at the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona Women’s Philanthropy 26th annual Connections brunch next month. Her topic will be “Judaism is in My DNA.” “I speak about how the Jewish values imparted to me growing up in a middle-class family on Long Island informed the person and comedian I am today,” Leifer told the AJP. “I share stories that we can all find humor in being part of ‘the tribe.’” “We’ve really upped our game. This will be a really exciting, fun, and upbeat event with a com-
edy club atmosphere,” says Karen Faitelson, Connections co-chair with Judy Berman. “It will be a PG performance,” Berman says, adding that teens and family are welcome at the brunch, which will be held on Sunday, March 10 at 10:30 a.m. at The Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa. “We always have a fabulous speaker, but we really want to reach out this year,” welcoming women from all across the community, with a broad scope of interests, ages and backgrounds,” Berman says. Deeply committed to the Jewish community and her own Jewish upbringing, Leifer is a Lion of Judah, honored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles for her active role. She describes herself as simply “someone who loves making people laugh.” In her humor-
filled presentations, Leifer shares her views on women’s issues, her Jewish roots, LGBT perspectives,
animal advocacy and her four rescue dogs, and trailblazing a career as a woman in the maledominated world of comedy. “I have found that wherever I travel, from Anchorage to Austin and everywhere in between, as Jews we are all the same,” she says. Her observational-style humor won Leifer four Emmy nominations for writing on television shows such as “Seinfeld,” “The Larry Sanders Show,” and “Saturday Night Live.” A comedy icon, Leifer is known as “the real Elaine,” the main inspiration for the “Seinfeld” series’ character, Elaine Benes. Leifer also won the prestigious Writer’s Guild Award for her work on television’s number one comedy show, “Modern Family.” Leifer has written for the Oscars See Connections, page 4
Brandeis to spotlight mystery, crime fiction, memoir authors PHYLLIS BRAUN AJP Executive Editor
he Brandeis National Committee Tucson Chapter presents its 23rd Annual Book & Author events on Feb. 27 and 28 with four acclaimed authors: internationally bestselling mystery writer Elizabeth George, author of the Inspector Lynley series; Reed Farrel, Coleman, called the “noir poet laureate” by the Huffington Post; Tucsonan Lauren Grossman, writing her third mystery featuring a globe-trotting author-turned-sleuth; and trailblazing television sitcom writer Susan Silver, author of a candid Hollywood memoir. Many readers are surprised to learn that Elizabeth George, who brings British Inspector Thomas
Lynley and Detective Barbara Havers so vividly to life, is an American who lives in Seattle, although she’s made frequent visits
to England since her first trip for a summer seminar in 1966. With 20 acclaimed Lynley novels to George’s credit, fans may be even more surprised to learn he wasn’t her first choice of protagonist — that was forensic scientist Simon St. James, who appears in several of the books as Lynley’s friend. “A Great Deliverance,” her first book, was actually the sixth George wrote, after two St. James mysteries and three unrelated books went unpublished. “I really didn’t know if the combination of Lynley and Havers would work,” she told the AJP, “but my basic love has always been writing, so I continued to write because I figured I could only get better at it.” On her website she explains she made Lynley
a member of the British aristocracy “for my own amusement since I thought it would be more fun to write about an earl than to write about an ordinary [schmoe] living on a policeman’s salary in an ill-lit bed sitting room with a neon light going on and off outside.” A longtime teacher of creative writing and author of “Write Away,” George says her next book will be her second on the writing process, in which she deconstructs her novel “Careless in Red.” She also is in the planning stages for the next Lynley-Havers novel. ... Award-winning crime fiction writer Reed Farrel Coleman laughs when asked about his name — “a great Irish name for a good Jewish boy,” he says, explaining that Reed See Brandeis, page 8
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LOCAL Leadership, community volunteerism set teen apart as choice for mitzvot award
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rika Spivack, a University High School senior, will receive the 12th annual Bryna Zehngut Mitzvot Award at the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona Women’s Philanthropy Connections brunch on Sunday, March 10. The Women’s Philanthropy advisory council, which includes past Women’s Philanthropy chairs and campaign chairs, created the award in partnership with friends of Zehngut, who died in 2005, to honor her example as a community leader. The award recognizes a Jewish teenage girl who has shown outstanding leadership through community volunteering and has exemplified Jewish values. Spivack has served as a madricha (teacher’s aide) at Congregation Anshei Israel since 2015 and is a Tucson Hebrew High student. She has volunteered at Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging, where she was part of the Tracing Roots project, and at Integrative Touch for Kids, where she is a member of the junior board. She also volunteers with Reading Buddies, mentoring a second grade student, and with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, working on fundraising events since 2012. She is a member of United Synagogue Youth, where she served as communications vice president in 2016. She has worked as a math tutor, certified child care provider, and caterer with L’Chaim Catering, using the money she earns to travel abroad for immersive learning experiences, particularly in Spain. Rabbi Ruven Barkan, religious school director at Anshei Israel, described Spivack’s work this year as a madricha: “As a senior, she has stepped up into the demanding role of shadowing a child with special needs. With her professional and caring touch, his behavior has modulated, and he is fully participating in the activities of the classroom.”
Nanci Levy, community outreach coordinator at Handmaker, says Spivack, who participated in the original Tracing Roots and Building Trees intergenerational program, was the first to sign up when Tracing Roots 2.0 was announced this year, and stood out as one of the most responsible and responsive teen participants. “She makes the seniors that she interacts with have hope for our future generations,” Levy says. Spivack will receive a gift of $613, relating to the Jewish tradition of 613 mitzvot, which she plans to put toward a trip to Israel. She will also receive a personalized print created by local artist Julie Stein. For more information on the Connections brunch, see page 1. To register, visit www.jfsa.org/connections-2019.
LOCAL Newcomer Lepow brings wealth of community experience to partnership role to Miami, became active in the federation and community there, and was mentored by ith one eye to rea nationally renowned camtirement and the paign fund director. other to commuOver the course of his long nity involvement, Dan Lepow career, Lepow was involved in and his wife, Susie, arrived in campaign direction and straTucson last April from St. Paul, tegic planning for foundations Dan Lepow Minnesota. They had frequentand agencies in Portland, Ored Tucson over the years, as his sister Re- egon; San Antonio, Texas; Vineland, New becca Crow relocated to the Old Pueblo Jersey; Norfolk, Virginia; Charlotte, North in 1968 and his late mother spent her last Carolina; and St. Paul. Susie followed years here. One of the couple’s three sons his nomadic career, finding positions as said, “Dad, you can’t retire!” He was cor- a synagogue educational director and rect. teacher at every stop. “My motto is ‘community.’ If you feel Lepow was the director of the Hua part of something, you will contribute,” man Rights Education Institute in Coeur says Lepow. He immediately looped into d’Alene, Idaho, training people in diverthe local Jewish Federation of South- sity and tolerance in a very intolerant area ern Arizona network and in a heartbeat, with very little diversity. He raised funds stepped up to chair the Weintraub Israel regionally for the Jewish Agency for Israel. Center’s Partnership Committee. In this He calls that a challenge, since communivolunteer role, Lepow will help guide the ty campaign funds are channeled into the Weintraub Israel Center’s Partnership- Jewish Agency anyway. 2Gether program, which includes links He sums it up as being “all about makand projects with Tucson’s partnership ing sure someone is better off at the end regions in Kiryat Malachi and Hof Ash- of the day.” kelon, Israel. Among these are the shin“I’ve always considered myself workshinim (Israeli teen emissaries) program ing for the Jewish community. The federathat brings two high school graduates to tions usually just paid my salary,” he says. Tucson for a year, and the school-twin- “The best job I ever had was as the direcning program that connects Israeli and tor of the Chevrah Kadisha (the Jewish Tucson schoolchildren and teachers. burial society) in Vineland, while I served “This is a challenge as I am still learn- as the foundation executive. They paid me ing about the partnership and the people, a mere $20 a month to help people at the and want to find how we can do this bet- worst time of their lives. It was amazing. ter with the platform we have,” he says. He “I loved what I did my whole career, brings along a hefty toolkit from a long impacting people’s lives. The highlight career spanning federations, fund-raising, was the people I met, the most amazing service and education, across the breadth people. They drive you to the next level,” of the nation and beyond. he says. “I want a Jewish community in Lepow was born and raised in a Zionist the future for everyone’s grandchild.” The home in Philadelphia, where Susie was “a Lepows have one grandson, “the most girl in the neighborhood.” He spent a two- wonderful kid in the world” and another year stint with the Peace Corps in Peru or- one on the way. ganizing agricultural cooperatives. With a “I am honored that leadership asked bachelor’s degree in marketing from Penn me to do this and accepted because I have State and a MBA from Averett University, faith in them. I never took it lightly when Virginia, Lepow started out in banking in I worked with volunteers and I won’t take Philadelphia where he ran an inner-city this volunteer role lightly. We need more tax incentive program. He found it was people involved at every level to touch harder to give away money than to ask for more lives.” He looks to engage a broader it. section of social workers, business people “You leave too many needs on the table and medical professionals in the local and it’s not sustainable unless you have community with passion and concern. the resources to address those needs, too,” For the self-described “schmoozemeishe explains. When the bank became cor- ter,” getting to know people and his way porate, “I was done,” he recalls. He headed around won’t be a problem.
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telecast eight times, more than any other female writer to date, earning another Writer’s Guild Award nomination. Currently a writer/producer for HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” she has starred in five of her own comedy specials that aired on HBO, Showtime and Comedy Central. She holds the record — 25 times — for the most appearances on “Late Show with David Letterman.” She has written two best-sellers based on her life. “When You Lie About Your Age, the Terrorists Win” recounts falling in love with a woman at 40, a breast cancer scare and adopting a newborn son at age 50. Her latest, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying,” chronicles her three-decades-long journey through show business. Still active in stand-up comedy, Leifer performs at many of the country’s prominent comedy clubs, theaters and universities solo and with celebrities such as Paul Reiser, Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld. Recently, Cyndi Lauper presented her with the prestigious Animal Advocate Award from Farm Sanctuary. Both event co-chairs laud the “dedicated, hardworking event committee,” some of whom have served since Connections’ inception, along with new members from the Young Women’s Cabinet. YWC brings a new silent auction benefit to the event this year. Ceramic bowls painted and donated at a special event by the Pomegranate Division will be auctioned for charity. The cost to attend the brunch is $40, plus a $180 minimum pledge ($18 for students) to the 2019 Federation Community Campaign. RSVP by March 3 at www.jfsa.org/connections-2019 or contact Jane Scott at 647-8471 or firstname.lastname@example.org. At the brunch, YWC also will collect toiletry items for the children of Homer Davis Elementary School as part of JFSA’s Community Engagement program, “Making a Difference Every Day: The Homer Davis Project.” A list of requested donation items is at www.jfsa.org/ homerdaviscloset. The Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa is located at 3800 E. Sunrise Drive.
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COMMENTARY Local film screening reminds us of cost to survivors of bearing witness SHARON GLASSBERG Special to the AJP
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n an interview published Aug. 27, 2012, five years before his death in 2017 at the age of 87, Elie Wiesel spoke of devoting his life to the principle and the ideal of memory and remembrance. The article was titled “Elie Wiesel on His Fear of Being the Last Holocaust Witness.” Wiesel’s concerns are shared with Holocaust survivors worldwide who realize not only their own mortality, but also fear the potential death of the memory of the Holocaust. The urgency they feel to tell their stories and to be present is palpable — to, in the immortal words of Wiesel, make certain the statement “To listen to a witness is to become a witness” is part of their legacy. On Sunday, Jan. 27, along with an almost silent audience at The Loft Cinema, I sat with six Holocaust survivors and their spouses, children and grandchildren to watch the documentary film “Who Will Write Our History,” the story of Emanuel Ringelblum and the Oyneg
(L-R): Pawel Lichter, Walter Feiger, Sidney Finkel, and Wolfgang Hellpap pose with their ‘World War II Holocaust Survivor’ caps at the Holocaust History Center in Tucson.
Shabes Archive, the secret archive he created and led in the Warsaw Ghetto. The reason behind the archive was simple and yet haunting; to ensure that by some miracle the story of the unimaginable horrors of the Warsaw Ghetto
would be told through Jewish eyes and experiences, rather than through the meticulous documentation of the Nazi regime. To listen to a witness is to become a witness. One of the local survivors is Wanda
Wolosky, who was 6 years old when she and her family were forced into the Warsaw Ghetto. She wanted to see the film to see how accurate it would be. “That’s how I remember it,” she says. It was all there, all its ugliness and inhumanity. Wanda wrote and published a memoir of her life and through that process dealt with a lot of her trauma. She too sees the necessity to tell the Jewish story because so much of what we see is from the Nazi footage. Wanda feels strongly that reading and listening are important, but to see a picture is so much stronger, especially with the Holocaust deniers of today. For Pawel Lichter, a survivor born in Rypin, Poland, the film was almost impossible to watch. His family fled before being forced into the ghetto, but his uncle was tortured and murdered for being a Jew, nothing else. He mourned the lives of family and friends who were forced into the ghetto to face unimaginable conditions only to be murdered in the most brutal ways. For Pawel, the film brought with it thoughts of, “Why me, See Witness, page 7
Reflections: The Jewish view of love goes far beyond hearts and flowers AMY HIRSHBERG LEDERMAN Special to the AJP
n Western culture today, Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day, is a time to celebrate romance and love. Despite its commercial appeal of candy, Cupid and romantic dinners, its origins are actually much darker. Dating back to the 3rd century CE, on Feb. 14, Roman Emperor Claudi-
us Gothicus beheaded at least two Christian martyrs by the name of Valentine, who later became saints. And thus, the holiday of St. Valentine’s Day was born. As the years passed, however, the holiday morphed into something much sweeter. Chaucer and Shakespeare romanticized it in their writings and handmade cards were exchanged until the 19th century, when the industrial revolution
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ushered in factory-made cards. In 1913, Hallmark Cards began mass-producing Valentine’s cards and February has not been the same since. In fact, in 2018, Valentine’s Day poured approximately $19.6 billion dollars into the American economy according to the National Retail Federation. Valentine’s Day is definitely not a Jewish holiday but the notion of love most certainly plays a central role in Jewish thought and law. Love, in Judaism, is much more than an ideal or passion. It is a commandment, an obligation, a responsibility, a mitzvah. As Jews, we are commanded to love three things: God, one another and the stranger. And while we are also commanded to show compassion and kindness, and care for our parents as well as the widow, orphan, sick, poor, and those in need, we are not required to love them. The central tenet of Judaism is stated in the Shema, which is recited thrice daily: “You shall LOVE the Lord your God, with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your might.” (Deuteronomy 6:5) The relationship between God and humanity is based, not on fear of punishment or retribution, but on love. We learn to love God by attempting to know God — through the reading of sacred texts, like the Torah, through the
actions (or mitzvot) required of us, and through observing the world and creation around us. Love in Judaism is not an ephemeral or lofty concept: it requires knowledge and understanding of the beloved, be it God, our neighbor or the stranger. At the heart of the Torah in Parsha Kedoshim is the Jewish “Golden Rule,” the commandment that prescribes our relationship with and to one another: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Leviticus 19:18) The Torah commands us to love our neighbor with the highest quality of love we reserve for ourselves. Why? Because each of us is created b’tzelim Elohim, in the image of God. To love our neighbor is tantamount to loving God. This is not a rule without exceptions, however. Whenever loving a neighbor actually conflicts with loving God or when love for another would be detrimental to one’s legitimate interests or safety, the rabbis teach that we may prioritize our own interests over others. And we are further given guidance on what loving our neighbor should require by Rabbi Hillel who stated in the Talmud: “What is hateful to you do not do to your fellow.” (Shabbat 31a) Finally, we are taught, also in Kedoshim: “When strangers reside with See Reflections, page 7
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why did I survive?” It was too much for him all these years later. We want, we need survivors to be present, to bear witness for us, but at what cost? The responsibility is so great and they will feel it until they take their last breath. Finding the balance between their wellness, which is clearly a priority, and our needs is a challenge. Having the honor to work with these incredible, resilient people, I see their humanity, their emotions, their trauma that is re-experienced each time they speak, and each time they are present for our community. It is heartbreaking and beautiful to both feel the responsibility and know what it might do to you. I tell them they are not called “survivors” for nothing. And then there are four amazing men who followed the lead of one among them and each wear a baseball
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you in your land, you shall not wrong them. The strangers who reside with you shall be to you as your own citizens; you shall love the stranger as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” (Leviticus 19:33-34) What I find amazing is that over 2,500 years ago Jewish thinking understood the difference between these two types of people: our neighbors who are like us and the stranger, who is different. The distinction is more than a mere categorical one. It is based on the reality that we do not automatically treat a stranger the way we treat our neighbor and, as a result, the Torah commands us to consciously do them no harm. Practically, there is a moral equation in treating one’s neighbor well that doesn’t exist with the stranger. With our neighbors, we seek reciprocity and hope to be treated well so that we can build a community to-
cap of their creation that reads: World War II Holocaust Survivor. Puzzled at first when military veterans saluted them, they questioned the use of World War II, and then something happened. People they came in contact with started noticing, questioning, beginning a dialogue. The reality of the Holocaust during World War II was new to some, the proximity to our present day was mind boggling to others. These four men are educating wherever they go. They are making a difference, they are standing in the face of the deniers, and they are creating witnesses in the most unlikely places. Where does our responsibility lie? When will we start being their voice? Hillel said, if not now, when? For our Holocaust survivors and for our Jewish future, if not now …
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gether from which we all benefit. The stranger is someone whom we do not know or trust and in whom we have no communal investment. Human nature being what it is, there is little incentive to encourage us to include the stranger or help them. Therefore, the Torah insists that when we encounter a stranger, we transcend self-interest and practice empathy. To accomplish that, we resort to our own experience, that of being strangers without power or land. This commandment is so important that we are commanded 36 times in the Torah not to oppress the stranger, “for you know the feelings of the stranger, having yourselves been strangers in the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 23:9). This idea of “going the extra mile” to love the stranger, to dig deep into feelings of empathy, to rise to a higher level of humanity and to provide protection and do no wrong, has particular relevance as we continue to struggle with the deeply troubling social and political policies on immigration that divide our country today.
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Benjamin Netanyahu won the Likud party primary as expected, followed by four lawmakers with whom he has clashed in recent months. Finishing second through fifth behind the prime minister in Tuesday’s voting by party members are Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein, Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, and Gideon Saar, a former interior minister, according to reports. In his first run for national office, former Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat came in the top 10. Others appearing in the top 10 are Culture Minister Miri Regev, Social Equality Minister Gila Gamliel, Tourism Minister Yariv Levin, Home Front Defense Minister Avi Dichter, and Immigration Absorption Minister Yoav Gallant. Likud now has 30 seats in the Knesset and is expected to have about the same number in the next parliament when elections are held April 9. Thus the candidates who finished below No. 30 in the primary will likely not be seated. Controversial lawmaker Oren Hazan, as well as current lawmaker and Temple Mount advocate Yehuda Glick, finished below 30. Some 15 seats of the top 40 are reserved for regional candidates, Netanyahu has three other seats that he can appoint, and there are four other seats reserved for a woman, a new immigrant, a young candidate and a minority candidate that could push some of the winners into lower positions. The results were to be finalized on Wednesday afternoon.
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Tucson groom enlists support of Toby, the cat, for proposal to his bride
How they met:
We met and became friends at work, but didn’t start dating until after Amy left the company. We discovered that our birthdays were three days apart, and became birthday buddies.
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my Rebecca Beyer, daughter of Bruce and Donna Beyer of Tucson, and Thomas Allen Brannock, son of Thomas and Billie Brannock of St. David, Arizona, were married on Oct. 20, 2018, at Skyline Country Club with Rabbi Batsheva Appel officiating. Attendants included Lisa Beyer of San Francisco, sister of the bride; and Billy Brannock of Tucson, brother of the groom. Amy is a district manager with Arbonne International and a business analyst with Conduent, Inc. Tom is a systems integration engineer at Sunquest Information Systems. Tom and Amy will be taking a cruise through the Panama Canal in September for their honeymoon.
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first date (which also happens to be two days after Tom’s birthday and the day before mine), Tom took me out for a nice
dinner at Hacienda del Sol. I had thought that it was possible he might propose that night, but when it didn’t happen at dinner,
the thought left my mind. After dinner, we headed to Tohono Chul for the annual Bloom Night, which just happened to fall that night (almost a month later than usual). Unbeknownst to me, Tom spent the entire time looking for a good opportunity/place to propose, but alas, it was not meant to be. So we headed home, where he decided to go with his fallback plan of enlisting the help of my cat, Toby. Again, I’m completely oblivious at this point. We sat down to exchange anniversary gifts, and as he was trying to unwrap his gift, Toby (a huge fan of ribbon) was all over him trying to “help.” Tom seemed to be getting a little more frustrated than I would expect for the situation, but still, I had no clue. At some point I noticed that there was something around Toby’s neck. (Still no suspicion, just worried about the cat.) I asked about it, wondering what he had gotten into. After several unsuccessful attempts to ignore my questions, Tom gave up, picked up the cat, handed him to me, and said, “Your cat has something
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Wedding planning triumphs:
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Wedding planning challenges:
• High winds tried to take the chuppah (it collapsed after the ceremony, but fortunately all the guests were already at
the reception) • We really wanted to stage the sparkler exit but the photographers had to leave by 10 and the exit symbolized to most guests that it was time to leave (two hours earlier than expected) • Family are always a little challenging during a wedding, especially when you aren’t having +1s or children at the reception • Tom was the one person who ran late in getting to the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort and getting dressed (at least he remembered the rings). We took some photos at Ventana prior to going to Skyline Country Club and taking even more photos.
Special memories of the day:
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rowing up in a Conservative Jewish home in Newton, Massachusetts, with her parents and brother, Lois Gail Esterman did all the right things. She attended Hebrew school through eighth grade, became a bat mitzvah, went to Hebrew high school and a Hebrew teacher’s college. She started her career as a teacher in 1979 at a Jewish community center school. But, something was missing. She never experienced a sense of Jewish spirituality. And, she never felt like a “Lois.” She felt more comfortable and true to herself being a “Grace.” While she’d always been an organizer, manager, teacher, she’d never found quite the right niche. She taught, was a personal assistant and caregiver, and married for a short while. She went on to obtain a master’s degree in education for community health counseling because she always wanted to find out what made people “tick”. At a time between chapters in her life, she stayed with a college friend in Virginia, trying to decide what was next. There, she attended a spiritual retreat where Richard Hartman popped into her life. Like Grace, he wasn’t really religious but indeed was very spiritual.
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And he was “the one.” One of Grace’s favorite spiritual gurus, Hugh Prather, says, “Just when I think I have learned the way to live, life changes.” Her life changed. She feels it was bashert (meant to be). When Grace and Richard moved to Tucson in 1996, she began synagogue hopping, looking for a spiritual home, yet again felt unfulfilled. She settled at St. Fran-
cis in the Foothills UMC, which attracted many disenfranchised people. She says, “It became a spiritual home for many seekers.” The congregation welcomed her Judaism. She celebrated Jewish and other holidays, along with those of other religions. She sang in Hebrew with Congregation Ner Tamid, a reform synagogue then housed at St. Francis. She sang with the choir, read scriptures and discussed how they relate to life, and coordinated a base community program and a “Merging Paths” class. “It was satisfying, nurturing and wonderful,” she recalls. She formed a community of Jewish friends, “but I still lacked a Jewish home.” Several St. Francis members were ordained at a local interfaith seminary. Intrigued by this, Grace entered the Tucson Interfaith Theological Seminary in 2001. She studied the breadth of theology and religions under the tutelage of priests, rabbis, shamans, University of Arizona professors and others. Upon ordination in 2003, she began leading nondenominational services. She continued teaching at St. Francis while working as a personal assistant, visiting nursing homes and providing spiritual companionship. Sue Alexander, the life enrichment director at Villa Maria Care Center, invited Grace to conduct a See Grace, page 18
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few years back, my good friend Fran was giving me details on her upcoming adult bat mitzvah. “No gifts,” she said emphatically. As I smiled and nodded, inwardly my mind was abuzz — where could I find the perfect present? I didn’t have to look far. In what can only be described as serendipity, I found a beautiful piece of glass art in a local synagogue gift shop — rich blue with a few colorful accents. In the center was a sketch of a praying woman wearing a tallit (fringed prayer shawl). The title? “Bat Mitzvah.” Bingo! My search was over. A longtime window shopaholic, I recently decided to visit several local synagogue gift shops and called a few others. All have treasures that could be just the ticket for someone’s special occasion and feature selections in a range of price points. As the old French saying goes, on n’a que l’embarras du choix! (The hardest part is deciding from the many choices available.) ... My visit to the Congregation Anshei Israel gift shop revealed an updated look. Co-chair Marianne Langer explained, “When the entryway to the administrative office and pre-school was remodeled in 2017, the entire shop had to be packed up and stored. After the renovation, it was redone . . . for an easier and more pleasurable shopping experience.” Two large display cases are located at the gift shop entrance. The first holds Jewish-themed jewelry and mezuzah cases, even one for the sports lover featuring a kippah-wearing guy holding a basketball. The second case features local Jewish artist Jami Gan’s fused glass pieces, many Jewishthemed, others not. I was especially drawn to her renderings of the Western Wall.
Entering the shop, I became a kid in a candy store. Not only are candy and other tasty sweets and snacks available, but a collection of finely crafted Jewish eye candy is for sale — Kiddush cups and Miriam’s cups, tzedakah boxes, and more. One can also find over 200 Jewish-themed books — for both adults and children — humorous gifts that have a Jewish tam (flavor), and a selection of general gift items. What got my attention were baby clothes — even a pink onesie with the saying “Cancel the Moyel, It’s a Goyel! — and mah jongg tiles and accessories. Thanks in great part to the dedicated work of co-chairs Phyllis Becker, Tammy Strobel, Langer and other volunteers, the Anshei Israel Gift shop supports synagogue youth programs. (745-5550) ... Walking through the spacious courtyard to meet Esther Becker at Congregation Chofetz Chayim, I had a feeling that the synagogue’s gift gallery, Judaica Creations, would hold some amazing items. Indeed it does! The gallery carries primarily Jewishthemed but also secular items. “A committee of women, including me, purchases the gifts,” Becker told me. “We feel that it is important to have readily accessible gifts for all occasions. When I see someone come in and buy Judaica, I see that it touches their soul, and that in turn touches mine.” Some of those gifts include: • An array of candlesticks. A pair from Israel are standouts. Made of glass and stone, they feature miniature laser-cut Torahs. One candlestick bears the inscription Shabbat and the other Shalom, in Hebrew. • Boxes, hand enameled and painted. A few beauties were reminiscent of Chagall paintings.
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Becker also pointed out a kiddush cup fountain, created by Israeli artist Emanuel. It enables guests to drink wine that originates from the host’s cup, from his or her own little cup. Proceeds from the gift gallery support the Southwest Torah Institute, the educational arm of Chofetz Chayim. The gift gallery is open by appointment. (591-7680) ... Most are familiar with a phoenix rising from the ashes, but have you ever heard of a synagogue gift shop rising from a car? As Laurie Kassman, Sisterhood president and head of the Congregation Or Chadash gift shop reminisced, “The first person to run the shop did so out of the trunk of her car!” A shop opened in 2006 when the synagogue moved to its present property. However, as Kassman describes it, “There was no new stock and no one to ‘run the store.’” In 2016 the Sisterhood board voted to revive the shop. Kassman explained, “We envisioned the opportunity to offer beautiful, unusual things, and raise revenue for the Sisterhood and the congregation. Jewish-themed inventory has been added, but we also plan to add secular items.” Kassman chose an eclectic inventory for all age groups. The toy section features a charity box for children — a train, titled “Tzedakah Express.” Works by internationally renowned artist Gary Rosenthal and award-winning local artist Lynn Rae Lowe also are displayed. Rosenthal’s dreidel in mixed metals can be admired all year. Lowe’s offerings include metal candlesticks, jewelry and wall art. One of her wall hangings, “Gates of Tsfat,” really got my attention. So many gates photographed in one city, each one unique. (512-8500) ... Temple Emanu-El’s newly remodeled gift shop is maintained by members of the synagogue’s Women of Reform
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Judaism group, under the leadership of Norma Cohen. It carries an expanded inventory of Jewish-themed items and Judaica, including objets d’art created by local artists. Proceeds benefit synagogue programs. (327-4501) ... The mission of Congregation Bet Shalom’s gift shop, managed by Sarah Frieden, is to support the creativity of local Jewish artists. Lathe-turned pens, high-end paper crafts, and fused glass on copper art are among the available items. Proceeds go to the synagogue. (577-1171) ... While strolling down the corridor in the Tucson Jewish Community Center lobby, I paused a moment to admire a collection of fused glass creations by Daryl Cohen. Other artists wishing to display their work at the J are welcome to call for further information. (299-3000) For further information on days and hours of gift shops, give the appropriate synagogue a call.
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s people grow older, family relationships and resources change. “Solo seniors” is a term for older adults who feel that they do not have a significant other to act on their behalf if or when needed. Reasons vary and may include lack of family and friends in close proximity, a wish not to burden others, or unreliable family support. Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona has launched a new program to address this need. “JFCS’ Solo Senior Support Project and Surrogate Services fill a niche in a very in-depth way. Many seniors in our community do not have someone to put as their ‘emergency contact’ or power of attorney and they either worry, or do not want to contemplate, what that means for them if they experience a life altering event or for their end of life treatment,” says Elise Bajohr, JFCS program manager for older adults and adults with disability services. Planning ahead has many benefits, says Bajohr. It can provide peace of mind, self-empowerment, and the retention of a solo senior’s rights, reduce emotional stress and reduce the risk of someone unfamiliar making critical decisions for them. Planning ahead also allows individuals to decide what end-of-life care they want, and creates the opportunity to determine advance directives such as living wills and choosing a healthcare person of authority. It is impossible to predict when a medical crisis may oc-
Elise Bajohr, program manager for older adults and adults with disability services at Jewish Family & Children’s Services, talks with a client.
cur or when there may be significant changes in a person’s health or mental status that will impact their capacity to make their choices known. The ranks of the “solo senior” demographic are growing, according to AARP. A 2015 AARP Public Policy report, “Valuing the Invalu-
able,” concluded that while there were 7.2 potential family caregivers for every person age 80 and older in 2010, that ratio is likely to fall to 4 to 1 by 2030, and could sink to 3 to 1 by 2050. Surrogates act on a solo senior’s behalf when they are unable to communicate their wishes, when they need a trusted advisor or partner, or when they want to make a change in their advance directive. “Our surrogate program is a way to avoid ethics panels or the need for guardianship. Individuals can get the care they want with the help of professionals who know how to talk to medical practitioners,” says Marshall Herron, principle fiduciary with JFCS. Through the Solo Senior Support Program, JFCS provides presentations about how to choose a surrogate and get medical directives enacted. JFCS also offers expert assistance and personalized care management. Their team of professionals serves as a support system during life’s challenges by explaining options, prioritizing needs, coordinating services and navigating the health care system. They can manage the special needs of individuals through healthcare power of attorney, trustee, conservator and guardianship services. To find out more about the JFCS Solo Seniors Support Program, call 795-0300.
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andmaker Jewish Services for the Aging offers a variety of enrichment opportunities for residents, many of them open to the public. Monthly Handmaker Lectures Each month from October-April features lectures by a rabbi, Judaic studies professor or other local Jewish educator on a topic of their choosing, related to Judaism. On Friday, March 8, at 9:45 a.m., Rabbi Israel Becker will speak about what Columbus’ discovery of America had to do with Purim. On Sunday, April 7 at 3:30 p.m., there will be a panel lecture with Rabbis Yossie Shemtov, Thomas Louchheim, and Robert Eisen on “Why good things happen to bad people,” a discussion of how free will and a divine plan can coexist.
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These lectures are free and open to all. RSVP requested to Nanci Levy, Handmaker’s community outreach coordinator. Brandeis Art Talks — second Mondays at 2 p.m. Each month from October-April, Handmaker has a Tucson Museum of Art Docent talk about a different artist or art topic of their choosing, accompanied by a power point presentation. On Feb. 12, Ellie Eigen will speak about John Singer Sargent, and on March 12, Harry Hakanson will talk about the Hudson River School. These lectures are free and open to all. Torah Study Once a week, Rabbi Howard Schwartz teaches a Torah Study class for Handmaker residents. Residents get
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into some very interesting philosophical debates, Levy says. Lately participants have been reading Pirkei Avot, which has given discussions a new twist. For Handmaker residents, but a limited number of visitors are welcome. Call if you are interested in attending. Monthly Yiddish Class On the third Wednesday, Sheldon Clare teaches Yiddish. He tells stories and some jokes, and there are lots of laughs at these all-levels class. If you are interested in attending. Call if you are interested in attending. Tracing Roots 2.0 Intergenerational Program Eleven Handmaker residents were paired with 11 high school students from the local community to get to know one another and create a book that will be published with stories, photos and sechel (wisdom) from the seniors. A community event on Sunday, April 14 at 3:15 p.m. will be open to all. Teens interested in participating in the program next year should email Levy. Jewish Holiday Programs Friday evening Shabbat services at 4:30 p.m. and Saturday morning Shabbat services at 9:30 a.m. are open to all. There are celebrations and observances of all major Jewish holidays, including Passover seders on two nights. If you are interested in attending a seder, contact Levy.
Around the World This program is for those who like to see and learn about the world from their living room. Twice a month Angela Salmon teaches residents about a different place around the world, sharing pictures. Often residents who have visited these places share their experiences. Residents are invited to make a craft project related to the country, and there is often a tasty treat from the faraway place for residents to try. Handmaker residents only. Adventure Bus Handmaker’s Adventure Bus is an outreach program for people with early to middle stages of diminished memory capacity. The program includes semiweekly indoor cultural activities as well as day trips to events and destinations in Tucson and the surrounding areas. Contact Angela Salmon at asalmon@ handmaker.org for more information. Other programs for residents include art and music classes, daily exercise classes, Tai Chi, a book club and current events classes. “And then there is of course bingo, pokeno, a variety of entertainers, one or two dogs that visit daily with their owners, and many volunteers who regularly give their time visiting our residents,” says Levy. Reach Levy at 322-3632 or nlevy@ handmaker.org.
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hether you want to stay fit, learn a new artistic skill or enjoy concerts and lectures, the Tucson Jewish Community Center’s jam-packed schedule has you covered. Some classes are designed specifically for seniors; others are “open to everyone ages 18-100.” Here are some options for those with a yen to dance: Senior Swans Ballet Class This class is led by faculty from Ballet Tucson. Gain flexibility, agility, coordination, stamina, and grace as you explore the beauty of ballet. The structure of a ballet class with movement to music helps to increase mental stimulation and is a great way to stay physically active at any age. Wear comfortable clothes. No refunds for missed classes. Thursdays from 10-11 a.m., March 7-April 25. Pot-Luck Dance Social with Bob Kay Music by Bob Kay, the singing/drumming DJ, featuring oldies but goodies. Couples and singles welcome. Bring a dairy dish to share. (The kosher kitchen will not be available for use.) Check the Tucson J calendar for monthly socials with Bob Kay. Wednesday, Feb. 13, 5-7 p.m. Fitness at the J runs the gamut from training for endurance sports, to tennis and pickleball, to yoga and meditation. Here’s a sampling: Weightroom 101 for Women Helping women feel comfortable in the fitness center by introducing them to the proper way of using free weights and cables. For all activity levels. Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m., through Feb. 26. Yoga for Hikers, Bikers, and Runners (and walkers too) Biking, hiking, and running all move
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zedakah is usually translated as “charity” but a distinction is often made between the meanings of these two words. “Tzedakah” comes from the Hebrew root that means righteousness or justice. “Tzedek, tzedek tirdof ” — “Justice, justice you shall pursue” — is often quoted in support of financial contributions that should be made because it is the right thing to do, not based on whether we feel like it. (Deuteronomy 16:20) In contrast, the word “charity” entered our language through Old French and Old English with Christian overtones of generosity based on love of one’s fellow. I have been satisfied with this distinction between tzedakah and charity — between giving because it is a matter of justice or giving when one is moved to do so — but the opening words of the week’s Torah portion added a third dimension to my thinking about the act of generosity. “And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Speak to the Israelites, that they take for me a donation from every person, as their hearts may urge them, so you shall take my donation.’ ” (Exodus 25:1-2) Consider the Hebrew word used here for “donation,” terumah. This word is based on the idea of lifting up, of elevating. What is lifted up? One might think it is the gift itself, but more important is that we ourselves are lifted up through the act of giving. The Torah is speaking of a donation to help build the desert sanctuary, the place where the Israelites will most keenly feel God’s presence. “They shall make me a sanctuary that I may abide in their midst.” (Exodus 25:8) In our own lives we donate to causes and organizations that may have less obvious religious connections, but their work might be holy in its own way. A friend confided that she had made what was for her a generous donation to a favorite non-profit and she felt uplifted for weeks. As Rabbi Jonathan Sacks says, “You lift it up, then it lifts you up.” The verse also teaches us about motivation. Yes, tzedakah is righteous giving because it is the fair, just thing to do. But the Torah also recognizes that our hearts can guide us as well. The motivation is not instead of tzedakah, but in addition to it. Perhaps we could think of terumah as our heartfelt gifts beyond tzedakah, gifts not financial but material. After all, the Israelites were instructed to bring material gifts for constructing the sanctuary such as cloth, precious stones, and incense. Here’s an example of contemporary terumah: our congregation learned that asylum seekers had their belts and shoelaces taken by ICE when they entered temporary shelters. These items were not returned when the seekers left. Our congregation responded to this small but critical need by providing these items for adults and children. The belts were our own personal donations, the shoelaces (some in neon colors for the children) were purchased with our tzedakah. A central Jewish value is tzedakah, financial assistance because it is the just thing to do. But the Torah also teaches us to offer terumah, material gifts prompted by the heart because our compassion is stirred by the plight of others.
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ChaBad sierra vista 401 Suffolk Drive, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635 • (520) 820-6256 Rabbi Benzion Shemtov • www.jewishsierravista.com Shabbat services: Sat., 10:30 a.m., bimonthly, followed by class explaining prayers. Visit website or call for dates.
REFORM Congregation Beit simCha
3001 E. Skyline Drive, Suite 117, Tucson, AZ 85718 • (520) 276-5675 Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon • www.beitsimchatucson.org Shabbat services: Fri., 6:30 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m., with Torah study twice per month; monthly Shabbat morning hikes.
Congregation Chaverim 5901 E. Second St., Tucson, AZ 85711 • (520) 320-1015 Rabbi Stephanie Aaron • www.chaverim.net Shabbat services: Fri., 7 p.m. (no service on 5th Fri.); Family Shabbat, 1st Fri., 6 p.m. / Torah study: 2nd Sat., 9 a.m., followed by contemplative service,10 a.m.
Congregation Kol simChah
(Renewal) 4625 E. River Road, Tucson, AZ 85718 • (520) 296-0818 Mailing Address: 6628 E. Calle Dened, Tucson, AZ 85710 Shabbat services: 1st and 3rd Fri., 7:15 p.m.
Congregation m’Kor hayim 3888 E. River Road, Tucson, AZ 85718 (Tucson Hebrew Academy) Mailing Address: P.O. Box 31806, Tucson, AZ 85751 • (520) 904-1881 Rabbi Helen Cohn • www.mkorhayim.org Shabbat services: 2nd and 4th Fri., 7 p.m. / Torah study, 2nd and 4th Sat., 9:30 a.m.
Congregation or Chadash 3939 N. Alvernon, Tucson, AZ 85718 • (520) 512-8500 Rabbi Thomas Louchheim, Cantor Janece Cohen www.orchadash-tucson.org Shabbat services: Fri., 6:30 p.m.; 1st Fri., Friday Night LIVE (Sept.-May); 2nd Friday, Tot Shabbat (Sept.-May), 6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. / Torah study: Sat., 8:30 a.m.
the institute For JudaiC serviCes and studies Mailing Address: 36789 S. Golf Course Drive, Saddlebrooke, AZ 85739 Rabbi Sanford Seltzer • (520) 825-8175 Shabbat services: Oct.-April, third Friday of the month at 7 p.m. — call for details.
temple emanu-el 225 N. Country Club Road, Tucson, AZ 85716 • (520) 327-4501 Rabbi Batsheva Appel • www.tetucson.org Shabbat services: Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m./ Torah study: Sat., 8:30 a.m. except when there is a Rabbi’s Tish.
temple Kol hamidBar 228 N. Canyon Drive, Sierra Vista • (520) 458-8637 kolhamidbar.tripod.com Mailing address: P.O. Box 908, Sierra Vista, AZ 85636 Shabbat services: Fri., 7:30 p.m.
Beth shalom temple Center
1751 N. Rio Mayo (P.O. Box 884), Green Valley, AZ 85622 (520) 648-6690 • www.bstc.us Shabbat services: 1st and 3rd Fri., 7 p.m. / Torah study: Sat., 10 a.m.
handmaKer resident synagogue
2221 N. Rosemont Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85712 • (520) 881-2323 www.handmaker.com Shabbat services: Fri., 4:30 p.m., led by Lindsey O’Shea, followed by Shabbat dinner; Sat., 9:30 a.m., led by Mel Cohen and Dan Asia, followed by light Kiddush lunch.
seCular humanist Jewish CirCle www.secularhumanistjewishcircle.org Call Cathleen at (520) 730-0401 for meeting or other information.
university oF arizona hillel Foundation 1245 E. 2nd St. Tucson, AZ 85719 • (520) 624-6561 • www.arizona.hillel.org Shabbat services: Reform, Conservative, Orthodox and alternative services two Fridays each month when school is in session. Dinner follows (guests, $8; RSVP by preceding Thurs.). Call for dates/times.
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR The calendar deadline is Tuesday, 10 days before the issue date. Our next issue will be published Feb. 22, 2019. Events may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 27 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 email@example.com. Chabad of Sierra Vista men’s tefillin club with Rabbi Benzion Shemtov, first Sundays, 9 a.m., at 401 Suffolk Drive. 820-6256 or www.jewishsierravista.com. “Too Jewish” radio show with Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon on KVOI 1030 AM (also KAPR and KJAA), Sundays at 9 a.m. Feb. 10, Matt Green, subject of documentary film, “The World Before Your Feet,” who has walked every street in New York City over the past eight years. Feb. 17, Prof. Richard Elliott Friedman, author of “The Exodus: How it Happened and Why it Mattered.” Beth Shalom Temple Center of Green Valley bagel breakfast and Yiddish club, first Sundays, 9:30 a.m. Members, $7; nonmembers, $10. 648-6690 or 399-3474. Temple Emanu-El adult class, “Faces of Torah,” facilitated by Jesse Davis, most Sundays, 10:15-11:30 a.m., through April 28. See schedule on www.jewishtucson.org. 327-4501. 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. Tucson J Israeli Dance, taught by Brandi Hawkins, 2nd and 4th Sundays, partners, 4:45-6 p.m., open circle, 6-7 p.m. Members, $8; nonmembers, $10. 299-3000.
Friday / February 8
11 AM: Jewish History Museum gallery chat, “Youth Resistance & the History of Kibbutz Shomrat” with Amichai Geva. 564 S. Stone Ave. www.jewishhistorymuseum.org or 670-9073. 5:45 PM: Temple Emanu-El Shabbat dinner with Bilgray Memorial Lectureship scholarin-residence Sarah Bunin Benor, Ph.D. Followed by service at 7:30 p.m., with sermon, “Cohen, Levi, Yisrael: Jewish Names Around the World.” Dinner, $40. RSVP for availability at 327-4501. 6:30 PM: Cohon Memorial Foundation 2018 Award Ceremony at Cong. Beit Simcha Shabbat service, with honorees Phyllis Folb of American Israel Gap Year Association, Joseph Gitler of Leket Israel food rescue, and Amy and John Pregulman of Kavod emergency aid program for Holocaust survivors. www.cohonaward.com.
Saturday / February 9
9 AM: Cong. Beit Simcha rededication of Czechoslovakian Torah scroll at Shabbat service. 276-5675 or administration@ beitsimchatucson.org. 10 AM: Cong. Or Chadash Sisterhood Shabbat. Followed by deli lunch. 512-8500. NOON: Temple Emanu-El Bilgray Memorial Lectureship Rabbi’s Tish with Sarah Bunin Benor, Ph.D., “Becoming Frum: How New-
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ONGOING Cong. Anshei Israel parent-tot class, led by Lindsey Embree. Mondays, 9-11 a.m. Children up to 24 months and their parent(s). Free. Mandatory vaccination policy. Call Nancy Auslander at 745-5550 or visit www.caiaz.org. Temple Emanu-El mah jongg, Mondays, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Tucson J current events discussion, Mondays, noon-1:30 p.m. Members, $1; nonmembers, $2. Bring or buy lunch, 11:30 a.m. 2993000, ext. 147. Cong. Bet Shalom yoga, Mondays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. $5. 577-1171. Jewish 12-step sobriety support group meets Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m. at Cong. Bet Shalom. email@example.com. 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. JFCS Holocaust Survivors group meets Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-noon. Contact Raisa Moroz at 795-0300. Awakening Through Jewish Meditation — Discover Freedom, with Reb Brian Yosef, comers Learn the Language and Culture of Orthodox Judaism.” Bring dairy or vegetarian dish for potluck. 327-4501.
Sunday / February 10
10-11:30 AM: Southwest Torah Institute class for women, 40 Days to Become a Better You!, “My Way or the Highway,” with Esther Becker. Continues Sundays through March 31. At Cong. Chofetz Chayim. $90. Register at www.tucsontorah.org/40-day-challenge-coursefor-women.html or call 747-7780. 10 AM-NOON: JFCS CHAI Circle meeting, schmoozing, sharing and noshing. Free. At Tucson J. RSVP to Irene Gefter at igefter@jfcstucson. org or 795-0300, ext. 2271. 10:30 AM: Desert Caucus brunch with Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL). Guests should be prospective members. Contact desertcaucus@ gmail.com or 299-2410.
Monday / February 11
Tuesdays/Sundays at 10:30 a.m., at Cong. Bet Shalom. Free. www.torahofawakening.com. Temple Emanu-El “Stitch and Kvetch,” third Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m. 327-4501. Tucson J social bridge, Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon-3 p.m., year round. Drop-ins welcome. Meets in library on second floor. 2993000. Tucson J canasta group, Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon. Instruction available and a beginners’ table every week. Call or text Lisa at 977-4054. Cong. Anshei Israel Talmud on Tuesday with Rabbi Robert Eisen. Meets 6 p.m. 745-5550. Weintraub Israel Center Shirat HaShirim Hebrew choir, Tuesdays, 7 p.m. Learn to sing in Hebrew. Contact Rina Paz at 304-7943 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Tucson J Israeli dance classes, Tuesdays. Beginners, 7:30 p.m.; intermediate, 8:15 p.m.; advanced, 9 p.m. Taught by Lisa Goldberg. Members, $8; nonmembers, $10. 299-3000. 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 8854102 or email@example.com. Temple Emanu-El Talmud study, Wednesdays, 10 -11:30 a.m. Text required, call 327-4501. rope,” with Prof. Günther Jikeli, Indiana University. Free. At Tucson J. 626-5758 or www.judaic. arizona.edu.
Tuesday / February 12
10-11:30 AM: Southwest Torah Institute presents “Words That Heal” with Rabbi Israel Becker. At Cong. Chofetz Chayim. $18. Register at www.tucsontorah.org or call 747-7780. 5:30 PM: JFSA Real Estate and Allied Professions dinner meeting. Joe Snell, CEO of Sun Corridor Inc., presents “Corporate America Chooses Southern Arizona,” at Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort, 5501 N. Hacienda Del Sol Road. Members, free; nonmembers, $55. RSVP to Jeanette Dempsey at jdempsey@jfsa. org or 647-8477. 7 PM: Beth Shalom Temple Center (Green Valley) presents discussion led by Rabbi Norman Roman, “One Rabbi’s Thoughts About the 21st Century Synagogue and the Jewish Community.” Light refreshments follow. 648-6690.
2 PM: Brandeis Art Talks at Handmaker presents “John Singer Sargent: Portraits and More” with Ellie Eigen, Tucson Museum of Art docent. Free. At Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging, 2221 N. Rosemont Blvd. Contact Nanci Levy at 322-3632 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
8-9:30 AM: Jewish Business Network meeting. At Tucson J. 299-3000, ext. 241, or email@example.com.
7 PM: Arizona Center for Judaic Studies Shaol & Louis Pozez Memorial Series presents “Jews of France & Antisemitism in Eu-
10 AM: Tucson J free Taglit concert and opening performance by Sparks Cheer Taglit Practice Squad. Taglit is a young adult day
Wednesday / February 13
Chabad of Sierra Vista women’s class with Rabbi Benzion Shemtov, last Wednesdays, 2 p.m., 401 Suffolk Drive. 820-6256 or www.jewishsierravista.com. Chabad Tucson lunch and learn with Rabbi Yehuda Ceitlin, Wednesdays, 12:15 p.m. at 5th Street Kitchen and Deli, 5071 E. Fifth St. www.chabadtucson.com. Jewish mothers/grandmothers special needs support group for those with children/grandchildren, youth or adult, with special needs, third Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. at Tucson J. Contact Joyce Stuehringer at 299-5920. Temple Emanu-El Jewish novels club with Linda Levine. Third Thursdays, 2-4 p.m. 327-4501. “Biblical Breakthroughs with Rabbi Becker” at the Southwest Torah Institute. Fridays, noon, for men and women. 747-7780 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Jewish History Museum core exhibition, “Meanings Not Yet Imagined.” Holocaust History Center, “Call Me Rohingya,” photographs by Andrew Stanbridge. 564 S. Stone Ave. 670-9073. Beth Shalom Temple Center of Green Valley fine art gallery presents “Sacred Intention” by Marlene Burns, through April 1. 648-6690. Tucson J fine art gallery presents “An Improvisation in Impulse and Deliberation” by David Katz, beginning Feb. 11. Artist’s reception Sunday, Feb. 17, 5-7 p.m. 299-3000. program for individuals with disabilities. Contact Allison Wexler at 299-3000, ext. 203. 5-7 PM: Tucson J Potluck dance social with music by Bob Kay. Bring dairy dish to share. 299-3000. 6-8 PM: JFSA Women’s Philanthropy Pomegranate Division presents “Filling Empty Bowls” art project. Add your design to a bowl to be auctioned at Connections 2019 (no special skills required), with wine and hors d’oeuvres. Auction proceeds will be donated to charity. $18. RSVP at www.jfsa.org/fillabowl2019 or jscott@ jfsa.org. 7-8:30 PM: Tucson J class “Challenges of the New Cold War,” with Roza Simkhovich. Continues Wednesdays through Feb. 27. Members, $25; nonmembers, $30. Per class fee available if registering late. Contact Jeremy at 2993000, ext. 236 or email@example.com.
Thursday / February 14
10:30 AM: Jewish History Museum interactive genealogy workshop with author and genealogy expert Joel Alpert. $10. 564 S. Stone Ave. Register by Feb. 12 at www.jewishhistorymuseum.org or 670-9073.
5:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Shabbat Rocks! dinner followed by service at 6:30 p.m., with third grade class, Rabbi Batsheva Appel, Avanim
Rock Band and youth choir. Dinner $12 for adults, $3 ages 4-12, free for kids under 4. RSVP for dinner at 327-4501.
5:45 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Family Shabbat Experience service and dinner. Dinner at 7 p.m.: members, $25 family of 2 adults and up to 4 children; nonmember family $30; adult (13+) $10. RSVP for dinner only by Feb. 11 at www. caiaz.org or 745-5550.
Saturday / February 16
NOON: Cong. Anshei Israel Targum Shlishi, with Ron Benacot, one of the Weintraub Israel Center’s shinshiniyot (Israeli teen emissaries), on her life in Israel. Free. 745-5550. NOON: Cong. Or Chadash class, Introduction to the Haftorot, with Sarah Bollt, Saturdays through April 13. Members, $36; nonmembers, $50. Register with Sarah at 900-7027 or sarah@ octucson.org. 7:30 PM: UA Hillel Foundation benefit, “Fried Chicken & Latkes,” one-woman show by Rain Pryor about growing up black and Jewish in a politically incorrect era. Leo Rich Theater at the Tucson Convention Center,
Wednesday / February 27
260 S. Church Ave. General admission tickets are $47; call the box office at 791-4101. For special event packages, call Hillel at 624-6561 or visit www.uahillel.org.
Sunday / February 17
9:15 AM-3 PM: Hadassah Southern Arizona Mah Jongg Tournament. $40. No walk-ins. Proceeds benefit Hadassah. Register by Feb. 8. Contact Cathy at 886-6246 or colswing@ hadassah.org. 11:30 AM: JHM Third Annual Elizabeth Leibson Holocaust Remembrance Lecture presents, “Violins of Hope” multimedia presentation of live music, artifacts and storytelling. At Crowder Hall in the UA Fred Fox School of Music, 1017 N. Olive Road. $18 general admission, $54 reserved seating and pre-program reception at 10:30 a.m. Tickets at www.jewishhistory museum.org/events or 670-9073. 2-4 PM: Temple Emanu-El discusses book “Tevye’s Daughters: No Laughing Matter,” by Jan Lisa Hulter, with Rabbi Batsheva Appel. 327-4501. 4-6 PM: Cong. Or Chadash class, Jewish Ob-
6 PM Brandeis National Committee 23rd Annual Book & Author dinner at Hacienda Del Sol, 5501 N. Hacienda Del Sol Road. “Ask the Authors” round table with limited seating. Benefits “Sustaining the Mind” fund supporting research and scholarships for neurodegenerative disease at Brandeis University. $85; seating with an author $125. RSVP by Feb. 22 with check or credit card to Soralé Fortman, 6300 E. Speedway Blvd. #1321, Tucson AZ 85710. For more information, contact Sheila Rothenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or 232-9559.
Thursday / February 28
8:15 AM-3PM: Tucson J/JFCS professional development summit, “Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health: The Intersection of Treatment.” At Tucson J. $25 includes continental breakfast and vegetarian lunch. CEUs available at no additional cost. To RSVP, go to www.tucsonjcc.org/programs and click on “Lectures & Events.” Contact Allison Wexler at email@example.com. 10:30 AM-2:30 PM Brandeis National Committee 23rd Annual Book & Author lunch at Skyline Country Club, 5200 E. St. Andrews Dr. Doors open at 9 a.m. for book sales/author signings, boutique and silent auction. Benefits “Sustaining the Mind” fund supporting research and scholarships for neurodegenerative disease at Brandeis University. $80; seating with an author, $125. RSVP by Feb. 22 with check or credit card to Soralé Fortman, 6300 E. Speedway Blvd. #1321, Tucson AZ 85710. For
more information, contact Sheila Rothenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or 232-9559.
Saturday / March 2
11 AM-1:30 PM: Interfaith Community Services Empty Bowls fundraiser. $25 includes samplings of soups, breads and desserts from local restaurants and choice of handcrafted ceramic bowl. At Chinese Cultural Center, 1288 W. River Road. Tickets at www.icstucson.org/ empty-bowls. NOON: Cong. Anshei Israel book club discusses “Eternal Life” by Dara Horn. Contact Helen Rib at 299-0340 or email@example.com.
Sunday / March 3
3:30 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel 3rd Annual Hamantaschen for Hunger. $18 includes ingredients and tools, cloth apron. Proceeds benefit Community Food Bank, Leket (Israel’s national food bank) and CAI youth programs. RSVP by Feb. 25 at 745-5550 or www.caiaz.org.
Sunday / March 10
10:30 AM: JFSA Women’s Philanthropy Connections brunch with comedian Carol Leifer. At The Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa, 3800 E. Sunrise Drive. $40, plus a $180 minimum pledge ($18 for students) to the 2019 Federation Community Campaign. RSVP by March 3 at www.jfsa.org/connections-2019 or contact Jane Scott at 647-8471 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Young Women’s Cabinet will collect toiletry items for the children of Homer Davis Elementary School. See requested items at www.jfsa.org/homer daviscloset.
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servance for Interfaith Couples, with Cantor Janece Cohen. Continues March 3 and March 10. Members, $36; nonmembers, $50. Register with Sarah at 900-7027 or email@example.com. 6 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel “L’Door V’Dor”* 50 Years on 5th Street Come Together Gala, featuring dedication of the Susan & Saul Tobin History Hall, dinner and dancing. (*A play on “L’Dor V’Dor.”) $79. RSVP at 745-5550 or www.caiaz.org.
Monday / February 18 4 PM: Arizona Center for Judaic Studies Sally & Ralph Duchin Campus Lecture Series presents “Ecce Feminae: Jerusalem, the Via Dolorosa, the Ratisbonne Brothers, and the Sisters of Notre Dame of Sion,” with Beth Alpert Nakhai, associate professor, Judaic Studies at UA. Free. 1245 E. 2nd St. 626-5758 or www. judaic.arizona.edu.
Tuesday / February 19
NOON-1 PM: Cong. Or Chadash book club discusses “The Girl from Krakow” by Alex Rosenberg. 512-8500 or www.octucson.org.
Friday / February 22
6 PM: Temple Emanu-El Rodeo Shabbat Cookout followed by service at 7:30 p.m. Kosher hamburgers or veggie burgers, hot dogs and fixin’s. Dinner $15 for adults, $5 ages 4-12, free for kids under 4. Wear your favorite Western outfit; some Shabbat prayers set to Western melodies. RSVP for dinner at 327-4501 or www.tetucson.org.
Saturday / February 23
8 AM: Temple Emanu-El Wandering Jews Shabbat hike. Join Rabbi Batsheva Appel at Wasson Peak. 327-4501.
Sunday / February 24
10 AM-NOON: Tucson J Meet the Author, “The Paris Photo,” with Jane S. Gabin. Free. 299-3000.
Monday / February 25
1:30 PM: Hadassah Southern Arizona Book Club East discusses “Behold the Dreamers” by Imbolo Mbue, Dusenberry-River Library, 5605 E. River Road. Contact Maxine Murray at 885-5800.
JFSA Ruth and Irving Olson Center for Jewish Life in the Northwest chair yoga with a Jewish flair taught by Bonnie Golden. 190 N. Magee Road, #162. Mondays, 10-11 a.m. $7 per class or $25 for four. 505-4161 or northwest firstname.lastname@example.org. Northwest Needlers create hand-stitched items for donation in the Jewish community. Meets at Olson Center for Jewish Life, Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m. RSVP to email@example.com or 505-4161. JFSA Ruth and Irving Olson Center for Jewish Life in the Northwest mah jongg, 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 www.jewishorovalley.com.
Saturday / February 9
6:30-8 PM: Olson Center for Jewish Life in the Northwest presents Meet the Shinshiniyot Havdalah with Israeli teen volunteers Rotem Rappaport and Ron Benacot, and Weintraub Is-
rael Center Director Amir Eden. RSVP at www. jfsa.org/nwhavdalah or 505-4161.
Tuesday / February 12
10-11:30 AM: Chabad Oro Valley presents six-week class, “Crime and Consequence.” At Golder Ranch Fire House, 1175 W. Magee Road. $99. Register at www.jewishorovalley.com or 477-8672.
Wednesday/ February 13
10-11:30 AM: Temple Emanu-El class, A Women of Valor: Whose Valor with Rabbi Batsheva Appel. Continues Feb. 20. Members $18, nonmembers $25. At Olson Center, 190 W. Magee Road, #162. Register at 327-4501 or mail to JLL, Temple Emanu-El, 225 N. Country Club Road, Tucson, AZ, 85716.
Monday / February 25
5-6:30 PM: Hadassah Southern Arizona/ Olson Center for Jewish Life book club discusses “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman. At Olson Center, 190 W. Magee Road, #162. Contact Jennifer Rubin at 773-6362366 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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OBITUARIES Leonard Dinnerstein, scholar of U.S. anti-Semitism and UA professor, dies at 84 PHYLLIS BRAUN AJP Executive Editor Leonard Dinnerstein, a professor emeritus at the University of Arizona, known as one of the foremost scholars of anti-Semitism in America, died Jan. 22, 2019 at the age of 84. Mr. Dinnerstein served as a professor of history at the UA from 1970 through 2004, and as the director of Judaic studies from 1993 through 2000. “As Director of the ‘Committee on Judaic Studies,’ Leonard laid a foundation focused on critical scholarship, inspired teaching, and community outreach,” J. Edward Wright, the current director of the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies, who considered Mr. Dinnerstein both a friend and a mentor, wrote in a remembrance posted on the center’s website. The success the center enjoys today, Wright continued, “is founded on all that Leonard accomplished — we stand on his shoulders with pride, affection, and appreciation. The University of Arizona, the field of Judaic Studies, and the local Jewish community are all in his debt for his achievements as a scholar, teacher, and administrator.” Born in the Bronx to an immigrant father from what is now Belarus and the daughter of immigrants from modernday Romania, Mr. Dinnerstein grew up and lived the first half of his life in New York City. After receiving an undergraduate degree from City College of New York and a Ph.D. from Columbia University, he first taught at the New York Institute of Technology and Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, but spent the bulk of his career at the UA.
“Leonard and I served together in the history department for 34 years,” says Richard Cosgrove, a UA distinguished professor emeritus, who calls him “a loyal friend and a great colleague,” adding that he was “a wonderful husband, a loving father, and a terrific grandfather.” “Professionally his books, articles and reviews established him as the foremost scholar of Jewish history in the United States,” says Cosgrove. “His first book, on the Leo Frank case in Georgia, has remained in print since its initial publication in 1968.” Mr. Dinnerstein’s other works include “Natives and Strangers: Ethnic Groups and the Building of Modern America,” “Ethnic Americans: A History of Immigration and Assimilation,” “America and the Survivors of the Holocaust,” “Uneasy at Home,” and “Anti-Semitism in America,” for which he won the National Jewish Book Award in 1994. His wife of more than 57 years, Myra Dinnerstein, says, “We always considered ourselves the luckiest of people to have a marriage that went so well and that lasted so long.” They were supportive of each other’s careers, adds Myra, who was the founding director of the women’s studies program at the UA. Along with his wife, Mr. Dinnerstein’s survivors include his children, Julie Dinnerstein of New York City and Andrew (Elizabeth) Dinnerstein of Scottsdale; a sister, Rita Kabasakalian of New Rochelle, N.Y.; and one grandchild. Services were held at Evergreen Mortuary and Cemetery with Professor Seymour Drescher of the University of Pittsburgh, a friend since Mr. Dinnerstein’s City College days, officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of the Pima County Public Library (www.pimafriends.com) and the National Immigration Law Center (www.nilc.org).
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Marilyn Berg Marilyn Ann Berg, 75, died Dec. 24, 2018. Born in New York City, Ms. Berg moved to Tucson with her family at age 12 because she suffered from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. She attended Tucson High School and the University of Arizona, and was a lifelong poet. A participant in the civil
rights movement, she worked to help desegregate lunch counters in Tucson. She was president of the residents’ council at Handmaker. Survivors include her children, Simone Berg of Phoenix and Michael Berg of Tucson, siblings Nancy Grossman of New York City, Janet Axler of Cleveland, Michael Grossman of Los Angeles and Deborah Harris of Phoenix. Services were held at East Lawn Palms Cemetery with Rabbi Robert Eisen of Congregation Anshei Israel officiating.
Sam Zales Sam Zales, 53, died Jan. 15, 2019. Mr. Zales was an avid reader and writer. He taught Russian and American literature at the University of Arizona Osher Lifelong Learning Institute with his stepfather, Kenneth Greenfield. Survivors include his mother, Ruth Zales of Tucson; sister, Melissa (Tim)
Zales Koller of Weston, Connecticut; and three nieces. Services were held at Evergreen Mortuary with Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon of Congregation Beit Simcha officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Arizona Repertory Theatre in the University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film and Television. Mail contributions to the College of Fine Arts Development Office, P.O. Box 210004, Room 113, Tucson, AZ 85721-0004, or call 621-9057.
Martin Fogel Martin M. Fogel, Ph.D., 98, died Jan. 6, 2019. Mr. Fogel was born in the Bronx, his father a Polish Catholic tailor, his mother a Russian Jew. Upon graduation from James Monroe High School, Mr. Fogel moved to California, where his father had sought a better livelihood as a result of the Great Depression. With an ambition to become a professional baseball player, Mr. Fogel was affiliated with a minor league team in Los Angeles, where his frequent throwing partner was a littleknown Jackie Robinson. Mr. Fogel began a pre-engineering program at UCLA, but with the attack on Pearl Harbor, he joined the Army Air Corps and was sent to Yale to learn aircraft engineering. He worked as an aircraft engineer during the war and remained an inactive Army reservist for 40 years, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. After the war, he finished his undergraduate and master’s engineering degrees at the University of Minnesota. He married his first wife and mother of four of his children, Martin Jr., Illysa, Jacquelyn and William and worked in South Dakota as an agricultural extension agent. He moved to the University of Nevada/Reno as an agricultural
agent, then to Colorado State University where he spent two years doing graduate studies. Mr. Fogel then joined Aramco Oil Company in Saudi Arabia and spent four years as an engineer in the oil fields. He came to Arizona in 1965, earning a Ph.D. in hydrology and joining the University of Arizona in the department of watershed management in the School of Renewable Natural Resources, where he stayed until his retirement in 2003. In Tucson, Mr. Fogel met his second wife, who had two sons from a previous marriage, Lan (deceased) and Fritz. They had a daughter, Lauren. As a UA professor, he mentored Dr. Abdul Barr Al-Gain, a graduate student from Saudi Arabia who would become the first president of MEPA, the Kingdom’s environmental protection agency. This friendship led to the landmark “Saudi Project,” a UA partnership with King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah that established an Arizona presence in the desert for many years. In Jeddah, Mr. Fogel met Tess and they married in the Philippines in 1993, returning to Saudi Arabia for several years and then settling back in Tucson. They adopted Axel R. Fogel, a youngster they had met in Saudi Arabia. After retirement, Mr. Fogel volunteered actively on the Tucson Citizen’s Advisory Water Board. A memorial service was held at Evergreen Mortuary.
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People in the news Longtime Tucson resident Jami Ober Gan has released her first novel, “The Lost and Found,” about a woman who finds herself heartbroken and stranded in Tucson and is invited to stay at a ranch. Gan was raised in Tucson and attended the University of Arizona, graduating in 1981 with a master’s degree in deaf education. She taught and consulted in Tucson, Phoenix and Las Vegas, retiring in 2007. She has been active with a variety of local organizations. In 2018 she launched a glass and pottery business, Fired — Kiln Creations by Jami. Local artist Julie Stein created the cover art for “The Lost and Found.” The books is available on Amazon or at www.jamiobergan.com. Rebekah Rotstein, founder of the “Buff Bones” movement system (www.buff-bones.com), was the subject of an article in Hadassah Magazine’s January/February issue, “Osteoporosis and the Truth About Our Porous Bones,” which chronicles her journey since receiving a osteoporosis diagnosis at age 28. Rotstein, who lives in New York City, grew up in Tucson and attended University High School through her junior year, with her senior year at the North Carolina School of the Arts. She attended Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Tucson Symphony Orchestra Music Director José Luis Gomez has renewed his contract with the TSO for four more years. Gomez, who will remain with the TSO through 2024, was named the symphony’s 17th music director in 2015. During his tenure he has conducted sold-out performances of Yo-Yo Ma, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Pink Martini; led the orchestra in a performance for more than 100,000 people at the All Souls Day Finale Ceremony; commissioned four new works; and conducted the TSO in an internationally aired radio broadcast observing the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth in partnership with the Tucson Desert Song Festival. He will announce TSO’s 91st season next month. Home Care Assistance has won the Provider of Choice Award and Employer of Choice Award from Home Care Pulse, an independent satisfaction research firm for the past three years. This year, Home Care Assistance also won the Best of Home Care — Leader in Excellence award, the firm’s highest award for home care agencies. Recipients represent the top 5-10 percent of agencies participating in the Home Care Pulse satisfaction management program.
Interfaith Community Services has named Thomas J. McKinney as CEO. McKinney has served ast president and CEO of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra for the past two years and previously was TSO’s vice president of development. He has over 35 years of experience in nonprofit organizations including 10 years as president and CEO for Make-A-Wish Minnesota. McKinney will assume his new position on March 2. Tohono Chul Park recently won an Arizona Forward Environmental Excellence Award for Site Development Landscape and Preserves for its master plan. The awards program recognizes outstanding contributions to the built and natural environment of communities throughout Arizona. The recognition is due to the contributions of Arizona architect John Douglas of John Douglas Architects, who, over 20 years, maintained a vision to enhance visitor services and provide easier accessibility, interpretive signage, lighting, and expanded parking and public restrooms. Douglas also designed the Gathering in the Garden Pavilion to be built this summer, integrating water harvesting and solar in its construction.
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Bethany Sarah Zashin, daughter of Lisa Zashin and Todd Zashin will celebrate becoming a Bat Mitzvah on Feb. 16 at Temple Emanu-El. She is the granddaughter of Marsha Rosenblum of Tucson, the late Robert Rosenblum and the late Joyce Zashin. Bethany attends Tucson Waldorf School. She enjoys playing the oboe and spending time with animals, especially her dog, “Winter.” She has been a Girl Scout for seven years. For her mitzvah project, Bethany is collecting donations for the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. Visit https://support.hssaz.org/bethanyzashin for more information.
Leslie Glaze, Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona Women’s Philanthropy Campaign co-chair, talks to Super Sunday volunteer Barbara Selznick, Jan. 27.
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The Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona held its annual Super Sunday phone-a-thon on Jan. 27 at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. During the festive, sports-themed event, 120 phone and clerical volunteers reached out to community members, collecting more than 260 pledges and donations for the 2019 Community Campaign, which supports
humanitarian and educational programs in Tucson, Israel and around the world. The Campaign is at nearly 60 percent of its $4 million goal, thanks to the success of its “100 Days of Impact,” Oct.19-Feb. 1. In addition, Super Sunday Red Cross blood drive donations totaled 34 pints, with the capacity to save 102 lives. February 8, 2019, ARIZONA JEWISH POST
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