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February 9, 2018 24 Shevat 5778 Volume 74, Issue 3

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

Senior Lifestyle ...... 14-20 Arts & Culture ......................5,7 Classifieds ..............................11 Commentary ..........................6 Community Calendar...........24 Letter to the Editor ................9 Local .........3,4,5,7,14,15,17,18 National ................................ 13 Obituaries .............................26 Our Town ..............................27 Rabbi’s Corner ......................22 Reflections............................23 Synagogue Directory.............8 World .....................................11

Bring senses to dying well, says speaker for next Wool seminar DEBE CAMPBELL AJP Editorial Assistant


r. BJ Miller seeks to change the way we die. This preeminent speaker will share his thoughts on maximizing quality of life and minimizing unnecessary suffering at the Ninth Annual Cindy Wool Memorial Seminar on Humanism in Healthcare on Thursday, March 29. An expert on patient-centered, palliative, and end-of-life care, Miller draws on his professional expertise as a physician and former executive director of Zen Hospice Project as well as on his personal experience as a triple amputee, advocating for crossdiscipline design-thinking to bring intention and creativity into the experience of dying.

Dr. BJ Miller

“As a speaker, BJ fits our goal and purpose perfectly. He is an example of resilience in the face of disability, and as a person is a model for all of us,” says Dr. Steven Wool, husband of the late Cindy Wool, a Tucson

native who died in 2008 from complications of leukemia. The seminars, sponsored by the Maimonides Society of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona in conjunction with the University of Arizona College of Medicine, aim to increase the capacity of healthcare professionals for compassion and empathy and encourage lifelong learning. They address the critical need for humanism through education, discussion and community engagement and reach more people each year, says Wool. “This year’s seminar is poignant, with the Jan. 23 passing of Dr. Andrew Gold, the initial mentor of the medical humanism movement in America. I am especially proud that we will continue his vision here,” Wool says, noting that Gold was friend of Tucson attorneys

Marilyn Einstein and Steve Sim, who were instrumental in creating this series with him and neurologic specialists in the community. “We have to wake up to the fact that we are mortal,” says Miller. “Denial is a reflex that protects us. Cultural, social, political overlays keep us from facing it. There is a lot of work for all to be done to push back on this subject so we can have the death we want. The goal is to have a death in keeping with who you are as a living person.” Miller says there’s no way we are prepared for the coming silver tsunami. “We need infrastructure that’s dynamic enough to handle the seismic shifts in our population.” He says “suffering” is what’s scary about dying and proposes loving our time by way of our See Wool, page 4

New cafe at UA Hillel blends modern cuisine, kosher traditions SARA HARELSON AJP Intern


usion’z Café is offering a new take on kosher favorites, from dressing up falafel with wild mushrooms and caramelized onions to offering five variations on avocado toast. This is not your grandma’s spread. Fusion’z is the new installment inside the University of Arizona Hillel, replacing the Oy Vey Café, offering students and the community a place to have a full kosher meal. It’s innovative and fresh menu is inspired by the chefs’ kosher experience and creative minds. Chefs Alan Sanchez and Mike Felde are not new faces to the kosher diners of Tucson. They have been working together for 14 years and have spent 11 ½ of those at

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Chefs Mike Felde (left) and Alan Sanchez outside the Fusion’z Café at the University of Arizona Hillel Foundation.

Handmaker, where they both still work as well. Fusion’z gives the chefs a bit more freedom with their food. “That’s what chefs want to do — create,” says Sanchez. Although neither of them are Jewish, they’ve been perfecting and delivering on kosher cuisine.


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“It’s a challenge,” says Sanchez. “We’re breaking the stereotype of what people think they might get here.” To fight preconceived notions of what one might expect when eating in a strictly kosher kitchen, the chefs made sure their menu reflects their creative direc-

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tion. It includes savory breakfast bowls, loaded nachos, and Asianinspired wok creations. “We’re executing your favorite dishes, just without meat and dairy,” says Felde. And they’re still whipping up traditional favorites such as hummus and bagels with lox. The cafe is currently open for limited hours, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, but the chefs have plans to expand. Their next big draw will be brunch the last Sunday of every month. “We’re bringing in a smoker to use out on the patio,” says Sanchez. “Since it’s out on the patio and not in the kitchen, we can smoke brisket and have a fun Sunday brunch.” Fusion’z has just opened its own kiosk located in front of the building on 2nd Street. The kiosk, “Fastn-Fusion’z,” offers a variety of easy See Cafe, page 4

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LOCAL Tucson J launches inclusive cheer team

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The Sparks cheer team practices a pyramid formation, with Peter Ruiz at the center, at the Tucson Jewish Community Center.

In August, Allison Wexler, Tucson’s Jewish community special abilities coordinator, was exploring athletic programming ideas for individuals with special needs. When she learned the Tucson Jewish Community Center would be forming a flag football league, she thought, “What does football need? Cheerleaders.” Wexler created a new program at the Tucson J called Sparks Cheer, a coed all-inclusive cheerleading team for people of all ages and abilities. The team currently has 14 participants ranging in age from 3 to 36. The program began as an adaptive one, specifically for individuals with special needs. However, as it evolved, “neuro-typical” individuals expressed interest in joining. “It’s sort of a reverse inclusion program. The cheerleaders and their families all seem really happy to be a part of it,” says Wexler, who notes that February is Jewish Disabilities and Inclusion Awareness month. Cheer participants have been making friends and building self-esteem while

learning stunts, tumbling, and dance, she says. Bernadette Ruiz, mother of cheerleader Peter Ruiz, says, “Peter tells family and friends, nearly daily, about how excited he is to be in cheer class. He is very proud of and enthusiastic about his participation in this class.” “The personalities of the cheerleaders on the squad, the enthusiasm I see for learning, and the cheerleaders’ bravery in trying things they’ve never done before is such a bright spot in my week. Sparks Cheer’s spirit of inclusiveness is unlike anything else I’ve ever gotten to be a part of,” says Katie Filous, a volunteer coach. The team practices weekly at the J and will perform at the J’s Rachmanus Bowl (the term, which means “mercy,” refers to concepts of good sportsmanship) on Feb. 19 between the 5:30 and 6:45 p.m. flag football games. Registration for session two of the Sparks program is open, with practices beginning on March 7. Contact Wexler at

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LOCAL At JFSA Northwest, Holocaust survivor to share his story Pawel Lichter, a Holocaust survivor who lives in Tucson, will present “A Polish Jew’s Story of Survival” at a community event sponsored by the Northwest Division of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. at the Northwest office, 190 W. Magee Road, Suite 162. Lichter survived the Nazi invasion of his hometown of Rypin, Poland, and revisited Rypin along with Tucson teens as part of the 2017 March of the Living. Ironically, it was being deported to Siberia that ensured his immediate family’s survival, while the rest of his extended family was annihilated. “I don’t know how or where they died,” he told the AJP in May (see But “it happened. They’re not here.” To his knowledge, no Jews live in Rypin today. For more information, call 505-4161.

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senses, accessing what makes us feel human. “If we set our sights on wellbeing, life and healthcare can be about making life more wonderful than less horrible. Dying is a necessary part of life — let’s make space for life to play itself out all the way out, in a crescendo until the end.” Miller also is an assistant clinical professor of medicine at the University of California San Francisco and an attending specialist for the Symptom Management Service at the university’s Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center. A VIP reception kicks off the seminar at 5:30 p.m.

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grab-and-go food and drinks. Fusion’z Café also delivers to your door. Download Uber Eats or Tapingo, kick your feet up, and wait for the feast to be delivered. These new ventures will help to increase revenue and bring more newcomers into Fusion’z. Fusion’z also has a blossoming relationship with Hillel. Beyond sharing the same building, Fusion’z caters Shabbat dinners and most of Hillel’s events. “Hillel is so excited to have Fusion’z Café in our building,” says Executive Director Michelle Blumenberg. “The food is excellent and has been receiving a great response by students and the campus community.” Fusion’z and Hillel also partner on the Jewish Penicillin Hotline, which gives parents or friends

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Pawel Lichter, a Holocaust survivor from Tucson, left, meets Leszek Szulc, Righteous Among the Nations, at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, April 22, 2017.

at the UA Student Union, 1330 E. University Blvd. The $108 reserve ticket includes dinner, garage parking and Miller’s keynote address, “One Man’s Quest to Change the Way We Die,” which begins at 7 p.m. Participants can opt for the presentation with coffee and dessert for $18; medical students may attend at no cost. RSVP by March 22 at or call Karen Graham at 577-9393, ext. 8469. Miller’s TED talk, “What Really Matters at the End of Life,” ranks among the most viewed TED talks with more than 5.5 million views. This will be the topic of a free lecture for the Arizona Health Sciences Center, in the DuVal Auditorium at noon. Box lunches are provided by the Medical Humanities Program. RSVP by March 22 at or contact the opportunity to order kosher matzah ball vegetarian soup for an ailing student. For a small donation, your loved ones are delivered the healing powers of matzah ball soup. Sitting in Fusion’z, you can see that once a customer takes their first bite, they’re in love. “It’s been a great experience here,” say Sanchez. “We have a lot of return customers and have had an increase in covers and revenue every month. “We’ve heard so many good things about the food,” he adds. “One of the best was when a student said they found us when they were looking for a ‘diamond in the rough’ and have kept coming back since.” Fusion’z Café is located at 1245 E. Second Street, Tucson, AZ 85719. See their menu at Jewish Penicillin Hotline: forms/jewish-penicillin-hotline.

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ARTS/LOCAL JFCS to screen ‘Denial,’ based on Lipstadt case Jewish Family & Children’s Services will sponsor a free screening of the 2016 film “Denial,” starring Rachel Weisz and Tom Wilkinson, on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. The film recounts the true story of historian Deborah Lipstadt, played by Weisz. The screening precedes Lipstadt’s upcoming keynote speech at the JFCS 9th Annual Celebration of Caring, Sunday, April 8, at the Westin La Paloma. Lipstadt was a professor of Holocaust Studies at Emory University in Atlanta when she was sued for libel in a British court by the infamous Holocaust denier David Irving. After a 10-week trial that attracted worldwide attention, the judge ruled in favor of Lipstadt, and found Irving to be a racist, falsifier of history and anti-Semite. The London Times, in referring to this case, wrote “history has had its day in court and scored a crushing victory.” In a collaborative effort among Tucson Hebrew Academy, the Jewish His-

tory Museum, the Tucson J, and JFCS, local area middle school and high school students will have the opportunity view “Denial” during an educational even at the J from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the same day. Guided discussions on historical and current-day issues of anti-Semitism, racism, hate crime, bullying and mob violence, will involve participation of teachers, history facilitators and Tucson-based Holocaust survivors. “There are facts, there are opinions, and there are lies,” says Lipstadt. “And most importantly, truth and fact are under assault. The job ahead of us, the task ahead of us, the challenge ahead of us is great. The time to fight is short. We must act now. Later will be too late.” Lipstadt is a Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory, frequent newspaper and journal contributor, and author of several books including the award-winning “History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier,” on which the film is based.

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COMMENTARY At 2018 women’s march, anti-Israel rhetoric destroys sense of unity SHAUN KOZOLCHYK JWEEKLY.COM

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SAN FRANCISCO started the day of the Oakland Women’s March with the same sense of hope and anticipation as loved ones who were marching across the country. As fate would have it, I was putting the finishing touches on a 1,000-piece Wonder Woman puzzle our family had been toiling on for weeks. I am a feminist woman raising two strong girls with my feminist husband. We planned to march in support of all women, especially those of us who are victims of sexual harassment and abuse — a seemingly endless list, as recent, horrific reports underscore. We gathered signs and other march accouterments and piled into the car with friends. With a shared excitement, we made our way along beautiful Lake Merritt toward the march dais on a gorgeous, sunny day.

Shaun Kozolchyk with her husband and daughters, ages 14 and 9, at the Oakland Women’s March on Jan. 20

A perfect setting to raise our collective voice and — as one community — tell

our Congress, our president and the world that we will fight hateful and in-

humane policies and behavior that are destroying lives. We will not be silent. We will be allies. Unless, that is, you happen to believe that the Jewish people have the right to self-determination — one tiny sliver of land that is our indigenous home, pulsing with the heartbeats of our ancestors. In that case, you are not welcome and your ally credentials are revoked. So went the message of one speaker. Why would a march to elevate and empower women in this country have anything to do with the complicated and nuanced conflict between Israelis and Palestinians? If you are not familiar with Linda Sarsour, an organizer and founder of the National Women’s March, you might ask: How is it possible that you are not welcome as a Jew who claims a basic right enshrined in international law? Sarsour is, among other things, an unabashed anti-Israel extremist who See March, page 8

From being to doing: Why the Reconstructionist movement is rebranding DEBORAH WAXMAN JTA PHILADELPHIA don’t know any Jews who go to temple.” The line is from a remarkably poignant scene in the 2004 film “Garden State,” in which Zach Braff ’s character explains to his love interest, played by Natalie Portman, a few things that most non-Orthodox American Jews know about large suburban synagogues.


“The Jews I know,” Braff continues, “they go on one day, on Yom Kippur, the day of repentance. Did you know that most temples are built with moveable walls so that on the one day of the year, when everyone comes to repent, they can actually make the room big enough to hold everyone?” The Pew Research Center’s 2013 Portrait of Jewish Americans, which was issued the same week that I was appointed leader of the Reconstructionist movement, was seen by many in the American Jewish commu-

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nity as evidence that the sky was falling, for precisely the reasons articulated by Braff ’s character. Many American Jews proudly identified as Jews but did not meaningfully take part in most expressions of organized Jewish life, except for once or twice a year on holidays. Today, I am reminded of that evocative scene as the organization I lead adopts a new name and doubles down on its mission to empower North American Jews with a very different understanding of Jewish life. The new name, Reconstructing Judaism, is, on a practical level, a welcome change from the cumbersome Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and Jewish Reconstructionist Communities, which we created after our seminary and congregational union merged in 2012. Far more important, Reconstructing Judaism reflects a subtle but profound evolution in Reconstructionist thinking about how and why to be Jewish in the 21st century. With our name change, we are saying to Braff ’s fictional characters — and to so many real people like them — that we have the tremendous opportunity to reconstruct Jewish life to create the Jewish community of today and tomorrow, so that we inspire people and help them find meaning. This is ongoing work and, hopefully, as much about joy and connection as it is about repentance, struggle and soul-searching. A critical path forward is shifting from a focus on “being” Jewish — important but insufficient for providing substance and

structure — to a focus on “doing” Jewish. In the 1930s, Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, the founding thinker of Reconstructionism, famously introduced the metaphor of Judaism as a “civilization.” It was, in part, a response to the ongoing debate about whether Jews constituted a nation, a religion or a culture. The civilizational concept resonated most deeply in scholarly circles, and among educators and ideological Reconstructionists. It was the related idea of peoplehood articulated by Kaplan and his disciples in the 1940s that seemed to speak to the North American Jewish imagination. Peoplehood — the sense of being part of a diverse people spanning geography, history and practice — dovetailed neatly with how North American Jews came to see themselves as a group in the postwar years. The concept provided a particularly Jewish way of combining religion, culture and ethnicity into one identity. Many people have idealized the postwar period as the “golden years” of American Jewish life. In the 1950s and 1960s, Jews moved to the suburbs, leaving behind the dense urban neighborhoods of the immigrant generations where they expressed their identities through a rich ethnic tapestry of Jewish religious, cultural and organizational life. In the suburbs, they built and joined large houses of worship. They belonged — to the synagogue, to the Jewish people — but as the years went by, they engaged less and less. Indeed, according See Reconstructionist, page 10

ARTS /LOCAL ‘Chava’ actress from ‘Fiddler’ to host sing-along at Loft

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radition, tradition, tradition!” sings out the cast in the opening number of “Fiddler on the Roof.” Neva Small, the woman who played Tevye’s third daughter, Chava, in the film version of the beloved musical, has always taken this entreaty to heart. Now Small, who has created her own traditions around the character and the movie that helped define her career, will join the local Tucson community at The Loft Cinema for a sing-along screening of the classic film on Sunday, Feb. 25 at noon. Audience members will be whisked away to Anatevka, the fictional Jewish town in czarist Russia, as they join in and sing to their favorite songs. Adding to the fun, Small will judge a pre-show costume contest. “Playing Chava has been my calling card for life,” says Small. “I was cast in the role when I was very young and it has sustained my identity throughout my entire life.” Some actors might be frustrated by a role defining so much of their career, but not Small. “Many people love Chava and what she stands for and how ahead of the times she was for her interfaith marriage,” she says. “I am woven into her life and she into mine and I’m grateful.” While in Tucson, Small also will speak in a more intimate setting. On Friday, Feb. 23 at noon, Small will be at the Tucson Jewish Community Center sharing Shabbat lunch and discussing the background of “Fiddler on the Roof.” Her talk will include some glimpses behind the scenes, discussion of the origin stories by Sholem Aleichem, and another sing-along. Small is passionate about sharing this background and has done so in communities all over the country, from Seattle to New York City. “I love the sing-a-longs,” says Small. “It’s my pleasure to do, especially when I also get to describe the

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Neva Small, right, as Chava in ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ with, from left, Rosalind Harris as Tzeitel and Michele Marsh as Hodel.

background of the movie.” Small is a public school teacher in New York and shares the lessons she learned from Chava and “Fiddler on the Roof ” with her students. “New York is a sanctuary city, much like Tucson, and most of the students I work with are immigrants or first generation but ‘Fiddler’ is not in their universe,” says Small. “Then I show it to them and we study it and learn how much of a parallel it is to their own immigrant experience.” This event will be a family affair for Small, as her daughter, Barbara Fenig, is the director of arts and culture for the Tucson J. Small is delighted to share something close to her heart with Tucson and her family. “It’s a gift given to me and I consider it my service as a Jew,” says Small. “I look forward to being with your community.” Tickets for the Tucson Jewish Community Center’s Shabbat Lunch, Learn & Sing on Feb. 23 can be purchased for $10 at Tickets for the Feb. 25 screening can be purchased at

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The Arizona Rose Theatre is bringing back one of its most popular shows, Neil Simon’s “Lost in Yonkers,” beginning Feb. 24. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize, this heartfelt comedy is drawn from Simon’s experiences growing up in New York City. Set during World War II, it is the coming-of-age story of two young brothers, Arty and Jay, sent to live with their formidable grandmother, the sweet but damaged Aunt Bella, and Uncle Louie, a small-time hoodlum, in a strange new world called Yonkers.


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seeks to delegitimize Israel. Her beliefs regarding an issue that has absolutely nothing to do with our government’s (and society’s) treatment of women have found some acceptance in the march messaging and ideology. We arrived in time to hear what promised to be empowering speeches. Things started nicely, with slam poetry delivered by a powerful young woman among other inspiring words. Then Lara Kiswani, executive director of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center and co-founder of Students for Justice in Palestine, spoke. She caught my attention. You see, I work for the Anti-Defamation League, whose enduring centuryplus mission is “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people, and secure justice and fair treatment to all.” We have a dual mission because our extraordinary founders knew that you cannot have one without the other. I was prepared for her screed, “Zionism has no place in the women’s movement.” She followed that divisive statement — which necessarily meant my family and I were summarily banished — with several minutes of bombast and falsehoods impugning the State of Israel and anyone who supports its existence. As a Jewish feminist committed to equality and working for an extraordinary Jewish civil rights organization — proudly partnering with the Muslim community, fighting for rights across religious, racial, gender and, yes, national boundaries — my family was struck with what felt like a bolt of lightning. We heard many in the crowd cheer her piercing, offensive accusations and it became clear she accomplished her job. She misled people who did not fully understand her diatribe and its implications. Others undoubtedly understood and agreed. And some, ironically, were not moved to confront her bias. We became targets of hateful rhetoric, at a march targeting hateful rhetoric! Last year, scrolling through march social media posts, I beamed with pride. This year, I am dejected and sad. Looking at photos from across the world, all I can think is “I wish that was here. I wish my children didn’t have to be the ‘other’ at an event that is supposed to be the ‘us.’” My 14- and 9-year-old daughters’ takeaway: “What does Israel have to do with this march when not a single other country was attacked?” Great question. Shaun Kozolchyk is a native Tucsonan and graduate of the University of Arizona. She is the director of development for the AntiDefamation League Central Pacific Region. Reprinted with permission from

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR We should nurture refugees, not ban them One year ago, the Trump administration announced a highly controversial ban against refugee resettlement in the U.S. For seven months the White House declared that the most vulnerable people on our planet (refugees) – 75 percent of whom are women and children – would not find safe harbor on American soil. As we watched the chaos unfold, and the polarizing debate rage, for many of us who were born here our own families’ immigrant stories became immediately more relevant. There are more than 22 million registered refugees in the world today. Of those, only 1 percent are resettled to a country like the United States. These include those who helped our armed forces at the risk of their own lives, people with urgent medical concerns who cannot be treated in camps, and women and children who face the very real threat of being trafficked or forced into labor against their will. The language of the refugee as a “risk” and “burden” to American society is deeply mistaken. Refugees are the most security vetted population that enter the United States and within months of leaving refugee camps and escaping violence

and persecution, these New Americans are settling down and working throughout the United States, including right here in Tucson. To associate refugees with terrorists, equating them with the very monsters they have fled from, is unacceptable and deeply misinformed. Our security lies not in preventing refugee resettlement, but in setting refugees up for success once they arrive, so that they are invested in society and able to fully realize the benefits of this magnificent country while nurturing the America that nurtures them. The U.S. and Arizona refugee resettlement programs are among the most important in the world. They save countless lives and ensure that we fulfill our national humanitarian mandate: to give refuge because we believe in a basic human right to live a life free from violence and because we believe that as a privileged and principled nation we must offer shelter to the persecuted and provide for those who have lost everything due to conflict and disaster. These are the ideals that should underpin any refugee resettlement and immigration policy. — Jeffrey A. Cornish, executive director, International Rescue Committee Tucson

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to Pew, 94 percent of those they surveyed said they were proud to be Jewish, but only one-third say they belong to a synagogue, and only one in five belongs to other kinds of Jewish organizations. The decline of ethnicity and the increasingly unclear sense of Jewish peoplehood represent a challenge of our times, in addition to opportunities. As the Pew study confirmed, Jews today are less obligated to join, less moved by the traumas of the past and less likely to think of themselves as part of an ethnic group defined by food, culture and common values — with a smattering of religion. We are moving from the ethnic moment in North American Jewish life — powerfully articulated by the concept of peoplehood — into a post-ethnic moment. North American Jews, especially the non-Orthodox, are moving away from being a community of descent (that is, defined by biology) to a community of consent. Jews today have countless opportunities to seek meaning and define their identities. Anyone who identifies as Jewish today chooses to be Jewish, regardless of their parentage or background. There are two imperatives that emerge from this unprecedented reality. First, Jewish organizations must convince anyone who encounters them that being Jewish is a means to being deeply human, not simply an end in and of itself. The point of being Jewish is that we are here on earth to live lives of meaning and connection to each other, Jews and non-Jews alike. To do this, we need to shift our preoccupations away from being Jewish, which is significantly a conversation about boundaries and authority, and which leads us to infighting and name-calling. Instead, we need to focus our energy toward doing Jewish. Reconstructionist Judaism has always held an expansive view of what it means to be and to do Jewish. Doing Jewish may mean observing Jewish law, attending synagogue or sharing a Shabbat meal. Doing Jewish may mean studying texts or history, learning Hebrew or Yiddish. Doing Jewish may mean immersing oneself in social action and political engagement or preparing ecologically conscious meals according to eco-kashrut principles. Each person will find their path, their community and, hopefully, their sense of purpose. This conceptual shift from being to doing must prompt a change not only across the breadth of North American Jewish life, but also within the Reconstructionist movement itself. Rabbi Ira Eisenstein, Kaplan’s son-in-law and protege, and one of my predecessors, explained the Reconstructionist commitment to peoplehood by saying that belonging to the Jewish people preceded believing (that is, dogma or doctrine) or behaving. Speaking in a moment defined by ethnicity, Eisenstein insisted that the diverse experiences of the Jewish people took precedence over strict halachic — ritual and legal — expressions. In our post-ethnic moment, we are reclaiming all affirma-

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tive expressions of Jewish behavior as generative and full of promise. By adopting the name Reconstructing Judaism, the organization I lead is crystallizing our commitment to Jewish life that is deeply rooted and boldly relevant. (To be clear, we have renamed the central organization of the Reconstructionist movement, but not the movement as a whole.) We remain anchored in the sweep of Jewish texts, observance, liturgy, history and culture. At the same time, we are continually reconstructing Judaism by training rabbis to be entrepreneurs and changemakers, cultivating Jewish experiences in existing congregations and new venues. They are deploying digital networks to tackle the pressing challenges of Jewish life, investing in startup projects, and taking our values and approach to the public square through podcasting and other mediums. With our new identity, we are shifting the emphasis from Reconstructionist, a way of being, to Reconstructing, with its focus on doing. The Reconstructionist movement prides itself on being the research and development arm of North American Judaism. We’ve introduced countless innovations in North American Jewish life and show no signs of slowing down. But we know we are not alone. Actors within the other non-Orthodox denominations — as well as those outside of any denominational structure — are opening doorways to new Jewish experiences and widening the tent of participation in Jewish life. All of our efforts are welcomed and needed. For the sake of our children and the Jewish future, all of us must find ways to be relevant. Let’s make sure that in the coming-of-age stories of the future, Jewish protagonists recount a very different kind of Jewish childhood, one in which Judaism was not a once-ayear commitment but a year-round source of sustenance. Let’s make sure our children can tell their non-Jewish friends, family members and life partners how Jewish organizations opened pathways to engagement. Let’s create lasting memories of spirited prayer, inspired social action, intimate meals and sustaining communities. Or, better yet, let us empower the next generation to create experiences and expressions we have not yet imagined. Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D., is president of Reconstructing Judaism.

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Holocaust denier, anti-Semite and white supremacist is about to become the Republican nominee for an Illinois congressional seat. Arthur Jones, a perennial candidate since the 1990s for the 3rd Congressional District representing parts of Chicago and its southwestern suburbs, in a political fluke is the only Republican candidate on the ballot, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Sunday. The primary will be held on March 20. Jones, 70, is a retired insurance salesman. His website for this congressional run, Art Jones for Congressman, says by way of introduction: “I am not now, nor have I ever been a follower of any political party, though I am a registered Republican.” A section of the site headed “Holocaust?” says that “The idea that ‘Six Million Jews’ were killed by the Nationalist Socialist government of Germany in World War II is the biggest blackest lie in history.” It also calls the Holocaust a “racket” designed to “bleed, blackmail, extort and terrorize the enemies of organized world Jewry into silence or submissiveness to Zionism and communism — both movements founded, financed and led by Jews.” Jones is a former leader of the American Nazi Party and now heads a group called the America First Committee, which he told the Sun-Times is “open to any white American citizen of European, non-Jewish descent.” Tim Schneider, chairman of the Il-

linois Republican Party, said in a statement to the SunTimes: “The Illinois Republican Party and our country have no place for Nazis like Arthur Jones Arthur Jones. We strongly oppose his racist views and his candidacy for any public office, including the 3rd Congressional District.” In 2016, Jones was removed from the district’s GOP ballot in legal actions engineered by the Illinois Republican Party, which determined that his nominating petitions had too many faulty signatures, according to the Sun-Times. This time, Jones was more careful to have valid signatures and could not be thrown off the ballot. The district is one of the most heavily Democratic in the state, and Jones will most likely be defeated in the November race. The Republican Party does not invest heavily in fielding a candidate for the district since he or she likely will lose, which is how Jones came to be the only candidate. Jones said last spring in a speech to a National Socialist Movement gathering that he was sorry he voted for President Donald Trump, who has “surrounded himself with hordes of Jews,” including his Jewish son-in-law Jared Kushner, the Sun-Times reported, citing a YouTube recording of the speech. d

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long, winding and unexpected road took Tucson native John Peck from the Old Pueblo to Ajo, a small Arizona community of 3,300 people, just 40 miles from the Mexican border. From editor, to economic developer, community activist and nonprofit leader, he now finds himself sitting on the justice court bench, as a restorative justice advocate and justice of the peace. Peck was ready to do something new when he made the move to Ajo in 2008. He was a journalist and managing editor at the Arizona Daily Star from 1974-1991. He spent the next three years on a family farm in Indiana, co-founding a governmental economic development unit and a community foundation. Back in Tucson by 1994, he was associate director of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona before joining the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona in 1995 as associate director of the Jewish Community Relations Council, where he initiated programs including the Southern Arizona Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life, the LGBT Jewish Inclusion Project (later renamed JPride), and with Nancy Mellan, the Jewish Arts Alliance. Later he was JFSA’s senior vice president for

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community relations and strategic planning. Peck moved to Ajo as chief operating officer at the International Sonoran Desert Alliance, which focuses on economic development through the arts. He moved on to the Ajo Copper News and also served on the Western Pima County Community Council. He served as an

intern for a presiding justice of the peace and when his mentor’s term ended in 2014, Peck ran for the post and was elected. There’s more than enough to keep him busy dealing with drug trafficking, drug addiction and domestic violence. Ajo has a high rate of unemployment and large numbers of vacant and neglected houses following the mine closing in the 1980s. He’d heard of the restorative justice movement earlier in his newspaper days. Restorative justice personalizes a crime by having the victims, offenders and community mediate a restitution agreement to the satisfaction of each. And in the ’90s he’d had a memorable discussion with a Jerusalem attorney on restoration based on changing behavior and making restitution versus punishment. In Ajo, a local community advocate and a behavioral health leader introduced Peck to Circles of Peace, a restorative justice model that enhanced his embrace of the concept. Community counselor and behavioral health clinician Emily Saunders says, “with the respect John has garnered in Ajo, and his integrity, he’s giving people a vision of what’s possible with restorative practices. John exemplifies the spirit of restorative practices. See Justice, page 16

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Latvian immigrant is expert on Russian, Jewish history KORENE CHARNOFSKY COHEN Special to the AJP


oza Simkhovich is proud to say that she has been an American for nearly 39 years. She and her family came from Latvia, a Baltic country formerly part of the Soviet Union, to the United States looking for relief from anti-Semitism. As an educator for nearly 30 years, she has taught classes on a variety of topics, including the Soviet Union and Jewish history. Her current series of talks, “The Thorny Pass of Jewish Emancipation,” which began Feb. 6 at the Tucson Jewish Community Center, continues on Tuesdays through February; anyone interested can attend individual classes. The talks will explore the roots of modern anti-Semitism. Simkhovich was born in Riga, Latvia’s capital. Her parents had come to Latvia from Romania during World War II to escape from the Nazis. Many of her family members were killed in the Holocaust, and Simkhovich was named for an aunt who was one of the victims. She says there was more tolerance toward Jews in the Soviet Union after World War II, but there still was anti-Semitism. “I couldn’t understand why other children were mean to me because I was Jewish,” she says. “I experienced cruelty from people who didn’t even know me, but my name is Jewish and people thought my appearance was Jewish. It is hard for children to understand hate.” Simkhovich related two specific incidences of discrimination. “One time when I went on a hiking trip,” she says, “there was a Russian girl on the trip who was so hateful of Jews that even the other Russian girls were shocked.” It was not only things that the girl said. She also tried to push Simkhovich down while on the hike. “Another time was when my mother and I were at a cafe drinking coffee, and there were these two guys there,” she recalls. “One of them said that if he had a gun he would shoot me because he thought I was Jewish.” In 1979, Simkhovich immigrated to the United States with her husband, Zakhar; their 3-year-old son; her parents; and some of her husband’s family members. They joined her brother who had emigrated from Latvia about two years earlier and was living in Tucson. “I didn’t want to live in Latvia if I had a choice. Even

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though I was born in Latvia, I feel American and I love Tucson,” she says. Soon after coming to Tucson, she became involved with the Jewish community. She served on the board of the Tucson Jewish Community Center in the 1980s and organized the “Celebration of Heritage” concerts at the J. She revived the concert series last spring because she wants “people to understand the beauty of other cultures through music, to help people understand each other.” Simkhovich has a master’s degree in engineering with a specialty in food science from a university in Latvia, but in the United States it was difficult to get a job in her field. She went on to obtain a master’s degree in education from the University of Arizona, and then taught Russian as a senior lecturer in the UA Department of Russian and Slavic Studies for 23 years, specializing in teaching oral communication, translation, interpreting and business language. “I thank G-d that I have an ability with languages,” says Simkhovich. “I learned Yiddish from my parents and growing up in Latvia, learned Latvian and Russian. Starting in fifth grade I took English as my foreign language.” In Tucson she worked hard to improve her

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He nurtures relationships and sees each person’s unique gifts, calling our whole community into more meaningful connection.” Saunders generated a $25,000 grant from Education First and the NoVo Foundation to bring the Circles of Peace model to all Ajo classrooms and staff. “The grant allowed us to invest further in restorative practices. This includes less formal to more formal restorative tools, all designed to strengthen relationships on campus, from restorative language that helps students self-reflect and assume healthy responsibility for harms caused, to peacebuilding circles to conferences where students and staff work together to repair harm and rebuild relationships,” says Saunders. Another aspect of the restorative approach is the Community Justice Board for Pima County. This allows juvenile offenders with nonviolent first offences to work with a community board and the probation department to stop problematic behaviors and develop and track progress on attainable goals including restitution, says Peck. Even better is a true diversion before a crime, adds Peck, and he is excited about a new project that brings

county sheriff ’s department officers into the school to work with students to examine behaviors and develop plans. Peck discovered that a truant teen, because of struggles with math and science, didn’t like going to school. Providing tutoring made perfect sense to Peck, but it didn’t fit in the school’s budget. Although community summits are not part the court’s nominal function, says Peck, they serve as a means to focus on issues. So he initiated a summit on tutoring, and drew upon the many retirees living in Ajo to find tutors. In the midst of his busy work life, Peck renews himself through reading, writing, and making art in his studio a few minutes walk from the courthouse. A mixed media piece he created, honoring Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, titled “St. Notorious,” was the People’s Choice award at a recent art show at Art Under the Arches Gallery. He currently is writing essays on famous justices, collaborating with Jay Rochlin for the artwork. Peck loves the scalability of being in a small town, similar to when he worked for Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, with the feeling of mishpocheh, of family: “You can see the ripples that happen,” he says. Deborah Mayaan is a writer and artist in Tucson. She is also a certified health coach with the Gupta Programme and a certified Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises provider. Contact her at

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Tova, a happy new year, to everyone. They host a break-the-fast dinner for Yom Kippur. For High Holiday services, Gregg says that most of the residents go with family members to a synagogue. Hanukkah is celebrated at Atria with menorah lighting and a dinner. They have two buildings, and in each building they have an electric menorah in a central location. The residents “light” a candle for each night, and lead singing and readings. For Purim, Ceitlin comes to help the residents make hamantaschen, with his two daughters adding sparkle to the event. He also leads a Passover seder at Altria with enthusiastic resident participation. “The residents participate in celebrations and services — lighting candles, reading prayers, singing, and helping to hand out refreshments,” says Gregg. “At Hanukkah they read from a book put together by residents that covers the history of the holiday, and why we light the menorah.” She says that residents often invite family or friends for holidays, and Jewish

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events are open to all residents, with many non-Jewish residents attending because they are interested. Jewish events at Atria also include visits from representatives from local agencies, such as Jewish Family & Children’s Services, who engage in activities with the residents, talk to them about Jewish beliefs and provide information on the agencies’ services. “Having Shabbat services and holiday celebrations provides a continuing opportunity for our residents to express their religious beliefs and gives them the opportunity to have a positive outlook on life,” says Gregg. “It keeps a continuum of faith going at any age. Many of our residents are 85 and older. People come here to live life to the fullest as long as they can, being active in religion, personal achievements and fitness.”

The Country Club at La Cholla “I am Jewish so I have a vested interest in involvement with our Jewish residents and the Jewish community and the Jewish Federation Northwest,” says Lionel Kier, executive director at The Country Club at La Cholla. “I love my job, and believe that I am making a difference in people’s lives.” About five percent of The Country Club’s residents are Jewish, and Kier says they are very enthusiastic about participating in Shabbat and holiday celebrations. “We support whatever our residents want to do,” Kiers says, whether it’s a celebration at The Country Club or taking them to a synagogue or a Jewish-related talk at another community. On the second Friday of each month The Country Club holds a Shabbat dinner, with the blessings for the candles, wine and challah led by the residents. Pinchas Zohav, who serves as Northwest community chaplain for the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, occasionally comes on

a Friday night and leads a Shabbat program for the residents. The Country Club also hosts talks on Jewish-related themes, and they take residents to other communities for talks, such as the Federation’s “Life in a Jar” talk by Holocaust rescuer Irena Sendler, held at Splendido in October. Holiday celebrations include the High Holidays, Hanukkah and Passover. Many residents invite relatives and friends, Jewish and non-Jewish, to participate. Rabbi Ephraim Zimmerman of Chabad Oro Valley leads a Hanukkah program at The Country Club, but Kier says that this year they also took residents to the community menorah lighting and celebration hosted by Chabad at the Oro Valley public library. For the High Holidays, residents are taken to the Oro Valley Community Center for services conducted by Zimmerman. “We have had seders here, with nonresidents who participate,” says Kier. “But we also have taken residents to the community seder hosted by Chabad of Oro Valley at the Oro Valley Community Center. Rabbi Zimmerman is very enthusiastic with everything he does, and he often explains about the holiday and encourages participation in the service. “I feel that our residents benefit from everything we do for them,” says Kier. “They are thankful for the opportunity to stay connected to Jewish traditions and culture.” This article is part two of a series on celebrating Judaism in retirement communities. For part one, see azjewishpost. c om / 2 0 1 7 / tu c s on - s e n i or- l i v i n g communities-help-jewish-residents-stayconnected. Additional communities will be profiled in the May 18 Senior Lifestyle section. Korene Charnofsky Cohen is a freelance writer and editor in Tucson.

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skills in oral and written English. Along with teaching Russian, she started a drama group for her students and chose, produced and directed oneact plays that the students performed annually at meetings of the Arizona chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages. She also is a former president of AzAATSEEL. “The plays were fun for the students and helped them to learn Russian,” she says.“It is not enough to just learn the language. Each culture has its own expressions and their own emotional responses that they express in certain ways such as in drama and music.” In 1993, Simkhovich founded the Commonwealth of Independent States and Eastern European Forum, designed for people planning on or already doing business in countries of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. In 1996 she organized a resettlement program for immigrants from the Soviet Union. “I knew how difficult it could be to adjust to a new culture, so I could help others,” she says. “We had a lot of volunteers that responded to this challenge in Tucson.” She also developed programs for Russian immigrants, many of them 60 years and older, and helped them to pass the citizenship test. “These people went through so much in their lifetimes, and it was often very tough on them, but they were ready to study and become citizens,” she says. After retiring from the UA almost 10 years ago, Simkhovich has been busy studying Russian and Jewish history, and teaching courses on these subjects. “I want to give American Jews a better understanding of where their families come from,” she explains. “Learning history is of paramount importance. We need to understand ourselves through knowing about the history of the Jewish people and how other people have

treated the Jews. “How did our people become pariahs?” she asks. The beginnings of antiSemitism as well as its modern incarnations are topics of her new lecture series. “Today there is so much anti-Semitism on the internet, and so many people believe what they read. We need to be aware of what is going on and do something to prevent the horrible things that happened before.” Vida and Eliot Barron have taken three classes with Simkhovich; two on the Soviet Union and one on Russian authors. “Roza speaks for more than an hour without using notes, and she presents the information clearly and is passionate about each subject,” says Eliot. “We have been so honored and grateful to have been in her classes and to get to know her. I have a special connection to Roza because I coordinated a Russian resettlement program in Hartford, Connecticut,” says Vida, who feels that “it is important to learn about Jewish history and about the Soviet Union from someone who lived there.” The Barrons are attending her current class. “Anti-Semitism has been around for centuries, and it seems as if we carry our history in our genes because we can identify with the Jewish experience,” says Simkhovich. “The U.S. is a wonderful country for Jews, but Jews are still a minority, and many times are not accepted. We can believe that what happened in Germany will never happen again, but I think it can happen. Jews should never be complacent when it comes to anti-Semitism. “Jews as an ethnic group have contributed a lot to science and culture, and we need to be recognized for that, and I think that can help change attitudes in the world. I hope we can help children have a different frame of mind. I hope we can stop hate. One way to do that is to share culture and history.” “The Thorny Pass of Jewish Emancipation” is offered on Tuesdays at the Tucson J through Feb. 27, from 1:30-2:30 p.m., at $9 per class.

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s I enter my seventh decade of life, I often reflect on my family: Where we came from and where we are going. Each year, I gain a greater appreciation for how Judaism has made such a difference in my life and my family. At my great-grandfather’s funeral in 1945, Rabbi Louis Wolsey, D.D., spoke of Congregation Rodef Sholom as Jerome Louchheim’s “holy place ... his monument.” He went on to say, “He was an earnest-minded Jew, who was proud of his faith and who conceived of religion as the paramount description and objective to the Jew. Secular and nationalistic definitions were abhorrent to him, for he was an American of Jewish faith. He was one of Philadelphia’s noblest and most liberal philanthropists. The cause of the sick, the orphaned, the dependent, the underprivileged, was his cause and he was a guardian angel to the poor of all sects and creeds.” Judaism calls my family to make the world a better place, as my great-grandfather did in his day; but the practice of it must also make sense. There is a story I love to share about my grandfather: Bill Louchheim, among other things, served on the building committee for my rabbinic seminary. There was a need to replace the heating and cooling system in the building. As a result, engineers would parade their products before this committee. One of these engineers, who was so proud of his product, said to the committee members, “This is the state of the art system.” My grandfather chuckled. The man inquired what he found so funny. “What does that mean?” my grandfather asked. The man straightened up proudly and

said, “This is the most modern technology for this kind of system.” To which my grandfather responded, “That’s nice, but the real question we are here to answer is does your system work in this building and not?” To me, this is a metaphor for Judaism. If your practice of Judaism does not ennoble your spirit, help you evolve as a better human being, and provide a calling to improve our world, then of what use is it? Additionally, our faith ought to work within the American culture in which we reside. There ought to be a positive fusion of being a Jew and being an American. The values of Judaism linked with the values of America lead to us being a better person, one who cares for family, culture, and country. Just prior to every bar or bat mitzvah, I present my students with two documents: one, their bar/bat mitzvah certificate, and the other, a poem, “I Stood with Abraham” by Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver, teaching this child that they are connected to 4,000 years of Jewish history and that they are responsible American citizens. It includes these verses: Then I saw the night lift and the dawn break / And into the new world, blessed with liberty and freedom I saw the radiance of their emancipated minds and hearts. / I saw them enrich every land that gave them opportunity. I was with them when they landed at Ellis Island / And fell in love with the land that stood for liberty. In two years, my family will have been in America for 200 years! Judaism has played an important role in making us better people and better citizens. Can you say the same? JOIN THE NEWEST CHAPTER OF ® PJ LIBRARY FOR KIDS AGE 9-11

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riving up the mountainous road to Mt. Bental, I feel the temperature drop and the wind pick up as we reach the 3,800-foot peak where an abandoned Israeli army outpost, complete with bombed-out bunkers, sits. Anyone willing to ascend this mountain will be treated to a better understanding of Israeli history as well as breathtaking views. To the north, lies snow-capped Mt. Hermon. To the east, the Kunetra Valley, or Valley of Tears, the site of bloodiest tank battle during the Yom Kippur War of 1973 where Israel, vastly outnumbered by Syrian tanks, succeeded in blocking Syrian advances but suffered numerous casualties. We are so close to the Syrian border that I can see and hear cars driving on Syrian roads, with Damascas just 60 miles away. Because this site was considered a “front row seat” to Syria’s civil war, I am stunned by the utter peace. As the sun sinks behind the distant mountains, only the wind whispers in my ear. Was I expecting to hear gunfire or see refugees fleeing from the horrific atrocities that have plagued their daily life for the past six years? There is a total disconnect between this bucolic scene and the knowledge that just miles away, more than 470,000 Syrians, mostly civilians, have been ruthlessly killed by their own government in what is perhaps the greatest humanitarian crisis of our times. What may be one of the best kept secrets about the Syrian civil war, however, is how the Israel Defense Forces, together with Israeli healthcare professionals and hospitals, have provided medical treatment to thousands of wounded and suffering Syrians who were denied or unable to obtain medical care in Syria. More than 4,000 Syrians who have sought help at the Israeli-Syrian border have been admitted, with careful military security checks, directly to civilian hospitals in northern Israel. These men, women and children who have suffered combat-related injuries as well as horrendous neglect from lack of food, water, hygiene, and medicine, are treated as any other civilian patient in hospitals located in Naharia, Haifa, Safed, and Tiberius. Israel’s willingness to save Syrian lives serves as testimony to the values of the country as well as the Jewish religion that informs it. How many countries can you name that will admit citizens of a neighboring “enemy state” and provide the best medical care and doctors available, free of charge? Israel not only offers top rate medical treatment but takes extreme precautions in

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protecting the identity of Syrian patients to ensure their safety upon return to Syria. The ultimate irony: Syrians who are given life-saving medical attention in Israel may lose their lives back in Syria if it is discovered that they were treated in Israel. I wonder how Israeli medical professionals are able to do it. How can they detach from the psychological burden, anxiety and perhaps even fear of treating a person who may harbor a desire to kill them or destroy their country should the opportunity arise? How does a doctor or caregiver check that complicated dynamic at the door while engaging in such a profound humanitarian objective as saving a life? The answer, I believe, is two-fold: the first being a medical response and the second, a uniquely Jewish one. The medical obligation to honor and preserve human life is an ethical command of the highest sort articulated in the Western Hippocratic directive as “First, do no harm.” And in Maimonides’ Oath for Physicians, written by the 12th century rabbi/physician, the doctor asks for the strength, wisdom and opportunity to act in God’s service and states: “May I never see in the patient anything but a fellow creature in pain.” So an Israeli doctor enters the room of every patient, regardless of politics, religion or culture, with a single imperative: to preserve life.

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And what of the Jewish values that guide this effort? Jewish tradition and sacred texts offer a rich trove of ideas and directives regarding social responsibility, ethics, and justice, ranging from the exhortations of the Prophets to the detailed legal analyses of the Talmud. A fundamental teaching within Judaism is that pikuach nefesh, or the preservation of human life, overrides virtually all other religious considerations. It is of such high order that we are permitted to suspend Shabbat observance in order to save a life. A second, more contemporary Jewish notion that informs this effort is that of tikkun olam, the act of repairing our world. As Jews, we look for ways to engage in social justice, to reinforce our identity and find meaning through acts that benefit and contribute to the world and the welfare of Jews and non-Jews alike. When Israel takes in Syrian civilians and provides medical help, it is a manifestation of tikkun olam. I am proud of these efforts by Israel because they benefit all involved. And through these humanitarian acts that preserve Syrian life and connect real people on a deeply human level, Israel has the opportunity to heal more than just patients. Amy Hirshberg Lederman is an author, Jewish educator, public speaker and attorney who lives in Tucson. Her columns in the AJP have won awards from the American Jewish Press Association, the Arizona Newspapers Association and the Arizona Press Club for excellence in commentary. Visit her website at

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR The calendar deadline is Tuesday, 10 days before the issue date. Our next issue will be published Feb. 23, 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 8 for additional synagogue events. Men’s Mishnah club with Rabbi Israel Becker at Cong. Chofetz Chayim. Sundays, 7:15 a.m.; MondayFriday, 6:15 a.m.; Saturdays, 8:15 a.m. 7477780 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 AM (also KAPR and KJAA), Sundays at 9 a.m. Feb. 11, Dave Schlossberg, pianist, arranger and composer, on his CD/MP3 “A Place Beyond Words: New Visions of Classic Jewish Melodies.” 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. Women’s Academy of Jewish Studies “Women's 40Day 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 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. Temple Emanu-El mah jongg, Mondays, 10 a.m. 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 to Becky at 296-3762 or 5:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Shabbat dinner with Bilgray Memorial Lectureship scholar-in-residence Ambassador Rabbi David Saperstein. $40. RSVP required at 327-4501. 7:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Bilgray Memorial Lectureship Shabbat sermon by Ambassador Rabbi David Saperstein, “Israel’s Three Most Vital Challenges: Peace, Equality, and the Battle for Religious Freedom and Tolerance in Israel.” 327-4501.

Saturday / February 10 NOON: Temple Emanu-El Bilgray Memorial Lectureship Rabbi’s Tish with Ambassador Rabbi David Saperstein, “Economic Justice: Testing the Morality of our Nation.” Bring dairy or vegetarian dish for potluck. 327-4501. 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 For information, contact Mitch Karson at 577-7879.

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ONGOING 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. Jewish sobriety support group meets Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m. at Cong. Bet Shalom. “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 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 7950300. Integral Jewish Meditation with Brian Schachterwith Rabbi Stephanie Aaron of Congregation Chaverim. At the Tucson J. Free. RSVP to Andrea Siemens at 795-0300 ext. 2365, or asiemens@ 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 11 AM: Jewish History Museum Jewish pioneer cemetery tour. With Barry Friedman at Evergreen Cemetery, 3015 N. Oracle Road (enter at Ft. Lowell). $10. RSVP to 670-9073 or museum@ 11 AM: Tucson J presents “Inside Writing a Mystery: A Reading” with local author Jerry Sonenblick. There will be a drawing for three free paperbook books. Free ebooks are available upon request before the event. A free print book will be given for the best answer to the question: Of what value was the author’s visit to the diamond center in Brussels? RSVP encouraged. Contact Barbara Fenig at 299-3000. 2-4 PM: Temple Emanu-El Sunday Salon: Introduction to Jewish Genealogy with Barbara Mannlein. 327-4501. 3 PM: Cong. Or Chadash Sundays at the movies, “Annie Hall.” Popcorn provided. $3 donation at the door. 512-8500. 3-4:30 PM: PJ Library and Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging “Tea with Bubbies & Zaydies @3!: An Intergenerational Challah-Making Experience.” Bring your

Brooks, Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., at Cong. Bet Shalom, free. Temple Emanu-El Needlecraft Group with Ariana Lipman and Rosie Delgado. Second Tuesdays, through May 8, 2-4 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. 299-3000. 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, 7 p.m., at the Tucson J. Learn to sing in Hebrew. Contact Rina Paz at 3047943 or 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. Shalom Tucson business networking group, second Wednesdays, 7:30-9 a.m., at the Tucson J. 2993000, ext. 241, or Cong. Anshei Israel gentle chair yoga with Lois Graham, Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Members of Women’s League, $6 per class; nonmembers, $8 per class. Contact Evelyn at 885-4102 or

Chabad Tucson lunch and learn with Rabbi Yehuda Ceitlin, Wednesdays, 12:15 p.m. at Eli’s Deli. 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. Tucson J canasta group. Players wanted. Thursdays, noon. Instruction available and a beginners’ table every week. Call Debbie Wiener at 440-5515. Temple Emanu-El Jewish Novels Club with Linda Levine. Third Thursdays, through May 17, 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 yzbecker@ Beth Shalom Temple Center of Green Valley art exhibit, “Ancient and Contemporary Symbolism of the Hebrew Alphabet” by Lynn Rae Lowe, through March 4. 648-6690. Tucson Jewish Community Center Fine Art Gallery art exhibit, “95: Henry Koffler,” through Mar. 15. 2993000.

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

Jewish History Museum/Holocaust History Center art exhibit, “Invisibility and Resistance: Violence Against LGBTQIA+ People,” 564 S. Stone Ave., through May 31. Wed., Thur., Sat. and Sun., 1-5 p.m.; Fridays, noon-3 p.m. 670-9073 or

grandparents or special guest for story time and challah making. Contact MaryEllen Loebl at 5779393.

6:45 PM: Cong. Chaverim book club discusses “Beautiful: The Life of Hedy Lamarr” by Stephen Michael Shearer. 320-1015.

Monday / February 12 1 PM: Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging lecture, “What do I say?” Rabbi Helen Cohn of Congregation M’Kor Hayim provides guidance on visiting the sick. 2221 N. Rosemont Blvd. Contact Nanci Levy at or 322-3632. 4 PM: Arizona Center for Judaic Studies Sally & Ralph Duchin Campus Lecture Series presents “The Land Rights of Women in Ancient Israel,” by Don Benjamin, Ph.D., professor at Arizona State University. At UA Hillel, 1245 E. 2nd St. Free. 626-5758 or

Tuesday / February 13 2 PM: JFCS book reading, “To Tell Our Stories: Holocaust Survivors of Southern Arizona,” with local survivors, at Joyner-Green Valley Library, 601 N. La Canada Dr. Contact Raisa Moroz at 795-0300, ext. 2214 or

Wednesday / February 14 6:30-8:30 PM: The Tucson J Jewish Jazz Connection Series with The Robin Bessier Band - From Rio with Love: An Evening of Bossa Nova Music. A dance floor will be set up. Members, $12, non-members $15. 299-3000.

Friday / February 16 11:30 AM Jewish History Museum/Holocaust History Center gallery chat. 564 S. Stone Ave. 670-9073 or 1-2:30 PM: The Tucson J Rosh Chodesh Adar. Join the J and volunteer at Ben’s Bells Project, 40 W. Broadway Blvd. Contact Jennifer Selco to arrange transportation from the J. Suggested donation $5. 299-3000. 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, 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; additional adults (age 13+) $10 each. RSVP by Feb. 12 at 745-5550 or 6:30 PM: Cong. Or Chadash Shabbat Service, led by 5th grade. 512-8500. 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/ February 17 9 AM: Cong. Or Chadash Shabbat Hike at Pima Canyon Trail with Rabbi Thomas Louchheim. Meet in the parking lot. Bring sack lunch, water and sunscreen. 512-8500. NOON: Cong. Anshei Israel Targum Shlishi, “The Ethics of Intellectual Property.” Free. Call Rabbi Robert Eisen at 745-5550, ext. 230. 12:45-2 PM: “Talking Tachles with Chen and Tamir.” “Straight talk” from the Weintraub Israel Center’s shinshinim (Israeli teen emissaries) on “The 2011 Israeli Tent Protest or Why Cottage Cheese Costs More in Israel.” At Congregation Bet Shalom. Part of a series hosted at various organizations. 577-1171. 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 arizona.

Sunday / February 18 9:30 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel Men's Club breakfast, “World Wide Wrap.” Wrap tefillin with fourth, fifth, and sixth graders. Men’s Club members free; guests $4. Contact Mark Levine at 548-5471 or 10 AM - NOON: 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 for availability to Karen Graham at or 647-8469. 3:30 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel 2nd Annual Hamentaschen for Hunger. Make take-and-bake hamantaschen, crafts. $18. Proceeds divided between the Tucson Community Food Bank, LEKET (national food bank of Israel) and CAI’s youth programs. RSVP by Feb. 12 at 745-5550 or 7 PM: Chabad Tucson presents Mrs. Eva Schloss, Anne Frank’s stepsister, Holocaust survivor and author. Marking the 70th anniversary of “The Dairy of a Young Girl.” $25. At the Tucson J. Tickets at

Monday / February 19 5:30 PM: The Tucson J Sparks Cheer Team will perform at the junior flag-football “Rachmanus” Bowl, between the 5:30 and 6:45 p.m. games. Contact Allison Wexler at awexler@tucsonjcc. org. 7 PM: Arizona Center for Judaic Studies Shaol & Louis Pozez Memorial Lectureship Series presents “Israel as a Jewish & Democratic State,” by Rachel Fish, Ph.D., professor at Brandeis University. Free. At the Tucson J. 626-5758 or 7-8:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Taste II: Another Bite: Jewish in America with Rabbi Batsheva Appel. Helps those who have a modest knowledge of Jewish life to better understand American Judaism. Continues Feb. 26 and March 3. $25; includes snacks and two Jewish music CDs. At the Tucson J. Register with Abby at 327-4501 or

Tuesday / February 20 NOON-1 PM: Cong. Or Chadash book club discusses “Karolina’s Twins” by Ronald Balson. 512-8500. 7-9:30 PM: JFCS presents the film “Denial.” The true story of Deborah Lipstadt, a professor of Holocaust studies at Emory University who was sued for libel in a British court by a Holocaust denier. Free. At the Tucson J. 209-2435.

Wednesday / February 21 7-8:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El class, “You Have a Way with Words,” with Carol Wechsler Blatter. Learn strategies and techniques. No previous writing experience necessary. Continuing March 7, 14, and 21. Members, $25; nonmembers, $30. To register, call 327-4501.

Friday / February 23 NOON-1:15 PM: The Tucson J Shabbat Lunch & Learn, “Fiddler on the Roof Behind the Scenes: A Daughter Speaks” with Neva Small, who played Chava in the film adaptation. Behind the scenes exploration of the making of the movie from its origin as the Tevye stories by Sholem Aleichem to the filming of the critically acclaimed and historically important film. $10, lunch included. 299-3000.

Saturday / February 24 1:30-3:30 PM: Secular Humanist Jewish Circle Lecture, "Reading the Text of our Genes: What DNA tells us about the history of Ashkenazi Jewish populations," with Ariella Lupu Gladstein, a doctoral student in ecology and evolutionary biology at the UA. Free. Bring a snack to share. Woods Library, 3455 N. First Ave. RSVP to Jacqui Saltz at 722-5652 or 5:15 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Hadassah Southern Arizona Shabbat celebrating HSA’s 106th birthday at Mincha, Ma’ariv and Havdallah services. Hadassah members attending Third Meal, RSVP by Feb. 15 to Margo Gray at 298-8831 or

Sunday / February 25 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 3985360. NOON-3 PM: Loft Cinema presents, “The Fiddler on the Roof Sing-A-Long with Neva Small” Wear your best Fiddler-inspired costume for a pre-show contest, judged by Small, who played Chava. Free glow sticks to use during the movie. Loft members and children, $10, general admission $12. 2-4 PM: Temple Emanu-El Sunday Salon: Jews of the Adriatic and Points East with Adrea and Stu Berger. 327-4501.

Monday / February 26 7 PM: Arizona Center for Judaic Studies Shaol & Louis Pozez Memorial Lectureship Series presents “1948: Three Votes That Made Israel,” by Martin Kramer, Ph.D., professor at Shalem College, Jerusalem. Free. At The Tucson J. Free. 626-5758 or judaic.

UPCOMING Wednesday / February 28

5 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel “Purim Pandemonium” Party followed by the “WHOLE” Megillah at 6:13 p.m. Free. RSVP by Feb. 23 at 745-5550 or

Saturday / March 3

11 AM-1:30 PM: Interfaith Community Services presents “Empty Bowls,” benefitting the ICS food banks. $25 includes one handcrafted bowl, unlimited soup samples and two desserts. At Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, 1288 W. River Road. Tickets at

Friday / March 9

5-7:30 PM: Secular Humanist Jewish Circle Shabbat service, with Joan Adler, author of “For the

Sake of the Children,” discussing letters found in 2007 between Nathan Strauss Jr. and Otto Frank, Anne’s father, about trying to get his family out of Holland. Potluck dinner. RSVP for directions to Dee at 299-4404 or deemorton@

Thursday / March 29

7 PM: Ninth Annual Cindy Wool Memorial Seminar on Humanism presents “One Man’s Quest to Change the Way We Die” with Dr. BJ Miller. $18 includes coffee and dessert (free for medical students). RSVP by March 22 at or call Karen Graham at 577-9393, x 8469. Preceded at 5:30 p.m. by VIP Reception. $108 includes dinner, seminar and parking in 2nd Street Garage. At UA Student Union, 1330 E. University Blvd.


Jewish Federation-Northwest chair yoga with a Jewish flair taught by Bonnie Golden. Mondays, 1011 a.m. $7 per class or $25 for four. 505-4161 or Chabad of Oro Valley Torah and Tea for women, with Mushkie Zimmerman, Mondays, Feb. 19-March 26. 477-8672 or 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

Tuesday / February 13 6 PM: Jewish Federation-Northwest “A Polish Jew’s Story of Survival” with Pawel Lichter. He will speak on surviving the Nazi invasion of his hometown of Rypin, Poland and revisiting

Rypin as a part of the 2017 March of the Living trip from Tucson. Free. RSVP to 505-4161 or

Friday / February 16 5 PM: Chabad of Oro Valley Shabbat service and dinner. RSVP at 477-8672 or rabbi@

Thursday / February 22 10-11:30 AM: Jewish Federation-Northwest Kibbitz and Schmear, at 190 W. Magee, #162. Free. 5054161 or

Monday / February 26 5 PM: Jewish Federation-Northwest and Hadassah book club discusses “The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane” by Lisa See. At 190 W. Magee, #162. 505-4161 or

UPCOMING Thursday / March 1 NOON: Chabad of Oro Valley Purim Party, Megillah reading, entertainment and hamantaschen. Oro Valley Community and Recreation Center, 10555 N. La Canada. 477-8672 or


7-8:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El presents Spiritual Awakening through Integral Jewish Meditation with Brian Yosef Schachter-Brooks. Continues March 5 and 12. To register call 327-4501. February 9, 2018, ARIZONA JEWISH POST


OBITUARIES Sheldon Silverman

Martin Rosenthal

Martin Halpern

Sheldon Silverman, 91, died Jan. 8, 2018. Mr. Silverman was born in Chicago and had lived in Tucson since 1992. He served in World War II as a private in the U.S. Army Air Corps. In 1950, he graduated from Roosevelt University in Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in sales and marketing. He was the regional sales manager for Goody for 22 years. He and his wife were members of a photography club and traveled the world taking pictures. Survivors include his wife, Shirley; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. A celebration of Mr. Silverman’s life will be held at The Forum of Tucson, 2500 N. Rosemont Blvd., on Sunday, Feb. 11, at 2 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Americans United. Arrangements were made by Adair Funeral Homes, Dodge Chapel.

Martin Rosenthal, M.D., 69, died Jan. 14, 2018. Dr. Rosenthal grew up in Akron, Ohio, graduating from Buchtel High School, Indiana University and Ohio State Medical School. He left the Midwest and ventured west to Phoenix, eventually settling in Tucson, where he spent many years as an emergency room doctor at St. Mary’s Hospital. In the 1980s, he built a log home on eight acres he bought in Telluride, Colorado. Survivors include his wife, Julie Powers of Maui, Hawaii; sisters, Robin Rosenthal of Tucson and Ruthellen Fein of Portland, Oregon; brother, Bennett Rosenthal of Orlando, Florida, and step-son, Gabriel Powers of Minneapolis. The first of three celebrations of his life was held Jan. 21 in Maui, where he resided in the winter. The second will be in Tucson on Friday, March 30 at 4 p.m. at the home of a family friend, and the third will be at Dr. Rosenthal’s home in Telluride, on Thursday, June 14. Contact Robin at for more information. Memorial contributions may be made to Planned Parenthood of Tucson, the Southern Poverty Law Center or the Democratic Party of Colorado.

Martin Brent Halpern, 78, died Jan. 21, 2018. Mr. Halpern grew up in Tucson and was valedictorian at the University of Arizona before earning his Ph.D. in physics from Harvard and doing postdoctorate studies at the University of California at Berkeley and Princeton University. He was awarded a postdoctoral NATO fellowship at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, among other honors. A theoretical physicist, he was a professor at UC Berkeley and a visiting scholar at CERN and the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen. After retirement, he returned to Tucson. Mr. Halpern is survived by his wife, Penelope Halpern; daughter, Tamar Halpern of Los Angeles; and one grandson. Services were held at Evergreen Mortuary with Rabbi Batsheva Appel of Temple Emanu-El officiating, followed by interment in the Temple Emanu-El section of Evergreen Cemetery.

Harriet Grace Hirsch Harriet Grace (Soshnick) Hirsch, 83, of Tucson died Jan. 20, 2018. Born in New York City, Mrs. Hirsch attended Bronx Science High School, went on to Skidmore College where she majored in psychology, and received a master’s in education from Columbia University Teachers College. She was a teacher in New York and Gopinger, Germany. In 1962, shortly after returning to the United States, she and her husband, Robert Hirsch, settled in Tucson. Mrs. Hirsch returned to teaching as a special education teacher in the 1980s. Mrs. Hirsch was preceded in death by her husband, Robert. Survivors include her children Julie (Brian) Hills of Tucson and David Hirsch of San Tan, Arizona; and four grandchildren. Services were held at Evergreen Mortuary, followed by interment in the Temple Emanu-El section of Evergreen Cemetery, with Rabbi Thomas Louchheim of Congregation Or Chadash officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Congregation Or Chadash, 3939 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85718; Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090-6011; or Literacy Connects, 200 E. Yavapai Rd, Tucson, AZ 85705.

Harvey Spivack Harvey K. Spivack, 86, died Jan. 25, 2018. Mr. Spivack graduated from Forest Hills High School and Cornell University. He was a real estate developer in Nassau County, Long Island, New York. A Tucson resident for 47 years, he was a past president of the Tucson Museum of Art and member of Friends of Western Art. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Rica; children, David (Tina) Spivack of Roslyn, New York, and Ellen (Paul) Schifman of Scottsdale, Arizona; brother Stuart (Clair) Spivack of Roslyn; and five grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Arizona Cancer Center, Rica and Harvey Spivack Endowed Fund for Cancer Research, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, AZ 85724-5018.

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Alan Winner Alan Martin Winner, 100, died Jan. 25, 2018. Lt. Col. Winner was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and graduated from Forest Park High School. He worked at May Company, studying nights at University of Baltimore Law School to become an attorney and practiced law for three months before he was drafted into the Army Corps as a legal clerk. After Pearl Harbor he volunteered for cadet school. Signing a waiver because of uncoordinated vision, he became a navigator and second lieutenant but was grounded a few months later by a physician who learned the waiver had not been approved. He went to intelligence school and served in England, France and Belgium plotting the missions the airmen flew and acting as attorney in serious court martial cases. He spoke some German and went to Germany with the Army of Occupation. After his discharge, he worked as an attorney and studied accounting on the G.I. bill. He passed the CPA exam, but was recalled to active duty with the advent of the Korean War. He and his wife, Sylvia, traveled to military bases and factories from Newfoundland to the Panama Canal during his military career with the USAF auditor general group. Retiring after almost 30 years of service, he worked for some of the companies he had audited while in the military. Lt. Col. Winner was active in the Military Officers Association, Jewish War Veterans and in the synagogues at the places he was stationed. Survivors include his wife, Sylvia; his daughters, Nancy (Abe) Rosin of Tucson and Paula (Jay) Russo of Ithaca, New York; five grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren. Graveside services were held at East Lawn Palms Cemetery with Rabbi Avraham Alpert of Congregation Bet Shalom officiating.

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Archer Thomas Martin, son of Bruce and Linda Martin, formerly of Tucson, will celebrate becoming a bar mitzvah on Saturday, Feb. 10 at Temple Beth Ami in Rockville, Maryland. He is the grandson of Jerry and Betty Martin of Springdale, Arkansas, the late Viretta Novotny of Anchorage, Alaska, and the late David Novotny of Portland, Oregon. Archer attends Tilden Middle School in Rockville, where he is in the jazz band and on the basketball team. He also plays Amateur Athletic Union basketball. For his mitzvah project, Archer is volunteering at Leveling the Playing Field, a Silver Spring, Marlylandbased nonprofit that gives underprivileged children the opportunity to enjoy the mental and physical benefits of youth sports participation.

A photograph by TUCSON HEBREW HIGH student JEREMY LEVINE is featured in a dedicated exhibit at Beit Hatfutsot – The Museum of the Jewish People in Tel Aviv, which runs through May 2018. Levine’s photograph, “The Meaningful Meal,” was selected as a winning entry in The Jewish Lens@ Beit Hatfutsot Photo Competition, in partnership with renowned Israeli photographer Zion Ozeri. Submissions came from Israel and nine countries across Europe, South America and North America.

ORI GREEN (left) and ORAIA REID have joined the JEWISH COMMUNITY F O U N DAT I O N OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA. Green, a legacy officer for the JCF, has lived in Tucson since the 1980s. For the past three years, she served as Tucson’s Jewish community concierge. Reid, a JCF marketing and legacy officer, moved to Tucson from New York City, where she was the founding executive director of a nonprofit called RightRides for Women’s Safety from 2004-2012. She returned to college in 2012 and graduated from Columbia University in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in urban studies. THE TUCSON JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER has appointed JOSH SHENKER as director of children, youth and camping services. Shenker graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in Judaic studies and nonprofit management. He was the camp director at the Weinstein Jewish Community Center in Richmond, Virginia, for four years. JEWISH FAMILY & CHILDREN’S SERVICES will receive a grant from The Jewish Federations of North America through its Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care. When combined with matching funds, the award will enable $94,227 in new programming for survivors, including a Russian-speaking behavioral health care practitioner for survivors from the former Soviet Union.

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Local artist PATRICIA BISCHOF has donated a mixed media art piece, “A Yarn of the Southwest,” to the Oro Valley Public Library for its permanent art collection. Bischof received her BA from Prescott College, with a minor in art.

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Super Sunday outreach Ronnie Sebold, chair of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona’s 2018 Community Campaign, makes a call at the Federation’s Super Sunday phonea-thon on Jan. 28. At the annual event, 130 phone and clerical volunteers reached out to community members, garnering more than 350 pledges and donations to the campaign, which supports humanitarian and educational programs in Tucson, Israel and around the world. More than 40 pints of blood were donated through the Super Sunday Red Cross blood drive.


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