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Cindy Wool Seminar to focus on doctor-patient conversations DEBE CAMPBELL AJP Assistant Editor


he 10th Annual Cindy Wool Memorial Seminar on Humanism in Healthcare, honoring a decade of encouraging compassionate care, will be held next month. Dr. Danielle Ofri, an internist, acclaimed author and one of the foremost speakers about the doctor-patient relationship, will discuss the topic of her latest book, “What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear,” also the title of her latest book. “Patients and health professionals alike are dissatisfied with most medical encounters,” Ofri told the AJP. “But they typically attribute this to the time crunch rather than to communication. Partly, this is because we mostly

Dr. Danielle Ofri

think of communication as ‘bedside manner.’ One of the reasons I wrote ‘What Patients Say, What

Doctors Hear’ is to emphasize that the conversation between the patient and health professional is the single most powerful tool in medicine — bar none — and that we need to give it its due. Doctors have to make sure they focus on it and patients have to expect it — or even demand it, if necessary.” The event honors Cindy Wool, the wife of Dr. Steven A. Wool, who died in 2008 at age 54 from acute lymphocytic leukemia. Her memorial promotes compassionate and empathic relationships between patients and their caregivers. The event on Monday, March 25 is co-sponsored by the Maimonides Society of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona and the University of Arizona College of Medicine. The seminar has 10 years of

longevity, which is amazing, says Nancy Koff, Ph.D., this year’s seminar co-chair, along with Steven Wool and Dr. Hillel Z. Baldwin. Koff is a former senior associate dean for medical student education at the UA College of Medicine. “This is a special program for the 10th anniversary for a lot of reasons. To my knowledge, this is the only community-based seminar focused on enhancing compassionate care. Some prominent medical schools and foundations offer this opportunity but to have it based in the Federation and community is remarkable.” Most participants are community-based caregivers, which also makes it unique, she adds. “And, the connection with the College of Medicine and Health Sciences See Wool, page 2

At new JFSA event, exploring how we grow from pain, healing DEBE CAMPBELL AJP Assistant Editor


uccess teaches us very little, other than to keep doing the things that we have already been doing with our lives,” says Rabbi Steve Leder, who Newsweek magazine twice named as one of the 10 most influential rabbis in America. “It is only pain that can disrupt us in a way that leads to real spiritual growth.” Transformation through suffering will be Leder’s topic at the Rabbi Lee A. Kivel Lecture on Jewish Life, part of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona’s new “Together in Jewish Learning” program on Wednesday, March 6. “Pain is the great teacher, the great opportunity to change our

lives,” Leder continues. “The Talmud says, ‘If you are visited by pain, examine your life.’ That examination can lead us all to lives that are wiser, gentler and more beautiful than before.” Leder’s book, “More Beautiful Than Before,” “is about recovering from suffering and isolation, healing and growing from that healing,” says Rabbi Thomas Louchheim of Congregation Or Chadash, one of the event’s organizers with the Synagogue-Federation Dialogue. “While this is not what we will all face personally, it parallels what our communities suffer.” Leder has great insights into human nature and has important things to say about the Jewish community, Louchheim says, referencing a new documentary film that features Leder, “Re-

Rabbi Steve Leder

storing Tomorrow,” about Jewish communities throughout the country dying and scattering.

Leder’s talk, “More Beautiful Than Before: How Suffering Transforms Us,” is one part of the new program, which replaces the JFSA’s long-running Culture Shuk. The program’s second half will feature a selection of 10 breakout sessions offered by local rabbis. “The Culture Shuk model was very successful,” says Louchheim. “But we thought we’d try something different; having a scholar speak on his latest book and all the following breakouts be related to this topic.” Leder is the senior rabbi of Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles. Serving more than 2,400 families at three campuses, it is one of the largest congregations in the United States. He is the author of such critically See JFSA, page 2

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Center is wonderful. We honor that.” As a physician practicing at New York’s Bellevue Hospital, Ofri speaks with the authenticity of direct engagement on the front lines of medical care. On a daily basis, she confronts the major medical issues of our time without losing focus on the individual patient. Ofri’s unique voice and perceptiveness help unravel the complex layers of modern medicine. An amateur cellist, Ofri sees a link between music and medicine. “One thing about the cello — and all stringed instruments — is that there is no marking for the notes, as you have for a piano or flute. You can only tell you have the right note by listening intently until you know,” Ofri says. “You have to ‘squint’ with your ears. To me, there is a strong parallel to medicine. Patients don’t walk in the door with their diagnoses pinned on their shirts. We have to’“squint’ to listen intently to our patients to figure out what is wrong and also to offer the compassion that is so crucial for healing.” Ofri writes regularly for the New York Times about medicine and the critical connection between doctor and patient. Her previous books include “Singular Intimacies: Becoming a Doctor at Bellevue,” “What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine,” and “Medicine in Translation: Journeys

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acclaimed books as “The Extraordinary Nature of Ordinary Things,” an Amazon #1 best-seller, and “More Money Than God: Living a Rich Life Without Losing Your Soul.” His newest book became the #6 best-seller on Amazon in its first week and has received widespread attention. “Jewish tradition and experience has much to teach us about transforming our pain and suffering into its own, unique blessing, without trying to justify the pain itself,” Leder says. “I do not mean to imply that our suffering is worth what we gain from it, but neither is it worthless. We all at some point have to walk through hell, but the point is not to come out empty handed.” Leder receives significant feedback from people who attend his lectures and sermons, and read his new book. “The emails and letters, the conversations and meaning that the book has helped to create are among the most gratifying things in my entire life. To know that my words have eased the suffering of another is a blessing

with My Patients.” Special recognition this year will go to Dr. Sandra Gold, the seminar’s founding speaker. With her late husband, Dr. Arnold Gold, she is co-founder of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, whose programs such as the White Coat Ceremony and Solidarity Day for Compassionate Care promote health care professionalpatient relationships based on caring, personalization, and mutual respect. “Ofri’s first book was so compelling. It is the seminal piece for me of how it feels to be a physician and serve an underserved population; how they maintain compassion and their mission to care,” says Koff. At noon on March 25, Ofri will deliver a special lecture for the Arizona Health Sciences Center on campus, “A Singular Intimacy: Connecting the Bridge Between Healthcare Professionals and Patients.” It is free and open to health sciences students, faculty and professionals on the UA campus. The Medical Humanities Program will provide box lunches. To register, contact emelamed@email.arizona.edu. The evening seminar begins with a cocktail reception at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m., at the Tucson Marriott University Park Hotel, 880 E. Second St. VIP reception tickets are $100. The keynote address is at 7 p.m. Participants can opt for the seminar with coffee and dessert for $18. Medical students may attend at no cost. For tickets, visit www.jfsa.org/ cindy-wool or call 647-8468.

and a gift of the most beautiful kind,” he tells the AJP. Along with Louchheim, rabbis slated to participate in the breakout lectures include Stephanie Aaron, Congregation Chaverim; Batsheva Appel, Temple Emanu-El; Avraham Alpert, Congregation Bet Shalom; Israel Becker, Congregation Chofetz Chayim; Yehuda Ceitlin, Congregation Young Israel; Helen Cohn, Congregation M’kor Hayim; Robert Eisen, Congregation Anshei Israel; Billy Lewkowicz, Tucson Hebrew Academy; and Sandy Seltzer, Institute for Judaic Services and Study. The lecture is funded by the Rabbi Lee A. Kivel Endowment Fund, held at the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona. The fund was established by Jane Kivel with a gift to the Jewish Federation to support Jewish community learning initiatives in memory of her husband. Advance registration for the 7-9:15 p.m. event at the Tucson Hebrew Academy, 3888 E. River Road, is $5 until March 4, at www.jfsa.org/ jewishlearning2019. Registration at the door, for $10, opens at 6:30 p.m. A dessert reception and book signing will follow the program.

LOCAL Museum dialogue will put refugee history, current events in context


“brunch and learn” program next month, hosted by the Jewish History Museum, pairs noted author and Stanford professor Steven J. Zipperstein with Mark Hetfield, the chief executive officer of HIAS, a national refugee protection agency, for an interactive community dialogue. “The program, ‘Learning from the Past, Rising to the Moment,’ will pair two dynamic speakers whose work aligns well with the work of our museum,” says Bryan Davis, the museum’s executive director. “As part of the program, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a community conversation with Hetfield and Zipperstein.” Rather than view history as a closed chapter, Davis says, the museum approaches history from a position that purposefully explores links between the forces that animated events in the past and the ways those same forces fuel the social and political movements of our time. Zipperstein won the Economist’s Best Book of the Year Award and was a

finalist for the National Jewish Book Award for History for “Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History.” It details the rampage that broke out in Kishinev in Steven J. Zipperstein late-Tsarist Russia in April 1903, which has been called “nothing less than a prototype for the Holocaust itself.” During three days of violence, 49 Jews were killed, 600 raped or wounded, and more than 1,000 Jewish-owned houses and stores ransacked and destroyed. “As I write in the first chapter, I revisit the 1903 pogrom in an effort to sort through it so as to better understand the tragedy itself and what was made of it over the course of more than a century,” Zipperstein told the AJP. “Whether cited explicitly or not, the Kishinev pogrom continues to provide a well-thumbed road-map that retains the imprimatur of history. Such accounts are bolstered

by the use of evidence recalled endlessly, but such evidence is at best imperfect and — at its worst — not evidence at all.” Zipperstein is Stanford UniverMark Hetfield sity’s Daniel E. Koshland Professor in Jewish Culture and History. He taught at universities in Russia, Poland, France, and Israel, and for six years taught Jewish history at Oxford University. He directed the Taube Center for Jewish Studies at Stanford, 1991-2007. He is the author and editor of eight books and numerous articles. Hetfield tells the AJP he will discuss the current global refugee crisis and explore how Jewish values and history call for response. He was appointed president and CEO of HIAS in 2013, following a 25-year career in refugee and immigration law, policy, and programs, much of it at HIAS. Hetfield led HIAS’ transfor-

mation from an organization focused on Jewish immigrants to a global agency assisting refugees of all faiths and ethnicities. HIAS currently is a major partner of the United Nations Refugee Agency and the U.S. Department of State. Since its inception, HIAS has helped resettle more than 4.5 million people. “Over the last year, the number of refugees and displaced people across the world has grown to more than 68 million — more than any time in history,” he says. “Because of our history and our values, the Jewish people have a unique connection to these most vulnerable people. This is made all the more critical by the recent crisis at our southern border, and the reduction of the number of refugees admitted to the United States in 2019 to an unconscionably low number.” The “Learning from the Past, Rising to the Moment” brunch is Friday, March 1, 10 a.m. to noon at the museum, 564 S. Stone Ave. Seating is limited and the cost is $18. To register, visit www. jewishhistorymuseum.org/events or call 670-9073.


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LOCAL Lecture, photo display to spotlight Israeli humanitarians


achel Wallace will present “Humanitarian Heroes Around the World” as the Weintraub Israel Center’s Gertrude and Fred Rosen Memorial Lecture next month. The free lecture marks the launch of a monthlong photo exhibit at the Tucson Jewish Community Center, “Stories of Courage and Resilience.” The Tucson J will host the lecture in partnership with the WIC, a program of the J and the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona. Wallace is the outreach and engagement director for The Israel Forum for International Humanitarian Aid (IsraAID), a non-governmental organization that responds to emergencies worldwide with targeted help. The rescue organization works in emergency and long-term development in 47 countries. Wallace will discuss the ways Israeli know-how makes IsraAID successful. “IsraAid responds to disasters and crises around the world,” says Jennifer Selco, the J’s Jewish Life and Learning director. “Rarely, if ever, do we hear the stories or see photos of these missions. The Tucson J is proud to host this IsraAID photo exhibit to bring awareness to Israel’s global humanitarian assistance and the role that Israelis play in restoring and bettering people’s lives. IsraAid does this, not by mandate from outsiders, but because Israel values life for all.” The annual Rosen Memorial Lecture was established SIGN UP FOR PJ LIBRARY and each month your Jewish child age 6 months to 8 years will get a FREE Jewish book or CD in the mail. Go to www.jewishtucson.org.

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An IsraAid volunteer helps Syrian refugees come ashore on the island of Lesbos, Greece.

by Sidney M. Rosen and Frances Knowles, in tribute to their parents’ involvement in and devotion to their community. The lecture is Monday, March 11 at 5:30 p.m. at the Tucson J. Hors d’oeuvres will be served. RSVP is required at israelcenter@jfsa.org.The photo exhibit runs March 1029. Free transportation via Handi Car is available to seniors through the JFSA Transportation Grant. To register before your first ride, call Beverly at 577-9393. SIGN UP FOR PJ OUR WAY The newest chapter of PJ Library for kids age 9-11! Choose a free book each month. Go to www.pjourway.org

LOCAL Genealogy sleuth to share photographic clues


va Cohn, aka Sherimportant records,” she says. lock Cohn, will pres“Not only can you see what ent “Clued-In: The your ancestors looked like, Stories are in the Details” at which is enormously exciting, the March 10 meeting of the but you’ll find clues about Southern Arizona Jewish Getheir relationships, their lifenealogy Society, 1 p.m. at the style choices, even sometimes Tucson Jewish Community what physical ailments they Center. had. There are lots of clues Ava Cohn Cohn specializes in the if we know how to look for dating, identification, and inthem and how to interpret terpretation of family photographs. She them. is the only recognized photo expert to “Photographs also are tremendously concentrate almost exclusively on Jewish powerful tools in reconnecting with lost photographs, using a multidisciplinary family,” she adds. Cohn recently discovapproach that combines knowledge of ered a new branch of her own family immigrant and European cultures and because someone sent her a photo for traditions along with research-based analysis that turned out to be a photofashion, family histories, and vital re- graph of her great-grandfather and her cords to tell the stories within our heir- great uncle and his family. loom photographs. Cohn is a graduate of Brandeis UniShe has an extensive knowledge of versity and has studied decorative arts, period fashions and hairstyles, decora- art history, and costume history at the tive objects, furniture, cars, and other Victoria and Albert Museum, London. items found in old photos, as well as She is a member of the Association of turn-of-the-century photography meth- Professional Genealogists, The Geneaods and studios in locales in the United logical Speaker’s Guild and the Jewish States and Europe. Additionally, she has Genealogical Society of Illinois. She has the ability to match facial characteristics presented at numerous International for photo identification. Association of Jewish Genealogical So“I first became interested in geneal- cieties conferences and other venues, ogy and photography as a child. I was and has published in Avotaynu: The Inone of those geeky kids who, when other ternational Review of Jewish Genealogy kids were outside playing on a nice sum- and other publications. mer day, I’d be inside looking at the old Admission is free for SAJGS memphotographs of my family. They fasci- bers and $5 for non-members. For more nated me,” says Cohn. information, contact Andy Rosen at “Perhaps photographs are our most arosen2@cox.net or 237-6470.

Northwest bus trip to examine border status


earn more about what’s happening along the Arizona border with an informative trip south. The Ruth and Irving Olson Center for Jewish Life in the Northwest and Hadassah Southern Arizona will sponsor a bus journey to the border Tuesday, March 12. Stops will include Humane Border’s water station in Arivaca and the border fence on the U.S. side of Nogales. During the journey, guest speakers will update travelers on the current border and migrant situation: Dinah Bear is a lawyer and president of Humane Borders; Laurie Melrood is a social worker currently assisting migrants sheltered at Tucson’s Benedictine Convent who are

awaiting asylum proceedings. A local expert will speak to participants at the border. Participants will not cross the border. Travelers will stop for lunch at Wisdom’s Café in Tumacacori, with time for shopping in Tubac prior to return to Tucson. The journey is $40 per person, including water, snacks, bus fare and driver tip. Individuals will purchase their own lunch. There are two Tucson departure points: Trader Joe’s parking lot at Oracle and Magee at 8 a.m.; and the Tucson Jewish Community Center at 8:30 a.m. Return drop-offs are 4:30 p.m. at the J and 5 p.m. at Trader Joe’s. Reserve a spot by March 7 at www.jfsa. org/borderbustrip or call 505-4161.

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COMMENTARY This Eurovision contender showed how Israel has failed its religious Jews RABBI SHLOMO BRODY JERUSALEM beloved group of Israeli musicians, the Shalva Band, recently made the tough decision to give up a musical chance of a lifetime rather than risk being asked to desecrate the Sabbath. The group, which is comprised of musicians with various disabilities and diverse religious commitments, could not get assurances from the European Broadcasting Union that they would be able to avoid having to perform their Eurovision dress rehearsals on Shabbat. This is quite ironic, since the annual song contest includes “Inclusion, Diversity, and Unity” as a headline on its official website. The Shalva Band’s remarkable self-sacrifice for Shabbat service is worthy of great admiration — and a sad moment for religious liberty. Beyond the missed opportunity for an inspiring group to represent Israel on the world stage, the incident says something larger about religion in the Israeli and European public squares. After Netta Barzilai won the 2018 Eurovision, dictating that the following year’s


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The Shalva Band had a shot at becoming Israel's representative at the Eurovision contest.

competition would be hosted in her native country, Israeli politicians quickly ran to insist that the event would take place in Israel’s capital, Jerusalem. This was seen as a great symbolic victory against the cultural boycotts regularly launched against Israel from Europe. Yet the same leaders soon realized that hosting a major cultural event over Friday and Saturday would not be viable in Jerusalem given the city’s religious sensitivities. So Tel Aviv was chosen, which many Europeans preferred anyway, since they did not want to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

But it seems that no one in the government stopped to think what would happen if a religious contestant wanted to compete in the international competition. Israeli politics are dominated frequently by talk of alleged religious coercion. In the past year alone, for example, the ruling coalition nearly collapsed over disputes about open mini-markets and construction work on bridges over Shabbat. While some coalition members argued that shops should stay closed and construction should be halted in order to preserve the status quo, others lamented that such actions violated civil rights by imposing religious restric-

tions on shop owners and laborers. Yet with all of this talk of “freedom from religion,” the right to “freedom of religion” sometimes gets overlooked. In March, the government decided to extend permits to allow Israeli professional soccer matches to take place on Shabbat, in consonance with long-standing practice. This, however, was in spite of the fact that over 300 players from the top-tier leagues requested to find alternatives to Shabbat games, garnering significant support from the Israeli public. Some of these players asked haredi Orthodox politicians to intervene, given their ongoing protests against government work on Shabbat. Yet no one was willing to rock the boat on this issue. Instead we are left with a situation in which secular mini-market owners feel threatened if they keep their stores open on Shabbat while traditional or religious soccer players feel compelled to play on the holy day. Israeli politicians often battle over symbolic measures rather than ensuring adequate accommodations for both religious and secular citizens. Does this “status quo” make sense? Not from the perspective of those who pride See Eurovision, page 8

Conservative Judaism: Reassessing numbers from the 2013 Pew survey RABBI ALAN SILVERSTEIN


ewish decision-makers and funders in Israel, the United States, and around the world in part shape allocations and the dispensing of positions of influence on the basis of demographic studies. When

interpretations of these studies are misapplied, too often pivotal policy mistakes are made. Jack Wertheimer’s “The New American Judaism” offers a fresh assessment of the oft-cited 2013 Pew data, refreshed by hundreds of interviews with local rabbis and

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lay leaders. Wertheimer calls into question some commonly held conclusions derived from Pew. In particular, he addresses harmful misunderstandings of the current state of Conservative Judaism. Wertheimer begins with a quotation from Israeli journalist Yair Ettinger, due to conversations with “a spectrum of American Jewish religious leaders.” Ettinger concludes that “Conservative Judaism is a synonym for failure.” This damning assessment is based upon Pew’s declining numbers of Conservative Jews [only 18 percent of 6.8 million American Jews]. Wertheimer offers a cautionary tale. He opens the door for a re-assessment of Pew. First, the Pew numbers should be reexamined. The 2000 National Jewish Population Survey pointed to 1.2 million selfidentified American Conservative Jews. The 2013 Pew revealed an identical number. This is not growth but neither does it represent a dramatic decline. Yes, the overall percentage of Americans who identify as Conservative Jews has declined from the high 20s in 2000 to 18 percent in 2013. Most of that decline is due to Pew’s expanded definition of who should be counted. The 5.3 million American Jews of 2000 “grew” to nearly 6.8 million in 2013. Due to immigration of Jews into the

United States? No. Due to increased birth rates? No. The “growth” was caused by expanding to 1.4 million the category of so-called “Jews of No Religion.” If you restrict the Pew analysis to the 5.4 million “Jews by Religion,” 26 percent self-identify as Conservative Jews [only slightly lower than 2000]. Similarly, 29 percent of American synagogue members are Conservative Jews [only slightly below the margin of error relative to the 33 percent in 2000]. Who are these “Jews of No Religion” in the Pew study? Fifty-seven percent were raised as Jews of No Religion. Another 5 percent were raised only partially as Jewish by Religion. Twenty-eight percent were raised as “Jewish aside from religion.” Twenty percent were raised as Christians. Three percent were raised in some other non-Jewish religion. Sixty-seven percent currently are raising their children “as not Jewish in any way.” Three quarters did not identify with any denomination in Judaism. Of the minority who do self-identify, almost all call themselves “Reform.” It should be no surprise that very few [6 percent] of these 1.4 million folks identify as Conservative Jews. Second, don’t lump Conservative See Pew, page 10

LOCAL Storyteller to perform ‘A Land Twice Promised’


toryteller Noa Baum is or a settler. The experience of an Israeli who began a our compassion in the midst heartfelt dialogue with of passionate argument proa Palestinian woman she met pelled me to create ‘A Land while living in the United Twice Promised.’ Our converStates. Baum grew up in Jerusations reminded me of Gene salem under the generational Knudsen-Hoffman’s words, shadow of the Holocaust and ‘an enemy is one whose story ongoing wars. Past stories we have not heard.’ I wanted Noa Baum and fear of wars from the ’60s my listeners to connect with through the ’80s shaped her identity and our experience of discovery and comperceptions. The Palestinian woman had mon ground.” grown up under Israeli occupation, also Baum has spoken for diverse audiencin Jerusalem. They came from very dif- es of all ages, including the World Bank, ferent worlds. U.S. Defense Department, The Kennedy An unlikely friendship bloomed as Center, AARP, prestigious universities they shared memories of the war years. including Hebrew University in JerusaBaum wove their stories and shared lem, inner city schools, and congregamemories into “A Land Twice Promised tions of many faiths, in Turkey, Sweden, — An Israeli Woman’s Quest for Peace,” Israel, the United Kingdom, and the which combines honesty, compassion, United States. and humor as she documents the drama “Noa Baum is a masterful storyteller,” of war and her discovery of humanity in says Gerda Weissmann Klein, a Holothe enemy. She will share those memories caust survivor and author of “All but My and their mothers’ stories in a presenta- Life.” “She has an important story to tell. tion Saturday, March 2, 7:30 p.m. at the Her message is an inspiration and a pathTucson Jewish Community Center. way to all who yearn for peace.” “I’d had Palestinian colleagues before, Baum’s presentation is appropriate for but never a friend from the West Bank,” ages 12 and up. The cost is $10. For inforsays Baum. “Until we met, she had never mation or reservations, contact Jennifer known an Israeli who wasn’t a soldier Selco at 299-3000 or jselco@tucsonjcc.org.

Inclusion topic for professional training at J


he Special Abilities and Inclusion Initiative, in partnership with the Tucson Jewish Community Center, is offering a free daylong professional development opportunity next month through Matan, a New York-based organization. Matan advocates for the inclusion of diverse learners and educates Jewish leaders, educators, and communities, empowering them to create learning environments supportive of children with special needs. On Sunday, March 24, from 9:30 a.m.3:30 p.m., the Tucson J will host four trainers from Matan, who will present two pro-

fessional development tracks. Track 1 will be designed for administrators, agency executives, and departmental directors, while Track 2 will be designed for direct service providers like teachers and camp staff. The event will include an interactive opening address, breakout sessions, and lunch. The special abilities initiative is funded in part through a grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona and Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona Aligned Grants Process. To register, contact Allison Wexler, special abilities coordinator, at awexler@ tucsonjcc.org.

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themselves on supporting religious liberty. A more sensible approach would be doing everything we can for Israelis of different religious commitments to participate together in sporting and cultural events, especially when they are taking place within the country and under internal control. In the case of Eurovision, Israeli officials woke up too late to fight for religious accommodations. Miri Regev, the culture and sport minister who was originally adamant that the competition should be held in Jerusalem, wrote an impassioned letter asking for European intervention. Noting the organization’s ethos of diversity and inclusion, Regev pointedly wrote, “I am thus greatly concerned about the implications of strictly abiding by the rule of live performance on stage since it effectively prevents observant Jews, in Israel and elsewhere, from ever participating in the Eurovision Song Contest. Surely, you understand that such a result is the complete opposite of the lofty, humane and inclusive democratic spirit, which has made the Eurovision Song Contest such a powerful cultural phenomenon worldwide.” The unwillingness of the European organizers to help says volumes about the direction of European inclusion. Eurovision receives much praise from groups like Human Rights Watch for its LGBT inclusion. Noting that a previous Israeli participant, Dana International, was the first transgender woman to win the award in 1998, Human Rights Watch exclaimed, “Her landmark victory was sweet revenge on everyone who said they felt ashamed

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that a transgender woman would represent a country at Eurovision.” Last year’s competition, which included several LGBT participants, showed countries like Russia that “LGBT people are not second-class citizens.” One wonders, however, if Human Rights Watch and other human rights groups will come to the defense of the rights of the religious to participate in this event. I suspect not. The Shalva Band has now been offered to perform during an early stage of the contest, but not as competitors. While a nice gesture, this is the epitome of being a second-class citizen. Are the regulations of the Eurovision so rigid that they cannot be slightly altered to incorporate one group? It’s hard to imagine other minority groups being excluded like these religious participants have been. Ultimately, the shame rests with Israel for not doing more to ensure inclusion of religious participants in cultural and sports events. Partly to Regev’s credit, Israeli sports associations and unions have recently been required to make “reasonable” accommodations for inclusion of religious players. Unfortunately, no one thought to make the same request from the organizers of Eurovision from the outset. It seems that some have forgotten the more basic duties of government: to ensure the liberties of its citizens, including those who want to maintain religious observance while remaining in the public sphere — and on the stage.

Rabbi Shlomo Brody is the director of the Tikvah Overseas Students Institute and author of A Guide to the Complex: Contemporary Halakhic Debates, which won a 2014 National Jewish Book Award.. The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the AJP or its publisher, the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona.

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tudents, parents, volunteers, faculty and staff, sponsors, and friends will gather in March to celebrate 10 years of “Making a Difference Every Day: The Homer Davis Project.” The project is a collaboration of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona’s Jewish Community Relations Council, the Jewish community, and Tucson corporate partners and volunteers. Ten years ago, JCRC adopted Homer Davis Elementary School in Flowing Wells School District. At the time, 87 percent of its students were receiving free or reduced-cost meals, a common measure of poverty in the education system. In Tucson, 24 percent of children live below the poverty level, according to American Community Survey estimates. The program primarily helps with “hunger and homework with a heart,” says Mary Ellen Loebl, project coordinator for the past nine years. It provides about 30 volunteers to the school on a regular basis to help after school with homework, as designated in-classroom assistants focused on improving reading skills, and to pack food bags. Other volunteer projects have created a community garden, refreshed outdoor landscapes, and created murals. There are ongoing drives and additional support for school supplies, toiletries, teacher materials, individual snacks, and for every student, spirit shirts and backpacks. Many of the 100 volunteers over the years remain with the program today, but the volunteer level far exceeds the century

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mark. “It would be in the thousands if we counted everyone who contributed to all the food and supply drives,” says Loebl. “We started out by providing weekend food packs for 20 students,” she says. These food packs supplement the students’ nutrition over the weekends, on school holiday breaks, and during summer school. “Now, we are serving nearly 100 students in so many more ways,” Loebl says. Over the course of the program, more than 27,000 students have been touched with generosity. The Arizona Education Association Foundation recognized the program with a “Partners

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Jews into an arbitrary category of “non-Orthodox Jews” [90 percent of American Jewry]. Wertheimer draws upon his previous posting [“The Pew Survey Reanalyzed”], written in collaboration with Steven M. Cohen. Cohen/ Wertheimer had pointed to “a denominational gradient” among American Jews [e.g. Ultra-Orthodox, Modern Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Jews of No Denomination, Jews of No Religion]. The pattern is clear: greater intensity of Jewish living yields higher levels of Jewish identification. Cohen/Wertheimer assert, “… if we take non-Orthodox Jews as a whole, there has been a striking decline in Jewish activity or commitment among those under the age of 50. But when we compare specific denominations of the non-Orthodox, we find striking differences in levels of Jewish engagement. In fact, those differences [among denominations] are more pronounced among younger Jews than among their elders…” Wertheimer and Cohen pointed out that the most intensively Jewish engaged “Non-Orthodox” are self-identified Conservative Jews. As stated once again in “The New American Judaism,” “On every measure of religious participation, Conservative Jews today score higher than all other Jews except the Orthodox.” Wertheimer asserts: “They [Conservative Jews] are the most likely to attend religious services with some regularity, to observe Jewish holidays in their homes, and to put a strong emphasis upon Jewish education.” Similarly, Wertheimer notes that “more than any other non-Orthodox group, Conservative Jews give to Jewish causes, support Jewish organizations, travel to Israel, and socialize primarily with Jewish friends…. Much of Jewish organizational life, moreover, is beholden to Conservative Jews working as professionals and volunteer leaders and investing themselves in the needs of the Jewish people.” Wertheimer adds that “nor is it true that the majority of local Conservative congregations are floundering… Unquestionably, congregations [not just Conservative] have experienced a decline in membership [reflecting the aging of Baby Boomers born between 1946 and 1964]… [Yet] in the face of these hard realities, energetic [Conservative] synagogue leaders, clergy and board members alike, have sprung into action.” Additionally, the Jewish identity behavior among Conservative Jews remains impressive. A re-examination of Pew data reveals that 98 percent of self-identifying Conservative Jews are “proud” to be Jewish. Ninety-three percent feel that “being Jewish” is “important” to their lives. Ninety percent regard Israel as “an important part of being Jewish.” Eighty-eight percent express “an emotional attachment to Israel,” especially the 56 percent who have visited Israel. Four out of 10 selfidentifying Conservative Jews attend religious services at least one time per month. Fifty percent of these Jews are


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current synagogue members. Cohen and Werthimer conclude, “it is blindingly clear that so-called liberal [non-Orthodox] Jews are not all the same. … Large gaps open between those raised Conservative and those raised … [in Reform and other Liberal denominations as well as those raised in No Denomination]: when it comes to levels of attachment to Israel, participation in religious life, joining Jewish organizations, and having mostly Jewish friends …” They observe that “Jews select and remain in a particular denomination because its ethos conforms to their own self-understanding and style of Jewish living. If anything, that tendency has grown over time.” In his new book, Wertheimer’s research confirms that “for the preponderant majority of affiliated Conservative Jews, what they seek is a style of service and a certain ambiance [Traditional and Egalitarian]…. a different balance of tradition and change than in [more Liberal] temples.”

Much of Jewish organizational life is beholden to Conservative Jews working as professionals and volunteer leaders In contrast to other non-Orthodox groups, Wertheimer found that “a significant minority of synagogue members affiliated with Conservative congregations incorporate religious observances into their lives. Significant numbers mark the Sabbath weekly in some way and roughly one third claim they observe kosher laws at home [as compared to 7 percent of Reform Jews]. … Conservative synagogues also tend to include a higher proportion of people who have basic synagogue skills and an understanding of how Judaism works … most apparent in the dozens of congregants found in many Conservative synagogues who are able to lead the Hebrew services, read Torah and chant the Haftorah.” Third, Pew misleads the reader when it asserts that only 11 percent of “Jewish” young adults (20s and early 30s) currently self-identify as “Conservative.” This misleading number climbs right away to 15 percent once “partially Jewish young adults [not raised exclusively as Jews]” are removed from the calculation. Of the remaining 85 percent, a plurality of these young adults self-identify as “Just Jewish.” Why? Are they permanently rejecting future synagogue involvement? No. For many this is an issue of “stage of life.” Conservative synagogues have been structured to serve families once children arrive. Yet, even more than in 2000, “non-Orthodox” Jewish young adults are marrying and having children later and later. More than 50 percent in the 25-39 age range currently are single. They are prolonging what sociologist Robert Wuthnow calls the “Odyssey Years”: seeking a mate, a career, a community, the start of family, and so forth.

Few of these “non-Orthodox” young men and women as yet self-identify with any denomination. Yet as noted by Jonathan Sarna of Brandeis, a substantial number will join Conservative congregations once they marry and do have children and seek a community. “Klal Yisrael” [“Just-Jewish” identity] is part and parcel of the Conservative movement. Conservative Jews serve as the backbone of UJA, AIPAC, Israel Bonds and Jewish communal organizations. Another misleading claim by Pew pundits is that Conservative Jews are “old” in contrast to Reform Jews being “young.” In fact, the median age of Conservative Jews is 55, Reform Jews 54, and Jews in general 50. Wertheimer’s data reveal that “in comparing Conservative-raised to Reform-raised individuals in this age group, we find that the former are far more likely to fast on Yom Kippur; twice as likely to belong to a synagogue and to feel being Jewish is very important to them; three times as likely to send their children to day schools; four times as likely to light Shabbat candles usually; and five times as likely to maintain what they regard as a kosher home.” Here Wertheimer’s new book offers “a bombshell” demographic prediction. “The New American Judaism” assesses that “the positive effects of a Conservative Jewish upbringing are most dramatically evident among the younger population of Jews, those 30 to 44 years old.” Consequently, Wertheimer points out that “data derived from the Pew study suggest that there may even be a reversal in the numerical decline [of Conservative Judaism’s numbers]. … Looking at the distribution of synagogue members, Conservative-identified Jews lagged behind their Reform counterparts in the population over 55, but among those between 40 and 55, Conservative and Reform are roughly neck and neck, and among those [synagogue members] between 25 and 39, the peak child years, more Conservative Jews are synagogue members.” The Pew study data needs to be reanalyzed. It must not be permitted to create a false reality upon which communal policy and allocations are misapplied. In actuality, among 2.1 million Conservative/Masorti Jews worldwide, 1.2 million are American Jews. These folks comprise 26 percent of America’s “Jews by Religion,” 29 percent of synagogue members. They perform best among all nonOrthodox Jews, based upon all measures of Jewish identity. This is not a sign of “failure” but rather of playing a vital role in support for Israel, and for American Jewish institutional life and future.

This article first appeared as a Times of Israel blog. Rabbi Alan Silverstein, Ph.D. has been the religious leader of Congregation Agudath Israel in Caldwell, New Jersey, since 1979. He served as president of the International Rabbinical Assembly of the Conservative Movement and the World Council of Conservative/ Masorti Synagogues, chair of the Foundation for Masorti Judaism in Israel, and currently directs Mercaz Olami. His books include “It All Begins with A Date: Jewish Concerns About Intermarriage” and “Alternative to Assimilation: A Social History of the Reform Movement in American Judaism, 1840-1930.” The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the AJP or its publisher, the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona.

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“We started out by providing weekend food packs for 20 students. Now, we are serving nearly 100 students in so many more ways.”

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he 11th Annual Tucson Festival of Books will be held March 2 and 3 on the University of Arizona campus. With hundreds of authors participating each year, the AJP traditionally highlights several Jewish writers who will be presenting authors. Ed Asner Brenda and Bill Viner, Jewish community members who helped co-found the festival, gave the AJP a hand in selecting the following list, which is by no means exhaustive: Ed Asner — The eight-time Emmy Award-winning actor and political activist’s book is “The Grouchy Historian: An Old-Time Lefty Defends Our Constitution Against Right-Wing Hypocrites and Nutjobs,” co-authored by Ed Weinberger. Noa Baum — Born in Israel, Baum is an award-winning storyteller and public speaker who performs internationally for diverse audiences of all ages. Her new book is “A Land Twice Promised — An Israeli Woman’s Quest for Peace.” (See related story, page 7) Jillian Cantor — The Tucson-based author’s new novel, “In Another Time,” due out March 5, takes her historical fiction into new realms. Cantor’s previous books include “The Lost Letter,” “The Hours Count,” and “Margot.” David Itzkoff — A culture reporter at the New York Times, Itzkoff has written “Robin,” a biography of Robin Williams, the comic genius who committed suicide in 2014. Itzkoff is also the author of “Mad As Hell: The Making of ‘Network’ and the Fateful Vision of the Angriest Man in the Movies.” Rachel Kadish — Kadish’s most recent novel, “The Weight of Ink,” won a National Jewish Book Award, the Julia Ward Howe Fiction Prize, and the Association of Jewish Libraries’ Fiction Award. David Kaplan — As the former legal affairs editor of Newsweek, he covered the Supreme Court for a decade. Author of the New York Times best-seller “The Silicon Boys”; “The Accidental President,” an account of the 2000 election; and “Mine’s Bigger,” about the largest sailboat in

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in Education Award” in 2018. Local community and business supporters including Truly Nolen Pest Control, Wells Fargo, National Bank of Arizona, and the Hopper Family Foundation provide grants and funds. The program invests up to $30,000 annually on food, in collaboration with the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. Roche Tissue Diagnostics staff, other groups and individuals provide volunteers to help package and deliver food. The greater Jewish community also is committed to Homer Davis with select congregations providing food for and packing the holiday boxes. The celebration event will focus on three areas, says Loebl. A nutritionist will address healthful eating; local children’s book illustrator Michelle Shapiro will lead an activity; and participants will plant seedlings for the community garden. Homer Davis Principal Lyle Dunbar will be the keynote speaker.

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— Mary Ellen Loebl “The JFSA is a wonderful partner,” says Dunbar. “They are truly committed to the success of our students and community here at Homer Davis. Their commitment to the well-being of our students’ physical and psychological needs is incredible. I make one phone call to Mary Ellen and the JFSA comes to the rescue. I appreciate all they do for us.” The 10th Anniversary Celebration will be Sunday, March 31 at 2:30 p.m. at the Harvey and Deanna Evenchik Center for Jewish Philanthropy, 3718 E. River Road. For information or reservations go to www.jfsa.org/ homerdaviscelebration2019 or email pjlibrary@jsa.org. February 22, 2019, ARIZONA JEWISH POST


Camps & Summer Plans Longtime camper draws on memories to make summers special at Camp J ALEXANDRA SHARON PERE AJP INTERN

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laying “Ga-Ga ball” is a camp tradition that Josh Shenker, the Tucson Jewish Community Center’s director of child, youth and camping services, looked forward to every year he returned to summer camp at the JCC in Houston. The game starts with a ball thrown into the “pit,” a ringed octagonal area where the campers hit the ball with their hands, attempting to eliminate other players by hitting them below the knees. The last one standing is the winner. Shenker smiles and his blue eyes open wide with excitement as he explains the game’s intensity. His father had always worked at JCCs, so he began going to summer camps when he was fairly young. From preschool onward, Shenker participated in JCC camps. He spoke mostly about his experience at the JCC in Houston. “In Houston the bulk of my friends, I met at camp or we went to camp together,” he says. Shenker stayed at the Houston JCC camp until ninth grade, then he transitioned into being a counselor-in-training

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at the JCC in Richmond, Va. “I worked at camp every summer because I loved it,” he continues. “Throughout the course of a summer, everyone can come together in a close-knit group and it’s very insular, it feels like you’re almost in your own little bubble.”

He describes his experience with the campers and staff in overwhelmingly positive tones, but Shenker didn’t think he would make camp his career. He began college with the goal of getting a “real job” in the field of exercise science. Yet, Shenker made a life-chang-

Archery is one of many activities at Tucson’s Camp J.

ing decision during his freshman year. “Once I had a reevaluation of what my priorities were and what my passion was, I realized that camp was it for me,” he says. He set a goal of becoming a director for the JCC camp in Richmond, and


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graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in Judaic studies and nonprofit management. He held the camp director position in Richmond for four years before moving to Tucson. As Shenker leans back in his office chair, he reveals a tattoo on his right forearm: a black outline of a campfire. Shenker explains that camp helped him throughout his life and provided him with the skills to succeed professionally. “I think summer camps are uniquely positioned to offer opportunities for kids to grow and learn about themselves, about each other, about the world,” he says. Shenker is a strong proponent of summer camps for the development of children. He says that camps give children the ability to strengthen skills such as communication, resilience, problem-solving, and conflict resolution. “I think that at camp, because there is a less structured environment, they learn way more social skills than they do at a structured school environment,” he says. Shenker is constantly working toward making Camp J an all-inclusive experience, incorporating new trends

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Josh Shenker (top right) as a camper at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston

with traditional camp values. “As soon as the first day that camp starts, that’s when the planning begins for the following summer,” he says. From the first day he’s looking to see what needs to be improved, but Shenker is excited for this summer and how it will pan out with a new type of camping experience. “I am really excited to see how our specialty choice program plays out, this is the first year we are doing it,” he said. Campers will have different specialties to choose from each week such as STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities, martial arts, cheerleading, improv, and higher-level cooking classes. Shenker is keen to give campers the ability to make their own experience, allowing them the freedom to choose what they want to do each week. “We provide all those things in a safe and open environment. We’re open to all and everyone,” he says. For more information about Camp J, visit www.tucson jcc.org or call 299-3000.

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urim, which falls this year on March 21, is one of the most exciting holidays on the Jewish calendar, yet its signature food, hamantaschen, can be bland and disappointing. Pastry chef Paula Shoyer is on a mission to transform these triangle-shaped pastries from boring to tantalizing. The author of four bestselling cookbooks, including “The Holiday Kosher Baker,” Shoyer says, “I want Jews to celebrate holidays with the desserts their ancestors ate, yet improve upon the traditional recipes. Thanks to social media, bakers often showcase their creations and hamantaschen have become an Instagram hit.” For Purim, Shoyer offers a variety of sweet and savory hamantaschen flavors, including baklava, granola, vanilla bean and spanokopita (a spinach filling). Here is her recipe for salted caramel hamantaschen. For more, visit www.thekosherbaker.com. Salted Caramel Hamantaschen (Dairy) Yields: 4 dozen hamantaschen Dough 3 large eggs 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil 1 teaspoon orange juice 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon black pepper 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting parchment and dough Caramel Filling 1 cup sugar 2 tablespoons water 1/2 cup whipping cream 2 tablespoons unsalted butter ½ teaspoon salt

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To make the caramel, place the sugar and water in a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan. Cook on mediumhigh heat until sugar melts. After several minutes, the sugar will start to color. Stir the mixture so all the sugar browns. When it is a uniform amber color, turn heat to low, remove saucepan from heat and add the cream. The mixture will bubble up. Add the butter and salt and stir. Return to the heat and cook for one minute,

or until mixture is smooth. Remove from heat, transfer to a bowl and let cool. Chill in the fridge for at least a half hour to thicken the caramel. Store in the fridge for up to five days. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line two large cookie sheets with parchment. You will bake in batches. In a large bowl, mix together the eggs, sugar, oil, and orange juice. Add the baking powder, pepper, and flour and mix until the dough comes together. I like to use my hands for this because it kneads the dough well. Divide the dough in half. Take another two pieces of parchment and sprinkle flour on one, place one dough half on top, and then sprinkle a little more flour on top of the dough. Place the second piece of parchment on top of the dough and roll on top of the parchment until the dough is about 1/4-inch thick. Every few rolls, peel back the top parchment and sprinkle a little more flour on the dough. Use a glass or round cookie cutter about 2 to 3 inches in diameter to cut the dough into circles. Place a little less than a teaspoon of the filling in the center and then fold in 3 sides to form a triangle, leaving a small opening in the center. Pinch the 3 sides very tightly. Place on the prepared cookie sheets. Repeat with the rest of the dough and re-roll and cut any dough scraps you have. Place the cookie sheets in the freezer for 10 minutes; this helps the hamentaschen hold their shape and not open up while baking. Bake for 12 to 16 minutes, or until the bottoms are lightly browned. Slide the parchment onto racks to cool the cookies. If desired, drizzle any remaining caramel over the cookies. Store covered with plastic or in an airtight container at room temperature for five days or freeze for up to three months.

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Cash-out refinancing may sound great but can turn into a costly mistake BRANDPOINT

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fter years of making regular mortgage payments, it feels good to watch your net worth make upward progress. That is especially true if your house is also gaining value. With a growing amount of equity comes peace of mind, knowing you have the option of tapping into it when you want. Whether it is time for a new roof or you need to consolidate debt, you may see a traditional cash-out mortgage refinance as the ideal tool to access the money you need. However, if you are considering a cash-out refi, you may be unaware of some of the pitfalls, or you may not know about the alternative solutions that might work in your financial favor. With a cash-out refi, homeowners can borrow against the equity in their home by taking out a new mortgage loan. This new loan includes the original loan balance and the additional amount borrowed against the equity.

“On the surface, a cash-out refi loan appears to be the better option because these tend to have better interest rates compared to other types of loans, especially credit cards and personal loans,” says Wendy Harrington, chief marketing officer at Figure Technologies, a company that offers lending solutions to homeowners. “How-

ever, these can end up costing more than homeowners expect, and it’s important to take time to understand what comes with the territory.” Harrington explains three things all homeowners need to consider before they opt for a cash-out refi loan: Interest rates are fluctuating: After en-

joying historical lows, mortgage interest rates have recently approached 5 percent, the highest in eight years, according to the Washington Post. With a cash-out refi, homeowners face trading their lower interest rate for a higher one. Less convenient than other loan products: The application and approval process for a cash-out is anything but efficient, thanks to time-consuming activities like property appraisals and in-person closings. In all, the loan process can take anywhere from 30-60 days. Additional fees: Borrowers often don’t realize that cash-out refis come with closing fees for such things as appraisals, title searches and credit reports, adding another layer of cost to the loan. A smarter solution that can potentially spare borrowers thousands in interest cost, according to Harrington, is a home equity loan. Instead of starting over with a new mortgage, you’d simply take out a separate loan against the equity in your property. See Cash-out, page 20


LONG REALTY, A BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY AFFILIATE “It’s all about helping people, to see faces light up as a family walks into their new home, or says a fond farewell to their former home as they head out for a new adventure.” Since 1980, Madeline has been a full-time real estate professional in Tucson, including having been named the No. 1 agent at Long Realty numerous times, a vice president member of the Executive Council, a member of the Long Million Dollar Club since 1981. She is currently a member of The 1926 Circle of Excellence-Platinum level. She consistently generates over $25 million in sales each year. She is considered “the family REALTOR®,” assisting multiple generations of the same family. Rumor has it that she only represents luxury properties. Allow us to set the record straight … from condos to castles, Madeline is your real estate connection! Giving back to the community is one of Madeline’s mantras. She was awarded Long’s prestigious Sam Woods Award for her exemplary community service, which includes board member of Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona and Congregation of Anshei Israel, vice chair of Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona Women’s Philanthropy, charter member of Long Realty Cares Foundation, supporter of Magee Middle School Odyssey of the Mind club and Redington Volleyball Club. Madeline is always available for your Real Estate needs, or just a friendly visit.

Madeline Friedman, Vice President, ABR, CRS, GRI, CMRS

(520) 296-1956 Cell: (520) 907-4141 TucsonHomeFinder@aol.com • www.TucsonAZHomes.com ADVERTORIAL

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SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC In today’s world where you’re being bombarded with email, social media ads, and internet-based “players,” wouldn’t you prefer to be treated like a person? Like the individual you are with unique plans and goals? Wouldn’t you prefer compassionate, personal, high-touch service? Todd listens to uncover and understand your needs. He provides outstanding service by timely responding to calls and emails, as well as being personally available. Todd has integrity — he plays fair and does what he says he is going to do. He executes through proactive anticipation of problems and identifying solutions. Todd communicates respectfully, openly and honestly. He utilizes technology to streamline the process to save you time and effort. Todd is a licensed professional who takes his responsibilities seriously. Couple this high degree of service with Sunstreet Mortgage, he says, “you are promised a super-awesome experience.” 3275 W Ina Rd, Suite 155, 85741 (520) 331-LEND • Cell: (520) 331-5363 loans@tucsonmortgages.com www.tucsonmortgages.com

Todd Abelson, Licensed Mortgage Professional

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This option lets you keep your mortgage interest rate. To make things more clear, here’s a comparison of how the two loans could affect a homeowner like you. Let’s say you took out a $175,000 mortgage six years ago at 3.625 percent interest. After making monthly payments of $798, your balance is $153,365. Now you are looking to do some renovations and pay off some credit card debt, and you need to borrow $75,000. With your home valued at $300,000, there’s more than enough equity. With a cash-out re-fi loan, you would “reset” your mortgage balance at $228,365 with an interest rate of, say, 5.75 percent interest. That brings your monthly payment to $1,333, but in 30 years, when the mortgage is paid off, total interest comes to $287,225 (that’s the interest you paid on your original mortgage and the interest you’ll pay with the refinanced loan). With a $75,000 home equity loan, you may receive a higher rate, but it applies to a

much smaller loan amount. If you secured a home equity loan at 9.0 percent APR, your monthly payment for your mortgage and equity loan combined would be slightly higher at $1,559. However, the term of your equity loan is 15 years, and your mortgage is still on track to being paid off in 24 years. In all, your total interest payments come to $174,238 (original mortgage plus home equity loan). Bottom line: In this scenario, a home equity loan comes out as the better financial decision, because not only would you finish paying six years earlier, you would save $112,987 in interest alone. Home equity loans maybe be available for 5, 7, 10, and 15 years at a fixed rate. If you’re looking to access the equity in your house to help you complete a home improvement project or consolidate your bills, taking time to know your options can potentially save you thousands of dollars. Figure has built a calculator to show how much you could save using a Home Equity Loan PLUS instead of a cash-out refi. Calculate your potential costs and savings at www.Figure.com/cashout.


LONG REALTY, A BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY AFFILIATE You might call Jill Rich a bell-ringer. As a top-performing REALTOR® since 1981, she’s rung more doorbells than she can count. As a volunteer for the Salvation Army, that’s Jill with the kettle and the bell. Since the 1980s she’s been ringing alarm bells to build attention and support for humanitarian relief, refugees, Jewish issues and other critical needs. Along the way Jill has been a foster parent and adoptive parent, mentored refugees, worked with the homeless and written grants for children’s health care for the American Red Cross, worked with people with HIV, and more. So how does this help Jill as a REALTOR? Why should you hire Jill to help you buy or sell a home? Her answer is: “Because I know how to care effectively.” Her knowledge of Tucson’s many neighborhoods comes with being involved in the lives of the people who live there. She has a strong business background from her time as a business owner, management-level volunteer and real estate veteran. Evidence of her effectiveness isn’t hard to find. She’s been honored as Long Mortgage Top Company Performer and achieved the Top 5% award as well as being named Tucson Citizen of the Year. Jill is successful because she gives every client the same effort that she gives her humanitarian work. For Jill, there are no boundaries in caring for people. And that’s what she does. Jill Rich, GRI, CRS, ABR 20

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1890 E. River Rd. 85718 • (520) 349-0174 jbr@dakotacom.net • www.jillrich.longrealty.com ADVERTORIAL

Concerned about see-sawing mortgage rates? Borrowers have options STATEPOINT

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hile mortgage interest rates remain near historic lows, they had been slowly rising over the third quarter of 2018, increasing the cost of 30-year loans for borrowers. If rates rise again, home buyers have other options to consider: an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM), which provides an initial lower monthly payment, or a 15-year fixed rate mortgage, which has a higher monthly payment but reduces the amount of interest paid over the course of the loan. A shot in the ARM An ARM typically starts out at a lower interest rate than the classic, 30-year fixed rate. After an initial period, typically five, seven, or 10 years, the interest rate adjusts over the life of the loan. There are several different types of ARMs, but one of the most popular is the 7/1, which stays at the same rate for the first seven years and then adjusts yearly thereafter.

“After the fixed period, the rate can increase each year, but the good news is that there are caps on how high that rate can go,” says Peter Boomer, head of mortgage distribution for PNC Bank.

“The opposite may also be true: it’s possible the rate will decline if market forces are pointing that way. The best advice is to check with your lender for the details.”

What you need to consider Boomer said it’s important to know how long you expect to be in your home. “The national average is seven years before homeowners sell or refinance, which is why the 7/1 ARM is so popular,” he said. “If you expect to be in a home for fewer than 10 years, then you may want to consider an ARM.” Boomer suggests talking with a mortgage loan officer about whether an adjustable rate may save you money. Many people like the idea of that lower rate to start, while others prefer the peace of mind of a stable rate. For traditional mortgages, refinancing remains a viable option if interest rates fall in subsequent years. “It’s important to remember that mortgage rates rise and fall over time. It may be worth considering an ARM because over time there may be savings, as opposed to the cost of refinancing,” Boomer says. Look at your family, job, future, and See Rates, page 22


LONG REALTY, A BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY AFFILIATE Barbara Bardach knows the North and Northwest areas of Tucson! Not only has she lived in Oro Valley since 2001, she is a resident and member of the Stone Canyon Club in Rancho Vistoso. Her business focus is gated and golf properties in Oro Valley (the “Scottsdale of Tucson”), Dove Mountain (Marana’s resort area) and the Foothills (Tucson’s premier area). A select client base allows Barbara to provide personalized attention, focusing on the quality rather than the quantity of transactions facilitated. Barbara brings a wealth of knowledge and business experience from her 18 years as a Silicon Valley high-tech business development executive. Her negotiation skills ensure buyers and sellers achieve a win-win agreement. As a top Tucson REALTOR®, Barbara knows effective communication is key. She has a unique ability to discern what a client actually desires and to successfully match clients with the best property to ensure their desired Arizona lifestyle is achieved.

David Rosenstein, MBA, Designated Broker, CRS, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, SRES


AMERICAN DESERT REALTY Contemplating the sale or purchase of real estate? You want the peace of mind that comes from working with an experienced professional who will “watch your back.” David Rosenstein is not your typical real estate broker. After obtaining a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis on finance, he worked in accounting for several years, focusing mainly on taxation and business consulting, before obtaining his mortgage lending and real estate licenses. These experiences prepared him to successfully navigate unique and difficult real estate transactions. Now, with over 29 years of professional real estate and lending experience, he considers himself a trusted advisor and educator whose role is to help clients reach their real estate goals. Whether you are looking to sell a home; invest in rental, multi-family, or commercial properties; settle an estate or probate; or just need information, David is the one to call for true peace of mind.

Barbara Bardach

(520) 310-4020 • David@AmericanDesertRealty.com • www.AmericanDesertRealty.com ADVERTORIAL

(520) 742-0303 • Cell: (520) 275-3867 Barbara@bardach.net www.barbarabardach.com February 22, 2019, ARIZONA JEWISH POST


Boost curb appeal with a new garage door STATEPOINT


eplacing a garage door is an upgrade that gives you a great return on investment, according to Remodeling Magazine’s 2019 Cost Vs. Value Report. New color options, which include two-tone, are growing in popularity, and

an expanding array of panel designs can help you work in harmony with your home’s architectural style. This is not just a cosmetic upgrade. A new garage door also has the potential to improve your family’s safety and comfort, providing safety features not found in older models, while reducing heat and cold transfer for lower energy bills.

Jacob Zimet, Licensed Assistant and Jeffrey Zimet, Associate Broker


LONG REALTY, A BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY AFFILIATE Jeffrey Zimet has been serving the Tucson community’s residential real estate needs for more than 30 years. He is a University of Arizona graduate with a bachelor’s degree in social and behavioral science. The Residential Real Estate Council has designated him as a Certified Residential Specialist, a designation obtained by only 3 percent of licensed real estate professionals nationwide. He is specially trained in corporate relocation and buyer representation. Jeffrey’s son Jacob has just obtained his Arizona Real Estate license to help serve their clients even better. Together, they have the resources to serve people who speak Spanish or Hebrew. Their focus in every transaction is to look out for the very best interest of their clients when buying or selling a Tucson or Tucson area property. They are anxious to help you achieve your housing needs and goals. Interview them today. You will be glad you did. 8540 N. Oracle Rd., Tucson, AZ 85704 520-471-5333 (JEFF) • jeffzimet@longrealty.com • www.jeffzimet.com

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goals to decide whether this option makes sense. Your family may grow, you may get a new job and relocate, you may downsize for retirement, or face other changing financial conditions. 15-year mortgage Another alternative is a shorter term fixed-rate loan, the most popular being 15 years.



Since 1992, Carole Levi has provided exceptional service to buyers and sellers alike. While she specializes in Foothills properties, Carole sells in all areas of Tucson. She enjoys working with “snowbirds” as well as first time homebuyers. She believes communication has been key to her success and experience matters. With the long-lasting relationships she has built, it is not surprising that most of her business comes from personal referrals and return clients. Carole moved to Tucson with her family from Columbus, Ohio, in 1976 and has watched our community develop into the thriving city it is today. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Arts degree, is the proud mother of three grown daughters, and has a 14-yearold grandson. Before her career in real estate, Carole volunteered for several years in the non-profit sector of Tucson and continues to give back to the community.

Debbie Evenchik is a trusted REALTOR® with a proven reputation built on over 35 years of real estate experience in the Tucson area. She is among the top producing Coldwell Banker real estate agents — year after year. Debbie is fully knowledgeable in all aspects of real estate marketing, and sales and has an extensive background in real estate finance. Whether her clients are moving up, downsizing, first-time homebuyers or considering retirement living, she is an expert. Debbie has a unique understanding of luxury as well as investment properties. Known for her skilled contract negotiations, and attention to detail, she combines traditional marketing with new and innovative methods. She is never too busy to treat her clients like family. Debbie is a REALTOR for the different stages of your life, providing guidance, outstanding service and advice as you buy, sell or invest.


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According to Boomer, while a 15-year mortgage will have a higher monthly payment than a 30-year fixed, the interest rate is typically lower and you pay back the principle faster, which means you can save money on interest over the length of the loan. “The good news for consumers is that there are many financing options available. Talk to your loan officer to discuss which best fits your situation,” he says. To learn more about borrowing options, visit www.pnc.com.


4051 E Sunrise Drive Suite 101, Tucson, AZ 85718 (520) 299-2201 • Cell: (520) 241-2021 carolel@longrealty.com www.clevi.longrealty.com

Debbie Evenchik, CRS, CRP, Executive Sales Associate ADVERTORIAL

2890 E. Skyline Drive, Suite 250, Tucson, AZ 85718 (520) 349-9630 Debbie@azhometeam.com


LONG REALTY, A BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY AFFILIATE Aletha Kalish has worked at Long Realty for 14 years. Her background in human resource management blends well with the demands of real estate: managing paperwork, adherence to laws and, most importantly, listening and working with clients. Aletha takes pride in helping each client find just the right home and selling the one no longer fitting the client’s needs. Real estate should be a win-win situation for all involved.

Aletha Kalish, ABR

6410 E. Tanque Verde Rd., Tucson, AZ 85715 (520) 918-4854 • AlethaK@LongRealty.com www.alethak.longrealty.com



Danny Plattner

(520) 241-1428 dplattner@sunstreetmortgage.com www.dannyplattner.com

Meet Danny Plattner, the #1 ZILLOW-rated loan officer in Tucson! Since 2004, Danny has helped hundreds to achieve their dream of homeownership. Communication, honesty, integrity, highly competitive rates, and fees, and always providing a smooth transaction are all factors that help Danny earn that rating. Are you looking to buy a house or refinance? Or, do you know anyone who can use his services? If so, contact him anytime at (520) 241-1428. 2840 E. Skyline Dr., Suite 180, Tucson, AZ 85718

Sunstreet Mortgage, LLC, 2840 E. Skyline Dr. #180 Tucson, AZ 85718 CA-DBO223426, NMLS 223426, BR NMLS 256092, AZ BK 0907366, CA RMLA: 41DBO-61255 Licensed by the Department of Business Oversight Under the California Residential Mortgage Lending Act (4131285), Equal Housing Lender

Eric and Nanci Freedberg


Tucson Land & Home Realty is your boutique real estate brokerage, bringing you the expertise of an award-winning custom homebuilder and professional marketer. Custom homebuilders for more than 27 years, Eric and Nanci Freedberg are land and home buying experts. Specializing in marketing and investment, they optimize your presence with website and online marketing exposure. They also provide specialized services in readying your home for sale or for renovations after purchase. They provide Tucson relocation and lot site advisory, Tucson Land & Home Realty delivers unsurpassed personal service from experienced professionals.

CONTACT INFORMATION: Eric: (520) 631-9465 Nanci: (520) 360-9864 tucsonlandhome@gmail.com • www.tucsonlandhomerealty.com


LONG REALTY, A BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY AFFILIATE There’s Only One Robin Sue! Robin Sue is the only REALTOR® to be named Tucson’s #1 Real Estate Agent for 12 years, and the first REALTOR to sell over $50,000,000 including the two most expensive homes in Tucson. Robin Sue takes great pride in having been in the real estate business for 25 years while always adhering to a personal goal of treating each client with honesty, integrity, and professionalism. Most gratifying aspect of her job: “It is very heartening when clients write thank you letters to let me know they are especially satisfied with the services I have provided. When representing clients who are selling a home, I always enjoy the challenge of recommending improvements toward ensuring a quick and profitable sale. When representing clients who are buying a home, I am personally gratified when my buyers find the property of their dreams and I am able to simplify the process.” Robin Sue understands a client’s home is one of the most important investments in a lifetime, and her unparalleled experience, dedication, and knowledge provides her clients an experience that surpasses their expectations. Her efforts have been rewarded by continual referrals and repeat business she has received from satisfied clients. Whether you need to sell or purchase a home, Robin Sue looks forward to working with you.

Robin Sue Kaiserman, Vice President

4051 E. Sunrise Dr. #101, Tucson AZ 85718 (520) 918-5411 • Cell: (520) 907-9805 robinsue@robinsue.com • www.robinsue.com ADVERTORIAL

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NEXTHOME COMPLETE REALTY Kevin has called charming Tucson home for over 40 years. He understands what makes our Southwest city unique. Kevin was a very successful small business owner in the community for 20 years before he decided to pursue his passion for real estate. Clients describe Kevin as honest, conscientious, competent, and considerate. Kevin diligently puts his clients’ needs and visions first. As an agent with NextHome Complete Realty, Kevin’s passion is to support his clients in reaching their real estate goals.

Kevin Sarullo

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235 S. Scott Ave., #101, Tucson, AZ 85701 (520) 429-2291 • ksarullo@icloud.com www.searchintucson.com



Marlo McCartney, Loan Officer

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Marlo McCartney grew up in Tucson and prides herself in being involved with her community. Marlo understands the special needs of each family and has endured challenges herself that make her relatable and easy to work with. As a loan officer at Guild Mortgage Company, Marlo will be sure to provide you with her full attention every step of the loan process whether you are a first time home buyer, expanding, or investing in a property. 1825 E. River Road, Suite 201, Tucson, AZ 85718 (520) 241-4647 • mmccartney@guildmortgage.net www.guildmortgage.com/marlomccartney Company NMLS ID #3274 Individual NMLS#1290282 AZ BK #0018883 AZ LO #0930196 Equal Housing Lender

Solar panels power a home, storing power to alleviate peak-usage charges.



LONG REALTY, A BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY AFFILIATE Jim Jacobs’ tagline is “Experience Matters”. Jim was born and raised in Tucson and knows every peak and valley like the back of his hand. His knowledge of the market is second to none. Nothing could be more important today. Jim has sold more than 1,000 homes in Tucson over the past 25 years. Through all those transactions he has experienced just about every potential issue. Knowing what to do when a challenge arises is the key to a successful real estate closing. A tech-savvy broker with a background in marketing, Jim uses the latest tools, including social media and drone photography. He is an Associate Broker and a member of Long Realty’s top level “1926 Circle of Excellence.” Jim understands that buying or selling a home is one of the most important decisions people make. He respects the personal meaning and magnitude of these decisions and gives each client the time, attention, respect and care they deserve.

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(520) 444-1444 jim@jimjacobs.com www. jimjacobs.com


ith a growing number of homeowners looking to save money on power bills and help the environment, rooftops across America are taking on a new look, as more homes are dotted with solar panels. But it’s important to ask the right questions before installing them on your home. “While there are tremendous benefits to solar energy, consumers should be sure they are working with a qualified provider, getting a quality product that’s customizable, and right for their home

and situation,” says Doug Robinson, CEO of LGCY Power, a solar provider. “There are great resources out there such as SolarProviders.org that will walk you through the process of determining what solar is right for you.” To help make the right decision, Robinson suggests asking your energy consultant the following questions: • What are your credentials? Learn whether you’re working with a company with expertise in the field — how long has it been in business, and how many solar installations has the company performed to-date? You should also do your research about the company’s track



Kristin Graff, left, and Lynn Kline, CRS, ABR, GRI ADVERTORIAL

A Tucson native, Lynn Kline established what is now known as Lynn Kline Realty, Inc. in 1983. Kline’s hard work and professionalism resulted in instant success. Along with her Certified Residential Specialist, Accredited Buyer Representative, and Graduate of Real Estate Institute certifications, Lynn recently obtained her Short Sale and Foreclosure Certification. With success comes the need for supportive assistance. In 1992, Kristin Graff joined Lynn’s team as an executive assistant. Together they have built a very successful real estate brokerage.

(520) 577-7735 • Klinerlty@gmail.com www.tucsonrealestateandhomesforsale.com

record in satisfying customers. • Do you have a national presence? Local operations don’t necessarily have the resources or partnerships with solar panel manufacturers to be successful long-term. Sticking with national companies can be a safer bet. • What financing options are available? One size does not fit all so there should always be multiple options when it comes to financing. In some cases, you can even get solar systems for free. The key is researching options to find what’s best for you and your situation. If there aren’t financing options, that is a sign that you should walk away and find another solar provider. • How long will it take to begin realizing savings on my energy bill? It depends on your market and the size and type of system you get. Some consumers see an immediate savings and some see more long-term savings. On average people can save about 30 percent on their energy bill. There are ways to customize a system that will accommodate the individual needs of most consumers and in some cases, you can even get a solar sys-

tem installed at no cost to you. • Are there tax incentives available? Your energy consultant can help you identify what federal and state tax incentives are available to you. Taking advantage of tax breaks can help make the upfront cost of solar installation more manageable. • Which manufacturers do you use? Ensure the equipment manufacturer will be around long enough to honor its warranties. Find out what brand of panels, inverter, and batteries you’ll receive and if there are third-party reviews or tests of them to verify their quality. • How does maintenance work? Find out how often your system requires maintenance and if it is covered by a warranty. • What are the next steps? What is the process from signing the agreement to installation? How long does this take? Solar energy is not only a smart move for the planet, it’s a smart move for your wallet, with the potential to save your household considerable money over the long run. But making an informed decision is crucial. Ask the right questions for the greatest benefits.


Amy Spencer, CPA, MBA, is an experienced, certified public accountant providing traditional accounting and tax services of the highest quality to her clients. Her educational background begins with two associate degrees in business administration and liberal arts from Pima Community College, where she was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Society International Honor Society. Attending the University of Arizona on an Honors scholarship, she received her Bachelor of Science in business administration, emphasis in accounting. She also has a Master of Business Administration, emphasis in accounting from Grand Canyon University. She worked in the accounting field for several years, focusing mainly on taxation, before obtaining her license as a certified public accountant. She has lived in the Tucson area for over 38 years and has three adult children. Amy is a member of the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants.

2980 E. Fort Lowell Road, Tucson, AZ 85716 • (520) 881-5437 amy@amyspencercpa.com • www.amyspencercpa.com



Jody Raetzman has been happy to serve the Tucson community’s real estate needs since 2012. Tucson has been her home since 1994, when she graduated from the University of Arizona. She has a deep understanding and love for the city. She has created a niche with first time homebuyers in our community and many return for her services when they are ready to sell, relocate, or upgrade. She earned her Senior Real Estate Specialist designation to help people as they transition from different stages of their real estate needs, and will take the time needed to ensure your first, second, or last real estate transaction will be a positive one. Jody is a licensed member of the Tucson Association of REALTORS® and can cover all of Tucson and surrounding areas. “My passion is not only for real estate, but for the people I can help through real estate,” she says.

Avi Erbst has been dedicated to this beautiful community since the day he moved to Tucson. You can often find Avi, his wife, and their three young boys engaged in community events. Avi moved to Tucson from New York City, where he was the operations manager for the largest private ambulance company in the city. After a 13-year career in emergency medical services, he wanted to apply his passion for helping people to the world of real estate. With the ability to stay calm in stressful situations, Avi is able to guide both buyers and sellers with a clear and calm demeanor. Life is full of stresses, but buying and selling a home shouldn’t be one of them. Avi’s goal is to make the process an enjoyable experience. Excellent market knowledge and outstanding customer service makes him the “AVI-ous” choice for all your real estate needs.


Jody Raetzman

Amy Spencer, CPA, P.C.


1650 E. River Road, Suite 202, Tucson, AZ 85718 (520) 730-0765 jodyraetzman@tierrraantigua.com


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P.S. Tucson to Israel to Oregon, celebrating with cake, music, truffles, and movies the fungi because they aerate the ground. The dogs dig in the ground for the ripe truffles but don’t disturb the earth where the truffles are not yet ripe. Fresh culinary truffles only last up to a week in the refrigerator and must be able to “breathe” in the air every day. Truffle salt, oil and cheese last longer. Another part of the conference catered to chefs who cook truffles and to “truffieres” who grow the trees infused with black Perigord truffles from France. One evening, the Beckers dined at Marche, a French restaurant in Eugene, where the waiter brought them a white and a black truffle, each under glass, to be able to smell the difference. He helped them order food with the white and black truffles. Bill and Joyce’s pasta dish topped with one-inch round slices of black French Perigord truffles was delicious. The pair highly recommends this wellorganized, fun-filled annual course. ...

SHARON KLEIN Special to the AJP

Newly-minted septuagenarian

When Andy Kunsberg turned 70 in mid-December, his wife, Linda, planned a late December celebration. The party wasn’t a surprise but the guest list was. Relatives — daughter Rebecca Goodman, her husband Ted and their three children, plus Andy’s brother, brothers-in-law, nieces, great niece and nephews, from Florida, California, Indiana, and Tucson — comprised a mini-family reunion. Filling six tables at Trattoria Pina, guests enjoyed dinner and each other’s company. There were not one but two cakes — one provided by the restaurant and another homemade chocolate cake from their dear friends Cheryl and Mark Levine, topped with seven candles representing Andy’s seven decades. Attendees new to Tucson took in the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, horseback riding, and the local environs. On to many more milestone birthdays.

UA students, from left, Hanna Jacobson, Rachel Morris, Lauren Salsburg, Shira Khotim, and Berkley Silvin, with Aaron Rothschild in front, on Masada.

itinerary: • Harduf, a farming collective in northern Israel that focuses on organic sustainable farming as well as Montessori-style education for mentally disabled children and adults. Birthrighters learned about their art therapy and farming program for adults with mental disorders like PTSD and bipolar disorder. • First Shabbat on Kibbutz Maagan on the beautiful, peaceful Sea of Galilee/Kinneret. A student with a guitar led the Shabbat service and later the recitation of the Shehecheyanu upon entering Jerusalem. Whether sleeping in a hotel, on a kibbutz, or in a Bedouin tent, the group felt at home in Israel during this 10day heritage trip of a lifetime. ...

An education in truffle hunting

Septuagenarian Andy Kunsberg “in the glow.”

The two Izzys


There is Birthright Izzy and Hillel Izzy. When prospective donors receive Birthright Israel fundraising letters, these mailings are signed by Israel (“Izzy”) Tapoohi, president and CEO of Birthright Israel Foundation. When University of Arizona students traveled on the winter Birthright trip, Izzy Kornman, UA Hillel’s Springboard Innovation Fellow, was one of the chaperones. This was Izzy’s seventh time in Israel. Among other trips, she traveled on summer 2014 Birthright as an Emory University student, participated in an Onward Israel summer internship in college, staffed a summer 2017 Birthright with Sachlav, and spent a month last summer learning about Innovation at Hebrew University. On the Dec. 18-30 trip, students on Birthright Bus 1593 hailed from UA, Arizona State University, University of Washington, Duke University, University of Southern California, and University of Colorado Boulder. According to Kornman, they were joined by six “amazing” soldiers for the entire journey. One of the high points was the opportunity to visit one of the soldiers’ army bases, meeting their fellow troops and getting a drone demonstration and tour of the practice terror tunnels used for training. This gave the group insight into the daily reality of Israeli army life. Besides the usual site visits, other highlights of their


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Last month, Bill and Joyce Becker attended the Oregon Truffle Festival in Eugene with their Lagotto Romagnolo dog, “Truffles,” and took the two-day Truffle Dog Training class. The day before the class began, the “Joriad,” a truffle-hunting competition, was held. “Truffles” This contest was named after the Oregon dirt in which the truffles grow. The couple enjoyed seeing the truffle-hunting dogs of different breeds sniffing the boxes of dirt and then alerting their handlers when they smelled the fungi. For the following days, each participant received a dayby-day activity booklet with training instructions and a training kit with white truffle oil. The first day of training was at the hotel with the highly experienced trainers. The program covered people and dog etiquette, scent training, how to recognize the dog alert, and how to handle, clean, store and preserve truffles, in addition to where to find white and black truffles. The second day was the big truffle hunt in the forest’s truffle patch under the guidance of the trainers. The dogs can only smell the truffles when they are ripe. The people who own the truffle patches like to have dogs hunt for

Tucson International Jewish Film Festival committee members, from left, Talya Fanger-Vexler, Anne Lowe (chair), Sheldon Clare, Deanna Mendelow, and Elisabeth Guillen prepare to distribute egg cream ingredients.

They did it again!

Katie Spector, arts and culture manager at The Tucson Jewish Community Center/director of the Tucson International Jewish Film Festival, and her 15-member committee wrapped up another incredible run of film viewing. From Jan. 6-20, there was something for everyone in this 28th TIJFF season. According to Spector, “This year’s festival was a great success. Almost 3,000 people were in attendance at SaddleBrooke Desert View Performing Arts Center, the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, The Loft, and the J, its home base. The dedication of the committee is shown in how well the festival is run. There is never a shortage of free popcorn or someone to help you to your seat or answer a question. The festival committee meets weekly throughout the year to select films for viewing and hone in on the perfect line up. I would be remiss not to mention our devoted audience. Day after day I saw some of the same people coming to the J to enjoy our films.” On the final Sunday, three short films were shown, including “Egg Cream.” The movie was followed by speaker Barry Joseph, a New Yorker and author of the book, “Seltzertopia.” He spoke of the history of the beverage and instructed the audience in mixing the perfect egg cream at their seats, using Fox’s U-Bet chocolate syrup, milk, and seltzer (in that order). The drink was accompanied by a black-and-white cookie, a New York favorite.

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RABBI’S CORNER Many people hazy on what Messianic era will bring RABBI EPHRAIM ZIMMERMAN CHABAD OF ORO VALLEY


ot too long ago I was at Tucson Hebrew Academy doing a couple of guest presentations for the third, fourth, and fifth graders, and what unfolded while doing so was

rather exciting. The topic was the Jewish view regarding the Moshiach (Messiah) and the Messianic era. Essentially, my goal was to share with the students a sweeping and brief overview of the main prophecies, midrashim (commentaries), and beliefs regarding what the destiny of the world will look like according to Jewish tradition. As the presentation moved along, the hands shot up one after the other with little respite, asking all sorts of curious questions about this subject matter. It was fascinating to see to what extent the students were engaged while learning about this topic. It seems to me that a number of people are not aware of the key points concerning Moshiach as they are recorded in our own tradition. Allow me to share them here, then, for the benefit of the public. The points below are almost all mentioned in Scriptures (in the Tanach). Human Moshiach - We are told that an era of redemption will be brought about through an individual, a descendant of King David, whose title is Moshiach. Restoration of the Beit Hamikdash - This is the belief that there will be the rebuilding of a third temple in Jerusalem like Ezekiel spoke about. Ingathering of the exiles of Israel - As spoken of in Deuteronomy, when the Moshiach will come there will be a national reunion of the Jewish people in the land of Israel. End to evil and sin - (Here’s something to look forward to!) At least six different prophets spoke of the time when “your people will all be righteous,” and “the sins shall not be found,” etc. Awareness and knowledge of G-d - After the Messiah arrives, there will be universal awareness, perception and knowledge of G-d. Perhaps the most famous of the verses that speak of this matter is Isaiah’s “the earth shall be full of knowledge of G-d, as the waters cover the sea.” Universal worship of G-d - Without evil in our hearts, and with knowledge of G-d everywhere, this one becomes easier. Zephaniah 3:9 said: “For then I shall turn to the peoples a pure tongue, that all shall call upon the name of G-d to serve Him with one consent.” Universal peace and harmony - Another one we can all agree upon would be beautiful. “They shall beat their swords into plowshares ... Nation shall not lift a sword against nation, nor shall they learn war any more.” I say amen. Resurrection of the dead - This one might just be the most astounding of them all. But this is a critical part of Jewish belief. Maimonides even categorizes it as one of the 13 principles of Jewish faith! Blissful utopia - These good times have really high standards. An end to disease, death, and famine and “delicacies will accessible like dust.” And there you have it. A crash course in the Jewish teachings about the future.

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5150 E. Fifth St., Tucson, AZ 85711 • (520) 747-7780 Rabbi Israel Becker • www.tucsontorah.org Shabbat services: Fri., Kabbalat Shabbat 15 minutes before sunset; Sat. 9 a.m. followed by Kiddush. / Mincha: Fri., 1 p.m.; Sat., 25 minutes before sunset, followed by Shalosh Seudas, Maariv and Havdallah. Services: Sun., 8 a.m.; Mon. & Thurs., 6:50 a.m.; Tues., Wed., Fri., 7 a.m.; daily, 15 minutes before sunset. / Weekday Rosh Chodesh services: 6:45 a.m.

Congregation young israel/ChaBad oF tuCson 2443 E. Fourth St., Tucson, AZ 85719 • (520) 881-7956 Rabbi Yossie Shemtov, Rabbi Yudi Ceitlin • www.chabadoftucson.com Daily minyan: Sun. & legal holidays, 8:30 a.m.; Mon. & Thurs., 6:30 p.m.; Tues., Wed., Fri., 6:45 a.m. / Mincha & Maariv, 5:15 p.m. / Shabbat services: Fri. at candlelighting; Sat. 9:30 a.m. followed by Kiddush. Mincha, Maariv and Havdallah TBA.

ChaBad on river 3916 E. Ft. Lowell Road • (520) 661-9350 Rabbi Ram Bigelman • www.chabadonriver.com Shabbat services: Fri., Mincha at candlelighting time, followed by Maariv. / Sat., Shacharit service, 9:30 a.m. / Torah study: women, Wed., 2 p.m.; men, Tues. and Thurs., 7 p.m. Call to confirm. 1217 W. Faldo Drive, Oro Valley, AZ 85755 • (520) 477-8672 Rabbi Ephraim Zimmerman • www.jewishorovalley.com Shabbat services: 3rd Fri., 5 p.m. Oct.-Feb., 6 p.m. March-Sept., all followed by dinner / Sat., 10 a.m. study session followed by service.

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.

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., 10 a.m., with Torah study at 9 a.m; 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.

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ORTHODOX Congregation ChoFetz Chayim/southwest torah institute

ChaBad oro valley

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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 Way, 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

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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. 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.

www.secularhumanistjewishcircle.org Call Cathleen at (520) 730-0401 for meeting or other information.

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 March 8, 2019. Events may be emailed to office@azjewishpost.com, 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 yzbecker@me.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. 24, Cathy Werling, author of “Mommy, Who Was Irena Sendler?” March 3, Rabbi Marc Gitler of 929 North America, an online and app-based daily Bible chapter program. 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 22

11 AM: Jewish History Museum gallery chat, “What is DIY/DIOS music Culture?” with Ojalá Systems. 564 S. Stone Ave. www.jewishhistory museum.org or 670-9073. 6 PM: Temple Emanu-El Men’s Club 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 3274501 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. 1:30 PM: Secular Humanist Jewish Circle lecture in honor of Charles Darwin Day, “How Diseases Have Evolved in Humans,” with Dr. James Watson, UA department of anthropology and the Arizona State Museum. Dusenberry-River Library, 5605 E. River Road. Bring snack to share. www.shjcaz.org.

Sunday / February 24

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


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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 7455550 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 esigafus@aol.com. Tucson J current events discussion, Mondays, noon-1:30 p.m. Members, $1; nonmembers, $2. Bring or buy lunch, 11:30 a.m. 299-3000, 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. dcmack1952@gmail.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.

days/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. 299-3000. 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.

Temple Emanu-El Jewish novels club with Linda Levine. Third Thursdays, 2-4 p.m. 327-4501.

Weintraub Israel Center Shirat HaShirim Hebrew choir, Tuesdays, 7 p.m. Learn to sing in Hebrew. Contact Rina Paz at 304-7943 or ericashem@cox.net.

“Biblical Breakthroughs with Rabbi Becker” at the Southwest Torah Institute. Fridays, noon, for men and women. 747-7780 or yzbecker@me.com.

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.

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.

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, Tues-

Temple Emanu-El Talmud study, Wednesdays, 10 -11:30 a.m. Text required, call 327-4501.

2 PM: Tucson J Awakening through Jewish Meditation introductory workshop, with Reb Brian Yosef Schachter-Brooks. 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. 6-8 PM: Tucson J class, Introduction to Voice Over. Introduction to part-time hobby or full-time career from Justine Reiss, affiliated with professional voice-over training company, Such A Voice. Ages 18 and up. Members, $25; nonmembers, $30. Contact Jeremy Thompson, 2993000 or jthompson@tucsonjcc.org 7 PM: Arizona Center for Judaic Studies 2019 Raphael Patai Memorial Lecture presents Assault Upon the Past: Recent Destruction of Cultural Heritage Sites in Syria, Iraq, and Libya, with Prof. Susan Ackerman, Dartmouth College. Free. At Tucson J. 626-5758 or www.judaic.arizona.edu.

Tuesday / February 26

8:30-10 AM: Tucson Hebrew Academy Tuesday Tours. At THA. Contact Gabby Erbst at 529-3888.

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.

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

10 AM-NOON: Tucson J Meet the Author, “The Paris Photo,” with Jane S. Gabin. Free. 299-3000.

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

Wednesday / February 27

11 AM: Jewish History Museum Mapping Migration series, with special guests Hannah Glasston, Chris Tanz, Evie Varady, and Dan Weisz. Free. 564 S. Stone Ave. 670-9073 or www.jewishhistorymuseum.org. 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; call Sheila Rothenberg at 232-9559. 7 PM: Jewish History Museum trilingual reading and discussion with Myriam Moscona, author of “Tela de sevoya” (“Onioncloth”), Jen Hofer and John Pluecker of Antena, in Spanish, English and Ladino. Free. 564 S. Stone Ave. 670-9073 or www.jewishhistorymuseum.org.

Thursday / February 28

8:15 AM-3 PM: 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 awexler@tucsonjcc.org.

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, through March 8. 299-3000.

10:30 AM-2:30 PM Brandeis National Committee 23rd Annual Book & Author lunch at Skyline Country Club, 5200 E. St. Andrews Drive. 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; call Sheila Rothenberg at 232-9559.

Friday / March 1

10 AM-NOON: Jewish History Museum facilitated discussion, Learning from the Past, Rising to the Moment. “Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History,” with Steven J. Zipperstein, professor in Jewish culture and history, Stanford University, and “A Jewish Response to the Refugee Crisis,” with Mark Hetfield, president and CEO of HIAS. At the museum, 564 S. Stone Ave. $18 includes brunch. RSVP at www.jewish historymuseum.org/events or 670-9073. 5:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Tot Kabbalat Purim Shabbat service followed by dinner at 6 p.m. Dinner $10 for adults, free for kids under 12. RSVP for dinner at 327-4501. 7:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Shabbat Across America service. 327-4501.

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.

5:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Shabbat Rocks! dinner followed by service at 6:30 p.m., with second 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.

NOON: Cong. Anshei Israel book club discusses “Eternal Life” by Dara Horn. Contact Helen Rib at 299-0340 or helenrib@yahoo.com.

5:45 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Shabbat Under the Stars on the Rabbi Arthur Oleisky Courtyard. 745-5550 or www.caiaz.org.

7:30 PM: Tucson J presents “A Land Twice Promised.” Storyteller Noa Baum, an Israeli who began a heartfelt dialogue with a Palestinian woman while living in the United States, weaves together their memories and their mothers' stories. Ages 12 and up. $10. Contact Jennifer Selco at 299-3000 or jselco@tucsonjcc.org.


9:30-10:30 AM: Temple Emanu-El presents A Traveler’s Look at Israel with Rabbi Batsheva Appel, preparation for congregational trip in June 2019. Continues March 10 and 24, April 7. 327-4501 or www.tetucson.org. 2-3:30 PM: Tucson J Celebration of Heritage concert. Desert Melodies presents “We Write the Songs.” Tucson’s recreational ensemble for professional musicians presents music from Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, Bette Midler, and Barry Manilow. $10. Register at www.tucsonjcc. org or 299-3000. 2-4 PM: Temple Emanu-El presents Jewish Myth and Magic with Bob Schwartz. Free. Register at 327-4501. 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.


10 AM: Jewish History Museum cemetery tour, “Meet Tucson’s Early Jewish Families,” with Barry Friedman at Evergreen Cemetery, 3015 N. Oracle Road (enter at Ft. Lowell). $10. Register at www.jewishhistorymuseum.org/ events or call 670-9073.


7-9:15 PM: JFSA Together in Jewish Learning, the Rabbi Lee A. Kivel Lecture on Jewish Life, “More Beautiful Than Before: How Suffering Transforms Us,” with Rabbi Steve Leder of Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles. Breakout sessions led by community rabbis. At Tucson Hebrew Academy, 3888 E. River Road. $5 with RSVP by March 4 at www.jfsa.org/ jewishlearning2019 or $10 at door.


9:45 AM: Handmaker lecture, “G-d: Hidden and Revealed,” with Rabbi Israel Becker of Cong. Chofetz Chayim. Find out what Columbus’ discovery of America had to do with Purim and what G-d had in mind then and now. Free. RSVP to Nanci Levy at 322-3632.


10 AM-NOON: JFCS CHAI Circle meeting lecture, “Crescenca Toast Food Demonstration” with locally sourced ingredients, with Ken Harvey, executive chef of Loews Ventana Canyon Resort. Free. At The Tucson J. RSVP to Irene Gefter at igefter@jfcstucson.org or 795-0300, ext. 2271. 10:30 AM: Cong. Anshei Men's Club presents, “Music in Our Lives,” facilitated by Cantorial Soloist Nichole Chorny. Men’s club members, free; guests, $4. If interested in performing, contact Eric Flank at 256-7575 or eflank45@ gmail.com. 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 6478471 or jscott@jfsa.org. Young Women’s Cabinet will collect toiletry items for the children of Homer Davis Elementary School. See requested items at www.jfsa.org/homerdaviscloset. 1 PM: Southern Arizona Jewish Genealogy Society presents photo genealogist Ava Cohn, aka Sherlock Cohn, on “Clued-In: The Stories Are in the Details.” At the Tucson J. SAJGS members free; nonmembers, $5. Contact Andy Rosen at 237-6470 or arosen2@cox.net. 2-4 PM: Temple Emanu-El presents A Common-Sense Guide to Keeping Special Needs and ALL Children Safe from Molestation and Abuse, with Debra S. Jacobs. Free. Register at 327-4501.


5:30 PM: Weintraub Israel Center Gertrude & Fred Rosen Memorial Lecture,“IsraAid: Humanitarian Heroes around the World Gallery Talk,” with Rachel Wallace, IsraAID's director of Outreach & Engagement. Hors d'oeuvres will be served. RSVP by March 7 required to israelcenter@jfsa.org. Free. At the Tucson J. 7 PM: Arizona Center for Judaic Studies presents Cemeteries, Shrines, & Synagogues: Jewish-Muslim Encounters in Present-Day Morocco, with Aomar Boum, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology at UCLA. Free. At Tucson J. 626-5758 or www.judaic.arizona.edu. 7-8:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El class, CrossCultural Currents in Modern Mizrachi Music with Music Director Bob Lopez-Hanshaw. Continues March 18 and 25. Call 327-4501 for fees and registration.



9:30 AM-3:30 PM: Special Abilities and Inclusion Initiative in partnership with Tucson J presents professional development day with four educators from New York-based Matan organization. Separate tracks for administrators and direct service providers (teachers, camp staff). Includes lunch. Free. RSVP to Allison Wexler at awexler@tucsonjcc.org.


5 PM: 10th Annual Cindy Wool Memorial

Seminar on Humanism in Healthcare. Dr. Danielle Ofri of New York’s Bellevue Hospital presents “What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear.” Co-sponsored by JFSA Maimonides Society and University of Arizona College of Medicine. Seminar begins with cocktails at 5 p.m.; dinner at 6 p.m., keynote at 7 p.m., at Tucson Marriott University Park Hotel, 880 E. Second St. Tickets are $100. Keynote with coffee and dessert, $18. Free for medical students. RSVP at www.jfsa.org/cindy-wool or call 647-8468.


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 northwestjewish@jfsa.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 judithgfeldman@gmail. com or 505-4161. 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.jewishoro valley.com.


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 773-636-2366 or jenrubin11@gmail.com.


6-7:30 PM: Jewish Federation-Northwest community dining out at Truland Burgers & Greens, 7332 N. Oracle Road. Purely social. Purchase your own fare. RSVP by Feb. 24 for an accurate headcount for their staff at www.jfsa.org/ truland or 505-4161.


11:30 AM: Jewish Federation-Northwest Men’s Group tour of the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum. Meet at the museum at 414 N. Toole Ave. After, purchase your own fare for lunch at The Hub Restaurant and Ice Creamery at 266 Congress St. $6 for tour. RSVP and pre-pay for tour at www.jfsa.org/ transportationmuseum or 505-4161.


10-11:30 AM: Jewish Federation-Northwest, “Getting to Know Us,” with Ori Green, legacy officer at the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona. Bagels and coffee. Free. 190 N. Magee Road, Ste. 162. 5054161 or northwestjewish@jfsa.org.


11:30 AM-1 PM: Temple Emanu-El class, From the Virgin Birth to the Eucharist: The Jewish Origins of Christian Beliefs with Rabbi Sandy Seltzer. Continues March 18. At Olson Center, 190 W. Magee Road, #162. Register at 327-4501.


8 AM-5 PM: Olson Center for Jewish Life bus trip to the border with Mexico. Hear from Humane Borders president and a social worker for asylum seekers. Includes stops in Tumacacori and Tubac. Pickup at 8 a.m./ drop-off at 5 p.m. at Trader Joe’s in Oro Valley, or 8:30 a.m./4:30 p.m. at the Tucson J. $40 includes water/snacks, bus fare, and driver tip. Lunch is purchased on your own. RSVP by March 7 at www.jfsa.org/borderbustrip or 505-4161.

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