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Eva Schloss, playmate of Anne Frank, shares story of survival DEBE CAMPBELL AJP Editorial Assistant


ne of 10 films on the March 4 Academy Awards shortlist for best short documentary is “116 Cameras.” It is a behind-the-scenes look at how filmmakers preserve Holocaust survivors’ memories in testimony. Featuring Eva Schloss, it uses “New Dimensions in Testimony” technology and interactive, 3-D, holographic imagery. It wasn’t a hologram that traveled from London, England, to Tucson to share her powerful story of survival and triumph. Schloss, author, peace activist, humanitarian and international speaker, was live and in person for remarks Sunday at Tucson High Magnet School, hosted by Chabad Tucson.

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(L-R) Eva Schloss, third from left, receives a proclamation in her honor from Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild at Tucson High Magnet School Feb. 18. Flanking them are Chabad Tucson's Rabbi Yehuda Ceitlin and Feigie Ceitlin (left) and Rabbi Yossie Shemtov and Chanie Shemtov.

Schloss brought a true message of tikkun olam (repairing the world) to an audience of 1,140.

The childhood friend and posthumous stepsister of Anne Frank said, “We are one human race and

we need to take care of each other. That’s really my message to all of you. All religions want peace and harmony and a decent life. If we would just keep the 10 commandments we would have the most perfect world.” Her 45 minutes of remarks unfolded in an on-stage interview conducted by KOLD News 13 evening news anchor Dan Marries, who had to stay on his toes to keep up with the feisty 83-yearold. The evening took guests back in time to relive the tragedies of World War II, arrests and evacuations to death camps, torture, loss and survival. But Schloss noted, “I’m not here to dwell on the past. I’m here to focus on the future.” When Marries asked about forgiveness after loss of family, starvation, maltreatment and See Schloss, page 4

Social activist among writers for BNC Book & Author events DEBE CAMPBELL AJP Editorial Assistant


alia Carner’s psychological suspense novels always revolve around long-ignored social issues, indignities and atrocities. “Knowledge is so valuable,” she says. “When people start looking at those issues and start sharing them, the feeling you get when you change someone’s life, it is magic.” Carner is one of four nationally known authors who will share the intrigue, humor, thrills and joy that define their different writing styles at the Brandeis National Committee’s 22nd Annual Book & Author events, March 7 and 8. Carner is the author of four novels. In Tucson, she will discuss the latest, “Hotel Moscow.”

Talia Carner

Part documentary, part thriller, “Hotel Moscow” reveals the corruption, unfair treatment of women and anti-Semitism of Russia in the ’90s, through the


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eyes of an American businesswoman and second generation Holocaust survivor. Searching for Judaism unrelated to the Holocaust, the protagonist discovers meaning when she comes face to face with anti-Semitism. Carner is a self-described “activist, feminist, and humanitarian who gives a voice to those without one.” A seventh-generation sabra (native Israeli), the New Yorkbased author says she’s unafraid to tackle controversial issues. Before turning to fiction, she worked for Redbook and served as publisher of Savvy Woman magazine. “Fiction is my most comfortable form of literary expression,” she says. “Multiple layers—psychology, geography, economics, religion, everything that affects life—go into a book,” she adds. “I think on a very big canvas.”

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An adjunct marketing professor at Long Island University and a marketing consultant to Fortune 500 companies, Carner was a volunteer counselor and lecturer for the Small Business Administration and a member of United States Information Agency missions to Russia, teaching women entrepreneurial skills. Her other novels are “Jerusalem Maiden,” “Puppet Child,” and “China Doll,” with the fifth, “The Fourth Daughter,” going to press shortly. David Bianculli is an American television critic, columnist, radio personality and nonfiction author. He’s been the television critic for National Public Radio’s Fresh Air show since 1987, and occasionally substitutes for the show’s host. See Author, page 4

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LOCAL Special abilities coordinator’s vocational placement is ‘home run’ for all

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avid Tofield, a 35-year-old member of Tucson’s Jewish community, has an intellectual disability. He can often be found volunteering at the Tucson Jewish Community Center and at Congregation Young Israel services. Tofield finds his volunteer experiences rewarding, but what he was really looking for was a “real paying job,” he told Allison Wexler, the Jewish community’s special abilities coordinator. “To say vocational training and placement is a challenge for individuals with special needs would be quite an understatement,” says Wexler, who helps provide access to vocational resources, and in some cases, training and placement. Wexler met David Kravec of Clutch Auto Repair several months ago, when she attended the Jewish Business Networking Group’s monthly breakfast to scout out possible partnership opportunities. Kravec created a shop assistant position, for which Tofield interviewed. He was hired and now works six to 10 hours per week at Clutch Auto Repair, where he proudly earns minimum wage. Wexler recently visited Tofield at the

David Tofield cuts cardboard in the garage at Clutch Auto Repair.

garage. “I found that not only was he happy at his new job, but that Robert, the mechanic, was an excellent mentor. When David had questions, he asked Robert for assistance, and Robert stopped what he was doing to help David in a very patient and supportive manner. It was clear

to me that this was an appropriate placement for David,” she says. Tofield concurs. “My job is awesome. It is nice to work with nice people. I love it,” he says. “Also, I told Allison about my strong points, and she helped me out by finding the perfect

job for me.” Tofield’s mother, Joyce Stuehringer, says, “It has been a complete joy to witness my son achieve an increased level of self-worth and sense of purpose in this world. It has truly been a blessing for him.” For Kravec, “hiring David has been a home run. Trying to find anyone to work five to 10 hours per week and be a reliable employee is very, very difficult. David is always early, works very hard, and fits in great on the team. He often comes to work with a new idea or solution to something he’s been working on. We really couldn’t ask for more and we are very fortunate to have him.” Wexler notes that vocational advancement and other efforts to serve individuals with special needs in the community are thriving thanks to generous funding from the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona and Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona Aligned Grants Process, and leadership from the Tucson Jewish Community Center and the Special Abilities Task Force. Editors note: February is Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month.

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LOCAL Annual awards will shine on more stars DEBE CAMPBELL AJP Editorial Assistant


his year’s Jewish Community Awards Celebration will take an expanded approach to recognizing outstanding service. Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona President and CEO Stuart Mellan largely credits Federation board chair Shelly Silverman with the impetus for the new concept. “Our slogan, ‘Stronger Together,’ is what we try to actualize as a Federation; drawing on the strength of our partners to take it to another level,” Mellan says. “There are many organizations honoring their own people at so many events in the spring. We are so interconnected. For all agencies to come together and to nominate lay leaders and professional leaders we believe should be honored and recognized makes sense,” says Silverman. “No one wants to go to seven different events. If we bring everyone together, everyone would want to come to one.” This year, the Federation’s traditional top awards will be presented, and its seven beneficiary/affiliated agencies also will honor their outstanding volunteer or leader. “This is a wonderful evening every year. How can you not be inspired by the devotion to the community and all they accomplish with their commitment?” says Mellan of awardees. “Young people are just as committed as older ones. Newcomers, those who have made a lifetime commitment, snowbirds and retirees” — it’s a mix of volunteers that strengthen the community. “Every agency will be highlighted so the community can learn about the all the good stuff going on around us,” says Silverman. “The goal is for us to all come together to celebrate the work we’re all doing to make a difference.” Nomination categories for Jewish community leadership awards are Man of the Year, Woman of the Year, Gary I. Sarv-

er Young Man of the Year and Young Woman of the Year, and Ben and Betty Brook Community Professional. Nominations are due to gbarnhill@jfsa. Stuart Mellan org by March 9. Criteria, in order of priority, include service to the Federation or its beneficiary agencies, community partners or affiliates; meaningful gift Shelly Silverman or service to the Federation; service to synagogues or other community Jewish organizations; and service to the Southern Arizona community at large and its non-sectarian organizations. Other awards will come from affiliates, Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging, University of Arizona Hillel Foundation, Tucson Jewish Community Center, Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona, Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona, the Jewish History Museum and Holocaust History Center, and Tucson Hebrew Academy. Comprising the awards committee are John Judin, Hillel; Phil Bregman, Handmaker; Jim Whitehill, JCF; Barbara Befferman Danes, JFCS; Hedy Feuer, JHM; Mary Cochran Wolk, TJCC; Neil Kleinman, THA; and Silverman. At the awards evening, which will be held Thursday, May 10 at the Tucson Jewish Community Center, beginning at 7 p.m., the Federation also will hold a brief annual meeting and install new officers. An ice cream social will follow.

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torture, Schloss said she could not forgive those evil ones who killed a whole people, mentioning Josef Mengele, Adolf Eichmann, Joseph Goebbels and Adolf Hitler. “That’s why I am talking about anti-war. It changed the whole character of people. We’ve been given a beautiful world and we have to treasure it, our neighbors and our friends who are different than us, and respect others.” Schloss was born Eva Geiringer in Vienna, Austria in 1929. When Hitler annexed Austria in 1938, Schloss immigrated with her parents and brother to Belgium and later Amsterdam in 1940. She played in the Merwedeplein neighborhood square with Anne Frank before her family was forced into hiding in 1942. Hiding with other Jews for two years, they depended on the kindness of the

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He’s the founder and editor-in-chief of the website TVWorthWatching.com, and an associate professor of television and film history at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey. He’ll discuss his latest book, “The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to the Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific,” featuring interviews with Mel Brooks, Ken Burns, Carol Burnett, and other giants of the industry. In a playful departure from his lifelong, more-sophisticated writing career as Vanity Fair editor, Bruce Handy produced his first book, “Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children’s Literature as An Adult.”

Dutch resistance for their survival. Betrayed by a Dutch Nazi nurse and captured on her 15th birthday, Schloss spent nine months in the Birkenau women’s camp at Auschwitz, one of 300 Nazi death camps, she says. The last time she was together with her whole family was in the box car transporting them with 80 other people to the camp. She lost her father and brother in the camp shortly before the war’s end. “The whole point of the process was the de-humanization of us. It was very miserable. A lot of survival was luck. And you had to have the will to live. Only through a strong mind and hope, you could make it. When we were liberated by the Russians and they shared their bread and water with us, I cried. That was a kind, human action,” Schloss recalls. Evacuated with her mother to Russia, they eventually were repatriated to Holland in 1945. When Anne Frank’s father Otto returned to Amsterdam after the war, he

looked up his old neighbors, the Geiringers. With great reverence, he shared Anne’s diary with them. He was surprised by the wisdom with which Anne had written, but it didn’t surprise Eva. They were “all cooped up with each other” for two years, she said. “Otto had plenty of time to share his wisdom with his daughter.” At the time, Schloss didn’t think much of her friend Anne’s diary; she was too wrapped up in her own misery. Once a photographer, Otto could no longer bear to take photographs. He taught Schloss how to use a Leica camera and gave it to her. Moving to London in 1951 to train and work as a professional photographer, she met Zvi Schloss and married him in 1952. The following year, her mother wed Otto Frank. It was 40 years after the war before Schloss could begin to share her story. She’s since written three books — “After Auschwitz”, “Eva’s Story,” and “The Promise” — spoken to more than a thousand

audiences, and collaborated with playwright James Still on “And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank,” an educational play about four teenagers in the Holocaust. She is a trustee of the Anne Frank Educational Trust, U.K. She has two children with her late husband and three grandchildren. Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild was on hand to present a proclamation from the city council declaring Feb. 18, 2018, as Eva Schloss Day in Tucson, a day against bias, prejudice and hatred. The event was three years in the making for Chabad Tucson. The original venue at the Jewish Community Center sold out at 700 tickets and organizers scrambled to relocate to the larger Tucson High auditorium. The evening concluded with a crowded book signing and photo session with the speaker. The documentary “116 Cameras” can be viewed at nytimes.com/videos/opdocs, in the season 6 archives.

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as-nails, rogue DEA agent. The Brandeis National Committee Tucson Chapter holds its Book & Author fundraising events at Skyline Country Club, beginMike Lawson ning Wednesday, March 7 with “Dinner With the Authors” at 6 p.m. On Thursday, March 8, Victoria Lucas, Tucson-based independent film producer, script consultant and host of Arizona Public Media’s “Hollywood at Home” will moderate an authors’ roundtable. “Book & Author Day” in-

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Gung-Fu academy, local Jewish musicians and plenty of wine. The family celebration begins at 5 p.m. with tickets for adults at $25, students $15 and children under age 12, $12, available at tucsontorah.org/purim-reservation See Purim, page 8

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COMMENTARY Here’s why Jewish media report on the Jewish victims of general tragedies ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL JTA

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n the many years between my first job at JTA and returning as its editor in 2016, I would joke about a headline it published in 1999: “Two Turkish Jews killed in quake.” Perhaps you’ll remember that 17,000 people died in the Turkish earthquake that year. That headline seemed to represent all that was strange and wrong about a narrowly ethnic news service. If they hadn’t identified those two Jewish victims, would the Jewish news service have covered the quake at all — unless to report that “Giant quake narrowly misses Israel”? Of course, now I am in charge, and we do our version of “Two Turkish Jews” all the time. Last week, following the massacre of 17 students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, our reporters hit the phones, reporting on the victims and survivors who happened to be Jews. We wrote about the two first-year girls who were remembered as sweet and easy-go-

A makeshift memorial erected in front of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, days after the Feb. 14 shooting that left 17 students and teachers dead.

ing. The hero teacher who spent his summers at a Jewish camp and died while making sure the last of his students was safe inside a classroom. We wrote about one of those students, a Jewish boy who recalled being the last kid to make it inside before that same teacher was hit and fell bleeding in the doorway.

This practice of identifying the Jewish victims of a greater disaster makes a lot of people uncomfortable, including some of my colleagues. They worry it signals that tragedies only matter to the degree to which they involve a Jew. That it erodes empathy in a diverse world by suggesting that the only thing that matters is tribe.

That it makes us look small, in more ways than one. I share those misgivings but also can defend our search for the Jewish angles, to any general story. First, it is not only the Jews who look for a sectarian connection to any major news event. Maybe we do this more publicly and consistently than other groups, but I doubt it. (Broadway composer Dave Yazbek has a song that asks, “Is it good for baseball, is it good for the Jews?” — it neatly sums up the American Jewish experience in 11 words.) Every local newspaper and television station makes news decisions based on their definition of hometown news. If a plane crashes in Indiana, then it’s news in Chicago if a local person is among the dead. When 230,000 people died in the 2004 Asian tsunami, the BBC took note of the 149 Brits among them. In a sense I view JTA as a hometown news service, and define the residents of that town not by geography but by their connections to and interest in all things Jewish. See Media, page 10

In Memphis, opposing congressmen teach colleagues about getting along RON KAMPEAS JTA WASHINGTON


hen the two congressmen representing Memphis meet on the plane going home from the nation’s capital, the lawmakers catch up on what they have in common: the NCAA Division I basketball team at the

University of Memphis; mutual friends in the legal communities; and what’s up at Temple Israel. Despite a shared affection for the university’s Tigers, a shared alma mater and a shared faith, Steve Cohen, a liberal Democrat, and David Kustoff, a conservative Republican, are polar opposites in Congress. Cohen is leading an effort to launch impeachment proceedings

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against President Donald Trump. Kustoff enthusiastically embraced Trump during his freshman run for Congress in 2016. That hasn’t stopped them from working together on issues they care about, and both say they wish there were more cross-party partnerships like theirs in the U.S. House of Representatives. Their most significant collaboration was on a bill last year that would enhance penalties for attacks on religious institutions. They’ve also worked to get federal assistance to preserve Clayborn Temple, a focal point of the 1968 sanitation workers strike that culminated in the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Most of the votes that sent Kustoff to Congress are outside the Memphis area, but the city still ranks high on his priorities. “I was born in Memphis, grew up in Memphis, went to school in Memphis, went to college in Memphis,” he said earlier this month in an interview in his congressional office here. “I’m a Memphis and West Tennessee guy, and I want to be as supportive as I can of the city of Memphis.” “We have issues in common,” Cohen said a week earlier in his congressional office. “To help the Memphis community.” Their rabbi at Temple Israel, Micah Greenstein, said their shared love of

Memphis is a function of a city that has always been gracious to its Jewish minority (10,000 strong) and of a community that has returned the affection. His synagogue, Greenstein says, has been a locus of civil rights activity for going on a century. One of his rabbinical predecessors spoke out against lynchings in the early 20th century; another was a leader in integrating the city in the 1960s. (The temple is in Kustoff ’s district, but perched on the border of Cohen’s, with a satellite for millennials inside the latter’s district). “Our mission statement is to be a force for good not only for the Jewish community but for the greater community,” Greenstein said in an interview. The synagogue’s 1,500-seat sanctuary, arranged in a semi-circle, is meant to suggest that it is up to congregants to finish the circle in the community at large. “Our sanctuary is in a semi-circle because prayer has to lead to action,” the rabbi said. Cohen and Kustoff share that commitment, Greenstein said, but in districts that reflect their respective values. Cohen’s 9th district, which includes the lion’s share of Memphis, is majority African-American. Much of Kustoff ’s 8th is rural and white. “Steve Cohen’s district is home to See Memphis, page 12

LOCAL Fellowship takes Tucson-Israel school twinning to next level SARA HARELSON

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here are many living bridges forming between Tucson and Israel. One is in the shape of a classroom. The Weintraub Israel Center began its school twinning program in 2014 between Tucson and the Israeli communities of Kiryat Malachi and Hof Ashkelon as an opportunity to connect classrooms and children thousands of miles apart. There are now 32 classrooms from pre-school to high school involved, with more than 670 kids in both Israel and Tucson bonded together to form relationships and open the door to long-lasting friendships. From the school twinning program, the teaching fellowship was born. The Weintraub Israel Center enhanced the existent classroom twinning by selecting six teachers from Southern Arizona to go even further with their connections. They participate in seminars and will be visiting Israel in May, while five Israeli teachers visited here in December. The peopleto-people aspect the program strives for is seen in the true friendships the teachers have formed and how the marriage of these classrooms brings a little more Israel to Tucson. “When [the Tucsonans] finish their trip to Israel they will become mentors in their schools to help other teachers in the twinning program,” says Rebecca Crow,

Yochi Azran, a teacher from Israel, uses a ‘sabra’ puppet to talk to Crystal Lucha’s students at the Tucson Jewish Community Center in December 2017.

who was the chair of the Israel Center’s Partnership2Gether committee for four years and now co-chairs the twinning program with Linda Behr. “These are the teachers who will be the people who spread these ideas, keep other teachers [involved] and develop curriculum.” Crystal Lucha, a teacher at the Tucson Jewish Community Center, sees the impact the program has on her students. “It’s planting that seed in their minds of this place called Israel,” says Lucha, who had an Israeli teacher visit her kids. “The kids ask about when they can go and visit; when can our teacher that visited

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ARTS & CULTURE / LOCAL Annual book festival to host 360 authors er, and leads screenwriting workshops for UCLA ExAJP Editorial Assistant tension’s renowned Writers’ e’re rapidly Program. pre p a r i n g Dozens of other Jewish for the 10th authors are slated for this Annual Tucson Festival of year’s festival. Books. We expect this to be “For This We Left Egypt?: the best festival ever,” says A Passover Haggadah for Brenda Viner, a member of Jews and Those Who Love the local Jewish community Beverly Gray Them” is the latest humor and one of the festival foundfrom Alan Zweibel, an origiers. This year’s festival will be held March nal “Saturday Night Live” writer the New 10 and 11 on the University of Arizona York Times says “earned a place in the campus. pantheon of American pop culture.” Win“We founded the festival to make Tuc- ning Emmys and awards from the Writson a more literate community,” notes ers Guild of America and The TV Critics Viner. Over the years, it has raised more Association for his work in television, he than $1,650,000 for local literacy organi- co-created and produced “It’s Garry Shanzations for adults and children, including dling’s Show,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” Literacy Connects, Reading Seed, and UA and “The Late Show with David Letterliteracy outreach programs. man.” Zweibel’s theatrical work includes The festival “features every type of collaboration with Billy Crystal on the genre we can think of from mystery, fanta- Tony Award-winning “700 Sundays” and sy, to historical fiction and current events. Martin Short’s Broadway hit “Fame BeAstronaut Scott Kelly has just been con- comes Me.” firmed as a presenting author, and that’s Susan Goldman Rubin has authored very current,” says Viner. So is Veronica more than 55 books for young adults, Roth, the number one New York Times mainly about art and history. Most recentbestselling author of “Divergent”, “Insur- ly she’s created board books based on fine gent,” “Allegiant,” and “Four: A Divergent art for young children. She also explored Collection.” Her latest, “Carve the Mark,” Judaica themes in titles such as “Jean Lafstarts a new series. fite: The Pirate Who Saved America,” “All of our presenting authors are pub- “Haym Salomon: American Patriot” and lished by established publishers,” Viner “Fireflies in the Dark: The Story of Friedl notes, although self-published authors are Dicker-Brandeis and the Children of Terrepresented at the fair, too. ezin,” a Sydney Taylor Award Honor Book. Hollywood industry insider Beverly Steve Sheinkin has written short stories Gray will be among the 360 participating and screenplays, but wrote chapters for festival authors. Her newest book, “Se- history textbooks while honing his graphduced by Mrs. Robinson: How ‘The Grad- ic novel chops. His first non-textbook uate’ Became the Touchstone of a Genera- history book is “King George: What Was tion,” published in November, coincides His Problem?” It spins stories from the with the 50th anniversary of the landmark American Revolution that were never alfilm. lowed into textbooks. His newest books Gray will discuss the book at a screen- are “Mixed Up History: Abraham Lincoln, ing of “The Graduate” at The Loft Cinema, Pro Wrestler” and “Mixed Up History: 3233 E Speedway Blvd., on Thursday, Abigail Adams, Pirate of the Caribbean.” March 8 at 7:30 p.m. and will take part Local Jewish agencies that will have in a “Perspectives on Hollywood” panel booths at the festival include Jewish Famat the festival on Saturday, March 10 at 4 ily & Children’s Services, the Jewish Hisp.m. Gray also authored “Roger Corman: tory Museum/Holocaust History Center, Blood-Sucking Vampires, Flesh-Eating Tucson Jewish Community Center and Cockroaches, and Driller Killers,” and Tucson Hebrew Academy. “Ron Howard: From Mayberry to the Besides attracting 135,000 people, the Moon . . . and Beyond”. With a doctorate festival counts on 2,000 volunteers to orin contemporary American fiction from ganize the weekend. For a complete list UCLA, Gray has covered the entertain- of authors, a festival event schedule, or to ment industry for The Hollywood Report- volunteer, go to tucsonfestivalofbooks.org.




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More than 300 women joined together for the 25th Anniversary of Connections. Together, they celebrated the impact we have on our Jewish community here in Southern Arizona and around the world. The highlight of the morning was Dr. Edith Eger, a Holocaust survivor. She shared stories about her life, her work, and her recent memoir, “The Choice.” It was a powerful and inspirational morning.


JFSA’s Young Leadership division held its 7th annual Hava Tequila on February 3rd. Nearly 125 young adults came together for the Chocolate Factory-themed event. Attendees celebrated the accomplishments of the Young Leadership program and raised more than $3000 for young adult engagement and social action programming. A portion of the money will also support the Ethiopian National Project in Israel. Be on the (L-R) Bridget Ott, Hattie Groskind, lookout for upcoming events for Rachel Rush, Michal Cherit young adults within Tucson’s Jewish community. For more information about JFSA’s Young Leadership programming, contact Matt Landau at mlandau@jfsa.org


JFSA’s Northwest Division held a special community event with guest speaker Pawel Lichter on February 13. More than 50 Northwest residents heard Lichter’s inspiring story of growing up in Rypin, Poland during the Nazi invasion and how his family escaped. Lichter also spoke about his experience of attending the March of the Living Trip in 2017 with Jewish teens from Tucson, and revisiting his hometown in Poland. See more NW events on page 25.



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Sometimes this localism lapses into chauvinism — like network Olympics coverage that lasers in on American athletes and ignores the compelling stories of all the other competitors. Or reductio ad absurdumism — like the article I found in an old Billboard magazine pondering the impact of the civil rights movement on pinball machine profits. But if handled sensitively, localism can also tap into basic human instinct in order to foster a wider appreciation for humankind. That’s the point of perhaps the best-known saying of the first century C.E. sage Hillel: “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?” Rabbi Yitz Greenberg suggests that Hillel’s first clause — “If I am not for myself, who will be for me?” — is one of Judaism’s greatest teachings. “Repair of the whole world starts with my country, my city, my neighborhood first,” writes Greenberg. “Self-interest is legitimate. People work harder and produce more in an economy built on private property. Loved ones or family first is the natural, more human way to operate.” But Hillel didn’t stop there. Instead he adds, “If I am only for myself, what am I?” Greenberg explains that concern for family and heritage “should grow and extend to the rest of the world,” and gives a trenchant po-

litical example: “If policy concern stops right at the border, then it becomes the isolationist, regressive ‘America First’ of Charles Lindbergh — a political grouping that turned a blind eye to tyranny and refused to hear the cry of the downtrodden.” It’s natural to give first thought to those closest to us: family, friends, neighbors, coreligionists. It is also our business model. There are plenty of news outlets that will give a general accounting of any major event. Specialty media like ours supplement these reports by giving a narrow view of the same event with an eye toward the particular interests of particular readers. But it is dangerous and inhuman if that focus stops there — if we are only for ourselves. I would hope that in identifying Jewish victims we don’t foster parochialism. I hope instead that by bringing a story home, we remind readers not just of the Jewish players but also of the Jewish obligations to a wider world — expanding what the sociologist and Holocaust scholar Helen Fein calls our “universe of obligation.” Maybe you can’t relate at first to those thousands of Turks who died in an earthquake. But you can relate to the Jewish victim, and from there find it easier to expand your universe of obligation to include the nonJews alongside whom they died or suffered. “Traditionally, our sense of involvement with the fate of others has been in inverse proportion to the distance separating us and them,” writes Jonathan Sacks, the former chief rabbi of Great Britain. The goal of much of our reporting is to close that distance. Andrew Silow-Carroll is JTA’s editor in chief.

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ike Signer, who was mayor of Charlottesville, Va., during the rally last August that brought white supremacists to the forefront of international attention, recalled that he was about 8 or 9 when he heard his first antiSemitic slur. “Growing up in Northern Virginia, the last thing I wanted to be was different, so I assimilated,” he told more than 3,000 Jewish teens attending the annual BBYO International Convention held last week in Orlando, Florida. It wasn’t until his late 30s, when Signer made his first trip to Israel, that he said he became comfortable with his Judaism. That wasn’t the case for the Jewish teens who packed convention halls and meeting rooms during the four-day conference. Delegates traveled from 49 states and 36 countries, including from as far away as China, for the celebration of Jewish teen spirit, listening and learning from speakers in the worlds of entertainment, social justice and Jewish organizational life. But before they got into the bulk of the program, a moment of silence was held in memory of the 17 people — 14 students and three staff members — killed in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14, the first day of the conference. Recognition of that loss continued throughout the next few days. Yet, despite a lingering pall of sadness, a sense of excitement also prevailed. “Being an Orthodox Jew from a small Jewish community in Tucson makes me appreciate all that IC had to offer. From developing my leadership and social skills to meeting Jews from all over the

world, it was a life-changing experience for me,” said Avin Kreisler. In addition to Signer, speakers included Susan Bro, whose 32-year-old daughter, Heather Heyer, was killed when a car drove into the crowd of counter-protesters last summer in Charlottesville; and two-time Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman, who just a few weeks before the convention publicly confronted Larry Nassar, the USA Gymnastics physician convicted of sexually abusing her and hundreds of others young athletes. Bro drew some of the loudest cheers when she recalled her late daughter’s favorite saying: “If you are not outraged, you’re not paying attention.” Throughout his remarks, Signer, who now sits on the Charlottesville City Council, implored the young people gathered to go into public life with “courage and confidence.” Focusing on the event’s theme, “Together We Will,” he said BBYO teens would be part of the generation that takes leadership to the next step, something being exhibited in real time in the wake of the school shooting in South Florida. There, teens the same ages as the conference participants are becoming budding activists, trying to make sense of lethal attacks in America’s schools (18 school shootings have occurred since Jan. 1). The convention also featured learning labs, leadership activities, Shabbat and Havdalah celebrations, and entertainment by Daya and Fetty Wap. Firsthand accounts from Holocaust survivors reinforced the responsibility of remembrance, and off-site visits to local nonprofits emphasized the importance of communal involvement for all ages.

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Beale Street,” the legendary blues music district, “and poverty,” Greenstein said. “His priorities are different than the farmers and the suburbs in David Kustoff ’s district.” Yet chat with one congressman and you’re likely to be reminded of the other: They might have emerged from the same factory manufacturing avuncular, selfdeprecating and wry southerners. Which in a sense, they did. Kustoff, 51, and Cohen, 68, knew each other long before either entered national politics. “His father and I were friends,” Cohen said. “We practiced law.” And they were products of a Jewish community and a city of under 700,000 where everyone seems to know everyone else — what Greenstein called “the smallest city that is an overgrown town and the biggest town that is a city.” Cohen, first elected in 2006, said he and Kustoff had a passion for retail politics. “We share a commitment to fortitude and pursuing politics and working hard and having a good base,” he said. Each described politicking at home in vivid terms. Cohen talked about the

Memphis-style barbecue joints, including Corky’s, which is Jewish-owned, and Payne’s (“Greasy and sweet ribs —they can motivate you.”). A redistricting after the 2010 census moved many of the best joints into Kustoff’s district, he said. “Regrettably, they took a lot of areas that were my stomping grounds,” he said. Kustoff said he enjoyed his district’s farther rural reaches and driving country roads to knock on doors. “When I’m back in the district, I’m traveling through as many counties as I can, meeting constituents,” he said, offering to take a reporter on the drive the next time he is in Memphis. “I enjoy it.” Each acknowledged brushes with antiSemitism. In 2008, a Democratic rival of Cohen’s said he “hates Jesus,” and in 2016, a Republican rival of Kustoff’s reminded voters that he was the “Christian conservative” in the race. But each also said that the support they have garnered is not simply despite their Jewishness but because their constituents actively reject bigotry. Cohen said some have tried to convince African-American voters to reject him because he was a white Jew. Such appeals fell flat, he said, because black voters recognized the dangers of appeals to race. “Although there are some people” in the black community “who think they want someone who ‘looks like them,’” he

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said, “for so many more it’s alien to be told to have someone who ‘looks like them.’” Kustoff, a former U.S. attorney, said that when constituents did ask him about faith, it always turned out well. “When I campaigned for this office, I would literally knock on constituent doors, and I would get asked by some, ‘Where do you go to church?,’ and my response would be ‘Temple Israel,’” he recalled. “Virtually every time I would give that response, the person would say ‘I love Israel, what can I do to help?’” The redistricting after 2010 removed most of the Jews from Cohen’s district and placed them in Kustoff ’s — something Cohen clearly regrets. “They took 95 percent of them out!” he said. “When I get asked how many Jews are in your district, I used to say 10,000. Now I say, ‘well, there’s Laurie, Jeff, Malcolm ...” The Jewish community is immensely proud of both lawmakers, said Andy Groveman, a Memphis businessman who chairs the United Israel Appeal nationally. “They have differences, but they have worked together and have really shown that while you can be from different parties, the interests of the community should be first,” he said. Kustoff and Cohen, when they have worked together, complement each other.

Cohen helped garner Democratic support for Kustoff ’s maiden bill as a lead sponsor, on protecting religious institutions (the lead Democratic sponsor was Derek Kilmer of Washington state). Kustoff framed the final tally card — 402-2 in favor — and keeps it in his office. Kustoff, who has naturally better ties to the Trump administration, used contacts in the Interior Department to help secure the naming of Clayborn Temple as a National Treasure by the National Trust, which extends to the building federal assistance for renovation. The former church was a staging ground for marches by over 1,000 striking sanitation workers in 1968, which became a focal point of the civil rights movement. Meantime, the Tigers will provide fodder for conversation next time Cohen and Kustoff meet on the plane to Memphis. They’re 7-7 in the American Athletic Conference, with sportswriters using terms like “wilting” to describe their performance. (The university had a Jewish coach, Josh Pastner, formerly with the University of Arizona, from 2009 to 2016.) “Steve and I are both big basketball fans,” Kustoff said, mentioning both the Tigers and the Grizzlies, the city’s NBA franchise, which has lost two-thirds of its games this season. “We’ve supported them in the good times and the bad times.”

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down. Try serving it in an elegant china bowl with a steamed bundle of julienned carrots, zucchini and yellow squash for a sophisticated first course to a formal dinner. You can also cut plenty of root vegetables (sweet potato, turnips, butternut squash) into a large dice and cook together in the soup for a delicious more rustic soup. Ingredients: For the soup: 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 4 tablespoons tomato paste 16 fresh shiitake mushrooms, thoroughly washed, stems and caps separated and caps sliced 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons salt ( adjust to taste) 1/2 teaspoon turmeric 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 3 medium carrots, cut into chunks 1 large parsnip, cut into chunks 1 yellow onion, unpeeled, quartered 1 red onion, unpeeled, quartered 3 celery stalks, cut into chunks 1 head of garlic, unpeeled, cut in half width-wise 1 bunch of fresh dill 1 bunch of parsley For the matzah balls: 1 pack of matzah ball mix, prepared according to directions (or make homemade) Directions: 1. Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot. 2. Add the tomato paste and cook for 2 minutes over medium high heat, stirring constantly. Add the sliced shiitake mushroom caps, stir well and cook for another minute. 3. Add 10 cups water, salt, turmeric and pepper (don’t add all the salt at once here, you can adjust to taste later). 4. Place the shiitake stems, carrots, parsnip, onions, celery, garlic, dill and parsley in a cheese cloth. Tie it well with kitchen twine and place it in the soup pot. Bring to a boil and let it cook for 5 minutes. 5. Cover, reduce heat to medium low and simmer for an hour. The broth should be ready and should be flavorful. If it’s not, continue cooking for another 15-20 minutes. 6. While soup cooks, prepare the matzah ball mixture following the package instructions. Chill in fridge for 30 minutes. 7. Remove cheesecloth from the soup and place it in a colander with a bowl underneath. Squeeze as much liquid as you can from the cheesecloth and pour it into the soup pot (the liquid will be hot, so use a wooden spoon or another utensil). Discard vegetables. 8. Form matzah balls and place directly into the broth. Cook, covered, for 20 minutes. 9. Season to taste with additional salt, if necessary. Serves 6. Vicky Cohen and Ruth Fox are sisters who were raised in Barcelona, Spain. Their parents are Syrian-Lebanese Jews but now they live, cook and blog from the East Coast of the United States about their family recipes and healthy eating at MayIHaveThatRecipe.com. The Nosher food blog offers a dazzling array of new and classic Jewish recipes and food news, from Europe to Yemen, from challah to shakshuka and beyond. Check it out at TheNosher.com.

VOLUNTEER SALUTE Helping others, helping ourselves: Volunteering is a win-win proposition PHYLLIS BRAUN AJP Executive Editor


hether they’re serving up meals at a soup kitchen, helping a child learn to read or lacing up their sneakers for a charity walk-athon, most people volunteer for a simple reason: they want to help others. And there’s probably not a single community group, from local synagogues to the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, to secular organizations such as the Community Food Bank and Habitat for Humanity, that doesn’t rely on volunteers to help them provide their vital services. But people who make a habit of volunteering also know that helping others makes them feel good. This is more than just an abstract concept. Studies show that community service confers numerous health and social benefits on volunteers, and can even have a positive impact on people’s professional lives. A 2008 study of American volunteers by the London School of Economics found that “people who volunteer report better health and greater happiness than

people who do not.” Research by the Corporation for National and Community Service in Washington, D.C., shows that people who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression later in life than those who do not volunteer. Indeed, it shows that those who give support through volunteering “experience greater health benefits than those who receive support.” Especially among older adults, volunteer service can provide social ties that prevent feelings of isolation. Knowing they are helping others also gives volunteers a sense of greater self-worth. Volunteering can also help older Americans with their own health problems: for example, those who suffer chronic pain reported lower levels of pain, disability and depression when they began serving as peer counselors for other chronic pain sufferers, and people who volunteered after a heart attack reported reductions in feelings of despair and depression. Volunteers also reported a greater sense of purpose in their lives. For teens, young adults and those in their middle years, volunteering also can provide a wealth of benefits. A July 2013

study by the CNCS found that volunteers are 27 percent more likely to find a job after being out of work than non-volunteers. Volunteering can give young people vital work experience or help job-seekers keep their skills current. Helping others can even help people deal with stress. As reported by the Huffington Post, Sandra Brown, an associate professor of preventive medicine at Stony Brook University in New York, found that while deciding to help others can make people feel vulnerable, the body helps us overcome these fears by releasing a hormone called oxytocin. This “compassion hormone” helps limit our exposure to stress hormones, such as cortisol. Oxytocin, the hormone that helps new mothers bond with their babies after childbirth, activates circuits in the brain that cannot be active when a person is feeling hostility. It “pushes aside negative emotions,” says Brown. Besides helping a person feel good, oxytocin also helps cells repair themselves, store nutrients, and grow, she says. Brown’s colleague, Stephen G. Post, Ph.D., adds that when people just think about helping others, “the body doles out feel-good chemicals such as dopamine,

which has a soothing effect, and possibly serotonin, one of the brain chemicals we treat depression with. They feel joy and delight — helper’s high.” Volunteering as a family can be a bonding experience, as well as setting an example children may follow throughout their lives. Being a volunteer is a way for people to expand their social circles and meet others with similar interests. And volunteering can give people a change from their ordinary, day to day routines. “Many people volunteer in order to make time for hobbies outside of work,” according to HelpGuide.org. For instance, someone with a desk job who craves more time outdoors might consider volunteering to help plant a community garden or walk dogs for an animal shelter. Interested in volunteering in the Jewish community? Synagogue social action committees and local Jewish agencies can provide suggestions; see jewishtucson.org resources for lists of congregations, agencies, and other local Jewish organizations. In the wider community, check out volunteermatch.org or volunteer.united waytucson.org.

STRONGER TOGETHER... Thanks to our Volunteers Every day, Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona volunteers help feed, clothe, shelter, counsel and rescue people here at home, in Israel and around the world. It’s our responsibility. It’s who we are. With more people turning to the Federation for help than ever before, volunteers are at the heart of our work. Working together, Federation volunteers do extraordinary things.

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ISRAEL Thank you to all our committed and wonderful volunteers who help us at the Weintraub Israel Center on a daily basis to fulfill our mission and build living bridges between Tucson and Israel. Thank you to all our volunteers who are serving on committees, running events, helping with fundraising, and hosting our special guests from Israel.


Diane and Ron Weintraub the founders, for 20 years of achievement! Jeff Artzi and Steve Caine Weintraub Israel Center Co-Chairs Steve Weintraub immediate past chair for your leadership Rebecca Crow - for leading the new School Twinning Fellowship program Goggy Davidowitz - for chairing our growing and thriving Partnership2Gether Committee Bobby Present - for chairing our Israel Action Network Advocacy committee David Graizbord - for chairing our Israel Education Committee Yoram Levy and Jeff Artzi for co-chairing the Israel@70 Festival Mark Cohen, Lilach Ron, David Kalish, Danielle Weiss, Stephanie Roberts, Craig Sumberg, Eli Senior, and Steve and Heather Caine for chairing Israel @70 Festival committees

Our accomplishments are made possible by the dedication of our volunteers!

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The Weintraub Israel Center is a joint project of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, Tucson Jewish Community Center, and the Jewish Agency for Israel.


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VOLUNTEER SALUTE Catalina-based nonprofit becomes retiree’s passion



DEBE CAMPBELL AJP Editorial Assistant

Photo courtesy Arthur Posner


his is the last thing I thought I’d be doing after retiring,” says Arthur Posner of his almost full-time volunteer work. He’s wrapping up four years as board president for IMPACT of Southern Arizona. But he’s still a “roll up the shirtsleeves” kind of president, continuing his weekly volunteer shifts in the organization’s food bank. It’s kind of become his passion. Starting in a small slump block house in 2000 as the Catalina Community Resource Center, IMPACT continues to morph and grow as a unified health and welfare nonprofit. Its initial purpose was to distribute food boxes, meals and clothing for those in need in the Catalina community. It has expanded to encompass southeastern Pinal and Northwest Pima counties, serving about 750 families last year with a $2.5 million budget. IMPACT has a share in the Golden Goose thrift shop and is further funded through grants, in-kind and cash donations, and fundraising. Its annual fundraiser, Women of IMPACT, will be held March 23 at El Conquistador Hilton Resort. Core services help people improve their lives, rather than merely exist on an emergency assistance level. As need continues to grow, unfortunately at a double digit rate, according to Posner, IMPACT expands services as they can be funded. Family-oriented services include programs for the homeless, for grandparents raising grandchildren, parenting classes, facilitating veterans’ services,

Arthur Posner, as Elvis, volunteers at the IMPACT food bank on Halloween.

referrals to community partners, English as a second language and citizenship classes, a food bank and a clothing bank, a commercial kitchen and senior center that serves lunch, has activities and delivers meals to the homebound. As if that wasn’t enough, the senior center is adding a new drop-in respite care program for caretakers. See Passion, page 21


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VOLUNTEER SALUTE Educator’s creativity breeds generosity shake up brain neurons and strengthen creative AJP Editorial Assistant minds. Throw in a little of her amateur magic rustration was the for levity and a new catalyst for Miriconcept was born. am Furst’s creative Since then, Furst has approach to giving back offered a half-dozen to others. After the hur90-minute workshops ricanes this fall, she felt to groups of six to 10 compelled to help. “I people. She offers the was upset to see the sufprofessional workshops fering,” she says. But at for free, in her home, age 77, she was unable charging only a $10 to be there physically. Miriam Furst materials fee. The catch? When the people in Texas needed help, she sent money. Then Participants must make a donation to the people in Florida needed help, and a charity of their choice. “It’s based on she sent money. When one of the islands trust, I don’t ask for proof,” she says. Furst notes there’s an additional link needed help, she sent money. “I couldn’t just keep sending checks,” between her quest to do good and her she recalls. She vowed to use her creativ- seminars: Creative thinking may be the ity to come up with some way to give best way to find solutions to the world’s and focused on her love for teaching. problems. She plans to expand her potential auA 30-year veteran Tucson educator of gifted children, she taught them how dience by reaching out to synagogues, to think divergently. “Creative thinking churches and educators. She’s playand critical thinking are a team. That ing with thoughts of follow-up sesfascinates me. Anyone with the right sions, “boutique sessions” for groups of information can come up with wonder- friends, alternate birthday parties where ful ideas if they know certain techniques a child might invite friends for a session and mental sets. Such personal internal with cake and ice cream, or private sesrewards come from creativity … it pro- sions. Retired, Furst lives a comfortable life. vides joy and empowerment.” Applying the tactics she used with She can shop or go to luncheons or buy children on herself, she tackled the chal- things she really doesn’t need. “At some lenge of how to best help others. She’d point, there’s the ‘rest of the world.’ I’ve written two books on stress reduction had a plaque for 40 years that I look at all and creativity, taught critical and cre- the time. It says: ‘Who you are is God’s ative thinking to college students and gift to you; What you make of it is your spoken on the topic at conferences. She gift to God.’” “I don’t want to come across as a docould do this. “Frustration can be the best motiva- gooder. But there must be a balance in tor,” she says, smiling. “To do what I can the equation. It’s a very Jewish concept.” do became the seed.” She conceived a It’s her way of recovering the sparks. To join the waiting list for an up“Creative Thinking Workshop” — an interactive seminar of unique, fun, think- coming workshop, contact Furst at ing activities. She’d teach techniques to mimifurst@cox.net or 529-5863.



VOLUNTEER SALUTE At Drawing Studio, JCF, giving much, learning more

Hadassah Southern Arizona acknowledges with grateful appreciation its board members and all other volunteers for their dedication, time and expertise.


We thank our amazing volunteers! Photo courtesy Brenna Lacey

You are terrific!

Brenna Lacey, center, with Jewish Community Foundation Executive Director Tracy Salkowitz (left) and Andy Rush, founder of The Drawing Studio



ighteen years ago Brenna Lacey walked into The Drawing Studio as a student and since then, her relationship with the organization has only become more colorful. Now she is the president of the nonprofit organization bringing relaxation, community and an artistic outlet to everyone who enters its doors. “The work of The Drawing Studio is to improve lives through the shared benefits of art-making and arts-related practices,” says Lacey. “We work with thousands of people in Tucson each year, most classes subsidized by private donations, and have students ranging from 9 to 92.” The Drawing Studio partners with various youth programs to give kids the opportunity to improve their visual literacy and ability to learn. With no background in drawing, Lacey’s involvement began when her husband purchased her a gift certificate and she registered for a class. Since then, she’s been a loyal customer and dedicated leader. “There is an infectious and generous quality about The Drawing Studio, and it’s a hap-

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The Jewish community around Catalina is very small. “Jews have been persecuted through generations,” Posner says. “Volunteering to help others shows our strength … in spite of the past, we need to help others prosper and live their dreams. “I grew up very poor. Five of us lived in a one bedroom apartment. I didn’t realize we were poor until I got out into the world,” recalls Posner. “We grew up as Reform Jews and I did have a bar mitzvah. We had the party in our living room with all the furniture moved out into the hall. For two years I went to a Jewish camp, Camp Tranquility. At that time I didn’t think about helping others. It wasn’t until I got married and had children that I started to think of others.

py place,” says Lacey. “The faculty is talented and kind, and there is so much to be learned from them as well as from other students. Quite the melting pot.” Her volunteer work is not limited to The Drawing Studio. Lacey is a past president of the Jewish Community Foundation and is still a board member. Sustaining and supporting nonprofits has become a calling for her and connects her more to her Jewish values. “Tikkun olam (repairing the world) is a value held dearly in my family,” says Lacey. “There’s no one in my close orbit who doesn’t volunteer or consider it vital to give back.” She believes this tight circle of givers around her helps make her a better person. The Drawing Studio not only fights for the “greater good,” it gives her close friends and introduces her to some very talented people. Volunteering gives Lacey so much more than a way to do good. “My life is richer for volunteering,” she says. “There is a lot to be learned through working with nonprofit organizations, and I certainly honed a lot of leadership skills by serving on boards. I’ve always said that the best way to feel better about yourself is to do something for somebody else.”

“When my kids had a bar mitzvah, I wanted it to be different and special. I built a Torah ark with a stained glass Jewish star. We printed up a prayer book and borrowed a Torah. Our best friend officiated at the service. When the kids got older and I was more financially stable, I wanted to help others. I became concerned with the youth who were on drugs and looked for ways to help and mentor them. Today the youth are still a big concern of mine. This time it is not only drugs but also homelessness. I hope that we are making progress through my work at IMPACT.” IMPACT relies upon a cadre of nearly 200 volunteers like Posner. “The volunteers do it because we believe in it and it is a good experience for both the volunteers and the clients,” he adds. “They become like adopted family. We’re there to help the community and it keeps your mind young. It’s extremely rewarding and everyone appreciates us.” For more information, visit impactsoaz.org.

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RABBI’S CORNER Where have all the young men gone? RABBI ISRAEL BECKER Congregation Chofetz Chayim


sually when you write an article, you hope that there will be numerous readers and that your message will be well received, however, this article is being written for the benefit of those who I am certain will not read it because they are no longer on this earth. I remember clearly as a child watching hundreds of people come to the synagogue to say Yizkor (the memorial prayer) for their departed parents and family members. Many a synagogue would open a special ballroom or even rent a facility to accommodate the Yizkor-goers. Furthermore, daily synagogue services in the mornings and the evenings were packed with people saying the Mourner’s Kaddish. Today this does not happen. Across the board and across the country the large throngs no longer appear. One could actually ask the question, “Where have all the young men gone? Where have all the young girls gone?” Why so few Yizkor-sayers? Have people stopped dying? Is there any reason to suggest that the death rate among Jews has decreased? When we are called to the Torah, the expression aliyah, meaning elevation, is used. Similarly, we have a tradition to say, “May the neshama (soul) have an aliyah.” Hashem in His ultimate kindness gave us the means to connect to those we knew and loved and have not forgotten. G-d has endowed us with the capability to assist and elevate their souls and position in the world to come through our actions. The Ramban, Nachmanides, presents Terach, the father of Abraham, as a Biblical illustration of this concept. Although Terach lived his life as an idol worshipper he was allowed entry into Gan Eden

(the afterlife) due to the merit of his extraordinary son. Yizkor, Kaddish, prayers, charity, mitzvahs on behalf of our loved ones bring them direct benefit and pleasure. But, where have the young men gone! Where have the young girls gone! Where are the crowds, why are they not coming! The answer seems quite clear. I believe what is missing is the “soul” of the matter. In order to be committed to elevating the neshama of a loved one, one needs to first believe that the loved one has a neshama. One needs to take Bereishis (Genesis 2:7) to heart. “G-d formed man from the dust of the earth and blew into his nostrils the soul of life.” One needs to believe that our sojourn on earth is a challenge and opportunity to elevate our souls and that after death the soul ascends to a world of spiritual grandeur. It seems, sadly, that too many Jews are most surprised when they learn that this concept is core to Judaism. The Purim masks many will wear next week actually symbolize our external and internal selves, our body and soul. The Megilla (9:27) tells us, “The Jews confirmed and undertook upon themselves.” This means that the original commitment that was made in the days of Moses was reconfirmed for all time due to our love for G-d for bringing about the great Miracle of Purim. Without that recommitment, we would never have had a Purim to celebrate. Purim is the right time to recommit ourselves to the belief in the presence of the amazing G-dly soul within us. This for our ancestors was basic Judaism 101 and even successfully transmitted to the “Yizkor-sayers,” the children of newly arrived immigrants, even as they were busy pursuing the American dream.



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P.S. Film festival finds favor, CAI laughs at Laffs, inclusiveness sustains Green Valley Michael Benisch, whose late father, Mac Benisch, served as president of Congregation Anshei Israel from 1963-69, grew up in Tucson. Michael attended Vail Junior High and Rincon High School, and received his business degree from the University of Arizona. He married Sara at Anshei Israel and both of his daughters, Rebecca and Deborah, are native Tucsonans. Michael and Sara moved to Texas in 1977 but retired to Green Valley in 2015. A board member-at-large who lives near the synagogue, he helps take care of the BSTC physical building. Being so close to Tucson, members avail themselves of amenities here. For instance, they drive up I-10 to shop for their first Sunday of the month bagel breakfast, purchasing lox, whitefish, and herring in bulk. They seek out restaurant suppliers for creamer, cream

SHARON KLEIN Special to the AJP

Lights, popcorn, action…

Magnificent,” “incredibly moving,” “great film choices,” “We’ve been to many and this was the best.” These were among attendee comments at the 2018 Tucson International Jewish Film Festival. The festival, in its 27th year is one of the longest-running Jewish film festivals in the country, bringing over 3,100 attendees to four venues Jan. 11-21.

Elliot Glicksman, Jill Kimmel, Tim Bateman, Ronit Stern, and Katie Stellitano at Anshei Israel’s Laffs comedy night on Jan. 21

Song Festival. I am humbled by the amount of people involved in supporting this event. The audiences connected with the films and film presenters and gave terrific feedback. On to our weekly meetings for the start of TIJFF 2019!”

Comedy x 3

Ashley, Noah, and Josh Hurand with Curious George at a PJ Library event held in conjunction with the TIJFF screening of “Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George’s Creators” on Jan. 14

TIJFF director Shira Brandenburg and Monique Steinberg, a 22-year veteran committee member, appeared on KGUN’s Jan. 4 “The Morning Blend” to highlight the array of featured films. To complement the final film, “Monsieur Mayonnaise,” on Jan. 21, Gwen Amar of L’chaim Kosher Catering prepared a French brunch of tuna Nicoise, blintz soufflé, croissants, baguettes, cheeses, and flavored mayonnaises. Brandenburg summed up the past year: “As the new director, it is an honor to be part of such a supportive network at The J and in the community. The committee and I spent 11 months preparing, screening 70–80 films to choose approximately 20 of the best. We rely on sponsorships, grants, advertisers, donations, and ticket sales to keep the festival alive. Partnerships with local organizations are extremely valuable to the festival’s success. Strengthening relationships with our media sponsors was a priority this year, in addition to embarking on a new adventure with the Tucson Desert


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A trio of comedians highlighted Congregation Anshei Israel’s “funraiser” Sunday, Jan. 21, at Laffs Comedy Caffe. The laughs flowed along with drinks and a vegetarian menu, in a room full of congregants enjoying an entertaining night out. The featured comics included Tucson attorney Elliot Glicksman, corporate comedian Tim Bateman of Phoenix, and Jimmy Kimmel’s sister, Jill Kimmel, also of the Phoenix area. Ronit Stern and Katie Stellitano, chairs of the synagogue’s Esther B. Feldman Preschool/ Kindergarten parent action committee, co-chaired the event. Three lucky raffle winners walked away with prize packages themed “date night,” “arts and crafts,” and “food for the soul.”

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Beth Shalom Temple Center has been a center for Jewish life serving the greater Green Valley area since its dedication in 1995. Before that, camaraderie began in the early ’80s as the Jewish Friendship Club. The synagogue, comprising approximately 140 older congregants, embraces all branches of Judaism, offering services, holiday observances, educational, social and cultural events. From a latke party to a Purim potluck, Sisterhood and Men’s Club to Yiddish Club and Torah study, there is something for everyone.


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cheese, and eggs, and hit Fourth Avenue for fruit and vegetables. Congregants also carpool to the Old Pueblo to visit the Jewish History Museum and Holocaust History Center and partake in other activities. Earlier this month, after the bagel breakfast, BSTC hosted Tucson artist Lynn Rae Lowe for a well-attended “Walk and Talk” exploration of her exhibit, “Ancient and Contemporary Symbolism of the Hebrew Alphabet,” on display in the synagogue’s art gallery through March 4. As Merle Sobol, president of the board, ends each of his messages in the BSTC “Green Valley Shofar” newsletter: “Let’s pray, play and take care of each other.”

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR The calendar deadline is Tuesday, 10 days before the issue date. Our next issue will be published March 9, 2018. Events may be emailed to localnews@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 26 for additional synagogue events. Men’s Mishnah club with Rabbi Israel Becker at Cong. Chofetz Chayim. Sundays, 7:15 a.m.; Monday-Friday, 6:15 a.m.; Saturdays, 8:15 a.m. 747-7780 or 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 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. 25, Elhanan Miller, Arab affairs journalist, rabbinical student, creator of the "People of the Book" Youtube series, on Arab-Jewish relations. Mar. 4, Ben Rimalower, actor, playwright, director and creator of the shows “Bad With Money” and “Patti Issues.” 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. Women’s Academy of Jewish Studies “Women's 40-Day Program,” at Cong. Chofetz Chayim. Free weekly 45-minute class; topic: “Make Happiness Happen.” Newcomers welcome. Meets most Sundays, 10:30 a.m. Contact Esther Becker at 591-7680 or ewbecker@me.com. Southern Arizona Jewish Genealogy Society, second Sundays, 1-3 p.m. at the Tucson J. Contact Barbara Stern Mannlein at 731-0300 or the J at 299-3000. 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 23 NOON-1:15 PM: Tucson J Shabbat Lunch & Learn, “Fiddler on the Roof, Behind the Scenes: A Daughter Speaks” with Neva Small, who played Chava in the film adaptation. Behind the scenes exploration of the making of the movie from its origin as the Tevye stories by Sholem Aleichem to the filming of the critically acclaimed and historically important film. $10, lunch included. 299-3000. 6 PM: Temple Emanu-El Rodeo Shabbat Cookout followed by service at 7:30 p.m. Kosher hamburgers (or veggie burgers), hot dogs and fixin’s. Dinner $10 for adults, free for kids under 13. Wear your favorite Western outfit; some Shabbat prayers set to Western melodies. RSVP for dinner at 327-4501 or tetucson.org.

Saturday / February 24 1:30-3:30 PM: Secular Humanist Jewish Circle lecture, “Reading the Text of our Genes: What DNA tells us about the history of Ashkenazi Jewish populations,” with Ariella Lupu Gladstein, a doctoral student in ecology and evolutionary biology at the UA. Free. Bring a snack to share. Woods Library, 3455 N. First Ave. RSVP to Jacqui Saltz at 722-5652 or jacsaltz@cox.net. 5:15 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Hadassah Southern Arizona Shabbat celebrating HSA’s 106th


ARIZONA JEWISH POST, February 23, 2018

ONGOING 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. Lunch, bring or buy, 11:30 a.m. 2993000, ext. 147. Cong. Or Chadash Mondays with the Rabbi, with Rabbi Thomas Louchheim. Mondays, noon1:30 p.m. Bring a bag lunch. This year's topic: “Judaism’s Departure from the Bible to Influence Contemporary Life.” 512-8500. Cong. Bet Shalom yoga. Mondays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. $5. 577-1171.

Integral Jewish Meditation with Brian Schachter-Brooks, Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., at Cong. Bet Shalom, free. torahofawakening.com. Temple Emanu-El Needlecraft Group with Ariana Lipman and Rosie Delgado. Second Tuesdays, through May 8, 2-4 p.m. 327-4501. Tucson J social bridge. Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon-3 p.m., year round. Drop-ins welcome. Meets in library on second floor. 299-3000. Cong. Anshei Israel Talmud on Tuesday with Rabbi Robert Eisen. Meets 6 p.m. 745-5550. Weintraub Israel Center Shirat HaShirim Hebrew choir meets Tuesdays, 7 p.m., at the Tucson J. Learn to sing in Hebrew. Contact Rina Paz at 304-7943 or ericashem@cox.net.

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

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

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

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

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

JFCS Holocaust Survivors group meets Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-noon. Contact Raisa Moroz at 795-0300. birthday at Mincha, Ma’ariv and Havdallah services. Hadassah members attending Third Meal, RSVP to Margo Gray at 298-8831. 7-11 PM: J Pride ’90s Costume Purim Party, food, costume contest, open bar. Dress “as if” it were the ’90s. $18 at the door, Tucson J, 3800 E. River Road. Info: jpridetucsonjcc.org.

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

Monday / February 26 7 PM: Arizona Center for Judaic Studies Shaol & Louis Pozez Memorial Lectureship Series presents “1948: Three Votes That Made Israel,” by Martin Kramer, Ph.D., pro-

Chabad of Sierra Vista women’s class with Rabbi Benzion Shemtov, last Wednesfessor at Shalem College, Jerusalem. Free. At the Tucson J. Free. 626-5758 or judaic.arizona.edu. 7-8:30 PM: Spiritual Awakening through Integral Jewish Meditation with Brian Yosef Schachter-Brooks. Jewish History Museum, 564 S. Stone Ave. To register call 670-9073. 7-9 PM: Tucson Tikkun Community presents “The Diversity of Muslim Americans,” with Maha Nassar, assistant professor, Modern Middle East History, Islamic Studies, University of Arizona, at Tucson City Council Ward 6 office, 3202 E. 1st St. Contact Michael Zaccaria at zaccarim@ comcast.net.

Tuesday / February 27 6-7:30 PM: Tucson J presents “Understanding Your Finances: Tax Efficient Retirement,” with Laurence E. Goldstein, vice president of investments for DKG Financial Group. Learn why taxes are different in retirement. Free. 299-3000.

Wednesday / February 28 12:30 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Fast of Esther mincha service. 745-5550 or caiaz.org. 5 PM: Con. Anshei Israel “Purim Pandemonium” Party followed by the “Whole” Megillah at 6:13 p.m. Free. Super heroes costume theme. Games and prizes. Pasta dinner at 5:30 p.m. RSVP

days, 2 p.m., 401 Suffolk Drive. 820-6256 or jewishsierravista.com. Chabad Tucson lunch and learn with Rabbi Yehuda Ceitlin, Wednesdays, 12:15 p.m. at Eli’s Deli. info@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. Tucson J canasta group. Players wanted. Thursdays, noon. Instruction available and a beginners’ table every week. Call Debbie Wiener at 440-5515. Temple Emanu-El Jewish Novels Club with Linda Levine. Third Thursdays, through May 17, 2-4 p.m. 327-4501. “Biblical Breakthroughs with Rabbi Becker” at the Southwest Torah Institute. Fridays, noon, for men and women. 747-7780 or yzbecker@ me.com. Beth Shalom Temple Center of Green Valley art exhibit, “Ancient and Contemporary Symbolism of the Hebrew Alphabet” by Lynn Rae Lowe, through March 4. 648-6690. Tucson Jewish Community Center Fine Art Gallery art exhibit, “95: Henry Koffler,” through Mar. 15. 299-3000. Jewish History Museum/Holocaust History Center art exhibit, “Invisibility and Resistance: Violence Against LGBTQIA+ People,” 564 S. Stone Ave., through May 31. Wed., Thur., Sat. and Sun., 1-5 p.m.; Fridays, noon-3 p.m. 670-9073 or jewishhistorymuseum.org. required by Feb. 23 at 745-5550 or caiaz.org. 5:45 PM: Temple Emanu-El Megillah Reading and Purim Pizza Party & Costume Contest. $7 per adult, $3 for kids 4-12, kids 3 and under eat free. All youth in costume receive prize. Megillah reading open to all at 6:30 p.m. with Rabbi Batsheva Appel, Cantorial Soloist Marjorie Hochberg and Religious School and adult volunteers. 225 N. Country Club Rd. Pizza party reservations and information at 327-4501. 6:30 PM: Cong. Or Chadash line dancing. Lesson $5. Live band. At The Maverick, 6622 E. Tanque Verde. 512-8500.

Thursday / March 1 7 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel Traditional Megillah Reading with Minyan. 745-5550 or caiaz.org. 5-8 PM: Cong. Chofetz Chayim “Purim In China.” Kosher Chinese dinner, live music and Wing Chun martial arts show. Dinner $25 for adults; $12 children ages 3–12; $15 students. Reservation required at tucsontorah.org or call 747-7780.

Friday / March 2 10 AM-1PM: A Taste of France: French Appetizers for Spring, cooking class with Berengere Allouis at the Tucson J. Members, $60; nonmembers, $70. Register at 299-3000.

11:30 AM Jewish History Museum/ Holocaust History Center gallery chat, “A Daughter’s Testimony: Uncovering My Family’s Polish-Jewish History Before, During and After the Holocaust,” presented by Evie Varady. 564 S. Stone Ave. 670-9073 or jewishhistorymuseum.org. 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.

SATURDAY / MARCH 3 11 AM-1:30 PM: Interfaith Community Services presents “Empty Bowls,” benefitting the ICS food banks. $25 includes one handcrafted bowl, unlimited soup samples and two desserts. At Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, 1288 W. River Road. Tickets at emptybowls18. auction-bid.org. NOON: Cong. Anshei Israel “Read It & Meet” book discussion on “We Were the Lucky Ones” by Georgia Hunter. Contact Helen Rib at 299-0340 or helenrib@yahoo.com.

SUNDAY / MARCH 4 10 AM: Temple Emanu-El Purim Extravaganza, “Little Shop of Purim” parody of the Broadway show “Little Shop of Horrors.” Play and program free, modest prices for food and Purim Carnival games, rides, amusements. Info at 327-4501. 11 AM-1 PM: Combined Men's Clubs brunch & private tour of Tucson Holocaust History Center. Guests welcome. $10, children under 13 free. RSVP by Feb. 25 to cbsaz.org/event/menschclub or Mark Levine at 548-5471 or marsher18@ gmail.com. NOON: Cong. Anshei Israel Mishpacha (family) program, “Games & Giving.” Free. RSVP by Feb. 27 required to Nichole Chorny at 745-5550, ext. 228, or cantorialsoloist@caiaz.org. 3 PM: Cong. Or Chadash Sunday at the Movies, “Denial.” $3 donation at the door. 512-8500. 3-5 PM: “Talking Tachles with Chen and Tamir.” “Straight talk” from the Weintraub Israel Center’s shinshinim (Israeli teen emissaries) on “Tikkun Olam in Israel.” At Congregation Chaverim. Part of a series hosted at various organizations. 320-1015.

MONDAY / MARCH 5 7-8:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El presents Spiritual Awakening through Integral Jewish Meditaiton with Brian Yosef Schacter-Brooks. Continues March 12 and 19. Members, $55; nonmembers, $70. 327-4501

TUESDAY / MARCH 6 6 PM: JFSA Men’s Night Out with former NFL player Alan Veingrad, at the Tucson J. Dinner beer, $36. Minimum pledge of $180 (students, $18) to the 2018 JFSA /community Campaign required. RSVP by Feb. 27 at jfsa.org/mensnightout, kgraham@jfsa.org or 647-8469

WEDNESDAY / MARCH 7 11 AM: Jewish History Museum presents “Narrating Our Values: Community Conversations.” Topic: “Justice, Justice, You Shall

Pursue.” 564 S. Stone Ave. 670-9073. 6 PM Brandeis National Committee 22nd Annual Book & Author dinner at Skyline Country Club, 5200 E. St. Andrews Dr. “Ask the Authors” round table with limited seating. Benefits “Sustaining the Mind,” a fund supporting research and scholarships for neurodegenerative disease at Brandeis University. Members and nonmembers, $80; seating with an author $125. RSVP by March 1 with check or credit card to Soralé Fortman, 6300 E. Speedway Blvd. #1321, Tucson AZ 85710. For more information, contact Sheila Rothenberg at sheila.tucson@comcast.net or 232-9559.

THURSDAY / MARCH 8 10 AM-2:30 PM Brandeis National Committee 22nd Annual Book & Author lunch at Skyline Country Club, 5200 E. St. Andrews Dr. Doors open at 9:15 a.m. for book sales/author signings, boutique and silent auction. Benefits “Sustaining the Mind,” a fund supporting research and scholarships for neurodegenerative disease at Brandeis University. Members and nonmembers, $80; seating with an author $125. RSVP by March 1 with check or credit card to Soralé Fortman, 6300 E. Speedway Blvd. #1321, Tucson AZ 85710. For more information, contact Sheila Rothenberg at sheila.tucson@comcast.net or 232-9559. 11:45 AM-1 PM: Temple Emanu-El Adult Education Academy class, The Zohar, Soul-Text of Kabbalah, Session III with Rabbi Sandy Seltzer, , $55 members/$70 nonmembers. Continues Mar. 15. Register at 327-4501.

FRIDAY / MARCH 9 5:45 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel “Shabbat Under the Stars.” 745-5550 or caiaz.org. 5:45-7:45 PM: Secular Humanist Jewish Circle Shabbat service, with Joan Adler, author of “For the Sake of the Children,” discussing letters found in 2007 between Nathan Straus Jr. and Otto Frank, Anne’s father, about trying to get his family out of Holland. Potluck dinner. RSVP for directions to Dee at 299-4404 or deemorton@msn.com. 7:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Shabbat Evening Service with guest Rahel Musleah, speaking about her personal journey that mirrors the story of Calcutta’s Jews, “Namaste & Shalom: Jewish Rhythms from Baghdad to India.” 327-4501.

SATURDAY / MARCH 10 10:30 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel Junior Congregation. New teen-led (13+) Shabbat service. With storyteller Jordan Wiley-Hill. Also March 24. Contact Rabbi Barkan at 745-5550, ext. 227 or eddir@caiaz.org.

SUNDAY / MARCH 11 2 PM: Tucson J Celebration of Heritage concert, “Celebrating The Arizona Balalaika Orchestra.” Traditional Russian folk music, some classical composers, Jewish numbers. Vocalists include gypsy singers Natasha Neazimbetov and Guy Velgovich. $10. Register at tucsonjcc.org or 299-3000.

SUNDAY/MARCH 18 9:30 AM: Tucson J Exploring the Old Pueblo: Tucson’s El Presidio Historic District Walking Tour, led by Jim Sell. Examine some of the

early buildings in Tucson starting with the oldest house, and work through an historical cross section to places built around 1900. Meet at La Casa

Cordova, 175 N. Meyer Ave. Optional lunch at El Charro following the tour. Members $20; nonmembers $25. Register at tucsonjcc.org or 299-3000.



10 AM: Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging lecture, “Some Things About Passover and the Seder That May Surprise You,” with Rabbi Sanford Seltzer. 2221 N. Rosemont Blvd. Contact Nanci Levy at nlevy@handmaker.org or 322-3632.


7 PM: Ninth Annual Cindy Wool Memorial Seminar on Humanism presents “One Man’s Quest to Change the Way We Die” with Dr. BJ Miller. $18 includes coffee and dessert (free for medical students). RSVP by March 22 at jfsa.org or

call Karen Graham at 577-9393, x 8469. Preceded at 5:30 p.m. by VIP Reception. $108 includes dinner, seminar and parking in 2nd Street Garage. At UA Student Union, 1330 E. University Blvd.


11:30 AM-2:30 PM: Secular Humanist Jewish Circle Passover Seder. Humanistic Hagaddah with traditional Seder plate accompaniments and stories of our ancestors and others, ancient and modern, who have made the way to freedom; singing, lunch. Members $25; nonmembers $35. RSVP by March 26 for directions to Becky at 2963762 or schulmb@aol.com.



Jewish Federation-Northwest chair yoga with a Jewish flair taught by Bonnie Golden. Mondays, 10-11 a.m. $7 per class or $25 for four. 505-4161 or northwestjewish@jfsa.org. Chabad of Oro Valley Torah and Tea for women, with Mushkie Zimmerman, Mondays, through March 26. 477-8672 or jewishorovalley.com. Northwest Needlers create hand-stitched items for donation in the Jewish community. Meets at Jewish Federation Northwest Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m. RSVP to judithgfeldman@gmail.com or 505-4161. Jewish Federation-Northwest mah jongg, Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m. Also meets Wednesdays, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., 505-4161. Chabad of Oro Valley adult education class, Jewish learning with Rabbi Ephraim Zimmerman. Wednesdays at 7 p.m., at 1217 W. Faldo Drive. 477-8672 or jewishorovalley.com.

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

THURSDAY / MARCH 1 1 PM: Jewish Federation-Northwest community dining out event at Claire’s Café & Art Gallery. Purely social. Purchase your own fare. At 16140 N. Oracle Rd, Catalina. RSVP by Feb. 26 for an accurate headcount for their staff. 505-4161 or northwestjewish@jfsa.org. 5 PM: Chabad of Oro Valley Purim Party. Comedy ventriloquist Chuck Field. Fun for the whole family. Megillah reading, dinner and hamantashen before the show. $18 per person; $40 per family, 10555 N. La Canada Dr. Details at 477-8672.

THURSDAY / MARCH 8 10-11:30 AM: Jewish Federation-Northwest Kibbitz and Schmear, at 190 W. Magee, #162. Free. 505-4161 or northwestjewish@jfsa.org.


8 AM-5:45 PM: Jewish Federation-Northwest and Hadassah Spring Bus Trip to Bisbee. Visit the Bisbee-Douglas Jewish Cemetery, have lunch at Café Roka with Jewish residents of Bisbee, followed by shopping. $54 includes bus fare, water, snacks and lunch. Choice of pickup/ drop off at 8 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. at Oro Valley Trader Joe’s, 7912 N Oracle Road or 8:30 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. at the Tucson J. Reserve at 505-4161 or northwestjewish@jfsa.org. 6 PM: Chabad Oro Valley presents Musical Musings, from shtetl melodies to Jewish contemporary artists and Chassidic Niggunim. At a private residence. Reserve at office@ jewishorovalley.com.


9 AM: The Wall That Heals, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Replica & Mobile Education Center, opening ceremony. Jewish Federation-Northwest is a sponsor. Canada Del Oro Riverfront Park, 551 W. Lambert Lane. Continues through March 18, with Wall disassembly at 3 p.m. 5054161 or bringthewallaz.com.


9-11 AM: Jewish Federation-Northwest Stuff the Truck with 1st Rate 2nd Hand Thrift Shop. Drop off your gently used and re-sellable items (and grab a donut)! at Jewish Federation Northwest, 190 W. Magee Rd., Ste. 162. Or call to schedule an inhome pick-up of larger items from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 1st Rate 2nd Hand is a Jewish thrift shop and the proceeds from this day will benefit the Northwest Jewish Federation. Call 505-4161 or email northwestjewish@jfsa.org.

Correction: In the Feb. 9 issue, the article “Latvian immigrant is expert on Russian, Jewish history” misstated the year Roza Simkhovich organized a resettlement program for immigrants from the Soviet Union. It was 1990. In 1996, she developed a program to help Russian immigrants pass the U.S. citizenship test. February 23, 2018, ARIZONA JEWISH POST



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Congregation anshei israel

5550 E. Fifth St., Tucson, AZ 85711 • (520) 745-5550 Rabbi Robert Eisen, Cantorial Soloist Nichole Chorny • www.caiaz.org Daily minyan: Mon.-Thurs., 7:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m.; Fri., 7:30 a.m.; Sun. & legal holidays, 8 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. / Mincha: Fri., 5:45 p.m. / Shabbat services: Sat., 9 a.m., followed by Kiddush; Tot Shabbat, 1st Fri., 5:45 p.m.; Family Service, 3rd Friday, 5:45 p.m.; Holiday services may differ, call or visit website. / Torah study: every Shabbat one hour before Mincha (call or visit website for times) / Talmud on Tuesday, 6 p.m. / Weekday Torah study group, Wed., 11 a.m. beverages and dessert provided.

Congregation Bet shalom 3881 E. River Road, Tucson, AZ 85718 • (520) 577-1171 Rabbi Hazzan Avraham Alpert • www.cbsaz.org Shabbat services: Fri., 5:30 p.m. (followed by monthly dinners — call for info); Sat. 9:30 a.m.-noon, Camp Shabbat (ages 6-10) 11 a.m.-noon, followed by Kiddush lunch and weekly Teen Talk lunch with shinshinim, 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. CBS Think Tank discussion led by Rabbi Dr. Howard Schwartz and Dr. Howard Graizbord / Weekday services: Wed. 8:15 a.m. / Hagim 9:30 a.m.


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

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

ChaBad on river 3916 E. Ft. Lowell Road • (520) 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.

ChaBad oro valley 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.


Congregation Kol simChah

(Renewal) 4625 E. River Road, Tucson, AZ 85718 • (520) 296-0818 Mailing Address: 2732 S. Gwain Place, Tucson, AZ 85713 Shabbat services: 1st and 3rd Fri., 7:15 p.m.

Congregation m’Kor hayim 3888 E. River Road, Tucson, AZ 85718 (Tucson Hebrew Academy) Mailing Address: P.O. Box 31806, Tucson, AZ 85751 • (520) 904-1881 Rabbi Helen Cohn • www.mkorhayim.org Shabbat services: 2nd and 4th Fri., 7 p.m. / Torah study, 2nd and 4th Sat., 9:30 a.m.

Congregation or Chadash 3939 N. Alvernon, Tucson, AZ 85718 • (520) 512-8500 Rabbi Thomas Louchheim, Cantor Janece Cohen www.orchadash-tucson.org Shabbat services: Fri., 6:30 p.m.; 1st Fri., Friday Night LIVE (Oct.-May); 2nd Friday, Tot Shabbat (Oct.-June), 6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. / Torah study: Sat.,8:30 a.m.

the institute For JudaiC serviCes and studies Mailing Address: 36789 S. Golf Course Drive, Saddlebrooke, AZ 85739 Rabbi Sanford Seltzer • (520) 825-8175 Shabbat services: Oct.-April, third Friday of the month at 7 p.m. — call for details.

temple emanu-el 225 N. Country Club Road, Tucson, AZ 85716 • (520) 327-4501 Rabbi Batsheva Appel • www.tetucson.org Shabbat services: Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. / Torah study: Sat., 8:30 a.m. except when there is a Rabbi’s Tish.

temple Kol hamidBar 228 N. Canyon Drive, Sierra Vista • (520) 458-8637 kolhamidbar.tripod.com Mailing address: P.O. Box 908, Sierra Vista, AZ 85636 Shabbat services: Fri., 7:30 p.m.


Beth shalom temple Center

1751 N. Rio Mayo (P.O. Box 884), Green Valley, AZ 85622 (520) 648-6690 • www.bstc.us Shabbat services: 1st and 3rd Fri., 7 p.m. / Torah study: Sat., 10 a.m.

Congregation etz Chaim

(Modern Orthodox) 686 Harshaw Road, Patagonia, AZ 85624 • (520) 394-2520 Rabbi Gabriel Cousens • www.etzchaimcongregation.org Shabbat services: Fri., 18 minutes before sunset / Torah study: Sat., 9:30 a.m.

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.


ARIZONA JEWISH POST, February 23, 2018

Florence Liebeskind Florence (Hass) Liebeskind, 90, died Feb. 6, 2018. Mrs. Liebeskind was preceded in death by her husband, Sidney Liebeskind. Survivors include her children, Gail (Cal) Rudner of Tucson and Wayne Liebeskind of Springfield, New Jersey; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Graveside services were held in the Congregation Anshei Israel section of Evergreen Cemetery, with Rabbi Robert Eisen of Congregation Anshei Israel officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Handmaker, 2221 N. Rosemont Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85712 or handmaker.org.

Sanders Solot Sanders “Sonny” Solot, 91, died Feb. 5, 2018. Mr. Solot was a real estate appraiser who taught and mentored many of Southern Arizona’s appraisers. A native Tucsonan, he got his real estate license at age 16 and began working with his father, Ben H. Solot. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He later taught at Pima Community College and the University of Arizona. Mr. Solot was among the founders of the Desert Aires clarinet choir that toured Arizona, Australia and New Zealand with the Tucson Concert Band. He served as president of Jewish Family & Children’s Services, was a member of Rotary Club and served on the Arizona State Board of Appraisal. Survivors include his wife, Ruth-Jean Solot; children, Steven of Tucson and Ellen of Sebastopol, California; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services were held at Temple Emanu-El with Rabbi Batsheva Appel officiating, followed by a graveside ceremony at Evergreen Cemetery with Rabbi Sanford Seltzer officiating. Arrangements were made by Adair Funeral Homes.

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handmaKer resident synagogue

2221 N. Rosemont Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85712 • (520) 881-2323 www.handmaker.com Shabbat services: Fri., 4:30 p.m., led by Lindsey O’Shea, followed by Shabbat dinner; Sat., 9:30 a.m., led by Mel Cohen and Dan Asia, followed by light Kiddush lunch.

seCular humanist Jewish CirCle REFORM


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

university oF arizona hillel Foundation 1245 E. 2nd St. Tucson, AZ 85719 • (520) 624-6561 • www.arizona.hillel.org Shabbat services: Reform, Conservative, Orthodox and alternative services two Fridays each month when school is in session. Dinner follows (guests, $8; RSVP by preceding Thurs.). Call for dates/times.


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OUR TOWN Nathan Daniel Cherkis, son of Brenda Frye and Sergey Cherkis, will celebrate becoming a bar mitzvah on Saturday, March 3 at Congregation Anshei Israel. He is the grandson of Norma Frye of Maricopa, F. Scott Frye of San Tan Valley, Margarita Lazareva of Tucson, and Alexander Cherkis of Brooklyn, NY. Nathan attends BASIS Tucson North where he is the student chair of the computer programming club. He enjoys soccer and chess. For his mitzvah project, Nathan is volunteering to help kids read at Sam Hughes Elementary School. Ethan Samuel Silvyn, son of Keri and Jeff Silvyn, will celebrate becoming a bar mitzvah on Saturday, March 3 at Congregation Or Chadash. He is the grandson of Benita Silvyn and Charles Whitehill of Tucson, and Marlys and Larry Lazarus of Phoenix. Ethan attends Esperero Canyon Middle School. He enjoys playing basketball and video games. For his mitzvah project, Ethan is raising funds and awareness for Tu Nidito. He rode 40 miles in the El Tour de Tucson this fall for Tu Nidito’s Ride for a Child and raised over $700 on his own for the organization. Riley Jo Silvyn, daughter of Keri and Jeff Silvyn, will celebrate becoming a bat mitzvah on Saturday, March 3 at Congregation Or Chadash. She is the granddaughter of Benita Silvyn and Charles Whitehill of Tucson, and Marlys and Larry Lazarus of Phoenix. Riley attends Esperero Canyon Middle School. She enjoys playing soccer and singing in choir. For her mitzvah project, Riley is raising funds and awareness for the Bald Beauties Project and Beads of Courage, inspired by a soccer teammate who lost her battle with cancer.

People in the news JAX LARCOM, son of Danielle and Guy Larcom, was one of two students chosen as winners in the third through fifth grade category of the Tucson Festival of Books 10th Annual Young Authors Competition, for his poem “Rainbow.” Jax is a third grade student at Canyon View Elementary School in the Catalina Foothills School District. The awards will be presented at the festival’s opening ceremonies on March 10.

Business briefs The ARIZONA JEWISH POST has hired MARLA HANDLER as an advertising sales representative. Handler grew up in Plainview, N.Y. She received an associate’s degree in marketing from Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, N.Y., and a bachelor’s degree in marketing and business from Florida State University. She has worked for several Fortune 500 companies including Citibank, Motorola and, for 16 years, The Coca-Cola Company, where she was an account analyst and business development manager. JEFF G. GILMORE brings nearly two decades of experience to his new home watch services business, launched this month. GILMORE 2ND HOME SERVICES focuses on watching homes while winter or full-time residents are away, checking for storm, electrical and water damage, and if necessary gathering bids and supervising repairs. Gilmore is a media arts graduate of the University of Arizona. He previously was the home owners’ association business manager and the marketing director for Cadden Community Management. Most recently, he was the onsite manager for a Green Valley condominium community. He can be reached at 3127095, Gilmore2hs@gmail.com, or Gilmore2hs.com. THE DESERT CAUCUS has announced its newly elected officers for 2018 and 2019: president, Leonard Schultz; president-elect and program chair, Betty Anne Sarver; vice president, candidate evaluation, Alan Kalmikoff; vice president, membership, Ruthie Kolker; treasurer, Steve Seltzer; and secretary, Shelley Lipowich. AMANDA STOLKIN has joined the JEWISH COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA as office and finance assistant. A Tucson native, Stolkin’s background in administrative support includes positions with Bellovin Karnas Law Firm and Repp & McLain Design and Contruction. She is enrolled at Pima Community College for a degree in accounting. ARI SLATER has joined the JEWISH FEDERATION OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA as office assistant. Born in Phoenix, Slater has lived in Tucson since 2009. He received a bachelor’s degree in Judaic studies from the University of Arizona in 2013 and previously worked at Arts for All, Inc. Since 2014, he has been a teacher at Tucson Hebrew High.

BARBARA BEFFERMAN DANES has been appointed board chair of JEWISH FAMILY & CHILDREN’S SERVICES OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA. She retired to Tucson six years ago from Pittsburgh, where her career ranged from social work to business, including serving as the CEO of the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle. She is a member of the Arizona Jewish Post advisory board, Congregation Anshei Israel and the Brandeis National Committee.

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B’nai mitzvah

(L-R): Ron and Gail Isaacs, Rep. Austin Scott, Betty Anne Sarver and Leonard Schultz

Georgia congressman addresses Desert Caucus

U.S. Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA) spoke to the Desert Caucus on Sunday, Feb. 11 at Skyline Country Club. The Desert Caucus, Inc., is a bipartisan, single issue Jewish political action committee supporting federal congressional candidates outside of Arizona who support a strong U.S.-Israel relationship. Members pay dues and are entitled to attend events featuring supported candidates.

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NEWS BRIEFS The Royal Spanish Academy, the main institution that establishes and reinforces the use of the Spanish language worldwide, announced the creation of the National Ladino Academy in Israel. The new academy was announced Tuesday by the Royal Spanish Academy’s director and the president of the Association of Academies of the Spanish Language, Darío Villanueva, at a news conference following a two-day academic convention on Judeo-Spanish in Madrid. Israel will be the 24th branch of the Association of Academies of the Spanish Language, or ASALE. Based in Madrid, Spain, the Royal Spanish Academy centralized the normative use of the language among 23 national institutions of the Hispanic world, mostly located in Central America and Latin America. The announcement means that more than 500 years after King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella expelled the Jews from Spain in 1492, the language of Spanish Jews will be honored by the leading linguistic authority of Spanish worldwide based in the capital of Spain. Ladino, sometimes referred to as Judeo-Spanish, is an endangered species in the linguistic world. Some estimates say that fewer than 100,000 people currently know how to speak Ladino. “The creation of this academy in Israel will be

an extraordinary step that will not only serve to boost philological studies on Judeo-Spanish, but will give it greater prestige in Spain, in Israel, and in Spanish-speaking countries,” said the Israeli ambassador in Spain, Daniel Kutner. Italian police are investigating the theft of a “stumbling stone” Holocaust memorial to an Auschwitz victim. The memorial, a gold-colored cobblestonesized monument embedded in sidewalk, was stolen last week just a month after it was placed in Collegno, a suburb of Turin in northwest Italy. Collegno Mayor Francesco Casciano called the theft a “deplorable act that goes beyond vandalism” as it took place at “a time when a resurgence of neofascism” threatens democratic society. The stumbling stone commemorated Massimo De Benedetti, who was deported from Collegno and killed in Auschwitz in October 1944. The theft was the latest in a spate of vandalism on stumbling stone memorials in Italy in recent weeks, including a theft in Venice and a defacement in Milan. The incidents have taken place in the run-up to general elections scheduled for March 4, in which the populist Five Star Movement and virulently anti-immigrant, far-right League Party are expected to make strong

showings. On Feb. 3, a far-right activist and League supporter wounded six African migrants in a drive-by shooting in the central Italian town of Macerata. On Tuesday, Italy’s Jewish leadership issued formal backing for a national anti-fascist demonstration scheduled to take place in Rome on Saturday but said it would not officially take part because of Shabbat. Danish anti-circumcision activists have collected nearly 20,000 signatures out of the 50,000 they need to create a bill proposing to ban non-medical circumcision for boys. With another five months to collect the remaining 30,000 signatures, the petition by the group Denmark Intact appears likely to reach its goal of forcing a vote in parliament that would set 18 as the minimum age for the procedure. According to regulations passed in January, petitions approved for posting on the Folketinget, or Citizen Proposal, website are brought to a vote if they receive 50,000 signatures with six months of their appearance. The petition, which Denmark Intact is promoting on social networks, was launched on Feb. 1. The petition proposes a punishment of up to six years in prison for any person who “physically assaults, with or without consent, mutilates or otherwise removes

external sex organs in whole or in part” from children younger than 18. It describes circumcision as a form of abuse and corporal punishment, equating it with female genital mutilation. The petition states that parents who have their children circumcised outside Denmark would be exposed to legal action in Denmark, which has 8,000 Jews and tens of thousands of Muslims. Members of both faiths circumcise male boys. Last month, lawmakers from four parties in Iceland submitted a bill proposing to ban nonmedical circumcision of boys, in what the leaders of the Jewish communities of all Nordic countries said would prevent a Jewish community from establishing itself there. Iceland has fewer than 250 Jews but this year will receive its first resident rabbi in decades. It also has a few hundred Muslims. Rabbi Andrew Baker, director of international Jewish affairs at the American Jewish Committee, said Danish Jews are concerned both by the petition in their country and the Icelandic legislation “because they fear it will set a precedent.” While few may actually utilize this element of religious practice, he said, “This is in its own way an existential threat to Jewish life. We have to acknowledge the kind of public discourse that accompanies these debates.”

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