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Arts & Culture .........................5 Classifieds ............................. 19 Commentary ..........................6 Community Calendar...........24 In Focus.................................26 Letter to the Editor ................7 Local .......2, 3, 5, 13, 14, 15, 16 National ..................................9 News Briefs ..........................28 Obituaries .............................22 Our Town ..............................27 P.S. ........................................10 Rabbi’s Corner ...................... 12 Reflections............................23 Synagogue Directory........... 12

DEBE CAMPBELL AJP Assistant Editor


here’s always excitement when the elite Thunderbirds Demonstration Squad roars into Tucson’s DavisMonthan U.S. Air Force Base for an air show. But this year’s “Thunder and Lightning Over Arizona,” March 23-24, brings a hometown pilot soaring into town for the performance. Maj. Jason Markzon, flying the #8 slot and the squad’s only Jewish pilot, says, “I’m super excited to come home and show off the team, to bring it all back home.” The Thunderbirds is an Air Combat Command unit of 12 officers, including eight pilots; 90 maintainers; and 28 support crew, performing 30 job specialties. Launched in 1953, the squad originally was based at Luke Air Force Base near Glendale, Arizona, moving to Nellis AFB in Las

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Tucson’s Markzon to bring Thunderbirds, lightning over Arizona

U.S. Air Force Maj. Jason Markzon on point of his Thunderbirds Demonstration squad

Vegas in 1956. Markzon was born and raised in Tucson. He attended Coronado Middle School, becoming a bar mitzvah in 1997 at Congregation Or Chadash, where his par-

ents still attend. Graduating from Canyon Del Oro High School in 2002, he spent his last semester in an Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps at Flowing Wells High School, because CDO

lacked such a program. “I’d already decided to go into Air Force ROTC in college and wanted to build a military foundation,” he explains. See Thunderbirds, page 4

PJ Library national officer briefs locals on global operation DEBE CAMPBELL AJP Assistant Editor


n Southern Arizona, nearly 900 families with children from 6 months to 11 years old receive free books monthly from PJ Library and PJ Our Way programs. And 98 percent of those parents say PJ Library has been a valuable parenting tool. “This is the largest cohort of young people the Federation has connection to in Southern Arizona,” says Stuart Mellan, the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona’s president and CEO. “That’s a big swath of the community. The numbers show that, through the years, 30 percent of

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(L-R) PJ Library volunteers Jane Ash, Karen Katz, and Lee Surwit; Rosalie Eisen, PJ Library national senior program officer; Mary Ellen Loebl, Tucson PJ Library coordinator; and Deborah Oseran, incoming Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona board chair, at the Federation Feb. 19

these young people were on no one’s list before they joined PJ Library. Hopefully, this links them back to the Jewish community.” The non-profit PJ Library pro-

gram began in 2005 as a Jewish engagement and literacy program for Jewish and interfaith families with young children. The JFSA joined the program

in 2008, becoming one of 2,700 community programs. Through PJ Library and PJ Our Way, the Harold Grinspoon Foundation sends out 200,000 books monthly in the United States to families raising Jewish children. Globally, in more than 20 countries, 650,000 books are distributed. Rosalie Eisen, the national senior program officer, visited Tucson Feb. 19 to share updates with volunteers, staff and friends of PJ Library in Tucson. Eisen explained that PJ Library distributes about 228 new Jewish children’s book titles each year in four languages — English, Spanish, Russian and Hebrew. It’s not See PJ Library, page 8

CANDLELIGHTING TIMES: March 8 ... 6:09 p.m • March 15 ... 6:14 p.m. • March 22 ... 6:19 p.m.

LOCAL / ISRAEL Local teachers cement bond with counterparts on Partnership trip to Israel DANIELLE WEISS Tucson Hebrew Academy

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delegation of Tucson educators representing Jewish organizations experienced Israel in a meaningful, weeklong cultural exchange during rodeo school break in late February. Jeanette Butcher (Tucson Jewish Community Center), Nicole Chorny and Kim Spitzer (Congregation Anshei Israel), Allie Silber (Temple Emanu-El), Jill Sobieszyk (Congregation Or Chadash) and I were selected from synagogues and Jewish schools in the Tucson community to strengthen our connection with Israel through the Partnership2gether program. Sponsored through the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona and the Tucson J, the Weintraub Israel Center’s Partnership2gether school twinning program pairs Tucson schools and communities with Kiryat Malachi and Hof Ashkelon near Israel’s border with Gaza. Through twinning, students and teachers are able to connect, engaging in activities to broaden their global outlook on Jewish life.

Partnership2Gether School Twinning program participants at the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Feb. 2. (L-R) Back row: Adi Olshansky, Danielle Weiss, Zohar Bisker, Daniella Cohen, Keren Mor, Jill Sobieszyk, Orly Gros, Kim Spitzer, Nili Cohen-Hammer, Adi Shacham, Jeanette Butcher, Ofra Gueta, Nichole Chorny; front: Yochi Azran, Allie Silber

The trip was to provide educators with the opportunity to learn, experience, and observe the Israeli educational system, and to explore the potential for an enriching and beneficial school twinning relationship. Sharing the experiences of being Jewish and learning about life as an educator in Israel provided an opportunity to explore multiple perspectives.

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“The distance between our two countries and the language barrier will no longer divide us. Being face to face with each other sparked new ideas and creative ways for us to teach and to connect all of our students together,” says Spitzer, a Sunday school teacher at Anshei Israel and co-chair of the Tucson/Israel delegation.

Participants were welcomed with homestay hospitality that opened the doors for true friendships between participants. “Staying with a host family led me to experience Israel through an Israeli’s eyes, the way I would want someone to experience Tucson through my eyes,” says Butcher. This is the second consecutive year for the Tucson/Israel teacher delegation trip. Last year the delegation visited Israel during a tumultuous time in the partnership region. Teachers could neither visit the schools nor see the children and at the conclusion of the trip, felt as if they had not fully met their mission. During this trip, teachers were able to spend significant time in the classrooms and schools. As THA’s kindergarten teacher, I spent a morning in my twin class, where I was greeted and welcomed by teachers, students, and parents. The support and gratitude of the Partnership2gether program was authentic and humbling. The delegation also traveled to iconic Jewish heritage sites including Masada, the Dead Sea, Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center, Tel Aviv, and See Twinning, page 8

LOCAL JFCS Matza & More sees local needs increase

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Volunteers unload groceries for Jewish Family & Children’s Services’s 2018 Matza & More campaign.


or more than 40 years, Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona’s Matza & More project has packed and delivered Passover bags to Tucson area families who otherwise could not afford food and items for a Seder. Volunteers and staff fill the bags with fresh vegetables, gefilte fish, horseradish, walnuts, grape juice, matzah ball soup mix, food gift cards, holiday candles, and, of course, matza. Each year donations from synagogues, organizations and individuals help make the project possible. “Matza & More would not be possible without the many volunteers who give their time, and without donations,” says Susan Kasle, vice president of community services for JFCS. “Due to increasing need, we need more of both each year.” Matza & More is part of the Jewish Emergency Financial Services program at JFCS. Because kosher food is more expensive and anything extra is unaffordable, food for a Seder is out of reach for many JEFA families. “There remains great need for affordable food in the broader Jewish community where low income households

struggle to make ends meet, particularly during holiday periods,” says Kasle. “Matza & More provides these households with essential ingredients for a traditional Seder meal with family or friends. Moreover, the program reminds those in need that they are not alone on Passover.” Throughout the year, JEFA offers help to Jewish families and individuals facing eviction, utility shut-off, food shortage, and safety-related home repair needs. JEFA also oversees Mitzvah Magic, a program that provides Jewish families in need with baskets filled with basic necessities and holiday gifts. JEFA is funded by the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona and by individual donors. Passover bags will be packed on Thursday and Friday, April 11-12, and delivered to families on Sunday, April 14. Drivers must be 18 or older; families with children are welcome to participate. The program also seeks members for its planning committee. To volunteer, contact Kasle at 7950300, ext. 2201. To make a donation, visit www.jfcstucson.org/donate/matza-more.

Juggler will headline Purim Palooza at CCC

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ongregation Chofetz Chayim will present a Purim Palooza on Thursday, March 21 at 5 p.m. The palooza — defined as an exaggerated event — starts with wine and hors d’oeuvres on the synagogue patio, followed by a full course dinner, including hamantashen and other dessert selections. There will be entertainment throughout the evening, featuring James Reid’s unique juggling combinations and a light and sound show. The price for adults is $25; students, $15; and children 3-12, $10. RSVP by March 13 at www.tucsontorah.org/purimreservation, or mail checks to Congregation Chofetz Chayim, 5150 E. 5th St., Tucson, AZ 85711. For more information, contact Rabbi Israel Becker at 747-7780.

James Reid performs



THUNDERBIRDS He attended Arizona State University, graduating with a bachelor of science in aerospace engineering in 2007. Typically, in the junior year of AFROTC, members are selected for a line position for their future Air Force career. Markzon’s dream was a pilot slot. But, as an engineering graduate, he was assigned to developmental engineering at Luke AFB. “I joined the Air Force to see the world, but it was like walking across the street,” he says. Yet, he remained optimistic and set his sights on becoming a flight test engineer, and started private flight school on his own. “I fell in love with flying,” he recalls. “I try to take control of the things that are in my control and improve things to influence things that are not in my control.” So he kept asking command about pilot opportunities, and in April 2007 got a call from his commander offering a pilot slot. “YES, my inner child was screaming, but I kept my military bearing,” he says. “It was an exciting day for me!” Markzon commissioned as a second lieutenant and flew sorties for a year in the back seat of F-16s while awaiting pilot training at Laughlin AFB in Texas, which reinforced his love for fighter jets. He received his pilot wings in September 2009, training on T-6s and T-38s. Markzon was assigned to Randolph AFB, also in Texas, to become an instructor pilot. Back to Laughlin AFB, he was a first assistant instructor of pilots, teaching new graduates to fly the T-38. “I love to teach young, impressionable minds how to fly airplanes. Those first things you learn as a pilot stick with you,” he says. While in Texas, Markzon met and married Korynne. In 2013, he was reassigned to Luke AFB to train on F-16s with the 310 Fighter Squadron before deploying overseas. He and Kory spent 18 months at Osan Air Base, South Korea, on a combat assignment and three years at Misawa AB in northern Japan, where his daughter, Violet, was born. While in Japan, in 2017, he applied for the Thunderbirds. It is a highly competitive process for selection to the squad. For the officers it begins with an application, personal letter, resume, flight records and performance report. Finalists are selected from the highest caliber applicants whose initial interviews are conducted at airshows. Selection depends on interaction with crowds, with team members, and critical factors such as character and personality. The squad’s operations officer, wing commander and then a gauntlet of the 12 current flight crew members interview semi-finalists. Next are interviews with one-star and two-star generals and air warfare commanders.. The team’s nominations go back to the generals, who look at career paths, timing, and records to make the final decision on four new pilots each year. In rotations,

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the officers serve two-year terms. Selection for the enlisted crewmembers is primarily merit-based. “They look for high caliber folks who already have highlighted themselves,” says Markzon. These staff serve three- to four-year terms. After Markzon’s initial application, he was called for semi-final and final interviews, but didn’t get a slot. “I didn’t let that stop me. I improved and applied again in 2018 and finally got the call in July 2018.” He joined the team in September and began flying in October. Having logged more than 1,900 flight hours as an Air Force pilot, this is Markzon’s first season flying with the Thunderbirds, and Davis-Monthan AFB is the season’s first show. The squad is in the air 220 days a year for more than 80 air demonstrations annually. The schedule is a challenge for families, Markzon admits. “But the military is dedicated to whatever mission they have, and the family also makes that sacrifice.” Family members make great efforts to attend airshows when they are near the Las Vegas base, in Tucson, San Antonio, Sacramento and Reno. For this first performance in Tucson, Markzon expects to have more than 100 family and friends watching from the ground, including his brother, Seth, from California; sister, Heide, from Chicago; and parents, David and Andrea, from Tucson. “Part of my job as the advance is to run the show line with the local air show coordinator, who comes up with an aerobatic box, or a zone the squad will fly within. We ensure there is no potential for hazard,” he says, adding that safety is the top priority. This advance check gives local spectators a unique opportunity to view both his arrival fly-in on March 20, trailing smoke, and the precheck with the single #8 aircraft. The other seven aircraft will fly in the next day, ahead of the show. The team will practice over Davis-Monthan on Thursday and Friday, another chance to preview their skills over the base’s airspace. “The challenge at Davis-Monthan is that Tucson International Airport is close by and has lots of traffic,” says Markzon. “Normally during air shows, temporary flight restrictions apply from the ground to 15,000 feet See Markzon, page 5

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Orchestra to play Weimar era music at Fox


Singer Max Raabe, in white tie, with the Palast Orchester

ax Raabe and the Palast Orchester will play the Fox Tucson Theatre on March 15. Raabe founded the Palast Orchester in 1986 in Berlin, with fellow music students who loved to play music from Germany’s Golden 1920s. Their style and showmanship struck a chord with the public and their popularity increased quickly, first in Germany, then Austria and Switzerland, and soon they were touring worldwide. Raabe told the Washington Jewish Week that the music he loves “comes from a very short period of time during the Weimar Republic, beginning in 1926 when a lot of fantastic composers and talented lyric writers came together to create wonderful songs in the late ’20s and early ’30s. There was a special kind of humor, a kind of black humor, elegant and

very sophisticated.” That golden age of German music came to end with Hitler’s rise to power in 1933, when he outlawed Jewish and other “degenerate” artists. But, says Raabe, in that brief period, “the films and the radios had wonderful songs, pieces you could compare to the lyrics of Cole Porter and Noel Coward, and other American standards.” The impeccably tailored Raabe is described as “more Fred Astaire than Joel Grey,” with a light but wide-ranging baritone voice. The Palast Orchester’s concerts also include American classics such as Irving Berlin’s “Cheek to Cheek" and Porter’s “Ms. Otis Regrets." For tickets, $29-$74, or more information, visit www.foxtucson.com or call the box office at 547-3040.


in me when I was struggling in school. I hope to inspire another.” The 70-minute airshow demo highlights a sharply choreographed, drill-style ground ceremony demonstrating esprit de corps of enlisted members. The jets take off flying only a few feet from wingtip to wingtip. The solo pilots integrate their routine, exhibiting the maximum capabilities of the F-16 Fighting Falcon, the Air Force’s multi-role fighter jet. For the airshow, viewers also will see A-10, C-17 and F-22 single ship demos, skydiving, air dog fights, stunt flying, and more. Admission and on-base parking are free, but guests can purchase VIP tickets from $30 up, for limited seating. Also available are a military open house, ground and interactive displays and a kids’ play area. For information and tickets go to www.thunderandlightning overarizona.com.

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above it, which is not the case in Tucson. Airspace west of DM has a shelf where our jets can’t fly in commercial airspace.” Markzon narrates the performance, selects music for maneuvers, takes media and celebrities on flights, and handles public relations and community outreach to “display pride and professionalism as we represent 660,000 total people in the Air Force,” he says. Markzon remembers seeing airshows as a child. “People see the Thunderbirds when they are kids and want to become a pilot. That wasn’t my intention when I joined the Air Force, but it became where to go next when I thought of the people that helped me get where I am. It became my way of giving back. Someone believed



COMMENTARY What a Bergen-Belsen prenup teaches us about Jewish resilience HENRY ABRAMSON JTA

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t is jarring to see a Star of David placed between the Hebrew transliteration of the words Bergen-Belsen, the notorious Nazi concentration camp where 37,000 Jews, including Anne Frank, were murdered — and on a marriage contract, no less. But there it was, a small bureaucratic form, typed in Rabbinic Hebrew, meant to address the heartbreaking implications of marrying in the aftermath of genocide. When British troops liberated Bergen-Belsen in April 1945, they found 10,000 emaciated corpses scattered about the prison grounds, a horrific vision of apocalyptic proportion that has been memorialized in photographs and newsreels from the period. Many of the some 60,000 inmates still alive were seriously ill — about 13,000 died post-liberation, according to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Yet within months, the site became the epicenter of a furious revival of the

A post-Holocaust marriage contract features a Jewish star between the words Bergen-Belsen, a notorious concentration camp.

Jewish population, as survivors engaged in what historian Atina Grossman called “biological revenge”: Jews affirming life in the most elemental manner by marrying and bearing children. By 1948, according to Grossman, the displaced persons camps (of which Ber-

gen-Belsen was the largest) witnessed a birth rate of 36 children per 1,000 Jewish women, approximately seven times the rate for German women. The children were called “moshiachskinder,” meaning children born as part of the messianic redemption of the world.

The Star of David found on a BergenBelsen ketubah (marriage contract) is an expression of that life-affirming impetus. Like the famous Survivor’s Talmud, a full edition of the Widow and Brothers Romm Talmud published in 1948 in Heidelberg on the very same presses that once produced Nazi propaganda, Jewish Holocaust survivors refused to grant Hitler a posthumous victory: In a place of terrible death, they would create life. I was asked to present the story of resurgent Jewish life in the DP camps to the Project Witness Educators’ Conference on Women in the Holocaust, a remarkable annual gathering of teachers in Jewish schools to share ideas and network with other educators, many of whom struggle to teach the Holocaust in haredi Orthodox institutions that ban the use of internet-based resources. The YIVO Archives preserves an impressive collection of DP-related artifacts, and I spent several hours looking for documents to assist the educators’ classroom work: The microfilmed images generally See Resilience, page 7

Not just anti-Semitism: Corbyn’s Brexit problem is also a disaster for Jews DAN FRIEDMAN JTA


ews are rarely central to peacetime domestic British politics. But on Feb. 18, Jewishness appeared front and center at Westminster when seven members of Parliament left the Labour Party, citing its inability to effectively oppose an

unworkable Brexit and its apparent unwillingness to confront anti-Semitism. Some of them represent significant, but small, Jewish communities. “Enough is enough,” said Chris Leslie, a former shadow minister who is part of the “Independent Group.” Luciana Berger, the Jewish member of Parliament for Liverpool and another of the seven, said

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she felt “embarrassed and ashamed” of the party’s record on anti-Jewish racism. Berger is right to be ashamed of the turn toward anti-Jewish hatred that this once proudly anti-racist party has taken under Jeremy Corbyn, its leader since September 2015. For an avowed antiracist of the post-Nazi era, Corbyn has expended an extraordinary amount of time and political capital to avoid admitting that he and his party have been antiSemitic, despite the overwhelming public proof. Yet anti-Semitism is far from the only way Corbyn is endangering his country’s Jews. In the announcement of the split, the Parliament members said it was a pivotal moment in British politics: If no political action is taken, Britain will crash out of the European Union on March 29 with seismic financial and political ramifications. This despite the leaders of both major political parties campaigning to “Remain” in the union in the 2016 referendum. Many people speculate that the “Leave” vote, which was widely expected to lose, was significantly a protest vote against the political elite. Although the country did narrowly vote for Brexit, the Leave campaign repeatedly lied, appealed to irreconcilable views of Brexit and is under numerous investigations of serious

illegal political actions. Anti-Semitism, or anti-Jewish racism, is obviously a Jewish issue. But Brexit, if it actually occurs, would be disastrous for Britain’s Jews and other minority groups. The European Union, for all its bureaucracy and pomposity, has been a unifying power and a guarantor of rights for individuals and groups. Both Brexit and anti-Semitism are Jewish issues — and Corbyn is on the wrong side of both. Opposing Brexit is a sine qua non of any leader committed to helping minorities in Britain and Europe. As always, it is the vulnerable who suffer when the powerful — like Corbyn, Prime Minister Theresa May and Britain as a whole — are weak. As Jews, we know that when nationalism bolsters insecurity, Jews become reviled outsiders. From the Crusades to the Spanish Inquisition to the Second World War, we know that when war marches across Europe it is Jews, women, Armenians and Romany who suffer. Yet Corbyn is uncharacteristically coy on both the post-Nazi project of European reconciliation and on anti-Jewish hatred. This is a man who, somewhat like Bernie Sanders in America, portrays himself as a garrulous throwback, a straight talker who has had a front row See Brexit, page 9

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Israel’s haredi Jews get preferential treatment Regarding Rabbi Shlomo Brody’s article, “This Eurovision contender showed how Israel has failed its religious Jews,” (AJP 2/22/19), what else do the haredi want? • They (for the most part) don’t serve in the army. • Most businesses are closed on Shabbat even if they would have opted not to. • Marriages, divorces, conversions etc.

are totally at the hands, and mercy, of the Orthodox rabbis. • The Masorti and Reform movements are barely tolerated. • With few exceptions, there is no public transportation on Shabbat. • And more And he has the gall to say that Israel has failed its religious Jews! — Bracha Etgar, Scottsdale


“I, and the woman that I will marry, will abide by the ruling of the Bet Din, whether it requires divorce and the division of assets, or any other matter,” the document says. This post-Holocaust prenuptial agreement, which involved obligation to the presumed dead as well as the living, required the groom “to inform my [subsequent] wife of this obligation prior to the chuppah.” Finally, the groom affirms that “if I fail to obey the dictates of the Bet Din, behold I accept that the Bet Din may nullify my [subsequent] marriage, as the court sees fit.” One can only imagine the tearful conversations between groom and bride, poised on the cusp of their blissful future together, as they reviewed the implications of this painful document. Hope inescapably mixed with tragedy, rebirth entwined with death. The emotional heroism of these survivors must have been overwhelming. As a historian, however, I reflect also on the fact that this artifact in the YIVO Archives is not a personalized, handwritten document that reflects the misfortune of a single family. It is rather a form letter, composed and reproduced for repeated use. It is the blank spaces, left unmarked, that provide silent witness to the thousands upon thousands of unspoken tragedies extending well beyond the war’s end. I have the honor of working in a college environment where many of my young students make the transition to the sacred marriage canopy. I doubt that many of them contemplate the fragility of life — that is a privilege that seems to be reserved for the elderly. But documents like this post-Holocaust prenuptial agreement illustrate how as Jews we must appreciate the drive of these elderly, after unspeakable tragedy, to nevertheless survive and endure.

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were poorly typed work authorization letters, printed notices for public lectures, and handwritten letters in Yiddish, Polish and German. But when I came across a terse prenuptial agreement, my blood ran cold. The DP camps in Germany and Italy contained some 300,000 Jews, most of whom emerged from the death camps before the Nazis could complete their Final Solution. Many married before the war could not determine whether or not their spouses were still among the living. Neither divorced nor widowed, the survivors remained “chained” to their former husbands and wives, unable to remarry under Jewish law until the fate of their spouses could be ascertained. The situation for such women, known as “agunot,” was more dire than that for men, as women are prohibited from remarrying if their husband has not agreed to a divorce or if there is no proof that he has died. So the rabbis of the DP camps employed the full arsenal of Talmudic logic to declare missing husbands dead and allow their widows to remarry. The document I found, however, was not for women. It was something I had never seen before: a sobering prenuptial agreement for a prospective groom who wishes to remarry after his wife disappeared in the maelstrom of the Holocaust. Addressed to the “Honorable Court of Justice Established to Address Agunot in the Central Office of the British Zone (in Germany),” the form has the groom agreeing to abide by the dictates of the court should his first wife somehow emerge from the ashes of the Holocaust. The text reads in part: “I, the undersigned, accept upon myself without any duplicity and with good will, without being coerced in any way, that if my first wife returns home …” A blank space is reserved for the groom to enter the name of the missing woman.

Henry Abramson is a specialist in Jewish history and thought who currently serves as a dean of Touro College in Brooklyn, New York. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Arizona Jewish Post or its publisher, the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona.




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Northwest Men’s Group welcomes new members on their monthly jaunts.

The Northwest Men’s Group enjoyed a social lunch Jan. 31 at Truland Burgers & Greens, and a private tour of the University of Arizona’s Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab. “The monthly outings of the Men’s Group are a great way to visit and enjoy some of the area’s highlights in the company of friends,” said men’s group member Randy Myerson. For more information on joining the Men’s Group and their upcoming outings, contact the Ruth and Irving Olson Center for Jewish Life in the Northwest at northwestjewish@jfsa.org.

ROUND UP, DONATE CHILDREN’S BOOKS TO ISRAEL February was Love of Reading Month. PJ Library celebrated by collecting previously loved children’s books to share with Israeli children in our partnership area of Hof Ashkelon and Kiryat Malachi. There’s still time to donate books or contribute. For questions, contact Mary Ellen Loebl at pjlibrary@jfsa.org.

Drop off children’s book donations at the Federation

Women’s Philanthropy Pomegranate Division hosted a fun event for women of all ages on Feb. 13. After a nosh and chat, they headed to the art studio to glaze ceramic bowls. The colorful results of their artistic endeavors will be auctioned at the annual Connections Brunch on March 10. Proceeds will benefit “Making a Difference Every Day: The Homer Davis Project” to support students Painting bowls for charity auction at Homer Davis Elementary School, where Federation volunteers and sponsors contribute food packets, homework help, classroom assistance and much more. For more about the Pomegranates, contact scastro@jfsa.org.




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just a task of translating the same titles into various languages, Eisen said. Specific titles are chosen to match the cultures of the different readers. The vast international mail delivery system compounds the program’s complexity. Additionally, the Grinspoon Foundation is the largest purchaser of Arabic children’s books, which it distributes in partnership with the Israel Ministry of Education through Maktabat al-Fanoos (Arabic for “Lantern Library”) to 200,000 preschoolers living in IsraeliArab communities. Some 215,000 Jewish preschoolers in Israel also receive Sifriyat Pajama (Hebrew for “Pajama Library”) books through the program. The Grinspoon Foundation, PJ Library Alliance, the Israel Ministry of Education, international funders, and local communities fund the program’s $36 million annual budget. PJ parents in Southern Arizona, through PJ’s Pay it Forward program, help defray costs of the local program to ensure books can reach even more families. “PJ Library meets families where they are — in the comfort of their own



Jerusalem. Experiencing the shuk (markets) was a highlight for Or Chadash educator Sobieszyk. Tucson and Israeli teachers explored the Old City of Jerusalem together and went to the Kotel, the Western Wall, for a special Kabbalat Shabbat. The group of teachers had a meaningful Shabbat as they embraced in the rain with songs and prayers in front of the holy wall. The teachers participated in workshops to plan for future trips and deeper connections. Collaborating in a visual

homes,” says Marcie Greenfield Simons, Grinspoon Foundation trustee. “People are turning to ‘do-it-yourself ’ everything, including religion, and Judaism is no different.” The impact PJ Library has on parents is the program’s core success. Through guides on book flaps, online resources and local engagement programs, the library helps parents create their own Jewish practices that are meaningful. Many parents are reading and learning along with their children, using PJ Library to guide them in making Jewish decisions. Now a PJ Library Radio App streams fun, kid-centric, Jewish music and stories 24/7. “We have a wonderful crew of volunteers,” says Loebl, who assist with the variety of interactive programs and crafts. The PJ Our Way program allows kids ages 9-11 to choose their monthly book from a selection of four titles. PJ also offers professional development for staff, micro-grants for Jewish camping programs, and community engagement programs for Jewish gettogethers. A website, www.pjlibrary.org, lists parent resources, and ways to connect with local PJ Libraries, local Jewish communities and events. For more information, contact Loebl at pjlibrary@ jfsa.org.

thinking workshop, they drew pictures to communicate what lacked in spoken words. The idea of expressing thoughts through images helped unite the group to find solutions in connecting peopleto-people. As the Partnership2gether program grows and the communities become closer, the delegation of teachers is committed to strengthening those connections. Through global learning and communication, teachers can help children to take pride in their identity and feel supported by their worldwide Jewish connections.

Danielle Weiss is a kindergarten teacher at Tucson Hebrew Academy.

NATIONAL ADL: White supremacists increase propaganda MARCY OSTER JTA


hite supremacists dramatically stepped up their propaganda efforts targeting neighborhoods and campuses in 2018 to never-before seen levels. Such efforts increased by 182 percent, to 1,187 distributions across the U.S., up from 421 total incidents reported in 2017, the Anti-Defamation League reported Tuesday. The number of racist rallies and demonstrations also rose last year, with 91 white supremacist rallies or other public events attended by white supremacists held in 2018, up from 76 the previous year. In addition, hate groups increasingly used so-called “flash mob” tactics to avoid advance publicity and scrutiny. In most cases the identities of indi-

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seat for 30 years of history. But on the question of anti-Semitism, he vacillates. And he seems unable to speak clearly about his vision of a British relationship with the European Union, tacking tacitly toward a soft Brexit that will harm the Conservatives most. Corbyn seems to be playing a devious political game devised by his unscrupulous henchmen Andrew Murray and Seumas Milne. Although he was nominally for remaining, he is putting personal politics ahead of embracing a union that has transformed the war fields of past centuries into a peaceful economic powerhouse. Instead of belonging to a Europe capable of securing the rights of its minorities and workers and withstanding Russia, China, Amazon and Google, he is gambling Jewish safety and workers’ security for his political gain. The country and the major parties, Labour and Conservative, have been divided by Brexit for four years now. Within those parties, there have been such serious differences of opinion that it’s as if each has contained at least two effective parties. Labour has pro-Europe and anti-Europe factions, the Tories have proEurope, soft Brexit and hard anti-Europe factions. The three Tory Parliament members who joined the Independent Group on Wednesday were from the pro-Europe side of the party. After a lukewarm role in the Remain campaign in 2016, and

vidual members were hidden, according to the ADL. “Posting fliers is a tried-and-true tactic for hate groups, one that enables them to spread hateful ideas and sow fear across an entire community,” said Jonathan Greenblatt, the ADL’s national director. “Hate groups were emboldened in 2018, but their increasing reliance on hate leafleting indicates that most of their members understand this is a fringe activity and are unwilling to risk greater public exposure or arrest.” ADL recorded 319 incidents of white supremacist propaganda appearing on 212 college and university campuses in 37 states and Washington, D.C., up from 292 campus incidents in 2017. The number of noncampus community propaganda efforts soared to 868 from 129 incidents. “Alt-right” groups were responsible for the majority of these efforts.

much to the dismay of many Labour supporters, Corbyn has seemingly decided to accept the fact of Brexit rather than support the “People’s Vote” — a second referendum on Brexit that would propose actual exit strategies rather than the lies proposed the first time. Of course, the Conservative malcontents who either oppose Brexit or aim to force the hardest Brexit possible have a vested interest in staying within the party in power. Despite the Conservatives’ abysmal popularity rating and the unpopular looming Brexit, Labour was only able to rally enough votes in the last general election to reduce the Conservative majority. So the Independent Group had less power to lose by leaving and more anti-racist credibility to gain. The vast majority of Jewish Labour supporters — increased to eight by the addition of Joan Ryan, the leader of Labour Friends of Israel — have now left the party. As long as the leaders of the Labour Party will not commit to fight anti-Jewish racism in their own party and, at the same time, continue to abet Brexit’s undermining of the rights of minorities, they will be abandoned by people who support anti-racism and the rights of minorities. Whether the Independent Group succeeds or fails, history will show that it did not stand by idly as its major political parties blindly lead Britain to bigoted doom.

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P.S. Youth group conventions and a home turf visit for a Stanford b-ball player oring past pioneers and looking to recognize potential future leaders. She looks forward to an “empowered, transparent, and vibrant movement,” working with the adult Reform movement leaders on transitions and changes in Mitzvah Corps, Kurz leadership camps, and other URJ youth programs. She hopes to establish “office hours” (using a Zoom link) for NFTY feedback and send out a monthly update. Maya, mazel tov and may you go from strength to strength in this exciting year ahead.

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“Our Turn”

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Maya Levy was elected 201920 North American Federation of Temple Youth president at the NFTY convention, held Feb. 15-18 in Dallas. She was NFTY Southwest regional president before attaining this role as head of the North American board. Maya, a University High School senior, was joined by fellow Tucson Hebrew Academy graduate and Temple Emanu-El member Breanna Yalen, a University High School sophomore. Breanna is currently serving as the social action vice president of JCTEY (Jew Crew Temple Emanu-El Youth), the local NFTY youth group in Tucson. Nearly 1,000 Jewish teens gathered in Dallas to focus on how to build community and enact change. The keynote speaker was David Hogg, teen activist and March for Our Lives co-founder, who advocates against gun violence after surviving the Feb. 14, 2018 shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida. Friday night and Saturday morning services were teen-led with Saturday creative worship options such as paint and pray, yoga, and meditation. Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, gave the Shabbat D’var Torah. The teen-created program included sessions on

Breanna Yalen (left) and Maya Levy at NFTY convention

songwriting, storytelling (which Maya led), climate change, immigration, sexual and gun violence prevention, and post-high school Israel travel opportunities, among others. Off-site visits to Dallas museums and other places of interest also were available. In addressing her fellow NFTYites as a candidate for president, Maya stressed generational leadership, hon-

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Over the same President’s Day weekend, nine BBYO’ers traveled to Denver for International Convention, one of the largest Jewish communal events of the year. The Tucson delegates included Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA) Abba Godol chapter members Malachi Fisher, Richard Fisher, Gabe Friedman, Sam Goldfinger, and Aaron Green, and B’nai B’rith Girls (BBG) Kadimah chapter members Amari Lampert, Aliyah Markowitz, Sarah Randall, and Rachel Rudner. Over 3,000 Jewish teens from 40 countries connected with their peers. The convention theme, “Our Turn,” addressed the opportunity for these young people, this post b’nai mitzvah audience, to be forces of change as leaders in their communities and society. Programming included over 50 service projects and leadership labs at sites throughout the Denver area. BBYO IC 2019 kicked off BBG’s 75th anniversary year, with sessions on

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topics such as women’s empowerment, leadership training, gender equality, and women’s rights. Attendees also were encouraged to bring an extra pair of socks to donate to those in need through the nonprofit organization, “Knock Knock Give a Sock.” According to Sam Goldfinger, a Tucson Hebrew Acadamy graduate and Catalina Foothills High School sophomore, “Many inspirational speakers had positive messages for us about empowerment and being proud of our Judaism. Charlie Jabaley told of how he went from being a 300-pound music producer diagnosed with a brain tumor to a Nike athlete. Both Chelsea Handler, comedian, actress and activist, and Yes Theory, an adventuring team of YouTubers who face their fears in pursuit of happiness, spoke about using our voices for good. For me, the most inspirational talk was by Cameron Kasky, the 18-year old teen advocate and co-founder of March for Our Lives. He impressed upon us that even though we are young, we can do so much to help the world and spark change.”

Hometown visit by basketball walk-on

On Sunday, Feb. 24, Sam Beskind, a 2018 Catalina Foothills High School graduate and former member of their varsity basketball team, traveled to Tucson with his Stanford University basketball team as a preferred walk-on against the University of Arizona.

Some background: Sam won a gold medal with Team USA at the Maccabiah Games in Israel in 2017. He was a finalist for the Arizona Boys Basketball Player of the Year as a high school senior. At 6’4” and 193 pounds, Sam found the perfect fit academically and athletically at Stanford as a freshman walk-on, #24, in the guard position. According to the Stanford Athletics “Cardinal Capsule” series, which highlighted Sam before the regular-season opener, our athlete comes from a sports family — his mom, Vicki, was an Olympic high jumper, and his dad, Dan, played collegiate tennis. Growing up, Sam was a huge UA fan. His room was decked out in Wildcat memorabilia before his mom re-did it with Stanford posters and pennants. About a decade ago, his dad built him an outdoor basketball court, painted red and blue with a big ‘A’ logo in the middle. Stanford’s sojourn to Tucson was a quick trip, as the coaches try to have athletes miss as little school as possible. The team arrived Saturday afternoon and returned to Palo Alto right after the Sunday night game at McKale Center. Although the Cardinals lost to the Wildcats, 7054, Sam enjoyed greeting his family and friends on his home turf.

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ith a name like Batsheva, I also have a Starbucks name, “Beth,” for ordering in person. I know that the name Batsheva is not easy for people. It might be the first time that they encounter the name and that it is hard to spell if you are not familiar with it. I went to Israel in January with a group of Reform rabbis. I wanted to be sure to visit Israel again before the congregational trip I am leading in June and to spend time with my colleagues. The emphasis of our visit was Israel as a place of innovation, change, and creativity. We heard from entrepreneurs who had created start-ups, including a whiskey distillery and a company helping children with the simple task of washing their hands. We visited Hiriya Recycling Park, where we saw the beauty that can be created with recycled things, as well as what can be done with trash to reduce the need for landfills. We visited both Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beer Sheva and the GavYam Hi-Tech Park to learn about projects there and how Israel is growing as a place for R&D labs for multi-national corporations. In Jerusalem, we attended a rehearsal of the Kolben Dance Company, and met with the founder, Amir Kolben. At Roots, a coexistence project located in the West Bank, we sat with an Israeli and a Palestinian, to hear their thinking about the current situation. We met with Rabbi Noa Sattath, the director of the Israel Religious Action Center. As with any trip to Israel, the itinerary was jam-packed, and we saw so many things that I am still trying to process it. In Tel Aviv, we visited Beit Hatfutsot — the Museum of the Jewish People and its newly opened synagogue exhibition. I was struck by how much we were looking for ourselves in this exhibit. Even though we are rabbis who have visited Israel before and visited Beit Hatfutsot before, as much as we enjoyed seeing the diversity represented in the exhibition, we were delighted by seeing ourselves there. Whether it was video of North American Jewish communities or the inclusion of the prayer book that most of us use or photos of synagogues that we know, we were looking for ourselves in this museum in Tel Aviv. When we go to Israel, we have a chance to learn about our roots, an opportunity to come home. We have the possibility of finding out more about our identity as we travel in Israel, whether we return to a place that we have been before or we go someplace new. There is a spiritual dimension to our seeking as well as just a sense of who it is that we are as Jews. Living in Tucson, my Starbucks name is “Beth.” As I was at Ben Gurion Airport, traveling home, I stopped for coffee. They asked for my name and reflexively, I said “Beth” and got a very blank look. I corrected myself and said “Batsheva,” which was no problem at all. Travel to Israel is about seeing ourselves. Remember to recycle this paper when you finish enjoying it.


Senior cats join senior citizens in a unique Tucson foster care program M.M. GRAF Special to the AJP

Photos courtesy Hearts That Purr Sanctuary


ingo the cat spent the past two glorious years with his foster “mom,” Pearl Kitay. Kitay was a dog person and Ringo was her first cat. But it didn’t take long for them to adjust to one another. In fact, they became best friends and housemates. “My routine is pretty much the same,” Kitay told the AJP. “Every morning we get up and have breakfast and Ringo’s new favorite treat. It’s very nice to have ‘someone’ waiting at home and to talk to.” “Mom looked forward to getting home so she could spend time with Ringo,” said Kitay’s daughter, Nancy Galdi. “This was wonderful for both of them. I have highly recommended this foster program because of the joy received from having Ringo, as well as the service it provides for both the pet and foster parent. Ringo was a wonderful companion. He was loyal, playful and very loving.” When Kitay died Feb. 14 from complications following surgery, Ringo returned to the Hearts That Purr Sanctuary’s Senior Citizens and Senior Kittizens foster program. “We were able to bring home some of Pearl’s things for Ringo, like her favorite housecoat,” says Jeanmarie Schiller-McGinnis, Hearts That Purr’s founder. “We believe Ringo knows it was hers and he likes to sit on it. Scent-reassurance from home can be a comfort when a kitty is missing his human, so never be in a hurry to pack things up or throw them away when dealing with a grieving kitty who is being rehomed. Sometimes the little things matter most when you are missing your best friend.” Since 2013, it has been Hearts That Purr’s mission to provide “loving care for the cat you leave behind.” The foster program was created in 2015, to match mature adults (55+) with loving “kittizens”’ from the senior cat sanctuary. Some cats are rescued from public shelters, and others come to Hearts That Purr through the Feline Guardian program, an estate planning arrangement of guaranteed lifetime care for those who worry about their cat should it outlive them. In this unique two-part program, Hearts That Purr hosts senior cats whose owners are unable to care for them due to a terminal illness. These cats still have love and companionship to give. Through the foster program, they may be placed as permanent foster pets with capable seniors who desire kitty comrades. With many older adults living alone and feeling iso-

The late Pearl Kitay and her foster cat, Ringo

lated, having a cat confidant can bring a boost in mood and provide a sense of purpose. Studies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health show that animal companions provide heart-related health benefits as well. The Senior Citizens and Senior Kittizens program intends to be a permanent placement for the cat, with ongoing support from Hearts That Purr. If a participant is unable to continue with the care, the cat simply returns to the Hearts That Purr Sanctuary in Tucson. Schiller-McGinnis realized the special needs presented by beloved older cats and their elderly caregivers. “Without preplanning and prior arrangements in place with family or friends, many older cats meet tragic ends when their caregiver enters hospice or passes on,” she says. “Finding homes for senior felines can be challenging. Many who survive their owners may never find another home and could die in shelters. Hearts That Purr is a sanctuary, not a shelter, and we are unique in Arizona in the services we provide. As a non-profit organization we depend upon our volunteers and public donations to care for these special senior cats.” When the fortunate felines arrive at the spacious Hearts That Purr ranch house in northwest Tucson, they meet the volunteer “cat whisperers” who pamper and pet them, and provide for all needs, physical and medical. Duchess, a beautiful 17-year-old snowshoe Siamese, presides in her comfortable chair in the warm country kitchen. In the large living room nearby, JJ, Foxy, Munchie and Thelma greet their caregivers with purrs, awaiting treats, head rubs, or catnip toys, and lap time. The rest of the kitty crew members reside in their

Ringo readjusts to Hearts That Purr Sanctuary

own special rooms, usually with two cats to a living area. There are no cages; it is a huge home with lots of couches, chairs and cat trees with secret hiding spots. Bonded pairs like 15-year-old brothers Hewey and Tudley stay together as their previous caregiver wished. Currently, 26 cats reside in the large home and guesthouse spread over 6,000 sqare feet, and some of these are Senior Kittizens awaiting foster placement. A number of these cats, due to serious medical issues, will continue to live comfortably in the home in the hospice room and receive love and care from their feline guardian angels for the rest of their lives. “Ringo was such a joy for my mom,” Galdi emphasizes. “There was someone there that needed and wanted her. I think what they are doing is a blessing for so many, human and pet alike.” Ongoing support, including veterinary care, is available for qualified foster kittizens. New volunteers are welcomed, and can contact Schiller-McGinnis for details. As one cat dad says, “I’ve told multiple friends of mine that I can’t believe what a wonderful organization Hearts That Purr is and how much enjoyment it has provided in my life. If my cat Cassie could talk, I’m sure she would say the same thing.” Information is available at www.heartsthatpurr.org.

M.M. Graf is a retired teacher and Hearts That Purr volunteer. Pearl Kitay died before this article could be published. Her obituary is on page 22.

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bout 28 percent of American households have dogs. That’s a whopping 90 million four-legged friends, or as many dog-owners prefer to say, family members. When dog-owners are unable to take their fur babies with them, or when they want to offer them some social interaction, daycare or overnight care is the answer. Here is a look at a few local options for pet care facilities in the Tucson area. Camp Doganuga offers overnight and day camp care for socialized dogs. “We are not a kennel, but a comfy, safe, home away from home,” says Janice Fischer, who calls herself the “head camp counselor.” Dogs can take advantage of the run of the pet-friendly home in Oracle Heights Estates. An expansive, fenced area with natural desert vegetation is as large and safe as a dog park. While bigger dogs may romp and play at will, smaller dogs always are escorted outdoors. Fischer emphasizes that the dogs must be sweet and able to get along with others in the freewheeling environment. There is scheduled time for outdoor play, rest and eating. Fischer serves all meals individually, in separate rooms, to eliminate any food aggression issues. A 43-year Tucson resident, Fischer has been a lifelong dog owner. She now has two elder, resident miniature dachshunds on the premises. Upon retirement as an educator, Sonora Desert Museum education curator and Humane Society of Southern Arizona volunteer, she opened a grooming business, but sold it to do pet care. Ideally, Camp Doganuga is comfortable to house three daycare and three overnight pooches together. “This is fabulous,” says Robin Nozick, mom of Zena the Yorkshire terrier. “I’d rather stay here than where I’m

Janice Fischer provides daycare and overnight stays at Camp Doganuga.

going.” Frequent campers are eager to return, Fischer says, often becoming excited when their owners round the corner to the campgrounds. “Actually, my love for dogs is overflowing, which is why Camp Doganuga is such a special place,” says Fischer. Camp Bow Wow is a franchise that has been in Tucson since 2000. Its two most popular services are doggy daycare and dog boarding. At daycare, pups can mingle with peers under the supervision of a Certified Camp Counselor in a spacious play area. For boarding, the staff treats pets like family, providing all-day play, lots of attention and Campfire Treats at night. Owners can sneak a peek at pet activity in the group play area by way of live

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ouseplants are trendy once more — which is “groovy” or “cool beans” or maybe just plain super. Not only do plants make oxygen for us to breathe, they bring nature indoors and can help us relax. And there are so many pretty ones to choose from. BUT! Here in the Southwest, our humidity is low — so if you want your plants to survive, you need to purchase the right species. The good news is that getting the right kind isn’t hard and you don’t need a botany degree. Most houseplants are originally from humid areas of the globe (mostly rain forests), and need 45 to 99 percent humidity to survive. Common houseplants like philodendron and African violet simply do not do well in our Southwest homes with an our average of 20 percent humidity — or less when furnaces pump hot, dry air into our homes, or worse, AC units blow cold, dry air into our spaces. Luckily there are still many low-humidity houseplants to choose from. In general, look for houseplants with smaller leaves, or narrow or waxy leaves, like many succulents or even some palms. I started making a list back in the last century, and have just kept adding to it. What follows are some of my favorites. Spider plants have narrow leaves that use little water. They also have water storage roots (cool looking but not edible). Peace lily (Spathiphyllum), with a number of beautiful cultivars, comes from a seasonally dry area, and most do fine. Dracena, also called dragon tree, has narrow leaves and come from the Canary

Many members of the bromeliad family do well as house plants.

There are many plants called hen-and-chicks, and most prefer the lower light levels found indoors in the Southwest.

Now common, pothos were once considered exotic plants and sold for the equivalent of hundreds of dollars.

pothos and orchid cactus are some good examples. I have some pothos that has been in the family since at least the 1920s. Finally, orchids. Many of them are low-humidity species, and as long as you give them bright but not direct indoor light they should do well.

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Ponytail palms are a type of succulent and need welldrained soil.

From southern Africa, there are over 1,000 sanseveria that can be kept as houseplants.

Islands — a seasonally dry region. Ponytail palm (Beaucarnia) grows to 20 feet tall in the wild, but kept in a pot, as mine has been for over 30 years, it is barely 5 feet tall. South African succulents like desert

rose (Adenium), sanseveria (Sanseveria), ox-tongue (Gasteria) and jade plants (Crassula) all tolerate low humidity. Plants that normally hang off cliffs or dangle from the tops of trees (epiphytes) are used to toughing it out — echeveria,

I used to think I had pet-safe houseplants, because one bite of a really bitter plant is usually enough to deter most pets. Then I got a Siamese cat who would eat them anyway because he was bored, hacking and spitting the whole while. Hanging houseplants may be the solution for your home (as it is for mine). The ASPCA has lists of dog- and cat-safe plants at www.aspca.org, and the following low-humidity plants are on their safe lists: Air plant (Tillandsia, a type of bromeliad) Areca palm (Areca species) Bamboo (Bambusa, NOT lucky bamboo — a species of Dracena) Bromeliads — a family with over 3,000 species and countless cultivars, includes air See Houseplants, page 18

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plants and pineapples Echeveria, hen and chicks, (Echeveria species) Holiday cactus (Zygocactus species) Orchids (in general) Orchid cacti (Epiphyllum species) Parlor palm (Chamaedorea elegans) Pony tail palm (Beaucarnia recurvata, related to yucca) Wandering Jew (Tradescantia species) Queen’s tears (Billbergia nutans — a kind of bromeliad)

Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) True yucca (Yucca gloriosa — often sold as a dracena but Dracena are not safe) DISCLAIMER: The author reports information from research and does not guarantee the safety of the plants mentioned. Please check with your vet. Neither the author, the Arizona Jewish Post or the ASPCA can be held liable in any way for information about pets and houseplants as presented.

Jacqueline Soule, Ph.D., is a local author with a number of books about gardening in the Southwest. Her latest, “Butterfly Gardening for Southern Arizona,” is available in local garden centers and nurseries. You can read more of her writing at www.gardening withsoule.com, www.swgardening.com, and www. savorthesw.com.

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e tend to think of the bathroom strictly as a utilitarian space, and therefore not worthy of the same energy and expense put into designing spaces like the living room or kitchen. We spend a lot of time in the bathroom, however. It’s the room where we start and set intentions for our day. In the evening, the bathroom is where we go to unwind — some people prefer soaking in a bubble bath while others take a hot shower to relax after a long day. How a bathroom is designed can dramatically affect your experience. Consider improving your daily ritual with these three upgrading tips. Design with ergonomics in mind Ergonomics is the process of designing and arranging spaces so that they fit with the people who use them. When making upgrades to your bathroom, it’s important to think through how you use the space each day. What a functional design might look like to someone else could be inconvenient for you. Bathroom storage tends to be treated as one-size-fitsall. Many bathrooms have a vanity that contains deep cabinets. People with this basic storage solution are forced to use small containers to organize their products and often have to rummage through belongings to get what they need. An ergonomic bathroom considers what items you use most frequently, and is designed to keep those items accessible. Consider adding a medicine cabinet to your bathroom to keep smaller products that get easily misplaced. A vanity that offers a top drawer allows you to store everyday items, like a hair brush or toothpaste, up higher than a storage cabinet would, meaning you wouldn’t have to bend down as often. Find the best solutions through personalized designs The way that your bathroom is set up and how you use your bathroom are unique. It’s often difficult to find an off-the-shelf solution that gives you exactly what you want from this space. Consider a solution instead that is customizable to your needs. Whether you’re working with a difficult bathroom layout or you feel limited by space constraints, modular designs help ensure you are

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Harold Langer, age 67, died Jan. 9, 2019, in Los Angeles. Mr. Langer was born in Louisville, Kentucky, to Rubin and Esther Langer. The Langer family moved to Tucson in 1968. There Mr. Langer became a successful financial advisor with RBC Wealth Management. Survivors include his wife of almost 30 years, Ellyn; children, Brittany of Phoenix, Sabrina of Las Vegas and Bryan (Brittany) of Woodland Hills, California; brother, Allen (Marianne) Langer of Tucson; fatherin-law, Zalman Weinberg of Louisville, Kentucky; and one grandchild. Services were held at Evergreen Mortuary with Rabbi Robert Eisen of Congregation Anshei Israel officiating.

Pearl Kitay, 88, died Feb. 14, 2019. Mrs. Kitay was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Harold. Survivors include her son, Barry (Holly) Kitay, and daughter, Nancy Galdi, all of Tucson; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A celebration of life will be held at a future date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Arizona Oncology Foundation, www.arizonaoncologyfoundation. org, or Hearts That Purr, www.heartsthatpurr.org. Arrangements were made by Angel Valley Funeral Home.

Thomas Abrams, M.D., 67, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. Dr. Abrams was a family practice doctor in Tucson for more than 30 years. His love of the arts included photographing flora and natural parks and writing poetry, as well as supporting many local cultural organizations. He is survived by his partner, Ida Plotkin; children, David Abrams of Tampa Bay, Florida, Thomas Jacobsen of Los Angeles, and Michelle Deatherage of Tampa, Florida; sister, Beck Lee of Pine, Arizona; and brother, Randy Smith of New Jersey. A celebration of his life was held at Congregation Or Chadash, with Cantor Janece Cohen. Memorial contributions may be made to Friends of the Library, www.pimafriends.com/donate-now; Hermitage Cat Shelter, www.hermitagecatshelter.org; Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, www.jfsa.org/makea-tributememorial-gift; or TMC for Children, https:// tmcfoundation46605.thankyou4caring.org/TMCF.

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REFLECTIONS Searching for family on the Mount of Olives AMY HIRSHBERG LEDERMAN Special to the AJP

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n a cold and windy day in February, I drove an hour and a half from Haifa to Jerusalem in search of my greatgreat-grandfather, Rabbi Moshe Yehudah Franco. I had learned about him from stories my mother told me and a family tree carefully constructed by relatives who were deeply committed to preserving our family history. But I actually saw him numerous times, staring out from a gilded frame on my mother’s bedroom wall, with his long white beard, dark caftan and silk turban. The photo shows a serious looking man, his grim-faced wife and a towering servant; sitting together, they created a triad both somber and mysterious. Rabbi Moshe Franco’s life began in 1837 on the island of Rhodes. But centuries before, the Franco family had its origins in Northern Spain, most likely in the region of Galicia or Navarra. Then, on March 31, 1492, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella issued the Alhambra Decree requiring all Jews to leave Spain within three months or face death. My family, along with between 100,000 -165,000 other Jews, fled to neighboring countries such as Portugal, Italy, France, Morocco, Greece, Egypt, and Turkey. My great-great-grandfather learned Torah from his father, known in our family as Yussef “Kodja” Franco, a great scholar and sage who peddled goods on the side to support his wife and five children. At the age of 40, my great-great-grandfather was appointed chief rabbi, or hakham bashi, of Rhodes, where he served for more than 30 years in this highly esteemed position. In 1911, at the behest of the Sephardi community of Palestine, which was experiencing great internal conflict, he was brought out of retirement at the age of 72 to serve as the rishon le-Tzion or hakham bashi (head rabbi of the Sephardic rabbinate in Jerusalem), the highest religious position a rabbi could hold. From 1911 to 1915, he attempted to arbitrate between the Sephardic factions as he continued to serve as the authorized representative of the Sephardim in Jerusalem. He retired as the last hakham bashi before the advent of World War I and the establishment of the British Mandate. I drove as close to the entrance to the Mount of Olives as I could, skirting tour buses and construction workers from the neighboring Arab village of Silwan, before finding a place to park. The Mount of Olives is considered by many to be the holiest Jewish burial ground, dating back over 3,000 years to the First Temple period. In the Second Book of Samuel 15:30, it is written that “David ascended the Mount of Olives, crying as he ascended, with his head covered, going barefoot.” I almost did the same as I stared into the awesomeness of Zechariah’s Tomb and looked up at the more than 150,000 gravesites (estimates range between 70,000 and 300,000) that cover this sacred site. Directly opposite the Temple Mount, three millennia of revered figures have been buried here. From Biblical Prophets Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi to rabbinic sages like Nachmanides (the Ramban), from modern day leaders Prime Minister Menachim Begin and Henrietta Szold

Mourners at the Mount of Olives in February 2019

A shattered headstone at the Mount of Olives

Rabbi Moshe Franco, his wife Perla, and a Turkish servant, circa 1909

(the founder of Hadassah) to the father of modern Hebrew, Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, and Nobel Prize laureate Shai Agnon, this cemetery holds some of the greatest Jewish personages in history. From the founding of the State of Israel in 1948 until the 1967 War, the Mount of Olives was under Jordanian control, during which time thousands of Jewish graves were desecrated, vandalized and destroyed. Israel’s annexation of East Jerusalem in 1967 now affords it control over these sacred grounds and a continuing opportunity to repair and protect the gravesites. What I encountered when I arrived was a far cry from what I had imagined. The small metal kiosk that housed the attendant to whom I had spoken on the phone the previous day, was locked and shuttered. Sadly, the man who had assured me he would help me locate my great-

great-grandfather’s grave was nowhere to be found. I scanned a tattered map posted on the kiosk but it was clear that finding his grave would be more difficult than locating the proverbial needle in the haystack, because my haystack was complicated by 3,000 years of history, conflict and rubble. The sky darkened and rain clouds threatened as I found the huge section dedicated to Sephardic Jews. Like a mountain goat, I climbed over rocks and shattered pieces of headstones in search of Moshe Yehuda Franco. It took less than an hour to realize the futility of my search. But then I came upon a plaque that helped me understand that I was not alone. A family headstone simply said: “In honor of our mother who is buried somewhere within this area.” While I couldn’t actually find my great-great-grandfather’s grave, I still had the opportunity to honor him. I stood overlooking the valley of Kidron, one of the most hotly contested pieces of real estate in the world, and silently said the Mourner’s Kaddish. There was nothing more I could do. As the rain began to wash over the headstones at my feet, I felt both comfort and connection, knowing that somewhere in this great morass of graves, my greatgreat-grandfather had been laid to rest. March 8, 2019, ARIZONA JEWISH POST


COMMUNITY CALENDAR The calendar deadline is Tuesday, 10 days before the issue date. Our next issue will be published March 22, 2019. Events may be emailed to office@azjewishpost.com, faxed to 319-1118, or mailed to the AJP at 3718 E. River Road, #272, Tucson, AZ 85718. For more information, call 319-1112. See Area Congregations on page 12 for additional synagogue events. Men’s Mishnah club with Rabbi Israel Becker at Cong. Chofetz Chayim. Sundays, 7:15 a.m.; Monday-Friday, 6:15 a.m.; Saturdays, 8:15 a.m. 747-7780 or yzbecker@me.com. Chabad of Sierra Vista men’s tefillin club with Rabbi Benzion Shemtov, first Sundays, 9 a.m., at 401 Suffolk Drive. 820-6256 or www. jewishsierravista.com. “Too Jewish” radio show with Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon on KVOI 1030 AM (also KAPR and KJAA), Sundays at 9 a.m. March 10, Rabbi Marc Gitler, 929 North America, online and app-based daily Bible chapter program. March 17, Bram Presser, author of the National Jewish Book Award winner debut novel “The Book of Dirt.” March 24, Comedian Rabbi Bob Alper. Beth Shalom Temple Center of Green Valley bagel breakfast and Yiddish club, first Sundays, 9:30 a.m. Members, $7; nonmembers, $10. 648-6690 or 399-3474. Temple Emanu-El adult class, “Faces of Torah,” facilitated by Jesse Davis, most Sundays, 10:15-11:30 a.m., through April 28. See schedule on www.jewishtucson.org. 327-4501. Southern Arizona Jewish Genealogy Society, second Sundays, 1-3 p.m. at the Tucson J. Contact Barbara Stern Mannlein at 731-0300 or the J at 299-3000. Tucson J Israeli Dance, taught by Brandi Hawkins, 2nd and 4th Sundays, partners, 4:45-6 p.m., open circle, 6-7 p.m. Members, $8; nonmembers, $10. 299-3000.

Friday / March 8

9:45 AM: Handmaker lecture, “G-d: Hidden and Revealed,” with Rabbi Israel Becker of Cong. Chofetz Chayim. Find out what Columbus’ discovery of America had to do with Purim and what G-d had in mind then and now. Free. RSVP to Nanci Levy at 322-3632. 11 AM: Jewish History Museum gallery chat, “Local Histories of Gender Exclusion in Higher Education” with Pamm Seleznov speaking about her grandmother, Rose Silver, the first female county attorney in Arizona. 564 S. Stone Ave. www.jewishhistorymuseum.org or 670-9073. 5:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Shabbat Rocks! dinner followed by service at 6:30 p.m., with second grade class, Rabbi Batsheva Appel, Avanim Rock Band and youth choir. Dinner $12 for adults, $3 ages 4-12, free for kids under 4. RSVP for dinner at 327-4501. 5:45 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Shabbat Under the Stars on the Rabbi Arthur Oleisky Courtyard. 745-5550 or www.caiaz.org.

Saturday / March 9

8 AM: Temple Emanu-El Wandering Jews Shabbat hike. Join Rabbi Batsheva Appel at Madera Canyon. 327-4501.

Sunday / March 10

9:30-10:30 AM: Temple Emanu-El presents A



ONGOING Cong. Anshei Israel parent-tot class, led by Lindsey Embree. Mondays, 9-11 a.m. Children up to 24 months and their parent(s). Free. Mandatory vaccination policy. Call Nancy Auslander at 745-5550 or visit www.caiaz.org. Temple Emanu-El mah jongg, Mondays, 10 a.m. 327-4501. Cong. Anshei Israel mah jongg, Mondays, 10 a.m.-noon. All levels, men and women. Contact Evelyn at 885-4102 or esigafus@aol.com. Tucson J current events discussion, Mondays, noon-1:30 p.m. Members, $1; nonmembers, $2. Bring or buy lunch, 11:30 a.m. 2993000, ext. 147. Cong. Bet Shalom yoga, Mondays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. $5. 577-1171. Jewish 12-step sobriety support group meets Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m. at Cong. Bet Shalom. dcmack1952@gmail.com. Spouse Bereavement Group, cosponsored by Widowed to Widowed, Inc. at the Tucson J, Tuesdays, 10 a.m. Contact Marvin at 885-2005 or Tanya at 299-3000, ext. 147. JFCS Holocaust Survivors group meets Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-noon. Contact Raisa Moroz at 795-0300. Awakening Through Jewish Meditation — Discover Freedom, with Reb Brian Yosef,

Traveler’s Look at Israel with Rabbi Batsheva Appel, preparation for congregational trip in June 2019. Continues March 24, April 7. 327-4501 or www.tetucson.org. 10 AM-NOON: JFCS CHAI Circle meeting lecture, “Crescenca Toast Food Demonstration” with locally sourced ingredients, with Ken Harvey, executive chef of Loews Ventana Canyon Resort. Free. At The Tucson J. RSVP to Irene Gefter at igefter@jfcstucson.org or 795-0300, ext. 2271. 10:30 AM: Cong. Anshei Men's Club presents, “Music in Our Lives,” facilitated by Cantorial Soloist Nichole Chorny. Men’s club members, free; guests, $4. If interested in performing, contact Eric Flank at 256-7575 or eflank45@gmail.com. 10:30 AM: JFSA Women’s Philanthropy Connections brunch with comedian Carol Leifer. At The Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa, 3800 E. Sunrise Drive. $40, plus a $180 minimum pledge ($18 for students) to the 2019 Federation Community Campaign. RSVP for availability to Jane Scott at 647-8471 or jscott@jfsa.org. Young Women’s Cabinet will collect toiletry items for the children of Homer Davis Elementary School. See requested items at www.jfsa.org/homerdaviscloset. 1 PM: Southern Arizona Jewish Genealogy Society presents photo genealogist Ava Cohn, aka Sherlock Cohn, on “Clued-In: The Stories Are in the Details.” At the Tucson J. SAJGS members free; nonmembers, $5. Contact Andy Rosen at

Tuesdays/Sundays at 10:30 a.m., at Cong. Bet Shalom. Free. www.torahofawakening.com. Temple Emanu-El “Stitch and Kvetch,” third Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m. 327-4501. Tucson J social bridge, Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon-3 p.m., year round. Drop-ins welcome. Meets in library on second floor. 299-3000. Tucson J canasta group, Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon. Instruction available and a beginners’ table every week. Call or text Lisa at 977-4054. Cong. Anshei Israel Talmud on Tuesday with Rabbi Robert Eisen. Meets 6 p.m. 745-5550. Weintraub Israel Center Shirat HaShirim Hebrew choir, Tuesdays, 7 p.m. Learn to sing in Hebrew. Contact Rina Paz at 304-7943 or ericashem@cox.net. Tucson J Israeli dance classes, Tuesdays. Beginners, 7:30 p.m.; intermediate, 8:15 p.m.; advanced, 9 p.m. Taught by Lisa Goldberg. Members, $8; nonmembers, $10. 299-3000. Cong. Anshei Israel gentle chair yoga with Lois Graham, Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Members of Women’s League, $6 per class; nonmembers, $8 per class. Contact Evelyn at 8854102 or esigafus@aol.com.

with Rabbi Benzion Shemtov, last Wednesdays, 2 p.m., 401 Suffolk Drive. 820-6256 or www.jewishsierravista.com. Chabad Tucson lunch and learn with Rabbi Yehuda Ceitlin, Wednesdays, 12:15 p.m. at 5th Street Kitchen and Deli, 5071 E. Fifth St. www. chabadtucson.com. Jewish mothers/grandmothers special needs support group for those with children/ grandchildren, youth or adult, with special needs, third Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. at Tucson J. Contact Joyce Stuehringer at 299-5920. Temple Emanu-El Jewish novels club with Linda Levine. Third Thursdays, 2-4 p.m. 3274501. “Biblical Breakthroughs with Rabbi Becker” at the Southwest Torah Institute. Fridays, noon, for men and women. 747-7780 or yzbecker@me.com. Jewish History Museum core exhibition, “Meanings Not Yet Imagined.” Holocaust History Center, “Call Me Rohingya,” photographs by Andrew Stanbridge. 564 S. Stone Ave. 670-9073. Beth Shalom Temple Center of Green Valley fine art gallery presents “Sacred Intention” by Marlene Burns, through April 1. 648-6690.

Chabad of Sierra Vista women’s class

Tucson J fine art gallery presents “An Improvisation in Impulse and Deliberation” by David Katz, through March 8; “IsraAID: Humanitarian Heroes Around the World” March 10-29. 299-3000.

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2-4 PM: Temple Emanu-El presents A Common-Sense Guide to Keeping Special Needs and ALL Children Safe from Molestation and Abuse, with Debra S. Jacobs. Free. Register at 327-4501.

10 AM – March 14, 10 AM: UA Hillel 28th Annual Holocaust vigil. Reading of names of victims. Make a tile to remember a child who was killed. At noon, meet survivors. At 4 p.m., learn about Jewish resistance during the Holocaust. 624-6561.

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

Monday / March 11

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

Wednesday / March 13

8-9:30 AM: Jewish Business Coffee Group meeting. At Tucson J. 299-3000, ext. 241, or

5-7 PM: Tucson J potluck dance social with music by Bob Kay. Bring dairy dish. Contact Jeremy Thompson at jthompson@tucson.org or 299-3000

Thursday / March 14

6 PM: Arizona Pathfinders annual meeting and potluck presents, Why Jewish Emigrants Settled in Tucson in the mid-1800’s, presented by Bettina Lyons, granddaughter of Albert Steinfeld, and author of “Zeckendorfs and Steinfelds, Merchant Princes of the American Southwest.” Free. Bring a pot luck dish to share. At Arizona History Museum, 949 E. 2nd St. www.azpathfinders. org or azpathfindersahs@gmail.com.

Friday / March 15

10:30 AM-NOON: Spiritual Awakening through Jewish Meditation introductory workshop, with Reb Brian Yosef Schachter-Brooks. At Jewish History Museum, 564 S. Stone Ave. 670-9073. 5:45 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Family Shabbat Experience service and dinner. Dinner at

7 p.m.: members, $25 family of 2 adults and up to 4 children; nonmember family $30; adult (13+) $10. RSVP for dinner only by March 11 at www. caiaz.org or 745-5550. 6:30 PM: Cong. Or Chadash Hadassah Shabbat service. 512-8500 or www.octucson.org. 9:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Downtown Shabbat at Jewish History Museum, 564 S. Stone Ave., with Rabbi Batsheva Appel and Armon Bizman band. 327-4501.


NOON: Cong. Anshei Israel Targum Shlishi, “Tikkun Olam: What it Isn’t and What it Is!,” with Rabbi Robert Eisen. Free. 745-5550.


10 AM-1 PM: Temple Emanu-El Purim Extravaganza and Carnival. 327-4501. 10 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel geniza field trip. Join fifth and sixth graders at Evergreen Cemetery to see historic graves, learn about the geniza where worn sacred texts/objects are buried. RSVP to Rabbi Robert Eisen at 745-5550, ext. 230 or rabbi@caiaz.org. 10:30 AM: Desert Caucus brunch with Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA-33rd). Guests should be prospective members. Contact desertcaucus@ gmail.com or 299-2410. 2-4:30 PM: Jewish History Museum workshop, Gender Speak: Understanding the Trans and Gender-Evolving World, with Ariel Vegosen, gender inclusivity trainer, and Amy Lederman, writer, attorney and Jewish educator. Free, but registration required at www.jewishhistory museum.org/events. 564 S. Stone Ave. 670-9073. 7 PM: Arizona Center for Judaic Studies Shaol & Louis Pozez Memorial Lectureship Series presents Beyond Casablanca: The Story of North African Jews Under Vichy Rule, with Prof. Alma Rachel Heckman, University of California, Santa Cruz. Free. At Tucson J. 626-5758 or www.judaic.arizona.edu.


NOON-1 PM: Cong. Or Chadash book club discusses “From Sand and Ash” by Amy Harmon. 512-8500 or www.octucson.org.


4:56 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel “Purim Pandemonium” party followed by the “Whole” Megillah with friends of Dr. Seuss at 6:36 p.m. Free with one can of food per person to benefit the Community Food Bank. Dairy dinner at 5:45 p.m. RSVP required by March 15 at 7455550 or www.caiaz.org.


7 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel Traditional Megillah reading. 745-5550 or www.caiaz.org. 5 PM: Cong. Chofetz Chayim Purim Palooza, featuring juggler James Reid. $25 adults, $15 students, $10 ages 3-12. RSVP by March 13 at www.tucsontorah.org/purim-reservation, or mail check to Congregation Chofetz Chayim, 5150 E. 5th St., Tucson AZ 85711, or contact

Rabbi Israel Becker at 747-7780. 5 PM: Chabad Tucson Purim at the “Ballpark.” Dress in sports attire or costume of your choice. Includes sports entertainment, concession-stand dinner, Megillah reading, music. Prior to March 14, $20 adults, $12 child. After March 14, $25 adults, $18 child. At Chabad Lubavitch of Tucson/Cong. Young Israel, 2443 E. 4th St. Register at www.chabadtucson.com.


11 AM: Jewish History Museum gallery chat, “Protest.” Count Ferdinand von Galen discusses his great uncle, Bishop of Münster, Clemens August Count von Galen, who protested killings of Germans with disabilities in a 1941 sermon. Free. 564 S. Stone Ave. www.jewishhistorymuseum. org or 670-9073.


7-11 PM: JPride Purim Party, Under the Sea. $10 in advance, $18 at door. 299-3000.


8:30 AM: Hadassah Southern Arizona Adopa-Roadway cleanup. Meet at JCC parking lot. Wear closed-toed shoes, hat, sunscreen. Bring water and gloves. Contact Mike Jacobson at 748-7333. 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. 9:30 AM-3:30 PM: Special Abilities and Inclusion Initiative in partnership with Tucson J presents professional development day with four educators from New York-based Matan organization. Separate tracks for administrators and direct service providers (teachers, camp staff). Includes lunch. Free. RSVP to Allison Wexler at awexler@tucsonjcc.org. 1-2 PM: Tucson J lecture, Writing Your Family History, Freud’s Butcher: A Jewish Roots Journey to Vienna, with Edie Jarolim. Members, $5; nonmembers, $7. Contact Jeremy Thompson at jthompson@tucsonjcc.org or 299-3000. 2-4 PM: Temple Emanu-El Sunday Salon, “Jews of Iberia,” with Stu Berger. Free. Register at 327-4501.



7:45-10 AM: Tucson J Purim Costume 10K Timed Run/Walk. Also 5K and 1K run/walk. $10 for 1K (not timed), $25 for 5K, $40 for 10K if register by March 30. www.tucsonjcc.org/ programs/sports/special-events. 9:30 AM-NOON: Tucson J Science Sunday. Recommended for ages 2-8. Free. Contact info@tucsonjcc.org or 299-3000.

2:30 PM: Homer Davis Project 10 Year Anniversary Celebration. At JFSA, 3718 E. River Road. Free. RSVP by March 22 at www.jfsa.org/ hdcelebration or meloebl@jfsa.org. 7 PM: Cong. Beit Simcha Jewish Comedy Night, with Rabbi Bob Alper. $20 in advance, $25 at door. Ages 11 and up are welcome. Register at www.beitsimchatucson.org or 276.5675.


JFSA Ruth and Irving Olson Center for Jewish Life in the Northwest chair yoga with a Jewish flair taught by Bonnie Golden. 190 N. Magee Road, #162. Mondays, 10-11 a.m. $7 per class or $25 for four. 505-4161 or northwestjewish@jfsa.org. Northwest Needlers create hand-stitched items for donation in the Jewish community. Meets at Olson Center for Jewish Life, Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m. RSVP to judithgfeldman@ gmail.com or 505-4161. Olson Center for Jewish Life in the Northwest mah jongg, meets Wednesdays, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., 505-4161. Chabad of Oro Valley adult education class, Jewish learning with Rabbi Ephraim Zimmerman. Wednesdays at 7 p.m., at 1217 W. Faldo Drive. 477-8672 or www.jewishorovalley.com.


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


9-11 AM: Olson Center for Jewish Life Stuff the Truck Spring Cleaning with 1st Rate 2nd Hand Thrift Shop. Drop off gently used, re-sellable items at 190 W. Magee Rd., #162. Proceeds from this day will benefit the Jewish Federation Northwest Division. Call 505-4161 or email northwestjewish@jfsa.org. 9 AM-1:30 PM: Olson Center for Jewish Life “Previously Loved” jewelry sale. Benefits programming for the Northwest. At 190 W. Magee Road, #162. 505-4161.


5-6:30 PM: Hadassah Southern Arizona/ Olson Center for Jewish Life book club discusses “Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah. At Olson Center, 190 W. Magee Road, #162. Contact Jennifer Rubin at 773-636-2366 or jenrubin11@gmail.com.


5 PM: Chabad of Oro Valley Purim Party. Kosher Chinese dinner, performance by Cirque Roots, Megillah reading. At Oro Valley Community and Recreation Center, 10555 N. La Canada Drive. $15 per person, $35 per family. 477-8672 or www.jewishorovalley.com.


and each month your Jewish child age 6 months to 8 years will get a FREE Jewish book or CD in the mail. Go to www.jewishtucson.org.

1:30 PM: Hadassah Southern Arizona Book Club East discusses “Origin” by Dan Brown, Dusenberry-River Library, 5605 E. River Road. Contact Maxine Murray at 885-5800. 5 PM: 10th Annual Cindy Wool Memorial Seminar on Humanism in Healthcare. Dr. Danielle Ofri of New York’s Bellevue Hospital presents “What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear.” Co-sponsored by JFSA Maimonides Society and University of Arizona College of Medicine. Seminar begins with cocktails at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m., keynote at 7 p.m., at Tucson Marriott University Park Hotel, 880 E. Second St. Tickets are $100. Keynote with coffee and dessert, $18. Free for medical students. RSVP by March 19 at www. jfsa.org/cindy-wool or call 647-8468.

Remember to recycle this paper when you finish enjoying it. March 8, 2019, ARIZONA JEWISH POST


Photo courtesy University of Arizona Hillel Foundation


Rain Pryor, center, with event chair Dana Narter, right, and Narter’s husband, Ed Baruch.

Pryor’s show is a hit for Hillel

Photo courtesy Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona

The multi-talented Rain Pryor performed “Fried Chicken and Latkes,” her onewoman show about growing up biracial in the 1970s, to a near sellout crowd on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Leo Rich Theatre. The University of Arizona Hillel Foundation fundraiser exceeded its target, bringing in almost $90,000.

(L-R): Michael Miklofsky, Ariel Miklofsky, Megan Page and Adam Page

Museum hosts Hava Tequila ‘speakeasy’ More than 125 people turned out for Hava Tequila, the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona’s annual Young Leadership gala, held Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Jewish History Museum. The 1920s-themed event raised $5,000, benefiting Young Jewish Tucson’s engagement and social action programs and the museum. YJT is a collaboration between JFSA and the Tucson Jewish Community Center.

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OUR TOWN B’nai mitzvah Skylar Naomi Dehnert, daughter of John and LeeAat Dehnert, will celebrate becoming a bat mitzvah on March 9 at Congregation Or Chadash. She is the granddaughter of George and Tamar Mednick of Saratoga, California, and Janet Dehnert of Tucson. Skylar attends The Gregory School, where she achieves high honor roll and participates in volleyball and track. She enjoys swim team, taekwondo, skiing, and reading. For her mitzvah project, Skylar is volunteering to help with Shabbat services at Handmaker. Jared Bernard Matheson, son of Teresa and Brandon Matheson, will celebrate becoming a bar mitzvah on March 16, at Congregation Anshei Israel. He is the grandson of Darlene and Robert Moen of Sartell, Minnesota; Susan Matheson of Tucson; and Debra and Landon

Matheson of Chicago. Jared attends Tucson Hebrew Academy where he is student government vice president and plays football and basketball. For his mitzvah project, Jared is volunteering at Therapeutic Ranch for Animals and Kids (TRAK).

Send news of your simchas to localnews@azjewishpost.com or call 319-1112

Business briefs Bryan Davis, executive director of the Jewish History Museum and Holocaust History Center, cochaired the Council of American Jewish Museums 2019 conference in Los Angeles March 3-5. Davis’ co-chair for the conference, “The Creative Challenge: Museums for the Next Generation,” was Gravity Goldberg, director of public programs and visitor experience at The Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.

Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona has published a Russian language edition of “To Tell Our Stories: Holocaust Survivors of Southern Arizona.” The first two volumes, compiled by Raisa Moroz, program manager for JFCS Holocaust survivors’ services, and volunteer Richard Fenwick, a retired U.S. Air Force Russian translator, were published in English in 2015 and 2018, detailing the experiences of 81 survivors. Diana Povolotskaya, case manager for JFCS Holocaust survivor services, worked with Moroz and Fenwick to publish the Russian lanague edition. The books are available from JFCS or on Amazon.com.

Desert Melodies and Cabaret Boheme will present “For Love or Money,” a song and dance extravaganza with a live four-piece band led by Harriet Siskin, March 9 at 7 p.m. and March 10 at 2 p.m. at the Arizona Rose Theatre in the lower level of the Tucson Mall. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. For more information, visit https:// loveormoney.bpt.me.

Temple Kol Hamidbar in Sierra Vista has started a weekly Friday night Torah study group, “Wrestling with Torah,” 6 p.m-7:15 p.m., followed by the 7:30 p.m. Shabbat service. The new JPS Hebrew-English Tanakh (Bible) is the primary text; a knowledge of Hebrew is not required.

The Invisible Theatre presented the Edith Head Style Award and the 2019 Goldie Klein Guest Artist Award to Camerone Parker McCulloch, a model, author, inspirational speaker and philanthropist. The Goldie Award was established in 1988 to pay tribute to Goldie Klein, mother of the IT’s artistic director, Susan Claassen. The awards were presented March 3 at a brunch at The Carriage House. The Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block is relaunching its Spring Artisans Market as the Spring Art Market + Flower Festival, March 15-17, featuring fine arts and artisans booths, local food and music, floral displays inside the museum, and free museum admission Friday-Sunday. For more information, visit www.tucsonmuseumofart.org.

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NEWS BRIEFS An escape room in Greece that had raised the hackles of the Jewish community has dropped the name Schindler’s List. The Great Escape company changed the name to Secret Agent, the German news website Deutsche Welle reported. One of the company’s eight games and among the most popular, Schindler’s List has been operating for about two years in Thessaloniki. The game requires participants to draw up a list of survivors who will be spared a horrible death by enemy forces, drawing on the plot of Steven Spielberg’s 1993 Holocaust film “Schindler’s List.” “Your mission is to find Schindler’s list and deliver it to the right hands,” according to the game’s former description. “Will you manage to escape from the German army and save the lives of hundreds of innocent people?” The new description makes no explicit reference to Jews or the Holocaust, according to Deutsche Welle. The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece has condemned the game. Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city, was one of the largest Jewish communities in the world before it was almost completely decimated by the Nazis in 1943. ... Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Israel this month with the country in the throes of an election campaign. Pompeo will be in Israel on March 20 for a summit involving Israel, Greece and Cyprus, Axios reported. State Department spokesman Robert Palladino told reporters that Pompeo’s visit was not meant to influence the April 9 election.

“Israel is an ally. We’re not going to get involved in the domestic politics of another country,” he said. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his rightwing bloc are in a close race against the left-center bloc and a new party headed by former army Chief of Staff Benny Gantz. Pompeo will meet with Netanyahu, but it is not clear whether he also will meet with Gantz. The visit comes as part of a regional trip that includes Lebanon and Kuwait. Netanyahu is scheduled to visit Washington days after the reported Pompeo visit to speak at the AIPAC policy conference and will meet with President Donald Trump. ... At least three explosive devices carried by balloons from Gaza to southern Israel have detonated in Israeli territory. One of the explosives landed between two buildings in a Gaza border community on Monday before detonating, but did not cause any damage. The Israel Defense Forces responded to the first explosion with attacks on two Hamas military posts in Gaza. Two other homemade bombs carried into Israel Monday afternoon by clusters of balloons detonated in the air, causing no damage or injuries. ... The Vatican secret archive relating to controversial Holocaust-era Pope Pius XII will be opened next year. Pope Francis made the announcement at an audience with managers and staff of the Vatican Archives. In a decision made public Monday, he said the archives would be opened on March 2, 2020. “The Church is not

afraid of history,” Francis said. Pius was pope from March 2, 1939 to Oct. 9, 1958, and his role during the Holocaust has been a bone of contention for years. Critics accuse him of having turned a blind eye to Jewish suffering. The Vatican maintains that he worked behind the scenes to save Jews. Jewish and other scholars have long called on the Vatican to open its secret archives to clarify the issue. The Vatican said “qualified researchers” will be able to consult the documents. In an article Monday in the official Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, Bishop Sergio Pagano, Prefect of the Vatican Secret Archives, said Vatican archivists had begun preparing the hundreds of thousands of pages of Pius XII material in 2006. Yad Vashem, the Holocaust remembrance center in Jerusalem, in a statement commended the Vatican for its decision “which will enable objective and open research as well as comprehensive discourse on issues related to the conduct of the Vatican in particular, and the Catholic Church in general, during the Holocaust.” The American Jewish Committee has been calling on the Vatican for the last 30 years to open the archive. “Pope Francis’ decision to make these materials now fully open and available for international scholarly research is enormously important to Catholic-Jewish relations,” said Rabbi David Rosen, AJC International Director of Interreligious Affairs. An AJC leadership delegation is scheduled to visit the Vatican and meet with Francis this week.


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