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Journalist David Gregory to speak on spiritual path at JFCS event DAVID J. DEL GRANDE AJP Staff Writer
avid Gregory, political analyst for CNN and author, says reconnecting with Judaism centered his life in the right way. Gregory’s book, “How’s Your Faith? An Unlikely Spiritual Journey,” is an autobiographical tale about his return to faith in adulthood. Simon & Schuster published the book in September 2015. “The path of faith can be very meaningful — for anybody,” says Gregory. “I think there’s a lot of people asking themselves, ‘How do I live life with more meaning and more purpose?’ And I think a lot of people are looking for that, and not always finding the way in.” Gregory spent more than 20 years as a high-profile broadcast journalist. He served as moderator on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” a weekly forum specializing in po-
litical, economic and social commentary, from 2008 to 2014. He got his start at Tucson’s KGUN 9, spending his summer breaks here while earning an undergraduate degree from American University in Washington, D.C. He developed a strong foundation in Judaism through prayer, study and ritual, which he says complements “what I think the Jewish community does so well, which is create a sense of community, to be very philanthropic and to look after other people.” “Particularly, as Jews, we can have a conversation about faith, about God and make that a bigger part of our identity than just culture, or love of Israel,” he says. “But that there’s these added kind of spiritual dimensions that are a big part of our Jewish identity as well.” Gregory will be the guest speaker at the 2017 Jewish Family & Children’s Services “Celebration of Caring” fundraising
event on Sunday, April 23. The annual event will be held at the Tucson Country Club, 2950 N. Camino Principal, with a reception at 5:15 p.m., followed by a dinner at 6:30 p.m. Stella Inger, anchor at KGUN 9, will emcee the event. This year’s event will honor Kathryn Unger, chair of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona’s planning and allocations
committee. Unger was overwhelmed to find out she was being honored at this year’s event. “Being involved in leadership is what I do, it’s second nature to me,” she says. “I was taught as a kid, that when you live in a community you do everything you can to make your community a great place to live. “It’s actually my honor to help See JFCS, page 4
In face of bomb threats to Tucson J, locals respond with love PHYLLIS BRAUN
AJP Executive Editor
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Messages of support for the Tucson Jewish Community Center include chalk art and postcards.
March 17 ... 6:16 p.m.
n the evening of Monday, Feb. 27, the Tucson Jewish Community Center received a bomb threat phone call, making Tucson part of the disturbing trend of more than 100 bomb threats targeting JCCs and other Jewish institutions across the country since mid-January. Last Friday, March 10, as the AJP was preparing to report on the kindness and solidarity the community has shown the Tucson J, the center received a second bomb threat, this one by email.
March 24 ... 6:21 p.m.
Following the J’s safety and security protocols, members and staff once again sheltered in place while police conducted a thorough search of the property. The J was given the all-clear some 90 minutes later, at about 3:30 p.m., and immediately resumed its programs. “Obviously this continues to be of concern, that it’s disruptive and disconcerting, but by and large people have been very supportive,” says Todd Rockoff, president and CEO of the J. He adds that he would understand “if people do take a little step back, but we’re See Love, page 8
March 31 ... 6:25 p.m.
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LOCAL In Tucson talk, author details how modern Germans helped, hindered quest for lost legacy
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n December 1990, Dina Gold marched into a government building at Krausenstrasse 17/18 in the formerly Soviet-controlled East Berlin, and announced that she had come to claim her family’s property. She was bluffing. At that point in her quest for justice, she had no evidence. Gold showed an official, Herr Münch, a 1920 business directory listing “H. Wolff, Berlin W8, Krausenstrasse 17/18,” and told him that her maternal grandfather, Herbert Wolff, owned a fur business. She could claim that he had an office there, but had no proof that the family owned the building. While Gold waited, Münch telephoned the head office. He surprised Gold by saying that his superiors knew the place was called the Wolff Building and had been owned by Jews, but they weren’t aware of any survivors. Gold said that because her family was Jewish they lost the building to the Nazi government through a forced sale. She wanted justice for their loss. Her second surprise of the day — Münch encouraged her to pursue the claim. “The process was a roller coaster of frustration alternating with elation,” Gold told an audience of about 140 people on March 6 at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. Her talk was part of the Shaol & Louis Pozez Memorial Lectureship Series offered by the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Arizona. Her book, “Stolen Legacy: Nazi Theft and the Quest for Justice at Krausenstrasse 17/18, Berlin,” documents her six-year battle for restitution. It also provides details of Gold’s family history, their lifestyle in pre-Nazi Germany, what happened to various family members, and what life was like for Jews under Nazi rule. “This was more than a quest for justice for mere bricks and mortar, it was to discover and preserve my lost family history,” she said. “Although my story is not about genocide, some members of my family were victims.” This included her great-uncle, Fritz Wolff, who was murdered at Auschwitz in 1943. Gold’s desire to find her “lost” family history was inspired by her grandmother Nellie Wolff ’s stories of wealth and luxury. She spoke of a life filled with parties and plays, a magnificent red-brick mansion surrounded by park-like grounds, nannies for her three children, and the family’s huge, commercial building built
Author Dina Gold, left, with J. Edward Wright, director of the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies, at the Tucson Jewish Community Center on March 6.
in 1910 in Berlin. Born in Britain, Gold often spent time with her grandmother, who divided the year between England and Israel. Her grandmother talked about winning back the property stolen from their family, but Gold’s mother, Aviva, said this was just a fantasy and urged Gold to ignore her grandmother’s “tall stories.” Proving a restitution claim requires perseverance, investigative skills and travel. As a journalist who worked for the BBC as an investigative reporter and television producer, Gold had an edge in terms of research skills, professional colleagues and determination to find the truth. Initially her parents were not supportive. They believed that the records and documents to file a claim did not exist, and they wanted to leave the past alone. But Gold said, “I owed it to Nellie to find out if her stories were true.” Her husband, Simon Henderson, turned out to be her staunchest supporter. In 1990 the German government set a time limit for filing restitution claims for property, and Gold convinced her mother to file a claim. “Once the claim was filed, we had to prove that the Wolff family owned the building, and that they lost the building because of Nazi persecution,” Gold said. Along with her own enquiries, Gold hired researchers and lawyers. Sometimes government workers were helpful, and other times they threw roadblocks in the path. The evidence included a 1910 article in Berlin Architecture World featuring the Wolff building, with photographs showing the building stretching back a See Legacy, page 9 March 17, 2017, ARIZONA JEWISH POST
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LOCAL Shoah survivor on global healing mission to speak here Holocaust survivor Leslie Schwartz will speak about Marc David Bonagura, “Surviving the Hell of Aushis experiences as a teenager in Auschwitz, Dachau chwitz and Dachau: A Teenage Struggle Toward Freeand Mühldorf and show a film titled “The Mühldorf dom from Hatred.” Death Train” on Wednesday, April 5 at 6 p.m. at the Along with chronicling his struggle to survive imTucson Jewish Community Center. The prisonment in the camps, Schwartz’ event is sponsored by the German studmemoir also revisits small acts of kindies department at the University of Ariness he experienced from German civilzona College of Humanities, the Arizona ians. It details his search to reconnect Center for Judaic Studies and the Tucson with one unnamed hero, who in a small J. farmhouse in Bavaria on April 27, 1945 Born in a small village in Hungary, offered the starving 15-year-old boy Schwartz now divides his time between bread, butter and the most delicious glass the United States and Germany. By bearof milk he ever received. ing witness to what he experienced durIn the summer of 2010 he discovered ing the Holocaust, he aims to make his her name was Barbara Huber, and he life a force for positive change, unity says that when he met with her daughand healing. His recent talks and travels ter, Marianne Maier, the fragments of his have been covered by major media in the soul began to reassemble, beginning an United States including The New York incredible healing journey. Leslie Schwartz Times, CBS and ABC news. In 2013, Schwartz was awarded GerHis memoir, “To Survive Hell” by Karen Thisted, many’s highest civilian honor—The Order of Merit of published in 2007 in Denmark, quickly became a the Federal Republic of Germany. Chancellor Angela number one bestseller. In 2010 a German translation Merkel made a point to visit Schwartz and express her was published and in 2013 the Berlin-based publisher gratitude for his tireless efforts to educate German stuLit Verlag released an English version, co-written with dents.
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make our community even greater than it was when I landed here 27 years ago,” says Unger. Unger and her husband, David, purchased their first home in Tucson in 1990; the couple relocated to the Old Pueblo from Akron, Ohio, in 1996. She assumed her first local leadership role as co-chair of the now defunct Woman of Valor event hosted by the JFSA. During her time in Tucson, she served on the JFCS board of directors for 10 years in various leadership positions. She continued her community-based work with the Federation, serving as board chair and chair of the Compelling Needs Grants program. Unger says one of the highlights of being honored will be having her son, Jeffrey Unger, of Los Angeles, and her daughter, Julie Zorn, of Akron, Ohio, attend the occasion. “And I hope they feel that I’m a role model for them
— about where they should be in their communities, and what they should do in their communities — just as my parents were for me,” she says. Fred Fruchthendler, board chair at JFCS of Southern Arizona, says the “Celebration of Caring” event doesn’t always recognize a local community member, but honoring Unger fits the organization’s mission. “She has worked hard to build a strong, vital Jewish community,” says Fruchthendler. “She’s done all of the things that we feel leadership is about. One of the responsibilities of a leader is to train your successors, and in some sense you hope that you’re mentoring your children to embrace your values, and she’s done that. “Kathy puts her efforts and her energy where it makes a difference, and she doesn’t have an expectation of getting anything back,” he says. “She is a good mentor and role model to so many people. Those are, I think, the true values of a woman of valor.” For tickets, or to include a tribute to Kathryn Unger in the event program, visit jfcstucson.org, call 795-0300 ex. 2238 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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ARTS & CULTURE / LOCAL With emotional link to new musical, Tucsonans become Broadway producers RENEE CLAIRE
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ick and Sherri Belkin, known for their dedicated energy and philanthropy in the Tucson Jewish community, recently donned new hats as Broadway producers. The couple attended the New York premiere of “Come From Away,” a musical about 9/11, at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre last week. A musical about 9/11? As incongruous as that may seem, says Dick Belkin, “it is a very special show that validates love and community in the aftermath of horror.” Within an hour of the terrorist hijackings on Sept. 11, 2001, 38 planes, carrying 6,579 passengers, were diverted to the remote town of Gander in Newfoundland (population of roughly 9000), as all U.S. and most Canadian airspace had been shutdown. “Come From Away” (Newfoundland slang for people who aren’t from their province) portrays the generosity and kindness that the townspeople of this once strategic air refueling station showed to thousands of stranded international travelers. The townspeople began by opening their public facilities to shelter the deluge of refugees. Within days, though, Belkin explains, the Canadians were feeding and housing the “come from aways” in their homes, treating them as welcome guests. That hospitality created friendships and connections that exist to this day. “When we first read about this new show in 2016,” explains Belkin, “Sherri and I felt that we had to go see it at the La Jolla Playhouse (one of the successful pre-Broadway productions, which included Seattle, Toronto and Washington, D.C.). “When we saw it, we knew that we had to be a part of this very special and incredibly inspirational story.” “Come From Away,” says Belkin, resonated deeply with touch points in his own life; he and a business partner had had the concession rights to operate the viewing platform at the top of the Twin Towers at the time of the disaster. He
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Dick and Sherri Belkin at the opening night of "Come From Away" on Broadway, March 12.
had also been to Gander on a refueling stop when he was with the U.S. Army Soldier Shows, entertaining troops stationed overseas. (See azjewishpost. com/2013/from-broadcast-career-tojewish-community-local-retiree-staysin-the-game/ for more about Belkin’s history as an entertainer, broadcaster and producer.) “When you go to see this show,” says Belkin, “you walk out feeling so much better than you did walking in. People in the audience can be crying one minute and then laughing in the next. It is so emotionally uplifting and yet unique and genuine. I feel very lucky to be a part of it. And who knows, maybe the show will become a huge hit and we’ll make a good return on our investment.” But after acknowledging his good fortune in finding and associating with “Come From Away,” Belkin says, “I know that the absolute luckiest thing that happened to me, though, was meeting and marrying my wife Sherri. “We met on a blind date,” he explains. “I was asked to chaperone a fraternity party and they only allowed married couples to do that. So when we were introduced, I told Sherri that for that evening, we had to play husband and wife. So what began as a play-acting thing turned out to be the real thing.”
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COMMENTARY The surge in anti-Semitism? Here are some specific steps to stop it DANIEL ELBAUM and MARC STERN JTA
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lmost daily accounts of vandalized cemeteries, spray-painted swastikas and bomb threats to JCCs and other Jewish agencies have naturally evoked considerable alarm. Clearly, we must never reconcile ourselves to an America where this is considered normal. Yet we must not succumb to the opposite tendency to see these recent incidents through a 2,000-year-old lens and draw comparisons to darker days, when Jews felt powerless and alone in the fight against anti-Semitism. There is no nation —other than Israel, of course — that has been more hospitable and welcoming to Jews than the United States. Indeed, there has been no generation of Jews in our people’s history more ingrained into the fabric of the nation in which it lived. A recent Pew Research Center report found that Jews are the most admired religious group in the
People demonstrate at a Stand Against Hate rally at Independence Mall in Philadelphia, March 2, 2017.
country, and it will take far more than the incidents of the last few months to alter that fact. Experts on hate crimes agree on two things.
First, perpetrators are not always caught, and therefore the majority of hate-crime victims may not see the culprits brought to justice. Second, since hate crimes are “mes-
sage” crimes, the public response is crucial in preventing them from happening again. Words matter. Condemnations matter. And leaders must step up and express solidarity with the victimized communities, sending the clear message that such acts will not be tolerated or ignored. We welcome the White House’s strong condemnation of recent anti-Semitic incidents and its promise to find ways to stop them. We also appreciate the Senate letter urging action against these threats spearheaded by Senators Peters, Portman, Rubio and Nelson, and signed by all 100 members of the upper chamber. But still more can be done now. Here are three suggestions for concrete action: First, the White House should convene a conference on violent extremism and hate crimes. The assault on the Jewish community is not occurring in a vacuum. There also have been widespread reports of crimes against other minority communities. Although reasonable See Surge, page 7
From disabilities awareness month, a way to think about bomb threats JULIE ZORN
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ast month was Jewish Disabilities Awareness month, and as I found myself in a situation where I was suddenly asked to be a substitute teacher for sixth and seventh grade students at the local reform Jewish synagogue, I really felt that this was a good topic to discuss with them. Middle schoolers are known universally after all, to feel uncomfortable
when they are different from their peers, and I wondered “might it be meaningful for them and would they be able to relate to people with disabilities if they put themselves in their shoes?” I found myself sharing a blessing that is recited when we might see someone of an unusual appearance. That blessing is: Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Haolam, m’shaneh habriyot. Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the Universe, who makes people different.
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Not only does this blessing from the Shulchan Aruch, the Jewish code of law, celebrate diversity, but arguably the greatest Jewish leader of all time, Moses, had his own disability of a speech impediment. It’s like there’s permission to be imperfect written right there in the Torah, and I knew that this was something those middle schoolers would appreciate. I’ve reflected a lot on that blessing in the last couple of weeks realizing how lucky are we that our belief system embraces people of all sizes, shapes, colors, and even of other beliefs, and this was definitely a value that I felt that these sixth and seventh graders really needed to hear. As the “newbie” in a new community, I have had a lot of moments lately that have made me feel very different from the people around me, but last week, those differences really hit a peak moment. A reporter I had worked with a few years ago called me from Tucson, the community I had just moved from, wondering if I knew anything about the Tucson JCC being on lockdown from a bomb threat. I turned to social media and found that people I care about were “sheltered in place” until they received an “all clear” and could exit the building safely. The place I had worked for the last 13 years had fallen victim to a wave of bomb threats making its way across the country just because their beliefs were different from someone else’s. Those differences that I typically pride myself in suddenly
were making me feel very isolated, and being so far away from my former coworkers and friends made it all the more difficult. But then, something really amazing happened. The next day, there were photographs on the Tucson JCC Facebook page of beautiful floral arrangements that several organizations had sent to them in solidarity. A group of people representing the Catholic and Muslim religions stood outside of the Tucson J building with signs showing their support. And then, the Tucson chapter of Pantsuit Nation sent chalk artists to decorate the sidewalk in front of the J with messages of peace and love and unity. It was then that I realized something very powerful. Sometimes the things that make us so different from each other can actually find a way to bring us together, too. As an educator, that is a message I absolutely strive to bring to the students that I teach. It really is okay to be different from each other, but deep down inside, we are all just people on one Earth brought together to live side by side and coexist in harmony. The m’shaneh habriyot blessed Adonai for making us different, but in my opinion, we are the ones who are blessed. Julie Zorn, formerly the Jewish living and learning specialist at the Tucson Jewish Community Center, moved to Akron, Ohio, with her family in January.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR Daughter’s aliyah plans fill family with pride, hope My wife, Sue, and I are new to Arizona, having moved here from West Chester, Pa., in August 2016. However, we are not new to Judaism or a love of Israel and Jewish culture. But this is not about us, it’s about our daughter, Alexandra Simone Penfil. When Alli was 9 years old, we went to Israel for her sister, Rachael’s, Bat Mitzvah. Looking back, I truly believe her decision was made then. She stated on that trip we were going back for her own celebration, and indeed we did. Since then, I cannot count the amount of times Alli has gone to our ancient and holy homeland. She even spent a gap year there, on Nativ. Upon her return, she made it clear that, after graduation from Binghamton University, she would be joining the IDF. What was not yet clear to us at the time was her commitment to peace in the Middle East. She majored in political science
(dean’s list) and, after her service, plans on a career in Israeli diplomacy. But first ... Alli is graduating this coming May, and is making aliyah in August, through a Nefesh B’Nefesh Lone Soldier program. And her mother, her sister and of course, her father, could not be more proud. Alli is chasing her dream, which is a dream many of us share — that of a future with peace, when Israel and her neighbors can live together with love and understanding, instead of the hatred many feel today. And she is beginning by joining the IDF, the only army in the world that is named not an army but a defense force. In this time of world upheaval, more of that attitude is what Alli and I believe we all truly need. Alli’s Hebrew name is Ahava, love. Sweetheart, may you spread love and peace, and may you serve proudly and return safely. — Jeffrey Penfil, DMD, Marana
sis of our pluralistic society, and therefore every citizen should have an interest in stopping them. Governments at all levels need to make financial investments to that end. No doubt there are other steps that can be taken —a good example being the Federal Communications Commission’s waiver of certain privacy rules that will make it easier to track phone threats. And finally, since other nations are watching, our reaction, in word and deed, can affect Jewish security abroad. The White House should act swiftly to dispel rumors that, as part of a wave of budget cuts, it plans to eliminate the State Department’s special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism. Since 2004, when Congress created that post, the special envoy has been a go-to global address, an embodiment of our country’s commitment to fight anti-Semitism. It is needed today more than ever. Although the special envoy has dealt with anti-Semitism abroad, the position also sends a message here at home — and so does any talk of eliminating it. The upsurge of anti-Semitism will not abate on its own. We need concerted action to reverse it.
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people can disagree about the causes, there can be little doubt that something ugly has been unleashed, and it needs to be examined and addressed. All crimes are reprehensible, but hate crimes carry an extra dimension since they victimize both individuals and communities. Recent polls reveal that a majority of European Jews do not feel comfortable wearing clothing or jewelry that identifies them as Jewish. The situation in Europe is very different, and tragically, more violent than what Jews in the U.S. have confronted. Still, the White House must elevate this issue in an effort to ensure that such sentiments do not take hold in our nation. Second, federal security funding for vulnerable religious and other communal institutions must be increased. The Nonprofit Security Grant Program, administered by the Department of Homeland Security, is currently budgeted at approximately $20 million, a figure simply inadequate to meet a pressing need. Hate crimes aimed at Jewish institutions threaten not only those organizations. They menace the very ba-
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and a desire to take a tour,” Rockoff says. “And that was just Tuesday.” The Arizona Faith Network issued a statement of solidarity signed by more than 150 clergy and lay leaders representing a variety of faiths. On Saturday, March 4, a chalk mob decorated the sidewalk outside the J with drawings and statements “of affection and support and kindness that I think really represent Tucson,” Rockoff says. The chalk artists were mostly from the Tucson chapter of Pantsuit Nation, an activist group, according to the Arizona Daily Star. Another show of support came from further afield – all the way from Vermont. On March 7, the J received several postcards from members of the Local Love Brigade in Vermont, with messages and images of support. One was a simple drawing of two hands clasped to form a heart. Another declared “LOVE WINS!” and “We’ve got your backs!” Locally, public officials also spoke out. Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and U.S. Reps. Martha McSally and Tom O’Halleran issued strong statements condemning the threats. Sen. John McCain reached out on Twitter, using the IStandWithTheJCC hashtag. Sen. Jeff Flake made a personal call to Rockoff after the first threat, while Gov. Doug Ducey called him after the second. On March 7, all 100 senators signed a letter urging “swift action” from federal law enforcement agencies. The letter was sent to Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director James Comey. Sue DeBenedette, director of communications at the J, noted that the Tucson City Council will soon be voting on a proposal to adjust the penalties for hate crimes. But Rockoff returned to the ideas of community and kindness. “I think this is a beautiful part of the story, which is the part of the story that says that people care. The J remains open and moving forward, serving the community. We live in a very kind community that does not want to tolerate intolerance.”
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whole block, two interior courtyards, and the main hall with marble flooring and carved wooden ceilings. A little luck led Gold and her husband to an East German lawyer who sold them a notarized copy of a land registry document showing that the building was owned by Gold’s great-grandfather Victor Wolff until his death in 1928, and then it passed to his wife, Lucie Wolff, who died in 1932. A crucial part of the case was the line of inheritance. In April 1992, Gold’s mother called a district court in the Berlin suburb of Charlottenburg and was able to get a copy of Lucie’s will. The will named Victor and Lucie’s sons, Fritz and Herbert, as heirs, but attached to the will was a declaration by Herbert renouncing his share in favor of Nellie and their three children. Documents regarding ownership and inheritance were not enough. Gold had to prove that the building was taken through a forced sale and was a result of persecution of Jews. In 1933 the Nazis passed laws that barred Jews from several professions, and the Nuremberg Laws of 1935 stripped Jews of their rights as citizens, making it difficult for Jews to own or operate a business. In 1929, Lucie Wolff obtained a mortgage loan on the building through the Victoria Insurance Company, which provided coverage for many Jewish businesses. But in 1936, the Victoria abruptly demanded payment in full for the balance of the loan. The family’s lawyers protested, but the Victoria’s lawyers went to court and petitioned for a forced sale, which went through on May 31, 1937. The land and building were sold to the Reichsbahn, the German national railway system, which was central to the mass deportation of Jews to the death camps. While Gold said that to her knowledge none of the planning or operational control for the deportations were conducted from the building, the Victoria Insurance Company
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f your Passover seder is anything like mine, it can resemble the world’s most difficult classroom: different ages, ranging from 3 to 93, and varying levels of interest. Some want to read and discuss every word in the Haggadah, some just want to get to the food — and everything in between. Designing a seder that can work for everyone can feel like a challenge for even the most seasoned educator, let alone a busy parent. But there is magic in the seder. Having loved ones around a table together can feel like a luxury in this day and age, A Jewish family re-enacts the oppression that Jewish slaves felt as part of a Passover seder in Encino, Calif., April 14, 2014. so here are some tips for making the most of the festive meal. I hope these ideas will inspire the salt water. Another friend chops up lots of fruits and you to be creative in a way that feels authentic to nuts (and even some chocolate) and allows the guests your seder. to make their own charoset, as long as it resembles the The seder’s purpose is to get people to ask questions, mortar. When it comes time to remember the plague of so the more you break the mold of the way you have al- hail, I have heard of families throwing mini marshmalways done it, the more likely you and your guests will be lows at one another. Finally, there is a Persian custom of lightly (or not so lightly) slapping your neighbor with able to access the true meaning of the holiday. scallions during the song “Dayenu” as a reminder of Here are 10 tips to perk up your seder this year. slavery. 1. Put out some food earlier. Food is always impor3. Use the table. Put something interesting on the tatant in Jewish events and never more so than in the sed- ble, either in the middle or at each individual plate. We er. It can feel like a long time until you get to dinner, but have used different kinds of frogs, puppets and masks. after karpas (the green vegetable that comes right at the Perhaps it will inspire a guest to ask a question about beginning), you can serve appetizers. Veggies and dip or Passover, the story or the traditions of your family. At fruit are good healthy options, but my family also puts the very least it will entertain those at the table when out candy, which keeps the kids busy for a little while. If they need a break. you want to be thematic, there is fair-trade, slavery-free 4. Don’t be a slave to the Haggadah. The Haggachocolate that is kosher for Passover. dah is meant as a guide, and you don’t have to read 2. Play with your food. Along the same theme, there every word to fulfill your obligation to tell the story. are fun ways you can incorporate food into the heart Get many different Haggadahs and look for readings of the seder. One friend of ours attaches the parsley to and retellings that speak to you and share those at the mini fishing rods and uses them to dip the parsley in See Seder, page 12
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seder. Or get the kids to write a play about the Passover story and perform it. Or ask your guests to bring something that represents freedom and tell the story of why. As long as your guests are engaged in the story of slavery to freedom, you have done your job. 5. Move around. This is the story of a wandering people. If you have the space, then wander! Do one piece of the seder in the living room, one in the dining room, or even go outside if the weather is nice. Turn a few bed sheets into the sea and walk through it on your way to the Promised Land. Give your guests a chance to be in the story, not just talk about it. 6. Assign homework. People always do better if they are prepared, so ask your guests to participate in the seder. Send a question in advance, ask them to bring
something or even make decorations for the seder table. Guests, bring a reading or an object that speaks to you. I guarantee your host will appreciate not having to carry the weight of the entire evening. 7. Give everyone a job. Before the seder, make a list of everything that has to be done during the evening, from pouring the wine to serving the soup to clearing the table. Then, assign away. Your guests will be happy to help, and you will be happier if you come out of the seder not feeling enslaved. 8. Sing (or watch videos). There are tons of songs for kids and adults alike for Passover. Google around to find tunes or songs you like and teach them at your seder. Providing song sheets helps everyone sing along. And if singing is not your thing, a quick search on YouTube for Passover song parodies turns up videos that would be fun to watch before or during the seder. 9. Make something. When I was about 10 years old, I spent hours creating a chart that outlined the order of
the seder. I made a small arrow that could be used to show where we were in the progression of the evening, and since then it has been used every year. My mother still brings out Elijah’s cups that my sisters and I made in Hebrew school, and my kids proudly show off their seder plates, kiddush cups and matzah covers. If your kids don’t make them in school or Hebrew school, these are easy crafts to make at home. 10. Let loose. The point of the seder is to engage people in the questions, both ancient and contemporary, of slavery and freedom. The way you do that is up to you. Try to find a balance between preparing for the seder and obsessing about every detail. And if your kids run screaming circles around the table while everyone else is trying to talk, as mine have done on more than one occasion, those are memories, too. Don’t beat yourself up about it. Rabbi Rebecca Rosenthal is the director of youth and family education at Central Synagogue in New York City. Rosenthal and her husband live in the city with their three children.
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PASSOVER Pesach recipes: Lighten up with fish, veggies MEGAN WOLF JTA
I love serving light foods that are naturally kosher for Passover. With so much matzah, vegetable and fish dishes are often a welcome addition in my home. In this holiday menu, my Coconut Carrot Soup is a creamy soup at its finest. The combination of carrots, ginger and coconut is so warming and really delicious. Not a ginger fan? It’s easy enough to leave it out. And what could be better than a recipe that doesn’t require excellent knife skills? Since the soup ingredients are blended, dicing imperfection won’t be noticeable at all. For the Caesar Salad, making your own dressing is an easy way to cut down on the fat and calories and tailor the taste to your palate. I’m a big garlic fan, but feel free to scale back — your dressing will still be delectable. Romaine hearts hold up especially well against a hearty dressing. The Lemon Salmon recipe is perfect for a crowd. Little work is required and the end result is so tasty. Roasting lemons really brings out the flavors. You can encourage your guests to squeeze the warm lemon atop the salmon for even more flavor. The lemon in the Grilled Asparagus nicely complements the salmon without imparting an overpowering lemon flavor. Because one dish has roasted lemon and one has lemon zest, they are bright without being redundant. If you don’t have a grill pan — it’s a wonderful kitchen item to have, especially if you’re tight for space — you can easily roast the asparagus in the oven for a similar texture. But really, nothing beats the smokiness of a grill.
COCONUT CARROT SOUP Ingredients: • 1 pound carrots, peeled and thinly diced • 1 cup diced celery • 1 tablespoon diced ginger • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided • 1 Vidalia onion, thinly sliced
• 1 can coconut milk • 3 cups vegetable stock • salt and pepper to taste • coconut milk yogurt, optional Preparation: In a large stock pot, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium low heat, then add the carrots, celery and ginger. Cook until soft, about 18-20 minutes. In a small skillet, heat the last 1 tablespoon olive oil and sauté the onions until translucent, then set aside. Add the can of coconut milk to the carrot and celery mixture and stir to combine. Add 2 cups of stock and stir to combine. Place half of the onion into the carrot mixture and place the mixture in a blender to combine until smooth (you can also use an immersion blender directly in the stock pot). Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with remaining sautéed onions and optional coconut yogurt on top.
LEMON SALMON Ingredients: • 1 pound salmon, sliced into 4 fillets • 2 tablespoons olive oil • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt • 1/2 teaspoon peppercorns • 1 lemon, thinly sliced • 4 sprigs rosemary Preparation: Preheat oven to 400 F. Coat each piece of salmon with olive oil, then sprinkle with salt and peppercorns. Place lemon slices over salmon and roast until cooked to your liking, about 10 minutes or more. Serve on a platter with rosemary springs.
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Analysis: The false choice between Zionism and feminism ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL JTA
wo weeks ago the Palestinian-American activist Linda Sarsour started a fundraising campaign to help restore the graves at a St. Louis-area Jewish cemetery damaged by vandalism. The Jewish community there and across the country generally welcomed the effort — wildly successful, as it turned out — as a lovely moment in interfaith solidarity. “It’s sad that it’s happening in the midst of tragedy, but it’s a beautiful gesture,” Rabbi Brigitte Rosenberg of the United Hebrew Congregation in St. Louis told the Forward. Gratitude like Rosenberg’s largely drowned out the voices, mostly from the right, of those who charged that Sarsour’s efforts were a “cynical attempt” to distract critics from her support for the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment movement that many Jewish groups see as nothing less than an effort to delegitimize and dismantle Israel. A basic principal of coalition building — of civil society, in fact — is putting aside disagreements on specific issues to work together on the things you can agree on. In this case, Jews and Muslims have a mutual self-interest in standing up to bigotry, even if they disagree on some major issues. If Sarsour accepts this principle, it’s not clear from her role as an architect of the International Women’s Strike USA, the grassroots feminist movement that organized events around the world on International Women’s Day. In addition to calling for gender equality, an end to racial and sexual violence, and protection of reproductive rights, the group’s platform includes a plank “For an Antiracist and Anti-imperialist Feminism” that demands “the decolonization of Palestine.” “We want to dismantle all walls, from prison walls to border walls, from Mexico to Palestine,” the platform continues. (It is important to note that “Palestine” is mentioned twice in the brief platform; no other country or people is specifically singled out as a cause to be embraced or a target for activism — not India or any one of 49 nations that don’t criminalize marital rape; not Pakistan, where just one-quarter of women are in the labor force; not Mali, where adult women’s literacy is only 29 percent.) This week, Sarsour responded to a critic who asked why activists need to check their Zionism at the door when signing on to a feminist platform. “I identify as a Zionist because I support Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state,” Emily Shire wrote in
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The New York Times. “I am happy to debate Middle East politics or listen to critiques of Israeli policies. But why should criticism of Israel be key to feminism in 2017?” Asked by The Nation to respond to Shire, Sarsour was unequivocal: If by Zionist you mean someone who doesn’t accept the platform’s singular focus on Israel, then no, you can be a Zionist or a feminist, but you can’t be both. “It just doesn’t make any sense for someone to say, ‘Is there room for people who support the state of Israel and do not criticize it in the movement?’ There can’t be in feminism,” Sarsour said. “You either stand up for the rights of all women, including Palestinians, or none. There’s just no way around it.” Sarsour can’t seem to imagine a movement in which activists might disagree on certain issues but can work together on others. In the name of intersectionality, she is willing to lose useful allies who cannot sign on to every plank of her platform. In her remarks, Sarsour also alleged that Palestinian-American women hesitate to get involved in social justice causes because they fear becoming “an immediate target of the right wing and right-wing Zionists.” Indeed, she has often been accused of having ties to Hamas, on fairly wispy evidence. But Sarsour also focuses on “right-wing Zionists” at the exclusion of all others. She doesn’t leave room for Israelis who might share her social justice agenda, not only when it comes to feminism but to Palestinian women as well. First she raises Palestine as literally the only global cause worth mentioning. Then she offers a false choice between supporting Israel and feminism. Such thinking seems infectious. Writing about
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the Shire-Sarsour debate in New York magazine, Eric Levitz explained, “To a Palestinian woman in the West Bank, no issue may appear more central to her liberation than the end of the Israeli occupation. To a Zionist woman in Tel Aviv — whose family tree lost branches to Hitler and then to Hamas — no issue may seem less relevant to her interests. The feminist movement has no choice but to represent one woman, and not the other.” Really? No choice? Because I can point to Israeli women who have lost family members in the Holocaust and to terrorism, and who care deeply about women’s — and all people’s — rights in both countries. Like members of the Parents Circle, a group of Palestinian and Israeli families who have lost relatives to terror and
violence but still work together on coexistence. Or the Coalition of Women for Peace, an Israeli feminist organization founded in 2000 following the outbreak of the second intifada. The women who belong are “committed to ending the occupation and creating a more just society, while enhancing women’s inclusion and participation in the public discourse,” according to its mission statement. Or Women Wage Peace, who two years ago led a protest march from northern Israel to Jerusalem to demand that Israel restart the peace process with the Palestinians. WWP describes itself as above the political and religious divide, seeking to do something that Sarsour insists “doesn’t make any sense”: creating allies among people who disagree. Members of all three groups might
happily sign on to the Women’s Strike platform — or they might bristle at how the platform aims to alienate Israelis and their supporters by making Palestine its only specific nationalist cause. The Women’s Strike platform is not just asking followers to “criticize” Israel, but to do so in terms insisted upon by Sarsour and the BDS movement: Israel as a colonialist and racist enterprise. There’s no mention of peace, only of a “de-colonization” of a Palestine whose borders are never specified — because, one suspects, the BDS movement cannot bring itself to recognize Israel’s right to exist. There is no room in the coalition for the Israeli — left, right or center — who wants women on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian divide to enjoy full rights, but who believes with good reason that the platform’s framing of the
conflict is a recipe for eternal violence. According to the Women’s Strike platform, “We celebrate the diversity of the many social groups that have come together for the International Women’s Strike. We come from many political traditions but are united around the following common principles.” Like the Black Lives Matter platform issued last year, however, the Women’s Strike version seems engineered to specifically exclude one social group: supporters of Israel who do not buy into a one-sided condemnation of Israel, who believe it doesn’t deserve to be singled out among all the conflicts in which men and women have been oppressed, marginalized or exploited — and who don’t accept that the only solution worthy of discussion is the one that leaves no room for a Jewish state.
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CAESAR SALAD Ingredients: • 2 large heads romaine lettuce hearts • 3/4 cup low fat Greek yogurt • 2 tablespoons olive oil • 3 cloves garlic • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard (can be omitted for Passover) • 1 lemon, juiced • salt and pepper to taste • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese • hot pepper flakes, optional Preparation: In a blender or food processor, combine yogurt, olive oil, garlic, mustard and lemon juice. Taste, then season with salt and pepper and set aside. Halve each lettuce heart and dice, then place in a large bowl. Toss the greens with half of the salad dressing to start, adding more to your taste. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes. Megan Wolf is the author of “Great Meals with Greens and Grains.”
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MIND, BODY & SPIRIT Inspired by mother, writer creates first book for Jews with Alzheimer’s LISA KEYS JTA
he book is large and fits comfortably on a lap. The color photographs nearly fill each page. Each image depicts real people doing everyday Jewish things — a young girl eating matzah ball soup; a bubbe and her grandchildren lying in the grass; a man wearing tefillin, praying. The sentences are in large print; they are simple (“Mother says the blessing over the candles”) and easy to read. But the book is not for young children learning how to read, nor is it for parents to introduce Judaism to their preschoolers. Rather it is designed for those suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive type of dementia that causes a slow decline in thinking, memory and reasoning. The book — a series of independent pictures and captions — requires no memory to read and follow along, allowing those with memory-loss issues to enjoy and engage with each image on its own terms. “L’Chaim: Pictures to Evoke Memories of a Jewish Life,” by Eliezer Sobel, is probably the first book of its kind — a Jewishthemed book created explicitly for adults with Alzheimer’s or dementia. “There’s such a richness to Jewish content and imagery and history and culture,” Sobel, 64, told JTA. “There are so many Jewish people in Jewish nursing homes, and Jewish families with loved ones who have dementia.” Sobel’s family is among them. The author took inspiration from his mother, Manya, 93, a refugee who fled Nazi Germany and has suffered from Alzheimer’s for 17 years. As her memory deteriorated, her language slowly disappeared with
it, Sobel said. Eventually, a few years ago, it seemed gone for good. However, “One day I walk into the living room, and she was thumbing through a magazine, reading the big print headlines aloud, correctly,” he recalled. “I said, ‘Omigod! Mom can still read!’” Sobel, who lives in Red Bank, N.J., said he headed to the local Barnes & Noble to get her a picture book for dementia patients. “It seemed like the most obvious thing in the world,” he said. Instead, he learned that such a thing didn’t really exist. After unsuccessful trips to bookstores and searches online, Sobel called the National Alzheimer’s Association. He said the librarian he spoke with on the phone was stumped at first — she said that while there were more than 20,000 books for caregivers, she didn’t know of anything for the patients themselves. Eventually the librarian turned up a few books for Alzheimer’s patients: Lydia Burdick has a series of three books for adults with the disease, including “The Sunshine On My Face.” In subsequent years a few more have appeared, such as those by Emma Rose Sparrow. Still, the market for such products is very small, even though some 5.8 million Americans have Alzheimers, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Inspired, Sobel — a writer (previous books include the novel “Minyan: Ten Jewish Men in a World That is Heartbroken”) and leader of meditation and creativity retreats — published his first book for adults with dementia, “Blue Sky, White Clouds: A Book for Memory-Challenged Adults” in 2012. Like “L’Chaim,” the book is a series of large color photographs of things like birds, trees and babies with captions such as “The baby is fast asleep” and “Snow covers the trees.”
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“If patients see the pictures, say the names of the pictures, make some comments or are in any way affected by the books, that’s a good thing, period,” David Teplow, a professor of neurology at UCLA, told JTA. (Teplow provided a blurb for “Blue Sky”: “It certainly appears to be necessary to fill a void in this area of publishing, namely the realistic representation of images and ideas for people with memory and cognitive impairment.”) Plus, Teplow added, “There are lot of Jewish people who have Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Certainly it’s an important project for the Jewish community.” For Sobel, having a Jewish-themed follow-up to “Blue Sky” was a bit of a nobrainer. “It seemed natural to me,” he said. “It’s who I am; who we are. Especially my mother, the history of her Holocaust experience — it was a big part of my growing up, how she and her family got out, what they experienced.” Sobel’s mother arrived in the U.S. at age 14, shortly after Kristallnacht in 1938. Though she escaped Germany with her immediate family — her grandmother was left behind and died in a labor camp — she remained scarred by her experiences and raised her kids to be wary of outsiders. “Fair Lawn, N.J., was kind of like ‘Leave It To Beaver’ — perfectly safe and lots of Jewish families,” Sobel said of his hometown in the New York City suburbs. “But my mom kept an axe under the bed when my dad wasn’t home.” The family kept kosher; they had Friday night Shabbat dinners and Sobel attended synagogue on Saturdays with his father. “My mother’s idea of keeping Shabbat was she didn’t clean the house; she’d do something she enjoyed,” he recalled.
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“We’d drive — but not past the rabbi’s house.” Sobel said that while he and his mother “were at loggerheads for a lot of my adult life,” when her Alzheimer’s set in, she was released from her terrible memories. “It was almost a blessing to be around her; someone who radiated love and See Alzheimer’s, page 21
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Lightened-up kasha varnishkes SHANNON SARNA The Nosher via JTA
Kasha varnishkes is a much beloved Ashkenazi comfort food dish, traditionally made with bow tie pasta, onions, schmaltz and kasha (buckwheat). This version eliminates the schmaltz and swaps regular or egg pasta for some whole grain pasta and includes some riced cauliflower for a serving of vegetables. This recipe is based on a classic Beat 1 egg in a medium bowl. Add recipe for kasha varnishkes from cel- kasha and combine until coated. ebrated food writer and cookbook In a large skillet over medium heat, author Adeena Sussman. add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Cook kasha and egg until kasha has separated Ingredients and egg has cooked out. Add broth, •1 cup cooked whole wheat bow bring to a boil, then cover and reduce tie pasta on simmer for 10 minutes. •1 tablespoon olive oil In another skillet, sauté diced on•1 onion, diced ion in olive oil over medium heat un•1 egg til slightly brown, around 7 minutes. •1 cup kasha Add riced cauliflower and continue •2 cups vegetable stock, chicken to cook for 2-3 minutes. stock or water After kasha has cooked, add onion •1 1/2 cups "riced" cauliflower and cauliflower mixture along with (about 1/2 small raw cauliflower cooked pasta to pan. Cook another pulsed in food processor) 5-10 minutes. Add salt and pepper to •salt and pepper to taste taste. Directions
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Inventions take three to five years to reach the market and produce sustaining revenue. New drugs can take up to 10 years, due to the regulatory process. Recent UA inventions marketed through TLA include a new drug to treat cancer in dogs, licensed to Anivive Lifesciences. A new biopsy needle that will enable doctors to perform less invasive procedures is also in development. Former UA College of Pharmacy scientist Kevin Boesen created SinfoniaRx, a company that’s commercializing a medication management system to track drug interactions. “He left the UA to lead the new company,” says Paul Tumarkin, senior marketing manager for TLA. “One of their biggest clients is Wal-Mart.” Working with health care providers and big pharmacies, SinfoniaRX’s vast database alerts clients to possible adverse consequences for patients taking multiple drugs prescribed by dif-
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ferent physicians. The company has also provided jobs for UA College of Pharmacy students and graduates, who answer questions about drug interactions. Bringing jobs to Tucson is another goal for TLA, says Smith. Formerly a tour guide for Birthright Israel, he returned to Israel in 2015 to talk with representatives of Israeli high-tech companies about TLA and Tucson’s UA Tech Parks, whose culture of innovation attracts technical companies nationwide and beyond. “A lot of my friends have left Tucson,” he says. “We’re excited to be part of an ecosystem that makes Tucson attractive.” “We serve as a bridge for the business community to connect with the university,” says Tumarkin, a Tucson native and member of Congregation Chaverim. “It’s a great privilege to have a hand in bringing these inventions out into the world where they can make people’s lives better.” To subscribe to Tech Launch Arizona’s newsletter, email Tumarkin at email@example.com. Kaye Patchett is a freelance writer and editor in Tucson.
RABBI’S CORNER In death as in life, the earth is G-d’s gift to mankind RABBI ISRAEL BECKER
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t the recent annual dinner of my alma mater, the Rabbinical Seminary of America, I saw my lifelong friend, Rabbi Elchonon Zohn. He is a world renowned expert on Jewish end of life issues and burial who has been instrumental in guiding communities all over the United States. He asked me to join with rabbis across North America who had agreed to dedicate the Shabbos of Vayechi, which deals with the death and burial of our patriarch Jacob, as a special Shabbos creating an awareness of the importance of following Jewish burial traditions. (We read the Torah portion Vayechi on Jan. 14 this year.) When I assured Rabbi Zohn that I would be honored to participate, I did not imagine the discoveries I would soon make. Many a lesson is taught to us through story and parable. The Talmud records a fascinating conversation between the great sage Rabbi Meir and an Egyptian queen, Cleopatra. To describe the power of the earth, the rabbi presented an analogy to the queen using a seed to demonstrate the power of the earth. When breaking down matter, the earth enhances and beautifies. A bare seed is placed into the ground. It decomposes, and germinates. From that seed, a beautiful plant emerges. So, too, explained Rabbi Meir, when a human body is placed in the earth, a spiritual beautification process takes place, and the soul emerges more magnificent than ever. A famous Torah story further elaborates on this concept. Lot, the nephew of Abraham, lived with his family in the biblical city of Sodom (Bereishis/Genesis 19). When G-d decreed that Sodom was to be destroyed, He sent two angels to carry out the deed and save Lot and his family. As they were leaving, they were forbidden to look back on the destruction taking place. Lot’s wife violated the command, turned around, and was instantly transformed into a pillar of salt as punishment. Rabbi Zalman Sorotzkin, in his commentary on the Torah, questions whether her transformation into a pillar of salt, being quick and painless, was indeed a bad way to go. She avoided being placed in the ground, and her body did not deteriorate in the earth. Why, then, was this considered a punishment? He explains that the Torah is teaching us the importance of the burial process. In order for the soul to be cleansed of blemishes acquired during one’s lifetime as a result of human flaws, return to the earth is necessary. This is a benefit that Lot’s wife was denied. During one’s life, the body and soul are merged as one. After life, the soul is lovingly shed from the body through the earth’s processing, which allows the soul to emerge in its purest state. Often, the word “expire” is used as a friendlier way to refer to death. However, in a sense, the comparison is inaccurate because after life the journey continues. Everything in G-d’s creation has a purpose. The good earth is a magnificent gift from G-d to mankind. In life, it produces our food to sustain us. After life, it prepares us for the blessing of eternity. Only through burial in the earth can this gift from G-d be received.
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR The calendar deadline is Tuesday, 10 days before the issue date. Our next issue will be published March 31, 2017. Events may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, faxed to 319-1118, or mailed to the AJP at 3822 E. River Road, #300, Tucson, AZ 85718. For more information, call 319-1112. See Area Congregations on page 23 for additional synagogue events. Men’s Mishnah club with Rabbi Israel Becker at Cong. Chofetz Chayim. Sundays, 7:158 a.m.; Mondays and Thursdays, 6:15-6:50 a.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 6:15-7 a.m.; Saturdays, call for time. 747-7780 or email@example.com. Chabad of Sierra Vista men’s tefillin club with Rabbi Benzion Shemtov, first Sundays, 9 a.m., at 401 Suffolk Drive. 820-6256 or jewishsierravista.com. “Too Jewish” radio show with Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon on KVOI 1030 AM (also KAPR and KJAA), Sundays at 9 a.m. 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. 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 presents Tucson Symphony Orchestra's Just for Kids free series, Sundays, 2 p.m., March 26, April 23, May 21. 299-3000. Cong. Anshei Israel parent-tot class (9-24 months), Mondays, 9-11 a.m., facilitated by Gabby Erbst. Mandatory vaccination policy. Contact Lynne Falkow-Strauss at 745-5550, ext. 229. Temple Emanu-El mah jongg, Mondays at 10 a.m. 327-4501. Jewish Federation-Northwest chair yoga with a Jewish flair taught by Bonnie Golden. Mondays, 10-11 a.m. $7 per class or $25 for four. 505-4161 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Cong. Anshei Israel mah jongg, Mondays, 10 a.m.-noon. All levels, men and women. Contact Evelyn at 885-4102 or email@example.com. Cong. Or Chadash Mondays with the Rabbi. Mondays, noon-1:15 p.m. March 27, "May I
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Tucson J Israeli folk dance classes. Tuesdays. Beginners, 7:30 p.m.; intermediate, 8:15 p.m.; advanced, 9 p.m. Taught by Lisa Goldberg. Members, $5; nonmembers, $6. 2993000. Shalom Tucson business networking group, second Wednesday of month, 7:30-9 a.m., at the Tucson J. Contact Ori Parnaby at 2993000, ext. 241, or concierge@jewishtucson. org. Cong. Anshei Israel gentle chair yoga with Lois Graham, Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Members of Women’s League, $6 per class; nonmembers, $8 per class. Contact Evelyn at 885-4102 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Temple Emanu-El Talmud study with Dr. Eliot Barron. Wednesdays, 10-11:30 a.m. One-time $18 materials fee. 327-4501. Chabad of Sierra Vista women’s class with Rabbi Benzion Shemtov, last Wednesdays, noon-2 p.m., 401 Suffolk Drive. 820-6256 or jewishsierravista.com. Lunch and learn with Cantor Avraham Alpert of Cong. Bet Shalom, Wednesdays, noon1 p.m. at the Tucson J. 299-3000. Jewish Federation-Northwest mah jongg, Wednesdays, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. 505-4161. Chabad Tucson lunch and learn with Rabbi Yehuda Ceitlin, Wednesdays, 12:15 p.m. at Eli’s Deli. info@ChabadTucson.com.
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9:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Downtown Shabbat at Jewish History Museum, 564 S. Stone Ave., with the Armon Bizman band and Rabbi Samuel Cohon; oneg follows. 327-4501.
1-3 PM: Cong. Chofetz Chayim "Kosher In Disguise" supermarket tour, includes "What's New in Kosher 2017" and what's kosher/kosher for Passover, even without a kosher label, with Rabbi Eliezer Eidlitz, at Albertson's, 6600 E. Grant Rd. Call Rabbi Israel Becker at 747-7780.
Saturday / March 18 Noon: Cong. Anshei Israel Targum Shlishi, following Kiddush. Shinshin Bar Alkaher discusses the Jewish-Israeli conflict through the lens of his connections with his Arab-Israeli friends near his hometown of Shimshit, Israel. Free. Call Rabbi Eisen at 745-5550, ext. 230.
Sunday / March 19 9:30 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel Men's Club breakfast, with Barry Friedman of the Jewish History Museum. Men's Club members, free; guests, $4. Call Lew at 400-9930 or email@example.com. 10:30 AM-12:30 PM: Desert Caucus brunch with Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL). Guests should be potential members and must RSVP at 490-1453.
2 PM: Temple Emanu-El Sunday Salon discusses Southern Jewry with Rabbi Batsheva Appel. 327-4501.
Monday / March 20 8 AM-4 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Usborne children's book fair. Continues March 21-23, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., March 24, 9 a.m.-noon. Contact Lynne Falkow-Strauss at 745-5550, ext. 229 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Noon: Jewish Federation-Northwest lunch and learn with Rabbi Robert Eisen of Cong. Anshei Israel: "Religion and Politics OR Religion or Politics." $8. RSVP at 505-4161 or
Paz at 304-7943 or email@example.com. Jewish mothers/grandmothers special needs support group for those with children/ grandchildren, young or adult, with special needs, third Wednesdays at 7-8:30 p.m. at Tucson J. Contact Joyce Stuehringer at 2995920. Jewish Federation-Northwest Kibbitz & Schmear open house with bagels and coffee, Thursdays, 10-11:30 a.m. 505-4161. Cong. Bet Shalom Lunch and Learn with Cantor Avraham Alpert, Thursdays, noon-1 p.m. at Eli’s Deli. 577-1171. Tucson J canasta group. Players wanted. Thursdays, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Instruction available and a beginners’ table every week. Call Rhoda at 886-4334. Tucson J “Keep Tucson Warm” knitting group creates afghans for local shelter. All skill levels. Yarn donations welcome. Fridays, 10 a.m.-noon in the art gallery. Contact Tanya at 299-3000, ext. 147. Jewish History Museum gallery chats. 15-minute programs led by community members. First and third Fridays, 11:30 a.m. 6709073. “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 and Holocaust History Center, open Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.; Friday noon-3 p.m. 564 S. Stone Ave. Adults, $7; members and students, free. No admission charge on Saturdays. 670-9073. Jewish History Museum exhibition, "Fluid Identities: New Mexican Crypto Jews in the Late 20th Century," at 564 S. Stone Ave., March 1-May 31. 670-9073.
firstname.lastname@example.org. 4 PM: Arizona Center for Judaic Studies Sally & Ralph Duchin Campus Lecture Series presents “Russia’s Post-Communist Sacral Heritage Policies in Israel & Palestine” by Prof. Yuri Stoyanov, University of London School of Oriental and African Studies, at UA Hillel Foundation, 1245 E. 2nd St. Free. 626-5758 or judaic.arizona.edu.
Tuesday / March 21 10:30 AM-NOON: Integral Jewish Meditation with Brian Yosef Schachter-Brooks, at Cong. Bet Shalom. Repeats on March 28. torahofawakening. com. NOON: Cong. Or Chadash book club discusses "The House at Tyneford" by Natasha Solomons. 512-8500. 6 PM: Jewish Federation-Northwest Community Dining Out, at Guadalajara Grill, Ina/Oracle Roads. Participants will purchase their own meal.
Call 505-4161 by March 20. 7 PM: Arizona Center for Judaic Studies Jeffrey Plevan Memorial Lecture. Prof. Shai Feldman, director of the Crown Center for Middle East Studies and professor of politics at Brandeis University, presents "Israel & the U.S. in the Trump Era," at 1064 E. Lowell St. Preceded at 6 p.m. by reception in honor of Jeffrey Plevan. Free. 626-5758. 7 PM: Cong. Or Chadash Sisterhood presents "Be Informed. Come Together, Help Stop Human Trafficking." Presenters will include a representative from Southern Arizona Anti-Trafficking Unified Response Network and Marni Besser, a Women of Reform Judaism member from Calgary, Alberta. 512-8500.
Wednesday / March 22 10 AM: University of Arizona Hillel 26th Annual Holocaust Vigil, through 10 a.m. March 23, on the UA mall. Includes butterfly painting project to commemorate the 1.5 million children who died during the Holocaust. Free. 624-6561 or uahillel.org.
Thursday / March 23 6:30-10 PM: March Mayhem Basketball Tournament at the Tucson J. Continues March 24 and 25, noon-6 p.m. Three-on-three tournament with round robin-style seeding. Ages 18 and over. $150 per team. Contact Matt Meyer at 299-3000, ext. 191 or email@example.com, or register at tucsonjcc.org.
Friday / March 24 6 PM: Temple Emanu-El Northwest dinner and Shabbat service with Rabbi Batsheva Appel and cantorial soloist Lindsey O’Shea, at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 7650 N. Paseo Del Norte. Kosher chicken dinner (vegetarian upon request), followed by Shabbat service at 7 p.m. Dinner: Temple members, $12; non-members, $14; children 12 and under, free. RSVP at 327-4501.
Sunday / March 26 9-11 AM: Jewish Federation-Northwest PrePassover Purge for 1st Rate 2nd Hand Thrift Shop. Drop off gently-used Items at Jewish Federation Northwest, 190 W. Magee Rd., Ste.162. In-home pick-up for large items 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 505-4061 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 9:15 AM: Jewish War Veterans Friedman-Paul Post 201 breakfast meeting at B'nai B'rith Cov-
enant House, 4414 E. 2nd St. $4. Contact Honey Manson at 529-1830. 9:30 AM: Cong. Or Chadash Rollin' with Rabbi Louchheim on the Rillito. Bring your bicycle to Or Chadash and join an approximately hour and a half ride on the Rillito River path. 512-8500. 10 AM-2 PM: Tucson Hebrew Academy 3rd Annual STEM Festival, 3888 E. River Rd. THA is converting STEM to STEAM, with science, technology, engineering, art and math exhibitors. 529-3888. 10:30 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel Women's League brunch and fashion show. 11 a.m. brunch by Handmaker Catering follows check-in, then Women's League members model fashions from Maya Palace. WL members and models, $25; giests. $30. RSVP by March 19 to Evelyn at 885-4102 or email@example.com. 11 AM: Cong. Chaverim Tzedakah Fair and Holocaust Memorial Butterfly Garden Dedication. 320-1015. 3-4:30 PM: JFSA PJ Library Story Time: Haggadahs and Haroset, at the Dusenberry-River Library, 5605 E. River Road. Nut-free haroset. RSVP to Mary Ellen at 577-9393, ext. 138 or pjlibrary@ jfsa.org. 3-4:30 PM:JFSA PJ Our Way Haroset Bar and Grape Juice Tasting, at Whole Foods, River/ Craycroft. Contact Hannah Gomez at 577-9393 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday / March 27 4 PM: Arizona Center for Judaic Studies Sally & Ralph Duchin Campus Lecture Series presents “What Are We Praying for When We Pray for Healing?” by Gila Silverman, Ph.D., Arizona Center for Judaic Studies affiliated scholar, at UA Hillel Foundatin, 1245 E. 2nd St. Free. 626-5758 or judaic.arizona.edu. 5 PM: Jewish Federation-Northwest and Hadassah Book Club discusses “Life in a Jar” by Jack Mayer. 505-4161 or email@example.com
Tuesday / March 28 6 PM: Temple Emanu-El WRJ Women's Seder. Rabbi Batsheva Appel and Marjorie Hochberg tell the Passover story from a women's perspective, followed by kosher-for-Passover dinner. Temple Emanu-El members, $27; nonmembers, $32; chil-
dren ages 4-12, $10. RSVP by March 21 at 3274501.
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7 PM: Eighth Annual Cindy Wool Memorial Seminar on Humanism presents "God's Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine" with Victoria Sweet, M.D., Ph.D. $18 (free for medical students). RSVP by March 22 at jfsa.org or call Karen Graham at 5779393, ext. 118. Preceded at 5:30 p.m. by VIP reception. $100 includes dinner and seminar.
Friday / March 31 5:45 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Shabbat Under the Stars service on the Rabbi Arthur Oleisky
NOON: Cong. Anshei Israel "Read It & Meet" book club discusses "The Black Widow" by Daniel Silva. Call Rayna at 887-8358. 6:30-8 PM: Tucson J Chocolate Seder. $3 In advance, $5 at the door (space permitting). RSVP at 299-3000.
Sunday / April 2 10 AM-2:30 PM: Darkanyu Tucson Jewish Montessori open house with activities, refreshments, and jumping castle. 5150 E. Fifth St. Contact Esther Becker at 790-2784 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPCOMING Tuesday / April 4 7-8:15 PM: Temple Emanu-El Practical Judaism Model Seder. Rabbi Batsheva Appel explains how to conduct a traditional Seder at home, and the history and meaning behind the rituals. $10. RSVP at 327-4501. Wednesday / April 5 6 PM: University of Arizona College of Humanities German Studies department presents Holocaust survivor Leslie Schwartz, at the Tucson J. Talk includes showing of the film "The Mühldorf Death Train." Free. 621-7385. Monday / April 10 6 PM: Cong. Or Chadash 1st Night Seder. Members, $42, ages 5-13, $36; nonmembers, $60; ages, 5-13, $40. RSVP at 512-8500. 6:30 PM: Chabad Tucson Seder led by Rabbi's Yossie Shemtov and Yehuda Ceitlin. Adults, $45; children, $25. RSVP at chabadtucson.com or 881-7956. Tuesday / April 11 6 PM: Temple Emanu-El 2nd Night Passover Seder, with Rabbi Samuel Cohon, with song, story, celebration and kosher-for-Passover dinner (vegetarian option available). Temple members, $45; nonmembers, $55; full-time students/ active military, $35; children ages 4-12, $15; ages 3 and under, free with parents or grandparents.
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Irving Rosen Irving Rosen, 92, died March 4. Mr. Rosen received his B.A. from Brooklyn College, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in chemistry from Indiana University. He was a member of the Brooklyn College Alumni Association, Tucson chapter. He worked at Diamond Shamrock in Painesville, Ohio, in chemical research management, then at The Standard Oil Company of Ohio (subsequently BP America). Mr. Rosen held 50 U.S. patents and many foreign patents, and was a U.S. representative to the Atomic Energy Conference in Warsaw, Poland, in 1959. He was an emeritus member of the American Chemical Society. Mr. Rosen was a veteran of World War II; he served in the counterintelligence corps of the 14th Armored Division 3rd Army in the European theatre. Mr. Rosen was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Alma, and his second wife, Naomi. Survivors include his children, Nancy (Bob) and Eric; his partner, Dellora (Dee); and two grandsons. Services were held at the Fountains, with Rabbi Sandra Wortzel officiating. Arrangements were made by Desert Sunset Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.
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Dror Sarid Dror Sarid, 78, died Feb. 25, 2017. Dr. Sarid was born in Haifa, Israel. He was raised on a kibbutz and fought in the Six-Day War in 1967. He married Lea in 1962 and they had two sons. He earned his Ph.D. in solid state physics at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The family moved in 1972 to California, where Dr. Sarid did post-doctoral research at the University of California at Santa Barbara. In 1974, they moved to Rochester, N.Y., where he was on the research staff at Xerox. They returned in 1978 to Israel, where Dr. Sarid was an assistant professor of solid state physics at the Hebrew University. The Sarid family moved in 1980 to Tucson, where he was appointed full professor at the University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences and the department of physics. He continued to work with laser technology in general and with degenerate four-wave mixing, a technique that permits engineers to control the transmission of light waves in ultrathin metal layers with other light waves. One of his contributions was so vital that it bears his name, the Sarid configuration. These results were published in several papers around 1984. In the following years, Dr. Sarid began a group at Optical Sciences devoted to the newly discovered technique of atomicforce microscopy and in 1991, he published an authoritative textbook on the subject, while making critical progress that benefited microelectronics, biotechnology and other fields. Dr. Sarid did research and published in other areas, including software technology. He was a member of the UA Faculty Senate and directed the Information Storage Center at the College of Optical Sciences for several years. He retired in 2010. He was a member of the Tucson Jewish Community Center and Congregation Anshei Israel. He was an avid supporter of the J’s book club and the Tucson International Jewish Film Festival. Dr. Sarid was preceded in death by his wife, Lea. Survivors include his sons, Rami Sarid of Scottsdale and Uri (Karen) Sarid of Berkeley, Calif.; and one grandson. Graveside services were held in the Congregation Anshei Israel section of Evergreen Cemetery with Rabbi Robert Eisen officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Tucson Jewish Community Center.
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NAOMI GRACE HOLTZMAN, daughter of Barney and Kyra Holtzman, will celebrate becoming a bat mitzvah on March 25, 2017 at Congregation Chaverim. She is the granddaughter of Barbara Holtzman and the late Stuart Holtzman of Tucson, and Michael and Linda Padden of Anchorage, Alaska. Naomi attends Orange Grove Middle School where she enjoys playing percussion in the school band and competing for her school’s athletic teams. She enjoys soccer, basketball, swimming, cooking and dance, and loves spending time with her poodle, Hermione, and her big sisters, Sophie and Zoe. For her mitzvah project, Naomi is supporting both Remember Us: The Holocaust Bnai Mitzvah Project and Ben’s Bells, and is collecting food and supplies for the homeless.
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BRYAN DAVIS, executive director of the Jewish History Museum & Holocaust History Center, was elected to the board of the Council of American Jewish Museums for 2017-2018. THE TUCSON JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER has expanded its hours. It is now open at 5 a.m. weekday mornings, with earlier classes in the fitness center. It has also launched its first mobile app. Available via the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store, it provides group exercise schedules, calendar reminders, mobile check in and other services.
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