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Tucson philanthropist and developer Don Diamond dies at 91 DEBE CAMPBELL AJP Assistant Editor
he Tucson Jewish community mourns the loss of local philanthropist, businessman, and real estate developer Donald R. Diamond, who died March 25 at the age of 91. His daughter Rabbi Jennifer Diamond and Cantor Janece E. Cohen conducted funeral services March 27 at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. Rabbi Diamond opened the ceremony with a light remark: “Father couldn’t afford an outside rabbi, so we’re doing this all in house,” she said, as she gestured around the J’s packed ballroom. Among many other leadership roles, Mr. Diamond chaired the committee for the J’s new building, which opened its doors in 1989. Born in New York to Nathan and Sylvia Brooks Diamond, Mr. Diamond first arrived in Tucson as a student at Brandes Boarding School in the early ’40s. He was confirmed at Temple Emanu-El, which was then located on Stone Avenue. After service in the army in World War II, he attended the University of Arizona and was active in the Zeta Beta Tau Jewish fraternity. It was at the UA that he met Joan Brown from Des Moines, Iowa. They married Nov. 29, 1952. Joan
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died in 2016. At the age of 37, Mr. Diamond retired from a successful career as a Wall Street commodities trader. With Joan and their three daughters, he moved from New York to Tucson in 1965, becoming involved in land development and entrepreneurship, as well as community causes. He told the AJP in a 2006 interview, “within a
week, I was engrossed in Jewishness.” He supported Temple Emanu-El, where he remained a member, and later also joined Congregation Or Chadash. He was involved in numerous local economic development, leadership, and social service organizations in the Jewish community throughout his life. He served as head of the Combined Jewish Appeal in 1971 and was president of the Jewish Community Council (now Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona) from May 1974 to May 1976. “Donald was a magnetic personality who drew people around him. It wasn’t just that he was an influential in the community, it was that he connected with people on a personal basis, and so that combination of qualities made him a very powerful force for good when it came to community work,” says JFSA president and CEO Stuart Mellan. “He was someone who was willing to take the lead and to ask others to join. As a result, whenever something was contemplated to benefit our Jewish community, he was our first call.” The Diamonds hosted the first major fundraising dinner for the Federation, Mellan says. In 2011, JFSA named that annual campaign effort the “Joan and Donald Diamond Lead Gifts See Diamond, page 2
Workshop aims to take ‘awkward’ out of gender conversations PHYLLIS BRAUN AJP Executive Editor
ore than 60 people gathered at the Jewish History Museum on Sunday, March 17 for “Gender Speak: Understanding the Trans and Gender-Evolving World.” Amy Hirshberg Lederman, a Tucson educator, writer and attorney, and Ariel Vegosen, a California-based gender inclusivity trainer, led the workshop, which looked at gender from a Jewish and anti-oppression lens. Lederman said that as a “cis” woman — one whose gender identity matches the sex she was assigned at birth — and an ally and friend of the LGBTQ community, she is “constantly learning how truly complex, complicated and
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continuously evolving these worlds within worlds actually are.” Lederman, who noted “my pronouns are she/her/hers,” said that because she cares deeply, she wants also to better understand the gender-evolving conversation, which she finds “difficult to grasp, despite my best intentions.”
“I know what I hear, but I don’t always understand enough of what is being said or not said, what is being felt, or feared,” she said. “And I know I’m not the only one.” While much of the day’s focus was on the trans community, the “T” in LGBTQ, Lederman said she hoped it would be the first of many such conversations in the local Jewish community. One goal of the workshop, she said, was to learn how to ask gender-related questions without being awkward or offensive. To that end, attendees received a handout on “The Ten Commandments of Pronouns,” created by Shine (www.shinediversity.com), which Vegosen founded. The first commandment, “Pronouns are important,” explains that See Gender, page 4
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Event.” With Paul Baker, Mr. Diamond established the Men’s Next Gen group to cement ties between Jewish leaders and mentor young community leaders. “Our community was truly blessed to have such an outstanding role model, extraordinary visionary, and deeply committed volunteer leader shape Tucson and the Jewish community,” says Graham Hoffman, president and CEO of the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona. “He and the entire Diamond family have been pioneers in supporting and sustaining countless Tucson organizations including JCFSA and JFSA.” Todd Rockoff, president and CEO of the Tucson Jewish Community Center, recalls that after his first meeting with Mr. Diamond, “I walked away with a feeling as if I had just been with an old friend. We kibbitzed, laughed, envisioned a bright future, challenged each other and just really connected. “It is a source of great pride that the [Tucson J] building bears the name Diamond Family Building,” he says. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey described Mr. Diamond as genuine, generous and respected by all. “Don — possibly more than anyone else — helped develop Arizona’s metropolitan areas into the growing cities they are today. ” Mr. Diamond was among the largest private landowners in Pima County. Notable acquisitions included the 5,000-acre Rocking “K” Ranch, one of Tucson's largest master-planned developments; 12,700 acres of the Howard Hughes Estate; and The Canyons, a 160-acre, luxury community in the Catalina Foothills. Until his death, he continued as chair of his company, which encompasses residential, industrial and commercial projects across the United States and Mexico. With Paul and Alice Baker, he purchased Old Pueblo Traders direct-mail retailer in the 1970s. Mr. Diamond was one of a group of original franchise owners of the Phoenix Suns and a general partner of the Arizona Diamondbacks. He owned KVOA-TV 4, the NBC affiliate in Tucson, from 1971 to 1983. With partners, Mr. Diamond bought the lease in 1984 for the county-owned Old Tucson Studios. In 1988, Mr. Diamond established Diamond Ventures to expand real estate acquisitions and add management and strategic guidance resources to his portfolio. “Don went out of our way to know about our families,” says David Goldstein, president of Diamond Ventures for the past 30 years. “He loved the company and treated everyone like family. He had a knack for getting the best out of people and he was proud of how the company conducted itself morally and ethically.”
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Mr. Diamond gave generously of his time and resources in local, national and international ventures. In 1973, he served as chair of the United Way, running its general campaign, and in 1995 was the first chairperson of the United Way of Tucson’s Alexis de Tocqueville Society. He sat on the board of directors of the Rincon Institute and the Sunstone Cancer Support Foundation of Southern Arizona. Mr. Diamond was the national co-chairman of the finance committee for Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential run. Mr. Diamond was named an honorary life member of the National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade for fostering U.S. business with Mexico and was presented an honorary humane letters doctorate from the UA for his continued support. As a UA alumnus, Mr. Diamond was a member of National Board of Advisors for the university’s Eller College of Business and Public Administration and a supporter of the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies. He helped fund McKale Memorial Center renovations. With Joan, he received the UA Alumni Achievement Award in 2011. For more than four decades, the Diamonds played a major role in supporting hundreds of Tucson’s health, education and charitable service organizations. The Diamonds supported the UA Steele Children’s Research Center; their interest in children’s health care, particularly research on pediatric lung disease, stemmed from the death of their daughter Deanne at age 14 due to asthma complications. Mr. Diamond and Joan provided the lead gift for the Diamond Children’s Medical Center at the University Medical Center, which opened in 2010. “He was interested in business, politics, beautiful women, deep sea fishing and big parties that celebrated him,” says his daughter Helaine Levy. Struggling with health issues over the last year, he wanted to die in the home he called his castle, she says, but died at Diamond Children’s Hospital. Each of Mr. Diamond’s grandchildren eulogized him with fond praise. Nathan Levy spoke about their connection over history and remembered a road trip to historic sites. Gabby Levy attributed her love of fashion to his “affliction for patterns” and his kitsch wardrobe. Carly Levy said her love for sports and the sports business came from her grandfather. She sang “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” as she had at her grandparents’ 60th wedding anniversary. Survivors include his daughters, Helaine Levy of Tucson and Rabbi Jennifer Diamond of Sun Valley, Idaho; grandchildren, Nathan Levy of Denver, Carly Levy of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Gabby Levy of New Orleans; and his sister Joyce Eskwitt of New York, New York. Interment was at Evergreen Cemetery.
LOCAL Leaders explore similarities in religious values
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The Rev. Debra Asis of the Episcopal Church of the Apostles (left) and Rabbi Helen Cohn of Congregation M’kor Hayim discuss Christian and Jewish values at a forum held Jan. 26 at Tucson Hebrew Academy.
f you were asked to name the “top 5” Jewish values, what would you say? Tikkun olam? Education? Tzedakah? Community? What if you were Christian? What would your “top 5” be? Are Jewish and Christian values essentially the same, or are they different? Rabbi Helen Cohn of Congregation M’kor Hayim and the Rev. Debra Asis of the Episcopal Church of the Apostles began to address these questions in a dialogue on Saturday, Jan. 26, at Tucson Hebrew Academy, where M’kor Hayim holds its services. A question-and-answer session with the audience followed their talk. They will continue the conversation on Sunday, April 7 from 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. at Apostles, which is located at 12111 N. La Cholla Blvd. The event is open to all. “The underlying theology and ritual structure of Judaism and Christianity are clearly different,” Cohn says. “Initially Christianity drew on Jewish texts and practices, but it has evolved over the past 2,000 years into a new, and in some respects contradictory, religious practice. “However, it is clear that our two religions also share certain basic aspects, especially in terms of values with which to live. The better we understand our similarities and differences, the better neighbors and allies we can be,” she says. “Christianity makes no sense apart from our Hebrew/Jewish roots,” Asis says. “From
the beginning the Abrahamic traditions understand humankind to be good, ‘And God saw all that was made and it was very good’ (Genesis 1.31), therefore humanity and all of creation are meant to flourish for the glory of God. This shared ideal or value informs our thinking about what is right or wrong. The Ten Commandments are standards of conduct that apply this value. Christians look to Jesus, who summarizes the Law saying, “Love God and love your neighbor,” and who demonstrates the way to bring about flourishing for the glory of God by feeding the hungry, healing the sick, welcoming the stranger and restoring peace. “Unfortunately, many of the loudest voices claiming Christianity today are angry and often associated with exclusionary hate groups,” Asis adds. “Likewise, much ‘Christian religious language’ born of the early fourth century has been used and misused to propagate division and justify violence. This voice opposes the early Jesus movement and Christianity as I experience it in the Episcopal tradition. I believe the invitation to people of all faiths today is to return to our values and ideals, reflect on what is right or wrong, commit to act for the glory of God and the greater good, and humbly admit, we may be wrong.” For more information, call M’kor Hayim at 904-1881 or the Episcopal Church of the Apostles at (480) 695- 5921.
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“Asking and correctly using someone’s pronouns is one of the most basic ways to show your respect of their personhood and gender identity.” Another commandment reminds us that “you can respect people’s pronouns even if you don’t fully understand,” and even if it feels a little awkward for you. Vegosen, who identifies as genderqueer and non-binary, said that being a playful person, “I like to use all the pronouns,” alternating among she, he and they. “I don’t identify as a boy or a girl,” Vegosen explained, “so none of the pronouns really work for me.” But this unusual approach is Vegosen’s preference — other people who identify as non-binary may have a single pronoun choice. A tip: If you are unsure of someone’s pronouns, just use their name. Vegosen noted that “genderqueer” and “gender non-binary” are words that literally did not exist in their high school and college years, so it wasn’t until age 26 that they came out in their gender identity. “We are an evolving species,” Vegosen said, promising that we can adapt to new ideas around gender and language, just as we learned to use cell phones, Facebook and Twitter, all of which did not exist until fairly recently. In addition to the importance of pronouns, Vegosen had three major points to impart: that sex and gender are not the same thing, that gender is a journey, and finally, that “Judaism has space for all genders, including those living outside the binary.” Another page in the handout detailed the six genders that are mentioned in the Talmud. In addition to the words usually translated in English as “male” (zachar) and “female” (nekeivah), there is androgynos, a person who has both “male” and “female” sexual characteristics; tumtum, a person whose sexual characteristics are indeterminate or obscured; ay’lonit, a person who is identified as “female” at birth but develops “male” characteristics at puberty and is infertile; and saris, a person who is identified as “male” at birth but develops “female” characteristics at puberty and/or is lacking a penis.
Saris can be further categorized as occurring naturally (saris hamah) or by human intervention (saris adam). Vegosen also pointed out that even cisgendered people are on a gender journey: think of all the things women and men are allowed to do now that were once restricted to a single sex, such as being a firefighter. The second half of the workshop was an opportunity to hear from four Tucsonans, Andrea Carmichael, Teré Fow ler-Chapman, Rambo Rose, and HamAndrea Carmichael ilton, about their gender journeys. Carmichael is a program manager for the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, and a volunteer with numerous other nonprofit organizations. As a child growing up in a Conservative Christian home, Carmichael said, she thought she was broken and asked God to fix her. For many years she tried to fit into her assigned male identity, even marrying a woman and having two children with her. She explored the idea of living her new identity in secret for four years before she came out three years ago, at the age of 46. The last three years have been extraordinarily challenging, including the end of her marriage and estrangement from one of her siblings, but she has no regrets. “I look in the mirror and now for the first time in my life I love the person I see; I finally feel whole.” Teré FowlerChapman, a gender fluid poet and educator, arrived in Tucson at age 17, homeless, wrestling with their sexuality. Even as a child, they Teré Fowler-Chapman knew they were trans, liking toys and activities that were perceived as masculine but being told “that’s not how girls act.” Transitioning has brought some strange new experiences, from feeling male privilege to
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having someone pull a firearm on them because they saw them as a black male. Over the last five years, the climate at the high school where Fowler-Chapman works, and transitioned, has become more open, they said. They had advice for young people in the audience on how to help other schools be more open, including asking pronouns and joining the school’s gay-straight alliance. Asked how to deal with students making insensitive jokes, they stressed assessing your own safety first, then perhaps finding an administrator to deal with the situation — knowing which teachers are allies — or reporting the incident to an adult at a later time. Rambo Rose, a queer trans woman, fitness coach, body builder, burlesque artist and non-binary femme, said that for many years she thought she Rambo Rose was a cis-gender male. While over time she became more comfortable not being “hyper masculine,” and had friends who were queer or nonbinary, she had lingering unhappiness. “I just woke up one day realizing I don’t have to be a man,” she said. She transitioned in 2015, five years after coming to Tucson. “In history, there have always been and there always will be humans who exhibit gender and sexual variance,” yet they are omitted from the historical narrative, she said. “It’s an act of violence to exclude people who are LGBTQ from pop culture and mainstream history.” Like Carmichael, Fowler-Chapman and Rambo Rose also had marriages that ended when they transitioned. The final panelist, Hamilton, is a black Chicana feminist born and raised in Tucson, working on a master’s degree in school counseling at the University of Arizona. Growing up with two sisters, Hamilton always felt like “a weird girl,” especially being 5 feet 10 inches tall in the fifth grade. “I began to feel ‘she’ as a pronoun for myself was gross,” they said, and discovered the term non-binary on YouTube — a source of information other panelists had
also mentioned. Although now happy with nonbinary as their gender identity, and happy to still be with their partner, a queer woman, “it was hard to give up Hamilton the lesbian identity that was important to me at one time,” Hamilton said. Community members gave the workshop high marks. “I had considered myself fairly knowledgeable about LGBTQIA advocacy, but was confused about how and when to ask for or use non-binary personal pronouns ‘they/them/their,’” said Leslie Glaze, a former speech-language pathologist and active Jewish community volunteer. “Not only did the Gender Speak workshop demystify that usage,” it also clarified “important distinctions between gender, sexuality, and sex. I left the session with more comfort and confidence in my ability to respect gender fluid expression appropriately.” Shira Dubin, a sophomore at University High School and one of several Jewish Latino Teen Coalition members at the event, also highlighted the importance of learning the differences between gender, sexuality, and sex. “Growing up in this time, there’s a lot that is changing,” she told the AJP, “and it’s hard to keep up.” Hearing from the four panelists was interesting, she said, as “all had such different backgrounds.” In her classes at UHS, there’s at least one person who has transitioned, she affirmed — “I know he uses he/him pronouns.” The Jewish History Museum sponsored the event, said JHM Executive Director Bryan Davis, as a way to continue exploring the topic of its exhibit “Invisibility & Resistance: Violence Against LGBTQIA+ People,” which occupied the Contemporary Human Rights space of its Holocaust History Center from September 2017 through May 2018. Wrapping up the workshop, Lederman asked attendees to continue educating themselves, and reminded them “we are all created b’tzelem Elohim, in the image of God.”
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COMMENTARY Photographer captures experience of Palestinians at Israeli checkpoints LAURA BEN-DAVID JTA BETHLEHEM believe in the Jewish people’s right to live in our homeland. That profound belief has no bearing on the rights of others to live here as well. There are Palestinians who live and work in the land of Israel, and while I may seldom agree with the positions of their elected officials, the Palestinians are certainly entitled to live their own lives with the same dignity as anyone else. I also believe in peace, and I deeply wish for peace for all of the Jews and Arabs who share this tiny stretch of land. Recently I went out of my comfort zone and took a hard look at the things in my backyard that I always knew were there but never thought about. Every day, over 80,000 Palestinians cross into Israel. Eighty-five percent of them are men who work in Israel. The rest come for medical, educational or other purposes. Though I knew about the border crossings, I never saw them on my own. I’d heard stories of humiliation and wait-
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Not every Palestinian crossing into Israel is going for work. Some 15 percent cross the border for medical, educational or other purposes.
ing, mostly on the international news. Of course, I know why the crossings exist. I remember the first intifada and lived in Israel through the second one. The news too often featured blown up buses, bombed restaurants and nightclubs that had become scenes of mass casualty. Because of the diligence of the Israeli army, including careful inspections at crossings and various checkpoints on the roads throughout the West Bank and
into Jerusalem, bombs have largely been abandoned and terror has gone low-tech. But it has never gone away. Not long ago, a woman was caught with a knife in a container of Pringles at the Qalandiya checkpoint. Had she not been stopped and caught, she may well have killed someone with that knife. But still I had questions: Are the crossings really mere security barriers, similar to airports where those with nefarious
intentions are caught? Or, as some claim, are they places where Israeli soldiers humiliate the population whose movements they restrict? I had my chance to find out when I went to take photographs at Checkpoint 300, located in Bethlehem near Rachel’s Tomb, mere minutes from Jerusalem, Israel’s capital. Although I see Palestinian workers every day, I never thought about where they come from or what it takes them to get there. In my neighborhood, which is over the Green Line, it is less of an issue since there is no border to cross to get from a Palestinian village into my own. But for the thousands of Palestinians working within Israel proper, the only way to get to work is through one of the six checkpoints into the country. These checkpoints can potentially add many miles onto a commute, not to mention the additional time spent waiting to get through the actual checkpoint, and then waiting for organized transportation, which is the only way Palestinians can get from the crossing to their destination within Israel. What I was first struck by on that See Checkpoints, page 7
Millennial’s only Passover tradition is to have no Passover tradition ABBY SEITZ ALMA VIA JTA
y family doesn’t have a seder. I have zero memories of shoving my brother out of the way for the afikomen. I asked a lot of questions as a kid, but none of them were “Why is this
night different than all the other nights?” My Jewish upbringing was nonexistent. I never envied others who had a bat mitzvah or a giant family seder — I had no idea what I was missing. I first stumbled into a synagogue at 15, when I went with family friends for Rosh Hashanah services. I was totally moved by the tradi-
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tions, the community and the liturgy. But I lived an hour from the synagogue, so incorporating Jewish holidays and rituals into my life would have to wait until I was in college. As soon as I arrived at college, I searched for the Jewish community I didn’t have as a child. I found a few — Hillel, a traditional Conservative synagogue and a post-denominational community led by a rabbi who, looking back on it, reminds me a lot of Rabbi Raquel from “Transparent.” All had communal services and celebrations throughout the Jewish calendar — until Passover. That was the holiday when everybody went home. I panicked until one of my friends was kind enough to invite me home with her. I spent my first real Passover in Columbus, Ohio, with Monica and 30 of her family members. I was intimidated — I was in a room with dozens of people who had been breaking matzah together for years and I had never seen a seder plate in my life. I pretended like I knew what I was doing, stumbled through the Haggadah and inaugurated my first Passover tradition: not having one. The Haggadah says, “Anyone who is famished should come and eat, anyone who is in need should come and partake,”
encouraging families to leave a seat or two open for those who don’t have plans or aren’t able to host their own seder. Thanks to the hospitality and graciousness of strangers, I haven’t done the same thing for Passover twice. Every year, I find myself at a random table taking on new customs for the night. At Monica’s, I took part in their tradition of cooking fresh matzah buttercrunch hours before dinner started. I learned about incorporating veganism into the seder at Evan’s, where his family substituted an avocado for the egg on the seder plate. Merav’s family each used their own Haggadah and sang the most beautiful tunes throughout the night. At a community seder we discussed feminism and modern-day slavery as we poured a special cup for Miriam and indulged in fair-trade chocolate. This year, I will be embarking on a three-day Passover retreat that has promised me a weekend of matzah, meditation and a low-ropes course. Not knowing where I’ll be for Passover can be stressful, and I always worry that I’m imposing by relying on others to host and feed me. However, as the great Drake once said, YOLO. I’m 21, still exploring my Jewish identity, and I don’t See Tradition, page 7
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Palestinian men wait by the side of the road near Checkpoint 300 in Bethlehem, minutes from Jerusalem.
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early morning was the mass of Palestinian men, well over a thousand, all milling about. I was told that this was ordinary. Some were pacing, some sitting, many were smoking or eating. But all were waiting, most with a look of resignation on their faces. I admit, I was uncomfortable. I am a blonde, Jewish-Israeli woman, and I was there with a big camera, clearly not a Palestinian looking to cross into Israel. But I also wasn’t an 18-year-old Israeli soldier staffing the crossing, asking people to remove their belts and scanning their bags — no different from what any security agent would do in any airport or border crossing around the world, mind you, but perceived by many Palestinians as anything from an unwelcome inconvenience to threatening and aggressive. Aside from a few Israeli policemen, the only others at the checkpoint are some representatives from the Institute for Zionist Strategies Blue & White Human Rights program. They come to the crossings that are staffed by Israeli soldiers (other checkpoints are run by private security firms) in the mornings to see the facts on the ground and offer assistance to Palestinians with any issues they may have dealing with Israel. A refreshing sight indeed. I started photographing the people tentatively, afraid they would be hostile — or worse. I imagined them seeing me as the enemy. Perhaps they did. But once I became comfortable, I found the reac-
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feel obligated to follow a single custom. By switching it up each year, I’ve had the opportunity to see the many ways one can be Jewish. Trying on different traditions gets me thinking about how I can host my own seders down the road and save a seat
A Palestinian man smokes a cigarette at a border crossing into Israel.
tions to my presence ranging from none to mild interest, and even to smiles and posing. I felt no hostility aside from what I projected from my imagination. Whatever one may think about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it’s important to understand the people and the everyday experiences involved — not just the politicians and leaders. These photos humanize the Palestinians in a way that Israelis don’t often see and force us to see a glimpse of the endless waiting that is their plight. There are few experiences more frustrating, and human, than waiting. I hope that seeing these photos will help others humanize Palestinians – not see them as the enemy or as the victim, but as people just like you and me. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the AJP or its publisher, the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona. To see more of Laura Ben-David’s photos, visit www.azjewishpost.com/palestiniansat-Israeli-checkpoints. for another curious and college-aged gal looking to diversify her own Jewish practice. For a lot of people, Passover is about family. While I wish my family came together every spring to feast and retell the story of the Exodus, making new friends and embracing new traditions each year is just as liberating. Abby Seitz is a freelance journalist in Chicago.
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Chabad of Flagstaff building site vandalized
Rabbi Dovie Shapiro posted this photo on Facebook March 28, showing the community’s response to vandalism at a Chabad of Flagstaff building site. “The people of Flagstaff have hearts of gold — and silver — Thank you for all the love!” he wrote, tagging the post “#thisisflagstaff #movingbeyondhate #jewishflagstaff #lightoverdarkness #chabadflagstaff.”
Chabad center being built in Flagstaff was broken into and vandalized sometime between late afternoon on Friday, March 22 and 7 a.m. on Monday, March 25. Crude swastikas were drawn in black paint on the windows and carved into the walls of the Molly Blank Jewish Community Center, which is expected to open this summer. Supplies and equipment belonging to the construction company were damaged. The Flagstaff Police have been investigating the incident as a hate crime, the Arizona Daily Sun reported. “While it’s alarming and very disturbing, it will not deter us — to the contrary this reinforces and motivates us more to do the important work we’re doing and continue teaching about unity and acceptance ,” Rabbi Dovie Shapiro said on Facebook the day after the attack was discovered. “It is an indisputable reality: when light and goodness encounter darkness and hate, light and goodness will — without fail — prevail.” ADL Arizona is “horrified by images of damage and vandalism at Chabad Jewish Community Center of Flagstaff construction site over the weekend,” said Regional Director Carlos Galindo-Elvira. “Targeting a premises being built for community and religious use is simply beyond the pale. We are thankful to the Flagstaff Police Department for swiftly being on the scene and investigating this
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Chabad of Flagstaff’s Molly Blank Jewish Community Center is slated to open this summer.
hate incident. We also appreciate the statement issued by Flagstaff Mayor Coral Evans condemning these actions. We extend our support and solidarity with Rabbi Dovie Shapiro, congregants, and the entire Flagstaff Jewish community.” The Flagstaff community responded by attaching messages of love and support to the chain-link fence at the building site for the Chabad of Flagstaff JCC. In addition, more than 150 people, including the mayor, attended Chabad of Flagstaff’s “Shabbat of Unity” dinner on Friday, March 29. “Many people have asked how they can help,” said Shapiro, announcing a fundraising campaign set up at www. charidy.com/beyondhate. Seventy-seven people donated to the fund as of Tuesday morning, raising more than $6,100.
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Teens, seniors will launch life stories book at reception
From left: Sophie Silverman and Tracing Roots 2.0 partner Elaine McLain, Gianna Lampert and partner Ruth Cooper at Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging
racing Roots 2.0 paired Tucson’s Jewish teens with residents of Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging to build meaningful relationships. The program encourages participants to learn together, share their stories, trace their ancestry and bring memories to life through technology and personal interaction. Tucson Hebrew High students met regularly with Handmaker resident partners over recent months to
document their life stories. Those stories have been compiled into a book, written by the students, which will be unveiled at a free community reception Sunday, April 14 at 3:15 p.m. Family, friends and the public are invited to celebrate the project. The event will be held in the Handmaker Great Room, 2221 N. Rosemont Blvd. To RSVP, contact Nanci Levy, community outreach coordinator at Handmaker, at email@example.com.
Montoya to moderate local leaders forum on immigration
mmigration 2019 is the focus for the annual local leaders forum, presented by the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, and the Jewish History Museum. The event will be held Friday, April 12, at the Harvey and Deanna Evenchik Center for Jewish Philanthropy, 3718 E. River Road, with a lunch reception at 11:30 a.m. followed by the formal program at noon. Panelists will include Rebecca Curtiss, staff attorney, Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project;
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rizona Repertory Singers will present a concert at Temple Emanu-El on Sunday, April 28, “Psalms of David and Songs of Solomon.” “The Arizona Repertory Singers are one of this city’s choral treasures,” says Robert Lopez-Hanshaw, music director at Temple Emanu-El. “They always bring a beautiful, rich sound to the spaces they perform in. And they are performing some adventurous repertoire this time around, including a piece by Daniel Asia, who has been a big influence on me as a musician. I’m always happy to be able to host such an ensemble at Temple.” Asia, a celebrated composer and University of Arizona professor, sets poetry by e.e. cummings in “Purer Than Purest Pure,” using a unique 20th century musical style with neotonal harmonic language. Another concert highlight will be a work by the acclaimed American composer David Lang. In Lang’s 2016 composition, ‘Make Peace,’ he uses the last section of the Kaddish, the Jewish prayer said in memory of the dead, as inspiration for the text: “if you can make peace/ make peace/in the heavens/ in us/in all the world/make peace.” The 40-member choral ensemble also will sing Psalm settings by C.V. Stanford, Arthur Honegger, James Macmillan, and a “take-your-breath-away” setting of Psalm 150 by Brazilian composer Ernani Aguiar, says ARS Music
Director Elliot Jones. They also will perform music reflecting the “Song of Songs” by John Dunstable and Edward Bairstow. The concert also will feature “The Fruit of Silence” by Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks, which is a meditative setting of a text by Mother Theresa. A reception will follow the concert. Tickets are $18 in advance at www.arsingers.org and $20 at the door. Admission for students is free with student I.D. For group ticket discounts (10 or more), email info@ arsingers.org. Temple Emanu-El’s concert series will include a performance by the Arizona Balalaika Orchestra on Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m. The concert will feature vocalists Natalia Neazimbyetov and Guy Velgos, and musicians in full costume playing on imported Russian instruments — the triangular balalaikas, the rounded domras (resembling the mandolin), accordions and woodwinds, and the harp-like gusli. Along with traditional Russian folk melodies, the concert will include Moldovan, Jewish and Ukrainian songs. Wellknown numbers will feature “Moscow Nights,” “Kalinka,” and “Lara’s Theme” from the movie “Dr. Zhivago.” A $10 donation will be requested at the door. For more information, call Temple Emanu-El at 327-4501.
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After 37 years, remains of missing Israeli soldier Zachary Baumel returned home MARCY OSTER JTA JERUSALEM he body of Israeli soldier Zachary Baumel, an immigrant from the United States who went missing in Lebanon some 37 years ago, recently was returned to Israel. Baumel disappeared on June 10, 1982, in a battle at the beginning of the Lebanon War along with two other Israeli soldiers, Sgt. Yehuda Katz and Sgt. Tzvika Feldman. Feldman was in the same tank as Baumel when he was killed. Israel has negotiated for the repatriation of their bodies for decades. Baumel’s body was transferred to an El Al plane via an unnamed third country in an operation by Israeli intelligence agencies, according to the Israel Defense Forces. It was not repatriated as part of a deal with any other country. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a statement broadcast live in Israel said that in addition to recovering Baumel’s remains, his tzitzit — a ritual Jewish garment — and his tank jumpsuit also were recovered. “He was considered missing for 37 years,” Netanyahu said. “For all those years, the State of Israel had invested immense resources to resolve the riddle of his fate.” The bodies of all three soldiers were believed to be held by Palestinian organizations in Syria. A tank from the Battle of Sultan Jacoub was returned to Israel from Russia in June 2016. The Israeli media reported that Russia was involved in the retrieval of the remains, though it was not officially confirmed. Baumel’s remains were identified at the Forensic Medicine Institute in Abu Kabir with the involvement of the chief rabbi of the Israeli military, Rabbi Brig.-Gen. Eyal Karim, according to the IDF. The family was notified on Wednesday, the same day that the return was publicly announced. The families of Feldman and Katz also were informed of the development. IDF spokesman Ronen Manlis said in a statement that two IDF chiefs of staff and the last two military intelligence heads were involved in the repatriation, as well as officials from military intelligence, research and operations, the Israel Security Agency and the Mossad. “Every IDF commander, myself more than any other, carries on his shoulders a
commitment to be concerned for every soldier who joins the army and who is sworn to the State of Israel,” the IDF chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, said in a statement. “And the commitment extends to every family whose most precious asset is entrusted to our hands, and to Israeli society that places its sons in our trust.” President Reuven Rivlin said in a statement: “On this difficult, moving and sad day, our thoughts are with the Baumel family, crying and hurting with them as they bring their son Zachary to eternal rest in our country, our land. I thank the IDF and the whole Israeli intelligence community for their commitment, bravery and action, day and night, to bring our soldiers and those who fell defending the country and the people, home. We will not cease until all our soldiers have returned home.” Israeli ethicist Rabbi Yuval Cherlow, a tank commander during the Lebanon War who helped evacuate the wounded from the Battle of Sultan Jacoub, expressed gratitude for the repatriation of Baumel’s remains. “Ever since that horrific battle at Sultan Yacoub, we always stressed that as long as there was even a faint possibility to bring our lost brothers home — whether alive or not — we had a moral and human responsibility to do so,” he said. “Bringing Zachary Baumel to his final resting place in Israel is the fulfillment of a national responsibility, both as a nation and to our soldiers. We offer our sincerest gratitude to all who were involved in this holy task and this is the ultimate display of commitment to our soldiers. We hope and pray that all the remaining missing will be returned home to their rightful places in the land of Israel.” Baumel moved to Israel with his parents and siblings from Brooklyn in 1970. He attended a hesder yeshiva, which combines religious study with army service. His father, Yona, died in May 2009 at the age of 81. He believed until his death that his son was still alive, and had met with numerous world leaders and interviewed hundreds of witnesses during his search for information about his son and the two soldiers who disappeared with him, according to reports. The last postcard Zachary Baumel sent to his family before going missing in Lebanon read, “Don’t worry, everything is OK, but it looks like I won’t be home for a while.”
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SERVING SENIORS IN THE PURIM HOLIDAY SPIRIT Young Jewish Tucson members gathered, some in costume, on March 16 to celebrate Purim at Breakout Studios. A professional instructor led a dance party, followed by nosh and beverages. The group spent the rest of the evening making mishloach manot Purim baskets for residents at Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging. For more information about Young Jewish Tucson activities, contact Matt Landau at mlandau@ JFSA.org.
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Federation transportation service takes seniors from isolation into action DEBE CAMPBELL AJP Assistant Editor
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or some local Jewish seniors and the disabled, transportation can’t be taken for granted. Without a vehicle, a driver’s license, friends or family to take them places, or the ability to afford a ride service, life can be confining. Isolation can lead to depression and affect general wellbeing. When local transportation is provided to religious and cultural locations at no cost, it literally changes lives. Cam Mantz calls Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona’s senior transportation ride share service a blessing. “I’m able to do more activities than before,” she says, describing her now busy schedule with Friday and Saturday trips to Shabbat services, extra services for holidays such as Purim and Passover, a weekly Torah class and volunteering twice a week at Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging. Mantz goes to an adult b’nai mitzvah class, a meditation class at Congregation Bet Shalom, exercise classes at the Tucson Jewish Community
Driver Mark Contreras has worked for HandiCar, Inc. for 11 years. Jeanne Fischer is one of his regular passengers. The Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona’s free transportation service is available for seniors and disabled passengers traveling to Jewish cultural, religious and community activities around Tucson.
Center, and Hebrew lessons. She also attended Congregation Chofetz Chayim’s program on kosher foods at Albertson’s supermarket. She reaches each of these programs with JFSA’s senior transportation. “Before, I had to take Sun Vans which is expensive. This is more convenient. As
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Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging, Jewish Family & Children’s Services, the JFSA Northwest Division Olson Center for Jewish Life, the Jewish History Museum, University of Arizona Hillel Foundation and other public or private locations where Jewish functions occur across the Tucson area. Sandock qualifies and registers participants by phone. After that, riders can book their rides directly with the wheelchairaccessible HandiCar. Through year-end, there were 246 qualified senior and disabled riders, with two to three new riders signing on weekly. Of those, 123 are “active riders,” Sandock says, utilizing ride services from once to hundreds of times a year. Travel requests peak for Friday and Saturday Shabbat services, challah bakes and other major community events. Sandock notes that the service enables passengers to participate in lifecycle events — such as funerals and b’nai mitzvah — that they previously were unable to attend. She hears many stories from participants about how access to travel impacts lives. “HandiCar is a very generous and caring partner,” she adds. Sandock tells of a contribution that came to the program with a note from a rider’s friend. The donor recounted that he used to take that rider everywhere, and never minded. But he now realizes the independence his friend has gained. “The riders are extremely appreciative,” Sandock says. The service sells itself by word of mouth among riders, says Sandock. Rabbi Richard Safran said he knew about the service previously, but when he moved to Handmaker two months ago, he told the AJP, “it opened up a whole world for me.” The former community chaplain expressed his thanks for the service, adding that he will be sharing his knowledge about its availability with other Handmaker residents.
“I am the Handi-Car rider in our family,” says David P. Vernon. “I have been using the service for about three years. I sing in the choir at Congregation Kol Simchah, so I use the service about six or seven times per month — almost every Wednesday and first and third Fridays. I depend on the program because I have a limited income and my wife works so much she cannot drive me to choir rehearsals or services. I fervently hope that this service continues to be available for the rest of my life. I hope they have plenty of good paying customers.” Due to the program’s dynamic growth, new policies soon will limit a rider’s number of monthly trips. Passengers will always have the option to secure additional rides at a discounted rate. “This will only affect about three of the most frequent riders,” Sandock adds. Despite limited resources, the service successfully has addressed access to engagement in local Jewish life, Perl says. He attributes the growth to the Federation’s marketing efforts and expansion of access beyond synagogue facilities. “We are meeting a significant need for those with limited mobility. But, there still are a lot more in the community that we are not accessing,” he adds. He sees the next step as collaborating with areas of the community that directly benefit from their members’ use of the transportation service. “They need to examine how they can help. It would be optimal if others who are benefiting from this resource could find some way to support it. Theoretically, if every synagogue and beneficiary agency that has access and utilization kicks in $1,000 a year, it would allow for a significant increase in the number of people and riders.” For more information or to register and qualify as a rider, contact Sandock at 577-9393 or email@example.com.
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s if completing a 320-mile race in three days isn’t enough, doing it in 36 hours is an enormous challenge. Included in that are a 6.2-mile swim through chilly mountain waters and cycling 171 miles across a desert at the lowest point on earth, not to mention running a 52.4-mile double marathon. What comes out on the other end is an “Ultraman.” Laurence Kutler finished the March 6-8 Ultraman Endurance Challenge in Israel in 34:12:15, 108 minutes under the time limit, placing seventh among a field of 30 athletes. The race is limited to 40 participants on an invitation-only basis. At age 65, he was the oldest and only participant in the over 60 category. No stranger to intense challenge, he says this finish was a personal coup. The first Ultraman distance event was held in Hawaii in 1983. Today, there are numerous Ultraman events held worldwide. The Ultraman Israel endurance challenge, since 2017, is a 515-kilometer race that starts at the Kinneret or Sea of Galilee in the north and finishes on the Red Sea, at Eilat, in the south. It’s divided into four stages over the three days, and each day has a 12hour cutoff. The first day includes swimming and biking,
Laurence Kutler competes in the 171-mile bicycling leg of the March 6-8 Ultraman Israel endurance challenge.
followed by a second day of biking and the double marathon on the final day. Participants who do not reach the finish lines within the time limits are disqualified. Kutler, the head of school at Tucson Hebrew Acade-
my, reached Israel two days ahead of the March 6-8 race to acclimate to the 57-degree Kinneret waters. After the 6-mile swim, he finished 93 miles on a bike along Israel’s longest Highway 90, to its intersection with Route 1, the Lido Junction, near the Dead Sea. Continuing on bike the following day, he says at one point he ran out of steam. “At about mile 140, I didn’t know how I’d make it. I said, ‘Hashem, you’ve got to help me do this. I have no more power.’” With a second wind, Kutler was able to pick up speeds of 23 to 25 miles per hour on the flat stretch en route to Eilat. He describes the race as a spiritual experience of a different type. “I grew up with the Zionist philosophies of Zvi Yehuda Kook and Aaron David Gordon . . . with a holy Jewish homeland philosophy.” But, on this journey of endurance, Kutler says he felt much closer to the land of Israel. “The desert, the Kinneret, the Dead Sea, spoke to me in a different way.” Drawing strength from the environment, he called on his reserves by entreating, “Wind can you give me energy, mountains can you give me energy. The land itself was a factor to traverse, but it had the capacity to energize me. “I lift up my eyes to the mountains — where does my help come from?” from Psalm 121 ran through his mind, Kutler says. “I had to get myself out of the way and
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let that help come.” He says this is a facet of education that’s not taught. “It’s an unwritten curriculum of Jewish spirituality. We don’t teach this major component in life — it’s grit. It’s what to do when you run out of strength. How do you persevere?” Kutler looks to turn his experience into a teaching moment for THA’s students through a personal presentation. “When you get to the end, you learn you can do it. No matter how depleted you are, there’s still 30 percent more. Grit is a mental toughness you gain through training and through doing. No one can teach you this in the classroom. You can only experience it yourself through athletics, sickness or emotional distress. You find a strength you didn’t know you have. The Talmud tells us the reward is equal to the effort. Unless you push yourself to the end, you’re not going to know.” A veteran of 15 Ironman triathatha-
lons (a one-day event including a 2.4mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and 26.2mile run) Kutler said he’d never found himself as depleted as in the recent Ultraman exerience. “It was physical, mental and spiritual exhaustion. Every day of the race is harder than the day before. It’s a very personal challenge. “The power of the mind to overcome difficulties and endure is important. You think you know who you are until there is nothing left. That’s when you learn more about yourself.” He went into this race with three things in mind: belief that he could do it, a ‘gonna do it’ attitude, and a focus on execution. And with each endurance accomplishment — even on this, his fourth Ultraman challenge — he learns something different about himself. “This is self-discovery, and it is worth the answers if you want to learn about it,” he challenges.
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‘Nearing Ninety,’ Viorst still writing with the same sass he can read The New York Times and still give me his undivided attention.” AJP Executive Editor Or “A Warning (Or Maybe a Love s a mother of three active Song) For My Husband,” which boys, bestselling author Justarts, “Each morning I get up bedith Viorst never had the fore you/And stand by your side of luxury of waiting for the muse to the bed./I’m checking your chest to strike. make sure you/Are breathing. Still “I just put my tushy on the chair breathing. Not dead.” It ends, “My and wrote” when the kids were napwords aren’t meant to disparage/ ping or at preschool, she told the AJP Those ladies who live on their own./ recently. “If every once in a while I But after six decades of marriage,/I’d got inspired, it was like a gift from rather not go it alone./The sentiment the gods.” here may not thrill you,/But listen, And Viorst could write anywhere my love, carefully:/Keep staying — waiting in line in the supermarket alive, or I’ll kill you./Don’t you dare or even in the car at a red light — as die before me.” long as she had a pencil and paper. Although she makes it seem easy, Judith Viorst That’s how she managed to pen writing, Viorst will tell you, is hard some 40-odd books in an astonishing array of genres. work. But here’s one of her secrets — it’s easier to write poThere are almost two dozen children’s books, most fa- ems that rhyme. mously “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Viorst starting writing poetry when she was 7. She Very Bad Day”; adult fiction and nonfiction works, includ- grew up in Maplewood, New Jersey, graduated from ing the New York Times best-seller, “Necessary Losses”; Rutgers University, and has lived in Washington, D.C., and books of funny, clever poetry, starting with “The Vil- since 1960, when she married Milton Viorst, a political lage Square” in 1966 and “It’s Hard to Be Hip Over Thirty writer. They have three sons and seven grandchildren. and Other Tragedies of Married Life” two years later. The She is a 1981 graduate of the Washington Psychoananewest book in Viorst’s “decades” series, “Nearing Ninety lytic Institute. Along with her many books, she has also and Other Comedies of Late Life,” was published earlier written four musicals. this week, in celebration of national poetry month. Her Jewish roots pop up occasionally in her poems Viorst doesn’t even count the first books she wrote in — “My Legacy,” the last poem in “Nearing Ninety,” lists her 30s, for a science organization. Although she didn’t “making a truly transcendent matzoh ball.” study science, she was great at research — at one time, she “I think there is such a thing as a Jewish sense of husays, could have told you the difference between a liquid mor,” she says. “It tilts toward irony, it tilts toward a shrug, and a solid propellant engine, because she wrote a book ‘It could be better, it might’ve been worse.’” about the NASA space program. But she’s certainly heard from a lot of non-Jewish readBut the big thrill of her life came when she started writ- ers who identify with her work. ing funny poems and the fledgling New York magazine “I think my favorite fan letter of my lifetime was a wompublished them. an who wrote to me, ‘I’m a short, blonde, farm woman “It gave me a whole new life as a writer,” she says. A from Iowa, and I think you’re a tall, thin Jewish woman publisher asked her to write a book of poems, and “The from New York, and we live the same life.’” Village Square” was the result. “It was about being a nice Many of her friends have made the move to assisted Jewish girl from New Jersey living in Greenwich Village living, something she explores in a couple of “Nearing with plans to live a wicked, wild life, except my mother Ninety” poems. “We have put a deposit down a place that kept calling each day to say, ‘Don’t. Whatever it is you’re is very, very nice and we hope we’ll never move into,” she planning on doing, don’t.” says, explaining she hopes to stay in her big, more than In “Nearing Ninety,” Viorst tackles the joys and tribula- 100-year-old house. tions of growing older with her trademark cheeky humor. “I’m still very energetic. When I feel droopy, I think that She struggles to make it to midnight on New Year’s Eve, I must have a fatal disease,” she jokes. She credits luck and lately hears more eulogies than symphonies, and will be inheritance, as well as having a smart and interesting husforever disheartened by what she weighs (and forever un- band. “We still have plenty to talk about — if you live in able to stop weighing herself). But she still finds plenty to Washington, there’s a lot to talk about!” She also gives a cherish: hanging out with family and friends, playing re- nod to her “smart, interesting, vigorous friends.” lentless games of Scrabble, sleeping tush-to-tush with the “And besides, I’m just a girl of 88,” she says. Given the man she married 60 years ago. opportunity to turn back the clock, she wouldn’t take it — Simon & Schuster has re-issued the whole “decades” se- although she would “push the hold button for right now.” ries, with charming illustrations by Laura Gibson. Viorst is not working on her next book of poems, yet. And you don’t have to have as many decades under your But that’s because there’s an idea for a new children’s book belt as Viorst to relate to the combination of love, worry she’s wrestling with. If she’s around for the next couple of and wisdom she pours into “Nearing Ninety.” Consider years, she says, she’ll probably write another volume of po“What We Still Argue About,” which begins, “He thinks ems. “There must be something to laugh about.”
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Pesach-friendly rainbow cookies infuse color, flavor into holiday season SHANNON SARNA NOSHER VIA JTA
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love rainbow cookies. Love. And they are a serious obsession for my entire family. So when I made this recipe Passover-friendly last year, it was a wonderful, delicious game-changer for our Passover celebrations. Simply replace the regular flour with 1/2 cup matzah cake meal and 1/2 cup almond flour (note: not almond meal). To make this recipe non-dairy, simply replace the 1/2 cup butter with 1/2 cup nondairy shortening or margarine. You will need three 8-by-8-inch square pans to make this recipe (you can buy disposable if you don’t want to invest in buying pans). I also strongly recommend using a food scale to measure the quantity of batter in each layer. Ingredients: For the cake: 4 eggs 1 cup white sugar
4 ounces almond paste, broken into little pieces or processed in food processor for 30 seconds 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter or margarine 1/2 cup matzah cake meal 1/2 cup blanched almond flour (not almond meal) 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon kosher-for-Passover vanilla extract red and green food coloring (about 8 drops each) For the chocolate glaze:
1 cup dark or semisweet chocolate chips 1 tablespoon vegetable shortening or vegetable oil pinch salt For the filling: raspberry jam Special equipment: 3 square baking pans, offset spatula, food scale. Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 3500 F. Grease your pans. Add parchment paper to bottom of each pan. Grease again and add light dusting of matzah cake meal. Tap pan to remove any excess meal. 2. Using a hand mixer (or whisk attachment to stand mixer), mix eggs and sugar until thick and yellow. Add crumbled almond paste and combine. 3. Add melted butter (or margarine), matzah cake meal, almond flour, salt and vanilla. 4. Divide batter into 3 equal amounts. (Try using a food scale if eyeballing is too difficult.) Leave one plain. Add green food coloring to one batch of batter. Add
red food coloring to the other batch of batter. 5. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until just set and no longer wet in the middle. 6. Allow to cool completely. 7. Place chocolate, shortening and pinch of salt in a glass bowl. Microwave for 30-second intervals until melted. Stir vigorously to ensure there are no clumps. 8. Place a piece of parchment paper on top of a platter or baking sheet. Add red cake layer to parchment paper. Spread thin layer of raspberry jam. Top with white layer. Add another thin layer of raspberry jam. Top with green cake. 9. Carefully spread half the melted chocolate on top. Place in refrigerator for 15-20 minutes or until completely hard. 10. Turn over and spread remaining chocolate on other side. Place back in refrigerator for 30 minutes or overnight. 11. Trim edges and slice into cookies. Serves 18-24 cookies. Shannon Sarna is the editor of The Nosher.
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‘Sesame Street’ seder leads new kids’ books PENNY SCHWARTZ JTA BOSTON our questions. Four cups of wine. Four types of children. At Passover, the number four figures prominently in the rituals of the seder, the ceremonial holiday meal that can be mesmerizing and mystifying. Four new delightful and brightly illustrated books for young kids will enliven — and help explain — the popular eightday spring holiday, which this year begins on Friday evening, April 19. One features kids’ favorites from the long-running TV series “Sesame Street.” A fifth new title, set in ancient Jerusalem, is a perfect complement to the seder that ends with a tune sung to the phrase “Next year in Jerusalem.” A Seder for Grover Joni Kibort Sussman; illustrated by Tom Leigh; Kar-Ben; ages 1-4 In this first of four planned “Sesame Street” board books from Kar-Ben, publisher and children’s author Joni Kibort Sussman teams with longtime “Sesame Street” and Muppet book illustrator Tom Leigh to offer little ones an entertaining introduction to the Passover rituals and traditions. The youngest kids and their grownup readers will want to join Grover, Big Bird and their “Sesame Street” friends at Avigail’s Passover seder to eat matzah, read the Haggadah and ask the Four Questions. Cookie Monster can come along, too — but only if he eats special Passover cookies. Grover tells his friends it’s good to invite guests to the seder. Even Moishe Oofnik the grouch is included. Pippa’s Passover Plate Vivian Kirkfield; illustrated by Jill Weber; Holiday House; ages 4-8 In this lively, rhyming story, an adorable mouse named Pippa is preparing for the seder. She sets the table and stirs the chicken stew. But where’s the special shiny gold seder plate placed in the center of the table to display the ritual foods eaten at the ceremonial meal? The kids will have fun as they follow Pippa in her search — from inside her house to the garden, fields and ponds outdoors. Along the way, the feisty Pippa asks
for help from a cat, snake and wise owl, who are big and scary and make Pippa “cringe and quake.” Author Vivian Kirkfield’s playful verse introduces kid to the seder rituals, while award-winning artist Jill Weber (“The Story of Passover”) puts readers in the scene with the cute gray and pink mouse. Her bright, large format illustrations are brightened with yellows and greens to match the springtime festival. The last page features Pippa’s Passover plate, which identifies all of the symbolic seder foods. The Best Four Questions Rachelle Burk; illustrated by Melanie Florian; Kar-Ben; ages 3-8 Marcy is the youngest child in the family who has just learned to read, and it’s her turn to ask the Four Questions at her seder. But Marcy’s older brother, Jake, isn’t so happy to relinquish the ritual that has won him plenty of praise from his relatives. Marcy, a vivacious and inquisitive girl, turns down all offers of help to practice reciting the Four Questions. Older kids may figure out that Marcy doesn’t realize that she’s expected to read the traditional questions from the Haggadah. She’s come up with her own questions all by herself. Here’s one: How many matzah balls in Grandma’s chicken soup? Read to see how the family and Jake react. Rachelle Burke’s lively and engaging storytelling underscores the tenet of Passover that encourages participants to ask questions. Melanie Florian’s brightly colored animated illustrations capture Marcy’s enthusiasm for the festive holiday. Matzah Belowstairs Susan Lynn Meyer; illustrated by Mette Engell; Kar-Ben; ages 4-8 In Susan Lynn Meyer’s humor-filled tale, two families share a home in Apartment 4B, where they are eager to celebrate Passover. Young Eli Winkler is welcoming his human family’s guests to their seder in their “Abovestairs” apartment. Under the Winkler’s floor is the young Miriam Mouse and her mouse family, who live “Belowstairs” and occasionally enter the Winkler apartment through a tiny round mouse hole. This year, the Winklers have stored their matzah in a tightly sealed tin box See Books page 22
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Creative hacks can make seder more memorable and fun for young, old make a concoction that much more closely resembles sangria than haroset, but hey, that’s part of the fun!
EMILY ARONOFF TECK KVELLER VIA JTA
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o joke: I love hosting the Passover seder. I love feeding people — I’m both Jewish and Southern, so this is deeply ingrained in me. I love educating people, and I love being Jewish, so the seder is a perfect opportunity to gather the ones I love for a meal — a meal during which they are actually open to me sharing all sorts of fun facts, songs and stories. If it were up to me, I’d fill every shared meal with readings and inspired discussions. That’s not realistic, of course. But during a Passover seder, at least, people are much more game. So I like to take full advantage of the opportunity and go above and beyond the typical readings and tunes that most people expect. Yes, I’m a mom — but my toddler and baby weren’t my primary motivation for adding some sass to our seder. (Although one of my all-time favorite seder moments was last year, when our swaddled newborn, placed in a basket, formed a particularly memorable tablescape.) For years I’ve been motivated to find new and different ways to invite my seder guests to see the joy in Judaism that I see every day. Everyone — kids and adults — loves to play, learn and
The Maccabeats sing ‘Dayenu.’
connect with one other. Passover is the perfect time for that. So here are a few of my seder hacks that I’d totally recommend if you’d like to ensure your festive meal is, in fact, festive.
Make-your-own haroset bar
Having your guests concoct their own haroset (apples, wine, and nuts) is so much fun. On a side table in our dining room, I set up an array of diced fruits, nuts, and a selection of honeys, wines, and juices. (Pro tip: Martinelli’s makes the best apple juice!) I put out cheap, reusable plastic shot glasses so guests can make multiple variations to find their favorite. Sometimes a few of the grown-ups
Like many families today, I like to make my own Haggadah, or seder guide. But instead of making photocopies, I do it in Powerpoint. We usually drag a big-screen TV into the dining room — though this year we’ve upgraded: we invested in a small projector, so instead we’ll project the Haggadah on a wall. (This is for those who are willing to use electronics on a yom tov or holiday.) I love doing this for several reasons. I can personalize the presentation and I can make changes up to the last minute. I’ll assign readings by writing a person’s name, add images of the people who are attending (I can even add photos from previous year’s seders, which is particularly fun since we have little kids who have grown a lot in the last year). It’s a multimedia presentation: we play this video about The Four Sons instead of reading that passage; we’ll sing along with the Maccabeats’ version of “Dayenu.” Plus, no one is ever on the wrong page, and everyone is looking up and around instead of down.
Though we follow the Haggadah, we frequently pause to share parts of the story using picture books. It doesn’t See Seder, page 22
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and Miriam Mouse hasn’t been able to find any stray pieces — not even crumbs — for her family’s holiday. When the determined Miriam crawls through her hole, she spies Eli’s father hiding the afikomen, the piece of matzah needed to conclude the seder meal. Who will find the hidden matzah first, Eli or Miriam Mouse? Kids will delight when Miriam Mouse finds the perfect solution for
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seem to matter that there are usually more adults than kids at my seder, everyone welcomes the change of pace. We like to say the Four Questions all together, reading from this awesome picture book that’s both in English and Hebrew, and we read “The Longest Night” to help us imagine the experiences of the enslaved people. We
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both families. Mette Engell’s large and colorful illustrations provide readers the unusual view from the mouse perspective. In a double-page illustration, Eli is kneeling and wide eyed when he discovers Miriam under a bookcase with the afikomen wrapped in a bright blue napkin embroidered by his grandmother. Shimri’s Big Idea: A Story of Ancient
Jerusalem Elka Weber; illustrated by Inbal Gigi Bousidan; Apples & Honey Press; ages 4-8 In this gracefully told story, Elka Weber takes kids back in time to ancient Jerusalem, where a curious boy named Shimri is told he’s too young and small to help his older and bigger family members plow the fields and draw water from the faraway well. But his Grandma Eliora reassures him that “Big ideas can come from small mouths,” and urges him to look closely and listen. Shimri learns that King Hezekiah is
looking for ideas on how to bring water inside the city’s walls and wonders if the king will listen to a small boy’s solution to the problem. Weber’s timeless, folk-style tale will strike a chord for young readers who will share Shimri’s frustration. The warm desert tones of Inbal Gigi Bousidan’s illustrations evoke the landscape and lifestyle of ancient Jerusalem. An author’s note explains the fictional story is inspired by Hezekiah’s Tunnel, which was dug during the eighth century BCE, an engineering feat for its time.
also have several copies of the “Dayenu” board book (thanks PJ Library!), so we have multiple people holding onto it as we sing it in English (just before we watch the video mentioned above).
seder. For example, we like to put the kids in laundry baskets — we give them a ride around the table when we talk about baby Moses in a basket (we do it while singing “Little Taste of Torah”). We’ll use bubble machines and water sprayers when we talk about the parting of the Red Sea and, for babies, we will play afikomen peek-a-boo, hiding the matzah using scarves or cloth napkins. We use materials like kinetic sand and wax craft sticks, so everyone can craft little avatars
of themselves, encouraging each guest to “imagine if you were a slave in Egypt.” Trust me, with a little creativity (and not a ton of work!), you can have a lot of fun at your Passover seder. I hope your seder is meaningful, memorable and enjoyable. Chag Sameach!
Schtick it up
I love schtick. But what I don’t love are some of the more popular ways to work it into the seder. (Take those Ten Plagues finger puppets — the plagues weren’t cute, so let’s drop those, OK?) There are myriad other ways for putting some pep into the
Emily Aronoff Teck is a multi-tasking mom, musician and educator. “Miss” Emily visits Jewish communities to share celebrations and songs with young children and their grown-ups, and manages JewishLearningMatters.com. She earned her doctorate in education in 2018 at Gratz College.
PHILANTHROPY New wave: The changing face of Jewish philanthropy GRAHAM HOFFMAN JEWISH COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA
e live at a turning point in the history of Jewish philanthropy. Over the next few decades, more than $30 trillion will be passed down from the baby boomer generation to their children. As these considerable assets change hands, so too will the power to shape the philanthropic sector. Research suggests that today’s younger generations may not share the same charitable priorities — Jewish or otherwise — that their parents did. How, then, can Jewish philanthropic organizations balance the children’s priorities while preserving their parents’ legacies?
The baby boomer approach to philanthropic giving
According to a recent Merrill Lynch study, donations from baby boomers account for a staggering 42 percent of all charitable giving in the United States. The primary motivation attributed to these donations is “making a difference in the lives of others.” In the recent Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona fund holder survey, which was sent to all current donors, baby boomers in our community cited “feeling a sense of responsibility to engage in philanthropic work” and wanting to “impact strategic or long-term change” as their greatest motivations. Asked the most effective way to teach generosity to the next generation, three in four retirees in the Merrill Lynch study said that they seek to be role models for giving. In our community, more than half of baby boomers cited “imparting Jewish values to my family” as a significant inspiration for charitable giving. The top three charitable areas of emphasis selected by baby boomers in our survey were “Jewish engagement and community building,” “basic needs: food, housing, and emergency assistance,” and “tolerance and social justice.” This is similar to overarching trends described in a recent Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Giving study, which found that baby boomers cared most about local social service needs, religious and community life, and health and wellness. What has yet to be seen is what will happen to the organizations and causes that the baby boomers have championed when there are new stewards of the philanthropic landscape.
The next wave: millennial giving habits
The JCF survey, which had only a small sample of millennials, found that the two primary motivations of this generation were wanting to “impact long-term or strategic change” and having a “family history of philanthropic giving.” The former motivation matched one of the top baby boomer priorities. The latter indicates that the baby boomer goal of imparting Jewish values to their children
by example is beginning to come to fruition. The Merrill Lynch study found that, compared to baby boomers, millennials donated more to animal rights, the environment, and human rights causes and less to religious or spiritual charities. Our JCF survey found that millennials’ primary philanthropic interests were “basic needs: food, housing, and emergency services,” “children and youth services,” and “refugees and immigrants in the general community.” These stated preferences suggest that millennials may take less of an interest in Jewish-specific philanthropy and more of an interest in the general community than their parents do. Millennials seemingly are concerned with basic needs for all, recognizing that, today, in many cases, Jews are being helped alongside the needy in the broader Tucson community.
Another generational trend in philanthropy over time has been a greater tilt among boomers and even more so among millennials toward donor-directed giving (i.e., giving in which donors actively engage in the allocation process), rather than unrestricted giving. Compared to their parents, the silent generation, baby boomers in the Merrill Lynch study report a 29 percent increase in preferring to specify how charitable donations are used, and, conversely, a 25 percent decrease in the belief that charitable organizations spend donations in the best way possible. This attitudinal trend does not show signs of slowing as millennials take the reins.
The way forward
Baby boomers and their children are not completely at odds. Significant similarities between the two include a focus on strategic philanthropy and a concern for causes related to basic needs. Both groups also seek to be actively involved in the organizations they support; the difference may simply be to what degree each group wants to participate. The primary divergence, at this point, appears to be that baby boomers may be more committed to funding Jewish sectarian causes while millennials display their Jewish values by supporting secular institutions. The depth of the divide is not yet clear because the Great Wealth Transfer is still underway. Baby boomers still dominate charitable giving and therefore set the priorities, both countrywide and in the Tucson Jewish community. As this generation passes the torch, the charitable organizations that they have bolstered run the risk of falling behind if the millennial generation neglects to champion them. Among the most powerful ways to ensure continuity of support for the causes that baby boomers hold dear is to establish endowment funds that can operate in perpetuity. In this way, the parents’ philanthropic legacies can endure while making space for their children’s legacies to continue to develop. Graham Hoffman is the president and CEO of the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona.
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR The calendar deadline is Tuesday, 10 days before the issue date. Our next issue will be published April 19, 2019. Events may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, faxed to 319-1118, or mailed to the AJP at 3718 E. River Road, #272, Tucson, AZ 85718. For more information, call 319-1112. See Area Congregations on page 26 for additional synagogue events. Men’s Mishnah club with Rabbi Israel Becker at Cong. Chofetz Chayim. Sundays, 7:15 a.m.; Monday-Friday, 6:15 a.m.; Saturdays, 8:15 a.m. 747-7780 or 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 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. April 7, Bram Presser, author of National Jewish Book Award-winning debut novel “The Book of Dirt.” April 14, Natalie Silverstein, author of “Simple Acts: The Busy Family’s Guide to Giving Back.’ 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-
Friday / April 5
5:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Tot Kabbalat Pesach Shabbat service followed by dinner at 6 p.m. Dinner $10 for adults, free for kids under 12. RSVP for dinner at 327-4501. 6:30 PM: Cong. Or Chadash Friday Night LIVE! Religious School staff appreciation Shabbat. With teen choir and Chai Lights Klezmer Band. 512-8500. 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.
Saturday / April 6
NOON: Cong. Anshei Israel book club discusses “Waking Lions,” by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen. Contact Helen Rib at 299-0340 or helenrib@ yahoo.com. 5:30 PM: Cong. Or Chadash, Celebrate Israel in Song & Food. Israeli street food, raffle, and concert under the stars with Cantors Janece Cohen of COC and Ilan Davidson of Temple Beth El in San Pedro, California, and their youth choirs. $30 adult admission with wine; $20 adult admission; $10 children ages 3-13. RSVP at 512-8500.
Sunday / April 7
8 AM: Temple Emanu-El Red Cross blood drive. 327-4501. 9:30-10:30 AM: Cong. Anshei Adult Education
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ONGOING 6 p.m.; open circle, 6-7 p.m. Members, $8; nonmembers, $10. 299-3000. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. email@example.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. Kollel: Passover, “The Ten Plagues: Who Suffered … and Why?” with Rabbi Robert Eisen. Free. RSVP for availability to Sierra at 745-5550, ext. 225. 10 AM-NOON: JFCS LEAH (Let’s End Abusive Households) program and community partner Hadassah Nurses Council present “Freeing Survivors of Domestic Violence From Stigma and Self-Blame,” with Deena Gayle Hitzke, Ed.D., director of Elder Crime Victims’ Services at the Administration of Resources and Choices. At Cong. Bet Shalom. Free. RSVP to Irene Gefter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 7950300, ext. 2271. 10 AM-2 PM: Tucson Hebrew Academy 5th Annual STEM Festival, “How Things Work.” 529-3888. 10:30 AM: Temple Emanu-El traveler’s look at Israel with Rabbi Batsheva Appel, information for congregational trip in June 2019. 327-4501. 10:45 AM – 12:15 PM: Congregation M’kor Hayim/Episcopal Church of the Apostles discussion, “Jewish Values/Christian Values: The Same or Different?” led by Rabbi Helen Cohn and Rev. Debra Asis. Dialogue on beliefs and practices of the liberal Episcopal Church and Reform Judaism. At Episcopal Church of the Apostles, 12111 N La Cholla Blvd. 904-1881. 11 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel Kadima youth group chocolate Seder. All youth welcome. 745-5550. 11 AM-1 PM: Chabad Tucson Wine Tasting & Matzah Sale. Kosher wines and Shmura
nonmembers, $8 per class. Contact Evelyn at 885-4102 or email@example.com.
JFCS Holocaust Survivors group meets Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-noon. Contact Raisa Moroz at 795-0300.
Temple Emanu-El Talmud study, Wednesdays, 10 -11:30 a.m. Text required, call 3274501.
Awakening Through Jewish Meditation — Discover Freedom, with Reb Brian Yosef, Tuesdays/Sundays at 10:30 a.m., at Cong. Bet Shalom. Free. www.torahofawakening.com.
Chabad of Sierra Vista women’s class with Rabbi Benzion Shemtov, last Wednesdays, 2 p.m., 401 Suffolk Drive. 820-6256 or www.jewishsierravista.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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; Matzah. Sell your chametz. At Chabad Lubavitch of Tucson/Cong. Young Israel, 2443 E. 4th St. 975-4489. 2-3:30 PM: Tucson J presents Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus, “Sacred & Profane,” in Hebrew, Latin, and English. $10. 299-3000. 3:30-5 PM: Handmaker presents rabbi lecture, “Why good things happen to bad people,” with Rabbi Yossie Shemtov of Congregation Young Israel, Rabbi Thomas Louchheim of Congregation Or Chadash, and Rabbi Robert Eisen of Congregation Anshei Israel. Free. At Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging, 2221 N. Rosemont Blvd. Contact Nanci Levy at 322-3632 or nlevy@ handmaker.org.
Monday / April 8
7 PM: Arizona Center for Judaic Studies presents a Rabbi Marcus Breger Memorial Lecture, “Quest for Solomon’s Mines — The Future of Biblical Archaeology on Land & Beneath the Sea,” with Thomas Evan Levy, Ph.D., of University of California, San Diego. Free. At Tucson J. 626-5758 or www.judaic.arizona.edu.
Tuesday / April 9
6 PM: JFSA Men’s Night Out, whiskey and Scotch tasting, food trucks, at Tucson J Sculpture Garden. MENtor award presentation honoring Gary Kippur. $36. Minimum pledge of $180 ($18 students) required to JFSA 2019 Community Campaign. RSVP for availability at www.jfsa.org/mensnightout or contact geri@ jfsa.org or 647-8468.
Chabad Tucson lunch and learn with Rabbi Yehuda Ceitlin, Wednesdays, on hiatus until after Passover. 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. 327-4501. “Biblical Breakthroughs with Rabbi Becker” at the Southwest Torah Institute. Fridays, noon, for men and women. 747-7780 or email@example.com. Jewish History Museum core exhibition, “Meanings Not Yet Imagined.” Holocaust History Center, “Call Me Rohingya,” photographs by Andrew Stanbridge, through May 31. 564 S. Stone Ave. 670-9073.
Wednesday / April 10
8-9:30 AM: Jewish Business Coffee Group meeting. At Tucson J. 299-3000, ext. 241, or firstname.lastname@example.org. 11 AM: Jewish History Museum Mapping Migration series, with Ann Markewitz, Ellen Melamed, Steve Zupcic and Thomas SaylerBrown. Free. 564 S. Stone Ave. 670-9073 or www.jewishhistorymuseum.org. 6:30 PM: JFSA Young Women’s Cabinet Floranthropy Event. Create floral arrangements with a professional florist — one to take home and one for a resident at Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging. Wine and heavy appetizers. Free. RSVP for availability to Danielle Larcom at email@example.com.
Thursday / April 11
10:30 AM: Jewish History Museum interactive genealogy workshop with author and genealogy expert Joel Alpert. $10. 564 S. Stone Ave. Register at www.jewishhistorymuseum.org or 670-9073.
Friday / April 12
11:30 AM-1:30 PM: JCRC and Jewish History Museum present annual local leaders forum lunch, Immigration 2019. Program begins at noon. At the Harvey and Deanna Evenchik Center for Jewish Philanthropy, 3718 E. River Road. Free but RSVP required at 670-9073 or www.jewish historymuseum.org/events. 5:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Shabbat Rocks!
service with kindergarten and first grade classes, Rabbi Batsheva Appel, Avanim Rock Band and youth choir, followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and traditional service at 7:30 p.m. Dinner $12 for adults, $3 ages 4-12, free for kids under 4. RSVP for dinner at 327-4501.
Saturday / April 13
9-10 AM: Cong. Or Chadash Eat, Study, Pray, “To Eat or Not to Eat: Passover Food Guidelines” with Rabbi Thomas Louchheim. Includes lox and bagel breakfast. Discussion followed by Shabbat service at 10 a.m. Free. 512-8500 or www.octucson.org. NOON: Temple Emanu-El Rabbi’s Tish, potluck lunch and Torah study. 327-4501.
Sunday / April 14
9:30 AM: Cong. Or Chadash Boker Tov Bistro, “What’s So Funny?” with Esther Blumenfeld, award-winning author, humorist and playwright. Pastries and coffee. Free. RSVP to Sarah Bollt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-8500. 10 AM-NOON: JFCS CHAI Circle meeting. Free. At the Tucson J. RSVP to Irene Gefter at email@example.com or 795-0300, ext. 2271. 10:30 AM: Desert Caucus brunch with U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas). Guests should be prospective members. Contact desertcaucus@ gmail.com or 299-2410. 2 PM: Temple Emanu-El concert series presents Arizona Balalaika Orchestra. $10 donation at the door. 327-4501. 2 PM: Temple Emanu-El class, “Jewish Clay,” with Andy Iventosch. Free. Register at 327-4501. 3:15-4:45 PM: Handmaker intergenerational program, “Tracing Roots 2.0.” Teens and partner Handmaker residents reception, showcasing book of biographies written by the students. Free. Refreshments. At 2221 N. Rosemont Blvd. RSVP to Nanci Levy at firstname.lastname@example.org. 3:30-5:30 PM: PJ Library and PJ Our Way present Celebrate Pesach Day, make a Lego Seder Plate. At Barnes & Noble, 5130 E. Broadway Blvd. $5 per family. RSVP by April 12 to www.jfsa.org/legopassover2019 or contact Mary Ellen Loebl at email@example.com or 647-8443.
Wednesday / April 17
7 PM: Jewish History Museum presents Rethinking Social Documentary. Live reading of book-length poem, “The Book of the Dead,” by
Sunday / April 28
Muriel Rukeysar. With Susan Briante, poet, and Ariel Goldberg, JHM curator of community engagement. Free. 564 S. Stone Ave. 670-9073 or www.jewishhistorymuseum.org.
Thursday / April 18
4-8 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Sweet Tomatoes “FUN-raiser” at 6202 E. Broadway. Present flyer, available at www.caiaz.org, in CAI office or on Shalom Cart at the J, for 20% donation to CAI. 745-5550.
Friday / April 19
7 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel Erev Passover minyan with siyum for first born. Visit www.caiaz. org for complete Passover service schedule. 6 PM: Cong. Or Chadash First Night Community Seder. Members: adult $50; child $40; nonmembers: adult $65; child $50. Register with Eileen Cook at 512-8500 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 6:30 PM: JPride Seder with inclusion Haggadah. At Hillel Foundation, 1245 E. 2nd St. $18 before April 14; after $25. Register at www.tucsonjcc.org/ event/j-pride-seder or email@example.com. 7 PM: Chabad Tucson Community Seder. Adult $54; child $25. At Young Israel/ Chabad, 2443 E. 4th St. Register at www.chabadtucson. com or 881-7956.
Saturday / April 20
11:30 AM: Secular Humanist Jewish Circle Passover Seder, with Rabbi Jack Silver. Humanistic Haggadah with traditional Seder plate and lunch. Members $25; nonmembers $35. At Atria Campana Del Rio, 1550 E. River Road. RSVP by April 15 to Pat at firstname.lastname@example.org or 481-5324; or Becky at email@example.com or 296-3762. Mail checks payable to SHJC to Les Simon, 8700 N. La Cholla, Apt. 2101, Tucson, AZ, 85742.
JFSA Northwest Division Olson Center for Jewish Life 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Northwest Needlers create hand-stitched items for donation in the Jewish community. Meets at JFSA Northwest Division Olson Center for Jewish Life, Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m. RSVP to email@example.com or 505-4161. JFSA Northwest Division Olson Center for Jewish Life 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.
Sunday / April 14
3 PM: Chabad of Oro Valley Passover program. Children's Museum Oro Valley, 11015 N. Oracle Road #101. 477-8672 or www.jewishoro valley.com.
Friday / April 19
7:15 PM: Chabad Oro Valley Passover Seder. At Oro Valley Community and Recreation Center, 10555 N. La Canada Drive. Adult $36; child $20. Also call for second Seder reservations. 4778672 or www.jewishorovalley.com/seder.
Monday / April 22
5-6:30 PM: Hadassah Southern Arizona/ Olson Center for Jewish Life book club discusses “A Touch of Torah” by Anne Lowe. At JFSA Northwest Division Olson Center for Jewish Life, 190 W. Magee Road, #162. RSVP: 505-4161 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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6 PM: Temple Emanu-El Second Night Community Passover Seder. Members: adult $45; nonmembers: $55; college students and active military $35; child aged 4-12 $20; 3 and under free. RSVP required at 327-4501. 6:30 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Ma’ariv followed by Second Night Passover Seder at 7 p.m. Family participation; supervised children’s play; traditional dinner with meat, fish or vegan entrée options. Members: adult (13+) $45; child (4-12) $30; nonmembers: adult $55; child $40; college and military: $38. RSVP by April 11 at 745-5550 or www.caiaz.org.
3 PM: Temple Emanu-El concert series presents Arizona Repertory Singers, “Psalms of David and Songs of Solomon.” $18 in advance at www.arsingers.org or $20 at the door. Students free with I.D. For group
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AREA CONGREGATIONS CONSERVATIVE Congregation anshei israel
5550 E. Fifth St., Tucson, AZ 85711 • (520) 745-5550 Rabbi Robert Eisen, Cantorial Soloist Nichole Chorny • www.caiaz.org Daily minyan: Mon.-Thurs., 7:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m.; Fri., 7:30 a.m.; Sun. & legal holidays, 8 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. / Mincha: Fri., 5:45 p.m. / Shabbat services: Sat., 9 a.m., followed by Kiddush; Tot Shabbat, 1st Fri., 5:45 p.m.; Family Service, 3rd Friday, 5:45 p.m.; Holiday services may differ, call or visit website. / Torah study: every Shabbat one hour before Mincha (call or visit website for times) / Talmud on Tuesday, 6 p.m. / Weekday Torah study group, Wed., 11 a.m. beverages and dessert provided.
Congregation Bet shalom 3881 E. River Road, Tucson, AZ 85718 • (520) 577-1171 Rabbi Hazzan Avraham Alpert • www.cbsaz.org Shabbat services: Fri., 5:30 p.m. (followed by monthly dinners — call for info); Sat. 9:30 a.m., Camp Shabbat (ages 6-10) 10 a.m.-noon, followed by Kiddush lunch; 12:30-2 p.m. CBS Think Tank discussion led by Rabbi Dr. Howard Schwartz and Prof. David Graizbord; monthly Tot Shabbat (call for dates) / Weekday services: Wed. 8:15 a.m. / Hagim 9:30 a.m.
5150 E. Fifth St., Tucson, AZ 85711 • (520) 747-7780 Rabbi Israel Becker • www.tucsontorah.org Shabbat services: Fri., Kabbalat Shabbat 15 minutes before sunset; Sat. 9 a.m. followed by Kiddush. / Mincha: Fri., 1 p.m.; Sat., 25 minutes before sunset, followed by Shalosh Seudas, Maariv and Havdallah. Services: Sun., 8 a.m.; Mon. & Thurs., 6:50 a.m.; Tues., Wed., Fri., 7 a.m.; daily, 15 minutes before sunset. / Weekday Rosh Chodesh services: 6:45 a.m.
Congregation young israel/ChaBad oF tuCson 2443 E. Fourth St., Tucson, AZ 85719 • (520) 881-7956 Rabbi Yossie Shemtov, Rabbi Yudi Ceitlin • www.chabadoftucson.com Daily minyan: Sun. & legal holidays, 8:30 a.m.; Mon. & Thurs., 6:30 p.m.; Tues., Wed., Fri., 6:45 a.m. / Mincha & Maariv, 5:15 p.m. / Shabbat services: Fri. at candlelighting; Sat. 9:30 a.m. followed by Kiddush. Mincha, Maariv and Havdallah TBA.
ChaBad on river 3916 E. Ft. Lowell Road • (520) 661-9350 Rabbi Ram Bigelman • www.chabadonriver.com Shabbat services: Fri., Mincha at candlelighting time, followed by Maariv. / Sat., Shacharit service, 9:30 a.m. / Torah study: women, Wed., 2 p.m.; men, Tues. and Thurs., 7 p.m. Call to confirm. 1217 W. Faldo Drive, Oro Valley, AZ 85755 • (520) 477-8672 Rabbi Ephraim Zimmerman • www.jewishorovalley.com Shabbat services: 3rd Fri., 5 p.m. Oct.-Feb., 6 p.m. March-Sept., all followed by dinner / Sat., 10 a.m. study session followed by service.
ChaBad sierra vista 401 Suffolk Drive, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635 • (520) 820-6256 Rabbi Benzion Shemtov • www.jewishsierravista.com Shabbat services: Sat., 10:30 a.m., bimonthly, followed by class explaining prayers. Visit website or call for dates.
3001 E. Skyline Drive, Suite 117, Tucson, AZ 85718 • (520) 276-5675 Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon • www.beitsimchatucson.org Shabbat services: Fri., 6:30 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m., with Torah study at 9 a.m; monthly Shabbat morning hikes.
Congregation Chaverim 5901 E. Second St., Tucson, AZ 85711 • (520) 320-1015 Rabbi Stephanie Aaron • www.chaverim.net Shabbat services: Fri., 7 p.m. (no service on 5th Fri.); Family Shabbat, 1st Fri., 6 p.m. / Torah study: 2nd Sat., 9 a.m., followed by contemplative service,10 a.m.
Congregation Kol simChah
(Renewal) 4625 E. River Road, Tucson, AZ 85718 • (520) 296-0818 Mailing Address: 6628 E. Calle Dened, Tucson, AZ 85710, Shabbat services: 1st and 3rd Fri., 7:15 p.m.
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3888 E. River Road, Tucson, AZ 85718 (Tucson Hebrew Academy) Mailing Address: P.O. Box 31806, Tucson, AZ 85751 • (520) 904-1881 Rabbi Helen Cohn • www.mkorhayim.org Shabbat services: 2nd and 4th Fri., 7 p.m. / Torah study, 2nd and 4th Sat., 9:30 a.m.
Congregation or Chadash 3939 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85718 • (520) 512-8500 Rabbi Thomas Louchheim, Cantor Janece Cohen www.orchadash-tucson.org Shabbat services: Fri., 6:30 p.m.; 1st Fri., Friday Night LIVE (Sept.-May); 2nd Friday, Tot Shabbat (Sept.-May), 6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. / Torah study: Sat., 8:30 a.m.
the institute For JudaiC serviCes and studies Mailing Address: 36789 S. Golf Course Drive, Saddlebrooke, AZ 85739 Rabbi Sanford Seltzer • (520) 825-8175 Shabbat services: Oct.-April, third Friday of the month at 7 p.m. — call for details.
temple emanu-el 225 N. Country Club Road, Tucson, AZ 85716 • (520) 327-4501 Rabbi Batsheva Appel • www.tetucson.org Shabbat services: Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m./ Torah study: Sat., 8:30 a.m. except when there is a Rabbi’s Tish.
temple Kol hamidBar 228 N. Canyon Drive, Sierra Vista • (520) 458-8637 kolhamidbar.tripod.com Mailing address: P.O. Box 908, Sierra Vista, AZ 85636, Friday night Torah study group: 6 - 7:15 p.m. / Shabbat services: Fri., 7:30 p.m.
Beth shalom temple Center
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1751 N. Rio Mayo (P.O. Box 884), Green Valley, AZ 85622 (520) 648-6690 • www.bstc.us Shabbat services: 1st and 3rd Fri., 7 p.m. / Torah study: Sat., 10 a.m. 2221 N. Rosemont Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85712 • (520) 881-2323 www.handmaker.com Shabbat services: Fri., 4:30 p.m., led by Lindsey O’Shea, followed by Shabbat dinner; Sat., 9:30 a.m., led by Mel Cohen and Dan Asia, followed by light Kiddush lunch.
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www.secularhumanistjewishcircle.org Call Cathleen at (520) 730-0401 for meeting or other information.
1245 E. 2nd St. Tucson, AZ 85719 • (520) 624-6561 • www.arizona.hillel.org Shabbat services: Reform, Conservative, Orthodox and alternative services two Fridays each month when school is in session. Dinner follows (guests, $8; RSVP by preceding Thurs.). Call for dates/times.
Myrna Lyons Myrna W. Lyons, 76, died March 17, 2019 in Atlanta. Mrs. Lyons grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. She was a Women’s Philanthropy director at the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona in the 1990s. Mrs. Lyons was predeceased by her husband, David. Survivors include her sons, Jonathan (Jamie) Lyons of Marietta, Georgia, and Brett (Marlo) Lyons of Los Gatos, California; sister, Susie (Larrie) Weil of Dallas; and four grandchildren. Services and interment were in Sandy Springs, Georgia. Memorial donations may be made to Weinstein Hospice, 3150 Howell Mill Road NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30327 or www.weinsteinhospice.com.
Eugene Drew Eugene (Gene) Anthony Drew, 74, died March 21, 2019. Mr. Drew was born in Niagara Falls, New York. He served in the Navy during the Vietnam War, moving to Tucson in 1974 to attend the University of Arizona. He served Pima County as a juvenile probation officer for troubled youth, with the last years of his career as an on-site safeschool officer at Cholla High School. He also worked with his wife, Sylvia Drew of Creative Arrangements by Sylvia. Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Sylvia; sons, Shaun Drew of Los Angeles and Nathan Drew of Dallas; and three grandchildren. Services were held at East Lawn Palms Cemetery, with Rabbi Robert Eisen of Congregation Anshei Israel officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
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People in the news Arizona Republican National Committeeman Bruce Ash was named to the committee on arrangements for the 2020 RNC National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. Ash will serve on the transportation and lodging sub committee, assisting the chair of the convention. More than 20,000 delegates and participants are expected to attend. Ash was also named by Arizona Republican Party Chairwoman Kelli Ward to head the state’s 2020 platform and resolutions committee.
Business briefs Tucson Symphony Orchestra has appointed Kathryn R. Martin as interim president and CEO, replacing Tom McKinney. A transition expert and veteran arts leader, Martin has led nine arts and culture organizations through transition. Most recently she served as interim executive director of the Santa Barbara Symphony, interim president and CEO of the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts in Milwaukee, and executive director of the Linda Pace Foundation in San Antonio. She has consulted with more than 150 arts and culture organizations and has supervised, trained, and coached interim leaders in organizations throughout the country. Martin is a classically trained violist and holds a degree in arts management from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music. For more information, visit www.tucsonsymphony.org. Agave Heritage Festival will be held April 23-May 5. The citywide event spotlights the Southwest region and borderlands culture, with seminars, trade shows, and culinary events. Partners include Borderlands Brewing Co., Hotel Congress, The Loft Cinema, Maynard’s Market & Kitchen, and Tohono Chul Gardens, Galleries & Bistro. For more information, visit www.agaveheritagefestival.com.
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Logan Daniel Lazarus, son of Emily and Adam Lazarus, will celebrate becoming a bar mitzvah on April 6, at Congregation Anshei Israel. He is the grandson of Ellen Yasmer and the late Larry Yasmer of Tucson and Sandra and Joel Lazarus of Davie, Florida Logan attends Orange Grove Middle School. He enjoys basketball, football, golf, piano, and trumpet. For his mitzvah project, Logan is picking up trash for Tucson Clean and Beautiful.
Imam Watheq Alobaidi, left, and Tucson Jewish Community Center Senior Vice Presidentand COO, Denise Wolf at the Muslim Community Center of Tucson, with artwork created by the Tucson J’s students and Taglit participants.
Tucson J shows solidarity with Muslim Community Center Tucson Jewish Community Center staff members created a heart photo at a recent staff retreat. After the terrorist attack on mosques in New Zealand on March 15, “early childhood education and J-Care students and Taglit participants made artwork and cards of love and support for the Muslim community, similar to what the Muslim community did for us during our bomb threats in 2017,” says Denise Wolf, senior vice president and chief operating officer at the J. Wolf presented the photo and other artwork to the Muslim Community Center on March 26.
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