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Community forum explores immigration policies, experiences DEBE CAMPBELL AJP Assistant Editor
s Tucson grapples with a continuing influx of Central American migrants seeking asylum, and the community responds with shelter, food, and clothing, the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona’s Jewish Community Relations Council and the Jewish History Museum focused their annual local leaders’ forum on the immigration issue. The event was held April 12 at the Federation. Nancy Montoya, Arizona Public Media news and public affairs reporter specializing in immigration and U.S.-Mexico border issues, moderated the forum and audience dialogue with the five panelists. “This program is convened in the spirit of community and solidarity,” said event host Bryan Davis, JHM executive director. Davis reminded the audience of 115 of anti-immigration policies in U.S. history. The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 was the first significant law restricting immigration into the United States. The National Origins Act of 1924 restricted immigration with a system of national quotas, discriminating against southern and Eastern Europeans, and Asians. In 1939, the United States denied permission for 900 passengers from Germany aboard the MS St. Louis to disembark; 254 ultimately were killed in the Holocaust. “As Americans, we all understand and acknowledge the need for secure borders,” Davis told the AJP. “We also recognize that the increase of asylum-seekers, reaching almost 100,000 last month, poses a challenge for our administration in terms of the resources required to expeditiously
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The panel of speakers at the April 12 annual local leaders’ forum, which focused on immigration, (L-R): Enrique Gómez Montiel, Peris Lopez, Fernando Najera, Rebecca Curtiss, Antar Davidson, and moderator Nancy Montoya.
evaluate requests for permanent asylum while providing safe and humane temporary shelter.” He noted that Nobel Peace Prize winner and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel famously said, “You who are so-called illegal aliens must know that no human being is illegal … Human beings can be beautiful or more beautiful; they can be fat or skinny;
they can be right or wrong, but illegal? How can a human being be illegal?” “We have an obligation beyond just taking care of ourselves and our own border,” Rabbi Thomas Louchheim of Congregation Or Chadash said during introductory remarks. “We have a core obligation to take care of the stranger in our midst. ‘Welcome the stranger’
Grant boosts local efforts to aid migrants DEBE CAMPBELL AJP Assistant Editor
he Jewish and greater Tucson communities routinely step up and volunteer to meet the needs of migrant families passing through the Old Pueblo. In the past eight months, Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona’s Jewish Community Relations Council has provided roughly 750 hot meals at shelters housing hundreds seeking asylum at the Arizona-Mexico border, mostly from Central America, says Stuart Mellan, JFSA president and CEO. “The demand is
increasing as the number of migrants in shelters at any one time has swelled to over 600 a night.” An anonymous Jewish community donor last week created a $25,000 matching grant to assist with the purchase of food, shoes, and backpacks for migrants as they are released from federal custody and transit through Tucson. The funds, from a donor advised fund held at the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona, will match donations made through JFSA’s JCRC. Jill Rich chairs JCRC’s social action committee. “We are See Migrants page 5
is mentioned 36 times — more than any other commandment — in the Torah. The dogma of the quiet past is insufficient. We must rise to this occasion. ” Louchheim commended the efforts of the museum and the JCRC, including JCRC Co-Chairs Mo Goldman and Pat Ballard, and JCRC Social Action Chair Jill Rich. Panelist Rebecca Curtiss, a staff attorney for the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, is one of eight attorneys who assist refugees at Florence Correctional Center and Eloy Detention Center. She focuses on rights awareness for unaccompanied minors at Southwest Key Program’s youth migrant shelters and those placed in foster care, deportation defense representation, and visa applications where applicable. “We hope to reunify [separated children with parents] quickly and get kids out of the shelter and with family or people they know,” she said, referencing an October 2017-June 2018 U.S. policy of separating adults from child migrants when they cross the U.S border. “The adult detention facility is nothing more than a prison. People don’t legally have the right to counsel in immigration cases,” unless they are mentally incompetent, she noted. “Most of them represent themselves [in court hearings]. With only eight attorneys for an average of 4,000 detainees, there is no way that’s okay.” She added that once migrants seeking asylum set foot on U.S. soil, they have the legal right to adjudication as an asylee. Immigrants are those who choose to leave their country with the intent to resettle. Migrants move from place to place, usually for economic reasons. Asylum-
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seekers pursue protection from dangers. An audience member asked, “What if they [Homeland Security] reenact family separation?” Curtiss said another separation policy is “the biggest fear … Originally, [asylum-seeking or migrant] families with children were released to family and friends around the country. The policy changed to separate children. This created unaccompanied minors who were then turned over to the Office of Refugee Resettlement, which placed them in shelters or foster care,” Curtiss said. “Toddlers and babies in shelters ... the system was not set up for this. It was a child welfare nightmare that was horrific. Some were so young they were preverbal or knew no Spanish but didn’t know what language they spoke so an interpreter of one of 60 languages could be identified. It was intentional chaos trying to advocate in a humanitarian disaster.” Antar Davidson is the former Tucson Southwest Key Program employee who blew the whistle in June 2018 about physical and human abuses allegedly perpetrated under the $1.7 billion, Texas-based nonprofit’s operations at a child immigrant shelter. Davidson, a Brazilian Jew, was hired at Southwest Key just before the U.S. zero tolerance family separation policy went into effect. “Over time I realized [Southwest Key] was a private prison, looking to take in more kids, expand and take more [public] money,” he said. Davidson said when he was forced to tell siblings who were separated from their mother not to hug one another, after witnessing inadequate facilities, untrained staff, inhumane policies, and the impact of family separations firsthand, he quit. Davidson, who appeared widely in national media at the time, called himself the first American to bring down a private prison CEO. Southwest Key’s Juan Sánchez stepped down in March. Southwest Key operated 27 facilities to detain thousands of separated children, including infants and toddlers. Tucson’s was among 13 shelters it operates in Arizona for the unaccompanied minors program. It has similar detention operations in Texas and youth justice programs in six states. The state of Arizona revoked Southwest Key’s shelter license in late 2018 for failure to complete staff background checks and in response to media reports of sexual misconduct. At least one former Mesa, Arizona, youth care worker was convicted for child abuse. The Tucson facility was cleared to reopen in late February. Fernando Najera, a University of Arizona law and political science student, is a DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival) recipient, also called a Dreamer. “I came with my family in 2001 at age 3,” he said. “I’m one of those who has benefited by DACA. I’ve been able to drive, work, and study.” Since 2017, he has been a director and advocate with Scholarships A-Z, which provides resources and scholarships to students, families, and educators to make higher education accessible to all, regardless of immigration status. “Dreamers are the largest undocumented youth organization in the U.S.,” Najera noted, suggesting that new policies need to make Dreamers safe and prosperous, and defeat hatred. Peris Lopez is the Catalina Foothills High School student body president, a member of JFSA’s Jewish Latino Teen Coalition, and an advocate for youth to understand fair and legal immigration. The week before
the forum, she returned from a JLTC lobbying trip to Washington, D.C., that focused on the Dream Act of 2019 and on lifting barriers that prevent immigrants from reapplying to return the United States within five to 10 years of deportation. She was asked how legislators articulated defense of current border policies. “[U.S. Sen. Martha] McSally, [R-Arizona] seemed receptive,” Lopez said. “She was respectful but against what we lobbied for. Our group told McSally the story of how a father’s deportation directly impacts one of our coalition members. [Her response] was disappointing.” Najera interjected that, in his lobbying experiences in D.C., he was disheartened to hear legislators’ positions. He spoke to U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Arizona, about a clean Dream Act in 2018. “The only result,” he said, “was a letter from Biggs to the UA president asking him never to send another delegation to visit him.” Enrique Gómez Montiel, the deputy consul of the Consulate of Mexico in Tucson, viewed the immigration issue with a wider lens. He said there are 35 million Mexicans in the United States, of which 12 million are Mexican born, and 4 million are undocumented. Forty percent of Tucson’s population is of Mexican origin. He said immigration is a sad but rewarding part of the consulate’s mission. “People die trying to cross the border. The consulate collaborates with forensic officers from Yuma to Douglas to examine the remains and belongings for clues to identify and return to the family remains of those who die in the desert,” he said. “Putting a face on the remains is humane work. From 1998 to the present, 2,643 human remains were discovered in Southern Arizona, believed to be Mexican citizens. For 2019 alone there have been 37.” The consulate works with local, regional and federal agencies. Checking fingerprints on nationwide databases, Gómez said, “last year we were able to close a case from 1987 and send the remains back. Of remains found, 1,460 were identified.” The Mexican consulate in Tucson operates the only worldwide “Center for Information and Assistance to Mexicans” call center, 24/7, 365 days a year. Gómez was asked about possible reinstitution of the U.S. “bracero program,” a series of laws and diplomatic agreements initiated in 1942 when the United States and Mexico signed the Mexican Farm Labor Agreement. “There are still those programs,” he said. “There are H-2A visas for agricultural workers, although the numbers are diminishing. Immigration changes in cycles. Twenty to 30 years ago, most agricultural labor was seasonal, and workers returned home. Then they began bringing families and stayed, the immigrant numbers went up, and measures toughened.” The number of Mexicans going south is now higher than Mexicans coming to the United States, Montoya noted. The number coming from Central America is going up, and family units are not the “normal” immigrants, Gómez said. “Most immigrants don’t leave their country because of need, violence, starvation, and problems.” Gómez said his country takes migrants returned by the United States to await their immigration hearings on a humanitarian basis. “When the U.S. sends people back to Mexico, we cannot leave those people in the border towns; the shelters are out of space. You can’t jail a family. Mexico requested assistance from the United Nations for refugees on a humanitarian basis and lets people in temporarily. After the first caravan, Mexico offered migrants work and stay visas.”
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Yom Hazikaron event to remember the fallen
om Hazikaron, Israel’s official Memorial Day dedicated to fallen soldiers and victims of terror, will be observed in Tucson on Tuesday, May 7 with song and remembrances at the Tucson Jewish Community Center, 6:308 p.m. Enacted into Israeli law in 1963, Yom Hazikaron traditionally is observed by the sounding of a one-minute siren at 8 p.m. on the eve of the holiday and a twominute siren at 11 a.m. the following day. When the alarm sounds, everything in Israel comes to a respectful standstill.
At the local ceremony, the Tucson Hebrew Academy choir will perform. There will be stories of fallen soldiers and a historical exhibition. Community rabbis will offer traditional memorial prayers, including the Mourner’s Kaddish. The Weintraub Israel Center, a partnership between the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona and the Tucson Jewish Community Center, hosts the free commemoration. The program is not recommended for young children. For more information, go to www.jfsa.org or call 577-9393.
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JHM’s ‘Help Us! Humor!’ to explore comedy, identity
n the past year, the Jewish History Museum has continued conversations started by its “Invisibility & Resistance: Violence Against LGBTQIA+ People” exhibit, which was on display in the Holocaust History Center’s Contemporary Human Rights space from September Amelia Bande 2017 through May 2018. Along with continuing to highlight violence, JHM programs provided the local community with basic information and language about trans and gender non-conforming people and issues. “Equally important is to support the creative practices of queer people,” says Ariel Goldberg, the museum’s curator of community engagement, who put together “Help Us! Humor!” for Saturday, May 18. “Help Us! Humor!” will combine performance and readings by New York-based writers Jeanne Vaccaro and Amelia Bande. “As a queer and trans identified worker at the museum I wanted to bring in the side of daily resistance, which is not always someone marching down the street with a sign,” says Goldberg. “Having fun is the only way to survive in hard times.” Bande, a performer from Chile, works in performance, theater, and film. She is part of the Gel Film Series; co-founded Publishing Puppies press for visual
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work, poetry and fiction; and is co-editor of “Critical Correspondence,” the online journal of Movement Research. Vaccaro is a curator and teacher whose work explores the intersection of aesthetics and the history and theory of trans and queer life. She cofounded the New York City Trans Jeanne Vaccaro Oral History Project, a community archive partnership with the New York Public Library. “When I think of Jewish humor I think of someone who is challenging our idea of humor and our idea of Jewishness … I also think of self-deprecation. I think of brutal honesty. I also imagine the campiness of Yiddish theater in the Lower East Side in the first half of the 20th century,” says Goldberg. “So what will happen when we bring ‘Jewish humor’ into a Jewish museum? You will walk into the museum on May 18 and see it is not transformed into a comedy club,” Goldberg says. “Jeanne and Amelia have been friends and shared community and watched each other’s work grow over many years … they are funny by not trying to be funny.” The free performance, co-sponsored by the Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson, begins at 7 p.m. at the JHM, 564 S. Stone Ave. For more information, visit www.jewishhistorymuseum.org or call 670-9073.
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Invisible Theatre Managing Artistic Director Susan Claassen, left (in hat) and Pastime Players students and teachers at their 2018 performance at Doolen Middle School.
he Invisible Theatre’s Pastime Players, an awardwinning, multi-disciplinary arts education program for mentally and physically challenged students, will present a free performance of “The Me Inside of Me” on Wednesday, May 8 at 7 p.m. at Doolen Middle School, 2400 N. Country Club Road. Pastime Players started as a workshop in 1984. The project is centered at Doolen Middle School in the Tucson Unified School District. The Pastime Players receive instruction twice a week from Invisible Theatre artists. “I was brought up with a commitment to Jewish values that has influenced every aspect of my life and work. Our Jewish values embrace diversity and this project reflects that in every way,” says IT Managing Artistic Director Susan Claassen, who created Project Pastime. “People say, ‘Oh Suz, you are doing such a mitzvah to work with these young people. I always respond I learn far more from them then they learn from me.’” “The Me Inside of Me” is an original musical presented
each spring to mark the culmination of the students’ instruction in music, drama, and dance. The touring group of Project Pastime has performed at the American Association of School Administrators Conference in Orlando, Florida in 2001, and in Arizona, at such diverse venues as the state legislature, Raytheon Corporation, The City of Hope’s National Spirit of Life dinner, the Senior Olympics opening ceremonies, the National Association for Handicapped Riders national conference, an art reception at the Flux Gallery in Plaza Palomino, and at the 2013 Gem Show for the National Chinese Jewelry Association. Pastime Players were honored at the 2002 Volunteers of the Year Awards when they received the Southwest Gas Corporation’s “Right from the Start for Children” Award. The award-winning documentary, “Such Good Friends,” chronicling the Pastime Players, premiered at The Loft Cinema in April 2009. For more information, visit www.invisibletheatre.com or call 882-9721.
LOCAL Nissel lecture to explore meanings behind Holocaust melody, ‘I Believe’
ongregation Chofetz Chayim and the Southwest Torah Institute will host author, educator and historian Rabbi Menachem Nissel at a fundraiser Sunday, May 5 at 5:30 p.m. Nissel will present “Messiah: What We Believe, Why We Believe.” “This topic holds so much meaning for me,” says Rabbi Israel Becker, explaining that a melody composed during the Holocaust by a Hasidic musician, to the words “Ani Maamin” (I Believe),
“survived to become a song swers to these very questions of strength and inspiration when he vividly describes to Jews worldwide.” Becker’s what life will be like during mother, a survivor of the Hothe days of the Messiah,” says locaust, sang this song as a lulBecker. laby to him and his brothers Nissel was born in Great throughout their childhood. Britain and lives in Israel. His “Looking back at our hisbooks include “Rigshei Lev: tory, we ask what is the power Women and Tefillah” (Tarof those words ‘Ani Maamin’? Rabbi Menachem Nissel gum/Feldheim 2001) and he — What do we believe? And why do we is a regular contributor to Mishpacha believe? Rabbi Nissel will provide an- magazine. He is a senior lecturer for Ner
LeElef (Jewish Leadership Training) and teaches in yeshivot and seminaries in Jerusalem. He is the senior educator for NCSY, an Orthodox Jewish youth group. He has an MBA from the London Business School. Chofetz Chayim and the Southwest Torah Institute are producing a commemorative ad booklet for the event. Sponsors will receive two tickets. For more information, visit www.tucson torah.org.
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extremely active in this effort; we are very sympathetic to their plight. We believe it is the right thing to do,” Rich says. U.S. Customs and Border Protection data shows that since October 2016, 830,000 parents traveling with children and unaccompanied minors have surrendered to Border Patrol agents or crossed ports of entry all along the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border. Crop failure, hunger, violence, and unemployment are driving this family migration wave. About 31,861 migrants were released in Tucson between October 2018 and March 2019, with an uptick in March. From January to March, Tucson’s largest shelter alone processed more than 4,000 migrants. When granted admission, migrants may legally remain in the country until their immigration hearings. A network of shelters is operated primarily by faith-based agencies. In mid-April, the City of Tucson and Pima County converted a recreation center into an overflow shelter. Food, clothing, toiletries, travel bags, blankets, cots, translation services, medical care, and other needs are met through donations. Hundreds of volunteers from across Tucson donate their time and compassion. “We are working with Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild’s office, Catholic Community Services, and other commu-
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The Tucson community's abundant generosity is evidenced at this drop location at the old Benedictine Monastery. Donations also are being collected at the Tucson Jewish Community Center.
Judy Reisman of M'kor Hayim wrangled commercial donations including fruit from Sun-Maid Raisins.
nity charities to fund donations where they are most needed,” says Mellan. “This generous grant contribution fulfills JFSA’s mission of bringing the Jewish community together to help those in need, through the Jewish principles of tzedakah (righteous giving), chesed (loving kindness), and tikkun olam (repairing the world).” Community volunteers are committed to accommodating visitors arriving at shelters with food, showers, clean clothing, toiletries and a safe place to sleep. They arrange onward transportation, usually by bus, paid by the migrant’s U.S.-based sponsor family members or friends. Within two to three days, the migrants board the bus with a ticket, a bag
of food, and water for a one- to four-day journey. At a recent JFSA Synagogue-Federation Dialogue meeting, some members shared how their congregations are supporting the community outreach. “We’ve done our best to step up as a board,” says Stephanie Roberts, president at Congregation Anshei Israel. Members have gathered and donated clothing and bedding and provided chairs. Temple Emanu-El’s Mitzvah Corps made donations and, in the past, housed migrants. Now congregants sign up to spend the night at one of the shelters. Congregation M’kor Hayim’s social action program for the year is “Feeding the Hungry,” says Rabbi Helen Cohn. “The congregation has been supplying things that are needed, focusing on supplies for the bus trips,” adds Carol Weinstein, M’Kor Hayim president. They also provide belts and shoelaces, two items often con-
fiscated when migrants are detained at the border. “We try to make it fun for the kids with neon-color laces,” says Weinstein. Congregation Or Chadash collected food, toys, and books. Its social justice committee raised funds and supplies while a trio of members who are medical professionals began volunteering.
How to donate to the matching fund
To contribute a donation to be matched, call 577-9393, drop a check off at the Federation, 3718 E. River Road, or go to the JFSA website www.jfsa.org/ make-a-donation. Note that your donation is for “Matching Migrant Relief.” Drop physical donations of pre-packaged snacks, toiletries, and clothing for men and women in smaller sizes and for children from toddlers to teens, at the Tucson Jewish Community Center, 3800 E. River Road. A current list of donation items and volunteer opportunities is available online at www.bit.ly/2GFEm0u.
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COMMENTARY Shooting in synagogue shatters Poway’s illusion of ‘it can’t happen here’ GABRIELLE BIRKNER JTA POWAY, CALIFORNIA ith hundreds gathered to show support for the victims of a shooting inside his synagogue, Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein recounted the moment when he came face to face with the gunman and what happened next: He described watching a congregant’s husband, a doctor, faint as he attempted to give CPR to his bloodied wife, and hearing their daughter call out in terror. “This is not supposed to happen,” Goldstein told the crowd, who had gathered for a candlelight vigil at a park Sunday in this community 20 miles north of San Diego. “This is not a pogrom. This is Poway.” Poway’s landscape is textbook Southern California with its tract houses, red-tiled roofs, manicured lawns and palm trees off in the distance. This affluent community of about 50,000, it turns out, is not immune to the gun violence that has made schools and cities across the country synonymous with bloodshed. It’s not immune to the wave
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Hundreds gather in Poway, California, for a vigil for the victims of the synagogue shooting there, April 28, 2019.
of anti-Semitic hate that has left toppled tombstones, spray-painted swastikas and, in October, the 11 dead bodies of mostly elderly synagogue-goers in Pittsburgh. But a day after a gunman entered Chabad of Poway, killing congregant Lori Gilbert-Kaye, 60, and injuring three others, including Goldstein, the Jewish community here teetered between disbelief (“Poway of all places?”) and the conviction that in a post-Pittsburgh world, all Jewish communities are possible targets. (“Yes,
even Poway.”) “After 9/11, when they first started with all the [synagogue] security — with the cameras and the locks and the security glass — I always thought, ‘This is overkill for Poway,’” said Janet Pollack, 57, who is a member of the city’s Reform congregation, Temple Adat Shalom. “That it came to this small, very peaceful community is a little overwhelming.” Rabbi Mendy Rubenfeld, the Hebrew school director at Chabad of Poway, said
the city is a warm, welcoming place for religious Jews. In the 16 years that he’s lived here, “I never received an unkind statement. No one has so much as shown me the finger.” After a gunman killed worshippers inside Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue, motivated by his antipathy for Jewish communal support for immigrants, Rubenfeld knew such an attack was likely to happen again somewhere — he just never thought it would be here. But Douglas Stone, 70, a friend of Rabbi Goldstein, said since the Pittsburgh tragedy, he’s been keenly aware that hate-fueled violence could happen in any Jewish community, including his own. “We always say ‘never again,’ but here we are,” said Stone, a member of Adat Shalom and an active participant in Chabad’s programming for people with disabilities. (Stone’s son has Down syndrome.) Given the threat, Stone said, “I’ve thought about getting a gun” for protection. The April 27 shooting took place on See Shooting, page 7
World mourned Notre Dame, yet France still struggles to accept Jews, Muslims ELISABETH BECKER JTA
n April 15, Notre Dame burned. The grief wracked not only Paris and the French nation, but quickly reverberated around the world. Under the gaze of its crumbling gargoyle guards, Notre Dame has witnessed
nearly a millennium of Parisian history. Its altar was a site for the weddings of kings and queens. Napoleon Bonaparte crowned himself emperor beneath its buttressed ceiling. In 1944, celebrations marked the end of the German occupation. Underneath the stories of heartbreak over a global architectural wonder
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scarred by flames, however, is a story of contemporary social fissures in France that reach far beyond an island on the Seine. The wounded cathedral reveals France’s deepest cultural rift: the divide between France and its religious minorities. Today, Notre Dame is both a working religious sanctuary and among the most visited tourist sites in the world. The banality of Catholicism in France allows the cathedral to be seen as alternatively religious and cultural, and therefore connected to both Christian and secular French identities. Still, the paradox of a cathedral rising as an icon of contemporary French national culture cannot be overlooked in a country where laicite — the strict separation of religion and state — reigns. Christianity is an unquestioned part of European social life, whereas other religions are not. French secularism in the form of laicite was enacted as law in 1905. It did not, however, resolve religion-based tensions. At the very same time, France became embroiled in the Dreyfus Affair, with the Jewish Capt. Alfred Dreyfus wrongly accused of espionage in a blatant, public act of anti-Semitism revealing deep national divides. Anti-Semitism has remained a part of French society since: Historically
it has been linked to conservative movements, including those championed by the Catholic Church, and today is increasingly grounded in the far left and far right. France is home to both the largest Jewish (600,000) and largest Muslim (5.7 million) populations in Europe, the latter a result of large-scale postcolonial migration from Morocco and Algeria whose migrants arrived in France, like my Jewish mother, in the 1960s. Today, laicite appears in the news almost exclusively in relation to Islam. Beginning in 1989, a lasting controversy nicknamed “the headscarf debates” ensued, as Muslim girls were suspended or expelled from schools across the country for refusing to remove their headscarves. In 2004, all conspicuous religious symbols were outlawed in public schools across the country. In 2015, Sarah, a young girl from Charleville-Mézières, even made The New York Times after being suspended twice for wearing not a headscarf but a long black skirt — “an ostentatious sign” of her religious belief. In 2016, numerous beach towns in France banned burkinis, a body-concealing swimsuit. A dystopian moment involving police officers in Nice who forced a woman to remove her modest clothing See France, page 8
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the last day of Passover and six months to the day after the Pittsburgh massacre. It closely followed two other deadly attacks on houses of worship, one targeting Muslims in New Zealand and another targeting Christians in Sri Lanka. The Poway attack has shaken the local Jewish community. (The city is home to about 700 Jewishly affiliated families, according to Rabbi David Castiglione of Adat Shalom.) But its impact on how Jews live and pray in this quiet hamlet — home to a Reform, Conservative and Orthodox synagogue — remains to be seen. Rene Carmichael, who works for the city of Poway, said it’s common to see Orthodox Jews walking to services along Rancho Bernardo Road, one of the city’s main thoroughfares, on Saturday mornings and Jewish holidays. She said in the wake of the deadly violence targeting Chabad, she hopes “people will be offering words of kindness to them” as they walk. But Leah Golembesky, a longtime member of Chabad of Poway, said newfound fear will now join the walk to synagogue. “Now we are too scared to walk with a kippah,” said Golembesky, 37, of San Diego, whose husband was worshipping at another area Chabad on April 27. “We saw these type of incidents coming.” Golembesky said her young children have faced anti-Semitic harassment at area public schools and that a Poway house with Hanukkah decorations was vandalized with swastikas in the past year. The incidents inspired her to help organize the March for Light, a December rally in support of the San Diego-area Jewish community. It also compelled her family to sponsor an event last month at Chabad of Poway featuring the stepsister of Anne Frank, Eva Schloss. Not two months later, the building where Schloss told her story of surviving the Holocaust and stressed the importance of speaking out against injustice “to make it a safer and better place for everyone,” was a scene of violence. At around 11:30 a.m., as more than 60 congregants worshipped inside the sanctuary, a 19-year-old gunman identified as John Earnest entered the building and began firing shots. Goldstein heard a loud noise, went to investigate and found a bloodied Gilbert-Kaye lying on the floor in the lobby. She had come to take part in the memorial Yizkor prayer for her mother. Goldstein, who was shot in the hands, lost a finger in the attack. Almong Peretz, who was visiting from Sderot, Israel — a city that is a frequent target of Hamas rockets — was hit in the leg. Peretz’s niece, Noya Dahan, 8, also suffered shrapnel wounds during the shooting. Gilbert-Kaye, the sole fatality, was re-
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membered as thoughtful and generous. Her friends said she would drop off gifts for no other reason than that she was thinking of them, and would send not one greeting card for a birthday or an anniversary but three or four. “Literally, it was no less than three cards for every occasion,” said her friend since childhood, Lisa Busalacchi, 61. Another longtime friend of GilbertKaye, Michelle Silverstein of nearby La Jolla, said they would talk on the phone every day, and sometimes twice a day. They discussed everything from family life to world events to politics, on which “we agreed to disagree — profusely,” according to Silverstein, who said Gilbert-Kaye was a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump. “If you were sick, she’d be there giving you chicken soup,” Silverstein said, adding that her friend “would give and give and give, and she believed in giving anonymously was the highest degree of tzedakah,” or charity. Last year, Gilbert-Kaye and Silverstein celebrated their 60th birthdays together, and they had already begun discussing what they would do when they turned 70. Gilbert-Kaye was buried Monday afternoon following a memorial service at Chabad of Poway. She is survived by her husband, Howard Kaye, a physician, and their daughter, Hannah Kaye, 22. The gunman — chased off with the help of two Chabad congregants — Oscar Stewart, a U.S. Army veteran, and Jonathan Morales, an off-duty border patrol agent — was apprehended, and has been charged with one count of first-degree murder and three counts of attempted murder. Local law enforcement is treating the shooting as a hate crime. As unlikely a target as many considered Poway to be, the Chabad convened an event about synagogue security last fall in the wake of the Pittsburgh shooting. “We memorialized the victims of the Tree of Life massacre, and then we gave them tips about what to do if hate comes knocking at the door,” said Poway Mayor Steve Vaus, who attended the meeting with representatives of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. “Tips like, if you can run away, run away; if you can hide, hide; if you can’t hide, challenge the shooter.’” During the Poway shooting, “all of that happened,” the mayor told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, “and I have no doubt that that meeting contributed to saving lives.” At the vigil Sunday evening, which brought together Jews and non-Jews, Goldstein recounted what he said before being transported to the hospital following the shooting. Looking out at the fearful, despairing congregants, who had made their way out of the synagogue, the rabbi got up on a chair, his hands bleeding badly. “I said, ‘Guys, Am Yisrael Chai” — the Jewish people live.
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In the Post’s article regarding kosher establishments in Tucson, “As city’s only kosher market closes, Tucsonans get creative in search for products” (AJP 4/19/19), I wanted to bring to your attention another establishment under kosher certification, which has been proudly serving the Jewish community for the past seven years. It is “Twirls Frozen Yogurt” located at 3857 E Broadway, in front of El Con Mall. It is certified kosher
by Rabbi Israel Becker and Rabbi Joseph Shemtov. The kosher certification began when the business first opened as “U Swirl.” The kosher certification continued with “Twirls” under new ownership and a new name. All the frozen yogurt flavors are kosher and the majority of toppings are kosher. There is a list posted in the store of the toppings that are not kosher. — Rabbi Israel Becker
partial destruction has invoked creates a powerful image as France — like much of Europe — grapples with rising discontent from both the left and the right. Its burning shines a light on a raw reality of contemporary French society: longing for redemption through a stagnant, mythic past — and an enduring incapacity to include its religious minorities. The Jewish-German philosopher Walter Benjamin spent his last days wandering through 1940s Paris, a city that stole his heart but ultimately betrayed him, as he perished fleeing the occupation of the city by the Nazis. In his writings of the metropolis and beyond, Benjamin argued that every destruction unleashes the potential to construct something new. The scarred Notre Dame Cathedral, if not “ours,” is emblematic of human history — its crumbling and renovation, its unstoppable dynamism, that heartbreak can give way to promise. And perhaps in this moment of reconstruction, France can forge a place in its culture for religious minorities: redemption sought through neither stagnancy nor division.
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was caught on camera. In 2017, the farright presidential candidate Marine Le Pen built her campaign around demonizing Islam, comparing Muslim prayers to the Nazi occupation of France. She stood behind the “eat pork or go hungry campaign,” which pressures schools to stop offering alternative meals to their Muslim (and, arguably, Jewish) students. Jews are targeted as well by re-emerging ethno-nationalist discourses that cut across the political spectrum. Desecrated cemeteries and spray-painted swastikas have become increasingly common. In 2018, the same year that Holocaust survivor Mireille Knoll was murdered in her Paris apartment, anti-Semitic incidents in France rose 74 percent. While anti-Semitism is largely blamed on France’s Muslim populace, both antiSemitic and anti-Muslim sentiment is stoked by politicians on the right and the left. Communist parliamentarian leader Andre Gerin sparked the debate that ultimately led to France’s niqab ban, citing “scandalous practices hidden behind the veil.” When I visited Paris in February, the so-called yellow vests attacked Jewish philosopher Alain Finkielkraut in the center of the city. “Dirty Zionist, you’re going to die!” they declared. “France is ours.” Who are “we” and what is “ours” when many Muslims and Jews don’t feel secure in France? Notre Dame resides on an island in the center of Paris, between the right and left banks. The global solidarity that its
Elisabeth Becker, a sociologist, is currently a postdoctoral fellow on the Religion & Its Publics project and the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. She is completing her academic book, “Unsettled Islam,” based on more than two years of research in European mosques and has published in numerous mainstream outlets on religion and pluralism, including The Washington Post, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and Tablet Magazine. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Arizona Jewish Post or its publisher, the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona. For another view of the Notre Dame fire and heritage sites in France, see www.azjewishpost. com/2019/notre-dame-will-be-rebuilt-but-mosteuropean-jewish-sites-never-will-be/.
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e may find it convenient to believe that because young adults in our community are not exhibiting the same historically Jewish behaviors as their parents, they do not feel a strong connection to Jewish life. Nevertheless, consistently, when polled, millennial Jews report having strong, positive feelings about being Jewish. They have simply chosen to embody their Jewishness in different ways than Jews of previous generations. An often cited illustration of this is that millennials, as a cohort, have not joined synagogues in the same numbers that their parents and grandparents did at a similar life stage. In the philanthropic space, this plays out in the context of which causes Jewish millennials choose to support. Whereas older generations might have chosen primarily to support Jewish agencies — even those serving primarily non-Jewish populations — emerging generations often choose to support secular organizations, believing that those in need should be helped regardless of religion. Tzedakah, righteous giving, is deeply embedded in the fabric of Jewish life. It is central to how we understand who we are as Jews. Why, then, is this value now being expressed on more universalist terms? A few theories merit consideration:
The lived experiences of the Jewish baby boomer and millennial communities have differed greatly. Older Jews intuitively knew that only our community would support distinctly Jewish causes, and therefore they experienced the necessity for their charitable donations to be specifically directed in order to provide critical services to Jews in need. Young Jews, by contrast, have grown up in a time in which Jewish Americans are not only well integrated into the broader society, but have arguably become one of the most affluent and educated groups in North America. In essence, as our people have been embraced by and benefitted from American life, the need for our historically Jewish institutions has come into question.
As our understanding of the dynamics of our increasingly global, “flat” world (to use the parlance of Thomas Friedman) have evolved, those who care passionately about addressing inequity, inequality, and insufficiency in all the places they exist are increasingly P A T R I O T S
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challenged with whether it makes sense to prioritize giving locally, parochially, or religiously.
Many of our Jewish institutions may lag behind the considerable advances in strategic marketing and fundraising practices. In many cases, they lack the critical capacity to secure the necessary philanthropic support, particularly from next generation donors. Other philanthropic causes simply market themselves more successfully. The explanation of this shift is likely a combination of the above and many other complex, interwoven factors. This change represents a significant challenge to the Jewish institutions historically funded by Jewish donors. Instead of experiencing the transformation underway as a scourge on the future of Jewish life, a trend that we desperately strive to reverse, I encourage our leaders to consider an alternative approach. The willingness of the millennial generation to experience their Jewish values by supporting causes in the general community is, in many ways, the achievement of our greatest ambitions. They are, after all, each acting as “a light unto the nations.” Charitable giving is a noble and valuable endeavor that sustains our community and enables positive change to occur. As our millennials emerge as the leaders and shapers of the future of American life, they do so amidst a deep commitment to advance core Jewish values. Jewish donors are representatives of the strength of our tradition of tzedakah and the goodness of Jewish life. They serve as examples of the kindness in our hearts and our ability to empathize with all of those in need around us. These millennial donors, as generations before them, have the right to choose where their funds are allocated, to causes distinctively Jewish and otherwise. Our challenge in today’s landscape is how to best equip our generations-old Jewish agencies and institutions to shift, change, and adapt to this ever-developing philanthropic landscape. One of the principal responsibilities of emerging leaders in our Southern Arizona Jewish community will be to advance and sustain compelling Jewish offerings that inspire all those who identify with Jewish life to make an enduring commitment to support what matters most. After all, in every generation we have transformed ourselves relative to the changing world around us. This moment requires nothing less than our flexibility, innovation, and resilience, all of which we have in abundance.
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pring is here, and Mother’s Day is just around the corner on May 12. The AJP asked some local chefs to spill the beans on their favorite spring ingredients, ideal dishes for mom, and other culinary convictions. ... Chef McKenzie Taylor, Forty Niner Country Club Describe one new dish for spring: Our new spring entrée menu will feature a great variety of fresh and light spring inspired menu ideas. I am especially excited for the new Primavera Pasta with cremini mushrooms, tomatoes, grilled asparagus, fresh basil, penne pasta and a vodka cream sauce. This spring, I’m excited about working with … I’m excited for fresh berry season! I love to use fresh blackberries to make beautiful wine reduction sauces for meats; I use fresh blueberries in our salads; and pair them with lemon curd for our cheesecakes too. Fresh berries when
they are sweet and ripe are the best. My ultimate comfort food: My ultimate comfort food is so super simple, buttered noodles. As a kid whenever I would stay home sick from school, my mom would make me buttered noodles and to this day after a long day, or when I’m not feeling great, I crave them. However, as a chef, I now prepare campanelle or orecchiette pasta and toss it in European butter, then season with Himalayan pink salt. It’s a classic comfort food
for me with a culinary twist! ... Andreas K. Delfakis, Athens on 4th Avenue Describe one new dish for spring: My sister, Fotini, used to make one of my favorite salads — fresh romaine, spring green onions, fresh dill, feta cheese, extra virgin olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. This spring, I’m excited about working with …
Green beans, eggplant, figs, lettuce. The best cooking tip my mother ever gave me: Don’t overcook the green beans! My ultimate comfort food: Youvetsi, a traditional Greek stew. Families would take the ingredients to the community commercial stove on Sundays. My father, who owned a butcher shop, would add chunks of meat, pasta, tomato paste, herbs and mitzithra cheese. We would take it to the stove for baking and ride our bicycles around 1 p.m. to pick it up. Amazing. ... Susan Fulton, Gourmet Girls Gluten Free Bakery Bistro If I could cook for my mom or another woman in my life on Mother’s Day, this is what I’d serve: Herb encrusted roast rack of lamb, grilled asparagus, lemony rice pilaf and for dessert, almond cake with fresh fruit compote. See Fresh, page 15
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CAFFE TORINO DANIELA BORELLA, executive chef When Daniela Borella and her family moved from Italy to Tucson in the late ’80s, they decided to open a small Italian café that served simple Italian cuisine in a family atmosphere. Daniela’s mother, Edy, was the original chef, and her father, Italo, provided the fresh-made pasta until his death in 2013. Caffe Torino opened in Oro Valley in 2000. Since Edy’s retirement in 2006, Daniela and Co-Executive Chef David Royle have continued to execute the family recipes. A second location, Caffe Torino in the Foothills, opened in 2013.
EL CISNE PHIL and GEORGE FERRANTI, co-owners Phil Ferranti opened El Cisne Restaurant with his son, George, and team of Nancy Carnero and Alicia Gastelum in January 2013 at Swan and Sunrise (El Cisne means “The Swan” in Spanish). They added to the now 26-year tradition by reuniting many more staff members from Phil’s previous establishment, La Placita Café in the Plaza Palomino. El Cisne offers “Platillos de la Sala,” dining room dishes, in a relaxed yet elegant atmosphere. El Cisne is also a great place for lunch or happy hour cocktails at “The Black Swan Tequila Bar.”
CLAIRE’S CAFÉ CLAIRE JOHNSON, co-owner Claire Johnson, an Illinois native born into a family of creative cooks, began her culinary career as a produce buyer and founded an organic food co-op on Chicago’s north side. She relocated to Arizona in 1980 and became the head chef at the Blue Willow, followed by cooking stints at Oro Valley Country Club, Loews Ventana and C.B. Rye. In 1986, Claire bought Dyna Café and transformed it into the present-day Claire’s Café and Art Gallery.
TAVOLINO RISTORANTE ITALIANO MASSIMO TENINO, chef/owner Born and raised in Northern Italy, where he learned his cooking skills from his mother and grandmother, Massimo Tenino came to the United States in 1993 and spent the next years developing his culinary style in Los Angeles and San Francisco. In 2003, he moved to Tucson where he opened Tavolino Ristorante Italiano the following year. Since then, Chef Tenino has received consistently rave reviews and the restaurant continues to be one of Tucson’s favorite places for lunch, dinner or happy hour.
DEDICATED GLUTEN FREE REBECCA WICKER, owner Rebecca Wicker was an accountant before delving into the gluten free baking business. Her husband’s severe gluten allergy and her own intolerance prompted Rebecca to research and develop the recipes used in her shop. She developed her own proprietary flour blend in 2013, and opened Dedicated in 2014. Rebecca is passionate about her work and about serving the Tucson community. This May, Dedicated celebrates its 5th birthday. Look for specials all month.
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Finally, the East Side can go Greek! RINCON MOUNTAIN GRILL AT FORTY NINER COUNTRY CLUB MCKENZIE TAYLOR, chef McKenzie Taylor grew up in Beverly Hills, California, and has lived in Tucson for 11 years. She attended Pima Community College’s culinary program and fell in love with cooking. “It was an awesome experience and I met so many local chefs who love to teach and inspire young cooks,” she says. She’s worked at numerous kitchens all over Tucson and has been executive chef at Forty Niner Country Club since August 2018.
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GOURMET GIRLS GLUTEN FREE BAKERY/BISTRO MARY STEIGER and SUSAN FULTON, chef/owners Mary Steiger started cooking as a child and by the time she was 7, knew she wanted to be a baker when she grew up. Susan Fulton came from a family with a passion for food and always fantasized about owning a restaurant. The two traveled different roads until their paths met some years ago in Tucson, where they discovered a mutual desire to promote wellness through food choices. The dedicated, gluten-free bakery/bistro is the result of their collaboration.
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OPA’S BEST QAIS and NAWID ESAR, chef/owners Qais Esar owns and operates Opa’s Best with his brother Nawid. The Esar family operated a restaurant in their native Turkey, and Esar spent six years cooking at Opa Greek Cuisine and Fun on Campbell Avenue before that restaurant closed last spring. Their menu features not only traditional Greek fare, such as kabobs, gyros and slow-roasted lamb, but also wraps — including falafel and hummus — and burgers. Meats are cut in house by Esar’s uncle, who spent 40 years as a butcher. Desserts include a house-made baklava.
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Renee and Steve Kreager moved to Tucson from Detroit in 1997. He worked in Italian kitchens, spinning pizzas in Detroit and Tucson; she worked in “front of the house” restaurant positions. In 2002, Renee, pregnant with their son, developed a passion and understanding for creating clean food. In 2005, they opened the restaurant they had longed for, offering Italian classics alongside fusion pizzas, with local foods and dessert and coffee service. Today, Steve is the chef, Renee collaborates on recipe development, and their son, Jeff, works in the restaurant. ADVERTORIAL
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ECLECTIC CAFÉ MARK SMITH, owner Born and raised in Tucson, Mark Smith is a Catalina High School graduate. He started working in restaurants as a teenager and took that training to open the Eclectic Café in October 1980 when he was 24. Smith brings a variety of flavors to Eclectic Café’s menu so that the whole family can be satisfied. He says the secret to the restaurant business is fresh ingredients, consistency, and fast, friendly service. His goal is to make every guest feel special when they walk through the doors. Smith has enjoyed seeing the generations of families come through the doors of the café and watching the staff go from high school graduates to college graduates to professionals in the work force. In his free time, Smith enjoys playing tennis, traveling and, no surprise, cooking!
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This spring, I’m excited about working with … Lemongrass mint white balsamic vinegar (from Alfonso’s Olive Oil) and fresh organic vegetables from the Heirloom Farmers Markets. My ultimate comfort food: Fried chicken, corn on the cob and cole slaw. ... Jason McCarty, Eclectic Café Describe one new dish for spring: Spring is salad season. Fresh mixed greens with local pears in a balsamic glaze with bleu cheese crumbles, walnuts, cherry tomatoes, and poppy seed dressing. The best cooking tip my mother or grandmother ever gave me: More butter. My earliest cooking memory: Making biscuits with my grandma in Texas. She always had a giant can of Crisco on the counter. ... Rebecca Wicker, Dedicated Gluten Free Bakery & Coffee Shop If I could cook for my mom or another woman in my life on Mother’s Day, this is what I’d serve: I would make sauerbraten for my grandmother, complete with gingersnap gravy! The best cooking tip my mother/grandmother/other person ever gave me is: Always taste test everything, even if you have made that recipe 100 times. Besides, tasting everything is fun! This spring, I’m excited about working with … All the berries! Especially strawberries this time of year — nothing’s better on delicious gluten free angel food cake, or turned into buttercream frosting for brownies and cakes. ... Daniela Borella, Caffe Torino Describe one new dish for spring: We have a dish that we serve in the restaurant called “Checca” that’s very popular in the summer. It’s basically a pasta dish with Roma tomatoes, garlic, extra olive oil, and we usually add shrimp but you can order it vegetarian. Then we finish it with fresh diced mozzarella and fresh basil; it’s a nice light dish for the summer. If I could cook for my mom on Mother’s Day: She used to love lamb chops; I would pound them a little and bread them with panko, served with a glass of red wine, of
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A New York mother revives the lost tradition of the Jewish birthing amulet JENNIFER YOUNG JTA When I went for my 37-week pregnancy checkup, my doctor informed me that I was walking myself straight over to Labor and Delivery for an induction. While I waited to be admitted, my husband ran home to walk the dog and check off items on my birthing “to do” list, which included packing my hospital suitcase. As he frantically completed these errands, my husband also found time to prepare something else for me: a Hebrew amulet with a protective prayer. My husband, a lawyer by day, also trained as a sofer, or Jewish ritual scribe. In his spare time he is writing a Torah. So on that November morning he just happened to have parchment, ink and quills on hand in our small Manhattan apartment. Although the word “amulet” makes me think of dragons and “Game of Thrones,” the word — both in English and Hebrew (“kamea”) — really just means a small ornament used to give protection or ward off danger. In fact, many people have amulets without really thinking about it — a chai necklace, with the Hebrew letters for the number 18, which represents “life,” is a kind of amulet, as is a mezuzah, which Jews are commanded to place on their doorposts. Jewish amulets tend to be a page of text. In Eastern Europe, the amulet for childbirth was called a kimpetbrivl, from the Yiddish words “kind” (child), “bet” (bed), and “briv” (letter). These amu-
lets were hung over the crib or over the mother’s bed to protect the woman and child from evil. Mothers were especially afraid of the appearance of Lilith, the biblical Adam’s first wife, who fled Eden and became a demon. According to a 9th-century Jewish text, “The Alphabet of Ben Sira“ — and as dramatized for generations in Jewish folk tradition — Lilith claims her purpose is to kill newborn Jewish children. Fortunately she becomes powerless if confronted with an amulet bearing the names of the angels Senoy, Sansenoi and Semangalof. Jewish folk traditions like the kimpetbrivl once were widespread across the Jewish Diaspora. But few examples remain today; most were written on scraps of paper or parchment. Many of these customs, and the material culture associated with them, simply didn’t survive the Holocaust, which caused a deep rupture of Jewish practices and teachings passed on by mouth. Preparing for childbirth is powerful enough to shake anyone’s belief systems — and awed and terrified as we were about bringing a new person into the world, we figured we could use any extra bit of help. My husband and I don’t follow kabbalah or any other mystical or spiritual practice — I don’t even do yoga. But we decided that writing an amulet for
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our baby and me was the kind of superstition we would take seriously. After all, why tempt fate? It’s the same reason that we didn’t hold a baby shower, or even put together basic baby items like the car seat and bassinet, until our daughter’s arrival was truly imminent. We didn’t want to alert the evil eye, keyn ayin hore. Like most traditional birth amulets, my kimpetbrivl included the text of Psalm 121, a prayer often recited to support healing. Next came an odd assortment of phrases meant to invoke protection and ward off danger. This includes a list with the names of the matriarchs and patriarchs, written as couplets, as well as the names of the angels who can defeat Lilith. Most traditional Jewish childbirth amulets also include a quotation from Exodus 22:17, “A witch shall not be suffered to live.” The text is referring to Lilith, but refuses to name her, since that would give her power. As a feminist, I’m sensitive on the subject of Lilith, who, according to traditional texts, refused to accept subordination to Adam because, as she argues, they were both made from the same earth. I asked my husband not to include this biblical text on our kimpetbrivl. When I checked in at Labor and Delivery, I was assigned a bright, beautiful room overlooking the Hudson River. It felt like an auspicious beginning for
Jewish folk traditions like the kimpetbrivl once were widespread across the Jewish Diaspora.
our daughter. When my husband met me there, he handed me a wavy, slightly smudged scrap of parchment, the ink still fresh. We placed our amulet on the folding table of the hospital bed. It sat there beside me for the next two days, attracting an inquisitive glance or two. One of the nurses finally asked what it was, and we enthusiastically explained the concept to her, wondering if she thought, despite our rather plain, secular appearance, that we were part of a cult. But when she heard our explanation of the amulet, she laughed encouragingly and said, “There’s no doubt that the Labor and Delivery Department sees its fair share of magical thinking around here, on top of all the medical science. After all, it certainly can’t hurt!” Whether the amulet helped or not, I can’t say. But my experience of childbirth, while full of medical interventions, was overwhelmingly positive. I felt safe and protected during the entire process. This was in large part due to the excellent medical care I received, and also due to the fact that I knew we had good health insurance. But it wouldn’t have felt the same without that velvety piece of parchment curled up next to me, reassuring me with its promise of connection to generations of childbearing Jewish women. When my daughter was born on a brilliant Shabbat morning, nailing her Apgar scores and immediately charming her parents, we were certainly glad to have used every bit of both science and magic to bring her into the world.
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR The calendar deadline is Tuesday, 10 days before the issue date. Our next issue will be published May 17, 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 22 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. May 5, Dr. David Warmflash, author of “The Moon: An Illustrated History.” Beth Shalom Temple Center of Green Valley bagel breakfast and Yiddish club, first Sundays, 9:30 a.m. Members, $7; nonmembers, $10. 648-6690 or 399-3474. Southern Arizona Jewish Genealogy Society, second Sundays, 1-3 p.m. at the Tucson J. Contact Barbara Stern Mannlein at 731-0300 or the J at 299-3000. May 12 meeting will feature Edie Jarolim, Ph.D., on “Freud’s Butcher: A Jewish Roots Journey to Vienna.” Tucson J Israeli Dance, taught by Brandi Hawkins, 2nd and 4th Sundays, partners, 4:45-6 p.m.; open circle, 6-7 p.m. Members, $8; nonmembers, $10. 299-3000. Cong. Anshei Israel parent-tot class, led by
Friday / May 3
11 AM: Jewish History Museum/Holocaust History Center gallery chat, “‘Rootpoet’: Poetry and Procedures of Ethical Memory,” presented by Kimberly Alidio, Matisse Rosen, and Sophia Terazawa. Free. 564 S. Stone Ave. 6709073 or www.jewishhistorymuseum.org. 5:45 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Tot Shabbat service and dinner. Dinner at 6:15 p.m.: members, $25 family of 2 adults and up to 4 children; nonmember family $30; adult (13+) $10. RSVP for dinner for availability at www.caiaz.org or 745-5550.
Saturday / May 4
10 AM: Cong. Or Chadash Brotherhood Shabbat. 512-8500. NOON: Cong. Anshei Israel book club discusses “Traitor” by Jonathan De Shalit. Contact Helen Rib at 299-0340 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday / May 5
11 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel presents Israeli Music Concert, featuring adult and youth choirs. Free. www.caiaz.org or 745-5550. 11 AM: Hadassah Southern Arizona brunch with authors Liz Fox of Boulder, Colorado, and Anne Lowe of Tucson, at Skyline Country Club, 5200 E. St. Andrews Drive. Members, $27; nonmembers, $29. RSVP for availability to Marcia Winick at 886-9919. 11:30 AM: Cong. Or Chadash Pet Blessing and parade. Pets must be sociable, current on immunizations and leashed. 512-8500.
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ONGOING 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.
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.
Temple Emanu-El mah jongg, Mondays, 10 a.m. 327-4501.
Temple Emanu-El “Stitch and Kvetch,” third Tuesdays, except next meeting is May 14, 6-7:30 p.m. 327-4501.
Cong. Anshei Israel mah jongg, Mondays, 10 a.m.-noon. All levels, men and women. Contact Evelyn at 885-4102 or email@example.com. Tucson J current events discussion, Mondays, noon-1:30 p.m. Members, $1; nonmembers, $2. Bring or buy lunch, 11:30 a.m. 2993000, ext. 147. Cong. Bet Shalom yoga, Mondays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. $5. 577-1171. Jewish 12-step sobriety support group meets Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m. at Cong. Bet Shalom. firstname.lastname@example.org. Spouse Bereavement Group, cosponsored by Widowed to Widowed, Inc. at the Tucson J, Tuesdays, 10 a.m. Contact Marvin at 885-2005 or Tanya at 299-3000, ext. 147. JFCS Holocaust Survivors group meets Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-noon. Contact Raisa Moroz at 795-0300. 2 PM: Yom HaShoah community wide commemoration, “On the Eve: Jewish Life Before the Third Reich,” at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. Photos representing local family ties to Jewish life before the Holocaust will be presented; see www.jewishhistorymuseum. org/submissions to submit photos. 5:30 PM: Cong. Chofetz Chayim presents “Messiah: What We Believe, Why We Believe” with Israeli author, educator, and historian Rabbi Menachem Nissel. Israeli dinner. Ad sponsorship in tribute book includes two tickets; see www.tucsontorah.org/messiah.html.
Monday / May 6
6-7:30 PM: JFSA Tucson Cardozo Society presents Cocktails with Cardozo, with Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild. Harvey & Deanna Evenchik Center for Jewish Philanthropy, 3718 E. River Road. Free. RSVP to Geri at geri@ jfsa.org, 647-8468 or www.jfsa.org/cocktails withcardozo.
Tuesday / May 7
6:30-8 PM: Weintraub Israel Center Yom Hazikaron ceremony, Music in Memory of the Fallen, commemorating Memorial Day for Israeli fallen soldiers and victims of terror. At the Tucson J. Free. www.jfsa.org or 577-9393.
Wednesday / May 8
8-9:30 AM: Jewish Business Coffee Group meeting. At Tucson J. 299-3000, ext. 241, or email@example.com. 12:15 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Women’s
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 League “SWEET” Lunch. At Trattoria Pina, 5541 N. Swan Road. Pay for your own fare. Bring new/unused cosmetics, samples and toiletries to benefit EMERGE! Center for Domestic Abuse. RSVP by May 6 to Evelyn at 885-4102 or email@example.com. 6:45 PM: Cong. Chaverim book club, A Century of Jewish Books, at Chaverim modular classroom. Contact Cory Eisenberg at 773401-9199.
Thursday / May 9
11:45 AM – 1 PM: Cong. Beit Simcha presents The Genesis Project with Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon. First two classes free. 276-5675 or www.beitsimchatucson.org. 7 PM: Jewish Community Awards Celebration and JFSA annual meeting, at the Tucson J. Followed by ice cream social. Free. RSVP required at www.jfsa.org/awardsregistration. 577-9393.
Sunday / May 12
3- 4:30 PM: Central Sparks at the Tucson J. Socialize and play games with Sparks Cheer team. Admission free; refreshments for sale to benefit Sparks programming. Contact Allison Wexler at 299-3000.
Thursday / May 16
7-8 PM: Jewish History Museum/Holocaust History Center annual meeting. 564 S. Stone Ave. 670-9073 or www.jewishhistorymuseum.org.
Friday / May 17
11 AM: Jewish History Museum/Holocaust
Lois Graham, Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Members of Women’s League, $6 per class; nonmembers, $8 per class. Contact Evelyn at 8854102 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Temple Emanu-El Talmud study, Wednesdays, 10 -11:30 a.m. Text required, call 327-4501. 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. Jewish mothers/grandmothers special needs support group for those with children/ grandchildren, youth or adult, with special needs, third Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. at Tucson J. Contact Joyce Stuehringer at 299-5920. Temple Emanu-El Jewish novels club with Linda Levine. Third Thursdays, 2-4 p.m. 3274501. “Biblical Breakthroughs with Rabbi Becker” at the Southwest Torah Institute. Fridays, noon, for men and women. 747-7780 or 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. History Center gallery chat, “Neighbors,” presented by Dr. Margaret Redmond McFaddin. Co-sponsored by KXCI. Free. 564 S. Stone Ave. 670-9073 or www.jewishhistorymuseum.org. 5:45 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Family Shabbat Israel Night service and dinner. Dinner at 7 p.m.: members, $25 family of 2 adults and up to 4 children; nonmember family $30; adult (13+) $10. RSVP for dinner only by May 13 at www. caiaz.org or 745-5550. 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 / May 18
1:30-3 PM: Secular Humanist Jewish Circle Lecture, “Jews in China,” with Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon, who served as the High Holy Days rabbi for a Shanghai congregation. Nanini Library, 7300 N. Shannon Road. RSVP to Becky at firstname.lastname@example.org or 296-3762. Bring snack to share. 7 PM: Jewish History Museum and MOCA Tucson present, “Help Us! Humor!,” readings and performances by Jeanne Vaccaro and Amelia Bande. Free. 564 S. Stone Ave. 670-9073 or www.jewishhistorymuseum.org. 7 PM: Reveille Men's Chorus presents “Bless Our Show(tunes),” includes selections from “Fiddler on the Roof” and other shows. Also Sunday, May 19 at 2 p.m. $20 advance, $25 at door. At Temple of Music & Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. www.reveillemenschorus.org.
Sunday / May 19 NOON – 3 PM: JFCS presents “Celebration of Caring for Tucson’s Children,” free,
family friendly event with food, music, instruction in Hispanic and Jewish folk dances, and information from community nonprofits. At Scottish Rite, 160 S. Scott Ave. 795-0300.
JFSA NW Division Ruth and Irving 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 email@example.com. Northwest Needlers create hand-stitched items for donation in the Jewish community. Meets at JFSA NW Division Ruth and Irving Olson Center for Jewish Life, Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 505-4161. JFSA NW Division Ruth and Irving 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 / May 12
6:30-8 PM: Chabad Oro Valley presents sixweek class, “With All My Heart: The Jewish
Art of Prayer and Spiritual Experience.” The Highlands at Dove Mountain, 4949 W. Heritage Club Blvd., Marana. Second option begins Tuesday, May 14, 10-11:30 a.m. at Golder Ranch Fire, 355 E. Linda Vista Blvd. $99 includes textbook. Register at www.jewishorovalley.com/ jli, email@example.com or call 477-8672.
Thursday / May 16
8:45 AM-1:30 PM: JFSA NW Division Ruth and Irving Olson Center for Jewish Life Men’s Club visits Pima County Superior Court, 110 W. Congress St. Meet on first floor. Followed by lunch at local restaurant. RSVP at www.jfsa. org/superiorcourt or 505-4161.
Monday / May 20
5-6:30 PM: Hadassah Southern Arizona/ JFSA NW Division Ruth and Irving Olson Center for Jewish Life book club discusses “The Whole Town’s Talking” by Fannie Flagg. At JFSA NW Division Ruth & Irving Olson Center for Jewish Life, 190 W. Magee Road, #162. RSVP: 505-4161 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
Congregation m’Kor hayim
ORTHODOX Congregation ChoFetz Chayim/southwest torah institute
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REFORM Congregation Beit simCha
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.
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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.
Seymour Simon Seymour Simon, 100, died April 10, 2019. Born in Brooklyn, New York, on Jan. 18, 1919, Mr. Simon earned his BA at the City College of New York in 1939, law degree at St. John’s University in 1948, and Masters of Law at New York University in 1955. He put himself through law school by serving as a police officer. He practiced maritime law as a partner in his own firm and became an international authority, including being cited by the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Simon retired to Tucson with his wife, Audrey, in 1986. Survivors include his wife of 72 years, Audrey; sons Neil (Diane) Simon of Tucson; and Rob (Marisol) Simon of Denver; and four grandchildren. Private family services were held, with Cantor Patti Linsky officiating.
Edith N. Muhlrad, 95, died April 12, 2019. Mrs. Muhlrad was born in Newark, New Jersey, on August 12, 1923. She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Norbert F. Muhlrad; and sisters, Sara Joffe and Anne Cook. Survivors include her children, David Muhlrad and Cindi (James) Fabricant, all of Tucson, Rachel (David) Wolfe of Connecticut, and Paul (Denise) Muhlrad of Colorado; her sister-in-law, Hertha Haas of Pennsylvania; and four granddaughters. Graveside services were held at Evergreen Cemetery with Rabbi Stephanie Aaron of Congregation Chaverim officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity.
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YMG poker tournament proceeds benefit Homer Davis Elementary School kids
(L-R): Ben Silverman, Steve Landau, Scott Goorman and Andrew Isaac play a hand at the JFSA Young Men’s Group Poker Tournament, April 21.
Mike Wexler reigned over the Young Men’s Group Poker Tournament April 21. Other top finishers, in order of rank, were Peter DeLuca, Josh Silverman, Myles Levine, and Mckenzie Carlat. Fifty players raised $1,800 at the event for “Making a Difference Every Day: The Homer Davis Project.” Proceeds will provide afterschool food packs and other supplies for children in need. For more information on Young Jewish Tucson events, contact email@example.com
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Or Chadash Sisterhood honors Saboda
(L-R) Missy Driggers, Kathylynn Saboda, Pearl Joseph, Emily Joseph, Rabbi Thomas Louchheim, and Cantor Janece Cohen at Congregation Or Chadash on April 14
The Sisterhood of Congregation Or Chadash honored Kathylynn Saboda as its first Eshet Or (Woman of Light) at a luncheon and end of year meeting on Sunday, April 14. Saboda served as Sisterhood president in 2004. She served on the congregation’s board of directors from 2005-2008; since 2008 she has served on the ritual committee, which she currently chairs.
Cody Blumenthal was selected to play on the Maccabi USA Youth Men’s Basketball Team for the 14th Pan American Maccabi Games July 5-15 in Mexico City. Playing 16 games as a sophomore guard for Catalina Foothills High School varsity Falcons this season, he averaged 11.4 points per game and 2.6 assists. Tucson High School Sports named him to the 4A basketball all-star second team, and he received an All-Region Honorable Mention for the season from the Arizona Interscholastic Association. Blumenthal will be among more than 2,500 athletes from 19 countries at the games, and one of only 12 selected for the U.S. men’s youth basketball team. The Pan American Maccabi Games are a high-level athletic competition for Jewish athletes all over the world aimed at connecting Jews from the Diaspora.
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Zoe Cohen, Ph.D., an assistant professor of physiology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, was honored for excellence in teaching and mentoring with the Margaret M. Briehl and Dennis T. Ray Five Star Faculty Award at the 2019 UA Awards of Distinction Ceremony. First presented in 1983, the award, sponsored by the UA Honors College, is the only award for UA faculty members that is determined by UA undergraduate students. At the 2017 UA Awards of Distinction Ceremony, Cohen received the Undergraduate STEM Education Teaching Excellence Award. She also has received Physiology Professor of the Year for the past four years by the Physiology Club; UA Club Advisor of the Year from the Associated Students of the UA; and the AMES (Academy of Medical Education Scholars) Excellence Award for Basic Science Teaching. Cohen is involved in undergraduate, graduate and medical teaching. At the College of Medicine – Tucson, she is the discipline director for physiology, serves on the admissions committee and is the incoming chair of the Tucson Education Policy Committee. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in exercise physiology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a doctorate in physiological sciences from the UA. She did postdoctoral work in platelet and red blood cell physiology with the Canadian Blood Services and at the UA. She is a faculty adviser for the Physiology Club, the American Medical Student Association – Undergraduate Chapter and the Love Your Melon Campus Crew Program.
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