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INSIDE Beat the Heat ......... 16-17 Real Estate & Finance ... 10-15 Style .......................... 19 Arts & Culture .........................5 Classifieds .............................23 Commentary ..........................6 Community Calendar........... 21 Letters to the Editor...............9 Local ....................2, 3, 4, 5, 16 Obituary................................22 Our Town ..............................23 Synagogue Directory.......... 20 World ......................................7

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Bet Shalom trip accents lives of those of other faiths in Israel RABBI AVRAHAM ALPERT Congregation Bet Shalom


ach time we put together a Congregation Bet Shalom tour, we focus on a different aspect of life in the Holy Land. This time we concentrated on the idea of living as a non-Jew in the Jewish State. This two-week tour was aimed at proving the theory that non-Jews feel comfortable, happy, and blessed, to be living in, or even visiting, Israel. From the moment we arrived we saw non-Jews thriving in the Jewish State. We were in Tel Aviv one week before the gay pride festivities and there were already hundreds of gay and lesbian couples (mostly gentiles) from all over the world sightseeing and enjoying the pristine beach. Also present were Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, and Muslim residents and tourists from Africa, Europe, East Asia, and the Indian subcontinent, of every race, sporting crosses and head coverings, also making use of the beach and the streets of Tel Aviv and Yaffo. Our bus continued to the city of Holon where we reached a high point in our exploration. There the mitzvah organization Save a Child’s Heart brings children and their parents to Israel from around the globe to receive free lifesaving heart surgeries. Most of the children are Muslims and many from enemy nations that have no official ties to the State of Israel. Many volunteers also come to help including doctors, nurses, and social workers of different religions and nationalities, who donate their time and expertise. The children and their parents are often shocked when they arrive in Israel, realizing that they were lied to; the Jews have no horns and are not evil, but are

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Congregation Bet Shalom trip participants at the Haas Promenade in Jerusalem (L-R): Morrie Shoob, Alvin Juntiff, Alan Burke, Salley Juntiff, Louise Good, Bruce Dawson, Linda Kunsberg, Vickie Dawson, Andy Kunsberg, Geoff Winston, Sharna Shoob, Bernie Engelhard, Elinor Engelhard, Carol Richelson, Gary Richelson, Rachel Snyder, Ezra Alpert, Maiella Alpert, Sandra Snyder, Allan Schwartz, Anne Kobritz, Stewart Kobritz, Rabbi Avi Alpert

rather generously saving their lives. The children get to play and have fun in between surgeries. We were blessed to make artwork and play games with these children as they moved our hearts. Three days later, our adventure continued up north as we visited a brand new mosque in Haifa and met with the imam who believes in a form of Islam called Ahmadi that rejects violence. It was clear that these Muslims are flourishing in the Jewish State. The same day we traveled to an Arabic speaking Druze village. There we learned all about their unique culture and religion. Our Druze guide also explained why these non-Jews are so happy to live in Israel and to serve in the Israeli military. At the end of our adventure we toured Hadassah Hospital in Ein Kerem. The Israelis figured out a way to literally remove the odor associated with hospitals, See Bet Shalom, page 2


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anet Belkin felt a compelling need to do something “to insure our democracy continues to exist.” She turned to the local chapter of the League of Women Voters, a group she was a member of in the past in her native New York. “There’s a very strong and useful League in Tucson. I called and told them my background and it sounded like a place that matched my interest — educating voters and knowing the issues. It felt like a good fit,” says Belkin. Founded in 1920, the League is a national nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League never supports or opposes any political party or candidate. The Tucson chapter began in 1941. The League has two separate and distinct roles. Voter service-citizen education presents unbiased, nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process, and issues. Action and advocacy also is nonpartisan, but, after study, members use their positions to advocate for or against particular policies in the public interest. The nonprofit Arizona League of Women Voters Education Fund supports the local chapter. A lawyer by profession, Belkin served on the voter service committee the last two years and in April joined the board of directors. “I want to do something for this election,” says Belkin, adding that getting people to exercise their obligation to vote is the most important thing. “Voting is a way to make your thoughts heard and have a say in which way your government goes. It is my passion. I think it is something that should start in civics class as early as third grade.” Belkin notes that the League is unique in that it has no paid staff. “Everything is done by active members. From president to office managers, they are all volunteers working to have the opportunity to really do some-

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thing,” Belkin says of the 280 local members. Her committee conducts voter registration training to encourage registration across the area, and to get out the vote. While her focus remains on the League, Belkin has been active in the Jewish community since moving here in 2010. She was on the advisory council for the Northwest Federation, serving as program chair, and on the Jewish Family & Children’s Services board. She also worked on the Tucson Jewish Community Center sculpture garden committee. She also volunteers with the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition, to “maintain Antarctica as pure as it can be” and has made several trips there. She helps her husband, Dr. Al Tarlov, with his research on the social determinants of health. She is a member of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, a Muslim-Jewish friendship circle. Jews. The stories that permeate the news are laced with falsities and anti-Semitism. I came back from the Holy Land even more invigorated than usual, as I witnessed every person who joined our adventure fall in love with the land and its people. Come to Israel with us and see for yourself! P.S. We are already putting together two more separate Israel adventures — a culinary tour and a young family tour. Contact me if you are interested! rabbi@cbsaz.org. Editor's note: On Monday, Save a Child's Heart announced it was selected to receive a 2018 United Nations Population Award. The award, established in 1981, recognizes outstanding achievements in population and health.

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idney Finkel ended his self-imposed silence in 1993 about Holocaust survival as a child. At the insistence of his daughter, Ruth, he shared the story with his family of the young boy born Sevek Finkelstein. Born in Poland to a well-to-do family of seven, he lived an idyllic childhood until World War II. For the next six years, from age 6 to 12, he was thrust into the horrors of ghettos and Nazi death camps, where four of his immediate family and dozens of extended family and friends were murdered. After liberation, he was sent to school in England and left for Chicago when he was 18. Finkel says he felt unburdened by bringing his story to light. Sometime later his son Leon asked him to share the story with a group of students. Reluctantly accepting the invitation, he unveiled the story to mesmerized children. Surprised by their rapt attention and engaged response, he realized a new calling in life. Since then, he has shared his story with more than 100,000 people, mostly eighth-graders, across the country and around the world. “Everyone started asking me when I would write a book,” Finkel recalls. “I didn’t think I had a book in me, but one summer I decided to take off and write it.” In 2006, that book became “Sevek and the Holocaust: The Boy Who Refused to Die,” which has sold more than 25,000 copies. “It has done well for a self-published book,” he says. “Friends didn’t want me to lose my voice in the book. I tried to write it in the image of an 8- or 9-yearold boy. It is deliberately through the eyes of a child,” he says. Kirkus Reviews calls it a poignant memoir with a refreshing absence of melodrama or pomp. Goodreads rates it 4.5 out of five stars. The book and his personal appearances evolved into a teaching tool that is used by classes around the country. Pima Community College uses it for Holocaust study groups. “The ideal is if the students read the book and then I go and speak to them. They get very involved,” Finkel says, sharing a comment from a 13-year-old in Indiana. “He told me, ‘I’m like Sevek. I refuse to die.’” The boy had survived three brain surgeries. “I get letters from adults who heard me speak in sixth grade and say it still affects them. People who

Sidney Finkel, a Holocaust survivor who lives in Tucson, with his memoir, ‘Sevek and the Holocaust: The Boy Who Refused to Die.’

listen to Holocaust survivors, they are never the same. It is difficult for a kid who listens to this to become an anti-Semite.” He spoke to an adult audience in Germany. “They were very good when I spoke. Since World War II the German government has been very good to the survivors. They don’t get enough credit for all they’ve done. Every month I get a pension, and they pay for my medications.” A German government grant administered


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through Jewish Family & Children’s Services also pays for weekly housekeeping. Today, his presentation has been modified with a professionally produced video. Finkel introduces and then plays the video, concluding with a question and answer session. The most asked questions continue to be: “Does it stay with me still? How it affected me, and about forgiveness,” he says. And to Holocaust deniers, he says, “it’s not about the facts, it comes from hatred.” He believes it is essential that children be educated about the past. “They need to understand the Holocaust happened, and that people are capable of committing acts of unspeakable atrocity toward each other. At the same time, they need to grasp what powerful forces hope and perseverance are, and how vital they are in allowing people to survive and thrive.” Finkel was married for nearly 50 years when his wife Jean died. “That was the most tragic thing in my life when she died. But, part of my survival skills make me go forward. Tragedy is part of life and life is good. Part of the drive is to live. Without it you would die. Part of my Holocaust education was that dead is dead. I lost a lot of my empathy, so what is tragic to a normal person is not to me.” A “sun bird” for a decade, Finkel moved to Tucson full time four years ago. “You have a choice. I wanted to live and be happy and in a relationship.” He now shares his life with Barbara Agee. They found each other on the internet. “It was a buyer’s market. I had my choice of many professional women. I’m still here and enjoy my life. I have a nice house, a beautiful car, children who love and adore me, and a loving relationship.” Finkel continues his speaking engagements. “My five children and grandchildren are very involved with this effort. They will carry on speaking and promoting the book professionally. My daughter is now retired and she is very involved in promoting it on Facebook.” At 86, he enjoys socializing, card games, reading on his Kindle and smoking cigars. He learned to swim at age 70 and now loves it, hitting the pool three or four times each week. “I’m in good health and will live ’til my 90s,” he predicts. “Hey, another four years, that’s a gift, right? Living in Tucson is wonderful, it’s paradise. I’ll continue to be active, keep living. No drama! Peace and harmony, that’s what I like.” For more information about Finkel’s history and his book, visit www.holocaustspeaker.com.

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hat started as a 24-hour community drive on social media last week turned into a tikkun olam (repairing the world) mission for Tucson Jews for Justice, coinciding with World Refugee Day, June 20. “It’s difficult to hear the news of what’s going on,” says Alma Hernandez, referring to the current national immigration issues on the U.S. southern border. With local attorney Tony Zinman, Hernandez is co-founder of Tucson Jews for Justice. She also is a Democratic candidate for Arizona State House of Representatives Legislative District 3, former coordinator for the Jewish Community Relations Council and a member of Congregation Chaverim, among many other community roles. As a Mexican-Jew, Hernandez felt there are “things like this [where] we can actually make an impact.” Hernandez coordinated with the Kino Border Initiative non-profit that provides refuge to migrants, asylees and deportees trying legally to cross the border between Arizona and Sonora, Mexico. Taking to Twitter, an online donation account, and the Jews for Justice Facebook page, within 24 hours, she had garnered $1,400 and numerous items in donations from the local community,

Tucson Jews for Justice members and supporters ready to take donations to the Kino Border Initiative shelter in Nogales, Sonora, from left: Tony Zinman, Marty Johnston, Daniel Hernandez, Alma Hernandez, and Consuelo Hernandez.

delivered to Congregation Or Chadash and the Jewish History Museum. “We filled five cars with donations of food and items the shelter needed. We’re a small but mighty group.” Accompanying Hernandez and Zinman were her mother and sister, both named Consuelo, her father, Daniel, and community member Marty Johnston. Michael Shure, an i24NEWS reporter,


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flew in to document their 60-mile journey from Tucson across the border, posting his reportage online. That coverage followed on the heels of two headlines last week from JTA news agency: “Meet the millennial MexicanAmerican Jewish woman running for office on the southern border,” a profile of Hernandez, and “Jewish activists are helping families separated at the border,”

a round up story of Jewish efforts nationally, including quotes from Hernandez and Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild. Those headlines appeared globally, including in Israel. The next day, the group was on their mission south. Hernandez says it was coincidence the headlines collided with last week’s call to action. “I was thrilled that the community reached out but it wasn’t shocking to me at all.” Zinman adds, “It’s a natural response for any Jew.” Yet he calls it a life changing experience that puts our own problems into perspective. When the group showed up at the shelter, a newly donated refrigerator was sitting empty. “They had no food,” says Hernandez. She highlighted the focus of the journey, which was to let the community across the border know the Jewish community is here and ready to respond in a crisis. “The immigration crisis has been going on for years,” said Hernandez. Separation of families at the border triggered this outreach. Hernandez says the outreach will continue, with another delivery coming as soon as next week while she works to establish more permanent online donation channels. Meanwhile, border initiative donations may be directed to the nonprofit shelter at www. kinoborderinitiative.org. The JTA and i24NEWS coverage mentioned appears on the AJP website: www. azjewishpost.com.


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will not disappoint, although meals will be a little more upscale than PBJ sandwiches. In fact, fresh fare will pair with adult beverages instead of Kool-Aid. Arts and crafts also will take on a more sophisticated approach with a cooking session with a guest chef from Caridad Kitchen, and a paint and sip activity. Don’t miss out on the inevitable talent show, with the edge taken off with a comedy improvisation workshop. Other interactive workshops are on tap, along with athletics: catch ball, yoga, walking and J-Wave Glide Fit, open swimming and other pool games. Every participant goes home with a camp T-shirt and gets their fill of s’mores. With limited space available, early registration is suggested. Inclusive price is $40 per person, or $75 per couple. Childcare is available for $15 per child. Camp hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. “We hope that the one-day adult summer camp is a huge success, and that people leave wanting more camp experiences year-round,” Selco says. Contact Selco for additional details at jselco@tucsonjcc.org or 299-3000, ext. 106.

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COMMENTARY Is ‘non-Jew’ an insult? What I learned at a conference for Jewish journalists ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL JTA NEW YORK few months ago I wrote a humor piece titled “Don’t eat off the seder plate, and other tips for non-Jews attending their first seder.” It drew a miffed response from a rabbi friend who often works with interfaith families and suggested “it’s time to drop terms like ‘non-Jew’ and gentile.” At the time I scoffed. Yes, it is a little weird that a people who represent less than 0.1 percent of the world’s population define everybody else as “not us.” It’s like someone with lactose intolerance saying he doesn’t eat “dairy ice cream.” Which is technically true, although it tends to over-privilege Tofutti. And yet non-Jew and gentile have their uses, especially if you write about Jews for a living. Whether you are making demographic distinctions, writing about Jews in relation to their neighbors or talking about Jewish practices that cross over into wider culture, non-Jew comes in handy. Unless you want to pretend there are no distinc-

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tions between people who identify as Jews and people who identify as something else — and making such distinctions strikes me as about 85 percent of the entire Jewish enterprise, starting at Sinai — why would you retire two perfectly serviceable words? Who do you offend by keeping them? Then I met Lindsey Silken, the editorial director at InterfaithFamily, a resource for people in interfaith relationships. Lindsey

and I sat on a panel at a Jewish journalism convention last week, and she passed around her inhouse style guide. It explained why they don’t use terms like “halfJew,” “shikse,” gentile and, yes, non-Jew. I get why half-Jew could be offensive in that is assumes the subject can’t possibly identify as fully Jewish. (And here I am obligated to quote the famous Groucho Marx quip, when an anti-Semitic swimming club

refused admission to his daughter: “She’s only half Jewish,” Groucho said. “How about if she only goes in up to her waist?”) Shikse, that awful Yiddish term that derives from Hebrew for blemish or abomination, is obviously beyond the pale. And gentile just feels so smug and fusty, like, I don’t know, a 20th-century anti-Semitic swimming club. But what’s wrong with non-Jew? InterfaithFamily says it is about the feelings of partners involved with Jews. “By constantly leading with the negative in reference to a Jewish person’s partner, it can be perceived as derogatory,” according to the guide. “It can make the people it is referring to feel excluded and on the outside of the Jewish community.” Instead of non-Jew, the guide suggests “partner who is not Jewish, partner from another faith, not Jewish, person from a different background, person who isn’t Jewish.” In other words, don’t reduce someone to what they are not, as if their entire identity is defined by their inverse relationship with a Jew. There are a few centuries of debate See Non-Jew, page 8

Charles Krauthammer: ‘How dreams of peace led to Israel’s biggest mistake’ CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER JTA On June 10, 2002, Charles Krauthammer delivered the Distinguished Rennert Lecture upon receiving the Guardian of Zion Award from Bar-Ilan University’s Ingeborg Rennert Center for Jerusalem Studies. Below is an excerpt from the lec-

ture titled “He Tarries: Jewish Messianism and the Oslo Peace.” In the 1990s, America slept and Israel dreamed. The United States awoke on Sept. 11, 2001. Israel awoke in September 2000. Like the left and like the reverie that we had in the United States, secular messianism was intoxicated with the idea

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that history had changed from a history based on military and political conflict to one in which the ground rules were set by markets and technology. This was the infatuation with globalization as the great leveler and the abolisher of things like politics, war and international conflict. This kind of geo-economics was widely accepted in the early post-Cold War era. It was Sept. 11th that abolished that illusion. It taught us in America there are enemies, they are ideological, they care nothing for economics and they will use whatever military power they have as a means to achieve their ideological ends. This is the old history, perhaps the oldest history of all, the war of one God against another. No new history, no break in history, no redemption from history. The other source of this secular messianism in the Israeli context was the success of the European Union, which was seen as a model for peace in the Middle East. There was talk of Israel, Palestinian and Jordan becoming a new Benelux, with common markets, open borders, friendship and harmony. Indeed, if you look at the Oslo Accords, of course there is page upon page of all of these ideas of cooperation on economics, on technology, on environ-

ment, all which in retrospect appear absurd. And indeed, this entire idea of the Benelux on the Jordan looks insane in retrospect, but I believe that it was insane from the very beginning, when it was first proposed 10 years ago. There are such obvious differences between the European situation and the Middle Eastern one. First is that the period of harmony, integration and commodity among the Europeans happened only after the utter and total defeat of one party. It did not come from long negotiations between France and Germany at Camp David, compromising their differences over the 20th century. It came from the utter destruction of Germany and the rebuilding of a new Europe after that surrender and accommodation. These conditions do not apply in the Middle East. The only way that that kind of peace will come definitely is the peace not of the brave but of the grave, and that means a peace that would be established with the defeat of Israel and its eradication. There is no way that Israel can utterly defeat the Arabs the way the Allies defeated Germany and Japan in the Second World War. So that the idea of some kind of harmonious Middle Eastern Union drawing on the European mantle is drawn from a totally false historical See Dreams, page 18

WORLD This woman, already an MBA, is studying to be first female rabbi from Uganda JOSEFIN DOLSTEN

Shoshanna Nambi wants to teach her rabbinical school colleagues about Ugandan Jewish traditions.

“open to having a woman rabbi.” This fall, she will start her first year of studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the Reform movement’s seminary. She hopes to return to her community one day and serve as a role model for other women and girls, but anticipates that she won’t be able to do so in the near future. Her home community struggles with issues such as access to clean water and electricity, and Nambi worries whether they would be able to financially sustain a rabbi. The current rabbi, Gershom Sizomu, is a

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rowing up in Uganda, Shoshanna Nambi was active in her small Jewish community. She taught songs and the Torah portion to younger children and was a member of her community’s youth group. Learning Hebrew also seemed to come easily. So it seemed obvious to her that she would consider becoming a rabbi. But even though her community is egalitarian and affiliated with the Conservative movement, some were not aware that a woman could be a rabbi. “One kid said to me that she would want me to be a rabbi, but I’m a woman,” Nambi, 29, recalled in a phone interview from Mbale, a rural town in Uganda’s east. That incident was one of the reasons she decided to attend rabbinical school, Nambi said. “I just feel like it’s something that we should have in the community,” she told JTA. “We should have different leaders and people should know that women can be rabbis, and men can be rabbis.” Nambi believes the community is now

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In anticipation of the construction of a new synagogue in Nabagoye, Uganda, the women and children there were given the honor of transferring the Torahs from the old synagogue to a temporary home.

member of the country’s parliament who works in Kampala during the week and travels home to Mbale on the weekends. The Ugandan Jewish community, which is called the Abayudaya, traces its roots to the early 20th century, when a former leader read the Bible and embraced Judaism. Most of the community’s 2,000 members

were converted under the auspices of U.S. Conservative rabbis in the early 2000s and thus are not recognized as Jewish by Israel’s Orthodox Chief Rabbinate. Nambi says her grandparents started practicing Judaism, and her immediate family has been doing so ever since. See Uganda, page 8



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behind the words InterfaithFamily hopes to retire. At the core of the debate is the traditional taboo on interfaith marriage. Traditionalists want to reinforce the notion that Jews should marry Jews in the interest of continuity. Isaac Herzog, the newly elected chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel, announced his membership in the traditionalist camp this week when he referred to interfaith marriage as an “actual plague,” adding “there must be a campaign, a solution. We have to rack our brains to figure out how to solve this great challenge.” Other traditionalists nodded, noting that support for Israel and engagement with

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Nambi’s journey to rabbinical school wasn’t straightforward. After graduating from the University of Kampala in 2011 with a degree in business administration, she worked in health care and for an agricultural company. She applied to study at Hebrew Union College last year, but says she was rejected because her Hebrew skills were not sufficient. So she spent the past year studying Hebrew and Jewish texts at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, a nondenominational yeshiva in Jerusalem. That meant living with a host family in the Israeli city and leaving her 9-year-old daughter, Emunah, with family members in Uganda — an experience she described as “hard for both of us.” This time Emunah will join her both for her first year of studies in Jerusalem — HUC requires all its students to spend their first year at its campus there — and her remaining studies at the New York campus. The rabbinical school is covering her tuition and providing a living stipend, and she and her daughter will live with the

Jewish life plunges outside of JewishJewish marriages. Interfaith activists want to make the community welcoming to mixed families. They also talk the language of continuity, saying that mixed families certainly will not raise their children as Jews if they don’t feel comfortable in Jewish settings. And they talk the language of post-modernity, saying Jews can’t stand at the shores of multiculturalism like King Canute, wishing away the inevitable waves of diversity that come with a free society. For those of us who do write about Jews and their significant others, that means taking sides. Sort of. It’s not our job to judge the debate between the traditionalists and the activists. But our language has nonetheless evolved along

with the Jewish community. Non-Jews itself replaced gentiles over the years. “Jewess” went the way of the corset; “goy” shows up only in a direct quote or if modified by “Shabbos,” which is a term of art and not a slur. We now use “haredi” instead of “ultra-Orthodox.” And we long ago stopped assuming “rabbi” denoted a male, a “minyan” meant 10 men and “congressman” is the default for a lawmaker. This week we’ve been sharing around the office a JTA dispatch from 1934 that is harrowing in its casual racism. (Residents of Harlem are referred to as “the dusky, happy-go-lucky denizens of Africa in Manhattan.” Wow.) How will we be judged in 84 years? What words will mark us as hopelessly mired in the prejudices of our times?

So I am not scoffing anymore. I think we can reduce the use of non-Jew, especially to refer to individuals. It still remains a useful distinction if, for instance, we are reporting on a study comparing Jewish communities to the mainstream, on subjects like religious practice, genetic differences and voting patterns. But if it avoids insulting someone, why not refer to individuals as the “partner from another faith” or a “person from a different background”? As for humor? A little flexibility is called for. I am reminded of the Jewish man who converts to Christianity and becomes a minister. Giving his first sermon, he stands before the congregation and says, “Fellow ...” Oh, wait. Never mind. It’s sort of offensive. And kind of hilarious.

same family that hosted Nambi last year. Nambi hopes to arrive in Israel in July, when the HUC semester starts, but she is still waiting to hear back from Israel about her visa application. Members of her community have faced problems entering the country, and last month its Interior Ministry said it did not recognize the community as Jewish for the purpose of immigration. Nambi said she was “very disappointed” at the decision, which prompted an outcry from the Conservative movement. “I just hope that the situation changes, but probably we have to fight a little more,” she said. Many in her home community are “surprised” that she is attending a Reform institution rather than a Conservative one, but that they are welcoming nonetheless. “People are really happy that somebody is going to study to be a rabbi,” she said. “They’re always very excited that somebody is pursuing and taking more Jewish education.” Nambi said she was drawn to the Reform movement because of its openness to questioning Jewish tradition, such as the idea of Jews being God’s chosen people and the observance of matrilineal descent. That differs from her home community,

which is more rigid in its practices. “[In] my community a lot of things are, ‘This is the right thing to do, this is the right prayer, and this is how you memorize this one,’” she said. The Reform movement’s embrace of diversity in its communities also resonated deeply. “I think it’s one of greatest things that they do,” she said. In addition to learning more about Reform practice, Nambi hopes to introduce her fellow students to Ugandan Jewish traditions, such as the melodies used for prayers. “Our services are very musical, and we have a lot of tunes of our own that we have composed to the various Hebrew songs,” she said. “I think it’s really nice, and I would like to bring together these two worlds.” The majority of Ugandans are Christian, but the country has a significant Muslim minority. The Jewish community makes up only a tiny portion of the country’s population, which is about 40 million. But visits by Jews from other parts of the world made her feel more connected to the global Jewish community. “We were always so happy,” she said, “and it was [a source of] pride for us that

there are other Jews in the world, this community is not alone.” Nambi was also able to meet Jews from other parts of the world through participating in various programs in the United States. Kulanu, an organization that supports Jewish communities in the developing world, paid for her to attend the American Jewish University’s Brandeis Collegiate Institute, a California-based program that brings together young Jewish adults from around the world, and brought her to the U.S. twice on fundraising speaking tours to synagogues. Kulanu also helped cover some of her expenses to study at Pardes. Nambi had visited Israel prior to attending Pardes last year, but staying longer and living there was eye opening: It helped expand her view of the country beyond what she had learned in Uganda. “Israel is not what you think of when you’re back home,” she said. “It’s a modernday reality, it’s a day-to-day living situation, and people and stuff. It’s not only the Bible.” Nambi can’t wait to start her new journey there. “I’m just so excited to start,” she said. “It’s something that I’ve been looking forward to for a really long time.”

Andrew Silow-Carroll is editor in chief of JTA.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR ‘Connection’ doesn’t give women equal access I am writing about the article, “CCC program aims to bolster ‘The Connection,” published in the June 14, 2018 AJP, which promoted a series of events centered around a visit of 12 yeshiva students from The Foxman Yeshiva in New Jersey. I was concerned by the failure of the article to address in any meaningful way the fact that the Jewish Federation and the Tucson Jewish Community Center had made a disturbing choice to co-sponsor a series that excludes women from its core events. Of course, the intention behind bringing top yeshiva students to Tucson is laudable. Studying Talmud with these students is unmistakably the highlight of the program, and I am sure that those who participate will benefit from it. Yet unfortunately, this benefit is not available to all in our community, as it seems that this experience is only for men. In the promotional materials for the series, three events — two “Taste of Talmud” sessions and a “Drop-in Learning” session — are marked “*M,” which is denoted at the bottom of the flier as “*M=Men’s Class.” Thus, the opening night event with the visiting yeshiva students and the actual Talmud study sessions are off limits for women. The opening night program for women is led instead by Esther Becker (a wonderful local teacher, but who is in Tucson year-round). Also, the women’s

program focuses on Midrash, which is often seen as a “lesser” form of Jewish text that has historically been offered to women in place of studying the core Talmudic texts of our tradition. This exclusionary aspect of the program deserved to be addressed in a forthright manner in the article. Chofetz Chayim and the Foxman Yeshiva are, of course, free to make such choices. Individual Jewish men can freely choose to participate. But it is quite another thing that the Jewish Federation and the Tucson JCC chose to co-sponsor and publicize a series that excludes women in such a way, and more so, that such an arrangement was not even considered notable by the Arizona Jewish Post. I want to be clear that I am not opposing all events that cater only to men or only to women. There is an interesting discussion to be had about when separate events for men and women are constructive and achieve a purpose that is not discriminatory, and can even be empowering. In this case, however, it is clear that these separate classes are not equal. The Jewish Federation, the Tucson JCC, and the Arizona Jewish Post are supposed to be for the whole community, and it is not acceptable for them to acquiesce to treating women and girls as second class citizens. — Michelle Michelson

TSO conductor, CEO give longtime fan thrill

I’ve been attending the classic series at the Tucson Symphony Orchestra for many years, on Sundays. This past season’s opening concert fell on Sept. 24, the Jewish Fast of Gedaliah. I was fasting. At the end of the concert, the new music director and conductor José Luis Gomez was going to sign posters picturing him with the caption “José Luis Gomez is home.” I couldn’t stay to get my poster signed because I had to be at Congregation Chofetz Chayim for services. Many months later, I wrote to Gomez explaining why I hadn’t been able to wait in the lobby for him to sign my poster. On June 8, the CEO of the TSO, Tom McKinney, came to my home with a signed

poster and a letter from the conductor to me. When I wrote to Gomez, I stated that I have attended the TSO for many years, since William McLaughlin’s tenure (19821987). I also told him that I once sat next to Camil Van Hulse, the first conductor of the TSO. I asked Gomez to write me a letter with his signature in lieu of the signed poster. I was very moved by the CEO of the TSO coming to my home and presenting me with the signed letter and poster. In his letter to me, Gomez said he was honored that I wanted his signature and that it was really something that I sat next to Camil Van Hulse. This story had a happy ending! — Steven M. Freedman

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oving can be emotional and the ways you manage it — including the downsizing of your possessions — may be influenced by your age, suggests a new study. “From heirlooms to kitchen gadgets, moving is one of the few times in life when you’re forced to consider all your possessions and decide what goes and what stays,” says Pat Baehler, senior vice president, Mayflower Moving. “It can be a journey of ups and downs, from feeling brief guilt over purging gifts or older furniture, to pure joy in remembering the story behind a family heirloom and thinking of the memories you’ll soon make in your new home.” Baby boomers (64 percent) and Generation Xers (60 percent) are more likely than millennials (53 percent) to put an heirloom in a safe place to pass along, according to the 2018 Mayflower Mover Insights Study, which explored different generations’ relationships with their belongings. However, millennials (17

percent) are more likely than Generation Xers (12 percent) and baby boomers (10 percent) to refurbish or repurpose an heirloom into something new. The survey also explored how Americans feel about decluttering and purging unused items: 80 percent of survey respondents agree that clutter stresses them out, and half declutter their living space to feel more relaxed. While such emotional stressors are of-

ten unavoidable during a move, the following tips can help you ease the logistical and financial burdens. • Most people want to move on a Thursday or Friday, so if you can move earlier in the week there will likely be more availability. Likewise, it’s best to move in the early or middle part of the month, as well as to avoid summer — the busiest time for most moving companies. • Prevent mishaps. Consider letting

professionals pack breakable items. • Of the millions of Americans that move annually, fraud occurs in as many as 3,000 cases. Don’t get scammed. Ask for a moving quote from three companies and don’t be hooked by the lowest price. If one estimate is much lower than the others, it could be a red-flag that the company isn’t legitimate. Generally, reputable moving companies will not require a deposit, so don’t pay up-front. • Reduce energy spent packing and unpacking. While 57 percent of survey respondents say they’ll purge everything they don’t need before moving, only 44 percent have actually done this in the past. Luckily, there are both new and lucrative channels for doing so: 47 percent of Americans say they use some kind of online service, social site or app to help them declutter, 26 percent are considering selling unused items through a resale or consignment shop and 35 percent are considering selling unused items online, according to the survey. Whether you’re a minimalist or a pack rat, smart strategies can mean a low-stress move.


David Rosenstein is not your typical real estate broker; his educational background began with a Bachelor of Science in business, followed by a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis on finance, both from National University in San Diego, California. He worked in the accounting field for several years, focusing mainly on taxation and business consulting, before obtaining his mortgage lending and real estate licenses. These experiences prepared him to successfully navigate unique and difficult financial transactions. Now, with over 28 years of professional real estate and lending experience, David is licensed in Arizona, California, and Washington. He considers himself not just a REALTOR®, but a trusted advisor and educator whose role is to help clients reach their real estate goals. Whether you are a first-time homebuyer, planning to move up or downsize, looking to invest in rental, multi-family, or commercial properties, thinking of a second home, settling an estate or probate, or just looking for information about real estate, David is the full-time professional you need to call.

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MORTGAGE LOAN OFFICER - ENVOY MORTGAGE Financing a home is one of the largest investments most people will ever make, so it is important to have a loan officer who listens and is attentive to detail.With over 39 years of lending experience, Hal Timinsky has the wisdom and experience to guide you through the mortgage process and identify the best financing options, whether you are purchasing or refinancing. Hal’s commitment to excellent customer service continues long after you have signed your closing documents. CONTACT INFORMATION: (520) 591-0254 • htiminsky@envoymortgage.com Envoy Mortgage is an Equal Housing Lender. Envoy Mortgage, Ltd. www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org Licensing & Legal information: https://bit.ly/2vRzLzD www.envoymortgage.com 10496 Katy Fwy. Suite 250 | Houston, TX 77043 ; Phone Number (877) 232-2461 – Regulated by the Department of Real Estate and UCCC Supervised Lenders License #992232


OMNI HOMES INTERNATIONAL RELIANCE GROUP Tanya Barnett is your go-to agent for all your real estate needs. She leads and mentors a successful team of real estate agents that focuses on exceeding clients’ expectations with every transaction. Tanya has a knack for thinking outside the box when it comes to negotiating on behalf of her clients. Consistently breaking sales records in midtown Tucson, she has been recognized as being in the top 2 percent of REALTORS® in Tucson. Combining her passion for client satisfaction with her love of animals, Tanya created an animal lovers discount program for home buyers and sellers. She is a member of The Humane Society of Southern Arizona board of directors and created an annual golf tournament, Putt for Paws, with proceeds benefiting the HSSA. Tanya has been featured as a rising star in the REALTORS® publication Real Producers, as well as the volunteer of the quarter in HSSA’s Humanely Speaking. Call Tanya today!

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Jeffrey Zimet has been serving the Tucson community’s residential real estate needs for more than 30 years. He is a University of Arizona graduate with a bachelor’s degree in social and behavioral science. The Residential Real Estate Council has designated him as a Certified Residential Specialist, a designation obtained by only 3 percent of licensed real estate professionals nationwide. He is specially trained in corporate relocation and buyer representation. Jeffrey’s son Jacob has just obtained his Arizona Real Estate license to help serve their clients even better. Together, they have the resources to serve people who speak Spanish or Hebrew. Their focus in every transaction is to look out for the very best interest of their clients when buying or selling a Tucson or Tucson area property. They are anxious to help you achieve your housing needs and goals. Interview them today. You will be glad you did. CONTACT INFORMATION: 8540 N. Oracle Rd., Tucson, AZ 85704 520-471-5333 (JEFF) • jeffzimet@longrealty.com • www.jeffzimet.com

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CONTACT INFORMATION: 6644 E. Tanque Verde Road Tucson AZ 85715 (520) 333-5894 tanya@animalloversprogram.com www.reliancerealestategroup.com


REAL ESTATE SERVICES Gary Kipnis has been a Southern Arizona Real Estate Broker for over 22 years. He has over 32 years experience in real estate; first licensed in Illinois and then full time in Arizona since 1996. He specializes in residential, residential income, vacant land/lot, specialty property (such as relocation, second vacation home, golf, horse/mini ranch), commercial/ industrial, as well as development/ renovation consulting. Gary graduated from the University of Arizona where he majored in hospital and health care administration. Life takes those unexpected turns, and he became the CEO/partner in R.S. Anderson Company, Inc. (dba Anderson Farms & Anderson Poultry), a major Midwest distributor of wholesale food and poultry, with a USDA-inspected poultry further processing facility in Chicago and Wheeling, Illinois. He abides by the National Association of REALTORS® Code of Ethics, and Equal Housing Opportunity. With Gary, it is all about you! Please contact him today to discuss your wants and needs.

Gary A. Kipnis Broker/REALTOR®

CONTACT INFORMATION: 6602 E. Cooper St., Tucson, AZ 85710 Cell: (520) 990-8163 Office/Fax: (520) 546-6035 gkipnis@cox.net


Debbie Evenchik, CRS, CRP

EXECUTIVE SALES ASSOCIATE, COLDWELL BANKER RESIDENTIAL BROKERAGE Debbie Evenchik is a trusted REALTOR® with a proven reputation built on over 35 years of real estate experience in the Tucson area. She is among the top producing Coldwell Banker real estate agents — year after year. Debbie is fully knowledgeable in all aspects of real estate marketing, and sales and has an extensive background in real estate finance. Whether her clients are moving up, downsizing, first-time homebuyers or considering retirement living, she is an expert. Debbie has a unique understanding of luxury as well as investment properties. Known for her skilled contract negotiations, and attention to detail, she combines traditional marketing with new and innovative methods. She is never too busy to treat her clients like family. Debbie is a REALTOR® for the different stages of your life, providing guidance, outstanding service and advice as you buy, sell or invest. CONTACT INFORMATION: 2890 E. Skyline Drive, Suite 250, Tucson, AZ 85718 • (520) 349-9630 • Debbie@azhometeam.com June 29, 2018, ARIZONA JEWISH POST


Real Estate & Finance Spotlight

How much do you need for a down payment? BRANDPOINT

I Eric and Nanci Freedberg


Tucson Land & Home Realty is your boutique real estate brokerage, bringing you the expertise of an award-winning custom homebuilder and professional marketer. Custom homebuilders for more than 27 years, Eric and Nanci Freedberg are land and home buying experts. Specializing in marketing and investment, they optimize your presence with website and online marketing exposure. They also provide specialized services in readying your home for sale or for renovations after purchase. They provide Tucson relocation and lot site advisory, Tucson Land & Home Realty delivers unsurpassed personal service from experienced professionals.

CONTACT INFORMATION: Eric: (520) 631-9465 Nanci: (520) 360-9864 tucsonlandhome@gmail.com • www.tucsonlandhomerealty.com

t’s a common misconception that a 20 percent down payment is required to buy a home. Let’s face it, a 20 percent down payment is a lot of money, and often the largest obstacle for homeownership, especially for first-time buyers. You can qualify for a conventional mortgage with as little as 3 percent down. Conventional mortgages originated with a low down payment, defined as less than 20 percent, require private mortgage insurance (MI) until approximately 20 percent equity is established through either monthly payments or home price appreciation. When mortgage insurance cancels, your monthly mortgage bill is reduced. It is important to know that not all forms of MI are created equal — private mortgage insurance is temporary and cancelable but the overwhelming majority of mortgages backed by the government’s Federal Housing Administration (FHA) contain insurance that cannot be canceled.

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Avi Erbst has been dedicated to this beautiful community since the day he moved to Tucson. You can often find Avi, his wife, and their three young boys engaged in community events. Avi moved to Tucson from New York City, where he was the operations manager for the largest private ambulance company in the city. After a 13-year career in emergency medical services, he wanted to apply his passion for helping people to the world of real estate. With the ability to stay calm in stressful situations, Avi is able to guide both buyers and sellers with a clear and calm demeanor. Life is full of stresses, but buying and selling a home shouldn’t be one of them. Avi’s goal is to make the process an enjoyable experience. Excellent market knowledge and outstanding customer service makes him the “AVI-ous” choice for all your real estate needs.

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CONTACT INFORMATION: 313 S. Convent Ave., Tucson, AZ 85701 (520) 873-7600 avi@cxtrealty.com


Jill Rich, GRF, CRS, ABR


You might call Jill Rich a bell-ringer. As a top-performing REALTOR® since 1981, Jill has rung more doorbells than she can count. She’s been a bell-ringer for the Salvation Army. And she’s rung alarm bells to build support for humanitarian relief and refugee resettlement. She’s been a foster and adoptive parent, mentored refugees, served meals and volunteered at homeless shelters. How does this help her to help you buy or sell a home? Because she knows how to care effectively. She knows Tucson’s neighborhoods from being involved in the lives of the people who live there. Jill has been honored as a Long Mortgage Top Company Performer, won Long Realty’s Samuel H. Woods Community Service Award, and achieved the company’s Top 5% award. Her proudest professional moment was when she received the Good Neighbor award from REALTOR® Magazine, the official magazine of the National Association of REALTORS®. Jill gives every client the same effort and attention she gives her humanitarian work. For her, there are no boundaries in caring for people.

CONTACT INFORMATION: 1890 E. River Rd. 85718 • (520) 349-0174 • jbr@dakotacom.net • jillrich.longrealty.com



Danelle Kornberg, an accredited Luxury Home Specialist and Associate Broker, knows what works to sell or buy homes in Tucson. Her unique marketing system has helped families achieve their real estate dreams since 2001. Danelle places your needs first and provides you with the professional advice you need to help you achieve your goals. If you’re looking for a home to buy or sell in Tucson, you can rely on Danelle to provide you with expert and responsive service.

Cindie Wolfe’s clients will tell you her friendly, kind and compassionate manner are only outshined by her knowledge, professionalism, strategic negotiating skills and attention to detail. Her ability to listen and understand a client’s needs enables her to expertly hone in on the best options available and find what clients are looking for. Forming lasting relationships and providing ultimate customer service is a critical component to being an elite agent in the real estate business, something in which Cindie takes great pride. Giving back and supporting her community is another important part of Cindie’s life. She proudly serves on the board of directors of the Ben’s Bells Project, a nonprofit organization that promotes kindness throughout Tucson and neighboring cities. Since becoming a REALTOR® in 2002, Cindie has facilitated more than $110 million in sales — which translates to tons of happy homeowners. So, how can she help you today?


Danelle Kornberg, CRS


CONTACT INFORMATION: 4051 E. Sunrise Dr., Suite 101, Tucson, AZ 85718 (520) 906-5550 • www.DanelleK.LongRealty.com


KELLER WILLIAMS SOUTHERN ARIZONA Ron Sirota epitomizes integrity, energy, hard work and creative service in every detail of your real estate transaction. He grew up in northeast Pennsylvania and attended Syracuse University. He has been working in almost every aspect of the industry for over 35 years. Ron has been trained and inspired in sales by some of the best mentors in the industry. He uses his experience and foresight to proactively address details before they become problems. Five words you can count on from Ron: integrity, love, commitment, passion, and fun.

Ron Sirota

CONTACT INFORMATION: 1745 E. River Road, Suite 245, Tucson, AZ 85718 (520) 922-6943 • (931) 922-6943 • rsirota@kw.com

Cindie Wolfe, CRS, GRI, ABR

CONTACT INFORMATION: (520) 808-3258 cindie@cindiewolfe.com www.cindiewolfe.com


GOLDSMITH REAL ESTATE Ellen Golden, co-founder and Designated Broker of Goldsmith Real Estate, is an 18 year real estate industry veteran. Her areas of expertise include sales, leasing, and management of both commercial and residential properties. In 2015, Ellen Golden and Claud Smith opened their own real estate company, Goldsmith Real Estate. Ellen and her staff are committed to giving you the very best service, whether you are looking for your dream home, an investment property, or someone to manage your investment.

Ellen Golden, Designated Broker

CONTACT INFORMATION: 5431 N. Oracle Road, Suite 191, Tucson, AZ 85704 (520) 219-3100 • www.goldsmithtucson.com


Continuing a family tradition, Pamela Mindes, a Long Realty broker associate, and Louis Mindes, vice president of Long Realty, are pleased to welcome their son Justin to the full-time family team. Justin is a certified residential specialist with a focus on new construction. A Tucson native, he has been selling real estate since the age of 18. Welcome aboard, Justin!

Justin Mindes, CRS, GRI

CONTACT INFORMATION: 8540 N. Oracle Road, Oro Valley, AZ 85704 (520) 906-3233 • Justin@ilovetucson.com www.ilovetucson.com

Douglas Seemann, REALTOR®, GRN, SFR,


ASSOCIATE BROKER, HOMESMART ADVANTAGE GROUP Douglas Seemann works with buyers and investors to find maximum value when purchasing a home or property. He helps buyers identify their needs and acquire the property, and provides assistance after the sale. Working with sellers, Doug actively and aggressively markets the property, utilizing over 100 websites, social media, direct marketing and networking. He helps owners prepare the property, negotiate with buyers, and monitor the closing. No client has lost money on a home purchased and sold through him! Doug’s team of escrow and title officers, lenders, handymen, contractors and other service providers give his clients the tools they need for a successful transaction. CONTACT INFORMATION: 5425 North Oracle Road, Suite 135, Tucson, AZ 85704 • (520) 505-3000 doug@seeseemannfirst4homes.com • www.seeseemannfirst4homes.com June 29, 2018, ARIZONA JEWISH POST



Real Estate & Finance Spotlight

CENTURY 21 1ST AMERICAN As a military wife and mother to two vivacious boys, Janna Hoffman can understand what it means to have a place to grow roots and call home. Janna is always available to answer any questions you may have regarding the ever-evolving Tucson real estate market. Her top priority is going above and beyond to deliver an exceptional and fully satisfied one-stop, full service real estate experience to you.

Janna Hoffman

CONTACT INFORMATION: 8830 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85710 (520) 488-4088 • www.jannainmarana.c21.com


RASKOB KAMBOURIAN FINANCIAL ADVISORS Phillip B. Kaiser, CFA, CFP®, is a financial advisor / analyst at Raskob Kambourian Financial Advisors. For over 31 years, Raskob Kambourian has been providing comprehensive financial planning, investment management, and tax planning and preparation to clients in Southern Arizona. The firm prides itself on its “Life Planning” approach and employs a knowledgeable and dedicated staff to meet your most important goals. To schedule your free initial consultation, please give them a call or visit their website at www.rkfin.com.

Phillip B. Kaiser, CFA, CFP®

CONTACT INFORMATION: 4100 N. 1st Ave., Tucson, AZ 85719 • (520) 690-1999 www.rkfin.com


A full-time real estate professional since 1980, Madeline Friedman has been the #1 agent at Long Realty numerous times. She is vice president of the executive council, a member of The 1926 Circle of Excellence-Platinum level, and member of the Long Million Dollar Club since 1981. She consistently generates over $25 million in sales each year. Rumor has it that she only represents luxury properties — not so! From condos to castles, for Madeline it’s all about helping people. She is considered “the family Realtor” assisting multiple generations in the same family. Madeline was awarded Long’s prestigious Sam Woods Award for her exemplary community service, which has included serving on the boards of the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona and Congregation Anshei Israel, vice chair of Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona Women’s Philanthropy, charter member of the Long Realty Cares Foundation, and supporter of the Sabino Girls Volleyball Team. She looks forward to serving you for all your real estate needs.

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CONTACT INFORMATION: (520) 296-1956 Cell: (520) 907-4141 TucsonHomeFinder@aol.com www.TucsonAZHomes.com

Home-buying tips for first-timers, old-timers BRANDPOINT


hether you are buying a home for the first time or you are just looking for an upgrade, it is never a bad idea to arm yourself with tips that can make your search go from overwhelming to enjoyable. Rather than learning the hard way about hidden expenses and difficult neighbors, there are things you can do to feel more confident as you begin your search. With a seller’s market in many parts of the country, these tips are even more important as you battle other buyers for the home of your dreams. The more efficient and straightforward you are in your search, the better chance you’ll have to hear “offer accepted.”

Consider all the costs

When starting the home-buying journey, the first thing to consider is the cost and expenses. When pre-approved for a mortgage of a certain amount, keep in mind that number is not a target - it is a maximum. While a seller’s market often means little wiggle room on price, your best bet is to find a property below that number so you have a financial cushion when negotiations happen. It is important to remember the mortgage is not the total cost of your home. It usually only covers principal, interest, property taxes and homeowner’s insurance premiums. Homeownership involves many other expenses like closing costs, home repairs and potential yearly increases in property taxes. Last, and something few people think about, if you have a life insurance policy, be sure to review it to make sure your coverage takes into account the mortgage debt on your new home. This ensures that if something happens to you, your family is financially secure.

Be flexible but firm

Finding the right home requires a delicate balance of flexibility and finesse. At the same time, you want to stand firm when it comes to your non-negotiables in your new home (price, school district, a second bathroom). This is where having a real estate agent can be of enormous benefit. Agents have the expertise and time to devote to your search that allows you to flex when opportunity arises and get a home that doesn’t break your budget. Finding the right agent is a lot like finding the right home — you need to do your research. Get referrals for accredited agents and

have meetings with two or three of them before deciding whom to hire. Make sure they have experience working with homes in your price point and are familiar with the areas you are looking to buy in. Lastly, do not sign an exclusive broker agreement unless you are certain you have found the right agent for you. There are many resources available to help you find an agent that understands your individual needs, such as USAA’s Real Estate Rewards Network.

Meet the neighbors

While location is important, many factors feed into a great neighborhood. From disputes over pets and parking to personality clashes, neighbors can have a big impact on your happiness as a homeowner. Before committing to a neighborhood, take time to walk the street and gauge compatibility with the neighbors you meet. Talking with the neighbors may also reveal hidden quirks about the home you would not have known otherwise, such as a basement that constantly floods or an ongoing dispute about a property line.

More house is more work

Television shows have glamorized home renovation. Before deciding on a “fixer upper,” make sure you have a full understanding of what it will take — and how much it will cost — to make the house match your vision. Construction projects often take longer than anticipated and can reveal other problems that end up costing more money. If your home needs a complete renovation you also won’t be able to live there during construction, so you need to ask yourself, can you afford to pay for two homes for several months? Similarly, a larger house means more time and money spent on upkeep. A house with a big yard may have great curb appeal but will you truly use all that space? Be realistic, because the money for maintenance on a bigger house is money in your pocket at a smaller house that has many of the features you want. Lastly, remember that no home improvement project will change your commute or how noisy the nearby traffic is.

Use your head, not your heart

One final piece of advice — do not let your emotions take over the process. Choosing a home can be stressful and overwhelming. It is important to keep a level head. No decision this big should be made on an impulse, so take your time and think through every aspect of the process.



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analogy, one that is based on surrender and accommodation that could not happen in this Middle Eastern context unless we are looking at the world through the eyes of Hamas and Hezbollah. Secondly, the Middle East is still a collagen of religious fanaticism, economic backwards and political tyranny. It is nothing more than a mirage to transpose the situation in Europe with the harmony that came after half a millennium of conflict and in conditions of modernity to transpose those conditions to the Middle East, with a conflict as much younger and the political culture infinitely less mature. In this context, to look at the savage religious and secular conflicts going on throughout the Middle East and to believe that the most virulent of these, the conflict with Israel, can find the kind of harmonious coexistence that exists in Europe, can only be called messianic. Now this is not to say that the only impulse underlying Oslo was messianic. There was a messianic left and there was a realistic left, if you like. The realists saw Oslo as a pragmatic way out of Israel dilemma. I believe in retrospect, as I believed at the time, that they were utterly mistaken, but at least they were not dreaming. I think Rabin had a fairly coherent logic behind Oslo. He saw three basic changes in the world having occurred in the ‘90s, and he thought they would give Israel an opportunity to quickly settle the Palestinian dispute and to concentrate on the larger disputes coming in the longer run from the periphery, from the missiles and the weapons of mass destruction that would soon be in the hands of Iran, Iraq, Libya and others. And the three events he saw were: First, the collapse of the Soviet Union, which deprived the rejectionist Arabs of the great superpower sponsor and source of economic, military and diplomatic assistance. Second was the victory of the United States in the Gulf War and the establishment of American hegemony in the region. Third was the terminal condition of the PLO. Arafat had again, as always, chosen the wrong side in war, was cut off by Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, ostracized by the United States, lost all of his financial and diplomatic support. The PLO was on its last legs. Rabin thought he was cleverly exploiting the weakness of the PLO by reviving it, he imagined, just enough so it could make peace with him. With the Soviets gone, with Iraq defeated, with the U.S. ascended, with the PLO weakened, he thought he could make a deal on this basis. He turned out to be hopelessly mistaken, both on the intentions and on the recuperative powers of the PLO once Israel had helped it out of its abyss. It was one of the great miscalculations in diplomatic history.


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Indeed, I believe Oslo will stand as perhaps the most catastrophic, self-inflicted wound by any state in modern history. But at least in Rabin’s mind, as I understood it, it was a calculation. For Peres and his counterpart on the Israeli left, it was a leap of faith. And I mean the word literally, faith. Chesterton once said that when a man stops believing in God he doesn’t believe in nothing, he believes in anything. In the ideologically fevered 20th century, this belief in anything often turned out to be a belief in history, history with a capital H. For the messianic left, Oslo was more than a deal. It was a realization, a ratification of a new era in history.

I believe Oslo will stand as perhaps the most catastrophic, selfinflicted wound by any state in modern history. Rabin’s Oslo was pessimistic, peace with fences, separation, divorce wearing its tenuousness. Peres’ Oslo was eschatological: Benelux, geo-economics, the abolition of power politics. Israel, labored under its illusion, did not awake to its reality for seven long years, until reality declared itself in the summer of 2000 at Camp David, when Barak’s astonishingly conciliatory peace offer elicited a Palestinian counteroffer of terrorism and suicide bombing. This is not to say that peace is impossible; it is only to say that peace will always be contingent. And even that contingent peace will require the demonstration by the Arab side of its willingness, its genuine willingness, to live in acceptance of a Jewish state. Again, that is not impossible. That is what Sadat offered, and he meant it. It is not clear that post-Sadat Egypt means it, although it has lived within the Sadatian parameters at least for reasons of prudence ever since. But there has never been a Sadat among the Palestinians. And the idea that one can strike a real peace deal with Arafat, in the absence of a Sadat-like acceptance of the Jewish state, is indeed delusional. Until there is a genuine Arab, a genuine Palestinian acceptance of a Jewish state within whatever borders, there will be no end to history, there will only be more and more history. Bismarck once said of the Balkans that they produce more history than they can consume, and that will be the fate of the Middle East for the foreseeable future. Let me conclude by dealing with one objection to my characterization of the secular messianism of the Israeli, and I might say American, left. One might ask, “Was not the original Zionist dream itself messianic?”

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After all, a hundred years ago Zionism itself appeared to be a crazy dream. The idea of the ingathering of the exiles, the reestablishment of the Hebrew language, of Hebrew culture, the settling of the land, the achievement of political independence, appeared all to be, well, messianic. I would argue precisely the opposite. Zionism is the antithesis of messianism. Zionism argued against waiting in the Diaspora with prayer and fervency for some deus ex machina to come and to rescue the Jews. Zionism rejected the idea of waiting for an outside agent, for a Shabbetai Zvi and a Bar Kochba. Zionism is supremely an ideology of self-reliance, of self-realization. It refuses to depend on others, it postulates no sudden change in the psychology of enemies, it postulates no change in human nature, it postulates no discontinuity in history. Zionism accepted the world precisely as it was and decided that precisely because the world was as it was, the Jews had no future in the Diaspora and would have to build their future in Zion. Most of all, they understood that the building of Zion would depend on Jewish action, Jewish initiative, Jewish courage. They had to go out and to build a state themselves, and they did. Oslo, on the other hand, a supreme expression of post-Zionist messianism, was entirely contrary to that spirit. Why? Because of its passivity, its reliance on an almost quasi-religious change of heart among Israel’s enemies. It is an acceptance of Israel by people who daily in their propaganda, in their sermons, in their pedagogies, anatomize the very idea of the Jewish state. It expected a renunciation of terrorism by people who practice, support, and fund and glorify it, and who had been doing that for 20 years, 30 years. It believed in entrusting the security, the safety, perhaps even the very existence of the Jewish state into the hands of sworn enemies. We have now learned, to our sadness and horror, that one cannot contract out the safety of the Zionist experiment to others, most especially to Arafat and the PLO. That was the premise of Oslo and it has proven to be catastrophic. I repeat, in the 1990s America slept, and Israel dreamt. The only good news is that Israel has awoken from that reverie, the most disastrous messianic seduction since Shabbetai Zvi. Shabbetianism survived nonetheless for centuries; Osloism still has its cultic adherence. But the body of the Jewish people has awoken, let us hope not too late, and once and for all determined never again to succumb to the messianic temptation. © Bar-Ilan University Charles Krauthammer wrote a weekly political column for The Washington Post, was a Fox News commentator and appeared regularly on “Special Report with Bret Baier.” He died June 21.


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ashionistas in Southern Arizona may not embrace big shearling coats and oversize knit scarves with the fervor of their East Coast sisters. But there were many other looks to love on the runways at this February’s Fall Fashion Week in New York. Ann Carroll of Mills Touché boutique in Tucson says, “Expect to see plenty of bold dressing in the coming months, and don’t be afraid to mix things up a Ann Carroll bit. Assorted florals and graphic prints will be everywhere. Colorful animal prints and plaids are a major part of 2018 fall fashion, as is the return of classic suiting.” In fact, designers were doing some of the mixing for us, with patchwork prints showing up in dresses, skirts and trousers from Missoni, Calvin Klein, Gucci, Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana and Nicole Miller, among others. Purposely messy layers, including layered jackets or coats designed to look like layers are another way designers were mixing and matching. Yet, for those who prefer understated elegance, Harper’s Bazaar touts classic Saville Row fabrics such as herringbone, glen plaid, and houndstooth. Romantic florals also were prominent in many designers’ collections, with darker hues replacing spring’s pastels. On the other end of the spectrum, sequins and silver foil were also popular on many runways. Trend watchers from W to Women’s Wear Daily to the New York Times highlighted a return to the ’80s with big shoulders and black leather, but paired with skinny jeans for a more contemporary twist. Other retro ’80s looks making a comeback included neon colors and color blocks. Tom Ford combined pink leopard

prints with aqua, orange and black color blocks and a floral applique in one fun, if only slightly over-the-top, overcoat. Faux fur accents are showing up everywhere, from sweaters to handbags. “In handbags we are finding that backpacks have made a resurgence for all ages. Cross body handbags are also very important,” says Arlene Antzis of the Bag Arlene Antzis Company, which also stocks a variety of women’s clothing. “Tunics and leggings are still going to be popular for fall. We are also going to see some shorter tops and gaucho pants,” adds Antzis. Call them gauchos or culottes, Wonderslist marks them as one of the top 10 trends for women to adopt in 2018. Capes will add drama this fall, as noted by everyone from the Wall Street Journal and the New York Daily News to Elle, Cosmopolitan and Vogue. Designers showed capes not only as outerwear but also attached to floor-length gowns. Red was one of the dominant colors on the runways, showing up in everything from ball gowns to outerwear. Pink was also hot, as were garments combining pink and red. At Maya Palace in Tucson, red is a perennial favorite, says John Kopplin, co-owner with his wife, Suzy. Kopplin says other bright colors — emerald green, turquoise Suzy and John Kopplin and purple — are also always trending at the boutique, although the top-selling colors, he notes, are white and ivory because Maya Palace specializes in bridal gowns. With so many style choices to choose from, as Vogue says, “the only rule this season is more is more.” June 29, 2018, ARIZONA JEWISH POST


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

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

temple emanu-el 225 N. Country Club Road, Tucson, AZ 85716 • (520) 327-4501 Rabbi Batsheva Appel • www.tetucson.org Shabbat services: Fri. through mid-August, 5:30 p.m., preceded by 5 p.m. wine and cheese; Sat., 10 a.m. / Torah study: Sat., 8:30 a.m. except when there is a Rabbi’s Tish.

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


Beth shalom temple Center

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

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

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

seCular humanist Jewish CirCle REFORM 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.



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

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

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offerings include “Godzilla” on July 7, “Wait Until Dark” as fundraiser for the Andra Heart Foundation on July 13, “King Kong vs. Godzilla” on July 15, and continuing the monster theme, “Mothra” on July 22. Check out www. foxtucson.com for tickets and newly added performances. Invisible Theatre’s annual Sizzling Summer Sounds series, July 10-22, is partnering with Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails and The Carriage House. Get discounts on dinner at Downtown Kitchen and reserved seating for the cabaret shows at The Carriage House. Visit www. invisibletheatre.com for the lineup of performers.

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Select a locally owned and operated travel agency. Reisen Arizona Day Tours focuses on regional tours, with owner/tour guide Michael Folz at the helm. A third-generation native Tucsonan, he knows the ins, the outs and the secrets of the area. “I’m able to provide you with a tour that’s interesting, educational, fun and filled with insights and perspectives that only someone who’s grown up here can give you,” he says. Reisen Arizona Day Tours accommodates tours of one to 12 guests. Kids under 10 years are halfprice and all tours are customizable. Favorites are the Grand Canyon and Sedona, local ghost towns, breweries and wineries, Tombstone, Bisbee, bike tours and sites including missions, Kartchner Caverns, and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Reisen also does Phoenix pick-ups for a minimum of two people at $50/per person. www.reisenarizona.com. For those traveling further afield, Bon Voyage Travel is a full-service luxury travel agency with a half-century of experience. Peter Evans heads an experienced, energetic team of more than 75 travel experts out of four convenient area offices, including River and Campbell, Green Valley, Oro Valley, and Phoenix — and an online division. The agency specializes in custom vacation planning for all types of travel, with cruise and destination specialists. With no pressure or obligation and a price-match promise, “you never pay more for your vacation, you only get more.” www.bvtravel.com.

COMMUNITY CALENDAR The calendar deadline is Tuesday, 10 days before the issue date. Our next issue will be published July 13, 2018. Events may be emailed to office@azjewishpost.com, faxed to 319-1118, or mailed to the AJP at 3718 E. River Road, #272, Tucson, AZ 85718. For more information, call 319-1112. See Area Congregations on page 20 for additional synagogue events. Men’s Mishnah club with Rabbi Israel Becker at Cong. Chofetz Chayim. Sundays, 7:15 a.m.; Monday-Friday, 6:15 a.m.; Saturdays, 8:15 a.m. 747-7780 or yzbecker@me.com. Chabad of Sierra Vista men’s tefillin club with Rabbi Benzion Shemtov, first Sundays, 9 a.m., at 401 Suffolk Drive. 820-6256 or www.jewishsierravista.com. “Too Jewish” radio show with Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon on KVOI 1030 AM (also KAPR and KJAA), Sundays at 9 a.m. July 1, Rabbi Ben Kamin, author of “The Blessing of Sorrow: Turning Grief into Healing.” July 8, Steven Hartov, author of “The Soul of a Thief.” Beth Shalom Temple Center of Green Valley bagel breakfast and Yiddish club, first Sundays, 9:30 a.m. Members, $7; nonmembers, $10. 648-6690 or 399-3474. Southern Arizona Jewish Genealogy Society, second Sundays, 1-3 p.m. at the Tucson J. Contact Barbara Stern Mannlein at 731-0300 or the J at 299-3000. Tucson J Israeli Dance, taught by Brandi

Saturday / June 30 5 PM: Temple Emanu-El Wandering Jews and Babies and Bagels Havdallah hike, dinner, and service at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. First 50 people get free admission. To register or for more information, call 327-4501.

Sunday / July 1 PJ Library Summer Reading Challenge! Read 9 books and complete 9 activities during month of July per the PJ Library calendar. Contact Mary Ellen Loebl at pjlibrary@jfsa.org or 647-8443. 12:30 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Fast of 17th Tammuz Mincha service. 745-5550.

Monday / July 2 7 PM: Cong. Chofetz Chayim/Southwest Torah Institute, JFSA and Tucson J present The Connection: Not Just Words, A Guide to Understanding Prayer. Continues July 3-5 and 8-12. At Congregation Chofetz Chayim. Register at www.tucsontorah.org/the-connection.html.

Friday / July 6 5:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Tot Kabbalat Red, White, and Blue Shabbat service and dinner. Cookout begins at 6 p.m. Dinner $12 for adults, free for kids under 12. RSVP for dinner at 327-4501.

Saturday / July 7 NOON: Cong. Anshei Israel “Origins” Kiddush. Mingle with congregants from the same areas of the United States and beyond. Free. 745-5550 or www.caiaz.org.

Sunday / July 8 10 AM-NOON: JFCS CHAI circle meeting, for women with or survivors of cancer. Free. At Tuc-

ONGOING Hawkins, 2nd and 4th Sundays, partners, 4:45-6 p.m., open circle, 6-7 p.m. Members, $8; nonmembers, $10. 299-3000.

JFCS Holocaust Survivors group meets Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-noon. Contact Raisa Moroz at 795-0300.

Temple Emanu-El mah jongg, Mondays, 10 a.m. 327-4501.

Integral Jewish Meditation group led by Brian Schachter-Brooks, Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., at Cong. Bet Shalom, free. www.torahofawakening. com.

Cong. Anshei Israel mah jongg, Mondays, 10 a.m.-noon. All levels, men and women. Contact Evelyn at 885-4102 or esigafus@aol.com. Tucson J current events discussion, Mondays, noon-1:30 p.m. Members, $1; nonmembers, $2. Bring or buy lunch, 11:30 a.m. 299-3000, ext. 147. Cong. Bet Shalom yoga. Mondays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. $5. 577-1171. Jewish sobriety support group meets Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m. at Cong. Bet Shalom. dcmack1952@gmail.com. Spouse Bereavement Group, cosponsored by Widowed to Widowed, Inc. at the Tucson J, Tuesdays, 10 a.m. Contact Marvin at 885-2005 or Tanya at 299-3000, ext. 147. son J. RSVP to Irene Gefter at 795-0300, ext. 2271 or igefter@jfcstucson.org 3:30 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel summer film series. “Hester Street.” Popcorn and lemonade. Free. Contact Emilia at 745-5550, ext. 225 or visit www.caiaz.org.

Monday / July 9 NOON: Cong. Anshei Israel women's study group. Monthly group sessions discussing “Pirkei Imahot: The Wisdom of Mothers, The Voices of Women,” led by Rabbi Robert Eisen. Bring dairy lunch. Free. 745-5550 or www.caiaz.org.

Tuesday / July 10 NOON: Cong. Chofetz Chayim/Southwest Torah Institute, JFSA and Tucson J present The Connection: Lunch and Learn. At JFSA, 3718 E. River Road. Register at www.tucson torah.org/the-connection.html. 2-4 PM: JFCS Honoring a Life: Advance Care Planning Conversations. Free. 4301 East 5th St. RSVP to Irene Gefter at igefter@jfcstucson.org or 795-0300, ext. 2271.

Wednesday / July 11 7:30-11 AM: Jewish Community Foundation Summer Series, Hot Topics for Tax & Legal Professionals, session 2, “I Do, I Did, I’m Done: Non-traditional Families, Divorce & Estate Law,” at Harvey & Deanna Evenchick Center for Jewish Philanthropy, 3718 E. River Road. $90 plus $15 materials fee. Register at www.jcftucson.org. 8 AM: Jewish Business Network meeting. Continues second Wednesday of month. At the Tucson J. 299-3000, ext. 241, or concierge@ jewishtucson.org.

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. 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

Friday / July 13 5:45 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel traditional community Shabbat service and dinner. Dinner at 7 p.m.: members, adult (13+) $18: children $10; nonmembers, Adult $22; children $14. RSVP by July 6 at 745-5550 or www.caiaz.org.

Sunday / July 15 10 AM: Temple Emanu-El Babies and Bagels Splash Party, at the Tucson J. Register at 327-4501.

UPCOMING Saturday / July 28

8 AM: Temple Emanu-El Wandering Jews hike and Shabbat morning service at Mount Lemmon. 327-4501.

Sunday / July 29

9:30 AM – 3 PM: Tucson J One Day Adult Summer Camp. Adult, $40; couple $75; childcare, $15 per child. Contact Jennifer Selco at jselco@tucsonjcc.org or 299-3000, ext. 106 or www.tucsonjcc.org.

Graham, Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Members of Women’s League, $6 per class; nonmembers, $8 per class. Contact Evelyn at 885-4102 or esigafus@aol.com. 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. Chabad Tucson lunch and learn with Rabbi Yehuda Ceitlin, Wednesdays, 12:15 p.m. at Eli’s Deli. info@ChabadTucson.com. Jewish mothers/grandmothers special needs support group for those with children/ grandchildren, youth or adult, with special needs, third Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. at Tucson J. Contact Joyce Stuehringer at 299-5920. “Biblical Breakthroughs with Rabbi Becker” at the Southwest Torah Institute. Fridays, noon, for men and women. 747-7780 or yzbecker@me.com. Jewish History Museum/Holocaust History Center closed through Aug. 30. Visits by appointment only; call 670-9073


Jewish Federation-Northwest chair yoga with a Jewish flair taught by Bonnie Golden. Mondays, 10-11 a.m. $7 per class or $25 for four. 505-4161 or northwestjewish@jfsa.org. Northwest Needlers create hand-stitched items for donation in the Jewish community. Meets at Jewish Federation Northwest Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m. RSVP to judithgfeldman@ gmail.com or 505-4161. Jewish Federation-Northwest mah jongg, 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.jewish orovalley.com.


Wednesday / July 11

6-8 PM: Jewish Federation-Northwest Community Dining Out at Catalina Craft Pizza, 15930 N Oracle Road, Suite 178, Catalina. Diners purchase their own fare. RSVP by July 9 to 505-4161 or northwestjewish@ jfsa.org.

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OBITUARY Francine Shacter Francine Shacter, 90, of Tucson, formerly of Bethesda and Highland, Maryland, died June 14, 2018. Mrs. Shacter was born in Los Angeles, graduated from Hollywood High School, and briefly attended UCLA before marrying and raising four children. Years later, in the middle of life, while working full time, she obtained her B.A. from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont. Her work experience extended from operating her own business as a fashion designer and seamstress, to a distinguished career as an administrator at the U.S. Census Bureau and the Consumer



Product Safety Commission. One of her many passions was Democratic Party politics, culminating in her primary run for U.S. Representative for the 8th Congressional District of Arizona in 2006. She was a noted dog breeder and trainer, a craft artist, and a musician, playing both the harp and the recorder. Mrs. Shacter was predeceased by her daughter Deborah. Survivors include her children, Michael of Bethesda, Jeffrey of Hotchkiss, Colorado, and Emily (Beth Wheeler) of Takoma Park, Maryland; and two grandchildren. A memorial service was held at Villa Hermosa. Memorial contributions may be made to the ACLU, the Arizona Democratic Party, or The Drawing Studio in Tucson.

OUR TOWN People in the news Tucson native NIKKI BAIM, a sophomore in the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, has won the 2018 Walter S. and Syrena M. Howell essay competition for “The Sports Department of Corrections: How false reports by ESPN criminalized the University of Arizona Basketball Program.”



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