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INSIDE Back To School ........... 19-21 Restaurant Resource ... 15-18 Senior Lifestyle ............7-14 Classifieds .............................22 Commentary ..........................6 Community Calendar...........28 Insider’s View.......................25 Letter to the Editor ................6 Local ......2, 7, 8, 12, 19, 20, 21 National ..................................3 News Briefs ............................5 Obituaries .............................30 Our Town .............................. 31 Rabbi’s Corner ......................26 Reflections............................27 Synagogue Directory...........26 World ....................................22

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For Handmaker resident, conversion to Judaism is part of full life PHYLLIS BRAUN AJP Executive Editor


efore moving to Handmaker in 2015, Elaine McLain lived all over the country, and “did everything imaginable,” she says, including marrying and being widowed twice, raising three children — and, on Aug. 9, converting to Judaism. (See related story, page 7.) Jewish ethics were the first thing that attracted McLain, now 74, to Judaism — “just walking into services where the motto was improving the world with kindness and welcoming strangers.” “Coming from a Protestant background, where actually I was president of the Baptist Youth Fellowship in California, I had really been involved. [But] the rules for being a good Christian are mostly negative, what not to do, and it so impressed me that there was an opportunity to be good” in a more positive way, she says. “I’ve always been a social worker,” whether doing traditional case management, working at a hospice, or directing a social service agency in Arizona’s White Mountains, McLain says. “And here was an opportunity to be encouraged to do good. And I felt so at home [at Handmaker’s Jewish services], and so welcomed, even as a ‘stranger’ — and loved. I wanted to participate in that.” For more than a year, in addition to attending services, McLain studied diligently and read voraciously, says Nanci Levy, Handmaker’s community outreach coordinator, who confesses she was speechless when McLain first expressed interest in converting. “It is one thing to participate

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Elaine McLain displays her certificate of conversion on Aug. 9, 2017, with the members of the rabbinic beit din, from left: Rabbi Dr. Howard Schwartz, Rabbi Avraham Alpert, Rabbi Dr. Bennett Blum.

in Jewish services to expand your knowledge of the world around you, but it is another thing to want to change your faith, especially this late in life. I was surprised, but I was also delighted for her and for our community,” Levy wrote in her Handmaker blog. Jewish books are still stacked around McLain’s apartment. “The people also attracted me,” says McLain, who has formed warm bonds with Levy and with many of Handmaker’s Jewish residents. She’s been greatly impressed by the friendly and polite Jewish teens she’s met at Handmaker, who come to volunteer at services or other intergenerational programs. Indeed, if she had it to do over again, “my kids would go to a Jewish school,” she says. She’s also impressed by Dan Asia, Howard Schwartz and Mel Cohen, the three men who lead services at Handmaker. Schwartz, who also leads Torah study sessions at Handmaker,

was one of the three rabbis who presided at McLain’s conversion beit din, or rabbinic court, along with Rabbis Avraham Alpert and Bennett Blum. Facing the beit din “was formidable, but the three rabbis were just marvelous,” she says. “Nanci and Carolee Asia came with me” afterward to the mikvah, says McLain, and then they took her to a tearoom to celebrate. “It was so moving and so important that we’re having an anniversary” celebration on Aug. 9 at the tearoom, “to talk about the conversion and renewal.” “Words cannot describe the beauty and emotion of this mikvah experience,” says Levy. “Both Carolee and I feel that being with Elaine at this moment was one of the most meaningful and memorable experiences of our lives.” Born in the town of Catskill, New York, McLain grew up in California. But she spent summers helping her grandfather, a veterinarian, at the Catskill

Game Farm, a privately owned zoo that housed more than 2,000 animals. She studied psychology at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon. After graduation — and a trip around the world — she returned to New York to take care of her grandmother, and at a chance meeting with the town supervisor, talked her way into her first social work job. “I got to drive my Volkswagen Bug, which I bought in Amsterdam, all over the Catskill Mountains,” she says. McLain and her first husband eventually moved to California. After he died, she married again, to a scientist, and they moved to the Washington, D.C., area. It was there she learned to paint, taking lessons from the wife of a congressman. Her art was accepted into several shows and galleries, and began to sell. McLain’s family was living in Massachusetts when, after See Conversion, page 2

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McLain’s three children all have settled on the East Coast, in New York, Vermont and Connecticut. Her eldest son has encouraged her to move to an assisted living facility in New York, but knowing she would have to spend entire winters indoors, she has no plans to leave Tucson, or Handmaker. She stays in touch with her kids and six grandchildren through phone calls, emails and the occasional visit. When McLain first moved into Handmaker in November 2015, her husband was living at another facility. “He had a terrible injury, and never walked again. And I wanted to get him here,” she says. Her husband moved to Handmaker in December 2015, only to die shortly after. “After his passing, Elaine was so touched by how much love and support she received from staff and residents as a newly widowed person,” recalls Levy. “God meant for me to be here,” says McLain.

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three spinouts driving on black ice, she decided they should move to Tucson. Using a Rand McNally atlas in the days before home computers were ubiquitous, she chose Tucson because it had opera, art museums and a university for her kids. She’s been in Tucson since 1989, and one of her sons did attend the University of Arizona. Reflecting on her life, McLain marvels at all the wonderful opportunities she’s had, including, when her second husband had scientific field work in Hawaii, tagging along and getting certified in scuba. “I don’t think I’m your average senior citizen,” she says, with a laugh — and then reflects that other seniors must have equally interesting stories to tell.

NATIONAL How Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh could affect issues that matter to Jews JOSEFIN DOLSTEN JTA


resident Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, a Republican establishment favorite who has worked in the George W. Bush administration, has triggered reactions from Jewish groups ranging from furious to relieved. Progressive groups raised flags about the pick, saying Kavanaugh’s record shows he would be a threat to reproductive rights and separation of church and state, while an Orthodox group said it was happy about his record on religious liberty. Trump announced on Monday evening that he was nominating Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge in Washington, D.C., to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy upon his retirement at the end of July. Within an hour of the announcement, the National Council of Jewish Women released a statement saying it was “incensed” by the choice and helped organize an opposition rally in front of the Supreme Court. Other progressive groups, such as the Workmen’s Circle, a Jewish organization with roots in the labor movement, denounced Trump’s pick, while the centrist Anti-Defamation League said it was wary that the nominee’s judicial record “does not reflect the demonstrated independence and commitment to fair treatment for all that is necessary to merit a seat on our nation’s highest court.” On Tuesday, Jody Rabhan, who directs NCJW’s Washington operations, said that Kavanaugh, like the other candidates considered by Trump, was “terrible on the issues that we care about.”

“The assumption based on his record and his ruling is that he would further push the court in the direction of using religion as an excuse to discriminate, not to mention the incredible horrors that could be, should he end up on the court, around reproductive health rights and justice,” Rabhan told JTA in a phone interview. Many on the left are concerned that a Trump appointee could join a conservative majority in taking away abortion rights and overturn Roe v. Wade, which Trump made a campaign promise. CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin has said that there is “just no doubt” that abortion would be illegal in a significant part of the United States within a year-and-ahalf of the confirmation of whomever Trump picked to fill Kennedy’s seat. In 2006, Kavanaugh said he would respect Roe v. Wade, but Rabhan said that did not assuage her concern. “Trump has said that overturning Roe v. Wade is a litmus test for anybody on his shortlist for the Supreme Court, and he has made anti-abortion [views] a litmus test for folks he’s nominated to lower courts,” she said. “We’ve seen it, so we believe him.” Rabhan and others cited a case, Garza v. Hagan, in which Kavanaugh opposed a detained undocumented immigrant minor’s right to obtain an abortion. In that 2017 case, the government had mandated that the teen could leave her detention center to have an abortion. Kavanaugh vacated the order, postponing the abortion for another week-anda-half, until a court ultimately ruled in her favor. Kavanaugh dissented, writing that the government had betrayed its “interest in favoring fetal life, protecting

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KAVANAUGH the best interests of a minor, and refraining from facilitating abortion.” Marc Stern, the general counsel of the American Jewish Committee, said most of Kavanaugh’s legal record was “unremarkable,” but that his opinion in the Garza case was “disturbing” and raised questions. “It’s not clear to us what that means exactly,” Stern said. “Does he believe that immigrants have lesser constitutional rights than everybody else? Does he think that teenagers don’t have a right [to an abortion]? … Does he mean only that the government has a right not to participate and you’re sort of on your own?” The AJC has not taken a position on the nomination, and Stern said it was studying Kavanaugh’s record, specifically with regard to issues of immigration law, religious liberty, separation of church and state, and reproductive freedom. He said that Kavanaugh’s opinion in Newdow v. Roberts, a case presenting a challenge to prayers at the presidential inauguration and the phrase “so help me God” in the presidential oath, offered “some glimmer of hope” for those supporting separation of church and state. Though the challenge by the plaintiff, an atheist opposing the prayers, was dismissed, Kavanaugh said he did have standing to sue. Stern does not think Kavanaugh would radically shift the court. Although Kennedy was a swing vote on issues like abortion and same-sex marriage, he often was reliably conservative. “On separation [of church and state] issues, he will read



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Brett Kavanaugh at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., the day after he was nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court, July 10, 2018.

the principle more narrowly than AJC would like,” Stern said. “But from what little he’s written, it doesn’t appear that he’s going to be writing in a whole different vein than where the court as a whole has been — but that’s a guess.” Agudath Israel of America, a haredi Orthodox organization, has not yet taken an official position on the nomination, but its Washington director, Rabbi Abba Cohen, called Kavanaugh “a very impressive candidate.” Cohen was happy about Kavanaugh’s rulings related to religious

freedom based on an initial overview of the judge’s record. Agudah and other Orthodox groups favor rulings that would exempt religious groups and individuals from generally applicable laws that clash with their beliefs. “We’re gratified that he’s given due deference to religious liberty and that he has been supportive of a greater involvement of religious organizations and institutions in society,” Cohen told JTA. Cohen cited Kavanaugh’s opinion in a case relating to contraceptive care exemptions for religious groups, Priests for Life v. HHS. The appeals court agreed that religious employers did not have to provide contraceptives, but had to file a form telling the government they were not doing so. Kavanaugh in his dissent argued that the filing requirement violated the plaintiffs’ religious freedom. “We support that position, we think that’s giving proper deference to religious rights, and we don’t think that’s in any way a retreat from the rights of others, so that’s one area where we are pleased about,” Cohen said. During his time in private practice, Kavanaugh took on pro bono cases, including that of a Reconstructionist synagogue, Adat Shalom in Bethesda, Maryland, which was facing challenges from its neighbors in constructing a building. In 2000, a U.S. District Court sided with the synagogue, saying a permit issued to the congregation was consistent with the Establishment Clause. The synagogue confirmed to JTA that it was represented by Kavanaugh but did not return a request for further comment in time for publication. The Reform movement and the Orthodox Union both told JTA that they were studying Kavanaugh’s record before deciding whether to take a position on his nomination.

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Palestinian Authority due to concerns that the money is being used to pay Palestinian terrorists and their families. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said in a statement July 2 that the country was cutting its funding to the World Bank’s Palestinian Recovery and Development Program fund. Australia will redirect that $10 million in Australian currency ($7.4 million U.S.) to the U.N. Humanitarian Fund for the Palestinian Territories, which supplies Palestinians with health care, food, water and shelter. Israel has long maintained that the Palestinian Authority and its president, Mahmoud Abbas, encourage terror attacks against Israelis by giving perpetrators and their families financial rewards. Israeli lawmakers are advancing a law to slash funds to the P.A. by the same amount it uses to pay terrorists, and the United States, in the Taylor Force Act, cut funding to the P.A. over the payments to convicted terrorists and their families.

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and Gaza in response to repeated arson attacks from incendiary kites and balloons coming from the coastal strip. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the decision announced Monday to close the Kerem Shalom crossing was taken in agreement with Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman. Kerem Shalom is the only crossing for commercial goods and the main crossing for humanitarian aid between Israel and Gaza. On Monday, Netanyahu called the closing “a significant step.” “There will be additional steps,” he told the Knesset. “I will not go into details.” Humanitarian aid, especially food and medicine, would still be allowed into Gaza through the crossing, but will require special permission. Palestinian protesters and rioters have been gathering at the border with Israel since mid-March as part of the so-called March of Return. The use of incendiary objects as a tactic began with the border protests. Thousands of acres of farming land and natural forest have been consumed in the flames sparked by the flying firebombs. At least 17 fires were sparked on Sunday alone from the kites and balloons.

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“we can live with” much of the joint Holocaust declaration by Israel and Poland that has come in for criticism, including from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Dina Porat in an interview with Israel’s Kan national broadcaster said the declaration should be changed but not canceled. The declaration made earlier this month by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Polish counterpart, Mateusz Morawiecki, acknowledges collaboration by some Poles during the Holocaust and the rescue of Jews by others. It also states that during the Holocaust, “unfortunately, the sad fact is that some people — regardless of their origin, religion or worldview — revealed their darkest side.” Porat told Kan that she consulted privately with both sides working on the declaration, though on a “voluntary, personal and confidential basis,” and not as a representative of Yad Vashem. Porat said she offered to resign from her position at Yad Vashem after her involvement in the declaration came to light, but that Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalev rejected her offer. The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in its criticism on Tuesday said the declaration “does not secure a future for Holocaust education, scholarship, and remembrance.” The declaration was designed to end the diplomatic spat between Poland and Israel over a law passed in Poland’s parliament in February that criminalized blaming the Polish nation for Nazi crimes. Israel protested the law and Poland’s government subsequently softened it, adding an amendment that scraps the three-year prison sentence prescribed in the original legislation. Newspapers in Israel, Germany and the United Kingdom published the declaration, leading to criticism from opposition leaders and historians in Israel and elsewhere. The museum acknowledged in a statement that it has held public and private discussions with the Polish government. “We appreciate the dialogue and hope that it will continue. But the recent amendment does not address our primary concern, which is the potential for intimidation, selfcensorship, and politicization, rather than a shared belief in the need for an ongoing, honest engagement with the past,” the museum said in the statement.

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COMMENTARY Conservative movement is closing gender gap, but there is still work to be done DEBRA NEWMAN KAMIN and ALISA POMERANTZ-BORO JTA

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s the Jewish world this year marks Israel’s Debra Newman Kamin 70th anniversary, we recall that two years before Israel’s independence, a momentous change came in the Conservative movement: Its then new prayer book, known as Alisa Pomerantz-Boro the Silverman siddur, no longer contained the traditional words “Shelo Asani Eisha” — thank you God for “not making me a woman.” Instead, it thanked God for “making me a free person.” That remarkable decision, made at least a year or two before the siddur’s 1946 publication, came as war was raging and the challenges that faced the Jewish community were almost unimaginable. Yet amid all that a group of men — we’d like to say a group of people, but we all know it was a group of men — concluded that the Conservative movement was going to treat women in a different way. Even then. That decision is a direct line to the roles we both have today. As the presidents of the Rabbinical Assembly, which represents Conservative/ Masorti rabbis, and of the Cantors Assembly, each of us is only the second woman to

Amy Eilberg, the first woman ordained by the Conservative movement's Jewish Theological Seminary in 1987, speaking at the Parliament of the World’s Religions, December 2016.

hold her position. Women clergy still have a long way to go in the Conservative movement. We won’t be nearly close to parity with men until we can stop talking about “the first” or “second,” or even “the third” or “the fourth,” female leader to hold a given position. Yet we would be remiss if we did not acknowledge the efforts and strides made by the Conservative movement since 1985, when Amy Eilberg became the first woman ordained by the movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary, and 1987, when Erica Lippitz and Marla Rosenfeld Barugel became its first cantors — even if it took another three years for the Cantors Assembly to vote to admit women and four years for them to be inducted. In the years since, our movement has modeled what organizations should do if they are seeking to reach parity between men and women. Early in our careers, each of us was the only woman on a committee

of our respective organizations, often the youngest and sometimes feeling too inexperienced even to be serving on the committee. But to their credit, those committee members went out of their way to select at least one woman for each committee. Today, Rabbinical Assembly and Cantors Assembly committees — as well as synagogue committees and boards themselves — work hard for balance between men and women, with women just as likely as men to head these groups. This isn’t to say that each of us didn’t face — and many female clergy still face — challenges. There are congregants and others who look askance at female rabbis and cantors. And there are the typical challenges that far too many working women confront everywhere: pay gaps, questions about how we will care for our children, comments about our clothing and appearance, worries that we are shortchanging our children and spouses, and symptoms

of superwoman syndrome because we want to do it all. Too many of us still have to remind ourselves we’re just as good as men — perhaps in some skills better. Too few of us hold senior positions, especially in large congregations. And some among us sadly can say #GamAni, #MeToo. Yet given that women’s tenure in the rabbinate and cantorate is just a drop in the bucket of thousands of years of men holding those positions, and that men in our professions still far outnumber women — the Rabbinical Assembly’s membership is some 1,700 men and only 350 women, while the Cantors Assembly can now boast that one-third of its 600 members are women — we marvel at how far the Conservative movement has come, appreciate that it still strives to be better and promise to use our platforms to push it further along. We rejoice in the acceptance of Conservative Judaism’s next generation: In the little girl who asked to portray a rabbi in a class play or chooses the type of flowered dress and dangling earrings that her family rabbi wears. And in the young child who visits an out-of-town synagogue and exclaims, “I didn’t know men could be cantors, too!”

Rabbi Debra Newman Kamin of Am Yisrael Conservative Congregation in Northfield, Illinois, was installed recently as president of the Rabbinical Assembly. Hazzan Alisa Pomerantz-Boro of Congregation Beth El in Voorhees, New Jersey, is president of the Cantors Assembly. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Arizona Jewish Post or its publisher, the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona.

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Out & About connects Handmaker residents with Tucson’s cultural scene PHYLLIS BRAUN AJP Executive Editor

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laine McLain, a Handmaker resident for two and a half years, is delighted Handmaker recently created an Out & About program for residents, a series of trips to cultural sites similar to Handmaker’s popular Adventure Bus program, which is for people experiencing the early stages of memory loss. “It’s wonderful here, we have a lot of activities, but it doesn’t supplant our previous life where we could get in the car and drive around and see what we wanted, when we wanted,” says McLain, an effervescent 74-year-old who barely seems to need the walker she uses to speed around the Handmaker campus. “An opportunity like this, this really spoke to me,” she says. Out & About offers trips every other Tuesday for independent and assisted living residents at Handmaker, explains Angela Salmon, who coordinates both the Out & About and Adventure Bus pro-

Out & About participants on a recent trip, starting with front row, (L-R): Ethel Weissman, Ramon Cruz (driver), Carol Zuckert; Debbie Smolen (volunteer), Betty Light, Leah Casey, Doris Wochley; MaryJane Gibson (volunteer); Lois Waldman, Les Waldman, Mort Edberg, Elaine McLain

grams. Out & About destinations have included the Center for Creative Photography, the International Wildlife Museum and the Pima Air and Space Museum. The trips cost residents $5, no matter what the destination is. Over the last seven years, says Salmon,

“a lot of residents came to me and said, ‘I want to do Adventure Bus.’ I would tell them Adventure Bus is an outreach program, so it wasn’t for Handmaker residents — residents have a huge activities calendar, every day of the week.” “But with enough people wanting to

do something similar to Adventure Bus,” Salmon was happy to oblige. Out & About trips typically last about two hours, shorter than the five-hour Adventure Bus outings, with the choices of destinations taking into account mobility issues, as many residents use wheelchairs or walkers. Some residents in assisted living also have memory issues. Two volunteers specifically trained for Out & About help out on the trips, along with Salmon and the bus driver, Ramon Cruz. On alternating Tuesdays, Salmon presents an Around the World program for residents, again mimicking the Adventure Bus program. “We talk about the history and the culture” of places around the world, “and celebrate the traditions, the art and the music of the place we’re studying. And then inspired by that destination, we do a craft project,” says Salmon. This week’s program focused on Hawaii, while Vietnam was the theme for another recent program. As soon as the Out & About flyer was See Handmaker, page 10



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Childhood vision inspires Tucsonan to be voice for peace DEBE CAMPBELL AJP Editorial Assistant


ven as a child, Hana Ripp felt that she had a mission in life. She wanted to be a voice for those who couldn’t speak. Intuition guided her over decades to follow her vision of world peace and harmony through the best vehicles she knew — arts and education. A first-generation Holocaust survivor, Ripp was born in 1946 outside Dachau, Germany, to Polish parents who survived Siberian work camps as barbers. The family immigrated to Canada in 1949. Ripp grew up in a one-room apartment behind the family barbershop in Toronto. Trained as a teacher in Toronto, she taught 10to 14-year-old immigrant students for six years in the early ’60s. Evaluating student needs, she created innovative curriculum for peer and group teaching, underscoring harmonious interactions among a diverse group of nationalities, religions and cultures. “Looking back, I taught them to strive for excellence in harmony and unity,” Ripp says. “Out of 60 teachers, no one realized I was Jewish,” Ripp remembers. She endured painful anti-Semitic remarks around the faculty lounge. Later, following her American fiancé across the U.S. border, she discovered she lacked proper documentation to legally immigrate, and says she was blacklisted for trying to cross the border. Her fiancé petitioned for a marriage visa in 1972 and they had 90 days to marry. They did, and subsequently settled in Florida and had two children. She decided not to take American citizenship. Even today, she maintains her U.S. permanent residency with a green card.

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Handmaker, Brandeis to team on art talks Handmaker will host a series of six art talks by docents from the Tucson Museum of Art beginning this fall. The talks, organized by Ellie Eigen and the Tucson chapter of the Brandeis National Committee, are open to those who have signed up for the series through the BNC, as well as to Handmaker residents and guests. The art talks will begin on Monday, October 8 at 2 p.m. in the Great Room at Handmaker, with “Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright: Places of Genius.” Other topics will be “The Barnes Collec-

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And being bilingual can improve your decision-making abilities, according to a 2017 study from the University of Chicago. The Tucson Jewish Community Center will offers a variety of language classes this fall. See Language, page 13

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On Thursdays, Sara Golan Mussman teaches beginner Hebrew classes from 2-3 p.m. and advanced Hebrew from 3-4 p.m. An Israeli native, Mussman is a longtime Tucson resident. Each six-session course is $60 for Tucson J members, $70 for nonmembers. Contact the welcome desk at 299-3000 in August for fall class dates. Theresa Levy, Ph.D., will offer “Lets Speak Italiano,” a beginner’s class, Tuesdays, Sept. 25-Oct. 23, 6-8 p.m. Levy has more than 25 years of experience teaching Italian privately, as well as for nine years at the University of Arizona and at Pima Community College since 2009. The course is $65 for members, $70 for nonmembers. French speakers can hone their skills with Intermediate Conversational French, held Wednesdays, Sept. 26-Oct. 31, 6-7:30 p.m., led by Liz Guillen. Topics discussed will include tourism, cooking, world news, and personal travel experiences, and class members may bring articles or documents in French to supplement the class handouts. The $165 course fee includes membership in the Alliance Française de Tucson. Spanish classes for the fall are abundante, including Introduction to Spanish, Beginners 1, Basic Conversational Spanish (for advanced beginners), Low-Intermediate, Advanced Intermediate, Club del Libro, Conversacion, and Conversación Práctica y español avanzado. See www.tucsonjcc.org/programs/arts/adults/ language-classes for complete class descriptions and registration, or call 299-3000.

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Aug. 16 will mark the 75th anniversary of the commissioning of the USS Intrepid, the World War II-era Essex class aircraft carrier that is now home to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City. To mark the occasion, the museum is putting out a coast-to-coast “all call” for former Intrepid crew members to be reunited in a celebration weekend from Thursday, Aug. 16 to Sunday, Aug. 19. The museum also is accepting donations of personal artifacts and memorabilia from former crew members and their families. The homecoming weekend will feature a special ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of Intrepid’s commissioning on Thursday, Aug. 16. Throughout the weekend, the museum will offer guided tours of the ship, behind-the-scenes curator-led tours of its collection storage facility, and a special former crew member dinner event with United States Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. Over 280 former crew

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chool days are right around the corner, and community students have much to look forward to in the new school year. Tucson Hebrew Academy students will notice physical changes from the outside to the inside for the school’s 45th anniversary. Refreshing the building exterior, water fountains and restrooms is just the beginning. Solar energy is a new addition, bringing green energy to the school and community. An overhaul of the stage is under way. Teachers and staff have taken advantage of professional development opportunities as they prepare to welcome new faculty members (look for details on new staff in the Aug. 17 issue). (Phone: 529-3888) Congregation Chaverim will begin the new school year with a new education director, Elysa Ginsburg, and an updated curriculum. Ginsburg served as principal for Tucson Hebrew High for close to seven years. She is also involved in teach-

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Temple Emanu-El’s Strauss ECE and Kindergarten begins its fall session Thursday, Aug. 2 with an additional pre-kindergarten class. Temple’s Kurn Religious School will celebrate the return to Hebrew studies with a Hebrew Carnival and light breakfast for grades 4 -7 on Sunday, Aug. 12. The expanded Hebrew@Home program allows those students unable to come to Hebrew school on Tuesdays to join their classmates virtually. Hands-on learning on Sundays will include creating special foods

for Jewish holidays, along with Israeli dance, music and art. (Phone: 327-4501) Congregation Or Chadash Religious School and Temple Emanu-El will collaborate this year for a joint eighth-grade program, including social action activities and field trips to various religious worship locations. The shinshiniyot (teen volunteers from Israel) will teach conversational Modern Hebrew, focusing on topics interesting to teenagers. At the end of May 2019, the program will culminate with a trip to “Jewish” Los Angeles. Additionally, Or Chadash middle- and high school-aged students can now participate in Temple Emanu-El’s JCTEY youth group. (Contact Rina Liebeskind at admin@octucson.org, phone: 900-7030.) Congregation Bet Shalom will offer free virtual religious school on Wednesdays, from Aug. 15. The remote sessions for children, facilitated by Rabbi Avraham Alpert, will focus on Hebrew reading and comprehension, delving into Jewish history, heritage, mitzvot and customs. See Year, page 21

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he Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona is holding drives for school and toiletry supplies through Aug. 31 as part of “Making a Difference Every Day: The Homer Davis Project,” benefiting students at Homer Davis Elementary School in the Flowing Wells School District. The school supply wish list includes facial tissues, #2 pencils, glue sticks, hand sanitizer, Chlorox wipes, composition notebooks, jumbo crayons (8-count), Crayola crayons (24-count), college-ruled 3-ring binder paper, chiseled tip multi-color Expo markers, and black regular to fine tip Expo markers. School supplies may be dropped off

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Registration is open at www.cbsaz.org. (Phone: 577-1171) Congregation Anshei Israel’s Preschool/Kindergarten welcomes incoming director Nancy Auslander, who replaces Lynne Falkow-Strauss after 47 years. Auslander, who was a part of the preschool/kindergarten staff from 2001-2009, starting as part-time teacher assistant and later serving as education assistant, returns to CAI after holding positions in marketing, sales and customer service. CAI will hold a welcome back event for the preschool Sunday, Aug. 19, 5-6:30 p.m. Madrichim (student leaders) in CAI’s Religious School will continue internships throughout the synagogue, and a new program will offer a professional development track for four senior madrichim. Kim Spitzer, kindergarten and first grade teacher, is back from the school twinning fellowship trip to Israel, where she visited the teacher and students with whom CAI is twinned — a relationship that will allow deeper connections between students. Milena Starobinskaya, second and third grade teacher, will attend the New CAJE conference in Connecticut this summer, and Alexa Schnaid, a senior at the University of Arizona majoring in education and Jewish studies, will be the new fourth grade teacher. The religious school will welcome parents and students in classes K-6 at 9 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 12. (Phone: 745-5550) Chabad Oro Valley has renamed its Hebrew school The Pinchas ben Naftali HaLevi Hebrew School, honoring

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the memory of a congregant’s father who was a Hebrew teacher in Germany. Hebrew school is held on Sundays for children ages 4-12, focusing on Hebrew reading, Jewish history, prayer skills, Jewish holidays and Jewish values. (Phone: 477-8672) The Tucson Jewish Community Center’s Early Childhood Education has extended its successful Spanish-language immersion program to include 3-year-olds. Students in the program will get seven hours of Spanish language exposure each day, giving them the opportunity to learn a second language in a way similar to how they learned their first. (Phone: 299-3000) Tucson Hebrew High Director Rabbi Ruven Barkan took the reins in March, while continuing his position as education and youth director at Congregation Anshei Israel. Hebrew High ninth-grade students will have the privilege of studying with their synagogue rabbi or educator and Rabbi Billy Lewkowicz as they integrate into Hebrew High. Abby Limmer, Ph.D., the new Hebrew coordinator, will implement a new Hebrew curriculum, Ulpan Or. Sarah Artzi and Rabbi Stephanie Aaron will co-teach the Senior Seminar. Jami Gan will support students in how to build a personal relationship with Israel in the face of conflict. Oren Riback will utilize a class to launch an interfaith/race dialogue. Todd Rockoff, director of the Tucson J, will work with a newly established Va’ad (Hebrew High student leadership council). Hebrew High is forming a new board of directors that includes the synagogues, THA, the U Hillel Foundation, and the Tucson J, which will evaluate the current Hebrew High model. (Phone: 577-9393) AJP Executive Editor Phyllis Braun contributed to this report.

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hen Carinne Sjoberg dissolved the Jewish Community of Umea in northern Sweden, she knew it would send shockwaves far beyond the small congregation that she had spent decades building. The move in May owed to intimidation by neo-Nazis, making it the first time in decades that a Jewish organization in Western Europe acknowledged that it felt compelled to close shop over safety concerns. Neo-Nazis from the Nordic Resistance Movement, beginning in 2016, pasted stickers with fascist imagery on Umea’s Jewish community center, “making the place look like after Kristallnacht,” Sjoberg said. The closure followed surveillance activity on the center by the neo-Nazis, who published details about individual visitors. “I didn’t take it lightly,” Sjoberg, a 56-year-old Jewish mother of two, told JTA about the decision to close. “I hate giving neo-Nazis this victory. But I can’t bear the responsibility for people’s lives, not under such threats,” she said of her city’s Jewish community of 70 people. The closure caused a national uproar. Amid intense media coverage in Sweden of the affair, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven mentioned it in a speech denouncing antidemocracy forces in his country. But the indignation did little to change the fact that in Sweden, Muslim extremism and the far right are part of a broader set of challenges to Jewish communal life. So while the Jewish community of Stockholm may be growing, the problems are nonetheless causing some Swedish Jews to fear for their future as a minority here.


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“We have a vibrant community in Stockholm but even here we face multiple threats, from Muslim extremism to far-right violence,” said Aron Verstandig, president of the Council of Swedish Jewish Communities — an umbrella group with approximately 6,000 members out of Sweden’s estimated 20,000 Jews. None of these challenges are unique to Swedish Jewry: Several Jewish communities in Eastern Europe suffer neoNazi intimidation, and many Jews in the continent’s west have experienced violence at the hands of radical Muslims. Nor are the problems connected to living as a religious minority in an ultra-secular society like Sweden’s endemic to this country; they occur across Scandinavia and beyond. But Sweden is perhaps the only European country where Jews are reporting a critical convergence of these issues. For example, far-right violence is not a real concern for Jews in France, where more than a dozen of them have died since 2012 in anti-Semitic attacks by Muslims. Conversely, Muslim extremism is not a real issue to the Jews in Ukraine, where far-right nationalists have recently assaulted several congregants. Which is why to some Jewish community leaders in Europe, Swedish Jewry is something of a test case for the rest of the continent. “The challenges that the Jewish community in Sweden face today are sadly indicative of far wider phenomena taking place across Europe,” said Moshe Kantor, president of the European Jewish Congress. In the southern province of Skane, a 15-year-old Jewish student attending a high school near Malmo suffers violent harassment at school both from ethnic Swedes and Muslim immigrants, his father said. ‘The leader of one gang is an Afghan boy,” the father,

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an Israeli who moved to Sweden eight years ago for work, told JTA on condition of anonymity. One beating happened last year after his son refused to play in a soccer match with one team called “the Jews” and another “the Palestinians.” Another beating involved an ethnic Swede who picked on the Jewish boy, the father said. His son “goes to school reluctantly. He doesn’t want to live here. He wants to move back to Israel as as soon as he turns 18, join the army and fight the Arabs. He’s become very right wing,” the father said. Stefan Dozzi, the secretary-general of the Sweden-Israel Friendship Association, also has firsthand experience of the dual threat facing Swedish Jewry. During the Almedalem political activism conference last week on the island of Gotland, south of Stockholm, he and another activist for the organization were physically assaulted by neo-Nazis who attempted to place their banner on the association’s flag in the group’s pavilion. It was the first time the pro-Israel group set up a pavilion during the Almedalen conference. The incident was widely reported in Swedish media. However, Dozzi said, “no one wrote about the intimidation by Muslims” at Almedalen. At least two men he described as Muslims told him they would burn the Israeli flag on display at the association’s pavilion. Dozzi said the flag was stolen during a break later that day. “We have two kinds of enemies,” said Dozzi, who described himself as having Jewish roots. “I think things will only get worse here, with the Muslims and the neo-Nazis. We will have to flee this country eventually.” Dozzi, who works for the association full time, said he feels “safer in Israel.” Back in Umea, Sjoberg said she has faced various forms of anti-Semitism, ranging from the neo-Nazi harassment to “Arabs who spat at me on the street for wearing a Star of David pendant.” Such incidents involving Muslims are on the mild end of the spectrum. Last month, three Arab men were convicted of hurling firebombs at the syna-

gogue of Gothenburg in southern Sweden in December after President Donald Trump announced the U.S. Embassy in Israel would be moved to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. It was one of several attacks on Jewish places in worship in southern Sweden in recent years, and especially in Malmo, where a third of this city’s population of 350,000 is Muslim and about 1,000 residents are Jewish. Jihadism and neo-Nazi anti-Semitism “feed off one another” in Sweden, Sjoberg said. The arrival of hundreds of thousands of Muslims to Sweden starting in the 1970s generated “less tolerance to people who are perceived as foreign,” emboldening the far right. “I don’t think they would have dared to go after us like this 15 years ago,” Sjoberg said. The boldness of neo-Nazis in Sweden seems unusual for Western Europe, where law enforcement agencies in many countries with bitter memories of Nazism have a relatively low tolerance for far-right shenanigans. In 2015 and 2017, skinheads twice disrupted lectures in Swedish schools by Holocaust survivors. And in Gothenburg last year, hundreds of neo-Nazis marched on Yom Kippur to celebrate their hateful ideology. The original itinerary had them passing by the synagogue, but city authorities made them avoid it. Part of the problem, Sjoberg said, is that Sweden was never de-Nazified after World War II — it was officially neutral but in practice collaborated with Nazi Germany. “There was massive support for the Nazis, but none of the reckoning against collaborators that happened in occupied countries after liberation,” she said, referencing the dismissal of collaborators from positions of influence and prosecutions in France, Italy, the Netherlands and beyond. In Umea, authorities lack the determination to stand up for the Jewish community, Sjoberg said. Talks with the city on moving the Jewish center to a secure

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Ritual slaughter of animals is illegal in Sweden, and although ritual circumcision of boys under 18 is allowed, banning the practice is a constant subject for debate. A Jewish couple in Gothenburg, a Chabad rabbi and his wife, are facing hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines for insisting on homeschooling their children. And in March, two Cabinet ministers called for shuttering all faith schools. Yet even against this backdrop, Jewish life has prevailed, at least in Stockholm, according to Petra Kahn Nord, the community’s spokeswoman. The capital, she said, has three synagogues, a JCC with a kosher shop and a newly opened Jewish library. Stockholm also has a Jewish kindergarten and a Jewish school “with a long waiting list,” Kahn Nord said, adding that the community in the city is growing with a lively participation of young congregants and at least one Limmud Jewish learning conference annually. But this success feeds of other communities, like Malmo, where there are so few Jews left that the Jewish kindergarten there now has mostly non-Jewish children, Kahn Nord acknowledged. She said some Jews from her hometown of Malmo, Gothenburg and beyond leave for Stockholm because of harassment. But many do so “for positive reasons — because they want to have a more Jewish life,” Kahn Nord said. So while “Stockholm’s Jewish community is growing,” in the rest of Sweden “it’s just dying away.”

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INSIDER’S VIEW Celebrating b’nai mitzvah in Israel is an honor AMIR EDEN Weintraub Israel Center

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ccording to Jewish law, children are not obligated to observe the Torah’s commandments until they reach the “age of accountability.” At the age of 13, a boy will study with a mentor and then participate in a service where he reads from the Torah in Hebrew and delivers a speech that usually contains a lesson from our prophets and a show of gratitude toward his mentor, family and close friends. The service is called a bar mitzvah. For a girl, a bat mitzvah is held when she is 12. Born and raised in Israel, I celebrated my bar mitzvah in February 1980 at the Kippah Synagogue, which was built in 1970 in the neighborhood of Hei in Be’er Sheva. Be’er Sheva is the capital of the Negev and according to the Bible, its wells were dug by Abraham and Isaac. My two sons, Gahl and Neev, were born in the United States in California. Therefore, it was with great pride and honor that each was able to celebrate his bar mitzvah in Israel. In 2014, Gahl chose an old synagogue (first century BCE) located on a lone, isolated, ancient Judean desert fort on a cliff overlooking the Dead Sea in Masada. This year, our younger son, Neev, chose a fifth century synagogue in Zippori, the old capital of Galilee, where the Mishnah (an oral history of the Torah) was completed by Rabbi Yehuda HaNasi. It was also one of the places that hosted the famed Sanhedrin (rabbinical court). Both Gahl and Neev are committed

Gahl Eden at his 2014 bar mitzvah in Israel.

Neev Eden at his bar mitzvah on June 28 in Israel.

to repairing our world and spent part of the family vacation volunteering: Gahl served teens at risks through an organization called Shanti House, and Neev delivered food to hungry families through SAHI, an organization the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona helps sponsor in Kiryat Malachi.

Amir Eden is director of Tucson’s Weintraub Israel Center.

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any times we wonder: What is happening with the tranquility of this world? Where has it gone? Do peace and harmony reside in the spiritual realms while our world is destined to live with hardships and troubles? The fifth Chabad Rebbe lived in the early 1900s. One of his disciples, a merchant from a faraway town, would travel to him seeking guidance, inspiration and spiritual strength. Once a year he would receive a private audience with the Rebbe and upon arriving in town, he would change his clothes. He would dress in his Shabbat best in respect for the Rebbe. He did not want to appear before the Rebbe in his work clothes. Suddenly it dawned on him, “the Rebbe knows who I am and what I do. I am simply fooling myself each time I change.” For the next audience, he decided to wear his normal attire. The Rebbe looked disappointed when the merchant entered his room. “Until now, when you dressed up for me, I thought you were struggling with your identity, that you were looking to achieve spiritual growth and that you were a merchant simply as means of income. Now I see that your main focus is your income.” We are currently observing the “Three Weeks” — a period of mourning for the destruction of the Holy Temple. During mourning, we are at our lowest point, empty and powerless. It is just four months since Passover when we experienced the opposite — freedom, when we celebrated one of the highlights of Jewish history with family and friends. The Hebrew letter corresponding to the number four is daled. The Hebrew word “daled” means destitution. Yet the hope and ambition to rebuild is what gives us strength to overcome all these hardships. Focusing on the good times will bring about happiness and joy in our lives. The destruction of the Holy Temple took place over 2,000 years ago. The Jewish people at the time felt truly fragmented and confused. When we remembered to don our “Shabbat best” and recognize that the true purpose of our lives is to overcome the hardships, we were able to conquer these feelings. We all feel “destitution” at times, when life deals us a hard hand. We need our personal redemptions where we leave our limitations and focus on happiness and joy. This will help us serve G-d with joyfulness and bring about the final redemption with Moshiach speedily in our days. Chabad of Cochise County serves Sierra Vista and the surrounding area.

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he drive from Bozeman, Montana to Yellowstone National Park is literally through Paradise — Paradise Valley, that is. The Absaroka Mountain Range rises nearly 6,000 feet above the Yellowstone River as it weaves its way through Montana and Wyoming for over 670 miles. The sky is a deep blue and cotton ball clouds litter this heavenly landscape, making me feel as if I am inside a photograph. I can’t imagine a more beautiful place in the world than where I am right now until I come to the entrance of Yellowstone National Park and begin to wind my way through the mountains and valleys of this 3,471 square mile national treasure. From the valleys literally where “the deer and the antelope play,” to the thundering waterfalls, steaming geysers and bubbling mudpots, the park overwhelms you with its primal, incessant beauty. But you can’t really experience the awesomeness of this place behind the steering wheel so I park my car in a pullout in the Lamar Valley just in time to see a large black bear foraging in the grass for food. It’s almost dusk and there are only a handful of tourists witnessing this sight with me. We understand the uniqueness of the moment, the treat we have been given to see a bear in nature, undisturbed and yet protected. Jewish tradition gives us a wonderful opportunity to stop and be present to the awe and beauty of nature by reciting blessings that celebrate the natural world. Upon seeing large-scale wonders like oceans, mountains, waterfalls and rivers, we say: Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu melech haolam, oseh maasei v’reishit. (We praise You, God, Sovereign of the universe, Who makes the works of creation.) On seeing smaller things such as beautiful trees, wild animals, fields of flowers and even people we are happy to see, we say: Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu melech haolam, shekacha lo beolamo. (We praise You, God, Sovereign of the universe, that such as these are in Your world.) At a time when many Americans think that so much is wrong with our country, we do well to remember the many things about our country of which we can be proud. Our National Park System, created more than 100 years ago, is certainly one of them. The National Park System grew out of the inspiration and dedication of leaders, artists, naturalists and philanthropists like Teddy Roosevelt, Charlie Russell, Ansel Adams, John Muir and John D. Rockefeller. In

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1916, Congress created the federal agency that manages all of our national parks and monuments and is responsible for the administration, protection and use of the 417 designated sites that are included within it, of which 60 are national parks. The mission of the NPS is to promote and regulate the use of these lands, conserve the scenery and wildlife, provide for their current enjoyment and leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations. But the tension between maintaining and protecting these lands and using and enjoying them is an ongoing one that requires continuing vigilance, financial resources and commitment. Judaism has a lot to say about establishing a balance between using the resources we have and over-using and destroying them. The Torah begins by telling us the two purposes for which man was created. In Genesis 1: 28 we learn that man was put on the earth to “fill it and conquer/subdue it.” In Genesis 2:15, our divine purpose is “to work it (the Garden of Eden) and to guard it.” From the beginning of time, we have faced the challenge of managing these two opposing ideas: the obligation to use our environment for our own needs while preserving and protecting it. The Talmud refines this challenge by teaching us an important principle: we can use the earth for our needs but we cannot use any resource needlessly. That maxim

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is helpful in analyzing environmental issues today because it demands that we ask ourselves this question: Are there alternatives to using, altering and developing our land and resources that will minimize the impact on our environment such that we don’t destroy our resources unnecessarily in accomplishing our goals? Bringing that concept into our daily lives, can we make decisions that reduce the impact on the environment in the ways we eat, drive, work, live and acquire and distribute goods and services? The National Park System is a testimony to our commitment, as Americans, to protect and conserve hundreds of thousands of acres of national beauty and historic and cultural sites. We should be incredibly proud of what we have created and motivated to visit the many wonderful parks and monuments that exist throughout the country. But the balance between protecting and safeguarding these lands and using and regulating them for our enjoyment is one that requires our continuing dedication and support so that our children and grandchildren will be able to sing the praises of “America, the beautiful” for generations to come. Amy Hirshberg Lederman is an author, Jewish educator, public speaker and attorney who lives in Tucson. Her columns in the AJP have won awards from the American Jewish Press Association, the Arizona Newspapers Association and the Arizona Press Club for excellence in commentary. Visit her website at www.amyhirshberglederman.com.

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR The calendar deadline is Tuesday, 10 days before the issue date. Our next issue will be published Aug. 17, 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 26 for additional synagogue events. Men’s Mishnah club with Rabbi Israel Becker at Cong. Chofetz Chayim. Sundays, 7:15 a.m.; Monday-Friday, 6:15 a.m.; Saturdays, 8:15 a.m. 747-7780 or 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 15, Steven Hartov, author of “The Soul of a Thief.” July 22, Jonathan Orenstein, Executive Director of the JCC of Krakow, Poland, on the 10th Anniversary of the JCC and 5th Ride for the Living. July 29, David Krakauer, top Klezmer clarinetist.

ONGOING Hawkins, 2nd and 4th Sundays, partners, 4:456 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. 2993000, ext. 147.

Tucson J social bridge. Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon-3 p.m., year round. Drop-ins welcome. Meets in library on second floor. 2993000.

Cong. Bet Shalom yoga. Mondays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. $5. 577-1171.

Tucson J canasta group. Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon. Instruction available and a beginners’ table every week. Call or text Lisa at 977-4054.

Jewish sobriety support group meets Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m. at Cong. Bet Shalom. dcmack1952@gmail.com.

Cong. Anshei Israel Talmud on Tuesday with Rabbi Robert Eisen. Meets 6 p.m. 7455550.

Tucson J Israeli Dance, taught by Brandi

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.

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.

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Lamentations service. 745-5550.

available. Contact Abby Limmer at 327-4501 or alimmer@tetucson.org for registration.

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.

5:45 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel traditional community Shabbat service and dinner. Dinner at 7 p.m.: members, adult (13+) $23: children $15; nonmembers, adult $27; children $19. Call 745-5550 for space availability.

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

Wednesday / July 18 8:30-10 AM: University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center special seminar, “Food, Water, and Energy in the Arava Valley: Turning Disadvantage to Advantage in the Hyper-arid climate of the Region,” with David Lehrer, director, Arava Institute for Environmental Studies and Dorit Davidovich Banet, CEO, Eilat-Eilot Renewable Energy Initiative. Free. At WRRC, Sol Resnick Conference Room, 350 N. Campbell Ave. RSVP if attending in person or view via website at wrrc.arizona. edu/events-news.

Friday / July 20 6:30 PM: Cong. Or Chadash Famiy Shabbat service with birthday and anniversary blessings. Oneg follows. 512-8500.

Saturday / July 21 7:30 PM: Cong. Or Chadash Tisha B’Av observance, sharing feelings and studying Lamentations. Contact Sarah Bollt at 900-7027 or sarah@octucson.org. 7:50 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Tisha B’Av



8 PM: Temple Emanu-El Tisha B’Av evening service, with reading from the Book of Lamentations. 327-4501.

Sunday/ July 22 12:30 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Tisha B’Av Mincha service. 745-5550.

Saturday / July 28 8 AM: Temple Emanu-El Wandering Jews hike and Shabbat morning service at Mount Lemmon. 327-4501. 8 PM: Temple Emanu-El Chris Herald’s Jazz Night. 327-4501.

Sunday / July 29 9 AM – 2 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel and the American Red Cross blood donor drive. Age 16+. To reserve a time or volunteer, contact Fran Stoler at franstoler@gmail.com. 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. 2-4 PM: Jewish Artists Group meeting at the Tucson J. Contact Carol Sack, Jewish Tucson concierge, at 299-3000, ext. 241.

Wednesday / August 1 6 PM: Temple Emanu-El Taste of Judaism with Rabbi Batsheva Appel, at the synagogue. 3-week class continues Aug. 8 and 15. Introduction to the basics of Jewish spirituality, values, and community. Free. Pre-registration is required. Sunday and Thursday classes also

Friday / August 3 5:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Seeking Shabbat and Tot Kabbalat Evening Service and dinner. Monsoon Membership Madness Shabbat Cookout begins at 6:30 p.m. Call for more information and to RSVP for dinner at 327-4501. 5:45 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Tot Shabbat. Followed by dinner at 6:15 p.m.: $25 family of 2 adults and up to 4 children; adult (13+) $10. RSVP for dinner by July 30 to Kim at 745-5550, ext. 224 or edasst@caiaz.org.

Monday / August 6 NOON: Congregation Anshei Israel monthly women’s study group resumes, led by Rabbi Robert Eisen. New book, available at class sessions: “Pirkei Imahot: The Wisdom of Mothers, The Voices of Women.” Bring your own dairy lunch, beverages and dessert provided. 7455550.

Tuesday / August 7 4 PM or 7 PM: Temple Emanu-El Hebrew@ Home Open House. Find out about distance learning for Hebrew School. 327-4501.

Wednesday / August 8 8-9:30 AM: Jewish Business Network meeting. Continues second Wednesday of month. At the Tucson J. 299-3000, ext. 241, or concierge@ jewishtucson.org. 6 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Senior USY first day. Grades 9 - 12. Contact Rabbi Ruven Barkan at 745-5550, ext. 227 or www.caiaz.org.

Cong. Anshei Israel gentle chair yoga with Lois Graham, Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Members of Women’s League, $6 per class; nonmembers, $8 per class. Contact Evelyn at 885-4102 or 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 kosher deli on Fifth Street. 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.

Saturday / August 11 8 AM: Temple Emanu-El Project Elul Shabbaton at Picture Rocks with Rabbi Batsheva Appel. 327-4501 NOON: Cong. Anshei Israel Welcome Kiddush. Meet the rabbi, cantorial soloist, preschool/kindergarten director, youth director, executive director, and members of board of trustees. Contact Debra Lytle at 745-5550, ext. 242.

Sunday / August 12 7 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel “Sunrise” Minyan. Bring your own shofar. 745-5550 or www.caiaz.org. 9 AM: Temple Emanu-El Hebrew carnival for grades 4 - 7, followed by the Kurn Religious School welcome back registration and pizza party. 327-4501 10 AM-NOON: JFCS CHAI circle meeting, for women with or survivors of cancer. Free. At Tucson J. RSVP to Irene Gefter at 795-0300, ext. 2271 or igefter@jfcstucson.org NOON: Cong. Anshei Israel Kadima youth group first day. For grades 4-6. Contact Rabbi Ruven Barkan at 745-5550, ext. 227 or www.caiaz.org. 2 PM: Temple Emanu-El Taste of Judaism with Rabbi Batsheva Appel at the Tucson J. 3-week class continues Aug. 19 and 26. Introduction to the basics of Jewish spirituality, values, and community. Simultaneous children’s program. Free. Pre-registration is required. Wednesday and Thursday classes also available. Contact Abby Limmer at 327-4501 or alimmer@tetucson.org for registration.


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9-11 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel parent-tot class resumes, led by Lindsey Embree. Continues weekly. Children up to 24 months and their parent(s). Free. Mandatory vaccination policy. Call Nancy Auslander at 745-5550 or www.caiaz.org.

TUESDAY / AUGUST 14 6 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Junior USY first day. Grades 7 and 8. Contact Rabbi Ruven Barkan at 745-5550, ext. 227 or www.caiaz.org.

WEDNESDAY / AUGUST 15 7-8 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Adult Education 3-week Kollel, “Living Y/Our High Holy Days… Together.” Rabbi Robert Eisen presents “The Avo-what?” Continues Aug. 22 with Cantorial Soloist Nichole Chorny, “Praying with A Lev Shalem … A Whole Heart. A Journey Through the High Holy Days Machzor” and Aug. 29 with Rabbi Ruven Barkan, ”The Lord Shall Rule Forever! Does this primary Jewish way of relating to God work for you? … especially during the High Holy Days?” $18 plus food donation for Community Food Bank. RSVP by Aug. 13. 745-5550, ext. 227 or www.caiaz.org.

THURSDAY / AUGUST 16 11:45 AM: Temple Emanu-El presents “Welcome to the Zohar” with Rabbi Sandy Seltzer. An introduction to continuing Zohar

5:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Taste of Judaism with Rabbi Batsheva Appel, at Miller-Golf Links Library, 9640 E. Golf Links Road. 3-week class continues Aug. 23 and 30. Introduction to the basics of Jewish spirituality, values, and community. Free. Pre-registration is required. Sunday and Thursday classes also available. Contact Abby Limmer at 327-4501 or alimmer@ tetucson.org for registration.

FRIDAY / AUGUST 17 5:45 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Family Shabbat Experience Service & 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 by Aug. 13 at 745-5550 or www.caiaz.org.

SATURDAY / AUGUST 18 8 AM: Temple Emanu-El Wandering Jews hike and Shabbat morning service at Mount Lemmon. 327-4501.

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Jewish Federation-Northwest chair yoga with a Jewish flair taught by Bonnie Golden. Mondays, 10-11 a.m., except for Dec. 25. $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,

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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.



5-6:30 PM: Jewish Federation-Northwest book club discusses “Before We Were Yours,” by Lisa Wingate. 505-4161.

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OBITUARIES Eugene Hameroff Eugene “Gene” J. Hameroff, 96, died June 24, 2018. Mr. Hameroff was born to immigrant parents, Abraham and Sarah Hameroff, in Cleveland, Ohio. Upon graduating from Ohio State University, he married Terri, and began working in advertising. He opened his own advertising agency in 1955 and grew it into the largest agency in central Ohio. He taught advertising courses at Franklin University for more than 10 years. He was a great supporter of the Columbus Jewish community and his agency did pro bono work for various community organizations. Mr. Hameroff and his wife moved to Florida in the 1980s, where he continued to work in the business. He consulted with small agencies around the country for another 15 years. In 1999, the couple moved to Tucson to be with their sons and grandchildren. Mr. Hameroff moved to SaddleBrooke after Terri’s death, where his pursuits included writing articles for the SaddleBrooke News, and joining the SaddleBrooke Literary/Art Rebates starting at $150 on qualifying purchases of Hunter Douglas window fashions with PowerView® Motorization and the associated smart hub are available, June 30–August 13, 2018.

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Guild and the SaddleBrooke Singles. He spent the last few years of his life at Atria Campana del Rio. Mr. Hameroff authored two books in the last decade of his life, “When It Is Time to Make the Move,” chronicling his decision-making process of moving from his home into an independent living facility; and “Revenge of the Communist’s Son,” an autobiography of his experiences in the advertising business. Mr. Hameroff was predeceased by three brothers, Jack, Harry, and Allan; and his sister, Sylvia. He also was predeceased by his wife, Yetta Terri Hameroff, and the love of his later life, Jane Akin. Survivors include his two sons, Stephen Hameroff and David (Anne) Hameroff, all of Tucson, and two grandchildren. A graveside service was held at Evergreen Mortuary with Rabbi Yehuda Ceitlin of Chabad Tucson officiating. A memorial service will be held at Atria at a later date.

Dorothy Sayre Dorothy “Dotte” Sayre, 90, died June 30, 2018. Mrs. Sayre was born and raised in Chicago. She attended the National College of Education and taught pre-K and kindergarten. She and her husband, Julian, moved to Tucson in 1959. Mrs. Sayre was an active volunteer in the Tucson Jewish community, including for the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, Handmaker’s Rainbow Ball, and the National Council of Jewish Women’s thrift shop. A threetime cancer survivor in her later years, she was a founding member of CHAI

Circle, a cancer support group for Jewish women. She also volunteered in the wider Tucson community, including serving as chair of the Amphitheater School District’s Headstart program. Mrs. Sayre was predeceased by her husband of almost 54 years, Julian, and her oldest son, Lawrence. Survivors include her son, Steven (Diane) Sayre of Tucson, and daughterin-law, Marti Sayre of Cleveland; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren Services were held at Temple EmanuEl with Rabbi Batsheva Appel of Temple Emanu-El and Rabbi Thomas Louchheim of Congregation Or Chadash officiating. Arrangements were made by Evergreen Mortuary.

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