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“There were things I’d never seen or eaten before. The biggest surprise was the difference in culture. We’re very friendly in Tucson. There’s not a lot of contact on the streets there, not a lot of acknowledgment, which was different.” Tel Aviv recently opened a 10site, one-kilometer long Independence Trail, inspired by Boston’s Freedom Trail. “We were able to visit sites of the founding of the State of Israel,” Appel says. Along the Mediterranean coast, the group toured the former Roman capital of Caesarea, the Clandestine Immigration and Naval Museum, and the old city of Akko, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Further north, at Rosh Hanikra, they visited chalk cliff grottoes. Heading to Galilee, they visited the mystical Kabbalistic city of Safed, Mitzpe Gadot in the Golan Heights, and Tel Hai to see the Roaring Lion monument. Rambam’s grave in Tiberias and the

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emple Emanu-El’s Jewish heritage tour of Israel this summer was Rabbi Batsheva Appel’s first turn at tour leading. “It was wonderful to be back in Israel and to lead a trip for the first time,” she says. Joining her on the June 20-July 1 journey were Marcy Tigerman, Janet Kenigsberg, Larry and Leslie Shire, and the rabbi’s sister-in-law Karen Appel. The congregation group joined 14 other Americans visiting Israel for the first time. “We were all separate at first, but we bonded,” says Tigerman. Rabbi Appel conducted a class about Israel before the trip. “They got tired of the fact that I answered a lot of questions with, ‘Well, it’s complicated.’ It became a joke,” she recalls. “Once we were there, they understood.” “It was fun traveling with the rabbi and getting to know her as a person,” Tigerman says. “It’s

Participants on Temple Emanu-El’s congregational trip to Israel, from left, Larry Shire, Leslie Shire, Rabbi Batsheva Appel, Janet Kenigsberg, and Marcy Tigerman, overlooking Jerusalem, June 25.

hard for a rabbi to lead their congregation. It’s a big responsibility. She gave us all a book of special prayers we could read at various places. The rest of our extended group would join in. I felt lucky to have her there as a spiritual leader. “I wouldn’t trade the experi-

ence for the world,” says Tigerman. “I would encourage anyone to make this trip once in their lifetime. Being there was a great combination of physical, heart, and emotion. “The food was remarkable, so healthy and fresh,” she adds.

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Tucson is not immune to hate messaging, fliers show DEBE CAMPBELL AJP Assistant Editor


t least one anti-Semitic flier recently was sighted, posted on a pole in downtown Tucson. Tucson Police Department Sgt. Ben Frie told the AJP on Aug. 7 that “they started showing up about a week ago ... at a couple of different locations.” Paul Patterson, Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona’s security consultant, brought the initial sighting to TPD’s attention. Frie, a special investigator with Street Crimes Interdiction, which

handles hate and bias crimes, said that TPD opened a case on the instance. “We are aware of what it is and have documented it,” he said, adding that the postings are removed after that. “This image has made the rounds on social media,” said Lt. Colin King, TPD chief of staff, of the photo at right. “And our Hate/ Bias Crimes investigative unit has been evaluating the circumstances. There was, unfortunately, no video of the area or any available suspect information.” TPD canvassed the downtown area on Aug. 7 and noted that all of the

city poles in the area had been cleared of handbills and stickers. Patterson said that when he initially received an email photo of the sticker, he notified TPD. He went to the location the next morning, discovering the sticker was removed. “The problem is, one sticker on one signpost was shared over 4,000 times on Facebook,” he said, explaining that single sticker got more people seeing it over social media than it ever would have on the street, adding that nevertheless it was a good thing it was shared See Hate, page 2

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Roman ruins at Beit Shean were on the itinerary, along with mosaics at the Beit Alpha synagogue. Natural springs at Gan Hashlosha, often referred to as the original Garden of Eden, were a refreshing stop. Ancient highlights included King David’s tomb on Mount Zion, Jerusalem’s Old City, Western Wall tunnels and ramparts, Davidson Center and Tower of David Museum, Masada, Qumran (site of the Dead Sea Scrolls’ discovery), and the Dead Sea itself. At the lowest point on earth in the heat of summer, the dense seawater was uncomfortably hot, says Tigerman. Modern Jerusalem visits encompassed the Mea Shearim ultra-Orthodox neighborhood, the Western Wall, Mount

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because that enabled law enforcement to do something about it. “This is the kind of vile hate speech that must be brought to an end,” said Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild. “I’m confident that TPD will give this matter the attention it deserves, and any perpetrators will qualify for enhanced hate crime penalties at sentencing.” “It seems the guy has an ax to grind against Jews. It is a hate-filled message that walks a fine line with the First Amendment,” Frie said. While the incidents are not hate crimes, the perpetrator can be charged with criminal damage as a misdemeanor, since the fliers were posted on public property. “Any time you see these, let us know. They have no right to post on city property,” he said. In March 2017, Tucson passed a code to heighten penalties for the commission of hate crimes, adding health care facilities to the list of places like houses of wor-

Herzl military cemetery, Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, Ammunition Hill museum, the Knesset parliament building, Israel Museum and its Shrine of the Book, housing the Dead Sea Scrolls. “It was exhausting but exciting,” says Tigerman. She describes it not as a vacation, but as its own experience inward and outward. “I loved the history, walking on stones the Romans had walked on and connecting with Jewish history. Every day was a new highlight. Every place we went to was more amazing than what we’d seen before. I came back with a sense of Jewish identity and pride. I wasn’t back three days before I was looking for trip number two.” After visiting Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulcher on the Via Dolorosa, Tigerman realized “Jerusalem is sacred ground to everyone, it’s important to everyone. I get why there may never be peace. They won’t give it up.”

ship, schools, and cemeteries, and adjacent properties, as targets of institutional vandalism. Posting these fliers at such facilities would become a hate crime, Frie explained. “One likes to think things like this wouldn’t happen in Tucson,” said Tony Zinman of Tucson Jews for Justice. “It’s not much of a surprise. It is consistent with the national rhetoric and what they’re saying about left-wing radicals buying Congress. Like what happened in El Paso, people are following up on what they hear. Tucson being what it is, I think we’ll get community support on this when it gets out there.” “At a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise in the U.S. and abroad, this flyer is promoting the ugly, antiSemitic conspiracy theory that Jews have an outsized influence over the media, banks, and government,” Carlos Galindo-Elvira, ADL Arizona regional director, told the AJP. “These notions are well-worn, antiSemitic tropes, and pillars of modern anti-Semitism that perpetuate dangerous stereotypes.”

Under Tucson code, posting anti-Semitic fliers on public property is a misdemeanor, unless they appear on or adjacent to institutions such as houses of worship, schools, cemeteries, or health care facilities.

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Taste of Or Chadash

Local call goes out to make ‘never again’ now

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Jewish History Museum, Holocaust History Center staff Bryan Davis, left, and Josie Shapiro, center, unfurl a new banner on the fence in front of the museum while Rabbi Stephanie Aaron, right, looks on.

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n the decades since the Holocaust, “‘never again’ has been the language spoken as an unattainable aspiration,” Bryan Davis told a group gathered Monday at Tucson’s Holocaust History Center. “But now, in this moment, people all over the country are demanding that never again is now and that never again applies to everybody.” Speaking at a press conference to a group of nearly 50, Davis, executive director of the Jewish History Museum/ Holocaust History Center, discussed Holocaust memory as it ties to the current social context of politically motivated acts of violence. “This is the time for the language and the ideals of Holocaust memory to be translated into advocacy, aid, protest, and direct action,” he said. Guests included museum neighbors Rev. Margaret Redmond of Prince Chapel AME Church, and former neighbors Ricardo Pineda, Consul of Mexico to Tucson, and Deputy Consul Enrique Gómez Montiel. Davis framed his call to action around the previous day’s Jewish holiday of Tisha B’Av, a day of mourning, and the notion that the 500 block of Stone Avenue has become a multicultural nexus in just four years. He noted that the holiday marked two years since Heather Heyer was murdered while protesting against a neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. “On Tisha B’Av, I thought about our neighbors at the Prince Chapel AME Church … and how a white supremacist murdered nine people worshiping at Emanuel AME Church … in Charleston, South Carolina. “ … I thought about our neighbors [formerly] across the street at the Consul of Mexico, and how nine days ago a white supremacist drove across Texas with the express intention of murdering as many Mexicans as possible . . . in El Paso, Tex-

as. He murdered 22 ... the deadliest hate crime in this country in nearly a century.” Davis also looked back at the historic building that today houses the museum. From 1910 to 1949 it housed Temple Emanu-El. In 1938, it stood while 267 synagogues across the German Reich burned to the ground on Kristallnacht. “I mourned the reality that on Oct. 27 a white supremacist walked into the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh and murdered 11 people on a Shabbat dedicated to learning how to support refugees in their community,” he said. In response to the violence, Davis said many Jewish people are reaching to a communal past, looking to sacred texts for guidance. “Jewish Americans have been inculcated with a particular set of values: ‘welcome the stranger,’ ‘repair the world,’ and ‘justice, justice you shall pursue.’ Today, all across the country, Holocaust memory and Jewish ethics are being activated. That is why it is vital for Jewish institutions and Holocaust museums to assert that Never Again is Now. And, that is why we make that assertion today . . . to transform our sadness into acts of solidarity. Let’s mourn in a way that responds to cruelty by building community.” Museum Board President Barry Kirschner noted that the “Never Again is Now” movement is gaining momentum. “Those institutions and communities deserve our support in welcoming strangers and doing justice. It is our mission in doing right in our nation,” he told the AJP. The event closed with Rabbi Stephanie Aaron blowing the shofar and the unveiling of a banner, citing a quote by Elie Wiesel: “No human being is illegal.’” Davis noted that Wiesel coined this now wellknown phrase during a sanctuary symposium in Tucson at Temple Emanu-El on Jan. 22, 1985. The banner now hangs outside the museum on the fence facing Stone Avenue.

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LOCAL JFSA women teaming up with Youth On Their Own “They’re couch surfing, they’re staying with a relative this month, a different relative next month. They’re experiencing a lot of he Jewish Federation of Southern housing insecurity,” says Neumann, explainArizona Women’s Philanthropy board ing that YOTO kids may also be living in has partnered with Youth On Their foster care, group homes, or shelters. YOTO Own, a local non-profit that has been helphelps provide these students with access to ing homeless or unaccompanied students bebasic needs, like food, clothing, and shelter, come high school graduates since 1986. Each as well as additional financial assistance, tuBethany Neumann year, the WP board chooses a social action toring, and guidance. focus to foster community engagement. YOTO grants a monthly stipend of $140 “We’re creating opportunities for people to help with daily living expenses to students to connect in a philanthropic way, and hopewho have passing grades and meet school fully creating the opportunity for Youth On attendance requirements. Bus passes and Their Own to have more volunteers, more bicycles are available so students can get to resources at their disposal,” says WP Director school, work, and appointments. The YOTO Susannah Castro. Mini-Mall provides free items such as food, At the WP fall kickoff Oct. 16 in the Tucclothing, hygiene items, household goods, son J Sculpture Garden, Bethany Neumann, and school supplies. Hope Echeverria YOTO’s development director, will talk about Last year, YOTO served 1,741 high school the organization’s mission, and Hope Echstudents. This year, it was 2,054, an increase everria, a YOTO ambassador and 2018 gradof 17 percent. A similar trajectory is expected uate, will tell her story. for the 2019-20 school year. “We are looking forward to working “Ultimately, the goal of the program is to alongside YOTO leadership to learn about see homeless and unaccompanied kids gradthe needs of the young people they serve and uate from high school,” says Neumann. YOthen getting our community on board,” says TO’s graduation rate is 84 percent, 4 percent WP Vice Chair Marcia Abelson. “We take our higher than the state’s average. mission of tikkun olam (repairing the world) YOTO relies on the kindness of volunteers Nancy Mellan very seriously. We are so excited about this and community members. Volunteers manopportunity to expand our giving in meaningful ways.” age the front desk, stock the Mini Mall, write letters of Nancy Mellan, the social action chair of WP and wife encouragement, sort school supplies, and help organize of JFSA President and CEO Stuart Mellan, hopes the stipends, all of which help students alleviate “the instapartnership will blossom into a “long-range relationship bility of their lives,” says Neumann. that may grow and develop in ways that we don’t even Neumann is grateful for the “strong relationships” see right now.” between YOTO and the Jewish community, as grants As community support grows, so does YOTO’s abil- from the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern ity to help homeless or unaccompanied students, and to Arizona have helped in the past, and the new partnerfight stereotypes. As community partnership sheds light ship with JFSA will build for the future. on what Mellan calls an “intense social issue for Tucson,” “I’m really hoping that we can both connect with the more people learn about the daily lives and realities of Women’s Philanthropy group as well as the members youth who are on their own. Mellan’s personal percep- individually,” says Neumann. “Youth on Their Own has tions of homelessness have shifted, she says. wide support in the community but we can always use “What I’ve come to learn is that it looks a lot differ- more folks to help us build the message and the word ent than my stereotype,” says Mellan. “We hear the word [about] youth that experience homelessness or who are ‘homelessness’ and we think of people pushing their unaccompanied. We hope that [the partnership grows] shopping carts on the street and pitching tent camps over the next few months and few years.” around town. But with youth, it’s a lot more subtle and a “I’m just really excited about it,” says Mellan. “I think lot more hidden,” says Mellan. the whole board is.” A YOTO kid, as they’re called, is a student of Pima The WP kickoff event, “Salsa in the Sukkah,” will beCounty living at the poverty level, who is experiencing gin at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16. $36 includes homelessness or is unaccompanied. An unaccompa- margaritas, mojitos, and tapas. Significant others welnied youth is “not with the support of the biological come. Attendees are asked to bring donations of high parents,” says Neumann. They must be in grades six to school appropriate supplies or backpacks for YOTO. 12, under the age of 22, and homeless for reasons out RSVP at www.jfsa.org/salsainthesukkah or contact Anel of their control. Pro at apro@jfsa.org or 647-8455.



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LOCAL JCF honors Greg Gadarian’s service PHYLLIS BRAUN


ntroducing Greg Gadarian, who was honored at a recent Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona Summer Series seminar for his 30 years of service as co-founder of JCF’s Professional Advisory Group, Sarah Singer said, “Greg is honest, ethical, smart, and some might even say brilliant — but he will say he just works harder than anyone else.” Gadarian is a partner at Gadarian and Cacy, P.L.L.C.; Singer, who said he likes to introduce her as his “understudy,” is an associate at the firm. Gadarian cofounded the JCF group with Allan Bogutz, who is retired from Bogutz and Gordon; they also started the Summer Series 15 years ago. From 1978 through 1980, Gadarian was a legislation attorney on the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation, U.S. Congress. Prior to that, he was an attorney-advisor to Judge Cynthia H. Hall of the U.S. Tax Court. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law and has served on the board of the Tucson Country Club Fire District for 20 years. He is member of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, where he’s held several positions including Arizona state chair. “Beyond his knowledge and experience, though, what sets Greg apart are the three Cs,” said Singer. “He is compassionate, creative, and curious. After decades of practice, some attorneys might be at risk of stagnation, but not Greg. He’s passionate about refining the work he does to fit each unique client need. “Greg has shared his expertise with many non-profit organizations in town, including and especially the JCF. The JCF has a special place in Greg’s heart, so much so that many people just assume he is Jewish,” said Singer. Gadarian, who is Armenian-American, also has served on the boards of Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging and the Tucson Jewish Community Center; his son, Michael, is now the J’s chief financial officer. JCF President and CEO Graham Hoffman praised Gadarian’s focus on education and understanding. “When Foundation staff meets with him, he could easily provide answers by citing tax code or case law, but he takes the time to use real life examples, to explain and mentor, to make sure that each of us is better for having had the conversation.” Hoffman also spoke of Gadarian’s quick wit, noting that he has “a knack for inserting humor at just the right (or the

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Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona President and CEO Graham Hoffman, left, and Greg Gadarian at a seminar honoring Gadarian July 31 at the Harvey and Deanna Evenchik Center for Jewish Philanthropy

uncomfortably wrong) time.” Since Gadarian also is passionate about helping members of the community with special needs, Hoffman said, JCF chose to support the Taglit Day Program for young adults with special needs at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. He invited attendees to join with those who had already contributed and raised more than $7,500 that day. Presenting Gadarian with a tzedakah box, Hoffman explained, “The Hebrew word tzedakah means righteous justice. Loosely translated, tzedakah is charity which ultimately helps bring a sense of justice to the world.” Gadarian spoke to seminar attendees about volunteerism, explaining that when you volunteer and give, “you actually get more than you give. You get the satisfaction of doing something good for others.” Explaining that much of his volunteer work is teaching, he told the AJP, “What good is it for me to be good at what I do if I can’t pass it on?” Gadarian also spoke to the AJP about the similarities between Armenian and Jewish history and values. “The history of the Armenian people and the history of the Jewish people has been one of persecution because of religion, because of cultural differences,” he said, citing the Holocaust and the Armenian genocide during World War I. Armenia, he noted, is surrounded by Arab nations, much like Israel. The values of Jewish and Armenian people — and many other ethnic groups, Gadarian hastened to add — are “in no particular order, God, community, family, and education. What is there not to admire about people who have those values?” August 16, 2019, ARIZONA JEWISH POST


COMMENTARY As a Mexican-Jewish lawmaker, I feel doubly targeted by hateful rhetoric ALMA HERNANDEZ JTA

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am proud to be Jewish, Latina and bilingual. I have the honor of representing the state House of Representatives district where I was born and raised in Arizona. My home in Tucson is less than one hour away from the U.S.-Mexico border. Tucson and El Paso in many respects are similar, and the Aug. 3 El Paso shooting hit close to home. When I watched the news come in on the attack, I couldn’t help but think of my family and the pain and suffering more families would come to endure because of this senseless act of violence. Tucson, like El Paso, has had its own history of gun violence. Like too many communities, we know the sting of gun violence firsthand. In 2011, a gunman killed six innocent people at a political gathering where my brother helped save the life of congresswoman Gabby Giffords. But the Tucson shooting was committed by a mentally ill young man. The El Paso gunman is a white supremacist. In 2019, hatred and bigotry against people that look like me, speak like me and share the same culture and identity as me is on the rise, and our president is fanning the flames. Like in many Mexican households, in my home, we switch freely between Spanish and English. Spanish was my first language, but I never thought that it would put a target on us — until now. After the Aug. 3 massacre — the deadliest in history against the Latino community — my mother called me to share

Alma Hernandez (center) with her family at her naming ceremony at Congregation Chaverim, April 8, 2016.

her distress and anxiety over what she was seeing in the news. She told me in Spanish that she didn’t understand why Latinos are being targeted and asked if I thought it was because of what President Trump says about us. I was numb and horrified to hear her ask this, but I knew it was the harsh reality we live in now. She told me she feared to go to the store alone, and now no longer felt safe. We know that racism has been alive and well for a very long time, not only in Arizona, where we have had a history of racist policies, but all over the country. This president’s hateful rhetoric — not only in Charlottesville, when he responded to chants of “Jews will not replace us” at the far-right rally there two years ago by saying there are fine people on both sides — and his words against Latinos have only emboldened the expression of

hate toward Jews, Mexicans and Latinos in our communities by white supremacists. I used to think that these white supremacists hated me because I’m a Jew. But now I realize I don’t know what they hate more: the fact that I am a Mexican Jew or that I am taking up “space” on this land they assert is theirs. President Trump’s tropes that disparage Latinos, such as the idea of an “invasion” along the U.S.-Mexico border; referring to asylum seekers as “infestations” and some Latino immigrants as illegals and aliens; and saying that “Mexico … is not sending their best” has encouraged others to openly repeat and spew this hate. Just a few weeks ago, a colleague in the Arizona Legislature said that she fears the “browning of America.” When you have elected officials sharing such thoughts

with the public instead of standing up to this rhetoric, we not only are validating this divisive hate but putting people like me and our communities in danger. How many more lives do we need to lose to gun violence in America? How many more vigils will I need to attend before we do anything meaningful on gun control in this country? How many more of my Jewish brothers and sisters need to die while praying in their synagogues on Shabbat? How many more Latinos do we need to send thoughts and prayers for and lay to rest? What I continue to ask myself after El Paso is why we as Latinos need to validate our lives and introduce ourselves to prove that we are Americans, too. We have deep roots in the United States, and for those who have forgotten, Spanish was spoken in the United States before English. My brown skin is what makes me who I am, and I am proud of it. Nearly 60 million Latinos live in the United States, and I’m proud to contribute to that number. I will not stop being an advocate for gun violence prevention in Arizona and in our country because I shouldn’t have to fear for my own life every time politicians use us as targets for their hateful rhetoric. We cannot accept open incitement of hate as the new normal. Words matter, and that is why I call on elected officials to stop using my community as bait.

Alma Hernandez, a native Tucsonan, is a state representative in the Arizona House of Representatives. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the AJP or its publisher, the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona.

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Rumors of my retirement are greatly exaggerated! Dearest Friends of the Tucson Jewish community, It seems to me that many of you have forgotten the training we all received when we were children. Remember the nurse at school who taught you two important rules: 1) Wash your hands, and 2) Don’t put something in your mouth if you don’t know where it came from! Let’s pay attention to Rule #2, shall we? For some of you, you are putting something in your mouth and sharing it with others and it has turned into something contagious. Don’t put rumors or gossip in your mouths for others to hear. I know that it is a juicy bit of gossip that many of you are mouthing; but it is NOT TRUE! Here is the truth you may share with

anyone: I am never going to retire! Until that changes, I will be arriving at the synagogue at 7:30 each morning. I will joyfully continue to work with children and senior citizens alike. I will make 20 calls daily to families and visit shut-ins and those hospitalized and be in my office so that my congregants will find me when they need me. I will display a happy countenance every day and demonstrate the virtue of equanimity with everyone I meet. Until you hear otherwise from me, I am not retiring. Thank you for paying attention. L’shalom, Rabbi Thomas A. Louchheim, Congregation Or Chadash

LOCAL/SPORTS Tucson teens make friends and win big at JCC Maccabi Games in Atlanta PHYLLIS BRAUN AJP Executive Editor

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ucson’s team for the annual JCC Maccabi Games for Jewish teens, held July 28-Aug. 2 in Atlanta, was “small but mighty” with four athletes, says Josh Shenker, delegation head and director of children, youth and camping services at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. “Though we were the smallest delegation of only four, we brought home nine medals. From our theatrics during our delegation entrance at opening ceremonies to our spirit throughout the week, Team Tucson definitely made our presence felt,” says Shenker. The Olympic-style games included 1,800 Jewish teen athletes from 36 communities, including five international delegations. Thirteen-year-old swimmer Gianna Miltenberger of Tucson, participating in her first Maccabi Games, won seven medals. “The Maccabi Games was an all-around amazing experience,” says Gianna. “Being around so many other Jewish athletes from across the world was such a wonderful opportunity. I had so much fun competing in the sport I practice and love. Meeting others who share that same passion was so incredible.” Each year the Maccabi Games include a social action project. This year’s JCC Cares day was a collaboration between the Israel Sports Center for the Disabled and Atlanta’s Shepherd Center for spinal cord and brain injury reha-

With a cowboy as their logo for the 2019 JCC Maccabi Games, Team Tucson galloped out at the July 28 opening ceremonies in Atlanta to the song “Old Town Road.” From left: Grant Cohen (front), Gabe Green, Pasha Maher (basketball coach), Elijah Nogales,Josh Shenker (delegation head), and Gianna Miltenberger

bilitation, with informational presentations, a wheelchair basketball exhibition and a hands-on art project. “It was very inspirational to see people who have faced adversity in their lives overcome that and continue to do what they love,” says Grant Cohen, 13, of the wheelchair

basketball exhibition. Participating in his first games, Grant won a gold medal in tennis in the 14-and-under age bracket, “going completely undefeated and largely uncontested,” says Shenker. “While it was amazing to see our athletes compete and excel in their sports, the special aspect of the week was seeing the four of them come out of their shells as they forged relationships and friendships with not only each other but countless teens from other delegations,” says Shenker. Gabe Green, 15, was Tucson’s only Maccabi Games veteran athlete, participating in his third games. He played on a mixed soccer team that bagged a bronze medal. For Gabe, the best part of the games “was meeting and competing with all my teammates from six other cities because it was the first time I had met most of them and it was nice to see how close we got in four days.” Catching up with friends from past years, winning a medal, and the evening social activities, which included a concert by pop band AJR, also were highlights, he says. Elijah Nogales, 15, had a great time despite fracturing his ankle playing basketball on a mixed team with kids from four delegations. He liked hanging out with his host family, he says, and “meeting teens from other cities was cool, and seeing how they aren’t that different.” If Tucson fields a team for next year’s games, Elijah says, he’d like to be a part of it. For information on participating in future JCC Maccabi Games, contact Shenker at 299-3000 or jshenker@ tucsonjcc.org.

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Cody Blumenthal (back row, center, in white) played point guard for Team USA at the July Maccabi Pan American games in Mexico City. Team USA won gold over Team Israel (in blue) by 20 points.

Blumenthal says. “For Shabbat, my team put on our own service at the hotel, led by a few of the players. And, two of us, who had never been bar mitzvahed became a bar mitzvah! It was awesome. “This Maccabi trip was the best two weeks of my life. Winning gold with my new friends and meeting a bunch of people are two things I wouldn’t trade the world for.”

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avid Tannenbaum of Hereford, Arizona, was the sole bicycling competitor in Team USA’s Master Division at the 2019 Maccabi Pan American Games in Mexico City, July 5-15. He finished in eighthplace in the 55-59 year age group, receiving a medal for completing all three races. “That makes me the eighth fastest Jewish cyclist my age in the Western Hemisphere. I’m happy with that,” he says. Team USA’s 400 athletes were among 3,820 participants at the games. In the first race, 13 miles on a Formula 1 car racetrack at 7,200-foot elevation on July 8, his time was 34:07, placing seventh among 18 men. On July 12, the course lapped around Ajusco Mountain in 45-degree temperatures at 11,772 feet. He completed the 48.8-mile course with an official time of 3:53:00. Tannenbaum was last of 11 finishers, with two riders not completing the race. The final race, July 14, was a 51-mile mountain descent from 5,200 feet and return climb in 4:04:35, where he placed 10th out of 11 men. “In the two mountain stages, when I considered dropping out, I decided instead to ride for pride,” he says. “This is the first time I raced with the USA emblazoned on my chest; I don’t know if I’ll ever get another chance. I’m proud of my medal, even if it’s not gold, silver or bronze.”

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ody Blumenthal brought home a gold medal from his participation on the age 18 and under Team USA basketball team at the 14th Pan American Maccabi Games in Mexico City, July 5-15. “Winning gold with my new best friends was the best feeling in the world,” he says. Every four years, Maccabi World Union organizes the Pan American Maccabi Games in South America. The games aim to perpetuate and preserve the Pan American Jewish community through athletic competition. They are an opportunity to share the spirit of an international Maccabi competition with Jewish athletes from North, Central and South America, Great Britain, Australia, Israel and other countries throughout the Diaspora. Blumenthal spent four days in Dallas, Texas, before the games practicing and bonding. “Everyone on my team clicked right away, it was amazing,” he says. In Mexico, “we played Australia, Israel, Mexico, and Columbia. Every game we won by somewhere between 40-70 points,” says Blumenthal. “Since we won all of our games, that put us straight into the gold medal game,” he says. “We played Israel in the championship game. At the beginning of the game, Team Israel started hot. They went up 12 points on us in the first quarter. My team did not fold, though. We fought through and ended up winning by 20 points.” As part of the event, the athletes participated in community service activities. “We helped poor community members find glasses that suit their vision and played with the kids. It was a great experience for everyone,”

David Tannenbaum approaches the finish line at about 28 MPH at the Maccabi Pan American Games in Mexico City.

NEWS BRIEFS While a majority of Israeli Jews supMore than two-thirds of the responThe California State Board of Ed- ies, Hispanic Studies, Native American port changes to the religious status quo dents, 68.5 percent, said they supported Studies, and Asian American Studies. ucation has rejected a proposed ethnic studies curriculum for the state’s schools, saying it “falls short and needs to be substantially redesigned.” The Jewish community is among several minority groups that have protested the draft. Earlier this month, the California Legislative Jewish Caucus said that the curriculum “effectively erases the American Jewish experience,” “omits anti-Semitism,” “denigrates Jews” and “singles Israel out for condemnation.” “Following the Instructional Quality Commission’s review and response to all public comments, a new draft will be developed for State Board of Education review and potential approval,” school board leaders said in a statement Monday. “The Board will ultimately adopt an ethnic studies model curriculum that aligns to California’s values.” A 2016 law ordered the Board of Education to create a curriculum that would highlight the contributions of minorities in the development of California and the United States. The board has put the model curriculum up for public comment and will vote on it next year. The draft provides sample courses in four main areas: African-American Stud-

Supporters say the goal is to create inclusive and supportive environments for children of color. State Sen. Ben Allen told the Los Angeles Times that while he supported having an ethnic studies curriculum, he was “amazed that in a curriculum that has so much about bigotry and hatred of all sorts of different forms that there was not a single mention of anti-Semitism in the glossary.” He also pointed out that a number of other ethnic groups were excluded, including Irish Americans and Italian Americans. On Tuesday, a coalition of Jewish, Armenian, Hellenic, Hindu, and Korean civic groups issued a joint statement calling for the curriculum to be scrapped. “The draft lacks cultural competency, does not reflect California’s diverse population, and advances a political agenda that should not be taught as unchallenged truth in our state’s public schools,” the statement said. ... For Israeli Jewish voters, September’s election is about the economy — social issues, security and foreign affairs, too.

in their nation, issues of religion and state appear to become irrelevant when they enter the voting booth, according to a new online survey released by the Israeli Democracy Institute. Among the 760 respondents to the poll, economic-social issues and foreign affairs-security were the determining factors for 36.7 percent and 36.2 percent. Among the secular, 45.5 percent said that they saw economic and social issues as the “key consideration when deciding which party to vote for.” On religion and state, only 15.5 percent regarded those issues as important enough to determine their political choices even though 60 percent of the respondents supported the introduction of public transportation on Shabbat and 59.5 percent were in favor of introducing civil marriage. While religion was paramount for 67.5 percent among the haredi, or ultraOrthodox spectrum, 53 percent of the national religious, 44 percent of the traditional religious, and 47 percent of the traditional nonreligious consider issues of security and foreign affairs as most important, IDI found.

drafting haredi Orthodox Jews. The number rose to 79 percent among the secular and nonreligious Israelis. The issue was the sticking point in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s bid to form a government following April’s election. ...

Jewish state legislators in California hung mezuzahs on their office doors

after returning from summer recess. During the recess, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill that bars landlords and homeowners associations from prohibiting their tenants from affixing mezuzahs to their doors and door frames. The Legislature’s Jewish Caucus, which has 16 members, had lobbied hard for the measure. The bill was introduced following complaints from Jewish renters and condo owners who were told to remove their mezuzahs because of a building or apartment complex policy. Known to some as the “mezuzah bill,” it also had the support of secular organizations, as well as Catholic and Hindu groups. The Jewish Caucus in a statement Monday made the announcement about the mezuzahs hung in Sacramento.

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ore than 50 Jewish demonstrations were held across the country last weekend in opposition to U.S. immigration policy and to mark Tisha b’Av, the traditional Jewish day of mourning. The call to action came from T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights and other organizations, including the refugee aid group HIAS, the National Council of Jewish Women, and Bend the Arc. While most nationwide events were peaceful, 40 Jews were arrested at a New York City protest against Amazon’s work with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. Tucson’s Jewish Voice for Peace chapter held its event Saturday night, Aug. 10, at the Historic Y, focusing on those who have died in detention, “and other deaths from current oppression,” says Deborah Mayaan, a leader of the local group. The 20 people gathered also tore cloth as a traditional Jewish expression of grief and wrote the names of children who died in migrant detention. The protests are the latest in a series of direct actions by Jewish groups against immigrant detention centers in the United States. The protests, in many cases organized by a new group called Never Again Action, draw explicit links between the Holocaust and treatment of undocumented immigrants today across the country. Some protesters were eager to draw connections between the cause and Tisha b’Av, commemorating a range of Jewish historical tragedies, including the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem thousands of years ago. AJP Executive Editor Phyllis Braun contributed to this report.

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ats are the stepchildren of the animal world, says Bonnie Kay, current president of the Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter & Sanctuary. Compared to dogs, cats don’t have nearly as many programs and services, and are more likely to be euthanized in other shelters. Last year, the Hermitage adopted out almost 650 cats. About 200 cats live at the cage-free shelter, with up to another 150 in foster homes. “It is very expensive to run the shelter,” says Kay, who is also the Hermitage’s de facto fundraising director. But the Hermitage is just one of many local nonprofits for both animals and humans that Kay’s been involved with since moving to Tucson in 1993, including Jewish Family & Children’s Services, Planned Parenthood, the Humane Society, and the Community Food Bank. “I’ve always done a lot of work related to social justice,” says Kay, who earned a master’s in social work and criminal justice from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and ran a program for women coming out of federal prison. For two years between undergraduate school at Washington University in St. Louis and gradu-

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Foothills home. The light and airy rooms are filled with artworks that reflect her love of cats — she has six of her own — and of horses. She used to own a horse farm outside Philadelphia with her former husband. As an advocate for the bond between human and animal welfare, another organization she’s helped is Cody’s Friends, started by 10-year-old Cody Allen five years ago, which distributes free pet food and other supplies to organizations that help people in need. It started with neighborhood donations, but in 2016, GreaterGood. org’s Rescue Bank in Houston began sending monthly donations of thousands of pounds of pet food. Ever practical, Kay bought them a forklift. For 11 years, she served on the board of the Animal Welfare Alliance of Southern Arizona, which administers most of Pima County’s free or low-cost spay and neutering. During her term, they began offering free shot and exam clinics twice a year in South Tucson, and published a directory of 150 animal services in partnership with Information & Referral Services. A petite 70-year-old, Kay is limber enough to sit on the floor every day to brush her six cats. “It only takes 10 minutes” if you do it daily, she says, explaining the regimen keeps the cats from developing hairballs. See Philanthropist, page 16

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A parade of local pets from the heroic to the simply adorable

Freyja, owned by Debie, Talia, and Aurora Curtis Charlie, owned by Bess Ecelbarger Cheddar, owned by Roberta Kurtz

Dylan, owned by Phyllis and Steven Braun

Molly, owned by Fran and Jeff Katz Marty Drozdoff, who owns Kiki, an Akita/Red Heeler mix, with his wife, Marcia, calls Kiki a protector of people, little dogs, and the neighborhood, who chases bobcats out of the yard and barks away coyotes. Gracie, a 13-year-old toy Australian Shepherd therapy dog, visits residents at Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging on Monday mornings.

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SEPTEMBER IS A HIGH RISK MONTH FOR VALLEY FEVER By Dr. Lisa S. Newman Is it possible that drug producers are now seeking to label Nikkomycin Z (NikZ), a drug already proven highly toxic to humans, as a veterinary medicine – as had been done with so many other drugs? Since our beloved Southwest has long been under construction, the population living here (both human and especially their animals) has suffered with a “dust cough.” Since the 1970s, we’ve sought a way to prevent or at the very least reverse this uncomfortable, and at times, unmanageable cough! With great interest, and some concern, I read back in 2015 an Arizona Daily Star article about The Valley Fever Center for Excellence and development of Nikkomycin Z (NikZ). This drug had shown promise, since the 1970s, in fighting “anti-fungi activity, particularly against Coccidioides,” the cause of Valley Fever, as we know it. According to The Journal of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy June 2009 vol. 53, no. 6; pgs. 2517-2521, NikZ was expected to provide “selective toxicity” against susceptible fungi. After studies indicated NikZ quickly attacked lung lesions in cocci-infested mice, a small human trial was conducted. As with many clinical trials, it was on a limited scale of only nine subjects given a few doses of varying strengths. In spite of this limited exposure, researchers still found Nikkomycin Z toxic to all participants’ livers “a full week after the last dose was administered” and accepted this. There were actually 21 “adverse events” reported among the nine subjects! One case each of headache and dizziness (classic signs of toxicity) were noted with beginning 250-mg dose levels and considered “possibly related” by the clinical investigator. Yet, researchers still concluded there “was no

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apparent dose-related toxicity or events that were considered probably or definitely caused by nikkomycin Z.” One subject had “elevated bilirubin (7× upper limit of normal [ULN]), following his second dose (1,000 mg)). All of these tests were normal at the 48-hour time point and, except for a slightly elevated bilirubin level (1.5× ULN). were within normal limits at 7-days post-dosing.” Their livers had yet to recover a full week after their last pill. Imagine what happens after six months of medication! Plus, what occurs when your own dog can’t verbally explain to you how they are suffering? Bilirubin is produced when the liver breaks down old red blood cells, known in holistic care as detoxification. Excessive bilirubin indicates a toxic liver, leading to jaundice (yellowing of eyes/skin from early liver failure). Doctors check bilirubin blood levels monthly with patients on drugs that can injure this vital organ — initiating chronic diseases, such as cancer. Is it possible this is a reason this drug has been shelved for years? Is it possible that’s why researchers are now seeking a veterinary medicine label approval — as had been done with so many others drugs — of this highly toxic to humans drug?

“Nikkomycin Z was well-tolerated when given as a single oral dose to healthy subjects...” One dose in healthy subjects does not make a drug safe! By the time the body has become symptomatic with Valley Fever, it is in a declined state where organs may already be compromised. Certainly it is not time to introduce additional toxins. During 30 years as Tucson’s only holistic animal care researcher, including my study (1984-1991) on the natural prevention (yes!) and reversal of coccidioidomycosis, I have found the majority of dogs infected (adv. titer 1:16) are symptom-free until their unhealthy lifestyles weaken their immunity. Unhealthy lifestyle habits includes poor quality nutrition, emotional and/or physical stress, lack of exercise, sunshine and fun socialization. Dogs that are supported naturally reverse titers, often within six weeks. Given antifungal medications first, infected canines and others, fare far worse. Months, even years of medications often leave bodies further “dis-eased” whereas fully-holistically reared dogs not only can remain symptom-free (prevention), but those who may suffer, when given anti-fungal herbs and nutritional supplements instead, quickly recovered their vitality,

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remaining titer-free! I also have worked with several human Valley Fever clients with similar results. It is my sincere hope The Valley Fever Center of Excellence might consider looking at Azmira’s veterinarian-supported documentation, and possibly, consider doing blood studies in the benefits of supplementing future human and animal anti-fungal medical treatments with proven holistic care. Dr. Lisa S. Newman (Ph.D. in Holistic Nutrition), owner of Tucson’s Holistic Animal Care Shoppe and award-winning formulator of Azmira Holistic Animal Care products, is a pioneering, globally-renowned natural pet care product manufacturer. Her award-winning, innovative approach has made her an educator to veterinarians. Newman is the author of nine books. The last serves as the foundation for The Holistic Animal Care School of Japan, in Osaka. Free copies of her seven-year Valley Fever study along with information on Azmira’s Yeast & Fungal D’Tox KIT may be obtained by contacting info@azmira.com or visiting, ‘Your’ Holistic Animal Care Shoppe.

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Dogs with raised eyebrows elicit a strong desire in humans to care for them.

he domestic canine, descended from the wolf, eventually evolved into “man’s best friend.” New research from the University of Portsmouth shows that facial muscles evolved over thousands of years, allowing dogs to better communicate with humans using those big, round, heart-melting “puppy dog eyes.” The study comparing dog and wolf anatomy and behavior, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found dogs have developed small muscles that wolves lack, allowing them to raise their inner eyebrows. Study authors suggest this eyebrow-raising, dubbed the AU101 movement, triggers a nurturing response in humans. University of Portsmouth evolutionary psychologist Professor Bridget Waller says, “This movement makes a dogs’ eyes appear larger, giving them a childlike appearance. It could also mimic the facial movement humans make when they’re sad.” Lead researcher Dr. Juliane Kaminski, a comparative psychologist also at the University of Portsmouth, says, “When dogs make the movement, it seems to elicit a strong desire in humans to look after them. This would give dogs that move their eyebrows more, a selection advantage over others and reinforce the ‘puppy dog eyes’ trait for future generations.” The only dog species in the study that did not have the muscle was the Siberian husky, which is among the

most ancient dog breeds. It is not known why or precisely when humans first brought wolves in from the cold and the evolution from wolf to dog began, but this research helps us understand some of the likely mechanisms underlying dog domestication. Perhaps the easiest way to communicate with your pets, or to understand their communication with you, is through observing their body language. Without saying a word, dogs and cats express emotion — and indicate when to come closer and when it’s wise to back away, says Susan Breslow, former head of publications for the ASPCA. Here’s a list of behavioral clues to the most commonly accepted messages your pet may be trying to send you:  Happy Dog: Tail wagging side-to-side or circles, relaxed mouth, appears to smile Cat: Eyes closed, ears forward, tail up, fur flat, purring, kneading with front paws Alert Dog: Ears up or forward, upright posture, eyes wide Cat: Eyes wide, ears forward Excited Dog: Ears up, tail high, weight on rear legs Cat: Ears up, direct glance, tail up and waving Friendly Dog: Jumps up or offers toy See Language, page 16

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PETS buildings with a placard stating that half of the homeless in the county were children under 12, “dispelling the stereotype of the drunk guy with a paper bag,” she says. Recently, she’s been helping the Primavera Foundation’s homeless women’s shelter in Tucson, Casa Paloma. “A few years ago I went on a tour of all the women’s facilities, and their women’s homeless facility was just hideous,” she says, so she offered to do a matching grant that funded a complete rebuild. Now she’s figuring out how to raise enough so Casa Paloma, which takes up to 25 women Mondays through Fridays, can stay open on the weekends.

She’s also been involved with Youth On Their Own, which focuses on homeless teens {see related story, p.4]. Kay sees her social action work as tikkun olam, the Jewish precept of repairing the world. “I’ve always been like that — I can’t not see all the need out there,” she says, adding, “Jews generally are into social justice.” She was born in Winnipeg, Canada, to parents who grew up during the Great Depression and still didn’t have much when she was little. The family was not religious, but “certainly ethnically part of the tribe,” she says, and celebrated the major holidays. Later, when her father did well in business, he became involved in the Jewish communal world, leaving a large trust to the Jewish federation in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Working with JFCS on an auction a few years back, when she served on the board, was enlightening. “They had 300 items,” she recalls, but many of them were not great. After the auction, “I analyzed it and found that the top 10 items brought in half the money, which means don’t bother with a lot of the small stuff.” The Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter & Sanctuary’s online auction will be held Sept.16-30. To view and bid on items, visit www.32auctions.com/hermitage.

tail thrashes, back arches, fur stands up, claws extend Dominant, Defensive Dog: Standing tall, tilts the body forward, tail high, ears up, unblinking Cat: Pupils shrink, tail twitches, growls, snarls, hisses, spits Submissive Dog: Tucks tail, avoids eye contact, cowers Cat: Crouches, flattens ears, tail tucked Playful Dog: Bouncy, energetic, bowing, nuzzles or paws at you, tries to get you to chase, squints/blinks eyes Cat: Ears slightly forward, tail curled upward

Trusting Dog: Turns back or exposes belly, wants to please Cat: Kneads you, cat kisses, rubs its face on you, exposes belly, eats out of your hand, brings you presents (usually dead), quivering tail Nervous, grumpy, tense Dog: Yawns, licks face, exposes teeth Cat: Pupils narrow, tail upright, vibrates Curious Dog: Tilts head, raises one paw Cat: Ears up, direct glance, the tip of tail flicking Sources: Reader’s Digest, Alley Cat Allies, ASPCA, Hills Pets

PHILANTHROPIST Kay admits that she is a “foster failure”: her two most recent additions come from a litter and mother she fostered for the Hermitage. The other cats come from various shelters in Tucson and one in San Diego. All but one are special needs cats, including several with FeLV (feline leukemia virus) or FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus), both of which weaken the immune system. At the Hermitage, such cats are kept separate from the other residents. And then there’s Kay’s Roo. Born with foreshortened front paws, he often hops on his hind legs like a kangaroo. He’s also polydactyl, notes Kay, with six toes on his back paws, and has FeLV. In a less progressive time or place he might have been euthanized, says Kay, instead of finding a loving home in which to thrive. After she and her husband moved to Northern California in the early ’90s, and subsequently divorced, Kay became involved with the Sonoma County Task Force for the Homeless, which got the city of Santa Rosa and the county to declare a homelessness awareness week. They hung art by homeless children in malls and government

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Cat: Slow blinks

Fearful Dog: Ears flat, tail between legs, cowers Cat: Tail tucked or high and fluffed, ears sideways, pupils widen Aggressive, Angry Dog: Hostile, tail high, teeth bared, may vocalize, intimidating posture, weight shifted forward Cat: Ears flattened, pupils narrow, whiskers point forward,

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isu is a black Labrador. She wears a red collar and has sweet eyes and spends her days on the third floor of the University of Arizona anthropology building, assisting in research at the AZ Canine Cognition Center. Sisu mills around the lab, getting pats from lab coordinators and interns, and when it’s time to conduct experiments, she plays with children — all in the name of research. These interactions are observed, recorded, and analyzed for changes of mood and behavior, whether canine or human. With the help of local dogs and their owners, the AZ Canine Cognition Center hopes to better understand the way dogs process and interact with humans and their surroundings. The lab was created in 2016 by Evan MacLean, Ph.D., Sisu’s owner, after he received a grant from the National Institutes of Health. Since then, the lab has contributed to many research papers on animal cognition. In January, Gianna Ossello and Paige Smith were hired as lab coordinators to help conduct two main experiments: The Dog Decathlon and the Human Animal Interaction project. Ossello explains that the Dog Decathlon experiment “looks at things such as inhibitory control, social communication, and then other general temperament tests with dogs. Our idea is to get as many dogs as we can so that we can start seeing these patterns underlying whether dogs are exceptionally good at understanding human communication.” The dogs are volunteered by their owners and commit to three lab days, spaced out over three weeks. Test-

Black Labrador Sisu spends her days in the laboratory, helping conduct research.

ing usually takes place between 9 a.m. and noon. The first day is introductory, then there are two days of testing, each about 90 minutes long. The lab uses treats as positive reinforcement to help reveal the way dogs process through different situations (like remembering which cup hides the treat, or their level of interest in unfamiliar people, called xenophilia). Both the researcher and the owner can learn more about how the inner mechanisms of a dog’s mind operates. “All dogs are smart in their own ways, and it is interesting to see how each dog goes about solving a task,” says Kacie Bauer, who interned at the AZ Canine Cognition Center over the summer. “They can use diverse methods that lead to the same results but that showcase their unique thought processes, like if a dog just jumps

in with brute force, or if they are more delicate in their actions.” “You can never have too much evidence for how dogs communicate,” says Ossello. “There’s a lot of individual variation between dogs in terms of social communication and cooperation.” For the HAI experiment, “we’re looking at the psychological, behavioral, and physiological effects on both dogs and children when they interact with each other,” says Smith, who is Jewish, as is Bauer. Sisu assists with the HAI experiment, which has three different conditions: the lab observes children interacting with their own pet dog, with Sisu, and as a control, with toys. “We’re basically seeing if their stress levels change over that time and same with the dog,” says Smith. “We test for three different hormones to see how those change within 25 minutes before, during, and after that play time. We’re looking to get hard evidence that dogs do have the ability to help children that might have developmental disorders like autism, or even depression or anxiety.” Parents and guardians will assist in collecting urine and saliva samples from children and dogs. The experiment will go on for a year. Once the data has been collected, it will undergo a year of analysis before the findings are written and published. “We test any and all dogs within the Tucson area, and whoever wants to come travel down to our lab,” says Ossello. “The idea is to get as many different breeds as we can so maybe, hopefully, we can start answering these breed difference questions.” There are certain conditions that apply to the dogs and children accepted as participants, but those interested can sign up at www.dogs.arizona.edu, or email dogs@arizona.edu.

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR The calendar deadline is Tuesday, 10 days before the issue date. Our next issue will be published Aug. 30, 2019. 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 10 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. Aug. 18, Professor Jodi Magness, archeologist, excavator of Huqoq synagogue in the Galilee, author of “Masada: From Jewish Revolt to Modern Myth,” president of the Archaeological Institute of America. Aug. 25, Yuval David, Israeli-American actor, director, social activist; featured in the upcoming “The Plot Against America.” Sept. 1, Margot Singer, award-winning author of “Underground Fugue.” 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. Mentoring sessions second Sundays, 1-3 p.m., during August at the Tucson J. Contact Barbara Stern Mannlein at 731-0300 or the J at 299-3000. Tucson J Israeli Dance, taught by Brandi Hawkins, 2nd and 4th Sundays, partners, 4:45-6

Friday / August 16

5:45 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Family Shabbat service and dinner. Dinner at 6:15 p.m.: members, $25 family of 2 adults and up to 4 children; nonmember family $30; adult (13+) $10. Call 745-5550 for space availability. 9:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Downtown Shabbat at Jewish History Museum, 564 S. Stone Ave., with Rabbi Batsheva Appel and Armon Bizman band. 327-4501.

Sunday / August 18

10:30 AM: Temple Emanu-El Kurn Religious School Hebrew carnival for grades 3-7, and Hebrew@Home demonstration for parents. At 11 a.m. meet teachers for all grades. 327-4501. 9 AM - NOON: Cong. Anshei Israel new Youth Education Program B’Yahad (Together) Kick-off. Meet madrichim, teachers and shinshinim, Shay Friedwald and Danielle Levy. Kids wear swim garb, bring towel, hats, sunblock, and water shoes. Parents/guardians, brunch and mimosas. RSVP to Kim at 745-5550, ext. 224 or edasst@caiaz.org. 11 AM - 1 PM: Cong. Or Chadash Taste of Or Chadash Jewish Food Festival and Welcome Back Party. 512-8500. 1-5 PM: Temple Emanu-El Hebrew Marathon with Cantorial Soloist Marjorie Hochberg. Continues Aug. 19, 6–8:30 p.m. Members, $45; nonmembers, $60. Register at 327-4501.


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ONGOING p.m.; open circle, 6-7 p.m. Members, $8; nonmembers, $10. 299-3000.

Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-noon. Contact Raisa Moroz at 795-0300.

Cong. Anshei Israel parent-tot class, starting Aug. 12, led by Ally Ross. Mondays, 9-11 a.m. Children up to 24 months and their parent(s). Free. Mandatory vaccination policy. Call Nancy Auslander at 745-5550 or visit www.caiaz.org.

Awakening Through Jewish Meditation — Discover Freedom, with Reb Brian Yosef, Tuesdays/Sundays at 10:30 a.m., at Cong. Bet Shalom. Free. Check calendar at www.torahofawakening.com.

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

Tucson J social bridge, Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon-3 p.m., year round. Drop-ins welcome. Meets in library on second floor. 299-3000.

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 12-step 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.

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

“Biblical Breakthroughs with Rabbi Becker” at the Southwest Torah Institute. Fridays, noon, for men and women. Beginning August 30. 747-7780 or yzbecker@me.com.

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.

Temple Kol Hamidbar (Sierra Vista) “Wrestling with Torah” study group, led by Reuben Ben-Adam, Fridays, 6-7:15 p.m. 458-8637.

Sunday / September 2

Friday / August 23

5:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Seeking Shabbat Rocks! service with 9th grade class, Students who went to Jewish summer camps or Israel, Rabbi Batsheva Appel, Avanim Rock Band and youth choir, followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and traditional service at 7:30 p.m. Dinner $12 for adults, $3 ages 4-12, free for kids under 4. RSVP for dinner at 327-4501. 5:45 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel A New Song and Welcome Back Shabbat dinner with New York theme. Members, $10; nonmembers $15. RSVP for dinner by Aug. 19 at 745-5550. 6:30 PM: Cong. Or Chadash Shabbat service with ice cream oneg. 512-8500.

Sunday / September 1

7 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel Elul “Sunrise” Minyan. 745-5550.

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.

Weintraub Israel Center Shirat HaShirim Hebrew choir, Tuesdays, 7 p.m. Learn to sing in Hebrew. Contact Rina Paz at 304-7943 or ericashem@cox.net.

Wednesday / August 21

12:30 – 2:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Taste of Judaism three-session introductory class, at Temple Kol Hamidbar in Sierra Vista. Free. Register at 327-4501.

Chabad of Sierra Vista women’s class with Rabbi Benzion Shemtov, last Wednesdays, 2 p.m., 401 Suffolk Drive. 820-6256 or www.jewishsierravista.com.

Cong. Anshei Israel Talmud on Tuesday with Rabbi Robert Eisen. Meets 6 p.m. 745-5550.

JFCS Holocaust Survivors group meets

Thursday / August 22

Chabad Tucson lunch and learn with Rabbi Yehuda Ceitlin, Wednesdays, 12:15 p.m. 2443 E. 4th St. Lunch available to purchase; email info@ chabadtucson.com.

Temple Emanu-El the Zohar, Soul-Text of Kabbalah with Rabbi Sandy Seltzer. Thursdays, 11:45 a.m. Beginning Aug. 29. 327-4501.

Cong. Anshei Israel gentle chair yoga with Lois Graham, Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Members of Women’s League, $6 per class;

11:45 AM – 1 PM: Temple Emanu-El Learn to Chant Torah with Marjorie Hochberg. Five classes. Members $55, nonmembers $70. Register at 327-4501.

nonmembers, $8 per class. Contact Evelyn at 885-4102 or esigafus@aol.com.

11 AM - 3 PM: Tucson J Labor Day Party. Pool games, bouncy house, DJ, kosher hot dogs and snacks. Nonmembers welcome. Free all day. Register at www.tucsonjcc.org/laborday.

Friday / September 6

5:45 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Kabbalat Shabbat service and dinner. Dinner at 6:15 p.m. $25 family of 2 adults and up to 4 children; additional adults $10. RSVP for dinner by Sept. 3 at 745-5550.

Sunday / September 8

2 PM: Temple Kol Hamidbar talk, “Rockart – Humanity’s First Art,” by Jane Kolber. Explores creative process of petroglyphs and pictographs, their landscape placement, and locations throughout the world. 228 N. Canyon Dr., Sierra Vista. Light refreshments. Donation requested, members, $5; nonmembers, $10. 458-8637. 3-5:30 PM: JFCS presents ¡FlaMÉXico!, a multicultural music and dance performance, preceded at 2:30 p.m. by reception featuring violinist Anna Gendler and pianist Alexander Tentser. In memory of Fred Fruchthendler, past chair of JFCS. Proceeds benefit direct mental health and community services. At Fox Tucson Theatre. Tickets $25, $40 or $60. www.foxtucson.com/event/jfcspresents-flamexico or 547-3040.

Jewish History Museum/Holocaust History Center closed for summer. Reopens Sept. 6. Visits by appointment only; call 670-9073.


Sunday / September 15

10:30 AM: Cong. Chofetz Chayim Women’s Academy of Jewish Studies annual women’s book brunch, with Esther Becker presenting “Conversations with G-d” by Ruchi Koval. Book and brunch $36. For book and reservation, call Esther at 591-7680.

Sunday / September 22

5-8 PM: Tucson J annual TopGolf fundraiser. At 4050 W. Costco Dr. Ages 21+. Tickets start at $100. Contact Caitlin Dixon at 299-3000, ext. 176 or cdixon@tucsonjcc.org.

Thursday / September 26

7 PM: Chabad Tucson and Tucson J present 2019 Mega Challah Bake for women and girls. Early bird registration by Sept. 2, $25. Regular tickets, $36. Sponsorships available. RSVP at www.megachallahtucson.com.

Wednesday / October 16

6:30 – 8:30 PM: JFSA Women’s Philanthropy “Salsa in the Sukkah.” Bring donation of high school supplies or backpacks for Youth on Their Own. Margaritas, mojitos and tapas. $36. RSVP at www.jfsa.org/salsain thesukkah or call Anel Pro at 647-8455.

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Jewish Federation-Northwest chair yoga with a Jewish flair taught by Bonnie Golden. Meets at JFSA NW Division Ruth & Irving Olson Center for Jewish Life, 190 W. Magee Road #162, 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 JFSA NW Division Ruth & Irving Olson Center for Jewish Life Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m. RSVP to judithgfeldman@gmail.com or 505-4161. Jewish Federation-Northwest mah jongg, meets at JFSA NW Division Ruth & Irving Olson Center for Jewish Life 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.

Sunday / August 18

2-4 PM: Chabad of Oro Valley open house welcoming new associate directors Rabbi Boruch and Adeli Zimmerman. 14085 N. Hemet Drive. 477-8672 or www.jewishorovalley.com.

Monday / August 26

5-6:30 PM: Hadassah Southern Arizona/ JFSA NW Division Ruth and Irving Olson Center for Jewish Life book club discusses “Plainsong” by Kent Haruf. Sept. 23, “Waking Lions,” by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen. At JFSA NW Division Ruth & Irving Olson Center for Jewish Life, 190 W. Magee Road, #162. RSVP at 5054161 or northwestjewish@jfsa.org.

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OBITUARIES Dorleen Mallis

Pearl Joseph

Lisa Strober, M.D, Ph.D.

Dorleen Greta Mallis, 89, died July 6, 2019. Mrs. Mallis was born in San Francisco. Her parents, Herman and Pauline Ray, brought her, their only child, to Tucson when she was six months old. She was a proud Tucson High Badger and UA Wildcat. Soon after graduating, she married Albert Mallis. While raising four children she ran family businesses including Ray Water Company until she was 85 years old. She was an active community volunteer, and as she liked to tell the story, “a female wrassler.” For many years, she served Congregation Anshei Israel as the executive secretary to the rabbi and cantor. Survivors include her children, Harlen (Cheryl) Mallis of San Anselmo, California, Gary (Inge) Mallis of Scottsdale, Janlyn (Malcolm) Bales of London, and Rhonda (Joe) Rosenbaum of Tucson; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Services were held at Evergreen Mortuary with Cantor Janece Cohen of Congregation Or Chadash officiating, followed by interment in the Congregation Anshei Israel section of Evergreen Cemetery.

Pearl Joseph of Oro Valley, 88, formerly of Brooklyn and White Plains, New York, and Lake Waubeeka, Connecticut, died July 7, 2019. Mrs. Joseph was a teacher, ceramicist and poet. As a volunteer, she was a founding member of the Greenburgh Nature Center and WISH Westchester, both in New York. Mrs. Joseph was preceded in death by her husband, Leon Joseph. Survivors include her children, Leonard of White Plains, Kenneth (Magda) of Boca Raton, Florida, David (Michele) of Oakland, California, and Jeffrey (Abbe) of Melville, New York; five grandchildren and one great-grandson. Services were held at Evergreen Mortuary, with Rabbi Thomas Louchheim and Cantor Janece Cohen officiating, followed by interment in the Or Chadash section of Evergreen Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to The National Alliance on Mental Illness at www.nami.org; Planned Parenthood at www.plannedparenthood.org; or National Public Radio at www.npr.org.

Lisa R. Strober, M.D, Ph.D., 76, died July 13, 2019 of pancreatic cancer. A psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, Dr. Strober received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin and attended medical school at Downstate Medical Center (S.U.N.Y.) in Brooklyn, New York. She did her psychiatric training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Jacobi Hospital in the Bronx, New York. She moved to Tucson in the summer of 1974 and taught at the University of Arizona Medical Center for several years before entering more than 30 years of private practice. After years of additional study with Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute, she became a psychoanalyst. Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Steven, of Tucson; and her brother, Jon Raymon, of Crompond, New York. Memorial contributions may be made to TMC Hospice, Peppi’s House, 2715 N. Wyatt Drive, Tucson, AZ 85712. Arrangements were made by Evergreen Mortuary.

Edith Makler

Bernie Orman

Edith S. Makler, 91, died July 12, 2019, of pancreatic cancer. Born in New York on April 18, 1928, Mrs. Makler graduated from the University of Arizona in 1948, married Howard Makler in 1949, and returned to New York to start a family. The family resettled in Tucson in 1966. Mrs. Makler worked for more than 20 years as the administrative assistant to the head of the cardiology department at the UA Medical Center. Her community involvements include, most recently, serving on the Jewish History Museum board, the Sisterhood of Congregation Or Chadash board, and the HOA board of her community. Survivors include her children, Mariane Anderson of El Mirage, Arizona, Ken Makler (Tracey Hunter) of Tucson, and Lee Makler of Peoria, Arizona; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A memorial service was held at Congregation Or Chadash, with Rabbi Thomas Louchheim officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

Bernie Carl Orman, 94, died July 19, 2019. Mr. Orman was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Fannie and Jack Orman. A skilled musician, he played the violin, trumpet and clarinet. He drove Highway 66 from Detroit to Tucson in 1959 in a red two-door Chevrolet with his wife, Betty, and their two boys. He worked as an accountant for 45 years, eventually opening his own practice. Mr. Orman was preceded in death by sisters, Anne and Minnie and grandson, Zach. Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Betty; sons, Rodger (Holly) of Murphys, California, and Marc (Chanphen) of Anchor Point, Alaska; three grandchildren and one great-grandson. Graveside services were held in the Temple EmanuEl section of Evergreen Cemetery with Rabbi Batsheva Appel officiating.

Marshall Fealk Marshall Fealk, 72, died July 7, 2019. Mr. Fealk was born in Detroit, Michigan. He obtained a BA from the University of Michigan; JD from the University of Wisconsin Madison; and LL.M. in taxation from the University of Miami. He practiced law for over 46 years. He served as judge for the “trial” of the Three Little Pigs at Canyon View Elementary School. Mr. Fealk received the Distinguished Friend of the Humanities Award from the University of Arizona College of Humanities for his efforts with the UA Poetry Center. Mr. Fealk was preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Henrietta, and brother, Hillard. Survivors include his wife, Louise; children, Franci (Michael Skolnick) of Indianapolis, Michelle of Tucson, and Marc of Phoenix; and sister, Myrna (Sid) Konikow of Michigan. Services were held at Evergreen Mortuary with Rabbi Thomas Louchheim of Congregation Or Chadash officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis or the American Cancer Society.

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OBITUARIES Robert Strauss Robert “Bob” Amo Strauss, 75, of Dallas, Texas, died Aug. 4, 2019. Mr. Strauss was born in Dallas, the oldest son of Helen and Bob Strauss. He attended St. Mark’s School of Texas before graduating from Hillcrest High School. He attended University of Texas at Austin and University of Dallas before marrying his childhood sweetheart, Olga, and moving to Tucson in 1965. For the next 50 years, he enjoyed success as a businessman in Tucson with ventures including KCEE AM and FM radio. He served on the Tucson Unified School District board from 1984-1992 (president-1987) and was selected as School Board Member of the Year for the State of Arizona in 1992. He established the Robert A. Strauss Special Needs Endowment at the Educational Enrichment Foundation to provide funds for the basic needs of at-risk and underserved students. He was active in numerous local charities including AmericaIsrael Friendship League and Planned Parenthood of Southern Arizona. He served on various University of Arizona campaigns and committees. At Temple EmanuEl, he established the Olga and Bob Strauss Early Childhood Education Center. He spent the later years of his life in Dallas. Mr. Strauss was preceded in death by his parents and his brother-in-law, George Breen. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Olga Glick Strauss; children, Lisa Strauss of Kansas, Lauri Strauss of Georgia, and Rob (Whitney) Strauss of Texas; brother, Rick (Diana) Strauss and sister, Susie Breen; four grandchildren and one great-grandson. Services were held in Dallas. Memorial contributions may be made to the Robert A. Strauss Special Needs Endowment at the Educational Enrichment Foundation or the Olga and Bob Strauss Early Childhood Center at Temple Emanu-El.

Claire Cohon Claire Stollman Cohon, 89, of Los Angeles, died Aug. 2, 2019. A teacher and philanthropist, she was born to Louis and Dora Stollman in New Brunswick, New Jersey, in 1930, as the Great Depression was taking hold. By age 4 she was operating the cash register in her parents’ struggling restaurant. She received her bachelor’s degree from UCLA in theater arts and married Baruch “Barry” Cohon in 1950. While raising four children, Mrs. Cohon taught drama to teens at the JCC, ran a summer day camp, and then became a teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District. She earned a master’s degree in elementary education at age 45 and taught until age 72. She and her husband founded two charities together. Survivors include her husband, Rabbi Baruch Cohon; children Rachel Cohon of Schenectady, New York, Deborah Boyer of Oakland, California, Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon of Tucson, and Jonathan Cohon of Valparaiso, Indiana; and six grandchildren. Services were held in Los Angeles.

Former Federation director Charles Plotkin dies Charles Plotkin, 87, former executive director of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, died July 27, 2019. Mr. Plotkin was born in the Bronx, New York, to Ethel and Abraham “Arthur” Plotkin. He graduated from Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, earned a Bachelor of Arts from the City College of New York, and a Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. He moved to Tucson in 1978 to assume the Federation executive director position. During his tenure, he oversaw the establishment of the Tucson Jewish Community Center on River Road, prior to retiring in 1990. “I remember the day I interviewed for a job with Charlie,” says Sandy Grossman, a former JFSA Women’s Division director. “I was struck by his warmth, good humor and most importantly, his dedication to and his vision for the Jewish community of Southern Arizona. Where others saw desert, Charlie imagined a thriving Jewish community. It was his vision and determination that helped build the Jewish Community Center campus because at that time, it was still just a dream.” Sandra Heiman, former editor of the Arizona Jewish Post, recalls Mr. Plotkin as “a supportive and positive colleague. As a new editor of the Arizona Jewish Post I was fortunate to have his backing, his suggestions, and his willingness to give me the independence to expand the paper. He came to Tucson as the Jewish community was growing and with unfailing optimism, he shepherded it on its journey forward.” Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Dorothy “Dotti” Plotkin; children, Gail (Charles) Bretan of Greensboro, North Carolina, Jeffrey (Nancy) of Westport, Connecticut, and Andrea (Franklin) Wong of Pittsburgh; sister, Ida Plotkin of Tucson; and six grandchildren. Mr. Plotkin donated his body to the University of Arizona Medical School for educational purposes. A private memorial for family and friends was held.



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Joanne Hochberg Joanne Howe Hochberg of Seattle, 92, died July 25, 2019. Mrs. Hochberg was born in Seattle, Washington. She graduated from Helen Bush School in 1944. During World War II, she volunteered as an ambulance driver and volunteered at the local USO. She and Donald Hochberg were married in 1951. While Donald worked in the family clothing business, she was a homemaker and volunteer, including for the National Council of Jewish Women, the Seattle Arboretum, Temple De Hirsh Sisterhood and Children’s Hospital. Survivors include her children, Marjorie Hochberg (Judy Gomez) of Tucson, and Daniel Hochberg, Bill Hochberg (Anna Choi), and Frank Hochberg, all of Seattle; and three grandchildren. A private memorial service was held. Memorial contributions may be made to the Arboretum Foundation, Seattle Children’s Hospital or Temple De Hirsch Sinai. August 16, 2019, ARIZONA JEWISH POST


OUR TOWN Business briefs Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona has hired Aviva ZeltzerZubida, Ph.D., as vice president for planning and community engagement, succeeding Oshrat Barel, who will continue at JFSA into the fall to assure a successful transition. Zeltzer-Zubida was born in Moldova, grew up in Israel and completed her graduate work at the City University of New York, earning a master’s and a doctorate in sociology. She taught in the sociology department of Brooklyn College and published scholarly articles on topics related to immigration, identity, and social inequality. After 10 years in the United States, she and her family returned to Israel where she joined the Institute for Immigration and Social Integration and the School of Management at the Ruppin Academic Center, as a lecturer and researcher. Between 2008 and 2015, Zeltzer-Zubida assumed several senior roles at the Jewish Agency for Israel, including director of information, planning and evaluation, and chief strategy officer. Since 2016, she has been an independent researcher, evaluator, and strategic consultant. Melissa McGee has joined the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona as campaign manager. Most recently, she was the director of development services for the University of Arizona Health Sciences, where she oversaw all aspects of a comprehensive philanthropy operation, including prospect research, pipeline management, reporting and analysis, fund management, stewardship, and events. Before joining the UA, she began her career as an account manager with a small Tucson public relations firm, where she learned copywriting, website design, and conference planning. McGee received her B.S. in English and religious studies from Northern Arizona University and is currently completing her M.B.A. at the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management. Sarah Bollt, the clergy assistant at Congregation Or Chadash, has been accepted to the cantorial ordination program at the Academy for Jewish Religion — California. Bollt will attend classes via distance learning, with occasional trips to Los Angeles. Graduates are ordained as “Hazzan and Teacher in Israel” and receive a master’s degree in Jewish sacred music. Recent Tucson graduates from AJRCA include Rabbi Cantor Avraham Alpert of Congregation Bet Shalom and Cantor Bryce Megdal, who grew up at Temple Emanu-El. Or Chadash honored Bollt with flowers at Shabbat services on July 19.

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Kimberly Driskell has joined the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona as a chief financial officer. After graduating from high school in Sierra Vista, Driskell joined the United States Coast Guard and met her husband of 37 years, Donald. She started a career in accounting, working in various industries and returning to school at night to earn a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts. She is currently completing an M.B.A. from Southern New Hampshire University. Passionate about working in the non-profit sector, she spent 11 years as vice president/controller for the YMCA in Brockton, Massachusetts, and four years as controller for Morgan Memorial Goodwill in Boston. Her position before returning to Arizona was CFO for the League School of Greater Boston, which serves children on the autism spectrum. Gugulethu Moyo joined the staff of the Jewish History Museum mid-July as director of operations. She has over a decade of managerial and board experience in non-profits and corporations. She started her career as a lawyer in the pensions industry and was the founding executive director of the Media Legal Defence Initiative, a London-based organization that defends press freedom by delivering legal aid to persecuted journalists around the world. Moyo came to the fore as an advocate of human rights at a time of political and rule of law crisis in Zimbabwe, where she grew up. She received law degrees from the University of Oxford and University of Zimbabwe and is currently studying interior and urban design. She has been active in Jewish communities in Washington D.C., India, and Jamaica, where she lived for some years. Sara Golan-Mussman will serve as a cantorial soloist at Congregation Chaverim Shabbat services monthly, as well as at b’nai mitzvah and holiday ceremonies. Golan-Mussman and her husband, Michael Mussman, will continue to lead monthly services through December and the 2019 Sara Golan-Mussman High Holiday services at Beth Shalom Temple Center in Green Valley. Golan-Mussman, whose family moved from Romania to Israel when she was a year old, sang with an Israeli Defense Forces ensemble and performed on Broadway before moving to Tucson in 1982, where she has sung regularly at Jewish community events such as Yom HaShoah and Yom Hazikaron, and teaches Hebrew at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. Diana Povolotskaya, former cantorial soloist at Chaverim, who has moved to Virginia, will return to Chaverim for the 2019 High Holiday services.

Tucson International Jewish Film Festival will receive a $3,000 festival grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts. At the commission’s quarterly meeting in June, more than $2.63 million was awarded in 260 grants to nonprofit arts organizations, festivals, and education programs statewide. Jewish History Museum Executive Director Bryan Davis participated in a two-day conference of culturally specific museum professionals, hosted by the National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, D.C., in June. Davis was the only Jewish museum professional invited to participate. Old Pueblo Playwrights was awarded a $2,000 grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts to support OPP’s 29th New Play Festival in spring 2020. OPP’s membership reflects a wide variety of backgrounds and experience levels. Recent plays read at OPP include “Bubbie’s Legacy” by Sheldon Metz and “Siri Waxes Talmudic” by Carol Somer. Tucson Symphony Orchestra has appointed two new vice presidents. Bruce Robinson takes the newly created position of vice president of patron loyalty. Robinson earned a Kellogg/ Northwestern M.B.A. and a doctorate in music from the University of Arizona. He worked in the Bruce Robinson fields of energy, food, travel, and education before his eight-year tenure as chief marketer for the Houston Symphony. For the past eight years, Robinson was the marketing director for the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra. Philanthropy specialist Glenn Paris has been promoted to vice president of development. A veteran producer, artistic administrator, and Glenn Paris fundraiser, Paris has led major development efforts for such organizations as ion theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, New York City Mission Society, and HB Playwrights Foundation. Paris holds a Master of Fine Arts in directing from Carnegie Mellon University. Interfaith Community Services will be the recipient of a food drive by all nine Walmart Neighborhood Markets in the Tucson area Aug. 16-30. Shoppers can purchase a bag of the most needed items by ICS food banks for under $5. Chef Wendy Gauthier, the owner of Chef Chic, is the first female chef to win Iron Chef Tucson. Gauthier defeated Maynard’s chef and defending 2018 Iron Chef Champion Brian Smith.


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Chapter and regional leaders from Tucson and Scottsdale at the BBYO International 2019 Kallah summer program. (L-R) Gabe Friedman and Sam Goldfinger of Tucson, and Caroline Carter, Elsa Harris and Mimi Yonover of Scottsdale.

BBYO teen leader featured in national publication

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Tucsonan Sam Goldfinger, president of Tucson’s AZA chapter of BBYO, was featured in an article “A Shabbat to Remember and Never Forget” from eJewishPhilanthropy, an independent online publication. Sam and five other teens gave a D’var Torah honoring visiting Holocaust survivors during BBYO’s International Kallah summer program in Lake Como, Pennsylvania, from July 17-Aug. 6. The Tucson Jewish Community Center coordinates the local BBYO teen program.

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Homer Davis Elementary School teachers overjoyed by donation Truly Nolen volunteers recently delivered $700 in cash and more than a dozen boxes of school supplies donated by Truly Nolen customers and staff to Homer Davis Elementary School. Truly Nolen is a community partner in the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona’s community outreach program, “Making a Difference Every Day: The Homer Davis Project.” Truly Nolen’s school supply drive will continue through year-end. Others wishing to donate funds for supplies may do so at www.jfsa.org/make-a-donation — be sure to indicate “school supplies” in the special instructions area.


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People in the news Cantor Bryce Emily Megdal, a Tucson native, was ordained as a cantor on May 27, 2019 in Los Angeles by the Academy for Jewish Religion California. She will continue to work as a b’nai mitzvah teacher at Kehillat Israel Reconstructionist Synagogue of the Pacific Palisades as well as teach at Valley Beth Shalom in Los Angeles, where she interned this past academic year. For the High Holy Days, she will be at Congregation Neveh Shalom in Portland, Oregon, where she will lead parallel services to the main services with Rabbi Eve Posen. To glimpse Megdal in action, visit www.brycemegdal.com/videos. Sarah Brewster, the granddaughter of Irwin and Norma Brewster of Tucson, was valedictorian of her 2019 class at Pequannock High School in New Jersey. She will attend Temple University majoring in music therapy on a full-tuition scholarship. Brewster also sings with HaZamir: The International Jewish Teen Choir and works as a madricha (teacher’s aide) at the Temple Sholom of West Essex religious school.

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New York and family beckon Sumberg away from Tucson’s Fox theatre PHYLLIS BRAUN AJP Executive Editor

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en years ago, when Craig Sumberg first joined the staff of the Fox Tucson Theatre Foundation, the theatre had recently undergone a beautiful and expensive renovation, but the revitalization of downtown Tucson had barely begun. Sumberg is proud of helping to make the Fox “a place Tucsonans are proud of again, and feel that it’s living up to its historic name of ‘the crown jewel of downtown.’” He’s proud of the role the Fox played in bringing downtown back to life. “You needed the Fox restoration to get people to believe that the resurgence of downtown was possible,” he says, but it still took “some years before downtown was ready for a venue like the Fox. That’s all come together in the last five years.” That only makes leaving harder. Sumberg is stepping down as executive director of the Fox. He’s moving to New York to be near his son, Jordan, during Jordan’s last two years of high school. Despite the obvious pull of that paternal tie, the decision was the hardest Sumberg has ever made, he says. “I loved my time in Tucson,” says Sumberg, who

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is staying on at the Fox three-quarters time through October and the Fox’s 2019 Chasing Rainbows Gala, though he’ll be spending two weeks per month in New York. The gala performer will be LeAnn Rimes, and the honorees will be Sumberg himself and Tucson Mayor

Jonathan Rothschild. “We’re both stepping down from our positions,” says Sumberg. Sumberg can point with pride to many artists who have played the Fox in the last decade. “Having Gregg Allman at the Fox Theatre the year before he died; along those lines B.B. King was here right within the year he passed away; Merle Haggard was here. So getting some of those legends of the last 50 years on our stage was an amazing experience,” he says. Besides iconic names and personal favorites such as EmmyLou Harris, Sumberg cites “the breadth of programming we’ve been able to bring. Not all of those shows sell as well as others, but we’re really trying to provide entertainment for the broadest possible sweep of Tucsonans and Southern Arizonans. We tend to focus on classic rock, singer-songwriters, country, jazz and blues, comedy and family, but we’ve done a decent amount of world music, trying to expose people to stuff they wouldn’t see otherwise.” He says the Fox is a great venue for acts that won’t necessarily sell out. Even though it has close to 1,200 seats, “you can do a show for 400-500 people in there and it feels good and exciting and energized.” “We’re getting a better sense, learning every year, See Sumberg, page S-2

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what Tucsonans will respond to and what they may not be as interested in. And we mostly try and bring things that will sell a good number of tickets, but we will book shows that will only sell 400 tickets as long as the price is right,” he explains. The aim is to bring in enough shows that make money, “so that at the end of the year we’ve made more than we’ve spent, including the fundraising,” says Sumberg. The Fox is financially healthier than it was 10 years ago. The 2018 annual report notes that the annual budget approaches $5 million, a seven-fold increase in 10 years. Since 2012, earned income (ticket sales, rental fees and concessions) rose from $1,437,000 to $3,800,000, and donations grew from $379,000 to $991,000. However, a newly required loan repayment of $89,000 to the Rio Nuevo downtown redevelopment district and more than $100,000 in expenses related to the restoration and installation of the “Mighty Wurlitzer Organ” mean the Fox ended 2018 with a net loss. A message in 2018 report from Sumberg and Board President Michael Heisler says they are “taking specific actions to mitigate the impact of the loan payback on our profitability and expect to raise more money for the organ installation this year.” Sumberg says part of his role in the Fox’s resurgence was “bringing the right people in on the board and the staff,” along with figuring out the right program mix. The search committee for Sumberg’s replacement, which includes board members and Rio Nuevo leaders like Fletcher McCusker and Mark Irvin, has hired a search firm “that’s active in the historic theatre world, Sumberg says, adding that they expect to have somebody on board no later than Jan. 1. “And as much as possible, I will do everything I can to help train that person,” he says. Sumberg, who lived in New York for part of the 1990s, says he’s looking for a position in either the performing arts world or the Jewish communal world. Although Sumberg originally came to Tucson to work at the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, where he was a vice president for resource development for almost two years, his last Jewish community job on the East Coast was, in fact, a great preparation for the Fox. “I was executive director of the Sixth and I Synagogue” in Washington, D.C., he says, explaining that Sixth and I “is not an operating synagogue, it operates like a community center. We did concerts and lectures and other sorts of programming, much like the Fox theatre. Actually I call it a cross between the Fox theatre and [Tucson’s] Jewish History Museum.” That experience led Sumberg to seek Jewish and Israeli performers for the Fox. He’s partnered with the Federation, synagogues, and other Jewish organizations on many of those shows, with performers such as Idan Raichel, Neshama Carlebach, and the Klezmatics. David Broza, another of Sumberg’s favorites who has been at the Fox several times, is on the Fox’s calendar for Dec. 21. That show is a partnership with the Federation. “This is actually the first time he’ll be on the Fox stage with a band. He’s always only performed solo, so I’m very excited about that show,” says Sumberg, “and I hope to be here for it, even though by that time I hope to be employed in the New York area.”


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Jewish Family & Children’s Services to present sizzling ¡FlaMÉXico! at the Fox

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FlaMÉXico!, a multicultural evening of music and dance created by Tucsonan Chris B. Jácome, will come to the Fox Tucson Theatre next month as a fundraiser for Jewish Family & Children’s Services. The Sunday, Sept. 8 extravaganza will highlight Spanish-influenced music, with a classical prelude. JFCS is dedicating the evening to the memory of Fred Fruchthendler, past JFCS chair, who died in June. “My shows and my music are a celebration of culture,” says Jácome, ¡FlaMÉXico’!s award-winning composer, creator, artistic director, and flamenco guitarist. “My inspiration comes from my Mexican heritage, combined with the richness of flamenco. Through ¡FlaMÉXico! we capture the grace and passion of charro and gypsy music, creating a one-of-a-kind tapestry of music and dance.” Jácome mastered Spanish guitar under world-renowned masters in Seville, Spain. The recipient of the Grand Prize and the John Lennon Award in the World Category for his song “Ritmo-Canix” from his album “Levanto,” his compositions appear in films and the Emmy Award-winning PBS television special, “Flamenco.” Often described as the “blues” of Southern Spain, and dating as far back as the 15th-century, flamenco evolved from the traditions of cultures including Gypsies, Moorish Arabs, Sephardi Jews, and other indigenous people of

Jacome Flamenco performs ¡FlaMÉXico! at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York.

Spain. The performance will combine flamenco, gypsy rhythms, and the mariachi sounds of Mexico. Violinist Anna Gendler and pianist Alexander Tentser will perform classical music during a reception before ¡FlaMÉXico! For the past 28 years, the Jewish Russianborn husband and wife team have made Tucson their home. “Music is our lives,” says Tenster, “from morning to the evening, that’s what we do.”

Gendler trained at the Moscow Conservatory while Tentser studied piano at the Russian Music Academy and later completed doctoral studies at the University of Arizona. Both are music faculty members at Pima Community College in Tucson where Gendler also directs the Pima Community College Orchestra. They regularly collaborate in violin and piano duets locally with Daystar Chamber Ensemble, Tucson Chamber Artists and the St. Michael’s Chamber Players. For over 75 years, JFCS has served thousands of children, families, adults, and seniors regardless of faith, religion, race, ethnicity, gender, age, or ability to pay. “In keeping with our commitment to reducing health inequities and fostering cultural awareness, JFCS is proud to host this wonderful multi-cultural event in memory of Fred Fruchthendler,” says Carlos Hernandez, JFCS’s president and CEO. Proceeds from ticket sales and donations will go toward the agency’s direct mental health and community services. On Sept. 8, the classical reception at the Fox Tucson Theater, 17 W. Congress St., will be from 2:30-3 p.m. ¡FlaMÉXico! takes the stage until 5:30 p.m. Tickets are available for $25-60 at www.foxtucson.com/event/ jfcs-presents-flamexico or by calling the Fox box office at 547-3040.

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‘Band’s Visit’ is part of Green Valley series


Ronit Elkabetz, left, and Sasson Gabai in “The Band’s Visit”

eth Shalom Temple Center in Green Valley will be a satellite site for the Tucson International Jewish Film Festival in January. “We are excited that the Tucson International Film Festival will reach from SaddleBrooke to Green Valley,” says Katie Spector, assistant director of Jewish life and learning at the Tucson Jewish Community Center, explaining that the new site will help the festival reach a larger audience. This fall, BSTC is running its own Jewish Film Festival with three Sunday afternoon films. On Sept. 22, BSTC will screen “The Band’s Visit.” In this Israeli comedydrama, the eight Egyptian musicians who comprise the Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra arrive by mistake

in a small town in Israel’s Negev Desert. The band settles at a restaurant owned by Dina (Ronit Elkabetz) and begins to forge some unexpected connections. In the Oct. 27 film, “Belle & Sebastian,” a boy and his dog try to foil a Nazi plan to capture French resistance fighters on the French Swiss border. The BSTC festival concludes Nov. 24 with “Run Boy Run.” Srulik, an 8-yearold boy, flees from the Warsaw ghetto in 1942 and tries to survive in the forest. He poses as a Christian orphan, but his Jewish identity is endangered. The film is an adaptation of the novel by Uri Orlev, based on the life of Yoram Fridman. All films are at 1:30 p.m. at BSTC, 1751 N. Rio Mayo. $5 per person; free popcorn and beverages. RSVP to bstcgv@gmail.com or 648-6690.

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Local wildlife artist to exhibit at BSTC

‘The Ravens of Truth and Memory’ (left) and ‘Sceloporus magister’ (desert spiny lizard) by Beth Surdut


Media (the local NPR station) he art gallery at Beth and seen, with illustrations, Shalom Temple Cenon www.azpm.org since July ter in Green Valley will 2015. Her illustrated series, present “The Art of Paying At“Listening to Raven,” won the tention,” wildlife drawings and 2013 Tucson Festival of Books stories by award-winning TucLiterary Award for Nonficson-based artist and storyteller tion. Her mystery, “The Shirt Beth Surdut, Sept. 18-Oct. 23. Designer,” was a fiction final“My ‘Art of Paying AttenBeth Surdut ist in the 2019 TFOB Master’s tion’ series is an invitation to look closely and appreciate the lives of the Competition. Surdut also creates painted animals around us. I think an exhibit fea- silk modern tallits and healing prayer turing our local animals is a particularly scarves. Exhibition hours are Mondays and appropriate companion to the rituals of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur when we Fridays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Wednesdays, examine our own lives, attempt to be more noon-4 p.m. BSTC will hold two related events. aware, to consciously participate in tikkun On Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 1 p.m., the olam (repair of the world),” says Surdut. “What better way to heal the world than BSTC Sisterhood will host Surdut for an to recognize our integrated roles in nature illustrated talk on “The Modern Tallit.” In and foster the health of all the inhabitants?” 2015, speaking to the AJP about her prayer Surdut grew up in Providence, Rhode shawls, she said, “I put on my journalist hat Island, and lived in Washington, D.C., and as an interviewer and researcher, my spiriSanta Fe, New Mexico, among other plac- tual hat as a Jew, and my artistic hat as a es, before moving to Tucson in 2015. She designer — but prayer comes first.” On Sunday, Oct. 13 at 11 a.m., an arthas worked as a journalist for the Boston Globe and small-town newspapers in ad- ist’s reception and talk on “The Art of Paying Attention” will follow BSTC’s monthly dition to NPR. A world traveler who has paddled with bagel breakfast. The breakfast begins at alligators and wandered through monkey 9:30 a.m., with a cost of $7 for members, forests, she created “The Art of Paying $10 for non-members. BSTC is located at Attention” as a radio series. Twenty epi- 1751 N. Rio Mayo. Call 648-6690 for sodes have been heard on Arizona Public brunch reservations.

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In this advertising directory, we present some of the finest arts companies in Tucson: ANDREW SMITH GALLERY www.andrewsmithgallery.com • 984-1234 Andrew Smith Gallery is the leading gallery in the world specializing in buying and selling historic, classic, and contemporary Western American photography. The gallery is the international source for the work of Ansel Adams, Edward Curtis, William Henry Jackson, Native American Delegation photography, and Western American landscape photographs. Andrew Smith Gallery represents important contemporary photographers such as Patrick Nagatani, Zig Jackson, Lee Friedlander, Barbara Van Cleve, and many others. ARIZONA REPERTORY THEATRE www.theatre.arizona.edu • 621-1162 Arizona Repertory Theatre (ART) is a unique theatre company within the University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film & Television. ART presents six productions each season with over 100 performances that run from September through May. ART is modeled after professional theatre companies and consists of students from the Acting and Musical Theatre program, with students from the Design and Technology program providing production support. ART invites you to experience the future of theatre and “See Tomorrow’s Stars Today!” ARIZONA ROSE THEATRE www.arizonarosetheatre.com • 988-0509 This season the Arizona Rose presents five exciting shows. It opens with “The Musical World of Fairy Tales,” a journey through fairy tale musicals such as Cinderella, The Wizard of Oz, Shrek, and more. The second show is “Sherlock Holmes and the East Wind,” a thrilling musical mystery, followed by a comedy, “Dashing Through the Snow.” The final two shows are “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, abridged” and Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods.” ARIZONA THEATRE COMPANY www.arizonatheatre.org • 622-2823 Arizona Theatre Company, the Official State Theatre of Arizona, opens its 53rd season with “The Royale,” Sept. 7-28 at the Temple of Music and Art. “Silent Sky,” based on the life of 19th century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt, follows Oct. 22- Nov. 9. Wilkommen! Bienvenue! Welcome! to “Cabaret,” musical theatre that packs a political wallop, Nov. 30- Dec. 29. The new year welcomes “Master Harold…and the Boys,” Athol Fugard’s powerful coming-of-age play, Jan. 18- Feb. 8. Two comedies follow: the music-filled “The Legend of Georgia McBride,” Feb. 7-28, and “Women in Jeopardy,” April 18-May 9. BROADWAY IN TUCSON www.broadwayintucson.com • 903-2929 Broadway in Tucson/A Nederlander Presentation is part of the nationally recognized Nederlander Producing Company of America. Since its first season, Broadway in Tucson has brought more than 1,100,000 patrons to the touring Broadway experience. Now presenting in the historic Centennial Hall, this season offers six-full week shows as well as a special weekend event. Broad-

way in Tucson accepts senior, military, and student discounts with a valid ID. CREATIVE JUICE ART BAR www.creativejuiceartbar.com • 359-6675 Creative Juice lets you relax and discover your inner artist in a fun, casual environment. No experience necessary! Grab some friends, bring a date, or just come solo. Choose a painting, get a drink from the bar, and enjoy a fun-filled evening full of good music and great company. Each class includes a 16 x 20 canvas and all the brushes and paints you’ll need. Follow our instructor’s step-bystep instructions to complete your own masterpiece. DEGRAZIA GALLERY IN THE SUN www.degrazia.org • 299-9191 What started as a small construction project in the early 1950s developed into a 10-acre National Historic District designed and built by acclaimed Arizona artist Ettore “Ted” DeGrazia. The Gallery in the Sun Museum is home to a colorful array of DeGrazia originals, including oil paintings, watercolors, and ceramics. The grounds also include the Mission in the Sun, with its rock floors, interior murals, and open-air roof. Open daily from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. FOX TUCSON THEATRE www.foxtucson.com • 547-3040 Tucson’s “Crown Jewel of Downtown” hosts a diverse mix of premium top tier concerts, cutting-edge comedies, family-friendly shows, and enriching world entertainment. Season highlights include R & B/pop singer Aaron Neville, singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright’s newest tour, “O Solo Wainwright,” and the iconic Israeli singer/songwriter and guitarist with his band in David Broza & Friends (in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona)! Visit the website for the most up-to-date concert listings. INVISIBLE THEATRE www.invisibletheatre.com • 882-9721 The name Invisible Theatre refers to the invisible energy that flows between performers and an audience that makes the magic of theatre. The 49th anniversary season is filled with that magic! From the inspirational “Becoming Dr. Ruth” to the hilarious Steve Solomon’s “From Brooklyn to Broadway” to the evocative “Down to Eartha –The Eartha Kitt Story,” you will be amazed at each theatrical selection in the 2019-2020 “49th Anniversary Season of Love”! THE LEARNING CURVE www.thelearningcurvetucson.com • 882-9721 Now in its 18th year, The Learning Curve offers intriguing topics presented by outstanding scholars who delight in teaching. From single lectures followed by gourmet lunches in the Food for Thought series to multi-session classes in art, music, literature, history, and more, plus travel programs, writing workshops, and special events, this independent arts and humanities See Directory, page S-14

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program provides opportunities to explore new ideas and enjoy learning for the love of it. THE LOFT CINEMA www.loftcinema.org • 795-7777 Praised by Filmmaker Magazine for its “phantasmagorical programming and astute choice of guests,” the Loft Film Fest was created in 2010 as a showcase for the very best independent, foreign, and classic cinema. For eight days in November, the Loft Film Fest provides an intimate and unique setting for film fans to experience hand-selected festival favorites from Cannes, Sundance, SXSW, etc., and to meet internationally renowned artists from the world of independent cinema. MO’S GALLERY & FINE FRAMING www.mosgallery.com • 795-8226 Locally owned and operated since 1985, Mo’s specializes in custom picture framing, custom mirrors, art conservation and restoration. They are expert designers of one-of-a-kind display box’s, protecting and preserving heirloom keepsakes and family treasures. They sell original art and fine art prints and photography by renowned artists, and have special exhibits quarterly. Upcoming exhibits include The Bill Buckmaster Print Collection Exhibit and Mid-Century Modern Week. THE ROGUE THEATRE www.theroguetheatre.org • 551-2053 The Rogue Theatre is an intimate Actors’ Equity Small Professional Theatre in the heart of Tucson at The Historic Y, adjacent to a large parking lot. The Rogue won the 2012 American Theatre Wing (founder of the Tony Awards) National Theatre Award. Tickets are now available for The Rogue’s 15th season, Stories of Obsession: Eugene O’Neill’s “Long Day’s Journey into Night,” Noël Coward’s “Blithe Spirit,” Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick,” Martin McDonagh’s “The Beauty Queen of Leenane,” and Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” THE SCOUNDREL & SCAMP THEATRE www.scoundrelandscamp.org • 448-3300 The Scoundrel and Scamp Theatre celebrates its third season with five plays in a beautifully renovated theater just off Fourth Avenue. Three plays are for all ages: the beloved “The Little Prince,” a fairy tale musical “The Light Princess,” and Wolfe Bowart’s fantastical “Letter’s End.” For older audiences, there is “Cloud Tectonics,” a love story of magical realism, and “Ada and the Engine,” a story of love and scandal at the dawn of the technological revolution. SONORAN GLASS SCHOOL www.sonoranglass.org • 884-7814 Fall at Sonoran Glass School means fire, art, and education. On the last Friday of every month, starting in September, SGS will host its Final Fridays event from 6 to 8 p.m., featuring free glassblowing demonstrations. The first weekend in October brings the annual Pumpkin Fiesta, featuring hundreds of colorful, handmade glass pumpkins and other gifts on display. On Dec. 1,


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explore local handmade glass gifts at the Winter Open House. SOUTHERN ARIZONA ARTS GUILD & GALLERY www.southernarizonaartsguild.com • 437-7820 Since February, the Southern Arizona Arts Guild and Gallery has been busy with the opening of its new art gallery location at La Encantada (on the second level). This new space has allowed the organization to more than double the number of local artists that can be showcased. With more than 90 artists selling their work at all price levels, there is something for every taste. The Guild continues to not only operate the gallery, but support emerging artists, provide art education, host exhibits, and provide platforms for artists to meet and support one another. SOUTHERN ARIZONA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA www.sasomusic.org • 308-6226 The Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra’s 40th Anniversary Season is sure to inspire and amaze. Join in celebrating with the epic and unforgettable “Carmina Burana” with the Helios Ensemble, an all-Tchaikovsky concert with a live painter, a special opera production of “Die Fledermaus,” and several of Beethoven’s greatest works with an all-star cast of soloists from around the world. For more information, contact SASO at info@sasomusic.org, or visit the website. TRUE CONCORD VOICES & ORCHESTRA www.trueconcord.org • 401-2651 Grammy-nominated True Concord explores the miracle of human genius through music this season! With an innovative combination of masterpieces and thought-provoking newer works, each concert celebrates the common thread found in works of genius that have touched the lives. Highlights include the Arizona premiere of the critically acclaimed Jocelyn Hagen’s “The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci” and Broadway superstar Morris Robinson featured in “America Sings!” Visit the website for tickets and venue information. TUCSON DESERT SONG FESTIVAL www.tucsonsongfest.org • 888-546-3305 The eighth annual Tucson Desert Song Festival, Jan. 15 – Feb. 6, 2020, celebrates the American voice with a gathering of world-renowned classical singers exploring the colors, rhythms, and melodies of America’s rich and complex musical character. Join TDSF and 10 of Tucson’s leading arts organizations as we explore America in music with such leading vocal artists as superstar soprano Renée Fleming, baritone Thomas Hampson, and lyric tenor Matthew Polenzani. TUCSON JAZZ FESTIVAL www.tucsonjazzfestival.org Enjoy everything from straight ahead to contemporary jazz in elite venues across the city this January. TJF President Elliot Glicksman says, “Tucson is the jazz capital of the Southwest. In only five years, the HSL Tucson Jazz Festival has become one of the premiere

jazz festivals in the country. Musicians and music lovers alike look forward to a jazzy January in Tucson.” For a full schedule and ticket information visit the website. TUCSON MUSEUM OF ART AND HISTORIC BLOCK www.tucsonmuseumofart.org • 624-2333 In “The Western Sublime: Majestic Landscapes of the American West,” 39 artists interpret, reinvent, and transform the centuries-old idea of the sublime. “Harry Brorby: The strength of a cold line” is a historic look at three decades of work by the Chicago-born artist. New permanent collection exhibitions include wooden carvings and clay sculptures by artists from the Oaxacan region of Mexico, photographs by Ralph Gibson, and representations of women on paper. TUCSON POPS ORCHESTRA www.tucsonpops.org • 722-5863 The Tucson Pops Orchestra celebrates 65 years of Music Under the Stars!™ In 1954 Georges DeMeester founded this magical group whose desire was to share their love of music by offering free concerts. His mission has continued to this day with tremendous support from the Tucson community. Join Maestro László Veres and the Pops for the final four concerts this fall

— Sept. 8, 15, 22, and 29 at the Reid Park DeMeester Outdoor Bandshell. UA PRESENTS www.uapresents.org • 621-3341 Take an adventure with a vibrant lineup that will invigorate your senses, spark your imagination, and ignite your passion for the performing arts. University of Arizona’s professional multi-disciplinary arts presenter brings awe-inspiring events to Southern Arizona in five distinct genres including jazz, dance, family, classical, and spotlight. Most performances are held in the historic Centennial Hall. Discounts are available for seniors, military, and students with a valid ID. UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA FRED FOX SCHOOL OF MUSIC https://music.arizona.edu • 621-1655 The 12th annual Music + Festival 2019: Varèse, Kernis, and Mingus will present the music of Edgar Varèse, Aaron Jay Kernis, and Charles Mingus. The Oct. 12-13 festival, directed by Daniel Asia and featuring guest artist Aaron Jay Kernis, will include a symposium, four concerts, and guest speakers as well as distinguished UA faculty, students and ensembles.

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