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business from Europe by emphasizing that Christians and Muslims lived peacefully in the province here. There was no mention of its Jewish iconography. The heterogeneous people of Manado appreciate tolerance. The city is known as one of the safest in Indonesia. In the area, 67% are Christian, 31% Muslim, and 2% other — including about 20 Jews. In the town center, churches from a multitude of denominations sit side by side. Here and there is a mosque. About 20 miles south of Manado, the city of Tondano is home to Shaar Hashamayim, the only synagogue in a nation that spans more than 5,000 miles across the equator with more than 18,307 islands. Indonesia, however, does not recognize Judaism among its six officially sanctioned religions. Of Indonesia’s population of 267

DEBE CAMPBELL AJP Assistant Editor Editor’s note: AJP Assistant Editor Debe Campbell lived and worked in Indonesia for more than 20 years. Returning in July on holiday with her husband, Gilbert Alvidrez, she visited Sulawesi island, where she conducted research and interviews for this story. he world’s largest permanent menorah looms over Manado, the provincial capital of North Sulawesi, Indonesia. This incongruous symbol reigns over the fourth-largest Christian enclave in the world’s largest Islamic country, with 225 million Muslims. The local government in 2009 spent $150,000 to erect the 62-foottall monument. A local Pentecostal Christian legislator called for the menorah, modeled after the one in front of Israel’s Knesset. He hoped to attract tourists and


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Jewish roots stir revival in world’s largest Muslim nation

Yaakov Baruch, a ‘born-again’ Indonesian Jew, visits the world’s largest permanent menorah in Manado, Indonesia.

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aving lived in Indonesia, an Islamic nation, for two decades, I never imagined the opportunity to visit a synagogue there. My first visit to Manado in the early ’90s was as a journalist covering Indonesia’s then-president Soeharto as he opened a new tourism center in North Sulawesi. Almost 30 years later, my visit to Manado, the provincial capital, had quite a different intent: visiting an up and coming religious leader building a new religious center. Both trips included a dip into some of the world’s most beauti-

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The Shaar Hashamayim congregation in Tondano, Indonesia, on July 20 with Yaakov Baruch, center, AJP's Debe Campbell to his left, and Campbell’s husband, Gil Alvidrez, third from right.

ful coral garden reefs off Bunaken Island, stunning sunsets, and the

freshest seafood. The social and political landscape have changed. I

was uncertain what to expect. After initial research, my husband, Gil, and I had planned our summer holiday to include a sidetrip to see this synagogue for ourselves. Encouraging contact from the synagogue’s principal led us to take a leap of faith and fly two hours from our holiday hub on Bali island to Manado on Friday, July 19. Our host, Yaakov Baruch, collected us from the Manado hotel at 9 a.m. on Shabbat for a 20-mile trip. The one-hour scenic drive wound through verdant nutmeg and coffee plantation-laced mountains to the lakeside city of Tondano. See Synagogue, page 5

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t’s very nostalgic to be back in Tucson,” says Abbii Cook, University of Arizona Hillel Foundation’s new assistant director. “I’m so excited to be back at the place that really shaped me. It’s like a full circle,” she says. Cook spent a lot of time at Hillel as a UA student from 2003-2007. “Hillel changed my life, especially in my junior and senior years,” she recalls. As a double major in communications and Judaic studies, she says the career that brought her back to Tucson “ended up being the perfect thing.” Growing up in Overland Park, Kansas, she attended Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy. In her senior year at UA, she became active in Hillel’s Campus Entrepreneurs Initiative internship. CEI then was a peer engagement program focusing on engaging uninvolved Jewish students and meeting them “where they are.” Through the CEI internship, Cook learned to own her own Judaism, says Michelle Blumenberg, UA Hillel director. “These experiences at Hillel were the catalyst for Cook to become a Jewish professional.” Cook spent a year as a fellow at the American Hebrew Academy in Greensboro, North Carolina, where she discovered her passion for program planning and working with Jewish youth. She then spent two years as the senior engagement coordinator at Hofstra Hillel in Hempstead, New York. While there, Cook traveled with students to New Orleans to help rebuild after Hurricane Katrina, to Israel on Birthright, and to Nicaragua to con-

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REVIVAL million, 87.2% are Muslim, 7% Protestant, 3% Catholic, and 1.7% other, including 0.000000075% Jewish. The handful of Jews in Indonesia typically declare Christian or another recognized religion on their official identity cards. To have a national ID card that lists an unrecognized religion or leaves religion blank causes administrative problems, making it challenging to register marriages or births, find jobs, or enroll children in schools. In this region, families of Dutch Jewish ancestry once practiced their faith openly, before Indonesia gained independence from the Netherlands in 1949. After that, they converted to Christianity or Islam for safety. But these old Dutch Jewish roots are part of a religious revival. Jews first arrived in the Dutch East Indies with European explorers and settlers during the 17th century, mostly coming from the Netherlands, the Middle East, North Africa, and Southern Europe. Indonesia was under Dutch rule from the 1700s until 1942. The first written report on Jews in Indonesia was by Jacob Halevy Saphir, who was sent as a rabbinical emissary from Jerusalem in 1861. Jewish communities popped up in major trading cities where Jews often dealt in real estate, mediating between colonial rulers and locals. Given Indonesia’s traditionally moderate Islam, anti-Jewish sentiments were never strong. At the peak, there were an estimated 2,000 Jews across the country. There are an estimated 20,000 descendants of Jews in Indonesia today, although most have lost their historical identity with ancestors assimilating by speaking the local Indonesian language, converting to Christianity, and adopting Indonesian names. During World War II, most Dutch and Jews in Indonesia were interned in camps from 1942 to 1945, under Japanese occupation. Jews of Middle Eastern descent or from countries allied with Japan were left free until 1943. After the war, most of the Jewish people emigrated to more welcoming environs. During a bloody, revolutionary separation from Holland from 1945 to 1949, many Chinese and Dutch, including Jews, again were detained or “disappeared.” The heavily-Christian-populated area around Manado was one of the last Dutch strongholds. Twenty years ago, Yaakov Baruch (he asks that his secular name not be used for fear of retribution), a Christian, was in a biblical discussion with his grandmother when she said, “Don’t argue with me, I’m Jewish.” Baruch told the AJP that he had no clue about this ancestry until that day, when she revealed documents including the 1878 birth certificate of his great-grandfather. Baruch says that because his great-grandfather was born on Shabbat, the record wasn’t signed. “He was an Orthodox Jew, as were my grand-uncle and my grand-

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A young congregant awaits services at Shaar Hashamayim in Tondano, Indonesia, Saturday, July 20, 2019.

mother’s sister.” Baruch’s grandmother produced an antique kippah and a Dutch-Israeli style tallit (prayer shawl). The family name of Begin was changed to Van Beugen, he says. His grandmother instructed him to collect everything and create a synagogue. Thus began his journey from devout Christian to what he calls a “born again Jew.” He identified families of Dutch-Jewish descent but located only five remaining in Manado, including the Van Hessens, Rosenbergs, and Schramms. While learning to “be Jewish,” he says, he began to build a congregation in Manado. He estimates there are another 20-30 halachic Jews in Surabaya, Jakarta, and Manado. About a quarter of his congregants are of Dutch-Jewish ancestry; the others are converts from Christianity. There rarely is a minion for Shabbat, but services are still conducted either by Baruch or by Yehuda Ben Abraham, whom he has trained to be a hazzan (cantor). There are other ancestral and converted Jews in Manado not affiliated with Shaar Hashamayim’s congregation. The building housing Shaar Hashamayim was a gift from a devout Dutch-Christian couple with a heart for Jewish people. Baruch says 75% of Tondano’s residents are Christian. There’s a church on the same block as the synagogue. “The neighbors said, ‘We will protect your synagogue with our blood,’” because they are antiHamas, says Baruch, referring to the militant Islamist Palestinian organization. Baruch is an international law professor at Sam Ratulangi University in Manado. He augments his civil service salary as a professional wedding photographer. He

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says in 2006 he went to the Jewish community in Singapore to study, supplementing this education with trips to Israel and New York. A lot of his Jewish learning came from “Rabbi Google” — printing Torah pages from the Internet and watching YouTube videos. He says he accessed data in Amsterdam's Jewish Historical Museum and Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem, finding proof of his Jewish ancestry. Since his mother’s mother was Jewish, he felt he didn’t need to convert. He considers himself a “traditional Jew, not Orthodox or Reform.” While he has yet to receive semichah (rabbinic ordination) he goes by the defacto title of rabbi. Another small congregation operated as Torat Chaim in Indonesia’s national capital, Jakarta. Founded by American Orthodox Rabbi Tovia Singer, it is now defunct. Its offshoot operates as Eits Chaim Indonesia Foundation, Indonesia’s only Jewish organization reportedly sanctioned by the Religious Affairs Department, under the Christian desk. Rabbi Benjamin Meier Verbrugge leads the United Indonesian Jewish Community. He received ordination in 2014 from a New York yeshivah as a para-rabbi. His 106 congregants include Dutch and Sephardic descendants and converts located in six areas of the country. Leonard Chrysostomos Epafras of Indonesia's esteemed Gadja Mada University, the lead researcher in the Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies, told the AJP the religious revival is more like a new religious movement, particularly among older millennials. Invited by Epafras on an interfaith speaking tour across Indonesia in July, Rabbi Dr. Allan Brill from Seaton University in New Jersey assessed the wave of conversions and born-again Jews with ancestral roots. Brill told the AJP that Australian liberal Conservatives who held a very short training in Jakarta “converted those who wanted to convert.” He said they had little training on how to be a Jew and that “the garb and practice don’t necessarily match.” Brill also attended a Shabbat service in Manado. Epafras is planning to attend this Shabbat. Surabaya, the provincial capital of East Java, for many years, housed the country’s only synagogue. Built under Dutch rule in 1939, Beth Shalom synagogue was renovated in 1948. Abandoned by 2009, it fell into disrepair and was demolished by 2013. There is a Chabad House in Bali, the nation’s primary tourism island destination with a large resident expatriate population. In response to a request for an interview, a spokesperson declined, saying, “As you know, Judaism is not happily welcome in Indonesia, and we prefer to stay under the radar.” Baruch estimates that there are up to 300 Jews, mostly expatriate, in Bali. “I found no anti-Semitism,” Brill said of his time in Indonesia. He found Manado, in particular, to be very tolerant. “Indonesia is tolerant in general.”


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Just off the main road, down the block from a Christian church, behind a simple gate with a blue star, sits an unassuming building. Formerly planked in red-painted wood, the synagogue had some recent exterior cosmetic work with a stone façade upgrade. Shaar Hashamayim is marked with a plain Hebrew-lettered sign. Inside, the small, vaulted sanctuary was painted white, reflecting ambient light through skylights and window shutters flung open to catch the breeze. When sporadic rain showers came, the shutters were closed, capturing the heavy humidity inside. The expected synagogue accoutrements were in place: a bimah adorned with a Magen David, the aron kodesh (ark) housing a Torah that was purchased in Jerusalem, and the prerequisite yad (Torah pointer) and tefillin. With all wearing black and white, headscarves were tied, tallits were adjusted and black kippahs came out of nowhere. The three women, three children and I were sequestered behind the mechitzah (partition), and the five men and the young boys were beside the bimah. Gil brought his colorful Israeli kippah, which impressed the men wearing their unadorned black ones. The service began with the hazzan in tefillin reading the siddur in Hebrew while, from my perspective, the women followed along. Devorah, who knows Hebrew, followed along in a Chumash with Hebrew script. Ruth followed English text juxtaposed with Hebrew script, while the third woman fussed with entertaining her 3-year-old on a computer tablet. All three are former Christians. Devorah said Judaism resonated with her, so she converted. Gil saw the fathers mentoring and guiding their young sons to absorb the essence of the spiritual intention. One of the men offered Gil the text in Hebrew and English. As a cradle Catholic, Gil identified with the narrative. It reinforced the bridge to his Sephardic roots. The Torah was paraded and unfurled on the bimah for a quick reading. After two hours of services, Baruch delivered a brief sermon in English and Indonesian about following a spiritual calling. The service closed with fruit and home-cooked sweets. As we left the synagogue gates, a Christian wedding procession was parading through the street. The bride and groom had giddy grins, followed by the joyous wedding party dressed in bright blue, and band members who waved as I leaned out the window snapping photos. The call familiar to tourists across the archipelago rang out, “Hello Mister!” We headed as a group to a nearby restaurant for a Shabbat meal of fish, rice, and water spinach. The fresh tuna had sold out, so the group opted for a dozen footlong, turquoise tropical fish that were charcoal grilled and served on banana leaves to be eaten with fingers. Baruch read the lengthy Birkat Hamazon, the Hebrew blessing after a meal. Our takeaway was that this group is sincere and dedicated about Judaism and following its traditions within an Indonesian context. Whether Jewish by genetic roots or by choice, there is no question that their commitment puts them in God’s hands.

We took a leap of faith and flew two hours from Bali to Manado to spend Shabbat at Shaar Hashamayim.

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COMMENTARY Abandoning East Jerusalem would undermine Zionism, city’s Arab residents NOA LAZIMI JTA JERUSALEM ifty-two years ago, following the Six-Day War, Israel took control of the eastern part of this city. After annexing additional Arab villages to the north and south, it created what we know today as East Jerusalem, where approximately 200,000 Jews and 300,000 Arabs live. While Israel became the sovereign ruler of these territories, it did not fully integrate East Jerusalem and its Arab residents. A short stroll in the Arab neighborhoods today reveals a dire picture of decades-long neglect and lack of investment by the majority of Israel’s governments: garbage piling up on the streets, residential buildings in disarray, broken sidewalks, playgrounds nowhere to be seen. This neglect, combined with a lack of law enforcement that allows crime and terrorism to breed, intensifies the feeling of insecurity among both Jews and Arabs. Some argue, in light of the continu-

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Israeli security forces stand guard in one of the alleys of Jerusalem’s Old City following a knife attack, May 31, 2019.

ous turmoil in eastern Jerusalem, that it would be in Israel’s best interest to wash its hands of this part of the city. A few policymakers have even gone so far as to

propose separating from certain hostile neighborhoods and handing them over to the Palestinian Authority. They all base their claims on supposedly Zionist

grounds: to ensure that the State of Israel, and its capital in particular, remain predominantly Jewish and secure. In truth, however, repudiating our responsibilities in East Jerusalem defeats Israel’s Zionist purpose and is incompatible with its national interests. Instead of giving up on East Jerusalem, the Israeli government should work to integrate its Arab population and help this community flourish. The work we do is often criticized from both the left and the right. Because we advocate for firm Israeli sovereignty and support legislation that strengthens Israeli national identity, such as the Nation State Law, those on the left sometimes claim that our work normalizes the occupation. From the right, we are criticized for putting Palestinians at the center of our work while there are other pressing needs within Israeli society. But exercising firm Israeli sovereignty and ensuring minority rights should not be interpreted as conflicting concepts, but rather as interdependent ones. Israeli authorities have not been well See Jerusalem, page 7

Stronger together: To find unity in today’s world, we must embrace diversity STUART MELLAN AND GRAHAM HOFFMAN Special to the AJP


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been a diverse people — so much so that it forms a basis of Jewish humor: “Two Jews, three opinions” and so on. Even on a theological level, we have come to terms with the concept of plurality as a strength. From the teachings of Rabbi Sholom DovBer of Lubavitch: “According to the Kabbalists, good and evil are but spinoffs of unity and divisiveness. We evolve from the ultimate singularity to plurality to diversity, but diversity need not disintegrate into strife. Instead, the diversity can be further dissected into the ingredients of harmony — a harmony that mirrors the singularity out of which the entire process was born.” To retain the strength that emanates from a caring community, we must hold firmly to core principles: • We cannot question the loyalty of those who have a different perspective. Instead, we must defend the right to hold varying opinions and create appropriate and conducive environments to respectfully discuss our different viewpoints. • We must not only be inclusive and tolerant as a community — we must go a step further: We must celebrate the diversity of our community and embrace the idea that pluralism brings strength. • We must not allow political rhetoric by anyone to become a wedge between the Jewish people.

The old UJA/Federation slogan: “We Are One” may feel like a myth at times. In fact, we are not “one” in the sense that our world views diverge in many ways. Some have observed that we are “a community of communities.” Amidst our diversity we all can agree that it is no mere coincidence that the Jewish people, in Southern Arizona and around the world, continues to produce impactful leadership in the fields of philanthropy, the creative arts, business, politics, science, and academics. Undeniably, these remarkable achievements are an outgrowth of Jewish community and the values at its core. Our Jewish Federation’s motto is “Stronger Together.” This is an indisputable truth. Our Jewish Federation and Jewish Community Foundation will continue to aspire to nurture the building of a community informed by our core values of chesed (loving kindness) and tikkun olam (repair of the world) — a community that remains committed to strengthening networks of caring and justice, supports learning, and develops leadership, while celebrating our diversity and, indeed, our understanding that unity can and does coexist in diversity. Stuart Mellan is the president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona. Graham Hoffman is the president and CEO of the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona.

NEWS BRIEFS Dr. Yosef Glassman, a Bergen County geriatrician, had In a rare occurrence, the head of the main opposition party in Israel was briefed on recent violence argued in his lawsuit that the measure requires him to viothat has Israel and the security establishment on edge. In the past, such courtesy briefings were a signal that Israel could be contemplating military action. Benny Gantz, who leads the Blue and White party, received the briefing from security officials on orders from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Kan public broadcaster reported. Although he is not officially the opposition leader, Gantz and his party remain the chief rival to Netanyahu and his Likud party in the Sept. 17 elections. Gantz is a former Israel Defense Forces chief of staff. He and Netanyahu, also the defense minister, generally agree on defense issues. The briefing comes following a weekend in which an Israeli teen was killed in a bomb attack, Israel allegedly struck Iranian targets in Syria and Palestinian terror targets in Lebanon, alleged Israeli drones crashed in a southern suburb of Beirut, and rockets were fired from Gaza on southern Israel. Gantz did not comment on the briefing, saying in a statement issued by the party: “As a general rule, Blue and White chairman Lt. Gen. (res.) Benny Gantz does not make a habit of discussing even the existence of security briefings, and certainly not their content.”

... A New Jersey law that permits doctors to prescribe life-ending medications went into effect after

an Orthodox Jewish doctor lost in his bid to challenge the measure. The Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act was to take effect Aug. 1, but a state Superior Court judge placed a temporary hold on the law pending appeals.

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received, to say the least, in most Arab neighborhoods, many of which are led by local rival clans. Yet the tactics of sweeping the problem under the rug has only increased the hostility toward the Israeli government and kept entire communities alien to the idea of Israeli rule. Meanwhile, external entities such as the Palestinian Authority, Islamic radical movements and even countries like Turkey and Jordan have gained footholds in East Jerusalem, working tirelessly to undermine Israeli sovereignty through violent anti-Israeli messages, the distribution of disinformation and the intimidation of anyone who is willing to cooperate with Israeli authorities. For this reason, we should think twice before embracing plans to separate from Arab neighborhoods behind the security fence. Even if executed successfully, absolute disengagement could bear harmful consequences in the future: There is always the danger that the cut-off territories will not be within reach of Israeli control, which will encourage more radicalization, while at the same time strengthen the P.A.’s grip and influence over these areas. Other proposals offering a middle way include forming independent city councils for the Arab neighborhoods behind the fence headed by their own elected representatives. These plans, too, must be carefully considered while taking into account Israel’s national

late his religious beliefs and professional ethics as a doctor, either by facilitating a patient’s suicide or by referring the patient to another doctor who would be willing to prescribe drugs to end his or her life. The law allows terminally ill patients who are deemed by a doctor to have less than six months to live to obtain life-ending drugs. The patient must administer the medication himself. On Tuesday, a state appeals court overruled the Superior Court, saying it “failed to consider adequately the interests of qualified terminally-ill patients, who the Legislature determined have clearly prescribed rights to end their lives consistent with the Act,” The Associated Press reported. Glassman immediately appealed to the state Supreme Court, but the appeal was rejected, which allowed the law to go into effect.

Rabbi Moses Arrajel of Toledo. The text was written at that time to teach about Jewish heritage to church members. Francis, whose names is Jorge Bergoglio, recalled his experiences with Jewish friends during his childhood in Buenos Aires. Sacca is among the Jewish leaders who maintain ties and friendship with the former Buenos Aires archbishop. “Pope Francis never lost touch with Rabbi Sacca and they continue to e-mail with one another directly — no intermediaries. Extraordinary,” wrote David Sable, one of the guests at the meeting Thursday. The delegation from Spain included celebrities and businesspeople who support the Hispanic Jewish Foundation, which is building a new Jewish museum in Madrid. The project was announced last year in Buenos Aires as a bridge to gather Hispanic-Jewish heritage from Europe and the Americas.

... Amazon announced the launch of operations in Israel. The company set up a website in Hebrew, which

... Pope Francis had an audience at the Vatican with talks about its local delivery services, in order to attract

representatives of Hispanic Jewry from his native Argentina, as well as from Spain and the United States. The meeting details were revealed Monday by the chief Sephardic rabbi of Buenos Aires, Isaac Sacca. The U.S. delegation included Rabbi Meir Soloveichik of Congregation Shearith Israel in New York, also known as the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue. The Spanish delegation featured the president of the Hispanic Jewish Foundation, David Hatchwell Altaras, and the former justice minister of Spain, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon. Hatchwell gave the pope a copy of the Alba Bible, a manuscript from 1422 of a translation of the Old Testament from Hebrew into Castilian, or Medieval Spanish, by

vendors. Amazon also is asking overseas businesses to warehouse their inventory in Israel and make arrangements with international shippers to deliver their products through local shippers. “We are currently working with sellers in Israel to help them sell worldwide with Amazon Global Selling,” Amazon said in a statement. “Local Delivery is one aspect of Global Selling that looks to improve the opportunities for sellers in Israel to sell more effectively to customers in Israel who shop on Amazon.com.” Amazon’s Israel operations originally was scheduled to open in June or July. (JTA)

interests, security considerations and residents’ rights. Whichever resolution is decided upon, the need to bridge the gaps between the two parts of the city remains in place. Indeed, initiatives to improve the living conditions in East Jerusalem prove that integration is possible. In recent years, we have witnessed the success of bottom-up efforts by nongovernmental organizations and the Israeli police, which were met with genuine desire for collaboration by the Arab residents. One example is the Institute for Zionist Strategies’ Tzur Baher Rights’ Center, which was opened in conjunction with local Arab community leaders with the goal to increase the residents’ awareness of their rights and social benefits. Institute volunteers assist residents in navigating Israeli bureaucracy as they pay bills, request a property tax discount and register their children in school. “With sovereignty comes responsibility,” says Miri Shalem, the institute’s CEO. “Marching through the walls of the Old City on Tisha b’Av is nice, but to achieve true sovereignty, we need to create actual change on the ground.” Tzur-Baher community center’s director, Khaled Abu-Kaf, reflects on the positive impact of the civil rights initiative on residents. “This is their point of contact, a place to get assistance and explanations, it is indeed heartwarming,” she says, adding later that “I hear from residents who keep asking me every day, ‘when is it [the center] open? When can we call?’” These empowering programs are supported and

promoted by local community leaders, most notably Ramadan Dabash, who recently ran for the Jerusalem City Council. Every year, radical Islamic organizations take advantage of the vacuum created during the summer vacation to run activities that incite the youth in East Jerusalem against Israel. In one of these P.A.-funded summer programs, children are trained in hand-tohand combat by Palestinian police officers and chant nationalistic songs of praise to Palestine. In an attempt to counter some of these radicalization efforts, the Institute for Zionist Strategies works with the Israeli police to offer an alternative to the East Jerusalem youngsters in the form of weekly Hebrew classes. This way, Arab children and youth are empowered to integrate into Israeli society and create a better future for themselves rather than perpetuate hate and despair. Perhaps even more encouraging than the police reporting that these programs reduce terror and violence among youth are the responses of the volunteers and the students. One of the Arab volunteers at the rights centers reports: “I know these encounters don’t end in the classroom. For many of us, we meet people we otherwise would never interact with. “This is how we reduce the hate and violence. By meeting one another, face to face, as people.” The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Arizona Jewish Post or its publisher, the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona. Noa Lazimi is the research coordinator at the Institute for Zionist Strategies. August 30, 2019, ARIZONA JEWISH POST



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HaZamir international teen choir launches local chapter


aZamir Tucson is launching as a new branch of the International Jewish Teen Choir, a musical youth movement of 41 choral chapters across the United States and Israel. An inter-congregational group of local Jewish teens will cap their year of practice with a festival in New York where 450 teens will participate in an ensemble in the spring, says Robert LopezHanshaw, musical director for the new group. HaZamir engages hundreds of Jewish teens annually. They meet weekly to rehearse high-level Jewish choral music. HaZamir’s mission is to prepare the next generation of Jewish choral singers, composers, and conductors, building an inclusive community across denominations, providing a platform for contemporary and classical Jewish choral music, according to the foundation’s website. The 26-year-old organization is supported by the Zamir Choral Foundation. Weekly practices will be Sundays, 1-3 p.m., hosted at Temple Emanu-El. Tuition is $575 per student, which does not include festival travel costs. Late registration fees apply after Sept. 26. Local donors and grants are being sought for scholarships and travel subsidies, says Lopez-Hanshaw.

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Robert Lopez-Hanshaw directs Tucson’s new Ha’Zamir choir branch.

An information and registration session is Sunday, Sept. 1, 1-3 p.m. The meeting will include an introduction for parents, a visit from a HaZamir alum now studying at the University of Arizona, and a rehearsal. For further information, contact Lopez-Hanshaw at 327-4501 or robert.a.hanshaw@gmail.com.

Annual book brunch to highlight women’s prayers


sther Becker will explore “Conversations with G-d” at the annual Women’s Academy of Jewish Studies Women’s Book Brunch, Sunday, Sept. 15 at Congregation Chofetz Chayim. “We live in an era when we all have our challenges to deal with and no one goes unscathed,” says Becker. “I wanted to give the women a book that could be a companion to them, that can open the doors for them to find comfort and connection to G-d no matter what they are going through. I found my answer in ‘Conversations with G-d,’ a book written by Ruchi Koval.” Koval is an educator and parenting coach in Cleveland, Ohio. She runs Jewish character-development

groups for women, and is a motivational speaker and blogger. In “Conversations with G-d: Prayers for Jewish Women,” she offers personal explanations of traditional prayers and new prayers for many occasions, from holidays to pregnancy to aging with grace. A brief introduction precedes each prayer, explaining when it is said and its purpose. Each prayer includes the original Hebrew text, a transliteration, and an English translation. Following the prayer is a “takeaway” that makes the prayer personal and helps internalize its message. The brunch begins with registration at 10:30 a.m. The cost is $36, which includes the book. For reservations, call Becker at 591-7680.

Sisterhood high tea will focus on fashion, fund-raising


ongregation Or Chadash Sisterhood and Temple Emanu-El Women of Reform Judaism will hold their first major collaboration, a fashion show high tea, on Sunday, Sept. 15, from 2-4 p.m. The event will be catered by L’Chaim Catering and fashions provided by Clique and LuLaRoe will be modeled by members from both synagogues. Local artist Lynn Rae Lowe will emcee the event, which will be held at Temple Emanu-El. The cost is $25, with all proceeds benefitting WRJ’s YES (Youth, Education, and Special Projects) Fund. RSVP and payment by check or credit card can be mailed to Temple Emanu-El WRJ, 225 N. Country Club, Tucson, AZ 85716, attention Norma Cohen. Over the past century, the YES Fund has supported such projects as building the dormitory at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati and the Union of Reform Judaism headquarters in New York; establishing the Jewish Braille Institute; founding NFTY, the North American Federation of Temple Youth; and helping to create the first of a network of URJ camps.

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Fashions by LuLaRoe will be among those modeled by synagogue members at the Congregation Or Chadash/Temple Emanu-El high tea, Sept. 15.

For more information, contact Laurie Kassman, Or Chadash Sisterhood president, at 603-9241, or Cohen, Temple Emanu-El leadership council member, at 465-2803.

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abies and reading are the focus of a lighthearted BYOB (bring your own baby) event coming up at the Tucson Jewish Community Center Early Childhood Education Center next month. “It’s an opportunity to meet other Jewish families with babies,” says Mary Ellen Loebl, coordinator for Southern Arizona’s PJ Library and co-organizer of the event with Carol Sack. “Young children, their siblings and parents are invited for a free morning get together,” adds Sack, the concierge for Jewish Tucson and coordinator for the Shalom Baby program. Bagels, lox, coffee, and snacks will be available, along with beverages for babies. PJ Library will share fun and effective ways for parents and siblings to read to children, give away free books and prizes, and lead craft activities. PJ Library sends books monthly to families with children ages 6 months through 8 years with Judaism as part of their lives. Families may register in Southern Arizona at www.pjlibrary. org/enroll-in-a-community. The local program is a gift from the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona community engagement department, made possible by the Einstein-Sim, Loebl, Margolis, Rosenzweig, and Viner families, in partnership with the Harold


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Challah bake will kick off holiday season

he 2019 Mega Challah Bake, cosponsored by Chabad Tucson and the Tucson Jewish Community Center, will be held Thursday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Tucson J. At this sixth annual event, up to 350 women, teens and girls 9 and older will make the staple round breads served for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. The take-and-bake event also will feature a buffet with a variety of challahs and dips. “The first Jewish month of Tishrei is

jam-packed with challah eating opportunities, beginning with Rosh Hashanah and then the following holidays,” says Feigie Ceitlin, program director of Chabad Tucson. ”We hope that by mastering round challahs and baking them in our homes, the new Jewish year will be off to a great start.” Early bird tickets, $25, and table sponsorships are available until Sept. 2. Tickets are $36 thereafter. Register and choose a seat at www.megachallahtucson.com.

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cott Warren, Ph.D., will be has received international supthe Gallery Chat speaker port. He was brought to trial in at the Jewish History MuJune 2019, resulting in a hung seum and Holocaust History jury. His re-trial is scheduled Center as it reopens for its 2019for November. 2020 season on Friday, Sept. 6, A reception will follow in at 11 a.m. He will speak about the Einstein-Sim Memorial human migration through Garden with a mural unveilthe Sonoran desert and how it ing. Muralist JJ Dardano is a Scott Warren shapes both memory and place. member of the OJALA arts colWarren lives in Ajo, Arizona. lective in Tucson. A quote from As an academic geographer, he researches Eli Wiesel’s 1985 speech at the Sanctuary and teaches about the intersection of peo- Symposium at Temple Emanu-El inspired ple and place at the Mexico-U.S. border. He the work. is a humanitarian aid worker and strives to The museum is located at 564 S. Stone bring an end to death and suffering in the Ave. For more information, call 670Sonoran Desert and beyond. Following 9073 or email operations@jewishhistory federal criminal charges of harboring and museum.org while the museum’s website is conspiracy to harbor in January 2018, he under construction.

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Grinspoon Foundation. Shalom Baby celebrates the birth or adoption of new babies and welcomes them to the Tucson Jewish community by delivering a Shalom Baby Box. Anyone can register a baby at www.jewishtucson.org/jewish-life/shalom-baby, or by calling Sack. BYOB is Sunday, Sept. 15 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The Tucson J is located at 3800 E. River Road. RSVP is required by Sept. 13 at www.jfsa.org/byob2019. For more information, contact Loebl at 647-8443 or pjlibrary@jfsa.org or Sack at 299-3000, ext. 241 or concierge@ jewishtucson.org.

Classes offer free ‘Taste of Judaism’


he Union for Reform The Taste of Judaism is free Judaism’s Taste of Juand open to all — Jewish or daism classes, taught not. In the last 19 years, apby Temple Emanu-El’s Rabbi proximately 6,000 students Batsheva Appel, will be offered have taken advantage of at the Tucson Jewish CommuTemple Emanu-El’s Taste of nity Center on Sundays, Sept. Judaism classes. Although the 8, 15, and 22 from 2:30-4:30 classes are free, registration is p.m., and at Temple Emanurequired. To register and for Rabbi Batsheva Appel El on Thursdays, Sept. 12, 19, more information, contact the and 26, from 6-8 p.m. Participants will Union for Reform Judaism by email at learn about Jewish spirituality, values and intro@urj.org or by phone at (646) 793community, and enjoy samples of Jewish 3196, or call the Temple Emanu-El office foods in three two-hour classes. at 327-4501.

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A relaxation garden, no matter how small, turns your house into a home JACQUELINE A. SOULE, PH.D. Special to the AJP


Humans like water. Some spend vast sums of money for waterfront property. In the desert, even a little bit of water adds an element that helps soothe our spirit. Do not feel guilty for adding a water feature. The seven principles of xeriscape say to go ahead and enjoy the water, just put it in a space that is heavily used — like near the house, not out an of the way area.


Comfortable seating that is easy to care for is necessary to truly relax in the garden. If you like a chaise, get yourself one. If you prefer a glider, get that. A hard con-


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A water feature located in the center of the garden offers the soothing sound of flowing water for the entire space.

crete bench may look pretty, but it is not a seat to inspire relaxation. Do spend at least as much as you would going out to dinner and a show! The night out lasts a single evening — your relaxation space is for years.

Not a new idea

Back in the 1970s, my grandma wanted grass in her tiny town-home yard in Tucson. I’m talking a very tiny yard — three feet from patio to back wall. Grandpa got creative. He installed a patch of grass one foot wide and about 45 inches long, just long enough that the two of them could sit side by side on their gliders on the patio, stick their bare toes in the grass, and gaze into the rose garden squished in against the back wall. At the edge of the rose garden he added a small cement fountain that he would turn on only when they sat outside. Grandpa would cut the grass with the giant shears he had used when he was in the “schmatta” (clothing industry) trade in New York, working for Schiaparelli, but that’s another story. The landscape around your dwelling is an important part of turning your house into a home. A home should

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The landscape needs to be filled with plants that do three things — thrive here, are pleasing to you, and support native birds and butterflies so you can enjoy their visits. You may adore hostas, but they really don’t thrive here, and they are not an ideal pollinator plant. Instead, you can achieve a similar feeling (in a shady area) with plants that do well in our low humidity and alkaline soil, like Strelitzia (tropical bird of paradise) or even peace lily grown in pots with rich potting soil. Even better is a Mexican bird of paradise for bright flowers, a tropical feel, and attracting butterflies and hummingbirds alike.

This very tropical looking plant survives in a desert garden with afternoon shade. Its flowers are visited by hummingbirds.

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ehaviorists have stacks of data highlighting the fact that getting out in nature can calm and restore the human spirit. This applies to all humans, even if you never lived in the country, even if you hate to hike, and no matter what age. Five, 35, or 85, we all have stresses in our lives we need to unwind from, and being out in nature helps. After a day dealing with traffic, demanding people, or what have you, a pleasant way to unwind is to sit in the garden with a gentle breeze, birds chirping, and perhaps a trickle of water in the background. There are four main components to a relaxation garden: nature in the form of plants, a space that is welcoming to wildlife, the element of water, and a comfortable seat from which to enjoy it all. Yes, even in a tiny yard, on a tiny lot, here in the desert, you can fit in these four elements.

Consider desert lavender — it thrives in the Southwest, and offers you the scent you adore all year long without extensive fussing on your part.

do so much more than protect you from the elements. With some attention to the landscape, your home can offer you a restful place to find respite from the slings and arrows of life. Jacqueline A. Soule, Ph.D., is an award-winning garden writer, author of over a dozen books about gardening in our unique area, and popular public speaker. She also offers classes across Southern Arizona. Read more about growing and using the plants of the Southwest on www.GardeningWithSoule.com, www.SWgardening.com, and www.SavortheSW.com.


Tucson Jewish Community Center aims for autumn Garden of Hope opening

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an Tikvah, the Garden of Hope, is nearing completion at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. It will have a fluid connection to the current Sculpture Garden and provide a shady and tranquil pocket park for all seasons. It will offer an outdoor venue for classes, programming, and, with dramatic illumination, evening events for up to 100. An additional six sculptures will be installed and the garden will open in the autumn, says Khylie Gardner, the J’s director of marketing, communications, and public relations. Cancer survivor Bonnie SedlmayrEmerson was the inspiration for the garden. Her husband Randy Emerson oversaw the project. “The garden celebrates the arts, which is important to the JCC spiritually, emotionally and cognitively,”

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the center’s CEO and president, Todd Rockoff, previously told the AJP. The project, adjacent to the J Café, was funded through contributions made in support of this garden. “The campaign raised $285,000 which fully funds the effort,” says Rockoff, who adds that Kristi Lewis helped with funding and her family’s sculptures will decorate the garden. Local artist Barbara Grygutis designed the garden. She is renowned for largescale public artworks and sculptural environments throughout North America and internationally. Landscape architect Jennifer Patton of Wilder Landscape also is involved in the project, along with Tucson artists Lynn Rae Lowe and Tom Philabaum. Realm Environments is completing the construction. “As we see the JCC as the community’s town square, and a place for the community to gather, this will be the town square of the JCC,” says Rockoff.

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Five hacks for the best Rosh Hashanah celebrations with family, friends youth. And if kids never made them — or you tossed them years ago — you can always make new Rosh Hashanah crafts, like a honey jar or a shofar. Cluster these items in a special museum-style display for all to enjoy. Heart strings will be tugged, guaranteed.



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can’t help but wonder why Hallmark and the retail world at large haven’t co-opted the Jewish New Year. True, while there may “only” be some 5 million to 7 million Jews in the U.S. (depending on who’s counting), Rosh Hashanah is a particularly important holiday on the Jewish calendar. Many Jews spend Rosh Hashanah at synagogue immersed in prayer, self-reflection, repentance, kicking off 10 days of “awe.” But it’s a family holiday, too, usually celebrated at home with a big family dinner. So why aren’t there any light-up shofars or tasteful Happy New Year banners to be found leading up to the big day? Of course, depending on where you live, you may come across a dusty box of matzah on the shelf of your local grocery store in a well-intentioned, if misguided, attempt to acknowledge Rosh Hashanah (along with every other Jewish holiday). But fear not. In lieu of tacky, readymade accoutrements, you can design your own Instagram-worthy Rosh Hashanah celebration. Keeping in mind that the goal is to create joy and lasting mem-

An apples and honey taste test is one way to make a joyous and memorable Jewish New Year’s celebration.

ories, I have tried and tested a few ideas to make your Rosh Hashanah celebration personal and memorable.

of extra flair, add a blindfold. The honey with the most votes will receive the honor of the blessing for a sweet new year.

Not all apples — nor honey — are created equal. So here’s a fun way to see which varieties your family really prefers. Procure as many types of honey as you can (but remember, this is not a reality cooking show, so don’t go crazy). Put out a variety of sliced apples to dip and create your own voting method, too. For a bit

Remember all those New Year’s crafts your kids brought home over the years from Sunday school or day school? It’s time to unearth those boxes filled with clay honey pots, handcrafted Happy New Year cards and paper apple mobiles. Bonus if you can excavate the childhood Rosh Hashanah relics from your own

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Patience at the Butterfly Magic exhibit is rewarded with a close up visit by a fritillary butterfly.

A rare Amorphophallus titanum named Rosie is a popular fixture in the exhibit. The plant, from West Sumatra, Indonesia, smells like rotting meat in bloom, thus its common moniker the See Butterfly, page 14

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“corpse plant.” The odor attracts pollinating beetles and flies. It first blooms only after 10 years of growth. The TBG’s specimen last bloomed in April 2018, so it may not reappear for another decade or could bloom in two to three years. Outside the closed exhibit a live chrysalis nursery shows the butterfly lifecycle. With patience and a little luck, you might catch one exiting its cocoon case. An outdoor butterfly garden attracts “wild” local and migrating butterflies with over 100 different floral species. Tucson Botanical Gardens has 5.5 acres with 17 other specialty gardens and sculpture displays of cacti and succulents from around the world. It was named one of the “Top 10 North American Gardens

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ighteen-year-old Aliya Markowitz had a goal: maintain a 4.0 grade point average through all four years at Catalina Foothills High School. She achieved this, while being active in BBYO, serving on the youth group’s Tucson and regional boards, and participating in the March of the Living two-week trip to Poland and Israel last year. As a reward for her hard work, she plans to take this year as a gap year in Israel, deferring her acceptance to Lewis & Clark, a liberal arts college in Portland, Oregon. “Israel feels more like home than any other place has,” Aliya, a Tucson Hebrew Academy graduate, told the AJP. “I went in eighth grade for the first time with THA and as soon as I got there, I just felt like this is where I was meant to be.” Aliya’s parents, Ilana and Neil Markowitz, support her gap year plan. “She

Tucsonan Aliya Markowitz in Jerusalem’s Old City during the 2019 March of the Living trip to Poland and Israel.

worked incredibly hard in high school,” says Ilana.

But there’s a catch: as an 8-year-old second-grader, Aliya was diagnosed

with Crohn’s disease, an inflammation of the digestive tract. Since age 10, she has been receiving treatments by infusion every six to seven weeks. The infusions keep her healthy, but the family’s insurance does not cover medication obtained outside the United States. Buying the medicine in Israel would be prohibitively expensive, so the family is looking for travelers to Israel to help hand-carry medication to her at various times between Nov. 6 and April 29, 2020. Aliya would meet people at their hotel or the airport, says Ilana, who explains that the medicine comes prepackaged, in a lightweight container about the size of a child’s lunchbox. She and Neil plan to visit Aliya in Israel — they’ll time their trip to cover one of the medication delivery windows. Aliya recalls that before starting infusions, she tried various treatments; the worst was prednisone, “which I will do anything in my power to never have to See Teen, page 20

Lowe’s ‘Let There Be Light’ reflects life’s journey PHYLLIS BRAUN AJP Executive Editor

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ward-winning local artist Lynn Rae Lowe will unveil a seven-panel “aluminations” series, “Let There Be Light,” at a one-day exhibit Saturday, Sept. 7 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. at the Southern Arizona Arts Guild gallery in La Encantada before the work, commissioned by Temple Beth El in West Bloomfield, Michigan, is shipped to its new home. Lowe developed the unique aluminations process, using aluminum canvases she saturates with color. How “Let There Be Light,” her largest aluminations yet, came to be is a tale of “challenge and faith through adversity and opportunity,” she says. Lowe first connected with Beth El’s Rabbi Mark Miller in 2001, when his father-in-law, Tucsonan Mark Bauman, gave the new rabbi one of Lowe’s bronze sculptures as a graduation gift. Miller began collecting her work and often told her, “Someday, when I’m head rabbi, I will commission you for a major piece of art.” But they lost touch until four years ago, when Lowe attended a family bat mitzvah at Beth El, where Miller was now head rabbi. Lowe had sung in the choir at Beth El as a teen, although in a different location, and recalled how she would contemplate the domed ceiling that depicted stories from the Torah. It was one of her first exposures to the creative realm that would become her life. Miller reminded her of his promise and “for the next few years we had meetings with the board, but nothing jelled until last October,” she says. On the evening of the Yom Kippur break fast, Lowe was celebrating with a dear Tucson friend and the friend’s adult son, who had just been given the all clear after a year of treatment for prostate cancer. “At the moment I was sharing in the joy of her son being written in the Book of Life, my son Brad was in a car accident and sustained a traumatic brain injury,” she says. Brad and his family live in Michigan, so Lowe headed there. Although Brad was in a coma and the prognosis was unclear, she was optimistic, especially since the accident had occurred so near the hospital that he was in the operating room within 10 minutes of impact. Lowe went to see Miller at Beth El, explaining why she was in town. He took her around the synagogue, proposing a couple of sites for the long-promised commission, but they didn’t resonate, she says. “Then we went into the Little Brown Chapel. There was a long wall where the choir was supposed to sit, but they no longer have a choir. Rabbi thought the 30-foot wall would be a great place for ‘something.’ I turned and said, “Seven panels of the Days of Creation.’ We both looked at each other and knew a promise he had made had just come to fruition at a time when coming to Michigan was the depth of sadness in my life.”

Day 4 of Lynn Rae Lowe’s ‘Let There Be Light’

Each time she returned to Michigan to give her daughter-in-law a hand, she visited the synagogue “for spiritual refueling,” Lowe says. Brad, she says, “has done amazingly well although this will be a life-altering accident. He will be written in the Book of Life for many years to come.” Lowe will be in Michigan on Sept. 20, the anniversary of his injury, which she considers a “new birthday.” The next day is Selichot, and her art installation will be unveiled. ”It is also the 20th anniversary of my husband’s passing. He was my muse and I was his. How awesome to have him so present at this pinnacle of my art career,” Lowe says. Through these “unplanned and in many ways unwelcome events,” she says, “has come connection, opportunity and gratitude.” Lowe hopes the children who come to the Little Brown Chapel each Friday, where the rabbi leads them in song on his guitar, will be inspired by her seven panels telling the story of creation, just as she was inspired by the old domed ceiling. “It is the circle of life, or as we say in Hebrew, ‘l’dor v’dor,’ ” says Lowe. The SAAG gallery is located at 2905 E. Skyline Drive, on level two. Along with “Let There Be Light,” a small retrospective of Lowe’s career will be displayed. A reception for the artist will be held Sept. 7 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.lynnraelowe.com.

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be on again.” In addition to the prednisone, a steroid, making her puffy and endlessly hungry, she says, “I got really mean. It was hard for my parents, because I was just grumpy all the time.” While she’s on Aardvark Israel’s gap year program, which combines academics and internships, an Israeli concierge medical company will administer Aliya’s infusions. The company has three other gap year students who take Remicade, Aliya’s infusion medication, and they all get it hand-carried to Israel. But “all these other kids are from the New York metro area where there are a lot more folks traveling back and forth,” says Neil. Parents “want our children to have as magical a childhood as possible” says Ilana, so even though she and Neil have some anxiety about sending a child with a serious medical condition overseas, they want to make it work. Ilana, who has ulcerative colitis, a similar condition to Crohn’s, also receives infusion treatments. People of Ashkenazi Jewish heritage are at higher risk for both Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis. Aliya’s gap year will include time in both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. She’s taking Aardvark’s optional Selah Jewish Identity Track, which she explains “is about finding your own personal connection to Judaism, and having discussions about big-topic questions that there aren’t necessarily answers for.”

In Jerusalem, she’ll be a social media intern with Muslala, an urban rooftop garden program that combines sustainability with art exhibitions to bring community together, helping to bridge political and ideological gaps. In Tel Aviv, she has the option to do a program with Magen David Adom, the Israeli ambulance service, where she’d be trained to be an EMT. “I do have an interest in medicine,” she says, adding that because of her own medical history, “I don’t get easily grossed out by blood or anything like that.” Aliya thinks about someday fulfilling her name by making aliyah, moving to Israel, but she has promised her parents she’ll return after her gap year to take up her place at Lewis & Clark. “She got an incredible scholarship there,” notes Ilana. “That’s what the 4.0 was for,” adds Aliya. Going to Israel on trips with her eighth-grade class or with her Jewish youth group, Aliya says, is very different from living there, which she’ll get a taste of on the Aardvark program. “I think everyone has many different paths that they can take in their life … that’s one that is clearly laid out for me, it’s just the more difficult one, and I don’t know if I’ll take it. But I think always in the back of my mind, I wonder if that’s where I’ll end up in future.” To coordinate with the Markowitz family about taking medication to Aliya in Israel, call Ilana at 444-6564 or email the dates of your trip to ilanaleonora@me.com or neilmarkowitz@me.com.

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Israel eases immigration process for medical professionals

An aliyah “mega event” expo in New Jersey had a special track for health care professionals considering immigrating to Israel, March 10, 2019.



hen Stephanie Sipzner began thinking about immigrating to Israel, the New Jersey pediatrician had plenty of questions about working as a doctor in a new country. Sipzner worried about adapting to a new language and medical culture. The Teaneck resident also was wary of the bureaucratic difficulty of transferring her medical credentials to another country — something she knew required professional assistance and months of waiting for foreign doctors seeking to work in the United States. But when Sipzner and her husband, a dentist, decided to make aliyah and move to Israel with their three children, she was pleasantly surprised to find that the logistics of acquiring a license to practice medicine in Israel was relatively pain-free. The same went for her husband, Yossi. “We were able to get a lot of the paperwork settled before moving,” said Sipzner, 34, who moved to Israel in 2017. The Sipzners were beneficiaries of an accelerated, customized process meant to smooth the transition for medical professionals moving to Israel from the United States. The special initiative is run by Nefesh B’Nefesh — the organization that assists North American and British Jews with aliyah and absorption in Israel, and helps immigrants overcome many of the bureaucratic hurdles associated with their move — in conjunction with Israel’s Health Ministry. A Nefesh B’Nefesh aliyah expo in New Jersey this spring had a special “MedEx” track for prospective immigrants that included representatives of the Health Ministry as well as the Israeli Medical Association, Israeli hospitals and Israeli health organizations. The representatives answered questions about trans-

ferring medical licenses and getting Israeli accreditation, including in at least 110 one-on-one meetings with prospective immigrants, according to Nefesh B’Nefesh. The prospective immigrants also networked and learned about potential employment opportunities, and the hospitals and medical organizations even conducted job interviews. “Without the involvement of an organization like us, medical professionals don’t have the same hand-holding,” said Ronen Fuxman, Nefesh B’Nefesh’s director of government and advocacy and its medical professions liaison. “It can be quite a difficult bureaucratic process to navigate.” Sipzner’s Israeli credentialing was facilitated by Nefesh B’Nefesh, which can often help medical professionals get their credentials provisionally recognized even before they land as immigrants at Ben Gurion Airport. One of the major forces driving the special program is Israel’s shortage of medical professionals. Israel has a rate of 3.1 doctors for every 1,000 people, below the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development average of 3.3 per 1,000 people, according to a 2018 report from its Ministry of Health. Israel also has just five nurses per 1,000 people, the fourth-worst rate among 34 countries in the OECD, a grouping of developed countries. Israel has 6.8 medical graduates per 1,000 people compared to an OECD average of 12.1; just 2.3 hospital beds per 1,000 people, compared to a rate of 3.6 in the developed world; and a hospital occupancy rate of 93.8 percent, second-highest among OECD countries and far above the average of 75.5 percent, according to the report. Israel’s shortage of doctors is the result of a population boom, the retirement of immigrant doctors from the former Soviet Union, the relatively low salaries for health care professionals, and the emigration of physicians abroad, or “brain drain,” according to experts.

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“There is a terrible shortage of doctors in Israel,” said Yehezkel Caine, director of Jerusalem’s Herzog Medical Center, who attended the expo to meet potential candidates for employment. “We need every medical professional who comes.” Since its inception, Nefesh B’Nefesh has assisted more than 615 physicians with aliyah. In 2018, the organization helped 58 North American physicians — which it said was the equivalent to 10 percent of the overall Israeli medical graduates per year. Israel’s requirements for medical professionals varies, whether you’re a physician, nurse, psychologist, or physical or occupational therapist. Most professionals trained in the United States do not need to do additional coursework in Israel. Licensed U.S. physicians — unlike other medical professionals, such as nurses and speech therapists — do not have to pass additional exams to be able to practice medicine in Israel. However, board-certified physicians do need to complete an adaptation period of three to six months in which they become acclimated to the Israeli medical system and are not yet fully independent. Medical ulpan language courses are also available to bring professionals up to speed with technical and medical Hebrew. At the March aliyah “mega event,” prospective immigrants of all kinds received guidance on everything from choosing a community and finding employment to navigating the health care system and shipping one’s possessions to Israel. Medical professionals who brought their U.S. medical license, registration and letters of good standing from medical boards could access a one-stop shop for notarizing their documents rather than going through their local Israeli consulate or going to Israel first to submit their documents and then wait as long as eight months for approval.

They were even able to obtain conditional approval at the expo. Once they immigrate to Israel, the medical professionals need only to present their new national identity card to the Health Ministry to receive final approval. “We need to get to know you through your documents,” said Dana Fishbain, director of the Israel Medical Association’s Scientific Council. Sipzner now lives in the central Israeli city of Modiin and works at a Maccabi health clinic. She praised Fuxman, who also serves as a liaison between the immigrants and the Health Ministry, for help both before immigrating and since arriving. “He knows the answers to everything” — or at least where to find them, Sipzner said. “He is an angel.” Caine said he identified six potential hires in just three hours at the aliyah fair. “My impression has been very positive,” he said of the prospective immigrants. “They are very highly motivated.” One event attendee, Tsivia Boim, a nurse practitioner from Cedarhurst, New York, said she came away confident about her opportunities in Israel. She is planning to move to Israel in August with her husband and three children. “It was amazing. I didn’t even expect to get as far as I did,” said Boim, who spotted some of her patients at the fair. With her documentation from the United States conditionally approved on the spot, “I can bypass a lot of the offices in Israel,” she said. Psychologist Shamshy Schlager, who made aliyah from Queens in July and now operates a private practice in Modiin, said that by expediting his paperwork, he “basically started and finished before I arrived.” This article was sponsored by and produced in partnership with Nefesh B’Nefesh, which in cooperation with Israel’s Ministry of Aliyah, The Jewish Agency, KKL and JNF-USA is minimizing the professional, logistical and social obstacles of aliyah, and has brought over 50,000 olim (immigrants) from North America and the United Kingdom over the last 15 years. This article was produced by JTA’s native content team.

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other appropriate health care provider, discussAJP INTERN es a woman’s family history, medical history, and the possibility of genetic testing. There are also online resources for those who wish to calomen should get a formal breast culate their risk but these should not be used as cancer risk assessment between the a replacement for an appointment. ages of 25 and 30, according to the Ideally, says Ley, a woman should get asnew guidelines set by The American Society of sessed by her primary care doctor, but Ley unBreast Surgeons (ASBrS), published in May. derstands that not all doctors are able to perAccording to the organization, one in eight Dr. Michele Ley form breast cancer screenings. women, or 12 percent of women in the United Depending on the level of risk determined States will be diagnosed with breast cancer over the course of a lifetime. That risk increases for women with by the screening, the guidelines have recommendations on next steps. Eastern European, or Ashkenazi, Jewish ancestry. For women with average risk, an annual mammograBoth the American College of Radiology and the Society for Breast Imaging have “supported that all women, phy starting at the age of 40 is recommended. For women with higher risk, an annual mammography especially black women and those of Ashkenazi Jewish descent, should be evaluated for breast cancer risk no later is recommended at age 25 or 35, depending on the risk factors present. than age 30,” says a statement from the ASBrS. The individuality of breast cancer prompted the ASBrS In an editorial last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the U.S. Preventative Services to create these guidelines. “Controversy surrounding screening mammography Task Force recommended that Ashkenazi Jewish women guidelines has resulted in conflicting recommendations should be screened for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes from physicians and uncertainty for women,” says the ASlinked to breast cancer. Dr. Michele Ley, who specializes in breast surgical BrS. The guidelines are based on research from numerous oncology at Arizona Oncology in Tucson, explains why breast cancer trials. Breast centers throughout the nation are adopting these policies. screening for breast cancer at a young age is vital. “The technology of mammographic imaging has pro“The earlier we detect breast cancer the better prognosis. Early detection works because you find a cancer when gressed substantially, and we have a deeper understanding it’s small, and even if it’s an aggressive cancer but it’s small, of heterogeneity in breast tumor biology,” says the ASBrS you’re more likely to live a normal life span,” she says. “We statement. “Both of these issues generate concerns regarding the balance between ‘over-diagnosis’ versus the outwant people to know what their risk is.” Mutations in the BRCA gene are a risk factor for breast come benefits of early detection.” Ley recommends being familiar with one’s own breasts cancer; one in 40 people of Ashkenazi descent have this to aid in possibly detecting a new mass or dimpling. Look mutation, which makes the risk 10 percent higher than the general population. Other factors include family history, out for nipple discharge, inversion, or redness of the breast. “Understand your risk factors,” says Ley. “For those obesity, breast density, lifestyle choices, and medical hiswho can identify risk factors, some are modifiable. You tory. Ley also points out that risk factors are not always an can change your diet, avoid alcohol and smoking. Exerindication of future breast cancer, and people who develop cising and losing weight — all those things help reduce the risk of developing any type of cancer, including breast breast cancer may not have any risk factors. The initial screening, done by a breast physician or an- cancer.”



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mission International. A team of JCI surveyors spent eight days reviewing the hospital. At the review’s closing ceremony, Diane M. Sanders, RN, MN, JCI’s chief surveyor, said, “This was one of the most rewarding weeks in my entire career. You are never satisfied with just passing. Your compassion for the patients was amazing to experience. You are the spirit of Israel and Sheba embodies the essence of this country.” For more information, visit www.eng.sheba.co.il.

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Green Valley Fire Captain Mark Lytle, a member of ICSAVE’s team of volunteers, learned about Israeli emergency medical services as part of Tucson’s first Firefighters Without Borders delegation in October 2013. The Magen David Adom (Red Shield of David) is Israel’s national ambulance, blood services, and disaster relief organization. It has been a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement since 2006.

UA Hillel Foundation executive director. “We had 20 participants including all of our full-time and part-time staff, the café staff, and a few people from other Jewish community agencies. It was an incredibly informative day — the most important portion of the day was the various real world scenarios where we actively moved around our entire building. More than seeing a PowerPoint presentation (which can be valuable), this allowed us to actually think through where in our building would we be located, what doors would we hide behind, what furniture would we move, how would you actually take down a shooter, etc. “We recommend that all of the agencies and synagogues should schedule a training for their folks in their facilities,” Blumenberg says. Another course ICSAVE has been busy teaching around the state is public safety integration, which enables emergency medical personnel to respond more quickly in active shooter situations, Lytle says. “We were seeing what was going on between police and fire was not effective. Basically the old way of doing things was law enforcement would respond to an active shooter situation and fire and EMS would be held off until the scene was completely secured,” he explains, noting that in the UA School of Nursing shooting in 2002, “fire and EMS was held off for 90 minutes.” The same thing hap-

pened in the 2012 shooting at an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater, he says. “Law enforcement was screaming for medics to come in,” and since they weren’t permitted to do so, “law enforcement was just loading people in their patrol cars and taking them to the hospital.” “We set out to change that,” he says, with the rescue task force, “where medics go in with law enforcement so they can immediately start to treat victims.” EMS units may be held off very briefly, he explains, as a battalion chief from the fire department and a sergeant or lieutenant from the police department form a unified command and activate a rescue task force. “While law enforcement is hunting for the shooter,” he says, “we team up with law enforcement and start going into the parts of the building they’ve already been through, and start treating victims.” It took 10 years to get the rescue task force system approved, says Lytle, but “now it’s the standard in Pima County and nationwide.” Lytle, who was part of the first Firefighters Without Borders delegation from Southern Arizona to Israel in October 2013, says that trip confirmed that it is vital for firefighters/paramedics to get in fast when people are wounded in an attack. “The Israelis don’t do a lot of holding off,” he says. For information on ICSAVE courses, visit www.icsave.org.




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P.S. Community members explore dimensions of Israel on summer travels SHARON KLEIN Special to the AJP

The Big Trip Israel

From June 3–July 1, Ben Sargus traveled on Camp Daisy & Harry Stein’s Big Trip Israel. A camper since third grade, Ben, a University High School junior, has been active in NFTY (the Reform Jewish Youth Movement, formerly North American Temple Youth) and is one of Temple Emanu-El’s madrichim (youth leaders), serving as a teacher’s assistant and b’nai mitzvah tutor. The busload of 34 teens traversed the land, staying at hotels, kibbutzim, and youth hostels on this journey of a lifetime. They floated in the Dead Sea, snorkeled in the Red Sea, rode camels, and visited historical sites and museums. As volunteers, the group painted benches at a youth shelter. They also visited with pediatric cardiac patients at Save a Child’s Heart, an Israel-based international humanitarian organization that provides lifesaving heart surgeries and follow-up care for children from around the world. On Mount Herzl, Ben heard stirring stories of fallen soldiers and the need to keep protecting our homeland. Two lone soldiers — one French and one British — joined their group for dinner and spoke of why they were fighting for Israel. Ben also was moved by the Western Wall. He says, “In facing and touching the Kotel, it became more important and I felt more connected to my Judaism.”

Ben Sargus, left, with Avery Shultz and Hayden Jones of Phoenix, at the Dead Sea

USY Israel Adventure

At the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona’s annual awards celebration in May, Katya Cohen received the Rabbi Arthur R. Oleisky Teen Recognition Award. This prize included a $500 stipend toward Israel travel that Katya used for the month-long United Synagogue Youth Israel Adventure. Katya, a Catalina Foothills High School senior and Congregation Anshei Israel member, has been active in her school and community, and has attended Hebrew High, USY, and Camp Ramah. Before this sojourn, she stated, “Being raised with a Jewish identity, I have come to understand the importance of celebrating my Judaism. This trip is the next step to


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Katya Cohen prepares to mount a camel in the Negev

exploring myself Jewishly and developing strong bonds and lifelong connections with other Jewish teens. As much of my family lives in Israel, I hope to gain a stronger connection to my heritage.” Here are some of Katya’s favorite memories of the July 1-30 trip with 35 other travelers: • Dining at a family-owned Druze restaurant, eating their food and learning about their religion and customs • Sleeping in sleeping bags under the stars in the desert in Mitzpe Ramon and then rappelling down the mountain the next day • Sleeping in a Bedouin tent in the Negev, tasting their cuisine and embracing their culture • Taking part in an archaeological dig at Tel Maresha, finding remnants of pottery and bones • Snorkeling in the Red Sea near Eilat • Visiting David Ben Gurion’s home and grave and being impressed how his possessions were left just as he wished • Touring the Blind Museum where the tour guides are blind or visually impaired. The group walked through seven rooms in the dark, using their other senses (taste, touch, smell, and sound) to navigate. • Visiting the Olympic Museum, which highlighted Israel’s history in the Olympics and partaking in handson activities • Performing tikkun olam (repair of the world) with “mitzvah maven” Danny Siegel. They packed lunches for the homeless before driving two hours to clean a horse ranch where they do horse therapy. • Viewing the workshop at Jerusalem’s Yad L’Kashish, a non-profit organization that provides low-income elderly with creative work opportunities and support services. Katya purchased her brother’s tallit there for his upcoming bar mitzvah. • Experiencing a “powerful” three-hour tour of Yad Vashem Katya, who had never been out of the country and knew no one beforehand on this adventure, made “amazing new friends” and came away, in her words, “with three needs — the need to learn Hebrew, the need to keep Shabbat, and the need to return to Israel.”

Birthright Israel

Max Baruch and Risa Silvers, University of Arizona sophomores — he a pre-business major, she in prenursing — traveled on Israel Free Spirit, a Birthright trip sponsored by the Orthodox Union. From May 20-29, both first-timers to Israel followed the group’s 10-day

Birthright travelers Risa Silvers and Max Baruch at the Western Wall

itinerary. “The most significant part of the trip was being able to interact and learn about Jews of differing ethnic backgrounds and levels of observance,” Max says. “Each city we toured had different types of Jews; it was amazing seeing so much diversity in such a small population of people. In visiting [my] Orthodox family in Israel, it was a great experience seeing their lives in comparison to my own as a Reform Jew in Tucson.” Risa says, “Birthright was a truly unforgettable experience that I am so thankful to have been on. I didn’t know that I would fall in love with a whole country within the span of 10 days. Learning about the history and the people that make it such a beautiful place was an honor. Rafting on the Jordan River was a highlight, as was celebrating Shabbat at the Western Wall.”

Wildcats at a Jerusalem restaurant, from left: Alyssa Silva (University of Arizona alum/Houston Hillel director), Or Maoz (former UA Hillel Israel Fellow), Michelle Blumenberg (UA Hillel executive director), Amalia Mark (former UA Hillel staff/Hebrew College rabbinical student), Sam Sherer (current UA student)

Fostering Israeli relationships

Just as Michelle Blumenberg, UA Hillel executive director, nurtures her students, so does she nurture her alumni and staff, whether in Tucson or in Israel. From May 25–June 7, Michelle traveled with her partner, Richard Covell, to Israel. They spent a few days with a private tour guide and the rest on their own. This gave Michelle the opportunity to meet with former UA alumni and Hillel staff. The pair also encountered Birthright groups all along the way. Michelle found it

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interesting to compare Israeli and U.S. newspapers, especially as she and Richard were in Israel when new elections were called after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a governing coalition. On May 30, the Knesset voted to dissolve itself which triggered these new elections set for September 17.

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Abigail Ben Shabat in the underwater tunnels at the City of David

her UA studies. (L-R) Olivia Schneider (University of Arizona), Claire Naiman (Tucsonan, Arizona State University), Father Nael Abu Rahmoun, Sam Sherer (UA), David Graizbord (UA professor), and Andrew Rosenberg (UA) at Christ Church in Nazareth. Not pictured: Ana Serratos-Gonzalez (UA)

“Arizona in Israel”

David Graizbord, UA associate professor of Judaic studies, and Leonard Hammer, visiting professor of Judaic studies and human rights, headed this UA facultyled summer study abroad program. For seven weeks, from May 13-June 26, five students — four from the UA and one from ASU, an ethnically, religiously diverse group — took the course. May 13-23, before their arrival in Israel, course preparation took place online, with students reading and learning about ancient, medieval, and early modern Jewish history. Once in Israel, classes and field trips were divided between Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Jezreel Valley College in Afula. Graizbord touts the two principles of this program: leading courses in a seminar setting, and turning the classroom inside out — doing fieldwork, hearing guest speakers, and attending a one-week symposium. Coursework began with the roots and development of the Jewish people and their civilization and continued with the transformation from the early modern period to modern Israel. Students received a comprehensive overview from these distinguished UA educators.

Israel volunteer

UA student Abigail Ben Shabat is spending the entire summer, through October, volunteering on Kibbutz Bar’am in northern Israel. The Ben Shabat family hosted past shinshin (Israeli teen ambassador) Ron Benacot in their home for six months. During that time, Abigail and Ron became close. Originally, Abigail, a Tucson Hebrew Academy and Basis Tucson North graduate, was considering volunteering in Guatemala; however, Ron encouraged her to assist in Israel. Ben Shabat’s Israeli-born father grew up on a kibbutz, making this experience more special. On the kibbutz, Abigail works in the Elcam factory, an engineering facility that produces medical products. From 6 a.m.-2 p.m., she cleans the factory inside and out, including bathrooms, dressing rooms, cafeterias, and work areas. Upon her return, she plans to continue

Gap year in Israel

From September through May, four Tucsonans will spend a gap year immersed in Israeli life. Geva Ozeri, a University High School graduate, will spend nine months with Nativ, United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism’s college leadership program in Israel. This includes a semester studying in Jerusalem and a semester of community service. He will do Ulpan (intensive Hebrew study) followed by working at the Yemin Orde Youth Village near Haifa. Established in the early 1950s on Mount Carmel, Yemin Orde provides a home, a school, and a safe haven for at-risk immigrant teens, integrating them into Israeli society. Geva is part of Jewish National Fund’s Plant Your Way to Israel program. JNF created this program to support its forestry efforts while assisting young people in their efforts to fund a trip to our homeland. Jillian Cassius, a graduate of The Gregory School, will also pursue the Nativ gap year program, attending Hebrew University for a semester before working at the Yemin Orde Youth Village during the second part of the year. Jillian, a 2018 recipient of the JFSA Women’s Philanthropy Bryna Zehngut Mitzvot Award, will use its $613 gift (relating to the Torah’s 613 mitzvot) toward this Israel travel. From the middle to the end of August, Aaron Green, a CFHS graduate, traveled on Birthright before beginning this year’s Young Judaea Year Course. The program consists of three components: volunteering in Tel AvivYafo, an academic semester in Jerusalem, and a special interest month. For his volunteerism, Aaron has applied for training as a first responder paramedic with the Magen David Adom. Aliya Markowitz, also a CFHS grad, will be part of Aardvark Israel (see related story, p. 18). She will take classes on Zionism, Hebrew, psychology, and conflicts of the Middle East. She also will have internships in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Participants will live in apartments with roommates and commute on public transportation to immerse themselves fully in Israeli society.

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR The calendar deadline is Tuesday, 10 days before the issue date. Our next issue will be published Sept. 13, 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 5 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. Sept. 1, Margot Singer, award-winning author of “Underground Fugue.” Sept. 8, Rabbi Avi Weiss, founder of Open Orthodoxy, author of "The Journey to Open Orthodoxy.” Beth Shalom Temple Center of Green Valley bagel breakfast and Yiddish club, first Sundays, 9:30 a.m. Members, $7; nonmembers, $10. 648-6690 or 399-3474. Southern Arizona Jewish Genealogy Society, second Sundays, 1-3 p.m. at the Tucson J. Contact Barbara Stern Mannlein at 731-0300 or the J at 299-3000. Tucson J Israeli dance, taught by Brandi Hawkins, 2nd and 4th Sundays, 5 p.m., no partners. Members, $6; nonmembers, $8. 299-3000. Cong. Anshei Israel parent-tot class, led by Ally Ross. Mondays, 9-11 a.m. Children up to 24 months and their parent(s). Free. Mandatory

Friday / August 30

5:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Seeking Shabbat evening service, preceded by noshes at 5 p.m. 327-4501.

Sunday / September 1

7 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel Elul “Sunrise” Minyan. 745-5550. 1-3 PM: HaZamir Tucson branch of International Jewish Teen Choir introductory meeting and rehearsal, led by Robert LopezHanshaw, at Temple Emanu-El. Contact LopezHanshaw at 327-4501 or robert.a.hanshaw@ gmail.com.

Monday / September 2

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.

Tuesday / September 3

7-8:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Creative Writing Circle - Session II, Create Your Own High Holy Day Prayers, 3-week class continues Sept. 10 and 17. Free. Register at 327-4501.

Friday / September 6

11 AM: Jewish History Museum/Holocaust History Center gallery chat, presented by Scott Warren, Ph.D., geographer and humanitarian aid worker, followed by mural unveiling and reception. Free. 564 S. Stone Ave. 670-9073 or


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ONGOING vaccination policy. Call Nancy Auslander at 7455550 or visit www.caiaz.org. Temple Emanu-El mah jongg, Mondays, 10 a.m. 327-4501. Cong. Anshei Israel mah jongg, Mondays, 10 a.m.-noon. All levels, men and women. Contact Evelyn at 885-4102 or esigafus@aol.com. Tucson J current events discussion, Mondays, noon-1:30 p.m. Members, $1; nonmembers, $2. Bring or buy lunch, 11:30 a.m. 2993000, ext. 147. 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 Katie at 299-3000, ext. 147. JFCS Holocaust Survivors group meets Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-noon. Contact Raisa Moroz at 795-0300. Awakening Through Jewish Meditation — Discover Freedom, with Reb Brian www.jewishhistorymuseum.org. 5:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Shalom Shabbat “Shofar” service, followed at 6 p.m. by family dinner. Call 327-4501 for dinner fees and RSVP. 5:45 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Kabbalat Tot 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.

Saturday / September 7

1:30 PM: Secular Humanist Jewish Circle video and discussion, “What is Humanistic Judaism?” Woods Memorial Library, 3455 N 1st Ave. Bring snack to share. RSVP to Pat at 4815324. www.shjcaz.com.

Sunday / September 8

9 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel B’Yahad (Together) Mishpacha Program, grades K-6 and families. Prepare for High Holy Days. RSVP to Kim at 745-5550, ext. 224 or edasst@caiaz.org.

Yosef, Tuesdays/Sundays at 10:30 a.m., at Cong. Bet Shalom. Free. Check calendar at www.torahofawakening.com. Tucson J social bridge, Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon-3 p.m., year round. Drop-ins welcome. Meets in library on second floor. 299-3000. Tucson J canasta group, Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon. Instruction available and a beginners’ table every week. Call or text Lisa at 977-4054. Cong. Anshei Israel Talmud on Tuesday with Rabbi Robert Eisen. Meets 6 p.m. 745-5550. Weintraub Israel Center Shirat HaShirim Hebrew choir, Tuesdays, 7 p.m. Learn to sing in Hebrew. Contact Rina Paz at 304-7943 or ericashem@cox.net. Cong. Anshei Israel gentle chair yoga with Lois Graham, Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Members of Women’s League, $6 per class; nonmembers, $8 per class. Contact Evelyn at 885-4102 or esigafus@aol.com. Temple Emanu-El Talmud study, Wednesdays, 10 -11:30 a.m., starting Sept. 4. Text required, call 327-4501. Chabad Tucson lunch and learn with Rabbi Yehuda Ceitlin, Wednesdays, 12:15 p.m. 2443 E. 4th St. Lunch available to purchase; email info@ plores creative process of petroglyphs and pictographs, their landscape placement, and locations throughout the world. 228 N. Canyon Drive, Sierra Vista. Light refreshments. Donation requested, members, $5; nonmembers, $10. 458-8637. 2-4 PM: Temple Emanu-El Salon with Dr. Beth Alpert Nakhai: The Real Lives of Women in Biblical Times. Free. Register at 327-4501. 2:30-4:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Taste of Judaism three-session introductory class at the Tucson Jewish Community Center, continues Sept. 15 and 22. Free. Register at 327-4501. 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/jfcs-presents-flamexico or 547-3040.

Monday / September 9

10 AM-NOON: JFCS CHAI Circle meeting lecture, “Cancer, Sleep and Dreams: Making it Through the Night,” with Rubin Naiman, Ph.D., psychologist, sleep and dream specialist and clinical assistant professor of medicine at the UA Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine. Women’s cancer support group. Free. At the Tucson J. RSVP to Irene Gefter at igefter@jfcstucson. org or 795-0300, ext. 2271.

NOON: Congregation Anshei Israel monthly women’s study group resumes, led by Rabbi Robert Eisen. Book available at class sessions: “Pirkei Imahot: The Wisdom of Mothers, The Voices of Women.” Bring your own dairy lunch, beverages and dessert provided. Not held in October 745-5550.

2 PM: Temple Kol Hamidbar talk, “Rock-art – Humanity’s First Art,” by Jane Kolber. Ex-

8-9:30 AM: Jewish Business Coffee Group

Wednesday / September 11

chabadtucson.com. Chabad of Sierra Vista women’s class with Rabbi Benzion Shemtov, last Wednesdays, 2 p.m., 401 Suffolk Drive. 820-6256 or www.jewishsierravista.com. Jewish mothers/grandmothers special needs support group for those with children/ grandchildren, youth or adult, with special needs, third Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. at Tucson J. Contact Joyce Stuehringer at 299-5920. Temple Emanu-El the Zohar, Soul-Text of Kabbalah with Rabbi Sandy Seltzer. Thursdays, 11:45 a.m. 327-4501. “Biblical Breakthroughs with Rabbi Becker” at the Southwest Torah Institute. Fridays, noon, for men and women. 747-7780 or yzbecker@me.com. Temple Kol Hamidbar (Sierra Vista) “Wrestling with Torah” study group, led by Reuben Ben-Adam, Fridays, 6-7:15 p.m. 458-8637. Jewish History Museum/Holocaust History Center closed for summer. Reopens Sept. 6. Call 670-9073. Beth Shalom Temple Center of Green Valley exhibition “The Art of Paying Attention,” by Beth Surdut, artist and writer. Sept. 16 through Oct. 23. Mondays and Fridays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Wednesdays, noon – 4 p.m. Artist’s reception, Oct. 13, 11 a.m. 648-6690. meeting. At Tucson J. 299-3000, ext. 241, or concierge@jewishtucson.org.

Thursday / September 12

6-8 PM: Temple Emanu-El Taste of Judaism three-session introductory class, continues Sept. 19 and 26. Free. Register at 327-4501.

Friday / September 13

6:15 PM: Temple Emanu-El new and prospective member reception, followed by Shabbat service at 7:30 p.m. 327-4501.

Sunday / September 15

9:30-10:30 AM: PJ Library and Shalom Baby present BYOB, bring your own baby. Meet other Jewish families, tips for reading with kids, bagels, lox, coffee and snacks, crafts, free books, prizes. Free. At Tucson J. RSVP by Sept. 13 to www.jfsa.org/byob or contact Mary Ellen Loebl at pjlibrary@jfsa.org or 647-8443, or Carol Sack at concierge@jewishtucson.org or 299-3000, ext. 241. 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. 2-4 PM: Cong. Or Chadash Sisterhood and Temple Emanu-El Women of Reform Judaism Fashion Show. Fashions provided by Clique & LuLaRoe. $25, includes lunch and tea.

At Temple Emanu-El. Proceeds benefit WRJ YES (Youth, Education & Special Projects) fund. RSVP by Sept. 6 at 327-4501.

Tuesday / September 17

1 PM: Beth Shalom Temple Center (Green Valley) Sisterhood presentation, “The Mod-

Sunday / September 22

Wednesday / September 18

4:30-6:30 PM: Newish & Jewish Happy Hour. Wine, cheese, door prizes. At JFSA, 3718 E. River Road. RSVP to Carol Sack at concierge@ jewishtucson.org or 299-3000, ext. 241.


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

Thursday / September 26

ern Tallit,” with artist Beth Surdut. 648-6690.

7 PM: Chabad Tucson and Tucson J present 2019 Mega Challah Bake for women and girls. At the Tucson J. Early bird registration by Sept. 2, $25. Regular tick-

ets, $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. At the Tucson J Sculpture Garden. $36. RSVP at www. jfsa.org/salsainthesukkah or call Anel Pro at 6478455.

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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.jewishorovalley.com.

Tuesday / September 10

7-8:30 PM: Rosh Chodesh women's group recipe exchange. Bring a dairy dish to share and two copies of your favorite recipe. At JFSA NW Division Ruth and Irving Olson Center for Jewish Life, 190 N. Magee Road, # 162. RSVP at northwestjewish@jfsa.org or 505-4161.

Friday / September 13

5-6 PM Shabbat Shabang Family Shabbat in the Northwest, with Rabbi Batsheva Appel of Temple Emanu-El and PJ Library. Free. At JFSA NW Division Ruth and Irving Olson Center for Jewish Life, 190 N. Magee Road, # 162. 5054161. RSVP at www.jfsa.org/nwfamilyshabbat.


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David Wolsk, 83, died July 1, 2019. Mr. Wolsk grew up in New York. A graduate of MIT and Harvard Business School, he served as a lieutenant junior grade with the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey, and founded two companies. In retirement, he was an active participant in the MIT Alumni Association; University of Arizona President’s Club, Chemistry and Biochemistry Advisory Board, and Galileo Circle; Foothills Forum; and CFA. He was a lifelong learner and attended classes until his death, primarily in science and music theory. Mr. Wolsk was predeceased by his brother, Paul. Survivors include his wife, Diane Dorman Wolsk; sons, Alex of Wakefield, Massachusetts, and Jeremy (Nancy) of Washington, D.C.; stepchildren, Lori and Skip Sanzeri, Robin White, Robert Jr., and Rosa White; one grandchild and four step-grandchildren. A private celebration of life was held. Arrangements were made by Adair Funeral Homes, Avalon Chapel.

Marvin Bernstein, 89, died Aug. 13, 2019. Mr. Bernstein was an insurance broker and grief counselor. He was born in New York City to Jacob and Minnie Bernstein in 1929. “Moishe,” as he was known to his family, suffered from polio as a child, but still took part in youthful antics on the streets of Manhattan’s Lower East Side. After attending NYU’s School of Pure Arts and Sciences he went to work at his father’s brass foundry, Houston Brass. He later joined Aetna Insurance as an agent, earning his C.L.U. certification and rising in the ranks as one of their top salesmen. Promoted to general agent, he ran one of Aetna’s largest life insurance agencies in New York City. He married the former Helen Nackenson in 1957. Their son, Mark, was born in 1958, and their daughter, Jill, was born in 1964. In 1978, the Bernstein family relocated to Tucson, and for nearly four decades, Mr. Bernstein represented a diverse insurance client base that included the municipal employees of Pima County. After the deaths of both Helen and Mark in 2006, he joined the Widowed to Widowed spousal bereavement group at the Tucson Jewish Community Center, becoming the group’s facilitator within a few years. Survivors include his daughter Jill (John) Montagna of Brooklyn, New York; one granddaughter; and loving companion, Lisa Grabell of Tucson. A memorial service was held at the Tucson Jewish Community Center library, with Rabbi Stephanie Aaron of Congregation Chaverim officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Tucson J.

Morley Cooper Morley “Max” Cooper, 86, died Aug. 16, 2019. Mr. Cooper was born in Buffalo, New York. He moved to Tucson from West Bloomfield, Michigan, in 1995. He was an avid bridge player at Streams Club, a member of the ROMEOS, and a caregiver to many in his “retirement” from the insurance industry. Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Mary L. Cooper; children, Jeffrey of Palm Springs, California, Jon (Julie) of Haslett, Michigan, Michael (Sanda) of Rochester Hills, Michigan, Julie (David) Sipchen of Chicago, and Joshua (Meg) Keys of West Bloomfield; sister, Edie (Gene) Friedman of Scottsdale; and nine grandchildren. A private celebration of remembrance was held.

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OUR TOWN Birth A son, Jeremy Shea Landau, was born July 13, 2019 to Melissa and Matt Landau. Grandparents are Cindy Klein of Grass Lakes, Michigan, Steve Klein of Tucson, and Brenda and Steve Landau of Tucson.

Business briefs Molly Sheehy joins the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona as a project manager in the campaign department after six years in national service, most recently managing an AmeriCorps VISTA Grant with Arizona Serve. After receiving a degree in human development from Prescott College and serving a term as an AmeriCorps VISTA member with the Yavapai CASA for Kids Foundation, she moved to Tucson in 2014. She is a volunteer with the Center for Community Dialogue and will be embarking upon a Master of Social Work degree through Arizona State University starting this fall. Nirit Gelfer is the new Jewish Agency Israel Fellow at the University of Arizona Hillel Foundation. Gelfer grew up on a moshav (small village) in northern Israel. After high school, she participated in the year-long volunteer Shinshinim program, working at a boarding school in Israel for kids and teens with psychological challenges. She served three years in the IDF as a sniper instructor and officer of operations. After her service, she spent a summer working at Crane Lake, a Jewish sleepaway camp in Massachusetts, before traveling in South America for seven months. She also visited Thailand and volunteered in Tanzania. While studying at Tel-Hai College in northern Israel, she was involved in student government and worked at the Jewish Agency, coordinating programs for American Jews to visit Israel. Last year, she was the Israel Fellow at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Arizona Theatre Company has added new staff, including Kevin Marshall, finance director, a practicing CPA for more than 30 years who owns a virtual firm serving clients nationwide, and was named among People to Watch by Money Magazine; Will Rogers, director of artistic programs, who was a producer and theater maker in Chicago for 12 years, including seven years at Victory Gardens Theater; and Christopher Oscar Peña, artistic associate, a playwright and TV writer originally from the Silicon Valley. Clinica Amistad received the Arizona-Mexico Commission Senator Andy Nichols Award. The clinic provides free primary health care, preventive services and education to those in need in Southern Arizona. Since opening in 2003, its all-volunteer providers have cared for more than 5,000 people.

Lisa Schacter-Brooks recently joined the staff of Congregation Bet Shalom as congregation director. This newly created position combines organizational administration with community and pastoral care. SchacterBrooks joined the synagogue’s staff after three years as director of operations at the Jewish History Museum where she continues to stay involved as a volunteer. The Tucson Symphony Orchestra Chorus will hold auditions Monday, Sept. 16 a 7 p.m. Among the works that will be performed in the 2019-2020 season is a world premiere performance of “vokas anima” by Robert LopezHanshaw, the choir director at Temple Emanu-El. Lopez-Hanhsaw is a TSO Young Composers Project alumnus. Arizona Repertory Singers has named Ryan Phillips, M.M. as its music director. Phillips earned a master’s degree in choral conducting from Northern Arizona University. As a graduate student at NAU, he directed the Harold M. Harter Memorial Handbell Choir, and Chamber Singers. In Tucson, he studied at the University of Arizona and was assistant director of The Tucson Masterworks Chorale and the Helios Ensemble, music director at Academy of Tucson High School and choir director at Holy Way Presbyterian Church. As a child, Phillips sang in the Tucson Boys Chorus for seven years. Kellman Beat Cancer Boot Camp, founded by Anita Kellman, will host a Beat Cancer Community Festival on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 8 a.m. at the Udall Park amphitheater, 7200 E Tanque Verde Road. More information is at www.beatcancerbootcamp.org.

People in the news Dick Belkin, who divides his time between Tucson and Coronado, California, recently published his second beach-inspired children’s book, “The Coronado Kid,” earning him recognition in the city’s Eagle Journal. Proceeds from the book and its precursor, “Coronado Dog Surfing Olympics,” go to the Coronado Historical Association. An earlier children’s book, “Totally Twisted! Tongue Twister Soup” is authored by “Captain Six,” his 1960s TV persona. Most recently, he and his wife, Sherri, were among the producers of the show “Come From Away” on Broadway. In Tucson, Belkin has chaired the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, Tucson Hebrew Academy, Arizona Jewish Post, and the Tucson Jewish Community Center, and served on the board of the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona.

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