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NEW YORK icture services for the High Holidays: A roomful of congregants sitting with heavy books in their laps listening to a rabbi sermonize or a cantor chant is what likely comes to mind. Baking pizza? Embracing a chicken under a tree? Not so much. But those are some of the things that Jewish clergy, educators and activists want Jews to do during their holiest days of the year. Aside from attending synagogue or dipping apples in honey, the extensive body of High Holidays traditions includes rituals that are participatory, intricate and even acrobatic — but also obscure, inaccessible and sometimes distasteful. In recent years, Jewish educators have tried to reclaim these rituals — changing and innovating them to be more engaging, understandable and relevant. Here are five ways Jews are getting creative with the High Holidays this year. To merit forgiveness, hug a chicken. If you walk into a haredi Orthodox neighborhood the day before Yom Kippur, don’t be surprised to see men swinging live chickens above their heads. The ritual, called kapparot, aims to symbolically transfer a person’s sins onto the chicken, who then is donated to the poor and slaughtered for food. Some observant Jews, unable or unwilling to gain possession of a live chicken, now swing money over their heads that then goes to charity. Others have taken to protesting communities that still use chickens. But at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Sarah Chandler has a different response: Instead of grabbing the chicken and whipping it through the air, just give it a hug. Chandler, who was ordained as a Hebrew priestess at the Kohenet Institute and also goes by Kohenet Shamira, will take a group to the center’s chicken coop on the Sunday before Yom Kippur and begin to recite the kapparot prayers. Then, if the chickens agree, the assembled will take them, retreat to a shaded area and individually embrace them while completing the prayers, confessing their sins or meditating. At the end of the ritual, the worshippers will simply let the chickens walk free. Although Chandler is a vegan, she appreciates the parts of ancient Jewish rituals that involve connecting to animals.
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Tucson Hebrew Academy students make cards for kids at local children's organizations during THA's annual Passport2Peace fundraiser benefiting local charities, Sept. 18. See story, page 5.
Klezmerson to play Stone Ave. block party
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Maria Emilia Martinez is a member of the Mexico City-based Klezmerson.
The Stone Avenue Block Party, a joint project of the Jewish History Museum and the Consul of Mexico in Tucson, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 7 beginning at 7 p.m. on Stone Avenue between 16th and 17th Streets. Now in its third year, the event remains “a critical piece of a broader effort to realize a cultural corridor on the southern edge of downtown Tucson,” says Bryan Davis, JHM executive director. Beyond the feel-good atmosphere,
he says, the block party is intended to exemplify the strong and enduring connections between the Jewish and Mexican communities in Southern Arizona. Klezmerson, a five-piece klezmer band based in Mexico City, will headline the event. A food truck roundup and beer garden featuring locally crafted beers will line the streets. Attendees will be able to visit the Jewish History Museum at no charge.
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eeing, hearing, smelling, actually being in Israel is magical for Tucson teens who spent years studying about the Jewish state at Tucson Hebrew Academy. It is a powerful experience for eighth-grade graduates to travel with classmates and teachers, building lifetime friendships and memories. Twentyone students made the trip this year, which took place May 14-25. THA has been providing this experience for 15 years. “I flipped out to be in Israel,” says Breanna Yalen, a THA graduate. “I’ve been waiting since first grade to go on this trip, and it was nothing compared to what I had thought before.” “The students learn about Israel, and Jewish history, culture and values,” says Jon Ben-Asher, THA head of school, who was one of the chaperones for the trip. “But in Israel everything is tangible — it is in the air, under your feet, in the language, and every experience we have makes Israel real and gives the students a feeling of the oneness of being Jewish.” Visiting Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center created some of the mostAugust meaningful moments for 5777 Yalen. 25, 2017 3 Elul “This was a sad experience for me, and Volume Issue some of the exhibits really 73, spoke to 16 me,” she says. Several of the other students had family members who were victims of the Holocaust, which made the experience more immediate. Some of the information presented surprised her. She had not known that often children were killed first in the camps. “I was especially moved by the memorials to the children,” she recalls. “I related because I am still a child.” azjewishpost.com Six candles illuminate one room at the Yad Vashem. “The sparks of just six candles are reflected in the room’s mirrors and windows, serving as reminders of the six million who died,” Yalen explains. While at Yad Vashem, the students also opened letters written to them by their parents. “It was a very emotional moment, and many of the kids were crying,” says Ben-Asher. He said their guide interpreted all the exhibits in a very profound way. Visiting the Western Wall also affected Yalen, who said it enabled her to feel more
New HHC exhibit explores past, present of persecution of gays PHYLLIS BRAUN
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new exhibit, “Invisibility & Resistance: Violence Against LGBTQIA+ People” will occupy the Contemporary Human Rights space of the Holocaust History Center on the campus of the Jewish History Museum when the museum opens for a new season Sept. 1. The exhibit, which will be on display through May 31, will connect the ongoing human rights concerns of LGBTQIA+ people around the world — emphasizing Chechnya, Uganda and Brazil — with various forms of systemic violence experienced by LGBTQIA+ people in the United States, says Bryan Davis, executive director of the museum. “The exhibition will be rooted historically and extend out from a presentation of Nazi persecution of homosexuals during the era of the Third Reich.” The theme of persecution connects broadly to the history of the Jewish people. Only a few of months ago “it came to light that there are these work camps, prison camps, for gay men in particular in Chechnya. That was a moment of thinking about the echoes” with the focus of the larger museum, says TC Tolbert, Tucson’s poet laureate and a transgender activist who is one of several local artists collaborating on the exhibit. “It was suddenly just undeniable,” says Tolbert. For Davis, these connections are crucial. “The Contemporary Human Rights exhibition space in the Holocaust History Center is a critical centerpiece of the museum campus. This is where we see the connectedness of past and present and feel the urgency of history as a force acting on our world now,” he says. Robert Yerachmiel Snyderman, who directed content development for the exhibit along with co-curator Nika Kaiser, says the Russian Jewish photographer who took the photo on this page of an LGBTQ resistance group in Russia, David Frenkel, was beaten by members of a hate group after documenting an LGBTQ protest. “When he called the police to report it, he was harassed and abused by police as well, so there was a human rights campaign that was started on his behalf. … And part of
(L-R) Eliana Siegel, Ellah Ben-Asher, Elana Goldberg, Sigal Devorah (Tucson Hebrew Academy teacher), Breanna Yalen, Lily Isaac, Shira Dubin, Eliana Tolby, Dani Lee, Ava Leipsic and April Glesinger (THA parent) at the Western Wall.
connected to G-d and to her Jewish ancestors. Being there on a Friday night, she says, seeing so many people there praying and dancing and singing, children playing and the notes that people left in Wall, allowed her to feel the spirit of Shabbat in ways she had not expected. “It was an amazing feeling to be around so many other Jews and being there with my friends and teachers made it more meaningful,” she says. “The Western Wall was the most powerful experience by far,” says Aiden Glesinger, who attended THA for seven years. “It was magical and I loved it so much that I made a speech to the other boys about wanting to continue to be Jewish.” He says his fellow THA students agreed that they felt the same way. Sigal Devorah, who teaches Hebrew and Judaic studies in first grade at THA, was born and raised in Israel. This was her third time as a chaperone for the eighth grade trip. “It is the best reward seeing how amazingly they connect to what we have been instilling in them for so many years,” she says. “Going straight from the airport to the Independence Hall in Tel Aviv, standing inside with a very tired group of kids that for 14 years longed to be in Israel, and singing HaTikva right there,
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where Israel was declared a state, is one of my moving moments on the trip.” “Taking a trip with your classmates is like traveling to a new place with your family,” says Devorah. “You feel comfortable sharing your feelings, crying at the first sight of the Kotel, and pushing each other up Masada at 4:30 in the morning. You care for each other and you share this lifetime Jewish experience with your friends and you suddenly connect and feel as an integral link in this long, Jewish nation’s chain.” “I have been an educator for 25 years and I have never seen this level of learning that happens on these trips, “ says Ben-Asher. “But even though our trip to Israel is like a walking THA classroom, there are also elements of it being a party.” Fun activities, he says, included swimming in the Dead Sea, shopping, riding donkeys and camels and meeting the students they have gotten to know through the Weintraub Israel Center’s Partnership2Gether school twinning program. Using Skype and WhatsApp, THA eighth-graders spent the year working and making connections with pupils from the Shikma Regional Junior High and High School in Hof Ashkelon. The first minute when the Tucson kids and See Trip, page 2
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the harassment he received was directed at his Poet Joy Ladin, a professor at Stern ColApril 28, 2017 2 Iyar 5777 Jewishness.” lege of Yeshiva University and the first openly Snyderman didn’t know Frenkel was Jewish transgender person to work at an Orthodox Volume 73, Issue 9 when he first contacted him about the photo- Jewish institution, who spoke in Tucson in graph, so this contemporary “intersection be- 2013, also contributed to the exhibit. tween state-sponsored anti-gay behavior and Another contributor is Rabbi Elliot Kukla, anti-Semitism” came as a surprise. who runs a website called TransTorah.org and In creating the exhibit, Snyderman says he spoke here in 2009. Kukla, who is transgender, put together “a team of local and mostly queer addresses “trans identity in relationship to reliwriters and activists,” including Tolbert, and gious Judaism,” which affects a growing numalso reached out to local and national orga- ber of people, says Snyderman. azjewishpost.com S O also U T Hconsulted E R N A with RIZO N AStras’ S A WA R D - W I N N I N G J E W I S H N E W S PA P E R nizations such as the Southern Arizona Aids The curators Max Foundation and the Ali Forney Center, a New sfeld, a young transgender assistant professor York-based nonprofit that is the largest LG- at the University of Arizona, who is writing a BTQ community center helping homeless book about “what are called the six genders of LGBTQ youth in the United States. Some 40 classical Judaism,” says Snyderman. percent of homeless youth are LGBTQ, says Steve Zupcic, a member of the local gay age of Israel being published has DAVID J.the DEL GRANDE Snyderman. community, section on DiningJewish Out.............. 14-18 curated somewhat improved, he says, beStaff Writer Tolbert, who works with schools and youth the Nazi persecution ofAJPhomosexuals, Tolbert Mother’s Day ......... 20-21 cause of newsroom cuts and the centers to empower queer and transgender notes. youth around issues of visibility and safety, Since none of the staff att’sthevery museum iden- to under- media’s shift towards other parts important says one section of the exhibit will include tify as queer or transgender,stand “we really worked who is feeding you in- of the region as the Middle East kites created by youth as part of a project hard to listen to the local community, andwhy to they are continues to destabilize. Arts & Culture .........................3 formation and As an author, journalist and s/he started seven years ago called “Made for reach out and build context in- Friedman, doingnationally so, says and Matti Classifieds .............................26 former soldier for the Israel DeFlight,” as well as photos of queer and transternationally with experts and organizations an award-winning author and fense Forces, it’s his duty to help gender youth from the archives of Eon,Commentary a who are really on the ground, ” says Snyderman. ..........................6 former reporter for the Associpeople better understand the One decision made early on, he says, was youth program of the now defunct Wingspan ated Press’ Jerusalem bureau. world, says Friedman. Community Calendar...........24 LGBTQ community center. See Persecution, page 2 “We all need to be critical con“I’m not writing about my Federation ‘Together’ ........ 13 sumers of media, not just where experiences as a journalist or a Israel August 25 ... 6:38 p.m. • September 1 ... 6:30 p.m. • September p.m. is concerned,” says Fried- soldier because they’re about me, Local ....................3, 5, 8, 9, 810... 6:21man. “The hostility to Israel ex- but because those experiences National ................................ 19 pressed in mainstream media contain helpful information for coverage is not dissipating. If people trying to figure things News Briefs ...........................11 anything, it’s growing – the story out,” he says. “If someone walks Former Associated Press reporter Matti Friedman is the author of ‘Pumpkinflowers’ Obituaries .............................26 becomes more and more hostile out of a lecture, or puts down as time goes on, and seems unaf- my book with a better grasp of a speaker at a lecture event on traub Israel Center. The event Our Town ..............................27 fected by other events.” complex reality — I’ve done my Sunday, May 14, at Congrega- will kickoff at 5 p.m. with a light However, the proportion of job.” tion Chofetz Chayim, presented Israeli buffet, followed by the P.S. ........................................23 biased and unfavorable coverFriedman will be the guest in conjunction with the WeinSee Bias, page 2
In Tucson talk, journalist will examine media bias on Israel
JFSA annual meeting and awards to celebrate ‘The Next 70’ The Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona will wrap up its 70th anniversary year at its annual meeting and awards celebration. The salute to “The Next 70” will be held Thursday, May 11 at 7 p.m. at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. Jeff Artzi and Joyce Stuehringer will be honored as Man of the Year and Woman of the Year. “Jeff ’s infectious enthusiasm, creativity, and passion for Jewish community has been a blessing to our Jewish community. Whether as chair of the Weintraub Israel Center and co-leader of its first Israel trip, or as co-chair of the Federation’s Together Event — Jeff ’s leadership has resulted in one community success after another,” says Stu Mellan, JFSA president and CEO.
“Joyce emanates a warmth and an elegance that draws people around her,” says Mellan. “Her willingness to assume leadership has continued recently as she
served as chair of Women’s Philanthropy for the Federation, as well as giving leadership to the Disability Task Force through the Tucson Jewish Community
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Center.” Award winners will receive “Feddys,” metal and glass awards custom designed by local artist Lynne Rae Lowe. Avi Erbst will receive the Gary I. Sarver Young Man of the Year Award and Amy Beyer will receive the Gary I. Sarver Young Woman of the Year Award. These awards include stipends to be applied toward an Israel mission or attendance at the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America. Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild will receive a Special Recognition Award. Todd Rockoff, president and CEO of the Tucson J, will be honored as the Ben and Betty Brook Community Professional of the See Celebrate, page 4
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LOCAL Senior rabbi resigns from Temple Emanu-El Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon has resigned from his position as senior rabbi with Temple Emanu-El as of Sept. 13. Mona Gibson, president of Temple Emanu-El, emailed a letter to members Sept. 12 on behalf of the synagogue’s board of directors, saying Cohon’s resignation “follows his suspension effective September 10, 2017 by the Central Conference for American Rabbis Ethics Committee.” Explaining that “when a suspension is imposed, the CCAR requires the rabbi to take leave of his or her rabbinic work,” she added that “for the protection of the privacy of all involved, we will not be sharing any details related to this announcement.” “We appreciate that this is tough news to process,” the letter stated, noting the board’s gratitude “for all that Rabbi Cohon has done for our wonderful Temple Emanu-El community.”
“At the same time, we have the utmost confidence in our sacred community’s ability to come together during this difficult time,” the email continued. “We are fortunate to be blessed by the continued leadership of Rabbi Batsheva Appel, our Rabbi Educator. At this challenging moment, we are confident that our community will continue to have truly outstanding rabbinic leadership.” Working with the Union of Reform Judaism, Temple Emanu-El has engaged a guest rabbi for the High Holy Days, Jonathan Stein, rabbi emeritus at Temple Shaaray Tefila in New York City. In addition, the letter said, “Rabbi Appel and our Cantorial Soloist Marjorie Hochberg will each play an increased role in our High Holy Days worship services this year. Furthermore, additional clergy support after the High Holy Days will be arranged.”
Genetics of breast cancer topic for Hadassah Cassandra Garcia, M.S., HMO’s three-prong program, CGC, a certified genetic led by professor Tamar Peretz, counselor at the University of head of Hadassah’s Sharett InArizona Cancer Center, will stitute of Oncology, focuses present “Genetics of Breast on the role inherited traits Cancer, Jewish Ancestry, and play in developing breast Ongoing Research: Imporcancer, the specific biology tant Information for Men of each tumor to better tailor and Women” at a Hadassah therapy, and diagnosing canCassandra Garcia Southern Arizona luncheon cer through blood samples on Sunday, Oct. 15. rather than invasive biopsies. The lunch will be held at the CounGarcia received her B.S. in psychology try Club of La Cholla, 8700 N. La Cholla from the University of Colorado, Denver, Blvd., beginning at 11:30 a.m., and it is and her M.S. in medical and molecular open to men and women. genetics from Indiana University. The Hadassah Medical OrganizaThe cost of the luncheon is $18. RSVP tion has been a leader in breast cancer by Oct. 8 by mailing a check, payable to research for decades, notes Hadassah Hadassah, to Anne Lowe, 7863 W. MornSouthern Arizona President Anne Lowe. ing Light Way, Tucson, AZ 85743.
UA talk to probe Mideast water, energy issues The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Arizona will present “Water, Wastewater, and Energy Solutions for Off-grid Bedouin, Palestinian, and Jordanian Communities” on Monday, Oct. 2, at 4 p.m., with Clive Lipchin, Ph.D., of the Center for Transboundary Water Management at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies in Israel. The lecture is presented in partnership with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the Water Resource Research Center and will be held at the UA Hillel Foundation, 1245 E. 2nd St. Addressing the need for conflict mitigation in transboundary environmental management, the Center for Transboundary Water Management is implementing
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on-site, off-grid solutions for communities lacking access to centralized water, wastewater and energy infrastructure. The project includes greywater treatment and reuse systems; renewable energy; and hydroponics micro-systems. Work is being carried out in Palestinian communities in the West Bank, Jordanian farms in the Jordan Valley and Bedouin communities in Israel’s Negev Desert. Lessons learned in the Middle East can be used in addressing challenges in other arid regions of the world such as Native American communities in Arizona and New Mexico. For more information, visit judaic. arizona.edu/50-years.
MUSIC + FESTIVAL 2017 Tenth Annual Composers Festival
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Paul Hindemith Joan Tower Duke Ellington OCTOBER 6-8 Film: “Paris Blues”
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The Tucson chapter of the Brandeis National Committee will hold its annual used book sale, dubbed the “Brandeis Book Bonanza,” next month, beginning with a preview night on Thursday, Oct. 5 from 5-9 p.m. The book fair will be open for two weekends during mall hours, Oct. 6-9 and Oct. 13-15, with bag sales on Oct. 9 and 15. The book sale will feature thousands of diverse titles including books on American and world history; art, architecture, and archaeology; drama and theater; health and wellness; literature and poetry; philosophy and religion; mystery; and science fiction. Each season the collection develops differently due to the varied interests of community donors, says Meg Sivitz, vice president of book business for Tucson’s Brandeis chapter. Recently, a college professor presented Brandeis his collection of biology texts while a retired doctor provided medical books. Boxes of children’s picture books, adult biographies and novels also will be available, and dozens of Brandeis volunteers will be on hand to
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Meg Sivitz and Rachel Barker, Brandeis Tucson chapter vice presidents, prepare for the Brandeis Book Bonanza to be held at the Foothills Mall next month.
help shoppers find their topics of interest. Lightly used, like-new DVDs and audio books also will be sold. Proceeds from the book sale help fund a scholarship to send an eligible Tucson student to Brandeis University. For more information, visit tucsonbnc. org or call Sivitz at 237-4373.
Concert II: Ensembles Faculty, Students, Alumni Arizona Symphony Orchestra Arizona Contemporary Ensemble UA Studio Jazz Ensemble Arizona Choir UA Wind Ensemble Arizona Wind Quintet Percussion Ensemble
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Federations create hurricane relief fund The Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona is joining with the Jewish Federations of North America to help the victims of Hurricane Irma, which battered the Caribbean and the eastern United States earlier this month. At least 42 people in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina have died as a result of Irma, which caused widespread flooding and damage, leaving more than 10 million people without power. Dozens more have died in the Caribbean. In addition to calling for community support of the relief fund, the JFSA made an $1,800 allocation, says Stu Mellan, JFSA president and CEO. The Hurricane Irma Relief Fund will be administered by JFNA and will enable relief agencies and partners in the United States, Israel, and beyond to provide urgently needed assistance in a coordinated manner.
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CHICKEN This version of kapparot, she said, strengthens the relationships between people and animals while causing the animals no harm. “How can we include these chickens in our Jewish life?” she asks. “I want the ritual to be so embraced that people really really believe that this chicken, and this moment looking into the chicken’s eyes, will help them be written in the Book of Life.” The crowdsourced confession Every year on Yom Kippur, no matter where he’s lived, David Zvi Kalman has joined other congregants at synagogue in standing through a long list of communal sins recited by the entire congregation. The confessional prayers, known as the Viddui (Hebrew for confession) each begin “For the sin we have sinned before you …” The laundry list of transgressions, covering everything from eating impure foods to berating a friend, is a central piece of the day’s liturgy and is repeated eight times. Worshippers are supposed to gently beat their chests at each line. Kalman had trouble identifying with the prayers, finding the confessions to be overly general and prescriptive. They’re the sins the liturgy says you should feel sorry for, not necessarily the ones you actually committed. So in 2013, he created AtoneNet, a bare-bones Tumblr where people can anonymously post the sins they would like to confess and receive forgiveness for. While the response rate has tapered off in the four years since it launched, the past couple of weeks have seen a fresh batch of posts regarding “sins,” such as not giving enough charity or getting angry. One post reads, “For caring more about being perceived as woke or the least racist than about the actual impact I have on the people of color around me.” Or another: “for taking housemates’ food that isn’t mine without asking.” Kalman prints out the entire site each year as a booklet and ships it to those who order it for use on Yom Kippur. He hopes the booklet allows them to atone for sins
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Sarah Chandler leads a twist on the kapparot ritual in which participants hug chickens rather than swinging them over their heads.
they feel are closer to their lived experience. “A lot of people have specific regrets about the way they treated a family member in the time of illness,” said Kalman, a doctoral student in Near Eastern languages at the University of Pennsylvania. “You don’t see a recognition of that in the traditional confession.” Casting away pizza crusts One of the more physical rituals of Rosh Hashanah is tashlich — literally, “cast away” — a ritual where people take bread to a natural body of water and throw it in, representing the casting away of their sins. (Sensing a theme here?) But Rabbi Jeremy Fine of the Conservative Temple
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of Aaron in St. Paul, Minnesota, could never get people to come to the Mississippi River for the ritual after they had sat through a long service. So this year he’s involving the congregation’s kids. The Sunday before Rosh Hashanah, about 100 Hebrew school students will come to the synagogue and bake pizza for lunch. Then they’ll eat the pizza, but not the crusts — they will go in bags marked with the kids’ names to be stored in the synagogue refrigerator. After services on the first day of the holiday, the kids will retrieve their crusts, head with their parents to the river and chuck them in. Last year, Fine got about 50 worshippers to tashlich. This year he expects 150. “If we just did a little piece of bread, we don’t know if it’s so important,” Fine said. “But when the kids see the crust cut off, it’s like there’s actually something we’re giving away.” Yizkor for gun victims Yizkor, the memorial service for deceased relatives, is among the most well-known and attended parts of the High Holidays service. But what to do if you live in a place where people are regularly getting killed? That’s the challenge confronted by Tamar Manasseh, a rabbinical student and anti-gun violence activist on Chicago’s South Side. Manasseh runs Mothers Against Senseless Killing, a group of moms that patrols a street corner in the violence-plagued neighborhood of Englewood. Given the local strife affecting the largely nonJewish neighborhood, Manasseh felt a service focused only on relatives who passed would be inadequate. So last year, Manasseh organized a Yom Kippur service on her street corner that along with a shofar blast and prayers included a reading of the names of Chicago’s gun violence victims that year. Just reading the list, she says, took 15 minutes — and she hopes to do it again this year. “A lot of times the funeral is closure,” she said, regarding the families of victims. “It’s not like their loved ones are spoken of after that, and they’re definitely not prayed for.” At the Yizkor service, she said, “You get to remember, you get to pray.”
Maccabi USA is seeking Jewish athletes, coaches, and volunteers to represent the United States at the inaugural Maccabi Youth Games in Israel, July 22-Aug. 1, 2018. There will be six days of competition, followed by three days of touring based in Jerusalem. The games will include U.S. teams for boys and girls born in 20022004 in basketball, futsal (a five-a-side variation of soccer), ice hockey, soccer, and volleyball. To learn more about the sports offered and to access an application, visit maccabiusa.com. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis; the priority application consideration deadline is Dec. 1, 2017. The games are being held in cooperation with the JCC Association, the JCC Maccabi Games, BBYO, and Maccabi organizations around the world. Other countries competing include Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Israel, and South Africa. Games will be held in and around the city of Haifa, except for ice hockey, which is slated to be played in Metula. Marc Backal, general chairman of the 2018 Maccabi Youth Games USA organizing committee, is recruiting volunteers for the committee who will appoint qualified coaches and managers. The organizing committee will field a USA team of 300-plus teen athletes, who will be part of approximately 1,200 participants from around the world. “Maccabi USA is at the forefront of keeping Jewish pride on the map,” says Backal, adding that the “magic of Maccabi” is its “perfect mix” of sports, educational and cultural experiences. For more information, contact Maccabi USA Program Director Shane Carr at (215) 561-6900 or scarr@ maccabiusa.com.
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THA Passport2Peace teaches kids importance of giving DAVID J. DEL GRANDE AJP Staff Writer
n Monday, Tucson Hebrew Academy held its annual “Passport2Peace” fundraising event, which educates students about local charitable organizations and allows them to donate funds to their favorite charities. Informational booths are set up throughout THA’s courtyard. Professional or student liaisons explain how the charities help the community. When the afternoon starts, students are given tokens, pre-purchased by their families, which hold a monetary value. Kids from every grade level then visit the various kiosks, learn about the organizations, enjoy activities, and decide where they’ll show their financial support. Last year, more than $1,800 was donated by students to a dozen local non-profits including Tu Nidito, Youth on their Own, The Wounded Warriors Project, Ben’s Bells, The Trevor Project, Gabrielle’s Angels, the Hermitage Cat Shelter, and Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund. More than a dozen organizations signed up this year, including the Jewish History Museum/Holocaust History Center, the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, The Trevor Project, Ronald McDonald House Charities, and Sister Jose Women’s Center. Students designed colorful greeting cards, which will accompany care packages, for kids at Tu Nidito and the Kids of Steele at the Diamond Children’s Medical Center. At least $10,000 has been donated to local non-profits since the event started 10 years ago. One of the core values of the THA is teaching the importance of the Jewish concept of tikkun olam or healing the world, says Head of School Jon Ben-Asher. Through service learning activities, “Passport2Peace” and other strategies, students not only learn that they
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Students prepare care packages for hurricane victims and the Primavera Foundation, Casa Maria, Tu Nidito, and Kids of Steele at Diamond Children’s Medical Center at Tucson Hebrew Academy's Passport2Peace event Sept. 18.
Tucson Hebrew Academy students learn about Sister Jose Women’s Center and participate in a budgeting activity showing the limitations of working a minimum wage job at the school's Passport2Peace event Sept. 18.
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COMMENTARY Does the left’s Israel problem mean colleges have an anti-Semitism problem? ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL JTA
ecently JTA reported a story about an alternative students’ guide published by student activists at Tufts University that labels Israel a white supremacist state. The so-called “disorientation guide” also reduced the university’s Hillel to a “Zionist” organization that offers nothing of value to the private campus’s diversity or culture. The authors of the guide might deny that, of course. But what else do you make of a guide to campus diversity that does not discuss Jewish social, cultural or religious life? And one that takes at face value complaints from an African-American organization that a Hillel-sponsored event about gun control was meant to “exploit” black people “for their own proIsrael agenda”? After all, what’s a Jewish organization doing promoting liberal causes, right? The conflation of “Jewish” and “Zionist” (and “racist” and “colonialist,” while
we’re at it) is hardly a new thing on the left, although the guide was a pretty stark example of an entire minority group on campus being erased or devalued with a few taps of a keyboard by those who purport to stand up for religious and ethnic minorities. That’s why we considered it an important story, and that’s why we published it. Still, a few things bothered me about the story — and the issue itself. First, just because an activist group says dumb and misguided things about Jews and Israel, that doesn’t mean the campus in question is “hostile” or “uncomfortable” for Jews. Too often groups, mostly on the outside, seize on incidents like these (and articles like ours) to tar the school or administration as unfriendly or anti-Semitic. Last year, the Algemeiner published a list of “The 40 Worst Colleges for Jewish Students,” which was really just a list of anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic incidents at various campuses. Missing was any sense of how Jewish students actually experience Jewish life at these colleges.
As the student magazine New Voices recently put it: “If Columbia University — home of kosher dining, multiple minyans and a joint program with Jewish Theological Seminary — is the worst school for Jewish students… you’re probably defining ‘bad for Jewish students’ wrong.” Indeed, Tufts, no. 23 on the Algemeiner list, has a student body that is 25 percent Jewish. Our article noted that it has a range of Jewish and pro-Israel clubs, in-
cluding Hillel, the Tufts American Israel Alliance, Tufts Friends of Israel, J Street U, Jewish Voice for Peace, TAMID and IAC Mishelanu. Hillel offers Reform and Conservative Shabbat services, and there’s a Chabad. The Forward, which took into account many more factors than proPalestinian activism when assembling its own list of top colleges, named Tufts the 13th best school for Jewish students. See Problem, page 7
At the High Holidays, turning a heart of stone into a heart of flesh NAOMI LEVY JTA
as your father a rabbi? When I tell people that I wanted to be a rabbi from the
time I was 4 years old, they always ask me that same question. No, my father made women’s clothing, but he was my rabbi. When I was a child, my father would read me tales of biblical heroes and prophets. These were my bedtime sto-
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ries. He taught me how to pray, to love the melodies of prayer and how to sing in harmony with him as we’d walk hand in hand down the street. While my friends stayed home on Saturday mornings to watch cartoons in their pajamas, my father would take me to synagogue, and I would sit beside him and play with the strands of his prayer shawl. Just two years after my bat mitzvah, when I was 15, my parents were walking down the street one night. A man approached them with a gun, demanded money, then shot my father. My father died and my whole world came crashing down. My father’s murder was an earthquake that upended my life. Just a day before I was a happy teenage girl, a curious, funloving kid living in an amazing family. And then my world was shattered and I learned too soon what it was like to have a heart of stone. I was filled with anger. I hated myself for being weak and vulnerable. I hated my mother for not being strong for me. I hated my father for abandoning me. I hated my friends for having trivial concerns about hairdos and parties. I hated the Sabbath and all the holidays for reminding me of beautiful days that were dead now. I hated the prayers with all their false promises
about all the great things God does. Really? Where was God? I hated God for doing nothing. This is the vow I made when I was 15: “I’m on my own now. I don’t need anyone.” There was a storm raging inside of me. But outside my goal was to be normal. That’s the dream of every high school kid: I’m fine, I’m OK, I’m perfect. I’m a straight-A student. Just don’t pity me. Just don’t get too close. Just don’t make me have to feel anything. On the first anniversary of my father’s murder, I was 16 and on my very first trip to Israel with my camp friends. We went to visit the Western Wall in Jerusalem. I walked up to the wall and at first I just touched the ancient stones. Then I got closer and closer and I smelled it. I smelled the Kotel. And the Kotel smelled like my father. It didn’t smell just a little like my dad, it smelled like my father’s armpit! There I stood, eyes closed, with both of my arms outstretched, leaning against the wall so hard that I couldn’t tell anymore if I was standing up or lying down. Just lying there with my nose in my father’s armpit. And I began sobbing. The See Heart, page 7
LETTER TO EDITOR Regarding “New Israeli shinshinim bring youthful energy to Tucson” (AJP 8/11/17), how lucky we are that Tucson is one of the cities participating in the shinshinim (Israeli teen volunteers) program, the goal of which is to make connections between Israel and worldwide communities. Our first shinshinim, Leah Avuno and Bar Alkaher, filled their roles with much enthusiasm and it appears that our new arrivals, Chen Dinatzi and Tamir Shecory, share that enthusiasm. Chen and Tamir had lunch with Rabbi Samuel Cohon in Israel and Yael Hess, wife of Yizhar Hess, passed by, recognized the rabbi and they spoke. Yizhar was a wonderful shaliach (emissary from Israel) and I loved volunteering with him. He came to Tucson as a quintessential secular Israeli, but his attendance at a bat mitzvah at Congregation Anshei Israel had a profound effect upon him. Not only did he become a member of the Conservative movement, but since 2007, has been the executive director and CEO of Masorti in Israel and was one of the negotiators who attempted to work out an agreement for pluralistic worship at the Western Wall, a most challenging experience. — Billie Kozolchyk
That’s not to say that “Israel Apartheid Week” demonstrations, BDS resolutions and screeds like the “disorientation guide” aren’t upsetting. Or that a strong reaction isn’t called for when anti-Zionists slander Israel, Jewish groups and individual Jews. But colleges are also places where students are supposed to encounter upsetting or uncomfortable ideas. You can’t ridicule a leftist campus like UC Berkeley when it offers counseling to students offended by a talk by a conservative like Ben Shapiro, and then demand that a university “protect” Jewish kids from a pro-Palestinian message. (I mean, you can — but just watch out whom you are calling a “snowflake.”) On the other hand, the Tufts “disorientation guide” itself also failed the test of university-level inquiry. There are already enough reasons to be critical of Israel, if you are so inclined, without inventing slanders like “white supremacy.” Liberal Zionists, for example, see Israel’s control of millions of non-citizen Palestinians not only as a hardship for Palestinians but a threat to Israel’s own Jewish and democratic character. Their critique — shared with a weakened but persistent left in Israel
itself — is one side of a debate in which reasonable people can take part. You can disagree, but you understand that the critics are serious in their concerns and can summon a strong factual argument in their defense. But by accusing Israel of “white supremacy,” the anti-Zionists sound like that old tongue-in-cheek definition of anti-Semitism: “disliking Jews more than is necessary.” They yank the debate into a territory where it doesn’t belong. Nothing in Zionism assumes Jews are white, and indeed Israel’s Jewish population — four-fifths of a country that includes a substantial minority of Arab citizens — includes a range of ethnic groups hailing from Europe, North Africa, the Caucasus, the Middle East, Ethiopia and India. And the “white supremacy” gambit is shoddy scholarship and a tactical disaster. It casts the conflict as a simple case of segregation and civil rights, and not as a clash of national identities. So you can be proud of yourself as a good leftist if, in the name of intersectionality, you rally all kinds of dispossessed groups and discriminated-against people behind your anti-Israel cause, but you do nothing to bring Israelis and Palestinians any closer to peace. Because the Palestinians aren’t looking for equality — they are looking to fulfill their nationalist aspirations, just like the Jews. Palestinians — I am talk-
“I will remove your heart of stone and I will give you a heart of flesh.” What melts the heart of stone? Sometimes it’s a sense of memory that cuts through all your defenses and brings you back to something precious. That’s what happened to me at the Kotel. It’s like that moment in the animated movie “Ratatouille” when the mean restaurant critic tastes the ratatouille and is instantly transported back to his mother’s table. “Mama!” Cutting through the heart of stone and arriving at the heart of flesh isn’t a one-time job. The stone heart isn’t gone forever. At every loss, at every disappointment, at every new challenge, it’s there ready to return, ready to take its familiar place inside you. And it takes so much courage to stay alive and soft and vulnerable. To me today, it feels good to feel lost and hurt and to know that these feelings are essential to have because it means you’re alive with a heart of flesh that is also able to feel ecstasy and bliss and kookiness and abandon. So let down the “I’ll never forgive him.” Let down your stubborn stance. Let down the “I’m not going to apologize first.” Let down the gripe you have been holding against
God. Forgive. Forgive life. Forgive her. Forgive him. Forgive yourself. May our vows not be vows. Break down your defenses and get to the heart of flesh. It takes a lot of energy to carry that boulder around. Put it down! Maybe there’s a hurt you’re holding on to, a resentment, a jealousy, a guilt, an anger. Put it down. Let its grip on your heart be released. Our souls are calling us back to ourselves. We long to return to our suppleness. You have the power to strip away all the muck that’s dimming the light of your true luminous soul. And God keeps whispering to us: Open for me the eye of a needle, and I will make you an opening wide enough for chariots to pass through. So perhaps this is a good time to hear your soul asking you: “What are you running from? What are you afraid of?” And perhaps this is the right moment for each one of us to ask ourselves, Whose heart is hardened against me? And whom is my heart hardened against? One of my favorite lines of all time comes from the movie “Moonstruck,” when Cher’s character tells her mom she wants to marry the Nicolas Cage character.
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wall melted. And I knew in my heart I had a father who would never leave me. And I had a mother who had more wisdom and love in her heart than I would ever know. I had siblings who adored me and whom I adored. I had friends who had my back forever. And I had God, who might be a little lame. “God, did you hear me?” I said. “You’re a little bit lame, but I have come to love you again, even more. You are a lot less powerful than I once imagined, but more perfect than any of us can ever conceive.” And I had me. I wasn’t so weak after all. It was OK to be me. It was OK to be vulnerable. And all at once I annulled my vow. I didn’t have to go it alone anymore. I wasn’t on my own. I never had been. Yom Kippur comes down to just two themes, both from Ezekiel: First, “I will remove your heart of stone and I will give you a heart of flesh.” And second,
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ing about those who live in the West Bank and Gaza, not Israel’s Arab citizens — don’t want to vote or serve in the Knesset. They want a country — some, a country coterminous with Israel; some separate and side-by-side. But if you delegitimize Israel — and that can be the only motivation behind calling it “white supremacist” — it can mean that you are wishing for only one outcome: the end of the idea of a Jewish homeland, and the elimination of the political sovereignty for one national group, the Jews, in favor of another, the Palestinians. Then you would have to explain why Palestinian nationalism is any less “racist” or supremacist than the Jews’. Anti-Zionists, selective in their nationalisms, have found an easy and fashionable metaphor into which to plug their anger at Israel and solidarity with the Palestinians. As a former colleague put it on Facebook: “They’re not really interested in doing good; they’re interested in feeling good. And forcing complicated realities into simplistic moral frameworks helps them feel good about themselves and their ‘activism.’” What’s more, by hating Israel more than they have to, they have managed to discredit the left in ways that are spreading into the center, and handing a huge victory to a pro-Israel right that is only too happy to paint its adversaries as unserious, uninformed and anti-Semitic.
Her mom says, “Loretta, do you love him?” She answers, “Yeah, Mom, I love him awful.” And her mom says, “Oh, that’s too bad!” It takes courage to let down the heart of stone and replace it with a heart of flesh. Is there a cause to fear? Yes. Is it possible you might get hurt? Yes. Can someone break your heart? Yes. But is it still worth trying to melt your heart of stone? Yes. Why? Because we don’t want to be dead to life anymore. It takes courage to break down that wall, but oh, the payoff. May we all find the power to fulfill the prophecy of Ezekiel: Remove your heart of stone, and let your heart of flesh lead you back to the life you’ve been searching for. Amen. Rabbi Naomi Levy is the author of “Einstein and the Rabbi: Searching for the Soul” (Flatiron Books). She is the spiritual leader of Nashuva: The Jewish Spiritual Outreach Center in Los Angeles. Excerpted from “Einstein and the Rabbi: Searching for the Soul,” Copyright ©2017 by Naomi Levy. Excerpted by permission of Flatiron Books, a division of Macmillan Publishers. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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ARTS & CULTURE / LOCAL In new film, Hasidic ‘Menashe’ tries to do the right thing MICHAEL FOX
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n a sidewalk crowded with people moving at the pace of a typical New York day, nobody stands out. Eventually a man appears in the back of the frame who gradually attracts our attention. There’s nothing extraordinary about him except he’s a bulky man, and he’s laboring more than anyone else in the summer heat. He’s wearing a white shirt with the sleeves rolled up, black vest and tsitsis (ritual fringes), and our initial imMenashe Lustig as Menashe and Ruben Niborski as Rieven in ‘Menashe’ pression is of an overgrown child. It’s sured brother-in-law Eizik (the excellent Yoel Weisshaus) the perfect introduction to Menashe, and his family in a nice home instead of at Menashe’s and “Menashe.” We have the sense that writer-director Joshua Z. Wein- no-frills walk-up apartment. Rieven doesn’t mind, but stein’s camera could have followed any face in the crowd. it’s a continuing affront to Menashe’s self-respect and That’s an unusual feeling to have in a fiction film, but sense of responsibility. “Menashe” is the exception among the many films there are eight million stories in the naked city, after all. about Orthodox Jews in that it does not involve a tug The effect, though, is to imbue “Menashe” from the of war between tradition and the modern world, or the outset with the requisite naturalism for a riveting, Yiddish-language character study of a working-class Hasid conflict between secularism and faith. The central dynamic in “Menashe” is class, which on the margins of both his religious community and sogives the viewer an unusual angle from which to view ciety at large. the ultra-Orthodox community. This film scarcely visits “Menashe” opens today at The Loft Cinema, co-presented by the Tucson International Jewish Film Festival. a yeshiva, and the Hasidim with the long coats like Eizik The motor of the film is Menashe’s ham-fisted deter- that are so familiar to us are supporting characters—almination to raise his adolescent son, Rieven, by himself though it is plain that they are at the center of commuin the months following his wife’s premature death. His nity life. Menashe, for his part, can’t get no respect. He works tenacity is understandable, for the boy and Jewish songs in a grocery market, a job with no status (regardless of and scripture are Menashe’s only interests. The religious leader, the ruv, while not unsympathet- how exceedingly moral he is) and low pay. There’s a picaresque scene where he’s enticed into ic, maintains that Rieven be raised in a “proper home” with a father and a mother. Given the unhappiness of his having a 40-ounce of cheap beer in the back of the store first, arranged marriage, Menashe (beautifully played by with a couple of Hispanic co-workers. Though the language barrier prevents Menashe from bonding with Menashe Lustig) is in no hurry to remarry. So the boy lives with Menashe’s annoyingly self-as- them past a certain point, he seems more comfortable
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(L-R) Christopher Younggren as Felix and Lawrence Fuller as Oscar in a rehearsal for the Arizona Rose Theatre’s production of Neil Simon’s classic comedy, “The Odd Couple.” Arizona Rose Theatre will present “The Odd Couple” on Oct. 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22. The theatre is located in the Tucson Mall, on the lower level near Macy’s. For more information, call 888-0509 or visit arizonarosetheatre.com.
in his own skin than he is with the Jews in his circle and their judgments and expectations. Our sympathies are with Menashe, of course, as they’d be with any single parent struggling to make ends meet and get a little ahead. But he’s far from perfect, and that smart move by Weinstein is what elevates the picture to the level of pathos. Menashe is short-tempered, stubborn, perpetually late, fond of the occasional drink(s) and always playing catch-up. He’s the last to recognize that his character flaws along with his circumstances make him the biggest obstacle to establishing a stable life with Rieven. “Menashe” is rife with the small truths of life — every father disappoints his son at some point, and vice versa — and the amusing, unexpected moments that occur every day. It’s a warm, generous film that doesn’t shy from sentimentality but doesn’t insult its audience, either. Ultimately, it introduces us to a memorable character whose resilience is, in its way, inspiring. “Menashe” is a small film, but it’s a special one. (Rated PG, 82 min., Yiddish with subtitles)
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Why Trump’s U.N. speech thrilled Netanyahu — for now
RON KAMPEAS JTA
WASHINGTON he number of times President Donald Trump mentioned Iran or its derivatives in his U.N. speech? Twelve, and each time to emphasize its threat. The number of times he mentioned the Palestinians or derivatives? That would be zero. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, paying Trump the rare leader-to-leader gesture of attending his speech and applauding throughout, was clearly pleased. “In over 30 years in my experience with the U.N., I never heard a bolder or more courageous speech,” Netanyahu tweeted immediately after the 40-minute address on Tuesday. “President Trump spoke the truth about the great dangers facing our world and issued a powerful call to confront them in order to ensure the future of humanity.” Short term, Trump delivered big time on the Netanyahu wish list: He came closer to pledging to kill the Iran nuclear deal reviled by the Israeli leader and did not even mention peace with the Palestinians, which Netanyahu does not believe has traction at this point. But wait, there’s more. Trump mentioned the word “sovereign” and its derivatives 21 times on Tuesday, the first day of this year’s General Assembly in New York. Long term, Netanyahu and Israel may not be as enthused by Trump’s dream of a world in which nations make a priority of “sovereign” interests — or as the president put it, repeating a campaign phrase that unsettled many U.S. Jews, “America First.” Trump’s overarching theme was a retreat from the robust interventionist role that to varying degrees has characterized U.S. foreign policy since the presidency of Franklin Roosevelt. Indeed, that undergirded the U.S.led effort following World War II and its devastation to establish the United Nations. “Our success depends on a coalition of strong and independent nations that embrace their sovereignty to promote security, prosperity and peace for themselves and for the world,” Trump said. “We do not expect diverse countries to share the same cultures, traditions or even systems of government.” What that means practically is not clear, much like the rest of Trump’s foreign policy nine months into his presidency. But Israel’s security establishment has been wary of an American retreat from world affairs, especially when it comes to its war-torn neighbor Syria and
the alliance between Syria’s Assad regime and Iran. Trump’s emphasis on Syria -- the thrust of much of his speech — was the routing of the Islamist terrorist threat embodied there by the Islamic State. Iran and its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah share that goal. Secondarily, Trump said he would intervene when what he called the “criminal” Assad regime uses chemical weapons. What Trump did not say — and what the Netanyahu government had demanded — was whether he would seek the removal from Syria of Iran and Hezbollah, which launched a war against Israel in 2006 and appears to be building a missile arsenal ahead of another war. (Trump did twice attack Hezbollah as a terrorist organization that threatens Israel.) More broadly, Israeli Cabinet ministers — especially the defense minister, Avigdor Liberman — repeatedly expressed the concern that the Obama administration diminished the U.S. profile in the Middle East. Israel has long considered a robust U.S. profile in the region as key to its security. On the Iran deal, Netanyahu could only be pleased at what he heard. “We cannot abide by an agreement if it provides cover for an eventual nuclear program,” Trump said of the 2015 agreement, which trades sanctions relief for rollbacks in Iran’s nuclear program. Again calling the deal “one of the worst” he had ever encountered, the president said it was “an embarrassment to the United States and I don’t think you’ve heard the last of it, believe me.” “I couldn’t agree more,” Netanyahu said from the same podium several hours later. He lavished plenty of praise on Trump in his speech. Referring to Trump’s visit earlier this year to the Western Wall, Netanyahu said, “When the president touched those ancient stones, he touched our hearts forever.” Netanyahu also said “we will act to prevent Iran” from establishing a permanent base in Syria, developing weapons to be used against Israel from Lebanon and Syria, and establishing a terrorist front against Israel on the Lebanon border. Netanyahu, who had a long meeting with Trump in the days before the General Assembly launched, suggested that his message was congruent with Trump’s. “Today I will say things that the rulers of Iran and the people of Iran will remember always,” he said in Hebrew in a social media post two hours ahead of his speech. “I think they will also remember what President Trump says.”
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5550 E. Fifth St., Tucson, AZ 85711 • (520) 745-5550 Rabbi Robert Eisen, Cantorial Soloist Nichole Chorny • www.caiaz.org Daily minyan: Mon.-Thurs., 7:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m.; Fri., 7:30 a.m.; Sun. & legal holidays, 8 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. / Mincha: Fri., 5:45 p.m. / Shabbat services: Sat., 9 a.m., followed by Kiddush; Tot Shabbat, 1st Fri., 5:45 p.m.; Family Service, 3rd Friday, 5:45 p.m.; Holiday services may differ, call or visit website. / Torah study: every Shabbat one hour before Mincha (call or visit website for times) / Talmud on Tuesday, 6 p.m. / Weekday Torah study group, Wed., 11 a.m. beverages and dessert provided.
Congregation Bet shalom 3881 E. River Road, Tucson, AZ 85718 • (520) 577-1171 Rabbi Hazzan Avraham Alpert • www.cbsaz.org Shabbat services: Fri., 5:30 p.m. (followed by monthly dinners — call for info); Sat. 9:30 a.m.-noon, Camp Shabbat (ages 6-10) 11 a.m.-noon, followed by Kiddush lunch and weekly Teen Talk lunch with shinshinim, 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. CBS Think Tank discussion led by Rabbi Dr. Howard Schwartz and Dr. Howard Graizbord / Weekday services: Wed. 8:15 a.m. / Hagim 9:30 a.m.
Congregation ChoFetz Chayim/southwest torah institute 5150 E. Fifth St., Tucson, AZ 85711 • (520) 747-7780 Rabbi Israel Becker • www.tucsontorah.org Shabbat services: Fri., Kabbalat Shabbat 15 minutes before sunset; Sat. 9 a.m. followed by Kiddush. / Mincha: Fri., 1 p.m.; Sat., 25 minutes before sunset, followed by Shalosh Seudas, Maariv and Havdallah. Services: Sun., 8 a.m.; Mon. & Thurs., 6:50 a.m.; Tues., Wed., Fri., 7 a.m.; daily, 15 minutes before sunset. / Weekday Rosh Chodesh services: 6:45 a.m.
Congregation young israel/ChaBad oF tuCson 2443 E. Fourth St., Tucson, AZ 85719 • (520) 881-7956 Rabbi Yossie Shemtov, Rabbi Yudi Ceitlin • www.chabadoftucson.com Daily minyan: Sun. & legal holidays, 8:30 a.m.; Mon. & Thurs., 6:30 p.m.; Tues., Wed., Fri., 6:45 a.m. / Mincha & Maariv, 5:15 p.m. / Shabbat services: Fri. at candlelighting; Sat. 9:30 a.m. followed by Kiddush. Mincha, Maariv and Havdallah TBA.
ChaBad on river 3916 E. Ft. Lowell Road • (520) 661-9350 Rabbi Ram Bigelman • www.chabadonriver.com Shabbat services: Fri., Mincha at candlelighting time, followed by Maariv. / Sat., Shacharit service, 9:30 a.m. / Torah study: women, Tues., 10 a.m.; men, Thurs., 7 p.m.
ChaBad oro valley 1217 W. Faldo Drive, Oro Valley, AZ 85755 • (520) 477-8672 Rabbi Ephraim Zimmerman • www.jewishorovalley.com Shabbat services: 3rd Fri., 5 p.m. Oct.-Feb., 6 p.m. March-Sept., all followed by dinner / Sat., 10 a.m. study session followed by service.
ChaBad sierra vista 401 Suffolk Drive, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635 • (520) 820-6256 Rabbi Benzion Shemtov • www.jewishsierravista.com Shabbat services: Sat., 10:30 a.m., bimonthly, followed by class explaining prayers. Visit website or call for dates.
REFORM CONGREGATION CHAVERIM 5901 E. Second St., Tucson, AZ 85711 • (520) 320-1015 Rabbi Stephanie Aaron • www.chaverim.net Shabbat services: Fri., 7 p.m. (no service on 5th Fri.); Family Shabbat, 1st Fri., 6 p.m. / Torah study: 2nd Sat., 9 a.m., followed by contemplative service,10 a.m.
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Congregation Kol simChah
(Renewal) 4625 E. River Road, Tucson, AZ 85718 Mailing Address: 2732 S. Gwain Place, Tucson, AZ 85713 • (520) 296-0818 Shabbat services: 1st and 3rd Fri., 7:15 p.m.
Congregation m’Kor hayim 3888 E. River Road, Tucson, AZ 85718 (Tucson Hebrew Academy) Mailing Address: P.O. Box 31806, Tucson, AZ 85751 • (520) 904-1881 Rabbi Helen Cohn • www.mkorhayim.org Shabbat services: 2nd and 4th Fri., 7 p.m. / Torah study, 2nd and 4th Sat., 9:30 a.m.
Congregation or Chadash 3939 N. Alvernon, Tucson, AZ 85718 • (520) 512-8500 Rabbi Thomas Louchheim, Cantor Janece Cohen www.orchadash-tucson.org Shabbat services: Fri., 6:30 p.m.; 1st Fri., Friday Night LIVE (Oct.-May); 2nd Friday, Tot Shabbat (Oct.-June), 6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. / Torah study: Sat.,8:30 a.m.
the institute For JudaiC serviCes and studies Mailing Address: 36789 S. Golf Course Drive, Saddlebrooke, AZ 85739 (520) 825-8175 • Rabbi Sanford Seltzer Shabbat services: Oct.-April, one Friday per month at 7 p.m. — call for details.
temple emanu-el 225 N. Country Club Road, Tucson, AZ 85716 • (520) 327-4501 Rabbi Batsheva Appel • www.tetucson.org Shabbat services: Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. / Torah study: Sat., 8:30 a.m. except when there is a Rabbi’s Tish.
temple Kol hamidBar 228 N. Canyon Drive, Sierra Vista • (520) 458-8637 http://kolhamidbar.tripod.com Mailing address: P.O. Box 908, Sierra Vista, AZ 85636 Shabbat services: Fri., 7:30 p.m.
Beth shalom temple Center
1751 N. Rio Mayo (P.O. Box 884), Green Valley, AZ 85622 (520) 648-6690 • www.bstc.us Shabbat services: 1st and 3rd Fri., 7 p.m. / Torah study: Sat., 10 a.m.
Congregation etz Chaim (Modern Orthodox) 686 Harshaw Road, Patagonia, AZ 85624 • (520) 394-2520 www.etzchaimcongregation.org • Rabbi Gabriel Cousens Shabbat services: Fri., 18 minutes before sunset / Torah study: Sat., 9:30 a.m. handmaKer resident synagogue
2221 N. Rosemont Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85712 • (520) 881-2323 www.handmaker.com Shabbat services: Fri., 4:30 p.m., led by Lindsey O’Shea, followed by Shabbat dinner; Sat., 9:30 a.m., led by Mel Cohen and Dan Asia, followed by light Kiddush lunch.
seCular humanist Jewish CirCle www.secularhumanistjewishcircle.org Call Cathleen at 730-0401 for meeting or other information.
university oF arizona hillel Foundation 1245 E. 2nd St. Tucson, AZ 85719 • 624-6561 • www.arizona.hillel.org Shabbat services: Reform, Conservative, Orthodox and alternative services two Fridays each month when school is in session. Dinner follows (guests, $8; RSVP by preceding Thurs.). Call for dates/times.
WORLD Germany adopts international definition of anti-Semitism (JTA) — Germany has formally accepted an international definition of anti-Semitism in a move designed to provide clarity for the prosecution of related crimes. The German cabinet announced Wednesday that it unanimously adopted the working definition promoted by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, a body with 31 member states. In addition to classic forms of anti-Semitism, the definition offers examples of modern manifestations, such as targeting all Jews as a proxy for Israel, denying Jews the right to a homeland and using historical antiSemitic images to tarnish all Israelis. “We Germans are particularly vigilant when our country is threatened by an increase in anti-Semitism,” Minister of the Interior Thomas de Maizière said following the Wednesday morning meeting. “History made clear to us, in the most terrible way, the horrors to which anti-Semitism can lead.” Josef Schuster, head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, welcomed the announcement “as a clear signal” that anti-Semitism is not tolerated in Germany. Schuster said he hoped the definition would be “heeded in schools, in the training of public servants and in the courts,” and that it would help police to categorize crimes effectively. “Cases of anti-Semitism are all too often overlooked or even ignored by authorities due to the lack of a uniform definition of anti-Semitism,” said Deidre Berger, director of the American Jewish Committee’s Ramer Institute for German-Jewish Relations in Berlin. “This will change dramatically with the adoption of the Working Definition, which will make it more apparent when antiSemitism rears its ugly head. “This decision, coming at the beginning of the Jewish New Year, sends an important and reassuring message to the Jewish community in Germany.” Its adoption was recommended by the independent Bundestag Commission on Anti-Semitism. The commission also has urged the appointment of a federal commissioner for anti-Semitism affairs — a move the AJC and other Jewish organizations have promoted as essential to “fight[ing] anti-Semitism as well as respond[ing] to current manifestations,” Berger said. According to the IHRA definition, anti-Semitism “is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or nonJewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.” Contemporary examples are provided, including: • Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor. • Applying double standards by requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation. • Using the symbols and images associated with classic anti-semitism (e.g., claims of Jews killing Jesus or blood libel) to characterize Israel or Israelis. • Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis. • Holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel.
MIND, BODY & SPIRIT UA telehealth pioneer sees program thriving conference will also feature an expo hall AJP Staff Writer that showcases telemedical specialty serhen it vices and models. In comes to 2016, the SPS conferhealthence had almost 400 care in rural areas, participants, from 36 the overarching quesstates and four countion is how to level the tries, and an expo hall playing field between with 40 exhibitors. geographically isolatThis year, the ATP ed healthcare facilities hopes to see 500 atand their urban countendees at the event, terparts, says Ronald says Weinstein. S. Weinstein, director “They really want of the Arizona Teleit for networking purmedicine Program at Ronald S. Weinstein, M.D. poses,” Weinstein says. the University of Ari“They’re learning from zona. That’s exactly why the Arizona Tele- one another and that’s exciting to see.” Weinstein, known as the “father of medicine Program was launched, he says. Telemedicine is the remote diagnosis telepathology,” participated in the first and treatment of patients by means of telemedicine cases in 1968 as a residenttelecommunications technology. When physician at Massachusetts General Hosthe telemedicine industry began, the ma- pital in Boston. He invented, patented, jority of the companies were university- and commercialized robotic telepatholbased, but the trend has since shifted into ogy in 1986. His extensive body of work and research for the last three decades the private-sector, he says. “And I think that where you’re going acts as the fundamental basis for telepato see acceleration, or we are seeing ac- thology programs in more than 35 counceleration, are the large integrated health- tries. He grew up in Schenectady, New York, care systems, which have lots of rural sites and lots of technology,” says Wein- and earned a Bachelor of Science in medstein. “They’re trying to level the quality icine at Union College. He attended Albany Medical College from 1960 to 1962, throughout their entire systems.” The Arizona Telemedicine Program, and graduated from Tufts University a branch of the UA’s Health Sciences De- School of Medicine, Boston, in 1965. After completing his internship and partment, was co-founded in 1996 by Weinstein and Robert Burns, a member residency at Massachusetts General, unof the Arizona Corporation Commis- der Dr. Benjamin Castleman, Weinstein sion. The program is designed to provide became a teaching fellow at Harvard telemedicine services, distance learning, Medical School. He spent three years as training in informatics (the science of an associate professor at Tufts, and was processing data), and telemedicine tech- named the Harriet Blair Borland chairnology assessment capabilities to com- man and professor of pathology at Rush Medical College, Chicago in 1975 — a munities throughout the state. The array of specialties in telemedi- position he held for 15 years. In 1990, cine can be broken down into three ma- Weinstein relocated to Tucson and was jor application categories, Weinstein ex- hired on as the head of pathology at the plains: gap services, where, for instance, a University of Arizona’s College of Medirural hospital will have remote access to cine. There are several invaluable telehealth a specialist who may not work in-house; urgent services, which can save lives re- services that prevent serious disease and motely when time is of the essence; and save lives, Weinstein says, the best exmandated services, such as entitlement ample is the telestroke application. Ischhealth services that are required by law emic stroke — where a blood clot blocks an artery to the brain, which prevents for prisons and jails. The ATP will host the Third National blood flow and can kill brain cells within Telemedicine and Telehealth Service minutes — accounts for about 87 percent Provider Showcase Conference Oct. 2-3 of all stroke cases. Because of telestroke at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix. The two- monitoring systems, doctors can prevent day event offers attendees practical ad- this type of stroke from evolving and vice from national experts on bolstering thousands of lives are saved each year, he telehealth services and negotiating legal, says. regulatory, and payment hurdles. The See Pioneer, page 13
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Robotic arm system puts Tucson surgeon on the cutting edge KAYE PATCHETT Special to the AJP
eople are living longer than ever before — but living with a painful joint can restrict daily activities and decimate quality of life. In the 1950s, few retirees lived beyond their mid-60s, but today the average length of retirement is 18 years. During that time, joints often degenerate. As a result, the number of knee and hip replacements performed in the United States has soared, exceeding one million per year, accompanied by revolutionary advances in surgical techniques and technology. Twice a week, orthopaedic surgeon Russell Cohen, M.D., of Tucson Orthopaedic Institute, performs up to eight partial knee, total knee or total hip replacements in a day. In October 2016, he began using a device called the Mako robotic arm, which he says provides extreme precision in the placement of the new joint. As a consultant for Stryker, the company that owns Mako, Cohen has contributed to developing new technology and surgical techniques since 2008, as well as providing surgeon and sales force teaching. Hip surgery problems, like slipping out of joint, are often due to implant malpositioning, says Cohen. “The robotic-arm assisted surgery has been a really big improvement in operative precision.” Helping patients recover mobility is tremendously rewarding, he says. “It’s a great feeling to see them come back with minimal pain and being able to restore their lifestyle.” Born in South Africa, Cohen immigrated with his family to the U.S. at age 13, following his bar mitzvah. They settled in Phoenix in 1979. Cohen moved to Tucson in 1983, and attended Temple Emanu-El, where his three children later celebrated their b’nai mitzvah. Cohen graduated in 1991 from the University of Arizona College of Medicine, where he also completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery in 1996. Since then, he has focused his career on improving outcomes for joint replacement patients. In 2013, together with six colleagues nationwide, Cohen developed a new hip replacement procedure, the “Direct Superior Approach,” in which the incision avoids the iliotibial, or IT band, improving outcomes. He’s continued to explore ways to refine joint replacement surgery, and as the capabilities of the Mako System progressed, he began using it in his operating room.
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When a patient needs a joint replacement, Cohen first orders a CT scan of the hip or knee. Next, he creates a 3-D model of the joint, to determine the exact size and orientation of the implant. The information is programmed into the Mako System, says Cohen, “Then we use the robotic-arm assisted technology to help guide the cuts, staying within the planned boundaries defined when the personalized pre-operative plan was created.” Accuracy is within a half-millimeter, he says, whereas former techniques involved making a standardized incision, without the ability to customize the operation for individual patients. Seeing his patients’ lives transformed by surgery motivated Cohen to volunteer as a disaster-relief physician when an earthquake devastated Haiti in 2010. “When I realized how much need there was out there, I caught the [volunteering] bug,” he says. He contacted Operation Walk, a not-for-profit volunteer organization that provides free surgical treatment for patients with no access to care for bone and joint conditions. In 2011, he joined a trip to Vietnam to provide free hip and knee replacements for local patients. In 2013, he returned to Vietnam, and made a similar trip to Guatemala in August 2017. Volunteer surgeons pay their own way, he says, sometimes subsidizing other volunteers and contributing additional funding. In 2014, Cohen participated in an Operation Walk See Surgeon, page 13
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“That’s been very important in terms of being an absolutely essential application … it’s become standard of care in the stroke arena,” Weinstein says. Although the market penetration for telemedicine services is relatively small, as smartphone use continues to increase so does the potential for diagnosing illness via video conference, Weinstein says. Kaiser Permanente recently released a report that stated that during the past year more than 110 million interactions between patients and doctors were electronic, he adds. Despite the fact that no other developed country even comes close to the United States in annual spending on health care, 20 percent of Americans still live in areas where shortages of physicians and healthcare specialists exist, according to an article published on Aug. 15, 2016 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
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Many believe that the answer to issues of cost and access in the U.S. health system lies in telehealth. Thirty states have passed parity legislation, which requires health insurance companies to pay doctors the same premiums for in-person or telemedicine health services, says Weinstein. In 2017, UnitedHealthcare offered 20 million policies with a telemedicine benefit option for the first time. “I think that’s a major step forward,” Weinstein says. During the last three years, an entire industry of telemedicine service companies has blossomed nationwide, Weinstein says, and approximately $280 million was invested in these private-sector businesses in 2015. The ATP’s service provider directory lists 108 telemedicine companies, 48 of which are based in Arizona. Private companies have the resources to license doctors in multiple states, expanding the reach of telehealth services, and more than a dozen states have passed compact legislation that allows them to do that, says Weinstein, adding, “Arizona is right up there in the lead in that category.”
couple of times — I enjoy it … and patients are extremely grateful; they’re just amazing.” Cohen doesn’t necessarily view his pro bono work in terms of Jewish values. “I think of them more as human values,” he says. “There are a lot of good people in the world, with a lot of needs, so we try and take our values and upbringing and find a way to give back to them a little bit.” Kaye Patchett is a freelance writer and editor in Tucson.
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HOME & GARDEN Fabric maven Claire Grunstein, age 90, still brimming with creative ideas KORENE CHARNOFSKY COHEN Special to the AJP
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t age 90, Claire Grunstein of Fabrics That Go, is full of design ideas, still drives and works 30 hours a week at her store in Tucson. She is happy to tell the story of how a familyrun business stays successful for decades and how a married couple stayed together working side-by-side for 62 years. In 1978, Grunstein and her husband, Herman, who died in 2016 at the age of 93, arrived in Tucson thinking they were going to retire from the family’s fabric business. After one month Herman asked, “How much tennis can I play?” By mutual agreement they decided they would rather be working. Starting out with a small fabric store in 1978, they eventually opened Fabrics That Go on Campbell Avenue. Grunstein says the 13,000 square-foot store has about 10,000 bolts of fabrics from around the world. The store also attracts customers from around the world, many who come to Tucson for major events such as the annual Tucson Gem, Mineral and Fossil Showcase.
Claire Grunstein and her son, Robert Grunstein, with a bolt of the ‘Wild’ fabric she designed, at Fabrics That Go, Sept. 15.
The family’s fabric business originated in 1945 in New Jersey, right before the end of World War II. After returning home from serving in the Air Force, Herman began working in the business in Paterson, at the time considered the silk capital of the world. His father had asked him to help out for a couple of days, but it turned into a 71-year career. The family
also opened two more stores in New Jersey, in Bloomingdale and Pompton Lakes. “The stores were very homey,” says Grunstein. “Once in a while someone comes into the store in Tucson and we find out they had been customers at one of the stores in New Jersey.” Working and achieving goals has always been important to Grunstein,
whose parents were immigrants — her father from Poland and her mother from Russia. “My parents were very religious Jews and their work ethic is what inspired me to be a hard worker,” she says. Her father was a house painter and also painted showrooms for various businesses. Her mother worked in the garment industry, doing jobs such as setting sleeves. “My parents worked all day and then went to night school to get an education,” says Grunstein. Born on July 12, 1927 in Queens, New York, Grunstein was the youngest of four children. “We were poor, but people thought we were rich because my parents were the first among our family and friends to buy a house,” she says. “Being poor taught me to appreciate everything. As a child my only toys were a rag doll made by my mother and the doll’s cradle made by my father. “I got out of high school at age 16 and my father told me that girls don’t go to college,” she says. “So I started out working secretarial jobs and then got a job as a buyer for a millinery company that had an office in New York and sold to stores See Grunstein, page 18
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all across the country.” Working in an office across the street from the New York Public Library gave Grunstein the opportunity to keep learning from books, and she says she acquired good taste in clothing because Lord & Taylor was also across the street. She met Herman at a dance held at one of the big hotels in New York. They dated for two years and married in 1954. They raised two sons, Robert and Gary. After getting married Grunstein quit her job in New York and worked full time for the Grunstein family business. She and Herman worked seven days a week in the store and also at home. “We ate, slept and talked the store,” says Grunstein. “We built something together and were very proud of every achievement.” At home, Robert, Gary and Claire’s parents all helped with some of the work. Fabric did not come on bolts in those days and the family would fold fabric onto boards to place in the stores. “My brother and I used to take discontinued patterns out of their envelopes while we watched television,” says Robert, who now manages the day-to-day operations of the Tucson store. “The pattern companies wanted retailers to return the envelopes so
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the patterns could not continue to be sold.” “Greeting people when they come in and making them feel at home,” says Grunstein, is one of the keys to a successful business. She also attributes Fabrics That Go’s success to having an outstanding selection of fabrics and other items, keeping up to Some of the Western designs date with popular designs available at Fabrics That Go and doing quality work. The company also reupholsters furniture and makes bedspreads and draperies for homes, hotels and restaurants. “People can trust us because we have been here so long and we really want our customers to be satisfied,” Robert adds. “Many customers often return with additional projects, and people hear about us through word of mouth.” Fabrics That Go has fabrics for furniture, clothing and craft projects. They have one of the largest selections of Southwestern designs, including hard-to-find vintage fabric with Western themes. The store has an extensive collection of antique buttons, plus jewelry and clothing, including a reversible jacket Claire designed. She has Photo: Korene Charnofsky Cohen
also designed a fabric named “Wild,” which she says is very popular. They also have made drapery to cover the ark for a Torah and customized tallit (prayer shawls). “Our business and our marriage were both successful,” says Grunstein. “Herman was one of a kind, and people remember him for his sense of humor — it was the best thing about him — he entertained everyone with humorous stories and jokes. It was fun just being around him. If I got angry about something, it wasn’t long before he had me laughing instead. He was so caring and he made people so happy. He came up with a motto for the business — happiness by the yard.” “I believe I am much more creative now than when I was younger,” says Grunstein. “I have four inventions in mind, but need someone to help me with them, want to create more fabric designs and I also would like to team up with a furniture company and design furniture that would make life easier for the elderly.” Grunstein hasn’t let technology pass her by and she is proud to say that she has a PC, an iPad and an iPhone. And although she really loves to work, on Friday, Sept. 15, she reminds everyone who works in the store that she needs to leave by 2:30 to get home to Atria Campana del Rio so she won’t miss the Shabbat service conducted by Chabad Rabbi Yehuda Ceitlin. Korene Charnofsky Cohen is a freelance writer and editor in Tucson.
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ith Sukkot approaching, I’m here to let you know that you can easily cover your sukkah with schach (sukkah roof material) made with plants in your own landscape. There is an array of plants that grow in Southern Arizona that should be pruned in early fall — meaning now (especially after the abundant rainfall this summer). So you can read this article and plan your sukkah — and some yard work. Before you prune, take a moment to remember that plants are living beings. You should avoid removing too much at one time. Prune off a maximum of 30 percent of a plant’s living body in a growing season. Leave 70 percent or more of the plant so it can remain healthy, fight off disease, and heal the wounded tissues. Tools required for proper pruning by a homeowner are few. A high quality pair of hand clippers and a top quality lopper, and possibly a hand pruning saw, will be sufficient for all the pruning work you should be doing. No need for a chain saw unless you are an arborist or a lumberjack. The old adage, “Buy cheap, buy twice,” is especially true when it comes to cutting tools. Get top quality. Quality tools are easier to use, making pruning less of a chore. Good tools make clean cuts, which are healthier
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HOME & GARDEN Building a sukkah is the ultimate family DIY project, but do make safety a priority SUSAN STEIN KREGAR Special to the AJP
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ukkot, the Feast of Booths, also known as the Feast of Tabernacles, is an eight-day holiday that marks the end of harvest time in the Land of Israel. Celebrated five days after Yom Kippur beginning on the 15th of Tishrei (Oct. 5 this year), Sukkot is filled with familycentric traditions including feasts and one special DIY project. During Sukkot, Jews are commanded to dwell as our ancestors did — in sukkahs, the temporary frail huts in which the Israelites lived during their 40 years of wandering the desert after the Exodus from Egypt. How do you build one? The staff at Rosie on the House always advise using licensed, bonded and insured professionals to build any permanent dwelling. However, building a sukkah is a fun family affair. If you have a family member helping you construct it who is a contractor, well, that’s just glick (Yiddish for “good fortune”). The sukkah is designed to provide shade. It must sit beneath the open sky,
Children help to build a sukkah, Oct. 1, 2014.
not under a patio or tree branches. It must be large enough to fulfill the commandment of dwelling in it. Per Chabad.org, “A sukkah must have at least two full walls plus part of a third wall (the “part” needs to be a minimum of 3.2 inches wide). It is
preferable, however, that the sukkah have four complete walls. The walls must be at least 32 inches high, and the entire structure may not be taller than 30 feet. In length and breadth, a sukkah cannot be smaller than 22.4 inches by 22.4 inches.
There is no size limit in length and width a sukkah may be.” Of the three walls, one can be existing, like the side of a house. They can be constructed of any material (wood, canvas, aluminum siding, sheets, etc.). As any reputable contractor will tell you, the roof must be put on last. It must be constructed of schach, organic, unprocessed material that grew from the ground and was cut off, such as tree branches, palm fronds, corn stalks, sticks, or even two-byfours. Schach is to be left loose, not tied together or tied down. Place it sparsely enough that rain can’t get in, yet the stars can be seen. It should be no more than 10 inches open at any point or so that there is more light than shade. For lighting, build your sukkah near a covered outlet, use a lightbulb with a rain protection cover and electrical cord. Make room for a table and chairs. You can enjoy your meals there for the duration of the festival. Keep safety a priority. Wear protective eyewear to prevent particles from dried leaves, palm fronds and other materials from getting in your crew’s eyes. Always instruct and supervise children who are See Building, page 22
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y the time Sukkot arrives, and we are three weeks into nonstop Jewish holiday mode, some people might be a little tired of cooking. I don’t blame these people one bit. But Sukkot probably is my favorite holiday of the season to cook for — I love sitting outdoors enjoying harvestinspired dishes with friends and family. This dish is (pretty) easy, totally unique and delish. The husband, who is by far my harshest critic, was in love with this recipe and begged for me to make another batch. Burekas are an easy appetizer to throw together using store-bought puff pastry. If you don’t like ground lamb, substitute ground beef. You can also make a vegetarian version by using tofu or feta cheese with the squash. You can make burekas ahead, freezing them once they are assembled, but before the egg wash. Before the holiday or when ready to bake, glaze with egg wash and pop in the oven per directions below. They also reheat well in the oven at a low temperature and can even be served at room temperature. SPICED LAMB AND BUTTERNUT SQUASH BUREKAS Ingredients: 2 sheets store-bought puff pastry, left to thaw at room temperature around 30 minutes 1/2 pound ground lamb 2 cups cooked pureed or mashed butternut squash (can also use sweet potato or frozen butternut squash) 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 small onion 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon Pinch red pepper flakes
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1/4 teaspoon salt 1 egg beaten for glaze Sesame seeds, nigella seeds or poppy seeds (optional) Directions: Heat olive oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. Sauté onion until translucent. Add spices to pan and cook until toasted, around 1 minute. Add ground lamb and cook until no longer pink, breaking up into small pieces with a wooden spoon as you cook. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Combine butternut squash and lamb mixture in a medium bowl. Preheat oven to 375 F. Roll out each sheet of puff pastry. Cut each sheet into 9 even squares. Using a rolling pin, roll out each square slightly. Scoop 1 heaping tablespoon into the corner of each square. Fold puff pastry over filling, forming a triangle. Using the tines of a fork, crimp the edges. Repeat with second sheet of puff pastry. Brush each bureka with beaten egg. Top with sesame seeds, nigella seeds or poppy seeds if desired. Bake 18-22 minutes, until golden on top. Shannon Sarna is editor of The Nosher. The Nosher food blog offers a dazzling array of new and classic Jewish recipes and food news, from Europe to Yemen, from challah to shakshuka and beyond. Check it out at TheNosher.com.
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for the plant. Good sharp tools also require less effort to operate and thus you are less likely to tire and injure yourself. While many trees and shrubs should be pruned now, there are exceptions. Spring bloomers, like citrus, cassia, almonds, and apples should not be pruned now. If you planted fruit trees this spring, they require special training and pruning at specific times. What to prune now? When it comes to making schach, the ideal plant and the ideal time to prune coincide. Palms should be pruned now — but only dead, brown leaves should be removed, not any of the green fronds. Over-pruning palms can lead to disease and death. Palm fronds were traditionally used for schach because they could not be used for firewood. They were cut off in fall so the flower buds developing in winter could be wind pollinated the following spring, unencumbered by old dead fronds. Carob trees (Ceratonia siliqua), native to the Holy Land, grow well here and can be pruned now. Carob’s evergreen leaves make nice schach, and like palms, some pruning opens the area up for pollination. Carob is in the legume or pea family, and a number of its cousins are native to our area, like mesquite (Prosopis species), Mexican ebony (Havardia species), and Texas ebony (Ebanopsis ebano). These natives can also be pruned to provide a lovely leafy roof to your sukkah. If they are especially thorny, set the branches aside to drop their leaves for a healthy mulch for your other plants.
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participating in the construction. Upon completion of the structure, decorate it by hanging seasonal items such as dried fruit, squash, and corn from the schach. Live in the sukkah as much as possible. “Dwelling” can be fulfilled by eating your meals there. Speaking of food,
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Olive (Olea europa), another Holy Land plant, can be pruned now. The straight branches that grow out of the bottom of the trunk, called watersprouts, especially should be removed. Shorter watersprouts can be woven in with other branches in your roof. Aleppo pine (Pinus halepensis) is another Holy Land evergreen. The 20 years of drought in our area stressed them and made them susceptible to pine beetles, but if your tree is healthy, add a few pine boughs to make your schach fragrant. Otherwise, if the tree isn’t rubbing on the roof of your home or obstructing the walkway, there is no need to prune it. Tall shrubs that bloom in summer, such as Texas ranger (Leucophyllum species) and turpentine bush (Ericameria laricifolia) can be pruned now and do not tend to shed leaves over the eight days a sukkah traditionally stands. Many of the traditions surrounding Sukkot hardened into rules in the Diaspora, but if you go back in time, the idea was to get together and bring in the harvest. Harvest is hard work, but “many hands make light the work,” so extended families would come together in the fields and orchards for the occasion, building temporary housing with whatever was at hand. Harvest work happened during daylight, but the evening was for prayers of thanksgiving as well as laughter and tales while sharing the fruits of the harvest and celebrating the abundance. Jacqueline Soule, Ph.D., has been writing about gardening in our region for over three decades. Her most recent book is “Month by Month Guide to Gardening in Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico” (Cool Springs Press, 2016), a companion volume to “Southwest Fruit & Vegetable Gardening (Cool Springs Press, 2014).
stuffed foods such as peppers, eggplants, fruits and pastries, knishes, and kreplach, are common. Some speculate that stuffed foods represent a bountiful harvest. After the holiday, consider composting your sukkah, fulfilling the mitzvah of bal tashchit (do not destroy or waste). Susan Stein Kregar is Tucson partner development manager for Arizona’s home improvement radio program “Rosie on the House.” For more information, visit rosieonthehouse.com or contact Kregar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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REFLECTIONS Learning to embrace uncertainty ... slowly AMY HIRSHBERG LEDERMAN Special to the AJP
n 1980, I began my career as a law clerk working at the Arizona Court of Appeals. My job was to research issues for the judge and work on draft opinions, which would then be fully reviewed, analyzed and edited until he was satisfied with the result. I spent countless hours examining case law and statutes, attempting, to the best of my young and inexperienced mind, to offer the correct analysis and conclusion. But I was never more than a few inches away from the total fear of being wrong. Scholarly uncertainty motivated me; it demanded and inspired some of my best and clearest thinking. As a practicing lawyer, being right or certain about a fact, legal interpretation or desired outcome is tantamount to being successful. Over the years however, I began to realize that being right was less important to me than being real. Being real often meant being unsure or uncertain, which is clearly not a quality clients desired or expected when they hired me. When I left the practice of law in 1994 to pursue my passion for Jewish learning, I knew that I would relish the freedom of starting from a place of not knowing. Graduate studies in Jewish education couldn’t have been a more perfect fit. It wasn’t until my husband, Ray, was diagnosed with cancer, however, that I experienced the full force of living with chronic uncertainty. In those three and a half years of daily unknowns, I learned that the only thing of which I was certain was that I would somehow manage to handle each challenge as it arose. There were times when it seemed like we were living in a mine field, tiptoeing cautiously through life for fear of what might explode next. What if the CT scan came back positive? Were the side effects of treatment worse than the cure? Was there a clinical trial to help us? And of course, the question to which we would never know the answer: How much time would we have together? The one thing we both knew with absolute certainty was that in the very space of not knowing, in that most precious
precariousness of life, we had the chance to become our best selves. To be present to what we had, to love fully and truly, realizing that we would never know the answers to many Amy Hirshberg Lederman of our questions. After Ray died, I took many trips; staying in motion seemed to help. Sometimes I traveled to remember; other times I traveled to forget. The only thing I knew for certain was that I had to listen to my instincts. No book or grief group could tell me what I needed to do. I had to find that out for myself. I visited my childhood summer stomping grounds and spent a week in Cape Cod. On a cold and rainy October morning, I walked on a beach in Truro that I had loved as an 18-year-old camp counselor, awash in summer romance and suntan oil. I thought about how back then, there had been no Tucson or law degree, no husband or children — not even an imagined fantasy of which they were a part. As the tide washed clean my footsteps, it struck me that someday, perhaps 20 years from now, I might find myself on this same beach, reflecting back on all of the yet unknown and beautiful things that would and could still happen in my life. And in that moment I realized that in order to survive, we have to stay open to what we don’t know. Slowly but surely I have come to recognize that uncertainty is not to be dreaded or feared. It is to be embraced as the portal to possibility. It’s the silver lining of my loss and the gateway to a life yet to be lived. Staying open to possibilities and not knowing means that anything is possible. For in the end, it is how we react to the uncertainties of life that enables us to evolve and thrive. Amy Hirshberg Lederman is an author, Jewish educator, public speaker and attorney who lives in Tucson. Her columns in the AJP have won awards from the American Jewish Press Association, the Arizona Newspapers Association and the Arizona Press Club for excellence in commentary. Visit her website at amyhirshberglederman.com.
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Friday / September 22 8 AM: Cong. Chofetz Chayim Rosh Hashanah services. Call 747-7780 or visit tucsontorah.org for complete holiday schedule. 8:30 AM: Cong. Bet Shalom Rosh Hashanah services. Call 577-1171 or visit cbsaz.org for complete holiday schedule. 8:30 AM: Cong. Young Israel Rosh Hashanah services. Call 326-8362 or visit chabadtucson. com for complete holiday schedule. 9 AM: Chabad of Oro Valley Rosh Hashanah services; shofar at 11:15, followed by a light Kiddush, at 1217 W. Faldo Drive. 477-8672 or jewishorovalley.com. 6:30 PM: Cong. Or Chadash Shabbat Shuvah service, “You May Be Perfectly Imperfect” with Rabbi Thomas Louchheim. Oneg follows. 5128500 or orchadashtucson.org.
Saturday / September 23 9AM: Cong. Chaverim Torah study, followed at 10 a.m. by meditative service. 320-1015. 10 AM- 2 PM: Secular Humanist Jewish Circle High Holiday observance and lunch, with Rabbi Jack Silver, at St. Francis in the Foothills, 4625 E. River Rd. $25, members; $40, nonmembers.
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ONGOING Jewish Federation-Northwest chair yoga with a Jewish flair taught by Bonnie Golden. Mondays, 10-11 a.m., except for Dec. 25. $7 per class or $25 for four. 505-4161 or email@example.com. Cong. Anshei Israel mah jongg, Mondays, 10a.m.-noon All levels, men and women. Contact Evelyn at 885-4102 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Tucson J current events discussion, Mondays, noon-1:30 p.m. Members, $1; nonmembers, $2. Lunch, bring or buy, 11:30 a.m. 299-3000, ext. 147. Cong. Or Chadash Mondays with the Rabbi, with Rabbi Thomas Louchheim. Mondays, noon1:30 p.m., beginning Oct. 2. Bring a bag lunch. This year's topic: "Judaism's Departure from the Bible to Influence Contemporary Life." 512-8500. Jewish sobriety support group meets Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m. at Cong. Bet Shalom. email@example.com. “Along the Talmudic Trail” for men (18-40), with Rabbi Israel Becker of Cong. Chofetz Chayim. Includes free dinner. Mondays, 7 p.m. Call for address. 747-7780 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Spouse Bereavement Group, cosponsored by Widowed to Widowed, Inc. at the Tucson J, Tuesdays, 10 a.m. Contact Marvin at 885-2005 or Tanya at 299-3000, ext. 147. JFCS Holocaust Survivors group meets Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-noon. Contact Raisa Moroz at 795-0300. Tucson J social bridge. Tuesdays and ThursRSVP to Becky at 296-3762 or schulmb@aol. com. For more information, visit SHJCaz.org.
Sunday / September 24 10 AM: Beth Shalom Temple Center, Green Valley, Kever Avot service at Green Valley Cemetery. 648-6690 or bstc.us. 10 AM: Cong. Chaverim Tashlich and picnic at Ft. Lowell Park, Ramada #5. 320-1015 or chaverim.net. 11:15 AM: Cong. Or Chadash Tashlich and picnic at Ft. Lowell Park, Ramada #3. Bring picnic lunch. 512-8500 or orchadash-tucson.org. 12:30 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Fast of Gedaliah Mincha service. 745-5550 or caiaz.org. 2 PM: Cong. Or Chadash Kever Avot service at Evergreen Cemetery. 512-8500 or orchadashtucson.org 4 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Tashlich at Reid Park, Ramada #1. Refreshments provided. 745-5550 or caiaz.org. 4-6 PM: Cong. Or Chadash Sisterhood sponsors “It’s All Happenin’ at the Hops,” at Tucson Hop Shop, 3230 N. Dodge Blvd. Fun, food and subs. Sisterhood members, $18; prospective members, $20; with non-alcoholic beverage, $10. RSVP to Nancy Lappitt at 404-9459.
days, noon-3 p.m., year round. Drop-ins welcome. Meets in library on second floor. 299-3000. Northwest Knitters create hand-stitched items for donation in the Jewish community. Meets at Jewish Federation Northwest Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m. RSVP to email@example.com or 505-4161. Jewish Federation-Northwest mah jongg, Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m., except for Oct. 24 and Nov. 14. Also meets Wednesdays, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., 505-4161. Cong. Anshei Israel Talmud on Tuesday with Rabbi Robert Eisen, Tuesdays, 6 p.m. 745-5550. Tucson J Israeli folk dance classes. Tuesdays. Beginners, 7:30 p.m.; intermediate, 8:15 p.m.; advanced, 9 p.m. Taught by Lisa Goldberg. Members, $5; nonmembers, $6. 299-3000. Weintraub Israel Center Shirat HaShirim Hebrew choir meets Wednesdays, 7 p.m., at the Tucson J. Learn to sing in Hebrew. Contact Rina Paz at 304-7943 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Shalom Tucson business networking group, second Wednesday of month, 7:30-9 a.m., at the Tucson J. Contact Ori Parnaby at 299-3000, ext. 241, or email@example.com. 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 8854102 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Chabad of Sierra Vista women’s class with Rabbi Benzion Shemtov, last Wednesdays,
Monday / September 25 1 PM: Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging lecture, “Repentance and Return,” with Ben Zion Kogen. RSVP to Nanci Levy at 322-3632 or email@example.com. 1:30-3 PM: Hadassah Southern Arizona book club east discusses “The Dovekeepers” by Alice Hoffman, at the River/Craycroft Pima County Library. Contact Maxine Murray at 885-5800. 5-6:30 PM: Jewish Federation-Northwest and Hadassah Southern Arizona book club discusses “Marriage of Opposites” by Alice Hoffman. Contact Sandra Reino at 742-3522. 7-9 PM: Tucson Tikkun Community presents “Arizona Welcomes Refugees: Creating Community and Public Safety Through Love and Generosity,” with Steve Farley and Khalid Al Jasharme, Tucson City Council Ward 6 office, 3202 E. 1st Street/Anderson Street. Contact Michael Zaccaria at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday / September 26 5:30 PM: JFSA REAP (Real Estate and Allied Professionals) no-host networking, followed by dinner at 6:15 p.m., with guest speaker Jessica Galow, senior development director, Ban-
noon-2 p.m., 401 Suffolk Drive. 820-6256 or jewishsierravista.com. Chabad Tucson lunch and learn with Rabbi Yehuda Ceitlin, Wednesdays, 12:15 p.m. at Eli’s Deli. info@ChabadTucson.com. 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 jewishorovalley.com. Jewish mothers/grandmothers special needs support group for those with children/grandchildren, young or adult, with special needs, third Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. at Tucson J. Contact Joyce Stuehringer at 299-5920. Tucson J canasta group. Players wanted. Thursdays, noon. Instruction available and a beginners’ table every week. Call Debbie Wiener at 4405515. “Biblical Breakthroughs with Rabbi Becker” at the Southwest Torah Institute. Fridays, noon, for men and women. 747-7780 or yzbecker@ me.com. Beth Shalom Temple Center art exhibit, “The Gathering of Three Cultures,” through Oct. 25. 648-6690. Jewish History Museum/Holocaust History Center art exhibit: “Invisibility and Resistance: Violence Against LGBTQIA+ People,” at 564 S. Stone Ave., through May 31, 2018. Wed., Thur., Sat. and Sun., 1-5 p.m.; Fridays, noon-3 p.m. 670-9073 or jewishhistorymuseum.org. Tucson J early childhood education and special needs services art show, in the Fine Art Gallery, through Sept 28. 299-3000. ner Health Foundation, Tucson, at Hacienda Del Sol, 5501 Hacienda Del Sol Road. Dinner: REAP members, free; nonmembers, $50. RSVP to Karen Graham at 577-9393, ext. 118 or kgraham@ jfsa.org. Synagogues may charge for High Holiday tickets; call synagogue offices or visit websites for more information.
Friday / September 29 12:30 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Erev Yom Kippur Mincha service. Call 745-5550 or visit caiaz.org for complete holiday schedule. 1 PM: Cong. Chofetz Chayim Erev Yom Kippur Mincha service. Call 747-7780 or visit tucsontorah.org for complete holiday schedule. 5:30 PM: Cong. Bet Shalom Mincha services followed at 6 p.m. by Kol Nidre. Call 577-1171 or visit cbsaz.org for complete holiday schedule. 5:35 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Kol Nidre service. Call 745-5550 or visit caiaz.org for complete holiday schedule. 5:45 PM: Chabad of Oro Valley Kol Nidre service at Oro Valley Community and Recreation Center, 10555 N. La Canada Drive. Call 477-8672 or visit jewishorovalley.com for complete holiday schedule.
5:45 PM: Cong. Young Israel Kol Nidre service. Call 326-8362 or visit chabadtucson.com for complete holiday schedule.
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5:45 PM: Handmaker and Cong. Eshel Avraham Kol Nidre service. Call 322-3622 for complete holiday schedule.
10 AM: Northwest Jewish Federation PJ Library storytime, at 190 W. Magee, Suite 162, for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Free. RSVP at pjlibrary@ jfsa.org or call Mary Ellen at 577-9393, ext. 138.
5:55 PM: Cong. Chofetz Chayim Kol Nidre service. Call 747-7780 or visit tucsontorah.org for complete holiday schedule. 7 PM: Beth Shalom Temple Center of Green Valley Kol Nidre service. Call 648-6690 or visit bstc. us for complete holiday schedule. 7 PM: Cong. Kol Simchah Kol Nidre service at St. Francis in the Foothills United Methodist Church, 4625 E. River Road. 749-8262. 7:30 PM: Cong. Chaverim Kol Nidre service at Berger Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Speedway Blvd. Call 320-1015 or visit chaverim.net for complete holiday schedule. 7:30 PM: Cong M’kor Hayim Kol Nidre service at Catalina Methodist Church, 2700 E. Speedway Blvd. Call 904-1881 7:30 PM: Cong. Or Chadash Kol Nidre service at the Tucson J. Call 512-8500 or visit orchadashtucson.org for complete holiday schedule. 7:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Kol Nidre evening service. Call 327-4501 or visit tetucson.org for complete holiday schedule.
SATURDAY / SEPTEMBER 30 9:30 AM: Cong. Kol Simchah Yom Kippur service at the home of Bob Shatz. Yizkor service at 4 p.m. Call 749-8262 for more information. 12:30 PM: Chabad of Oro Valley Yizkor service at Oro Valley Community and Recreation Center, 10555N. La Canada Drive. 477-8672 or jewishorovalley.com. 4 PM: Handmaker/Cong. Eshel Avraham Yom Kippur Yizkor service. 322-3622. 4 PM: Beth Shalom Temple Center of Green Valley Yizkor service. Break fast meal follows at 6 p.m. for $7; RSVP by Sept. 26 at 648-6690. 6-8:30 PM: JPride break fast at a midtown home. Maximum 25 people. RSVP by Sept. 27 to jpride@ tucsonjcc.org. Address and phone number will be sent to you. Free, but donations are welcome.
SUNDAY / OCTOBER 1 10:30 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel community sukkah build. Rabbi Robert Eisen demonstrates how to build your own sukkah. Illustrated instructions and shopping list provided. Includes $1 raffle to win the sukkah. Religious school students will join at 11:30 to make decorations; materials provided. For more information, call Debra at 745-5550, ext. 242.
MONDAY / OCTOBER 2 10-11:30 AM: Temple Emanu-El free class, “Introducing the Mussar Path” with Rabbi Batsheva Appel. Also offered Oct. 30. 327-4501 or tetucson.org/learning/adult-education. 4 PM: Arizona Center for Judaic Studies Sally & Ralph Duchin Campus Lecture Series presents “Water, Wastewater, and Energy Solutions for Off-Grid Bedouin, Palestinian, and Jordanian Communities,” with Clive Lipchin, Ph.D., of the Arava Institute, at UA Hillel Foundation, 1245 E.
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6 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Community Sukkot dinner. Fish dinner with sides and dessert in the sukkah. Includes special program with kosher Israeli wine sponsored by Rum Runner, and cheese tasting. Members, adults, $15; children (ages 2+), $10. Nonmembers, adults, $20; children (ages 2+), $15. RSVP by Sept. 28 at 745-5550 or caiaz.org.
4-6 PM: Tucson J and PJ Library present a Sukkot concert with Billy Jonas, singer-songwriter, percussionist and multi-instrumentalist. Event includes PJ library story and light, breakfast-theme dinner. Tickets $18 per immediate family with registration by Oct. 4; $25 per immediate family thereafter. 299-3000 or tucsonjcc.org/billyjonas. 6-8 PM: Music at Emanu-El series presents Run Boy Run live bluegrass concert at Temple Emanu-El. Doors open 5:15 p.m. Tickets at BrownPaperTickets.com or Antigone Books, the Folk Shop, Temple Emanu-El office and Dark Star Leather; $15 in advance; $18 day of show. Contact Robert Hanshaw at 203-3512 or email@example.com.
MONDAY / OCTOBER 9 4 PM: Arizona Center for Judaic Studies Sally & Ralph Duchin Campus Lecture Series presents “(Cis)gendering religion: Rabbinic Literature, Anti-trans Bills, and Trans Jewish Cosmology," with Prof. Max Strassfeld of the University of Arizona, at UA Hillel Foundation, 1245 E. 2nd St. Free. 626-5758 or judaic.arizona.edu. 7-8:30 PM: Tucson J class, “Geniuses of Russian Literature: Fyodor Dostoevsky, Leo Tolstoy and Anton Chekhov,” with Roza Simkhovich, former UA senior lecturer in the department of Russian and Slavic studies. Members, $30; nonmembers, $36, drop-in, $9. Continues Oct. 16, 23, and 30. 299-3000 or tucsonjcc.org.
THURSDAY / OCTOBER 5 9:30 AM: Handmaker/Cong. Eshel Avraham Sukkot service. 322-3622. 5-9 PM: Brandeis National Committee Tucson chapter Book Bonanza opening preview at Foothills Mall. Continues Oct. 7-9 and 13-15, during mall hours, including Bag Day sales Oct. 9 and 15. Event benefits a scholarship for a local Tucson student to Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass. Call Meg at 237-4373 or visit tucsonbnc.org. 10 AM: Cong. Or Chadash first day of Sukkot celebration. 512-8500.
FRIDAY / OCTOBER 6 5:30 PM: Cong. Or Chadash Sukkot potluck and Friday Night Live! service. Dinner under the Sukkah is followed at 6:30 p.m. by service featuring the Chai Lights and the Or Chadash Youth Choir. Call 512-8500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 5:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El "Spaghetti Under the Sukkah" dinner, with pasta, salad and garlic bread. $8, adults; $5, children ages 6-12; $3, children 5 and under. Followed at 6:30-8 p.m. by Shabbat Sukkot Rocks! and Tot Shabbat evening service with Avanim Rocks band. RSVP for dinner at 327-4501. 7 PM: Beth Shalom Temple Center of Green Valley Shabbat/Sukkot services. 648-6690 or bstc.us.
SATURDAY / OCTOBER 7 NOON: Cong. Anshei Israel “Read It & Meet” book discussion in the sukkah on “The King of Children: The Life and Death of Janusz Korczak” by Betty Jean Lifton. Contact Helen Rib at 299-0340 or email@example.com. 7 PM: 3rd Annual Stone Avenue Block Party, sponsored by the Jewish History Museum and Consulate of Mexico in Tucson, with live music from Klezmerson, food trucks, local artists and local breweries, on Stone Ave., between 16th and 17th Streets. 670-9073 or jewishhistorymuseum.org/events.
SUNDAY / OCTOBER 8 10 AM: CHAI Circle support group for women with cancer, begins with regular meeting and refreshments in the Tucson J board room, followed 11:40 a.m.-noon by optional annual memorial event in the Sculpture Garden. RSVP to Andrea Siemens at 795-0300, ext. 2365 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 2-4 PM: Chabad of Oro Valley Open Sukkah at 1217 W. Faldo Drive. Refreshments included. 477-8672.
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5-7 PM: Tucson J class, “Writing Family History” with Pima Community College instructor and writer Lynn Saul. Continues Tuesdays through Oct. 31. Members, $70; nonmembers, $75. 299-3000 or tucsonjcc.org. 7 PM: Tucson J concert, “Celebrating Felix Medelssohn and Fanny Mendelssohn,” featuring violinist Anna Gendler and pianist Alexander Tentser. $10 299-3000 or tucsonjcc.org/ event/celebration-heritage-concerts.
FRIDAY / OCTOBER 13
9 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel Simchat Torah celebration and lunch. Service followed by activities include a family celebration at 9:30 a.m. in the Cantor Falkow Lounge, with singing and dancing for children, and a dramatic presentation with shinshin (Israeli teen volunteer) Tamir Shecory at 10:30 a.m. in the Rabbi Breger Hall. Lunch follows, with salad, potato and ice cream bars. Free: RSVP required for lunch by Oct. 2 at 745-5550 or caiaz.org.
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5:30 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Community Simchat Torah dinner and celebration. Deli dinner (vegetarian option) in the sukkah, with sangria for adults and lemonade for kids; Hakafot follows at 6:13 p.m. with Israeli singing and dancing with the Torah, dessert, coffee and tea. Celebration free; Dinner cost, including alcohol: Members, $10, adults; $5, children (2+). Nonmembers, $15, adults; $10, children (2+). RSVP by Oct. 2 at 745-5550 or caiaz.org.
11:30 AM: Hadassah Southern Arizona luncheon. Cassandra Garcia, certified genetic counselor at the University of Arizona Cancer Center, presents “Genetics of Breast Cancer, Jewish Ancestry and Ongoing Research: Important Information for Men and Women.” $18; open to all. Buffet luncheon features salmon as main course. Send check payable to Hadassah, by Oct. 8, to Anne Lowe, 7863 W. Morning Light Way, Tucson, AZ 85743.
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his past August, while sitting shiva for our son, Ricky, the liturgy at our daily minyan took on new and important meaning for me. Passages that were once a source of comfort and strength became burdensome, and caused me to ask more questions than I knew I could. Other passages, prayers that were meaningful but “routine,” took on greater significance than I thought possible. An example of the latter, a prayer that moved me in ways that it never had before, is the short phrase that we chant when returning the Torah to the aron kodesh (holy ark): Hadesh yameinu k’kedem — Renew our days as in the past. More than anything that is what I wanted (and, in more ways than one, still do)! If only we could turn back the clock and know what was about to happen: prevent death from occurring. If only … if only … if only … Renew our days as in the past. And yet, as passionately as those words emerged from my heart, so did I also understand that what I wanted would and could not be. And yet? And yet, those words came to mean even more over the course of our sheloshim (the 30-day mourning period for the loss of a child). As the days marched on, that phrase empowered me to understand that more important than looking back over the past was looking forward to the future. More important than getting stuck in the grief was the need to look toward the strength that the memories will provide me … the joy that yet can be … the opportunity to continue to try to transform this world into what it still can be … to make sure that I try to touch the world as Ricky did. As it was this past August … as it has been over the past few weeks … so is it even more so as we begin this New Year of 5778. Hadesh yameinu k’kedem —
Renew our days as in the past. What is it we really want for the New Year? Is it to go back in time and have what was? Or, is it to embrace what is ours to have and make the most of it, to try our best to make the best use out of the opportunities that are presented to us day in and day out to move forward into our future? As we sit on the cusp of the beginning of a New Year we can look back with desire at what used to be, want to cling to the past and never let go. But then we will only be stuck to what was. What my experience with this prayer taught me is that there is nothing to be had with getting stuck in the past. However, if we strive to build a future based on what made the past, the foundation upon which we stand today, so meaningful and significant, then our days will be renewed with hopes and prayers fulfilled, smiles and laughter for all to share. And so, as we sit on the cusp of the beginning of a New Year, I share with you what this short phrase has come to mean to me … I share my prayer for you: Hadesh yameinu k’kedem — Renew our days as in the past. Remind us that the present is a gift that we should not take for granted. Hadesh yameinu k’kedem — Renew our days as in the past. Empower us to transform the opportunities that are afforded us into the reality of a world that is deserving of praise. Hadesh yameinu k’kedem — Renew our days as in the past. Teach us to appreciate those moments that are ours. Hadesh yameinu k’kedem — Renew our days as in the past. Enable us to find a little piece of peace. Hadesh yameinu k’kedem — Renew our days as in the past. May all the goodness that has been ours echo into the days and weeks to come so that we will know what it is to have a shanah tovah … a year of health, a year of happiness, a year of peace.
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NEWS BRIEFS Prosecutors investigating the April slaying of a Jewish woman in Paris by her neighbor said for the first time that her killing was an anti-Semitic hate crime. The characterization by prosecutors Wednesday in the death of Sarah Halimi followed months of lobbying and protest by French Jews, who were outraged by the absence of aggravated circumstances in the indictment against Traore Kobili. The 27-year-old Muslim man confessed to the killing and was heard shouting about Allah and calling Halimi “Satan” shortly before throwing her out the window of her three-story apartment. Francis Kalifat, the president of the CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish communities, said in a statement to the media that he and other French Jews were “satisfied and relieved by the inclusion finally of an admission of the anti-Semitic character of the murder.” Kobili in his defense has claimed temporary insanity. Earlier this week, Le Figaro daily reported that Kobili was found to have been under the influence of strong cannaboid drugs at the time of the incident, according to a psychiatric evaluation by an independent mental health professional. The evaluation nonetheless showed that Kobili may have been partially aware of his actions and therefore was legally accountable for them, Le Figaro reported. For long weeks after the slaying of Halimi, a 66-year-old physician and kindergarten teacher, the mainstream media in France ignored claims by senior members of the French Jewish community that she was a victim of an anti-Semitic murder. The incident occurred weeks ahead of a divisive presidential election campaign in which the centrist candidate, Emmanuel Macron, who was elected in
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May, ran on a platform championing tolerance against Marine Le Pen, a stridently anti-Muslim far-right politician. Some French Jews, including Sammy Ghozlan, the head of the National Bureau for Vigilance against AntiSemitism, or BNVCA, said they feared the media and authorities were silencing the incident to prevent it from becoming fodder in Le Pen’s campaign. CRIF for weeks published on its website a counter showing the number of days in which authorities had not recognized the antiSemitic elements in the Halimi killing and calling the omission a “cover-up.” In an unusual move, Kalifat urged Macron to intervene in the Halimi investigation during an address Kalifat made in Macron’s presence at a July 17 commemoration for Holocaust victims in Paris. Macron replied in his address that the judiciary would look into the case.
Israel will send a search and rescue team to Mexico in the wake of a severe earthquake — the second to hit the North American nation in two weeks. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the operation and said it would leave for Mexico as soon as possible, his office said Wednesday morning in a statement. More than 200 people have been killed in the 7.1-magnitude earthquake that struck central Mexico on Tuesday afternoon, rocking the capital of Mexico City and causing hundreds of buildings to collapse. In addition, a delegation of 50 Israeli soldiers was scheduled to leave for Mexico City on Wednesday afternoon to assist in relief efforts. Volunteers from Israel’s Zaka search-and-rescue organization arrived in Mexico in the hours following the quake and are helping local
rescue forces, the organization said in a statement. In addition, engineers have been sent to local synagogues to make sure that they can safely accommodate Rosh Hashanah services, according to Zaka. On the same date in 1985, an 8.0-magnitude earthquake centered on Mexico City left 10,000 people dead and another 30,000 injured. Tuesday’s quake comes two weeks after at least 96 people died in an 8.1 magnitude quake that struck off the southern Pacific coast of Mexico on Sept. 7.
A rabbi will lead this year’s annual Muslim Day Parade in New York City. Rabbi Marc Schneier, the president and founder of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, will serve as honorary grand marshal of Sunday’s parade. Schneier was chosen in recognition of his pioneering work in the field of Muslim-Jewish relations in the United States and around the world, according to organizers. It marks the first time in the parade’s 32-year history that a Jewish leader has been chosen to lead the Muslim Day Parade, which this year is dedicated to the plight of the Rohingya, a mostly Muslim people facing violence in Myanmar. “This year’s parade is more important than ever before due to the climate we live in,” Imam Shamsi Ali, president of the Muslim Foundation of America, the parade organizer, said in a statement. “Racism, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism, bigotry and hate are on the rise in our country.” Of Schneier, Ali said: “Having pioneered the field of Muslim-Jewish relations over a decade ago, he has demonstrated his dedication and devotion to the American Muslim community.”