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Arts & Culture .....................3, 9 Classifieds ............................. 12 Commentary ..........................6 Community Calendar...........24 First Person............................11 Insider’s View.......................10 Letters to the Editor...............7 Local ........3, 4, 5, 9, 17, 21, 22 News Briefs ..........................28 Obituaries .............................26 Our Town ..............................27 Religion & Jewish Life ......... 16 Synagogue Directory.............4
PHYLLIS BRAUN AJP Executive Editor
llen Langer keeps a photo on his desk of the ship that brought him and his parents from Germany to the United States in 1949, when he was 21 months old; his parents, survivors of the Holocaust, spent four years in the Bergen Belsen Displaced Persons Camp, waiting for a U.S. visa. The photo is a reminder of the personal story that inspired Langer, along with his wife, Marianne, to sponsor the Contemporary Human Rights Exhibit at the Holocaust History Center on the campus of Tucson’s Jewish History Museum. Marianne, who was raised in the American South, has her own story of witnessing discrimination, he says, that is “different but not so different.” The Langers will be honored at the Jewish History Museum’s 2018 Fall Benefit luncheon, which will be held Sunday, Oct. 28 at noon at the Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort and Spa. The guest speaker will be Sam-
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Samuel D. Kassow
uel D. Kassow, author of “Who Will Write Our History: Rediscovering a Hidden Archive from the Warsaw Ghetto.” Kassow’s book tells the story of Polish historian Emanuel Ringelblum and the secret “Oyneg Shabes” (joy of the Sabbath) society, whose members sought to create a comprehensive archive of life in the ghetto — a chronicle of disease, starvation and deportation by the Nazis, but also of Jewish culture and the beginnings of the resistance movement. Parts of that archive survived, buried in milk cans and tin boxes, with
Tucsonans Allen and Marianne Langer
one cache discovered under the rubble of a school in 1946 and another cache found in 1950. But before Kassow’s keynote address, the Langers will tell their stories. Langer says he has told his family’s tale often, yet each time is different, and emotional. More than 70 years after the Holocaust, he finds it hard to understand “what people can do to other people in the name of religion, race, color — taking control of other people and committing atrocities.” Recalling that just a few years before his family immigrated to the United
States, ships full of refugees from Nazi Germany were turned away from our shores, he says he sees parallels with the global refugee situation today. But he hopes that through hearing stories like his and Marianne’s, people will “form their own conclusions about what is right and fair” so that “one day discrimination of any kind doesn’t exist.” For Langer, the effect of being a child of survivors is “undefinable.” Yet despite the scars of the past, and the brutal violence going on in places such as Syria even today, he See Benefit, page 2
UA music school festival to mark Debussy, Asia milestones
he 11th annual Music + Festival at the University of Arizona will focus on the music of Claude Debussy, in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of his death, and Daniel Asia, in honor of his 65th birthday and 30 years in residence at the UA’s Fred Fox School of Music. The festival, which will be held Oct. 10-16, will include a conference, symposium and seven concerts. “Claude Debussy was certainly one of the most influential com-
posers of the late est in scales other than 19th and early the diatonic, are all 20th centuries, and matters that composhis music has reers must consider in mained highly intheir own music. His fluential throughinterest in nature cerout the 20th and tainly has found cominto the twentypatriots in the realm first century,” says of living composers, Asia, festival orgaJohn Luther Adams nizer. “In particubeing one of the most lar, his attention prominent.” Daniel Asia to instrumental With the festival color, a lightness and ephemeral entering its second decade and his approach to texture, and his inter- own milestones to celebrate, “I de-
cided to go ahead and be self-referential,” says Asia, adding that “in some respects my music has been very much affected by my encounter with that of Debussy (and many others of course), so the pairing seems natural and appropriate.” The festival will begin with a concert by the Amernet String Quartet on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. in Holsclaw Hall. This and the concert on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 4:30 p.m. in Crowder Hall, featuring the Arizona Symphony See Festival, page 2
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remains hopeful. Part of his optimism comes from seeing how well his parents managed, after experiencing “a very abnormal, tragic situation” to “make things normal in a big way,” including sending both Langer and his younger brother, Harold, to college. “It’s somewhat of a miracle to have a generation after that experience,” he says, noting that while his parents’ efforts were remarkable, they were not unusual. The family was so close that when his parents, who had settled in Louisville, Kentucky, decided to move to Tucson for his mother’s health, Langer, who was two years into his college career at the University of Kentucky immediately transferred to the University of Arizona. Langer and his brother “were tremendously influenced by the actions of our parents, and their optimism and their faith — because you couldn’t do it without faith, you had to believe … that there was a reason to come through it,” he says, adding that his parents’ “ability sometimes to mask out this experience and look toward the future” was also crucial.
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Orchestra, the UA Wind Ensemble and the UA Symphonic Choir, have ticket prices of $10 ($7 for UA employees and seniors age 55+, $5 for students). All other concerts in the festival are free, including “The Piano Music of Claude Debussy” with Roy Howat on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Crowder Hall. Howat, an internationally known pianist and scholar, is the founding editor of the Parisbased Complete Debussy Edition (Œuvres complètes de Claude Debussy), for which he edited most of Debussy’s solo piano music. “The festival includes a full day conference — only our
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Growing up, Langer says, he “always felt the weight of being different,” of being an immigrant, and not having much. Today, as a successful financial planner, he says his roots are one reason he tries “to understand the plight of others, even now when living a good life.” Marianne came from a more affluent home, with a maid to help raise the children. “We got to witness [discrimination] firsthand, seeing where Christine could and couldn’t go, where she couldn’t sit” in the segregated South, she told the AJP, explaining that she grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina, where in February 1960, the first Woolworth’s lunch counter sit-in helped spark the civil rights movement. Today, Marianne is an event planner, but when Langer first met his wife, she had come to Tucson as a paralegal on special assignment, working on various discrimination cases. A passion for civil rights was something they had in common from the very beginning. Sponsoring the display at the Holocaust History Center that brings contemporary human rights violations to light, says Langer, is a way of making sure people know “what man is capable of doing — we have to learn from that, hoping it’ll carry over for generations to come.” Tickets for the Oct. 25 luncheon are $100. RSVP to email@example.com or visit www. jewishhistorymuseum.org/fall-benefit.
second — with leading guest scholars and members of our own stellar musicology and theory faculty,” says Asia. The conference, which is free, will be held Friday, Oct. 12, 9:30 a.m.-noon and 1:30-5 p.m. The symposium, also free, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 1:30 p.m. The festival will conclude with a concert honoring the memory of poet Paul Pines, with his works set to Asia’s music, featuring world-renowned tenor and UA alumni Robert Swensen, who is also a former associate professor of voice at the Fred Fox School of Music, on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m. at Holsclaw Hall. Tickets are available at the UA College of Fine Arts Box Office at 621-1162 or www.tickets.arizona.edu. For more information, including a complete schedule, visit www.music.arizona.edu.
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ARTS & CULTURE / LOCAL Sing-along in Hebrew and English on tap
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n evening of Israeli guitar music and song makes for a great night out. “Something Israelis love to do is sing together. So we’re bringing that Israeli spirit here,” says Tucson’s Weintraub Israel Center Director Amir Eden. The Oct. 7 event is open to the public. Local guest singer and vocal impersonator Paz Shahrian joins Phoenix area coffeehouse duo Erez and Gal, who will play guitars and lead songs. Some songs will be in Hebrew with phonetic English lyrics projected, karaoke-style, for a sing-along; other selections will be in English. “Erez and Gal are very talented musicians/entertainers who enjoy singing and playing Israeli songs and music to share their love and support for Israel and Jewish
and Israeli people of Arizona. They have been performing together and individually for the past seven years with growing demand,” says Eden. WIC is a joint program of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona and the Tucson Jewish Community Center. Event sponsors also include The Israeli American Council and Abba & Sons Moving LLC. The sing-along begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Shaol and Evelyn Pozez Event Room at the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, 3718 E. River Road. Parking is free. A sampling of Israeli dishes will be served. A $10 per person donation is suggested. RSVP at www.jfsa.org/wicsingalong. For more information, contact Carol Fabrizio at email@example.com or 647-8446.
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The Learning Curve welcomes former Tucson Symphony Orchestra Music Director Bob Bernhardt and salutes the 90th anniversary of the TSO with two October events.
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Mega Challah Bake entering fifth year
Let the Music Play!
(L-R): Danya Horwitz, Haley Fried, Hilary Kleppel and Belle Soyfer join in the dancing while waiting for dough to rise at the Mega Challah Bake on Oct. 26, 2017 at the Tucson Jewish Community Center.
he fifth annual Mega Challah Bake, bringing together hundreds of women for an evening of community and instruction in the art and mitzvah of baking challah, a staple of the Shabbat table, will be held Thursday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. The event, for women and girls ages 9 and up, is a joint initiative of Chabad Tucson and the Tucson J with the participation of local congregations and organizations. It is held annually to coincide with The Shabbos Project, motivating
Jews around the world to experience the beauty and serenity of Shabbat. “Whether it’s your first attempt to make challah or you are a certified maven, this event is for you,” says Feigie Ceitlin, program director at Chabad Tucson. The evening includes ingredients to make and braid challah to bake at home, a buffet of many varieties of challah and dips, music and dancing. Early bird registration, $25 until Oct. 12, and table sponsorships are available at www.MegaChallahTucson.com.
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Discover the special magic of music for film with Former TSO Music Director Bob Bernhardt. Travel from Gone with the Wind to The Last Jedi with interesting stops along the way. Brunch with Brahms (and Bob) Friday, Oct. 26 | 9:30am – 12:15pm Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort Cost: $65 A feast for body and soul, you’ll learn about the life and musical genius of Johannes Brahms and enjoy delectable brunch treats.
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LOCAL Engel event to open Desert Caucus’ fifth decade of bipartisan support for Israel
he Desert Caucus launches its fifth decade of supporting a strong U.S.-Israel relationship with seven events in Tucson, featuring members of Congress from outside Arizona, planned for 2018-19. The opening fall brunch will feature Rep. Eliot Engel of New York. Eliot Engel Founded under the leadership of Tucson businessman Jack Sarver in 1978, The Desert Caucus is one of the oldest bipartisan pro-Israel political action committees in the United States. The PAC focuses on a single issue, the U.S.-Israel relationship, by supporting congressional candidates outside of Arizona. Members pay dues and can attend the fall, winter, and spring events. Engel will share his insights and updates on issues key to the U.S.-Israel relationship on Sunday, Oct. 14. First elected in 1988, Engel is the ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and has been a stalwart supporter of Israel over the past 30 years. He was an early advocate of U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, has sponsored a resolution condemning Hamas rocket attacks, and strongly supported U.S. assistance to Israel for the expansion of the Iron Dome and other missile defense systems. Engel is a founding member of the Congressional Israel Allies Caucus. For more information on the brunch and membership, contact The Desert Caucus at 299-2410 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.desertcaucus.com. Remember to recycle this paper when you are finished enjoying it.
LOCAL National expert to lead JFSA Campaign training
national expert in multigenerational fundraising will be on hand for the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona 2019 Campaign training next month, dubbed “Inspire and Inquire.” Dirk Bird is a former Wexner Graduate Fellow and a certified trainer at 21/64, a nonprofit practice providing advising, facilitation, and training for family foundations and other organizations. “I look forward to learning with and from Federation’s volunteer leadership and to partnering with the Federation’s professional team to facilitate a campaign training that will be motivating, compelling and empowering. We hope to explore that which inspires us so that we may inspire others to engage and to give,” says Bird. “As a Tucsonan, a Jew and a volunteer, I am both proud and passionate about the work our Federation does,” says 2019 Campaign Chair Melissa Goldfinger. “I am deeply proud of the fact that, through our $4 million community campaign, the Federation is the largest single donor to our five agencies (Tucson Hebrew Academy, Jewish Family & Children’s Services, Tucson Jewish Community Center, University of Arizona Hillel Founndation and Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging). Whether it is bringing young families Jewish holiday and value-based books through
PJ Library or feeding over a hundred elementary school children through weekends and holidays who may otherwise go hungry, JFSA is there. “I am as deeply passionate about making sure that our Federation is here for years to come through engaging younger generations, my almost 16-year-old son included. With the help of Bird, JFSA Past Chair Kathy Unger, and young leader Sarah Cohen, I believe our 2019 Campaign team will have an opportunity to inquire and inspire so that we can continue supporting our Jewish and local community,” Goldfinger says. Bird is co-founder of Illumination Strategies, Inc., and a member of the Jewish Federation of North America’s Community Consulting Team. He is the former chief development officer for JEWISHcolorado and former executive director of the Jewish Community Foundation of Denver. Those interested in volunteering for the 2019 Campaign may contact JFSA Senior Vice President Fran Katz at email@example.com. The training will be held Monday, Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. at the Harvey and Deanna Evenchik Center for Jewish Philanthropy, 3817 E. River Road. Dinner is included. RSVP at www.jfsa.org/dirkbird or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brandeis plans luncheon, new book sale venue
randeis National Committee Tucson Chapter kicks off its new year with a fall luncheon and annual book sale in October. The lunch features speaker Billy Russo, managing director of the Arizona Theatre Company. The event, Sunday, Oct. 16 at 11:30 a.m. at the Lodge at Ventana Canyon, is $39 per person. The luncheon benefits the Elaine Lisberg Scholarship Fund. The Tucson chapter recently renamed its BNC Endowed Scholarship in
memory of Lisberg, a past BNC national and Tucson chapter president. Participants are encouraged to bring teen hygiene products and school supplies for Youth on Their Own. The annual book sale will be held at a new location, Oracle Tower Square, at 3815 N. Oracle Road, Oct. 19-21 and 2628, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. BNC has a depository for book donations in the Tucson Jewish Community Center parking lot. For more information, call 747-3224.
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COMMENTARY If dancing on Simchat Torah makes you feel uneasy, think of it as a test TEDDY WEINBERGER Special to the AJP
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have long had a problem with the central rite of Simchat Torah: dancing. I have nothing against the kind of dancing that requires learning certain steps — I then enjoy the challenge of mastering the particular dance. The dancing on Simchat Torah, however, requires almost no skill and consists largely of trotting around (while singing spirited Hebrew songs), circling people who are carrying Torahs. In traditional synagogues (on the night of Simchat Torah and then again during the day; this year, on Oct. 1-2), a minimum of one hour is devoted to this dancing, and in some synagogues, especially Hasidic ones, the dancing can extend to three hours and more. (I should mention that during the day, the other portions of the synagogue service can also extend to three hours and more.) In practice, I try to attend synagogues on Simchat Torah that feature energetic dancing but that don’t let this go on for hours and hours (criteria that are often mutually
Rabbi Israel Becker claps to the music as Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild carries Congregation Chofetz Chayim’s newly written Torah scroll on Sept. 14, 2014, at a celebration akin to those held on Simchat Torah.
exclusive). Surprisingly, my friend and teacher Rabbi Lior Engelman points out that serious students of Torah also have a problem with the dancing on Simchat Torah. For some, the dancing seems like an improper use of their time because it takes them away from their studies; for others, the dancing makes them appear as less than serious people. Engleman writes: “If the Torah was a collection of intel-
lectual facts, it would be proper, as one year of learning ends and another begins, to conduct a test of knowledge. But our Torah is a Torah of Life. Dancing on Simchat Torah is not just a celebration, it’s also a powerful mirror that every Torah student places in front of their year of learning, a mirror that uncovers the content of the Torah that the person learned. “It’s true: It’s possible to experience To-
rah solely in its intellectual dimensions. It’s possible to acquire a cold and calculated Torah, precise and exact, but also frozen and ossified. A Torah that blocks feeling, that dismisses abilities that are not intellectual. A Torah that knows how to explain and elucidate, to question and answer — but does not know how to live and burn, that does not touch the deepest depths of life. “We are liable to become Torah scholars who know how to teach wonderful classes about happiness, and who are able to skillfully explain the role of the heart in the worship of God, but whose Torah does not know how to dance. We are not able to dance because our natural and simple abilities have dissipated in the air of our learned discussions. Vibrant, happy dancing expresses a living relationship with the Torah that passes through all the forces of the soul. “In Proverbs it is written that ‘the wise shall obtain honor’ (3:35) and a Torah scholar needs to accept the fact that they are given honor because the Torah is See Dancing, page 8
Taking it to the polls — make your vote count for women’s health equity ELLEN HERSHKIN HADASSAH
t’s thrilling to be part of a historical moment when women are stepping into the political arena in recordbreaking numbers. They’re tossing their hats into the ring — left, right and center — in national, statewide and local races. It’s an auspicious lead-in for next year’s
100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. On Tuesday, we celebrated National Voter Registration Day 2018. We have to be in it to win it. I still remember my own first visits to the voting booth, brought by my parents to see American democracy in action. And I’m sentimental thinking about how not long after my own (now-grown) daughter could walk, she was “helping
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me” push the levers in the voting booth. I didn’t have to fight for the right to vote; I’m indebted to those who did. Today, as we march forward for women’s equality we must include women’s health equity. In the past few months, we’ve seen woman after woman speak out publicly to share deeply personal stories about health inequity. Some are women whose excruciating pain is dismissed and told it’s just in their imaginations. Others are women misdiagnosed because their symptoms didn’t meet the male model. There are women prescribed medications based on men’s bodies. These stories are nothing new — but now they’re being heard and read, and their voices are resonating. My hope is that we’ll see real change, in much the way that #MeToo brought women’s sexual harassment stories into the light, creating an unprecedented cultural shift — and palpable change. This year’s candidates know that health care is a top issue for American voters. Our responsibility? To make sure they know we expect them to advance women’s health equity, that we want more than just a nod. We expect change. Statistically speaking, women live longer than men. But women also live “sicker.” Many serious conditions and chronic illnesses afflict more women than men. Autoimmune diseases, which
are three times more common in women, take roughly five years to be correctly diagnosed, and female-specific conditions like endometriosis often take a decade of doctor visits before they’re accurately diagnosed. We’ve seen how our government can play a powerful role in change. It’s been only 30 years since the FDA lifted its ban on women in clinical trials. And while today, women average 46 percent of cardiology research subjects, according to a recent article in the May 2018 edition of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), some studies have women’s participation as low as 22 percent. That’s a lot more than zero, but it’s far from enough when heart disease is the number one killer of American women, taking the lives of more women each year than all cancers combined. Did you know that women are nearly three times more likely to die following a serious heart attack than men, according to another recent study in JACC? Did you know that women and men respond differently to many drugs, including blood pressure medicine, anesthesia, and aspirin, according to the National Institutes of Health? Each of us must speak out to improve maternal health outcomes and preserve women’s access to free and low-cost See Vote, page 8
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR ‘Never Again’ article misrepresents gun control movement I feel uncomfortable writing this letter, but I feel that a response is needed to the recent article written by Dov Marhoffer, “‘Never Again’ belongs to the Holocaust, not the gun control movement,” (AJP 9/14/18). I cannot begin to imagine the horrors that he must have experienced as a Holocaust survivor and I do agree with his views regarding the misappropriation of the slogan “Never Again” by various groups. I do not, however, agree at all with his views in regard to disparaging the gun control movement. Mr. Marhoffer has used the phrase “disarming law-abiding citizens” repeatedly throughout his article as if this is being proposed as the only solution to the gun problem in America. Most of the mainstream movements advocate stricter measures in regard to gun ownership not confiscation of guns from “law abiding
citizens.” What is wrong with background checks, waiting periods, co-ordination between law agencies regarding their various lists of people who should not be allowed to purchase guns and a myriad list of proposals that could make it more difficult for people to obtain guns who shouldn’t have them? I am not naïve enough to believe that any proposal would stop guns from getting into the wrong hands, but I do not feel that false claims should be employed in attacking the problem. Disarming law-abiding citizens is not the sole aim of the majority of Americans who want to see some action taken to help stop the massacre of innocent people due to the easy availability of obtaining weapons, especially assault type guns. — Martin Greene
If ‘Never Again’ saves children from murder, it’s a victory First, I want to thank Dov Marhoffer for his efforts to educate America’s youth on the Holocaust. May he live a long and healthy life and continue this vital work. May he be inscribed for blessing in the book of life and have a sweet new year. But I take issue with his Op-Ed on the use of “Never Again” as a slogan for today’s youth-led anti-gun violence campaign. He asserts that the slogan belongs to the Holocaust. The Holocaust defies a slogan, even if this one was widely employed in its aftermath. The student activists are to be commended for garnering and sustaining national attention to gun violence. It is a public safety and public health threat. My children — my precious children — and I have been too close for comfort to gunshots on more than
one occasion. Once at a backyard barbecue in Tucson, once at a children’s park in Shreveport. There are plenty of other precious children in America. I don’t want them to be murdered. Or me, or Mr. Marhoffer, or anyone. As I wrote recently in the Shreveport Times, if America is going to own half the civilian-owned guns on earth, we need to have half a clue how to regulate them. Unlimited, uneducated, unregulated access to deadly weapons is a recipe for murder and mayhem, not liberty. It’s past time for arms industry regulation. If the “Never Again” slogan gets the job done, I should hope that would bring Mr. Marhoffer pride and comfort for future generations who would be truly liberated from fear of innocent bloodshed in our midst. — Sarah Chen, former Oro Valley resident
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honored, but sometimes the difference between the Torah’s honor and the scholar’s honor is blurred. Sometimes the trappings of honor turn into a way of life and do not remain in the realm of a necessity that the Torah scholar must accept. The truth is revealed when the honor of the Torah ‘collides’ with the personal honor of the Torah scholar. In dancing on Simchat Torah, one’s relationship with Torah becomes clear. If all a person’s learning was before God and in honor of God, it will be easy for them to go out and dance in honor of the name of God. “The simple dancing of Simchat Torah, because of which a person sometimes appears not with their usual status, conveys true honor. The dancing shows that the person has not confused the honor that comes from their wisdom in Torah with the honor of heaven.” Bottom line: On Simchat Torah, everyone get out there and dance! Happy Holiday. Teddy Weinberger, who made aliyah in 1997, writes for several American Jewish newspapers.
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preventive services — like well-women visits, mammograms, diabetes screening, and nutrition counseling. And we must work together to elect leaders who will invest in research, ensure accountability throughout our health-care system, and champion access to quality, affordable, and equitable care. Recently, I came across a small piece of women’s history that resonated deeply with me. Back in 1918, the organization “I Lead” urged President Woodrow Wilson to support suffrage — via telegram. After all, it said, women in Palestinian Jewish villages already had the right. Within a year, American women did, too. Making our voices heard at the polls is essential, an honor and a hard-won right. Human decency demands we use our voices and votes to save lives, to push for national and local policies that will bring equity to research, prevention, treatment, and access to quality care. Health — including women’s health equity — is not a partisan issue. We must make it clear that candidates who want our vote must commit to protecting women’s health and working toward a quality, affordable, and equitable health care system for all. And each of us must do all that we can to help get out the vote. If you’ve never been part of a voter registration drive — now’s the moment. Remember, you’re not just doing it for yourself, but for your daughters, your granddaughters, and future generations yet to come. Ellen Hershkin is national president of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc. The largest Jewish women’s organization in the United States, Hadassah founded the Coalition for Women’s Health Equality in 2016.
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INSIDER’S VIEW NY meeting not chance but divine providence AMIR EDEN WEINTRAUB ISRAEL CENTER
ome people believe we live in a world where everything can be seen and touched. They buy into scientific explanations and find it hard to believe we live in a complex world where there’s much we can’t explain. Here is a true story of divine providence or in Hebrew, hashgacha pratit — divine supervision of the individual. In 2006, I attended a professional development workshop in Florida. As I walked into the lecture hall, a rabbi, whom I’d not previously met, greeted me with hugs and smiles and said, “My brother from another mother!” “Excuse me?” I looked at him with an amused expression, “I do not think we have met.” He smiled and told me that I stood next to him at Mount Sinai as we received the Torah. Well, after we got to know each other, or should I say, “meet again,” the rabbi, whose name is Achiya Delouya, found out that I had served in the Israeli Defense Forces and asked me if I knew anyone in the armored division. I apologized and explained that besides having a brother who served there, I really did not know anyone there. When I asked him why he’d asked me if I had connections there, he explained that he has a friend who developed a fireproof vest that he sold to the American military, and the rabbi convinced him to sell the vests to the Israeli Army for cost. A year passed, and I attended another professional development workshop from the same organization — this time at Columbia University in New York. Rabbi Delouya was also there and asked me if I remembered his request. I felt
bad that I’d forgotten to follow up, and told him that he could Google the number of the Israeli Ministry of Defense Mission to the United States, thinking that could be a good lead. The rabbi handed me his business card and asked me to assist him. After hours of studying, I went up to my room planning to go to bed. Just then my phone rang. On the phone was Ricki, a close friend of my wife’s, who invited me to come to her house for dinner. I was really tired and tried politely to postpone our meeting for the next time I would visit the Big Apple. Ricki was persistent as usual, and after an hour, I was sitting in her dining room enjoying a spectacular Iraqi dinner. The door opened and an Israeli couple joined us. We ate, laughed, and benched (said the blessing over the food.) Before I left to go back to the university, I remembered the rabbi’s request, and asked the man if he knew anyone who might know someone in the Israeli Defense Mission. We were saying goodbye, the Israeli way — which means that we said goodbye, moved out to the lobby, and continued our conversation. There was silence in the room. “Do you know what I do for a living?” he asked me. “No,” I answered. (I had no clue.) “I am the head of the mission!” he responded. I took out the business card I was given earlier, handed it to him and asked him to call the rabbi first thing in the morning. There were 7.909 million people living in New York City in 2007 and more than 32,000 of them were Israeli-Americans; and I met with the right person at the right time. It is now 11 years after that meeting. Somewhere on the Israeli borders, tank crew members are better protected due to that dinner in New York. Amir Eden is the director of the Weintraub Israel Center.
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FIRST PERSON Fifth annual Ride for the Living affirms Jewish vitality today — in Poland RABBI SAMUEL M. COHON Special to the AJP
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his summer my son Boaz and I traveled to Poland for the great pleasure and privilege of participating in the Ride for the Living, a 55mile bicycle ride from Auschwitz-Birkenau to the Jewish Community Center of Krakow, Poland, from the scene of the greatest destruction of our people to a place of renewal, great energy, hope and Jewish vitality. The Ride for the Living is a remarkable event, this year celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Krakow JCC and its own 5th anniversary. It has grown from 15 riders in 2013 to over 200 riders in 2018, and our group included two Holocaust survivors and a three-time American Tour de France champion. My son and I also traveled to Frankfurt and Prague on this journey, but our principal focus was Poland, where we visited Warsaw, Krakow and Gdansk, places of tremendous Jewish interest. Two of my grandparents were born and grew up in Poland, and there was a thousand years of vibrant Jewish life in the country prior to the Shoah. In the 1930s Poland had more Jews than any other place in the world, 3 million people, roughly 10 percent of the entire population of the nation. Until three years ago I had never had any desire to visit Poland. Most of what I knew about the country involved the hard life in impoverished shtetls, our people constantly plagued by anti-Semitism suffered at the hands of gentile Polish neighbors, with periodic brutality inflicted by invading Russians, Germans and Cossacks. Of course this was followed by the
Tucsonans Boaz Cohon (front left) and Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon at the Ride for the Living in Krakow, Poland, June 29
Shoah, the horrific annihilation of the Jewish people by the Nazis. I knew of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising in 1943, its heroism but also its brutal suppression by the Nazis. Poland symbolized, for me, a Jewish graveyard, and there was no reason to visit it. Then in 2015, during a sabbatical trip around the world, I attended the 70th Anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp where 1.3 million Jews were systematically murdered by the Nazis. It was a moving ceremony and powerful, but along the way, in the course of visiting Krakow and Warsaw, Gura Kalawarya and Czestochowa, I discovered that Poland was a very different place than I had been led to believe. While the contemporary Jewish popula-
tion was tiny compared to what it had been before the Holocaust and the subsequent 45 years of Communist repression, I found that now it was vibrant and deeply interested in reviving Jewish identity, spirituality and study. And surprisingly — stunningly — the young non-Jewish Poles I met were incredibly interested in Judaism and expressed that something important was missing in their country. That “something” was the Jewish population that had been integral to their nation and culture for a millennium. This was most evident in Krakow, second largest city in Poland and in many ways its cultural capital, a place of gorgeous old buildings from castles to cathedrals to 19th century palaces, with a vibrant and active Jewish area called Ka-
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zimierz. I discovered that the JCC had many non-Jewish young Poles who energetically volunteered and worked there and found it to be a tremendously fulfilling and exciting place. They helped Holocaust survivors, learned about Judaism, came to Shabbat and holiday dinners, were active and committed to the development of Jewish life. That trip in January 2015 also was partly to visit the man who had received our Cohon Memorial Foundation award for his work for Jewish unity and education for founding the JCC in Krakow, Jonathan Ornstein. It was January, so brutally cold, but still I found myself captivated by Poland. The people were warm and kind, the food was shockingly good as was the beer, and there was much to see. There were so many things that seemed familiar and, well, remarkably Jewish, from food to music to art. Last spring I asked Boaz if he was interested in a post-college graduation trip in which we would indulge our mutual enjoyment of cycling, connect to a fascinating Jewish revival and see some of Poland and Europe. He surprised me by being not only interested but eager to go. He wanted to see a concentration camp firsthand, and felt it was important to assert a positive Jewish presence when the Polish government had just passed a law criminalizing any mention that Poland was complicit in any part of the Holocaust. On this visit we would be going in summer, when Poland is pleasant, it only rains a bit each day, and when the Ride for the Living was timed to coincide with the largest Jewish Festival in Europe, See Ride, page 12
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which takes place in Krakow at the end of June. We had an extraordinary time, exploring Warsaw and its phenomenal POLIN Museum, which traces 1,000 years of Jewish history in Poland (it was voted European Museum of the year in 2016) as well as the Polish Uprising Museum, a memorial to the Poles’ brutal fight against the Nazis in 1945. I helped lead Shabbat services in both Warsaw and Krakow, which led to friendships and connections with some of the vibrant non-Orthodox Jewish communities there. We toured Gdansk, a lovely city on the Baltic Sea where the Solidarity Movement began, the popular movement that ultimately defeated Communism in Poland and started its fall everywhere behind the Iron Curtain. And we came to Krakow, experienced its charm and beauty, attended Jewish Festival events and concerts, and recorded some interviews for The Too Jewish Radio Show. Then we toured Auschwitz with the Ride for the Living group, and the next day participated in the ride itself. There is no way to fully describe the solidarity of riding with over 200 people joined together for this powerful and good purpose. We began before the entrance gate of Auschwitz with speeches by two Holocaust survivors who rode with us — Bernard Offen, 88 years old, and Marcel Zielinski, 83. Both had walked out of Auschwitz
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y mother’s stuffed cabbage is one of my favorite dishes. She makes it with ground beef and rice, and simmers the stuffed cabbage leaves in a rich, savory tomato sauce. I could eat trays of it. My late grandmother used to make a vegetarian version that included rice, mushrooms and barley. The sauce was sweeter than my mother’s, leaning a little more to the Polish side of tradition, where sweet foods are more prevalent. I could also eat trays of her stuffed cabbage, and I savored the scent of her cooking it up on special days before Sukkot and Simchat Torah. There are countless delicious ways to make stuffed cabbage, with influences ranging from Eastern Europe to Asia, but all of them are undoubtedly a patchke (a bit of work). The leaves need to be boiled or frozen to become pliable enough for stuffing and wrapping, and the process from start to finish can take a good couple of hours. It wasn’t until Sukkot of last year when I helped one of my aunts make kraut lokshen, or cabbage noodles, an Ashkenazi cabbage dish made of sauteed cabbage and egg noodles, that I thought of making unstuffed cabbage. Inspired by my aunt’s simple but delicious dish, I realized that instead of stuffing each cabbage leaf separately, I could cook everything together in one big pot, eliminating most of the work but none of the taste. These unstuffed cabbage noodles combine the best elements of each dish — the cabbage and egg noodles from kraut lokshen, the meat and tomato sauce from stuffed cabbage — for a dish that’s hearty, savory and delicious. Smoky, salty beef bacon adds a layer of savory flavor to the dish, a tablespoon of sugar perks up the
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Tucson community generosity inspires hospital’s healing art therapy program DEBE CAMPBELL AJP Assistant Editor
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ealing literally surrounds you upon entering Tucson Medical Center. The largest single story hospital in the U.S. has nearly eight miles of hallways that have transformed into an expansive art gallery through the TMC Healing Arts Program, curated by Lauren Rabb who, like many in this story, is a member of the Tucson Jewish community. The Healing Arts Program began in 2014 to help patients heal in surroundings that inspire, encourage and cheer. Tucsonans Doris and Len Coris donated a large art collection to the hospital foundation, planting the seed for the healing arts program. Nearly 1,000 donated art works now grace the halls on the main hospital campus, off-campus patient units and clinics. “It’s not what you think of as medical office art, it is quality art,” Rabb enthuses. Next month, the program will hang its 1,000th piece of art,
Lauren Rabb, left, and Jacquelyn Feller stand before “Untitled Rainbow,” donated to Tucson Medical Center by artist Bob Kray II. It hangs near TMC’s south orthopedic unit entrance.
by Dr. Larry Haas, during a special celebration and reception. Recent research shows that art in hospitals makes everyone feel better — reducing pain and anxiety, speeding recovery and often shortening hospital
stays. TMC’s well-designed art program improves the environment for patients, visitors and staff, Rabb says. “There’s a magic that happens between the art and the viewer, a space where the human spirit soars. What better place to
have that experience than in a hospital,” says Esther M. Sternberg, M.D., local author of “The Balance Within: The Science Connecting Health and Emotions.” She is the research director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, and has done extensive study on brain–immune interactions and the effects of the brain’s stress response on health. In the late 20th century, scientists began studying how space affects both mental and physical health. As a National Institute of Health researcher, Sternberg chronicles research on the neural pathways that connect sensory perception of the environment with the ability to heal. She concluded, for example, that noise induces stress, which can impede healing. “While patients are receiving the exact, same care now as prior to the [healing arts] program, they feel they’re getting better care from the staff,” Rabb says. The nursing staff use art for exercise or See Art, page 18
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ot only does Ilene Rosenheim feel like royalty, she was also selected the Arizona State Queen for 2018 by the international weight loss support group Take Off Pounds Sensibly. TOPS founder Esther Manz felt members who achieved weight goals should be treated like royalty. Each year the biggest losers in each state are crowned king and queen, with a pair of runnersup. Rosenheim, who credits the 300,000-strong nonprofit membership program for a huge part of her success, was selected for losing 100 pounds. In this role, she becomes a motivational spokesperson, attending area recognition days this autumn and speaking at various chapter meetings. She will speak at the TOPS annual state convention in May. “I’ve struggled my whole life,” Rosenheim recounts. “Four years back my doctor recommended TOPS, and I joined. Everyone was very welcoming and kind. I did well when I first joined, then life got in the way and I gained back everything I’d lost.” A new doctor suggested a new diet. “Finding the low carb diet was a great fit and a big help. You have to find something you can live with.” She says that in the past, she would come home from work tired and did not want to cook, so she would grab something on the way, eat and go to sleep. Then something snapped. It wasn’t a particular event or that the doctor added high blood pressure medication. “That never phased me,” she recalls. She started back at TOPS seriously in January 2017, reaching her first goal by September. She lowered that goal twice and by November, had lost 110 pounds total. Suddenly she was more involved in TOPS, becoming a chapter co-leader and weight recorder. “I was always a member but needed to get more involved, to represent
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR The calendar deadline is Tuesday, 10 days before the issue date. Our next issue will be published Oct. 12, 2018. Events may be emailed to email@example.com, faxed to 319-1118, or mailed to the AJP at 3718 E. River Road, #272, Tucson, AZ 85718. For more information, call 319-1112. See Area Congregations on page 4 for additional synagogue events. Men’s Mishnah club with Rabbi Israel Becker at Cong. Chofetz Chayim. Sundays, 7:15 a.m.; Monday-Friday, 6:15 a.m.; Saturdays, 8:15 a.m. 747-7780 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Chabad of Sierra Vista men’s tefillin club with Rabbi Benzion Shemtov, first Sundays, 9 a.m., at 401 Suffolk Drive. 820-6256 or www. jewishsierravista.com. “Too Jewish” radio show with Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon on KVOI 1030 AM (also KAPR and KJAA), Sundays at 9 a.m. Sept. 30, Steven R. Weisman, author of “The Chosen Wars: How Judaism Became an American Religion.” Beth Shalom Temple Center of Green Valley bagel breakfast and Yiddish club, first Sundays, 9:30 a.m. Members, $7; nonmembers, $10. 648-6690 or 399-3474. Southern Arizona Jewish Genealogy Society, second Sundays, 1-3 p.m. at the Tucson J. Contact Barbara Stern Mannlein at 731-0300 or the J at 299-3000. Tucson J Israeli Dance, taught by Brandi Hawkins, 2nd and 4th Sundays, partners, 4:45-6 p.m., open circle, 6-7 p.m. Members, $8; nonmembers, $10. 299-3000. Cong. Anshei Israel parent-tot class, led by Lindsey Embree. Mondays, 9-11 a.m. Children up to 24 months and their parent(s). Free. Man-
Friday / September 28
11 AM: Jewish History Museum/Holocaust History Center gallery chat on “Anti-Semitism and Exclusion.” 564 S. Stone Ave. 6709073 or www.jewishhistorymuseum.org. 5:30-6:30 PM Tucson J Sukkot Family Picnic. Bring picnic dinner and blanket. Challah, drinks and dessert provided. Free. 299-3000 or www.tucsonjcc.org. 5:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Shabbat Sukkot Rocks! service with Rabbi Batsheva Appel and the Avanim Rock Band, followed at 6:30 p.m. with Spaghetti Under the Sukkah dinner, and 7:30 p.m. traditional Sukkot chapel service with the choir. Dinner $10 for adults, $5 for kids 6-12, free for kids under 6. RSVP for dinner at 327-4501. 6:30 PM: Cong. Or Chadash Sukkot celebration and Shabbat service Under the Stars, preceded by potluck dinner at 5:30 p.m. 5128500 or www.octucson.org.
Saturday / September 29
9:30 AM: Temple Emanu-El Sukkot festival morning service. 327-4501 or www.tetucson. org.
Sunday / September 30
7:30 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel Hoshanah Rabbah service. 745-5550 or www.caiaz.org. 9:30 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel Men’s Club breakfast with religious school students and parents, in the sukkah. Free. Contact Cary Fishman at 730-5282 or email@example.com.
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ONGOING datory vaccination policy. Call Nancy Auslander at 745-5550 or visit www.caiaz.org. Temple Emanu-El mah jongg, Mondays, 10 a.m. 327-4501. Cong. Anshei Israel mah jongg, Mondays, 10 a.m.-noon. All levels, men and women. Contact Evelyn at 885-4102 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Tucson J current events discussion, Mondays, noon-1:30 p.m. Members, $1; nonmembers, $2. Bring or buy lunch, 11:30 a.m. 2993000, ext. 147. Cong. Bet Shalom yoga. Mondays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. $5. 577-1171. Jewish sobriety support group meets Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m. at Cong. Bet Shalom. email@example.com. Spouse Bereavement Group, cosponsored by Widowed to Widowed, Inc. at the Tucson J, Tuesdays, 10 a.m. Contact Marvin at 885-2005 or Tanya at 299-3000, ext. 147. JFCS Holocaust Survivors group meets Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-noon. Contact Raisa Moroz at 795-0300. Integral Jewish Meditation group led 11 AM-3 PM: This is Tucson 2018 School Fair. Local schools will exhibit their programs. At Tucson J. Free but tickets are required at www. tucson.com/schoolfair. 12:30-2 PM: Tucson Hebrew Academy and PJ Library presents Splish-Splash in the Sukkah! Lunch, story time, water activities. Free. RSVP at www.jfsa.org/splishsplash. Contact Mary Ellen at 647-8443 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 2-6 PM: Jewish Community Theater of Tucson auditions for a reading of “Under Midwestern Stars” by Esther Blumenfeld. At Tucson J. Performance will be Nov. 11 at 3 p.m. For an audition time, contact Blumenfeld at email@example.com. 5 PM: Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging/Congregation Eshel Avraham Shemini Atzeret festival dinner at Handmaker. 2221 N. Rosemont Blvd. 322-3622. 5:30 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Erev Shemini Atzeret service. 745-5550 or www.caiaz.org. 6:30 PM: Cong. Or Chadash Simchat Torah and 3rd and 4th grade consecration. 5128500 or www.octucson.org.
Monday / October 1 9 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel Shemini Atzeret service, followed at 10:30 a.m. by Yizkor/ Yahrzeit plaque dedication. 745-5550 or www.caiaz.org. 9:30 AM: Temple Emanu-El Shemini Atzeret festival morning and Yizkor service. 3274501 or www.tetucson.org.
by Brian Schachter-Brooks, Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., at Cong. Bet Shalom, free. www.torahofawakening.com. Tucson J social bridge. Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon-3 p.m., year round. Drop-ins welcome. Meets in library on second floor. 2993000. Tucson J canasta group. Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon. Instruction available and a beginners’ table every week. Call or text Lisa at 977-4054.
Chabad of Sierra Vista women’s class with Rabbi Benzion Shemtov, last Wednesdays, 2 p.m., 401 Suffolk Drive. 820-6256 or www.jewishsierravista.com. Chabad Tucson lunch and learn with Rabbi Yehuda Ceitlin, Wednesdays, 12:15 p.m. at 5th Street Kitchen and Deli, 5071 E. Fifth St. info@ ChabadTucson.com. Jewish mothers/grandmothers special needs support group for those with children/grandchildren, youth or adult, with special needs, third Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. at Tucson J. Contact Joyce Stuehringer at 299-5920.
Cong. Anshei Israel Talmud on Tuesday with Rabbi Robert Eisen. Meets 6 p.m. 745-5550.
Temple Emanu-El Jewish novels club with Linda Levine. Third Thursdays, 2-4 p.m. 3274501.
Tucson J Israeli dance classes. Tuesdays. Beginners, 7:30 p.m.; intermediate, 8:15 p.m.; advanced, 9 p.m. Taught by Lisa Goldberg. Members, $8; nonmembers, $10. 299-3000.
“Biblical Breakthroughs with Rabbi Becker” at the Southwest Torah Institute. Fridays, noon, for men and women. 747-7780 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cong. Anshei Israel gentle chair yoga with Lois Graham, Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Members of Women’s League, $6 per class; nonmembers, $8 per class. Contact Evelyn at 885-4102 or email@example.com.
Jewish History Museum/Holocaust History Center new core exhibition, “Meanings Not Yet Imagined.” 564 S. Stone Ave. 670-9073.
Temple Emanu-El Talmud Study, Wednesdays, 10 -11:30 a.m. Text required, call 3274501. 9:30 AM: Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging/Congregation Eshel Avraham Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah service, followed at 11:30 a.m. by Yizkor service and oneg at 12:30 p.m. at Handmaker. 2221 N. Rosemont Blvd. Call 322-3622. 10 AM: Cong. Or Chadash Shemini Atzeret Yizkor service. 512-8500 or www.octucson.org. 5:30 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Community Simchat Torah Dinner & Celebration, followed at 6:13 p.m. by Hakafot with Israeli singing, dancing and dessert. Free for celebration. Dinner including alcohol for adults, members, $10 adults, $5 children 2+; nonmember $15 adults, $10 children 2+. RSVP for availability at 745-5550 or www.caiaz.org. 6:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Simchat Torah Klezmer Celebration and Consecration, preceded at 5:45 p.m. by Simchat Torah pizza party. 327-4501 or www.tetucson.org.
Tuesday / October 2 9 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel Community Simchat Torah Celebration & Lunch. Torah presentation by shinshinit Rotem Rappaport. Free. RSVP required for lunch. RSVP for availability at 745-5550 or www.caiaz.org. 7 PM: Cong. Or Chadash Sisterhood and social justice and action committee present “The Mitzvah of Welcoming Refugees.” Discussion with representatives from Casa Alitas shelter, Rabbi Thomas Louchheim, and Lynn Marcus, director of the Immigration Law Clinic at the University of Arizona. 512-8500.
Tucson J Fine Art Gallery show, “Simcha,” with 13 members of the Jewish Artists Group, through Oct. 3. Fiber Artists of Southern Arizona, Oct. 4-Nov. 1. 299-3000.
Wednesday / October 3
10-11:30 AM Tucson J Beginning Hand Drumming class. Continues through Oct. 31. Members, $89; nonmembers, $95, plus $30 rental fee for conga drum. Register at www.tucsonjcc. org or call Jennifer Selco at 299-3000.
Thursday / October 4
6:30 PM: JFSA Women’s Philanthropy Annual Welcome, Many Voices Impacting as One, with Sarah Shulkind, head of school at Alice & Nahum Lainer School in Los Angeles. $10 gift cards for Women’s Philanthropy Mitzvah Magic requested in honor of program’s 10th anniversary. $36 includes light supper, wine and dessert. At Harvey & Deanna Evenchik Center for Jewish Philanthropy. RSVP for availability to firstname.lastname@example.org or online at www.jfsa.org/ wpannualwelcome2018. 7-8:30 PM: Tucson Jews for Justice meeting with Carlos Galindo-Elvira of the Arizona chapter of the Anti-Defamation League speaking on “Combating Growing AntiSemitism and Extremism.” At Tucson J. Contact Tony Zinman at 390-5794 or zinmanlaw@ yahoo.com.
Friday / October 5
5:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Tot Kabbalat Shabbat Service followed by dairy dinner at 6 p.m. Dinner $12 for adults, free for kids under 12. RSVP for dinner at 327-4501. 5:45 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Tot Shabbat Service. Dinner at 6:15 p.m.: members, $25 family of 2 adults and up to 4 children;
nonmember family $30; adult (13+) $10. RSVP for dinner to Kim at 745-5550, ext. 224. 6:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El “Preparing to Pray” followed at 7:30 p.m. by Shabbat service with Rabbi Batsheva Appel. 327-4501.
Saturday / October 6
8 AM: Temple Emanu-El Wandering Jews hike and Shabbat morning service, Yetman Trail with Rabbi Batsheva Appel. 327-4501. 9-9:45 AM: Cong. Or Chadash Torah Cantillation class, Saturdays through Dec. 8. Basic Hebrew reading skills required. Members, free; nonmembers, $36. Register with Sarah at 9007027 or email@example.com. NOON: Cong. Anshei Israel “Read It & Meet” book discussion on “The Lost Letter” by Jillian Cantor. Contact Helen Rib at 299-0340 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday / October 7
11:35 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel Blessing of the Pets. Pets must be leashed or caged. 745-5550. 1 PM: Temple Emanu-El concert series presents Andy Thurlow’s “Anarchestra” of one-of-kind easy-to-play instruments. Event is performance — and family-friendly “instrument petting zoo.” Cosponsored by Tucson Children’s Museum. $5. 327-4501. 1-3 PM: Tucson J, PJ Library and PJ Our Way, Day at the Zoo. Meet a zoo ambassador, scavenger hunt, giraffe feeding, carousel, PJ story. At Reid Park Zoo, 3400 E. Zoo Ct. $10 per immediate family, includes zoo admission. 299-3000 or www.tucsonjcc.org/zoo. 2-4 PM: Tucson J Fiber Artists of Southern Arizona Artists reception. Free.. 299-3000 or www.tucsonjcc.org. 7:30-9:30 PM: Weintraub Israel Center Israeli Sing-Along and dinner, in Hebrew (with supertitles) and English with song leaders Erez and Gal, and special guest Paz Shahrian. At the JFSA building, 3718 E. River Rd. $10. Register at www.jfsa.org/wicsingalong or contact Amir Eden at 577-9393.
Monday / October 8
NOON: Cong. Or Chadash Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Louchheim. Discussion of “The Nine Questions People Ask About Judaism,” by Dennis Prager and Joseph Telushkin. Bring lunch. Continues Mondays. $36. 512-8500 or www.octucson.org. 2 PM: Brandeis National Committee/Tucson Museum of Art lecture at Handmaker, “Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright: Places of Genius, with Betsey Parlato, docent at TMA. 2221 N. Rosemont Blvd, in the Great Room. First in a series of art lectures at Handmaker. Contact Nanci Levy at 322-3632 or email@example.com.
Wednesday / October 10 8-9:30 AM: Jewish Business Network meeting. At Tucson J. 299-3000, ext. 241, or firstname.lastname@example.org. 7 PM: UA Fred Fox School of Music’s Music + Festival 2018: Claude Debussy and Daniel Asia presents Concert I: The Amernet String Quartet. Holsclaw Hall, $10, $7 UA employees
and seniors 55+, $5 students. Tickets at 6211162 or tickets.arizona.edu. Festival continues through Oct. 16, with conference, symposium and concerts. www.music.arizona.edu.
Thursday / October 11
6-7:30 PM Tucson J Learn About Wildlife Tracking class with Michelle Kostuk. Members, $10; nonmembers, $15. Register at www. tucsonjcc.org or call Jennifer Selco at 299-3000.
Friday / October 12
5:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Seeking Shabbat service, preceded by wine and cheese at 5 p.m. 327-4501. 9:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Downtown Shabbat at Jewish History Museum, 564 S. Stone Ave., with Rabbi Batsheva Appel and Armon Bizman band. 327-4501.
Sunday / October 14
10 AM-NOON: JFCS CHAI Circle meeting, for women with or survivors of cancer. At 11:40 a.m., annual CHAI Circle Memorial Event in the Sculpture Garden. Free. At Tucson J. RSVP to Irene Gefter at 795-0300, ext. 2271 or igefter@ jfcstucson.org or email@example.com. 10:30-12:30 PM: Desert Caucus brunch with Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY). Guests should be potential members. For details, RSVP at 490-1453 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 2-3:30 PM: The Tucson J Jewish Jazz Connection series, “The Music, Life & Times of George & Ira Gershwin” with the Robin Bessier Band. At Tucson J. $10. 299-3000 or www. tucsonjcc.org/programs/arts/special-events. 1-5 PM: Temple Emanu-El Hebrew Marathon with Cantorial Soloist Marjorie Hochberg. Continues Oct. 15, 6–9 p.m. Members, $45; nonmembers, $60. Register at 327-4501.
Monday / October 15
6 PM: JFSA 2019 Campaign training for volunteers with development expert Dirk Bird. Dinner provided. At 3718 E. River Rd. RSVP to www. jfsa.org/dirkbird or email@example.com.
Tuesday / October 16
11:30 AM: Brandeis National Committee Fall Opening Luncheon with Billy Russo, managing director of the Arizona Theatre Company. At The Lodge at Ventana Canyon, 6200 N. Club House Lane. Profits support Elaine Lisberg Scholarship Fund. Bring hygiene products and school supplies for Youth On Their Own. $39. RSVP by Oct. 10, by mailing check, payable to BNC, to Soralè Fortman, 6300 E. Speedway Blvd., #1321, Tucson, AZ 85710. NOON-1 PM: Cong. Or Chadash book club discusses “Heretics” by Leonard Padura. 5128500 or www.octucson.org. 4-6 PM: Cong. Or Chadash grief workshop. Continues Oct. 30. $18. 512-8500 or www.octucson.org. 7-8:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El adult education class, “Genesis: Seven Days, Many Voices” with Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz. Members, $10; nonmembers, $15. Contact 327-4501.
UPCOMING Thursday / October 18
1 PM: Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging Lecture with Rabbi Hazzan Avi Alpert on “The State of Israel” in the Rubin Café. Free. 2221 N. Rosemont Blvd. RSVP to Nanci Levy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 322-3632. 5:30-7 PM Tucson J Introduction To Memoir Writing with author Edie Jarolim. Continues Thursdays through Nov. 15. Members, $75; nonmembers, $85. Register at www.tucsonjcc.org or call Jennifer Selco at 299-3000.
Friday / October 19
5:45 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Community Shabbat Under the Stars & Family Shabbat Dinner, dinner at 7 p.m.: members, $25 family of 2 adults and up to 4 children; nonmember family $30; adult (13+) $10. RSVP by Oct. 15, to Kim at 745-5550, ext. 224 or www.caiaz.org.
Sunday / October 21
10-11:30 AM: Southwest Torah Institute class for women, 40 Days to Become a Better You!, “The Magic of Order,” with Esther Becker. Continues Sundays through Nov. 11. At Cong. Chofetz Chayim. $90. Register at www. tucsontorah.org/40-day-challenge-coursefor-women.html or call 747-7780. 11:15 AM: Hadassah Southern Arizona fashion show, “Walkin’ and Rollin’ Down the Runway.” Fashions by Dillard’s Department Store, emceed by Matthew Schwartz, KVOA investigative reporter, at Country Club of La Cholla, 8700 N. La Cholla Blvd. $36. RSVP by
mailing check, payable to Hadassah, by Oct. 8 to Ruth Osobow, 8701 S. Kolb Road, #12-226, Tucson, AZ 85756. For questions, call Rochelle Roth at 403-6619.
Wednesday / October 24
7-8:30 PM: Chabad Tucson presents sixweek class, “Wrestling with Faith.” At Tucson J. $99 includes textbook. Contact info@ chabadtucson.com or 299-3000.
Thursday / October 25
7-9 PM: Chabad Tucson and Tucson J present annual Mega Challah Bake for women and girls. Early bird registration, $25. Regular tickets, $36. RSVP at www.megachallahtucson.com.
Sunday / October 28
10 AM-NOON: LEAH (Let’s End Abusive Households) a program of JFCS and community partner Hadassah Nurses Council present “Domestic Violence and the Impact on Our Community: Let’s Work Together to End the Problem and Become Part of the Solution,” with Joan-e Rapine, MS, LAC, NCC, clinical therapist at JFCS. Free. At JFCS, 4301 E. 5th St. RSVP to Irene Gefter at email@example.com or 795-0300, ext. 2271. NOON: Jewish History Museum Fall Benefit, “Writing Our History” with presentation by Samuel Kassow, author of “Who Will Write Our History,” honoring Marianne and Allen Langer, at Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa, 245 E. Ina Road. $100. RSVP at www.jewishhistorymuseum.org/fall-benefit.
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Jewish Federation-Northwest chair yoga with a Jewish flair taught by Bonnie Golden. Mondays, 10-11 a.m. $7 per class or $25 for four. 505-4161 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Northwest Needlers create hand-stitched items for donation in the Jewish community. Meets at Jewish Federation Northwest Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m. RSVP to judithgfeldman@gmail. com or 505-4161. Jewish Federation-Northwest mah jongg, meets Wednesdays, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., 505-4161. Chabad of Oro Valley adult education class, Jewish learning with Rabbi Ephraim Zimmerman. Wednesdays at 7 p.m., at 1217 W. Faldo Drive. 477-8672 or www.jewishorovalley.com.
Thursday / October 4
10 AM: Jewish Federation-Northwest, “Getting to Know Us,” with Phyllis Gold, director of the Northwest Division of the JFSA. Bagels and coffee. Free. 190 N. Magee Road, Ste. 162. 505-4161 or email@example.com.
Sunday / October 7
9 AM: Jewish Federation-Northwest 4th Annual Mah Jongg Tournament & Silent Auction. $40 includes continental breakfast and lunch. 190 N. Magee Road, Ste. 162. RSVP by Oct. 3 to 505-4161 or www.jfsa.org/ NWmahjtournament2018.
Tuesday / October 9
6-8:30 PM: Jewish Federation-Northwest Rosh Chodesh Women's Group movie night, “Disobedience,” rated R. Free. 190 N. Magee Road, Ste. 162. RSVP to 505-4161, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.jfsa.org/ nwmovienight2018.
Thursday / October 11
2 PM: Chabad of Oro Valley “Torah and Tea” six-week free program for women, with Mushkie Zimmerman. At 1217 W. Faldo Drive. 477-8672 or email@example.com.
UPCOMING Friday / October 19
5-6 PM: Jewish Federation-Northwest Tot Shabbat in the Northwest, with Rabbi Batsheva Appel and PJ Library. Free. At Jewish Federation Northwest, 190 N. Magee Road, Ste. 162. 505-4161.
Sunday / October 21
6:30-8 PM: Chabad Oro Valley presents six-week class, “Wrestling with Faith.” The Highlands at Dove Mountain clubhouse, 4949 W. Heritage Club Blvd., Marana. Second option begins Tuesday, Oct. 23, 10-11:30 AM at Golder Ranch Fire Station, 1175 W. Magee Road. $99 includes textbook. Register at www. jewishorovalley.com/jli or call 477-8672. September 28, 2018, ARIZONA JEWISH POST
OBITUARIES Harold Hirshberg Harold Murray Hirshberg of Park Ridge, New Jersey, 99, died Sept.18, 2018. Born in Paterson, New Jersey, Mr. Hirshberg attended Rutgers University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration and a Master of Arts degree. After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, he worked on a Colorado ranch and tried his hand at the export-import business before marrying and becoming the CEO and owner of Federal Supply Corp. of Paterson. Upon retirement, he acquired and rehabilitated real estate and multiple businesses. He served on the boards of
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Barnert Hospital and the YMHA of Bergen County as well more than 60 years on the Cedar Park Cemetery board. Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Elise Hirshberg; children, Jeffrey (Shelley) Hirshberg of Buffalo, New York, and Amy Hirshberg Lederman of Tucson; five grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren. Services and interment were held at Cedar Park Cemetery in Paramus, New Jersey. Memorial contributions may be made to The American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science, the Jewish Guild for the Blind, or the Southern Poverty Law Center.
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Adam Brish Adam Brish, M.D., age 93, of Marquette, Michigan, and Sun City West, Arizona, died Sept. 11, 2018 in Surprise, Arizona. Dr. Brish was born in Lodz, Poland, to Sura and Yeshayahu Brysz. A Holocaust survivor, he ultimately survived by hiding in the Lodz Ghetto with his father, until liberation by the Russians at the end of World War II. He graduated from the University of Lodz in 1951 with a medical degree and became a neurosurgeon. He served in the Polish army as a doctor but was unable to become head of his unit due to religious discrimination. He left Poland on a tourist visa to visit his father in Israel, never to return to Poland. Dr. Brish joined the Israeli Defense Forces as a neurosurgeon and worked at Tel HaShomer, Israel’s first military hospital. The Israeli government sent him to Ethiopia to help assess the need for neurological facilities in Addis Ababa, where he was invited to attend a conferring of degrees with Emperor Haile Selassie. At Tel HaShomer, he met Patricia Kühl, who was working there as a
registered nurse. They were soon married and moved to the United States in 1963. Dr. Brish completed additional training in Brookline, Massachusetts, and New Brunswick, New Jersey, before taking a position in Kenosha, Wisconsin. In 1966, he was offered a job as the Upper Peninsula of Michigan’s first neurosurgeon at St. Luke’s Hospital in Marquette. He spent the remainder of his career at Marquette General Hospital and in his private practice, Neurological Surgery Associates. In 1992, the Adam Brish Neurosciences Lecture Award was created; it is presented annually to a physician at the Marquette General Neuroscience Conference. Dr. Brish was featured in Steven Spielberg’s Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation project in July 1998. After retiring in 1993, Dr. Brish spent winters in Arizona. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Patricia Brish of Sun City West; children, Susan (Scott Arden) Brish of Tucson and Harry (Maureen) Brish of Tempe; and three grandchildren. Graveside services were held at Mt. Sinai cemetery in Phoenix. Memorial contributions may be made to Temple Beth Sholom, 223 Blaker St., Marquette, MI 49855.
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Howard Lee Rapoport, 89, died Sept. 19, 2018. Educated in St. Louis, Mr. Rapoport graduated from University City High School and later Washington University with a degree in business. Among his duties while in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict was serving as his company’s bugler. He later held positions of vice president and executive vice president, merchandise manager with major retailers FamousBarr and Levy’s. He was president and owner of the College Shops in Arizona, Texas and New Mexico. Before retiring, he established a retail consulting firm, Raptech Consulting Services. Before settling in Tucson, Mr. Rapoport served on the board of directors of the St. Louis Area Boy Scout Council, Clayton Cham-
ber of Commerce and the St. Louis Jewish Community Center Association. In Tucson, he was the first vice president of the Tucson Symphony, president of the El Con Merchants Association and president of the Camino del Rey Home Owners’ Association. Mr. Rapoport was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Elaine Klein Rapoport; his brother, Warren Rapoport; and sister, Erma Morris. Survivors include his children, Robin Abootalebi of Tucson and Edward Rapoport and his fiancée Marci Kaminsky of Chicago; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and his brother-in-law, Louis (Rita) Klein. A graveside service was held at Evergreen Cemetery with Rabbi Thomas Louchheim of Congregation Or Chadash officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to either Peppi’s House or Congregation Or Chadash.
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Liz Kanter Groskind was recently installed as the board chair of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, a national advocacy organization, for a three-year term. With a background in management, executive coaching, marketing, human resources and charitable planning, she has run her own consulting business for 20 years. A native of Detroit now living in Tucson, she is president of the B’nai B’rith Gerd and Inge Strauss Manor on Pantano, a lowincome senior residence in Tucson. She has served on the boards of the Jewish Community Relations Council, Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, Social Venture Partners and The Gregory School. In Detroit, she served as board chair of JVS, a nonprofit human service agency, and was president of the Young Adult division of the Jewish Federations of Metropolitan Detroit, among other leadership roles. She is a graduate of Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts.
Arizona Theatre Company Artistic Director David Ivers will return to his native California after being named artistic director at the 55-year-old Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory Theatre in Costa Mesa, California. Ivers will continue his ATC co-executive leadership responsibilities with Managing Director Billy Russo until assuming the new position full-time next March. He will direct ATC’s upcoming production of “The Music Man.” Invisible Theatre will hold a costume and prop yard sale as a fundraiser on Sunday, Oct. 7, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the theater, 1400 N. First Ave. For more information, call 884-0672. Matthew A. Goldstein has joined Farhang & Medcoff as senior counsel. Goldstein is chairman of the firm’s international trade group, which focuses on export controls compliance, regulatory matters, internal investigations, and litigation. Goldstein previously advised several federal agencies and served as an industry representative before the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Commerce pursuant to executive branch appointments under the Federal Advisory Committee Act. He is a graduate of Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, magna cum laude. He was inducted into the Order of the Coif, and was a Willard H. Pedrick Scholar. Goldstein also holds a Master of Arts degree from the Nelson Rockefeller School of Public Affairs and Policy at the State University of New York at Albany. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Arizona.
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Tucson J revamps art gallery The Tucson Jewish Community Center revealed its renovated Fine Art Gallery on Sunday, Sept. 16 at the artists’ reception for “Simcha,” a group show featuring 13 members of the Tucson Jewish Artists. Approximately 100 people turned out for the exhibit. The gallery features a state-of-the-art picture display system. An exhibit of Fiber Artists of Southern Arizona, Oct. 4-Nov. 1, will follow the Simcha show, which ends Oct. 3. In addition to a reception on Sunday, Oct. 7, from 2-4 p.m., the artists will lead gallery talks on Tuesdays at 3 p.m. on Oct. 9, 16, 23, and 30.
David B. Kay, M.D., has joined Arizona Glaucoma Specialists after completing his ophthalmology residency at the University of Texas, where he was chief resident. Kay joins his father, Jeffrey S. Kay, M.D., in the medical practice that he founded in 1987. A native Tucsonan, Kay earned his Bachelor of Science in engineering from Barrett, The Honors College, Arizona State University, and his medical degree from Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He completed his internship with Tucson Hospitals Medical Education Program. Two Mesch Clark Rothschild attorneys were selected as Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America for 2019. Frederick Petersen was named Lawyer of the Year in the area of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law. Richard Davis was named Lawyer of the Year in the area of Personal Injury Litigation Defendants. Emery Barker, Douglas Clark, Gary Cohen, Melvin Cohen, Richard Davis, Sara Derrick, Paul Loucks, Michael McGrath, Frederick Petersen, and Isaac Rothschild also were recognized as the Best Lawyers in America in more than 23 categories. Bruce Ash, the Republican National Committeeman for Arizona, has re-launched news/ talk show Inside Track on KVOI 1030AM, Saturdays noon to 1 p.m. The show features many local, state and national leaders and will cover news and events of the day as well as take callers. It can be live streamed at www.KVOI.com or through most mobile radio apps. Send news of your simchas to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 319-1112
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NEWS BRIEFS Jewish rookie quarterback Josh quarterback’s father is Charles Rosen, a rael and backing a freeze on British arms
Rosen will start on Sunday for the Arizona Cardinals. Rosen, 21, who was the team’s first-round draft pick, was named the team’s starter against the Seattle Seahawks on Monday, a day after he entered a game against the Chicago Bears with 4:31 left in the game. The Cardinals lost 16-14. Sam Bradford, the team’s previous starting quarterback, will be Rosen’s backup, Cardinals coach Steve Wilks announced. Rosen, the 10th overall pick in the National Football League draft, thanked Bradford in a post on Instagram. “Since day 1 Sam has had my back and helped me become the best quarterback I could be. I cannot thank him enough for showing me how to be a professional in every sense of the word. He is a leader, mentor, and great person,” Rosen wrote, also thanking backup quarterback Mike Glennon for his support. Rosen, who was a quarterback for UCLA before he was drafted, told the league’s online magazine earlier this year that a lot of the trash talk directed at him on the field during college was anti-Semitic. A 2014 profile noted that Rosen celebrated becoming a bar mitzvah and attends seder every Passover, but he also celebrates Christmas and he called himself “kind of an atheist.” The
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noted orthopedic surgeon. His mother, Liz Lippincott, is Quaker and is the greatgreat-granddaughter of Joseph Wharton, who founded the Wharton business school at the University of Pennsylvania.
Jeremy Corbyn, the head of Britain’s Labour Party, said that he would immediately recognize a Palestinian state if elected to lead the United Kingdom. In his keynote speech on the fourth day of the party’s annual conference on Wednesday in Liverpool, Corbyn criticized Israel’s “ongoing denial of justice and rights to the Palestinian people” and what he called its “discriminatory nationstate law” before affirming that he is for a two-state solution to the conflict. Corbyn also discussed the accusations of antiSemitism against him and others in the party that have reached a high point in recent months. “The Jewish people have suffered a long and terrible history of persecution and genocide,” he said. “The row over anti-Semitism has caused immense hurt and anxiety in the Jewish community and great dismay in the Labour Party. But I hope we can work together to draw a line under it.” Earlier in the conference, the party passed a motion criticizing Is-
sales to Israel. The party criticized Israel’s use of force against Palestinian protesters on the border with Gaza and called for more British government funding for the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees. Labour’s foreign affairs spokeswoman Emily Thornberry warned onstage at the conference that the party must kick out “sickening individuals on the fringes of our movement, who use our legitimate support for Palestine as a cloak and a cover for their despicable hatred of Jewish people, and their desire to see Israel destroyed.” The party’s National Executive Committee last month approved the full International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, or IHRA, definition of anti-Semitism and all its examples, as well as an additional clause on Israel, allowing “freedom of expression” in criticizing it. In July, the party had come under fire after its ruling body and leadership endorsed a code of conduct that excluded several of the IHRA examples of anti-Semitism, including accusing Jews of “being more loyal to Israel” than their own country; claiming that Israel’s existence is a “racist endeavor”; applying a “double standard” on Israel; and comparing “contemporary
Israeli policy” to that of the Nazis.
A former SS guard, now 94, will go on trial on charges of complicity in the mass murders of several hundred prisoners at the Stutthof Nazi concentration camp. The regional court of Muenster in western Germany on Friday ordered the unnamed man to be tried before a juvenile court beginning on Nov. 6. He was not yet 21 at the time of the murders. He is accused of complicity in the murders of several hundred camp prisoners between 1942 and 1945. This includes more than 100 Polish prisoners gassed to death on June 21 and 22, 1944, and “probably several hundred” Jewish prisoners August to December 1944, the French news agency AFP reported. Prosecutors say that the man knew about the murders at the Nazi camp and that the guards were essential to the killings. He must still be determined to be fit to stand trial, according to the report. The 2011 conviction in Munich of former concentration camp guard John Demjanjuk as an accomplice in the murders of nearly 30,000 Jews in the Sobibor death camp in Poland set a precedent that being a guard at a death camp was sufficient to prove complicity in murder.