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Tucson to mark Kristallnacht anniversary
ristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, refers to the windows broken at synagogues, homes, and Jewish-owned businesses that were plundered and destroyed during a wave of violent anti-Jewish pogroms on Nov. 9 and 10, 1938 throughout Germany, Austria, and the Czech Sudetenland. The event is commonly thought to be a turning point in Nazi Germany’s persecution of the Jews and other minorities. As Jews worldwide mark the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Tucson J in partnership with other local organizations and individuals will present opportunities to reflect on Kristallnacht and to celebrate the Jewish community’s resilience and the many small acts of heroism that have helped sustain us. On Friday, Nov. 9, Congregations Or Chadash, Chaverim, and Bet Shalom will hold a Shabbat program in partnership with the Tucson J. The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the J with a pre-oneg and Shabbat candle lighting, followed by a choice of Shabbat services. A communal dinner will begin shortly after 7 p.m. Registration for the dinner is required by Friday, Nov. 2 at 299-3000 or www.tucsonjcc.org/ kristallnacht. On Sunday, Nov. 11, the J will host an afternoon of Kristallnacht programs, including the formal opening of the “New Works from Broken Glass” exhibit, which will be on display See Kristallnacht, page 5
Green Valley shul will host weekend with rabbi PHYLLIS BRAUN AJP Executive Editor
eth Shalom Temple Center of Green Valley will host a weekend of events with Rabbi Norman T. Roman, Nov. 2-4. Roman has been the rabbi emeritus at Temple Kol Ami in West Bloomfield, Michigan, since 2016, after serving as senior rabbi for 30 years. The weekend marks a significant step for the Green Valley synagogue, where members recently voted to begin the search for a part-time rabbi. The lay-led, non-denominational congregation had its beginnings in 1981 as the Jewish Friendship Club of Green Valley, and has occupied the building at 1751 N. Rio Mayo since 1995. Ruthann Shapiro, chair of the search committee, explains that some BSTC members are seeking a rabbi for the pastoral duties clergy can provide, such as end-of-life
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counseling and grief counseling. “Also a lot of our newer members want more services. They really want to expand what the temple is able to provide with strictly lay leadership,” she says. Currently, BSTC holds Shabbat services on the first and third Fridays each month, with Torah study every Saturday. It also offers other religious, social, cultural and educational programs.
BSTC has greatly expanded its membership over the last two years, says board president Merle Sobol. After a few years of declining numbers, “in the last two years we’ve picked up 60-plus members,” Sobol says. “On the High Holidays, we tripled our attendance from the year before. So we really have a growth pattern going now.” Current BSTC membership is around 160, Sobol says. Sobol, who has been president for the past two years and also served as president four years ago, says BSTC is flexible in its approach to seeking a spiritual leader, who could be a cantor or a rabbi. For now, the search process is by word-of-mouth, Shapiro says. Roman was recommended by two BSTC members who were part of his Michigan congregation. “We’re trying to find somebody See Rabbi, page 2
Jazz piano to open JFSA Northwest campaign PHYLLIS BRAUN AJP Executive Editor
azz composer and performer Jon Simon will headline an evening of music and dining on Tuesday, Nov. 27 to launch the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona Northwest Division’s annual campaign. Simon tours North America performing selections from his ninth and latest album, “SOAR,” as well as five highly successful recordings of jazz interpretations of Jewish music. The first of those albums, he told the AJP, was inspired by listening to holiday music on the
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car radio. The DJ, he says, played Christmas songs in a variety of styles, “jazz versions, rock ver-
sions, all sorts of interesting treatments.” Then, in honor of it being the first night of Hanukkah, the DJ put on “a very traditional ‘Rock of Ages’ — very stiff.” Simon went home and “began noodling around on the piano,” coming up with his version of “Rock of Ages,” which became the first track on his “New Traditions” album. To his surprise, it struck a nerve, Simon says, leading to calls to perform and to record more albums. Simon grew up in Rochester, New York, where his family attended a Conservative synagogue, Temple Beth El. He credits both See Northwest, page 5
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RABBI who is retired from another congregation and wants to enjoy the beauty of Southern Arizona,” Shapiro says, emphasizing that since it would be a part-time position, there’d be plenty of time for other pursuits. “Rabbi Roman is coming down here as much to look at our community and see how we operate,” Shapiro says. “We’re hoping, maybe, this will be the beginning of something.” Events for the weekend will begin with Roman leading Friday night Shabbat services at 7 p.m., with musical accompaniment by Tamara Kahrimanis, followed by an oneg Shabbat. Roman, who will be visiting Green Valley with his wife, Lynne, told the AJP he hasn’t settled on a sermon topic. He will urge everyone to vote, he says, but otherwise he avoids talking politics from the bimah. On Saturday, Nov. 3, the rabbi will lead the 10 a.m. Torah study. At noon, he will conduct a blessing ceremony to officially open BSTC’s labyrinth. A light Kiddush lunch will follow. On Sunday, Nov. 4, members and guests will have an opportunity to chat with the rabbi before the 10 a.m. bagel breakfast, which will be complimentary. RSVPs are requested by Oct. 30 for the Saturday lunch and Sunday breakfast, at 648-6690 or email@example.com. The labyrinth was conceived and designed by BSTC member Lenny Friedman, a retired schoolteacher from Oregon. Friedman says the first time he visited a labyrinth he took his eighth-grade students, who were about to transition from middle school to high school. “The results were astounding. Students were really affected by it,” he says, recalling one student who said it was the first time he could remember not feeling the pressure of his peers or teachers or parents. Friedman went on to build a labyrinth at his home in Oregon. “I would walk it often. It was an opportunity to express my appreciation for different aspects of what I’d been doing in my life, for prayer, for healing, for breaking down obstacles, and just relaxation,” he says. He’s also built a public labyrinth at Green Valley’s Desert Meadows Park. Walking a labyrinth can help people deal with grief or health issues, or find direction in their lives, he says, noting that there is no wrong way to walk a labyrinth. Friedman designed the synagogue’s 28-foot diameter
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Lenny Friedman and Ingeborg McDonald walk the new labyrinth at Beth Shalom Temple Center in Green Valley.
labyrinth with seven single-stone walls, which relates to the seven times the Jews circled the walls of Jericho. The paths are two feet wide, he notes, and are lit at night with solar lights. The BSTC labyrinth will have a centerpiece, a 4-foot diameter concrete circle with a design by local artist Faigee Niebow, a member of the congregation. It will be etched and painted by Jim Petty, co-owner of Stone House of Tubac. It will be the first labyrinth blessing for the rabbi. “I’ve blessed the fleet, I’ve blessed people’s pets,” but never a labyrinth, Roman says. “Even aver 45 years in the rabbinate, there’s still something new.” Sobol explains that if Roman were to join BSTC as a spiritual leader, it would not be until 2020, as he is committed elsewhere for the High Holidays in 2019. Sara and Michael Mussman, who often lead holiday services at BSTC, have committed to do so for the 2019 High Holidays at BSTC. If it doesn’t work out for Roman to work with BSTC, “he has said he will help us get in touch with other retired rabbis. We found out through him that there is an association of retired rabbis,” Shapiro says. Baby boomers like Shapiro are moving to Green Valley specifically because there is a temple, she says. “That’s one of the criteria, so we want it to grow some more.” The congregation is sending out hundreds of flyers about the weekend to Jewish families in Green Valley and Sierra Vista, Sobol says, and he expects to add another 15-20 members as a result. In fact, BSTC may have to think about expanding its facility, he says. “But that’s one of the good sides of what’s happening now. We’ve never had crowds like we’ve had the last two years.”
LOCAL JFSA groups to discuss Tucson’s opioid crisis
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new musical program, Music, Memories, and Mitzvot, will weave song, stories, and learning about Jewish celebrations with the mitzvah of bringing joy to the elderly, says Rabbi Israel Becker of Congregation Chofetz Chayim. The program, for children ages 5-11, includes three Sunday classes in preparation for each of four holiday celebrations over the coming months. After each pair of classes, participants will perform at Handmaker Jewish Services for Aging, for Chanukah, Tu B’Shevat, Purim and Passover. “I hope to create holiday memories for the children to share with their families and bring awareness to the importance of giving as part of the Jewish faith,” says Becker. Classes are 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Chofetz Chayim on Nov. 18 and 25 for a Dec. 2 performance, Jan. 6 and 13 for Jan. 20, March 3 and 10 for March 17, and March 31 and April 7 for April 14. The cost is $36 per session, with a multi-
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LOCAL Pianist David Syme to give concert at Temple Emanu-El
nternationally renowned concert pianist David Syme will perform at Temple Emanu-El, Saturday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. Syme is a distinguished soloist, an alumnus of Juilliard, and has over 20 CDs to his name. He makes regular appearances with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony, and the Czech National Orchestra. In Tucson, he is known and loved for his “human jukebox” act. His concert at Temple Emanu-El will combine the classics of the solo repertoire with music of special Jewish interest. He will also create an improvisation based on a melody written by Robert Lopez-Hanshaw, the synagogue’s choir director. Tickets, $30, are available at the Temple Emanu-El office, 327-4501, or www.tetucson.org/event/symeconcert. A post-concert reception with Syme will be held, with an additional $10 charge for admission.
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Nov. 2-Dec. 9 in the Fine Art Gallery. From 1:30-4:30 p.m., participants can meet the “New Works” artists in the Fine Art Gallery and walk through the “Kristallnacht: Shattered, Yet Unbroken” mandala presented by Robert Wertz in the J’s ballroom. One of the pieces on display in the gallery will be a large-scale mural featuring glass Stars of David fused with the signatures and countries of birth of Holocaust survivors living in Southern Arizona. Tucson’s Holocaust survivor community will create this piece as part of a collaboration with the Sonoran Glass School and Jewish Family and Children’s Services. The mural will be on permanent display at JFCS. A reflective wall featuring mirror frames made at Sonoran Glass School workshops also will be part of the gallery display (see the Community Calendar on page 28 for workshops to make a mirror frame or a challah plate
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Cantor Samuel Rosenbaum and the Eastman School of Music, where he went through the college prep program, with fostering his musical success. But music is an avocation for Simon, who explains that while studying composition at the University of Michigan, he decided to be more practical and switch his career focus to business and engineering. He divides his time between composing and performing music and serving as a senior executive and consultant for various companies around the country. For a while, he let the music lapse. “At the urging of my wife I got back in the studio,” he says, producing his first album, “Images and Inspirations,” which featured compositions for solo piano. That was followed by “New Traditions.” The Washington Post calls Simon’s music “harmonically sophisticated and hauntingly beautiful.” His other
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from broken glass), along with Kristallnacht-themed poetry. Local artists also will exhibit their works. At 1:30 p.m. at the J, Lynn Rae Lowe will present “The Art of Immigration,” a slideshow and discussion of how anti-Semitism has impacted the immigration of art from Eastern Europe to Paris to New York. The Adult Jewish Community Choir, led by Cantor Janece Cohen, will perform at 2 p.m. at the J. At 2:30 p.m. at the J, Holocaust survivors living in Southern Arizona, who meet under the auspices of Jewish Family & Children’s Services, will tell portions of their stories. The J’s final event of the afternoon will be a reading of “Under the Midwestern Stars” by local playwright Esther Blumenfeld. The play tells the story of Jewish immigrants building a new life in the heartland of America. The reading will be the first performance of the Jewish Community Theater of Tucson. Doors will open at 3 p.m. and the reading will begin at 3:15 p.m. For other Kristallnacht anniversary events, see the Community Calendar on page 28.
albums include the highly regarded “Beatles on Ivory” and “From Broadway to Hollywood,” which includes selections from “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Yentl,” “Schindler’s List,” and the Yiddish theater. Simon appears frequently at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, Merkin Recital Hall in New York, and the Concord Resort in the Catskills. He has performed his jazz interpretations of Jewish music at the U.S. Senate and for the ambassador at the Israeli Embassy, at one of the inaugural galas for President Clinton, and at concert halls, jazz clubs, synagogues and community centers throughout North America. “Moment Magazine” voted Simon among its Top 10 Jewish Instrumental Performers. JFSA’s evening with Simon will be held at The Buttes at Reflections, 9800 N. Oracle Road in Oro Valley. No-host sunset cocktails with complimentary appetizers at 5 p.m. will precede the three-course dinner and performance at 6 p.m. Tickets are $45 per person; RSVP by Nov. 23 at www. jfsa.org/northwestcampaignkickoff2019. For more information, call 505-4161 or email email@example.com. October 26, 2018, ARIZONA JEWISH POST
COMMENTARY Jews running for U.S. House this year include two Republican incumbents RON KAMPEAS JTA WASHINGTON here are 16 Jewish Republican candidates running in U.S. House of Representatives races this fall. Two are incumbents and 14 are challengers. JTA is breaking down the races, assessing where the candidates stand on the political spectrum, noting their Jewish involvement and reporting what the forecasters say. The AJP published coverage of the five Jewish Senate nominees, all Democrats, in the Oct. 12 issue. You can find a breakdown of the 36 Jewish Democratic House candidates on www. azjewishpost.com. Here are the Republican House incumbents. (The prospects below are based on the 538 blog. ) For the Republican House challengers, see www.azjewishpost.com.
NEW YORK Lee Zeldin, 38 1st District, eastern Long Island, in Congress since 2015. Known for: His robust alliance with Trump, who Lee Zeldin has endorsed him. Zeldin, an Army veteran, has become a goto TV talking head defending Trump from charges that his campaign colluded with Russia. Zeldin also embraces Trump’s policies on stemming undocumented immigration and has sponsored legislation that would revoke the citizenship of Americans found to be members of gangs. Jewish stuff: An email from the Republican National Committee sent to New York Jewish Republicans called Zeldin “perhaps the most important pro-Israel” member
of Congress. He has joined and in some cases led numerous legislative efforts championed by the centrist and right-wing proIsrael community, including bids to David Kustoff cut funding to the Palestinians. Zeldin was a leading opponent of the Iran deal. Endorsements: The Republican Jewish Coalition PAC and right-wing proIsrael PACs like American Principles, as well as Trump. Prospects: A 6 in 7 chance of keeping his seat. TENNESSEE David Kustoff, 52 8th District, parts of Memphis and
western Tennessee, in Congress since 2017. Known for: Law and order. Kustoff, a former U.S. attorney in Tennessee, has initiated bills that aim to reduce opioid usage and preserve tough sentencing guidelines for criminals who use arms. Jewish stuff: Kustoff told JTA this year that one of his proudest freshman accomplishments was garnering bipartisan support for a bill that would enhance penalties for attacks on religious institutions. The bill recently became law. A primary challenger this year contrasted himself with Kustoff by emphasizing that he was a “Christian conservative.” Kustoff won handily with an endorsement from Trump. Endorsements: The center-right proIsrael PAC, Washington PAC; Trump. Prospects: 99 percent chance to be reelected.
We’ve seen this before: Public charge rules used to disguise xenophobia LIZ KANTER GROSKIND and JOE GOLDMAN Special to the AJP
he Trump Administration recently proposed an unprecedented expansion in our country’s public charge rules for applicants for citizenship. For the first time, a legal immigrant to the United States can be considered ineligible for citizenship simply because they utilize SNAP — our nation’s food stamp program. These new public charge regulations are not only inconsistent with American values, they are abhorrent to American
Jews, as we have seen this xenophobic behavior from our government before and been victimized by such rules — with horrifying consequences. Jews were subjected to an eerily similar policy by the United States after the Nazi Party won control over Germany. By 1933, the U.S. was already nine years deep into the Immigration Act of 1924, a blatantly-racist, anti-Semitic policy which severely restricted immigration from Eastern and Southern Europe. When advocates begged for Jews to be let into the United States to escape persecution, they were met with the argument
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that we would be an “economic burden” and thus shouldn’t be allowed. The undeniable xenophobia in U.S. policy, disguised as an economic decision, closed off one of the few escape routes for European Jews facing deportation to concentration camps, and contributed to the Nazi genocide of one third of the Jewish people. With rare exception, American Jews are overwhelmingly descended from people fleeing persecution, poverty, and ostracism, just like today’s immigrants. We were met with anti-Semitic suspicion, hardship, and challenges as we sought to integrate into a society run by America’s white Anglo-Saxon Protestant establishment. We are now witnessing the use of those same stereotypes and suspicions against people who — just like us — see the United States as a safe haven from persecution and poverty. We refuse to stay silent while this intolerance is again made a part of our nation’s immigration policy. And make no mistake, that is exactly what is happening. Our shameful history is repeating itself. This new attempt to curtail immigration scapegoats immigrants and demonizes poverty, and serves to further racialize immigration policies. Under existing law, no illegal immigrant is eligible for SNAP. In addition, no legal immigrant can qualify for noncash benefits, including SNAP, until after they’ve legally been in the U.S. for at least five years. There are no legions of immigrants eager to take advantage of our public benefits system, as the rhetoric
from this administration would have you believe. As an anti-hunger advocacy organization, we find this proposal not merely callous but pointless. By its very design, this proposal undercuts our economy by diminishing the ability of legal workingclass immigrants to prosper. And not only are scores of legal immigrants ineligible for SNAP due to the five-year waiting period, but the immigrants being targeted by this administration are – like millions of American citizens – unable to feed their families on their low wage jobs; jobs that form the backbone of the American economy. Most important, anyone who receives SNAP must meet its existing work requirements, thereby demonstrating that they are committed to working and are not a public charge. Policies like this will only exacerbate the problem of hunger in this country. We are already seeing a chilling effect of families avoiding life-saving benefits because of the public charge threat. Sadly, immigrant children – as well as U.S. citizen children with an immigrant parent – will be most adversely impacted, as families choose to forgo assistance for which their children are eligible, out of fear of jeopardizing a family member’s immigration status. One of the most overlooked and underappreciated reasons for the American Jewish community’s comparable success over the ensuing decades after World War II is the deep public investment in the American people through the New See Xenophobia, page 10
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JFSA women seek teen nominees for Zehngut award
he Women’s Philanthropy Advisory Council of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona is seeking nominations for the 12th annual Bryna Zehngut Mitzvot Award, recognizing an outstanding Jewish teenage girl. The award honors Zehngut, a community leader who died in 2005. Nominees should be high school juniors or seniors who have modeled Jewish values and shown leadership through their volunteer activities. The winner will receive a $613 gift, relating to the Torah’s 613 mitzvot. She may use the money toward participation on a trip to Israel or a Jewish leadership or educational program, or donate it to a Jewish non-profit organization. The honoree will be recognized at the Women’s Philanthropy 2019 Connections Brunch on Sunday, March 10 at Westin La Paloma Resort. “Becoming an active member and leader in both the Jewish community and the wider Tucson community has changed my life. I made lifelong friends [and] found my passions,” says Maya Levy, one of two winners in 2018. “I urge all young women to find their voice within their community. You have the power to change the world, all you have to do is take a chance and take a step — I promise you won’t regret it,” adds Levy, now a senior at University High School and president of NFTY
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ix firefighters from Tucson will head to Israel next month to share their expertise in handling wildland fires. Since spring, incendiary kites and balloons launched from Gaza have burned thousands of acres of Israeli land. The trip is part of the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation’s Firefighters Beyond Borders program. The delegation will arrive in Israel Nov. 7. Updates will be posted on the Firefighters Beyond Borders Facebook page. Kris Blume, battalion chief at Tucson Fire Department, will lead the delegation. Blume was a member of the first Firefighters Beyond Borders mission to Israel in 2013 and returned to Israel in November 2016 with four colleagues from Southern Arizona, joining firefighters from around the world to help their Israeli counterparts respond to a series of fires, about half of which were caused by arson, according to Israeli officials. In October 2015, the Fire Foundation brought four top ranking Israeli emergency responders to Southern Arizona, and it sent five firefighters to Israel in September 2016 as part of the Emergency Volunteer Project. Blume has taken the lead on making the City of Tucson a more fire-adapted community and implementing a wildland and urban fire response model. The other delegates are: E.A. “Ted” Geare III, assistant fire chief (ret.), Tucson Fire Department, who served with TFD for more than 32 years and is a founding trustee of the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation; Eliot Anderson, a TFD captain who has been in the fire service for over 24 years, started his career in wildland with the U.S. Forest Service in 1994; K. Paul Maxwell, a TFD engineer who served on the U.S. Forest Service hotshot crew that fought the larg-
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NATIONAL Harvard once capped the number of Jews. Is it doing the same to Asians now? BEN SALES
n 1922, Harvard University President Abbott Lawrence Lowell had a problem: His school had too many Jews. At least that’s what he thought. As the country’s Jewish population ballooned in the early 20th century, the Jewish proportion of Harvard students increased exponentially, too. In 1900, just 7 percent of the Ivy League school’s students were Jewish. By 1922, the figure was 21.5 percent. Lowell felt that some were of deficient character. And even if they weren’t, he feared they would drive away potential White Anglo-Saxon Protestant students who would go on to be America’s political and economic elite — as well as future donors to schools like Harvard. “The summer hotel that is ruined by admitting Jews meets its fate, not because the Jews it admits are of bad character, but because they drive away the Gentiles, and then after the Gentiles have left, they leave also,” he wrote in a letter to a philosophy professor, as quoted in the book “The Chosen: The Hidden History of Admission and
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A demonstrator participates in a rally in Boston’s Copley Square in support of a lawsuit against Harvard contending that the university discriminates against Asian Americans in admissions, Oct. 14, 2018.
Exclusion at Harvard, Yale and Princeton,” by Jerome Karabel. In response to a letter from an alumnus bemoaning that Harvard was no longer a “white man’s” college, Lowell wrote that he “had foreseen the peril of having too large a number of an alien race, and had tried to prevent it.” Lowell eventually succeeded in changing the admissions standards at his Bostonarea university to limit the number of Jews. According to Karabel, instead of admitting students solely based on academic achieve-
ment, the school began judging their surnames and photographs to determine if they were Jewish. It began classifying students as “J1,” “J2” or “J3” — conclusively Jewish, probably Jewish or maybe Jewish, respectively. It evaluated their “character” as well — a new standard that allowed Harvard to cap the proportion of Jewish students at 15 percent. The quota lasted until the 1960s. Except that some people say it’s still happening — only this time the target is Asian Americans.
That’s the contention of a lawsuit that began Oct. 15 at a federal court in Boston arguing that Harvard discriminates against Asian-American applicants. The lawsuit, brought by a group called Students for Fair Admissions, makes accusations that, if true, would recall Lowell’s prejudices of nearly a century ago: It says Harvard rejects Asian Americans because it sees them as academically gifted but unexceptional in character. “Harvard evaluators consistently rank Asian-American candidates below White candidates in ‘personal qualities,’” the lawsuit reads. “In comments written in applicants’ files, Harvard admissions staff repeatedly have described Asian Americans as “being quiet/shy, science/math oriented, and hard workers.” And the lawsuit makes an explicit connection to Harvard’s history of discrimination against Jews. “Harvard is using racial classifications to engage in the same brand of invidious discrimination against Asian Americans that it formerly used to limit the number of Jewish students in its student body,” it says. “Statistical evidence reveals that Harvard See Harvard, page 10
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uses ‘holistic’ admissions to disguise the fact that it holds Asian Americans to a far higher standard than other students and essentially forces them to compete against each other for admission.” In a 2012 article in the American Conservative, the magazine’s publisher, Ron Unz, cited National Center for Education Statistics data to charge that Harvard imposed a quota of 16.5 percent on AsianAmerican students starting in 1995 — following the example of the Jewish quota. “Even more surprising has been the sheer constancy of these percentages, with almost every year from 1995-2011 showing an Asian enrollment within a single point of the 16.5 percent average,” he wrote. “It is interesting to note that this exactly replicates the historical pattern observed by Karabel, in which Jewish enrollment rose very rapidly, leading to imposition of an informal quota system, after which the number of Jews fell substantially …” But some people — including, notably, Karabel himself — dispute that Asian Americans face the same bigotry as Jews did in the 1920s. Karabel, a sociology professor at the University of California, Berkeley, sees the lawsuit as an attempt to outlaw affirmative action — a longstanding desire of American conservatives. Indeed, the lawsuit disparages Regents of Univ. of Cal. v. Bakke, a 1978 Supreme Court decision that serves as a basis for allowing race to serve as a factor in college admission policy. And Karabel says that unlike Jews, Asian Americans have seen their numbers at Harvard increase under a system that takes character into account — at least in recent years. Harvard’s incoming class of 2000 was 16.4 percent Asian. But the incoming class of 2022 is nearly 23 percent Asian. “[T]he analogy between Jews and Asians that frames the current case against Harvard obscures more than it illuminates,” Karabel wrote in a column in the Huffington Post. “Unlike quotas,
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which substantially reduced Jewish enrollments, affirmative action has proved compatible with both an increase in Asian-American enrollments and expanded opportunities for African-Americans and Latinos.” In other words, character was used as a means of depressing Jewish enrollment in the 1920s. But Karabel and others say that today, considering factors outside academic achievement — like extracurricular activities and life story — is meant to lead to a more diverse student body. “The ideas being explored today are not so different from the ideas being explored then,” said Jonathan Sarna, the Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University. “Diversity and other elements come into play, and that’s an interesting argument. And one might argue that there should be different kinds of universities, some of which would make decisions based purely on the basis of merit.” The lawsuit has divided Asian Americans as well. “There should be more pushback against all this admissions rigging against Asians — especially among liberals, who tend to pride themselves on their championing of minorities and equal opportunity,” Michelle Gao, a Harvard sophomore, wrote in the Harvard Crimson, the student paper. But Robert Rhew, a Harvard alumnus, wrote in The New York Times: “Like many Asian-Americans and many Harvard graduates, I vigorously oppose the lawsuit. I reject the false equivalence of the argument that taking into consideration the race of applicants from underrepresented groups is the same as discriminating against everyone else.” The suit could reach the Supreme Court and has the potential to reshape the way universities are allowed to consider race in their admissions. But while quotas haven’t been a directly Jewish issue for half a century, Harvard College’s Jewish population has not recovered. According to Hillel International, it now stands at 11 percent — comfortably below Lowell’s quota.
NATIONAL / ISRAEL At Tel Aviv conference, American and Israeli Jews seek dialogue amid divisions BEN SALES JTA TEL AVIV
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n Sunday, a day before thousands of American Jews descended on this Israeli city to air their differences with the nation’s government, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin had a listening session. Rivlin invited a select group of about 100 American Jews to his official residence in Jerusalem. While he sat in the center of the room, in a cushioned chair, three leaders of the Diaspora’s largest Jewish community explained their issues with the Jewish state. “The Jewish identity of many young American Jews is reflected through the lens of tikkun olam, social justice values,” said Eric Goldstein, the CEO of New York’s UJA-Federation. “And they experience a mental discomfort when they use that lens to look at many current Israeli government policies: settlement policy, nation-state law, treatment of asylum seekers, marriage equality and marriage rights — more broadly, the monopoly that the Orthodox has over religion and state in Israel.” That laundry list of grievances — everything from how Israel treats the Palestinians to whose marriages it recognizes — is what lies behind the theme of this year’s General Assembly, the annual conference of the Jewish Federations of North America, which took place here from Monday to Wednesday. This year’s conference, which brings together the leaders of the American Jewish
Jerry Silverman, CEO of the Jewish Federations of North America, speaks at its General Assembly in Tel Aviv, Oct. 23.
establishment for a mixture of sentimental speeches, panel discussions on pressing issues and lots of schmoozing over weak coffee, was titled “We Need to Talk.” The explicit message is that American and Israeli Jews have grown further apart and need some relationship counseling. Around the conference hall in North Tel Aviv, signs displaying a series of statistics showed that the world’s two largest Jewish populations don’t think alike: Sixty percent of American Jews believe in the possibility of a Palestinian state, versus 40 percent of Israeli Jews. Half of American Jews are liberal. Israeli Jews? Eight percent. And the past couple of years, Israelwise, have been especially rough for American Jews with liberal proclivities: American Jewish leaders had negotiated for years to expand a non-Orthodox prayer section at the Western Wall. Last year, the Israeli government scrapped the compromise. The government has also moved to
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“Over the last few years, North American Jewry and Israel have defined their relationship by the things we don’t have in common,” Jerry Silverman, CEO of the Jewish Federations of North America, told JTA, noting “varying issues of how Israelis perceive American Jewry or are just completely apathetic to American Jewry. And I think you have an American Jewry that is growing up and is focused, especially in the younger generation, on social action, social justice issues and [who] aren’t really looking through an Israeli lens.” If the two sides “need to talk,” though, it would be far from the first conversation. Silverman and fellow American Jewish bigwigs have been negotiating, cajoling, criticizing and appealing to the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for years. The Western Wall negotiations took an arduous 33 months, and the deal was frozen anyway. Organizations sent any number of strongly worded statements on a nation-state law perceived by many as anti-democratic and another law barring supporters of an Israel boycott from entering the country. Those attending this year’s conference could also be forgiven for having some deja vu: Issues of Israeli religious policy also figured prominently at the last GA to take place in Israel — five years ago. And even amid all the talk, a range of discontented conference participants said the GA was not talking about enough things. Some on the left said there was not enough discussion of Israel’s control of the West Bank. Critics on the right See Dialogue, page 12
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complained that not enough settlers were featured on the program. Others wanted more Haredi Orthodox voices, or more Mizrachi Jewish voices or more talk of African asylum seekers in Israel. (This reporter heard all of those complaints and more like them during the first two days of the conference.) On Monday, a small group of young Jews protested outside the conference with a sign reading “We need to talk about the occupation.” “I really believe that the leadership of the American Jewish community is smart and sophisticated enough to deal with complex information,” said Rabbi Jill Jacobs, executive director of the liberal rabbinic human rights group T’ruah, which lobbied for more talk of Israel’s West Bank occupation ahead of the GA. “We’re talking about the Israeli-American dialogue and the elephant [in the room] can’t be talked about.” On the other side of the political map, a right-wing Orthodox group called the Coalition for Jewish Values complained that when the GA talked about American Jews, what it really meant was non-Orthodox Jews. American Orthodox Jews, the group said, tend to be fine with an Orthodox monopoly over marriage and conversion in Israel, as well as a hawkish security policy. “The leadership of the American Orthodox community has been completely left out of the program, despite the fast growth of this demographic,” the group said. Federation staff countered that the GA program indeed had several sessions discussing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, even if none of their titles used the word
“occupation.” And Silverman noted that yes, non-Orthodox views got prominent exposure because the vast majority of American Jews are not Orthodox. “At the end of the day, 85 percent of the Diaspora is non-Orthodox,” he told JTA. “The non-Orthodox are still not recognized by Israel, so we have 85 percent of U.S. Jewry that Israel does not recognize.” More than anything, the question of what to do about the gaps between Israeli and American Jewry loomed over the gathering. On that, participants had some answers. Rivlin, opening the conference, called for a “reverse Birthright” that would bring Israeli Jews to see American Jewry firsthand. He also called for a coalition of Israeli and Diaspora Jews to jointly aid the developing world. Turns out, both those initiatives are already (kind of) happening. Shazur (Hebrew for “interwoven”), an organization founded this year by Rabbi Amitai Fraiman, organizes one-day tours of Jewish New York for groups of Israelis in America, like young professionals or students. The tours discuss the origins of American Jewish values — from the immigrant experience to civil rights — as well as the American Jewish experience today. And the tours also include groups of American Jews, so that Israelis can meet and talk with them face to face. “Israelis have a huge knowledge gap,” said Fraiman, himself an Israeli with American parents who now lives in New York. “They don’t have an emotional connection because they can’t sympathize with a country they can’t understand. When you’re able to see with your eyes and walk with your feet in these places, you make this emotional connection, you can empathize with the other.” On the developing world front, Olam, a coalition of
Jewish global service groups, is hoping to work with Rivlin on promoting joint American-Israeli Jewish international aid work. Olam helped organize Rivlin’s recent trip to Ethiopia, and its executive director, Dyonna Ginsburg, says working in the developing world appeals to both American and Israeli Jewish sensibilities. Israelis can appreciate the opportunity to put their scrappy entrepreneurial instincts to work, and Americans can engage in hands-on tikkun olam. “I don’t believe it’s a panacea,” Ginsburg said regarding the potential of aid work to resolve strife between American and Israeli Jews. “But I think those two things can happen in tandem. If any relationship between two human beings is strained, you want to work on that relationship, but you [also] want to figure out what brings you together.” Given the conference’s theme, keynote speakers devoted surprisingly little time to the Western Wall, conversion and marriage, three topics that have roiled American Jewish-Israeli relations in recent years. Natan Sharansky, the Soviet dissident who previously chaired the Jewish Agency for Israel, was the architect of the Western Wall deal and publicly criticized Netanyahu last year for freezing it. But Isaac Herzog, Sharansky’s successor, in his speech Tuesday to the GA did not even mention the Western Wall. Instead he struck a more conciliatory note and called for Israel to fund Hebrew language education for Diaspora Jews. And on the afternoon of the second day of the conference, he said that, well, we need to talk. “These are two different communities,” Herzog said. “But we must honor our brotherhood as Jews by understanding that there’s a dialogue amid differences.”
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hen one hears the name Rube Goldberg, one concept instantly comes to mind: those fun machines that complete simple tasks in overly complicated and humorous ways. Think a ball rolling down a long ramp that hits a series of dominoes, which hits something else, so on and so on. Nearly 50 years after his death, his name will come up in politics or another field to explain something that’s unnecessarily complex. Cartoonist Art Spiegelman, best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel “Maus,” once said that “Rube Goldberg knew how to get from A to B using all the letters in the alphabet.” But as an exhibit at the National Museum of American Jewish History points out, there was a lot more to Rube Goldberg than the machines he drew. Goldberg, who was born in 1883 and died in 1970, also was an extremely prolific editorial cartoonist, as well as an inventor, engineer, humorist and author. He even had stints in the advertising industry and in Hollywood in a career that spanned over 70 years. He won a Pulitzer in 1948 for his political cartoons, and is an enduring inspiration to children in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields, where his creations are still used in lessons. Goldberg’s complete life and work is the subject of “The Art of Rube Goldberg,” an exhibition that opened last week and runs through Jan. 21 at the Philadelphia museum. The exhibit, which follows stops at museums in San Francisco and Chicago
An iconic Rube Goldberg cartoon, featuring one of his signature contraptions (this one, a mustache wiper), was used on a U.S. postal stamp in 1995.
but features some new items, is the first major exhibition of Goldberg’s work since the Smithsonian presented one shortly before his death. “The Art of Rube Goldberg” consists of machines and cartoons, as well as artifacts from Goldberg’s life. Included are numerous editorial and political cartoons — on topics ranging from government austerity measures to the continual struggle for peace between Jews and Arabs — that wouldn’t be out of place today. Goldberg, in fact, drew an estimated 50,000 cartoons in his career, but only a small fraction of them were related to his eponymous machines, his granddaughter Jennifer George said. He drew for papers such as the San Francisco Bulletin and the New York Evening Mail, where his strips were introduced to the masses through McClure, the country’s first newspaper syndicate. He started the machine draw-
ings in the late 1920s in one of his several syndicated series — one involving a character named Professor Lucifer Gorgonzola Butts. The exhibit, supervised in Philadelphia by chief curator Josh Pearlman, is presented with the cooperation of two of of Goldberg’s grandchildren — George and her cousin, John George, both children of Goldberg’s sons. The two sons, Thomas and George, changed their surname to George at the insistence of their father (yes, one became George George). He claimed that it was for their safety because he received copious amounts of hate mail for his political cartoons, but there is debate within the family over whether the name’s obvious Jewishness had anything to do with it. Goldberg was the son of Jewish parents in San Francisco and lived through a time of harsh antiSemitism before the world wars.
The exhibition also includes more personal, never-before-seen items, such as a cigar box belonging to Goldberg’s father. There’s a video installation showing modern-day movies — from Wes Anderson flicks to Wallace and Gromit tales to “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure” — that have all used Rube Goldberg-like concepts. Also new is a Forbes magazine cover drawn by Goldberg from 1967 that looked at “the future of home entertainment.” It was tracked down recently by the daughter of a former Forbes art director and lent to the exhibit. Goldberg died when Jennifer George was 11 years old, but she is the primary custodian of Goldberg’s intellectual property and legacy. “I remember him through the lens of a child. But when carrying on the legacy of Rube fell into my lap when my dad died, over a decade ago … I really had to do some heavy lifting,” she said. “All of the cartoons that had once been on the walls of the den in the house that I grew up in, and in our grandparents’ study, which I had never read, suddenly I had to start reading them, and I had to start educating myself as to who Rube Goldberg was, through the lens of an adult, at least if I was going to do this correctly.” Several events related to the exhibit are planned, including a Rube Goldberg Machine Contest for local high school students. Admission to the exhibition will be free on Election Day, Nov. 6. “We are preparing for a lot of serious and zany fun,” Ivy Barsky, the museum’s CEO, said at the press preview earlier this month. “Which we don’t get to say a lot at a history museum.”
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etween heading local organizations or sitting on boards, volunteering with humanitarian efforts or creating art, Anne Lowe, 70, finds time for everything and shows no sign of stopping. For nine years, she served as Northwest Jewish Connections coordinator (later Northwest Division director) and outreach director for the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona. But it wasn’t a desire to slow down that made Lowe want to retire, it was the desire to travel. In 2015, her husband was offered the chance to teach in Singapore and Lowe wanted to make the trip without leaving behind a mountain of work waiting for her return. Lowe grew up in Saratoga Springs, New York, and went to Syracuse University where she met her husband, David. Together they have three adult children
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and eight grandchildren. They moved from New York to California, and from California to Milwaukee, where they spent about 25 years. But Lowe is happy in Tucson, especially with the weather.
“I don’t miss shoveling snow or snow blowing, I don’t miss raking leaves or the snow in winter,” she says. “It’s very pretty but I don’t miss driving in it.” Returning from her five-week sojourn in Singapore, Lowe was able to focus
solely on her volunteer work. She has been a part of Hadassah since 1971, serving as a board member and a president of three different chapters. She serves as president of Hadassah Southern Arizona and will finish out her term in December after seven years in the position. She continues to serve as president of Congregation Bet Shalom, a position she’s held since 2016. But even as Lowe steps down from Hadassah in December, her time in January will be spent with the Tucson International Jewish Film Festival. She says it is worth it. “I love it, we bring wonderful films to this community,” Lowe says. “Sometimes they have just a touch of Jewish connection, sometimes just the producer or one of the actors was Jewish, [but] often it has a Jewish theme.” She also spends time in the desert with Humane Borders, setting up water stations for migrants coming across the U.S.-Mexico border.
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Lowe cites the Torah about “welcoming the stranger” for causes like this, which are a little controversial. Her synagogue sponsors a Kurdish refugee family, and Lowe visits them once a week to help with whatever they need. “They give back to me in so many ways and not just because they give me baklava when I visit,” Lowe says. It is hard to decline those who need her help because lending a hand is what gives her the most joy, she says, quoting another passage from the Torah to explain. “The reward for the deed is the doing thereof,” Lowe says. “I truly believe that you get a reward when you do volunteer work.” Along with these activities, every year she works with Hadassah and Bet Shalom to clean the roads around the Tucson Jewish Community Center. When it comes to dedicating time to herself, Lowe enjoys creating art, writing, and a weekly game of Monday night mah jongg. Lowe created a piece of art for a recent show at the Tucson Jewish Community Center that she titled “613 Mitzvot.” The piece has beads sewn into it to represent the mitzvot, the commandments cited in the Torah. Some of the 613 are not applicable since the destruction of the Second Temple. “I’m not going to say I’ve ever done all the mitzvot that I am obligated to do, but I try to do as many as I can,” Lowe said. “I try to be a good person to others, to myself and to my family.” Lowe volunteers with the Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Needlework, where she does stitching, sewing, knitting, and needlepoint, all with a Jewish connection. She teaches art too, having taught classes at the Marana Senior Center, Congregation Bet Shalom, and the Tuc-
son J, among others. In Milwaukee, she taught art to middle schoolers, but prefers to teach adults as they tend to want to be there and learn. On the writing side, Lowe is finishing up her second book, “A Touch of Torah,” which will feature stories inspired by life, being Jewish, and the writings in the Torah. Lowe was inspired to collect her writings by friends who were touched by them. This is the second book Lowe will self-publish, the first being a children’s book, “Raven’s Flight,” about a girl who travels around in a hot air balloon solving crimes. For the chapter headers in “A Touch of Torah,” Lowe developed a Hebrew font where the typeface is made of leaves and figs. She believes it is important to let events drive you, rather than material things. “My grandmother always taught me to never let your possessions possess you,” Lowe said. “I’m not big on spending money on jewelry and that type of stuff, I think it is more important to make memories.” She considers herself happy, lucky and healthy, and wishes to keep paying it forward. She doesn’t plan to lighten her load anytime soon because, she says, she gets back tenfold what she gives. “I’m happiest when I’m busiest,” Lowe says. “Sometimes I’m too busy and I feel like I should say no more often.” She appreciates an occasional day off to reflect and use her time for herself, but two or three days off cause her to feel like her time is being wasted, especially when she can spend it with others. “It’s not just being busy, it’s being busy with other people,” she says.
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Docent brings her love of teaching to Tucson’s Jewish History Museum DEBE CAMPBELL A middle school, elementary and special education teacher for 42 years in rural Vermont, Ellen Saltonstall pioneered Holocaust studies in her school district. “There aren’t many Jewish people in Vermont,” she notes. She won a scholarship for an educators’ tour to Israel in 2009 where she had a chance meeting with the new curator of an up and coming museum in Tucson, Bryan Davis. She thought this was quite the coincidence since she and her husband, Stephen, had future retirement property in Patagonia, just south of Tucson. She and Davis struck up an acquaintance and talked about the Jewish History Museum and Holocaust History Center with a great shared interest. Shortly after that, Saltonstall was diagnosed with breast cancer. She and her husband realized they could no longer plan to replicate their rural lifestyle in retirement, so they sold the land in Pa-
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oney Manson loves the people of Tucson. Along with the warm weather, they are her favorite thing about the city. Unfortunately, the hard water of Arizona has been less kind to her. A plumbing leak caused by corrosion recently left her and her husband without water for five hours. But that small inconvenience reminded her of the blessings in life that often go overlooked. “We take this for granted,” Manson said. “We can just open the tap, but there are people who don’t have water or don’t have money to pay their bills.” That is why, even at age 93, she gives her time and resources to others who need it. “What else is there in life? You’ve got to give back,” Manson said. Manson is the head of the nurses council for Hadassah Southern Arizona and sits on the board of B’nai B’rith Covenant House, which helps low income seniors with affordable housing. She used to be on the boards of a thrift shop and B’nai B’rith’s second lowincome housing facility, but she tries to limit having to get behind the wheel these days. Right now her motivators are her love for Israel and her love for animals. “It’s kind of ridiculous at this point, I feed everything that walks or crawls,” she said. Manson was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, and has held dual citizenship since 1996. Born to a Polish mother she describes as “very Canadian” and a Russian father she describes as very “old world,” Man-
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In wake of personal crisis, Tucsonan helps others choose their best life JENNIFER ROWLEY Special to the AJP
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don’t know if I want to do it anymore,” I said to my friend Darren. And by “it” I meant live. Three weeks later, I was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer and given a 40 percent chance of surviving more than five years. At 34 years old, I felt ready to give up but my sister wasn’t. She bought me a session with a psychic who told me two minutes into our call, “This isn’t about you dying. It’s about choosing to live.” But I’d seen the cancer movies, full of chemo wards, bald heads, and knitted hats. It seemed easier to hit Mexico, drink margaritas, and spend my last days by the beach. I visited another healer just to make sure. Touching my head, she said, “Choose to live.” That was 14 years ago and I’ve never stopped. In the movie “The Shawshank Redemption,” Andy Dufresne puts it this way, “I guess it comes down to a simple
choice really. Get busy living or get busy dying.” But, for many of us, it doesn’t seem that simple and we all think we have more time. Even as we age, we hit the snooze button on our big dreams.
We stay stuck in our ruts rather than reaching for the stars. As uncomfortable as life can be, the status quo is often easier than making changes. So we say we’ll do it “someday” and someday never comes. But I’m here to tell you, today is all we have. None of us is guaranteed any more than the present moment so we might as well get started. If you think about it, there’s nothing more liberating than knowing the next breath could be your last. Ask yourself: What can I do right now to improve my life? What small changes can I make today that will lead to big leaps in the long run? For Andy Dufresne, a vision of Zihuatanejo helped him escape prison one chiseled rock at a time. I encourage you to do the same thing. Picture the end of your life and think about where you’d like to be. Who’s with you and what are you doing? And most importantly, how do you feel once you’re there? Like a plane with a flight plan, decide where
you want to land before you take off. Remember, if you do a little bit every day, you’re always on your way! While it might seem like a small thing, you can bring on big shifts by decluttering as Marie Kondo suggests in “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.” Unburden yourself of the things, places, and activities that fail to “spark joy” for you. For me, “cleaning out my closet” meant bye-bye to Camel Lights, vodka crans, and people-pleasing ways. When you say “yes” to you, you create space in your schedule for fun and isn’t that what you’ve worked so hard for so long to achieve? If you love hiking, get up and out! If camping’s your thing, take a longer trip and see how peaceful it is to unplug. Always yearning to go abroad? There’s no time like the present. Just booking a ticket can make your spirits soar! Alternatively, you can follow your heartbreak and give your energy to a good cause. Like Jane Goodall in an See Choose, page 25
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urban jungle, you can help homeless teens in Tucson or work for peace in the Middle East. You can march for gender equality or affordable healthcare, or kneel to end police brutality. You can open a no-kill shelter for cats, plant trees all over town, or build wells for water in Africa. If you find yourself called to action, it’s time to answer. Not sure where to start? Ask Google, join a Meetup, or volunteer at an existing organization. Step by step, you’ll start making a difference and discovering more meaning in your routine. That’s life “on purpose”! If the idea of doing any of this scares you, GOOD! Feel the fear and do it anyway. That’s how you know you’re still breathing. I’m not saying any of this will be easy — it certainly wasn’t for me — but it will be worth
stall. “That’s my temple …. that’s where I go. “[The museum] is so important to the community, to provide an important service. Civics, social studies, and history don’t get a lot of play in school. This fills that gap and helps show how Tucson was always welcoming as a sanctuary city. And, it’s a real connector in the Jewish community. It is important that we continue to reach out.”
it. I still have days where I feel like giving up, but I’ve come too far to quit now. Becoming who we are meant to be takes courage, confidence, and a belief in something better for ourselves. Think about yourself as a small, innocent child. What would you most like to give him/her before it’s too late? What kind of life did he/she dream of and what’s stopping you from achieving it? None of us knows how much time we have left. But I do know this: the more you start living, the less you’ll feel like dying. Now go make the rest of your life the best of your life! Jennifer Rowley, the founder of Fab55, helps older adults transform their lives through classes, consulting and speaking engagements. Her social work experience includes geriatric case management in Seattle, Washington, and live-in caregiving. She teaches “Intentional Retirement” at the University of Arizona Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Rowley has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is trained in non-violent communication, certified in Matrix Energetics, and is a level II reiki practitioner.
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ast year, AARP Arizona conducted a telephone survey of adults 45 and older across Tucson in efforts to help make the city more age-friendly. AARP accepted the City of Tucson into its Network of Age Friendly Communities in October 2016 as the 122nd community. Tucson is the first Arizona city in the network. As such, the City of Tucson has made the commitment to actively work toward making the city a great place for people of all ages. AARP’s Age Friendly Network was created to help cities prepare for the rapid aging of populations and the increase in urbanization. The program targets the environmental, social, and economic factors that influence the health and well-being of residents of all ages. AARP has identified eight areas that influence the quality of life of those in a community, particularly older adults. The eight areas are outdoor spaces and buildings; housing; transportation; social participation; respect and social inclusion; civic participation and employment; communication and information; and community and health services. The survey captured these eight areas of an age-friendly community in order to help communities establish a baseline con-
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78 percent of Tucson residents own their own home; 63 percent of residents want to stay in their own home or community; 40 percent of residents want a home that will help them live independently as they age; 37 percent of residents are concerned about their personal safety and security; 24 percent of residents say they use public transportation; 48 percent of residents walk or bike within their community; 22 percent of residents say they need to make major repairs, home modifications or changes; 51 percent of residents say they consider their health to be excellent or very good; 30 percent of residents say they are employed full-time; 88 percent of residents say they are in contact with family, friends or neighbors weekly. For more information about the agefriendly survey results, visit www.aarp. org/agefriendlycommunities.
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INSIDER’S VIEW Whether in U.S. or Israel, voting is vital duty AMIR EDEN WEINTRAUB ISRAEL CENTER
ome of our c om mu n it y members and lay leaders are involved in the Nov. 6 elections. As an American citizen, I plan to cast my ballot, as voting, in my eyes, is one of our important civic duties. I had my first political experience in the Israeli general elections campaign of 1977. Like all of the 10-year–olds, I was approached every day at school during lunch recess by some of the older students. They came to each student, took hold of his collar, and asked, “Begin or Peres? Begin or Peres?” If you dared answer “Peres,” they would tighten their grip until you cried out “Begin!” The teachers on duty pretended not to see, or maybe it just seemed that they suppressed their smiles and walked away as our political “education” took place. Small wonder there were not too many “Peres supporters” in Be’er Sheva in 1977. On May 17, 1977, the Likud Party led by the late Menachem Begin won for the first time after almost 30 years of rule by the left–wing Alignment Party and its predecessor, Mapai. A phrase was coined by TV anchor Haim Yavin when he announced the election results live on television with the words: “Ladies and Gentlemen — a revolution!” In Hebrew, Gviroti veRevoti — Mahapakh!” Both leaders went on to successful careers and won their honorable place in the Israeli pantheon. Begin, who won the election, was the first prime minister to sign a peace treaty with an Arab State, Egypt, in 1979, for which he won the Nobel Prize for Peace. Begin authorized an attack on the Osirak nuclear plant in Iraq in 1980, and the invasion of Lebanon to fight the Palestinian Liberation Organization strongholds in 1982. The operation “Peace for the Galilee” became the first Lebanon War, and not only impacted the Israeli economy but also brought death to many Israeli households. Begin had become deeply disappointed
with the situation as he hoped to establish peace with Lebanese president-elect Bashir Gemayel, who was assassinated. As the “Peace Now” movement held an unprecedented anti-war demonstration in Tel Aviv, and many families demonstrated outside of his house, public pressure on Begin mounted. Depressed by the death of his wife, Aliza, in November 1982, while he was on an official visit to the White House, and also by the war’s casualties, Begin gradually withdrew from public life until his resignation in October 1983. He died in Tel Aviv in 1992, followed by a simple ceremony and burial on the Mount of Olives. He asked not be buried on Mount Herzl, where most Israeli leaders are laid to rest, but instead asked to be buried beside two of his friends who died during their service in the Irgun, a paramilitary group, before the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. The IDF had a partial unilateral withdrawal from Lebanon in 1985, and ended its military stay in Lebanon in 2000. The late Shimon Peres served as Israel’s president and had an impressive career as well. During his political experience of 70 years, he was prime minister (twice), a member of 12 cabinets, the minister of defense, the minister of foreign affairs, a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, and the first former prime minister to be elected as president of Israel. In November 2008, Peres was presented with an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II. Peres died on Sept. 28, 2016. Like the rest of us, I hope that all candidates, regardless of the outcome, will use their talents and leadership skills to better our country. The elections are around the corner and the competition is intense. I hope that all our candidates will focus on what they can do and will do for our country and not on what their opponents will not do. I trust that the outcome of our election process will produce the right leaders, not only the popular ones. Above all else, we want them (as well as ourselves) to agree that it is OK to disagree without pulling on each other’s collars. Amir Eden is director of the Weintraub Israel Center.
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR The calendar deadline is Tuesday, 10 days before the issue date. Our next issue will be published Nov. 9, 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 30 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. Oct. 28, Rabbi Albert Slomovitz, Ph.D, Captain (Colonel) U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps, on Jews in the U.S. military and the history of the U.S. Supreme Court. 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. Temple Emanu-El adult class, “Faces of Torah,” facilitated by Jesse Davis, most Sundays, 10:15-11:30 a.m., through April 28. See schedule on www.jewishtucson.org. 327-4501. 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; non-
Friday / October 26
11 AM: Jewish History Museum/ Holocaust History Center gallery chat. Youth Activism in Tucson, with student body presidents Patrick Robles of Sunnyside High School and Peris Lopez of Catalina Foothills High School. 564 S. Stone Ave. 670-9073 or www.jewishhistorymuseum.org. 5:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Shabbat Rocks! service with the 8th grade, Cantorial Soloist Marjorie Hochberg, and the Avanim Band, followed at 6:30 p.m. with family Shabbat dinner, and 7:30 p.m. traditional chapel service with the choir. Dinner, $10 for adults, $5 for kids 6-12, free for kids under 6. RSVP for dinner at 3274501. 6:30 PM: Cong. Or Chadash Sisterhood breast cancer awareness Shabbat. Wear pink. Rabbi Thomas Louchheim will give a special blessing to all affected by breast cancer. 512-8500.
Saturday / October 27
11 AM-NOON: Cong. Bet Shalom and PJ Library Tot Shabbat with Lisa Schacter-Brooks. Free. At Bet Shalom. 577-1171. 1:30-3:30 PM: Secular Humanist Jewish Circle Lecture, AZ Separation of Church and State with Tory Roberg, director of government affairs for the Secular Coalition for Arizona, at Woods Library, 3455 N. First Ave. RSVP to Marshall Rubin at email@example.com or
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ONGOING members, $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. Mandatory vaccination policy. Call Nancy Auslander at 745-5550 or visit www.caiaz.org.
days, 10 a.m.-noon. Contact Raisa Moroz at 795-0300. Integral Jewish Meditation group led by Brian Schachter-Brooks, Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., at Cong. Bet Shalom, free. www.torahofawakening. com.
Temple Emanu-El mah jongg, Mondays, 10 a.m. 327-4501.
Temple Emanu-El “Stitch and Kvetch.” Third Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.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 social bridge. Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon-3 p.m., year round. Drop-ins welcome. Meets in library on second floor. 299-3000.
Tucson J current events discussion, Mondays, noon-1:30 p.m. Members, $1; nonmembers, $2. Bring or buy lunch, 11:30 a.m. 2993000, ext. 147.
Tucson J canasta group. Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon. Instruction available and a beginners’ table every week. Call or text Lisa at 977-4054.
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 Tues-
577-7718. Bring a snack to share.
Sunday / October 28
8:30 AM: Hadassah Southern Arizona and Cong. Bet Shalom Adopt-A-Roadway cleanup. Adults only. Meet at the Tucson J parking lot. Wear closed-toe shoes; bring gloves, hat, and water. Contact Mike Jacobson at 748-7333. 9:15 AM: Jewish War Veterans FriedmanPaul Post 201 breakfast meeting at B'nai B'rith Covenant House, 4414 E. 2nd St. Contact Seymour Shapiro at 398-5360. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 795-0300, ext. 2271. 2-5 PM: Tucson J Design Your Own Challah Plate to be shown in the New Works from Broken Glass show, in honor of Kristallnacht. Ages 9 and up. At Sonoran Glass School, 633 W. 18th St. $45. Second option, Design Your Own Mirror Frame, $35. Register at www.tucsonjcc.org or contact Jennifer Selco at 299-3000.
Monday / October 29
6:30 PM: Arizona Center for Judaic Studies
Cong. Anshei Israel Talmud on Tuesday with Rabbi Robert Eisen. Meets 6 p.m. 745-5550. 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. 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 email@example.com.
Shaol & Louis Pozez Memorial Series Kickoff presents the film “Farewell Baghdad,” with an introduction by Gil Ribak, assistant professor of Judaic studies at UA. Free. At Tucson J. 626-5758 or www.judaic.arizona.edu.
Tuesday / October 30
2-4 PM: Tucson J class, Remarkable Jewish People from the Ancient World to Modern Times, with Roza Simkhovich. Tuesdays through Nov. 20. Members, $30; nonmembers, $36, $9 drop-in. Register at www.tucsonjcc.org or call Jennifer Selco at 299-3000. 3-5 PM: Tucson J Opera in the Sculpture Garden, with the UA Voice and Opera Theatre Section. Cosponsored by Opera Guild of Southern Arizona. $10. 299-3000 or www.tucsonjcc.org.
Wednesday / October 31
1-3 PM: Tucson J class, Could My Idea Be a Movie? with Genie Joseph, Ph.D., former CEO of Hawaii Movie Studios. Continues Wednesdays through Nov. 21. Members, $60; nonmembers, $65. Register at www.tucsonjcc.org or call 299-3000.
Friday / November 2
5:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Tot Kabbalat Todah Shabbat Service followed by dairy dinner at 6 p.m. Dinner $10 for adults, free for kids under 12. RSVP for dinner at 327-4501. 7 PM: Beth Shalom Temple Center of Green Valley Shabbat service led by Rabbi Norman
Temple Emanu-El Talmud study, Wednesdays, 10 -11:30 a.m. Text required, call 327-4501. Chabad of Sierra Vista women’s class with Rabbi Benzion Shemtov, last Wednesdays, 2 p.m., 401 Suffolk Drive. 820-6256 or www.jewishsierravista.com. Chabad Tucson lunch and learn with Rabbi Yehuda Ceitlin, Wednesdays, 12:15 p.m. at 5th Street Kitchen and Deli, 5071 E. Fifth St. www.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. Temple Emanu-El Jewish novels club with Linda Levine. Third Thursdays, 2-4 p.m. 3274501. “Biblical Breakthroughs with Rabbi Becker” at the Southwest Torah Institute. Fridays, noon, for men and women. 747-7780 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Jewish History Museum/Holocaust History Center new core exhibition, “Meanings Not Yet Imagined.” 564 S. Stone Ave. 670-9073. Tucson J Fine Art Gallery shows, Fiber Artists of Southern Arizona, through Nov. 1; New Works from Broken Glass, Nov. 2-Dec. 9. 299-3000.
Roman, rabbi emeritus of Temple Kol Ami in Detroit. 648-6690.
Saturday / November 3
10 AM: Beth Shalom Temple Center of Green Valley Torah study led by Rabbi Norman Roman, rabbi emeritus of Temple Kol Ami in Detroit. NOON: Beth Shalom Temple Center of Green Valley prayer opening of new labyrinth, led by Rabbi Norman Roman, rabbi emeritus of Temple Kol Ami in Detroit, followed by light Kiddush lunch. RSVP for lunch by Oct. 30 at 648-6690 or email@example.com. NOON: Cong. Anshei Israel “Read It & Meet” book discussion on “The Patriots” by Sana Krasikov. Contact Helen Rib at 299-0340 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 7 PM: Temple Emanu-El concert with piano virtuoso David Syme. $30. Post-concert reception, additional $10. Tickets at 327-4501 or www.tetucson.org/event/symeconcert.
Sunday / November 4
7 AM: Cong. Or Chadash Tour de Torah. Bike, run or walk at Brandi Fenton Park, 3482 E. River Road. Followed by brunch at Cong. Or Chadash. Participants encouraged to seek sponsors in support of Or Chadash. 512-8500 or www.octucson.org. 9 AM-3 PM: JFCS CHAI Circle 14th Annual Retreat, Aging and Our Immunity with Dr. Janko Nikolich-Zugich, co-director of Arizona Center on Aging. Free. At Hacienda Del Sol Guest
Ranch Resort, 5501 N. Hacienda Del Sol Rd. RSVP for availability to Irene Gefter at igefter@ jfcstucson.org or 795-0300, ext. 2271. 9:30 AM: Beth Shalom Temple Center of Green Valley schmooze with Rabbi Norman Roman, rabbi emeritus of Temple Kol Ami in Detroit, followed by free bagel breakfast at 10 a.m. RSVP by Oct. 30 at 648-6690 or bstcgv@ gmail.com. 9:30 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel Men's Club Breakfast and Panel Discussion, “Science Fiction, Fantasy and Judaism,” with Josh Anbar, Max Ellentuck and Eric Flank. Men’s club members, free; guests, $4. Contact Flank at 256-7575 or eﬂank45@gmail.com. NOON – 3 PM: Tucson J cooking class, Bagels and Soufﬂes with Chef Jaime Lawhorn. Members, $50; nonmembers, $60. Register at www.tucsonjcc.org or 299-3000. NOON-4 PM: Tucson J’s Sparks cheerleaders perform at 2018 Tucson Buddy Walk for Down syndrome awareness. Free. At Reid Park DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center, 920 S. Concert Pl. Proceeds beneﬁt Southern Arizona Down Syndrome Community. www.ds-stride.org/tucsonbuddywalk. 1-4 PM: Tracing Roots 2.0 intergenerational program orientation for teens at Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging, 2221 N. Rosemont Blvd. Contact Nanci Levy at 322-3632 or nlevy@ handmaker.org. 5:30 PM: Tucson Hebrew Academy 2018 Tikkun Olam Celebration honoring Ronnie Sebold. Begins with cocktails, followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. At the Tucson J. Single ticket, $150; couple, $250. RSVP at www.thaaz.org or call 529-3888.
MONDAY / NOVEMBER 5
8 AM-4 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Usborne Book Fair. Shop for children’s books. Beneﬁts CAI Preschool/Kindergarten. Continues through Thursday and Friday, Nov. 9, 9 a.m.-noon. Contact Nancy Auslander, 745-5550, ext. 229 or email@example.com. 6 PM: JFSA Tucson Cardozo Society and Tucson Maimonides Society dinner and discussion on the opioid crisis nationally and locally, with Nancy Johnson, CEO at El Rio Community Health Center, and Tim Hartin, senior vice president and chief legal oﬃcer at Tucson Medical Center. At Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort, 5501 N. Hacienda del Sol Road. $50. RSVP by Oct. 30 at www.jfsa. org or contact Geri Bertagnolli at 647-8468
FRIDAY / NOVEMBER 16
TUESDAY / NOVEMBER 6
5:30 PM: JFSA REAP (Real Estate and Allied Professions) dinner with Mentor Roundtable, at Harvey and Deanna Evenchik Center for Jewish Philanthropy, 3718 E. River Road. Members free; nonmembers $50. RSVP to Jeanette Dempsey at 647-8477 on firstname.lastname@example.org.
FRIDAY / NOVEMBER 9
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 email@example.com. 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.
9:45 AM: Handmaker presents lecture, “Tikkun Olam in Jewish History: What, Why and So What?” by David Graizbord, Ph.D., associate professor at UA Arizona Center for Judaic Studies. Contact Nanci Levy at 322-3632 or nlevy@ handmaker.org.
Jewish Federation-Northwest mah jongg, meets Wednesdays, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., 505-4161.
5:30-9 PM: Tucson J Kristallnacht Shabbat with Congregations Bet Shalom, Chaverim, and Or Chadash. 5:30 p.m., pre-oneg nosh; 6 p.m., Shabbat service choices; 7 p.m. dinner. Dinner, adults, $25; ages 4-17, $9; 3 and under, free. Register at www.tucsonjcc.org/kristallnacht or 299-3000.
7:30 PM Temple Emanu-El Kristallnacht Shabbat service pulpit exchange with Cong. Anshei Israel. Rabbi Robert Eisen will speak. Contact 327-4501 or visit www.tetucson.org.
SATURDAY / NOVEMBER 10
9 AM Cong. Anshei Israel Kristallnacht Shabbat service pulpit exchange with Temple Emanu-El. Rabbi Batsheva Appel will speak. Contact 745-5550 or visit www.caiaz.org. 11 AM-NOON: Cong. Bet Shalom and PJ Library Tot Shabbat with Lisa Schacter-Brooks. Free. At Bet Shalom. 577-1171. 6-10 PM: YMCA of Southern Arizona 2018 Community Military Ball honoring World War II and Korean War veterans, Council of Heroes awardees and Holocaust survivors, at the Tucson Convention Center. $150. Contact Stephanie Horne at 623-5511, ext. 257 or visit www.tucsonymca.org/events/military-ball.
SUNDAY / NOVEMBER 11
10:30-12:30 PM: Desert Caucus brunch with Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL). Guests should be potential members. For details, RSVP at 490-1453 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 1:30-4:30 PM: Tucson J Kristallnacht commemoration. New Works from Broken Glass gallery opening and variety of partner events. See page 1 for more information or visit www.tucsonjcc.org/kristallnacht.
5:45 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel “BOGO” Family Shabbat Service and Dinner. For each family that brings a Jewish family who haven’t experienced CAI’s family Shabbat services and/ or dinners before, CAI will cover the cost of dinner for the host family and guests. Otherwise cost is $25 per family (two adults and up to four children) for members; $30 for a guest family; adults, $10 per person. Dinner is 7 p.m. Open lounge with games follows. RSVP for dinner by Nov. 12 at www.caiaz.org or 745-5550.
SUNDAY / NOVEMBER 18
11 AM-12:30 PM: Cong. Chofetz Chayim children’s program, Music, Memories & Mitzvahs: Hanukkah. Ages 5-11, with Rabbi Israel Becker. First two Sundays at Chofetz Chayim, third is performance at Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging. Continues Nov. 25 and Dec. 2. Other sessions will be held for Tu B’Shevat, Purim and Passover. $36 per session. Multi-child discount available. Register at www.tucsontorah.org. or 747-7780.
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.
will beneﬁt the Jewish Federation Northwest Division. Call 505-4161 or email email@example.com.
THURSDAY / NOVEMBER 8
10-11:30 AM: Jewish Federation-Northwest, “Getting to Know Us,” with Carol Sack, Jewish Tucson Concierge. Bagels and coﬀee. Free. 190 N. Magee Road, Ste. 162. 505-4161 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FRIDAY / NOVEMBER 9
NOON: Jewish Federation-Northwest Lunch and Learn, “Kristallnacht's Hatred Toward Jews Continues Today,” with Rabbi Avi Alpert of Cong. Bet Shalom. Dairy lunch, $8. RSVP to email@example.com, 505-4161 or at www.jfsa.org/kristallnacht.
TUESDAY / NOVEMBER 27
SUNDAY / NOVEMBER 4
9-11 AM: Jewish Federation-Northwest Stuff the Truck with 1st Rate 2nd Hand Thrift Shop. Drop oﬀ gently used, re-sellable items at 190 W. Magee Rd., Ste. 162. Or call to schedule an in-home pick-up of larger items from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds from this day
5 PM: JFSA Northwest Division Campaign Kick-off, music and dining with Jewish jazz pianist Jon Simon, at the Buttes at Reﬂections, 9800 N. Oracle Road. No host sunset cocktails and complimentary appetizers on the patio, followed by dinner at 6 p.m. $45. RSVP at www.jfsa.org/northwestcampaignkickoﬀ2019.
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Congregation anshei israel
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, Wed., 2 p.m.; men, Tues. and Thurs., 7 p.m. Call to confirm.
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.
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 • (520) 296-0818 Mailing Address: 6628 E. Calle Dened, Tucson, AZ 85710 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 (Sept.-May); 2nd Friday, Tot Shabbat (Sept.-May), 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 Rabbi Sanford Seltzer • (520) 825-8175 Shabbat services: Oct.-April, third Friday of the 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 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 Beit simCha
7493 N. Oracle Road, Suite 231, Tucson, AZ 85704 • (520) 276-5675 Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon • www.beitsimchatucson.org Shabbat services: Fridays, 6 p.m., at 3718 E. River Road through Nov. 2.
Congregation etz Chaim (Modern Orthodox) 686 Harshaw Road, Patagonia, AZ 85624 • (520) 394-2520 Rabbi Gabriel Cousens • www.etzchaimcongregation.org 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 (520) 730-0401 for meeting or other information.
university oF arizona hillel Foundation 1245 E. 2nd St. Tucson, AZ 85719 • (520) 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.
Lola Grabb Lola Lipsitz Grabb died peacefully at her home in Tucson on Sept. 29, 2018 due to complications related to cancer. Lolita (as she became known to friends) was born on March 20, 1929, in Santiago de Cuba to Julio and Emma Lipsitz, immigrants to Cuba from Lithuania. Lolita first came to the United States to attend the University of Missouri where she received a BA in 1950 before returning to Havana to teach elementary school. She married the love of her life, Dr. Samuel Grabb, in 1952. A temporary move with their two toddler sons to Florida in 1957 became permanent when Lolita and Sam chose to stay in the United States after weighing what their and their family’s futures might look like in the U.S. vs in Castro’s Cuba. When Sam and Lolita relocated to Tucson in 1962, the dry, mountainous landscape of the town they rolled into on a July afternoon looked vastly different from her familiar tropics, but over time Lolita fell in love with the desert, the community, and the wonderful friends she made. Together, the couple built a robust and full life; Sam practiced urology while Lolita raised their three boys. After obtaining a master’s degree in Spanish-American literature, she taught Spanish in a variety of venues, including Pima Community College. Later, Lolita co-authored (with her writing partner, Onyria Herrera McElroy) the Spanish-English/ English-Spanish Medical Dictionary, a resource to the health care community that evolved over its four editions. As a couple, Lolita and Sam shared passions for learning, literacy, tennis, the symphony, and all things cultural, including dance. Lolita was a neverending personal improvement project, striving to not only always be/do better, but also find the best/most efficient way of doing everything. After Sam passed in 1996, Lolita found great comfort in dear friends as well as sharing time and adventures with her adoring and adored sister, Anita. Mostly, Lolita was a devoted, patient and supportive wife, mother, sister, aunt, and friend. Her children and grandkids were her raison d’etre. Lola (or “La Lola”, a sign-off she adopted later in life) is survived by her sister, Anita Stone; her children Albert, Robert, and James; her daughter-in-law Sarah Stenn, and her loving grandkids, Ari, Jacob, Chloe, Emma, Madeline, Samantha and Ethan (all Grabbs). She was preceded in death by her husband, Sam Grabb. Memorial contributions may be made to the ADL (https://arizona.adl.org).
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People in the news Debra S. Jacobs, an occupational therapist for more than 30 years, published her second book, “Safety and Consent for Kids and Teens with Autism or Special Needs: A Parent’s Guide” (Jessica Kingsley Publishers). She previously co-authored “Everyday Activities to Help Your Young Child with Autism Live Life to the Full.” Benjamin Wilder, Ph.D., has been appointed director of Tumamoc Hill, an 860-acre ecological reserve and U.S. National Historic Landmark owned and operated by the University of Arizona in partnership with Pima County. Wilder earned his bachelor’s degree from the UA. After receiving his doctorate from the University of California, Riverside, he returned to the UA in August 2015 to work with the Consortium for Arizona and Mexico Arid Environments. He has been interim director of Tumamoc Hill since October 2016.
Beth Nakhai, Ph.D, an associate professor at The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Arizona, recently published an article, “How to Avoid Gender-Based Hostility During Fieldwork” in The Chronicle of Higher Education. The article relates to Nakhai’s ongoing work as head of the American Schools of Oriental Research’s Initiative on the Status of Women. The Tucson Museum of Art will exhibit “Pictures of Hope,” photographs by children who participate in the housing and homeless programs of TMM Family Services. Award-winning Tucson photojournalist and author Linda Solomon is leading “Pictures of Hope,” which teaches children how to express their feelings through photography, for the eighth year in Tucson. A Meet the Young Artist Celebration and exhibition opening will be held Sunday, Nov. 11, 11:30 a.m.1 p.m. as part of Second SundAZe Family Day @ TMA, which features free admission for residents of Arizona and Sonora, Mexico.
The Arizona regional office of the Anti-Defamation League will honor Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild with its Stand Up for Courage Award at its 2018 Torch of Liberty Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 1 in Scottsdale. Carlos Galindo-Elvira, ADL Arizona regional director, says Rothschild “was an early signer of the Mayors’ Compact to Combat Hate, Extremism and Bigotry post-Charlottesville; he demonstrated leadership in the adoption of an anti-hate ordinance in Tucson; and he’s taken a vocal and visible presence in opposing the family separation policy.” Deborah Kaye, Ph.D., an adjunct lecturer at The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Arizona, recently accepted a position on the editorial board of Religious Studies Review. Kaye is responsible for the area of medieval and early modern Jewish studies for the quarterly journal, published through Rice University.
Photo courtesy Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona
JCRC Social Action Chair Jill Rich, far right, led Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona volunteers serving a meal to 200 refugees at the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson Oct. 10.
Federation feeds refugee families and children seeking asylum On Wednesday, Oct. 10, the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona provided and served hot meals to 200 Central American refugee families and children seeking asylum in the United States who were sud-
denly released from detention on the southern border. JFSA collaborated with other local nonprofit agencies and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which housed the refugees.
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