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DAVID J. DEL GRANDE AJP Intern
ill Rosenzweig, a local Jewish philanthropist and former board chair at Jewish Family & Children’s Services, enrolled in Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging’s post-hospital treatment program for physical therapy following back surgery last August. She recently returned to the care facility for further treatment. Rosenzweig initially chose Handmaker’s program because it’s a partner in the Jewish community. “I really wanted to see what Handmaker was like,” she says, “and I found the physical therapy to be outstanding.” “The therapists are engaging and very respectful,” says Rosenzweig. “They give you ownership of the whole thing, but they push you. And for me it was just the right combination.” Handmaker was recently named the best assisted living facility in the Arizona Daily Star Reader’s Choice awards, and for the first time, its assisted living program has a three to six month
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Silvia Risser (center), 72, a resident at Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging since January, enjoys a visit with her mother, Naomi Anderson (left), 90, and her granddaughter, Lauren Pernu (right), 22. Anderson currently lives in San Diego, Calif., and visits her daughter at Handmaker every few months.
waiting list. The local recognition certainly helped the organization, says Art Martin, Handmaker CEO, but its success came at the end of a threeyear process, he says. Handmaker hired a firm that
helped identify ways to modernize the facility and create a more welcoming atmosphere, he says. The organization will continue to make its post-hospital services a priority. “There is a big community need for it,” says Martin, and
Handmaker “gives top-flight posthospital care.” Located at 2221 N. Rosemont Blvd., Handmaker houses almost 200 seniors who need varying levels of care and offers multiple programs including 12 independent living apartments, assisted living quarters and skilled nursing care, which includes post-hospital treatment covering physical and occupational therapy. The facility also provides dementia services and general 24-hour residential nursing care. About two years ago, Handmaker expanded its campus and opened SandRuby Community Programs, a non-residential social program for the memory impaired, frail and elderly seniors as well as adults living with developmental disabilities. SandRuby has about 60 members attending its daily program, which ranges from life skill classes to arts and crafts. And SandRuby is hoping to increase membership to 90 participants by the end of next year, says Martin. Handmaker’s continuum of See Handmaker, page 8
Green Valley congregation looks to expand programs, services DAVID J. DEL GRANDE AJP Intern
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he Beth Shalom Temple Center, Green Valley’s self-proclaimed “reconformadox” Jewish congregation, recently hired its first membership coordinator. Steve Levine was attracted to his new position for professional and personal reasons, and began his new job in September. “The Jewish community has been very good to me over the years, and it’s fitting that I take
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some of my skills and expertise that I have developed through a professional career and give something back,” he says. Mike Finkelstein, former board president at Beth Shalom Temple Center, says during a monthly meeting about two years ago, the Temple Center board started to discuss how they can grow the congregation membership. Finkelstein decided to create an ad hoc committee that would devise strategies to strengthen the congregation as well as expand services. The board eventu-
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ally asked him to spearhead this expansion effort. Finkelstein moved to Green Valley for work in 1995, the year the Temple Center opened its doors. He joined the local congregation shortly after relocating and “established a network of friends who really became family.” “It’s meant a lot,” he says. “The spirit and the welcoming nature of the temple is something that we want to continue to pursue, and be as welcoming as we can to See Congregation, page 4
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LOCAL JFCS talks to promote ‘Shalom in Every Home’ Jewish Family & Chilspeak on “Maintaining dren’s Services will present Family Health & Commua Shalom in Every Home nication” on Sunday, Nov. Healthy Family Lecture 20 at 10 a.m. at the Tucson Series this month. The J. free, interactive two-part Parents and children series will explore the imtoday have particular portant connection bechallenges to overcome tween healthy families and — the use of social media, healthy relationships. busy schedules, exposure The series will begin to news and violence, and with “Put Your Listening normal developmental Ears On: How to Create stages. Th is talk will exAdena Bank Lees and Enhance Meaningful plore how to maintain Connections With Those boundaries and rules and, You Love,” presented by at the same time, cultivate Adena Bank Lees, LCSW, understanding and openon Sunday, Nov. 13 at 10 ness. The discussion will a.m. in the library of the foster ideas about nurturTucson Jewish Commuing family values. nity Center. Steinfeld has been in Really listening is not private practice in Tucas easy as it seems. Comson for over 30 years. ing up with your rebutHer area of expertise is tal while your loved one working with individuals is talking usually leads to and families to increase unnecessary misundercommunication, wellness Alice Steinfeld standing and arguments, and healthy lifestyle. She Bank Lees explains. To hear, see and feel is the director of behavioral health for seen and heard, especially by those close the Dream Street Foundation, serving to us, creates the loving connection of 25 years as a facilitator of programs for successful families. Participants can young adults with serious health conpractice the skills to make this happen ditions. She is also on staff at Canyon in a relaxed, fun environment. Ranch Health Resort, lecturing weekly Bank Lees is a a licensed clinical social on “hot topics” in relationships. Steinworker, licensed and internationally cer- feld also facilitates the CHAI Circle protified substance abuse counselor, board gram for Jewish women who are facing certified expert in traumatic stress, cer- the challenges of cancer. tified Imago relationship therapist and The LEAH (Let’s End Abusive Housecertified psychodramatist. She has pre- holds) program at JFCS is a sponsor of sented lectures and workshops to thou- the series. RSVP by Nov. 10 at jfcstucson. sands of professionals and lay audiences org/shalom-every-home-lecture-series/ or across the country since 1992. call Andrea Siemens at 795-0300, ext. Alice Steinfeld, Med. MA, LPC, will 2365.
Shuk classes to include love, death, art, God More than a dozen local rabbis and educators will present adult education classes on myriad topics at the Jewish Culture Shuk on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. at Tucson Hebrew Academy. A shuk is an open marketplace; the Jewish Culture Shuk, presented by the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona Coalition for Jewish Education and Synagogue-Federation Dialogue, offers ideas rather than material goods. Classes range from “The Life and Times of Elie Wiesel” to “The Chassidic Approach to Love, Happiness and One-
ness,” covering everything from how to talk to children about God to art, music, aging and eternal life. Each participant will choose two one-hour classes, followed by coffee and dessert. The cost is $10. Registration is available online through Nov. 18 at jfsa. org. Walk-in registration begins at 6:15 p.m. For more information, contact Suzanne Amador at 577-9393, ext. 121 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Transportation for seniors and people with disabilities available; call Sheryl at 465-4323.
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LOCAL As CAI scholar, Diamond to explore 5th commandment Congregation Anshei Israel will host scholar-inresidence Dr. Eliezer Diamond on Friday, Nov. 11 and Saturday, Nov. 12. Diamond is an associate professor of Talmud and rabbinics at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He teaches courses in rabbinic literature and introductory, intermediate and advanced Talmud studies. Dr. Eliezer Diamond He is the author of many popular and scholarly articles, including a chapter on the rabbinic period in the Schocken Guide to Jewish Books and articles in the Reader’s Guide to Judaism. He is the author of “Holy Men and Hunger Artists: Fasting and Asceticism in Rabbinic Culture” (Oxford University Press, 2003). He received ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Ye-
shiva University and a Ph.D. in Talmud from JTS. Diamond’s visit will include a Shabbat dinner and presentation, delivering the Shabbat morning D’var Torah and an afternoon presentation on Saturday. The Nov. 11 Mincha and Kabbalat Shabbat service begin at 5:45 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:45 p.m. Diamond’s presentation at 7:45 p.m. will be “Defining the Parameters of Kibbud Av Va-Em: Honoring our Parents.” Diamond’s D’var Torah topic for the 9 a.m. service on Nov. 12 is “Weaving our Future: The Symbolism of the Tallit.” At 3:30 p.m. he will present “Saint or Sinner? A Rabbinic Debate about the role of Fasting and Asceticism in Jewish Life.” The presentation will be followed by Mincha at 4:30 p.m. and Seudah Shlesheet (third meal), Ma’ariv and Havdallah at 5 p.m. RSVP and fee are required for the Shabbat dinner only. CAI members: adults $16, children $10; guests: adults $21, children $15. RSVP by Nov. 4 at caiaz.org or call Debra at 745-5550, ext. 242 (the price will increase after Nov. 4).
was bashert, or meant to be, says Finkelstein. Levine worked at the Federal Emergency Management Agency from 1977 to 1981, and was responsible for coordinating federal assistance to national disaster sites, “which was a very rewarding experience,” he says. He continued assisting FEMA on a contractual basis throughout his professional career, and ended his tenure with the organization in 2008. He served as executive vice president of the National Association of Environmental Risk Auditors, where he advocated environmental awareness and activism in the real estate industry and beyond. He also owned a real estate appraisal and consulting company that specialized in litigation support and expert witness testimony. Levine purchased his home in Green Valley with his late wife, Karen, in early 2015. At the time, the couple was staying in Tucson and visiting Tubac for an arts festival. During one of their many commutes, they stopped in Green Valley, liked it, and purchased a home, he says. After losing his partner of more than 24 years on Nov. 29, 2015, Levine was feeling isolated, so taking on his new position at the Temple Center felt like an important step. “It’s refreshing to branch out and do meaningful things again,” he says. Levine earned a Bachelor of Arts with honors in political science from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio. He completed some graduate work at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., but his professional involvement with FEMA became more important “and [I] just never looked back,” he says. In his new role he looks forward to bolstering the Temple Center’s secular community partnerships and expanding its inviting legacy.
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new people coming into our midst.” The Temple Center serves as more than just a synagogue, he says. Despite limited resources the congregation offers Shabbat and High Holiday services, funeral or memorial services, educational and social programs and a theatrical group. Since its humble beginnings, the Temple Center has provided these services on a volunteer basis. “That’s why active membership is such a vital part of the success in continuation of this temple,” he says. To attract the growing population in Sahuarita, which consists of younger families compared to Green Valley’s retired professionals, the Temple Center may offer bar and bat mitzvah lessons, Hebrew lessons or Sunday school classes. Local families interested in programs for children are limited unless they travel to Tucson, he says, but for now the congregation is in the planning stage. Finkelstein says the Temple Center received invaluable help from two senior members of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona: President & CEO Stuart Mellan and Vice President of Planning & Marketing Barry Weisband. The Temple Center was awarded a Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona Ida and J. Patricia Brodsky Memorial Endowment Fund grant for $5,000. Along with the generous contributions of local members, this allowed the congregation to create the parttime membership coordinator position. When the Temple Center created the position, Levine was looking for this type of work, so the timing
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NATIONAL Brooklyn judge becomes first Hasidic woman in U.S. elected to public office ANDREW KATZ JTA
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or much of her adult life, Rachel Freier has been a trailblazer in her Hasidic Brooklyn community of Borough Park: a lawyer, an advocate for higher education, the founder of an all-female ambulance service and of a nonprofit to aid underprivileged mothers during the Gulf War. Now she has become the first Hasidic women elected to public office in the United States. In September, Freier was the victor in the race for judge in the 5th Judicial District Civil Court, State of New York, serving Borough Park and other sections of Brooklyn including Bensonhurst and Coney Island. “It feels great. It feels wonderful!” said Freier, 51, better known as “Ruchie” to her friends and family, when asked about her upset victory. “I feel grateful to God that He allowed me to reach this position.” Freier is OK with “trailblazer,” but don’t call her a feminist. “‘The advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social and economic equality with men,’” she reads off Google as soon as the subject is brought up. “I’m not here to fight to be equal to men,” she explains. “Judaism puts women on a platform. ... When the Sabbath comes, I have my mitzvos; I light my candles and say my prayers. My husband goes to the synagogue
Rachel Freier says haredi Orthodox women “can have goals and achieve them without compromising any of the standards we have.”
and davens with the men. I’m not going to say I’m going to fight for his mitzvah.” Freier wants other women, particularly in haredi Orthodox communities, to take her example. “I hope that in the future, more women from my
background will realize that it’s not mutually exclusive, that you can have goals and achieve them without compromising any of the standards we have,” says the mother of six and grandmother. Raised in Brooklyn, Freier attended Brooklyn Law School part time while raising a family, eventually practicing law in offices in Brooklyn and Monroe, N.Y., and serving on the community board in Borough Park. When Freier saw that the haredi yeshiva system sometimes left students insufficiently educated to cope in the wider world, she took action, founding B’Derech in conjunction with Bramson College. Since 2013, B’Derech (Hebrew for “on the path”) permits yeshiva-educated men to obtain their high school equivalency diplomas and even associate degrees, thus positioning themselves more competitively in the job market, while retaining close ties with their religious communities. As she told the Forward regarding B’Derech and the existing yeshiva system: “I am not here to change it, but I am here to supplement it.” Shortly after she founded B’Derech, some women came to her in need of assistance. Haredi communities in Jerusalem and the suburban New York enclave of Kiryat Joel rely on female volunteer EMTs to assist women in childbirth and other medical emergencies. While Jewish law permits men to perform See Judge, page 10
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COMMENTARY Rabbi under chuppah may boost Jewish engagement in intermarried homes LEONARD SAXE & FERN CHERTOK JTA waltham, mass. t a summit meeting held last week at the National Museum of American Jewish History, several hundred communal professionals, rabbis, scholars, philanthropists and young intermarried couples gathered to discuss engagement of interfaith families in Jewish life. There is widespread communal agreement that intermarriage has reshaped the landscape of American Jewish life, but a lack of consensus regarding how best to respond to this development. At the forefront of the controversy has been rabbinic officiation at intermarriage ceremonies. For some, the debate over whether a rabbi or cantor should conduct an interfaith wedding hinges on theological questions. But for many the debate is also about the impact that rabbinic officiation might have on the Jewish character of the homes and families these couples create. Contrary to the long-held assumption that choosing a Jewish officiant is a symbolic, not a substantive act, we now have strong
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Intermarried couples whose weddings were officiated by Jewish clergy as the only officiant are more highly engaged in Jewish life than other intermarried couples, a new study has found.
evidence of the association between rabbinic officiation at intermarriages and the couples’ subsequent involvement in Jewish life. Our new report, “Under the Chuppah: Rabbinic Officiation and Intermarriage,” explores the trajectories of Jewish engagement of a large group of young adult Jews married to Jewish and non-Jewish spouses. As part of a long-term follow-up study of 2001-2009 applicants to Birthright Is-
rael, we surveyed 1,200 married young adults. We explored differences among three groups of couples: inmarried couples, intermarried couples who had a sole Jewish clergy officiant (i.e., no non-Jewish co-officiant) and intermarried couples who married under other auspices such as a justice of the peace, friend or family member. The data are unequivocal that intermarried couples whose weddings were of-
ficiated by Jewish clergy as the only officiant are more highly engaged in Jewish life than other intermarried couples. Among the intermarried couples married by a rabbi or cantor, the overwhelming majority (85 percent) of those who now have children reported that the religion in which their children are being raised is Judaism. This is in stark contrast to the intermarried couples who did not have a sole Jewish officiant, of whom 23 percent are raising their children Jewish. Consistent with these findings, one-third of intermarried couples who had a rabbi or cantor as sole officiant are synagogue members. This number is more than four times higher than the rate for intermarried couples married by another type of officiant. These differences persist even when the gender, Jewish background and college Jewish experiences of the Jewish spouse are taken into account. On the two measures that have been at the heart of the controversy about Jewish officiation at intermarriages — synagogue membership and raising children Jewish — intermarried couples with sole See Intermarried, page 7
In breast cancer testing, knowledge is power — and potentially distressing PEGGY COTTRELL JTA
ive years ago, on a whim, Cindy, a 27-year-old Jewish woman, decided to pursue genetic testing through an online laboratory. She wasn’t expecting any surprises be-
cause she had no family history of cancer or increased risk factors. She was young and living a healthy lifestyle. But Cindy’s results indicated that she had tested positive for a BRCA mutation. She was worried and confused, and needed to understand what this meant for her and her family. Cindy’s story is not an
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anomaly — women and men can be BRCA-positive, even without a family history of breast or ovarian cancer. One in 40 Jewish women and men carries a BRCA gene mutation, as compared to approximately 1 in 400 in the general population, placing Jewish families at significantly increased risk for hereditary breast, ovarian and related cancers. This is an urgent concern for the Jewish community at-large. Last month, which was National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, our organization, Sharsheret, shared this critical information with thousands via social media, on college campuses and in local synagogues and JCCs across the country. Our mantra is “know your family history” because if you do have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer, you are at increased risk and the BRCA gene mutation may be the culprit. There are steps you can take to catch cancer early, when it can be treated or even cured, or to prevent cancer through life-saving measures including increased surveillance, prophylactic surgery and chemoprevention (the use of pharmacologic or natural agents that inhibit the development of invasive cancer). The 1 in 40 message isn’t new, but what is new is that medical experts are discuss-
ing “population screening,” genetic testing for all Ashkenazi Jews, because individuals without a strong history of breast or ovarian cancer — women like Cindy — may still be BRCA-positive. Knowledge is power and, simply put, genetic testing can save lives. In July, Sharsheret was invited to participate in a think tank in Israel of American, European and Israeli cancer researchers. Sharsheret was the only advocacy organization present with the medical professionals, invited to represent the patient’s voice. The esteemed group was convened by Dr. Larry Norton, medical director at the Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City. After much discussion, and a comprehensive review of local studies that focused on genetic testing among Jewish families, the experts’ conclusion, according to Norton, was that “testing all Ashkenazi Jews … finds twice as many people with mutations as testing just those with family histories.” Norton went on to say, citing the conclusion: “This indicates that the rules for testing need to be changed. It also means that the psychological, medical and economic consequences of broader testing See Testing, page 7
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Jewish clergy officiation are not very different from inmarried couples (that is, Jews who marry Jews). The rates of synagogue membership are 34 percent for the former vs. 41 percent for the latter, and for raising children Jewish 85 percent vs. 94 percent. Sole Jewish officiation at intermarriages does not, however, fully level the playing field between intermarried couples with a sole Jewish officiant and inmarried couples on all measures of Jewish engagement. For example, intermarried couples who had sole Jewish officiation are somewhat less likely to have a special meal on Shabbat. Our study does not provide a full explanation of the reasons for the differences between intermarried couples with a sole Jewish officiant and other intermarried couples. In part, the decision to have a Jewish officiant likely reflects a continuation of the already existing Jewish trajectory of these couples. But it may also be that the involvement of Jewish clergy has an independent impact on the lives of intermarried couples. Interactions with Jewish clergy in preparation for the wedding may serve to welcome the non-Jewish partner into Judaism, establish the groundwork for a continuing relationship and affirm
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need to be evaluated. “Knowing that one has a dangerous mutation could well be life-saving, since one can do things that minimize one’s risks.” At Sharsheret, we couldn’t agree more with the experts that issues associated with population screening are quite complex and require attention. Genetic testing can be daunting, and its emotional toll cannot be underestimated. Prior to testing, men and women must have a clear understanding of how positive test results may affect them medically and emotionally. And this is information that also affects families – parents, siblings, children, cousins, aunts and uncles. Once results are received, one needs to carefully consider how to communicate them to family and friends, and what to do in response. Making decisions about medical courses of action to pursue after getting results is equally challenging. Careful consideration must be given to other factors such as fertility, breastfeeding and the early onset of menopause. Each one introduces new challenges. Further, following the think tank, leading cancer researchers estimated that “half
the couple’s prior decision to raise a Jewish family. Conversely, rejection by clergy, even with a referral to another rabbi, may have a negative effect. Rabbinic officiation at intermarriage is a relatively new phenomenon, and we are only now beginning to see its effects. What does seem apparent from our research is that most couples who engaged rabbis for officiation purposes appear to have Jewish commitments that carry over past the wedding ceremony. Marshall McLuhan famously cautioned, “We drive into the future using only our rearview mirror.” In contrast to demographic studies which, while valuable, tell us more about the past than the future, our socio-psychological studies of intermarried young couples shed light not only on the lived experiences of contemporary Jews, but also provide critical data for thinking about the future. We would like to think that our research, rather than viewing Jewish experience through a rearview mirror, is looking forward. We are discovering that the consequences of intermarriage that we have long expected to be devastating vis-a-vis the Jewish future may not be inevitable. Leonard Saxe is the director of the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies of the Steinhardt Social Research Institute at Brandeis University. Fern Chertok is a research scientist at the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies.
of those who could benefit from a life-saving cancer gene test are not eligible for the screening under the current rules.” Women without a family history — women like Cindy — would not likely have these services covered by insurance. Out-of-pocket costs for genetic tests can range from $300 to $5,000. There is so much to consider — this is just the beginning of the conversation. You are not alone. If you are considering genetic testing, call Sharsheret and speak privately with our genetic counselor and our team of social workers and clinical staff at no cost to you or your family. We will help you understand the genetic testing process; we will assist you in making informed decisions and in finding lowcost or free genetic testing. Cindy did reach out to Sharsheret, and we have been a supportive resource helping her navigate her decision-making processes. Sharsheret is the only national nonprofit organization that supports Jewish women and families of all backgrounds facing breast and ovarian cancer at every stage — before, during and after diagnosis. We can’t change the odds of a genetic mutation or diagnosis, but with Sharsheret, no Jewish woman or man will face breast or ovarian cancer alone. Peggy Cottrell, MS, CGC, is the genetics program coordinator at Sharsheret. Learn more at sharsheret. org;  474-2774. November 4, 2016, ARIZONA JEWISH POST
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care means it can adapt to changing needs, says Martin, who explains that, for example, some seniors who get injured unfortunately may not be able to return home. Patients who are treated at Handmaker’s temporary programs can easily transition into residential services. Even though Handmaker is one of the many nursing homes that provide excellent service for seniors in Tucson, Martin says its spiritual foundation for programing is invaluable. “One the things that sets us apart is the fact that this is based upon the teachings of Judaism, which is very important in the daily life here at Handmaker,” he says. All meals served at Handmaker meet the kosher standard. Although grounded in Judaism, Handmaker provides services for all faiths and denominations, he says. “The spiritual nature in general sets us apart, and we to try to keep that front and center.” The organization seems to attract staff members who not only stay at Handmaker long-term, but enjoy going above and beyond normal expec-
Gloria Landsman (left), a resident at Handmaker Jewish services for the Aging, and her sister, Zelda Jonas, read along during one of two weekly torah classes held at the facility. Jonas, a former Nassau County Justice, lives on Long Isand, N.Y., and is staying with her sister at Handmaker for two weeks.
tations, he says. Martin recalls seeing employees keep vigils with ailing residents and build close relationships with the residents’ families. Some family members seek employment at the organization, he adds. “It’s really all about our staff, and I’m very blessed to have an exceedingly long-term staff,” he says. “When a family member wants to come and work for the organization caring for their loved one — we’re doing something right.” The senior facility works closely with the Arizona Long Term Care
System, a statewide program that works in conjunction with Medicaid and provides financial assistance for seniors, so Handmaker residents are never asked to leave for financial reasons, Martin says. Rosenzweig, who has had a long career in early childhood education, points out that a positive and welcoming environment is always created from the top down. And from her two temporary stays at Handmaker, she can tell the local senior facility has a dedicated and happy staff. “It’s a caring place,” she says.
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NATIONAL Scandal puts sexual assault policies in spotlight author in 2014, Shavit “lurched at me like a barnyard animal, grabbing the back of JTA my head, pulling me toward him.” Berrin NEW YORK wrote that Shavit continued to harass her illel International’s swift decision until she ended the encounter. Berrin authored the piece, she said, in to cancel a campus tour featurlight of the national “coning Israeli journalist versation” on sexual assault Ari Shavit has prompted othprompted by accusations er organizations to consider made against Republican similar policies on speakers presidential candidate Donand sexual assault. ald Trump. On Oct. 27, following al“But my story is not legations that Shavit sexually unique,” she wrote. “Every assaulted a reporter, Hillel woman — probably every nixed a speaking tour featursingle woman in this world ing Shavit scheduled for later — knows the feeling I felt this year. walking to my car at night “We actively oppose rape Ari Shavit with a man who couldn’t culture and sexual assault on keep his hands to himself.” campus and are committed to In a statement dated Oct. supporting survivors,” Hillel 27, Shavit, author of the International President Eric widely lauded 2013 book Fingerhut said in a statement “My Promised Land: The Oct. 27. Triumph and Tragedy of IsOther Jewish organizarael,” apologized for his actions that frequently host or tions and said he “misconarrange speaking tours told strued” the situation as “a JTA that they did not have friendly conversation that defined policies on speakers included some courtship.” accused of sexual assault, but Danielle Berrin On Oct. 30, Shavit rethat the Shavit incident would signed from his positions at Haaretz and prompt consideration of such a policy. Earlier on Oct. 27, Shavit acknowl- Channel 10 after another woman accused edged that he was the unnamed journal- him of sexual harassment. Shavit issued a statement Sunday ist described in reporter Danielle Berrin’s account of an interview during which he shortly after the New York-based Jewgrabbed and propositioned her. He did ish Daily Forward published the alleganot deny her account, but in an apology tions of an unnamed former J Street staff called the encounter a “misunderstand- member. He said, “I am ashamed of the mistakes I made with regards to people ing.” A spokesman for Hillel said the orga- in general and women in particular. I nization’s statement stems from a strong am embarrassed that I did not behave commitment to fight rape and sexual as- correctly to my wife and children. I am sault on campus. In August, two Hillel embarrassed about the consequences of students were named to the White House what I did.” He also said: “In the last few days I have Student Advisory Committee of Its On Us, an initiative to combat sexual assault understood that I have been afflicted by blindness. For years I did not understand on campus. “As individuals, we may not have all what people meant when they spoke of the tools to eliminate the scourge of sex- privileged men who do not see the damual assault on campus, but as a commu- age that they cause to others. Now, I am nity, we have the responsibility to educate beginning to understand.” On Sunday, the American Israel Pubourselves and others in order to increase campus safety, and to support survivors lic Affairs Committee confirmed that it when they share their stories,” Sheila has canceled Shavit’s participation in its Katz, Hillel International’s vice president events. After the first allegation came to light, of social entrepreneurship, wrote in an a spokesman for the Jewish Federations op-ed last month in New Voices Magaof North America told JTA that had zine. The Hillel statement came just hours JFNA been arranging a speaking tour for after Shavit acknowledged his role in the Shavit, he would have been suspended immediately. The JCC Association of encounter. In the article published last month in North America told JTA its policy of zero the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, Berrin tolerance for sexual assault extends to wrote that while interviewing the Israeli speakers.
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these functions in a health care crisis, devout women who have made tznius, or religious modesty, a cornerstone of their identity say they prefer women. When a group of Brooklyn women reached out to Freier for assistance in creating their own volunteer EMT corps, she responded by obtaining her own certification as an emergency medical technician and the support of some religious and community leaders, including Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind. The service recently announced plans to expand into Crown Heights. Along the way, Freier has earned awards for pro bono service to the family courts, sat on Bar Association committees and founded Chasdei Devorah, a nonprofit relief organization in memory of a young friend. Freier’s path to the bench began in a courtroom very much like the one in which she now wields a gavel. During her undergraduate years, she spent hours in the Civil Court presided over by her uncle, Judge David Schmidt. New York state requires attorneys to have practiced at least a decade before standing in for a judgeship. Schmidt’s retirement in 2015 happened to coincide with Freier’s 10th year of practice. Many might see pure serendipity at play here, but to Freier it was an example of hashgacha pratis — the hand of God guiding circumstances. So the path was clear but the incline steep. Freier’s principal opponent was Mordechai Avigdor. Well-known, connected and Orthodox, Avigdor would fill the 5th District Civil Court bench the way one of Nathan’s Famous fills a bun. Rounding out the field was a candidate with a more secular background, Jill Epstein. For help in her uphill battle, Freier reached out to Yossi Gestetner of Axle Communications and Gary Tilzer to manage her campaign. Tilzer, known for bucking the party machine, already was managing Odessa Kennedy’s boroughwide campaign for civil court. “I put Ruchie together with Odessa to campaign in Bay Ridge and Sunset Park,” Tilzer said. “Odessa did very well among Irish Catholic and Asian voters there and brought in votes for Ruchie at the same time.” Freier may have been expected to face some backlash from the more conservative elements of the Borough Park religious community, but that did not appear to be the case. “We had a dozen rabbinical voices who publicly backed the candidacy in addition to women rabbinical leaders who
also backed the candidacy,” Gestetner said. “Multiple Yiddish-language publications actually interviewed the candidate and were very fair to her. The vote in Borough Park was split in half. Such a vote outcome is a huge success for a firsttime, non-establishment, woman candidate. So not only was there no backlash, there were thumbs-up all around.” Schmidt, who had told Freier, “If you still want to be a judge, now is your chance” when he retired, advised her strategically. She succeeded despite lacking endorsements from any of the big three area politicians — Hikind, City Council member David Greenfield and State Sen. Simcha Felder. Stumbles by her rivals helped. The Daily News ran an article exposing Avigdor’s growing ethical and legal problems stemming from his failure to account for more than $500,000 from an estate of which he was an executor. Shortly afterward, Epstein ran afoul of campaign finance laws with a dubious $250,000 loan that showed no sign of being paid back by primary day. Along with several Jewish and Yiddish-language publications, the Daily News endorsed Freier. Nevertheless, “We didn’t see it coming,” Freier said of the election victory. “We had no idea. Our celebration was completely spontaneous.” Reaction from other elected officials has been overwhelmingly positive. “This changes the conversation about what the community’s doing,” City Council member Antonio Reynoso said when asked about Freier’s victory. “And I’m really proud, really happy about that.” Freier said, “The important thing was to do this without compromising my family.” Watching her husband David beam with pride and admiration as his wife spoke to supporters during a fundraiser at their home about a month before the primary suggested that her family was very much on board and, to a degree, shared her political aspirations. Her judicial aspirations, meanwhile, are contained perhaps in how she talks about her decision to champion Ezras Nashim. From a strictly legal standpoint, a female EMT corps isn’t necessary. “But pikuach nefesh [saving a life] is out there,” Freier said, gesturing toward the wider world, “while I am in here.” The distinction is between an abstract legal concept and what is, for a haredi woman, a lifelong and very personal practice. The challenge is enforcing the former without compromising the latter. As Freier told Tachlis magazine, “I think we ought to take advantage [of the changed legal landscape] and ensure we get the perspective of a heimish Jewish woman on the bench.”
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June 2015 Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump announce their candidacies for president. In his speech, Trump says Mexican immigrants to the United States bring drugs and crime, and that “[t]hey’re rapists.” His comments, as well as later calls to ban Muslims from entering the country, draw criticism from Jewish groups throughout the campaign and become the centerpiece
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his presidential campaign has made Jewish history, for reasons good and bad. Bernie Sanders became the first Jewish candidate to win a U.S. presidential primary, and the families of both presidential nominees had strong Jewish ties. But the campaign also saw heated debate on Israel and Iran and a troubling rise in anti-Semitism, specifically online invective directed at Jewish reporters. Here are the top Jewish moments — the uplifting, the expected and the frightening — that have taken place during the 2016 election cycle. Sen. Bernie Sanders waves in Concord on the day of the primary elections in New Hampshire, Feb. 9, 2016.
of a national debate on immigration, religious freedom and civility in politics. February 2016 Sanders, a 75-year-old, Brooklyn-born Independent from Vermont, wins the New Hampshire Democratic primary, making history as the first Jewish candidate to win a presidential primary. Draw-
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ing on a wildly enthusiastic youth vote, Sanders handily defeats Clinton, commanding 60 percent of the ballots to Clinton’s 38 percent. Trump disavows the support of David Duke after earlier claiming he knew nothing about the former Ku Klux Klan leader’s views. In response, the Anti-Defamation League announces it will be pro-
March 2016 Clinton and Trump, along with Republican presidential candidates Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, address the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual policy conference in Washington, D.C. Sanders turns down an invitation to speak, citing traveling plans and a busy campaign schedule, and AIPAC rejects his offer to appear via video link. Trump, appearing amid walkouts by critics of his “bigotry,” gets a standing ovation from the crowd for a speech that his Jewish son-in-law, Jared Kushner, reportedly helped him write. Audience members cheer when Trump celebrates the conclusion of President Barack Obama’s term in oﬃce, prompting AIPAC later to apologize to the president for the attack and the loud applause it earned. Trump also mentions that his then-pregnant daughter Ivanka, a convert to Judaism,
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“is about to have a beautiful Jewish baby.” A week later, Ivanka gives birth to a son, but Trump chooses to campaign rather than attend the bris. Meanwhile, Clinton derides Trump as a feckless negotiator and tells the AIPAC crowd that “walking away” from the Middle East is not an option for the United States. In her speech, she also recalls the U.S. failure to take in Jewish refugees from Nazi-occupied Europe and noted the forthcoming Purim holiday, when Esther risked her life to speak up against the oppression of Jews in a plea to stand up against bigotry. “Let us never be neutral or silent in the face of bigotry,” she urges the crowd. April 2016 During a visit to Brooklyn ahead of the New York Republican primary, Cruz makes a presidential campaign stop at a matzah baking factory in Brooklyn. He helps bake the unleavened bread and joins in singing the traditional Passover song “Dayenu.” Kasich gives Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn his interpretation of the Bible. He asks a group of yeshiva students, who likely spend their days studying Jewish texts, whether they had ever read about Joseph, and tells them that Abraham trumps Moses, whom many Jews consider to be the most important biblical figure. Days ahead of the New York primary, Sanders and Clinton engage in a heated exchange over Israel at a de-
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bate in Brooklyn, with the Vermont senator accusing the former secretary of state of neglecting the Palestinians and reiterating his charge that Israel used disproportionate force in Gaza in 2014. Clinton says she worked hard to bring peace to the region as secretary of state. Clinton wins the primary in New York, home to the country’s largest Jewish population, 58-42 percent. Sanders suspends his Jewish outreach director after revelations of social media posts that used profanity to describe Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Simone Zimmerman, a former activist with J Street, reportedly called Netanyahu a “manipulative a**hole,” though she later changed the expletive to “politician.” May 2016 Julia Ioffe, a Jewish reporter who wrote a critical profile of Trump’s wife, Melania, is deluged with antiSemitic phone calls and messages on social media from self-described Trump supporters, including a cartoon of her as a Jew being executed. Ioffe files a police complaint about the threats. Numerous other Jewish journalists receive similar threats
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from Trump backers, including New York Times editor Jonathan Weisman and Politico reporter Hadas Gold, leading the ADL to appoint a task force on the harassment of journalists. Sheldon Adelson, the casino magnate and major backer of Republican candidates, endorses Trump for the presidency in an op-ed in The Washington Post. As Election Day approaches, however, Adelson reportedly gets increasingly frustrated with Trump and is said to shift his focus to maintaining Republican control of the Senate. The Republican Jewish Coalition congratulates Trump after his primary victory in Indiana makes him the presumptive GOP presidential nominee. The statement offers no praise for Trump, but refers to Clinton as the “worst possible choice for a commander in chief.” The pro-Trump site Breitbart News slams conservative commentator Bill Kristol for not supporting Trump, calling him a “Renegade Jew.” In August, the Clinton campaign references the incident in accusing the news site of being “anti-Semitic,” and a month later a Breitbart columnist calls a Washington Post columnist “a
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nent modern Orthodox rabbi who oversaw Ivanka Trump’s conversion to Judaism, withdraws from speaking at the Republican National Convention. His initial decision to speak there was seen as an endorsement of Donald Trump and drew criticism, including a petition started by alumni of The Ramaz School, where Lookstein formerly served as principal. Clinton becomes the first female presi-
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James Zogby, the president of the Arab American Institute, and Cornel West, a philosopher and supporter of the antiIsrael Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. Days later, Sanders releases a statement emphasizing that while he supports Israel’s right to live in peace, lasting peace will not come without “fair and respectful treatment of the Palestinian people.” July 2016 Trump is criticized after retweeting an image of Clinton that features a six-pointed star reminiscent of a Star of David and a background of dollar bills. The image, which critics note originated among the anti-Semitic denizens of the budding “altright” movement, is later deleted, against Trump’s wishes. In response to the Star of David tweet, the ADL and 27 other Jewish groups sign an open letter condemning racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance. Jared Kushner responds to his father-inlaw’s critics in the pages of his newspaper, The Observer. “I know that Donald does not at all subscribe to any racist or antiSemitic thinking,” Kushner writes, citing his own grandparents’ experience as Holocaust survivors. The Republican Party’s Platform Committee unanimously agrees to language on Israel that omits references to a twostate solution, a longtime bipartisan policy in the region. The change comes with little resistance from the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC. Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, the promi-
dential nominee of a major U.S. political party on the second evening of the Democratic National Convention. Sanders endorses Clinton for president. At a rally in New Hampshire, Sanders says he will work with the former secretary of state to keep Trump from being elected. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, DFla., steps down as leader of the Democratic National Committee following the emergence of emails showing that senior DNC staffers sought to undercut the Sanders campaign. One email, from Chief Financial Oﬃcer Brad Marshall, alleges (inaccurately) that Sanders is an atheist and that it could be used against him. Marshall resigns in August.
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August 2016 Clinton breaks barriers when a Monsey, N.Y.-based haredi Orthodox newspaper that typically bans women from its pages prints a photo of her. The catch: Only her arm and the very top of her head are visible. September 2016 Trump dons a Jewish prayer shawl given to him by a pastor during a visit to a black church in Detroit. The custom, which the pastor explains is a way of “anointing” prominent travelers, leads to puzzled and critical comments by Jewish observers. Israeli Trump supporters open a campaign oﬃce in the West Bank in an effort to get Americans living there to cast their votes for the Republican nominee.
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At a news conference at a Washington hotel, leaders of the alt-right movement praise Trump and try to explain their group’s support of “white legitimacy” in the face of immigration and the power of minority voters. The speakers disagree whether Jews have a place in their white-majority ethnic state, but agree that most Jewish organizations are on the “wrong side.” In New York for the U.N. General Assembly, Netanyahu meets with Clinton and Trump in separate venues. Both presidential candidates pledge close defense cooperation with Israel, but Clinton lauds the Jewish state for serving as a model for pluralism, while Trump praises its erection of a separation wall between the country and the Palestinians. While Israel is not a big topic of discussion in the first presidential debate, the two candidates spar on the Iran nuclear deal. “You started the Iran deal, that’s another beauty, they were about to fall” because of sanctions, Trump says to Clinton. The former secretary of state responds: “I would rather deal with the other problems having put that lid on their nuclear program.” Trump continues during the next two debates to use the nuclear agreement as an example of Clinton’s ineffectiveness, while she boasts of brokering the sanctions regime that brought Iran to the table. October 2016 The ADL teams up with the creator of the cartoon character Pepe the Frog in order to reclaim the image after it was co-opted by white nationalists as a symbol of their movement. An ADL task force also credits Trump supporters with the lion’s share of the anti-Semitic tweets aimed at journalists. The analysis sees a significant uptick in anti-Semitic tweets from January to July as coverage of the presidential campaign intensified and found that the top 10 most targeted journalists were all Jewish. Hacked emails released by WikiLeaks show that Clinton hopes to repair ties with Netanyahu if she is elected president. One email quotes Clinton as telling AmericanIsraeli Democratic donor Haim Saban that she hopes to invite the Israeli prime minister to visit the U.S. on the first day of her would-be presidency, and to meet with him “[h]opefully within the first month.” A Washington Post analysis shows that the Clinton campaign’s top five donors are Jewish. The Clinton backers are Donald Sussman, a hedge fund manager; J.B. Pritzker, a venture capitalist, and his wife, M.K.; Saban, the Israeli-American entertainment mogul, and his wife, Cheryl; George Soros, another hedge funder and a major backer of liberal causes, and Daniel Abraham, a backer of liberal pro-Israel causes and the founder of SlimFast. Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz donates $35 million to groups supporting Hillary Clinton and other progressive causes. The relatively unknown Jewish billionaire says he believes “stakes are extremely high” in this election. FBI Director James Comey is widely criticized for announcing 10 days before Election Day that the FBI had discovered additional emails that “appear to be pertinent” to the agency’s probe of Clinton’s private email server. The source? A computer belonging to defrocked Jewish congressman Anthony Weiner, the subject of an FBI probe into sexually explicit messages he allegedly sent to an underage girl and the estranged husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin.
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ctober, with its record breaking heat, is finally past. With a promise of cooler weather in Southern Arizona, local restaurateurs are beginning to think about dishes that make the most of fall’s bounty. At Gusto Osteria on Tucson’s east side, where owner Gus Gerson rules the kitchen, the focus is on Italian classics, often with a modern twist. One example for fall: his hearty Osso Bucco, braised lamb shanks slowly roasted with a sauce of tomatoes, chicken stock and aromatic vegetables, served over pasta. There’s also lighter fare at the Tanque Verde Road restaurant, such as fish specials, which start with the freshest offerings from Gerson’s fish purveyor, usually sea bass, snapper or trout. Salmon, always available, is a perennial menu favorite, served with a lemon dill butter sauce. Heading north to El Cisne Cocina de Mexico at Swan Road, co-owner Phil Ferrante offers a vegetarian spin on a
Mexican favorite: Fajitas de Portabello. El Cisne is also showcasing two new beef dishes, the classic Bistec Tampiqueño, a grlled steak served with a chile relleno — “a very pretty plate,” says Ferrante —and Picadillos de Carne Molida, an exotic blend of ground beef with prunes, raisins, green apple, garlic and other seasonings. At Mama’s Famous Pizza & Heroes, with four locations, “we stay pretty solid with what we’ve always been serving,” says Liz Biocca, special events coordinator. Aware that many people, especially millennials, are rediscovering the joy of cooking at home, she emphasizes that customers can purchase dough, sauce, and cheese to make their own pizzas. Mama’s gluten-free dough is especially popular and they also offer take-and-bake pizzas — it’s all about giving customers options, says Biocca. Mama’s is closed for Thanksgiving, but the day before is one of the busiest in the pizza industry, so ordering ahead is encouraged, she says. Bar manager Jon Herrara at Tavolino Ristorante Italiano on Skyline Drive is welcoming fall with new libations such
as the Cinnamon Whiskey Sour and the 20th Century, which combines gin, Cocchi Americano (a wine-based aperitif), crème de cacao and lemon. From the kitchen, Tavolino is offering “several outstanding beef dishes, all hand cut inhouse featuring premium 1855 certified Angus beef,” including Carpaccio and Tagliata, a grilled, sliced steak, says Chef Massimo Tenino. “Our ever-evolving specials,” he adds, feature a variety of seasonal ingredients. Gourmet Girls Gluten-Free Bakery/ Bistro on Oracle Road is cooking up “everything pumpkin,” from pie to chili, says co-owner Susan Fulton. They are also gearing up to provide “everything for Thanksgiving but the turkey,” including stuffing cubes, pre-made stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and dinner rolls, as well as pies and pumpkin logs with cream cheese filling. Gourmet Girls’ pecan and pumpkin pies are adapted from her mother’s recipes, says Fulton, who notes that Thanksgiving orders must be placed in advance. Further north on Oracle Road, at
Claire’s Café and Art Gallery in Catalina, owner Claire Johnson seeks out organic local produce for dishes that include soups, salads and vegetable omelets. Open for breakfast and lunch, Claire’s menu includes the classic LEO (lox, scrambled eggs and onions) and cheese blintzes with fruit toppings. They’re also preparing pies for Thanksgiving — pumpkin, sweet potato, apple and cherry — which should be ordered several days in advance. Pionic Pizza and Pasta, centrally located on Campbell Avenue, is taking advantage of Tucson’s great breweries by adding its fifth local beer on tap, says co-owner Scott Sinclair. Also new are garlic cheese strips, a play on garlic bread from Pionic’s 800-degree oven. New appetizers and desserts are coming soon, says Sinclair. He’s not ready to spill the beans in print, but if you dine there, don’t be surprised if you’re invited to sample a new dish. And guests can always create their own unique pizza, pasta or salad from Pionic’s choice of 40 fresh ingredients, he says. See Menus, page 18
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ECLECTIC CAFÉ / MARK SMITH, owner Born and raised in Tucson, Mark Smith is a Catalina High School graduate. He started working in restaurants as a teenager and took that training to open the Eclectic Café in October 1980 when he was 24. Smith brings a variety of ﬂavors to Eclectic Café’s menu so that the whole family can be satisﬁed. He says the secret to the restaurant business is fresh ingredients, consistency and fast, friendly service. His goal is to make every guest feel special when they walk through the doors. Smith has enjoyed seeing the generations of families come through the doors of the café and watching the staff go from high school graduates to college graduates to professionals in the work force. In his free time, Smith enjoys playing tennis, traveling and, no surprise, cooking! EL CISNE / PHIL and GEORGE FERRANTI, co-owners Phil Ferranti opened El Cisne Restaurant with his son, George, and team of Nancy Carnero and Alicia Gastelum in January 2013 at Swan and Sunrise (El Cisne means “The Swan” in Spanish). They added to the excitement of the now 25-year tradition by reuniting with many more staff members from Phil’s previous establishment, La Placita Café in the Plaza Palomino. El Cisne offers “Platillos de la Sala,” dining-room dishes, in a relaxed yet elegant atmosphere. El Cisne is also a great place for lunch or happy hour cocktails at “The Black Swan Tequila Bar.” GOURMET GIRLS GLUTEN FREE BAKERY/BISTRO MARY STEIGER and SUSAN FULTON, chef/owners Mary Steiger started cooking as a child and by the time she was 7, knew she wanted to be a baker when she grew up. Susan Fulton came from a family with a passion for food and always fantasized about owning a restaurant. The two traveled different roads until their paths met seven years ago in Tucson, where they discovered a mutual desire to promote wellness through food choices. The dedicated, certiﬁed gluten-free bakery/bistro is the result of their collaboration. GUSTO OSTERIA / GLENN “GUS” GERSON, owner Gusto Osteria owner/operator Glenn “Gus” Gerson has been in the restaurant business for over 20 years. Originally from Ohio, Gus came to Tucson after service in the Navy and began with Bobby Mcgee’s in his college days. Gus worked with Joey Scordato at Scordato’s on Broadway, and stayed on when it became Olson’s on Broadway. After a stretch in the advertising business, Gus rejoined Joe at Giuseppe’s in Tucson’s Northwest before bringing a similar home style Italian concept to Tucson’s East Side with Gusto Osteria.
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MAMA’S FAMOUS PIZZA & HEROES / ELEANOR and JOE SPINA Eleanor and Joe Spina, aka Mama and Pop, were the inspiration behind Mama’s Famous Pizza and Heroes, a Tucson tradition for more than two decades. When Eleanor and Joe retired from New York City to Tucson in 1975, their children, Joe Jr., Vinnie and Kathryn, soon decided to join them. Trading the construction business for pizza, they successfully tested their restaurant concept in New York before moving west to open the ﬁrst Mama’s in Tucson in 1981. Choosing a name was easy: the word “Mama” represents family, home and love. The restaurant is still run by Eleanor and Joe’s children and grandchildren.
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NOBLE HOPS / JOSHUA MUSSMAN, co-owner Joshua Mussman and his brother, Aric, are native Tucsonans. The brothers have happy childhood memories of hanging out in the kitchen while their mother, Suzanne Kaiser, prepared homemade family meals. Soon, the brothers were taking over the family kitchen, learning the ins and outs of the restaurant business and eventually opening Noble Hops, Tucson’s original gastropub, featuring an ever-changing menu of seasonal craft beer and ﬁne fare. Joshua, a world traveler, says sunsets on the Noble Hops patio are the best he’s ever seen! PIONIC PIZZA & PASTA / SCOTT SINCLAIR, co-owner Three generations of the Sinclair/Nathanson family created Pionic as a joint venture for grandfather/grandson bonding. Scott Sinclair had a vision for a restaurant where everyone can get what they like. Whether a vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free or a carnivore, everyone can create what they like. Because at Pionic, you’re the chef!
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New beers are also in offing at Noble Hops, the Oro Valley gastropub. Noble Hops’ next monthly beer dinner will be held on Nov. 15, pairing dishes with beers from Deschutes Brewery out of Bend, Ore. Noble Hops, owned by Joshua and Aric Mussman with their mother, Suzanne Kaiser, also features live music every Sunday and Thursday (except Thanksgiving, when the restaurant is closed), and “Yappy Hour” on the first Monday of the month, with dogs welcome on the patio and a portion of proceeds going to pet charities. Vero Amore, with locations in central Tucson and Dove Mountain in Marana, is also owned by the Mussman brothers and Suzanne Kaiser. Vero Amore recently added a risotto or polenta lunch special, served with grilled vegetables. New choices on their dinner menu include Eggplant Parmesan, served with linguine and sautéed spinach, along with their extensive array of pizzas cooked in an imported oven, pastas, and house specialties. Vero Amore’s has “Yappy Hour” on its patio the third Monday of the month. Back on Tanque Verde Road, Eclectic Café will be rolling out a new seasonal menu at the end of the month, says Jason McCarty, managing partner. Among the new dishes will be a grilled tenderloin --two filet mignons served with a balsamic glaze, mushrooms and onions, French fries and a curry ketchup. The McGina & Cheese Grilled Cheese, named for McCarty’s wife, the restaurant’s general manager, starts with a penne pasta with a jalapeno cream sauce, spinach and bacon — but the bacon can be omitted. The pasta will be served inside two pieces of Texas toast grilled with Havarti, Swiss and Cheddar cheeses. McCarty adds that Eclectic Café has opened a new, dog-friendly patio.
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a campaign in which Trump has repeatedly disavowed statements by close advisers, and has cautioned reporters and the public to heed only direct quotes from him, in his speeches and on social media. The Trump campaign did not reply to a JTA request for comment. The statement calls the memorandum of understanding reached over the summer between the Obama and Netanyahu governments to funnel to Israel $38 billion in defense assistance over 10 years “a good first step,” but adds that the agreement “will not limit the support that we give. Further, Congress will not be limited to give support greater than that provided by the MOU if it chooses to do so.” A side letter to the agreement bans Israel from accepting additional funds until 2019, even if Congress mandates such funds. In March, Trump flirted with cutting funding for assistance to Israel, and in his speech the same day to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee omitted a commitment to defense assistance, which is standard fare in such speeches. But in September, after meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the candidate issued a statement calling defense assistance an “investment.” The Friedman-Greenblatt statement also offers reassurances where Trump had equivocated previously, settling on a traditional Republican pro-Israel outlook: See Plan, page 26
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eaving … is the essential art of creating the unified out of two opposites. If the meeting of opposites does not take place, nothing is created, for each element is defined by its opposite and takes its meaning from it.” — Dario Valcarenghi as quoted in “The Art of Weaving a Life” Weaving community Federations across the country are aspiring to embrace models for building community that are firmly rooted in mission and values, while adapting to our environment and the evolving nature of our community. In our early years we thought of the Jewish community structure hierarchically — and over time this morphed conceptually into a hub-like paradigm with Federation as convener. But just as our community and our world have evolved — so has our framework for thinking about our work. As this evolution has taken shape over my 20-year tenure in Tucson, I have begun to think of our work as “weaving community,” whereby our organizational partners (agencies, synagogues and organizations) along with Federation departments and projects work in mu-
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community. By providing volunteer tutors and homework helpers, fulfilling teacher supply wish lists, and supplying weekend food packages to students at a high-poverty public elementary school, and numerous other efforts, we are making a difference in the broader community with a Jewish voice. These projects are supported by our synagogues and agencies — embracing the power of the collective. Weaving community requires great partners We are fortunate that our Jewish community offers strong agency partners who are committed to fulfilling this vision of community. Our JCC, along with being a partner with our Federation’s Weintraub Israel Center, is a full partner in coordinating “Pride”— our LGBT project. The Federation created a partnership with our Jewish History Museum resulting in the building of a worldclass Holocaust History Center that
teaches tolerance to thousands of school children annually. These examples are echoed with each of our community’s agencies. Weaving community requires trust We all know that trust is not an end point. Trust can be built, trust can be broken; and broken trust can be healed. In the end, trust is achieved when individuals of good intention approach the building of their relationship with integrity. It always helps when we all remind ourselves that, as it says in the Talmud, “kindness is the highest wisdom.” When each of the partners
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brings that perspective, chances of success are very high. Weaving community requires shared ownership This model of weaving community requires a sense of shared ownership amongst the key organizational leaders, and it requires all to accept the premise that “no one organization can go it alone.” In our experience, shared ownership is not just “a feeling” — it is reinforced in the organization structure whereby rabbis, agency executives and lay leaders give leadership in instances See Community, page 23
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PHILANTHROPY & FINANCE Inspiring kids’ philanthropy in the 21st century TRACY SALKOWITZ Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona
hen I was little, kids used to walk around the neighborhood asking for funds for everything from the PTA to the girl scouts. We used to have tzedakah or charity boxes (pushkes) in our homes where we would drop coins to plant trees in Israel or to support Hadassah Hospital. I was so good at it that my brother and sister made me go knocking on doors for their fundraising challenges as well. I resented it at the time, but now it is amusing to think how young I was when I received my first training as a social worker. Parents don’t let little kids wander around the neighborhood anymore and it is harder to find pushkes. Did you know that Jews don’t have a word for charity? The word we use is tzedakah, which actually means justice. Giving to the poor is a moral requirement; it is a way of viewing the world that says that in order to have a just society, we each have an obligation to do what we can. So how do we pass on these values? How do we not just force our offspring to be charitable but inspire them to have a charitable heart and soul? I’ve heard so many ideas over the years that I thought I’d share. • Talk about it all the time • Give an allowance where 10 percent comes off the top for tzedakah • Take kids for an experience — deliver meals, visit a senior facility • Dedicate one night of Chanukah to tzedakah and let your children identify the charity • Go through toys on an annual basis
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where the Federation might have taken the lead. Admittedly, this work is, and will always be, a work in progress. I hadn’t heard of the term “weaving community” when the image occurred to me, but when I searched the internet I located a 1993 “Change Handbook” by Cheryl Honey that postulated that “community weaving” has the following purpose: “to weave the human and tangible resources of the grassroots with the knowledge and skills of formal systems.” It goes on to offer the following with regard to outcomes of this approach:
and ask if your children will need and play with the toys as much as a child who has very little. • Match any donation your child makes • Make things for children in the hospital • Donate old clothing to a resale shop that supports good causes • Donate old blankets and towels to an animal shelter • Instead of birthday gifts, make a donation in the recipient’s name • Write checks to causes you care about and share that information with your offspring • Attend and participate in fundraisers • Consider opening a Donor Advised Fund for your older offspring to encourage their philanthropy • Leave funds in your will to the community and consider directing funds for your offspring to designate Making a difference feels good! Working with friends and family to make a difference adds a whole additional dimension to your life. One year I had a birthday party and asked everyone to make a contribution supporting a ballot initiative in California supporting gay marriage. We raised over $2,500. It was the most wonderful birthday party I’ve ever had because we were able to do something so meaningful together. Making a difference can truly be a celebratory, bonding experience. Not only does it make you and your loved ones feel good, but it deepens our relationship with our community, making us feel part of a greater whole. And that’s just wonderful.
Tracy Salkowitz, MSW, is CEO of the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona. She blogs at tracystreks.com. More JCF information: jcftucson.org, Facebook, Twitter and 577-0388.
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“Weaving community: • builds and bridges social and human capital • maps and measures assets for community development • creates resilient, interdependent social networks • increases protective factors linked to community health and well-being • sparks initiative, innovation, ingenuity • creates micro enterprises” The work of weaving community is challenging — but the outcome, when we fulfill our potential, is no less than the fulfillment of our sacred mission.
Stuart Mellan is president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona. A version of this article first appeared on ejewishphilanthropy. org. November 4, 2016, ARIZONA JEWISH POST
ISRAEL Israeli geeks turn to sci-ﬁ and fantasy to escape a sometimes harsh reality ANDREW TOBIN JTA TEL AVIV
“filk music” created by sci-fi and fantasy fans also known as “fandom.” The man behind the filk lecture was Eugeny Reznikov, a 33-year-old programmer from Herzliya. “People like music, and fans are people. So fandom like music, and they make music about what they like,” he explained to JTA. In the outdoor plaza between the two buildings, dozens of booths offered paraphernalia like comic books, fantasy and sci-fi novels and anime jewelry. Harry Potter-style wizard wands could be had for a price. Most of the festival’s visitors were in their teens or 20s, many in costume as their favorite fictional character. The supervillains from this summer’s “Suicide Squad” film, based on the DC Comics characters, were especially well represented. Engelman spent his time in the fighting arena, a section of a basketball court marked off by a wooden barrier and affectionately called “the Colosseum.” Homemade foam weapons were available to the public for rent, and
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s a kid, Ben Engelman dreamed of being a warrior. Until he was old enough to join the Israeli army, he settled for role playing as a sword fighter. Now 25, Engelman has been to war in Gaza and finished his service in a special forces unit. But he hasn’t stopped play fighting. “This is how I imagined fighting growing up. There’s glory but no blood,” he told JTA last month, moments after mauling an adversary with a foam sword. “Real war isn’t fun or glamorous. It’s yuck.” When not engaged in combat, Engelman oversaw the fighting arena at the Icon Festival, the largest science fiction and fantasy event in the country. He was one of thousands of Israelis who turned out last month to share a love of alternate realities — and to temporarily escape the sometimes harsh one they live in. “It’s a great form of escapism, and a great form of entertainment,” Tomer Shalev, 34, the general manager of Icon and a finance manager in real life, told JTA. “Sci-fi and fantasy let you do things can’t do in real life: put on a mask, pretend you’re on the deck of the Starship Enterprise or fight like knights in the Middle Ages. “At Icon, we geeks are giving people a three-day peek into our hobbies and into our hearts. I think we got it right because each and every year we get more people.” As many as 8,000 people attended the Icon Festival this year, which was held Oct. 18-20 in Tel Aviv. An allvolunteer staff of more than 300 from the Israeli Society for Sci-fi and Fantasy and the Israeli Society for Role Playing produced the festival, which is in its 20th year. Split between a movie theater and a high school, the festival included movie screenings, original theater productions, role-playing games and lectures covering topics from the scientific inaccuracies of sci-fi movies to
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duels between friends, parents and children, and strangers raged throughout the day. Nearby, women in character as medieval bar maids served soda and snacks in the “inn” tent. Together, the structures comprised Icon’s outdoor live-action role-playing area, or LARP, under Engelman’s management. Outdoor LARPs are one of three major types of role-playing games. The others are “room LARPs,” in which “game masters” lead players through dramatic improvisational scenarios, and “tabletop roleplaying games” like Dungeons & Dragons, which involve players talking their characters through a world structured by a rule book. Both these types of role-playing games were also represented at Icon. Haggai Elkayam, 28, a former chairman of the Israeli Role Playing Society and a social psychologist, said Israel has a strong and growing role-playing scene. The country has even created its own type of room LARP, which gives the game master the power to shape players’ interactions, not just the fantasy world, with the aim of creating specific emotional responses in them. In one room LARP, a game master successfully made immigrants to Israel from the former Soviet Union so nostalgic they left the game crying “because they missed their childhood summer camps in Moscow,” according to Elkayam. “Role-playing games take sci-fi and fantasy one step further,” he said. “You don’t just take a peek into another world. You enter it. We call it the best hobby in the world.” Engelman was initially drawn to the fighting aspect of LARP. Growing up, he admired his brother, who was 10 years older and a fighter in the Israel Defense Forces. He took judo and Krav Maga classes, and when he was 13, he came across the same fighting arena at Icon that he now manages. He was immediately hooked. During his service in the Egoz commando unit, See Geeks, page 26
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s she prepared to take inventory of one of Vienna’s oldest and least-known Jewish cemeteries, historian Tina Walzer anticipated many genealogical twists and archaeological challenges. But upon entering the Waehringer Cemetery in 2008, Walzer saw that she would first need to solve a
since — hundreds of volunteers groom Waehringer Cemetery on All Souls’ Day, the Catholic holiday on Nov. 2, when millions of Austrians tend to their relatives’ graves. Her campaign resulted in the first comprehensive study of a major heritage site of Central European Jewry. And it became one of the continent’s most successful and sustained grassroots initiatives to preserve neglected Jewish graves.
Niki Kunrath, a non-Jew from Vienna, clears branches at the city’s Waehringer Jewish Cemetery, Nov. 1.
more practical problem: The headstones she sought to catalog were hidden beneath a tangle of thorns and climbers. In a country with a Jewish population that had virtually disappeared following the rise of Nazism, Walzer recruited a small army of non-Jewish volunteers. For weeks they toiled to reverse decades of neglect at the crumbling cemetery, whose eclectic collection of headstones includes some prominent Jewish names who helped build modern Vienna. “When we finished clearing the place, we just couldn’t let the vegetation grow back and erase our hard work,” recalled Walzer, 47, who is Jewish. With the help of a few friends, she initiated an annual community cleanup. That year — and every year
This year, some 250 Austrian non-Jews showed up at the 233-yearold cemetery on Tuesday, which was actually All Saints’ Day, a time when Catholics celebrate the Church’s saints, though this year’s change was due to a scheduling (and not ideological) shift. The project has been kept alive in part due to the involvement of the local Green Party, as well as the national media that advertise the Jewish cemetery initiative each fall. Some volunteers feel duty-bound to come — not only because of what was done to the Jews, but also because of what the Jews buried at Waehringer Cemetery did for Vienna. “It’s so interesting to read on these headstones names that everybody knows,” said Niki Kunrath,
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a 56-year-old Waehringer regular who began volunteering through the Green Party. Kunrath cited the Austrian railroad builder Heinrich Sichrowsky and the Epstein family of entrepreneurs, who helped build the famed Ring Road — a boulevard that the City of Vienna somewhat subjectively crowned “the most beautiful in the world” and which houses the Imperial Palace, the Arts History Museum, the Natural History Museum and the Vienna State Opera. All Souls’ Day is, for some volunteers, a rare opportunity to admire the final resting place, normally closed to the public, of such Austrian heritage giants — the local equivalents of Frank Lloyd Wright or France’s Georges-Eugène Haussmann. Ultimately, though, volunteers like Kunrath volunteer here because “no one else is going to do it,” he said. “The people buried here have no one because their families were murdered,” he said. “So, for me, coming here and cutting thorns is more important than lighting a candle on my own family’s graves.” The work is intensive. “You end up with blisters, but I should be OK because I’m wearing two pairs of gloves,” said Andreas Ohner, a 50-year-old volunteer who was born in the Vienna suburb of Baden bei Wien. Like many other volunteers, he regards the work at the cemetery also as a form of protest against Austria’s rising far-right government. In May, a left-wing politician beat the presidential candidate of the farright Freedom Party — whose critics accuse him of encouraging racism and the veneration of Nazism — by a minuscule 31,000-vote edge. But the vote was nullified amid irregularities, and a second election is scheduled for next month. The success of the Waehringer
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It says a Trump administration will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and also values “our close friendship and alliance with Israel — culturally, religiously, and politically.” Last year, Trump said he would be neutral in Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking and would not commit to recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Over the course of the campaign, however, he has walked back those postures without explicitly saying he had changed his mind. Trump has repeatedly blasted last year’s deal between Iran and six major powers, led by the United States, exchanging sanctions relief for a rollback in Iran’s nuclear program. He has called the agreement “the worst” he has ever seen and said it will lead to Iran becoming a nuclear power. The real estate magnate and television reality star even once suggested that Israel was doomed if he is not elected president. (Clinton is skep-
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Engelman put LARPing on hold. What little free time he had was spent with his family or girlfriend. But when he was discharged in 2014, soon after taking part in Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip, he returned to the LARP community. Though Engelman is busy these days studying at Israel’s prestigious Technion university, he finds time for his hobby. He participates in both out-
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initiative coincides with major progress in efforts to preserve Jewish cemeteries in Europe, especially in the eastern part of the continent. In Ukraine, Poland, the Czech Republic, Belarus, Serbia and Moldova, a German-funded pilot program known as the European Jewish Cemeteries Initiative has preserved at least 70 graveyards since its launch in 2015 with an initial budget of $1.35 million. But the continent is dotted with thousands of Jewish cemeteries. Those graveyards, the Council of Europe said in 2012, are “probably” more at risk of abuse than any others. Poland and Slovakia alone have
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tical of aspects of the deal, but has pledged to uphold it.) What Trump has not done, though, is to join a majority of Republican lawmakers — including candidates in the primaries — in pledging to kill the deal. Notably, neither does the statement by Friedman and Greenblatt, instead suggesting that a Trump administration would address alleged Iranian violations within the parameters of the deal. “The U.S. must counteract Iran’s ongoing violations of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action regarding Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons and their noncompliance with past and present sanctions, as well as the agreements they signed, and implement tough, new sanctions when needed to protect the world and Iran’s neighbors from its continuing nuclear and non-nuclear threats,” it says. The statement also hews to the Republican platform approved this summer in retreating from over a decade of a commitment by both major American parties to a two-state solu-
tion to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “The U.S. cannot support the creation of a new state where terrorism is financially incentivized, terrorists are celebrated by political parties and government institutions, and the corrupt diversion of foreign aid is rampant,” it says. In another departure from Obama administration policies, the statement says it would extend the battle against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement to those who target “persons or entities doing business in Israeli areas,” an apparent reference to the West Bank and Golan Heights. The Obama administration requires non-cooperation with entities that participate in BDS, but explicitly exempts entities — among them, the European Union — that restrict such targeting to the settlements. An additional pledge in the document is to “ask the Justice Department to investigate coordinated attempts on college campuses to intimidate students who support Israel.”
door and room LARPs. “It’s definitely a form of escapism, and we’re in Israel, so it’s an escape from the Israeli reality. But people do this all over the world. So I guess everyone has things to escape from,” he said, noting that the “friendly and warm” community is part of the draw. Michal Kapuller, a 17-year-old high school student from Ashkelon in southern Israel, was working the inn on Oct. 20 in medieval costume and Gothic face paint. She said LARPing helped her cope with real life.
“Most of us geeks are bullied at school for being different. So people are really supportive of each other,” she told JTA. “I’m really shy in real life. But in character, I’m not shy. Doing this, I’ve discovered new parts of my personality and developed myself. Stuff like that.” Kapuller recalled that ahead of the 2014 Gaza war, rocket sirens went off in the middle of a LARP she was participating in. Rather than breaking character, she said, everyone pretended that it was part of the game.
more than 2,000 Jewish cemeteries between them, many of them in disrepair. Just the fencing for all of Poland’s 1,400 Jewish cemeteries would cost approximately $32 million, according to the country’s chief rabbi, Michael Schudrich. To Walzer, though, who has spent hundreds upon hundreds of hours between the Waehringer Cemetery’s paths, the graveyard is much more than a pin on the European map of rescued cemeteries. The diversity of its headstones tells the history of Viennese Jewry, from its humble Sephardic origins — reflected in headstones that are little more than stone slabs — to the elaborate temple-shaped sepulchers favored by Reform Jews in the 19th century. The graveyard also has darker stories, full of betrayal and cruelty, like
the exhumation of 400 graves in 1942 by Vienna Natural History Museum researchers who handpicked the remains of prominent Jews in a bid to prove their crackpot race theories. E ven after the improvement achieved by Walzer and her team of volunteers, the Waehringer Cemetery is still in worse condition than some cemeteries in Central Europe’s poorer countries that, unlike Austria, were under communism. “I can’t fully explain it, but it seems to me connected to a sort of an intellectual expulsion of Vienna’s Jews from recollection,” she said, “a collective amnesia that insulates many Austrians today from the flight or murder of 200,000 Jews. “But I’m optimistic this will change the more we give back to people parts of their own history.”
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Following Steve Schulman’s passing in 2013, his wife, Liz Weiner-Schulman, established the Steve Schulman Memorial Award in Guitar Endowment through the University of Arizona Foundation. On Sunday, Sept. 25, the UA’s Fred Fox School of Music presented the secChuck Gannon (top row, fourth from left) with his kindergarten class at DeWitt Clinton Elementary School in Chicago
Andra Karnofsky and Chuck Gannon in his 1941-42 kindergarten classroom.
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Liz Weiner-Schulman with guitarist Misael Barraza-Diaz ond annual Steve Schulman award recital in Holsclaw Hall, featuring doctoral student Misael Barraza-Diaz. Guitarist BarrazaDiaz has won numerous international competitions and is the award recipient for the second year. His program included Renaissance, classical and more modern pieces with a flamenco encore. Schulman, a local guitarist, was on the UA Fred Fox School of Music Advisory Board, one of the founders of the Tucson Guitar Society, and a friend of the UA Bolton Guitar Studies program. In addition, he was a member of the Temple Emanu-El Avanim Rock Band that played rock Shabbats and part of Klezmerkaba, a klezmer band that played traditional Yiddish music. Following this year’s award performance, Liz hosted a reception at the Arizona Inn. Some of the family and longtime friends in attendance at the recital and reception were Jon Schulman, Sally Franklin, Chuck Weiner, Marcy Albert and Annie Levy, Jan Wezelman and David Bartlett, Jim Wezelman and Denise Grusin, Charlie and Marsha Blitzer, Daniel Millstone, Jerry and Kathy Barkan, and Michael and Gloria Goldman.
Most of what I really need to know about how to live, and what to do, and how to be, I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate-school mountain, but there in the sandpile at Sunday school. — Robert Fulghum, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” This book was first published in 1986, many years after Chuck Gannon started kindergarten in 1941 at DeWitt Clinton Elementary School in Chicago. Chuck and his kindergarten alums adhered to the Golden Rule and the simple wisdoms that the author espouses when viewing the world through a child’s eyes. Over the weekend of Sept. 16-18, Chuck and his wife, Andra Karnofsky, flew back to Chicago for Chuck’s kindergarten reunion and a collective celebration of the attendees’ 80th birthdays. On Friday night, the group enjoyed an 80th birthday dinner in their kindergarten classroom at the school. The bench filled with blocks was still there. If a student misbehaved, the blocks were removed, the student had to climb into the dark bench, and the top was closed. (Today, that discipline would be considered child abuse/endangerment.) On Saturday night, guests enjoyed a catered French dinner at one of the attendee’s homes in a Chicago suburb. Six years ago, in the middle of this Saturday night event, as a surprise to those gathered, Chuck and Andra, with officiant Rabbi Debra Nesselson, stood up and proceeded to get married. The reunions began with seven friends;
now a dozen meet annually with their wives. These classmates grew up together in West Rogers Park, a working-class neighborhood of Chicago. What used to be a mostly Catholic and Jewish locale is now multi-ethnic and multi-cultural. The 1941 kindergarteners have gone on to great personal and professional achievements, giving back to the school and their communities. They hold a special bond, seeing each other as role models and inspiring each other to greater heights — a band of brothers.
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Following Yom Kippur, the joyous holiday of Sukkot reminds us of God’s shelter and protection during our ancestors’ 40-year desert sojourn. Many families keep the tradition/mitzvah of building a sukkah, a temporary hut, for this harvest festival. Neither Mike nor Stephanie Hoffman’s families built a sukkah when they were growing up. The couple has been erecting one since the birth of their eldest child, now 8 years old. Over the years, they have used a variety of materials, from PVC piping to wood framing. For their current sukkah, they utilized a kit with metal piping for the frame, a semi-permeable tarp for the walls, and bamboo poles for roof supports. Their schach (covering) is a combination of bamboo matting and palm fronds cut from backyard trees for this specific purpose. This year’s big addition was a string of outdoor lights with bright LED bulbs that Stephanie found on a shopping outing. Sukkah decorations consist of items the children have made at school over the years, plus a few that were given to the family as gifts. The family eats all of their meals in the sukkah and Mike davens in it if he is not in
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Tucson J social bridge. Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon-3 p.m., year round. Drop-ins welcome. Meets in library on second floor. 2993000.
Cong. Anshei Israel women’s study group led by Rabbi Robert Eisen. First Mondays, noon. Discussion based on “The Five Books of Miriam: A Woman’s Commentary on the Torah.” Bring dairy lunch; beverages and dessert provided. Contact Helen at 299-0340.
Northwest Knitters 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 call 505-4161.
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Friday / November 4 11 AM: Tucson J Senior Shabbat luncheon. Topic is “Creativity and the Brain II.” $15. Contact Andrea Wright at 299-3000. 2-4 PM: JFCS lectures, “Embracing Culture & Traditions at End of Life” at the Tucson J. Tani Bahti, RN, CT, CHPN, presents “An Exploration of How our Personal Lives, Values and Beliefs can Impact the End of Life Experience” and Maribel Alvarez, Ph.D., presents “End of Life Multicultural Strategies.” RSVP at jfcstucson.org or 795-0300, ext. 2238. 3 PM: “Safety in the Field,” Beth Alpert Nakhai, associate professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Arizona, presents the perspective from archeology, along with UA scholars in anthropology and journalism. Marshall building, 845 N.
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Talmud on Tuesday with Rabbi Robert Eisen, Tuesdays, 6 p.m. 745-5550. Park Ave., Room 490. Contact John Winchester at firstname.lastname@example.org or 626-5759. 5 PM: Temple Emanu-El Tot Kabbalat Todah Shabbat service. Followed at 5:30 p.m. by dinner and desserts. Adults, $10; children under 13, free. RSVP at 327-4501. 5:45 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Tot Shabbat service. Followed at 6:15 p.m. by dinner. $25 per family (two adults and up to four children). Additional adults, $10. Call Kim at 745-5550, ext. 224, for space availability. 6 PM: Cong. Chaverim early Shabbat service with macaroni and cheese oneg. 320-1015.
Saturday / November 5 NOON: Cong. Anshei Israel book club discusses “The Best Place on Earth” by Ayelet Tsabari.
Tucson J Israeli folk dance classes. Tuesdays. Beginners, 7:30 p.m.; intermediate, 8:15 p.m.; advanced, 9 p.m. Taught by Lisa Goldberg. Members, $4; nonmembers, $5. 2993000. Shalom Tucson business networking group, second Wednesday of month, 7:30-9 a.m., at the Tucson J. Contact Ori Parnaby at 299-3000, ext. 241, or email@example.com. Cong. Anshei Israel gentle chair yoga with Lois Graham, Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Members of Women’s League, $6 per class; nonmembers, $8 per class. Contact Evelyn at 885-4102 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Temple Emanu-El Talmud study with Dr. Eliot Barron. Wednesdays, 10-11:30 a.m. One-time $18 materials fee. 327-4501. Lunch and learn with Cantor Avraham Alpert of Cong. Bet Shalom, Wednesdays, noon-1 p.m. at the Tucson J. 299-3000. Jewish Federation-Northwest mah jongg, Wednesdays, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. 505-4161. Chabad Tucson lunch and learn with Rabbi Yehuda Ceitlin, Wednesdays, 12:15 p.m. at Eli’s Deli. info@ChabadTucson.com. Weintraub Israel Center Shirat HaShirim Hebrew Choir, Wednesdays, 7 p.m., at the Tucson J. Learn to sing in Hebrew. Contact Rina Paz at 304-7943 or email@example.com. Jewish mothers/grandmother’s special needs support group for those with children/ grandchildren, young or adult, with special needs, third Wednesdays at 7-8:30 p.m. at Tucson J. Contact Joyce Stuehringer at 299-5920. Jewish Federation-Northwest Kibbitz & Schmear open house with bagels and coffee, Thursdays, 10-11:30 a.m. 505-4161. Cong. Bet Shalom Lunch and Learn, “Appropriate Speech and the Wisdom of Ramban,” with Cantor Avraham Alpert, Thursdays, noon1 p.m. at Eli’s Deli. 577-1171. Call Rayna at 887-8358.
Sunday / November 6 8:30-10:30 AM: Hadassah Southern Arizona, Cong. Bet Shalom and COEJL (Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life) adopt-a-roadway clean-up. Meet at Tucson J parking lot. Wear closed shoes and bring gardening gloves. Contact Anne Lowe at 481-3934. 10-11:30 AM: Temple Emanu-El Babies and Bagels Club Noah’s Ark adventure at TRAK Ranch, 3250 E. Allen Road. Activities, snacks. $8. RSVP to Mila at 327-4501. 10:30-11:45 AM: Cong. Or Chadash hosts JFCS information series about technology and your child. Contact Eileen Ruddell at 512-8500. Continues Jan. 22, March 5.
Tucson J canasta group. Players wanted. Thursdays, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Instruction available and a beginners’ table every week. Call Rhoda at 886-4334. Jewish Federation-Northwest mah jongg, Thursdays), 5:30 p.m. 505-4161. Tucson J Shabbat Stay and Play/Shabbat on the Go program for families, Fridays, 10 a.m. Once a month, celebration taken to various offsite locations: Nov. 18, Dec. 16. Contact Julie Zorn at 299-3000, ext. 236, or jzorn@tucson jcc.org. Jewish Federation-Northwest chair yoga with a Jewish flair taught by Bonnie Golden. Fridays, 10-11 a.m. $7 per class or $25 for four. 505-4161 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Tucson J “Keep Tucson Warm” knitting group creates afghans for local shelter. All skill levels. Yarn donations welcome. Fridays, 10 a.m.-noon in the art gallery. Contact Tanya at 299-3000, ext. 147. Jewish History Museum gallery chats. 15-minute programs led by members of the community. First and third Fridays, 11:30 a.m. 670-9073. “Biblical Breakthroughs with Rabbi Becker” at the Southwest Torah Institute. Fridays, noon, for men and women. 747-7780 or yzbecker@ me.com. Jewish History Museum and Holocaust History Center, open Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. and Fridays noon3 p.m. 564 S. Stone Ave. Adults, $7; members and students, free. No admission charge on Saturdays. 670-9073. Tucson J exhibit, “Palette of Fiber Arts” by Tucson Handweavers and Spinners Guild. Through Nov. 20. 299-3000. Beth Shalom Temple Center Art Gallery in Green Valley, “Israel Today 2016: Photography and Mementos” from the Weintraub Israel Center 2016 trip. Through Dec. 2. 6486690. 10:30 AM: Jewish Federation-Northwest community brunch at It’s Greek to Me, 15920 N. Oracle Road. Cantor Avi Alpert presents “Hasidic Folk Tales.” Dairy kosher buffet. $18. RSVP at 505-4161 or email@example.com. 11:30 AM: Cong. Chaverim blessing of the animals with animal parade. 320-1015. 1-3 PM: JFSA PJ Our Way author visit. Amy Fellner Dominy, author of “OyMG” leads writing activities. Contact Hannah Gomez at 577-9393, ext. 126, or firstname.lastname@example.org. 5:30 PM: Tucson Hebrew Academy Tikun Olam celebration, “Developer of Dreams” honoring the late Don Baker, at the Tucson J, $150 single, $250 couple. RSVP at thaaz.org or call Julee Dawson at 529-3888, ext.111.
moNday / November 7 12:15-1:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El adult education class, “5 Megillot + 1” with Rabbi Batsheva Appel. Continues on Mondays through Dec. 12. Members, $55; nonmembers, $70. Bring your dairy/vegetarian lunch. 327-4501. 7 PM: Arizona Center for Judaic Studies presents, “Israel, Jordan and Palestine — What is Their Place in the New Middle East?” with Prof. Asher Susser, at the Tucson J. Contact John Winchester at 850-2287. 7 PM: Tucson Tikkun Community presents “What is the Tucson Tikkun Community? How Did We Get Here? Where Do We Go Next? Input from broader Tucson community sought. Sonora Cohousing multipurpose room, 501 E. Roger Road. Contact Michael Zaccaria at zaccarim@ comcast.net.
tueSday / November 8 5:30-8:30 PM: JFSA Campaign REAP (Real Estate and Allied Professions) dinner at Hacienda del Sol, 5501 N. Hacienda del Sol Road. Fletcher McCusker, CEO of Sinfonia HealthCare Corp., speaks on “Rio Nuevo and Caterpillar: Partnership, Jobs and Economic Impact.” Members, free; nonmembers, $45. RSVP to Karen Graham at 577-9393, ext. 118, or email@example.com. 7 PM: Jewish Federation-Northwest Rosh Chodesh women’s group. Brenda Landau, Jewish Community Foundation, will talk about legacy planning at 190 W. Magee Road, #162. 505-4161.
tHurSday / November 10 7 PM: Tucson J and Chabad Tucson present Mega Challah Bake at the Tucson J. Learn how to make and braid challah dough and the spiritual meaning behind the tradition. Admission includes ingredients, apron, challah and dip buffet. $25. Table hosting available. RSVP at megachallahtuc son.com.
Friday / November 11 5:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Shabbat Rocks! dinner (kosher chicken or vegetarian and sides). Followed at 6:30 p.m. by Shabbat Rocks! service with the Avanim Rock band and youth choir. Adults, $12; ages 12 and under, free. RSVP for dinner at 327-4501. 5:45 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat service. Followed at 6:45 p.m. by Shabbat dinner. Followed at 7:45 p.m. by scholar-in-residence Dr. Eliezer Diamond on “Deﬁning the Parameters of Kibbud Av Va-Em: Honoring Our Parents.” RSVP and fee required by Nov. 4 for Shabbat dinner only. Member adults, $16; children, $10; guest adults, $21; guest children, $15. (Price increases after Nov. 4.) RSVP to Debra at 745-5550, ext. 242, or visit caiaz.org.
Saturday / November 12 9 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel Shabbat service. Dr. Eliezer Diamond presents D’var Torah, “Weav-
ing Our Future: The Symbolism of the Tallit.” 745-5550.
sions, $290, at Cong. Chofetz Chayim. Register at tucsontorah.org or call 747-7780.
10:30-11 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel K’Ton Time led by Gabby Erbst. Geared to families with children ages 1-6. 745-5550.
10:30-11:30 AM: Temple Emanu-El adult education class, “The Genesis Project: The Soul of the Torah,” Session II, with Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon. Continues Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 13, 20, Jan. 17, 24. Members, $55; nonmembers, $70. 327-4501.
3:30 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel presents Dr. Eliezer Diamond on “Saint or Sinner? A Rabbinic Debate about the Role of Fasting and Asceticism in Jewish Life.” Followed at 4:30 p.m. by Mincha and at 5 p.m. by Seudah Shlesheet (Third Meal), Ma’ariv and Havdallah. 745-5550. 7 PM: Cong. Bet Shalom “Beer, Bourbon and Blackjack.” $18 with RSVP by Nov. 7 to 577-1171 or $20 at the door.
SuNday / November 13 9 AM: Tucson J “Israel Virtual Ride” from Jerusalem to Eilat. Continues Nov. 14-17 at 5:30 p.m. $18 per ride or $72 for five. 299-3000. 10 AM: JFCS lecture series presents “Put Your Listening Ears On: How to Create and Enhance Meaningful Connections With Those You Love” with Adena Bank Lees, LCSW, at the Tucson J. Contact Andrea Siemens at 795-0300, ext. 2365. 10 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel parent Havurah/ discussion group. Contact Rabbi Barkan at 7455550, ext. 227. 11 AM: Cong. Or Chadash “Mystery Wedding” conducted by the fifth grade class, followed by brunch. A donation to the ABT scholarship fund is requested. Chai Lights Band performs during ceremony. RSVP by Nov. 8 to 512-8500. 11:30 AM: Hadassah Southern Arizona brunch. Bonnie Wasserman, UA assistant professor, presents “The Jews of the Caribbean.” At Skyline Country Club, 5200 E. St. Andrews Drive. Members, $25; nonmembers, $27. RSVP by Nov. 8 with check payable to Hadassah, c/o Marcia Winick, 7284 Onda Circle, Tucson, 85715 or call 886-9919.
moNday / November 14 4 PM: Arizona Center for Judaic Studies Sally & Ralph Duchin Campus Lecture Series presents “Armageddon and the Roman VIth Ferrata Legion: New Excavations at Legio, Israel, and Early Jewish-Christian-Roman Relations” by Dr. Matthew Adams, director, W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem, at University of Arizona Hillel, 1245 E. 2nd St. Call 625-5758 or visit judaic.arizona.edu.
tueSday / November 15 10 AM: Chabad Oro Valley Jewish Learning Institute class, “How Success Thinks,” at Golder Ranch Fire Dept., 355 E. Linda Vista Blvd. $99. Register at jewishorovalley.com/JLI. 10 AM: Southwest Torah Institute class, “Enlightenment” with Rabbi Israel Becker. Topics focus on current issues in realms of health, politics, immigration, consumerism and more. 14 ses-
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uel M. Cohon and soloist Lindsey O’Shea. 3274501.
Saturday / November 19
NOON: Cong. Or Chadash book club discusses “The Tenth Song” by Naomi Ragen. Bring a lunch. 512-8500.
1:30-3:30 PM: Secular Humanist Jewish Circle lecture, “Human Rights and the Criminal Justice System” with Emily Verdugo at Martha Cooper Library, 1377 N. Catalina Ave. Bring a snack to share and donation for the Community Food Bank. RSVP to Dee Morton at 299-4404 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
5:15-6:45 PM: Jewish National Fund presents Israeli Major General (Res.) Doron Almog at private home. $18. RSVP by Nov. 11 to Leila Nouri at 485-7610, ext. 932, or email@example.com.
4 PM: Temple Emanu-El Havdallah hike in Sabino Canyon. Easy (stroller accessible) to the 1-mile picnic area, Bring a picnic dinner and flashlight. Meet at the visitor center. 327-4501.
6:30 PM: Southwest Torah Institute women’s class, “Tree of Life” with Esther Becker. Based on the Ramban’s “A Letter for the Ages.” 14 sessions, $290, at Cong. Chofetz Chayim. Register at tucsontorah.org or call 747-7780.
WedNeSday / November 16 7 PM: JFSA presents “Together: A Post Election Conversation with Mara Liasson,” national political correspondent for NPR, at Cong. Anshei Israel. Free, but RSVP required. Preceded at 5:30 p.m. by Tikkun Circle/Ben Gurion Society reception with light supper and no-host bar, $36. Minimum gift ($1,000 couple/$500 single) to 2017 JFSA Community Campaign. RSVP by Nov. 9 at jfsa.org or call Lisa Yeager at 5779393, ext. 125.
tHurSday / November 17 9 AM: Southwest Torah Institute women’s class, “Precious Words” with Esther Becker. $72 or free with enrollment in Tree of Life or Enlightenment class, at Cong. Chofetz Chayim. Register at tucsontorah.org or call 747-7780. 10 AM: Cong. Chofetz Chayim class, “Tree of Life” with Esther Becker. 14 sessions, $290. Contact 747-7780 or visit tucsontorah.org.
Friday / November 18 11:30 AM: Jewish History Museum gallery chat. “Time Capsule” by Barry Friedman. 670-9073. 5:45 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel “Rhythm and Ruach” family Shabbat service begins with drum circle. Followed at 7 p.m. by dinner, then open lounge in the youth center. $25 per family (two adults and up to four children); additional adults (13+), $10. RSVP by Nov. 14 to Kim at 7455550, ext. 224, or visit caiaz.org. 6 PM: Temple Emanu-El Northwest Shabbat dinner and service at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 7650 N. Paseo Del Norte, with Rabbi Batsheva Appel and soloist Lindsey O’Shea, followed by desserts. Members, $12; nonmembers, $14. RSVP to 327-4501. 9:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Downtown Shabbat at the Jewish History Museum, 564 S. Stone Ave., with the Armon Bizman band, Rabbi Sam-
SuNday / November 20 9:30 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel Men’s Club breakfast with speaker. Members, free; guests, $4. Contact Lew Crane at 400-9930 or catsfan1997@ cox.net. 10 AM: JFCS lecture series presents “Maintaining Family Health and Communication” with Alice Steinfeld, Med. MA, LPC, at the Tucson J. Contact Andrea Siemens at 795-0300, ext. 2365. 2 PM: Temple Emanu-El Sunday Salon with Richard Green, astronomer, Large Binocular Telescope Observatory, will present “Cosmology and the Big Bang: Perspective 1.” 327-4501. 2 PM: JFCS presents “To Tell Our Stories: Holocaust Survivors of Southern Arizona” at the Tucson J. 299-3000. 7-9:45 PM: JFSA Jewish Culture Shuk, adult education classes by local rabbis and Jewish educators, at Tucson Hebrew Academy. Two classes, coffee and dessert, $10. Register at jfsa.org or call 577-9393, ext. 121. (Walk-in registration begins 6:15 p.m.)
UPCOMiNg TUESDAY / NOVEMBER 22 6 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel and Weintraub Israel Center present, “Sigd: A Jewish Ethiopian Celebration of Torah” with Leah Avuno, Tucson Shinshinit (Israeli teen emissary). Ethiopian food, music, dancing and games. RSVP by Nov. 16 to Michelle at 745-5550, ext. 224, or firstname.lastname@example.org. WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 23 2-3:30 PM: Tucson J Littman Lecture Series: “What Can We Learn from the Holocaust? An Exploration.” Continues Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14 and 21. Members, $36; nonmembers $40. 299-3000. FRIDAY NOVEMBER 25 5 PM: Temple Emanu-El Thanksgiving Chardonnay Shabbat with wine, cheese and fruit oneg. Followed at 5:45 p.m. by Shabbat service. 327-4501.
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Norman William Salmon, 90, passed away on Oct. 22, 2016 in Tucson at ‘Peppi’s House’ Hospice, after brief and unexpected health complications. Norman was a dedicated husband and father, survived by his wife, Phyllis, of 66 years; daughters, Chelley Salmon and Gayle Salmon Gale — and Alula Tzadik, who was like a son. Norman was preceded in death by his brother, Dr. Sydney Salmon, and their parents, Herbert and Edna Salmon. A longtime Tucson resident, Norman grew up in Staten Island, N.Y. He served in the U.S. Infantry during WWII, was in the Battle of the Bulge, and was part of the liberation of Czechoslovakia. While serving in the army he serendipitously discovered his love of accounting, which motivated him to become a CPA. After graduating from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science in business administration in 1948, he married Phyllis, the love of his life, and moved to Tucson in 1950. He worked to establish a local accounting firm, then later became a partner with Laventhol and Horwath — developing lifelong friendships with many of his clients who remember him for his service with a smile. Norman was known for his positive outlook on life, and was extremely active in the Tucson community, with a passionate love of art and music. He was very involved with and served as president of the Tucson Symphony, and was an active board member of Arizona Friends of Chamber Music. He was instrumental in bringing well known artists to Tucson, including Arthur
Fiedler for TSO’s first concert in the new Tucson Community Center Music Hall in 1971, and Ravi Shankar in 1974. As a Rotarian for many years, Norman especially enjoyed Rotary’s Annual Tucson Classics Car Show because of his long time passion for vintage automobiles. He absolutely adored his 1956 Jaguar XK140, which could only be driven on days with perfect weather. Norman was an extremely kind and generous person who always tried to give back to his community. He made the decision to donate his body for medical research as a tribute to his brother, Syd, who had devoted his life to cancer research and died of pancreatic cancer in 1999. Norman’s spirit, endless curiosity, and quest for knowledge will live on through the University of Arizona Willed Body Program. Our family wants to express much gratitude to our dear friend Alula for his devoted and nurturing care for Norman during his final days. Also, many thanks to Dr. Van Hook and Peppi’s House for their extraordinary kindness, care, and support. (And our three dogs want to thank Peppi’s for all the affection and treats during their visits!) Norman will be missed by many for his big smile, as “HAPPY” was his middle name! In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Norman’s memory to Arizona Friends of Chamber Music (AFCM), P.O. Box 40845, Tucson, AZ 85717-0845 (please indicate on check that it is in Norman’s memory) — or the charity of your choice.
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