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ongregation Chaverim has a new traveling ark, thanks to a grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona in collaboration with the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona. The $5,000 grant, made possible by the Ann and Sam Goldfein Endowment Fund and the Zuckerman Family Fund held at the JCF, will allow the congregation to hold services in a range of indoor and outdoor venues. “We are so very excited about sharing our beautiful ark and celebrating our Judaism with Jewish communities throughout Southern Arizona,” says Andrea Crane, a Chaverim board member. The traveling ark will be used not only for Chaverim’s annual Rosh Hashanah service on Mount
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With traveling ark, Chaverim carries Torah's message of peace
Rabbi Stephanie Aaron leads Congregation Chaverim's Rosh Hashanah service on Mount Lemmon on Sept. 21.
Lemmon, but for a variety of “Shabbat Under the Stars” services, including one held last month
in Bisbee and one coming up on Friday, Nov. 17 p.m. at Brandi Fenton Memorial Park, and “Blue
Sky Shabbat” services, including one planned for Sabino Canyon on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 9:30 a.m. A “Shabbat at the Museum” service will be held on the patio of the Jewish History Museum/Holocaust History Center at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 26, the eve of the global Holocaust Remembrance Day. “I call this entire process ‘we carry the ark,’” says Rabbi Stephanie Aaron. “Like our ancestors before us, we have the opportunity to carry the ark, to carry the Torah, not just in the midbar, the desert, the wilderness, but out into our town, our Tucson. We have the sacred opportunity to bring Torah, all whose paths are peace, out into the community. The ark, carrying the Torah within, brings a message of loving kindness, justice, and peace to counter, to stand firm against hatred and violence, bigotry and injustice.” See Ark, page 8
CAI scholar-in-residence to explore Kabbalah’s power, mystery DAVID J. DEL GRANDE AJP Staff Writer
hen medieval Christians claimed that Jewish history and religious practice was in decline, the Kabbalah, a mystical school of thought in Judaism, provided a powerful reimagining of Judaism, says Hartley Lachter, Ph.D., associate professor of religion studies at Lehigh University. “Kabbalah argues that there is this secret way in which Judaism is not only a relevant religion, but the central religion — thanks to which, the entire universe itself continues to exist,” says Lachter. “And that it’s by virtue of Jewish religious practice that the unity of
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Hartley Lachter, Ph.D.
God is maintained.” Kabbalah is an esoteric and secret language that attempts to explain the relationship between the divine and human worlds. Lachter is the 2017 scholar-in-
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residence at Congregation Anshei Israel, who will lead multiple community events from Nov. 9-11. One of the strategies employed in the Kabbalah is the notion of its secretive nature, which ironically
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elevates its social and cultural capital, making it more desirable, says Lachter. “If you ask people about Kabbalah, the No. 1 thing they know is that it’s a secret,” he says. “Of course this is the secret that isn’t kept. But it’s a secret that serves a really powerful social function.” Lachter’s field of expertise is medieval Kabbalah, with a focus on Jewish history and the development of Kabbalistic discourse. His work explores how medieval Jewish and Christian debates shape Jewish mystical literature and how these texts serve as a form of cultural resistance for some pre-modern Jews. He’s also analyzed the disruptive impact of See Kabbalah, page 8
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The Arizona Center for excellent and its hi-tech sector Judaic Studies will celebrate is flourishing, the country has the 20th anniversary of the one of the lowest productivity Shaol & Louis Pozez Memolevels and the highest poverty rial Lectureship Series with rates in the developed world. six lectures on “Israel: 20th With roughly half of its chilCentury Ideal to 21st Cendren receiving a Third World tury Reality.” education, says Ben-David, fu“Since 1997 the Pozez ture economic stability is not a families’ generosity has made foregone conclusion. Dan Ben-David, Ph.D. this series one of the intelBen-David will highlight lectual and social staples of the economic impact of educathe Tucson Jewish community,” says Ed tion and focus on a number of misconWright, director of the center. ceptions about the state of education in The theme, he explains, is inspired by Israel. He’ll assess the failings, achievethe fact that 2017-18 marks 100 years ments and future prospects of Israel’s since the Balfour Declaration, 70 years educational system. since the founding of Israel and 50 years Additional lectures will be held Monsince the Six-Day War. day, Dec. 4, with Yael Aronoff of Michi“This year’s speakers constitute a gan State University on “The Political Who’s Who of internationally acclaimed Psychology of Israeli Prime Ministers”; leaders and academics who are especially Thursday, Jan. 18, with a fine arts sympowell equipped to address this important sium by pianist Carolyn Enger on “The Jewish and global theme,” says Wright, Mischlinge Expose”; Monday, Jan. 29, to adding that over the years the free lecture be announced; Monday, Feb. 12, with Shai series has gained a national and inter- Feldman of Brandeis University presentnational reputation for its distinguished ing “A Year into the Trump Presidency: speakers. The U.S. & the Middle East”; and Tuesday, The first lecture will be held on Mon- March 13, with Ambassador Itamar Rabiday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Tucson Jew- novich of the Israel Institute on “Rabin’s ish Community Center. Dan Ben-David, Assassination: A Turning Point.” Ph.D., of the Shoresh Institute at Tel Aviv All lectures will be held at 7 p.m. at University, will present “Israel’s Educa- the Tucson J with the exception of Jan. tion Crisis: The Start-Up Nation’s Threat 18, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. at UA from Within.” Crowder Hall. For more information, call While Israel’s leading universities are 626-5758 or visit judaic.arizona.edu.
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Council of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona. Participants will help build a house at 6909 S. Radec Lane (south of Valencia Road, west of Sixth Avenue). “We will work alongside the prospective homeowners to ensure that safe, decent, and affordable housing becomes a reality in our community,” says Bruce Shore, one of the organizers, who notes that this
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COMMENTARY Enormous challenges, vast potential: Israel and Africa need each other
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JERUSALEM he Jewish month that began two weeks ago, Cheshvan, has traditionally been dubbed “mar,” or bitter, because it alone among the months is devoid of any holidays. It is time for the Jewish people, and the Jewish calendar, to drop mar from Cheshvan, since it is blessed with one of the most remarkable and sweetest Jewish holidays: Sigd. At the end of Cheshvan for well over a thousand years, the Jewish community of Ethiopia would dress in white, climb Mount Ambover in Gondar and pray for their redemption and aliyah to Jerusalem. The miraculous airlifts and rescue of Ethiopian Jewry, and the subsequent aliyah of tens of thousands more, stands as one of the proudest moments in Jewish history and a shining example of what Jewish peoplehood can accomplish against great odds. Now the Ethiopian community celebrates Sigd en masse on the Haas Promenade, overlooking the
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Old City, with prayer, music and speeches. Israeli schools are starting to celebrate Sigd, as should Jewish schools worldwide. Africa has gifted to the Jewish people sweetness and hope on Cheshvan, which is also Jewish Social Action Month, when we turn outward as a community.
I have accompanied Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli leaders to Africa over the past several years, promoting not only a solar-powered vision for the continent but an enlightened Israeli policy of becoming a superpower of goodness. Israeli water,
agricultural, medical and green energy technology and investments can play a transformative role by uplifting the dignity of hundreds of millions of people. And with a quarter of the votes in the U.N. General Assembly belonging to Africa, as well as two swing votes on the Security Council, there are diplomatic benefits to Israel as well. It is no wonder that AIPAC, the proIsrael lobby, had for the first time an African head of state — President Paul Kagame of Rwanda — address 15,000 activists at its annual policy conference earlier this year. And the African Institute of the American Jewish Committee has not only lobbied African ambassadors to the United Nations, but also has been sponsoring them on transformative factfinding missions to Israel. The push into Africa has deep roots in the Zionist narrative. In Theodor Herzl’s day, Africa was ruled and exploited by European empires. “There is still one other question arising out of the disaster of nations which remains unsolved to this day, and whose See Africa, page 12
The Conservative movement can, and should, welcome the intermarried BRADLEY SHAVIT ARTSON, ARNOLD EISEN, JULIE SCHONFELD AND STEVEN WERNICK JTA
ontemporary Jewish life is graced by extraordinary blessing: We are the heirs of a Torah of compassion and justice that has grown ever more supple and vibrant because of the
dynamic nature of halachah (Jewish law) and the opportunity to observe mitzvot (commandments). At the same time, modernity has removed barriers of discrimination and anti-Semitism, as well as opened doors to broader cultural participation and professions previously closed to Jews. We face the challenge of remaining true
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to the best of our ancient tradition while also enjoying the blessings of the best of modern civilization. Conservative/Masorti Judaism understands our goal to be the integration of these two streams: the values and practices rooted in Torah leavened by contemporary insight and knowledge. While that challenge is real, it should not blind us to the blessings that democracy now makes possible. It is a blessing that growing numbers of non-Jews are willing to see us as colleagues, neighbors, friends and even family; it is miraculous that many turn to Judaism as part and parcel of their own cultural heritage as human beings. Integrating those blessings, which sometimes conflict, requires all the courage, vision and heart that our Torah demands of us. Honoring and loving the actual people whose lives are in our care remains a high privilege and duty. This integration of responsibilities requires us to recognize that there will properly be a pluralism of incompatible responses from different sectors of the Jewish world. We salute all constructive contemporary forms of Jewish vitality that root themselves in a Jewish vision of human dignity, rigorous and respectful debate, and a Torah of chesed (lovingkindness), tzedek (justice) and emet (truth). Within that cluster of Jewish com-
munities, Conservative/Masorti Judaism has long taken a stand among those who continue to hear the commanding voice of the Divine reverberate in our sacred texts and who find joy and purpose in communal lives of covenantal loyalty. We hold to the time-honored practice of mitzvot as interpreted in an unbroken yet dynamic link from Moses to the present day. New insights and possibilities (when they strengthen covenantal living) are integrated within the structure of halachah. We see ourselves as faithful to traditional Judaism when we facilitate the organic growth of Torah and Jewish law to respond to a changing world, even while our primary response is to affirm and conserve traditional Jewish observance. Judaism survives as a communal system, worldwide and across generations, by changing as little as possible as late as possible, modifying it only when necessary and only when there isn’t already a solution within the system of halachah. Honoring the integrity of both partners in a wedding, and for the sake of deepening faithful Jewish living, rabbinic officiation at weddings is and should remain restricted to a marriage between two Jews. We also recognize the precious personal good of finding a loving partner and that all people can benefit from See Intermarried, page 16
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Conservative movement reaffirms intermarriage ban and its rabbis ask why
A letter from Conservative movement leaders urged rabbis to welcome interfaith couples, but reiterated a ban on rabbis performing their weddings.
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t doesn’t help.” “I don’t know how it happened or why it happened.” “The most common response I’m seeing is confusion.” That’s what some Conservative rabbis are saying about their movement’s recent major statement on intermarriage, which reasserts the ban on rabbis performing interfaith weddings while urging its member synagogues to welcome interfaith couples in any and all ways before and after the nuptials. The letter, signed by the leaders of the centrist movement’s four major institutions and made public Oct. 18, does not reflect a change in policy. “A lot of rabbis felt like this latest letter really is non-news,” said Rabbi Jason Miller, a technologist who serves as a part-time pulpit rabbi in Toledo, Ohio, and administers a Facebook group for Conservative rabbis. “To just come out and restate the ruling in a nicer way isn’t news, and ultimately it doesn’t help those families who are hurting.” The letter was prompted by declarations by a few Conservative-ordained rabbis earlier this year that they would begin performing mixed marriages. It affirms “the traditional practice of reserving rabbinic officiation to two Jews,” but emphasizes that its authors are “equally adamant that our clergy and communities go out of their way to create multiple opportunities for deep and caring relationships between the couple and the rabbi, the couple and the community.” Despite the effusive language welcoming non-Jewish partners, several leading Conservative rabbis are criticizing the letter, questioning why it was necessary and calling for the ban either to be lifted
or modified. Some rabbis say the letter is at best repetitive and at worst damaging — another reminder to interfaith couples that the movement does not sanctify their marriages. The rabbis also complained that they were presented with the letter last month as a fait accompli, just days before it was published, without having the chance to offer feedback. “It comes off as digging its heels in the sand,” said Rabbi Jesse Olitzky of Congregation Beth El in South Orange, New Jersey. “It comes off as trying to be welcoming without being welcoming. We try to celebrate all those who are part of our community, and statements like this make it harder for us to do so.” Rabbi Jack Moline, the former rabbi of Agudas Achim Congregation in Alexandria, Virginia, and now a civil liberties activist, added: “This is a phenomenon we’ve been dealing with for a long time, and why this particular statement was issued at this particular moment is confusing to me. My objection to it isn’t that we shouldn’t be taking this position. My objection to it is there’s no ‘there’ there. Why am I focused on this right now? Everything about it seems to be random.” The Conservative movement has long attempted to straddle the question of intermarriage — neither accepting it like Reform Judaism nor declaring it anathema like much of the Orthodox movement. Its ambivalence toward mixed marriages comes from the movement’s mission to observe Jewish law while embracing the modern world — and from congregations that include both traditionalists and, like a majority of American Jewish communities, families affected by interfaith marriage. Conservative Jewry falls in the middle when it comes to the data on intermarriage. About a quarter of Conservative See Conservative, page 22 November 3, 2017, ARIZONA JEWISH POST
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Nanci Freedberg, a longtime member of Chaverim who prepared the grant proposal, told the AJP that after more than 40 years of services on Mount Lemmon and elsewhere, the congregation’s former ark had become unstable. “The ark was literally falling apart,” she says. “When the Jewish Community Foundation offered a grant program, I thought this would be kind of a perfect thing, a tangible item, a piece of Judaica that can be shared in the community and have a practical use,” she says. Having a local craftsperson create a custom piece would be too costly, so
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violent outbreaks between Christians and Jews, and the cultural liabilities of forced conversion. He started off with a general interest in studying Kabbalistic literature. Over time, he became more interested in how Kabbalistic texts are formulated in a particular country and during a specific era, which shows how Jews sought to understand themselves and their place in the world. “Kabbalah has been a really powerful mechanism for that, because it’s developed a bold, new understanding of the nature of God, and the relationship of Jews and Jewish religious practice,” he says. Lachter holds the Philip and Muriel Berman chair in Jewish Studies at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; he also serves as director of its Berman Center for Jewish Studies. His recent book, “Kabbalistic Revolution: Reimagining Judaism in Medieval Spain,” shows that these ancient mystical texts flourished during this particular era, and were designed to combat religious oppression. The book was published by Rutgers University Press in November 2014. On Thursday, Nov. 9, Lachter is the
Freedberg arranged to purchase the ark from Bass Synagogue Furniture, an Israeli company that gave Chaverim a discount so it could stay within its budget. The ark is built of solid African walnut and features hand carving and inlaid glass representing the Twelve Tribes of Israel. Freedberg contributed a flat dolly to help transport and protect the ark. Robyn Schwager, a JCF grants and legacy officer, attended Chaverim’s dedication ceremony for the ark on Sept. 8. “This is the second year that the JCF and JFSA have granted funds to synagogues and we’re proud to serve the community in this way,” says Schwager. “The money set aside specifically for synagogues is a wonderful opportunity for them to participate in the community grants process.”
featured guest lecturer at the Duchin Campus Lecture Series hosted by the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies. His discussion, “Kabbalah in a Surprising Place: Joseph Smith’s Engagement with Jewish Mysticism” will be held at the University of Arizona Hillel Foundation from 4-5:30 p.m. Lachter’s talk at Congregation Anshei Israel’s Friday Shabbat service, “Spreading Kabbalah: The Surprisingly Public Story of the Secret Jewish Tradition” will focus on the dichotomy between the Kabbalah’s surreptitious nature and its overwhelming public impact. He will also examine how Jewish mysticism blossomed in medieval Spain in response to anti-Jewish Christian missionaries. A Shabbat dinner starting at 6:45 p.m. will precede his lecture. During Shabbat morning service at Congregation Anshei Israel, he will present a lecture, “Destiny at the Well: Finding Rebekah and Fulfilling the Covenant,” which discusses the search for Isaac’s wife and the nature of this covenantal relationship. On Saturday afternoon, Lachter will teach a class at Congregation Anshei Israel, “Joyous Words from Sinai: Readings from the Zohar on the Weekly Parsha,” that will attempt to demystify the Kabbalah’s chief text. See community calendar on page 24 for additional details.
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Since 1997 the Pozez families’ generosity has made the Shaol and Louis Pozez Memorial Lecture Series one of the intellectual and social staples of the Tucson Jewish Community. Through the years, the series has gained a national and international reputation for its history of distinguished lecturers. To mark this achievement, this year’s series is themed, “Israel: 20th Century Ideal to 21st Century Reality.”
Benny (David Alexander Johnston) and Norma (Julianna Grantham) speak about his past in Invisible Theater’s production of ‘The Value of Names.’
Invisible Theatre will present the Arizona premiere of “The Value of Names” by Jeffrey Sweet from Nov. 7-19. The play introduces Benny Silverman, a celebrated comic who has revived his career via television after many years of forced inactivity that resulted from being named on the Hollywood blacklist of the 1950s. Now his actress daughter, Norma, has been cast in a play to be directed by Leo Greshen, the man who had testified against him before Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s House Un-American Activities Committee. For more than 30 years, the committee held public hearings in attempt to root out those it deemed guilty of holding “un-American” views, especially communism. “The issues this play explores remain intensely relevant in the United States of today,” says Susan Claassen, IT managing artistic director, noting that the committee’s tactics of scandal, innuendo, and the threat of imprisonment, disrupted lives and ruined careers in government, la-
bor and academia as well as Hollywood. “In these divisive times, it becomes even more important to make sure our voices are heard.” Writing about the play for an anthology, Sweet recalled that in 2006 he attended a production in Stratford, Connecticut, and stood up after to discuss the show with the audience. “A woman toward the back of the house got up and said, ‘You’d have no way of knowing it, but that’s my life you put onstage.’ She had come to the show unaware of the subject matter ….” The woman’s father was Bob Roberts, who produced two hit films starring John Garfield, “Force of Evil” and “Body and Soul,” but “when the red scare hit postwar Hollywood, Roberts found himself unemployable in the States,” Sweet wrote. “He fled the country for the UK. ‘That’s why I speak this way,’ the woman in the audience said in a crisp British accent.” For ticket information, visit invisible theatre.com or call 882-9721.
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While Israel’s leading universities are excellent and its hi-tech sector flourishing, the country has one of the lowest productivity levels and the highest poverty rates in the developed world. With roughly half of its children receiving a Third World education, future economic sustainability is not a foregone conclusion. The knowledge needed to raise Israel to Prof. Dan viable economic trajectories exists within its borBen-David ders. But an extremely inadequate education system Shoresh Institute, is unable to channel this knowledge effectively to the Tel Aviv University primary and secondary schools, which in turn limits the ability to enter quality institutions of higher learning. Professor Ben-David will highlight aspects of education’s economic impact and focus on a number of misconceptions about the state of education in Israel. He will provide an assessment of the failings, achievements, future prospects, and critical importance of Israel’s educational system. Professor Dan Ben-David is the president and founder of the Shoresh Institution and a senior faculty member of the Department of Public Policy at Tel Aviv University. He is the former executive director of the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies.
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In calling on Trump to restore antiterrorist funding, Schumer was referring to proposed rollbacks in Department of Homeland Security funding for programs that aim to prevent domestic terrorist attacks and attacks by “lone wolves.” Top Trump security officials have discounted the threat of “lone wolves,” saying it would be more efficient to focus on backers of terrorism. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that Saipov appears to have been inspired by “ISIS and radical Islamic tactics,” but that investigators “have no evidence yet of associations or continuing plot or associated plots, and our only evidence to date is that this was an isolated incident that he himself performed.”
Joc Pederson of the Los Angeles Dodgers has set a new home run record for Jewish players in one World Series. Pederson, a lefty-swinging outfielder, blasted a homer in the seventh inning of his club’s 3-1 win over the visiting Houston Astros in Game 6. The shot, to left field, was his third of the Series and moved Pederson past Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg, the Detroit Tigers’ slugger who had two homers in the 1934 Fall Classic. As the Dodgers and Astros
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Copenhagen Jewish museum worth finding
The Dansk Jodisk Museum in Copenhagen has 250 Torah binders dating back to the 1750s.
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hile visiting any new city, following hotel check-in most guests take a moment to look at tour books or “where to go” information the hotel provides. Copenhagen was no different. How would we spend several days? After checking a few restaurant menus, museums, and even a palace, I noticed a simple bold red square saying “Dansk Jodisk Jewish Museum.” It sounded intriguing, but there was no address, only a URL. As it was a beautiful sunny day, we decided to take a morning canal tour, view the new location of the famous Little Mermaid, lunch on some fine Danish herring, and then search out the museum. Departing the restaurant, I turned on Google Maps and we started walking … walking … and walking. The streets were crowded with shoppers and retail stores of all types. The blocks became longer as our confidence in Siri waned. Where we started walking in circles, I noticed a woman sitting at a street-side table, licking a delicious looking ice cream cone. We asked to join her and told her we were lost. She was familiar with Copenhagen’s Great Synagogue, but didn’t know the Dansk Jodisk Museum. Equally curious, she excused herself to quickly ask a friend, then offered to lead us there. Returning to the vicinity where we had enjoyed our herring, we walked a few
A Torah scroll from a provincial Danish congregation at the Dansk Jodisk Museum. Most provincial Jewish congregations closed by the early 20th century, as members moved to Copenhagen or left Denmark.
more blocks and found the museum. Seriously concerned about safety, many of Europe’s synagogues and museums now have protective barricades as well as requiring advance reservations, along with a copy of your passport, in order for visitors to gain admission. This was not the case in Copenhagen. While the small museum is discreetly tucked adjacent to Copenhagen’s Royal Library, its door was open. A single police car, which might have been there coincidentally or as security, was parked down the street. A museum brochure expounds on architect Daniel Libeskind’s interior space, built within an existing historic space. The brick building dates back to the 17th century, when King Christian IV built the Royal Boat House. In 1906 it became part See Copenhagen, page 19
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of the Royal Library. Near the end of the 20th century, the library was refurbished with a waterfront extension of polished black granite cladding and irregular angles known as the Black Diamond. Libeskind describes the museum’s corridor space as a sort of text running within a frame made up of many other surfaces, drawing a parallel with the way Jewish core texts such as the Talmud are presented surrounded by commentary. He adds that the space is shaped in the form of the four letters of the Hebrew word “mitzvah.” Perhaps we missed the architectural symbolism by getting caught up with the objects, such as a Nazi yellow star with the word “Jude,” donated by families sharing their memorabilia with a public audience. Copenhagen’s Jewish history begins around 1620, when King Christian IV invited “Portuguese” (Sephardic) Jews to settle in Denmark as a means of building economic growth. The majority of Jewish arrivals were successful merchants from Amsterdam and Hamburg, and they were given broad trading privileges and religious freedom. In the late 17th century, some “German” (Ashkenazi) Jews were allowed to settle, and they were allowed to practice their religion, albeit not openly. During the early 20th century, more than
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would be installed in the next week or two; a Rio Nuevo Station installation was slated for Nov. 2. An app, CycleFinder, also will be available for use when the program launches. The bike share program was approved by the Tucson City Council in June 2016. It will be operated by Shift Transit, with equipment and technology provided by PBSC Urban Solutions. Shift Transit has deployed more than 50,000 bikes in cities around the world including Chicago, Detroit and Toronto. 10,000 immigrants from Eastern Europe passed through Copenhagen. While the majority were bound for the United States, approximately 3,000 mostly poor, Yiddish-speaking Jews remained. Despite concerns about these new arrivals awakening anti-Semitism, the wellestablished middle and upper-class Jews collected money to help the poorest Jews and worked to integrate newcomers into Danish Jewish society. During World War II, in 1943, Denmark’s Jews were warned of a Nazi mass deportation. Sweden offered asylum, and with the help of the Danes, some 7,800 Danish Jews were smuggled to safety in Sweden on fishing boats — a shining moment in history. Between 1969 and 1973 almost 3,000 Jews from communist Poland fled to Denmark. Although Denmark adopted a liberal policy toward the Polish refugees, the government discouraged publicity out of fear for the Jews still waiting to leave. Public knowledge of this group of refugees remains limited. Today, treasures and memorabilia from more than 400 years of DanishJewish history are on display in the Dansk Jodisk Museum. Our new friend, who led the way, enjoyed a most unexpected afternoon. Take time to find this museum.
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RELIGION & JEWISH LIFE Jews for Jesus commissioned a study on Jewish millennials — here’s what it found BEN SALES JTA
re Jewish millennials the most religious generation? And do one-fifth of them think Jesus was God in human form? Yes and yes, says a new survey of 599 Jews born from 1984 to 1999. The survey creates a contradictory portrait of Jewish millennials: These young adults describe themselves as religious, and practice Jewish ritual, but are unaffiliated. They value tradition and family, but don’t plan on marrying only Jews. They are proud to be Jewish, but don’t feel that contradicts with practicing other religions. It’s the kind of survey that could be useful to Jewish planners but for the organization that commissioned and funded it: Jews for Jesus, the evangelical group that for decades has been trying to draw Jews toward belief in Christ. The survey was conducted by the Barna Group, a reputable polling firm specializing in religion, especially conservative Christianity, and was sent to the media with endorsements by Jewish studies professors. But its goal was to conduct market research for “Messianic Jews.” And Jews for Jesus likes what it sees. “It was very hopeful from our perspective,” Susan Perlman, the San Francisco-based group’s director of communications, told JTA. “This was a generation that was spiritual, that is willing to engage in the subject of whether or not Jesus might be the Messiah. All we can ask for is an open mind to engage with the Bible, engage with the culture and look at the possibilities.” The survey, which was published this week, is mostly composed of the standard questions: how often do you pray, how do you feel about Israel, do you date non-Jews and the like. Much of it is a millennial-focused version of the Pew Research Center’s 2013 study of American Jews. “They are free-thinking and flexible in their spiritual and religious identity, yet they gravitate toward formal customs and ancient expressions of faith,” the survey’s introduction reads. “Often molded by intermarriage and multiculturalism, they reject rigid or traditional definitions of what it means to be Jewish, but — more than any other generation — still consider their Jewish identity to be very important to them.” But it also includes a few unusual en-
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tries that Pew didn’t cover, like a detailed section on belief in God and the afterlife, and — no surprise here — an extensive examination of attitudes toward Jesus. For those accustomed to thinking of millennials as religiously uninvolved and skeptical of traditional practices, the survey has some surprising news: Eighty percent of Jewish millennials self-identify as “religious Jews,” as opposed to just a slim majority of all Jews. And nearly half say being Jewish is “very important” to them, higher than any other generation. That commitment to Judaism comes through in specific practices as well. Almost a quarter of Jewish millennials attend religious services once a week, according to the survey, and one in three prays every day. A majority says “God loves people.” Ari Kelman, a Jewish studies professor at Stanford University who was interviewed as part of the report, said the study suggests a cohort distinct from all others. “These don’t look like Jews I recognize,” he said of millennials. “I was not willing to just write them off entirely. Maybe these are Jews we’ve never seen before. We know religion is changing, we know parameters of identity are changing, so why would we expect different generations to look exactly the same?” The data on Jesus might be especially surprising to Jews who, if they agree on nothing else, believe that Jews for Jesus and its “messianic” philosophy are beyond the pale. The survey found that 21 percent of Jewish millennials believe Jesus was “God in human form who lived among people in the 1st century.” And 28 percent “see him as a rabbi or spiritual leader, but not God.” The openness to non-Jewish practice extends beyond that: 42 percent of respondents say they celebrate Christmas. A majority says one can hold other faiths and still be Jewish. And the survey found that one-third of Jewish millennials believe “God desires a personal relationship with us.” Some of the findings depart from the Pew study of four years ago. Pew found far lower rates of synagogue attendance among Jews aged 18 to 29, and a much lower percentage of respondents said religion was important to them. But Pew actually backs up some of the statistics on Christianity. It found that a third of all respondents had a Christmas tree at home, and 34 percent said belief in Jesus as the Messiah was compatible
with being Jewish. (“This does not mean that most Jews think those things are good,” Alan Cooperman, deputy director of Pew Research Center’s Religion and Public Life Project, said at the time. “They are saying that those things do not disqualify a person from being Jewish. [But] most Jews think that belief in Jesus is disqualifying by roughly a 2-to-1 margin.”) This week’s survey no doubt garnered higher percentages on those questions because it included Messianic Jews — that is, members of a religious movement that combines Christian and Jewish beliefs — whom Pew excluded from some questions. According to the Jews for Jesus website, 30,000 to 125,000 Jews worldwide believe in Jesus. There are roughly 5 million to 6 million U.S. Jews. Some 58 percent of respondents in the Jews for Jesus study are children of interfaith marriages, about 10 points more than in the Pew study, which generally used a slightly narrower definition of “Jewish.” Jewish sociologist Steven M. Cohen said Pew also did not delve as deeply into matters of faith because theology tends to be more central to Christians than to Jews. “Christians have a stronger interest in the faith aspect of religion, and being Jewish isn’t only a religion, but it’s also an ethnicity,” said Cohen, a professor at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion who consulted on the Pew study. “It’s also the case that faith in God for Jews is less predictive of matters of belonging.” Some results of this week’s survey conformed to expectations of millennials as less affiliated with traditional institutions and more open to multiculturalism and pluralism. A majority of millennial Jews do not af-
filiate with a major denomination. Only about one in 10 see affinity to Israel as central to Judaism, though about a quarter have been on Birthright, the free 10day trip to Israel for Jewish young adults. Nearly 40 percent self-define as liberal and 24 percent as conservative. And only 4 percent would refrain from a serious relationship with a non-Jew, though 70 percent are committed to raising their children as Jewish. These statistics may be alarming to a Jewish establishment that has worried for decades about rising intermarriage rates. But for Jews for Jesus, which promotes its own brand of interreligious mixing, this is not a problem. “I don’t see it as a positive or a negative,” Perlman said of intermarriage. “It’s a fact of life, but I think that spiritual harmony is important, so if you’re a Jewishgentile couple, you need to find spiritual harmony or you have a rocky road ahead.” The survey has a margin of error of 2.5 percent. Kelman acknowledges that he had misgivings about a survey on Jews funded by a group that essentially wants to convert them to Christianity. “The fact you’re doing market research on American Jews, their potential adherence to Jews for Jesus makes you uncomfortable,” he said. But, regarding Barna, the polling firm, Kelman said: “They were good social scientists with skin in the game. Most people who fund research on American Jews also come with an agenda, and I’ve been in this world long enough to know that the people who fund that research don’t interfere. They don’t cook the books. They don’t come with a pre-fixed menu of outcomes they expect to see.”
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Jews are intermarried, compared to almost no Orthodox Jews and half of Reform Jews, according to the Pew Research Center. “We are committed to the principles of inclusiveness and welcoming and human dignity of all people,” said Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, dean of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles, who wrote the letter. “We’re also committed to the principles of the integrity of Jewish law and commanded-ness.” The prohibiting-yet-welcoming posture isn’t new. It’s the same stance that the Rabbinical Assembly took in 1972, when the association of Conservative rabbis adopted a paper prohibiting interfaith marriage. Written by Rabbi Aaron Blumenthal, the paper urged that “every effort should be made to retain contact with the intermarried couple,” who “deserve our deep concern,” according to the Jewish thought journal Zeramim. Similar language appeared in a June statement from the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which restated the ban and urged the movement to “expand our efforts to welcome all families, including those that are interfaith, to ex-
plore Judaism together with us.” Artson says the language of welcoming is more assertive in this letter than in past statements, and that the unanimity it represents among Conservative institutions makes it especially powerful: It was co-signed by Arnold Eisen, the chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary; Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, CEO of the Rabbinical Assembly; and Rabbi Steven Wernick, CEO of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. Artson said he consulted with 15 young, up-and-coming rabbis while writing the letter. “The fact that we periodically reaffirm our core convictions is part of being a healthy organization,” he said. “Christians have been believing in Jesus for a long time, but they keep sharing the good news.” Artson portrayed the letter as another stage in a long process of re-evaluating the ban. Conservative rabbis are prohibited from officiating at or even attending intermarriages; failure to heed the ban is one of three ways a Conservative rabbi can be expelled from the Rabbinical Assembly. The other two are performing a conversion that violates Jewish law and performing a wedding of someone who was married but did not have a Jewish divorce.
Several rabbis have already run afoul of the officiation ban. Seymour Rosenbloom, a retired Philadelphia rabbi, was expelled from the Rabbinical Assembly in December for performing an intermarriage. In June, the Conservative-ordained clergy at B’nai Jeshurun, an influential, nondenominational New York synagogue, announced that they would begin performing intermarriages. So did Rabbi Amichai LauLavie, a JTS ordainee who heads the experimental congregation Lab/Shul in New York. “More and more rabbis feel uncomfortable and even brokenhearted at being caught between the call to serve all of their families, and between the requirement of the Rabbinical Assembly,” said Rabbi Adina Lewittes of Sha’ar Communities in New Jersey and an interim rabbi at B’nai Jeshurun. For intermarried couples, she said, the ban “causes them to question the appropriateness of their belonging in that community. It causes, often, a fatal blow to the relationship.” A Rabbinical Assembly commission has been examining the intermarriage prohibition, and Artson expects the group’s Jewish law committee to re-examine the ban soon. One change might be a lifting of the ban on attending intermarriages per-
formed by others, he suggested, something his letter “cracked open the door” to by recommending that rabbis be present throughout the wedding process for interfaith couples. This year, the movement took another step toward integrating interfaith couples by voting to allow synagogues to admit non-Jews as members. Some of the rabbis who spoke to JTA said the movement could go a step further, crafting a ceremony for interfaith couples that does not conform to the traditional Jewish wedding ritual, called “kiddushin.” Rabbi Menachem Creditor of Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley, California, noted that the option for such a ceremony already exists in Conservative liturgy for same-sex couples. “If the Conservative movement is truly a pluralist movement, there is room for more than one opinion even on the biggest questions,” he said. “Jewish law and tradition can sanctify anything in the world.” Miller, the Ohio rabbi, said the ban personally affected him when he couldn’t attend his cousin’s interfaith wedding — an abstention he said he would not repeat. “I didn’t go to my cousin’s wedding because he married a non-Jewish woman, and it caused an unhealable fissure in our relationship,” he said. “I can’t afford for those relationships to be so hurt.”
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Festival of booths Eight years ago, Arnie Merin bought a sukkah kit through the Sukkah Project at Sukkahs.com. It is a cube (8 feet x 8 feet), big enough for a small table and 4-5 chairs. With assistance from his wife, Rhea, the small hut takes an hour to assemble. No tools are required, just wing nuts and bungee cords. The schach (roofing material) is woven reed fence from Home Depot, plus palm fronds. In order to obtain that fresh green look, every year on the Sunday before Sukkot, Arnie would trim a palm tree at the home of the late Rev. Nachman Berkowitz. Now he uses oleanders and other bushes around his own Rhea and Arnie Merin in their sukkah house. Arnie decorates the inside with photos of Israel and posters about the holiday. An Israeli flag hangs outside the entrance. During the holiday, Arnie “dwells” in his sukkah by eating breakfast there every morning and dessert and coffee every evening. He also davens Maariv and studies about Sukkot. This year, he read Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’ new book, “Ceremony & Celebration: Introduction to the Holidays.” While growing up in Baltimore, Arnie never had a sukkah, relying on the shul’s temporary dwelling. He derives a great deal of joy from building and being in a sukkah, which epitomizes one of the purposes of this festival. It gives him the opportunity to do something physical, not just spiritual. Arnie and Rhea welcome ushpizin (guests) into their sukkah each night and gaze at the starlit skies over Tucson.
Up with People Emily Youngerman was recently accepted to join the July 2018 cast of Up with People. UWP, headquartered in Tucson from 1965–1993 before relocating to Denver, is a global nonprofit music and service education organiza-
Emily Youngerman with “JR” at her family’s Stonegate Ranch
tion whose mission is to inspire young people to make a difference in the world. The cast of 100 will train for four weeks in Denver before traveling to communities across two or three continents. Youngerman will live with local host families, participate in service projects, learn about different cultures through educational workshops, and perform UWP’s musical stage production. Youngerman, a Tucson Hebrew Academy grad who is currently a University High School senior, has looked forward to a gap year, hoping to gain travel-bound real world experience before college. She has been an active member of the Rincon/UHS drama program since freshman year, and played the lead in their recent production of “Blues Talking.” Youngerman is a member of the UHS student council and heads the Anti-Hate and Discrimination Committee. Growing up on her family’s Stonegate Ranch, she is also a skilled equestrian. Jewishly, Emily became a bat mitzvah at Congregation Or Chadash, chants Torah for the congregation, attends Hebrew High, and has worked at Camp Mountain Chai, a Jewish overnight camp in the San Bernardino Mountains of California. One of the Skype UWP interview questions was “What do you have to offer our group?” Youngerman responded that she comes from a unique background as a true Jewish rancher, living amid our vibrant Tucson Jewish community. She is thrilled to become part of the UWP family and represent the broader American Jewish community.
The sidewalks of New York Who says “you can’t go home again”? Sure, places change and you can’t turn back the clock, but the memories endure. From Oct. 3–10, Barbara Harris and her husband, Richard White, visited New York. Forty-seven years ago, Barbara lived at the 92nd Street Y on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Its full name was the 92nd Street
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Young Men’s and Young Women’s Hebrew Association (YM-YWHA). Today the building is a nonprofit cultural and community center. Barbara carried with her a postmarked letter dated 1970 from her brother at her 92Y address: 1395 Lexington Ave. — Room 950-B, NY, NY 10028. She called ahead and was told that, for security reasons, she would not be allowed access in the building. Upon arrival, however, the staff could not have been nicer. They allowed them to ride the elevator up, take pictures, and recount memories. Barbara’s daughter, Sami Lehrman, who grew up in Tucson and now works in Manhattan, joined them. She viewed where her mother had lived, a dorm-style residence housing students, interns, and fully employed young men and women. At the time, Barbara worked as assistant to a yarn buyer in the clothing industry. Her shared room at the 92Y was a stepping stone to renting her own Manhattan apartment.
Barbara Harris at her former 92nd Street Y residence
Barbara and Richard enjoyed a full week’s itinerary in the Big Apple. Some highlights included: • 9/11 Memorial and Museum • Walking tour of Brooklyn (they later walked across the Brooklyn Bridge) • Architectural boat tour of Manhattan’s bridges and infrastructure • Lower East Side Tenement Museum – “Hard Times” and “Outside the Home” tours, which took them past the Museum at Eldridge Street, housed in the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue • Museum of the City of New York • Inside Broadway walking tour of the theater district • Delis: Katz’s (Lower East Side) and Barney Greengrass (Upper West Side) As I always say, nice to go and nice to come. Welcome back home — to Tucson!
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR The calendar deadline is Tuesday, 10 days before the issue date. Our next issue will be published November 17, 2017. Events may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, faxed to 319-1118, or mailed to the AJP at 3718 E. River Road, #272, Tucson, AZ 85718. For more information, call 319-1112. See Area Congregations on page 26 for additional synagogue events. Men’s Mishnah club with Rabbi Israel Becker at Cong. Chofetz Chayim. Sundays, 7:15 a.m.; Monday-Friday, 6:15 a.m.; Saturdays, 8:15 a.m. 747-7780 or email@example.com. Chabad of Sierra Vista men’s tefillin club with Rabbi Benzion Shemtov, first Sundays, 9 a.m., at 401 Suffolk Drive. 820-6256 or jewishsierravista.com. “Too Jewish” radio show with Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon on KVOI 1030 a.m. (also KAPR and KJAA), Sundays at 9 a.m. Nov. 5, Rotem Malach, World Zionist Organization, on the Israeli Supreme Court; Nov. 12, Joshua Max Feldman, author of “Start Without Me”; Nov. 19, Eshkol Nevo, bestselling Israeli novelist, author of “Three Floors Up.” Beth Shalom Temple Center of Green Valley bagel breakfast and Yiddish club, first Sundays, 9:30 a.m. Members, $7; nonmembers, $10. 6486690 or 399-3474. Women's Academy of Jewish Studies “Women's 40-Day Program,” at Cong. Chofetz Chayim. Free weekly 45-minute class designed to help like-minded women increase their levels of awareness in relation to G-d. Newcomers welcome. Meets most Sundays, 10:30 a.m. Contact Esther Becker at 591-7680 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Southern Arizona Jewish Genealogy Society, second Sundays, 1-3 p.m. at the Tucson J. Contact Barbara Stern Mannlein at 731-0300 or the J at 299-3000. Temple Emanu-El mah jongg, Mondays at 10 a.m. 327-4501. Jewish Federation-Northwest chair yoga with a Jewish flair taught by Bonnie Golden. Mondays,
Friday / November 3 11:30 AM: Jewish History Museum gallery chat. Free. 564 S. Stone Ave. 670-9073. 1 PM: Jewish Federation-Northwest beginning mah jongg lessons. Also Nov. 10. RSVP at 5054161 or email@example.com. 5:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Tot Kabbalat thank you Shabbat service and dinner for families with preschool age children. Service at 5:30 p.m., Shabbat pizza dinner at 6 p.m. Dinner is $10 per person for adults, free for kids under 12. RSVP at 327-4501. 5:45 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Tot Shabbat and family Shabbat dinner. $25 per family (2 adults and up to 4 children) Adults (ages 13+) $10 per person. Call Kim at 745-5550, ext. 224 for space availability. 7:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Kabbalistic Shabbat evening service with Rabbi Batsheva Appel and Cantorial Soloist Marjorie Hochberg, preceded by Preparing to Pray at 6:30 p.m. 327-4501.
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Tucson J current events discussion, Mondays, noon-1:30 p.m. Members, $1; nonmembers, $2. Lunch, bring or buy, 11:30 a.m. 299-3000, ext. 147. Cong. Or Chadash Mondays with the Rabbi, with Rabbi Thomas Louchheim. Mondays, noon1:30 p.m. Bring a bag lunch. This year's topic: “Judaism's Departure from the Bible to Influence Contemporary Life.” 512-8500. Cong. Bet Shalom yoga. Mondays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. $5. 577-1171. Jewish sobriety support group meets Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m. at Cong. Bet Shalom. firstname.lastname@example.org. “Along the Talmudic Trail” for men (18-40), with Rabbi Israel Becker of Cong. Chofetz Chayim. Includes free dinner. Mondays, 7 p.m. Call for address. 747-7780 or email@example.com. Spouse Bereavement Group, cosponsored by Widowed to Widowed, Inc. at the Tucson J, Tuesdays, 10 a.m. Contact Marvin at 885-2005 or Tanya at 299-3000, ext. 147. JFCS Holocaust Survivors group meets Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-noon. Contact Raisa Moroz at 795-0300. Integral Jewish Meditation with Brian Schachter-Brooks, Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., at Cong. Bet Shalom, free. torahofawakening.com
Golden, and the Spirituality Group at Yetman Trail in the Tucson Mountains. Meet at Pima College West Campus parking lot. Bring a picnic lunch and water for 3 mile roundtrip, easy to moderate hike. 327-4501. NOON: Cong. Anshei Israel “Read It & Meet” book discussion on “Lucky Broken Girl” by Ruth Behar. Contact Helen Rib at 299-0340 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 6:45 PM: Cong. Bet Shalom Gala celebrating the ordination of Rabbi Avraham Alpert at the Tucson J. Dinner, cocktails and entertainment. $125. RSVP at 577-1171.
Sunday / November 5 10 AM: Jewish History Museum Jewish pioneer cemetery tour. With Barry Friedman at Evergreen Cemetery, 3015 N. Oracle Road (enter at Ft. Lowell). $10. RSVP to 670-9073 or email@example.com. NOON: Cong. Anshei Israel Mishpacha (family) program: “Create a Piece of Peace.” Paint ceramic tiles to be mounted on the “Path to Peace” border wall between Israel and Gaza. Includes lunch. Free with RSVP to Nichole Chorny
Tucson J social bridge. Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon-3 p.m., year round. Drop-ins welcome. Meets in library on second floor. 2993000. Northwest Needlers (new name) create handstitched items for donation in the Jewish community. Meets at Jewish Federation Northwest Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m. RSVP to judithgfeldman@ gmail.com or 505-4161. Jewish Federation-Northwest mah jongg, Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m., except for Nov. 14. Also meets Wednesdays, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., 5054161. Cong. Anshei Israel Talmud on Tuesday with Rabbi Robert Eisen. Meets 6 p.m. 745-5550. Weintraub Israel Center Shirat HaShirim Hebrew choir meets Tuesdays at 7 p.m., at the Tucson J. Learn to sing in Hebrew. Contact Rina Paz at 304-7943 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Tucson J Israeli folk dance classes. Tuesdays. Beginners, 7:30 p.m.; intermediate, 8:15 p.m.; advanced, 9 p.m. Taught by Lisa Goldberg. Members, $5; nonmembers, $6. 299-3000. 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. Chabad of Sierra Vista women’s class with Rabbi Benzion Shemtov, last Wednesdays, 2p.m.,
at 745-5550, ext. 228 or email@example.com. 4 PM: Cong. Or Chadash presents Marx Brothers double feature, “Duck Soup” and “Horsefeathers.” 512-8500. 5:30 PM: Tucson Hebrew Academy 2017 Tikkun Olam Celebration honoring Danny and Janis Gasch. Begins with cocktails, followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. Single ticket, $150; couple, $250. RSVP at thaaz.org or call 529-3888.
Monday / November 6 2 PM: JFCS presents “To Tell Our Stories: Holocaust Survivors of Southern Arizona.” Survivors read excerpts of their stories. Nanini Library, 7300 N Shannon Road. Contact Raisa Moroz, 795-0300, ext. 2214, firstname.lastname@example.org. 7 PM: Jewish History Museum presents “Motherhood & Activism: On Being a Thing with Others.” Visiting poet Julie Carr will read old and new works that explore her late mother, a civil rights attorney and anti-war activist, in the context of Jewishness and how we might respond to current political crises. $5 suggested donation. 564 S. Stone Ave. 670-9073, jewishhistorymuseum.org.
401 Suffolk Drive. 820-6256 or jewishsierravista. com. Chabad Tucson lunch and learn with Rabbi Yehuda Ceitlin, Wednesdays, 12:15 p.m. at Eli’s Deli. info@ChabadTucson.com. Chabad of Oro Valley adult education class, Jewish learning with Rabbi Ephraim Zimmerman. Wednesdays at 7 p.m., at 1217 W. Faldo Drive. 477-8672 or jewishorovalley.com. Jewish mothers/grandmothers special needs support group for those with children/grandchildren, young or adult, with special needs, third Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. at Tucson J. Contact Joyce Stuehringer at 299-5920. Tucson J canasta group. Players wanted. Thursdays, noon. Instruction available and a beginners’ table every week. Call Debbie Wiener at 440-5515. “Biblical Breakthroughs with Rabbi Becker” at the Southwest Torah Institute. Fridays, noon, for men and women. 747-7780 or yzbecker@ me.com. Beth Shalom Temple Center of Green Valley art exhibit, “The Art of Jewish Youth,” by Tucson Hebrew Academy students, through Dec. 21. 648-6690. Jewish History Museum/Holocaust History Center art exhibit, “Invisibility and Resistance: Violence Against LGBTQIA+ People,” 564 S. Stone Ave., through May 31, 2018. Wed., Thur., Sat. and Sun., 1-5 p.m.; Fridays, noon-3 p.m. 670-9073 or jewishhistorymuseum.org. Tucson Jewish Community Center art exhibit, “Arizona Portraits” by Moira Marti Geoffrion, through Nov. 29. 299-3000.
Tuesday / November 7 10-11:30 AM: Southwest Torah Institute class for men and women, “Soul Purpose,” with Rabbi Israel Becker. $290. Meets Tuesdays at Cong Chofetz Chayim. Register at tucsontorah. org/class-information or call 747-7780. 11AM-NOON: Jewish History Museum/5 Points Market present “For You Too Were Strangers,” part three of a three-part program exploring U.S. immigration issues, at the museum, 564 S. Stone Ave. Immigration attorney Mo Goldman will contextualize DACA within the broader set of contemporary immigration challenges. 5 Points Market donates 100 percent of lunch profits, Tuesdays through Nov. 14, to Scholarships A-Z. 670-9073 or jewishhistorymuseum.org. 7-8:30 PM: Southwest Torah Institute class for women, “Live Life Better,” with Esther Becker. $290 for 15-week course. Meets Tuesday evenings or Thursdays at 10 a.m. at Cong. Chofetz Chayim. Register at tucsontorah.org/ class-information or call 747-7780.
Wednesday / November 8 11:45 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel Women’s League paid-up membership lunch, to thank
gift shop volunteers and women of CAI’s administrative staff. Current and prospective members, friends and family welcome. Lunch at noon, following check-in. Paid-up WL members, gift shop volunteers and female CAI staff, free; guests, $10. RSVP to Evelyn at 885-4102 or email@example.com. 6:45 PM: Cong. Chaverim book club discusses “Mischling” by Affinity Konar. 320-1015. 7 PM: Tucson J class, “100 Years Later: The Communist Utopia and the Soviet Jewry” with Roza Simkhovich. Discussion-oriented format. Members, $30; nonmembers, $36; drop-in, $9. Contact Barbara Fenig at 299-3000.
THURSDAY / NOVEMBER 9 10:30 AM: Jewish History Museum interactive genealogy workshop. With author and genealogy expert Joel Alpert. Free. 564 S. Stone Ave. 670-9073. 10-11:30 AM: Southwest Torah Institute/Cong. Chofetz Chayim class for women, “Live Life Better,” with Esther Becker. $290 for 15-week course. Meets Tuesday evenings or Thursday mornings at Cong. Chofetz Chayim. Register at tucsontorah.org/class-information or call 7477780. NOON: JFCS presents “To Tell Our Stories: Holocaust Survivors of Southern Arizona.” Survivors read excerpts of their stories, at Jewish History Museum/ Holocaust History Center, 564 S. Stone Ave. Contact Raisa Moroz, 795-0300, ext. 2214, firstname.lastname@example.org. 4-5:30 PM: Arizona Center for Judaic Studies Duchin campus lecture series presents Hartley Lachter, Ph.D., associate professor of religion studies at Lehigh University, on “Kabbalah in a Surprising Place: Joseph Smith's Engagement with Jewish Mysticism.” At the University of Arizona Hillel Foundation, 1245 East 2nd St. Parking available at 2nd Street Garage.
FRIDAY / NOVEMBER 10 6 PM: Temple Emanu-El Shabbat dinner and service in the Northwest at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 7650 N. Paseo Del Norte, with Rabbi Batsheva Appel and Northwest soloist Lindsey O’Shea. Kosher Shabbat dinner (vegetarian option upon request). Dinner: members, $12; nonmembers, $14. RSVP at 327-4501. 6:45 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Shabbat dinner with scholar-in-residence Hartley Lachter, Ph.D., associate professor of religious studies and Philip and Muriel Berman Chair in Jewish Studies at Lehigh University, followed at 7:45 p.m. by lecture,"Spreading Kabbalah: The Surprisingly Public Story of the Secret Jewish Tradition." Preceded by Mincha and Kabbalat Shabbat service at 5:45 p.m. Dinner: Members, $18; children, $12. Guests, $22; children, $15. $5 additional per person after Nov. 3. RSVP at 7455550 or caiaz.org. 9:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Downtown Shabbat at the Jewish History Museum, 564 S. Stone Ave., with the Armon Bizman band, Rabbi Batsheva Appel, and soloist Lindsey O’Shea. 327-4501.
SATURDAY / NOVEMBER 11 9 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel Shabbat service with scholar-in-residence Hartley Lachter, Ph.D.,
presenting the D'var Torah, “Destiny at the Well: Finding Rebekah and Fulfilling the Covenant.” 745-5550.
SUNDAY / NOVEMBER 12 8 AM-1 PM: Tucson J Olympic Swim Clinic with Jason Lezak. Learn champion performance techniques. 5-12 years, 8 a.m.–10:45 a.m.; 13 & over, 9:45 a.m. –1 p.m. $50, Stingray swim team members; $50, non-members $60. Contact Tom Meek at 299-3000 or email@example.com. 8:30 AM: Hadassah Southern Arizona Adopt-ARoadway cleanup. Meet at the Tucson J parking lot. Contact Mike Jacobson at 748-7333. 9-11 AM: Jewish Federation-Northwest Stuff the Truck with 1st Rate 2nd Hand Thrift Shop. Drop off your gently used and re-sellable items (and grab a donut)! Or call to schedule an in-home pick-up of larger items from 11a.m. to 1p.m. 1st Rate 2nd Hand is a Jewish thrift shop and the proceeds from this day will benefit the Northwest Jewish Federation. Call 505-4161 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 10 AM-1 PM: Tucson J, Pet Hanukkah Photos – Dogs & Dreidels. Bring your well-behaved pets for a Hanukkah photo. Proceeds benefit the Tucson J and the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. $10. Visit pethanukkahphotos. eventbrite.com. 10:30 AM-12:30 PM: Desert Caucus brunch with Congressman Brad Schneider (D-IL). Skyline Country Club, 5200 E. St Andrews Drive. Guest should be potential members and must RSVP at 490-1453 or email@example.com. NOON: Cong. Anshei Israel Men’s Club veterans’ lunch. Honoring Jewish veterans and active military. Hamburgers, hot dogs & dessert. Veterans and active military welcome at no charge; $10 per person for spouses and guests. Reservations required with/without payment by Nov. 8. Contact Mark Levine at 548-5471 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 2 PM: Tucson J presents “Sole Impressions New Works Performance” by Ballet Tucson. Members, $25; nonmembers, $30. Visit tucsonjcc. org or call 299-3000. 3:30 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel scholar-in-residence Hartley Lachter, Ph.D., presents “Joyous Words from Sinai: Readings from the Zohar on the Weekly Parsha.” Mincha follows at 4:30 p.m., and Seudah Shlesheet (Third Meal), Ma'ariv and Havdallah. 745-5550.
MONDAY / NOVEMBER 13 7-8:30 PM: Arizona Center for Judaic Studies Shaol & Louis Pozez Memorial Lecture Series. Professor Dan Ben David of the Shoresh Institute of Tel Aviv University presents “Israel’s Education Crisis: The Start-Up Nation’s Threat from Within.” At the Tucson J. Free. 626-5758.
TUESDAY / NOVEMBER 14 7 PM: Jewish Federation-Northwest community event: “Climate Change in the Southwest” with University of Arizona professor, Gregg Garfin. RSVP to 505-4161 or email@example.com.
THURSDAY / NOVEMBER 16 1:30 PM: JFCS and the Mel Sherman Institute on Mental Health present “The Challenge of
Brain Health in War and Peace.” Dr. Richard Carmona will discuss the responsibility of caring for the physical and psychological well-being of our veterans and seniors, at the Tucson J. Contact Kate at 795-0300, ext. 2435 or kkelly@ jfcstucson.org.
$10. Visit tucsonjcc.org or call 299-3000.
4:30-7:30PM: Jewish History Museum Lisa Ungar Holocaust education teacher workshop. Dr. Ted Rosengarten, chair of Holocaust studies at the College of Charleston, will present two sessions. $15, dinner included. Register at jewishhistorymuseum.org. or contact Lisa Schachter-Brooks at 670-9073 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 564 S. Stone Ave.
9:15 AM: Jewish War Veterans Friedman-Paul Post 201 breakfast meeting at B'nai B'rith Covenant House, 4414 E. 2nd St. $4. Contact Honey Manson at 529-1830.
7-8 PM: Interfaith talk and book signing, “Mingled Waters: Sufism and the Mystical Unity of Religions” by Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, Ph.D. at Temple Emanu-El. $10 donation suggested. Donations for ShelterBox USA, which provides disaster relief supplies, also will be accepted.
FRIDAY / NOVEMBER 17 5:45 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel family Shabbat experience followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Dinner $25 per member family (two adults and up to four children); guest family, $30; additional adults (age 13+) $10 each. RSVP by Nov. 13 at caizaz. org or 745-5550.
7 PM: Cong. Chaverim Shabbat Under the Stars at Brandi Fenton Memorial Park, 3482 E. River Road. 320-1015.
SUNDAY / NOVEMBER 19
10:30 AM – NOON: Beth Shalom Temple Center of Green Valley Jewish genealogy presentation. Joel Alpert will demonstrate how to research and find your ancestors using the website JewishGen. $10; includes presentation and lunch. RSVP by Nov. 13 to Eric Rautenberg at email@example.com or call the temple at 648-6690. 2-4 PM: Temple Emanu-El Sunday Salon: “Israel, the World Leader in Medical Marijuana Research” with Oshrat Bar-El, director of the Weintraub Israel Center. RSVP at 3274501. 3 PM: Temple Emanu-El Babies and Bagels: Learning Gratitude. Enjoy a story, play on the playground, and make colorful thank you cards. Ideal for families with children 1-7. Contact Meg at (303) 359-3161 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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SATURDAY / NOVEMBER 18
8 AM-NOON: Cong. Or Chadash/Habitat for Humanity build, at 6909 S. Radec Lane. All skill levels welcome. RSVP to Bettina Shore at Bettina.email@example.com or Marc Sbar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2:30-4:30 PM: Secular Humanist Jewish Circle lecture, “What You Probably Should Know About Arizona’s Gun Laws” with Meg Pradelt of Gun Violence Prevention AZ, at the DusenberryRiver Library, 5605. E. River Road. Food Bank donations will be accepted. RSVP to Susan at 577-7718 or email@example.com, or Becky at 296-3762 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
7 PM: JFSA free community event, “Together: A Night of Song” with Tovah Feldshuh, Broadway star, actress, singer, playwright and four-time Tony Award-nominee, at Cong. Anshei Israel. RSVP at jfsa.org.
6:30 PM: Tucson J Desert Melodies presents “Standards and Show Tunes from the Movies.”
Take note of the AJP WINTER SCHEDULE November 17, December 1, December 15 and January 12
Please join us as we welcome
Dr. Hartley lacHter
Associate Professor of Religion Studies at Lehigh University
November 10 - 11 as CAI’s Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Lachter’s work focuses on medieval Kabbalah, and how medieval Jewish-Christian debates shape Jewish literature. His visit will include a Shabbat dinner and presentation, and on Saturday, delivering the Shabbat morning D’var Torah and an afternoon presentation.
For more details, visit caiaz.org or call 745-5550. RSVP & fee required by Nov. 3 for Shabbat dinner only.
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Congregation anshei israel
5550 E. Fifth St., Tucson, AZ 85711 • (520) 745-5550 Rabbi Robert Eisen, Cantorial Soloist Nichole Chorny • www.caiaz.org Daily minyan: Mon.-Thurs., 7:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m.; Fri., 7:30 a.m.; Sun. & legal holidays, 8 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. / Mincha: Fri., 5:45 p.m. / Shabbat services: Sat., 9 a.m., followed by Kiddush; Tot Shabbat, 1st Fri., 5:45 p.m.; Family Service, 3rd Friday, 5:45 p.m.; Holiday services may differ, call or visit website. / Torah study: every Shabbat one hour before Mincha (call or visit website for times) / Talmud on Tuesday, 6 p.m. / Weekday Torah study group, Wed., 11 a.m. beverages and dessert provided.
Congregation Bet shalom 3881 E. River Road, Tucson, AZ 85718 • (520) 577-1171 Rabbi Hazzan Avraham Alpert • www.cbsaz.org Shabbat services: Fri., 5:30 p.m. (followed by monthly dinners — call for info); Sat. 9:30 a.m.-noon, Camp Shabbat (ages 6-10) 11 a.m.-noon, followed by Kiddush lunch and weekly Teen Talk lunch with shinshinim, 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. CBS Think Tank discussion led by Rabbi Dr. Howard Schwartz and Dr. Howard Graizbord / Weekday services: Wed. 8:15 a.m. / Hagim 9:30 a.m.
Congregation ChoFetz Chayim/southwest torah institute 5150 E. Fifth St., Tucson, AZ 85711 • (520) 747-7780 Rabbi Israel Becker • www.tucsontorah.org Shabbat services: Fri., Kabbalat Shabbat 15 minutes before sunset; Sat. 9 a.m. followed by Kiddush. / Mincha: Fri., 1 p.m.; Sat., 25 minutes before sunset, followed by Shalosh Seudas, Maariv and Havdallah. Services: Sun., 8 a.m.; Mon. & Thurs., 6:50 a.m.; Tues., Wed., Fri., 7 a.m.; daily, 15 minutes before sunset. / Weekday Rosh Chodesh services: 6:45 a.m.
Congregation young israel/ChaBad oF tuCson 2443 E. Fourth St., Tucson, AZ 85719 • (520) 881-7956 Rabbi Yossie Shemtov, Rabbi Yudi Ceitlin • www.chabadoftucson.com Daily minyan: Sun. & legal holidays, 8:30 a.m.; Mon. & Thurs., 6:30 p.m.; Tues., Wed., Fri., 6:45 a.m. / Mincha & Maariv, 5:15 p.m. / Shabbat services: Fri. at candlelighting; Sat. 9:30 a.m. followed by Kiddush. Mincha, Maariv and Havdallah TBA.
ChaBad on river 3916 E. Ft. Lowell Road • (520) 661-9350 Rabbi Ram Bigelman • www.chabadonriver.com Shabbat services: Fri., Mincha at candlelighting time, followed by Maariv. / Sat., Shacharit service, 9:30 a.m. / Torah study: women, Tues., 10 a.m.; men, Thurs., 7 p.m.
ChaBad oro valley 1217 W. Faldo Drive, Oro Valley, AZ 85755 • (520) 477-8672 Rabbi Ephraim Zimmerman • www.jewishorovalley.com Shabbat services: 3rd Fri., 5 p.m. Oct.-Feb., 6 p.m. March-Sept., all followed by dinner / Sat., 10 a.m. study session followed by service.
ChaBad sierra vista 401 Suffolk Drive, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635 • (520) 820-6256 Rabbi Benzion Shemtov • www.jewishsierravista.com Shabbat services: Sat., 10:30 a.m., bimonthly, followed by class explaining prayers. Visit website or call for dates.
REFORM CONGREGATION CHAVERIM 5901 E. Second St., Tucson, AZ 85711 • (520) 320-1015 Rabbi Stephanie Aaron • www.chaverim.net Shabbat services: Fri., 7 p.m. (no service on 5th Fri.); Family Shabbat, 1st Fri., 6 p.m. / Torah study: 2nd Sat., 9 a.m., followed by contemplative service,10 a.m.
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Congregation Kol simChah
(Renewal) 4625 E. River Road, Tucson, AZ 85718 Mailing Address: 2732 S. Gwain Place, Tucson, AZ 85713 • (520) 296-0818 Shabbat services: 1st and 3rd Fri., 7:15 p.m.
Congregation m’Kor hayim 3888 E. River Road, Tucson, AZ 85718 (Tucson Hebrew Academy) Mailing Address: P.O. Box 31806, Tucson, AZ 85751 • (520) 904-1881 Rabbi Helen Cohn • www.mkorhayim.org Shabbat services: 2nd and 4th Fri., 7 p.m. / Torah study, 2nd and 4th Sat., 9:30 a.m.
Congregation or Chadash 3939 N. Alvernon, Tucson, AZ 85718 • (520) 512-8500 Rabbi Thomas Louchheim, Cantor Janece Cohen www.orchadash-tucson.org Shabbat services: Fri., 6:30 p.m.; 1st Fri., Friday Night LIVE (Oct.-May); 2nd Friday, Tot Shabbat (Oct.-June), 6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. / Torah study: Sat.,8:30 a.m.
the institute For JudaiC serviCes and studies Mailing Address: 36789 S. Golf Course Drive, Saddlebrooke, AZ 85739 (520) 825-8175 • Rabbi Sanford Seltzer Shabbat services: Oct.-April, one Friday per month at 7 p.m. — call for details.
temple emanu-el 225 N. Country Club Road, Tucson, AZ 85716 • (520) 327-4501 Rabbi Batsheva Appel • www.tetucson.org Shabbat services: Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. / Torah study: Sat., 8:30 a.m. except when there is a Rabbi’s Tish.
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Alfred Paul “Fred” Havas, 71, died Oct. 15, 2017. Mr. Havas was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. His family immigrated to the United States and settled in Ogden, Utah. Mr. Havas, who spoke seven languages, spent time studying and working in Israel, but returned to Ogden and took over his father’s business, a hair salon, after his father’s death. He later earned a degree in marketing and specialized in legal marketing until ill health forced him to retire in his mid-40s. Mr. Havas was preceded in death by his parents, Gustav and Jeannette Havas, and eldest brother, David Bert Havas. Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Kasey; son, Aaron (Margaret) of San Diego; stepchildren, Hawk of Spokane, Wash., Katherine of San Diego and James of Mexico City; siblings, Carla (Ted) Baruch of Maryland, Max (Pat) Havas of Ogden, Ed (Cindy) Havas of Salt Lake City and Sandra Havas of Ogden; and six step-grandchildren. Services were held at Evergreen Mortuary and Cemetery with Rabbi Thomas Louchheim of Congregation Or Chadash officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, 3003 S. Country Club Road Tucson, AZ 85713 or communityfoodbank.org.
Ronald Sheldon Sandler, 87, died Oct. 17, 2017. Survivors include his wife, Marlene; and children, Jon and Amy of Tucson and Adam of Australia. Services were held at Congregation Anshei Israel with Rabbi Robert Eisen officiating, followed by interment at Evergreen Cemetery.
228 N. Canyon Drive, Sierra Vista • (520) 458-8637 http://kolhamidbar.tripod.com Mailing address: P.O. Box 908, Sierra Vista, AZ 85636 Shabbat services: Fri., 7:30 p.m.
Beth shalom temple Center
1751 N. Rio Mayo (P.O. Box 884), Green Valley, AZ 85622 (520) 648-6690 • www.bstc.us Shabbat services: 1st and 3rd Fri., 7 p.m. / Torah study: Sat., 10 a.m.
Congregation etz Chaim (Modern Orthodox) 686 Harshaw Road, Patagonia, AZ 85624 • (520) 394-2520 www.etzchaimcongregation.org • Rabbi Gabriel Cousens Shabbat services: Fri., 18 minutes before sunset / Torah study: Sat., 9:30 a.m.
Park & 22nd • Peter & Cyd Marcus
handmaKer resident synagogue
2221 N. Rosemont Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85712 • (520) 881-2323 www.handmaker.com Shabbat services: Fri., 4:30 p.m., led by Lindsey O’Shea, followed by Shabbat dinner; Sat., 9:30 a.m., led by Mel Cohen and Dan Asia, followed by light Kiddush lunch.
seCular humanist Jewish CirCle www.secularhumanistjewishcircle.org Call Cathleen at 730-0401 for meeting or other information.
university oF arizona hillel Foundation 1245 E. 2nd St. Tucson, AZ 85719 • 624-6561 • www.arizona.hillel.org Shabbat services: Reform, Conservative, Orthodox and alternative services two Fridays each month when school is in session. Dinner follows (guests, $8; RSVP by preceding Thurs.). Call for dates/times.
www.allegratucsonaz.com 1300 S. Park Ave., Suite 110 Tucson, AZ 85713
IN FOCUS/OUR TOWN People in the news
JFSA and JCF hold grand opening celebration
ESTHER STERNBERG, M.D., director of research at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, has been appointed chair of the National Library of Medicine’s Board of Regents. Sternberg also is founding director of the UA Institute on Place and Wellbeing, a professor with the UA College of Medicine–Tucson and UA College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture, and a member of the UA Arthritis Center.
Photos: Martha Lochert
The Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona and the Jewish Community Foundation held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house at their new home, the Harvey and Deanna Evenchik Center for Jewish Philanthropy, on Sunday, Oct. 15. More than 150 people attended the event.
(L-R): Jim Whitehill, JCF board chair; Tom Warne, JFSA immediate past chair; Deanna Evenchik; Jonathan Rothschild, mayor of Tucson; Stuart Mellan, JFSA president and CEO; and Shelly Silverman, JFSA chair
Members of the next generation of Jewish community leaders join JFSA president and CEO Stuart Mellan to dedicate the mezuzah at the Harvey and Deanna Evenchik Center for Jewish Philanthropy. (L-R): Ben Pozez, Mellan, Adina Artzi, Naomi Present, David Artzi, Scott Tobin, and Michael Artzi.
JEWISH FAMILY & CHILDREN’S SERVICES has been selected as a semi-finalist in Social Venture Partner’s “Fast Pitch” competition. LIZ HERNANDEZ, JFCS director of marketing and development, will talk about the Project Safe Place program.
Holocaust Survivors group enjoys private tour
Five attorneys from the law firm FARHANG & MEDCOFF, Robert Bernheim, Robert Garcia, Meredith Marder, Amélie Messingham, and Adam Peterson, were named 2017 Southwest Rising Stars by Super Lawyers, an independent rating service that ranks lawyers based on research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Photos: Sharon Glassberg
The law firm of MESCH CLARK ROTHSCHILD celebrated its 60th anniversary with a community project to enhance a Tucson park. On Tuesday, Oct. 17, the first of 60 trees was planted at Himmel Park. The project is in conjunction with Tucson Clean & Beautiful/Trees for Tucson to help restore the shade canopy at the park.
(L-R): Theresa Dulgov, Yulia Genina, Walter Feiger, Stuart Mellan, Wolfgang Hellpap, Daniel Hellpap (Wolfgang’s son), Pawel Lichter, Sara Lichter
The Tucson Holocaust Survivors group toured the Harvey and Deanna Evenchik Center for Jewish Philanthropy with Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona President and CEO Stuart Mellan on Tuesday, Oct. 17. The group got an overview of the work of the Federation and the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona. The survivors group, housed at Jewish Family & Children’s Services, meets weekly to learn from and about a diverse cross section of our general and Jewish Tucson community.
Diane Katz (right), program vice president for Hadassah Southern Arizona, presents a certificate of appreciation to guest speaker Cassandra Garcia on Oct. 15.
Thirty-seven people attended the Hadassah Southern Arizona lunch on Sunday, Oct. 15. Cassandra Garcia, M.S., CGC, a certified genetic counselor at the University of Arizona Cancer Center, presented “Genetics of Breast Cancer, Jewish Ancestry, and Ongoing Research: Important Information for Men and Women.” The event was held at the Country Club of La Cholla, which donated the space and the meal.
Rejoicing with the Torah
Photo courtesy Fran Bickart
Photo courtesy Hadassah Southern Arizona
Genetics counselor speaks at Hadassah lunch
Sara Lichter, wife of Holocaust survivor Pawel Lichter, makes her imprint on the community tree through the Jewish Community Foundation. Looking on are, from left, Walter Feiger, Pawel Lichter, and JCF Director of Legacy Development Brenda Landau.
Erica Bickart, daughter of Fran Bickart, carries the Torah at Temple Emanu-El’s Simchat Torah service on Thursday, Oct. 12. November 3, 2017, ARIZONA JEWISH POST
ARIZONA JEWISH POST, November 3, 2017