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PHYLLIS BRAUN AJP Executive Editor
he Jewish History Museum/Holocaust History Center will honor Rosie Eilat-Kahn on Sunday at its 2019 Fall Benefit, “A Call to Courage.” “Rosie has been a leader among the second generation of Holocaust survivors in this community for decades,” says Bryan Davis, executive director of the museum. “She has coordinated the Holocaust survivors’ speakers bureau, organized teachers’ workshops, and served on the steering committee for our community-wide Yom HaShoah commemoration. She was a leading voice in the effort to establish our Holocaust History Center. In fact, the very origins of Holocaust education in Tucson trace back to Rosie’s days as a middle school student when she introduced her social studies teacher, Ray Davies, to her parents, Meyer and
Rosie Eilat-Kahn, left, with brother Phillip and parents, Holocaust survivors Meyer and Susan Neuman, upon the family’s arrival in Tucson in 1956.
Susan Neuman, both survivors of Auschwitz. Ray then spent the next several decades working to develop and implement Holo-
caust studies in districts across Southern Arizona.” The Neumans were among the first survivors to settle in Tucson,
moving here in 1956, notes Davis. “It’s an honor for me to do this work because of my parents being Holocaust survivors, and I feel it is a tribute to their memory,” says Eilat-Kahn. For the past 10 years, she has been involved in providing speakers for classrooms. “We’re still trying to use survivors as much as possible, but when we can’t get a survivor, we’re looking to encourage second generation people to step up and take over,” she says, adding that she does speak to school groups that come to the museum. “I used to accompany my mom into classrooms” as well as accompanying other survivors, she says. Her parents both died in 2010. “Kids are always extremely interested. I see a lot of compassion with the children,” Eilat-Kahn says. “When I talk to the kids, I always say to them at the very end — even when I went with my See Eilat-Kahn, page 2
JHM learning trip digs deep into southern border migration issues DEBE CAMPBELL AJP Assistant Editor “Migration is not beautiful, it is a result of violence and poverty and influences that make it impossible for people to stay in their homes. The task is to reflect on how to impact governments from intervening in countries.” — Eduardo “Lalo” Garcia, Alliance for Global Justice Prison Imperialism Project coordinator, Tucson
he impact of border militarization and criminalization of migration at the Southern Arizona border with Mexico was the primary focus of a day of learn-
ing facilitated by Tucson’s Jewish History Museum/Holocaust History Center on Oct. 24. About 40 local community agency affiliates and community members made the day-long journey to visit the southern border wall and Mexican Consulate General in Nogales, Arizona, and the U.S. Federal Courthouse and Casa Alitas migrant shelter in Tucson. The trip coincided with the museum’s launch of an exhibit through May 31, 2020, “Asylum: To Address a Chaotic Circumstance of the Government’s Own Making,” at the Allen and Marianne Langer Contemporary See Border, page 4
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Museum to honor Eilat-Kahn, second generation Holocaust survivor
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Eduardo “Lalo” Garcia of the Alliance for Global Justice, left, speaks at the border wall between Nogales, Arizona, and Nogales, Sonora, on the Oct. 24 Jewish History Museum learning day trip.
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his year’s free Stone Avenue Block Party will be the best yet, says Bryan Davis, Jewish History Museum executive director and host of the fifth annual event. The event is set for Saturday, Nov. 16, in front of the Jewish History Museum/Holocaust History Center, 564 S. Stone Ave. The evening will feature four live bands: Sonido Tambó, Los Esplifs, Mariachi Los Diablitos, and Jovert Steel Drum Band. Java Magazine calls Los Esplifs’ sound uniquely cumbia-based, blended with Southwest psychedelia. “Their music is energized and communal — traditionally based and undoubtedly mind-opening, grinning, and ecstatic.” The Phoenix band plays throughout the Southwest and Mexico. Sonido Tambó, the house band at Hotel Congress’ El Tambó Club, plays cumbia, dancehall, reggaeton, dembow, merengue, banda, and champeta. Mariachi Los Diablitos is a Sunnyside High School band under the direction of Maestro Refugio “Cuco” Del Cid. The Jovert Steel Drum Band features musicians from Tucson Magnet High School, touted as the city’s best steel drummers. “The Block Party is both a celebration of Tucson arts and culture and a way that the museum can strengthen relations with our downtown neighbors,” says Davis. “Numerous downtown organizations co-sponsor the event including KXCI community radio, the Rialto Theatre, Hotel Congress, and local breweries including Barrio Brewery and Sentinel Peak. In the days prior to the event the museum will be hosting an open house for
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eration survivor, so we have a lot in common. “She is a wonderful example of teaching continued from page 1 your children, l’dor v’dor, about Jewish education and Jewish values. “I had the pleasure of knowing her parmom — that they have a very important job ents because they were very active in the to do because the children today are the last children’s school lives and in Anshei Israel. generation that will ever be able to say I actuHer parents also knew my mother, when she ally knew a survivor of the Holocaust. And would come out to visit, so there was that it’s their job to carry on in light of the fact Rosie Eilat-Kahn wonderful connection. I remember her parthat so many people are denying that the Holocaust actually happened. I always tell them it’s their ents very fondly.” The event begins on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 11:30 a.m. job to step up and say, ‘No, it did happen, because I acwith a reception on the patio at Westward Look Resort, tually saw a survivor.’” Hedy Feuer is event chair for the benefit and imme- with a luncheon beginning at noon. It will include a presentation by Count Ferdinand von Galen, the nephdiate past president of the museum. “I’ve known Rosie for approximately 30 years, when ew of a German bishop who protested against the Naour kids met at Anshei preschool,” says Feuer. “We’ve zis. Tickets are $100. The Westward Look Resort is lobeen very good friends. I admire her for her involve- cated at 245 E. Ina Road. Register at www.jewishhistory ment in the Jewish community. I too am a second gen- museum.org or contact Guguletho Moyo at 670-9073.
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From his office on the top floor of city hall, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild pauses to take stock.
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hen Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild walks out of City Hall on Dec. 2, turning his gavel over to Regina Romero, he will walk a few short blocks to his new desk at Mesch Clark and Rothschild, attorneys at law. He told the AJP he looks forward to returning to a law practice where he will reunite with some former colleagues and engage with some new, young ones, including his two sons, Isaac and Nathan. Rothschild fulfilled a productive two terms as the Old Pueblo’s mayor. As a candidate, he looked to make changes in the city. “The citizens had lost trust in the city government for different reasons, one being Rio Nuevo,” says the mayor. The Rio Nuevo redevelopment of downtown used a tax increment finance district as a public funding method to subsidize development and infrastructure. A scandal ensued when expectations were not met before Rothschild took office. “It’s not healthy for citizens not to trust their city government,” Rothschild says. His first step was to restore the citizenry’s trust. “To do that, I had to be open about things. If the city does something wrong, we have to admit it.” Once Rothschild was seated as mayor, he discovered the portrait that citizens were painting was incorrect. “Changing the perception of what the city thought was the task. I learned in my law practice that people just want to be communicated with.” Addressing complaints with city department heads, “sometimes we can and sometimes we can’t do something about them, but we can explain why we can’t. Our city is constrained in revenue,” he says, explaining that resources are limited
to state and federal funding and sales taxes. “Or to go to the voters to raise taxes.” Six years ago, the city was successful in passing — “by a landslide margin of 900 votes” — a $100 million road bond issue funded by a temporary five-year tax. “We put together a plan and came in on schedule and under budget.” So they went out again for another $100 million road bond and a $150 million bond for police and fire department improvements. “That passed by something like 64-36%, which shows we had restored confidence. Last year we passed a $225 million temporary nine-year tax for parks by 59-41%. “I’m happy about that and proud. Some look at parks, not as a necessity, but I feel it goes to the quality of life. We also completed a 138-mile greenway connecting the whole city. This is a signature thing,” he adds. “The biggest challenge remains that there’s not enough revenue under the structure we have to do what we need to do to maintain the core services, police, fire, roads, and parks. That challenge makes the job much more of an administrative one,” says the mayor, “always looking for ways to keep services at the current level. This is not a new challenge.” Rothschild admits there were other things he would have liked to accomplish in his tenure. He became mayor “in 2011 when we were just beginning to come out of the Great Recession and Tucson was slow coming out of that. We could have done better. I would like to have seen more business come to Tucson. It would be nice to have more community resources to stimulate the economy. That’s a start for seeing our median income go up in the community. It has risen in the last couple of years, but we can still do better.”
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Human Rights Gallery in the Holocaust History Center. Museum Director Bryan Davis described the day as an effort to create local collective action without hierarchy but with consensus around migrant justice, motivated by Jewish values. “It is to translate Jewish values, ethics, and Holocaust memory into action. Our obligation to justice and tikkun olam (repairing the world) is to save lives,” added Jodie Shapiro, the museum’s Zuckerman fellow, who led the excursion with Davis. During the bus journey, three guest speakers reviewed historical and current aspects of migration, immigration, and militarization that have resulted in hardening U.S. borders. Shapiro warned, “These are complicated and difficult things to hear.” Eduardo “Lalo” Garcia is an activist, political scientist, and photojournalist from Mexico City. He came to Tucson as a refugee after nearly 25 journalist colleagues, friends, and family members were killed around him in Mexico City. He is now a coordinator with a local think-tank and political action organization, Alliance for Global Justice. Joshua Dunlap is a program organizer with the local non-profit BorderLinks, which for 31 years has led delegations on educational immersion trips across the borderlands. BorderLinks grew out of the national sanctuary movement that started in Tucson in the early 1980s. Local immigration attorney Maurice “Mo” Goldman spoke about legal migration paths and differences between immigration cases in civil and federal courts.
country “that is rife with gang violence,” said Garcia, “further causing citizens to flee in fear for their lives. U.S. intervention, poverty, and gang-related violence also drive people, including unaccompanied children and young adults, across the border.” The cornerstone today, Garcia says, is a natural gas pipeline from Oaxaca in Southern Mexico to Guatemala. Obama negotiated the deal between the triangle nations and Mexico in 2014, with backing from the Inter-American Development Bank. Valued at $700 billion in 2015, the project resumed in May this year. Garcia has seen U.S. Border Patrol, Colombian, and Israeli security forces conducting training in counter-insurgency and anti-terror tactics in Mexico, for the ramp-up of this project. “We may think of refugees as poor and ignorant, but they were powerful enough to challenge the system with the caravans,” Garcia adds, emphasizing that, like himself, many refugees don’t want to be here, they have to be here.
The border wall
At the border wall, BorderLink’s Dunlap put Garcia’s “south of the border” information into context with a “north of the border” chronology of militarization. The U.S. Border Patrol was established in 1924, the same year as the Johnson-Reed Immigration Act that included the Asian Exclusion Act and National Origins Act. These federal laws prevented immigration from Asia, set quotas on immigrants from the Eastern Hemisphere, and provided funding and an enforcement mechanism to carry out the longstanding ban on other immigrants. “There are overlaps between the criminalization of immigration and incarceration,” Dunlap said. “The first southern border wall [beyond a South of the border fence] went up in 1994. The foundGarcia laid out some historical ing of modern era border enforceand foundational elements that unment came that year with the North derpin the current crisis of migrants America Free Trade Act. NAFTA’s crossing the southern U.S. border, — Eduardo ‘Lalo’ Garcia worldwide trend toward neo-libermany of whom are seeking asylum. alization was to lower barriers to trade. People would In 2007, the bilateral Merida Initiative provided military equipment and training to harden the border between benefit and be hurt on both sides.” Big agribusiness in Mexico and Guatemala. “Violence, with roots of U.S. in- the United States and North Mexican industrialists bentervention in Latin America” creates much of the migrant efited. Nogales became an industrial boomtown. Those flow north, Garcia continued, citing a 2009 coup d’état in who suffered were the U.S. industrial working class and Honduras, supported by the U.S. government, that turned southern Mexican subsistence farmers. With the U.S. Honduras into “the most violent country in the world. The export of subsidized corn to southern Mexico, farmers’ majority of refugees today [crossing the U.S. southern bor- way of life collapsed, spurring migration. “Everyone planning around NAFTA on both der] are fleeing Honduras.” Garcia and others allege that Mexican federal police sides knew the effects,” said Dunlap. “The U.S. Borand immigration were complicit in the 2010-2011 mas- der Patrol gathered on a national scale to create the sacres of 265 migrants south of the border by drug cartels Border Patrol Strategic Plan 1994, a plan of preventhat act as human traffickers and target rival cartels, add- tion through deterrence,” Dunlap continued. The ing that the cartel members are U.S.-military trained. “The strategy was to cut off easy access points, like offiU.S. federal government spends $6-$20 million a year and cial border inspection points (i.e. Nogales, Arizona/ supplies weapons to the Mexican police” which makes Nogales, Sonora) by saturating enforcement there. “This pushed people to cross in more dangerous ter“the U.S. complicit” in these murders. “In 2013-2014, 60,000 minors arrived at U.S. borders. rain — to deter or die. There are an estimated 3,300 to [President] Obama increased Mexican military funding 8,000 known deaths [in the Arizona desert],” he said, which dropped arrivals to 10,000 the next year,” Garcia referencing a Humane Borders map (https://humane said. “The U.S. strategy is to make [migrant] travel more borders.org/migrant-death-mapping). From 2001, “internal checkpoints on every paved dangerous ... there’s money behind it all.” Obama’s 2014 Alliance for Prosperity addresses the road [from the border] in southern Arizona [total of 10] structural causes of migration, with U.S. funding for to stop all northbound traffic to establish U.S. citizenship economic opportunities for the triangle Central Ameri- are a legal loophole in the Constitution Free Zone.” The can countries — Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. Fourth Amendment (search and seizure) doesn’t apply Through corruption, “it is used to support their dictator- within 100 miles of the external borders. While previously, migrants would cross the border illegally and wait ships,” Garcia alleges. Under the current U.S. administration, the deportation for contacts to pick them up and drive to the interior, of M-13 gang members back to El Salvador has created a Dunlap explained, with the border creeping north, ille-
‘We may think of refugees as poor and ignorant, but they were powerful enough to challenge the system with the caravans.’
gal crossers must cross desert wilderness beyond the checkpoints, a minimum of 25 miles as the crow flies. “Border Patrol technology allows them to see illegal crossers,” said Garcia. “But they don’t capture them at that moment. They track them for two to three days. When they see they are sick or out of water, then they raid, then send them back to Mexico where they’ll think twice about crossing again.” “Imposing a high human cost has been a success,” said Dunlap. The current Nogales “iron wall” was added in 2012, he said. The U.S. Southern Border Plan of 2014 began the militarization at the border to enforce immigration laws. The Mexican Chief Consul General in Nogales, Arizona, Ricardo Santana, and his staff hosted the delegation to share positive government data about Mexico. Addressing the migration issue, he noted that currently “those crossing are others. There are more Mexicans going back to Mexico because the economy is growing.” Consular Protection Department staff noted that of the 1,500 waiting in Nogales, Sonora, that day, 501 were Cuban. Others included Venezuelans, Hondurans, El Salvadorians, Guatemalans, and Africans, including 372 children. Santana said Mexico is offering temporary immigration status and work permits to those waiting on the other side, but most only are interested in reaching the United States.
Addressing the consequences
During the return trip to Tucson, attorney Goldman explained that legal immigration visas for permanent residency are available for family reunification, but are backlogged for many years. There is a Diversity Immigrant Visa known as the “green card lottery” established in 1990. This year the country has 18,000 visas for the 26 million refugees in the world. Nonimmigrant visas for temporary residence are available, with restrictions, for tourists, for work, study, culture, religion, advanced degrees, trade, and seasonal labor. Asylum provides protection to those who demonstrate they are unwilling or unable to return to their country because of persecution or a well-founded fear based on race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. The right to seek asylum is an international law adopted by the Geneva Refugee Convention and incorporated into the U.S. Refugee Act of 1980. Most of the migrants sheltering in Tucson are asylum-seekers. “Less than 10% of Mexican asylum cases are approved,” said Goldman. “The mass majority of immigration judges come from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement backgrounds.” Operation Streamline is a 2005 joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Department
of Justice that adopts a “zero-tolerance” approach of criminal prosecution for anyone caught crossing the border without authorization. Goldman said that in federal court, the state-provided prosecutors are generally former ICE attorneys. When the group visited U.S. Federal Court, 30 illegal, non-violent crossers at a time entered, in handcuffs and shackles. The court-provided attorneys each had met with about four clients over a three-hour period prior to the hearing, one of the attorneys told trip delegate, Rabbi Stephanie Aaron. All defendants had agreed in advance to plead guilty and be deported. The young Jewish attorney also told Aaron, “We almost have to be sadistic to do this job.” The next group of about 30 defendants had previously crossed illegally, which became a felony charge, plus the misdemeanor charge for the recent crossing. They each had the felony dismissed by pleading guilty and were sentenced to 30 to 180 days of incarceration for the misdemeanor charge. Participants were disturbed and moved by what they had witnessed. “It’s a factory,” said group participant Barry Kirchner, a practicing attorney, and chair of the museum board. “Pleas were accepted in less than 30 seconds. Most were captured yesterday. But with proper and lengthy advisement, the outcome would probably have been the same.” The Catholic Community Services Casa Alitas migrant shelter in the Pima County Sheriff Office Juvenile Detention Center facility was the last trip stop. The newly established facility, in the long chain of shelters the organization has operated since about 2016, was bright, cheery, and airy. Retired Protestant minister and shelter volunteer Delle McCormick welcomes asylum seekers dropped off at all hours of the day and night by Border Patrol and ICE. Most are families or single parents with children. She said the shelter had processed 18,000 migrants since January. The daily operation provides everything, literally from soup to nuts — clothing, travel snacks, meals, and transportation to the bus station or airport — for the migrants, provided by local volunteers and donations. The Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona’s Jewish Community Relations Council has raised $85,000 in donations to supply underwear, shoes, backpacks, and food. Lastly, participants convened with organizers to make recommendations for future paths to address a collective Jewish community response to the issues learned during the day. Those suggestions will be forthcoming, Davis said. Seed funding for this trip and ongoing community collaboration is provided by supporter and mobilizer Stanley Feldman and community donations.
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COMMENTARY Rep. Nita Lowey, retiring after 32 years, gets teary recalling Jewish legacy RON KAMPEAS JTA WASHINGTON ita Lowey, who is retiring after 32 years in Congress, fields a question about her legacy as a Jewish lawmaker. No trouble there — she talks about Israel and her Jewish pride all the time. Then there’s one about her legacy as one of the pioneering women in Congress. That one goes down easy, too: Her office is plastered with photos signifying how far women have come in American politics. But when a reporter asks a question combining the two — about her legacy as a female Jewish lawmaker — the New York Democrat has to ask an assistant to find some tissues. “Oh, I have to stop and get emotional,” she said. Why does Lowey choke up over the question? It goes back to her mother, Beatrice Melnikoff. “I grew up in the Bronx, where my mother was active in all kinds of Jewish communities, the synagogue, and it was something that was handed on to me, l’dor v’dor,” Lowey told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency in a recent interview in her office on Capitol Hill, using the Hebrew expression meaning from generation to generation. “This has been an extraordinary opportunity to do good.” At 82, Lowey is the second most powerful lawmaker in the U.S. House of Representatives, behind only the speaker, Nancy Pelosi of California. Along with
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Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., in the Capitol, Oct. 16, 2019.
Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas, the committee’s ranking member, Lowey was one of 50 women named to InStyle magazine’s “Badass list” this summer. She launched her congressional career in 1988, when a Jewish man — Lowey doesn’t say who — talked her into running for Congress. The field already included two men. “You’d be the best candidate,” he told Lowey, then a longtime assistant secretary of state for New York. The tale recalled a time when women had to be persuaded to join the political fray. Lowey had emerged as a Jewish leader as a student at Mount Holyoke College. There were religious services for Christians, but not for the Jewish women.
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“I organized Friday night services for 15 women, and although back in the Bronx I didn’t go to Friday night services, I organized Friday night services and I thought that was important,” she said. Lowey says her Jewish identity as a lawmaker has been defined on the Appropriations Committee, where she became the senior Democrat in 2013 and the committee chair since the beginning of this year. Upon taking the helm, Lowey had the option of chairing a subcommittee. It was narrowed to two choices: Labor, Health and Human Services, which controls $150 billion, including spending on many of the women’s issues she favors, or Foreign Operations, which deals with just over a third of that amount. She chose the latter. “I took that committee because I felt that it was important to make sure that the partnership between Israel and the United States remains strong,” she said. Lowey and Granger have appeared together at annual meetings of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee to argue that bipartisan support for Israel is vital — and more broadly, that foreign aid generally is critical to American security. That position, once mainstream among Republicans, has put Granger at odds with the Trump administration. The New York legislator spoke regretfully of the fraying relations between Democrats and the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, for which she blames Republicans and also — gently — Netanyahu. She recalled pleading with Netanyahu in 2015 not to accept an invitation from then-Speaker John Boehner to use Congress as a stage to slam President Barack Obama’s efforts to negotiate a deal to curb Iran’s
nuclear ambitions. “I said, ‘I’ll arrange private meetings for you in the House and Senate. This was not a bipartisan invitation, and I believe passionately for Israel and the U.S. to maintain a bipartisan alliance. Don’t come within a framework that has been partisan,’” Lowey recalled. “He said, ‘I’ll think about it.’ He never got back to me.” She considered Netanyahu a friend, Lowey said, and it was clear his snub still stung. Since then, Lowey has pivoted from being the kind of stalwart pro-Israel lawmaker who would never utter a word of criticism of its government to one who more proactively promotes policies that Israel rejects. Netanyahu, following the lead of President Donald Trump, has retreated from the two-state solution. Lowey robustly promotes it. Lowey pressed AIPAC hard to join J Street, the liberal Jewish Middle East policy group, and the Alliance for Middle East Peace in backing a bill that would budget $50 million to support grassroots peace programs for which the Trump administration has eliminated funding. The Netanyahu government and its allies have derided some of the NGOs that would receive the funds as inimical to Israel’s interests. Disagreeing with Israeli government policies is not such a big deal, Lowey said. “If there have been disagreements with Israel, we can talk about it openly and honestly,” she said. Still, Lowey beams with pride in recalling the wonder that members of the Congressional Black Caucus expressed when they learned during a trip to Israel that Lowey led in the 1990s about Israeli efforts to assist developing African countries. The country’s medical and science innovations, she said, “make me so proud to be a Jew, as a Jewish member of Congress having the opportunity to work for peace, work for good relationships between Arabs and Jews. It’s been a privilege.” Lowey won’t speak on the record about her relationship with the four freshman congresswoman known as “The Squad,” who have been harshly critical of Israel, to varying degrees. But a clue may be found in her rebuke earlier this year when one of them, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, suggested that supporters of Israel are loyal to a foreign country. Lowey condemned Omar’s statements — but also left her door open to talk it through. “Anti-Semitic tropes that accuse Jews of dual loyalty are equally painful and must also be roundly condemned,” Lowey tweeted. “I am saddened that Rep. See Lowey, page 8
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niversity of Arizona alumna JenJezreel, in the fertile Jezreel Valley in Israel’s nie Ebeling, Ph.D., now an associate Galilee, offers insights into the technology of professor of archaeology at the Uniwine production in the Iron Age (ca. 1200versity of Evansville in Indiana, will present 586 BCE) and provides context for the drathe next lecture in the Shaol and Louis Pozez matic story of Naboth’s vineyard in 1 Kings Memorial Lectureship series from the Ari21. zona Center for Judaic Studies, “‘Drink Your Ebeling is currently a co-director of the Wine with a Merry Heart’: Wine in the HeJezreel Expedition, which is supported by brew Bible and Archaeology.” the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies. In this Jennie Ebeling The free lecture will be held on Sunday, lecture, she will discuss wine’s significance Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Tucson Jewish Community Cen- in Israelite culture, present the results of the excavation ter. of the Jezreel winery, and suggest how this discovery The beverage described most frequently by the bibli- informs our understanding of the bloody events surcal writers, wine played important roles in the ancient rounding Ahab and Jezebel at Jezreel. Israelite diet, economy, and religious life. The recent For more information, visit www.judaic.arizona.edu discovery of a large, well preserved winery complex at or call 626-5758.
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new Chabad adult education course will explore what Judaism has to say about common negative emotions such as sadness, anxiety, anger, guilt, and shame. “Worrier to Warrior: Jewish Secrets to Feeling Good However You Feel” will be presented by Rabbi Yehuda Ceitlin at the Tucson Jewish Community Center, in cooperation with Chabad Tucson. It will run on six Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m., starting Nov. 13. It will also be presented by Rabbi Ephraim Zimmerman of Chabad of Oro Valley, with two sessions to choose from, Tuesdays, 10-11:30 a.m. beginning Nov. 12, or Sundays, 6:30-8 p.m., beginning Nov. 10, both at 1171 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd., #131. The course, from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute, is accredited for mental health and medical professionals seeking to fulfill their continuing education requirements. Psychologists, doctors, social workers, LPC’s and LMFT’s can earn up to 15 continuing education units for participation in this course. Kevin Goeta Kreisler, M.D., a board-certified psychiatrist in Tucson, says he is looking forward to the course.
“What better tools to learn from than our 3,500-year-old text,” he says. “I have been to a number of JLI courses. They offer a great view of the secrets of the Torah that are as pertinent today ‘in our everchanging world’ as they have ever been.” Steven M. Southwick, M.D. of the department of psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine has endorsed the course: “It is well-known that positive emotions rest at the heart of overall well-being and happiness. But how to effectively enhance positive emotion remains challenging. Worrier to Warrior approaches this challenge from an insightful perspective grounded in contemporary psychology and Jewish literature. This is an exciting and very impressive course unlike any I have seen.” The cost is $99 and includes a textbook. Enroll for the class at the Tucson J at www.chabadtucson.com/FeelingsCourse. To enroll in a Chabad of Oro Valley session, visit www.jewishorovalley.com. To attend Chabad Tucson’s first class for free, email info@ChabadTucson.com. For the Chabad of Oro Valley sessions, select “Free first class tryout” when registering.
is important to be open to all constituents. My dad once told me, ‘Once you’re elected, you’re not partisan, neither Republican nor Democrat. You’re mayor to everyone in the city.’” Quoting former New York mayor Bill de Blasio, Rothschild paraphrased, “‘Fixing potholes and picking up garbage are not partisan issues.’ My community involvement was important before, but after being mayor, it opened my eyes to things I didn’t know were out there. It’s important to get input from all sorts of people.” After a vacation with his wife, Karen Spiegel, in December, the former mayor plans to stay busy, “but with a little more flexibility.” Not only will he practice law, but he also will teach it at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. “They want me to put together something called Participatory Democracy. “I’m ready for the transition. Eight years was the right number. I’m still young enough to be able to contribute,” he said Oct. 28. “The city will go on with an excellent city manager and city attorney. The new crew will recognize that they do a good job and the city will be in good hands.”
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Rothschild says his Jewish core definitely informed his work as mayor. “Most Jewish people are familiar with tikkun olam, healing the world. That’s always at the heart of it,” he says of his work, through programs such as Steps to Success, re-enrolling dropouts in high school; Veterans and Chronic Homelessness, coordinating efforts to provide permanent supportive housing; and the 10,000 Trees Campaign, planting trees to shade and beautify the community; as well as helping people sign up with the Affordable Care Act. “Those all go toward the concept of tikkun olam. “The second value is hard work, being accountable to the core values I learned growing up in my Jewish family. Also, the importance of education and literacy, putting a lot into those areas. The path to a successful life has a spiritual side to it too, such as childhood literacy,” he adds. Rothschild’s advice to the incoming mayor is simple. “It
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white supremacist has been arrested for plotting to blow up a synagogue in Colorado. Richard Holzer, 27, was charged for planning to attack Temple Emanuel, a congregation in Pueblo of 35 families whose building dates to 1900. According to an affidavit describing the charges, Holzer is a self-described “skinhead” and former Ku Klux Klan member who has used Facebook to “promote white supremacy ideology and acts of violence.” The affidavit describes weeks of undercover work by the FBI leading to Holzer’s arrest on Friday, beginning with an undercover agent making first contact with Holzer online in September. Holzer told the agent he was preparing for a “RAHOWA,” or racial holy war. In mid-October, Holzer met for the first time with FBI agents posing as white supremacists and discussed his plan to blow up the synagogue. He also gave them white supremacist paraphernalia, including a flag, patches, and a mask. Holzer also claimed to have enlisted a Mexican ally in a scheme last year to poison the synagogue’s water supply with arsenic — he said it led to the synagogue being shut down. But Helena Atlas-Acuna, the synagogue’s board secretary, said the water supply was not poisoned. “I want something that tells them they are not welcome in this town,” Holzer said, according to the affidavit. “Better get the f— out, otherwise people will die.” Over the next two weeks, the agents purported to
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Omar continues to mischaracterize support for Israel. I urge her to retract this statement and engage in further dialogue with the Jewish community on why these comments are so hurtful.” Lowey does not support proposals, which have gained ground recently in the Democratic presidential race, to leverage aid to Israel as a means to bring its policies in line with American priorities. Lowey has also said that she is “concerned” about how young people relate to
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work with Holzer on building bombs and planning to blow up the synagogue. Holzer scoped out the building multiple times. On Nov. 1, Holzer met again with the agents, who presented him with fake bombs they said could blow up the synagogue. Holzer was arrested subsequently and charged with attempting to obstruct religious exercise by force using explosives and fire. Following the arrest, Holzer admitted that he had planned to blow up the synagogue, even if there were people inside. He was scheduled to face a preliminary hearing on Thursday and faces up to 20 years in prison. Michael Atlas-Acuna, Helena’s husband and Temple Emanuel’s president, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency on Monday that he and his wife first learned of Holzer’s plot from press reports. “We’re not going to be intimidated,” Michael AtlasAcuna said. “We take security very seriously and we do what we have to do to secure the synagogue." On Tuesday he announced the synagogue will add surveillance cameras to monitor the outside of the building. At a news conference Monday, law enforcement officials said the synagogue no longer faces an imminent threat. Officials from the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI classified the alleged crime as domestic terrorism. “Pueblo is a diverse community, a community characterized by inclusiveness and not these types of behaviors,” Troy Davenport, Pueblo’s chief of police, said at the news conference. “This kind of behavior is frankly intolerable in our city.”
Israel, but was reassured when she recently visited the University of Michigan Hillel, where she has a grandson. Hundreds attend Hillel events at the school and Hillel members are engaged in defending Israel on campus. Lowey says she is leaving Congress because she wants more time with her husband of 58 years, Stephen, her three children, and her eight grandchildren. In 2011, Lowey told JTA that one of her greatest pleasures was preparing Jewish holiday meals. Now? Not so much. “I’ll give away a secret — I had 34 for break-fast [after Yom Kippur], but I didn’t cook anything,” she said. “I dialed the telephone.”
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JFSA’s new Olson Center open in Northwest
(L-R) Todd Rockoff, Tucson Jewish Community Center president and CEO; Fran Katz, Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona senior vice president; Phyllis Gold, director of the Ruth and Irving Olson Center for Jewish Life; Stuart Mellan, JFSA president and CEO; and Nancy Mellan at the Olson Center opening brunch, Oct. 27.
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he Oct. 27 dedication for the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona’s Ruth and Irving Olson Center for Jewish Life in the Northwest received high marks from approximately 100 attendees at the brunch and open house event, says Alan Kendal, Olson Center advisory committee chair. By that day, the center’s Next Step Campaign to support the visionary expansion had reached 70% of its $10,000 target for this year. The center’s new 2,500 square foot facility at 180 W. Magee Road, Suite 140, leased for five to seven years, is double the space of its former location in the same plaza, accommodating up to 100 people. It includes an office, kitchen, and event and activity spaces, with enhanced security and technology, configured to ADA-compliant specifications. During October, the initial Next Step Campaign efforts encompassed an anonymous $10,000 matching grant, parlor meetings, direct donations, and “shower gifts” sold at the dedication event. The shower gifts for $18 and up will provide supplies and items needed at the center. Shower gifts remain available for donation/purchase through the coming weeks, Kendal explains. Most pledged donations were for at least $500 or more, qualifying for matching funds, of which $30,000 were committed by the Oct. 27 deadline, Kendal says. “We hope to wrap up the overall campaign down the road with further matching grant campaigns in a couple of years,” he adds. The overall Next Step goal is a five-year, $100,000 target. An invocation and motzi (blessing over bread) by Rabbi Sandy Seltzer preceded the brunch. Seltzer says the event fulfilled the definition of a mitzvah. Olson Center Director Phyllis Gold delivered an opening welcome. Todd Rockoff, Tucson Jewish Community Center CEO and president, spoke to attendees to emphasize the J’s interest in delivering ad-
ditional programming to the Northwest with the expanded facility now in place. JFSA CEO and President Stuart Mellan further elaborated on the Next Step Campaign. Mellan noted that as the Northwest became a main population growth center in greater Tucson over the past decade, JFSA has supported Jewish community activities, prioritizing young families since last year. The center’s volunteer council of 12 Northwest residents guided the expansion project. “The goal is to meet the many and growing needs of Jewish individuals and families of all ages for social, educational, cultural, and spiritual activities within a Jewish environment,” Mellan says. The center engages thousands of individuals annually through weekly and monthly activities, community events, annual dinners with entertainment, and Jewish interest symposiums. The center’s pastoral services extend to local hospitals, senior living facilties, and home visits to provide bereavement and illness support, Jewish activities, and seders. Community partners join JFSA in providing service and activities for children and young families. “Some people at the open house said they stopped coming to events as the old facility was dreadfully overcrowded,” Kendal says. “But, seeing the new space, they say they will start coming again. Some new residents were ‘walk-ins’ who were amazed to learn what is going on and plan to get involved. It seems to me many people have become motivated to support the place to thrive as a Jewish center. From my perspective, the event was ‘proof of concept’ of design layout.” To make a donation or pledge to the Next Step campaign, visit www.jfsa.org/ nwnextstep. Many persons over 70 years of age can fulfill pledges in a tax-advantageous way by directing funds from an IRA. Next Step funds are invested by the Jewish Community Foundation and will be used as needed over the coming years for the Olson Center for Jewish Life. November 8, 2019, ARIZONA JEWISH POST
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NORTHWEST OLSON CENTER DEDICATES NEW SPACE The Ruth & Irving Olson Center for Jewish Life held its dedication and open house Oct. 27 at its new location on Oracle and Magee roads. With a brunch preceding the open house, more than 100 people attended throughout the day. Participants watched a video and said a prayer during Olson Center Director Phyllis Gold, left, the worldwide “Pause With with Carolyn and Michael Stelman at Pittsburgh” to remember the 11 the Oct. 27 Olson Center dedication people who lost their lives one year ago. The Olson Center’s new location doubles its size and offers a wide variety of programming for the residents. For information contact firstname.lastname@example.org. NATIONAL JFNA TRAINING KICKS OFF CAMPAIGN 2020
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(L-R) Deb Krivoy, Springfield JCC (Massachusetts); Sarah Siegel, Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC (Milwaukee); Kendall Sisisky Valliere, Jewish Community Alliance of Jacksonville; Allison Wexler, Tucson Jewish Community Center; Leslie Sholl Jaffee, Leslie Jaffe Consulting; and Jessica Schneider, Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact at 92nd Street Y, at a Women InPower training session at the JCC Association in New York, Oct. 30.
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“Why do we invest in our community?” asked Jewish Federation of North America’s David Brown. At JFSA’s 2020 CAMP-aign Training, answers ranged from security to lifelong education to humanitarian support. Participants explored strategies that underlie successful donor engagement. Graham Hoffman explained how a Federation gift connects donors to community solutions. Q&A with Deborah Oseran and Rachel Hoffer followed to prepare participants for “Jewish conversations” that reveal motivation and meaning behind every annual gift. For information contact email@example.com. PJ KIDS, PARENTS ENJOY A TRIO OF FALL ACTIVITIES On Sept. 25, 65 children and parents joined PJ Library for lunch and storytime at the Gadsden Pacific Toy Train Museum. On Oct. 17, 250 community members gathered to celebrate Sukkot with a dinner, blessings, crafts, inflatables, games, and face painting. Tucson Hebrew Academy and Tucson Jewish Community Center organized this event. On Oct. 19, Goldie and Congregation Or Chadash Rabbi Thomas Louchheim, right, reads to children and Larry Goldstein hosted “S’mores parents in the sukkah on Oct. 19. and Elephants in the Sukkah” with Congregation Or Chadash. There was a potluck, storytime, crafts, s’mores, and Havdalah. For information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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n August, a coalition of women leaders in the Jewish community, including Sheila Katz, CEO of the National Council of Jewish Women; Idit Klein, CEO of Keshet; and Shifra Broznick, founder of Advancing Women Professionals and the Jewish Community, authored a piece for eJewishphilanthropy about their experiences as highly qualified and accomplished women working in Jewish communal spaces. In this piece, the authors offered a 13step process to their colleagues, calling on the broader community to strengthen Jewish organizations by creating genderequal representation that better reflects the populations they serve. To date, the article has nearly 400 co-signers. Commenting on the article, Klein told the Times of Israel that the piece was meant to send “a strong message that women and non-binary people in our community must lead together, and that we will not settle for being an afterthought.” The issues that female-identified leaders face in Jewish spaces are not unique to large East or West Coast cities: they manifest themselves here in Tucson as well — albeit differently.
In an effort to uplift the women who are serving the Jewish community in leadership positions, the Tucson Jewish Community Center has recently been selected as one of only five JCCs nationwide to pilot the 2020 Women InPower Fellowship. The fellowship, which will borrow formatting from 92Y’s program of the same name and has been funded by the JCC Association, seeks to bring mentorship and training opportunities to high-potential women across all professional sectors and to advance them to the highest levels of leadership. With a focus on social impact, fellows will use tools gained in the fellowship to create a better workplace culture and environment for women and men. The fellowship is open to women leaders across all sectors; applicants must be Jewish and/or employed by a Jewish organization based in Southern Arizona. Successful candidates should demonstrate an eagerness to learn new strategies and be open to exploring new ideas and perspectives to help them in their professional advancement. Applications, which are due Nov. 22, can be found at www.tucsonjcc.org/ diversity/women-inpower-fellowship. Khylie Gardner is the director of communications at the Tucson J. Allison Wexler is the special abilities coordinator at the Tucson Jewish Community Center and will be the program coordinator for the Women InPower Fellowship.
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When he’s not repairing books, local retiree turns them into works of art PHYLLIS BRAUN AJP Executive Editor
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ucsonan Marty Getraer taught himself bookbinding years ago when he lived in Baldwin, New York, repairing more than 600 prayer books for his synagogue in gratitude to the daily minyan where he said kaddish for his father. He revived the hobby a decade ago after moving to Tucson, where Congregation Young Israel and others have made use of his services. Now retired from a career in sales, he has more time to devote to being “Moishe the Bookbinder,” a nickname he’s embraced as his business name. Getraer also is using books to create art, including decorative book folding and bookcases made from books. Book folding, he says, “is something that I knew existed for a while. I didn’t develop it. “There are patterns you can buy on the internet,” he explains. “Some of them you’re folding the pages back only, to create a design, and there are thousands of designs, and other ones you need to do some cuts and some folds” to create a design that is “even more eyepopping. I’ve been learning little tricks, how I can take a simple pattern and make it a little bit more elaborate.” He’s entered a couple of his Jewish-themed book folds into a juried Hanukkah show at Leaping Lizard Gallery;
Tucsonan Marty Getraer has entered these examples of folded book art in a local Judaica contest.
the exhibit runs Nov. 20-Dec. 18. Other themes run the gamut from teddy bears to Star Wars. Getraer also has made some of these intricate works of art as gifts. For a niece’s recent wedding, he made one with the words “Mr. & Mrs.”
His bookshelves made from books often have a theme, such as Funk & Wagnall’s dictionaries, a Jewish history series, or current novels. The last, he says, “is very colorful, very eye-catching. I’m looking at maybe getting those out to bookstores.” See Books, page 14
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(L-R) Garden of Hope founder Randy Emerson, London Emerson, Bonnie-Sedlmayr Emerson, Jordan Emerson, Sasha Emerson, Miriam Emerson, and Jane Sedlmayr with artwork by Lynn Rae Lowe at the dedication of the Garden of Hope at the Tucson Jewish Community Center, Nov. 3.
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an Tikvah, the Garden of Hope, was officially dedicated Nov. 3 at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. Cancer survivor Bonnie SedlmayrEmerson was the inspiration for the garden. Her husband, Randy Emerson, oversaw the project. “The garden celebrates the arts, which is important to the JCC spiritually, emotionally, and cognitively,” the center’s President and CEO, Todd Rockoff, previously told the AJP. Emerson was the first JCC president when the facility was built 30 years ago, and was on the building committee from
2013 to 2015 during the fitness center and second floor expansion. After a break, he felt he had another project in him. Grateful for the outcome of his wife’s successful cancer battle, he looked for a way to give back. “We came up with this concept and went out to the community. There was enough support and it was a great addition to the JCC in expanding the sculpture garden,” he said. The garden was funded by $285,000 in donations. Kristi Lewis helped with funding and donated six sculptures by her late stepmother, Norma Lewis, for the garden. “I’m very pleased with the way it turned out,” Emerson said of the garden. “It definitely was a team approach, See Garden, page 14
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ith a collector’s heart, Arizona Jewish Post advertising manager Bertí Brodsky surrounds herself with things that have meaning. A collection of crystal balls that began when her mother gave her an antique glass paperweight; charming David Winter cottages; teddy bears from the early ’80s; shoes in every color, to match any possible outfit — for work, of course. But a novel troupe of wooden nutcrackers is perhaps her most expansive collection. The bevy of colorful characters began with a pair of traditional soldiers, purchased when Brodsky lived in Germany in the mid-1980s. Nutcrackers, dolls with a simple hand crank mechanism that opens their mouth to crack a nut, originated in late 17th century Germany. They often are given as gifts and keepsakes to bring luck and protect the home. They are said to have strength and power to keep away evil spirits and danger. They come in every size, shape, and character. Some are painted, while others are ornamented with outfits and accessories. Some even blow smoke. Nutcrackers have become associated with the Christmas season, perhaps because of the ballet of the same name. “But I avoid the overtly Christmas ones,” Brodsky says, noting, “The latest additions bringing the population to 61 are Moses, Noah, and a rabbi with a menorah.” Brodsky’s collection has members of the Village People from the song “YMCA”; skeletons from Dia de Los Muertos; her favorite, Wolfman, with his entourage of Dracula and witches; a golfer, skier, and fisherman; a rock star, KISS band character, and Mardi
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He buys books at thrift stores and also gets some unsaleable volumes from the Brandeis Book Depot or Bookmans Entertainment Exchange — no one is buying encyclopedia sets anymore, he notes. “I don’t want these bookshelves to be expensive,” he says. “Just like my bookbinding, I want it to be affordable.” “I got a set of Émile Zola books that were beautiful. A light tan, in great condition,” he recalls. The resulting bookshelf ended up going to the principal of the school
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having wonderful artists like Barbara Grygutis, Lynn Rae Lowe, and all the subcontractors who literally worked overtime to get it all done.” Lowe created the donor wall installation, in the motif of a cactus. “It is such an honor to be a part of a project with such an important message,” she said. “Hope is what keeps us going through all times of trouble. The
where Getraer’s wife works; coincidentally, the principal had done her dissertation on Zola. For bookfolding, he says, the criteria is that the book is tall enough for the design and has enough pages, but he has to be careful with designs where the text will show. “Some of the subject matter and language of these books is inappropriate,” he says. To make the book less important to the design, he covers extra pages at the beginning and end with paper or fabric. As for the actual reading of books, “I repair a lot more books than I read but I generally have a read in progress,” Getraer says. Contact Getraer at moishethebookbinder@gmail. com or (520) 468-8141. hope I believe in the most is the youth. It was so poignant having Bonnie’s granddaughters, Sasha and London Emerson, unveiling the donor wall.” Grygutis, renowned for large-scale public artworks and sculptural environments throughout North America and internationally, designed the garden. Jennifer Patton of Wilder Landscape was the landscape architect. Realm Environments completed the construction. “Everything I sign always says ‘hope, always hope’ and that’s what got us through,” said Sedlmayr-Emerson. One man attending the dedication approached her
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Some of Marty Getraer’s bookshelf creations are encyclopedia-themed.
and said he was diagnosed with cancer 30 days ago and needed to be there that night. “There now is a place for him, a place for everyone. This is not just about illness. People have so many times in life that they just need a place to be away from the everyday stuff and to just come here and sit and enjoy this. Daytime, nighttime, listen to the birds.” The Tucson J is located at 3800 E. River Road. For hours of operation, visit www.tucsonjcc.org or call 2993000. — Damion Alexander contributed to this report.
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As evenings start to turn chilly, Tucson restaurants bring on comfort foods
n the fall, the thoughts of local restaurateurs and diners turn to warming spices and turkey with all the trimmings. ... Alloro D.O.C. Trattoria at the Tucson Hilton East, Chef Virginia Wooters What’s your favorite fall food memory? My mom makes a killer pot roast with roasted potatoes and carrots, and a pan sauce gravy that is magical. I always ask her to make it once the weather cools down. What does your restaurant do that’s special for Thanksgiving? Here at the Hilton we are doing a Thanksgiving buffet with all the classics, and all made from scratch. What are you looking forward to cooking with this fall/ winter? Fall food is definitely my favorite. I love comfort style foods and I’m obsessed with fall and winter fruits. I really enjoy making stews and soups, roasting meats. ... Dedicated, Chef Rebecca Wicker What’s your favorite fall food memory? I’ll always remember waking up to the smell of celery and onions on Thanksgiving morning. Mom and Grandma were already in the kitchen by 6 a.m., starting
on the turkey and stuffing. Those savory smells were a tantalizing preview of what was to come, which always included me asking Grandma for cream cheese stuffed celery sticks! What does your restaurant do that’s special for Thanksgiving? Thanksgiving reminds me of why I started Dedicated in the first place. As a holiday that centers around food, if you can’t participate because of food allergies, it’s easy to feel like you don’t belong — even at your own dinner table. Nothing feels better than knowing that so
many people in Southern Arizona can participate in their Thanksgiving dinner, eat bread and pie and gravy and stuffing and all the things, knowing it is safe and delicious. We help people safely enjoy the holidays with their family. On a practical note, we are closed on Thanksgiving Day. For our out-of-town friends, we ship nationwide on Mondays! We will be accepting pre-orders through Monday, Nov. 25. What are you looking forward to cooking with this fall/ winter? We stick to the classics during this time of year, staying focused on the traditional holiday foods that people with gluten issues and other allergies miss the most. I’m especially excited about who I’m cooking with this fall/ winter — our amazing team at Dedicated! Most of our bakers have been with us for at least one holiday season, so it feels like we’re going into this year prepared, excited, and eager to once again serve the community. ... Fronimo’s Greek Cafe, owners George and Tracy Fronimakis What’s your favorite fall food memory? We didn’t have much food to eat while living in the See Restaurants, page 16
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village, but when I return to Greece, I always look forward to eating kouneli stifado, which is rabbit braised in tomatoes, red wine, and onions. What does your restaurant do that’s special for Thanksgiving, or if you are closed, what do you make for family and/ or friends? We are always closed for Thanksgiving so that our employees can enjoy the holiday with their families. We always prepare traditional American Thanksgiving food, but our favorite dishes are yams with apples and cinnamon, and a cranberry salad with grapes, walnuts, and whipping cream. What are you looking forward to cooking with this fall/winter? We always enjoy preparing fresh green beans and potatoes simmered with tomatoes, onions, and olive oil. It is a hearty winter meal paired with a large piece of feta cheese and crusty bread. ... Claire’s Café, co-owner Claire Johnson What’s your favorite fall food memory? My mother’s sweet and sour cabbage and stuffed peppers, the taste was from the old country and it was like nothing else! What does your restaurant do that’s special for Thanksgiving, or if you are closed, what do you make for family and/ or friends? We are closed on Thanksgiving. But usually we do a free community meal for hundreds (650 last year) at Thanksgiving … we’ve been doing it 31 years! What are you looking forward to cooking with this fall/winter? Shepherd’s pie, beef stew, more vegetarian vegetable soups, all comfort foods. ... Caffe Torino, Chef Daniela Borella What’s your favorite fall food memory? Chestnuts roasted on an open fire back in Italy. If you are closed for Thanksgiving, what do you make for family and/or friends? We would make homemade tortellini as a family. What are you looking forward to cooking with this fall/winter? Polenta with Italian stew and all kinds of different squashes. ... Taste of Tucson Downtown, owners Sherry Weiss and Elysa Crum What are you looking forward to cooking with this fall/winter?
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With the change in seasons, we love using pumpkin and sweet potatoes in some of our favorite dishes and breads. Sherry has baked a pumpkin bread recipe for over 30 years that her family requests every Thanksgiving, and Elysa loves to experiment with new recipes for sweet potatoes. Cinnamon, apples, brown sugar, and nuts are ingredients often found in these delicious dishes. ... Gourmet Girls Gluten Free Bakery/ Bistro, Chef Mary Steiger What’s your favorite fall food memory? A favorite memory is having hot cider and cinnamon donuts for a nighttime treat on the first cool evenings. What does your restaurant do that’s special for Thanksgiving? We are closed on Thanksgiving, but we make everything but the turkey for our guests to pre-order for their own meals — pumpkin pie, of course, along with pecan, apple, and cherry pies, plus stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, and dinner rolls. And it’s all gluten-free to take the worry out of the holiday meal. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is our busiest day of the year and after the last order has been picked up we serve up a meal, including the turkey, for all our hard working employees and their families. What are you looking forward to cooking with this fall/winter? I love working with winter vegetables — butternut and acorn squash, Brussels sprouts, yams and sweet potatoes. I’m looking forward to creating some warming soups featuring these ingredients, and we already are offering our vegan pumpkin chili in the dining room. ... Harvest, co-owner Reza Shapouri What’s your favorite fall food memory? My favorite fall food memory is the pumpkin pie my wife makes every year. It’s the one thing that I look forward to more than anything else on the Thanksgiving day table. What does your restaurant do that’s special for Thanksgiving, or if you are closed, what do you make for family and/ or friends? We are not open for business on Thanksgiving Thursday so that we and our employees can spend the day with our families. Every year we have a large number of our family and friends over, decorate the place, and we don’t ask people to bring any food or drinks as long as they just bring themselves. What are you looking forward to cooking with this fall/winter? We have new menu items at both of
our locations coming up right before Thanksgiving. ... Desert Diamond Casinos, Executive Chef Bryan Franz What’s your favorite fall food memory? Fall food memories form around family and friends: grandma’s scratch spiced apple and pumpkin pie filling; grandpa and I rolling out his secret pie crust recipe; mom baking breads and roasting assorted nuts in a horno (outdoor adobe oven); dad bringing in game meat to prepare. A time where family and friends from all over come together for thanks and giving. These fall food memories are staples to my daily outlook. What are you looking forward to cooking with this fall/winter? Our Sonoran desert provides us an amazing selection of great quality fruits, vegetables, nuts, meats, and flours from ranchers, farmers, and co-ops alike. We proudly showcase a seasonal selection daily at both our Desert Diamond Casinos properties, Tucson ... and Sahuarita. Vero Amore, Suzanne Kaiser, coowner with her sons, Aric and Joshua
Mussman What’s your favorite fall food memory? Thanksgiving with the family … kishkes at my grandmother’s house. The marshmallows on the top of the sweet potatoes were my favorite! If you are closed for Thanksgiving, what do you make for family and/or friends? We serve all of the traditional foods, turkey, sweet potato and mashed potatoes, dressing with turkey sausage, green bean casserole, and homemade cranberry sauce. What are you looking forward to cooking with this fall/winter? The cheese wheel, which is fettucine Alfredo with prosciutto (also available vegetarian) prepared in a wheel of Parmesan. ... Eclectic Café, co-owner Jason McCarty What’s your favorite fall food memory? Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. My perfect meal is a turkey dinner with all the trimmings and my mother-inlaw’s special stuffing that has jalapenos and radishes and ground beef in it. It is See Foods, page 19
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DANIELA BORELLA, executive chef When Daniela Borella and her family moved from Italy to Tucson in the late ’80s, they decided to open a small Italian café that served simple Italian cuisine in a family atmosphere. Daniela’s mother, Edy, was the original chef, and her father, Italo, provided the fresh-made pasta until his death in 2013. Caffe Torino opened in Oro Valley in 2000. Since Edy’s retirement in 2006, Daniela and Co-Executive Chef David Royle have continued to execute the family recipes. A second location, Caffe Torino in the Foothills, opened in 2013.
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Claire Johnson, an Illinois native born into a family of creative cooks, began her culinary career as a produce buyer and founded an organic food co-op on Chicago’s north side. She relocated to Arizona in 1980 and became the head chef at the Blue Willow, followed by cooking stints at Oro Valley Country Club, Loews Ventana, and C.B. Rye. In 1986, Claire bought Dyna Café and transformed it into the present-day Claire’s Café and Art Gallery.
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GEORGE and TRACY FRONIMAKIS, co-owners
George was born in Crete, Greece. In 1974 he immigrated to America and settled in Salt Lake City, Utah. There he managed and then owned three American restaurants. He also met his future wife, Tracy, who was raised in Salt Lake City and trained as a cook in the army. They married in George’s village and eventually returned to Crete to live for four years. There, Tracy was also trained in the villages to cook the delicious foods of Greece.
ALLORO D.O.C. TRATTORIA AT THE HILTON TUCSON EAST VIRGINIA WOOTERS, executive chef Virginia Wooters brings 25 years of culinary experience to Alloro. Originally from Virginia, she grew up in Tucson and graduated from Sabino High School. Her first restaurant job at age 15 was at Dairy Queen, followed by Canyon Ranch. She was an executive chef in Portland, Oregon, and locally at McClintock’s, and Wildflower Grill. Over the last several years, she has helped open and developed menus for many projects, including Jax Kitchen, Jackson Tavern, Poppy Kitchen, and The Abbey.
TASTE OF TUCSON SHERRY WEISS AND ELYSA CRUM, co-owners Elysa and Sherry, originally from New York, are longtime Tucson residents and cousins. Sherry moved to Tucson in middle school, attended the University of Arizona and taught in both public and private school. Elysa migrated West after college and has taught at all grade levels. Their experience as educators combined with a passion for food, an appreciation of Tucson’s culture and history and a revitalized downtown, inspired them to create their culinary and cultural tour.
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OPA’S BEST QAIS PAPOUTSIS and NAWID ESAR, chef/owners Qais Papoutsis owns and operates Opa’s Best with his brother Nawid. The Papoutsis family operated a restaurant in their native Turkey, and Esar spent six years cooking at Opa Greek Cuisine and Fun on Campbell Avenue before that restaurant closed last spring. Their menu features not only traditional Greek fare, such as kabobs, gyros and slow-roasted lamb, but also wraps — including falafel and hummus — and burgers. Desserts include a house-made baklava.
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ECLECTIC CAFÉ CHEF FRANCISCO ‘KIKO’ CERVANTES, REGINA and JASON MCCARTY, and MARK SMITH, co-owners
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. Chef Francisco “Kiko” Cervantes has been with Eclectic Café for 25 years. In 2015 Jason and Regina McCarty joined as partners.
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 some years ago in Tucson, where they discovered a mutual desire to promote wellness through food choices. The dedicated, gluten-free bakery/bistro is the result of their collaboration.
NOBLE HOPS AND VERO AMORE JOSHUA and ARIC MUSSMAN, co-owners Joshua and Aric Mussman are native Tucsonans. The brothers have happy childhood memories of hanging out in the kitchen while their mother, Suzanne Kaiser, prepared homemade family meals. She even helped them master fractions by teaching them to cook and measure ingredients. Soon, the brothers were taking over the family kitchen, learning the ins and outs of the restaurant business and eventually opening several Tucson restaurants, including Noble Hops and Vero Amore.
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Where good friends meet to eat DESERT DIAMOND CASINOS & ENTERTAINMENT BRYAN FRANZ, executive chef Southern Arizona’s Desert Diamond Casinos Executive Chef Bryan Franz brings excitement, passion, and love for food, guests, and team members alike. A native of the Sonoran desert, Chef Franz truly enjoys heritage flare by creatively incorporating a gastronomic twist. When available, Chef Franz sources local and regional foods to grow community and complement our most loved flavors. Chef Franz attended the prestigious Culinary Institute of America where he was trained among the very best.
DEDICATED GLUTEN FREE REBECCA WICKER, owner
Offering your favorite Jewish specialties! Breakfast and lunch Great homestyle cooking Dog-friendly patio dining
Rebecca Wicker was an accountant before delving into the gluten free baking business. Her husband’s severe gluten allergy and her own intolerance prompted Rebecca to research and develop the recipes used in her shop. She developed her own proprietary flour blend in 2013, and opened Dedicated in 2014. Rebecca is passionate about her work and about serving the Tucson community.
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HARVEST and CHARRED PIE LISA and REZA SHAPOURI, owners Lisa and Reza Shapouri met in 1986 at a now closed Coco’s Bakery Restaurant on West Drachman Street, where he was the general manager and she was the hostess. They married in 1988. In the 1990s, the Shapouris owned and operated Chelsea’s Bar and Grill, and Reza then spent 18 years working in restaurant distribution and consulting. The couple bought Harvest Restaurant in Oro Valley in 2011. They opened Charred Pie, an artisan pizza restaurant, on North Oracle Road this year. Their menus focus on scratch cooking, healthful eating, seasonality, uniqueness, and using local purveyors.
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really good! She makes an extra pan just for me! What does your restaurant do that’s special for Thanksgiving, or if you are closed, what do you make for family and/ or friends? We are closed. I make the mashed potatoes traditional style, an Italian green pea recipe, a chocolate pecan pie, and a bourbon chocolate pecan for the adults. What are you looking forward to cooking with this fall/winter? A pumpkin and chorizo bisque in the
wintertime at the restaurant. Plus, a new seasonal menu will be out in December. ... Opa’s Best, Qais Papoutsis, co-owner What’s your favorite fall food memory? Lamb shanks and turkey for Thanksgiving. What does your restaurant do that’s special for Thanksgiving, or if you are closed, what do you make for family and/ or friends? Our menu includes roasted lamb, lemon potatoes, mashed potatoes, and rice. What are you looking forward to cooking with this fall/winter? More soups, and Athenian stuffed chicken.
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Sharing Israeli culture, learning about U.S.
Danielle Levy and Shay Friedwald teach a cooking class at Tucson Hebrew Academy.
halom shalom to all of our readers, Let’s catch up: We celebrated the High Holidays away from home. Although we kept thinking of our family in Israel, we still had the honor of celebrating here, with our new Tucson family. To be honest, seeing cars driving on the streets on Yom Kippur was strange. Not having pomegranates on the table for Rosh Hashanah was strange. But strangest of all was reading from the Torah, next to each other, as we did at Congregation Bet Shalom — in Israel, we’d never seen a girl and a boy reading from the Torah together. After gaining a few pounds and raising our cholesterol, we went on a hike in the beautiful “Alps” of Mount Lemmon. To share that beauty we invited our parents to visit — and they actually came! We’ve also been busy in classrooms all around the Jewish community. At
Tucson Hebrew Academy, we led cooking classes for almost all of the grades, K-8. We made pita using a taboon, a covered clay oven, and made hummus from scratch, and an Israeli salad of tomatoes, and cucumbers. We’ve been singing and dancing, teaching Israeli music, everywhere from the Tucson Jewish Community Center kindergarten to Hebrew High. At Temple Emanu-El, we also talked about the Eurovision song contest. At Congregation Anshei Israel, we’ve been teaching new Hebrew words every week, including nishmatov — sounds good, kef — fun, and mushlam — perfect, and the slang version mush, which young people in Israel say all the time! We’ve also been helping to teach Hebrew at Congregations Chaverim and Or Chadash. It’s a busy schedule, but we can’t wait to share our new experiences next time. — Danielle Levy and Shay Friedwald
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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. and 5:30 p.m.; Fri., 7:30 a.m.; Sun. and 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.
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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. and 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. and legal holidays, 8:30 a.m.; Mon. and Thurs., 6:30 p.m.; Tues., Wed., Fri., 6:45 a.m. / Mincha and Maariv, 5:15 p.m. / Shabbat services: Fri. at candlelighting; Sat. 9:30 a.m. followed by Kiddush. Mincha, Maariv, and Havdallah TBA.
ChaBad on river
3916 E. Ft. Lowell Road • (520) 661-9350 Rabbi Ram Bigelman • www.chabadonriver.com Shabbat services: Fri., Mincha at candlelighting time, followed by Maariv. / Sat., Shacharit service, 9:30 a.m. / Torah study: women, Wed., 2 p.m.; men, Tues. and Thurs., 7 p.m. Call to confirm.
ChaBad oro valley
1171 E. Rancho Vistoso #131, Oro Valley, AZ 85755 • (520) 477-8672 Rabbi Ephraim Zimmerman • www.jewishorovalley.com Shabbat services: 3rd Fri., 5 p.m. Oct.-Feb., 6 p.m. March-Sept., all followed by dinner / Sat., 10 a.m. study session followed by service.
ChaBad Sierra viSta
401 Suffolk Drive, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635 • (520) 820-6256 Rabbi Benzion Shemtov • www.jewishsierravista.com Shabbat services: Sat., 10:30 a.m., bimonthly, followed by class explaining prayers. Visit website or call for dates.
Congregation Beit SimCha 7315 N. Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ 85704 • (520) 276-5675 Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon • www.beitsimchatucson.org Shabbat services: Fri., 6:30 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m., with Torah study at 9 a.m; monthly Shabbat morning hikes.
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.
Congregation Kol SimChah
4625 E. River Road, Tucson, AZ 85718 • (520) 296-0818 Mailing Address: 6628 E. Calle Dened, Tucson, AZ 85710, Shabbat services: 1st and 3rd Fri., 7:15 p.m.
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Congregation m’Kor hayim 3888 E. River Road, Tucson, AZ 85718 (Tucson Hebrew Academy) Mailing Address: P.O. Box 31806, Tucson, AZ 85751 • (520) 305-8208 Rabbi Helen Cohn • www.mkorhayim.org Shabbat services: 2nd and 4th Fri., 7 p.m. / Torah study, 2nd and 4th Sat. 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Congregation or ChadaSh 3939 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85718 • (520) 512-8500 Rabbi Thomas Louchheim, Cantor Janece Cohen www.orchadash-tucson.org Shabbat services: Fri., 6:30 p.m.; 1st Fri., Friday Night LIVE (Sept.-May); 2nd Friday, Tot Shabbat (Sept.-May), 6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. / Torah study: Sat., 8:30 a.m.
temple emanu-el 225 N. Country Club Road, Tucson, AZ 85716 • (520) 327-4501 Rabbi Batsheva Appel • www.tetucson.org Shabbat services: Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m./ Torah study: Sat., 8:30 a.m. except when there is a Rabbi’s Tish.
temple Kol hamidBar 228 N. Canyon Drive, Sierra Vista • (520) 458-8637 www.templekol.com Mailing address: P.O. Box 908, Sierra Vista, AZ 85636, Friday night Torah study group: 6 - 7:15 p.m. / Shabbat services: Fri., 7:30 p.m.
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., Camp Shabbat (ages 6-10) 10 a.m.-noon, followed by Kiddush lunch; 12:30-2 p.m. CBS Think Tank discussion led by Rabbi Dr. Howard Schwartz and Prof. David Graizbord; monthly Tot Shabbat (call for dates) / Weekday services: Wed. 8:15 a.m. / Hagim 9:30 a.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.
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 various leaders, followed by Shabbat dinner; Sat., 9:30 a.m., led by Mel Cohen and Dan Asia, followed by light Kiddush lunch.
JewiSh arizonanS on CampuS 2146 E. 4th Street Tucson, AZ, 85719 • (520) 834-3424 • www.myjac.org Shabbat hospitality and social events for UA students with Yosef and Sara Lopez. Shabbat services on request.
SeCular humaniSt JewiSh CirCle www.secularhumanistjewishcircle.org Call Cathleen at (520) 730-0401 for meeting or other information.
univerSity of arizona hillel foundation 1245 E. 2nd St. Tucson, AZ 85719 • (520) 624-6561 • www.arizona.hillel.org Shabbat services: Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, and alternative services two Fridays each month when school is in session. Dinner follows (guests, $8; RSVP by preceding Thurs.). Call for dates/times.
OBITUARY Susan Broder Susan Marcia Broder, 72, died Oct. 24, 2019. Mrs. Broder was born in the Bronx, New York, to Minnie and Murray Cohen. At age 13, she was stricken with Type 1 (insulin-dependent) diabetes. In 1967, after receiving her bachelor’s degree in romance languages from Queens College in New York City, she married Richard Broder. The couple moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she taught seventh- and eighth-grade Spanish until their daughter Wendy was born in 1969 and Mrs. Broder became a fulltime mother. The family returned to New York, where daughter Stefanie was born in 1973. After raising her daughters, Mrs. Broder obtained two master’s degrees in education from Adelphi University, eventually becoming a fulltime classroom special education teacher with particular expertise in teaching reading at early grade levels. In 1991, both of Mrs. Broder’s kidneys failed and her mother donated a kidney for a transplant. This kidney lasted 25 years, 15 more than doctors had predicted. In 1999, following a stroke, Mrs. Broder retired from teaching. The following year, the couple moved to Tucson, where she became a Reading Seed volunteer and volunteered at two local hospices (Tucson Medical Center and Casa de la Luz) for seven years. Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Richard P. Broder; daughters, Wendy Lynne Broder of Las Vegas and Stefanie Jill Fernandez of Valley Stream, New York; sister, Lori Corrado of Rotonda, Florida; and three grandchildren. A celebration of life, officiated by Rabbi Thomas Louchheim of Congregation Or Chadash, will be held at the family’s home on a date to be determined. Memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or the charity of your choice. Arrangements were made by Evergreen Mortuary.
FIRST PERSON ‘Greetings’ and mazel tov — why a nice Jewish boy enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1969 BOB KOVITZ Special to the AJP
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ifty years ago, I reported to the U.S. Army induction center in Los Angeles. My father, who was a World War II veteran, later described the experience of driving me to the center as the worst day of his life. Why was a Jewish graduate student from the University of Southern California enlisting in the army? It was simple. My undergraduate student deferment had expired and I had managed to squeeze in a year of graduate school before the draft board decided to call me. In 1969, the “draft lottery” program had not yet been finalized, but I figured that — by enlisting — I could control my destiny better than if I had allowed myself to be drafted. This also meant serving three years instead of two. I was sent to Fort Ord in Monterey, California, for eight weeks of basic training. When the Catholic chaplain (affectionately known as “Father Red Socks”) addressed my training company and expressed the need for chaplain’s assistants, I thought I had found the exact opportunity that I had sought. I didn’t yet know that the chaplain’s assistants were active in Vietnam and were charged with carrying weapons and protecting the assigned chaplain. Chaplain’s assistants were required to attend “administrative” school — learning to use the typewriter to complete forms. Since I was already a fast typist, I graduated from administrative school with a double promotion to PFC and headed for chaplain’s assistant training in Brooklyn, New York. Both newly minted chaplains and their assistants were trained at Fort Hamilton, located smack under the Verrazano Bridge. The army at the time classified trainees into only three religions — if you weren’t Catholic or Jewish, you were, therefore, Protestant (even if you were Muslim, Hindu and followed another eastern religion). While I was at Fort Hamilton, there were a grand total of two Jewish assistants in training. The bombing of Cambodia in May 1970 coincided with my graduation from chaplain’s assistant training. Orders were posted for the graduates and, as I ran my finger down the list of names and assignments, I saw that my classmates were headed to Southeast Asia while I was to be sent to Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers (SHAPE), Belgium. SHAPE is the military arm of NATO and is located about an hour south of Brussels. I was now on the other side of the world from Vietnam. SHAPE had never had a Jewish chaplain’s assistant. In fact, SHAPE and NATO didn’t even have a Jewish chap-
Bob Kovitz during his U.S. Army basic training at Fort Ord in Monterey, California, in 1969.
lain. But assistants were trained to serve all religious affiliations and I found myself setting up the chapels for mass or playing organ or guitar for Protestant weddings or teaching a small Sunday school class or forming a fledgling Jewish children’s choir. My responsibilities included coordinating Jewish activities, holidays, and information for the greater NATO Jewish community. Not only did this include soldiers and their families from other NATO countries (such as England, Canada, and the Netherlands) but it also involved members of the surrounding Belgian community, most of whom had been removed by the Germans 25 years earlier. There were a few Holocaust survivors and a group of North African Sephardim who worked in nearby businesses. Outside of the SHAPE chapel, there was no synagogue left in southern Belgium. For High Holidays, b’nai mitzvot, and brit milot, we called upon Colonel (Chaplain Rabbi) Joseph Messing, the European deputy chief of chaplains who was stationed at Sixth Army headquarters in Heidelberg, Germany. Messing would fly into Belgium and provide religious leadership for these and other ceremonies. (He later retired to Sierra Vista, Arizona).
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With some supplies from the Jewish Welfare Board, we did as well as we could, staging two successful Passover sederim in the officers’ club. At Sukkot, one of the local Holocaust survivor families allowed the army to build a sukkah on their pastureland, and we were able to celebrate the autumn holiday in a true rural style. One day, I learned that I would be up for promotion from my current rank of E-4 (equivalent to corporal). The promotion board was to meet in a few weeks, but they realized that they had never reviewed the performance of duties of a Jewish chaplain’s assistant before. Therefore, a representative of the promotion board called the junior Protestant chaplain and asked him what, in turn, the board should ask me. The chaplain said he didn’t know, but he hung up the phone and directed me to write up a series of questions and answers for the board. When I appeared for my promotion interview, the board asked me my questions. I gave them my answers. I was promoted to E-5 (equivalent to sergeant). As the Jewish chaplain’s assistant, I traveled to Antwerp and Brussels for kosher supplies; I drove to Berchtesgaden in the German Alps to attend weeklong religious retreats, and I accompanied 200 sixth graders on their school ski trip to Switzerland as the “official representative of the SHAPE chapel.” After two years of service at SHAPE, I headed home to my graduate studies. I was awarded the Joint Services Commendation Medal by the Supreme Allied Commander, which sounds more impressive than it actually was, but it was based on my work and cooperation with the greater religious communities from all the NATO countries. During the Vietnam War, Jewish soldiers were a rarity despite the draft. Many found opportunities in the National Guard or Reserves. Others were able to maintain their deferments until the draft lottery began. In any event, as a Jew in a new position, I’m sure I received additional scrutiny, but I did my best to represent my country and my religion. I can’t say that I have any nostalgia for military service, basic training, or army bureaucracy (where I once received 40 cases of kosher wine instead of the four I had ordered). But my experience was so singular that only one assistant ever followed me into that position at SHAPE before the position was eliminated when the army force size was reduced. However, I am grateful for the opportunity to live in Europe for two years and to contribute to the well-being of the Jewish community in and around SHAPE and Belgium. For this, I give a hardy merci and todah rabah. Bob Kovitz is a local writer, educator, musician, actor, and public policy administrator.
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR The calendar deadline is Tuesday, 10 days before the issue date. Our next issue will be published Nov. 22, 2019. 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 22 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 www.jewishsierravista.com. Southwest Torah Institute Beginners Hebrew for Women with Esther Becker, Sundays, 10:30-11:30 a.m., 14 sessions, no classes Thanksgiving week or last two weeks of December, at 5150 E. Fifth St. Free. Register at 5917680. “Too Jewish” radio show with Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon on KVOI 1030 AM (also KAPR and KJAA), Sundays at 9 a.m. Beth Shalom Temple Center of Green Valley bagel breakfast and Yiddish club, first Sundays, 9:30 a.m. Members, $7; nonmembers, $10. 648-6690 or 399-3474. Southern Arizona Jewish Genealogy Society, second Sundays, 1-3 p.m. at the Tucson J. Contact Barbara Stern Mannlein at 731-0300 or the J at 299-3000. Tucson J Israeli dance, taught by Brandi Hawkins, 2nd and 4th Sundays, 5 p.m., no partners. Members, $6; nonmembers, $8. 299-3000.
Friday / November 8
11 AM: JHM presents “To Tell Our Stories,” local Holocaust survivors reading from their book published by JFCS. In commemoration of Kristallnacht. Free. 564 S. Stone Ave. www.jewishhistorymuseum.org or 670-9073. 5:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Shabbat Rocks! service with seventh grade, followed at 6:30 p.m. by family Shabbat dinner, and traditional service at 7:30 p.m. 327-4501.
Sunday / November 10
8 AM-NOON: Cong. Bet Shalom chicken coop building for the Midbar Garden Project. Volunteers should bring hammers, power tools, gloves, hats, and water. Snacks provided. Contact Leanne Rogers at leeannemarie120@ gmail.com. 9 AM-3 PM: JFCS CHAI Circle 15th Annual Retreat with Dawn Messer, MPH, founder of Mindful Meanderings. Facilitated by Alice Steinfeld, M.Ed., M.A., L.P.C. and Helen Rothstein, M.S.W., L.C.S.W. Light breakfast and lunch provided. Free. At Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort, 5501 N. Hacienda Del Sol Rd. RSVP for availability to Irene Gefter at igefter@jfcstucson. org or 795-0300, ext. 2271. NOON: Jewish History Museum Fall Benefit luncheon, “A Call to Courage” honoring Rosie Eilat-Kahn, with presentation by Count Ferdinand Von Galen, at Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa, 245 E. Ina Road. $100. RSVP at www.jewishhistorymuseum.org.
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ONGOING Cong. Anshei Israel parent-tot class, led by Ally Ross. Mondays, 9-11 a.m. Children up to 24 months and their parent(s). Free. Mandatory vaccination policy. Call Nancy Auslander at 7455550 or visit www.caiaz.org. Temple Emanu-El mah jongg, Mondays, 10 a.m. 327-4501. Cong. Anshei Israel mah jongg, Mondays, 10 a.m.-noon. All levels, men and women. Contact Evelyn at 885-4102 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Tucson J current events discussion, Mondays, noon-1:30 p.m. Members, $1; nonmembers, $2. Bring or buy lunch, 11:30 a.m. 2993000, ext. 147. Cong. Bet Shalom yoga, Mondays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. $5. 577-1171. Jewish 12-step sobriety support group meets Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m. at Cong. Bet Shalom. email@example.com. Spouse Bereavement Group, cosponsored by Widowed to Widowed, Inc. at the Tucson J, Tuesdays, 10 a.m. Contact Katie at 299-3000, ext. 147. JFCS Holocaust Survivors group meets
2–4 PM: Temple Emanu-El JLL Sunday Salon: “Anti-Semitism Yesterday and Today: The Long History and the Major Trends,” Part I, with David Graizbord, Ph.D. Free. Register at 327-4501 or www.tetucson.org.
Tuesday / November 12
6:30-8 PM: Cong. Beit Simcha Mussar study group led by Rabbi Sam Cohon. Members, $40; nonmembers, $55. 276-5675.
8-9:30 AM: Jewish Business Coffee Group meeting. At Tucson J. 299-3000, ext. 241, or firstname.lastname@example.org. 6-8 PM: Cong. Or Chadash Sisterhood Night Out with Laurie Rein, author of “Getting to the Best of You.” At Trattoria Pina, 5541 N. Swan Road. $30, includes entrée, salad, bread, non-alcoholic beverage, tax and gratuity. RSVP by Nov. 8 to Sheila Peress at 250-7349. 6-7:30 PM: Southwest Torah Institute presents “Ruth’s Story: Faith Unshaken,” Jewish learning for women with Esther Becker, at 5150 E. Fifth St. 14-week class. Second option, Thursday, 10-11:30 a.m., starting Nov. 14. No classes week of Thanksgiving and last two weeks of December. $290. Register at 591-7680. 7-8:30 PM: Chabad Tucson presents sixweek JLI class, “Worrier to Warrior, Jewish Secrets to Feeling Good However You Feel.” At Tucson J. $99 includes textbook. Register at www.chabadtucson.com/feelingscourse
Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-noon. Contact Raisa Moroz at 795-0300. Awakening Through Jewish Meditation — Discover Freedom, with Reb Brian Yosef, Tuesdays/Sundays at 10:30 a.m., at Cong. Bet Shalom. Free. Check calendar at www.torah ofawakening.com. Tucson J social bridge, Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon-3 p.m., year round. Drop-ins welcome. Meets in library on second floor. 299-3000.
Tucson J canasta group, Tuesdays 1-4 p.m., and Thursdays noon-4 p.m. Instruction available and a beginners’ table every week. Call or text Lisa at 977-4054. Cong. Anshei Israel Talmud on Tuesday with Rabbi Robert Eisen. Meets 6 p.m. 745-5550. Weintraub Israel Center Shirat HaShirim Hebrew choir, Tuesdays, 7 p.m. Learn to sing in Hebrew. Contact Rina Paz at 304-7943 or email@example.com. Cong. Anshei Israel gentle chair yoga with Lois Graham, Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Members of Women’s League, $6 per class; nonmembers, $8 per class. Contact Evelyn at 8854102 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
or call 955-9680.
Thursday / November 14
6:30-8 PM: UA Hillel Retro Game Show Night, “The Wheel of Misfortune: Hillel Edition,” hosted by Chatty Kathee. At Hotel Congress, 311 Congress St. Tickets start at $20; $25 cash only at door. Students $5 in advance, $10 at door. www. uahillel.org or 624-6561.
Friday / November 15
5:45 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Family Shabbat Experience service and dinner. Dinner at 7 p.m.: members, $25 family of 2 adults and up to 4 children; nonmember family $30; adult (13+) $10. RSVP for dinner only by Nov. 11 at 745-5550 or www.caiaz.org.
Saturday / November 16
10 AM: Beth Shalom Temple Center (Green Valley) celebrates second bar mitzvah of Stuart Tobin, age 85. 648-6690 NOON: Cong. Anshei Israel “Zip Code” Kiddush. Mingle with neighbors; tables arranged by zip code. Free. 745-5550 or www.caiaz.org. 7 PM: JHM Stone Avenue Block Party. Live music and food trucks, on Stone Avenue, between 16th and 17th streets. Free. 670-9073 or www.jewishhistorymuseum.org.
Sunday / November 17
8:30 AM: Hadassah Southern Arizona AdoptA-Roadway cleanup. Meet at the Tucson J park-
Temple Emanu-El Talmud study, Wednesdays, 10 -11:30 a.m. Text required, call 327-4501. Chabad of Sierra Vista women’s class with Rabbi Benzion Shemtov, last Wednesdays, 2 p.m., 401 Suffolk Drive. 820-6256 or www.jewishsierravista.com. Jewish mothers/grandmothers special needs support group for those with children/ grandchildren, youth or adult, with special needs, third Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m. at Tucson J. Contact Joyce Stuehringer at 299-5920. “Biblical Breakthroughs with Rabbi Becker” at the Southwest Torah Institute. Fridays, noon, for men and women. 747-7780 or email@example.com. Temple Kol Hamidbar (Sierra Vista) “Wrestling with Torah” study group, led by Reuben Ben-Adam, Fridays, 6-7:15 p.m. 458-8637. Beth Shalom Temple Center (Green Valley) art gallery presents “Playing with Paper” by local artist and educator Linda Lucas Larriva, through Jan. 6. Call 648-6690 for a viewing appointment. Jewish History Museum/Holocaust History Center exhibit, “Asylum/Asilo,” through May 31. Drop-in hours Fridays 1-3 p.m., Saturdays/ Sundays 1-5 p.m. 564 S. Stone Ave. 670-9073 or www.jewishhistorymuseum.org.
ing lot. Wear closed-toe shoes; bring gloves, hat, and water. Contact Mike Jacobson at 748-7333. 10 AM-NOON: Southern Arizona Jewish Artist Group. Informal networking meeting. At Tucson J. Contact Carol Sack at firstname.lastname@example.org or 299-3000, ext. 241. 2 PM: Beth Shalom Temple Center (Green Valley) presents from “Over the Rainbow” to “Come Fly With Me,” the music of Harold Arlen and Sammy Cahn sing-along. Featuring musicians Mike Finkelstein, Joey Lessa, Regina Ford, and Bob Kovitz. Members, $7; nonmembers, $10. RSVP to 648-6690. 2 PM: March of the Living informational meeting. Local teens will be led by Tucson Holocaust survivor Sidney Finkel. High school juniors and seniors may apply for the April 17-May 3, 2020 trip to Poland and Israel. Contact Suzanne Amador at 577-9393 or email@example.com for address and directions.
Monday / November 18
9:15 AM: Jewish War Veterans FriedmanPaul Post 201 breakfast meeting at B'nai B'rith Covenant House, 4414 E. 2nd St. Contact Seymour Shapiro at 398-5360. 1:30-3 PM: Hadassah book club east will discuss “The Orphan’s Tale” by Pam Jenoff. Dusenberry-River Library, 5605 E. River Road. Contact Maxine Murray at 885-5800. 7-8:30 PM: Arizona Center for Judaic Studies Shaol & Louis Pozez Memorial Lectureship Series presents “‘Drink Your Wine with
a Merry Heart’: Wine in the Hebrew Bible and Archaeology” with Prof. Jennie Ebeling of University of Evansville. Free. At Tucson J. 626-5758 or www.judaic.arizona.edu.
Tuesday / November 19
4-5:30 PM: Arizona Center for Judaic Studies presents Historicity of David and Solomon According to the Texts and Archaeology with William G. Dever, Ph.D., professor emeritus. Free. At UA Hillel, 1245 E. 2nd St. 626-5758 or www. judaic.arizona.edu.
Thursday / November 21
4-5:30 PM: Arizona Center for Judaic Studies presents Human & National Rights in a
Jewish State in 20th Century with Prof. Zvi Zohar of Bar Ilan University. Free. At UA Hillel, 1245 E 2nd St. 626-5758 or www.judaic. arizona.edu.
Friday / November 22
11 AM: JHM Gallery Chat, “Love Letters in the Shadow of the Shoah,” discuss letters of Paul Celan, Hannah Arendt, and others. Free. 564 S. Stone Ave. www.jewishhistorymuseum.org or 670-9073. 5:45 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Shir Hadash Shabbat: A New Song musical Shabbat. Dinner at 7 p.m.: members, $10; guests, $15. RSVP for dinner only by Nov. 18 at 745-5550 or www. caiaz.org.
7:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Downtown Shabbat at Jewish History Museum, 564 S. Stone Ave., with Rabbi Batsheva Appel and Armon Bizman band. 327-4501.
Sunday / November 24
1:30 PM: Beth Shalom Temple Center (Green Valley) Jewish Film Festival, “Run Boy Run.” $5. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 648-6690.
Saturday / November 23
10:30 AM: Cong. Bet Shalom and PJ Library Tot Shabbat with Lisa Schacter-Brooks. Free. At Cong. Bet Shalom. 577-1171.
6:30 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel B’Yahad (Together) Mishpacha Program, “Havdalah Under the Stars.” Create spice boxes, Jewish “Family Feud,” and make Hanukkah cards for Jewish military personnel. RSVP by Nov. 20 to Cantorial Soloist Nichole Chorny at 745-5550, ext. 228 or email@example.com.
Saturday / December 21
7:30 PM: Weintraub Israel Center cosponsors Israeli singer/guitarist David Broza & Friends with Trio Havana at the Fox Tucson Theatre. Tickets at www.fox tucson.com.
All Ruth and Irving Olson Center for Jewish Life (JFSA Northwest Division) events are held at 180 W. Magee Road, #140, unless otherwise indicated.
Chair yoga with a Jewish flair taught by Bonnie Golden. At Ruth and Irving Olson Center for Jewish Life, Mondays, 10-11 a.m. $7 per class or $25 for four. 505-4161 or northwestjewish@ jfsa.org. NW Needlers create hand-stitched items for donation in the Jewish community. At Ruth and Irving Olson Center for Jewish Life. Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 505-4161. Mah jongg, meets at Ruth and Irving Olson Center for Jewish Life, Wednesdays, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., 505-4161. Chabad of Oro Valley adult education class, Jewish learning with Rabbi Ephraim Zimmerman. Wednesdays at 7 p.m., at 1171 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd., #131. 477-8672 or www.jewishorovalley.com.
Chabad of Oro Valley Torah and Tea for women, with Mushkie Zimmerman. Thursdays, 2 p.m., through Dec. 12, no class on Thanksgiving, at 1171 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd., #131. 4778672 or www.jewishorovalley.com.
Friday / November 8 9 AM-NOON: Ruth and Irving Olson Center for Jewish Life Friends & Family CPR Course with Golder Ranch Fire District. At Station 380, 1175 W. Magee Road. Free. Space limited. RSVP at www.jfsa.org/nwcprclass or 505-4161.
Sunday / November 10 10 AM-NOON: Ruth and Irving Olson Center for Jewish Life Kristallnacht program, with Rabbi Thomas Louchheim of Cong. Or Chadash and Inbal Shtivi, Weintraub Israel Center shlicha. Paint rocks in memory of friends and family.
Monday / November 18
Video, “In Memory of Yitzhak Rabin Who Fell in The Battle For Peace,” in honor of Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Day in Israel. Free. RSVP at www.jfsa. org/nwkristallnacht2019 or 505-4161.
5-6:30 PM: Ruth and Irving Olson Center for Jewish Life and Hadassah Southern Arizona book club discuss “The Lost Girls of Paris” by Pam Jenoff, at the Olson Center. RSVP at 505-4161 or email@example.com.
6:30-8 PM: Chabad of Oro Valley presents six-week JLI class, “Worrier to Warrior, Jewish Secrets to Feeling Good However You Feel.” Second option, Tuesdays 10-11:30 a.m., starting Nov. 12. At 1171 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd., #131. $99 includes textbook. Register at www.jewishorovalley.com or call 477-8672.
Wednesday / November 20
8 AM-5 PM: Ruth and Irving Olson Center for Jewish Life and Hadassah Southern Arizona bus trip to the Arizona/Mexico border. Hear from Humane Borders president, immigration attorneys and a volunteer at the Rincon Migrant Shelter. Includes stops in Tumacacori and Tubac. Pickup at 8 a.m./ drop-off at 5 p.m. at Trader Joe’s in Oro Valley, or 8:15 a.m./4:30 p.m. at the Tucson J. $40 includes water/snacks, bus fare, and driver tip. Lunch, $22. RSVP by Nov. 10 at www.jfsa. org/2019borderbustrip or 505-4161.
Friday / November 15
5-6 PM Shabbat Shabang Family Shabbat in the Northwest, with Rabbi Batsheva Appel of Temple Emanu-El and PJ Library. Free. At Ruth and Irving Olson Center for Jewish Life. 505-4161. RSVP at www.jfsa.org/nwfamily shabbat.
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Participants gather as Nancy Mellan, Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona Women’s Philanthropy social action co-chair, shakes the lulav and etrog. Shelly Silverman, JFSA immediate past chair, led the crowd in the Sukkot blessings.
Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona Women’s Philanthropy held its fall kickoff event, “Salsa in the Sukkah,” on Wednesday, Oct. 16. Youth On Their Own Development Director Bethany Neumann and Youth Ambassador Hope Sherise spoke about YOTO, Women’s Philanthropy social action beneficiary, which helps homeless or unaccompanied students graduate high school. About 75 guests enjoyed tapas and cocktails from El Charro in the sculpture garden of the Tucson Jewish Community Center, and joined in waving the lulav and etrog in the sukkah. The evening included an announcement of the speaker for the Women’s Philanthropy Connections event on March 8: Dr. Ruth Westheimer.
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Ryan Aaron Rudner, son of Eric and Monica Rudner, will celebrate becoming a bar mitzvah on Nov. 9 at Congregation Anshei Israel. He is the grandson of Calman and Gail Rudner and Alberto and Sara Mirta Bien-Willner, all of Tucson, and the great-grandson of Lidia Esses of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Ryan attends Esperero Canyon Middle School where he plays basketball. Outside of school, Ryan enjoys playing basketball with his Magic basketball team, spending time with friends and family, and watching sports (especially University of Arizona). For his mitzvah project, a basketball fundraiser was held at the Tucson Jewish Community Center, where sports equipment was collected and delivered to the Boys and Girls Club of Tucson, and money was raised and donated to the Johns Hopkins Brain Cancer Research Fund.
Laura Nachtrab has joined the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona as administrative services manager. A graduate of Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, with a bachelor’s degree in sociology/anthropology, Nachtrab moved to Tucson from Chicago in 2007. Her administrative experience prior to joining the JFSA includes customer support for Total Artificial Heart manufacturer SynCardia Systems, LLC; grants manager at the Tucson Symphony Orchestra; and temple administrator at Lakeside Congregation for Reform Judaism in Highland Park, Illinois.
Tidhar Ozeri was awarded a 2019 Gabe Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship by Arizona State University’s School of Social Work. The five scholarship recipients were recognized at a luncheon on Sept. 20. Ozeri is in his final year of ASU’s Masters in Social Work program in Tucson. He completed his first-year counseling internship with Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona and is currently interning with the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System. The scholarship is awarded to ASU Tucson MSW students who demonstrate a dedication to the areas of public behavioral health or policy, and who show a commitment to the values of service and social justice that Zimmerman demonstrated in his personal and professional life. Zimmerman, an aide to U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, was killed in the Jan. 8, 2011 shooting in Tucson.
Business briefs Andrew Pawlicki-Sinclair has joined the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona as the assistant director for leadership development and engagement. He has worked for Arizona Serve and the Arizona Conservation Corps managing AmeriCorps national service grants. Before that, Pawlicki-Sinclair served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member at Santa Rita High School as part of the anti-poverty oriented Tucson Community Schools Initiative. He is a graduate of The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, where he concentrated on studying human rights. Born and raised in Tucson, he is an alumnus of Satori School and a graduate of Kino K-12 School, where he currently serves on the board.
Jewish Family & Children’s Services recently elected new board members. New officers include Ken Goodman, chair; Morgan Pfau, treasurer; and Barbara Befferman Danes, immediate past chair. New board members are David Arenas; Mary Cochran, M.D.; State Rep. Alma Hernandez, MPH; and David Oroz, M.D., Members leaving the board are Rabbi Batsheva Appel, Susan Garber, and Doron Sears. The late Fred Fruchthendler, a past chair, has been named a lifetime director in memoriam. Jacqueline Schmidt is the new outreach coordinator for The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies. She has over 10 years of experience working and volunteering in the Tucson community, including three years in the local hospitality industry, and eight years at the University of Arizona coordinating events and logistics. She grew up Tucson, graduating from the UA with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and recently earning a master’s in family studies and human development.
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Nancy Charak, Sarah Frieden, Julie Szerina Stein, and Ann Marcus Lapidus of the Jewish Artist Group are included in the University of Arizona Lunar & Planetary Laboratory’s sixth annual “The Art of Planetary Science” exhibition. An opening reception is Friday, Nov. 15, 5-9 p.m. at the Kuiper Space Sciences building, 1629 E. University Blvd. The show continues Nov. 16 and 17, 1-5 p.m. The Jewish Artist Group, facilitated by the Jewish Concierge, is funded by the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona and the Jewish Roundtable. “Marguerite,” a musical by composer Michael Cooper, who grew up in Nogales, with book and lyrics by Anton Dudley, will have its New York premiere at the Astoria Performing Arts Center in Queens, New York, Nov. 8-23, starring Tony award-winner Cady Huffman.
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November 8, 2019, ARIZONA JEWISH POST
ARIZONA JEWISH POST, November 8, 2019