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Tucson firefighters see counterparts in action on Israel mission DEBE CAMPBELL AJP Assistant Editor


ucson Firefighters Beyond Borders completed its third mission to Israel last month under an unexpected hail of missiles. That only added a new dimension to the multi-faceted, cross-cultural and cross-technology educational exchanges that began in 2013, according to the six participants. The delegation left Tucson on Nov. 6, spending 10 days in Israel. Besides visiting historical and spiritual sites, the group focused on the mission’s purpose: to share and participate in dialogue with Israeli counterparts on the evolving threats of wildland and urban firefighting. Israel’s military says more than 400 rockets and mortars were fired from Gaza on Nov. 12 and 13. “The rocket attacks and resiliency of the Israeli people was incredible to witness,” says Kris Blume, Tucson Fire Department

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Members of the November 2018 Firefighters Without Borders mission pose with soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces 118th Division Tank Battalion in the Golan Heights, (L-R): Eliot Anderson, Scott Peru, Ted Geare, K. Paul Maxwell, Kris Blume, Steve Lunde.

battalion chief and head of the 2018 delegation. “As dramatic and tragic as the rocket attacks

in the southern part of the region were, we as a group of firefighters reflected on the delegation’s

mission, vision, and values.” The attacked areas around Ashkelon became an impromptu focus of the delegation’s visit. Traveling with Blume on the mission were other Tucson area fire professionals, many who began their careers in wildland fire. E.A. “Ted” Geare III is a retired TFD assistant fire chief and founding trustee of Firefighters Beyond Borders, a program of the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation. TFD Capt. Eliot Anderson and engineer K. Paul Maxwell, Northwest Fire District Wildland Coordinator Scott Peru, and Golder Ranch Fire District Capt. Steve Lunde rounded out the delegation. Lunde describes the topography and fuel models of Israel as very similar to that of Arizona and California. “The southern part of Israel reminded me more of the majority of Arizona with its desert landscape, and the Northern part near Haifa really See Firefighters, page 4

JFSA-NW rebrands program to honor Ruth and Irving Olson DEBE CAMPBELL AJP Assistant Editor


n 2019 the Northwest Division will organize its activities as The Ruth and Irving Olson Center for Jewish Life in the Northwest,” says Alan Kendal, advisory council chair for the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona Northwest Division. Stuart Mellan, JFSA president and CEO, made the formal announcement during the division’s annual campaign kickoff event at The Buttes in Oro Valley on Nov. 27. The name honors the OlsonStelman family contribution to

est ablishfrom Aking and ron, Ohio, sustaining nearly two Jewish acdecades tivities in ago. Irving, Northwest a successful Tu c s o n entreprethrough the neur, and JFSA. The philanthroRuth Olson and Irving Olson Olsons propist who vided a lead later in life gift to launch the Federation’s sat- became a renowned photograellite office in Oro Valley in 2012, pher, died in 2016 at age 102. and they sustained their funding Ruth, herself an award-winning annually. [Their daughter, Caro- photographer, was multilingual lyn Stelman of Oro Valley, contin- and loved to travel. She died in ues to be a supporter.] 2011. The Olsons were active The Olsons moved to Tucson leaders with the Jewish commu-

nities in Akron and Tucson. They were members of Temple EmanuEl in Tucson. “It was always such a pleasure to meet with Irving for lunch and to tell him of our dreams of connecting the Jewish residents of Tucson’s northwest,” recalls Anne Lowe, former Northwest Division director. “Because he lived in Oro Valley at Splendido, he knew firsthand that there were Jews looking to find others to socialize, to worship together, and to study together. He was always so gracious and attentive to our ideas and suggestions. I don’t believe he See Olson, page 2

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ever said ‘no’ to us!” The division has grown to become a regional focus for Jewish life. Division Director Phyllis Gold describes it as a community center with daily, monthly and special activities, gatherings and events that is outgrowing the existing 1,500 square foot facility at 190 W. Magee Road. “Due to Irving’s generosity, we were able to rent our current facility and grow our program over the past six years. It is very fitting that the name of the Jewish Federation NW should be changed to reflect his commitment to the Jewish population of the Northwest,” says Lowe. “It is hoped that somewhat larger facilities can be found,” adds Kendal. Gold says the team is now searching for a more centrally located site for a future expanded facility. The expanded facility will allow for additional activities and programming.

“The Tucson Jewish Community Center is looking forward to working collaboratively with JFSA and the dedicated group of volunteers and staff in the JFSA northwest office to create activity and connection,” says Todd Rockoff, president and CEO at the J. “We, at the J, realize that not all activity needs to take place at our facility. We can, as they say, take our show on the road. We are really so happy and honored by this new collaboration.” Assisting Kendal and Gold in preparing a 16-page vision document to project future needs were Janet Belkin, Lowe, Sam Horowitz, and Rita Pollak. The division’s advisory committee fielded a facilities sub-committee to seek potential new locations. That committee includes Marsha Foreman, Sharon Geiger, Wendy Jacobson, and Lowe. The advisory committee accepted a motion to approve the name change during its Oct. 24 meeting. “We hope to begin using the new name fairly early in 2019, regardless of physically moving to a better space,” says Kendal.

Clarification: A statement concerning Beth Shalom Temple Center and the Mussmans in the Oct. 26, 2018 edition of the Arizona Jewish Post (“Green Valley shul will host weekend with rabbi”) needs clarification. Michael Mussman and his wife, Sara, a cantorial soloist, have been professionally conducting monthly Shabbat services and High Holiday services at BSTC for the past 15 years, and are considered an important part of the BSTC family.


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reminded me of some of the coastal parts of California.” “Israel’s nationalized service delivery model is relatively new,” says Geare. Israel nationalized the fire service following a devastating Mount Carmel fire near Haifa in 2010 that claimed 44 lives and burned 12,000 acres. “While growing, it is faced with limited staffing across the entire country, which can present challenges itself. Then, to deliver service in an environment with so many strongly held and diverse cultural norms, obligates their personnel to be especially understanding in situations that are inherently stressful. These are difficult tasks on a daily basis.” This was Blume’s third mission trip. “I have watched their fire and emergency response develop dramatically over the past five years. To see the evolutionary leaps they have made since my first visit in 2013 is remarkable. Their willingness to change and meet evolving challenges is impressive.” The delegation’s education on Israel evolved during the mission, says Blume. “As practitioners of wildland and urban fire and community risk education, this background is critical for driving educated and informed dialogue with our Israeli counterparts.” Peru says, “We had a great dialogue with our partners in Israel. We shared experiences and knowledge, helping one another to make a safer approach to di-

sastrous incidents like wildfires.” “During the conflict [the recent exchange with Hamas], they still managed to assemble a contingent of leadership to attend our training, rather than returning to their home units and families,” says TFD’s Maxwell. “We were literally treated like family. I was absolutely astounded at the generosity and hospitality from the Israel Fire Service and other agencies.” The group conferred with leadership at fire stations in Jerusalem, Ashdod, Ashkelon, a kibbutz rescue center near Ein-Gedi, and Haifa, which houses the crews that fought the Mount Carmel fires. Meeting with Israel’s top tier command staff, the delegation presented and discussed “Strategy and Tactics for Wildland Urban Interface” and how to assess home ignition zones in various types of dwellings. “These classes and dialogue formed the beginnings for future delegations and continued learning,” says Blume. “The reciprocal relationship the Tucson area and Israel share was strongly felt.” Golder Ranch Fire’s Lunde says, “I can truly say I felt safe while I was in Israel, and was impressed by the innovation and dedication of all the emergency responders I came in contact with. The fire service in Israel is only a small piece of their emergency services. They have the Israeli Defense Forces available to help out, as well as their ambulance service and police department, who all seem to work together seamlessly.” Maxwell adds, “The southern region fire service practically operates in a war zone. During the barrage of rockets,

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some were effectively neutralized by Iron Dome, but others struck apartments, homes and specifically the gas system for a bakery.” The group visited the rubble and remains of some of those attacks. “The firefighters displayed extreme bravery by donning protective vests, Kevlar helmets and conducting firefighting activities while exposed to rocket attack or even sniper fire,” Maxwell says of his counterparts. “These operations are a frequent occurrence; something American firefighters are not adapted to. The firefighters’ passion and dedication to protecting the citizens of their communities was very evident and honorable.” Launched in 2013 by the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation, Firefighters Beyond Borders connects Arizona firefighters with counterparts in Israel to support one another in times of need. The same year, the organization partnered with the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona’s Weintraub Israel Center and the Jewish Community Foundation to hold its first professional culturalexchange delegation to Israel, sending seven firefighters from five regional agencies to embed with professional counterparts on a 12-day mission. In October 2015, the foundation, WIC and JFSA collaborated to bring four top-ranking Israeli emergency responders to Tucson. In September 2016, five Tucson firefighters participated in the Emergency Volunteer project training in Israel for first-responders to provide support for Israel in the event of war, natural or human-made disasters. Months later, some of those delegates returned to render emergency assistance as 1,773 fires, some natural and some arson, raged across Israel. Firefighters Beyond Borders raises its funds separately from the GTFF budget, according to the organization. This year, JFSA’s Weintraub Israel Center and the JCF again collaborated to make this mission possible. Scholarships for the mission came from the Bryna Zehngut Community Fund held at JCF, and the JCF’s Israel Discovery Fund for Civic Leaders. WIC Director Amir Eden collaborated with Patty Vallance, an organizer behind the Firefighters Beyond Borders initiative, and others to secure funding and matched them with flights, tour arrangements, Israeli contacts, communications, security briefings and ground support coordinated from Tucson. "The sustaining relationship between Southern Ari-

zona Firefighters and their brothers and sisters in Israel aligns a great deal with our mission of taking care of our firefighters: dealing with mass casualties, active shooters, firefighter and community resiliency and now wildland urban fire. Taking care of those who take care of us," says Mike McKendrick, chair of the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation. “This program creates memories, friendships, and bonds that last a lifetime, and lets participants grow from strength to strength,” says Vallance. “The joy in my heart that comes from hearing from [former mission delegate] Richard Johnson: ‘We went as seven firefighters, and returned as seven ambassadors for Israel.’ It gives me goosebumps still, five years later.” For more on Firefighters Without Borders, visit www.azjewishpost.com and enter “firefighters” in the search box. Also visit www.tucsonfirefoundation.org.


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COMMENTARY What PBS got right — and so wrong — about Jews of Iran in recent report LARRY COHLER-ESSES JTA

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everal days after the Jewish Daily Forward published the first-ever report from the Islamic Republic of Iran by a reporter openly representing a Jewish, pro-Israel news outlet, the host of CNN’s foreign affairs show “GPS” posed a vexing question. Citing the Forward’s surprisingly favorable account of the circumstances under which Iran’s Jews lived, Fareed Zakaria asked: “If the Tehran regime had genocidal inclinations toward Jews, surely they would have, in some way, taken it out on the Jews who live in Iran, and the fact that they don’t should cast some doubt on the idea that Iran has these kind of anti-Semitic and genocidal intentions.” Turning to the reporter who filed the story, Zakaria asked, “Do you buy that?” As the journalist in question, I didn’t at the time. And with PBS pitching basically the same point in its Nov. 27 report on conditions for Iran’s Jews today, I don’t now even though both my August 2015 report and the recent story by PBS ac-

A Jewish woman casts her vote at the Yusef Abad Synagogue during elections in Tehran, Feb. 26, 2016.

curately depict the small number of Jews who remain in Iran today as living pretty secure lives with religious freedom and economic viability. The problem in both Zakaria’s question and the PBS report (and many similar reports) is the premise.

As “PBS News Hour” put it in its story’s very first paragraph: “The Trump administration and U.S. ally Israel often depict the Iranian government as composed of anti-Semitic radical Islamists bent on destroying Israel. But within Iran, many of the estimated 15,000 Jews say they’re safe

and happy living in the Islamic Republic.” Why the but? Both things are true. Many Jews in Iran are safe and happy — at least enough to prefer staying there rather than gamble by uprooting themselves for an uncertain future elsewhere. And Iran is a country whose most powerful forces — within a divided government — are radical Islamists who do seek to do what they can to ultimately liquidate Israel as a Jewish state, albeit not at the cost of their own country’s existence. As both PBS and I myself reported, Tehran’s Jewish community today can boast 13 active synagogues, five Jewish private schools, several kosher restaurants and the capital’s oldest charity hospital, which was founded and is still run by Jews. At the same time, Iran’s supreme leader has published a listicle titled “9 key questions about elimination of Israel,” which makes the primacy of armed force in that effort clear. The Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ elite Quds force has sought to use its position in Syria, where it has thousands of troops, to establish air bases potentially capable of serving as launch sites See Iran, page 26

My day job is translating from Jewish to English. Gevalt! says JTA editor ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL JTA Do you go to shul, temple, synagogue, minyan or just services? Let me ask it another way: That synagogue you won’t set foot in — Do you call it a shul, temple, synagogue, minyan or services?

I’m not being judgy. It’s a question about language. Working at a Jewish news service, we often discuss the vocabulary of our English-speaking readers. And as a specialty news service, we also ask how specialized we should be. When you write a lot about religion and Israel there is a lot of distinct vocabulary, usually loanwords from the

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Hebrew and Yiddish. And even English words have distinct Jewish uses. A sentence like this, “The mission will explore modalities of engagement to promote continuity,” can be translated as “We’re going to Israel to look at ways to keep people interested enough in Judaism so they don’t marry gentiles.” The question we ask frequently is how “insidery” we should be. Is it confusing or alienating to refer to a synagogue as a shul on first reference? If we mention a shiva, do we need to explain that it is the seven-day period of mourning observed by Jews after a burial? One camp worries that too much untranslated and unexplained specialty language is just one more barrier to readers accessing not just JTA but Jewish life as a whole. A headline like “Conservatives offer grants for new minyans,” from 2008, may be perfectly decipherable for insiders, but may not mean much even to those who know that a minyan is a prayer quorum of 10 Jews. In the context of the headline, “minyan” actually means a congregation that meets independently of a synagogue. (And while we’re at it, “conservative” means the Conservative movement, which is, confusingly, one of the “liberal” Jewish denominations.) There is another camp, of which I may be the sole member, that believes a little

insidery-ness is good for the JTA brand — and the reader. Our camp worries that if you go too far out of the way to avoid the language as it used by engaged Jews, you signal to readers a naivete about your subject matter. Readers of sports blogs and tech sites, for example, expect a little specialized vocabulary as part of their reading diet. A sentence like “deGrom’s major leagueleading 1.70 ERA was two-thirds of a run lower than the next closest NL hurler” isn’t exactly Sanskrit, but it does assume — and reward — a little prior knowledge. The old Spy magazine used to have a regular feature making fun of The New York Times for overexplaining things to its readers, as in “The Beatles, the popular rock and roll band of the late 1960s ...” Last week we had an office debate over a headline for an article about the scholar Robert Alter, who had just finished his three-volume translation of the Hebrew Bible. His name appeared in the original headline, leading some on staff to complain that no one would know who he is. In the age of search engines and social media, they correctly argue, you need headlines that are immediately accessible to the greatest number of potential readers. That argues for something like “After three decades, a scholar completes a See Translate, page 7

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monumental translation of the Bible.” But I argued to keep his name in the headline, since leaving it out might suggest that we didn’t understand Alter’s place in the Jewish literary firmament. It was the difference, I argued, between using “Jacob deGrom” and “Mets pitcher” in a headline at ESPN: The reader who would most value the information would recognize the name, and everyone else would, I don’t know, figure it out. I won the Alter argument (mostly, I suspect, because I managed to exhaust the opposition), and had some vindication Monday night when I attended a discussion at the New York Pubic Library with the legendary New Yorker writer John McPhee. Now 87, McPhee has made a career writing popular magazine articles and books about highly specialized subjects: geology, ecology, nuclear energy, sports. At Monday’s event McPhee’s interviewer, Paul Holdengraber, read a letter from McPhee to his late editor at the New York Review of Books, Robert Silvers, arguing for the specialized vocabulary in one of his geology essays. Silvers apparently worried that the particular jargon of geology — anticlines, synclines, migmatite, terrane — would be a turnoff for general readers. McPhee argued, at length, that readers would figure them out in context, or could reach for a dictionary. Explaining each word would hobble the prose, and omitting them would mean losing credibility in the science community. But McPhee is also aware of the limits of insidery-ness. On Monday and in his recent how-to book “Draft No. 4,” McPhee said that writers can’t assume that they share “frames of reference” with their readers. He points out how young people haven’t heard of oncehousehold names like Elizabeth Taylor and Cassius Clay. “[C]ollective vocabulary and common points of reference are not only dwin-

dling now but have been for centuries,” he wrote. Sarah Bunin Benor, a scholar of Jewish language at Hebrew Union CollegeJewish Institute of Religion, once used our archive to note the changing use of Jewish vocabulary at JTA and the Jewish community in general. Her study found, paradoxically, that the use of certain Hebrew and Yiddish words — such as shul, daven and chutzpah — actually increased even as the American Jewish community itself became more assimilated. (A JTA dispatch from 1924, by contrast, described a synagogue’s contents as the “Ark of the Law, the Scrolls of the Law, the Reader’s desk, and the seats” — not a Hebrew or Yiddish term among them.) Benor also demonstrated how the Reform movement became increasingly comfortable with a Hebrew vocabulary, with words like mitzvot (commandments, good deeds), aliyah (immigration to Israel) and tikkun olam (social action) appearing more frequently in its documents. The changes suggest that “three generations after the mass wave of immigration, Jews felt comfortable enough in America to express more distinctiveness in their in-group language,” she wrote. How much of that distinctiveness should be expressed by a Jewish news service — or, for that matter, by a synagogue rabbi, a Hillel director or a Jewish novelist? The trick is hitting on a vocabulary that flatters the intelligence of readers without leaving them behind or on the outside — that should probably be the guiding principle of any Jewish organization or service looking to “engage” young or disaffected people. And it is up to the “engagers” to keep up on the fluidity of frames of reference and note how the collective vocabulary keeps changing. Otherwise it’s, you know, a bizbuz zman mukhlat.

Andrew Silow-Carroll is editor in chief of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the AJP or its publisher, the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona.

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Tucson’s Maimonides and Cardozo societies held a combined meeting Nov. 5. Guest speakers Nancy Johnson, El Rio Community Health Center CEO, and Tim Hartin, Tucson Tim Hartin speaks at joint Medical Center vice president Maimonides-Cardozo meeting and chief legal officer, tackled the medical and legal perspectives of Tucson’s opioid crisis, captivating nearly 90 medical and legal professionals in attendance. For more information, contact Fran Katz at fkatz@jfsa.org about the Tucson Maimonides Society, and Matt Landau at mlandau@jfsa.org for the Tucson Cardozo Society.


The Women’s Philanthropy Mitzvah Magic program delivered Hanukkah gift “baskets” last week to 22 families in need. Since Rosh Hashanah, three new families were added, with more expected for Passover. There is always room for more volunteers in the giving circles. For Hanukkah, more than Giving circle volunteers wrap one circle helped several families, Hanukkah gifts, from left: including one family, recently Linda Silverman, Sherri Kay, homeless, who lost everything in and Sally Trattner. the process. To join Mitzvah Magic, contact Susannah Castro, WP director, at scastro@jfsa.org or 647-8469.


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JFSA’s Northwest Division held a Getting to Know Us event Nov. 8 with guest speakers Todd Rockoff and Jennifer Selco from the Tucson Jewish Community Center. Rockoff and Selco led participants in a “Jewish Values Auction” in which they bid on various Jewish values and planned a community program that focuses on their winning value(s). “It was a great value clarification exercise,” said participant Jane Myerson. “It made us all prioritize our thoughts about future programming.”




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Tucson Federation develops and funds creative, relevant community programs DEBE CAMPBELL AJP Assistant Editor Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of four articles on how the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona allocates funds. The first, in the Oct. 12 issue, focused on youth and family education programs at synagogues. The second, in the Nov. 23 issue, focused on national and overseas allocations. The final installment will focus on the Federation’s beneficiary agencies. he Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona instituted its current Planning and Allocation process in recognition that the world is changing so fast, we can’t just go along for the ride, we must be proactive, says Stuart Mellan, JFSA president and CEO. “People think of Federation as a fundraising organization, which we are, but we are so much more. There are so many ways the community is engaged in Jewish life through Federation,” says Mellan. The Federation’s funding allocations do encompass the campaign department,


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which includes Women’s Philanthropy, professional affinity groups, young leadership groups, and the Northwest Division. Other programs under the JFSA

umbrella include the Arizona Jewish Post bi-monthly newspaper; the Coalition for Jewish Education, overseeing Hebrew High, PJ Library and PJ Our Way pro-

grams; the Jewish Community Relations Council and the Holocaust History Center, in connection with the Jewish History Museum; and the Weintraub Israel Center, which is overseen jointly with the Tucson Jewish Community Center. The JFSA also maintains the communitywide website, www.jewishtucson.org. A community does not just happen, Mellan says, it has to be created. “To create the community you want, you have to be planning for change, and you have to have the right people around the table. There are a lot of moving parts.” The Federation strives to be the place where the Jewish community and leadership — religious, secular, advocacy, philanthropic — can come together around one table for collective activism. “The litmus test of how strong is a Federation is whether leadership of all kinds of people is around the table,” Mellan says. To fulfill the premise of one organization as the driver of Jewish life, a variety of stakeholders must be at the table — Federation, synagogues, Jewish

Community Foundation, young leaders, senior leaders, philanthropists and others who are engaged and those who are not as engaged, says Mellan. “We’ve established a much more rigorous process in [the three external] areas in which the Federation is involved. We felt we should do no less regarding the Federation itself.” Mellan describes Federation as an engagement organization more than a fundraising mechanism. “It has a vibrant, programmatic component. There are thousands of people involved in its various programs,” he notes. The purpose of the Planning and Allocations Committee is to constantly look in the mirror and make decisions as to where we should be putting our energy, says Mellan. “This year we put the annual ‘Together’ event on hiatus, due to expense both in funds and time consumption for execution. Instead, we will focus on other outreach programs, such as expanding the Northwest Division. We look to acquire a larger space to meet the growing community demand in that area.” The Federation uses the PAC to examine its own budgeting. “We are fortunate to have Jeff Artzi and Peter Marcus as the JFSA PAC funding group chairs. They care deeply about the community,” Mellan says. “As business people, they think of things regarding business planning. They have a sensitive way to work with each staff member in each department for business planning, goals and metrics so that we can ask: 1) Does the program meet our mission? 2) Is someone else in the community better suited to run this program, which can change over time? And, 3) Is there a return on investment, is the program a high priority for the community? These are not easy questions to answer.” As an example, teen outreach program engagement may not draw large numbers of participants but is still an important investment for the future. “Judgement must be used in this evaluation,” Mellan notes. The Jewish Latino Teen Coalition, which JFSA supports, is

one such signature program targeting a small group of teen leaders. “We try to find creative and fresh ways to engage and be relevant to the next generations,” says Mellan. “JLTC is the only one of its kind in the country, as far as we know. The LGBT inclusion project 15 years ago was only the second such project in the country.” Other highly visible programs include the Homer Davis Project, which feeds 100 children a week and puts volunteers one-on-one with children in classrooms in a local public elementary school; and PJ Library, which distributes books monthly to 800 Jewish children. Federation is a primary partner with the Jewish History Museum in creating the Holocaust History Center, launched three years ago. “The school-twinning project has taken off in the last three or four years and reached hundreds of children on both sides of the ocean,” Mellan adds, citing one of the Weintraub Israel Center’s programs. Mellan believes there is a myth that legacy organizations that have a long history cannot be innovative. “I think we’ve proven that’s not true. We can be creative, and we are reinventing ourselves all of the time.” He cites the Weintraub Israel Center, which has celebrated 20 years of success; the Homer Davis Project and Women’s Philanthropy’s Mitzvah Magic program, both a decade old; JLTC’s 16 years of success; the 5-yearold Jewish Tucson Concierge program; and a 16-year history in building the Northwest Division center and programs that now is set to expand. “We are constantly reinvigorating and reinventing how we reach out. We encourage success by developing a new generation of 30-something leaders to bring talents to other parts of the community,” Mellan says. “We build relationships through JCRC so that, when tragic events like the recent shootings at a Pittsburgh synagogue happen, we can bring the community together in 24 hours. That is because of all the work that happens year round.”


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Hebrew Free Loan of Tucson expands with employee assistance program PHYLLIS BRAUN AJP Executive Editor

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he Hebrew Free Loan Association of Tucson has been around since 1947. Although it provides an invaluable service — granting interest-free financial assistance to those in need — its longtime president, Phil Bregman, has often called the association “the best kept secret in town.” But in the past nine months, the Hebrew Free Loan has been increasing its visibility through a new employee financial assistance program. Under the new program, employees at enrolled businesses can receive a loan of up to $750 and repay it through payroll deductions over 12 months, Bregman explained at a recent meeting with employees of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, which will offer the program to its staff. There is no cost to the employer or the employee, and a co-signer is not required. Loans can be made for a variety of needs, such as unexpected auto repairs or health care deductibles. The employee financial assistance program, which is still in the pilot stage, began in March with Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging, says Bregman. It was so successful that the Hebrew Free Loan has already expanded it to several other businesses, both in the Jewish

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community and the general community, with more in the pipeline. Unlike many other Hebrew Free Loan Associations around the world that make loans only to Jewish appli-

cants, Tucson’s program always has been non-sectarian, Bregman says. With the new employee assistance program, “we’re investing in our local workforce,” says Yana Krone, the Free Loan’s program coordinator, “and trying to keep people away from high interest loans, such as auto title loans.” High interest loans, she notes, only add stress for people already in a financial bind. Krone came up with the employee assistance program after hearing on a podcast that the average American does not have $1,000 in savings in case of an emergency. If an employee’s car breaks down and they can’t repair it, this puts stress not only on the employee but also on the employer. And hourly workers don’t get paid for days they miss. “It becomes a vicious circle,” says Krone. The podcast also talked about parents who can’t drop their children off at daycare because they cannot afford to buy the diapers the daycare center requires. “So if you can’t afford diapers for your child, you can’t go to work. It blew my mind,” says Krone. Another reason the Hebrew Free Loan initiated the employee financial assistance program is that many people were having trouble finding a guarantor for a traditional loan application, she says. One recent loan that warmed her heart was for $600 See Loan, page 12

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that allowed “a gentleman to get his tooth fixed,” she says. But loans doesn’t have to be used only for a crisis. Loans can also be used to enroll a child in dance classes or soccer camp, Krone says, or for a variety of other purposes. All loans are subject to approval. Krone points out that loans don’t only benefit the borrower — they also benefit the school or other porgram that receives the funds. “It’s a giving forward program,” she says. While the employee assistance program has a limit of $750, larger loans, up to $5,000, are available with a co-signer through the association’s traditional program. Traditional loans have a longer repayment term, usually two to three years. There are many uses for such loans, from paying rent and utilities, to expanding a small business by buying computers or other equipment. Debt consolidation is another way people have used funds from Hebrew Free Loan. All of the funds for the Hebrew Free Loan Association come from donations, Krone says. Donations to the Hebrew Free Loan Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports the working poor, are eligible for the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit. Individuals may now contribute up to $400 and married couples filing jointly may contribute up to $800. The deadline for contributing has been extended to April 15 or when people pay their taxes,

whichever comes first. In addition, donations get recycled, says Krone, explaining when loans are paid back to the Hebrew Free Loan, the funds are recycled into new loans. This year, the Hebrew Free Loan has distributed more than $30,000 in loans, about half of them through the employee financial assistance program. Although all loans are kept confidential, says Krone, occasionally borrowers will provide the Hebrew Free Loan with a signed testimonial. One single parent of a chronically ill child calls the Hebrew Free Loan “a community haven.” “Hebrew Free Loan is an absolute blessing,” says Shannon Lee. “Yana listened with compassion to my story about my daughter, who had been diagnosed with a chronic illness, which has no cure. She understood my needs and assured me that I was not alone, and they could help me. She worked with me quickly to get the funds that I needed to help my daughter. “This company is a community haven. I received the money that I needed with payments that I could afford. The best part, there is no interest charged at any time whatsoever. As a single parent, this is an amazing blessing on my finances. Even more amazing however, is how supported I feel because there is no interest being charged. I have no stress over this loan.” Krone says the Hebrew Free Loan “is changing lives one loan at a time” and that the organization is seeking to expand its capacity. For more information on applying for a loan or making a donation, visit www. tucsonfreeloan.org, or contact Krone at 297-5360 or yana@tucsonfreeloan.org.

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TIHAN seeks help for locals living with HIV DEBE CAMPBELL AJP Assistant Editor


ucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network‘s Poz Café program provides a monthly gathering for people living with HIV. Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona funds a lunch annually and, along with local synagogues, provides volunteers to shop for food, cook and serve meals. More than 25,000 meals have been served and almost 15,000 care packages distributed at Poz Café. TIHAN sprang from local grassroots, compassionate response to community members. Representatives from area faith communities and agencies formed a steering committee in 1994 to provide education and to reduce the stigma of HIV. In the early days, like a hospice program, TIHAN supported people in the end-stages of their disease. As additional treatments and medications became available, TIHAN’s mission of education and support continued, but programming grew to respond to chang-


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ing needs. Today, volunteers provide support to help people living with HIV to live well. Today, nearly 500 volunteers from 48 participating faith communities care for 1,000 people with HIV. “While the death rate from HIV is much lower and people can live well with HIV, the stigma is still strong, and isolation and depression remain too prevalent,” says Scott Blades, TIHAN’s CEO. “In addition to living with HIV, the vast majority of people we serve — approximately 90 percent — are also living in poverty. We connect them with resources and food as well as classes on budgeting, self-care, advocacy, and empowerment issues.” JFSA, through the Jewish Community Relations Council, also assists Poz Café with a year-end holiday program, collecting gifts for parents and children. “Parents can select donated, unwrapped presents for children and children can select gifts for their parents,” explains Jill Rich, JCRC’s social action committee chair and vice president of the TIHAN

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board. Rich says the gift exchange is well received. “We also provide items donated by community members — we need things like $25 gift cards to grocery stores, and new (unused) items such as blankets, jackets, towels, and other basics,” says Blades. “We’re seeking donations of items for our monthly CarePackages — basic things you can’t get with food stamps (EBT food card): toiletries, personal care, and cleaning items such

as toilet tissue, bar soap, body wash, laundry detergent, shampoo, dish detergent, bleach, disinfectant household cleaner, deodorant, toothbrushes and toothpaste, feminine care products, and disposable razors,” he adds. “When we can take a bit of the financial burden off of one of our fixed income clients with HIV, it can really decrease stress and make a difference to them.” For additional information, contact www.tihan.org. JOIN THE NEWEST CHAPTER OF ® PJ LIBRARY FOR KIDS AGE 9-11 Choose a free book each month, create and share reviews, watch videos & book trailers! Signing up is easy: Visit www.pjourway.org

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isiting counselor Anjulie Pfeifer’s office is like visiting grandma’s house. Or going to a hipster coffee shop. Or seeing Smokey Bear’s cabin. At least that is what her clients at Jewish Family & Children’s Services say when they walk across the threshold of her office. Scenic paintings line the walls, board games are stacked atop the coffee table and an old TV cabinet houses books and a working old-fashioned radio. But it is probably the soft orange sofa with a quilt-like flower pattern design that gives the room its overall feel. “Everything came together around the couch,” Pfeifer says. “To me it looks like it is exactly pulled from the 1970s and nobody ever touched it, like it was in a bubble.” As a new counselor with her own office, Pfeifer wanted to create a space for people to relax and feel comfortable

Anjulie Pfeifer wanted her office at Jewish Family & Children’s Services to feel homey.

opening up in. “When people are sharing their hearts, you want them to be somewhere that

feels warm and cozy,” Pfeifer says. But as comfort level varies among patients, Pfeifer needed the components of

the office to be versatile for patients ranging from age 10 to age 50. “It has to be a place to clear the table and play some board games or do art projects,” Pfeifer says. “And then in another session be a firm place to cry your heart out.” Nearly everything in the office came from the 1st-Rate 2nd-Hand thrift shop and cost Pfeifer less than $100. The orange sofa that anchors the room cost only $10 and even then, it wasn’t her first choice. “We have these beautiful blue walls in all of the offices and I didn’t know if the blue with the orange would be too extreme,” Pfeifer says. Andie Cohn, co-president of the board of directors for 1st-Rate 2nd-Hand, aided Pfeifer throughout her shopping experience and understood the doubt that she had about the success of the couch. “It was definitely a décor risk,” Cohn says. “She wasn’t sure if it would be outrageous or if it would be fabulous.” But after much deliberation she took


Artful touches, above and below, add charm to Anjulie Pfeifer’s office at Jewish Family & Children’s Services.

the couch, and every other piece of furniture she bought in that one trip seemed to complement its energy. “I think it paid off, I’ve heard someone say it feels like you’re walking into your grandmother’s living room,” Cohn says. “It makes you feel more like you’re in a home setting than in a therapist’s office.” Pfeifer feels successful in creating a warm space with inviting fall season tones of brown and orange that allow her patients to be comfortable. But she isn’t quite sure if the fall colors will need to change when spring rolls around. “I would like to because it is fun, I like to decorate,” Pfeifer says. For now, the setup of the office serves its purpose, but she is open to the idea of change because she knows just the place to look. “I don’t know if I’ll have to do an office overhaul, but I do know where I will

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ven as the menorah shines its brightest these last three nights of Hanukkah, our eight-day Festival of Lights is starting to wind down. Presents have been opened and latkes savored. Hanukkah 5779 will soon become a sweet memory. So, what are your plans for the rest of December? How are you going to relax and regain your sense of equilibrium after all the Hanukkah hoopla? Perhaps during a leisurely drive to photograph spectacular vistas in Arizona, maybe with a relaxing week at a spa or for the Francophiles among us with a cruise that meanders through the Tahiti Islands. Delightful as these various getaways could be, my favorite way to regain inner peace involves no more traveling than walking out my front door and into the tranquility of the patio — just a few hun-

dred square feet of space. A little tending and a lot of what I call nature’s miracles have produced a treat for the senses that is soothing to both body and soul. As I relax on the patio after a busy day, the tiny rose garden calls to me. In his book “Le Petit Prince,” French author Antoine de St. Exupery recounts how the little prince singles out just one rose to “tame” and make his. I wonder what the little prince would think of the glorious task I have of taming masses of roses in hues of pink, yellow, and peach. My rose garden had its humble beginnings some years back with miniature rose plants I often bought at Trader Joe’s. One day after the blooms on my latest acquisition faded, the mad scientist in me decided to plant them and see what happened. Expectations weren’t high, as my knowledge of horticulture is limited to the tip of one of my very non-green thumbs. Much to my astonishment, those


miniature rose plants have been growing their little hearts out ever since and now tower over me. Many of the now luscious blooms have a fragrance that has as much soothing power as lavender or other calming scents. Even more amazing, they bloom twice a year — in late fall and spring. Another of nature’s miracles. Adding to the mystery of the flora in my front patio is an array of annual vincas that appears to have sprung up from nowhere, now spilling out over the edges of my goldfish pond. These dainty flowers thrive in warmer weather and can even handle full sun in summer’s blistering heat. Nature’s miracles abound. Speaking of my goldfish pond, I have 10 of the cutest goldfish you ever saw — yes, I know I’m biased! — swimming harmoniously about in their tub-sized pond approximately 4 feet long, blissfully unaware of the world’s problems. Amazingly, goldfish can handle cold weather when the temperature outside is below freezing. I remember learning in science class that fish are cold blooded. But these little guys are only 3

inches long! While I have to bundle up on a cold winter’s day just to walk to the mailbox, the goldfish are enjoying their skinny-dipping to the max. Oh, to be a goldfish for a day and have nothing more pressing to do than listen to the gentle sounds of water trickling over the rocks into the pond. Settled into a comfy chaise lounge, I gaze up at the shady orange tree. Each year I watch the orderly process in amazement, from pollination of those intoxicating orange blossoms in April (just where do those bees come from anyway?) to the resulting fruit in December. I’ve added a fuchsia colored bougainvillea to the patio, other potted plants, and a few French-themed decorations. No, it’s definitely not Le Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris, not even close. But when I relax outside, surrounded by nature’s miracles, especially during this season of miracles, a feeling of peace comes over me, which I hope will be reflected in my interactions with others. Barbara Russek, a former French teacher, is a freelance writer. She welcomes comments at Babette2@comcast.net.

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ou’ve hired a moving company, and you’re preparing for the big crosscountry move. There’s no better time to go through your things. While there are many things you’ll need to remember to pack, there are also a few things you won’t want to pack. Here are the top five packing tips for this big transition.

Packing tip 1: Always be safe

If there is anything that comes to mind while you are packing up your home for the moving company that makes you stop and think, it is probably too dangerous to pack. Things like firearms, fireworks, explosives, and toxic substances should be on your no-go list. If you have firearms you want to leave behind, check with your local police department. Many cities will collect your unwanted guns, no questions asked. Whatever you do, do not leave them unattended when you are packing up your home, especially with small children. You want to protect against any accidents. Should you happen to have any hazardous material in your possession, check to see if there is a nearby chemical recycling company that could help you properly dispose of the items. Best to get rid of them before you move, so you do not have to try to figure out what to do with them while you are working to get settled in a new city. In general, some things that moving companies won’t pack include: • Acid • Sterno • Darkroom Chemicals • Pesticides • Motor Oil • Gasoline • Charcoal • Lighter Fluid • Fertilizer • Paints • Car Batteries • Ammunition


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• Kerosene • Pool Chemicals • Chemistry Sets • Fireworks • Paint Thinner • Loaded Weapons • Weed Killer • Ammonia • Lamp Oil • Propane If you do have these items, either properly dispose of them or see if a neighbor can use them. Make yourself familiar with shipping restrictions, too. The United States Postal Service publishes a list online of things that are illegal to ship. Review the list to ensure compliance if there are any boxes that you will be mailing to your new home.

Tip #2: Perishable and non-perishable food

Chances are you’ve probably got a pantry full of canned goods and nonperishables that have been sitting around collecting dust. The hassle of packing, moving, and unpacking those is often not worth it for some of those items that will continue to collect dust in your new pantry. Instead of throwing them away, consider donating your non-perishable foods to a local food pantry. Some movers partner with a national nonprofit, Move for Hunger, that collects non-perishable foods from your home and delivers them on your behalf to a local food bank. Not only does this save you time, but it’s an excellent way for you to give back to your community before you move. In addition to your non-perishables, you will want to go through your refrigerator and freezer. This is a great time to do some deep cleaning, throw away expired food items, and really only keep the essentials — but only if your move is relatively local. If not, you’ll just want to dispose of all perishables. Chances are, they will not be

HOME& GARDEN stored properly during the move and will not be any good. This packing tip can prevent you and your family from contracting a food-borne illness, something you do not want to deal with during your big transition.

Tip #3: Important documents

You most likely have a file container in your home to store important documents — things like birth certificates, social security cards, passports, wills, insurance papers, etc. These are documents you would not want to get into the wrong hands. Plus, you’ll want them handy once you get to the new city, especially for orientation at a new job. Pro packing tips: Upgrade storage of your sensitive documents to a safe before the move. Find a small one that can organize a handful of important documents and will easily travel with you in the car. You’ll benefit from the added peace of mind, and furthermore, you’ll know exactly where they are when you move into your new home.

Tip #4: Prescription medications

If you are on any prescription medications, another excellent packing tip is to talk to your pharmacist about best practices for transporting them. You’ll want to get your prescriptions transferred to a new pharmacy near your new home. If you have any prescriptions on hand, make sure you transport them in your purse or briefcase. Doing this will ensure they arrive to your new home safely and securely as you will be aware of where they are throughout the entire journey.

Tip #5: Valuables

Another great packing tip to remember is to transport your items of value personally. This includes high-value items and sentimental pieces. High-value items might include computers, jewelry, artwork, and collections

(coins, stamps, etc.). The main packing tip for valuables is not leaving these items for the moving company to pack. You eliminate any chance of something happening to them as they’ll be in your personal care. Don’t forget those sentimental pieces. Your old family videos, heirlooms, photo albums, and children’s artwork, to name a few, are irreplaceable. It also is recommended to pack these items in your car.

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he Industrial Development Authority of Pima County announced a new partnership Monday with Trio, an independent mortgage financing company based in Washington state. The goal is to expand access to affordable financing to qualified Pima County residents to promote homeownership through a Lease-To-Own program. “Some of our residents need an affordable, secure path to homeownership when traditional mortgage financing is not attainable,” says John H. Payne, Pima IDA’s president. “We are excited about this partnership to help young families and others prepare to purchase their first home and experience the benefits of home ownership.” Trio’s Managing Director Darryl Lewis explains that instead of starting with a home mortgage, Trio first qualifies a potential homeowner for a lease with fixed monthly payments for one to five years. The customer then has the option to purchase the home 24 months into the lease agreement via an assumable FHA mortgage. In Arizona, both resale and new homes from area homebuilders are available under the program. The program finances homes built or renovated within the last 10 years, subject to third party inspection, up to a maximum home price of $325,000. The purchase option price is set as low as the original cost

of the home, plus a 1 percent conversion cost. Future home equity may then be used toward the down payment or closing costs by the customer. Every Trio-financed home includes an “OwnOption Mortgage,” which can be used to finance the home purchase when the customer is ready and qualified to purchase. By locking in today’s purchase price and interest rate, the Trio program helps promote future affordable home ownership. Founded in 2001, Trio is an independent finance company that specializes in affordable lending to offer more paths to home ownership for American households. Trio works with individuals, private industry, state, local, and federal government, and non-profit organizations to offer innovative financing. The Pima IDA is a nonprofit corporation designated a political subdivision of the State of Arizona incorporated with the approval of Pima County, pursuant to the provisions of the Arizona Constitution and the statutes currently titled “Industrial Development Financing,” Title 35, Chapter 5, Articles 1 through 5, Arizona Revised Statutes, as amended (Sections 35-701 through 35-761, inclusive). The Pima IDA has no taxing power nor the ability to pledge the general credit or taxing power of Arizona or any political subdivision thereof.

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hen a president dies, the tendency is to put aside long-simmering resentments and consider the wholeness of his record. So it was when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu remembered George Herbert Walker Bush, who died last week at 94. Despite the tense relationship with Israel that was a hallmark of Bush’s single term, the prime minister praised the late president for things that a younger Netanyahu fiercely opposed. “We in Israel will always remember his commitment to Israel’s security, his decisive victory over Saddam Hussein, his important contribution to the liberation

of Soviet Jewry, his support for the rescue of Ethiopian Jewry, as well as his efforts to advance peace in the Middle East in the Madrid Peace Conference,” Netanyahu said at the launch of Sunday’s Cabinet meeting. In real time Netanyahu, a deputy foreign minister during much of Bush’s 1989-93 term, had a real problem with two of the Bush agenda items he now praises: how Bush handled the first Gulf War, and the demands he put on Israel in its wake at Madrid. Netanyahu’s opposition to the Madrid process made him persona non grata at the State Department. His praise for the process this week is a signal of how he has evolved: The principles underpinning Madrid now inform Netanyahu’s approach to peacemaking. Netanyahu was the most outspoken member of Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir’s government opposing the request from the Bush administration not to


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retaliate should Saddam Hussein provoke Israel after Bush pledged to drive Saddam out of Kuwait. Netanyahu said it was a “certainty” that Israel would retaliate. After U.S. forces launched their war to oust Saddam and the Iraqi dictator launched missiles at Tel Aviv, Shamir decided to heed Bush; the president later thanked him for his restraint. Netanyahu was vindicated somewhat when Israeli military analysts came to believe that reticence to retaliate during the Gulf War emboldened Hezbollah to strike Israeli targets in subsequent years. Bush also leveraged the U.S. victory over Saddam into getting Shamir to send a delegation to the Madrid talks. Shamir hated the idea of the talks, so much so that he sidelined his actual foreign minister, David Levy, who was open to the talks, and instead made a star of Netanyahu, who was relentless in his criticism of not just the talks but their land-for-peace premise. Bush’s secretary of state, James Baker, was so frustrated with what he perceived to be Netanyahu’s obstructionism that he banned him from the State Department. The Madrid talks led to the Oslo process, which launched direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. Netanyahu built much of his subsequent career on saying that Oslo was a mistake because it promised the transfer of critical territory to an entity that Israel could not trust to secure it. It’s an outlook that has helped get Netanyahu elected four times as prime minister. Instead, in recent years he has favored a multilateral peace that includes all major Arab players in the region; relies on Saudi Arabia to bring others into the process; and builds toward a final status plan through regional cooperation. Key to Netanyahu’s approach is that the Palestinians do not have the power to prevent other Israeli-Arab talks from advancing. If that sounds familiar, it should: Bush 41 suggested something similar in a familiar context. “What we envision is a process of direct negotiations proceeding along two tracks — one between Israel and the Arab states, the other between Israel and the Palestinians,” Bush said at the opening of the Madrid peace parley on Oct. 30, 1991. “This conference cannot impose a settlement on the participants or veto agreements.” For more on Bush’s relationship with the Jewish community, see www.bit.ly/bushjlegacy and www. bit.ly/Bushyarmulke.

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Congregation Chaverim 5901 E. Second St., Tucson, AZ 85711 • (520) 320-1015 Rabbi Stephanie Aaron • www.chaverim.net Shabbat services: Fri., 7 p.m. (no service on 5th Fri.); Family Shabbat, 1st Fri., 6 p.m. / Torah study: 2nd Sat., 9 a.m., followed by contemplative service,10 a.m.

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Congregation m’Kor hayim 3888 E. River Road, Tucson, AZ 85718 (Tucson Hebrew Academy) Mailing Address: P.O. Box 31806, Tucson, AZ 85751 • (520) 904-1881 Rabbi Helen Cohn • www.mkorhayim.org Shabbat services: 2nd and 4th Fri., 7 p.m. / Torah study, 2nd and 4th Sat., 9:30 a.m.

Congregation or Chadash 3939 N. Alvernon, Tucson, AZ 85718 • (520) 512-8500 Rabbi Thomas Louchheim, Cantor Janece Cohen www.orchadash-tucson.org Shabbat services: Fri., 6:30 p.m.; 1st Fri., Friday Night LIVE (Sept.-May); 2nd Friday, Tot Shabbat (Sept.-May), 6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. / Torah study: Sat., 8:30 a.m.

the institute For JudaiC serviCes and studies Mailing Address: 36789 S. Golf Course Drive, Saddlebrooke, AZ 85739 Rabbi Sanford Seltzer • (520) 825-8175 Shabbat services: Oct.-April, third Friday of the month at 7 p.m. — call for details.

temple emanu-el 225 N. Country Club Road, Tucson, AZ 85716 • (520) 327-4501 Rabbi Batsheva Appel • www.tetucson.org Shabbat services: Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m./ Torah study: Sat., 8:30 a.m. except when there is a Rabbi’s Tish.

temple Kol hamidBar 228 N. Canyon Drive, Sierra Vista • (520) 458-8637 kolhamidbar.tripod.com Mailing address: P.O. Box 908, Sierra Vista, AZ 85636 Shabbat services: Fri., 7:30 p.m.


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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.

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7493 N. Oracle Road, Suite 201, Tucson, AZ 85704 • (520) 276-5675 Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon • www.beitsimchatucson.org Shabbat services: Fri., 6:30 p.m., at Oro Valley Community Center, 10555 N. La Canada Drive; Sat., 9 a.m., twice per month, with Torah study, at 7493 N. Oracle Road, Suite 131; monthly Shabbat hikes.

Congregation etz Chaim (Modern Orthodox) 686 Harshaw Road, Patagonia, AZ 85624 • (520) 394-2520 Rabbi Gabriel Cousens • www.etzchaimcongregation.org Shabbat services: Fri., 18 minutes before sunset / Torah study: Sat., 9:30 a.m. handmaKer resident synagogue

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for attacks on Israel. Iran has funded a massive buildup by Hezbollah of missiles in Lebanon that are capable of reaching major cities throughout Israel. And despite its adherence to the 2015 nuclear deal it agreed to with the United States and other world powers — even with America’s withdrawal this year — Iran has continued to develop its ballistic missile capabilities to the point where its missiles are now capable of reaching anywhere in Israel. To be clear, Iran has shown a limited appetite for actually launching any such attacks in the face of Israel’s massive deterrent power. But as I explained to Zakaria, the paradox remains: Iran accommodates some 9,000 Jews — not 15,000, as cited by “News Hour” — viewing them in a compartmentalized fashion as an age-old indigenous community totally separate from the malignant international forces of Zionism. The government may also see propaganda value in being able to point to the community’s continuing existence to international journalists. But Iran’s indulgence of its tiny Jewish minority doesn’t mean it wouldn’t wipe out Israel, the state of the Jews, if it could. If someday an Iranian leadership less cautious than the present were to launch an actual full-blown attack on Israel with the assets it has in hand, the number of dead Israeli Jews could number in the tens of thousands, even hundreds of thousands. The assertion that it was an antiZionist attack rather than an anti-Semitic one, as demonstrated by the existence of a small community of Jews in Iran, wouldn’t make much difference to anyone. This is a problem of seeing the forest for the trees. And it’s a problem that plagues the “News Hour” report in several respects. The story refers vaguely and incompletely to the discrimination that Jews (and other non-Muslim minorities) live with in Iran, mentioning only that Jews are “still kept away from senior government and military positions.” In fact, the discrimination goes considerably beyond this. Under Iran’s sharia law code, different penalties are laid out for Muslims and non-Muslims for a variety of violations, almost always disfavoring the non-Muslims.

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The government also insists that each of the Tehran Jewish community’s five schools must be run by a Muslim principal — a requirement that the head of the Jewish community bluntly, and courageously, condemned on the record as “insulting” in my 2015 interview with him. If a Jew murders a Muslim, the prescribed penalty is death. If a Muslim murders a Jew, the payment of blood money is an option. To be sure Jews, along with Christians and Zoroastrians, are recognized as “people of the book” in the Islamic Republic, with a legitimate place as tolerated minorities in Muslim society. The physical security of Jews as a community in Iran is even buttressed by a religious fatwa forbidding harm to the community that was issued by the Islamic Republic’s founding leader, Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, soon after he took power. But taken in total, the legal and social discrimination under which Iran’s Jews (and Christians and Zoroastrians) live leave them as basically well protected second-class citizens. For Jews, the impact of these conditions is reflected in a basic statistic found nowhere in the PBS report. Before the 1979 revolution, 80,000 to 100,000 Jews lived in Iran. Today, only 9,000 Jews live there, according to census figures, where Iranians are obliged to list their religion. Those numbers make a big statement about what most Iranian Jews think about living under the conditions “News Hour” describes more or less accurately, if incompletely. Much of the emigration took place in the years immediately after the revolution, when the ability of Jews to make reasonable lives for themselves was far less clear. Just months after the installation of Khomeini’s first postrevolution government, Iran’s execution of one of the community’s major leaders and leading businessmen, Habib Elghanian, for “contacts with Israel and Zionism” shocked many Jews into flight. The charge was one that could be applied easily to many Iranian Jews. To this day Iranian Jews, many of whom have family in Israel, must be discreet about those ties. But today, the government often looks the other way when Iranian Jews quietly visit Israel via third countries. According to Dr. Siamak Morsadegh, the director of Tehran’s Jewish hospital, as well as its elected representative in Iran’s parliament, those who have stayed are


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primarily members of the middle class — shop owners, small businessmen and professionals. In PBS’s look at those who remain, one disservice of its story is the depiction of Iranian Jews as simply objects of their government’s policies. Given their circumstances, this in fact is one of the bravest Jewish communities in the world. When Iran’s previous president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, repeatedly questioned the reality of the Holocaust, Jews and others around the world denounced him loudly — and so did Iranian Jewish leaders. Maurice Motamed, who represented Iran’s Jewish community in parliament at the time, told a reporter for the Persian service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty on the record, “Denial of such a great historical tragedy that is connected to the Jewish community can only be considered an insult to all the world’s Jewish communities.” Haroun Yashayaei, then head of the Tehran Jewish community, wrote Ahmadinejad himself: “How is it possible,” he demanded, to ignore all the undeniable evidence existing for the killing and exile of the Jews in Europe during World War II?” PBS notes one recent positive change — the decision by President Hassan Rouhani’s government to recognize Saturday, a working day in Iran, as a holiday for Jews, allowing them to stay home from school and work without penalty. But it neglects to mention that the change didn’t drop from the sky. It was one for which the Jewish community fought and lobbied tirelessly for years. Similarly, until a few years ago, the government discriminated between Muslims and non-Muslims in socalled “blood money” awards in civil suits involving the

death of an individual due to negligence. Under the government’s interpretation of sharia, a Muslim’s life was literally worth more than a non-Muslim’s in cold, hard cash, just because he was Muslim. As Motamed explained to me during my visit, Jewish leaders worked hard in coalition with other religious minorities to change this. “We consulted a lot of ayatollahs and took testimony from high-ranking clerics to show there must be equality under sharia,” he explained. Eventually the government agreed. While it may challenge sharia interpretation and application, one thing the community does not do is challenge the legitimacy of sharia itself. Many years ago Hamid Sabi, a London-based Iranian Jewish attorney who remained deeply involved in Jewish affairs as a liaison with the government from the outside, told me, “We’re quiet not because we’re cowed by the regime, but because we think the survival of the community depends on finding resolutions, not confrontation.” Recalling the way of Queen Esther and Mordechai, Sabi said, “We didn’t live 2,700 years in Iran by confronting the government each time we had a problem. Yet each time we managed to get around the king’s edict.” Whether because of limited time or lack of insight, this aspect of autonomous Jewish agency in Iran is one more thing that “News Hour” missed. This is a pity because in many ways, it’s the most remarkable aspect of Jewish existence in Iran today of all. Larry Cohler-Esses was news editor and special projects editor at the Forward from 2008 to 2017. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the AJP or its publisher, the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona.

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR The calendar deadline is Tuesday, 10 days before the issue date. Our next issue will be published Dec. 21, 2018. Events may be emailed to office@azjewishpost.com, faxed to 319-1118, or mailed to the AJP at 3718 E. River Road, #272, Tucson, AZ 85718. For more information, call 319-1112. See Area Congregations on page 25 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 yzbecker@me.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. “Too Jewish” radio show with Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon on KVOI 1030 AM (also KAPR and KJAA), Sundays at 9 a.m. Dec. 9, Rabbi Amy Scheinerman, author of “The Talmud of Relationships.” 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.

ONGOING up to 24 months and their parent(s). Free. Mandatory vaccination policy. Call Nancy Auslander at 745-5550 or visit www.caiaz.org.

Shalom. Free. www.torahofawakening.com. Temple Emanu-El “Stitch and Kvetch.” Third Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m. 327-4501.

Temple Emanu-El mah jongg, Mondays, 10 a.m. 327-4501.

Tucson J social bridge. Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon-3 p.m., year round. Drop-ins welcome. Meets in library on second floor. 2993000.

Cong. Anshei Israel mah jongg, Mondays, 10 a.m.-noon. All levels, men and women. Contact Evelyn at 885-4102 or esigafus@aol.com. 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.

Tucson J canasta group. Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon. 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. 7455550.

Jewish 12-step sobriety support group meets Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m. at Cong. Bet Shalom. dcmack1952@gmail.com.

Weintraub Israel Center Shirat HaShirim Hebrew choir. Tuesdays, 7 p.m. Learn to sing in Hebrew. Contact Rina Paz at 304-7943 or ericashem@cox.net.

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.

Spouse Bereavement Group, cosponsored by Widowed to Widowed, Inc. at the Tucson J, Tuesdays, 10 a.m. Contact Marvin at 885-2005 or Tanya at 299-3000, ext. 147.

Tucson J Israeli dance classes. Tuesdays. Beginners, 7:30 p.m.; intermediate, 8:15 p.m.; advanced, 9 p.m. Taught by Lisa Goldberg. Members, $8; nonmembers, $10. 299-3000.

Tucson J Israeli Dance, taught by Brandi Hawkins, 2nd and 4th Sundays, partners, 4:456 p.m., open circle, 6-7 p.m. Members, $8; nonmembers, $10. 299-3000.

JFCS Holocaust Survivors group meets Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-noon. Contact Raisa Moroz at 795-0300.

Cong. Anshei Israel gentle chair yoga with Lois Graham, Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Members of Women’s League, $6 per class; nonmembers, $8 per class. Contact Evelyn at 885-4102 or esigafus@aol.com.

Temple Emanu-El adult class, “Faces of Torah,” facilitated by Jesse Davis, most Sundays, 10:15-11:30 a.m., through April 28. See schedule on www.jewishtucson.org. 327-4501.

Cong. Anshei Israel parent-tot class, led by Lindsey Embree. Mondays, 9-11 a.m. Children

Friday / December 7

5:45 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel “BOGO” Tot Shabbat Service. Dinner at 6:15 p.m.: Bring a new family and host family and guest family are free. Members, $25 family of 2 adults and up to 4 children; additional adults (13+) $10. RSVP for availability for dinner to Kim at 745-5550, ext. 224 or edasst@caiaz.org. 5:45 PM: Cong. Or Chadash 100 menorah celebration and Friday Night Live! Latke Nosh followed at 6:30 p.m. by service. Bring menorah, 7 candles, matches. Sufganiyot oneg follows. At St. Francis in the Foothills Celebration Center, 4625 E. River Road. 512-8500 or www.octucson.org. 6:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Tot and Shabbat Rocks! service with the 5th grade, Rabbi Batsheva Appel, Cantorial Soloist Marjorie Hochberg, and the Avanim Band, preceded by Millstone Menorah lighting at 5:30 p.m., followed by family Hanukkah dinner at 5:45 p.m. Dinner, $12 for adults, $3 for kids 4-12, free for kids under 4. RSVP for dinner at 327-4501.

Saturday / December 8

8 AM: Temple Emanu-El Wandering Jews hike and Shabbat morning service with Rabbi Batsheva Appel at Seven Falls. 327-4501. 12:15-3:15 PM: Secular Humanist Jewish Circle Hanukkah Party with food and gift exchange. Members, $3; nonmembers, $5. At Casa


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Awakening Through Jewish Meditation — Discover Freedom, with Reb Brian Yosef, Tuesdays/Sundays at 10:30 a.m., at Cong. Bet

Temple Emanu-El Talmud study, Wednes-

Adobes Congregational Church, 6801 N. Oracle Road. To RSVP for availability and for information on what to bring, contact Pat at pat_d@comcast. net or 481-5324.

for the West Coast region, will speak. At Skyline Country Club, 5200 E. St. Andrews Drive. Members, $25; nonmembers, $27. RSVP for availability to Marcia at 886-9919.

7:30 PM: Chanukah Cantata. Presented by Tucson J, JFSA, and seven Tucson congregations, joined by the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, and congregational choirs. Performers include Rabbi-Hazzan Avraham Alpert; Cantors Janece Cohen and David Montefiore; Cantorial Soloists Marjorie Hochberg, Nichole Chorny, Diana Povolotskaya, and Sarah Bollt; Cantorial Intern Emily Ellentuck; and Dale Whitmore. $18. At Tucson J. Register at www. tucsonjcc.org or 299-3000.

4-5 PM: Tucson J presents Tucson Symphony Orchestra Just For Kids Hanukkah Concert. Free. www.tucsonjcc.org or 299-3000.

Sunday / December 9

8 AM: Tucson J Cycle for Good, part of JCCs of North America program. Money raised benefits Tucson J Taglit program. Additional start times at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. $18. At Tucson J. Reservations required to guarantee a bike. Register at www.tucsonjcc.org or 299-3000. 11 AM: Chabad on River Jewish Women’s Circle Rosh Chodesh event, “Chanukah Donut Delight!” $10 suggested. At Chabad on River, 3916 E. Fort Lowell Road. To RSVP or sponsor, call/text Chani Bigelman at 661-1071. 11:30 AM: Hadassah Southern Arizona brunch with Woman of the Year presentation, installation of officers for 2019, and honoring annual givers. Ian Merles, annual giving officer

5:30 PM: Cong. Chofetz Chayim Hanukkah celebration. Free. At Rabbi and Esther Becker’s house, 5458 E. 6th St. RSVP to Esther at ewzbecker@me.com or 747-7780. 6 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel “Hanukkah & the Chocolate Factory” Party, with dinner buffet. $13. RSVP at www.caiaz.org or 745-5550.

Monday / December 10

2 PM: Handmaker presents Brandeis Art Talks, “The Barnes Collection: Crime or Justice?” with Kit Kimbal, Tucson Museum of Art docent. Free. Contact Nanci Levy at 322-3632 or nlevy@handmaker.org.

Tuesday / December 11

5:30 PM: REAP dinner and presentation, “What Now for Southern Arizona? Moving Beyond the 2018 Election,” with Michael Racy of Racy and Associates and Amber Smith, CEO of the Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce. At Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort, 5501 N. Hacienda Del Sol Road. Members, free; nonmembers, $55. RSVP to Jeannette Dempsey,

days, 10 -11:30 a.m. Text required, call 3274501. Chabad of Sierra Vista women’s class with Rabbi Benzion Shemtov, last Wednesdays, 2 p.m., 401 Suffolk Drive. 820-6256 or www.jewishsierravista.com. Chabad Tucson lunch and learn with Rabbi Yehuda Ceitlin, Wednesdays, 12:15 p.m. at 5th Street Kitchen and Deli, 5071 E. Fifth St. www.chabadtucson.com. Jewish mothers/grandmothers special needs support group for those with children/ grandchildren, youth or adult, with special needs, third Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. at Tucson J. Contact Joyce Stuehringer at 299-5920. Temple Emanu-El Jewish novels club with Linda Levine. Third Thursdays, 2-4 p.m. 3274501. “Biblical Breakthroughs with Rabbi Becker” at the Southwest Torah Institute. Fridays, noon, for men and women. 747-7780 or yzbecker@me.com. Jewish History Museum new core exhibition, “Meanings Not Yet Imagined.” Holocaust History Center, “Call Me Rohingya,” photographs by Andrew Stanbridge. 564 S. Stone Ave. 670-9073. Tucson J Fine Art Gallery shows, “New Works from Broken Glass,” through Dec. 10; “Trajectory” by Elliott Heiman, Dec. 11-Jan. 24. 299-3000. 647-8477 or jdempsey@jfsa.org.

Wednesday / December 12

8-9:30 AM: Jewish Business Network meeting. At Tucson J. 299-3000, ext. 241, or concierge@jewishtucson.org.

Friday / December 14

11 AM: Jewish History Museum/Holocaust History Center gallery chat, “States of Rightlessness,” with Bryan Davis, executive director. Free. 564 S. Stone Ave. 670-9073 or www.jewishhistorymuseum.org. 9:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Downtown Shabbat at Jewish History Museum, 564 S. Stone Ave., with Rabbi Batsheva Appel and Armon Bizman band. 327-4501.

Sunday / December 16

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. 11 AM: JFSA Winter Residents brunch reception at Harvey and Deanna Evenchik Center for Jewish Philanthropy, 3718 E. River Road. Casual attire. RSVP by Dec. 12 at www.jfsa.org/ winterresidents2019 or to Geri Bertagnolli at 6478468 or geri@jfsa.org. NOON: Cong. Anshei Israel Targum Shlishi, with Rotem Rapaport, one of the Weintraub Israel Center’s shinshiniyot (Israeli teen emissaries)

on living half a mile from Gaza on moshav Netiv Ha’asara. Free. Contact Rabbi Robert Eisen at 745-5550, ext. 230.

NOON – 3 PM: Tucson J Knife Skills & Classic Soups class, with Chef Tom Kressler, Italian cuisine expert. $50; nonmembers, $60. Register at www.tucsonjcc.org or 299-3000.

2-4 PM: Tucson J Celebration of Heritage concert, Jewish Sacred Fusion, with Brian Yosef Schachter-Brooks and Friends. $10. Register at www.tucsonjcc.org or 299-3000.

2-4 PM: Tucson J Artist’s reception, “Trajectory” by Elliott Heiman. Free. www.tucsonjcc.org or 299-3000. 5-7 PM: Awakening through Jewish Meditation, Workshop for newcomers, with Reb Brian Yosef, at Jewish History Museum, 564

S. Stone Ave. Free. www.torahofawakening.com.

Tuesday / December 18

8:30-10 AM: Tucson Hebrew Academy Tuesday Tours. At THA. Contact Gabby Erbst at 529-3888. NOON-1 PM: Cong. Or Chadash book club discusses “The Lost Letter” by Jillian Cantor. 512-8500 or www.octucson.org.

7 PM: Jewish History Museum/Holocaust History Center artist’s talk, “Lost in Jüdische Friedhof Weissensee,” with Robert Yerachmiel Sniderman. Free. 564 S. Stone Ave. 670-9073 or www.jewishhistorymuseum.org.

Wednesday / December 19

5:30-7 PM: Cong. Or Chadash Sisterhood

Lilith Salon discussion group. Members, free; nonmembers, $5. Contact Dana Adler at 241-4381.

Thursday / December 20 11 AM: Jewish History Museum/Holocaust History Center staged reading of “Guest Book,” work-in-progress play by Nina Foushee. Free. 564 S. Stone Ave. 670-9073 or www.jewishhistorymuseum.org. 1 PM: Handmaker lecture, “What’s in a Name” with Rabbi Helen Cohn of Cong. M’Kor Hayim. Free. Contact Nanci Levy at 322-3632 or nlevy@handmaker.org.

Friday/December 21

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 by Dec. 17 at www.caiaz.org or 7455550. 7 PM: Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus present “Tibetan Sound and Psalms,” in Hebrew and English. At the Monastery, 800 N. Country Club Road. Also on Jan. 13, 3 p.m. at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1220 W. Magee Road. $20. www.southernarizonawomenschorus. org or 404-3148.

Saturday / December 22

11 AM-NOON: Cong. Bet Shalom and PJ Library Tot Shabbat with Lisa Schacter-Brooks. Free. At Bet Shalom. 577-1171.


Jewish Federation-Northwest chair yoga with a Jewish flair taught by Bonnie Golden. Mondays, 10-11 a.m. $7 per class or $25 for four. 5054161 or northwestjewish@jfsa.org. Northwest Needlers create hand-stitched items for donation in the Jewish community. Meets at Jewish Federation Northwest Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m. RSVP to judithgfeldman@gmail.com or 505-4161. Jewish Federation-Northwest mah jongg, meets Wednesdays, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., 5054161. Chabad of Oro Valley adult education class, Jewish learning with Rabbi Ephraim Zimmerman. Wednesdays at 7 p.m., at 1217 W. Faldo Drive. 477-8672 or www.jewishorovalley.com.

Sunday / December 9

3 PM: Chabad of Oro Valley Hanukkah program, Children's Museum Oro Valley, 11015 N. Oracle Road #101. 477-8672 or www.jewishorovalley.com. 4 PM: Jewish Federation-Northwest Family Hanukkah Party. 190 N. Magee Road, Ste. 162.

505-4161 or northwestjewish@jfsa.org.

Monday / December 10

11 AM: Chabad of Oro Valley End of Hanukkah concert. Sing along with musician Tzvi Rimler. At Country Club of La Cholla, 8700 N. La Cholla Blvd. $10. 477-8672 or www.jewishorovalley.com.

Tuesday / December 11

6 PM: JFSA Northwest community event with Susan Kasle, MPH, vice president of community services at Jewish Family & Children’s Services. 505-4161.

Friday / December 14

5-6 PM: Jewish Federation-Northwest Tot Shabbat in the Northwest, with Rabbi Batsheva Appel and PJ Library. Free. At Jewish Federation Northwest, 190 N. Magee Road, Ste. 162. 505-4161.

Monday / December 17

5 PM: Jewish Federation-Northwest book club discusses “Eve” by Elissa Elliott. At 190 W. Magee Road, #162. 505-4161 or


Thursday / December 20

12:30 PM: Jewish Federation-Northwest community dining out event, at Noble Hops, 1335 W. Lambert Lane. Purely social. Purchase your own fare. RSVP by Dec. 18 for an accurate headcount for their staff at www.jfsa.org/ noblehops or 505-4161 or northwestjewish@jfsa.org.

UPCOMING Sunday / January 6

10 AM-1:45 PM: Jewish Federation Northwest Division Symposium, “Antisemitism from the Spanish Inquisition on: Educating for Social Justice,” with speaker David Graizbord, Ph.D., assistant professor at the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies. At the Buttes at Reflections, 9800 N. Oracle Road. Followed at 3 p.m. by Tucson International Jewish Film Festival screening of “Disobedience: The Sousa Mendez Story” at Saddlebrooke’s Desert View Performing Arts Center, 39900 S. Clubhouse Drive. Continues Monday, Jan. 7, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., with speakers Dagmar and Peter Schroeder of the Children’s Holocaust Memorial

in Whitwell, Tennessee; Gil Riback, Ph.D., assistant professor at the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies; and Bryan Davis, executive director of the Jewish History Museum/Holocaust History Center. Includes video by Tucson Hebrew Academy students and panel discussion, “What Can We Do to Help?” Registration includes lunch at the Buttes both days, film admission, and pass to JHM/HHC. $40 early registration; $50 Dec. 21-Jan.4. RSVP at www.jfsa.org/nwsymposium. 3 PM: Jewish Federation NW/TIJFF screening of “Disobedience: The Sousa Mendez Story,” about the Portuguese consul in Bordeaux, France, who saved an estimated 30,000 lives during World War II. At Saddlebrooke’s Desert View Performing Arts Center, 39900 S. Clubhouse Drive. $5 (unless registered for symposium above). 505-4161 or northwestjewish@ jfsa.org.

Tuesday / January 22

3:30-5 PM: Jewish Federation-Northwest Tu B’Shevat barbecue at Cañada del Oro Riverfront Park, 551 W. Lambert Lane. Free. For more information, call 505-4161 or email northwestjewish@jfsa.org.

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A daughter, Abigail Alice Cohen, was born Nov. 14 to Zachary and Katie Cohen of Tucson. Grandparents are Cantor Janece Cohen of Tucson, Sue and Harry Fox of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and Rabbi Jordan Cohen of Ontario. Great-grandparents are Seneca Erman of Tucson, and Rhea and Philip Cohen of Toronto.

The Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, which is celebrating its 95th anniversary, received a gift last month of $1.5 million from longtime museum benefactors Alice and Paul Baker to support art education at the museum. The TMA Education Center will be renovated and renamed the Alice Baker Center for Art Education, to recognize her long-term commitment to TMA as a trustee. The Bakers also intend to donate all or part of their collection of pre-Columbian and Latin American art to the museum. Hotel Congress kicked off its Copper Jubilee celebration of 100 years last month. Celebrations will continue through December 2019 and will include art exhibits, lecture series and signature events, as well as historical and modern additions to the hotel. Maynards Market & Kitchen celebrated its 10th anniversary with a commemorative wine dinner Dec. 6.

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Sisterhood evening with UA softball recruiter Congregation Or Chadash Sisterhood held a dinner Sunday, Nov. 18 at El Charro with guest speaker Stacy Iveson, director of recruiting-operations for the University of Arizona women’s softball team. Iveson, a former

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