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Artful touches in new building express Federation mission DAVID J. DEL GRANDE AJP Staff Writer


hen the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona began designing its new building, not only did Federation leaders want to modernize their workspace, they wanted to create a sacred landmark, says President and CEO Stuart Mellan. “We really wanted the building to be a place of meaning,” says Mellan. “We understood that we’re creating an office building, but we wanted some of the architectural elements and the art to reinforce the sacred and inspirational aspects of our work.” The Harvey and Deanna Evenchik Center for Jewish Philanthropy, which houses the Federation and the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona, officially opened its doors on Oct. 15. The planners designed the new building with four symbolic and

functional factors in mind: unity, keeping the Federation and Foundation centralized in one, large space; visibility, having the building act as a landmark that signifies the vitality of the Federation and Foundation; security, providing an adequately secured office; and professionalism, creating an upgraded facility that will provide a modern and comfortable setting to host community events. Various artistic touches are still being installed and acquired. Within the next month, the far end of Lee and Jane Kivel Promenade — a walkway that now connects the Tucson Jewish Community Center and the Federation building — will feature a metal and glass sculpture by an Israeli-born metal artist Tidhar “Tidi” Ozeri. During the planning stages of the Federation’s new center, Frank Mascia, owner of CDG Architects and chief planner of See Artful, page 4

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Local expert: mitigating climate change is form of tikkun olam KORENE CHARNOFSKY COHEN Special to the AJP


limate change is happening in the Southwestern United States and across the globe, and Judaism gives us an incentive to address environmental problems, says Gregg Garfin, Ph.D., university director of the Southwest Climate Science Center at the University of Arizona. Garfin presented “The Changing Climate of Arizona and the Southwest: What’s Coming? What Can We Do?” to a group of 42 people at the Jewish Federation-Northwest on Nov. 14. “We should use our brains


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and our hearts when dealing with these issues,” says Garfin. “Achieving environmental justice is to create tikkun olam [re-

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pair of the world] by taking opportunities for action, and there is guidance from the Torah and daily prayers.” He cites Leviticus 25:4 — “But in the seventh year the land shall have a sabbath of complete rest, a sabbath of the Lord: you shall not sow your field or prune your vineyard.” He interprets this as a guideline for how we should think about our relationship to all of creation, and how we manage our natural resources. “Multiple times a day we recite the Shema which gives us the opportunity to think about the Oneness and how everything is interconnected,” Garfin

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says. “When you study ecology and climatology you learn that we can’t think of our actions in isolation. If you tug on a string at one end of the system, it rattles things somewhere else.” Garfin is an associate professor and associate extension specialist at the UA School of Natural Resources and the Environment, and deputy director for science translation and outreach at the university’s Institute of the Environment. The World Economic Forum Global Risks Report 2016, covering 10 years of the most significant risks worldwide, shows that environmental worries have See Climate, page 8

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YOU help the most vulnerable. SUPPORT the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona Annual Campaign and help FEED THE HUNGRY and SHELTER THE POOR. We supply weekend and holiday meal kits for students at Homer Davis Elementary School in Tucson, collect clothing for local homeless women, and relieve families in financial crisis. Tikkun Olam begins at home and Federation is here to help. FEEDING AND SHELTERING PEOPLE IN TUCSON, ISRAEL AND AROUND THE WORLD.

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YOU create the NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS. Support the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona Annual Campaign and ensure programs like Young Women’s Cabinet, Young Men’s Group, Hebrew High, Jewish Latino Teen Coalition for Tucson high school students, and University of Arizona Hillel continue to inspire and develop young leaders in our community. INSPIRING LEADERS OF ALL AGES.

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The Tucson Chapter of Brandeis National Committee and the Tucson Jewish Community Center will sponsor a BNC University On Wheels program next month, “From Election to Investigation and all the ‘Fake News’ in Between: Media Coverage of This Presidency.” Eileen McNamara, Brandeis University professor of the practice of journalism and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and Maura Jane Farrelly, associate professor of American Studies and director of the department of journalism at Brandeis, will present the talk on Monday, Jan. 8 at 9:30 a.m. at the Tucson J. McNamara received her B.A. at Barnard College and her M.S. at Columbia University. At Brandeis, she teaches courses such as “Race and Gender in the News,” “Political Packaging in America” and “Ethics in Journalism.” She is the 2011 recipient of the Louis Dembitz Brandeis Prize for Excellence in Teaching, which honors an individual who is involved in

the co-curricular and extracurricular life of the campus and has had a significant impact on students’ lives as an exceptional teacher, mentor, adviser, and friend. She is a Pulitzer Prize-winning former columnist for the Boston Globe and was portrayed in the film “Spotlight.” Farrelly received her B.A. from Fordham University and her M.A. from Emory University. She also holds a Ph.D. in history from Emory University, with an emphasis on colonial and early American periods, and on American religious history. Farrelly worked as a full-time journalist for seven years, first for Georgia Public Radio in Atlanta and then for the Voice of America in Washington, D.C. Her current scholarly research focuses on Catholics in the South in the 18th and 19th centuries and on Methodist attempts to reconcile science with revealed religion in the 19th century. The cost of the event is $18. RSVP by Jan. 3 to Rhoda Cohen at rogoco1@ or 529-8411.

Holiday concert to highlight Jewish composers Many holiday songs were written by Jewish composers, including Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas”; “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” by Sammy Cahn (born Cohen) and Jule Styne (who also wrote “The Christmas Waltz” together); “Winter Wonderland” (composer Felix Bernard was born Felix William Bernhardt); and “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)” by Robert Wells (born Levinson) and Mel Torme. The Desert Melodies will present “Holiday Magic: Holiday Songs by Jewish Composers” on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. The eclectic vocal cover group performs with live piano and drums. The performance will include the history of Jewish composers who wrote

holiday standards — as well as a selection of Chanukah songs. “Holiday music is beautiful, uplifting and fun to listen to, regardless of your religion,” says Harriet Siskin, pianist and band leader. “The tunes are timeless and that’s the reason why you hear them year after year. The songs we have selected to perform were all written by Jewish composers ... [or] recorded by a Jewish entertainer at some point in their career.” Tickets are $10. RSVP at 299-3000 or December 1, 2017, ARIZONA JEWISH POST


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the new building, attended the Tucson International Jewish Film Festival. Mascia found his inspiration for the Enid and Mel Zuckerman Grand Foyer after watching “Raise the Roof,” a documentary about artists Rick and Laura Brown reconstructing the Gwoździec synagogue, an artistically fashioned wooden synagogue that was destroyed during the Nazi occupation of Poland. Mellan explains that Mascia was intrigued by the architectural elements of the Gwoździec synagogue, which utilized a “Turkish tent” structure to “welcome the stranger,” adding “this concept made a perfect metaphor for how the entryway to the building should be.” Mascia suggested they find an artist who could install a piece to complement the arched ceiling. Mellan called on Jeff Timan, a local metal sculptor who works under the pseudonym Art Neptune, and his son, Zak Timan, an accomplished glass artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. The father-and-son team created “Infinite Possibilities,” a glass, aluminum, steel and acrylic art installation, which evokes the mysteries of the universe and humanity’s interconnectedness. Neptune has been a metal sculptor for more than 40 years. He’d been looking for a project to take on with his son, and this piece provided the perfect opportunity. It took about six months to conceptualize the installation, he says, but incorporating glass into the work was essential. His son was deferential at first, but during the three-month construction process the dynamic changed, says Neptune. As the deadline approached, he leaned on his son more than the other way around. “It’s a very complicated piece; it may not look it, but it’s extremely complicated,” says Neptune. “A lot of the engineering was possible because he had the expertise.” Working with his son was a watershed moment for them, Neptune explains. The

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project was an intellectual exercise that piqued a massive amount of passion from both men. “We’ve never been closer,” he says. “I got so much more out of working with him than I did out of actually making the piece — it surprised me.” Metal sculpture, especially welding, provides instant gratification, says Neptune, who started developing his penchant for this craft using MIG (metal inert gas) welding, where a solid electrode feeds through the welding gun, suturing almost anything together in a flash. Neptune graduated to a technique called plasma cutting, where a welding torch’s accelerated jet cuts through electrically conductive materials like steel, brass and aluminum. He used the plasma cutting process to etch various figures and symbols into the centerpiece for “Infinite Possibilities.” Mellan says the piece mainly uses primary colors, inspired by the color scheme used at Gwoździec and other Polish synagogues constructed throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. The Federation provides essential programming for the Jewish community in Tucson, as well as for its stateside and international partners, says Deanna Evenchik. She believes the Federation is boundless, so naming its artistic centerpiece “Infinite Possibilities” is pitch-perfect. “When I saw it for the first time, I actually walked into the building and I cried — I got very verklempt,” she says. She recalls how touched her late husband, Harvey, who passed away in September 2011 at age 82, was by all that the Federation does for the community. It’s vital to say this project wouldn’t have come together so gracefully if it wasn’t for the strength of the local community, says Evenchik. “It’s almost like there’s nothing we can’t accomplish together; and the support was overwhelming.” As guests look up to admire “the crown jewel of the grand foyer,” says Mellan, they’ll also notice a bronze sculpture by David Unger, “My Beloved,” on the second floor balcony. The sleek 4-foot-tall

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statue features a man and women embracing, intertwined like the roots of a tree. The sculpture was donated by Unger and his wife, Kathy, who dedicated the art to Mellan. The Federation wanted the lobby to set the tone for what visitors would see and experience, says Mellan. Adorning the foyer’s western wall are biographies of eight lead donors along with three inspirational quotes. He says the assortment of names is not hierarchical, which offers a true sense of community, while the biographies offer a learning opportunity for anyone who visits. The facade of the building, leading through the foyer, was meant to suggest Jerusalem stone and the Western Wall, says Mellan, further cementing the Federation’s connection to Israel and signifying the sacred elements of its mission. The Shaol and Evelyn Pozez event room was added to the plan for the new building when the Federation learned that the Tucson J needed more meeting space for the growing community, he says. Just off the Pozez event room is the Milton and Tamar Maltz patio, where a tile mosaic gifted by Gail M. Barnhill, Mellan’s executive assistant, will be installed later this month. The patio space is enclosed by the Eric and Liz Kanter-Groskind values wall. This raw steel fence is inscribed with words and phrases such as “tikkun olam,”

A view from the second floor of the Harvey and Deanna Evenchik Center for Jewish Philanthropy.

“community,” and “Israel.” This installation was drafted by graphic designer Noah Cohen of Cohen Creative, and was another brainchild of Mellan’s. The structure, he says, “articulates the values that are important to us and to our work.” The values wall has a practical function, and its design brings a sense of inspiration into the space, Mellan says. “And in general, people are inspired, excited and proud that our community came together to create this space — I think they’re in awe of the building,” says

Mellan. Michael Kasser, a local developer and donor to the center, says he was moved by “Infinite Possibilities” and the new facility overall. “A great building is defined by what makes it exceptional and unusual,” says Kasser. “To me, Jeff and Zak’s exceptional piece defines the building and gives it a special cachet — mazel tov!” The Donald L. Baker board room offers a breathtaking view of the Santa Catalina Mountains, says Mellan. Nika Kaiser,

a local artist and curator at the Jewish History Museum/Holocaust History Center, designed an installation that commemorates former Federation presidents; she also fabricated the art that recognizes local Jewish women on the Lion of Judah Endowment wall. Instead of simply collecting headshots of local Jewish leaders or inscribing a collection of names on a plaque, Kaiser created a more artful representation, Mellan says, adding this was “consistent with our thinking that we wanted to elevate beyond the function of it to something that would inspire people when they walked through.” Multiple works from local artist Lynn Rae Lowe are also on display throughout the center. And a vivacious abstract painting gifted by Brenna Lacey adorns the Foundation’s waiting room. The center was an aspiration for decades, says Mellan. When the Federation finally began to make definite plans, everything came together almost overnight, from the planning to fundraising to the construction. Tucson is a very generous community and many people are invested in the success of the Federation and its partners, he adds. “The community came together so quickly to support the project and the response to the building has been very affirming,” he says.

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COMMENTARY New York Times article demonstrates how not to write about neo-Nazis ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL JTA


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id The New York Times just normalize an American neo-Nazi? That’s the charge being flung at The Newspaper of Record over its Saturday profile of Tony Hovater, 29, a “polite,” “low key” Ohio man who is a “committed foot soldier” who helped start one of the white nationalist groups that marched in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August. The article, titled “In America’s Heartland, the Nazi Sympathizer Next Door,” depicts Hovater cooking pasta for his sympathetic wife and pushing a shopping cart through his local grocery, and asserts that “his Midwestern manners would please anyone’s mother.” A lot of readers were outraged, saying the article by Richard Fausset humanized a racist who deserves only scorn and made a “man who believes the races should be separated seem likable.” The Washington Post’s Karen Attiah complained that The Times “thought it was

okay to give prominent space to Nazi ideology.” The criticism moved Marc Lacey, the newspaper’s national editor, to write an editor’s note. “We regret the degree to which the piece offended so many readers,” he wrote.

But Lacey also defended the intention of the piece. “The point of the story,” he wrote, “was not to normalize anything but to describe the degree to which hate and extremism have become far more normal in American life than many of us want to think.” And that is how I read the piece —

the first time. To me it was an attempt to understand the tiki torch-carrying thugs who marched in Charlottesville and a useful reminder that not every racist or Nazi sympathizer shaves his head, wears jackboots or waves the Confederate battle flag. Fausset, the writer, insists as much in the article itself. Here’s what journalists call the “nut graf” — or English teachers might call the thesis statement: “He is the Nazi sympathizer next door, polite and low-key at a time the old boundaries of accepted political activity can seem alarmingly in flux. Most Americans would be disgusted and baffled by his casually approving remarks about Hitler, disdain for democracy and belief that the races are better off separate. But his tattoos are innocuous pop-culture references: a slice of cherry pie adorns one arm, a homage to the TV show ‘Twin Peaks.’ He says he prefers to spread the gospel of white nationalism with satire. He is a big ‘Seinfeld’ fan.” I applaud Fausset’s attempt to See Neo-Nazis, page 10

How Jews on the left and the right are empowering the BDS movement SEFFI KOGEN JTA


he BDS debacle at the University of Michigan proved once again that Jews can be their own worst enemies. Since 2002, the University of Michigan’s Central Student Government

(CSG) has, on 10 occasions, rejected resolutions to support the movement to boycott, divest from and sanction the State of Israel. This month, however, for the first time, the resolution passed, to much hand-wringing in the Jewish community. The students who fought the resolu-

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tion — sacrificing sleep, schoolwork and social lives — did absolutely everything they could, and are to be commended. And, after the resolution passed, the university’s administration immediately announced that, despite the vote, Michigan would not become the first school in the country to divest from Israel. Just why did the resolution pass this time? Contributing factors included strong bonds forged between various “progressive” coalitions and anti-Israel students; a stacked CSG (the vice president and several other members were staunch supporters of divestment); and a pervasive know-nothingness that saw the anti-Israel crowd raucously cheer the decision to prevent Professor Victor Lieberman — a recognized expert in the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — from speaking at the debate on divestment from Israel. But what sealed the deal in favor of BDS were Jews — in two different flavors of radicalism. Sadly, Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) has become an integral part of nearly every campus-based attack on Israel, and Michigan was no exception. Jarring, though unsurprising, was the op-ed from the University of Michigan chapter of JVP, published the day before the divestment vote, entitled “To fight white

supremacy, support divestment.” This, of course, is a blatant lie: The creation of the State of Israel was itself a historic triumph over a white supremacist regime that sought to destroy a people it considered racially inferior. What is JVP’s evidence that Israel represents white supremacy? First, they charge that Jewish organizations (including my own, the American Jewish Committee) issued congratulations to President Trump after his November 2016 victory — which, as nonpartisan entities, they surely were right to do, whatever they thought of the new president. Next, they cite the odious Richard Spencer, the disreputable doyen of the alt-right, who, true to his trollish nature, heaps praise upon Israel despite his wellknown disregard for Jews. Finally, they offer a litany of disputed racial incidents in Israeli history, as if Israel must be perfect to deserve to exist. This rhetoric isn’t limited to Michigan. At schools across the country, and off-campus as well, JVP’s outspoken anti-Zionism gives cover to non-Jewish Israel-bashers and renders them immune to the charge of anti-Semitism, no matter how deserving of the label they might be. The second type of radical Jew that See BDS, page 12


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been topping the charts in recent years. The report says failure to mitigate climate change and develop solutions may lead to biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse, extreme weather events, water crises, food crises, and the spread of infectious diseases. Focusing on the Southwest, Garfin says changes in weather patterns have been documented. Temperatures in Arizona show a multi-decade warming trend, with a similar trend in a six-state region in the Southwest. A 7- to 9-degree increase in average annual temperatures is predicted by the end of this century. It is also projected that Tucson will have an additional month of temperatures of 110 degrees and higher by the end of the century. Droughts would be longer and more intense. In the Southwest, too little precipitation has often been followed by too much rain and flooding. Garfin says a warmer atmosphere can hold more moisture, but this does not necessarily mean an increase in precipitation. It can, however, lead to increasingly intense storms, and a higher possibility of flooding. “In 2017 there have been weather and climate related disasters occurring at a record pace,” Garfin says. As of Oct. 6, there were 15 weather and climate disasters with losses exceeding $1 billion each across the United States, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The disasters included hurricanes, tornadoes, storm surge, hail, flooding, drought, and severe fires. There have been 282 deaths. NOAA also reports that the five-year drought in California has resulted in the death of more than 100 million trees. Long snow-free seasons and higher temperatures result in dry brush, grass and trees, downed tree limbs, and large numbers of dying trees, which heighten the chance of fire. Emphasizing the severity of fires since 1990, Garfin says that before 1990 fires commonly burned 20,000 to 30,000 acres, but recently there have been fires spreading over 460,000 to 500,000 acres. “The health of a forest suffers greatly after a fire and the soil is stripped of nutrients,” Garfin says. “In some areas of severe burns we will not see Ponderosa pine trees and other native species in our lifetime.” “Is it all doom or gloom?” Garfin asks. The answer is no. There are many studies being conducted, and all levels of government are looking for solutions. “We cannot just depend on studying year-to-year trends because the past is

no longer a guide to the future,” Garfin says. He explains that trends in temperature are different from simple variability. Scientists are running models on super computers, he says, and "working with practitioners such as public health officials, water managers, fire managers and city planners to build trust to make better decisions,” says Garfin. “They are making their information easier for non-scientists to understand. These days, science students are being taught to build strong communication skills, and to work with journalists, to facilitate meetings, do more planning, and carefully document climate change.” Garfin is a contributing author to the Fourth National Climate Assessment, a report to Congress that will be coming out late in 2018. The report summarizes the impact of climate change on the United States now and in the future. Garfin says the public may make comments pertaining to the upcoming report until Jan. 31 by visiting the website Pima County and the City of Tucson have climate change resolutions to align with the Paris Accord, Garfin says, adding that other cities including Denver, Phoenix, Santa Fe, and Las Vegas have climate change plans and are not waiting for the federal government to act. The military is evaluating how climate change threatens national security. Local governments are evaluating issues such as population increases, land use, recycling, sustainable building methods, uses for storm water, water supplies and water conservation. Individuals also can play their part in mitigating climate change and preparing for the future. Strategies include switching to energy-saving appliances and lights; walking, biking or using public transportation or driving a fuelefficient vehicle; using low-flow toilets, faucets and showerheads; landscaping with drought and heat tolerant plants and planting desert-adapted trees for shading buildings; limiting the spread of disease by eliminating standing water where mosquitos breed; and staying up to date on the climate change information. Locally, you can join the fight to remove buffelgrass, an invasive species that outcompetes native plants and increases the risk of fire. These ideas are from the pamphlet, “10 Ways to Address and Adapt to Climate Change in Southern Arizona,” published by the University of Arizona Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions. “We need to support each other and collaborate with organizations and the government,” says Garfin. “Big challenges need big solutions, and this will take many hands to find the answers.” Korene Charnofsky Cohen is a freelance writer and editor in Tucson.

LOCAL Theater maven to be JFSA Lions’ guest speaker Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona Women’s Philanthropy will present an event for Lion of Judah and Pomegranate members, “Jewish Arts & Culture: From the Historical to the Hysterical with Susan Claassen,” on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 4:30-6:30 p.m. at a private home. Claassen is celebrating her 43rd year with Invisible Theatre. As managing artistic director, she has produced more than 400 productions and directed more than 90, including “Shear Madness,” which garnered her a MAC award nomination for comedy director, and last season’s “Lebensraum,” in which a new German chancellor invites 6 million Jews from around the world to make Germany their home, with three actors playing more than 40 roles. Claassen was nominated for the 2011 LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award and Broadway World LA Award for her portrayal of Edith Head in “A Conversation with Edith Head.” She was selected as one of Arizona’s “48 Most Intriguing Women” and has been a clown in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade since 2001. “Susan has been an icon in the theater world of Tucson for the past 43 years. She has attracted a faithful following of serious theatre-goers who know the quality of her work to be exceptional and original,” says Karen Faitelson, event co-chair. “Susan is a wonderful role model for Jewish women of all ages. This event promises to be fun, creative and hilarious, just like Susan!” “The name Susan Claassen has been synonymous with Tucson theater for the past four decades,” adds event co-chair Debbie Kay. “Our Jewish community is proud to call her one of our own and we are very excited to have her as the guest

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speaker at this upcoming event, which is sure to be as entertaining and compelling as Ms. Claassen herself.” To help survivors of the hurricane in Houston, participants are asked to bring a gift card from Bed Bath & Beyond, Target or Walmart. The cards will be distributed through the Women’s Philanthropy Division of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston. Faitelson visited family in Houston over the Thanksgiving weekend and toured Meyerland, a suburb with a large Jewish population. “Meyerland is on the banks of Brays Bayou, and was the worst hit in the entire city. Both Beth Yeshurun Synagogue and the JCC were devastated,” she says. The cost of the event is $28, which includes drinks, appetizers and valet parking. The event is open to women who make a gift of at least $1,800 to the JFSA 2018 Community Campaign. Register online at or contact Jane Scott at or 647-8471. ELLIOT JONES MUSIC DIRECTOR

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understand how noxious beliefs have infiltrated suburbia, and how the politics of white resentment have breathed new life into the repugnant philosophies of Nazism and institutionalized racism. I get the irony when Fausset describes Hovater’s “Midwestern manners,” and I think he provides an important service when he warns how the “alt-right” movement is hoping to make white supremacism and anti-Semitism “less than shocking for the ‘normies,’ or normal people.” That’s a lesson that needs to be heard, especially in the White House, where the president once spoke about the “very fine people” on the side of those nicely dressed young men seeking the separation of the races. But how you read the article will depend on your interpretation of the word “But” that begins the third sentence in the excerpt above. I initially read it as “don’t be fooled by his homey tattoos and ‘Seinfeld’ references — this guy is a thug.” But I now see how many read it as “he may sound repugnant, but he is actually a nice guy with some upsetting ideas.” Some of the blame for that interpretation falls on Fausset. Too often he relays one of Hovator’s “uglier” ideas without explaining why they are vile, as when Hovator is shown “defending his assertion that Jews run the worlds of finance and the media, and ‘appear to be working more in line with their own interests than everybody else’s.’” Fausset doesn’t comment on these assertions — presumably because the reporter feels that readers will need no reminder how awful they are. But maybe that presumption no longer holds — maybe we need a sentence or outside source saying something like this: “Those kinds of conspiracy theories are at the heart of Western anti-Semitism, and formed the basis for the ideology, revered by Hovater, that justified the systematic slaughter of 6 million people.”

It’s not clear if Fausset directly challenged Hovater with the history of antiSemitism or genocide or Jim Crow. But he does say that he asked why Hovater “moved so far right.” The term “far right” in this context unfortunately puts genocide and racism on a continuum with other rightwing ideas, as if they are just slightly more extreme than lower taxes and fewer regulations. That’s where readers rightly sense the “normalization” of the fascist fringe. Again, Fausset repeatedly shows Hovater at his worst, whether he is paraphrasing a Nazi slogan or sharing a social media post that imagines the Aryan paradise Germany would have become had it won the war. But the articles’ best intentions come crashing down with this: “[Hovater] declared the widely accepted estimate that six million Jews died in the Holocaust ‘overblown.’ He said that while the Nazi leader Heinrich Himmler wanted to exterminate groups like Slavs and homosexuals, Hitler ‘was a lot more kind of chill on those subjects.’” “Widely accepted estimate”? How about the “the historians’ consensus” or “the overwhelming evidence”? And if Hovater is going to assert something as preposterous as the notion that Hitler was “chill” about genocide and ethnic cleansing, Fausset should immediately have quoted an actual historian saying how central to his policies were the elimination of Jews and other “undersirables.” I’ve often argued that the strength and weakness of The Times is that it often acts as if it is having an “insider” conversation with the kinds of readers who form its core, or idealized, audience: liberals, the affluent, the highly educated and, yes, Jews. It leads to highly critical Israel coverage, for example, because this is the way “family” talks with one another. In this case, it led editors to assume that readers would read a portrait of a neo-Nazi “normie” as a cautionary tale about the mainstreaming of hate. But it forgot about a wider audience that still needs a reminder that some ideas are not merely “ugly” but vile, abhorrent and fundamentally unAmerican.

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the Jewish community and in the wider Tucson community,” says last year’s winner, Zoe Holtzman, who is now a student at Washington University in St. Louis, where she is a member of the women’s water polo team, a tutor for Latino youth in St. Louis, and active with Hillel. “I hope others will be involved in their communities not just because of the potential for recognition, but so they can form lifelong friendships and improve their communities,” says Holtzman. For more information, contact Danielle Larcom at the Federation at 577-9393 or, or visit

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solve the problem at hand.” Kippur added that the reason for the San Diego trip was to build on the past in order to secure our future. Adam Goldstein, who was a member of the Young Men’s Group and helped create the Chai Life group, says, “This trip allows us to maintain the bonds we created in Young Men’s Group and it’s wonderful to expand it one step further, now learning from the Next Gen group. I appreciate their willingness to pass their wisdom on to us with the hope we will follow in their footsteps.” Josh Hurand, a past board member for the University of Arizona Hillel Foundation, currently assists with the Jewish Latino Teen Coalition and is a member of both the JFSA 2018 Community Campaign team and the JCF aligned grants

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committee. He also serves as a board member on the UA Poetry Center development council. He says, “The trip provided me with an opportunity to bond with my peers and connect with the older generation. Over meals and fishing I had numerous conversations about business and family, and ways to enhance our community. The more we put into our community, the more we get out of it. The San Diego fishing trip reinforced my gratitude to those who have made it great, and my commitment to keep it going for future generations.” Personally, I was able to make a connection with Tom Warne, immediate past chair of the JFSA, whom I have admired from afar for a few years for his commitment to making Pima County a better place. Even though

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is a fellowship of healthcare professionals who are dedicated to education, social and philanthropic activities under the auspices of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona. Our purpose is to support Jewish life in Southern Arizona, Israel and throughout the world, and to mobilize the health care profession to serve as a resource for the Jewish and general communities. New members are always welcome. On behalf of the 2017 Tucson Maimonides Society members listed below, we wish you and your family a joyous Hanukkah Season.

Maimonides Society Co-Chairs: Robert Berens, Stephen Seltzer, Scott Sheftel, and Tracy Jeck Maimonides Society Campaign Co-Chairs: Leonard Joffe, Leonard Schultz, and Howard Schwartz ALLERGY & IMMUNOLOGY Jacob Pinnas, M.D.* Retired Leonard Schultz, M.D.* Retired Howard J. Schwartz, M.D.* Retired ANESTHESIOLOGY Casey D. Blitt, M.D. Retired Murray Manson, M.D. Retired Al Zehngut, M.D.* 2810 N. Swan Road, Ste. 100 324-2030 CARDIOLOGY Lionel Faitelson, M.D.* 2355 N. Ferguson Avenue 326-4811 Tedd Goldfinger, D.O. 6080 N. La Cholla Blvd. 797-8550 Frank Marcus, M.D. 1501 N. Campbell Ave. #6304 626-6358 Philip Serlin, M.D.

Norman M. Rubin, D.D.S. 8975 E. Golf Links Road 886-6054

Jeffrey Selwyn, M.D. 5395 E Erickson Drive 382-8609

F.A.C.S. 5599 N. Oracle Road 293-6740

EMERGENCY MEDICINE Lori Levine, D.O. 1601 W. St. Mary’s Road 872-6264

Joel R. Steinfeld, D.M.D. 6761 E. Tanque Verde Road 886-8106

Scott Weiss, M.D.

Chuck Gannon, M.D.* 1645 N. Alvernon Way 881-7474

Arthur B. Sanders, M.D. 1501 N. Campbell Avenue 626-5032

Michael B. Wexler, D.D.S. 7265 E. Tanque Verde, Ste. 101 888-7645

Noah Tolby, M.D. 1501 N. Campbell Avenue

Ilona Wolfman, D.D.S. Retired

ENDOCRINOLOGY Jonathan R. Insel, M.D. 6365 E. Tanque Verde Road 886-5534

Kenneth M. Wortzel, D.D.S. 3838 E. Fort Lowell Road 881-4604

CARDIOTHORACIC SURGERY Burt S. Strug, M.D.* Retired DERMATOLOGY Mireille Algazi, M.D. 3190 N. Swan Road 547-9700 Gerald N. Goldberg, M.D. 5150 E. Glenn Street 795-7729 Tracy A. Jeck, M.D.* 5639 E. Grant Road 615-3444 Alan J. Levin, M.D. 1595 E. River Road, Ste. 201 293-5757 Norman Levine, M.D. 5639 E. Grant Road 615-3444 Retired Bruce Lynn, M.D.* 6640 E. Carondelet Drive 886-4199

Steve Wool, M.D.* 5210 E. Farness Drive 795-4100 LIPIDOLOGY Stanley Goldberg, M.D. 535 N. Wilmot Road 694-9966 NEPHROLOGY Alan Cohn, M.D. 1704 W. Anklam, Ste. 107 622-3569

FAMILY MEDICINE Thomas L. Abrams, M.D. 6565 E. Carondelet, Ste. 175 547-5960

GENERAL DENTISTRY & DENTAL IMPLANTS Richard I. Weiss, D.D.S. 7477 N. Oracle Road 297-2297

Kenneth Adler, M.D. 5300 E. Erickson #108 721-5330

GYNECOLOGY Jerry Neuman, M.D. Retired

NEUROLOGY Harvey W. Buchsbaum, M.D. U of A Dept. of Neurology 626-4537

Andrea Schindler, D.O. 2055 W. Hospital Drive, Ste. 255 547-5725

GYN-ONCOLOGY Earl Surwit, M.D. Retired

Donna M. Capin, M.D.* Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Retired

HEMATOLOGY & ONCOLOGY Michael A. Boxer, M.D. 603 N. Wilmot Rd., Ste. 151 886-0206

Harvey G. Goodman, M.D. 5610 E. Grant Road 382-2238

Edward J. Schwager, M.D.* 6950 E. Golf Links Road 670-3909

Jerry Winter, M.D. 2404 E. River Road Bldg. 2, Ste. 100 624-8935

Jim Rothschild, M.D. Retired

Scott N. Sheftel, M.D.* 1595 E. River Road, Ste. 201 293-5757x7106

GASTROENTEROLOGY Roger A. Davis, M.D. Retired

Steven J. Ketchel, M.D. Retired

Frederick A. Klein, M.D. 7566 N. La Cholla Blvd. 742-4139

Ray Taetle, M.D. 603 N. Wilmot Rd., Ste. 151 886-0206

Arnold B. Merin, M.D. Retired

INFECTIOUS DISEASE Barry A. Friedman, M.D. Retired

Stephen B. Pozez, M.D. Retired GENERAL DENTISTRY Howard Adams, D.M.D. Retired

Steven Oscherwitz, M.D. 5230 E. Farness Drive Ste 100 318-9681

A. Jay Citrin, D.D.S. 5601 N. Oracle Road 887-8771

Janin Struminger, M.D.* 2001 W. Orange Grove, Ste 404 989-0226

Lawrence Cohen, D.D.S. 2300 N. Craycroft, Ste. 2 298-5556

INTERNAL MEDICINE Arthur Goldberg, M.D. Retired

John Dehnert, D.D.S. 3945 E. Ft. Lowell Rd., Ste. 209 628-2818

Martin Goldman, M.D. Retired

LeeAat Dehnert, D.D.S. 3945 E. Ft. Lowell Rd., Ste. 209 628-2818

Robert Leff, M.D. 1200 N. El Dorado Place Ste. I-900 298-8127

Mayer L. Horensten, D.O.

NEPHROLOGY & RENAL TRANSPLANTATION Stephen Seltzer, M.D.* Semi-retired

David R. Siegel, M.D. 4753 E. Camp Lowell Drive 881-8400 NEUROSURGERY Hillel Z. Baldwin, M.D.* 6567 E. Carondelet Dr, Ste. 305 881-8400 Robert P. Goldfarb, M.D., F.A.C.S. 6567 E. Carondelet Dr, Ste. 305 881-8400 OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY Ilana Addis, M.D. Nathaniel Bloomfield, M.D. Retired Ron Margolis, D.O. Retired Steven Rosenfeld, M.D. 225 W. Irvington Road 884-7304 ONCOLOGY Carol Bernstein, Ph.D. 1501 N. Campbell Avenue 626-6069 OPHTHALMOLOGY Jack A. Aaron, M.D. 1110 N. El Dorado Place 327-5677 William J. Fishkind, M.D.,



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Leonard Joffe, M.D.* Retired 299-1929 Richard S. Kanter, M.D. Retired Jeffrey I. Katz, M.D. Retired Jeffrey S. Kay, M.D. 6599 N. Oracle Road 544-4393 Larry Kaye, M.D. 4709 E. Camp Lowell Drive 722-4700 Ronald Kolker, M.D. Retired OPHTHALMOLOGY Facial Aesthetics Barry Kusman, M.D., F.A.C.S. 5632 E. 5th 790-8888 OPTOMETRY Leslie Weintraub, O.D. 3925 E. Fort Lowell 576-5110 ORTHODONTICS Barney R. Rothstein, D.M.D., M.S., P.C. 2300 N. Craycroft, Ste. 5 886-8133 ORTHOPEDIC Barry Thall, M.D. Retired ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY Ellis Friedman, M.D.* Retired Lawrence Haas, M.D. Retired Jay A. Katz, M.D. 5301 E. Grant Road 784-6200 Michael Morrell, M.D. Retired OTOLARYNGOLOGY Bernard J. Miller, M.D. PAIN MANAGEMENT INTERVENTIONAL Robert Berens, M.D.* 5355 E. Erickson 299-8200 Scott Goorman, M.D. 2424 N. Wyatt Drive 784-6200 PATHOLOGY Paul Sagerman, M.D.* 4582 N. 1st Avenue, #120 888-2121

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Arthur Silver, M.D. Retired PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY Angela M. Wolfman, D.D.S. 3953 E. Paradise Falls Dr., Ste. 110 325-4746

Howard D. Toff, M.D. 2200 E. River Road, Ste. 112 888-3553 PSYCHOLOGY Julie Feldman, Ph.D. UA Dept of Psychology 621-7448

PEDIATRICS Pat Becker, M.D. Retired

Cheryl L. Karp, Ph.D. 3060 N. Swan Road 323-3156

Mary E. Cochran, M.D. 2350 N. Kibler Ste. 1 648-5437

Marta F. Ketchel, Ph.D.* 3060 N. Swan Road 323-3156

Keith Dveirin, M.D. 7340 E. Speedway, Ste. 104 547-7045

Eric E. Schindler, Ph.D. 2800 E. Broadway Blvd. 321-3742

PHARMACY Robert Wolk, PharmD* 5301 E. Grant Road 324-1859

RADIATION ONCOLOGY Edward Rogoff, M.D. Retired

PHYSICAL THERAPY Nolan R. Shifren, PT, DPT 16256 N. Oracle Road, Ste. 120 572-6540 Jeff Wortzel, DPT 3124 N. Swan 325-4002 PLASTIC & COSMETIC SURGERY Peter Kay, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.R.C.S. (C), F.R.C.S. (Ed) 2355 N. Wyatt Drive, Ste. 111 323-7100 PLASTIC SURGERY Josh Tofield, M.D. Retired

RADIOLOGY Gary J. Becker, M.D. Interventional Retired Eric Groskind, M.D. 677 N. Wilmot Road 795-2889 David Jeck, M.D.* 677 N. Wilmot Road 795-2889 Donald Jeck, M.D.* Retired Kenneth Sandock, M.D. Retired Donald L. Tempkin, M.D. Retired

Natasha Tofield, M.D. Retired

Alan C. Winfield, M.D. Retired

PODIATRY Gilbert D. Shapiro, DPM 1888 N. Country Club Road 327-6367

UROLOGY Ken Belkoff, D.O. 660 N. Fountain Plaza Dr. Ste. 250 325-1595

PROSTHODONTICS Jeffrey Lewis, D.D.S. 5099 E. Grant Road, Ste. 330 325-6645 PSYCHIATRY Eliot B. Barron, M.D. Retired Kevin Goeta-Kreisler, M.D.* 6408 E. Tanque Verde Road 885-5558 Elliott Heiman, M.D. Alan Levenson, M.D. Fred Mittleman, M.D. Herschel Rosenzweig, M.D. FAACAP 430 N. Tucson Boulevard 325-4837 Ole Thienhaus, M.D. 1501 N. Campbell Avenue 626-3261

Iris Bernstein, M.D. 6226 E. Pima, Ste. 100 298-7200 Tom Newman, M.D., F.A.C.S. Retired VASCULAR SURGERY Eric S. Berens, M.D. 6565 E. Carondelet Dr. Ste. 235 296-5500 Edward Loebl, M.D. Retired We regret any omissions or errors. For more information please call the Federation, 577-9393. *Steering Committee member

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“The MeshugaNutcracker!,” featuring a Klezmerized orchestration of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite,” debuts in movie theatres nationwide for one night, on Tuesday, Dec. 19. Called an “enchanting festival of light-hearted glee and meaningful warmth” (Los Angeles Times), this Hanukkah-themed musical comedy arrives on the last night of the holiday, presented by Fathom Events in partnership with Guggenheim Entertainment. Locally, “The MeshugaNutcracker!” will be shown at the Century Park Place 20, Century 20 El Con and the Century Theatres at the Oro Valley Marketplace at 7 p.m. “It’s a show that’s really never been done before,” says Susan Gundunas, one of the stars of the ensemble cast. “Not just because there’s finally a big, beautiful show about Hanukkah in the same way there are big, beautiful shows celebrating Christmas, but also because the cast is singing an amazing challenging score that was originally intended for musical instruments! We get to sing the piccolo line and clarinet line of melodies you’ve had in your head forever but that have been wordless for hundreds of years. It’s a real treat to sing such melodious, grand music.” Alongside original lyrics in honor of Hanukkah, “The MeshugaNutcracker!” includes dancing dreidels, singing sufganiot and special guest stars. “No matter what religion you are, no matter what you celebrate this time of year — it’s about finding the light in people, finding light in yourself, letting the holidays

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truly illuminate everything around you,” says Shannon Guggenheim, lyricist and one of the co-producers. “And yes, it does sound schmaltzy but that’s why we balance it with a lot of schmaltz in our show! That really is what we’re trying to do: give families something bright and fun but also poignant and meaningful to celebrate this time of year.” Tickets for “The MeshugaNutcracker!” can be purchased at or at participating theater box offices.

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t’s always Hanukkah in this picturesque town in northern Italy’s Piedmont region. Jews have lived in Casale Monferrato for more than 500 years, with the community reaching its peak of 850 members at about the time Jews here were granted civil rights in 1848. The town still boasts one of Italy’s most ornate synagogues, a rococo gem that dates to the 16th century. These days, only two Jewish families live in Casale. The synagogue, which is part of a larger museum complex, is now a major tourist attraction — and not only because of its opulent sanctuary with huge chandeliers, colorfully painted walls and lots of gilding. The former women’s section has been transformed into a Judaica and Jewish history museum. And the synagogue’s basement, formerly a matzah bakery, is now home to the Museum of Lights. Hanukkah here is commemorated nonstop with a year-round exhibit featuring dozens of menorahs, or hanukkiyot, created by international contemporary artists. The collection has some 185 menorahs, according to Adriana Ottolenghi, whose husband, Giorgio, has been president of Casale’s Jewish community since the 1950s. There is no other museum in the world quite like it. “We receive more every year, and each year at Hanukkah there is a public ceremony, where we light menorahs and welcome the new pieces,” she said. Only 30 to 40 can be displayed at a time in the vaulted underground chambers. The only time the collection was shown in its entirety was at Casale’s centuries-old castle, part of an event connected to the 2015 Milan Expo. The Museum of Lights’ hanukkiyot come in an amazing variety of shapes, sizes, colors and media. Many resemble traditional menorahs: a straight line of candles or a candelabra with eight branches, with a ninth branch for


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the shamash candle used to kindle them. Some of the menorahs can be lighted and used on the holiday. But other menorahs on display are more fanciful sculptural works created from the likes of metal, ceramic, plexiglass and wood. “Artists were given a completely free rein to create a functional object or a purely evocative one,” curator Maria Luisa Caffarelli wrote in the collection’s catalog. Each menorah is what designer Elio Carmi, who co-founded the collection in the mid-1990s with the non-Jewish artist Antonio Recalcati and other artist friends, describes as an “homage to the story of

Hanukkah” and its message of the triumph of light over darkness. They conceived the project as a way to highlight Jewish culture as a source of artistic inspiration, promote creativity based in Jewish tradition and underscore the vitality of Jews in contemporary society. “The idea was born to show that Jews, though small in number, are determined,” said Carmi, who is the vice president of the Casale Jewish community, “and to use interpretations of the Hanukkah menorah to demonstrate, symbolically, the continuity of the community.” At Hanukkah, Jews light menorahs for eight days to recall the defeat by the Mac-

cabees of Syrian tyrants in the second century BCE. According to legend, when the Maccabees reclaimed the Temple, the eternal light miraculously burned for eight days rather than the expected one, symbolizing the survival of the Jewish people. Each menorah in the museum is a personal interpretation of the Festival of Lights and its symbolism. The Italian artist Stefano Della Porta, for example, used ceramics and steel to create a menorah that appears to be made from giant burnt matches. American-born artist Robert Carroll created his menorah from olive wood, red Verona granite and brass. It has a sinuous, trunk-like base that supports

eight branches that open out like a flower, each supporting a candle. Carmi and his friends provided the first hanukkiyot for the project — Carmi’s was a silver-plated metal bar with small cups for the eight candles and the shamash — and then reached out to others for contributions. Other artists — Jews and non-Jews, mainly from Italy but also from other countries — soon began making their own menorahs and presenting them to the growing collection. All of the works are donated, most of them by the artists themselves. “It was like a chain of artists,” Carmi said. “And well-known artists began to be attracted.” Among those is Arnaldo Pomodoro, one of Italy’s leading sculptors. His menorah, presented in 2013, is a horizontal metal girder that supports the nine candles and is decorated with abstract symbols. “I tried to bring out a series of abstract, imaginary signs to create a story that would connect, on a general level, with the idea of thought, experience and memory; without, however, wanting to enter into the multi-faceted complexities of the symbology of the Jewish world,” Pomodoro describes in the catalog. Ultimately, Carmi said, the Museum of Lights is about “Judaism, art and identity.”

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ovies about Jews evading the Holocaust are, frankly, irresistible. We never tire of these celluloid beacons of hope, not least because we can never forget that the victims greatly outnumbered the escapees. The challenge that filmmakers face in this area is keeping the rays of light in proportion to the vast darkness of reality. The vivid and moving drama, “Fanny’s Journey,” succeeds on that score by showing Occupied France through the eyes of children who can’t fully apprehend the dangers all around them. The viewer brings all the context that the titular heroine and her even-younger charges lack, of course. We fill in the offscreen horrors, from Paris deportations to labor and death camps in the east, that are only briefly alluded to. Consequently, the preponderance of bright, sunlit exteriors in “Fanny’s Journey” feels like a reflection of normal childhood rather than a fake veneer lacquered over grim day-to-day existence. At the same time, every close call and near escape — and the movie abounds with them — is even more fraught for the audience than for the fleeing children. “Fanny’s Journey,” adapted by French writer-director Lola Doillon from Fanny Ben-Ami’s 2011 autobiography, will be screened at the Tucson International Jewish Film Festival on Sunday, Jan. 14 at 3:30 p.m. The movie starts rolling in 1943 at an idyllic country house teeming with children and a few doting adults. Thousands of French Jewish parents brought their kids to rural enclaves like this for safekeeping, hoping to reunite after the Nazis were expelled and the war ended. Fanny and her two younger sisters cherish their mother’s letters — their father is in a camp — and Fanny also takes bittersweet comfort in recalling vignettes from the family’s brief period of happiness together. The siblings’ security and stability comes

to an abrupt end when the staff learns the Nazis have been tipped off to the presence of Jewish children. Quickly loaded onto buses, the kids are dispatched to another safe house on the Italian side of the border. The no-nonsense Madame Forman (Cécile de France, “The Young Pope”) rules the roost here, and she has no time or inclination for coddling. She’s unduly harsh, but her manner is both bracing and necessary: From here on, everyone’s survival depends on paying attention and following instructions. After Madame Forman hears the news of Mussolini’s arrest on the radio, she instantly assesses the consequences: The brutal Germans will now be in charge, not Italian soldiers and police, and Jews are in immediate danger. Madame Forman and her assistant, a teenager named Eli, manage to board the children on a train headed across France toward the Swiss border, although it requires a desperate, gutsy, spur-of-the-moment, on-the-platform distraction on her part. She briefly meets up with the children subsequently, by which time Eli has fled. Out of options, Madame Forman puts Fanny in charge of leading the eight other kids to safety. (In actuality, the 13-year-old shepherded an astounding 27 children. The truth would have been too much for moviegoers to accept.) “Fanny’s Journey” depicts people helping endangered Jews for a variety of reasons, from love and innate humanity to simple commerce. The entire gamut of responses is evoked, with gratifying understatement: heroism, self-sacrifice, selfinterest, indifference and betrayal. The heart of the film, though, is the children’s response to the disorienting and difficult circumstances which they must continually contend with. The film rarely invokes the paranoid feeling of not knowing whom to trust; rather the viewer understands that Fanny and her charges will have to ultimately save themselves. See Fanny, page 21

WORLD Who OK’d filming of naked game of tag in Nazi gas chamber? Groups representing Holocaust survivors have asked Poland’s president to explain why artists were allowed to film a naked game of tag inside a gas chamber in the former Nazi death camp of Stutthof. On Wednesday, the Organization of Holocaust Survivors in Israel, the Simon Wiesenthal Center and several other groups sent the request for clarification to President Andrzej Duda in connection with a video that the Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow displayed in 2015 without divulging any details on where it was filmed. The letter was sent after research revealed the location was Stutthof, near Gdansk, Poland. The organizations demanded to know whether the artists did “obtain permission from the Stutthof administrators to make this video, what rules exist for proper

conduct at the site, how these are enforced” and whether an investigation of the circumstances of the making of the video had been carried out, the Simon Wiesenthal Center wrote in a statement about the letter. Following protests by Jewish groups and community leaders, the Krakow museum pulled the exhibition but then reinstated it, citing freedom of artistic expression. The installation, called “Game of Tag,” also was displayed at a an museum in Estonia, but pulled following protests. “It is the most disgusting thing I’ve seen in a long time,” Efraim Zuroff, the Wiesenthal Center’s chief Nazi hunter, said in 2015 about the exhibition. “They lied about it. It is just revolting and a total insult to the victims and anyone with any sense of morality or integrity.”


ing wind-strewn currency in a meadow. The director generally resists using the score to manipulate our emotions, though she occasionally veers into the broadly sentimental. For the viewer equipped with tissues, it’s not a problem. “Fanny’s Journey” is an intelligent, gripping saga that honors the painful Jewish past and calls out French collaborators. If it also puts us in mind of child refugees and immigrants, well, compassion is a universal value. “Fanny’s Journey” is in French with English subtitles, 94 minutes, unrated.

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condemned President Donald Trump for his retweet of three incendiary videos posted by a British anti-Muslim agitator. “It is no longer alarming that our @ POTUS is tweeting violent anti-Muslim videos created by far right extremists – it is a **four alarm fire.**,” Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, said Wednesday on Twitter. “Of course this will embolden bigots in the US and abroad.” Also on Twitter, the National Council of Jewish Women deemed the retweets “disgusting.” Other Jewish groups that criticized the president on Twitter included the American Jewish Committee; HIAS, the lead Jewish immigration advocacy group; Bend the Arc-Jewish Action; and the Reform movement through the director of its Religious Action Center, Rabbi Jonah Pesner. “Using the bully pulpit of the presidency to fan the flames of xenophobia and other forms of hate is disgraceful,” Pesner said. Trumped retweeted three tweets posted by Jayda Fransen, a leader of the far-right Britain First group, who has faced legal sanctions in the past for her anti-Muslim activity. They purport to show Muslims throwing a youth off a building and beating him to death; Muslims beating a disabled Dutch boy; and a Muslim destroying a statue of the Virgin Mary. Fransen filled up her Twitter feed on Wednesday with news coverage of Trump’s retweets, even though in many cases the coverage was critical. In 2015, Community Security Trust, England’s Jewish antiSemitism watchdog, rejected an offer of cooperation from Britain First. “They are a far-right, nasty, racist group that intimidates minorities, especially Muslims,” Dave Rich, a spokesman for the Community Security Trust, told The Times of Israel at the time. “The Jewish community should and will not have anything to do with them.” CBS quoted Trump’s press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, as defending the retweets. although the provenance of the videos is not certain. “Whether it’s a real video, the threat is real,” Major Garrett, a CBS reporter, quoted Sanders as saying. “His goal is to promote strong border security and strong national security.”

A 96-year-old former Auschwitz guard is fit to serve a prison sentence, a

German court ruled. On Wednesday, a regional appeals court in the northern town of Celle ruled that Oskar Groening “is able to serve his term despite his advanced age,” Reuters reported. The court also said Groening’s needs related to his advanced age could be provided in prison. Groening was convicted and sentenced in July 2015 to four years in jail for his role in the murder of 300,000 Hungarian Jews at the concentration camp in occupied Poland. A federal appeals court rejected his appeal a year ago.

He has remained free while waiting for a determination of his fitness to serve time in prison after requesting that the sentence be suspended. In August, a doctor examined Groening and found him fit to go to prison with appropriate medical care. The prosecutor’s office rejected a defense request to excuse the jail time. Groening had admitted to being tasked with gathering the money and valuables found in the baggage of murdered Jews and handing it over to his superiors for transfer to Berlin. He said he had guarded luggage on the Auschwitz arrival and selection ramp two or three times in the summer of 1944. During the trial, Groening asked for forgiveness while acknowledging that only the courts could decide when it came to criminal guilt. Groening was held in a British prison until 1948. He eventually found work as a payroll clerk in a factory. The first investigations of Groening took place in 1977, but it was only after the conviction of Sobibor guard John Demjanjuk in 2011 that the courts were emboldened to try camp guards on charges of complicity in murder.

The Conservative movement condemned sexual harassment and assault and urged protocols to prevent and report such incidents. The movement issued the condemnation Tuesday in a statement on behalf of 10 Conservative groups, including the Rabbinical Assembly and the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.“In the wake of ongoing revelations of alleged sexual misconduct, including the willingness of more and more women, and sometimes men, to tell their stories publicly, the Conservative Jewish movement condemns the behavior of those who use their positions of power to take advantage of others,” the statement read. It urged developing policies to prevent, report and investigate incidents of sexual misconduct and said that sexual and physical abuse were contrary to Jewish tradition. The statement was issued on behalf of the Rabbinical Assembly, the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, Women’s League for Conservative Judaism, Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs, North American Association of Synagogue Executives, Cantors Assembly, Masorti Foundation, Schechter Institutes, Jewish Theological Seminary and the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies. On Monday, United Synagogue launched a hotline for reporting sexual impropriety in response to an allegation by a former member of its youth movement that he was inappropriately touched by a staff member. The statement and launch of the hotline comes amid a flood of allegations that have rattled the worlds of entertainment, politics and the media since last month after dozens of women alleged that Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed and in some cases assaulted them.

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Marlyne Freedman, past senior vice president of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, has traveled to Israel many times. A few friends asked her to assemble and lead a small, intimate group of first-timers to visit our homeland. From Oct. 1428, Tucsonans Peggy and Bob Feinman, Ginny Spencer and Nancy Vornholt, and Nancy Rubin of San Francisco joined Marlyne on this adventure. On Kibbutz Manara in the Upper Galilee, they were guests in the apartment of Rachel Rabin Yaakov, sister of slain Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Rabin Yaakov has been a promoter of kibbutz education and the integration of immigrant youth into Israeli society. A nonagenarian who was one of the founders of the kibbutz, she shared stories of what it was like to be a pioneer on the northern frontier, a barren mountainside a few yards from Lebanon in the Naftali Hills. Her parents, she said, didn’t just speak of ethics, morals, and the values of sacrifice and giving, but lived them. Her brother called her every week. Our six travelers had coffee in the home studio-gallery of Arab master craftsman Mohammad Said Kalash, from Kfar Kara, also in the Upper Galilee. An artist and carpenter who has perfected the trade of Arabesque calligraphy, using the mediums of wood and glass, Kalash described his Islamic art and culture for the group. For much of their Shabbat in Jerusalem, Rabbi Bill Berk, who made aliyah in 2006, hosted the group. Berk is past senior rabbi of Temple Chai in Phoenix, where Marlyne was executive director for 13 years before moving to Tucson. Peggy and Bob were congregants before also relocating to Tucson. The rabbi walked the group to Kabbalat Shabbat services at Kehilat Tzion in Baka and then to his home for dinner with his wife, Batya. On Saturday, they studied with him at their hotel. Later that evening, all were entertained by the “Night Spectacular” sound and light show at the Tower of David Museum, tracing 3,000 years of Jerusalem’s history. From Jerusalem, the tourists visited the city of Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity, the traditional birthplace of Jesus. Back in Jerusalem, they finished touring before flying to Eilat, walking across the Israeli-Jordanian border before being driven to Petra, then returning to Eilat before their flight to Tel Aviv and home. Marlyne, who co-chairs JFSA’s overseas committee with Jeff Katz, remained in Israel for an impactful threeday extension to our Partnership2Gether region. She stayed with Nicole and David Rosenberg, South Africans


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who made aliyah in the ’80s and live on Moshav Nir Yisrael in Hof Ashkelon. Marlyne touted Hila Yogev-Keren, the P2G director for the Jewish Agency for Israel, for her relationship-building skills. Marlyne met with Mayor Eliyahu Zohar of the city of Kiryat Malachi and Yair Farjun, head of the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council. Having last visited there five years ago, she was amazed at the building taking place in Kiryat Malachi, attracting young families. She was introduced to SAHI, a Hebrew acronym for “special kindness squad,” a Kiryat Malachi program that has troubled youth help distribute food to needy families. She witnessed firsthand the P2G school twinning program and how excited the students are to participate. The schools included Harel in Kiryat Malachi, which twins with Tucson’s Temple Emanu-El, and Hofim and Shikma in Hof Ashkelon, which twin with Tucson Hebrew Academy. “These students are our future, building memories and bringing Israel alive. We are planting seeds for the future and making a difference,” says Marlyne. She also visited the Path to Peace mosaic border wall between Israel and Gaza at Moshav Netiv HaAsara. Upon his return home, Bob sent Marlyne an email: “As I think you know, I speak three languages (English, Spanish, and German). Yet despite my gift for gab, I am not sure I can express in words how totally awestruck I am about Israel, what we did, what it means to me as a Jew, what we saw, and so much more. You did make this trip one of the most incredible journeys of my life.” Time to share Happy upcoming Chanukah and secular New Year. Keep me posted at the Post — 319-1112. L’shalom.




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COMMUNITY CALENDAR The calendar deadline is Tuesday, 10 days before the issue date. Our next issue will be published Dec. 15, 2017. Events may be emailed to, faxed to 319-1118, or mailed to the AJP at 3718 E. River Road, #272, Tucson, AZ 85718. For more information, call 319-1112. See Area Congregations on page 26 for additional synagogue events. Men’s Mishnah club with Rabbi Israel Becker at Cong. Chofetz Chayim. Sundays, 7:15 a.m.; Monday-Friday, 6:15 a.m.; Saturdays, 8:15 a.m. 747-7780 or Chabad of Sierra Vista men’s tefillin club with Rabbi Benzion Shemtov, first Sundays, 9 a.m., at 401 Suffolk Drive. 820-6256 or “Too Jewish” radio show with Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon on KVOI 1030 a.m. (also KAPR and KJAA), Sundays at 9 a.m. Dec. 3, Rabbi Steve Leder, Senior Rabbi Wilshire Blvd. Temple, author of “More Beautiful Than Before: How Suffering Transforms Us”; Dec. 10, AJ Jacobs, author of “It’s All Relative.” 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. Women's Academy of Jewish Studies “Women's 40-Day Program,” at Cong. Chofetz Chayim. Free weekly 45-minute class designed to help like-minded women increase their levels of awareness in relation to G-d. Newcomers welcome. Meets most Sundays, 10:30 a.m. Contact Esther Becker at 591-7680 or Southern Arizona Jewish Genealogy Society, second Sundays, 1-3 p.m. at the Tucson J. Contact Barbara Stern Mannlein at 731-0300 or the J at 299-3000. Temple Emanu-El mah jongg, Mondays at 10 a.m. 327-4501.

Friday / December 1 11:30 AM Jewish History Museum/Holocaust History Center gallery chat. 564 S. Stone Ave. 670-9073 or 5:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Tot Kabbalat Hanukkah Shabbat Service followed by dinner at 6 p.m. Dinner $10 for adults, free for kids under 12. RSVP for dinner at 327-4501.

Saturday / December 2 NOON: Cong. Anshei Israel “Read It & Meet” book discussion on “The Extra” by A. B. Yehoshua. Contact Helen Rib at 299-0340 or 6:30 PM: Tucson J Cirque D’ Arte fundraiser for the J’s early childhood education program. Dinner, entertainment by Flam Chen Circus, raffles, children’s art auction. Adults only. $60 per person presale, $75 at door. Tickets at or 299-3000.

Sunday / December 3

ONGOING Cong. Anshei Israel mah jongg, Mondays, 10 a.m.-noon. All levels, men and women. Contact Evelyn at 885-4102 or Tucson J current events discussion, Mondays, noon-1:30 p.m. Members, $1; nonmembers, $2. Lunch, bring or buy, 11:30 a.m. 2993000, ext. 147. Cong. Or Chadash Mondays with the Rabbi, with Rabbi Thomas Louchheim. Mondays, noon-1:30 p.m. Bring a bag lunch. This year's topic: “Judaism’s Departure from the Bible to Influence Contemporary Life.” 512-8500. Cong. Bet Shalom yoga. Mondays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. $5. 577-1171. Jewish sobriety support group meets Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m. at Cong. Bet Shalom. “Along the Talmudic Trail” for men (18-40), with Rabbi Israel Becker of Cong. Chofetz Chayim. Includes free dinner. Mondays, 7 p.m. Call for address. 747-7780 or yzbecker@ Spouse Bereavement Group, cosponsored by Widowed to Widowed, Inc. at the Tucson J, Tuesdays, 10 a.m. Contact Marvin at 885-2005 or Tanya at 299-3000, ext. 147. JFCS Holocaust Survivors group meets Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-noon. Contact Raisa Moroz at 795-0300. form Judaism Hanukkah bazaar. Menorahs, candles, crafts, food. Men’s Club hot latkes available. 327-4501. 10:30 AM- 12:30 PM: Desert Caucus brunch with Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN). Skyline Country Club, 5200 E. St Andrews Drive. Guests should be potential members and must RSVP at 4901453 or 2 PM: JFCS book reading, “To Tell Our Stories: Holocaust Survivors of Southern Arizona,” with local survivors, at Himmel Park Library, 1035 N. Treat Ave. Contact Raisa Moroz at 795-0300, ext. 2214 or 2-4 PM: Tucson J Fine Art Gallery opening reception for “Spiritual Voices,” a multi-media exhibit by Southern Arizona Jewish artists. 2993000. 3 PM: Cong. Or Chadash first Sundays at the movies, “Crimes & Misdemeanors.” Free. 5128500.

Monday / December 4

Integral Jewish Meditation with Brian Schachter-Brooks, Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., at Cong. Bet Shalom, free. torahofawakening. com. 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 Talmud on Tuesday with Rabbi Robert Eisen. Meets 6 p.m. 745-5550. Weintraub Israel Center Shirat HaShirim Hebrew choir meets Tuesdays at 7 p.m., at the Tucson J. Learn to sing in Hebrew. Contact Rina Paz at 304-7943 or Tucson J Israeli folk dance classes. Tuesdays. Beginners, 7:30 p.m.; intermediate, 8:15 p.m.; advanced, 9 p.m. Taught by Lisa Goldberg. Members, $5; nonmembers, $6. 299-3000. Shalom Tucson business networking group, second Wednesday of month, 7:30-9 a.m., at the Tucson J. 299-3000, ext. 241, or 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 Chabad of Sierra Vista women’s class with Rabbi Benzion Shemtov, last Wednesdays,

Jewish mothers/grandmothers special needs support group for those with children/ grandchildren, young or adult, with special needs, third Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. at Tucson J. Contact Joyce Stuehringer at 299-5920. Tucson J canasta group. Players wanted. Thursdays, noon. Instruction available and a beginners’ table every week. Call Debbie Wiener at 440-5515. “Biblical Breakthroughs with Rabbi Becker” at the Southwest Torah Institute. Fridays, noon, for men and women. 747-7780 or yzbecker@ Beth Shalom Temple Center of Green Valley art exhibit, “The Art of Jewish Youth,” by Tucson Hebrew Academy students, through Dec. 21. 648-6690. Jewish History Museum/Holocaust History Center art exhibit, “Invisibility and Resistance: Violence Against LGBTQIA+ People,” 564 S. Stone Ave., through May 31, 2018. Wed., Thur., Sat. and Sun., 1-5 p.m.; Fridays, noon-3 p.m. 670-9073 or Tucson Jewish Community Center art exhibits, “Spiritual Voices,” a multi-media exhibit from Southern Arizona Jewish artists, through Jan. 10. 299-3000. genealogy workshop. With author and genealogy expert Joel Alpert. Free. 564 S. Stone Ave. 670-9073.

7-8 PM: Darkaynu Tucson Jewish Montessori presents “Bring Out the Best in Your Child” with Sharon Loper. Free. To register, call Esther Becker at 591-7680.

9 AM: Cong. Or Chadash Eat, Study, Pray, “Hanukkah: Do We Believe in Miracles?” 512-8500.

Tuesday / December 5 5:30 PM: REAP (Real Estate and Allied Professionals) networking and dinner, at Hacienda Del Sol, 5501 N. Hacienda Del Sol Road. Conversation with Steve Hilton, CEO of Meritage Homes. REAP members, free; nonmembers, $50. RSVP to Karen Graham at 577-9393, ext. 8469 or

Wednesday / December 6 11 AM: Jewish History Museum presents "Narrating Our Values: Community Conversations." Topic: Welcome the Stranger. 564 S. Stone Ave. 670-9073.

7-8:30 PM: Arizona Center for Judaic Studies Shaol & Louis Pozez Memorial Lectureship Series presents “The Political Psychology of Israeli Prime Ministers” by Yael Aronoff of Michigan State University. At the Tucson J; free. 626-5758.

6:30-8 PM: Tucson Hebrew Academy “Moving Up to Upper School.” 6:30–7 p.m. open house; 7-8 p.m. presentation in science lab. 3888 E. River Road, or 529-3888.

9 AM - 1 PM: Temple Emanu-El Women of Re-

7-8:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El class, “The Prob-

10:30 AM: Jewish History Museum interactive

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Chabad Tucson lunch and learn with Rabbi Yehuda Ceitlin, Wednesdays, 12:15 p.m. at Eli’s Deli.

lem of Evil in Jewish Thought & Belief” with Rabbi Sanford Seltzer. Continues Dec. 11 and 18. Members, $55; nonmembers, $70. Register at 327-4501.

9:30 AM: Beth Shalom Temple Center of Green Valley new member bagel breakfast and presentation at 11:30 AM, “The Art of Jewish Youth: A Visual Exploration of Jewish Values” with Tucson Hebrew Academy art teacher Amy Pozez, in the art gallery. RSVP at 648-6690.


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9:30 AM Cong. Chaverim Blue Sky Shabbat at Sabino Canyon. Meet in the seating area between the parking lot and the ticket booth. 320-1015. 7 PM: Tucson J Desert Melodies presents “Holiday Magic: Holiday Songs by Jewish Composers.” $10. Visit or call 299-3000.

Sunday / December 10 10 AM-NOON: Cong. Anshei Israel Mishpacha (family) program, “Make Hanukkah Cards with Handmaker residents,” at Handmaker, 2221 N. Rosemont Blvd. Free. RSVP by Dec. 6 required to Nichole Chorny at 745-5550, ext. 228, or 11 AM: JFCS book reading, “To Tell Our Stories: Holocaust Survivors of Southern Arizona,” with local survivors, at the Tucson J. Contact Raisa Moroz at 795-0300, ext. 2214 or rmoroz@ 3-5 PM: Tucson J and The Opera Guild of Southern Arizona present “Opera in The J’s Sculpture Garden.” Includes chance to meet the

singers, refreshments, and aria auction to benefit student singers. $10. Contact Barbara Fenig at 299-3000 or

Latke tasting pre-oneg followed at 6:30 p.m. by service. Bring menorah, 5 candles, matches. Sufganiyot oneg follows. 512-8500.

3:30-5 PM: PJ Library presents “Hanukkah with a Twist!” at Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona. Hanukkah stories, latkes, dosas. Bring an 8x10 or smaller photo to incorporate in Hanukkah craft. 3718 E. River Road. Free. To register contact Mary Ellen Loebl at 577-9393 or

9:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Downtown Shabbat at Jewish History Museum, 564 S. Stone Ave., with the Armon Bizman band, Rabbi Batsheva Appel and soloist Lindsey O’Shea. 327-4501.

6 PM Cong. Anshei Israel “Latkes & Vodkas” adult Hanukkah party with martinis, brisket dinner, latkes. Live jazz by “Birks Works” featuring Stuart and Eric Mellan. Must be 21+. Members $36, guests $40. RSVP by Dec. 4. at or 745-5550.

TUESDAY / DECEMBER 12 5:30 – 6 PM: Temple Emanu-El Hanukkah menorah lighting and songs. Continues through Dec. 19. 327-4501.

WEDNESDAY / DECEMBER 13 6:45 PM: Cong. Chaverim book club discusses “Two She Bears” by Meir Shalev. 320-1015.

FRIDAY / DECEMBER 15 11:30 AM Jewish History Museum/Holocaust History Center gallery chat. 564 S. Stone Ave. 670-9073 or 5:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Shabbat Rocks! dinner followed by service at 6:30 p.m., with fifth grade class, Rabbi Batsheva Appel, Avanim Rock Band and Youth Choir. Dinner $12 for adults, free for kids under 13. RSVP for dinner at 327-4501. 5:45 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel family Shabbat experience followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Dinner $25 per member family (two adults and up to four children); guest family, $30; additional adults (age 13+) $10 each. RSVP by Dec. 11 at or 745-5550. 5:45 PM: Cong. Or Chadash Hanukkah Shabbat service and 100 menorah celebration.

SATURDAY / DECEMBER 16 11:30 AM-2:30 PM: Secular Humanist Jewish Circle Hanukkah Party “Light Candles for Freedom and Courage!” Latke lunch, gift exchange. RSVP for directions to Irene at 299-6166 or or visit NOON: Cong. Anshei Israel Targum Shlishi. Shinshin Tamir Shecory will speak about life as an Israeli. Free. Call Rabbi Eisen at 745-5550, ext. 230.

SUNDAY / DECEMBER 17 9 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel Religious School Hanukkah workshop and Maccabiah: minyan followed at 9:30 a.m. by learning activities for youth/adult education kollel, followed at 10:30 a.m. by Maccabiah games; followed at 11:30 a.m. by food and music. Free, RSVP by Dec. 13 to Kim at 745-5550, ext. 224. 9:15 AM: Jewish War Veterans Friedman-Paul Post 201 breakfast meeting at B'nai B'rith Covenant House, 4414 E. 2nd St. $4. Contact Honey Manson at 529-1830. 9:30 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel adult education kollel. Rabbi Robert Eisen will present “Hanukkah Customs: Why?” Free, but contributions of food or money to Community Food Bank will be collected. RSVP to Tamara at 745-5550, ext. 225. 4:30 – 5:45 PM: Temple Emanu-El Greatest Hanukkah on Earth! XIX “We are the Light” celebration. Songs, skits, parodies. Free. Followed by kosher brisket and latkes dinner. Dinner: Members, $30; nonmembers, $36; ages 4-12, $9; 3 and under, free. RSVP with payment for dinner at 327-4501 or


or 745-5550.

1 PM: Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging lecture, “From Paris to New York: the Influence of Jewish Artists on the Artworld Shift,” with Lynn Rae Lowe, Tucson metal artist. RSVP to Nanci Levy at 322-3632 or nlevy@

6:30 – 7:30 PM: Tucson J presents “The Bernstein Centennial Celebration Concert.” Student singers from the Fred Fox School of Music at the University of Arizona. Question and answer discussion to follow. Free. Visit or call 299-3000.

7 PM: Jewish History Museum Integral Jewish Meditation workshop, with Brian SchachterBrooks, 564 S. Stone Ave. Free. 670-9073 or



6 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Hanukkah Party, “8 Nights, 8 Lights.” Glow-in-the-dark celebration. Food including latkes and donuts. $6.13 by Dec. 12. $13 at the door. RSVP at

NORTHWEST TUCSON ONGOING Jewish Federation-Northwest chair yoga with a Jewish flair taught by Bonnie Golden. Mondays, 10-11 a.m., except for Dec. 25. $7 per class or $25 for four. 505-4161 or Northwest Needlers create hand-stitched items for donation in the Jewish community. Meets at Jewish Federation Northwest Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m. RSVP to or 505-4161. Jewish Federation-Northwest mah jongg, Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m. Also meets 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 1217 W. Faldo Drive. 477-8672 or

MONDAY / DECEMBER 4 11 AM: Chabad of Oro Valley “Torah and Tea” six-week free program for women, Mondays through Jan. 1, with Mushkie Zimmerman. At 1217 W. Faldo Drive. 477-8672 or mushkie@

TUESDAY / DECEMBER 5 6 PM: Jewish Federation-Northwest Rosh Chodesh Women’s Group, “Meet the Kurdish/ Syrian Hesso Women Refugees.” Make baklava and learn about connection between the Kurds and Israel, at 190 W. Magee, #162. Suggested donation $5. RSVP to 505-4161 or

WEDNESDAY / DECEMBER 6 10:30 AM: PJ Library and Jewish Federation-

Northwest storytime. 190 W. Magee, #162. Free. RSVP requested but not required to Mary Ellen Loebl at 577-9393 or

SUNDAY / DECEMBER 10 1-3 PM: Jewish Federation-Northwest meet the Shinshinim ice cream social. 190 W. Magee, #162. Free. 505-4161 or northwestjewish@

MONDAY / DECEMBER 11 11 AM: Chabad of Oro Valley “Torah and Tea” six-week free program for women, Mondays through Jan. 1, with Mushkie Zimmerman. At 1217 W. Faldo Drive. 477-8672 or mushkie@

THURSDAY / DECEMBER 14 10-11:30 AM: Jewish Federation-Northwest Hanukkah Kibbitz and Schmear, at 190 W. Magee, #162. Free. 505-4161 or northwestjewish@ 5 PM: Chabad of Oro Valley Community Menorah lighting and celebration, Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W Naranja Dr, 477-8672 or


5 PM: Jewish Federation-Northwest family Hanukkah party. Bring menorah, candles, matches. Includes songs, latkes. 190 W. Magee, #162. Free. RSVP to 505-4161 or

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9:30-11:30 AM: Brandeis National Committee and Tucson J University on Wheels breakfast. Eileen McNamara and Maura Jane Farrelly of Brandeis University present, “From Election to Investigation and all the Fake News in Between: Media Coverage of this Presidency.” $18. RSVP by Jan. 3 to Rhoda Cohen at rogoco1@verizon. net or 529-8411

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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 • 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 Shabbat services: Fri., 6:30 p.m.; 1st Fri., Friday Night LIVE (Oct.-May); 2nd Friday, Tot Shabbat (Oct.-June), 6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. / Torah study: Sat.,8:30 a.m.

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

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


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OBITUARY Peter Constable Peter Graham Constable, 87, died Nov. 16, 2017. Mr. Constable was born in Chelmsford, England. After a number of years as a seaman, first on tankers and then as a steward on luxury passenger ships (including the Queen of Bermuda and the Queen Mary), he immigrated to the United States. He joined the United States Air Force in 1951 during the Korean War, eventually attaining the rank of Airman, First Class, in the weather squadron. He served for four years and became a U.S. citizen during the course of his service. He went to St. John’s University on the G.I. bill, graduating with a degree in accounting and started in the banking field and progressed to various leadership positions in the major financial institutions in New York. He spent the last 30 years of his career as a stockbroker and financial advisor. He taught courses at the New York School of Finance and was a member of the Society for the Investigation of Recurring Events, an association primarily dedicated to analysis of market trends, and served as its president for many years. He and his wife, Lanie, moved to Tucson in 1998, and he worked at Wachovia Securities for a number of years before retiring at the age of 75. After retirement, he served as a docent at Tohono Chul Park. Survivors include his wife, Lanie; son, Gary (Melissa) Constable of Westfield, N.J.; and two grandchildren. For much of his childhood, Mr. Constable was raised with his brother Brian in a children’s home run by the Church of England, and he was always grateful for people’s charitable donations to children. Memorial donations may be made to Casa de los Ninos (Tucson) and Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona. A service in celebration of Mr. Constable’s life was held at Evergreen Mortuary and Cemetery.

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Ava Ilana Silverman, daughter of Breann and Mark Silverman, will celebrate becoming a bat mitzvah on Saturday, Dec. 16 at Congregation Or Chadash. She is the granddaughter of Marsha and Mel Silverman of Tucson and Lynn and Bruce Schmidt of Prescott. Ava attends Emily Gray Junior High where she is on the principal’s list with distinction. She enjoys art and cooking. For her mitzvah project, Ava is raising awareness and donating items to the Tucson Wildlife Center.

MARK ROBERT GORDON has filed to run for Arizona Secretary of State in the 2018 election. Born in Phoenix, he spent much of his youth participating in programs at the old Phoenix Jewish Community Center, Beth El, and Phoenix High School for Jewish Studies. He earned degrees from Princeton University, Columbia University School of Law and Harvard University. He has had two careers: in entertainment as an actor, producer, writer and director, and as a federal law election attorney with a national law office in Washington, D.C. He recently served as an elections specialist on the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office’s bipartisan transition team.

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With the popularity of storytelling booming, ATRIA SENIOR LIVING’s holiday gift to residents this year will be Atria StoryWise, a boxed set of 150 conversation-starting cards that encourage story sharing and social connections. In addition, Atria has created an Atria StoryWise app available as a free iTunes download from the Apple App Store. TUCSON IRON AND METAL will hold its 2017 FeST artist show and sale on Sunday, Dec. 10, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 690 E. 36th street. Now in its third year, FeST has showcased Southern Arizona artists who use scrap, recycled and repurposed metal. This year the show also includes artists who work in other repurposed media.

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JESSE CHARLES has opened MAVERICK DESIGN & CONSULTING, featuring a demo theater to help clients design a new audio/video system or improve their current one. Visit for more information. ELYSA CRUM and SHERRY WEISS have created Taste of Tucson Downtown Culinary and Culture Tours. Longtime Tucson residents with a combined 30-plus years of teaching experience, Crum and Weiss are also cousins and former New Yorkers. Visit for more information.

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Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017 • 6:00 p.m. at Congregation Anshei Israel Visit, or call 745-5550 for details. Students at the University of Arizona Hillel Foundation with the new AED (L-R): Zack Surmacz, Rachel Shiffman, and Loren Rosenberg.

UA Hillel gets defibrillator The Steven M. Gootter Foundation recently gave an AED (automated external defibrillator) to the University of Arizona Hillel Foundation. Since 2009 the Gootter Foundation, which works to save lives by defeating sudden cardiac death, has donated and distributed hundreds of AEDs to schools, police and sheriff departments, places of worship, recreational and public places throughout Southern Arizona.

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ove over, potato latkes. Make room for dosas. The savory fried Indian lentil and rice pancakes take center stage in “Queen of the Dosas,” a gem of a new Hanukkah book by the award-winning children’s writer Pamela Ehrenberg. It’s among eight new Hanukkah books for kids — one for each night of the holiday — sure to kindle the flames of imagination in young readers. The bounty of this season’s books travel the globe, from city life to wooded forests, with engaging — and many humorous — stories and dazzling illustrations that reflect the diversity in how Jewish families celebrate the popular holiday. Old World traditions mix it up with new rituals taking root in today’s modern American Jewish families. These new reads showcase the many ways Jewish families from all walks of life

celebrate the Festival of Lights, which this year begins on the evening of Dec. 12. “Way Too Many Latkes: A Hanukkah in Chelm” Linda Glaser; illustrated by Aleksandar Zolotic Kar-Ben; ages 3-8 Oy vey! It’s the first night of Hanukkah and Faigel, the best latke maker in the village of Chelm, forgot the recipe for her mouthwatering, sizzling potato pancakes, the traditional fried food eaten during the holiday’s celebrations. Her husband, Shmuel, races over to the village rabbi for advice. But what does the rabbi know about making latkes? This ticklishly fun adventure, set in the fictional Old World town of Chelm — the source of enduring Jewish storytelling — will have kids laughing as they wonder how Faigel and Shmuel solve their problem. Aleksandar Zolotic’s large format, animation-style illustrations are perfectly

paired for the lively story, which echoes the classic “Strega Nona” stories by Tomie dePaola about magical pots of pasta. “Little Red Ruthie: A Hanukkah Tale” Gloria Koster; illustrated by Sue Eastland Albert Whitman; ages 4-8 This uplifting spin on “Little Red Riding Hood” features a spirited young girl named Ruthie setting off on the eve of Hanukkah to visit her bubbe, Yiddish for grandmother, so they can cook up potato latkes for the holiday. In the snow-packed forest Ruthie, bundled up in a bright red hooded parka, meets a not overly menacing-looking wolf. Ruthie summons her courage and smarts as she recalls the brave Maccabee heroes of Hanukkah who fought for religious freedom for the Jews in ancient Israel. But will Ruthie’s clever schemes outsmart the hungry but foolish wolf, who has fun dressing up in bubbe’s colorful clothing? This is a perfect read-aloud for those wintry Hanukkah nights, and Sue East-

land’s bright and humorous illustrations bring the warmhearted story to life. “Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas” Pamela Ehrenberg; illustrated by Anjar Sarkar Farrar Straus Giroux; ages 4-7 In this humor-filled tale, an endearing school-age boy in a multicultural IndianJewish family can hardly contain his enthusiasm for his family’s special Hanukkah celebration of making dosas, Indian fried pancakes made with lentils, called dal, and rice. But his younger sister, Sadie, who can’t resist her urge to climb on everything, may spoil the fun. Anjar Sarkar’s colorful, cartoon-like illustrations add giggles and put readers in on the action. The end pages are embellished with illustrations of Indian groceries, chutneys and spices that will tempt the family foodies. Recipes for dosas and sambar, a vegetable-based filling or dip for the See Books, page S-3

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dosas, are included. “The Missing Letters: A Dreidel Story” Renee Londner; illustrated by Iryna Bodnaruk Kar-Ben; ages 4-9 Wooden dreidels come to life in this heartwarming page turner. On the eve of Hanukkah, in a dreidel maker’s shop, there are some bad feelings among the Hebrew letters painted on the four-sided spinning toy. The nun, hey and shin are jealous of the gimel, considered the favorite letter in the game of chance, and decide to hide all of them. But later they overhear the dreidel maker explain that all the letters play a special role in celebrating Hanukkah, a holiday of religious freedom. Among Iryna Bodnaruk’s animated illustrations is a double-page spread that is like a puzzle; kids can follow clues to find where the gimels have been hidden. “Hanukkah Harvie vs. Santa Claus: The Christmukkah Kerfuffle” David Michael Slater; illustrated by Michelle Simpson Library Tales Publishing; ages 5-8 On the first night of Hanukkah, Hanukkah Harvie oils up his steampunk-like machinery to produce all the gifts he needs and climbs aboard his flying Hanukkopter to deliver eight nights of presents to children. Placing one family’s presents next to their Hanukkah menorah, Harvie bumps into a red-suited jolly Santa Claus piling gifts under their Christmas tree. Harvey and Santa go on to discover some other homes with both menorahs and Christmas trees and get into a rollicking presentgiving competition, out to prove that their holiday is the best. A young girl who spies them in action puts the quarreling pair to shame, and

lets them in on the joy of celebrating the two holidays happening at about the same time each year — thus the Christmukkah mashup. Michelle Simpson’s colorful and playful animation-like illustrations match the story’s spirited humor. Books for toddlers: “The Itsy Bitsy Dreidel” Jeffrey Burton and Chani Tornow; illustrated by Sanja Rescek Simon and Schuster; ages 2-4 A delightful read-aloud board book for the youngest kids who will enjoy the playful rhymes as the lively little dreidel celebrates Hanukkah. This is the latest in the upbeat Itsy Bitsy board book series that includes the “Itsy Bitsy Pilgrim,” the “Itsy Bitsy Snowman,” and others. “Grover’s Eight Nights of Light” Jodie Shepherd; illustrated by Joe Mathieu Random House for Young Readers; ages 2-5 Young fans of Sesame Street enjoy a Hanukkah party at Grover’s house along with their favorite Sesame Street characters. The book features lighting the menorah, eating latkes and playing dreidel. Stickers, Hanukkah cards and a poster with a Hanukkah party game are included. And a book for teens: “Spies & Scholars” Yehudis Litvak Jewish Children’s Book Club; grades 7-8 “Spies and Scholars” is the latest entry in the Hanukkah-themed series — the first was “Swords and Scrolls.” The historical fiction adventure is set during the reign of the Greek King Antiochus in ancient Israel where the Maccabees are fighting the Greeks. The 200-page teen read is geared to Orthodox Jewish teen readers and published by Jewish Children’s Book Club in conjunction with Torah Umesorah-National Society for Hebrew Day Schools.

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Garden books for Hanukkah offer options from cookery to yard design JACQUELINE A. SOULE, PH.D. Special to the AJP


ooks make a great gift because they contain the precious gift of knowledge. Here are eight gardening books for all types of folks, whether they garden outside or indoors, or just cook with vegetables that others grow. To start off — who doesn’t like a cookbook? “The Renee’s Garden C o o kb o o k” by Renee Shepherd and Fran Raboff (Shepherd P u b l i s h i ng ) is the third cookbook offered by the owner of Renee’s Garden Seeds (the same Renee who helped Michelle Obama start the vegetable garden at the White House). Full of yummy and easy recipes, it also contains tips for vegetable gardening. If vegetable gardening appeals, “The Salad Garden” by Joy Larkcom (Frances Lincoln Limited) is a fresh look at the topic, investigating lesser known greens such as chervil and orache, as well as heirlooms like arugula and rainbow chard. Edible flowers and sprouts are not

neglected either. Useful for the beginning and advanced gardener alike, the book offers an array of vegetables to perk up your plate and palate. Flowers are fun, especially flowers that are easy to grow in our climate, such as iris and flowering tobacco. Two books from experts in their field offer one of a kind enjoyment. “Illustrated Guide to Flowering Tobacco for Gardens” by Richard Pocker clearly illustrates his indepth knowledge of this charming plant with hummingbird-pollinated flowers that come in a wide variety of colors and sizes. Well written and well illustrated, with photos that will make you want to add flowering tobacco plants to your garden right now, although they do best in warmer weather. “Beardless Irises: A Plant for Every Garden Situation” by Kevin C. Vaughn (Schiffer Publishing Ltd.) highlights the fact that a number of iris species originate in arid environments, so they can be right at home in Southern Arizona, especially the Spuria irises, the subject

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of an extensive chapter. Large format with sumptuous photographs — and the tips on selecting and growing irises are very useful. “ Ur b a n Flowers” by Carolyn Dunster (Frances Lincoln Limited) is a charmer. It offers growing tips for the beginning gardener, as well as some creative floral design ideas for all levels. Dunster reminds us that you can reap large rewards in a small scale garden. Less can be more. “Yards” by California landscape designer Billy Goodnick (St. Lynn’s Press), offers many useful points to ponder as you consider your yard and how to use the outdoor space around your home. The photos inspire ideas and are worthy of a coffee table book. Goodnick’s book is useful for those who don’t want to get their hands dirty, and also for those who love to do it themselves. For those who prefer indoor gardening, here are two books to help with that. “Indoor Gardening the Organic Way” by Julie Bawden Davis (Taylor Trade Publishing) is a good starter volume. This mother of three offers time-saving tips for growing indoor plants in a bustling home, filling the space with oxygenproducing plants in a kid-safe manner.

“Houseplants” by Lisa Eldred Steinkopf (Cool Springs Press) is billed as a “complete guide” and it is. Any number of houseplant books come out every year, and this is my pick for 2017. Steinkopf has been growing and sharing her love for houseplants since a tender age, and she does so here with writing that reflects her love of the subject matter combined with helpful accuracy. As a child I was delighted to get books of my very own. Once I got older, I realized that the adults in my life enjoyed picking out books as much as I did receiving them. The pure joy of spending hours browsing in a bookstore! While there are fewer brick and mortar bookstores than there once were, Tucson is lucky to still have a nice selection in which to shop. I urge you to shop local for some of these gardening books this winter. Jacqueline Soule, Ph.D., has been writing about gardening in our region for over three decades. Her most recent book, “Month by Month Guide to Gardening in Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico” (Cool Springs Press, 2016), is available in local garden shops. It is a companion volume to “Southwest Fruit & Vegetable Gardening” (Cool Springs Press, 2014).

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(StatePoint) Millions of wild birds are killed each year flying into windows, including private homes. Birds face other dangers, too, in your yard, whether they are migrating or flying locally. Everyone, but especially those who enjoy having birds visit their yards and gardens, should take steps to make their homes a safer place for birds. “Birds are part of a healthy ecosystem. Turning your home into a refuge for birds is good for the environment, saves lives and can add beauty to your garden,” says Spencer Schock, founder of WindowAlert, a company that offers decals and UV liquid that are highly visible to birds but barely noticed by people. Here are three home projects you can do to help protect birds. • Plant trees, shrubs and flowers that provide birds with the nourishment and shelter they need. The good news is that there are many beautiful varieties of bird-friendly vegetation. To be a good environmental steward, opt for species

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Tips for keeping a busy family organized (StatePoint) When it comes to busy families, things have a habit of becoming scattered quickly. Here are five ways to keep everything and everyone organized, all the time. 1. Centralize information. Hang an erasable calendar or family to-do list in a high-traffic area of the home where everyone can see it, so that everyone can add appointments, practices, vacations, school plays and other events. Be sure to hang it at a height appropriate for all members of the family, big and small. 2. Planned meal prep. Pick one day a week to plan meals and snacks for the days ahead. Prep items that you can in advance. Chop veggies, pack school lunches, assemble the lasagna. This will make the rest of the week a breeze. Family members can easily grab pre-prepared lunches and snack items before school and work, to take away the stress of busy mornings and getting out the door on-time. Plus, evenings won’t need to feel so rushed. 3. Label it. From the spice rack to the medicine cabinet to the filing cabinet and the garage, clearly labeling containers saves time and energy, ensuring you can quickly and easily find needed items. 4. Leverage storage. Do you take full

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