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orld-renowned Russian-American violinist Yevgeny Kutik was only 5 when his family immigrated to the United States, so he doesn’t clearly remember the anti-Semitism they faced in Belarus. But he’s heard his parents’ and grandparents’ stories. Kutik, who was born in Minsk in 1985, told the AJP the discrimination was “just present in life; it was very noticeable every day, that’s how my family grew up. They didn’t know otherwise.” His parents, both professional musicians, for the most part could choose to ignore it — such as the constant jokes during rehearsal breaks that were “particularly, like

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acidicly, anti-Semitic.” Then his mother was fired from a conservatory because they had exceeded

their quota of Jews. And when Kutik started preschool, she noticed that the other parents “im-

mediately singled me out as the Jew,” making him an object of ridicule, though luckily, no violence. Kutik’s parents decided to leave Belarus to give him and his older brother, as well as themselves, “more of a chance.” The transition was not easy, with six months in Austria and Italy, not knowing if their final destination would be the United States, Israel, South Africa, or Canada, says Kutik, who notes that their situation was not unique; several million Russian Jewish refugees had similar experiences. With the help of HIAS (formerly the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) and the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires, his family was resettled in western Massachusetts and so warmly welcomed that See Kutik, page 2

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srael’s intelligence community told a cohort of volunteer first responders that it is most concerned about a new war with Syria, says Jay Korza, a sergeant with the Pima County Sheriff ’s Department. If that threat materializes, Korza will be there to help. Korza traveled to Israel this summer to take part in the Emergency Volunteers Project, which trains American firefighters and first responders to assist during a national emergency. Since its founding, the program has trained 1,000 emergency workers, including 39 American firefighters — several from Southern Arizona — deployed to Israel during 2016’s operation “Water and Fire.”

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medic. He also teaches paramedic training courses for Pima Community College’s Paramedic Associate of Applied Science program. He heard about the EVP initiative through a coworker, and

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he and his wife decided to check out an informational seminar last year hosted by the Tucson Jewish Community Center. He arrived in Tel Aviv on June 1, spending his first three days touring the country. Oshrat Barel, director of Tucson’s Weintraub Israel Center, arranged free guided tours for Korza via the Israel Experience. The first group of local volunteer firefighters shipped off to Israel in October 2013, says Mike McKendrick, chair of the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation. The idea to start a Southern ArizonaIsrael first responder partnership began as a casual conversation between Patty Vallance, a fire foundation and Jewish community volunteer, and a Tucson Fire See Korza, page 4

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Kutik considers the Jewish community there “my second, third and fourth family.” Kutik will be in Tucson for a Jan. 17 concert for UA Presents and also will headline a Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona Northwest Division campaign event on Thursday, Jan. 18. The Federation event, which will be held at The Buttes at Reflections, 9800 N. Oracle Road, will begin at 5 p.m. with a sunset cocktail hour on the patio, with dinner and the program beginning at 6 p.m. Kutik also will join the Federation for a Lion of Judah lunchtime concert on Friday, Jan. 19. The UA Presents concert, which Kutik will play with pianist Spencer Myer, will feature selections from Kutik’s album “Music from the Suitcase: A Collection of Russian Miniatures.” These pieces, such as Prokofiev’s Waltz from “Cinderella” and other, rarer works, were among the sheet music that his mother insisted on packing in one of the two suitcases the family was allowed to take out of Belarus. Kutik holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston University and a master’s degree from the New England Conservatory, but his career began taking off when he was still in high school. He won first prize in

the Boston Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition in 2003, leading to his orchestral debut that year with the Boston Pops. In 2006, he was awarded the Salon de Virtuosi Grant and the Tanglewood Music Center Jules Reiner Violin Prize. Known for his lush, Old World tone coupled with what The New York Times called “razor sharp technique,” Kutik has recorded four acclaimed albums and is widely sought after on concert stages worldwide. He was a featured performer for the 2012 March of the Living observances, where he played for audiences at the Krakow Opera House and for over 10,000 people at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Kutik will play his violin — which was crafted in Italy in 1915 by Stefano Scarampella — at the Federation’s Northwest event, but the evening’s format also gives him a chance talk about his family’s story and his support for the Jewish Federations of North America. “I do my best,” he says, “to raise awareness of the story — raise awareness of this kind of journey and what so many millions of people went through, and the need for the community to remain involved, to be involved, to keep helping.” Admission to the Federation’s Northwest campaign event is $40. RSVP by Jan. 4 at jfsa.org/nwcampaignkickoff2018 or contact Karen Graham at 647-8469 or kgraham@jfsa.org.




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he most gratifying aspect of teaching is watching your students move toward their own greatness, says Kenneth S. Goodman, a professor emeritus at the University of Arizona department of language, reading and culture. “I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished, but I’m also proud of what the people who I’ve had a hand in educating have done — it gives me hope,” says Goodman. Goodman, who turns 90 this month, has spent more than half a century improving the way educators teach and understand early childhood development. He’s an educational pioneer, who is best known for founding the whole language approach to reading. According to the Encyclopedia of Child Behavior and Development, the whole language approach is an instructional philosophy on teaching based on three constructivist assumptions: learning cannot be separated from its context; each learner’s purpose for learning is integral to what is learned; and knowledge gained is socially constructed through negotiation, evaluation, or transformation. Teaching eighth graders sparked Goodman’s love for the classroom. Adolescents are developing not only as people, but as thinkers, so teachers are afforded a wonderful opportunity of influence, says Goodman. “It’s a very moral age, and that’s the age when everything has to be fair.” He was also running day-care camps and adult-based learning classes at the Silverlake Independent Jewish Community Center in Los Angeles. That’s where he began to develop the social aspects of his teaching techniques. No matter the grade level, whether it is graduate students or eighth-graders, students are not performing at the same capacity, nor are they equally interested in the material being taught, he explains. Goodman would utilize a small group technique, establishing a social setting amongst peers, and he would simply coach them, helping along their learning. “Adolescents in particular, if you’re not dealing with their social concerns, they’re not really going to do much learning,” says Goodman. “One of the things that schools often neglect is the fact that school is the place where kids form relationships and learn how to get along with each other.”


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However, Jewish day-care facilities are centered on social learning environments, and working in that milieu was instrumental in Goodman developing as a teacher and researcher. “There’s a lot of overlap, because education is not just cramming knowledge into kids’ heads,” he says. “It’s understanding how people learn, the importance of their being able to express ideas and work together.” His classrooms were always noisy, because his pupils were always collaborating, Goodman says. His first full-time job in teacher education was at Wayne State University in Detroit, where Goodman developed miscue analysis, a technique that identifies why readers construct a different text than what is actually written. After Goodman earned an undergraduate degree in economics, he returned to school to earn his bachelor’s degree in education at the University of California, Los Angeles. He went on to earn his master’s at California State University, Los Angeles, and his doctorate in education at UCLA. Goodman says he knew he wanted to improve the craft of teaching, which ultimately inspired him to earn his doctoral degree. He held multiple positions at the National Council of Teachers of English with the reading commission, research foundation, commission on the English language, and elementary section committee. As his three daughters progressed through school, the family had a running joke that became folklore throughout the neighborhood. If they did poorly, Goodman would reward them with a cash prize, he explains, because learning was more important than test scores. In 1975, Goodman and his wife, Yetta,

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KORZA Department captain. In September 2005, long before the EVP program launched, Chris Rogers, deputy and bomb squad technician with the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, traveled to Israel and was embedded with with the Tel Aviv district bomb squad. The two-week training program was sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council and the Weintraub Israel Center. Pima County is actually larger than Israel, says McKendrick, which helps put emergency response techniques in perspective for participants in the EVP program. Furthering professional development is a lifelong pursuit for first responders, and having the opportunity to do so on an international level is invaluable, he says. “Strengthening the bond between southern Arizona and Israel, through programs that cultivate both professional and personal relationships is vital in support, understanding and outreach,” says McKendrick, who thinks every community should consider launching this type of partnership. Although Korza was part of the EVP medical team, the fire foundation helped finance some of his trip through the Firefighters Beyond Borders Fund, says McKendrick. Korza joined the Navy at age 18, where he trained as a hospital corpsman. A medic in the military receives an advanced level of training, he says, and has more freedoms and duties than a civilian paramedic. When his deployment ended, Korza knew he had a few options: reenlist and continue as a corpsman, dedicate himself to school and become a doctor, or pursue


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Jay Korza, left, with an Israeli motorcycle paramedic. These on-call civilian paramedics can get to patients faster than an ambulance and stabilize them until a transport unit arrives.

a career in law enforcement. Although he chose the latter, Korza says, providing patient care has remained a passion. During his 10-day EVP training, Korza stayed in Ashkelon, which is just north of the Gaza Strip. When the last EVP medical team was deployed to Israel, the unit was based out of Barzilai University Medical Center in Ashkelon, so future cohorts could also be stationed there, he says. The training program consisted of multiple informational tours of various sites throughout the country, providing context for where volunteers may be stationed during a deployment, what types of emergencies they could be called for and the regional dynamics. Israel is located along the Great Rift Valley, so EVP volunteers could be deployed after an earthquake. Being in law enforcement is starkly different from being a paramedic, says Korza. As a peace officer your job is to keep criminals at bay, but as a first responder the results are instantaneous, whether you’re saving a life or delivering a baby, he explains, adding that is the work he misses. If Korza is ever deployed by EVP, he’ll

be able to perform the same level of patient care he enjoyed as a corpsman, a fact that ultimately sold him on the program. Although Korza’s wife does not want him entering a war zone, he may utilize his negotiating skills in hopes of working alongside the Israel Defense Forces. “If an IDF ambulance shows up at the hospital, I’m probably going to be on it when they go back out,” Korza says with a laugh. But his motivations are not based on thrill-seeking, he says; he’d be guided by the goal of helping a country under siege and saving lives. “Just to be able to help and to provide that medical care to a level that might be commensurate with what I did in the military — that chance is what’s interesting to me, and that’s why I wanted to go.” Korza says he’s not a religious person, or interested in politics, but he feels Israel is mistreated on the world stage and misrepresented in the media. If Israel is a nation founded on hate or segregation, why are Muslims from neighboring countries seeking and receiving quality healthcare in Ashkelon, Korza asks rhetorically. Since Korza toured Israel before the

training began, he asked to spend his last day working in Ashkelon. During his eight-hour shift, Korza shadowed a handful of emergency room doctors at Barzilai medical, jumping in to help anyone he could. The medicines used for typical treatments are universal, as he expected. While he doesn’t speak Hebrew or Arabic, Korza says, he didn’t have much trouble communicating with patients, using the “thumbs-up” to get approval for care from people. “We muddled through it; it wasn’t a big deal.” One patient being treated for symptoms brought on by a miscarriage, refused care from Korza because he was an American, which didn’t faze him. But the doctor he was working with began to argue with the woman, explaining he was a volunteer and she must reconsider. Korza pleaded with the doctor to stop arguing with this patient, which he describes as an amusing cultural difference between the United States and Israel. “That’s not the way it works in America, if a patient says no, it’s no,” he says. He observed Muslims who appeared reluctant to be treated by Jewish doctors, and vice versa, but providing the best treatment possible always takes precedence. “When we have patients, we have patients and it doesn’t matter who they are,” says Korza. “Once you’re my patient, everything else goes out the window. You’re my patient, and that’s my priority.” Taking part in the EVP program reaffirmed what Korza understands about the medical profession: dividing lines dissolve when it comes to patient care. “We’re here for you and it doesn’t matter how you feel about us, we’re going to treat you — that’s how we are, and that’s how we should be.”

LOCAL YWC plans ‘Mindfulness, Martinis & Mitzvahs’ The Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona Young Women’s Cabinet is hosting an event next month to help women of all ages kick off the new (secular) year feeling rejuvenated. “Mindfulness, Martinis & Mitzvahs” will be held Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Harvey and Deanna Evenchik Center for Jewish Philanthropy, 3718 E. River Road. Author Ali Katz will present “How to Deal with Stress in One Minute or Less.” Katz is a meditation teacher, mindfulness coach and mother of two young boys. She has been featured on NBC, in “MindBodyGreen,”and in “Style” and other media. The event also will include YWC popup wellness stations featuring make-up tips, massages, diy projects, martini tasting, nosh, and a Kendra Scott jewelry trunk show, with 20 percent of all jewelry sales benefiting a mitzvah of your choice. Katz’ two books, “Hot Mess to Mindful

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Mom: 40 Ways to Find Balance and Joy in Your Every Day” and “Get the Most out of Motherhood: A Hot Mess to Mindful Mom Parenting Guide” will be available for purchase. The cost of the event is $25. RSVP at jfsa.org/mindfulnessmartinismitzvahs or contact Karen Graham at kgraham@ jfsa.org or 647-8469.

‘Einstein and the Rabbi’ author to speak at J When bestselling author Rabbi Naomi Levy came across a poignant letter by Albert Einstein to a grieving rabbi, it shook her to her core. His words perfectly captured what she has come to believe about the human condition: that we are intimately connected and that we are blind to this truth. Einstein wrote, “A human being is part of the whole, called by us ‘Universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts, and feelings as something separate from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness…” What had elicited such spiritual wisdom from a man of science? On Sunday, Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Tucson Jewish Community Center, Levy, the author of “Einstein and the Rabbi: Searching for the Soul” will speak about her search into the mystery of Einstein’s letter and the mysteries of the human soul. Levy, who recently led a CHAI Circle retreat in Tucson, is also the author of the national bestseller “To Begin Again,” “Talking to God” and “Hope Will Find You.” The

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founder and leader of Nashuva, a Jewish spiritual outreach movement based in Los Angeles, she was named one of the top 50 rabbis in America by Newsweek and has appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” the “Today” show, and NPR. A coffee and dessert reception will follow the talk. Admission is $10 for members in advance; $12 for nonmembers and at the door. Childcare is available with advance notice to Jennifer Selco at jselco@tucsonjcc.org.

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COMMENTARY A city of complexities: What we talk about when we talk about Jerusalem ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL JTA

White famously wrote that there are “roughly three New Yorks”: the one of the native New Yorker, the one of the commuter, and the New York of the “person who was born somewhere else and came to New York in quest of something.” To which a resident of Jerusalem might respond, “Only three? Lucky you.” Jerusalem is messy, in the best and worst sense of the word. It’s a city of secular intellectuals and insular haredim. It’s the seat of Israel’s government and flypaper for the dreamers, fanatics, seekers and tourists from three major religions and dozens of cults, sects, denominations and movements. And of course it’s a city of Jews and Arabs, roughly and unmistakably divided into west and east, with the Old City as a sort of (forgive the imagery) bathtub drain into which both sides swirl, mix and boil.

Anyone who likes to talk about Jerusalem as “undivided” is either being delusional or hopelessly optimistic. And that’s not just because the city is diverse, or incoherent, or less a typical city than a sprawl of boroughs or villages that somehow share a city hall. You could say the same thing about New York. “Undivided” is little more than a slogan because no one, least of all the Israelis who run the place, can agree what Jerusalem is. From the 1948-49 War of Independence until the Six-Day War in 1967, Jerusalem was indeed divided: Jordan occupied the Old City and areas to the north and south, and Israel made its capital in the western and southern parts of the city, with a narrow road acting like an umbilical cord between the Israeli side and the Jewish enclave on Mount Scopus. The wall dividing east and west was torn down after the Six-Day War, and Israel celebrated the city’s “reunification” by annexing the Old City and eastern Jerusalem and taking responsibility for the

66,000 or so Arabs living there. The new boundaries added some 40 square miles to the municipality, including familiar Jerusalem neighborhoods like Pisgat Zeev, Gilo and Ramat Alon. Much of the international community considered — and still considers — these as illegal settlements, although the Israelis insist their claims to Jerusalem and its environs are longstanding and you can’t “occupy” ter-

ritory that wasn’t under the legitimate sovereignty of any state in the first place. By 1993, Jerusalem’s municipal limits had been expanded to nearly as far south as Bethlehem, west to include majority Arab neighborhoods like Abu Dis and as far north as the Atarot, or Qalandia, airport, now an army base. The Jerusalem municipality, now 77 square miles, has a See Jerusalem, page 12

When women rabbis say ‘#MeToo,’ communities must pay attention HARA PERSON JTA

NEW YORK n a recent talk at Temple Emanuel here, former first lady Michelle Obama spoke about how women live with tiny cuts that build up over time, cuts that we endure without noticing,


even as we bleed. That is what it is to be a girl and a woman in this world, she said, urging women to own our scars, and to find power and healing in doing so. The last weeks have been a sobering reminder that sexual misconduct is rampant in every profession, not just in the entertainment industry or in politics. It is a reminder, as if we needed a reminder,

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that to grow up a girl is to expect, if not accept, unwanted comments, remarks, touching and assault. As women, in our personal lives and professional careers, we all have our stories, our workarounds and our scars. The conversation about sexual harassment and sexual assault in our society comes at a time when the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the professional organization of Reform rabbis, stands ready to launch the Task Force on the Experience of Women in the Rabbinate. This need became evident in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election, the publication of “The Sacred Calling: Four Decades of Women in the Rabbinate” and a study we undertook on rabbinic professional satisfaction. Although women have been Reform rabbis for 45 years, it is painfully obvious that these issues are still a fact of everyday life. The rabbinate is no exception to the conversations going on in the wider world about women’s experiences. It is the rare female rabbi who, if married to a man, has not been asked if her husband is also a rabbi. Or the joke we all hear: If the wife of a rabbi is a rebbetzin, what do you call the husband of a rabbi? (Lucky.) While seemingly harmless, such comments nonetheless undermine the credibility and authority of women as rabbis.

And the comments don’t stop there. There are these lines, uttered at board meetings or during the oneg or even at a funeral, like “I’ve always wanted to kiss a rabbi,” or “If rabbis looked like you when I was a kid, I would have come to synagogue more.” There’s a kind of sliding scale to the comments, from bad to worse. “Rabbi, please cross your legs when seated on the bimah, otherwise it’s too distracting.” “Rabbi, are you pregnant? Your breasts look bigger.” And so on, and so on. Women rabbis are counseled to wear lipstick or told not to wear lipstick. We are told that our clothing choices are too revealing or too dowdy. Our shoes are too sexy or too old fashioned. Our voices are too soft or too strident. We’re too emotional or we’re too cold. We’re called by our first names while the male rabbi is called Rabbi LastName. We’re called kiddo, babe, sugar, sexy, honey. We’re advised to get home quickly from a board meeting so that we can make our husbands happy. And it isn’t just laypeople. There are stories as well of rabbis in positions of power preying on younger, more vulnerable rabbis, inappropriate touching or comments during supervisory sessions, and jokes that are not in the least bit funny. In only four short decades since the See #MeToo, page 14

ISRAEL What Israel and the Palestinians make of Trump's recognition of Jerusalem ANDREW TOBIN JTA

JERUSALEM Amid the global controversy over President Donald Trump’s recognition last week of Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state, Israeli and Palestinian leaders actually found rare consensus: They agreed that the development was a win for Israel and a loss for the Palestinians. To be sure, Trump’s concession was not a major one. Israel was always expected to get a recognized capital in Jerusalem under any Middle East peace deal, and the president did not reject Palestinian claims to have their capital in the city, too. However, the change in two decades of American policy on Jerusalem cemented the impression on both sides that the United States was tilting toward Israel. With Trump’s team working on a peace deal, Israeli and Palestinian leaders debated how his decision would affect the effort. The Israelis said their country still wants peace and Trump was only recognizing the obvious: Israel already controls all of Jerusalem, has treated it as its capital for 69 years and was never going to settle for anything less than an acknowledgement that Jerusalem is its capital. Whether the Palestinians can also claim parts of Jerusalem as their capital remains an open question, but that was always one of the so-called “finalstatus issues” at the heart of negotiations. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday during a visit with French President Emanuel Macron that Jerusalem was as much Israel’s capital as Paris was France’s, and that recognition of this fact was necessary for peace. “I think that what peace requires is to be built on the foundation of truth, on the facts of the past and on the present,” Netanyahu said. “This is the only way that you can build a pluralistic and successful future.” More important, Israeli leaders contended, Trump gave the Palestinians a long overdue reality check. They said the president showed that he would not indulge the

Palestinians’ attempts to deny Israel’s existence. Netanyahu made that equation explicit in a meeting Monday with European foreign ministers in Brussels. He likened the Palestinians’ opposition to recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital with their refusal to accept the existence of a Jewish state, which he has long maintained was the primary obstacle to peace. “I think we should give peace a chance. I think we should see what is presented and see if we can advance this peace. But if we have to begin it, I would say it’s one place: Recognize the Jewish state,” he said Monday morning in Brussels. “It’s always been about the Jewish state. And it’s time that the Palestinians recognize the Jewish state and also recognize the fact that it has a capital. It’s called Jerusalem.” Palestinian leaders, meanwhile, accused Israel of having no interest in making peace on terms they could ever accept. By giving Israel something it wants for free, they suggested, Trump signaled that he would not even try to oppose its continued settlement of eastern Jerusalem and the West Bank, which they said has made nearly impossible the creation of the state the Palestinians demand as part of a peace deal. In an op-ed Dec. 7 in The New York Times, Hanan Ashrawi, a Palestinian lawmaker and a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s executive committee, said Trump may have “finally put to rest the dream of a two-state solution, which has been on life support for years already.” “By rewarding its claim on Jerusalem with official recognition, Mr. Trump is giving Israel a free hand to accelerate its policies of creeping annexation of the occupied Palestinian territories and its deliberate attempts to erase the Palestinians’ historical, political, cultural and demographic presence in historic Palestine,” she wrote. Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian Authority’s chief peace negotiator, on Dec. 7 for the first time endorsed giving up on a separate Palestinian state and instead pushing for a See Recognition, page 14

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JFSA’s Women’s Philanthropy Lions of Judah and Pomegranates enjoyed a beautiful afternoon of Jewish Arts and Culture with Susan Claassen of the Invisible Theatre. In addition to lots of laughs and catching up with new and familiar faces, the women collected gift cards for those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Houston. Karen Faitelson and Debbie Kay co-chaired Karen Faitelson, Susan Claassen, the event. For more information Debbie Kay on Women’s Philanthropy programming, please email Danielle Larcom at dlarcom@jfsa.org.


JFSA’s Real Estate and Allied Professions (REAP) is in its 21st season of engaging and enriching programming. On Tuesday, December 5th, more than 60 REAP members attended ‘A Conversation with Steve Hilton.’ Steve Hilton is the founder and CEO of Meritage Homes Corporation. He shared Jeremy Sharpe, Steve Hilton, and insight into the current and future Ben Pozez market for single-family homes as well as discussing the state of real estate development in Tucson and other regions. Following his presentation, Hilton and Jeremy Sharpe, REAP co-chair, moderated a group discussion on how political changes could ultimately impact the housing market. For more information on REAP programming, please email Matt Landau at mlandau@jfsa.org.


The Northwest Division of JFSA recently hosted a Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Stephanie Aaron from Congregation Chaverim. Rabbi Aaron discussed “The Blessing of Gratitude: Being Thankful Throughout the Year.” She spoke about the many benefits of adding (L - R): Sheila Tepper, Faith Fromson, Rabbi Stephanie Aaron, Joan Elder, gratitude into your life and even Rhoda Kaplan, Phyllis Gold, had the entire group singing “This Erika Dattner. Land Is Your Land”! The next Lunch and Learn will be in January with Rabbi Helen Cohn from Congregation M’kor Hayim. For more information on events in the Northwest, please see page 29.






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who is also considered a pioneer in whole language education, were offered professorships at the UA. They’ve called the Old Pueblo home ever since, and they both hold emeritus positions and conduct research. Goodman has published dozens of books and journals throughout his career including, “What’s Whole in Whole Language,” a seminal work that contributed to this grassroots education movement. Originally published in 1985, it has sold more than 250,000 copies worldwide. The Goodmans also helped found the UA department of language, reading and culture during the early 1990s — a model for higher education that was replicated across the country. About 12 years ago, Goodman also developed eye movement miscue analysis, where sophisticated cameras record how a reader’s eyes travel across written text, producing a powerful data set that provides insights into reading comprehension. Two years ago, Goodman published, “The Smart One: A Grandfather’s Tale,” a children’s book that chronicles the plight of Jewish families who fled persecution in Eastern Europe at the turn of the 20th century, told through his father’s perspective. If Goodman was a few years younger, he would be devoting his time to making healthcare and education a universal right, he says. “I don’t think we’re ever going to get true equality unless we have equal access to education, because test scores correlate with zip codes,” he says. “What that means is, we’re not giving the same kind of education to kids at all levels.” At an international conference, Goodman once asked a representative from the World Bank if there was enough money to provide children with universal education and healthcare. Of course there is, was the response, it is just a matter of priorities. “If there are unhealthy people in our society it hurts everybody, and if there are uneducated people it hurts everybody,” he adds. In 2001, the UA began offering the “Kenneth S. Good-

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man In Defense of Good Teaching Award,” which recognizes educators who have experienced economic or social consequences as a result of taking a stand for what is right for the profession. On Saturday, Dec. 30, Goodman will celebrate his 90th birthday at Prep and Pastry on Grant Road. They are expecting at least 70 people — including family members, former students, UA colleagues, and their neighbors at Academy Village — to enjoy an evening of dining, music and a small program focused on Goodman’s colorful life. A special musical guest will fly in from Detroit for the occasion. Bruce Johnson, dean of the UA College of Education, says Goodman’s breadth of influential work has added nothing but distinction to teaching professionals, especially at the UA. “It’s impossible to overemphasize how profound his work has been; to find someone whose work has such widespread, strong impact is really unusual.” When Johnson taught elementary school in Arizona and New Mexico between the 1980s and the mid-1990s, the whole language approach was growing exponentially, he says. This technique helped Johnson as a teacher. While using a phonics-based approach to teaching reading can be one method, there are far more ways to educate, says Johnson, adding English is a compendium language and hardly phonetic. “It made sense to me that we need to do much more than just teach basic phonics,” he says. “We needed to give children many opportunities to read real work, in context and in stories that made sense rather than just teaching them the mechanics.” Johnson says that eye movement miscue analysis provides evidence that while we are reading our eyes are incorporating other contextual information, rather than simply skimming along a single sentence. More important, Goodman has never been afraid to take a stand when his work was thought to be controversial, Johnson says, referring to the difference between the whole language and phonics-based approaches. “And he’s not only made a profound impact, he’s actually touched on a very crucial issue in teaching reading and the fundamental ideas of how we go about teaching reading,” he says. More than 20 years’ experience owning and managing rental properties.

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ARTS & CULTURE/LOCAL Award-winning violinist will play with TSO Grammyaward winning violinist Gil Shaham will perform Tchaikovsky’s “Concerto in D major, Op. 35,” considered one of the best known and yet Gil Shaham most difficult of all violin concertos, with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra on Friday, Jan. 12 at 7:30 p.m. The concert also will include Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet OvertureFantasy,” Glazunov’s “Ouverture solennelle, Op. 73”, and Rachmaninoff ’s “Vocalise.” Shaham was born in ChampaignUrbana, Illinois, in 1971. He moved with his parents to Israel, where he began violin studies with Samuel Bernstein of the Rubin Academy of Music at the age of seven, receiving annual scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. In 1981, while studying with Haim Taub in Jerusalem, he made debuts with the Jerusalem Symphony

and the Israel Philharmonic. That same year he began his studies with Dorothy DeLay and Jens Ellermann at Aspen. In 1982, after taking first prize in Israel’s Claremont Competition, he became a scholarship student at Juilliard. He also studied at Columbia University. Shaham was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1990, and in 2008 he received the coveted Avery Fisher Prize. In 2012, he was named “Instrumentalist of the Year” by Musical America. He is sought after worldwide for concerto appearances with leading orchestras and conductors. He has more than two dozen concerto and solo CDs to his name. These recordings have earned multiple Grammys, a Grand Prix du Disque, Diapason d’Or, and Gramophone Editor’s Choice. His recent recordings are issued on the Canary Classics label, which he founded in 2004. Among them is “Nigunim: Hebrew Melodies,” recorded with his sister, pianist Orli Shaham. Shaham plays the 1699 “Countess Polignac” Stradivarius, and lives in New York City with his wife, violinist Adele Anthony, and their three children. For ticket information visit tucsonsymphony.org or call 882-8585.

Kol Simchah choir marks 20th year of concerts A choir started over 20 years ago by the late Karla Ember at Congregation Ner Tamid continues to perform at concerts and Shabbat and holiday services. “There have been many changes in content and personnel over the years, but Congregation Kol Simchah, successor to Congregation Ner Tamid, carries on,” says David Vernon, congregation treasurer and a member of the choir. The Kol Simchah choir rehearses most Wednesdays, and three weeks in the winter and three in the spring, presents concerts at senior living and elder care facilities. “We bring a little Jewish music and a little nostalgia to our elderly, mostly Jewish audiences,” says Vernon. This year’s winter concerts began

with The Forum on Dec. 6 and Atria Bell Court Gardens on Dec. 13, and will conclude at Atria Campana Del Rio on Dec. 20 at 6:45 p.m. The December shows focus on Hanukkah music, says Vernon, while the May shows include festival music (psalms used in the liturgy for Passover, Shavout, and Sukkot) and numbers from “Fiddler on the Roof.” The choir sings at Kol Simchah’s Sabbath services on first and third Fridays at St. Francis in the Foothills United Methodist Church, as well as at services for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Along with well-known liturgical music, says Vernon, the services include unique pieces composed and arranged by music director Maya Kashtelyan, formerly of the Belarus Conservatory.

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LOCAL Hadassah speaker to provide Israel update at brunch Laura Green, Zionist affairs chair of the DesertMountain Region of Hadassah, will present an Israel update for Hadassah Southern Arizona on Sunday, Jan. 7 at 10:30 a.m., during a brunch at Skyline Country Club. Green, who last spoke Laura Green in Tucson in October 2014, grew up on Long Island, New York, and became hooked on Israel after reading Leon Uris’ “Exodus.” Her first job in the travel industry, working for a company that specialized in Christian pilgrimages to the Holy Land, enabled her to make her first visit to Israel as well as Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Egypt. She has since returned to Israel more than 55 times for pleasure (including her daughter’s bat mitzvah), service in Sar-El (the volunteer wing of the IDF) , the first Hadassah Renaissance Mission led by Marlene Post in 2002 and a 2016 Hadassah mission planned with Tucsonan Cathy Olswing, Desert Mountain Region president, as well as escorting tour groups of all religions. Green, who lives in Sandy, Utah, also serves on the national council of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. She has lectured at Hadassah events, synagogue and church programs, youth groups and college campuses throughout the West. The cost of the event is $27 for members, $30 for nonmembers. RSVP by Jan. 2 by mailing a check payable to Hadassah to Anne Lowe, 7863 W. Morning Light Way, Tucson AZ 85743. For more information call Lowe at 481-3934.




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JERUSALEM Palestinian population of 293,000, or 37 percent of the city’s total. The vast majority of this population does not vote in municipal and national elections because they never accepted Israeli citizenship. In October, the Knesset set aside a bill ­— reportedly under pressure from the United States — that would have redrawn the borders to make the Jerusalem municipality ever larger, absorbing the Jewish communities of Maale Adumim, Beitar Illit and Efrat along with the Etzion bloc of settlements. Declarations that Jerusalem should remain the “undivided capital of Israel,” like a unanimous Senate resolution passed earlier this year marking the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, rarely specify what they mean by Jerusalem. In his announcement last week recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, President Donald Trump did not use the phrase “undivided Jerusalem,” and indeed insisted that the United States is “not taking a position of any final status issues, including the specific boundaries of the Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem or the resolution of contested borders.” That makes sense because Israel’s sovereignty and the borders of any future

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Jerusalem is seen here from the Mount of Olives.

Palestinian state are what the peace process is supposed to be about. Arguments for keeping Jerusalem “undivided” are both emotional and practical. The idea of a city cleaved in two is both aesthetically and pragmatically troubling. “Without fail, divided cities suffer either intense economic stagnation or general atrophy,” Nathan Diament, executive director for the Orthodox Union Advocacy Center, has written. Critics of the term “undivided Jerusalem” say it is a slogan that hides ugly truths about occupation and disenfranchisement. “Fifty years on, Jerusalem is more binational, more contested and more divided

than at any point since 1967,” says attorney Daniel Seidemann, who heads the Israeli advocacy group Terrestrial Jerusalem. “There are two national collectives in Jerusalem, one endowed with political rights and the other permanently disenfranchised and disempowered.” And certainly some ideologues use it that way, drawing their own lines in the sand (and borders on a map) and daring anyone to cross them. Is it possible to imagine an “undivided Jerusalem” that also accommodates Palestinian aspirations for a state and capital of their own? It is, but it will take an honest discussion of what “Jerusalem” is and isn’t. Like Trump, no Israeli and no Jew else-

where wants to go back to the pre-1967 reality, when Jordan blocked Jews from the Western Wall and limited Christian and even Muslim access to holy sites. And no one expects Israel to unilaterally give back all that it won and consolidated in war and built in peace ­— not just the current government, which promotes a Greater Jerusalem and is indulgent of plans to build housing units in areas that Palestinians and their international backers consider disputed, and not any government one could foresee. That’s why credible peace plans have called for a consolidation of surrounding Jewish neighborhoods within Israel, with various land swaps to accommodate the Palestinians. Meanwhile, as long as the Palestinians insist that no part of Jerusalem is Israeli, peace is impossible. If the Palestinians are to achieve their own state, they, too, will have to accept the reality of what Jerusalem is and isn’t. But even short of a comprehensive peace plan, it is worth asking what is meant by “Jerusalem.” In the biblical and rabbinic imagination, the city has always been as much an idea as a reality — an earthly Jerusalem (Yerushalayim shel matah) and a heavenly Jerusalem (Yerushalayim shel maalah). Hopes for peace rest on wise leaders who understand the difference. Andrew Silow-Carroll is JTA’s editor in chief.

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bia, indicating that the American peace initiative being formulated under wraps is too uncertain. Katz called on Saudi King Salman to invite Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to visit Saudi Arabia and to send the crown prince to visit Israel. The Israeli official said that Saudi Arabia is undergoing positive change under the king and crown prince, and that there is “broad consensus” between Israel and Saudi Arabia on the threat from Iran. Israel does not have diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia. Israel’s military chief of staff, Gadi Eizenkot, also gave an unprecedented interview to the same Saudi newspaper earlier this month in which he said he was ready to share sensitive intelligence with Saudi Arabia. Eizenkot also said there was agreement between Israel and Saudi Arabia regarding the threat posed by Iran to the Gulf states. Also Wednesday, King Salman said in an address to the kingdom’s Consultative Council, in reference to the U.S. recognition last week of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, that the Palestinians have a right to eastern Jerusalem as the capital of their future state. Meanwhile, Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, said Wednesday that President Donald Trump went ahead with recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital because Saudi Arabia has sought closer cooperation with Israel. Rouhani also tweeted that the United States has never been an honest broker between Israel and the Palestinians.

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first ordination, there are now nearly 700 women members of the CCAR, the first rabbinic organization in history to admit women as full members. In this time, women rabbis have made profound progress. The adoption in the 1980s of egalitarian liturgical language and gender-neutral God language in our prayer books and Haggadot opened up prayer and Jewish practice in important new ways. The development of new life-cycle rituals allowed for the sanctification of experiences previously outside traditional Jewish practice. The publication of the groundbreaking and award-winning “The Torah: A Women’s Commentary” highlighted and canonized feminist Torah scholarship. However, women rabbis still experience substantial obstacles: gender-based bias, inappropriate comments, sexual harassment, sexual assault, lack of proper institutional support, undermining behavior, and issues related to contracts, pay equity and parental leave. Intertwined with these challenges are issues of sexuality and gender nonconformity. The CCAR already has in place a robust ethics code and rigorous ethics process to address instances of rabbinic misconduct. Whether these experiences happen in congregations, in communal or institutional settings,

in rabbinic school or student placements; whether they happen with colleagues or with laypeople, when complaints are reported, they are responded to with the seriousness that they deserve. WRN, the Women’s Rabbinic Network, has been tackling these issues for decades and is currently spearheading an important project on pay equity with Women of Reform Judaism. But we must do even more to create safe and sacred communities for both those who are participants in those communities and those who serve them. The time has arrived to open a communitywide conversation beyond the ethics process about these experiences, and examine the way that women in the rabbinate face systemic and ongoing challenges. The responsibility to strengthen the Jewish community and enhance the professional and personal lives of Reform rabbis is central to the mission of the CCAR — it is our ethical and professional mandate to address these deeply troubling challenges. The Task Force on the Experience of Women in the Rabbinate will study the realities facing women in order to identify their root causes and potential solutions. It will engage our membership, laypeople and partner Reform institutions. Ultimately it will create change for the good and bring healing, hope and greater strength to our rabbinates and the communities we serve. Rabbi Hara Person is the chief strategy officer for the Central Conference of American Rabbis and the publisher of CCAR Press.

binational state shared by Jews and Arabs — an outcome unthinkable to most Israelis. “Now is the time to transform the struggle for one state with equal rights for everyone living in historic Palestine,” Erekat told Israel’s Haaretz newspaper. At the same time, Palestinian leaders said Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel showed once and for all that the United States was not an honest broker for peace. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said in a statement Dec. 8 that the United States was no longer fit to oversee the peace process. The next day, Abbas’ diplomatic affairs adviser confirmed that the president canceled plans to meet with Vice President Mike Pence this month in Ramallah, the Palestinian Authority’s de facto capital in the West Bank, because of the announcement on Jerusalem. “There will not be a meeting with Pence. The matter is bigger than a mere meeting because the United States, in its decisions on Jerusalem, crossed redlines,” Majdi alKhalidi told the P.A. radio station. Palestinian leaders warned that with the two-state solution no longer viable, their people would turn to vio-

lence. The Palestinian Authority urged protests, and the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas called for a new intifada, or uprising — granted, a call they make habitually. A series of rockets was launched at southern Israel from Gaza, where Hamas governs. However, by Tuesday, the status quo seemed to remain in effect. To ease pressure on Trump over his Jerusalem announcement, Netanyahu quietly delayed the final votes, slated for this week, on a bill that would make it harder for Israel to hand over any part of the city under a future peace deal, Israel’s Hadashot TV news reported Saturday. Pleased but not ecstatic over Trump’s decision, Israelis continued their daily routines. In eastern Jerusalem, Gaza and the West Bank, a wave of Palestinian demonstrations petered out and schools and businesses that had closed reopened. Abbas’ foreign affairs adviser on Sunday clarified to The Times of Israel that the Palestinians had no plans to cut ties with the United States. “We are not cutting our relationship with America. We are protesting the move of Mr. Trump,” Nabil Shaath said. “We think Mr. Trump has acted in a way that makes it impossible for the United States to act as an honest broker. We are just expressing that.” Meanwhile, the world awaits Trump’s plan for what he branded as the “ultimate deal” between Israel and the Palestinians.

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TEL AVIV The sufganiyah is the plump, shining star of Hanukkah in Israel. During the holiday season, the famed jelly doughnut poses in the windows of cafés and bakeries across the country. It sparkles with oil and sugar, and shows just enough filling to keep fans interested. Every year, top chefs compete to give the sufganiyah an edgy new twist, whether it is cheesecake filling, mascarpone topping or

a chocolate-filled squeeze tube accessory. Israeli TV channels, newspapers and social media are filled with close-up shots and reviews of the most enticing innovations. Meanwhile, in homes across the country, Israelis quietly fry up a humbler doughnut called the sfinj. The confection hails from North Africa and is a favorite of Jews whose families came to Israel from the region. But even European Jews have adopted the sfinj and helped push it toward the limelight. Part of the appeal of sfinjim, the plural for sfinj, is that they are easy to make.

Simply take a dollop of dough, poke a hole in the middle and deep fry in vegetable oil. The doughnuts can then be dipped in honey and coated in sugar, usually of the powdered variety. Israelis of North African descent prepare sfinjim for holidays and special occasions. Dan Illouz grew up in Montreal, where his family ate the doughnuts during the eight nights of Hanukkah. When he immigrated to Israel eight years ago, he was dismayed that he could only find sufganiyot, so he began making sfinjim in his kitchen to celebrate the holiday.



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that he fries up about 150 of the doughnuts. It’s first come, first serve. Illouz puts on Moroccan music, and when the sun sets, he and his guests light the menorah candles. While sfinj are of course at the center of the celebration, Illouz also serves sweet couscous and storebought Moroccan cookies and beverages. Needless to say, sufganiyot, plural for sufganiyah, are not on the menu. “I’m not ideologically opposed to sufganiyot,” he explained, “but I do prefer sfinjim. They’re just simpler, and they’re not quite as unhealthy.” Illouz said his sfinj party is an expression of both Moroccan and Israeli pride, a duality that has become easier to reconcile in recent years. While Mizrahi Jews, or those with roots in North Africa and the

Middle East, were long a socioeconomic underclass that faced systemic discrimination in Israel, their culture has lately experienced something of a renaissance. Illouz said the new hipness of Moroccan traditions is probably part of what draws so many people to his sfinj parties. About half of Israelis are now of Mizrahi descent, though the numbers are becoming blurred by marriage with Asheknazi, or European Jews, and others. Mizrahi music dominates the Israeli airwaves, with some musicians even singing in Arabic. Mizrahi cuisine is not only popular street food, but is also celebrated at high-end restaurants and on popular cooking TV shows. And Mizrahi celebrations, like the post-Passover Mimouna feast and the henna pre-wedding bridal shower, have

been embraced by the mainstream. Of course, Mizrahi Jews have been contributing to Israeli culture for decades, whether or not it was always appreciated. Some credit them with bringing the tradition of Hanukkah doughnuts to the Jews of Palestine in the first place. According to this theory, sfinjim were then largely superseded by deep-fried Eastern European jelly doughnuts similar to today’s sufganiyot. (The oil is a nod to the Hanukkah legend in which the ancient Temple’s menorah stayed lit for eight days on a oneday supply of lamp oil.) The Arabic word “sfinj,” meaning sponge, was replaced by “sufganiyah,” a Hebrew word sharing the same root. Some Ashkenazi Jews have also started making sfinjim at home, often inspired by

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Personal injury lawyers stress compassion, looking out for the ‘little guy’ KORENE CHARNOFSKY COHEN Special to the AJP


etting injured in an accident can impact everyday life for individuals and their families, and personal injury lawyers help people through these difficult situations. Four local personal injury lawyers weighed in on why they like this field of law, and also provided advice on what do do if injured in an accident. “I hope to help, not just in a legal sense, but to get people through these traumatic situations,” says Bonnie S. Dombrowski, who has been representing personal injury clients for 26 of her 30 years as a lawyer. “Many times people are especially vulnerable, such as someone who has lost a child or a spouse, or someone who can’t go back to work.” She heads the Arizona office of Jacoby & Meyers in partnership with the Shore Dombrowski Law Firm. “I didn’t start out to specialize in personal injury, but while I was in law school I clerked at a firm that handled personal in-

jury cases,” Dombrowski explains. “I realized that these types of cases mix law and sociology, and I have a degree in sociology and members of my family were Bonnie S. Dombrowski social workers.” Barry Bellovin, who started the Bellovin Law Firm in 1981, has been interested in law since eighth grade. He did so well in debate class that his teacher enJames Fein couraged him to become a lawyer. When he was 15 years old, his father was in a car accident, which led to his interest in personal injury cases. “My interests are all about helping

people,” says Bellovin. “People who get injured are like Humpty Dumpty — and lawyers help to put people and their lives back together.” Bellovin says Barry Bellovin he also enjoys his work because he is always learning something new. “Being a personal injury lawyer covers different fields such as medicine, law, accounting, psychology, and David Hameroff even mechanics when you need to understand how an accident happened,” he says. “My days are varied. I might need to meet someone at a hospital, spend the day reading documents, or go to court. Every day I am do-

ing something different.” James “Jimmy” Fein, of Fein, Flynn and Associates, P.C., says, “I think I always wanted to be a lawyer and I have also always enjoyed politics.” Now semi-retired, he is “of counsel.” While he is still the main partner, and consults on cases, he does not handle court appearances. He often speaks with people who contact the office and evaluates the situation to determine if they have a case worth pursuing. The first law firm Fein worked at in Tucson was Miller, Pitt and Feldman, and he also worked for a year as a prosecutor for consumer fraud claims through the Pima County Attorney’s Office. When he started his own law firm in 1976, he chose to focus on personal injury and consumer claims cases. “We do not charge any fees up front, and this is typical of personal injury lawyers,” says Fein. “We think of ourselves as the poor man’s key to the courthouse. We take a cut of the settlement if the case is See Compassion, page 20

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successful, and we pay the expenses until the end of the case.” One reason Fein chose to specialize in personal injury is because he wants to help make life easier for people. “We always represent the little guy or the underdog, and I am very proud of that,” he says. David E. Hameroff, of the Hameroff Law Firm, P.C., says he knew he wanted to be a lawyer since he was in the fourth grade. All through high school and college he took courses and was involved in activities that he thought would help him get into law school. He was in student government, including as president, at the University of Arizona, and also did volunteer work. “It was my association with Jimmy Fein that influenced me to specialize in personal injury cases,” says Hameroff. “We were partners from 1983-2000 and we both always fought hard for our clients. I still carry a full load of cases and I still fight hard for my clients. “I like the field of personal injury because I can make a difference in people’s lives. In bigger cases where the injuries are more severe people may need money to live on or may need medical care for the rest of their lives. In cases where the injuries are minor, people still need money for car repairs or medical care. Even with the smaller cases there are changes and inconveniences to someone’s life.” Motor vehicle collisions where someone else is at fault are the most common cases handled by these lawyers. Some of the most common causes of accidents include people running a red traffic light or following another car too closely and rearending it. The lawyers have seen a large range of injuries incurred by accidents.

“For me the most difficult cases to handle are when a child has died from an accident,” says Dombrowski. But there have been other difficult cases for her, such as wrongful death case involving a man who was cut in half as a result of a trucking accident. She says the case took almost seven years to resolve due to added complications because the victim lived in New York, but his family lived here in Tucson. “It is more that the people are memorable, than the particular case,” says Dombrowski. “There have been certain families that I have become especially connected to. People come into your life and into your heart and stay there.” Bellovin also says that accidents involving children and those resulting in paralysis or death are among the most difficult. “There are a lot of issues to deal with for the accident victim and their families, and I need to not just be a lawyer, but also a counselor and a coordinator for prolonged medical care,” he says. “There have been cases where I have become very close to the family, and have developed lifelong friendships.” One of Fein’s most unusual cases was suing Ford Motor Company for fraud because the Ford dealer did not disclose the history of a car sold to a couple in Arizona. The car came from Hawaii and had a history of problems. The couple were in an accident because the brakes failed to work properly. They had minor injuries but the case was more about the car’s history. Fein won the case, but the court of appeals reversed the decision and the Arizona Supreme Court turned down the petition to hear the case. The whole process lasted from 1994-1997. “In a way the case was fun,” says Fein. “I had fun thinking that it was just little ol’ me against the Ford Motor Company.” In another memorable case Fein and Hameroff represented a 26-year-old man



Barry Bellovin practices personal injury law and accepts cases that include automobile, truck, pedestrian, motorcycle, bicycle and other types of injury accidents. Mr. Bellovin has handled over 4,000 cases in more than 35 years of practice. Mr. Bellovin has served the courts as a part time judicial officer, taught law and served the Tucson community including a term as past board president of Tucson Hebrew Academy. Mr. Bellovin accepts cases on a contingency fee basis and provides caring and confidential representation.

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The following is a compilation of the lawyers’ advice on what to do if injured in an accident: • Do not give any statements to anyone, including the other party’s insurance company, or sign anything until you talk to a lawyer. • Document everything — take photos at the scene; get all the information from the other side including names, license plate number and insurance company; get police reports; make a list of injuries; and get doctors’ reports. • Go to the hospital or doctor as soon as possible. • Seek referrals from friends, coworkers or another lawyer for a lawyer experienced in personal injury cases. • Take diligent care of yourself. Do not allow gaps in your treatment for injuries; go to all doctor and/or physical therapy appointments, otherwise people will think that the injuries are not serious.

was hit by a truck. As a result of his injuries, the man was paralyzed from the neck down, and he died about 10 years after the accident. “What was memorable was that I was so impressed with this person’s courage in facing his situation,” says Fein. “Some cases are especially memorable because you get emotionally involved,” says Hameroff. “I developed a relationship with the family and I visited the patient in a nursing facility. On cases such as this, personal involvement helps to solidify our relationship with the family.” However, he stressed that not all cases require this kind of involvement with the client or the client’s family. When not working, these lawyers spend time on other projects. Dombrowski loves gardening, sings with the Congregation

Chaverim choir, and is on the board of the Gerd and Inge Strauss Manor, a B’nai B’rith assisted living community for low income seniors. Bellovin has served on the board of Tucson Hebrew Academy, which all four of his children attended. He works out with a personal trainer and practices meditation. Fein volunteers at a homeless shelter, assists UA law students with a project to help veterans, and is an avid poker player who has competed in the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. When Hameroff gets the chance, he heads to San Carlos, Mexico, to go fishing. He also is a member of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona-sponsored Cardozo Society, a group for lawyers, judges, and law students. As an avid UA Wildcat basketball fan, he rarely misses a game.

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In Tucson and beyond, b’nai mitzvah kids already are Jewish philanthropists BEN SALES JTA

SAN FRANCISCO Lyla Maymon and Jane Shvartzman went to interview officials last year at the Larkin Street Youth, a San Francisco organization fighting homelessness among young people, to see if their programs were worthy of a philanthropic grant. Maymon and Shvartzman asked all the right questions, like what percentage of the group’s budget was used for overhead and how it planned to spend the money. They had looked up its financials on GuideStar, a database of nonprofit files. So, perhaps not surprisingly, the two 13-year-olds were irked when the official giggled and rolled her eyes at them. “She didn’t think of us as a serious thing,” Maymon said of the staffer. “She was giggling at some of the questions even though it was pretty serious.” It might have been because Maymon and Shvartzman were in seventh grade at

the time, and they were offering several hundred dollars from their bat mitzvah money. The two teens are students at the Brandeis School of San Francisco. At this community Jewish day school in an upscale residential neighborhood, the seventh graders become a mini-charity of sorts: Rather than depositing their bar and bat mitzvah checks into the bank, the kids and their parents agree to take the money they would have spent on each other’s gifts and collectively donate it. Each year, the bar/bat mitzvah class takes its pool of money — generally around $30,000 — and allocates it to some 20 nonprofits in the Bay Area, with causes ranging from medical research to Jewish LGBT advocacy. The kids vote on the top five groups. Those charities receive $5,000 each, with the rest divided among the remainder of the organizations. While remarkable, these young dogooders are far from alone: Teen philanthropy is a growing trend in the Jew-

ish community. According to the Jewish Funders’ Network, U.S. Jewish teens gave more than $1 million in total during the 2015-16 school year. Several Jewish groups in Tucson have participated in similar youth philanthropy programs. At Congregation Or Chadash, the seventh grade classes have participated in the Noah Cohen Memorial Philanthropy Program since 2005. The yearlong program includes a full grant process of funds raised for an issue the students choose each year. Since 2005, including a four-year partnership with the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Youth in Philanthropy program — Or Chadash students have awarded almost $75,000 to nonprofits in Southern Arizona. In 2017, with the objective of helping to reduce suicide and bullying in the LGBTQ community, Or Chadash students split $3,500 between two groups: the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation for ALLY (Arizona’s Life Links for Youth), which

runs Gatekeepers, a training program for suicide prevention; and Camp Born This Way, a four-day, three-night camp for trans and gender-creative youth and their families, in a judgment free environment. In 2016, the students gave $3,100 to Arizona’s Children Association and Child & Family Resources to help reduce the trauma and incidence of child abuse through treatment, prevention and education programs. In 2010, the program was recognized with the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Outstanding Youth Philanthropy Award. Temple Emanu-El seventh-graders participated in the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Youth in Philanthropy program in 2016. The students chose to support cancer research and, after issuing a request for proposals, selected the American Cancer Society as their fund recipient. The class raised $1,038, with a $1,000 match from the Southern Arizona See Philanthropists, page 26

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AFP chapter bringing the total to $2,038. Such programs are “a reflection that teens are continuing to develop their identities,” Briana Holtzman, the director of the Jewish Teen Funders’ Network, an umbrella for programs like the Brandeis School’s, told JTA in March. “They can give to the Jewish community and they can serve those outside of the Jewish community. There’s a real focus on the conversation, on challenging our teens to grapple with who they are.” At Tucson Hebrew Academy, the Passport2Peace program gives students in every grade, from kindergarteners to eighth-graders, a chance to learn about and support local charities. The 10th annual Passport2Peace event was held in September (see azjewishpost.com/2017/thapassport2peace-teaches-kids-importance-of-giving/) with students donating to more than a dozen organizations that had staff or student liaisons host information kiosks on the THA campus. Participating organiztions this year included Jewish History Museum/Holocaust History Center, the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, The Trevor Project, Ronald McDonald House Charities, and Sister Jose Women’s Center. Since 2008, THA students have donated more than $10,000 to local nonprofits. B’nai mitzvah projects, part of the coming of age ritual at many congregations, are another way Tucson teens help local and global charities, whether through monetary donations or service projects — or often both. At San Francisco’s Brandeis School, which has run its program for about 30 years, the goal is to teach the kids the value of charity and make giving part of their lives from an early age. Jody Bloom, the Judaic studies teacher who runs the program, said it’s an especially valuable

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lesson for 13-year-olds, who can be consumed by obsessions over appearances, school or their latest crushes. Learning about the work of aid organizations, she said, makes them realize those problems aren’t so bad. “It really helps the kids put things in perspective,” Bloom said. “They don’t see the need that’s out there when they’re in the school. When they go out in the world and see what’s needed, they feel so grateful for what they have.” The charity program, called Tzedek — Hebrew for “justice” ­takes up the bulk of the seventh-graders’ Judaic studies classes, which meet three times a week for about an hour. In the first semester, the students hear a weekly lecture from a local aid organization about its work. This school year, the speakers ranged from Jewish Vocational Services, which helps the unemployed, to the Homeless Prenatal Project, which aids parents of poor children. Several current seventh-graders said they especially appreciated a lecture from Gene Goldstein-Plesser, an official at Keshet, the Jewish LGBT advocacy organization. The talk included a cartoon unicorn whose body was used to explain the ideas of gender and sexuality. The heart, for example, corresponded to physical and emotional attraction, while a thought bubble with a rainbow was meant to symbolize how one thinks of their own gender identity. “We’re in San Francisco, so we know a lot of gay and lesbian people,” Noa Marks said. The program kicks into high gear in the spring. The students pair off according to areas of interest — fighting racism, for example, or promoting animal welfare — and then choose one nonprofit they want to research. The organization doesn’t need to be Jewish but must be local because Bloom wants the kids to visit the group and get to know its work. They go to the nonprofit and interview a senior employee before presenting the organization’s work to the rest of the class.

Although the students come from a range of socioeconomic backgrounds, the K-8 school exudes affluence. The campus consists of connected buildings for its 400 children, with open-air walkways and courtyards featuring bright basketball courts and playgrounds. Kids sprawl in the hallways typing on MacBooks and sitting on couches with coffee tables. A bowl of fresh apples for the taking sits on a table in a first-floor hallway. Tuition this year is about $31,000 — slightly more for eighthgraders — with about 30 percent of families receiving financial aid. The kids say the philanthropy program helps them see beyond their own material comforts. “I went to a public school [previously], and this wasn’t a thought,” said Avital Daly, regarding charity work. “It was like, keep yourself safe and do what you need to do. Helping other people wasn’t as important as helping yourself. It’s a good feeling to help people.” The students also do a range of charitable activities, from volunteering at a home for the elderly to reading to underprivileged second-graders. In class, they look at Jewish texts on giving — like Maimonides’ seven levels of charity, which instructs Jews on how best to help the poor, with teaching someone a trade the highest ideal. And they discuss the dilemmas inherent in philanthropy, like whether it’s better to give locally or globally, and

whether Jews have a special responsibility to give to Jewish causes. As they approach their second semester, this year’s seventh-graders appear divided on that issue. “Non-Jewish help centers and Jewish help centers both do the same stuff,” Amelia Lifsitz said. “If you’re a Jew, you might feel more comfortable at a Jewish organization.” “Organizations that don’t label themselves with a religion or race are more likely to have everyone get help from them,” Natalie Heller countered. “If there was a Jewish organization, someone who’s Christian would feel like, ‘Oh, I’m not welcome here.’ But Christian people need that help and Muslim people need that help.” About a quarter of the groups that receive money end up being Jewish, according to Bloom. But, she points out, supporting Jewish (or non-Jewish) causes isn’t the point. She wants kids to understand that part of coming of age as a Jew means taking responsibility for the people around you. “What does it mean to be a member of the Jewish community?” she asked. “The obligation of everyone [is] to do justice. It’s not just giving money, it’s giving your time. It really impacts them in a way they haven’t felt before and they realize how much they can give.”

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR The calendar deadline is Tuesday, 10 days before the issue date. Our next issue will be published Jan. 12, 2018. Events may be emailed to localnews@azjewishpost.com, faxed to 319-1118, or mailed to the AJP at 3718 E. River Road, #272, Tucson, AZ 85718. For more information, call 319-1112. See Area Congregations on page 10 for additional synagogue events. Men’s Mishnah club with Rabbi Israel Becker at Cong. Chofetz Chayim. Sundays, 7:15 a.m.; Monday-Friday, 6:15 a.m.; Saturdays, 8:15 a.m. 747-7780 or yzbecker@me.com. Chabad of Sierra Vista men’s tefillin club with Rabbi Benzion Shemtov, first Sundays, 9 a.m., at 401 Suffolk Drive. 820-6256 or jewishsierravista.com. “Too Jewish” radio show with Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon on KVOI 1030 a.m. (also KAPR and KJAA), Sundays at 9 a.m. Dec. 17, Sharon Hart Green, author of “Come Back For Me”; Dec. 24, Seth Rudetsky, host of the Sirius/XM show “Seth Speaks” on the Broadway Channel, author of “Seth’s Broadway Diary, Volume 3: The Inside Scoop on (almost) Every Broadway Show and Star”; Dec. 31, Ruby Namdar, author of “The Ruined House”; Jan. 7, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, co-author of “Harpoon: Inside the Covert War Against Terrorism’s Money Masters,” founder of Shurat HaDin Israel Law Center; Jan. 14, Dara Horn, author of “Eternal Life.” 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 ewbecker@ me.com.

Friday / December 15 11:30 AM Jewish History Museum/Holocaust History Center gallery chat. Executive Director Bryan Davis will present “Resistance: A Stone Under History’s Wheel,” on forms of resistance during World War II and how they apply to resistance today. 564 S. Stone Ave. 670-9073 or jewishhistorymuseum.org. 5:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El outdoor menorah lighting, nightly through Dec. 19; Dec. 17 lighting will take place at 4:30 p.m. 327-4501. 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 Hanukkah 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. Call 745-5550 for space availability. 5:45 PM: Cong. Or Chadash Hanukkah Shabbat service and 100 menorah celebration. Latke tasting pre-oneg followed at 6:30 p.m. by service. Bring menorah, 5 candles, matches. Sufganiyot (donut) oneg follows. 512-8500. 9:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Downtown Shabbat at Jewish History Museum, 564 S. Stone Ave., with the Armon Bizman band, Rabbi Batsheva


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ONGOING 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. Cong. Anshei Israel mah jongg, Mondays, 10 a.m.-noon. All levels, men and women. Contact Evelyn at 885-4102 or esigafus@aol.com. Tucson J current events discussion, Mondays, noon-1:30 p.m. Members, $1; nonmembers, $2. Lunch, bring or buy, 11:30 a.m. 299-3000, ext. 147. Cong. Or Chadash Mondays with the Rabbi, with Rabbi Thomas Louchheim. Mondays, noon1:30 p.m. Bring a bag lunch. This year's topic: “Judaism’s Departure from the Bible to Influence Contemporary Life.” 512-8500. Cong. Bet Shalom yoga. Mondays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. $5. 577-1171. Jewish sobriety support group meets Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m. at Cong. Bet Shalom. dcmack1952@ gmail.com. “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@me.com. Spouse Bereavement Group, cosponsored by Widowed to Widowed, Inc. at the Tucson J, TuesAppel and soloist Lindsey O’Shea. 327-4501.

Saturday / December 16 11 AM - NOON: Cong. Bet Shalom Tot Shabbat with PJ Library. 577-1171. 11:30 AM-2:30 PM: Secular Humanist Jewish Circle Hanukkah Party “Light Candles for Courage and Freedom!” Latke lunch, gift exchange. RSVP for directions to Irene at 299-6166 or irene.sattinger@gmail.com or visit shjcaz.org. 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; call 745-5550 for space availability. 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

days, 10 a.m. Contact Marvin at 885-2005 or Tanya at 299-3000, ext. 147. JFCS Holocaust Survivors group meets Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-noon. Contact Raisa Moroz at 795-0300. Integral Jewish Meditation with Brian SchachterBrooks, 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. 299-3000. 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 ericashem@cox.net. 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.

esigafus@aol.com. Chabad of Sierra Vista women’s class with Rabbi Benzion Shemtov, last Wednesdays, 2 p.m., 401 Suffolk Drive. 820-6256 or jewishsierravista.com. Chabad Tucson lunch and learn with Rabbi Yehuda Ceitlin, Wednesdays, 12:15 p.m. at Eli’s Deli. info@ChabadTucson.com. Jewish mothers/grandmothers special needs support group for those with children/grandchildren, young or adult, with special needs, third Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. at Tucson J. Contact Joyce Stuehringer at 299-5920. Tucson J canasta group. Players wanted. Thursdays, noon. Instruction available and a beginners’ table every week. Call Debbie Wiener at 440-5515. “Biblical Breakthroughs with Rabbi Becker” at the Southwest Torah Institute. Fridays, noon, for men and women. 747-7780 or yzbecker@me.com. Beth Shalom Temple Center of Green Valley art exhibit, “The Art of Jewish Youth,” by Tucson Hebrew Academy students, through Dec. 21. 648-6690.

Shalom Tucson business networking group, second Wednesday of month, 7:30-9 a.m., at the Tucson J. 299-3000, ext. 241, or concierge@ jewishtucson.org.

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. 6709073 or jewishhistorymuseum.org.

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

Tucson Jewish Community Center art exhibit, “Spiritual Voices,” a multi-media exhibit from Southern Arizona Jewish artists, through Jan. 10. 299-3000.

food or money to Community Food Bank will be collected. RSVP to Tamara at 745-5550, ext. 225.

6 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Hanukkah Party, “8 Nights, 8 Lights” glow-in-the-dark celebration. Performances; food including latkes and donuts. $13 at the door. RSVP at caiaz.org or 745-5550.

NOON: Chabad Tucson presents “Chanukah Bowl,” at Tucson Bowl, 7020 E. 21st St. $15, under 3 free. Includes kosher lunch. RSVP at chabadtucson.com/bowl. 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 tetucson.org.

Monday / December 18 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@ handmaker.org. 7 PM: Jewish History Museum Integral Jewish Meditation workshop, with Brian SchachterBrooks, 564 S. Stone Ave. Free. 670-9073 or jewishhistorymuseum.org.

Tuesday / December 19 NOON: Cong. Or Chadash book club discusses “Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg” by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik. 512-8500.

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 tucsonjcc.org or call 299-3000.

Thursday / December 21 8-10 AM: Tucson Hebrew Academy K-1ST open house. 529-3888.

Friday / December 22 5:45 PM: Temple Emanu-El Chardonnay Shabbat/College Connection Shabbat. Preceded at 5 p.m. by a pre-oneg with wine, cheese, fruit and crackers. With Cantorial Soloist Marjorie Hochberg.

Saturday / December 23 7:30 AM: Temple Emanu-El Wandering Jews Shabbat hike. Join Rabbi Batsheva Appel at Seven Falls. Meet at the Visitors’ Center. Bring a picnic lunch and water for 6 mile roundtrip, easy to moderate hike. 327-4501.

Sunday / December 24 4-6 PM Brandeis National Committee Holiday

Party. Benefits the Tucson Chapter’s endowed scholarship for a Tucson area student at Brandeis. Bring hotel toiletries, personal care items, and new socks and underwear for children, teens, and women as a donation to Youth On Their Own. Hosted at a private home. $25. Contact Lynn Cramer at 717-443-6157.

Monday / December 25 11 AM-1 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Bowling Party. $10. Ages 5 and under free. RSVP required by Dec. 20 at caiaz.org or 745-5550.

Thursday/December 28 7:30 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel Fast of 10th of Tevet minyan; mincha service at 12:30 p.m. 745-5550.

Friday / December 29 5:45 PM: Temple Emanu-El Chardonnay Shabbat/College Connection Shabbat. Preceded at 5 p.m. by a pre-oneg with wine, cheese, fruit and crackers. With Rabbi Batsheva Appel and Cantorial Soloist Marjorie Hochberg.

Friday / January 5 11:30 AM Jewish History Museum/Holocaust History Center gallery chat. 564 S. Stone Ave. 670-9073 or jewishhistorymuseum.org. 5:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Tot Kabbalat Tu B’Shevat 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 / January 6 9-9:45 AM: Cong. Or Chadash Torah & Haftarah Cantillation. Learn to chant Torah or Haftarah. Reading Hebrew is the only requirement. Continuing most Saturdays. Nonmembers, $36. 512-8500. NOON: Cong. Anshei Israel “Read It & Meet” book discussion on “The Japanese Lover” by Isabel Allende. Contact Helen Rib at 299-0340 or helenrib@yahoo.com.

Sunday / January 7 9 AM-2 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel blood donor drive with American Red Cross. Free longsleeve t-shirt with donation while supplies last. Donors 16+. To reserve time slot or to volunteer call Margo at 298-8831. 10:30 AM: Desert Caucus brunch with Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA). Skyline Country Club, 5200 E. St. Andrews Drive. Guests should be potential members and must RSVP at 490-1453 or desertcaucus@gmail.com. 10:30 AM: Hadassah Southern Arizona brunch with an Israel update by Laura Green, Desert-Mountain Region Zionist Affairs chair, at Skyline Country Club, 5200 E. St. Andrews Drive. Members, $27; nonmembers, $30. RSVP by Jan. 2 by mailing check payable to Hadassah to Anne Lowe, 7863 W. Morning Light Way, Tucson AZ 85743 or call Lowe at 481-3934. 2 PM: JFCS book reading, “To Tell Our Stories: Holocaust Survivors of Southern Arizona,” with local survivors, at the Kirk-Bear Canyon Library, 8959 E. Tanque Verde Road. Contact Raisa Moroz at 795-0300, ext. 2214 or rmoroz@jfcstucson.org.

7 PM: Tucson J presents “Einstein and the Rabbi: Searching for the Soul,” with author Rabbi Naomi Levy on her search into the mystery of a letter by Einstein. $10 members in advance, $12 nonmember and at door. Childcare available with advance notice to Jennifer Selco at jselco@tucsonjcc.org. Visit tucsonjcc.org or call 299-3000.

Monday / January 8 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. 1 PM: Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging lecture, “Understanding the Meaning of Pain,” with Rabbi Yehuda Ceitlin, outreach director of Chabad Tucson. RSVP to Nanci Levy at 322-3632 or nlevy@handmaker.org.

Wednesday / January 10 6:30 PM: JFSA Young Women’s Cabinet hosts “Mindfulness, Martinis & Mitzvahs.” Meditation expert and author Ali Katz presents “How to Deal with Stress in One Minute or Less,” plus pop-up wellness stations and Kendra Scott jewelry trunk show. All ages welcome, at 3718 E. River Road. $25. RSVP at jfsa.org/ mindfulnessmartinismitzvahs or contact Karen Graham at kgraham@jfsa.org or 647-8469. 6:45 PM: Cong. Chaverim book club discusses “The Ritual Bath” by Faye Kellerman. 320-1015.

Thursday / January 11 10:30 AM: Jewish History Museum interactive genealogy workshop with author and genealogy expert Joel Alpert. Free. 564 S. Stone Ave. 670-9073. 7 PM: Tucson International Jewish Film Festival opening night screening of “Shelter,” at The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. $10. Festival continues through Jan. 21 at the Tucson J; see schedule at tijff.org.

Friday / January 12 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.

Saturday / January 13 6:30 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel “Havdallah Under the Stars” and digital scavenger hunt. Havdallah outside, then digital scavenger hunt, then ice cream. Bring camera/cell phone. Free; RSVP required by Jan. 9 to Nichole Chorny at 745-5550, ext. 228 or cantorialsoloist@caiaz. org.

Sunday / January 14 9 AM-4 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel 12th Annual Mah Jongg Tournament. Play begins 9:30; lunch at 12:30; play resumes at 1:30; prizes awarded at 3:30. $36 entry fee includes lunch, game, prize for each round winner; prizes for top 3 scorers. Benefit for CAI’s United Synagogue Youth. Bring new underwear/socks or gently-used sweatshirts/ sweatpants for women at Sister Jose Women’s Center. Registration and payment required by Jan. 7. No walk-ins. RSVP at caiaz.org or Michelle at

745-5550. For questions, call Rosie at 906-6947.

days. Contact Chorny at 745-5550, ext. 228 or cantorialsoloist@caiaz.org.

3 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel new Girl Scout Troop 613 parent interest meeting. For girls in kindergarten through first grade, led by Nichole Chorny. Future meetings held bi-weekly on Sun-

3 PM: Cong. Or Chadash Sunday at the Movies, “The Great Dictator.” $3 donation at the door. 512-8500.

UPCOMING Wednesday / January 17

Shaol & Louis Pozez Memorial Lectureship Series presents “Pozez Fine Arts Symposium, The Mischlinge Exposé” by pianist Carolyn Enger. At UA Crowder Hall; free. 626-5758.

7-8:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El adult education class, “Arab-Israeli Conflict II: 1948 to Present,” with Gil Ribak, Ph.D. Examine the ways Jews and Arabs clashed, cooperated, and interacted with each other, as well as internal developments within Israel and various Arab countries. 4-week class. Members, $55; nonmembers, $70. Register at 327-4501.

Sunday / January 21

6:30 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Comedy Night at Laffs, 2900 E. Broadway. Vegetarian menu and beverages for purchase. Includes raffle. Must be 21+. $36 per person, $54 per couple. RSVP at 745-5550 or caiaz.org.

Thursday / January 18

7:30 PM: Arizona Center for Judaic Studies


upon request). Dinner: members, $12; nonmembers, $14. RSVP at 327-4501.

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 northwestjewish@jfsa.org.

Thursday / December 28 10-11:30 AM: Jewish Federation-Northwest Kibbitz and Schmear, at 190 W. Magee, #162. Free. 505-4161 or northwestjewish@jfsa.org.

Northwest Needlers create hand-stitched items for donation in the Jewish community. Meets at Jewish Federation Northwest Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m. RSVP to judithgfeldman@gmail. com or 505-4161.

Sunday / January 7 3 PM: Jewish Federation-Northwest and SaddleBrooke cosponsor Tucson International Jewish Film Festival screening of “Harold and Lillian.” $5. DesertView Performing Arts Center, 39900 S. Clubhouse Drive. 505-4161 or northwestjewish@jfsa.org

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 jewishorovalley.com.

Thursday / January 11 NOON: Jewish Federation-Northwest Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Helen Cohn. Topic: Visiting the sick. $8. 505-4161.

Friday / December 15 7 PM: Institute for Judaic Services and Studies Shabbat service with Rabbi Sanford Seltzer. 825-8175.

Monday / December 18 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@ jewishorovalley.com.

Friday / January 12 6 PM: Temple Emanu-El Shabbat dinner and service in the Northwest at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 7650 N. Paseo Del Norte, with Rabbi Batsheva Appel and Northwest soloist Lindsey O’Shea. Kosher Shabbat dinner (vegetarian option upon request). Dinner: members, $12; nonmembers, $14; under 13 free. RSVP at 327-4501.

UPCOMING 5 PM: Jewish Federation-Northwest and Thursday / January 18 Hadassah book club discusses “The Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times” by Jennifer Worth. At 190 W. Magee, #162. 5054161 or northwestjewish@jfsa.org.

Tuesday / December 19 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 northwestjewish@jfsa.org.

Friday / December 22 6 PM: Temple Emanu-El Shabbat dinner and service in the Northwest at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 7650 N. Paseo Del Norte, with Rabbi Batsheva Appel and Northwest soloist Lindsey O’Shea. Kosher Shabbat dinner (vegetarian option

5 PM: Jewish Federation-Northwest Campaign Dinner, “An Evening with Violinist Yevgeny Kutik.” Sunset cocktail hour on the patio followed by dinner at 6 p.m., at the Buttes at Reflections, 9800 N. Oracle Road. $40. RSVP by Jan. 4 at jfsa.org/nwcampaignkickoff2018 or to Karen Graham at 647-8469 or kgraham@ jfsa.org.

Thursday / January 25

7 PM: Institute for Jewish Services and Studies Adult Study class, “The Problem of Evil in Jewish Thought and Belief: From Natural Catastrophe to the Holocaust and 9/11,” with Rabbi Sanford Seltzer. Continues Feb. 1 and 8. $5 donation. At MountainView Country Club, 38759 S. Mountain View Blvd. Contact Sam Horowitz at 468-6994.

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OBITUARIES Paula Karchmer Paula Karchmer, 95, died Nov. 23, 2017. Mrs. Karchmer was born in Springfield, Ill., and spent much of her childhood in Utica, N.Y. Her father’s career as a manager of department stores moved the family to Wilmington, Del., for her last year of high school. She graduated with a B.A. from Mills College in New York City and earned an M.A. in education at Adelphi College. In 1960, after she was diagnosed with a muscular condition irritated by Long Island’s wet weather, she and her husband moved their family to Tucson. A longtime elementary and music teacher, Mrs. Karchmer worked with K-2 students in the Tucson Unified School District for 20 years and became a music mentor for other teachers. She was an active member of Congregation Anshei Israel, on the board of Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging, and supported the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona. Despite living with Alzheimer’s disease, she played and sang tunes from the Great American Songbook, without sheet music, at her assisted living community in Scottsdale until less than a year ago. Mrs. Karchmer was predeceased by her husband of 65 years, Harry G. Karchmer. Survivors include her children, Karin Bricker of Palo Alto, Calif., and Harvey Karchmer of Scottsdale, Ariz.; brothers, Norman and Jack Leventhal, and sister, Vida Klein; three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. A graveside service was held at Evergreen Cemetery with Cantorial Soloist Nichole Chorny of Congregation Anshei Israel officiating. Obituaries are printed free of charge. There is a nominal fee for photographs.

Wishing you the best in 2018!

Martin Morris Martin Morris, 92, died Nov. 24, 2017. Born in the Bronx, Mr. Morris attended the N.Y. State Maritime Academy and served as a naval officer in World War II and the Korean War. He lived in Livingston, N.J., with his family where he owned a home improvement business and later was in real estate; he continued his real estate career and managed rental properties after moving to Tucson in 1972. Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Muriel; children, Michael (Tresa) Morris and Melanie (Ernie) Contreras, both of Los Angeles; and two grandchildren. A celebration of his life will be held at a future date.

Bernice Saffer Bernice Saffer, 99, died Dec. 3, 2017. Mrs. Saffer was a longtime member of Temple Emanu-El. Mrs. Saffer was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Rudy, and daughter-in-law, Susan Saffer. Survivors include her children, Donald Saffer and Shirley (Joe) Hanold of Tucson, and William (Sandy) Saffer, of Las Vegas; four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Services were held at Evergreen Mortuary with Rabbi Stephanie Aaron of Congregation Chaverim officiating, followed by interment in Evergreen Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.

Harvey Zeligman yahrtzeit The first yahrtzeit of Harvey Zeligman, M.D., will be observed on Jan. 1, 2018. Dr. Zeligman was a beloved father, grandfather, husband, and physician serving the community for over 40 years. The family will hold an unveiling ceremony at East Lawn Cemetery on Jan. 1 at 10 a.m. with refreshments served at his home afterward.

Honoring Jewish Traditions since 1907 Happy Chanukah


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Photo courtesy Temple Emanu-El

Photo courtesy Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging


Nanci Levy, community outreach coordinator at Handmaker Services for the Aging, and Handmaker resident Gertrude Shankman talk to a student at Temple Emanu-El’s intergenerational lunch on Nov. 21.

(L-R): Melissa Goldfinger (Many Mitzvah Makers founder and adult leader), Sam Goldfinger, Alariah Citron, Kendra Citron and Rosie Eilat Kahn (one of the scroll donors) hang a mezuzah at Handmaker on Nov. 19.

Intergenerational Thanksgiving lunch

Many Mitzvah Makers deliver many mezuzot

On Tuesday, Nov. 21, Temple Emanu-El’s Olga and Bob Strauss Early Childhood Center celebrated with residents from Handmaker at the Temple’s second annual intergenerational Thanksgiving Lunch. The ECE’s children presented a short program of Thanksgiving blessings and songs on the themes of friendship, community and gratitude.

Photo courtesy Congregation M’kor Hayim

The Many Mitzvah Makers club for children in grades 4-7 made cases for 40 kosher mezuzah scrolls collected by Rabbi Robert Eisen of Congregation Anshei Israel. On Sunday, Nov. 19, representatives of the club helped hang the mezuzot at Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging. Mezuzot were hung on the doors of residents who requested one and on doorposts in Handmaker’s Bregman, Golding and Rich rehab neighborhoods.

(L-R): Judith Weiser, Miriam Furst, Lyla Michelson, Deb Jacobson, Nancy Lefkowitz, Rabbi Helen Cohn, Judy Reisman. Not pictured: Dottie Klepper.

M’kor Hayim social action On Sunday, Nov. 19, on behalf of Casa Alitas, members of Congregation M’kor Hayim made and giftwrapped 22 blankets for migrant children traveling north to reunite with relatives. The Alitas program serves migrant women and children who have left their home countries to escape violence and poverty, providing care, short-term shelter and help to reunite with family members in the United States. December 15, 2017, ARIZONA JEWISH POST


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DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT TODAY Thanks to the generosity of several donors, we are excited to offer a Matching Gift Challenge through Super Sunday. New gifts or increased portions of gifts will be matched dollar for dollar up to $50,000.

MAKE THE CALL: Join our team and volunteer on SUPER SUNDAY

at the Tucson JCC on January 28 - a day of community-building and fun with new and old friends. You can make calls or help with general support while celebrating our vibrant Jewish community. Sign up to volunteer or donate at www.jfsa.org or call 520-577-9393.



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