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s soon as she heard about the hundreds of fires raging through Israel late last month, Marcela Donovan Hammond expected a call. Having just completed her Emergency Volunteer Project training in Israel in September the Nogales firefighter, arson investigator and mother of six was prepared to drop everything at a moment’s notice and travel halfway around the world to battle the blaze with her colleagues. When the phone call came, she said yes without hesitation — just like the other four Southern Arizona volunteers who joined thousands of firefighters from around the world to help their Israeli counterparts. It was 5:30 a.m., the day after Thanksgiving, and Hammond was still at the fire station, having worked through the holiday. She gathered the gear she’d need to fight both wildland and urban fires

Randy Odgen, right, who retired Dec. 5 from Mt. Lemmon Fire District, where he served as fire chief for six and a half years, helps battle a five-story apartment fire in Jerusalem on Nov. 29. All residents were evacuated safely and the fire was contained. Ogden, who retired from the Tucson Fire Department in June 2010 after 33 years of service, says of his Israel deployment, “I am privileged to end my career as I began it, running calls and hauling hoses as a firefighter.”

and headed home to pack. “I had already discussed it with my family the day before because the possibility was highly likely for this to happen,” says Hammond. “My husband [a Border Patrol canine handler] is extreme-

ly supportive of the program and my commitment to it and he said, ‘That’s what we signed up to do. Not a big deal, I can handle it. Everything will be fine. Do what you gotta do.’” In the meantime, other discus-

sions were taking place as well. Oshrat Barel, director of the local Weintraub Israel Center, was in touch with Brig. Gen. Shmulik Friedman, chief of operations for Israel Fire and Rescue AuthorSee Firefighters, page 10

‘This Is Hunger,’ coming to Tucson J, challenges stereotypes phyllis braun AJP Executive Editor

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his Is Hunger,” a multimedia traveling exhibition created by MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, will be at the Tucson Jewish Community Center Jan. 5-8. The free exhibit, housed in a 53-foot trailer that opens to reveal almost 1,000 square feet of exhibit space, uses state-of-theart storytelling techniques and interactive elements to bring Americans face to face with the stark realities of hunger. Tickets can be reserved at thisishunger. org/the-tour/.

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onathan Elkhoury represents multiple minority groups in Israel. He told his life story to a rapt group of students at the University of Arizona Hillel Foundation on Dec. 1. His father fought for the South Lebanese Army against the Palestine Liberation Organization and fled to Israel when the Israel Defense Forces withdrew from South Lebanon in 2000. His family joined his father in 2001, when Elkhoury was 9, after a harrowing journey from Lebanon to Israel via Cyprus. Settling in Haifa, the family was rejected by the local Arab community and its schools as traitors. Elkhoury, who spoke both Arabic and English, was accepted only by the Jewish schools, where teachers took turns teaching him Hebrew. Although he was embraced by the Jewish community, his first years in Israel coincided with the second intifada, making for a difficult and scary transition. Receiving his Israeli ID card in 2006 was a turning point for Elkhoury. The high school student realized that “this is my home now.” The family received “a big hug” from the Israeli society, he says, as other Jewish families took them on tours around the country. Elkhoury explained that as a Lebanese Christian, he is not Arab. Rather, his family can be traced back 15 generations in Lebanon, before the Muslims swept through the Middle East. His ethnic group traces its heritage to the early Christians who spoke Aramaic, not Arabic, which solidified his growing awareness of his identity. He points out that his roots are Phoenician, not Arab Muslim, and that his ethnic group is the original indigenous people of Syria, Lebanon and parts of Israel. Receiving his IDF card, Elkhoury felt he could contribute in a meaningful way apart from entering the army. He chose national service, working in a hospital in Haifa. Although the IDF has had gay officers since 1999, he was also afraid to join the army as a young gay man. With a Catholic mother and a Greek Orthodox father, Elkhoury struggled with his sexuality. Leaving home for three years to attend Western Galilee College in Acre afforded him the freedom to explore life, and gave his conservative family time to process his living as a gay man. Nevertheless, the Arab community as well as his Christian circle doesn’t talk about homosexuality, which is considered taboo. “It was like my whole family went into the closet with me,” he says. At

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this point, he feels fortunate there’s little written in Hebrew about his work in the gay community that his family could see. Elkhoury is now a spokesman for the Christian Empowerment Council, founded by Father Gabriel Naddaf, a Greek Orthodox priest. The Council works for greater recognition by all Christians of the importance to participate in Israeli society. The Council’s mission is to encourage all Christians to contribute and be part of Israeli society, as well as to educate Christians worldwide about life in Israel. Naddaf was motivated by the growing ethnic cleansing and violence toward Christians in the Middle East, ushered in by the Arab Spring. Under Naddaf ’s leadership the number of volunteers for the Israeli Army has increased from 35 to 150. Tucson was Elkhoury’s final talk on a publicized tour of 19 college campuses in the United States, sponsored by CAMERA – Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America. Back in Israel, he has been active in the Israeli Gay Youth, which organizes activities for gay Jewish and Muslim youth, in private environments. However, Elkhoury and the IGY are becoming more visible, as they build an LGBTQ space in Haifa to serve as an after-school youth center. Today, Elkhoury also has his own food show on Israeli television to demonstrate the multi-cultural nature of Israeli society. He is proud that in 2014, the Israeli government recognized Aramaic Christians as a separate ethnic group from Arab Christians. His message is one of unity in diversity. “Israel is not an apartheid society,” he says. “I would like to go back to Lebanon to visit my family, but I live in Israel and that is where I need to make my contribution.” Ed Leven, Ph.D., is a freelance writer, former coordinator of JFSA Pride, and a retired professor of health care administration in Tucson.


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hen Leonard Nimoy announced in 1949 that he wanted to be an actor, and was leaving Boston for Hollywood, his Russian-Jewish parents were stunned. “My grandfather said that he should take up the accordion,” says Adam Nimoy, Leonard’s son and the director of the new documentary “For the Love of Spock,” which will be screened Jan. 14 as part of the Tucson International Jewish Film Festival. “You could always make money with the accordion. Those were Max Nimoy’s words of wisdom to my dad, if the actor thing didn’t work out.” He needn’t have worried. Not because Leonard eventually made it after 15 years of bit parts in movies and TV shows, thanks to “Star Trek.” Or because his talent and curiosity propelled him into singing, photography, poetry and film directing. Nimoy had a deeply ingrained work ethic, independent of the arts, that perpetually drove him. From folding chairs at the Boston Pops and selling vacuum cleaners in his hometown to installing aquariums in Los Angeles, Nimoy was determined to support himself and his family. But his ambitions assuredly lay elsewhere. “He had a tremendous hunger to achieve, which was the dream of his parents coming over here, to achieve something in American society,” Adam explains. “This is why he was so able to relate to Spock. My dad felt like an outsider, of a minority, of an immigrant background in a very defined neighborhood of Boston with other immigrants,

and with a desire to assimilate himself into the greater culture.” Nimoy, who died last year at the age of 83, is front and center in “For the Love of Spock.” The public often conflates an actor with a role. The documentary is willfully guilty of that, too, delving into Leonard’s personal life only so far as it relates to Spock or to Adam’s relationship with his dad. But it does include the story of how Nimoy took a childhood memory of seeing elders in synagogue making the shin gesture and adopted it as a Vulcan greeting. “He was very connected to his Jewish roots and very proud of his Jewish roots,” Adam says during a recent visit to San Francisco. “He repeated the story of the Spock salute hundreds of times, literally, with great pride about where he got it — that Spock is an embodiment of some of Judaism.” Adam notes, “It’s become a universal symbol. My dad, through Spock, has spread this tradition of Judaism to the world. The magnitude of that fact alone, that so many people all over the planet salute my father with a shin is just mindboggling to me.” Of course, not everything Leonard did endeared him to his son. Driven to make the most of what might be a short-lived gig on “Star Trek” — NBC cancelled the show after three seasons, in fact, although it found greater success in syndication — Leonard accepted every personal appearance he was offered. “It took a toll on us, we had challenges we had to deal with without him around, without his involvement in the family,” Adam explains. “His career was #1. This is what caused a lot of friction between the two of us because I just didn’t feel like I See Spock, page 14


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Film festival to offer myriad Jewish flicks — plus nosh The 26th annual Tucson Jewish International Film Festival will present more than 20 films from around the world, Jan. 12-22. All films will be screened at the Tucson Jewish Community Center, with two exceptions: a pre-festival kickoff in SaddleBrooke and the opening night film at the Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. The SaddleBrooke film, co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona’s Northwest Division, will be “Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love” on Sunday, Jan. 8, at 3 p.m. at the DesertView Performing Arts Center, 39900 S. Clubhouse Dr. Tickets are $5 at the door. Opening night will feature “The Price of Sugar,” a Dutch/German/South African coproduction about Dutch Jewish plantation owners in colonial Suriname. “It’s a piece of history and a depiction of Jewry that we’ve never seen on film,” says Steve Zupcic, TIJFF Committee Chair. “Jews as slave owners? It’s a departure for us, a bit of a risk for opening night, but the selection committee was absolutely blown away by this film.” Tickets are $10. Among other highlights are the comedy “The Pickle Recipe” on Friday, Jan. 13, with a deli lunch; the Leonard Nimoy biopic “For the Love of Spock” on Saturday night, Jan. 14 (see article, page 4); and “Suited” on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 15, celebrating Brooklyn tailor shop Bindle & Keep’s commitment to making bespoke ensembles for the transgender community (including a Tucson teen). The film’s screening will be a benefit for Camp Born this

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COMMENTARY Sentiment is laudable, but planting more trees in Israel is a bad idea right now jay shofet JTA JERUSALEM

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ver the past few weeks, more than 1,700 brush fires across Israel have destroyed homes, vehicles and countless irreplaceable personal possessions. As a nation, we have also suffered severe damage to more than 32,000 acres of precious natural resources — woodlands, grasslands and protected parklands, as well as the planted forests and the flora and ground-dwelling fauna that once thrived there. As the smoke clears, organizations and individuals from across the country and around the world are spearheading campaigns to help hundreds of Israeli families reconstruct their homes, restock their shelves and rebuild their lives. At the same time, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed that the people of Israel would replant the forests that were burned. “In the place of every tree that was blackened, another 10 green trees will bloom,” he declared. While the sentiment is beautiful, ecol-

Trees aflame in the northern Israeli city of Haifa, Nov. 25, 2016.

ogy — the “facts in the ground,” if you will — dictates that the impulsive “plant, baby, plant” ideology commonly promoted by the Israeli government and the Jewish National Fund-Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael would only add insult to injury at this critical juncture. Put simply, replanting the forests would do irreversible damage to Israel’s already weakened ecosystem. Having swapped countless trees for thousands of acres of scorched earth, the

affected areas are in a very fragile ecological state. Disrupting it further by initiating tree-planting campaigns would be counterproductive at best. The reason, as explained to me in detail by our top ecologists at the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel, is twofold. First, the destructive nature of the tree-planting process itself could do untold damage to the fragile soil. While most people who “donate trees” to Israel maintain the romanticized notion that

small teams plant the trees by hand, the reality is that the process has “evolved” to become an industrial-style undertaking. Because so many of the trees and other plants that had been protecting the soil are now gone, the threats of severe soil erosion and runoff due to wind and rain are very serious. Tree-planting staff and vehicles entering the sensitive areas would erode the soil further, leading to unnecessary long-term damage. Second, forests are capable of rejuvenating naturally, so planting additional trees would be redundant and harmful, with seedlings and saplings competing for nutrients and room to grow. As such, the rehabilitation process must rely on the natural renewal capabilities of the affected region based on the natural seed bank found in the ground itself, not on initiated tree planting. Knowing all this, you can understand why ecologists from the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel are urging the public to allow nature to run its course. It’s clear to us that the only way forward is patience, careful planning and consultation with experts in the field. See Planting, page 7

Why I’ll continue to light my menorah in the window — and you should, too EDMON J. RODMAN JTA LOS ANGELES n the weeks before Hanukkah, with anticipation of the holiday brightly filling my mind, the darkening news of rising anti-Semitism in the U.S. began


to filter in. As I pictured our menorahs burning in their usual place — the front windows of our home — a warning light began to blink. Though Hanukkah represents a victory of light over darkness — by the Maccabees over the Seleucid Empire, which resulted in the rededication of the Second

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Temple — recent events were causing me to rethink our window menorah lighting, turning me toward sharing our menorah kindling with only family and friends. But, surprisingly, like finding an extra Hanukkah candle in the box, a new U.S. Hanukkah postage stamp depicting a lit menorah in a window was an unexpected source of inspiration. For 17 years we’ve lived on a block where there are no other Jewish families. We’ve proudly placed our menorahs — whether lit by candle or by bulb — in our front windows, publicizing the miracle of the holiday both to our neighbors and ourselves. Saying the blessings and lighting the candles is a mitzvah, according to the Talmud, and by doing so, we were also recognizing the blessing of our freedom of religion and expressing our Jewish identity. In fact, it wasn’t really Hanukkah for me until I walked outside and, looking at the lit menorah emanating from my own window, affirmed that we had arrived to this time once again. Why was I worried now? Since the previous Hanukkah, nothing had changed in our multi-ethnic and multi-denominational neighborhood, a place where non-Jewish neighbors have wished me

“Happy Hanukkah” and at Passover “gut yontif.” But in the uncertain light of political change in our country, I was worried about what was emerging from the shadows: anti-Semitic iconography online, attacks on Jewish journalists, the reemergence of Jewish conspiracy stories, Jewish college students being confronted with swastikas. Was this a wise time to let our light shine? Helping to banish my second thoughts, however, was that new stamp. The design — a traditional, branched menorah shown burning in a window against a background of falling snow — seemed innocuous enough, even unseasonably fanciful if you live in California, like me. But there it was, a government-issued reminder that in the window, where your neighbors can see it, is the place from which your menorah should send out its glow. Even so, a statement released by the Postal Service with the issue of the new stamp renewed my concerns when it reminded me that “at times in history when it was not safe for Jewish families to make a public declaration of faith, the menorah was set instead in a prominent place inside the home.” Though the statement See Menorah, page 19

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Amid the flames, stories that inspire hope As most of us watched in horror and felt helpless as multiple fires consumed too much of Israel, fortunately, U.S. firefighters and other firefighters from around the world temporarily set aside their normal lives and went to Israel to help. One wishes that they know how grateful those of us who support Israel are. The local firefighters never would have gotten there if it were not for the loving devotion and diligence of Patty Vallance, a gift to our community, who made all the right connections (with help from Mike McKendrick, chair of the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation and Oshrat Barel, director of the Weintraub Israel Center), so that an exchange was established between Israeli and Tucson firefighters and ultimately, an unbreakable bond. It never would have happened without her.

But that experience is not the only one that touched our hearts in the midst of the tragedy. I made phone calls to family and friends in Israel and spoke to Zeidan Atashi from the Druze village of Osifiya on Mount Carmel. Zeidan was Israel’s first non-Jewish diplomat and for many years, was a frequent visitor to Tucson and most recently, met with members of an inter-faith mission to Israel led by Oshrat. I was profoundly moved when he told me that 50 families in Osifya offered to house victims from Haifa in their homes until they are able to return to theirs; Druze hospitality is legendary, but this gesture defies description. In the unsettling times we are living through, these stories of the best of humanity give me hope. —Billie Kozolchyk


is education. In addition to promoting the information stated above, we must also make the Israeli public understand that the slow and natural regrowth of our Mediterranean shrubland and grassland is not a failure — it is what’s best for the land that we love. Though many wellintentioned Zionists might prefer the image of trees standing tall in a majestic Israeli forest, the truth is that the shrubland ecosystem is a high-value area for biodiversity and must be protected. In addition, Israel sorely needs more open spaces to mitigate its cycle of wildfires. We can no longer afford to act first and ask questions later. We cannot blindly do whatever feels right without consulting the experts. We must find options that will enrich our biodiversity. As winter sets in, it may be difficult to see that patience and planning is, in fact, the way forward. But when all the affected areas are green and lush this spring, we will all be happy that we stood our ground.

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Make no mistake: Being patient doesn’t mean sitting idle. We need to simultaneously launch a full-scale ecological survey to see how the affected areas are reacting naturally, and begin the development of “buffer zones” between human living areas and the previously wooded areas. In the aftermath of forest fires, highly adaptive and “opportunistic” plants like pine trees begin to overwhelm the affected areas. Our biggest challenge is effectively diluting these young seedlings so they won’t develop and create a dense carpet of green cover. If we mobilize teams quickly, we can prevent this and create a less dense and more patchy and diverse vegetation cover. If we allow the pine trees to grow — or support campaigns to plant even more pine trees in the devastated areas — we will do great damage to the natural balance and set the stage for yet another wildfire, due to the species’ repeatedly proven high flammability. The final stage of the healing process S T RICT LY LIMIT ED ENG AGEMEN T • 12 / 03 /16 – 12 / 31/16


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ity and one of five top-level Israeli first responders who were in Tucson last fall through the Firefighters Beyond Borders initiative. “Yesterday, Shmulik asked me if there was any way we could connect representatives from the Israeli Foreign Affairs Ministry with the company that owns the Boeing 747 Super Tanker [which had been deployed in the 2010 Mount Carmel forest fire],” Barel wrote in a community-wide e-blast from the Israel Center on Nov. 25. Greater Tucson Fire Foundation Chair Mike McKendrick and Patty Vallance, a volunteer who is active in both the Jewish community and the Fire Foundation, helped get the contact information and the Fire Foundation contributed $40,000 towards deployment. “We are pleased that the super tanker left Marana and has already landed in Israel,” Barel wrote. Barel told the AJP, “The ability to contact Mike McKendrick on the day of Thanksgiving and ask for his help is thanks to the great relationship that the Fire Foundation and the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona have had for years.” Early Saturday morning, Nov. 26, Hammond boarded a plane with Nogales Fire Captain Pete Ashcraft, Mt. Lemmon Fire District Chief Randy Ogden and Tucson EMS Captain Bruce Avram, who had all done the EVP training together through Firefighters Beyond Borders. Joining them was Tucson Battalion Chief Kris Blume, who went to Israel with the original Firefighters Beyond Borders delegation in 2013. In Israel they were met by EVP Founder and CEO Adi Zahavi. As 40 firefighters from all over the United States arrived, they were bussed out to the fire stations that were most in need of backup. When Hammond, Ashcraft and Ogden arrived at the firehouse in Shfar’am, about 12 miles inland from the northern city of Haifa, they found it crowded with firefighters and soldiers fatigued from working around the clock for the past week. “They were exhausted. They had been on fragmented sleep, just a few hours here and there. One guy said, ‘I got off yesterday. I went home for a few hours and they called me back to the firehouse.’ They didn’t have any time off,” says Hammond, who was the first female firefighter from North America to train with EVP. “It was packed. There were sleeping bags and cots everywhere, because the IDF was also guarding the firehouses. So we had two or three soldiers, they were doubling up on personnel, plus the additional personnel that they requested. I

was prepared to sleep anywhere, but the firefighters on duty actually were so gracious that they gave up their bedrooms for us to have their beds. They were very appreciative of the help they were receiving.” Instead of putting the new arrivals straight to work, the crew on duty said they’d take the night shift and told the volunteers to rest after their long flight, so they’d be fresh and ready to go in the morning. The next day, they patrolled the area to look for potential flare ups, visited local schools and put out a few brushfire calls in the evening. When Blume found out that he and Avram were stationed at Mount Carmel National Park, “I felt like I won the lottery. I remembered that station so vividly.” Not only did he remember the beautiful forests and vistas of Mount Carmel from his 2013 visit, but also the significance of the 2010 Carmel Forest Fire in terms of lives lost and lessons learned. “That was the transition moment for the Israeli Fire Service,” he recalls. Blume and Avram stayed in a conference room named in memory of Elad Riven, a 16-year-old volunteer fire scout who died fighting the 2010 fire. Blume had met Tzvia Riven, Elad’s mother, and had planted trees honoring the 44 victims of the fire. He was moved to find that the trees were still standing, unscathed by the current blaze. The local firefighters all described being on the lookout for suspicious activity while patrolling or responding to fires. Israel’s Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said 40 to 50 percent of the fires were caused by arson, although dry weather conditions were also a factor. According to JTA, at least 35 people were arrested on suspicion of arson or incitement to arson, although by Dec. 10, only 10 remained in custody. JTA reported 1,700 fires that destroyed 32,000 acres of natural wilderness and hundreds of homes. Blume described the conditions that made November’s fire especially devastating for Haifa, where, according to the Times of Israel, 527 apartments were destroyed, leaving 1,600 people homeless. “Speaking specifically to the fact that this was a terrorist incident … the nature of attack was to wait until there were warm, dry conditions with heavy wind … to start fires in places that in the fire service we call urban interfaces. It’s where you actually have wildlands, like in Malibu, very steep canyons with heavily overgrown trees and brush and shrub. From the ground level, you have material on the ground called duff, scrub oak to about chest height, then cedars, deciduous and coniferous trees that go up 60-70 feet. It’s a complete fuel profile and when fire rolls through it just rages through there. So fires start at the base of these canyons, they just race up these hills and

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burn right through apartment complexes and housing structures and development,” says Blume. Many of the calls they ran were to investigate fire sightings in the ravines. “The citizenry were so well aware of what was going on, as soon as they saw the smallest things, they were calling. So we would go and check them out and extinguish them,” says Blume. They were also assigned to mop-up operations, making sure that any remaining hotspots were out cold. On Monday, Nov. 28, as the fires in the north finally began to come under control, the Tucson crew in Shfar’am was sent to Jerusalem. “The fire service was really concerned because of all the brush and the forest that surrounds Jerusalem,” says Ogden. “If the fire had gotten into that area, it would have been very difficult to save. It’s such an important place for the whole world. It would truly be a tragedy and a disaster if anything happened there. They had so many resources dedicated to the north, that they were glad to see us come in so we could reinforce Jerusalem.” Ashcraft went back to the Jerusalem fire station where he had trained with EVP in September. “It felt like being home, seeing the people we had trained with originally. They didn’t know we were coming. It was great to see them and see their faces light up,” he says. After they were demobilized in Haifa, Avram and Blume were sent to Petach Tikvah, where Avram was also thrilled to meet up with the crew he had trained with in September. On Tuesday, Nov. 29, the Southern Arizona delegation joined the rest of the American EVP volunteers at a ceremony and luncheon hosted at fire department headquarters. After lunch, they were bussed to a ceremony thanking all of the

patty Vallance, center, a greater Tucson Fire Foundation and Jewish community volunteer, with an elite tactical rescue unit of Israeli firefighters, in Ashkelon on Nov. 29.

international volunteers at the Hatzor Air Base near the southern city of Be’er Sheva, in the Negev. Countries that lent a hand by sending firefighting crews and planes included Russia, Turkey, Greece, Spain, the Palestinian Authority, Egypt, Jordan, Cyprus and Italy. “There were so many air tankers from all over. It was great to see that kind of support that turned out. When we went to the ceremony at the army base, each time we walked up to people, even if we didn’t speak the same language, it was just a brotherhood. And that’s what firefighting is about. It was like running into old friends, people we hadn’t met before, from different countries,” says Avram. Ogden, who retired on Dec. 5 after 40 years of service, concurs: “Firefighters are firefighters anywhere in the world. You can just pick up one station and put it somewhere else. They speak a different language, but yet they don’t. It’s the same character, the same personality, no matter where firefighters are located.” Meanwhile, back in Tucson, when Barel found out about the ceremony, she decided that Vallance, an organizer

behind the Firefighters Beyond Borders initiative, should be there. Within 24 hours, Vallance was on a plane to Israel for the first time in her life. Due to delays, she missed the ceremony, but arrived in time to have dinner with the Tucson delegation on their last night at Friedman’s home. Excited to reconnect with her Israeli and American heroes, Vallance stayed on for a whirlwind week that included visits to the Carmel fire memorial, several fire stations and Israel’s specialty tactical rescue team. “All involved were amazed to find out this was Patty’s first trip to Israel ever,” says Barel. “Patty did so much to connect Tucson and Israel before she even visited the country, and I can’t wait to see the results of this trip. I am happy that the Federation decided to send her. She is an amazing ambassador and there is no one that deserves it more.” On their way back to Tucson, the firefighters were treated like heroes. At Ben Gurion Airport, Ogden says the chief of security said, “Now Israel’s going to do something for you” and proceeded to expedite their check-in. “She took us to

the first class security check point, where they screen the carry-ons, and made everybody stand back and let us go through first and escorted us to the gate. That was huge, to me. That was an acknowledgement that we had done something important,” Ogden says. The El Al flight crew also showed their gratitude by giving each of the volunteers a bottle of wine, which was confiscated by TSA when they passed through security again in the Los Angeles airport. Although these gestures were meaningful, the firefighters say they didn’t volunteer for the glory or acknowledgement. They did it because Israel needed them. And they did it for their colleagues. As Ogden says, “It was an honor working with the guys over in Israel. When a country like Israel calls for help, how can you say no?” According to Friedman, the feeling is mutual. “For us, the firefighters of the EVP are part of us and so we were happy that they came very quickly and helped us. It was especially important for me to see my family members from Tucson. They helped us and warmed our hearts.” McKendrick also points to the special partnership that has grown through Firefighters Beyond Borders: “We have now really begun to see the ripened fruits of this relationship that began initially in 2012 with the vision of Captain (Ret) Richard Johnson and Patty Vallance. One could say the partnership and goal is indelible.” Find related articles here: azjewishpost.com/2016/local-firefightersget-hands-on-training-as-volunteers-in-israel azjewishpost.com/2015/top-israeli-firstresponders-train-consult-with-tucson-experts azjewishpost.com/2013/warmth-eye-opening-perspective-for-local-firefighters-in-israel Nancy Ben-Asher Ozeri is a writer and editor in Tucson.


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“We often think of hunger in stereotypes, such as the homeless person walking down the street, but the reality of hunger in Tucson is much more complex,” says Todd Rockoff, president and CEO of the Tucson J. “This exhibit gives us an opportunity to engage the whole community with an incredible experience that will change the way you look at hunger. We want to help everyone understand that those who are hungry can be your neighbor who just lost her job or the teenager at school who can’t concentrate properly because he isn’t eating enough nutritious food at home.” In Arizona, one in six people struggle with hunger, according to Feeding America, a nationwide network of food banks. At the national level, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s annual report on food security found that nearly 13 percent of American households had difficulty at some point last year in providing enough food for their families. “This is Hunger” features black and white portraits and stories of dozens of Americans who have had difficulty putting enough nutritious food on the table each day. Digital and hands-on activities – such as composing a wholesome meal for a person who relies on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program (food stamps) without spending more than $1.40 – are designed to deepen participants’ awareness about who in America struggles with hunger and why. Liz Kanter Groskind, a Tucsonan who serves on the board of MAZON, a national nonprofit that works to end hunger among people of all faiths in the United States and Israel, got to see the exhibit in Los Angeles, where the tour was launched last month. “It so far exceeded my expectations … it was just an amazing experience,” Kanter Groskind says, explaining that the board had commissioned a photojournalist three years ago to travel across America, speaking to people who were suffering with food insecurity. “The way this exhibit works, you get to see the actual people and hear their voices, talking about how they got to be where they were and how they’re not very different from you or me. It can happen to anyone. … Then you also learn about food insecurity and about things you can do to help those who are food insecure,” says Kanter Groskind, who has been a food bank volunteer for three decades in Boston, Detroit and Tucson.

“Considering that Southern Arizona is, I think, the sixth highest level of poverty in the country, this is something that’s really relevant to our community,” she says. “Unfortunately, because of the way Tucson is spread out, a lot of folks don’t see it and they don’t know about it. They don’t know who the hungry folks are.” Josh Protas is MAZON’s Washingtonbased vice president of public policy. He’s also a former director of Tucson’s Jewish Community Relation’s Council, the public affairs and social action arm of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona. “From my time in Tucson, I engaged a lot around issues of hunger and poverty with fantastic people in the Jewish community, from participating in Operation Deep Freeze with Jonathan Rothschild to Project Isaiah, collecting food for the Community Food Bank, to working with the TIHAN network to provide meals for people impacted by HIV and AIDS,” Protas recalls. “And the Jewish community in Tucson has such a tremendous heart and they give so much around these issues.” But through his work at MAZON, he recognizes “that charity alone will never be enough.” “We are fortunate to have amazing institutions like the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, but they were never set up to meet the full extent of the needs that are out there,” he explains. “They were designed for emergency situations and to complement safety net programs. “We saw during the recession that such agencies were strained tremendously as many more millions of Americans struggled. It is all the more reason why programs like SNAP and WIC (a federal grant program that helps states supplement nutrition for women, infants, and children) … are tremendously important,” says Protas, who notes that in Southern Arizona, military families, seniors and new Americans are particularly vulnerable. “We’re finding ourselves at a time, politically, when there are renewed serious threats to programs like SNAP. So raising awareness about the impact of hunger, at a personal level, at a collective level, is really important,” he says. “And ‘This is Hunger’ is a very powerful and personal way to drive home the message.” Kanter Groskind adds that what she loves about MAZON’s work “is that we are a Jewish response to everyone’s hunger. So it’s the Jewish heart, Jewish menschlichkeit (compassion).”

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LOCAL Megdal plans ‘Home for Hanukkah’ concert Native Tucsonan ten and Tucson Hebrew Bryce Megdal will hold Academy, Megdal began a concert, “Home for her singing journey in Hanukkah,” on Dec. 29 fourth grade, when she at the Jewish History joined the newly formed Museum, 564 S. Stone Tucson Jewish Youth Ave. Choir. The evening will beFollowing her bat gin at 6 p.m. with light mitzvah, she remained refreshments. At 7 p.m., active with Temple Emathere will be a menorah nu-El, serving in a variety lighting — participants of roles including b’nai may bring their own mitzvah and Hebrew tumenorahs and candles. tor, teen and adult choir The concert will run member and cantorial from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. soloist. Bryce Megdal Megdal is a cantoCurrently, Megdal is a rial student at the Academy for Jewish b’nai mitzvah teacher and director of the Religion, California, where she earned a teen choir at Kehillat Israel Reconstrucmaster’s degree in Jewish studies with an tionist Synagogue of the Pacific Palisades. emphasis in music in Jewish life in May This summer, she was the songleader at 2015. Her debut album of Jewish music, the Westside JCC’s JCamp. “Shine Forth,” was released in May 2016. The concert, which will include MegMegdal received her undergraduate dal’s original Jewish compositions and degree from the University of Arizona, traditional Hanukkah songs, is co-sponwhere she led monthly Reform Shabbat sored by the Jewish Federation of Southservices at the UA Hillel Foundation. She ern Arizona, THA and the Tucson J. The spent a semester studying at the Hebrew cost is $5 for adults; free for children and University of Jerusalem. students. For more information, visit An alumna of the Tucson Jewish Com- brycemegdal.com/event/home-for-hannu munity Center preschool and kindergar- kah/.

Nominations sought for Zehngut teen award The Women’s Philanthropy Advisory Council of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona is seeking nominees for its ninth annual Bryna Zehngut Mitzvot Award, recognizing an outstanding Jewish teenage girl. The award was created to honor the memory of Zehngut, a community leader who died in 2005. Award nominees must be current high school juniors or seniors who have shown leadership through community volunteering and have exemplified Jewish values. The award recipient will receive a gift of $613 — related to the Jewish tradition of 613 mitzvot — which she may use toward participation on a trip to Israel or another Jewish leadership or ed-


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“I was devastated,” Adam says. “‘What am I, borscht?’ It wasn’t until later in his life that it was less about Leonard and his career and more about ‘what’s going on with my kids and my grandchildren.’” Adam and Leonard were estranged for a stretch, exacerbated by the actor’s drinking and his son’s drug use. When asked if it was difficult to forgive his father, he doesn’t hesitate. “No, because I’m in 12-step, and that’s a huge part of what 12-step’s all about.” Resentments and setbacks play only a passing role in “For the Love of Spock,” which is an unabashed tribute to Leonard’s contributions as an actor and a man to a character who was and is widely embraced for embodying intelligence, science, fairness and integrity. (And for being different, of course, and living on the margins of mainstream society.)

The film omits Leonard’s record as a major benefactor of Jewish causes: the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, a childhood center at Temple Israel of Hollywood and the career counseling center at Beit T’Shuvah, a Jewish recovery house. It also leaves out the degree to which Leonard passed down his pride and love of being Jewish. “I would say that I am more religious than my father was,” Adam says. “I like to study Torah, I like to go to services on a regular basis on Friday night. Particularly the weekly Torah study has been very meaningful to me over the past couple of years. It’s just mind-boggling to me about the divine inspiration of the written word and how it always applies to something going on in my life. This is what enriches my life, and brings new meaning to my life.”

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anukkah, which starts this year at sundown on Dec. 24 — Christmas eve — is among the most widely celebrated Jewish holidays in the United States. But that doesn’t mean there is nothing new to learn about this eight-day festival. From the mysterious origins of gelt to an Apocryphal beheading to Marilyn Monroe, we’ve compiled an item for each candle (don’t forget the shammash!) on the Hanukkah menorah. 1. Gelt as we know it is a relatively new tradition — and no one knows who invented it. While coins — gelt is Yiddish for coins, or money — have been part of Hanukkah observance for centuries, chocolate gelt is considerably younger. In her book “On the Chocolate Trail,” Rabbi Deborah Prinz writes that “opinions differ” concerning the origins of chocolate gelt: Some credit America’s Loft candy company with creating it in the 1920s, while others suggest there were European versions earlier that inspired Israel’s Elite candy company. Prinz notes, as well, that chocolate gelt resembles a European Christmas tradition of exchanging gold-covered chocolate coins “commemorating the miracles of St. Nicholas.” 2. The first Hanukkah celebration was actually a delayed Sukkot observance. The second book of Maccabees quotes from a

letter sent circa 125 BCE from the Hasmoneans, the Maccabees’ descendants, to the leaders of Egyptian Jewry describing the holiday as “the festival of Sukkot celebrated in the month of Kislev rather than Tishrei.” Since the Jews were still in caves fighting as guerrillas on Tishrei, 164 BCE, they had been unable to honor the eight-day holiday of Sukkot, which required visiting the Jerusalem Temple. Hence it was postponed until after the recapture of Jerusalem and the rededication of the Temple. Many scholars believe it is this — not the Talmudic legend of the cruse of oil that lasted eight days — that explains why Hanukkah is eight days long. 3. The books of Maccabees, which tell the story of Hanukkah, were not included in the Hebrew Bible — but they are in the Catholic Bible. There are different theories Illustration by Anne Lowe

explaining why the first-century rabbis who canonized the scriptures omitted the Maccabees, ranging from the text’s relative newness at the time to fears of alienating the Roman leadership then in control of Jerusalem. 4. Marilyn Monroe owned a music-playing Hanukkah menorah (the Marilyn Monrorah?). When the Hollywood star converted to Judaism before marrying the Jewish playwright Arthur Miller, her future mother-inlaw gave her a menorah as a conversion gift. The Hanukkah lamp, which the menorah’s current owner says Mrs. Miller brought back from Jerusalem, has a wind-up music box in its base that plays “Hatikvah,” Israel’s national anthem. The Marilyn menorah is featured in the Jewish Museum in New York City’s exhibit “Becoming Jewish: Warhol’s Liz and Marilyn,” but sadly you cannot wind it up. 5. The game of dreidel was inspired by a German game played at Christmastime that itself is an imitation of an English and Irish one. Our Eastern European game of dreidel (including the Hebrew letters nun, gimmel, hey and shin) is directly based on the German equivalent of the British totum game: N = Nichts = nothing; G = Ganz = all; See Festival, page 20

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rom a new audio version of “Hanukkah Bear” — a holiday favorite by National Jewish Book Award winner Eric A. Kimmel — to a novel for young teens set during the Festival of Lights, there is a fresh crop of Hanukkah books that are sure to delight young readers of all stripes. The first Hanukkah candle is kindled this year on the evening of Dec. 24. So if you’re looking to enliven and enlighten your Hanukkah — or simply just send the perfect gift to a loved little one — look no further than these six new books.




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“Hanukkah Delight” by Leslea Newman, illustrated by Amy Husband, KarBen ($5.99), ages 1-4 Toddlers and preschoolers will have fun celebrating Hanukkah with a family of bunnies, an owl, kitty and even a friendly alligator in this delightful rhyming board book that’s perfect for introducing young ones to the rituals and traditions of the holiday. Award-winning writer and poet Leslea Newman (“Heath-

er Has Two Mommies”) and artist Amy Husband capture the warmth of Hanukkah’s glow with gleaming candles, crispy latkes and “Dreidels spinning through the night, chocolate gelt — come take a bite.” “Celebrate Hanukkah with Light, Latkes and Dreidels” by Deborah Heiligman, National Geographic ($15.99), ages 6-9 The glow of Hanukkah radiates in this global tour of the Festival of Lights, with stunning photographs from India, Israel, Uganda, Poland and more. The straightforward text traces the ancient roots of the holiday, as well as explains the rituals and blessings said while lighting the menorah. Part of National Geographic’s “Holidays Around the World” series, “Celebrate Hanukkah” allows readers to discover the meaning behind holiday traditions, as well as the ways different families celebrate around the world. In this updated version of the 2008 edition, Heiligman explores the themes of religious freedom and the power of light in dark times. See Books, page 18



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o you have friends or family members who are new to the tribe? Maybe they recently converted, married a Jew or became newly interested in their Jewish roots? Or maybe you’re the newbie and are wondering what to put on your wish list. Whatever the particulars, MyJewishLearning has you covered, with Hanukkah gift ideas designed to please the Jewish newbies in your life. Cookbooks Amelia Saltsman’s “The Seasonal Jewish Kitchen” ($20.23), Leah Koenig’s “Modern Jewish Cooking” ($23.33) and chef/restaurateur Michael Solomonov’s “Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking” ($21) all offer traditional Jewish and Israeli standbys adapted to contemporary tastes and sensibilities. Each was published recently (reducing the possibility that your recipient already owns it) and garnered positive reviews in mainstream and Jewish publications. “Meatballs and Matzah Balls” ($27.95) is not quite as new — it came out in 2013 — but will be of particular interest to Jewish newcomers since its author, Marcia Friedman, is a Jew by choice who combines Italian (she is half Sicilian) and Jewish cuisine in creative and tasty ways. Other kitchen goodies Maybe your Jewish newbie wants to make challah but is a bit intimidated by the braiding. A silicon challah mold ($14) simplifies the process. Meanwhile, someone making the transition from Christmas cookies to Hanukkah cookies might appreciate a set of Hanukkah-themed cookie cutters ($1.60). Hanukkiyahs, or menorahs What’s more fitting for Hanukkah than a menorah? Just make sure you give this one early in the holiday, so the recipient gets to use it this year. A convenient option is a compact travel menorah, perfect for See Gifts, page 20 Wishing you a Happy Chanukah!

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“Potatoes at Turtle Rock” by Susan Schnur and Anna Schnur-Fishman; illustrated by Alex Steele-Morgan, KarBen ($17.99), ages 5-9 In this enchanting fictional tale, Annie leads her family — along with their goat and chicken — on a Hanukkah adventure. It’s a snowy winter night in the woods near their farm, and as they stop at various locations, Annie poses Hanukkah-related riddles: How did their greatgrandfather keep warm during the long winter in the shtetl? (With hot potatoes.) Why is it so dark? (There is no moon in the sky on the sixth night of Hanukkah.) What do they use for a menorah out in the woods? (Potatoes!) Along the way, the family lights candles, recites the blessings, enjoys some tasty treats and, in the end, shares a prayer of gratitude for the blessings of Hanukkah. This is the second Jewish holiday book set at Turtle Rock by the mother-daughter team who also co-wrote “Tashlich at Turtle Rock” — both based on the family’s real-life holiday traditions. Aside from being a writer, Susan Schnur is a Reconstructionist rabbi. The book, she told JTA, reflects her conviction as both a parent and rabbi that when children are empowered to create their own rituals, they find meaning in Jewish holidays. “A Hanukkah with Mazel” by Joel Edward Stein, illustrated by Elisa Vavouri, Kar-Ben ($17.99), ages 3-8 In this heartwarming tale set in the outskirts of an Old World shtetl, a kindhearted but poor artist named Misha adopts a cat who turns up in his barn one cold, snowy night during Hanukkah. Misha names his new black-andgray-striped feline friend Mazel — “good luck” in Yiddish. Misha has no Hanukkah candles, but he finds a creative way to celebrate the Festival of Lights using his paints and brushes. However, when a peddler arrives at Misha’s home on the holiday’s last day, he recognizes Mazel as his lost cat, Goldie. In the uplifting ending, the two find hope for the future, with the peddler offering to sell Misha’s paint-


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ings and Misha taking care of Mazel while the peddler travels. Kids will have fun following the playful Mazel, who turns up in every scene in artist Elisa Vavouri’s large, vivid illustrations. “Dreidels on the Brain” by Joel Ben Izzy, Dial Books ($17.99), ages 10 and up Meet Joel, an awkward yet endearing 12-year-old boy who is looking for Hanukkah miracles in Temple City, California, where he lives with his family. In the opening pages, Joel tries to strike up a conversation with God, looking for some sign of better things to come — his life, so far, has had its share of disappointments and hard times. Author Joel Ben Izzy brings his award-winning storytelling style to this tale that unfolds during eight days of Hanukkah in 1971, as Joel navigates home, friends and school, where he is the only Jewish kid. His Hanukkah takes a downward spin when Joel’s family is invited to light a menorah in front of the whole school — he’s worried about being embarrassed, but bigger worries follow when Joel’s father is hospitalized. Joel eventually discovers that magic and miracles may come in unexpected ways. Readers will have fun with the dozens of inventive spellings of Hanukkah, including “Chanyukah” and “Kchkanukkah.” The novel is loosely based on the author’s childhood — Ben Izzy described himself in an email to JTA as a “nerdy 12-year-old magician” who was the only Jewish kid in his school. “Hanukkah Bear,” audio version by Eric A. Kimmel, author; narrated by Laural Merlington, LLC Dreamscape Media ($14.99), ages 4-8 On the first night of Hanukkah, one huge, hungry bear smells Bubbe Brayna frying her legendary latkes. The bear shows up at her door — at the same moment, it happens, that she’s expecting the village rabbi. Thanks to her poor eyesight, a fun-filled case of mistaken identity ensues as Bubbe Brayna thinks the bear is the rabbi; she feeds him latkes and insists he play a game of dreidel and light the menorah. This book won a National Jewish Book Award in 2013 and now young children can snuggle up to this newly recorded audio version.

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went on to say that “today in the U.S., many families have renewed the tradition of displaying the menorah in windows during the holiday,” I still wondered if “today” was one of those “not safe” times in history. Was it a good time to draw the light safely in and bring the flickering candles into the kitchen? After all, that’s the way my mother, who grew up in the Bronx borough of New York City in the 1930s, when anti-Semitism in America was on the rise, did it in our home. What was I afraid of? It wasn’t as if I’m expecting a replay of the now famous Billings, Montana, incident in 1993, when, according to JTA, “a brick was thrown through the bedroom window of a 5-year-old Jewish boy, Isaac Schnitzer, who was displaying a Chanukah menorah.” But in an Anti-Defamation League report about anti-Semitic incidents issued before the presidential election, California was cited in 2015 as the state with the second-highest level of anti-Semitic incidents. Adding to my sense of Jewish déjà vu, after the election, in mid-November, the ADL’s national director, Jonathan Greenblatt, had announced at the organization’s yearly conference that the American Jewish community

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it wouldn’t be, contrary to the song, not just for the Maccabee children — it would be for all. It doesn’t make any difference which side you were on in the recent election. What must be decided is how with candles, oil or electric bulbs we would vote now. Recalling that my mother’s parents, Joseph and Rebecca, had been strangers here about a century ago, I felt that the welcoming menorah light represented the freedom for which they had left everything behind. Plus, the act of putting our menorahs in the window would be an opportunity to rekindle the core Jewish belief of welcoming the stranger. To push back the shadows, won’t you join me in a Hanukkah show of light? Help light the way for us, and for others: During the eight nights of Hanukkah, place your menorah where passers-by can see it. Take a photo or selfie, and post it on social media with the hashtag #menorahinthewindow. Share the city, town or place where you are, and let us know why you are doing it. The strength of what we can do as a community — that is a miracle, too. (Be safe with your menorah, light it away from anything that can catch fire and do not leave it unattended.) Edmon J. Rodman is a JTA columnist who writes on Jewish life from Los Angeles. Contact him at edmojace@gmail.com.


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H = Halb = half, and S = Stell ein = put in. In German, the spinning top was called a “torrel” or “trundl.” 6. Oily food (think latkes and sufganiyot) isn’t Hanukkah’s only culinary tradition. Traditionally, Hanukkah has included foods with cheese in recognition of Judith, whose liberal use of the salty treat facilitated a victory for the Maccabees.

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someone who wants to celebrate the holiday outside the home. Kiddush cups For something flashy and unique — or for someone who is a bit germ-phobic — try a Kiddush Fountain, which pours the wine or grape juice into individual cups. Amazon and other retailers have a wide variety of styles and price points.

7. On Hanukkah, we celebrate a grisly murder. The aforementioned Judith had an ulterior motive for plying the Assyrian general Holofernes with salty cheese: making him thirsty so he would drink lots of wine and pass out, enabling her to chop off his head and bring it home with her. The beheading — particularly the fact that a woman carried it out — was said to have frightened Holofernes’ troops into fleeing the Maccabees. 8. The next “Thanksgivukkah” (sort of), is only 55 years away.

In 2013, the convergence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah on Nov. 28 inspired everything from turkey-shaped menorahs to a giant dreidel float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. While experts say a full day of Hanukkah won’t coincide with the fourth Thursday in November for thousands of years, the first night of Hanukkah will fall in time for Thanksgiving dinner (assuming you have the meal at dinnertime rather than in the afternoon) on Nov. 27, 2070. 9. The largest menorah in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World

Records, is 32 feet high and weighs 4,000 pounds. The Shulchan Aruch stipulates that a menorah should be no taller than about 31 feet. Incidentally, Guinness lists at least three other Hanukkah-related records: most dreidels spinning simultaneously for at least 10 seconds (734), most people simultaneously lighting menorahs (834) and largest display of lit menorahs (1,000). We’d like to know the most latkes ever eaten in one sitting.

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Ron Margolis, D.O. Retired

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Steven Rosenfeld, M.D. 225 W. Irvington Road 884-7304

OTOLARYNGOLOGY Bernard J. Miller, M.D.

INFECTIOUS DISEASE Barry A. Friedman, M.D. Retired Steven Oscherwitz, M.D. 5230 E. Farness Drive Ste 100 318-9681 INTERNAL MEDICINE Arthur Goldberg, M.D. Retired Martin Goldman, M.D. Retired Robert Leff, M.D. 1200 N. El Dorado Place Suite I-900 298-8127

ONCOLOGY David S. Alberts, M.D.* Arizona Cancer Center 626-3249 Carol Bernstein, Ph.D. 1501 N. Campbell Avenue 626-6069 OPHTHALMOLOGY Jack A. Aaron, M.D. 1110 N. El Dorado Place 327-5677 William J. Fishkind, M.D., F.A.C.S. 5599 N. Oracle Road 293-6740

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

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Keith Dveirin, M.D.* 7340 E. Speedway, Ste. 104 547-7045 PHARMACY Robert Wolk, PharmD 5301 E. Grant Road 324-1859 PHYSICAL THERAPY Nolan R. Shifren, PT, DPT 16256 N. Oracle Road, Ste. 120 572-6540 Jeff Wortzel, DPT 3124 N. Swan 325-4002 PLASTIC & COSMETIC SURGERY Peter Kay, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.R.C.S. (C), F.R.C.S. (Ed) 2355 N. Wyatt Drive, Ste. 111 323-7100 PLASTIC SURGERY Josh Tofield, M.D. Retired Natasha Tofield, M.D. Retired PODIATRY Gilbert D. Shapiro, DPM 1888 N. Country Club Road 327-6367 PROSTHODONTICS Jeffrey Lewis, D.D.S. 5099 E. Grant Road, Ste.330 325-6645 PSYCHIATRY Eliot B. Barron, M.D. Retired Kevin Goeta-Kreisler, M.D.* 6408 E. Tanque Verde Road 885-5558

PAIN MANAGEMENT INTERVENTIONAL Robert Berens, M.D.* 5355 E. Erickson 299-8200

Elliott Heiman, M.D.

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Herschel Rosenzweig, M.D. FAACAP 430 N. Tucson Boulevard 325-4837

PATHOLOGY Paul Sagerman, M.D.* 4582 N. 1st Avenue, #120 888-2121 Arthur Silver, M.D. Retired PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY Angela M. Wolfman, D.D.S. 3953 E. Paradise Falls Dr., Ste 110 325-4746

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PSYCHOLOGY Julie Feldman, Ph.D. UA Dept of Psychology 621-7448 Cheryl L. Karp, Ph.D. 3060 N. Swan Road 323-3156 Marta F. Ketchel, Ph.D. 3060 N. Swan Road 323-3156 Eric E. Schindler, Ph.D. 2800 E. Broadway Blvd. 321-3742 PULMONARY MEDICINE Myron H. Jacobs, M.D. 450 N. New Ballas Road St. Louis, MO 63141 (314) 993-2884 RADIATION ONCOLOGY Edward Rogoff, M.D. Retired RADIOLOGY Gary J. Becker, M.D. Retired Eric Groskind, M.D. 677 N. Wilmot Road 795-2889 David Jeck, M.D.* 677 N. Wilmot Road 795-2889 Donald Jeck, M.D.* Retired Kenneth Sandock, M.D. Retired Donald L. Tempkin, M.D. Retired Alan C. Winfield, M.D. Retired UROLOGY Ken Belkoff, D.O. 660 N. Fountain Plaza Dr. Suite 250 325-1595 Iris Bernstein, M.D. 6226 E. Pima, Ste. 100 298-7200 623-8475 Tom Newman, M.D., F.A.C.S. Retired VASCULAR SURGERY Eric S. Berens, M.D. 6565 E. Carondelet Dr. Suite 235 296-5500 Edward Loebl, M.D. Retired We regret any omissions or errors. For more information please call the Federation, 577-9393. *Steering Committee member

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WASHINGTON year ago, when several dozen Washington-area Jewish and Muslim religious and lay leaders jostled for spots in a group picture, the mood was convivial. The most novel item on the agenda for that November 2015 confab was bringing non-Middle Eastern Muslims into the Jewish-Muslim dialogue. The meeting and the venue — an Indonesian-American Muslim center in Silver Spring, Md. — helped “dispel the myth that Muslims are inherently of Middle Eastern descent,” a release said. On Sunday, the meeting of the third Summit of Greater Washington Imams and Rabbis was better attended — a hundred or so leaders were on hand at Tifereth Israel, a Conservative synagogue in the District of Columbia, about 30 more than last year — and the group picture was just as friendly. But in that anxious “we’re in this together” way. Following an afternoon packed with tales of Muslims enduring taunts, vandalism and bullying in schools, the host rabbi, Ethan Seidel, sang a Hasidic melody to calm the rabbis, imams and lay leaders as they scrambled into place (“short folks in front!”). What changed? The name some said they could hardly mention: Donald Trump, the president-elect. “Think of the rhetoric of a person I


won’t name,” said Ambereen Shaffie, a co-founder of the D.C. chapter of the interfaith Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, addressing the group after the photo shoot. Shaffie described Thanksgiving break at her parents’ Kansas City home, when all 40 people in her extended family said they encountered hostility in recent months, from bullying in schools, where younger relatives were called “terrorists,” to a fire set on her parents’ porch, to a bullet through the window of a male relative’s home. She blamed Trump’s campaign, and his broadsides against Muslims, which included what an aide described as launching a database of immigrants from Muslim-majority countries, a ban on all Muslims from entering the United States, a pointed religious-based attack on the family of a Muslim-American Army captain killed in Iraq and Trump’s unsubstantiated claim that he saw “thousands and thousands” of Muslims cheering as the World Trade Center collapsed on 9/11. Similar tales of harassment and threats against Muslims abounded at the summit, an initiative of several local dialogue groups and the New York-based Foundation for Ethnic Understanding. And throughout the event, the Trump impact was often implied, if not explicitly cited. The first session broke the gathering into lunch groups, and participants found printouts on their tables asking

them to discuss how Jews and Muslims should “respond to the present social and political climate.” “Basically, they want us to react to the results of the last election,” said Dr. Ira Weiss, a physician who is involved in the Jewish-Islamic Dialogue Society of Greater Washington, tossing the printout back onto the table. “Some of what Trump said during the campaign was not only intolerant but dangerous.” The coming-together, where rabbis and lay leaders represented the spectrum of Jewish religious streams, was “especially significant at a moment of increased bigotry, when both communities are feeling vulnerable,” Seidel said in the release announcing the summit. Police in Maryland’s Washington suburbs have reported a spike in vandalism, particularly in schools, that invokes Nazi imagery. Nationally, the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center have reported an increase in incidents since the election targeting blacks, Muslims, immigrants, the LGBT community and women. The latest FBI hate crimes report showed a 67 percent rise in the number of anti-Muslim hate crimes in the past year. In the roundtable discussions and in plenary sessions, participants struggled to pin down what they could do to ameliorate the current climate. Participants described initiatives, like mosque and synagogue twinnings, that began after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, when there was more of a national consensus that Muslims in America deserved protection from counterattacks. But these initiatives had been in place for years and had not prevented the acceleration of anti-Muslim sentiment in the country. What went wrong? Participants seemed at a loss to understand. Rabbi David Shneyer said his progressive congregation, Kehila Chadasha, had a post-election meeting with a strong turnout — 50 members from a 100-family community — and that one of its conclusions was to “hold media more accountable.” “What does it mean, holding media more accountable?” Seidel asked. “I can’t explain at this point,” Shneyer said. Some participants said the rabbis, imams and lay leaders needed to break out of their bubbles of mutual affection and travel to the America that had elected Trump. “We need to reach out to communities where the likelihood of a difference of opinion exists at a higher rate,” said Abdul Rashid Abdullah, representing the National American Muslim Association on Scouting and sporting a scoutmaster’s shirt.

Abdullah said he had been raised a Roman Catholic and converted to Islam when he was 18. “I came from a household that’s probably supporting Trump,” he said. “By God’s will, I’m not on that route — but I could have been.” Rabbi Sid Schwarz, a senior fellow at Clal: The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, outlined to the larger group what his lunch table came up with, including volunteering to register as Muslims should Trump make good on his campaign proposal to set up a national Muslim registry. (The ADL’s CEO, Jonathan Greenblatt, proposed the same idea last month at his organization’s plenary in New York.) But Schwarz also voiced a sense of helplessness that permeated the discussion. “There’s got to be a more proactive agenda to counter the way Trump has characterized Islam as radical,” he said. “How do you get out of the vacuum?” a participant asked. “Reverse freedom rides,” someone else said. “We take our bubble into the hinterlands.” Some practical ideas emerged, including synagogue members appearing outside mosques during Friday prayers bearing signs expressing support, and setting up volunteer systems that would accompany children to school who had been subjected to harassment there. Rabbi Jason Kimmelman-Block, the director of Bend the Arc Jewish Action, spurred participants to sign his group’s petition urging President Barack Obama, before he leaves office, to dismantle the National Security Exit-Entry Registration System, an existing structure that Trump could use to facilitate a Muslim registry. Walter Ruby, the Muslim-Jewish relations director for the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, said a 10-person steering committee would be chosen from those attending the meeting. Rabbi Gerald Serotta, the executive director of the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington, circulated an outline of a rapid response system should hate crimes occur. Shaffie said Muslims and Jews should set an example by broadening the current paradigm of “utilitarian” collaborations — joining in legal challenges, for instance — to establish deeper friendships. She described how the women in her group, the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, visit each other’s homes “when babies are born, when someone passes.” “Loving someone else for the sake of God,” she said, is a means of “standing together as protectors, not defined by common victimhood, but a common heritage of dignity and love.”



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COMMUNITY CALENDAR The calendar deadline is Tuesday, 10 days before the issue date. Our next issue will be published January 6, 2017. Events may be emailed to localnews@azjewishpost.com, faxed to 319-1118, or mailed to the AJP at 3822 E. River Road, #300, Tucson, AZ 85718. For more information, call 319-1112. See Area Congregations on page 29 for additional synagogue events. Men’s Mishnah club with Rabbi Israel Becker at Cong. Chofetz Chayim. Sundays, 7:15-8 a.m.; Mondays and Thursdays, 6:15-6:50 a.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 6:15-7 a.m.; Saturdays, call for time. 747-7780 or yz becker@me.com.

Ongoing Miriam: A Woman’s Commentary on the Torah.” Bring dairy lunch; beverages and dessert provided. Contact Helen at 299-0340.

“Too Jewish” radio show with Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon on KVOI 1030 AM (also KAPR and KJAA), Sundays at 9 a.m. Dec. 18, Joel ben Izzy, storyteller and author of “Dreidels on the Brain.” Dec. 25, Julia Dahl, author of “Invisible City” and the Rebekah Roberts series. 327-4501.

Tucson J current events discussion, Mondays, noon-1:30 p.m. Lunch, bring or buy, 11:30 a.m. 299-3000, ext. 147.

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.

Jewish sobriety support group meets Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m. at Cong. Bet Shalom. dc mack1952@gmail.com.

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. Cong. Anshei Israel parent-tot class (9-24 months), Mondays, 9-11 a.m., facilitated by Gabby Erbst. Mandatory vaccination policy. Contact Lynne Falkow-Strauss at 745-5550, ext. 229. Temple Emanu-El mah jongg, Mondays at 10 a.m. 327-4501. Jewish Federation-Northwest chair yoga with a Jewish flair taught by Bonnie Golden. Mondays, 10-11 a.m., except Dec. 19. $7 per class or $25 for four. 505-4161 or north westjewish@jfsa.org. Cong. Anshei Israel mah jongg, Mondays, 10 a.m.-noon. All levels, men and women. Contact Evelyn at 885-4102 or esigafus@aol.com. Chabad Torah & Tea for women with Mushkie Zimmerman, Mondays, 11 a.m., through February, at Chabad Oro Valley, jewishorovalley.com or 477-TORA; 7:30 p.m., with Rabbi Yossie Shemtov of Chabad Tucson, 2411 E. Elm Street, chabadtucson.com. Cong. Or Chadash Mondays with the Rabbi. “Ancient Wisdom to Modern Reform Practice.” Mondays, noon-1:15 p.m. Bring a sack lunch. 512-8500. Cong. Anshei Israel women’s study group led by Rabbi Robert Eisen. First Mondays, noon. Discussion based on “The Five Books of

Friday / December 16 9:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Downtown Shabbat at the Jewish History Museum, 564 S. Stone Ave., with the Armon Bizman band, Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon and soloist Lindsey O’Shea. 327-4501. 5:45 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Family Shabbat Experience service and dinner. Dinner, $25 per family (2 adults and up to 4 children); individual adults (13+) $10. Call Kim at 745-5550, ext. 224 for space availability.

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Cong. Bet Shalom yoga. Mondays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. $5. 577-1171.

Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Needlework meets first Mondays, 6:30 p.m., at cosponsor, Jewish Federation-Northwest. Contact Barbara Esmond at 299-1197 or brealjs@gmail.com. Intermediate conversational Hebrew class with native Israeli teacher Tsilla Shamir. Read, write and speak Hebrew. Westside location, alternate Mondays, 5-7 p.m. $10. Contact Debby Kriegel at 628-1746 or kriegel98@msn.com. “Along the Talmudic Trail” for men (18-40) at Southwest Torah Institute, Mondays, 7 p.m. 747-7780 or yzbecker@me.com. Spouse Bereavement Group, cosponsored by Widowed to Widowed, Inc. at the Tucson J, Tuesdays, 10 a.m. Contact Marvin at 885-2005 or Tanya at 299-3000, ext. 147. JFCS Holocaust Survivors group meets Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-noon. Contact Raisa Moroz at 795-0300. Jewish Federation-Northwest Story Time with PJ Library, first and third Tuesdays through Dec. 20. Songs, snack and craft. 505-4161. Tucson J social bridge. Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon-3 p.m., year round. Drop-ins welcome. Meets in library on second floor. 2993000. Northwest Knitters 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 call 505-4161.

Tuesdays, 6 p.m. 745-5550. 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, $4; nonmembers, $5. 2993000. Shalom Tucson business networking group, second Wednesday of month, 7:30-9 a.m., at the Tucson J. Contact Ori Parnaby at 299-3000, ext. 241, or concierge@jewishtucson.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 esigafus@aol.com. Temple Emanu-El Talmud study with Dr. Eliot Barron. Wednesdays, 10-11:30 a.m. One-time $18 materials fee. 327-4501. Lunch and learn with Cantor Avraham Alpert of Cong. Bet Shalom, Wednesdays, noon-1 p.m. at the Tucson J. 299-3000. Jewish Federation-Northwest mah jongg, Wednesdays, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. 505-4161. Chabad Tucson lunch and learn with Rabbi Yehuda Ceitlin, Wednesdays, 12:15 p.m. at Eli’s Deli. info@ChabadTucson.com. Weintraub Israel Center Shirat HaShirim Hebrew Choir, Wednesdays, 7 p.m., at the Tucson J. Learn to sing in Hebrew. Contact Rina Paz at 304-7943 or ericashem@cox.net. Jewish mothers/grandmother’s special needs support group for those with children/ grandchildren, young or adult, with special needs, third Wednesdays at 7-8:30 p.m. at Tucson J. Contact Joyce Stuehringer at 299-5920. Jewish Federation-Northwest Kibbitz & Schmear open house with bagels and coffee, Thursdays, 10-11:30 a.m. 505-4161. Cong. Bet Shalom Lunch and Learn, “Appropriate Speech and the Wisdom of Ramban,” with Cantor Avraham Alpert, Thursdays, noon1 p.m. at Eli’s Deli. 577-1171.

Talmud on Tuesday with Rabbi Robert Eisen,

Tucson J canasta group. Players wanted.

Hanukkah party. Food, songs, gifts, schmoozing. RSVP for directions to Susan at 577-7718 or sru binaz@comcast.net.

program and young adults with disabilities. $18/ hour. 299-3000.

NOON: Cong. Anshei Israel Targum Shlishi. Following Kiddush, Leah Avuno, one of the community’s shinshinim (Israeli teen emissaries) leads a discussion on the significance of reading the Torah portion in text and translation. Free. Contact Rabbi Robert Eisen at 745-5550, ext. 230.

Sunday / December 18 8 AM-NOON: Tucson J Cycle for Good. Participation in this JCCA-sponsored virtual ride in the indoor cycling studio benefits the J’s Taglit day

9 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel Hanukkah Family Worship. Minyan in the Epstein Chapel is followed by youth learning activities at 9:30 in the Rabbi Breger Hall. At 10:30, a Maccabiah competition and Hanukkiah Torch Run Lighting led by USY; concludes with a Hanukkah party at 11:30. Free. RSVP to Kim at 745-5550, ext. 224. 9:30 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel Adult Education Kollel. Rabbi Robert Eisen presents “The Making of Miracles,” exploring what Jewish tradition teaches us about miracles — and how that understanding may deepen our observance of Hanuk-

Thursdays, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Instruction available and a beginners’ table every week. Call Rhoda at 886-4334. Jewish Federation-Northwest mah jongg, Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. 505-4161. Tucson J Shabbat Stay and Play/Shabbat on the Go program for families, Fridays, 10 a.m. Once a month, celebration taken to various off-site locations: Dec. 16. Contact Julie Zorn at 299-3000, ext. 236, or jzorn@tucson jcc.org. Tucson J “Keep Tucson Warm” knitting group creates afghans for local shelter. All skill levels. Yarn donations welcome. Fridays, 10 a.m.-noon in the art gallery. Contact Tanya at 299-3000, ext. 147. Jewish History Museum gallery chats. 15-minute programs led by members of the community. First and third Fridays, 11:30 a.m. 670-9073. “Biblical Breakthroughs with Rabbi Becker” at the Southwest Torah Institute. Fridays, noon, for men and women. 747-7780 or yzbecker@ me.com. Jewish History Museum and Holocaust History Center, open Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. and Fridays noon3 p.m. 564 S. Stone Ave. Adults, $7; members and students, free. No admission charge on Saturdays. 670-9073. Tucson J exhibit, “Parts Make the Whole: A Journey Through the Aleph Bet” by Lynn Rae Lowe. Through Dec. 27. 299-3000. JFSA Menorah Museum featuring works from Tucson artists and synagogue gifts shops, at Park Place Mall, 5780 E. Broadway Blvd., through Dec. 31. Contact Ori Parnaby, Jewish Tucson concierge, at 299-3000, ext. 241. “This is Hunger” MAZON national touring exhibit at the Tucson J, Jan. 5-8. Tickets are free; reserve your 45-minute time slot at thisis hunger.org/the-tour/. Beth Shalom Temple Center Art Gallery in Green Valley exhibit, “Visiting Our Roots,” will include photographs and pamphlets from recent visits to Poland, Hungary, Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic, through Feb. 9. Contact Marcia Wiener at 648-6690. kah. Free. RSVP to Michelle at 745-5550, ext. 225. 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. 10-11:30 AM: Cong. Bet Shalom “The Diversity of Ancient Israel – A Retrospective of Archaeology, History and Religion: The Variety of Second Temple Judaism” (Mensch Club event). Part three of a free four-week series with Steven StarkReimer. Register at waldman.mark@gmail.com. 12:30-2 PM: JFSA PJ Library/PJ Our Way Hanukkah celebration at Whole Foods Market, River

and Craycroft Roads. Contact MaryEllen Loebl or Hannah Gomez at 577-9393. 2 PM: Temple Emanu-El Sunday Salon. J.D. Garcia, University of Arizona physics professor emeritus, presents “Cosmology and the Big Bang: Perspective 2.” 327-4501.

Monday / December 19 5 PM: Jewish Federation-Northwest and Hadassah Southern Arizona book club discusses “My Beloved World” by the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor, at Jewish Federation-Northwest. 5054161.

Tuesday / December 20 NOON: Jewish Federation-Northwest lunch and learn with Cantor Avi Alpert of Cong. Bet Shalom. “Bringing the Miracle of Chanukah into Our Lives Through Text and Song.” Kosher lunch from Café at the J, $8. RSVP at 505-4161 or north westjewish@jfsa.org. NOON: Temple Emanu-El Café Ivri. Speak Hebrew with the Shinshinim. Bring your dairy/vegetarian lunch. Free. 327-4501. NOON: Cong. Or Chadash book club discusses “The Tin Horse” by Janice Steinberg. Bring your lunch. 512-8500.

Wednesday / December 21 6:30-8:30 PM: Tucson J class, “The History of Eastern European Jews in America” led by Roza Simkhovich. Class began Dec. 14, continues Dec. 28 and Jan. 4. Drop-in cost, members, $9; nonmembers, $10. 299-3000. 6:45 PM: Cong. Chaverim book club discusses “My Train to Freedom” by Ivan Backer. Contact Megan at megantom2009@hotmail.com.

Friday / December 23 6 PM: Temple Emanue-El Northwest Hanukkah Shabbat dinner and service with Rabbi Batsheva Appel and cantorial soloist Lindsey O’Shea, at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 7650 N. Paseo Del Norte. Latkes and kosher chicken dinner (vegetarian option upon request), followed by Shabbat service at 7 p.m. Dinner: Temple members $12, non-members $14. RSVP at 327-4501.

Saturday / December 24 5:30-6 PM: Temple Emanu-El Hanukkah menorah lighting and songs. Continues through Dec. 31. 327-4501.

Sunday / December 25 10-11:30 AM: Cong. Bet Shalom presents “The Diversity of Ancient Israel — A Retrospective of Archaeology, History and Religion: Apocalyptic Eschatology Meets Politics in First Century Judea.” Conclusion of free, four-week series with Steven Stark-Reimer. Register at waldman.mark@ gmail.com. 11 AM-1 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel bowling party at Tucson Bowl, 7020 E. 21st St. Unlimited bowling; includes shoes, snacks and prizes. Kosher food available for purchase. All ages, $10; children 5 and under, free. RSVP by Dec. 19 to Kim at 745-5550, ext. 224. 4 PM: Cong. Bet Shalom Latkes and Lo Mein Chanukah event, with guitarist/singer Bryce Megdal. Members, $15; non-members, $18; Children 3-12 $7 with RSVP by Dec. 19, otherwise members, $20; non-members $25; children 3-12 $10. Babies 2 and under, free. RSVP at 577-1171 or cbsaz.org. 5 PM: Beth Shalom Temple Center of Green Valley Hanukkah Party. Hanukkah YouTube video show, latkes and doughnuts. Members, $5; non-members, $7. Call BSTC men’s club at 6486690. 5 PM: Chabad Tucson Chanukah Night Out. Live concert with Rogers Park and candlelit Chinese dinner at Club XS, 5851 E. Speedway Blvd. Adults $25, children under 11, $18. Tickets at chadbadtucson.com/nightout or call 881-7956.

Tuesday / December 27 5 PM: Chabad Oro Valley community Chanukah festival, at Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W Naranja Dr. Latkes, donuts, raffles, music and menorah lighting. jewishorovalley.com

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10 AM-NOON: Coffee Group for Jewish Artists, at Tucson J. Call Ori Parnaby at 299-3000, ext. 241. 10:30 AM: Desert Caucus Brunch at Skyline Country Club, 5200 E. St. Andrews Drive, with Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO). Guests should be potential members. Call Jennifer Miller Grant at 490-1453.

11 AM: PJ Library Hanukkah Storytime and Craft, at Barnes & Noble, 5130 E. Broadway Blvd. Free. Call Hannah Gomez at 577-9393, ext.126

2 PM: Beth Shalom Temple Center of Green Valley presents “Europe Today and the Jews” 6 PM: Home for Hanukkah concert featuring with Professor David Graizbord of the University Bryce Megdal, at the Jewish History Museum, of Arizona. 648-6690. 564 Stone Ave. Refreshments. Adults $5; chil- 2-4 PM: Temple Emanu-El Taste of Judaism indren and students free. brycemegdal.com/event/ troductory class at Tucson J. Continues Jan. 15 home-for-hannukah/ and 22, with Rabbis Samuel Cohon and Batsheva

Thursday / December 29

10-11:30 AM: Jewish Federation-Northwest Kibbitz & Schmear open house with bagels and coffee, and Hanukkah celebration hosted by Chaplain Pinchas Zohav. 505-4161 or north westjewish@jfsa.org.

Friday / December 30 5 PM: Temple Emanu-El Champagne Chardonnay Shabbat New Year’s Shabbat Hanukkah evening service. Pre-Oneg champagne, cheese and fruit reception and group photo followed by service at 5:45 p.m. 327-4501. 5:45 PM: Cong. Or Chadash 100 Menorah Celebration. Latke tasting, followed at 6:30 p.m. by Shabbat and Chanukah service. Bring your menorah, 8 candles and matches. 512-8500. 6 PM: Cong. Chaverim “Great Hanukkah Shabbat-luck.” Activities, music and candle lighting. Bring your menorah and a dairy/vegetarian dish to share. Latkes provided. Free. 320-1015.

Friday / January 6 5 PM: Temple Emanu-El Tot Kabbalat Tu B’Shevat Shabbat followed by dinner at 5:30 p.m. Kosher chicken or vegetarian option and sides, and desserts on the playground. Adults, $10, children under 13 free. RSVP at 327-4501.

Saturday / January 7 NOON: Cong. Anshei Israel book club discusses “The Marriage of Opposites” by Alice Hoffman. Call Rayna at 887-8358.

Appel. Free. Call 327-4501 ext. 27 to register. 3 PM: Jewish Federation-Northwest and the Tucson International Jewish Film Festival present “Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love,” at DesertView Performing Arts Center, 39900 S. Clubhouse Dr., SaddleBrooke. $5 per person, at the door. 505-4161.

Tuesday / January 10 6 PM: Jewish Federation-Northwest Campaign event and dinner, with syndicated columnist and author Micah Halpern, at Oro Valley Country Club. $39. RSVP at 505-4161 or northwestjewish@jfsa. org.


THURSDAY/JANUARY 12 7 PM: Tucson International Jewish Film Festival opening night screening of “The Price of Sugar” at the Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. $10. Festival continues through Jan. 22 with a variety of films at Tucson J. Visit tuc sonjewishfilmfestival.org or call 615-5432. SUNDAY/JANUARY 15 9 AM-4:30 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel 11th annual Mah Jongg tournament. $36 includes lunch, game, prizes for top three scorers and round winners. Benefits CAI’s United Synagogue Youth. RSVP with payment required by Jan. 8 at caiaz.org or call Kim at 745-5550, ext. 224. Bring new underwear and socks or gently used sweatshirts and sweatpants for Sister Jose Women’s Center.

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he story of Naaman in the Book of Kings II has always been one of my favorites. He is a foreign commander who serves the king of Aram and he has tzara’at, which is usually translated as leprosy. Naaman goes to Elisha the prophet to be healed and is told to do something very simple — immerse in the Jordan River seven times. Naaman becomes angry, he thought that there would be much more of a spectacle from the prophet or that he would be required to do something more challenging, but when he does as Elisha suggests, he is healed. A relatively small action changes everything for him. I actually followed through on my New Year’s resolution to exercise more this past year. I tried different types of exercise, trained with more strength than I thought that I could, and also developed a sports injury. For a time I worked with a physical therapist to heal my injury. It was amazing that she gave me just few small movements to do twice a day. When I did these exercises, I was able to get my body back into balance and get better. A relatively small set of actions changed everything for me. Mussar might best be described as “Jewish spiritual ethics” and is a set of spiritual practices designed to change the way that we perceive the world and how we act in it. The modern Mussar movement was developed by Rabbi Israel Salanter in the middle of the 19th century, but the practices are centuries older than that. As the Mussar Institute emphasizes: “Mussar’s purpose is to help people understand the ways of the soul and to guide them in overcoming the obstacles that keep them from coming into inner wholeness (shlemut), holiness (kedushah) and closeness to God.” The spiritual discipline of Mussar is not esoteric or difficult. In Mussar, the possible practices that we might use include reflecting and journaling briefly, reciting a phrase daily, and being conscious of how we interact with people in our daily lives. We work on ourselves one middah, soul-trait, at a time and among the middot that we work on are such traits as humility, patience, order, equanimity, honor, truth, moderation, responsibility and trust. Mussar is accessible to anyone, no matter their age or level of Jewish knowledge. A relatively small set of actions has the possibility of changing everything for us, of helping us to use strengths that we did not know that we had, to get our souls back into balance, and to develop spiritually. At the Temple Emanu-El Kurn Religious School, our kindergarten class is practicing Mussar this year, using a curriculum developed by the Mussar Institute. Starting in January, the Temple Emanu-El Adult Education Academy will be offering “Seeking Everyday Holiness,” a community Mussar program also developed by the Mussar Institute, so that adults can also experience the possibilities of growth that come from working through the spiritual practices that help us cultivate our inner mensch. Rabbi Batsheva Appel is the rabbi educator at Temple Emanu-El.


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Area Congregations CONSERVATIVE Congregation Anshei Israel 5550 E. Fifth St., Tucson, AZ 85711 • (520) 745-5550 Rabbi Robert Eisen, Cantorial Soloist Nichole Chorny • www.caiaz.org Daily minyan: Mon.-Thurs., 7:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m.; Fri., 7:30 a.m.; Sun. & legal holidays, 8 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. / Mincha: Fri., 5:45 p.m. / Shabbat services: Sat., 9 a.m., followed by Kiddush; Tot Shabbat, 1st Fri., 5:45 p.m.; Family Service, 3rd Friday, 5:45 p.m.; Holiday services may differ, call or visit website. / Torah study: every Shabbat one hour before Mincha (call or visit website for times) / Talmud on Tuesday, 6 p.m. / Weekday Torah study group, Wed., 11 a.m. beverages and dessert provided. Congregation Bet Shalom 3881 E. River Road, Tucson, AZ 85718 • (520) 577-1171 Hazzan Avraham Alpert • www.cbsaz.org Services: Fri., 5:30 p.m. (followed by monthly dinners — call for info); Sat., 9:30 a.m.-noon, Shabbat Experience includes free break-out sessions for children and adults, followed by Kiddush lunch and discussion led by Rabbi Dr. Howard Schwartz and Dr. David Graizbord 12:30-1:30 p.m. / Daily services: Mon.-Fri. 8:15 a.m.; Sundays and legal holidays, 9 a.m.; Hagim 9:30 a.m.

ORTHODOX Congregation Chofetz Chayim/Southwest Torah Institute 5150 E. Fifth St., Tucson, AZ 85711 • (520) 747-7780 Rabbi Israel Becker • www.tucsontorah.org Shabbat services: Fri., Kabbalat Shabbat 15 minutes before sunset; Sat. 9 a.m. followed by Kiddush. / Mincha: Fri., 1 p.m.; Sat., 25 minutes before sunset, followed by Shalosh Seudas, Maariv and Havdallah. Services: Sun., 8 a.m.; Mon. & Thurs., 6:50 a.m.; Tues., Wed., Fri., 7 a.m.; daily, 15 minutes before sunset. / Week­day Rosh Chodesh services: 6:45 a.m. Congregation Young Israel/CHABAD OF TUCSON 2443 E. Fourth St., Tucson, AZ 85719 • (520) 881-7956 Rabbi Yossie Shemtov, Rabbi Yudi Ceitlin • www.chabadoftucson.com Daily minyan: Sun. & legal holidays, 8:30 a.m.; Mon. & Thurs., 6:30 p.m.; Tues., Wed., Fri., 6:45 a.m. / Mincha & Maariv, 5:15 p.m. / Shabbat services: Fri. at candlelighting; Sat. 9:30 a.m. followed by Kiddush. Mincha, Maariv and Havdallah TBA. Chabad on river 3916 E. Ft. Lowell Road • (520) 615-9443 Rabbi Ram Bigelman • www.chabadonriver.com Shabbat services: Fri., Mincha at candlelighting time, followed by Maariv. / Sat., Shacharit service, 9:30 a.m. / Torah study: Women, Mon., 8 p.m. & Wed., 12:30 p.m.; men, Tues. & Thurs., 7 p.m. Chabad oRO VALLEY 1217 W. Faldo Drive, Oro Valley, AZ 85755 • (520) 477-8672 Rabbi Ephraim Zimmerman • www.jewishorovalley.com Shabbat services: 3rd Fri., 6 p.m., followed by dinner; Sat. 9:30 a.m., bimonthly, call for dates / Torah study: Sat., 9 a.m.

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

CONGREGATION KOL SIMCHAH (Renewal) 4625 E. River Road, Tucson, AZ 85718 Mailing Address: 2732 S. Gwain Place, Tucson, AZ 85713 • (520) 296-0818 Shabbat services: 1st and 3rd Fri., 7:15 p.m. Congregation m’kor hayim 3888 E. River Road, Tucson, AZ 85718 (Tucson Hebrew Academy) Mailing Address: P.O. Box 31806, Tucson, AZ 85751 • (520) 904-1881 Rabbi Helen Cohn • www.mkorhayim.org Shabbat services: 2nd and 4th Fri., 7 p.m. / Torah study, 2nd and 4th Sat., 9:30 a.m. Congregation Or Chadash 3939 N. Alvernon, Tucson, AZ 85718 • (520) 512-8500 Rabbi Thomas Louchheim, Cantor Janece Cohen www.orchadash-tucson.org Shabbat services: Fri., 6:30 p.m.; 1st Fri., Friday Night LIVE (Oct.-May); 2nd Friday, Tot Shabbat (Oct.-June), 6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. / Torah study: Sat., 8:30 a.m. THE INSTITUTE FOR JUDAIC SERVICES AND STUDIES Mailing Address: 36789 S. Golf Course Drive, Saddlebrooke, AZ 85739 (520) 825-8175 Rabbi Sanford Seltzer Shabbat services: Oct.-April, one Friday per month at 7 p.m. — call for details. Temple Emanu-El 225 N. Country Club Road, Tucson, AZ 85716 • (520) 327-4501 Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon, Rabbi Batsheva Appel • www.tetucson.org Shabbat services: Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. / Torah study: Sat., 8:30 a.m. except when there is a Rabbi’s Tish. Temple Kol Hamidbar 228 N. Canyon Drive, Sierra Vista • (520) 458-8637 http://kolhamidbar.tripod.com Mailing address: P.O. Box 908, Sierra Vista, AZ 85636 Shabbat services: Fri., 7:30 p.m.


Beth Shalom Temple Center 1751 N. Rio Mayo (P.O. Box 884), Green Valley, AZ 85622 (520) 648-6690 • www.bstc.us Shabbat services: 1st and 3rd Fri., 7­p.m. / Torah study: Sat., 10 a.m. CONGREGATION ETZ CHAIM (Modern Orthodox) 686 Harshaw Road, Patagonia, AZ 85624 • (520) 394-2520 www.etzchaimcongregation.org • Rabbi Gabriel Cousens Shabbat services: Fri., 18 minutes before sunset / Torah study: Sat., 9:30 a.m. HANDMAKER RESIDENT SYNAGOGUE 2221 N. Rosemont Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85712 • (520) 881-2323 www.handmaker.com Shabbat services: Fri., 4:30 p.m., led by Lindsey O’Shea, followed by Shabbat dinner; Sat., 9:30 a.m., led by Mel Cohen and Dan Asia, followed by light Kiddush lunch. SECULAR HUMANIST JEWISH CIRCLE www.secularhumanistjewishcircle.org Call Cathleen at 730-0401 for meeting or other information. UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA HILLEL FOUNDATION 1245 E. 2nd St. Tucson, AZ 85719 • 624-6561 • www.arizona.hillel.org Shabbat services: Reform, Conservative, Orthodox and alternative services two Fridays each month when school is in session. Dinner follows (guests, $8; RSVP by preceding Thurs.). Call for dates/times.

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IN FOCUS The Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona held a groundbreaking ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 4 for the Harvey and Deanna Evenchik Center for Jewish Philanthropy, the new building it will share with the Jewish Community Foundation. The site is on the northwest corner of the Tucson Jewish Community Center parking lot. The project was launched as the Federation is celebrating its 70th year. (L-R): Lindsey Baker, Paul Baker, Alice Baker, Harvey Kivel, Jane Kivel, Deanna Evenchik, Nicole Zuckerman-Morris, Ken Morris, Michael Artzi, Scott Tobin, Adina Artzi and Helaine Levy

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In honor of Giving Tuesday, Bank of America gave B’nai B’rith Covenant House a grant for $10,000 on Nov. 28. B’nai B’rith Covenant House is HUD housing facility for low-income seniors ages 62 and older; the grant will help with supplemental nutrition and other items to maintain the well-being of the 120 residents. L-R: Jean Kern, resident council secretary; Jan Rowand, resident council vice president; Teresa Wachala, service coordinator; Rene Verdugo, resident council present; Abbie Stone, board president; Marshall Herron, board secretary; Reda Anna, manager; and Matthew Apostolik, CFP, senior vice president for Merrill Lynch, a Bank of America corporation.

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JOHN WINCHESTER, outreach coordinator for the ARIZONA CENTER FOR JUDAIC STUDIES at the University of Arizona, was named one of the 40 Under 40 for 2016 by Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Arizona Daily Star. Winchester is the Arizona state director for Christians United for Israel, a board member of the Weintraub Israel Center and recently ran for Pima County Supervisor. He volunteers with his church in women and children’s centers and prison visitation and sings in his church’s Gatekeepers musical ensemble.

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Thank you to these community members who have already supported THE NEXT 70. We invite you to join them and be included in future recognition listings. Donate at www.jfsa.org or call 577.9393 LEAD GIFTS Deanna Evenchik-Brav & Harvey Evenchik* Diamond Family Sue & Saul* Tobin The Children of Shaol* and Evie* Pozez Mel & Enid Zuckerman Donald L. Baker* Endowment Fund Jane & Lee* Kivel Paul & Alice Baker BENEFACTORS Maizlish Family Ron & Kathy Margolis Herschel & Jill Rosenzweig Lex & Carol Sears Maltz Family Foundation Ron & Diane Weintraub Brina Grusin Family BUILDERS Gerald & Gail Birin Dick & Sherry Belkin Ed & Fern* Feder Ellis & Irene Friedman Danny Gasch & Janis Wolfe Gasch Eric Groskind & Liz Kanter Groskind Bobby Present & Deborah Oseran James Wezelman & Denise Grusin

CHAI Bruce & Jane Ash Audrey Brooks & Donna Moser Gary & Tandy Kippur Ken & Beverly Sandock Howard & Trudy Schwartz TZEDAKAH Anonymous Jeff & Dianne Grobstein Leonard & Marcelle Joffe Stephen Pozez CHESED Peter Evans Rob & Laurie Glaser Amy Hirshberg Lederman Stuart & Andy Shatken Gerry & Linda Tumarkin James Whitehill & Jane Rodda David & Kathryn Unger TIKKUN OLAM Marlyne Freedman Barry & Madeline Friedman Adam & Dana Goldstein Jeff & Fran Katz Fred & Sharon Klein Landau Family Stuart & Nancy Mellan Terry & Martha Perl Tracy Salkowitz & Rick Edwards Earl & Lee Surwit

CHAVERIM Jim & Ruth Barwick JR & Tamar Bergantino Amy Beyer Neil & Ilana Boss-Markowitz Keith Dveirin & Julie Feldman Esta Goldstein Carol Hollander Josh & Ashley Hurand Carole Levi David & Anne Lowe Todd & Jenni Rockoff Carol Sack Eric & Andrea Schindler Leonard & Sarah Schultz Ed & Robyn Schwager Kenny & Sandra Wortzel John & Kitty Wu CONTRIBUTORS Stephen & Ruth Dickstein Richard & Wendy Feldman Kate Sassoon Monique Steinberg Includes commitments received as of 12/12/16. Please contact the Federation to correct any omissions or errors. *Of blessed memory

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