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Long-awaited Israel trip full of wonder for THA eighth-graders KORENE CHARNOFSKY COHEN Special to the AJP
eeing, hearing, smelling, actually being in Israel is magical for Tucson teens who spent years studying about the Jewish state at Tucson Hebrew Academy. It is a powerful experience for eighth-grade graduates to travel with classmates and teachers, building lifetime friendships and memories. Twentyone students made the trip this year, which took place May 14-25. THA has been providing this experience for 15 years. “I flipped out to be in Israel,” says Breanna Yalen, a THA graduate. “I’ve been waiting since first grade to go on this trip, and it was nothing compared to what I had thought before.” “The students learn about Israel, and Jewish history, culture and values,” says Jon Ben-Asher, THA head of school, who was one of the chaperones for the trip. “But in Israel everything is tangible — it is in the air, under your feet, in the language, and every experience we have makes Israel real and gives the students a feeling of the oneness of being Jewish.” Visiting Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center created some of the most meaningful moments for Yalen. “This was a sad experience for me, and some of the exhibits really spoke to me,” she says. Several of the other students had family members who were victims of the Holocaust, which made the experience more immediate. Some of the information presented surprised her. She had not known that often children were killed first in the camps. “I was especially moved by the memorials to the children,” she recalls. “I related because I am still a child.” Six candles illuminate one room at the Yad Vashem. “The sparks of just six candles are reflected in the room’s mirrors and windows, serving as reminders of the six million who died,” Yalen explains. While at Yad Vashem, the students also opened letters written to them by their parents. “It was a very emotional moment, and many of the kids were crying,” says Ben-Asher. He said their guide interpreted all the exhibits in a very profound way. Visiting the Western Wall also affected Yalen, who said it enabled her to feel more
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(L-R) Eliana Siegel, Ellah Ben-Asher, Elana Goldberg, Sigal Devorah (Tucson Hebrew Academy teacher), Breanna Yalen, Lily Isaac, Shira Dubin, Eliana Tolby, Dani Lee, Ava Leipsic and April Glesinger (THA parent) at the Western Wall.
connected to G-d and to her Jewish ancestors. Being there on a Friday night, she says, seeing so many people there praying and dancing and singing, children playing and the notes that people left in Wall, allowed her to feel the spirit of Shabbat in ways she had not expected. “It was an amazing feeling to be around so many other Jews and being there with my friends and teachers made it more meaningful,” she says. “The Western Wall was the most powerful experience by far,” says Aiden Glesinger, who attended THA for seven years. “It was magical and I loved it so much that I made a speech to the other boys about wanting to continue to be Jewish.” He says his fellow THA students agreed that they felt the same way. Sigal Devorah, who teaches Hebrew and Judaic studies in first grade at THA, was born and raised in Israel. This was her third time as a chaperone for the eighth grade trip. “It is the best reward seeing how amazingly they connect to what we have been instilling in them for so many years,” she says. “Going straight from the airport to the Independence Hall in Tel Aviv, standing inside with a very tired group of kids that for 14 years longed to be in Israel, and singing HaTikva right there,
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where Israel was declared a state, is one of my moving moments on the trip.” “Taking a trip with your classmates is like traveling to a new place with your family,” says Devorah. “You feel comfortable sharing your feelings, crying at the first sight of the Kotel, and pushing each other up Masada at 4:30 in the morning. You care for each other and you share this lifetime Jewish experience with your friends and you suddenly connect and feel as an integral link in this long, Jewish nation’s chain.” “I have been an educator for 25 years and I have never seen this level of learning that happens on these trips, “ says Ben-Asher. “But even though our trip to Israel is like a walking THA classroom, there are also elements of it being a party.” Fun activities, he says, included swimming in the Dead Sea, shopping, riding donkeys and camels and meeting the students they have gotten to know through the Weintraub Israel Center’s Partnership2Gether school twinning program. Using Skype and WhatsApp, THA eighth-graders spent the year working and making connections with pupils from the Shikma Regional Junior High and High School in Hof Ashkelon. The first minute when the Tucson kids and See Trip, page 2
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the Israeli kids meet can be awkward, Devorah says. But the shyness doesn’t last. “After they meet with each other face to face for the first time, and spend a fun-filled evening of games, music and planting trees, preparing dinner together by the bonfire, sleeping at their houses, playing on the beach, and taking a trip together to Bet Guvrin, both groups leave with an uplifting feeling that they have made friends for life,” she says. Bet Guvrin is a national park, known as “the land of a thousand caves,” where students can work on an archaeological dig. Riding donkeys, rafting on the Jordan
River and shopping were among the fun times, says Yalen. “The donkey ride brought out the Western in me,” she says. “I even bought a tee-shirt that says ‘Do it on a Donkey.’” Glesinger also enjoyed the rafting. Glesinger says the rafting was a competition; he and Yalen were on a raft with three other girls. “During the rafting we got tipped over, we fought for first place, and even though we started out last, we ended up first,” he says. It gave them a sense of freedom to be on the river and was a great workout, says Yalen, who had never been rafting before. Shopping yielded gifts for family and friends back home. In Tzfat, Yalen bought her brother a tallit for his bar mitzvah, which will take place next Oc-
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Students from Tucson Hebrew Academy and Shikma Regional Junior High and High School in Hof Ashkelon participate in an ice-breaking exercise.
Clockwise from top left: Eliana Tolby, Lily Isaac, Dani Lee and Eli Graizbord-Michelson work on a dig in a cave at Bet Guvrin National Park.
tober. She was fascinated with different cultures and the beautiful clothing, especially among the Bedouin. “Everything seemed so alive in Israel,” she says. Even the ice cream, she declares, is the best in the world. “The whole trip was exciting and fun and we never stopped from morning to night,” says Glesinger. “I loved it, especially going with my friends from class and my teachers. It made our friendships stronger.” Both Glesinger and Yalen say they plan to go back to Israel. “I have to go back,” says Yalen. “Israel is a place where I feel I belong — it sparked a sense of Judaism in me that I don’t think I had before the trip.” The trip to Israel is accomplished with a lot of hard work by students and
parents who hold fundraisers for the trip. They sell food and drink at events such as the THA STEM Festival, the Tucson International Jewish Film Festival and an event at the Gaslight Theater. “I want to express my gratitude to the students, parents, individual donors, the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, the Weintraub Israel Center and the Tucson businesses that all help support this trip,” says Ben-Asher. “As head of school I see how powerful the THA education is and in Israel I see them really get it,” he says. “Their souls catch on fire and burn bright in Israel, and I know they’re going to stay connected and continue to be Jewish.” Korene Charnofsky Cohen is a freelance writer and editor in Tucson.
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it were your own.” Roberts explains that the preschool director treats everyone as if they were precious. “You feel better about yourself when you talk with Lynne, which is so important when dealing with children and their parents,” she says. Whether calming a new preschooler or an anxious parent, she notes, Falkow-Strauss holds everyone’s dignity as paramount. The congregation’s building is 47 years old and the school/office entrance has been the most heavily used. Although the synagogue sanctuary has a separate doorway, 90 percent of people coming to CAI use this entrance to the building. Phil Pepper, head of the project committee, explains that the foyer has been known as the “fishbowl” because of the double glass doors on both ends of the
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space. Instead of being merely a passthrough, the new foyer will feature a separate door to the Women’s League Judaica Gift Shop, and will have seating where people can work on their computers or simply relax. Pepper added that the courtyard will feature a hummingbird garden and a walkway consisting of bricks and pavers purchased by congregants and preschool and kindergarten families, past and present. These amenities will enhance the entrance, which serves as a gathering place not only for parents and children, but also visitors to the office and library. “Now this important area will be more welcoming, intentional and purposeful,” says Pepper. The enhancement of the physical space reflects and reinforces the many innovative educational programs that Falkow-Strauss has developed over the years. With a degree in child and family development from the University of Arizona, she has strived to develop the school’s offerings as the needs of the
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community have grown and changed. Creative movement, Spanish, art and science are all part of the curriculum, as well as programs such as “Dad and Me” and “Mom and Me” breakfasts, Tot Shabbats and Jewish holiday celebrations. Parents are often invited to see the children perform songs and to help prepare meals. The stability of the staff — some of whom have taught at the school for 20 to 30 years — adds to the sense of community. The school has received two Solomon Schecter Awards for Excellence from the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, and three teachers have been recognized for excellence by the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona. Many of the teachers have a close connection with Falkow-Strauss and her family. Her father, Maurice Falkow, was the cantor at CAI for 40-plus years, and there is a social room named after him at CAI. Ronnie Miller, the kindergarten class teacher, knew Falkow-Strauss’ “Un-
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cle Manny” as Rabbi Emanuel Rackman in Far Rockaway, N.Y. Rabbi Ruven Barkan, education and youth director, was in a play group as a child with FalkowStrauss’ daughter. Falkow-Strauss encourages staff to bring their passions and gifts to the classroom. Says Rabbi Barkan, “She has a haimish (homey) style of running things; it’s like a family.” “I am honored by this tribute, and the appreciation shown by friends, families and staff,” says Falkow-Strauss. “But more importantly, I am pleased that the new courtyard will not only be beautiful, but that it will encourage people to linger, extending the warmth of CAI.” A groundbreaking for the project was held on Tuesday, June 6. The Lynne Falkow-Strauss Foyer and Courtyard will be dedicated at a ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in conjunction with CAI’s annual “Welcome Back” party. 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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NATIONAL / LOCAL Jewish agency for refugees has new mission in Trump era biggest partner is the United States government, and that’s going to be changing over time to our biggest partner being the American Jewish community.” NEW YORK The activism is a change of pace for a group accusn Jan. 27, President Donald Trump made Mark tomed to navigating bureaucracy and staying apolitical. Founded in the 1880s, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Hetfield’s job impossible. Hetfield is the president and CEO of HIAS, Society was a shelter and resource for newly arrived an organization that resettles refugees in the United Jewish immigrants. During and after World War I and States. A week into his presidency, Trump issued an ex- the Holocaust, it worked to resettle waves of Jewish refugees. And it took a leadecutive order barring refing role in the movement ugees from entering the to free and resettle Soviet country, leaving Hetfield’s Jewry. group bereft. Its supportAs the waves of Jewish ers joined the protests immigration slowed to a that weekend at airports trickle in the 2000s, HIAS across the country. began resettling non-JewBut with HIAS unable ish refugees. Now it is one to pursue its core mission, of nine agencies tasked Hetfield wasn’t sure what with resettling refugees in the next step might be. the United States. “All we can do is conTrump’s vociferous tinue to make noise,” he opposition to admitting told JTA that Sunday. Syrian refugees has thrust Nearly five months the group into a paradox: later, that noise has only Its officials portray themgotten louder. More than selves as reluctant activa century old, HIAS has ists who would prefer Rabbi Stephanie Aaron speaks June 6 at the Jewish History Museum. seen its activist profile to remain outside of the rise higher this year than PHYLLIS BRAUN partisan fray — workperhaps at any point in its AJP Executive Editor ing with the government, history. It’s brought thounot against it. But for all sands of people to demucson joined 20 communities across the intents and purposes, onstrate in the streets and country on June 6 for a vigil honoring HIAS has joined the front organized hundreds of the struggles of refugees past and present. lines of what anti-Trump synagogues to lobby ConTh e date commemorates the anniversary of the protesters call “the Resisgress. And it’s about to day in 1939 the M.S. St. Louis began its voyage tance.” stand before the Supreme back to Europe with more than 900 mostly Jew“That’s the most trouCourt as a plaintiff in a ish refugees aboard, many of whom eventually bling thing — refugees suit challenging the secfell victim to the Nazi “Final Solution.” were really a bipartisan isond version of Trump’s June 6, 1939 is “a date that is infamous both sue,” Hetfield said. “Some ban, which two judges in Holocaust history and in the history of U.S. people say HIAS is a libblocked in March. immigration policy,” said Bryan Davis, executive eral agency or progressive And it’s still resettling director of the Jewish History Museum, which Jewish agency. We’re rerefugees. hosted the event. HIAS, the oldest refugee resetally not. Our whole focus “The problem we have tlement organization in the world, coordinated has been refugees, and now is [American Jewish the vigils. “HIAS was founded as an organization refugees are not a partivolunteers] want to do See Vigils, page 7 san issue. It really became much more in terms of politicized over the past servicing refugees, welcoming refugees than we can give them, because the couple of years.” The group’s anti-Trump activity has had the most refugees are simply not arriving in the numbers they should be,” Hetfield said last week. “It’s really impor- impact in court. HIAS is one of nine plaintiffs in the See Refugee, page 8 tant that American Jews have our back because our
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COMMENTARY Fewer marriages and fewer children means fewer Jews doing Jewish STEVEN M. COHEN and SYLVIA BARACK FISHMAN same is almost as true of non-marriage.
Take, for example, synagogue membership among non-haredi Jews aged 2554: It reaches a healthy 65 percent among the in-married, but only a paltry 22 percent among the non-married and an even tinier number, 13 percent, among the intermarried. While almost all inmarried Jews attend Passover seders (93 percent), that’s true of just over half the intermarried or non-married (53 percent and 59 percent, respectively). And not only do the in-married act more Jewish, they feel more Jewish. Nearly two-thirds (63 percent) say that being Jewish is very
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n Jan. 16, 1949, Toby Fassman married Max Cohen (Steven M. Cohen’s parents, now both of blessed memory). At 24, Toby was among the last of her circle of friends in Brooklyn to marry, and several jokingly remarked that Max had rescued her from lifelong singlehood. Today, if a 24-year-old Jewish woman were heading for the chuppah, most would presume that she’s either Orthodox or reckless. Indeed, of 25- to 54-year-old American Jews who are not haredi, fully half are unmarried. While marriage rates peak around age 40 at 71 percent, they drop again to just 57 percent among those 10 years older. Of those 45-54, 13 percent have never been married and another 21 percent are divorced or separated. These patterns of marriage — and non-marriage — are just a few of the startling findings we reveal in a new report published by the Jewish People Policy Institute in which we analyze data from the Pew Research Center’s Portrait of Jewish Americans survey. Of course, the rise of singlehood, late marriage and non-marriage is not at all unique to American Jews, but is endemic to American society in recent years. As the Pew Research Center reports, “The share of Americans who are married is at its lowest point since at least 1920.” But for Jews and Jewish life, the postponement of marriage or lifelong singlehood hold disturbing consequences for Jewish community. While intermarriage has long been understood as inhibiting Jewish engagement and connection, the
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important to them, as compared with just 40 percent of the singles and 25 percent among the intermarried. All over the Jewish world outside of Orthodoxy, we see shrinking numbers and older participants and fewer young Jews involved in organized or institutional activities. That’s true of Reform temples, Conservative shuls, membership organizations and federation campaigns. And all the wonderful alternative innovations — independent minyans, Chabad
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Houses, Base Hillels, Moishe Houses, social justice initiatives, Israel advocacy left and right — are simply not anywhere near compensating for the losses in legacy institutions. To understand why non-Orthodox Jewish activity at home and community is in such decline, we need only look at diminished numbers of young adult and middle-aged Jews who live with a spouse, and specifically a Jewish husband or wife. Child-rearing strongly shapes stronger connections with things Jewish, even beyond marrying someone Jewish (by birth or conversion), in dramatic con-
trast with being single or married to a non-Jew. Those raising a child in the Jewish religion vastly surpass childless adults in Jewish engagement, and the childless in turn surpass those raising non-Jewish children. Take, for example, synagogue membership: 65 percent among those raising Jewish-by-religion children, 25 percent for those with no children at home, and 0 percent for those raising non-Jewish children. We see the same pattern for seder attendance: 96 percent, 56 percent, 28 percent. And so it goes for one indicator of Jewish engagement after another. In displaying a close connection between family status and religious involvement, Jews are not at all unique or even distinctive. Religious engagement has long been linked to life cycle. Americans — including Jews — increasingly join religious institutions and practice home-based rituals shortly after they have children. Sylvia Barack Fishman’s research, published in her book “Double or Nothing: Jewish Families and Mixed Marrige” (Brandeis, 2004), found that intermarried Jews and spouses are often surprised at the strength of their feelings about religious identification after — but not before — their children are born. The baby boom of the postwar years occasioned a building boom of churches and synagogues. For Jews (and others), what is new is the extended years of singlehood and religious detachment, posing
unprecedented challenges to Jewish families, communities and institutions. So, recognizing that children — specifically Jewish children — are so vital to Jewish engagement, we can ask: How many Jews in the parenting years (25-54) outside of the haredi world are raising Jewish children? The startling answer is less than a third, and even less (21 percent) if we’re talking only about children whose religion is Jewish. Fully 60 percent of this 30-year cohort has no children at home and 8 percent are raising non-Jewish children. What will it take for Jewish engagement at home, in the community, in institutions and elsewhere to thrive? Probably the most critical answer: Jews will need to start marrying, marry younger, marry Jewish spouses and raise Jewish children. Over the past few decades, among those Jews outside of Orthodoxy, the relevant trend lines have moved in the opposite directions: less marriage, later marriage, intermarriage and fewer Jewish children — probably about 1.4 for non-Orthodox Jews, far below the 2.1 needed for population replacement. There are strategies that reverse these negative trend lines. It turns out that Jews who are more connected to other Jews through their adolescent and young adult years are more likely to marry, to marry younger, to marry Jews and to have Jewish children. Camps, youth groups, Israel travel, campus activities and young adult communities all build Jewish social networks — more Jews in relationships with more Jews. These interventions of course contribute to Jewish cultural capacity and religio-ethnic commitment. But as important, if not more important these days, is that they build friendships that lead to marriage or romantic connections. Only by increasing the opportunities for Jews to marry, and to marry Jews, will we be able to significantly bend the trend lines. Creating more Jewish marriages and filling more Jewish baby carriages inevitably leads to seeing more Jews in the pews, as well as other places where Jewish engagement gets acted out. We may not be able to move the average age at marriage below 24. But perhaps by providing opportunities we can increase the sheer number who marry and who marry at a younger age, when they stand a better chance of becoming engaged Jewish parents.
Steven M. Cohen is research professor at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and director of the Berman Jewish Policy Archive @ Stanford University. Sylvia Barack Fishman is the Joseph and Esther Foster Professor of contemporary Jewish life in the department of Near Eastern and Judaic studies at Brandeis University, and also co-director of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute.
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At the Jewish History Museum June 6, Ron Schneider speaks about his mother’s experiences aboard the M.S. St. Louis.
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to support Jewish refugees. Now it is a Jewish organization that advocates for all refugees,” Davis explained. Despite 100-degree heat, more than 75 Tucsonans sat or stood in the sculpture garden of the Holocaust History Center, listening raptly to remarks from Davis, Rabbis Stephanie Aaron of Congregation Chaverim and Thomas Louchheim of Congregation Or Chadash, and Steve Kozachik, Tucson City Council Member from Ward 6. Participants also heard the recorded testimony of two women who were survivors of the St. Louis and later lived in Tucson, Inge Schneider and Gerda Wilchfort Marcus, whose sons Ron Schneider and Peter Marcus attended the event. Holding a lit yahrzeit candle aloft, Aaron said that other candles had been left unlit as a testament to the work still to be done to provide safe havens for the millions of displaced people around the world. Today, Davis had pointed out, there are more than 65 million displaced people worldwide, a number that for the first time exceeds the scale of displaced persons and refugees following World War II. The speakers also included Kha-
lid Al Jashame, an Iraqi refugee who had worked as a translator for the U.S. Army in Iraq. Al Jashame explained that even with that record of service, which meant that he and his family might be murdered by the Iraqi forces, it took six years of vetting before they were allowed to immigrate to the United States. Louchheim spoke of outcries from U.S. citizens in the late 19th and 20th centuries against refugees from many lands and noted that “today, Jordan and Lebanon host more Syrian refugees per capita than any European country … while we, the greatest country on earth, take less than 1 percent of any refugees” worldwide. However, instead of isolating refugees as in Europe, the refugees we do accept are welcomed and embraced — a policy, he says, “jihadists hate … because it disproves the claims about Americans they use to sow hatred and violence. Acting according to the best angels of our nature, we produce our greatest long-term strength and security.” The evening ended with participants singing “Pitchu Li,” a verse from Psalm 118, led by Cantor Janece Cohen of Or Chadash. The verse translates as “Open the gates of righteousness for me, that I may enter them and give praise. This is the gateway to the Divine that the righteous will enter through.”
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federal lawsuit against Trump’s second travel ban, which the Supreme Court is set to rule on this month. The suit claims the focus on Muslim countries violates the Constitution’s prohibition on preferring one religion over another, and asks for an injunction against the ban because it would cause HIAS to lose revenue and possibly cut staff. (To move forward with the lawsuits, plaintiffs have to prove harm, or “standing.”) A Maryland District Court judge, Theodore Chuang, granted the injunction, and it was upheld by an appeals court. The Supreme Court will probably rule on the injunction by June 26. But Chuang’s federal court still must rule on the legality of the ban itself, so the legal road for HIAS remains long. “Usually litigation takes years,” said Melanie Nezer, the senior vice president of public affairs for HIAS. “This has all happened so fast. I don’t think anyone predicted the outcome of this, but we felt pretty strongly that we had good, solid arguments against the Muslim and refugee ban. “It’s not over yet. We’re really still at the preliminary stages of litigation.” While it fights the administration in court, HIAS has capitalized on Trump’s opposition to refugees to mobilize a growing base of Jewish-American supporters. HIAS began building that base in 2014, when its leaders realized that most American Jews were unaware of its work since the Soviet Jewry movement faded 25 years ago following the breakup of the Soviet Union. The group began a Welcome Campaign for synagogues that wanted to assist refugees — from a few that have headed hands-on resettlement efforts to others that have committed to advocacy and education about refugee issues. HIAS also began organizing activists to help lobby for its goals. As many social justice causes have experienced, the Trump presidency has turbocharged the work. Before the election, the Welcome Campaign included just over 200 synagogues. Eight months later the number is up to 360. On a national Day of Action two weeks after the initial refugee ban, HIAS mobilized protests in 20 cities, including 1,000 people opposite the Statue of Liberty in New York City and 600 in Washington, D.C. An organizing meeting for young professionals in Washington on Feb. 6 was expected to draw 30 people; 500 showed up. HIAS is now organizing them to advocate for its issues and to volunteer with refugees. And Hetfield said the group has seen a “significant rise” recently in private donations. In 2015, the group’s operating expenses totaled $41 million. This year its budget is $55 million. Over the weekend following Trump’s initial refugee ban, HIAS raised more than $100,000 and garnered 1,800 new donors. In 2016, the group exceeded its fundraising goal by 25 percent. “The silver lining of Trump coming into the presidency has been the uptick in a sense of urgency and an uptick in activism,” said Rabbi Jennie Rosenn, vice president of community engagement for HIAS. “There are rabbis and other community leaders who were more reluctant before to take stands or say things that were quote-unquote political, who after the election have been less cautious.” HIAS is championing an issue of particular consensus in the usually fractious American Jewish commu-
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nity. The Jewish organizational world, with the Zionist Organization of America among the few exceptions, opposed the refugee ban nearly unanimously. (ZOA included HIAS in what it called an “unholy consortium of Jewish and anti-Israel groups” ignoring the potential of ISIS sympathizers among Syrian refugees.) But Rosenn said HIAS has still encountered opposition to refugees, especially in communities she called “inward looking,” based on concerns about security threats from radical Islam. The group has attempted to assuage those concerns by describing the vetting and resettlement process for refugees and drawing a parallel between today’s refugee crisis and the plight of European Jewry in the 1930s. “As we explain the very rigorous vetting processes that are already in place, that goes a long way in reassuring people,” Rosenn said, as does “reminding people that throughout history, Americans have been fearful of refugees, and reminding folks that people didn’t want to welcome Jews.” The group’s public profile is a shift from its strategy during previous refugee crises, said American Jewish historian Hasia Diner. As Jews in the 1930s faced rising anti-Semitic persecution in Europe and restrictive immigration laws in the United States, HIAS lobbied federal and local governments and published pro-refugee pieces in the media. The efforts secured some refugees a place in the country, but were of little avail to many others who could not get visas from an unsympathetic government. Back then, said Diner, the Jewish community was largely made up of working-class immigrants. And decades before the civil rights movement, public protest was not in vogue. Now, she said, following the massive Women’s March in January and a range of other public actions, HIAS would be remiss not to take to the streets. “It’s a different America we’re talking about,” said Diner, a professor at New York University. “I’d be shocked if they weren’t engaging in that kind of protest because that’s become a civic norm.” HIAS officials hope the era of opposition won’t last long and at some point the group can again focus on finding refugees food and shelter. Whenever that happens, HIAS hopes the Jews that have come out to protest will still be behind it. “This is not something that’s going away,” Nezer said. “The refugee crisis is not going away. Millions of people who hadn’t thought about it before are now aware of it and want to help. I can’t imagine that will stop.”
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Israel cut the electricity it supplies to the Gaza Strip for the third day, honoring a request by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. The cuts were made Wednesday, amounting to a 30 percent cut over the past three days. Gaza residents are getting two to three hours of electricity per every 24 hours, the Palestinian Maan news agency reported Wednesday. Israel’s security cabinet decided last week to agree to the Abbas request. Also Wednesday, the Egyptian government began trucking in industrial-use diesel fuel via the Rafah border crossing to run Gaza’s one power plant, which had been idle after electricity officials said they could not afford a P.A.-imposed tax on diesel that doubled the price of operating the plant, according to Maan. Abbas said he would reduce the amount of money the P.A. pays Israel to supply the electricity by 40 percent, with a concurrent reduction in the amount of electricity delivered. He reportedly made the decision in order to put pressure on Hamas in Gaza.
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Friday / June 23 8-10 AM: Tucson J virtual Ride for the Living, in the J’s indoor cycling studio, to raise funds for the JCC in Krakow, Poland. Ride for the Living is an annual 4-day cycling event, from Auschwitz to JCC Krakow. $18 suggested donation. Register at tucsonjcc.org. 5 PM: Temple Emanu-El Chardonnay Shabbat pre-Oneg, with wine, cheese, fruit and crackers, followed by volunteer appreciation Shabbat service at 5:45 p.m. 327-4501
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Tuesday / June 27 7:30-11 AM: Jewish Community Foundation "Hot Topics for Tax and Legal Professionals," four-seminar summer series at the Sheraton Tucson, 5151 E. Grant Road. Seminars start at 8 a.m., following registration and breakfast. June 27, "Arizona Ethics with an Emphasis on Tax Practice Issues"; July 7, "It's all About Taxes"; Aug. 1, "Complexities in Estate Planning – Intersection of Tax and Trust Law"; Aug. 9, "Asset Protection: Common Strategies and Myths." Price ranges from $85-$360, plus $15 per session if you require printed materials for sessions 2-4. Register at jcftucson.org.
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come. 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., except for July 4. RSVP to email@example.com or 505-4161. Jewish Federation-Northwest mah jongg, Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m., except for July 4, Aug. 8, Sept. 12, Oct. 24 and Nov. 14, and Wednesdays, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., except for Sept. 6. 505-4161. Cong. Anshei Israel Talmud on Tuesday with Rabbi Robert Eisen, Tuesdays, 6 p.m. 7455550. Tucson J Israeli folk dance classes. Tuesdays. Beginners, 7:30 p.m.; intermediate, 8:15 p.m.; advanced, 9 p.m. Taught by Lisa Goldberg. Members, $5; nonmembers, $6. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Cong. Anshei Israel gentle chair yoga with
Thursday / June 29 7 PM: Weintraub Israel Center presents Tzofim Friendship Caravan - Israel Scouts performance at the Tucson J. RSVP to israelcenter@ jfsa.org. 7-8:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El High Holy Days writing project: "Make Your Words Speak," with Carol Blatter. Create personal writings reflective of High Holy Days themes and prayer. Continues July 6, 13 and 20. $20. RVSP to Blatter at 577-0252.
Friday / June 30 5:30: Cong. Bet Shalom Kabbalat Shabbat musical service and dinner in conjunction with TorahofAwakening.com. "Snack and yak" is followed by service, with dinner at 6 p.m. Members, $15; nonmembers, $18 with registration before June 26 at 577-1171 or cbsaz.org; add $5 for late registration. Ages 18 and under, free.
Friday / July 7 5 PM: Temple Emanu-El Tot Kabbalat Red, White and Blue Shabbat dinner, service and
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 email@example.com. Chabad of Sierra Vista women’s class with Rabbi Benzion Shemtov, last Wednesdays, noon-2 p.m., 401 Suffolk Drive. 820-6256 or jewishsierravista.com. Chabad Tucson lunch and learn with Rabbi Yehuda Ceitlin, Wednesdays, 12:15 p.m. at Eli’s Deli. info@ChabadTucson.com. Jewish mothers/grandmothers special needs support group for those with children/ grandchildren, young or adult, with special needs, third Wednesdays at 7-8:30 p.m. at Tucson J. Contact Joyce Stuehringer at 299-5920. Tucson J canasta group. Players wanted. Thursdays, noon. Instruction available and a beginners’ table every week. Call Debbie Wiener at 440-5515. “Biblical Breakthroughs with Rabbi Becker” at the Southwest Torah Institute. Fridays, noon, for men and women. 747-7780 or yzbecker@ me.com. Tucson J art show, "The Persuasion of Art Work by Contemporary Artists of Southern Arizona," through July 11. 299-3000.
craft. Adults, $10; ages 13 and under, free. RSVP at 327-4501. 5:45 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Shabbat service followed by traditional community Shabbat dinner at 7 p.m., with roast chicken, vegetables, potatoes, salad and dessert. Vegetarian option available upon request. Member adults (ages 13+), $18; children, $10. Nonmember adults, $22; children, $14. Additional $5 per person for reservations after June 30. RSVP at caiaz.org or 745-5550.
UPCOMING Sunday / July 9
7 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel summer film series presents "The Producers." Includes popcorn and lemonade. Casual discussion follows. Continues Sundays through August 6: July 16, "The Ten Commandments"; July 23, "Life Is Beautiful"; July 30, "An American Tail"; Aug. 6, "Goodbye, Columbus." Call Tamara at 745-5550, ext. 225, or visit caiaz.org.
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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.
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) 661-9350 Rabbi Ram Bigelman • www.chabadonriver.com Shabbat services: Fri., Mincha at candlelighting time, followed by Maariv. / Sat., Shacharit service, 9:30 a.m. / Torah study: women, Tues., 10 a.m.; men, 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., 5 p.m., Oct.-Feb., 6 p.m. March-Sept., all followed by dinner / Sat. Torah study followed by services, 10 a.m. Shabbat morning minyan, 1st Sat., 10 a.m., followed by Kiddush.
ChaBad sierra vista 401 Suffolk Drive, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635 • (520) 820-6256 Rabbi Benzion Shemtov • www.jewishsierravista.com Shabbat services: Sat., 10:30 a.m., bimonthly, followed by class explaining prayers. Visit website or call for dates.
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.
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(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., 5:45 p.m., with 5 p.m. pre-oneg, through August; Sat., 10 a.m. / Torah study: Sat., 8:30 a.m. except when there is a Rabbi’s Tish.
OBITUARY Roslyn Cooper-Pilkington Roslyn Silverberg CooperPilkington, 90, died June 6, 2017. Mrs. Cooper-Pilkington was born in the Bronx, N.Y. Her family moved to Los Angeles in 1941 and then in 1943 settled in Tucson, where her father, Sol Silverberg, founded S. Silverberg and Sons Jewelers. She studied music at the University of Arizona and was known as a celebrated mezzo-soprano opera singer. She sang in multiple languages to international audiences through appearances on network radio and TV. She was the first to play the role of “Carmen” for the Tucson Opera Company (now Arizona Opera). She was also lauded for her performances of “The Desert Song” and “Song of Norway,” and for her cultural contributions to the revival of Yiddish theatre in Tucson during the 1960s. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Pilkington; and brothers, Herbert and Bernard Silverberg. Survivors include her daughters, Sylvia (Gene) Drew and Marilyn Goodrich, both of Tucson; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Graveside services were held at East Lawn Palms Cemetery, with Rabbi Robert Eisen of Congregation Anshei Israel officiating.
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Beth shalom temple Center
1751 N. Rio Mayo (P.O. Box 884), Green Valley, AZ 85622 (520) 648-6690 • www.bstc.us Shabbat services: 1st and 3rd Fri., 7 p.m. / Torah study: Sat., 10 a.m.
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.
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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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People in the news The JEWISH HISTORY MUSEUM/HOLOCAUST HISTORY CENTER presented the Dr. Barry A. Friedman Volunteer of the Year Award to DAVYA M. COHEN at its annual meeting on May 4. Cohen, a volunteer docent at the museum, taught middle school shop for 35 years in Southfield, Mich., before moving to Tucson in 2005. She worked as a psychotherapist specializing in art therapy here before retiring in 2013. She serves as corresponding secretary for the Brandeis National Committee, Tucson chapter and volunteers for Chemo Angels. She is past president of Arizona Art Therapy Association, past vice president of P.A.W.S., past president of the Michigan chapter of the Colored Pencil Society of America and past president of Women’ Professional Network, a division of Jewish Women International. Former Tucsonan JULIE ZORN was awarded her master of Jewish education degree from Hebrew College in Newton Centre, Mass., on June 4. She received the Friedman Scholarship award for academic achievement. Tucsonan LORI RIEGEL, a Ph.D. candidate in Jewish education, addressed the attendees at the commencement ceremony. Riegel received a certificate of educational leadership.
CARING SENIOR SERVICE, which provides services to the elderly and disabled, has opened a Tucson location, owned and operated by CINDY and LEE SHELLER. Cindy Shelller has more than 23 years of experience in the healthcare industry, with the last 14 years in home health care, including six years as Tucson director of Bayada Home Health Care. Her volunteer activities include the Pima Council on Aging, the Tucson Jewish Community Center’s security council, and serving as a committee member/auctioneer for Handmaker Foundation’s 2014 Top Hat Gala. For more information, call 428-0143 or visit the office at 6842 E. Tanque Verde Road, Suite D.
RACHEL MEYER, a University of Arizona junior, will return to the World Maccabiah Games in Israel next month to defend the gold medal she won in Taekwondo at the 2013 games as a 16-year-old high school student. Following the 2013 games, where she competed as a senior, she completed her junior career on the U.S. Junior National Team. As a senior, she has won bronze medals at the U.S. National Championships and the U.S. Collegiate National Championships. Her father, SCOTT MEYER, will coach the Maccabi USA Taekwondo team at the upcoming games. He has studied under U.S Olympic Team coaches, U.S. Olympians and Mexican Olympians for over 10 years. In 2016, he coached a team of athletes from the West Coast at the Korea Open International Taekwondo Championships in Gyeonju, Korea. SHARON MEGDAL will co-chair the 2017 International Conference: Cutting Edge Solutions to Wicked Water Problems, cohosted by the American Water Resources Association and the Water Research Center of Tel Aviv University in Tel Aviv Sept. 10-11. Megdal is the director of the Water Resources Research Center at the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
LIVE THEATRE WORKSHOP is accepting submissions of original, 60-minute long works of theatre, multimedia, performance art and variety for its Etcetera Series. Etcetera shows typically run one or two nights and occupy the late-night slot in the Live Theatre Workshop lineup. Submit scripts or project proposals by June 30 to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, call 327-0160.
In focus Rabbi Shemtov’s 60th birthday surprise
Photo courtesy Nanci Levy
On Monday, May 15, close to 60 men participated in Shacharit morning prayers at Congregation Young Israel as a surprise for Rabbi Yossie Shemtov in honor of his 60th birthday. Shemtov is executive director of Chabad Tucson and senior rabbi of Young Israel of Tucson.
Maya Levy and Nathan Rix at the NFTY regional spring kallah (convention) held in Mesa, Ariz., April 7-9.
Photo: Ivan Rocha Gonzalez
Tucsonans elected to NFTY regional board
Some of the nearly 60 men who donned tefillin at Congregation Young Israel on May 15 In honor of Rabbi Yossie Shemtov’s birthday.
Maya Levy and Nathan Rix were elected to the NFTY Southwest regional board for the 2017-18 year. NFTY is a youth group that works in cooperation with Union for Reform Judaism affiliated congregations. NFTY’s Southwest region encompasses Arizona; New Mexico; Southern Nevada; El Paso, Texas; and Utah.
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