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Activist rabbi to speak at JFSA women's Connections brunch KAYE PATCHETT Special to the AJP
ctivism and family values are in Rabbi Susan Silverman’s DNA. Raised in a secular Jewish home in New Hampshire by parents committed to liberal politics, she is active on behalf of asylum seekers in Israel, advocates for liberal Judaism and is founding director of Second Nurture, which promotes adoption by creating support networks for children and their adoptive families. She has lived in Israel for 10 years with her husband, activist Yosef Abramowitz, whose work includes bringing solar energy to developing nations, and their five children, including two adopted sons from Ethiopia. Silverman will be the guest
speaker at the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona Women’s Philanthropy Connections brunch on March 5, at 10 a.m. at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. The event, dubbed “Let’s get PURSE-onal,” will include a designer purse silent auction benefiting the Sister Jose Women’s Center. Silverman will present “Casting Lots: Creating a Family in a Beautiful, Broken World,” reflecting the title of her 2016 book. “The book is about living in a broken world and imperfectly moving toward healing when and where we can, within ourselves, within our families and as families — meaning the ways in which our family, as an entity, can itself bring healing,” says Silverman. “The need for healing feels more urgent than ever now, with the
Rabbi Susan Silverman will draw on her latest book, 'Casting Lots,' for her Tucson talk.
new inauguration and every aspect of the healing we pieced together in the broad realms of the environment and human dignity feel[ing] very much at risk.” In 1998, Silverman and her
husband co-wrote “Jewish Family and Life: Traditions, Holidays and Values for today’s Parents and Children.” “We were approached to write a See Connections, page 4
Holocaust History Center hosts program for Arizona law officers DAVID J. DEL GRANDE
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Bryan Davis, executive director of the Jewish History Museum, leads cadets from the Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Training Center on a tour of the Holocaust History Center, Jan. 11.
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ucson’s Holocaust History Center is raising the consciousness of new law enforcement officers. The “What You Do Matters: Lessons from the Holocaust” program marks a new educational partnership between the Jewish History Museum/Holocaust History Center and law enforcement in Arizona. The classes focus on teaching new cadets about the Holocaust, with a particular focus on the consequences that can occur when a government shifts the role of police from protecting people to a policy of abusing basic human rights. Bryan Davis, executive director at the Jewish History Museum
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and Holocaust History Center, says partnering with local law enforcement for this new initiative holds deep significance. “It’s very meaningful, and it’s a new dimension of our work,” says Davis, “and really imagining this museum as an educational center for everyone and a space for the whole community.” The program is an offshoot of the “Law Enforcement and Society: The Lessons of the Holocaust” initiative launched by the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Prescott and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. In 2006, Prescott officials attended the pilot program designed to inform elected leaders, judges and law enforcement about the Holocaust See Officers, page 4
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Tucson joins global ‘We Remember’ campaign
Members and guests of the Tucson Holocaust Survivors group (L-R): Yuliya Genina, Emily McDonnell (guest speaker), Erika Dattner, Annique Dveirin, Sara Lichter, Barbara Agee, Pawel Lichter, Sidney Finkel, Walter Feiger
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Tucson Hebrew High students Rachel Davenport (left) and Ann Tumarkin
As part of a campaign in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, members of the Tucson Holocaust Survivors group at Jewish Family & Children’s Services, teens from Tucson Hebrew High and staff at the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona joined over 200,000 people worldwide posting photos holding “We Remember” signs in dozens of languages, using the hashtag #WeRemember on social media. The World Jewish Congress launched the campaign in January. The United Nations General Assembly designated Jan. 27 as Holocaust Rememberance Day in 2005, marking the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Each week at Tucson Hebrew High classes begin with a discussion around a “Did You Know” piece focusing on one of six curricular pillars: Jewish practice, Jewish texts, Jewish ethics, Jewish history, language and homeland, says Sharon Glassberg, principal of Tucson Hebrew
High. On Tuesday, Jan. 24, the discussion focused on the “We Remember” campaign. “Both the Holocaust survivors and the teens saw the importance of their voices in this campaign,” says Glassberg, who notes that JTA reports participation from schoolchildren in a Holocaust history class in Rwanda; Holocaust survivors in Lithuania; an imam in France; and the president of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany as well as Israeli politicians and lawmakers. “I look at the smiles on the faces realizing that not only do we remember each and every day, we truly celebrate that we are here,” says Glassberg. Continuing the theme of remembrance, this year, eight Tucson teens along with Holocaust survivor Pawel Lichter and his wife, Sara, will participate in the March of the Living in Poland and Israel.
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ore than 100 people packed the Holocaust History Center at the Jewish History Museum on Friday, Jan. 20 for a gallery chat, “States of Exile: Arizona’s place, and the place of Arizona, in the wartime incarceration of Japanese Americans,” with Tucson poet Brandon Shimoda. After acknowledging the ancestors of Tucsonans killed in the Holocaust, the fact that the group was gathered on what was originally Tohono O’odham land, and that the event was taking place on Inauguration Day, Shimoda spoke of his grandfather, a Japanese immigrant who was incarcerated during World War II. He explained that his grandfather, Midori Shimoda, immigrated to the United States in 1919 at age 8. Asians would not become eligible for citizenship until the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952, so when the FBI interrogated him during the war, he foreswore allegiance to Japan to avoid deportation, and in the process became stateless. The chat was part of a series of short programs held every other Friday that focus on one artifact in the museum — in this case, an object in the “classification” section of the elements of genocide exhibit. On display was a statement by Dillon Myer, who was director of the War Relocation Authority, referring to the internment camps as “indoctrination centers for Americanism.” Shimoda’s great-aunt Joy was also incarcerated as an enemy of the state, in Poston, Ariz., at the age of 4, too young to understand the loss of freedom. She remembered only the dust, cold winters, bologna for dinner. She remembered playing with marbles and string. And she remembered the guards aiming guns into the camps. Congress, Shimoda said, later acknowledged three factors leading to the camps: race prejudice, wartime hysteria and the failure of political leadership. He added another: economic exploitation, telling the story of Thomas Campbell, a land expert with the U.S. Department of the Interior, who drafted a plan to combine “worthless parcels of real estate” with abandoned projects for irrigation, agriculture and roads, using the free and
Local poet Brandon Shimoda speaks at the Holocaust History Center on Jan. 20.
captive labor of Japanese Americans, who had already established themselves as industrious and productive. Both the Colorado River Indian Reservation at Poston and the Gila River Indian Reservation were used for internment camps over the objections of their tribal councils, Shimoda pointed out, noting the parallels between the treatment of the Japanese and Native Americans. The road to the top of Mount Lemmon, he added, was built by captive labor from a camp that was later renamed the Gordon Hirabayashi Recreation Area after a man who had refused to obey curfew and was interned there, along with war protestors and conscientious objectors, including Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mennonites, and Hopi as well as Japanese. Members of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition attended the talk, and founder Ross Iwamoto spoke of a trip he organized to the Gila River War Relocation Center. Ray Akazawa spoke of the irony of his father as a soldier in the U.S. Army visiting his mother when she was incarcerated there. Robert Yerachmiel Snyderman, a program specialist at the museum, organized the event as part of the Holocaust History Center’s mission to educate the public on racism and injustice across cultures and modern human history. A transcript of the talk is available at aaww.org/state-erasure-arizona/. Deborah Mayaan is an energy work and flower essence practitioner as well as a writer and artist in Tucson. Contact her at deborahmayaan.com.
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and the inherent dangers of obeying an authoritarian regime. Jamon Lane, a newly sworn officer for the Tucson Police Department, says touring the Holocaust History Center earlier this month for the “What You Do Matters” program left an indelible impact. Attending the forum solidified his responsibility as an officer, says Lane, and the valuable role police play in creating community partnerships. “It’s not always about the police side of things, we also have a community that we serve,” says Lane. “And again, we’re trying to build that relationship, and trying to bridge that gap, and let everyone know that we’re here to help.” Lane, 28, says he joined the force in order to affect change and become a positive role model. “I wanted to be the change that I want to see; I feel like I have a lot to bring to this job, to this profession and this agency.” This new initiative can help peace officers examine their impact on society, he says. “It challenges you to think about why you’re really in this profession, and what you want to bring to the table,” he says. “It makes you think, ‘what am I here to
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Jewish family how-to type book,” she says, “and jumped at the opportunity to present a liberal, open-hearted, meaningful Judaism that represented lots of different kinds of Jewish families; that had room for lots of different practice and ways of engaging the world Jewishly.” Family, caring and helping others have been integral to Silverman’s life from childhood. “My dad had a business and always hired teenagers from the foster care system, mentored them, made sure they had what they needed for school, et cetera. He taught Holocaust education at our local synagogue, and told us, ‘If you want to know what you would have done if you were a German, ask yourself what you are doing for vulnerable people today.’ That made a huge impact on me.” Her mother founded a small theater company, and was active in George McGovern’s 1972 presidential campaign, working as his photographer on the road. “We housed a ton of volunteers from around the country,” Silverman recalls. “She was outspoken for the ERA and abortion rights.” The family included Silverman’s three sisters, actress and writer Laura, writer Jodyne, and actor, writer and comedian Sarah Silverman, as well as two foster children. Though her sisters followed more secular paths, “They are sort of instinctively Jewish,” she says. “You can
do, what am I going to change and how am I going to make that change?’” The new program kicked off on Jan. 11 with a full day of lectures held at the TPD’s downtown headquarters, followed by a tour of the Center’s campus that focused on the Holocaust History Center, featuring testimony from local Holocaust survivors. At least four more cohorts of Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Training Center cadets will receive this training, with sessions scheduled until January 2018. The classes are held the day before graduation. According to TPD’s estimate, 150 to 200 new peace officers throughout Arizona will graduate each year. Davis says the new initative got its start when he invited Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and TPD Chief of Police Chris Magnus to tour the Center last summer. During the meeting, Davis shared an article with Chief Magnus about the role law enforcement played in the Holocaust in Belgium and provided the local leaders information about the “What You Do Matters” program. The program is tailored not only to educate the new officers about the Holocaust, Davis says “but also to look at 150 years of civic engagement, economic development, cultural enrichment, philanthropy, and all of those ways that Jewish people have contributed to our community.” see in a lot of Sarah’s work that being Jewish is, as she says, ‘oozing from her pores.’” On her website, rabbisusansilverman.com, Silverman describes herself as “Rabbi, author, activist and mom,” and each role is deeply interwoven into the fabric of her life. But first and foremost she’s a mom — to Aliza, 23, who served in intelligence in the IDF and is a musician and actress; Hallel, 21, who recently completed her IDF service as an army spokesperson and is active on issues of liberal Judaism and fair trade; Adar, 18, a high school student involved in Model U.N.; Zamir, 15, who’s a serious runner; and Ashira, 13, a fair trade chocolate activist who attends an art school majoring in theater. “It’s funny,” says Silverman. “People have often commented that I have the perfect family. … It is the family I have always dreamed of; but we have had our struggles, really hard times, and I share those openly because to appear perfect does not help anyone. My, and our, failings and flailings are very much part of the story — and if we can’t share that we promote loneliness.” As humans, we may or may not create our own destinies, she says, but “we can all struggle in certain directions. My guiding principle is tzelem elohim — that everyone is made in God’s image.” Tickets for Connections are $36, plus a $180 minimum pledge ($18 for students) to the 2017 Federation Community Campaign. RSVP to Karen Graham at 577-9393 or email@example.com, or visit jfsa.org. Kaye Patchett is a freelance writer and editor in Tucson.
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Versace, bassist Scott Black and guitarist Matt Mitchell. Tickets for each performance are $10 for nonmembers and $9 for members of the J. Tickets can be purchased at tucsonjcc.org. Simkhovich, who emigrated from Latvia in 1989, holds a M.S. from Kaliningrad State Technical University, Russia, and a M.Ed. from the University of Arizona. An educator with more than 30 years of experience, she was a senior lecturer in the department of Russian and Slavic studies at University of Arizona and taught classes for OASIS, a national nonprofit educational organization that promotes healthy aging. Simkhovich organized “Celebration of Heritage” concerts at the J in the 1980s, before she began her graduate studies. While three of this season’s four concerts focus on Jewish music, she says she hopes future concerts will further celebrate the multicultural identity of all Americans through a variety of artistic media. She may be contacted at 298-6599.
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David Alexander Johnston, who plays two Holocaust survivors, takes Germany up on its offer of return, as citizens (Lucille Petty and Steve Wood) bear witness in ‘Lebensraum.’
Invisible Theatre will stage “Lebensraum” by award-winning playwright Israel Horovitz Feb. 7-19. The play is set at the dawn of the 21st century. The new German chancellor invites 6 million Jews from around the world to make Germany their home as a gesture of reconciliation. Three actors play more than 40 roles in an emotional journey exploring the effects of this policy. “Although set mostly in Europe, it is clearly relevant to an America where we’re
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COMMENTARY Why President Trump’s universalizing of the Holocaust matters to the Jews ANDREW SILOW-CARROL JTA
here’s Jared Kushner? Supporters of President Donald Trump have often defended his election campaign against charges of anti-Semitism by noting he has an Orthodox Jewish daughter, sonin-law and grandchildren. Jews on the right are excited about Kushner’s role as a special adviser to the president, assuming he’ll be their advocate on Israel and other Jewish issues. Jews on the left hope Kushner, whose parents were longtime donors to the Democratic Party, will be a check on Trump’s most conservative impulses. But although most reports put Kushner at the center of White House decision-making, he mostly remains a cipher, not only on Jewish issues but on Trump’s entire agenda. Nowhere was that more apparent than in the controversy kicked up by a White House statement Jan. 27 to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day that made no mention of the Jews killed by the Nazis and
in whose memory the day was created. Where was Jared when the statement was written and released? On a day in which Trump also began closing America’s doors to refugees from various Muslim countries, this debate might seem like the most parochial example of Jewish infighting and special pleading. But the question of the “universality” of the Holocaust has haunted Jewish activism and scholarship for 70 years, and preserving the uniqueness of the genocide of Europe’s Jews has been a central tenet of Jewish advocacy and historicity. On its face, the Trump statement is an emotional appeal to tolerance drawing on the lessons of the Holocaust. “It is with a heavy heart and somber mind that we remember and honor the victims, survivors, heroes of the Holocaust,” the statement begins. “It is impossible to fully fathom the depravity and horror inflicted on innocent people by Nazi terror.” But the omission of a specific mention of the Jews sets off alarm bells for those who understand the ways Holocaust deniers and European national-
A Holocaust survivor showing her number tattoo. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
ists have sought to downplay the Jewish genocide and shift focus to the suffering of non-Jewish Poles, Lithuanians, Germans, French and others during World War II. That was the larger battle being fought in the 1980s when Jewish groups opposed the construction of a Catholic chapel in the shadow of Auschwitz. As the late Edgar Bronfman, then president of the World Jewish Congress, said at the time, “It is not only a matter of the Aus-
chwitz convent, but the broader implications of historical revisionism in which the uniqueness of the Holocaust and the murder of the Jewish people is being suppressed.” With the rise of nationalism in Europe and the fading of the survivor generation, the battle against such suppression has only intensified. And yet, at least in the 48 hours since See Holocaust, page 7
Letter from Mexican consul in Tucson underscores importance of solidarity BRYAN DAVIS
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n the afternoon of Jan. 27, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Jewish History Museum received a letter from the Con-
sul of Mexico in Tucson, Ricardo Pineda. The letter arrived at the end of an emotionally charged 24 hours, moments prior to closing for Shabbat. To mark this commemorative date, designated to align with the day that Soviet troops liberated Auschwitz in 1945, the Jewish History Museum held a teach-
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er workshop in the Holocaust History Center on the evening of Jan. 26. Thirtythree teachers studied for three hours with the scholar Magdalena H. Gross of the University of Maryland, who presented multiple sessions under the title “Making Meaning of the Difficult Past.” The workshop examined the ways dominant national narratives often obscure historic truths. On the morning of Jan. 27, the Jewish History Museum in partnership with Jewish Family & Children’s Services hosted a program titled “To Tell Our Stories,” which provided five local Holocaust survivors the formal space of the museum to share their personal testimonies on this day of remembrance. I opened the program with an acknowledgement of all those voices that we were unable to hear on that morning — the voices of those who were murdered at Belzec and Chelmno, in the pits of Babi Yar and the forest of Ponar. Consul Pineda’s letter reinforced our commitment to holding education as a primary mission of the Jewish History Museum and Holocaust History Center. He wrote that International Holocaust Remembrance Day “is an opportunity to let the young generations know that
blaming and discriminating [against] a specific group can dangerously lead some people to lose their human nature.” Much like the leadership at the Jewish History Museum, Consul Pineda finds an intersection between the educational imperative embedded in the obligation to remember and the ongoing need to strengthen relations across the diverse communities that make up and enrich our whole community. He wrote, “This day of remembrance has to be a special date of solidarity and compassion, regardless of our nationality, religion, ethnic origin, gender or sexual orientation.” Reading Consul Pineda’s letter, I was reminded of the evening in the fall of 2013 when Sebastian Covarrubias, the consul’s special assistant, walked across the street from the consulate to the Jewish History Museum where I was working late into the night on the design of the inaugural exhibition of the first iteration of the Holocaust History Center. He introduced himself and offered his encouragement on the project we were embarking on. I wondered how many times over the decades Mexicans and Jews had crossed this street to support each other’s work. At the opening of the center several See Consul, page 8
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the release of the White House statement, only two groups have been heard objecting, the Anti-Defamation League — whose CEO called the omission of Jews “puzzling and troubling” — and the newly assertive Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, whose executive director demanded, “How can you forget, Mr. President, that six million Jews were murdered because they were Jews?” Perhaps other groups couldn’t get statements out in time for Shabbat, but the silence was conspicuous. Meanwhile, Ronald Lauder, Bronfman’s successor as president of the World Jewish Congress, felt compelled to criticize the ADL and defend Trump. “It does no honor to the millions of Jews murdered in the Holocaust to play politics with their memory,” Lauder said in a statement issued Saturday. “Any fair reading of the White House statement today on the International Holocaust Memorial Day [sic] will see it appropriately commemorates the suffering and the heroism that mark that dark chapter in modern history.” The phrase “the suffering and the heroism” is oddly non-specific in a statement from the leader of a group that fights for the rights of Jewish Holocaust victims. Jewish leaders and historians never doubted the suffering and heroism of non-Jews during World War II. But most have insisted that only the Jews were singled out for complete annihilation as a race by the Nazis. That the Nazis uniquely put the genocide of the Jewish people as a central goal of the thousand-year Reich, no less than conquering Europe and eventually the rest of the world. “After the Holocaust took away so much from the Jews, we must not take the Holocaust itself away from the Jews,” Ron Dermer, Israel’s ambassador to the U.S., said in remarks Friday marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. There is no indication that Dermer was addressing the White House statement. His speech is an admonition against “universalizing” the Holocaust, directed not at the revisionists and European nationalists, but at well-intentioned people for whom “the Holocaust is primarily a universal story about man’s inhumanity to man, about the evils of racism and xenophobia, about how even the most enlightened societies can descend into darkness and barbarism.” A “universalized Holocaust, unmoored from its Jewish anchor, is more than dangerous — it is also immoral,” said Dermer. “Immoral because the Holocaust took everything from its Jewish victims. It took their homes and their valuables. It took their freedom and their dignity. And ultimately, it took their lives and their future. We must not compound the unimaginable crimes of the past by perpetrating an unspeakable crime in the present.” Dermer invoked the late Elie Wiesel repeatedly in his talk, and the revered Auschwitz survivor was a fierce defender of the “uniqueness” argument. “Not all victims were Jews, but all Jews were victims,” he famously wrote. International Holocaust Remembrance Day was established by the United Nations and is marked on the day Auschwitz was liberated in large part to counter the “deJudaization” of the Shoah. You wouldn’t know that from the White House statement. White House spokeswoman Hope Hicks doubled
down on the statement in light of the criticism, telling CNN’s Jake Tapper, “Despite what the media reports, we are an incredibly inclusive group, and we took into account all of those who suffered.” She also shared a Huffington Post UK article describing the “gay people, priests, gypsies, people with mental or physical disabilities, communists, trade unionists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, anarchists, Poles and other Slavic peoples” who were “targeted” by the Nazis. The Jews’ insistence on the uniquely Jewish aspect of the Holocaust has often been turned against them, with accusations that it is meant to deny the suffering of others or to somehow shield Israel from criticism. These have been recurring themes both on the far right and the far left. Indeed, by insisting on the universality of the Holocaust, the Trump statement invited bipartisan condemnation. Writing for Commentary, former Reagan speechwriter John Podhoretz said the omission of the Jews is “the culmination of decades of ill feeling that seems to center on the idea that the Jews have somehow made unfair ‘use’ of the Holocaust and it should not ‘belong’ to them.” Josh Marshall, editor and publisher of the liberal website TalkingPointsMemo.com, noted that “it has long been a trope of Holocaust deniers and white nationalists to insist that Jews were only incidentally targeted.” In a different context, Lawrence Summers, when he was president of Harvard University, distinguished between the anti-Semitism of “intent” and the anti-Semitism of “effect.” Even if the White House Holocaust statement wasn’t intended to dis the Jews or comfort their enemies, that doesn’t gainsay its effect. Anti-Semitism has clung to the edges of the Trump movement — officially disavowed by Trump and belied by his ardently pro-Israel stance, but subtly stoked by some of his associates, speeches and actions. Perhaps Jewish critics were being overly sensitive, or driven by partisan politics, when they wondered if this wasn’t another dog whistle. Or perhaps Trump wasn’t aware, as in many things, of the impact of some of his words and actions, and wasn’t hearing from or listening to the kinds of people who could steer him away from messages that had the effect of anti-Semitism. Which is where Kushner comes in. He, the grandson of Holocaust survivors who dedicated their lives to its memory, must certainly understand the stakes in how to discuss the Shoah. One of his rare public statements of the campaign was a full-throated defense of Trump against charges of anti-Semitism in which he invoked his grandparents’ experience during the war. He described in detail his grandmother’s persecution in the Novogroduk ghetto, the murders of her brother and sister, and how she escaped to join the Bielski resistance fighters, where she met his grandfather. “I go into these details, which I have never discussed, because it’s important to me that people understand where I’m coming from when I report that I know the difference between actual, dangerous intolerance versus these labels that get tossed around in an effort to score political points,” Kushner wrote. We are a little over a week into the Trump administration. There’s a learning curve, steeper than most for a president with no political experience. But Trump has a close adviser and trusted relative who can help him navigate the often contentious world of Jewish policy and politics. What we don’t know yet is if Jared Kushner is willing to play that role and whether the president is willing to listen.
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On Shabbat morning, Jan. 21, I joined 15,000 of my neighbors at the Women’s March in Tucson. Why did I participate in the march? Because the teachings of our Jewish tradition made it clear that I must. Torah teaches that all of us are created in God’s image (Genesis 1:27), and that we must actively pursue justice and peace (Deuteronomy 16:20; Psalms 34:15). It tells us to love others as ourselves (Leviticus 19:18), and to love the foreigners who live among us and treat them as if they are citizens, for we too were once foreigners (Leviticus 19:34-35). The Talmud reminds us that “humiliating another is equal to shedding blood” (Baba Metzia 58b), and that “Whoever destroys another, it is as if he has destroyed an entire world. Whoever saves a life, it is as if he has saved the entire world.”
Letter on two-state solution got the facts all wrong In the Letters to the Editor (1/20/2017), Joel S. Heller channels Kellyanne Conway by presenting alternative facts about the original partition of Israel/Palestine by the United Nations (“Two-state solution could have happened decades ago”). He states, “In 1948 the United Nations declared a ‘two state solution.’ The two states were Israel and Transjordan….” I am very disappointed that the Post would even publish such utter falsehoods. What actually happened was that the U.N. General Assembly, on Nov. 29, 1947, adopted resolution 181 (II), which provided for the termination of the British Mandate, the progressive withdrawal of British armed forces and the delineation of boundaries between the two States and Jerusalem. The plan included: • The creation of the Arab and Jewish States not later than Oct.1, 1948; • Division of Palestine into eight parts: three were allotted to the Arab State and three to the Jewish State; the seventh, the town of Jaffa, was to form an Arab enclave within Jewish territory; • An international regime for Jerusalem, the eighth division, to be administered by the United Nations Trusteeship Council (from “The Question of Palestine,” published by the
United Nations Department of Public Information, 2003) Later, on Dec. 11, 1948, the General Assembly adopted resolution 194 (III), in which it delineated ways to resolve the Palestine problem. This resolution held that: • Refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbours should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date; • Compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return. The Assembly also called for the demilitarization and internationalization of Jerusalem and for the protection of, and free access to, the holy places in Palestine. (Same source as above) Mr. Heller and the readers of the Arizona Jewish Post are certainly entitled to their opinions on whether or not the actions of the United Nations around the time of the founding of the State of Israel were wise and/or realistic. You and your contributors should not, however, be entitled to present patent falsehoods to the public as factual history. — David Kohn Editor’s note: The AJP regrets that it did not properly fact-check Mr. Heller’s letter.
Reading Consul Pineda’s letter, I recall meeting the deputy consul, Enrique Gomez, at the opening of the Hélène Berr exhibition at the Jewish History Museum in November 2014. One year later, I worked with Gomez to inaugurate the Stone Avenue Block Party, a program that celebrates the intersections of Jewish and Mexican cultures. I recall the feeling of protection we felt at the Jewish History Museum knowing the consul’s security team was always keeping an eye out for us from across the street. Now the consulate has moved from the cottages on South Stone Avenue to the tall glass building on Broadway, but we still hold them close. Consul Pineda closed his letter with the following: “I would like to express my solidarity — and that of all my colleagues at the Consulate of Mexico — to the Jewish community in Tucson and renew the vows of friendship between our two communities.”
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(Sanhedrin 4:1) In 1965, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, one of the greatest Jewish theologians of the 20th century, marched with Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma, Alabama. When he returned to his home, he was asked if he had time to pray in Selma. He responded that he “felt my legs were praying.” On Shabbat mornings, I am usually in synagogue, saying kaddish for my mother who died last June. My mother participated in the civil rights movement in the 1960s, and fought her entire life for women to be treated as equals professionally and Jewishly. And so, this past Shabbat, I followed the example of Rabbi Heschel, and I too prayed, and said kaddish, with my legs. — Gila Silverman
months later, standing in the middle of South Stone Avenue, Consul Pineda spoke about the Mexican diplomat Gilberto Bosques, who saved tens of thousands of lives by issuing visas to those fleeing fascism in Europe during World War II. History had largely overlooked Bosques, because rather than issue these visas in defiance of his government, as other diplomats such as Chiune “Sempo” Sugihara of Japan did, he was working on the orders of the Mexican president. In 2014, we worked with the Consul of Mexico to coordinate a Yom HaShoah program at Temple Emanu El that honored the humanity, compassion and courage of Bosques. That same year, Consul Pineda and his staff made it possible for members of our local Jewish Latino Teen Coalition to tour the Mexican Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Bryan Davis is executive director of the Jewish History Museum/ Holocaust History Center in Tucson.
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year after they submitted their application for asylum in the United States, Shahi and his mother expected to be let in. As Iranian Jews who applied for asylum through a federally recognized agency for refugee status, their case was expected to be simple. Shahi (not his real name) is in his late 20s and already has two sisters waiting for him and their mother. As of now, mother and son are in a third transit country. But the lives of Shahi’s family were plunged into further uncertainty on Jan. 27 when President Donald Trump signed an executive order suspending the admission of all refugees into the United States for four months. The order also imposes a 90-day ban on entry visas to all citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries, including Iran. Too fearful to return to Iran, Shahi and his mother don’t know whether they will be eligible to enter the United States in the foreseeable future. Trump is said to be mulling suspending indefinitely the intake of refugees from countries deemed “of concern.” The family is also unsure how long the transit country will agree to continue hosting them while the U.S. is stalling their application. Shahi’s relatives are among several Jewish families and several hundreds of non-Jewish ones handled by HIAS, the former Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, a 135-year-old Jewish agency that assists refugees and asylum seekers. The U.S.based agency once focused on helping Jews flee persecution in Europe, but is
now working mostly with non-Jews in 30 countries, and has been recognized for decades as an immigration facilitator by the Department of Justice. “There are hundreds and hundreds of people with approval notices who now can’t come to the States,” the group’s CEO, Mark Hetfield, told JTA on Sunday. Of the approximately 85,000 refugees admitted into the United States last year, HIAS was responsible for resettling 3,884 — including 159 Jews, among them 89 from Iran and several others from Yemen. Hetfield said that some of the families processed by HIAS already received a refugee visa but were turned away at airports while trying to enter. “This inhumane act was done in the most inhumane way possible,” he said, underlining the outrage that on Saturday brought thousands of people to protest the executive order on refugees and Muslim countries at airports around the country. Many Jews participated in the rally, and Jewish community groups have vocally opposed the executive order. On Saturday, a federal judge in Brooklyn issued a stay of removal for the estimated 100 to 200 people detained at American airports under Trump’s order — some of them children and U.S. legal permanent residents. But that was only a partial victory for pro-refugee activists. A non-Jewish family of asylum seekers from Syria who, despite having obtained visas on Jan. 20 to enter the United States as refugees following a Homeland Security Department vetting, were turned back in Ukraine to their camp in Jordan on Jan. 27. Citing Trump’s order, airline See Refugee, page 11
The Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona’s Women’s Philanthropy Lions of Judah gathered at Skyline Country Club on January 19 for an evening of fashion and philanthropy featuring Grobstein, Jane JDC Board member and philanthropist Dianne Weitzman and Jane Kivel Jane Weitzman. This annual event is open to all women giving at the Lion of Judah level. Dianne Grobstein and Jane Kivel co-chaired the event.
Northwest Division Campaign Event Welcomes Terrorism Expert
On January 10, the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona’s Northwest Division came together for an inspiring and education evening presentation, “Understanding and Defeating the Terrorist Threat,” with terrorism expert Micah Halpern, at Oro Valley Vida Barron and Nolan Shifren Country Club. Guests remembered Irving Olson, a dedicated Federation donor who helped found the Northwest Division. Two of his water droplet paintings were purchased at the dinner in a surprise philanthropic gesture from two of our Northwest Division friends!
Women’s Philanthropy Mini-Mission Participants See Federation Dollars at Work in Community
Almost 30 people hopped on the bus in December for the Women’s Philanthropy Jewish Tucson Mini Mission. The group spent the day touring local Jewish agencies funded by the Jewish Federation of Southern Lynda Rogoff and Arizona’s Annual Community Linda Tumarkin Campaign. They not only got see their Federation dollars at work, but they also got to meet many people impacted and supported by the community campaign. The MiniMission was co-chaired by Amy Beyer, Lynda Rogoff and Linda Tumarkin.
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he Jews of Friesland, a region in the northern Netherlands, are not known for stories with happy end-
ings. During the Holocaust, Friesland’s vibrant Jewish community was forever obliterated, including its endemic customs and distinct Yiddish dialect. It is one of the starkest examples of how the Holocaust decimated and irreparably changed Dutch Jewry. That’s why the recent surfacing of a unique film from 1939 showing the wedding of a Frisian Jewish couple who escaped the genocide is generating remarkable reactions from local media and Dutch state historians here over the past week. The silent, black-and-white film was the subject of a special aired last week in prime time by the region’s public broadcaster, Omrop Fryslân. All the region’s main dailies reported on it, as did some national publications — including the Netherlands’ main television guide. Placed on YouTube by the Frisian Film Archive on Jan. 25, it received thousands of hits, becoming the archive’s second most watched over the past two years. The film is the only known footage of Frisian Jewish life from before the Holocaust. Its discovery comes amid a wave of popular interest in the Holocaust in the Netherlands, including in films and series with record ratings and in the construction of monuments – most recently with the opening last year of the National Holocaust Museum in Amsterdam. The 7-minute film posted online last week — excerpted from longer footage — shows the bride, Mimi Dwinger, wearing a form-fitting satin wedding dress riding a horse-drawn carriage with her fiancé, Barend Boers. It’s a sunny spring day and the couple is headed from Leeuwarden City Hall to the local synagogue. As elegantly dressed women and men wearing top hats stream into the synagogue, other locals from the Jewish quarter of this poor, provincial city gather around the entrance for a better view of what seems to be an unusually opulent affair. Inside the synagogue, which seems full to capacity with wedding guests, the region’s chief rabbi, Abraham Salomon Levisson, officiates. He’s wearing the black hexagonal hat favored by Sephardic rab-
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bis — an influence brought to Holland by Portuguese Jews. Smiling, Boers signs the ketubah, the religious marriage contract. The ring is too small for a comfortable fit. Boers flashes an amused smile at the camera as Dwinger quickly licks her finger to make it easier to slip on the jewelry. Touchingly, Boers holds up her veil while she does this. The newlywed couple appears relaxed at the reception held at the local Jewish kosher hotel, The German Eagle. The guests chat and, after a few glasses of advocaat — Dutch eggnog — they giggle at the cameraman. The excerpt — the full footage was given on loan to the archive earlier this month — ends with Boers gently kissing his wife on the forehead. Nothing about the film, which the couple’s children handed over this month to the Frisian Film Archive after finding it in their late mother’s suitcase in 2008 — they had hung onto it for nearly a decade to “come to terms with it,” Andre Boers, one of the couple’s three children, told JTA on Tuesday — suggests that the people featured in it had any idea their world was coming to an end. Just a year after filming, the people in the movie would come under the Nazi occupation that decimated the Frisian Jewish community, along with 75 percent of Dutch Jews — the highest death rate in occupied Western Europe. For example, the body of the congregation’s rabbi, Levisson, was found in 1945 inside a German cattle train that was full of dead or dying Jews when the advancing Russian army encountered it in Eastern Europe. The bride’s father, Moses, was arrested and sent to the death camps in 1943. Fewer than 10 members of his extended family of about 100 survived the war, according to Andre Boers. Though the Jews in the film appear relaxed, Frisian Jews did have an inkling of See Dutch, page 11
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officials did not let the family — a mother and daughters aged 5 and 8 — fly to the United States, Hetfield said. The mother and her daughters are seeking to reunite with their father, who is already in Connecticut. They were let back into Jordan, “but in such cases, there is a risk that people who leave to become refugees in the United States will not be let back in, or worse,” Hetfield added. The Zionist Organization of America was one of the few Jewish groups to enthusiastically praise the executive order on refugees, hailing it for addressing “notable failings of the U.S. vetting process.” “Deteriorating conditions in certain countries due to war, strife, disaster, and civil unrest increase the likelihood that terrorists will use any means possible to enter the United States,” Trump’s executive order on refugees states. While it acknowledges that security vetting for visa applicants was toughened following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the order says that the shutdown is necessary to carry out a review to make sure the current vetting tools can “determine that the individual seeking the benefit is who the individual claims to be and is not a security or public-safety threat.” But Hetfield says that the current vetting procedure is so stringent that “terrorists are not going to look to [the] refugee program as a way in. They are going to try a less intrusive method. We don’t have any worries about it.” Hetfield could not provide figures for how often asylum seekers are denied visas for security reasons - partly because Homeland Security neither specifies its reason for turning down applications nor offers recourse for appealing it. Whereas the United Nations estimates that there are about 1 million people who meet its definition of a refugee — not including Palestinians, who have a different refugee classification — only several hundred
thousand of them have been offered resettlement. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada and some lawmakers there suggested that their country would be willing to take refugees affected by the White House crackdown, but have presented no concrete plans on how and when this would be done. Rather than encourage other countries to take in refugees turned down by the United States, Hetfield fears that Trump’s executive order is likelier to have the opposite effect: Other countries will be less willing to bring in refugees. “If the United States, that has led by example, decides its vetting process isn’t safe enough, well, that will have huge implications for other countries,” Hetfield said. The fact that the order came on International Holocaust Remembrance Day is “especially painful,” he added, because “the international law pertaining to refugees today is a direct result of the Holocaust and the failure to act and protect Jews trying to leave Germany and Austria” and other places in war-torn Europe before and during World War II. Another immigration professional from the United States, herself a refugee from the Middle East, said she believed that the language of the executive order signals that when it comes to the Muslim world, the Trump administration seeks to turn its refugee program primarily into an “escape route for non-Muslims.” She asked not to be quoted by name because “things are too unclear right now to make an official statement.” She cited a passage of the executive order that speaks of “changes, to the extent permitted by law, to prioritize refugee claims made by individuals on the basis of religious-based persecution, provided that the religion of the individual is a minority religion in the individual’s country of nationality.” But that’s not a good thing for religious minorities in Iran and elsewhere, the professional said. “Just as Iranian Jews have long been flagged as a fifth column because they are welcome to resettle in Israel,” she said, “now the same will happen to all the other members of religious minorities” in the region.
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the storm heading their way, according to Hans Groeneweg, a historian at the Frisian Resistance Museum, a state-funded institution entrusted with documenting the occupation years. “The bride you see smiling in that film, she’s a woman running for her life,” he told the Frisian Broadcasting Authority last week in a 25-minute roundtable discussion that aired Jan. 25. Levisson was especially aware of the danger, as he had been helping settle in the Netherlands refugees from neighboring Nazi Germany for years. While few of their relatives and guests survived, the lovebirds plotted the escape that saw them survive against all odds. They escaped the Netherlands in 1942, through France and Spain to Jamaica. Boers enlisted to fight with the Allies, while his wife volunteered to work for the British War Office. Boers participated in the liberation of the Netherlands in 1944 as part of a Dutch brigade that fought embedded within the Canadian army.
The couple returned to the liberated Netherlands. Boers died in 1979 at 69. His widow, Mimi, passed away nine years ago at 90, leaving the film and photos in a suitcase that was found by her three children, who now live in Amsterdam and Israel. The Frisian Film Archive learned of the film’s existence after the family offered to give the 16mm footage to the archive on loan. “For decades we’ve been looking for footage from the Jewish community before the war, and now here it is,” Syds Wiersma, an archivist for the Frisian Film Archive, told the regional broadcaster last week. The film’s appeal, according to Groeneweg, the resistance museum historian, isn’t just its uniqueness. “It offers hope — hope that not all the people in that film died in the camps, that a few managed to escape, after all,” he said. But for Andre Boers, Mimi and Barend’s middle child, who is living in Israel, the film has a far more personal significance. Before the family found it, he had not seen moving images of many of the relatives featured. It’s a “highly emotional opportunity to see my grandparents, great-grandmother, uncles, aunties and many others just a few years before most of them were murdered by the Nazis,” he wrote last week on Facebook.
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ews around the world have been celebrating Tu B’Shvat at this time of year every year, for about 3000 years. Since the Jewish calendar is lunar, the date varies in Western eyes, but on the 15 of the month of Shevat, this Jewish Arbor Day, also called “New Year of the Trees,” is celebrated. This year it falls on Feb. 11. If you think of Israel and its climate, you will realize this season is indeed a great time of year to plant trees, at least in that corner of the globe. Israel has a rainy season from November to March, and a dry season from May to September, with two transition months. January, smack in the middle of the rainy season, when the days start to lengthen, is an ideal time to plant young trees. With our similar climate, January and early February is a good time of year to plant trees in Tucson as well. You could plant many types of tree, but if you are going to the effort of planting and watering a tree, why not make it one that will also provide a nutritious and tasty snack — like almonds. Almonds naturally grow in Israel and will do well in Tucson with only a little care. They tolerate our alkaline soils, need little fertilizer, and will need water in dry months. These trees have a short and
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NEWS BRIEFS At least 17 Jewish community our security for a while now,” she said. Goldenberg said his organization was centers across the United States were targeted with bomb threats in the third wave of such mass disruption this month. Paul Goldenberg, the director of Secure Community Network — an affiliate of the Jewish federations of North America, which advises Jewish groups and institutions on security — said the threats were called in late Tuesday morning. Some of the messages were live, he confirmed. “[I]n the past we know that the numbers can grow exponentially,” he said, adding that perpetrators have been “leveraging technologies to make mass calls.” Goldenberg confirmed that threats had been called into JCCs in Albany, New York; Syracuse, New York; West Orange, New Jersey, Milwaukee, San Diego and Salt Lake City. The JCC in New Haven, Connecticut, received a live call at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday threatening violence. The JCC is housed in several locations following a Dec. 5 fire, and evacuated about 100 people from those sites following the call. After law enforcement determined that the threat was not credible, the evacuees returned. The New Haven JCC was also targeted in a wave of bomb threats about two weeks ago. “We recognize that we live under a new set of circumstances that we have to be responsive to, and take every possible precaution to keep our people safe,” said New Haven JCC CEO Judy Diamondstein. “While we are disrupted, we refuse to be daunted by this.” Diamondstein said the JCC has drilled safety protocols extensively in order to be prepared for a situation like this. She had a previously scheduled meeting Wednesday afternoon with an FBI officer to sharpen procedures for dealing with an active shooter. “We have been diligent in looking at
instructing the JCCs to be in touch with local police to determine if they should evacuate. The JCC MetroWest in West Orange, New Jersey, announced an evacuation at 11:42 a.m. “In light of the newest bomb threats, we must remain a resilient community, and we need to ensure that we are back at our JCCs as soon as local police advise the all-clear,” Goldenberg said. He added: “Our Jewish community centers are focusing on security today more than ever before, and in spite of these continuous bomb threats I’m confident that our institutions are taking security seriously — and in many cases Jewish institutions are more secure than institutions frequented by the general public.” On Jan. 18, some 30 Jewish institutions in at least 17 states received bomb threats. On Jan. 9, such threats were called into 16 JCCs across the Northwest and South, forcing the evacuation of hundreds. The Tucson Jewish Community Center has not received any threat calls but is “closely monitoring the situation and coordinating with local law enforcement, the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI, as well as the Secure Community Network (SCN),” Tucson J President and CEO Todd Rockoff and Board Chair Mary Cochran-Wolk said in a statement issued Tuesday. “We continue to operate as usual, having implemented the recommendations of our Security Taskforce,” the statement said. Affirming “the safety of our members and guests remains our top priority,” it urged people to “please keep in mind SCN’s motto, ‘If You See Something, Say Something.’ Please alert a staff person or security guard if you see anything suspicious, including unattended bags, in our building.”
Israel has approved plans for another 3,000 new homes in the West Bank. The approvals by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman were announced Tuesday, ahead of the evacuation of the Amona outpost, and are seen as an effort to placate the government’s harder right wing and settlers angry over the evacuation. While most of the approvals are for areas in the settlement blocs that Israel believes it will keep under a future peace deal, several of the approved housing units are located in other areas deep in the West Bank. Some 2,000 of the approvals are for
immediate construction, and the rest require various stages of planning, the Defense Ministry said in a statement. The statement said the approvals are “part of a return to normal life in Judea and Samaria, as well as conduct which provides real solutions to housing and living needs.” Judea and Samaria are biblical designations for the land now called the West Bank. The approval comes a week after Netanyahu and Liberman approved 2,500 housing units in both settlement blocs and in other areas, and the approval by a Jerusalem municipal committee of 566 housing units in Jewish and Arab neighborhoods in the eastern part of the city.
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RELIGION & JEWISH LIFE Conservative shuls might admit non-Jews BEN SALES JTA
esponding to a rising number of interfaith families, Conservative synagogues will be voting on a measure from their umbrella body that would allow congregations to admit nonJews as members. Currently, the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism’s Standards for Congregational Practice restrict synagogue membership to Jews. But the new language, which congregations will vote on in March, would allow individual congregations to decide whether to grant membership to non-Jews. The proposed resolution grew out of a commission set up last March to explore ways to engage intermarried couples. Rabbi Steven Wernick, United Synagogue’s CEO, told JTA Jan. 27 that the current standards don’t make sense in a world where many intermarried couples are active participants in Conservative congregations. The new by-law, he said, is meant to separate between the communal matter of synagogue membership and the Jewish legal question of who is a Jew. This does not change the Conservative definition of who counts as Jewish, he said. That matter remains the purview of the movement’s Jewish legal authorities, including the Rabbinical Assembly’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards. Currently, the Conservative movement considers only someone who was born of a Jewish mother or who has converted to be Jewish. “The language of ‘only Jews can be members of a synagogue’ makes it seem like a non-Jew who is connected is not a member of that community,” Wernick said. “What we’re trying to do with this is distinguish between community and covenant.” The proposed by-law is the latest way in which the Conservative movement, which strives to remain loyal to Jewish law while embracing change, is grappling with rising rates of intermarriage among American Jews. The more liberal Re-
form movement welcomes intermarried couples in its congregations, while the Orthodox movement, citing Jewish law, does not. The Conservative movement prohibits its rabbis from marrying or attending the nuptials of interfaith couples, though some of its synagogues celebrate intermarriages before they occur and welcome the couples afterward. In recent years, several Conservative rabbis have protested the intermarriage prohibition. “I understand and I’m very sensitive and respectful to the anxiety about the domino effect,” Wernick said. “We’re living in a moment when paradigms are shifting, so the anxiety is very real, and the questions that come out of these paradigm shifts are also very real. Our job is to frame the questions and help our network navigate through this moment in history.” Wernick said that many non-Jews are already de facto members of Conservative synagogues because their families have paid dues for family memberships. He dismissed the idea that this change would open the door to non-Jewish presidents of congregations. “It’s a false premise that non-Jews are lining up to take significant roles within our synagogue and that the leaders of synagogues are eager to have non-Jews take on leadership roles,” he said. There are no plans, as of now, to pass a by-law formally restricting synagogue leadership positions to Jews. The change has been endorsed by the major Conservative institutions in the United States, including the Rabbinical Assembly, the Jewish Theological Seminary and the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies. “Our communities can and must grow stronger, and diversity within and among them will help to make them so,” wrote JTS Chancellor Arnie Eisen in a December endorsement letter. “Our fulfillment of the age-old covenant binding Jews to one another, to the world and to God, must be faithful to what sets us apart — and bold in bringing our tradition to bear in altered circumstances.”
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REFLECTIONS Current events, ancient query: Am I my brother's keeper? AMY HIRSHBERG LEDERMAN Special to the AJP
have always loved books. As a child, I treasured my hardcover editions of “Heidi,” “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm” and “Black Beauty” and loved the nights when my mom and I would snuggle on the couch as she read me chapter after chapter of “Little Women.” And in 1965, at the age of 11, I saved up and bought my very first Bible. Not the “Jewish” kind, that my friends made fun of because it opened up backwards, but the Official King James Version published by Oxford University Press. I read late at night with a flashlight under the bedcovers, underlining in orange crayon the passages that stirred me. By my 12th birthday, I knew as much about Matthew, Luke and John as I did about Abraham and Moses, and while my parents thought it a bit odd that I preferred Bible over Barbie, they rewarded my curiosity by buying me more books. I still have that King James Version on my shelf, along with five translations of the “Jewish Bible,” which we call the Torah. As Jews we are commanded to study the Torah and teach it to our children. It is our spiritual inheritance and legacy — the roadmap for Jewish thought and action and a guidebook for what God expects of us. In college, if someone asked me what book had most affected my life, I would have answered Betty Friedan’s “The Feminine Mystique” or Herman Hesse’s “Siddhartha.” But over ... the years, I have come to cherish the wisdom and yes, the relevancy, of the oldest book on my shelf, the Torah. For as counterintuitive as it may seem in our digitally dominated, social media driven world, this ancient text is highly relevant today because it portrays the evolution of the purpose for which we were created and the responsibilities we have as human beings. These responsibilities are both imminent and transcendent; they range from those we have to ourselves and one another, to the obligations we have to our earth, our community, the world at large and God. I, like many others, am deeply troubled by the direction in which our country is heading, especially regarding the unjust treatment of immigrants and undocumented non-citizens. Let’s face it: one of the central tenets of Jewish thought is based on the idea that we were strangers in a strange land and that if not for our ability to emigrate, we would have been decimated numerous times throughout history.
This principle, to welcome the stranger, is repeated 35 times in the Torah, more than any other commandment. And if that’s not enough, we are reminded year after year when we read from the Haggadah at our Seder that: “You shall not wrong nor oppress a stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 22:20) and “You shall not oppress a stranger, for you know the feelings of the stranger, having yourselves been strangers in the land of Egypt. (Exodus 23:9)” Do we need anything stronger than this directive to guide us in our own commitment to protect and preserve the rights of immigration in our own country? Does this timeless document, our Torah, not give us a clear message today that is not only relevant but mandatory if we are to continue to live meaningful lives as Jews, Americans and human beings? I am struck by the evolution of the sense of responsibility that we have as Jews to one another as it plays out in a dialogue found in the first chapter of Genesis (4:9). After Cain kills his brother Abel out of pure jealousy because God favored Abel’s gift over Cain’s, God asks Cain the following: “Where is Abel, your brother?” to which Cain answers, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” The Torah actually answers this question in the next to the last chapter of Genesis. Joseph, who is secondin-command to Pharaoh, still has not revealed his identity to his brothers who have come to Egypt to buy provisions due to the famine in Canaan. Joseph intentionally frames his youngest brother, Benjamin, for stealing the divining goblet, and consequently declares that as punishment, Benjamin will have to stay in Egypt while the brothers return to their father Jacob. Judah, the elder brother for whom we as Jews are named, beseeches Joseph to enslave him rather than Benjamin, as he knows that it will literally kill his father if they return without his beloved youngest son. So we come full circle in Genesis when, without being asked, Judah answers the question first asked by God of Cain. He comes forward willing and with his actions asserts that YES, he is his brother’s keeper. The issue looms large today: Am I my brother’s keeper? Isn’t that the question to keep at the forefront of our minds? And if we go deep to the place in our hearts where truth resides, I believe we will know the answer.
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On Wednesday, Jan. 11, a sold-out crowd at UA Centennial Hall was treated to a concert by Grammy and Emmy award-winning violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman. Sponsors of this UA Presents classical music event were Irene and Ellis (UA Presents board member) Friedman, Carol and Phil Lyons, and Gary and Marsha (UA Presents board chair) Tankenoff. Perlman played pieces by Vivaldi, Beethoven, Schumann, and Stravinsky. He followed the performance with five encore arrangements, including
Gary and Marsha Tankenoff flank Itzhak Perlman.
John Williams’ theme from “Schindler’s List.” On Nov. 30, accompanied by his pianist, Rohan De Silva, he performed this piece at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum at the memorial service for Elie Weisel. On a personal note, in 1970, Perlman, then in his mid-20s, performed on the same stage in the UA Main Auditorium (later re-named Centennial Hall) as part of the UA Artist Series, a precursor to UA Presents. An undergraduate at the time, I was on the Artist Series committee and had the privilege of meeting and greeting him.
Birthright This winter break, another University of Arizona crew headed off on a TaglitBirthright Israel trip. Birthright is a partnership between the government of Israel and Jewish communities around the world, with the Jewish Agency for Israel, Keren Hayesod, Jewish Federations of North America, private philanthropists and thousands of Birthright Israel Foundation donors maintaining the continuity of this gift of Israel travel to young Jewish adults. Since its inception in 1999, over 500,000 participants from over 66 countries have traveled 376 million miles
across Israel, contributing one billion dollars to the Israeli economy. The UA Hillel students who journeyed on Birthright Dec. 18-29 included Tucsonans Arielle Devorah, Rachel Freund, Jessica Lange, Zy Mazza, Tiffany Pelmont and Eli Soyfer, plus Tucsonan Boaz Cohon of Vanderbilt University and another student from University of California, Santa Cruz. Elyse Pincus, UA Hillel coordinator for Israel engagement, and Michael Walden, director of Jewish student life, staffed the trip. Traveling during Hanukkah, the group bonded amongst themselves and with the Israeli soldiers assigned to their bus who were enjoying their own Birthright experience. Arielle, a freshman majoring in engineering with a minor in creative writing and history, summed up the experience: “As someone who has been to Israel before, I thought that Birthright would not make any different impressions. Much to my pleasure, I was proven wrong. Immediately upon boarding the bus to Tiberias on our first night in Israel, I looked around at my trip mates, whom I barely knew before embarking on this journey, and knew that this trip was going to create memories that would last a lifetime. For the first time, I had the opportunity to discover Israel from an adult-tourist point of view. Everything from the beautiful nature walks across the Galilee to the hard-hitting discussions that extended far beyond the time allotted to the tearjerking experiences at Yad Vashem and Mt. Herzl continued to remind me why I fell in love with such a troubled nation in the first place. As I walked arm in arm with my friends through the Old City of Jerusalem, I basked in the pure bliss we all felt as we wove our way through small alleys that our ancestors walked thousands of years ago. I have never felt a stronger connection to myself nor my Jewish friends than in that very moment. There is simply nothing comparable to breathing in the brisk winter air of Israel, surrounded by some of your new best friends — your mishpacha (family) — as you bite into a sweet Roladin sufganiyah (Hanukkah fried jelly donut) that your tour guide bought you.”
13 Strong From Dec. 22- Jan. 2, Morris and Beverly Fine enjoyed a jam-packed visit to Israel with their sons Joel and Andrew and their families (including seven grandchildren). During the first five days, they stayed in Herzliya in a rental home large enough to hold all 13 of them comfort-
Arielle Devorah (left) and Rachel Freund at Kfar Hanokdim
Photo courtesy Beverly Fine
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Local people, places, travels and simchas
The Fine family at the Knesset (L-R): Morris, Joel, Thea, Talia, Natalie, Alyssa, Addison, David, Michelle, Jennifer, Andrew, Beverly and Vi
ably. There, they hosted a large contingent of Fine relatives from all over Israel, about 50 in all. Guests brought something to share — chairs or food — and lit the Hanukkah candles. From homemade cheese and olives from Metula to latkes from Haifa to crates of apples and oranges from a cousin’s orchards in Northern Israel, all enjoyed a feast and warm welcome to Israel. At a second gathering at another cousin’s home in Haifa, they met another 25-plus cousins. Moe and Bev were happy to see the grandchildren bond with third and fourth cousins for future communication and visits. In the early 1900s, Morris’s greatgrandfather immigrated to Israel with his eight children. Four remained and there are now over 500 of his descendants living throughout the land. Two others went to America (including Morris’s grandfather) and two to South Africa. One of their second cousins was Mordecai Hod (nee Fine), who took an Israeli surname when he was made a general in charge of the Israeli Air Force. He is remembered as the hero of the 1967 Six-Day War who sent almost the entire Israeli Air Force out to destroy the air forces of Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and Iraq at the outset of the war. He left Israel unprotected that day;
however, that bold decision won the war. Tour highlights included Machon Ayalon, the reconstructed secret underground munitions factory on Kibbutz Hill in Rehovot; the Tel Maresha Dig at Beit Guvrin National Park, where participants were allowed to take home shards of pottery; the man-made Bell Caves; a bike tour of Tel Aviv (minus Moe and Bev); a jeep ride on the Golan Heights; a visit with IDF soldiers at a base bordering Syria; Jerusalem, including the Kotel; exploring Masada and swimming in the Dead Sea. On the last day, the family toured the Knesset and had a private meeting with another cousin, Knesset member Bezalel Smotrich, from the Jewish Home party. He brought his parents, wife and five sons (a new baby daughter stayed at home) to meet with the group in his office. A lively discussion ensued and the Tucson Fines learned a great deal about Israeli politics. After this introductory sojourn to Israel, several of the Fine grandchildren are already planning to apply for Birthright trips.
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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.
Congregation Chofetz Chayim/Southwest Torah Institute
(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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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Chabad on River
Beth Shalom Temple Center
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.
Congregation Etz Chaim
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.
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.
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
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1751 N. Rio Mayo (P.O. Box 884), Green Valley, AZ 85622 (520) 648-6690 • www.bstc.us Shabbat services: 1st and 3rd Fri., 7p.m. / Torah study: Sat., 10 a.m. (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.
RABBI’S CORNER Kindling the divine fire RABBI THOMAS LOUCHHEIM Congregation Or Chadash
e live in a world where we are hardwired to fit people and actions into neat, perfect little boxes. Even our scripture seems to do this. We draw from our holy writings that an action is good or bad, a blessing or a curse, and will lead to life or death. For many, this provides us with a greater sense of order and it easily validates our view of right and wrong. Also, this kind of view allows us to assert our power over others by perpetuating such categories. It does not allow Truth to be a part of our consciousness. Wallace Stevens, the modernist poet, once wrote, “We live in the description of a place and not in the place itself.” By this he meant that each individual’s reality or perception of reality is unique, but does not necessarily lead one to understand a truth or a fact. That “reality” nevertheless becomes the label by which that person identifies events and people, and at the same time may become their boundary. A boundary limits how you define a place, a person, or an event. The clearest example of this is found in our most recent presidential election. When we use words like ‘liberal,” “conservative,” “Democrat,” and “Republican,” they may for many of us connote an idea or elicit an emotional response to that person, and for each of us, a particular fact or truth about them. We do not know anything else about that person, and yet, we have defined who they are. In reality, we often deal with other human beings or their actions as if they have no depth; as if the world had only two dimensions. This type of thinking serves only our personal needs and desires. It makes life so easy if we are able categorize our world in this way. Judaism demands that we are stirred beyond this binary way of thinking and that we live with awareness that transcends any of our personal objectives. Abraham Joshua Heschel taught us, “Personal meaning is meaningless, unless it is related to a transpersonal meaning.” Judaism challenges us to confront our limitations and satisfy the divine need our religion demands of us. What is that demand? Our awareness of reality must embrace the divine attributes of Kindness, Love, Mercy, and Justice (just to name a few). Then, and only then, are our insights stirred beyond those words that limit and shackle our minds. When these attributes inform your perceptions of the world and other human beings, we will be stirred by an awareness of grandeur that exists in the spiritual realm of our lives. This awareness will reshape our minds and our worlds. A parable illustrates this principle: A young man wanted to be a blacksmith. He learned how to hold the tongs, how to lift the sledge, where to hit the metal on the anvil, and how to blow the fire with the bellows. He was chosen to be the smithy at the royal palace. The man’s delight soon came to an end when he discovered that he did not know how to kindle a fire.
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Warren Bodow, 77, of Tucson and New York, died in New York City on Dec. 23, 2016. Born in Syracuse, N.Y. in 1939, Mr. Bodow graduated with a combined journalism and liberal arts degree from Syracuse University. His 40-year career in radio took him from campus station newsreader to president of the New York Times’ WQXR-AM/FM, a position he held longer than any other person in the station’s history. After Army reserve duty, he held various jobs in media promotion and radio sales at Detroit’s WKNR, and then in New York City at WNBC and WMCA. In 1978, Mr. Bodow was appointed sales director at WQXR, and he became president and general manager in 1983. Mr. Bodow also served as chairman of both the New York State Broadcasters Association and the Arts & Business Council of New York. He was on the board of Caramoor Center for the Performing Arts in Katonah, N.Y. In 1998, upon retiring from WQXR and its sister station, WQEW, Mr. Bodow took up creative writing. The results include four screenplays and six stage plays, several of which were produced professionally in New York and Arizona. His most recent play, “Deelmayker,” was performed at Tucson’s Invisible Theatre in 2016. Survivors include his wife, Ellen; sons, Steve (Katherine Profeta) Bodow of New York and Jonathan (Keelan) Bodow of Tempe, Ariz.; and four grandchildren. Graveside services were held in Westchester, N.Y.; a memorial service will be held in New York this month. Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Foodbank of Southern Arizona, the Lymphoma Research Foundation or to a scholarship fund in Mr. Bodow’s name at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications.
Alvin Schechter, 92, died Jan. 23, 2017. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Schechter worked at Royal Buick. He volunteered at Jewish Family & Children’s Services, where he received numerous awards. Mr. Schechter was preceded in death by his wife, Ileane Schechter. Survivors include his children, Sheryl (Richard) Marcus and Randy Schechter, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Graveside services were held at Evergreen Cemetery, with Rabbi Robert Eisen of Congregation Anshei Israel officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Congregation Anshei Israel, Jewish Family & Children’s Services or the charity of your choice.
Marvin G. Taub, 87, died Jan. 24, 2017. Born in New York City, Mr. Taub was a Tucson resident for more than 60 years. He was an optometrist for many years and enjoyed providing services to St. Elizabeth of Hungary Clinic and Job Corps. He was president of the Arizona Optometric Association in 1986-1987. Mr. Taub was predeceased by his grandson Zach. Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Dinah; children, Holly (Rodger) Orman, Brenda (Kathleen Iveson) Kazen and Brian (Becky Ripley) Taub; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Graveside services were held at Evergreen Cemetery in the Ner Tamid section, with Rabbi Thomas Louchheim of Congregation Or Chadash officiating.
Elaine K. Stoller Elaine K. Stoller, 71, died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017. Mrs. Stoller was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., and graduated from Duquesne University. After her marriage to Arthur they moved to Los Angeles, where she taught second grade for three years before becoming a real estate agent and later a social worker for Child Protective Services. Survivors include her husband, Arthur Stoller; daughter, Amy Marrottia of Tucson; brother, Michael (Linda) Kahn of Florida; and three grandchildren. Services were held at Evergreen Mortuary with Cantor Avi Alpert of Congregation Bet Shalom officiating, followed by interment the B’nai B’rith section of Evergreen Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.
Merrill Broad Merrill Broad, 89, died Jan. 23, 2017. A longtime Tucson resident, Mr. Broad was born in Uniontown, Pa., the youngest of three siblings. He joined the Navy at the end of World War II, serving on the USS Thompson as secretary to the ship’s commander. When his service ended, he returned to Uniontown and shortly after met the woman who would become his wife, Phyllis. They were married for 65 years but had known each other for 70. In 1958, the pair packed up their young family that included daughters Sherri and Amy, and headed west to Tucson, where their daughter Judy was born. They joined Congregation Anshei Israel, where Mr. Broad served on the board of directors. Mr. Broad was coowner of the Shelter Cocktail Lounge for 28 years with George Markovich, though he himself never drank anything stronger than coffee. After his retirement, he became a crossing guard for Tucson Unified School District and was a fixture at the corner of 5th Street and Chantilly, where he crossed Sewell Elementary School children for 19 years. He received the Pima County Crossing Guard of the Year award for the 2010-2011 school year. Mr. Broad was preceded in death by his sister, Rita, and brother, Leo. Survivors include his wife, Phyllis; daughters, Sherri (Rabbi Avi) Bloch of St. Louis, Mo., Amy (Dr. Robert) Direnfeld of Tucson and Judy (Phillip) Sanfield of Torrance, Calif.; nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Services were held at Evergreen Mortuary with Rabbi Robert Eisen of Congregation Anshei Israel officiating.
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR The calendar deadline is Tuesday, 10 days before the issue date. Our next issue will be published February 17, 2017. Events may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 18 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, 6:157 a.m.; Saturdays, call for time. 747-7780 or email@example.com. Chabad of Sierra Vista men’s tefillin club with Rabbi Benzion Shemtov, first Sundays, 9 a.m., at 401 Suffolk Drive. 820-6256 or jewishsierravista.com. “Too Jewish” radio show with Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon on KVOI 1030 AM (also KAPR and KJAA), Sundays at 9 a.m. 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. Cub Scout Pack 613 meets at Temple Emanu-El. Sundays, 12:30 p.m. Membership in the congregation not required. Open to all boys in Tucson ages 5-10. Pinewood Derby in March. Call cub master Ben Goldberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or Herb Cohn at email@example.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. $7 per class or $25 for four. 505-4161 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Cong. Anshei Israel mah jongg, Mondays, 10 a.m.-noon. All levels, men and women. Contact Evelyn at 885-4102 or email@example.com. Chabad Torah & Tea for women with Mushkie
Friday / February 3 11 AM-1 PM: Tucson J Shabbat luncheon with fine artist Carolyn King. $15. RSVP at 299-3000. 5 PM: Temple Emanu-El Tot Kabbalat Tu B’Shevat Rodeo Shabbat for families with preschool age children, followed by Shabbat dinner at 5:30 p.m. and desserts on the playground. Dinner: Adults, $12; children under 13, free. RSVP at 327-4501. 6 PM: Tucson J Tu B'Shevat Parsley Potluck. Plant seeds for Passover. Bring a vegetarian dish to share. $3 in advance or $5 at the door. RSVP at 299-3000.
Saturday / February 4 NOON: Cong. Anshei Israel book club discusses “Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide” by Michael B. Oren. Contact Vicki at
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ONGOING 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. Mondays, noon-1:15 p.m. Feb. 6, “Officiating at an Interfaith Marriage.” 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 Miriam: A Woman’s Commentary on the Torah.” Bring dairy lunch; beverages and dessert provided. Contact Helen at 299-0340. Tucson J current events discussion, Mondays, noon-1:30 p.m. Lunch, bring or buy, 11:30 a.m. 299-3000, ext. 147. Cong. Bet Shalom yoga. Mondays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. $5. 577-1171. Jewish sobriety support group meets Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m. at Cong. Bet Shalom. firstname.lastname@example.org. “Along the Talmudic Trail” for men (18-40) at Southwest Torah Institute, Mondays, 7 p.m. 747-7780 or email@example.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 PJ Library story time with volunteer Daphna Lederman. First Tuesdays, 10-11 a.m. 505-4161. Tucson J social bridge. Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon-3 p.m., year round. Dropins welcome. Meets in library on second firstname.lastname@example.org or Rayna at 887-8358. 6 PM: Cong. Or Chadash Texas Hold-Em tournament, dinner and casino night at Tucson Scottish Rite Cathedral, 160 S. Scott Ave. Tournament, $100; casino night, $55. Cash bar. Register at texasholdemtucson.com or contact Mitch Karson at 577-7879.
Sunday / February 5 9:30 AM: Cong. Or Chadash bike ride, Rollin' with the Rabbi on the Rillito. Meet in synagogue parking lot. Ride at your own pace with Rabbi Thomas Louchheim along the Rillito River path. Approx. 1 1/2 hours. 512-8500. 10 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel Parent Havurah discussion group on parenting with a Jewish lens. “How We Speak to Children Matters: Being responsive instead of reactive,” facilitated by Rabbi Robert Eisen and Jacque Kaplan,
floor. 299-3000. 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. Talmud on Tuesday with Rabbi Robert Eisen, 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, $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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Temple Emanu-El Talmud study with Dr. Eliot Barron. Wednesdays, 10-11:30 a.m. One-time $18 materials fee. 327-4501. 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. 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 TucMSW, LCSW, with JFCS. Free. Contact Rabbi Ruven Barkan at 745-5550, ext. 227 or eddir@ caiaz.org. 10:30 AM-12:30 PM: Desert Caucus brunch with Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) at Skyline Country Club, 5200 E. St. Andrews Drive. Guests should be potential members. Call Jennifer Miller Grant at 490-1453. 10:30 AM: JFSA-Northwest "Community without Walls" planning meeting to create friend-tofriend multigenerational network. RSVP at email@example.com or 505-4161. 2-4 PM: Temple Emanu-El class, “Beyond the Mirage and its Connection to Water Management in Israel,” with Sharon B. Megdal, Ph.D., director of University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center, screening of documentary by Cody Sheehy. Members, $7; nonmembers, $10.
son J. Learn to sing in Hebrew. Contact Rina Paz at 304-7943 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. 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. Tucson J canasta group. Players wanted. Thursdays, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Instruction available and a beginners’ table every week. Call Rhoda at 886-4334. 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. Beth Shalom Temple Center Art Gallery in Green Valley exhibit, “Visiting Our Roots,” photographs and pamphlets from recent visits to Poland, Hungary, Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic, through Feb. 15. Contact Marcia Wiener at 648-6690. Register at 327-4501. 4 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel family Super Bowl Party. Big screen, pizza, snacks and beverages provided. Rabbi Robert Eisen will discuss Jews in sports. Free. RSVP to Nichole Chorny at 7455550, ext. 228 or email@example.com.
Monday / February 6 4 PM: Arizona Center for Judaic Studies Sally and Ralph Duchin Campus Lecture Series: "Holy Places in the Old City of Jerusalem: An International Legal Perspective," with Leonard Hammer, Ph.D., at UA Hillel Foundation, 1245 E. 2nd Street. Free. 626-5758 or judaic.arizona.edu. 6:30 PM: Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Needlework meeting at cosponsor, Jewish FederationNorthwest. Contact Barbara Esmond at 2991197 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday / February 7 6:30 PM: JFSA Women’s Philanthropy social action committee Purse and Paint Party. Paint tiles for the new Sister Jose Women’s Center. $18. Includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine and dessert. Donate new or gently used designer purses for Connections silent auction on March 5. RSVP by Feb. 3 at jfsa.org or email@example.com. 7 PM: Cong. Or Chadash Israel trip informational meeting, in Room 5. Contact Elliot Framan at 795-7643 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday / February 8 7-9 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Wisdom of Jewish Tucson adult education series, "Religion AND Science … or Religion OR Science?" Thomas Fleming, Ph.D., UA Dept. of Astronomy, Steward Observatory, presents "The Cosmos Is Not Enough: Adventures of a Catholic Boy in the World of Astronomy." Continues Feb. 15 with Richard Green, Ph.D., UA assistant director for government relations, Steward Observatory, on "Cosmology and Jewish Thought." Prorated fee: $12 plus food donation for Community Food Bank. RSVP to Michelle at 745-5550, ext. 225.
Thursday / February 9 NOON: Jewish Federation-Northwest Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Stephanie Aaron, Congregation Chaverim, at Jewish Federation-Northwest. $8. RSVP at 505-4061 or email@example.com. 7 PM: Jewish History Museum Elizabeth Leibson Holocaust Remembrance Lecture, “Son of Saul” with actor, poet and musician Geza Rohrig, at Holsclaw Hall, UA Music Building. $36. Reception follows. Tickets at jewishhistorymuseum. org/events or 577-9393.
Friday / February 10 5:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Tu B'Shevat wine tasting Seder and dinner, followed at 7:30 p.m. by Fred, Gertrude and Bernard Rosen Shabbat Shirah, Sabbath of Song, with adult choir. Dinner: adults, $10; kids under 13, free. RSVP at 327-4501. 7 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Tu B’Shevat Seder & Shabbat Dinner Experience. Celebrate the Jewish “new year” for trees with four cups of wine, four questions, specific foods and storytelling. Brisket Shabbat dinner follows. CAI members, $30 per person; guests $35 per person. RSVP by Feb. 3 to 745-5550 or visit caiaz.org.
Saturday / February 11 9 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel Shabbat Shira. Musical Shabbat featuring CAI adult and youth choirs. 745-5550. 10 AM: Temple Emanu-El Women of Reform Judaism Shabbat and kiddush luncheon. Contact Norma Cohen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 5759576. 2-4 PM: Secular Humanist Jewish Circle presents "Jews and the Civil War." Civil War buff Joel Unowsky discusses the role of Jews in the Confederacy, Lincoln's relationship with the Jews, and anti-Semitism during this period. Members/prospective members only. Bring a snack to share. RSVP for directions to Becky Schulman at 296-3762 or email@example.com or visit shjcaz.org.
Monday / February 13 3-4:30 PM: Sami Shalom Chetrit: Poetry reading and talk, "The Poetics of Mizrahi Identity," at the Jewish History Museum, 564 Stone Ave. Free. Contact Robert Yerachmiel Snyderman at 670-9073 or programs@jewishhistorymuseum. org. 7 PM: JFSA Winter Residents Event. Dessert reception at private home. Free. Casual attire. RSVP by Feb. 7 to Karen Graham at 577-9393 ext. 118 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday / February 14 2-4 PM: Tucson Chapter Brandeis National Committee "We Love Our Members" event, at the Jewish History Museum/Holocaust HistoryCenter, 564 N. Stone Ave. $20. Private docent tours, dessert and beverages. Call Stephen Seltzer at 299-3788 or email@example.com. 6-8 PM: Jewish History Museum screening, "Shattered Rhymes: The Life and Poetry of Erez Bitton," at the UA Integrated Learning Center, Room 150. Free. 670-9073.
Thursday / February 16 7 PM: Jewish Federation-Northwest sees play, "Lebensraum" by Israel Horowitz, at the Invisible Theater, 1400 N. 1st Ave. Special group rate: $25 per person. Carpool available. RSVP by Feb. 14 at 505-4161 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday / February 17 5:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Family Shabbat dinner (adults, $10; children under 12, free) followed at 6:30 p.m. by Shabbat Rocks! service with the Avanim Band and the third grade. RSVP for diner at 327-4501. 5:45 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Family Shabbat Experience Service, followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and games in youth center. Dinner $25 per family (2 adults and up to 4 children), or $10 per person (adults 13+). RSVP by Feb. 13 to Kim at 745-5550 ext. 224 or visit caiaz.org. 9:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Downtown Shabbat at the Jewish History Museum, 564 S. Stone Ave, with the Armon Bizman band, Rabbi Samuel Cohon and soloist Lindsey O’Shea. 327-4501
Saturday / February 18 8 AM: Temple Emanu-El Wandering Jews Hike and Shabbat morning service in Madera Canyon, with Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon. 327-4501 9 AM: Cong. Or Chadash Shabbat hike in Catalina State Park, 11512 N. Oracle Road. Meet at trailhead for a 1-mile hike with Rabbi Thomas Louchheim. Bring sack lunch, water and sunscreen. $7 per car. RSVP by Feb. 15 to Sarah at 900-7027 or email@example.com. NOON: Cong. Anshei Israel Targum Shlishi following kiddush. Understanding the Torah in form and function; guest speaker Rabbi Michael Goldman, founder and director of Seivah: Jewish Life Beyond Memory, in White Plains, NY, presents "A Jewish Response to Dementia." Call Rabbi Robert Eisen at 745-5550, ext. 230. 8 PM: UA Hillel Foundation 100 Years of Celebration: Arsenio Hall at the Fox Tucson Theatre. Tickets at 547-3040 or foxtucson.com. Preceded at 6 p.m. by celebration at Scottish Rite Cathedral, 160 S. Scott Ave. Tickets at uahillel.org.
Sunday / February 19 9:30 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel Men's Club, "World Wide Wrap." Men's Club members talk to fifth and six grade religious school students about why they wear tefillin. Includes breakfast and a discussion, "Why I Pray and What Do I Expect from It?" All are welcome. Call Lew Crane at 400-9930 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 9:30 AM: Hadassah mah jongg tournament at Skyline Country Club, 5200 E. St. Andrews Drive. $40 includes game and lunch. Silent auction and prizes for top three scorers and round winners. Register by Feb. 5 to Phyllis Harris at 797-5519 or email@example.com. Checks to Hadassah Southern Arizona, c/o Phyllis Harris, 385 W. Ridge Peak Road, Tucson 85737. NOON-2 PM: JFSA Jewish Community Relations Council annual meeting with guest speaker Lecia Brooks, director of outreach at the Southern Poverty Law Center, at the Jewish History Museum, 564 Stone Ave. $18. RSVP at jfsa.org/JCRCannualmeeting or contact Jane Scott at 577-9393, ext. 114 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 2 PM: Temple Emanu-El Monthly Sunday Salon. Morgen Hartford, MSW, director of Alzheimer's Association of Southern Arizona presents "Aging and Alzheimer's Disease." 327-4501 3:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Babies & Bagels/PJ Library event: Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month. Story time, snacks and crafts. Topic: kol adam meyuchad, valuing individual differences and diversity. ASL interpreter provided. RSVP to email@example.com or 577-9393, ext. 138.
Monday / February 20 NOON: Jewish Federation-Northwest Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Helen Cohn, Congregation M'Kor Hayim, at Jewish Federation Northwest . $8. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org or 505-4161. 6 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Women's League Wine & Cheese Happy Hour. Following 5:30 p.m. minyan in the Epstein Chapel, enjoy a "girls" nosh, sip and socializing. Women's League members, free; guests, $5. No RSVP needed. Contact Evelyn at 885-4102 or email@example.com. 7-8:30 PM: Arizona Center for Judaic Studies presents "Religion and the 2016 Election: Historical Context and Unusual Alliances," with Randall Balmer, John Phillips Professor of Religion at Dartmouth College, at the Tucson J. Free. Contact John Winchester at 626-5758 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit judaic.arizona.edu/religionandelections.
UPCOMING Wednesday / February 22
10 AM: Handmaker lecture. Rabbi Helen Cohn presents "Exploring Psalm 23." Contact Nanci Levy at 322-3632 7 PM: StandWithUS Israeli soldiers tour event, at UA Hillel Foundation, 1245 E. 2nd Street. Two IDF soldiers relate their personal experience serving in the IDF and living In Israel. Free. Call 208-1619.
Thursday / February 23
7 PM: A Night to Stand with Israel, with the Friends of Israel and Weintraub Israel Center, at the Tucson J. Two IDF soldiers discuss life in Israel and tell stories from the front lines. Free and open to all. Includes light dessert. RSVP by Feb. 22 to email@example.com.
Monday / February 27
7 PM: American Israel Public Affairs Committee 2017 Tucson event, featuring Mosab Hassan Yousef, author of "Son of Hamas." Program begins at 7:30, following registration, and includes dessert. Preceded at 6 p.m. by a VIP dinner open to members contributing $1,800 or more to AIPAC's 2017 Annual Campaign. $25 through Feb.7, $36 after Feb. 7. For RSVP and location, call 903-1004 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday / March 4
11 AM-1:30 PM: Interfaith Community Services Empty Bowls fundraiser, at the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, 1288 W. River Road, benefiting the ICS Food Bank. Includes soups, bread, desserts and a handmade bowl to take home. Tickets, $25, at icstucson.org.
Sunday / March 5
10 AM: JFSA Connections 2017 Let's Get PURSE-onal brunch with designer purse auction benefiting Sister Jose Women's Center, at the Tucson J. Rabbi Susan Silverman will present "Casting Lots: Creating Family In a Beautiful, Broken World." $36 per person, with $180 minimum pledge ($18 for students) to the 2017 Federation Community Campaign. RSVP at jfsa.org or contact Karen Graham at 577-9393 or email@example.com.
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The Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona Northwest Division celebrated Rosh Chodesh on Tuesday, Jan. 24 with a challah-baking event led by Mushkie Zimmerman of Chabad Oro Valley. The attendees included several pairs of mothers and daughters. (L-R): Dana Goldstein, Olivia Hitchings and Sarah Hitchings
The Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona Young Leadership held its annual Hava Tequila party, a masquerade, on Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Tucson Scottish Rite Cathedral, with 135 young professionals attending. The event raised $7,100 to benefit Young Leadership engagement and social action programming.
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Hava Tequila Masquerade
Jeff Winkelman, Elaine Geffen, Keren Winkleman
UPCOMING EVENTS FEBRUARY 8 | CONVERSATIONS ON COMPASSION: COMPASSION THROUGH POSITIVE COMMUNICATION UA CENTER FOR COMPASSION STUDIES | 5:30PM FEBRUARY 12 | TREATING & PREVENTING ATRIAL FIBRILLATION DR. DARREN PERESS | 2PM FEBRUARY 18 | TMC PET THERAPY- JOIN OUR TEAM MARY ATKINSON, DIRECTOR OF WELLNESS | 9AM FEBRUARY 19 | WHAT YOU PUT ON YOUR SKIN GOES IN: WHAT’S GOING IN? WITH MRS. GREEN | 2PM
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The Hava Tequila committee (L-R): Eric Mellan, Naomi Present, Simone Krame, Isaac Figueroa, Sami Minkus, Keren Winkelman, Matt Landau
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BRIAN BELAKOVSKY, son of Anjelina Belakovskaia and Lawrence Bernstein, will celebrate becoming a bar mitzvah on Saturday, Feb. 4, at Temple Emanu-El. He is the grandson of Liliya Belakovskaya of Tucson. Brian attends Basis Tucson North where he is on the honor roll and a member of the school’s chess team. He enjoys chess (he is in the top 5 percent on the U.S. Juniors chess lists), mathematics and weight training. For his mitzvah project Brian has written a book, “Chess for Seniors,” raised funds through https://www.gofundme. com/help-elderly-through-chess campaign, and donated his books and chess sets to Tucson hospitals and nursing homes.
AUDREY SHER-WALTON recently released a collection of poetry, “All the Colors of My Life are Red.” A former mental health therapist who currently owns Mrs. Audrey’s Academic Achievement tutoring service, Sher-Walton has been published in Zocolo Magazine, Aurora and the Write ON! East-side Writing Group’s 2015 and 2016 anthologies. She has been a guest reader on KXCI’s Poet’s Moment. For information on ordering the book, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Business briefs The TUCSON JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER received a Silver Award for its participation in the Pima Association of Governments Sun Rideshare transportation assistance program. As an employer with more than 100 employees, the J was required to participate under a local travel reduction ordinance to meet federal air quality standards. The program helps employers implement travel reduction programs at their worksites. The J exceeded the annual program goals and earned a Silver Award by achieving a survey response rate of 60.5 percent and increasing alternative mode usage by 14 percentage points. In addition, employees reduced their VMT (vehicle miles traveled) by 15.9 percent. In 2016, employees saved 83,616 miles and 1,493 pounds of pollution by using alternative transportation. The J was one of 11 local companies and nonprofits that received the Silver Award. The Gold Award went to C3/Customer Contact Channels. There were more than 40 Bronze Award recipients.
TOHONO CHUL BOTANICAL GARDENS is going solar with a program created in cooperation with Solar Solution AZ. The first phase in the nonprofit nature preserve’s plan has been installed with 95 solar panels on the roofs of the Garden Bistro, admissions building and administration building. Another 231 panels will be installed in the second phase, with the combined power of the 326 panels expected to produce about 294 watts daily. The annual environmental savings will be equivalent to taking five cars off the road or saving 41 tons of carbon.
BARBARA LEVY, ACFRE, was one of six fundraisers from across the United States named to the first class of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Distinguished Fellows. Tucsonan Patricia Bjorhovde was named a Distinguished Fellow. The AFP Southern Arizona Chapter was the only chapter in the country to have two members named Distinguished Fellows. Levy is a fundraising consultant who has served AFP in numerous capacities, including vice chair of the board and chair of the association's ethics committee and ACFRE committee. In 2012, the U.S. Department of Labor invited her to help define the characteristics of the fundraising profession. Her work was published in the National Occupation Information Network Data Collection Program. The 2016 Distinguished Fellows will be honored at the AFP’s International Fundraising Conference in San Francisco in April.
ELYSSA KOHEN of Las Vegas is serving as audio assistant with the national touring company of Motown, which will be in Tucson at Centennial Hall Feb. 21-26. Kohen, a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, is the granddaughter of Norma and Irwin Brewster of Tucson.
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