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Local firefighters get hands-on training as volunteers in Israel NANCY BEN-ASHER OZERI Special to the AJP


ive Southern Arizona firefighters recently spent nine days in Israel training and battling blazes with fire crews in Jerusalem and Petach Tikvah. As the latest Firefighters Beyond Borders delegation, they were the first personnel from Arizona to participate in the Emergency Volunteer Project, a program that trains first-responders to provide support for Israel in the event of war, natural or manmade disasters. With no time for jet lag, the delegates hit the ground running. “It was quite an adventure. … They didn’t give us enough time to be tired. They picked us up at 4 at the airport and took us to the fire station in Petach Tikvah and put us to work right away,” says Mount Lemmon Fire District Chief Randy Ogden, who headed the delegation. “They drilled us to make sure we knew how to fight fire. They put us laying

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Southern Arizona firefighters (from left) Marcella Donovan Hammond (Nogales Fire Department), Capt. Bruce Avram (Tucson Fire Department), Chief Randy Ogden (Mt. Lemmon Fire District), Jeremy Carillo (Rio Rico Fire and Medical District) and Chief Pete Ashcraft (Nogales Fire Department) tour a mobile command post in Haifa with Guy Caspi, chief mass casualty incident instructor of Magen David Adom, Israel’s emergency medical services unit (seated).

hose lines and connecting them. We did that until about 9:30 and then we ate dinner and then we started running calls.” After that initial training, three of the firefighters went to

the central fire station in Jerusalem, while two stayed in Petach Tikvah with another EVP trainee from Maine. The Jerusalem crew had what amounted to an initiation by fire,

literally. “We pulled up to the station and there were a couple guys standing outside. I got out to introduce myself and Arik, one of the firefighters who was See Firefighters, page 4

NPR’s Mara Liasson to analyze 2016 election at free JFSA event


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he Jewish Federation will launch its 2017 Community Campaign with a free event, “Together: A Post Election Conversation with Mara Liasson” on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. at Congregation Anshei Israel. Liasson is the national political correspondent for NPR and a regular panelist on “Special Report with Bret Baier” on the Fox News Channel. Her reports can be heard regularly on NPR’s awardwinning “All Things Considered” and “Morning Edition.” She pro-

vides extensive coverage of politics and policy from Washington, DC — focusing on the White House and Congress — and also reports on political trends beyond the Beltway. Each election year, Liasson provides key coverage of the candidates and issues in both presidential and congressional races. During her tenure she has covered seven presidential elections. Prior to her current assignment, Liasson was NPR’s White House correspondent for all eight years of the Clinton administration. She

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has won the White House Correspondents Association’s Merriman Smith Award for daily news coverage in 1994, 1995 and 1997. From 1989-1992, she was NPR’s congressional correspondent. Liasson joined NPR in 1985 as a general assignment reporter and newscaster. From September 1988 to June 1989 she took a leave of absence from NPR to attend Columbia University in New York as a recipient of a Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism. See Liasson, page 5

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Homeless youth spend a day taking ‘Pictures of Hope’ mon is looking to increase their outreach in the future because of the impact it has on the children who participate. “With the numbers of homeless children only getting larger in population, it’s too important not to bring the program back to all cities that have had the program and to new cities,” she says. Leilani Martinez, 15, who has been involved with the Pictures of Hope program for six years, was one of the many mentors at this year’s event and was recently awarded the Hope Scholarship to Blackburn College in Carlinville, Ill. Martinez is one of four children who received a full ride scholarship this year, and Solomon


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ourteen children enrolled in Our Family Services, a local program that provides support for homeless families and youth, pack a small conference room on a crisp Saturday morning, listing their future goals, decorating coloring sheets and snacking on cheese sticks. Linda Solomon, a Tucson native and founder of Pictures of Hope, starts the day with a slideshow of her celebrity photographs and professional tips. The children have no trouble identifying Beyonce, and they erupt with cheers when a picture of actor Will Smith followed. But how did Solomon get her dog to smile for a photograph, she asks the lively group. She used the age-old industry secret: doggie biscuits. Solomon teaches the children some photography basics: emphasize your subject, make sure it’s in focus and, if you can, get about “a giant step away,” she says. The lesson includes some quizzes and the kids call out their answers, shouting louder as the morning unfolds. After the crash course, the young shutterbugs are surprised with a free digital camera, which brings everyone to their feet. “The most important thing is to show children that their hopes and dreams matter,” says Solomon. “The kids walk away feeling special, they feel important and they feel people care. And whenever they’re having a bad day they’ll always remember the good one they had with us.” Pictures of Hope is a nationwide nonprofit fundraising project that works with children facing homelessness. Since 2005, the annual workshop has visited 50 cities throughout the United States and continues to make Tucson a mainstay stop. “My goal is to touch the heart of a child, and through photography the children share feelings that they don’t easily share verbally,” says Solomon. At the beginning of the workshop, the children write a list of their dreams, and then along with their mentors they photograph one of their future goals. The various local mentors this year included Pima County Sheriff Chris Nanos, Tucson Unified School District Superintendent Dr. H.T. Sanchez and Mayor Jonathan Rothschild. “My thanks go out to Linda for continuing her support for this program in Tucson,” says Rothschild. “Each year, we reach more children in a personal way that changes their life direction. The program works and our community appreciates it.” The workshop will visit six cities this year, and Solo-



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says she’s honored to provide such a wonderful opportunity. “It’s meant everything to me,” Solomon says. This was the first year the program partnered with Skinnytees, a clothing company founded by Linda Schlesinger-Wagner, a nationally recognized fashion designer. Without this support, Pictures of Hope would have been hard pressed to return to Tucson, Solomon says. “Every year we select Tucson as a city, and every year I’m very honored to bring it back,” she says. “And thanks to Linda, I was able to do that.” The children’s photos will be printed on holiday note cards, and will be unveiled at a “Meet the Young Artist” opening event hosted by Children’s Museum Tucson, 200 S. Sixth Ave., on Monday, Nov. 14 from 4-6 p.m. All proceeds will fund programs at Our Family Services. For more information visit lindasolomonphotography. com or ourfamilyservices.org.

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hen we work together, when we reach out to the least among us, we improve the lives of others while enriching our own lives and our community, Jean Fedigan, executive director of the Sister Jose Women’s Center, told about 90 people attending the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona Women’s Philanthropy annual welcome event on Sept. 28 at the Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort. Fedigan’s message embodies the Women’s Philanthropy mission of working to transform lives and deliver hope, dignity and comfort to people at home, in Israel and around the world. The Federation chose Sister Jose Women’s Center, a nonprofit serving homeless women, as the focus for its 70th anniversary mitzvah project. “I started working with homeless women nine years ago and I have gotten to know their names and their circumstances and how they got where they were,” said Fedigan, who was a nurse for 25 years. While their stories vary widely, all the women suffer through extremes of weather, are vulnerable to violence and sex trafficking and receive inadequate medical care. “Even though they face physical hunger and thirst, they also hunger for compassion, dignity and respect,” Fedigan said. “We know the women’s names, we listen to their stories and we try to get them help through various agencies.” The center provides food, clothing, showers, personal hygiene items, overnight stays in the winter and help with getting medical care and jobs. The average age of women is 45 to 55, with the oldest aged 82. The center needs volun-

teers along with donations of clothing, shoes, personal care items, bedding and housekeeping products such as detergent, paper towels and dish soap. The center will be moving into a 9,000-square-foot facility in February. Joyce Stuehringer, chair of Women’s Philanthropy, says everyone at the meeting was touched by hearing about these women in need. “We are looking forward to being part of this mitzvah project,” says Stuehringer. “I feel a sense of excitement that we can help because, as Jews, this is how we act out our values.” “Hopefully, throughout the year, we can do things to help the women at Sister Jose,” says Dana Goldstein, social action co-chair of Women’s Philanthropy. “The women in our group are always willing to help and asking what they can do.” Goldstein says they plan to help with donating items for the new building and perhaps do an art project that will be a symbol of hope. Women’s Philanthropy thanked its outgoing board members and welcomed the 2016-2017 board members at the event. The evening also provided a forum for the women to meet Leah Avuno, one of two Israeli teens selected as the Weintraub Israel Center’s shinshinim, who will be doing a year of volunteer service in Tucson, with an emphasis on teaching local children about life in Israel. Avuno spoke briefly at the meeting. Originally from Ethiopia, she now lives in Kiryat Malachi. As a child it took her a while to get accustomed to Israeli culture, but she says she is now “one hundred percent Israeli.” She first met Americans when a group visited Kiryat Malachi on a Birthright mission. “I was surprised to find that Americans are so similar to me and that we both like and care about Israel,” Avuno said.

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assigned to us, came running back out and said, ‘Let’s go. We’ve got a big fire.’ So we jumped into the truck and there was an apartment building on fire, with people trapped inside,” says Nogales Fire Department Chief Pete Ashcraft. “We get there and there are hundreds of people outside. There are onlookers and police and then you have the fire departments. We didn’t know who was who. It was a little overwhelming to the senses, but that’s what we’re trained to deal with, so you just push that out of your head and get to work,” says Jeremy Carillo, a firefighter with the Rio Rico Medical & Fire District. “We had not been there long enough to even be trained on their breathing apparatus. We got a crash course and figured it out ourselves. We’re firefighters, so that’s our job to adapt and improve quickly. So when the guys would come out, we’d yank the bottles out of their harness and slap in a new one and send them back to work. We got very organized very quickly, which they appreciated. Some of those guys went in three or four times, at least.” The fire was in an eight-story apartment building and 26 people were trapped inside. Carillo says it started in a storage area underground and the biggest threat to the residents was smoke inhalation. Like most of the buildings in Israel, this one was constructed of concrete, so there wasn’t any concern about the building collapsing, like there would be in the United States. But the emphasis was still on getting everyone out to safety and putting out the fire. “When the ladder truck came down, there was a set of triplets with a mom and grandma. Grandma was not feeling so well, so she handed me one of the kids, a baby, and he just cuddled up to me. I helped them walk the grandma to a city bus that was turned into a mobile treat-and-release station,” says Marcella Donovan Hammond, a firefighter and arson investigator with the Nogales Fire Department. Hammond was the first female firefighter from the United States to participate in EVP, and the only woman at her station in Jerusalem. She says that’s a situation she’s used to, since she was the first female firefighter in her department in Nogales. The crew in Petach Tikvah was busy as well. “They put us to work,” says Ogden. “I was surprised. They were much more willing to let us do things and actually get involved; put airpacks on and

actually fight fire. Originally I thought they would kind of entertain and tolerate us, but it went way beyond that. They really accepted us and put us to work.” On Sept. 20, the group had the privilege of observing a national drill – when the entire country participates in an emergency drill, orchestrated by the Is-

opportunity to tour the Magen David Adom (Israel’s emergency medical services unit) mobile command post, hosted by Guy Caspi, MDA’s chief mass casualty incident instructor and director of hazmat, exercises and operational training, who was in Southern Arizona with the Israeli Firefighters Beyond Bor-

Joining peers in Poland, local fire chief takes lessons of Auschwitz to heart


onathan McMahan, Rural/Metro Fire Department chief in Pima County, was recently in Poland as one of seven U.S. fire chiefs invited to present a symposium on American firefighting expertise at the Main School of the Fire Service in Warsaw. This was the first delegation of U.S. fire chiefs invited to Poland as part of the USA-Poland INFIRENET Program, which sends Polish fire officers and emergency managers to train with their counterparts in the United States. McMahan was invited by the Institution of Fire Engineers, USA Branch, which is the overall sponsor of the USA-Poland INFIRENET Program. His trip was funded, in part, by the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation. The American fire chiefs shared their experience in areas such as testing for flow path surveys to fight fires more effectively, the use of drones in fire and emergency services, professional development and incident command systems. McMahan was impressed with the Polish fire service’s emphasis on education, particularly for leaders in the service. “It’s a foundational pillar of what their fire service is about. They make sure that people who are in leadership positions are college educated. That’s something we need more of in America,” says McMahan. “It’s always interesting to me how we think we’re the best, always, until we go somewhere else and then we see things that we can really do better. You’ve got to broaden your horizons.”

rael Defense Forces’ Home Front Command. They went to Haifa, where they witnessed a simulated response to a missile attack on the oil refinery. For some, it was the first time they’d ever heard the warning siren of a missile attack. During the drill, they had a unique

While in Poland from Sept. 26– Oct. 5, the U.S. fire chiefs also took in historical and cultural sites, including several of significance to the Jews of Eastern Europe. They visited the Warsaw Rising Museum and the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, which were interesting to McMahan as a history buff. But he was most affected by the day they spent at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps memorial. “I personally had a hard time with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. — I didn’t do well after going to that — so I was a little worried about going to Auschwitz. It’s something everyone should know about, even the kids today need to know about it,” McMahan says. “You pull in the parking lot and it looks nice from the outside. It looks like a school, like a 1950s college. … They’re nice buildings, but there’s nothing nice about it. Some of the things that they have there, it’s chilling when you think about it. They still have people’s luggage with their names — they wrote their names on the outside of their luggage with paint because they thought they were going to get it back.” Even the weather reflected the somber mood of this dark era in Poland’s history. “Out of the 10 days we were there, it was the only day that it was cold and raining. It was cold and raining the whole time we were at the concentration camp ... I thought it was really fitting because there was never a good day there,” McMahan says. ders delegation last fall. “It was leaps and bounds above anything we have here,” says Ashcraft. While talking with one of the men who designed it, Ashcraft found out that he had also helped design the cameras and surveillance equipment along the Arizona-Mexico border.

When asked what impressed them the most, every single delegate mentioned the warmth and camaraderie of the Israeli firefighters. “They were so happy to have us there, so hospitable. I always felt at home,” says Tucson Fire Captain Bruce Avram, who was stationed in Petach Tikvah with Ogden. “I never felt anything but accepted.” The hospitality extended beyond the fire station, as people who saw them in uniform out on the streets were impressed and grateful that they had traveled from the other side of the world to volunteer their time. They frequently received offers for a warm meal and a place to stay from total strangers. Although there were some noticeable differences in equipment and protocol, all of the volunteers said they were primarily struck by the similarities between the Israel Fire and Rescue Authority and their own departments here in Arizona. “A fire station is a fire station. We could have picked up that fire station with those guys and put it anywhere in the world and it would have been a fire station. It’s a unique breed of individual that’s in the fire service. It seems like it’s the same throughout the world. They are dedicated professionals, really want to do a good job and are there because they care about people,” says Ogden. “The opportunity to introduce our folks to the EVP experience has meant our firefighters were given the chance to become certified as Israeli firefighters – active duty, boots on the ground, nozzle in hand, alongside their professional counterparts and, now, lifelong friends,” says Mike McKendrick, chair of the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation. “The reciprocal delegations have brought much to our region, strengthening training and emergency response. Their ability and willingness to share that gained expertise has had an impact that has rippled across the first responder community both here and in Israel. We look forward to many more opportunities to bring Tucson and Israel closer in partnership through the foundation’s Firefighters Beyond Borders initiative.” Ultimately, did their EVP training accomplish its mission? If called on to help Israel during an emergency, would they go back? Without hesitation, every one of five delegates said yes. “I can’t wait to go back. I loved Jerusalem. I loved the country. I didn’t expect it to affect me as much as it did. … They’ve got a friend for life in me,” says Carillo. Nancy Ben-Asher Ozeri is a writer and editor in Tucson.

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Women and girls ages 9 and up will come together for the Mega Challah Bake on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. The event is a joint initiative of Chabad Tucson and the Tucson J with the participation of local congregations and organizations. It is held annually to coincide with The Shabbos Project, “motivating Jews around the world to experience the beauty and serenity of Shabbat,” says Feigie Ceitlin, program director of Chabad Tucson. Last year, 250 women participated in Tucson’s Mega Challah Bake and organizers are expecting 300 this year. Participants will learn to prepare and braid challah dough, creating two loaves each to take home to bake, as well as

learning about the spiritual meaning behind the mitzvah (commandment) of making and separating challah. The event is for all women, whether it is their first attempt at making challah or they have been making this staple of the Jewish table for decades. A buffet with many flavors of challah and dips and an opportunity to join in dancing around the ballroom will round out the evening. The admission fee includes a personal apron, ingredients and the buffet. An $18 early bird ticket is available with registration before Nov. 1; after that, the price is $25. A table hosting package at $225 includes 9 tickets and a table photo. RSVP at megachallahtucson.com or call 326-8362.


tion,” a California Public Radio nightly news program, and a print journalist for The Vineyard Gazette in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. She graduated from Brown University with a degree in American history. The Together event is free but registration is required at jfsa.org or 577-9393.

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LOCAL tucson’s third annual Mega Challah Bake to celebrate Shabbat tradition

(L-R) Fanny Bangoura, Kim Boling and Ellie Boling roll dough in preparation for braiding at the 2015 Mega Challah Bake at the tucson Jewish Community Center.

Reception with Mara Liasson The Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona will hold a reception with Mara Liasson for members of JFSA’s Tikkun Circle and Ben Gurion Society, which include donors to the JFSA 2017 Community Campaign of $1,000 (per couple) or $500 (individual). The reception, with a

light supper and no-host bar, will be held at 5:30 p.m.at Congregation Anshei Israel, prior to Liasson’s talk at 7 p.m. There is a $36 registration fee. Attendees are invited to submit a question for Liasson when they register. RSVP at jfsa. org or call Lisa Yeager at 577-9393, ext. 125.

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COMMENTARY Culture shock: When my synagogue banned my baby on Yom Kippur BEN SALES JTA chicago

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hy did my synagogue ban my baby? It had been more than a decade since I attended my hometown synagogue for Yom Kippur, and it was my first time as a father, so I didn’t know what to expect. But I never imagined standing in the lobby, holding my baby and praying on my own while more than a thousand people sang together in the sanctuary. My wife and I had arrived at the Conservative shul in suburban Chicago around 10 a.m. to spend time with my grandmother — our 9-month-old’s greatgrandmother. The impersonal, cantorial service wasn’t really our style, but we followed bubbe’s lead, going to the most accessible place for her. Only it wasn’t accessible to us. After handing over our tickets, the usher stuck out a palm when he saw our stroller: No babies allowed until noon, he said. The synagogue technically made space for young children. The problem was, it wasn’t where we were — there was a par-

JTA staff writer Ben Sales and his son relax at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in September 2016.

allel service a mile away at a public middle school, where kids could roam free. There was also a children’s service beginning shortly in another room. But to be with my grandmother, my wife or I would have to give up being with our son. It was a jarring surprise. The main reason we had come to the synagogue was so my grandmother could spend the Jewish calendar’s holiest day with one of her great-grandchildren. The night before,

Kol Nidre, had felt especially meaningful as my wife and I held him in our arms. But that morning, we ended up having to take half-hour shifts: one of us sitting with bubbe, the other outside, in the lobby, with our baby. Our family recently moved back to the U.S. after four years in Israel, and the reverse culture shock can feel especially acute at synagogue. The concept of High Holiday tickets and ushers is foreign at

most synagogues in Tel Aviv. Our congregation there was almost built for kids. They ran around in the aisles and grabbed their parents’ legs while they led services. Our friends and neighbors clamored to hug and hold our son when we first brought him on a Saturday morning. Only occasionally were kids shushed — gently. The synagogue we attend in New York — like many American synagogues — is exceedingly kid-friendly. But our Yom Kippur experience isn’t isolated. Our first month in New York, we were summarily kicked out of a different synagogue when our baby cried. Rabbi Menachem Creditor, in San Francisco, wrote an essay two years ago admonishing worshippers for creating a hostile climate for parents and kids. Writing at our sister site, Kveller, in February, Rochelle Kipnis recalled a congregant asking her to leave the service because her daughter was singing the prayers. A very informal Facebook survey of my friends revealed several similar experiences. “If you feel the urge to react to the sound a child makes in a sanctuary, please See Synagogue, page 7

How Jacob Neusner’s rigor brought Jewish studies into the mainstream ALAN J. AVERY-peck JTA worcester, mass. acob Neusner, the famed scholar and almost mythically prolific author who died Oct. 8 at age 84, almost singlehandedly created the modern study of


Judaism, and in doing so he revolutionized our understanding of the history of Judaism and our perception of what Judaism can mean to Jews today. His career, which spanned more than 50 years and famously included the publication of hundreds of books, brought him national and international recog-

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nition. But most important, it created a model of Jewish life and learning that both adheres to the heritage of Torah and tradition, and with intellectual and historical honesty is at home in 21st century America. By the early 1960s, when Neusner was first beginning to publish, Bible scholars had long questioned and sought methods of analyzing everything from the Hebrew Bible’s account of the history of early Israel to the New Testament’s claims regarding what Jesus had said and done. But it remained routine in Jewish history simply to accept as fact what Jewish texts, written hundreds of years after the events they reported, said had happened or claimed what certain rabbis or other figures had said. Instead, Neusner insisted that ancient Jewish writings be examined according to the same norms of analysis that were routinely applied to the Bible and New Testament. In his earliest writings, Neusner showed conclusively that rabbinic books — the Mishnah, the two Talmuds, collections of Midrash — expressed distinctive ideologies uniquely suited to the time and place of their authors and editors. This meant that Jewish history,

just like Israelite and early Christian history, could not be expressed in terms of what had actually happened, but only as the history of the ideas and ideologies of those who compiled and edited the later literary evidence. A first implication of this discovery was that we could no longer speak simply of some single and monolithic “Judaism.” Individual rabbinic books, rather, needed to be understood in the context of the specific and diverse Judaic systems in which they arose. Second, Talmudic texts could not be studied as they always had been, with every text, early or late, being used to illuminate every other text. And third, accurately interpreting this literature required academic methods. This meant that the Talmud, to be truly understood and for it to take its rightful place among the world’s great literatures, could no longer be in the sole purview of the yeshiva and yeshiva-trained scholars. The last point is perhaps the most significant. Through critical examination, massive projects of translation and commentary, and his application of disciplines ranging from literary study to anthropology, Neusner brought the study See Neusner, page 8

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Articles on tHA alumni spark connections Thank you for the wonderful piece you created about THA alumni, a nice choice of students from different “generations,” so to speak (“Making their mark: Tucson Hebrew Academy alumni,” AJP 9/23/16). In keeping with my propensity for nostalgia, small world stories and the conviction that there is less than one degree of separation in the Jewish world, following is a combination of the above. Since our daughter Abbie was the subject of one of the profiles, I’ll start with her. She said that English teacher Jan Lipartito was “one of the greatest possible gifts to her brain.” Jan’s husband and son were both my husband’s law students. Head of School at THA, Jon Ben-Asher, also said that Jan was his favorite teacher who taught him to write and one of those who raised him to be a “mensch.” Rounding

out that connection is a cute picture in Abbie’s bat mitzvah album where she is dancing with the current Head of School. She baby-sat the incredibly accomplished cousins, Lindsey Baker and Gerri Pozez. Josh Lederman’s mother, Amy Hirshberg Lederman, was also one of Boris’ law students. Moving on to Brookline, Mass., where we went to a bat mitzvah on Sept. 24 in a very warm, welcoming shul. When the service was over, a woman with a wonderful smile came right over to us. Hugs all around ... it was Hadine Joffe, another THA alum whose mother, Marcelle, sent her the link to the profiles. Who knows how many more connections await us all in this New Year. A good time to say a happy and healthy and peaceful New Year to all. — Billie Kozolchyk


cial halls would welcome children, many prayer services still insisted on decorum. “The emphasis was a pediatric one,” said Jack Wertheimer, an American Jewish history professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary, referring to mid-century synagogues. “We know perfectly well that people join synagogue when they have children of school age. We know that a high percentage of them drop out of synagogue life when their young child has celebrated a bar or bat mitzvah.” Now, Wertheimer and Sarna both say, there is an increasing trend of welcoming children. The Reform and Conservative movements don’t have official policies on allowing children in High Holiday services, but both encourage making children feel comfortable. Concerns over losing the next generation have pushed synagogues to invite children to services in the hopes that growing up in a sanctuary will help the children stay there as adults. “The pendulum has swung a lot more in the direction of wanting to find ways to include children, to have children present in the shul,” Wertheimer said. “Rabbis particularly are aware that [discouraging children] can be a self-destructive way to go.” On Yom Kippur afternoon, after my grandmother went home to rest, we joined my parents at another synagogue. During the closing service, my son and I both began to get tired: I from fasting, he from, well, being a baby. He squirmed in my arms, shifting positions every few seconds and letting out the occasional cry. Yes, it was a little disruptive, particularly as the service crescendoed to a close. But while I got a few bemused looks, no one seemed to mind.

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know that you are welcome to walk out until that feeling subsides,” Creditor wrote. “Children are cherished parts of our spiritual lives, not distractions from it.” This clash isn’t new — these ushers, shushers and parents are perpetuating a centuries-old fight between decorum and kid-friendliness at synagogue. A 15th-century guide on synagogue etiquette during the Ottoman Empire said small children should not attend services. According to Jonathan Sarna, an American Jewish history professor at Brandeis University, beginning in the 19th century, synagogues in Europe and America that wanted a more formal feel would discourage any disruption of the prayers — including crying or children’s banter. Because nearly all synagogues were nonegalitarian until the 20th century, women and small children would often stay at home. “Synagogues felt that Jews were being judged on the basis of decorum,” Sarna said. “They became deeply sensitive to having children there because you couldn’t have the kind of atmosphere and decorum you wanted if you had children who would cry at inappropriate moments and the like.” As the 20th century progressed, American synagogues took on an expanded function, and the so-called “shul with a pool” proliferated. Parents joined a synagogue when their children entered school, and synagogues were seen as a central vehicle for keeping children connected to Judaism — but not necessarily in the sanctuary. So while Hebrew schools and so-

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of Judaism — and the university-trained scholar of Judaism — into dialogue with scholarship throughout the academy. Talmudic literature, previously viewed as neither accessible nor, because of its superficially arcane content, as worth accessing, would now contribute to the work of humanists and social scientists throughout the academy. This had another important implication. Even as Jews and Judaism came of age and became increasingly at home in the America of the 1960s and beyond, Jacob Neusner assured that Jewish history, literature and tradition would take their rightful place within the academy, benefiting from critical study while also demonstrating how Jews and their literary and intellectual legacy contribute to human learning overall. In this work, Neusner defied entrenched religious and academic monopolies, whose approach to these texts and commitment to a traditional reading of Jewish history and religion was now challenged exactly as, a century before, academic study had challenged regnant, fundamentalist readings of the Hebrew Bible. Strikingly, today, just as a critical approach to the Hebrew Bible has begun to enter even the world of Jewish Orthodoxy, Neusner’s critical methodology is standard, even among scholars who no longer are conscious of where these approaches came from and who take issue with Neusner’s specific conclusions. Whether he wins or loses on the details, Neusner won the battle over how Talmudic texts would be studied and how they would be regarded in the contemporary academy. Alan J. Avery-Peck is the Kraft-Hiatt Professor in Judaic Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. He is the co-editor of “A Legacy of Learning: Essays in Honor of Jacob Neusner” (Brill, 2014).

OBITUARY Irving Olson, artist, world traveler, dies at 102 deepened after she hosted them at a Passover seder in the 1970s. AJP Executive Editor The Olsons always felt that they should rving J. Olson, 102, entrepreneur, have young friends, says Unger, because photographer and philanthropist, as they aged, their contemporaries would died at his home in Oro Valley on Oct. pass away, and also because “young peo1, 2016. Born on Nov. 26, 1913, in New ple were more exciting.” “We traveled all over the Britain, Conn., he chalked world with them,” including up the first of many lifetime Canada, France and Israel, achievements: recognition by she says. the governor as the heaviest Unger recalls the Olsons’ newborn in Connecticut that prominence in the Akron year at 13 pounds, 6 ounces. Jewish and cultural commuHis family moved to Aknities, where they received ron, Ohio, where at age 6 numerous honors. he vowed to become finanIn both Akron and Tuccially successful and travel son, Olson “used his artistic the world. Although his expression to connect,” she spotty academic career at the Irving Olson says, adding that “his engagUniversity of Akron ended ing manner was something that just capshortly after it began, his reputation was redeemed on his 100th birthday when the tivated people. He was funny; he enjoyed university presented him with an honor- every minute of life.” Olson provided the majority of funds ary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. to launch the Federation’s satellite office in During his decades in Akron, Olson built a one-man radio repair business Oro Valley in 2012. When asked, says Uninto Olson Electronics, a coast-to-coast ger, “he immediately said yes — what he said was that he just wanted the assurance 95-store chain and mail order business. After retiring at age 50, he and his wife, that there would be robust programming Ruth, traveled the world, logging 135 and that it would attract lots of Northwest countries and recording the people and Jewish residents.” Anne Lowe, who retired last year as disights they encountered in photographs. Ruth, his wife of 71 years, predeceased rector of the Federation’s Northwest Division, says, “Irving was a gentleman of the him in 2011. A man of many interests, Olson built old school, always impeccably dressed, alsteam engines and clocks from scratch ways ready with a humorous story to tell, with a metal lathe. Switching to a wood always graciously generous …. He was lathe, he made bowls from blocks of ex- our financial catalyst, and he did it with joy in his heart. I will miss his friendship otic woods. But it was his lifelong passion for pho- and good will tremendously.” tography that earned him international Olson was inspiring, says Stuart Melawards, articles in prominent photogra- lan, president and CEO of the Federation. phy magazines and numerous one-man “His positive approach, his energy and his shows. He was the first amateur photog- zest for life had to influence everyone who rapher invited to have a one-man exhibit met him.” in Grand Central Terminal in New York Olson was a member of Temple EmaCity. nu-El since moving to Tucson. In recent At 79, Olson embraced digital tech- years, he lived independently at Splendinology and at 98, became widely known do, a life plan community. for his development of water drop photoIn addition to his wife, Olson was pregraphs, with almost 2,000 Facebook fol- deceased by his sister Pauline and brothlowers looking forward to his daily post. ers Sidney, Albert and Philip. He is surHis photos appear in galleries, corporate vived by his son, Stephen (Laura) Olson boardrooms, hospitals, museums, text- of San Francisco, Calif., and daughter, books and private collections worldwide. Carolyn (Michael) Stelman of Oro Valley, Olson and his wife moved to Tucson six grandchildren and six great-grandabout 18 years ago, after visiting Kathryn children. Unger and her husband, David, here. A private memorial service will be held Unger, immediate past president of in Oro Valley. the Jewish Federation of Southern AriMemorial contributions may be made zona, explains that she grew up in Akron to the Jewish Federation of Southern Ariand knew Olson all her life — in fact, she zona and the Southern Arizona Symphowas born on his 30th birthday. “My par- ny Orchestra. ents were friends of Ruth and Irving,” she (An obituary submitted by Carolyn Stelman prosays. Her own friendship with the Olsons vided essential details for this report.)

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ARTS & CULTURE/LOCAL ‘Jewish soul’ singer returning to Tucson stage all we can be, for the sake of our children. People today don’t hear their soul’s voice Special to the AJP in their ear — their souls are blocked. eshama Carlebach’s albums have Music opens a channel inside. When sold 1 million-plus copies — but you’re connected to your own spirit, you she views her success as a way can feel love and connection with others. Most of her songs are to help others through the the words of prayers, which pain of life transitions toshe explains as she goes ward inner strength and along. They incorporate spiritual growth. a wordless melody, called “Music brings healing niggun, where her audience to our souls,” says Carleis invited to participate. bach, who will perform at “When you sing a melody the Fox Tucson Theatre on without words, you can inOct. 29 with the Glory to sert your deepest longing. God Singers, led by Rev. That’s where my father was Milton Vann. She last pera magician. It’s complex formed at the Fox in 2011. and simple, like all of us.” A single mother with Because of her healing two sons, ages 6 and 9, she message, she says, “I’m ofsays going through a painNeshama Carlebach ten part of events that are ful divorce left her with a special empathy for women who raise very traumatic,” such as singing at the children alone. “I’ve experienced a lot of gates of Auschwitz on Holocaust Repain and loss. It’s a gift to be able to take membrance Day. “I also had the honor of what I’ve gained and encourage others to singing at Ground Zero on the first ancreate new strength and understanding niversary [of the 9/11 attacks],” she says, recalling that she “felt surrounded by all in their own lives.” Born in New York and raised in To- the souls” of those who died there. Her 2016 schedule includes a 22nd ronto, Carlebach began singing at age 5, and sang with her singer-songwriter fa- yahrzeit concert for her father and perther, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, for five formances across the country. On Nov. years before his death in 1994. “He was 15, she’ll be inducted into the Brooklyn the pioneer of Jewish modern music,” she Jewish Hall of Fame. says. “He wrote more than 5,000 songs,” After her divorce, Carlebach felt unsung in countless Jewish schools and syn- able to sing or write songs, or to help with agogues. “He was the biggest influence in other people’s pain. Now she’s started my life — and my best friend.” writing songs again, and says, “I feel exSinging mostly her father’s songs, she cited about the next chapter in my life.” calls her music “Jewish soul.” Her name, Her plans include writing a book, singing Neshama, means “soul.” Currently sing- at concerts, festivals and interfaith events ing with a Baptist gospel choir, she em- worldwide, as well as private lifestyle braces a message of unity and spirituality. events, and being the best mom possible “My music isn’t about my Jewish jour- to her children — “the most important ney,” she says. “I speak and sing about mission of my life.” gratitude and joy, my love for humanity, Kaye Patchett is a freelance writer and editor in my desire for peace, and a deep hope for Tucson.



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Holocaust survivor dubbed “Rotterdam’s Anne Frank” in her native Netherlands published her wartime diary, which she wrote while hiding in the bombed-out city. “At Night I Dream of Peace,” the Dutch-language diary of 89-year-old Carry Ulreich, hit bookstores in the Netherlands last week. The book generated strong interest from the national media, which likened and contrasted Ulreich’s story with that of Frank, the murdered Jewish teenager from Amsterdam whose diaries in hiding were made into one of the world’s best-read books about the Holocaust. Ulreich, who immigrated to Israel in the years after World War II, was two and a half years older than Frank when the Nazis invaded the Netherlands in 1940 and sent many of the country’s 140,000 Jews into hiding. Unlike Frank, whose writings have been described as offering a universalist worldview, Ulreich displays a distinctly Jewish one, describing her deep emotional connection to Jewish prayer and traditions. Whereas Frank and many of her relatives were among the 104,000 Dutch Jews murdered in the genocide, Ulreich survived to have three children, 20 grandchildren and over 60 great-grandchildren. She took her wartime diary, spread over several yellowing notebooks, to Israel but reread it only two years ago, deciding to publish. In an interview with the Dutch newspaper Trouw, she described her story as “like Anne Frank’s, but with a happy end.” The book, in which Ulreich documented her family’s battle to survive as the world around them became

increasingly dangerous, is among a handful of detailed testimonies of life in hiding in Rotterdam, which unlike most Dutch cities was largely destroyed in massive aerial bombardments both by the Germans and later the Allied forces. It affords a rare account of the sometimes awkward encounter between the Ulreichs, a Zionistic and traditionalist family from Eastern Europe whose members were proud of their Jewish heritage, and their deeply religious Catholic saviors, the Zijlmans family. Whereas the Franks, a family of secular and cosmopolitan Jews from Germany, lived apart from the people who hid them, the Ulreichs lived with the Zijlmans in conditions that required considerable sacrifice on the part of the hosts and led to some friction as the two households interacted. The Zijlmans couple, who were recognized by Israel as Righteous Among the Nations in 1977 for risking their lives to save the Ulreichs, gave their bedroom to the Ulreichs and moved into a small room where potatoes were stored. They also severed their social contacts to avoid detection as their guests lived in fear. “We are simply terrified that they will report us to the Waffen-SS for neighborhood disturbance,” Ulreich wrote of the neighbors. “Then they will come with their truck, and we’ll have to go to Westerbork and then to Poland and after that … death?” Westerbork was a Nazi transit camp in Holland’s northeast. Ulreich also recalls hearing a chazan, or cantor, offer a prayer for Holocaust victims on a British radio transmission, which she said made the Jews cry and feel “connected with him by heart.” But she complains over the airing of the prayer on Shabbat, when Jews are not supposed to


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Carry Ulreich, right, and her older sister, Rachel, in a photograph taken during their time in hiding in Rotterdam during the Nazi occupation.

turn on the radio. “The Christians try to support us, but they simply don’t understand these things,” she wrote. “Carry shows, next to the enormous gratitude for the hospitality, the discomfort of two different families who suddenly have to live together,” wrote Bart Wallet, the editor of the diary and expert on Dutch Jewry with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. “The tension and complete dependence are almost tangible for the reader.” The diary also describes theological discussions between the families. “This book reveals a lot of information about a, until now, highly undiscussed topic: the religious life in hiding,” Wallet wrote. “It shows how the Jews struggled to eat kosher and how they still tried to celebrate their holy days.”

UNESCO board formally approves resolution denying Jewish holy sites (JTA) — The executive board of the United Nations cultural agency voted to adopt a controversial resolution that denies a Jewish connection to the Old City of Jerusalem. The board reportedly formally approved the resolution Tuesday in the final day of its meeting in Paris. The approval came five days after the resolution passed in a preliminary vote of the executive board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. In that vote, there were 24 votes in favor and 6 against, with 26 countries abstaining. The United States, the United Kingdom and Germany were among those that voted against the resolution. They were joined

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walked out of last week’s vote in Paris, leaving his deputy to cast the country’s vote. Discussion and a vote on the resolution were postponed from the board’s meeting in July. The UNESCO resolution refers to the Temple Mount several times as Al Haram Al Sharif, the Islamic term for the Temple Mount, without mentioning that it is the holiest site in Judaism, according to UN Watch. It also uses the term Buraq Plaza, placing Western Wall Plaza in quotes, appearing to deny a Jewish connection to the site. The Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron is referred to as the al-Haram al-Ibrahimi and Rachel’s Tomb, outside Bethlehem, is noted as the Bilal ibn Rabah Mosque.

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rian Puffer says his volunteer work has made Tucson feel more like home, and his new life here is starting to bloom. Puffer, 19, grew up in Tempe, Ariz., and moved to Tucson after enrolling in a two-year residential program at Chapel Haven West, a school and transitional home that provides support, educational classes and vocational training for young adults with developmental disabilities. For the last three months, Puffer has worked at 1st Rate 2nd Hand Thrift Store, a nonprofit secondhand store partnered with more than 25 local Jewish organizations. All of 1st Rate’s proceeds fund its local partners, and people can contribute by donating items, working as a volunteer or simply patronizing the store. After completing a year of vocational classes, Puffer began his volunteer position at the local shop. He worked for a few retailers in Tempe and securing a full-time position in customer service is his ultimate goal, Puffer explains, so joining the team at 1st Rate was a good match. “And I chose to work here because Chapel Haven West has a good relationship with the store here, and the people here are nice and friendly,” says Puffer. “It’s a good job to have.” Chapel Haven’s core curriculum is based on four components: competent communication skills; self-determination, which includes self-awareness training

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to determine personal strengths, weaknesses and emotional needs; independent living skills such as grocery shopping and maintaining a bank account; and general education classes as well as vocational training. On his first day at work, Puffer was a little apprehensive. “I was excited at the same time,” he says, “because I knew I would have co-workers and a job coach that would help through everything I needed.” He enjoys helping customers and receiving oddball donations makes work fun, says Puffer. With a laugh he remembers an old typewriter being donated, some wine bottles and a beat-up scuba mask. He could put the scuba mask to good use, he says. Puffer earned his diving certificate five years ago and plans on

applying for work at Tucson’s three scuba retailers. Working alongside store manager Hallah Karaman has been especially helpful and she’s a good person to be around on every level, he says. “She’s funny, and she knows how to make you smile.” He also volunteers at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System and he will continue working there until next March. Then Puffer will search for full-time employment until he graduates in June. Being a resident at Chapel Haven has affected Puffer in many ways, he says. The program made him more independent and excited about the future. “And I think Chapel Haven has helped a lot of people who have autism,” says Puffer. “They can help people who are trying to find a job, teach them the as-

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pects of what is recommended to get a job and what is expected of you at your job site.” The organization aims to place its residents in jobs that match their long-term career goals and will also improve their professional skills-set, says Samantha Sharman, vocation coordinator at Chapel Haven West. “And our hope is by the time they graduate in June, that they are graduating with a paying job,” Sharman says. Sharman says seeing students learn valuable workforce skills then successfully implement those skills is indescribably rewarding. The majority of Chapel Haven graduates secured a job last year, and Sharman says “that’s definitely a fantastic feeling. I absolutely love this job.” The best part is hearing parents talk about how their children have grown into strong, independent young adults, she says. “And so many of our students go on to be so tremendously successful,” she says. Classes are held at the Chapel Haven West campus and the University of Arizona’s Speech Language and Hearing Sciences department. Most important, the vocational services are offered to any student enrolled at Chapel Haven, Sharman says. Employment opportunities for young adults with autism spectrum disorder are pretty rare, she says, so having mainstay partners like 1st Rate are invaluable. “When we have somebody like Hallah, who is willing to take the time to learn and educate herself about our population, talk See Volunteers, page 16

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MIND, BODY & SPIRIT Spirituality in adults, children topic for local author’s latest collaboration Special to the AJP


pirituality encompasses wonderment, awe, caring and kindness, yet many adults have a hard time finding a spiritual path. Ester Leutenberg and Deborah Schein, Ph.D. have written a book that gives adults a road map to finding their own spirituality and directions on teaching spirituality to children. The book, “Nurturing Spiritual Development in Children by Understanding Our Own Spirituality,” will be available in January. “I was 55 before I knew or felt what it was like to really feel spiritual,” says Leutenberg, who will turn 80 in November. Unfortunately, her spiritual path began with tragedy when her son, Mitchell, succumbed to suicide in 1986. Since that time, Leutenberg and her husband, Jay, who have been married for 62 years, have honored their son by working as mental health advocates. She has collaborated with mental health professionals to coauthor more than 100 books that deal with the basics of life management skills. “I have been writing books in an effort to make sense of Mitchell’s suffering by helping others,” she says. Mitchell, diagnosed with clinical depression, first attempted to take his life in 1978 at age 22. Leutenberg says at that time she knew nothing about mental illness, and for the next eight years read everything she could, attended classes and went to psychologists and therapists to learn how to help her son. Mitchell asked her and Jay to promise not to discuss his mental illness with anyone, not even his three sisters. He was concerned that even though he was able to run a business and volunteer at their synagogue in Cleveland, people wouldn’t accept or understand his mental illness. (Leutenberg and her husband now live in Oro Valley.) “I promised not to tell, but after Mitchell died, I told the world,” says Leutenberg. “Once I started writing books I got letters from mothers all over the world.” She believes that Mitchell would not be angry with her for telling his story, and would be proud of what she has accomplished. The new book focuses on how spirituality


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enhances people’s lives beyond just managing everyday living. Schein, a specialist in the philosophy of early childhood education, develops custom programs, workshops and talks, and writes articles to help teachers and parents nurture spiritual development in young children. She and her husband, Rabbi Jeffrey Schein, now live in MinIllustration by Amy Leutenberg Brodsky, LISW-S, from “Nurturing Spiritual Development in Children by Understanding Our Own Spirituality’


neapolis, but lived in Cleveland for many years, where Jeffrey was the founding rabbi of a Reconstructionsist synaoguge, Kol Halev. The Leutenbergs were members. Teaching 3- to 5-year-old children in an inner city school in Cleveland, Schein realized that something vital was missing from early childhood education. At age 56 she started a doctoral program, focusing on spirituality in children. She says that all children are born with what Maria Montessori, a prominent educator, described as the child’s “spiritual embryo” or “vital force” that influences each child’s growth, independence and a desire to learn. Nurturing a child’s innate spirituality, Schein says,

helps them learn the concepts of love, caring, kindness and reverence, enabling the child to better develop values, culture and social responsibility. “There is no age limit to spirituality or learning to be a spiritual person,” says Schein, explaining that many adults have trouble understanding the concept of spirituality because they only associate it with religion or some complicated mystical practice. The book is set up as a workbook and includes sections for readers to write thoughts and feelings and answer questions posed in the book. It starts with a series of definitions, stating that spiritual development involves experiencing love, deep connections and strong relationships. It is being touched by moments of wonderment, awe, joy and inner peace, and is cultivated by gratitude, love and kindness and by having tolerance and empathy toward other cultures. It requires learning to balance “the heart, body and mind in response to everyday encounters.” To many people this might sound complicated, but Leutenberg and Schein say there are simple ways to incorporate spirituality in your life. Book chapters include spiritual moments, caregiver love, self-awareness, mindfulness and mindsight, disposition, wonderment, kindness, imagination, openness and acceptance, gratitude, and breath and presence. “We cannot pass along spirituality to children if we don’t feel it ourselves,” says Leutenberg. Acts of kindness require noticing what is happening with other people, says Leutenberg. She cites an example of thanking a grocery store clerk even though the clerk was grumpy or snippy to you. One time, as she greeted people coming into the synagogue, saying “Good Shabbos,” and asking “How are you?” one man responded gratefully to her greeting, saying that no one else had said anything nice to him in the past week. “Wonderment feeds the spirit when seen through a positive lens,” says Schein. “Children as young as 2 and 3 years old can know to act kindly. There is no need to be a bully.” Nature, she says, is a great way to experience See Spirituality, page 16

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ctober is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This year the LEAH program (Let’s End Abusive Households) of Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona is focusing on raising awareness about teen dating violence and abuse. Teen dating violence can be physical, emotional, or sexual. Dating violence can take place in person or electronically, such as repeated texting or posting sexual pictures of a partner online, according to a fact sheet from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing, possessiveness, and name calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship. However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence. The following facts cited by the CDC demonstrate the prevalence of this issue in the adolescent world and the need for personal, family and community action. Left untreated these issues result in a perpetual cycle of abuse, unhealthy relationships and other health and emotional risk factors. Let’s help our children be aware of positive and healthy relationships and understand the respect, boundaries, sense of safety and love that they deserve. Five facts about teen dating violence 1. At least 1 in 10 high school students has experienced physical violence from a dating partner in the past year. 2. 1 in 4 adolescents report verbal, emotional, physical or sexual dating violence each year. 3. 1 in 10 teens reported they had been kissed, touched, or physically forced to have sexual intercourse when they did not want to at least once by someone they were dating. 4. Among adult victims of rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner, 22% of women and 15% of men first experienced some form of

partner violence between 11 and 17 years of age. 5. Exposure to dating violence significantly affects a range of short term and long term mental and physical health problems. Five traits of healthy relationships 1. Both partners maintain respect, equality and love. 2. Mutual individuality — Neither partner should have to compromise who they are, and their identity should not be based on the other partner’s. 3. Nonviolent communication — Each partner should feel safe to speak honestly and openly to avoid miscommunication and to enhance understanding. 4. Healthy boundaries are in place — emotionally, socially and sexually. 5. Fear, control and coercion — do not exist in a healthy relationship. Five traits of unhealthy relationships 1. Control — One dating partner makes all the decisions and can dictate what the other partner does, what they wear, or who they spend time with. 2. Isolation — One dating partner is unreasonably jealous and/or will try to isolate the other partner from their friends and family. 3. Dependence — One dating partner feels that they “cannot live without” the other. They may threaten to do something drastic if the relationship ends. 4. Disrespect — One dating partner mocks or ridicules the opinions and interests of the other partner. 5. Physical and sexual violence — One partner uses force or fights to get their way (such as hitting, slapping, grabbing, or shoving) or one dating partner pressures or forces the other into sexual activity against their will or without consent. The JFCS LEAH program is dedicated to individuals, families and our community. We believe that through education, raising awareness and the promotion of respectful, nonviolent relationships we can help to heal and prevent teen dating violence. Start the conversation in your

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wonderment for adults and children. Just taking a walk and noticing and appreciating what nature has to offer can be a spiritual experience. She also recommends not only reaching out to others with acts of kindness, but doing something special for yourself. Although the book does not mention religion, both authors say that being Jewish provides opportunities to experience spirituality. Schein says children have “absorbent minds” starting at birth and are influenced by what happens around them. This includes hearing blessings recited, listening to Jewish music, smelling special foods, cooking and seeing a mezuzah or other Jewish symbols. The High Holy Days are a time of spiritual renewal, but Rabbi Schein says “sometimes the prayers and liturgy of the services sail right over us.” He recommends using the book to help people (not just Jews) get more out of religious services. “There is a spirit of togetherness when we go to synagogue, whether sharing celebratory moments or sad occasions,” says Leutenberg. “There is something in the air, something about prayers that we have said since childhood, and something about being interconnected with other people and their life cycle events and their feelings.” These things, she adds, can be experienced in any religion. Korene Charnofsky Cohen is a freelance writer and editor in Tucson.

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bar or bat mitzvah, a full dinner dance or just a kids’ party. Then she can start to recommend venues from the dozens of possibilities around town, from resorts to ranches to country clubs and beyond, such as the Reid Park Zoo and the Pima Air & Space Museum. She’s even coordinated a June bar mitzvah party at a water park. For really big parties, she notes, the local options are limited. Langer will caution clients about venues where the outdoor site for a wedding ceremony may be a bit of a hike from the reception area, a factor to consider if there are guests who use walkers or wheelchairs. She’ll also tell clients which venues are most open to negotiation. For example, for a wedding she has coming up in three weeks, she negotiated a 90-minute free cocktail hour, which she says is a $10,000 value. Negotiating space is a big deal, says Langer, explaining that if it’s not stipulated in your contract, your venue might rent the foyer outside your ballroom to another client. Some places charge extra for a stage or dance floor, she says. Some planners may mark up the discounts they’ve negotiated, Langer says, but since she usually sets her fee up front, she passes all the savings on to her clients. A good planner can find discounts that meet or exceed their fees, she says, explaining that she tracked her figures for an article she wrote for a national magazine. “I thought, I’m getting under-

paid,” she says with a laugh. At the Radisson Suites Tucson, Isabelle Luceri, catering sales manager, likes to start prospective clients off with a site tour, especially for people who aren’t familiar with the hotel. “The first step is to find a venue and get the space blocked,” she says, explaining that the hotel has several different ballrooms as well as an outdoor ceremony space. She’ll guide clients through the details of planning their event and tell them when each step needs to be completed, such as tastings and finalizing a menu. But her role is different from a party planner, she says, who would oversee everything down to the order of wedding party introductions at the beginning of a reception. Décor One of the most charming features of the Radisson, says Luceri, is the orange grove where wedding ceremonies are held. “There’s a long walkway and at the very end there’s a metal arch decorated with white lights.” The orange trees lining the path are also wrapped in lights, she says, and guests are welcome to add additional lights or other decorating touches. As a full-service planner, Langer coordinates and creates the décor for her parties, from linens to flowers to chuppahs (wedding canopies). “I can build anything. As far as chuppahs, I must have 20 different kinds. I

built them out of everything you can imagine,” she says, recalling an acrylic version that was “probably my best masterpiece.” “I have a separate house that I keep all this in — it’s my playhouse, my workshop. I have probably a thousand pieces of glassware,” giving her many choices for floral arrangements. Langer can also do her own electrical work, plumbing or piping and draping for her creations, helping to keep costs down, she says, because “I’m not depending on anybody else.” For bar and bat mitzvahs, she has designed centerpieces for a multitude of themes. She recalls one basketballthemed bar mitzvah that incorporated real basketballs, which were donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson after the event as part of the boy’s tzedakah (charity) project. Langer likes to build her centerpieces tall — 4 or 5 feet tall. “This way they don’t block anybody’s view and they fill up air space,” she says. Kosher events Many venues can accommodate kosher events. The Hilton Tucson East has done several events for Rabbi Israel Becker over the years, says Rogers, who explains that some items can be purchased through the hotel while the rabbi may arrange for others to be brought in from providers in Tucson or Phoenix. The Hilton Tucson East doesn’t offer See Party, page 18

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t my daughter’s bat mitzvah in May, hundreds of people spread out to form a large circle and, together, carefully hold a completely unrolled Torah scroll. With the scroll spread out so that its entire contents were visible, my daughter found the spot on the parchment where the Torah portion corresponding to her Hebrew birthday was located. So did eight other 12- and 13-year-olds. Standing with parents at their Torah portion (helpfully indicated in advance with Post-It notes) and going in order from Genesis to Deuteronomy, each child then recited one line from his or her portion. It’s no surprise that my own daughter’s bat mitzvah would be more meaningful to me than any other bar/bat mitzvah, and of course, the novelty of this new ritual added to the specialness. But it was also just a powerful moment — one that while nontraditional also felt respectful and authentic. Having each child physically stand by his or her Torah portion reinforced the idea that each child has a place in the Jewish story. It empowered all the assembled family and friends to touch the sturdy yet fragile Torah and feel a sense of ownership over it. And it quite lit-

erally offered a new and different way of looking at the Torah. Perhaps most important, however, was that this was a group ceremony, not an individual show. And, in contrast to the lavish, wedding-like parties that follow many contemporary American bar/bat mitzvah ceremonies, this was followed by a shared party: a simple but tasteful (and tasty) brunch reception. Called a Brit Atid — Hebrew for covenant of/with the future — the ceremony was a culmination of my daughter’s participation in the Jewish Journey Project (JJP), an alternative Jewish education program that describes itself as “experiential Jewish education for the modern New York City kid.” Launched in 2012 out of the JCC in Manhattan, JJP enables kids to choose their own classes according to their interests and scheduling needs. Students can, like my kids, enroll through the JCC, or through one of the five partnering synagogues. The synagogue kids have a traditional bar/bat mitzvah at their congregation, while the JCC ones can either plan a private bar/bat mitzvah or participate in the Brit Atid program. The Brit Atid ceremony was preceded by a year of monthly parents-and-kids Torah study sessions together, along with monthly one-on-one sessions with our

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only to forget all the material immediately afterward. Having a group ceremony had its disadvantages: We were allowed to invite only 30 guests; the ceremony was not anywhere near my daughter’s birthday; and we didn’t get to customize the ceremony or party. However, these were offset by the many advantages, both practical and symbolic. On the practical end, I’m not much of a party planner, and my husband and I did not want to spend tens of thousands of dollars and countless hours planning a big event. Early on, even before we knew about the Brit Atid option, we’d decided, with my daughter, that we’d rather put money toward a family trip to Israel than toward a bat mitzvah party. (We’re went this August! That’s a separate column.) More importantly, I am not a big fan of the individualism of many bar/ bat mitzvah celebrations – the professionally produced invitation videos, the myriad speeches praising the child, the “theme” and the photo montage. What’s nice about Judaism, and organized religion in general, is that it provides a

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or many Jews, there is no higher calling nor more sacred cow than a film that reminds the public — that is, non-Jews — of the manifestation of antiSemitism taken to its ultimate extreme: The Nazis’ extermination of the Jews of Europe. So the British film “Denial” will be reflexively lauded by some as a must-see movie in the perpetual fight to rally good people against prejudice, ignorance and hatred. Yet the movie is so compromised, pandering and self-congratulatory in its depiction of the events surrounding the 2000 libel trial brought in England by Holocaust denier David Irving against publisher Penguin Books and Deborah Lipstadt, the Jewish-American author of “Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory” (1993), that it ends up obfuscating and burying its most important theme. “Denial” opens in wide release Oct. 21. The misguided screenplay by David Hare and the hackneyed direction of Mick Jackson conspire to shrink “Denial” into a made-for-TV-ish tale of the emotional travails of an American Jew with a crass Queens accent who’s compelled to endure the men’s club of English jurisprudence. Lipstadt (portrayed by Rachel Weisz more like a petulant graduate student than a media-savvy professor with a Ph.D. in Jewish history and the author of “History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier”) does not testify in court, per the strategy of her sharp young solicitor Anthony Julius (Andrew Scott of PBS’ “Sherlock”) and seasoned barrister Richard Rampton (the perennially great Tom Wilkinson). However, the camera is always spot-on to record her facial reaction

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to every development—a real boon for the viewer otherwise unable to fathom if her side has just won a point or suffered a setback. The problem with structuring the film in that simpleminded Hollywood way where the stakes are distilled and concentrated into the fate of one character is that it undercuts the effect of a judgment against Irving (played by the estimable Timothy Spall of “Mr. Turner”). The court’s categorical rejection of his specious arguments that Hitler never ordered the Final Solution and that Auschwitz was a labor camp with no capacity for mass killing would have far-flung consequences well beyond Lipstadt’s feelings and reputation. The movie’s heavy-handed emotional manipulation is especially galling because “Denial” takes pains to po-

sition Lipstadt as the guardian of the Holocaust’s farreaching legacy in contrast to the logic-based, strategyoriented, results-only lawyers. In preparation for the court case, Rampton takes Lipstadt to fog-shrouded Auschwitz to examine what he will later call “the scene of the crime.” He imperiously lights a cigarette atop the ruins of a crematorium and dispassionately interrogates a forensics expert about cyanide levels in the walls, provoking an angry tirade from Lipstadt. Later, in the early stages of the trial, a Holocaust survivor pulls Lipstadt aside to demand that she and others be invited to testify on behalf of the defense. Lipstadt had already proposed this strategy to her lawyers, and she insists again—only to be rebuffed a second time. Lipstadt understands that the trial itself is an affront to survivors and the victims. Unfortunately, “Denial” loses sight of that key point by the time the verdict is handed down and the filmmakers scramble to gild the victory with the requisite shots of vindication and selfcongratulation. It’s all very by-the-numbers, as is the chaser that nothing (facts, least of all) can completely extinguish anti-Semitic attitudes. You won’t be surprised to hear that Rampton comes around by the end, displaying an unambiguous antipathy for Nazi sympathizers and their followers. It’s another movie cliché, of course, the hired gun who is converted to the heroine’s values and beliefs. For some reason, perhaps because of our minority status, Jews tend to take special satisfaction in screen depictions of gentiles allying with us. (Oskar Schindler, anyone?) It’s comforting, I know, but it’s a feint — like so much else in this shallow, dismaying movie — in order to avoid confronting difficult and unpopular questions. Michael Fox is a film critic in San Francisco.

Report: Bob Dylan still has not mentioned winning Nobel Prize for Literature (JTA) — American singer and songwriter Bob Dylan has not been in contact with the Swedish Academy since it awarded him the Nobel Prize for Literature last week. Dylan also has not made a public statement about the honor, the New York Times reported Tuesday. Sara Danius, the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, told Swedish public radio on Monday that the academy has been in contact with an associate of Dylan, but not with Dylan himself. It is not known whether Dylan will attend the award ceremony with the other Nobel laureates in Stockholm on Dec. 10. “I have called and sent emails to his closest collabora-

tor and received very friendly replies,” Danius said, according to the newspaper. Dylan and his band played a concert in Las Vegas hours after the announcement on Oct. 13, and did not mention the honor. The next day he performed at Desert Trip, the classic-rock festival in Indio, Calif., and also did not mention the Nobel Prize. Dylan is well known for giving few interviews and not interacting with his audiences, according to the Times. Dylan, 75, was recognized for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition,” the Swedish Academy, which is responsible for

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR The calendar deadline is Tuesday, 10 days before the issue date. Our next issue will be published November 4, 2016. Events may be emailed to localnews@azjewishpost.com, faxed to 319-1118, or mailed to the AJP at 3822 E. River Road, #300, Tucson, AZ 85718. For more information, call 319-1112. See Area Congregations on page 26 for additional synagogue events. Men’s Mishnah club with Rabbi Israel Becker at Cong. Chofetz Chayim. Sundays, 7:15-8 a.m.; Mondays and Thursdays, 6:15-6:50 a.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 6:15-7 a.m.; Saturdays, call for time. 747-7780 or yz becker@me.com. “Too Jewish” radio show with Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon on KVOI 1030 AM (also KAPR and KJAA), Sundays at 9 a.m. Oct. 23, Neshama Carlebach, singer and composer. Oct. 30, Rabbi Capers Funnye, chief rabbi, International Israelite Board of Rabbis. 327-4501. 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. 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. Cong. Anshei Israel mah jongg, Mondays, 10 a.m.-noon. All levels, men and women. Contact Evelyn at 885-4102 or esigafus@aol.com. Cong. Or Chadash Mondays with the Rabbi. “Ancient Wisdom to Modern Reform Practice.” Mondays beginning Oct. 31, noon-1:15 p.m. Bring a sack lunch. 512-8500. Cong. Anshei Israel women’s study group led by Rabbi Robert Eisen. Second 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.

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Saturday / October 22 9:30 AM: Temple Emanu-El Shabbat Sukkot service with the Project Ezra Torah readers and the Book of Ecclesiastes. 327-4501. 11:30 AM-2:30 PM: Secular Humanist Jewish Circle Sukkot party for members and prospective members at private home. Presentation by Tory Anderson, lobbyist for Secular Coalition of

days. Beginners, 7:30 p.m.; intermediate, 8:15 p.m.; advanced, 9 p.m. Taught by Lisa Goldberg. Members, $4; nonmembers, $5. 2993000. Shalom Tucson business networking group, second Wednesday of month, 7:30-9 a.m., at the Tucson J. Contact Ori Parnaby at 299-3000, ext. 241, or concierge@jewishtucson.org. Cong. Anshei Israel gentle chair yoga with Lois Graham, Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Members of Women’s League, $6 per class; nonmembers, $8 per class. Contact Evelyn at 885-4102 or esigafus@aol.com. Temple Emanu-El Talmud study with Dr. Eliot Barron. Wednesdays, 10-11:30 a.m. One-time $18 materials fee. 327-4501. Lunch and learn with Cantor Avraham Alpert of Cong. Bet Shalom, Wednesdays, noon-1 p.m. at the Tucson J. 299-3000. Jewish Federation-Northwest mah jongg, Wednesdays, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. 505-4161. Chabad Tucson lunch and learn with Rabbi Yehuda Ceitlin, Wednesdays, 12:15 p.m. at Eli’s Deli. info@ChabadTucson.com. Weintraub Israel Center Shirat HaShirim Hebrew Choir, Wednesdays, 7 p.m., at the Tucson J. Learn to sing in Hebrew. Contact Rina Paz at 304-7943 or ericashem@cox.net. Jewish mothers/grandmother’s special needs support group for those with children/ grandchildren, young or adult, with special needs, third Wednesdays at 7-8:30 p.m. at Tucson J. Contact Joyce Stuehringer at 299-5920. Jewish Federation-Northwest playgroup, first and third Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. 505-4161 or northwestjewish@jfsa.org. Cong. Bet Shalom “Lunch and Learn — Pirkei Avot, Wisdom from the Talmud for Today,” with Cantor Avraham Alpert, Thursdays, noon-1 p.m. at Eli’s Deli. 577-1171. Arizona, sukkah decorating, potluck lunch. RSVP to Marshall Rubin at 577-7718 or mrubinaz@comcast.net or Cathleen Becskehazy at 730-0401.

Sunday / October 23 7:30 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel Hoshanah Rabbah service. 745-5550. 9:15 AM: Jewish War Veterans Friedman-Paul Post 201 breakfast meeting at B’nai B’rith Covenant House, 4414 E. 2nd St. $4. Contact Honey Manson at 529-1830. 9:30 AM: Cong. Or Chadash “Rollin’ with the Rabbi.” One and a half hour bike ride at your own pace on the River Path on the Rillito, The Loop. Meet in Cong. Or Chadash parking lot. 512-8500. 9:30 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel Men’s Club breakfast in the sukkah. Followed by a parent havurah/ discussion group. Rabbi Robert Eisen discusses

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. Jewish Federation-Northwest mah jongg, Thursdays (At private home on Oct. 25), 5:30 p.m. 505-4161. Tucson J Shabbat Stay and Play/Shabbat on the Go program for families, Fridays, 10 a.m. Once a month, celebration taken to various offsite locations: Oct. 21, Nov. 18, Dec. 16. Contact Julie Zorn at 299-3000, ext. 236, or jzorn@ tucson jcc.org. Jewish Federation-Northwest chair yoga with a Jewish flair taught by Bonnie Golden. Fridays, 10-11 a.m. $7 per class or $25 for four. 505-4161 or northwestjewish@jfsa.org. Tucson J “Keep Tucson Warm” knitting group creates afghans for local shelter. All skill levels. Yarn donations welcome. Fridays, 10 a.m.-noon in the art gallery. Contact Tanya at 299-3000, ext. 147. Jewish History Museum gallery chats. 15-minute programs led by members of the community. First and third Fridays, 11:30 a.m. 670-9073. “Biblical Breakthroughs with Rabbi Becker” at the Southwest Torah Institute. Fridays, noon, for men and women. 747-7780 or yzbecker@ me.com. Jewish History Museum and Holocaust History Center, open Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. and Fridays noon3 p.m. 564 S. Stone Ave. Adults, $7; members and students, free. No admission charge on Saturdays. 670-9073. Tucson J exhibit, “Palette of Fiber Arts” by Tucson Handweavers and Spinners Guild. Through Nov. 20. 299-3000. Beth Shalom Temple Center Art Gallery in Green Valley, “Israel Today 2016: Photography and Mementos” from the Weintraub Israel Center 2016 trip. Through Dec. 2. 6486690. “The Jewish Holidays Then and Now.” Contact Lew Crane at 400-9930 or catsfan1997@cox.net. 5:30 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Erev Shemini Atzeret service. 745-5550. 5:30 PM: Cong. Young Israel Shemini Atzeret service and hakafot. chabadtucson.com. 6:30 PM: Cong. Or Chadash Simchat Torah family service. 512-8500.

Monday / October 24 9 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel Shemini Atzeret service. Yizkor/Yahrzeit plaque dedication at 10:30 a.m. 745-5550. 9:30 AM: Temple Emanu-El Shemini Atzeret festival and Yizkor services. 327-4501. 9:30 AM: Cong. Young Israel Shemini Atzeret festival. chabadtucson.org.

10 AM: Cong. Or Chadash Shemini Atzeret Yizkor service. 512-8500. 5:30 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Simchat Torah celebration and dinner. Deli (vegetarian option available) with wine, beer and Shirley Temples for the kids. Adults, $10; children (2-18) $5. Call Debra at 745-5550, ext. 242, for space availability. 5:45 PM: Temple Emanu-El pizza party. Adults, $5; children under 13, $2. Followed at 6:30 p.m. by Simchat Torah Klezmer celebration and consecration. RSVP for dinner at 327-4501. 6 PM: Cong. Chaverim Simchat Torah celebration. 320-1015. 6 PM: Cong. Bet Shalom Simchat Torah deli dinner and Torah party. RSVP to Sarah at 577-1171, ext. 1, or sarah@cbsaz.org. 7 PM: Cong. Young Israel/Chabad Tucson grand hakafot Simchat Torah celebration includes Maariv service and buffet. 881-7956.

Tuesday / October 25 9 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel Simchat Torah celebration and lunch. Service in the chapel and family program, “Why Are We Dancing?” in the lounge. Followed by reenactment around Mt. Sinai and lunch (potato bar with toppings, salad, dessert). Mincha and evening service at 5:55 p.m. Call Kim at 745-5550, ext. 224, for space availability. 9:30 AM: Cong. Young Israel Simchat Torah service followed by hakafot dancing at 10:30 a.m. chabadtucson.org.

Wednesday / October 26 2-3:30 PM: PJ Library meet-up at Beyond Bread, 6260 E. Speedway Blvd. Contact Hannah Gomez at 577-9393, ext. 126, or pjourway@jfsa.org. 6:30-8:30 PM: Young Women’s Cabinet Mahj and Mitzvahs at Tucson Hebrew Academy. All levels. Wine and appetizers. Bring a non-perishable breakfast food item (coffee, oatmeal, cereal) for Sister Jose Women’s Center. $18. RSVP to Karen Graham at 577-9393, ext. 118, or kgraham@jfsa. org or register online at jfsa.org.

Thursday / October 27 NOON: Cong. Or Chadash Let’s Do Lunch featuring guest speaker Dr. Randy Aronson. $15. RSVP required. 512-8500. NOON-2 PM: Interfaith Community Services lunch and learn, “The Many Facets of Addiction: A Community Response Toward Recovery,” at the Catalina United Methodist Church, 2700 E. Speedway Blvd. $15. Vegetarian option available. Register at https://www.icstucson.org/ lunch-and-learn-october-2016. 5:30 PM: JFSA Young Leadership happy hour at Trident Grill II, 2900 N. Swan. RSVP to Matt Landau at mlandau@jfsa.org.

Friday / October 28 11:30 AM: Jewish Federation-Northwest mah jongg lessons with Anne Lowe. $5. Contact 5054161 or northwestjewish@jfsa.org. 6 PM: Temple Emanu-El Northwest dinner and Shabbat service at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 7650 N. Paseo Del Norte, with Rabbi

Batsheva Appel and cantorial soloist Lindsey O’Shea. Vegetarian option available upon request. Members, $12; nonmembers, $14; children under 13, free. RSVP at 327-4501.

sponses to Accusations of Jewish Criminality in Early Twentieth-Century America” by Dr. Gil Ribak, University of Arizona, at Hillel, 1245 E. 2nd St. 626-5758 or judaic.arizona.edu.

7 PM: Institute of Judaic Services and Studies Shabbat service at DesertView Performing Arts Center Mariposa Room, 39900 S Clubhouse Drive. Preceded at 5 p.m. by dinner at MountainView Country Club, 38759 S Mountain View Blvd. RSVP to geadel@q.com.

6 PM: Jewish Federation-Northwest quilling card making class with Anne Lowe. All materials provided. $20. RSVP by Oct. 27 at 505-4161 or loweflyingbooks@gmail.com.

7:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Shabbat service coled by international performing artist Neshama Carlebach. 327-4501.

4-5 PM: “Elements of Genocide” discussion at Holocaust History Center. Continues Dec. 6, Jan. 10, Feb. 7, March 7, April 4. 670-9073.

Saturday / October 29 7:30 PM: Concert featuring Neshama Carlebach and The Glory to God Singers at the Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St., co-sponsored by Temple Emanu-El and Interfaith Community Services. Tickets available online at foxtucson.com, by calling Temple Emanu-El at 327-4501 or the ICS main office, 2820 W. Ina Road.

Sunday / October 30 9 AM-3 PM: CHAI Circle retreat at Canyon Ranch Health Resort, 8600 E. Rockcliff Road. Amy Lederman, J.D., M.J.Ed, speaks on “Living With No Regrets.” RSVP to Andrea Siemens at 7950300, ext. 2365 or asiemens@jfcstucson.org. 10-11:30 AM: Desert Caucus brunch featuring Pete Olson (R-TX-22nd) at Skyline Country Club, 5200 E. St. Andrews Drive. No charge for potential members. RSVP at 299-2410 or desertcaucus@ gmail.com. 11 AM: Jewish Federation-Northwest meeteat-greet potluck. Fruits, veggies, pareve and dairy items. Superhero activity for the children. RSVP at 505-4161 or northwestjewish@jfsa.org. 11:35 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel blessing of the pets (leashed or caged). 745-5550. NOON: Jewish History Museum 8th Annual Fall Fundraiser, “Over the Rainbow: Songs of Conscience and Hope” honoring Joe and Paulette Gootter, with entertainment by Richard Hanson, professor emeritus of the School of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of Arizona, at Hacienda Del Sol, 5501 N. Hacienda Del Sol Road. $95. RSVP at jewishhistorymuseum.org or 6709073.

Tuesday / November 1

7 PM: Temple Emanu-El class, “Jesus and Judaism: Ways That Never Parted” with Rabbi Sanford Seltzer. Members, $55; nonmembers, $70. Register at 327-4501.

Wednesday / November 2 7 PM: Temple Emanu-El Sefer book club discusses “Invisible City” by Julia Dahl with Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon. 327-4501.

Thursday / November 3 10 AM: Jewish Federation-Northwest Kibbitz & Schmear open house. 505-4161. 2 PM: Tucson J presents “They Only Spoke It When They Didn’t Want Us to Understand,” a history of Yiddish by Leon H. Gildin. $5. RSVP to Andrea Wright at 299-3000. 2-4 PM: Temple Emanu-El Taste of Judaism at Splendido, 13358 N. Rancho Vistoso Blvd., Oro Valley. Continues Nov. 10 and 17. RSVP at 3274501.

Friday / November 4 11 AM: Tucson J Senior Shabbat luncheon. Topic is “Creativity and the Brain II.” $15. Contact Andrea Wright at 299-3000. 2-4 PM: JFCS lectures, “Embracing Culture & Traditions at End of Life” at the Tucson J. Tani Bahti, RN, CT, CHPN, presents “An Exploration of How our Personal Lives, Values and Beliefs can Impact the End of Life Experience” and Maribel Alvarez, Ph.D., presents “End of Life Multicultural Strategies.” RSVP at jfcstucson.org or 795-0300, ext. 2238.

1-5 PM: Temple Emanu-El Hebrew Marathon. Learn to read Hebrew in two sessions. Continues Monday, Oct. 31, 6-9 p.m. Members, $45; nonmembers, $60. Register at 327-4501.

5 PM: Temple Emanu-El Tot Kabbalat Todah Shabbat service. Followed at 5:30 p.m. by dinner and desserts. Adults, $10; children under 13, free. RSVP at 327-4501.

2 PM: Temple Emanu-El Sunday Salon. Prof. David Graizbord, University of Arizona Judaic Studies, presents “Telling the Story of Crypto-Judaism in Iberia and the Americas: Approaches and Methods.” 327-4501.

5:45 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Tot Shabbat service. Followed at 6:15 p.m. by dinner. $25 per family (two adults and up to four children). Additional adults, $10. RSVP by Oct. 31 to Kim at 7455550, ext. 224, or edasst@caiaz.org.

2-4 PM: Beth Shalom Temple Center of Green Valley reception for “Israel Today-2016” exhibition of photography and mementos. Participants from the Weintraub Israel Center mission to Israel will speak and Israeli cuisine will be served. Call 648-6690.

Monday / October 31 4 PM: Arizona Center for Judaic Studies Sally & Ralph Duchin Campus Lecture Series presents “Innocent Until Proven Guilty: Jewish Re-

Saturday / November 5 NOON: Cong. Anshei Israel book club discusses “The Best Place on Earth” by Ayelet Tsabari. Call Rayna at 887-8358.

Sunday / November 6 8:30-10:30 AM: Hadassah Southern Arizona, Cong. Bet Shalom and COEJL (Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life) adopt-a-roadway clean-up. Meet at Tucson J parking lot. Wear

closed shoes and bring gardening gloves. Contact Anne Lowe at 481-3934. 10-11:30 AM: Temple Emanu-El Babies and Bagels Club Noah’s Ark adventure at TRAK Ranch, 3250 E. Allen Road. Activities, snacks. $8. RSVP to Mila at 327-4501. 11 AM: Jewish Federation-Northwest SaddleBrooke community luncheon at It’s Greek to Me, 15920 N. Oracle Road. Cantor Avi Alpert presents “Hasidic Folk Tales.” Dairy kosher. $18. 505-4161. 1-3 PM: JFSA PJ Our Way author visit. Amy Fellner Dominy, author of “OyMG” leads writing activities. Contact Hannah Gomez at 577-9393, ext. 126, or pjourway@jfsa.org. 5:30 PM: Tucson Hebrew Academy Tikun Olam celebration, “Developer of Dreams” honoring the late Don Baker, at the Tucson J, $150 single, $250 couple. RSVP at thaaz.org or call Julee Dawson at 529-3888, ext.111.

Tuesday / November 8 5:30-8:30 PM: JFSA Campaign REAP (Real Estate and Allied Professions) event at Hacienda del Sol, 5501 N. Hacienda del Sol Road. RSVP to Karen Graham at 577-9393, ext. 118, or kgra ham@jfsa.org. 7 PM: Jewish Federation-Northwest Rosh Chodesh women’s group. Brenda Landau, Jewish Community Foundation, will talk about legacy planning at 190 W. Magee Road, #162. 505-4161.

Upcoming THURSDAY / NOVEMBER 10 7 PM: Tucson J and Chabad Tucson present Mega Challah Bake at the J. Learn how to make and braid challah dough and the spiritual meaning behind the tradition. Admission includes ingredients, apron, challah and dip buffet. $18 before Nov. 1, $25 after. Table hosting available. RSVP at megachallahtucson.com. FRIDAY NOVEMBER 11 5:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Shabbat Rocks! dinner (kosher chicken or vegetarian and sides). Followed at 6:30 p.m. by Shabbat Rocks! service with the Avanim Rock band and youth choir. Adults, $12; ages 12 and under, free. RSVP for dinner at 327-4501. SUNDAY / NOVEMBER 13 11:30 AM: Hadassah Southern Arizona brunch. Bonnie Wasserman, UA assistant professor, presents “The Jews of the Caribbean.” At Skyline Country Club, 5200 E. St. Andrews Drive. Members, $25; nonmembers, $27. RSVP by Nov. 8 with check payable to Hadassah, c/o Marcia Winick, 7284 Onda Circle, Tucson, 85715 or call 886-9919. WEDNESDAY / NOVEMBER 16 7 PM: JFSA presents “Together: A Post Election Conversation with Mara Liasson,” national political correspondent for NPR, at Cong. Anshei Israel. Free, but RSVP required. Preceded at 5:30 p.m. by Tikkun Circle/Ben Gurion Society reception with light supper and no-host bar, $36. Minimum gift ($1,000 couple/$500 single) to 2017 JFSA Community Campaign. RSVP by Nov. 9 at jfsa.org or call Lisa Yeager at 577-9393, ext. 125. October 21, 2016, ARIZONA JEWISH POST


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Area Congregations CONSERVATIVE Congregation Anshei Israel 5550 E. Fifth St., Tucson, AZ 85711 • (520) 745-5550 Rabbi Robert Eisen, Cantorial Soloist Nichole Chorny • www.caiaz.org Daily minyan: Mon.-Thurs., 7:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m.; Fri., 7:30 a.m.; Sun. & legal holidays, 8 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. / Mincha: Fri., 5:45 p.m. / Shabbat services: Sat., 9 a.m., followed by Kiddush; Tot Shabbat, 1st Fri., 5:45 p.m.; Family Service, 3rd Friday, 5:45 p.m.; Holiday services may differ, call or visit website. / Torah study: every Shabbat one hour before Mincha (call or visit website for times) / Women’s study group: most first Mondays, 12 noon (call or visit website.) “The Five Books of Miriam: A Woman’s Commentary on the Torah” is the core for discussion; bring your own dairy lunch; beverages and dessert provided. / 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 Cantor Avraham Alpert • www.cbsaz.org Daily services: Mon.-Fri., 8:15 a.m.; Fri., 5:30 p.m.; Sat., 9:30 a.m., followed by Kiddush; Torah Take-Out (children’s service), Sat.,11 a.m.; Sun., 9 a.m. / Religious school, Sun., 9 a.m.

ORTHODOX Congregation Chofetz Chayim/Southwest Torah Institute 5150 E. Fifth St., Tucson, AZ 85711 • (520) 747-7780 Rabbi Israel Becker • www.tucsontorah.org Shabbat services: Fri., Kabbalat Shabbat 15 minutes before sunset; Sat. 9 a.m. followed by Kiddush. / Mincha: Fri., 1 p.m.; Sat., 25 minutes before sunset, followed by Shalosh Seudas, Maariv and Havdallah. Services: Sun., 8 a.m.; Mon. & Thurs., 6:50 a.m.; Tues., Wed., Fri., 7 a.m.; daily, 15 minutes before sunset. / Week­day Rosh Chodesh services: 6:45 a.m. Congregation Young Israel/CHABAD OF TUCSON 2443 E. Fourth St., Tucson, AZ 85719 • (520) 881-7956 Rabbi Yossie Shemtov, Rabbi Yudi Ceitlin • www.chabadoftucson.com Daily minyan: Sun. & legal holidays, 8:30 a.m.; Mon. & Thurs., 6:30 p.m.; Tues., Wed., Fri., 6:45 a.m. / Mincha & Maariv, 5:15 p.m. / Shabbat services: Fri. at candlelighting; Sat. 9:30 a.m. followed by Kiddush. Mincha, Maariv and Havdallah TBA. Chabad on river 3916 E. Ft. Lowell Road • (520) 615-9443 Rabbi Ram Bigelman • www.chabadonriver.com Shabbat services: Fri., Mincha at candlelighting time, followed by Maariv. / Sat., Shacharit service, 9:30 a.m. / Torah study: Women, Mon., 8 p.m. & Wed., 12:30 p.m.; men, Tues. & Thurs., 7 p.m. Chabad oRO VALLEY 1217 W. Faldo Drive, Oro Valley, AZ 85755 • (520) 477-8672 Rabbi Ephraim Zimmerman • www.jewishorovalley.com Shabbat services: 3rd Fri., 6 p.m., followed by dinner; Sat. 9:30 a.m., bimonthly, call for dates / Torah study: Sat., 9 a.m. FOOTHILLS SHUL AT BEIS YAEL 622 E. Placita Aspecto, Tucson, AZ 85750 • (520) 400-9626 Rabbi Billy Lewkowicz Shabbat services: Fri., 7 p.m. / Men’s Kabbalah study: Thurs., 5 p.m.

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


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


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

OBITUARIES Deborah Margolis Deborah Evelyn Swade Margolis, 92, died Oct. 5, 2016. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she married Bernard Israel Margolis during a two-week furlough before he headed off to the Pacific. They were married for nearly 60 years before his death in 2002. Mrs. Margolis was also preceded in death by her brother Martin Swade. Survivors include her children, Laura Margolis and Gina (Andrew) Rosen, both of Tucson, Jerrold (Roseanne) Margolis of New Jersey, and Riva (Robert) Dean of Spokane, Wa.; brother Ronald Swade of Florida; sons-in-law and daughter-in-law, and six grandchildren. Services were held with Rabbi Stephanie Aaron of Congregation Chaverim officiating. Interment was in New Jersey.

Jim Lipsey James L. Lipsey, 95, died Oct. 7, 2016. Born in Omaha, Neb., Mr. Lipsey graduated from Omaha Central High School and the University of Nebraska. He enlisted in the Air Force two weeks after Pearl Harbor and served for five years — stateside and in the Pacific Theater of Operations. He was recalled to active duty for one-and-a-half years during the Korean conflict. He married Shirley in 1947. He was founder and president of J. Lipsey and Associates, an Omaha-based advertising and public relations firm, and was its chairman and president until his retirement in 1977. Mr. Lipsey was a founder of Boys Clubs of Omaha and was president of its board of governors in 1969. He was a member of the Omaha Advertising Club, Omaha Press Club, Omaha Rotary Club, YMCA committee of management and the UCS funding committee. He was a board member of the Meyer Therapy Center, Planned Parenthood of Nebraska, Beth El Synagogue and Omaha Sales and Marketing Executives, and was organizer and chairman of Boy Scout Troop 17. He and his wife moved to Tucson in 1975. He was a member and president of the Saguaro Horsemen’s Association and was a member of the Arizona Jewish Post advisory board, and served as its chairman for five years. He was a board member of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona and a member of the Tucson Jewish Community Relations Council executive committee, and the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona investment committee. He was a member of Temple Emanu-El and Congregation Or Chadash. He served on the City of Tucson Human Relations Commission, the University of Arizona Humanities Seminars advisory board, the College of Humanities advisory board, and was a board member of Tucson Centers for Women and Children and its successor, Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; children, Bob Lipsey, Joe (Heather) Lipsey, and Sally Scott, all of Tucson; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. A private memorial service will be held at a future date. Memorial contributions may be made to Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse, 2545 E. Adams St., Tucson 85716. Obituaries are printed free of charge. There is a nominal fee for photographs.

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