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UA Modern Israel Conference will address a changing nation cuss these changes that are taking place in Israel by people who are experts in their respective fields,” Susser says. “And I think it will bring a lot of new thinking to the people here at the university and in the community.” Featured guest speaker Anita Shapira, professor emeritus at Tel Aviv University, will present the keynote address at the dinner, “Israel 2016: Vision and Reality.” Shapira told the AJP the world has entered a new era that mirrors the Industrial Revolution. The income disparity continues to increase between workingclass people and the highly educated, she says, and “as a result of that we see the rise of the demagogue.” The dramatic change in Israel’s political landscape is affecting every aspect of life today, she says. “We have today a policy of



sher Susser, a professor emeritus of Middle Eastern history at Tel Aviv University, signed on as the Stein Family Professor of Modern Israel Studies at the University of Arizona four years ago. He is the moderator for the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies’ second annual Modern Israel Conference, “Balancing Unity & Diversity: Israel’s Changing Society & Politics,” which will be held later this month. “It is an occasion for people in Tucson, in the university and the general community, to be exposed to a caliber of expertise on Israel in particular which is not usually available,” says Susser, who launched the event with J. Edward Wright, director of the center.

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The conference runs from Sunday, Dec. 4 to Monday, Dec. 5 and will feature eight noteworthy historians and social scientists from Israel and the United States. The two-day event will take place at the UA’s Student Union Grand Ballroom, and will close with a dinner lecture at the Tucson Marriott University Park, 880 E.

Second St., on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. The first conference focused on Israel’s place in the changing Middle East, so examining its domestic strengths and liabilities was a natural progression, says Susser. During the past few years, Israel has changed dramatically, he says. “It would be a good idea to dis-

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Israeli teen brings Jewish Ethiopian holiday of Sigd to Tucson phyllis braun AJP Executive Editor


eah Avuno, one of Tucson’s two Shinshinim (teen ambassadors from Israel) brought more than just her abundant youthful energy when she came to Tucson — she also brought the rich culture of her Ethiopian heritage. This year, the Tucson Jewish community will join Avuno in celebrating the Jewish Ethiopian holiday of Sigd, which takes place 50 days after Yom Kippur, similar to Shavuot, which is celebrated 50 days after Passover. In conjunction with the Weintraub Israel Center, three Tucson synagogues will each hold Sigd celebrations featuring special food, a coffee

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Wearing a traditional Ethiopian dress and shawl, Leah Avuno displays a tunic that would be worn by a Kes, an Ethiopian spiritual leader. Avuno, who immigrated to Israel from Ethiopia as a toddler, is spending a year in Tucson as a volunteer.

ceremony, blessings, games, music and dancing. Tucson Hebrew High students will also celebrate

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nection you have with God,” says Avuno. “Sigd is actually the translation for worship. Worship God, worship friendship, everyone worshipping all the beautiful life we have.” Avuno was 2 when her family made aliyah, so she doesn’t remember celebrating the holiday in Ethiopia. “All I know is from stories I’ve heard since I was little,” she says. “What I do remember is the celebration of Sigd in Jerusalem every year, in any weather and in any security situation. We always celebrated; we never gave up on Sigd. “In Ethiopia, people walked several days to reach the highest mountain in the region, in See Sigd, page 8

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identities instead of a policy of statehood,” Shapira says. “And we are affected by the fact that the unity that was part of Israeli reality is dissipating. Although I don’t think this is terrible, it is nevertheless disturbing and it’s a source of political partisanship.” Shapira is a senior fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute, a national bipartisan think tank dedicated to supporting Israel’s democratic system. She founded the Yitzhak Rabin Center for Israeli Studies at Tel Aviv University, and has written multiple books on Jewish history including “Israel — A History,” for which she won the National Jewish Book Award. She earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in history and Jewish history from Tel Aviv University. She went on to earn her doctorate degree summa cum laude in history and Jewish history in 1974, and began her 40-year teaching career at Tel Aviv University in 1969. In 2008, Shapira won the Israel Prize in history, which is the highest national honor awarded to individuals who excel in their field of study. She feels personally responsible to present the changes to Israeli politics and policy to a greater audience, and address how to best negotiate Israel’s evolution because the process is irreversible, she says. Information about Israeli cultural and political life impacts the Jewish community and the world stage

overall, she notes. “We are not an insignificant player and, once more, I think we are an island of stability in an extremely volatile area,” she says. “And we are very important not only to American policy, but to the Middle Eastern policy at large.” Opening the conference on Dec. 4, Dan Ben-David, professor at Tel Aviv University, will talk about Israel being at a crossroads and how it can address the cultural and eco-

“The unity that was part of Israeli reality is dissipating.” — Anita Shapira, Tel Aviv University nomic shift from its current paradigm. Aomar Boum, associate professor of anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles, will discuss Moroccan Jews in Israel and how “Moroccaness” has affected the political and cultural tapestry of the nation. Elie Rekhess, Crown Visiting Professor in Israel Studies at Northwestern University, will dissect the “1948 Paradigm” and the new Nakba (Arabic for “disaster”) discourse as well as the apparent contradiction, via the lens of Palestinian-Arab intellectuals, between Israel as a

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Jewish nation and a true democracy. The second day will begin with a discussion about Israel’s foreign policy by Joel Peters, professor and chair of the Government and International Affairs Program at Virginia Tech. Shibley Telhami will focus on public opinion polls taken in Israel and the United States about changing views on Israeli citizenship, Jewishness and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Telhami is the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland. Ilan Troen, the Karl, Harry and Helen Stoll Professor of Israel Studies at Brandeis University, will highlight three land issues Israel faces today: the unidentified boundaries of the Jewish state, Jewish land ownership, and the ongoing debate about proper use of real estate for conservation, historic preservation or industry. Yoram Peri, director of the Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, will speak about the decline of Israel’s political left during the late 1970s, and the rise of its religious-nationalist right party. Susser will close the afternoon with a general overview of this year’s conference, “Israel at 70: Options for the Future.” The cost of the conference is $100 per person, $150 for two admissions and $30 for students. The conference dinner is $50 per person. For registration information and additional details, visit judaic. arizona.edu or call 626-5758.

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JFSA plans ‘mini-mission’ to local agencies The mini-mission, an annual behind the scenes bus tour of programs supported by the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, will be held Friday, Dec 2, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. The tour is sponsored by JFSA Women’s Philanthropy but is open to men and women. New this year is an exclusive tour and lunch at the Jewish History Museum/ Holocaust History Center. Other stops include the Tucson Jewish Community Center, Tucson Hebrew Academy, Uni-

versity of Arizona Hillel Foundation and Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging. Participants will also learn about the Federation, Jewish Family & Children’s Services and the Jewish Community Foundation. The cost of the tour is $18, which includes lunch. Participants will meet at the Tucson J boardroom. RSVP by Nov. 21 at jfsa.org or contact Jane Scott at 577-9393, ext. 114 or jscott@ jfsa.org.

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The cast of Broadway in Tucson’s “The Sound of Music” rehearses “Do-Re-Mi.” Broadway in Tucson will present the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, set in Nazi-occupied Austria, Nov. 29-Dec. 4 at Centennial Hall. For ticket information, visit broadwayintucson.com. taqi

Evening of shorts to herald film festival lineup chronicles the life of Jack Pashkovsky, a Russian Jewish immigrant who quietly compiled one of the greatest collections of celebrity photographs, never seen until his death in 2001. Jo Milgrom, the subject of “Torah Treasures and Curious Trash,” is an 87-year-old artist/feminist/Jewish scholar who scavenges Jerusalem dumpsters

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The Tucson International Jewish Film Festival will hold a FAST (First Annual Short Topics) & Fun! evening to announce the schedule for the festival on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. The festival, which will run from Jan. 12-22, will feature more than 20 Jewish films from around the world. An eclectic collection of five short films will be screened at FAST & Fun! In “Siberia,” the mayor of a small Orthodox town in Israel decides to locate a new building in “Siberia,” the Russian immigrant neighborhood. He soon discovers that the immigrants have misunderstood the purpose of the building in a tragic, comic — and extremely problematic — way. “The Eulogy of Pini Gurevitch” starts with Yoni, a young actor, getting a bizarre gig: he is invited to a funeral to read the eulogy in the deceased’s own words. Things go from strange to stranger as Gurevitch’s secrets are revealed. “The Man who Shot Hollywood”

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for choice “junk” to blend with ritual objects salvaged from synagogues and funeral homes. Milgrom challenges the religious establishment with her juxapositions of the sacred and mundane. In “A Children’s Song,” two students competing for a music scholarship discover that their “original” compositions are based on a single family song. Both are determined to prove ownership. Their quest uncovers the long-lost true origin of the melody, along with a story of salvation, hope and wartime Jewish immigration to Shanghai. Tickets are $6 or free with a season pass. Tickets are available at tucsonjcc. org. For more information, contact Lynn Davis at 299-3000, ext. 106.

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or years, whenever Jews and Muslims engaged in dialogue and activism, it usually concerned one issue: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. With Donald Trump’s ascent to the presidency, that appears to be changing. Regardless of what’s happening across the ocean, Jews and Muslims in the United States are joining together to fight for shared domestic concerns. “It is a perhaps growing recognition that [the IsraeliPalestinian conflict] cannot define how American Jews and American Muslims relate to one another,” said Rabbi David Fox Sandmel, the Anti-Defamation League’s director of interreligious engagement. “The shared concerns we have about prejudice, about bias, about threats of violence, about disenfranchisement — these are the kinds of things that can bring us together.” On Monday, the American Jewish Committee and the Islamic Society of North America launched the Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council, a group of religious and business leaders from both communities who will help draft domestic policy legislation and advocate on issues of shared concern. The ADL is planning to increase its efforts to provide support for legal and legislative efforts in the fight against anti-Muslim bigotry.

Yossi Klein Halevi, left, and Abdullah Antepli are co-directors of the Muslim Leadership Initiative.

And the Shalom Hartman Institute’s Muslim Leadership Initiative, which educates young Muslim leaders about Judaism and Israel, held a retreat over the weekend titled “Living in Trump’s America: Muslim Vulnerability and Jewish Echoes.” “What’s happened as a result of the poisonous atmosphere that Trump has created is that American Muslims are desperate for allies,” said Yossi Klein Halevi, the Muslim Leadership Initiative’s co-director. “And the argument that MLI has made to the Muslim community — which is that the Jews are, at least in theory, natural

allies for embattled Muslims — now has become compelling.” Both Jewish and Muslim groups have expressed worry about Trump’s rhetoric, and his supporters’ actions, over the course of the presidential campaign. Muslims have protested Trump’s 2015 call for a ban on Muslim immigration to the United States, as well as his insinuations that Muslims celebrated the 9/11 attacks and have withheld information from law enforcement about terrorism. Anti-Muslim attacks rose during his campaign, and a string of attacks has followed his election. And while Trump has not explicitly targeted Jews, Jewish groups raised alarm over his endorsements by white nationalists and online attacks on Jews by his supporters, along with his remarks late in the campaign that echoed anti-Semitic tropes. Jewish groups have protested his naming Stephen Bannon, a white nationalist, as his chief strategist. In addition, the ADL decried “a wave of anti-Semitic vandalism” following the election. In the past, differing stances and sensitivities regarding Islamic extremism or Israeli military action drove groups apart. Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said he hopes Jewish groups will be more willing to work with his organization following Trump’s election. Jewish groups, including the ADL, have resisted working with CAIR See Alliances, page 10

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COMMENTARY Bannon appointment a dilemma for Jewish groups seeking access to Trump RON KAMPEAS JTA WASHINGTON ffer an open hand or a closed fist — or maybe both. Name names. Don’t name names, hint. Quietly adjust wording. Welcome to the second week of the World of Trump, Jewish organizational edition. Week 1 was fraught enough, with Jewish statements marking Donald Trump’s surprise election ranging from the confrontational to “it’s a new day” accommodation. Then President-elect Trump named Stephen Bannon as his chief strategist. The appointment of Bannon, formerly the CEO of Breitbart, the right-wing news site that has been the clearinghouse for the alt-right movement, has been the buzz in the hallways and at lunch tables at the Jewish Federations of North America’s annual General Assembly meeting here this week. More than 3,000 Jewish communal professionals and lay figures from 120 communities are attending. Comments on the record, though,


were rare, a reflection of the bafflement prevalent in the Jewish community at how to deal with a president-elect who has no experience in public office and won the presidency through a scorchedearth campaign. The Anti-Defamation League and a range of liberal Jewish groups have condemned Bannon’s appointment. “It is a sad day when a man who presided over the premier website of the ‘alt-right’ — a loose-knit group of white nationalists and unabashed anti-Semites and racists — is slated to be a senior staff member in the ‘people’s house,’” Jonathan Greenblatt, the ADL’s CEO, said in a statement Sunday evening after Trump made the announcement. Bannon is believed to have authored the Oct. 13 speech Trump delivered in West Palm Beach, Fla., that cast his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, as part of a secretive international cabal of international financiers seeking world control — with the assistance of a servile media. The speech did not mention Jews, but the themes were familiar to anyone with a memory of conspiracy theories featuring Jewish villains.

The sense that the campaign was dog whistling to white supremacists who embrace such theories was reinforced when in its last days, it ran an ad featuring excerpts of the speech accompanied by images of three prominent Jews. Such themes are prevalent at Breitbart, and while the site does not indict Jews per se — with rare exceptions — and is robustly pro-Israel, it also has become a nexus of the alt-right movement, where anti-Semitism has become prevalent, as well as misogyny, white supremacism and homophobia. The site does not remove anti-Semitic comments. Bannon’s ex-wife has also, in an affidavit, accused him of disparaging Jews; he has denied the claims. Breitbart employs Jews and confidants of Bannon insist he is not anti-Semitic. Jason Miller, a top Trump campaign official, told CNN on Monday that media examination of Bannon’s alt-right ties was “irresponsible,” and that the focus of coverage now should be on Trump’s planned policies. Matt Brooks, the director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, speaking on a panel of Republicans reviewing the elec-

tion at the Jewish Federations assembly, said he wanted to know more about Bannon, although he was confident from his statements that he was pro-Israel. “I look forward to the opportunity to sit down with him and figure out how to work with him in the coming administration,” said Brooks, whose group, until the final days of the campaign, had avoided advocating for Trump. The right-wing Zionist Organization of America in a release listed stories showing Breitbart as sympathetic to Israel or to Jews. Its director, Morton Klein, called on ADL to “withdraw and apologize for their inappropriate character assassination” of Bannon and Breitbart. Liberal Jewish groups were unequivocal in their condemnation of the appointment. “If President-elect Trump truly wants to bring together his supporters with the majority of the country that voted against him — by a margin that is nearing two million people, Bannon and his ilk must be barred from his administration,” the National Council of Jewish Women said in a statement. See Bannon, page 7

A Shabbat to have the courageous ‘conversation’ about end-of-life issues ROSEMARY LLOYD JTA CAMBRIDGE, MASS. alking about death makes some people uncomfortable. Of course, we think we should talk about it. Ninety percent of Americans surveyed


said it’s really important that we talk with our loved ones about our wishes for the kind of care we would like at end of life. Yet fewer than 30 percent of us have actually had these conversations. There remains a yawning gap at the end of life between what we hope for ourselves and our loved ones, and the re-

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ality of what is happening. What’s the gap? Well, 70 percent of us hope for the deathbed scenario that may be familiar to your imagination: at home, pain-free and peaceful, surrounded by loved ones. But in reality, 70 percent of us are dying in hospitals and nursing homes, many after spending 10 days in an intensive care unit undergoing invasive, sometimes painful, often expensive and futile interventions. Interventions that many may have chosen to forego if they had had meaningful conversations with their loved ones and health care providers along the way about their wishes. Unfortunately, too many of us wait until it’s too late because we think it is too soon to bring up the topic. But when we delay, we risk leaving our loved ones in the dark to make decisions for us that they feel ill equipped to make. I’ve heard people say that they just wish they had had their mother’s or their father’s voice in their heads, saying what mattered most, so they could ground their answers to urgent questions from doctors in the ICU about “What should we do now?” What is in our way? Is our fear really so great? Do inherited superstitions hold

so much sway? I have heard otherwise rational people confess to thinking that if we talk about dying, it might happen sooner. Others say it just feels weird or that it is awkward to bring it up with your closest friends and family. There are, no doubt, barriers to having conversations about the possibility that we may not always be in control. That is why I am grateful that congregations across America are taking up the Conversation Project on the invitation to teach and preach about the importance of talking about our wishes for end-oflife care during our faith engagement campaign, Conversation Sabbath, which began Nov. 11 and ends Nov. 20. At Conversation Sabbath, people gather to celebrate and worship in churches and synagogues and temples — with a twist: This time they courageously welcome encouragement from their spiritual leaders and support from one another to reflect on what matters most at the end of life. Using the “power of the pulpit,” clergy are uniquely positioned to change our cultural aversion to talking about the reality of our mortality. They will ground their messages in scripture and stories, See Conversation, page 22

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The dilemma posed by Bannon’s hiring is one of access to the executive branch. It is the lifeblood of groups seeking to influence every nuance of Israel policy, as well as groups that partner with federal agencies on a range of domestic programs, including combating bias and preserving the social safety net. Greenblatt said in a phone interview that the ADL will engage with the government on areas of common interest and strike a critical posture when necessary, as it has in the past. “We’re prepared to engage optimistically and take the president at his word about bringing the country together but hold the new administration [to account] relentlessly on our issues, which means we’ll speak out when there’s a white nationalist as adviser,” he said. That’s a formula that has worked with presidents until now — an array of Jewish groups, including the ADL, vigorously opposed last year’s nuclear deal with Iran, but maintained access to the White House. In its statement condemning Bannon’s appointment, the ADL took care to begin by commending Trump’s other major appointment of Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee chairman, to be White House chief of staff. But Trump ran a campaign that set new markers for invective, with the candidate hurling insults at reporters, politicians and just about anyone he didn’t like. The fear among Jewish leaders is that the White House will be run the same way. Rabbi Jonah Pesner, who directs the Reform movement’s Religious Action Center, another group that condemned Bannon’s appointment, said — with resignation — that groups would likely lean more on Congress to advance their agendas. “We network with Republicans and Democrats,” said Pesner, whose group has forged ties in recent years with Republicans seeking to protect persecuted Christians overseas and preserve voting rights for minorities, among other issues. Pesner said he expected other organizations to step up. “American Jewish organizations have to speak up with clarity and strength,” he said. That did not appear to be happening, in the short term at least, among centrist Jewish organizations. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee refused to comment on Bannon, noting that it did not routinely comment on appointments. (It has, in exceptional circumstances, advocating in the mid-2000s for the Senate to confirm John Bolton as U.N. ambassador; Bolton is now on the shortlist for


secretary of state.) The American Jewish Committee also would not comment on Bannon. “Of utmost concern is ensuring that policies proposed and put into place make good on President-elect Trump’s AN INSPIRING EVENING OF Election Night promise, for the benefit JEWISH LEARNING TAUGHT of all citizens of our too-divided country, and address the central concerns of the BY TUCSON’S RABBIS AND American people and our allies around JUDAIC EDUCATORS the world,” said Jason Isaacson, its assistant executive director for policy. “PresiSUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20 dents get to choose their teams and we do 6:15pm Walk-in Registration not expect to comment on the appoint7pm Classes Begin • $10 per person ment of every key advisor.” Tucson Hebrew Academy, 3888 E. River Rd At the JFNA General Assembly, the umbrella body’s chairman of the board A SHUK is an open marketplace where one of trustees, Richard Sandler, counseled finds a variety of wares for sale. Instead of Jews unsettled by the election to reconmaterial goods, the Jewish Culture Shuk offers cile with their antagonists and move on. a myriad of classes on a wide range of topics. Sandler suggested that Jewish Americans Participants will choose two classes. A coffee and dessert reception will follow. may have an overinflated notion of their importance. Registration available through Nov. 18 at “Let us stop to try delegitimate those who disagree with us,” he said. “We are www.jfsa.org or in person at the Shuk less than 2 percent of the population of Info: 577-9393 ext 121 or samador@jfsa.org this great country.” Presented by the Coalition for Jewish Education It is precisely the place of Jews in the and the Synagogue-Federation Dialogue American firmament that should guide their opposition to Trump, said Rabbi Jill SynagogueFederation Jacobs, who directs T’ruah, a rabbinical OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA Dialogue human rights group. Jews have former alliances with other minorities that feel threatened by Trump, and those friendships should now guide the community. “Shtadlanut is a mode of survival,” she FR said, referring to the practice of some EE Diaspora communities of deferring to a leader in order to protect themselves. “But in the long run cozying up to authority never works. The danger for the Jewish Free and Open to All community is cozying up to the adminis10am – at Handmaker tration to get something for ourselves but Wednesday, November 30 tearing ourselves from our allies.”Hazzan Avraham Alpert, of Bet Shalom 10am at Handmaker Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., a civil rights Hazzan Avraham Alpert of Cong. Bet Shalom Building Unusual Bridges icon who has longstanding relationships Unusual Bridges with Jewish organizations, said How youngerto beBuilding a strong Jew and make How to be a strong Jew and make connections Jews should draw inspiration from the alonneons relgos withwth otherother religious people. people liances of the civil rights generation. “We are all in the same boat,” said Lewis, who spoke at a General Assembly Tuesday, December 13 gathering at the new National Museum 1:30pm at Handmaker of African American History and Cul1:30pm – at Handmaker Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon of Temple Emanu-El ture. “They burned synagogues and black Rabb M Cohon, Temple Eman-El churches because they are a symbol of Samel The Holiest Places onof Earth those who march for justice.” Learn about some of the world’s holiest places The laces on Earth For Lindsey Mintz, the director of theHoliest visited by Rabbi Cohon on his three-month Jewish Community Relations Council in abot Learn world’s holest plaes toursome aroundof thethe world. Indianapolis who is piloting a program as seen by Rabb Cohon on hs month building alliances with African-AmeriLight three refreshments are included. Contact cans and Muslims, addressing thetor prolif-arond the world Nanci Levy at 322-3632 or eration of anti-Semitic vandalism in the nlevy@handmaker.org for wake of the election was impossible to Light Refreshments are included. www.handmaker.org more info and to RSVP. tweak apart from attacks on other comContact Nanci Levy at 322-3632 munities. Made possible with a grant fromLight the are included. “If this is civil rights 2.0, is the Jewish orRefreshments nlevy@handmaker.org for Jewish Community Foundation of community going to show up — not just Contact Nanci Levy at 322-3632 Southern Arizona more informaon and to RS. to talk but to listen and march,” she said or nlevy@handmaker.org for in an interview at the conference. “That’s Located at 2221 N. Rosemont Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85712 the question.” more informaon and to RS. Handmaker.org


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hood in Jerusalem, and hundreds of people come,” says Avuno. “It is actually a national holiday in Israel [the Knesset enacted the Sigd Law in 2008] and we all celebrate it, not just the Ethiopian community.” This is the second year Avuno is celebrating Sigd away from home. “Last year I was at the March of the Living in Poland and to be honest, it’s a little bit hard to celebrate without dabo (the Ethiopian challah) and the buna ceremony (Ethiopian coffee), but the community here in Tucson is so amazing that I’m sure this Sigd will be equally suc-

cessful as in Israel.” Guests are encouraged to wear white, symbolizing purity, to the Sigd celebrations. Congregation Chaverim’s Sigd celebration will be held Sunday, Nov. 20, from 4-5:30 p.m. For more information, call 320-1015. Congregation Anshei Israel will hold its Sigd celebration on Tuesday, Nov. 22, beginning at 6 p.m. RSVP to Michelle at 745-5550, ext. 25. Temple Emanu-El will celebrate Sigd on Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 6-8 p.m. For more information, call 3274501.

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white clothes, following the kesim, the spiritual leaders of the community, who carried the Torah in their hands. During the day everyone fasted and at the end of the ceremony there was a big celebration with traditional food and traditional dances,” she says. As part of the Sigd tradition, the kesim would carry colorful umbrellas. “Today in Israel we celebrate it in Armon HaNatziv, a neighbor-


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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.

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due to its anti-Israel stances. “It’s always been our position that we’re open to shared and cooperative action with the Jewish community,” Hooper said. “It doesn’t really take Donald Trump to spur that. I think it’s created an urgent need for mutual cooperation between all like-minded organizations and communities.” The newly formed Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council, which has 31 members from both communities, formed shortly before Trump was elected last week. The council will focus on protecting the right to wear religious head coverings, prohibiting discrimination in the workplace, recording hate crimes, and advocating for immigrants and refugees, according to Robert Silverman, the American Jewish Committee’s director of Muslim-Jewish relations. “It is a reaction to some of the bigotry and hate speech that came out of the campaign,” Silverman said. “We’re concerned about the public discourse in the whole country. We’re also concerned about messages that originated within the two communities. The Trump phenomenon is only going to make it come together more quickly.” Jewish activists who have long championed JewishMuslim collaboration believe their community is finally coming around. Rabbi Marc Schneier, co-founder of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, which brings together leaders from the two religions, says he hopes Jews will come to the defense of Muslims if Trump follows through on his proposals to ban Muslims from entering the country, or to create a registry of American Muslims. In June, Schneier’s foundation launched an initiative called Muslims are Speaking Out that highlights Muslim condemnations of extremism and aims to dispel misconceptions Americans have about the Muslim community. “We have the obstacle of greater Islamophobia and anti-Muslim rhetoric,” Schneier said. “The opportunity is that this is another test for the American Jewish community. Will it step up to the plate, and will it perform as it has done in the past?”


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WORLD Dutch mark Kristallnacht as Europe, U.S. face wave of right-wing populism JTA AMSTERDAM is name was never mentioned during the Netherlands’ main commemoration event for Kristallnacht, but Donald Trump was likely on everyone’s mind at the ceremony at the Dutch capital’s majestic Portuguese Synagogue. It wasn’t for any imagined parallels between Trump’s election as U.S. president and the campaign of violence that the Nazis unleashed 78 years ago against German and Austrian Jews, which many historians see as the opening shot of the Holocaust. Most European Jews, whose families still live in the shadow of that pogrom and the extermination it heralded, would find that comparison cheap and even hysterical. Trump was on my mind Nov. 9 because his election — the latest upset in a series of unforeseen shifts in global politics — begged comparison between his style and that of the European head of state in attendance: Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. A young and dynamic leader, Rutte is well-liked for his chummy yet courteous behavior but heavily criticized for his pragmatism. Amid speculation that Trump’s election and Britain’s vote to leave the European Union herald a wider shift in European politics, I wondered if even successful Old Guard politicians such as Rutte could prevent a power vacuum that would embolden radicals with Kristallnacht-like ambitions. Rutte, a center-right politician whose coalition partner is Dutch Labor, touched in his speech on some of the themes witnessed during the U.S. presidential campaign, when Trump broke accepted speech norms by calling Mexicans rapists and proposing a ban on Muslims entering the country. By commemorating Kristallnacht, Rutte said, “we show we are vigilant here and now of anti-Semitism that always lies under the surface. Against discrimination and exclusion of ethnic groups. Against intolerance,” he added in the soft light of an overcast sunset. Following his address, which was announced at the last moment and unusual in that Dutch prime ministers rarely attend Kristallnacht commemorations, Rutte hugged a woman who survived the pogrom in the German city of Essen. The survivor, Mirjam WeiznerSmukn, in her remarks also reminded me of the charged populist atmosphere surrounding the Trump campaign and Great Britain’s Brexit vote. “My message is that you don’t need to love other members of society,” she said. “Just treat them respectfully.”


Rutte’s warm embrace of Weizner-Smukn and the Jewish community — wearing a kippah and with a single security guard in tow, he mingled with the synagogue crowd like a regular, shaking hands and chatting — was typical of his rapport, which has made this right-leaning leader acceptable even to hard-left voters and politicians. But his message of acceptance and respect, which has been the norm on a continent with memories of fascist cruelty, is giving way to new voices that are rising in popularity based on polarizing rhetoric, disdain for “elites”

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Kristallnacht commemoration Nov. 9 at the Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam.

and a deep concern for, if not outright fear of, the other. “The European far right is currently being reinvigorated by Trump’s election,” said Ronny Naftaniel, chairman of the Dutch Humanitarian Fund and a member of Dutch Labor. “A backlash could benefit the far left. To prevent both scenarios, Europe’s moderate forces will need to draw lessons and come up with new, strong messaging, and in some cases new politicians.” In the Netherlands, the far-right politician Geert Wilders, who is on trial for promising to make sure his country has “fewer Moroccans,” is waging a withering assault on Rutte ahead of the general election in March. His tactics, centering on Rutte’s power sharing with Labour, seem to be working: Wilders’ Party for Freedom and Rutte’s People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy are seesawing in the polls to see which will be the largest faction. Wilders, who often speaks of his support for Israel and “Judeo-Christian values,” belongs to a loose alliance of anti-Muslim European nationalists riding a wave of discontent with the European Union, Muslim and Slavic immigration, and a culture of political correctness whose

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critics say comes at the expense of national cohesion, sovereignty and traditional values. He and his European allies have celebrated the election of Trump and Brexit — two upset events unforeseen by polling and widely thought of as protest votes against a discredited establishment. They see them both as historical turning points and harbingers of their own success in future elections. While that may be true, Europe’s far right was doing pretty well even before Trump’s stunning defeat of Hillary Clinton. Marine Le Pen of the National Front party in France is running ahead of the other candidates in the 2017 presidential elections with an unprecedented 26-29 percent projected for her anti-Islam party in most major polls. Her Austrian counterpart and ally, Norbert Hofer, is projected to win a popular vote next month after losing by a hair’s breadth to a liberal candidate in a May vote that was nullified over irregularities. Further east, hard-right movements like the Law and Justice Party in Poland and Fidesz in Hungary are locked in a bitter fight with even more extreme forces like Jobbik. They are competing over voters who are resentful of austerity measures dictated by richer EU members and their insistence, citing humanitarian principles, that Muslim migrants be allowed to cross into the bloc from the east. Still, Trump’s election clearly reinvigorated nationalists across Europe, drawing their elated praise from Bulgaria to Spain. Le Pen said that with Trump’s rise, the American people had been set “free.” Wilders called it a “revolution” that will repeat itself in the Netherlands. Golden Dawn, the Greek neo-Nazi party, posted online a video of its beaming spokesman speaking of “a major global change,” including in his homeland. Back in Holland, Naftaniel worries that this is more than empty bravado. Rutte, he said, “is more popular and likeable than France’s Francois Hollande or Germany’s Angela Merkel, with a better chance of addressing the concerns of the common man.” But even Rutte will not be able to guarantee the survival of centrists in power, Naftaniel warned, unless he internalizes the “fundamental change in how politicians need to interact with voters” in the post-Trump age where social media memes and populist slogans seem to be replacing well-reasoned debates and speeches. Many European centrist politicians have the qualities necessary to give populists a run for their money, Naftaniel said, “but so far I don’t think the lessons have been drawn.”

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NATIONAL Does Trump want to scrap the Iran nuclear deal? If so, this is how he does it. JTA WASHINGTON nforce the Iran deal. Violate the Iran deal. Leave it to Congress. Do nothing. President-elect Donald Trump has an array of options before him when he assumes the presidency on Jan. 21, according to supporters and opponents of the deal. Reached last year between Iran and six major powers led by the United States, the agreement rolled back Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. The open question —as are so many questions about Trump’s intentions — is what does the next leader of the free world want to do? His peregrinations were evident when Trump spoke in March to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s policy conference and claimed — literally minutes apart — that he both planned to enforce the deal and to scrap it. “My No. 1 priority is to dismantle the disastrous deal with Iran,” Trump said at the time. Then a few moments later: “We will enforce it like you’ve never seen a contract enforced before, folks, believe me.” More recently, Trump appears to be leaning more in the direction of enforcement over scrapping. His two top advisers on Israel, David Friedman and Jason Greenblatt, released in the last days of the campaign an Israel position paper with provisions meant to lighten the collective heart of the rightwing pro-Israel community — on Jerusalem, Palestinian statehood and settlements. But it was notably circumspect on the Iran deal. “The U.S. must counteract Iran’s ongoing violations of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action regarding Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons and their noncompliance with past and present sanctions, as well as the agreements they signed, and implement tough, new sanctions when needed to protect the world and Iran’s neighbors from its continuing nuclear and non-nuclear threats,” said the posi-


tion paper from the advisers, two longtime lawyers for Trump. That reluctance to directly confront Iran — “counteract,” not cancel; “when needed,” as opposed to “right now” — may stem from Trump’s professed warmth toward Russia, which is allied with Iran in its bid to crush rebels in Syria, or a realistic desire to keep his options open. Here are some of the president-elect’s options on Iran: Silence The deal essentially is done. Sanctions are lifted, Iran has rolled back its nuclear program. Trump never took much advice during his campaign; he may be less inclined to do so as commander-in-chief. If he doesn’t want a headache, this is one way to go. Drawbacks: A number of his former rivals for the Republican presidential nomination are back in their Senate seats, including Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida. They hate the deal, they want to be president in 2021 and they’re itching to distinguish themselves from Trump. If they can do it from the right, that’s just the cherry on top. Trump’s silence on Iran would hand them a huge opening for political disruption. Declare it dead, move on Does Trump want to shut up Rubio and Cruz? Just declare the deal dead and do nothing. He ran a campaign successfully navigating the tensions between contradictory declarations and actions — why shouldn’t he get away with the same as president? Drawbacks: The Iranians can point to a declaration of intent to withdraw in order to drop out of the program themselves and then start enriching uranium to weapons-grade levels. “The Iranians might present themselves as a victim and begin to start restoring their centrifuges,” said Dennis Ross, a former top Iran adviser to President Barack Obama, speaking Nov. 10 at a session on Trump’s possible foreign policy charges at the Washington Insti-

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cording to The Associated Press, which obtained the agency’s internal document, was that Iran had exceeded its allotment “only slightly” and would resolve the issue by exporting the overage and then some. To an American partner, Iran’s actions could, described in those terms, look like it was going out of its way to make up for a mistake.

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second doing a bunch of stuff that’s allowed that the [Obama administration] hasn’t been doing,” said Omri Ceren of The Israel Project. “In other words, taking the deal seriously.” Ceren accuses Obama of ignoring violations by Iran and Secretary of State John Kerry of too eagerly seeking to make clear to third parties still inhibited by existing American sanctions that it was OK to deal with Iran. (The Obama administration feared that if Iran’s economy did not benefit from the deal, hardliners there would persuade the regime to scrap it.) “All that needs to happen for the deal to fall apart is for the Trump White House to do what the Obama administration has refused to do — enforce its provisions,” wrote Lee Smith, advancing a similar argument to Ceren’s in The Weekly Standard. Drawbacks: Selling the notion to America’s partners that Iran is in violation might be hard. Case in point: Smith noted that the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N. nuclear watchdog, reported recently that Iran was exceeding its allowed limits for the heavy water used to make weapons-grade plutonium. However, what the IAEA reported, ac-

Let Congress do it If Congress fails to reauthorize Iran sanctions before it concludes its business, there are any number of Republican senators ready to write new ones. That way, Trump doesn’t get blamed for walking away from the deal. Drawbacks: Democrats will likely filibuster any new legislation. An array of groups that backed the deal, including J Street, the liberal Middle East policy group, has pledged to hold the party’s feet to the fire. “There will be fights, and these will be fights J Street and other supporters of the deal will engage in with everything we’ve got,” said Dylan Williams, J Street’s vice president of government affairs. And perhaps, from Trump’s perspective, that’s not a drawback: He satisfies hard-liners by encouraging them to come up with the toughest anti-deal legislation possible — and then watches it wither on the vine.

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n March 7, 1945, the 104th Signal Company of the U.S. Army 104th Infantry Division entered and liberated Cologne, Germany. They removed the Nazi flag from the German Wehrmacht headquarters. On a bright, hot day near the end of September 2016, this flag was handed to me; it was housed in a beautifully embroidered cotton pillowcase, perhaps from a trousseau, where it had been for many years, stored in the attic of one of the liberators. The person who gave me the flag actually shivered with relief when I took it. I was aware from our previous conversations that this person had bravely removed the flag from a relative who wanted to sell it online for the thousands of dollars that he perceived it was worth. I had already conversed with Bryan Davis, executive director of Tucson’s Holocaust History Center, about the flag, which he will send to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D. C. From the moment I took hold of the flag to this very moment, I have been aware of its presence, its menace, and its meaning. I planned to take it to our Holocaust Heritage Center on Kristallnacht and thus send it on its way to the Holocaust Memorial Museum. I decided to address the flag on voting day. To prepare for this moment, I first unfurled, blessed and wrapped myself in “my flag,” my white tallis with its black stripes, my prayer shawl. The first time I davened wearing it was on the train tracks in Auschwitz-Birkenau at the selection site. It was November in Poland; it was an icy, frozen, bitter cold. My tallis was billowing around me; I was anchored on each side by a loved one, my husband, Jack, and my oldest son, Joshua, who was wearing his bar mitzvah tallis with its bright, bold stripes of blue. We were davening the morning Amidah; the only sounds other than our whispered prayers were the voices of our group where they

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aimish, Yiddish for friendly or homey, sums up Claire’s Cafe and Art Gallery in Catalina. Good food also figures into the picture, but the warm atmosphere created by owners Claire and Steve Johnson keeps drawing loyal customers. The cafe was awarded the 2016 Better Business Bureau Good Neighbor Award for service to the community – including 26 years of providing a free pre-Thanksgiving dinner for hundreds of people. And diners are discovering that the cafe offers some traditional Jewish foods. “I always say Claire’s is like ‘Cheers’ without the alcohol,” says Paula Roberts, who has been coming to the cafe three or four times a week for 15 years. “I come for the good food and service, but also because it’s friendly and I feel so comfortable here.” Claire and Steve are “awesome,” she says, and introduce people so regular customers get to know each other. She points out a couple, saying “They just returned from Indiana and we already gave each

other hugs and caught up on what happened over the summer.” Claire’s Cafe has been around for nearly 31 years, but Claire, who turns 70 next month, says her road to the restaurant business began in Chicago. She grew up in a kosher home with her mother and grandmother, “great cooks who ruled the kitchen” making traditional Jewish food, including Romanian and Turkish dishes. Family members always gathered at her house for holiday celebrations. Claire’s career as a chef began in the 1970s, when she was a food buyer and cook for the Columbia Food Co-op in Chicago, which specialized in organic produce. Twice a week, Claire would take the leftover vegetables and make soup, which the co-op gave away to neighborhood residents, including many Russian immigrants, who would come to the back door of the co-op with their own containers. Tiring of the snowy winters in Chicago, Claire moved to Tucson in 1979. Her first cooking job was at the Blue Willow. She also has worked for the Eclectic Cafe,

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cerns about medical treatments. We are sharing who we are, who and what we love, what we value about living, and what legacy we hope to leave our loved ones and our communities. I’m not saying it’s never sad. No amount of talking will take away the sadness of losing a beloved. However, if our loved ones know of our wishes, they can spend our last days savoring how we have lived, not worrying about how they think we would want to die. Talking together, cultivating a subtle day-to-day awareness of our mortality, is a deeply spiritual practice. It’s a practice that nourishes a sense of awe and joy and gratitude for this one, unique, amazing life we have been given. There is no cure for mortality. But there is the possibility that our aging and our dying can be blessed with a kind of healing wholeness when we restore these human events to their

place in the sacred cycle of life. We need courage and compassion to contemplate this mortal existence if we are to extract the blessings available in the intimate and essential conversations we need to be starting in the comfort of our homes and houses of worship. The gift of accepting finitude, should we be willing to unpack it from the bubble wrap of avoidance and fear, is one that will give us more life right now. It allows us to leave this life not merely having visited this world, but having lived fully by having the best day possible each day. In the face of being mortal, let us bless one another with the gift of compassionate conversations. Through this gift, we leave a legacy that will be a blessing for generations.

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recently completed the reading of all 15 volumes of “The Cambridge History of English Literature” by A.W. Ward and A.R. Waller. It took me several years. When it came to the history of religious writing having to do with Christianity and its various forms and manifestations, the authors paid tribute, in passing, to the Jewish people. They cited “the religious genius of the Hebrew People,” referring to the Old Testament, which they characterized as consisting of “prose, prophecy and poetry.” I had to put aside my reading of “The Cambridge History of English Literature” when I took part in the two-week Spirit program this summer at Congregation Chofetz Chayim, which brings young men in or about to enter Chofetz Chayim Yeshiva in Queens, N.Y., here so that Jews in Tucson can engage with the students in Jewish learning. I studied with a nice young man who is actually related to Rabbi Israel Becker for the duration of the Spirit program. We studied the Talmud, which consists of the Mishna (Oral Law) and the Gemora (the commentary on the Oral Law), which was very challenging. I grew in my Judaism by studying the Talmud. The young student was a great teacher and I felt secure with him. We studied laws in the Talmud regarding liability when there is property damage, for example, with an ox belonging to one Jew goring the ox of another Jew, or property such as an earthen pot belonging to one Jew causing an injury to another Jew. In the Talmud, things get very complex because the rabbis and sages continually discuss all the myriad ramifications of the issue at hand. It really takes effort to study the Talmud and my young teacher said that in the yeshiva, the students study the

Talmud 10 hours a day for 10 years. Imagine that! Toward the end of our study session we talked, in a philosophical vein, about various life issues as they affect us as Jews or as just ordinary human beings. Life, death, morality, the nature of good and evil: we all ponder these issues as they affect all of us as we journey through life in this world and toward our ultimate destination, the World to Come. As I studied with this young Jewish scholar just on the threshold of manhood, I gazed into his eyes. And, as I stared at him, it was HaShem (God) who was gazing back at me. I saw in this young man, a soul untroubled by mental illness, a young man in full control of his mental faculties and his reason, not tormented and tortured by the mental pain and agony I experienced when I was about his age. I will be 63, HaShem willing, and I have been mentally sick since the age of 18. “Why, HaShem? Why me? Why couldn’t I have been like this young, bright, enthusiastic, normal young man? Instead, I’ve had to endure a life of mental agony and struggle. Why, HaShem? Why me?” And He answered me. He said, “Steven, you have your Judaism! ‘(I am) the God who balances the clouds, who spread / The sky above (you) like a molten glass, / The God who shut the sea with doors, who laid / The corner-stone of earth, who caused the grass / Spring forth upon the wilderness, and made / The darkness scatter and the night to pass — / That (I) should clothe (Myself) with flesh, and move / Midst worms a worm [like Christ] — this sun, moon, stars disprove.’” (From “An Epistle” by Emma Lazarus, section XXXIII, which is based on the Book of Job.)

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR The calendar deadline is Tuesday, 10 days before the issue date. Our next issue will be published December 2, 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 10 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. 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.

Ongoing days, noon-1:30 p.m. Lunch, bring or buy, 11:30 a.m. 299-3000, ext. 147. Cong. Bet Shalom yoga. Mondays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. $5. 577-1171. Jewish sobriety support group meets Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m. at Cong. Bet Shalom. dc mack1952@gmail.com. Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Needlework meets first Mondays, 6:30 p.m., at cosponsor, Jewish Federation-Northwest. Contact Barbara Esmond at 299-1197 or brealjs@gmail.com. Intermediate conversational Hebrew class with native Israeli teacher Tsilla Shamir. Read, write and speak Hebrew. Westside location, alternate Mondays, 5-7 p.m. $10. Contact Debby Kriegel at 628-1746 or kriegel98@msn.com. “Along the Talmudic Trail” for men (18-40) at Southwest Torah Institute, Mondays, 7 p.m. 747-7780 or yzbecker@me.com. Spouse Bereavement Group, cosponsored by Widowed to Widowed, Inc. at the Tucson J, Tuesdays, 10 a.m. Contact Marvin at 885-2005 or Tanya at 299-3000, ext. 147.

Chabad Torah & Tea for women with Mushkie Zimmerman, Mondays, 11 a.m., through February, at Chabad Oro Valley, jewishorovalley.com or 477-TORA; 7:30 p.m., with Rabbi Yossie Shemtov of Chabad Tucson, 2411 E. Elm Street, chabadtucson.com.

JFCS Holocaust Survivors group meets Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-noon. Contact Raisa Moroz at 795-0300.

Cong. Or Chadash Mondays with the Rabbi. “Ancient Wisdom to Modern Reform Practice.” Mondays, noon-1:15 p.m. Bring a sack lunch. 512-8500.

Tucson J social bridge. Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon-3 p.m., year round. Drop-ins welcome. Meets in library on second floor. 2993000.

Cong. Anshei Israel women’s study group led by Rabbi Robert Eisen. First Mondays, noon. Discussion based on “The Five Books of Miriam: A Woman’s Commentary on the Torah.” Bring dairy lunch; beverages and dessert provided. Contact Helen at 299-0340.

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

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Friday / November 18 11:30 AM: Jewish History Museum gallery chat. “Time Capsule” by Barry Friedman. 670-9073. 5:45 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel “Rhythm and Ruach” family Shabbat service begins with drum circle. Followed at 7 p.m. by dinner, then open lounge in the youth center. $25 per family (two adults and up to four children); additional adults (13+), $10. Call Kim at 745-5550, ext. 224, for space availability. 6 PM: Temple Emanu-El Northwest Shabbat dinner and service at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 7650 N. Paseo Del Norte, with Rabbi Batsheva Appel and soloist Lindsey O’Shea, followed by dessert. Members, $12; nonmembers, $14. RSVP to 327-4501. 9:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Downtown


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Jewish Federation-Northwest Story Time with PJ Library, first and third Tuesdays through Dec. 20. Songs, snack and craft. 505-4161.

Talmud on Tuesday with Rabbi Robert Eisen, Tuesdays, 6 p.m. 745-5550. Shabbat at the Jewish History Museum, 564 S. Stone Ave., with the Armon Bizman band, Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon and soloist Lindsey O’Shea. 327-4501.

Saturday / November 19 10 AM: Cong. Or Chadash Shabbat service and picnic at Agua Caliente Park, 12325 Agua Caliente Park Road. 512-8500. 1:30-3:30 PM: Secular Humanist Jewish Circle lecture, “Human Rights and the Criminal Justice System” with Emily Verdugo at Martha Cooper Library, 1377 N. Catalina Ave. Bring a snack to share and donation for the Community Food Bank. RSVP to Dee Morton at 299-4404 or deemorton@msn.com. 3-4:30 PM: JCC Maccabi Games parlor meeting at a private home. Light refreshments. Contact

Tucson J Israeli folk dance classes. Tuesdays. Beginners, 7:30 p.m.; intermediate, 8:15 p.m.; advanced, 9 p.m. Taught by Lisa Goldberg. Members, $4; nonmembers, $5. 2993000. Shalom Tucson business networking group, second Wednesday of month, 7:30-9 a.m., at the Tucson J. Contact Ori Parnaby at 299-3000, ext. 241, or concierge@jewishtucson.org. Cong. Anshei Israel gentle chair yoga with Lois Graham, Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Members of Women’s League, $6 per class; nonmembers, $8 per class. Contact Evelyn at 885-4102 or esigafus@aol.com. Temple Emanu-El Talmud study with Dr. Eliot Barron. Wednesdays, 10-11:30 a.m. One-time $18 materials fee. 327-4501. Lunch and learn with Cantor Avraham Alpert of Cong. Bet Shalom, Wednesdays, noon-1 p.m. at the Tucson J. 299-3000. Jewish Federation-Northwest mah jongg, Wednesdays, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. 505-4161. Chabad Tucson lunch and learn with Rabbi Yehuda Ceitlin, Wednesdays, 12:15 p.m. at Eli’s Deli. info@ChabadTucson.com. Weintraub Israel Center Shirat HaShirim Hebrew Choir, Wednesdays, 7 p.m., at the Tucson J. Learn to sing in Hebrew. Contact Rina Paz at 304-7943 or ericashem@cox.net. Jewish mothers/grandmother’s special needs support group for those with children/ grandchildren, young or adult, with special needs, third Wednesdays at 7-8:30 p.m. at Tucson J. Contact Joyce Stuehringer at 299-5920. Jewish Federation-Northwest Kibbitz & Schmear open house with bagels and coffee, Thursdays, 10-11:30 a.m. 505-4161. Cong. Bet Shalom Lunch and Learn, “Appropriate Speech and the Wisdom of Ramban,” with Cantor Avraham Alpert, Thursdays, noonOren Riback at 299-3000, ext. 175, or oriback@ tucsonjcc.org 4 PM: Temple Emanu-El Havdallah hike in Sabino Canyon. Easy (stroller accessible) walk to the 1-mile picnic area. Bring a picnic dinner and flashlight. Meet at the visitor center. 327-4501.

Sunday / November 20 9:30 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel Men’s Club breakfast with speaker. Members, free; guests, $4. Contact Lew Crane at 400-9930 or catsfan1997@ cox.net. 10 AM: JFCS lecture series presents “Maintaining Family Health and Communication” with Alice Steinfeld, Med. MA, LPC, at the Tucson J. Contact Andrea Siemens at 795-0300, ext. 2365. 2 PM: Temple Emanu-El Sunday Salon with

1 p.m. at Eli’s Deli. 577-1171. Tucson J canasta group. Players wanted. Thursdays, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Instruction available and a beginners’ table every week. Call Rhoda at 886-4334. Jewish Federation-Northwest mah jongg, Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. 505-4161. Tucson J Shabbat Stay and Play/Shabbat on the Go program for families, Fridays, 10 a.m. Once a month, celebration taken to various offsite locations: 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, “”Parts Make the Whole: A Journey Through the Aleph Bet” by Lynn Rae Lowe. Nov. 23-Dec. 27. 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. 648-6690. Richard Green, astronomer, Large Binocular Telescope Observatory, will present “Cosmology and the Big Bang: Perspective 1.” 327-4501. 2 PM: JFCS presents “To Tell Our Stories: Holocaust Survivors of Southern Arizona” at the Tucson J. 299-3000. 4-5:30 PM: Congregation Chaverim and Weintraub Israel Center Sigd Ethiopian Jewish celebration of Torah with Leah Avuno, Tucson Shinshinit (Israeli teen emissary). Buna coffee ceremony, Ethiopian food, games, music and dancing. Dress in white. 320-1015. 7-9:45 PM: JFSA Jewish Culture Shuk, adult education classes by local rabbis and Jewish educators, at Tucson Hebrew Academy. Two classes, coffee and dessert, $10. Register at jfsa.org or call 577-9393, ext. 121. (Walk-in registration begins 6:15 p.m.)

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11 AM: Temple Emanu-El Strauss ECE intergenerational Thanksgiving lunch with Handmaker. Kosher turkey and holiday side dishes. 327-4501. 6 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel and Weintraub Israel Center present “Sigd: A Jewish Ethiopian Celebration of Torah” with Leah Avuno, Tucson Shinshinit (Israeli teen emissary). Ethiopian food, music, dancing and games. Call Michelle at 7455550, ext. 224, for space availability.

WedNeSday / November 23 2-3:30 PM: Tucson J Littman Lecture Series: “What Can We Learn from the Holocaust? An Exploration.” Continues Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14 and 21. Members, $36; nonmembers $40. 299-3000.

Friday / November 25 5 PM: Temple Emanu-El Thanksgiving Chardonnay Shabbat with wine, cheese and fruit oneg. Followed at 5:45 p.m. by Shabbat service with Tibetan Buddhist monk Ringu Tulku Rinpoche speaking on“The Power of Gratitude to Heal.” Followed by dinner: adults, $36; students, $12. $25 of the proceeds will go to Rigul Clinic in Tibet. RSVP for dinner at 327-4501.

moNday / November 28 5-6:30 PM: Jewish Federation-Northwest and Hadassah Southern Arizona book club discusses “The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem” by Sarit Yishai-Levi, at the Jewish Federation-Northwest. 505-4161.

tueSday / November 29 6-8 PM: Temple Emanu-El and the Weintraub Israel Center present Sigd Ethiopian Jewish celebration with Leah Avuno, Tucson Shinshinit (Israeli teen emissary). Ethiopian buffet, games, dancing, crafts, photo booth and costumes. 327-4501.

10 AM: Handmaker lecture, “Building Unusual Bridges” by Hazzan Avraham Alpert of Cong. Bet Shalom. RSVP to Nanci Levy at 322-3632 or nlevy@handmaker.org.

Friday / deCember 2 8:30 AM-2 PM: JFSA Women’s Philathrophy mini mission of Jewish Tucson. For women and men, a tour of community programs supported by JFSA. Meet at Tucson J boardroom. Includes lunch at the Jewish History Museum/Holocaust History Center. $18. Contact Danielle Larcom at 577-9393, ext. 112, or dlarcom@jfsa.org. 11 AM: Tucson J Senior Shabbat Luncheon with artist Lynn Rae Lowe. $15. RSVP to Andrea Wright at 299-3000 or tucsonjcc.org. 5:45 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Tot Kabbalat Shabbat service followed by dinner at 6:15 p.m. $25 per family (two adults and up to four children; additional adults, $10. RSVP by Nov. 28 to Kim at 745-5550, ext. 224, or edasst@caiaz.org.

Saturday / deCember 3 9:30-10:30 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel Neshamah Minyan: A Service of and for the Soul with Jordan Hill, storyteller and founder/director of The Mindfulness Education Exchange. 745-5550. 9:30 AM: Temple Emanu-El Shabbat No’ar breakfast. Followed at 10 a.m. by youth and adult morning service. Followed at noon by Rabbi’s Tish, dairy potluck lunch and Torah study. 327-4501. NOON: Cong. Anshei Israel book club discusses “Orphan #8” by Kim Van Alkemade. Contact Vicki at vickauf@juno.com or Rayna at 887-8358.

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Conference dinner. Prof. Anita Shapira, Tel Aviv University, presents the keynote address, “Israel 2016: Vision and Reality,” at Tucson Marriott University Park, 880 E. 2nd St. $50. Register at judaic. arizona.edu/IsraelConference2016 or call 6265758.

9:30 AM-1 PM: Temple Emanu-El Women of Reform Judaism Chanukah bazaar. Menorahs, candles, crafts, food. Men’s Club hot latkes available. 327-4501.

7-9 PM: Tucson Tikkun Community presents “Pope Francis Addressing the U.S. Congress, Sept. 24, 2015” at Sonora Cohousing Multipurpose Room, 501 E. Roger Road. Contact Michael Zaccaria at zaccarim@comcast.net.

10:30 AM-NOON: Desert Caucus brunch with Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.). Guests should be potential members. RSVP at 299-2410 or desertcaucus@gmail.com. 1 PM: Tucson J Aleph Bet Day. An afternoon for children celebrating the Hebrew Aleph Bet, with Lynn Rae Lowe’s Aleph Bet art exhibit opening in the Fine Art Gallery, Aleph Bet Yoga and jewelry beading, and learning to spell your name in Hebrew with the Shinshinim (Israeli teen emissaries). $2 per child. Contact Lynn Davis at 299-3000 or ldavis@tucsonjcc.org. 2-4 PM: Tucson J artist’s reception with Lynn Rae Lowe, “Parts Make a Whole: A Journey Through the Aleph Bet.” Contact Lynn Davis at 299-3000. 3-5 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Women’s League & Church Women United celebrate World Community Day, “Gathering at God’s Table” with Malka Abraham. Refreshments. Free; non-perishable food or cash donations requested for Community Food Bank. RSVP by Nov. 28 to Malka Abraham at 299-5908 or malka20@aol.com. 4-5 PM: JFSA and JCF groundbreaking for new building at Tucson J parking lot. Live music, champagne toast. RSVP at jfsa.org or 577-9393.

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UPCOMing WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 7 4 PM: Chabad Oro Valley and Jewish Federation-Northwest presents An Afternoon with Marthe Cohn, “Behind Enemy Lines: The True Story of a Jewish Spy in Nazi Germany” at the Country Club of La Cholla, 8700 N. La Cholla Blvd. $10 suggested donation. RSVP to office@jewishorovalley.com or 477-8672; northwestjewish@jfsa.org or 505-4161. 7-8:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Sefer book club discusses “Invisible City” by Julia Dahl with Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon. 327-4501. 7 PM: Tucson Jewish International Film Festival presents “FAST (First Annual Short Topics) & Fun!” film shorts. See five shorts and learn about the schedule for the 26th annual film festival, which will run Jan. 12-22. $6 or free with $140 season pass. tucsonjcc.org or 299-3000. FRIDAY DECEMBER 9 5:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Shabbat Rocks! dinner (kosher chicken or vegetarian with sides). Adults, $12; children under 13, free. Followed at 6:30 p.m. by Shabbat Rocks! service with the Avanim Rock band and youth choir. RSVP for dinner at 327-4501.

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OBITUARIES Anna Rogovin Anna Rogovin, 100, died Oct. 27, 2016. Born in New York City to Russian immigrants, Ms. Rogovin attended Hunter College in New York at age 15. She graduated with honors and began her career with a civil service job in the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC. When World War II broke out, she enlisted in the WAVES in the United States Navy, where she worked on developing synthetic rubber. She served on active duty for the duration of the war, and continued her service for 20 years in the U.S. Naval Reserves, where she rose to the rank of lieutenant. After the war, she received her master’s degree in organic chemistry from the University of Illinois, where she studied with Carl Shipp Marvel. Fittingly, she died on Navy Day. Over the course of her career, Ms. Rogovin worked as a research chemist for several companies, including Colgate Palmolive, Rohm & Haas, and retired from the American Petroleum Institute. At 91, Ms. Rogovin survived a hit-and-run accident in New

York involving a semi-trailer truck, which left her confined to a wheelchair. She moved to Tucson, living at Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging, for the last nine years. At Handmaker, she started a book club and a Torah study program, and made sure flags were displayed at Handmaker for every appropriate holiday. Ms. Rogovin was preceded in death by her sister, Rose (Albert) Duben of Tucson and brother, Abraham (Jean) Rogovin of New York. She is survived by her nieces, Leah Richter of Tucson and Lorraine (Arthur) Weitman of Las Vegas.; nephew, Steven Rogovin of Rivervale, N.J.; six greatnieces and nephews; and seven great-great nieces and nephews. Services were held in Queens, N.Y., and interment was in Elmont, N.Y. Arrangements were made by Evergreen Mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made to the Handmaker Foundation, 2221 N. Rosemont Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85712, or the Veterans Administration, 3601 S. 6th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85723.

Muriel Bromberg Muriel S. Bromberg, 89, passed away Oct. 28, 2016. Born in the Bronx, N.Y., Ms. Bromberg was among the first generation of her family to be born in the United States along with one of her brothers. Three older siblings were born in Poland and the family escaped before World War II. At the age of 21 in 1948, due to respiratory issues, Ms. Bromberg traveled alone by train to Tucson. Soon after, she met Howard Bromberg and they were married by Rabbi Marcus Breger at Congregation Anshei Israel, where she was active for many years. Ms. Bromberg was an accomplished artist and at the age of 50 earned an associate’s degree with hon-

ors from Pima Community College. She then ran the biology lab at the downtown campus until she retired at 65. Survivors include her children, David (Daphne) Bromberg of New York, N.Y., Ellen Bromberg of Salt Lake City, Leslie Bromberg of Tucson, and Brian Bromberg of Los Angeles; and three grandchildren. Ms. Bromberg donated her body to the University of Arizona Willed Body Program. There will be a memorial service in December. Memorial contributions may be made to Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America, 1811 R Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20009 or to a charity of your choice.

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ARIZONA JEWISH POST, November 18, 2016

OUR TOWN Bar mitzvah

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ELIJAH IVAN NOGALES, son of Celina Alday and Reuven Shorr, will celebrate becoming a bar mitzvah on Saturday, Nov. 19 at Congregation Chaverim. He is the grandson of Alisa and Kenneth Shorr, Celina and Tony Nogales, and Patricia and Ken Wagner, all of Tucson. Elijah attends Robins Elementary School where he is an honor roll student. He enjoys basketball, soccer and playing the saxophone. For his mitzvah project, he is donating shoes to Soles4Souls. Share our simcha, bring shoes to donate, and join Elijah and his family in celebration.

Business briefs

(L-R): Holocaust survivors (seated) Walter Feiger, Wolfgang Hellpap, Lyubov Krimberg, Valentina Yakorevskaya and Pawel Lichter. Standing, JFCS Holocaust Program Manager Raisa Moroz

BRUCE GREENBERG was appointed to a three-year term on the Americas Board for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. The New York-based regional branch of RICS is the largest global organization for professionals in real estate, construction, valuation and related industries. Greenberg is managing director and Mexico country leader of Duff & Phelps. TUCSON IRON AND METAL will host FeST, an art show and sale showcasing local artists who use recycled metals as major elements of their work, Sunday, Dec. 4, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tucson Iron and Metal is located at 690 E. 36th St. THE COMMUNITY FOOD BANK OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA, in partnership with Community Investment Corporation, has launched a microloan program, providing lowinterest, short-term loans to entrepreneurial clients whose business goals complement the broader mission of the food bank. Loans will range from $500 to $5,000. For more information, visit communityfoodbank.org/microloans. THE LAW OFFICE OF DAVID I. KARP, PLLC has been named the 10th fasted growing firm in the country by Law Firm 500. Law Firm 500 rankings are based on gross revenues for the last three years. The Law office of David I. Karp, PLLS focuses on estate planning, ALTCS/Medicaid planning, veterans’ aid & attendance, probate and trust administration.

Holocaust survivors’ book reading

The audience for the reading from “To Tell Our Stories” at the Jewish History Museum on Wednesday, Nov. 9.

On Wednesday, Nov. 9, the Jewish History Museum hosted Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona for a morning of readings from JFCS’s book, “To Tell Our Stories: Holocaust Survivors of Southern Arizona.” Five of the survivors featured in the book read excerpts from their stories and fielded questions from the audience. The readings were part of the museum’s remembrance of Kristallnacht, which occurred on Nov. 9, 1938. The JFCS Holocaust Program, which provides direct service support to Holocaust survivors who live in Southern Arizona, published the book in April 2015. Program Manager Raisa Moroz and JFCS volunteer Russian translator Richard Fenwick began collecting these stories in 2010. For more information, visit jfcstucson.org/to-tell-our-stories.

Author day for PJ Our Way

On Sunday, Nov. 6, PJ Our Way welcomed author Amy Fellner Dominy to the THA library, where she facilitated a writing exercise and directed reader’s theatre of her book “OyMG.” PJ Our Way is an extension of the PJ Library free book program for children that allows kids ages 9-11 to choose their monthly selection.

Birth A son, LOUIS KRAUSZ NEUMAN, was born Oct. 21, 2016 to Eszter and Ariel Neuman of Los Angeles. Grandparents are Yael and Shlomo Neuman of Tucson and Eva and Tamas Lengyel of Los Angeles. Louis joins his brother, Zev Loren Neuman.


PJ Goes to School professional development

Lisa Litman, national director of PJ Goes to School, led a professional development session for a dozen local educators on Monday, Oct. 31 at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. The program, an initiative of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, is currently in place at the Esther B. Feldman Preschool/ Kindergarten at Congregation Anshei Israel and the Tucson J Early Childhood Education program. (L-R): Leslee Conecoff-Gluck of Congregation Anshei Israel and Jennifer Caverly and Marian Schlitz, of the Tucson Jewish Community Center peruse “The Only One Club,” a PJ Library book used in the PJ Goes to School program.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20 AT THA REGISTER AT JFSA.ORG OR 577-9393 6:15pm Walk-In Registration; 6:50pm Welcome

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