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NPR’s Liasson examines media, divisive election at JFSA event DAVID J. DEL GRANDE AJP Intern

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istorical rules work until they stop working, Mara Liasson, an awardwinning political correspondent for National Public Radio, told about 1,000 people who crowded Congregation Anshei Israel on Nov. 16 for the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona’s 2017 Community Campaign kickoff. President-elect Donald Trump proved that he could break all the rules and still succeed, she added. Liasson has covered seven presidential elections during her career, and her in-depth reports are a mainstay on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “Morning Edition.” During the event, “Together: A Post Election Conversation with Mara Liasson,” the Federa-

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Mara Liasson, national political correspondent for NPR, speaks at the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona’s “Together” event on Nov. 16 at Congregation Anshei Israel.

tion announced that this year’s social action project will focus on Sister Jose Women’s Center, a nonprofit facility that provides shelter and services for homeless women.

Liasson told the AJP that Trump’s rhetoric about making it easier to sue the press for libel is a grave concern. “That to me as a journalist is chilling,” Liasson said. “I think all

news organizations are wondering what it means, and one of the questions we all have for Donald Trump is ‘What constitutional principles do you respect?’” Hearing Trump state that a Mexican-American judge could not oversee a suit filed against Trump University without bias, or that Trump would potentially prosecute his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, was unprecedented, Liasson said. “And that raises questions about his commitment to constitutional principles,” she added. The media played a huge role in this particular election, Liasson explained, and Trump certainly dominated social media. The sheer amount of unfiltered coverage Trump got during the primaries may have been a problem and appears, in retrospect, to be unfair, she said. See Liasson, page 4

Tucson artists’ menorahs on display at Park Place Mall exhibit LAURA WILSON ETTER Special to the AJP

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isitors to the Park Place Mall will be able to see a collection of menorahs through Dec. 31. The mall contacted the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona last year to ensure that there would be Hanukkah decorations amongst the Christmas decorations displayed at the mall during the winter holiday season. Last year’s “menorah museum” was so well received that the mall asked JFSA for another exhibit for the 2016 winter holiday season. Several local artists and artisans will be lending menorahs for the display. Tidi Ozeri, Julie Szerina Stein, Daryl Cohen, Laurie Sherman, Lynn Rae Lowe and

Left, stoneware menorah by Julie Szerina Stein. Right, metal menorah by Tidi Ozeri

Michael Schwartz will all have pieces included. The gift shops at Congregation Anshei Israel, Congregation Bet Shalom, and Congregation Or Chadash have all confirmed that they will be submitting menorahs, and JFSA will provide an electric meno-

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rah that will have a bulb added each night of Hanukkah. Other synagogue gift shops may also be adding to the display. The 20plus menorahs will be in a glass display case near the food court, and there will be educational information about Hanukkah dis-

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played as well. Ozeri, a metal artist, created two pieces that will be on display, titled “Menorah” and “Zenorah.” Both pieces draw on nature themes, with “Menorah” in the shape of a flower with the petals as candle holders, and “Zenorah” using sand to hold pieces of geodes that are turned over each day to represent flames. “It is more of a symbolic menorah,” explains Ozeri. “When the lights are ‘out,’ and the geodes are turned over, they look like rock mounds in a zen garden. When they are ‘lit’, you turn them over, and they really look like flames.” Originally from Israel, Ozeri does a wide variety of custom metal work from furniture and yard art to fences and sculptures, See Menorahs, page 8

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ucson’s Jewish Culture Shuk, a night of classes and discussions led by local rabbis and Jewish educators, is something Debbie Gubernick looks forward to every year. Gubernick, founder of Agents of STEAM, a local organization that helps facilitate events and literacy in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, has attended the shuk at least four times. The opportunity to learn new theories and apply them to everyday life keeps her coming back, she says. “I love exploring new ideas,” says Gubernick. “And I take some of the lessons I’ve learned, and then use them.” This year, Gubernick signed up for a discussion led by Rabbi Ruven Barkan of Congregation Anshei Israel, “What Is at the Center of the Torah?” and an art class taught by Anne Lowe, art instructor at Congregation Bet Shalom, “Iris Folding Jewish Paper Art.” The creative class is designed for everyone between the ages of 8 and 108, Lowe says, chuckling as she adds a blessing for those who fall into the latter part of that bracket. Gubernick says the craft class, which was offered for the first time this year, was fun and relaxing, and she enjoyed learning about the history of the chamsa, a Middle Eastern good luck symbol, while she labored away at her colorful artifact. These classes explore the breadth and richness of Judaism, says Gubernick, and people of all denominations can benefit from the event. “And I think if they attended something like this they would be amazed.” The shuk, presented by the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona Coalition for Jewish Education and the SynagogueFederation Dialogue, was held Nov. 20 at Tucson Hebrew Academy. More than 150

people attended this year. The presenters tackled subjects ranging from “The Power & Danger of Chutzpah,” which Rabbi Yehuda Ceitlin of Chabad Tucson explored, to an in-depth discussion about Elie Wiesel, led by Rabbi Stephanie Aaron of Congregation Chaverim. Judy Reisman, a community volunteer, and her partner split their year between Tucson and Minnesota. Attending the Jewish Culture Shuk is a way for the couple to connect with the local community. “I think because we’ve gotten so involved in our Minneapolis synagogue, that makes it really important to be involved in Jewish life here as well,” says Reisman. Reisman enjoyed Lowe’s paper art class and she also attended a talk by Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon of Temple Emanu-El, “The Death of Death? Eternal Life in Jewish Tradition,” which focused on living a spiritual path, questioning the idea of reincarnation and continuing to “look beyond the curtain.” More important, Reisman says she was delighted to see familiar faces from her local synagogue, Congregation M’kor Hayim. Robert Chason, a local advertising salesman, specifically chose two classes he didn’t know much about, including Cohon’s discussion and “Homosexuality In the Bible and Jewish Law vs. The Supreme Court: Where Do We Go from Here?” led by Rabbi Thomas Louchheim of Congregation Or Chadash. Chason says he can easily see this event lasting an entire day and is excited to return next year. “I think the whole experience was great, well organized and I really appreciate everyone putting their time and effort into it,” Chason says. “And the diversity of classes allows someone to really choose what they want to learn, and perhaps open up a doorway into greater exploration.”


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election has examined how this campaign has divided families, she said, adding that if a post-election event “brings people together from different parts of the political spectrum — it’s a good thing.” One of the attendees, Howard Schwartz, said he and his wife, Trudy, have been involved with Jewish philanthropy for more than 50 years. The couple moved to Tucson from Cleveland in 2000, and they have attended every JFSA Community Campaign kickoff since relocating. The couple attended the annual event to find out about the Federation’s social action project and hear what Liasson had to say, Schwartz said. Regarding politics, they were disappointed with both presidential hopefuls. “The two of us were grossly unhappy with both candidates,” he said. “As we look back over our lives, we do not remember any presidential campaign which featured two lackluster candidates.” More important, the Schwartz’s attend because they believe remaining engaged in the local Jewish community is vital. “We come to be seen and to try to help encourage other people in the community to get involved as well,” Howard Schwartz said. Trudy Schwartz added that there’s power in numbers. “If you sit home and don’t participate,” she said, “then you’re not helping what you believe in.”

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COMMENTARY The verdict is in: Rabbis should say yes to officiating at interfaith weddings JTA

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ewsflash: “A rabbi under the chuppah may boost Jewish engagement in intermarried homes,” according to a study released this past month by the Brandeis University Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies. That’s welcome new data but no news for us, two New York-area rabbis trained at the Jewish Theological Seminary who have each made personal and professional sacrifices in seeking to find alternatives to the movement’s ban on rabbis officiating at intermarriages. But the findings do reinforce what our guts have been telling us for a long time: the moment for serious communal deliberation and decision is now. With intermarriage rates outside the Orthodox community as high as 71 percent according to the 2013 Pew study, for the American Jewish community this is a pressing priority today. “Under the Chuppah: Rabbinic Officiation and Intermarriage” affirms the commitments so many of us have undertaken to enfranchise multi-heritage families within the Jewish community by officiating at their weddings. The Brandeis study compares the Jewish trajectories of intermarried couples who had a sole Jewish officiant at their wedding with those who did not and were married under other auspices. It also compares both populations’ Jewish commitments to those of Jewish couples who were married by a sole Jewish officiant. The key finding? When rabbis agree

to meet with intermarried couples, officiate at their wedding and help guide them into building families, an overwhelming majority of these couples choose to make the Jewish community their home. Even when controlling for gender, Jewish background and college Jewish

tion to Jewish life and community. We are hopeful that it will motivate other Conservative Jewish leaders to forge ahead with efforts to embrace these families within an evolving framework of progressive halachah, or Jewish law, and sanctify their ongoing connections to the

experiences, the “sole Jewish officiant” marriages demonstrate Jewish engagement at dramatically higher levels than intermarried couples, on metrics like raising their children as Jews, joining a synagogue, sending their child to a Jewish pre-school, attending religious services, celebrating Jewish holidays, consuming Jewish or Israeli cultural content and contributing to Jewish and Israeli causes. While differences persist between both sets of intermarried couples and inmarried couples with regards to some observances like Shabbat, interfaith marriages conducted by a sole Jewish officiant definitively display stronger connec-

Jewish people and to the Jewish future. While we both come from Orthodox backgrounds and identify as LGBTQ, our journeys to this place have followed different paths. One of us spent 20 years as a community rabbi with membership in the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly refusing to officiate at an intermarriage. Three years ago, she decided to withdraw from the RA in order to stand with, officiate for and guide such couples who are seeking to root their lives and their future in the Jewish community. The other spent decades as a spiritual teacher and dramatist bringing Jews and others into deep relationship with biblical text and tradition and who did officiate at multi-faith weddings as part of the effort to build inclusive Jewish communities. He is now a member of the RA as a newly ordained rabbi, most recently choosing to abstain from officiating at all weddings while exploring a viable solution within halachah that will enable rabbis to officiate at weddings of Jews and those of another heritage who are not, or not yet, converting to Judaism. Both of us have worked with intermarrying couples whose desire to be married by a rabbi was part of a deeper commitment to Jewish life. Both of us have seen first-hand the difference our presence made as they envisioned lives inspired by Jewish values and practice, often joining our communities. Both of us have seen the fallen faces and felt the pain of those we had to, literally and spiritually, turn away. Our shared sense of urgency and need for collective action, along with that

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of many colleagues in the Conservative movement, finds powerful resonance in this latest data. Several weeks ago we attended the Interfaith Opportunity Summit inPhiladelphia convened by InterfaithFamily. It brought together several hundred leaders from across the Jewish spectrum. Leonard Saxe of Brandeis University presented the new study at the opening plenary. Throughout the day questions and concerns about the direction of the Conservative movement were raised, primarily by those affiliated with it — practitioners and educators yearning for resources and searching for possibilities with which to embrace the growing numbers of intermarrying families within their communities who desire, require and deserve their leadership. In February 2015, the Shalom Hartman Institute convened a small gathering of Conservative rabbis with varying positions on the issue to delve deeply into the historical, sociological and halachic dimensions of intermarriage. Some of us who are eager to explore possibilities for ritual creativity and halachic sensitivity around intermarriage subsequently created an independent working group. It meets regularly to consider what alternative Jewish wedding ceremonies might look like within the framework of the Conservative movement. Another group has formed to examine the reclaiming of biblical and Talmudic status that confers membership in the Jewish community on gentiles who choose to live with us though not convert. As more colleagues learn of our efforts, we receive continuous requests to join in the conversations. We realize, of course, that correlation does not indicate causation. We can’t simply assume that rabbinic officiation at intermarriages produces higher rates of Jewish engagement. Perhaps couples who desire a rabbi as the sole officiant already have a greater personal comfort with Jewish engagement. And yet we cannot discount the potential impact upon their future Jewish choices of a rabbi who welcomes them as they form their family, who conveys the sacred responsibilities and privileges of Jewish life as they consecrate their love and who creates space and value for them within the Jewish community. As the open-sided chuppah beckons for the marrying couple’s home to be filled with family, friends and community, we urge our colleagues to seek an authentic path leading both to and beyond that wedding canopy into the Jewish lives See Officiate, page 12


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but he tries to create Judaica whenever possible. “I do Judaica as much as I can. It is a commitment I made to myself when I moved to the United States,” says Ozeri. His work can be viewed at ozerimetalde signs.com. Stein will have several menorahs in the display, all of which will be made of stoneware clay. Using elements of nature, such as flowers, plants and animals, Stein incorporates a sense of whimsy in her

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12 sets of Hebrew characters that are reinterpretations of iconic master artists. While most alphabets are sound oriented, the characters in Hebrew are directly linked to words, says Lowe. “Illuminations” is designed to reflect the “spiritual light” found in the Hebrew alphabet, and exemplify its unique qualities to people of every faith, she explains. “And I believe the power of this work is the ability to inform people of their

work through both the shapes and colors of the pieces. “I don’t like to say that my work is Southwestern, because that makes people think of cactus,” says Stein. “It’s full of bright colors, and hopefully it’s magical.” While much of Stein’s art is Judaic in nature, she also works with subjects such as mermaids and fruits and vegetables. Recently, one of her pieces won an international competition. The international juried exhibit at Western New Mexico University in Silver City, N.M. was titled “Interwoven: Neo-Mimbreno Clay and Fiber Explorations,” and Stein was

awarded first place for her contribution “Mimbres Totem.” Her work is available to view at etsy.com/shop/RinaKadima. Curated by Ori Parnaby, Jewish Tucson concierge, and Sharon Glassberg, director of the Coalition for Jewish Education and vice president of programming for JFSA, the exhibit is an opportunity to educate mall shoppers about Hanukkah, give local Jewish artists the ability to showcase their work to a large audience and promote visibility of the Jewish holiday. “It’s an opportunity to educate the public about Hanukkah, and we were so

excited when the mall called us again this year,” says Glassberg. Parnaby is also coordinating a networking group for Jewish artists in Tucson which will meet in early December. “It’s an opportunity for Jewish artists to get to know other Jewish artists and find out more about what’s going on in the community,” says Parnaby. For more information, contact Parnaby at concierge@jewishtucson.org or 299-3000, ext. 241 or Glassberg at sglass berg@jfsa.org or 577-9393, ext. 122.

potential,” she says. Since the mid-1990s, Lowe has based her work on bridging cultural gaps and drawing similarities between conflicting viewpoints. Because of the severe cultural and political divide today, she says the international community needs “to learn our own truth so that we can hear others and move forward, and make this world what it should be instead of what it is right now.” She chose to reinterpret the work of well-known artists, most of whom were Jewish, “because I wanted to study how Judaism has in some way affected the idea of art, so I took famous people and created alphabets in their style.”

The vast range of artists, and their respective techniques and modes, mirrors the rich nuances the Hebrew language is known for, she explains, especially when considering the influence of the Kabbalah, an ancient Jewish mystical school of thought. The advantage of reflection is seeing the consistencies in one’s life, says Lowe, and the beauty of her work is steeped in the hope it will inspire the viewer. Lowe wants her new collection to act as a Zava’ah, or ethical will, designed to pass values along generations, for her grandchildren, and to know that her life’s work left a positive impact. “To be able to roll up your sleeves

and feel that you’ve made a difference in the dialog, conversation and the understanding of what you believe in,” she says, holding back tears, “it’s an amazing gift which I’m very grateful for.” A grand opening and reception will be held on Sunday, Dec. 4 from 2-4 p.m. in the Tucson J’s Jewish Heritage Room. Lowe will host talks on “Experiencing the Mystical Aleph Bet through Art” at the J on Dec. 7, 14 and 21 from 1-3 p.m. She will also speak at a Hadassah Southern Arizona lunch on Dec. 11 and a Jewish-Federation Northwest Rosh Chodesh celebration on Dec. 13 (see Community Calendar, p. 24).

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atalina Foothills High School will stage “The Diary of Anne Frank” on Dec. 8, 9 and 10 at 7 p.m., with a matinee Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. Ryan Callie, 17, a student in his senior year, is the director and chose the play as part of an advanced theatre arts class. He is using Wendy Kesselman’s 1997 adaptation of the play, which weaves newly discovered writings from the diary of Anne Frank as well as survivor accounts into the original 1955 stage play by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett. “It’s a story that everyone’s heard before — they know of Anne Frank or the story of what happened in history. I think the play, in both versions, sheds a new light on the story and the audience really gets to experience what happened,” he says. “Especially in the Kesselman version, it’s raw and it’s real.”

Breanna Bergin, left, as Anne Frank and Gabe Cohon as Otto Frank in rehearsals of “The Diary of Anne Frank” at Catalina Foothills High School

The stark set is in the style of German Expressionism, says Callie. The annex will be represented by a V-shaped platform that emphasizes the characters’ isolation by

cutting the actors off from the rest of the stage. To work on character development, Callie had cast members “looking within themselves, at their own fears,” so they could tap into those emotions when they began working with the text. Recently he and Gabe Cohon, who plays Otto Frank, Anne’s father, have been working on his final monologue, which “outlines everything that happens after the family was taken away from the annex,” Callie explains. They are trying to capture his feelings of remorse and guilt “that he’s the one that made it out, and now kind of figuring out what he can do with his life.” “We don’t want [audience members] so down that when they leave the performance they can’t speak. We want them to speak about this. It still needs to be spoken about,” Callie says, “because I think we’re still kind of seeing reoccurring themes nowadays, based on what’s happened in the past.” Tickets are $5 and are available at 209-8300 or at the door.

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Jewish UA students in cast of ATC’s ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ s Arizona Theatre Company celebrates its 50th anniversary with its largest production ever, “Fiddler on the Roof,” two Jewish University of Arizona seniors are making their ATC debuts in the iconic musical, under the direction of ATC artistic director David Ira Goldstein. For Shira Elena Maas (Rivka) and Taylor Pearlstein (Hodel), the tale of family, faith and deep tradition is both moving and personal. Maas grew up in Tucson and attended Hebrew school at Congregation Chaverim. A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, she recently appeared as Fraulein Schneider in the UA Arizona Repertory Theatre’s “Cabaret,” appeared in Arizona Repertory Theatre’s “Rent” and Arizona Onstage Productions’ “Bad Jews.” With plans to go to New York after graduation, her ambition is to act on TV and appear on Broadway. Her love for the performing arts began early. “I remember when I was little, putting on plays for the family.” She acted in elementary school productions, and began training in singing when she was 9, appearing in “Kiss Me Kate” and Rodgers and Hammerstein productions, and learning to sing opera at age 15. Shows like “Fiddler on the Roof ” and “Cabaret,” which draw attention to Jewish persecution, can be a dark and painful experience, says Maas, who has family connections

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who died in a concentration camp. But, she says, “’Fiddler’ speaks to the human side of any religion.” When one sister, Chava, falls in love with Fyedka, a non-Jew, “her father doesn’t want to talk to her. But I think the biggest message is how important family is, and community and friends — and how quickly everything can change.” Acting offers a unique way to connect and reach out to the community, says Seattle-born Pearlstein. “People need art not only to lift them up, but also to challenge and speak out about what’s going on around us; especially with a show like this that’s so poignant with its message.” The role of Hodel, who has always been faithful to Jewish tradition, highlights the conflict between tradition and change, she says. Falling in love with revolutionary student Perchik, an outsider to the community, “opens her mind to what the world can be. For a while it’s hard for her to accept these new ideas versus how

she’s grown up and what her ancestors have laid out for her,” says Pearlstein. A descendent of Polish-Canadian immigrants, some of whom experienced persecution, Pearlstein was inspired by her paternal great-grandmother. “She was a very strong Jewish woman. She helped bring family members from Europe after the war.” Growing up with the knowledge of centuries of Jewish persecution, and what it means to be Jewish today, she says, “I think there’s a certain responsibility a Jewish person has to carry it forward, and honor those people and their traditions.” Pearlstein recently appeared in 5th Avenue Theatre’s “Pump Up the Volume”; with the Arizona Repertory Theatre she played Mimi in “Rent” and appeared in “A Little Night Music,” “Cabaret” and “Hands on a Hard Body.” Preview performances of “Fiddler” begin Dec. 3; the play opens Dec. 9 and runs through Dec. 31. For tickets, visit arizonatheatre.org.

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ISRAEL Top U.S. firefighters ‘dropped everything’ to help Israel battle the blazes ANDREW TOBIN JTA TEL AVIV Editor’s note: Look for a special report on Southern Arizona firefighters who joined the effort in Israel, in the Dec. 16 issue of the Arizona Jewish Post.

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all them Israel’s American volunteer fire brigade. Dozens of firefighters from across the United States put their lives on hold — leaving behind jobs and families — to help subdue the wildfires that swept Israel over the past week. While they all share a love of Israel, only a handful of them are Jewish. “We’re just firefighters. When guys hear about a situation like this one, where the Israelis are working as hard as they can, they want to come help,” said Billy Hirth, a Protestant who retired last year after a 24-year career as a firefighter in Arlington, Texas, and has been coordinating the American effort from Jerusalem. “It’s a brotherhood. Firemen are firemen,” he said.

An Israeli firefighter helps acquaint his American colleagues with Israeli equipment at the fire station in Herzliya, Nov. 27.

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started arriving at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport, from where they were schlepped to overstretched fire departments across the country. Some went to work battling the remaining wildfires and those that flared up Sunday, while others chipped in with routine firefighting. The Israeli stations remain on high alert, with firefighters having worked grueling shifts over the past week. “Many of the firefighters here, including myself, had been working for over 90 hours straight,” said Oren Shishitzky, a spokesman for Israel’s Fire and Rescue Authority. “Because most of the Americans were trained in Israel, they are familiar with how we operate, and they were able to easily relieve some of the burden on the crews, whether with regular fire response in local districts or in extinguishing the remaining wildfires. “I cannot emphasize enough our appreciation that these guys dropped everything around the Thanksgiving holiday to come here.” Adi Zahavi, 39, founded the Emergency Volunteers Project in 2009 after See Firefighters, page 12

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that await our mentoring and our nourishing. While our country is reeling from a dramatic political upset and the uncertainty it has unleashed, people are wondering how our multivalent American identity will continue to evolve in the coming years. Will we recede into our binary-driven racial and ideological silos and risk further social fragmentation and even physical aggression? Or will we recommit to building the bridges of respect and love that link our desti-

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serving as an overwhelmed first responder during the second intifada and the Second Lebanon War. He set out to prepare willing Americans to help in future crises, from wars to terrorist attacks to natural disasters. Training sessions are held in the United States and Israel. The deployment of the volunteers is coordinated with Israeli authorities. Of the 39 American firefighters now in Israel, 33 are full-timers, including the first female firefighter the group has brought to Israel, and six are part-time volunteers. Several, including Hirth, also came to Israel during the 2014 Gaza war, when the south and center of the country were bombarded with rockets. Many are now working alongside firefighters

nies one to the other? The question is urgent not only for us as Americans, but equally for us Jews. This year Christmas Eve coincides with the first night of Hanukkah. How can we help ensure that Jewish relatives arrive at these celebrations with the light of their Jewish identity and that of their own family’s burning bright and proud? How can we help ensure the ongoing commitment to Judaism and Jewish life among those whose destinies have taken them beyond the confines of our communities? For us, and for many others, the question is, how can we not? We take this moment to express

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with whom they have built friendships during training. “The quality of the American firefighters that have arrived is excellent,” Shishitzky said. “They are elite firefighters, with years and years of experience. Many are veterans who serve in some of the best departments in America. “Where there are distinctions in training and practice, those were overcome long ago with the training we have conducted.” Elan Raber, 42, is one of seven Jews among the firefighters. He flew in Sunday morning from Los Angeles, where he works for the city fire department. Raber is familiar with the station he is serving at in Petach Tivkah because he trained there with the Emergency Volunteers Program. He said he has been responding to routine calls, like traffic accidents,

elevator accidents and reports of smoke. “I was here last year and really bonded with the guys, so I wanted to come back. They do have pretty steady action and a lot of equipment to get familiar with,” Raber said. “We’re coming in here while these guys have already been up for three, four days. We can basically help them out and be on standby if the wildfires come back.” Having been born in Israel and served in the Israel Defense Force, Raber views being here as a part of his “calling.” “Unfortunately, there’s a lot of bad press for Israel, so I hope to show that people are willing to drop everything to show solidarity with the people of Israel. I think people see that, and it’s a good thing. Firefighting was my calling, so I’m happy to help out,” he said.

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f a trip abroad were in your future, you’d undoubtedly make careful plans, from financial arrangements to who’ll take care of your house and dependents during your absence. But despite the realities of aging and death, many of us are less proactive when it comes to estate planning or the ways elder law may affect our daily lives. Life can change in moments. Estate planning and elder law attorneys agree that everyone needs three documents: • A will • A health care power of attorney • A financial power of attorney “At any age you can become incapacitated or have a temporary illness,” says Craig Wisnom, an attorney at Tucson law firm Bogutz & Gordon, P.C., whose practice includes elder and estate law. “A power of attorney allows someone to keep your life going and make decisions for you. Otherwise, your family or friends may not be able to access your accounts, bills or mortgage.” “Review the documents once a year, to make sure nothing drastic has changed,” says Wisnom. “Getting married or divorced should automatically trigger an update with an attorney.” Legal planning can save stress and expense. For example, if you became incapacitated, your spouse may be unable to sell or refinance your jointly owned home because both signatures are required (with a power of attorney, just one person can sign). Your spouse would then have to file to become your conservator, involving a hearing before a judge or commissioner, several thousand dollars in fees and some weeks of delay. It’s never too soon to make legal provisions, agrees elder law attorney Paul Bartlett, a member of the board of directors for Congregation Or Chadash and former Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona Jewish Community Relations chair. He points to the case of Terri Schiavo, a Florida woman who lay in a vegetative state for 15 years while her husband and parents wrangled over end-of-life decisions. Your will If you die with no will, Arizona state law has a prioritized list designating who inherits your assets, starting with your spouse and children. Clearly, if you’re long-separated from your spouse and live with someone else, that may not reflect your wishes. Until 2012, estate taxes applied to estates exceeding $650,000. To-

day, that limit is $5.5 million. Estate planning and probate form a substantial part of Tucson attorney James Whitehill’s practice. Whitehill is a 20year member of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona board of directors and is president of the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona board of trustees. A past president of Jewish Family & Children’s Services, he is active in Congregation Or Chadash and Congregation Anshei Israel. “The only document admitted to court for probate process when a person has passed away is a will,” he says. “The law says it must be signed by the person who wrote it, witnessed by two people [non-relatives] who saw them sign, and notarized as to the identity of the signer and witnesses.” A handwritten, or holographic, will is legal if it complies with these rules, but has the disadvantage that any problems will only surface after your death. Your will should name a personal representative, formerly called an executor. Ask the person ahead of time if they’re willing to undertake the task, and tell them where they can locate a copy of your will — perhaps in a sealed envelope in your file cabinet. A living will expresses your end-oflife choices. If you had a terminal illness, would you want to be on life support, or be resuscitated in a medical crisis? Without authorized instructions, others may not make the decisions you’d want. You can also include funeral wishes. Power of attorney A medical power of attorney allows the person you designate to make health care decisions for you if you’re incapacitated. It’s important to note that the state of Arizona doesn’t recognize commonlaw unions, including nonmarried LGBT couples, says Whitehill. “If you rush to the hospital with the person you’ve lived with for 20 years, but don’t have health care power of attorney, you may be told you’re not family” and be excluded from decisions regarding your partner’s welfare. A financial power of attorney allows your appointee to make financial decisions, pay your bills and administer your bank accounts if you’re unable to do so. Powers of attorney may never be needed — but as we age, the likelihood of accident and disease escalates, says Bartlett. “By the time people reach 65, there’s a 15 percent chance they will have Alzheimer’s. By age 80, there’s almost a 50 percent chance. And that’s only one disease.” See Planning, page 18

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PLANNING Not everything requires a legal document — like anticipating the day you’re no longer safe to drive. Bartlett asks clients, “Do you want to express your thoughts about that now, while you’re of sound mind, so people can take away your keys if you become a danger on the highway?” He draws up an unofficial “note to self ” to be kept in a safe place, asking someone to “remind me I’ve resolved not to drive if I’m unfit.” “Families report to me that it’s hugely helpful,” says Bartlett. “It takes away the feeling of disempowerment.” Revocable Living Trusts A revocable living trust is a way to assemble assets into one place, such as real estate and bank accounts. These must be retitled to the trust, rather than to you as an individual. Reasons people of modest means may consider a living trust include: • Owning out-of-state real property • Leaving money to someone who doesn’t handle money wisely • Leaving money to a person with special needs receiving means-tested public benefits • Enabling the spouse of an Alzheimer’s patient to retain more assets when qualifying for the Arizona Long Term Care System, which is the Medicare safety net. RLTs cover three phases: 1. While you’re alive and well, the assets are yours to use as you like. 2. If you become incapacitated, your named “successor trustee” steps in and manages the assets in the trust. 3. When you die, those assets are not subject to probate, and are distributed as you specified in the trust. A revocable living trust can have other advantages, says Bartlett. “Banks often have a policy of not honoring a power of attorney for various reasons; for example, if it’s more than a year old. If a person relies on a power of attorney and becomes incapacitated, the family may need to go to court to get a conservatorship.” It’s a complicated and expensive process. The person you named is investigated by the court to ensure suitability. He or she must file a budget with the court, and submit a report of income and payments annually to show the conservatorship is sustainable. With a RLT, your successor trustee simply needs to show a copy of the trust to the bank. Avoiding pitfalls An experienced attorney can provide personalized advice, taking into account holdings, former marriages, ensuring stepchildren are taken care of, and count-

less other factors. Some actions to consider: • Banks or brokerage companies that won’t accept a power of attorney often have their own forms you can use to name a legal representative for your accounts. • Make sure you’ve named beneficiaries for all your insurance policies. • An IRA or 401K must be in the name of a person, and can’t be put in a trust while you’re alive. Make sure you’ve named a beneficiary; but remember the inheritor must pay taxes if they take the full amount. • If your house is in the names of you and your spouse, the surviving partner is entitled to only half unless the deed specifies “ joint tenants,” or “community property” with right of survivorship. • To allow your house to pass to someone after your death without going through probate, you can create a beneficiary deed in that person’s name. If the property is out of state, verify the laws in that state. Long-term care Bartlett also advises clients about long-term care. “There are some longterm-care insurance programs people really like,” he says, “like annuity and life insurance options. You can buy life insurance intended to benefit your kids, then if you need long-term care you can draw the death benefit. There’s also an annuity where the amount of the annuity triples if you need long-term care.” Consult a certified financial planner to explore options, he says. If your resources are limited, you can apply to the ALTCS, says Bartlett. “A common myth is that you have to have gone through all your money, but a person can own a home valued at up to onehalf million dollars and still qualify for ALTCS. The well spouse gets to keep half of the resources the couple owns up to about $120,000; and we often help them retain more funds by following ALTCS guidelines.” And, says Bartlett, ALTCS also applies to home care. “About 52 percent of all people on ALTCS are receiving help in their own home. The program will provide up to 30 hours a week of light housekeeping, bathing, dressing and respite care.” The bottom line When it comes to planning your personal roadmap, the greatest error is not to have a plan in place, says Wisnom. It’s a frequent scenario. “A person becomes incapacitated, has no power of attorney, dies and has no will. Not doing anything can be biggest mistake most people make.” Kaye Patchett is a freelance writer and editor in Tucson.


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ANDREW TOBIN JTA JERUSALEM s the wildfires that raged across this country for nearly a week were subdued Sunday, Israelis surveyed the devastation in search of answers. The fires, which continued to flare Sunday evening, consumed as many as 32,000 acres of forest and brush across the country — an area more than twice the size of Manhattan. Tens of thousands of people fled their homes, and hundreds of buildings were burned to the ground. Many dozens of people were injured. Incredibly, no one died. According to security officials, an unseasonable dry stretch and high winds ignited the fires, which then inspired alleged Arab arsonists to join in. Arab politicians protested against what they said was incitement against their community. Controlling the flames required a monumental Israeli operation — and some outside assistance. About 2,000 Israeli firefighters fought the blazes starting Nov. 22, many of them working 24-hour

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f the French right-wing politician Francois Fillon is elected president next year, it won’t be for his skills at promoting interfaith dialogue. The secularist candidate widely favored to win the election in May managed to enrage many Jews, Muslims and even Catholics with a single explosive statement he made last week during a radio interview shortly after winning the Republican Party primaries in France. Frenchmen need to fight against Muslim sectarianism, Fillon told Europe1 on Nov. 23, like “we fought against a form of Catholic sectarianism or like we fought the desire of Jews to live in a community that does not respect the laws of the French Republic.” His remark unleashed a furious reaction by Muslim community activists like Yasser Louati, a former spokesman of the Collective Against Islamophobia in France, who called Fillon a xenophobe. And it certainly offended some members of the Jewish community, where congregants regularly recite a special prayer in their synagogues for the republic’s well-being and success. UEJF, the left-leaning Jewish student group, criticized Fillon. But mainstream representatives of French Jewry remained unusually silent on the statement, giving observers the impression that Fillon is getting a free pass on expressing anti-Jewish bias because many Jews support his anti-Muslim stance and view him as the best hope in

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Fillon’s statement, however, did alarm some French Jews. Following his landslide victory in the primaries with 65 percent of the vote, Fillon is poised to become president. In May he will be running against a yet-undeclared candidate from the ruling party of President Francois Hollande amid discontent over Islamism and economic stagnation. Fillon, with his charged statements on Islam —he has said that French Muslims who engage in “Islamic totalitarianism” cannot be considered truly French — will also be running against Le Pen, who is projected to win 25 percent of the vote. “But his firm stance is likely to be very bad news for her,” said Zerbib, joining other commentators who expect that Fillon will steal many of her would-be voters. The remark on Jewish sectarianism — a reference, apparently, to the Napoleonic-era bargain in which Jews accepted emancipation in exchange for declaring themselves first and foremost French citizens — is not the first time that Fillon, a hard-liner and ex-prime minister under former President Nicolas Sarkozy from 2007 to 2012, has taken aim at Jewish customs. In 2012, Jewish and Muslim groups condemned him for telling Europe1 that minorities need to abandon “ancestral traditions” and ritual slaughter “to adapt in the modern world” and science. Fillon’s spokesman said this week that his boss was “misunderstood” and had wished to express his opposition to “all forms of religious fundamentalism,”

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especially by Muslims. “The Jews of France are French like the Christians of France are French and the Muslims of France are French, except for those who partake in Islamic sectarianism, in Islamic totalitarianism, which needs to be fought against,” said the spokesman, Jerome Chartier. Benjamin said he found the clarification “satisfactory.” Zerbib disagreed, calling on Fillon to clarify “his positions on religious freedoms in general.” Fillon’s apparent suspicion or disdain for religious customs fits into the French concept of laïcité, a strict form of secularism. In recent decades it has gained traction among French politicians and thought leaders, who regard it as a tool to check what they regard as the spread of Islam and its effects on French society. In summer, laïcité advocates, including some leaders of French Jewry, cited the concept in defending a controversial ban on wearing full-body swimsuits, or burkinis, at some beaches. “Going with it [a burkini] is not innocent, it’s sending a message,” Moshe Sebbag, the chief rabbi of Paris’ Grand Synagogue, told JTA in August. Conceding that Jewish Orthodox women wear similar garb while bathing, he said the Muslim burkini “is not about women’s liberty to dress modestly, but a statement as to who will rule here tomorrow.” Amid pressure, Sebbag later retracted his words. But it was nonetheless a demonstration of a willingness by a growing number of French Jews and non-Jews to accept theoretical limitations on their own freedoms in the hope of addressing the Muslim radicalization that is behind hundreds of anti-Semitic attacks annually, including several deadly assaults since 2012. Hundreds have died in France and Belgium in jihadist attacks, including in the Bataclan concert hall in November 2015 and more recently in Nice, where 84 people were murdered in July. This sense of threat “may also be behind the weak reaction to what Fillon said,” Zerbib said. “It may be that Jewish groups are willing to look the other way because they don’t want to be seen as partisan, or because he comes across to some as an ally.” Reflecting the alarm of many French

Jews, Benjamin, who recently called for Marseilles Jews to conceal their kippahs for security reasons, said that “Islamization is an existential threat on France.” While stopping short of endorsing Fillon, Benjamin said it “seems he is committed to offering solutions” to a “problem that will perhaps become insolvable by the 2021 election.” Hollande and Prime Minister Manuel Valls are widely credited by French Jews for extraordinary efforts to protect them from this threat, Zerbib said, including by posting 12,000 soldiers at Jewish areas following the murder of four people last year at a Paris kosher shop. “But Hollande is an unpopular leader also among Jews,” Zerbib noted. Valls, however, “may command considerable support by Jews if he becomes the Socialist candidate,” Zerbib said. Faced with this feeling of threat, a growing number of French Jews have been tempted to support the National Front, a party shunned by the Jewish establishment because of the anti-Semitism of some of its founders. The party, which once had nearly no Jewish supporters, now attracts 12 percent of the Jewish vote, polls from 2014 suggest, “and the current level of support among Jews may be higher,” Zerbib said. Jean-Marie Le Pen, the National Front’s founder and honorary president — and Marine Le Pen’s father — was finally booted from the party this year for minimizing the Holocaust. A French court determined earlier this month that he may keep the title of honorary president. In addition to kicking out her father and several other members who made anti-Semitic statements, Le Pen has courted French Jews by expressing support for Israel and promising Jews her party will be “their shield” against Muslim radicalism. But last month, Le Pen reiterated her support for a ban on wearing religious garb, including by Jews, to curb what she calls the spread of Islam. “Jews can understand that if we ask for this sacrifice from them,” she told BFMTV. French Jews largely rejected Le Pen’s request, yet Zerbib said they appear to be more willing to give Fillon “concessions that would not have been on offer to most politicians under normal circumstances.”

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The Northwest Division hosted a first-time event, “Stuff The Truck,” in partnership with our community’s Jewish thrift shop, 1st Rate 2nd Hand, on November Phyllis Gold, Northwest 13 at Jewish Federation Northwest. Division Director, and Diane Harland, volunteer Most Northwest Tucsonans aren’t aware of our community’s thrift shop, nor find themselves in the vicinity of Wilmot and Speedway to donate items. On Sunday morning, 22 donors dropped off donations to “stuff the truck” valued between $700 and $1,100 for resale at the store. We look forward to collaborating again and accommodating furniture donations from individual homes in the Northwest!

Young Leadership Goes Bowling for Turkeys Young Leadership of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona hosted an evening of bowling for turkeys. In addition to bowling and networking, the group collected food donations for the Interfaith Community Services Food Bank.

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Meanwhile, Israeli security forces targeted alleged arsonists, who they said began setting fires on Nov. 23, according to Israel’s Channel 10. At least 35 people — most of them Palestinians but at least 10 reportedly Arab Israelis — were arrested since Nov. 24 on suspicion of setting fires or inciting others to do so. Some were released, including on Sunday a Bedouin-Israeli man who was locked up last week for a Facebook post that encouraged arson in a sarcastic tone and with the hashtag “Sarcasm, not serious.” Two Arab Israelis confessed in jail, police reportedly told the Cabinet. Even as security officials warned against jumping to conclusions about the causes of the fires, Netanyahu and other Israeli politicians said they would respond to them as acts of terrorism. Netanyahu declared Nov. 25 that there was “no doubt” arson was involved and blamed terrorists. At the Cabinet meeting, he pledged to “act forcefully” against arsonists and called such actions worse than “other terror attacks.” “The severity of these cases is not equal in severity to other terror attacks because it is so powerful and it draws on the forces of nature to sow death and destruction,” he said at the meeting. On Saturday night, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan on visits to communities damaged by fires called for the destruction of the homes of arsonists. Israel controversially uses the method as a deterrent against Palestinian terrorists.

In separate visits to Halamish, a West Bank settlement north of Jerusalem that was evacuated because of a fire that damaged or destroyed dozens of homes, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman and Education Minister Naftali Bennett said Israel should respond by expanding settlements. Liberman said there was “proof ” that arsonists started 17 of the 110 documented fires. When the extent of the fires was just becoming clear on Nov. 23, Bennett had tweeted that only “someone who this land does not belong to” could have started the fires. Meanwhile, the Arabic hashtag “Israel is burning” was trending on Twitter, with tens of thousands using it to celebrate the ongoing destruction in Israel. Arab politicians decried “incitement” against their community by Israeli Jewish politicians and pointed out that some of the fires were started near Arab communities. Ayman Odeh, the head of the Arab Joint List political party, reacted Nov. 24 to Bennett’s tweet, saying, “To my regret, someone decided to exploit this dreadful situation to incite and to lash out at an entire community.” Hours later, Odeh called on any arsonists to stop, saying they were “the enemies of us all.” Some Orthodox Jewish rabbis saw the fires as a divine retribution. Rabbi Elyakim Levanon, a leader in Israel’s settlement movement, said Nov. 24 that the fires were God’s punishment for the government’s plans to uproot West Bank settlements, including Amona, which the High Court declared to be illegally built on private Palestinian land.

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For 35 years, Richard Green led the Conservative service for the first day of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur at the University of Arizona Hillel Foundation. A student rabbi from the Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles conducted the Reform service. Growing up in Omaha, Green received his religious education and leadership training skills at Beth El Synagogue. By day, he

Michelle Blumenberg and Richard Green at the University of Arizona Hillel Foundation is an astronomer, the assistant director of government relations at the Steward Observatory on the UA campus. As a full-time administrator, he is expected to do scholarship and service. He feels that he is fulfilling his service responsibility as well as “giving back” to the Jewish community by conducting High Holiday services. Green has fond memories of student involvement. In order to get a taste of the holiday, students who had an hour or so between classes could walk in, put down their backpacks, participate in the service, and then go on their way. He remembers that Jewish sororities and fraternities encouraged their Jewish members to attend services as a group for erev Rosh Hashanah with a dinner afterward and for Kol Nidre. Often, one of the Greek houses would host a break-fast meal following Yom Kippur. When Green began at Hillel in 1980, services were held in the old building, which was at the same address as the current building. During construction of the new building and later during the erection of the new wing, the Latter-Day Saints Institute of Religion across the street hosted the High Holiday services. Green has served with executive directors Rabbi Mort Levine, Rabbi Harley Karz-Wagman, Rabbi Mitchell Smith and Michelle Blumenberg, who is celebrating 25 years in her position this year, the same year the UA Hillel Foundation turns 75. Officially, Green “retired” from this volunteer gig two years ago. In 2015, he and his wife, Joan, spent Rosh Hashanah with their son Nathaniel and his family in Washing-

ton, D.C. When they returned, Blumenberg called, as due to a death in the student rabbi’s family, she needed him to fill in at the last minute for Yom Kippur. Green did an encore performance as shaliach tzibbur (“messenger of the congregation”). Last year, Hillel offered one Reform service for the High Holidays and the Greens were back at their home shul, Congregation Anshei Israel, for the holidays.

World Series mania

Former Chicagoans and Clevelanders flocked to the World Series to see their Cubs and Indians compete. The attendees below had the thrill of a lifetime. Three generations of Feders — Ed, Mike, and Nate (Phoenix) attended the World Series games at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Mike has been affiliated with local minor league baseball teams and the Arizona Diamondbacks and is currently executive director of the upcoming Arizona Bowl. In his early teens, he helped clean Wrigley Field in exchange for tickets to the next day’s game. After cleaning, he collected autographs on his scorecard and saved all of the programs. The senior Feder, Ed, celebrated his 90th birthday in the stands on Sunday, Oct. 30, Game 5, when the Cubs beat the Indians, 3 to 2. It doesn’t get much better than that! His celebration continued back in Tucson over the weekend of Nov. 11 with family from near and far converging to honor the newlyminted nonagenarian. ••••• Hailing from Cleveland, Richard Feldman flew back to join his three sons, Gary (Cleveland), Jamie (Livingston, N.J.) and Marc (Houston), for this long-awaited moment for both teams! When they arrived at the will-call window at Progressive Field, there were no tickets for them for Game 1, but rather for the next night’s game. As a consolation, they were offered seats to that evening’s Cleveland Cavaliers vs. New York Knicks basketball game. That night, they witnessed the Cavs receive their rings and raise the 2016 NBA Championship banner at Quicken Loans Arena. The foursome adjusted their schedules and on Wednesday, Oct. 26, attended Game 2 when the Indians lost 5 to 1 to the Cubs. Seated in the last row of the upper deck in left field, Richard felt the cold — the temperature was in the 40s with wind blowing off Lake Erie. Though wearing four layers of clothing, he spent a quarter of the game in the heated men’s room and another quarter in front of the warm concession stand, watching on overhead TV screens. ••••• Native Tucsonan Neil Katz says his sons, Aaron (Boston) and Brandon, grew up watching WGN-TV, the Chicago cable network that broadcasts Cubs baseball. The boys treated Neil to Game 6 in Cleveland where the Cubs bested the Indians, 9 to 3. The boys said they were repaying him for all of the NCAA Men’s Final Four basketball games he had taken them to. Neil notes that there

Mike, Nate and Ed Feder

Jamie, Richard, Gary and Marc Feldman at Progressive Field in Cleveland

Brandon, Neil and Aaron Katz at Progressive Field in Cleveland (Left) Chicago fans Aaron (age 6) and Brandon (age 4) was tight security outside Progressive Field with police on horseback, as at the outset, the Indians were ahead of the Cubs, 3 games to 2, and the team and city were prepared for a World Series victory in this best-of-seven matchup.

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR The calendar deadline is Tuesday, 10 days before the issue date. Our next issue will be published December 16, 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. 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. Jewish Federation-Northwest chair yoga with a Jewish flair taught by Bonnie Golden. Mondays, 10-11 a.m., except Dec. 19. $7 per class or $25 for four. 505-4161 or northwestjewish@jfsa.org. Cong. Anshei Israel mah jongg, Mondays, 10 a.m.-noon. All levels, men and women. Contact Evelyn at 885-4102 or esigafus@aol.com. Chabad Torah & Tea for women with Mushkie Zimmerman, Mondays, 11 a.m., through February, at Chabad Oro Valley, jewishorovalley.com or 477-TORA; 7:30 p.m., with Rabbi Yossie Shemtov of Chabad Tucson, 2411 E. Elm Street, chabadtucson.com. Cong. Or Chadash Mondays with the Rabbi. “Ancient Wisdom to Modern Reform Practice.” Mondays, noon-1:15 p.m. Bring a sack lunch. 512-8500. Cong. Anshei Israel women’s study group led by Rabbi Robert Eisen. First Mondays, noon. Discussion based on “The Five Books of Miriam: A Woman’s Commentary on the Torah.”

Friday / December 2 8:30 AM-2 PM: JFSA Women’s Philanthropy 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 PM: Temple Emanu-El Tot Kabbalat Hanukkah Shabbat service followed by dinner at 5:30 p.m. Kosher chicken or vegetarian option and sides, and desserts on the playground. Adults,

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Ongoing Bring dairy lunch; beverages and dessert provided. Contact Helen at 299-0340.

Talmud on Tuesday with Rabbi Robert Eisen, Tuesdays, 6 p.m. 745-5550.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Temple Emanu-El Talmud study with Dr. Eliot Barron. Wednesdays, 10-11:30 a.m. One-time $18 materials fee. 327-4501.

Jewish History Museum gallery chats. 15-minute programs led by members of the community. First and third Fridays, 11:30 a.m. 670-9073.

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.

Jewish Federation-Northwest mah jongg, Wednesdays, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. 505-4161.

Tucson J social bridge. Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon-3 p.m., year round. Drop-ins welcome. Meets in library on second floor. 2993000. Northwest Knitters create hand-stitched items for donation in the Jewish community. Meets at Jewish Federation Northwest Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m. RSVP to judithgfeldman@gmail. com or call 505-4161. $10; children under 13, free. RSVP at 327-4501. 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. Call Kim at 745-5550, ext. 224, for space availability. 6:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Preparing to Pray. Learn Jewish meditative techniques, followed by Kabbalistic Shabbat service at 7:30 p.m. 3274501.

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.

Jewish Federation-Northwest mah jongg, Thursdays), 5:30 p.m. 505-4161.

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.

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

Tucson J canasta group. Players wanted. Thursdays, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Instruction available and a beginners’ table every week. Call Rhoda at 886-4334.

Tucson J Shabbat Stay and Play/Shabbat on the Go program for families, Fridays, 10 a.m. Once a month, celebration taken to various off-site locations: Dec. 16. Contact Julie Zorn at 299-3000, ext. 236, or jzorn@tucson jcc.org.

“Along the Talmudic Trail” for men (18-40) at Southwest Torah Institute, Mondays, 7 p.m. 747-7780 or yzbecker@me.com.

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

with Cantor Avraham Alpert, Thursdays, noon1 p.m. at Eli’s Deli. 577-1171.

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,” 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.

Sunday / December 4 9 AM-3 PM: Arizona Center for Judaic Studies conference, “Balancing Unity & Diversity: Israel’s Changing Society & Politics,” at University of Arizona Memorial Student Union, South Ballroom, 1303 E. University Blvd. Continues Monday, Dec. 5, 9 a.m-4 p.m. $100 per person or two

“Biblical Breakthroughs with Rabbi Becker” at the Southwest Torah Institute. Fridays, noon, for men and women. 747-7780 or yzbecker@ me.com. Jewish History Museum and Holocaust History Center, open Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. and Fridays noon3 p.m. 564 S. Stone Ave. Adults, $7; members and students, free. No admission charge on Saturdays. 670-9073. Tucson J exhibit, “”Parts Make the Whole: A Journey Through the Aleph Bet” by Lynn Rae Lowe. Through Dec. 27. 299-3000. Menorah Museum featuring works from Tucson artists and synagogue gifts shops, at Park Place Mall, 5780 E. Broadway Blvd., through Dec. 31. Contact Ori Parnaby, Jewish Tucson concierge, at 299-3000, ext. 241. 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. for $150; students, $30. Register at judaic.arizona. edu/IsraelConference2016 or call 626-5758. 9:30 AM-1 PM: Temple Emanu-El Women of Reform Judaism Hanukkah bazaar. Menorahs, candles, crafts, food. Men’s Club hot latkes available. 327-4501. 10-11:30 AM: Cong. Bet Shalom presents “The Diversity of Ancient Israel – A Retrospective of Archaelogy, History and Religion.” A four-week series with Steven Stark-Reimer. Free. Dec. 4: “The Emergence of Early Israel as a People”; Dec. 11: “The Religion(s) of Ancient Israel: Does the Hebrew Bible Present Religious Reality or Theological Ideal?” Dec. 18: “The Variety of Second Temple Judaism” (Mensch Club event); Dec. 25: “Apocalyptic Eschatology Meets Politics in First Century


Judea.” Register at waldman.mark@gmail.com. 10:30 AM-NOON: Desert Caucus brunch with Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.). Guests should be potential members. RSVP at 299-2410 or desertcau cus@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 299-300 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 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. RSVP at jfsa.org or 577-9393.

mOnday / december 5 7 PM: Arizona Center for Judaic Studies Israel 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 626-5758. 7 PM: Jewish History Museum “Torah of Awakening: Integral Jewish Meditation” with Brian Yosef Schacter-Brooks. Also Dec. 12. Donations accepted. Check schedule at torahofawakening. com. 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.

tueSday / december 6 4-5 PM: Jewish History Museum community conversation on “Elements of Genocide,” in the Holocaust History Center. 564 S. Stone Ave. 670-9073.

WedneSday / december 7

at the Country Club of La Cholla, 8700 N. La Cholla Blvd. $10 suggested donation. RSVP at office@ jewishorovalley.com or 477-8672. 5:30 PM: JFSA Real Estate & Allied Professionals dinner. Arthur Nelson, Ph.D., FAICP, University of Arizona professor of planning and real estate development, presents “Much Ado About Millennials.” Members, free; nonmembers, $45. RSVP to Karen Graham at 577-9393, ext. 118, or kgraham@ jfsa.org. 6:30 PM: Cong. Bet Shalom presents “The History of European Jews in America,” with Roza Simkhovich at the Tucson J. Four-week series, Wednesdays through Dec. 28. Contact the J at 299-3000. 7-8:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Sefer book club discusses “Invisible City” by Julia Dahl and “The Last Flight of Poxl West” by Daniel Torday with Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon. $7. 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.

tHurSday / december 8 7 PM and 9 PM: Jewish History Museum presents “Kaddish,” a one-person play based on the writings of Auschwitz survivor and Nobel prizewinner Imre Kertesz. At Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N. Main Ave. $15. Cash bar. Tickets at jewishhistory museum.org or 670-9073.

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.

Saturday / december 10 9 AM: Cong. Or Chadash Eat, Study, Pray. Breakfast (lox, bagels, coffee and pastries) followed by discussion with Rabbi Louchheim: “Hanukkah in America: A Major or Minor Holiday?” Shabbat service follows at 10 a.m. 512-8500. 10:30-11 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel K’Ton Time. Service geared for children ages 1-6 (all ages welcome), led by Gabby Erbst. Songs, prayers, stories, games and playground time, with schmoozing time for parents; kid-friendly Kiddush. 745-5550.

Sunday / december 11

4 PM: Chabad Oro Valley and Jewish Federation-Northwest present An Afternoon with Marthe Cohn, “Behind Enemy Lines: The True Story of a French Jewish Spy in Nazi Germany”

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.

11:30: Hadassah Southern Arizona luncheon at Skyline Country Club, 5200 E. St. Andrews Drive. Artist Lynn Rae Lowe presents “The Mystical Qualities of Hebrew Letters.” Includes Installation of officers for 2017 and announcement of 2016 Woman of the Year. Members, $25; nonmembers, $27. For information, call Marcia Winick at 886-9919. RSVP: Mail check, payable to Hadassah, by Dec. 5 to Marcia Winick, 7284 Onda Circle, Tucson 85715.

Ave., with the Armon Bizman band, Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon and soloist Lindsey O’Shea. 327-4501.

NOON: Cong. Anshei Israel Mishpacha (Family) Program: Hanukkah Cards & Crafts with Handmaker. Enjoy pizza lunch and games at CAI, then drive to Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging at 1 p.m. to visit, play games and help residents make cards for their families. Free. RSVP by Dec. 6 to Nichole Chorny at 745-5550, ext. 228 or cantorialsoloist@caiaz.org.

5:45 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Family Shabbat Experience service and dinner. Dinner, $25 per family (2 adults and up to 4 children); individual adults (13+) $10. RSVP by Dec. 12 to Kim at 7455550, ext. 224 or visit caiaz.org.

4:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Greatest Hanukkah on Earth! XVIII: Shine All Night celebration. Songs, skits, parodies and more. Free. Followed by kosher brisket and latkes dinner. RSVP for dinner at 327-4501.

mOnday / december 12 5 PM: Jewish Federation-Northwest community dining out, at Vero Amore, Dove Mountain. 505-4161. 6 PM: JFSA Cardozo/Maimonides Society Dinner at Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort. Judge Daniel Butler presents, “Your Son Has a Half Hour to Live and They’re Towing Your Car: Making the Most of a Bad Day.” $40; interns and medical residents, $20; law and medical students, free. RSVP by Dec. 5 to Karen Graham at 5779393 or kgraham@jfsa.org, or visit jfsa.org.

tueSday / december 13 1:30: Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging rabbi lecture, “Holiest Places on Earth” with Rabbi Samuel Cohon of Temple Emanu-El. Contact Nanci Levy at 881-2323. 6-7 PM: Jewish Federation-Northwest Rosh Chodesh Women’s Group. Artist Lynn Rae Lowe presents “The Mystical Qualities of Hebrew Letters,” at the Tucson J, followed by optional dinner out. RSVP at northwestjewish@jfsa.org or 505-4161.

WedneSday / december 14 7 PM: National Vigil to #EndGunVIolence: Interfaith service/candlelight vigil marking the 4th anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Speakers include Rabbi Stephanie Aaron of Cong. Chaverim. At St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church, 3809 E. 3rd Street.

Friday / december 16 9:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Downtown Shabbat at the Jewish History Museum, 564 S. Stone

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5 PM: SaddleBrooke Institute for Judaic Services and Studies Shabbat dinner, followed by service at 7 p.m. Dinner is in MountainView Country Club East Room, 38759 S. Mountain View Blvd. Service is held in MountainView Ballroom West. Oneg follows service. RSVP to Ellie Adel at geadel @q.com.

Saturday / december 17 11:30-2:30 PM: Secular Humanist Jewish Circle Hanukkah party. Food, songs, gifts, schmoozing. RSVP for directions to Susan at 577-7718 or sru binaz@comcast.net. NOON: Cong. Anshei Israel Targum Shlishi. Following Kiddush, Leah Avuno, one of the community’s shinshinim (Israeli teen emissaries) leads a discussion on the significance of reading the Torah portion in text and translation. Free. Contact Rabbi Robert Eisen at 745-5550, ext. 230.

Sunday / december 18 8 AM-NOON: Tucson J Cycle for Good. Participation in this JCCA-sponsored virtual ride in the indoor cycling studio benefits the J’s Taglit Day Program and young adults with disabilities. $18/ hour. 299-3000. 9 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel Hanukkah Family Worship. Minyan in the Epstein Chapel is followed by youth learning activities at 9:30 in the Rabbi Breger Hall. At 10:30, a Maccabiah competition and Hanukkiah Torch Run Lighting led by USY; concludes with a Hanukkah party at 11:30. Free. RSVP by Dec. 14 to Kim at 745-5550, ext. 224. 9:30 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel Adult Education Kollel. Rabbi Robert Eisen presents “The Making of Miracles,” exploring what Jewish tradition teaches us about miracles — and how that understanding may deepen our observance of Hanukkah. Free. RSVP by Dec. 14 to Michelle at 7455550, ext. 225. 9:15 AM: Jewish War Veterans Friedman-Paul Post 201 breakfast meeting at B’nai B’rith Covenant House, 4414 E. 2nd St. $4. Contact Honey Manson at 529-1830. 12:30-2 PM: JFSA PJ Library/PJ Our Way Hanukkah celebration at Whole Foods Market, River and Craycroft Roads. Contact MaryEllen Loebl or Hannah Gomez at 577-9393. 2 PM: Temple Emanu-El Sunday Salon. J.D. Garcia, University of Arizona physics professor emeritus, presents “Cosmology and the Big Bang: Perspective 2.” 327-4501.

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

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

four grandchildren. A memorial service was held at Temple Emanu-El with Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon officiating. Interment followed in the Temple Emanu-El section of Evergreen Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Planned Parenthood of Arizona (please designate for Southern Arizona), 4751 N. 15th St., Phoenix, AZ 85014 or The Humane Society of Southern Arizona, 3450 N. Kelvin Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85716. Obituaries are printed free of charge. There is a nominal fee for photographs.

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.

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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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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.

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SECULAR HUMANIST JEWISH CIRCLE www.secularhumanistjewishcircle.org Call Cathleen at 730-0401 for meeting or other information. UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA HILLEL FOUNDATION 1245 E. 2nd St. Tucson, AZ 85719 • 624-6561 • www.arizona.hillel.org Shabbat services: Reform, Conservative, Orthodox and alternative services two Fridays each month when school is in session. Dinner follows (guests, $8; RSVP by preceding Thurs.). Call for dates/times.

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Bar mitzvah

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Ellis Reuben Selznick, son of Barbara and Sanford Selznick, will celebrate becoming a bar mitzvah on Dec. 17 at Congregation Anshei Israel. He is the grandson of Betty and the late Allen Wilinsky of North Woodmere, N.Y., and the late Roslyn and Richard Selznick. Ellis attends Basis Tucson North where he is on the honor roll. He enjoys tennis, piano, and hiking. For his mitzvah project, he is collecting toys for Diamond Children’s Medical Center.

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Israel Defense Forces Major Gen. (Res.) Doron Almog spoke at a Jewish National Fund event in Tucson on Tuesday, Nov. 15. Almog, who was awarded a 2016 Israel Prize for lifetime achievement, led the operational task force in Tripoli against terrorists who killed Israeli Olympians in Munich. He was the first para-reconnaissance commander to land in Entebbe for the 1976 hostage rescue mission; participated in Operation Moses, which brought over 6,000 Ethiopian Jews to Israel in the 1980s; and helped protect Israel from infiltration by terrorists from Gaza as head of the IDF Southern Command from 2000-2003. Almog, who is also the father of a son, Eran, born with severe autism and developmental disabilities, has worked to enrich the lives of Israelis with special needs, including establishing a state-of-the-art rehabilitative village, ALEH Negev, renamed ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran after his son’s death in 2007 at age 23. JNF supports the village as part of its Blueprint Negev initiative. The event was held at the home of Cary and Fern Marmis; for more information on JNF in Tucson, contact Hayley Magerman at 485-7619 or hmagerman@jnf.org. (L-R) Deb Rochford, JNF executive vice president; Major Gen. Doron Almog; event hosts Cary and Fern Marmis

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Mega Challah Bake

More than 300 women and girls celebrated together at the third annual Mega Challah Bake on Thursday, Nov. 10, organized by Chabad Tucson and the Tucson Jewish Community Center, with many partnering congregations and organizations. In addition to learning how to prepare and braid challah dough, participants enjoyed a challah and dip buffet and dancing around the ballroom of the Tucson J. The annual event coincides with the global Shabbos Project, “motivating Jews around the world to experience the beauty and serenity of Shabbat,” says Feigie Ceitlin, program director of Chabad Tucson.

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