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he joy of Purim commemorates the survival of the Jewish people from a plot to annihilate them in ancient Persia, as recorded in the Megillah, the Book of Esther. But the joy goes beyond the events of ancient times. Jews have survived over and over again, in a world where the odds have been against them. At Hamentaschen for Hunger, a new event Congregation Anshei Israel held on Feb. 26, 82 adults and children came together to share the joy of the holiday and also to help those in need. Proceeds from the event fees will be divided among the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, Leket Israel (Israel’s national food

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Tucson congregations help others share the joys of Purim

Adina Lytle and Elliya Griver at Congregation Anshei Israel's Hamentaschen for Hunger event on Feb.26.

bank) and CAI’s youth programs, thereby helping others to survive and encouraging Jewish youth to continue a Jewish life.

Participants rolled out and filled dough to make hamantaschen, traditional tri-cornered Purim pastries, which were taken

home to be baked. Fillings at Anshei Israel included berries, chocolate and lemon. The pastries are named for Haman, the chief villain of the Purim story, and some interpretations say their shape represents his ears or his hat. Participants also decorated shalach manot, gift bags to fill with food for family and friends, and created Purim greeting cards. Anshei Israel’s Rabbi Robert Eisen came up with the event, incorporating several Jewish concepts: Jewish food, tzedakah (charity), family, friends and the traditions of Purim. “The core of Purim is the theme of survival. We celebrate being Jewish, being the people that we are, and that we have not been overcome,” said Eisen. “We See Purim, page 10

Lecturer for Cindy Wool seminar supports ‘slow medicine’ KAYE PATCHETT Special to the AJP


octors should be more like gardeners than mechanics, says physician, author and historian Victoria Sweet, M.D., Ph.D. An advocate of “slow medicine,” she believes patients’ well-being can become a casualty of today’s emphasis on high-tech, high-pressure medical care. Sweet will be the keynote speaker at the Eighth Annual Cindy Wool Memorial Seminar on Humanism in Medicine, March 29 at 7 p.m. at the Marriott University Park Hotel, 880 E. Second Street. Her talk, “God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine,” is based on her experiences working

as a doctor at Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco, and on her book of the same title. The seminar is presented by the Maimonides Society of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona in conjunction with the University of Arizona College of Medicine. First held in 2010, the event honors Cindy Wool, the wife of Dr. Steven A. Wool, who died in November 2008 at age 54 as a result of complications from acute lymphocytic leukemia. Sweet says her first 10 years as a doctor convinced her there was “something really missing” from today’s medical practice. She moved to Laguna Honda Hospital — formerly the nation’s last almshouse, and a descendent of the Hôtel Dieu (God’s hotel) that cared for the sick in the Middle


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Victoria Sweet, M.D., Ph.D., is the author of ‘God's Hotel.’

Ages — where she stayed for 20 years. There, she encountered a slower-paced, less high-tech approach to medicine. Set on 62 acres, Laguna Honda features gardens, an aviary, a greenhouse and a barnyard where patients can recuperate mentally and physi-

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cally as they tend plants, interact with animals and “watch chickens hatch,” she says. According to Sweet, studies of slow medicine show improved outcomes and reduced stress for both patients and doctors. See Medicine, page 4

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LOCAL Tucson among JCCs targeted by bomb threats PHYLLIS BRAUN

AJP Executive Editor


he Tucson Jewish Community Center was on lockdown for about 90 minutes Monday evening after a caller claimed there were explosives set to go off in the parking lot. The call was part of the latest wave of bomb threats targeting JCCs and other Jewish institutions across the country in the past six weeks. The Tucson Police Department bomb squad, working with the local FBI, swept the area and gave the all-clear at about 7:15 p.m. Monday, after which the center reopened. “At 5:30 we received a bomb threat phone call and we immediately went into the procedures that we have trained our staff on,” Todd Rockoff, Tucson J president and CEO, told the AJP Tuesday. “We moved people into where we shelter in place, and TPD responded quickly, as did the local FBI.” About 200 people, including many children, were inside the J when the lockdown went into effect. Rockoff said he “could not be more proud” of the J’s staff, who reacted “with leadership and a calm air about them.” Local law enforcement “did a really terrific job of communicating with us,” in turn allowing the J “to communicate with our members regularly, while we were all here together.” “As strange as it may sound, there was a feeling of community” while everyone was sheltered together, Rockoff said. Six other JCCs in Western states and the San Francisco office of the Anti-Defamation League were evacuated Monday after bomb threats that brought the day’s total to 29. The Secure Community Network, the security arm of the national Jewish

community, reported JCC evacuations in Scottsdale; Orange County, Palo Alto, San Diego and Long Beach in California; and Mercer Island in suburban Seattle, Wash. Earlier evacuations in the day were reported in North Carolina, Michigan, Rhode Island, Florida, Pennsylvania, Indiana, New York, New Jersey, Alabama, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. They included 13 JCCs and eight schools. The JCC Association of North America urged federal officials to identify and capture the perpetrator or perpetrators of the hoaxes. “Anti-Semitism of this nature should not and must not be allowed to endure in our communities,” David Posner, the director of strategic performance at the JCCA, said in a statement. “The Justice Department, Homeland Security, the FBI, and the White House, alongside Congress and local officials, must speak out — and speak out forcefully — against this scourge of anti-Semitism impacting communities across the country. Actions speak louder than words.” In Tucson, many turned to social media for information on the situation at the J. Christina Pugh, a staff member at the J, posted on Facebook Monday night, several hours after the incident, that she was “feeling proud.” “I am more confident and feel more safe at my JCC … because I know our safety procedures were on point and our staff was confident and brave and strong through it all. Our members as well put on a strong face even though I’m sure they were freaked out but came together as a community and a true family!” Pugh concluded, “These ‘terrorists’ who are intentionally trying to bring fear across the country in all different Jewish organizations did the complete opposite at our JCC tonight!” JTA contributed to this report.

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LOCAL At history museum, 26 take oath of citizenship

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Canadian-born Barbara Brumer, left, board president of the Jewish History Museum/Holocaust History Center, celebrates becoming a United States citizen along with 25 other new citizens at a naturalization ceremony at the museum on Friday, Feb. 17.



he Jewish History Museum/Holocaust History Center hosted its first naturalization ceremony on Friday, Feb. 17. Barbara Brumer, board president of the Jewish History Museum/Holocaust History Center, was one of the 26 people who became a United States citizen that day. The setting was perfect for this type of ceremony, Brumer says, considering that the museum building was erected before Arizona became a state, and now has the first state commissioned flag on display. During the modest commencement, Judge Scott Gan asked if anyone would like to speak. One after another, more than half of these new Americans shared heartfelt stories about their journey toward citizenship and hopes for the future. “It was really moving; it was a wonderful morning," says Brumer. Brumer was born in Montreal, Canada, but spent most of her career and adult life in Toronto, working as a management consultant for strategic corporate planning. She moved to Tucson in 2009 with her husband, Irwin Manov, who was born in the United States. They originally planned on only spending the winter months here, but wound up falling in love with the Old Pueblo, she says. She knew she would eventually become a U.S. citizen, she says, and last year’s presidential election spurred her along. “I always think that you should have a voice in your country,” says Brumer. “And if I’m living here, I want my voice heard in the right way.”

Brumer started volunteering at the Jewish History Museum in 2014. She joined the board of directors, taking her position as president in November 2015, she recalls, just a few months before the Holocaust History Center opened. Hosting a naturalization ceremony on the museum campus is consistent with the center’s mission, says Brumer. “The purpose of the museum is to showcase the difference, the impact, that immigrants have made throughout the decades to this part of the world,” she says. “So how enriching, to have the next group of immigrants be inspired by this?” Mayor Jonathan Rothschild says it was an honor and privilege to speak at the ceremony. One of Rothschild’s community initiatives is the citizenship campaign, and Tucson is a welcoming destination for immigrants, whether they are here on a work visa, a green card holder or interested in becoming naturalized, he says. “But citizenship increases peoples’ commitment to this community and this country, and earnings go up when people become citizens,” says Rothschild. “Both these factors benefit the community as a whole.” The Jewish History Museum was an enthusiastic host for the ceremony, Rothschild says, and the highlight was hearing testimony from the new citizens. “The best part was listening to these new American citizens talk about their love for and gratitude to this country,” he says. “It was clear to me that they understood and cherished American values of freedom of speech, freedom of religion, equality of opportunity, civil liberties and equal protection under the law.” Bryan Davis, executive director at the See Citizenship, page 4

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LOCAL Book fest to feature Jewish groups, authors Jewish Family & Children’s Services will highlight its book, “To Tell Our Stories: Holocaust Survivors of Southern Arizona” at the Tucson Festival of Books on March 11 and 12. Visitors to the JFCS booth (#244) also can create Passover greeting cards for Holocaust survivors and Matza & More recipients. Tucson's PJ Library/PJ Our Way programs will be at booth #305 and the Jewish History Museum/Holocaust History Center will be at booth #245. Lisa Kotz Mishler, author of “Zalman Ber: The True Story of the Man the Nazis Could Not Kill,” will be among the local writers at the festival’s author pavilion.

She will speak about her book, which chronicles her parents’ survival in her father’s distinctive, terse voice, at 2:40 p.m. on Saturday, March 11 at booth #249. Tucsonan Jillian Cantor, author of "Margot" and "The Hours Count," will join fellow authors Juliette Fay and Caroline Leavitt to discuss "Dramatic Social and Political Change" on March 12 from 10-11 a.m. and authors Alice Hoffman and Affinity Konar for "Jewish Lives and Histories" on March 12 from 1-2 p.m. (see http://azjewishpost.com/2017/book-festpanel-to-highlight-jewish-characters/). For more information, visit tucsonfestivalofbooks.org.


immediate care, says Sweet. At the same time, slow medicine — a growing movement that takes into account the patient’s mental, physical, emotional and social well-being — is an important factor, especially for patients with chronic or incurable diseases. But, says Sweet, care is constrained by increasing bureaucracy that demands doctors spend more time on computerized systems than with their patients. “Doctors are so stressed. It’s a system that’s broken. Slow medicine is about removing what’s in the way, and putting back what’s missing.” Tickets to Sweet’s keynote lecture are $18 (free for medical students) and are available online at jfsa.org or by calling Karen Graham at 577-9393, ext. 118, by March 22. The lecture will be preceded at 5:30 p.m. by a VIP reception that includes dinner and tickets to the seminar for $100. Sweet will also speak at noon on March 29 at the Arizona Health Sciences Center in the DuVal Auditorium at Banner-University Medical Center, where she will present “Slow Medicine and the Efficiency of Inefficiency.” Medical students, faculty and staff should RSVP by March 22 to rgrant@medadmin. arizona.edu.

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It was Hildegard of Bingen, a 12thcentury German Benedictine abbess, who first showed Sweet the concept at the heart of slow medicine. Hildegard’s book, “Causae et Curae,” written in Latin, emphasized the connection between the “green” health of plants and human health, each within a balanced system. Hildegard’s concept of medicine as a kind of gardening captivated Sweet, and the book became the subject of her Ph.D. thesis in medical history. In Hildegard’s model, says Sweet, “The body is more like a plant than a machine. The difference is that the body can heal itself.” Fast and slow medicine are equally important, she says — but not to the exclusion of each other. “They both work together. You need to have both in your black bag.” For example, she says, a patient may need an appendectomy immediately, but rather than discharging her as soon as possible, spending more time with her and giving her longer to heal may yield better results. High-tech scans, techniques and interventions are wonderful, crucial, and often life-saving for patients in need of

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Jewish History Museum/Holocaust History Center, says hosting a naturalization ceremony fits the museum’s narrative. “Our most precious materials at the Jewish History Museum are the intimate stories that people in our community share with us,” says Davis. “It is particularly meaningful for the museum to not only tell these stories, but be the site



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where these experiences take place. “And museums in the 21st century are becoming cultural and community centers rather than exclusive vaults of untouchable objects,” he says. He’s looking forward to building a relationship with Immigration & Naturalization Services, and providing community members, regardless of their faith, an intimate space for this major life event. “It added a level of gravitas and authenticity to be in a space that is central, and historic, to the Jewish community,” he says.

LOCAL JFSA women name Zehngut award recipient The advisory council of the Women’s Holtzman has served as a board Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of member of the Tucson Jewish CommuSouthern Arizona will present the 11th nity Center board of directors, foundannual Bryna Zehngut Mitzvot Award, ing member of JTAG (a board of leadrecognizing an outers within in the Jewish standing Jewish teenage teen community who girl, to Zoe Holtzman work to plan social acon March 5 at the Womtion and leadership en’s Philanthropy “Contraining events for all nections” brunch. The Jewish teens in Tucson), council, which includes officer and member of past Women’s PhilanBBYO and advocate for thropy chairs and camthe Jewish Latino Teen paign chairs, created the Coalition. She’s also award in partnership been Southwest regional with friends of Zehngut, director of Young Demwho died in 2005, to ocrats of America High Zoe Holtzman honor her example as School Caucus and capa community leader. Zehngut, accord- tain of the Tucson JCC Stingrays swim ing to council members, “personified the team. Holtzman is the co-editor in chief greatest assets of the human spirit, dis- of her school newspaper, member of the playing sincerity, generosity, compassion, University High School site council and wisdom, and righteousness.” a volunteer at her school Rotary Interact Holtzman, the daughter of Kyra and Club. Barney Holtzman, is a senior at UniverHoltzman will be recognized at the sity High School. “Connections” brunch featuring Rabbi Holtzman’s involvement and leader- Susan Silverman at the Tucson Jewish ship in Jewish communal life and the Community Center on March 5 at 10 greater Tucson community, tzedakah a.m. She will receive a gift of $613, relat(righteous giving) and tikkun olam (re- ing to the Jewish tradition of 613 mitzpairing the world) were keys to her be- vot, which she plans to donate to the coming this year’s recipient. Rabbi Steph- Jewish Latino Coalition and the Project anie Aaron of Congregation Chaverim Safe Place program at Jewish Family & describes her as “a role model not only Children’s Services. for her sisters, but also for her peers and For more information, visit jfsa.org or all the young people she encounters.” call 577-9393.

Matza & More to serve 200+ families in need Matza & More, a project of Jewish Family & Children’s Services, will again serve more than 200 families in need. On March 31, volunteers will pack Passover bags for Tucson-area families who otherwise could not afford food and other items for a seder. The bags will be filled with fresh vegetables, gefilte fish, horseradish, walnuts, grape juice, matzah ball soup mix, food gift cards, holiday candles and matzah. Another group of volunteers will deliver the bags to families on April 2. Matza & More has helped families alleviate hunger and celebrate Passover for more than 40 years. Donations from synagogues and individuals make the project possible. Other contributors include the Tucson Hebrew Academy, Shamrock Foods and author Robert Kopman whose “30-Minute Seder” Haggadah is distributed with the food. Nancy Lefkowitz, who will serve as volunteer chairperson for the program for the sixth year, was named JFCS volunteer of the year last year. “The Haggadah says, ‘All who are hungry come and eat, all who are needy come and participate in Passover.’ Matza

& More volunteers and donors make that possible for people who are struggling in some way,” says Rabbi Helen Cohn of Congregation M’kor Hayim. “Imagine the feeling when someone opens the door for a volunteer bringing a seder to them. It’s like opening the door for Elijah!” Matza & More is part of the Jewish Emergency Financial Assistance program at JFCS of Southern Arizona. “There is great need,” says Debbie Crowder, JEFA manager at JFCS. “People sometimes have to choose between buying medications, paying another bill or buying food. They struggle all year and Matza & More allows them to enjoy the holiday with traditional kosher foods.” Throughout the year, JEFA offers help with utility payments, work-related transportation, funeral costs, and housing costs, including deposits, rent, safetyrelated repairs and moving. JEFA also administers the Mitzvah Magic program for recipients each year. JEFA is funded by the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona and individual donors. To make a donation, go to jfcstucson.org. March 3, 2017, ARIZONA JEWISH POST


COMMENTARY Trump quandary for Jews: access or resistance? RON KAMPEAS JTA



he Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the umbrella body for the community’s policy groups, and J Street, the liberal Middle East peace lobby, held conferences this weekend about seven blocks apart. Downtown D.C. is pleasantly people-free on weekends, and the weather, weirdly unseasonable, was mild, so traipsing back and forth wasn’t a problem. A denizen of one of the country’s establishment Jewish groups encountered a reporter on one such trek, just outside the Capital Hilton, where the JCPA was convening. You must be the only person attending both, the denizen said to the reporter. Not even close: There were many more folks than just reporters walking from 16th to 9th Street in Washington’s Northwest quadrant. They were also traversing a difficult journey, from a reflexive propensity to engage with a sitting president to joining the resistance against him — one that

Jewish leaders say has been necessitated by a Trump administration shattering norms. And Jews who once reflexively backed the government of Israel when it came to the country’s security were more receptive to hearing J Street’s case for critical support. At its wrap session on Tuesday, David Bernstein, the president of the consensus-driven JCPA, asked a panel “whether we should embrace the notion that it is our role to hold the center.” Nancy Kaufman, the CEO of the National Council of Jewish Women, noted that three-quarters of the Jewish community did not vote for Donald Trump. That was true for other Republicans, she said, but Trump was different: His hostility to the media, his executive orders targeting refugees, the spike in anti-Semitism on his watch — and his seeming reluctance to denounce it — were signs that this was not a normative presidency. “If being in the center means we’re supporting the duly elected president, we’ve got a problem,” she said. “The challenge right now is a challenge to our very essence and our Jewish values.” The problem Kaufman outlined was one that caused a degree of consternation

among JCPA attendees and considerable enthusiasm among the 3,500 or so activists attending J Street’s conference at the Washington Convention Center. “J Street is raising a flag saying we can be a political home at a time when the vast majority of Americans do not agree” with the administration on an array of policies, Jeremy Ben-Ami, the group’s president, told reporters. Ben-Ami laid out areas where J Street would stand in opposition to Trump: On

its traditional issues, including advancing the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and defending the Iran nuclear deal reached by the Obama administration, and also in areas the group has only taken up since Trump’s election, including his ban on the entry into the United States of refugees and travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations. The J Street conference, titled “Defending our values, Fighting for our See Quandary, page 7

When Jewish immigrants were illegal, and turned to others for sanctuary ELANA KAHN JTA



was privileged recently to participate as the sole Jewishvoice at a news conference with Latino leaders, commu-

nity activists and faith groups at which we spoke loudly and clearly in support of compassionate immigration policies. I told the people gathered about a piece of Jewish history I had only recently discovered — one that illustrated a strong parallel between our peoples and sharpened the moral imperative for a Jewish

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voice on behalf of immigrants. In 1921 and 1924, Congress passed laws strictly limiting immigration according to nation-based quotas. The controversial laws dramatically reduced the number of Europeans allowed to enter this country and made permanent an already existing, near-total ban on Asian immigrants. These people, it was understood, presented political, racial and cultural threats to the United States. Three of my four grandparents had arrived several years previously, entering this country before the gates closed. But if they hadn’t, perhaps they would have been among the estimated tens of thousands of European Jews who entered this country illegally — by sailing into the ports of New York with fake German passports, by arriving in Florida by hiding in boats from Cuba, by sneaking across the Canadian border or crossing by foot from Mexico. Or perhaps they would have been among the millions who were murdered as part of the Nazi genocide of European Jews. Until recently, I had no idea that Jewish immigrants had entered the United States illegally. That was not our story.

Unlike the “illegals” of today, our people arrived to the “goldene medina,” the golden land, only through proper channels, we have been told. But Libby Garland’s research, described in her book “After they Closed the Gates: Jewish Illegal Immigration to the United States, 1921-1965,” takes a lid off the smug distance we are able to keep from the issue of illegal immigration. We are not better. We, too, were strangers. Illegal strangers. The story of seeking asylum, of being refugees and immigrants, of entering this country through both legal and illegal means, is a deeply American story and, as it turns out, an American Jewish story. But it serves only to bolster what is an eternal Jewish value, repeated throughout our texts: to welcome the stranger: “When strangers sojourn with you in your land, you shall not do them wrong. The strangers who sojourn with you shall be to you as the natives among you, and you shall love them as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” (Leviticus 19:33-34) While the American Jewish community includes support for a range of political positions, it has been driven by a See Immigrants, page 18

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future,” included speaker after speaker challenging the American Jewish establishment, not just in Middle East policy but more broadly. They excoriated the Jewish establishment for failing to step up against Trump’s broadsides against minorities like Muslims and Latinos (although to be fair, some centrist groups, particularly the Anti-Defamation League, have been outspoken in these areas). Daniel Sokatch, the director of the New Israel Fund, a clearinghouse for fundraising for civil society groups in Israel, said on one panel that the Jewish community lost sight of what’s important by focusing so intently on the boycott movement targeting Israel and on figures like the Palestinian American activist, Linda Sarsour, who in the past has attacked Zionism. “Our Jewish community has been so focused on [BDS and Sarsour], we’ve allowed actual anti-Semites to access the West Wing,” Sokatch said, alluding to the “alt-right” favorites surrounding Trump led by his chief strategic adviser, Stephen Bannon. Groups present at the J Street conference represented an array of issues that while on the liberal side of the spectrum were more diverse than in the past: immigration (HIAS), student life (Hillel International), religious freedom (the Reform movement) and women’s rights (NCJW). In training sessions, J Street activists

said that Trump’s America was attracting liberals who might otherwise be wary of the group’s emphasis on intensely engaging the Palestinians and others in the Middle East. J Streeters who marched in the women’s marches described forging alliances with women who had once shunned the group. Ben-Ami, who in the past has avoided directly challenging the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, was in a bringit-on mood, noting that its conference would take place in a month in the same venue. “If Trump goes into AIPAC in a few weeks as he did last time and gets standing ovations,” he said, referring to Trump’s appearance last year as a candidate, “yet 75 percent of American Jews are horrified, it’s going to be hard for that 75 percent to feel comfortable with AIPAC.” That may be premature: AIPAC, in a rare move, excoriated Trump at the time for his barbs about then-President Barack Obama and since then has focused on cultivating Democrats rattled by eight years of Obama’s tensions with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Vice President Mike Pence, not Trump, is expected to address AIPAC. Yet for all the talk of resistance, there was an elephant absent from the room: access. In the past, J Street has attracted top-notch Israeli politicians — at times from Netanyahu’s Likud Party — because it was the group with ins into the Obama administration. Now it was on the outside looking in and had little to offer other than resistance. A key resistance area was opposing

the nomination of David Friedman, the Trump lawyer who has called J Street “worse than kapos,” as ambassador to Israel. J Street activists dropped off a petition at the Senate with 40,000 signatures opposing the nomination. The NCJW’s Kaufman said she declined to participate in a recent Presidents Conference Israel tour only because some participating organizations backed Friedman. Talk of access may be quixotic, if not delusional. Trump may indeed press forward for two states, but his administration is freezing out most Jewish groups seeking access. Kaufman said that under other presidents, Jewish groups would reach out to an administration’s Jewish liaison to address incidents like the recent spike in threats on Jewish community centers and vandalism in cemeteries. She turned to Bernstein: “Do you know who that is?” Bernstein rejoined, “I don’t think there is one.” Indeed, JCPA said Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and his point of access on Jewish issues, did not respond to multiple requests from JCPA to speak, according to the organization. The White House did not respond to a request for comment. That might have been for the better, according to Jewish officials at the JCPA conference. Kaufman said she would have given Bernstein “heat” had Kushner appeared, and Jeremy Burton, the Boston JCRC director, said the Trump administration included officials who should be considered acceptable and unacceptable to the American Jewish community.

“We should not be normalizing bringing in people from alt-right media,” he said, alluding to Bannon, the former head of Breitbart News, “or from the family of the president.” Barry Shrage, the president of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston, pushed back at the J Street conference against talk of isolating Trump and his acolytes. “In every synagogue, there are going to be people who like Mr. Trump,” he said. “We need a little bit of forbearance here, we need to not demonize.” At J Street certainly — and increasingly at JCPA — the inclination was toward resistance. The theme of the JCPA event was civil rights and reviving the blackJewish alliance — a framing planned well before anyone thought Trump would be elected, and spurred by the turmoil that gave rise to the Black Lives Matter movement and concerns that younger generations in both communities were drifting apart. Still, the talk at the JCPA sessions was about the challenges specifically posed since Trump’s election. “We came into being as an organization in response to racialized violence, ethnicized violence,” said Cornell Brooks, the NAACP president, addressing the JCPA. Brooks recalled the shared origins of his group and the Anti-Defamation League, both established at the launch of the 20th century in response to lynchings. “Here we are in 2017 still responding to racialized, ethnicized violence,” he said.

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Congregation Bet shalom 3881 E. River Road, Tucson, AZ 85718 • (520) 577-1171 Hazzan Avraham Alpert • www.cbsaz.org Services: Fri., 5:30 p.m. (followed by monthly dinners — call for info); Sat., 9:30 a.m.-noon, Shabbat Experience includes free break-out sessions for children and adults, followed by Kiddush lunch and discussion led by Rabbi Dr. Howard Schwartz and Dr. David Graizbord 12:30-1:30 p.m. / Daily services: Mon.-Fri. 8:15 a.m.; Sundays and legal holidays, 9 a.m.; Hagim 9:30 a.m.


Congregation ChoFetz Chayim/southwest torah institute 5150 E. Fifth St., Tucson, AZ 85711 • (520) 747-7780 Rabbi Israel Becker • www.tucsontorah.org Shabbat services: Fri., Kabbalat Shabbat 15 minutes before sunset; Sat. 9 a.m. followed by Kiddush. / Mincha: Fri., 1 p.m.; Sat., 25 minutes before sunset, followed by Shalosh Seudas, Maariv and Havdallah. Services: Sun., 8 a.m.; Mon. & Thurs., 6:50 a.m.; Tues., Wed., Fri., 7 a.m.; daily, 15 minutes before sunset. / Weekday Rosh Chodesh services: 6:45 a.m.

Congregation young israel/ChaBad oF tuCson 2443 E. Fourth St., Tucson, AZ 85719 • (520) 881-7956 Rabbi Yossie Shemtov, Rabbi Yudi Ceitlin • www.chabadoftucson.com Daily minyan: Sun. & legal holidays, 8:30 a.m.; Mon. & Thurs., 6:30 p.m.; Tues., Wed., Fri., 6:45 a.m. / Mincha & Maariv, 5:15 p.m. / Shabbat services: Fri. at candlelighting; Sat. 9:30 a.m. followed by Kiddush. Mincha, Maariv and Havdallah TBA.

ChaBad on river 3916 E. Ft. Lowell Road • (520) 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., 5 p.m., Oct.-Feb., 6 p.m. March-Sept., all followed by dinner / Sat. Torah study followed by services, 10 a.m. Shabbat morning minyan, 1st Sat., 10 a.m., followed by Kiddush.

ChaBad sierra vista 401 Suffolk Drive, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635 • (520) 820-6256 Rabbi Benzion Shemtov • www.jewishsierravista.com Shabbat services: Sat., 10:30 a.m., bimonthly, followed by class explaining prayers. Visit website or call for dates.

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




Congregation Kol simChah

(Renewal) 4625 E. River Road, Tucson, AZ 85718 Mailing Address: 2732 S. Gwain Place, Tucson, AZ 85713 • (520) 296-0818 Shabbat services: 1st and 3rd Fri., 7:15 p.m.

Congregation m’Kor hayim 3888 E. River Road, Tucson, AZ 85718 (Tucson Hebrew Academy) Mailing Address: P.O. Box 31806, Tucson, AZ 85751 • (520) 904-1881 Rabbi Helen Cohn • www.mkorhayim.org Shabbat services: 2nd and 4th Fri., 7 p.m. / Torah study, 2nd and 4th Sat., 9:30 a.m.

Congregation or Chadash 3939 N. Alvernon, Tucson, AZ 85718 • (520) 512-8500 Rabbi Thomas Louchheim, Cantor Janece Cohen www.orchadash-tucson.org Shabbat services: Fri., 6:30 p.m.; 1st Fri., Friday Night LIVE (Oct.-May); 2nd Friday, Tot Shabbat (Oct.-June), 6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. / Torah study: Sat.,8:30 a.m.

the institute For JudaiC serviCes and studies Mailing Address: 36789 S. Golf Course Drive, Saddlebrooke, AZ 85739 (520) 825-8175 • Rabbi Sanford Seltzer Shabbat services: Oct.-April, one Friday per month at 7 p.m. — call for details.

temple emanu-el 225 N. Country Club Road, Tucson, AZ 85716 • (520) 327-4501 Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon, Rabbi Batsheva Appel • www.tetucson.org Shabbat services: Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. / Torah study: Sat., 8:30 a.m. except when there is a Rabbi’s Tish.

temple Kol hamidBar 228 N. Canyon Drive, Sierra Vista • (520) 458-8637 http://kolhamidbar.tripod.com Mailing address: P.O. Box 908, Sierra Vista, AZ 85636 Shabbat services: Fri., 7:30 p.m.


Beth shalom temple Center

1751 N. Rio Mayo (P.O. Box 884), Green Valley, AZ 85622 (520) 648-6690 • www.bstc.us Shabbat services: 1st and 3rd Fri., 7 p.m. / Torah study: Sat., 10 a.m.

Congregation etz Chaim (Modern Orthodox) 686 Harshaw Road, Patagonia, AZ 85624 • (520) 394-2520 www.etzchaimcongregation.org • Rabbi Gabriel Cousens Shabbat services: Fri., 18 minutes before sunset / Torah study: Sat., 9:30 a.m. 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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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.


Complaint about two-state letter missed the point I’d like to thank David Kohn for his detailed and illuminating response (“Letter on two-state solution got the facts all wrong,” AJP 2/3/17) to Joel Heller’s original letter on the “two state solution" (“Two-state solution could have happened decades ago,” AJP 1/20/17). Educational as it was, I don’t think he could have missed the point of Mr. Heller’s letter by any farther if he tried. While Mr. Heller discussed the multiple attempts to wipe the Jews and the Jewish state off the face of the earth, Mr. Kohn discussed U.N. rhetoric that did not respond nor acknowledge Mr. Heller’s original statements. The title of the first letter suggested it was about the “two state solution” but if Mr. Kohn had bothered to read it, he would know that it is more about the fight for survival that we continue to fight to this day. The fact remains as Mr. Heller said, “Palestine” was partitioned with parcels to the Jewish state. Israel’s enemies seek to “partition” Israel again and again, until there is no Israel left to partition. Jordan occupied Judea and Samaria while the world willingly looked the other way; Egypt occupied Gaza from 1959 to 1967 under martial law and truly closed borders. Unsurprisingly, no one batted an eye. Far from getting his facts “all wrong,” Mr. Heller’s condensed history simply went into less unnecessary detail that would have distracted from the main point. — Joel Klinger

Ray of hope amid gloom of vandalization, bomb threats I was immensely saddened to learn of recent bomb threats to JCCs in the United States and Canada and of the malicious destruction of headstones at the Chesed Shel Emeth cemetery in my hometown of University City, Mo. I hope our country will soon know who committed these heinous acts. When I turned on the evening news for updates, I saw Vice President Mike Pence, who had flown to St. Louis, make a stop at the cemetery. He spoke a few words condemning the vandalism and then, in dress shirt and tie from a talk he gave earlier that day, he donned a pair of gardening gloves, took up a rake and joined folks of all backgrounds, including Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, in clean-up efforts. The next day I read that a crowdfunding campaign started by two Muslims had raised almost $75,000 for the cemetery restoration, with excess funds to go to “other vandalized Jewish centers.” Knowing about the swift national responses to one evil act gave me my second wind. Sadly, on Feb. 27, another desecration of a Jewish cemetery, this one in Philadelphia, was reported, as well as a new wave of bomb threats to JCCs and Jewish schools. I hope national condemnation and positive actions taken after these "copycat" events will be as strong. — Barbara Russek Editor’s note: The crowdfunding campaign, with an original goal of $20,000, has raised more than $155,000.



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The kosher consumer is both blessed and inundated by the multitude of kosher certification labels and symbols available today, says Rabbi Israel Becker of Congregation Chofetz Chayim and the Southwest Torah Institute. Even more intriguing, there are hundreds of food products that are kosher even without a kosher label. The Kosher Information Bureau’s Rabbi Eliezer Eidlitz returns to Tucson to lead a “Kosher in Disguise” supermarket tour on Sunday, March 19, from 1-3 p.m. at Albertsons, 6600 E. Grant Road. Eidlitz will help consumers identify the most reliable kosher labels as well as products on the market that are kosher and kosher for Passover even without an identifying label. Co-sponsored by Chofetz Chayim, the Southwest Torah Institute and Albertsons, this year’s event will feature a question and answer period following the in-store walking tour. The tour is free and will include complimentary food and wine tastings. “Based on the success of Rabbi Eidlitz’s presentation last year, both Albertsons and members of the local Jewish community asked for an expanded follow-up this year,” says Becker. “We appreciate that Albertsons is attuned to the needs of their kosher consumers, and is further educating them by helping to bring Rabbi Eidlitz to Tucson again this year. Participants can ask any questions they want of the world-famous kosher guru.” The Kosher Information Bureau’s website, KosherQuest.org, is the world’s largest kosher food informa-

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observe the holiday to gain an understanding of the real joy of living Jewishly, and living Jewishly allows us to preserve our identity in a world that prefers we don’t continue to be Jews.” Although parties and costumes are traditional, he says that Purim is not just a children’s holiday. The holiday also addresses a hunger in our souls. “We need to be able to look into our souls, and find the strength to be the Jews we were created to be.” “This is the first year for Hamentaschen for Hunger and I am thrilled with the turnout,” said Debra Lytle, CAI synagogue director. “I think it’s fantastic that there are even non-Jews here today. For some people this is the first time that they are making hamantaschen.” “It’s wonderful to see families working together to make the hamantaschen,” said Lynne Falkow-Strauss, CAI pre-school/kindergarten director. “This is a very important event because it makes us think of those who are less fortunate than us.” Orli Griver, who participated in the event with her daughters, Elliya (6) and Mielle (11), said, “This is a wonderful mother-daughter experience. I made hamantaschen with my mother and now I’m making them with my daughters.” Mielle said that she hopes the event will be held every year, and Elliya added that it was “fun because you get to make this by yourself.” Ken Morris and his 4-year-old son, Asher, were decorating shalach manot bags after making hamantaschen. “This is an absolutely great way to get the kids interested in Purim,” Morris said. His wife, Nicole Zuckerman-Morris, and their 6-year-old daughter, Chloe, also attended. “As a Jew I look forward to anything involving food, and I like being here with friends and having a good time,” said Sanford Selznick. “It’s a bonus that it’s for a good cause.” Selznick came with his wife, Barbara, and their children Lily (15) and Ellis (13). Other local congregations are planning a variety of events (see Calendar, page 20). Rabbi Yehuda L. Ceitlin, outreach director of Chabad Tucson and associate rabbi of Congregation Young Israel, says it is a requirement to be happy on Purim. “Purim is about a threat to the Jewish people that was physical and existential,” says Ceitlin. “In the time of ancient Persia, the threat was the annihilation of the Jewish people. We were all threatened. Therefore, since this did not happen, we celebrate in physical ways, with parties and costumes, feasts and gifts of food.” There are four customs or mitzvot for Purim, he says: Megillah, reading the scroll of Esther; mishloach manot, giving gifts of food to family and friends; matanot l’evyonim, gifts to the needy and mishteh, the feast. But Ceitlin says that the ultimate goal on Purim is not just to celebrate with family and friends, but to share the joy of the holiday with total strangers. “We need to go way beyond immediate family and friends and reach out and share this joy with the needy. Doing this also promotes unity among Jews. “When I was a yeshiva student in Israel, we got a group of students together and traveled in a van to

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northern Israel to visit IDF soldiers at army bases,” Ceitlin says. “These soldiers were far from family and friends. We brought the Megillah to read to them, and we celebrated with food and dancing. We brought them joy, and the soldiers were so moved that we did this for them.” In Tucson, each year a Chabad rabbi goes to visit and read the Megillah to prisoners at the federal prison. “The inmates are surprised and greatly appreciate that a rabbi will take the time to do this,” says Ceitlin. Chabad also gives out Purim gift bags to the elderly in Tucson, and this year they expect to deliver about 150 bags. “I go with my two daughters, Goldie who is 7 and Sarah who is 5,” says Ceitlin. “We dress in costumes to deliver gift bags and the seniors are delighted to see these young Jewish girls in costume coming to visit them and bringing gift bags.” Anyone who wants to volunteer to pack or deliver gift bags can contact Chabad by calling 881-7956 or emailing info@ChabadTucson.com. Rabbi Stephanie Aaron of Congregation Chaverim says that her congregation’s Purim tradition is to visit with residents at Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging. “We create an atmosphere of joy by bringing both adults and children to visit,” says Aaron. “We sing, we eat dinner and of course, we eat hamantaschen. The children also spend individual time with the seniors and talk to them about their lives.” The food is supplied by Handmaker. “Purim is a fun holiday and especially having the kids visit and entertain the residents brings a lot of positive energy,” says Nanci Levy, Handmaker’s community outreach coordinator. “The residents have fun, and the kids enjoy the experience because they see that the residents are interesting people who enjoy talking with the kids.” This year participants from Chaverim will visit Handmaker on March 13, and in addition to other activities, will join the residents in decorating shalach manot and filling the baskets with food items. The residents will give baskets to each other and everyone who attends will go home with a basket. Thirteen-year-old Ellis Selznick’s comment about Hamentaschen for Hunger also captured the spirit of Purim. “It is fun to be here with all these other people,” he said. “It’s a way of being part of the Jewish community.” Korene Charnofsky Cohen is a freelance writer and editor in Tucson.

LOCAL Bill Holmes legacy campaign to benefit Up With People After touring with the cast, Holmes moved to Tucson, then the base for Up AJP Executive Editor With People, and the two became best friends, Rokowski says. ocal businessman and community “He was such a light of positive force leader Bill Holmes, who died on and did so much for the community June 18, 2016 at age 58 of a brain through all the nonprofit boards he aneurysm, often credited his success and served on,” he says. The legacy campaign his volunteer spirit to his early experience will benefit students at Tucson’s St. Autraveling with Up With People, a global gustine and San Miguel High Schools, nonprofit music and service education orfrom which Holmes’ six grandchildren ganization. Up With People has launched a Bill Holmes graduated. As of last month, the cam$250,000 legacy campaign in his name, to give students at two Tucson high schools the opportu- paign had raised $170,000, Rokowski says. “Speaking about Bill always brings a smile to my nity to travel with Up With People. Among his many volunteer commitments, Holmes face,” says Steve Rodgveller, a Jewish community leadwas “a treasured member of our Federation board,” er who is part of the effort. says Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona President “I’d always known him to be a caring, loving person. and CEO Stuart Mellan. Holmes, who was not Jewish, He loved people; he loved to be with people,” says Rodmarried Jewish community leader Shelley Pozez in gveller, who’d known Holmes for 25 years, professionApril 2016. The couple, who had been together more ally and personally. In recent years, they spent so much than seven years, had chaired a Federation mission to time together, he says, and had so much in common, Israel in 2015. “it felt like we were brothers.” Steve Rokowski, an Up With People alum who The legacy campaign will culminate with Up With worked with the organization for 18 years, recalls People Cast A spending March 12-18 in Tucson, doing meeting Holmes when the group performed in 1974 at a variety of service projects and two shows sponsored a high school in Yuma, where Holmes grew up in humble circumstances. Impressed with Holmes, a senior by Zanes Law at the Fox Tucson Theatre on March 17 who was the school’s stage manager, he invited him and 18. Tickets can be purchased at foxtucson.com. to join Up With People on the road. Learning Holmes Donations to the legacy campaign can be made at couldn’t afford the tuition, Rokowski interviewed and upwithpeople.org/give (designation: Bill Holmes Legacy hired Holmes as part of the technical staff. Fund) or gofundme.com/the-bill-holmes-legacy-fund.

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Courage & Renewal retreat to offer Jewish inner journey “Life has a way of pulling us from mind (sechel), and spirit (ruach). our essence, our center. Sometimes it is • Discover principles and practices simply everyday routines and distracfrom the Circle of Trust approach (based tions that grind us down, taking us on on the work of author and activist Palma path we do not want to travel. When er J. Parker) that can be applied to their this happens, we may feel a bit lost, aimdaily life and work. less, overwhelmed or even ‘burned out.’ “In large group, small group, and soliAt more intense times, illness, loss of tary settings, we will explore the interfriends and family, job or career fatigue, section of our personal and professional relationship setbacks, divorce or empty lives, making use of stories from our own journeys and insights from poets, nest syndrome can pull us from our cenDavid Sadker storytellers, and Jewish traditions,” Sadter. Too often we choose to ignore the gap between who we have become, and who we intended ker explains. Sadker is the author of seven books on education to be. Ignoring this rift between role and soul creates and more than 75 articles. Newspapers and magazines a potential risk to our health, well-being and ideals.” So says Tucsonan David Sadker, an author and including The Washington Post, The New York Times Courage & Renewal facilitator, adding, “This need not and Newsweek have reported on his work and he has appeared on numerous television and radio shows. He be the case.” Sadker will lead a Jewish Courage & Renewal retreat, holds degrees from City College of New York, Harvard “A Jewish Journey Toward an Undivided Life,” on Satur- University, and the University of Massachusetts and day, March 18 from 1-5 p.m. at St. Francis in the Foot- is professor emeritus at The American University in Washington, D.C. hills United Methodist Church, 4625 E. River Road. The cost of the retreat is $60, which includes refreshBy offering time away from daily pressures to rements and materials. Tuition assistance is available. flect, he says, the retreat can help participants: To register by March 15, visit couragerenewal.org/ • Resolve to live closer to their core commitments. • Create a caring community that welcomes the soul events/a-jewish-journey-toward-an-undivided-lifeaz-17/. For more information, contact Sadker at 297and honors diversity. • Explore Jewish practices that renew heart (lev), 2319 or dsadker@gmail.com .

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CAMP & SUMMER PLANS Tucson J to accent summer with movie theme, ‘Lights, Camera, Camp J’

Campers from the Tucson Jewish Community Center's Camp J enjoy a field trip at Breakers Water Park in 2016.

At the Tucson J Summer Camp, this year’s theme is “Lights, Camera, Camp J.” Each camp week will celebrate a different genre of movie history, from the silent film era to fantasy and sci-fi, and everything in between. Programming will connect campers to the energy of the world of cinema, and to cultures from around the world. “There is no place like camp!” says



Emily Malin, the Tucson Jewish Community Center’s interim camp director and director of special needs services. “Having grown up participating in summer camps every year as a child, then working as a camp counselor and also a camp director, I know how fun and enriching camp can be. I also know how important camp is for a child’s emotional and behavioral development. Now as

interim director here at the J, I can bring all of that experience to Summer Camp J — Lights Camera, Camp J!” The J’s traditional camps will include all the favorites: dance, drama, music, science, sports, cooking/nutrition, community service and culture. Sports campers will learn and improve on their skills, teamwork and good sportsmanship as they enjoy healthy competitions. Campers in middle school will enjoy travel camps where they will get a chance to venture out to new destinations, spending quality time with new and old friends. This year Camp J has added chugim (choices) for its traditional day campers. For chugim time, campers and their parents can review afternoon options and pick their favorites. These include time with a variety of specialists. Additionally, the camp is introducing more specialty camps including tennis, robotics, coding, minecraft, photography, flight school, chess, sports, cooking and arts. Each of the specialty camps end at 12:15 p.m., but Camp J offers afternoon camp with traditional camp activities, including daily swims. All Camp J staff members are edu-

cated in and/or have experience in child development related fields and most have camping backgrounds. Children entering kindergarten will be well prepared for their new school environments by participating in activities in small groups, with staff support and encouragement. Many Camp J campers return year after year, and many become counselors themselves. Camp J is the only day camp in Tucson accredited by the American Camping Association. An ACA survey found that 96 percent of campers say that “camp helped me make new friends”, and 92 percent said, “Camp helped me feel good about myself.” For parents, 70 percent reported, “My child gained selfconfidence at camp.” For campers who live in Marana and Oro Valley, Camp J now offers low-cost transportation from Northwest Tucson with a morning pick-up and afternoon drop-off service from Foothills Mall in front of Barnes & Noble. All camps are open to members and nonmembers, whether campers attend for a week, a few weeks or all of camp. For more information, call 299-3000 or email camp@tucsonjcc.org.


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ondering if your child is ready for overnight camp? A sure sign, according to Karen Alford, a sleepaway camp consultant, is that he or she has grown tired of day camp. “At 9 [or going into fourth grade], you’ve probably been doing day camp for several years, and there’s just a natural progression to sleepaway camp,” she told JTA. Of course, Alford added, some kids aren’t ready until they’re older. “You have to know your child and what they can handle,” she said, adding that “some parents with kids who have trouble separating find camp even more helpful at a younger age because it builds independence.” Luckily, most Jewish summer camps pay close attention to easing their youngest kids into the sleepaway experience. From pre-camp meet-and-greets to special presents for first-time campers to the common availability of ultra-short sessions — anywhere from five to 11 days — camps are acutely aware of the need to gently transition their littlest and newest campers into the culture of overnight camp. In addition to providing additional resources for the young newbies — and, of course, their anxious parents — many camps also hire additional staff and train them in some hand-holding. Take Camp Judaea, a pluralist Jewish camp in North Carolina. It offers a Taste of Camp Judaea, an 11-day program for kids as young as 7. Unlike older campers who can “specialize” in certain activities, the youngest campers, called Rishonim, get to sample all of the camp activities, including zip-lining and horseback riding. The Taste program is available for kids until the fourth grade. “To be honest, in some ways it’s more for the parents than the campers,” said David Berlin, assistant director of Camp Judaea. “The parents tend to be more nervous. This is our way of hooking them into camp.” Additionally, the ratio of campers to counselors is lower for the Camp Judaea’s Rishnonim campers, hovering around 3 to 1, as opposed to about 4.5 to 1 for the

older kids. To prepare the first-timers, Camp Judaea holds parlor meetings for new families, most of whom come from the southeastern U.S., Berlin said. New campers get to watch a video, hear about a typical day at camp and have their questions answered. “It allows the families an opportunity to meet the staff before the summer begins,” Berlin said. They also used to send first-timers a book about sleepaway camp — “Sami’s Sleepaway Summer,” by Jenny Meyerhoff — but it’s out of print. Berlin said the book was a great way to get young campers excited and have them learn what to expect — he’s looking for a replacement. At Camp Gilboa, located outside Los Angeles and part of the progressive Zionist Habonim Dror movement, younger campers can experience sessions as short as four nights. “We focus on easing them into camp,” said Executive Director Dalit Shlapobersky. But because Habonim Dror offers year-round programming, kids can get involved prior to starting camp, and therefore become acquainted with other Gilboa campers and counselors well ahead of time, she said. The camp also invites families to visit during the year for weekends and retreats. Shlapobersky said campers typically start Gilboa at age 8. “At that point they’ve already gone through quite a few separations — they’ve had to get used to a new community at preschool, and then a new one at kindergarten/elementary school,” she said. “These things are all about practice. The more time we practice doing something different, the more ready we are to take something new on.” But Shlapobersky gives campers and families added support through the preparation process, which includes weekly emails beginning in May that focus on different aspects of camp — like what to expect on the first day of camp, what sort of communications there will be to and from camp, a glossary of camp lingo. New campers also receive introductory phone calls from counselors a couple of days before the session begins. Additionally, Gilboa calls new parents to find out more about individual campers, making the camp more prepared for them when they arrive. “For example, if we know they’re really into magic, we can have one of the counselors who loves magic tricks ready,” Shlapobersky said. At Camp Modin, a pluralistic sleepaway camp in Maine, and the oldest Jewish camp in New England, the youngest campers are 8, or going into third grade. Director Howard Salzberg said Modin used to have even younger campers, but found they weren’t quite ready for the experience. While Modin doesn’t have extra-short sessions for first-timers — the shortest “regular”session is 3 1/2 weeks — counselors for younger kids are trained to give more personalized attention, Salzberg said. “We don’t expect these kids to unpack their trunks or do their own laundry,” he said. “We recognize that these kids need extra help changing out of their wet bathing suits, that we need to make sure they’re showering, that they know how to open their soap in the shower, that

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Tucson J seeks teens for Maccabi Games The Tucson Jewish Community Center is continuing to accept registration for teens ages 13-16 to join the Tucson delegation to the 2017 JCC Maccabi Games in Birmingham, Ala., July 30-Aug. 4. Teens can participate in basketball, dance, swim, tennis, soccer, flag football, track & field, table tennis, volleyball, baseball, softball and lacrosse. Along with

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sion starts, and at camp they meet up on opening day. The older group gives the younger charges a small gift, like a goody bag or a Modin bracelet. Regardless of what age a child starts camp, the camp directors noticed that first-born kids tend to start camp older, and slightly more nervous, than their younger siblings. “Younger siblings have parents more prepared for the sleepaway camp experience, are often familiar with the campgrounds from visiting day,” Alford said. “Plus, they’ve seen how much fun their older siblings have at camp.”

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they’re combing their hair. “With older kids it’s more about mentoring. For younger years it’s more parenting.” And in some ways, the younger kids are easier, Salzberg added. “They present different challenges, but honestly, younger kids can be a lot easier than hormonally challenged teenagers,” he said, laughing. At Modin, newbies are matched with returning campers in a “big brother, big sister” program — the older campers call the younger campers before the ses-


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or 12-year-old Sophie Golden, camp is “kind of like a different world,” where electronics are a nogo and her bunkmates feel more like sisters than friends. When she misses that feeling during the year, there’s an easy way to get it back, even if just for a fleeting moment, by checking her phone. That camp feeling “is coming back a little bit, but the second I stop texting, it goes away,” said Golden, who attends Beber Camp, a Jewish summer camp in Mukwonago, Wisc. She said she never worries at the end of the summers about losing touch because she and most of her camp friends stay in constant contact in group chats and on Snapchat, the photo messaging application. Though camp has traditionally been a summer-only experience, the increased use of social media and technology by kids is changing that — and camps are catching on. “For our campers, that camp experience of being connected to your camp friends never ends, it doesn’t just last eight weeks of the summer anymore,” said Jamie Lake, who serves as marketing manager for the Jewish Community Centers of Chicago’s two overnight camps and nine day camps. That's a positive as Lake sees it. “I think it’s fantastic,” she told JTA. “Anything that we can do to keep the positive feeling of Jewish overnight camp going longer than just the summer is a benefit, not only to our camp programs but really to our campers and their families.” And the JCC Chicago camps rely on social media, too, in keeping campers connected, such as using Facebook’s live streaming service in order to broadcast reunions to campers who cannot attend. Social media also provides a way for campers to hang out — virtually, that is. Camps Airy & Louise, Jewish brother-sister overnight camps in Thurmont and Cascade, Md., organize year-round events that campers can attend by logging onto Facebook and Instagram. During Hanukkah, the camp ran a scavenger hunt in which campers were asked to photograph themselves wearing their camp shirts in various locations, and submit the pictures to the camps’ social media pages. Camps Airy & Louise also run online fantasy football leagues and March Madness brackets. Golden’s camp, Beber Camp, organizes virtual events once a month during

the year, such as “Where in the World is Beber?” where campers on winter break post photos of themselves around the world. Brad Robinson, manager of customer experience and marketing at Beber Camp, said that anywhere from a few dozen to 200 kids — representing nearly a third of all campers — participate in the events. Though Golden communicates with her camp friends on her smartphone at least once every other day, she still makes time for in-person meet-ups. In fact, during a phone call earlier this month with JTA from her home in Chicago, Golden’s camp friends were messaging her to coordinate a visit to play laser tag. Asked to imagine a world without cellphones, Golden said her relationships with camp friends would probably suffer. “I think we wouldn’t be as close in the summer and have as much to connect to,” she said. Robinson of Beber Camp echoed Golden’s experience. “I think it [social media] definitely allows for deeper relationship building because they are just a few finger taps away from communicating with their friends,” he said. “It has allowed campers and staff to really further build those relationships, where in the past it was only when they saw each other in person, or they were maybe writing some slower mail or emails back and forth.” And parents are catching on, too, using group chats to share letters they received from their children or ask each other questions. “Parents find out who’s in their child’s bunk and they exchange phone numbers and they start a group text to everybody,” Rabbi Joel Seltzer, executive director of Camp Ramah in the Poconos, a Conservative Jewish camp in Lakewood, Pa., told JTA. For other parents, social media provides not only a way to connect with their children’s camp experiences — but also to the camps they attended in their youth. This summer, Sophie Golden’s mother, Davina, will be attending a reunion for Herzl Camp in Webster, Wisc. — her first reunion since she worked there as a counselor 25 years ago. Davina Golden said she probably would not be attending were it not for having connected with old camp friends on social media. “I lost touch with a lot of my friends,” she said, “but then since Facebook we all got in touch with each other.” (This article was made possible with funding by the Foundation for Jewish Camp. The story was produced independently and at the sole discretion of JTA’s editorial team.)

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dence linking them to an organized Democratic Party effort. It’s not the first time Trump has said the spike in antiSemitic incidents could be a bid to smear him. He did so in a now notorious Feb. 16 news conference, when he shouted down a reporter who asked him about what he planned to do to address the intensification of incidents. “Some of that anger is caused by people on the other side,” he then told another reporter at the news conference. “It will be by people on the other side to anger people like you.” Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, said he was “astonished” by what Trump said and called on the president to outline his plans to combat anti-Semitism in his speech Tuesday evening for a joint meeting of Congress. Trump condemned the spate of anti-Semitic incidents in his speech, earning some praise from Jewish leaders who had criticized him for his fumbled responses. “Powerful for @POTUS to note anti-Semitism at top of speech,” Rabbi Rick Jacobs, the president of the Union for Reform Judaism, said on Twitter. “Key now is to investigate and end terror campaign.”


unite. At a recent gathering, “Milwaukee Gathers in Unity for Human Dignity,” we listened to the stories of refugees from Africa, Asia, Central America, the Middle East and Europe. Such events are not only symbolic. They draw a community closer around shared values while giving elected officials an opportunity to clarify their position. At this event, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett signed a resolution expressing opposition to the Presidential Executive Order 13769, the “travel ban.” He voiced a clear promise that local police officers would not act as immigration enforcement agents. This work is essential to Jewish community relations, driven by enlightened self-interest through vigorous and strategic relationship building. We stand with allies, protecting them when necessary, and we ask them them to stand with us, interrupting hatred and linking arms with us when we need their support. Those of us who feel safe in this country cannot absent ourselves from this renewed debate about the nature of this country as a patchwork of ethnicities. That is the blessing of living in community, knowing our neighbors — learning about their stories and concerns, and recognizing that they, too, were created in the image of God.

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vision of America as a beacon of hope, a nation with shoulders and heart big enough to welcome people fleeing persecution and to absorb the hopeless seeking their second chance. That is why our community has stood shoulder to shoulder with communities of newer immigrants as we call for policies that reflect our shared values. With allies from many different religious, ethnic and national communities, we have spoken at news conferences, issued statements, urged policymakers and advocated on certain issues with a simple but important call: Our nation and its inhabitants deserve compassionate immigration policies that balance national security with adherence to our higher value of welcoming the stranger. The pursuit of such policies — characterized by rule of law, national interest and compassionate treatment — is not simply a moral imperative for the Jewishcommunity. It is also entirely pragmatic and self-interested: We know that a nation that shuts its doors to immigrants will be less kind to those already here. With other minority groups, we can envision the outcomes of nativist policies that divide rather than

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Dinner and a movie It’s a wrap. For 11 days, from Jan. 12–22, the 26th annual Tucson International Jewish Film Festival brought more than 20 Jewish films before more than 3,000 festival attendees. The TIJFF is one of the longest-running Jewish film festivals in the country and one of the longest-running film festivals in Arizona. This year’s hard-working committee was chaired by Steve Zupcic and co-chaired by Anne Lowe. On Sunday, Jan. 22, closing night featured a multi-cultural Israeli buffet by Gwen Amar of L’chaim Kosher Catering. The delicious dinner was followed by a culinary travelogue, “In Search of Israeli Cuisine,” in which chef Michael Solomonov highlights chefs, home cooks, vintners and cheese makers, celebrating Israel’s culinary innovations and diversity.

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The J’s outgoing director of arts and culture, Lynn Davis, said, “It’s been an enormous honor and tremendous amount of fun to direct the festival for these last six years. I have learned so much, been privileged to view and discuss amazing films and had the opportunity to work with terrific people. Film is such a rich way to convey ideas and experiences and a beautiful medium through which to portray Jewish life around the world.”

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On Jan. 21, Tucson was represented among the half a million people at the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. Attendees marched in solidarity, supporting a spectrum of issues. Here is a sampling of their impressions: Eleanor Jeck: “I traveled to Washington to join thousands of men and women in demonstrating our support for the principles of democracy and making clear our refusal to be repressed by the new administration. It was a thrill to join my daughter and granddaughters in supporting this cause. Despite massive crowds and close quarters, there were no complaints. It was a joy to participate in this peaceful protest, noting thoughtful signs of important issues and listening to chants of ‘This is what democracy looks like.”’ Barbara Holtzman: “This march was an amazing experience enhanced by sharing it with one of my daughters and granddaughters.” Allison Wexler: “Like our sisters who marched in 1913 to fight for my right to vote, and Dr. King and those who marched during the Civil Rights movement, I strongly believe in peaceful protest, civil disobedience, and standing up for what is right. We gathered, we marched, we chanted, we carried signs. I was surrounded by women I had never met before, but joined with them in our fight for justice.” Dani Bregman: “I went to the march because I felt that it was important to make a statement about social justice, human rights, and the dignity and worth of every individual regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, and physical and mental ability. With our current president, I feel that everything that was fought for, from women’s rights, civil rights, LGBTQ, and basic human rights are being threatened. We have come so far in our country’s short history and I do not want to see us go back. When people say, ‘Make America Great Again,’ it is as though nothing we fought for counts and that the history of oppression and racism never happened. I could not stand by and watch our country turn

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back the clock.” Adena Bank Lees: “First, this march was for human rights across the board, not just for women and not just against one man. Second, the solidarity, peace and love that I experienced took me from helplessness and hopelessness to empowerment and hope that I can make a difference.”


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Pickleball player Rob Silver

From Jan.7-Feb. 4, Tucson Parks and Recreation presented the 33rd Annual Tucson Senior Olympics Festival at venues around the city. The activities celebrated fitness, health, and an active lifestyle among adults 50 years of age and older. Winter resident Rob Silver, 70, took part in the friendly pickleball competition. Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis. A tennis player for many years, Rob started playing pick-

leball, finding it creates less stress on the body than tennis, especially on the shoulder and elbow. He currently plays at a 3.75 (out of 5) level and continuously strives to better his game by taking lessons and seeking out better players to challenge and/or instruct him. On Feb. 2, Rob played in his first tournament, competing with a partner at the Voyager RV Resort in the 3.5, ages 5069, mixed doubles category. Although he qualified to play in the 70+ bracket, his partner wasn’t 70 yet, so he had to play with the younger seniors. They placed sixth out of 24 teams — Rob was satisfied but had hoped for a better ranking. This month, our competitor signed up for the Green Valley Senior Games in the 3.5, 70+, men’s doubles. He’s hoping that not having to play with the “kids” will make the competition a little more equitable.

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR The calendar deadline is Tuesday, 10 days before the issue date. Our next issue will be published March 17, 2017. 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 8 for additional synagogue events. Men’s Mishnah club with Rabbi Israel Becker at Cong. Chofetz Chayim. Sundays, 7:158 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 yzbecker@me.com. Chabad of Sierra Vista men’s tefillin club with Rabbi Benzion Shemtov, first Sundays, 9 a.m., at 401 Suffolk Drive. 820-6256 or jewishsierravista.com. “Too Jewish” radio show with Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon on KVOI 1030 AM (also KAPR and KJAA), Sundays at 9 a.m. March 5, Dr. Gabor Gyori, "Jews in Hungary Today," senior analyst, policy solutions, Budapest, Hungary. 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. Tucson J presents Tucson Symphony Orchestra's Just for Kids free series, Sundays, 2 p.m., March 26, April 23, May 21. 299-3000. Cong. Anshei Israel parent-tot class (9-24 months), Mondays, 9-11 a.m., facilitated by Gabby Erbst. Mandatory vaccination policy. Contact Lynne Falkow-Strauss at 745-5550, ext. 229. Temple Emanu-El mah jongg, Mondays at 10 a.m. 327-4501. Jewish Federation-Northwest chair yoga with a Jewish flair taught by Bonnie Golden. Mondays, 10-11 a.m. $7 per class or $25 for four. 505-4161 or 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. Cong. Or Chadash Mondays with the Rabbi.

Friday / March 3 5 PM: Temple Emanu-El Tot Kabbalat Purim Shabbat for families with preschool age children, followed by Shabbat dinner at 5:30 p.m. and desserts on the playground. Dinner; Adults, $10; children under 12 free. RSVP at 327-4501. 5:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Shabbat dinner with Bilgray scholar-in-residence Rabbi Richard Address . $36. RSVP at 327-4501 or tetucson.org. 5:45 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel preschool/Kindergarten Tot Kabbalat Shabbat, with children’s musical performance. Dinner follows at 6:15 p.m. $25 per family (2 adults and up to 4 children); additional adults, $10. Call Kim at 7455550, ext. 224 for space availability. 6 PM: Cong. Chaverim early Shabbat service followed by potluck oneg hosted by pre-K and kindergarten class. 320-1015. 6:30 PM: Cong. Or Chadash fifth grade Shab-



ONGOING Mondays, noon-1:15 p.m. March 6, “American and Israeli Flags in a Synagogue.” March 13, "Dual Religious Family and Patrilineal Descent." Bring a sack lunch. 512-8500. Cong. Anshei Israel women’s study group led by Rabbi Robert Eisen. First Mondays, noon. Discussion based on “The Five Books of Miriam: A Woman’s Commentary on the Torah.” Bring dairy lunch; beverages and dessert provided. Contact Helen at 299-0340. Tucson J current events discussion, Mondays, noon-1:30 p.m. Members, $1; nonmembers, $2. Lunch, bring or buy, 11:30 a.m. 2993000, 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. dcmack1952@gmail.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. JFCS Holocaust Survivors group meets Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-noon. Contact Raisa Moroz at 795-0300. Jewish Federation-Northwest PJ Library story time with volunteer Daphna Lederman. First Tuesdays, 10-11 a.m. 505-4161. Tucson J social bridge. Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon-3 p.m., year round. Drop-ins welcome. Meets in library on second floor. 2993000. Northwest Knitters create hand-stitched items for donation in the Jewish community. bat service and Friday Night LIVE! with the Chai Lights band and teen choir. 512-8500. 7:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Shabbat service with Bilgray scholar-in-residence Rabbi Richard Address presenting “Going Boldly to Our Next Frontier: An Approach to Life’s ‘Third Age’ from Jewish Tradition and Texts.” 3274501.

Saturday / March 4 9:30 AM: Temple Emanu-El Shabbat No’ar breakfast, followed at 10 a.m. by youth and adult morning service with Project Ezra and fourth grade. 327-4501. 9:30-10-30 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel Neshama Minyan: A Service of and for the Soul, with Jordan Hill, storyteller and founder/director of The Mindfulness Education Exchange. 745-5550. 11 AM-1:30 PM: Interfaith Community Services Empty Bowls fundraiser, at the Tucson Chinese

Meets at Jewish Federation Northwest Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m. RSVP to judithgfeldman@gmail. com or call 505-4161. Talmud on Tuesday with Rabbi Robert Eisen, Tuesdays, 6 p.m. 745-5550. Tucson J Israeli folk dance classes. Tuesdays. Beginners, 7:30 p.m.; intermediate, 8:15 p.m.; advanced, 9 p.m. Taught by Lisa Goldberg. Members, $5; nonmembers, $6. 299-3000. 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. Onetime $18 materials fee. 327-4501. Chabad of Sierra Vista women’s class with Rabbi Benzion Shemtov, last Wednesdays, noon-2 p.m., 401 Suffolk Drive. 820-6256 or jewishsierravista.com. Lunch and learn with Cantor Avraham Alpert of Cong. Bet Shalom, Wednesdays, noon-1 p.m. at the Tucson J. 299-3000. Jewish Federation-Northwest mah jongg, Wednesdays, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. 505-4161. Chabad Tucson lunch and learn with Rabbi Yehuda Ceitlin, Wednesdays, 12:15 p.m. at Eli’s Deli. info@ChabadTucson.com. Weintraub Israel Center Shirat HaShirim Hebrew Choir, Wednesdays, 7 p.m., at the Tucson J. Learn to sing in Hebrew. Contact

Rina Paz at 304-7943 or ericashem@cox.net. Jewish mothers/grandmothers special needs support group for those with children/ grandchildren, young or adult, with special needs, third Wednesdays at 7-8:30 p.m. at Tucson J. Contact Joyce Stuehringer at 2995920. 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, noon-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. 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 community members. First and third Fridays, 11:30 a.m. 6709073. “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.; Friday noon3 p.m. 564 S. Stone Ave. Adults, $7; members and students, free. No admission charge on Saturdays. 670-9073. Jewish History Museum exhibition, "Fluid Identities: New Mexican Crypto Jews in the Late 20th Century," at 564 S. Stone Ave., March 1-May 31. 670-9073.

Cultural Center, 1288 W. River Road, benefiting the ICS Food Bank. Includes soups, bread, desserts and a handmade bowl to take home. Tickets, $25, at icstucson.org.

Tucson J. Wear closed-toe shoes, hat, bring work gloves and water. Participants must be over 14. Meet in Tucson J parking lot. Contact Mike Jacobson at 748-7333.

NOON: Cong. Anshei Israel “Read It & Meet” book club discusses “The Bridge Ladies” by Betsy Lerner. Call Rayna at 887-8358.

10 AM: JFSA Connections 2017 Let's Get PURSE-onal brunch with designer purse auction benefiting Sister Jose Women's Center, at the Tucson J. Rabbi Susan Silverman will present "Casting Lots: Creating Family In a Beautiful, Broken World." $36 per person, with $180 minimum pledge ($18 for students) to the 2017 Federation Community Campaign. RSVP to kgraham@jfsa.org or call Karen Graham at 5779393, ext. 118.

NOON: Temple Emanu-El Rabbi’s Tish with Bilgray scholar-in-residence Rabbi Richard Address speaking on “New Rituals for New Life Stages.” Bring dairy or vegetarian dish for potluck lunch. 327-4501. 5:15 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Men's Club Shabbat, in the Epstein Chapel for current and potential members. Contact Lew at 400-9930.

Sunday / March 5 8 AM- 10 AM: Hadassah Southern Arizona Adopt-a-Roadway cleans roadways around

Monday / March 6 3 PM: Jewish Federation-Northwest nosh and learn with Rabbi Batsheva Appel of Temple Emanu-El: "A Jewish Approach to Food Justice." Savory snacks and beverages, $5. 505-4161.

7 PM: Arizona Center for Jewish Studies presents "Stolen Legacy" with Dina Gold, as part of the free Shaol and Louis Pozez Memorial Lecture Series, at the Tucson J. Visit judaic.arizona.edu/ StolenLegacy. 7 PM: Cong. Or Chadash immigration/refugee forum, "Welcome the Stranger," with Jeffrey Cornish, International Rescue Committee; Lorel Donaghey, Refugee Focus at Lutheran Social Services; Marisol Habon, Catholic Social Services. Refugees will share their stories. 512-8500.

Tuesday / March 7 4-5 PM: Jewish History Museum community conversation on "Elements of Genocide," in the Holocaust History Center, 564 Stone Ave. 6709073.

Wednesday / March 8 8:30 AM-5 PM: Jewish Federation-Northwest and Hadassah Southern Arizona spring bus trip to Casa Grande Ruins National Monument and Queen Creek Olive Mill. Pickup at JCC at 8:30 a.m. or Trader Joe’s parking lot at Oracle and Magee at 9 a.m. Includes admission and boxed lunch. $55. RSVP by March 3 at 505-4161 or northwestjewish@jfsa.org. 10-11 AM: Handmaker lecture with Rabbi Sanford Seltzer: "Jesus and the Charismatic Figure of the Hassidic Rebbe: Parallels, Similarities and Differences." Contact Nanci Levy at 322-3632 or nlevy@handmaker.org. 7-8:30 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Adult Education Kollel: “Not Your Children’s Purim.” “The Sounds of Purim: A Deeper Look into the Chanting of Megillat Esther” with cantorial soloist Nichole Chorny, followed by “The Laws of Purim and How to Make Them Your Own” with Rabbi Robert Eisen. Free; bring cash or non-perishable food donation for the Community Food Bank. RSVP by March 6 to Michelle at 745-5550, ext. 225. 7-8:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Jewish Lives book series. Concluding three-part series, Richard Brodesky, Ph.D., discusses "Louis D. Brandeis," by Jeffery Rosen. Free. Call 327-4501.

Thursday / March 9 10:30 AM-NOON: Chabad Oro Valley “Read It in Hebrew” with Rabbi Ephraim Zimmerman. Hebrew reading course for all levels, developed by the Jewish Learning Institute, Thursdays through April 6 at Golder Ranch Fire Department, 355 E. Linda Vista Blvd, Oro Valley. $49. Register at 4778672, email rabbi@jewishorovalley.com or visit jewishorovalley.com/riih. 12:30 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Fast of Esther Mincha service. 745-5550.

Friday / March 10 10:30-NOON: Jewish History Museum Genealogy Program drop-in research session, with Joel Alpert. 564 Stone Ave. 670-9073. 6 PM: Cong. Or Chadash and PJ Library Rootin' Tootin' Southwestern Purim Tot Shabbat, with Barbara Beitz, author of "The Sundown Kid – a Southwestern Shabbat." RSVP at 512-8500. 6:30 PM: Cong. Or Chadash family Purim Shabbat service with Purim spiel and festive oneg. Costumes welcome. 512-8500. 6:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Preparing to Pray, followed at 7:30 p.m. by Kabbalistic Shabbat evening services. 327-4501.

Saturday / March 11 9 AM: Cong. Or Chadash Eat, Study, Pray. Lox and bagel breakfast and study session with Rabbi Thomas Louchheim, "Ethical Challenges found in the Purim Story: An Esther Tale." RSVP at 512-8500. 5:45 PM: Temple Emanu-El Purim pizza party with costume contest. Adults, $5; ages 4-12, $2, free for ages 3 and under. Followed at 6:30 p.m. by traditional Megillah reading. 327-4501 or tetucson.org. 7-11 PM: JPride Heroes & Villains Purim Party at the Tucson J. Live DJ, photo booth, costume contest, hors d'oeuvres and adult beverages, $14 with advance registration at jfsa.org/jpridepurim or $18 at the door. Bring travel size shampoo and soap for SAAF. Contact Emily Malin at 299-3000, ext. 168 or emalin@tucsonjcc.org. 7:07 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel traditional Megillah reading, in the Epstein Chapel, with Ma'ariv. 745-5550.

Sunday / March 12 7 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel traditional Megillah reading, in the Epstein Chapel, with Minyan. 7455550. 9:30 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel Purim Carnival, with "Frozen" spiel and lunch. 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Carnival games with prizes, balloon animals and face painting; 11 a.m.-1 p.m. dairy lunch plus popcorn and cotton candy. Admission free; bring money for lunch and to support USY. RSVP by March 6 at caiaz.org or call Debra at 745-5550, ext. 242. 10 AM: Cong. Chaverim "Harry Potter and the Magical Purim" with Megillah reading, choir, eighth grade plant sale. Costumes welcome. 3201015. 10 AM: Temple Emanu-El Purim Extravaganza

and Carnival with Men's Club Hamantaschen sale; show, "Esther and the Hamantaschen Factory." Food and ride tickets, 4 for $1; wristband for unlimited rides available. 327-4501 or tetucson.org. 5 PM: Cong. Chofetz Chayim “Purim for Dummies” Purim party with “kosher ventriloquist” Chuck Field. Wine and hors d’oeuvres on the patio and dinner, followed at 7 p.m. by stage show. Adults, $21; students, $15; children under 12, $10. RSVP by March 3 at tucsontorah.org/purim-payment or call Rabbi Israel Becker at 747-7780. 4:30 PM: Chabad Tucson Purim B'Yisrael Israeli-themed holiday celebration. Adults, $18; children; $10; family of four, $54. RSVP at chabadtucson.com/purimparty. 5:30 PM: Chabad Oro Valley Purim party, with Megillah reading, entertainment with mind reader and mentalist Barry Brett, music and Hamantaschen. El Conquistador Golf & Tennis, 10555 N. La Cañada Dr. $18 per person; $40 per family. RSVP at jewishorovalley.com.

Tuesday / March 14 7 PM: Rosh Chodesh Women's Group. Rita Zohav discusses "Lilith: A Fascinating Feminine Jewish Mythology Figure," at Jewish FederationNorthwest. 505-4161.

Wednesday / March 15 7 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Poland trip information meeting: "Poland and Israel: From the Shoah to Survival," in late spring/early summer 2018. RSVP to Michelle at 745-5550, ext. 225.

Thursday / March 16 9:30-11 AM: Temple Emanu-El class, Jewish Short Stories with Richard Brodesky, Ph.D. Required text: The Oxford Book of Jewish Short Stories. Members, $55; nonmembers, $70. 327-4501. 7 PM: Weintraub Israel Center Gertrude and Fred Rosen Memorial Lecture presents “Bridging Through Water: Israel as an Innovator in Water Management and Technology” with Sharon Megdal, Ph.D., director of the University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center and elected Central Arizona Project board member, at the Tucson J. 577-9393 or israelcenter@jfsa.org.

Friday / March 17 5:45 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Shabbat Under the Stars and Family Shabbat dinner. Dinner at 7 p.m., followed by open lounge with games and fun in the Linda Roy Youth Center. Dinner $25 per family (2 adults & up to 4 children) Adults (ages

13+) $10 per person. RSVP by March 13 to Kim at 745-5550, ext. 224, or visit caiaz.org. 9:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Downtown Shabbat at Jewish History Museum, 564 S. Stone Ave., with the Armon Bizman band and Rabbi Samuel Cohon; oneg follows. 327-4501.

Saturday / March 18 1-5 PM: Jewish Courage & Renewal retreat, "A Jewish Journey Toward an Undivided Life," with facilitator David Sadker, at St. Francis in the Foothills United Methodist Church, 4625 E. River Road. $60 includes materials and refreshments. Mail check and contact information by March 15 to David Sadker, 6988 N. Chula Vista Reserve Place, Tucson, AZ 85704, contact him at 297-2319 or dsadker@gmail.com, or visit courageaz.com.

Sunday / March 19 1-3 PM: Cong. Chofetz Chayim "Kosher In Disguise" supermarket tour, includes "What's New in Kosher 2017" and what's kosher/kosher for Passover, even without a kosher label, with Rabbi Eliezer Eidlitz, at Albertson's, 6600 E. Grant Rd. Call Rabbi Israel Becker at 747-7780. 2 PM: Temple Emanu-El Sunday Salon discusses Southern Jewry with Rabbi Batsheva Appel. 327-4501.

Monday / March 20 Noon: Jewish Federation-Northwest lunch and learn with Rabbi Robert Eisen of Cong. Anshei Israel: "Religion and Politics OR Religion or Politics." 505-4161.

UPCOMING Thursday / March 23

6:30-10 PM: March Mayhem Basketball Tournament at the Tucson J. Continues March 24 and 25, noon-6 p.m. Three-on-three tournament with round robin-style seeding. Ages 18 and over. $150 per team. Contact Matt Meyer at 299-3000, ext. 191 or mmeyer@tucsonjcc. org, or register at tucsonjcc.org.

Wednesday / March 29

7 PM: Eight Annual Cindy Wool Memorial Seminar on Humanism presents "God's Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine" with Victoria Sweet, M.D., Ph.D. $18 (free for medical students). RSVP by March 22 at jfsa.org or call Karen Graham at 577-9393, ext. 118. Preceded at 5:30 p.m. by VIP reception. $100 includes dinner and seminar.



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Eunice Morris Eunice Morris, 91, died Feb. 11, 2017. Mrs. Morris is survived by her husband, Leo Morris; children, Lynne (Steve) Miller and Robert (May) Morris, both of Tucson; sister, Diane (Ron); five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Graveside services were held at Evergreen Cemetery with Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon of Temple Emanu-El officiating.

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The gold leaves on the “Tree of Life” at Green Valley’s Beth Shalom Temple Center honor men and women whose efforts have been especially significant to the congregation. The temple added a leaf at its Feb. 3 Shabbat service in gratitude to Tamara Kahrimanis, who for 10 years provided piano and vocal music and led the temple choir during services and other events. Kahrimanis has been heard at the Green Valley Chamber Music Society and currently serves as assistant director of the 80-voice Community Chorus and as music director for two choirs at our Lady of the Valley Roman Catholic Church. She earned her M.A. from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and performed with the New England Lyric Operetta before moving to Green Valley.

Bat mitzvah JENNIFER FAYTHE WEISMAN celebrated becoming a bat mitzvah on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 at Congregation Chaverim. Weisman studied with Rabbi Stephanie Aaron for a year to prepare for the ceremony. Weisman shared the day with family, including her husband, Scott; daughters, Hannah (16) and Amelia (10), and parents, Jerry and Judy Layne of Goodyear, Ariz. “In our tradition, we say the Torah is the Tree of Life,” Weisman said, noting that her bat mitzvah fell on Tu B’Shevat, the New Year for the Trees. “In celebration of trees and birds,” the family accepted donations for the National Audubon Society “to continue their work conserving and restoring natural ecosystems.”

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Ingeborg McDonald (left) and Tamara Kahrimanis at Beth Shalom Temple Center on Feb. 3

THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA HILLEL FOUNDATION is among 25 Hillels nationwide that will take part in the second cohort of Hillel International’s Springboard Fellowship program next year. The UA Hillel will host an Innovation Fellow, trained to spark ideas, connect with students in new ways and infuse creativity into campus Hillel programing. The program will include Social Justice Fellows at a dozen campuses. 1st RATE 2nd HAND THRIFT STORE, Tucson’s only Jewish thrift store, mailed checks to 21 Jewish agencies and synagogues last week totaling $10,000, representing distributions for the 2016 calendar year. Distributions are made based on volunteer hours. In 2016, organizations logged more than 500 volunteer hours. Individuals also may name a Jewish organization as beneficiary of their donations of gently used items. 1st Rate credited more than 963 donations in 2016 to the 21 beneficiaries. The top recipients of the 2016 distribution are Chabad Tucson, Hadassah Southern Arizona, Congregation Anshei Israel, Jewish Family & Children’s Services and J-Pride. Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks, including sorting merchandise, researching the value of items, posting photos on social media and testing electronic equipment.

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(L-R): Or Maoz, Jewish Agency for Israel Fellow at the University of Arizona Hillel Foundation; Carlos; Elie; Sgula Dershowitz, StandWithUs Southwest campus coordinator; and Daniela Tascarela, president, UA Christians United for Israel at UA Hillel on Feb. 22.

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Two Israeli Defense Forces reservists spoke to about 25 students at the University of Arizona Hillel Foundation on Feb. 22. On Feb. 23, they spoke at UA ROTC classes and at the “Night to Stand with Israel” event at the Tucson Jewish Community Center, sponsored by Friends of Israel and the Weintraub Israel Center. StandWithUs, an international Israel education organization, sponsored their tour of the Southwest. Carlos, a paratrooper who was born in Columbia and studied film at Tel Aviv University, speaks about the 2009 operation against Hamas in Gaza. When he and his unit entered the “war zone” after warning civilians to evacuate, they found a woman and her six children in the first house they entered. She told them she stayed because her husband would kill her if she dared leave. Realizing that the husband, a Hamas terrorist, intentionally left his

family in mortal danger, Carlos says, “Back then I was shocked and upset, but now we know the use of human shields is a very common Hamas tactic.” Elie, from France, studies government, diplomacy and strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya. He recalls the trauma of riding the subway in France at age 13, when a man noticed his Star of David and screamed, “Death to Jews … Free Palestine.” Two years later, after a proPalestinian demonstration where people burned Israeli flags and called for the death of Jews, Elie decided to move to Israel. He served in the Special Forces of the Nahal Infantry Brigade. Speaking of the IDF code to prevent casualties whenever possible, he recalls the time he was able to stop 15- and 16-year-old would-be terrorists in the West Bank from dropping boulders on passing cars simply by screaming at them. “At that moment, I was so proud to be a part of this moral army,” he says.





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