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he key to overcoming obstacles is setting a goal, says Adam Greenberg, a former major league baseball player and motivational speaker. “No matter what’s going on, always persevere and always get up, because that’s why we were given the opportunity we have to live and have the life we have,” says Greenberg. Greenberg, 36, dedicated his life to becoming a major league baseball player, and on July 7, 2005 he stepped up to the plate for the Chicago Cubs. During his debut at-bat, he was struck in the back of the head with a 92-mph fastball, effectively ending his career in the majors.

He told the AJP the toughest part of his recovery was not having a true diagnosis. He was experiencing vertigo and visual impairment for two years following the incident, but he didn’t have any way to explain his setback to Cubs’ management or the media, he says. But his goal to return to major league play kept him motivated, and setting personal or professional goals has been the crux of his motivational talks. His personal setbacks pale in comparison to many other tragedies, he says, but “being able to have that platform to speak on my experiences is really special to me.” Greenberg is the guest speaker for the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona’s “Men’s Night

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Tucson to celebrate Israel with monthlong bounty of events PHYLLIS BRAUN

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n recent years, Tucson’s community-wide celebration of Israel’s Independence Day had grown from a one-day festival to a week of Tucson Celebrates Israel events. This year, in partnership with local congregations, the Weintraub Israel Center has orchestrated a month of events, beginning April 21, celebrating Israel’s 69 years of statehood and the 50-year anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem. The celebrations will include films, music, lectures, parties and special services. “This year, we expand the Israel week, thanks to the opportunities we had to partner with more organizations in our com-

munity, both the Jewish and the broader community, and to create more interesting and unique events to connect more people to Israel,” says Oshrat Barel, community shlicha (Israeli emissary) and director of the Weintraub Israel Center. “The emphasis is on creating living bridges between Tucson and Israel and I feel with the wide range of events this goal will be accomplished.” Tucson Celebrates Israel events will begin Friday, April 21 with a Family Shabbat Israel Night service and dinner at Congregation Anshei Israel. Other special Israel Shabbat services will be held throughout the Jewish community on April 28 and 29 and May 5 and 6 (see the community calendar on page 24 for details). See Celebrate, page 4

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Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona and the LEAH program will present two free talks in the Shalom in Every Home Healthy Family Lecture Series, April 23 and 30, 11 a.m.12:30 p.m. at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. On Sunday, April 23, Avraham Alpert, spiritual leader of Congregation Bet Shalom, will present “The Role of Spirituality in a Healthy Household.” Sacred time and emotional fullness can help promote meaningful and longterm family health, says Alpert. He will lead an interactive and reflective conversation about bringing family closer together through age-old practices such as transforming a dining room table into an altar to create shared family spirituality. Alpert is in his final year of rabbini-

cal seminary at the Academy for Jewish Religion in Los Angeles after serving as a hazzan (cantor) for more than 18 years. On Sunday, April 30, Shari Goettel, LCSW will present “Nourishing Love & Happiness: Mindfulness Techniques & Relationship Health.” This discussion will focus on the use of mindfulness in couples counseling and specific skills that increase gratitude and compassion in interpersonal relationships. Goettel is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in Tucson. She draws from her background in Imago Relationship Therapy and encountercentered couples therapy, as well her mentors and Buddhist psychology. Space is limited. RSVPs are requested online at or by calling 795-0300, ext. 2365.

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The Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona’s board governance committee, chaired by Eric Schindler, has recommended the following slate of officers for the 2017-2018 program year: Shelly Silverman, chair of the board; Eric Schindler, vice chair/board development; Deborah Oseran, vice chair; Ben Silverman, treasurer/secretary; Tom Warne, immediate past chair. Also nominated are Leslie Glaze, Adam Goldstein, Liz Kanter Groskind and Jeremy Sharpe for three-year terms, Mitch Pozez for a twoyear term and Ellen Freeman and Jeff Artzi for one-year terms. Joining the board by virtue of their positions are Bruce Beyer (Planning and Allocations chair), Ronnie Sebold (Campaign chair), and Audrey Brooks and Donna Moser (Women’s Philanthropy

Chairs). Returning board members are Bruce Ash, Steve Caine, Avi Erbst, Rachel Rivera, Lowell Rothschild and Michael Shiner. Returning by virtue of their positions are Rabbi Batsheva Appel and Phil Bregman (Roundtable co-chairs) and James A. Whitehill (Jewish Community Foundation president). Any 10 members may make additional nominations by delivering a signed written nomination to the Federation office with an acceptance letter signed by the nominee at least 14 days before the annual meeting, which will be held Thursday, May 11 at 7 p.m. at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. Additional nominees will be presented together with the nominees selected by the nominating committee at the annual meeting of members.

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The Jewish community’s 2017 Yom HaShoah commemoration, which will include a survivor processional and candle lighting ceremony, will take place Sunday, April 23 at 2 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El. This year’s theme is “Art and Totalitarianism: 80 Years After the ‘Degenerate Art’ Exhibition.” The “Degenerate Art” (Entartete Kunst) exhibition conceived by Nazi Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels and staged by the Nazis in Munich in 1937 specifically targeted Jewish artists, art collectors and dealers, presenting modernist art as a threat to the “Aryan” ideals of German culture. “The focus of this year’s commemoration provides us with a framework for reflection on global concerns including state-sponsored propaganda, dehumanizing language and symbols and the relationship between art, politics and society,” says Bryan Davis, executive director of the Jewish History Museum & Holocaust History Center.

In addition to the April 23 event, there will be a reception and lecture by University of Arizona art history professor Paul Ivey on Wednesday, April 19 from 2-3:30 p.m. at the UA Museum of Art, 1031 N. Olive Road. The museum’s “Verboten/Forbidden” exhibition, on display through April 24, features works by many of the artists who were included in the Nazis’ “Degenerate Art” exhibit, such as Erich Heckel, Georg Grosz, Marc Chagall, Wassily Kandinsky, Max Pechstein, Paul Klee, Emil Nolde, Max Beckmann and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff. On Friday, April 21 at 11:30 a.m., UA Museum of Art curator Olivia Miller will continue the theme with a gallery chat at the Jewish History Museum, “Art and Totalitarianism,” exploring the impact of censorship and the Nazis’ comparison of modern artists with those suffering from mental illness. For more information, visit or call 6709073.

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for men aged 30+, $36 for men aged 30 or younger and $18 for students. Greenberg’s love of baseball started with an obsession for the New York Yankees, during the team’s mediocre era with Don Mattingly hovering over first base, he says with a laugh. But after landing a spot on the Amateur Athletic Union baseball team at 13, and winning the national championship, Greenberg was hooked. While he recovered from his initial injury, Greenberg spent time playing with some minor league clubs and independent farm teams between 2006-2011. Cubs’ fans started an online petition, in 2012, to have Greenberg get an official major league contract. The Miami Marlins offered Greenberg a one-day contract for Oct. 2, 2012, which he took. He struck out at the bottom of the sixth inning, with the local crowd on their feet. Although his love for the game hasn’t dissipated, Greenberg decided to walk away from baseball to pursue other passions. He officially retired in February 2014. Invited to speak at various events, he offered a glimpse into his struggles and techniques to move forward, and realized he can give back on a larger scale. “I started experiencing a different sense of satisfaction, when I would talk to people about what I was going through,” he says. “At the end of day, there’s no greater gift than being able to help somebody else.” He got interested in alternative medicine after his in-

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The celebrations will conclude on May 21 at 7 p.m. with an encore screening of the Israeli movie “My Hero Brother” at the Tucson Jewish Community Center in partnership with the Southern Arizona Network for Down Syndrome (SANDS), the Tucson J’s special needs department and the Tucson International Jewish Film Festival. A Q&A with the Israeli filmmaker, Yonatan Nir, will follow. Free; suggested donation, $5. The monthlong events will also include the following: Sunday, April 30 at the Tucson J 1 p.m. — The film “Jerusalem” National Geographic’s award-winning documentary showcases the diversity of Jerusalem and promotes the understanding of different cultures. 6:30 p.m. — Yom Hazikaron Ceremony The annual commemoration for Israeli fallen soldiers and victims of terror will begin with a panel discussion, “My Israel Moment,” with several of Tucson’s rabbis and Jewish leaders, facilitated by the Todd Rockoff, president and CEO of the J. Monday, May 1 at the Tucson J 6 p.m. — ShinShinim Appreciation A party to thank Leah Avuno and Bar Alkaher for their year of service to the Tucson community and to recognize their host families. Suggested donation of $5 per person. RSVP required at 577-9393, ext.133 or Tuesday, May 2 at Congregation Anshei Israel 5 p.m. — Anshei Israel’s adult and youth choirs will perform a concert of Israeli music, led by cantorial so-



jury, especially for pain relief. And in 2010, Greenberg co-founded Lurong Living, a line of nutritional products and supplemental vitamins designed to promote a healthy lifestyle. Greenberg’s first book, “Get Up: The Art of Perseverance,” which recounts his personal recovery and goalsetting techniques, will be published in May. He will also start an artist-in-residence program with the JCC in Chicago in May. The new initiative will partner with the JCC Maccabi Games, and launch multiple workshops such as self-esteem and goal setting classes for youth as well as health and wellness programs. The “Men’s Night Out” event will also include the presentation of the annual MENtor award to Ron Weintraub. Stuart Mellan, president and CEO of the JFSA, says Weintraub has been a central figure in the Jewish community, along with his wife, Diane, for several decades. Twenty years ago, Ron and Diane founded the Weintraub Israel Center — and they have played a spirited role in nurturing its success, Mellan says. “A past president of Temple Emanu-El, Weintraub has been an active and generous supporter of the Federation, serving as an officer and long-time board member,” says Mellan. “Weintraub is often looked to for guidance, as his input always reflects his level-headed and strategic approach, integrity and deep commitment to our community.” For more information visit or contact Karen Graham at or 5779393, ext. 118.

loist Nichole Chorny. Wednesday, May 3 at the Tucson J 7-8:30 p.m. — “Survival of a Nation: Exploring Israel through the Lens of the Six Day War” The first lecture of a six-session adult education course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI), co-presented by Rabbi Yehuda Ceitlin of Chabad Tucson and WIC’s Barel. Tickets for all six sessions are $99, which includes a textbook. To register, visit Sunday, May 7 at the Tucson J 3-6 p.m. — Israel Celebration - Family Fun Day This year’s free Israel festival will include a PJ Library Program, Israeli picnic, art contest for kids, Israeli music and folk dance. There will be an opportunity to paint tiles for the new Sister Jose Women’s Center ($18), which is the focus of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona’s 70th anniversary mitzvah project. 7-9 p.m. — The Gertrude and Fred Rosen Memorial Lecture: “Bridging Through Water” Sharon Megdal, Ph.D., director of the University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center, will present the film “Beyond the Mirage” and a Q&A on “Israel as an Innovator in Water Management and Technology.” RSVP at Sunday, May 14 at Congregation Chofetz Chayim 5 p.m. — “Why is the Media Confused about Israel?” A free lecture and dinner with award-winning journalist and author, Matti Friedman, a former Associated Press reporter and author of “The Aleppo Codex” and “Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier’s Story.” RSVP is required by May 7 at 577-9393, ext.133 or The Weintraub Israel Center is a joint project of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona and the Tucson Jewish Community Center.

ARTS & CULTURE / LOCAL Beth Shalom Temple Center will hold a musical open house for current and prospective members, “A Concert of Famous Jewish Songwriters & Composers,” on Sunday, April 30 at 2 p.m. BSTC is located at 1751 N. Rio Mayo in Green Valley. Along with their music, the concert will feature information about the lives of the Gershwins, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen, Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn, among others. Joey Lessa (vocals), Ken Barratt (piano), and Mike Finkelstein (trumpet) will perform. Refreshments will be served and donations will be accepted. For more information, call 648-6690.

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Ziegler’s ‘Dov and Ali’ tackles the big questions

Paul Hammack is Dov and Callie Hutchison is Sonya in ‘Dov and Ali.’

Something Something Theatre is presenting “Dov and Ali” by award-winning playwright Anna Ziegler, through April 23 at the Community Playhouse, 1881 N. Oracle Road. In “Dov and Ali,” a Jewish high school teacher and his Muslim student, sparked by their studies of “The Lord of the Flies” by William Golding, talk as equals about fate and free will, family and faith.

Ziegler is the author of a dozen plays that have been produced across the United States and in London’s West End. Her “Photograph 51” won London’s 2016 WhatsOnStage award for Best New Play and was selected as a “Best of the Year” by The Washington Post and The Telegraph. Tickets are available at something For more information, call 468-6111.



COMMENTARY Israelis happy about Trump’s missile strike, but have reasons to be wary Israel and still lives there. Israelis in just days have raised hundreds of thousands of shekels for the victims; fundraisers have explicitly invoked Holocaust imagery. “No Jew can stay silent as children are being gassed in the streets of Syria,” IsraelGives says on its web page.


WASHINGTON srael’s government and pundits are unabashedly pleased by the missile strike ordered by President Donald Trump early April 7 on the Syrian airfield from which April 4’s deadly chemical attack is believed to have been launched. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu put out a statement April 7 at 6 a.m. local time — unusually early — just to make clear he “fully supports” the strike. “In both word and action, President Trump sent a strong and clear message today that the use and spread of chemical weapons will not be tolerated,” he said. Trump ordered the launch of 59 Tomahawk missiles on the airfield in northern Syria believed to be where a sarin attack was launched that killed at least 72 civilians, including many children. The missile attack, Syria said in reports that could not be confirmed, killed nine civilians — including four children — and six troops, and caused extensive damage.

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The USS Porter fires a Tomahawk missile at a Syrian military airfield in the Mediterranean Sea, April 7, 2017. (Ford Williams/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)

Here are some reasons why Israelis are backing the strike — and some reasons why it might not be so simple. The moral imperative Images of children gassed a few hundred miles north of Israel hits close to home for a country where the helplessness that Jews faced against the Nazi genocide remains a defining national

characteristic. “There was a genuinely strongly felt moral issue, and that was something that Israelis felt across the political spectrum when the pictures emerged of people killed in the chemical attack, given the Jewish people’s history of being gassed in the Holocaust,” said Daniel Shapiro, who until January was the U.S. ambassador to

The sheriff is back in town. Israelis were frustrated by the Obama administration’s hesitancy in confronting Assad. In 2013, President Barack Obama said the use of chemical weapons would trigger an attack. But when Syria crossed the line, instead of launching an attack, Obama coordinated a deal with Russia under which Syria would divest itself of its chemical weaponry. It now appears clear to the United States and its allies that Syria’s divestment was more fraud than fact. Trump while campaigning for the presidency appeared to want an even further retreat. His sole conceptualizaSee Missile, page 7

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am a huge fan of monogamy. My wife and I have been married for — well, let’s just say we met in high school (we didn’t get together until after college, but I was trying to avoid saying “a long time”). I took it personally when Danny DeVito

and Rhea Perlman announced they were splitting after 30 years of marriage, and rejoiced at news of their reconciliation. I get weepy when David Attenborough talks about animals that mate for life. So I get Vice President Mike Pence’s devotion to his wife, and the measures to which he goes in “building a zone around [his] marriage,” as he once described it.

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But some of those measures haven’t been well-received, especially on the left. Twitter lit up late last month when a profile of Pence in The Washington Post included a snippet from a 2002 interview saying he never eats alone with a woman other than his wife, nor attends events without her “[i]f there’s alcohol being served and people are being loose.” Critics accused Pence of objectifying women and wondered how he managed affairs of state if he couldn’t meet alone with, say, a female governor or Angela Merkel. Others just found it frankly weird, as if someone who describes himself as “a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order” had dropped in from a previous century. The more serious criticism noted that women have a hard enough time advancing in business or public service without powerful men treating them as objects of temptation. The conversation recalled a 2015 survey of female congressional staffers in National Journal, in which several female aides reported that they had been blocked from evening events or even one-on-one meetings with their bosses out of fears of creating the wrong impression. National Journal quoted an Office of Compliance official saying that any such policy — “official or unofficial”

— could be viewed as discriminatory. “A practice like this means that women can never become trusted advisers or rise to high positions within an office based solely upon their gender,” the official said. Conservatives, mostly, defended Pence as a family man who deeply respected his wife, and they accused liberals of not taking Pence’s faith seriously or acknowledging the realities of the workplace. “One doesn’t have to approve of Pence’s personal guardrails to recognize that many Americans consider them admirable — and far more so than the examples set by, say, Donald Trump or Bill Clinton,” opined the Richmond TimesDispatch. There were also some inevitable comparisons to the Jewish practice of yichud, in which observant men and women can’t be alone together unless they are married, siblings or parent and child. “Our Sages, with their deep understanding of human nature, understood well that should people be left to decide on their own what they could or could not do — especially with regard to the powerful issue of intimate relations — men and women might easily put themselves in very problematic situations and might, without wanting to, commit See Rule, page 8

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tion of Syrian President Bashar Assad until this month was as an ally in combating Islamic State terrorists, an embrace that Obama, however feckless his chemical weapons retreat was, forcefully rejected. Trump officials said before the chemical attack that they were ready to reverse stated Obama administration policy that any resolution to the Syria conflict must include the removal of Assad. That worried Israelis — most prominently Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman — who were concerned that a resurgent Assad would allow Israel’s deadliest enemies, Iran and its Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah, a foothold on Israel’s border with Syria. Trump after the sarin attack did a 180 on Assad — “My attitude toward Syria and Assad has changed very much,” the president said April 15 — and so, commensurately, have Israelis warmed to Trump. “American leadership is once again credible,” Maj. Gen. Amos Gilad, until last year the director of policy at the Israeli Defense Ministry, told Israel Radio. “When you use nerve gas against a civilian population, the message is clear.” Netanyahu in his praise for Trump said the message should resonate as far as Iran and North Korea. The prime minister and his government continue to see the 2015 nuclear deal Obama negotiated with Iran, trading sanctions relief for a rollback of Iran’s nuclear program, as a license for Iran and its proxies to continue its regional interventionism. Israel “hopes that this message of resolve in the face of the Assad regime’s horrific actions will resonate not only in Damascus but in Tehran, Pyongyang and elsewhere,” Netanyahu said. Andrew Tabler, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy who spent years in Syria, said in a media call that the chief concern for Israel and America’s Sunni Arab allies was what was “baked into” the nuclear deal: “That Iran could use rump governments in Iraq and Syria to shoot people into the region into submission” while the principal U.S. concern was sustaining the Iran deal. What’s not predictable 1. Do Israeli jets still get to take out potential threats without triggering a Russian response? An ally of the Assad regime, Russia was furious at the missile attack and suspended its “deconfliction” agreement with the United States — one under which the two nations give each other prior notice of any military action, particularly from the air, so there’s no risk of an inadvertent clash. Russia has a similar arrangement with Israel; does

that go by the wayside? Israel as recently as last month sent jets into Syria to stop the smuggling of Syrian arms to Hezbollah. Gilad, speaking on Israel Radio, said he was confident that Russia would continue to allow Israel to act. “I don’t think there’s any threat on Israeli action as long as it in the defense of Israel’s interests,” he said. 2. Is Israel more of a target than before? Israel’s most potent threat is Hezbollah, which has positioned tens of thousands of missiles throughout Lebanon since the last Hezbollah-Israel war in 2006. Israeli brass believes Hezbollah could be positioning itself for another Israel war, if only as a pretext to draw attention away from Syria, where its alliance with Iran and the Assad regime has taken hits. Hezbollah called the missile strike an “idiotic” action that was “in service” to Israel and predicted that it would increase tension.

The closeness of Trump and his team to Russia is seen as a plus in Israel. 3. Russia’s mad? But wait, we like Russia. Netanyahu has gone to great lengths to cultivate Russia, in part because Israel sees Russia as the likeliest agent to broker a final status deal that would keep Iran and Hezbollah as far as possible from Syria’s southwest, where Israel’s border is. He endured a tongue lashing on April 6 from Russian President Vladimir Putin just for intimating that Syria is responsible for the chemical attack. (Russia insists there is no proof yet.) The closeness of Trump and his team to Russia — in Washington, increasingly seen as a burden, as it engenders a string of scandals — is seen as a plus in Israel, where it was hoped Trump would leverage his friendship with Putin as a means of containing Assad, Hezbollah and Iran. “Israel still sees Trump as a dealmaker with Russia, and they want to know if Trump drives a wedge between Russia and Iran-Hezbollah-Syria,” David Makovsky, the Ziegler distinguished fellow at the Washington Institute, said in an interview. 4. That Sunni alliance thing … it’s complicated The conventional wisdom in Washington after the attack is that Trump has revivified the U.S. profile in Israel among the United States’ Sunni Arab allies. Except as much as Assad is despised among Sunni Arabs, both for his belonging to the secretive Alawite sect and his alliance with Shiite actors like Iran and Hezbollah, direct U.S. intervention is not necessarily popular. V E T E R A N S






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Critically, Egypt — whose leader, Abdel Fattah alSisi, just this week lavished praise on Trump — was less than enthusiastic about the strike. “Egypt affirms the importance of sparing Syria and the Middle East the dangers of crisis escalation in order to preserve the safety of the nations that comprise it,” its Foreign Ministry said April 7, according to AlAhram. “We see the necessity for swift action to end the armed conflict in Syria to preserve the lives of the Syrian people through a commitment by all Syrian parties for an immediate cease-fire and a return to negotiations under the aegis of the United Nations.” Egyptian unhappiness could hamper Netanyahu’s bid to use Egypt as a conduit to new peace deals with other moderate Arab states. “Sisi sees Assad rightly or wrongly as part of the battle against Islamic extremism,” said Shapiro, who is now a senior visiting fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies in Israel. “There’s also the more traditional Egyptian value of not wanting to see any foreign intervention in an Arab state lest it be directed at Egypt,” he said. “And Egypt has in recent months gone a bit closer to the Russians, and Russians have participated in counter ISIS operations in western Egypt. That creates some potential tensions between Egypt and its strategic partner Israel and Sisi and his new friend Donald Trump.” 5. It’s open-ended — which means, duh, we don’t know how it will end. Tabler cautioned against seeing long-term consequences because of a single strike; no one knows yet where Trump will take U.S. involvement. “This strike is not the same as the invasion of Iraq in 2003,” he said. Israel initially was supportive of the U.S. action in Iraq, but soon grew apprehensive as the Bush administration neglected increasing threats from Iran and its war radicalized Sunni Arabs in the region. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson suggested that the strike was a one-off. “I would not in any way attempt to extrapolate that to a change in our policy or our posture relative to our military activities in Syria today,” he said in a media availability. That did not assuage concerns among Democrats and even some Republicans in Congress, who called for consultations with Congress ahead of any further action. “Our prior interventions in this region have done nothing to make us safer, and Syria will be no different,” said Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said on Twitter: “I’m deeply concerned the strike in Syria could lead the U.S. back into the quagmire of long-term military engagement in the Middle East.”

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LOCAL COC plans fundraiser at classic car museum Congregation Or Chadash will hold a fundraiser, “Revvin’ It Up,” an evening at Wayne’s Toys — Tucson’s Auto Museum on Saturday, April 29 at 6 p.m. Set amid the classic cars, the evening will feature a DJ playing car tunes and music for dancing, a beer tasting and hosted bar and a variety of food trucks, including vegetarian and gluten-free options. There will be a silent auction and prizes. The admission fee includes a food

truck ticket for dinner; additional food may be purchased from the trucks. A photo in a classic car is also part of the package. The cost of the event is $55. A limited number of VIP tours with Wayne Gould are available with a $100 admission. Wayne’s Toys is located at 990 S. Cherry Ave, near Kino Parkway and 22nd Street. To RSVP, visit events.orchadash-tucson. org or contact Eileen at 512-8500.


Washington Post, “is living life with the assumption that he lacks the modicum of self-control involved in eating dinner with another human being and not committing adultery.” Conservatives, on the other hand, who believe in sin and the general fallibility of humankind, think it only realistic to build fences around temptation. That was Damon Linker’s point in a Twitter thread The Weekly Standard contributor wrote on the subject: “One morality-abiding, bodily transcending subject should be able to have dinner w another w/o incident. Right?” he asked, summarizing the liberal position, before providing the conservative response: “Pence’s way of living denies all of this. It denies we’re able to restrain ourselves with any reliability. We need God’s help, and we need to keep ourselves away from situations in which we will be tempted to cheat.” That’s one way of invoking God. But there is another. In 1983, in an essay in the seminal collection “On Being a Jewish Feminist,” Cynthia Ozick noted how the Jewish laws that end up suppressing women as scholars and communal leaders are predicated on the idea of male temptation. “Much of the vast structure of Jewish segregation of the sexes rests on the fear of male temptation, on the so-called weakness of males in the face of ‘distraction,’” she wrote. “Yet all Jewish practice requires restraint, dedication, and concentration. ... Is an observant Jew, whose life is nearly defined by the practice of restraint, a more libidinous creature than other males?” Pence’s secular critics may lack an appreciation for the religious point of view. But are they wrong to think that a religious person should be able — all the more so, as the rabbis say — to draw on his or her own faith to keep from committing “capital transgressions”? If religion isn’t developing its adherents’ sense of restraint and propriety, then what’s the point exactly?

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capital transgressions,” Rabbi Y. Dov Krakowski wrote in The Yeshiva World News. “For these reasons our Sages constructed a number of ‘barriers,’ of steps to keep people from falling into such traps.” The laws of yichud are detailed, for example, preventing a man and woman from sharing an office unless “there is the realistic expectation that another office worker may enter at any moment” (in other words, there are no locks and plenty of people around). Rabbis are asked whether it is OK for an unmarried man and woman to work in the same empty building, even if on different floors; whether it is OK to consult alone with a doctor of the opposite gender; whether a young man can be alone in a house with a maid. But nearly all of these cases are about seclusion, not about meeting with someone in a public place. If Pence didn’t want to be alone in his office after work hours with a woman other than his wife, the rabbis would approve. They also wouldn’t have much of a problem if he dined with a female colleague in a restaurant. The discussion about Pence’s marriage “zones” exposed a few societal gaps. Behavior that is considered perfectly reasonable among religious people can seem bizarre to outsiders, even insidious. A little respect is due. But labeling a behavior “religious” doesn’t automatically make it OK either. Our republic has elaborate laws for the workplace meant to ensure that religious people don’t face discrimination — but also to ensure that religion isn’t used as an excuse to discriminate. Respect in this case goes both ways. Others see a conservative-liberal gap. Liberals, with their essentially optimistic view of human nature, think individuals should be able to take responsibility for their own behavior and resist temptation. Pence, wrote Alexandra Petri in The

‘Jewish Symbols Triptych,’ upcycled paper by Anne Lowe

Lowe calls her art “paper therapy.” In addition to the iris folding paper design and double embossed gold cloisonné Southwest pieces she will exhibit at the J, she does creative Hebrew calligraphy artwork. She teaches card making classes at the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona’s Northwest office. She served as coordinator of Northwest Jewish Connections from 2006-2010 and director of the Northwest Division from 2010-2016. Originally from Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Lowe has called Tucson home for the last 12 years.

The other artists in the show are Patricia Ackor, an interior designer and weaver who also works in oils, watercolors and pastel/color pencils; Lynn EastItkin, who currently works in gourd art, fabric painting and basket weaving; Marnie Ehlers, an award-winning jewelry artist and goldsmith; Jeanne Fellow, creator of Inspired Artscapes (color paper wall sculptures) and LumenArts (table lamps and wall lights with LED bulbs) using acrylic inks on watercolor paper; Cynthia Haas, who has a background in interior and furniture design and fine

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Artists from the Many Hands Courtyard and the Tucson Artist Cooperative are joining for a show, “Groovin’ Together,” at the Tucson Jewish Community Center Fine Arts Gallery from April 21-May 30, with a reception on April 23 from 3-5 p.m. Two local Jewish artists are among the 10 women featured in the show: Julie Szerina Stein and Anne Lowe. Stein, a native Tucsonan, uses various media to tell stories of Jewish ritual and everyday life. She began taking clay classes at the Tucson Museum of Art when she was in junior high and studied art and anthropology at the University of Arizona. Later she moved to Israel, where she studied Hebrew at Ben Gurion University and drawing with a private teacher. She then studied clay at Mesa Community College and received her BFA from Arizona State University. Her clay work appears in the Lark 500 book series, the Jewish Museum in New York, Spertus Museum in Chicago, Tucson Museum of Art and the Silver City Clay Festival, where she won first place in the 2016 international sculpture competition. Her paintings adorn educational books, greeting cards and Passover Haggadahs.

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ARTS & CULTURE / LOCAL Tucson J to showcase local women’s multimedia art

‘Mimbres Totem,’ stoneware clay by Julie Szerina Stein

arts; Susan Morse, artist, weaver and upcycler; Christina Plange, who works in oil and acrylic paints; and Dotty Woody, an award-winning artist who has moved from oil painting, pastel, etching and clay to wearable art, which includes bead weaving, paper and fine silver jewelry. For more information, call 299-3000.





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Thank you to all our committed and wonderful volunteers who help us at the Weintraub Israel Center on a daily basis to fulfill our mission and create a living bridge between Tucson and Israel. Thank you to all our volunteers who are serving on committees, running events, helping with fundraising and hosting our special guests from Israel. SPECIAL THANK YOU TO: Jeff Artzi and Steve Weintraub for leading our Weintraub Israel Center to be unique, innovative and successful! Steve Caine - welcome as our new Weintraub Israel Center Co- Chair Rebecca Crow - for four years as our innovative, tireless and super-committed Partnership2Gether Chair and Ken Miller - for three years of dedication and great leadership as our Partnership2Gether Co-Chair Goggy Davidowitz - welcome as the new Partnership2Gether Chair Linda Behr - school twinning Chair for an amazing activity year! Bobby Present - Israel Action Network Chair, for keeping Israel education as a high priority Ray Carroll - Tucson Celebrates Israel Chair Gila Ben-Jamin, Libby Quinn, Shelley Lipowich, Ed Baruch, Rina Paz, Rina Liebskind, Robyn Schwager for your amazing work during the year as Partnership2Gether committee members

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Rina Paz, left, with Hazel Rappeport at Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging



ina Paz has been visiting Hazel Rappeport, a resident at Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging, for three months. Once in a while Paz says something in English and Rappeport is quick to remind her that they are supposed to be speaking only Hebrew. Nanci Levy, community outreach coordinator for Handmaker, had tried to get Rappeport interested in a Yiddish class. The 95-year-old had no interest in learning Yiddish, but is fluent in Hebrew and wanted someone who could help maintain her skills. Levy called Oshrat Barel, director of the Weintraub Israel Center and Tucson’s community shlicha (Israeli emissary), who suggested Paz. Paz was born in Israel. She served in the army and worked at a boarding school, a bank and as a travel agent. Prior to moving to Tucson in 1993, she and her then-husband lived in New York where they did the production, advertising and distribution for the Israeli newspaper, Yedioth Ahronot, and also did production for a Hebrew television channel. Today, Paz works full-time as a caregiver for AZ Home Care Options. “It’s a wonderful match, and Hazel and I have become friends,” says Paz. “She’s an amazing lady and we both benefit from our conversations.” Paz says she sees positive changes in Rappeport. She had not been going to Shabbat services at Handmaker, but now she does. She used to be lonely, staying her her room most of the time. Now she visits with other people. Rappeport grew up in Brooklyn, and started learning Hebrew at the age of 6. She graduated from Brooklyn College and began working as a copywriter. After Israel became a state in 1948, she was 26, and decided it was time to quit her job and go to Israel. She stayed three years, writing for the Jewish National Fund’s

monthly magazine. She returned to the United States in 1952 to marry a man she had met in New York while in college, but has visited Israel many times. She maintains her fluency in Hebrew because her son and his family live in Israel, and she keeps in touch with friends. Paz and Rappeport share stories and memories about Israel, and talk about their children and families. “My mother died at age 48 when I was my 20s,” says Paz. “Hazel is like a mother or grandmother to me, and I feel very close to her.” Paz meets with Hazel on Fridays but she wants to visit with her more often. However, there are other volunteer roles that also claim Paz’ time, including directing the Weintraub Israel Center Shirat HaShirim Hebrew Choir, which she started nine years ago. The group performs for retirement communities and other groups, singing all types of songs. Directing the choir represents a lifelong love of singing for Paz. “In Israel life was tough, but we had fun. We sang and danced at home and other places,” says Paz. “Mothers would sing when they were doing housework and sang lullabies to the children to help them get to sleep. This is part of why I wanted to teach singing in Hebrew here in Tucson.” Paz plays some of the choir’s music for Hazel, who enjoys listening and follows along on the sheet music. Paz also volunteers one day a week at the Tucson Jewish Community Center working with children ages 4 to 6. She teaches them songs and about Jewish holidays. Reflecting on working full-time plus all her volunteer commitments, Paz says, “I like to say that if you keep busy you keep out of trouble.” The Shirat HaShirim Hebrew Choir meets Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at the Tucson J. For more information, contact Paz at 304-7943 or Korene Charnofsky Cohen is a freelance writer and editor in Tucson.


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Local woman uses personal, family challenges for good

Members of last year's Jewish-Latino Teen Coalition with Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) in her office on April 13, 2016. (L-R): Samantha Ybarra, Sayanna Molino (chaperone), Emma Galligan, Slaughter, Zoe Holtzman, Michael Artzi, Sophie Gootter, Joshua Cohen, Aaron Gomez, Shari Gootter (program coordinator), Alexander Senti, Daniel Vogel, David Bracamonte



ucsonan Shari Gootter spends her time changing the lives of others in a wide variety of ways. Selfemployed as a therapist and yoga instructor, she works daily to help people as they improve themselves emotionally and physically; however, her work as a volunteer for several organizations in Tucson is equally life-changing. One organization to which Gootter donates her time is the Jewish-Latino Teen Coalition, a project of the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona in collaboration with the office of Rep. Raul Grijalva. Although Gootter is paid to staff the program, over the last 11 years she has put in a number of unpaid hours with the JLTC, which she calls a life-changing program. “We work with students for a number of months on everything from diversity training, leadership, cultural awareness. It’s a combination of personal growth and bringing together and building bridges between two communities,” she says. Every year, teenagers from all over Tucson apply to be part of the Jewish-Latino Teen Coalition. Those who are selected after review of their applications and interviews are exposed to a variety of speakers and training around a topic selected by the group. This year, the students involved chose the issue of immigration as their focus. Gootter and her volunteer assistants, Lew Hamburger and Lisa Kondrat, accompany the teenagers on an advocacy trip to Washington, D.C., where the students meet with legislators and other officials to discuss their views on the issue and lobby for change. “It’s intense and amazing. It’s such a joy to be able to watch the kids, both collectively and as a group, develop. It’s beyond rewarding and touching,” says Gootter. Working to help visually impaired individuals is also very rewarding for Gootter, whose own vision is impaired by uveitis and secondary glaucoma. Currently serving as the vice president of the board of directors for Southern Arizona Association for the Visually Impaired (SAAVI), Gootter has been involved with the organiza-

tion for close to 15 years. “The organization has grown. We now serve individuals in Phoenix and Yuma. SAAVI provides amazing rehabilitation, but takes into account the needs of the individual,” says Gootter. The organization offers a wide range of services to meet the needs of the diverse population that it serves. “It could be anything from learning how to cook again to preparing someone to be able to go to school, and they’ve started offering programs for children and families of the visually impaired,” explains Gootter. “It’s really amazing the work that is being done there.” Gootter also volunteers for Guiding Eyes for the Blind. “It’s a guide dog school that I have received three guide dogs from. I do some work to help raise awareness for the organization,” she says. Public speaking to groups of children and adults about the importance of a guide dog in the life of someone who is visually impaired is one way that she gives of her time. Although all of the organizations Gootter is involved with hold special meaning for her, one organization is closest to her heart. “My brother died suddenly 12 years ago, from sudden cardiac arrest, and in his honor and memory we started the Steven M. Gootter Foundation with family and friends,” says Gootter, who is on the board of directors. According to the foundation website, “The Steven M. Gootter Foundation is dedicated to saving lives by defeating sudden cardiac death through increased awareness, education, scientific research and the distribution of AEDs [automated external defibrillators].” Gootter is proud of what the foundation has been able to accomplish. “We’ve endowed a chair at the University of Arizona, and we have donated over 200 AEDs to local organizations, churches, synagogues, and the various police departments to give AEDs to first responders.” Crediting her parents, Paulette and Joe Gootter, for her belief in the importance of volunteering and giving back to the community, Gootter looks to them as role models. “Growing up, it was modeled for me by my parents. They were and are both active in a variety of organizations, but not in a showy way. It was just part of what we do, part of our core values.” Laura Wilson Etter is a freelance journalist, grant writer and artist in Tucson.






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Michael J. Rosenkrantz (center) coaches Tucson Lobos players Karl Yares (left) and Arthur Parson at the National Wheelchair Basketball tournament in Louisville, Ky., on March 31, 2017.



hy shouldn’t we care about other people, Michael J. Rosenkrantz asks rhetorically, adding that he refuses to live a selfish lifestyle.

“I feel like it’s really important to think about the larger community, and it’s not just the Jewish community — it’s bigger,” says Rosenkrantz. “But in the Jewish faith, there’s a lot of talk about giving back, and I definitely try to do that.” Rosenkrantz, 60, is a Los Angeles native who moved to Tucson in September

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from Nepal to teach alongside Peter Hughes, head coach of the University of Arizona Women’s Wheelchair Basketball team, and learn the intricacies of wheelchair basketball. He’s also a volunteer coach for the Tucson Lobos, Southern Arizona’s community wheelchair basketball team, which offers recreational play and Division 3 competition recognized by the National Wheelchair Basketball Association. He chatted with the AJP on Friday, March 31, in between games at the National Wheelchair Basketball tournament in Louisville, Ky., saying he hoped that the Lobos could turn around their 1-2 record with one game left in the series. About eight years ago, Rosenkrantz linked up with Voluntary Service Overseas — a London-based organization that offers international volunteer placements for professional positions in medicine, education and human rights advocacy. He moved to New Delhi, India, in March 2009 for a volunteer position at the National Trust for the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment Department, an observatory body designed to assure protections for people living with autism, cerebral palsy or other physical and mental disabilities. This three-year tenure at the National Trust launched his work with people living with disabilities, Rosenkrantz says, and the next step was marrying his greatest passions: volunteer work and basketball. His love of hoops prompted him to take on a volunteer coaching position at a local YMCA in New Delhi. During his first trip back to the United States, in June 2011, Rosenkrantz met Dan Altan, a founding member of Wheelchair Athletes Worldwide, a nonprofit corporation that provides new and used sporting wheelchairs to developing countries throughout the world. The pair launched a handful of wheelchair basketball workshops in November 2011 in New Delhi and Visakhapatnam. Then, in June 2012, Rosenkrantz secured a coaching position for the Nepal Army Wheelchair Basketball team via his connection with VSO. He also got involved with ENGAGE, a nongovernmental organization dedicated to empowering youth living with disabilities by promoting volunteer services based in Kathmandu. He worked with the organization’s co-founders to incorporate adaptive sports into its programming. In May 2013, Rosenkrantz facilitated WAW donating 11 sports wheelchairs to ENGAGE. And last summer the first annual wheelchair basketball league was held in Nepal, with the second competition scheduled to kick off in Kathmandu in a few months, he says. Rosenkrantz was also a volunteer at World Jewish Relief, a nonprofit organization that helps impoverished communities with job skills, elderly assistance See Hoops, page 14

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programs and emergency response initiatives for refugees and victims of natural disasters. When he returned to the States from Nepal, he expected there to be more services for people living with disabilities, but found there are huge gaps. So he and a few local advocates are starting a nonprofit organization, Southern Arizona Adaptive Sports, which will create continuity for adaptive sports being offered, expand the amount of wheelchairs sports available and reach out to younger wheelchair athletes. “What we’re going to do is hopefully fill the gap to offer a wide range of community sports,” he says. “The UofA offers a bit now, but we’ll be working with the UofA and really bringing disabilities sports to the Southern Arizona community. “And we have aspirations of starting a junior wheelchair basketball team, for example.” He recently secured a program/devel-



opment manager position with Iskashitaa Refugee Network, a group of Tucson volunteers and international refugees who glean and harvest local produce for redistribution. Rosenkrantz says he has learned a lot about tikkun olam, Hebrew for “repairing the world,” from his son, Daniel, who is a monk at the Self-Realization Fellowship, an Indian spiritual school of thought founded by Paramahansa Yogananda that teaches ancient science and philosophy of yoga and meditation. “I think it’s important to give back, and even though I’m 60,” says Rosenkrantz, he stays active, playing basketball, swimming and riding his bike. “I want to keep going, until I’m 100, hopefully. And for me, this lifetime or this time, is really about learning to serve and doing my best to not let my ego get in the way.” Whether he is spending time with the Lobos or helping ENGAGE in Nepal, he says the greatest gift of being a volunteer is the work itself. “It’s not about the money, it’s about really doing some social good,” he says. “It’s been rewarding, internally, and that’s the most important thing.”




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razilian Jews have never felt so split between right and left. At the center of the divide is Jair Bolsonaro, a 61-year-old conservative lawmaker who appears to be as pro-Israel as he is anti-gay and pro-law and order. Bolsonaro, a member of the Social Christian Party, is appealing to socially conservative voters even as he alienates the center and left with harsh anti-LGBT rhetoric. Although not yet among the top candidates for president in 2018, his popularity is surging across the country, but mainly in Rio de Janeiro state, which he represents as a member of what some consider Brazil’s most conservative Congress in 40 years. Like evangelical and deeply conservative politicians in the United States, Bolsonaro is divisive among Jewish voters, who tend to be socially liberal but want their representatives to be strongly pro-Israel. “My heart is green, yellow, blue and white,” Bolsonaro said to an audience of 400 at the Hebraica club in Rio on April 3 in a reference to the Israeli and Brazilian flags. He won big applause as he hailed the Jewish state for its power and social welfare system, saying it should inspire Latin America’s largest nation. Meanwhile, outside the club, nearly 150 mostly Jewish activists — including many teens and 20-somethings wearing the blue uniform of the Hashomer Hatszair Jewish youth movement — protested Bolsonaro’s appearance. The crowd yelled “shameless Jews” and “fascist Jews” in unison at the club gate. Rio’s most establishment Jewish institution, Hebraica was founded in 1957 by Jewish refugees from Nazi Europe. “It is deplorable that a Jewish youth movement such as Shomer, funded by Israel, offends other Jews with cursing and slurs,” Hebraica Rio president Luiz Mairovich told JTA. “It’s unacceptable. I have never seen that in my life: a Jew cursing another Jew. It was a case of antiSemitism among Jews. We will listen to everyone. Those same people who booed today will clap tomorrow.” Some protesters wore yellow Stars of David with words like “women” and “gay.” During a TV debate in 2003, Bolsonaro told a far-left congresswoman, Maria do Rosario, “I would never rape you because you don’t deserve it.” Critics have also accused Bolsonaro of homophobia and racism for his opposition to same-sex

partnerships and quotas at universities. “It is extreme levity to preach the use of yellow stars in a political event,” Israel’s honorary consul, Osias Wurman, told JTA. “It is the most stupid and fratricidal way to trivialize the Holocaust. “We do not need enemies, we have them within our community. What a downfall! These sick-minded people have to be isolated from the healthy Zionist youth. They invade the memory of our 6 million innocents.” The president of the Brazilian Israelite Confederation, the country’s umbrella Jewish organization, took a more neutral tone to the talk and the protests. “The talk generated, as expected, division and confusion in the Jewish community,” Fernando Lottenberg said. “We support the political debate and believe it is always necessary even more at this moment of dramatic developments in national politics. However, we defend that it has criteria and be always guided by balance and pluralism. Our community has a great diversity of thought.” The imbroglio with Bolsonaro started when he was disinvited last month from a speaking event at the Hebraica club in Sao Paulo after some 3,800 leftist activists signed an online petition. Days later, the Rio club invited Bolsonaro; more than 33,000 online supporters had backed a petition welcoming him. Though the two clubs are both called Hebraica, they operate independently. “These protests have a historic importance. This level of secession and dispute is unprecedented since the 1950s,” Michel Gherman, a historian and academic at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and Rio de Janeiro Federal University, told JTA. “I don’t think it exceeded the limit of violence. It became aggressive at moments, but that’s part of the game.” Last year, Gherman supported Marcelo Freixo, a human rights activist with the left-wing Socialism and Freedom party, or PSOL, in his unsuccessful bid for Rio mayor. PSOL is known for its harsh anti-Israel platform and rhetoric. Some PSOL members accused Shimon Peres, Israel’s former president and prime minister, of genocide days after he died. In 2009, other militants burned the Israeli flag in a street protest. “It is fundamental that the large society is aware that the Jewish community is pluralistic. But polarization is not healthy,” Gherman said. “We lack leadership to bring up a true debate. Today, it’s a tragedy.” See Rio, page 18

NATIONAL Sean Spicer apologizes for Holocaust remarks amid criticism from U.S., Israel JTA


hite House Press Secretary Sean Spicer apologized for claiming that Adolf Hitler never used chemical weapons amid widespread criticism and calls for his job, including from U.S. Jewish leaders and Israeli politicians. After repeatedly trying to clarify his comments, made Tuesday in a White House press briefing about last week’s chemical attack in Syria and Russia’s position on it, Spicer later in the day told CNN he was sorry to anyone he had offended. “Frankly, I mistakenly made an inappropriate and insensitive reference to the Holocaust, for which frankly there is no comparison,” he told host Wolf Blitzer. “And for that I apologize. It was a mistake to do that.” The press secretary also on Tuesday phoned Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson, whose office had reached out to him. “Sean called shortly after and said he made a terrible mistake and apologized if he was offensive,” Adelson’s spokesman Andy Aboud said in a statement. Spicer made the inaccurate claim

about Hitler, which drew audible gasps from the Washington press corps, in an attempt to question Russia’s continued support for Syrian President Bashar Assad. The White House on Tuesday accused Russia of trying to cover up the Syrian government’s role in the chemical weapons, saying U.S. intelligence had confirmed the Assad regime used sarin gas on its own people. “We had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons,” Spicer said. “So you have to, if you’re Russia, ask yourself is this a country that you want to align yourself with?” The Nazis did not use chemical weapons in battle during World War II, but they used the gas Zyklon B in death camps to perpetrate the Holocaust, which wiped out some 6 million Jews. The Yad Vashem Holocaust museum said Wednesday that Spicer’s “inaccurate and insensitive” comments “strengthen the hands of those whose goal is to distort history.” The Jerusalem-based center said Spicer displayed “a profound lack of knowledge of events of the Second World War, including the Holocaust,” and invited him to visit its website to educate himself.

U.S. Jewish groups were quick to respond Tuesday. The New York-based Anne Frank Center demanded that Trump fire Spicer for “Holocaust denial.” Steven Goldstein, the center’s executive director, said in a statement that “on Passover no less,” Spicer had “engaged in Holocaust denial, the most offensive form of fake news imaginable, by denying Hitler gassed millions of Jews to death. Spicer’s statement is the most evil slur upon a group of people we have ever heard from a White House press secretary. President Trump must fire him at once.” The AJC also called out Spicer and warned against comparing dictators to Hitler in general. “What did the Nazis use to exterminate millions of Jews if not chemicals in their death camps?” asked AJC CEO David Harris in a statement. “Any comparisons between Hitler and other dictators, or between the Holocaust and other tragedies, such as Syria, are tricky and not advisable.” Jeremy Ben-Ami, the president of the dovish Israel advocacy group J Street, took to Twitter to call Spicer’s comments “unforgivable.” Israeli politicians also had something

to say Tuesday. Before Spicer apologized, Israel Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz demanded he do so or step down — a rare critique of U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration by an Israeli government official. “Sean Spicer’s statement that Hitler didn’t use chemical weapons is severe and outrageous,” Katz tweeted. “We have a moral obligation that supersedes policy considerations. We must demand that he apologize, or resign.” From the opposition, Nachman Shai, a Zionist Union lawmaker and the deputy Knesset speaker said in a statement that the White House “urgently needs a history teacher.” Several Democrats in Congress criticized Spicer Tuesday, and Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi joined the calls for Trump to fire his press secretary. “While Jewish families across America celebrate Passover, the chief spokesman of this White House is downplaying the horror of the Holocaust,” she said in a statement. “Sean Spicer must be fired, and the President must immediately disavow his spokesman’s statements. Either he is speaking for the President, or the President should have known better than to hire him.”



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For Gherman, who has served as Hillel Rio coordinator and more recently Jewish culture coordinator of Eliezer Max, a community Jewish day school, the fact that Jewish youths who grew up in leftist youth movements have been fighting for their place in the Jewish community is something new. Guilherme Cohen, one of the new young leaders, used milder terms than the protesters to evaluate the demonstration. Criticized himself for being affiliated with PSOL, he said the messages conveyed during the April 3 protest went too far. “In such a protest, excesses naturally happen,” he told JTA. “I don’t consider fascist everyone who listened to Bolsonaro. Calling everyone ‘shameless Jews’ was a mistake, but that was not bottom line, it was a protest against the invitation.

“It was positive to show that the Jewish community does not embrace a fascist, there is resistance — mainly among the youth,” added Cohen, who was assaulted by a Jewish official for carrying a Palestinian flag during a pro-Israel street demonstration years ago. Ronaldo Gomlevsky, editor-in-chief of Brazil’s oldest Jewish magazine still in operation, Menorah, interviewed Bolsonaro last month on his TV show. “In a democratic regime, protesting is the right action to the one who disagrees,” said Gomlevsky, a former president of the Rio Jewish federation. “But if I had been there and someone had called me a Jew without shame, all hell would break loose. I do not accept this coming from a non-Jew, and definitely not from a Jew.” “Shomer and [Habonim] Dror youth movements are linked to dying parties of the Israeli left, whose envoys receive high salaries to brainwash the children whose parents still value this type of proposal.” Hashomer Hatzair has roots in Israel’s socialist Zionist movement; it works closely with Habonim Dror, its for-

mer rival. Members meet regularly to talk politics, socialize, plan social action and promote their visions for Israel. Victor Grinbaum, founder of the influential 5,000-member ArtiSion online debate group, agrees that their leftist politics are out of step with the pro-Israel mainstream. “The leftist movements are anachronistic remnants of an era that has been outdated for decades,” he said. “They had their importance in the early days of Israel and the Jewish community organization in Brazil, but today they are a mixture of summer camp with scouting, sprinkled with an ideological brainwashing that is similar to that practiced by the Hitler Youth.” Revital Poleg, the Jewish Agency’s representative in Brazil, said that Israeli envoys who sometimes work with youth movements abroad must refrain from local politics. “On the other hand,” she told JTA, “youth movement members are citizens of their native country and are naturally entitled to have their own opinions on domestic and foreign policy issues. The choice is in their hands.”


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Congregation anshei israel

5550 E. Fifth St., Tucson, AZ 85711 • (520) 745-5550 Rabbi Robert Eisen, Cantorial Soloist Nichole Chorny • Daily minyan: Mon.-Thurs., 7:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m.; Fri., 7:30 a.m.; Sun. & legal holidays, 8 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. / Mincha: Fri., 5:45 p.m. / Shabbat services: Sat., 9 a.m., followed by Kiddush; Tot Shabbat, 1st Fri., 5:45 p.m.; Family Service, 3rd Friday, 5:45 p.m.; Holiday services may differ, call or visit website. / Torah study: every Shabbat one hour before Mincha (call or visit website for times) / Talmud on Tuesday, 6 p.m. / Weekday Torah study group, Wed., 11 a.m. beverages and dessert provided.

Congregation Bet shalom 3881 E. River Road, Tucson, AZ 85718 • (520) 577-1171 Hazzan Avraham Alpert • 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 • 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 • 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) 661-9350 Rabbi Ram Bigelman • Shabbat services: Fri., Mincha at candlelighting time, followed by Maariv. / Sat., Shacharit service, 9:30 a.m. / Torah study: women, Tues., 10 a.m.; men, Thurs., 7 p.m.

ChaBad oro valley 1217 W. Faldo Drive, Oro Valley, AZ 85755 • (520) 477-8672 Rabbi Ephraim Zimmerman • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 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 • 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 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 • 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 • 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 Shabbat services: Fri., 4:30 p.m., led by Lindsey O’Shea, followed by Shabbat dinner; Sat., 9:30 a.m., led by Mel Cohen and Dan Asia, followed by light Kiddush lunch.

seCular humanist Jewish CirCle Call Cathleen at 730-0401 for meeting or other information.

university oF arizona hillel Foundation 1245 E. 2nd St. Tucson, AZ 85719 • 624-6561 • 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.


arie Kondo has made her name by helping people tidy up. She has a system for removing clutter from our homes that includes the correct ways to sort things, to fold things, to store things. Kondo’s approach is very different from most de-cluttering experts. She suggests that we hold every single item and ask just one question, “Does it spark joy?” If it does spark joy, then we save that item and she tells us how and where to place it in our soon to be de-cluttered home. If the item does not cause us to feel joy when we hold it in our hands, then it needs to be discarded. If any item is hard to discard, then Kondo suggests that we think about its purpose in our lives and let it go with gratitude, going as far as saying “Thank you” to the item. I was reminded of Kondo as I was reading about gratitude, hakarat hatov, for my Mussar studies. It is said that when Rabbi Menachem Mendel, the Kotzker Rebbe, was ready to consign old shoes to the trash, he would first wrap them in newspaper to show his gratitude. Hakarat hatov is about recognizing the good that is already in our lives, including things such as the shoes on our feet. It is easy to focus on what we do not have, which is how we end up with so much in our homes to tidy up. Dr. Alan Morinis notes in his book, “Seeking Everyday Holiness,” “There is no limit to what we don’t have, and if that is where we focus, then our lives are inevitably filled with endless dissatisfaction.” As we read in Pirkei Avot, “Who is rich? The one who is happy with what they have.” Mussar, an ancient Jewish spiritual practice, uses study and ongoing spiritual practices to develop the midah, or trait, of gratitude. One might wake every morning and say the phrase “Awaken to the good and give thanks.” Another Mussar practice to cultivate gratitude could be to write a list of five things that we are grateful for. Or we could follow the example of Rabbi Menachem Mendel and express our gratitude for the things in our lives that we need to discard. Between Pesach and Shavuot, it is my custom to go through my clothes and determine what goes and what stays. I do it before Shavuot because this is a good time to transition clothes for the change of season and because before the Israelites received the Torah at Mount Sinai, they were told to prepare themselves and wash their clothes. This year there are a number of items that will be finding new homes and that I am grateful for having worn. Some of the clothing will be donated to Your Sister’s Closet, a project of the YWCA of Southern Arizona that provides work-appropriate clothing, shoes and accessories to women who might not have anything they could wear to a job interview or to their first few days of work. I am grateful for having had these clothes to wear. And I am grateful to be able to donate this clothing to women who need it. Rabbi Batsheva Appel is the rabbi educator at Temple Emanu-El.



OBITUARIES Herman (Chaim) Gladstone

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Herman (Chaim) Gladstone, 93, died March 24, 2017. Dr. Gladstone was born in New York, N.Y. He married Renee Rechtman on Feb. 24, 1945. He attended college and medical school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and took his residency in psychiatry at Bellevue Hospital in New York. He served in the U.S. Army as a psychiatrist to returning soldiers during the Korean War. He established a practice in New York, then returned in 1960 to Madison, where he worked in private practice, served as director of student psychiatry at the university and was president of the Wisconsin Psychiatric Association. In 1972, the family moved to Tucson and he continued his private practice, was a teaching associate at the University of Arizona Medical School and served as president of the Tucson Psychiatric Association. After retiring in 1989, he served as a docent at the UA Art Museum and Kitt Peak Observatory. Always active, he was still skiing in his 80s and bicycling in his 90s. Dr. Gladstone was preceded in death by his son, David, and sister, Naomi. Survivors include his wife of 72 years, Renee; children, Donn (Elizabeth Newman) of Sebastopol, Calif., Lila (Greg) Tevik of Tucson and Sheila (Stephan Windsor) of Austin, Texas; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. Arrangements were made by Angel Valley Funeral Home.

Gary E. Zinman, 80, died March 31, 2017. Mr. Zinman was born in Butler, Pa., where he and his family operated clothing stores including the Jay Shoppe. He was a graduate of Penn State University, where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity. In Butler, he was president of the Businessmen’s Bureau; the Musical Theatre Guild, where he was instrumental in securing land for a permanent building; numerous offices within the Chamber of Commerce; treasurer and board member of B’nai Abraham and member of B’nai B’rith and the Butler Lions Club. He was a member of AZA and later an advisor. He was also active in supporting Butler’s annual Christmas Day parade and light show. Upon retirement, he and his wife moved to Tucson, where they became members of Congregation Or Chadash. Survivors include his wife, Stephanie; and children, Michelle of Tucson and Nicole of Los Angeles. Services were held at Evergreen Mortuary followed by interment in Evergreen Cemetery. Rabbi Thomas Louchheim of Congregation Or Chadash and Rabbi Allen Secher, a family friend, officiated. Memorial donations may be made to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Doctors Without Borders, The Humane Society of Southern Arizona or the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Milton Silverman Milton Silverman, 99, died March 25, 2017. Mr. Silverman was born in Cleveland, Ohio. His career in the insurance industry included working with his son, Kenny Silverman. Mr. Silverman was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Shirley. Survivors include his children, Kenny (Moira) Silverman and Gale (Jason) Silverman Feld, both of Tucson, and four grandchildren. Services were held at Temple Emanu-El with Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Food Bank or Temple Emanu-El. Arrangements were made by Evergreen Mortuary.

Gilbert (Gil) Alan Kurland Gilbert (Gil) Alan Kurland, 86, died April 6, 2017. Mr. Kurland had a long career with the New York Life Insurance Co., first in the Cleveland area and later in Tucson. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Elaine J. Liberman Kurland; daughters, Debbie (Richard) Kurland Rich and Dana Kurland, both of Tucson; brother, Dr. Howard (Ethel) Kurland of Chicago; and two grandchildren. Graveside services were held in the Temple Emanu-El section of Evergreen Cemetery with Rabbi Samuel M. Cohn officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

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Men’s Mishnah club with Rabbi Israel Becker at Cong. Chofetz Chayim. Sundays, 7:15-8 a.m.; Mondays and Thursdays, 6:156:50 a.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 6:15-7 a.m.; Saturdays, call for time. 747-7780 or Chabad of Sierra Vista men’s tefillin club with Rabbi Benzion Shemtov, first Sundays, 9 a.m., at 401 Suffolk Drive. 820-6256 or “Too Jewish” radio show with Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon on KVOI 1030 AM (also KAPR and KJAA), Sundays at 9 a.m. Beth Shalom Temple Center of Green Valley bagel breakfast and Yiddish club, first Sundays, 9:30 a.m. Members, $7; nonmembers, $10. 648-6690 or 399-3474. 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., April 23 and May 21. 299-3000. Cong. Anshei Israel parent-tot class (9-24 months), Mondays, 9-11 a.m., except April 17. 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 Cong. Anshei Israel mah jongg, Mondays, 10 a.m.-noon., except April 17. All levels, men and women. Contact Evelyn at 885-4102 or Cong. Or Chadash Mondays with the Rabbi. Mondays, noon-1:15 p.m. April 24: "Creating a Culture of Dialogue on Israel." Bring lunch.

Friday / April 14 10:30-NOON: Jewish History Museum Genealogy Program drop-in research session, with Joel Alpert. 564 S. Stone Ave. 670-9073. 5:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Shabbat Passover hike and service, at Saguaro National Monument East. Easy stroll to Mica picnic area, 1.4 miles round trip. Bring a Passover picnic dinner. 3274501.

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ONGOING 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.

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

Cong. Bet Shalom yoga. Mondays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. $5. 577-1171.

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

Jewish sobriety support group meets Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m. at Cong. Bet Shalom. “Along the Talmudic Trail” for men (18-40) at Southwest Torah Institute, Mondays, 7 p.m. 747-7780 or 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. Meets at Jewish Federation Northwest Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m. RSVP to judithgfeldman@gmail. com or call 505-4161.

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Sunday / April 16 2 PM: Temple Emanu-El Sunday Salon at the Jewish History Museum, 564 S. Stone Ave. Free. 327-4501.

Monday / April 17 9:30 AM: Temple Emanu-El Shabbat Passover morning and Yizkor service. 327-4501 or 10 AM: Cong. Or Chadash Passover Yizkor service. 512-8500.

9:30 AM: Temple Emanu-El Passover Festival

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Tucson J Israeli folk dance classes. Tuesdays. Beginners, 7:30 p.m.; intermediate, 8:15 p.m.; advanced, 9 p.m. Taught by Lisa Goldberg. Members, $5; nonmembers, $6. 2993000.

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.

9 AM: Cong. Or Chadash Shabbat and Passover Hike in Sabino Canyon. Meet in the parking lot. Bring a Passover-friendly sack lunch, water and sunscreen. RSVP at 512-8500.


Talmud on Tuesday with Rabbi Robert Eisen, Tuesdays, 6 p.m., except April 18. 745-5550.

Tuesday / April 18

Temple Emanu-El Talmud study with Dr. Eliot Barron. Wednesdays, 10-11:30 a.m. One-time $18 materials fee. 327-4501. Chabad of Sierra Vista women’s class with Rabbi Benzion Shemtov, last Wednesdays, noon-2 p.m., 401 Suffolk Drive. 820-6256 or 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. 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 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 Tuc-

"Holding My Breath: A Novel" by Sidura Ludwig. 512-8500.

Wednesday / April 19 2-3:30 PM: University of Arizona Museum of Art/ Jewish History Museum Verboten/Forbidden Exhibition reception and lecture with UA art history professor Paul Ivey, at 1031 N. Olive Rd. Free. Contact Lisa Schachter-Brooks at 670-9073 or 6:30-8:30 PM: Tucson J Celebration of Heritage concert with the Camerata Sonora choir $10. 299-3000.

Thursday / April 20 6 PM: JFSA Men's Night Out with former Chicago Cubs outfielder Adam Greenberg. Dinner,

son J. Contact Joyce Stuehringer at 299-5920. Jewish Federation-Northwest Kibbitz & Schmear open house with bagels and coffee, Thursdays, 10-11:30 a.m. 505-4161. Cong. Bet Shalom Lunch and Learn 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. 564 S. Stone Ave. 670-9073. “Biblical Breakthroughs with Rabbi Becker” at the Southwest Torah Institute. Fridays, noon, for men and women. 747-7780 or yzbecker@ Beth Shalom Temple Center of Green Valley Women's History Month multi-media art presentation, through April 20. 648-6690. 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., through May 31. 670-9073. Tucson J art show, "Groovin' Together: Artists of Many Hands Courtyard and the Tucson Arts Cooperative Multi-Media Exhibit," April 21-May 30 in the Fine Art Gallery. 2993000.

beer and presentation of 2017 MENtor award to Ron Weintraub, at the Tucson J. $36. Register at, or 5779393, ext. 118.

Friday / April 21 10-11 AM: JFCS presents local Holocaust survivors reading from "To Tell Our Stories: Holocaust Survivors of Southern Arizona," at Handmaker. Contact Nanci Levy at 322-3632. 11:30 AM: Jewish History Museum Gallery Chat, "Art and Totalitarianism" with University Museum of Art curator Olivia Miller, at 564 S. Stone Ave. Free. 670-9073. 5:45 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Family Shabbat Israel Night. Service followed by Israeli-style din-

ner at 7 p.m., with Israeli dancing and trivia bowl. $25, family (2 adults and up to 4 children); adults 13 and over, $10. RSVP for dinner by April 17 to Kim at 745-5550, ext. 224 or at 9:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Downtown Shabbat at the Jewish History Museum, 564 S. Stone Ave., with Rabbi Samuel Cohon, soloist Lindsey O'Shea and the Armon Bizman Band. 327-4501.

Sunday / April 23 7-11:30 AM: Tucson J and Tucson Medical Center 3rd Annual Tucson Family Triathlon, at the Tucson J. Noncompetitive. Ages 17 and under, $20; adults $25; family $65. Benefits Shyann Kindness Project. Register by April 17 at April 21: Packet pickup and late registration at the J, 3-5:30 p.m. 299-3000. 9:15 AM: Jewish War Veterans Friedman-Paul Post 201 breakfast meeting at B'nai B'rith Covenant House, 4414 E. 2nd St. $4. Contact Honey Manson at 529-1830. 11 AM-12:30 PM: JFCS Shalom in Every Home

Saturday / April 29

9 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel presents Israel Solidarity Shabbat. 745-5550. 10 AM: Temple Emanu-El Shabbat service with Israeli songs and guest speaker. 3274501.

Healthy Family lecture series. "The Role of Spirituality in a Healthy Household," with Avraham Alpert of Cong. Bet Shalom, at the Tucson J. Free. RSVP at or call 7950300 ext. 2365. 1-5 PM: Sister Jose Women's Center grand opening celebration, at 1050 S. Park Ave. Guided tours every half hour. JFSA's 70th anniversary mitzvah project is helping Sister Jose. 2 PM: Community-wide 2017 Yom HaShoah Commemoration, at Temple Emanu-El. Includes survivor processional and candle lighting, with reception hosted by Women of Reform Judaism, marking 80 years since the Nazi "Degenerate Art" exhibition in Munich. Contact Lisa Schacter Brooks at or 670-9073. 5:15 PM: JFCS of Southern Arizona Celebration of Caring, honoring Kathryn Unger, with author and CNN analyst David Gregory. Registration and reception, followed by dinner at 6:30

should be potential members. RSVP to Jennifer Miller Grant at 490-1453.

12:40-2 PM: Cong. Bet Shalom think tank discussion: "Social & Cultural Trends In Israeli Society Today," facilitated by David Graizbord, Ph.D. and Rabbi Howard Schwartz, M.D. 577-1171. 6-10 PM: Cong. Or Chadash fundraiser: An evening at Wayne's Toys – Tucson's Auto Museum, 990 S. Cherry Ave. Includes DJ with car tunes and dance music, silent auction, prizes, hosted bar and beer tasting. $55 per person. Admission includes food truck dinner ticket; additional food can be purchased. RSVP to Eileen at 512-8500.

11:30 AM: Hadassah Southern Arizona luncheon. Leonard Joffe, M.D., presents "The Aging Retina." At Skyline Country Club, 5200 E. St. Andrews Dr. Members, $25; nonmembers, $27. Mail check payable to Hadassah by April 24 to Marcia Winick, 7284 Onda Circle, Tucson, AZ 85715. Contact Winick at 886-9919.

Sunday / April 30

NOON: Cong. Anshei Israel USY "Step-up" Day. All third-12th graders are invited to learn about the next level of USY. Lunch included. RSVP to Rabbi Ruven Barkan by April 24 at 745-5550, ext. 227 or

10:30 AM-12:30 PM: Desert Caucus brunch with Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.), at Skyline Country Club, 5200 E. St. Andrews Dr. Guests

Monday / April 24 7 PM: Tucson Tikkun Community presents "Two Algerian Writers: Building Bridges In a Post-Colonial World," at Tucson City Council Ward 6 office, 3202 E. First St. Contact Michael Zaccaria at

Wednesday / April 26 NOON-2 PM: Interfaith Community Services lunch and learn: "Mental Health Resources for Families and Friends: Navigating Uncharted Waters," at Cong. Anshei Israel. $15 includes lunch. RSVP at 5:30-8:30 PM: Young Men's Group 7th annual Men's Poker Tournament at Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink, 101 E. Pennington St. $40 includes pizza, salad and beer (limited). Proceeds benefit PJ Our Way. Register at or contact Karen Graham at or 577-9393.

UPCOMING 11 AM-12:30 PM: JFCS Shalom in Every Home Healthy Family lecture series. "Nourishing Love & Happiness: Mindfulness Techniques & Relationship Health," with Shari Goettel, LCSW, at the Tucson J. Free. RSVP at or call 795-0300 ext. 2365.

10 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel Parenting with a Jewish Lens discussion group, in collaboration with JFCS, facilitated by Rabbi Robert Eisen and Jacque Kaplan, MSW, LCSW. Topic: "Diapers to Driving: What Matters When?" Contact Rabbi Ruven Barkan at 745-5550, ext. 227 or

p.m. $150. Tickets at

maker. Contact Nanci Levy at 322-3632. 2 PM: Beth Shalom Temple Center of Green Valley presents A Concert of Famous Jewish Songwriters & composers. Refreshments. Donations accepted. 648-6690. 3-5 PM: Jewish Latino Teen Coalition B'nai Mitzvah 13th year celebration at Most Holy Trinity Parish, 1300 N. Greasewood Road. Dessert and coffee will be served. RSVP by April 20 to jewishlatinotucson@gmail. com. Support the event at ftk5GtMNMMA. 3 PM: Tucson J Syrian cooking class with Syrian refugee, Chef Shahd. Members, $65; nonmembers, $70. 299-3000. 6:30 PM: Yom Hazikaron ceremony, "My Israel Moment" at the Tucson J. Commemoration for Israeli fallen soldiers and terror victims, including panel discussion with Tucson rabbis and Jewish leaders. 577-9393, ext. 133.

Monday / May 1

1 PM: "Jerusalem," award-winning documentary by National Geographic, at the Tucson J, commemorating 50 years of reunification of Jerusalem. Free. 577-9393, ext. 133.

6 PM: Shinshinim appreciation at the Tucson J, including recognition of host families. Suggested donation $5 per person. RSVP at 577-9393, ext. 133 or

1:30 PM: Tracing Roots intergenerational program community reception at Hand-

Tuesday / May 2

5 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel presents Israeli

Friday / April 28 7:30 AM: JCRC/JFSA Spring Leaders Forum breakfast at the Tucson J. Panel discussion on the immigration crisis in Southern Arizona, with Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Mexican Consul Ricardo Pineda Albarran, immigration attorney Alan Bennett, AZ LULAC immigration chair Maria Vianey Cardenas and DACA student recipient Francisco Salcido. RSVP required to Jane Scott at 5:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Israeli-style family Shabbat dinner (kosher chicken or vegetarian entrĂŠe upon request) followed by Israel Shabbat Rocks! service with the Avanim Band at 6:30 p.m., followed by Shabbat Evening Service with adult choir featuring Israeli composers at 7:30 p.m. Dinner: $12, adults (13 and older); children, free; RSVP at 327-4501. 7 PM: Cong. M'kor Hayim Shabbat service, "Thinking About Israel," at Tucson Hebrew Academy. 904-1881.

music concert with adult and youth choirs led by cantorial soloist Nichole Chorny. 745-5550.

Wednesday / May 3

7-8:30 PM: Jewish Learning Institute 6-week course, "Survival of a Nation: Exploring Israel through the Lens of the Six-Day War," Wednesdays at the Tucson J. Co-presented by Rabbi Yehuda Ceitlin of Chabad Tucson and Oshrat Barel of the Weintraub Israel Center. $99, textbook included. Enroll at 647-8457 or, or email

Friday / May 5

6:30 PM: Cong. Or Chadash Musical Celebration of Israel's Birthday at Friday Night LIVE! Shabbat Service Under the Stars, with teen choir and Chai Lights Klezmer band. 512-8500. 7 PM: Cong. Chaverim Celebrate Israel with the Music of Naomi Shemer Shabbat service. 320-1015.

Saturday / May 6

9:30 AM Chabad Tucson/Cong. Young Israel Cherishing Israel Shabbat, followed by a presentation and Israeli kiddush at noon. 326-8362. 10 AM: Cong. Chaverim Celebrate Israel with the Music of Naomi Shemer Shabbat service. 320-1015.




Connections co-chairs Tamar Bergantino (left) and Nanci Levy (right) with Rabbi Susan Silverman.

Photo: Joel Stoltz

Photos: Martha Lochert

Connections gets PURSE-onal

Rabbi Eliezer Eidlitz (right) leads a tour of kosher products at an Albertson’s supermarket in Tucson on March 19.

Kosher in Disguise tour Some 60 Tucsonans took part in a “Kosher in Disguise” supermarket tour on Sunday, March 19 at Albertson’s, 6600 E. Grant Road, led by Rabbi Eliezer Eidlitz, director of the Kosher Information Bureau. Congregation Chofetz Chayim, the Southwest Torah Institute and Albertson’s cosponsored the event. Eidlitz identified the most reliable kosher labels as well as products that are kosher and kosher for Passover even without an identifying label. The participants represented a broad spectrum of the Jewish community, says Rabbi Israel Becker.

Young Women’s Cabinet members packed purses with toiletries. (LR): Beth McGinnis, Melissa Spiller-Shiner, Nicole Zuckerman-Morris, Sami Minkus, Ronit Stern, Gabby Erbst, Audrey Erman

Photo courtesy Tucson Hebrew Academy

Nearly 300 women gathered on March 5 for Connections, an annual brunch hosted by Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona and held at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. The featured speaker was Rabbi Susan Silverman, author of the memoir, “Casting Lots: Creating a Family in a Beautiful, Broken World.” This year’s event was dubbed “Let’s Get PURSEonal.” Throughout the year, the Connections steering committee and Women’s Philanthropy social action committee held a purse collection drive, netting more than 150 donated purses. Some of the purses were auctioned at the event, raising more than $3,400 for Sister Jose Women’s Center, JFSA’s 70th anniversary project. The Young Women’s Cabinet also collected toiletries for Sister Jose as part of its mitzvah project. The YWC filled more than 75 purses that will be donated to the women of Sister Jose at a later date. The Women’s Philanthropy advisory council presented the 11th annual Bryna Zehngut Mitzvot Award, recognizing an outstanding Jewish teenage girl, to Zoe Holtzman.

THA converts STEM to STEAM

Temple Emanu-El students joined Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging residents to make Passover crafts on Sunday, March 26.

Photos: Nanci Levy/Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging

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(Left) Kip Perkins from the Physics Factory (with their Physics Bus) lights propane-infused bubbles on the hand of a Tucson Hebrew Academy fifth grader.

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Some 1,200 people visited Tucson Hebrew Academy’s third annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Festival on Sunday, March 26. Jennifer Lehrfeld, STEM coordinator and science department head at THA, included an art component this year, turning STEM to STEAM. The festival’s hands-on exhibits included everything from a catapult to buildand-fly rocketry workshop.

Hannah Berg and Temple Emanu-El eighth-grade student Brian Belkovsky make Elijah cups for the Passover seder at Handmaker.

Temple Emanu-El eighth-grade student Malakai Fisher shows Gertrude Shankman how to make an origami frog for the Passover seder table at Handmaker.

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JYOTIE “JOJO” EDEN STEINBECK, daughter of Batsheva Hayes and Trey Steinbeck, will celebrate becoming a bat mitzvah on Saturday, April 22 with Congregation Or Chadash at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. She is the granddaughter of Judith Scher of Santa Barbara, Calif. JoJo attends Tucson Country Day School, where she is a principal honor roll student and a member of the National Junior Honor Society. She enjoys playing flute, animals and reading. For her mitzvah project, JoJo is sewing cat hammocks for the Humane Society of Southern Arizona.

JEWISH FAMILY & CHILDREN’S SERVICES OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA has named LIZ HERNÁNDEZ director of marketing and communications. Hernández was previously marketing manager and then director of public relations and communications at Jewish Family & Children’s Service in Phoenix. Born in New York City and educated through high school in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Hernández moved to Tucson where she received a bachelor of science in business administration and later completed graduate studies in art history at the University of Arizona. She left a long career in the arts and culture sector, as owner of fine art galleries in Tucson and Scottsdale, to transition into the nonprofit sector. She has worked and volunteered in Arizona for over 35 years. In Tucson, she served on the board of The Foundation for Creative Broadcasting, Girls Scouts of America, Tucson Museum of Art and Tucson Pima Arts Council.

People in the news BARRY M. COREY was selected by the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona as the 2017 recipient of the Buddy Amos Founders Award. The award honors an individual, couple or family that helped found a nonprofit organization and has demonstrated inspirational leadership in the areas of community service, philanthropy, mentoring, collaboration and/or systemic community change on behalf of the organization, its mission and beyond the organization itself. Corey was a founding member of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. He received the award at the Community Foundation’s annual event, Vision 2020, on March 8. Corey is a shareholder at the law firm of DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy.

Engagement Nancy and Jeff DuBois announce the engagement of their son AVI DUBOIS of Southfield, Mich., to NATALIE KAHN, daughter of Yona and Bob Kahn of Huntington Woods, Mich. Avi is the grandson of Kitty and the late Arnold Wertheimer of Silver Spring, Md., and Norman and the late Joan DuBois of Baltimore. Avi graduated from the University of Arizona and currently works as a product design engineer for Ford Motor Company. Natalie graduated from Michigan State University and is a career counselor at Jewish Vocational Services Detroit. A May 2018 wedding is planned in Michigan.

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LIMMUD, an international network of Jewish learning communities, will receive the Jerusalem Unity Prize in the Diaspora category on Unity Day, June 7. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin will bestow the award in Jerusalem. Founded in the United Kingdom in 1980, Limmud has spread to 84 communities in 44 countries on six continents. Limmud AZ, held at Arizona State University, debuted in 2015 and plans for the fourth annual event in February 2018 are underway.


DAN JURKOWITZ will be installed as president of the Pima County Bar Association on May 23. Jurkowitz is a supervising attorney in the Pima County Attorney’s Office Civil Division and serves on the faculty of the National Judicial College. He also serves as Treasurer of the Pima County Bar Foundation and as a vice president of Congregation Anshei Israel.

THE TUCSON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA has named THOMAS J. MCKINNEY president and CEO. McKinney was appointed vice president of development in September 2015. He has more than 30 years of experience in nonprofit organizations, most recently as president and CEO for Make-A-Wish Minnesota for 10 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Anselm College in New Hampshire and a master’s degree in nonprofit management from Capella University.

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