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t takes a special kind of courage to revisit your worst memories. When Holocaust survivor Pawel Lichter of Tucson accompanied a group of Jewish teens on the 29th annual March of the Living, April 9-May 13, he stepped back to 1939. In a basement on Warszawska Street, in his home town of Rypin, Poland, he stood where his uncle Israel was tortured and murdered by the Gestapo. “They put cement in their mouths to quiet them,” he says. Then 8 years old, he recalls his uncle being taken away, along with other Polish Jews. The site, now a museum, is known as the “slaughter basement.” Lichter also visited the three-story house where he lived as a child with his parents, Isaac and Helena, and his older sister, Gina. The emotional attachment was gone. “It wasn’t a home anymore,” he says. The March of the Living is a two-week trip for Jewish teenagers to Poland and Israel. The 31-member Western Region delegation included eight teens from Tucson Hebrew High, Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona Vice president and Director of the Coalition for Jewish Education Sharon Glassberg; Rabbi Stephanie Aaron of Congregation Chaverim; Jack Aaron, M.D.; and Lichter, his wife, Sara,

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Pawel Lichter, a Holocaust survivor from Tucson, left, meets Leszek Szulc, Righteous Among the Nations, at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, April 22.

and daughter, Tricia. On April 24, Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, the group joined more than 10,000 Jewish teens from 40 countries, accompanied by Holocaust survivors, rabbis and other adult leaders on the three-kilometer march from Auschwitz to Birkenau. This was Glassberg’s third MOTL. “It was very powerful,” she says. “It was a privilege to have a Holocaust survivor traveling with us to share his story and answer questions.” Each delegation has its own itinerary, she explains. “We visited POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, and had the honor to hear a talk by Leszek Szulc, Righteous Among the Nations. He and his family hid and rescued 32 Jews. He told the teens, ‘You are all like my grandchildren.’” Afterward, says Glassberg, the students “went up one by one and hugged him.” Jaden Boling, a 10th-grader at Catalina Foothills High School, received partial funding for the trip from the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona. “I felt a personal obligation, as a young Jew, to go to Poland and see some of the places where terrible crimes against humanity occurred so I could pass on the knowledge,” he says. “Being in Pawel’s town was incredibly emotional. As we were leaving the museum in Rypin, I asked how he

was feeling. He said, ‘I feel terrible.’” The exchange affected Boling deeply. “I felt like I had a piece of his personal feelings inside with my own emotions.” During the March of the Living, Boling says, “I looked out into a sea of people all wearing MOTL blue. Myself and ten thousand others were marching in the same places our ancestors walked as prisoners because of their religion. We marched as free people.” “In our delegation the march was a very solemn experience,” says Catalina Foothills senior Ariel Lamdan. “Nobody talked; we just marched along the road, hand in hand.” At Auschwitz, Lichter planted a small white flag on the railroad track leading to the camp’s iron gates. On it, he wrote the names of family and friends who died in the Holocaust. Among them was Renia Rosenberg — the girl his parents planned he would marry. “We grew up together, until the tender age of 8,” he says. During Lichter’s childhood, about half of Rypin’s approximately 20,000 inhabitants were Jews. His father, a businessman, owned a movie theater, Kino Polonia. Renia and her family, Lichter’s grandparents, uncle and several aunts lived nearby. When German soldiers entered Poland, persecution began. Through German friends, Lichter’s father obtained See March, page 2

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papers allowing his immediate family to travel. They loaded a horse-drawn wagon and headed for Russia; Lichter never saw the rest of his family again. Several German patrols questioned them during the journey. “At the border, we were stopped by another patrol,” says Lichter. “They knew we were Jews. They searched everybody. They stripped the women. Finally, they lined us up and were going to shoot us.” An officer’s whim saved them. “My father must have reminded him of somebody. He called him Herr Professor, and said, ‘The border’s over there.’” They found refuge in the town of Baranowicze. “Jewish people opened their homes to us, but things were very

hard,” says Lichter. Some months later, Polish immigrants were offered Russian citizenship. “My mother refused,” he says. “One day, soldiers appeared.” Their family and other Jews were loaded into cattle cars and deported to Siberia. “It saved our lives. If we’d been there when the Germans invaded Russia, we would have died.” In 1941, Poland became a Russian ally, and they were released. Until 1946 they lived in Uzbekistan, far from the battle front, suffering from hunger and persecution. They made their way back to Rypin, and learned that all Jewish inhabitants, including Lichter’s extended family, had been taken to the Warsaw ghetto or concentration camps. “I don’t know how or where they died,” he says, but “It happened. They’re not here.” To his knowledge, no Jews live in Rypin today.

Reflecting on the March of the Living, Lamdan says, “For me, it was a journey to discover my own identity as a Jew and as a human being.” Though exposed to Jewish culture all his life, he says he felt no deep personal connection until he stood in a windy field in Chelmno, Poland. “Understanding that thousands of people were killed on the ground where you stood gives you a strange, sinking feeling. The fact that the camp no longer exists, as the Nazis were trying to erase all evidence of what they had done there, gives rise to a profound hollowness. … The March of the Living has inspired me to take action, to work towards a different world where something like this will never happen again.” The march serves an essential role in keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive, says Lichter. “It’s important to have Jewish youth keep on going over there,

to keep the remembrance of these people who were murdered. By being there, they get a sense of what happened.” After their week in Poland, the group’s mood was subdued. However, says Boling, visiting Israel was a joyful contrast. He remembers one special moment: “During Kabbalat Shabbat at the Kotel, me and a few guys were looking for a group to begin Shabbat with.” They joined some other MOTL teens and Israeli Jews. “We began by singing, or more like yelling, ‘Am Yisrael Chai.’ During those few minutes, I felt prouder than ever to be a part of the Jewish minority in the world. “I came out of the trip with a renewed sense of Judaism. I also now take on the role of a witness; because, as Elie Wiesel says, ‘When you listen to a witness, you become a witness.’” Kaye Patchett is a freelance writer and editor in Tucson.

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ifty years ago Israel won a war that no one expected it to win. The SixDay War took place from June 5-10, 1967 when Israel fought against Egypt, Syria and Jordan, and captured the Sinai Peninsula, Gaza Strip, West Bank, Old City of Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. For Tucson resident Devy Wolff, living in Israel during that war created a lasting impression. “I witnessed this amazing historic moment,” says Wolff. “For me it was incredible to see the Jews so determined to stand their ground against these other countries.” Since that time, he has maintained an “I can do anything attitude.” Wolff and his parents and older brother emigrated from Bucharest, Romania, to Israel in 1965 when Wolff was 20 years old. “The culture was very different from what I knew in Bucharest,” says Wolff. “I went from a big city to a country where the economy was mostly based on agriculture, and the cities were much smaller than they are today.” He had learned some English, but he did not speak or read Hebrew. He received his introduction to Israel while living for six months on Yagur Kibbutz near Haifa. He spent his days learning Hebrew and working at various jobs. He met Holocaust survivors as well as Jews from all over the world, including India, Morocco and Argentina. On weekends they took trips around Israel. Wolff recalls visiting farmland

Devy Wolff served in the Israel Defense Forces after the Six-Day War. This photo is from December 1967.

near the border with Lebanon. He describes it as beautiful and serene, with no military presence. The Syrian border was very different, with Syrian military positions in the Golan Heights, and frequent skirmishes with the Israelis. Wolff says Israeli farmers needed armored tractors for protection while working their farms. Wolff went to Tel Aviv where he found work building stage sets for movie productions and for Tel Aviv’s Habima National Theatre, one of Israel’s first Hebrew language theaters. He wanted to continue his interest in painting, which had begun when he was 12, drawing cartoons and See War, page 4

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WAR caricatures and designing maps to help fellow students learn geography. Before the Six-Day War Wolff did not understand the extent of the threat to Israel from Egypt, Syria and Jordan. He was at his job in Tel Aviv when he heard sirens signaling the attack on Israel. There were calls for the reservists to prepare for war, and he went to his parent’s house to dig a trench for shelter. There were no television broadcasts at the time in Israel, but there were newspapers and two radio stations. Wolff remembers hearing Israeli Prime Minister Levi Eshkol asking Jordan not to get into the war, and that the Israeli government was still hoping for a peaceful resolution to problems with Egypt, Syria and Jordan. “During those days I learned what it meant to be an Israeli,” Wolff says. “I could see the Israeli planes on their way to attack positions in Jordan, and I heard about the Israeli attack on the air base in Egypt.” He says that although people didn’t know exactly what was happening, they knew the news was good. The day the war ended, June 10, was Wolff ’s birthday. Israeli citizens were surprised by the fast pace of the war. “The Six-Day War was a watershed for Israel and for me. People were able to see what Israel could do, and they had the attitude that Jews will never again be defenseless,” says Wolff. After the war there were many celebrations, including a victory parade in Jerusalem. Wolff joined a friend who was a photographer with a permit to go into territories captured during the war. “In Gaza it was mind-boggling to see the city and the refugee camps. The peo-

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ple looked at us as if we were from a different planet,” he says. “The result of the war was very dramatic with big losses for Egypt, Jordan and Syria.” He also visited a deserted army base in the Sinai where soldiers had fled, leaving even their boots behind. At one school he saw pictures that children had drawn depicting Egyptians killing Jews. He lived in Israel for three and a half years, serving for a short time in the army. He then moved to New York City to study art, and ended up staying for 30 years. Among other jobs, he worked in production at Krantz Animation Studio in New York on the “Spiderman” television cartoon series, and collaborated with Romanian-born artist Nova Mihai Popa. Wolff has exhibited his artwork in New York, Romania, Israel, Switzerland and Canada. He and his wife and daughter moved to Tucson in 1998. “Anywhere I have lived, I have always felt like an Israeli,” says Wolff. “I took Israel into my heart — it became part of my personality.” Korene Charnofsky Cohen is a freelance writer and editor in Tucson.

Margo Gray, a member of Hadassah Southern Arizona, wrote the following recollection of the Six-Day War period for Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America: I was 18, had completed my first university semester and had just returned to Chicago. I am a first-generation American whose father had escaped Germany and whose grandmother died in the Holocaust. I did not and do not take Israel for granted. I was frightened that Israel could disappear in defeat. June 10 brought euphoria. My new friends from Hillel and I spent the entire summer at the Jewish federation in Chicago acknowledging the donations pouring in, first as volunteers and later as summer employees. Although my family sent packages to our Israeli relatives, my parents had never visited Israel during my lifetime. The victory of 1967 motivated me to participate in a six-week program in Israel as soon as I graduated from college. I spent free weekends with cousins and with my aunt and uncle. I came home inspired, sharing stories and photos. I became a Zionist for life. When my husband asked me to marry him, I agreed on the condition he promise to travel with me to Israel. My passion for Israel led me to join Hadassah during my first year of marriage. Editor's note: Do you have a vivid memory from the time of the Six-Day War? Email your story, 250 words or less, to pbraun@azjewishpost.com by May 30 for publication in the June 9 issue.

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wenty-seven people joined the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona for a tour of Arizona’s border with Mexico on May 3. The day included a visit to the site of a Humane Borders water station in Arivaca, a speaker’s session at the Fresh Produce Association in Nogales, Ariz., and tours of border fence, port and Morley Avenue, as well as lunch from an authentic Mexican restaurant, delivered across the border. “The border tour made vividly tangible and moving so much I thought I had understood,” says Michael Zaccaria, a JCRC member. “I found the Border Patrol and vegetable importers briefings so informative. It was the first time I was not intimidated by Border Patrol officers. They were well-trained and knowledgeable PR people able skillfully to handle challenging questions.” In Nogales, the border fence built in 2011 is made of 15-foot high steel pipes filled with concrete poured around interior skeletons of rebar, according to Popular Mechanics. There are four-inch gaps between the pipes. “No one on either side wants a solid wall,” says Zaccaria. “Civilians want to see the integrity of their side-by-side towns. Officials want to see what is happening.” Nancy Koff agrees the tour was an excellent, powerful experience. “Border issues regarding immigration, commerce, the environment, and humanitarian concerns are even more complex and fragile than I had thought. I was very impressed by the impact that further restrictions on the flow of commerce will have on the economic viability of border communities, Arizona, and the southwestern United States,” says Koff. She added that she was sad-

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dened to see the negative impact border issues have already had on the quality of life for residents of both Nogales, Ariz., and Nogales, Sonora, and the surrounding communities. Koff, a former senior associate dean for medical student education of the University of Arizona College of Medicine, was moved to learn of Humane Borders’ work in trying to prevent the deaths of immigrants who attempt to cross the Arizona desert, who are often abandoned by the guides they have paid. She was surprised to learn about Border Patrol programs aimed at helping immigrants and their families. “Prior to this tour, I had a uni-dimensional impression that the Border Patrol’s aims were limited to enforcement of immigration laws,” says Koff, who recommends that everyone take a similar tour “before they solidify their opinions about these very important issues and the people most affected by border policies.”

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COMMENTARY Tel Aviv is the ‘home of Judaism.’ So is Boston, Sao Paolo, Marseille… ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL JTA

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onald Trump and his staff may have left Israel feeling pretty friendly to the Jews, but man, we don’t make it easy for them. Flying with reporters from Saudi Arabia to Israel on Monday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced that they were “[o]nto the second stop, Tel Aviv, home of Judaism.” Critics were not kind. Jordan Schachtel of Conservative Review noted that because Tel Aviv does not have the religious significance of Jerusalem, Tillerson “managed to insult the people of Israel — and Jews worldwide.” Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin accused the former ExxonMobil CEO of “bumbling his lines and committing gaffes a junior Foreign Service officer would never make.” And Morton Klein of the Zionist Organization of American fumed that “Only those who are blind cannot point to Jerusalem as the center of Judaism and Israel.” (I am anxiously awaiting a comment from the Jewish Institute for the Blind.) Granted, “Tel Aviv, home of Judaism,”

Ivanka Trump prays at the Western Wall, May 22.

is about as awkward as it gets. Besides sounding like the world’s least promising tourism slogan, it’s inaccurate for all the reasons Schachtel and Klein pointed out. And there’s a backstory here that makes people worry that it wasn’t a simple mistake on Tillerson’s part. In the days leading up to the president’s big trip to Israel, there was much

conjecture about how Trump would and wouldn’t tweak U.S. policy toward Israel, and especially Jerusalem, which no president has officially recognized as Israel’s capital or even, technically, part of Israel. The back and forth on the issue was enough to give you whiplash. Trump seemed pretty committed to moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv

— until he wasn’t. A White House live feed of Trump’s meetings was briefly labeled “Jerusalem, Israel” — until it wasn’t. Trump became the first sitting president to visit the Western Wall — but only days after some U.S. Consulate staffers managed to tick off Israelis ahead of the trip by sniping that the Western Wall doesn’t belong to Israel. As for Tillerson, when he was asked aboard Air Force One whether he agrees with U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley that the Western Wall is part of Israel, he replied, “The wall is part of Jerusalem.” That, to be fair, is a fine bit of Jesuitical rhetoric, which Cullen Murphy once defined as “language that on its face was unassailably true and that all parties could solemnly accept, even as it deliberately settled nothing whatsoever.” It really isn’t up to Tillerson to set new U.S. policy on the fly, and Haley was definitely going rogue when she tried. As maddening as it can seem to Jews who feel Israel should be able to pick its own capital, Israel stands virtually alone in insisting that the status of Jerusalem is a settled matter. See Tel Aviv, page 7

Shavuot is about breaking the tablets, and putting them back together ADINA LEWITTES JTA

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he festival of Shavuot, which begins at sundown May 30, focuses on Moses receiving the tablets of the law. But an even more fascinating part of the story is when he shatters them.

In an astounding midrash, or rabbinic commentary, Moses’ act is portrayed as the epitome of loyalty to the people, but also teaches God about community and continuity. Descending Mount Sinai, Moses sees the golden calf that the Israelites made while he was gone, a mortal sin according to the Torah he’s carrying, so he de-

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cides not to give it to them. The midrash explains: “Moses started to turn back, but the Elders saw him and ran after him. Moses held on to one side of the tablets, they held on to the other, but Moses was stronger. ... He looked at the tablets and noticed that the writing had disappeared from them. ‘How can I give the Israelites blank tablets?’ he thought, and decided it would be better to break them instead.” (Avot D’Rabbi Natan, Ch. 2) Moses realized there could be no Torah without a community to follow its teachings. Better the Torah be withdrawn than its recipients destroyed. God agreed and erased the laws from the tablets. Blank tablets aren’t simply tablets lacking inscriptions. They are also tablets written in a language people no longer speak or understand. This midrash teaches that there is no value in Torah for Torah’s sake; its value derives from those who live its traditions. Even God embraced the primacy of the people, however imperfect we may be, over a “perfect,” but unachievable, Torah. We’re not the first generation to manage the tension between the Torah and those who chafe against its demands. We’re also not the first — or the last — to disassemble and reassemble Torah to

preserve Judaism and the Jewish people. When teaching this midrash to rabbis in New Jersey, Rabbi Donniel Hartman challenged us by saying that every generation must ask what part of the Torah they are willing to “break” to stand beside their people. The tablets of our time are straining in a world where identity and affiliation are voluntary expressions shaped by choice rather than heritage. Communal boundaries are increasingly porous in our flat, networked society defined by access and collaboration, and in which religious hierarchies make less and less sense. Individuals personally curate their own Jewish lives, drawing from an array of cultural, intellectual, social, political, ethnic, spiritual, sexual and gender affiliations within and beyond the Jewish community. Diverse sources of authority and inspiration abound, shaping multifaceted, multivocal Jewish expressions in the global conversation about meaning, connection and faith. In this setting, what are we prepared to dismantle and reconfigure to help more Jews feel at home in Judaism and the Jewish community, and motivate them to stay and contribute to a shared vision of the future? Opening “God-optional” synagogues, leading See Shavuot, page 7


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But I am less interested at the moment in the political discussion than the theological one. The idea that even Jerusalem is the “home of Judaism” is both obvious and contentious. Obvious because, as Klein points out, it is the site of the First and Second Jewish Temples, the seat of King David’s Jewish kingdom and the focus of a people’s 2,000 years of longing for return. Contentious because, while a Jew’s eyes “gaze toward Zion,” they also have settled on places and communities around the world where Judaism has found a home. It was Heinrich Heine who called the Torah “the portable homeland for the Jews,” and Judaism flourished in places — from Babylon to Brooklyn, as it were — when the Land of Israel seemed out of reach. The idea that God dwells in one place is hardly alien to Judaism. The building of the Mikdash (the Holy Place) is a central theme of the Torah, and Jerusalem is understood as the place where God was to dwell among the people — specifically, the Holy of Holies. The Western Wall — actually a retaining wall built to shore up the Temple Mount — is revered because of its proximity to what would have been the seat of the Holy of Holies, whose exact location was lost to history after Rome sacked the city in 70 C.E. These were the terms of the debate that sprang up after Ivanka Trump tweeted, in all innocence, “It was deeply meaningful to visit the holiest site of my faith and to leave a note of prayer.” Observers harrumphed that the wall wasn’t the “holiest site” — that would be the Temple Mount itself. Tablet’s Yair Rosenberg, saying Ivanka’s people “botched an important piece of Jewish tradition,” suggested that the mistaken idea that the Western Wall is Judaism’s holiest site is a result of the custom, widely but not universally observed, that Jews are not to set foot on the mount lest they trample the original site of the Holy of Holies.

David B. Green, writing in Haaretz, defended Ivanka. “For Jews who focus their religious devotion on physical locations, it is indeed the holiest spot in the world,” Green wrote, “certainly the holiest place they may visit, because it is part and parcel of the Temple Mount, and because the exact coordinates of the holy of holies are unknown and would be off-limits if they were known.” So there. There is a camp that worries about all this focus on place ends up fetishizing walls and stones and archaeology in a way that feels — well, un-Jewish. Folks like these often quote Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, the 20th-century theologian who insisted that Judaism is a religion of time, not space, and that Jews were given a temple only as a sort of concession after they showed their weakness by worshipping the Golden Calf. “The Sabbaths are our great cathedrals; and our Holy of Holies is a shrine that neither the Romans nor the Germans were able to burn,” he wrote. According to this view, the “home of Judaism” is wherever a Jew learns Torah, or performs a mitzvah, or sits down to a Shabbat meal. Judaism needs its holy places as much as it needs the flexibility and creativity to flourish wherever Jews find themselves. I feel an extra measure of holiness whenever I visit Israel, but honestly that’s more likely to be when I see kids romping in a playground in a Tel Aviv suburb than when I stand among the tourists at the Western Wall. The late great Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai has a lovely poem, “Tourists,” about how our focus on space can distract us from what’s really holy. The narrator is shopping for groceries in the Old City of Jerusalem when a tour guide points out the Roman arch just above his head. Amichai writes, “I said to myself: redemption will come only if their guide tells them, You see that arch from the Roman period? It’s not important: but next to it, left and down a bit, there sits a man who’s bought fruit and vegetables for his family.”

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kirtan-inflected prayer, creating intermarriage rituals, “revolutionizing” b’nai mitzvah ceremonies, recognizing patrilineal descent, hosting Ramadan Iftar dinners — some communities are fracturing today’s tablets, illuminating our “post-ethnic,” “spiritual-but-not-religious” Jewish “sensibilities.” Many shudder at the thought of “shattering” any part of the Torah, but we must remember where the shards of the tablets Moses broke were kept: in the Holy Ark, right beside the new ones. Among those shards lie such historic decisions as embracing matrilineality, banning polygamy and requiring a wife’s consent to divorce, as well as more recent “fractures” of tradition initiated for the sake of Jewish peoplehood like allowing converts to marry Kohanim, seminaries to ordain women, communities to enfranchise LGBTQ Jews and Jewish cemeteries to bury non-Jewish spouses. The disassembling and reassembling of Torah in every generation is part of the sacred narrative and destiny of the Jewish people. It’s the source of our continuity, not our dissolution. Will our tablets survive their collision with today’s culture and emerge recast into an authentic Torah for the future? Will the pieces from our dismantling take

their place in the ark as part of the ongoing, sacred narrative of the Jewish people? What’s at stake is more than our own Jewish fate. Judaism, like humanity itself, is at a crossroads. As economist and social theorist Jeremy Rifkin suggests, along with our potential to deepen spiritual and moral consciousness in a world of increasing connectivity comes the possibility of extending our empathic embrace to all forms of life and to the planet itself. If Judaism fails to reimagine itself, the consequences will be devastating; to some they already are. The consequences of humanity’s unwillingness to do the same could be more catastrophic. Creating a sustainable, open-sourced, non-hierarchical, collaborative Judaism is part of today’s global urgency to create a similarly sustainable planet. This powerful narrative is awaiting inscription upon our generation’s tablets. It comes with considerable risk, some loss and the potential for great reward. Like the midrashic tug of war between the Elders and Moses over the ancient tablets, our Torah is wrenched between the weight of the past and the call of the future. Which will ensure its salvation and that of the people to whom it’s continually given: a tighter grip or a more encompassing embrace? Rabbi Adina Lewittes is the founder of Sha’ar Communities, a network that promotes an innovative, pluralistic approach to building Jewish identity by creating multiple portals into Jewish life and community.

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LETTER Covenant House grateful for assistance from Handmaker B’nai B’rith Covenant House of Tucson is a low-income HUD housing community for seniors that provides safe, affordable housing for 120 older adults in mid-town. Early in the morning on Sunday, May 14, which was Mother’s Day, 40 residents living in building one were awoken to a blaring fire alarm followed immediately by a wall of water from the sprinkler system. Thankfully, with the assistance of the dedicated staff all the residents exited safely, leaving behind all of their personal belongings. As the president of the volunteer board, I was notified of the incident and arrived to find the residents who were impacted safe yet visibly upset. Within 30 minutes Red Cross volunteers arrived and we worked together to ensure all residents were accounted for and started the task of rehousing individuals who had been displaced. Hotels in the area had no vacancies and it occurred to me that perhaps Handmaker might be able to provide shelter for at least one night for the seven residents we needed to place. Another board member and the Red Cross reached out to Handmaker and moments later, I was in contact with Cydney Turner, the admissions coordinator, exchanging information. The CEO of Handmaker, Art Martin, was made aware of the urgency of the situation and without hesitation offered Handmaker as a place to stay for the Covenant House residents. The generosity Handmaker extended continued to grow as we now had seven people who had a place to stay yet no transportation. Cydney contacted a driver who came into work exclusively to transport the residents to Handmaker. When the residents and Red Cross team arrived at Handmaker we were welcomed by Cydney who had arranged to have lunch served before folks got settled into their temporary accommodations. During our lunch, the director of nursing, Becky Norsworthy; the assistant director of nursing, Tina Randall; and Gary Lochowitz, the vice president of operations, all came on Mother’s Day to help out and personally welcomed each resident. We are so fortunate that no one was injured in this unusual occurrence. I am grateful to be in a community that has compassionate partners that step in and lend a hand in a time of need. All of the residents at Covenant House, staff and board members share in our thanks and gratitude to our partner and friends at Handmaker. — Abbie Stone, B’nai B’rith Covenant House board member

Corrections: Brett Miller’s age was misstated in “Three Tucsonans to compete on Team USA at Maccabiah Games in Israel” (5.12.17). He is 20 years old. Also, the last name of Miller’s coach at Gymnastics World Central was misspelled. He is Yoichi Tomita. A photo credit was omitted from the photo of Dr. Seneca Erman and Janece Cohen in “From Navajo reservation to exotic cruises, medical career is window to world” (5.12.17). The photographer was Elliot Framan.


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The Mosaic Outdoor Clubs of America, the nation’s oldest and largest Jewish organization dedicated to fun and adventure in the outdoors, will hold its annual five-day international event in Prescott, Ariz., Aug. 31-Sept. 4. . The 27th annual Jewish Outdoor Escape, dubbed “r-AZ-ma-t’AZ: An Arizona Adventure,” will be based at Camp Daisy and Harry Stein, set amid the Ponderosa pines. Non-Mosaic members are welcome. Registration will open in June. “Mosaic is thrilled to be coming to Arizona for the first time,” says club President Marlisse Marcus. “Our members love discovering the natural beauty of a new location, and this year’s event is sure to be one of our best.” The event features a variety of daytime events on and off the site, including hiking, kayaking, visiting historical and artistic sites, bicycling, nature walks, arts & crafts, photography and swimming. In the evening, the program includes music, dancing and social activities. Albuquerque-based Shelley Morningsong, who was voted “Artist of the Year” in the

2016 Native American Music Awards, will provide Saturday evening entertainment. Shabbat services and other religious programs on Friday night and Saturday will be observed. Mosaic has held this event every Labor Day weekend since the early 1990s, each year in a new spot. The event typically attracts more than 100 outdoor enthusiasts from all over the United States, Canada and sometimes further abroad. Members, both single and couples, tend to range in age from late 30s to early 60s. “We call it ‘summer camp for grownups,’” says Marcus. Mosaic is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization. Arizona residents are welcome not only to attend the event but also to volunteer to lead trips and informational programs about the area, or otherwise share their local knowledge with visitors. Mosaic will also offer a three-day pretrip to Sedona and a three-day post-trip to the Grand Canyon, for an extra fee. The cost of the five-day event starts at See Prescott, page 10

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LOCAL Tucson J creates week of day camp for adults The Tucson Jewish Community Center will hold a weeklong day camp for adults, “Around the World,” June 12-16. The camp will explore the languages, cultures, and cuisines of Mexico, China, Italy, France and Israel, with each day devoted to a different country. Participants can register for the entire week or individual days. “I wanted to find a way to showcase all that we do in the arts and culture department and through our adult classes at the J, as we are constantly expanding our languages program, hosting cooking classes in the J’s outstanding demonstration kitchen, and adding new studio art programs,” explains Barbara Fenig, director of arts and culture. The cost is $50 per day or $225 for the week for members and $60 per day or $275 for the week for nonmembers. The schedule follows: Mexico: Monday, June 12 9-9:45 a.m. Introduction to Spanish Class with Myriam Barrientos 9:45-10:30 a.m. Mexican Tile Making with Gerri Young 10:30-11:30 a.m. Mexican Cooking Class China: Tuesday, June 13 9-10:15 a.m. Introduction to Mandarin class with Tuc-

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son Chinese Cultural Center 10:15–11:30 a.m. Chinese Calligraphy with Tucson Chinese Cultural Center Italy: Wednesday, June 14 9-10:15 a.m. Introduction to Italian class with Theresa Levy 10:15-11:30 a.m. Italian cooking demonstration with Roma Imports’ Lilian Speith France: Thursday, June 15 9-10:15 a.m. Introduction to French with Alliance Francais 10:15-11:30 a.m. Crepe Cooking Class with Alliance Francais Israel: Friday, June 16 9-9:45 a.m. Introduction to Hebrew with Sara Mussman 9:45-10:30 a.m. Israeli Dance with Brandi Hawkins 10:30-11:30 a.m. Israeli Cooking Class with the community's Shinshinim (Israeli teen emissaries) Register at tucsonjcc.org or for more information, contact Fenig at bfenig@ tucsonjcc.org or 299-3000, ext. 236.

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he spirit of our Tucson Jewish community reminds me of a flower growing in the sidewalk. There are so many factors in our society that pull us away from living Jewishly, yet we feel an imperative to seek greater meaning and keep our Judaism alive. My friend Hans Spear, of blessed memory, came to America on the last boat from Germany before the war. He joined the American army as a resident alien and went back to Germany serving in the 30th Infantry Division’s Counter Intelligence Corps. He infiltrated enemy territory, liberated countries and concentration camps, and participated in the denazification program by interrogating SS officers after the war. He built up a beautiful family when he came home, established a successful interior design business, and with his lovely wife and childhood friend, Bea, lived as a committed Jew and active part of the Chicago and later Tucson Jewish communities. Hans went back to visit Germany and attended the large synagogue in Frankfurt on Shabbat morning that had come back to life after the war. During services, he was offered an aliyah to the Torah. He accepted with mixed emotions the honor to stand before the community and God. Here he was participating in Jewish life once again in his decimated homeland.

As he approached the bima, he saw the verse engraved above the ark: “I shall not die, but live, and tell the works of God.” This verse from Psalm 118 represented his own perseverance in the face of death and love of, and identification with, Germany despite the Shoah’s utter destruction. This June 18 will be the first ordination of the newly established Conservative rabbinical school in Berlin, the Zacharias Frankel Rabbinical School. My friend Nizan Kokin Stein, who I met during my rabbinical school year in Israel in 1997-98, will be the first candidate to be ordained as rabbi. It will be my distinct honor to present her before the Bet Din, the Jewish court, who will bestow upon her the authority to become a rabbi. The historical significance of this event would have filled my friends Hans and Bea with enormous pride and wonder. This Shavuot, beginning on the evening of May 30, as we celebrate receiving Torah as our Israelite ancestors did at Mt. Sinai, may we be inspired by these amazing stories of our people, then and now, to take upon ourselves one more Jewish commitment, mitzvah, to live our Judaism together especially when we are wandering through a barren desert or yearning through the cracks of concrete for the comfort of sunshine. “I shall not die, but live, and tell the works of God.” Psalm 118:17

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Tucson Hebrew Academy graduates at Reid Park. Back row (L-R): Elana Goldberg, Jonah Parnaby, Shira Dubin, Ryan Spitzer, Eliana Tolby, Daniella Lee, Eliana Siegel, Darian German, Ellah Ben-Asher, Samuel White, Breanna Yalen, Liliana Isaac, Eli Graizbord Michelson, Ava Leipsic; front row: Niles King, Rio Lederer, Samuel Goldfinger, Samuel Siegel, Aiden Glesinger, Joshua Quigley, Ryan Berkej, Gabriel Ruskin, Noah Fleisher

Tucson Hebrew Academy graduation

Photo: Martha Lochert

Tucson Hebrew Academy held its eighth grade graduation on Wednesday, May 10. With 23 graduates, the ceremony was held at the Tucson Jewish Community Center to accommodate the large crowd of family and friends.

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Local artist Michael B. Schwartz works on a mural he designed at the Sister Jose Women’s Center. The center, which provides programs, nourishment and a place to rest for homeless women, is the focus of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona’s 70th anniversary mitzvah project. The JFSA will also provide raised garden beds and outdoor seating.

(L-R): Leah Tolby, Eshed Ozeri, Yochanan Gibly, Lora Temyanko, Phoebe Sandock and Sharon Glassberg, principal and senior class faculty.

Tucson Hebrew High graduation Tucson Hebrew High held at its 39th annual graduation ceremony on Tuesday, May 9, at Hebrew High’s host, Congregation Anshei Israel. The theme of this year’s graduation was “One Voice.” Graduate Leah Tolby spoke of the Hebrew High class of 2017 as “a harmonious collection of many different melodies, each demonstrating our own unique passions and personalities, but all united by our common Jewish values. In every aspect of life, Judaism encourages us to use our voices. This concept – of speaking out against injustice and using our voices to encourage positive change – is a defining value of our Hebrew High senior class.” The ceremony included highlights of the 2017 March of the Living and the Tracing Roots & Building Trees intergenerational program with Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging, two Hebrew High programs held outside of Tuesday night classes.


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Rabbi Thomas Louchheim of Congregation Or Chadash delivers the opening prayer as guest chaplain at the U.S. House of Representatives, May 17.

Back row (L-R): Rabbi Batsheva Appel, Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon; front row: Cipora Cohon, Sarah Jones, Emily Jones, Gabriel Cohon, Dori Zabari

Temple Emanu-El honors educators

Photo courtesy Office of U.S. Rep. Martha McSally

Temple Emanu-El held a Siyyum on Sunday, May 7, marking the end of the Kurn Religious School year. The school awarded the 5777/2017 Marion B. & Gerald S. Gendell Excellence in Jewish Education Award to three teachers and two madrichot (teacher’s assistants).

(L-R): U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, Rabbi Thomas Louchheim and Rev. Patrick J. Conroy, chaplain for the U.S. House of Representatives

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Tucson rabbi is guest chaplain at House of Representatives

(L-R) Weintraub Israel Center Co-chair Steve Caine, guest speaker Matti Friedman, Heather Caine and Weintraub Israel Center Director Oshrat Barel

Capacity crowd hears author on media, Israel More than 250 people filled Congregation Chofetz Chayim on Sunday, May 14 to hear Matti Friedman, former Associated Press reporter and author of “The Aleppo Codex” and “Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier’s Story,” speak on “Why Is the Media Confused About Israel?” The Weintraub Israel Center co-sponsored the free event, which included a light Israeli buffet, as part of a month of Tucson Celebrates Israel events.

Rabbi Thomas Louchheim of Congregation Or Chadash gave the opening prayer at the House of Representatives on Wednesday, May 17, at the invitation of U.S. Rep. Martha McSally and Rev. Patrick J. Conroy, chaplain for the House of Representatives. McSally thanked the rabbi from the House floor, recognizing his years of service since moving to Tucson with his wife, Marcia, in 1989. She noted that Louchheim had previously served as an executive for Handmaker Hospice and as rabbi of Temple Emanu-El, and that he has worked closely with the Muslim community in the aftermath of the September 11 terror attacks, including founding “the first Jewish-Christian-Muslim scriptural study group in our community.” She added that he is “the namesake for the only space object in the universe named after a rabbi — Asteroid 9584 Louchheim.” A video of Louchheim’s prayer and McSally’s remarks is on YouTube (look for “U.S. Rep. McSally Welcomes Guest Chaplain Tucson Rabbi Louchheim”). May 26, 2017, ARIZONA JEWISH POST

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P.S. Young at heart: Saluting Tucson’s wise and vibrant centenarians SHARON KLEIN

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n Friday, May 5, at Tucson Medical Center’s Marshall Conference Center, the Pima County on Aging and TMC hosted their 30th annual Salute to Centenarians. Held to coincide with Older Americans Month, the event celebrates our community’s elders aged 99 and older. There were 43 such senior citizens in attendance with a total of 109 centenarians identified in Pima County. The program included speakers, a video presentation from Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, a slide show presentation of centenarians, lunch, entertainment and a dessert reception. This year’s theme was “Age Out Loud” and the theme question, “What do you do to stay young at heart?” Here are the biographies and answers from three of these distinguished elders: Born in Aurora, Ill., to a Jewish mother from Budapest, Hungary, Julia A. Newman, 99, is a first-generation American. She has one son, two daughters, five grandchildren (one deceased) and four great-grandchildren. Julia always loved to get out of the house and be around people, especially family. She’s an armchair coach, giving moral support to her basketball, football and baseball teams, especially the University of Arizona and Phoenix Suns. Her entertainment includes going to the Desert Diamond Casino and winning. She loves helping people and volunteered at University Medical Center in the neonatal intensive care unit as a cuddler until age 97. She assisted at the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum in downtown Tucson and still attends railroad functions and National Association of Retired Veteran Employee luncheons. Julia was a driver for Mobile Meals for 37 years and then co-piloted with her daughter Sheila Govern. She also enjoyed volunteering at Casa Maria Soup Kitchen, making lunches and delivering food to the homeless. Speaking of nourishment, from 1981 to 1997, she and her late husband, Don, raised and canned vegetables in the summers in Otway, Ohio. Until age 97, Julia was known for crocheting Christmas angels and snowflakes for everyone she knew. Her theme answer: Have a goal each day and try to do it! • Born in Baltimore, Md., Alan Winner has five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Alan is a retired

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U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel. He served in World War II in England, France, Belgium and Germany. He was recalled for the Korean War, stationed as far north as Thule, Greenland, to as far south as the Panama Canal. Alan and his wife, Sylvia, were highlighted on KVOA News 4 Tucson last Memorial Day. They sold poppies outside a local Safeway grocery store Julia A. Newman to raise money for local veterans, an act they have been performing for the past nine years. The couple has also fundraised on behalf of the Jewish War Veterans Tucson Friedman-Paul Post 201. “Service to one’s country never ends,” he says. On March 26, Alan and Sylvia had a huge celebration at the Radisson, combining their 70th anniversary with an early 100th birthday party. The couple danced to the Anniversary Waltz in front of their approximately 130 guests. Alan takes no medications and attributes his longevity to having never smoked. • At age 101, this was Yeta B. Weston’s third year at this event. In 2015, P.S. chronicled Yeta’s life, from her beginnings in Brooklyn, N.Y., through working with her husband, Aaron, in his family medicine practice on Long Island, to serving as a lay “rebbitzen” at Beth

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR The calendar deadline is Tuesday, 10 days before the issue date. Our next issue will be published June 9, 2017. Events may be emailed to localnews@azjewishpost.com, faxed to 319-1118, or mailed to the AJP at 3822 E. River Road, #300, Tucson, AZ 85718. For more information, call 319-1112. See Area Congregations on page 8 for additional synagogue events. Men’s Mishnah club with Rabbi Israel Becker at Cong. Chofetz Chayim. Sundays, 7:15-8 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 yzbecker@me.com. Chabad of Sierra Vista men’s tefillin club with Rabbi Benzion Shemtov, first Sundays, 9 a.m., at 401 Suffolk Drive. 820-6256 or jewishsierravista.com. “Too Jewish” radio show with Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon on KVOI 1030 AM (also KAPR and KJAA), Sundays at 9 a.m. May 28, Pamela Schuller, Jewish inclusion advocate and standup comedian. 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 7310300 or the J at 299-3000. Temple Emanu-El mah jongg, Mondays at 10 a.m., (except May 29). 327-4501. Jewish Federation-Northwest chair yoga with a Jewish flair taught by Bonnie Golden. Mondays, 10-11 a.m. (except May 29). $7 per class or $25 for four. 505-4161 or northwestjewish@jfsa.org. Cong. Anshei Israel mah jongg, Mondays, 10 a.m.-noon (except May 29). All levels, men and women. Contact Evelyn at 885-4102 or esigafus@aol.com.

Friday / May 26 7:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Confirmation Shabbat evening service; oneg follows. 327-4501.

Sunday / May 28 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.

Tuesday / May 30 10:30 AM-NOON: Cong. Bet Shalom Integral Jewish Meditation with Brian Yosef SchachterBrooks. Free. Email byosef@torahofawakening. com. or visit torahofawakening.com. 7 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Tikkun Leil Shavuot: A Guide to the Evening of Shavuot. Includes service, 7 p.m., dairy dinner, 7:30 p.m., “Does the Book of Ruth Matter?” with Rabbi Robert Eisen, 8:30 p.m., “Developing Loving Relationships Through the Holidays” with Rabbi Ruven Barkan, 9:30 p.m., dessert, 10:30 p.m. and reading of the Book of Ruth, 11 p.m. Dinner, $8 per person. Service, study sessions and dessert, free. RSVP for all activities to Debra at 745-5550, ext. 242. 8 PM: Temple Emanu-El Tikkun Leil Shavuot evening service, “All-Night” study session on “The 10 Commandments – One at a Time …”

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Cong. Anshei Israel women’s study group led by Rabbi Robert Eisen. First Mondays, noon, through June 5. Discussion based on “The Five Books of Miriam: A Woman’s Commentary on the Torah.” Bring dairy lunch; beverages and dessert provided. Contact Helen at 299-0340.

Tucson J current events discussion, Mondays, noon-1:30 p.m. Members, $1; nonmembers, $2. Lunch, bring or buy, 11:30 a.m. 2993000, ext. 147. Cong. Bet Shalom yoga. Mondays, 9 a.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m. Also Wednesays, 9 a.m. $5. 577-1171. Jewish sobriety support group meets Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m. at Cong. Bet Shalom. dcmack1952@gmail.com. “Along the Talmudic Trail” for men (18-40) at Southwest Torah Institute, Mondays, 7 p.m. 747-7780 or yzbecker@me.com. Spouse Bereavement Group, cosponsored by Widowed to Widowed, Inc. at the Tucson J, Tuesdays, 10 a.m. Contact Marvin at 8852005 or Tanya at 299-3000, ext. 147. JFCS Holocaust Survivors group meets Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-noon. Contact Raisa Moroz at 795-0300. Tucson J social bridge. Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon-3 p.m., year round. Drop-ins welcome. Meets in library on second floor. 2993000. and cheesecake bake-off. Bring your favorite cheesecake or dairy dessert. 327-4501. 8-10 PM: Cong. Or Chadash Tikkun Leil Shavuot. Refreshments and study session. Rabbi Thomas Louchheim and Cantor Janece Cohen discuss: Was Sinai an historical moment, or a spiritual revelation for us today? RSVP to 5128500.

Wednesday / May 31 9 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel 1st Day Shavuot service. Mincha service, 5:30 p.m. 745-5550. 9:30 AM: Temple Emanu-El Shavuot service with Yizkor: The Book of Ruth 327-4501. 10 AM: Cong. Or Chadash Shavuot Yizkor service. 512-8500. 4 PM: Chabad Oro Valley Shavuot service with reading of the Ten Commandments, at 1217 W. Faldo Dr. Followed by a dairy dinner. Free. 4778672 or jewishorovalley.com.

Thursday / June 1 9 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel 2nd Day Shavuot service with Yizkor. Mincha, 7:50 p.m. 745-5550.

Friday / June 2 5 PM: Temple Emanu-El Tot Kabbalat Torah

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. Cong. Anshei Israel Talmud on Tuesday with Rabbi Robert Eisen, Tuesdays, 6 p.m. (Except May 30.) 745-5550. Tucson J Israeli folk dance classes. Tuesdays. Beginners, 7:30 p.m.; intermediate, 8:15 p.m.; advanced, 9 p.m. Taught by Lisa Goldberg. Members, $5; nonmembers, $6. 2993000. Shalom Tucson business networking group, second Wednesday of month, 7:30-9 a.m., at the Tucson J. Contact Ori Parnaby at 299-3000, ext. 241, or concierge@jewishtucson.org. Cong. Anshei Israel gentle chair yoga with Lois Graham, Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Members of Women’s League, $6 per class; nonmembers, $8 per class. Contact Evelyn at 885-4102 or esigafus@aol.com. Chabad of Sierra Vista women’s class with Rabbi Benzion Shemtov, last Wednesdays, noon-2 p.m., 401 Suffolk Drive. 820-6256 or jewishsierravista.com. 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

Shabbat service and dinner for families with preschool-age children, followed by craft time and dessert on the playground. Adults, $10; children under 12, free. RSVP at 327-4501.

Saturday / June 3 NOON: Temple Emanu-El Rabbi’s Tish. Interactive Torah study. Bring dairy or vegetarian dish for potluck lunch. 327-4501.

Sunday / June 4 NOON-3 PM: Tucson J Syrian cooking class with Syrian refugee chef Shahd, featuring Syrian breakfast cuisine. Members, $65; nonmembers, $70. RSVP to Barbara Fenig at 299-3000 ext. 236, or bfenig@tucsonjcc.org, or visit tucsonjcc.org/ event/syrian-cooking-class-ii/. 2-4 PM: Tucson J artists' reception, "The Persuasion of Art – Work by Contemporary Artists of Southern Arizona,” at the Tucson J Fine Art Gallery. Free. Contact Andrea Wright at 299-3000 or awright@tucsonjcc.org.

Monday / June 5 6:30 PM: Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Needlework meeting, at Jewish Federation-Northwest. Contact Barbara Esmond at 299-1197 or brealjs@ gmail.com.

Eli’s Deli. info@ChabadTucson.com. Weintraub Israel Center Shirat HaShirim Hebrew Choir, Wednesdays, 7 p.m., at the Tucson J. Learn to sing in Hebrew. Contact Rina Paz at 304-7943 or ericashem@cox.net. Jewish mothers/grandmothers special needs support group for those with children/ grandchildren, young or adult, with special needs, third Wednesdays at 7-8:30 p.m. at Tucson J. Contact Joyce Stuehringer at 2995920. Tucson J canasta group. Players wanted. Thursdays, noon. Instruction available and a beginners’ table every week. Call Debbie Wiener at 440-5515. “Biblical Breakthroughs with Rabbi Becker” at the Southwest Torah Institute. Fridays, noon, for men and women. 747-7780 or yzbecker@me.com. Jewish History Museum and Holocaust History Center, open Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.; Friday noon-3 p.m., through May 28. Current exhibit, “Fluid Identities: New Mexican Crypto-Jews in the Late 20th Century,” at 564 S. Stone Ave. Adults, $7; members and students, free. No admission charge on Saturdays. 670-9073. Tucson J art show, “Groovin' Together: Artists of Many Hands Courtyard and the Tucson Arts Cooperative Multi-Media Exhibit,” through May 30 in the Fine Art Gallery. "The Persuasion of Art - Work by Contemporary Artists of Southern Arizona," June 2-July 11. 299-3000.

Tuesday / June 6 10:30 AM-NOON: Cong. Bet Shalom Integral Jewish Meditation with Brian Yosef SchachterBrooks. Free. Email byosef@torahofawakening. com. or visit torahofawakening.com.

Friday / June 9 5 PM: Temple Emanu-El Chardonnay Shabbat pre-Oneg, with wine, cheese, fruit and crackers, followed by Shabbat service at 5:45 p.m. 3274501.

UPCOMING Monday / June 12 9-11:30 AM: Tucson J Around the World adult summer camp explores the culture and cuisines of Mexico, China, Italy, France and Israel through language, art activity and cooking classes, focusing on a different country each day. Continues through Friday, June 16, at the J. Members $50 per day, $225 for week; nonmembers, $60 per day, $275 for week. RSVP to Barbara Fenig at 299-3000 ext. 236, or bfenig@tucsonjcc. org or register at tucsonjcc.org. May 26, 2017, ARIZONA JEWISH POST

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Moshe Meir “Maury” Lipowich, 84, died May 5, 2017. Mr. Lipowich was born in Poland and was one of the 1,200 Yaldai Tehran (Children of Tehran), a group of orphans brought to Palestine by way of Tehran during World War II. He was raised in Kfar Hanoar Hadati, a children’s village in Israel. After serving in the Israeli army as a sergeant major, he came to the United States in 1956. He earned a degree in architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He married Shelley Ann Ruben in 1959. Mr. Lipowich worked with two architecture firms, Minoru Yamasaki Associates, Inc., and Harry Weese & Assoc., before founding Maury M. Lipowich and Assoc., an architecture firm in Chicago. He designed office buildings, temples, schools, banks and custom residences. He later founded Birchwood Development Corporation and built homes on Chicago’s North Shore before retiring to Arizona. He was known for creating walking sticks, menorahs and sculptures out of dried saguaro cactus. Mr. Lipowich was a lifelong supporter of Israel and Jewish causes. Survivors include his wife, Shelley Ann Lipowich; son, Alex (Dina) Lipowich of Chicago; daughter, Jennie Lipowich (Stuart) Starr of San Diego; sisters, Esther Slai and Tzipora Uffenheimer of Israel; and four grandchildren. Services were held at Evergreen Mortuary with Cantor Avi Alpert of Congregation Bet Shalom officiating, followed by interment in the B’nai B’rith section of Evergreen Cemetery.

Betty Berkowitz Betty Lyon Berkowitz, 87, died May 9, 2017. Mrs. Berkowitz was born in Nashville, Tenn. She was the president of her synagogue’s sisterhood in Birmingham, Ala. At Congregation Anshei Israel in Tucson, she was a gift shop volunteer, president of Women’s League, chair of the Torah Fund, and a Woman of Valor Award recipient. Mrs. Berkowitz was preceded in death by her husband, Nachman Berkowitz, and brother-in-law, Dr. Lawrence Friedman. Survivors include her children, Barry, Steve and Michael Gross and Lisa (Walter) Boyce; sisters, Shirley (Jerry) Leader, Lois (Nat) Harris and Linda Freidman; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Graveside services were held in the Congregation Anshei Israel section of Evergreen Cemetery, with Cantor Avraham Alpert of Congregation Bet Shalom officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Congregation Bet Shalom, 3881 E. River Road, Tucson, AZ, 85718; Heartland Hospice Care, 3112 N. Swan Road, Tucson, 85712 or the charity of your choice.

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Eileen was compassionate, genuine, smart and funny. Her smile, warmth and caring ways made her a special friend. Eileen loved her daughters, Debby DuBois, Cindy Goritz and Stacy Mendez, and sons-in-law Robert DuBois, Hans Goritz and Rafael Mendez. She had a very special place in her heart for her grandchildren, Chelsea Goritz and Jared and Danielle DuBois. She even loved her family’s brood of six loving dogs. Eileen lives on in the hearts of her children, grandchildren, siblings Ivan Fankuchen and Sylvia Rosenfeld, and many nieces and nephews. There will be a Celebration of Life on June 4, 2017 at 3 p.m. at Mona Lisa Village Clubhouse for family and friends. The address is 7571 N. Mona Lisa Rd, Tucson, AZ 85742. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Eileen Yelin’s name to Hebrew Free Loan Association of Tucson, 4400 E. Broadway Blvd., Suite 600L, Tucson, AZ 85711.


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KYRA ELLE GLASSEY, daughter of Lauren and Eric Glassey, will celebrate becoming a bat mitzvah on Saturday, May 27 at Temple Emanu-El. She is the granddaughter of Judy Thomas of Tucson, Stan and Lori Thomas of Rockville, Md., and William Glassey of Tucson. Kyra attends Marana Middle School, where she is a member of the National Junior Honor Society and has participated in cross-country running and track and field, assisted with service projects, and volunteered at her former elementary school. She plays the flute, enjoys reading, baking and crafts, and swims on the Marana Marlins swim team. For her mitzvah project, Kyra is working with the Scott Foundation to support children entering the Arizona foster system. She is collecting toys for Operation Toy Box and writing notes of kindness, inspiration and encouragement to be distributed with the toys.

TUCSON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA has named KIMBERLY D. ELY as vice president of development. Before joining TSO in 2015 as director of charitable giving, she spent 20 years in Nashville, Tenn., where she served as vice president of development for Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, director of development for Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee and raised funds for the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. Ely earned her International MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and received her BA in foreign languages and art history from Southern Methodist University.

CHARLOTTE ILYSE BREGMAN, daughter of Dani and Phil Bregman, will celebrate becoming a bat mitzvah on Saturday, June 3 at Congregation Anshei Israel. She is the granddaughter of Margaret Rebaza of Denver and the late David Southworth and the late Irvin and Harriett Bregman. Charlotte attends Esperero Canyon Middle School. She enjoys baking, running, biking and playing with her dog. For her mitzvah project, Charlotte is volunteering at Pima Animal Care Center, Congregation Anshei Israel’s Gilo twinning project, and Handmaker.

Wedding Alexandra Levy, daughter of Tracey and Michael Levy, married Zachary Tauber, son of Beth and Dr. Sheldon Tauber of Chandler, Ariz., on April 29 at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale. Rabbi John Linder of Temple Solel, uncle of the bride, officiated. The bride is the granddaughter of Micki and Paul Zatulove of Phoenix and Reva and Don Levy of Palm Desert, Calif. The maid of honor was the bride’s sister, Madeline Levy of Phoenix. The best man was Eric Salisbury of Los Angeles. Alexandra attended Arizona State University. She is a social media specialist for Murphy O’Brien Public Relations. Zachary attended the University of Arizona. He is a lead software engineer at RYOT. The couple reside in Los Angeles.

People in the news Two pieces by LYNN RAE LOWE, “Ein Sof Ohr” and “Genesis: The Second Day” were chosen for a biennial juried exhibition, “Somehow, Somewhere, Someone & Something,” May 4-Aug. 12 at the Sid Jacobson JCC in East Hills, N.Y.

ARIZONA THEATRE COMPANY has named DAVID IVERS as artistic director beginning July 1. Ivers served as artistic director at the Utah Shakespeare Festival for seven years, having acted and directed in more than 50 productions with the company over 20 years. Earlier in his career, he was associate artistic director at Portland Repertory Theatre. A native of San Rafael, Calif., he holds a master’s in fine arts from the University of Minnesota. ATC’s artistic director for the past 25 years, David Ira Goldstein, will become artistic director emeritus. JEWISH FAMILY & CHILDREN’S SERVICES OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA received a $5,000 donation from Bank of Tucson for its first responders counseling program, which provides confidential, 24-hour therapeutic counseling to local firefighters, police officers and other first responders and their families, at no cost to them. THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA has named LINDA GEE as campaign coordinator. A Tucson native, Gee graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in English, with an emphasis in communication and journalism. Her background in community outreach, communication, fundraising and business includes cofounding a public education advocacy organization, Arizona Education Network. She has been a board member in Catalina Foothills School District schools, organizing community outreach events and chairing projects such as direct giving campaigns and social media communication, and acting as a legislative liaison in numerous schools.

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eeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem on Tuesday, Donald Trump condemned those behind the deadly bombing in Manchester, England, the night before as “evil losers.” “So many young beautiful innocent people living and enjoying their lives murdered by evil losers in life. I won’t call them monsters because they would like that term,” Trump said in a joint news conference with Abbas on the second day of the U.S. president’s two-day visit to Israel and the West Bank. “They would think that’s a great name. I will call them from now on losers because that’s what they are.” At least 22 people were killed as they exited a concert by the American pop star Ariana Grande at Manchester Arena. Police said the attack was carried out by

a lone suspect who died in the explosion. The Islamic State has taken responsibility. Abbas also expressed his “warm condolences” to the victims of the attack and to the British people. Discussing his talks with Abbas, Trump spoke of achieving a peace deal, saying “I am committed to trying to achieve a peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and I intend to do everything I can to help them achieve that goal. President Abbas assures me he is ready to work toward that goal in good faith, and Prime Minister Netanyahu has promised the same. I look forward to working with these leaders toward a lasting peace.” On Monday, Trump met with Benjamin Netanyahu at the Israeli prime minister’s residence in Jerusalem, where he also spoke of possibilities for recharging the peace process. “There are many things that can happen now that could never have happened before,” Trump said during the

visit. “We must seize them together. We must take advantage of the situation.” Trump made it relatively easy for his hosts to agree with him by demanding little during his two-day visit to Israel and the West Bank. Apparently satisfied with recent tweaks in Israel’s West Bank policy, Trump made no reference to Jewish settlements in the territory. Nor did he mention the Palestinian state that the United States and Israel officially support establishing there, but which Netanyahu has ceased referring to. On Monday, responding to a request by Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett at Ben Gurion Airport to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, which would reverse decades of U.S. neutrality on the city, Trump replied simply, “That’s an idea.” And he seemed to reject Netanyahu’s preferred plan to normalize Israeli-Arab relations as a step toward a peace agreement with the Palestinians, describing the reverse chronology: “I also firmly

believe that if Israel and the Palestinians can make peace, it will begin a process of peace all throughout the Middle East.” Trump did, however, subtly repeat his admonition of the Palestinian Authority to stop encouraging terrorism, telling Abbas, “Peace can never take root in an environment where violence is tolerated, funded and even rewarded. We must be resolute in condemning such acts in a single unified voice.” The Palestinian practice of paying “martyrs” and their families dates back decades and survived the Oslo peace process launched in 1993. In his remarks, Abbas said he has no problem with Judaism. He said the Palestinians’ “fundamental problem is with occupation and settlements and the failure of Israel to recognize the state of Palestine as we recognize it.” Abbas said the Palestinians “are committed to working with [Trump] to reach a historic peace deal between us and Israel.”

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