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Section B Making their mark:Tucson Hebrew Academy alumni

Southern Arizona’s Award-Winning Jewish Newspaper Volume 72, Issue 18

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September 23, 2016

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JFSA, JCF to share building on Jewish community campus phyllis braun AJP Executive Editor


fter decades of putting the needs of other Jewish community agencies first, the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona is ready to break ground on a new home of its own. The new 18,000 square foot building, which will house the Federation and the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona, will be situated in what is now the dirt parking area of the Tucson Jewish Community Center, just off River Road. JFSA President and CEO Stuart Mellan remembers that 21 years ago, in his first month at Federation, a board member asked him about a new building. As time went on and the Foundation outgrew the Federation’s current facility, moving off the Jewish community campus, “that increased the aspiration to have a new facility that could put us back together again, since we work so closely with the Foundation,” he says. Nationally, it’s a growing trend to house a Jewish community’s Federation and Foundation under one roof, says Tom Warne, chair of the JFSA board. “It definitely provides for better fiscal, financial health for the Jewish community,” says Warne. Other incentives for a new building include the need for more robust security measures and additional meeting and work space, says Mellan, who notes that as part of the construction, 120 new paved parking spaces will be created. The plans for the new building include a social hall about the size of the Tucson J’s Heritage Room that will open onto a patio, making Federation “able to facilitate more community events — not just Jewish, but overall,” says Warne, who adds that this will also free up space for the J to host more communitywide events, “so it will have a positive effect on the overall Tucson community.” The J will handle all aspects of renting the

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HAPPY NEW YEAR 5777 social hall, including catering arrangements. In 2007, Mellan recalls, “we had actually put together a plan for a Jewish communitywide capital campaign, which would have included projects at Handmaker, the JCC, Hillel and this new Federation/Foundation building. But when the economy tanked in 2008, we realized that plan was no longer viable and we decided to phase in these projects.” In the years since, there have been successful capital projects at Handmaker, the J, Hillel and the Jewish History Museum. Funding the project After Deanna Evenchik’s husband, Harvey, died five years ago, she told Mellan that Harvey had wanted to make a lead gift to a JFSA building fund. “I’ve been involved with Federation for al-

most 20 years” as a volunteer in a variety of roles, including chair of the 2005 campaign, she says, and while her husband had been supportive of her efforts, he was too busy with work to be much involved himself. In 2005, however, Harvey asked to join Evenchik and Marlyne Freedman, then JFSA senior vice president for campaign, on the Jewish Federations of North America campaign chairs and directors mission to Tbilisi, Ga., and Israel. “In Tbilisi, it was really quite emotional,” she told the AJP. While she and Freedman toured the Jewish Community Center, seeing how Federation dollars were spent — which included small weekly food packets for the elderly — Harvey was asked to join a prayer minyan and was given a white kippah to wear. See Building, page A-2

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In Israel, they saw the support JFSA provides in our partner city, Kiryat Malachi, including programs for Ethiopian immigrants. On their return, Harvey told his wife the trip “opened my eyes and changed my world,” Evenchik recalls. When he became ill, he told her he wanted to make the dream of a new building for the Federation and Foundation a reality. He said, “If you can see that come to fruition, that would make me very happy and very fulfilled as a Jewish person.” And every year after that trip, he wore that white kippah from Tbilisi on the High Holy Days, Evenchik remembers. The new building will be called the Harvey and Deanna Evenchik Center for Jewish Philanthropy, says Mellan. Along with the Evenchiks’ gift, the Diamond family — Joan and Donald Diamond and their daughter, Helaine Levy — made a major commitment to the project, as did the Pozez siblings, Mitch, Shelley, Melanie and Bill, in memory of their parents, Shaol and Evie, “who were such iconic leaders in our Jewish community,” says Mellan. The estimated cost of the building will be finalized in the next couple of months, says Mellan, but should be around $4.5 million. Donors have been generous and JFSA has commitments for about 75 percent of that sum, he says. Those who give $1,000 or more will be honored with brick pavers on a walkway that will go around the parking area, connecting the new building to the J. A donor installation in the lobby will recognize those who contribute $2,500 or more. Fundraising will be part of the Federation’s 70th anniversary campaign, says Mellan. Making it special The architect for the project, Frank Mascia of CDG Architects, says his firm wanted to make sure the Federation/Foundation building didn’t become just another office building. JEWISH FEDERATION OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA

The lobby of the new Jewish Federation/Foundation building will evoke the welcoming spirit of the tent of the biblical Abraham and Sarah.

“We wanted something more. We were trying to find a touchstone, if you will, to the Jewish community,” he says, “something respectful, something not trite, something that hadn’t been done before.” Mascia was still searching for inspiration when his wife took him to see the documentary “Raise the Roof,” about the reconstruction of one of the lost wooden synagogues of Poland. Toward the end of the film, a short sequence explains that the synagogue’s unusual roofline and its lavish decorations were inspired by Persian tents. It hit Mascia that here was the perfect inspiration for the new building’s entrance. “We could make it this welcoming center for the Jewish community in Southern Arizona,” he says. “The tent’s a perfect analogy.” Not being Jewish, Mascia wanted to make sure his idea was sound, so he called a friend, Mel Cohen, who reassured him and read him a passage from the Bible about Abraham and Sarah welcoming strangers to their tent. The new building’s lobby will have a high ceiling that will echo the shape of the tent. “That whole culture of welcoming people in … it’s such a positive message,” he says. Groundbreaking set A small groundbreaking ceremony will be held in early December, with a larger celebration once the building is complete. If all goes as planned, says Mellan, the Federation and Foundation will move into the building in late July 2017.






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s the sun goes down on Thursday, Sept. 29, live music by Mexico City’s Benjamin Shwartz y Los Jreins will heat up the night at the second annual Stone Avenue Block Party, presented by the Jewish History Museum and the Consulate of Mexico in Tucson. The party, which starts at 7 p.m., will also include local artists, food trucks and a beer garden. Stone Avenue will be closed to traffic between 16th and 17th Streets. “For us at the Consulate of Mexico in Tucson, and for Consul Ricardo Pineda in particular, it is a great pleasure and an honor to be doing events together with the Jewish History Museum,” says Enrique A. Gómez Montiel, deputy consul for Mexico, who notes that one of the goals at last year’s block party was “to host an event attended by people of various different origins (Jewish, Anglo-Saxon, Hispanic, African American, Asian American) … and we succeeded.” While the consulate has moved from is historic location on Stone Avenue, “we keep these strong ties and friendship with the Jewish community,” he says. “We are convinced that culture is a common language that allows us to share the best of our peoples.” “The Stone Avenue Block Party is the culmination of years of work building relations between the Jewish and Mexican communities in Tucson. It is also a celebration of Jewish and Mexican cultures with an emphasis on the places where

these two rich cultures overlap to create unique forms of expression,” says Bryan Davis, executive director of the Jewish History Museum. Los Jreins is an example of those overlapping cultures. Started by Shwartz, “a Mexican musician who has led a band called Klezmerson for a few years,” Los Jreins is “a side project … that moves more in a klezmer jazz-rock direction, in a cheerful way,” says Gómez Monteil. “Jrein” is Spanish for “horseradish” – and is the Sephardic root (no pun intended) for the Yiddish word, “chrain.” “I thought it was a fun name for this band, basically it’s a strong taste and it reflects the character of the Jewish music blended with rock, jazz and a Mexican Latin taste,” says Shwartz, noting that he started the band in Mexico City, “a crazy crowded place, where Jewish culture is alive and very active.” “When my grandparents arrived to Mexico (from Lithuania and Poland), they had to adapt to a new culture and had to learn a new language and new things,” Shwartz says. “So after two generations, our music reflects this encounter and many other transformations that came afterwards. “My grandmother, on her part, blended the traditional Yiddish recipes with spicy local flavor (Veracruz-style gefilte fish, a classic). This multicultural blending is what inspired me to do the music in the first place. “In Mexico they say that love comes through the stomach. I believe it also comes through the ears.”



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ongregation M’kor Hayim will start the new year with a new High Holidays machzor, or prayer book, recently published by the Reform Movement’s Central Conference of American Rabbis. The two-volume machzor, Mishkan HaNefesh, should “add new energy and meaning to our High Holidays services,” says Rabbi Helen Cohn. Among Tucson’s other Reform congregations, Temple Emanu-El plans to purchase the books next year and Congregation Chaverim will consider incorporating parts of the text into next year’s High Holidays liturgy. “Mishkan HaNefesh is thoughtful, inspiring, and speaks to our contemporary sensibilities,” Cohn told congregants this summer in a letter announcing the M’kor Hayim board’s approval of the change. The title “means something like ‘dwelling place of the soul,’ although it sounds more poetic in Hebrew,” says Cohn. While the new prayer book has been touted as LGBT-friendly — for example, a prayer that traditionally referred to a “bride and groom” now names “couples celebrating under the chuppah (marriage canopy)” — Cohn says this aspect didn’t particularly stand out for her, because “the entire orientation is toward inclusivity in many ways.” The new machzor includes a “respectful yet fresh approach to tradition … unwavering commitment to the equality of men and women … faithfulness to the ethical and justice-seeking dimension of Judaism,” says Cohn, citing the editors’ intention. Perhaps most significant, the editors say, is “its effort to deal with the tension between the historical theology of the High Holy Days (God’s sovereignty and judgment) and more contemporary beliefs, such as the theology of human empowerment.” Alongside the Torah texts, the book features “countertexts” and poems from a number of sources, including such voices

as Walt Whitman, Allen Ginsberg and Pablo Neruda. Each member of M’kor Hayim will receive a personal copy of the new twovolume machzor “as a gift,” says Cohn, who explains that the congregation had donations left over from a drive last year to purchase a Torah scroll. The board and congregation agreed to spend that money to purchase the books. “I am thrilled that we are able to do this, because I believe everyone should have their own siddur and their own machzor. Of course, we will also have copies for our guests to use at the services,” says Cohn. At Temple Emanu-El, says Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon, the ritual committee has reviewed Mishkan HaNefesh and “found it an agreeable improvement on the fine but somewhat dated Gates of Repentance machzor we have used for many years.” Cohon notes that one of the editors of Mishkan HaNefesh, Rabbi Leon Morris, was on the “Too Jewish” radio show in June 2014 talking about the process of developing and publishing the machzor. “Our plan is to use this year to develop the resources to adopt Mishkan HaNefesh for the 5778 High Holy Days, which will require changes in our service structure, music, and many other elements of the preparations for the High Holy Days,” says Cohon. “We have received a lead gift towards purchasing the approximately 1,000 copies we will need to purchase, and expect to have the support necessary in place to complete this change by next Rosh Hashanah.” Rabbi Stephanie Aaron explains that Congregation Chaverim has never exclusively used the Reform machzor, The Gates of Repentance, instead creating its own prayer book for the High Holy Days using “the Reform machzor, Days of Awe edited by Rabbi Richard Levy, The New Machzor, Tikunay Nefashot and various other siddurim and original writings. We will definitely be perusing the new Reform machzor and consider incorporating it into our liturgy for the Days of Awe next year.”




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s my family and I prepare for Rosh Hashanah, we look back with grateful hearts for the brachot, blessings, in our lives. We take time to reflect on the joys and the challenges, the ups and downs, that we experienced during the previous year. To me, a meaningful observance of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur requires taking stock of life’s hard-earned victories and heartfelt woes, its wondrous gifts and unceremonious misfortunes, its underappreciated blessings and unfulfilled potential. As Jews, we have the opportunity — indeed, the obligation — to renew ourselves in mind and soul at this time of year. Sometimes the hardships we have faced over the past year or the significant unrest in today’s world can make the promise of hope implicit in Rosh Hashanah seem elusive. Yet just as it has throughout Jewish history, the cry of the shofar summons us to spiritual clarity, renewing our faith in a brighter tomor-

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row and calling on us to craft it together. Ever since I was a child, Unesaneh Tokef, the piyut [liturgical poem] that has been a part of the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services since the 13th century, frequently runs through my mind during the month of Elul. The words of the piyut are awe-inspiring, yet frightening; intimidating, yet beautiful.

The story behind the piyut, as described in the machzor that I use, is jarring and powerful. It takes my breath away, fills me with emotion and motivates me each year when I read it. As I reflect on my own year gone by and prepare for 5777, three verses from the Unesaneh Tokef continuously echo through my mind, more so than in any other year: “Who will rest and who will wander? Who will be safe and who will be torn? Who will be calm and who will be tormented?” Since the last blowing of the shofar on Rosh Hashanah, so many people around the world have not been at rest because of the hatred that terrorist organizations seek to spread. Too many have been forced to wander the earth as their homelands have been torn apart. Too many lives have been tormented by violence abroad and on our very own shores. Though it is painful for us to recall these events, we must not forget the horrors that we have seen, lest we become immune to atrocities. We have seen jihadis storm a Parisian music hall taking the lives of concertgoers. We have seen

a Palestinian attacker murder a 13-yearold Israeli girl, Hallel Yaffe Ariel, while she slept inside her home. We have seen the murder of an 84-year-old priest, Father Jacques Hamel, while he was leading church services in Normandy. We have seen coordinated bombings across resort cities in Thailand. We have seen a shooting spree in a crowded mall in Munich. We have seen the slaughter of people in an Orlando nightclub. We have seen the bombing of an airport in Istanbul. We have seen Palestinian terrorists gun down a rabbi and father of 10, Michael “Miki” Mark, while he was driving with family members along a highway. Terrorists have stabbed and fired at innocent civilians, shot missiles at and bombed cities and towns, and mowed down people in vehicular attacks in many places around the world, resulting in so many innocent lives lost and forever impacting the lives of their loved ones. But in spite of all this unrest and torment, I have also seen so much that gives me hope over the past year. Ever since Donald Trump asked me to serve as co-chairman of his Israel Advisory See Trump, page A-7

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resentative for Holocaust issues to provide belated justice for Holocaust victims and their families. With his and Hillary’s strong support, I helped recover $8 billion for slave and forced labor, unpaid insurance policies, Nazilooted art, and property restitution and compensation. As senator from New York and then as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton continued her intense efforts for Holocaust victims and survivors. In my service as special adviser to the secretary of state on Holocaust issues, she supported me when we advanced a number of new initiatives to help survivors. Having worked across four U.S. administrations, I’ve seen firsthand that every president needs a temperament that can endure great pressure. Hillary Clinton has it. Donald Trump does not. With his dangerous combination of impulsiveness, erratic behavior and emotional outbursts when he is criticized, Trump would be a disaster in the Oval Office. Trump even confuses our allies and foes. He has expressed admiration for Vladimir Putin’s leadership style; he is considering recognizing Russian con-

trol of Crimea, which it brutally invaded; and has suggested Russia conduct cyber espionage against his political opponent at a time when the U.S. government is increasingly concerned that Russian intelligence is seeking to interfere in our election. Trump has also upset our NATO allies by putting conditions on our longstanding obligations to come to their defense if they are attacked. It is critical to American global leadership and influence that our allies know they can depend on us to honor our obligations. This was recognized recently by 50 former senior Republican officials who said Trump lacks the “character, values and experience” to be president, and “would put at risk our country’s national security and well-being.” This election is not about partisanship, it’s about our values as a nation. Hillary Clinton believes that at a time of great challenge at home and abroad, our diversity is a great source of our country’s strength. That’s why she says we’re “stronger together.” Trump, on the other hand, seeks to inflame one group against another. Given our own history, American Jews have a See Clinton, page A-7

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Committee, I have been a witness to the deep passion and unity among Jews of all kinds, who together with so many nonJews care deeply about the safety and security of Israel. I have seen and heard of people who are able to ignore the hatred and violence that surround them and focus on our shared humanity. Additionally, I have met many remarkable Americans who possess a deep passion for our country. The stories I have heard over the course of Mr. Trump’s campaign have reinforced my

gratitude for the abundant blessings of American liberty. We should never forget how fortunate we are to live in the United States — a country of great freedom, tolerance and respect for all its people. How blessed we are to be able to live and raise our children in a country where we are free to live as Jews, practice our religion to its fullest and contribute to the betterment of the broader society at large, hand in hand with all of the great citizens of this blessed country. Yet in our own country, too, we can dream bigger. We can, during this time of introspection, hope, pray and work toward a brighter tomorrow. We can build a future where all Americans are offered

CLINTON special concern with this approach — especially when it comes to his plans to round up and expel over 10 million immigrants and their children. And in a chilling echo of the immigration barriers that Jewish refugees found when they sought safety from Hitler’s clutches in World War II, Trump said he wants to bar all refugees who are Muslim from our shores. One of the greatest contrasts between Trump and Clinton is over Israel and U.S.-Israel relations. The United States is Israel’s only real ally, and having the right person in the Oval Office is crucial to Israel’s security. Trump has made no effort to study and learn from the peace process, and has only the most fleeting relationship with Israeli leadership. He has even said

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the tools and opportunities to succeed in life. We can resolve in ourselves to elect a president who refuses to accept the status quo, a president who dreams big and has the talent and skills to make those dreams a reality. A president who agrees that the security of our nation and the security of Israel are matters of the utmost importance. As the High Holidays draw near, stirring hearts and minds toward meaningful, positive change, so, too, does a presidential election offering Jews and non-Jews alike the chance to shape the future of our nation in a manner consistent with our highest values and aspirations. Democracy, not unlike Judaism,

places the responsibility for improving the world squarely on the individual. We do so through the concrete actions we take, lending substance to those ideals. May Hashem bless all of us with a year of good health, happiness, peace and tranquility. May this be the year where mankind merits the fulfillment of the prophesy “Nation shall not lift sword against another nation, nor shall they learn war anymore.”

for the military aid it provided. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton has always been among Israel’s strongest supporters. In the wake of the continued knife attacks on innocent Israelis, she publicly demanded that the Palestinian leadership stop inciting their people to violence, publicly condemn terrorism and end the pernicious practice of paying rewards to the families of terrorists. She has strong relationships with leaders like Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with whom she played a major role in negotiating the 2012 Gaza cease-fire, and supported vital U.S. assistance to Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system. Clinton has set out a concrete plan to take the U.S.-Israel relationship to “the next level.” And she called for the expeditious completion of a new 10-year defense memorandum of understanding to ensure that Israel maintains its qualitative defensive advantage; the memorandum was signed last week.

Her plan includes a pledge to work shoulder to shoulder with Israel to combat the rising terrorist threat in the region. Clinton has called for tougher sanctions on Iran for its support of terrorist groups like Hezbollah and Hamas, to curb its ballistic missile development, and to cut the flow of Iranian funds and arms to Israel’s enemies. She has pledged to take swift action, including militarily if necessary, if Iran attempts to obtain a nuclear weapon. And Hillary will do everything in her power to combat the growing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions effort to marginalize Israel. Israel will have no better friend in the Oval Office than Hillary Clinton, and I enthusiastically support her.

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L’SHANA TOVA TIKATEVU 5777 High Holidays Rosh Hashanah Jewish New Year Festive celebration during which individuals contemplate past, present and future actions. Traditional foods include round challah and apples with honey, symbolizing wholeness and sweetness for the new year. Commences the Ten Days of Awe, which culminate on Yom Kippur. 1-2 Tishrei

Yom Kippur Day of Atonement

Shemini Atzeret Eighth Day of Assembly

Holiest day of the Jewish year. Through fasting and prayer, Jews reflect upon their relationships with other people and with God, atoning for wrongdoings and failures to take the right action. Ends at sunset with a blast of the shofar (ram’s horn). 10 Tishrei

Celebrated the day after Sukkot and thus sometimes considered an extension of that holiday. Marks the first time the teffilat geshem (prayer for rain) is recited during services, a practice that continues until Pesach. 22 Tishrei

Sukkot Festival of Booths Commemorates the fulfillment of God’s promise to bring the Israelites to the Promised Land after 40 years of wandering. Many people build a sukkah (booth), a temporary structure with a roof made of branches. Also celebrated with the shaking of the lulav (assemblage of palm, willow and myrtle branches) and etrog (citron, a lemon-like fruit). 15-21 Tishrei

Simchat Torah Rejoicing in the Torah

Celebrates the completion of the annual Torah-reading cycle. After finishing the last sentence of the book Devarim (Deuteronomy), the Torah is joyously paraded seven times around the synagogue. The new cycle begins immediately with a reading from Bereshit (Genesis). 23 Tishrei

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HIGH HOLIDAYS More than bagels: An easy Yom Kippur break-fast with just a bit of panache SHANNON SARNA JTA


or many families, the Yom Kippur break-fast is a bagels and schmear-filled inevitability — just add some lox, maybe some slices of tomato and orange juice, and everyone is happy. For other families, the break-fast is one of the most important meals of the year — almost sacred. Expectations can run high with such a special meal, and I know many people who anticipate the same dishes year after year after year. But what if you want to serve something a little more than just bagels, or veer a little off course from your usual blintz soufflé? These three newish dishes are just different enough to be exciting, yet they are similar enough to satisfy your family’s biggest critic. Simple banana bread is hard to improve upon, but when you add chocolate chips and moist (and healthy) canned pumpkin, you have a crowd-pleasing quick bread you can bake one or two days ahead of time. Quiche is one of the easiest make-ahead comfort foods, and this version is brightened with fresh herbs, feta cheese and lemon zest. Fresh fruit is also standard at break-fast meals. But by adding some cinnamon and candied walnuts to autumn fruit, you can take something simple

Pumpkin banana chocolate bread

and traditional and make it extraordinary. PUMPKIN BANANA CHOCOLATE BREAD This quick bread is so moist you don’t need anything to go with it. (Still, that shouldn’t stop you from serving it with some good quality Irish butter, if you’d like.) It’s a delicious sweet treat that’s perfect for ending a fast, celebrating the season and kicking off a sweet new year. 1/2 cup butter (1 stick) 1 1/2 cups sugar 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 ripe bananas, mashed well 3/4 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling) 1 3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 3/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ginger 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg Pinch ground cloves 1/2 teaspoon salt

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1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, plus extra Sanding sugar (optional) Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a large loaf pan and then coat inside with around 1 tablespoon sugar, tapping out any excess (this is instead of flour). In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together. Add eggs, one at a time, and vanilla. Add mashed banana and pumpkin puree. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and salt. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients in 2 or 3 batches. Fold in chocolate chips using a spatula. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. Add a handful of additional chocolate chips on top and sanding sugar if desired. Bake for 55-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out mostly clean. Allow to

cool 10 minutes, then gently remove from pan. HERB, SPINACH AND FETA QUICHE Quiche is the perfect make-ahead dish. It can keep in the fridge for two to three days, and then be reheated in the oven at 300 F for 20 to 30 minutes. It can also be served at room temperature. While homemade crust is flaky and delicious, you can also use a store-bought crust in this recipe. For the crust: 2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 6 ounces butter (1 1/2 sticks), chilled and cut into cubes 4 tablespoons vegetable shortening, chilled Scant 1/2 cup ice water For the filling: 3 large eggs 1 1/2 cups heavy cream or half and half 6 ounces feta cheese, crumbled 8 ounces frozen chopped

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spinach, thawed and excess liquid squeezed out 1/4 cup fresh chopped dill 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley a few sprigs of fresh oregano, leaves removed and chopped 1 teaspoon lemon zest 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper To make the dough: In a food processor fitted with a blade, add all crust ingredients except for water. Pulse a few times to mix. Begin adding water just until a ball of dough begins to form. Do not over-pulse. Remove dough and work on a lightly floured surface until you can shape the dough into a flat disk. Wrap in plastic and place in fridge for 1 to 2 hours or overnight. Preheat oven to 400 F. Roll out crust on a lightly floured surface until 1/4-inch thick. Carefully roll the crust onto your rolling pin and lay on top

of springform pan. Gently push the crust into the pan using tips of fingers and thumbs. Prick the bottom of the crust with a fork all over. Bake for 7-9 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool slightly. Reduce oven temperature to 375. Whisk together eggs, cream or half and half, feta, salt and pepper. Add spinach, herbs and lemon zest to egg mixture. Pour into prepared quiche crust, taking care to try and evenly distribute the cheese and veggies. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature. AUTUMN FRUIT SALAD If apples and pears aren’t your fruit of choice, you can add these flavors to any fruit you like: pineapple, berries, grapes, etc. To sweeten the salad even further, you can add a tablespoon of honey or, for a more sophisticated Middle Eastern twist, add a tablespoon of pomegranate molasses. 3 apples, diced 3 pears, diced 3/4 cup candied walnuts, roughly chopped 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1 tablespoon orange zest Juice of 1/2 lemon Whisk together cinnamon, orange zest and lemon juice. Add apples, pears and walnuts to bowl and toss. Place in fridge until ready to serve, up to 3 hours.

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HIGH HOLIDAYS 10 awesome books, from fiction to memoir, for the Days of Awe (and after) VICTOR WISHNA JTA


ere we are in September/Elul, preparing to welcome a new Jewish year and a new fall season of Jewishy books, including the first novel since 5766 by (now almost 40-year-old) wunderkind Jonathan Safran Foer — perhaps you’ve heard the buzz. Presented below is JSF’s latest, plus nine other volumes, from the humorous to the humbling, that you’ll want on your reading list to help heighten the holidays. “Here I Am: A Novel,” by Jonathan Safran Foer (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) Here he is! Foer’s latest effort, his first novel in more than a decade, is (as expected) both extremely long and incredibly complex. Inspired by Abraham’s concise claim of fatherly responsibility in the Book of Genesis, the 592-page narrative follows a Jewish American family as it fractures over a tumultuous four weeks during which the world itself literally splits apart when a devastating earthquake in the Middle East leads to a major military escalation in Israel. The stakes are high — but the questions raised by Foer are personal and get to the fundamental duties of being an American, a Jew, a parent and a spouse.

is … well, just what you’ve been waiting for. With an intriguing cast of characters (obviously) and full of unanticipated twists (surely you anticipated that), Lethem’s latest is an artfully told story the likes of which could not emerge from the mind of any other writer. “Searching for John Hughes: Or Everything I Thought I Needed to Know about Life I Learned from Watching ’80s Movies” by Jason Diamond (William Morrow) Millions of American children of the 1980s grew up obsessed with the films of John Hughes — from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off ” to “Pretty in Pink” to “The Breakfast Club” — but perhaps only Diamond became convinced he must find Hughes and write the icon’s biography (despite lacking any experience or connections). In recounting the hilarious and hopeless quest, Diamond’s memoir tells the story of a Jewish kid from a broken home in suburban Chicago who found inspiration in Hughes’ similarly broken characters. Diamond moved to New York on a leap of faith, failed, persisted and did, indeed, become a successful writer. So even if Diamond never did write Hughes’ life story, he found richness in his own.

“A Gambler’s Anatomy,” by Jonathan Lethem (Doubleday) Yes, it’s another book by another very notable Jewish Jonathan. And if you’ve been waiting for a novel about an international backgammon hustler from Berkeley who also happens to be psychic, then this new tome from the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of “Motherless Brooklyn” and “The Fortress of Solitude”

“Between Life and Death,” by Yoram Kaniuk, translated by Barbara Harshav (Restless Books) In the highly regarded Israeli writer’s final work — he died in 2013 — Kaniuk has crafted a dreamlike, autobiographical novel describing the four months he spent comatose in a Tel Aviv hospital, somewhere between the worlds of the living and the dead. A mix of memory, illusion and imagination, the writing shifts from recollection of a childhood spent among Holocaust survivors to a retelling of the 1948 War of Independence to a reflection on what it means to die. Originally published in Israel in 2007, “Between Life and Death” now has a chance to en-

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“Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders,” by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, Ella Morton (Workman Publishing Company) Well, what do you know? Jonathan isn’t the only Foer with a new book this month. “Walking with Einstein” author Joshua Foer and co-writers Thuras and Morton have compiled an unconventional travel guide featuring 700 “of the strangest and most curious places” in the world. These include a handful of Jewish destinations, such as the last operating synagogue in Afghanistan and the Old Jewish Cemetery of Sarajevo, which has only recently been cleared of landmines placed during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The book will be the first hand-held edition of the web-based “atlas” of the same name, which Foer and Thuras co-founded, where Morton serves as associate editor.

“The Secret Book of Kings: A Novel,” by Yochi Brandes, translated by Yardenne Greenspan (St. Martin’s Press) Triggering comparisons to “The Red Tent,” Brandes, an Israeli biblical scholar descended from a line of Hasidic rabbis, has penned an imaginative look at the ancient kingdoms of Israel. Brandes is one of the best-selling novelists in Israel, and her latest is now available in Greenspan’s flowing English translation. Based on textual sources about those well-known kings David, Saul and Solomon, Brandes’ plot is rife with little twists to original narratives that only knowledgeable, critical readers may spot. As such, this adventure story/mystery is also a dramatic act of modern biblical interpretation — yet just as compelling a read for the uninitiated. “Leave Me,” by Gayle Forman (Algonquin) There’s a bit of fantasy lived out in the first adult novel by best-selling YA author Forman. Frazzled mom and magazine editor Maribeth Klein — who is recuperating from a heart attack that she didn’t realize she’d had because she was so busy taking care of her husband and twins —


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hen Rosh Hashanah came around last year, Rabbi Aaron Gaber wanted to grapple with an issue roiling the country. So he decided to focus his sermon on racism. But several members of Brothers of Israel, a 120-family Conservative synagogue in suburban Philadelphia, weren’t pleased. “Some of the feedback from some of my congregants has caused us some consternation,” Gaber said. Congregants accused the rabbi of calling them racists, he recalled, “which I didn’t do.” This year, with the presidential election looming just one month after Yom Kippur, Gaber will pick a much more pareve topic for his High Holidays sermons: how congregants can be respectful to one another. He won’t directly address the election. Instead he will relate to some of the rhetoric around the campaign. “One piece that I’m looking to share with my congregation is a spirituality checkup, and to do quite a bit of reflection on who we are and what we represent as Jews and human beings,” Gaber said. “What does it mean to treat one another with respect?” Gaber’s congregation is in Penn-

Rabbis in swing states say their High Holidays sermons won’t address the election head on, but will touch on more general civic themes. (Lior Zaltzman)

sylvania’s Bucks County, a politically divided area in a swing state. In 2012, President Barack Obama won the county over Mitt Romney by just 1 percentage point. In skirting direct election talk on the High Holidays, Gaber will be joining rabbis in “swing counties” across America preferring instead to touch on the vote by speaking about values or personal conduct. Spiritual leaders from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Florida noted that synagogues are legally prohibited from endorsing candidates. Anyway, they say, political talk should not come from the pulpit. Instead, when the rabbis

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address hundreds or thousands of congregants on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, they will encourage them to have compassionate conversations. Or they will talk about how the winner — Republican or Democrat — can be a moral leader after Election Day. “How possible is it to govern and to do so with honesty and with sensitivity?” asked Rabbi Richard Birnholz of the Reform Congregation Schaarai Zedek in Tampa, Fla., floating a potential sermon topic. “I need to be a rabbi to my people. It’s very easy to have politics or ideology — side taking — get in the way of that, and then I can’t really fulfill my real role, which isn’t as a politi-

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cal or social activist, but as a rabbi.” The rabbis’ plans track with survey data of sermons at churches across the country. An August survey by the Pew Research Center found that 64 percent of churchgoers heard their pastor discuss election issues from the pulpit, but only 14 percent heard their pastor endorse or speak out against a candidate. Rabbis in all four states said their synagogues had significant populations of voters for both parties. Some said political discourse had made the atmosphere at synagogue tense, while others don’t feel the pressure. Assistant Rabbi Michael Danziger of the Reform Isaac M. Wise Temple in Cincinnati said the constant stream of campaign ads doesn’t help. “I do think all of the tools to make conversation go off the rails are present here,” said Danziger, who graduated rabbinical school this year. “So much advertising, so much attention from the campaigns. I think it happens everywhere, but I think any rhetoric that might fuel the elements behind that stuff will certainly be present here, and at a fever pitch by November.” When they aren’t at the pulpit, rabbis from swing states have been politically active. Rabbi Sissy Coran of the Rockdale Temple, another Cincinnati Reform synagogue, touted a voter registration drive that the Union for Reform Judaism will be conducting in North Carolina. Birnholz teaches classes at his synagogue about biblical prophets using current events as context. Gaber wants to work with the Philadelphia Jewish Community Relations Council to educate congregants about election issues. In December, he and Rabbi Anna Boswell-Levy of the nearby Reconstructionist Congregation Kol Emet signed a statement by the Bucks County Rabbis’ Council denouncing Republican nominee Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States. “It’s worse than it’s ever been in my lifetime,” Boswell-Levy said of the national political climate. “I think that the way Trump speaks is incredibly troubling, and people react to it in very strong ways —whether they’re appalled or disgusted by him, or whether they feel that their views are validated by him.” And rabbis have also discussed politics throughout the year in smaller prayer services. Boswell-Levy feels she can address sensitive issues such as the global refugee crisis or protests in Ferguson, Mo., at Friday night services, which draw a smaller crowd than the High Holidays. Rabbi Yechiel Morris of the Young Israel of Southfield, an Orthodox congregation in suburban Detroit, criticized Trump earlier in the campaign and drew backlash. Sermonizing against Trump again during the High Holidays would be pointless, he said, as “you don’t need to repeat yourself.” “I didn’t focus so much on his politics, policies and things of that nature, but more on the character and language he uses, and how upsetting that is,” Morris said. “There were some members who felt I should not have highlighted that one particular candidate.” Rabbi Steven Rubenstein of the Conservative Congregation Beth Ahm, also in suburban Detroit, also thinks that politics from the pulpit serves little purpose. Involved congregants know their rabbis’ political leanings, no matter the sermon topic. “People are listening, and they don’t need to be hit over the head, told what to do,” he said. “A very high percentage of the congregants would know who their rabbi would vote for without them saying it.”

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hat is the most important institution in Jewish life? Judaism has existed for 3,800 years, and over the centuries we’ve had a variety of organizations that have effectively served God and the Jewish people. Each has played an important role in the continual evolution of our religion and our identity. But there is no doubt that the single most important institution in Jewish history is the synagogue. We began as desert nomads, wandering a wilderness far more barren than the Sonoran Desert, tribes coalescing around charismatic patriarchs and matriarchs. We followed a great, innovative leader, Moses, and formed into a people focused on a Tabernacle and its priesthood. We came into our own Promised Land, followed judges and set up courts of justice, appointed war leaders in times of crisis, and eventually become a monarchy with kings joining priests in leadership. We built a great ritual Temple for the priests and the kings. Prophets arose and steered us towards righteousness and belief. Scribes and scholars created the legal and ethical basis for a new, portable Judaism. The literary legacy of Judaism in Bible and Talmud was preserved permanently. But an odd little general-purpose entity was created over the late stages of antiquity, beginning about 2,300 years ago: the synagogue, a place of assembly, study, prayer, and communal life. The synagogue — or temple, or shul, or congregation — was the institution that had both the integrity and the flexibility to provide essential services for the Jewish people while changing and evolving with the times. The great Temple was a grander building with a highly celebrated priesthood, the king had more power and influence, the prophet spoke with God’s own voice, the Sanhedrin was the judicial authority — yet all disappeared, while the humble synagogue remained the center of Jewish life. In every era, new Jewish institutions arose. Some seemed destined to be greater than the synagogue. Communal leadership organizations, fundraising groups, Jewish community centers, Jewish political organizations, social groups, bustling yeshivot and other schools arose and grew. All served important roles in the Jewish world. Yet

each, after periods of centrality or even predominance, receded. Even those that became permanent parts of the Jewish world changed so dramatically that they were unrecognizable. But in every era, and for each new generation, the essential role of the synagogue remained. Jews, in order to remain Jews, must have a place for prayer, spirituality, Jewish learning, life-cycle celebrations, memorials, festival observances, social justice, and true community. Jews, in order to continue Judaism through each new generation, need a temple to cultivate and model values, meaning, and holiness. Jews, in order to bring new entrants into our people, need a congregation that teaches, prays, celebrates, welcomes, and remembers. It is the synagogue — in every generation, it is always the synagogue, for more than 23 centuries and counting — that has proven to be our most important, living link to God and to each other. For reasons that are understandable but wrong, contemporary Jews are always looking for replacements for the synagogue: I don’t need to send my kid to a synagogue religious school for bar mitzvah training, I can just find a rabbi online; I don’t have to come to services, I can pray on my own, or not pray or have any spirituality; I can send money to support Israel and feel I have done my part for Jewish continuity; I have Jewish values, or cultural preferences, I eat bagels and lox, and that’s enough. It is not. Inevitably, the only place where Judaism is really preserved, taught, grown, and revitalized is the temple. The synagogue is the heart of our Jewish communal life. So if you are Jewish, go visit a temple for Shabbat this week. Come for Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur — our Be Our Guest program at Temple Emanu-El requires no financial commitment. Take a Taste of Judaism class, or come for Torah study. Experience the many incredible offerings of a congregation, kehillah, shul, or temple. Call and make arrangements to come in and see what your local synagogue has to offer. You will be pleasantly surprised, and gratified. And it will make a very positive difference in your life. May you, and your family, be blessed with a L’shana Tova u’Metukah, a good and sweet New Year 5777. Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon is senior rabbi at Temple Emanu-El and host of “The Too Jewish Radio Show with Rabbi Sam Cohon and Friends.”

REFLECTIONS Shabbat beckons us to let our burdens go AMY HIRSHBERG LEDERMAN Special to the AJP


ecently, I heard a talk on stress management where the lecturer, holding a glass of water, asked: “How heavy is this glass of water?” The audience called out answers that ranged from eight to 24 ounces. The lecturer replied, “Actually, from my perspective, it doesn’t really matter. What matters is how long I try to hold this glass. For example, if I hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, I may need to call an ambulance.” The point he wanted to make was simple: The weight was the same but the longer he held the glass, the heavier it became. And so it goes with life — and the burdens, stresses, disappointments and angst that we carry within us. If we carry our burdens all the time, if we never let go of our guilt, shame, regret or sorrow, if we never take a break from the demands of work, family and life, we can become incapacitated by the very act of carrying their psychological weight. And, just as with the glass of water, if we don’t put them down for a while, we may actually make ourselves sick. The wisdom of Jewish texts and teachings remains relevant today because it speaks to us in the “trenches” of life — where we work, live, and muddle through our daily challenges — not just in the synagogue or house of worship. A great example of this lies in the how Judaism teaches us to be healthier human beings because it requires us to “put down our burdens” every week. This letting go so that we can restore our inner balance is called the Sabbath (or Shabbat in Hebrew). Whatever troubles we are carrying, whatever work remains undone from the prior week, whatever problems of the heart are unresolved, Shabbat beckons us to “let those burdens go!” For 24 hours, we are encouraged to put them away and sit back, relax and enjoy the reprieve. Like

a mini-vacation of the soul, Shabbat gives us time and space to relax and renew ourselves free from the burdens we carry within us all week long. Shabbat is intended to be a weekly reminder of how rich our lives can be when we relinquish control over the things we dominate and that dominate us during the week. It is an invitation to enjoy time with family and friends, to study and pray with the community and to finally read the last chapter of the book we put down weeks ago for lack of time. It establishes a specific time each week during which we are entitled and required to stop, reflect and relax rather than to do, change and create. The Jewish calendar gives us continuing opportunities to reflect upon and renew ourselves. We have annual reminders like Rosh Hashanah, which presents us with the opportunity each year to engage in meaningful questioning and introspection that can become the catalyst for personal and spiritual renewal. And at Passover, when we retell the story of the Jewish Exodus from slavery to freedom, we are inspired to renew our commitment — to our faith, tradition, and each other — to live a life of purpose, dignity and self-determination. While Passover reminds us what it means to “let my people go,” Shabbat reminds us what it feels like when we let our burdens go. There have been times in life, especially as I have gotten older, when I have struggled to maintain perspective. The pain and angst I have experienced from living in the trenches of love, loss and life has been overwhelming at times. But somehow, I have found an island of calm in knowing that Shabbat is just a few days away and with it, the time I need to regain my emotional and spiritual footing in an uncertain, turbulent world. And even though I know that I will have to pick up my burdens again when Shabbat is over, I am always more refreshed and better able to carry them after having laid them down for a while.

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RON KAMPEAS JTA WASHINGTON onald Trump wants to profile likely terrorists the way Israel does it. The problem is, Israel and the United States already profile in similar ways — and neither in the way Trump prefers. The Republican presidential nominee’s proposal to blanket-profile entire communities would be unwieldy and pose thorny ethical problems, according to professionals who are familiar with law enforcement in both countries. His formula reverses how law enforcement in the U.S. and Israel tackle terrorism prevention. Both first identify suspicious behavior patterns, then narrow the range of suspects by considering a number of demographic factors, including ethnicity or religion. Trump, however, would start with a blanket profile of a huge religious or ethnic group, and then use the hammer of the state to intimidate the community and extract suspects from within. Law officials say that method risks tarring — and alienating — entire communities and is far slower and less practical than focusing first on behavior. In the aftermath of a bomb attack in New York City and several other aborted attacks in the vicinity, Trump on Monday proposed that U.S. law enforcement adopt what he believes is Israel’s system of profiling. And it wasn’t the first time.


“You know, our police are amazing,” he said, speaking to the Fox News Channel as law enforcement closed in on the alleged perpetrator of the New York attack. “Our local police, they know who a lot of these people are. They’re afraid to do anything about it because they don’t want to be accused of profiling, and they don’t want to be accused of all sorts of things. “You know, in Israel, they profile. They’ve done an unbelievable job, as good as you can do.” Trump did not mention “Muslims” in the interview, but he acknowledged it’s who he meant the last time he cited Israel as a positive example: in June, following the massacre at an LGBT club in Orlando. In that instance, CBS interviewer John Dickerson asked the candidate directly about whether, when Trump said “profiling,” he meant Muslims in America. Trump agreed and drew the Israel comparison. “Well, I think profiling is something that we’re going to have to start thinking about as a country,” he said, describing a security check he witnessed in which he said it would have made more sense to scrutinize those who “looked like” a perpetrator. “Other countries do it, you look at Israel and you look at others, they do it and they do it successfully,” Trump said. But they don’t do it by scrutinizing every member of an ethnic religious group, say experts. “They will tell you they do not do that,” said Steve Pomerantz, the counterterror-


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ism expert at the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs and a retired FBI agent, referring to Israel’s security establishment. Instead, he said, they look for behavioral patterns, or what some call “predictive profiling.” “If I was looking at gathering intelligence on the threat of terrorism, would I be looking at that community more than others? You bet,” Pomerantz said, referring to Muslims. “But treating an individual based solely on their ethnicity is another issue altogether.” Gathering intelligence on ethnic communities where terrorists might proliferate means cultivating sources within that community, according to U.S. law enforcement officials who have tracked terrorism in recent years. That means es-

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tablishing trust with community and religious leaders. Identifying an entire community as suspect, Trump’s preferred method, would likely crush any inclination toward cooperation. After a Muslim couple carried out a massacre in San Bernardino, Calif., in December, Trump charged that members of the area’s Muslim community knew the pair were radicals but failed to notify authorities. BuzzFeed has debunked the claim that the Muslim community in San Bernardino was aware of what the couple were planning. Speaking later the same month on conservative talk radio, Trump said he would pressure entire communities to hand over

those they believed to be planning nefarious acts. “We have a real problem, and it has [to] start, and it has to stop with the Muslim community, turning in the bad seeds, turning in the bad apples,” he said on “The Wayne Dupree Show,” captured by BuzzFeed. “And if they don’t do that, then we’re gonna have to do something because we can’t live like this.” Including ethnicity or religion as a factor makes sense, said Daniel Wagner, a consultant on risk management who has praised Israel’s practice of training airport security personnel to identify suspects through anomalous behavior. He said that law enforcement, as soon as the bomb went off in Manhattan on Saturday night, likely focused on white supremacists as well as Muslim radicals. Singling out radicals within ethnic or religious communities makes sense, but generalizing about broad communities does not, Wagner said. “The issue here is when people are scared and fearful, they start to contemplate things they wouldn’t otherwise contemplate,” he said of support for broad ethnic profiling. “Trump is playing on people’s deepest darkest fears.” There are differences between how the U.S. and Israel pursue terrorists. Law enforcement agencies in Israel have means available, including broader eavesdropping capabilities, that Americans would reject, said Shoshana Bryen, an analyst at the conservative Jewish Policy Center. In both countries, however, the willingness to consider ethnicity and faith among a range of factors in identifying threats has led to allegations of excess and abuse. The U.S. State Department has decried the “unequal treatment” of Arab and Muslim Americans traveling to Israel, and Israel’s civil rights community continues to track employment and housing discrimination afflicting Israeli minorities. Civil liberties groups have said that the New York Police Department’s monitoring of Muslim activities is overly intrusive. But there is no equivalent to Trump’s proposal that the state presume an entire community guilty until proven otherwise. Israel facilitates visits by Muslims from overseas to holy sites and for treatment in its hospitals, often in the absence of diplomatic relations. Muslims serve in Israel’s parliament, on its judicial benches and in its diplomatic corps. Similarly, Muslims enjoy a thriving public profile throughout New York’s civil society and law enforcement.



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A new 7,000-square-foot synagogue center that opened Sept. 16 will solve that problem — yet there is also something larger at stake. For the Jews of Uganda, most of whom converted under Conservative rabbis and thus are not recognized as Jewish by Israel’s Orthodox Chief Rabbinate, the community center serves as a way to cement their presence in the country. “This is a place that gathers our people together — it is our Jerusalem,” the community’s leader, Rabbi Gershom Sizomu, told JTA from Kampala, where he serves as a member of the country’s parliament during the week. Even though many Ugandan Jews struggle with poverty and The Jewish Agency recently recognized the community as Jewish, making immigration to Israel a possibility under the Law of Return (which does not require approval by the Rabbinate), Sizomu says they are not looking to leave their country. “For people who want to move to Israel, they can do so individually,” he said. “But as a community, we are used to being together here as a country.” The Abayudaya community, which numbers approximately 2,000 and is native to Uganda, traces its roots to the early 20th century, when a former leader read the Bible and embraced Judaism. Diane Tobin, executive director of the nonprofit Be’chol Lashon, which worked with the community to build the synagogue, echoed that the project was about strengthening the community’s status in Uganda. “It was important to establish that these are Jews who are not seeking to make aliyah to Israel — that’s not the main purpose,” Tobin, who has worked with the commu-

the Hebrew phrase meaning to “repair the world.” “It fosters good will,” Tobin said of the complex, recalling how Abayudaya ties improved with their Muslim and Christian neighbors after the Jewish community opened up wells that Be’chol Lashon helped to build. “The Muslim well used to be closed, and because the Jewish well is open to everyone, the other well opened up as well,” she said. Be’chol Lashon, whose mission is to promote racial and ethnic inclusiveness in the Jewish community, worked with Jews in Uganda to raise funds for the building, find an architect and draw up a plan, as well as monitor the progress on the ground. The group raised $300,000, with a California couple, Sue and Ralph Stern, donating about half the money. Tobin said the new center is “going to make the community more visible.” “The politics of religion are very specific [in Uganda], there are so many churches and mosques everywhere — that’s part of the motivation to have a wonderful building [for Jews],” she said. Indeed, the synagogue will be a Jerusalem of sorts for the community, which is scattered among villages in the country’s eastern region. Members follow a biblical commandment to make pilgrimage to the ancient Temple in Jerusalem during the holidays of Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot — but they gather in Nabagoye rather than Israel.

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P.S. Summer Israel travel: Birthright and beyond SHARON KLEIN Special to the AJP Over 30,000 participants were expected to travel with TaglitBirthright Israel this past summer. Following the University of Arizona graduation in May, 28 UA students traveled on Birthright. Other schools represented on the bus included the University of Southern California, University of Wisconsin, Washington University, and Arizona State University. Elyse Pincus, UA Hillel Israel engagement coordinator, and Or Maoz, Jewish Agency for Israel fellow, staffed this

ASU graduate who now serves as program director for Jewish Arizonans on Campus at the UA, co-staffed back-to-back Birthright trips with students from the UA and ASU. The Israel 2.0 trip from May 15-31 was designed for young adults who had previously been to Israel and wanted to experience more of what the country has to offer. This two-week trip was based out of Jerusalem with day trips elsewhere. One Shabbat was spent in Jerusalem and one in the North.

Hannah Prager (AZ), Kendall Robbins (IL), Ali M-Diaz (CA) and Sophie Gibly in the Old City of Jerusalem

Doron Levi (an Israeli Birthright participant), Jonathan Kay and Robert Kay at the Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem

Joel Berkson at the Peace Wall in Netiv HaAsara in our Partnership2Gether region summer trip, as well as the winter one last December. Tucsonan Joel Berkson, a UA sophomore studying optical engineering, said, “Arriving in Israel, the holy land, felt surreal. Throughout the trip, I gained a much desired higher understanding of the geopolitical issues that affect the small country. At the Gaza concrete wall, we spoke with an Israeli woman who lives in a town bordering Gaza. She related how she and the rest of her town dealt with regular shelling during the most recent wars with the Palestinians. Her revelations opened my eyes to the situation. Spiritually I felt most connected to myself and the land when we spent a night in Bedouin tents in the Negev. We walked to the middle of the desert, separated ourselves, and sat on the ground alone to look up at the stars, pray, or just do whatever felt comfortable. It was the first time I really focused on my thoughts and felt connected with the land, the same place where biblical events occurred.” Students also took part in a special Tel Aviv Taglit Day. They explored Tel Aviv through various activities, learning about the culture, diversity, food, music and startup companies there. The group also had time to visit various beaches in Nahariya and Ashkelon and raft down the Jordan River. ••••• Native Tucsonan Sophie Gibly, a 2014


Birthrighters attended learning segments in the mornings, hearing world-class rabbis and speakers; in the afternoons, they rode ATV’s, went rafting, wine tasting, hiking, visited museums — basically interacted with Israel the way native Israelis do. Techies enjoyed an engaging Tech Day in Tel Aviv’s start-up district. This schedule allowed participants to develop stronger bonds with one another as well as deeper connections with the land and its people. From May 30-June 10, the 10-day Israel Free Spirit Birthright trip covered the familiar homeland sights and sounds. In addition, its Bedouin village visit had four components. Participants started the day with their own group, and then chose one of four tracks: life-drawing classes, drum-circle classes, making creams and perfumes from native ingredients or a scorpion-hunting activity. At night, they converged for a dance party, where the Birthright group from India performed a fully choreographed Indian dance. Afterward, they slept under the stars. Tucson Birthright participants Sophie Pollack and Sara Rosenberg, both UA sophomores and pre-business majors, are thankful for this gift of experiencing Israel and for the amazing people they met along the way. “Meeting in front of the El-Al check-in counter at JFK Airport, everyone instantly clicked. We were strangers but the fact that we were all college students and Jewish gave us a connection that I had never experienced before. Bus 106 became a mishpacha (family),” says Sara. “I instantly fell in love with Israel, a place that I had researched and always heard about but never seen. Each day was a new adventure, from rafting down the Jordan to exploring the old city of Safed. I loved experiencing a new culture and talking with Israelis. Eight Israeli soldiers joined our

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Diane Weintraub, her Israeli grandson Gilad Schoenfeld, and her daughter and son-in-law Arlene and Harry Moskovitz at the bar mitzvah luncheon group and it was incredible how we could become so close despite living on the other side of the world.” ••••• Every other year, the Phoenix and Tucson Jewish Federations share a bus filled with college graduates and young professionals on a Birthright Israel trip. Matthew Landau, Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona director of leadership development and public relations and a past Birthright participant himself, helped lead this year’s Shorashim Phoenix/Tucson Community Trip. From June 15-26, the travelers traversed the land. Their itinerary included the usual first-time tourist sites — the Golan Heights, Rabin Square, Independence Hall, the Western Wall, Yad Vashem, a Bedouin village, Masada, and the Dead Sea, to name a few. In Tel Aviv, they toured the newly opened Birthright Entrepreneurship Center, a partnership between Birthright and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. It highlights Israeli achievement in agriculture, medicine, defense, cyber security, science, transportation and aerospace. In Kiryat Malachi, part of our Partnership2Gether region, Leah Avuno, one of Tucson’s two new Shinshinim (Israeli teen emissaries through the Jewish Agency for Israel), organized a meeting between the travelers and youth groups there. Tucsonans/former Tucsonans on the bus included Aaron Campbell, Katherine Cor-

nish, Maria Cornish, Andrea Hahn, Adam Katz, Jonathan Kay, Robert Kay, Carly Levy, Jacob Louchheim, Erin Olitzky, Eric Simon, Alexander Stuchen and Braden Stuchen. ••••• Diane and Ron Weintraub, in whose honor the Israel Center was re-named, took their 55th trip to Israel in June. Their visits have spanned more than 40 years. The primary reason for this sojourn was family. Speaking of mishpacha … The Weintraub’s Israeli son-in-law, Dan Schoenfeld, and their four Israeli grandchildren reside in Ra-anana. Aviv, 26, is in graduate school at Tel Aviv University; Itai, 24, is a student at the Jerusalem School of Music; Dekal, 21, is finishing her duty as a medic in the Israel Defense Forces; and Gilad, 15, is a high schooler. Diane and Ron’s daughter and son-in-law Arlene and Harry Moskovitz of Hoboken, N.J., accompanied them for the week’s stay. Fifty family members convened in Israel during that week. In addition to the aforementioned, 14 of Ron’s cousins came from the Los Angeles area to celebrate a double bar mitzvah at the Western Wall, followed by a dinner at a Jerusalem restaurant. A few days later, there was a celebration barbecue for the grandmother of the bar mitzvah celebrants’ 70th birthday. Then, 14 of Ron’s cousins, who had made aliyah from Argentina, hosted an open house dinner with

The Becker family: Grandparents Bill and Joyce, b’nai mitzvah celebrants Lauren and Garrett, and parents Erin and Mark at the Western Wall

yya (near Golani Junction), the three worked at an organic goat farm and permaculture center. The farm provides enough food for its own consumption and leaves no waste, being self-sustaining with compost, compost toilets, and a recycling center. The volunteers slept in dome-shaped ecolodges or in a mud house. Their activities included reinforcing the fence around the garden, weeding, planting and tilling the soil, trellising the tomatoes and cucumbers, feeding and pasturing the goats and sheep, re-building the chicken coop, making jam from the fruit of the plum tree and painting signs. The farm combines ecology and sustainability with tourism, as it also serves as a guest farm. During their stay, the threesome helped host army soldiers and circus acrobats on tour. Martha concluded: “You get room and board for volunteer time and the experience of a lifetime.” ••••• From July 3-12, Renee Hulsey, her daughter, Mallory, and uncle Bernard Goldstein flew to Israel for a cousin’s wedding. The nuptials, which took place at Al Hayam, a beachside venue in Caesarea overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and surrounded by Roman ruins, capped off a wonderful week of touring. Renee had previously visited our homeland on Rabbi Robert Eisen’s 2014 Congregation Anshei Israel tour. Mallory, a 2015 THA graduate, had joined her eighth grade class on their annual Israel pilgrimage. In planning this year’s itinerary, they re-visited some sites but devoted time for different and

mission), relished seeing and took pride in the fruits of their monetary support for this “state-of-the-art, amazing place,” funded mostly by U.S. Hadassah members. Touring, eating, shopping and taking planes, street cars, buses, light rail, Gett (taxis like Uber) and bikes (up the Promenade to the Port of Tel Aviv) topped off an incredible journey. ••••• Nathan Rix and Benjamin Manninen were recipients of the Beth Weintraub Schoenfeld Memorial Israel Experience Subsidy from the Coalition for Jewish Education and the Weintraub Israel Center. Nathan also received JFSA’s Rabbi Arthur R. Oleisky Teen Recognition Award, a stipend toward Israel travel, which he used to attend Camp Daisy and Harry Stein’s four-week Big Trip Israel. Benjamin participated in a program at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. •••••

Panina and Moshe Rast tend goats on the eco-farm. an additional 13 of his Israeli-born cousins in attendance. The Weintraubs spent a day in our Partnership region, talking with staff and visiting the proposed site for a future Friendship Trail being planned for Hof Ashkelon. ••••• Joyce and Bill Becker spent a week at the beginning of June in Israel for their grandchildren’s b’nai mitzvah. Their son Mark, who grew up in Tucson, became a bar mitzvah at the Western Wall in 1979. Mark, now of Phoenix, and his wife, Erin, carried on the tradition with their children, Garrett and Lauren. On June 4, Israeli Rabbi Matthew Berkowitz officiated at the b’nai mitzvah at Robinson’s Arch, along the western wall of the Temple Mount. Afterward, the grandparents hosted an oneg Shabbat luncheon at the David Citadel Hotel. In attendance were Shlomo and Micki Lutski, an Israeli couple Joyce and Bill had met years before on a past Israel mission. Shlomo Lutski is a famed former Maccabiah basketball player and head coach. The Lutskis, of Petach Tikva, hosted a family Shabbat dinner for the group the night before the simcha. One of Bill’s Tucson dental patients, who knew of his upcoming travel, gave him an en-

velope with tzedakah money to donate while in Jerusalem. Bill handed it to the rabbi, who explained that this gesture would protect them on their journey. Besides arranging tours for the week, Mark scheduled a private session with a scribe, who took out a Holocaust Torah and had Garrett and Lauren read a portion from it. Then he had them write their Hebrew names on a piece of paper, as well as the last word of a psalm. Upon leaving, he presented each of them with a picture frame containing their Hebrew name and the complete psalm with the last word that they had written as a memento of this unique activity. ••••• At the end of Moshe Rast’s Tucson Hebrew Academy eighth grade graduation trip to Israel, his mother, Martha, and sister, Panina, joined him. For the next month, the family visited friends in the North and volunteered for two and a half weeks on an eco-farm. During this time, they attended Shavuot services at the Abuhav Synagogue in Safed where the Torah was read from what is thought to be the oldest Torah scroll in a condition fit for reading, dating from around 1400. At Yarok Az Eco-Farm on Moshav Ilani-

Yochanan Gibly and Lola Maas at David Ben-Gurion’s grave in the Negev, with the Tsin Valley below

Mallory Hulsey in Safed ecumenical ones. In the North, they toured Caperneum and the Annunciation Church; in Jerusalem, the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre; and in Bethlethem (with special permission to enter the West Bank with their guide), the Church of the Nativity and Manger Square. In Jerusalem, Tucson friend Liora Olesen, who spent the summer in Israel, gave them a tour of the city, including the Tower of David and David’s Tomb. A highlight of their last day was a tour of Hadassah Hospital at Ein Keren, including the new Sarah Davidson Tower. Renee, a life member of Hadassah, and Bernard, an associate member (a male who supports the organization’s

Yochanan Gibly and Lola Maas spent six weeks at the Alexander Muss High School in Israel as Schwartz-Hammer Impact Fellows through the Jewish National Fund. Yochanan, a senior at Catalina Foothills High School, summed up his experience: “I spent my summer at AMHSI with 140 other students from across the United States. It was a life-changing experience that helped me find myself and develop my own thoughts and feelings about Israel. I stayed in dorms with kids my age, learned not only in a classroom but also in the historical areas where the events took place. Israel became our classroom. We spent time exploring the problems that Israel faces today. It showed me that Judaism is a very tight-knit community; no matter where you are from, you belong, and being Jewish isn’t solely about the religious aspects but also about the ideas and connections you form with other Jews and people.”

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR The calendar deadline is Tuesday, 10 days before the issue date. Our next issue will be published October 7, 2016. Events may be emailed to localnews@azjewishpost.com, faxed to 319-1118, or mailed to the AJP at 3822 E. River Road, #300, Tucson, AZ 85718. For more information, call 319-1112. See Area Congregations on page A-30 for additional synagogue events. Men’s Mishnah club with Rabbi Israel Becker at Cong. Chofetz Chayim. Sundays, 7:15-8 a.m.; Mondays and Thursdays, 6:15-6:50 a.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 6:15-7 a.m.; Saturdays, call for time. 747-7780 or yz becker@me.com. “Too Jewish” radio show with Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon on KVOI 1030 AM (also KAPR and KJAA), Sundays at 9 a.m. Sept. 25, Michael Krasny, author of “Let There Be Laughter.” Oct. 2, Richard Michelson, author of “Fascinating — the Life of Leonard Nimoy.” Oct. 9, Rabbi James Rudin, retired national interreligious affairs director of the American Jewish Committee and author of “Pillar of Fire: A Biography of Stephen S. Wise.” 327-4501. Beth Shalom Temple Center of Green Valley bagel breakfast and Yiddish club, first Sundays, 9:30 a.m. Members, $7; nonmembers, $10. 648-6690 or 399-3474. Cong. Or Chadash “Beginning Hebrew,” Sundays, 11-11:50 a.m., through Dec. 18. Members, $36; nonmembers, $50. 512-8500. Cong. Or Chadash “Introduction to Judaism,” Sundays, noon-1:15 p.m., through April. Members, $72; nonmembers, $100. 512-8500. Southern Arizona Jewish Genealogy Society, second Sundays, 1-3 p.m. at the Tucson J. Contact Barbara Stern Mannlein at 731-0300 or the J at 299-3000. Cong. Anshei Israel parent-tot class (9-24 months), Mondays, 9-11 a.m., facilitated by Gabby Erbst. Mandatory vaccination policy. Contact Lynne Falkow-Strauss at 745-5550, ext. 229. Jewish Federation-Northwest chair yoga with a Jewish flair taught by Bonnie Golden. Mondays, 10-11 a.m. $7 per class or $25 for four. 505-4161 or northwestjewish@jfsa.org. Temple Emanu-El mah jongg, Mondays at 10 a.m. 327-4501.

Ongoing noon. Discussion based on “The Five Books of Miriam: A Woman’s Commentary on the Torah.” Bring dairy lunch; beverages and dessert provided. Contact Helen at 299-0340. Tucson J current events discussion, Mondays, noon-1:30 p.m. Lunch, bring or buy, 11:30 a.m. 299-3000, ext. 147. Tucson J Rummikube group. Players wanted. Mondays, noon-2 p.m. Contact Kiki at 4038729. Jewish sobriety support group meets Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m. at Cong. Bet Shalom. dc mack1952@gmail.com. Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Needlework meets first Mondays, 6:30 p.m., at cosponsor, Jewish Federation-Northwest. Contact Barbara Esmond at 299-1197 or brealjs@gmail.com. Intermediate conversational Hebrew class with native Israeli teacher Tsilla Shamir. Read, write and speak Hebrew. Westside location, alternate Mondays, 5-7 p.m. $10. Contact Debby Kriegel at 628-1746 or kriegel98@msn.com. “Talmud for You” class for men at Southwest Torah Institute, Mondays, 6 p.m. 747-7780 or yzbecker@me.com. Cong. Or Chadash “Intermediate Prayerbook Hebrew,” Mondays, 7-8 p.m., through Dec. 18. Members, $36; nonmembers, $50. 512-8500. 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.

Cong. Anshei Israel mah jongg, Mondays, 10 a.m.-noon. All levels, men and women. Contact Evelyn at 885-4102 or esigafus@aol.com.

Jewish Federation-Northwest Story Time with PJ Library, first and third Tuesdays through Dec. 20. In October, story time will be held Oct. 11. Songs, snack and craft. 505-4161.

Cong. Anshei Israel women’s study group led by Rabbi Robert Eisen. Second Mondays,

Tucson J social bridge. Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon-3 p.m., year round. Drop-ins wel-

Friday / September 23 6 PM: Temple Emanu-El Northwest Shabbat dinner and service at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 7650 N. Paseo Del Norte, with Rabbi Batsheva Appel and northwest soloist Lindsey O’Shea. Vegetarian option available upon request. Members, $12; nonmembers, $14. RSVP at 3274501. 6:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El “Preparing to Pray,” using Jewish meditative techniques. Followed at 7:30 p.m. by Kabbalistic Shabbat service. 327-4501.

Saturday / September 24 9 AM: Cong. Or Chadash presents “Eat, Study,


Pray: Preparing for the High Holy Days.” Lox and bagel breakfast. 512-8500. 9:30-10:30 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel Neshamah Minyan: A Service of and for the Soul led by Jordan Hill, storyteller and founder/director of The Mindfulness Education Exchange. 745-5550. 10 AM-NOON: Cong. Chaverim Shabbat and Sandwiches. 320-1015. 1 PM: JFCS book reading, “To Tell Our Stories: Holocaust Survivors of Southern Arizona.” Survivors will read excerpts at Bookman’s, 6230 E. Speedway Blvd. jfcstucson.org or 795-0300. 7:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Selichot program includes Havdallah, film “Son of Saul,” study session and desserts. Followed at 10:30 p.m. by Seli-

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come. 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. Jewish Federation-Northwest mah jongg, Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m. 505-4161.

Jewish Federation-Northwest playgroup, first and third Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. 505-4161 or northwestjewish@jfsa.org. Cong. Bet Shalom “Lunch and Learn — Pirkei Avot, Wisdom from the Talmud for Today,” 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.

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

Tucson J Shabbat Stay and Play/Shabbat on the Go program for families, Fridays, 10 a.m. Once a month, celebration taken to various offsite locations: Oct. 21, Nov. 18, Dec. 16. Contact Julie Zorn at 299-3000, ext. 236, or jzorn@ tucson jcc.org.

Tucson J Israeli folk dance classes. Tuesdays. Beginners, 7:30 p.m.; intermediate, 8:15 p.m.; advanced, 9 p.m. Taught by Lisa Goldberg. Members, $4; nonmembers, $5. 2993000.

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.

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.

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

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.

“Biblical Breakthroughs with Rabbi Becker” at the Southwest Torah Institute. Fridays, noon, for men and women. 747-7780 or yzbecker@ me.com.

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

Lunch and learn with Cantor Avraham Alpert of Cong. Bet Shalom, Wednesdays, noon-1 p.m. at the Tucson J. 299-3000. Chabad Tucson lunch and learn with Rabbi Yehuda Ceitlin, Wednesdays, 12:15 p.m. at Eli’s Deli. info@ChabadTucson.com. Weintraub Israel Center Shirat HaShirim Hebrew Choir, Wednesdays, 7 p.m., at the Tucson J. Learn to sing in Hebrew. Contact Rina Paz at 304-7943 or ericashem@cox.net. Jewish mothers/grandmother’s special needs support group for those with children/ grandchildren, young or adult, with special needs, third Wednesdays at 7-8:30 p.m. at Tucson J. Contact Joyce Stuehringer at 299-5920.

chot service with choir. 327-4501. 8 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Selichot program includes wine, cheese and dessert reception, Havdallah, changing of the Torah covers and honoring the minyan. Followed at 10 p.m. by Selichot service. No charge. RSVP to Debra at 745-5550, ext. 242. 9 PM: Cong. Or Chadash Selichot program includes Havdallah, examination of themes of forgiveness and repentance, changing of the Torah mantles and Selichot service. 512-8500. MIDNIGHT: Cong. Chofetz Chayim Selichot service. 747-7780.

Sunday / September 25 9:15 AM: Jewish War Veterans Friedman-Paul

Jewish History Museum and Holocaust History Center, open Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. and Fridays noon3 p.m. 564 S. Stone Ave. Adults, $7; members and students, free. No admission charge on Saturdays. 670-9073. Tucson J Fine Art Gallery exhibits, “Mapping Q” by LGBTQ+ youth, in main hallway through Sept. 29, and “Discoveries Unfinished,” works by Christine Zabramny and “Peaceful Delight,” paintings by Betty Seery, through Oct. 11. 299-3000. Beth Shalom Temple Center Art Gallery in Green Valley, “Israel Today 2016: Photography and Mementos” from the Weintraub Israel Center 2016 trip. Through Dec. 2. 648-6690

Post 201 breakfast meeting at B’nai B’rith Covenant House, 4414 E. 2nd St. $4. Contact Honey Manson at 529-1830. 9:30 AM: Cong. Or Chadash Rolling with the Rabbi. Ride bicycles on the River Path on the Rillito, The Loop. Meet in Or Chadash parking lot. 512-8500. 10:30-11 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel Kever Avot memorial service at Evergreen Cemetery, Anshei Israel section. 745-5550. 11 AM: Women’s Academy of Jewish Studies annual book brunch with Esther Becker, presented by Southwest Torah Institute, at Cong. Chofetz Chayim. $36 for book and brunch. For copy of “Incredible!” by Rabbi Nachman Seltzer, email ew becker@me.com.

1-4 PM: Jewish Federation-Northwest Fun in the Sun Day at Cañada Del Oro Riverfront Park, 551 W. Lambert Lane, Oro Valley. Israelii dancing, crafts, sports demos, bounce house, relay races, live DJ, food trucks.Co-hosted by Tucson J. 5054161 or jewishtucson.org.

5:45 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Shabbat Under the Stars, on the Oleisky Courtyard patio. 7455550.

2 PM: Temple Emanu-El Sunday Salon. Peter Becskehazy, retired U.S. Foreign Service Officer and political science lecturer at the University of Arizona and Pima Community College, presents “The New European Right-Wing Nationalism, its New Anti-Semitism, and their Significance.” 327-4501.

9:30 AM: Temple Emanu-El Shabbat No’ar breakfast. Followed by service at 10 a.m. Followed by Rabbi’s Tish at noon with dairy potluck lunch. Bring a dairy/vegetarian dish to share. 3274501.

Monday / September 26 4 PM: Arizona Center for Judaic Studies Sally & Ralph Duchin Campus Lecture Series presents “Gender in Archaeology Today: The Key to Understanding Ancient Israel” by University of Arizona Prof. Beth Alpert Nakhai, at Hillel, 1245 E. 2nd Ave. 626-5758 or visit judaic.arizona.edu. 5 PM: Jewish Federation-Northwest and Hadassah Southern Arizona book club discusses “The Boston Girl” by Anita Diamant at 190 W. Magee Road, #162. 505-4161. 6:45-8:45 PM: Jewish Federation-Northwest Cloisonne cardmaking class with Anne Lowe. Four to six cards; all materials, including envelopes, provided. $20. RSVP by Sept. 24 to 5054161 or loweflyingbooks@gmail.com.

Tuesday / September 27 5:30-8:30 PM: JFSA REAP (Real Estate and Allied Professions) presents “Tucson’s New Housing Market — Home Builder Panel: An interactive dialogue with industry leaders” at Hacienda del Sol, 5501 N. Hacienda del Sol Road. Contact Karen Graham at 577-9393, ext. 118, or kgraham@jfsa.org.

Wednesday / September 28 2-3:30 PM: JFSA PJ Library meet-up at Beyond Bread, 3026 N. Campbell Ave. Contact Hannah at 577-9393, ext. 126, or pjourway@jfsa.org. 7 PM: JFSA Women’s Philanthropy annual meeting at Hacienda del Sol, 5501 N. Hacienda del Sol Road. Speakers, Israeli teen Leah Avuno (one of the Tucson shinshinim) and Jean Fedigan, exec. dir., Sr. Jose Women’s Center. Hors d’oeuvres and dessert. No host bar. $25. RSVP to Jane Scott at 577-9393, ext. 114, jscott@jfsa.org, or visit jfsa.org.

Thursday / September 29 1:30-3 PM: Tucson J Financial Times series presents “Annuities 101” with Mark Silverman, CFP. Pre-register at 299-3000. 6 PM: Temple Emanu-El class, “Taste II, Another Bite: Jewish in America” explores “Jewish in America: Movements, Assimilation, Creativity,” “From Davening to Rock: A Jewish Way to Pray” and American-Israeli Relations. Includes tastes of Jewish food and CDs of liturgy music. Continues Oct. 6 and 13. $25. 327-4501. 7-10 PM: Jewish History Museum Stone Avenue Block Party in collaboration with the consul general of Mexico. Live music by Mexico City’s Benjamin Shwartz y Los Jreins and local artists, food trucks, beer garden. 670-9073.

Friday / September 30

Saturday / October 1

6-9 PM: Interfaith Community Services “Eat, Drink and Be Giving” at St. Philip’s Plaza, 4280 N. Campbell Ave. Tickets: $35 each or 2 for $60. eatdrinkbegiving.com.

Sunday / October 2 Synagogues may charge for High Holy Days tickets; call synagogue offices for information. 9:30-10:30 AM: Cong. Chofetz Chayim Kever Avot service at Evergreen Cemetery. 747-7780. 2 PM: JFSA PJ Library Rosh Hashanah storytime at Barnes & Noble East, 5130 E. Broadway Blvd. Contact Hannah Gomez at 577-9393, ext. 126, or pjourway@jfsa.org.

Wednesday / October 5 12:30 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Fast of Gedaliah Mincha service. 745-5550. 7 PM: Temple Emanu-El Sefer book club discusses “How’s Your Faith” by David Gregory. Members, $55; nonmembers, $70 for series. 3274501.

Thursday / October 6 10 AM-9 PM: Brandeis National Committee book sale at Foothills Mall, 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd. Continues through Oct. 10. Sunday hours, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Paperbacks, $1; hardcovers, $3. Fill the bag sale, $10 on Oct. 10. Contact Steve Seltzer at 299-3788.

Friday / October 7 11 AM: Tucson J Senior Shabbat luncheon. Stephanie Balzer, executive director of the Drawing Studio, presents “Creativity and the Brain I.” $15. RSVP to Andrea Wright at 299-3000. 5 PM: Temple Emanu-El Tot Kabbalat Shofar Shabbat service. Followed by dinner at 5:30 p.m. (kosher chicken or vegetarian option with sides) and dessert on the playground. Adults, $10; children under 13, free. RSVP at 327-4501.

5:45 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Erev Rosh Hashanah service. Call 745-5550 or visit caiaz.org for complete holiday schedule.

7:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El “Simply Shabbat” service with explanations of prayers, songs, rituals, and question and answer session instead of a sermon. 327-4501.

5:49 PM: Cong. Young Israel candle lighting followed at 6 pm by Erev Rosh Hashanah service. Visit chabadtucson.com for complete holiday schedule.

9:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Downtown Shabbat at the Jewish History Museum with Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon, the Armon Bizman band and soloist Lindsey O’Shea. 327-4501.

5:55 PM: Cong. Chofetz Chayim Erev Rosh Hashanah service. Call 747-7780 for complete holiday schedule.

5:45 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Tot Shabbat service. Followed by dinner at 6:15 p.m. $25 per family (two adults and up to four children). Additional adults, $10. RSVP by Sept. 30 to Kim at 745-5550, ext. 224, or edasst@caiaz.org.

6:30 PM: Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging/Cong. Eshel Avraham Erev Rosh Hashanah service. Call 322-3622 for complete holiday schedule. 7 PM: Institute for Judaic Services and Studies Erev Rosh Hashanah service at SaddleBrooke MoutainView Country Club, 38759 S. Mountain View Blvd. Visit jewishtucson.org or contact Mark Schwartz at 703-209-8013 or blacksheep165@ aol.com for complete holiday schedule. 7:30 PM: Cong. Chaverim Erev Rosh Hashanah service. Call 320-1015 or visit chaverim.net for complete holiday schedule. 7:30 Cong. Or Chadash Erev Rosh Hashanah service. Call 512-8500 or visit orchadash-tucson. org for complete holiday schedule. 7:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Erev Rosh Hashanah service with ALS interpretation. Call 3274501 or visit tetucson.org for complete holiday schedule.

Monday / October 3 9 AM: Chabad Oro Valley Rosh Hashanah service at El Conquistador Country Club, 10555 N. La Cañada Drive. RSVP to office@jewishorovalley. com or 477-8672. Visit jewishorovalley.com for complete holiday schedule. 5 PM: Temple Emanu-El Tashlich and picnic at Reid Park by the rose garden. Jumping castle, games. Bring picnic dinner and something to sit on. 327-4501.

Saturday / October 8 9 AM-5 PM: Tucson J “Simply Well for Women” seminar with Drs. Kathleen Mueller and Gloria “Gigi” Dunn, continues Sunday, Oct. 9. $500 for participant and young woman of her choice. RSVP at simplywellproductions.com or 299-3000. 10 AM-2 PM: Secular Humanist Jewish Circle High Holiday observance and lunch at St. Francis in the Foothills, 4625 E. River Road. Practicing lawyer and rabbinical student Jeremy Kridel will lead service. Members, $25; nonmembers, $40. Visit SHJCaz.org for more details. RSVP by Oct. 1 to Becky Schulman at 296-3762 or schulmb@ aol.com. NOON: Cong. Anshei Israel book club discusses “In the Unlikely Event” by Judy Blume. Contact Vicki at vickauf@juno.com or Rayna at 887-8358.

Sunday / October 9 10 AM: Cong. Chaverim Tashlich and picnic at Ft. Lowell Park, Ramada #5. 320-1015. 11:30 AM: Cong. Or Chadash Tashlich at Ft. Lowell Park, Ramada #3. Bring a picnic lunch. Eighth graders will be selling eegee’s. 512-8500. 1 PM: Temple Emanu-El Kever Avot at Shaarei Shalom Cemetery. 2 p.m., Evergreen Cemetery. 4 p.m., Nogales Cemetery. 327-4501. 1:30-3:30 PM: Secular Humanist Jewish Circle

lecture, “Judaism Beyond God: Living With the Courage of Your Convictions,” by Jeremy Kridel, attorney and rabbinic student, at Murphy Wilmot Library, 530 N. Wilmot Road. Bring a snack to share. Donations to the Food Bank accepted. RSVP to Susan at 577-7718 or srubinaz@comcast. net. 3 PM: Cong. Or Chadash Kever Avot service at Evergreen Cemetery. 512-8500. 4 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Tashlich at Reid Park, Ramada #7. RSVP by Oct. 5 to Kim at 745-5550, ext. 224. 4-5 PM: Cong. Chofetz Chayim Tashlich at Reid Park lake. 747-7780.

Monday / October 10 1-2:30 PM: Tucson J basketball camp, grades 1-6. Followed by grades 7-12 at 2:30-4 p.m. Continues Oct. 11, 13, 14. Members, $60; nonmembers, $85. 299-3000.

Tuesday / October 11 5:20 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Kol Nidre service. Call 745-5550 or visit caiaz.org for complete holiday schedule. 5:30 PM: Chabad Oro Valley Kol Nidre service at El Conquistador Country Club, 10555 N. La Canada Drive. RSVP to office@jewishorovalley. com or 477-8672. Visit jewishorovalley.com for complete holiday schedule. 5:30 PM: Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging/Cong. Eshel Avraham Kol Nidre service. Call 322-3622 for complete holiday schedule. 5:37 PM: Cong. Young Israel candle lighting followed by Kol Nidre service. Visit chabadtucson. com for complete holiday schedule. 5:40 PM: Cong. Chofetz Chayim Kol Nidre service. Call 747-7780 for complete holiday schedule. 7 PM: Institute for Judaic Services and Studies Kol Nidre service at SaddleBrooke MountainView Country Club, 38759 S. Mountain View Blvd. Visit jewishtucson.org or contact Mark Schwartz at 703-209-8013 or blacksheep165@aol.com for complete holiday schedule. 7:30 PM: Cong. Chaverim Kol Nidre service at Berger Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Speedway Blvd. Call 320-1015 or visit chaverim.net for complete holiday schedule. 7:30 PM: Cong. Or Chadash Kol Nidre service. Call 512-8500 or visit orchadash-tucson.org for complete holiday schedule. 7:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Erev Kol Nidre service. Call 327-4501 or visit tetucson.org for complete holiday schedule.


SUNDAY / OCTOBER 16 NOON-4 PM: Tucson J Family Wellness Festival in collaboration with Tucson Medical Center. 299-3000. WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 19 11 AM: Brandeis National Committee, Tucson Chapter luncheon at Fleming’s Steak House, 6360 N. Campbell Ave., with entertainment by Crystal Stark and Khris Dodge. $39. RSVP and checks required by Oct. 10. Mail to Soralé Fortman, 6300 E. Speedway Blvd., #1321, Tucson, AZ 85710.

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Area Congregations CONSERVATIVE Congregation Anshei Israel 5550 E. Fifth St., Tucson, AZ 85711 • (520) 745-5550 Rabbi Robert Eisen, Cantorial Soloist Nichole Chorny • www.caiaz.org Daily minyan: Mon.-Thurs., 7:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m.; Fri., 7:30 a.m.; Sun. & legal holidays, 8 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. / Mincha: Fri., 5:45 p.m. / Shabbat services: Sat., 9 a.m., followed by Kiddush; Tot Shabbat, 1st Fri., 5:45 p.m.; Family Service, 3rd Friday, 5:45 p.m.; Holiday services may differ, call or visit website. / Torah study: every Shabbat one hour before Mincha (call or visit website for times) / Women’s study group: most first Mondays, 12 noon (call or visit website.) “The Five Books of Miriam: A Woman’s Commentary on the Torah” is the core for discussion; bring your own dairy lunch; beverages and dessert provided. / 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 Cantor Avraham Alpert • www.cbsaz.org Daily services: Mon.-Fri., 8:15 a.m.; Fri., 5:30 p.m.; Sat., 9:30 a.m., followed by Kiddush; Torah Take-Out (children’s service), Sat.,11 a.m.; Sun., 9 a.m. / Religious school, Sun., 9 a.m.

ORTHODOX Congregation Chofetz Chayim/Southwest Torah Institute 5150 E. Fifth St., Tucson, AZ 85711 • (520) 747-7780 Rabbi Israel Becker • www.tucsontorah.org Shabbat services: Fri., Kabbalat Shabbat 15 minutes before sunset; Sat. 9 a.m. followed by Kiddush. / Mincha: Fri., 1 p.m.; Sat., 25 minutes before sunset, followed by Shalosh Seudas, Maariv and Havdallah. Services: Sun., 8 a.m.; Mon. & Thurs., 6:50 a.m.; Tues., Wed., Fri., 7 a.m.; daily, 15 minutes before sunset. / Week­day Rosh Chodesh services: 6:45 a.m. Congregation Young Israel/CHABAD OF TUCSON 2443 E. Fourth St., Tucson, AZ 85719 • (520) 881-7956 Rabbi Yossie Shemtov, Rabbi Yudi Ceitlin • www.chabadoftucson.com Daily minyan: Sun. & legal holidays, 8:30 a.m.; Mon. & Thurs., 6:30 p.m.; Tues., Wed., Fri., 6:45 a.m. / Mincha & Maariv, 5:15 p.m. / Shabbat services: Fri. at candlelighting; Sat. 9:30 a.m. followed by Kiddush. Mincha, Maariv and Havdallah TBA. Chabad on river 3916 E. Ft. Lowell Road • (520) 615-9443 Rabbi Ram Bigelman • www.chabadonriver.com Shabbat services: Fri., Mincha at candlelighting time, followed by Maariv. / Sat., Shacharit service, 9:30 a.m. / Torah study: Women, Mon., 8 p.m. & Wed., 12:30 p.m.; men, Tues. & Thurs., 7 p.m. Chabad oRO VALLEY 1217 W. Faldo Drive, Oro Valley, AZ 85755 • (520) 477-8672 Rabbi Ephraim Zimmerman • www.jewishorovalley.com Shabbat services: 3rd Fri., 6 p.m., followed by dinner; Sat. 9:30 a.m., bimonthly, call for dates / Torah study: Sat., 9 a.m. FOOTHILLS SHUL AT BEIS YAEL 622 E. Placita Aspecto, Tucson, AZ 85750 • (520) 400-9626 Rabbi Billy Lewkowicz Shabbat services: Fri., 7 p.m. / Men’s Kabbalah study: Thurs., 5 p.m.

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


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CONGREGATION KOL SIMCHAH (Renewal) 4625 E. River Road, Tucson, AZ 85718 Mailing Address: 2732 S. Gwain Place, Tucson, AZ 85713 • (520) 296-0818 Shabbat services: 1st and 3rd Fri., 7:15 p.m. Congregation m’kor hayim 3888 E. River Road, Tucson, AZ 85718 (Tucson Hebrew Academy) Mailing Address: P.O. Box 31806, Tucson, AZ 85751 • (520) 904-1881 Rabbi Helen Cohn • www.mkorhayim.org Shabbat services: 2nd and 4th Fri., 7 p.m. / Torah study, 2nd and 4th Sat., 9:30 a.m. Congregation Or Chadash 3939 N. Alvernon, Tucson, AZ 85718 • (520) 512-8500 Rabbi Thomas Louchheim, Cantor Janece Cohen www.orchadash-tucson.org Shabbat services: Fri., 6:30 p.m.; 1st Fri., Friday Night LIVE (Oct.-May); 2nd Friday, Tot Shabbat (Oct.-June), 6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. / Torah study: Sat., 8:30 a.m. THE INSTITUTE FOR JUDAIC SERVICES AND STUDIES Mailing Address: 36789 S. Golf Course Drive, Saddlebrooke, AZ 85739 (520) 825-8175 Rabbi Sanford Seltzer Shabbat services: Oct.-April, one Friday per month at 7 p.m. — call for details. Temple Emanu-El 225 N. Country Club Road, Tucson, AZ 85716 • (520) 327-4501 Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon, Rabbi Batsheva Appel • www.tetucson.org Shabbat services: Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. / Torah study: Sat., 8:30 a.m. except when there is a Rabbi’s Tish. Temple Kol Hamidbar 228 N. Canyon Drive, Sierra Vista • (520) 458-8637 http://kolhamidbar.tripod.com Mailing address: P.O. Box 908, Sierra Vista, AZ 85636 Shabbat services: Fri., 7:30 p.m.


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

OBITUARY Sylvia Smith Sylvia Smith died on Aug. 15, 2016, her 99th birthday. Mrs. Smith was born in New York City to immigrants from Eastern Europe. She graduated from Hunter College, then the women’s adjunct to the highly selective City College of New York, as a biology major, and was elected to the biology honor society Phi Sigma. In 1943 she married Jacob Smith, whose severe asthma prevented him from serving in World War II and led to their settling in Tucson that same year. After raising her three daughters, she volunteered in the Tucson public schools, working one-on-one with children with reading difficulties, and also worked with recent Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union to help them learn English. She was a long-time member of Congregation Anshei Israel, and was a supporter of multiple Jewish, environmental and medical organizations. Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her husband, Jacob, sister, Shirley Youngerman of Tucson, and brother, Melvin Sussman of Philadelphia. Survivors include her daughters, Susan (Jonas) Ellenberg of Philadelphia, Sheila (William Raves) Smith of Tucson and Harriet (Andrew) Smith of Tempe; six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

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OUR TOWN Business brief BONNIE J. GOLDEN, M.Ed., eRYT (expert-Registered Yoga Teacher) recently earned certification as a “Yoga for Healthy Aging” instructor. She participated in a six-day teacher training immersion in Berkeley, Calif., and passed a teaching demonstration and written exam to earn this designation, meeting the continuing education requirements of the Yoga Alliance. Golden has taught over 1,000 hours of yoga classes for all levels including prenatal yoga, and currently teaches a chair yoga class at the Jewish Federation Northwest, as well as other classes in Tucson. More information is available at yogawithbonnie.com.

People in the news Lori Riegel, MJEd is a candidate for TUSD Governing Board. Riegel holds a master’s degree in Jewish education from Hebrew College with a certificate in special education, and is a Ph.D. candidate in educational leadership at Lesley University. She is the chair of the TUSD technology oversight committee and a volunteer community organizer of the Sept. 10 “Focus on the Future: A Project of Family University” program, attended by nearly 600 people, designed to help students and families navigate the college admissions process. She also serves on the board of the Educational Enrichment Foundation and is the youth in philanthropy chair of the Association of Fundraising Professionals board.

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Making their mark: Tucson Hebrew Academy alumni In his 1971 Yom Kippur sermon, Rabbi Arthur R. Oleisky of Congregation Anshei Israel called for the formation of a Jewish day school in Tucson. Rising to the challenge, Bertie and the late Jack Levkowitz and David and Judy Leonard joined the rabbi and his wife, Betejoy, as the nucleus of a committee that soon swelled to include many other families. In fall 1973, Tucson Hebrew Academy began with 42 children in four grades. Classes were held at Anshei Israel for more than 20 years, but the school has always been pluralistic, teaching Judaics from the Reform, Conservative and Orthodox perspectives. By the 1990s, it was outgrowing its space at Anshei Israel and in 1996, with leadership from Randy Emerson and the late Don Baker, among others, THA moved into its

new facility on the Volk Jewish Community Campus. Now, with another High Holiday season upon us, the Arizona Jewish Post presents profiles of a dozen THA alumni who have gone forth to make their mark on the world, armed with a thorough Jewish and secular education and an abiding sense of community — Jon Ben-Asher, who in 2014 became the first alumnus to be named head of school, among them. From Miriam Geffen Meyers, a 1977 graduate who is now a grandmother of 10, to Shoham Ozeri, a 2008 graduate who hopes to become a paramedic in Israel, they are an eclectic and accomplished group. Space and time permitting, we could have profiled many more, but for now, we wish you happy reading and a sweet New Year.

Lindsey Baker ............................. B-10 Rabbi Ruven Barkan .................... B-6 Jon Ben-Asher ............................. B-11 Isaac Greenberg ............................ B-5

Howard Levkowitz ....................... B-9 Miriam Geffen Meyers ............... B-10 Shoham Ozeri ............................... B-7 Gerri Pozez ................................... B-8 Brooke Sebold ............................... B-4 Lisa Youngerman ......................... B-8

Abbie Kozolchyk ........................... B-4 Josh Lederman .............................. B-3

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JOSH LEDERMAN “Having the more advanced level of study in middle school put me on a level to succeed in college, and graduate school as well,” he says. Lederman earned a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from The George Washington University in 2008, and his Master of Science degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in 2011. After his undergraduate studies, Lederman was an ama-


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osh Lederman, White House reporter for the Associated Press, has been covering Pennsylvania Avenue and traveling the globe alongside President Barack Obama since July 2012. Witnessing high-pressure, historic events unfold in real time is “awesome in the awe sense of the word,” he says. “It’s been an incredible experience.” Lederman, 31, has always been interested in international politics and becoming a foreign correspondent, so joining the White House press corps was a perfect fit. As with any reporting job, there are ups and downs, lulls and routine assignments, but recording presidential history still feels exciting and surreal, he says. He grew up in the Old Pueblo, spending half of his middle school career attending Tucson Hebrew Academy. During seventh grade he lived in Jerusalem with his family, but never missed a beat with his academic studies, returning home to graduate from THA in 1999. Being a THA student provided Lederman invaluable, faith-based tools for making tough decisions. “It gave me a really solid foundation to go out into the world,” he says. “And, in different parts of my life, [I know] what Jewish traditions to lean on, and what guidance to rely on.” He really appreciates that THA teaches everything a public school would and makes sure students also become well versed in Judaic studies, history and traditions. Lederman says THA’s curriculum certainly prepared him for his academic future.

(Left) Josh Lederman at his bar mitzvah in Israel in 1998

teur actor and singer in New York City, but the tedium of searching for gigs inspired his return to school. He landed his first internship with AP, covering Israel and the Palestinian territories, at the bureau’s Jerusalem office from January to March of 2011. Jerusalem was a natural place for Lederman to begin his reporting career, he says, between his year studying in Israel and the educational background he got at the Academy. “THA connected the dots in a way that was meaningful,” he says. His second position for AP came that

same year, a temporary assignment filling in for a reporter on maternity leave, covering Gov. Chris Christie and the New Jersey state legislature. In September 2011, Lederman became a staff writer for The Hill, a D.C.-based political newspaper, before taking his current position covering the White House. A few standout moments for Lederman include recording the private inaugural ceremony for Obama’s second term, witnessing the first sitting president travel north of the Arctic Circle and covering Omar J. Gonzalez breaching the White House fence on Sept. 19, 2014. Lederman happened to be working late when Gonzalez not only scaled the

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I peaked intellectually the year I switched into THA,” says Kozolchyk. “Jan Lipartito, who taught literature and social studies, was one of the greatest possible gifts to my (or any) young brain. The first term paper I wrote for her was on the comparative roles of fate and accident in ‘Romeo and Juliet.’” Kozolchyk also relished learning other advanced concepts, like the use of footnotes, which are often not encountered until high school, she says. Judaic studies, such as Hebrew, were new to her. But, says Kozolchyk, “Once I started to grasp the binyanim [the elements of Hebrew verb construction], conjugation became one of my favorite pastimes — yes, I’m weird! THA underscored the boundlessness of Jewish learning. You can spend literally half your day, every day, on Judaic studies and still barely scratch the surface.” Entranced by language and its structure, she later graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College, Mass. — and began a career that has allowed her to pursue her lifelong passion for the written word. She first worked at Mirabella magazine, then moved on to jobs at Glamour, Redbook and Fitness. After many years working as a freelance writer, she joined the staff of Rachael Ray Every Day magazine,

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rofessional writer Abbie Kozolchyk credits her sixth- and seventh-grade attendance at Tucson Hebrew Academy as the most formative of her school years, fostering both her Jewish identity and her love of language. Growing up in a Jewish family provided a firm foundation in Jewish tradition, including membership at Anshei Israel, Camp Ramah, a chavurah and weekly Shabbat dinners. A family friend, longtime Jewish Community Foundation director Carol Karsch, had encouraged Kozolchyk’s parents to enroll their daughter at THA. Paradoxically, says Kozolchyk, “It was the strength of THA’s secular education that convinced them.” The tipping point occurred during a fifth grade class at her public school, when her teacher wrongly defined a key word, overriding Kozolchyk’s polite attempts to differ. “The next thing I knew, I was THAbound,” she says. THA’s small class sizes, along with Shabbatons in the mountains, created a sense of “togetherness” — “plus bar mitzvahs and house parties that seemed to crop up every weekend.” “I’ve often said, only half-jokingly, that

until early this year, when she accepted an assignment from National Geographic to write a book about the world’s most romantic destinations, for publication in January 2017. Research for the book has taken Kozolchyk “everywhere from the Caribbean to Kyoto.” The AJP caught up with her on her return from Montenegro and the Balkans. “I enjoy the topic,” she says, “because who doesn’t enjoy romantic travel?” But for a THA alumna with strong Jewish community roots, it can be a surprisingly small world, as she discovered while researching romantic spots in South Africa. “I was Victoria Falls-bound during Passover,” says Kozolchyk. Seeking a

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(Left) Abbie Kozolchyk, left, with THA classmate Rachel Cohn, who became a “friend for life.” (Above) Abbie Kozolchyk on a recent research trip to Samoa

community seder to join, she randomly chose one in Durban. “I wound up sitting directly across from a woman I knew and hadn’t seen in years. I quickly figured out that there were maybe one or two degrees of separation between me and pretty much everyone at the table. For example, the rabbi and rebbetzin leading the seder knew Rabbi Billy [Lewkowicz] and his family!”

Kaye Patchett is a freelance writer and editor in Tucson.



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rooke Sebold does. See boldly, that is. The 1995 Tucson Hebrew Academy graduate is a movie director, producer, writer and editor in Los Angeles. Her films have won numerous awards across the United States and many can be seen on NBC, PBS, the Sundance Channel and other entertainment platforms. “I first discovered film in a meaningful way when I was in seventh grade at THA,” says Sebold, “though, to be precise, it was really when I missed seventh grade. I was in a very serious skiing accident where my internal injuries were so severe, I couldn’t attend class for most of the school year. To escape my painful day to day reality, I spent a lot of time watching movies.” It was from that difficult but formative experience, says Sebold, that she developed her passion for storytelling. Sebold graduated from The Gregory School in 1999. Attending Brown University in Providence, R.I., she discovered that there were many women making films. It made her realize that she, too, could tell her stories and “not just

Brooke Sebold in first grade, left, and today

ingest the stories of others.” After earning her bachelor’s degree in visual art and film production from Brown, Sebold relocated to San Francisco. There she co-produced, co-directed and co-edited the documentary film “Red Without Blue,” which appeared in about 200 film festivals and garnered over 15 awards, including the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2007 Slamdance Film Festival. The film relates the true story of a set of male identical twins, one of whom transitions to female.

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With the success and recognition of her film work established, Sebold decided to continue honing her skills by enrolling in a graduate film program. She returned to the East Coast, receiving a master’s degree in fine arts from Columbia University’s film program in 2012. Sebold is currently working on her first full length, narrative feature film, which she wrote and will direct. “We are actively seeking a producer,” she says. Raising enough money to create a full length movie is a daunting task and be-

cause of the challenges involved, Sebold says that having the support of others in the film industry is necessary as well as inspiring. To help build this kind of support, Sebold founded the L.A. chapter of the Film Fatales, “a community of female film directors dedicated to the creation of more films by and about women.” She currently serves as the L.A. co-chapter leader. This spring, Sebold facilitated the Film Fatales Shorts Film Festival at the Loft Cinema in Tucson, which featured one of her short films, “The Last Cigarette.” In a recent Facebook post, a former THA classmate wrote about a student of the month honor that Sebold had won that mentioned her storytelling. The post delighted Sebold: “I didn’t remember that I was already recognized as a storyteller back then.” She says that she is still close to many of her former THA classmates. “There is still so much love among us and I feel lucky that I realized early on how valuable close friendships are. I think that the most important Jewish value that I learned at THA and the one that I use on a daily basis is the importance of developing and nourishing community.” Renee Claire is a freelance writer in Tucson.


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saac Greenberg, a solution engineer at Deloitte, a business consulting firm, says Tucson Hebrew Academy provides its students a strong sense of family and of the importance of community service. “And doing something without recognition is one the most honorable life experiences,” says Greenberg. Greenberg, 33, who grew up in Tucson, attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., graduating in 2005. Two weeks into his studies at West Point, the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks shocked the United States and put the military academy on guard. It was rumored West Point was a potential target for both strategic and symbolic reasons, Greenberg explains, but the threat simply galvanized his resolve to serve. “I didn’t want to give up, and I didn’t want to give in to fear,” he says. Greenberg spent his nine-year military career as an intelligence officer. He began his training with the 1-32 Infantry Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division in Fort Drum, N.Y. and rose to the rank of company commander, responsible for 250 soldiers. He served two tours in Afghanistan in 2006 and 2007 before leaving active duty in March 2015, and was recently promoted to Major in the Army Reserves. A few days into his first deployment, Greenberg realized providing intelligence and strategic battlefield resources to the frontlines of an armed conflict had a huge impact. But his extensive training assured he would execute any mission during the most stressful times, he says. Wherever Greenberg was in the world, the bond with his THA classmates never faltered, he says. The close knit community THA creates for its students made his childhood friends feel like family. In fact, three of Greenberg’s groomsmen, and two of his closest friends today, he met while attending THA, he says. When his sister, Anna, was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare cancer, his friends played an integral supporting role for her while he was deployed. He learned so much from his sister, especially about always keeping a positive attitude, says Greenberg, who speaks of her in the present tense. They shared a love for reaching out to their community, he says, knowing “our positivity is something that we can spread, even through the darkest times.” Greenberg also recalls his time at Sahuaro High

(Above) Isaac Greenberg, left, with siblings Benjamin, Aaron, Zachary and Anna in April 1989.

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hoham Ozeri, daughter of Nancy Ben-Asher Ozeri and Tidhar Ozeri, was born in Israel and spent her first nine years there. Attending Tucson Hebrew Academy helped her identify as Israeli even after her move to the United States with her family before third grade, she says. Continuing her Jewish education at a critical age enabled her to live her dream of making aliyah (moving to Israel) as a lone soldier and traveling the world. “I’ve always identified as an Israeli,” Ozeri explains. “I decided sophomore year of Tucson High School that I wanted to delay college and move to Israel. All Israelis serve in the IDF [Israel Defense Forces], so making the decision for me was easy. If I am an Israeli, then I will enter the army like an Israeli.” The 2008 THA alumna moved diligently toward her goal; after graduating from Tucson High Magnet School at 16, Ozeri worked for a year and then joined the Tzofim Garin Tzabar Lone Soldier program, a group program for individuals who wish to move to Israel and serve in the IDF. After five seminars in Los Angeles, Ozeri relocated to Kibbutz Nir Yitzhak in the Western Negev, close to the Gaza border. With singleminded determination, she boarded her flight for Israel two days before her 18th birthday. On the kibbutz, Ozeri was assigned a host family with a daughter the same age as her sister, “one of many magical parallels,” she says, describing them as “truly very, very kind and generous people.” After three months of absorption into the Israeli community and advanced Hebrew studies, Ozeri entered the IDF and trained for a position in search and rescue in the Home Front Command. During her army tenure, she had assignments in

(Above, left) Shoham Ozeri (eighth grade) in fall 2007 with her sister, Eshed (third grade) and brother, Geva (first grade), the only year all three siblings attended Tucson Hebrew Academy. (Above, right) Shoham Ozeri vsits 10th-12th century temple ruins in My Son, Vietnam, in 2016.

the West Bank, the Jordan Valley and the Negev. After advanced training, Ozeri completed coursework to become a combat medic and served as head medic for her battalion for the remainder of her two-and-a-halfyear service commitment. Upon exiting the Army, Ozeri worked at a pub and then a medical marijuana farm before joining with friends in the Israeli backpacking tradition. Her first international expedition was a whirlwind tour of southeast Asia with destinations in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and the Philippines. She returned to Tucson this summer to visit family and earn some extra income, with a ticket to India booked for late Au-

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isa Himmelstein Youngerman, a 1978 graduate of Tucson Hebrew Academy, says her experiences there inspired her continuing involvement in the Jewish community. She passed on this tradition to her two daughters, also THA graduates. Youngerman’s parents, Paula and the late Stephen Himmelstein, were among several families that founded THA. She remembers the friendly spirit of meetings held at her house, as people discussed how to get the school started. Her family was not particularly religious, she says, but her parents wanted their children to have a good education, both secular and Jewish. She attended the school from fourth through eighth grades. “I loved THA, and I have many good memories,” says Youngerman. And it wasn’t just the in-class experiences. The students celebrated Shabbat at teachers’ homes, with Israeli dancing and singing. All of the families were very close and were friends with the teachers. She remembers the assistant principal at the time, Rabbi Aryeh Goodman, as an “amazing singer who had a beautiful spirit, and made me love being Jewish.”

She says Rabbi Yossi Rubinstein, then THA principal, was also a psychologist who taught students how to handle difficult situations that could come up at school and at home. “One teacher, Sue Harbin, who taught math and social studies, made me think I was smart and good at math,” says Youngerman. “I became an accountant, maybe in part, because of this teacher.” There were only two graduates in 1978, Youngerman and Harry Cohn, who she thought of as a brother. In the decades since graduation from THA, Youngerman has traveled extensively, including a trip at age 16 to Israel with the United Synagogue Youth group, and at 27, a year-long trip around the world with friends, which ended with a month-long study course at a women’s yeshiva in Jerusalem. She met her husband, George, through the Jewish community in San Francisco, where Youngerman was an accountant and George had an advertising agency. In 1999 they moved to Tucson and their ranch, Stonegate, where they board horses. Youngerman volunteered at THA while her daughters were students, including fundraising for the eighth-grade Israel trip, making latkes for Chanukah

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From left: Lisa, Louisa, George and Emily Youngerman at their ranch with horses Majik and Surprize (the miniature)

celebrations and serving on the board of the parent-teacher association. She has served as a member of the JFSA Young Women’s Cabinet and helped to set up programs for assisting immigrants and for community food donations. The Youngermans’ daughters, Louisa (14) and Emily (16), who attend University High School, have been influenced by THA. Louisa says now that she is in high school, she misses the small classes

at THA, and really appreciates her extensive education in Judaism. Emily says she loved THA for the community feeling and the friendships that she formed. She says THA “gave us a lot of Jewish pride and helped to prepare us to go to public school, where I present a positive view of Jews to some of my new friends who had never known any Jews.” Korene Charnofsky Cohen is a freelance writer and editor in Tucson.



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ith a career encompassing national and international security, defense and counter-terrorism, former Tucson Hebrew Academy student Gerri Pozez has taken the Jewish values she learned from THA, her family and the Tucson Jewish community to a global level. Practicing tikkun olam, making the world a better place, and l’dor v’dor, giving back to the next generation, have always been of central importance to her. “Being able to help and give back is a huge part of what I learned at THA,” says Pozez. “I try to do that every day for the next generation of Americans and American Jews — and so much of that is because of where and how I grew up.” As a THA student in the 1990s from second through seventh grade, Pozez vividly recalls THA’s sense of community. Class sizes were small and many of the friendships she forged are still going strong. “Three of us got married last year, and we were all at each other’s weddings.” After she attended The Gregory School, a fascination for current affairs

Gerri Pozez in the fifth grade at THA, left, and today

led her to major in international relations and political science at Simmons College in Boston. “To broaden my horizons,” she added a certification in Combatting Bioterrorism and Pandemics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She landed a job at the Consulate General of Israel in Boston, working on Middle East programming on campuses in New England, and later worked on policy research at a Washington, D.C. think tank. Then she returned to school, earning a master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University, focusing

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on international security policy with an emphasis on counter-terrorism. “I was always interested in the ArabIsraeli conflict, but coming from a Jewish background, I didn’t want to be pigeonholed into just one issue,” explains Pozez. It was the start of a career spanning government and private industry that reads like the setting for a thriller — including stints at the U.S. Department of State, the United States Department of Defense and the Joint Warfare Analysis Center. In her current job with a Washington, D.C.-based tech startup, she uses an inter-

net platform to collect open source and social media data for use by commercial companies, defense, law enforcement and other clients, both domestic and international. From THA through adulthood, her dedication to tikkun olam and fighting persecution has remained constant — from supporting U.S. special operations forces in Europe to working as a high-level intelligence and targeting analyst. “We learn a lot in counterterrorism from our Israeli counterparts,” she says. Her professional interests and Jewish identity are closely intertwined. “American values are similar to Judaic values,” says Pozez. “In embracing national security and patriotism, I took my core values of Jewish family and community to a much broader place.” “The cultural traditions of Judaism, all of which I learned at THA and were reinforced at home, continue to play a strong role in who I am today,” she says. “It’s been interesting living in D.C., and marrying an amazing woman, who is not Jewish, and figuring out what pieces of Judaism work for us as we begin to start our own family and life together.” Kaye Patchett is a freelance writer and editor in Tucson.





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oward Levkowitz, co-founder and CEO at Tennenbaum Capital Partners L.L.C., a venture capital and private equity firm in Los Angeles, Calif., says he is very happy to see his good friend and former classmate Jon Ben-Asher working as head of school at Tucson Hebrew Academy. The Levkowitz’s were among the families that founded THA, and getting the school up and running took a vast amount of time, energy and resources, he says. “It was always part of my life and it was very important to the family,” says Levkowitz. “[THA] was something they were very committed to and remained very committed to.” His mother, Bertie, has remained involved with the school and is the current president of the THA board of trustees. Levkowitz was the first student to attend THA from first through eighth grades. There were only three students in his graduating class in 1981, and about 90 pupils attending the entire school. He says it’s terrific to see “that the school is continuing to thrive and create an environment where Jewish kids can get a uniquely Jewish education.” He earned his Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Science in economics, with a concentration in finance, from the Wharton School, graduating in 1989. He received his doctorate in law from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, graduating in 1993. Being a THA student during the school’s early years instilled a strong sense of self-sufficiency, he says. The institution was so small that if you wanted to accomplish something you simply needed to act. Whether those circumstances created a sense of empowerment, or necessity, they had a positive effect overall, he adds.

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“That fostered an environment for leadership, independence and initiative that was probably distinct from any other school — and ultimately a sense of pride,” he says. “I’m very happy to have gone there, and I hope that many more kids continue to have the opportunity to do so as well.” Levkowitz and his wife, Elayne, have been married for 24 years and have four children, Olivia, Jack, Julia and Ella — all of whom have studied at institutions similar to THA. In a world where there are so many challenges to begin with, being rooted in Jewish and community values based on a strong moral tradition is invaluable, he says. “Being in an environment where that’s learned, studied and fostered is really important,” says Levkowitz. “And the dual curriculum, although it’s more work, puts people in a better position to deal with rigorous academics.”

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n 1977, Miriam Geffen Meyers was among the first students to graduate from Tucson Hebrew Academy. As THA did not yet have its River Road campus, the school leased classrooms and office space from Congregation Anshei Israel. Meyers, 53, says that because the number of students in each grade level was so small, the children were often grouped together in multi-aged classes and that for the parents, carpooling was essential. Meyers’ parents brought their family of four children from Iowa to Tucson when she was in sixth grade. “When we arrived in Tucson my parents offered me the choice of attending Fruchthendler Elementary School, which was nearly across the street from our house, or THA. I realized that going to Fruchthendler would mean going to religious school a few days a week as well as Sunday school and I didn’t want to have to do all that. So because I’m lazy, I ended up at THA — making one of the most important decisions of my life,” she says, laughing. Meyers describes her experience at THA as a gift of heritage, Hebrew and ethics, delivered with sweetness: “Our teachers, who were all observant Jews, taught us to never criticize our non-Orthodox families for acting differently and to always be grateful to our parents for

(Left) Miriam Meyers with her husband, Rabbi RonAmi Meyers

giving us the opportunity to study in a Jewish environment.” After graduating from Sabino High School, Meyers left Tucson to study in Tel Aviv for two years and then went on to a women’s seminary in Jerusalem in 1983. There was a male seminary at the school as well, which is where she met her future husband, Ron-Ami Meyers, who is originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba. They married in 1985 in Canada and moved in 1987 to Israel, where Ron-Ami became

a rabbi. They remained in Israel for 20 years raising their 10 children. The Meyers moved back to the United States in 2007 with their six youngest children, eventually settling in Seattle where Ron-Ami is the spiritual leader of Congregation Ezra Bessaroth, a Sephardic synagogue that maintains the liturgy and traditions from the Mediterranean island of Rhodes. Meyers describes herself as a matchmaker who spends much of her time in

welcoming mode. She enjoys working with converts to Judaism, teaches Hebrew school and home schools her two youngest children, who are 9 and 13. She travels as often as possible back to Israel to visit her children and her 10 grandchildren — and recently to attend the wedding of a couple whose match she had arranged. Meyers keeps a Friday night dinner tradition alive in her home where guests are always in attendance and says, “It’s like having Thanksgiving every week, where all is served up with joy.” Renee Claire is a freelance writer in Tucson.



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indsey Baker, director of program development at Feeding America, says millions of fond memories flood her thoughts when she recalls her time at Tucson Hebrew Academy. But most important is the powerful feeling of belonging to a community that still resonates today. “THA gave me a sense of identity and community,” says Baker. “And I think it gives you an educational foundation, a Jewish foundation, but most importantly a community foundation.” Baker, 31, earned her Bachelor of Arts, double majoring in sociology and psychology, from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., graduating in 2007. After college, she moved to Washington, D.C., to participate in the Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program, a yearlong leadership program sponsored by the Congressional Hunger Center, which focuses on community outreach and public policy training designed to

Lindsey Baker at graduation from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in 2015

eliminate hunger, poverty and racism. She spent her six-month field placement working for Food & Friends — a

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D.C.-based nutrition program that provides meal services for local residents living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. She completed her policy training at Feeding America, formerly known as America’s Second Harvest, turning a six-month internship into an eight-year career. Helping develop Feeding America’s Child Hunger Corps., a program that places extra workers at food banks for two-year contracts in order to better serve the community, was a thrilling experience, says Baker. “Feeding America is really interested in professional development, and I think it was such a tremendous learning opportunity, to build a program from the ground up,” she says. “I love it and the program’s still going strong.” While working full-time at the organization’s headquarters, she earned her Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Chicago, graduating in June 2015. Returning to Tucson following the

tragic loss of her father and step-mother, Donald and Dawn, in an airplane accident in January, feels bittersweet. And having half of her graduating class from THA visit during the shiva, the traditional period of mourning, was very moving, she says. “In a really hard, dark time, to have the support of people you’ve known your whole life definitely didn’t go unnoticed,” Baker says. No matter the setting, Baker always keeps in mind how she wants to show up and how she can give back, she says. While she attributes her communitybased way of thinking to her family, she says, THA’s programming certainly reinforced a philanthropic way of life. “What I was learning from home was also supported and demonstrated by the school that I was attending, and [that] means so much,” she says. “Outside of the academics, there’s really this familial pull to the school. And I think, with that, we realize that we’re all part of something larger.”

JON BEN-ASHER ing from the University of Arizona, and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from the University of Phoenix. His career path includes teaching in the Tucson Unified School District and serving as principal at two TUSD schools, Lawrence and Henry elementary schools. Finishing college, he had an internship at THA, helping with the upper school play. He also taught Hebrew school at Congregation Chaverim for 14 years, taught at Hebrew High School for a bit and served as a BBYO counselor — all experiences that helped him narrow his career focus. Lipartito and other THA teachers like Rabbi Israel Becker “did a lot of the raising me into a mensch,” he says, admitting “I had a lot of growing up to do and

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ack when he attended Tucson Hebrew Academy, Head of School Jon Ben-Asher was a bit of a Dungeons & Dragons geek. Ben-Asher, one of nine students in THA’s 1982 graduating class, remembers “this whole life of connectedness,” which encompassed the school, Congregation Anshei Israel (where classes were held and his family were members), a Jewish

Jon Ben-Asher at his bar mitzvah in 1980

Boy Scout troop with lots of THA kids, summers at Camp Ramah — and, in his later years at the school, playing Dungeons & Dragons with THA pals. “The sense of inclusion and belonging … there’s an empowerment to the THA experience that I see today is still true,” he says, “that you have a sense of self and a sense of place. And there’s actual research behind why that’s a critical element of schools. For kids to feel that way about school is hugely valuable and important for their learning and their growth.” The Ben-Ashers “weren’t right away a THA family — they worked on us a little bit,” he recalls, but once he got acclimated, the sense of community “was amazing.” He has a very distinct memory of an English teacher calling his mother one evening for “a little chitchat about my behavior that day.” Looking back, his favorite teacher was Janice Lipartito, who taught him to write — teaching writing is very difficult, says Ben-Asher, who earned a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and teach-

Jon Ben-Asher

there were times that I was a real pistol.” Ben-Asher remembers learning about current events at THA — his class gathered at their math teacher’s home to watch the Carter vs. Reagan election results — as well as studying Greece and Rome and classic literature, from Shakespeare to formative books such as George Orwell’s “Animal Farm.” THA students back then also learned computer BASIC — “cutting edge technology in its time,” he says. Beyond the classroom, “we took these great trips,” with the sixth, seventh and eighth grade classes spending a week hiking in the Chiricahua Mountains, he says, which later “morphed into a much grander thing with the eighth grade trip to Israel.” From the start, even when it was housed at Anshei Israel, THA was a pluralistic day school, not a Conservative one. Today, as part of the Jewish community campus, with a building designed “to wrap itself around us, like a big prayer shawl,” the sense of connectivity between THA and Tucson’s synagogues is “even broader,” Ben-Asher says. “One of the beautiful things is that as a community day school, every type of Jew is at THA.”


FORBIDDEN COMPOSERS: Arnold Schoenberg Kurt Weill Hans Winterberg OCTOBER 14-16 Conference

Friday, October 14, 9:30 a.m. $Free

Ninth Annual Composers Festival Daniel Asia, Director Guest Artists: Amernet String Quartet plus Faculty, Students, Alumni Arizona Symphony Orchestra Wind Ensemble Jazz Ensemble Symphonic Choir Arizona Wind Quintet


Saturday, October 15, 1:00 p.m. $Free

Concert I

Saturday, October 15, 2:30 p.m. $Free Faculty, Students, Alumni

Concert II

Saturday, October 15, 7:30 p.m. $Free Ensembles

Concert III

Sunday, October 16, 2:00 p.m. $10, 7, 5 Amernet String Quartet

Concert IV

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