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In focus 12.2.16

JNF welcomes IDF hero and humanitarian 

(L-R) Deb Rochford, JNF executive vice president; Major Gen. Doron Almog; event hosts Cary and Fern Marmis.
(L-R) Deb Rochford, JNF executive vice president; Major Gen. Doron Almog; event hosts Cary and Fern Marmis.

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

Mega Challah Bake

Tucson Hebrew Academy students with Bertie Levkowitz Herz, chair of the THA board of trustees.
Tucson Hebrew Academy students with Bertie Levkowitz Herz, chair of the THA board of trustees.

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