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105th birthday plans in works for local woman

Carolee Asia, left, visits with longtime friend Gertrude Shankman, a Handmaker resident. Photo: Nanci Levy/Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging

If you are a Tucson Hebrew Academy student, you have probably met, or at least heard of, Gertrude Shankman, a resident at Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging.

THA students have been celebrating Shankman’s birthday every year since she turned 100. On Oct. 26, Shankman will turn 105.

“It is not just Gertrude’s many years that make her so memorable, but her spunk, engaging personality, sharp wit and mind that make a lasting impression on almost everyone who meets her,” says Nanci Levy, community outreach coordinator at Handmaker.

The THA eighth grade class will celebrate Shankman’s 105th birthday with her on Friday, Oct. 25 in the Great Room of Handmaker at 9:45 a.m. The Handmaker community will celebrate her at the Shabbat morning service on her birthday, during and after the 9:30 a.m. service. All are welcome to join Handmaker in this celebration — Handmaker Shabbat services are always open to the entire community. In addition, birthday cards may be mailed to Shankman at Handmaker, 2221 N. Rosemont Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85712.