Posts By Lauren Bookwalter

Hear balalaikas ringing out at orchestra’s annual concert of music and dance

Folk dancers, musicians, and singers will join the Arizona Balalaika Orchestra for its 40th anniversary concert in Tucson on Saturday, March 7.

The Arizona Balalaika Orchestra’s 40th Anniversary Concert of traditional music and dance of Russia, Poland, Ukraine, and other Slavic countries is Saturday, March 7, at 7 p.m. at Pima Community College Center for the Arts. The 25-member orchestra, founded in 1980 by Mia Bulgarin Gay, presents a wide spectrum… Read more »

Tucson J services expand to massage therapy

The J now offers professional massage therapy by appointment.

The Tucson Jewish Community Center recently added rest and relaxation to its vast array of services and activities. iBalance Wellness Spa now delivers on-the-spot massage services, with regularly scheduled appointments. Therapies include therapeutic, deep tissue, and rehabilitative massage with therapists professionally trained in acute and chronic pain and stress… Read more »

CHAI Circle meeting will explore healing sound

“The Healing Power of Sound” will be introduced by Tucsonan Tryshe Dhevney at CHAI Circle’s March meeting. Dhevney is a harmonic and vocal sound energy expert, author, speaker, and crystal bowl-recording artist. She has decades of experience assisting others in creating health, wealth, and wholeness through the properties of… Read more »

Holocaust memoir from 1945 rediscovered

In 1945, “Rien où poser sa tête” was quietly published in Geneva, Switzerland. In the memoir, translated as “No Place to Lay One’s Head,” the author tells the story of her escape from the Nazis, how she smuggles herself into Switzerland. She writes about Kristallnacht, the Nazi occupation of… Read more »

Wexler to get Zehngut award at Connections

Bella Wexler

Editor’s note: The March 8 Connections event has been postponed to the fall due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus. Bella Wexler, a junior at Catalina Foothills High School, will receive the Bryna Zehngut Mitzvot Award March 8. The Women’s Philanthropy advisory council created the award, which recognizes… Read more »

Harold Lisberg

Harold J. Lisberg died February 14, 2020. Mr. Lisberg was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal for his service as a B24 pilot during World War II. He was predeceased by his wife, Elaine. Survivors include his sons William (Patti) of Minneapolis,… Read more »

Ronald David

Ronald S. David, M.D., 80, died Feb. 10, 2020. Dr. David was raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. He obtained his bachelor’s and medical degrees from Stanford University, and after a stint in the Army, went on for specialty training in psychiatry at the Bronx Municipal Hospital Center in New… Read more »

Edith Fox

Edith Weingarten Fox, a Holocaust survivor who settled in Buffalo, New York, and moved to Tucson in her later years, died Feb. 16, 2020. Mrs. Fox was born in Czechoslovakia and was 13 when World War II started. She survived a Polish ghetto and the Auschwitz and Theresienstadt concentration… Read more »

Passover in the time of coronavirus: Cancellations mount at kosher resorts

Sunrise in the Canazei area, which hosts a kosher Passover package that is being forced to shut down due to coronavirus concerns. (Frank Bienewald/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (JTA) — For the past three years, Esther Possick and her son have avoided the hassle of hosting Passover at their Long Island home by traveling to kosher hotels in foreign locales. In 2017, they spent the holiday at a resort in Stresa, a resort town on… Read more »

Coronavirus triggers closures, mass quarantines for New York Jewish community

This is an evolving story. The Jewish Telegraphic Agency will provide updates as they become available.   NEW YORK (JTA) — Three Jewish day schools have temporarily closed, while 600 congregants and two university students have been required to self-quarantine as a result of the coronavirus. Here’s what we know… Read more »

2 Yeshiva University students in self-quarantine due to coronavirus

NEW YORK (JTA) — Two Yeshiva University students are in self-quarantine as a precaution after potential exposure to coronavirus. According to an all campus alert sent by the university on Tuesday, the second confirmed case of coronavirus in New York — a Westchester County attorney in his 50s — … Read more »

Jewish filmmaker Paula Kweskin uses storytelling to give voice to oppressed women

Paula Kweskin created the Censored Women’s Film Festival out of a growing concern that women’s voices worldwide were being silenced. (Lacey Johnson)

Beaten and abused by her husband, Robina was just 25 when she set herself on fire, preferring death by suicide to the “dishonor” of leaving her spouse. In Iran, a woman considered to be dressed immodestly is forced, screaming, into a police car. In Pakistan, a girl tells her… Read more »

3 attackers assault Jewish man wearing a kippah in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Three attackers assaulted a kippah-wearing Jewish man walking on a street in Brazil while yelling anti-Semitic slurs. They held down the 57-year-old victim, broke his teeth and tore his kippah with a pocketknife on Thursday in Jaguariuna, a city of 50,000 located in southeastern… Read more »