Dilemma of pro-Israel groups: To talk Egypt or not

Pro-Israel groups are caught in a dilemma over whether to back Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak or his opponents, such as those seen here gathering in Cairo on Jan. 25, 2011 to call for his ouster. (Muhammad Ghafari)

WASHINGTON (JTA) — As Egypt convulses, pro-Israel groups and U.S. Congress members are seized by the ancient maternal dilemma: If you have nothing nice to say, should you say anything at all? The question of whether to stake a claim in the protests against 30 years of President Hosni… Read more »

Business briefs 1.28.11

Mark Rubin

MARK RUBIN has joined Mesch, Clark & Rothschild, P.C. His practice areas include business, real estate, probate and fiduciary law. Rubin, who has practiced law in Tucson since 1981, was a sole practitioner for 10 years. He also practiced with the firm of Slutes, Sakrison, Grant, Hill & Rubin,… Read more »

S’mores and scholarships for camp night, fair

Temple Emanu-El will host a Jewish camp night on Saturday, Jan. 29 at 5:30 pm at Reid Park Ramada #20 and a Jewish camp fair on Sunday, Jan. 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the synagogue. Representatives from Jewish overnight camps from across the country will be… Read more »

Talks at Temple Emanu-El, UA to probe ethics of eating

Joseph Regenstein

You are what you eat. So what does that mean for your morality? Do the choices you make about food affect your ethics? And can food standards unite Jews and Muslims as nothing else does? These and other questions will be answered by scholar-in-resi­dence Joseph Regenstein, who will explore… Read more »

‘Israel: Dream to Reality’ topic for Anshei Israel scholar

Rabbi David Golinkin

“Israel: From Dream to Reality” is the theme for Congregation Anshei Israel’s scholar-in-residence, Rabbi David Golinkin, who will give talks on Feb. 11 and 12. Golinkin is president and professor of Jewish Law at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. On Friday, Feb. 11 at 8 p.m.,… Read more »

‘Columbo’ creator to lead off Brandeis mystery/history fest

William Link

The Tucson chapter of the Brandeis National Committee will hold two Book and Author events next month, an evening soiree on Feb. 9 and a lunch program on Feb. 10. Featured authors ­— all with a mystery or history bent — are William Link, Douglas Starr, Rhys Bowen and… Read more »

History museum becomes a JFSA partner

The Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona approved the Jewish History Museum as a Federation community partner at its Nov. 3 board meeting. Founded in 1947, the Tucson Jewish Community Council became the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona in 1989. The agencies of the Council were given new autonomy with… Read more »

13 extraordinary women display diversity in their ‘secrets’

Paulette Gootter [Photos by Martha Lochert]

“If you want something done, your best bet is to ask a Jewish woman to do it,” Rep. Gabrielle Giffords said during her 2004 campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives. On Sunday, Jan. 9, the day after Giffords, 40, was gravely wounded in a Tucson shooting rampage, a… Read more »

Leaked maps show gaps in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations

WASHINGTON (JTA) — This time there are maps — not that they necessarily will help. After the collapse of the Camp David talks in 2000, the Israeli and Palestinian sides bickered about who had offered what, and the competing historical narratives were adopted by either side and around the… Read more »

News analysis: Lieberman’s legacy: bridge builder or burner?

Sen. Joe Lieberman, right, talks to Gen. David Petraeus at the International Security Assistance Force Headquarters in Afghanistan during a congressional delegation tour, Nov. 10, 2010. (Joshua Treadwell)

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Joe Lieberman ascended to national prominence by building one bridge at a time. Then, having reached the pinnacle by becoming the Democratic nominee for  vice president in 2000, he spent 10 years burning bridges. Ultimately, Lieberman’s most celebrated bridge — between America’s non-Christian, non-establishment minorities and… Read more »

The new German anti-Semitism

BERLIN (Forward) — Muslim teenagers in Hanover attack an Israeli dance troupe, reportedly yelling “Juden raus” as they hurl stones. German leftists march in Berlin with Muslims to protest the 2008–2009 Gaza military conflict. “Death to the Jews!” the marchers chant. At a soccer game between teams from the… Read more »

Concern in Israel over growing backlash against African migrants, Arabs

Hundreds showed up for a demonstration in Tel Aviv's Hatikvah neighborhood against African migrants who have moved into the area in recent years, Dec. 21, 2010. The sign says, "Israeli girls for the Jewish people." (Maariv/Flash90/JTA)

TEL AVIV (JTA) – For the tall 28-year-old from Sudan who calls himself Mike, life in Israel has become a game of survival. Most days, he earns enough money to buy food for dinner doing odd jobs at construction sites or cleaning houses. But with voices against illegal immigrants… Read more »

Amid crisis and violence, Tunisian Jews safe but guarded

Crowds of Jews celebrating the annual hillulah at La Ghriba synagogue in Djerba, Tunisia, May 2007. (Larry Luxner)

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The violence roiling Tunisia hasn’t put the country’s 1,500 or so Jews in serious jeopardy, but Jewish organizations are increasingly concerned about their fate as massive anti-government protests continue. No Jews have been targeted by the protesters, according to Roger Bismuth, a Jewish businessman and member… Read more »

Debate rages on over Palin’s ‘blood libel’ claim

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The post-shooting debate over political civility is cooling down, but passions are still raging over Sarah Palin’s claim that critics were guilty of perpetuating a “blood libel” against her. Palin’s initial use of the term, in a Jan. 12 video message, drew sharp rebukes from liberal,… Read more »

AJP Editorial: Nagging questions about gun control

Messages and tributes left by Tucsonans in front of University Medical Center on Jan. 15, 2011 (Sheila Wilensky)

It’s been nearly three weeks since the assassination attempt on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the murders of six Tucsonans, and the wounding of 12 others. For many members of the Jewish community, the singing of the Mi Shebeirach, a prayer/song of healing,  framed the week following the shooting rampage.  On… Read more »

Super Sunday volunteers to stress local needs

Volunteer Angie Goorman makes calls at the JFSA Super Sunday phone-a-thon on Jan. 31, 2010

On Sunday, Jan. 30, members of Southern Arizona’s Jewish community will have their annual opportunity to change the world with one phone call, as hundreds of volunteers with the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona’s Super Sunday phone-a-thon call Tucsonans to raise funds for the JFSA 2011 Community Campaign. Super… Read more »

Students’ ‘613 Coins’ program to aid LEAF

Hebrew High student Alyssa Silva with tzedekah box

Students from Tucson Hebrew High and six religious schools are participating in the “613 Coins and Counting!” campaign to raise funds for LEAF, the Local Emergency Assistance Fund, which helps local Jewish families in need with housing costs, food, job placement and more. Their efforts, which began Jan. 9,… Read more »

‘Judaism, Clinicians and Healing’ topic for Maimonides talk

Howard Silverman, M.D., M.S.

Howard Silverman, M.D., M.S., will speak on “Judaism, Clinicians and Healing” at the next Tucson Maimonides Society dinner event, Monday, Jan. 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Westward Look Resort. His book, “Healing Ceremonies: Creating Personal Rituals for Spiritual, Emotional, Physical and Mental Health” describes his experiences using ceremonies… Read more »

Hadassah gala will honor long-time member Beverly Goldberg

Dr. Mordechai Popovtzer will speak at Hadassah lunch.

Hadassah Southern Arizona will hold a gala celebration in honor of long- time Tucson resident and Hadassah member Beverly Goldberg on Sunday, Jan. 23 at 12:30 p.m. at the Skyline Country Club. Goldberg was born in New York to a family deeply rooted in Zionism and moved with her… Read more »