First in line for Portuguese citizenship: Jewish dreamers and fortune seekers

Congregants praying at the Kadoorie Synagogue in Porto, Portugal, May 2014. Photo courtesy of the Jewish community of Porto

Hunched over a monument for thousands of Jews killed in a 1506 massacre in Lisbon, Danielle Karo (not her real name) felt a swelling in her eyes.

To Karo, an American poet and business analyst who is descended from one of Sephardic Jewrys greatest sages, the massacre is not just ancient history. It is emblematic of the persecution that motivated her to apply for Portuguese citizenship under a 2013 law granting citizenship to the descendants of Sephardim, the term used to refer to Jews who once lived in the Iberian Peninsula.

I think Portugals law is a beautiful thing, said Karo, who asked to be identified by a pseudonym because she works in Muslim countries in the Middle East. But when I think of the persecution that my family endured there, I also believe its Portugals duty.

Karo is the first of approximately 300 people who have applied for citizenship under thelaw, according to the Jewish communities of Porto and Lisbon, which must vet naturalization requests for the government. The law, whichbecame effectivelast month, makes Portugal only the second country in the world with a law of return for Jews.

To qualify for citizenship, applicants must demonstrate that they belong to a Sephardic Jewish community or have Sephardic ancestry. They must also provide certificates proving they have no criminal record and a birth certificate authenticated by a Portuguese consulate in their country of residence, among other documents. The law does not require applicants to travel to Portugal.

So far, the Porto and Lisbon communities have certified the Sephardic ancestry of about 200 applicants. In Lisbon, most applicants come from Israel, according to Jose Oulman Carp, president of the capital citys Jewish community. In Porto, 55 of the 100 certified are Turkish Jews, according to a progress report released by that community on March 31.

As yet, the applicants have not received a response.

Karo, an avid traveler and former student at the University of Edinburgh, claims decent from Joseph Karo, a 16th-century Spanish rabbi who authored one of the principal codifications of Jewish law. She concedes that beyond providing symbolic closure to her ancestors deportation in the 16th century, a Portuguese passport would have some practical uses, such as automatic work and study visas in all 28 European Union member states.

Still, Karo insists that the decision to apply for citizenship is mostly an emotional drive born of pride in her Sephardic ancestry.

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Confederate flag over courthouse sparks some disagreement

SUMMERVILLE, Ga.

One hundred and fifty years after the final drops of soldiers’ blood sealed the Civil War, the South’s battle flag has returned to the grounds of Chattooga County’s government.

The local chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans raised the flag on the courthouse lawn at the beginning of April, Georgia’s official month to honor soldiers who fought on that side of the Civil War. Flying next to a monument for Confederate soldiers, it will wave until the end of the month, when the Sons replace it with the Bonnie Blue Flag, another Confederate emblem.

Stan Hammond, commander of the local chapter, said the group did this because it wants everyone in town to remember the South’s side in the Civil War.

“History is written by the victors in about any war you see,” he said. “(The flag and monument) commemorate them. They’ll never be forgotten.”

Jim Day, a local historian and former high school history teacher who wrote four studies on Civil War soldiers from the area, said Chattooga County’s two representatives voted against seceding when the state leaders debated the issue. Georgia seceded anyway, and between 900 and 1,100 people from Chattooga County served the Confederacy in the Army of Tennessee and the Army of Northern Virginia, led by Robert E. Lee.

Last May, with Commissioner Jason Winters’ approval, the Sons planted a 7-foot-tall granite monument on county-owned property. Winters said the marker preserves the history of the war and promotes tourism. After the Civil War, Confederate veterans voted to make the battle flag their recognized symbol.

Summerville’s mayor and police chief, the first blacks in the city’s history to serve in their positions, do not support the flag. Mayor Harry Harvey said it should fly on private property; it doesn’t belong at the courthouse.

“There is a better location as far as that is concerned,” he said. “I do think there are, of course, places for heritage and those type of things. But at the same time, we need to be sensitive to other people.”

Harvey, 65, was an educator in Chattooga County for 30 years before running for office. He said he has experienced racism, though he did not want to discuss his personal life. He did not know the flag would fly at the courthouse until he saw it, he said.

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Gaithersburg applauds Arab-Americans

GAITHERSBURG At Mondays mayor and council meeting, Mayor Jud Ashman and the City Council issued two proclamations designating days in April for commemorating the contributions and struggles of different groups.

The first proclamation designated April 2015 as Arab-American Heritage Month in the city, in recognition of the contributions of Arab-Americans to the national and local economy and culture.

Montgomery County is home to a thriving Arab-American community whose valued presence has added to the rich cultural mosaic of our community, the proclamation read in part. Juliet Francisco, a longtime volunteer for Gaithersburgs Multicultural Affairs Committee, accepted the proclamation.

On April 20, the Multicultural Affairs Committee will host a free public celebration at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park where Gaithersburg students will showcase achievements of Arab-Americans in the fields of science, entertainment, politics and sports.

The evenings second proclamation designated April 12-19 as Days of Remembrance to honor the memory of the millions of Jewish victims murdered during the Holocaust.

The history of the Holocaust offers an opportunity to reflect on the moral responsibilities of individuals, societies and governments, read the proclamation. Jacob Blumenthal, Rabbi of Shaare Torah Congregation, and Connie Liss, Shaare Torahs Executive Board President, accepted the proclamation.

My mother was a survivor of one concentration camp, my father another, Liss said. As I grew up in their household, one was a speaker of her history, the other not so much. What I came to learn throughout my childhood and into my adulthood is how important it was to remember it and to learn from any and all experiences that we can, and so I thank the city and the council for using this as an opportunity to bring this to our attention, to learn from it and to teach with it.

On April 15, Shaare Torah will host a documentary screening of Blue Tattoo, which chronicles the experiences of Liss mother as an inmate at Auschwitz and her efforts to teach others about the experience after the war.

The morning after the mayor and council issued the proclamation, police found 11 swastikas spray-painted on the walls of the Shaare Torah synagogue. Gaithersburg police are conducting an investigation to determine the identity of the person or people responsible.

Aaron Rosenzweig, a Gaithersburg resident who owns five pet chickens and has launched a petition to repeal the citys ban on owning roosters, testified for the eighth time Monday in support of this cause, joined by his son Akiva and daughter Rachel.

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Sephardic Dreamers and Turks First on Line for Portugal Citizenship

Europe Passport Could Open Opportunity Doors for Many

Coming Home: Descendants of Jews who were expelled during the Inquisition are returning to Portugal.

Published April 09, 2015.

(JTA) Hunched over a monument for thousands of Jews killed in a 1506 massacre in Lisbon, Danielle Karo (not her real name) felt a swelling in her eyes.

To Karo, an American poet and business analyst who is descended from one of Sephardic Jewrys greatest sages, the massacre is not just ancient history. It is emblematic of the persecution that motivated her to apply for Portuguese citizenship under a 2013 law granting citizenship to the descendants of Sephardim, the term used to refer to Jews who once lived in the Iberian Peninsula.

I think Portugals law is a beautiful thing, said Karo, who asked to be identified by a pseudonym because she works in Muslim countries in the Middle East. But when I think of the persecution that my family endured there, I also believe its Portugals duty.

Karo is the first of approximately 300 people who have applied for citizenship under the law, according to the Jewish communities of Porto and Lisbon, which must vet naturalization requests for the government. The law, which became effective last month, makes Portugal only the second country in the world with a law of return for Jews.

To qualify for citizenship, applicants must demonstrate that they belong to a Sephardic Jewish community or have Sephardic ancestry. They must also provide certificates proving they have no criminal record and a birth certificate authenticated by a Portuguese consulate in their country of residence, among other documents. The law does not require applicants to travel to Portugal.

So far, the Porto and Lisbon communities have certified the Sephardic ancestry of about 200 applicants. In Lisbon, most applicants come from Israel, according to Jose Oulman Carp, president of the capital citys Jewish community. In Porto, 55 of the 100 certified are Turkish Jews, according to a progress report released by that community on March 31.

As yet, the applicants have not received a response.

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Jewish American Heritage Month 2015 April 06

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DUNCAN, Okla. A national group is threatening to sue Duncan Public Schools after an Oklahoma teacher handed out Bibles at school.

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DUNCAN, Okla.

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DUNCAN, Okla. A national group is threatening to sue Duncan Public Schools after an Oklahoma teacher handed out Bibles at school. While the national humanist group threatening to sue got word from one concerned parent, most of the folks in Duncan are overwhelmingly in support of the teacher in question.

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The center-right fights back

Tennessee Rep. Diane Black is one of a handful of Republicans backed by an American Action Network campaign designed to bolster centrist members of the GOP majority. | AP Photo

American Action Network launches campaign backing House leaders against the right.

By Lauren French

4/6/15 5:38 AM EDT

Updated 4/6/15 11:04 AM EDT

The center-right is putting more money into the game and taking fresh aim at the conservatives bent on dragging the House to the right.

The deep-pocketed American Action Network, which has raised over $104 million since 2011, will put $1.8 million toward ads in 76 districts touting members who stood up to right-wing pressure and supported the House leadership on the budget and bipartisan Medicare legislation.

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The digital and television ads follow the groups leap into last months contentious Department of Homeland Security funding debate, in which it spent $400,000 against fellow Republicans who refused to fund the agency in protest of President Barack Obamas immigration actions. It followed with another $350,000 for TV ads in four districts to thank GOP lawmakers who backed the long-term funding deal in early March.

AANs latest blitz, coming in an otherwise fallow period with no candidates on the ballot, is potentially game-changing because so few resources are used to support the political center. For years, policy debates have been defined by the richest and loudest voices in the room: hard-liners who blast the squishy middle whenever lawmakers are teed up to take a controversial vote.

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Jewish American Heritage Month 2015 March 29

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CMI-5 Sandstone Pre-Release Working Group, April 15-16 25 Mar 2015 CMI-5, a soon-to-be standard which is also conformant to the Experience API (xAPI), will be the focus of a 2-day summit on April 15th and 16th in Alexandria, Virginia. The meeting will take place at the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Co-Lab. ADL has recently inherited CMI-5 and the other work formerly done by AICC (Aviation Industry CBT Committee) and fully supports the direction of this profile of xAPI.

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CMI-5 Sandstone Pre-Release Working Group, April 15-16 25 Mar 2015 CMI-5, a soon-to-be standard which is also conformant to the Experience API (xAPI), will be the focus of a 2-day summit on April 15th and 16th in Alexandria, Virginia. The meeting will take place at the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Co-Lab.

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[zahy-uh-niz-uh m] /za nz m/ IPA Syllables a worldwide Jewish movement that resulted in the establishment and development of the state of Israel. Related forms Expand Zionist, noun, adjective Zionistic, adjective anti-Zionism, noun anti-Zionist, noun, adjective non-Zionist, noun, adjective pro-Zionism, noun

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Jewish American Heritage Month 2015 April 05

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RISING anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and fear of foreigners must be challenged, a prominent churchman has told worshippers as he warned that many religious people do not feel safe in Scotland.

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RISING anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and fear of foreigners must be challenged, a prominent churchman has told worshippers as he warned that many religious people do not feel safe in Scotland.

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IRAN: Iran has no intention of destroying Israel and has actually saved the Jews three times in history, but the current Israeli regime is a threat to Tehran, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said in an interview with American media.

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Events 4-3-15

BOOKS

At Hyannis Library: April 11: Clinical neuropsychologist David D. Nowell will present a talk on A Parents ADHD Overview: 11 Strategies for Common Home and School Challenges, 11 a.m. at Hyannis Library, 401 Main St., of interest to all parents, teachers and professionals who work with ADHD children. The program is free but registration is required: 508-775-2280; or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Winter Reading Series: Sturgis Library hosts a wintertime reading and discussion series, Shaking Two Nickels Together: A Literary Perspective on Impoverishment and Income Inequality, as a guest list of scholars examine the subject in its historical and socioeconomic context. Attend any or all lectures. Texts are available at the library: Next up: April 28: Discussion of the book Bread and Wine by Ignazio Silone, led by James Crowley. RSVP to 508-362-6636; made possible by a grant from Mass Humanities.

At the Ladies’ Library: All is forgiven! Bring in non-perishable food items throughout the month of April and your late fines are forgiven. All food will be donated to the local food pantry. The library is located at 1822 Route 6A, Brewster.

Help for kids who stutter: Several books and DVDs produced by the nonprofit Stuttering Foundation are available free to public libraries. Among these, a new DVD called Stuttering: For Kids By Kids, stars kids who are struggling with the disability themselves and are out to help others. Three libraries in Barnstable have this DVD on their shelves: Centerville Public Library; Cotuit Library; Hyannis Public Library.

Library perks: Hyannis Public Library continues to offer the Mango Languages online language-learning system to all CLAMS card holders in the villages, through a grant from the Kirkman Trust Fund awarded to Barnstable libraries. Valid CLAMS card holders may take advantage of reduced rate admissions to the New England Aquarium in Boston and to Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich. Call the library for information. Hyannis Library is at 401 Main St. 508-775-2280, www.hyannislibrary.org

ARTS

BARNSTABLE

T-Shirt Design Contest: The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod announces the 12th Annual Capewide Art Scholarship T-Shirt Design Competition for original art to be featured on the official T-shirt for the 30th Annual Citizens Bank Pops by the Sea concert on Aug. 9 on the Hyannis village green. The contest winner will receive a $500 cash scholarship and will be featured in the 2015 program book. Guidelines and entry forms may be obtained by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or through school art departments. They can be downloaded online at artsfoundation.org/pops-by-the-sea. The deadline for submissions is April 17.

Sea of information: Through April 14: Ted Ollier, artist-in-residence at Cape Cod Community College, uses letterpress, zinc, silkscreen, embroidery and more in his current exhibition at Higgins Art Gallery in Tilden Arts Center at the college. A gallery reception is 1 to 4 p.m. April 9, and is open to the public. More information at 508-362-2131.

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AROUND YOUR TOWN for Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Maria Kovary picture On a perfect Spring day, the Sierra Vista Monday hiking group hiked up scenic Temporal Gulch near Patagonia. Mt Wrightson is showing in the back ground (in the picture with hikers).

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Kieran Sikdar will offer a free lunchtime presentation, San Pedro River and Low Impact Development, from 12:10 to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, in room 702 on the Cochise College Sierra Vista Campus. Low Impact Development (LID) practices can help make use of rainfall at residential and commercial sites and eliminate groundwater pumping for landscape irrigation demand. Watershed Management Group (a nonprofit organization) will share details on the development of multiple LID sites in Sierra Vista, including at the college and City Hall. Bring your lunch to this free presentation. For information, call(520)515-5492.

The Compassionate Friends will meet Wednesday, April 1, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Faith Presbyterian Church, 2053 E. Choctaw Drive. Compassionate Friends is a nonprofit, self-help bereavement support organization for families that have experienced the death of a child. For more information, call Jennifer or Ed Shiver at (520) 458-1389, Judy Slarve at (520) 249-3110 or emailtcfsierravista@gmail.com. To learn more about The Compassionate Friends, visit their national websiteatwww.compassionatefriends.org.

The Hummingbird Stitchers Quilt Guild will feature artist Julie Hocker at its Wednesday, April 1, morning meeting. Julie Hocker of LadyHawk Designs will give a wonderful demonstration on thread painting and offer her patterns for sale. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. The HSQG is located on Fry Boulevard at the old Apache Middle School just east of Veterans Park. Visit our website, at hummingbirdquiltguild.com foradditionalinformation.

The Jewish Womens Group of Sierra Vista will meet on Wednesday, April 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Clubhouse of the Vista View Resort. In observance of the National Days of Remembrance, Bisbee Holocaust survivor, psychologist and artist, Maria Jutasi Coleman, will share her remarkable personal story of hope, tragedy and survival. She will also discuss how these experiences inspired her to create her Holocaust art. A potluck style lunch will be served. For reservations and information, pleasecontactFlowerdoll@aol.com.

The Sierra Vista chapter of PFLAG, the national organization for parents, families, allies, and LGBTQ people united for equality, will meet Wednesday, April 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church office, 4533 N. Commerce Drive, Sierra Vista. We will be showing the movie Trevor, a 17 minute film about a young man who knows for certain that hes gay but this doesnt make it any easier for him to accept it. Look for our sign. If you have any questions, please leave a message at(520)255-0423.

The Thunder Mountain Harley Owners Group monthly general membership meetings are held the first Wednesday each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Old County Courthouse at 4001 E. Foothills Drive. We are a family-oriented riding group for all Harley Davidson enthusiast folks who enjoy riding with friends and family. Come out to one of our meetings and see if you would care tojoinus.

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When some 70 members of the neo-Nazi organization Golden Dawn go on trial sometime this spring, there will be more than street thugs and fascist ideologues in the docket, but a tangled web of influence that is likely to engulf Greeces police, national security agency, wealthy oligarchs, and mainstream political parties.

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When some 70 members of the neo-Nazi organization Golden Dawn go on trial sometime this spring, there will be more than street thugs and fascist ideologues in the docket, but a tangled web of influence that is likely to engulf Greeces police, national security agency, wealthy oligarchs, and mainstream political parties.

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When some 70 members of the neo-Nazi organization Golden Dawn go on trial sometime this spring, there will be more than street thugs and fascist ideologues in the docket, but a tangled web of influence that is likely to engulf Greeces police, national security agency, wealthy oligarchs, and mainstream political parties.

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AROUND YOUR TOWN for Monday, March 30

The committee organizing the March for Mental Health displays the Enjoying Popcorn gift basket that will be auctioned Saturday, April 25, on the day of the march at the former Apache Middle School, 3305 E. Fry Blvd. From left, front row, are Judith Doer, Executive Director Phyllis Getz, and Honorary Co-chairman Pat Wick, and, from left, back row, are Kari Stajduhar, Joyce Warren, Honorary Co-chairman Barbara Ashley, Susan Richards, Judy Tritz, and Tom Reardon, March chairman. The basket was donated by Jan Ross in memory of Malachy Roberts, a Tombstone High School senior who died days before his graduation in 2014. The March is the primary fundraiser for its sponsor, National Alliance on Mental Illness of Southeastern Arizona (NAMI SEAZ).

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The Community Caregiver Support Group, hosted by Faith Presbyterian Church and led by Frena Gray-Davidson and Mattie Stone, Medical Social Worker, will meet on March 30 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the last Monday of every month, and each meeting will include input on dementia from the facilitators as well as time for discussion. Dont struggle alone; meet others who know your journey. Get help, support, friendship and cookies at the meeting. All caregivers are welcome. Faith Presbyterian is located at 2053 Choctaw Drive; call 378-9400fordirections.

March31

The Hummingbird Stitchers Quilt Guild will feature artist Julie Hocker at its Tuesday, March 31, evening meeting. Julie Hocker of LadyHawk Designs will give a demonstration on thread painting and offer her patterns for sale. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. The HSQG is located on Fry Boulevard at the old Apache Middle School just east of Veterans Park. Visit our website at hummingbirdquiltguild.com foradditionalinformation.

Marshall Shore will present Arizona Kicks on Route 66, on Tuesday, March 31, 5:30 p.m. at the Copper Queen Library Meeting Room, 6 Main Street, in Bisbee. U.S. Route 66, known as the Mother Road, was built in 1926. It ran from Chicago to Los Angeles. This multi-media presentation includes music, video clips, still photos, and Shores storytelling magic. For more information, call(520)432-4232.

Low Vision Support Group will meet on Tuesday, March 31, at 10 a.m. at the Oscar Yrun Community Center on Tacoma Street in Sierra Vista and will adjourn at 11:15 a.m. Special guest speaker from the Wellness Depot, Dee Winter, will address the group. Discussions will include information on the technology available to help those with serious vision problems, sharing problems and solutions, and providing opportunities for socializing. For more information about the group or this meeting, please call the group facilitator, Bill Hall,at458-6441.

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AROUND YOUR TOWN for Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Easter Bunny delights as 7-year-olds pick up plastic Easter eggs filled with prizes Saturday morning at the food court at the Mall at Sierra Vista. The event was put on by Sierra Vista Leisure Services, with help from The Mall at Sierra Vista, Guild Mortgage, Sierra Vista Herald, Big O Tires, Sierra Vista Chiropractic, First Things First, Leos Complete Auto Care, Mr. Fix It of Sierra Vista, Law Office of Williams-Melo, Pioneer Title, and Merles Automotive Supply and Parts Plus. (matt.hickman@svherald.com)

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The Community Caregiver Support Group, hosted by Faith Presbyterian Church and led by Frena Gray-Davidson and Mattie Stone, Medical Social Worker, will meet on March 30 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the last Monday of every month, and each meeting will include input on dementia from the facilitators as well as time for discussion. Dont struggle alone; meet others who know your journey. Get help, support, friendship and cookies at the meeting. All caregivers are welcome. Faith Presbyterian is located at 2053 Choctaw Drive; call 378-9400fordirections.

March31

The Hummingbird Stitchers Quilt Guild will feature artist Julie Hocker at its Tuesday, March 31, evening meeting. Julie Hocker of LadyHawk Designs will give a demonstration on thread painting and offer her patterns for sale. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. The HSQG is located on Fry Boulevard at the old Apache Middle School just east of Veterans Park. Visit our website at hummingbirdquiltguild.com foradditionalinformation.

Marshall Shore will present Arizona Kicks on Route 66, on Tuesday, March 31, 5:30 p.m. at the Copper Queen Library Meeting Room, 6 Main Street, in Bisbee. U.S. Route 66, known as the Mother Road, was built in 1926. It ran from Chicago to Los Angeles. This multi-media presentation includes music, video clips, still photos, and Shores storytelling magic. For more information, call(520)432-4232.

Low Vision Support Group will meet on Tuesday, March 31, at 10 a.m. at the Oscar Yrun Community Center on Tacoma Street in Sierra Vista and will adjourn at 11:15 a.m. Special guest speaker from the Wellness Depot, Dee Winter, will address the group. Discussions will include information on the technology available to help those with serious vision problems, sharing problems and solutions, and providing opportunities for socializing. For more information about the group or this meeting, please call the group facilitator, Bill Hall,at458-6441.

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Jewish American Heritage Month unexploded-and

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Video will begin in 5 seconds. Germanwings co-pilot trained in US Germanwings plane crashed deliberately NY building engulfed in flames Ferrell offers to join One Direction Germanwings pilot locked out of cockpit Fairfax correspondent Ruth Pollard visits a family in Gaza which has been living on top of an unexploded Israeli bomb for months. Beit Hanoun, Gaza Strip: Half a dozen carefully placed pieces of wood cover the hole in the floor shattered by the one-tonne bomb that for seven months lay beneath Fadel Nassers family home in the devastated Gaza town of Beit Hanoun

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Video will begin in 5 seconds. Germanwings co-pilot trained in US Germanwings plane crashed deliberately NY building engulfed in flames Ferrell offers to join One Direction Germanwings pilot locked out of cockpit Fairfax correspondent Ruth Pollard visits a family in Gaza which has been living on top of an unexploded Israeli bomb for months. Beit Hanoun, Gaza Strip: Half a dozen carefully placed pieces of wood cover the hole in the floor shattered by the one-tonne bomb that for seven months lay beneath Fadel Nassers family home in the devastated Gaza town of Beit Hanoun.

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Out of Carey Perloff's 'Chaos' comes theatrical harmony

Carey Perloff, now in her 23rd season as artistic director of San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater, doesn’t mince words when talking about the challenges confronting the American theater, a principal subject of her fiery new memoir, “Beautiful Chaos: A Life in the Theater.”

She’s disturbed by the way “many large-scale institutional theaters today have become roadhouses to incubate commercial productions headed for Broadway,” alarmed at the “relative paucity of female voices rising to the top of our profession” and frustrated that funding sources are so heavily focused on new-play development that there is “virtually no support for the training of actors” and not all that much for new approaches to the classics.

If you get the chance to discuss these matters with her, she will forcefully back up her claims, lucidly elaborate the cultural and ethical implications and passionately make the case that the theater, though increasingly marginalized, is vital to the healthy functioning of our democracy. She might even stop for breath, as she did once or twice when we met for coffee this month, though don’t count on it.

These days, in addition to the demands of a book tour, she’s preparing for the opening of the Strand Theatre, A.C.T.’s long-awaited second stage in the Central Market neighborhood between the impoverished Tenderloin community and San Francisco’s new tech corridor. (Ever ambitious, Perloff wants the theater to serve as “connective tissue.”)

And somehow, while leading one of the country’s largest nonprofit theaters and lining up her own projects as a director, she has found room for a burgeoning and somewhat unforeseen career as a playwright. Her play “Kinship,” which had its world premiere last year in Paris in a production that starred Isabelle Adjani, will have its American debut this summer at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in a Jo Bonney production led by Cynthia Nixon.

An artist and chief executive who is as comfortable in the board room as she is in the rehearsal hall, Perloff cuts a formidable figure. Although she wouldn’t be considered in the first rank of American directors neither an avant-garde visionary nor a Broadway bigwig, she’s the first to admit she’s “never been a darling of the press” Perloff is one of the most principled and dynamic stewards of a nonprofit theater in this country. She is also one of the most articulate.

The daughter of literary critic and Stanford and USC professor Marjorie Perloff and the late UCLA cardiologist Dr. Joseph K. Perloff, she said that culture was the family religion. Growing up in Washington, D.C., Perloff recalls traipsing through the Smithsonian and the Phillips Collection on weekends and training at the ballet barre. The dramatic stage may have supplanted her first artistic loves, but one thing she likes about directing is the way it calls upon “every skill set you’ve learned in your life.”

Proud of her Jewish heritage and mindful of its history (her mother was a Viennese refugee in the late 1930s), she is still practicing the family’s unofficial religion. Whether going hat in hand to the executives at Twitter to ask for money or speaking to students in A.C.T.’s MFA program in acting, she is driven by her secular faith in the theater as a bridge for disparate communities and as a forum for literature that is meant to be lived. The stage, as she observes in her book (much of it written within commuting distance from Silicon Valley), is “the yang of technology’s yin,” meaning “live experience, narrative, character, immersion.”

Perloff studied classics and comparative literature at Stanford, and it was there that she fell in love with ancient Greek theater. A fateful encounter with Aristophanes’ “The Frogs” introduced her to, as she writes, “a universe in which the answer to a population struggling with war and political chaos was better drama.”

“Because I started with the Greeks, I love plays that put the culture on stage,” she said. “I’m drawn to work that’s large-scale, muscular, epic Schiller, Brecht, Tom Stoppard, plays with choruses. But I also have a minimalist side.” Before taking over A.C.T., Perloff was the artistic director of Classic Stage Company, an intimate off-Broadway venue in which she investigated the classics up close, often in bold new translations, while getting better acquainted with the work of Beckett and Pinter, the latter of whom is the source of some of the book’s most vivid anecdotes.

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AROUND YOUR TOWN for Friday, March 27, 2015

“Friend or foe?,” asks the squirrel of the hawk. This unusual exchange took place while Dave Grishop was enjoying breakfast at his home in the La Terreza neighborhood in Sierra Vista recently.

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The Thunder Mountain Twirlers welcome Paul Turner on Friday, March 27. Paul will call a Mainstream Square Dance from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., with a Plus Tip after the dance, and Lisa Wall will cue Rounds between Tips. Only $5 for members, $6 for non-members, and free for non-dancers to come watch and socialize! Snacks and friendship are provided. Sierra Vista Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 101 N. Lenzner Ave. For more info contact Sandy at (520) 378-6719 oremailsvtmt@cox.net.

Fourth Friday Breakfast at Papas 50s Diner on S. Hwy 92. at 8 a.m., Friday, March 27. No host breakfast, open to all auto enthusiasts. Come on out and enjoy the Sierra Vista morning, talk cars, see old friends and meet other auto enthusiasts. Free beverage with each breakfast order. Remember; you gottadriveem!

The American Legion will host a steak fry dinner Friday March 27 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Ticket cost is $9 and includes all the fixes. The dinner is open to all members, guests and all active duty service members and family. For more information, call (520) 459.6050, American Legion Post 52, 12 Theater Drive,SierraVista.

USTOO Prostate Cancer Support Group of Sierra Vista will meet Friday, March 27, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at the Wellness Depot in the Sierra Vista Mall. The support group meeting is open to prostate cancer survivors, newly diagnosed men, spouses, caregivers, and others interested in making decisions about prostate cancer detection and treatment through support and education. The group meets the last Friday of the month at the CVNC (SVRHC) Wellness Depot in the Sierra Vista Mall. For information log on to www.facebook.com/ustoosvaz , email ustoosvaz@gmail.com, or contact Bob Norquist at(520)803.6773.

VFW Post 9972 will host a chicken fried steak dinner with mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetable, and a roll with butter for $8, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Live entrtainment starts at 8 p.m., at the post, 549 Veterans Drive in Sierra Vista. Open to all members, their guests and all active duty service members. For more information contact,C.J.ShortyLarson458-9972.

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Meet The Jewish Matchmaker of Your Mothers Dreams

TIME Living Love Meet the Jewish Matchmaker of Your Mothers Dreams Erin Davis The logo for Shabbatness is a Challah-shaped heart. Inspired by her grandmother’s Holocaust survival, Erin Davis wants to set up Jewish singles without anyone having to swipe left or right

Im sitting in a Manhattan apartment watching the sun set with 11 of New Yorks most eligible Jewish singles. Its Friday night and the table is a traditional Shabbat settinga Kiddush cup filled with red wine, freshly-blessed candles and challah bread thats been ripped apart and passed around the table. The crowd is hushed as Erin Davis a 30-year-old, waif-like blond, our host for the night, announces its time for ice breakers, where well read funny and ironic facts about each other and guess who it could be.

Later Ill leave after arranging a date with an adorable man handpicked by Davis whom my mother would kvellahem, gushover. This is Shabatness, an invite-only service that sets up young Jewish professionals over Shabbat dinners.

Davis is quite rare, a matchmaker who does things the artisanal way, setting up singles through dinner parties, not apps or algorithms. She started hosting at least one Shabbat dinner a month in 2013. I felt there was a void in the Jewish community of Shabbat dinners in intimate homes, she says. And I realized it was an ideal environment for singles to meet each other.

She interviews singles and promises those selected for the dinner a potential partner, a night of unlimited alcohol and a meal, at her apartment or one of the guests who chooses to host, all for just $36a division of 18, or chai in Hebrew, a lucky number in JudasimThe idea became a business when Davis applied and received a fellowship through PresenTense, a social entrepreneurial program with a focus on the Jewish community. Davis got access to mentors, donors and business classes to put her vision in place.

Labe Eden, a committee member at PresenTense who has attended a few Shabbatness dinners, says he was struck by Davis and her idea from the get go. He explains it as a more wholesome experience than dating at a bar. You dont have to necessarily impress anybody. You get to be you, he says.

The idea could seem old schoolbut each dinner has its own special twist. One dinner was called Bourbon and Beatbox, where American Idol contestant and special guest Jay Stone beatboxed the Shema, a prayer from the Torah. One night it was Magic and Macarons, where a Jewish magician performed and macarons were served for dessert. Another called Shabbat in the Sky was held in a 52nd-floor penthouse in New Yorks financial district. And her next one will feature only male homosexual couples.

Even with modern traditions, the core of the evening is Judaism. Davis inspiration comes from her own grandmother, Rose Goldberg, who survived the holocaust in hiding after being sent to the ghettos of Wladimir Wolynsk in Poland. I used to think she was just this old-school sweet Polish lady, Davis says. But after traveling Europe and researching the genocide, she felt it a strong pull toward preserving Jewish heritage and rituals.

And its a heritage thats getting diluted. A 2013 PEW study revealed that the percentage of U.S. adults who say they are Jewish when asked about their religion has been cut by about half since the late 1950s. And more than half of Jewish Americans have married a non-Jewish spouse.

The studies disturb me, and there are small things to do to keep the tradition alive but make it our own, she says. And the recent rise of anti-Semitism across Europe is especially troubling to her, even thought its not prevalent in New York.

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AROUND YOUR TOWN for Thursday, March 26, 2015

MARK.LEVY@SVHERALD.COM Buena High School sophomore Youth Engineering and Science Fair participants talk about their Centrifugal Cell Stretcher project during Wednesday’s Yes Fair judging at the Windemere Hotel and Conference Center. The competitors are, from left, Adam Skor, Josh Caputo and Caleb Mueller. Today, public viewing of the entries will begin at 8 a.m. and continue to 3 p.m. An awards ceremony for YES Fair winners will be held at 7 p.m. at the Windemere.

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The Cochise College Aviation Department invites community members and alumni to its first fundraising dinner Friday, March 27, at the Sierra Vista Campus Student Union, featuring special guest Elaine Larsen, driver of the Miller Welds jet dragster (a car powered by an aircraft engine) and co-owner of Larsen Motorsports, which works with aviation maintenance professionals and aerospace, mechanical and electrical engineers. Call (520) 417-4735 for information and to RSVP by March 18. Dinner choice is prime rib or chicken cordon bleu and costs $25 per person or $45percouple.

New Frontier Animal Medical Center is presenting the second of six Veterinary Connect Seminars on Thursday, March 26, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., in the Lecture Hall (the west pod) at the Buena Performing Arts Center. This months topic is Poison Prevention, presented by Dr. Sara Hall of the Southern Arizona Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center, and will address dangerous foods, toxic medications, hazardous plants, and household poisons. The seminar is complimentary to clients and the public, and refreshments will be provided. Seating is limited, so for reservations, contact Julieat459-0433.

The Patterson Observatory will open to the public on Thursday, March 26, for a night of observing the moon, Jupiter, and variety of star clusters nebulae and distant galaxies. The event is free, family-friendly and open to the public. Doors open at sunset and viewing begins about 7 p.m. The event is weather dependent, clouds will force cancellation. The Patterson Observatory is located on the campus of the University of Arizona South, Sierra Vista, 1140 N. Colombo Avenue. The observatory is owned by the University South Foundation Inc., and operated by volunteers from the Huachuca Astronomy Club. Donations go to the maintenance of the observatory and aregratefullyaccepted.

The Sierra Vista Farmers Market will host a food preparation demo called, Green Smoothies Getting Vitamins the Easy Way on Thursday, March 26, from noon to 12:30 p.m. at the Market information area in Veterans Memorial Park. Sierra Vista Herald food columnist Chef Chris will demonstrate how to make several different types of tasty green smoothies, using fresh, healthy greens that are in season now at thefarmersmarket.

Chapter 572, Military Order of The Purple Heart will hold their March 2015 monthly meeting on Thursday, March 26, at the Landmark Caf in Sierra Vista, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. In part, subjects to be covered are the Sierra Vista Purple Heart Park rededication, homeless vets Red Cross, Purple Heart Bricks at the Arizona capitol, and planning of a Purple Heart City monument at Veterans Memorial Park. As always, the general publiciswelcome.

Practical tips for living a happier life will be revealed at Lifetree Caf on Thursday, March 26 at 6:30 p.m. The program, titled Be Happy, features a filmed interview with Gretchin Rubin, author of the New York Times No. 1 bestselling book The Happiness Project. Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Snacks and beverages are available. Lifetree Caf is located in room 701 in the Community Outreach building on the Sierra Vista Campus of Cochise College. Questions about Lifetree may be directed to John Nolander at johnnolander@cox.net or (520) 459-8339.Facebook:LifetreeCafeSierraVistaAZ.

The Sierra Vista Farmers Market will host a food preparation demo called, Green Smoothies Getting Vitamins the Easy Way on Thursday, March 26, from noon to 12:30 p.m. at the Market information area in Veterans Memorial Park. Sierra Vista Herald food columnist Chef Chris will demonstrate how to make several different types of tasty green smoothies, using fresh, healthy greens that are in season now at thefarmersmarket.

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