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.

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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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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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AROUND YOUR TOWN for Wednesday, March 25, 2015

MARK.LEVY@SVHERALD.COM For the 20th year the Southwest Association of Buffalo Soldiers recognize local students who have significantly improved in the classroom by presenting them with the Spirit if the Buffalo Soldier Award. Southwest Association of Buffalo Soldiers President Charles Hancock presents Col. Smith Middle School seventh grader Austin Colwell with the Spirit of the Buffalo Soldier Award during Saturday’s ceremony at Buena High School.

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Cochise College instructor Edmund Priddis and biology students will offer a free lunchtime presentation, Student Wildlife Research Along the San Pedro, from 12:10 p.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, in room 702 on the Cochise College Sierra Vista Campus. As a year-round source of water, the San Pedro River is an important resource for wildlife living in or moving through the area. Learn about the results of a recent study by Cochise College students into the washes radiating from the river as possible corridors for the movement of wildlife and how seasonal water flows affect the region. Bring your lunch to this free presentation. For information, call(520)515-5492.

Thunder Mountain Republican Women will have its regular meeting on Tuesday, March 25 at 11 a.m. at Pueblo Del Sol Country Club. The featured speaker will be Ed Gillingham, the new Director of Cochise County Juvenile Court Services. Reservations can be made by contacting Louise Grantham at 378-0495. With reservation, lunch is $17 and walk-ins are $18. All Republican womenarewelcome.

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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.

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#IsraelElections: B’nai B’rith Supports Middle East’s Only Democracy As the polls close on the 2015 elections in Israel, B’nai B’rith International supports the inalienable rights of Israelis to vote for their leadership. Israel remains the Middle East’s only By: B’nai B’rith

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Aussie Lawmaker Tossed Over 'Goebbels' Flap

Mark Dreyfus Objects To Premier’s Holocaust Reference By JTA

Published March 19, 2015.

A Jewish lawmaker was thrown out of Australias Parliament after protesting Prime Minister Tony Abbotts description of the opposition leader as the Dr. Goebbels of economic policy. Joseph Goebbels was the propaganda minister for Nazi Germany.

Opposition Labor Party lawmaker Mark Dreyfus, one of three Jewish lawmakers in Parliament, jumped up to protest Abbotts choice of comparisons, eventually being thrown out of the House of Representatives chamber. Jewish Labor lawmaker Michael Danby left with him in solidarity.

There are no Nazis here and we shouldnt be making comparisons with the paradigm of the ultimate evil in politics to heighten political differences, Danby told The Associated Press. Its beneath him, and it goes to the question of his judgment. I think a lot of his backbench will be groaning and tearing their hair out.

Abbot withdrew the comment and apologized for making the comparison.

The comment comes more than a month after Abbott was forced to issue an apology for describing a cut in defense jobs as a holocaust of jobs.

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Is Birthright NEXT Shutting Down?

Leaders Leave Alumni Program as Flagship Shabbat Dinners Cut

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Published March 19, 2015.

Birthright Israels alumni division faces an uncertain future following the departure of its top two executives and the discontinuation of its flagship Sabbath meals program.

Birthright Israel NEXT has entered a six-month interim stage as a task force weighs whether it will continue, Birthright Israel Foundations chief operating officer, Jennifer Goldstone, acknowledged in an interview with the Forward. The foundation has ceased fundraising for NEXT. Goldstone said it was too early to tell whether NEXT would still exist at the end of the process.

Its a process that is urgent, Goldstone said. This is a huge responsibility, for the Jewish people and not just for the Birthright Israel Foundation.

NEXTs CEO, Morlie Levin, retired quietly at the end of December, and its managing director, Liz Fisher, has also departed. The Forward reported in mid-December that NEXTs subsidized holiday meals program for Birthright alumni ended on December 27.

Goldstone said that the task force considering NEXTs future began meeting on January 1 and will continue to meet regularly through the end of June. Members include representatives of the foundations of Jewish mega-donor Michael Steinhardt and hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer. The task force is co-chaired by Mark Charendoff, former head of the Jewish Funders Network, and Laurie Blitzer, vice chair of the Birthright Israel Foundation.

The task force, Goldstone said, was working to rethink how Birthright should follow up with participants after its 10-day trip. At the time when Morlie was deciding to retire, it gave the lay leaders an opportunity to check in and see where NEXT was going, Goldstone said.

In 2011, shortly after her arrival at NEXT, Levin trimmed the groups ambitions, cutting back on plans for robust staffed efforts in cities nationwide. Later, in 2012, the group admitted it had had trouble connecting with Birthright alumni, and reshuffled its strategy.

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Graffiti artists draw on Jewish roots

From left: Itamar Paloge and Hillel Smith take a break from painting a mural at the Silverlake Independent JCC. Photo by Avishay Artsy

Over the past week, two graffiti artists have been applying layers of bright orange and blue paint to an outdoor wall of the Silverlake Independent JCC. Hillel Smith, a native Angeleno, and Itamar Paloge, a Tel Aviv-based artist, met a year ago through their shared interest in street art. Now theyre creating Jewish-themed murals across Los Angeles.

The JCC mural features a massive orange Hebrew letter, alef, which fills the wall space. Surrounding the letter are blue calligraphic lines that reference the forms of the Hebrew alphabet but are not actual letters.

It does incorporate the styles that both of us work in, Smith said. My work tends to be a lot more geometric and angular, and Itamars is a lot more free-flowing. This layering effect really brings the two things together.

This is just one in a series of works the artists are making incorporating the Hebrew alphabet as a design element. Their current project, Illuminated Streets, references illuminated manuscripts, beautifully decorated handwritten books that are part of a rich history of Jewish typographic art.

Smith said he enjoys the unusual juxtaposition of Jewish tradition and contemporary media such as graffiti. Smith grew up in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood of Los Angeles, riding his bicycle to the comic book shops on Melrose Avenue and admiring the street art of his hometown. In L.A., he said, street art is closely tied to cultural identity, and it bothered him that there was no Jewish representation in street art.

I always felt like, growing up, OK, I have a lot of pride in my Jewish heritage, and theres all this really interesting work happening elsewhere; how come theres really nothing interesting thats Jewish out there? he said, pointing to Japanese-inspired murals in Little Tokyo and Mesoamerican-themed murals in Boyle Heights. So, while not all of my work is Jewish, and not all of my work, I dont think, needs to be Jewish, it did feel important to me. Like, I have the ability to do this, and I can represent my own identity and the identity of my community in a way that other communities have successfully been able to do so far.

Smith first pitched the idea of doing Jewish-themed graffiti projects around L.A. at SEDER, an event where artists present their ideas, and participants pool their money and vote on which artists project to fund. Smiths grant helped him purchase materials and make connections with other Jewish artists. Anne Hromadka, art consultant and program director for the Jewish Artists Initiative, runs the SEDER events as part of her role as director of Nu Art Projects.

Why not have spaces that are designed and beautiful and speak to the multilayered generations that inhabit areas like Pico-Robertson or Fairfax, or going to school at AJU [American Jewish University] or HUC [Hebrew Union College], Hromadka said. There are endless possibilities to be reflecting back on our culture in new ways that are exciting and interesting and innovative, and speak to developing a new language for us to interpret our oldest traditions.

Smith is a full-time graphic designer and has made small-format spray paint work for a few years. He made a mural at Camp Ramah in Ojai in 2013 and met Paloge last March at Asylum Arts, a summit for emerging Jewish artists in New York. About 70 artists participated in last years gathering, which was supported by the Schusterman Family Foundation. The pair bonded over street art and a shared love of typographic art.

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The Gaza Strip (//;[1]Arabic: Qi azzah [qt azza]), or simply Gaza, is a pene-exclave region of Palestine on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea that borders Egypt on the southwest for 11 kilometers (6.8mi) and Israel on the east and north along a 51km (32mi) border. Gaza makes up part of the Palestinian territories which includes the West Bank, and in 2012 the United Nations General Assembly accorded Palestine non-Member Observer State status in the United Nations.[2] In 1994, Israel granted certain rights of civil self-governance to the Palestinian Authority in Gaza through the Oslo Accords

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The Gaza Strip (//;[1]Arabic: Qi azzah [qt azza]), or simply Gaza, is a pene-exclave region of Palestine on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea that borders Egypt on the southwest for 11 kilometers (6.8mi) and Israel on the east and north along a 51km (32mi) border. Gaza makes up part of the Palestinian territories which includes the West Bank, and in 2012 the United Nations General Assembly accorded Palestine non-Member Observer State status in the United Nations.[2] In 1994, Israel granted certain rights of civil self-governance to the Palestinian Authority in Gaza through the Oslo Accords. Gaza has been subject to military occupation by Israel since 1967 and prior to that by Egypt (194867) (see Occupation of the Gaza Strip by Egypt)

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The Gaza Strip (//;[1]Arabic: Qi azzah [qt azza]), or simply Gaza, is a pene-exclave region of Palestine on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea that borders Egypt on the southwest for 11 kilometers (6.8mi) and Israel on the east and north along a 51km (32mi) border. Gaza makes up part of the Palestinian territories which includes the West Bank, and in 2012 the United Nations General Assembly accorded Palestine non-Member Observer State status in the United Nations.[2] In 1994, Israel granted certain rights of civil self-governance to the Palestinian Authority in Gaza through the Oslo Accords.

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AROUND YOUR TOWN for Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Photo provided by R.L. Gent The Huachuca Astronomy Club had a distinguished visitor at its event Saturday. Gary Tenen (above), one of the discoverers of Kartchner Caverns, joined club members at a successful viewing in the afternoon and evening. NASA Solar System Ambassador, Ted Forte, gave a talk about the robotic exploration of the giant asteroid Vesta, the Dwarf planet Ceres, Saturn, Mars, and more. His handout for the children were quite popular. There was also a discussion on the importance of dark skies and the outdoor lighting codes of Cochise County and Serra Vista.

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Celebrate St. Patricks Day at Cochise College during its annual Celtic Culture Day from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, in the Student Union on the Sierra Vista Campus. The family-friendly and free event includes presentations, crafts poetry, music, and dance featuring The Molly McCrary Band, aka the beloved local musical group The Bost Family (Irish) Traditions. A corned beef and cabbage dinner will be available for purchase. For information and a list of events, email Mary B. Coyle at coylem@cochise.edu or call(520)515-5499.

Democratic Women of Southeast Arizona will host Rebekah Friend, Executive Director/Secretary-Treasurer of Arizona AFL-CIO, speaking on Women and the Labor Movement. Everyone interested is invited to the luncheon meeting, March 17 at Pueblo del Sol Country Club from 11 a.m.to 1 p.m. For reservations, call 459-8728 by Thursday,March12.

Tuesday, March 17, the American Legion Post 52 will celebrate Saint Patricks Day and the American Legion birthday. The menu features corned beef and cabbage and birthday cake for $6. From 4 p.m., until its gone, open to all members, guests and all active duty service members and families. Activity at the American Legion Post 52, 12 Theater Drive, in Sierra Vista, for information, call(520)459-6050.

Allen Dart will make a presentation of Southern Arizona Hohokam Indians at the Bisbee Copper Queen Library on Tuesday, March 17, beginning at 5:30 p.m. This presentation illustrates Hohokam material culture and presents possible interpretations about their relationships to the natural world, time reckoning, religious practices, beliefs and deities, and possible reasons for the eventual demise of their way of life. Abundant illustrations of Hohokam artifacts, rock art, and archaeological features are included. All programs at the library, located at 6 Main Street, are open to everyone. For information, call(520)432-4232.

A workshop with Dr. Lokvig will present Secrets to Successful Caregiving, on Tuesday, March 17, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Sierra Vista Police Department in the Community Room, 911 N. Coronado Drive in Sierra Vista. Workshop fee is $20, or $15 for students. Reserve your spot by calling Nancy at (520) 559-2752. Oremailadmin@wellnessconnections.org.

On St. Paddys Day, March 17, Betsy Foster Breault will present an open outdoor reading of selections of her book, Sellers in the Kitchen, featuring historic Bisbee artist and performer George Wily Sellers. The en plein air venue for this event is the small court yard at the Fountain of Justice on Tombstone Canyon Road, sandwiched in between the Iron Man statue and the steps of the courthouse. The reading is scheduled for 4:30 in the afternoon andisfree.

Come celebrate the Ghost of George Wiley Sellers an historic Bisbee artist and performer with Betsy Foster Breault. Enjoy a live reading from Breaults book, Sellers in the Kitchen on St. Paddys Day, March 17, at 4:30 p.m. on the steps of the Cochise County Courthouse. Open and free to the public courtesy of a grant from Bisbee Commission of the Arts. For information, contact Betsy Foster Breault at(520)432-2138.

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Florida congresswoman talks Jewish heritage, leadership

A former Gator who climbed her way up the political ladder returned to Gainesville on Friday to address the local Jewish community.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz spoke to students and community members about staying connected in the Jewish community and recognizing the importance of Jewish American Heritage Month.

Wasserman Schultz said Gainesville is her second favorite place after her South Florida hometown. She earned her bachelors and masters degrees in political science from UF, and she was a student senator and member of the College Democrats.

Soon after graduating, Wasserman Schultz became the first Jewish woman from Florida elected into Congress in 2004. She said she carries her pride in Judaism and Israel proudly and was influential in creating Jewish American Heritage Month, which is celebrated in May.

She said its important for the UF Jewish community to get involved around campus.

I think its really important that we instill that activism, Wasserman Schultz said.

Wasserman Schultz also spoke about the honor of traveling to Israel with President Barack Obama as the liaison between the White House and the Jewish community.

During the Q&A, people asked about combating anti-Semitism, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus recent speech and advice as a female leader.

Aaron Hubberman, a UF political science freshman, said he was impressed by her work ethic.

Shes showing (hard work) by climbing the political ladder, Hubberman, 19, said.

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Viewpoint: I choose not to be silent

I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.

-Elie Wiesel

This morning, I read of yet another act of anti-Semitism at one of this countrys absolute jewels of public education the University of California, Los Angeles. During a hearing on Feb. 10 for a seat on the student Judicial Board, candidate Rachel Beyda was asked: Given that youre a Jewish student and very active in the Jewish community, how do you see yourself being able to maintain an unbiased view?

As a Jew, the obvious bigotry of this question offends me deeply. However, my decision to speak out goes far beyond this not-so-subtle attack that manifests in a variety of and ever increasing ways against Jews across campuses throughout the nation. A recent study by Trinity College and the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights under Law found that 54 percent of Jewish college students have been subject to or witnessed anti-Semitism during a six-month period. No, today, I am far more offended as an American and as one who values what this great country represents.

I am offended for several reasons. For starters, these questions are a brazen violation of the spirit, if not the very text of the U.S. Constitution (see: First Amendments guarantee of freedom of religion), a document that embodies the very principles of our progressive democracy. To even entertain this question as one appropriate for a public body, student or otherwise, demonstrates a deep ignorance of the civic foundation on which this country was founded and, more importantly, a body of laws that have evolved since their creation to expand the rights of and protections for other Americans as well.

While the question at hand targeted the candidates Jewish heritage and community involvement, I am not the only one who should fear the audacity that the statement embodies. If asking whether being a Jew would cloud ones judgment, what about asking if they were a Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, atheist? Heck, why not ask if other characteristics would influence their perspective, like being Black, Latino, Asian, Native American, even white? How about whether they are poor, rich, Democrat, Republican, independent? Substitute any of these classifications for Jew and you can get a sense of what real bigotry looks like. There is no justification for the question and no moral defense for distinguishing a Jew from any of the other classifications enumerated, no matter the context.

The pinnacle of the questioners ignorance lies mostly with the arrogance of the presumption on which the question is based. To even suggest that ones lifes experiences do not influence their perspective or that the resulting diversity of opinion is deleterious demonstrates a dangerous position that, unfortunately, is far too common on campuses today. To imply that the differences that shape us as humans contain an unacceptable bias equates to saying that opinions that vary at all from the speakers are to be summarily and justifiably dismissed. As an American, I cannot and will not accept this shameless attack on the values that we hold so dear.

Today, I choose not to be silent.

Brian Tauber is a 1992 University alumnus.

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Missouri Republican Candidate Commits Suicide Amid Jewish Ancestry 'Whisper Campaign'

Grandfather Taught Him Not To Ignore Anti-Semitism

Tom Schweich

Published February 27, 2015.

Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich, a Republican candidate for governor, died on Thursday in an apparent suicide after he went public with allegations that rivals in the GOP planned to mount an anti-Semitic whisper campaign about his Jewish heritage.

The suicide came minutes after he called the Associated Press to accuse John Hancock, the head of the Missouri Republican Party. of making anti-Semitic comments about him.

Schweich was a churchgoing Episcopalian but his grandfather was Jewish.

Hancock later denied making anti-Semitic remarks about Schweich, but admitted that he believed Schweich was Jewish because of his last name.

Until recently, I mistakenly believed that Tom Schweich was Jewish, but it was simply a part of what I believed to be his biography no different than the fact that he was from St. Louis and had graduated from Harvard Law School, Hancock said in a statement to the states Republican committee.

Political columnist Tony Messenger wrote in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Schweich had disclosed the existence of the anti-Semitic whisper campaign a few days ago.

Schweich told the columnist his grandfather was Jewish, and that he was very proud of his connection to the Jewish faith.

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Police Bust Robber in Murder of Czech Jewish Historian

Jiri Fiedler and Wife Slain in Prague Apartment By JTA

Published February 20, 2015.

Prague police arrested a man suspected of murdering a respected historian of Czech Jewish heritage, Jiri Fiedler, and his wife.

The renowned researcher, 78, and his wife, Dagmar, 74, were found dead in their Prague apartment in February 2014. The police said the murders had occurred at the end of the previous month.

After a yearlong investigation, the man suspected of the brutal crime was arrested in western Czech Republic on Wednesday, police investigators told reporters. The man belonged to the couples wider circle of acquaintances, the police said, and robbery was ascribed as the motive. The suspect has confessed to the crime, investigators said.

Jiri Fiedler, who was not Jewish, spent over 30 years documenting Jewish heritage sites in then-Czechoslovakia, often cycling to remote towns and villages to research derelict Jewish cemeteries, synagogues, rabbis homes and other monuments.

His work caught the attention of the Communist secret police and his major work, Jewish Sites of Bohemia and Moravia, was published only in 1992, three years after the fall of communism in his country.

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