Political analyst hopes to inspire at NW event

Micah Halpern, a syndicated columnist and political analyst, says traveling the country as a guest speaker gives him the opportunity to help local communities and really get a sense of what’s going on in the Jewish world. “And that’s really the best part about this whole thing; it charges my battery.

“You get to really touch people, influence them and inspire them to move on and do bigger things, and become major players in the world,” he says.

Halpern will present “Understanding and Defeating the Terrorist Threat” at the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona’s Northwest Division 2017 Campaign kickoff next month.

“We are in the midst of an unbelievably powerful and problematic period,” Halpern says. “On the other hand we have created great defenses.”

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Originally published on Dec. 16, 2016.

Culture Shuk doorway to Jewish education

Tucson’s Jewish Culture Shuk, a night of classes and discussions led by local rabbis and Jewish educators, is something Debbie Gubernick looks forward to every year.

Gubernick, founder of Agents of STEAM, a local organization that helps facilitate events and literacy in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, has attended the shuk at least four times. The opportunity to learn new theories and apply them to everyday life keeps her coming back, she says.

“I love exploring new ideas,” says Gubernick. “And I take some of the lessons I’ve learned, and then use them.”

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Originally published on Dec. 2, 2016.

New art show illuminates a rich legacy

For more than two decades, Lynn Rae Lowe, an awarding-winning local artist, has strived to empower people through her symbolic work.

“Ancient symbols give us access into the collective unconscious, and through that we can raise up ourselves,” says Lowe.

Creating art is an education unto itself, says Lowe, but there’s beauty in navigating the tumultuous process. The goal of Lowe’s new exhibit, “Illuminations: Aleph to Tav,” is to display the breadth of Jewish culture as well as begin a conversation within the community.

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Originally published on Dec. 2, 2016.

NPR’s Liasson examines media, divisive election at JFSA event

Historical rules work until they stop working, Mara Liasson, an award-winning political correspondent for National Public Radio, told about 1,000 people who crowded Congregation Anshei Israel on Nov. 16 for the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona’s 2017 Community Campaign kickoff.

President-elect Donald Trump proved that he could break all the rules and still succeed, she added.

Liasson told the AJP that Trump’s rhetoric about making it easier to sue the press for libel is a grave concern.

“That to me as a journalist is chilling,” Liasson said. “I think all news organizations are wondering what it means, and one of the questions we all have for Donald Trump is ‘What constitutional principles do you respect?’”

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Originally published on Dec. 2, 2016.