At ethical wills class, talk of gratitude, regrets

Rabbi Stephanie Aaron blows a shofar at Jewish Family & Children’s Services’ ethical wills workshop at Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging Aug. 11. (Korene Charnofsky Cohen)Rabbi Stephanie Aaron blows a shofar at Jewish Family & Children’s Services’ ethical wills workshop at Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging Aug. 11. (Korene Charnofsky Cohen)

An ordinary will is about leaving money and property. But there is also a way to leave the legacy of who you are and your values, philosophy, religious beliefs, what you hold most dear — even your favorite recipe. This is called an ethical will. About 20 people gathered at Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging on Aug. 11… Read more »

ADL gets new Arizona director

Carlos Galindo-ElviraCarlos Galindo-Elvira

Carlos Galindo-Elvira,  the Anti- Defamation League’s new Arizona regional director, wants Tucson Jewish community leaders to know the ADL is there for them, “whether it’s a 411 call, to get information or resources, or a 911 call” in a situation where the ADL can play a role. Galindo-Elvira is… Read more »

Colitis complicates local teen’s life but has not dampened her spirit

Rachel Levy, left, and her mother, Nanci Levy (Korene Charnofsky Cohen)Rachel Levy, left, and her mother, Nanci Levy (Korene Charnofsky Cohen)

Rachel Levy spent her childhood struggling with ulcerative colitis, but she didn’t give in to self-pity. While learning how to manage the symptoms of the disease, she reached out to help others, earning the title of “Hero” from the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. “My dream is to… Read more »

UA student’s research is breakthrough in pain, addiction

Alexander SandweissAlexander Sandweiss

Understanding how to provide narcotics for pain management, while avoiding potential addiction to opiates, can be difficult for physicians and patients alike. Chronic pain affects more than 100 million Americans and opioids such as morphine have been the mainstay therapy for many years. Yet growing evidence suggests that prescription… Read more »

Witnessing joyous French aliyah — and hoping Diaspora can be sustained

(L-R): Tucsonans Bobby Present, Fran Katz and Deborah Oseran in Paris on the Jewish Federations of North America Campaign and Directors Mission in July.(L-R): Tucsonans Bobby Present, Fran Katz and Deborah Oseran in Paris on the Jewish Federations of North America Campaign and Directors Mission in July.

This July, as incoming 2017 Campaign chair for the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, I had the opportunity, with my husband, Bobby Present, and Fran Katz, JFSA senior vice president, to participate in a Jewish Federations of North America Campaign and Directors Mission to France and Israel. The emotional… Read more »

JFCS Sherman Institute program to tackle tough issues

Paige HectorPaige Hector

“What would happen to me if I had a severe stroke and couldn’t communicate?” “What would happen if my spouse gets dementia and stops eating?” People sometimes choose to ignore these kind of tough issues rather than talk about them. To help change that, Jewish Family & Children’s Services… Read more »

Mapping Q exhibit at Tucson J is forum for LGBTQ+ youth

James Gutierrez, “Pieces,” 2016James Gutierrez, “Pieces,” 2016

The Fine Art Gallery at the Tucson Jewish Community Center will present selected artworks from the most recent Mapping Q project through Sept. 29. Mapping Q is a community arts education program where LGBTQ+ youth explore representations of self within art, museums and the wider community. The program originated… Read more »

How Paris public schools became no-go zones for Jews

Children peer out from a doorway as armed soldiers patrol outside their school in the Jewish quarter of the Marais district in Paris, France, Jan. 13, 2015. (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)Children peer out from a doorway as armed soldiers patrol outside their school in the Jewish quarter of the Marais district in Paris, France, Jan. 13, 2015. (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  PARIS (JTA) — Twenty-five years after he graduated from a public high school in the French capital, Stephane Tayar recalls favorably his time in one of the world’s most thorough education systems. As for many other French Jews his age, the state-subsidized upbringing has worked out well for Tayar,… Read more »

Is Donald Trump’s proposal to keep out anti-Semites practical — or ethical?

Immigrants take their oath of U.S. citizenship at the Federal Building in Newark, N.J., Nov. 20, 2014. (John Moore/Getty Images)Immigrants take their oath of U.S. citizenship at the Federal Building in Newark, N.J., Nov. 20, 2014. (John Moore/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (JTA) — How extreme does vetting need to be to keep anti-Semites from entering the United States, and is Donald Trump’s plan worth the effort? The Republican nominee’s proposal to apply an ideological test to potential immigrants is based on precedent: The United States in the last century instituted… Read more »


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