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Giving with joy: Matriarch conveys spirit of philanthropy

Phyllis Maizlish, center, with her grandchildren, their spouses and friends (Courtesy Homer Davis Elementary School)Phyllis Maizlish, center, with her grandchildren, their spouses and friends (Courtesy Homer Davis Elementary School)

Creating a legacy for future generations of compassionate community volunteers is an important part of being a member of the Maizlish family, which so far encompasses three generations in Tucson. Phyllis Maizlish started the Maizlish Family Foundation because she wanted to help others and inspire her family. “My husband… Read more »

Rare mutation helps local woman beat lung cancer

(L-R): Lisa Hale, a Washington, D.C., Lung Force representative; Marlene Harris; U.S. Rep. Martha McSally; and Kathryn Forbes, chair of the American Lung Association, in Washington on March 16. (Courtesy Marlene Harris)(L-R): Lisa Hale, a Washington, D.C., Lung Force representative; Marlene Harris; U.S. Rep. Martha McSally; and Kathryn Forbes, chair of the American Lung Association, in Washington on March 16. (Courtesy Marlene Harris)

Marlene Harris is a stage 4 lung cancer survivor. The staff at the University of Arizona Cancer Center call her their “miracle kid.” “Trust me, I am,” she says. Harris was diagnosed on Jan. 18, 2013 with stage 4 non-small cell adenocarcinoma, an advanced stage of cancer. “My very… Read more »

Bike trekking UA doctor seeks views on Obamacare

Tucsonan Paul Gordon, M.D., talks about the Affordable Care Act with a café patron in Kalamazoo, Mich. (Courtesy Paul Gordon)Tucsonan Paul Gordon, M.D., talks about the Affordable Care Act with a café patron in Kalamazoo, Mich. (Courtesy Paul Gordon)

University of Arizona College of Medicine professor Paul Gordon, MD, MPH, is living a dream he’s held onto for 40 years. An avid cyclist since high school, Gordon has always wanted to bike across the continental United States. On April 22, his dream came to life when he put… Read more »

Free PulsePoint app poised to save lives in Tucson

A PulsePoint banner hangs at Tucson Fire Central. The Gootter Foundation and Tucson Fire Department held a press conference April 20 to introduce the app. (Facebook)A PulsePoint banner hangs at Tucson Fire Central. The Gootter Foundation and Tucson Fire Department held a press conference April 20 to introduce the app. (Facebook)

It was a mild evening in late January 2014 when Michael Chaison’s heart stopped beating. He was working as a referee at a high school soccer game between Sabino and Salpointe, he says, and “about 20 minutes in, I turned to run up the field and I basically just… Read more »

Pima Democrats, both Jewish, vying for county attorney post

Joel Feinman, left, and Barbara LaWallJoel Feinman, left, and Barbara LaWall

Barbara LaWall, a Democrat first elected in 1996, is running for her sixth term as Pima County Attorney. Joel Feinman, who practiced criminal law as a Pima County public defender from 2007-2015 and who is also a Democrat, announced his candidacy for the county attorney position in October. Both… Read more »

Terror strikes Tel Aviv: Four Israelis killed in shooting attack

Tel Aviv (TPS) – Two Palestinian gunmen in suits opened fire on a crowd of shoppers and diners in Tel Aviv’s central Sarona Market shortly after 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, killing at least four victims. “What we know so far is that two terrorists arrived at the Sarona compound while shooting at… Read more »

Breaking: 3 dead in terror attack in Tel Aviv

A mass shooting terror attack occurred in the center of Tel Aviv shortly after 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, claiming the lives of at least three victims. According to Magen David Adom (MDA), at least nine individuals have been injured in several locations surrounding Tel Aviv’s trendy Sarona Market. “MDA… Read more »

In Krakow, Night of the Synagogues bolsters Jewish pride

Young visitors entering the Isaak Jakubowicz Synagogue in Krakow during the Night of the Synagogues in the wee hours of the morning, June 5, 2016. (Ruth Ellen Gruber)Young visitors entering the Isaak Jakubowicz Synagogue in Krakow during the Night of the Synagogues in the wee hours of the morning, June 5, 2016. (Ruth Ellen Gruber)

KRAKOW, Poland (JTA) – For the sixth year in a row, the seven synagogues in Krakow’s historic Jewish district, Kazimierz, opened their doors for 7@Nite – or the Night of the Synagogues, a one-night mini-festival aimed at bolstering Jewish pride and promoting Jewish awareness among the public. Each synagogue –… Read more »

For Israel and the Palestinians, the peace plans just keep coming

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, looks on at the international summit in Paris to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, June 3, 2016. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, looks on at the international summit in Paris to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, June 3, 2016. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

(JTA) — Here a plan, there a plan, everywhere a peace plan. Conditions in Israel and the Palestinian Authority may not exactly seem conducive topeace — Israel just formed what may be its most right-wing government ever, and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is aging and becoming less popular. Yet peace plans… Read more »

In remote Madagascar, a new community chooses to be Jewish

The conversion process included full body immersions in a river located a 90-minute drive away from Antananarivo, Madagascar's capital. (Deborah Josefson)The conversion process included full body immersions in a river located a 90-minute drive away from Antananarivo, Madagascar's capital. (Deborah Josefson)

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (JTA) — A nascent Jewish community was officially born in Madagascar last month when 121 men, women and children underwent Orthodox conversions on the remote Indian Ocean island nation better known for lemurs, chameleons, dense rain forests and vanilla. The conversions, which took place over a 10-day… Read more »

Israel is now the land of milk and whiskey

The Golan Heights Distillery is the first whiskey to be bottled and sold in Israel. (Courtesy of the Golan Heights Distillery)The Golan Heights Distillery is the first whiskey to be bottled and sold in Israel. (Courtesy of the Golan Heights Distillery)

KATZRIN, Israel (JTA) — David Zibell is busy testing the alcohol level of the liquid flowing out of his outdoor copper still. Then, touching his head to ensure his kippah is in place, he heads inside to carefully place labels on the whiskey bottles lined up inside his distillery.… Read more »

At 25, he’s trying to take down a New Jersey political ‘machine’ and become the youngest person in Congress

Alex Law left his job as an IBM consultant over a year ago to run for a House seat against a formidable incumbent. (Courtesy of the Law campaign)Alex Law left his job as an IBM consultant over a year ago to run for a House seat against a formidable incumbent. (Courtesy of the Law campaign)

(JTA) — Alex Law is not your typical Jewish 25-year-old Bernie Sanders supporter. Instead of simply posting tweets with the hashtag #feelthebern or attending campaign rallies, the Collingswood, New Jersey, resident is running to be Sanders’ colleague in Congress. The aptly named Law, who if elected would become the… Read more »

Donald Trump’s anti-Semitism controversies: A timeline

NEW YORK (JTA) – Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is facing growing accusations that his campaign is countenancing anti-Semitism – if not encouraging it outright. Trump’s foreign policy slogan, “America First,” echoes the World War II-era noninterventionist movement championed by a notorious anti-Semite. During the height of the… Read more »

Israel takes anti-boycott fight to halls of United Nations

The United Nations hosted an anti-BDS summit at its New York City headquarters, May 31, 2016. (Shahar Azran)The United Nations hosted an anti-BDS summit at its New York City headquarters, May 31, 2016. (Shahar Azran)

UNITED NATIONS (JTA) – It was an incongruous sight: The U.N. General Assembly hall filled to capacity with 1,500 cheering people waving miniature Israeli flags and singing “Hatikvah,” Israel’s national anthem. No, hell hadn’t frozen over. The occasion was a one-day conference hosted by Israel’s U.N. mission devoted to… Read more »

Liberal Jews plan a summer of opposing Donald Trump

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaking at a news conference at the AIPAC policy conference in Washington, D.C., March 21, 2016. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaking at a news conference at the AIPAC policy conference in Washington, D.C., March 21, 2016. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Boycott Trump? Mock Trump? Trump, the musical? Jewish liberals are ready to sow a summer of Donald Trump discontent in ways that aim both to bludgeon and entertain. Bend the Arc, an advocacy group, is convening its first national conference here next week aimed in part at… Read more »

Holocaust survivor race walks 80 km on 80th birthday

Shaul Ladany, who represented Israel in the 1968 and 1972 Olympics, practices his race walking on March 21. (Photo: Dani Machlis/Ben Gurion University)Shaul Ladany, who represented Israel in the 1968 and 1972 Olympics, practices his race walking on March 21. (Photo: Dani Machlis/Ben Gurion University)

Israeli race-walking champion, academic and Holocaust survivor Shaul Ladany celebrated his 80th birthday on April 1 by walking nonstop for 80 kilometers, one kilometer for every year of his life — almost 50 miles. Ladany walked a circular track on the streets of his home community of Omer, near… Read more »