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Rabbi Billy Lewkowicz (left) and David Cutler
Rabbi Billy Lewkowicz (left) and David Cutler

New Foothills Shul aims to be ‘heimish,’ says Lewkowicz

David Cutler wanted to do something special with his Catalina Foothills home after his wife, Felicia, passed away in 2009, so he approached Rabbi Billy Lewkowicz and his wife, Ada, about using the home as a synagogue. Lewkowicz, director of Judaic studies at the Tucson Hebrew Academy, jumped at the chance to honor the late […]

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Anti-fascist protesters holding a banner in front of the Athens municipal ampitheater during a swearing-in ceremony for Golden Dawn party member Ilias Kasidiaris, Aug. 29, 2014. (Photo: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)
Anti-fascist protesters holding a banner in front of the Athens municipal ampitheater during a swearing-in ceremony for Golden Dawn party member Ilias Kasidiaris, Aug. 29, 2014. (Photo: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)

Amid neo-Nazi surge, Jewish groups applaud Greece’s Holocaust denial ban

ATHENS, Greece (JTA) — Jewish groups say the passage of a bill banning Holocaust denial and imposing harsher penalties for hate speech is an important milestone in the fight against Greece’s rising neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party. “This comes very late, but not too late,” World Jewish Congress CEO Robert Singer told JTA. Greece’s parliament passed […]

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Ori Parnaby
Ori Parnaby

Concierge, new website enhance local Jewish community outreach

This fall, Tucsonans will have two new ways to connect with the many programs and services offered by the Tucson Jewish community: a concierge service and a revamped, interactive jewishtucson.org community website. Ori Parnaby, the concierge, started in her new position Sept. 2. Her office is at the Tucson Jewish Community Center, but she’ll have […]

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Abigail Gumbiner
Abigail Gumbiner

Activist rabbi was controversial, inspirational

Abigail Gumbiner defies the adage “you can’t go home again.” On Sept. 14 she will speak at the Jewish History Museum of Tucson about photos she and two other artists have contributed to the current exhibit “Temple of Shadows.” The exhibit title refers to the building that many in Tucson know as the Stone Avenue […]

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Gubernatorial candidates will debate at JCRC event

The Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona will sponsor Gubernatorial Debate 2014 on Thursday, Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. Cosponsors are the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and YWCA Tucson. Fred Duval, the Democratic candidate; Doug Ducey, the Republican candidate; and Barry Hess, the […]

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TSO will open season with trio of Jewish composers

The Tucson Symphony Orchestra will open its 2014-15 season with “Bernstein, Copland, Gershwin: American Essentials” on Friday, Sept. 26 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 28 at 2 p.m. at the Tucson Music Hall. Music Director and Conductor George Hanson will open his 19th and final full season conducting the program, which features the music […]

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Susan Claassen (left) as Edith Head with Joan Rivers in London in 2008.
Susan Claassen (left) as Edith Head with Joan Rivers in London in 2008.

Tucson actress pays tribute to friend and role model, the late Joan Rivers

Susan Claassen, actress and managing artistic director of the Invisible Theatre, first met comedian Joan Rivers, who died Sept. 4 at the age of 81, in 2008. “It was a dream come true,” says Claassen. “She had been performing her brilliant show ‘A Work in Progress by a Life in Progress’ at the Leceister Square […]

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Southern Arizona, Then and Now: Jewish community members under 40 and over 70 talk about our past, present and future

Who knows what Tucson’s energetic young Jewish leaders may accomplish in the next 30 years? Four of those leaders profiled here, Amy Beyer, Adam Goldstein, Ben Pozez and Sarah Heisler Singer, have already contributed a great deal to the future of Jewish Tucson, belying the stereotype of apathetic young Jews we so often hear. From […]

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Roberta Bracker
Roberta Bracker

Roberta Bracker: In Nogales, Ariz., creating a rich Jewish family life and a caring community

Growing up in the Fairfax neighborhood of Los Angeles, Roberta Bracker, now 76, took being part of a Jewish community for granted. At her high school, all of the kids were Jewish. Bracker’s mother wanted her three daughters to be knowledgeable about music and Judaic studies. She envisioned her daughters playing chamber music together until […]

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Ben Pozez and his wife, Amy, in New Orleans during the Jewish Federations of North America National Young Leadership Conference — TribeFest in March
Ben Pozez and his wife, Amy, in New Orleans during the Jewish Federations of North America National Young Leadership Conference — TribeFest in March

Ben Pozez: A third generation takes on leadership role

For Ben Pozez, involvement in the Jewish community is practically coded into his DNA. His grandparents, the late Shaol and Evie Pozez, were philanthropic and community leaders from the moment they arrived in Tucson in 1979.  His parents, Mitch and Robin, have continued the tradition. So it was only natural for Pozez to step into […]

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