Temple Emanu-El summer Israel trip was a first for everyone

Participants on Temple Emanu-El’s congregational trip to Israel, from left, Larry Shire, Leslie Shire, Rabbi Batsheva Appel, Janet Kenigsberg, and Marcy Tigerman, overlooking Jerusalem, June 25. (Courtesy Appel)

Temple Emanu-El’s Jewish heritage tour of Israel this summer was Rabbi Batsheva Appel’s first turn at tour leading. “It was wonderful to be back in Israel and to lead a trip for the first time,” she says. Joining her on the June 20-July 1 journey were Marcy Tigerman, Janet Kenigsberg, Larry and Leslie Shire, and the rabbi’s sister-in-law Karen… Read more »

Tucson is not immune to hate messaging, fliers show

Tucson police are investigating instances of anti-Semitic fliers, like the one pictured, which was spotted July 30 on a pole at the intersection of East Toole Avenue, North 6th Avenue and East Alameda Street in downtown Tucson. (Courtesy photo)

At least one anti-Semitic flier recently was sighted, posted on a pole in downtown Tucson. Tucson Police Department Sgt. Ben Frie told the AJP on Aug. 7 that “they started showing up about a week ago … at a couple of different locations.” Paul Patterson, Jewish Federation of Southern… Read more »

Local call goes out to make ‘never again’ now

Jewish History Museum, Holocaust History Center staff Bryan Davis, left, and Josie Shapiro, center, unfurl a new banner on the fence in front of the museum while Rabbi Stephanie Aaron, right, looks on. (Debe Campbell/AJP)

In the decades since the Holocaust, “‘never again’ has been the language spoken as an unattainable aspiration,” Bryan Davis told a group gathered Monday at Tucson’s Holocaust History Center. “But now, in this moment, people all over the country are demanding that never again is now and that never… Read more »

JFSA women teaming up with Youth On Their Own

Bethany Neumann

The Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona Women’s Philanthropy board has partnered with Youth On Their Own, a local non-profit that has been helping homeless or unaccompanied students become high school graduates since 1986. Each year, the WP board chooses a social action focus to foster community engagement. “We’re creating… Read more »

New York and family beckon Sumberg away from Tucson’s Fox theatre

Craig Sumberg Fox Tucson Theatre

Ten years ago, when Craig Sumberg first joined the staff of the Fox Tucson Theatre Foundation, the theatre had recently undergone a beautiful and expensive renovation, but the revitalization of downtown Tucson had barely begun. Sumberg is proud of helping to make the Fox “a place Tucsonans are proud… Read more »

Tucson philanthropist advocates for human and animal welfare

Bonnie Kay with Maximus

Cats are the stepchildren of the animal world, says Bonnie Kay, current president of the Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter & Sanctuary. Compared to dogs, cats don’t have nearly as many programs and services, and are more likely to be euthanized in other shelters. Last year, the Hermitage adopted out… Read more »

Jewish Community Foundation honors Greg Gadarian’s service

Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona President and CEO Graham Hoffman, left, and Greg Gadarian at a seminar honoring Gadarian July 31 at the Harvey and Deanna Evenchik Center for Jewish Philanthropy (Brenda Landau/Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona)

Introducing Greg Gadarian, who was honored at a recent Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona Summer Series seminar for his 30 years of service as co-founder of JCF’s Professional Advisory Group, Sarah Singer said, “Greg is honest, ethical, smart, and some might even say brilliant — but he will… Read more »

Jewish Family & Children’s Services to present sizzling ¡FlaMÉXico! at the Fox

Jacome Flamenco performs ¡FlaMÉXico! at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York. (Ani Collie)

¡FlaMÉXico!, a multicultural evening of music and dance created by Tucsonan Chris B. Jácome, will come to the Fox Tucson Theatre next month as a fundraiser for Jewish Family & Children’s Services. The Sunday, Sept. 8 extravaganza will highlight Spanish-influenced music, with a classical prelude. JFCS is dedicating the… Read more »

As a Mexican-Jewish lawmaker, I feel doubly targeted by hateful rhetoric

Alma Hernandez (center) with her family at her naming ceremony at Congregation Chaverim, April 8, 2016. (Courtesy Hernandez)

I  am proud to be Jewish, Latina and bilingual. I have the honor of representing the state House of Representatives district where I was born and raised in Arizona. My home in Tucson is less than one hour away from the U.S.-Mexico border. Tucson and El Paso in many… Read more »


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