Rosh Hashanah at Tucson Hebrew Academy

Rosh Hashanah preparation and celebration lasted the entire month of Elul at Tucson Hebrew Academy (THA). The blowing of the shofar was heard on our grounds every morning. Fifth and sixth grade students created their own shofrot. Seventh graders took a field trip to Handmaker to blow the shofar and… Read more »

Restoring justice through art recovery

After waiting in line outside the Neue Galerie in New York six years ago to see the Gustav Klimt “Woman in Gold” painting, I remember hoping that the wait would be worth it. Of course it was; the painting was spectacular. I also remember thinking that those who are… Read more »

Jewish Broadcasting Service now available in Arizona

JBS, the Jewish Broadcasting Service, a nonprofit national cultural television network covering the panorama of Jewish life is now available in Arizona on Comcast CH 1684, Direct TV CH 388, the streaming services of ROKU, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and on the JBS Website at www.jbstv.org. Programs on… Read more »

Jewish History Museum to launch new Holocaust education curriculum

On Aug. 19, Gov. Doug Ducey formally signed Arizona House Bill 2241, making it mandatory for Arizona schools to teach students about the Holocaust and other genocides at least twice between seventh and twelfth grades. For the past year, in anticipation of this legislation, the Jewish History Museum & Holocaust History… Read more »

Handmaker vaccine clinic opens for staff and Handmaker residents and their families

When a mandate was announced last week requiring all staff at nursing homes with residents on Medicare and Medicaid to be vaccinated against COVID-19, Handmaker was ready. Plans were already in the works for weekly Vaccination Clinics for residents, staff and family members of residents and staff, so the… Read more »

Remembering Phyllis Maizlish: a true friend to our community

Phyllis Maizlish

Phyllis Ruth Goldberg Maizlish, age 88, died on Thursday, August 26th at her beloved “Little House” in Park City, Utah, surrounded by multitudes of flowers and her loving daughters and son. Phyllis was born in Pittsburg, Kansas, and moved to the Kansas City area as a teenager.  At Paseo… Read more »

Roberta Bracker, devoted mother, Nogales Jewish community leader, and philanthropist, dies

Roberta Bracker

The following obituary was published in the Nogales International on August 6, 2021.   Roberta N Bracker passed away peacefully on June 3, 2021, just one day shy of her 83rd birthday. She succumbed to a spirited battle with Parkinson’s disease. Roberta’s childhood nickname ‘Birdie’ captures her free, open… Read more »

Kosher food options available in Southern Arizona

Southern Arizona residents looking for Kosher options during the High Holidays and year round have a variety of options. The following are a list of stores or methods of acquiring Kosher food in Southern Arizona as of August 2021. For more information, consider joining the “Kosher in Tucson” Facebook… Read more »