Handmaker to celebrate Tucson’s oldest Jews

Local Jewish residents over the age of 80 are once again invited to the Handmaker “Celebrating Tucson’s Oldest Jewish Residents” luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 7 at 11:30 a.m.

“The event is an opportunity for this select group of seniors to see old friends, meet new ones, enjoy an interesting program, and reminisce about the ‘good old days,’” says Anne Lopez, Handmaker’s volunteer coordinator. Last year, the inaugural celebration included several 90-year-old Tucsonans, says Lopez, adding that the oldest Jewish resident currently at Handmaker is Ida Kesselman, who at 103 is still an avid mah jongg and card player.

Guest speakers for the program will be Barry Friedman and Eileen Warshaw, the board president and executive director of Tucson’s Jewish History Museum.

The luncheon and parking are free but participants must RSVP by Thursday, Sept. 2 to Lopez at 547-6001.