JCC renovation groundbreaking
The Tucson Jewish Community Center held a groundbreaking ceremony April 29 to usher in the renovation and expansion of the facility. Along with creating a larger space for gym equipment and classes, the renovation will allow the JCC to increase programming options. The 100,000 square foot facility, built in 1989, currently serves more than 150,000 people annually and had reached “maximum capacity for people and programs,” says JCC President and CEO Todd Rockoff. SBBL Architecture + Planning is the designer and W.E. O’Neil Construction is the general contractor.
On Monday, May 12, the Tucson High Magnet School student council arranged for Bill Kugelman to speak about his experiences during the Holocaust to 300 students. Following the hour-long presentation, the students hosted Kugelman for bagels and coffee and sang “Happy Birthday” to him (he turned 90 the prior week).
Adult B’nai Mitzvah celebration
After a year of study, the Temple Emanu-El adult B’nai Mitzvah Class of 5774 was called to the Torah on Saturday, May 9.
Hillel Israel Independence Week
More than 350 University of Arizona students took part in UA Hillel Foundation’s Israel Independence Week celebrations earlier this month, which included a Yom Hazikaron ceremony, an Israeli-style Shabbat dinner, an Israeli movie night co-sponsored by the UA Hebrew program, and an Israel Independence Day BBQ.
Hebrew High graduation
On Tuesday, May 13, the 12 graduates of Tucson Hebrew High were recognized by the community for their commitment to continuing their Jewish education through their high school years. The 36th annual graduation ceremony was held at Tucson Hebrew High’s host congregation, Congregation Anshei Israel, and was catered by the Tucson Hebrew High Jewish cooking class. The graduates chose “Our Moral Compass” as their theme and spoke about how their individual stories weave into our long and strong Jewish history.