The Weintraub Israel Center capped off Tucson Celebrates Israel Week with a family-friendly Yom Huledet L’Yisrael (Happy Birthday Israel) party at the Tucson Jewish Community Center on Sunday, May 15. The event included Israeli party games, party favors and birthday cake.
Over 100 people enjoyed a community outing at Curtis Park celebrating the festive day of Lag B’Omer on Thursday, May 26. The event was co-sponsored by Chabad Tucson, Chabad Oro Valley, Chabad on River and Chabad at the University of Arizona.
After studying with Cantor Avraham Alpert for a year, eight adults celebrated their b’nai mitzvah on May 14 at Congregation Bet Shalom.
Pictured (L-R): Jim Gottlieb, Andy Kunsberg, Sondra Kuroski, Louise Good, Rita Zohav, Karen Goldberg, Kyle Jones. Not pictured: Sarah Frieden.
JCTEY (Jew Crew Temple Emanu-El Youth), a local branch of NFTY, the National Federation of Temple Youth, elected new officers on May 15. Pictured (L-R): Diane Zashin, membership vice president; Maya Levy, programming vice president; Emily Jones, president; Ryan Ballis, social action vice president; Nathan Rix, religious and cultural vice president. Not pictured: Hannah Weisman, communications vice president, and Sarah Jones, 12th grade representative.
Congregation Or Chadash seventh graders awarded checks totaling $3,100 to Arizona’s Children Association and Child & Family Resources to help reduce the trauma and incidence of child abuse through treatment, prevention and education. The seventh graders are part of the Noah Cohen Memorial Philanthropy Program created in 2005. The yearlong program includes a full grant process of funds raised for an issue the students choose each year. Since 2005 — including a four-year partnership with the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Youth in Philanthropy Program — the program has awarded more than $70,000 to nonprofits in Southern Arizona. In 2010, the program was recognized with the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Outstanding Youth Philanthropy Award. Pictured, Brenda Landau, right, with seventh graders at the Or Chadash annual meeting on May 9. Landau and her son Matt Landau are the program advisors.