THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA HILLEL FOUNDATION is among 25 Hillels nationwide that will take part in the second cohort of Hillel International’s Springboard Fellowship program next year. The UA Hillel will host an Innovation Fellow, trained to spark ideas, connect with students in new ways and infuse creativity into campus Hillel programing. The program will include Social Justice Fellows at a dozen campuses.
1st RATE 2nd HAND THRIFT STORE, Tucson’s only Jewish thrift store, mailed checks to 21 Jewish agencies and synagogues last week totaling $10,000, representing distributions for the 2016 calendar year. Distributions are made based on volunteer hours. In 2016, organizations logged more than 500 volunteer hours. Individuals also may name a Jewish organization as beneficiary of their donations of gently used items. 1st Rate credited more than 963 donations in 2016 to the 21 beneficiaries. The top recipients of the 2016 distribution are Chabad Tucson, Hadassah Southern Arizona, Congregation Anshei Israel, Jewish Family & Children’s Services and J-Pride. Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks, including sorting merchandise, researching the value of items, posting photos on social media and testing electronic equipment.