Federation, Foundation to hold open house at new building

Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona President and CEO Stuart Mellan and Jewish Community Foundation President and CEO Tracy Salkowitz at the Harvey and Deanna Evenchik Center for Jewish Philanthropy Oct. 1. (Martha Lochert Photography)

The Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona and Jewish Community Foundation will hold a ribbon-cutting celebration of their new home, the Harvey and Deanna Evenchik Center for Jewish Philanthropy, 3718 E. River Road, on Sunday, Oct. 15 at 3 p.m.

The open-house event will include food, music, remarks by Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, and tours of the new building.

“The new building has surpassed our expectations. Our aim was to create a design that sends the message that this is a place where the community comes together — a place of meaning. Having set aside this long-term aspiration until all of our agencies had updated facilities, we are excited to have reached this day…truly a shehecheyanu moment,” say Stu Mellan, JFSA president and CEO, referring to the blessing said for new and unusual experiences.

Tracy Salkowitz, JCF president and CEO, adds that the new building is a symbol of the local Jewish community’s vigor.

“Our new home is a testament to our extraordinary community,” says Salkowitz. “When so many communities are struggling and downsizing, our Tucson Jewish community is flourishing and expanding. Our new Center for Philanthropy is a tribute to the dynamic relationship between Federation, the Foundation and our agencies. Here’s looking to our future, from strength to strength.”

RSVP at jfsa.org or 577-9393.