In Focus

In focus 10.20.17

Guests arrive in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman Grand Foyer of the Harvey and Deanna Evenchik Center for Jewish Philanthropy for the Oct. 1 gala. Above them is a glass, aluminum, steel and acrylic art installation, “Infinite Possibilities” by Art Neptune and Zak Timan. On the balcony is a bronze sculpture by David Unger, “My Beloved,” donated by Kathy and David Unger. The wooden ceiling designed by CDG architect Frank Mascia, with its “welcoming tent” shape, was inspired by the documentary “Raise the Roof” about the reconstruction of the roof of a lost wooden synagogue in Poland. (Martha Lochert)

JFSA thanks building donors with gala

Some 250 donors to the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona’s capital campaign attended a gala on Sunday, Oct. 1 at the Harvey and Deanna Evenchik Center for Jewish Philanthropy, the new home of the Federation and the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona.

Deanna Evenchik and JFSA President and CEO Stuart Mellan raise a glass in celebration of the new Harvey and Deanna Evenchik Center for Jewish Philanthropy at the Oct. 1 gala. (Martha Lochert)









The “Next 70 Tribute Wall” in the foyer of the Harvey and Deanna Evenchik Center for Jewish Philanthropy acknowledges donors to the capital campaign for the building. (Martha Lochert)









The Taglit group gathers in the Jewish Heritage Center at the Tucson J.

Adopt-A-Park honors Tucson J’s Taglit group

The Tucson Jewish Community Center’s Special Needs Taglit group was honored by the Adopt-A-Park program at a ceremony on Friday, Sept. 29 at the Tucson J. For more than a year, Taglit members have volunteered to remove litter and report maintenance needs at Rio Vista Natural Resources Park through the Tucson Clean & Beautiful Adopt-A-Park and Public Areas Program.



CJ Fitzpatrick shows off the plaque presented to the Taglit group.











Stone Avenue Block Party rocks

Approximately 1,000 Tucsonans of all ages turned out for the third annual Stone Avenue Block Party, a joint project of the Jewish History Museum and the Consulate of Mexico in Tucson on Saturday, Oct. 7. Food trucks and a beer garden did a brisk business, while people danced and swayed to live music by Mexico City’s Klezmerson, which fuses the sounds of Europe’s Jewish tradition with Mexican, rock, funk and jazz influences. More than 375 people toured the Jewish History Museum, which was open for the evening.