Community commemorates Yom HaShoah
Some 200 people attended the Jewish community’s 2017 Yom HaShoah commemoration on Sunday, April 23 at Temple Emanu-El. The event, organized by the Jewish History Museum, explored the theme of “Art and Totalitarianism: 80 Years After the ‘Degenerate Art’ Exhibition” and included a Holocaust survivor processional and candle lighting ceremony.
Honoring Israel’s fallen
The Weintraub Israel Center held a Yom Hazikaron (Israeli Memorial Day) ceremony, honoring Israel’s fallen soldiers and victims of terror, Sunday, April 30 at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. More than 100 people attended the ceremony, which was preceded by “My Israel Moment” reminiscences from local rabbis and Jewish community leaders. Marking the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, the ceremony included reflections on the 1967 Six-Day War.
Shinshinim program thanks
More than 100 people turned out May 1 for a Weintraub Israel Center party thanking Tucson’s shinshinim (Israeli teen emissaries) Leah Avuno and Bar Alkaher; their host families, the Silvermans, the Weiners and the Barels; and the site supervisors from the schools they worked with this year. The shinshinim will continue their year of service (shnat sherut in Hebrew) as counselors at the Tucson Jewish Community Center’s Camp J until the beginning of August. The party, fittingly, was held on Yom Haatzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day.