In Focus

In focus 6.23.17

Some of the nearly 60 men who donned tefillin at Congregation Young Israel on May 15 In honor of Rabbi Yossie Shemtov’s birthday. (Ivan Rocha Gonzalez)

Rabbi Shemtov’s 60th birthday surprise

On Monday, May 15, close to 60 men participated in Shacharit morning prayers at Congregation Young Israel as a surprise for Rabbi Yossie Shemtov in honor of his 60th birthday. Shemtov is executive director of Chabad Tucson and senior rabbi of Young Israel of Tucson.

Maya Levy and Nathan Rix at the NFTY regional spring kallah (convention) held in Mesa, Ariz., April 7-9.

Tucsonans elected to NFTY regional board

Maya Levy and Nathan Rix were elected to the NFTY Southwest regional board for the 2017-18 year. NFTY is a youth group that works in cooperation with Union for Reform Judaism affiliated congregations. NFTY’s Southwest region encompasses Arizona; New Mexico; Southern Nevada; El Paso, Texas; and Utah.