Handmaker, Hebrew High plan new ‘Tracing Roots’

Hebrew High students Maya Krause, left, and Rachel Levy, right, collaborate with Handmaker resident Lois Waldman to trace her family tree. (Courtesy Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging)

Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging and Tucson Hebrew High will launch a Tracing Roots 2.0 intergenerational program next month, bringing together Handmaker residents and Jewish teens.

The original program, which began in fall 2015 and wrapped up in 2017, built “beautiful connections,” says Nanci Levy, Handmaker’s community outreach coordinator.

Any Jewish high school student in Southern Arizona may apply for the program, which will accept 12 applicants. Teens chosen to participate must attend an orientation on Sunday, Nov. 4 from 1-4 p.m. at Handmaker. Other requirements include meeting regularly with a community mentor throughout the program, attending a group Friday night Shabbat meal with Handmaker residents and other teens, attending at least three meetings with their partner and conducting interviews for a book of life stories, writing up a biography of their partner, and attending a final program event in April.

Applications are available at www.bit.ly/traceroots or www.tucsonhebrewhigh.org. Applications are due on Monday, Oct. 15 and should be emailed to Levy at nlevy@handmaker.org or Rabbi Ruven Barkan, Hebrew High principal, at rabbiruven@jfsa.org. For more information, call Levy at 322-3632.