In Focus

In focus 12.21.18

Northwest residents brought their menorahs for a community-wide lighting to celebrate the last night of Hanukkah, Dec. 9, at The Ruth and Irving Olson Center for Jewish Life in the Northwest. (Wendy Jacobson)

Northwest celebrates last night of Hanukkah

On Sunday, Dec. 9, the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona Northwest Division held its annual family Hanukkah party at The Ruth and Irving Olson Center for Jewish Life. Some 85 people attended, including members of Tucson Hebrew Academy’s choir, who performed, led by Cantor Janece Cohen. The evening included latkes and sufganiyot for all, as well as dreidel spinning and storytelling for the children.

The Tucson Hebrew Academy choir, led by Cantor Janece Cohen, performs at Hanukkah celebration at the Olson Center.









Sparks cheer member Sage Wexler plays dreidel with, from left, Betty Light, Hannah Berg, Lois Waldman and Les Waldman, at Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging, Dec. 2. (Nanci Levy)

Sparks members bring cheer to Handmaker

Members of the Tucson Jewish Community Center Sparks cheer club visited with Handmaker residents for Hanukkah on Sunday, Dec. 2.








Hadassah names 2018 Woman of the Year

Lynnda Schumer, left, receives her Hadassah Southern Arizona Woman of the Year Award from Helen Rib, the 2017 Woman of the Year, Dec. 9. (Anne Lowe)

Hadassah Southern Arizona named Lynnda Schumer its 2018 Woman of the Year at a brunch event on Sunday, Dec. 9 at Skyline Country Club. Schumer has been the chapter’s membership vice president, a role she will continue in 2019. Born and raised in Detroit, Schumer received her bachelor of science in teaching from Wayne State University. She earned an endorsement in autism from Oakland University while working full time and raising three children. She taught at Doherty Elementary in West Bloomfield, Michigan, for 23 years, and earned a master’s degree in special education from Madonna University during that time.