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Jews for Justice plan summer community concert

Bat Florence Portugal
Joyce Luna
Eric Schaffer

Tucson Jews for Justice will present a “Tucson Jewish Summer Arts Festival — A Night of Music, Laughs and Light” on Saturday, June 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Jewish History Museum, 564 S. Stone Ave.

Tony Zinman, a Tucson Jews for Justice co-founder, explains that the evening was inspired by the gathering at Chabad Tucson on May 1, held in solidarity with Chabad of Poway, California, where a deadly shooting took place April 27. Leaving that gathering, his friend Bat Florence Portugal noted that the Jewish community seems to come together for sad events. “It would be great to have a positive reason to get together, like a community concert,” she suggested.

The concert will feature local Jewish performers, including singer/songwriters Portugal, the Joyce Luna Trio, and Eric Schaffer. There will be poetry from Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and comedy from Roxy Merrari, Gordy Spike Rutman, and the Jews of Tucson Improv Movement. Emcees will be Arizona State Reps. Alma Hernandez (Tucson Jews for Justice co-founder) and Daniel Hernandez.

Admission will be by donation, with proceeds going to local migrant shelters. Contact Zinman at 390-5794 or