Rabbi Ruven Barkan and his wife, Adina Weber, hosted a dinner at their home on Wednesday, Dec. 19 for rabbis and educators who participated in a three-day border immersion program in Nogales, sponsored by the Kino Border Initiative. Rabbi Thomas
Louchheim of Tucson’s Congregation Or Chadash called in to describe what the community is doing on a local level. “It was inspiring to learn from the group of Jewish educators and rabbis as they reflected upon their mission to witness, comfort, and advocate on behalf of some of the most vulnerable people in our society,” says Barkan, director of Tucson Hebrew High, a program of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona with partner synagogues and agencies. Barkan is also education and youth director at Congregation Anshei Israel.