Local | News

Fast facts about the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona

Did you know … that in addition to the programs, synagogues, and agencies the Federation helps fund in Southern Arizona, it supports Jewish communities in Israel, the former Soviet Union, and more than 70 countries around the world?

Did you know … that the Free Loan, a non-sectarian program for more than 70 years, is now a Federation partner?

The Free Loan lends funds to help people in Southern Arizona with a variety of needs, such as medical expenses, business investment, kids’ camp or classes, or car repairs. In 2018, the Free Loan introduced an employee assistance program, which lets borrowers who work at enrolled businesses repay loans of up to $750 through automatic payroll deductions.

Did you know … that the Weintraub Israel Center is a joint program of the Federation and the Tucson Jewish Community Center?

The WIC welcomed its first shaliach (Israeli emissary) in 1997; Inbal Shtivi, the current shlicha (the feminine form of the Hebrew word) is the seventh. In 2016, WIC added the shinshinim program, which brings a pair of Israeli teens to Tucson for a year between high school graduation and their army service. As part of its mission of “Building a Living Bridge to Israel,” the WIC also provides Israeli travel information and programs such as the Israel Festival; Partnership2Gether (with the Israeli city of Kiryat Malachi and the Hof Ashkelon region); and people-to-people exchanges such as visiting artists and chefs.