Handmaker: A Hive of Learning

Handmaker was a hive of activity, celebrations and opportunities for learning during the month of April, with even more happening in May.

Passover dominated a big part of the month with preparation, planning, and eventually celebrating, with festive and delicious Seders both nights, led by Rabbi Richard Safran and Nanci Levy. Mel Cohen and Dan Asia led the Passover Festival Services for residents and community members as well. Residents had the opportunity to learn about Passover during the Around the World class with Angela Salmon, Nanci Levy and Rabbi Safran, where they also discussed the remarkable confluence of the observances of Passover, Easter and Ramadan this year. It was an enlightening experience for all who attended.

Art lovers, and those just interested in learning about art and artists, attended the monthly Brandeis Tucson Museum of Art Docent Lecture Series in April in Handmaker’s Great Room, with two more lectures scheduled in May. Handmaker has been hosting these lectures for the Brandeis Club members for the last three years, and residents have been fortunate to be able to sit in on them and learn from many knowledgeable Tucson Museum of Art Docents. The lectures will continue again in the fall and will hopefully be open to the community then as well.

Just last week, Rubin Assisted Living residents traveled to downtown Tucson, and back in time during their visit to the Tucson Jewish Museum and Holocaust Center with Angela Salmon. Docent Davya gave a marvelous presentation about the early Jewish pioneers who helped establish Tucson, and the great Jewish women who brought their ideas, philosophies, and lifestyles from New York that still impact life in Tucson today.

The new exhibit on Rose Silver at the Museum was very inspiring, and residents had barely left the Museum when they asked if they could go back again so that they could have more time with the exhibit and the rest of the Museum. They will be back!

Did you know that Arizona has the largest number of wild bee species in the world? This week Handmaker residents will have the opportunity to learn more about these amazing and important pollinators from guest lecturer, and Bee Researcher, Jennifer Katcher, whose mom happens to live at Handmaker.

There is always learning going on at Handmaker. With regular guest lecturers, Around the World Class, Out and About Trips, Current Events Classes, Cooking Classes, Jewish Learning, weekly Torah Study, Yiddish Classes and more. You are never too old to learn!