Posts By JPSA Marketing

Letter to the Editor: A Jewish Heart

Several years ago, a coworker who knew I was a Christian, told me that I was more Jewish than she was. Coming from a “sabra” (native born Israeli), sealed the deal for me and I’ve never looked back. Since then, I have told some that I am a Christian,… Read more »

Collaborative Leadership is Hallmark of New JPSA CEO

Hava Leipzig Holzhauer’s official start date as president and CEO of Jewish Philanthropies of Southern Arizona is Dec. 4, but she will be joining the community on Dec. 3 for a solidarity gathering for Israel called “A Light in the Darkness” because of its proximity to Hanukkah. The event… Read more »

Op-Ed: Antisemitism in the Workplace and How to Fight It

It’s there. It has to be. According to Anti-Defamation League Director and CEO Jonathan Greenblatt, antisemitism has increased 388% since October 7 over the same time period last year. Christopher Wray, FBI Director calls it at a historic level and points out that Jews are the target of international… Read more »

Tucson J Leadership and Board Members Honored to Host U.S. Senator Mark Kelly

On the eve of Veteran’s Day, U.S. Senator from Arizona Mark Kelly visited the Tucson J campus for a meaningful and intimate conversation with J leaders and Board Members, Todd Rockoff, President + CEO; Fran Katz, Chief Development Officer; Mike Gadarian, Chief Financial Officer; Josh Shenker, Chief Program Officer;… Read more »

Older Adults Get Treated to Shabbat Lunch and Dinner at Handmaker

Thanks to a grant from the Jewish Community Foundation, Handmaker, in collaboration with Jewish Family and Children’s Services (JFCS), began hosting a monthly Shabbat Lunch and Learn program in October, free of charge to older adults. The intention of the program is to give aging adults a no-cost opportunity… Read more »

Tucson Hebrew Academy Welcomes New Director of Development

Tucson Hebrew Academy (THA) is thrilled to announce the appointment of Ethan Myerson as its new Director of Development. With a decade of experience in Tucson’s nonprofit sector, Ethan brings a wealth of expertise and passion for connecting people with meaningful missions. In his role, Ethan will spearhead efforts… Read more »

Hadassah Speaker to Address Awkward End-of-Life Issues

Diane Ashton, Ph.D., will present “What to Say When You Don’t Know What to Say” for Hadassah Southern Arizona on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 3 p.m. at Congregation Bet Shalom, 3881 E. River Road. The chapter also will install its new slate of officers at the dessert and coffee… Read more »

JFCS Provides Support to Afghan Survivors Impacted by Combat

When Afghanistan fell to the Taliban, many Afghans, some who worked alongside U.S. troops and NGOs (non-profits that operate independently of governments), had to escape due to a real and critical threat to their lives. Over the past six months, Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona (JFCS)… Read more »

Of Blessed Memory: Myra Levenson

Myra Katzen Levenson of Tucson, AZ, and Mill Valley, CA, died at age 84 on November 4. Myra found her true joy in connecting with family and friends, talking about everything, and making new connections with people. Her other true passions were classical music and art. Born and raised… Read more »

Jewish Advisory Council Falls into Place at University of Arizona

This article originally appeared in Jewish News (Phoenix) and is reprinted with permission. Last month, the University of Arizona in Tucson marked a grim anniversary: the campus murder of Professor Thomas Meixner, head of the Hydrology & Atmospheric Sciences Department. Though Meixner was not Jewish — he was a… Read more »

Rabbi’s Corner: In Case You Didn’t Know

This article was originally published at I’m writing this column to give an insight into what many Jewish people are going through. I don’t speak for all Jews, but I do speak for a sizeable swathe of my community. Since the Hamas massacre of Israelis on October 7,… Read more »

JPSA Board of Trustees Issues Public Statement in Support of Israel

Jewish Philanthropies of Southern Arizona (JPSA) issued the following statement today in support of Israel: JPSA stands unwaveringly in support of the people of Israel. JPSA recognizes the right and necessity for Israel to defend itself and its citizens and for the Israel Defense Forces to act as required… Read more »

Op-Ed: Awareness and Diligence Save Lives

This article was first published in the October 2023 issue of DesertLeaf magazine. My Aunt Jan saved my life. The overall risk of a woman developing breast cancer during her lifetime is approximately 13%. My risk was much higher—55%-72%—due to a genetic predisposition known as a BRCA1 mutation. I… Read more »

A Letter to the Community from Yuval Malka, Shaliach

Dear Community Member,    As a new member of the Weintraub Israel Center team, it is with great sadness that this has to be my first letter to the community.   Friday evening, October 6, we returned from Shabbat dinner and arrived home. Suddenly, I received a message from one of my friends:… Read more »

JPSA Welcomes Four New Hires to Its Development Team

Jewish Philanthropies of Southern Arizona (JPSA) is pleased to announce the addition of four new staff members to its development team. The new hires are Junko Nagao, Director of Development; Ian Arthur, Campaign Manager; Nate Weisband, Young Leadership Manager; and Ital Ironstone, Women’s Philanthropy Manager. They will all work… Read more »