Planning for the 2025 JCC Maccabi Games ® is “Warming Up”   

The Tucson J is thrilled to officially announce Tucson as a host site for the 2025 JCC Maccabi Games ® — the world’s largest in-person Jewish youth sporting event. Returning to the Old Pueblo for the first time in 25 years, the Olympic-style sports competition will be held July… Read more »

Second AgeWell Day Will Offer Fun and Fellowship

The Jewish community of Southern Arizona will host its second AgeWell Day on Tuesday, May 7. The event brings together community members aged 60 and above for activities and camaraderie. Positive relationships and social connections are the keys to happier, healthier, longer lives, according to a multi-decade Harvard study.… Read more »

Yom HaShoah Community Commemoration to Take Place May 5

Please join local Holocaust survivors and their families as we come together in community to memorialize the tragedy and loss of the Holocaust and to pay tribute to those who survived and the generations that have followed after them. This special observance will take place at 2:00 p.m. on… Read more »

A Look at Arts + Culture this Spring at the Tucson J

From the Song of Songs, we find a beautiful text elaborating on the beauty of spring. “For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers are seen in the land. The time of the nightingale is come, and the voice of the turtle dove… Read more »

Winter Residents Happy Hour Will Be Chance to Mingle

Tucson’s Jewish community has long been deemed “mid-sized” by Jewish Federations of North America, the umbrella group for almost 150 Jewish Federations. That designation is borne out by the divergent perspectives of two winter residents. For Larry Selig of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Jewish Philanthropies of Southern Arizona (JPSA) is… Read more »

‘Challah Prince’ to Come to Tucson March 7

On March 7, the Jewish Community Relations Council for Tucson & Southern Arizona, the Weintraub Israel Center, the Tucson J, Tucson Hebrew Academy (THA) and Tucson Jewish Museum & Holocaust Center (TJMHC) will host Idan Chabasov, professionally known as the Challah Prince, at THA. A wildly popular social media… Read more »

The Tucson and Southern Arizona Community is Celebrating 18 Years of PJ Library

Did you know that PJ Library turns 18 years this year? On Sunday, March 3, PJ Library in Southern Arizona will host an 18th Birthday Bash for PJ Library. The Birthday Bash is made possible thanks to a grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. The Birthday Bash is free and… Read more »

Use Your Head for Hillel – Trivia Night on March 31

In a shifting environment of nonprofit fundraisers, University of Arizona Hillel (UAHillel), is excited to host a casual, creative, and collaborative Trivia Night on Sunday, March 31. Want to put your obscure English Lit degree to work? Rock your Judaic knowledge from Hebrew School? Show off your enthusiasm for… Read more »

THA to Celebrate 50th Anniversary with Gala March 10

In a milestone event, Tucson Hebrew Academy (THA) is set to commemorate 50 years of unwavering dedication to Jewish education with a Gala at Tanque Verde Ranch on Sunday, March 10th, starting at 5 pm. Founded with a visionary promise, THA has become more than just an educational institution;… Read more »

Doctor and Author Suzanne Koven to Share Power of Story in Cindy Wool Seminar

Thirty years after she was a medical intern, Suzanne Koven, MD, MFA wrote an essay, “Letter to a Young Female Physician,” telling newly minted doctors what she wished she knew back then. She described the sexist assumptions, “some infuriating, some merely annoying,” that plague medicine and “another, more insidious… Read more »

‘Being Alive’: Mandy Patinkin Returns to Tucson

Mandy Patinkin has an unbridled zest for life. Whether he is talking about a morning walk with his dog or his extraordinary career as an actor, singer, and storyteller, Patinkin’s voice booms with enthusiasm. The Tony and Emmy Award-winning star brings that joie de vivre to Tucson next month,… Read more »

Jewish Friendship Group at Saddlebrooke Celebrates Hanukkah with Mitzvah Project

More than 90 residents and guests took part in a Hanukkah celebration and dinner for Saddlebrooke’s Jewish Friendship Group on Dec. 11, 2023. For the JFG’s annual mitzvah project, each participant brought a new children’s toy, money, or gift cards, which were donated to Tucson Medical Center for children… Read more »

Tucson Jewish Museum & Holocaust Center’s Lakin Lecture Series on Antisemitism Continues with Dr. Dov Waxman

On Sunday, January 7th, Tucson Jewish Museum & Holocaust Center (TJMHC) will welcome Dov Waxman as the final presenter in this season’s Lakin Lecture Series on Antisemitism. Dr. Waxman is the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Professor of Israel Studies at UCLA. His research focuses on the Israel-Palestine Conflict,… Read more »

Announcing the Tucson J International Film Festival

Lights… camera… action! The Tucson J International Film Festival opens January 11, with in-person and virtual screenings and post-film programs for select films through January 21, and virtual screenings of most films continuing through January 31. The 2024 Tucson J International Film Festival is multi-access, running from January 11… Read more »

Free Programs at Anshei Israel will Help Southern Arizona Teens Navigate Antisemitism

Gabriel Ivker of StandWithUs

Many Jewish teens are experiencing antisemitism linked to the Israel-Hamas war. In the coming months, Congregation Anshei Israel will present two free workshops about antisemitism that are open to high school students community-wide. The second workshop also will include a session for parents or guardians of teens. Gabriel Ivker,… Read more »

Oro Valley Family Celebrates Sponsorship of Intensive Care Ambulance for Israel at Two Local Events

Thanks to Sandy and Maureen Salz of Oro Valley, a new MICU (mobile intensive care unit) for Magen David Adom, Israel’s emergency medical service, has arrived in Israel to help care for those dealing with increased violence, in response to Hamas attacks. Two events marking the sponsorship took place… Read more »

JPSA Light in the Darkness Event Is Spark of Hope for Israel

Some 200 people gathered at Congregation Anshei Israel at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3, for Jewish Philanthropies of Southern Arizona’s “A Light in the Darkness” Israel solidarity event, which provided an update on the situation in Israel since the horrific Oct. 7 Hamas terrorist attacks and the subsequent… Read more »