Israel at 75 Fuels Momentum Around Israel Engagement

As I have referred to in a variety of different circles, the Weintraub Israel Center, a partnership between the Tucson J and Jewish Philanthropies of Southern Arizona (JPSA), has developed a generative mission statement that invites each of us to go on a self-propelled journey to individually connect in… Read more »

Tucson International Jewish Film Festival Returns with In-Person Events at the J

Lights… camera… action! The Tucson International Jewish Film Festival opens January 12, with in-person and virtual screenings and post-film programs for select films through January 22, and virtual screenings of each and every film continuing through January 31. The Festival returns in 2023 with in-person events after two years… Read more »

Lions of Judah Conference Celebrates Women’s Philanthropy in Phoenix

Over 1,200 women philanthropists from 80 communities around the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, and Israel came together at Jewish Federations of North America’s (JFNA’s) three-day International Lions of Judah Conference in Phoenix, where they raised a collective $24.2 million supporting Federations’ mission to build flourishing Jewish communities. The conference… Read more »

Local Leaders Represent JPSA at General Assembly

Leaders from Jewish Philanthropies of Southern Arizona (JPSA) joined over 1,200 Jewish communal leaders in Chicago at Jewish Federations’ three-day General Assembly, where they set the shared Jewish communal agenda for the year ahead and heard from a diverse array of voices on critical issues facing the North American… Read more »

Jews For Fontes/Mayes Holds Event for the Candidates

Jews for Fontes/Mayes, a group formed for the 2022 election, hosted Adrian Fontes, candidate for Arizona Secretary of State, and Kris Mayes, candidate for Arizona Attorney General at an event on October 30. Approximately 50 people attended the event, and over $22,000 was raised for the candidates. Chabad Rabbi… Read more »

High Holiday Services in our Southern Arizona Community

Rosh HaShanah begins the evening of September 25. Yom Kippur begins the evening of October 4. Southern Arizona’s congregations welcome you to celebrate the High Holy Days and hope each of you find a congregation in the Southern Arizona Jewish community that will help you greet the New Year… Read more »

Nonprofit Security Grant Program Awards Funding to Five Southern Arizona Jewish Organizations

Through the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP), the Arizona Department of Homeland Security (ADHS) recently awarded nearly $500,000 to five Southern Arizona Jewish organizations for security infrastructure upgrades. The five organization awardees are Congregation Chofetz Chayim, Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging, Hillel Foundation at University of Arizona, the… Read more »

Longtime Lion Donna Moser to Receive Prestigious Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award

Donna Moser, Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award Recipient

Donna Moser, a Lion of Judah member for 23 years, will be honored with the prestigious Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award at the 2022 International Lion of Judah Conference, December 11-13, in Phoenix. The award commemorates the contributions of the founders of the Lion of Judah, Norma Kipnis-Wilson and Toby Friedland (of… Read more »

JPSA Announces Co-Chair and New Board Members

Anne Hameroff, JPSA Co-Chair

Following up on last week’s announcement of a new Interim CEO, Jewish Philanthropies of Southern Arizona (JPSA) announced today that Anne Hameroff has accepted re-appointment as Board of Trustees Co-Chair, a position she will hold until May 2023. Hameroff will continue to work alongside C0-Chair Bruce Ash to help… Read more »

Tucson J Expands Healthy Aging Programs

The Tucson Jewish Community Center (the J or the Tucson J) is expanding its Healthy Aging Programs with the rollout of Mind + Body Elder Care and Parkinson’s Fitness Program in August and September. With one in five persons being over age 65, elder adults comprise over 20% of… Read more »

Shaped by Tucson, Bringing Her Whole Self to the Rabbinate

Rabbi Kleinman

Growing up in Tucson, Alanna “Lonnie” Kleinman did not know any female rabbis or any religious leaders who identified as LGTBQ. Now Kleinman is joining a much more diverse rabbinate, one that more fully reflects the fullness of Jewish communities. On May 22, almost 50 years after Rabbi Sally… Read more »

The JFCS Refugee Resettlement Program – A Volunteer’s Story

JFCS refugee client taking English Placement test

As a faculty member at the University of Arizona, summer is the perfect time for me to get caught up on projects that I have set aside during the school year, and to do things that I enjoy. As the semester was winding down in May, my husband and… Read more »

On the Ground in Krakow: Assisting Ukrainian Refugees in Poland

Dr. Jacobson in front of the Krakow JCC

I recently returned from two weeks in Krakow, Poland, volunteering with the team at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Krakow in their terrific effort to assist Ukrainian refugees. I traveled to Poland with my brother, Bruce Jacobson, who lives in South Carolina. Our contact was Jonathan Ornstein, Executive… Read more »

Congregation Anshei Israel Hires New Early Childhood Director

Tania Spivak, new Early Childhood Director, Congregation Anshei Israel

After a 6-month endeavor to recruit an Early Childhood Director, Congregation Anshei Israel (CAI) has announced that Tania Spivak has been hired to fill the position starting July 11, 2022. The Early Childhood recruitment committee consisting of CAI President Evelyn Sigafus, Rabbi Sara Metz, Executive Director Debra Lytle, HR… Read more »

JFCS Honors Jill Rozenzweig with Programs, Fund

Jill Rozenzweig (of blessed memory) was a longtime advocate of children and believed that services for at-risk children could change the trajectory of their lives. Jewish Family & Children’s Services (JFCS) continues to support her vision with a variety of programs and services. One of these services includes trauma-informed… Read more »

THA 8th Graders Celebrate Graduation on Campus

13 graduates completed their prerequisites in both Judaic and secular studies and graduated from Tucson Hebrew Academy (THA) on May 18, 2022, 17 Iyar 5782. For the first time in three years, the ceremony returned home to Amster Auditorium on the THA campus after an online graduation for the… Read more »

Jewish Latino Teen Coalition in Washington, D.C.

When I was accepted into the Jewish Latino Teen Coalition (JLTC) in December of last year, I didn’t really know what I was in for. I knew it was going to be somewhat related to politics, culture, and advocacy, but at the time I saw it as a minor… Read more »