In Focus

In focus 3.3.17

Tree of Life in Green Valley The gold leaves on the “Tree of Life” at Green Valley’s Beth Shalom Temple Center honor men and women whose efforts have been especially significant to the congregation. The temple added a leaf at its Feb. 3 Shabbat service in gratitude to Tamara… Read more »

In focus 2.17.17

Multigenerational mitzvah Fifth grade students from the Congregation Or Chadash religious school joined residents of Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging on Sunday, Jan. 29 to pack 70 snack bags with handmade note cards for the Sister Jose Women’s Center. Nanci Levy, community outreach coordinator at Handmaker, delivered the… Read more »

In Focus 2.3.17

(L-R): Dana Goldstein, Olivia Hitchings and Sarah Hitchings (Sarah Chen/JFSA)

Northwest Challah Bake The Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona Northwest Division celebrated Rosh Chodesh on Tuesday, Jan. 24 with a challah-baking event led by Mushkie Zimmerman of Chabad Oro Valley. The attendees included several pairs of mothers and daughters.     Hava Tequila Masquerade  The Jewish Federation of Southern… Read more »

In Focus 1.20.17

Long Realty helps Federation make a difference at Homer Davis Elementary School Long Realty Cares Foundation recently gave the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona a grant to acquire school spirit shirts for “Making A Difference Every Day: The Homer Davis Project,” a program of the JFSA Jewish Community Relations… Read more »

In Focus 1.6.17

L-R: Or Chadash sixth graders David Berk, Gabby Marsh (visitor), Talya Fleisher, Emma Ruben, Lily Goldberg, Jessica Witchey, Ethan Silvyn, Riley Silvyn. Center: Ava Silverman

Or Chadash Mitzvah Fair  On Sunday, Dec. 11, the sixth grade students at Congregation Or Chadash held the 10th annual Mitzvah Fair, which allows students to learn about and in turn help teach the concept of tzedakah (charity) in our community, says Rina Liebeskind, Or Chadash education director. The… Read more »

In Focus 12.16.16

(L-R): Lindsey Baker, Paul Baker, Alice Baker, Harvey Kivel, Jane Kivel, Deanna Evenchik, Nicole Zuckerman-Morris, Ken Morris, Michael Artzi, Scott Tobin, Adina Artzi and Helaine Levy (Martha Lochert)

Federation breaks ground The Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona held a groundbreaking ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 4 for the Harvey and Deanna Evenchik Center for Jewish Philanthropy, the new building it will share with the Jewish Community Foundation. The site is on the northwest corner of the Tucson Jewish… Read more »

In focus 12.2.16

JNF welcomes IDF hero and humanitarian  Israel Defense Forces Major Gen. (Res.) Doron Almog spoke at a Jewish National Fund event in Tucson on Tuesday, Nov. 15. Almog, who was awarded a 2016 Israel Prize for lifetime achievement, led the operational task force in Tripoli against terrorists who killed… Read more »

In focus 11.4.16

Temple Emanu-El Consecration The Temple Emanu-El Kurn Religious School consecration class of 5777 at Simchat Torah on Monday, Oct. 24.  … Read more »

In focus 10.7.16

Tween escapes and adventures PJ Our Way tweens put their heads together to try an escape room game and learned some tricks that would have made Houdini proud at an Escapes and Adventures party on Sunday, Sept. 18 at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. PJOW’s next event will be… Read more »

In focus 8.12.16

Rep. McSally visits Holocaust History Center Jewish History Museum board member Leonard Schultz shows U.S. Rep. Martha McSally photos of his parents-in-law, Rachel and Rachmil Kane, in the Holocaust survivor exhibit at the Holocaust History Center. McSally visited the Holocaust History Center at the Jewish History Museum on July… Read more »

In focus 7.8.16

Israel Scouts Friendship Caravan The Tzofim (Israel Scouts) visited Tucson for several days last month. Along with their annual concert at the Tucson Jewish Community Center on June 20, the scouts also gave performances for Camp J and Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging and spent time with local… Read more »

In focus 6.24.16

Camp J time capsules Summer campers at the J traveled through time to visit Old Tucson Studios and learn about the Jewish History Museum time capsule that was opened by Gabrielle Giffords in 2010. They decided to make their own time capsules and stuffed them with a penny, recent… Read more »

In focus 6.10.16

Happy birthday, Israel The Weintraub Israel Center capped off Tucson Celebrates Israel Week with a family-friendly Yom Huledet L’Yisrael (Happy Birthday Israel) party at the Tucson Jewish Community Center on Sunday, May 15. The event included Israeli party games, party favors and birthday cake.       Lag B’Omer… Read more »

In focus 5.27.16

12 Torches Ceremony  Two hundred and fifty people attended the Weintraub Israel Center’s 12 Torches Ceremony and Dinner on Thursday, May 12 at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. The dinner was prepared by four Israeli chefs visiting from the Israel Center’s Partnership2Gether region. In Israel, the 12 Torches Ceremony… Read more »

In focus 5.13.16

Poster contest winner Sophie Bergantino, an eighth grade student at The Gregory School, won the City of Tucson Environmental Service’s “Do More Blue” recycling poster contest, which was open to students in the fourth through eighth grades, citywide. More than 150 entries were received. The winning poster, with the… Read more »

In focus 4.29.16

Brandeis high tea The Tucson chapter of the Brandeis National Committee held a “High Tea” party and installation of officers on Wednesday, April 6 at Skyline Country Club, with 65 people attending. Marilyn Heins, M.D., spoke on “The Joy of Aging.” Proceeds from the event benefit the Tucson Endowed… Read more »

In focus 2.19.16

Super Extraordinary Sunday The Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona held its Super Extraordinary Sunday fundraiser and Mitzvah Day on Jan. 31. With 150 phone and clerical volunteers logging more than 480 pledges and donations to the 2016 Community Campaign, the phone-a-thon raised $225,000. Thirty-four people donated blood through the… Read more »

In focus 2.5.16

Tu B’Shevat celebration at Temple Emanu-El Children sang about Tu B’Shevat and trees at Temple Emanu-El’s Strauss Early Childhood Education Tu B’Shevat Seder on Tuesday, Jan. 26, led by Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon, Rabbi Batsheva Appel and Cantorial Soloist Marjorie Hochberg. About 130 children and parents celebrated the holiday… Read more »

In Focus 1.8.16

Temple Emanu-El’s Greatest Hanukkah on Earth! XVII Some 450 people attended Temple Emanu-El’s “Greatest Hanukkah on Earth!XVII — Making Miracles” celebration on Sunday, Dec. 13. The event included songs, stories, parodies, drama, dance and a menorah lighting.           LEGO Chanukah at Chabad Mikaela Perry, Jonathan… Read more »