Post-Its

Rosh Hashanah at Tucson Hebrew Academy

Rosh Hashanah preparation and celebration lasted the entire month of Elul at Tucson Hebrew Academy (THA). The blowing of the shofar was heard on our grounds every morning. Fifth and sixth grade students created their own shofrot. Seventh graders took a field trip to Handmaker to blow the shofar and… Read more »

Restoring justice through art recovery

After waiting in line outside the Neue Galerie in New York six years ago to see the Gustav Klimt “Woman in Gold” painting, I remember hoping that the wait would be worth it. Of course it was; the painting was spectacular. I also remember thinking that those who are… Read more »

Jewish Broadcasting Service now available in Arizona

JBS, the Jewish Broadcasting Service, a nonprofit national cultural television network covering the panorama of Jewish life is now available in Arizona on Comcast CH 1684, Direct TV CH 388, the streaming services of ROKU, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and on the JBS Website at www.jbstv.org. Programs on… Read more »

Jewish History Museum to launch new Holocaust education curriculum

On Aug. 19, Gov. Doug Ducey formally signed Arizona House Bill 2241, making it mandatory for Arizona schools to teach students about the Holocaust and other genocides at least twice between seventh and twelfth grades. For the past year, in anticipation of this legislation, the Jewish History Museum & Holocaust History… Read more »

Remembering Phyllis Maizlish: a true friend to our community

Phyllis Maizlish

Phyllis Ruth Goldberg Maizlish, age 88, died on Thursday, August 26th at her beloved “Little House” in Park City, Utah, surrounded by multitudes of flowers and her loving daughters and son. Phyllis was born in Pittsburg, Kansas, and moved to the Kansas City area as a teenager.  At Paseo… Read more »

Kosher food options available in Southern Arizona

Southern Arizona residents looking for Kosher options during the High Holidays and year round have a variety of options. The following are a list of stores or methods of acquiring Kosher food in Southern Arizona as of August 2021. For more information, consider joining the “Kosher in Tucson” Facebook… Read more »

Welcoming strangers as an act of justice

A modern midrash: After Sholem Aleichen’s Tevye, the Dairyman, his family, and his townspeople are forced to leave their beloved Anatevka due to the czar’s decree, all of them seek and are granted asylum in the United States. They move to America’s Dairyland, Wisconsin, where they settle and begin… Read more »

Lee Klein wins Tucson Next Gen Award

Lee Klein

Lee Klein of Cox Media in Tucson has just received the Tucson Advertising Federation Educational Foundation’s Tucson Next Gen Award. The award recognizes advertising professionals forty and younger who are making a significant impact on the advertising industry through their leadership, personal qualities, and career achievements. Lee has made… Read more »

Tucson Hebrew Academy begins a new academic year

It was so exciting to welcome our new and returning students to campus on Thursday, August 5! Tucson Hebrew Academy also welcomed its new Head of School, Johanna Shlomovich. Since 2013, Johanna has served as the Chief Operating Officer of Ramaz School in New York City. In this role,… Read more »

High Holiday services in our community

Rosh HaShanah begins the evening of September 6. Yom Kippur begins the evening of September 15. Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur call to us through the piercing majesty of the sound of the Shofar, inviting us to renew our connection with ourselves, with our people, and with G-d. This… Read more »

August at Handmaker Assisted Living

Handmaker Assisted Living residents have been keeping busy with some new activities that are helping to expand their mind and body, giving residents new opportunities to learn about themselves and each other. Steve Hunt, Handmaker Administrator, began playing billiards with residents in the Rubin Assisted Living neighborhood last month… Read more »

Murray Keshner, art director, dad, painter, singer, and teacher dies

Murray Keshner and his wife Joyce

Murray Keshner, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather left this earthly plane early Saturday, July 31, just days before his 96th birthday. He was born August 2, 1925 in Brooklyn, NY. In his many roles as husband of 73 years, art director, dad, painter, singer, and teacher, he touched… Read more »

Community members speak: “Life in Mixed Cities”

Dr. Yizhar Hess, Vice Chairman of the World Zionist Organization

Southern Arizona Jewish community member Billie Kozolchyk shares her thoughts on a broadcast: I recently watched a discussion entitled “Life in Mixed Cities: What’s Next?” a part of the “Complicated Questions” series. I found it gripping and enlightening; I cried, laughed, and learned. The moderator, Yizhar Hess, a tenth… Read more »

Ray Tilden Davies, internationally renowned lecturer and Holocaust education trailblazer, dies

Ray Tilden Davies, March 4, 1928 – July 5, 2021

Internationally renowned lecturer and Holocaust education trailblazer Ray Tilden Davies died in Tucson on July 5, 2021 at the age of 93. “Ray Davies was a teacher who taught through his actions as well as his words. His deep commitment to advancing civil rights and struggling for social and… Read more »