JCF introduces the new Impact Investment Pool

The Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona (JCF) is pleased to introduce the Impact Pool, a new investment pool option designed to increase the impact of your philanthropic funds through social impact investing and philanthropic stewardship. The role of the Impact Pool is threefold: To invest in a socially… Read more »

Shari Pollak

Their first daughter after four boys, Shari Pollak was born to Tali and Elie Pollak of Valley Stream, NY, at 6:58 AM on Nov. 17 at North Shore Manhasset hospital in New York. Shari weighed 7.1 lbs and measured 21 inches tall. She joins her four brothers Shua, age… Read more »

Enjoying the arts at THA!

Tucson Hebrew Academy (THA) develops students who are highly skilled, creative thinkers with a spirited love of learning. This month, students exhibited that love of learning through their love of the arts. Music Lower School students at THA learn music fundamentals which allow them to pursue their music interests… Read more »

In Blessed Memory: Bruce Friedman

With heartfelt sorrow, we announce the peaceful passing of Bruce Donald Friedman on Dec. 19,2021. Bruce was predeceased by his wife Minnette Doris Marks Friedman who passed in December of 2020. They were happily married for over 63 years. Bruce is survived by his two sons Howard (wife Cara),… Read more »

Judge Norman S. Fenton dies

Tucson has lost a devoted citizen and civil servant in the passing of retired Superior Court Judge Norman S. Fenton on January 5,2022, at the age of 98. Fenton was born in Brooklyn, New York and attended Syracuse University where he received his law degree and met his future… Read more »

Tucson J presents the 31st Annual Tucson International Jewish Film Festival

The J’s Tucson International Jewish Film Festival has returned featuring 12 full-length films, six shorts, a mini-series, and eight post-film programs. Beginning Jan. 6 and running through Feb. 20, the Festival showcases an ample selection of independent and international films that celebrate Jewish culture and diversity and provide a… Read more »

Ari Pozez and Dr. Debbie Shamsian are wed

Ari Pozez, son of Mitch and Robin Pozez married Dr. Debbie Shamsian in May, 2021, in New York City. The newlyweds have since relocated to Santa Monica, California, where Ari is practicing law and Debbie is a pediatrician.… Read more »

Celebrating the holidays at Handmaker

Hanukkah at Handmaker Hanukkah came early this year! The Sunday night after Thanksgiving was the first of eight nights and days of celebration in every neighborhood in Handmaker. Hanukkah celebrations included nightly candle lighting and Hanukkah song singing, as well as lots of dreidel playing and holiday cookie decorating.… Read more »

Bat Mitzvah: Hannah Aviva Ellentuck

Hannah Aviva Ellentuck celebrated becoming a Bat Mitzvah on Dec. 20, 2021. The service took place in her backyard led by Rabbi Avi Alpert and her mother, Cantor Emily Ellentuck of M’Kor Hayim. She is the daughter of Max and Cantor Ellentuck, of Tucson, and granddaughter of Wayne and… Read more »

Beyond the Tzedek Project: Continuing to seek justice as we move forward

In March of this year, researchers in Israel revealed newly discovered 2000-year-old Dead Sea Scroll fragments including the following lines from the prophet Zechariah: “These are the things you are to do: Speak the truth to one another, render true and perfect justice in your gates…” A member of… Read more »

Tucson J to participate in sixth annual Z3 Conference

The Z3 Project is a signature program of the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto. Since 2015, the program has been providing the Jewish community with a unique opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions about the Diaspora and Israel. Now in its sixth year, Z3 has become a global… Read more »

Vibrant Jewish life on the Tucson Hebrew Academy campus

Tucson Hebrew Academy is gearing up for Hanukkah! To celebrate, our teachers and students have planned fun and meaningful activities to take place over the eight-day festival that include: Starting the day with an all-school Hanukkah candle lighting. Making Hanukkah Judaica in Art class (ceramic oil jugs, Hanukkiot, and… Read more »

Festive fall at Handmaker

Free Smart Phones for Handmaker Staff At an employee appreciation event on November 5, Handmaker staff received free LG Smartphones, including an unlimited talk, text, and data plan with T-Mobile, at no cost to them! This is a new benefit being offered to Handmaker employees, sort of an early… Read more »

Seeking justice for the enslaved

Next April when we sit down at our Seder tables, many of us will participate in the familiar responsive reading: Reader: Avadim Hayinu – We were slaves in Egypt. All: We remember our histories; we acknowledge our pasts. Reader: Ata b’nei horin – Now we are free people. All:… Read more »

Video: Community Awards and Welcome Back Event 2021

The full video of the Jewish Community Awards and Welcome Back Celebration is now available online. The event was held on Nov. 1, 2021 at the Tucson Jewish Community Center Sculpture Garden. It honored those working to enhance Jewish life in Southern Arizona and celebrated the opportunity for community… Read more »

Jewish Museum announces new name

The Jewish History Museum & Holocaust History Center in downtown Tucson has a streamlined new name: Tucson Jewish Museum & Holocaust Center. The name, approved by the Museum’s Board of Directors in October, is the result of months of deliberations and conversations with stakeholders, says Board President Eric Schindler.… Read more »