Of Blessed Memory: Rabbi Arthur Oleisky

Rabbi Arthur Oleisky

It is with a heavy heart that we share that Rabbi Emeritus Arthur Oleisky passed away on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021. Rabbi Sara Metz of Congregation Anshei Israel shared the following message with us: We are sad to inform you of the passing of Rabbi Arthur Oleisky this Shabbat… Read more »

THA to honor Dick Belkin at 2021 Tikkun Olam Celebration

Richard “Dick” Belkin

Tucson Hebrew Academy will honor Richard “Dick” Belkin at its 2021 Tikkun Olam Celebration next month. The virtual celebration will be held Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. Dick and his wife, Sherry, moved to Tucson in 1989. They found a welcoming Jewish community in which they have… Read more »

Dr. Seneca Erman dies

Dr. Seneca Erman and Cantor Janece Cohen at Congregation Or Chadash in 2016 (Elliot Framan).

Dr. Seneca Erman passed away on Sept. 29, 2021. Seneca was the husband of Dorothy Erman z”l; father of Cantor Janece Cohen, Dr. Spencer (Nancy) Erman, and Dr. Russ (Anat) Erman; grandfather of Brayton (Danielle), Derek, Lara, Zachary (Katie), Jared (Erica), and Ariel, great grandfather of Aivi, Cillian, Abigail,… Read more »

High Holiday Celebration at Handmaker

Handmaker residents began the Jewish New Year of 5782 with a beautiful and festive meal together on Erev Rosh Hashanah in the Great Room at Handmaker. We were all grateful to be able to eat and celebrate the start of what we hope we will be a better new… Read more »

Mike McKendrick, Founder of the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation, inducted into the Arizona Fire Service Hall of Fame

Retired Tucson Fire Department Assistant Chief Michael “Mike” McKendrick

Retired Tucson Fire Department Assistant Chief Michael “Mike” McKendrick was inducted into the Arizona Fire Service Hall of Fame on Sept. 9. Mike worked for Tucson Fire for more than 30 years and, upon retirement, founded the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation (GTFF). The GTFF provides firefighters with health and… Read more »

Exploring joy in UA Hillel’s sukkah

Greek Jewish Society members erect the UA Hillel sukkah

“When a person is happy, gloom and suffering stand aside. Yet greater still is to gather courage to actually pursue gloom, and to introduce it into the joy, such that the gloom itself turns into joy.” – Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, Likutei Moharan, Part II 23:1:3-4 This week I… Read more »

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 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 »