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Doctor and Author Suzanne Koven to Share Power of Story in Cindy Wool Seminar

Thirty years after she was a medical intern, Suzanne Koven, MD, MFA wrote an essay, “Letter to a Young Female Physician,” telling newly minted doctors what she wished she knew back then. She described the sexist assumptions, “some infuriating, some merely annoying,” that plague medicine and “another, more insidious… Read more »

TJMHC Unveils Mural, Opens Up to Local Collaboration

This past Sunday, Tucson Jewish Museum & Holocaust Center (TJMHC) unveiled our new mural to the public. The mural was painted by high school students participating in the Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson’s Minor Mutiny Teen Council, which provides teens with the opportunity to participate in public art projects… Read more »

‘Being Alive’: Mandy Patinkin Returns to Tucson

Mandy Patinkin has an unbridled zest for life. Whether he is talking about a morning walk with his dog or his extraordinary career as an actor, singer, and storyteller, Patinkin’s voice booms with enthusiasm. The Tony and Emmy Award-winning star brings that joie de vivre to Tucson next month,… Read more »

Butterfly Trail Tour on Jan. 28 Invites Tucsonans to Choose Hope Over Hate

Remembrance and hope, in Hebrew zikaron v’tikvah, are the themes of the Butterfly Project, an international effort to teach social justice through the lessons of the Holocaust. On Sunday, Jan. 28, from 1 to 4 p.m., Southern Arizona residents and visitors can travel Tucson’s Butterfly Trail, seven installations of… Read more »

First Person: I Won Gold in Argentina at an Inspiring Maccabi Pan-American Games

David Tannenbaum, with gold medal

The Maccabi Pan-American Games recently concluded in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Some 4000 Jewish athletes from 24 countries competed for medals in 20 sports in an expression of Jewish pride through athletics. I was fortunate to be among the 650-member Team USA and competed as a cyclist in the 60-69… Read more »

Concerts in New York, Philly to Honor Tucson Composer Dan Asia

Daniel Asia, a classical composer and professor at the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music, turned 70 in June. The school paid tribute to him in October with a festival of music by Asia, his teachers, and friends. Asia’s birthday celebration will continue this month with concerts… Read more »

Taglit, Bet Shalom Team Up on Sandwiches for Tucsonans in Need

Participants in the Tucson Jewish Community Center’s Taglit program for young adults with disabilities are joining members of Congregation Bet Shalom this year to make sandwiches for those in need. Bet Shalom has packed lunches for the needy on an irregular basis for years, says Rabbi Avi Alpert. When… Read more »

Art Students, Residents Collaborate on Mural at Covenant House

Residents of Tucson’s B’nai B’rith Covenant House longed for a mural to enhance the back wall of the facility’s patio, says Abbie Stone, president of the board of Covenant House, an affordable housing community for older adults funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. “We try… Read more »

Of Blessed Memory: Barbara Levkowitz

Barbara Levkowitz, 96, of Tucson, AZ, passed away on December 16, 2023, surrounded by her children. Barbara was born in the Bronx, N.Y. to Max and Lilly Wendell on June 13, 1927. She was the youngest sibling to Esther and Herbert. Her parents moved to Tucson when she was… Read more »

Tucson Jewish Museum & Holocaust Center’s Lakin Lecture Series on Antisemitism Continues with Dr. Dov Waxman

On Sunday, January 7th, Tucson Jewish Museum & Holocaust Center (TJMHC) will welcome Dov Waxman as the final presenter in this season’s Lakin Lecture Series on Antisemitism. Dr. Waxman is the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Professor of Israel Studies at UCLA. His research focuses on the Israel-Palestine Conflict,… Read more »

Local Firefighter Who Witnessed Hamas Devastation Eager to Help Israel

Capt. Jeff Hamblen of Northwest Fire recently signed up to train with Israel’s Emergency Volunteer Project. He expected to help his Israeli counterparts put out fires. He didn’t expect to be flying into a country at war. Hamblen’s travel date was Oct. 7, 2023, the day Hamas launched a… Read more »

Announcing the Tucson J International Film Festival

Lights… camera… action! The Tucson J International Film Festival opens January 11, with in-person and virtual screenings and post-film programs for select films through January 21, and virtual screenings of most films continuing through January 31. The 2024 Tucson J International Film Festival is multi-access, running from January 11… Read more »

Hanukkah Lights up Handmaker

The eight days and nights of Hanukkah were filled with much light, song and dreidel playing at Handmaker. Even before Hanukkah began, residents were treated to a pre-Hanukkah Concert by David Wien and Rabbi Avi Alpert of Congregation Bet Shalom in the Grand Foyer. Hanukkiah were lit in every… Read more »

THA Prepares for Day of Chesed, Looks Back on Community Action

Over the past 50 years, Tucson Hebrew Academy (THA) has been at the forefront of fostering community action among its students. Through initiatives like annual volunteerism fairs, service-oriented field trips, and the impactful Passport to Peace program, five generations of students have been encouraged to learn to embody mitzvot,… Read more »

Free Programs at Anshei Israel will Help Southern Arizona Teens Navigate Antisemitism

Gabriel Ivker of StandWithUs

Many Jewish teens are experiencing antisemitism linked to the Israel-Hamas war. In the coming months, Congregation Anshei Israel will present two free workshops about antisemitism that are open to high school students community-wide. The second workshop also will include a session for parents or guardians of teens. Gabriel Ivker,… Read more »

Murdered Israeli Soldier Had Ties to Tucson

Tucsonan Lindsey Baker wasn’t sure of the exact term for her family relationship with Rose Lubin, a 20-year-old Israel Defense Forces soldier who was killed by a knife-wielding terrorist in Jerusalem on Nov. 6, one month into Israel’s war against Hamas. Lubin was the granddaughter of Baker’s father’s first… Read more »

Oro Valley Family Celebrates Sponsorship of Intensive Care Ambulance for Israel at Two Local Events

Thanks to Sandy and Maureen Salz of Oro Valley, a new MICU (mobile intensive care unit) for Magen David Adom, Israel’s emergency medical service, has arrived in Israel to help care for those dealing with increased violence, in response to Hamas attacks. Two events marking the sponsorship took place… Read more »

JPSA Light in the Darkness Event Is Spark of Hope for Israel

Some 200 people gathered at Congregation Anshei Israel at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3, for Jewish Philanthropies of Southern Arizona’s “A Light in the Darkness” Israel solidarity event, which provided an update on the situation in Israel since the horrific Oct. 7 Hamas terrorist attacks and the subsequent… Read more »