Of Blessed Memory: Arlene Zuckerman

Arlene Zuckerman passed away quietly February 16, 2024. She will be missed greatly by many, including her husband of 65+ years, Marty, children Leslie (Mike), Debbie (Bill), brother Larry (Suzi) and grandchildren Dustin, Samantha, David and Ember. Arlene was preceded in death by her sister Lee (Stan). Arlene is… Read more »

Audrey Mae Berens born

Audrey Mae Berens was born on Saturday, February 10 at 7:16 p.m. to Bryn Nisbet-Berens and Alec Berens. It was a very smooth delivery. Baby and Mom are doing great, and both parents are enjoying the first few days of parenthood.… Read more »

Local Entrepreneurs Bring Classic Jewish Flavors to Farmers Markets

Soup has always been Jake Alpert’s favorite food — especially matzo ball soup, which he believes in eating year-round, not just on Jewish holidays. And when it comes to floaters vs. sinkers, Alpert is 100% a floaters fan. The fluffier the better, he says. Born in Tucson, Alpert is… Read more »

Tucsonans on Israel Missions Witness Devastation and Unity

Sadness, anger, hope, and resilience. Todd Rockoff, president and CEO of the Tucson Jewish Community Center (JCC), felt all these emotions and more on a JCC Association Board Solidarity Mission (JCCA) to Israel in January. “I felt a great pull to be there,” he says, to bear witness and… Read more »

Use Your Head for Hillel – Trivia Night on March 31

In a shifting environment of nonprofit fundraisers, University of Arizona Hillel (UAHillel), is excited to host a casual, creative, and collaborative Trivia Night on Sunday, March 31. Want to put your obscure English Lit degree to work? Rock your Judaic knowledge from Hebrew School? Show off your enthusiasm for… Read more »

Volunteer Power Keeps Northwest Tucson Jewish Community Going

The Northwest Tucson Jewish Community, a nonprofit organization, aims “to enrich the educational, cultural, and social life primarily of Jewish residents in Northwest Tucson,” according to its mission statement. “Primarily” is a clue that despite its name, the NWTJC does not impose strict geographical limits: The mission statement goes… Read more »

Rabbi’s Corner: Creating a Nation

During the past weeks in Torah time we have at last achieved our freedom from Egyptian slavery. But Moses’ demand was to let the people go so that they could worship YHVH in the wilderness. In other words, our freedom wasn’t for its own sake; we could now freely… Read more »

Of Blessed Memory: Sylvia Levkowitz

Sylvia Levkowitz, devoted wife, loving and beloved mother, grandmother and aunt passed away peacefully on December 12, 2023, three months shy of her 98th birthday, surrounded by loved ones. She was born in the Bronx, N.Y., lost her father at an early age, and was raised by loving parents,… Read more »

Kim Boling and Paul Tumarkin are Wed

Kim Boling and Paul Tumarkin were married on November 24, 2023 in the backyard of Kim‘s father, Ken Light. The presence of Kim’s mother, Marcia Light, of blessed memory, was felt throughout the celebration. Paul is the son of Gerry and Linda Tumarkin. Kim’s children (Eliana (Daniel) Anderson and… Read more »

Lev Cohen Dimant born

A son, Lev Emmett Cohen Dimant, was born Dec. 13 to Michael and Maya Cohen Dimant of Highland Park, N.J. His grandmother is Kathy Cohen of Tucson. Lev joins his big brother, Nafi.… Read more »

THA to Celebrate 50th Anniversary with Gala March 10

In a milestone event, Tucson Hebrew Academy (THA) is set to commemorate 50 years of unwavering dedication to Jewish education with a Gala at Tanque Verde Ranch on Sunday, March 10th, starting at 5 pm. Founded with a visionary promise, THA has become more than just an educational institution;… Read more »

Celebrating Handmaker’s Tenured Staff

What would it take for someone to work at the same workplace for 20 or more years? Or even 5 or more years? Whatever it might be, Handmaker must have it for 48 people, because that is the number of employees who have worked there for 5 years or… Read more »

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 »