THA 8th Graders Go to Israel!

After two consecutive years of having to cancel their trip to Israel due to Covid, Tucson Hebrew Academy (THA) has resumed the trip this year, and their 8th graders are having a blast! They arrived in Israel on Erev Yom HaZikaron (the eve of Israel’s Memorial Day) and joined… Read more »

UArizona Course to Spotlight Real-Time, On-the-Ground Human Rights Practitioners in Ukraine

As the crisis unfolds in Ukraine, the University of Arizona is offering unprecedented real-time online access to human rights practitioners who are actively working within Ukraine and neighboring countries. Connecting live via Zoom, these frontline activists, journalists, and ordinary citizens are documenting human rights abuses, assisting refugees and displaced… Read more »

Of Blessed Memory: Edward Feder

Ed passed away April 27, 2022, at the age of 95. He was born in Chicago. He is survived by his two sons Mark and Mike, and his sister Libby Hoffman. He also leaves four beautiful grandchildren – Rosanne, Tami, Nate, and Kevin; and five great-grandchildren – Brennan, Sienna,… Read more »

Bar Mitzvah: Benjamin Aronson

Benjamin Thurston Aronson completed his Bar Mitzvah on April 30, 2022. Although he read his Torah portion through Congregation Or Chadash’s Zoom services in April 2020, he was grateful for an in-person service and celebration with his family and friends. This belated event was performed at a family home,… Read more »

An Amazing 115-Year-Old Tallit Renews Judaism in Tucson

Sometimes a Jewish ritual object takes on a life of its own. It can trace the history of an entire family, even an entire portion of the Jewish people. When that object is returned to regular religious use, it symbolizes the eternal vitality of Judaism. So it is with… Read more »

Together in Jewish Learning at the J

More than one hundred Southern Arizona community members gathered in-person and virtually at the J, April 5, for a Together in Jewish Learning event.  The evening began with a presentation by keynote speaker Aaron Henne. Henne is the Artistic Director of theatre dybbuk, a company whose work focuses on… Read more »

Happy 90th, Rabbi Seltzer!

A celebration of the 90th birthday of Rabbi Sanford Seltzer was held March 31 at the Oro Valley home of Barbara Brumer. The outdoor party was arranged and attended by students in Rabbi Seltzer’s Zohar study class. The past two years of study have been conducted online, and his… Read more »

THA’s Hagigat HaSefer – Receiving the first Siddur

Over the last week of March, at the Tucson Hebrew Academy (THA), we honored our 1st and 2nd graders by celebrating Hagigat HaSefer (the celebration of the book). During Hagigat HaSefer, our young students received their very first Siddur (prayer book), signaling the beginning of a lifelong love of… Read more »

Yom HaShoah 2022: Remember, Honor & Learn

The Tucson Jewish Community will commemorate Yom HaShoah 2022 with over a week’s worth of events including a film screening, lectures and ceremonies. The theme of the commemorations is Remember, Honor & Learn. The events begin with a virtual screening of “Winter Journey,” available Sunday, April 17-Sunday, 24. A… Read more »

Wyatt Earp’s Jewish connection and more included in a new documentary

When Josephine Marcus ran away from home in 1880, it is hard to imagine just how shocked her California-based parents must have felt. Teenage Josephine dreamt of becoming an actress and a dancer. These weren’t exactly the plans made by her Jewish immigrant family and Hollywood didn’t yet exist.… Read more »

A very festive Purim at Handmaker!  

Purim is a Jewish holiday that is all about fun, celebration, a good story and of course, hamantashen! Handmaker residents got plenty of all of that this year. The celebrations began the Tuesday before Purim, when a bus loaded with the Tucson Hebrew Academy (THA) 8th grade class arrived… Read more »

JFCS presents “Love Should Not Hurt: Teen Dating Abuse 101”

Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona (JFCS) will present a free Zoom workshop, “Love Should Not Hurt: Teen Dating Abuse 101,” On Tuesday, March 29th, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Teen dating violence can be physical, emotional, or sexual. Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing, possessiveness,… Read more »

Of Blessed Memory: Dr. Jill Rosenzweig

Dr. Jill Ellen Rosenzweig passed away suddenly on March 19, 2022. Jill was born in Boston, MA and grew up in Waban, MA. She attended Simmons College for her B.A., New York Teachers College for her M.A., and the University of Arizona for her PhD in special education. Jill… Read more »

Ellie Teitel born

Ellison Lily Teitel was born February 24 to Rachel and Jonathan Teitel in Jersey City, New Jersey. Her grandparents are Lee and the late Earl Surwit of Tucson, and Michael Teitel of New York City.… Read more »

JFSA and JCF rebrand as Jewish Philanthropies of Southern Arizona

After more than two years of planning and collaboration, the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona (JFSA) and the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona (JCF) have integrated into a single operating entity. The new organization shall be known as the Jewish Philanthropies of Southern Arizona (JPSA).    “As JPSA, we… Read more »

Tucson Jewish Museum announces new director

Lori Shepherd

After an extensive and rigorous search, the Board of Directors of the Tucson Jewish Museum & Holocaust Center is pleased to announce that Lori Shepherd has accepted the position of Executive Director, effective March 16, 2022. Lori is the former Executive Director of the El Paso Holocaust Museum &… Read more »