Fun in the sun: Handmaker residents get out and about

Angela Salmon has been leading seniors on adventures in the Tucson community for more than ten years with the Handmaker Adventure Bus program. This innovative program is designed for people experiencing the early stages of diminished memory capacity, and as a respite option for caregivers. Bi-weekly social and cultural… Read more »

“Stop and Read”: THA encouraging the love of reading

Tucson Hebrew Academy (THA) launched a schoolwide “Stop and Read” or STAR program on February 14th, which will allow the entire school to read together once a week. Students are reading a book of their choice in their homeroom classrooms for 15 minutes on Fridays before heading to Kabbalat… Read more »

Tucson Brandeis National Committee welcomes four best-selling authors

The Tucson chapter of the Brandeis National Committee is celebrating their 25th Anniversary Silver Jubilee Book & Author Event on March 3. The festivities begin at 9:30 am at Skyline Country Club. The program will feature four best-selling authors: Frank Figliuzzi served with the FBI for 25 years, rising… Read more »

Harold Shapiro dies

Harold B. Shapiro, the oldest son of Janis (Bramson) and Hyman B. Shapiro, was born in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Jan 8, 1936, and died on Feb 3, 2022, at the age of 86. A member of the Jewish War Veterans, having served in the U.S. Marines during the… Read more »

Of Blessed Memory: Sally Duchin

Sally Duchin, age 88, of Tucson, Arizona passed away on Tuesday, February 1, 2022. “I’ll remember Sally as a tremendous force for good, and I’ll always admire her for her deep commitment to Jewish education,” said Ed Wright, the Director of the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies. “She and… Read more »

Ivy Chava Preble-Gaitz born

Ivy Chava Preble-Gaitz was born Jan. 16, 2022, to Ryan and Celia Preble-Gaitz of Tucson. Her grandparents are Ronald and Mayra Gaitz (Houston), Kathleen Bryerton (Tucson), and John Preble (Tucson). Ivy joins her big sister, Sage.… Read more »

Jacob Fleischman born

Dr. Michael and Rachael Fleischman of Troy, Michigan welcomed Jacob William Fleischman on Jan. 14, 2022. He is the little brother to Alaina and Jameson. The proud Gaga is Shelley Heyman, Tucson, AZ.… Read more »

THA students exploring, learning, and celebrating nature

On Friday, January 14, Tucson Hebrew Academy (THA) students celebrated both MLK Day and Tu B’Shvat (which were both on Monday, January 17th this year) with a morning of volunteering and celebrating at Felicia’s Farm. Students started the day with prayer and learned about Felicia’s Farm. Upon arrival, each… Read more »

Talia Sharpe born

Welcome to the world, Talia Ellie Sharpe, born January 25, 2022, in Tucson, AZ. Talia was born to Lexy and Jeremy Sharpe. Talia’s grandparents are Neal and Felice Brooks, and Robert (Bobby) Z”L and Deborah Sharpe. She joins her big brother, Robbie.… Read more »

Student crafted, staff supported: How to enable doing Jewish

Sure, it’s UA Hillel’s mission to help students create a vibrant, diverse, meaningful and empowered Jewish community on campus, but how does that really work? How does our mission come to life? Typically, student-directed ideas surface, and staff helps to curate experiences that meet their needs. A few examples:… Read more »

JFCS to provide free e-books of “To Tell Our Stories: Holocaust Survivors of Southern Arizona” to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day

The first volume of “To Tell Our Stories: Holocaust Survivors of Southern Arizona,” published in 2015 by Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Southern Arizona (JFCS), is now available in a free e-book format on Smashwords. A free e-book version of volume two, which was first published in 2018,… Read more »

Handmaker celebrates Tu b’shevat Seder

Last month, Handmaker was honored to be one of the organizations included in a philanthropic event called Mitzvah Fair. The Fair was put together by students from the Kol Ami Religious School (Legacy Synagogues, Or Chadash, and Temple Emanu-el of Tucson), and Congregation Anshei Israel’s Religious School before Winter… Read more »

Of Blessed Memory : Ruthann Pozez

Ruthann Kornbleet Pozez passed away with her family by her side on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. Ruthann was born July 13, 1926 in Kansas City, Kansas. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 61 years, Louis Pozez, her brothers, Seymour and Lawrence Kornbleet, and her parents, Hy and… Read more »

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 born

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 »