Of Blessed Memory: Ron Weintraub

It is with profound sadness that The Weintraub Israel Center shares with you the passing of Ron Weintraub on Monday, September 25, 2023. Ron was a giant in our community. He was devoted to both the Tucson Jewish community and to Israel. Ron and his wife Diane had traveled… Read more »

L’Shana Tova from UArizona Hillel Foundation!

Interim Executive Director, Jennifer Camano, CFRE is delighted to have joined the dedicated and lively team at UAHillel. Tucson’s Jewish Wildcat Headquarters has been busy acting as a home away from home for all kinds of Jewish students. This year’s programming has gotten off to a robust start with… Read more »

Can You Be Zionist and Progressive? (Of Course!): Weintraub Israel Center to Bring Zioness Founder and Executive Director Amanda Berman to Tucson J

After a successful kick-off to a season of Arts, Culture + Community events with over 100 convening at the Tucson J earlier this month for a conversation with infamous author, Dara Horn, the Weintraub Israel Center is excited to welcome Zioness Founder and Executive Director, Amanda Berman to the… Read more »

Op-Ed: Tucson’s Multifaith Coalition Shows Up for Pride

What comes to mind when you think of a parade? Music, dancing, fanciful clothing, even a float or two? A  Pride parade is all that and more: it marks an exuberant and enthusiastic celebration for and by the LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual) community. (The… Read more »

Tucson J’s New Director of Teen Engagement Returns to Tucson Roots; Gears up for 2025 JCC Maccabi Games®

Davis Hubbell, Tucson J Director of Teen Engagement

This summer, the Tucson J community welcomed a familiar face in a new and exciting role: Davis Hubbell, a native of Tucson and an alum of Tucson J programs, was appointed as the J’s new Director of Teen Engagement. With a rich tapestry of experiences spanning from artisan bakeries… Read more »

Sweet Start to the New Year at Handmaker

When a group of Tucson Hebrew Academy (THA) first-grade students walked into the Handmaker Grand Foyer holding hands with their eighth-grade buddies, the Handmaker residents waiting for them to arrive began grinning from ear to ear. Just seeing the kids was enough to put smiles on their faces. But,… Read more »

Tucson Hebrew Academy Welcomes Families to Open House for Kindergarten through Second Grade

Excitement is in the air as Tucson Hebrew Academy (THA) prepares to open its doors to prospective students and their families for a special Open House event catering to children in Kindergarten through Second Grade. This engaging event promises a sneak peek into the vibrant world of Jewish education… Read more »

Kol Ami Synagogue Hires Moss as New Executive Director

After a thorough search for a new Executive Director, the Kol Ami Board of Trustees announced the hiring of Sean Moss. Showcasing a 20-year breadth of global experience spanning business management, strategy, marketing, and corporate governance, Moss is poised to bring fresh perspectives to the continued success of Kol… Read more »

High Holiday Services in our Southern Arizona Community

Rosh HaShanah begins the evening of September 15. Yom Kippur begins the evening of September 24. In the busy schedules of our lives, we have little time to reflect. The High Holydays offers us the chance of deep introspection. This is, on one hand, intimidating but, on the other,… Read more »

JLTC Student Participant Reflects on Washington D.C. Trip

Before I became involved in the Jewish and Latino Teen Coalition (JLTC), I was extremely unaware of all of the different ways I could become a greater part of my communities. If a list were to be created on everything I learned in JLTC, the list would be almost… Read more »

Weintraub Israel Center Welcomes Shaliach Yuval Malka to the Community

Yuval Malka, Southern Arizona community Shalicha

The Weintraub Israel Center, a partnership between the Tucson J and Jewish Philanthropies of Southern Arizona, is thrilled to share some exciting news: Tucson is once again bringing back a community Shalicha to foster a strong bond between our community and Israel. For those who may not be familiar… Read more »

Ronstadt Brothers and Vance Gilbert Show to Benefit JFCS

Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Southern Arizona (JFCS) is pleased to present a fundraising concert featuring Vance Gilbert, the great American folksinger/songwriter, at the Fox Tucson Theatre on Sunday, October 29 at 4 p.m. The show will open with Tucson favorites the Ronstadt Brothers, P.D. and Michael (Linda’s… Read more »

Renowned Author Dara Horn Kicks Off a Diverse Season of Arts at the Tucson J

All are invited to join The Tucson Jewish Community Center (the J or the Tucson J) for Dara Horn, “Setting Our Minds Toward the New Year” on Sunday, September 10 at 6:30pm. The acclaimed National Book Award Winner and author of six books including, People Love Dead Jews will… Read more »

Handmaker to Hold Celebration of Life for Those that Passed This Year

On Thursday, August 24 at 10 a.m., Handmaker will hold a Celebration of Life for all Handmaker residents who have passed over the last year, with the help of Agape Hospice. All are welcome to join. While it is rewarding and amazing to work with and care for older… Read more »

TJMHC Unveils New Core Exhibit – Judaism: An Intimate Perspective

What is Judaism? Is it a religion? An ethnicity? Perhaps a race, nationality, or culture? How does one decide who is a Jew, or how to represent Jewishness? These questions are often at the heart of Jewish communal debates, as well as Jewish entanglements in society at large. Jewish… Read more »

THA Celebrates the Beginning of 50th Anniversary School Year

At Tucson Hebrew Academy’s (THA) Welcome Back family event on August 7, students shared their excitement for the 2023-24 school year: “What’s great is that you know everybody , you can reach out to everybody, and everybody will always be there for each other if you need them.”… Read more »

Van Damme – Meyer Engagement

Scarlett Van Damme and Jacob Meyer have announced their engagement. Scarlett is the daughter of Tammy Rodriquez-Van Damme and Mark Van Damme of Chandler, Ariz. Jacob is the son of Matthew Meyer and Deborah Baker, of Tucson, and the grandson of Alice and Paul Baker of Tucson Arizona, and… Read more »

Of Blessed Memory: Irving Silverman

Irving Silverman of Dedham, Mass., formerly of Roslyn, NY, Tucson, Ariz., and Bernard, Maine, passed away on August 5, 2023, at the age of 103. Irving was the beloved husband of the late Henrietta and the late Nancy, devoted father of Ellen Siegel and her husband Donald, Bill Silverman… Read more »

Federal Nonprofit Security Grant Program Awards Over $500K to 5 Southern Arizona Jewish Organizations

The Arizona Department of Homeland Security (ADHS) recently announced their 2023 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) recipients, and five Southern Arizona Jewish organizations were among those receiving funding. The combined allocation for the five organizations totaled $511,779 for security infrastructure upgrades. The five organization awardees are Beth Shalom Temple… Read more »