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 »

Kol Ami Announces Jewish Food Festival, Invites Community

Kol Ami Synagogue invites the community to their Jewish Food Festival and open house on Sunday, August 13, from 2-4 pm. Jewish food is extremely diverse and reflective of the many regions where Jews have settled. There are Jewish communities on every continent, and each community has its own unique… Read more »

A Day Just for Them – Holocaust Survivors Celebrate “Day of Joy”

On Sunday morning, June 25, 40 Holocaust survivors came together in the main conference room at Jewish Family Services of Southern Arizona (JFCS) for a special brunch celebrating….them! The survivors, joined by their families, enjoyed a day of food, music and dancing. A full bagel and lox brunch was… Read more »

THA Announces Four Events and Commemorative Logo for 50th Anniversary

As Tucson Hebrew Academy (THA) prepares for a year filled with celebration, they reflect on the expansive network of parents, grandparents, alumni families, and friends that make up fifty years of a global school-community. The 2023-24 school year will bring the THA community together like never before with four… Read more »

UArizona Hillel Preps for Exciting School Year

Around the country, many Hillel staffers are emerging from the relatively calm month of June, going to conferences, scheduling out High Holidays, and ordering supplies. In the midst of all the activity, I would love to highlight some of the awesome programming that we will be running this year… Read more »

Mae’s Kosher Kitchen Now Open at Handmaker

Handmaker has been providing kosher meals to its residents and the community for 60 years. With the limited options for kosher dining in Tucson, Handmaker has also long provided kosher catering and meals to Mobile Meals of Southern Arizona, as well as to local hotels and hospitals. This summer,… Read more »

OP-ED: Say “No” to the Nazi Salute, Pima County. Just Say “No.”

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Arizona Jewish Post or its publisher, Jewish Philanthropies of Southern Arizona. At a Pima County (Arizona) Board of Supervisors meeting in early June, an attendee made a straight-arm… Read more »

THA to Celebrate 50th Anniversary This School Year

The 2023-24 school year will be a celebratory marker for Tucson Hebrew Academy (THA): its 50th year as Southern Arizona’s foremost center for Jewish education. The school will unveil a commemorative motto and logo later this summer as it prepares for a year of community events and a 50th… Read more »

Of Blessed Memory: Shelby Silverman

Shelby David Silverman (Shel), שלמה דוד בן חיה ומשה אהרן 77, of Tucson, AZ passed away on June 9, 2023, the 20th of Sivan 5783. Funeral service is at the Evergreen chapel, followed by burial on Sunday, June 11, at 10am, officiated by Rabbi Ruven Barkan and Cantorial Soloist… Read more »