The Jewish War Veterans Friedman-Paul Post 201 donated a concert grand piano to the new Arizona State Veteran Home in Tucson on Sept. 23. The home is located at 555. E. Ajo Way, adjacent to the VA Hospital, where JWV members volunteer in a variety of capacities. Members also serve as color guards at the Tucson Jewish Community Center and other venues throughout the year and in citywide parades. JWV breakfast meetings are held on the fourth Sunday of each month at B’nai B’rith Covenant House, 4414 E. Second St. For membership information, call Commander David Smith at 749-1252.
The Tzuza dance troupe from Kiryat Malachi, Israel, won second place in the jazz competition at the Karmiel Dance Festival, held Aug. 7-9. Dozens of Israeli dance troupes competed in the jazz category. Tzuza, which is supported by the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona’s TIPS (Tucson, Israel, Phoenix, Seattle) partnership, performed at Tucson’s Israel Festival in 2010.
Congregation M’kor Hayim, working with Lutheran Social Services, has helped settle a refugee family that arrived in April from Nepal. The family, Bartaman and Sangita Subba and their daughter, Anjeena, was able to immediately move into a two-bedroom apartment provided by LSS and furnished by the congregation. Since then members of M’kor Hayim have provided rides for doctor visits and taken the family on outings to help them become familiar with their new home in Tucson. Bartaman now works at Choice Greens and Sangita works at Villa Hermosa Adult Living.
More than 200 people attended a launch party for “Born to Wear Blue” by Patty Vallance, illustrated by Veronika Devyatiyarova, on Sept. 30 at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. The event was sponsored by Rural/Metro Southern Arizona Operations and the JCC Department of Family Engagement. Proceeds from the children’s book will benefit the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation.
Tucson’s fourth annual multi-faith pride service brought together the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona’s LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Jewish Inclusion Project, Wingspan and Tucson Pride at Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Oct. 11. The theme of the service was “Love Wins.”