Tagged Arizona

Tucson interfaith rally draws scores to support activist Warren

Rabbi Stephanie Aaron of Congregation Chaverim, Tucson, Arizona, speaks at the Faith Floods the Courtroom Interfaith Prayer Service in front of the US Court in support of Dr. Scott Warren, on trial for rendering humanitarian aid to migrants. (Debe Campbell/AJP)

Updated 6.13.19  Dozens of faith leaders from across Southwestern borderlands, including two local rabbis, rallied June 5 in front of the U.S. District Courthouse in downtown Tucson in solidarity with Arizona State University geography instructor and activist Scott Warren, Ph.D. A volunteer with the Tucson-based aid group No More… Read more »

In Focus 1.8.16

Temple Emanu-El’s Greatest Hanukkah on Earth! XVII Some 450 people attended Temple Emanu-El’s “Greatest Hanukkah on Earth!XVII — Making Miracles” celebration on Sunday, Dec. 13. The event included songs, stories, parodies, drama, dance and a menorah lighting.           LEGO Chanukah at Chabad Mikaela Perry, Jonathan… Read more »


Jacques and Renee Claire Sebag of Tucson announce the engagement of their daughter Lena Sebag to Keith Teboul, son of Helen Teboul of Dunlap, Ill., and the late Guy Teboul of Paris, France. Lena is an owner/partner of Belle Destination Weddings & Events, Inc., of Maui, Hawaii, where she… Read more »

Elana Beth Goldberg

Elana Beth Goldberg, daughter of Lisa and Ben Goldberg, will celebrate becoming a bat mitzvah on Saturday, Jan. 16, at Congregation Or Chadash. She is the granddaughter of Mimi and Jerry Sisk of Palos Verdes, Calif., and Karen and Bill Goldberg of Tucson. Elana attends Tucson Hebrew Academy and… Read more »

Ruth Ferleger

Ruth Ferleger, 88, died Dec. 9, 2015. Mrs. Ferleger grew up in Philadelphia and moved to Tucson in 2001. Mrs. Ferleger was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Arthur. Survivors include her children, Faye (David) Wolsky of Tucson and Leonard (Donna Kruman) Ferleger of Pittsburgh; and… Read more »

Jerome Snyder

Jerome Allen “Jerry” Snyder, 78, died Dec. 12, 2015. Born in Louisville, Ky., Mr. Snyder graduated from Tucson High School in 1955. He graduated from the University of Louisville and was employed by the Social Security Administration for his entire working life. In 1963, Mr. Snyder married Barbara Ziblat.… Read more »

Inspired by past Jewish stars, champion skater Max Aaron eyes Sochi Olympics

Max Aaron skates his way to a gold medal at the 2013 U.S. Figure Skating Championship in Omaha, Neb., January 2013. (Courtesy USFSA)

NEW YORK (JTA) — With consecutive quadruple jumps at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Max Aaron launched himself not only to a gold medal and a national championship. The 20-year-old Arizonan also joined the ranks of Jewish athletes who have made it big For Aaron, that was even more… Read more »

SUKKOT FEATURE Down on America’s next big etrog farm

Matt Bycer showing off an etrog from his farm in the backyard of his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., Sept. 20, 2012. (Chavie Lieber)

(JTA) — Matt Bycer is like any other 33-year-old attorney who wakes up at the crack of dawn to exercise. Except that rather than sweating to a P90X regimen, Bycer, in a T-shirt, shorts and cowboy hat, lugs 170 buckets of water across his backyard in Scottsdale, Ariz., to… Read more »

Tribal understandings: Jewish and Navajo spiritual leaders speak of sacred lands

Window Rock in Arizona, where the spiritual leaders of two tribes met at the Navajo Nation Museum to talk about sacred lands. (Edmon J. Rodman)

LOS ANGELES (JTA) — A Reform rabbi, a Navajo medicine man and a professor walk into a museum. It sounds like the opening of a joke, but on a recent May Shabbat at Window Rock, Ariz., capital of the Navajo Nation, it’s the beginning of a cross-cultural discussion that… Read more »

Jewish groups rethinking vouchers, tax credits to religious schools

Students at hte Ben Gamla Kendall charter school in Florida paint durning an artist's visit to the school. (Courtesy of Ben Gamla Kendall)

BOSTON (JTA) — When the U.S. Supreme Court effectively legalized school vouchers in 2002, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs called it “a devastating blow to one of the foundations of our democracy”: the separation of church and state. Four years earlier, JCPA had conducted a yearlong study that… Read more »

JCRC issues statement against Prop. 302

The Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona has issued a position statement in opposition to Proposition 302 on the 2010 Arizona ballot. The statement notes that in 2009, the JCRC chose to focus its social justice efforts on the needs of local youth at… Read more »

First Things First helps Arizona children succeed: vote no on Prop. 302

Are you as tired and frustrated as we are at seeing Arizona ranked at or near the bottom on state rankings of education and the well-being of its children? First Things First was supported by the voters of Arizona in 2006 to provide the opportunity for high quality early… Read more »

Election 2010: Local candidates discuss immigration, Israel

In advance of the Nov. 2 elections, the Arizona Jewish Post sent questions to the Arizona candidates for U.S. Senate and the local candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives. Here are their unedited responses. U.S. Senate Rodney Glassman, Democrat Q: Given the controversy generated by Arizona SB 1070,… Read more »

Elections 2010: In races for Congress, some Jewish incumbents at risk

Rodney Glassman

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Senate could go either way. Hopes are dimmer in the House. And Eric Cantor may at last have company. At least that’s the conventional wisdom on how Jewish lawmakers will do in November. If Jewish candidates sweep all the Senate races in this midterm election… Read more »

Father’s story of loss reinforces bonds of love

I was nearing the end of my interview with writer Barry Kluger. The media executive, whose columns often run in the Scottsdale Republic and occasionally in the Jewish News of Greater Phoenix, had just published his first book, “A Life Undone: A Father’s Journey Through Loss.” Kluger lost his… Read more »

University of Arizona community responds to new immigration law

Passage of SB1070, the state law that requires local police to enforce federal immigration law, has prompted boycotts of Arizona because of possibilities for racial profiling and civil rights violations. The law has not yet gone into effect, but its reach is already being felt at the University of… Read more »

Immigration bill thrusts Arizona into national spotlight; Tucsonans react

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed Senate Bill 1070, the Safe Neighborhoods; Immigration; Law Enforcement Act on April 23, opening the floodgates to torrents of criticism and discussion of state vs. federal immigration policy. The debate has ranged from outrage about potential racial profiling, to legal opinions about the new… Read more »