Tucson Doctors Lend Their Skills, Support to Israel

“Resilience” is the word Dr. David Siegel, a Tucson neurologist, heard most often from Israelis during a solidarity mission last month with the American Healthcare Professionals and Friends for Medicine in Israel, or APF. “The absolute resilience of the many Israelis I had the privilege to talk and interact… Read more »

Ceremony Honors Rescue of Holocaust Torah Scrolls

A commemorative service in Phoenix on Sunday, Feb. 25, included Torah scrolls from two Tucson congregations. Both are Czech Memorial Scrolls that were collected by the Nazis during the Holocaust, warehoused in a ruined synagogue in Prague following the 1948 Communist coup, and finally rescued and brought to the… Read more »

New Torah Center Aims to Expand Jewish Learning in Tucson

In August 2023, six young rabbis, recent graduates of the Rabbinical Seminary of America in Queens, New York, moved to Tucson with their wives and children to start the Tucson Torah Center (TTC). The TTC offers one-on-one and group Torah study for men and daily minyanim, plus classes and… Read more »

The Tucson J Expands Healthy Aging Programs with New Offerings Focused on Cognitive, Physical, and Social Needs

Under the leadership of Amy Dowe, Sr. Director of Wellness and Linda Travis, PsyD, Aging Adult Program Specialist, the Tucson J’s Healthy Aging suite of programs is growing to meet the diverse needs of older adults in Tucson and Pima County. With one in five people over 65 years… Read more »

‘Challah Prince’ to Come to Tucson March 7

On March 7, the Jewish Community Relations Council for Tucson & Southern Arizona, the Weintraub Israel Center, the Tucson J, Tucson Hebrew Academy (THA) and Tucson Jewish Museum & Holocaust Center (TJMHC) will host Idan Chabasov, professionally known as the Challah Prince, at THA. A wildly popular social media… Read more »

The Tucson and Southern Arizona Community is Celebrating 18 Years of PJ Library

Did you know that PJ Library turns 18 years this year? On Sunday, March 3, PJ Library in Southern Arizona will host an 18th Birthday Bash for PJ Library. The Birthday Bash is made possible thanks to a grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. The Birthday Bash is free and… Read more »

Handmaker Receives Grant Funding for Assisted Living Updates

Handmaker was recently awarded a half-million-dollar grant for updates to both the Rubin and Tynan Assisted Living Neighborhoods to enhance the health, safety, and overall experience of residents living in these neighborhoods. Handmaker CFO, Travis Wissinger, applied for and received an ARP AHCCCS (Adult HealthCare Cost Containment System) Grant.… Read more »

Memories of Tucson’s Brandes School Preserved at Arizona Historical Society

Alumni of the Brandes School, their children, and their grandchildren will find a treasure trove of photos and other memorabilia at the Arizona Historical Society’s archive in Tucson. Raphael “Ray” Brandes, an early leader of Tucson’s Jewish community, and his wife, Elsie, started the boarding school for children with… Read more »

Of Blessed Memory: Arlene Zuckerman

Arlene Zuckerman passed away quietly February 16, 2024. She will be missed greatly by many, including her husband of 65+ years, Marty, children Leslie (Mike), Debbie (Bill), brother Larry (Suzi) and grandchildren Dustin, Samantha, David and Ember. Arlene was preceded in death by her sister Lee (Stan). Arlene is… Read more »

Audrey Mae Berens born

Audrey Mae Berens was born on Saturday, February 10 at 7:16 p.m. to Bryn Nisbet-Berens and Alec Berens. It was a very smooth delivery. Baby and Mom are doing great, and both parents are enjoying the first few days of parenthood.… Read more »

Local Entrepreneurs Bring Classic Jewish Flavors to Farmers Markets

Soup has always been Jake Alpert’s favorite food — especially matzo ball soup, which he believes in eating year-round, not just on Jewish holidays. And when it comes to floaters vs. sinkers, Alpert is 100% a floaters fan. The fluffier the better, he says. Born in Tucson, Alpert is… Read more »

Tucsonans on Israel Missions Witness Devastation and Unity

Sadness, anger, hope, and resilience. Todd Rockoff, president and CEO of the Tucson Jewish Community Center (JCC), felt all these emotions and more on a JCC Association Board Solidarity Mission (JCCA) to Israel in January. “I felt a great pull to be there,” he says, to bear witness and… Read more »

Use Your Head for Hillel – Trivia Night on March 31

In a shifting environment of nonprofit fundraisers, University of Arizona Hillel (UAHillel), is excited to host a casual, creative, and collaborative Trivia Night on Sunday, March 31. Want to put your obscure English Lit degree to work? Rock your Judaic knowledge from Hebrew School? Show off your enthusiasm for… Read more »

Volunteer Power Keeps Northwest Tucson Jewish Community Going

The Northwest Tucson Jewish Community, a nonprofit organization, aims “to enrich the educational, cultural, and social life primarily of Jewish residents in Northwest Tucson,” according to its mission statement. “Primarily” is a clue that despite its name, the NWTJC does not impose strict geographical limits: The mission statement goes… Read more »

Rabbi’s Corner: Creating a Nation

During the past weeks in Torah time we have at last achieved our freedom from Egyptian slavery. But Moses’ demand was to let the people go so that they could worship YHVH in the wilderness. In other words, our freedom wasn’t for its own sake; we could now freely… Read more »

Of Blessed Memory: Sylvia Levkowitz

Sylvia Levkowitz, devoted wife, loving and beloved mother, grandmother and aunt passed away peacefully on December 12, 2023, three months shy of her 98th birthday, surrounded by loved ones. She was born in the Bronx, N.Y., lost her father at an early age, and was raised by loving parents,… Read more »

Kim Boling and Paul Tumarkin are Wed

Kim Boling and Paul Tumarkin were married on November 24, 2023 in the backyard of Kim‘s father, Ken Light. The presence of Kim’s mother, Marcia Light, of blessed memory, was felt throughout the celebration. Paul is the son of Gerry and Linda Tumarkin. Kim’s children (Eliana (Daniel) Anderson and… Read more »

Lev Cohen Dimant born

A son, Lev Emmett Cohen Dimant, was born Dec. 13 to Michael and Maya Cohen Dimant of Highland Park, N.J. His grandmother is Kathy Cohen of Tucson. Lev joins his big brother, Nafi.… Read more »