Tagged JFCS

Despite myths, domestic violence occurs in Jewish homes

To you, a Jewish woman of any age who has been abused by her loved one. You may be feeling despair, sadness, anger, anxiety or overwhelming fear, but know that you are not alone. There is hope for a new life for you! Dream about a happier life for… Read more »

Jack Cole: Helping ‘overgrown country town’ prosper

Jack Cole

Jack Cole’s path to leadership began when his life was transformed by Jewish Family & Children’s Services. He and his wife, Joan, adopted Davis, their youngest of three adopted children, through the agency. Cole was motivated to give back so that others could benefit from their services as well.… Read more »

JFCS will honor Rosenzweigs at ‘Caring’ lunch

Herschel and Jill Rosenaweig (Chris Mooney)

Jill and Herschel Rosenzweig will be honored next month at the annual Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona Celebration of Caring luncheon. Jill is chair of the JFCS board and Herschel, a psychiatrist, has been a volunteer consultant to JFCS clinicians for more than 20 years. “This… Read more »

‘Matza & More’ focus of Bar Mitzvah project

Since 1970, individuals, local synagogues and businesses have joined with Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona for Matza & More, collecting and delivering Seder food items to more than 200 individuals and families in need. This year, 13-year-old Ben Spiegel is collecting food and financial donations for… Read more »

Partnerships help JFCS expand behavioral health care services

Shira Ledman

“Eileen” is struggling. Once an independent business woman, she now finds herself isolated and depressed due to age-related macular degeneration and limited mobility. Her isolation is ironic, since her three grown children have moved back in with her. But as each of these adult children has either a mental… Read more »

JFCS to host lunch, dramatization of services

Jewish Family & Children’s Services will hold its Celebration of Caring luncheon on Thursday, April 18 at 11:30 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, 445 S. Alvernon Way. The event will include an overview of JFCS’s social and behavioral health programs. Stories about people the agency serves will be portrayed… Read more »

Volunteers wanted for JFCS Matza and More project, now in 43rd year

Jewish Family & Children’s Services is seeking volunteers and donations for its Matza and More project,, which it started in 1970. Local businesses, synagogues and Jewish organizations join JFCS in collecting and delivering a variety of food items to more than 200 individuals and families to help them celebrate… Read more »

Cancer and the hazards of being male

Back in the ’70s I considered myself an ardent feminist. I displayed a bumper sticker on the back of my pale green Rambler that said “Sexism is a Social Disease.” Most of my closest friends at that time were women and my two older sisters were great influences on… Read more »

JFCS, partners help families via Matza & More

Since 1970, Jewish Family & Children’s Services has helped local families celebrate a traditional Seder through its annual Matza & More Passover project. JFCS is joined by local synagogues and businesses that help collect and deliver a variety of food items to more than 300 individuals in need. Participating… Read more »

Dramatizations add poignancy to JFCS Celebration of Caring

At Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona’s third annual Celebration of Caring fundraising event on March 7, there was more that was new than the meal time (lunch instead of breakfast) and the venue (the Doubletree Hotel). After a brief welcome by President and CEO Shira Ledman,… Read more »

At Chanukah, communities help needy families in Tucson and across U.S.

Members of Mitzvah Magic, a program of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, packed Chanukah gift baskets for needy families.

In August, in the heat of the summer, a Boston-area mother of three began to worry about how she would pay for Chanukah gifts. Across the country in San Francisco, a 33-year-old Russian-born mother of six said that thinking about this Chanukah made her cry. Both women — Lauren… Read more »

JFCS parties mark success of two programs

Jewish Family & Children’s Services will hold events celebrating two programs next month. The LEAH — Let’s End Abusive Households program, which serves victims of domestic violence within a Jewish cultural and religious context, will mark its 11th year of service with a free house party at Covenant House… Read more »

JFCS breakfast to honor Ruthann Pozez

Ruthann Pozez

Jewish Family & Children’s Services will honor Ruthann Pozez at its second annual Celebration of Caring complimentary breakfast event on Thursday, March 3. Pozez relocated from Topeka, Kan., to Tucson with her husband, Louis, co-founder of Payless Shoe Source, in 1983 and has been deeply involved with the Jewish… Read more »

Federation surpasses Super Sunday, LEAF goals

Kathy Unger, chair of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona board, makes calls on Super Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011.

The Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona exceeded its Super Sunday phone-a-thon goal of $150,000 on Jan. 30, raising $194,967 toward its 2011 Campaign, with $17,295 of this total going to the Local Emergency Assistance Fund. Over 150 volunteers turned out for the event at the Tucson Jewish Community Center,… Read more »

JFCS sees economic woes trigger rise in domestic abuse

JFCS LEAH program coordinator Ilana Markowitz (Sheila Wilensky)

Domestic abuse is still “a big secret” in the Jewish community, says Carol Sack, Jewish Family & Children’s Services vice president of financial resource development. Too many people still believe that “it’s such a shanda, or shame, for Jewish women to walk through our door,” she says, “and the… Read more »

New Jewish Elder Access project launched

Irene Lloyd

Jewish seniors who are new to Tucson, need transportation or other resources, or want to improve their job skills, can now call Irene Lloyd, coordinator of JEA (Jewish Elder Access) for assistance at 404-4596. JEA, which started on Aug. 2, was created under the auspices of the Jewish Federation… Read more »

Government cuts push JFCS into world of insurance payments

Shira Ledman

Until recently, government grants accounted for around 75 percent of the budget at Jewish Family & Children’s Services. But after losing big chunks of federal, state and local funding over the past 18 months — bringing the government share of the agency’s budget down to about 50 percent —… Read more »