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In focus 12.2.16

JNF welcomes IDF hero and humanitarian  Israel Defense Forces Major Gen. (Res.) Doron Almog spoke at a Jewish National Fund event in Tucson on Tuesday, Nov. 15. Almog, who was awarded a 2016 Israel Prize for lifetime achievement, led the operational task force in Tripoli against terrorists who killed… Read more »

Anne Rothschild

Anne Silverman Rothschild, 88, died Nov. 14, 2016. Mrs. Rothschild was preceded in death by her sister, Florence Kaplan. Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Lowell E. Rothschild; children, Jonathan (Karen Spiegel) Rothschild of Tucson and Jennifer (Julian Izbiky) Rothschild of Englewood, Colo.; and four grandchildren. A memorial… Read more »

Interfaith vigil to end gun violence planned

An interfaith worship service and candlelight vigil marking the fourth anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., will be held Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. at St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church, 3809 E. Third St. Rabbi Stephanie Aaron of Congregation Chaverim will be among the… Read more »

Jewish WWII spy will speak at NW event

The Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona’s Northwest Division and Chabad Oro Valley will present Marthe Cohn,  author of “Behind Enemy Lines: The True Story of a French Jewish Spy in Nazi Germany,” on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. at the Country Club of La Cholla, 8700 N. La… Read more »

Gift cards, prize promotions make shopping local easy and fun this holiday season

The holiday shopping season is officially underway, with Americans expected to spend more than $650 billion on gifts, food, celebrations and other holiday needs. Local organizations are ramping up their efforts to encourage consumers to “shop local,” with gift cards and other promotions to sweeten the pot. “Arizonans should… 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 »

Tucson’s lone IDF soldiers elicit pride and prayers at home

Lone soldier Stephen Segal (in purple beret)

The firing of missiles from Gaza into Israel and Israel’s Nov. 14 killing of Ahmed Jabari, the chief of Hamas’ military wing, initiated the call-up of Israel Defense Forces’ reserves. The situation escalated over the following week, and since Nov. 21, a precarious cease-fire has taken hold. For members… Read more »

Steve Rabinowitz: But I never wrote about it

My first column. What a lame subject for a first column. But I’ve been meaning to write this column for 20 years, and I’m only just now getting around to it. Seriously. I’ve had a lot to say. But more than that, I’ve had an extraordinary opportunity these 20… Read more »

Jan. 8 survivor satisfied with shooter’s guilty plea

Suzi Hileman

Jared Lee Loughner will spend life in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to 19 charges stemming from the Jan. 8, 2011 shooting rampage that killed six people and wounded 13, including former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. “Thank God that he pled guilty and there won’t be a trial,” said… Read more »

Rabbi’s corner: Journey to Promised Land not without pitfalls

Rabbi Ben Herman

This week marks one year since my move to Tucson from New York City. Entering my first full-time job after 24 straight years of being a student, I was apprehensive about this transition. Although I previously had held student pulpits and rabbinic internships, I wondered what life would be… Read more »

‘Making Tucson Work’ is new mayor’s aim

Mayor Jonathan Rothschild

Being Tucson’s mayor will involve bumps in the road but Jonathan Rothschild — the fourth Jewish mayor of Tucson’s last six — is enthusiastic about his new role. He’s spent his first months in office actively promoting the city’s revitalization, despite some “tough” spending cuts. “We’ve really been able… Read more »

Giffords resigns from Congress, is honored in emotional farewell

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords hugs Daniel Hernandez, the former congressional intern who helped save her life, at a private gathering Jan. 23. (Facebook.com)

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), who was wounded in an assassination attempt on Jan. 8, 2011, announced Sunday that she would resign from Congress. In a dramatic two-minute video posted on her congressional website, Giffords said she will step down as she continues her recovery. “I have more work… Read more »

Write USPS to protest plan to close Tucson mail center

On Wednesday, Dec. 28, I was one of the 500-plus people who attended the U.S. Postal Service’s meeting about the proposed closure of Tucson’s mail-processing center. I was proud of our community spirit, with so many turning out at 6 p.m. during a holiday week that the Leo Rich… Read more »

Ending hunger goal of JCRC annual meeting/food stamp challenge

Robert Morris

Growing up in Tucson during the 1950s, Robert Morris, Jr. learned about the importance of fresh vegetables from a local Jewish peddler. “When I was elementary school age Toby would let me ride on his truck for a few blocks,” says Morris. Today, fresh vegetables have often disappeared from… Read more »

Muslim Turkish group inspiring

Last month I had the privilege of being invited to a Ramadan “break fast” at the Tucson chapter of the Foundation for Intercultural Dialogue, a moderate Muslim Turkish organization. Ramadan is the Muslim month of fasting between sunrise and sunset, during which Muslims focus on introspection and study. FID’s… Read more »