Bat Mitzvah: Avey Lopez-Hanshaw
Arizona Jewish Post
by Chris
5d ago
Avey Marie Lopez-Hanshaw (Aviva Miryam bat Azriel) will celebrate becoming a Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, January 28th, 2023 at Congregation Kol Ami on Country Club Rd. She is the daughter of Dr. Elise & Mr. Robert Lopez-Hanshaw, and the granddaughter of Donna Greenwood, Manuel Lopez, and Karen & Mark Hanshaw (all of Tucson). Avey attends Orange Grove Middle School. She is a talented artist who is passionate about human rights. Her hobbies include painting, sculpture, and walking in nature. She has also been a member of the Tucson Girls Chorus since she was 5 years old. For her mitzvah pro ..read more
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Brandeis Lectures at Handmaker Continue and Expand
Arizona Jewish Post
by Chris
1w ago
The idea for Handmaker to host Brandeis Lectures in their Great Room originated about five years ago when Brandeis Lecture Coordinator Ellie Eigen was visiting a friend of hers at Handmaker, Carol Zuckert. Eigen had been coordinating the Brandeis Tucson Museum of Art Docent Talks and was looking for a new venue to host them. Carol introduced her to Nanci Levy, Handmaker Community Outreach Coordinator. It was a win-win for all. Handmaker provided the space, Eigen and the Tucson Museum of Art coordinated and provided the lecturers, and Brandeis attendees and Handmaker residents have been enjoyin ..read more
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Community to Celebrate Day of Chesed January 16
Arizona Jewish Post
by Chris
3w ago
Chesed in Judaism is kindness, but it is also much more. It means acts of freewill, generosity of spirit, and assisting people and the world in ways that create a positive, meaningful difference. We are taught as Jews that a foundational aspect of the entire world lies in such acts of gracious kindness, of chesed. The first Chief Rabbi of Israel, Abraham Isaac Kook, said: “From the well of chesed, kindness, your love for humanity must burst forth not as an arbitrary obligation, for then it would lose the most clear aspect of its brilliance, but as a powerful movement of the spirit within you ..read more
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Of Blessed Memory: Don Luria
Arizona Jewish Post
by Chris
3w ago
Tucson lost one of its most fervent community champions Dec. 25, 2022 when Don Luria, 87, passed away after a short illness, surrounded by family, at his Tucson home. He leaves a legacy of accomplishment in, business, government, education and nonprofit service across more than 50 organizations spanning 65 years. His favorite quote that sums up how he viewed life was one from Winston Churchill he carried in his wallet: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Born March 15, 1935, in Philadelphia, Donald Steven Luria moved to Tucson in 1981 and bought the Tasting S ..read more
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Through Community Collaboration, Youth and Teen Programs Enriched with Judaic Curriculum are Creating Lifelong Jewish Leaders
Arizona Jewish Post
by Chris
3w ago
As a result of strategic planning arising from community study data, and an education workgroup of rabbis and community leaders convened by the Jewish Philanthropies of Southern AZ (JPSA) in 2020, the Tucson J is intentionally enhancing Jewish learning opportunities for youth and teens through formal and informal channels and advancing educational offerings across the community, creating a pipeline of community engagement with a variety of entry points. As an extension of the work of the original education workgroup and recognizing the power of collaboration to create more inclusive and access ..read more
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Through Community Collaboration, Youth and Teen Programs Enriched with Judaic Curriculum are Creating Lifelong Jewish Leaners
Arizona Jewish Post
by Chris
1M ago
As a result of strategic planning arising from community study data, and an education workgroup of rabbis and community leaders convened by the Jewish Philanthropies of Southern AZ (JPSA) in 2020, the Tucson J is intentionally enhancing Jewish learning opportunities for youth and teens through formal and informal channels and advancing educational offerings across the community, creating a pipeline of community engagement with a variety of entry points. As an extension of the work of the original education workgroup and recognizing the power of collaboration to create more inclusive and access ..read more
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THA Hands Out Honorable Menschen Awards to Community Friends
Arizona Jewish Post
by Chris
1M ago
Tucson Hebrew Academy (THA) is committed to the Jewish value of Gemilut Chasadim (acts of loving kindness). Every week, they recognize their student’s mitzvot (acts of kindness) by giving out the Honorable Menschen Awards at a school-wide gathering called Oneg Shabbat. It is there that two students from lower school and one student from middle school are nominated by staff and faculty for going above and beyond to serve their peers. However, in November, at THA’s Thanksgiving Feast, the 7th and 8th graders focused on gratitude and decided to give out Honorable Menschen Awards to some very spec ..read more
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The Cohort Model: Jewish and Israel Learning Fellowships at Hillel
Arizona Jewish Post
by Chris
1M ago
The centerpiece of formal learning opportunities at UArizona Hillel are our cohort-based learning fellowships, intensive opportunities that can have profound impacts on student lives. It’s a brilliant model because Hillel International provides a framework, curriculum, incredible resources, and some grant funds, but the program allows for customization by individual educators. During any given semester, we are operating between one and three learning fellowships at our Hillel, with plans to scale up to four in the future. “The learning fellowships helped me learn so much about Judaism and Isra ..read more
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Warming Up for Hannukah at Handmaker
Arizona Jewish Post
by Chris
1M ago
Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, is always a welcome, bright spot as the days grow shorter and the nights chillier. Even here in Tucson, where the nights are not quite as chilly as elsewhere this time of year. The Hanukkah celebrations started early this year at Handmaker. Residents had a chance to brush up on their dreidel playing and make Hanukkah cards at a virtual Hanukkah gathering with Tucson Hebrew Academy (THA) and BBYO teens on December 11. Residents of the Tynan Neighborhood warmed up with a visit from Rabbi Barbara Penzner, whose father-in-law lives at Handmaker. Residents apprecia ..read more
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New Programming & Education Director Brings Diverse Experiences to TJMHC
Arizona Jewish Post
by Chris
1M ago
Tucson Jewish Museum & Holocaust Center (TJMHC) has hired Ori Tsameret as Programming & Education Director. A recent Magna Cum Laude graduate of Tulane University in New Orleans, Ori comes to TJMHC with an impressive background in educational, cultural, and museum work. His focus areas in both his academic and extracurricular life included social justice, marginalized communities, and Jewish and general education, all of which he will expand upon in his work at TJMHC. Ori’s relevant experiences are too numerous to list. Here is a small selection: Research assistant at Tulane’s Grant C ..read more
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