Daily Archives: January 2, 2015

Tucson Film Festival is a Jewel

The Tucson International Jewish Film Festival is celebrating its 24th season this year from Jan. 15 to 24 at several locations around the Old Pueblo. The Tucson Festival is sponsored by the Tucson Jewish Community Center. “We proudly consider it a jewel in the mosaic of our arts and culture programming,” says Lynn Davis, director…

Jewish Day Schools Grow Nationally and Locally

The recently released census of Jewish day schools in the United States sponsored by the Avi Chai Foundation demonstrates an overall increase in day school enrollment since the surveys began in the 1998-99 school year. Conducted at five-year intervals, this research provides a clear picture of trends in the day school system over an extended…

Limmud Comes to the Valely

Limmud’s promise to you is both simple and hopeful: Wherever you find yourself, Limmud will take you one step further on your Jewish journey. Limmud (from the Hebrew word meaning “to learn”) was originally a conference for educators in Great Britain. During the 1990s there was a significant change as Limmud reinvented itself as a…

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A Lifetime of Teachers

As a child, I always dreaded going to Hebrew School. Although it was only a few blocks from my public school, the lonely bike ride felt like miles as I watched my friends walk away in the opposite direction, arms linked together like a human gum wrapper chain. Being Jewish in the small town where…

Diverse Fields Unite For International Impact

What you see isn’t always what you get. “When I was born, doctors told my parents the traumatic delivery had caused brain damage from hypoxia and would leave me unable to care for myself,” says Bennett Blum. Wrong. At 6 months old, he started talking in two-word sentences and hasn’t slowed down since. Today, Blum…

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Seniors Adventures: Grizzlies in the Mist

Danger doesn’t come from the direction of the water. So Big Mama, when not nursing her yearling cub, hungrily chews on long stalks of sedge grass just 10 feet from our zodiac. Dan Wakeman’s 20 years of observing yearly life cycles in British Columbia’s Khutzeymateen, North America’s largest grizzly bear sanctuary, has provided him the…

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