Articles by Masada Siegel


Leah Avuno: Shinshinim Young Ambassador

Leah Avuno never has a dull moment. She is always on the go. Her mission: to represent Israel, touch hearts and minds, teach, learn, discover new ideas and expand others’ world views on a daily basis. Leah and another Israeli, Bar Alkaher, are the first emissaries from Israel in Tucson as participants in the Shinshinim…


Travel’s triumph over terrorism

After a three-month adventure seeking beauty in the world, many thoughts race through your mind, especially when you have quit your job, run out of money and have no clue what comes next. However, a philosophical discussion on the meaning of life with a perfect stranger is not one of them. A tall man stood…


All ages welcome at Families Giving Back

Age is just a number when it comes to making the world a better place. That’s what Alexandra Sklar and Lisa Geyser, the founders of the nonprofit Families Giving Back, believe. Lisa and Alex became fast friends in a parenting group when their oldest children were 6 months old. “We were new moms, Jewish, and…



Mazelpalooza, one of the biggest parties of the year. continues to grow, with an expected turnout this month of over a thousand people. The event was first started in 1998 by the Young Leadership Division at the Federation in Phoenix. It has always been held on Christmas Eve – the perfect time to attract a…


Cory Shapiro: Helping Jews to Schmooze

If you asked me to describe Cory Shapiro in one word, I would say he’s akin to a “mayor” of the young Jewish event world. He knows everyone, continues to meet new people and is always organizing events that blossom into organizations where hundreds if not thousands of lives are affected. Cory, who works at…


I sculpt with Textiles

Laura Tanzer has a passion for fashion and it shows in every fiber of her creations. A fashion designer based in Tucson, she was chosen to attend Arizona Emerging Designer Bootcamp and participate in Phoenix Fashion Week in mid-October at the Talking-Stick Resort in Scottsdale. Her love of her craft has inspired her to seek…

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