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Sculpture Garden Opening Celebration & Brunch

In 2009, the Tucson Jewish Community Center established a Sculpture Garden on its campus with a four-fold purpose in mind: to craft a public space that celebrates the appreciation of sculpture; to create an atmosphere of tranquility; to promote educational opportunities; and to enhance community fellowship. The JCC’s garden currently contains over 40 sculptures by local,…


Israel: 70 Fun Facts for 70 Years

Compiled by Dan Seligson  To prepare for Israel’s 70th birthday, here are 70 fun facts about Israeli food, culture, geography, academics and more! Cherry tomatoes were engineered in Israel. Israel is the only county to have more trees today than it did 50 years ago. An Israeli company developed the world’s first jellyfish repellent. Israeli…


#SharedLife donor registry unveiled at AIPAC

Pictured above: Bone marrow recipient Dr. Steve Arnow (wearing shirt “I am living a Shared Life”) with his family meet Gev Blau (back), an IDF soldier who donated the bone marrow that saved Dr. Arnow’s life. The two met at the AIPAC Policy Conference where the #SharedLife donor registry was unveiled. Behind them is the…


Israel at 70 Celebrations

 Community Mural In celebration of Israel’s 70th anniversary, the Valley of the Sun JCC has created a community mural featuring photos and memories of those who have visited Israel. The mural will be on public display in the lobby at The J, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale from April 8-30. “The J is excited to…


Jewish National Fund Celebrates the Power of Women

Pictured above: Theresa Lungwitz, left, shakes hands with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. In March, Jewish National Fund celebrated National Women’s History Month by highlighting the remarkable women who have taken on leadership roles within the organization. Throughout the month, JNF hosted over 30 events across the country to bring women together to share their personal…


Cancer Caregivers Education Program

Do you care for one of the more than 33,000 Arizonians diagnosed with cancer every year? Barbara Kavanagh does, and is dedicated to cancer caregiver education. Barbara is the president and CEO of Arizona Myeloma Network. “When my husband was diagnosed with multiple myeloma 26 years ago, we were devastated and felt so alone,” says Barbara….


Community seders and more

Beginning with the words: “Let all who are hungry come and eat,” the Passover seder is a journey that recreates the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt and the great Festival of Freedom with song, story and special festival foods. Here is a listing of some community seders (and other Passover-related events) in the Valley and Tucson….


Special needs camps in Arizona

For more than 100 years, organized camps have been serving individuals with special needs. In 1899, Emma Haskell, a Chicago teacher took her physically challenged students on a two-week camping trip. In 1901, she established a permanent site in Wisconsin for campers with special needs. These programs were the beginning of the camp community’s response…


6th Genocide Awareness Week – Not On Our Watch

Genocide Awareness Week, April 9-14, is a series of lectures, exhibits and storytelling by distinguished survivors, scholars, politicians, activists, artists, humanitarians and members of law enforcement. This week-long event seeks to address how we, as a global society, confront violent actions and current and ongoing threats of genocide throughout the world, while also looking to…

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