Tucson Celebrates Israel

The Weintraub Israel Center, in partnership with The Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona and the Tucson Jewish Community Center, will celebrate 50 years of the reunification of Jerusalem with an entire month of special events. Tucson Celebrates Israel events will be held throughout the Tucson community in celebration of Israel and its 69th anniversary of its Independence Day.

These events began on April 28 with special Shabbat services commemorating Israel’s statehood throughout the Jewish community. The celebrations will conclude on May 21 with a special screening of the Israeli movie “My Hero Brother” at the Tucson Jewish Community Center in partnership with the Southern Arizona Network for Down Syndrome, the Tucson J’s Special Needs Department and the Tucson International Jewish Film Festival.

The activities in the month of May include:

Monday, May 1 at the Tucson J
3800 E. River Road, Tucson
6 pm: ShinShinim Appreciation
A chance to say “thank you” to Leah Avuno and Bar Alkaher for their extraordinary year of service to the Tucson community as they played a major role in connecting Tucson and Israel. Also includes recognition and thanks to their amazing host families. Free and open to the public. Suggested donation of $5 per person. RSVP required. For more information, call 520-577-9393 x133 or visit jfsa.org/shinshinim.

Tuesday, May 2 at Congregation
Anshei Israel
5550 E. Fifth St., Tucson
5 pm: Congregation Anshei Israel’s Adult and Youth Choirs will perform a concert of Israeli music, led by Cantorial Soloist Nichole Chorny. For more information, visit jfsa.org.

Wednesday, May 3 at the Tucson J
3800 E. River Road, Tucson
7-8:30 pm: Survival of a Nation – Exploring Israel through the Lens of the Six Day War
The first of a six-session lecture series is part of an adult education course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute, and is co-presented by Rabbi Yehuda Ceitlin of Chabad Tucson and Oshrat Barel of the Weintraub Israel Center. Tickets for all six sessions are $99, which includes a textbook. To register for the lecture series please visit chabadtucson.com/israelcourse.

Friday and Saturday, May 5 & 6
There will be Israel special services at various congregations. Please check with your congregation for details.

Sunday, May 7 at the Tucson J
3800 E. River Road, Tucson
3-6 pm: Israel Celebration – Family Fun Day
This free event is open to all and includes a PJ Library Program, Israeli picnic, art contest for kids, Israeli music and folk dancing. For more information, visit jfsa.org.

7-9 pm The Rosen Lecture – Bridging Through Water at the Tucson J
3800 E. River Road, Tucson

There will be a fascinating lecture, Israel as an Innovator in Water Management and Technology, presented by Dr. Sharon Megdal, director of the University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center. RSVP to jfsa.org/rosenlecture.

Sunday, May 14 at Congregation Chofetz Chayim
5150 E. Fifth St., Tucson
5 pm: Why is the Media Confused about Israel?
An eye-opening evening and light Israeli buffet with award-winning Mideast journalist and author, Matti Friedman, a former Associated Press reporter, editor and author of The Aleppo Codex and Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier’s Story. Matti will provide an insider’s look at the media’s coverage of Israel. This event is free and open to all. RSVP is required. For more information, contact 520- 577-9393 x133 or visit jfsa.org/mattifriedmanlecture.

Sunday, May 21 at the Tucson J, 3800 E. River Road, Tucson
6pm: “My Hero Brother” – Film and Q&A with filmmaker Yonatan Nir
Attend the reception, screening and Q&A of the Israeli film “My Hero Brother” with Israeli filmmaker Yonatan Nir. The event is open to all with a suggested donation of $5 per person. Co-sponsors are The Weintraub Israel Center, SANDS, the Tucson J’s Special Needs Department and the Tucson International Jewish Film Festival. Please RSVP to jfsa.org/myherobrother.

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