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Tucson’s Chabad on River vandalized

Photo: Rabbi Rami Bigelman and Rabbi Yehuda Ceitlin speak with the media at Chabad on River in Tucson on June 8. On Monday morning, June 7, as Chabad on River Center’s Director, Rabbi Rami Bigelman, arrived to teach a Torah class, he found a swastika painted on the classroom door with a racial slur. He…

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Tucson synagogue vandalized

Photo: Rabbi Stephanie Aaron stands with Alma Hernandez outside of Congregation Chaverim. Congregation Chaverim in Tucson discovered Wednesday morning that someone had smashed the door of their synagogue with a rock overnight. According to the Tucson Police Department, the report says the last person left Congregation Chaverim at around 8:30 pm Tuesday night and the…

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A Chance to Contribute to history

The Phoenix Civil Rights Memorial (Peace) reflects the community’s history within the context of the civil rights movement. The artwork, at Eastlake Park, 16th Street and Jefferson, consists of a small concrete amphitheater covered by an arched steel canopy modeled after the Arizona state flag. It includes a timeline etched into stainless steel plates, denoting…

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Celebrating JWV’s 125th Anniversary

Photo: Jewish War Veterans participated in the Phoenix Veterans Parade, together with some members of the Post 210 chartered Cub Scout Pack 210, the first Shomer Shabbat/Kosher Family pack (boys and girls) in the Nation. Rochel is at the far right. Jews have always served their country in the military since the earliest colonial days….

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Return of Cantorial Soloist Emily Kaye Wiss

Temple Emanuel of Tempe announced the return of Interim Cantorial Soloist Emily Kaye Wiss for the 2021-2022 synagogue year. Emily was the Cantorial Soloist at Temple Emanuel from 2013-2018 and they are excited to welcome her talents back. Emily will accompany the Rabbi on the bimah during Friday night services, B’nei Mitzvot, and their High…

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Temple Beth Emeth Welcomes Rabbi Zari Sussman

  Temple Beth Emeth of Scottsdale‘s President Clyde Hurtig shared the following message in their April newsletter: I am very pleased to announce that Temple Beth Emeth has hired Rabbi Zari Sussman as our new spiritual leader. Rabbi Sussman has led congregations in Los Angeles and Ontario California since 2016. The rabbi has participated in…

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Telling Their Stories

Photo: Holocaust survivor Oskar Knoblauch shares his story with schoolchildren. Arizona’s Holocaust survivors and their descendants have long volunteered to share their personal stories with members of the community.  These important stories can be shared virtually to schools, youth and community organizations.  Combining efforts, the Phoenix Holocaust Association (PHA) and Arizona Jewish Historical Society (AZJHS)…

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Oh, the places our packages go

Photo: Rabbi Yossie Shemtov delivers food boxes. Rabbi Yehuda Ceitlin of Chabad Tucson shares a story of a middle-aged Jewish woman who reached out when she was in need of kosher food for Pesach and how we never realize how our actions impact others. From Rabbi Ceitlin: She had been in touch with Rabbi Ephraim…

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Tucson Tennis Pro Heading East this Summer

Chuck Reisig, longtime director of tennis at the Sarver Tennis Center at the Tucson Jewish Community Center is leaving in mid-April to be the director of racquet sports at the private Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club in Habor Springs, MI for the summer. Chuck has been teaching at the Tucson J since 1996 and…

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