Resource Guide 2020-2021: Lifecycle

Jewish life revolves around the cycle of life.

In the Jewish tradition, lifecycle moments from birth to death carry specific rituals, most of which have been used for centuries. These moments truly center us.

Following are the resources that will help you celebrate and mark each stage of life.

SIMCHA VENUES

ARIZONA JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center
Dr. Lawrence Bell, Ph.D., Executive Director
Jeffrey Schesnol, Associate Executive Director, MAJS, Ordained Madrikh & Rabbinic Candidate
Stacy Faherty, Events Manager
122 E. Culver St., Phoenix
602-241-7870
azjhs.org
sfaherty@azjhs.org
Beautifully restored historic venue, Phoenix’s first synagogue, is available for weddings, b’nai mitzvah and other celebrations for up to 250 people and annual Heritage Award Gala. Contact Stacy. Open to people of all faiths. Original hardwood floors and 10-foot arched windows, plus museum gallery and lovely outdoor garden and terrace.

INA LEVINE JEWISH COMMUNITY CAMPUS
12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
480-481-7123

iljcc.org

JEWISH HISTORY MUSEUM
Gugulethu Moyo, Director of Operations
564 S. Stone Ave., Tucson
520-670-9073
jewishhistorymuseum.org
operations@jewishhistorymuseum.org
Indoor space in the historic synagogue building is available for rent for meetings, simchas and other occasions for up to 100 people. Multiple outdoor spaces are also available for events for up to 250 people. Tours of the museum and Holocaust History Center may be included.

GENETIC TESTING

MINKOFF CENTER FOR JEWISH GENETICS
Wendy Carriere, Executive Director
Carol Abrams, Board President
12701 N. Scottsdale Road #201N, Scottsdale
480-668-3347
JewishGeneticsAZ.org
info@jewishgeneticsphx.org
We provide prenatal genetic screening for those of child-bearing age (18-45). Screening results for couples help to identify genetic risks and may provide options available to them so that they go on to have healthy children. We also provide screening and referral services regarding hereditary cancers, specifically the BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 founder gene mutations associated with inherited breast and ovarian cancers found in the Jewish community. Men and women age 25 and over are welcome to register.

MOHELS

A mohel is the person who performs the circumcision in the brit milah ceremony for a male child on the eighth day after his birth. For more information, contact your local congregation.

RICHARD DOBRUSIN, DO
1124 E. McKellips Road #110, Mesa
480-882-7370

KEITH DVEIRIN, MD
7340 E. Speedway #104, Tucson
520-547-7045

AVRAHAM GAVRIELOV
A to Z Circumcision Services of Phoenix
520-390-4590
myazmohel.com

STEVEN HAUBEN, MD
3301 N. Miller Road #170, Scottsdale
480-661-4131

RABBI MENDY LIPSKIER
Statewide
480-776-4763
azbris.com

ROBERT S. LIPSON, MD
602-264-0608
affiliatedurologists.com

RABBI YOSSIE SEMEL
Phoenix
602-326-3885
azmohel.com

MIKVAHS (MIKVAOT)

A mikvah is a ritual bath satisfying specific requirements that incorporate “living water” (running or moving water from a God-given source such as rain, snow, ice or a spring). Immersion in a mikvah is performed for ritual purification and a change in status, including conversion. It is used by Jews who wish to observe the Jewish laws concerning family purity or sanctification before a Jewish holiday, wedding or conversion ceremony. The purpose of immersion is not physical, but spiritual, cleanliness. Today, mikvah use has taken on some modern spiritually satisfying meanings. Immersion is often a way of celebrating both happy milestones and the pains of overcoming losses.

CHABAD MIKVAH OF TUCSON
2443 E. Fourth St., Tucson
520-975-0137, 520-869-4971
chabadtucson.com

THE FLAGSTAFF MIKVAH
Chabad of Flagstaff
930 W. University Ave., Flagstaff
928-310-0270
jewishflagstaff.com

GOLDMAN MIKVAH
Congregation Beth Tefillah
6529 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale
480-580-5685
bethtefillahaz.org/goldman-mikvah

MIKVAH CHAYA MUSHKA
Chabad of Phoenix
2110 E. Lincoln Dr., Phoenix
602-509-7430
chabadaz.com

PERACH YISROEL COMMUNITY MIKVEH
(also offers a keilim mikvah, located in the courtyard)
Congregation Chofetz Chayim
5150 E. Fifth St., Tucson
520-747-7780
tucsontorah.org

PHOENIX KEILIM MIKVAH
(for utensils; located in the back of the building)
Phoenix Community Kollel
6516 N. Seventh St., Phoenix
602-433-0300

THE PHOENIX MIKVAH
840 E. Maryland Ave., Phoenix
602-282-0307
phoenixmikvah.org

STEIN FAMILY COMMUNITY MIKVEH
Congregation Beth Israel
10460 N. 56th St., Scottsdale
480-951-0323 ext. 141
cbiaz.org/mikveh

CHEVRA KADISHA/ JEWISH BURIAL SOCIETIES

Chevra kadisha, literally holy society, performs the traditional ritual of preparing individuals for burial. Volunteers carry out the ritual of washing, purifying and dressing the deceased, with men caring for men and women caring for women to maintain modesty even in death. Since Judaism promotes the dignity of all with all being treated equally in death, the deceased is dressed in simple shrouds and buried in a plain wooden (usually pine) box.

CHEVRA KADISHA OF NORTHERN ARIZONA
Temple B’rith Shalom
2077 Brohner Way, Prescott
928-708-0018
brithshalom-az.org

CHEVRA KADISHA OF PHOENIX
515 E. Bethany Home Road, Phoenix
602-277-8858

CHOFETZ CHAYIM CHEVRA KADISHA OF TUCSON
5150 E. Fifth St., Tucson
520-591-5292

JEWISH BURIAL SOCIETY OF YOUNG ISRAEL
Chabad Tucson
2443 E. Fourth St., Tucson
520-975-4489
chabadtucson.com

PHOENIX WOMENS CHEVRA KADISHA
Operating at Sinai Mortuary
4538 N. 16th St., Phoenix
602-703-9446, 602-248-0030

CEMETERIES & MORTUARIES

BETH EL CEMETERY
Greenwood Memory Lawn Mortuary & Cemetery
2300 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix
602-944-3359
bethelphoenix.com

BETH ISRAEL MEMORIAL CEMETERY
305 S. 35th Ave., Phoenix
480-951-0323
cbiaz.org/cemetery

EAST LAWN PALMS MORTUARY & CEMETERY
5801 E. Grant Road, Tucson
520-885-6741

EVERGREEN MORTUARY & CEMETERY
3015 N. Oracle Road, Tucson
520-257-4831
evergreenmortuary-cemetery.com

GARDEN OF SHALOM AT PHOENIX MEMORIAL PARK
200 W. Beardsley Road, Phoenix
623-434-7000

GREEN ACRES MORTUARY & CEMETERY
401 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale
480-945-2654

MARANA MORTUARY & CEMETERY
12146 W. Barnett Road, Marana
520-682-9900
maranamortuarycemetery.com

MT. SINAI CEMETERY
Ira Mann, General Manager 
24210 N. 68th St., Phoenix (off Pinnacle Peak Road)
480-585-6060
mtsinaicemetery.com
info@mtsinaicemetery.com
Mt. Sinai is a Jewish cemetery that cares about the Jewish community. The cemetery is Jewish owned and operated, and welcomes both Jewish and intermarried families. Sidewalks in front of every grave provide the utmost respect, and the beautiful outdoor pavilion can be used for funeral services. Our caring and professional staff provides every family with exceptional customer care. Preplanning is available and prices are guaranteed –  it’s a gift you give to your family.

PARADISE MEMORIAL GARDENS & MAUSOLEUM
9300 E Shea Blvd., Scottsdale
480-860-2300

messingermortuary.com

SINAI MORTUARY OF ARIZONA
4538 N. 16th St., Phoenix
602-248-0030
sinaimortuary.net

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