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  • Rumors of My Retirement Are Greatly Exaggerated!

    Dearest Friends of the Tucson Jewish community,

    It seems to me that many of you have forgotten the training we all received when we were children. Remember the nurse at school who taught you two important rules: 1) Wash your hands, and 2) Don’t put something in your mouth if you don’t know where it came from! Let’s pay attention to Rule #2, shall we?

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  • Regular Meeting April 22, 2019

    At the April meeting the board received updates on a number of issues. First of all, our, income and expenses were as expected. The voluntary assessment has reached a total $29,352 (59% of our goal) from 116 families. There has also been progress made on seven of the Top Ten priorities identified by the Finance Committee and the board to improved our financial standing, including beginning preparations for our High Holy Day Appeal, coordinating better with committees on spending, and appointing volunteers and board members to work on various income possibilities.

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  • Message from President-Elect: Working Together for Congregation Or Chadash and Tucson Reform Judaism

    Hello Friends,

    It’s an honor to begin my tenure as the lucky-12th president of Or Chadash, the second woman in this position (Bev Sandock was the first), and maybe the first convert, making “Jones” a good Jewish name. I bring many years of experience from my past professional life as an associate professor in Nursing at the University of Arizona, managing research teams and faculty, and as mother of four children. There are many transferable skills, but importantly, I bring a passion for Jewish life and for our synagogue. Still, it really does take a shtetl. (more…)

  • Hawaiian Shirt Midrashim

    15 years ago, Rabbi Louchheim wore a Hawaiian shirt for Friday Night LIVE! — he doesn’t remember why.
    On April 5th, 2019, Rabbi challenged all of you to write a modern Midrash accounting for why we wear these shirts.
    Thank you to everyone who answered the call! (more…)

  • Voluntary Assessment Progress

    This amount is current as of Wednesday, June 12th, 2019.

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  • Drash on Parashat Ki Tisa: The Women’s Jewelry

    Moses was on top of Mount Sinai for quite some time. The people grew impatient when he was “delayed in coming down from the mountain” (32:1), and they asked Aaron to make an idol for them. But why does Aaron tell the men, “Take off the gold rings that are on the ears of your wives” (32:2)? Rashi explains that Aaron did this because the women will resist, not willing to give up their jewelry, and create a delay. This would give Moses time to arrive in time. (more…)

  • Drash on Parashat T’tzaveh

    You shall command the Children of Israel to bring you pure beaten oil for a light, to cause the lamp to burn continually (Exodus 27:20).

    Abraham Saba (1440-1508), the Tzror HaMor, taught, “Israel is likened to an olive, which yields up its oil only when it is crushed, for Israel reveals its true virtues only when it is made to suffer.” This is not surprising coming from a rabbi who lived during the expulsion of Jews from Spain. (more…)

Upcoming Events

  1. Thu 25

    Men’s Night Out

    Jul 25 @ 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm
  2. Thu 25

    Shirei Simcha Choir Rehearsal

    Jul 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Upcoming Events

  1. Thu 25

    Men’s Night Out

    Jul 25 @ 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm
  2. Thu 25

    Shirei Simcha Choir Rehearsal

    Jul 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • 2019 Tisha B'Av basic

    Tisha B’Av Program

    “Let us search and examine our ways and return to the Eternal One!” — Lamentations 3:40 Tisha B’Av is the starting point for preparing for the High Holy Days. It begins the process of repentance. Join Rabbi Thomas Louchheim, Cantor Janece Cohen, Rabbi Batsheva Appel, and Cantorial Soloist Marjorie Hochberg, along with the members of […]