Jewish Life & Learning

Are you looking to be part of a Jewish community? Are you looking for a new way to celebrate the Jewish holidays? Are you curious about Judaism? The Tucson J is excited to host new, meaningful Jewish programs to connect with others in addition to past favorites! You can contact Jennifer Selco, Director of Jewish Life and Learning with any questions, suggestions for new programs, to RSVP for an upcoming program, or just to say “hello” at 520.618.5026 or


Celebrate Hanukkah at The J!

Light the menorah on December 3 through 6 at 5:15pm. Enjoy a pre-dinner treat!


Chanukah Cantata

Saturday, December 8

7:30pm at the Tucson J

The Chanukah Cantata is a sweeping retelling of the Chanukah story, taken from Jewish texts both ancient and modern, and set in a lively and accessible musical style.

Cantors and soloists from seven of Tucson’s congregations come together to sing this new, large-scale work for soloists, choir and orchestra, in a performance jointly presented by the congregations, the JCC, and the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona. They will be joined by the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, as well as members of the congregational choirs.

A second act will feature the soloists performing some of their favorite repertoire, as well as some traditional Chanukah music.

Participants include: Rabbi-Hazzan Avraham Alpert of Congregation Bet Shalom; Cantor Janece Cohen of Congregation Or Chadash; Cantorial Soloist Marjorie Hochberg of Temple Emanu-El; Cantorial Soloist Nichole Chorny of Congregation Anshei Israel; Cantorial Soloist Diana Povolotskaya of Congregation Chaverim; Cantorial Soloist Sarah Bollt of Or Chadash and IJSS; Cantorial Intern Emily Ellentuck of Congregation M’kor Chayim; and Dale Whitmore, Chorus Manager of the Southern Arizona Symphony Chorus as well as former Cantorial Soloist of Congregations Ner Tamid and Kol Simchah. The music was written by Robert Lopez-Hanshaw, the Choir Director at Temple Emanu-El.

Teva Trekkers

“Teva” means nature in Hebrew. Love to hike? Join The J’s Teva Trekkers hiking club this November. Contact Jennifer Selco for more information.


Community Garden

Shovels1Our Shay-Shay Garden is a community-centered place to grow fresh, healthy food, and a commemorative space to honor community members who have passed away. A memorial gate displays names and dates on decorative steel leaves.

Check out our Community Garden here!

Tucson Association of Jewish Libraries

The goal of the TAJL is to unite individual branches of Jewish libraries (at area congregations and the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona) and make their collections searchable and usable by all. Through this effort, we hope to bring about a deeper understanding of the Jewish community. The library is filled with literary treasures of the Jewish people that touch on philosophy, history, religion, and fiction. With more than 2,000 books and audiovisual materials in the catalog, the Library is a valuable resource. It is truly a gift to the Tucson community.


Click here to visit the Tucson Association of Jewish Libraries website