Tucson Celebrates Israel

Tucson Celebrates Israels 69 Years of Statehood

Month-Long Celebrations and Events Honor 50 years of Reunification of Jersusalem

The Weintraub Israel Center, a partnership with The Jewish Federation (JFSA) of Southern Arizona and the Tucson Jewish Community Center (the Tucson J), proudly announce TUCSON CELEBRATES ISRAEL!

The Tucson community applauds Israel and its 69th anniversary of its Independence Day and will celebrate throughout the Tucson community.

Tucson Celebrates Israel events commence on April 28th with special Shabbat services commemorating Israel’s statehood throughout the Jewish community.  The celebrations conclude on May 21st 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 (SANDS), the Tucson J’s Special Needs Department and the Tucson International Jewish Film Festival.

The month-long events include the following activities:

Yom Hazikaron – Sunday April 30

Join the commemoration for Israeli fallen soldiers and victims of terror.

Film Screening : National Geographics “Jerusalem”
1:00 pm Tucson J

Honoring 50 years of reunification of Jerusalem with National Geographic’s award-winning movie, “Jerusalem”. Free and open for all.

My Israel Moment
6:30 pm Tucson J

A panel discussion with Tucson’s Rabbis: Rabbi Robert Eisen, Rabbi Thomas Louchheim, Rabbi Helen Cohn, Rabbi Samuel Cohon, Rabbi Israel Becker, and Jewish community leaders: Jon Ben-Asher, Michelle Blumenberg and Todd Rockoff, who will initiate this solemn commemoration.

Yom Hazikaron Ceremony
7:15 pm Tucson J

Free and open to all. For questions contact israelcenter@jfsa.org  or 520-577-9393 ext 133

Shinshinim Appreciation – Monday May 1

6:00 pm Tucson J

Let’s 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. We will also recognize and thank their amazing host families. Free and open to all (suggested donation of $5 per person at the event).  RSVP required by April 26TH www.jfsa.org/shinshinim For questions contact Israelcenter@jfsa.org or 520-577-9393 ext. 133


Survival of a Nation – Wednesday May 3

Wednesday, May 3rd 7-8:30 pm Tucson J

Join Rabbi Yehuda Ceitlin & Oshrat Barel for a spring adult education course exploring Israel’s challenges through the lens of the Six-Day War in 1967.  Six Wednesday evenings. Fee: $99 RSVP required ChabadTucson.com/IsraelCourse  For questions contact info@ChabadTucson.com or call 520-577-9393 ext. 133

Israel Celebration – Sunday May 7

Family Fun Day
3:00-6:30 pm Tucson J

Free and open to all. Annual festival will start with the PJ Library Storywalk for the younger kids and continue with a free Israeli picnic, art contest for kids, Israeli music and folk dance. Co-sponsored by the Israeli- American Council (IAC).

PJ Library Storywalk for younger kids

Free Israeli Community Picnic
Art Contest for kids and adults
Israeli Music and Folk Dance

Bridging Through Water: Gertrude and Fred Rosen Memorial Lecture
7:00 pm Tucson J Heritage Room

Join us for a fascinating lecture by Sharon Megdal Ph.D. Israel as an Innovator in Water Management and Technology. A screening of Beyond the Mirage followed by a Q&A.  Free and open to all (suggested donation of $5 per person at the event) RSVP Required www.jfsa.org/Rosenlecture  For questions contact Israelcenter@jfsa.org  or 520-577-9393 ext. 133

Why is the Media Confused About Israel?
An Evening with Matti Friedman – Sunday May 14

Lag B’Omer, Sunday, May 14th
Cong. Chofetz Chayim (5150 E. Fifth Street)
5:00 pm Light Israeli Buffet
6:00 pm Lecture

Enjoy an eye-opening evening with Mideast journalist and author Matti Friedman, a former Associated Press reporter, editor and author of the The Aleppo Codex and Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier’s Story, for an insider’s look at the media’s coverage of Israel, the most important story on earth. Event is free to the community. RSVP Required by May 7th.  RSVP www.jfsa.org/mattifriedmanlecture  For questions contact Israelcenter@jfsa.org or 520-577-9393 ext 133.

Film and Q&A with the film-maker: MY HERO BROTHER

Sunday, May 21st 7:00 pm Tucson J

Join us for a special finale of Tucson Celebrates Israel, co-sponsored by Southern Arizona Network for Down Syndrome (SANDS), Tucson International Jewish Film Festival and the J’s Special Needs Dept for a screening of “My Hero Brother” and a Q & A to follow with Yonatan Nir, the Israeli film-maker. Free and open to all (suggested donation of $5 per person at the event)  RSVP required by May 17th. www.jfsa.org/myherobrother For questions contact Israelcenter@jfsa.org or 520-577-9393 ext 133.

In 2011 Enosh Cassel decided to take his brother Hannan to Nepal on a three-week trek in the Himalayas which he documented on film. Israel’s channel 2 featured a story about the trip, which caused a wave of enthusiastic responses throughout the country. Among these, many came from brothers and sisters of special needs children. This inspired Enosh, together with his friend Itamar Peleg, (a guide and organizer of challenging tours around the world), to create the project “My Hero Brother” with the goal of taking a group of brothers and sisters of young adults with down syndrome on a similar trek. Award-winning filmmaker Yonatan Nir joined the team, with the goal of sharing this exceptional concept through cinema. After a year of preparation and fundraising, a group of eleven sibling pairs embarked on a journey to India for the adventure of a lifetime. For More Info Visit www.myherobrother.org