News & Events
JFCS couldn’t be more pleased with the grant from the Phoenix Suns Charities for the Healing Garden Project.
This project will create a more welcoming patio at the entrance to the clinic where there is now just gravel and a lonely ocotillo.The transformed space will include plants, seating, and a brick pathway and be a special place for children and families to enjoy together before and after therapy sessions.
Additionally, each of our childhood trauma therapy offices located on the ground floor has a large window that looks out onto an individual patio box neglected for too long. These patio boxes, which are very visible and run the entire length of our building, will be filled with colorful plants for children and their families to enjoy during trauma therapy sessions.
At least 400 children (ages 3-18) will benefit. Many of them have been sexually, physically, and emotionally abused and/or the victim of a crime. Without intervention, they are more vulnerable to negative outcomes such as dropping out of school, substance abuse, and delinquency. JFCS offers early intervention by highly qualified licensed therapists at no cost for as long as needed to address trauma.
Children exposed to these traumas see their world as a frightening place. A very important part of therapy is creating an environment at the clinic that is friendly and welcoming. These patios filled with plants and flowers will create a more healing environment that helps reduce anger, anxiety and stress.
Where flowers bloom, so does hope. ~ Lady Bird Johnson
JFCS CEO Carlos Hernández attended the weekly Tucson Charity Bridge Club meeting today and accepted a donation of $2,700. JFCS was nominated as the charity organization for the month of September by Seymore Einstein, of blessed memory, who was a member of the Club.
Formed in 2011, and Club’s first game was played right after the tragic shooting rampage in Tucson that took the lives of six people, and seriously injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and several other people. A beautiful 9-year-old girl by the name of Christina-Taylor Green was one of the people fatally injured. The club donated their proceeds that day to the Christina-Taylor Green Fund, to help children in our community, in her memory.
In his brief thank you speech, Carlos spoke about JFCS’s services to the entire community, including services for older adults. He highlighted the JFCS First Responders program. The Tucson Charity Bridge Club donation will support services to first responders and their families. If you would like to support the First Responders program with a tax credit gift or a charitable donation, click here.
Please join JFCS & the LEAH program for these community talks.
Tucson Jewish Community Center, 3800 E. River Rd. Tucson Arizona 85718
Free and Open to the Public. Seating is limited.
Sunday, April 30, 2017 | 11am to 12:30pm | JCC Library
Nourishing Love & Happiness: Mindfulness Techniques & Relationship Health
Incorporating the practice of mindfulness into our lives has a positive impact on our individual well-being. This discussion will focus on the use of mindfulness in couples counseling and specific skills that increase gratitude and compassion in interpersonal relationships.
Shari Goettel is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in Tucson, who has worked in a variety of clinical settings as a therapist and an administrator. As a trainer and presenter, Goettel draws from her background in Imago Relationship Therapy, Encounter-centered Couples Therapy, her teachers and mentors, and Buddhist psychology. Goettel creates a rich learning space in which people can explore new ideas, beliefs and habits.
As a teacher and guide, she enjoys supporting couples, therapists, and other professionals from a relational, integrative approach that facilitates the integration of personal development, skills and being present with oneself. She has a warm interactive style and uses humor to create a welcoming space for couples, workshop participants and professionals to embrace their personal growth with enthusiasm and joy.
Sunday, April 23, 2017 | 11am to 12:30pm | JCC Multipurpose Room
The Role of Spirituality in a Healthy Household
Sacred time and emotional fullness can help promote meaningful and long-term family health.
Enjoy an interactive and reflective conversation about bringing family closer together through age-old practices such as transforming a dining room table into an altar to create shared family spirituality.
Avraham Alpert is in his final year of rabbinical seminary at the Academy for Jewish Religion in Los Angeles after serving as a hazzan for more than 18 years in Arizona, Nevada, and Northern California. He has chosen to utilize the rabbinate as a platform for connecting with receptive souls.
As a cantor and hazzan, Alpert was invested and commissioned by the Cantors Assembly. Previously, he studied for five years with Ivor Lichterman, who in turn received the cantorial tradition from his father, Hazzan Jakub Lichterman of the Great Nozyk Shul, in Poland. In Israel, Alpert was a student of Maestro Elli Jaffe, the director and conductor of the Jerusalem Great Synagogue Choir. Alpert trained in cantorial arts and vocal technique with virtuoso Daniel Gildar of Philadelphia. Hazzan Alpert holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the Herberger College of Arizona State University.
Alpert is known equally for his fervor and commitment to Torah, prayer, and the people of Israel. In addition to leading services, sharing words of Torah, Alpert can be found officiating at a full range of life cycle events, counseling those in need, training students of all ages, coordinating lay-leaders, developing innovative programs, and teaching creative classes.
Holocaust Survivors whose autobiographical stories are featured in this JFCS-produced book will read excerpts from their stories and answer questions from 10-11:15am on Friday, April 21, 2017 at Handmaker, 2211 North Rosemont Blvd. Book co-editors Rick Fenwick and Raisa Moroz will discuss the evolution of the book.
Please join us to hear these personal accounts of Nazi persecution; they are important historically and reveal the power of perseverance and the resilience of the human spirit.
Kindly RSVP to Raisa Moroz at (520) 795-0300 ext. 2214 or by email.
Proceeds from the sale of books fund direct services for Holocaust Survivors served by JFCS of Southern Arizona.
JFCS of Southern Arizona’s 2017 Matza & More project again will serve 200+ families in need
Matza & More volunteers will pack and deliver 200+ Passover bags to Tucson-area families who otherwise could not afford food and other items for a seder. This year, bags will be filled by volunteers on March 31, 2017 with fresh vegetables, gefilte fish, horseradish, walnuts, grape juice, matzo ball soup mix, food gift cards, holiday candles, and, of course, matza. Another group of volunteers will deliver the bags to families on April 2, 2017.
Donations from synagogues and individuals make the project possible, which has helped families alleviate hunger and celebrate Passover for more than 40 years. Other contributors include the Tucson Hebrew Academy, Shamrock Foods, and author Robert Kopman whose “30-Minute Seder” Haggadah is distributed with the food.
“The Haggadah says, ‘All who are hungry come and eat, all who are needy come and participate in Passover.’ Matza & More volunteers and donors make that possible for people who are struggling in some way,” said Rabbi Helen Cohn from Congregation M’kor Hayim. “Imagine the feeling when someone opens the door for a volunteer bringing a seder to them. It’s like opening the door for Elijah!” Congregation M’kor Hayim has contributed to the JFCS Matza & More program for six years.
2017 Matza & More Partners
Matza & More is part of the Jewish Emergency Financial Services (JEFA) program at JFCS of Southern Arizona. Because kosher food is more expensive and anything extra is unaffordable, food for a seder is out of reach for JEFA families.
“There is great need,” says Debbie Crowder, JFCS’s JEFA Manager. “People sometimes have to choose between buying medications, paying another bill, or buying food. They struggle all year and Matza & More allows them to enjoy the holiday with traditional kosher foods.”
Throughout the year, JEFA offers help with utility payments, work-related transportation, funeral costs, and housing costs, including deposits, rent, safety-related repairs and moving. “We are creative in the way we help people,” says Crowder.
JEFA also administers the Mitzvah Magic program for recipients each year. JEFA is funded by the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona and individual donors.
JFCS of Southern Arizona’s expert behavioral health care and social services are collaborative, convenient, and guided by the Jewish traditions of healing the world (tikkun olam), with loving kindness (chesed) through just and charitable deeds (tzedakah). JFCS is the agency of choice for people of all ages, beliefs and economic backgrounds. More: jfcstucson.org
It is not too late to claim a tax credit on your 2016 State Tax Return!
Did you know…?
A Charitable Tax Credit gift to JFCS ends up costing you nothing because you will receive the full amount as a credit on your state tax return.
Mark your calendars for the VIP reception + public talk “God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine” at 5:30pm March 29th with prize-winning historian Victoria Sweet, MD, an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine from the University of California, San Francisco.
The events are part of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona’s Cindy Wool Memorial Seminar in Humanism and Medicine. Dr. Wool is remembered for her caring and devotion to the field of healthcare and the people she helped, and for her love of humanity and connection to Jewish values.
We hope you will visit us in Booth 244 March 11-12 from 9:30am – 5:30pm at the Tucson Festival of Books on the University of Arizona campus.
Please join us at 11am on Fri., Jan. 27, 2017 to hear the personal stories of five local Holocaust Survivors who will be sharing excerpts from the book “To Tell Our Stories: Holocaust Survivors of Southern Arizona.”
They will relate their first-hand accounts of survival during one of the world’s worst periods in history. This reading is at the Jewish History Museum, 564 S. Stone Avenue in downtown Tucson.
January 27th marks the 72nd anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, where the Nazis killed more than a million people during the Holocaust. Most of those killed were Jewish, though the Nazis also killed others sent to the concentration camp. Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated on January 27, 1945.
The United Nations General Assembly designated January 27th as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On this day, we remember the deaths of an estimated six million Jews, one million gypsies, 250,000 mentally and physically disabled people, and 9,000 homosexual men by the Nazi regime and its collaborators.