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Holocaust Survivors to Tell Their Stories

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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.

Deepest Condolences to Family & Friends of Joan Diamond

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Joan Diamond

Joan Diamond

The board and staff of Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona extend our condolences to the family and friends of Joan Diamond, who died last month. She will be genuinely missed by so many. The Diamond family has made and continues to make such a difference in the lives of so many people in our community.

“Joan was a woman of great kindness and compassion; and of course, with her husband Donald, a steadfast benefactor of our Jewish community and the broader Tucson community,” said Stuart Mellan, President and CEO, Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona. “Her memory will surely be a blessing.”

The Diamond family has indicated that donations in Mrs. Diamond’s memory may be made to the non-profit of your choice. If you would like to donate to JFCS in her memory, click here.

Click here to read Mrs. Diamond’s obituary in the Arizona Daily Star.

Free Holiday Festival for Kids with Dr. Gulshan Sethi

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Drop by for a little holiday magic!

Thursday, December 29, 2016 3:00-5:00 pm
Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Southern Arizona
4301 E. 5th St. in Tucson
 Featuring the “Sultan of Fun” with “Princess Neelam” 
and other amazing performers 
 Special guest Dr. Gulshan Sethi, heart surgeon and laughter therapy expert, will make you smile!  
Face Painting & Party Favors
Learn how to juggle & learn more about JFCS
All children must be accompanied by an adult.

 Questions? (520) 795-0300


Help Us Win a $10,000 grant for the Holocaust Survivor Program

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Holocaust Survivor ProgramPlease help our volunteer Rick Fenwick help JFCS of Southern Arizona win a $10,000 grant for the Holocaust Survivor Program! If you are on Facebook, click this link, and then like the story, and then 3) share it!

Judges will pick 6 from the top 20 volunteer essays, which are the ones with the most likes on Facebook. #MyGivingStory

Shalom in Every Home Healthy Family Lecture Series

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Please join JFCS for a 2-part lecture series that explores the important connection between healthy families and healthy relationships.The LEAH Program of JFCS of Southern Arizona is a proud sponsor of this free-of-charge series.


Alice Steinfeld

“Maintaining Family Health & Communication”

Sunday, November 20, 2016, 10am

Jewish Community Center Library, 3800 E. River Rd.

Parents and children today have particular challenges to overcome – the use of social media, busy schedules, exposure to news and violence, and normal developmental stages. This talk will explore how to maintain boundaries and rules and, at the same time, cultivate understanding and openness. Come join and learn some ideas about nurturing family values.

Presenter: Alice Steinfeld, Med, MA, LPC has been in private practice in Tucson for over 30 years. Her area of expertise is working with individuals and families to help increase communication, wellness and healthy lifestyle. She is the Director of Behavioral Health for the Dream Street Foundation, serving 25 years as a facilitator of programs for young adults with serious health conditions. She is also on staff at Canyon Ranch Health Resort in the Life Management Department, lecturing weekly on “hot topics” in relationships. She also facilitates the CHAI Circle, a program for Jewish women who are facing the challenges of cancer. To balance her work life, Alice has a passion for swimming, running and spending time with her children and four grandchildren.

Click here to RSVP online or call 520-795-0300 ext. 2365 before November 17th.

adena-lees-bank-photo-credit-jacquelynn-buck“Put Your Listening Ears On: How to Create and Enhance Meaningful Connections with Those You Love”

Sunday, November 13, 2016, 10am

Jewish Community Center Library, 3800 E. River Rd.

Really listening is not as easy as it seems. Coming up with your rebuttal while your loved one is talking usually leads to unnecessary misunderstanding and arguments. To hear, see AND feel seen and heard, especially by those close to us, creates the loving connection of successful families. Come have fun and practice the skills to make this happen. You will be able to apply them as soon as you get home!

Presenter: Adena Bank Lees is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed and Internationally Certified Substance Abuse Counselor, Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress, Certified Imago Relationship Therapist, and Certified Psychodramatist. She has presented keynote lectures, workshops and seminars to thousands of professionals and lay audiences across the country since 1992. Adena’s presence with audiences is transformative. Her authenticity and use of good humor create a unique mix that instills learning and inspires hope. With a mission to teach, guide and inspire individuals and organizations, she provides tools for change and growth in the most ethical and professional manner possible. 

Click here to RSVP online or call 520-795-0300 ext. 2365 before November 10th.


To Tell Our Stories: Holocaust Survivors of Southern Arizona

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To Tell Our Stories

Holocaust Survivors whose autobiographical stories are featured in the JFCS-produced book To Tell Our Stories: Holocaust Survivors of Southern Arizona will read excerpts from their stories and answer questions. Book co-editors Richard Fenwick and Raisa Moroz will discuss the evolution of the book at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 20, 2016 at the Jewish Community Center, 3800 E. River Rd. in Tucson. The event is free and no reservations are required.

Click here to learn more about the book and our community readings.

Mel Sherman lecture: “Embracing Culture & Traditions at End of Life”

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collage“Embracing Culture and Traditions at End of Life”

November 4, 2016, 2-4 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, 3800 E River Road in Tucson

How can I be sure my Jewish traditions will be respected? What if I want my family to celebrate me and not mourn me? Two expert speakers will help you answer these questions and more during this second lecture of the Mel Sherman series.

“An Exploration of How our Personal Lives, Values and Beliefs can impact the End of Life Experience”

Speaker: Tani Bahti, RN, CT, CHPN (pictured right)

Tani has spent most of her 41 year career in nursing improving end of life care. A registered nurse since 1976, she recognized how fear, misinformation and lack of information can negatively impact decision-making and the dying experience. She wrote and produced the award-winning video Living Through Dying – The Struggle for Grace, is the author of Dying to Know – Straight Talk About Death & Dying and the producer of the Straight Talk Series on End of Life Issues. She founded and directed Passages – Support & Education in End of Life Issues, and continues to expand her work through community collaboration and national consultation.

“End of Life Multicultural Strategies”

Speaker: Maribel Alvarez, Ph.D. (pictured left)

Dr. Alvarez is an anthropologist, folklorist, writer and curator. She holds a dual appointment as Associate Research Professor in the School of Anthropology and Public Folklorist at the Southwest Center, University of Arizona (UA). She is a Trustee of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and the Executive Director of the Southwest Folklife Alliance, an affiliate nonprofit of the UA. She teaches courses on methods of cultural analysis with particular emphasis on food, objects, oral narratives and visual cultures of the US-Mexico border. In 2009, she was a Fulbright Fellow conducting research in rural Mexico and she writes and speaks regularly across the country about heritage and identity, food, Latino arts, informal cultural networks and community cultural development.

Seating may be limited. Please RSVP as soon as possible by filling out this form or calling (520) 795-0300 ext. 2238 for the November 4th event.
Mel Sherman

Mel Sherman

the Mel Sherman lecture series

Irving Silverman established a fund at the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona to honor his friend of blessed memory Mel Sherman. Distributions from Mr. Silverman’s fund support JFCS of Southern Arizona in producing the annual Mel Sherman Institute on Mental Health Lecture Series.

The first in the 2016 series was “Your Life, Your Choices: Straight Talk about Tough Issues” on September 9th and presented by JFCS in collaboration with Paige Hector, LMSW from Paige Ahead Healthcare Education & Consulting. Her topic: What would happen to me if I had a severe stroke and couldn’t communicate?” “What would happen if my spouse gets dementia and stops eating? Talking about issues like these is really tough. Sometimes people choose to ignore the issues rather than talk about them. This program changed that and empowered attendees with the words and the tools to engage in discussion about quality of life, advanced illness and treatment decisions. The foundation of the program is a workbook titled, “Your Life, Your Choices.” Attendees engaged in completing their own workbook with opportunities to ask questions in a safe environment. This workshop was designed to provide information and education to participants about End of Life Care Planning and provide tools and resources.

JFCS of Southern Arizona

JFCS has transformed the ways in which the agency delivers behavioral healthcare to the community, connecting the growing need for expert and compassionate care with service delivery that meets people where they are. JFCS recognizes that wellbeing includes physical and mental health, and is committed to supporting children, adolescents, adults, seniors, couples and families of all religious and ethnic origins with quality behavioral health services and social services during vulnerable times in their lives. This is the mission at JFCS, historically and into the future. The agency’s staff and Board are guided by the Jewish traditions of healing the world (tikkun olam) with loving kindness (chesed) through just and charitable deeds (tzedakah)

Thank you Lovitt & Touché for supporting JFCS clients in need

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Our thanks to Lovitt & Touché for providing service and  support to our clients. Through their C.A.R.E.S. program, the company’s employees contribute to Arizona organizations that positively effect our local economy and communities. JFCS of Southern Arizona is a May/June program partner.

Left to right: Lovitt Touché Claims Advocate Catherine Nault, JFCS CEO Carlos Hernández, JFCS Philanthropy Vice President Michael Blimes, and Lovitt Touché Account Executive Mary Shahan

Left to right: Lovitt Touché Claims Advocate Catherine Nault, JFCS CEO Carlos Hernández, JFCS Philanthropy Vice President Michael Blimes, and Lovitt Touché Account Executive Mary Shahan


Morgan Crowder Named JFCS Director of Finance

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Morgan Crowder

Morgan Crowder

Morgan P. Crowder, M.S., has been named Director of Finance at JFCS of Southern Arizona.

Crowder has more than 15 years of experience in financial roles within complex operations. She was an Air Force officer in charge of funding mission-critical programs, including humanitarian relief efforts and wartime operations. Crowder holds a master’s degree in management and a certificate in teaching finance.

JFCS of Southern Arizona is a non-profit agency that has provided expert social and behavioral health services to the Jewish and greater Tucson community for 75 years. JFCS helps children, adolescents, adults and seniors of all beliefs and ethnic origins meet their full potential by restoring well-being, cultivating self-sufficiency and strengthening family life. The agency’s staff and Board are guided by the Jewish traditions of healing the world (tikkun olam) with loving kindness (chesed) through just and charitable deeds (tzedakah).