At our November Shabbat with his pragmatism, scholarly history and prognostications, Rabbi Seltzer addressed the war in Israel with concern, historic references and guidelines as to how we can act and support Israel. The prayers and traditional worship offered were enhanced by Eliyanah Powers, Cantorial Soloist and Dr. Josh Nichols, accompanist. Their musical accompaniment resounded throughout the service and helped many with their thoughts and apprehensions.

Joy Erickson hosted the Oneg in celebration of her husband, Bill Erickson’s special birthday.

Questions Abound

on IsraelMany want information about Israel. In response, the Institute of Judaic Studies (IJSS) sponsored a meeting with Yuval Malka. Yuval represents Israel through the Shaliach program. These envoys are posted throughout several countries. Their duties include informing, educating, and integrating with the members of their community to learn about Israel. Yuval spoke about her personal experiences witnessing the events of Saturday, October 7, 2023, from Tucson in her country, Israel.

Abbi Cook, Director of the Weintraub Israel Center, which brings a little piece of Israel to Tucson, spoke about programs and events.

The meeting was very well attended and received by the audience.

From this meeting, a new group formed called “Stand With Israel”. The intent of this group is to be proactive, informational and participate in the local Jewish community. Current objectives include speakers to educate the community regarding issues, history and next steps. We plan to provide supportive material and resources and participate in local Jewish events.

A January meeting will be held. The speaker will be from ‘Stand With Us’, an organization that stands up to misinformation and hate.

Chanukah is celebrated from December 7 to December 15. A celebration of the miracle of oil lasting eight days when there was only enough for one at the rededication of the Temple. We come together to enjoy each other with the symbolic food of potato pancakes and jelly doughnuts.

Shabbat services were held on Friday, December 15, 2023. We wish to thank Sharon and Art Treister for hosting the Oneg at their home. Sponsored by Sharon and Art Triester and Barbara and Jack Rosenthal. In honor of birthday celebrations for Barb Rosenthal and Sharon Triester and the 62nd Anniversary of Barb and Jack Rosenthal. Rabbi Seltzer will be officiating, assisted by Eliyanah Powers, Cantorial Soloist and Dr. Josh Nichols, accompanist. If you wish to sponsor an Oneg for a special event, remembrance, or celebration email Sherry Kaplan at sherryh

Save the dates for January Shabbat Services which will be held on Friday, January 12, and then following Friday, February 16.

Tu B’shevatThe Institute of Judaic Services and Studies will be holding a Tu B’shevat seder on Sunday, January 28 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. If you are interested in volunteering and/or attending, please email Melanie Einbund at

IJSS is a small and welcoming congregation. If you have questions or wish to join our congregation, please feel free to call Esta Goldstein (520) 825-1181 or Seth Eisner (520-818-6340) for more information.

The 2024 New Year approaches. IJSS wishes the community a time of peace, health and joy.

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