We focus on providing educational (a lecture on “What is wrong with American Medicine Today, “What our Dreams have to Say to Us”), musical (folk music and jazz concerts performed by distinguished regional musicians), interactive events (panel discussions and debates) as well as gatherings for fellowship not only for our congregation but also for the greater communities of Green Valley and Sahuarita. In addition to offering themes of universal interest ( eg: conserving water and recycling, safeguarding wilderness areas, creative aging.) we have presented programs on the cultural and historic value of Yiddish, how the laws of Kashrut apply to an eco-consciousness, exploring our Jewish heritage, Sephardic Judaism, tracking family that may have survived the Holocaust through DNA Testing, and cultivated a relationship with the Department of Judaic Studies at the University of Arizona.
We have enjoyed talks given by professors willing to travel to our temple, a meal and a reel ( viewing discussible subjects as well as films that are purely entertaining), and availed ourselves of the Jewish cultural center in Tucson for a variety of Jewish-centered lectures, art fairs, photo exhibits from rare collections, the celebration of Israel Independence Day, and a taste of International Jewish cuisine. We have organized excursions to often overlooked destinations: exploring Florence, Arizona, cruising Canyon Lake aboard the Dolly Steamboat, visiting a nearby ghost town that was once a prosperous mining town, attending Barleen’s Opry, Zelma Basha Salmeri’s Gallery of Western Art and Native American Art ( considered the premier collection of southwest art in the United States, located in Chandler, Arizona), touring the Queen Creek Olive Mill, to name a few places. We are in the process of establishing a new discussion group whose emphasis will be on issues affecting our daily lives and Jewish civilization( as opposed to a religiously oriented study group, since that is addressed by Torah study and religious services). Our programs are open to everyone, and we welcome suggestions for future endeavors!