Keeping Jewish

Keeping Jewish - March 2024


Did you not receive the printed February 2024 issue of Keeping Jewish? Read it online!

The Maimonides scholar, a teenager's letter to G-d, an interview with a new resident, a recipe for cauliflower popcorn, a lifesaving connection, President Lincoln's Jewish telegrapher, a comical beginner's guide to Jew-haters and the Jewish landmark quiz.

Keeping Jewish - Tu Bishevat issue

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Check out the new issue of Keeping Jewish for the month of Shevat, celebrating the New Year of Trees.

Read about the kosher products of Cheri's Desert Harvest, the Trees for You program of Tucson Electric Power, and the connection between roots and fruits.

Welcome to town: Jacob Snider, an engineer who loves learning new things.

And don’t miss the new comic strip on the fun page.

Keeping Jewish - Chanukah holiday


The new December issue of Keeping Jewish is dedicated to the holiday of Chanukah. It features a guide on how to celebrate, where, a recipe for a Moroccan donut, and 6 gifts nobody wants but you may want to buy ;-)

The recent release of Israeli hostages from Gaza is celebrated, and one of them is ready for his Bar Mitzvah thanks to his mother's steadfast faith.

Welcome to town: Ellen Bernstein moved from Fort Meyers, Florida. While she's adjusting to the dry air, she says this is her last move.

Read about the true meaning of the word tzedakah, the life of the first Jewish U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, and the importance of education and values amidst the conflict zones. 

Keeping Jewish - November 2023

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The new issue of Keeping Jewish is once again dedicated to the war that Israel is fighting. Abbi Friedman Perets provides a personal account of life under threat, Tucson congregations plan Solidarity Shabbat, and a story about holding on for dear life.

Plus: 10 tips for hosting an enjoyable Shabbat meal, and the meaning of the Hebrew word "ligmol."

Welcome to town: Richard Wagner, who knows more about cinema than any ornithologist and more about birds than any film critic.

Veterans Day: A meeting that transformed a disabled veteran.

Thanksgiving: A humorous history of the holiday.

Recipe of the month: Hearty carrot muffins, perfect for the colder days.

Don't miss the fun page: Take the quiz about Jewish warriors, and try the DIY get-well card for someone under the weather.

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Subscribers should be getting their printed copy next week 

Keeping Jewish - Israel at war


The October issue of the Keeping Jewish newspaper was ready for print.

Shockingly, the holidays ended with the war that Hamas terrorists launched against Israel.

To show our support and provide comfort, we switched up the edition to reflect the pain and give hope. We hope that in the next issue, we will be able to share only positive articles.

In this issue:

Read an account of a Tucson resident visiting Jerusalem, things you can do for Israel and the support that Arizona is showing.

Interesting facts about Psalms, tips for better sleep, the news sports anchor of KVOA-TV and the newly certified Rita's Italian Ices.

Keeping Jewish - New year of 5784

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The current issue of the Keeping Jewish newspaper, published by Chabad Tucson, will get you in the spirit of the new Jewish year of 5784.

Featured is a how-to guide on celebrating Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simchat Torah, along with a delightful salad and a craft to try.

Read about a pivotal trip to Ukraine, Judaism's solution to the "happiness problem," the 50th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War, and welcome to town Dr. Diane Ashton, who recalls walking to shul with her Bubbe.

Keeping Jewish - Elul issue


What was it like to raise a Jewish family in Tucson in the 1970s? Bruce and Alayne Greenberg share their story on their 50th wedding anniversary.

Also in the Elul issue of Keeping Jewish: The connection between dry cleaning and teshuva, observances this month, and a fun quiz.

There is also an interview with a new resident, recent kosher developments, a profile about Oppenheimer (the physicist), 17 facts about Mezuzahs, and our humor column.

Keeping Jewish - June 2023


The June issue of Keeping Jewish profiles Rabbi Benzion Shemtov and the new building he's creating for Jews in Sierra Vista.

Welcome to town: Alyssa Katz, a recent hire of the U.S. Public Health Service.

In honor of the Rebbe's yartzeit: The story of how he uplifted Dr. Viktor Frankl, author of Man's Search for Meaning.

Father's Day: Reflections on early mornings and beloved father figures.

Judaism 101 explains the Mitzvah of wearing Tefillin, we have a great recipe for homemade Israeli hummus, an irreverent guide to surviving the summer heat and a quiz of Jewish quotes.

Keeping Jewish - Shavuot issue


The May issue of Keeping Jewish features the story of the Levkowitz family, pioneers of Cong. Young Israel of Tucson and the first Mikvah in Arizona.

In honor of the Shavuot holiday: 9 facts that you should know, 10 women who impacted Torah scholarship, savory cheese verenikas, honoring freedom, and a word search for the books of the Bible.

Welcome to town: Ben Turgeman, an aspiring diplomat who is working as an adjudicator at the Western Passport Center.

Our history pages include some forgotten tragedies from this month and, in honor of Mother's Day, a call to reframing the caregiving experience. Our humorist wants a better way to end a conversation. 

Keeping Jewish - Passover issue


University of Arizona professor Elyse Golob is the cover story of the new issue of the Keeping Jewish newspaper. She talks about overcoming a turbulent past.

Also featured is a quick guide for Passover and the Seder, recipes for charoset and brisket, a story about Matzah in Sibera, interesting Jewish facts about Egypt, and a humorous rant about the Afikoman.

Prepare for the counting of the Omer, read about the current heated debate in Israel in a different light, and try answering a quiz about the Hagaddah.

Keeping Jewish - Tu Bishvat issue


The February 2023 issue of Keeping Jewish is all about growth in honor of Tu Bishvat - the New Year for trees:

Jewish education grows in Tucson: Lamplighter Chabad Day School & Preschool moves into a modern new building.

10 historic trees that are mentioned in the Torah and how to observe Tu Bishvat. And we have a delicious craft to create to celebrate the holiday.

In honor of the Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show: 7 lessons learned from the sellers of gemstones at the AGTA GemFair.

Jerusalem Post veteran Gil Hoffman is coming to Tucson this month to discuss politics, peace and more.

Welcome to town: Dr. Ben Lombardo, who joined Family Medicine at Banner Health, shares his family history.

Rebbetzin Feigie Ceitlin shares the recipe of the chocolate chip mandelbrot that her great-aunt served in Brooklyn.

Moritz Hochschild was once called a ruthless capitalist. He's now viewed as a heroic rescuer of Jewish people during WWII.

Identifying as a Jew on campus: The story of a student who started wearing a Star of David around her neck.

Our humorist wants to volunteer as a security guard in front of the synagogue - but needs to reconsider.

In honor of President's Day: Quiz yourself on Jewish facts and events with the White House.

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Keeping Jewish - January 2023


The cover story of the new January issue of Keeping Jewish is about professor Samuel Yalkowsky who triumphed over dyslexia to develop Zanax and mentor pharmacists.

Do dogs go to heaven? We gathered 18 common questions people have about pets and Judaism and tried to bring you the most accurate answers.

When Ari brought home cheesecake for his wife Jody, it had the opposite effect he expected. For her, it resembled their crumbling marriage...

This month, the Jewish community in Hebron marks its own holiday - the time when a miracle saved them from a cruel Ottoman Pasha.

Welcome to town: Israeli media expert Anat Balint is loving Tucson, yoga and tomatoes.

For the monthly recipe, Rebbetzin Feigie Ceitlin shares a family cherished dish: Bubby's lokshen kugel made from egg noodles.

On our fun page, take the Tzedakah quiz to see how familiar you are with the Jewish practice of charity.

Our humorist has a few things to say about how he's been recently getting older, and our rabbi tells of a cherry-wood bookcase of a superior court judge. 

Keeping Jewish - Chanukah 2022


The new issue of Keeping Jewish brings you into the spirit of the upcoming holiday of Chanukah, which begins on the evening of Sunday, December 18.

The new Tubac Menorah pays tribute to the Jewish frontier pioneers of the southwest and we spoke to the driving force behind it, Jennifer Tougas.

12 myths and misconceptions about Chanukah are busted in an enlightening spread, covering history and practices.

There's a powerful article about four spiritual lessons shared during an important meeting in Brooklyn in 1951.

Rebbetzin Feigie Ceitlin shares a recipe for sweet ricotta latkes for those wanted to try something other than the traditional potato version.

A new book shares a personal perspective on reconciling G-d's goodness and human suffering.

And a quick review shares the story of the Aramaic language from the Middle East and how it is making a comeback in New Jersey.

In other news, the recent conference of Chabad rabbis highlighted the fastest-growing Jewish movement, and a college football player is a Jewish inspiration.

Our humorist Mordechai Schmutter lists some holiday products that don't exist and that we could really use in our kitchen and elsewhere.

On the Fun Page, play Jewish History True or False, or try creating a glittery dreidel snow globe for Chanukah.

Enjoy the read, and lookout for the printed version in the mail:

Keeping Jewish - November 2022



University of Arizona Professor Kenneth Cummins, who advises NASA, the U.S. Air Force and the National Weather Service on lightning, is the cover story of the November issue of Keeping Jewish.

Brush up on your Jewish knowledge by learning about 12 blessings you may not know exist, the Jewish daily routine quiz.

Welcome to town: Joseph Lapko and his family who moved to Florida and then returned to Arizona for endless sunshine.

Stay healthy with a recipe for sticky string beans and the 3-day diet, an experiment that didn't go as planned...

Discover the Jewish community in Hungary, the suffering it experienced during the Second World War and its influx of Israelis.

The touching story of how a broken Star of David helped heal a heart of a caring mother.

And in honor of Thanksgiving, can you match the language with its expression of thank you.




Keeping Jewish - Sukkot holiday


The new issue of the Keeping Jewish newspaper for October 2022 has you covered for the holiday of Sukkot.

There's a quick fact sheet, a column about the odd timing of the holiday, and a humorous take on why it always rains during Sukkot.

Holocaust survivor and author Marion Weinzweig recently told her story to the Arizona Supreme Court.

Welcome to town: Stu and Dania Schulman. They discuss their love for the outdoors and what they already managed to do in Tucson.

The brief yet powerful encounter with the former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev who recenly died.

Preparing for the winter, Feigie Ceitlin presents an easy vegetable soup you can quickly prepare at home.

And as we start to read the Torah from the start, quiz yourself on Parsha Bereishit (Genesis).

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