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Ecosystem Newsletter 
Volume 1, Issue 1
Welcome to the first Jewish Ecosystem of Southern Arizona newsletter. As the Ecosystem continues to grow and evolve, this newsletter will provide you with summaries of Ecosystem meetings, updates on the ongoing work of the group, spotlights on community organizations, and an opportunity to share resources related to our Ecosystem work. If your organization has something they would like to include in a future Ecosystem newsletter, please email Thank you for being part of this journey!

Ecosystem Meeting Recap

Over 50 professional staff and volunteers representing 25 Jewish community organizations met at the Tucson Jewish Community Center on May 11th for the inaugural meeting of the Southern Arizona Jewish Ecosystem. The gathering focused on re-acquainting the group with Rosov Consulting Group’s study: Southern Arizona Jewish Community Pathways to Enriching Jewish Life, which forms the basis of the most recent community plan. The meeting provided opportunities for networking, introduced the group to Collective Impact, outlined the first Ecosystem pilot project, laid out the governance structure of the Ecosystem, highlighted progress the working groups made to move the community plan forward, and mapped existing community resources available across the life span. read more about Ecosystem, click here
Ecosystem Organization Spotlights
In each edition, the Ecosystem Newsletter will highlight work going on in the community in an effort to increase awareness of important work being done in our Ecosystem. If you’re interested in being highlighted in future editions, please reach out to with “Newsletter” in the subject line.
Tucson Jewish Free Loan

Since 1947, Tucson Jewish Free Loan (TJFL) has been offering interest-free loans to Southern Arizonans in need, both in the Jewish and broader communities. Through a lens of Jewish values, they envision a community where everyone has equitable access to wealth and opportunity. more about TJFL
Jewish Family & Children's Services

Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Southern Arizona (JFCS), offers Jewish older adults a variety of services and program to help them age in place with dignity. There are several programs funded by the Jewish community that specifically serve the Jewish population. more about JFCS
Resource Corner

The Resource Corner provides an opportunity to share resources which stimulate our collective thinking about how to strengthen our Jewish community. If you have articles, videos, or podcasts you’d like to share with the Ecosystem in future newsletters, please email them to with “Newsletter” in the subject line.

Judaism Unbound Episode 66: Jewish? Community? Center? - Zack Bodner
“Zack Bodner, CEO of the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto, joins Dan and Lex in our Silicon Valley series to explore the shifting role of Jewish Community Centers, possibilities for a 'Judaism 4.0,' and what special role a JCC in the heart of the experimental and entrepreneurial landscape of Silicon Valley might play in playing with the possibilities”

New research on High Holiday participation illuminates critical themes for future design – eJewish Philanthropy

Among the many ways that the pandemic profoundly changed Jewish engagement, the High Holidays of 2020 stands out as a particularly fascinating case study. It was a kind of controlled experiment; essentially no one was able to celebrate or observe the holidays in the ways they were used to, so everyone was doing something different than usual. Institutions of all kinds innovated to adapt to the restrictions, and new ways of engaging emerged and spread more broadly than could have been previously imagined.
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