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J Pride

The more welcoming a Jewish community is, the more powerful it becomes.

JPride, formerly known as the LGBT Inclusion Project, began in 2005 when the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona became one of the first federations in the country to actively reach out to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender members of the Jewish community. Initially, the project aimed to help synagogues and Jewish communal organizations create more welcoming spaces for LGBTQ Jews. The focus has since shifted to creating social events for the LGBT community at large.

JPride provides a platform with which Southern Arizona’s LGBTQ Jews and their allies can explore issues and ideas of importance to their community. The program offers an opportunity to connect with other LGBTQ Jews, observe Jewish celebrations such as Hanukkah parties, Passover Seders, and Yom Kippur breakfasts, experience dynamic arts and education programming, and volunteer with social action projects that benefit greater Tucson.

In recent years, JPride has partnered with local agencies to bring Dr. Joy Ladin, the first openly transgender professor at an Orthodox institution (Yeshiva University), Masha Gessen, award-winning journalist, and Michael Kagan, J.D., former director of a refugee rights clinic at the University of Tel Aviv Law School.

JPride is a joint project of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona and The Tucson J.

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As we close out another fun-filled, amazing week here at the J, we are wishing you all a beautiful weekend! May you have some time to disconnect from the week and reconnect with what really matters in your life. Shabbat Shalom!
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Tucson JCC
Do you want to learn to dance like this? You can do it with us! Tango levels 1 and 2 are now enrolling, with drop-in options available. More info here: http://bit.ly/32pvGDn
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Argentine tango. "Gallo Ciego". Fernando Gracia and Sol Cerquides with "Solo Tango" orquesta. Танго.
Argentine tango "Gallo Ciego" (Agustín Bardi, Osvaldo Pugliese version). Dance Fernando Gracia and Sol Cerquides. The world champions of tango Fernando and S...
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The 2020 Tucson International Jewish Film Festival is just around the corner! We're working hard on updating our website with details, but in the meantime we wanted to share a trailer for the much anticipated film, "The Mamboniks", which will screen on Jan 5 in Saddlebrooke and on Jan 10 at the J.
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Tucson JCC
Tucson JCC
The good, the better, the best: Our benchmarking survey is live and we want to hear from you! Help us serve you better by completing a brief 10-minute survey here: http://ow.ly/q2ra50x1TaS
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Tucson JCC
It's getting cold outside and you know what that means: It's Hot Chocolate Time! Join us for our 2nd annual Hanukkah Hot Chocolate fun run/walk on December 5th. 1/5/10K routes are available. Registration is open now: http://bit.ly/2pFzov7
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Tucson JCC
A note from our awesome member, Vicki Velasco: "I started my journey at the Tucson JCC last May. I was 62, weighed almost 300 pounds and knew I had to do something to get healthy. I started small – mostly at the pool with my granddaughter! Last September I decided to work with a trainer, checked out the information sheets for three trainers and was fortunate to start working with Rhina Gerhauser.

"Rhina talked with me about my goals and helped me get going with twice-weekly 30 minute workouts. My second small step! I started feeling better, but was still only working out when I saw Rhina. In May of this year I went to the doctor and had a bit of a “wake-up call.” I was told if I didn’t make some changes, my only recourse for losing weight would be weight-loss surgery.

"The 100 Day Challenge at the JCC started the next week and I was all-in! I asked Rhina to measure me at the beginning and I committed to getting into the J each work day. Rhina measured me at the end of the challenge and I had lost 12.5”!

"Because I was coming regularly to the J, I started getting to know people and was amazed at the community I was discovering. So many people were encouraging and commented on my progress. I also started taking classes in addition to doing cardio and personal training. While I have a long journey ahead to reach my health and weight loss goals, I am well on my way, thanks to being at the J!

"I am excited to explore new opportunities like cooking and dance classes and the film festival as part of the new Passport program. Joining the JCC was just a beginning – being a part of the JCC community keeps me going!"
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