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Moving from an apartment or a private residence into an independent retirement living, assisted living or nursing facility can be a difficult and traumatic experience.  Shalom Senior, a Shalom Tucson outreach program, is here to help make the transition a little brighter and less stressful by offering a connection to our warm and welcoming Jewish community.

Shalom Senior welcome bags include:

• Information and a map of the Southern Arizona Jewish community
• Shabbat candles
• A mezuzah for the new home

For the senior facility, Shalom Senior offers resources to support their staff in better understanding and providing for Jewish holiday observances for their residents.

For more information on the Shalom Senior Welcome Program contact Anne Lowe, our program coordinator at 577-9393 x 130 or  Or, to sign up to receive a Shalom Senior welcome bag click here .

Shalom Senior is a project of Shalom Tucson/Outreach Connections, a joint program of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona and the Tucson Jewish Community Center.    

The Jewish Elder Access Program

Senior Transportation Availability
The Tucson Community Shared Transportation for Seniors (60+) & Adults with Disabilities grant is designed to encourage more regular participation in Jewish religious services, education programs and cultural activities at any one of the 10 participating synagogues, or other venues (JCC or other site when sponsored or co-sponsored by the a participating congregation). The program will make it possible for them to connect with other Jews, and form friendships and bonds with others in the Jewish community, thus relieving loneliness and feelings of isolation. Affiliation with one of the partners is not required.
The shared ride program participating congregations are Anshei Israel, Bet Shalom, Chabad of Tucson, Chaverim, Chofetz Chayim, Kol Simcha, M’Kor Hayim, Or Chadash, Temple Emanu-El, and Young Israel.
Contacts:  Andi Elkins (520-495-4565) with questions or for program details 
Sheryl Sitser at 465-4323 to schedule a ride

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Jewish Elder Access Program

Senior Transportation Availibility

The grants offer both affiliated and unaffiliated members of the Jewish community more opportunities to participate in religious, social, educational and cultural activities. The programs will make it possible for many of our seniors to become more connected to the Jewish community and their Jewish heritage, and to form friendships and bonds with others in the community, thus relieving loneliness and feelings of isolation.

Harper at 449-1454 for Anshei Israel, Temple Emanu-El and the Northwest program. Contact Harper at 904-1881 for M’Kor Hayim; Sheryl Sitser for Chaverim at 320-1015; Debbie Rich for Bet Shalom at 298-6522; and Elkins for Or Chadash at 405-4565.

Northwest Seniors Transportation Grant

January-December 2012
Northwest Seniors Transportation Grant: If you are a senior (60 and over) who lives in the NW, and you do not drive or do not drive at night, or have no way to get to an event, a ride with a reputable taxi firm can be arranged for you at a minimal charge, if you wish to attend a Jewish event (classes, activities, events, meetings) in the NW or outside of the NW.  The round- trip charge within the NW is $5 and the round-trip charge from the NW to other parts of the city is $10. To arrange for a ride, you must call at least 4 days in advance to the NW Transportation coordinator: Holly Harper: 449-1454. This service is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona’ Senior Task Force.