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1st Rate 2nd Hand Thrift Store, 5851  E Speedway Tucson, AZ 85712. Phone (520) 327-5252 Website: Our name says it all! We are 1st-rate even though our inventory is 2nd-hand! We are FUN, FUNKY and FABULOUS! and sooo not your mother's thrift, chic and constantly trash, just treasures.. ... or if you want to translate that into Yiddish? No dreck..!

America-Israel Friendship League, 4729 E. Sunrise Dr., PMB 437 Tucson, AZ 85718
Phone (520) 322-9544 Website: The America-Israel Friendship League is a non-political, non-sectarian organization that celebrates and reinforces mutually supportive relations through people-to-people connections between the US and Israel. The Friendship League sponsors a Youth Ambassador Exchange program between the two countries as well as several annual program and events.

American Israel Public Affairs Committee, 440 First St NW, #600, Washington DC 20001. Phone (202) 639-5200. AIPAC works with activists nationwide to involve them in the political process on a local and national level.  Its outstanding student and intern program reaches college campuses throughout the U.S. AIPAC has regional offices in eight states and is headquartered in the nation's Capital.  New members are encouraged and welcomed.

American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science, 1440 E. Missouri #280, Phoenix, AZ 85014  Phone (602) 279-9088. The Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, is a world-renowned scientific research center and graduate school. Its 2300 scientists, students, technicians and engineers pursue basic science research in the quest for knowledge and the enhancement of the human condition.

Anti-Defamation League, 3550 N. Central Ave, #914, Phoenix, AZ 85012
Phone (520) 570-7920. The Anti-Defamation League, one of America's oldest human rights organizations, is dedicated to combating anti-Semitism and prejudice, while protecting the rights of all Americans under the law.  AIDL conducts fact-finding to monitor and counter extremist activities and programming to counter anti-Semitism and misconceptions about the Middle East, organizes the community behind civil rights issues and works to reduce prejudice in schools through its nationally recognized "A World of Difference" program.

The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies, The Marshall Bldg.845 N. Park Ave., Suite 420, Tucson, AZ 85721 Phone (520) 626-5758 Website:

B'nai B'rith Sahuaro Lodge #763, Phone (520) 327-4006. B'nai B'rith, the world's largest Jewish organization, helps Jews understand and appreciate their Judaism and fulfill their responsibilities as Jew.  B'nai B'rith is devoted to the preservation of Jewish culture and identity and the unity of the Jewish people.  We welcome all Jewish men and women, Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist and Secular.  As a philanthropic organization, we work toward alleviating the wants of the poor and needy; we come to the rescue of the persecuted, provide for and assist the aged, the widow and the orphan.  We inculcate principle of honor and patriotism.  We support B'nai B'rith Youth Organization, University of Arizona Hillel Foundation, and we are a sponsor of the B'nai B'rith Covenant House, a non-sectarian residence for low-income elderly.

B'nai B'rith Southern Arizona Housing for the Elderly Foundation Inc.,
Phone (520) 297-9782. The Foundation is an IRS tax-exempt organization and its functions are to raise funds (on a one-time basis only) for items for the B'nai B'rith Covenant House which are not granted by the U.S. Department of HUD under its established grant (i.e. decoration, library additions, etc.)

B'nai B'rith Covenant House of Tucson, Inc., 4414 E. 2 st., Tucson, AZ 85711
Phone (520) 327-2200. 
The organization serves low income senior citizens over 62 years of age, who pay 30 percent of their monthly incomes as rent; the balance is made up by a grant of the US Department Of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  We serve all colors, creeds, religions and races under the Equal Housing Opportunity Act.  The building has 119 apartments, applicants can be placed on our waiting list by applying in person to the above address.

Brandeis National Committee, Tucson Chapter, 5844 East 15th Street, Tucson, AZ 85711 Phone (520) 747-3224 and leave a message. Website: The Brandeis National Committee (BNC) is a non-alumni philanthropic support group for Brandeis University, America’s only Jewish-sponsored nonsectarian university. Founded in 1948, Brandeis University is named for the late Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis. Located in Waltham, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston, Brandeis is a distinguished liberal arts university and has been ranked the number one rising research university in the United States.The Tucson Chapter is a group of highly motivated men and women who connect with each other in this philanthropic endeavor.

Chabad House of Tucson, 1315 N. Mountain, Tucson, AZ 85719 Phone (520) 882-9422.  Founded in 1983. Dedicated to the reestablishment and strengthening of our Judaic faith, principles, identity, commitment and pride.  Chabad serves the local Jewish community and Southern Arizona with creative holiday awareness programs such as the Shofar Factory and the Model Matzoh Bakery

The Desert Caucus, P.O. Box 44146, Tucson, AZ 85733-4146. Phone (520) 299-2410. Website:  Founded in 1976, The Desert Caucus is a bi-partisan political action committee (PAC) whose mission is to promote and strengthen the relationship between the United States and Israel.  We are one of the oldest PAC's in the country.  The Desert Caucus provides financial support to Republican and Democratic candidates for the United State Senate and House of Representatives who have demonstrated their support of a strong U.S. – Israel relationship. E-mail

Hadassah Southern Arizona, 4301 E. 5th Street Tucson, AZ 85711. Phone (520)795-0300. Wesite: Hadassah is 375,00 American women working to improve the quality of life for the people of Israel and to strengthen Jewish life in the U.S.  It is a movement with a dream of the future whose roots reach deep into the past.  Hadassah is a dynamic, caring, progressive movement: proud of its dual heritage in Zionism and American democaracy; consecrated to the healing of the sick; involved in the education of Israel's children as well as the children of the United States;  committed to the survival and growth of Israel & the Jewish homeland; dedcated to the strengthening of American Jewish Life.

Hebrew Free Loan Association of Tucson, P.O. Box 44267, Tucson, AZ 85733
Phone (520) 326-5736. The Hebrew Free Loan Association of Tucson is an independent non-profit agency with its roots stemming from the Torah.  In the book of Exodus the people of Israel are admonished to "not exact interest from the needy amongst thee".  The power of this humanity to man has been indelibly etched into the Jewish people and for 50+ years the Hebrew Free Loan Association of Tucson has been dedicated to continuing this biblical commandment.  By providing no interest loans, The Hebrew Free Loan Association has assisted individuals and organizations in maintaining their independence and dignity in times of need.  In association with Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona and its affiliated agencies we ensure that our community continues to care for its vulnerable and needy.

Jewish Arts Alliance, Phone (520) 326-5844. E-mail: Website: The Jewish Arts Alliance (JAA) is dedicated to supporting and inspiring Jewish artists and artistic Jews in Southern Arizona. The Jewish Arts Alliance is sponsored by the Jewish Community Center and the Jewish Community Relations Council, and provides opportunities to showcase works of art, build networks, educate and outreach around issues of Judaism and the arts.  All Jewish artists are welcome to participate, regardless of age or gender. All that is required is that the artist be working to articulate his or her artistic vision. Jewish themes and concepts are encouraged.

Jewish Elder Access: "Information & Referral" for ANYTHING in Pima County! This could be: housing; transportation; home repair contractors (I also have a small grant to pay for home repairs for low income/low asset Jewish seniors); Durable Medical Equipment (DME); in-home services such as housekeeping and personal care; case management; counseling; medical/dental; Jewish issues; and many many more! Please contact Irene Lloyd for further information or call 520-404-4596.

Jewish History Museum, 564 S Stone Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85702
Phone (520) 670-9073. Website: The building is open to the public for tours every Wednesday through Sunday 1:00 to 4:00pm Admission is free to Jewish History Museum Members and children under 10 years of age. General admission $5.00 per person. Call for special group rates. Twilight Tour of the Museum is the 3rd Saturday of each month at 7:00 pm. Twilight Tour is a FREE ADMISSION ACTIVITY. phone: 520-670-9073. The Mission of the Jewish History Museum is the collection, preservation and teaching of the history of the Jewish experience in the American Southwest, and the preservation of the first synagogue in the Arizona Territory.

Jewish National Fund, 7330 N. 16th St. #C202, Phoenix, AZ 85020
Phone (520) 277-4800. JNF is responsible for land reclamation, road building, parks and recreation and for planting more than 200 million trees in Israel.  Summer day camp programs are provided for some 15,000 Israeli and Jewish youth from all over the world.  JNF also provides free educational materials for Tu B'Shevat to schools and offers public speaking and media presentations.  Volunteers are needed.

Jewish War Veterans of the USA, Freidman-Paul Post 201 Phone (520) 298-8612   

Kol B'Yachad, Phone (520) 628-7777. The vision of Kol B'Yachad (Hebrew for "all of us together") is to inspire and nurture a community of the heart that is culturally Jewish, deeply spiritual, and open to all. We sponsor varous events -- from lectures and discussion to hikes, potlucks, dinners, and traditional gatherings (such as Passover seders). All are welcome regardless of race, affiliation, religion, age, or marital status.

Mikva - The Clara Levkowitz Mikva at Young Israel of Tucson, 2443 E. 4th St., Tucson, AZ 85020 Phone (520) 326-8362       

Na'Amat USA Sabra Aviv Chapter, 7340 E. 31st St., Tucson, AZ 85710
Phone (520) 298-9256 Purpose is to raise funds to provide all women and children in Israel with education, health services, legal aid and other social services

National Council of Jewish Women, Phone (520) 749-9182. Established in 1893, the Council is the oldest Jewish Women's volunteer organization in America, whose program is inspired by the tenets of Judaism and the history of our people.  NCJW develops and implements programs, which affect people of all ages, races and religious backgrounds.

Parents of North American Israelis, 4601 E. Quivira Dr., Tucson, AZ 85718
Phone (520) 577-3466. Wesite: We are Hagesher, the bridge between our families in the U.S. and Canada and our children and grandchildren in Israel.  We are all-volunteer, non-profit, non-fundraising organization.  We come from diverse backgrounds and all walks of life and, though we differ in our religious practices and our political preferences, we are bound together by a common hope and concern for our children's and grandchildren's future.  We want enrichment of their lives.  We want safety and peace for them and the State of Israel. We want strong bonds of family bridging the seas.

Southwest Torah Institute, 5150 E. 5th St., Tucson, AZ 85711 Phone (520) 747-7780.   Educational programming and community-wide events dedicated to bringing the beauty of our heritage to all Jews.

State of Israel Bonds, 1130 E. Missouri #204, Phoenix, AZ 85014
Phone (800) 229-4324   
DCI-Phoenix@israelbonds.comThe State of Israel Bonds Phoenix office, serving Arizona, New Mexico and El Paso, Texas, sells and processes interest bearing financial instruments issued by the government of Israel as part of an international securities organization.  The local office also assists with the redemption, reinvestment and transfer of securities and hosts social, cultural, and educational events throughout the year.  Since its inception in 1951, Israel Bonds has secured more than $25 billion for the development of every aspect of Israel's economy including roads, ports, high-tech industry and the absorption of Jews from the former Soviet Union and Ethiopia and elsewhere.  During this time, Israel has never defaulted or been late with an interest payment to Israel Bond purchasers.

Tucson Jewish Community Library, The Tucson Jewish Library currently serves as a repository for more than 2,000 books and audio-visual materials for the Tucson Jewish community. The goal is to recycle Jewish books by taking books that are no longer wanted by their present owners and put them into the hands of "new" readers. The goal of the library is to widen and deepen the Jewish knowledge and understanding of the Jewish community and the general community, and to introduce the literary, philosophical, historical and religious treasures that comprise a portion of the 4000-year record of the Jewish people. The Tucson Jewish Community Library is a lending library for all of Tucson's citizens, Jew and non-Jew, and as a resource and research library for the citizens, teachers and students in the Tucson area.

Zionist Organization of America, 6431 N. Placita Quicoma, Tucson, AZ 85718
Phone (520) 529-2122. Wesite: The local Arnstein-Friedman-Kaufmann Chapter of ZOA presents open Forums that feature Israelis and other speakers who provide factual news concerning Israel.  The chapter is also involved in sending local students to visit Israel with the ZOA Masada program and other groups.

The University of Arizona,The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies, Louise Foucar Marshall Building, Suite 420 845 N. Park Ave.Tucson, AZ   85721-0158. Phone: (520) 626-5762