Community Organizations


Tucson is home to an amazing number of organizations that serve the interests and needs of our Jewish community. Look them over and connect with one that serves your best interest. If you would like more information, contact the Concierge at [email protected] She will help you sort through the opportunities. If you are affiliated with an organization that is not listed here or whose information requires updating, please contact us at [email protected]

1st Rate 2nd Hand Thrift Store

The name says it all! We are 1st-rate even though our inventory is 2nd-hand! FUN, FUNKY and FABULOUS! sooo not your mother's thrift, chic and constantly trash, just treasures. Drop off your donations at the West side entrance any time during open store hours. We accept all gently used items including clothing, housewares, furniture, electronics, antiques, vintage, you name it. Just ring our doorbell and someone will arrive to help you! If you have gently used furniture to donate we offer free pick up.

Donate your time. We are always looking for friendly volunteers who want to donate their free time by helping out in store!

You can select from the large list of Jewish organizations and synagogues we support, and a percentage of our proceeds will be made to that organization based on your volunteer hours and donations.

Phone Number(520) 327-5252
Address1st Rate 2nd Hand, 5851 E. Speedway, Tucson, AZ 85712
Facebook 1st Rate 2nd Hand Thrift Store Facebook page

American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)

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.

mail 440 First St NW, #600, Washington DC 20001
phone 202-639-5200
email [email protected] (Phoenix)
phone 602-277-3318 (Phoenix)

Anti-Defamation League

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.

phone 602-274-0991

The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies

The Marshall Bldg.
mail 845 N. Park Ave. Suite 420 Tucson, AZ 85721
phone 520-626-5758

B'nai B'rith

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.

phone520-529-1830 Honey Mason

B'nai B'rith Southern Arizona Housing for the Elderly Foundation Inc

The Foundation is an IRS tax-exempt organization and it 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.)

phone 520-297-9782

B'nai B'rith Covenant House of Tucson

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.
(This is a senior housing complex)

mail4414 E. Second St. Tucson, AZ 85711
phone 520-327-2200

Brandeis National Committee, Tucson Chapter

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.

mail Tucson Chapter Book Depot Address: 3825 N. Oracle Rd., Tucson AZ 85705
phone 520-747-3224

Chabad House of Tucson

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

mail 1315 N. Mountain Tucson, AZ 85719
phone 520-882-9422

Chaplaincy Program

The Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona and Tucson’s congregational rabbis support the Deborah Oseran Chaplaincy that takes care of its most invisible and vulnerable members is the kind of community. For more information about the Deborah Oseran Chaplaincy.

phone 520-577-9393 The Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona

The Desert Caucus

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 U.S. – Israel relationship.

mail PO Box 44146 Tucson, AZ 85733
phone (520) 299-2410
email [email protected]

The Free Loan at the Jewish Federation

The Free Loan at the Jewish Federation is a non-profit organization that provides interest-free financial assistance to those in need, empowering people to achieve self-sufficiency with dignity since 1947. The Free Loan at the Jewish Federation is a leader in lending a hand and assisting in building the future of many in our community. The vision of our founders many years ago is just as prevalent today. We believe in investing in our local Southern Arizona community. 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.

mail3718 E. River Rd., Tucson, Arizona 85750
phone 520-599-9393
email [email protected]

Hadassah Southern Arizona

Hadassah is 330,000 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 democracy; 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; dedicated to the strengthening of American Jewish Life.

The local chapter, Hadassah Southern Arizona, has over 1000 members, who meet monthly at luncheons, fundraisers, and educational events, such as three different on-going book clubs. Women of all ages are welcome to explore the opportunities here in Tucson.

Hadassah Southern Arizona: (Tucson, Green Valley, Sahuarita,  Avra & Oro Valleys, Marana, & Saddlebrook)

phone 520.481.3934 Chapter president:  Anne Lowe
email [email protected]
web in progress. Check back soon.

Clara Levkowitz Community Mikveh at Congregation Young Israel

mail 2443 E. 4th St. Tucson, AZ 85020
phone 520-326-8362

Jewish Arts Alliance

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.

phone 520- 326-5844
email [email protected]
facebook Jewish Arts Alliance Facebook

Jewish Community Relations Council And Holocaust Education

phone 520-577-9393

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!

phone 520-404-4596
email Irene Lloyd at [email protected]

Jewish History Museum

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.

mail 564 S Stone Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85702
phone 520-670-9073

Jewish National Fund

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.

mail 7330 N. 16th St. #C202 Phoenix, AZ 85020
phone 520-277-4800

Jewish War Veterans of the USA 

Freidman-Paul Post 201
phone 520-298-8612
phone 909-0212 Rita Stolzenberg
web Read an article

 Na'Amat USA Sabra Aviv Chapter

Purpose is to raise funds to provide all women and children in Israel with education, health services, legal aid and other social services

mail 7340 E. 31st St., Tucson, AZ 85710
phone 520-298-9256

No Tucson contact or active chapter.
Hatikva Chapter in Phoenix
phone 480-628-7710 Hope Weiss, President,
email [email protected]

National Council of Jewish Women

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.

No Tucson contact or active chapter

Parents of North American Israelis

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 h4 bonds of family bridging the seas.

Janet Seltzer
mail 5001 Calle Guebabi, Tucson, AZ 85718
phone 520-299-3788

Southern Arizona Jewish Genealogy Society

The Southern Arizona Jewish Genealogy Society is an organization to help Southern Arizona residents and visitors investigate their Jewish roots. Meets every 2nd Sunday of the month from 1:00-2:00 pm at the Tucson JCC, 3800 E River Rd, Tucson, AZ 85718.

Andy Rosen, Co-Founder
phone 520-237-6470
web Southern Arizona Jewish Genealogy Society on Facebook

Southwest Torah Institute

Founded in 1986 by Rabbi Israel Becker and Esther Becker, the Southwest Torah Institute responds to the contemporary challenge of presenting in-depth Jewish learning for both men and women in a way that is exciting and accessible. The Institute has connected thousands of people of the Tucson Jewish community to their Judaism through stimulating learning experiences. In 1994, Naomi Adir gave an endowment to establish the Naomi Adir Center for Jewish Education to extend the work of the Southwest Torah Institute.

mail 5150 E. 5th St., Tucson, AZ 85711
phone 520-747-7780