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The Museum will be CLOSED for the first two days of Sukkot: Oct 9 and 10, and Simchat Torah: Oct 17

Upcoming Events

Annual Jewish History Museum Benefit

Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 4:00 to 6:30 pm

This year we will honor the esteemed Justice Stanley Feldman with the Jewish Heritage Award. Hors d’oeuvres, dessert, and drinks will be served. Tickets will be $72 per person.
Historic Scottish Rite Cathedral located at 160 S. Scott Avenue Tucson, AZ 85701

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Temple of Shadows

Photography Exhibit: August 20 thru November 1, 2014

Almost 20 years in the making, and never before shown to the public, this set of 15 prints shows our Museum before its renovation in black and white and afterwards infused with color. Professional photographers Abigail Gumbiner, Annu Palakunnathu Mathew, and David H. Wells collaborated over the years to capture the 1910 “Stone Avenue Temple” as you have never seen it before. Limited edition prints will be on sale to benefit the JHM.

Ancillary Exhibit: Rabbi Joseph Gumbiner

Abigail Gumbiner’s father, Rabbi Joseph Gumbiner, led Temple Emanu-El in the 1940’s and tried to break down the barriers of segregation by working with the Prince Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church next door. Come learn about his tenure in Tucson and how his vision of equality was received.

Artist’s Reception September 14, 2014 – 2-4 pm
Abigail Gumbiner will speak about both the photographs in the exhibit and about her father, progressive Rabbi Joseph Gumbiner. She will describe growing up with this controversial leader, who went on to march with Martin Luther King.

“Skull Caps and Shul Hats”

Our “Skull Caps and Shul Hats” exhibit has come back from the JCC and will be on display upstairs at the Museum. People of all religions have made it a custom to cover their heads in deference to G-d. While the kippah remains a popular part of Jewish ceremony, shul hats have fallen out of fashion. This traveling exhibit from the JHM focuses on three local family collections of hats from the 1940s to present.

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Governor’s Tourism Award

Gov. Jan Brewer and Judy Rose Sensibar

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The Jewish History Museum and Holocaust History Center were awarded the Governor’s Tourism Award for Best Arizona Preservation, Urban category! The award was bestowed by Jan Brewer to JHM Executive Director Judy Rose Sensibar on July 17 at the 2014 Governor’s Conference on Tourism Gala Dinner.

2014 Members Luncheon

Thank you, Members, for coming to our Annual Spring Luncheon, Sunday, May 18 at the Tanque Verde Guest Ranch. Here are some photos of the event. Special thanks to our our panel of women and surprise speaker Dan who spoke about growing up in mid-century Tucson, and to Charles Bressel for taking these photos.

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AZ Daily Star: Photos: Let's go for a walk in Barrio Viejo
The Jewish History Museum is one of the stops on the Arizona Daily Star's first "Walk Tucson" neighborhood tours. View the slideshow at
The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies JHM Article
Built in 1910, the building that is now the Jewish History Museum on South Stone Avenue has lived many lives. It was built to be the first synagogue in Tucson and served that purpose until 1949, when its founding congregation, Temple Emanu-El, outgrew the building and moved to a new home on Country Club, where it remains today…


AZ Daily Star: Werner Zimmt

Werner Zimmit

In the May 13 issue of the Arizona Daily Star David Leighton's "Street Smarts" column was about one of our own, Werner Zimmt.

Werner S. Zimmt and his twin brother, Gerry, were born on Sept. 21, 1921, to Hugo and Lotte Zimmt in Berlin. Their father owned a factory that produced camel-hair slippers but it went bankrupt around 1924, during Germany’s period of hyperinflation.

Around 1934, a coalition of Jewish groups from New York formed the German-Jewish Children’s Aid to rescue Jewish children from Germany (and later, Austria). The group secured immigrant visas that guaranteed members would provide for the well-being and financial security of the children…


Calling All Volunteers

Might you consider becoming a volunteer? Here are some possibilities:
Docents for guided tours. Training provided. Primary requirements are a friendly disposition, an interest in history and culture, and interacting with the public. Three and Four hour time slots.
Historical Research based on needs of ongoing projects. Archives organization, exhibit research, detective work. Oversight provided. Flexible hours.
Administrative Help with mailings, data entry, office tasks. Flexible hours and time commitment.




Open to the public Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1 to 5 PM.
Friday from Noon to 3 PM.

admission: $5


Judy Rose Sensibar, Executive Director

Jewish History Museum
564 South Stone Avenue
Tucson, Arizona 85701
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PO Box 889
Tucson, Arizona 85702

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The Mission of the Jewish History Museum is the collection, preservation, exhibition and teaching of the Jewish heritage of the American Southwest and the preservation of the first synagogue building in Arizona.