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Hélène Berr, A Stolen Life

An exhibition designed, created, and circulated by Mémorial de la Shoah, Paris, France

November 9, 2014 – February 1, 2015

This traveling exhibition is based on the Journal written by Hélène Berr, a young Jewish French woman, whose promising future was brutally cut short by Vichy Government’s laws and the extermination plan imagined by the Nazis.

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Limited Edition Prints for Sale from Temple of Shadows Exhibit

The Jewish History Museum proudly offers the photographs in the exhibit and five additional images for sale. Each photograph is limited to 20 prints ONLY. Photographs will be on display at Hotel Congress until the first week in January and there will be a reception December 13.

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“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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Annual Jewish History Museum Benefit

Our benefit October 26 was a huge success. Stanley Feldman spoke as our 2014 Jewish Heritage Award recipient. We held the event at the Scottish Rite Cathedral just a few blocks north of the museum downtown. The scenery in the background is from the 1800s and set a gorgeous stage. We had a huge buffet and an ice sculpture in the shape of the museum. Before and after our program Birks Works played jazz and filled the room with revelry.

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: 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.

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…





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.