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April Has Been A Whirlwind!

Dear Virtual Visitors,

Eileen Warshaw's Window
Photo credit: Athol Cline

Pesach is here and our Haggadah exhibit is beautiful! We have over 20 Haggadot on display. These versions of the seder service range from the classic Maxwell House Haggadah to the exotic Szyk Haggadah to a sampling of everything in between. Two members have graciously loaned us part of their collections. From Judye Groner (KarBen copies founder, and publisher of the My Very Own Series, by the way) we have a Sarajevo Haggadah and a huge New Union Haggadah with gorgeous watercolors. Janet and Steve Seltzer have also loaned us some gems. We have the The Haggadah From the Four Corners of the World, a collector's edition of the illustrated Haggadah by Shalom of Safed, and a Sephardic Haggada (no "h") with bold Linocuts Steve used as a child. Our permanent collection boasts many replicas of ancient texts you may thumb through as well as an antiquarian Union Haggadah from 1908.

And with our wedding gown and Ketubah exhibit safely packed away, we can now see the building itself and the original space of the sanctuary again. On April 6 we had over 120 people inside for our Founding Director, Eileen Warshaw's Window Dedication. It was a very special afternoon. Eileen's cornerstone in the front courtyard is inscribed with the motto, "Preserving the past is our gift to the future." We were able to value the past by sharing memories of her that day and continue to invest in the gifts she has given us by focusing on the Museum's future.

Under our sweeping stained glass
windows two cabinets of Haggadot are displayed.
And don't forget the parsley!

I continue to unpack boxes in our archives and am amazed at what I find. Much from the permanent collection was put away for the wedding gowns and now needs to be set back up. Volunteers from the community continue to emerge. A shout out to Camila Tessler who has been tackling our archives with care and a curator's knowledge and to Dayvia Cohen who has come on as a docent. We are creating a script for our new docents with the expertise of those "old hands" who know the pioneers' and the synagogue's story. 

Local members please join us MAY 18 for our members' luncheon at the Tanque Verde Guest Ranch beginning at 12 pm! Please call or email the Museum to make a reservation. We are still establishing the program. Barry Friedman, our board president, would like to have a speaking panel called "Girls Growing Up: Women Tell Their Stories from Tucson in the 40's and 50's." Please let us know if you would like to participate!

Reproductions of ancient Haggadah
texts are available for you to thumb
through when you visit the Museum.

Eileen Warshaw's Window Dedication
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.


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.

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