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Beads of Courage

We spent a morning creating bead bracelets for children entering the hospital for treatment for a serious illness.   

Casa Maria

One of the missions of Casa Maria of Tucson is to feed the hungry.  For the past five years Congregation M'kor Hayim has created bag lunches for distribution to Casa Maria's clients.  For more information and to participate email  

Making lunches for Casa Maria


Mussar, a Jewish practice that is at least a thousand years old, is a simple practice of character refinement.  The intention of mussar (roughly translated as “ethics”) is to help us become a more whole and a more holy human being.  M’kor Hayim currently has two mussar groups. Participants speak regularly about the remarkable impact it has had in their lives. Participants work with such inner traits (middot) as patience, humility, generosity, and honor.  Each trait is explored through Jewish texts and personal sharing of experiences.

For more information about mussar, or interest in being in a group, please contact Rabbi Helen Cohn at   


Knitted Together

Our knitting group is called "Knitted Together."  We meet regularly to knit and socialize.  Let us know you'd like to join us by emailing Below is a picture of some knitters at a monthly gathering.  Below that is a picture of some of the 46 hats we knit for the homeless as part of the Salvation Army's Operation Deep Freeze. 

Shawl pattern to knit or crochet




Tucson Center for Spiritual Direction

Rabbi Cohn has joined with two colleagues to create the Tucson Center for Spiritual Direction.  To find out more about Spiritual Direction or to learn more about the TCSD, click on this link:  Tucson Center for Spiritual Direction

Feeding the hungry

Below are pictures from some of our social action projects.  From top to bottom: 

- Preparing food bags and boxes at the Community Food Bank (picture not shown) 

- Supplemental food for Thanksgiving for 62 kids attending Homer Davis Elementary School

- Volunteering at THIAN's monthly POZ Cafe

- We collected 299 boxes of cereal and $2154 for Interfaith Community Services' food pantry 

Food for Homer Davis Elementary School

POZ Cafe
Cereal for ICS's food bank

Brush With Kindness

We partnered with Habitat For Humanity's Brush With Kindness program to patch and paint a house designated by Habitat.  Although the day began cold and windy, by the time we finished the sun was shining and the house was dazzling.




New Siddurim

Congregation M'kor Hayim recently presented the students of Tucson Hebrew Academy with new siddurim (prayer books) for their daily services.  


THA students holding their new siddurim
THA students holding their new siddurim