MH President Carol Weinstein writes:
As President of the Board of M’kor Hayim, I am delighted to greet those who are looking at our website, especially those who are just learning about M’kor Hayim. I hope you will find these pages informative and engaging.
As someone who previously belonged to a synagogue only to teach our daughters the importance of being an “affiliated Jew,” I can say with confidence that M’kor Hayim is a special place. Our rabbi and cantorial soloist create Shabbat services that provide a sacred, nourishing pause in which we can connect with Jewish texts and music. M’kor Hayim has no building and no religious school, so we can focus our attention on ways to enrich the spiritual life of our congregants. We are a small congregation of adults, committed to living the values of our tradition—tikkun olam, caring for the stranger, tzedakah.
As I write this, we are in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. These are difficult times, but I feel certain that M’kor Hayim is a source of comfort and strength for those who take advantage of what we have to offer. Although we are unable to meet in person, we have been able to sustain a sense of community. We welcome you to join us through Zoom. It has never been easier!
Board of Directors
(to contact a Board member, write to CongregationMkorHayim@gmail.com)
I spent most of my professional life teaching about classroom management at the Rutgers Graduate School of Education. After retiring to Tucson, my husband and I went “shul shopping,” and M’Kor Hayim seemed like the perfect fit—a small congregation of adults with a rabbi who was knowledgeable but not arrogant, no building (so no building fund), and opportunities for learning and social action. I became a bat mitzvah when I turned 70—finally a Jewish adult!
Arlan Colton - Vice President
I arrived in Tucson from Westchester County, New York to attend the University of Arizona in 1973. Two degrees later, and as a practicing urban planner in a succession of public and private sector positions, I retired in 2016 as the Planning Director for Pima County. My volunteer public service continues today on the Regional Transportation Planning Citizen Advisory Committee and the Boards of Arizona Town Hall, Tucson Interfaith HIV-AIDS Network (TIHAN) and Congregation M’kor Hayim.
Judith Weiser - Secretary
I crossed the Mississippi in 1975 & never looked back. I worked in the medical field for 40 years, wandered in the desert for 40 years & then found my congregation & my Rabbi. Dayenu!
Holly Harper - Treasurer
I met Rabbi Helen soon after moving with my family to Tucson from New York 14 years ago. I am pleased to be a founding member of M’kor Hayim. I am passionate about Torah study and knitting, and am the owner of Birdhouse Yarns.
I recently began a new career as a Farmers Insurance Agent, after having produced a private publication for the residents of Ventana Canyon and spending 16 years with Dex Yellow Pages. I appreciate M’kor Hayim’s welcoming and friendly attitude. I was finally able to become a Bar Mitzvah here at M’kor Hayim so it will always have a special place in my heart.
I was an occupational therapy clinician and then professor in Minnesota. I now chair the Social Action committee at M’kor Hayim. The welcoming, generous, active members and the thoughtful, supportive (and humorous) rabbi made MH feel like the right fit as my wife and I settled in Tucson. Social action, Mussar study, and the chance to practice our rabbi’s life-enhancing hints has made my Judaism grow.
Drawn to the raw beauty of mountains and desert, my husband and I left NY for Tucson twenty five years ago. I’m retired from clinical social work. M’kor Hayim is my spiritual shechinah. I particularly enjoy our inclusiveness and flexibility of religious expression. I lead a Mussar group, serve on the Board, and water my Jewish roots with our study groups, social action initiatives, and communal gatherings on Shabbat and holidays.
I moved to Tucson from Ohio in the mid 70’s and practiced law as a criminal defense attorney for 46 years, retiring a couple of years ago. After marrying Joyce 20 years ago I converted to Judaism. We enjoy the warmth and welcoming spirit of the Congregation.
Lyla Michelson - Honorary Member
I married Byron, my bashert, 57 years ago in St. Louis. We have 3 grown children. I like long walks, exercising, reading historical novels, fried foods, and chocolate.
The Rev Karen MacDonald - Advisory Member
Since moving here 16 years ago, my wife and I have fallen in love with the Sonoran desert and Tucson. I’m a minister with the United Church of Christ and am on staff at Interfaith Community Services (ICS). This wonderful congregation has made me feel welcome, and my faith is deepened by the Shabbat services and prayers, Rabbi’s wisdom, and the members’ sharing. It’s an honor to be asked to offer my perspective to the synagogue Board.