“The Jewish founders of Arizona built very strong foundations enabling our present Jewish communities to flourish,” he says.“Although Arizona has been weathering the same economic storm as the rest of the country, we are still looking forward to a very bright future (no pun intended). ”—Diane Heiman Jewish History Museum The museum is located in Temple Emanu-El’s 1910 building, home to the city’s first congregation, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Loyal to his heritage, upon his death in 1901, Appel had a Jewish funeral led by a rabbi.
For Appel, like the others who followed him, facing danger and adversity was part of everyday life.
Both cities are home to active Jewish programming, including annual film festivals, which have reflected the community’s growth.
“We started from a little film festival with the screening of three films in November 1996 at Camelview in Scottsdale, and now we host 24 screenings at three different locations,” says Bob Segelbaum, executive director of the Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival.
But it wasn’t only cloth and sundries that Jewish men imported to the Arizona Territory.
Jewish women were in short supply, and young men traveled to New York, Tennessee or California to find Jewish wives.
Lured by cacti, desert sands, plenty of sunshine and a dry climate, combined with modern amenities such as air-conditioning, Jews—like everyone else—have continued to move to the Southwest.
Today Tucson has a Jewish population totaling nearly 25,000 and more than a dozen synagogues.
Conservative” and an Episcopalian, was descended from the Goldwater family.