Tree of Life Candlelight Vigil



    From the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona
    “Today our hearts remain connected to Pittsburgh as we mourn the loss of 11 innocent lives, and we pray for the recovery of those injured in the heinous act at the Tree of Life Congregation. We remain grateful to members of law enforcement—both those who responded in Pittsburgh and those in Tucson who act with such great care in looking out for our community.
    Even as our emotions are raw we will stand strong in the face of anti-Semitism and all forms of hatred, whenever and wherever it takes place. We will continue to join together to reach out to those in need and to show our support for each other. In an act of rededication towards our collective commitment to repair our world, we invite you to join us.”


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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


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