10th PeaceWalk continues tradition of bridging the gap

Jews and Muslims, Christians, B’hais and Buddhists, all faiths, believers and non-believers, are invited to join together from 1 to 7 p.m. today for the 10th annual PeaceWalk Tucson.

The mission of the PeaceWalk is to create a safe environment for people to come together and get to know one another, said the event chairman, Robert Shatz.

The event begins with opening ceremonies and a light meal including vegetarian and Middle Eastern food at Congregation Kol Simchah at St. Francis in the Foothills United Methodist Church, 4625 E. River Road. The walk, beginning shortly after 4 p.m., will end at Al Huda Islamic School, 2800 E. River Road. Transportation is available for people who can’t do the walk.

PeaceWalk was initiated by Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb and Imam Abdul Rauf Campos Marquetti, co-founders of the Muslim-Jewish Peace for Interfaith Solidarity, in Albuquerque.

Temple Emanu-el names Yoffie to Bilgray chair

Temple Emanu-El, 225 N. Country Club Road, named Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie this year’s Rabbi Albert T. Bilgray Scholar in Residence.

Rabbi Yoffie is past president of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) which represents about 1.5 million Reform Jews in the United States and Canada.

Since his retirement in 2012, he has been a lecturer and writer in The Huffington Post, The Jerusalem Post and Haaretz.

The Bilgray Lectureship, created in 1985, honors Albert T. Bilgray, senior rabbi at Temple Emanu-El from 1947-1972.

Group to discuss what pets can teach us about death

Tucson’s Death Cafe will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at Big Moe’s Coffee Emporium in the Metal Arts Village, 3230 N. Dodge Blvd., to discuss what people can learn about death and dying from animal companions.

The Death Cafe will also hold a special gathering on death anxiety from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 9 at the Marana Mortuary and Cemetery, 12146 W. Barnett Road.

Reservations are requested. Call 329-3724 or email kristine@sweetgrassceremonies.com.

Compiled by reporter Patty Machelor. Contact her at pmachelo@azstarnet.com