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Handmaker is a Kosher facility, overseen by Rabbi Yossi Shemtov of Chabad Tucson.

Kosher Meals are available to order for Shabbat, Holidays or at any other time.

For information about catering, contact Claire Ferguson at

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About Mae Handmaker

Mae HandmakerMae Handmaker had a vision to create a Kosher Home for the Aged in Tucson, and, shortly before her death, her husband Murf promised her that he would fulfill her dream.

Her passion for the project was a result of her experience with her own mother, Pearl Bloom. Pearl had been living with the Handmakers in Tucson, but, as she began to decline and Mae could no longer take care of her, Mae moved Pearl to a Kosher facility for seniors in New York since there were none in the entire state of Arizona. The facility was near Mae’s uncles, Ben and Maurice Bloom, but far from Mae. Not being able to be with her mother as she declined and then passed away broke Mae’s heart and left her determined to open a Kosher Home for the Aged in Tucson.

Murf fulfilled his commitment to Mae in 1963 when Handmaker opened its doors, with the help of many friends and the Jewish Community.

Mae’s Kosher Kitchen is named after Mae Handmaker, honoring her and her vision to create Handmaker Jewish Home for the Aging, which today remains the only kosher senior living facility in Arizona.