Tucson resident JOHN NEWPORT, Ph.D., has written “The Tucson Tragedy: Lessons from the Senseless Shooting of Gabrielle Giffords” (Outskirts Press). RABBI STEPHANIE AARON of Congregation Chaverim, a longtime spiritual advisor and friend of Giffords, wrote the forward. Drawing on media accounts, the book summarizes the events and aftermath of the Jan. 8 shootings. Newport, who holds a doctorate in psychology, pleads for civility, gun control and better access to mental health care.
Several Jewish community individuals and organizations were honored at the Association of Fundraising Professionals Southern Arizona chapter’s 2011 National Philanthropy Day luncheon on Nov. 9. The NOAH COHEN MEMORIAL YOUTH PHILANTHROPY FUND at Congregation Or Chadash was recognized as Outstanding Youth Philanthropists. Local organizations recognized honorees with Spirit of Philanthropy Awards, including BARRY COREY, Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona; FRED FRUCHTHENDLER, Jewish Family & Children’s Services; ROB GLASER, Arizona Theatre Company; BONNIE KAY, Humane Society of Southern Arizona; HARRIET KRONMAN, Social Venture Partners Greater Tucson; STUART SHATKEN, Tucson Jewish Community Center; KATHRYN UNGER, Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona; and BILL and BRENDA VINER, University of Arizona Student Affairs.