ART MARTIN, chief executive officer of HANDMAKER JEWISH SERVICES FOR THE AGING, received a 2012 ACHCA Facility Leadership Award from the American College of Health Care Administrators last month. The award, based on skilled nursing facility survey data collected by eHealthDataSolutions, recognizes Handmaker for excellence in three years of performance on the health survey, fire (life safety) survey, complaint surveys and improvement in the last two quarters of the reported quality measures.
CONGREGATION ANSHEI ISRAEL has promoted BEN HERMAN to assistant rabbi effective July 1. He has been CAI’s director of congregational learning since July 2011.
CASA DE LA LUZ HOSPICE has moved to its new administrative campus at 7740 N. Oracle Road. Founded in 1988, the organization, which serves hospice patients in Tucson and surrounding communities, now employs 188 individuals and has more than 100 volunteers. Casa de la Luz most often provides end-of-life care in a patient’s home. It also operates an inpatient unit and Kanmar Place, Tucson’s only residential hospice home.
CONGREGATION ANSHEI ISRAEL has appointed a second cantorial soloist, NICHOLE CHORNY. Starting Sept. 8, Chorny will be the cantorial soloist at all Shabbat morning services. She also will continue teaching B’nai Mitzvah class, preparing students for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah, and singing a special blessing for each child during the service. Beginning with the new school year, she will be the tefillah (prayer) teacher in CAI’s Religious School and will direct a children’s choir and an adult choir. A graduate of the University of Arizona with a B.M. in music education, Chorny has taught music and choir to children K-12. Emily Ellentuck is the cantorial soloist at CAI’s Shabbat evening service, Shir Hadash: A New Song, held the third Friday of each month at 5:45 p.m. Beginning Sept. 7, CAI will hold an additional Shir Hadash service at 7:30 p.m. on the first Friday of each month. Ellentuck has worked with the Tucson Jewish Youth Choir and led services at several synagogues, the UA Hillel Foundation and the Tucson Hebrew Academy, where she has taught Judaics for the past six years.
The kosher certification for U-SWIRL FROZEN YOGURT at 3857 E. Broadway has been adjusted. The kosher certification, provided by Rabbis Israel Becker and Joseph Shemtov, applies to all frozen yogurts (dairy — cholov stam) and all sorbets (non-dairy — pareve). Toppings are kosher unless specified on the non-kosher topping list. Non-kosher toppings will be in specially marked sections. All beverages are kosher certified.