TUCSON HEBREW ACADEMY has hired several new teachers. JENNIFER GOULD will fill the new position of mathematics department chair and teach middle school mathematics. Gould received her Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Education degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles. She comes to THA from Fay School in Southborough, Mass., where she taught three levels of algebra to eighth and ninth grade students. Prior to Fay, Gould taught math and science at Tucson’s St. Michael’s School for over a decade. WINDY JONES will teach middle school language arts. Jones received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Arizona. Most recently, Jones was a language arts teacher at Academy Del Sol in Tucson. Kindergarten teacher DANIELLE WEISS received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education degrees from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. She has lived and taught in cities all over the world. Most recently, Weiss spent three years living in South America where she taught at secular and Jewish day schools. QUINCY HUDSON will teach physical education. Hudson received his Bachelor’s degree in health promotion from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville, where he was a starting member of the football team. Previously, Hudson was the assistant football coach at Catalina Foothills High School. New hires in the Judaics department include CHEN SHTERENBACH, a graduate of the Delet program at Brandeis University, and married couple EDEN and NETANAL ACHITUV, participants in the World Zionist Organization’s Morrim Shlichim (teacher emissary) program.
TUCSON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA has received a $400,000 contribution from the Connie Hillman Family Foundation to establish a principal trumped endowed chair. This is the first endowed chair in TSO’s 87-year history. The grant follows a major gift in 2014 of $1 million from the estate of William R. Matthews, Jr., for the TSO endowment fund.
JENNIFER BAILEY has been named home show manager of the Southern Arizona Home Builders Assocation. Bailey was previously associate director of development at the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Arizona. Prior to that, she was director of young leadership development for the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona for 10 years.
THE CUP CAFÉ celebrated its 25th year in the historic Hotel Congress on Aug. 1 with a 25-layer cake, live music and contests. The restaurant will feature throwback specials throughout the month. A schedule is available at hotelcon gress.com.
ARIZONA THEATRE COMPANY expects to raise more than $700,000 from a challenge match grant by an anonymous donor who increased the original amount from $500,000 to $600,000 in June. ATC received nearly 900 gifts during the monthlong campaign, many of them for $100 or less. Meanwhile, ATC has engaged national search firm AlbertHall&Associates, who will work with an ATC search committee to identify candidates to succeed Artistic Director David Ira Goldstein and Interim Managing Director Matt Lehrman. Goldstein completed his 23rd year as artistic director with the 2014-15 season.
INTERFAITH COMMUNITY SERVICES will launch the ICS Faith & Community Health Network this fall. Working with a pilot number of faith communities, ICS will train volunteers to provide non-medical support to newly discharged patients at high risk of being readmitted to the hospital. Volunteers may help with services such as hospital or home visits, meal preparation and transportation to medical appointments.