THE TUCSON JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER has hired SHIRA BRANDENBURG as director of the Tucson International Jewish Film Festival. Brandenburg holds a B.S. in education from Eastern Michigan University and has taught in both America and Israel. She spent eight years with the Hillel Foundation on the campuses of Metro Detroit, Michigan State University, UNC-Chapel Hill and the University of Arizona. She served as the Women’s Division director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Austin and special events manager of the Austin JCC. While working for the San Diego Padres, she ran events with the California Highway Patrol’s 11-99 Foundation and with Mitzvah Event Productions, a Jewish event company.
THE TUCSON JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER has hired BARBARA FENIG as director of arts and culture. Born in New York City, Fenig earned her MFA in fiction at Columbia University and her B.A. at Wesleyan University. She served as the inaugural director of the bell hooks institute in Berea, Ky. Previously she coordinated special events at the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin, arts events at Columbia University and writing and arts programming at Wesleyan University.
HARVEST RESTAURANT mixologist DONNA FRANCIS, a member of the United States Bartenders Guild, participated in the national finals of the USBG Legacy Cocktail Challenge sponsored by Bacardi in Miami on Feb. 13.
The SOUTHERN ARIZONA HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION honored the late DAVID GREENBERG at its second annual Legacy Awards luncheon on Feb. 3. Greenberg was a longtime executive in the local homebuilding industry and former chair of SAHBA’s executive board. John Wesley Miller and Southwest Gas also received Legacy Awards.