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Business Briefs: 11.8.19

Andrew Pawlicki-Sinclair has joined the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona as the assistant director for leadership development and engagement. He has worked for Arizona Serve and the Arizona Conservation Corps managing AmeriCorps national service grants. Before that, Pawlicki-Sinclair served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member at Santa Rita High School as part of the anti-poverty oriented Tucson Community Schools Initiative. He is a graduate of The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, where he concentrated on studying human rights. Born and raised in Tucson, he is an alumnus of Satori School and a graduate of Kino K-12 School, where he currently serves on the board.

Laura Nachtrab has joined the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona as administrative services manager. A graduate of Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, with a bachelor’s degree in sociology/anthropology, Nachtrab moved to Tucson from Chicago in 2007. Her administrative experience prior to joining the JFSA includes customer support for Total Artificial Heart manufacturer SynCardia Systems, LLC; grants manager at the Tucson Symphony Orchestra; and temple administrator at Lakeside Congregation for Reform Judaism in Highland Park, Illinois.

Jewish Family & Children’s Services recently elected new board members. New officers include Ken Goodman, chair; Morgan Pfau, treasurer; and Barbara Befferman Danes, immediate past chair. New board members are David Arenas; Mary Cochran, M.D.; State Rep. Alma Hernandez, MPH; and David Oroz, M.D., Members leaving the board are Rabbi Batsheva Appel, Susan Garber, and Doron Sears. The late Fred Fruchthendler, a past chair, has been named a lifetime director in memoriam.

Jacqueline Schmidt is the new outreach coordinator for The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies. She has over 10 years of experience working and volunteering in the Tucson community, including three years in the local hospitality industry, and eight years at the University of Arizona coordinating events and logistics. She grew up Tucson, graduating from the UA with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and recently earning a master’s in family studies and human development.


Tidhar Ozeri was awarded a 2019 Gabe Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship by Arizona State University’s School of Social Work. The five scholarship recipients were recognized at a luncheon on Sept. 20. Ozeri is in his final year of ASU’s Masters in Social Work program in Tucson. He completed his first-year counseling internship with Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona and is currently interning with the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System. The scholarship is awarded to ASU Tucson MSW students who demonstrate a dedication to the areas of public behavioral health or policy, and who show a commitment to the values of service and social justice that Zimmerman demonstrated in his personal and professional life. Zimmerman, an aide to U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, was killed in the Jan. 8, 2011 shooting in Tucson.

Nancy Charak, Sarah Frieden, Julie Szerina Stein, and Ann Marcus Lapidus of the Jewish Artist Group are included in the University of Arizona Lunar & Planetary Laboratory’s sixth annual “The Art of Planetary Science” exhibition. An opening reception is Friday, Nov. 15, 5-9 p.m. at the Kuiper Space Sciences building, 1629 E. University Blvd. The show continues Nov. 16 and 17, 1-5 p.m. The Jewish Artist Group, facilitated by the Jewish Concierge, is funded by the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona and the Jewish Roundtable.

“Marguerite,” a musical by composer Michael Cooper, who grew up in Nogales, with book and lyrics by Anton Dudley, will have its New York premiere at the Astoria Performing Arts Center in Queens, New York, Nov. 8-23, starring Tony award-winner Cady Huffman.