Josie Shapiro will join the staff at the Jewish History Museum as the 2019-2020 Zuckerman Fellow. Shapiro will serve as curator of community engagement, which includes program development work. Shapiro has been active in social movements for more than 15 years. They studied Women’s Studies and Chicana/o Studies at Metropolitan University of Denver, where they also engaged in community organizing. They have spent a decade working with those who face criminal prosecution as a result of political or conscience-motivated actions, including at Standing Rock and most recently, Scott Warren, who faces prosecution for providing humanitarian aid. They are currently writing and editing a book on the history of grand juries as a tool of political repression called “Endless Contempt.” As a newer resident of Tucson, the notion of doykeit, or “hereness,” is at the heart of their efforts to bring a Jewish perspective to the borderlands.
The Jewish History Museum received a CORE grant of $12,500 from the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona. The funds will be used to increase public outreach and raise awareness of the museum’s Birin Family Education Outreach Program and other programs. In its second year of CORE grants, CFSA awarded 23 grants totaling $500,000 to nonprofits in Pima, Santa Cruz, Yuma, and Cochise counties last month.
John Klippstein will open Klipper Automotive, a full-service automotive shop, at 6221 N. Thornydale Road. A grand opening event will be held Aug. 1, 5-7 p.m. The son of famed Chicago Cubs pitcher Johnny Klippstein and a former pitcher himself, Klippstein has called Tucson home since 2003. Contact Klipper Automotive at 585-4524 or www.klipperautomotive.com.