Business briefs 9.27.19

Julia Berg

Rabbinical student Julia Berg will join Congregation Or Chadash for the High Holy Days and monthly for Shabbat services through May. Berg is a second-year student at Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles. Berg spent her undergraduate career at the University of Michigan where she studied environmental science and Judaic studies. She worked as a cohort coordinator for the campus Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center, facilitating conversations on consent and bystander intervention tactics.  She has spent three summers working at URJ Six Points Sci-Tech Academy East, where she is now the director of Jewish life.

Interfaith Community Services will receive the Nonprofit Volunteer Program of the Year Award from the Southern Arizona Volunteer Management Association, as well as the Board Member of the Year Award for Scott Summerford. Gina Hansen of Habitat for Humanity will receive SAVMA’s Volunteer Administrator of the Year Award. Winners will be honored at the SAVMA Awards breakfast on Jan. 16 at the Tucson Convention Center Ballroom. More information is available at

Sister Jose Women’s Center and Youth On Their Own are among the local nonprofits recently awarded grant funds from Family Housing Resources. Sister Jose received $10,000 for pumps and irrigation systems for a garden designed to be both therapeutic and educational for the homeless women it serves. YOTO received $10,000 to help sustain its dropout prevention and workforce readiness support to homeless and unaccompanied youth. Both non-profits have been recipients of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona support.

Arizona Theatre Company will honor longtime supporters Rob and Laurie Glaser with The Georgy Award at its Life is a Cabaret fundraising gala on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Temple of Music and Art. For more information visit