Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging was recently awarded funding from the We Are One/Somos Uno CARES Nonprofit Continuity Grant Program. This program was created by the Mayor and Council of Tucson to support local nonprofits by addressing necessary expenditures due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency. The program was implemented by the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona.
Alisa Koyrakh joined the University of Arizona Hillel Foundation in August as marketing and development manager. In this role, she will build and execute grassroots campaigns, supporting three campuses in total (Berkeley and Stanford, in addition to UArizona). Previously, Koyrakh worked in development at North Carolina Hillel. She holds an MFA in creative writing from NYU and a BA in Russian and English comparative literature from Barnard. She also spent six months at Nishmat, the Jeanie Schottenstein Center for Advanced Torah Study, in Jerusalem. She lives in Chapel Hill with her husband and loves hiking, reading old books, and eating ice cream, preferably all in one day.
Lauren Eske returned to the University of Arizona Hillel Foundation in September as operations manager. She is an Arizona native who grew up in the Phoenix suburbs. She moved to Tucson in 2015 to attend UArizona, where she studied plant sciences and German and graduated in December 2019. Lauren began work at the UArizona Hillel as an office assistant four years ago and is excited to be back on the team. In her free time she likes to hike and camp, and is planning her wedding for the fall of 2021.
Local Rabbis Yehuda Ceitlin of Chabad Tucson, Helen Cohn of Congregation M’kor Hayim and Sam Cohon of Congregation Beit Simcha recently had opinion pieces published in the Arizona Daily Star.