Community award winners to be honored at Welcome Back Event on Nov. 1

The Jewish Community Awards and Welcome Back Celebration will be held on Nov. 1 at 5:15 pm at the Tucson Jewish Community Center Sculpture Garden. The event will honor those working to enhance Jewish life in Southern Arizona and celebrate the opportunity to come together as a community once again.

It will include special recognition awards honoring lay or professional leaders from each of the Federation’s beneficiary and affiliated agencies. The event will begin at 5:15 pm, with time for guests to greet each other before the program begins. After the ceremony, there will be a reception with music and refreshments. Registration is required.

From left: David Hameroff, Jill Rich, Aaron Rottenstein, Carlos Hernandez, Sam Goldfinger

The Federation will be honoring the following individuals:

  • Jill Rich, Woman of the Year
  • David Hameroff, Man of the Year
  • Aaron Rottenstein, the Gary I. Sarver Award: Young Man of the Year
  • Carlos Hernandez, Ben & Betty Brook Community Professional Award
  • Sam Goldfinger, Rabbi Arthur R. Oleisky Teen Recognition Award
From left: Isaac Rothschild, Kathy Gerst, Heather Wolfson, James Gierke, Hedy Feuer

Tucson’s Jewish community agencies will be honoring:

  • Isaac Rothschild, Tucson Jewish Community Center
  • Kathy Gerst, Tucson Hebrew Academy
  • Heather Wolfson, University of Arizona Hillel Foundation
  • Hedy Feuer, Jewish History Museum & Holocaust History Center
  • James Gierke, Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Southern Arizona

Award winners from Southern Arizona’s congregations will also be announced.

To register for the event, please visit If you have questions, please contact JFSA at or (520) 577-9393.