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People in the news 4.5.19

Arizona Republican National Committeeman Bruce Ash was named to the committee on arrangements for the 2020 RNC National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. Ash will serve on the transportation and lodging sub committee, assisting the chair of the convention. More than 20,000 delegates and participants are expected to attend.… Read more »

Business briefs 4.5.19

Tucson Symphony Orchestra has appointed Kathryn R. Martin as interim president and CEO, replacing Tom McKinney. A transition expert and veteran arts leader, Martin has led nine arts and culture organizations through transition. Most recently she served as interim executive director of the Santa Barbara Symphony, interim president and… Read more »

CHAI Circle brings power, connection to local women living with cancer

Irene Gefter, Jewish Family & Children's Services executive office Aaministrator; Helene Rothstein, CHAI Circle volunteer; Alice Steinfeld, CHAI Circle volunteer; Susan Kasle, JFCS vice president of community services.(Courtesy Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona)

One Sunday each month, two dedicated psychotherapists come together to provide a salutary space for female cancer patients and survivors in the Tucson Jewish community. Alice Steinfeld and Helene Rothstein are therapists and friends who facilitate the cancer support group, CHAI Circle. CHAI (Cancer, Healing and Inspiration) Circle has… Read more »

In Focus 3.22.19: UA Hillel commemorates Holocaust

Holocaust survivor Yulia Geninatalk makes a tile at the 28th Annual Holocaust Vigil on the University of Arizona mall.

At least 500 people stopped by the University of Arizona Hillel Foundation’s 28th Annual Holocaust Vigil, held over 24 hours beginning at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 13. Volunteers read the names of victims throughout the vigil. Visitors also had the opportunity to participate in an art project, meet… Read more »

In focus 3.22.19: THA class wins blue ribbons at regional science fai

Students in Melissa Landau’s third-grade class at Tucson Hebrew Academy won a SARSEF first place Grand Award for their project at the Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Foundation fair on March 7 in the animal and plant sciences category. The project, “Germination Station,” allowed students to use the… Read more »

People in the news 3.22.19

Anna Howe will play the role of Mary Lennox in Arts Express’ production of “The Secret Garden,” March 22-31 at the Berger Performing Arts Center. Howe, a sixth-grader at Orange Grove Middle School, is a former Tucson Hebrew Academy student. Howe began performing with Kids Unlimited when she was… Read more »

Business briefs 3.22.19

The Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona has hired Paul Patterson as a community security consultant. His office is located at the Harvey and Deanna Evenchik Center for Jewish Philanthropy, but he is available to synagogues and Jewish agencies and organizations throughout the community. Patterson, a 23-year veteran of law… Read more »

Business briefs 3.8.19

Bryan Davis, executive director of the Jewish History Museum and Holocaust History Center, co-chaired the Council of American Jewish Museums 2019 conference in Los Angeles March 3-5. Davis’ co-chair for the conference, “The Creative Challenge: Museums for the Next Generation,” was Gravity Goldberg, director of public programs and visitor… Read more »

In focus 3.8.19

Rain Pryor, center, with event chair Dana Narter, right, and Narter’s husband, Ed Baruch. (Martha Lochert)

Pryor’s show is a hit for Hillel The multi-talented Rain Pryor performed “Fried Chicken and Latkes,”  her one-woman show about growing up biracial in the 1970s, to a near sellout crowd on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Leo Rich Theatre. The University of Arizona Hillel Foundation fundraiser exceeded its… Read more »

In focus 2.22.19

(L-R): Judy Berman, Jody Gross and Ellen Goldstein share hors d'oeuvres at a Lions of Judah happy hour Feb. 7. (Debe Campbell/AJP)

Twenty-four Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona Lions of Judah came together on Thursday, Feb. 7 for a “Nosh Nosh: Who’s There?” happy hour at the Harvey and Deanna Evenchik Center for Jewish Philanthropy. Using only cold ingredients, the Lions engaged in a culinary competition, with the results enjoyed by… Read more »

People in the news 2.2.19

Patricia C. Bischof has published “Memoir of a 2G: Story of Secrecy and Resilience,” about being a child of parents who were survivors of the Holocaust. The book is available at Amazon.com. Contact Bischof at memoirofa2g@yahoo.com.… Read more »

Business briefs 2.2.19

Roman Urias, a part-time graphic artist at the Arizona Jewish Post, won a Top 10 AAFT Student Award from the American Advertising Federation Tucson and AD2 for his rebranding project for Crooked Tooth Brewing Co. Urias is completing his final semester at Southwest University of Visual Arts. Fry’s Food… Read more »

Super Sunday pushes Federation campaign toward goal

Leslie Glaze, Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona Women’s Philanthropy Campaign co-chair, talks to Super Sunday volunteer Barbara Selznick, Jan. 27. Debe Campbell/AJP)

The Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona held its annual Super Sunday phone-a-thon on Jan. 27 at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. During the festive, sports-themed event, 120 phone and clerical volunteers reached out to community members, collecting more than 260 pledges and donations for the 2019 Community Campaign, which… Read more »

People in the news 2.8.19

Longtime Tucson resident Jami Ober Gan has released her first novel, “The Lost and Found,” about a woman who finds herself heartbroken and stranded in Tucson and is invited to stay at a ranch.   Gan was raised in Tucson and attended the University of Arizona, graduating in 1981… Read more »

In Focus: Handmaker celebrates Tu B’Shevat

Handmaker residents Sarah Segal (left) and Marcie Sutland with Congregation Or Chadash fifth-grade student Alex Strizver on Jan. 27. Courtesy Nanci Levy/Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging)

Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging recently celebrated Tu B’Shevat, known as the New Year for the Trees, with representatives of three local synagogues. Rabbi Batsheva Appel of Temple Emanu-El led a talk about the holiday on Friday, Jan. 18; Rabbi Stephanie Aaron of Congregation Chaverim led a Tu… Read more »

Business briefs 1.25.19

Friendly Pines Camp will hold a free sleepaway camp information night on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 7-8:30 p.m., at Homewood Suites by Hilton, 4250 N. Campbell Ave. For more information, call 928-445-2128 or visit www.friendlypines.com. The Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block was awarded a $100,000 technology grant from… Read more »

In Focus 1.25.19

JFNA chief updates JFSA leaders Jewish Federations of North America President and Chief Executive Officer Jerry Silverman briefed the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona’s national and overseas planning and allocation committee at a working lunch Wednesday, Jan. 9. Silverman highlighted JFNA’s activities as a convener and supporter of 147… Read more »

People in the news 1.25.19

Tedd Goldfinger, D.O., founder of Desert Cardiology of Tucson, has received the title of Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology. He is one of only two Tucson-area physicians to receive this distinction. In addition to his practice at Desert Cardiology of Tucson and Northwest Medical Center for more… Read more »

Business briefs 1.11.19

Alma Hernandez, MPH, the first Mexican American Jew to be elected to the Arizona state legislature, was included in Lilith magazine’s “7 Jewish Feminist Highlights of 2018.” She was previously featured on the cover of the magazine’s Fall 2018 issue. Hernandez will represent Legislative District 3, on Tucson’s west… Read more »

THA kids present Hanukkah Hop

Tucson Hebrew Academy’s lower school (kindergarten through fourth grades) put on a ’50s-style Hanukkah Hop show of song and dance on Thursday, Dec. 6. The production was attended by parents, grandparents, other family and friends.… Read more »