Business Briefs

Business briefs 4.28.17

THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA has hired MELISSA HALL as office and facilities manager. She will transition from her current position as executive assistant at the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona, where she has worked for the past 16 years, and will support both JFSA and JCF… Read more »

Business briefs 3.31.17

DARKAYNU, Tucson’s Jewish Montessori preschool, will add a toddler program (ages 1-3) for the coming school year. The school is also adding special enrichment workshops in art, music and gymnastics for students ages 3-6. For more information, visit darkanyutucson.com or contact Esther Becker at 790-2784. INVISIBLE THEATRE will present… Read more »

Business briefs 3.17.17

BRYAN DAVIS, executive director of the Jewish History Museum & Holocaust History Center, was elected to the board of the Council of American Jewish Museums for 2017-2018. THE TUCSON JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER has expanded its hours. It is now open at 5 a.m. weekday mornings, with earlier classes in… Read more »

Business briefs 3.3.17

THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA HILLEL FOUNDATION is among 25 Hillels nationwide that will take part in the second cohort of Hillel International’s Springboard Fellowship program next year. The UA Hillel will host an Innovation Fellow, trained to spark ideas, connect with students in new ways and infuse creativity into… Read more »

Business briefs 2.17.17

THE TUCSON JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER has hired SHIRA BRANDENBURG as director of the Tucson International Jewish Film Festival. Brandenburg holds a B.S. in education from Eastern Michigan University and has taught in both America and Israel. She spent eight years with the Hillel Foundation on the campuses of Metro… Read more »

Business briefs 1.20.17

The ARIZONA JEWISH POST has hired JAMES ALEWINE as graphic designer. Alewine, a Tucson native, spent most of his adult life in the restaurant industry before returning to college in 2014 to follow his passion for digital arts. He will receive his associate’s degree in graphic design from Pima… Read more »

Business briefs 1.6.17

PLUM WINDOWS AND DOORS, owned by DESIREE WILLIAMS, in collaboration with HABITAT FOR HUMANITY, recently presented full replacement windows and a new patio door to Irma Bush, a longstanding Habitat for Humanity volunteer and beneficiary. Habitat for Humanity Tucson, in addition to building new homes for those who qualify,… Read more »

Business brief 12.16.16

JOHN WINCHESTER, outreach coordinator for the ARIZONA CENTER FOR JUDAIC STUDIES at the University of Arizona, was named one of the 40 Under 40 for 2016 by Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Arizona Daily Star. Winchester is the Arizona state director for Christians United for Israel, a… Read more »

Business briefs

BRUCE GREENBERG was appointed to a three-year term on the Americas Board for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. The New York-based regional branch of RICS is the largest global organization for professionals in real estate, construction, valuation and related industries. Greenberg is managing director and Mexico country leader… Read more »

Business briefs 11.4.16

THE TUCSON JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER was voted “Best Gym” in the Tucson Weekly’s “Best of Tucson 2016” contest. Local women’s clothing designer LAURA TANZER won the Emerging Designer of the Year Award at Phoenix Fashion Week 2016. Tanzer’s collection is made in Tucson.   MICHAEL MARTINEZ, executive director of LIVE… Read more »

Business briefs 10.21.16

THE WESTIN LA PALOMA RESORT & SPA has earned the 2016 Best of Meetings Today Award from Meetings Today magazine. THE TUCSON JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER announced several staff promotions in the Early Childhood Education program as a result of the recent retirement of Wendy Edmonds, co-director of the program… Read more »

Business briefs 10.7.16

AARON GREENBERG of the JIM CLICK AUTOMOTIVE TEAM was one of two winners of the Arizona Daily Star’s Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Auto Sales Person. The other winner was Alfonso Avitia of Jim Click Nissan.     JEWISH FAMILY & CHILDREN’S SERVICES received an $8,000 grant from Phoenix… Read more »

Business briefs 9.9.16

Philadelphia native MICHAEL WALDEN joined the UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA HILLEL FOUNDATION staff as director of Jewish student life. Walden also holds the position of Ezra Fellow, a program for early career Jewish professionals that includes training in experiential Jewish education and immersive Jewish learning. He earned his Bachelor of… Read more »

Business briefs 8.26.16

STACI KRUPINSKY is a new commercial lines sales executive for Lovitt & Touché, where she will focus on workers’ comp and business insurance in select markets. Previously, she owned a Farmers Insurance Agency in Tucson. Before that, she worked as a sales trainer and agency business consultant for Farmers… Read more »

Business briefs 8.12.16

Kathy Rodriguez

THE TUCSON JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER announced several new hires. KATHY (KAT) RODRIGUEZ joins the J as assistant director of digital marketing and communications. Previously, Rodriguez was a marketing specialist at the University of Arizona Medical Network. She holds an Associate of Arts degree from the Fashion Institute of Design… Read more »

Business brief 7.8.16

ARIZONA THEATRE COMPANY has received a $1 million matching guarantee toward its $2 million fundraising goal from Tucson businessman and ATC board member Mike Kasser. The ATC board of trustees has extended its fundraising deadline to July 15. ATC had announced last month that it needed $2 million by… Read more »

Business briefs 6.24.16

KIM EGITA is the new chief financial officer for the JEWISH FEDERATION OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA. Previously, she was finance and assets director at Our Family Services, where she oversaw the financial aspects of its 2012 merger with New Beginnings for Women and Children, where she had been administrative director… Read more »

People in the news 5.27.16

(Cymera Caren-Boyd)

RABBI SHAFIR LOBB, formerly of Tucson, was named one of “America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis 2016” by the Forward. Lobb has been the rabbi of Congregation Eitz Chayim in Port Saint Lucie, Fla., for one year. Previously, she was rabbi of Port Saint Lucie’s Temple Beth El Israel for three… Read more »

Business briefs 5.27.16

The seventh grade class of TEMPLE EMANU-EL’s Kurn Religious School participated in the Association for Fundraising Professionals Youth in Philanthropy program. The students chose to support cancer research and, after issuing a request for proposals, selected the American Cancer Society as their fund recipient. The class raised $1,038, with… Read more »

Business brief 5.13.16

THE WESTIN LA PALOMA RESORT AND SPA has appointed MARIA ELENA ARMENTA and MARC VAN DAM as group account directors and DEBORAH WEISS as group sales manager. Armenta previously served as the regional director at the Preferred Hotel Group in Miami. Van Dam, who will be based in Dallas,… Read more »