Business Briefs

Business briefs 4.15.16

CLAIRE’S CAFÉ, owned by CLAIRE JOHNSON, is a finalist for the Good Neighbor Award, one of the 2016 Torch Awards to be awarded by the Better Business Bureau of Southern Arizona. The award recognizes a company “that has shown a commitment to making southern Arizona a better place through… Read more »

Business briefs 3.18.16

HANNAH GÓMEZ has joined the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona Coalition for Jewish Education’s PJ Library team as coordinator of PJ Our Way. She will be working with PJ Our Way tweens ages 9-11. She also will coordinate outreach efforts for both PJ Library and PJ Our Way. Gómez… Read more »

Business briefs 3.4.16

BERTÍ S. BRODSKY has joined the Arizona Jewish Post as account executive. She has 10 years of sales experience for various media including the Tucson Weekly, Cloud 95 radio, TCI/Tucson Cable Advertising and the Savvy Shopper. A graduate of Catalina High School, she earned her associate’s degree from Pima… Read more »

Business brief 2.19.16

ERMANOS CRAFT BEER & WINE BAR, 220 N. Fourth Ave., has launched a discount wine club. The TUCSON WINE CLUB is led by one of Ermanos’ owners, Mark Erman, and will be curated by sommelier Anya Linda. For information, visit or email [email protected]Read more »

Business brief 2.5.16

The DIAMOND FOUNDATION has committed to endow the TUCSON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA with $1 million to create the Joan B. Diamond Concertmaster chair. Diamond is a lifelong music lover who studied piano and voice at the University of Arizona. She introduced classical music to her children by buying season tickets… Read more »

Business briefs 1/22.15

Attorney GARY COHEN has been certified as a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million or multi-million dollar verdicts, awards or settlements. Cohen, a Tucson native, has been practicing law at Mesch Clark Rothschild, where he is a shareholder, since… Read more »

Business briefs 1.8.16

MICHELLE BLUMENBERG, executive director of the UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA HILLEL FOUNDATION, and AMALIA MARK, UA Hillel director of Jewish student life, attended the Hillel International Global Assembly in Orlando Dec. 14-17. The convention focused on inclusion of students with disabilities, pluralism and mental health on campus. SIVAN KORN has… Read more »

Business briefs 12.18.15

The National Shoe Retailers Association honored ALAN MIKLOFSKY, president of ALAN’S SHOES/ NEW BALANCE TUCSON, as the 2015 Retailer of the Year at its annual leadership conference in Charlotte, N.C., last month. Alan and Annette Miklofsky have been operating stores in the Tucson area since 1982 and currently have… Read more »

Business brief 11.20.15

THE ARIZONA-SONORA DESERT MUSEUM has been recognized as a winner in the 2015 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice  awards for museums, ranking 11 out of 25. The 600 institutions recognized with Travelers’ Choice awards represent just 1 percent of all attractions worldwide. The Desert Museum is recognized on the TripAdvisor site… Read more »

Business briefs 11.6.15

HANDMAKER JEWISH SERVICES FOR THE AGING has hired NANCI LEVY as community outreach coordinator, The position is funded, in part, by a grant from the Jewish Community Foundation. Levy has been volunteering in the Tucson Jewish community for nearly 20 years. In her new position, she will focus on… Read more »

Business briefs 10.23.15

Mark Rubin

MARK RUBIN has re-established the Law Office of Mark Rubin in Tucson. His practice focuses on real estate, business, probate/fiduciary services and estate planning. Rubin also serves Pima Medical Institute — a Tucson-based private post-secondary school — as its general counsel. He blogs at The SOUTHERN ARIZONA HOME… Read more »

Business briefs 10.9.15

MARILYN PESKIN-KAUFMAN, owner of ADOBE TRANSPORTATION, was appointed to Gov. Doug Ducey’s new statewide marketing initiative, the Arizona Zanjeros. This group of business leaders who will focus on promoting Arizona as a prime place for business takes its name from the traditional zanjeros who control water flow through Arizona’s… Read more »

business briefs 9.25.15

REBECCA CROW has been named director of education for CONGREGATION CHAVERIM. She is a past director of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona’s department of outreach, past president of the University of Arizona Hillel Foundation and Congregation Cha­verim, and has over 30 years experience as a social worker in… Read more »

Business briefs 9.11.15

THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA has hired DANIELLE LARCOM as director of Women’s Philanthropy. Larcom recently moved from Boston to Tucson with her husband and two sons. She was the marketing communications specialist at Temple Emanuel in Andover, Mass., where she also was active in the preschool and… Read more »

Business briefs 8.28.15

THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA HILLEL FOUNDATION has hired two new staff members to increase Israel engagement. ELYSE PINCUS, a UA alumna who grew up in Tucson, is the IACT coordinator for Israel engagement, which is a new position sponsored by the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston. The program originated… Read more »

Business briefs 8.14.15

TUCSON HEBREW ACADEMY has hired several new teachers. JENNIFER GOULD will fill the new position of mathematics department chair and teach middle school mathematics. Gould received her Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Education degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles. She comes to THA from Fay School… Read more »

Business briefs 7.10.15

PHYLLIS LEVIN GOLD has been named director of the Northwest Division of the JEWISH FEDERATION OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA. Gold served as executive director of Satori School for 23 years. Prior to that, she was director of undergraduate student advising for the psychology department at the University of Arizona. She… Read more »

Business briefs 6.26.15

KITTY WU has been promoted to fiscal and administrative coordinator at the JEWISH FEDERATION OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA. Wu has been the JFSA bookkeeping and data management assistant for 16 years. CARRIE ADLER-WHEELER has been hired as database manager at the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona. Most recently she worked… Read more »

Business briefs 6.12.15

ROBYN DAFOE has been named vice president for clinical services for JEWISH FAMILY & CHILDREN’S SERVICES OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA. Previously, she was the director for quality management and utilization management at Pantano Behavioral Health Services, where she worked for the past 10 years. Dafoe also has worked for Child… Read more »

Business briefs 5.15.15

ARIZONA JEWISH POST freelance writer CRAIG S. BAKER won an Arizona Press Club award in the community short-form writing category, for articles of 750 words or fewer. The second place award was for “TSO to host world-class Israeli violinist, rare instrument,” which appeared in the AJP’s Nov. 21, 2014… Read more »