Business Briefs

Business briefs 5.23.14

TEMPLE EMANU-EL PRESIDENT BONNIE GOLDEN recently joined 100 other presidents and presidents-elect from Reform congregations at the Union for Reform Judaism’s 16th Annual Scheidt Seminar. They discussed solutions to everyday congregational problems, explored Torah-based governance, improved leadership skills and networked. Speakers — and study partners — included URJ President… Read more »

Business briefs 5.19.14

ROBYN SCHWAGER has joined the JEWISH COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA as a legacy officer. Schwager was the development director for the University of Arizona Hillel Foundation for six years and prior to that, volunteered for the Catalina Foothills School District, Tucson Hebrew Academy, Satori Schools, Congregation Young Israel… Read more »

Business briefs 4.25.14

Bob Elliott, former All-American University of Arizona basketball player, will sign copies of his book, “Tucson: A Basketball Town” on Saturday, April 26, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., at IT’S GREEK TO ME restaurant in Catalina, located at 15920 N. Oracle Road, Suite 120 (in the Catalina Pointe Shopping Center). INVISIBLE… Read more »

Business briefs 4.11.14

Rodney Glassman

Former Tucson City Councilman RODNEY B. GLASSMAN, J.D., Ph.D., has joined Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite, a Phoenix law firm, to lead its external affairs and government relations practice. Glassman was most recently acting town manager of Cave Creek, Ariz. The Tucson office of RBC Wealth Management announced that the… Read more »

Business briefs 3.28.14

SUSAN SILVERMAN has been selected as interim coordinator of the JEWISH FEDERATION OF SOUTH­ERN ARIZONA LGBT JEWISH INCLUSION PROJECT. Silverman succeeds Ellen Freeman, who has retired but will continue to work with the project as a lay leader. Silverman also serves as an interim consultant for Growing Alternative Resource… Read more »

Business briefs 3.14.14

This year, EEGEE’S has designated Interfaith Community Services as the primary recipient of its annual coupon booklet program. Each booklet will be available for a $7 donation and contains $48 worth of monthly discounts on eegee’s food purchases. ICS will receive 75 percent of proceeds from coupon booklets offered… Read more »

Business briefs 2.28.14

JUDY ROSE SENSIBAR took over as executive director at the JEWISH HISTORY MUSEUM last month, succeeding Eileen Warshaw, who held the post for 10 years. Sensibar has been a middle and high school English and social studies teacher in Tucson; Pittsburgh; and Jakarta, Indonesia. She taught writing at Pima… Read more »

Business briefs 2.14.14

Last week, CITY HIGH SCHOOL unveiled the restored 1941 façade of the Howard & Stofft building at 37 E. Pennington St., next door to its current location. City High School was selected for a façade renovation grant from the Downtown Tucson Partnership. The new site will be the home… Read more »

Business briefs 1.31.14

EXO ROAST CO. and TAP & BOTTLE are working with the nonprofit Living Streets Alliance (www.livingstreetsal to raise funds and create a design for Tucson’s first “parklet” at 403 N. Sixth Ave. QUEEN CREEK OLIVE MILL has opened a Tucson store, Oils and Olives, in the La Encantada… Read more »

Business briefs 1.17.14

ADAM LEHRMAN, a.k.a. Tucson Foodie (, has established two new online businesses. gives dining deals to participants who relate feedback to restaurateurs in real time via their smart phones. is a marketing company based on the use of social media to promote businesses. ORI PARNABY and HILARY… Read more »

Business briefs 1.3.14

THE JEWISH COMMUNITY RELATIONS COUNCIL OF THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA has named EILEEN WARSHAW, executive director of the Jewish History Museum, as the recipient of the 2013 Margie Fenton Award. The award recognizes an individual or group who has made a significant impact on the community with… Read more »

Business brief 12.20.13

THE RABBI SAMUEL S.  AND A. IRMA COHON MEMORIAL FOUNDATION will present the Cohon Award for 2013 to two winners: Harriet Rossetto, founder and CEO of Beit T’Shvuah, the House of Return in Los Angeles, which uses Jewish spirituality, 12-step recovery and psychotherapy to rescue people from addiction; and… Read more »

Business briefs 11.22.13

CONGREGATION ANSHEI ISRAEL has received the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism’s Centennial Schechter Commendation for the creation of mobile applications for Apple and Android devices that put synagogue communications, programs and events, including Shabbat and holiday information, at users’ fingertips. Congregant Gary Windham created the apps in 2012 after… Read more »

Business briefs 11.8.13

LORI RIEGEL has rejoined the ARIZONA JEWISH POST as advertising manager. She was a salesperson at the AJP from 2006 to 2008, then served as religious school director at Temple Emanu-El and religious and cultural education coordinator at Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging, where she currently runs the… Read more »

Business brief 10.25.13

THE PETER AND PATRICIA LIKINS FAMILY, JEWISH FEDERATION OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA and ARIZONA CENTER FOR JUDAIC STUDIES at the University of Arizona have awarded the 2012-13 John Likins Memorial Scholarship to MARIA FERNANDA VELASCO. The scholarship supports an incoming freshman from a Tucson area high school, majoring in any… Read more »

Business briefs 10.11.13

JEWISH FAMILY & CHILDREN’S SERVICES OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA has named MICHAEL E. BLIMES vice president for philanthropy. Blimes was most recently vice president for philanthropy at the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. He founded and served for nearly three decades as chairman of the MIDAS Consulting Group, Inc., a full-service national… Read more »

Business briefs 9.13.13

TANA JONES, director of development at the TUCSON JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER, has been honored with a 40 Under 40 award by the Arizona Daily Star and the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Jones joined the JCC in March 2011. After receiving a scholarship from the local chapter of the… Read more »

Business brief 8.30.13

The TUCSON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA is one of five arts groups in the state of Arizona to receive the full amount of state grant money available for the 2014 fiscal year. The Arizona Commission on the Arts made the awards based on fiscal ingenuity, broad participation from the state’s residents… Read more »

Business briefs 8.16.13

GERALD LANKIN has been named Tucson office director at Helix House Internet Marketing Agency. Prior to joining Helix House, he was president of Baja Nueva Design and Decorating Studio in San Felipe, Mexico. He has more than 25 years of experience in the securities and stock exchange industry, including… Read more »

Business briefs 7.12.13

JEFF BRIDGE, immediate past president of Congregation Bet Shalom, and his long-time business partner, Chef James Pastore, are the new owners of IT’S GREEK TO ME restaurant, located in Catalina, Ariz.  Bridge is also starting his 30th year of employment at Raytheon in Tucson.   ITZIK BECHER, founder of… Read more »