Business Briefs

Business briefs 6.29.12

ART MARTIN, chief executive officer of HANDMAKER JEWISH SERVICES FOR THE AGING, received a 2012 ACHCA Facility Leadership Award from the American College of Health Care Administrators last month. The award, based on skilled nursing facility survey data collected by eHealthDataSolutions, recognizes Handmaker for excellence in three years of performance on the health… Read more »

Business briefs 6.15.12

SARAH LANGERT is the incoming director of leadership development and public relations at the JEWISH FEDERATION OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA. She is succeeding Rebecca Goodman, who will be moving to Indiana. Langert has an undergraduate degree in public administration with a minor in Judaic studies from the University of Arizona.… Read more »

Business briefs 6.1.12

CONGREGATION OR CHADASH’S SEVENTH GRADE YOUTH PHILANTHROPY PROGRAM donated $5,500 raised throughout the year to programs that strengthen the rights and enhance the well-being of individuals who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. At the congregation’s annual meeting May 7, the students gave $3,500 to the GLS Education Network… Read more »

Business briefs 5.18.12

THE HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS EDUCATION GROUP of the Coalition for Jewish Education of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, coordinated by Bryan Davis, received a 2012 Salpointe Catholic High School Volunteer of the Year Award, along with Salpointe alumna Karen Kalil Callan. The award honors those “who have contributed to… Read more »

Business brief 5.4.12

JULIE RAY CREATIVE, which provides graphic design, web development, marketing and social media strategy, has moved to 131 E. Broadway. Julie Ray may be contacted at 891-8098 or [email protected]… Read more »

Business briefs 4.20.12

TUCSON MEDICAL CENTER FOR CHILDREN and UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA MEDICAL CENTER — DIAMOND CHILDREN’S MEDICAL CENTER were among the first nine hospitals in the state to be certified by the Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics in the voluntary Pediatric Prepared Emergency Care program, created through a… Read more »

Business briefs 4.6.12

IRINA RUDNITSKY, owner of CN BISTRO & DELI BY CAFFENATION on Valencia Road, has opened a new site in the Crossroads Festival shopping center at 4951 E. Grant Road, featuring cream cheeses and other menu items from old family recipes. CaffeNation was voted best coffee in Tucson in 2009… Read more »

Business briefs 3.23.12

Tucson natives REBECCA GOLD and SHANA CUTLER, who created the LoveJay Girls line of special occasion dresses for girls last year, have launched SAMMI & DAVID, a new casual clothing line for girls ages 7-12. More information is at sammiand The TUCSON JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER has hired LIZ… Read more »

Business briefs 3.9.12

JANOS WILDER has been named a James Beard semi-finalist for Outstanding Chef: United States. The James Beard Foundation named Wilder as the top chef in the Southwest in 2000. Wilder is the chef of Janos, JBAR and Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails. DARRELL PATTON, assistant varsity coach at ST. GREGORY… Read more »

Business brief 2.24.12

ARIZONA THEATRE COMPANY has launched BackstageCoach, a transportation program to bring patrons from communities such as Vail and Saddlebrooke to select Saturday 4 p.m. performances. For more information, call the box office at 622-2823.… Read more »

Business briefs 2.10.12

FRAN KATZ, associate publisher of Tucson Lifestyle, will be honored by the American Advertising Federation Tucson at its ADDY awards dinner on Feb. 18 as the winner of the Phyllis Ehlinger Women of Excellence Award. The award recognizes women business owners or executives who have demonstrated success within their… Read more »

Business briefs 1.27.12

SHEILA WILENSKY has been named associate editor of the ARIZONA JEWISH POST. Wilensky, a former teacher and bookstore owner, has been assistant editor of the AJP for the past eight years. 1ST RATE 2ND HAND THRIFT STORE has given $100,000 back to the Jewish community since its inception in… Read more »

Business briefs 12.9.11

Congregation Chaverim has received a grant from Poets & Writers to fund writing workshops with Rabbi Stephanie Aaron and Deborah Mayaan at Chaverim, the Arizona Cancer Center and Casa de la Luz Hospice. The workshop schedule is available at or deborah Mayaan was asked to write an… Read more »

Business brief 11.25.11

PROJECT ISAIAH, the community-wide High Holidays food drive sponsored by the JEWISH COMMUNITY RELATIONS COUNCIL of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, collected 6,335 pounds of food and $3,824 for the Community Food Bank and Catalina Community Services. Every $1 collected buys $10 worth of food for the food… Read more »

Business briefs 11.11.11

Tucson natives REBECCA GOLD (left in photo) and SHANA CUTLER have created LOVE JAY GIRLS, a collection of flower girl and special occasion dresses for girls sold through bridal boutiques and high-end children’s stores. Gold earned a bachelor’s degree in retailing and consumer sciences from the University of Arizona,… Read more »

Business briefs 10.28.11

THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA has promoted MARLYNE FREEDMAN to senior vice president. Freedman joined the Federation in 2002 as director of the Jewish Community Relations Council, after serving as executive director at Temple Chai in Phoenix. She became the Federation’s director of Women’s Philanthropy in 2004 and… Read more »

Business brief 10.14.11

1ST RATE 2ND HAND THRIFT STORE, Tucson’s Jewish nonprofit community thrift store, has hired JENNI STEINBERG PAGANO as manager. Pagano has experience running nonprofit, online vintage and designer shops. She  has worked in commercial and residential interior design and is one of the founding editors of Refashion Co-op, a… Read more »

Business briefs 9.30.11

JENNIFER FERRELL has been hired as the part-time assistant for the WEINTRAUB ISRAEL CENTER, a program of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona and the Tucson Jewish Community Center. A Tucson native, Ferrell previously worked with her husband, Chris, at Ferrell Insurance Agency.         U-SWIRL FROZEN… Read more »

Business briefs 9.16.11

BARRETT AVIGDOR has joined the National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade, a Tucson-based nonprofit organization, as deputy director.  Avigdor is a graduate of The University of Chicago Law School and a former Fulbright scholar to Brazil.  Prior to joining the National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade, Avigdor… Read more »

Business briefs 9.2.11

CAROL KARSCH, the executive director of the JEWISH COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA for the past 23 years, will retire in May 2012. The Foundation board has assembled a group of community leaders to begin the search for her successor. The qualifications guiding the search can be found on… Read more »