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People in the news 5.18.18

Miriam Arden placed as a semifinalist at the 35th Annual National Shakespeare Competition in New York City on April 23, Shakespeare’s birthday, competing against 55 students from around the country. Arden, the daughter of Susan Brish and Scott Arden, and a junior at Catalina Foothills High School, won the… Read more »

Business briefs 5.18.18

GABRIELLE ERBST has been named director of admissions at TUCSON HEBREW ACADEMY. A native Tucsonan and the first alumnus in this role, Erbst has been THA’s director of student support services for the past four years. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s in… Read more »

In Focus 5.4.18: Israel@70

The University of Arizona Marching Band takes the stage after leading the opening parade. (Yossi Lasko)

Some 4,500 people attended “Israel@70: A Living Bridge,” a festival celebrating Israel’s 70th Independence Day, on Sunday, April 22 on the Jewish community campus. The free festival organized by the Weintraub Israel Center included live entertainment, food, kids’ activities, a shuk (market) featuring local Jewish organizations and other vendors, and… Read more »

In Focus 5.4.18

Seated (L-R): Walter Feiger, Sidney Finkel, Barbara Agee. Standing: Yulia Genina, Naama Potok (Mrs. Frank), Ann Arvia (Mrs. Van Dann), Harold Dixon (Mr. Kraler), Annique Dveirin

Holocaust survivors meet “Anne Frank” cast Three actors from the Arizona Theater Company production of “The Diary of Anne Frank” spent the morning with Holocaust survivors at Jewish Family & Children’s Services on Tuesday, April 24. The actors and the survivors talked about their relationship to the production and… Read more »

Business briefs 5.4.18

MARY ELLEN LOEBL will receive the 2018 Arizona Education Association Partners in Education Award. Loebl is coordinator of “Making A Difference Every Day: The Homer Davis Project” for the Jewish Community Relations Council of the JEWISH FEDERATION OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA, which provides weekend food packs and other assistance for elementary school… Read more »

People in the news 5.4.18

Tu Nidito Children and Family Services will honor SOOZIE HAZAN and MAYA LURIA along with Lani Baker, Jenine Dalrymple and Judy Wood as the 2018 Remarkable Moms at the nonprofit organization’s annual gala, The Remarkable Celebration, on Saturday, May 12 at the Westin La Paloma Resort. For more information,… Read more »

In focus 4.20.18

Fran Katz

Katz completes eighth Boston Marathon Jewish Federation Senior Vice President Fran Katz completed her eighth Boston Marathon on Monday, with a finish time of 4:07:34, qualifying her for next year’s race. She showed up for work bright and early Tuesday morning, unscathed. “I’ve never run in conditions like that… Read more »

Business briefs 4.20.18

THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA has hired CAROL SACK as the Jewish community concierge. Sack spent more than 30 years working in the Tucson nonprofit community with the last 15 years in the Jewish community. Most recently she was a senior philanthropic advisor at the Jewish Community Foundation… Read more »

People in the news 4.20.18

EDWARD J. SCHWAGER, M.D.

EDWARD J. SCHWAGER, M.D., FAAFP was honored April 6 as the Arizona Family Physician of the Year by the Arizona Academy of Family Physicians during its annual clinical education conference in Carefree, Arizona.  A native Tucsonan, Schwager graduated with honors from the University of Arizona College of Medicine in… Read more »

People in the news 4.6.18

The American Psychological Association Division 22, Rehabilitation Psychology, selected ALAN L. GOLDBERG, PSY.D., APBB, J.D., to present the 2018 Leonard Diller Award Lecture on Contributions to Neurorehabilitation at its annual conference, held Feb. 22-25 in Dallas. The award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to neurorehabilitation and… Read more »

Business brief 4.6.18

Nine attorneys of Tucson law firm MESCH CLARK ROTHSCHILD have been recognized as 2018 Southwest Super Lawyers. They are Michael McGrath and Fred Petersen for Bankruptcy: Business; Gary Cohen for Business Litigation; Mel Cohen for Construction Litigation; Doug Clark for Personal Injury; Thom Cope for Employment Litigation: Defense; David… Read more »

In focus 4.6.18

Former Miss Israel visits Tucson The first Ethiopian-born contestant to win the title of Miss Israel visited Tucson last week. Yityish “Titi” Aynaw, Miss Israel 2013, spoke at Tucson Hebrew Academy to a group of fifth-eighth graders about her life story. She told her tale from life in a… Read more »

In focus 3.23.18

A sample of goods donated by the Jewish community for children who had been removed from their adoptive parents’ home.

Community aids children in distress Members of the Tucson Jewish community provided clothing and funds to help four children from the Flowing Wells School District who were recently removed from their adoptive parents’ home. After reading about the children’s plight in local media, Mary Ellen Loebl, coordinator of “Making… Read more »

Business briefs 3.23.18

OSHRAT BAREL, the Weintraub Israel Center’s first woman director and its sixth shlicha (emissary from Israel) completes her transition this month to vice president of the JEWISH FEDERATION OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA’s community engagement department. The new department will facilitate collaboration among three existing program areas: the Jewish Community Relations… Read more »

Business briefs 3.9.18

ALMA HERNANDEZ is a candidate for the Arizona State House of Representatives in Legislative District 3 for the Democratic primary. A native Tucsonan, Hernandez is a former Jewish Community Relations Council coordinator for the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona and sings in the choir at Congregation Chaverim where she… Read more »

In focus 3.9.18

Karen Katz presents a Bryna Zehngut Mitzvot award certificate, created by local artist Julie Szerina Stein, to Jillian Cassius on Feb. 18. Winners also receive a gift of $613, relating to the tradition of 613 mitzvot. (Martha Lochert)

Two teens win Bryna Zehngut Mitzvot Award The advisory council of the Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona chose two teens, Jillian Cassius and Maya Levy, as the 2018 Bryna Zehngut Mitzvot Award recipients. The award, created in memory of a community leader who died in… Read more »

In focus 2.23.18

(L-R): Ron and Gail Isaacs, Rep. Austin Scott, Betty Anne Sarver and Leonard Schultz Photo courtesy Desert Caucus

Georgia congressman addresses Desert Caucus U.S. Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA) spoke to the Desert Caucus on Sunday, Feb. 11 at Skyline Country Club. The Desert Caucus, Inc., is a bipartisan, single issue Jewish political action committee supporting federal congressional candidates outside of Arizona who support a strong U.S.-Israel relationship.… Read more »

People in the news 2.23.18

JAX LARCOM, son of Danielle and Guy Larcom, was one of two students chosen as winners in the third through fifth grade category of the Tucson Festival of Books 10th Annual Young Authors Competition, for his poem “Rainbow.” Jax is a third grade student at Canyon View Elementary School… Read more »

Business Briefs 2.23.18

The ARIZONA JEWISH POST has hired MARLA HANDLER as an advertising sales representative. Handler grew up in Plainview, N.Y. She received an associate’s degree in marketing from Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, N.Y., and a bachelor’s degree in marketing and business from Florida State University. She has… Read more »

In focus 2.9.18

Super Sunday outreach Ronnie Sebold, chair of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona’s 2018 Community Campaign, makes a call at the Federation’s Super Sunday phone-a-thon on Jan. 28. At the annual event, 130 phone and clerical volunteers reached out to community members, garnering more than 350 pledges and donations… Read more »