Biz Ins and Outs – July 2017


With 14 offices throughout the United States and now one office in the United Kingdom, Scottsdale based Resnick & Louis, P.C. is pleased to announce the hiring of five new attorneys to fill expanded practice areas throughout the country.

Jordan Shidlofsky

The attorneys will be based in the company’s expanding offices of Nevada, Florida, Arizona and California offices and include; Caroline Molloy, Jordan Shidlofsky, Tracee L. Duthie, Alyssa A. Cina, and Kristi N. Davisson.

“Our new attorneys have an excellent and established reputation in insurance defense, construction defect, professional liability and premise,” says Mitchell Resnick, managing shareholder of Resnick & Louis. “They will expand our practice area providing services to clients, and broaden our expertise across all states.”

Jordan Shidlofsky will be the only new hire based out of the Scottsdale office. Her area of specialty is construction defect litigation representing developers, general contractors, subcontractors, environmental consultants, product manufacturers and insurance carriers in a variety of contexts arising from the construction and use of real property.


Each year Jewish Community Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Board develops a unique mission statement, funding priorities and grantmaking recommendations for their group, based on the causes they care about and the identified community needs. The 2016-2017 Board Mission Statement for grant giving is to help people in greater Phoenix and Israel – especially those most at risk – by supporting organizations that work to break the cycle of poverty, with an emphasis on addressing the root causes of poverty.

The 2016-2017 grant recipients are: Ethiopian National Project: Scholastic Assistance Program, Meir Panim: TikvaHope Ben Gurion Neighborhood Youth Club, Circle the City: General Operating Support, Family Promise: General Operating Support and Maggie’s Place: Workforce Readiness & Empowerment Program.


For its 2017 discretionary grant cycle, the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix announced grants totaling $218,327 to benefit the Jewish community locally and in Israel, through the unrestricted Fund for Jewish Philanthropy, the Jewish Women’s Endowment Fund and field of interest funds.

Locally, the programs funded this year will reach a broad swath of the community, including Jewish preschoolers, teens, young adults and seniors, as well as the general public via a Holocaust education program. In Israel, the Foundation is funding projects that serve Jewish Israelis, Arab women, Ethiopian-Jewish women, the Haredi community, and those who have chosen to leave the Haredi community, among others.


Allan Glazerman

Congregation Or Tzion in Scottsdale, is pleased to announce the appointment of Allan Glazerman to the position of executive director. Allan Glazerman joined the staff of Congregation Or Tzion in July of 2017, his 23rd year of congregational service. Allan provides the day-to-day management of the fiscal, physical and administrative affairs of the synagogue, ensuring their smooth and efficient operation. He is committed to creating and fostering a sacred community, a warm welcoming environment built on the strong ethical relationships of its congregants. In that environment he seeks to support the provision of meaningful religious, educational, cultural and social action and social justice experiences for all members of the community.

Allan received his B.A. from the City College of New York, his M.A. from Syracuse University, and his M.B.A. from Kennesaw State University. Prior to joining the Or Tzion family, he served congregations as an executive director, in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, Marietta, Georgia, Sydney, New South Wales, San Antonio, Texas and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Since 2007 he has also served as adjunct online instructor of Synagogue and Nonprofit Management for Gratz College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Currently he teaches an online course in Organizational Behavior.


Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Arizona Properties welcomes real estate sales executive Nikki Bernstein to its Scottsdale office. Bernstein, named the 2016 “Rookie of the Year” by the Arizona Journal of Real Estate and Business, sold $5.5 million in real estate last year and has already sold more than $6 million to date this year.

“Nikki is one of the top-selling real estate sales executives in Scottsdale, and in the first six months of this year has already outsold her record-breaking numbers from last year,” said Mark Stark, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Arizona Properties. “She is ambitious and fun, showing up every single day for her clients and her team. We are thrilled to welcome her to the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices family.”

Bernstein has worked in both commercial and residential real estate, working with Himovitz Properties’ commercial portfolio from 2004-2015 and beginning her work in residential real estate in late 2015. She specializes in working with mid-market properties in the Scottsdale area.

Nikki Bernstein

“Working with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices makes my team feel like we are standing on the shoulders of giants,” said Bernstein. “It matters to us and our clients to be affiliated with a company whose name carries such cache and fiduciary reputation of the Warren Buffett family of companies.”

Bernstein holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona and an MBA from Arizona State University. She volunteers with several community organizations including the annual Beach Ball for Phoenix Children’s Hospital. She is also involved with Gesher Disability Resources, an organization that serves people with disabilities, the Jewish Federation on its real estate and finance committee and the Jewish National Fund. She said Berkshire Hathaway’s commitment to its team and its communities was important in her intentional decision to join one of the world’s top brands.

“This company has a bottom-up way of doing business, and it’s very meaningful,” she said. “We’re invested in our businesses and our communities. Berkshire Hathaway is known for this and it shows in the success of their companies. There is a joyful energy here.”


The Tucson Jewish Community Center (the Tucson J) announces several new staff hires. President and CEO, Todd Rockoff states, “I am thrilled to welcome the newest members of our team and look forward to deepening our impact on our community.”

In a newly created position, Jennifer Selco has been hired as director of Jewish Life and Learning. Jennifer will be responsible for connecting staff and the community with Jewish life and culture. She adds, “I look forward to partnering with the staff and lay leaders as we build and enhance community around Jewish life at the Tucson J.” Additionally, Jennifer will oversee all arts and cultural programming with the Arts & Culture Director, Barbara Fenig, who was hired several months ago.

Allison Wexler, the new special abilities coordinator has been hired to provide a bridge for individuals with special needs and their caregivers to access programs and services available within the community. This position is made possible through a grant provided by the Jewish Community Foundation and Jewish Federation Aligned Process.

The Tucson J’s Children & Youth and Camping Services department adds Corey Craves as the associate director. Corey will be directly responsible for managing the afterschool J-Care program along with other youth enrichment programming. He will also assist in winter and summer camp planning and operations.

The Aquatics Department adds Jennifer Felix as assistant director. Jennifer will assist the Director of the Department, Brandon Rannebarger, with coordination of swim lessons for the J-Rays Swim School and Assistant Coach of the Stingrays Swim Team.

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