Business Ins & Outs

Ben J. Himmelstein named partner of Fruitkin Law Firm

The Frutkin Law Firm announced the addition of Ben J. Himmelstein as one of the firm’s newest partners. For more than a decade, he has helped his clients navigate a wide range of disputes, including business divorces and dissolutions, fiduciary breaches, business torts, sales contracts, buy-sell agreements, non-compete, non-solicitation and non-disclosure agreements, as well as other commercial disputes.

Ben received an AV Preeminent rating from MartindaleHubbell and was named one of the Southwest’s Rising Stars by Super Lawyers for the last five years in a row. He is listed as one of Arizona’s Finest Lawyers and is a Lead Counsel Rated Attorney.

Ben is a former board chair of the Arizona Small Business Association. He is past president and a founding member of the Arizona Jewish Lawyers Association and helped launch Jewish Phoenix Networking.

Rosi Vogel appointed Banner University Medical Center Diabetes Program Coordinator

In Dec. 2015, the Diabetes Prevention and Education Center at Banner University Medical Center in Tucson hired Rosi Vogel as diabetes program coordinator. The Center offers a variety of free wellness workshops focused on cooking, fitness, weight loss and overall health for people with and without diabetes. For more information on the workshops, visit

Rosi is president of the board of directors of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Southern Arizona branch and serves on the board of the Tucson Father’s Day Council. She has volunteered in the diabetes community for the last 13 years as an advocate, mentor and presenter.

For the past four years, Rosi worked at the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona with B’nai Tzedek Youth Philanthropy, Senior Task Force, Jewish Community Relations Council and as campaign coordinator. She is active in the Sisterhood at Congregation Or Chadash and co-owner of Benjamin Vogel, Architect LLC.

Rachel Ober launches Young at Art

Art instructor Rachel Ober recently opened Rachel’s Young at Art Studio in Scottsdale. Rachel earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Arizona. Shortly after graduating, she moved to southern California and started teaching art at a studio, where she discovered her passion for working with children. She began studying child development and spent the next three years teaching preschool in Hermosa and Venice Beach. While teaching, Rachel observed how much children learn through artistic exploration and how powerful a role art can play in child development. She decided to move back to her hometown of Scottsdale and open an art studio that enables children to explore and develop at their own unique pace based on their individual interests.

She has already established collaborations with the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix’s NOWGen, Congregation Or Tzion, Congregation Beth Israel, Temple Chai, Pardes Jewish Day School and Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center.

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Gregg Ostro joins JNF Phoenix board

Jewish National Fund welcomes Gregg Ostro to its Phoenix board of directors. For nearly a decade, Gregg has been a supporter of JNF. As a proud Jewish American he believes that building a strong infrastructure in Israel is imperative to its survival and for the land and people of Israel to thrive. JNF Desert States Executive Director Deb Rochford says she is “looking forward to working with Gregg and the Phoenix board to elevate our efforts in the community, and to show how JNF is bettering the lives of Israelis.” Gregg says, “JNF does remarkable work, from community building to water management and conservation to helping those with special needs. Those efforts need to be amplified across America.”

Ostro owns GO Media Companies, a full-service business communications company, and co-founded the Integrity Summit with former Phoenix Suns owner Jerry Colangelo.

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Hadassah Valley of the Sun Chapter honors Diane Zeidman

Diane Zeidman was recently presented with the 2015 leadership award by the Hadassah Valley of the Sun chapter. A full-time resident of Fountain Hills, AZ, Diane is a life member of Hadassah and currently serves as treasurer of Hadassah’s HVOS Chapter.
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Congregation Or Chadash Religious School earns accreditation

Congregation Or Chadash in Tucson has earned accreditation for its religious school from the Association of Reform Jewish Educators. Or Chadash is the only religious school in Arizona accredited by the national association and, with 400 families, is one of the smallest congregations in the country to achieve this recognition for educational excellence, according to Director of Education Rina Liebeskind.

The religious school provides Jewish education and b’nai mitzvah preparation for students ages 3 to 14, along with a Madrichim program that trains high school students as teacher aides. Innovative programs include a partnership with third through sixth-grade students at a school in Kiryat Malachi–Hof Ashkelon in Israel. Fifth-grade students plan a mystery wedding as part of the life cycle curriculum. Sixth and seventh graders learn about philanthropy by raising money at the Purim carnival and contributing towards the fund from their b’nai mitzvah gifts.

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Schmooze and AVIV form partnership alliance

AVIV of Arizona and Schmooze recently formed a partnership alliance with the goal of expanding their outreach in the Phoenix area Jewish community. AVIV of Arizona, the valley’s original LBGT Jewish religious and social organization, will provide religious services and social events to younger and more inclusive individuals, couples and families with promotion from the Schmooze organization. Schmooze, which brings together Jewish singles, couples and families in their 30s and 40s through social events, will receive assistance from AVIV.  In addition to promoting Schmooze events, AVIV will serve as the fiduciary agent for grants received by Schmooze. Participants from both organizations will also take part in some joint social events. Members of the Schmooze leadership team will serve on the AVIV board of directors.  Likewise, members of AVIV’s board of directors will participate in the Schmooze leadership team’s planning sessions. The leaders of both organizations see this as a “win-win” partnership.
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The chefs of Regent Seven Seas Cruises have worked with Gourmet Kosher to provide up to 70 kosher meal options, prepared with USDA certified glatt kosher meats, Grade A produce and ingredients, in facilities that are under strict rabbinical supervision and daily USDA inspection.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises offer free, unlimited shore excursions. On its Alaska cruises, these may include whale watching, sailing near the Hubbard Glacier and reliving the adventure of the Gold Rush in Skagway. Other amenities included in the cruise fare are roundtrip air, gourmet meals, fine wines and spirits, WiFi and more. With a limited time special promotion, kids sale for only $999. Aboard an all-suite and all-balcony ship guests enjoy specialized programming, from lectures by an onboard Alaska expert to children’s activities through the Club Mariner Youth Program. With highly personalized service, guests can choose to dine on exquisite kosher meals and observe the Sabbath.

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