JFCS is proud to announce the appointment of Barbara Befferman Danes as the new Board Chair. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Barbara Befferman Danes came to Tucson six years ago with her husband Dr. Peter Danes to begin their retirement. Barbara’s career ranged from social work to business, and, most recently, she worked as the CEO of the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle.
“With her personal triumphs and business acumen, Barbara has the leadership qualities we want in our Board Chair,” said Carlos A. Hernandez, JFCS President & CEO. “She has been committed to our mission for many years. I look forward to working with her as we continue to grow financially and programmatically,” he added. “Barbara is a strong advocate, and source of support to me and our staff.”
Jewish Family and Children’s Service in Pittsburgh was instrumental in helping Barbara establish herself as a single parent to her two children, now a physician and lawyer back East. Determined to “pay it forward,” Barbara began volunteering at JFCS of Southern Arizona shortly after her arrival in Tucson. She found that the warm welcome extended by Jewish Tucson made it easy for her to assume an active role in the community. A member of Congregation Anshei Israel and the Brandeis National Committee, Barbara also serves on the Arizona Jewish Post advisory board.
Barbara replaces Fred Fruchthendler whose 3-year term ended this October. “We are so grateful to Fred for his unwavering dedication to JFCS. We achieved financial stability, acquired new technology, and improved programs with Fred’s support and leadership,” commented Carlos. “Fred’s contributions will never be forgotten,” he added. “Thank you Fred, for your leadership, mentorship—and friendship.”
Fred will continue to serve as an officer of the JFCS Board of Directors as Immediate Past-Chair.