Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 66 Page 67 Page 68 Page 69 Page 70 Page 71 Page 72Jewish News 4 W elcome to the 2017 Com- munity Directory. The directory pulls together information about the congrega- tions, Jewish agencies and orga- nizations, as well as the businesses that make up the vibrant Jewish community in the Valley and Northern Arizona. The Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix acquired Jewish News – and, thus, the Community Directory – this summer because we feel that the newspaper is a community asset. This is thought to be the first time that an independent Jewish community foundation has owned a Jewish newspaper, and we hope that this combination will set a standard for the future. It is no secret that the newspaper business is under severe stress in the digital economy, and there was a serious possibility that Jewish News could have folded and left our community without timely coverage of our people, organizations and events. At JCF, we firmly believe that our community deserves the type of coverage you've come to expect from Jewish News, including this annual Community Directory, which is designed to help newcomers and longtime residents know just what exactly is out there to serve our community. This print version is as up-to-date as a print version can be, and throughout the year, we update the directory information on our websites, jewishaz.com and jcfphoenix.org. Under the JCF’s auspices, Jewish News is a nonprofit operation, which opens up different funding and cost- saving opportunities from those typically available to for-profit enterprises, including applying for grants and creating an endowment. We expect that these new opportunities will make Jewish News strong enough to weather the storms in the newspaper industry and, thus, continue to serve our community for generations to come. We want to thank former owner and publisher Jaime Stern for gifting the newspaper to the foundation. When she made the gift, she said, "The time is right to make this transition so the Jewish News remains a true community asset." To us at JCF, that means that it's all about you, and providing you with the journalism and information that you need to fully understand and participate in our community. This letter is called a "welcome letter" instead of "publisher's letter" as JCF is the owner, not the publisher of Jewish News. There is too much to be done at the Jewish Community Foundation for us to take on that role. At the time we took ownership, I said, “We do not intend to involve ourselves on the editorial side of the paper. In other words, readers should be assured that the paper will not become a JCF newsletter. The JCF exists to serve the entire Jewish community, and our intention is that the Jewish News should do the same.” At present, we don't know what the future administrative structure of Jewish News will be. However, we have assembled an advisory board that is working to answer that question so that Jewish News will operate itself under our umbrella with leadership prepared to carry on the traditions of Jewish community journalism fostered by the past publishers and owners, from founding co- publishers M.B. "Bud" Goldman and Joseph S. Stocker, to Cecil and Pearl Newmark, to Florence and Paul Eckstein, to Jaime Stern. We believe that the proper place for our community's Jewish newspaper to be is in the community's hands. We look forward to a bright future as we move from generation to generation. L'Shalom! Rich Kasper President and CEO Jewish News belongs to our community WELCOME LETTER