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On the heels of renewed energy at the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center, a new CEO has been selected. Following a comprehensive nationwide search, the JCC board voted Jan. 10 to approve the hiring of Jay Jacobs. Jacobs is currently CEO of the Carole and Marcus Weinstein Jewish Community Center in Richmond, Virginia and has enjoyed a successful JCC career nationally at the CEO level for 16 years.
Fredi Brown has joined the staff of Jewish Free Loan as the organization’s services coordinator. She will be responsible for the administration of JFL’s interest-free loan program, as well as donor services. Brown will work with prospective and current loan borrowers and guarantors as they access JFL’s services and oversee donor services. Brown has a long history working within the Jewish community, both domestically and in Israel. In recent years, she has worked in various capacities for Hadassah, serving in the local, regional and national levels of leadership development. She and her husband, Howard Treshansky, are members of Congregation Or Tzion.
The Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus has hired a full-time director of security on behalf of its tenants.
Andrew Srulevitch was in town on Jan. 12 to speak to current fellows with the Anti-Defamation League’s Glass Leadership Institute and to the board of the Arizona Jewish Historical Society. As the ADL’s director of European affairs, Srulevitch monitors anti-Semitism in Europe and advocates for the security of Jewish communities there.
If you’ve been to the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus recently, you’ve probably noticed some big changes, including the addition of Milk + Honey, a new kosher restaurant that has replaced Levi Catering.
Members of Arizona Jews for Justice have reached out to Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake with concerns about the incoming administration.
Chabad of Arizona will celebrate 40 years at its anniversary dinner and silent auction 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at Embassy Suites by Hilton Scottsdale, 5001 N. Scottsdale Road.
Both a childhood friend of and stepsister to Anne Frank, Eva Schloss will be speaking at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, at the Camelback Golf Club, 7847 N. Mockingbird Lane, Scottsdale.
The Jewish Women’s Philanthropy Circle is accepting applications for its next grant cycle. The deadline is Jan 27. JWPC is a small group of women, ages 25-40, who plan to provide grants total- ling $50,000 to local Jewish community projects.
The Speaker Series of Beth Ami Temple will host an evening with Chrysalis President & CEO Patricia Klahr, who will speak about domestic abuse in Jewish homes, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at Beth Ami Temple, located inside Palo Cristi Church, 3535 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley.
Between the challah bake, the Shabbat Project and conferences in Washington, D.C., it's been a busy week.
Shabbat in Jerusalem was like no Shabbat I have ever experienced.
Valley residents Esther and Don Schon write about a program that two ex-IDF soldiers developed to help teach disadvantaged teens to surf and in turn to become surfing teachers for wounded warriors.