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The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix has announced that it has allocated nearly $1.8 million for 2017, with $1.4 million for local Jewish agencies, schools and programs, and $345,000 to support Jewish needs in Israel and around the world.
The Arizona Jewish Historical Society will open its new exhibit, “Love & Marriage: The Cultural Evolution of Jewish Weddings from 1912 to 2016” at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 30. The exhibit will feature information on rituals, traditions and customs as seen through wedding gowns, objects, artifacts, and telling stories of real people’s life experiences. Because the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, where the exhibit will be displayed, was home to Congregation Beth Israel, the first synagogue in Phoenix, and the First Chinese Baptist Church, both are represented. The gallery will be open noon-3 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and by appointment. Admission is a $5 donation. Visit azhjs.org or call curator Jeffrey Schesnol at 602-241-7870.
As part of Scottsdale Community College’s fifth annual Genocide Awareness Week, SCC’s School of Film+Theatre will present two free productions of play “Kindertransport.” The play will be performed 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 21, and Saturday, April 22, at Two Waters Circle Amphitheater at SCC, 9000 E. Chaparral Road, Scottsdale.
Gesher Disability Resources (formerly the Council for Jews With Special Needs) will host its second annual special needs community dance 7-10 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. The evening will include snacks, a deejay, a photo booth and dancing. The dance is open to the community and is for ages 18-plus. Admission is $5, caregivers and volunteers are free. Visit the Council for Jews With Special Needs Facebook page.
The East Valley JCC will host parent and child workshops on April 23 at the center, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. An elementary school workshop for children ages 6-10 will be held 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and a pre-teen workshop, for ages 11-13, will be held 1:15-3:15 p.m.
“On the Trail of Nazi Art Thieves,” a discussion with David and Hannah Lewis, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, at the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. The discussion is sponsored by VOSJCC in partnership with the Phoenix Art Museum. David Lewis, co-founder of the Commission for Looted Art in Europe and founder of the internationally renowned Schorr Collection, and his wife, Hannah, a Holocaust survivor, speak on recovering and restoring looted works of art. They will also share their perspectives on today’s London Jewish community. Cost is $10 for the general public; $5 for JCC and Phoenix Art Museum members using code VOSJCC at vosjcc.org/lootedart.
The Friendship Circle will host a Celebration of Friendship & Inspiration honoring its teen volunteers, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 4, at the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.
ervice organizations, clergy, police and community leaders will gather in Scottsdale on April 28 to affirm the community’s commitment to treating people the way they would like to be treated, to helping those in need, and to embracing the rich culture of all the people of Arizona and the southwest.
The Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley will host a two-hour workshop on writing an ethical will 2-4 p.m. Thursday, April 27, at the synagogue, 100 E. Meadowlark Drive, Sedona. An ethical will is the sharing of values with children, as well as future generations or others. Writing exercises will help focus on a persons’ value system. For people without children or descendants, it is an opportunity to examine and record their values. The workshop, facilitated by Annette Star Lustgarten, is free to members, $10 to nonmembers. Participants should bring a notebook.
The Arizona Community Foundation’s Pakis Center for Business Philanthropy has chosen Goodmans Interior Structures as one of its first-ever winners in the BOOST! Prize competition designed to encourage business leaders to commit more deeply to their charitable efforts and make philanthropy a core part of their operations.
The Israel Video Network has announced the winner of the "Inspired by Israel" contest sponsored by The Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation.
The “Inspired by Israel” video contest has started its 10-day period of online voting to determine which 10 video entrants will move on to the final phase of the contest and be evaluated by an elite panel of judges.
Between the challah bake, the Shabbat Project and conferences in Washington, D.C., it's been a busy week.