Arizona Jews for Justice presents first ever Tzedek Award

Arizona Jews for Justice is honored to present Linda and Dr. Irwin Sandler with the group’s first ever Tzedek Award for outstanding Jewish leadership. 

“Since our start, Linda and Irwin have been tireless, wise, humble advocates showing up at rallies, writing our Pesach immigration supplement, serving on our steering committee, joining Torah learning sessions, helping asylees and so much more!” the advocacy group said in a social media post to announce the award. “Linda and Irwin, we are grateful for you and for how you live your Judaism fiercely in the public sphere! May you go from strength to strength! Mazel tov!” 

The award will be presented on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at an opening dinner before a Valley Beit Midrash event later that evening, a guest lecture by Dr. Erica Brown. 

The Arizona Jews for Justice is a pluralistic Jewish group that seeks to foster social justice within Arizona. 

To attend the dinner where the Sandlers will receive their award and the guest lecture by Dr. Erica Brown, visit



Valley Beit Midrash announces new hires

Valley Beit Midrash has recently hired three new employees to further their goal of encouraging diversity within the local Jewish community.

New Program Associate Eddie Chavez Calderon has been deeply involved in social justice work for the Latino community as well as LGBTQ+ acceptance and inclusion, woman’s rights, economic justice, workers’ rights, citizenship and civic engagement, voter equality and more. As the campaign organizer for Arizona Jews for Justice he is already familiar with the Valley’s Jewish community. 

Event Coordinator and Office Administrator Lisa Hendizadeh has extensive experience in the fields of education, event and office management. Born and raised in New Jersey, she has a bachelors in psychology from Caldwell University.

Program Officer Dani Satlow is originally from Providence, Rhode Island and graduated from Brown University with a degree in religious studies, earning departmental honors. Satlow has previously participated in several Jewish learning institutions both in Israel and America including the Haemek Gap Year Leadership Program, Yeshivat Maaleh Gilboa, the Hadar Institute, Hartman High School for Boys and the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education. 



The East Valley JCC introduces Sam Schuman as the EVJCC’s new camp, youth and family director

Sam Schuman has a strong connection with JCC camp culture, something he could apply immediately when he started last week as the East Valley JCC’s new camp, youth and family director.

From camper to junior counselor to athletic head and now director, Schuman has experience in nearly every aspect of camp life. He has spent time at both the Baltimore and Philadelphia JCCs teaching children the fundamentals of having fun, rachmanus (sportsmanship and compassion) and community. He looks forward to bringing that energy to Camp Rimon Gadol. JN

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