Belle Latchman Community Service Award

Congregation Or Tzion received the Belle Latchman Community Service Award from the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix in 2016.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix is now accepting applications for the Belle Latchman Community Service Award.

Established in 1983, the award is presented in memory of Belle Latchman, who supported many causes. She was committed to the strengthening of Jewish life in Phoenix, as well as to establishing positive ties between the Jewish community and other communities. She was the recipient of many awards and honors, and served as the first woman president of the Jewish Federation.

The award in Latchman’s name recognizes a local nonprofit Jewish agency, organization, institution or committee that has made an outstanding contribution to the enhancement of the quality of life in the Greater Phoenix area.

Contributions should involve innovative, constructive forms of service that perpetuate Jewish values. Programs of any size, including those done within an organization, as well as those that involve the community at large, will be considered.

Last year’s award recipient was Congregation Or Tzion for working for more than 10 years with Kitchen on the Street, an organization that aims to eliminate hunger in children. Congregants have a Yom Kippur food drive and prepare “Bags of Hope” for children who otherwise may not have food at home over the weekend. Or Tzion also partnered with Jewish Free Loan for a High Holiday project in 2016.

This year’s award will be presented at the Federation’s Donor Appreciation Event on Sunday, Dec. 10. Applications are due by Friday, Oct. 20. For more information, email JN

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