The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix will present Bob Silver with its highest recognition, the Medal of Honor, during the 75th Anniversary Kickoff & Awards Celebration at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. The award is presented annually to an individual who has demonstrated a long and deep commitment to Jewish life, as well as exemplary leadership and service to the federation and the Jewish community.
“Bob has given back to our community in so many ways, and many times has served in volunteer roles that are close to full-time jobs,” said Stuart Wachs, federation president and CEO, in a press release. “Bob’s tireless commitment and dedication were so clearly demonstrated when he stepped in during the federation’s most challenging recession years.”
Silver credits his parents, Warren and Judy Silver, with instilling in him kol Yisrael aravim zeh, la’ zeh, that all Jews are responsible for one another, according to the release. His father founded the Jewish Community Foundation and his mother was the federation’s first woman Young Leadership honoree.
The federation will also present the 2015 Belle Latchman Community Service Award to Camp Swift that evening. The award honors the memory of Belle Latchman, the federation’s first female president, and is presented annually in recognition of an outstanding contribution by a Jewish nonprofit organization toward enhancing Jewish lives in the Valley. Camp Swift is receiving the award for its dedication to providing meaningful and enriching camp experiences to at-risk youth. Camp Swift received the inaugural Belle Latchman Award in 1983.
In addition to the awards, the March 9 event celebrates the federation’s founding in 1941, and the years of service made possible through the generosity of its supporters. The free event also kicks off the 2016 annual campaign and a yearlong celebration of “75 years of gratitude and giving,” according to the release.
The evening includes a dessert reception and guest speaker Rabbi Ed Feinstein.