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The family of Abe and Mitzi Friedman — including their children, Morris, Marna, Robin, Debbie and David — were honored by the Hebrew Academy of Cleveland (HAC) with its M’dor L’dor Award for their multigenerational achievements.

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The Arizona Jewish Historical Society (AZJHS) will hold its 2017 Heritage Award gala on Dec. 2 to honor longtime supporters and Valley philanthropists Susan and Mark Sendrow and Nancy and Stu Siefer.

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The Jewish National Fund’s (JNF) Arizona board of directors has a new president, and two of its members have been appointed to the national board.

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The local Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is honoring Paul Luna, president and CEO of the Helios Education Foundation, with its 2017 Torch of Liberty Award.

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Last year, Valley Beit Midrash (VBM) launched its Teen Mussar Fellowship Program. VBM selected 10 outstanding teens in the community for a course of eight workshops focused on Jewish character development (mussar). The workshops began in fall 2016, and the fellows received a $500 stipend for…

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For the second consecutive year, the Arizona Jewish Historical Society (AZJHS) has received a grant from the city of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture.

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Six young professionals recently earned their Orthodox rabbinical ordination (smicha) after studying for two years with Rabbi Sholom Skolnik at the Phoenix Community Kollel.

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Michael Blaire, RPh, FIACP, of Diamondback Drugs in Scottsdale, has been named as a fellow by the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP), in recognition of his contribution as a specialist in the art and science of pharmacy compounding.

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Scottsdale Post 210 of the Jewish War Veterans has installed Rochel Hayman as its new commander. She’ll replace outgoing Commander Michael Chambers, who is now the commander of the Jewish War Veterans Department of the Southwest. Hayman is the first female commander of Post 210.

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An interfaith organization with strong support in the local Jewish community has been honored by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce at its IMPACT Awards ceremony.

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Valle del Sol will honor four mothers at its fifth annual Mom of the Year ceremony from 8:15-9:30 a.m. Friday, May 12, at the Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. Third St. Honorees are Lin Sue Cooney of Hospice of the Valley, Elisa de la Vara of the Arizona Community Foundation, Marchelle Fran…

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Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation will honor Lana Shagrin Oyer for her 25-year volunteer service as the music director at the Annual Music Service. This year’s service is open to the community and will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 10, at the Sun Lakes All Faiths Chapel, 9240 E. Sun Lakes Blvd.

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Jill Kessler, head of school at Pardes Jewish Day School, was honored at the school’s gala on Feb. 11 at the Chateau Luxe in Phoenix. About 400 people attended the event, which included a video tribute; a speech by Tim Eckstein, board chair; and a flash mob dance routine done by the teachers…

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Joel Kramer will receive the Medal of Honor from the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix at the Federation’s donor appreciation and awards brunch at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.   

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Beth El Congregation will hold a Kiddush in honor of Cantor Sam Goldman for his decades of service to Beth El Congregation; he will become the synagogue’s cantor emeritus.

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The Anti-Defamation League of Arizona will honor SRP at its annual Torch of Liberty Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 10. SRP is the oldest multi­purpose federal reclamation project in the United States, serving central Arizona since 1903, and supports key facets of Arizona’s nonprofit community, inc…

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Sandy Rife of Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix has been honored by The Jewish Federations of North America’s National Women’s Philanthropy with its Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award. The award was announced at the 2016 International Lion of Judah Conference held Sept. 11-13 in Washington, D.C.

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The Arizona Jewish Historical Society will present Derrick Hall, president and CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks, with its 2016 Heritage Award on Nov. 12 at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix.

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Amanda Benros of Phoenix was one of nine outstanding high school students from around the country selected to receive the Sarah Rivkah and Dr. Bernard Lander zt”l Scholarship, presented jointly by Touro College and NCSY, the international youth arm of the Orthodox Union. The scholarships are…

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Paulina Vazquez Morris was recognized as a Mom of the Year at Valle del Sol’s “Mom of the Year” breakfast event on May 6 at the Phoenix Convention Center. She has been involved with many civic and cultural organizations and currently serves on the boards of Goodwill of AZ and A.T. Still Univ…

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The Arizona Jewish Historical Society will honor Shotsy Abramson at its 2016 annual meeting, 11 a.m. Sunday, May 15, at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, 122 E. Culver St., Phoenix.

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Eddie and Lisa Pantiliat, founding members of Ahavas Torah, will be honored at the synagogue’s Life and Leadership Celebration on Monday, March 14. 

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Beth El Congregation will honor Joan and Morton Sitver at its upcoming gala, “To Life, L’Chaim,” at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, April 10, at the synagogue, 1118 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix.

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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 a…

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For Judy and Nathan Laufer, supporting Jewish causes is part of their DNA. As the children of Holocaust survivors who were assisted by their Jewish communities, they know firsthand how a helping hand can make a difference. 

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Dr. Martin and Joan Mollen will be honored by the Phoenix Community Kollel during the “Q,” a fundraising event to be held Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix.

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Debbie Yunker Kail, executive director of Hillel at Arizona State University, is one of five Jewish educators who received The Covenant Foundation’s Pomegranate Prize.

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Brandeis honors Sue Karp, Kathleen Witkin: The Phoenix Chapter of the Brandeis National Committee has named Sue Karp as the recipient of the Carol Kern Sustaining Leadership Award, which is given to a member of the Brandeis National Committee of Phoenix who has been involved for a minimum of…

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The Arizona region of the Anti-Defamation League will honor Col. Frank L. Milstead, director of Arizona Department of Public Safety, with the Torch of Liberty Award at the organization’s annual Torch of Liberty dinner on Oct. 29 (see details box).

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Jewish News received five awards from the Arizona Newspapers Association/Associated Press Media Editors 2015 Better Newspapers Contest during a Sept. 26 reception at Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino.

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Louis Hoffman, the former chairman of the Clean Elections Commission, will be honored at the Arizona Advocacy Network’s annual Acknowledging Arizona Advocates breakfast, 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, at Macayo’s Mexican Kitchen, 4001 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. The Inter Tribal Council of Arizo…

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The Jewish Women’s Circle of Chabad of the East Valley will host a summer garden party to celebrate Jewish women and to honor Alice Fierstein for her dedication and involvement through the years.

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Shearim Torah High School for Girls will honor two couples at its annual Legacy of Life Dinner, to be held 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave.

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