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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.
Beth El Congregation will honor Dr. Leon and Evelyn Zeitzer at its L’Dor V’Dor Golden Gala, 5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at Beth El Congregation, 1118 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix. The gala will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the congregation’s building.
Shearim Torah High School for Girls will hold its 10th anniversary Legacy of Life Celebration 6:30-9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave.
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.
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.
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, including human service, arts and culture, civic, education and environmental initiatives. In addition to giving time to charitable organizations, SRP employees give more than $1 million per year to nonprofits.
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.
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.
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 named in memory of Touro’s Founding President Dr. Bernard Lander and his wife, Sarah Rivkah.
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 University.
Between the challah bake, the Shabbat Project and conferences in Washington, D.C., it's been a busy week.
Shabbat in Jerusalem was like no Shabbat I have ever experienced.
Valley residents Esther and Don Schon write about a program that two ex-IDF soldiers developed to help teach disadvantaged teens to surf and in turn to become surfing teachers for wounded warriors.