Phoenix attorney and philanthropist Jerry Lewkowitz will receive Arizona Jewish Historical Society's first-ever Heritage Award at AJHS's "Fun-raiser" gala dinner at 5:55 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, 122 E. Culver St., Phoenix.

The award recognizes individuals who have made an exceptional impact on the Phoenix community through leadership, service and dedication.

Lewkowitz, a Phoenix native, served on the Phoenix City Council from 1973 to 1975 and has served on the boards of the Phoenix Children's Hospital, the Phoenix Zoo, Crisis Nursery, Kivel Campus of Care, the Anti-Defamation League and others. He is a member of the Phoenix Thunderbirds, a past president of Congregation Beth Israel and served multiple terms as AJHS president.

The "fun-raiser" will feature food and entertainment; proceeds will help support the newly restored Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center. Lewkowitz became a bar mitzvah at the facility in 1942, when it housed Temple Beth Israel (now CBI).

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