Commemorating the centennial

Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center docent Gayle Simon stands near the display about Jewish cowboy Aubrey Grouskay at the Arizona Jewish Historical Society's current exhibit.

To help prepare for the Jewish News Centennial edition scheduled for Dec. 9, the newspaper's editorial staff visited the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center on June 23 to view the center's current exhibit.

"New Frontiers: Jewish Pioneers in the Arizona Territory," the Arizona Jewish Historical Society's debut exhibit in its new home, is part of the AJHS Arizona Jewish Centennial Series.

"New Frontiers" addresses challenges faced by Jews during territorial days and profiles the Jewish leaders during that time period. Subjects range from religious life and politics to commerce, banking, farming and mining.

The exhibit will continue until February 2012. Summer hours are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and by appointment. A $2 donation is suggested. AJHS also offers supporting educational materials for children and students who visit the exhibit. The center is located at 122 E. Culver St., Phoenix. Call 602-241-7870.

For the Centennial edition, Jewish News is seeking stories and photos from people who want to share their memories about what life used to be like in the Valley of the Sun before 1980.

Contact Jennifer Goldberg, special sections editor, at jennifer_goldberg@jewishaz.com.

- Leisah Woldoff

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