Phoenix attorney and philanthropist Jerry Lewkowitz will be honored as "Man of the Year" by Valley Leadership at the 63rd annual Man and Woman of the Year luncheon, March 22 at Sheraton Phoenix Downtown.

A lifelong Phoenix resident, Lewkowitz has served on the Phoenix City Council and boards of the Phoenix Zoo, Crisis Nursery, Phoenix Children's Hospital, Kivel Campus of Care and the Anti-Defamation League, among others. He is past president of Congregation Beth Israel and has served multiple terms as the president of the Arizona Jewish Historical Society (AJHS).

In December 2011, the sanctuary of AJHS' Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center was named in honor of the Lewkowitz family.

Lawrence Bell, AJHS executive director, says Lewkowitz's parents were founding members of Congregation Beth Israel (formerly called Temple Beth Israel), which now houses the heritage center, and that Lewkowitz's father served as the congregation's president.

"Jerry has been the driving force behind the Arizona Jewish Historical Society since its inception in 1981, and played a major role in the purchase and restoration of the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center," Bell writes in an email. "Therefore, members of our board were thrilled to designate the sanctuary room in his honor and in honor of the family.

"For the plaque, (Lewkowitz) chose the traditional Jewish quote 'L'dor v'dor,' from generation to generation. What could better represent the creation of this unique place by one generation and its rescue by another?"

Sue Glawe, vice president of community relations for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, will be honored as Valley Leadership's "Woman of the Year."

Cost of the luncheon is $120. Call 602-952-6760, ext. 3.

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