Repairs of hailstorm damage now under way at campus

A construction company is currently working at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus to repair damage caused by the Oct. 5, 2010 hailstorm.

There was damage to the roof, air-conditioning units, water chillers, metal siding, awnings and outdoor pool furniture, according to a press release from Finocchiaro Construction, the company handling the repairs.

The repairs total more than $1 million and are covered by insurance, according to the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix.

"Dae Williams, campus facilities director, worked very hard to make sure that our insurance carrier covered every repair needed by the building," Bob Silver, federation board chair, wrote in an email to Jewish News. "His outstanding stewardship of the campus has extended the life of the building with a new roof and made it more energy-efficient with new air conditioning units at no cost to the community."

Or Chadash welcomes new cantor

Congregation Or Chadash of the Northeast Valley has hired its first full-time cantor, Melissa Berman, who started at the Conservative congregation last week.

Berman, a native of Long Island, N.Y., graduated from Duke University with a bachelor's degree in music, then served three years as a student hazzan at Temple Beth Ahm in Aberdeen, N.J. She completed her cantorial studies at the H.L. Miller Cantorial School at The Jewish Theological Seminary in New York and was invested in May 2010. She also earned a master's degree in Jewish education at the JTS Davidson School. She is currently pursuing certification as a professional chaplain.

Or Chadash is located at 9096 E. Bahia Drive, Suite 106, Scottsdale. Call 480-342-8858 or visit

AJHS talk on Galveston Project

"Jacob Schiff and the Ellis Island of the West," presented by ASU Professor Emeritus Allan Brawley, is the next lecture in the Arizona Jewish Historical Society Legacy Speakers Series. It will be presented at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, 122 E. Culver St., Phoenix.

Jacob Schiff immigrated to America from Germany in his early 20s and quickly became one of the richest men in the country. His many philanthropic endeavors included projects to assist the Jewish people fleeing pogroms in Czarist Russia. This talk focuses on Schiff's controversial Galveston Project, which redirected immigrants away from New York and other northeastern entry ports and into Galveston, Texas. This project was intended to counter rising anti-Semitism and mounting political pressure to cut off the flow of Jewish immigrants into the U.S.

Tickets are $5, free for AZJHS members. To attend, call 602-241-7870 by Sept. 1.

- Leisah Woldoff

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