Chabad of Arizona has opened a Chabad center in Goodyear. Rabbi Berel and Chana Zaklikovsky moved to Arizona from Brooklyn, N.Y., last week to start Chabad Jewish Center of Goodyear. It will be the first synagogue in the Southwest Valley, although the Shalom Club of PebbleCreek, a social organization for residents of PebbleCreek, a retirement community, hosts events in the area.
"Rabbi Berel," who is originally from Detroit, visited Arizona last December to host a menorah-lighting celebration at Goodyear Community Park, which drew about 200 people and, in March of this year, hosted a Purim party at a Goodyear hotel with about 60 participants.
The couple, who have 3-month-old twins, Ovadia and Chaya, will soon start children's programming and adult education classes, with plans to start monthly Shabbat services and holiday programs in the fall. A housewarming open house will be held within the next two months. Call 623-466-6110, email email@example.com or visit jewishgoodyear.com.
A multimedia traveling exhibit chronicling the friendship of two Polish boys that laid the groundwork for a historic reconciliation between the Catholic and Jewish faiths will be on display in Phoenix Oct. 26-Dec. 11.
"A Blessing to One Another," about Karol Wojtyla, who grew up to become Pope John Paul II, and Jerzy Kluger, his personal emissary to the State of Israel, will be on display at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 415 E. Grant St., Phoenix.
The exhibit, which includes photographs, videos, artifacts and historical documents, was created and produced by Xavier University, Hillel Jewish Student Center and the Shtetl Foundation.
The exhibit is divided into four parts: Wojtyla's childhood in Wadowice, Poland; the years of the Holocaust and World War II; Wojtyla's rise from priest to bishop to cardinal; and the papacy of Pope John Paul II.
The exhibit comes to Arizona through a collaboration between the Arizona Ecumenical Council, Blessing Project AZ and the Carver museum. Members of the steering committee include Lawrence Bell, executive director of the Arizona Jewish Historical Society, and Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman, president of the Board of Rabbis of Greater Phoenix. Blessing Project AZ is seeking volunteers and sponsors and special events such as lectures are being planned. Visit blessing projectaz.org, call 602-274-1113, and follow the project on Facebook and Twitter.
The Arizona Jewish Historical Society will present Jerry Colangelo with this year's Heritage Award on Nov. 12 at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center in Phoenix. The Heritage Award is given to individuals who have made an exceptional impact on the local community through outstanding leadership, service and dedication. To learn about sponsorship opportunities, contact Amy, firstname.lastname@example.org or 602-696-4646.
ShabbatLuck, which organizes monthly Shabbat potlucks for adults in their 20s and 30s, is encouraging its members who are in their upper 30s or early 40s to work together to create a new group of their own to plan activities for individuals ages 35-49.
"While ShabbatLuck has been an opportunity for singles and couples in their 20s and 30s to meet one another, we recognize that a number of our longtime members are just entering their 40s," reads its most recent newsletter. "One of the big challenges in the Phoenix-area Jewish community is that we do not have much going on for those of us in our late 30s through 40s unless you belong to a synagogue."
ShabbatLuck is not changing the age range of its own group but is connecting those who are interested in planning programming for the 35-49 age group. Email email@example.com.
Registration is open for the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix's Jewish Community Conversation, which will be held 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at Arizona State University's Memorial Union. This is a chance for members of the Jewish community to share their hopes for the future of the community.
The free program is in partnership with Hillel at ASU and other local Jewish communal organizations. Call JCF, 480-699-1717 or register at tinyurl.com/5rspwqf.
Har Zion Congregation's education center will host a family movie night 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, at the synagogue, 6140 E. Thunderbird Road, Scottsdale. Families can bring sleeping bags, blankets and pillows and watch "Tangled." Cost is $5 per family, which includes pizza. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase at a concession stand (outside food is not permitted due to dietary laws). To attend, call 480-948-5437 by June 24.