'Thank God for Israel Night' to be at Beth Emeth

Beth Emeth Congregation will host a "Thank God for Israel Night" at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, at the synagogue, 13702 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West.

The event is sponsored by The Friends of Israel Ministry, which is described on its website, foigm.org, as a "worldwide Christian ministry communicating biblical truth about Israel and the Messiah, while fostering solidarity with the Jewish people." The organization was founded in 1938 by Christian leaders who raised funds to distribute aid to Jewish refugees during the Holocaust.

In addition to Rabbi Shelly Moss of Temple Beth Shalom in Sun City and Rabbi David Rosenberg of Beth Emeth, participants include Pastor Bob Williams of Grace Community Church in Surprise; Chris Katulka, the southern representative of The Friends of Israel in Dallas; professor Jacob Yahov, CEO of Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot, Israel; Ilana Artman, U.S. representative of the Kaplan Medical Center in New York; and Patrick Neff, director of The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry in Surprise. Call 623-584-7210.

AJHS kicks off centennial series with state historian

The Arizona Jewish Centennial Series kicks off with a lecture by Arizona's official state historian Marshall Trimble 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, 122 E. Culver St., Phoenix.

His presentation will be "Trimble's Arizona: From Anomalies and Tamales to Levi's Goldwater's and Levy."

The program, hosted by the Arizona Jewish Historical Society, will focus on Arizona's diverse history and some of the Jewish personalities who helped make it colorful.

Tickets are $5, free for AJHS members. Space is limited. For reservations, call 602-241-7870 or e-mail azjhs@aol.com.

This program is the first in a series of events sponsored by AJHS to commemorate the upcoming state centennial. Visit azjhs.org for more information.

JCF women's endowment fund accepting proposals

The Jewish Community Foundation is accepting grant proposals for its 2011 Jewish Women's Endowment Fund grant cycle. Grants will be made to innovative programs or projects that enhance the lives of Jewish women and/or girls. Priority will be given to programs or services that effectuate change and/or address the root cause(s) of a problem. Grant proposals that indicate collaboration and coordination with other organizations are encouraged.

Organizations may apply for support of an existing program. The Jewish Women's Endowment Fund has approximately $15,000 available for allocation this year.

Organizations may submit one application; the deadline is 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14. Applicants will be notified regarding the status of their request by June 1.

For an application, e-mail Sheryl Quen, director of Grants and Communications, squen@jcfphoenix.org, or call JCF at 480-699-1717.

Game day held in memory of Denise Simmons

Friends of Denise Simmons will honor her memory with an afternoon of "Mahj, Scrabble and Schmooze" 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, at Beth El Congregation, 1118 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix.

Simmons, who died from ovarian cancer at age 62, "recognized that there is a genetic component to breast and ovarian cancer, and was committed to supporting research to find cures for genetic diseases," according to a press release. Proceeds benefit the Jewish Genetic Diseases Center of Greater Phoenix.

Simmons was a longtime Beth El member and belonged to two mah-jongg groups and a Scrabble group. The event includes tables for beginner and experienced Scrabble and mah-jongg players, brunch, an auction and door prizes.

Entry fees are $36 and $72. Checks should be made payable by Feb. 14 to the Beth El Congregation Denise Simmons Fund, Beth El Congregation, 1118 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix 85021. Call Bonnie Kluger, 602-995-3338.

Sisterhood collecting items to send to U.S. troops

Beth Emeth Sisterhood is sponsoring a project to send gift boxes to U.S. troops and is collecting items to put in the boxes. Suggested items - new in original packaging - range from hard candy, eye drops and instant oatmeal to books, DVDs and toiletries. Monetary donations to help defray the cost of shipping are also appreciated. For a full list, call 623-584-7210.

Drop off items by April 29 to Beth Emeth Congregation, 13702 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West.

- Leisah Woldoff

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