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Bob Silver will receive the Irv Shuman Award at the 2019 VOSJCC gala “Rollin’ Through the Decades.”

The Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center’s annual fundraising gala will be held this year on Saturday, Dec. 7 at The J. 

This year, the JCC will present the Irv Shuman Award to Bob Silver in recognition of his years of service to the Phoenix Jewish community.

“I’m deeply honored,” Silver said. “I knew Irv and I know what kind of guy he was, and just to be included in an award that bears his name is a pretty big honor for me.”

Silver worked to bring The J to its current home at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus in 2002, and served as the first chair of the VOSJCC board of directors when the new location opened. He also co-chaired the JCC Maccabi Games in Phoenix in 2006, which he attributes to his involvement with the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix and the Jewish Community Association of Greater Phoenix. 

“All of these activities go back to my desire to make sure that we have a strong vibrant Jewish community here in Phoenix,” Silver said. “When we opened The J, I always used to say that it should be the easiest place in town to be Jewish. I think they’ve always lived up to that goal and that desire.”

The J will also present the Maya Schulder Rising Star Award to Priscilla Sachs Barreto. The award honors Sachs Barreto’s increasingly active involvement in the community.

“We’re really excited to be celebrating both Priscilla and Bob, and honoring them with their well-deserved awards,” said Megan Montgomery, director of community engagement at the VOSJCC.

The theme of this year’s gala is “Rollin’ Through the Decades.” The J will be decorated for the event with 1960s, ’70s and ’80s memorabilia, including a Volkswagen bus photo booth, video games and pinball. Attendees are asked to come dressed in their favorite decades theme.

“We really dove into each of the decades,” Montgomery said. “It’s celebrating the community’s involvement in the JCC through all of those decades.”

From 6:30 to 8 p.m., food and entertainment will be available throughout The J’s main hallway and pool area. At 8 p.m., the program, award ceremony and live auction will take place on the JCC basketball court.

“What I like the most about this event is that it’s at the campus, at the home of The J,” Silver said. “We’re in that building, we’re in that space and it reminds you why we’re out there.”

After the awards ceremony, there will be a celebration with Las Vegas band STATUS.

Tickets are $200 for JCC members and $250 for guests. Proceeds of the event benefit the JCC.

“For our fundraisers, we try and host a very fun, interactive event,” Montgomery said. “It’s a fun night to get everybody together, celebrate, raise money for The J and have a good time.” JN

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