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The grand prize from last year's Gesher Disability Resources' gala is shown on the screen for all to see.

In May, New York-based Chidon Sefer HaMitzvos hosted its annual international Jewish law competition for grades four through eight. More than 5,000 students were tested through a series of exams and competitions on their knowledge of the Torah’s 613 commandments.

In a large room on the bottom floor of the Phoenix Art Museum, more than 10,000 8 inch by 8 inch fabric squares line the walls. But they won’t for much longer.

The Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix awarded $141,000 in scholarships for children hoping to attend Jewish day and sleep-away camps this summer. The need-based scholarships were granted to 108 families with children at 41 different camps throughout the United States and Canada.

For Rachell Krell, summertime isn’t about taking a well-deserved rest. After finishing her junior year at Northern Arizona University, where she was recognized for her work in the honors college, awarded scholarships and selected for a place in STARS College — an organization for students pu…

Emma Schwarz, 16 and a sophomore at Verde Valley School in Sedona, won first place in this year’s Anti-Defamation League’s No Place for Hate® essay contest. Her essay, “A Generational Legacy,” was inspired by her grandfather’s efforts to spy on the Ku Klux Klan and report on its activity to …

On Jan. 29, 2021, Jewish Family & Children’s Service hosted its annual Brighter Tomorrow event virtually. The event was free and highlighted the organization’s many programs and services, with a particular focus on its response to the coronavirus pandemic.

George Kalman was 9 years old when he was shoved into a cattle car to be deported to a concentration camp. He was 10 years old when a Russian soldier entered his forced labor camp and liberated him on April 2, 1945.

Jennifer Starrett considers herself an introvert. She’s not that comfortable putting herself out there for the world to judge. Taking public stances and sharing images of herself and her family on Instagram is hard.

On Feb. 13, Emily Zappa, teacher and head of school at Desert Jewish Academy, received a special thank-you plaque and check for $250 from PayPal for being one of five local teachers who have made a positive impact on the community during a difficult year.

ADL Arizona is gearing up for its annual Torch of Liberty Award ceremony, its flagship fundraising event to recognize and reward those who are doing the most good for the community.

The 2019 Miss Rodeo Arizona Pageant in August was a nerve-racking time for 17-year-old contestant Shai Forman, who was competing for the 2019-2020 Miss Teen Rodeo Arizona title.

The owner of Cholla Cattle Co., Harvey Dietrich has been called “Arizona’s last Jewish cowboy.” But to only mention Harvey Dietrich’s work as a rancher would be telling half the story. He and his wife, Marnie Dietrich, have been a driving force for multiple communal organizations and charities. 

After just a few months as the new individual giving officer for Ryan House, Tracy Leonard-Warner has been named executive director of the Valley nonprofit that provides care and programing for children and their families as they navigate life-limiting or end-of-life care.

The family of Abe and Mitzi Friedman — including their children, Morris, Marna, Robin, Debbie and David — were honored by the Hebrew Academy of Cleveland (HAC) with its M’dor L’dor Award for their multigenerational achievements.

The Arizona Jewish Historical Society (AZJHS) will hold its 2017 Heritage Award gala on Dec. 2 to honor longtime supporters and Valley philanthropists Susan and Mark Sendrow and Nancy and Stu Siefer.

The Jewish National Fund’s (JNF) Arizona board of directors has a new president, and two of its members have been appointed to the national board.

The local Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is honoring Paul Luna, president and CEO of the Helios Education Foundation, with its 2017 Torch of Liberty Award.

Last year, Valley Beit Midrash (VBM) launched its Teen Mussar Fellowship Program. VBM selected 10 outstanding teens in the community for a course of eight workshops focused on Jewish character development (mussar). The workshops began in fall 2016, and the fellows received a $500 stipend for…

For the second consecutive year, the Arizona Jewish Historical Society (AZJHS) has received a grant from the city of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture.

Six young professionals recently earned their Orthodox rabbinical ordination (smicha) after studying for two years with Rabbi Sholom Skolnik at the Phoenix Community Kollel.

Michael Blaire, RPh, FIACP, of Diamondback Drugs in Scottsdale, has been named as a fellow by the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP), in recognition of his contribution as a specialist in the art and science of pharmacy compounding.

Scottsdale Post 210 of the Jewish War Veterans has installed Rochel Hayman as its new commander. She’ll replace outgoing Commander Michael Chambers, who is now the commander of the Jewish War Veterans Department of the Southwest. Hayman is the first female commander of Post 210.

An interfaith organization with strong support in the local Jewish community has been honored by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce at its IMPACT Awards ceremony.

Valle del Sol will honor four mothers at its fifth annual Mom of the Year ceremony from 8:15-9:30 a.m. Friday, May 12, at the Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. Third St. Honorees are Lin Sue Cooney of Hospice of the Valley, Elisa de la Vara of the Arizona Community Foundation, Marchelle Fran…

Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation will honor Lana Shagrin Oyer for her 25-year volunteer service as the music director at the Annual Music Service. This year’s service is open to the community and will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 10, at the Sun Lakes All Faiths Chapel, 9240 E. Sun Lakes Blvd.

Jill Kessler, head of school at Pardes Jewish Day School, was honored at the school’s gala on Feb. 11 at the Chateau Luxe in Phoenix. About 400 people attended the event, which included a video tribute; a speech by Tim Eckstein, board chair; and a flash mob dance routine done by the teachers…

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