Articles by Leni Reiss


Jewish vets dedicated to helping others

As the proud daughter of PFC Edward A. Rosenberg, who fought, was wounded in Germany’s Black Forest in WWII, and earned the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star, it was a pleasure and privilege for me to attend a recent meeting of Jewish War Veterans Scottsdale Post 210, one of four such groups in Arizona….


Bernie Gross Remembers it Well

You’ve heard no doubt, of the Energizer Bunny. Now meet Energizer Bernie, the 97-year-old who is living on his own in the house in northwest Phoenix, purchased in 1949 on the GI Bill, where he and his late wife raised their children; he is driving (and thriving!) and working in sales (albeit not full time)…


Women’s Philanthropy: Sharing the Passion

The fabled Phoenix bird symbolizes renewal and represents the capacity for vision and intense inspiration. Much the same can be said of the revitalization taking place here in the Valley of the Sun at Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix. Robin Loeb, presently federation director of women’s philanthropy and donor relations, is…


A Life in Art

During a visit to Beth Ames Swartz’ secluded Paradise Valley home/sanctuary/studio, her base of operations for the past 45 years, the nationally recognized and renowned artist enthusiastically described her latest project. She is the subject of a soon-to-be-released documentary about her life in art. Titled “Beth Ames Swartz/Reminders of Invisible Light,” the 26-minute, not-for-profit film…


Francine Coles: Finding her true calling

“The message that I could really make a difference resonated with me. I felt empowered – I felt that I truly could act to help protect both the U.S. and Israel.” ~ Francine Coles, outgoing council chair of Phoenix AIPAC Toronto’s loss clearly was a gain for Phoenix when Canadian transplants Francine (Shostack) Coles and…

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