Articles by Stuart Wachs


Federation Notes: Looking forward to 2017

As we start 2017, I want to thank everyone for the support you gave, through federation, to our community and to Jewish communities around. The federation truly touches more Jewish lives, directly and indirectly, here in Phoenix, across the country and around the globe, than any other Jewish organization. Your support makes an enormous difference….


Listening and learning make strong community

FEDERATION NOTES In Phoenix, summer is typically a time when things slow down; people take vacations and recharge before school starts and our calendars begin to fill with holiday and other obligations. Unfortunately, this summer has been a time of elevated concern for the world and for our country. Divisiveness seems to be at an…


Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix: Today, tomorrow… together!

The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix exists to strengthen and sustain a vibrant, inclusive community that enriches lives. We accomplish this through funding, convening, planning and engaging for the community. Through these initiatives, we foster Jewish education, inspire Jewish young adults, care for Jewish seniors and forge ties with Israel. With the generosity of our…


Give Today – Create Tomorrow

The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix 2015 campaign was a great success and the 2016 campaign is underway. We are so appreciative for every one of our donors who helped us achieve another growth year: our 2015 campaign was up more than 15%, which brought in an increase of nearly $500,000 to help us enrich…



When I reflect on the Hanukkah story during this Season of Light, I am inspired by the perseverance of the Maccabees. Despite being outnumbered by the Syrians, the Maccabees defeated their enemy and remained true to the teachings of the Torah and the covenant made with G-d. They liberated Jerusalem and cleared the Holy Temple…

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