Bob Silver honored for service to The J and the community

Bob Silver is being honored at the Valley of the Sun JCC’s Rollin’ Through the DECADES fundraiser on Saturday, Dec. 7.

He is being presented with The J’s Irv Shuman Award for his commitment, passion, service and leadership within the community.

Born and raised in Phoenix, Bob’s parents, Judy and Warren Silver, instilled in him a desire to give back to the community. When Bob and his wife Sara moved back to the Valley in 1991, he became involved with The J. At the time, the original J on Maryland had closed and we were a “J without walls.” Bob quickly recognized that a permanent home for The J was vital to creating a vibrant and rich Jewish community. He led a Programming Task Force and worked with many others in the community to bring the Valley of the Sun JCC to fruition. He also had the honor of being its first board chair when it opened on the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus in 2002. Another highlight was serving as co-chair with Karen Koven when the Maccabi Games came to Phoenix in 2006. Bob continues to live by his parents’ example and remains active with The J and other Valley Jewish organizations.

“I am deeply honored to be receiving the Irv Shuman award,” says Bob. “When I first got involved with the community many years ago, Irv Shuman was one of the ‘guys’ that was making things happen. He worked tirelessly and cared deeply about the Jewish community and did so in a selfless way. He was a role model for me. To receive an honor named after Irv is truly humbling.”

The evening of fun starts at 6:30 pm as the decades roll back to the 60s, 70s and 80s with live music, a raffle, and retro bites and beverages. It will be held at The J at 12701 N. Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale, just south of Sweetwater.

Proceeds support the programs and services of The J.

Tickets are $200 per person for J members and $250 per person for guests. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit






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