The Valley of the Sun JCC is hosting a special evening to honor community leader and philanthropist Bill Levine on Nov. 19 at the Arizona Biltmore.
Mr. Levine has made the Valley home since 1960. In 1999, when the community determined it was best to move the existing JCC to the northeast Valley, Mr. Levine secured and donated 30 acres at Scottsdale Road and Sweetwater with a vision to build a true community campus with space for community organizations, a school, meeting places, including a large social hall and The J community center.
The campus was named in honor of his first wife, Ina Levine, who passed away earlier that year. She and their children had been a very active member for more than 40 years.
“We are honored to acknowledge all that Bill Levine has done for The J and for our community,” said Stuart Wachs, J president and CEO.
“To our knowledge, Bill has never been honored in such a way before, and because he is such a humble, gracious man, it is unlikely he will be honored this way again. He is a passionate and generous supporter of The J. He believes in what The J means to the community.”
The J is dedicated to enriching lives through physical, spiritual and social growth through a welcoming, inclusive environment that encourages true connections. From its award-winning preschool, youth and camp programs, to its fitness and aquatics centers and senior programs, The J has programs for all ages and interests.
“I grew up at The J—participated in virtually every program and ultimately worked there through college as camp director. I met my wife, my business partners and some of my best friends there,” said Jonathan Hoffer, J board chair and co-chair of the event along with his wife Rachel.
“Bill understands what The J means to community, both Jewish and non-Jewish, and to the generations who will come after us. The J is just one of his many legacies and it is a privilege to honor him for his commitment to The J and for his work in the Valley and around the world.”
The evening features award-winning star of stage and screen Jason Alexander. Organizations and businesses that have been supported by Mr. Levine may wish to include a tribute message to Mr. Levine in a commemorative book to be given to him and his family. Guests will also receive a copy that evening. Tickets for the event are $500 per person.
For more information about the commemorative book, sponsorship and registration, visit vosjcc.org/LevineEvening.
The Scottsdale Independent is available for free every Wednesday.