Gary Weiss named 2015 Irv Shuman Award recipient

The Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center has announced Gary Weiss as its 2015 Irv Shuman Make-A-Difference Award winner.

Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center

Gary Weiss

The award is presented annually to an individual who exemplifies the spirit of tzedakah and demonstrates commitment, passion, service and leadership within the Jewish community.

Mr. Weiss received the award for his outstanding contributions to The J and to the Jewish community. His community involvement began in 1997 with the formation of the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix’s Young Leadership Division.

When planning began for the new Valley of the Sun JCC campus in 1999, Mr. Weiss was asked to serve on the board. He has held various board positions over the next 14 years, including chairman 2006-07. The 2006 Maccabi Games hosted in Phoenix are among his proudest moments — he volunteered many hours to assure the games were a success.

“I know what Irv Shuman meant to this community and I am very aware of the contributions of previous recipients. It is a true honor to be among them,” Mr. Weiss said.  “The J has been such a big part of our family’s life. I am proud to support an organization that plays such a vital role in our community.”

Mr. Weiss will receive the Irv Shuman Award during Casino Night on Saturday, Oct. 17. The evening features casino-style fun including a poker tournament, black jack and roulette. A live auction and raffle drawings add to the excitement.

Laurie Kline and Scott Weiss, as well as their spouses David Kline and Andi Weiss, co-chair the event in recognition of their brother.

“When we learned that my brother got this award, we thought it would be fun to chair the event—to show our support of him and the place he is so passionate about,” said Scott Weiss. “We’re very proud of him and have always admired his dedication to The J.”

Tickets to Casino Night are $150 per person. Price includes dinner buffet, drinks, dancing and $100 in casino cash. Proceeds support scholarships and programming at The J.

For more information and to register, visit The J is located at 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.


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