Jewish Federation honors Bob Silver during 75th annual celebration

The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix will present Bob Silver with its highest recognition, the Medal of Honor, during the 75th anniversary Kickoff & Awards Celebration 7 p.m. March 9.

Bob Silver

Bob Silver

The award is presented annually to an individual who has demonstrated a long and deep commitment to Jewish life, as well as exemplary leadership and service to the federation and to the Jewish community.

“Bob has given back to our community in so many ways, and many times has served in volunteer roles that are close to full-time jobs,” said Federation President & CEO Stuart Wachs.

“Bob’s tireless commitment and dedication were so clearly demonstrated when he stepped in during the federation’s most challenging recession years and not only kept the federation going for the sake of the community, but also was also an integral player in the formation of the association, benefitting the JCC, Federation, Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus and most importantly, our Jewish community.”

More than 300 guests are expected to be present as the federation presents Mr. Silver with the 2015 Medal of Honor. Mr. Silver credits his parents, Warren and Judy Silver, with instilling in him the desire to and term for responsibility.

His father founded the Jewish Community Foundation and his mother was the federation’s first woman Young Leadership honoree.

The federation’s Belle Latchman Community Service Award will also be presented during the March 9 celebration. The award honors the memory of Belle Latchman, the first female president of the federation, and is presented annually in recognition of an outstanding contribution by a Jewish nonprofit organization toward enhancing Jewish lives in the Valley.

Camp Swift is receiving the 2015 Belle Latchman Award for its dedication to providing meaningful and enriching camp experiences to at-risk youth.

“Swift Youth Foundation strives to empower and uplift youth and teens in the Phoenix Jewish community and beyond, and we are thrilled to receive the 2015 Belle Latchman Award in recognition of Camp Swift’s contribution to the enhancement of the quality of life for youth and teens in the Greater Phoenix area,” said Kaylie Marsh, executive director of the Swift Youth Foundation.

Camp Swift received the inaugural Belle Latchman Award in 1983. The program continues to embody the spirit of the award through its innovative contributions to both the Jewish and general communities, as well as through its dedication to perpetuating Jewish values, including Tikkun Olam. Over the past 35 years, more than 15,000 children and nearly 3,000 teens have had life-changing experiences at Camp Swift.

In addition to the awards, the March 9 event celebrates the federation’s founding in 1941, and the years of service made possible through the generosity of its supporters. It also kicks off the 2016 Annual Campaign and a year-long celebration of 75 years of gratitude, giving and giving.
A dessert reception immediately follows the program.

The event is open to the community. There is no charge to attend. The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix is located at 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.

For information and to register, please contact Joan Hosey, 480-634-4900, Ext. 1136 or, or online at

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