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The EVJCC Earns National NAEYC Re-Accreditation

Published: Thursday, September 24, 2015 For more information contact: Pam Morris, East Valley JCC 480-897-0588, For immediate release: 9/24/15 East Valley JCC EARNS NATIONAL NAEYC ACCREDITATION Program among the top in the nation by earning accreditation – The East Valley JCC located in Chandler has earned accreditation from the National Association for the

How structured play readies children for life

Published: Monday, July 2, 2012

Fall, well August or even July in Arizona, begins a new year of learning for children. But how early is too early to begin introducing your child to school? Many experts agree that around 2 years-old, children begin benefitting greatly from structured play with other children, guided by an Early Childhood-educated adult.

Mayor Tibshraeny Interviews World War II Colonel Edward Shames

Published: Friday, June 8, 2012

Mayor Jay Tibshraeny interviews 89-year-old World War II Colonel Edward Shames on his television show “Chandler Inside & Out” airing on Chandler Channel 11 and the city’s website at

Holocaust era rail car public reveal April 17

Published: Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Arizona’s first Holocaust & Tolerance museum artifact — a Holocaust-era rail car from Macedonia — shall be revealed at the East Valley JCC’s Yom Ha’Shoah commemoration on April 17. Beginning at 4:30 p.m., the public is welcome to view the car, the only one of its kind west of the Mississippi at the Chandler Center for the Arts. Directly following, guests can attend Colonel Edward Shames: A War Hero Remembers at 6:30 p.m. World War II Veteran Colonel Shames will share for the first time his experiences liberating the Dachau concentration camp.

World War II Colonel breaks silence about concentration camp liberation

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2012

When Colonel Edward Shames addresses a live audience on April 17 at the Chandler Center for the Arts (CCA), it will be the first time the 89-year-old war hero has ever spoken about his experiences at the concentration camp Dachau, Nazi Germany’s oldest forced labor camp that opened in 1933. At 6:30 p.m., the Jewish American veteran who now resides in Virginia will give guests a first-hand account of what he went through as a member of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR), and later Easy Company, the unit made famous by the 2001 HBO mini-series Band of Brothers.

Early Childhood expert presents ‘Cooperative Learning through Play’ at free public event

Published: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 East Valley parents, early childhood educators are invited to absorb the expert knowledge of renowned Early Childhood Learning expert and Director of Early Childhood Education for JCCA (Jewish Community Centers Association) Mark Horowitz. Horowitz will present Cooperative Learning through Play, a short discussion about the benefits of play in physical development, academics, social emotional learning and current research on the subject. A Q&A session and open house with the East Valley Jewish Community Center’s Early Childhood Learning Center will follow. With more than 60 years of collective experience teaching young children, the JCC’s NAEYC-accredited early childhood program offers its own knowledgebase to the community. Teachers will open their classrooms for questions and further discussion following Horowitz’s presentation.

National Anne Frank Exhibit now open to the public

Published: Tuesday, February 7, 2012 Anne Frank’s story may be more than 70 years old, but her timeless legacy continues to effect all generations through Anne Frank: A History for Today, an exhibit now open to the public through March 5 at the East Valley Jewish Community Center (JCC). Community members can tour the free exhibit with an experienced docent, Sundays: 1-4:30 p.m.; and Mondays-Thursdays: 5:30-8:30 p.m. More than 5,000 students and guests have already signed up for a tour.

Law enforcement agencies join forces to learn about the Holocaust

Published: Friday, January 20, 2012 When the National Anne Frank Exhibit comes to Chandler next month, it will provide an opportunity for police departments and other Arizona law enforcement agencies to experience a unique training on ethics and the Holocaust. This training, co-sponsored by the Arizona Chapter of the Anti Defamation League (ADL) and the East Valley Jewish Community Center (JCC), was specifically developed to compliment the Anne Frank exhibit.

Holocaust museum obtains first major artifact

Published: Thursday, December 29, 2011 A World War II era railcar is being shipped to the United States to become a central artifact in the Holocaust & Tolerance Museum being developed in Chandler, AZ.  The railcar is coming from Macedonia, which was occupied by Germany during WWII.  The car will be imported through Los Angeles to Arizona in early 2012.

Holocaust & Tolerance Museum in Chandler Moving Forward

Published: Tuesday, December 14, 2010 The East Valley Jewish Community Center (JCC) announces RSP Architects as the designer for its Tolerance & Holocaust Museum, along with former Tempe Mayor Neil Giuliano as strategic advisor for the project.

Phoenix-area non-profit gives single moms college help

Published: Thursday, December 2, 2010

College life isn't always conducive to single mothers, who must juggle classes, homework, jobs and motherhood.

But a helping hand can make a big difference in a single mother's daily life: someone to fix her car when it breaks as she's on the way to pick her child up from school, or someone to lend her a laptop if she can't afford one.

That is where Helping Hands for Single Moms, a non-profit organization, steps in. The group provides scholarships to help the 50 low-income single mothers enrolled in the program graduate from college. Women can use the $255 monthly stipend for whatever they need to help them finish their degrees.

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Maricopa County Attorney's Office to host Shred-A-Thon and prevent identity theft

Published: Thursday, December 2, 2010 The Maricopa County Attorney's Office is partnering with the Shred-It company and Westech Recyclers to sponsor a community Shred-A-Thon as part of its ongoing commitment to combat identity theft. At the Shred-A-Thon the public will be able to shred two full file boxes and/or bags of their personal and financial information at no cost. In addition Westech Recyclers will be on site collecting recyclable electronics. The public may bring items like computers, cell phones, keyboards and cameras to be recycled for free.

Jewish News Article

Published: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 A combination of timing, diplomatic considerations and, above all, good old-fashioned "noodging" has culminated in the biggest push in years to free Jonathan Pollard.