Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center

Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus

The Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center is a general recreational, social and fraternal organization.

In almost every major city in the United States there is a Jewish Community Center. It serves as a general recreational, social, and fraternal organization for the local Jewish community. The JCC promotes Jewish culture and heritage through different clubs, programs, and educational opportunities. The center has several recreational activities like a swimming pool or track, but has a Jewish summer camp for the younger kids in the community.

The Phoenix Jewish Community Center started in a small house on North Forth Street in 1945. This did not last long because the JCC moved to a larger house on North Central Avenue in 1953. As the need continued to grow the JCCC would then move to a newly constructed building on East Camelback Road in 1955. Even after the grand opening of the new building, the Jewish community was campaigning for a larger facility. The new JCC would be opened in 1962 on West Maryland Road in downtown Phoenix.

In 1998, the Jewish community realized that they needed to move away from downtown Phoenix to build a much larger JCC. The builders looked to the area of Scottsdale. In 2002 the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center would open in its current location in Scottsdale as part of the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus. The VOSJCC has a swimming pool and a library, which stocks Jewish reference materials. It is an excellent athletic, social and cultural venue that adds to the programming already in place by the local synagogues. The community is open to all visitors.

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JCC Groundbreaking Ceremonies

JCC Groundbreaking Ceremonies

Rabbi Albert Plotkin and other prominent members of the Jewish community taking part in the groundbreaking ceremonies of the new Jewish Community Center. | Source: Arizona Jewish Historical Society, "JCC Groundbreaking Ceremonies at new site," 14213-30.jpg. | Creator: Markow Photography View File Details Page

Sign Installation at New Phoenix Jewish Community Center

Sign Installation at New Phoenix Jewish Community Center

Morrie Hershman and Sidney Pickelner hold the sign for the new Phoenix Jewish Community Center, while Edith K. Baum points. The center opened at 2211 North Central Avenue in December 1953 and was used until the permanent center at 1510 East Camelback Road was completed in December of 1955. | Source: Arizona Jewish Historical Society, " Sign Installation at New Phoenix Jewish Community Center, 1951," 1440-1.jpg. | Creator: Markow Photography View File Details Page

Jewish Community Center

Jewish Community Center

The Maryland Avenue JCC opened in 1962. It remained open until 1996. View File Details Page

JCC Picnic at Saguaro Lake

JCC Picnic at Saguaro Lake

Male members of the Phoenix Jewish Community Center play tug-of-war while ladies look on at a picnic at Saguaro Lake in 1947. | Source: Arizona Jewish Historical Society, "JCC Picnic at Saguaro Lake, 1947," 458-2.jpg. | Creator: Markow Photography View File Details Page

Phoenix Jewish Community Center Halloween Party

Phoenix Jewish Community Center Halloween Party

Young men and women dress up for a Halloween party at the Phoenix Jewish Community Center in 1951. | Source: Arizona Jewish Historical Society, " Phoenix Jewish Community Center Halloween Party, 1951," 1470-3.jpg. | Creator: Markow Photography View File Details Page

Women Advertising May Fair

Women Advertising May Fair

Three women advertise the Phoenix Jewish Community Center's May Fair in 1955. From left to right: Steve Tropp, Joyce Landman, and Penny Tropp. | Source: Arizona Jewish Historical Society, "Women Advertising May Fair, 1955," 3681-2.jpg. | Creator: Markow Photography View File Details Page

Future Home of the Jewish Community Campus

Future Home of the Jewish Community Campus

In 2002 the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center was built in Scottsdale. The Valley of the Sun JCC is part of the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus which houses four other Jewish agencies including the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix, the Bureau of Jewish Education, Council for Jews with Special Needs, and Jewish Community Foundation. | Source: "Future Home of the Jewish Community Campus, 1998," Flo Eckstein Collection, Publisher of the Jewish New of Greater Phoenix, Arizona Jewish Historical Society <http://azmemory.azlibrary.gov/cdm/singleitem/collection/ajhjnp/id/185/rec/115> accessed December 11, 2016. | Creator: Flo Eckstein Collection, Publisher of the Jewish News of Greater Phoenix View File Details Page

Street Address:

12701 N. Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85254 [map]

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Heather Roehl, “Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center,” Salt River Stories, accessed June 25, 2017, http://www.saltriverstories.org/items/show/217.

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