Your absence is requested on December 5, 2020!

We might currently be 6 feet apart, but as a community we have never been closer. Our Standing Strong Together Non-Event is a sign of the times in a COVID-era. While this year’s Gala is an illusion, the need is very real. With a little help from our friends (you!), The J will remain a strong and vibrant part of our community for decades to come!

Support The J from a distance

DO socially distance and stay home!


Our Standing Strong Together Non-Event is a one-of-a-kind fundraising initiative. You can support The J’s mission from home. And, since this year we aren’t paying for an event space and all that goes along with an in-person gala, your donation will go even farther as 100% of your gift will directly impact the Martin Pear JCC on the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus.

The Impact of COVID on The J and how we have responded

Here is how things have changed in the past few months for The J:

Prior to the Pandemic

  • 2,250 units of membership
  • $800,000 ahead of budget
  • Anticipating full camps
  • Anticipating strong ECC fall registration

After Shutdown and Partial Closure

  • Reopening costs $220,000
  • Approximately 1,600 units of membership
  • Anticipate loss of $2-2.5 million of income
  • Subsidized COVID testing for employees $7,000

Ongoing COVID-related Costs

  • Weekly cleaning & sanitizing costs $6,000
  • Financial aid requests for membership, preschool and camp are higher than ever
  • Current restrictions and guidelines severely limit program size as well as fundraising programs

The J has made an impact during this time through:

Launched J at Home (

Fitness, Youth, Sports, Aquatics, ECC, Adults


  • 11 weeks in-building, both Shemesh and Kochavim
  • Camp-in-a-Box (virtual camp option)
  • Club J All Day (virtual school setting)

Outdoor fitness classes and strength training during partial closure 

Enhanced aquatics offerings during partial closure

Food, blood and clothing drives


Comprehensive safety measures

  • Temperature taking
  • Signage
  • Masks
  • Socially-distanced furniture
  • Ongoing sanitization of high-touch areas
  • Cardio & membership area plexiglass installation
  • Automated water station installation

Ready to make an impact? Great!
Responses are requested by December 5, 2020.


Your donation can create an even greater impact. Thanks to a group of anonymous donors, all gifts will be matched dollar for dollar up to $50,000.


Interested in becoming a sponsor?
We have the right sponsorship package for you. Click below to learn about our sponsorship opportunities, or contact Andrea Quen at or 480.481.1753.


Share your support and excitement on social media by using the hashtag #StrongerTogetherAtTheJ

Thank you to our generous
Standing Strong Together Non-Event sponsors:

Sponsors of Gratitude

Lodestar Foundation
Jean and Curt Feuer
Jerry Simms

Sponsors of Loyalty

ABLE Financial Group
Hoffer Family
Flader Wealth Consulting Group of RBC Wealth Management
Weiss Wealth Strategies of Raymond James

Sponsors of Inspiration

Above and Beyond Senior Placement Service
Affiliated Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics
Discount Tire
Gust Rosenfeld P.L.C. – Barry M. Markson
Joel Schaller
Lane & Nach, PC
Matthews Gold Kennedy & Snow
R.O.I. Properties
The Yalowitz Zeidler Group – Baird Private Wealth Management
Weiss Brown

Sponsors of Unity

Paradise Valley Dental – Shalom Fialkoff, DMD, MPH, David Lebowitz, DMD, Jerry Sparks, DDS

The Mahoney Group

Sponsors of Encouragement

Sacks Tierney P.A.
Shari and Irwin Kanefsky
Sonora Investment Management – Mike H. Arko
Tower Capital – Adam S. Finkel
WAXIE Sanitary Supply

In-Kind Sponsors

Kettle Heroes Artisan Popcorn


Thank you to our fantastic
Standing Strong Together Non-Event ambassadors:


Nichole and Michael Arko
Debbie Berkowitz and Gary Weiss
Debbie and Bob Bernstein
Nikki and David Bernstein
Cindy and Adam Brooks
Kristina and Ben Brown
Alison and Michael Feinberg
Rachel and Jonathan Hoffer
Shari and Irwin Kanefsky
Denise and Eric Kaye
Michelle and Bryan Kort
Kimberly and Norm Kur
Lori and Barry Markson
Priscilla Sachs-Barreto and Chris Barreto
Sara and Evan Schneider
Esther and Don Schon
Lindsey and Brian Seitchik
Suzanne and Scott Ungar
Jill and Lee Weiss
Beth Jo Zeitzer and Adam Nach