Jewish Life in the Valley

This tour consists of well known locations known throughout the Salt River Valley, Jewish community. There are two well known department stores that were part of downtown Phoenix and the owners were prominent members of the Jewish community. The beloved Kosher bakery, that was forced to close after fifty years of business.

There is the first Jewish congregation and the first conservative Jewish congregation in the Phoenix metropolitan area. The first Jewish day school in the Phoenix region. There is the local Jewish Community Center in Scottsdale and the Historical Society of Phoenix.

From 1860 to 1920, Jewish settlers were finding opportunities in mining, farming, banking, and politics in the Phoenix area. At this time synagogues, trained rabbis and Kosher foods were hard to find in Arizona. For many Jewish families this meant a modification in their practices to fit their new…
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The Polish-Jewish Korrick family opened up their store in the late 1890s. This was one of the first department stores in the Phoenix area, along with the Goldwater and Diamond department stores. Sam Korrick arrived in Phoenix in 1895 on the chance that he could make it big in the city. First,…
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Beth El Congregation was formed because members of Temple Beth Israel were having a disagreement. The members of the congregation could not decide on the hiring of a Shochet (Kosher butcher) and the hiring of a Reform or Conservative rabbi. The traditional Jewish members left to form Beth El…
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The Phoenix Hebrew Academy is an Orthodox Jewish day school in north central Phoenix, Arizona. The Academy was founded in 1965 by Rabbi David Rebibo. Rabbi Rebibo has served as the Dean of Students since its inception. It is the first Jewish day school in the region and one of the first outside of…
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Karsh's Bakery opened in 1965 and then relocated to its last location in downtown Phoenix in 1980. The final location for the bakery was at Seventh Street near Missouri Avenue. Karsh's Bakery was one of only a handful of bakeries supervised by the Phoenix Vaad Hakashruth. The Phoenix Vaad…
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