On July 25, a new website launched to unite all of Phoenix’s Jewish voices in one cohesive space. JewishPhoenix.com is a site where visitors can easily connect to community organizations, find upcoming events, discover volunteer opportunities, enjoy lifestyle content and much more.

JewishPhoenix has been in the works since 2018, when the board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix discussed the fact that there was no community calendar — no one place where anyone could go to see a comprehensive listing of what was going on in the Jewish community.

Federation board member and publisher of Java Magazine, Alan Zeichick, was chosen to chair the “tech/data committee” task force to examine the problem.

“While we were doing an investigation to solve a calendar problem, the project, as so often happens, grew. Somebody pointed out that there was no website that you could look at if you were visiting Phoenix and wanted to find a kosher restaurant or some Jewish music — you had to get on Google and it’s very time consuming and can be very overwhelming,” said Zeichick.

The committee reached out to various technology experts, service providers and organizations to gain knowledge and expertise, including the Jewish Federations of North America and JewishBoston. In the end, the same software company that developed the JewishBoston website, RGB Media out of Tel Aviv, was hired to create JewishPhoenix.

“They took what they built for Jewish Boston and reimagined it for what works for our community,” said Jennifer Starrett, content manager for JewishPhoenix. “The exciting thing about this site is that it involves the organizations and programs in our community and enables them to promote their events to the greater community in one space — versus their individual websites and calendars.”

An initiative of the Center for Jewish Philanthropy of Greater Phoenix (CJP), JewishPhoenix allows visitors to search by topics: families, kids, teens, seniors, lifestyle and Jewish learning; and once a selection is made, the entire page will refresh, showing only the blog posts and events pertaining to that topic.

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