That’s a far cry from 2016 when Temple Chai Cantor Ross Wolman and Rabbi Mari Charnow — who moved to California last year — went to the parade with their families and found themselves wondering, “Where are the Jews? There are no Jewish organizations in the parade.”

They were determined to do something about that absence.

In 2017, Jewish Phoenix came into existence and 100 people signed up to march. In 2018, the number of Jewish marchers doubled; the following year, it was up to 300 people. In 2020, the group became AZ Jews for Pride, but COVID-19 meant there would be no parade that year. Then, in 2021, the parade moved from April to November but, unfortunately, it fell on Shabbat.


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