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Temple Beth Shalom of the West Valley's History

Temple Beth Shalom sign at ground-breaking
Temple Beth Shalom exterior view of building.

Arizona Jewish Historical Society photos

A handful of Sun City residents looking for a spiritual home started Temple Beth Shalom in 1968. In the beginning, the congregation would meet at the Fairway Center in Sun City before moving to the Sun Dial Center in 1975.

 

Rabbi Albert Michels became the first permanent rabbi for the congregation, and was officially installed in 1972. In 1976, the congregation purchased land and began construction a year later.

 

At the groundbreaking ceremony, Rabbi Michels said, “At last, we have a home. We no longer have to wander in the desert.” The congregation has seen tremendous growth in the West Valley and is still located on North 101st Avenue in Sun City.

 

Since 1972, Temple Beth Shalom has had only five rabbis serving the congregation. 

Temple Beth Shalom Rabbis
Rabbi Albert A Michaels.

Rabbi Albert A Michels

1972-1982

Rabbi Bernard Kligfeld

Rabbi Bernard Kligfeld

1982-1997

Rabbi Arthur J Abrams

Rabbi Arthur J Abrams

1997-2005

Rabbi Sheldon Moss

Rabbi Sheldon Moss

2005-2019

Rabbi Dana Evan Kaplan

Rabbi Dana Evan Kaplan

2019-Present

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