The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix strengthens and sustains Jewish life and identity while meeting critical needs in Greater Phoenix, in Israel and around the world. We serve the community as a resource by maximizing the impact of the dollars raised and by supporting organizations that make a difference every day. We enable change, promote innovation and build community. We believe we have a responsibility to one another and to all mankind. We believe in our power to make a difference. And we believe that together we can make our world a better place.
The Federation believes that in keeping the memory and lessons of the Holocaust alive, we prevent silence and indifference in future generations. Violins of Hope gives a voice to the voiceless and teaches about the Holocaust in a personal, relatable way through each violin’s story. Concerts, exhibitions and comprehensive education programs help children, adults, and seniors connect and comprehend more deeply the significance of the Holocaust, the lessons learned and how they apply to our world today.
This incredible program will be the largest collaborative project ever undertaken in Greater Phoenix, with Jewish and non-Jewish community organizations partnering in celebrating music, education, history and culture. It is a tremendous opportunity for the Federation to connect with community members and organizations and demonstrate unity in our shared values.
All donations to Violins of Hope are tax deductible and will be processed through the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix.
Julee Landau Shahon and Rachel Hoffer have been working to bring the Violins of Hope to our community for the last three years. With drive, determination and passion, they have finally achieved their vision.
“We felt this was an important project to bring to our community on many levels. Violins of Hope will be a ground-breaking program with Jewish and non-Jewish organizations partnering together in celebrating music, education, history and culture. It is a tremendous opportunity to impact and connect with our community to show unity in our shared values and to expand Holocaust education and reinforce key lessons that are pertinent now and for future generations.”
Julee is a dedicated and passionate advocate for the work of the Jewish Federation, the Jewish Community and Israel. Currently, Julee serves as a Vice Chair of the Federation Board as well as the Annual Campaign Chair, a position she has held for four years during two different terms. She also serves as an advisor to the Women’s Philanthropy Board, having previously served as Board Chair and Executive Committee member. In addition to her deep involvement with the Federation, Julee also serves on the Board of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix, JFNA’s National Women’s Philanthropy Board and is a member of the Phoenix Steering Committee for Technion. A graduate of the University of Michigan and a member of Congregation Beth Tefillah, Julee lives in Scottsdale with her husband, Dr. Robert Shahon. When she is not working for the Jewish Community, Julee is a real estate agent with Realty One.
Rachel is a Fisher Flight alumna and is very active in both the Jewish community locally and globally. She is the Federation NowGen board advisor and serves on the Federation’s National Young Leadership Cabinet. In addition, she is North America board chair for Youth Futures, a program of the Federation’s overseas partner, JAFI. Rachel has chaired numerous events and galas for both the JCC, Pardes and Federation. She was co-chair of the capital campaign to move Pardes to the Ina Levine Jewish Community campus as well as co-chair for the capital campaign for Congregation Beth Tefillah’s new synagogue. In addition to her leadership roles in the community, Rachel is married to Jonathan Hoffer, mother of three girls and co-founder of Fanny and Martha, an apparel company that empowers women of all ages.