Beth Shalom Temple Center
1751 North Rio Mayo
Green Valley, AZ 85614
Phone: (520) 648-6690
Hours of OperationMonday & Friday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
It was a balmy day in Green Valley in the fall of 1981 when a young man came up and introduced himself as Jack Stone. He had moved to Green Valley from Chicago to help sell condominiums. He had noticed the Star of David necklace Ros was wearing and asked if we were Jewish. He had been looking for some Jewish friends, to no avail, and came to the conclusion that there weren't any Jews in Green Valley. Through a series of outreach actions, a group of about 30 Jewish people found each other and began to celebrate social and Jewish events together.
The group decided to call themselves The Jewish Friendship Club of Green Valley and met more often, on the second Sunday of each month for bagels and coffee at Pima Savings. Money was collected from each of the attendees to offset the costs.
The mission of the club was to establish a viable Jewish presence in Green Valley, where newcomers could meet to find friends and information about activities in town. We adopted a pay-as-you-go philosophy to cover the costs of each of our programs by the persons attending. Every affair was a break-even event run by the members who volunteered, without taxing those who did not attend.
Our organization was primarily designed for social activities, but we celebrated the major Jewish festivals, which included prayers appropriate for the occasion. Some of our members were interested in expanding the religious aspects of the group, and in time Friday night services were added.
In 1992, two members gave a spontaneous donation of $10,000, to be held for the future construction of our own building. We formed a special, long-range planning committee, which recommended that we seriously consider buying land and constructing a building to house our various activities.
In subsequent years the temple building was expanded, adding the library and new entryway. The Chazanof Memorial Garden and Fountain provide a special place of peace for our members.
Today, Beth Shalom Temple Center of Green Valley stands as a small, beautiful monument to the eternal desire of Jews of all persuasions to gather together in friendship and faith.