Sustaining the Phoenix Jewish Community Through Covid-19 and Beyond

Conversation with the Rabbi

Sep 9 2021 • 50 mins

Rabbi Michael Beyo and Dr. Adrian McIntyre talk with Richard Kasper of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix and Marty Haberer of the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix about philanthropy, fundraising, and nonprofit leadership in the Jewish community.

(Producer's note: This conversation was recorded in December 2020 and discusses Covid-19 in the context of that time.)

Topics discussed in this episode include:

  • effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on local Jewish people and organizations
  • changing demographics for the Jewish community
  • changing patterns in charitable giving and how we respond
  • how nonprofit and philanthropic organization can adapt to unpredictable circumstances.

Richard Kasper is President & CEO of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix. Founded in 1972, the Jewish Community Foundation strives to create a permanent legacy for a strong, vibrant, enduring Jewish community locally and abroad. The Jewish Community Foundation is the largest resource for Jewish philanthropy in the Greater Phoenix area. They have earned the trust of donors and the community of professional advisors - attorneys, estate planners, trust officers, insurance professionals, accountants, and financial advisors - who work with them to help donors achieve their charitable and financial goals. As a primary, trusted and expert resource for philanthropy, the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix engages, educates, and inspires generations of givers throughout the Jewish community. The organization provide resources to make the community's vision a reality, and it responds to emergencies facing the Jewish people.

Marty Haberer is President & CEO of The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix, an organization that has been serving the Valley’s Jewish and greater community since 1941. A collective of professionals, lay leadership, and generous donors and supporters working together to improve the lives of Jews locally and globally, the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix strengthens and sustains Jewish life and identity while meeting critical needs in the community, in Israel, and around the world. The organization serves the community as a resource by maximizing the impact of the dollars raised and by supporting organizations that make a difference every day. It enables change, promotes innovation, and builds community.

Conversation with the Rabbi is a project of the East Valley Jewish Community Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, neighborhood organization that has served individuals and families inclusive of all races, religions, and cultures since 1972. Visit us online at

The Conversation with the Rabbi podcast is supported by a grant from Arizona Humanities, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the federal American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act.

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