One of the Valley’s most progressive synagogues has moved to a larger, inspiring space. Merkaz Ha-Iyr, which means “Center of the City,” has a new home in North Central Phoenix.

The new location at 12861 N. 8th Ave., just south of Thunderbird Road, is part of the Shadow Rock United Church of Christ campus. Staci Mayer, Merkaz’s president, explained, “We have the wonderful problem of growth and we are excited to have found a beautiful and spiritual space.”

The new home is ideal for members’ continued desire to experience Arizona’s magnificent natural setting. As part of Merkaz’s organic approach to Judaism and traditions, the campus has many indoor and outdoor spaces that are perfect for services, holiday celebrations, child and adult education, and the teen “Jewth” group. The inspirational new space will add to the camp-like, once monthly Friday night Shabbat services.

Limud, the religious school, teaches Hebrew and Jewish values for youth ages 4-13 years and will also benefit from the new setting.

Information about services and High Holidays can be found on the website:


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