2018 Heritage Award

 

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Saturday Evening, October 20, 2018

The 2018 Heritage Award Gala Honoring
Susan and Nestor Guzman



Susan and Nestor Guzman have lived in Scottsdale for 39 years. They met at Cornell University when Susan was a freshman and Nestor a sophomore. They credit their love for one another as the glue that bonds them in their untiring commitment to working with and financially supporting organizations and projects that serve to support under-represented communities, eradicate injustices and eliminate human suffering.

 Nestor’s boundless energy and compassion is rooted in serving on the Boards of many Jewish and non-Jewish organizations.  Most proud of his contribution towards the renovation of the first synagogue in Phoenix, which is now home to the Arizona Jewish Historical Society, he was also active in the transformation of the King David School into the Pardes Jewish Day School campus.  Additionally, he fervently works towards
securing the survival of Israel as a member of AIPAC’s National Council and is equally honored to be serving on the Jewish Community Relations Council to provide a collective voice in advancing the cause of justice.  With a deep understanding of the need to shape emerging social justice advocates into the next generation of leaders, Nestor is also an ardent supporter of the Arizona non-profit Leading For Change.

 Susan’s heart lies in bringing people together to do impactful work.  She can and is always counted on to garner volunteers to support temple activities, organize dinners to connect people to one another and serve as the hostess at  her home for charitable events.  Susan’s passion is identifying opportunities to help improve the lives of others.  On any day, you may find her hosting a blood drive for the American Red Cross, volunteering at a Hospice of the Valley facility, helping a blind Holocaust survivor shop for food through Duet, or serving meals to the homeless
at the Lodestar Day Resource Center.

 Susan and Nestor are also the proud parents of their daughter Jennifer and grandparents of their twin granddaughters, Emma and Zoe.

 The Arizona Historical Society is grateful for the positive light that Susan and Nestor Guzman shine on the Greater Phoenix community.  They both exemplify the definition of mensch, people of honor and integrity.


Featuring Keynote Speaker
Acclaimed New York Times Columnist and Editor Bret Stephens
 

 Bret Stephens became an op-ed columnist and associate editor for the New York Times in April, 2017. Before that, he spent 11 years as the author of "Global View," the foreign-affairs column of The Wall Street Journal, for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary in 2013.
He also served eight years as the Wall Street Journal's deputy editorial-page editor, responsible for the newspaper's global opinion section, as well as a member of the editorial board.

Mr. Stephens began his career at The Wall Street Journal in 1998 as an editor in New York, and later wrote editorials and articles for the newspaper from Brussels. In January 2002 he was named editor-in-chief of the Jerusalem Post, a position he assumed at age 28. At the Post, he was responsible for the newspaper's news, editorial, digital and international editions, and also wrote a weekly column. Mr. Stephens returned to the Journal in late 2004. He has reported stories from around the world, including Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Gaza, and interviewed dozens of world leaders. In June 2017 he became a regular political analyst for MSNBC.


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