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Call for Nominees, The Bryna Zehngut Mitzvot Award


The Women’s Philanthropy Advisory Council of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona announces the twelfth annual Bryna Zehngut Mitzvot Award. This award, created to honor Bryna Zehngut, of blessed memory, recognizes an outstanding Jewish teenaged girl. 

The recipient should be a high school junior or senior Jewish girl who has been a role model of Jewish values and shown leadership through her community organization or volunteer activities. She will receive a $613 gift relating to the Torah’s 613 mitzvot. The money can be utilized towards participation on a trip to Israel, a Jewish leadership/educational program, or it can be donated in the recipient’s name to a Jewish non-profit organization. The honoree will also be recognized by Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona during the 2019 Connections Brunch on Sunday, March 10 at Westin La Paloma Resort.



We encourage you to submit one or more nominations.

The application form can be found online here:
Please inform the girls of your nominations as they will be responsible to submit a brief resume, one letter of recommendation from a non-family member, and a brief statement of intent for use of the $613 award. All forms can be submitted on line and must be uploaded no later than November 16, 2018. Questions can be directed to Susannah Castro at the Jewish Federation, 520-577-9393 or

 Applications may also be submitted by emailing the requested information to .

We thank you for joining us in recognizing the outstanding achievements of our youth.



Bryna Zehngut Mitvot Award Winners by Year:


Jillian Cassius and Maya Levy


Zoe Holtzman


Madyssen Zarin


Sarah Cassius


Adina Artzi


Ital Ironstone


Rachel Knox


Alyssa Silva


Cate Rubin


Ariella Faitelson


Rebecca Beckman

2007 – first award, Allison Abraham

Creation of award, 12/8/06