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Paradise Valley's Temple Solel rabbis compete for a Mirror Ball Trophy. 

  Yes, that's Temple Solel Rabbi John Linder  pictured above with his professional ballroom dancer. He competed in the dance competition inspired by the TV show "Dancing with the Stars."

 MAZEL TOV to those who were part of the Solelebration fundraiser that combined the energy of a dazzling dance competition with a dinner and auction.  

The gala hosted by Temple Solel of Paradise Valley and Solel Preschool. Two rabbis and five temple and preschool members each paired up with professional ball room dancers to compete for the Mirror Ball Trophy.

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(Rabbi Ilana Mills, Geoffrey Harris and Elijah Armstead show off the Mirror Ball Trophy.)

Mazel tov to Rabbi Ilana Mills. She went home with the Mirror Ball Trophy. Also in the spotlight competing on the dance floor were dancing stars Sandy and Harvey Belfer, Donna Berry, Mary Ann Bloom and Robert Danoff.   Judging the friendly competition were David Lamden, Pamela Ornstein and Andrew DeFusco. 

The creative fete "Geoffrey Harris’ Solelebrate with the Stars”- was co-chaired by Geoffrey Harris and Kimberly Combs.  Kimberly’s husband Tee Combs who co-chaired the logistics committee with Julie Knoller Schwartz, were part of a powerful 50 person planning committee. (Not to mention a table captain committee of 112 people!)

The plethora of live auction items which also raised helped raise funds included a  David Ben Gurion handwritten letter collage!

 Again.. MAZEL TOV to those who made it a success. 

   kathy shayna shocket copy   Kathy Shayna Shocket is a freelance Reporter, Photographer and TV -Field Producer based in Phoenix, AZ. She's written for prestigious publications such as TIME magazine, PEOPLE magazine,  MONEY magazine, the Hollywood Reporter and the New York Times. You can reach her at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it