Arizona Storytellers: Elia Simon

By KJZZ News
Published: Monday, September 3, 2018 - 5:10am
Updated: Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 10:16am

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KJZZ is partnering with The Arizona Republic to bring you the Arizona Storytellers series. We record the live events and share them with you on the radio. In Phoenix, the storytellers share stories about our community or the life events that have shaped them. Megan Finnerty is the creator of the series.

Elia Simon shares her story at the Phoenix Art Museum on March 14, 2018.
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Elia Simon shares her story at the Phoenix Art Museum on March 14, 2018.

Elia Simon was born and raised in Israel. Her family lived in a kibbutz and her mom made most of her clothes. When she was in 2nd grade, Elia's family moved from Israel to Phoenix. Elia was enrolled in a private, Jewish school and had a little trouble adjusting.

She wanted to fit in with the popular girls but they didn't accept her and the only thing Elia thought they had that she didn't have was Guess brand clothing. So one day while shopping at a discount clothing store, Elia found a T-shirt that said Guess on the front. She begged her mom to buy it for her.

Elia Simon is a counselor at Quail Run Behavior Health Hospital in Phoenix.

The next storytelling event is Thursday, September 13 at the Desert Botanical Garden. To learn more about the Arizona Storytellers project or how to tell your own story, visit

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