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About 100 young Jewish professionals gathered in the Moishe House Phoenix sukkah this past weekend to celebrate Sukkot together, one of the many social events Moishe House hosts each month for Jews in their early career years out of college. Although there can often be a disconnect in Jewish participation when college students graduate and enter their careers, Moishe House Phoenix has helped fill that void since 2013.

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Community Calendar 10-28-16

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Coming Up

Valley Beit Midrash kicks off season with Rabbi Joseph Telushkin

Valley Beit Midrash will host its opening lecture event with Rabbi Joseph Telushkin speaking about “On Being a Good Person in a Morally Complicated World: On Forgiveness, Self-Esteem and Why It’s So Hard to Change,” 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, at Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix.

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Good Health

Running for a cause

I first learned about Camp Simcha and Chai Lifeline from a post-college roommate about 20 years ago. She was a teacher and during her summer break she was the head waitress at the camp. Not understanding why kids in camp needed waitresses, she explained to me passionately that the overnight Camp Simcha was unlike any place in the entire world.

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High Holidays

Spiritual doors of prayer open when making challah

My 10-year old daughter was helping me get ready for the upcoming holiday and offered to clean up the toy room. Later that evening she remarked to me that after cleaning it all up, the room was messy again from all the kids playing with the toys. She bemoaned the fact that she even cleaned up in the first place. I laughed, and explained to her that the same thing always happens to me, too. For example, I make delicious challah and food for Shabbos each week, and then it’s eaten all up – gone! – and I have to start all over. She smiled.

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The potential lethality of the UNESCO vote

Seeming to parallel the dystopian world described by George Orwell in 1984 in which history and fact are manipulated to serve political ends, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recently voted 24-6 to approve a resolution stripping the Temple Mount and Western Wall of its Jewish identity, and elevating a Muslim claim to those two sites central to Judaism.

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Arts & Culture

Noa’s multicultural blend comes naturally

Noa, the Israeli singer-songwriter-percussionist, attributes her cross-cultural sound – melding influences as disparate as Yemenite folk song, jazz and American singer-songwriters such as Paul Simon – as much to her life story as to her passion for singing.

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Election 2016

Leaked emails show Hillary Clinton eager to patch things up with Netanyahu

WASHINGTON  — Hillary Clinton’s plan to meet the Israeli prime minister in her first month as president is listed high in an internal campaign memo outlining the priorities of her first 100 days — a sign of how important it is to repair U.S.-Israel tensions.

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