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Protesting the Iran deal

Thousands of protesters gathered in Times Square on July 22 to protest the Iran nuclear deal. A local rally organized by Americans for a Safe Israel, Dror for the Wounded and community organizations was held the same evening at the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center in Scottsdale.     Photo by Gabe Friedman

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The briefing

Pollard's wait not over: Fight to bring him to Israel will outlast his release

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama will not alter the terms of Jonathan Pollard’s parole once he is released, a signal that Israel’s struggle to bring him to the country whose citizenship he has assumed will outlast his November release date.

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Teen gymnast to compete in Chile

The gymnasium is a second home to Chandler teen Tori Williams, who trains more than 20 hours weekly at Desert Lights Gymnastics. This upcoming winter, Williams will represent the United States at the 2015 Pan America Maccabi Games in Santiago, Chile, as a member of the gymnastics team.

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Emanuel gang

Rabbi Dean Shapiro of Temple Emanuel of Tempe, left, spends time with campers from his synagogue during a recent visit to Camp Daisy & Harry Stein.Photo courtesy of Camp Stein

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Arts

Ari Lesser, unorthodox rapper

With his long hair and career as a rapper, Ari Lesser is not the typical Orthodox Jew. But his subject matter isn’t traditional rap material, either.

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Business

Retro shop big on kosher candy

Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shop, specializing in regional and retro candy and soda, opened its doors in February to all sugar-craving community members on the northwestern corner of Scottsdale and Thunderbird roads in Scottsdale. “Candy, soda and gag gifts are all about fun,” says Sue Engdahl, co-owner of Rocket Fizz with partner, Michael Paul.

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Summer Cool

Staycation deals end summer on a high note

Craving a vacation but don’t have the time or money (or both) for a full-fledged getaway? Don’t despair; Arizona’s world-class resorts are just a short drive away, and many are offering summer specials to make a staycation an affordable and attractive prospect.

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Profile

Rabbi advocates spiritual diplomacy in Israel

Rabbi Ian Pear, a Sunnyslope High School graduate and former member of Beth El Congregation, now runs Shir Hadash, a popular Jerusalem synagogue that emphasizes spiritual diplomacy.  

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