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Building the culture of giving

Representatives from 12 Valley agencies receive $10,000 grants from the Jewish Community Foundation through JCF’s Life & Legacy program at a May 10 luncheon.

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Beth Tefillah to host Lag B’Omer celebration

Congregation Beth Tefillah will host a Lag B’Omer celebration barbecue and bonfire at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, at the site of the congregation’s  future home, 6529 E. Shea Blvd., Scotts-dale.

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Community Calendar 5-27-16

Don't miss that lecture, concert or get-together, check out our listing of Valley Jewish events for the coming weeks.


Revived Melton celebrates first graduates

After two years of studying together, the first graduating class of the recently revived Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning in Greater Phoenix gathered with families and friends on May 15 at Congregation Beth Israel for a moving graduation ceremony. The program had been offered in Phoenix for 15 years, but closed in 2011 for lack of funding. It was revived under the leadership of the Board of Rabbis of Greater Phoenix in 2014.

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Artist decorates the world with fused glass

Fused-glass artist Jacki Cohen always carries a sketchpad. If she is inspired by a pattern or other visual cue, “I’ll log it, and then it becomes something in glass,” she says. 

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Packing tips for overnight camp

How often do people wait until the last second before packing for a trip? Whether it’s simply a weekend getaway, or even a weeklong vacation, nobody ever gets excited for packing. I’m pretty sure I have never spoken, or even heard, the statement, “I can’t WAIT to pack for my upcoming trip!”