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Tu B'Shevat at Kol Ami

Cantor Raina Sinclair leads a Tu B’Shevat seder for the 3’s and Pre-K classes at the Temple Kol Ami Early Chldhood Center. She also designed the trees and each class decorated them with leaves. The children, from left, are: Rosslyn, Grant, Emerson, Samantha, Skyler and Danny. Tu B’Shevat, a holiday celebrating the birthday of trees, was Feb. 11.

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The Briefing

Left-wing groups ramp up protests of Trump’s Israel policies

Left-wing Jewish groups have launched a string of protests in response to confirmation hearings for President Donald Trump’s nominee for ambassador to Israel and Trump’s meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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What's happening: Feb. 17 calendar

Calendar listings from the Feb. 17 issue

Coming Up

Author Maggie Anton to visit Beth El

Maggie Anton, author of the series “Rashi’s Daughters” and “50 Shades of Talmud,” will host a discussion and book signing 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at Beth El Congregation, 1118 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix. The event is hosted by Beth El Women’s League. Cost is $10, which includes refreshments.

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Teen scene: Feb. 17, 2017

In an effort to build a Jewish teen community across the Valley, Jewish News and The League present Teen Scene, featuring monthly content devoted to teen programming. Here is a recap of recent events and a roundup of events to come.


Everyone’s Talmud

Until modern times, the Talmud was a major Jewish preoccupation. This sprawling compendium of the law, lore and commentary of successive generations of early rabbinic scholars provided Jews with a human map for following the law of the Hebrew Bible and the six books of the Mishna.

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This Orthodox nutritionist sells 'kosher' workouts and 90-calorie challah

NEW YORK — It's still that time of year, when tons of people — eager to fulfill New Year's resolutions to get in shape or drop a few pounds — flock to gyms and weight-loss centers.

  • icon Posted: February 15

Wise Aging program debuts

We have all been told that with age comes wisdom, but as Oscar Wilde also noted, “sometimes age comes alone.”

  • icon Updated: February 07

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Arts & Culture

Genocide exhibit opens at SCC

An exhibit that covers three 20th-century genocides is open to the public and runs through April 27 at Scottsdale Community College (SCC). The exhibit ushers in the fifth annual Genocide Awareness Week, which will take place from April 17 to 22 at SCC.

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Biblical garden aims for authenticity

You won’t find wildflowers, prize-winning roses or neat hedges at the Evanne Copland Kofman Biblical Garden at Congregation Beth Israel. What the garden grows is much more profound – a glimpse into the natural world of the Bible.

  • icon Posted: February 14