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German-Israel solidarity

Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate displays an image of an Israeli flag Monday night in a show of solidarity with the Jewish state after a Palestinian attacker rammed a truck into a crowd of soldiers visiting the promenade in Jerusalem’s Armon Hanatziv neighborhood the night before, killing four.

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The Briefing

Marvin Hier says he’s ‘proud’ to be Trump’s inauguration rabbi

LOS ANGELES — Rabbi Marvin Hier has known Charles and Seryl Kushner — Jared Kushner’s parents and Donald Trump’s in-laws — for decades. The Hiers and the Kushners have gone to the same kosher for Passover resort, the Arizona Biltmore, over the years. The Kushner family, prominent real estate developers, have also been generous donors to the Simon Wiesenthal Center founded by Hier, for which he now serves as dean.

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Calendar: Jan. 6. 2017


Coming Up

Jewish National Fund holds Tree of Life award dinner

Jewish National Fund will hold its Tree of Life award dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19 at The Camby. Dr. Michael Crow, president of Arizona State University will be honored with the Tree of Life award; and Ann and Ted Zinman will receive the Golden Branch award.

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Ezras Cholim volunteers provide care for the ill

Most people would agree that there is little worse than being sick and stuck in a hospital – except being sick, stuck in a hospital and alone. Launched officially in July 2015, Ezras Cholim, Hebrew for “help for the sick,” is an organization that aims to make sure that everyone in the Phoenix Jewish community – resident or visitor – is cared for in every way when they are ill.

Religious Life

Workshop offers taste of Mussar

An interactive workshop leading participants on a Jewish path of character development and spiritual growth will be presented Jan. 22 at Temple Chai.


Hier will honor the presidency

A presidential inauguration has always been a celebration of the peaceful transfer of power. This year, after a crude and divisive election campaign won by Donald Trump, the idea of a peaceful transfer has emerged in high relief.

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Arts & Culture

Author shares story of courage

At Yad Vashem — The World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem, there’s a special section dedicated to “The Righteous Among the Nations,” non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. Among those honored are Franciscus and Hermina Wijnakker (known as Frans and Mien), a Christian couple in the Netherlands who saved the lives of more than two-dozen Jews.

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