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PJ Library holds first family camp, plans summer read-a-thon

As PJ Library of Phoenix continues its primary role of delivering Jewish traditions and values into the homes of young Jewish families through Jewish books and CDs, it is also expanding its offerings.

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The Briefing

Trump makes historic, yet private visit to Western Wall

President Donald Trump made a historic, yet private visit Monday to Jerusalem’s Western Wall, becoming the first sitting American president to do so.

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Coming Up

‘Does what happened on Mount Sinai Matter?’

Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, president and dean of Valley Beit Midrash, will present “Does What Happened on Mount Sinai Matter?” 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 30, at Temple Kol Ami, 15030 N. 64th St., Scottsdale.

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Wrapping up another year of teen programming

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.

Arts & Culture

Local author’s first novel is based on family history and a gift to her mother

Judy Egett (J.E.) Laufer promised herself that she would complete her first novel about a pivotal event in her parents’ lives before her mother, Kati, turned 90 on May 15. Not only did Laufer complete the novel, “Choices: The True Story of One Family’s Daring Escape to Freedom,” it is officially being released on her mother’s birthday.

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Torah study

Before you take, think of others

Parshat Emor outlines the “fixed times” of the year – the sacred festivals of the Jewish people. It instructs us to count the seven weeks of seven days between Pesach and Shavuot. This is the Counting of the Omer, the season in which we currently find ourselves.

Shavuot treats for those on gluten-free diets

It is customary to eat dairy food on Shavuot, which is May 30 and June 1 this year, for a number of reasons. One reason is that Shavuot is linked to the Exodus from Egypt into the Promised Land, and it is written “From the misery of Egypt to a country flowing with milk and honey...” (Exodus 3:8-17).

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Exploring the largest synagogue in Europe: the Dohány Street synagogue in Budapest

Budapest greeted me with a gorgeous sunset as I woke up, ready to explore the beautiful Hungarian capital and its historical Jewish Quarter.

Senior Lifestyle

Holocaust survivors’ grandchildren, equipped with vast archive, keep stories alive

Beckah Restivo is glad she attended college in Washington, D.C. One of the primary reasons is George Washington University’s proximity to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, where her fascination with Holocaust history blossomed.

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Facing the toxic brew of politics and religion

Here’s a thought experiment: Imagine your rabbi dedicating his Yom Kippur sermon to why he will be voting for Candidate X come Election Day, and why you should, as well.

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