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Friendsgiving feast

More than 60 students attend the annual “Friendsgiving” meal at the Jewish Arizonans on Campus (JAC) house at Arizona State University. The students gathered for a traditional Thanksgiving meal, in addition to vegan and gluten-free options.

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Community Calendar 12-2-16

Events

Coming Up

Shoah documentary to be screened

The Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival, Bureau of Jewish Education, Phoenix Holocaust Survivors’ Association and Generations After will jointly sponsor screening of the documentary “50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. & Mrs. Kraus” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus in Scottsdale.

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Mature Living

How to live your dream in your senior years

How will you live your senior years? Will you be standing on your head? Or dancing on land or ice? Some choose to use their later years to find or rekindle their dreams …and go beyond.

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Opinion

No two-state solution

This is a response to the opinion piece “Settlements hurt chances for peace” (Jewish News, Nov. 18). I take the exact opposite view, i.e., not only do settlements not hurt the chances for peace, but indeed only Israeli annexation of all Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) guarantees, if not peace, at least Israeli security.

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Arts & Culture

‘Strange Beauty’ rich in aural allure

These last several weeks have been tumultuous, to say the least. The upheaval on the political scene has caused me consternation, distress, woe, and, finally, (some) acceptance. We are going into uncharted waters. And when I’m feeling uneasy, I tend to retreat into the one consistently calming elixir that soothes my nerves and gives me the space for some self-reflection: jazz. It may seem like a peculiar remedy. But in my experience, I’ve found that jazz, especially of the mid-tempo variety, has the uncanny ability to lend me a bit of comfort as well as the opportunity to pause and take stock of the world in all of its perplexing pulchritude. 

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