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VOSJCC gala honors Levine, raises $1.2 million

William Levine, known to his friends and Valley Jewish community leaders as Bill, got the spotlight that most observers say he has studiously avoided, and in the process helped raise $1.2 million for the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center and its programs, according to JCC officials.

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The Briefing

Trump’s defense chief pick said Israel can be a pain, but few in pro-Israel camp seem to care. Why?

WASHINGTON  — President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for defense secretary is on the record decrying the burdens that Israel places on the United States and warning that the Jewish state could be headed toward apartheid. And with one notable exception, the right-wing pro-Israel community is enthusiastically on board.

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Coming Up

Nava Tehila leads service, presents concert

Prayer leaders from Nava Tehila, a prayer community in Jerusalem, will join Temple Chai clergy on the bimah for a Kabbalat Shabbat service at 6:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9. A 5:30 p.m. nosh precedes the service. Temple Chai is located at 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. Visit templechai.com.

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Hanukkah 2016

A Hanukkah menu with a healthy flair – plus latkes

Hanukkah is a celebration, a joyful holiday with delicious food and family memories. I remember lighting our menorah as a little girl with my bubbe. Now, raising my daughter, I hope to create special memories with her.

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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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ADL seizes the center

It’s not often that a Jewish organization revises its position on a public matter. Most groups are beholden to an ideological slice of donors and members and are frozen on a single track. Yet the groups that take nuanced and thoughtful positions are the ones that generally win the respect of the wider community.

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Arts & Culture

Kirk Douglas to celebrate his 100th birthday in star-studded Beverly Hills bash

LOS ANGELES – Kirk Douglas — actor, director, producer, author, philanthropist and Torah student — is celebrating his 100th birthday on Friday, and there is a special treat in store for the centenarian.

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