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Sukkah decorators

Danny Bien-Willner and Matthew Garber hang decorations in the sukkah with teacher Ronni Farese at Temple Kol Ami Early Childhood Center.     

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Coming Up

Valley Beit Midrash kicks off season with Rabbi Joseph Telushkin

Valley Beit Midrash will host its opening lecture event with Rabbi Joseph Telushkin speaking about “On Being a Good Person in a Morally Complicated World: On Forgiveness, Self-Esteem and Why It’s So Hard to Change,” 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, at Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix.

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Good Health

Running for a cause

I first learned about Camp Simcha and Chai Lifeline from a post-college roommate about 20 years ago. She was a teacher and during her summer break she was the head waitress at the camp. Not understanding why kids in camp needed waitresses, she explained to me passionately that the overnight Camp Simcha was unlike any place in the entire world.

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High Holidays

Spiritual doors of prayer open when making challah

My 10-year old daughter was helping me get ready for the upcoming holiday and offered to clean up the toy room. Later that evening she remarked to me that after cleaning it all up, the room was messy again from all the kids playing with the toys. She bemoaned the fact that she even cleaned up in the first place. I laughed, and explained to her that the same thing always happens to me, too. For example, I make delicious challah and food for Shabbos each week, and then it’s eaten all up – gone! – and I have to start all over. She smiled.

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‘How can this happen again?’

“Anne Frank Today Is A Syrian Girl” was the headline on an Aug. 25 Nicholas Kristof column in The New York Times this year. He wrote about letters found in 2005 by a volunteer sorting WWII refugee files in New York City. The files looked like so many others until she saw the names of the children.  

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Arts & Culture

Pop songstress still lives ‘the life’

Melissa Manchester loves “the life” of a singer-songwriter and she says so clearly on her most recent album, 2015’s “You Gotta Love the Life.” That album served as an interactive learning experience in which she taught music students at University of Southern California about “the life” as they taught her how to be an “indie” artist.

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Election 2016

Trump vs. Clinton, Round 2: Iran, Syria, dog whistles and deplorables

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump did not shake hands, and then they did. The Republican nominee called his rival the devil and said he would jail her. Clinton said that three minutes of a 2005 video in which Trump bragged about committing what constitutes sexual assault “represents exactly who he is.” He said it was “locker room talk” and – pressed hard by a moderator – said he did not commit the acts that he claimed in the video.

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