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Not all of life’s big moments are celebrated with friends and family — especially when they happen during a pandemic. They can be quiet affairs and still retain all of their import and meaning.

When Rabbi Yosef Garcia died in June 2019, he left behind a legacy of humility, selflessness and dedication. During his lifetime, he touched the lives of thousands — both in Greater Phoenix and around the world.

Over the last few months, the Jewish News has shared stories of people and organizations that are stepping up and giving back to their communities, whether it’s donations of meals or masks, raising funds for the staff of a senior living community or simply offering socially distanced family …

When Shemesh Camp at Martin Pear Jewish Community Center opened May 26 with a slew of new guidelines, the one thing that was unchanged was the campers themselves. Happy to be among old friends they hadn’t seen in months, the kids also found some unfamiliar restrictions on their movements. No…

Across Greater Phoenix, various businesses — from artisan popsicle makers and gift shops to printing and marketing firms — are feeling the impact of the economic slowdown that commenced with the COVID-19 pandemic. With sales down and a rise in infections, some companies are having to make di…

As a sign of support for the Black Lives Matter movement, some 400 Jewish organizations and synagogues around the nation signed and circulated a letter stating, “We speak with one voice when we say, unequivocally: Black Lives Matter.”

For some people, a good rabbi is defined by a piercing intellect; for others, a good rabbi must have compassion for those who are suffering. Rabbi Micah Caplan, the spiritual leader of Congregation Or Tzion, had both those qualities — as well as a magnetic personality and the ability to talk…

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Over the last few months, the Jewish News has shared stories of people and organizations that are stepping up and giving back to their communities, whether it’s donations of meals or masks, raising funds for the staff of a senior living community or simply offering socially distanced family …

When Shemesh Camp at Martin Pear Jewish Community Center opened May 26 with a slew of new guidelines, the one thing that was unchanged was the campers themselves. Happy to be among old friends they hadn’t seen in months, the kids also found some unfamiliar restrictions on their movements. No…

Not all of life’s big moments are celebrated with friends and family — especially when they happen during a pandemic. They can be quiet affairs and still retain all of their import and meaning.

Across Greater Phoenix, various businesses — from artisan popsicle makers and gift shops to printing and marketing firms — are feeling the impact of the economic slowdown that commenced with the COVID-19 pandemic. With sales down and a rise in infections, some companies are having to make di…

Lifestyle

In mid-March, as the COVID-19 pandemic swept through American cities striking terror, I was alarmed that a friend walked to restaurants every night to pick up dinner. I was shocked to learn her face-to-face food encounters were motivated, not by convenience, but by fear of cooking.

Rabbi Reuven Mann’s latest book in his series on the Torah, “Eternally Yours: God’s Greatest Gift to Mankind – Numbers,” builds on the work he’s done over the last 10 years. Mann, founder of Congregation Torat Emet in Phoenix, writes a weekly d’var Torah, but he is not content merely to publ…

Beginning with an unlikely stint studying economics, Liz Cohen followed a somewhat circuitous path to a successful career as a photographer, performance artist and professor at Arizona State University. Recently selected as one of 175 winners of a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship awarded to…

Religious Life

Torah reflects the human condition in a multitude of ways. Lest we forget what is real, the cycle of life is often repeated, and lessons about living in the space between birth and death are highlighted.

Opinion

Rep. Eliot Engel’s loss last week in a New York Democratic primary after 31 years in office is perhaps the most visible sign of the generational and ideological changes the party is undergoing. It also suggests that 2020 may be the year of Black candidates, as 2018 was the year of the woman.…

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, which was particularly brutal in New York State, Gov. Andrew …

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