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The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix’s Business & Professionals Group strengthens relationships among Jewish professionals through education, networking and communal and philanthropic engagement. Three divisions provide opportunities to expand professional and social circles while ma…
Even if your family business is something less than a global media empire, succession planning can be stressful. Family businesses span every sector of our economy, and generate approximately one-half of the U.S. gross national product annually. Almost one-third of the Fortune 500 are family…
ADL Arizona is gearing up for its annual Torch of Liberty Award ceremony, its flagship fundraising event to recognize and reward those who are doing the most good for the community.
At Temple Chai, Rabbi Bonnie Koppell has helped families struggling with the threat of drug addiction, and she’s seen the tragic consequences of substance abuse.
Jewish singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb will visit Tempe’s Zia Record Exchange on Nov. 29 for Black Friday. Her visit is in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of her platinum hit single, “Stay (I Missed You).”
On Monday, Nov. 11, we celebrate Veterans Day by honoring all the courageous individuals who have served our country, maintained our freedom and kept us safe. Our veterans have exercised an unwavering commitment to protecting us, and now that they have been discharged and/or are retired, we,…
An attack on a synagogue might make some Jewish communities keep a lower profile, but for Anastassia “Nastia” Pletoukhina it is not only a rallying cry but also a validation of the work she is doing with the Jewish Agency for Israel.
Stefan Schlüter’s mission for the past 30 years has been to improve the relationship between Germany and Jews around the world. That mission came from his time serving in the German Federal Foreign Office from 1979 until 2017.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix’s Business & Professionals group will present Spotlight, a networking event featuring the star of Bravo network’s “Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles,” Josh Flagg.
This time of year it’s natural to begin thinking more about charitable giving. The breaks from work and school — coupled with nonstop advertisements designed to tug on your heart and purse strings — means you’ll have ample time for planning gifts. It also means there’s an opportunity to give back.
In all ways large and small, tikkun olam charges the Jewish community with the task of repairing and improving the world. This charge can manifest in many forms and happen in a variety of ways from individual to individual. Some volunteer time to help those less fortunate while others make c…
Thousands came to Pittsburgh’s Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum last weekend for a public program marking one year since last October’s shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue building. More than 2,000 people gathered in the historic auditorium for an evening of words and music.
The East Valley Jewish Community Center has partnered with Boston University’s Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies to create an annual lecture series. The series will focus on providing Holocaust education and is a project of the EVJCC's Center for Holocaust Education and Human Dignity.
In synagogues across the nation this weekend, Jews will gather to remember the 11 Jewish worshippers who were shot and killed during Shabbat-morning services one year ago, on Oct. 27, 2018, at the Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha Synagogue in Pittsburgh.
Limmud AZ’s advance learning event, Taste of Limmud, is about to enter its third year. Taste of Limmud is designed to give the Phoenix area a small preview of the bigger learning event coming in February, Limmud AZ. Both programs offer educational workshops and discussions, with the goal of …
On Oct. 27, 2018, a gunman opened fire at the Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha building in Pittsburgh and murdered 11 worshipers. For the one-year commemoration of the shooting on Sunday at 5 p.m., EST, the Pittsburgh community will join in a public memorial service to remember those who were lost.
Phoenix-based Wall Sensations, which transforms backyards and other spaces with custom outdoor and indoor murals, wallpapers and floor graphics, has completed thousands of projects since its owner and president, Alan Gellman, started selling its product in 2013.
The 2019 Miss Rodeo Arizona Pageant in August was a nerve-racking time for 17-year-old contestant Shai Forman, who was competing for the 2019-2020 Miss Teen Rodeo Arizona title.
The owner of Cholla Cattle Co., Harvey Dietrich has been called “Arizona’s last Jewish cowboy.” But to only mention Harvey Dietrich’s work as a rancher would be telling half the story. He and his wife, Marnie Dietrich, have been a driving force for multiple communal organizations and charities.
As Beth Joseph Congregation joins the rest of world Jewry in celebrating Simchat Torah next week, it will also join more than 40 North American synagogues that aim to make Simchat Torah more meaningful for women.
As the temperature wanes down into the low 90s for the fall season, residents across Phoenix prepare for Sukkot. The weeklong holiday starts on Oct. 13, and this year there is no shortage of Sukkot events to attend.
Menachem Mendel Academy hosted a community-wide event at the beginning of September to celebrate the school’s new campus — which includes a Beis Hamedrash, gymnasium, woodwork room, science lab, art room, library and extra classrooms. With over 250 people in attendance, the different worksho…
In the 1980s, Dungeons & Dragons was considered the cause for moral panic among religious circles, particularly in Christian communities. By now, public perception of the fantasy game has positively shifted thanks to Internet communities and platforms such as YouTube. Through this change…
On the weekend before Rosh Hashanah, an anti-Semitic group posted white nationalist stickers around college campuses across the nation. Three Phoenix-area schools were targeted according to two reports from the AZ Mirror.
After his senior year of high school, Kyle Polen could have used his summer to take a well-earned break before starting his first semester at Arizona State University. But Polen decided instead to study at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel.
For nearly 10 years, the Phoenix division of PJ Library has brought books to families all across the Valley to help them build a personal Jewish library. Recently, the library just hit a new milestone by delivering its 150,000th book on Sept. 17.