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In the midst of a spike of COVID-19 infections in Arizona, the future comes with a question mark. Students spent most of the spring semester at home, and summer hasn’t been that different. Sarah Sherman had big plans for the summer before her senior year, but when they were upended she manag…

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The Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix recently awarded emergency grants to a variety of local Jewish nonprofit organizations in order to assist with direct services as well as nonprofit sustainability.

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Arizona has a primary election next month, and voters across the state are opening their mailboxes to find information about local candidates — if they’re already registered to vote. That critical first step of registration is a hot topic of discussion among some in the Jewish community of G…

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On Monday, June 29, Gov. Doug Ducey issued Executive Order 2020-43, which placed new restrictions on businesses and gatherings in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19. In addition to prohibiting organized public events of more than 50 people, it required bars, indoor gyms, indoor movie …

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When CP Technologies started the search for the site of its new headquarters, it was for more than just a new building — it was looking for a place where the company could thrive. That place was Prescott, Arizona.

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When the coronavirus pandemic struck and schools across Greater Phoenix closed in March, Jewish day schools were quick to adopt online learning. As summer sets in and parents, teachers and students start looking ahead to the next school year, day schools are taking stock of what they learned…

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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.

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Passing out sack lunches at Beth El Congregation. 

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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 …

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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.”

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After three years as a rabbi at Temple Solel, Rabbi Emily Langowitz is moving on. And throughout the month of June, in spite of the continued need for social distancing, Temple Solel is finding creative ways to celebrate Langowitz and to say goodbye.

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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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Credit scores can be difficult for even the savviest consumer to understand, but not for an algorithm. With Dovly, a Phoenix-based tech startup designed to automatically help customers raise their credit scores, co-founder and CEO Nirit Rubenstein set out to make credit accessible to the ave…

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Founded 35 years ago, Gesher Disability Resources has grown with and adapted to the Greater Phoenix Jewish community. When the organization started, according to Gesher’s executive director, Amy Hummell, it was serving children of parents who didn’t understand what to do with special needs c…

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Thursday morning saw a number of people, so-called Dreamers, across the nation breathing a little easier when the Supreme Court announced its decision that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals still stands despite the Trump administration’s efforts to rescind it.

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As the nation reckons with a legacy of racism and weeks of protests following the death of George Floyd, local synagogues are building on the Jewish community’s relationship with Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church and its pastor, Terry E. Mackey, to let the black community know that they stand unit…

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As protests against police brutality enter their third week amid calls to defund the police, members of the Phoenix Jewish Advisory Board and local police chaplains are reflecting on how maintaining the Jewish community’s close ties with local police departments can fit with broader calls fo…

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Since coming to the state legislature, Rep. Aaron Lieberman (LD-28) has a new understanding that the Arizona Capitol is a special place visited by a wide range of people — many of whom have been touched by some piece of legislation. It’s “a place where we should have the proudest aspects of …

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Jewish Free Loan announced the new members of its board of directors who were installed at its annual meeting on May 19. The board changes are bookended by the retirement of Tina Sheinbein as executive director and Ellen Friedman Sacks’ rise to that position. Sheinbein is the part-time coord…

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Danielle Elkin decided last week that it was past time to speak up about her former friend and boss’ anti-Semitic and racist attitudes after years of complacency. She posted text messages on Facebook and Instagram, creating a firestorm for Justin Dye, principal of Heritage Elementary Charter…

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Glendale, Arizona, made national news this week when Justin Dye, principal of Heritage Elementary Charter School, left his post after the discovery of anti-Semitic and racist text messages he sent the school’s former event coordinator, Danielle Elkin, who is Jewish and has a black son.

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In a moment when millions are taking to streets across the world to protest racial injustice, inequality and police brutality, Jewish News reached out to some local Jews of color to talk about how the protests were making them feel and what their experiences have been navigating the intersec…

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Volunteers clean up after looting at Scottsdale Fashion Square.

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On Saturday, May 30, looters descended on Scottsdale Fashion Square, where they smashed windows, stole merchandise and defaced property. For companies and business owners, the damage added up to millions. For Scottsdale residents living near Old Town Scottsdale and Scottsdale Fashion Square,…

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One of the things that attracted Cantor Seth Ettinger to Congregation Beth Israel is its Plotkin Museum — “an amazing historical museum on campus.” Having developed congregational exhibits while still at his post at Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles, he saw an opportunity to curate co…

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Mechatronics, a branch of engineering focused on both mechanical and electrical systems with a smattering of robotics, telecommunications, computer and product engineering thrown in for good measure, has something of a futuristic vibe to it. It might seem difficult to comprehend, but 18-year…

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At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Valerie Smilovic worried that the risk of infection would drive down the number of volunteers from the Phoenix Women’s Chevra Kadisha to perform tahara, or ritual purification. So far, though, that hasn’t happened.

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“When you want something done, give it to a busy person,” Tammy Caputi likes to say. And she should know — as a business owner, mother of three and candidate for Scottsdale City Council, she’s certainly been busy the last few months.

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Congregation Or Tzion welcomes new director of learning

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Sunday marked the fourth night of protests in downtown Phoenix. It is among many cities across the nation where people have gathered to demonstrate frustration and anger over the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Monday, May 25.

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Over the course of 33 days, the Arizona 2020 UNMET Conference brought together 115 startups and 250 potential investors to pitch their business plans and strike a deal, all from the comfort of their own homes.

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Camper and counselor at Shemesh Camp at Martin Pear Jewish Community Center wait to rejoin the group, May 27.

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Kids of all ages will walk into familiar camp settings the last week of May, but it won’t be exactly what they’ve experienced before. Camps across the Greater Phoenix area are implementing changes to procedures and protocols in order to protect campers and staff — hoping to create a safe spa…

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Color wars are a staple of summer camps — replete with relays and physical competitions. Camp Nai Nai Nai, an adult summer camp hosted by Moishe House — an organization centered on building community for Jews in their 20s — has the same types of activities. It also offers competitions utiliz…

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