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Chabad of Fountain Hills And The Jewish Recovery Fellowship of Arizona will host a Shabbaton Weekend with Rabbi Shais Taub, an internationally known speaker, writer and teacher on topics of Jewish spirituality who is also known for his work in the field of addiction.
New Krav Maga studio: East Valley Krav Maga has rebranded as EVKM Self Defense & Fitness to follow a recent move to a new space in Tempe and the opening of a second studio in downtown Phoenix. Classes are under way at the Tempe location and the Phoenix location opens on Jan. 14 with a 10 a.m. free workshop, an introduction to the Israeli martial art of Krav Maga. The new Tempe location is at 1332 E. Apache Blvd. and the Phoenix location is at 705 N. First St., Suite 105. Visit eastvalleykravmaga.com or call 480-535-7087.
First PlaceAZ, a nonprofit designed to help provide housing options for people with autism and other special abilities, has appointed Joe Cooper as its chief financial and operating officer. In December 2016, the organization broke ground on First Place-Phoenix, a new $15 million, 81,000-square-foot residential property, located at 3001 N. Third St. in Phoenix. Designed for adults with autism and different abilities, the property represents a one-of-a-kind approach to combining apartments, a residential training program and a national leadership institute to advance more independent and community integrated living options.
Out and About features photos of community members around the Valley and the world. Submit photos and details each week to email@example.com by 10 a.m. Monday.
Rabbi Marvin Tokayer, a world authority on the Jews of Japan, China and India and a bestselling author of 20 books in Japanese and English, will be the featured guest at Chabad of Scottsdale Jan. 20-21.
Shearim Torah High School for Girls will hold its 10th anniversary Legacy of Life Celebration 6:30-9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave.
Robin Helzner, who served as the first cantor of the United Jewish Community of Hong Kong and officiated at the first bar mitzvah in Beijing, will present “Kreplach and Dim Sum: Yes There are Jews in China!” as part of the Bureau of Jewish Education’s Passages series. Her “tour” of the Jews of China – using stories, photos and songs – will take place 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.
Dr. Michael Crow, president of Arizona State University, will receive Jewish National Fund’s Tree Of Life award next week for his role in building a relationship between Arizona and Israel.
Technologist, storyteller and longtime genealogist Tammy Hepps will present “The Ancestor Deep-Dive: How You Can Find Out Everything There Possibly is to Know About Your Ancestor,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, 122 E. Culver St., Phoenix.
Congregation Kehillah’s spiritual leader Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman, a board member of the Arizona Faith Network and the Arizona Board of Rabbis, will moderate a discussion titled “Finding the Silver Lining: A Jewish Perspective on Moving Forward in a New Political World” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, at the Pueblo Norte Senior Community, 7090 E. Mescal St., Scottsdale.
Between the challah bake, the Shabbat Project and conferences in Washington, D.C., it's been a busy week.
Shabbat in Jerusalem was like no Shabbat I have ever experienced.
Valley residents Esther and Don Schon write about a program that two ex-IDF soldiers developed to help teach disadvantaged teens to surf and in turn to become surfing teachers for wounded warriors.