As a scientist, Minneapolis native Alejandra Dashe likes to dig deep and search for the reasons why things are they way they are. She gets the opportunity to do just that by teaching biology and anthropology at the Paradise Valley Community College.
Debbie Berkowitz remembers her former husband, Jeff, as a loud, opinionated New Jerseyite who loved all sports but had a particular passion for coaching youth league basketball at the Valley of the Sun JCC (The J). Sadly, Marfan syndrome prematurely ended that passion in 2006, when Jeff died…
While many Jewish women around the country decided not to take part in Saturday’s Women’s March in Washington, D.C., a number of Jewish women in the Greater Phoenix area did participate in the third annual Women’s March Phoenix, which is not affiliated with the national Women’s March organization.
A Scottsdale rabbi has received a prestigious title from the Association of Reform Jewish Educators. Temple Kol Ami Rabbi Jeremy Schneider now holds the title of Reform Jewish Educator (RJE).
Kathy Rood and the Helping Hands Program of Jewish Family and Children’s Service (JFCS) will receive the Jewish Free Loan’s (JFL) 2019 President’s Award.
Eddie Chavez Calderon can’t imagine ignoring the thousands of migrant families ICE has released from their detention facilities.
Jewish Family & Children’s Service had long wanted to expand its hospital chaplaincy program to the West Valley, but the funds simply weren’t there — until now.
At least 660 Jewish children and young adults ranging in age from 20 to newborn already have university experience. They just don’t remember it because they weren’t born yet.
As a true child of the ’60s, Nina Perlmutter, now a rabbi, was concerned about the war in Vietnam, civil rights and helping the poor. But caring for the environment was not one of her concerns; she considered it selfish to put it ahead of the needs of people.
This year, the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) is dedicating itself to having a stronger Jewish presence at Phoenix’s annual march and festival to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Hollywood may still reign supreme in the film and TV arena, but Israeli filmmakers are contending more than ever for American viewers, as they distribute their work to audiences via streaming services.
Infertility can take an emotional toll, but a new organization, Fruitful, aims to provide support for women and couples in the Valley who are struggling to conceive a child.
If you’re feeling nostalgic or simply want to tap into your roots, the East Valley JCC is holding a special event to celebrate the Jewish experience.
Three teens from the East Valley spent part of their winter break in Orlando with hundreds of other Jewish teens for the USY (United Synagogue Youth) 68th International Convention.
Every Chanukah, we remind ourselves of the “great miracle that happened there” — referring to Israel. This past Chanukah, I certainly celebrated a “great miracle there,” but I was in the United Arab Emirates, not Israel.
Interpreting and understanding the Torah can take a lifetime, and the rabbis and scholars who study the ancient sacred text often also have to relate it to congregants in the modern world.
While Bonnie Bobman has studied Hebrew since she was in the third grade, and she can read and write it, she can’t speak the language well enough to hold a conversation. That’s why she’s now attending the Bureau of Jewish Education’s adult Hebrew learning course.
Ringing in the New Year often means a big bash: a night for dancing, resolutions and a champagne toast at midnight. All you need to know is where to go and what to wear.
For Scottsdale native Evan Wolfson, the fear of wasted potential is a great motivator. It started when he was performing magic shows for senior citizens for his bar mitzvah project at Temple Chai. During his shows, he discovered that many of his audience members wished they had taken certain…
The Valley of the Sun JCC offers a variety of summer camp programs that keep kids occupied with swimming, field trips and crafts. Now, thanks to a new organization, children with disabilities and those in extreme financial need will have the opportunity to take part in those programs as well.
Even before Mt. Sinai Cemetery opened in February 2005, Sandy Rife had been working to build the Phoenix cemetery’s legacy of effectively serving the Jewish community.
When Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich came back from his recent trip to Israel, he felt a strong emotional reaction to what he saw in the area known as the Gaza envelope, particularly the city of Sderot.
Cantors singing the National Anthem, fans wearing colorful kippahs and an exciting game of basketball between teams made up of rabbis, synagogue leaders and teens highlighted the Phoenix Suns’ Jewish Heritage Night.
Although Maricopa County voters may not know Beth Meyer’s name, they’ve seen the results of her work. And recently, at that.
It’s not what most teens would do on a Friday night, but last week dozens of teenagers from around the Valley representing seven faiths happily gathered to discuss their relationship with religion.
This year’s Valley of the Sun JCC (The J) fundraising gala featured star-studded appearances and honored a giant in the history of pro baseball with a new award.
After spending nearly 30 years as a lawyer, Jeff Bernick found the right time and the right opportunity to change careers and redirect his passion to a cause he truly loves — supporting the state’s disabled population.
After a fruitful first year, professors from some of Arizona’s universities are headed back to Israel for the Jewish National Fund’s second winter academic fellowship program, where they will share information on a variety of topics such as water management, software engineering and psychology.
There’s no shortage of auto body repair shops in the downtown Phoenix area, so much so that it’s difficult to distinguish one from another — that is, with the exception of Miguel’s Auto Body on 16th Street between Van Buren and Monroe streets. Atop the business is a 5-foot-tall Star of David.
As an environmentally conscious artist, Jill Friedberg uses recycled materials such as old shoeboxes and clothing in her work. She even recycles her old paints and adds natural components like feathers and snakeskin to her canvases.
A new online resource guide aimed at making it easier to find volunteer opportunities benefiting the Valley’s Jewish community has officially launched.
The devastating wildfires that ravaged Southern and Northern California have been fully contained, but disaster relief efforts have just begun.
The last major race of the Nov. 6 election has finally been called, with Jewish Republican businessman Steve Gaynor losing to Democratic candidate Katie Hobbs for the job of secretary of state.