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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. 

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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…

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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…

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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. 

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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.  

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Are diamonds truly timeless, or are the expensive gems finally on the way out? What about gems that aren’t diamonds? For so long it was taboo to use any other kind of jewel, but does that still hold true? Just as wedding ceremonies are being modernized with updates to old traditions, so too …

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George Weisz, president of Weisz Ventures, has held many diverse titles throughout his career and community involvement, including Jewish community causes and serving on Jewish community boards.

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On Saturday, Sept. 14, East Valley JCC CEO Rabbi Michael Beyo was walking home with his two children from morning services. At around 8:45 a.m., two people in a white sedan heading toward the trio veered closer to the curb and threw a glass bottle from the passenger side in the direction of Beyo. 

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In an effort to boost global agriculture, the University of Arizona has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Jewish National Fund and Israel’s Arava region to establish The JNF Joint Institute for Global Food, Water and Energy Security. 

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Scottsdale startup Mouthguard Club recently sponsored the men’s and women’s Israeli national football teams for their performances in the International Federation of American Football’s 2019 European Flag Football Championships. 

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This Community page features photos of community members around the Valley and the world. Submit photos and details each week to photos@jewishaz.com by 10 a.m. Monday.

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The High Holidays are an especially busy time for a rabbi, and it makes the preparation a high-pressure endeavor. Some rabbis prepares for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur for several months, if not a year, in advance. But for the five new rabbis who made Phoenix their home this summer, there we…

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This Community page features photos of community members around the Valley and the world. Submit photos and details each week to photos@jewishaz.com by 10 a.m. Monday.

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While growing up in her Chasidic community in Brooklyn, transgender activist Abby Stein never heard anything negative or hateful about transgender individuals or the larger LGBTQ community. It was a subject that was never spoken of. Ironically, she wished the people around her had said somet…

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Rabbi Ephraim Weiss’ passion as a rabbi is Jewish education. He believes that Jewish learning doesn’t and shouldn’t stop after Sunday school, but is something that continues every day. 

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The Molly Blank JCC, Flagstaff’s first JCC, will have its grand opening on Sept. 5. 

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The Molly Blank JCC, Flagstaff’s first JCC, will have its grand opening on Sept. 5. 

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