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Phoenix Jewish News, the award-winning Jewish community newspaper of Greater Phoenix and Northern Arizona, has signed a management agreement with Mid-Atlantic Media, based in Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
William Levine, known to his friends and Valley Jewish community leaders as Bill, got the spotlight that most observers say he has studiously avoided, and in the process helped raise $1.2 million for the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center and its programs, according to JCC officials.
The Pollack Chabad Center for Jewish Life recently announced that its new Chai Judaica Gift Shop is open.
The Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley will hold its annual Hanukkah celebration at 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 26, at 100 Meadow Lark Drive in Sedona. A meal featuring latkes, chicken wings, a salad bar and dessert will be served. A live auction also will be part of the festivities and will include restaurant gift certificates and religious sculpture. Cost for adults with reservations is $18; there is no charge for children. Cost at the door is $25.
The choral group “Rhythm and Rhymes,” under the direction of Gail Glazer, has opened registration for its spring session. The session begins 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, at the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.
Temple Beth Shalom and Jewish Community Center of the West Valley in Sun City will host a Winter Gala on Jan. 21, 2017, at the Briarwood Country Club in Sun City West to honor the long service of their clergy, Rabbi Shelly Moss and Cantor Baruch Koritan. Tickets for the charitable event, which will include a gourmet dinner, dancing and a program honoring them, can be purchased for $60 per person through the Temple Beth Shalom office, 623-977-3240. Reservations must me made by Jan. 9.
Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman will lead Congregation Kehillah’s fourth trip to Israel May 1-14, 2017. Sharfman once lived there and was a tour guide herself. This is a small group trip with a custom itinerary that includes many extras, from an army experience to a jeep tour, ethnic and cultural exchanges, geopolitical discussions and a chocolate workshop, according to a press release. The first Shabbat will be in Tsfat with a Kabbalah experience and the second Shabbat will be in Jerusalem.
The Beth El Congregation Women’s League will present a Hanukkah Chocolate Café at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at Beth El Congregation, 1118 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix. The event will feature wine, coffee, chocolate, fruits and other surprise delicacies. A Hanukkah gift auction also will be held. Attendees are asked to bring unwrapped gifts (such as home goods, gift cards, accessories, gift baskets, kosher wine) valued at $15-$20. Items will be auctioned off to the highest bidder with the proceeds benefiting the Beth El Women’s League.
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.
Prayer leaders from Nava Tehila, a prayer community in Jerusalem, will join Temple Chai clergy on the bimah for a Kabbalat Shabbat service at 6:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9. A 5:30 p.m. nosh precedes the service. Temple Chai is located at 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. Visit templechai.com.
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.