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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. 

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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…

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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 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.

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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).

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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.

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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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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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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.

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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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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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…

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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. 

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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