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The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix NowGen Giving Circle recently allocated $27,000 to local, national and Israeli programs.
Longtime Temple Solel member Susan Waldman, a past temple president, commissioned Tucson fiber artist Marjery Langner to create six new Torah mantles to adorn the Solel’s Torah scrolls. The everyday, year-round Torah covers are variations of “Tree of Life” designs, with names of temple members woven into the linings. The High Holiday covers are variations of the Star of David. “The new mantles are to spotlight the beauty of the Torah and the lessons of tzedakah she learned in her family,” according to a press release. The mantles were donated in memory of Waldbaums’ parents, Milton and Miriam Waldbaum, and also honors her children – Rachel, Josh and Liz – and grandchildren, Raya, Henry, Avah, Grace and Rylan. “These are the generations that are charged with carrying on the legacy of my parents,” Waldbaum said in the release. Pictured, from left, are Rabbi John Linder, Susan Waldbaum and Larry Fink, Solel board president.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix is now accepting applications for the 2016 Belle Latchman Community Service Award.
Out and About features photos of community members around the Valley and the world. Submit photos and details each week to firstname.lastname@example.org by 10 a.m. Monday.
In preparation for the upcoming Shabbat Project, women ages 12 and older are invited to a painting class led by local artist Brook Foster, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, in Phoenix.
“Major Jewish Controversies” is the topic of a Jewish Life & Living Lecture Series that will be taught by Rabbi Laibel Blotner 10-11 a.m. Mondays, Oct. 31-Dec. 5, at the East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler.
The Arizona Interfaith Movement will present “Experience Interfaith,” 5:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at the Lath House at Heritage Square 115 N. Sixth St., Phoenix.
Scottsdale Community College has received two 2016 Videographer Awards, including an Award of Excellence for its Genocide Awareness Week video and an Award of Distinction for its Graduation 2015 video. The college also earned an Honorable Mention for its Homecoming 2015 video. The three videos were produced by the office of Institutional Advancement and Community Engagement, led by Executive Director Nancy Neff. Doryen Chin, a student in the Scottsdale School of Film+Theatre at SCC, served as videographer and editor for each of the videos while completing an internship with the department in 2015-16.
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.
Valley residents Esther and Don Schon write about the question facing French Jews as anti-Semitism continues to spark violence and fear there.