As the federal government shutdown drags on, Arizona’s Jewish Free Loan is ready to help furloughed employees.
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.
The fall season generally sees an increase in donations to food banks, but Temple Kol Ami Rabbi Jeremy Schneider wanted to create a food drive that was larger and had a long-term impact.
The Valley’s Jewish residents and organizations are mobilizing to help with relief efforts as three major wildfires ravage Northern and Southern California.
Arizona has made history with the election of Democratic U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema to the U.S. Senate. Following a nail-biter of a race, Sinema is now the first woman from Arizona to ever be elected to the Senate and the first Democrat from the Grand Canyon State to hold the seat since Dennis…
The simple act of hanging a mezuzah on their front doors connected the families of Lee Lieberman and Evan White 19 years ago, and what started as two Jewish families becoming friends has grown into a partnership for a new mortgage company.
It’s become a depressingly familiar rite that parents must go through with their children every time there is a mass shooting. But for Jewish parents, the massacre at a synagogue in Pittsburgh has burned with the anguish of thousands of years.
Although Jewish prisoners make up less than 1 percent of the prison population nationwide, Rabbi Menachem Katz continues to maintain contact with prisoners to help provide what they need, such as religious texts, prayer services, and to make sure that they are treated fairly. But his work is…