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Teaching materials on display at Midwestern University.

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Doctors, nurses and hospital staff are being heralded in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic for doing their work at enormous personal risk. As the next generation of medical professionals grapples with a sudden shift away from hands-on learning, they are getting a virtual crash course in …

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Mary Passell, the director of Temple Chai’s early childhood center, is one of 15 participants in Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s executive Master of Arts program in Jewish education. The program is designed to broaden students’ thinking and encourage them to take risks in…

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Video calling has become a near-universal part of life in the past few weeks, allowing colleagues to attend meetings, students to attend class and congregants to attend book clubs and prayer sessions. For one local group, it’s also offering support to Jewish alcoholics, addicts and their lov…

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Across the Greater Phoenix area, restaurants, coffee shops and bars have fallen silent, a casualty of social distancing measures designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus. For kosher restaurants, restrictions on in-person dining are putting a strain on some more than others.

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This semester has not turned out the way students at Arizona State University imagined it would. With classes moved online until the end of the semester, graduation plans changed and study abroad programs canceled, many students are finding themselves alone in their apartments or staying hom…

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Jewish Free Loan’s original March plans to celebrate an office expansion were postponed indefinitely when people began implementing protocols for social distancing. Instead of toasting its growth and hanging mezuzot in a new space, JFL changed gears and instituted an emergency relief loan pr…

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When people think about the Greater Phoenix area, Ori Eisen doesn’t want them to think of golf, hotels and real estate; instead, he wants them to associate the city with technology, innovation and changing the world.

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In a world where email inboxes are never empty, it’s easy not to look too closely at a request for help from a rabbi — and that’s exactly what scammers are counting on.

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When one mentions the subject of politics, many people run shrieking from the room to avoid an inevitable argument. Ours is a highly polarized nation, if political pundits are to be believed, but not everyone is willing to concede the point. One young Arizonan likes to say she doesn’t do deb…

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Rabbis in the Greater Phoenix area are taking to the airwaves to reach congregants, students and anyone else who is interested in learning more about the weekly Torah portion.

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Daily routines are changing in ways very few could have imagined a few months ago. Offices and schools are closed. There are no more happy hours at favorite bars and restaurants. Trips and meetings have been postponed or canceled. People are scrambling to figure out this year’s Passover plan…

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In an isolated patch of Sonoran desert north of Phoenix sits a large and unassuming house along with a few outbuildings. Driving by, one would hardly guess that it is a residential treatment facility that its founder, Mitch Prager, hopes might be an answer for those struggling to beat addiction.

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While COVID-19 is taking an obvious toll on physical health, with more than 23,000 deaths worldwide, its emotional impact is at least as intense. Many people are anxious and uncertain — afraid they or their loved ones may be sick, afraid for their bank accounts and retirement plans, afraid o…

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With two weeks until Passover, the Greater Phoenix Jewish community is anticipating muted celebrations amid COVID-19 concerns. With the rise of social distancing and synagogues closing through the end of March, people expect smaller family celebrations to take the place of community seders a…

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What does a Shabbat service look like with no congregants? How does one study Torah via a computer screen and a video link? This week, as people hunkered down in the Greater Phoenix area amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many synagogues had to find out.

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Westminster Village, a senior living community, participates in a Tea and Talk with Chani Levertov Feb. 25, 2020.

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The Hineni Fellowship, which started as a pilot program in 2018, announced on March 4 that it is launching nationally, expanding the leadership development program for LGBTQ Jews. 

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Social distancing is the rule of the moment, and as Arizonans prepare for the worst and senior living communities close their doors, older adults are facing a two-fold threat: serious illness and social isolation.

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Handwashing instructions posted in a bathroom at the Martin Pear JCC.

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As the novel coronavirus spreads and the U.S. ramps up efforts to ameliorate the crisis, the Greater Phoenix Jewish community’s response necessarily changes and evolves each day. Whereas last week people were cautious but still optimistic that things could stay “business as usual,” synagogue…

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Around a dozen members of Temple Beth Sholom of the East Valley gathered in its sunlit social hall on a recent Saturday morning, greeting each other with a warm “Shabbat shalom” and collecting kippot and siddurim from the table in the back. Congregants gathered in a semicircle of folding cha…

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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 editor@jewishaz.com by 10 a.m. Monday.

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Arizona’s Department of Health Services has reported two confirmed and three presumed cases of COVID-19. Seven tests are pending, and 44 cases have been tested and found negative. As the coronavirus spreads and the possibility of a pandemic in the U.S. grows, the Greater Phoenix Jewish commu…

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Find events, meetings, lectures and classes as well as events for families, seniors, Shabbat and the arts.

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Abe Orlick would be the first tell you that he’s lived a blessed life. So when he’s called up to the bimah for his second bar mitzvah on October 24, it will be his way of showing the community how grateful he is. 

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When John F. Kennedy became the first Roman Catholic president of the U.S. in 1960, Catholics across the country felt a surge of pride, seeing it as a validation that they’d entered the American mainstream.

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Jewish basketball star may not be the most familiar of headlines, but with 17-year-old Sophia Gerber, the appellation applies. Gerber, a senior at Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale, a member of Congregation Beth Israel and 6-foot-tall shooting guard, will be playing basketball next y…

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Sunday, March 15

Klezmer Fest: noon-5 p.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Second annual Klezmer Fest featuring live performances by klezmer bands, workshops in Yiddish, genealogy and klezmer music, kosher food and children’s activities, including inflatables, a petting zoo and face painting. Featured bands are Jerusafunk, Rural Street Klezmer Band, Zaftic and Klezmerkaba. Tickets: $15 for adults, $5 for ages 12 and younger. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit evjcc.org/klezmerfest.

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An Arizona man associated with a neo-Nazi group was among four arrested on Wednesday, Feb. 26, and charged with conspiracy to threaten and intimidate Mala Blomquist, the editor of Arizona Jewish Life, and an unnamed member of the Arizona Association of Black Journalists.

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Hot dogs and barbecue chicken wings smoked on the grill while children climbed trees and biked in circles underfoot. At the balloon arch that served as both the start and finish line, bike riders in Yeshiva High School jerseys and T-shirts jostled for space, adjusted their helmets and waited…

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The Minkoff Center for Jewish Genetics’ 2020 annual luncheon on Friday, Feb. 28, featured the first-ever Sherman Minkoff Mensch Award, flourless chocolate cake and a keynote speech from three sisters who took extraordinary steps to fight against cancer.

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By any measure, Jill Wine-Banks, a former Watergate prosecutor, is nobody’s fool. She rose through the ranks of the legal profession at a time when it was almost entirely male-dominated, and later, her aggressive questioning of Rose Mary Woods, President Richard Nixon’s private secretary, ab…

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On Wednesday, for the first time in four months, Beth El Congregation received a weekly delivery of fresh vegetables from a local farm as its Farm 2 Shul program reboots after a brief hiatus, providing a kosher take on sustainable and local food production.

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Virtual reality isn’t just for gamers anymore. Doctors who believe it has the potential to create different auditory and visual sensations emulating the sensory experience of those who deal with dementia are also using it.

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Tuesday, March 10

Documentary Film Screening: 7 p.m., Cutler Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, 122 E. Culver St., Phoenix. Screening of “Quality Balls: The David Steinberg Story,” a biography of the influential and at times controversial comedian David Steinberg. Sponsored by Desert Foothills Jewish Community Association. Free. To RSVP, call 602-241-7870 or email lbell@azjhs.org.

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Capturing the “real and raw” moments of people dealing with fertility issues, Maya Grobel says her documentary, “One More Shot,” may be “sad at times, but we also didn’t want an hour and a half film where I’m just crying the whole time, so it is balanced with a good amount of humor, and we a…

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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 editor@jewishaz.com by 10 a.m. Monday.

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Some 30 campus Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries concluded an eight-day training program at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, learning cutting-edge, relevant and effective tools that will allow them to teach about the Holocaust and the growing problem of Holocaust denial. Equally important was guidance on …

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