BJE to hold volunteering events to welcome Jewish New Year

In honor of the New Year and the Jewish month of Tishrei, the Bureau of Jewish Education’s Hebrew High program will offer four unique volunteering opportunities throughout Sundays in October. All ninth- to 12th-grade teens are eligible, and do not need to be enrolled in Hebrew High.

On Oct. 6, volunteers will meet at the St. Vincent De Paul Dining Room.

On Oct. 13, attending teens will do Sukkah decorating at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus.

On Oct. 20, volunteers will work at a welcome center for new immigrants.

On Oct. 27, the teens will volunteer at Ezras Cholim Kosher Food Bank.

The volunteers will be under the supervision of the BJE’s Hebrew High. According to BJE Executive Director and Hebrew High Principal Myra Shindler, Tishrei is a good time for volunteering because it “presents an opportunity for all of us to renew and rededicate ourselves to mitzvot. Volunteering together as a teen community is rewarding on multiple levels.”

Hebrew High is a BJE program in which like-minded teens can build friendships and make a positive impact in the community while deepening their understanding of Judaism. For more information, call 480-634-8050  or email 


Circumnavigators Club Desert Chapter names Temple Solel member as co-president

Steve Pincus of Temple Solel recently became the new co-president of the Desert Chapter of the Circumnavigators Club.

As the fall season gets under way the local Circumnavigators Club chapter will hold a variety of events for prospective members to learn more and for existing members to share traveling stories.

On Saturday, Sept. 21, there is a “get acquainted” coffee meeting at 9 a.m. at Panera Bread (Gainey) at 8777 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.

On Sunday, Oct. 20, the club has scheduled a meeting and travel-related activity from 1-3 p.m. at Marshall Gallery at 7106 E. Main St., Scottsdale. This event requires a RSVP by Oct. 5. 

There are two more events scheduled for January and April 2020, both in Phoenix.

The Circumnavigators Club was founded in 1902 in New York City as a global travel club for like-minded individuals. In addition to the Desert Chapter, there are nine other chapters in U.S. metropolitan areas, as well as chapters in the United Kingdom and Singapore. With a club motto of “through friendship, to leave this world a little better than we found it,” those who have circumnavigated the globe are qualified to join. Persons who have completed a partial circumnavigation are also encouraged to attend a local event to learn about the benefits of membership as well as how to extend/apply their past world travels toward membership. Guests are welcome at local chapter events held in the Scottsdale and Phoenix areas.

For more information on the Desert Chapter or to reserve a spot at one of its events, send an email to: For more information about the club, visit JN

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