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If you spent any time at the Valley of the Sun JCC this summer, you probably noticed facts about Israel posted on the walls and an Israeli culture room as a part of the camp’s activities. Leading the Israeli cultural activities was Hadar Hamu, who was thrilled to share her heritage with all …

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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. 

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Jakob Khazanovich encounters every new opportunity to be a part of the Jewish community with the confidence he built up as a child actor.

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When Debbie Yunker Kail was named the new executive director of Hillel at Arizona State University in 2013, the organization had not had a new leader since 1972.

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While most folks would leap at an opportunity to get away from the Valley during these triple-digit summer days, Jeff Kasle is more interested in sticking around so he can continue strengthening his ties to his new community. His work as a project engineer focused on sustainability for Amere…

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When Jared Duran, 35, graduated from ASU with a degree in English and a concentration in creative writing, he didn’t want to spend the time or money to go to graduate school, but still wanted to be involved in something literary. While attending a monthly poetry series called Caffeine Corrid…

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Gavriella Berk is, at 21, ahead of the curve. Before she graduated with double degrees in economics and political science from Barrett, The Honors College at ASU, she’d already secured a position with Scottsdale company Axon, which manufactures Tasers and body cameras for police officers.

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Growing up in Israel, Mira Tzur was an accomplished ballerina who attended the Thelma-Yellin Performing Arts School on a scholarship from the America-Israel Culture Foundation. After graduation, she joined the BatSheva Dance Ensemble in Tel Aviv. But a childhood dream of pursuing a modeling …

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As a 17-year-old, Frank Meeink was a neo-Nazi skinhead, covered with tattoos that included a swastika on his neck, who hosted his own cable-access show promoting his racist views. Then, he was arrested for the kidnapping of a rival skinhead and sentenced to three to five years in prison.

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Any recounting of the life of Marthe Cohn – a French, Jewish spy in Germany during the Holocaust – revolves around numbers: At age 24, she said yes to an assignment spying for French Intelligence. In 2002, she co-authored a book with Wendy Holden on her wartime experiences titled “Behind Ene…

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First it was butterflies. Then mirror and laser mazes. Last month, sharks, sea lions, otters, penguins and thousands of sea creatures were added.

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When Bill and Ina Levine moved from Brooklyn to Arizona in 1960, the Valley had a small, tightknit Jewish community with its locus in central Phoenix. “I thought it was the greatest place I’d ever seen,” said Bill Levine in a 2008 interview with the Arizona Jewish Historical Society.

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The new film “Denial” is a thriller of a different sort. Based on the true story of self-proclaimed historian (and Holocaust denier) David Irving’s libel suit against Professor Deborah Lipstadt in British court, the movie recounts the strategic and emotional stakes of the case as well as how…

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The fundamentals of leadership are very simply stated by Rabbi Avi Weiss. “Leadership is, in fact, the recognition of a need and responding to that need with change,” he says.“The second step is people resist change, and leadership is navigating that resistance and trying to find consensus, …

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Last Friday, March 25, retired Israeli basketball star David Blu spoke to more than 400 Jewish young professionals, JNF board members and donors at JNFuture’s second annual “Shabbat in the Desert” event. Blu, a California native, spent over a decade playing professional basketball for the Is…

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Talk-radio host Dennis Prager once said, “I’m just truly interested in everything, and talk radio is the perfect vehicle for someone who’s interested in everything.” (His show airs 10 a.m.-1 p.m. weekdays in the Valley on KKNT, 960 AM.) Prager will be in town Sunday, Feb. 21, to speak at Con…

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Dr. Ruth Westheimer would like you to know that she is not 4’7” because she was badly wounded on her legs during the Israeli War of Independence.

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Judith Resnik’s courageous story was the inspiration for my sermon for the Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation’s Sisterhood Shabbat featuring Jewish women of science. She was the first Jewish woman astronaut, but shunned such publicity, saying, “I just want to be an astronaut, period!”  

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Growing up, Rabbi David Wolpe knew he wanted to be a writer, although he wasn’t sure what he would write about. In college, during a discussion with the rabbi at Camp Ramah, where he was working, the rabbi suggested that Wolpe attend rabbinical school to find inspiration for topics.

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For Gary Weiss, being honored with the Irv Shuman Award is a bit overwhelming. “I know what Irv Shuman meant to this community, and I know who has been awarded this before me, and it’s humbling to be on that list. I’m very honored,” he says.

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When David Segal thought about the best way to pay tribute to his late mother, Pearl E. Segal, who died last Rosh Hashanah, he immediately thought of studying Torah.

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Symp1e’s executive team is, from left, Arthur Stein­gart, president and CEO; Jack Waterman, hardware development director; Jason Salves, chief operating officer; and Pam Waterman (not pictured), marketing director.

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“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” is a phrase that Arthur Steingart, president and CEO at Symp1e LLC, lives by. Since he founded Symp1e in January 2012, his company has developed Waterall, a Wi-Fi- and Bluetooth-operated irrigation timer, one of the simplest and most efficient of i…

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Rabbi Ian Pear, center, poses with his parents, Martin and Beverly Pear of Phoenix, during their visit to Israel.  

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Rabbi Ian Pear, a Sunnyslope High School graduate and former member of Beth El Congregation, now runs Shir Hadash, a popular Jerusalem synagogue that emphasizes spiritual diplomacy.  

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Circus School of Arizona owner Rachel Stegman admits that being a circus performer is a little “outside the box” when it comes to careers. But ever since she participated in circus activities at Club Med with her family as an 8-year-old, she’s had the “circus bug.” Then, at 16, she attended …

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Campers watch as Lauren Breunig, an instructor at the Circus School of Arizona, demonstrates how to navigate the aerial silks.

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For Cholla Cattle Co. owner Harvey Dietrich, winning the Chester A. Reynolds Memorial Award was a “humbling experience.” “There’s a lot of people in this business and to be selected, it’s been overwhelming,” he says. The award, given by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, recognizes a living individual or group who over a period of years has demonstrated “unwavering commitment to Western principles.”

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When Selma Fiel started with Jewish Free Loan in 1996, she had just retired for the first time. After enjoying a long career in the health-care industry working in administration at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, she and her husband moved to Arizona. They didn’t know anyone in the …

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Miriam Weisman, right, shares a moment with Rabbi John Linder, at the ADL’s Torch of Liberty dinner in November 2014.

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Miriam Weisman says there’s always a story behind why people become actively involved with the Anti-Defamation League. Here’s her story: About 14 years ago, Weisman saw a review in a local newspaper about a baseball movie titled “The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg.” While reading, she came…

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In the early summer of 1944, 9-year-old George Kalman and his mother and grandfather joined 35 people from his Hungarian village at the railway station in response to a government order. “At a certain time you had to be at the railway station with nothing larger than a carry-on bag. All the …

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Chef Craig Leeser has what many would call a dream job. As the head chef of Arizona Catering (owned by Jewish community member Mitch Katz), Leeser oversees day-to-day catering operations, which sometimes include cooking for a slew of famous people. But ask him where his heart is and he’ll tell you – cooking at Camp Swift, a camp for inner-city children ages 8-11 run by Jewish teens from across the Southwest.

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When Idaho resident Liza Long wrote an anonymous post on her blog, Anarchist Soccer Mom, after the horrific 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, she never imagined it would go viral. The blog post, “I am Adam Lanza’s Mother,” described Long’s feelings about her own experience paren…

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Allison Josephs didn’t grow up in an Orthodox home. In fact, she didn’t even know any Orthodox Jews. When she saw them during visits to New York City as a child, she was turned off by their appearance. “I was proud to be a normal, balanced Jew and not one of those fanatics,” she recalls in a…

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After Rabbi David Ellenson retired as president of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in December 2013, after more than a decade at the helm, he returned to the classroom.

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For comic Howie Mandel, sponta-neity is the name of the game. Besides a standup career than has spanned more than 30 years, the Canadian-born performer is most frequently known these days for his unscripted television projects – as a judge for NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” and the producer and sometimes star of TBS’ “Deal with It.”

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Jewish National Fund will honor the Sachs family at its annual gala. Standing, from left, are Adele and Gary Sachs, Al and Fran Sachs, David Arkules, Dale and Nate Sachs. Seated are Lisa Sachs, left, and Stacey Arkules. 

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