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Tempe synagogue pairs nature and exercise with Havdalah and a hike

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Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 8:54 am

A crowd of more than 30 people milled about under an awning at the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch in Gilbert last Saturday afternoon. Volunteers with Temple Emanuel of Tempe’s hiking club carefully laid out a veritable cornucopia of snacks and drinks as kids ran around.

Trip leader Sue Ochs, decked out in hiking gear — including a fanny pack with two large water bottles, a first aid/survival kit and a cellphone — got her bearings while examining a map. It might have seemed like overkill since today’s hike was only going to be a mile long with negligible elevation gain, but Ochs, a retired librarian and veteran of the outdoors who used to lead hikes for the Sierra Club, likes to be prepared.

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