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Temple Chai will hold its annual Peanut Butter and Fluff Mitzvah Project 4:30-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24, at the synagogue, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. There will also be a Havdalah ceremony.
Jewish Family & Children’s Service welcomes donations for its “It’s a Wrap” program that offers sponsorships for families in need for either Hanukkah or Christmas.
Restaurant owner Jeff Flancer recently donated $3,900 to Jewish Family and Children’s Service (JFCS) in a sweet way.
The City of Chandler’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) campaign, in partnership with the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, seeks volunteer tax preparers. The EITC campaign offers free tax return preparation to households with an annual income of $54,000 or less. Tax professionals can earn continuing education credits. No experience is required. The city will conduct free training sessions in January. To volunteer, visit chandleraz.gov/vita.
After Ivy and Larry Lesser’s twins were born, the babies – Calyn and Charlie – spent some time in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Honor Health in Scottsdale. Today the twins are 17 months old and Ivy Lesser has started a project she calls Budding Baskets, where she donates baby clothes to the NICU departments at multiple hospitals across the Valley.
Operation Homefront, which helps provide support to military families, is partnering with Dollar Tree stores for Back-to-School Brigade, which provides military families with school supplies. School supplies can be purchased and placed in collection boxes at Dollar Tree stores through Aug. 11.
Families at the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center’s preschool are working to help one of the school’s teachers who recently has been diagnosed with West Nile virus.
“Baby and Me Time,” a drop-in support group for parents of babies ages 6 weeks to 12 months hosted by the Shalom Center of Temple Chai, will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 22, at the house at Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. New parents are invited to share the experiences and responsibilities of parenthood. Babies are welcome. Call 602-971-1234.
Between the challah bake, the Shabbat Project and conferences in Washington, D.C., it's been a busy week.
Shabbat in Jerusalem was like no Shabbat I have ever experienced.
Valley residents Esther and Don Schon write about a program that two ex-IDF soldiers developed to help teach disadvantaged teens to surf and in turn to become surfing teachers for wounded warriors.