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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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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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A bill that would add anti-Semitism to the list of crimes reported by the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) and adopt a new definition of anti-Semitism is currently making its way through the Arizona House and Senate.

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Sunday, Feb. 23

A Jewish Night on Broadway: 3 p.m., Beth El Phoenix, 1118 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix. A performance by Cantor Jonathan Angress and Broadway performer Micahel Bernardi. Tickets starting at $25. To purchase tickets, visit bethelphoenix.com/Jewish-Night-Broadway. 

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A day of learning, prayer and music is coming to Congregation Beth Tefillah on Feb. 16. The Soul Conference, organized in partnership with the Aleph Society, is dedicated to helping attendees realize their soul’s potential.

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In continuing efforts to build and strengthen support for the Friends of Israel Defense Forces (FIDF), a first of-its-kind dinner will be held in Scottsdale, Arizona. Supporters in Arizona are looking forward to the inaugural seated dinner on Feb. 20, themed “A Night of Heroes.”  

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On Feb. 9, the first Judaic lending library in Fountain Hills had its grand opening. The Zaidy Lipskier Library opened its doors in honor of the 25th yahrzeit of Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Lipskier. It’s just one of many in the United States dedicated to his memory.

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Saturday, Feb. 8

Community Concert with Ellen Allard: 6 p.m., Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. Havdalah and concert with area rabbis, cantors, soloists and community youth choir. Tickets: $12 for adults, $7 for children ages 4 to 17 and free for children under 4. Order ticekts by noon on Friday, Feb. 7. To purchase tickets, visit bit.ly/EllenAllardPhx.

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Ellen Allard, the reigning “Queen of Jewish Children’s Music,” is bringing her joyful celebration of song to Temple Chai this week for a performance hosted by multiple synagogues. 

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If you aren’t excited about the 24th Annual Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival running Feb. 9-23, you should be. This year, festival curators bring together 50 films, including 32 features and 18 shorts, in a schedule that spans two weeks and three theater locations. Some features are pair…

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A bar or bat mitzvah is not the first momentous ritual in the life of a Jew, but it is, perhaps, the first personal and individual ritual a child gets to choose. For some, however, this choice carries with it unusual challenges that others never face. Now, Gesher Disability Resources, which …

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The cast of "Americano!" rehearse at a reading of the musical.

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Menachem Mendel Academy’s downtown Phoenix campus is pictured on Thursday, Jan. 9.

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Starting this week, a new musical making its debut in Phoenix will touch on contemporary political events presented through the perspective of a young immigrant who did not know he was not an American citizen. “Americano!,” opening Jan. 29 at The Phoenix Theatre Company, tells the story of A…

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Israeli Movie Series: 3 p.m., East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. Screening of “Remember Baghdad,” a documentary about the untold story of Iraqi Jews, Iraq’s first wave of refugees. Suggested donation: $5. For more information, call 480-897-0588 or email events@evjcc.org. 

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The Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation is holding two interfaith panel events that will bring together representatives of five faith traditions to discuss celebrations of life cycle events. 

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On Sunday, Jan. 19, congregation members, rabbis, teachers, parents and former students crowded into the spacious home of Sheila Schwartz to thank Rabbi David and Odette Rebibo for their decades of service.

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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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Beth Emeth Congregation’s West Valley Jewish Film Festival has been a staple not just for the synagogue, but for the Sun City community as well. According to Irene Leher, festival co-chairman, this annual event brings together many Jewish and non-Jewish area residents.

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Before Rabbi David Rebibo arrived in Phoenix in 1965, the city’s Jewish population numbered about 10,000. There was no Jewish day school, those who kept kosher had to go out of town for kosher cheese and meat products, and Phoenix’s only Orthodox congregation, located downtown, had difficult…

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It’s one thing to conduct a Shabbat service, but it’s something completely different to lead one of the country’s larger Shabbats.

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Temple Solel’s quarterly art showcase currently features the work of Skip Feinstein, general surgeon, photographer and 10-year member of the temple. More than 30 of Feinstein’s photographs, which capture moments from Pakistan and Cuba to Mexico and France, will be on display in the North Hal…

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