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Pledging mitzvahs in memory of 9/11

Chabad at ASU lifted the spirits of many students on the Arizona State University campus on Sept. 12. After a weekend made somber by the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Chabad – in partnership with the Hillel Jewish Student Center and the Latter Day Saint Student Association – encouraged everyone do to a good deed in remembrance of those lost in the attacks.

Wednesday 09/21/2016
Synagogue-appropriate fashion show
Posted: September 21, 2016

On the first day of religious school at Temple Beth Sholom of the East Valley, a Conservative synagogue in Chandler, students learned how to dress appropriately for synagogue services.

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Celebrating fall prevention
Posted: September 21, 2016

Join me in celebrating September – not only because it marks the fall season, but because it is Falls Prevention Awareness Month.

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Heavenly Hallah gift packs deliver a holiday tradition
Posted: September 21, 2016

Rosh Hashanah is around the corner, and many of Phoenix’s Jewish families are looking forward to coming together to ring in the New Year. But if your loved ones cannot make it home for the holiday, a Tucson-based business has a way for you to send the holiday to them.

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Shearim moves, holds open house
Posted: September 21, 2016

Shearim Torah High School recently started the school year in its new home and invites the community to an open house this weekend. The open house will be held 12:30-2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at the school’s new location, 715 E. Sierra Vista Drive in Phoenix.

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CJSN offers social group for children
Updated: September 27, 2016 - 4:59 pm

The Council for Jews With Special Needs Yeladeem Group – an inclusive social play-based children’s group that meets monthly – participated in a STEM Sunday play date at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus in Scottsdale on Sept. 11.

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Tuesday 09/20/2016
6 surprising findings about Chabad on campus
Posted: September 20, 2016

NEW YORK — Fifteen years ago, most Jewish college students had one game in town: their local Hillel, which offered a pluralistic, broad approach to Jewish programming.

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Friday 09/16/2016
Susie Fishbein says goodbye to her iconic ‘Kosher By Design’ series
Posted: September 16, 2016

When Susie Fishbein wrote her first “Kosher By Design” cookbook nearly 15 years ago, she saw an opening in the market for a book in the style of mainstream authors like Ina Garten and Martha Stewart.

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Wednesday 09/14/2016
Chabad at ASU holds 9/11 Mitzvah Marathon
Posted: September 14, 2016

Chabad at ASU lifted the spirits of many students on the Arizona State University campus on Sept. 12. After a weekend made somber by the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Chabad – in partnership with the Hillel Jewish Student Center and the Latter Day Saint Student Association – encouraged everyone do to a good deed in remembrance of those lost in the attacks.

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Wednesday 09/14/2016
Easiest Rosh Hashanah dinner ever
Posted: September 14, 2016

Some people take great pride and pleasure in planning their Rosh Hashanah menus for weeks or months in advance, chugging away at kugels and cakes and soup to put in the freezer. I know my grandmother and Aunt Ruth both did their High Holidays cooking all summer so they would be “ready.”

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Celebrity cooks share their Rosh Hashanah recipes
Posted: September 14, 2016

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, gives Jews a sense of change and new beginnings. One of the ways to signal that renewal and optimism is to engage our senses: We listen to the shofar, the clarion call of the season, and we eat symbolic foods, such as round challah (representing the cyclical nature of life) and enjoy the sweetness of apples dipped in honey.

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Tiny acts bring great rewards
Posted: September 14, 2016

Those who attend a cooking demo with Renee Rousso Chernin, the author of “Cooking for the King,” can expect it to be ribboned with food for thought.

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Wednesday 09/07/2016
Valley Beit Midrash announces first Teen Mussar fellows
Posted: September 07, 2016

Valley Beit Midrash has announced its first Teen Mussar Fellowship cohort.

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A new season of programming
Updated: September 07, 2016 - 11:07 am

As the new season kicks off, there are plenty of opportunities for teens to participate in the local Jewish community.  

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Tuesday 09/06/2016
Minnesota Vikings owner thinks big with new stadium and Holocaust philanthropy
Posted: September 06, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer stepped up to an 800-pound gjallarhorn and exhaled with all he had to launch the festivities that officially inaugurated the team’s $1.1 billion stadium.

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Wednesday 08/31/2016
Combating anti-Semitism on campus
Posted: August 31, 2016

Anti-Semitic fliers were printed on networked campus printers at the University of California Santa Cruz. Christians United for Palestine and Athens for Justice in Palestine promoted BDS (boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel) at the student involvement fair at the University of Georgia. A student at Northwestern University was told at a recent anti-racism march on campus that she couldn’t support that effort because she supports Israel.

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Jewish Baby University celebrates 20 years
Posted: August 31, 2016

In celebration of the start of the 20th year of the Bureau of Jewish Education’s Jewish Baby University, more than 115 of the program’s graduates gathered for a reunion on Aug. 27.

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Teens conduct scientific research in Israel
Posted: August 31, 2016

Three Valley teens recently returned from Israel, where they spent four weeks participating in the Weizmann Institute’s annual Dr. Bessie F. Lawrence International Summer Science Institute (ISSI). 

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VOSJCC holds family cooking class
Posted: August 31, 2016

“New Year’s Family Cooking” will be taught by Michele Gusdorff 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road. Families will make challah and honey-apple parfait. Cost per family is $20 members, $30 nonmembers. Visit vosjcc.org.

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Innovation the key to successful aging
Posted: August 31, 2016

We are an aging society and thanks to medical breakthroughs, Americans are living longer. At risk are publicly funded health, long-term care and income-support programs for older adults. The stress on these programs is a direct result of people now living longer, who are facing challenges with illnesses, diseases, cognitive deficits and other physical limitations that are associated with aging.

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Tuesday 08/30/2016
Submissions wanted for 2016 High Holiday art contest
Posted: August 30, 2016

Children up to age 18 are invited to create colorful creations for the Jewish News High Holiday 2016 Art Contest. The winning piece of art will be featured on the cover of the Jewish News’ Sept. 30 issue and additional artwork will be featured inside that week’s issue, as well as on jewishaz.com and on social media.

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This Israeli and Palestinian duo owns Berlin's hippest hummus joint
Posted: August 30, 2016

BERLIN — In a corner of former East Berlin, where shabby, red brick buildings meet cobblestone streets, lies a new Promised Land.

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Wednesday 08/24/2016
Bat Mitzvah Club of Scottsdale to start season this weekend
Posted: August 24, 2016

The Bat Mitzvah Club of Scottsdale will hold its first meeting for the year at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, at Chabad of Scottsdale, 10215 N. Scottsdale Road.

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Music class offered at EVJCC
Posted: August 24, 2016

A music class for parents and children, “Music & Me!” will be held 10-10:30 a.m. Fridays at the East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. 

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Therapist offers personal transformation guidance from A to Z
Posted: August 24, 2016

“Creating a better you in 20 minutes a day...” Before you start to say change could never be that easy, Dr. Livia Spitz Steingart suggests personal transformation may be as easy as your ABCs.

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Monday 08/22/2016
Kohelet Foundation launches prize for educators
Posted: August 22, 2016

The Kohelet Foundation has launched its Kohelet Prize. The unrestricted $36,000 prize will be awarded to educators or teams of educators who work in Jewish day schools and whose work skillfully demonstrates a progressive approach to education in the following six categories: Interdisciplinary Integration, Real-World Learning, Learning Environment, Differentiated Instruction, Development of Critical and/or Creative Thinking, and Risk Taking and Failure.

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Israel’s rhythmic gymnastics coach raps Olympic politics, poor training conditions
Posted: August 22, 2016

JERUSALEM — The coach of Israel’s rhythmic gymnastics team said that she never expected to win a medal, citing poor training conditions and politics as two reasons.

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Gilbert photographer snaps into third Olympics
Posted: August 22, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO — Gilbert native Larry Slater didn’t always have a passion for sports photography. It wasn’t until he took a trip to the NCAA wrestling championship in Las Vegas in 2005 that his interest in photography was sparked.

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Friday 08/19/2016
At 80, a Munich Olympics and Holocaust survivor is still the sportsman
Posted: August 19, 2016

OMER, Israel — Shaul Ladany, a two-time Olympian, acknowledged that he was “very happy” that the International Olympic Committee finally held an official memorial for the 11 Israelis who were killed in a terrorist raid at the 1972 Munich games.

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Palestinian with Israeli roots wins Jordan’s first Olympic medal
Posted: August 19, 2016

Jordan won its first-ever Olympic medal thanks to the performance of a Palestinian taekwondo fighter whose family left Israel 20 years ago.

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Wednesday 08/17/2016
AEPi works to rebuild at ASU
Posted: August 17, 2016

The Alpha Sigma chapter of Alpha Epsilon Pi is seeking to rebuild its good name with the goal of “recolonizing” at Arizona State University – essentially seeking to be reinstated as a recognized fraternity at the school, say the Jewish fraternity’s representatives.

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Israel Scouts ready for local kickoff
Posted: August 17, 2016

When Hadar Hamu and her family moved to Chandler, she was scared. At 10 years old, she says it was overwhelming to leave Israel, learn a new language and acclimate to a new culture. But she knew it was only temporary.

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Two VOSJCC swimmers qualify for state championships
Posted: August 17, 2016

The Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center’s new swim program, which launched about two months ago, has qualified and finalized two of its swimmers in the Arizona Swimming State Age Group Championships, which were held in Oro Valley July 15-17. Payton Mueller, 14, made finals in both the 100 and 200 Breaststrokes. His sister, Lillian Mueller, 12, made finals in the 200 Fly. 

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Project Jewish Love introduces online personal pages
Posted: August 17, 2016

Project Jewish Love launched an online personal profile directory on Aug. 1. During the month of August, new users can sign up for six free months by using the promo code MEET UPPJL81830. After that, the cost will be $18 to sign up for additional months.  

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