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‘Aussie Gourmet’ releases new Passover cookbook

Author Naomi Nachman, known as “The Aussie Gourmet,” shares some of her favorite Passover recipes that make delicious meals all year round in her debut cookbook “Perfect for Pesach: Passover Recipes You’ll Want to Make All Year, released this month by Artscroll ($30, hardcover).

Wednesday 03/22/2017
Lighten up Passover menus by adding more fish and veggies
Posted: March 22, 2017

I love serving light foods that are naturally kosher for Passover. With so much matzah, vegetable and fish dishes are often a welcome addition in my home.

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Living wills, advanced directives are important for adults of all ages
Posted: March 22, 2017

It’s been quite a month. A coworker was in a car accident and spent days in the ICU, a family member was in a serious trauma and spent weeks in the hospital, and I caught the flu and ended up with a bronchitis that lasted five weeks and made me appreciate how I take breathing for granted. In each of these situations, the person in question was in the prime of life; all three of us had a reasonable expectation of a long life ahead. And yet, with each, it could have ended differently.

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Third-grader designs Mensch Bench
Posted: March 22, 2017

Olivia Feldman, a third-grader at Pardes Jewish Day School, sometimes felt a little lonely during recess and realized that other classmates might feel that way, too, so she decided to do something about it.

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Tuesday 03/21/2017
Chef Michael Solomonov goes 'In Search of Israeli Cuisine' in new film
Posted: March 21, 2017

“I thought it was just going to be about falafel and hummus."

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Wednesday 03/15/2017
At least 7 JCCs receive bomb threats on Purim
Posted: March 15, 2017

At least seven Jewish community centers in the United States and Canada received bomb threats while they were hosting Purim events.

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Israel’s surprising World Baseball Classic run ends with loss to Japan
Posted: March 15, 2017

Team Israel saw its Cinderella run at the World Baseball Classic end with a loss to Japan in Tokyo.

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Tuesday 03/14/2017
Israeli professional golfer to compete in Phoenix tournament
Posted: March 14, 2017

Israel’s first professional golfer is in the Valley this week to compete in the Bank of Hope Founders Cup Tournament March 16-19 at Wildfire Golf Club in Phoenix.

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Krav Maga studio helps children with self-confidence
Posted: March 14, 2017

“No matter what age you are, you can be bullied. A lot of that has to do with a lack of confidence and knowing how to respond,” says Derrek Hofrichter, founder and chief instructor at EVKM Self Defense & Fitness.

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Tuesday 03/14/2017
Social media allows campers to keep connected year-round
Posted: March 14, 2017

For 12-year-old Sophie Golden, camp is “kind of like a different world,” where electronics are a no-go and her bunkmates feel more like sisters than friends. When she misses that feeling during the year, there’s an easy way to get it back, even if just for a fleeting moment — by checking her phone.

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Two schools, one day of social action
Posted: March 14, 2017

Religious schools at Temple Chai and Temple Kol Ami partnered for a Tikkun Olam Day on Feb. 26.

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Merkaz Ha-Iyr to offer an adult bnai mitzvah class
Posted: March 14, 2017

Congregation Merkaz Ha-Iyr, a Reform-style congregation in Phoenix, will offer an adult bar/bat mitzvah class beginning in April.

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Valley Beit Midrash adds book talk to season
Posted: March 14, 2017

Valley Beit Midrash is partnering with the Jewish Book Council to present a discussion on Edgar  M. Bronfman’s last book, “Why Be Jewish?” with Ruth Andrew Allenson, the book’s editor, and Adam R. Bronfman, president of The Samuel Bronfman Foundation, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at Temple Kol Ami, 15030 N. 64th St., Scottsdale. The program will begin with networking and light appetizers.

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Wednesday 03/08/2017
Lecture addresses work of Julius Rosenwald
Posted: March 08, 2017

Arizona State University’s School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies and the Center for Jewish Studies will host a free lecture by Professor Hasia R. Diner of New York University about “Julius Rosenwald: Northern Jewish Philanthropy for African Americans and the Dilemma of Southern Jews,” 7 p.m. Monday, March 13, at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, 122 E. Culver St., Phoenix.

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JLI Teens introduces ‘Sticky Situations’ course
Posted: March 08, 2017

“Sticky Situations,” a six-week course from JLI Teens, will begin 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, at Chabad of Phoenix, 2110 E. Lincoln Drive.

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Phoenix boys attend Midwest siyum
Posted: March 08, 2017

A group of boys from Phoenix attended the annual Midwest Pirchei Siyum Mishnayos in Detroit Feb. 24-26. The trip was organized by Pirchei of Phoenix, a program of the Phoenix Community Kollel and was a prize for all of the boys who had participated in a contest where they studied together over 1,500 Mishnayos.

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Catchball catches on in Israel
Posted: March 08, 2017

Every week, thousands of women across Israel gather to play a sport almost no one outside the country has heard of.

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Bend the Arc rabbi to speak about Shabbat
Posted: March 08, 2017

Rabbi Dr. Aryeh Cohen, professor of rabbinic literature at the Ziegler School for Rabbinic Studies of the American Jewish University, and the rabbi in residence at Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, will speak about “Deep Shabbos: On Doing Nothing as Doing Something” at a Valley Beit Midrash lecture, 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, at Congregation Or Tzion, 9096 E. Bahia Drive, Suite 106, Scottsdale.

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BJE introduces tour of presidential libraries
Posted: March 08, 2017

Escape the Phoenix-area heat by traveling to California this August with Bureau of Jewish Education educators Andre Ivory and Jay Roth. The BJE has planned a six-day trip for participants to learn about presidential decisions that impacted Israel, Russian Jewry and the American Jewish community. Participants will tour the Nixon and Reagan presidential libraries and enjoy top-notch accommodations and a farewell banquet at a highly rated kosher restaurant in southern California.

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Gesher to hold model Passover seder
Posted: March 08, 2017

Gesher Disability Resources (formerly Council for Jews with Special Needs) will be hosting its second annual community model Passover seder 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at The New Shul, 7825 E. Paradise Lane, Scottsdale.

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Israel blasts Chinese Taipei 15-7 in second game of World Baseball Classic
Posted: March 08, 2017

JERUSALEM — Team Israel blasted Chinese Taipei in its second game of the World Baseball Classic.

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613 Grill offers Mediterranean dining
Posted: March 08, 2017

The owners of the recently opened 613 Grill in North Central Phoenix invited a friend to come sample the food two weeks before the restaurant’s official grand opening, scheduled for mid-February. The invitation, intended as a gustatory “trial run” for one person, snowballed when the guest told others about the new glatt kosher restaurant. The result was a surprise “invasion.” Almost immediately, the place was packed, said Angelika Borochov.

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Tuesday 03/07/2017
Tel Aviv and Jerusalem marathons revel in a 'healthy competition'
Posted: March 07, 2017

TEL AVIV  – Noah Roth likes to recall two moments from Israeli marathons in which he’s raced: a competitor in Jerusalem breezing by him in 2010 wearing all-black, haredi Orthodox garb but for a white athletic shirt; and a Russian woman on this city’s Allenby Street who last year handed sprinters cups of clear-liquid refreshment – not water, but vodka.

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Wednesday 03/01/2017
Beth Tefillah presents Passover kosher food fest
Posted: March 01, 2017

Congregation Beth Tefillah will present a Passover Kosher Food Fest 1-4 p.m. Sunday, March 19, at Allstate Appliances Showroom, 15250 North Hayden Road, Scottsdale.

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Amar'e Stoudemire recognized with Martin Luther King Jr. Award in Jerusalem
Posted: March 01, 2017

JERUSALEM – Former NBA All-Star Amar'e Stoudemire was honored with the Martin Luther King Jr. Award in Israel for his philanthropy and leadership in building bridges among communities.

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Spring has sprung: seize the season
Posted: March 01, 2017

As the glorious weather precedes the spring equinox, chants of “This is why we live here” can be heard throughout the Valley of the Sun. For Phoenicians, amnesia is bliss, as we repress all memory of those triple digit days. Knowing how precious time and the mild temperatures are, let’s celebrate spring in the garden. Grab your aging loved one, and seize the season.

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Area Agency schedules public hearings about services for older adults
Posted: March 01, 2017

As part of process to involve the public in identifying unmet needs of older adults in Maricopa County and how best to serve them, the Area Agency on Aging has scheduled public hearings at three Valley locations from March 6-8.

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Book created for Jews with Alzheimer’s
Posted: March 01, 2017

The book is large and fits comfortably on a lap. The color photographs nearly fill each page. Each image depicts real people doing everyday Jewish things — a young girl eating matzah ball soup; a bubbe and her grandchildren lying in the grass; a man wearing tefillin, praying. The sentences are in large print; they are simple (“Mother says the blessing over the candles”) and easy to read.

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Team Israel holds mini-camp in Scottsdale
Posted: March 01, 2017

Team Israel will play in the World Baseball Classic for the first time ever, and last weekend, before heading to games in Seoul, South Korea, the team held a mini-camp in Scottsdale.

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Wednesday 02/22/2017
AEPi fraternity back at ASU
Posted: February 22, 2017

The Alpha Sigma chapter of Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, founded in 1951, is back in the good graces of Arizona State University a year earlier than previously expected.

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ASU Hillel chosen for pilot ‘Accelerator’
Posted: February 22, 2017

The Hillel Jewish Student Center at Arizona State University is one of 10 campus groups nationwide chosen to participate in the pilot year of Hillel International’s Excellence Accelerator program.

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Luna Azul neighborhood fosters independence
Posted: February 22, 2017

Four years ago, Mark Roth and his wife, Lauren, began the discussion many parents of special-needs children have: How would their daughter Emma, now 17, navigate life as an adult and what would happen to her when they were gone?

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Levi Catering expands
Posted: February 22, 2017

Rabbis and community leaders gathered at the newly opened Levi Catering on Feb. 7 to hang mezuzot, cut the ribbon and, of course, eat.

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How summer camps welcome their youngest charges
Posted: February 22, 2017

Wondering if your child is ready for overnight camp?

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