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New cafe opens on JCC campus

If you’ve been to the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus recently, you’ve probably noticed some big changes, including the addition of Milk + Honey, a new kosher restaurant that has replaced Levi Catering.

Wednesday 01/18/2017
Achieving ‘OK’ is ‘great’ in marriage
Posted: January 18, 2017

Ironworks Inc. and Acme Steel have been doing business together for 25 years. Ironworks manufactures steel widgets and Acme sells raw steel. These two companies have worked together for all this time for two basic reasons:

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Teen scene: A busy year ahead for teens
Posted: January 18, 2017

In an effort to build a Jewish teen community across the Valley, Jewish News and The League present Teen Scene, featuring monthly content devoted to teen programming. Here is a recap of recent events and a roundup of events to come.

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Camps strive for screen-free environment
Posted: January 18, 2017

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children spend an average of seven hours a day in front of a screen – from TVs and cell phones to video games and computers. So when parents look at summer camps for their children, many seek out screen-free experiences. Jewish News recently talked with the five sleepaway camp directors to find out their technology policies. This is a small sample of what they said.

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Eckstein lectures focus on ghettos
Posted: January 18, 2017

The Center for Jewish Studies at Arizona State University will present two lectures by 2017 Albert & Liese Eckstein Scholar- in-Residence Bernard Cooperman of the University of Maryland.

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Valley Beit Midrash, Mt. Sinai to host motivational lecture
Posted: January 18, 2017

“What Will They Say About You When You’re Gone? Seven Principles for Reverse Engineering Your Life: Lead the life now for how you want to be remembered” is the topic of a Valley Beit Midrash lecture by Rabbi Daniel Cohen, 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30, at Temple Kol Ami, 15030 N. 64th St., Scottsdale.

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Pardes to honor Jill Kessler at gala
Posted: January 18, 2017

Pardes Jewish Day School will honor Head of School Jill Kessler at its gala 7 p.m. Sat- urday, Feb. 11, at Chateau Luxe, 1175 E. Lone Cactus Drive, Phoenix.

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Wednesday 01/11/2017
Beth El’s preschool helps generations of children blossom
Posted: January 11, 2017

In its early days in the 1950s, the preschool program at Beth El Congregation was called the “Gan,” with hundreds of young children blossoming under its nurturing attention. It has evolved over the years into the Beth El Early Childhood Center and Preschool, caring for children from infanthood to age of 4.

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Having fun while learning
Posted: January 11, 2017

Hanukkah came early in December for the children at the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center’s Early Childhood Center. A children’s book author gifted signed copies of “The Time Frame Game,” along with its companion app, to every child at the preschool.

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Wednesday 01/11/2017
Ezras Cholim volunteers provide care for the ill
Posted: January 11, 2017

Most people would agree that there is little worse than being sick and stuck in a hospital – except being sick, stuck in a hospital and alone. Launched officially in July 2015, Ezras Cholim, Hebrew for “help for the sick,” is an organization that aims to make sure that everyone in the Phoenix Jewish community – resident or visitor – is cared for in every way when they are ill.

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Tuesday 01/10/2017
For these pro baseball players, visiting Israel is like coming home
Posted: January 10, 2017

PETACH TIKVAH, Israel – For questions about Israeli food and culture, Corey Baker and Jeremy Bleich were their teammates’ go-to guys.

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Wednesday 01/04/2017
Lecture imparts wisdom from film
Posted: January 04, 2017

Wendy Zierler will present “Reel Theology: What we can learn about Moses’ leadership and the word of God from ‘The King’s Speech’ ” at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, at Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix.

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Artist, educator, activist Rabbi Miriam Margles to lead workshop
Posted: January 04, 2017

Rabbi Miriam Margles will lead a workshop about “Transforming Fear: Embodied Practice” at a Valley Beit Midrash lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, at Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. Margles is an artist, educator and activist who has been serving as the rabbi of the Danforth Jewish Circle in Toronto since 2010. She integrates encounters with Jewish text, spiritual practice, community building and exploration in movement, voice and writing. She is co-founder of Encounter (encounterprograms.org), dedicated to strengthening the capacity of the Jewish people to be constructive agents of change in transforming the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Kollel offers women’s learning program
Posted: January 04, 2017

The Phoenix Community Kollel is offering a four-week Partners in Torah Program for Women.

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Beth El to offer adult Hebrew class
Posted: January 04, 2017

Beth El Congregation will offer a 10-week Hebrew class for adults 12:30-2 p.m. Sundays beginning Jan. 8.

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Wednesday 12/28/2016
Alzheimer’s expert presents series
Posted: December 28, 2016

Alzheimer’s disease is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and is the only one in the top 25 diseases that has been steadily growing. Presently, the condition affects 5.4 million Americans and 150,000 in Arizona alone. It is the leading cause of long-term care placement and accounts for up to 60 percent of long-term care insurance claims. Approximately $160 billion is spent annually in the United States for Alzheimer’s disease-related costs and expenses and the condition affects one in 10 over age 65. More than 100,000 people die from Alzheimer’s disease each year and it is estimated that 14 million Americans will have the disease by the year 2050 – affecting one in eight Baby Boomers. 

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College students dream big in essay contest
Posted: December 28, 2016

In honor of former Israeli President Shimon Peres’ life, legacy and commitment to Israel and the Jewish people, the Hillel Jewish Student Center at Arizona State University and Jewish Arizonans on Campus (JAC) held a photo-essay contest this semester for college students with the theme, “Dreaming Big.”

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Wednesday 12/07/2016
Teen Scene 12-9-16
Posted: December 07, 2016

In an effort to build a Jewish teen community across the Valley, Jewish News and The League present Teen Scene, featuring monthly content devoted to teen programming.

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Secret of success: Just listen?
Posted: December 07, 2016

I remember walking into my Chabad house on campus, on the day it changed my life, like it was yesterday.

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The key to time is now
Posted: December 07, 2016

The key to time is now

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Wednesday 11/30/2016
Registration open for March of the Living
Posted: November 30, 2016

Registration is open for the March of the Living – an annual program that brings individuals from all over the world to Poland and Israel to study the history of the Holocaust and to examine the roots of prejudice, intolerance and hate. The March of the Living is a 3-kilometer walk from Auschwitz to Birkenau as a silent tribute to all victims of the Holocaust. Following a week in Poland, where Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) is observed, the group travels to Israel to celebrate Israeli Independence Day. The dates will be April 19-May 3, 2017; the program is for teens in grades 11-12. Contact Myra Shindler at the Bureau of Jewish Education, 480-634-8050, or visit motl.org.

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2017 Limmud AZ program schedule now available
Updated: December 16, 2016 - 12:47 pm

The complete schedule of classes and presenters for the 2017 Limmud AZ is available at limmudaz.org.  

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What matters most at the end of life?
Posted: November 30, 2016

On July 14, 2014, my husband David and I sat down with our children to disseminate and discuss our health care advanced directives. It was David’s 69th birthday; he died about 2 months before his 70th.  

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Wednesday 11/23/2016
JFL introduces loan fund for Parkinson’s and dementia
Posted: November 23, 2016

Jewish Free Loan has announced the establishment of The Wolf Family Parkinson’s and Dementia Loan Fund. This fund will enable those suffering from Parkinson’s or dementia and their families to access interest-free loan funds for services and/or equipment related to the many issues and needs that arise when living with or caring for those with one of these debilitating diseases.

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Rabbi to speak on helping recovering addicts find their way in the world
Posted: November 23, 2016

Author and speaker Rabbi Mark Borovitz, senior rabbi at Beit T’Shuvah, will speak on “Prisoner Re-entry, Drug Recovery, & the Building of a Jewish Halfway House” at a Valley Beit Midrash lecture, 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix.

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EVJCC hires chef for Challah Factory
Posted: November 23, 2016

The East Valley Jewish Community Center has hired a chef to make challah, pizza and other baked goods at its new Challah Factory.

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Wednesday 11/16/2016
Creating an authentic path
Posted: November 16, 2016

Have you ever wondered if there is more to life than you are experiencing? We all grow up believing that if we are good people and do the “right things,” that life will be wonderful. As we reflect on the years that have led to this moment in time, we are filled with joy and pride at what we have achieved and experienced.

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Friday 11/11/2016
Scottsdale rabbi to compete in Ironman
Posted: November 11, 2016

After a recent move to Arizona, Rabbi Leib Bolel will be toeing the starting line at Ironman Arizona on Nov. 20. The Ironman is a triathlon race totaling 140.6 miles consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and culminating in a marathon, 26.2-mile run, all within a 17-hour window.

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Wednesday 11/09/2016
A personal story of adoption
Posted: November 09, 2016

Ann Pinkwasser had long dreamed of writing a book about adoption. Then a special little someone made sure she did.

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Showing thankfulness for family caregivers
Posted: November 09, 2016

Picture Carol, a woman in her mid-60s, sitting at the kitchen table during early November and instead of planning out her Thanksgiving menu, she is filling a pill organizer for her Mom and plotting her Mom’s doctor’s appointments on a calendar.

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Temple Chai joins The Conversation Project to help discuss end-of-life care
Posted: November 09, 2016

Temple Chai is participating in The Conversation Project, a national program dedicated to helping people talk about end-of-life care.

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Pri-Tal has assumed the position as interim executive director
Posted: November 09, 2016

Effective immediately, Randee Pri-Tal has assumed the position as interim executive director for the Jewish Genetics Center of Greater Phoenix. Jacqui Breger recently resigned the position. A search for a permanent executive director will begin shortly, according to the center.

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Thursday 11/03/2016
Cubs fans, like the Jews, now face the challenge of success
Posted: November 03, 2016

For years, I've told anyone who would listen that the Cubs were the team of the Jews. I've written two blog posts about it during the past month alone.

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Wednesday 11/02/2016
BJE launches Chai Mitzvah program
Posted: November 02, 2016

“Chai Mitzvah: Grow Your Judaism” is a new adult learning program offered by the Bureau of Jewish Education.

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