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An apple (or 10) a day keep the doldrums away

My husband and son recently reprised an annual fall ritual: apple-picking.

Wednesday 10/04/2017
Whole Foods, The J team up for nutrition education
Posted: October 04, 2017

The Valley of the Sun JCC (The J) and Whole Foods are teaming up to offer free nutritional shopping tours to help educate people about the benefits of eating organic and whole foods.

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Kids make their mark, help raise money for synagogue’s school
Posted: October 04, 2017

Dynamite and pottery don’t normally go together.

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Brining: A quick way to flavor and tenderize the humble chicken breast
Posted: October 04, 2017

At dinner with friends one night, I was shocked when one of the foodies at the table ordered chicken.

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Wednesday 09/27/2017
Valley mother creates her own Jewish Girl Scout niche
Posted: September 27, 2017

There are two main reasons why Halle Farber became a Girl Scout troop leader: her daughter’s interest in becoming a Girl Scout and the need to form a troop that does programming through a Jewish lens.

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Table settings, inventive game enliven festive gatherings
Posted: September 27, 2017

Food is always my focus when it comes to planning a get-together, and the holidays amplify that emphasis.

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National museum creates online home for Jewish Americans to share family stories
Posted: September 27, 2017

While nothing can quite replicate flipping through a dusty collection of sepia-toned photographs and seeing what a grandparent or great-grandparent looked like when they were younger, a new project seeks to capture and share some of that magic and history online.

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Expert: Raise positive children by not raising your voice
Posted: September 27, 2017

Like any job, raising children in a positive environment requires constant learning and work.

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Wednesday 09/20/2017
The J and Girly Girlz offer glam after-school program
Posted: September 20, 2017

The Valley of the Sun JCC (The J) and Girly Girlz Scottsdale have joined forces to bring a little glamour to its after-school programming.

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Wednesday 09/20/2017
Memory Cafes offer window into the past, community and doo-wop dancing
Posted: September 20, 2017

When Janet Arnold, the Creative Aging coordinator for Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JFCS), showed up for a Memory Cafe event in Surprise, she wasn’t sure what to expect. But it turned out to be an emotional experience.

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Local residents advocate vegan diet, Vegan Challenge
Posted: September 20, 2017

When Valley resident Helen Jaffa had open-heart surgery for an aortic aneurysm nine years ago, she knew she needed to do something big to improve her health. After years of pestering from her vegan daughter, Jaffa made the decision to go completely vegan, becoming part of a trend that’s on the rise.

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A Yom Kippur break-the-fast buffet
Posted: September 20, 2017

The general rule of a break-the-fast meal seems to be simple, relatively light and requiring minimal day-of preparation.

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Genetic testing emphasized during Tay-Sachs Awareness Month
Posted: September 20, 2017

For parents, there is nothing more painful than watching their newborn baby suffer and being powerless to help.

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Wednesday 09/13/2017
ADL reminds schools not to penalize children for High Holiday absences
Posted: September 13, 2017

This year, the Anti-Defamation League continues its annual practice of making sure Jewish students are not academically penalized for missing school during the High Holidays.

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Simple meals for the grill
Posted: September 13, 2017

As fall fast approaches, we continue to enjoy time outdoors, and simpler, grilled meals are the order of the day. My family recently enjoyed a meal that was cooked 100 percent on the grill — even dessert — which meant minimal cleanup and no hot, steamy kitchen.

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Say hello to these unique Rosh Hashanah drinks
Posted: September 13, 2017

Tradition dictates a glass of champagne on the secular New Year. But what can give you a nice buzz to celebrate the Jewish New Year?

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East Valley JCC selects teens for new leadership program
Posted: September 13, 2017

With the High Holidays just around the corner, now is a natural time for reflecting on the mitzvot performed throughout the year and to pause and consider what more can be done in the coming year.

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Wednesday 09/06/2017
Creating graffiti that fosters tolerance
Posted: September 06, 2017

The CTeen club at Chabad of the East Valley kicked off a new year of events by sending a meaningful message to the Jewish community.

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New fall books teach young readers about Judaism
Posted: September 06, 2017

It’s time for school again, but it’s not always easy to get kids back into the reading habit if they’ve been doing other activities all summer. Here, then, to re-engage little minds are a few Kar-Ben books you’ll find either in bookstores or online. These picks can also serve as terrific reading-together opportunities for National Grandparents Day on Sunday, Sept. 10.

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Wednesday 08/30/2017
Program gives students tools to advocate for Israel in educational settings
Posted: August 30, 2017

Three Valley students are on a mission: to correct misinformation about Israel through educational initiatives.

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It’s time for a digital detox
Posted: August 30, 2017

Raise your right hand (put your smartphone down first) and repeat after me: “I am ready for a digital detox.”

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Wednesday 08/23/2017
Giving the humble Rosh Hashanah staple gefilte fish its due
Posted: August 23, 2017

The first course of the Rosh Hashanah holiday meal is often fish. Fish is symbolic of fruitfulness — “may we be fruitful and multiply like fish.” Fish is also a symbol of immortality, a good theme for the New Year.

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Creating a kosher kitchen just in time for High Holidays
Posted: August 23, 2017

In today’s world, keeping kosher and maintaining a kosher kitchen can be quite a challenge. That’s partly because our relationship with food has become increasingly complex through generations. We now have access to more sources of food than ever before, and more technology and tools to cook that food. Ingredients come from all over the world — a simple plate of lasagna might have meat from South America, tomatoes from California and spices from Southeast Asia. The diversity of options can be dizzying.

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Wednesday 08/16/2017
Valley Hebrew schools welcome new staff
Posted: August 16, 2017

With August more than half over, the school-supply shopping sprees, first-day fashion decisions and maybe even a little last-minute summer reading are underway. Even if some kids are less than excited about the end of their relative freedom, they have much to look forward to when it comes to new faces and revamped curriculums at their local Hebrew schools.

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Pardes begins its new school year
Posted: August 16, 2017

Classes started bright and early on Aug. 9 at Pardes Jewish Day School. The new head of school, Peter Gordon, was on hand to say hello to students and parents.

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Jewish youth organizations offer teens fun ways to engage with community
Posted: August 16, 2017

Getting teens to become involved in community organizations isn’t always easy. But when they do venture out, many describe their experiences as “life-changing,” “the best times of my life,” “home away from home” and “I just feel connected there.”

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Four great ways to get connected and engaged with your community
Posted: August 16, 2017

Social interaction is part of being a happy, healthy human being. But all too often, we get caught up with family and work. We forget to go outside and get connected to our neighbors.

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Adoption, foster fellowship names second cohort
Posted: August 16, 2017

When Allison Borsuk applied for the YATOM Family Fellowship last year, she was considering adopting a child. She always knew she wanted to be a mother and, at age 38 and single, she decided to move forward with her plan.

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Wednesday 08/09/2017
Israel’s history comes alive for Arizona teens
Posted: August 09, 2017

A group of Arizona high school students are spending this summer at the Jewish National Fund’s Alexander Muss High School in Israel (AMHSI), through the Schwartz-Hammer AMHSI Impact Fund and the JNF Boruchin Educational Fund. Alexander Muss High School in Israel is a pluralistic, college-prep international study abroad program for high school students, where AMHSI-JNF educators use Israel as “a living classroom,” meaning the students tour the country as they learn.

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Team Phoenix makes strong showing at JCC Maccabi Games
Posted: August 09, 2017

Team Phoenix brought home gold and silver from the 2017 JCC Maccabi Games.

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Valley of the Sun JCC prepares for ‘birthday’ bash
Posted: August 09, 2017

The Valley of the Sun JCC (The J) has been at its current location for 15 years. To celebrate that milestone, The J is holding a birthday-themed party to kick off its fall programs.

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Tax credit money available to fund Jewish day school scholarships
Posted: August 09, 2017

The Jewish Tuition Organization (JTO) is urging Arizona companies to take advantage of the $5 million the Arizona Department of Revenue still has available before it reaches its cap for the 2017 corporate private school tax credit. The fund originally had $74 million.

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Wednesday 08/02/2017
Camp Daisy and Harry Stein alumni reunite for special Shabbat
Posted: August 02, 2017

Four decades of campers recently celebrated Shabbat together at a July 21 alumni Shabbat at Camp Daisy and Harry Stein.

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Seniors face extra dangers during Arizona summer
Posted: August 02, 2017

When it comes to weather, Minnesota is the opposite of Arizona. In the depths of winter, Minnesota residents hunker down in their homes and wait for the spring thaw to comfortably enjoy the great outdoors. Of course, here in Arizona, we hunker down in the summer months when temperatures can get as high as 120 degrees and wait for the coolness of fall and winter. One thing both places have in common, though, is that extreme temperatures can take a toll on older adults.

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