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Writer David Sheff honored by American Society of Addiction Medicine

Acclaimed writer and former Scottsdale resident David Sheff is the recipient of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) 2017 Media Award.

Wednesday 04/19/2017
TDSP students to represent Arizona in national Bible contest
Posted: April 19, 2017

Two Phoenix middle school students have qualified as finalists in this year’s National Chidon HaTanach (National Bible Contest) competition. Moshe Ullman and Chaim Ungar are both sixth-graders at Torah Day School of Phoenix (TDSP). Ullman and Ungar are Arizona’s first-ever representatives in this prominent event.

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Store to host childproofing lecture
Posted: April 19, 2017

Arizona Childproofers will offer a safety talk and discuss buttons, batteries and other small items in the home that can result in big problems for little ones, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 11, at Toys & Playtime Oasis, 13802 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 152, Scottsdale. Children can play while parents learn about childproofing their home.

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Experimenting with tahini’s versatility
Posted: April 19, 2017

Tahini is a remarkably versatile ingredient. Its rich, nutty flavor adds unique character to everything from cookies to roasted veggies, raw veggie salads and simmer sauces. It’s not uncommon to find meatballs or fish fillets simmered in tahini when dining in Israel.

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Monday 04/10/2017
Chopped salad recipe pays tribute to New York store
Posted: April 10, 2017

Beets are a hot food trend, and many experts are singing their praises. This nutritional powerhouse is now available from Gefen, pre-peeled, vacuum-packed and ready to sweeten your Passover table or any occasion.

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Outdoor club to host international event at Camp Stein
Posted: April 10, 2017

The Mosaic Outdoor Clubs of America, the nation’s oldest and largest Jewish organization dedicated to fun and adventure in the outdoors, has announced it will hold its annual five-day international event in Prescott this year.

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Quiche for a Passover breakfast
Posted: April 10, 2017

Breakfast can be hard during Passover – no oatmeal, no toast and certainly no pancakes. (No, the boxed kind do not count.) I like making eggs or matzah brei or even shakshuka. But I am always looking for something a little different to serve as a satisfying breakfast or portable lunch.

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Beth Emeth hosts lecture about forgiveness
Posted: April 10, 2017

Beth Emeth Congregation will host a free lecture about “The Power of Forgiveness” at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, at the synagogue, Beth Emeth Congregation, 13702 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West. Seating is limited.

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Beth El Talmud Torah to hold open house
Posted: April 10, 2017

Beth El Talmud Torah will host Café Tel Aviv, 10:45 a.m. Sunday, April 30, at Beth El Congregation, 1118 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix.

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Wednesday 04/05/2017
Baseball 2017: All the Jewish major leaguers to watch
Posted: April 05, 2017

In baseball, they say time begins on Opening Day. Everyone has a chance for a fresh start. Most of the old familiar names are back, although some have new addresses. If you count Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus, there are nine Jews who begin the year on Major League rosters. But then there’s the question of what to do about Ty Kelly of the New York Mets: Is he or isn’t he? That’s still a matter of debate among those who decide on such matters.

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New bowling league for those with early stage dementia
Posted: April 05, 2017

The new L’Chaim Bowling League plays easy bumper bowling for those suffering from MCI/early stage dementia at 2 p.m. Mondays at Let It Roll, 8925 N. 12th St., Phoenix.

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When it’s time to give up a pet
Posted: April 05, 2017

Helping our loved ones navigate the realities of aging – such as recognizing when it is time to give up the family pet – can be heart-wrenching. As life revolves full circle, you may find yourself in the position of taking away the dog from the very person who rounded out your childhood experiences by including a pet in the happy chaos.

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BJE offers late spring adult learning classes
Posted: April 05, 2017

Registration is open for the Bureau of Jewish Education’s late spring adult learning classes. Classes beginning in April are:

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School to offer kosher summer food service program
Posted: April 05, 2017

Torah Day School of Phoenix will offer a kosher summer food service program Monday-Friday, June 20-July 27. It is part of the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), a federally funded child nutrition program that ensures nutritious free meals are available for children and teens 18 and younger while school is out of session.

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Wednesday 03/29/2017
Scottsdale teens train for Maccabiah Games
Posted: March 29, 2017

Ethan Cohen and Jack Ratterman, both 16, have devoted most of their lives to soccer, and now that devotion – and talent – has propelled the teens onto Team USA’s youth boys’ soccer team at the upcoming 20th Maccabiah Games in Israel.

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Teen Scene: Springing forward with teen programming
Posted: March 29, 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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Chabad at ASU breaks ground on student recreation center
Posted: March 29, 2017

Rabbi Mendy Rimler, outreach director at the Chabad Jewish Student Center at Arizona State University, wrote the following article about a new student recreation center at ASU and what that could mean for Jewish life at the university in the coming years.

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Genocide Awareness Week marks fifth anniversary
Posted: March 29, 2017

Since 2013, Scottsdale Community College (SCC) has hosted Genocide Awareness Week, a time when thousands gather for lectures, exhibits and events where genocide survivors, scholars, politicians, activists, artists, humanitarians and law-enforcement officials share their knowledge about genocides that have occurred across the globe. This year’s Genocide Awareness Week takes place on April 17-22 with ongoing events that are free and open to the community.

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7 new kids' books for Passover
Posted: March 29, 2017

From the wizardry of Harry Potter that echoes with Passover’s themes to a cartoon frog who wisecracks his way through the seder, this year’s new crop of Passover books for kids offers something for all ages and interests.

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Budding home chef, 12, named 'Sauce Boss'
Posted: March 29, 2017

Jacob Wernick of Phoenix, a 12-year-old budding home chef, recently won first place at the 2017 Half Moon Sauce Boss competition, earning the title as this year’s Sauce Boss.

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Wednesday 03/22/2017
‘Aussie Gourmet’ releases new Passover cookbook
Posted: March 22, 2017

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).

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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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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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