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Program will teach people with special needs to cook healthy

Thanks to seed funding from a Phoenix-based natural and organic food store chain, adults with autism and other neuro-diversities will be able to take cooking classes to help them eat healthy.

Wednesday 07/19/2017
Inspiration for healthy meals
Posted: July 19, 2017

Each week, North Scottsdale Organics delivers a different variety of certified organic fruits and vegetables, which offers an opportunity to try new recipes. Here is one example from its website, northscottsdaleorganics.com.

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Keep children physically active in the summer
Posted: July 19, 2017

During the summer when temperatures are high, children’s levels of physical activity can drop, which can have several negative effects.

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The J makes eating organic foods easier
Posted: July 19, 2017

Eating healthy often involves a strong dose of organic produce, and the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center (The J) is making it easier for the area Jewish community to access such food offerings.

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Valley athletes shine at Maccabiah Games
Posted: July 19, 2017

The 12 Valley athletes who made up part of Team USA at the 20th annual Maccabiah Games have brought home a total of 14 medals.

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Wednesday 07/12/2017
EVJCC supports Operation Back to School Chandler
Posted: July 12, 2017

The East Valley Jewish Community Center is one of more than a dozen organizations participating in the fifth annual Operation Back to the School Chandler.

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PJ Library sparks Jewish connections
Posted: July 12, 2017

Families who receive free Jewish books or music CDs each month from PJ Library say the program has influenced or supported how they talk about and practice Jewish traditions in their home, according to a new study.

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Wednesday 07/05/2017
Duet offers a variety of support groups for caregivers
Posted: July 05, 2017

The interfaith organization Duet: Partners in Health & Aging, provides a number of support groups across the Valley to caregivers that are specific to their needs.

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Registration now open for IAC Eitanim 2017-2018
Posted: July 05, 2017

Registration for IAC Eitanim 2017-2018 is now open for middle and high school students

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Wednesday 07/05/2017
Plan a family vacation all three generations can enjoy
Posted: July 05, 2017

Do the words “family vacation” fill you with a sense of dread? Grandparents, children, grandchildren — the entire family all in one place!

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Food for thought
Posted: July 05, 2017

If you can finish this advertising jingle — “When it says Libby’s, Libby’s, Libby’s on the label, label, label, you will...” — you are most likely a baby boomer and can remember canned mush posing as vegetables that you could not even get the dog to eat.

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Children in need seek Jewish day school scholarships
Posted: July 05, 2017

About 75 children who attended local Jewish day schools last year received a supplemental scholarship from the Jewish Day School Scholarship Fund, but with tuition rates rising, more funds will be needed.

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Wednesday 06/28/2017
Caregiver mentor program seeks volunteers
Posted: June 28, 2017

Duet: Partners in Health & Aging, a nonprofit interfaith organization, will hold a training session for its caregiver-to-caregiver mentor program noon-4 p.m. Monday, July 3, at Church of the Beatitudes, 555 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix.

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Cool treats for a hot summer
Posted: June 28, 2017

As temperatures continue to rise, there is nothing like a cold treat to keep the heat at bay. As we approach the long Fourth of July weekend, I’d like to share a few recipes that are healthy and easy to make, while being deliciously cool!

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The World Egg Bank balances infertility, egg donations and Jewish law
Posted: June 28, 2017

The first mitzvah in the Torah is “to be fruitful and multiply.” Yet, throughout the Bible there are stories of women dealing with infertility; three of the four matriarchs had infertility struggles. But today’s technology offers hope to all women who are having difficulty conceiving.

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EVJCC ready to launch teen leadership program in August
Posted: June 28, 2017

The East Valley Jewish Community Center (EVJCC) is starting a new program in August to promote leadership skills among Jewish teens.

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Study fellowship that sends teens to Israel seeks funds
Posted: June 28, 2017

For the third consecutive summer, a group of Arizona high school students is headed to Israel to connect with their Jewish roots and further their education at the Jewish National Fund’s Alexander Muss High School in Israel (AMHSI-JNF).

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Wednesday 06/21/2017
Recipe: Scallion pancakes, a popular street food in Shanghai
Posted: June 21, 2017

These tasty pancakes are often cut into triangles and dipped into sauce. Allow yourself a bit of prep time as it takes some muscle to roll them.

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Adventures in Shanghai’s surprising Jewish cuisine
Posted: June 21, 2017

To find the Shanghai Jewish Center on a recent trip to China, I drove by a guarded gatehouse, past a series of windowless buildings to a large white villa with an elegant marble staircase and grand portico. Inside the brightly lit foyer, a Chinese woman escorted me through heavy wooden doors to what must have been the living room, but was now furnished with eight tables and a wine cabinet. Two businessmen — one in a kippah — chatted quietly over their dinner.

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Audience growing for Valley Beit Midrash’s podcast series
Posted: June 21, 2017

Valley Beit Midrash (VBM), the collaborative organization that offers a wide array of Jewish programming to the Greater Phoenix Jewish community, continues to beef up its library of podcasts to help foster Jewish learning.

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Pet-friendly patriotism on display to celebrate service members
Posted: June 21, 2017

Evanger’s USA Pet Foods will have a pet-friendly and family-friendly event to celebrate U.S. veterans and active military and their families on Sunday, June 25, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at Choice Pet Market, 7119 E. Shea Blvd., Suite 113, Scottsdale.

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Local athletes prepare for 20th Maccabiah Games in Israel
Posted: June 21, 2017

With two days to go before they board planes that will take them to the 20th Maccabiah Games in Israel, three young athletes with strong ties to the Valley are brimming with anticipation.

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Wednesday 06/14/2017
Valley of the Sun JCC hosts special dive-in movie
Posted: June 14, 2017

Valley of the Sun JCC hosts special dive-in movie

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Discover the healing power of expressing gratitude
Posted: June 14, 2017

Six months ago, when Americans celebrated Thanksgiving, it is likely that most of us acknowledged the blessings of a good life. At the midway mark, I ask you, how often have you expressed gratitude since then? According to a 2011 Harvard Mental Health Letter, people who routinely express gratitude sleep better, go to the doctor less often and show less depressive symptoms. It is amazing how many positive correlates there are to gratitude. So many, in fact, that you’d think we’d all be chasing after it all the time. So why aren’t we?

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Wednesday 06/07/2017
Found Food
Posted: June 07, 2017

A few years ago, my family rented a house in Jamaica, complete with a chef. One evening I saw him chopping parsley.

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Israeli researchers develop new treatment for ALS patients
Posted: June 07, 2017

Researchers at Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) announced the development of a new treatment for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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Your home is your canvas, so make it a portrait reflecting you and your lifestyle
Posted: June 07, 2017

It’s fun looking through magazines, newspapers and stores for the latest and greatest in design and home decorating trends that can help you create your ideal personal space. As you create that space, remember that your entire home is your canvas.

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Naturopathic center offers alternative treatment methods
Posted: June 07, 2017

The Arizona Natural Health Center’s signature Heal & VibeOnLife system was designed to address the six major pillars that govern health, according to the center. These include nutrition, fitness, sleep, stress management, detoxification, and community and social support.

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East Valley Jewish community rallies to help infant awaiting a heart transplant
Posted: June 07, 2017

It’s hard for most of us to imagine having a child with a life-threatening illness, but it’s a devastating situation that Valley residents Rachel and Roy Mordechai know all too well.

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Thursday 06/01/2017
EVJCC introduces Jewish Teen Leadership Institute
Posted: June 01, 2017

The East Valley JCC (EVJCC) is introducing a Jewish Teen Leadership Institute for students entering grades 9-11 in the fall. Ten East Valley Jewish teens will be accepted into the first cohort.

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Senior citizens and middle school students bond
Posted: June 01, 2017

The first time Adam Schwartz, 13, and Pat Bruner, 76, met, they quickly found common ground.

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Pen pal program connects survivor with students
Posted: June 01, 2017

As part of a pen pal program, a group of fourth-graders at Navajo Elementary School in Scottsdale enjoyed a one-of-a-kind experience last month – the chance to have lunch and meet with local elderly residents who they had been pen pals with throughout the semester. One of the pen pals, Dorothy Mazurek, is a Holocaust survivor who shared her life story and experiences with the children through handwritten letters and as a guest speaker in their classroom.

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Dropping Acid (From Your Diet)
Posted: June 01, 2017

We had a dinner guest who after confirming his arrival time advised us that he is on a low-acid/high-alkaline diet. This diet gained some popularity when Victoria Beckham tweeted about it a few years back. It has spread to help those suffering from reflux and associated stomach woes.

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JCC to host pool parties
Posted: June 01, 2017

Grab your swimsuit, towels and sunscreen and spend the day at the Valley of the Sun JCC (The J) with friends and family 11 a.m.-2 p.m. every Sunday in June and July.

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