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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.
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?
Rabbis and community leaders gathered at the newly opened Levi Catering on Feb. 7 to hang mezuzot, cut the ribbon and, of course, eat.
Wondering if your child is ready for overnight camp?
Prior to kickoff on Super Bowl Sunday, 45 teens spent the day with the Jewish Community Foundation’s B’nai Tzedek Youth Philanthropy Program. The Tikkun Olam Tour gives teens the opportunity to not only learn about organizations meeting vital needs in the community, but spend time engaged in service to support their work.
The most important aspect of most Purim pastries is their shape. Most Ashkenazic Jews only know of hamantaschen, the triangular pastries filled with prunes or other fruit fillings. This word is taken from the German words mohn (meaning poppy seeds) and taschen (referring to pockets). Some say the pockets refer to Haman who stuffed his pockets with bribe money.
Camp Shemesh holds ‘sneak peek’: Camp Shemesh will offer a preview of its activities at a sneak peek event 1:30-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.
NEW YORK — It's still that time of year, when tons of people — eager to fulfill New Year's resolutions to get in shape or drop a few pounds — flock to gyms and weight-loss centers.
Several agencies offer financial assistance to families who want to send their children to summer camps.
You won’t find wildflowers, prize-winning roses or neat hedges at the Evanne Copland Kofman Biblical Garden at Congregation Beth Israel. What the garden grows is much more profound – a glimpse into the natural world of the Bible.
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.
Jewish preschools in Phoenix and Scottsdale are making a point to include grandparents into their preschool world.
Parents want their children to enjoy going to school or summer camp, but for the parents of children with physical, learning or behavioral challenges, the gulf between wanting and happening can seem impossibly wide.
The day before swastikas were found outside a Paradise Valley elementary school, 100 representatives from Valley high schools met inside a Scottsdale synagogue to discuss ways to challenge bias, bullying and bigotry within their schools and communities.
Jewish Actresses of Arizona (JAAZ), an all-girls theater group for Jewish girls ages 10 through high school, will present “A Little Princess: The Musical” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 2, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 5, at the John Paul Theater at Phoenix College, 1202 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix.
Registration is open for a Jewish speed-dating experience sponsored by Our Jewish Generation, Project Jewish Love and Schmooze, to be held Wednesday, March 15, at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Check-in begins at 6:45 p.m., speed-dating starts at 7 p.m. The event is designed to bring Jewish singles together in a safe, informal and casual community setting in order to quickly learn more about many singles on one night. Each “date” will be four minutes long and there will be music and a cash bar.
Valley Beit Midrash will host a family program featuring Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg, at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 5, at Congregation Or Tzion, 9096 E. Bahia Drive, Suite 106, Scottsdale.
If you’ve ever walked into a house where a slow cooker is infusing the air with tantalizing aromas, you understand why the Crock-Pot has been a staple in American homes for more than 40 years.
During February, children in kindergarten through eighth grade can enter their artwork in the Jeremy Jackrabbit Art Illustration Contest for a chance to be featured in the next installment of Rodney and Sasha Glassman’s Jeremy Jackrabbit children’s book series. The sixth book, “Jeremy Jackrabbit Hops on Board,” will focus on the benefits of using alternative modes of transportation.
Applications are available for the Joan Frazer Memorial Award for Judaism and the Arts, a scholarship that provides students at Arizona State University with up to $1,500 of funding to support the creation of original, artistic expressions combining the elements of Judaism and the arts.
Jewish Arizonans on Campus (JAC) will honor Dan and Arlynn Bock at its annual Comedy Night, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Hilton Scottsdale Resort, 6333 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. The Bocks have been involved in many local Jewish organizations for nearly 30 years. They are members of Congregation Beth Tefillah and founders of Chabad of Coronado. Dan assisted in the formation of the Phoenix Community Kollel, is on the Arizona board of the Arizona Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and on Jewish National Fund’s Arizona board of trustees. He has also been involved in Israel Bonds, the Arizona chapter of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and on the board of the Friends of the IDF.
“What’s In It For Me? – How the Bible Informs Us in the 21st Century,” will be presented by Rabbi Stephen Fuchs, author of “What’s In It For Me? Finding Ourselves in Biblical Narratives,” at a Bureau of Jewish Education Passages lecture at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, at Temple Solel, 6805 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley.
Rabbi Bill Berk, rabbi emeritus at Temple Chai, will speak about “Healing Stories from the Jewish Tradition” at a Valley Beit Midrash lecture 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix.
Kosher food will be available at two basketball games at Arizona State University on Feb. 26, as part of a Jewish community day hosted by Chabad at ASU and ASU athletics.
The Center for Jewish Studies at Arizona State University will present a Judaism, Science & Medical Group conference about “Sexuality, Gender and the Jewish Family” on Sunday and Monday, Feb. 19-20 at the Embassy Suites Phoenix-Scottsdale, 4415 E. Paradise Village Parkway, Phoenix.
At the recent Jewish Disability Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill, one question on the minds of elected officials and the 180 advocates they met with was this: How will the disabled population continue to receive adequate services if the Affordable Care Act is scrapped as President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress have promised?
Is it me or do you also feel like Valentine’s Day is officially on steroids? Back in the day, flowers or candy for your sweetheart and you were done. The good news is that this day is not exclusively for lovers any more. I’m quite pleased with the evolution – another Hallmark holiday to pause and appreciate our loved ones. Awash in pink and red and covered with hearts, Feb. 14 is bigger, but it could get better. How? I’d like to ask cupid to readjust his aim. Let’s TBT (turn back time) on Valentine’s Day to celebrate our elderly loved ones.
Leah Avuno, who was born in Ethiopia, delivered a message about the importance of self-acceptance and the diversity that exists in Israel, where she now lives, in an address hosted Jan. 25 at the Hillel Jewish Student Center on Arizona State University’s Tempe campus.
We know that people with mobility challenges, whether temporary or permanent, often face many physical obstacles, but many of us would be surprised to know that those obstacles can be found in doctors’ offices, health care centers and hospitals.
Topics as varied as “The 1973 Yom Kippur War,” “Five ways to argue constructively with your partner” and “Was a Jewish woman behind Shakespeare’s mask?” are among dozens of topics that will be discussed as part of the third annual Limmud AZ Day of Jewish Learning, to be held 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12 at ASU Memorial Union Conference Center on the campus of Arizona State University.
Registration is underway for the third season of the Jewish Youth Group Sports League (The League), for members of BBYO, NCSY, NFTY and USY. The seven-week basketball season, plus one week of playoffs/championship game), runs Feb. 12-May 7 (no games during spring breaks or Passover).
Between the challah bake, the Shabbat Project and conferences in Washington, D.C., it's been a busy week.
Shabbat in Jerusalem was like no Shabbat I have ever experienced.
Valley residents Esther and Don Schon write about a program that two ex-IDF soldiers developed to help teach disadvantaged teens to surf and in turn to become surfing teachers for wounded warriors.