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Wrapping up another year of teen programming

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.

Wednesday 05/17/2017
Better hearing, mental health care should be made available to all
Posted: May 17, 2017

With more than 1 million individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing in Arizona and more than 48 million nationwide, it is natural to assume that access to quality health care for those with a hearing loss would be the same as for those whose hearing is intact. The reality is that it is not. May is both Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM) and Mental Health Month (MHM), and together, both causes connect on an important issue within the deaf and hard of hearing communities.

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Shavuot treats for those on gluten-free diets
Posted: May 17, 2017

It is customary to eat dairy food on Shavuot, which is May 30 and June 1 this year, for a number of reasons. One reason is that Shavuot is linked to the Exodus from Egypt into the Promised Land, and it is written “From the misery of Egypt to a country flowing with milk and honey...” (Exodus 3:8-17).

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Cox Charities seeks grant applicants for 2017 cycle for youth programs
Posted: May 17, 2017

hat focus on K−12 youth and education programs to submit proposals for grants valued at $10,000 or less. This year’s grant cycle is now open and closes on May 31.

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BJE offers variety of summer classes
Posted: May 17, 2017

The Bureau of Jewish Education will offer several summer classes in June. They include:

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PJ Library holds first family camp, plans summer read-a-thon
Posted: May 17, 2017

As PJ Library of Phoenix continues its primary role of delivering Jewish traditions and values into the homes of young Jewish families through Jewish books and CDs, it is also expanding its offerings.

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Wednesday 05/10/2017
ADL names 35 schools as ‘No Place for Hate’
Posted: May 10, 2017

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has named 35 Arizona schools with the No Place for Hate designation for the 2016-2017 school year. On May 4, these schools were recognized for creating safe and respectful learning environments and bringing awareness to the issues of bullying and bias. The event included an activity fair and banner presentation at Phoenix College.

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BJE, Pardes partner for Better Together program
Posted: May 10, 2017

The Bureau of Jewish Education (BJE) partnered with the eighth-graders at Pardes Jewish Day School this year for the Better Together program, which provides an opportunity for students to interact with older members of the Jewish community, as well as hear about and learn from the adults’ life experiences.

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Wednesday 05/03/2017
Roasted foods ideal for Lag b’Omer meals
Posted: May 03, 2017

What holiday is not mentioned in the Torah or anywhere until the 13th century and has no particular foods associated with it? The answer is Lag b’Omer. The Torah commands us to begin on the second night of Passover and count the omer. Omer, which means sheaf, was a measure of grain from the new barley harvest cutting, brought to the Temple on the 16th of Nisan.

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Wednesday 05/03/2017
Pardes to showcase students’ musical ability
Posted: May 03, 2017

The Valley will be alive with the sound of music on May 22, when Pardes Jewish Day School showcases its students’ abilities in the Pardes Performing Arts Concert. The concert includes a rock band, violinists, dancers and the lower school choir, the Mazaltones.

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Aging today: Playlists in the key of life
Posted: May 03, 2017

“Miracles” by Jefferson Starship, “Beautiful Day” by U2 and “Promised Land” by the Boss (Bruce Springsteen) are just three of the songs on my “Favorite Songs of All Time” playlist. I started making this playlist after seeing the 2014 documentary, “Alive Inside.” The film details the healing power of music by following the journey of social worker Dan Cohen as he delivered pre-loaded iPods with personalized music to nursing home residents.

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Tips to help care for parents suffering from a chronic illness
Posted: May 03, 2017

It’s not easy seeing your parent suffer through a long-term chronic illness. It is even harder for them to go through it. As you begin your caregiving journey, remember these tips.

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Examining contrast between Jewish law, estate planning
Posted: May 03, 2017

Much of modern law is based on religious principles. The field of estate planning is no different. While its origins may have Halachic roots, Jewish law and modern testamentary statutes differ significantly.

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Tuesday 05/02/2017
New study advances the digital future of Jewish learning
Posted: May 02, 2017

By day, Liora Brosbe is the family engagement officer for the Jewish Federation of the East Bay in Berkeley, Calif., where she reaches out to the community with a menu of opportunities for “connecting to Jewish life and each other.”

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Wednesday 04/26/2017
Former NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire is studying Hebrew
Posted: April 26, 2017

Six-time NBA All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire may soon be able to add another skill to his impressive resume: Hebrew. The 34-year-old basketball player, who moved to Israel after signing a two-year deal with the Israeli basketball team Hapoel Jerusalem in August, is now learning the aleph-bet, the Hebrew alphabet.

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Chick-In offers tasty kosher meat meals for Jewish students at ASU
Posted: April 26, 2017

Jewish students at Arizona State University finally have a kosher meat restaurant on the Tempe campus they can enjoy.

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Wednesday 04/19/2017
Writer David Sheff honored by American Society of Addiction Medicine
Posted: April 19, 2017

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

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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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