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I remember walking into my Chabad house on campus, on the day it changed my life, like it was yesterday.
Registration is open for the March of the Living – an annual program that brings individuals from all over the world to Poland and Israel to study the history of the Holocaust and to examine the roots of prejudice, intolerance and hate. The March of the Living is a 3-kilometer walk from Auschwitz from Birkenau as a silent tribute to all victims of the Holocaust. Following a week in Poland, where Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) is observed, the group travels to Israel to celebrate Israeli Independence Day. The dates will be April 19-May 3, 2017; the program is for teens in grades 11-12. Contact Myra Shindler at the Bureau of Jewish Education, 480-634-8050, or visit motl.org.
The complete schedule of classes and presenters for the 2017 Limmud AZ is available at limmudaz.org.
On July 14, 2014, my husband David and I sat down with our children to disseminate and discuss our health care advanced directives. It was David’s 69th birthday; he died about 2 months before his 70th.
Jewish Free Loan has announced the establishment of The Wolf Family Parkinson’s and Dementia Loan Fund. This fund will enable those suffering from Parkinson’s or dementia and their families to access interest-free loan funds for services and/or equipment related to the many issues and needs that arise when living with or caring for those with one of these debilitating diseases.
Author and speaker Rabbi Mark Borovitz, senior rabbi at Beit T’Shuvah, will speak on “Prisoner Re-entry, Drug Recovery, & the Building of a Jewish Halfway House” at a Valley Beit Midrash lecture, 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix.
Have you ever wondered if there is more to life than you are experiencing? We all grow up believing that if we are good people and do the “right things,” that life will be wonderful. As we reflect on the years that have led to this moment in time, we are filled with joy and pride at what we have achieved and experienced.
After a recent move to Arizona, Rabbi Leib Bolel will be toeing the starting line at Ironman Arizona on Nov. 20. The Ironman is a triathlon race totaling 140.6 miles consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and culminating in a marathon, 26.2-mile run, all within a 17-hour window.
Ann Pinkwasser had long dreamed of writing a book about adoption. Then a special little someone made sure she did.
Picture Carol, a woman in her mid-60s, sitting at the kitchen table during early November and instead of planning out her Thanksgiving menu, she is filling a pill organizer for her Mom and plotting her Mom’s doctor’s appointments on a calendar.
Temple Chai is participating in The Conversation Project, a national program dedicated to helping people talk about end-of-life care.
Effective immediately, Randee Pri-Tal has assumed the position as interim executive director for the Jewish Genetics Center of Greater Phoenix. Jacqui Breger recently resigned the position. A search for a permanent executive director will begin shortly, according to the center.
For years, I've told anyone who would listen that the Cubs were the team of the Jews. I've written two blog posts about it during the past month alone.
“Chai Mitzvah: Grow Your Judaism” is a new adult learning program offered by the Bureau of Jewish Education.
The Rosh Chodesh Society, the women’s division of the Rohr Learning Institute, has launched “Simple Truths,” a new seven-session series for women that explores core insights and values that form the cornerstone of Jewish teachings. It will be taught by Tzipi Lipskier of Chabad of Fountain Hills on the second Tuesday of each month starting on Nov. 8 at the Chabad Jewish Center, 11010 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills.
Beth Emeth Congregation of the West Valley will offer two new courses that start Nov. 9. “The Great Pages of the Talmud” will be held at 9:30 a.m. and “Jewish Humor” at 10:30 a.m. at the synagogue, 13702 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West. The courses will be taught by Rabbi Leo M. Abrami, MRHL, Beth Emeth interim rabbi and director of the Arizona Institute of Logotherapy.
KARNEI SHOMRON, West Bank -- The Chicago Cubs are facing the Cleveland Indians in a historic World Series, and most of Israel could not care less. This Jewish settlement is different.
The Shabbat Project is seeking children's artwork to display at the upcoming Great AZ Challah Bake on Thursday, Nov. 10.
The Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards is seeking nominations of Jewish teens working on community service/social change projects who demonstrate exceptional leadership and a commitment to creating meaningful change in the world.
Jewish Youth Group Sports League – known as “The League” – and Team Phoenix Maccabi will host its first community kickball tournament for teens 6:45-10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.
Jewish National Fund of Arizona has formed a new group for young Jewish families called JNFamily.
My 10-year old daughter was helping me get ready for the upcoming holiday and offered to clean up the toy room. Later that evening she remarked to me that after cleaning it all up, the room was messy again from all the kids playing with the toys. She bemoaned the fact that she even cleaned up in the first place. I laughed, and explained to her that the same thing always happens to me, too. For example, I make delicious challah and food for Shabbos each week, and then it’s eaten all up – gone! – and I have to start all over. She smiled.
The Jewish Tuition Organization (JTO) will host its first event, a Family Fun Day, to bring together Jewish parents and students from around the Valley to learn more about need-based scholarships available to them, discover the local schools JTO supports and meet other local Jewish families.
Registration is open for CyberSem, a new online Jewish religious seminary for women. Classes begin the week of Oct. 30.
One of the leaders in the fight against breast cancer is Dr. Tamar Peretz Yablonski, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, whose tenacity and determination to find a cure inspires her and countless others.
Registration is open for CyberSem, a new online Jewish religious seminary for women. Classes will begin the week of Oct. 30.
Congregation Beth Tefillah in Scottsdale is hosting a duo of ambassadors from the Mekor Chaim-Steinsaltz Ambassadors Program who will lead several learning-based events focused on the study of Judaism.
Masa has opened applications for a 10-month teaching fellowship program in Israel and is encouraging college graduates aged 21-30 to apply for the fellowship starting in summer 2017.
‘Creating Your Authentic Path’ workshop to be held in Sedona: Psychotherapist and life coach Bonnie Barness will lead “Creating Your Authentic Path,” a workshop weekend in Sedona, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 and 9 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23. The retreat takes place at The Sedona Creative Life Center, 333 Schnebly Hill Road, Sedona. Cost is $225.
By the time Sukkot arrives, we are three weeks into nonstop Jewish holiday mode. Some people might be a little tired of cooking, and I don’t blame them one bit.
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.