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Valley Hebrew schools welcome new staff

With August more than half over, the school-supply shopping sprees, first-day fashion decisions and maybe even a little last-minute summer reading are underway. Even if some kids are less than excited about the end of their relative freedom, they have much to look forward to when it comes to new faces and revamped curriculums at their local Hebrew schools.

Wednesday 08/16/2017
Pardes begins its new school year
Posted: August 16, 2017

Classes started bright and early on Aug. 9 at Pardes Jewish Day School. The new head of school, Peter Gordon, was on hand to say hello to students and parents.

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Jewish youth organizations offer teens fun ways to engage with community
Posted: August 16, 2017

Getting teens to become involved in community organizations isn’t always easy. But when they do venture out, many describe their experiences as “life-changing,” “the best times of my life,” “home away from home” and “I just feel connected there.”

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Four great ways to get connected and engaged with your community
Posted: August 16, 2017

Social interaction is part of being a happy, healthy human being. But all too often, we get caught up with family and work. We forget to go outside and get connected to our neighbors.

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Adoption, foster fellowship names second cohort
Posted: August 16, 2017

When Allison Borsuk applied for the YATOM Family Fellowship last year, she was considering adopting a child. She always knew she wanted to be a mother and, at age 38 and single, she decided to move forward with her plan.

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Wednesday 08/09/2017
Israel’s history comes alive for Arizona teens
Posted: August 09, 2017

A group of Arizona high school students are spending this summer at the Jewish National Fund’s Alexander Muss High School in Israel (AMHSI), through the Schwartz-Hammer AMHSI Impact Fund and the JNF Boruchin Educational Fund. Alexander Muss High School in Israel is a pluralistic, college-prep international study abroad program for high school students, where AMHSI-JNF educators use Israel as “a living classroom,” meaning the students tour the country as they learn.

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Team Phoenix makes strong showing at JCC Maccabi Games
Posted: August 09, 2017

Team Phoenix brought home gold and silver from the 2017 JCC Maccabi Games.

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Valley of the Sun JCC prepares for ‘birthday’ bash
Posted: August 09, 2017

The Valley of the Sun JCC (The J) has been at its current location for 15 years. To celebrate that milestone, The J is holding a birthday-themed party to kick off its fall programs.

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Tax credit money available to fund Jewish day school scholarships
Posted: August 09, 2017

The Jewish Tuition Organization (JTO) is urging Arizona companies to take advantage of the $5 million the Arizona Department of Revenue still has available before it reaches its cap for the 2017 corporate private school tax credit. The fund originally had $74 million.

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Wednesday 08/02/2017
Camp Daisy and Harry Stein alumni reunite for special Shabbat
Posted: August 02, 2017

Four decades of campers recently celebrated Shabbat together at a July 21 alumni Shabbat at Camp Daisy and Harry Stein.

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Seniors face extra dangers during Arizona summer
Posted: August 02, 2017

When it comes to weather, Minnesota is the opposite of Arizona. In the depths of winter, Minnesota residents hunker down in their homes and wait for the spring thaw to comfortably enjoy the great outdoors. Of course, here in Arizona, we hunker down in the summer months when temperatures can get as high as 120 degrees and wait for the coolness of fall and winter. One thing both places have in common, though, is that extreme temperatures can take a toll on older adults.

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Jewish seniors learn that ‘love can happen at any age’
Posted: August 02, 2017

After her husband Jerry died, Harriet Vogel started writing letters to him.

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A new home for a new phase in life
Posted: August 02, 2017

It’s tough to see Mom and Dad moving into the stage of life where they need additional care. But just because they’re getting older doesn’t mean you have to “put them in a home.”

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Classes at Pardes Jewish Day School start with a new leader
Posted: August 02, 2017

Students won’t be the only ones starting classes at Pardes Jewish Day School on Tuesday, Aug. 8. Joining them will be Peter Gordon, Pardes’ new head of school.

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Wednesday 07/26/2017
Valley synagogues challenged to go vegan
Posted: July 26, 2017

The Valley could have one of the first synagogues in the nation to go vegan.

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A surprising recipe for the nine days
Posted: July 26, 2017

As we near the end of the nine-day period leading up to Tisha B’Av, when it’s customary for Jews to refrain from eating meat, keeping dinners interesting, delicious and nutritious can be challenging.

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Wednesday 07/19/2017
Program will teach people with special needs to cook healthy
Posted: July 19, 2017

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.

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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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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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