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Tuesday 03/14/2017
Two schools, one day of social action
Posted: March 14, 2017

Religious schools at Temple Chai and Temple Kol Ami partnered for a Tikkun Olam Day on Feb. 26.

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Merkaz Ha-Iyr to offer an adult bnai mitzvah class
Posted: March 14, 2017

Congregation Merkaz Ha-Iyr, a Reform-style congregation in Phoenix, will offer an adult bar/bat mitzvah class beginning in April.

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Valley Beit Midrash adds book talk to season
Posted: March 14, 2017

Valley Beit Midrash is partnering with the Jewish Book Council to present a discussion on Edgar  M. Bronfman’s last book, “Why Be Jewish?” with Ruth Andrew Allenson, the book’s editor, and Adam R. Bronfman, president of The Samuel Bronfman Foundation, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at Temple Kol Ami, 15030 N. 64th St., Scottsdale. The program will begin with networking and light appetizers.

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Wednesday 03/08/2017
Lecture addresses work of Julius Rosenwald
Posted: March 08, 2017

Arizona State University’s School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies and the Center for Jewish Studies will host a free lecture by Professor Hasia R. Diner of New York University about “Julius Rosenwald: Northern Jewish Philanthropy for African Americans and the Dilemma of Southern Jews,” 7 p.m. Monday, March 13, at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, 122 E. Culver St., Phoenix.

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JLI Teens introduces ‘Sticky Situations’ course
Posted: March 08, 2017

“Sticky Situations,” a six-week course from JLI Teens, will begin 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, at Chabad of Phoenix, 2110 E. Lincoln Drive.

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Phoenix boys attend Midwest siyum
Posted: March 08, 2017

A group of boys from Phoenix attended the annual Midwest Pirchei Siyum Mishnayos in Detroit Feb. 24-26. The trip was organized by Pirchei of Phoenix, a program of the Phoenix Community Kollel and was a prize for all of the boys who had participated in a contest where they studied together over 1,500 Mishnayos.

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Bend the Arc rabbi to speak about Shabbat
Posted: March 08, 2017

Rabbi Dr. Aryeh Cohen, professor of rabbinic literature at the Ziegler School for Rabbinic Studies of the American Jewish University, and the rabbi in residence at Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, will speak about “Deep Shabbos: On Doing Nothing as Doing Something” at a Valley Beit Midrash lecture, 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, at Congregation Or Tzion, 9096 E. Bahia Drive, Suite 106, Scottsdale.

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BJE introduces tour of presidential libraries
Posted: March 08, 2017

Escape the Phoenix-area heat by traveling to California this August with Bureau of Jewish Education educators Andre Ivory and Jay Roth. The BJE has planned a six-day trip for participants to learn about presidential decisions that impacted Israel, Russian Jewry and the American Jewish community. Participants will tour the Nixon and Reagan presidential libraries and enjoy top-notch accommodations and a farewell banquet at a highly rated kosher restaurant in southern California.

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Wednesday 02/22/2017
ASU Hillel chosen for pilot ‘Accelerator’
Posted: February 22, 2017

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.

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Tuesday 02/21/2017
Pardes teacher resigns after inappropriate tweets
Posted: February 21, 2017

A third-grade teacher resigned Feb. 20 from Pardes Jewish Day School in Scottsdale after suggesting on Twitter that immigrants should be shot.

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Tuesday 02/14/2017
Biblical garden aims for authenticity
Posted: February 14, 2017

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.

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Preschools reach out to grandparents
Posted: February 14, 2017

Jewish preschools in Phoenix and Scottsdale are making a point to include grandparents into their preschool world.

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Schools aim to be ‘no place for hate’
Posted: February 14, 2017

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.

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Wednesday 02/08/2017
Applications open for Joan Frazer arts award
Posted: February 08, 2017

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.

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JAC to honor Dan and Arlynn Bock at Comedy Night
Posted: February 08, 2017

 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.

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Passages lecture: Rabbi Stephen Fuchs
Posted: February 08, 2017

“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.

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Temple Chai’s rabbi emeritus to share healing stories
Posted: February 08, 2017

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.

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ASU Jewish Studies presents conference on sexuality, gender
Posted: February 08, 2017

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.

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Wednesday 02/01/2017
Ethiopian-Israeli teen delivers message of diversity
Posted: February 01, 2017

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.

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Limmud AZ Day of Jewish Learning offers diverse array of topics
Posted: February 01, 2017

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.

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Riding bikes for Torah
Posted: February 01, 2017

More than 100 riders of all levels and ages participated in the annual Yeshiva High School of Arizona Community Bike-a-thon on Jan. 22. They rode thousands of cumulative miles in scenic Arizona which raised over $55,000 for the YHSA building fund with close to 700 sponsorships.

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Wednesday 01/25/2017
Pardes gala honors Jill Kessler
Posted: January 25, 2017

After 14 years on the job, Jill Kessler will step down as head of Pardes Jewish Day School – and what a 14 years it’s been.

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East Valley Chabad presents ‘Kabblah of Time’
Posted: January 25, 2017

Chabad of the East Valley will present “Kabbalah of Time,” a new six-session course examining time and the Jewish calendar through the mystical lens of Kabbalah.

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Wednesday 01/18/2017
Eckstein lectures focus on ghettos
Posted: January 18, 2017

The Center for Jewish Studies at Arizona State University will present two lectures by 2017 Albert & Liese Eckstein Scholar- in-Residence Bernard Cooperman of the University of Maryland.

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Valley Beit Midrash, Mt. Sinai to host motivational lecture
Posted: January 18, 2017

“What Will They Say About You When You’re Gone? Seven Principles for Reverse Engineering Your Life: Lead the life now for how you want to be remembered” is the topic of a Valley Beit Midrash lecture by Rabbi Daniel Cohen, 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30, at Temple Kol Ami, 15030 N. 64th St., Scottsdale.

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Pardes to honor Jill Kessler at gala
Posted: January 18, 2017

Pardes Jewish Day School will honor Head of School Jill Kessler at its gala 7 p.m. Sat- urday, Feb. 11, at Chateau Luxe, 1175 E. Lone Cactus Drive, Phoenix.

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Wednesday 01/11/2017
Beth El’s preschool helps generations of children blossom
Posted: January 11, 2017

In its early days in the 1950s, the preschool program at Beth El Congregation was called the “Gan,” with hundreds of young children blossoming under its nurturing attention. It has evolved over the years into the Beth El Early Childhood Center and Preschool, caring for children from infanthood to age of 4.

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Wednesday 01/04/2017
Lecture imparts wisdom from film
Posted: January 04, 2017

Wendy Zierler will present “Reel Theology: What we can learn about Moses’ leadership and the word of God from ‘The King’s Speech’ ” at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, at Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix.

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Artist, educator, activist Rabbi Miriam Margles to lead workshop
Posted: January 04, 2017

Rabbi Miriam Margles will lead a workshop about “Transforming Fear: Embodied Practice” at a Valley Beit Midrash lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, at Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. Margles is an artist, educator and activist who has been serving as the rabbi of the Danforth Jewish Circle in Toronto since 2010. She integrates encounters with Jewish text, spiritual practice, community building and exploration in movement, voice and writing. She is co-founder of Encounter (encounterprograms.org), dedicated to strengthening the capacity of the Jewish people to be constructive agents of change in transforming the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Kollel offers women’s learning program
Posted: January 04, 2017

The Phoenix Community Kollel is offering a four-week Partners in Torah Program for Women.

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Beth El to offer adult Hebrew class
Posted: January 04, 2017

Beth El Congregation will offer a 10-week Hebrew class for adults 12:30-2 p.m. Sundays beginning Jan. 8.

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Wednesday 12/28/2016
College students dream big in essay contest
Posted: December 28, 2016

In honor of former Israeli President Shimon Peres’ life, legacy and commitment to Israel and the Jewish people, the Hillel Jewish Student Center at Arizona State University and Jewish Arizonans on Campus (JAC) held a photo-essay contest this semester for college students with the theme, “Dreaming Big.”

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Wednesday 12/07/2016
Secret of success: Just listen?
Posted: December 07, 2016

I remember walking into my Chabad house on campus, on the day it changed my life, like it was yesterday.

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