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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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Wednesday 11/30/2016
2017 Limmud AZ program schedule now available
Posted: November 30, 2016

The complete schedule of classes and presenters for the 2017 Limmud AZ is available at limmudaz.org.  

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Wednesday 11/02/2016
BJE launches Chai Mitzvah program
Posted: November 02, 2016

“Chai Mitzvah: Grow Your Judaism” is a new adult learning program offered by the Bureau of Jewish Education.

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‘Simple Truths’ class to be offered in Fountain Hills
Posted: November 02, 2016

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.

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Beth Emeth to hold classes on Talmud, Jewish humor
Posted: November 02, 2016

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.

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Wednesday 10/19/2016
JTO to host Family Fun Day on Nov. 13
Posted: October 19, 2016

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.

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Online seminary for women debuts
Posted: October 19, 2016

Registration is open for CyberSem, a new online Jewish religious seminary for women. Classes begin the week of Oct. 30.

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Thursday 10/13/2016
Online Jewish seminary for women debuts
Posted: October 13, 2016

Registration is open for CyberSem, a new online Jewish religious seminary for women. Classes will begin the week of Oct. 30.

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Wednesday 10/12/2016
Masa offers fellowship to teach in Israel
Posted: October 12, 2016

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.

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Wednesday 09/28/2016
PJ Library names ambassadors
Posted: September 28, 2016

PJ Library, Phoenix and Valley Beit Midrash recently received a PJ Library Implementing Partner Engagement Grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

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Jewish Learning Institute debuts in Fountain Hills
Posted: September 28, 2016

This fall, the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute will open its doors in Fountain Hills. Rabbi Mendy Lipskier has taught hundreds of Jewish classes since he first moved to Fountain Hills in 2010, but this summer, he traveled to New York to attend a series of inaugural training seminars in advance of the upcoming launch of the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) in Fountain Hills, in conjunction with Chabad of Fountain Hills. 

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Wednesday 09/21/2016
Pledging mitzvahs in memory of 9/11
Posted: September 21, 2016

Chabad at ASU lifted the spirits of many students on the Arizona State University campus on Sept. 12. After a weekend made somber by the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Chabad – in partnership with the Hillel Jewish Student Center and the Latter Day Saint Student Association – encouraged everyone do to a good deed in remembrance of those lost in the attacks.

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Synagogue-appropriate fashion show
Posted: September 21, 2016

On the first day of religious school at Temple Beth Sholom of the East Valley, a Conservative synagogue in Chandler, students learned how to dress appropriately for synagogue services.

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Shearim moves, holds open house
Posted: September 21, 2016

Shearim Torah High School recently started the school year in its new home and invites the community to an open house this weekend. The open house will be held 12:30-2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at the school’s new location, 715 E. Sierra Vista Drive in Phoenix.

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CJSN offers social group for children
Updated: September 27, 2016 - 4:59 pm

The Council for Jews With Special Needs Yeladeem Group – an inclusive social play-based children’s group that meets monthly – participated in a STEM Sunday play date at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus in Scottsdale on Sept. 11.

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Tuesday 09/20/2016
6 surprising findings about Chabad on campus
Posted: September 20, 2016

NEW YORK — Fifteen years ago, most Jewish college students had one game in town: their local Hillel, which offered a pluralistic, broad approach to Jewish programming.

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Wednesday 09/14/2016
Chabad at ASU holds 9/11 Mitzvah Marathon
Posted: September 14, 2016

Chabad at ASU lifted the spirits of many students on the Arizona State University campus on Sept. 12. After a weekend made somber by the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Chabad – in partnership with the Hillel Jewish Student Center and the Latter Day Saint Student Association – encouraged everyone do to a good deed in remembrance of those lost in the attacks.

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Wednesday 09/07/2016
Valley Beit Midrash announces first Teen Mussar fellows
Posted: September 07, 2016

Valley Beit Midrash has announced its first Teen Mussar Fellowship cohort.

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Wednesday 08/31/2016
Combating anti-Semitism on campus
Posted: August 31, 2016

Anti-Semitic fliers were printed on networked campus printers at the University of California Santa Cruz. Christians United for Palestine and Athens for Justice in Palestine promoted BDS (boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel) at the student involvement fair at the University of Georgia. A student at Northwestern University was told at a recent anti-racism march on campus that she couldn’t support that effort because she supports Israel.

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Monday 08/22/2016
Kohelet Foundation launches prize for educators
Posted: August 22, 2016

The Kohelet Foundation has launched its Kohelet Prize. The unrestricted $36,000 prize will be awarded to educators or teams of educators who work in Jewish day schools and whose work skillfully demonstrates a progressive approach to education in the following six categories: Interdisciplinary Integration, Real-World Learning, Learning Environment, Differentiated Instruction, Development of Critical and/or Creative Thinking, and Risk Taking and Failure.

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Wednesday 08/17/2016
AEPi works to rebuild at ASU
Posted: August 17, 2016

The Alpha Sigma chapter of Alpha Epsilon Pi is seeking to rebuild its good name with the goal of “recolonizing” at Arizona State University – essentially seeking to be reinstated as a recognized fraternity at the school, say the Jewish fraternity’s representatives.

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Wednesday 08/10/2016
ASU Hillel part of innovation fellowship
Posted: August 10, 2016

The Hillel Jewish Student Center at Arizona State University is one of 20 Hillels across North America chosen to host first cohort of Hillel International’s Springboard Fellows.

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Wednesday 08/03/2016
School moves, and other news
Posted: August 03, 2016

As the new school year begins this month, Jewish day schools introduce new programs and faculty members, and even a new facility. Here are some highlights submitted by the schools.

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How to reduce sugar in school lunchboxes
Posted: August 03, 2016

At a time when even yogurt has come under scrutiny for its sugar content, it’s hard to know what constitutes a healthful lunch anymore.

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Jewish Free Loan offers variety of educational loans
Posted: August 03, 2016

Jewish Free Loan has a number of interest-free loans available for educational needs.

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Wednesday 07/27/2016
Corporates pledge $888K to JTO
Posted: July 27, 2016

Nine corporations have pledged $888,126 to the Jewish Tuition Organization under the Corporate Tuition Tax Credit statute, up from about $670,000 pledged by seven companies last year, according to Linda Zell, the JTO’s executive director.

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Wednesday 07/06/2016
Valley Beit Midrash introduces fellowship program for teens
Posted: July 06, 2016

Valley Beit Midrash has announced a new fellowship program for teens. Applications are now available for the program, which will select 10 teens in the community for a series of eight monthly workshops focusing on Jewish character development (mussar).  

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Registration open for Hebrew High
Posted: July 06, 2016

Registration is now open for the Bureau of Jewish Education’s Hebrew High of Greater Phoenix; an early-bird tuition discount is available through July 31. The program, for Jewish teens of all affiliations, is offered at three locations: Chandler, Peoria and Scottsdale. 

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Wednesday 06/08/2016
Congregation Kehillah offers experiential, online learning
Posted: June 08, 2016

Congregation Kehillah, located in Scottsdale, offers a family-friendly Youth Education Program (YEP!) for children in grades K-8. 

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Kollel marks 16 years of Shavuot all-night learning:
Posted: June 08, 2016

A tradition of Shavuot – which begins Saturday, June 11– is to learn Torah throughout the evening. 

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Valley Youth Theatre presents ‘The Little Mermaid’
Posted: June 08, 2016

 Valley Youth Theatre will present “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” June 10-26 at the Herberger Theatre Center, 222 E. Monroe, Phoenix.

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Wednesday 06/01/2016
Religious schools shine light on program innovations
Posted: June 01, 2016

As the school year was drawing to a close, we asked local religious schools to share what they felt were their most innovative programs. Here is a roundup, including news of a program that will soon launch in Scottsdale. 

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A survivor’s message
Posted: June 01, 2016

While visiting Yad Vashem during an Arizona State University Mayanot Birthright Israel trip with Chabad at ASU, Rabbi Mendy Rimler thought a woman at the Holocaust museum resembled a woman in an exhibit that featured photographs of Holocaust survivors. He approached her and asked if it was her. It was.

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