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Wednesday 08/31/2016
Jewish Baby University celebrates 20 years
Posted: August 31, 2016

In celebration of the start of the 20th year of the Bureau of Jewish Education’s Jewish Baby University, more than 115 of the program’s graduates gathered for a reunion on Aug. 27.

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Wednesday 07/27/2016
Beth Tefillah holds Israel Shabbat dinner program
Posted: July 27, 2016

Congregation Beth Tefillah will hold a Mishpachti Family Shabbat on Friday, Aug. 19, at the synagogue, 10636 N. 71st Way, Scottsdale.

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Wednesday 07/20/2016
New program to help families adopt, foster
Posted: July 20, 2016

Valley Beit Midrash has announced a new program designed to assist Jewish parents with adopting or fostering a child.

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Wednesday 02/17/2016
Veteran TV journalists to discuss new book on autism
Posted: February 17, 2016

The Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) and First Place will host two events featuring John Donvan and Caren Zucker, the authors of “In a Different Key,” on Thursday, Feb. 25.

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Wednesday 12/23/2015
The force is with Or Tzion
Posted: December 23, 2015

Congregation Or Tzion in Scottsdale held a private Sunday morning screening of the widely anticipated “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” on Dec. 20. About 250 congregation and community members of all ages came out for the event which included trivia, prizes, costumes and Havdallah with a light saber.

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Tuesday 11/10/2015
Schmooze holds event for young families
Posted: November 10, 2015

Schmooze will host its first event for young families, a morning at the park, at 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, at Cactus Park, 7202 E. Cactus Road, Scottsdale.

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Thursday 08/13/2015
JNFuture hosts family event
Posted: August 13, 2015

Jewish National Fund’s JNFuture will host a playdate for young Jewish families with children up to age 8, 10-11:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, at Playtime Oasis Indoor Playground, 13802 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 116, Scottsdale.

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Wednesday 07/01/2015
Grandma does the night shift
Posted: July 01, 2015

I am so excited to be a new member of the esteemed “Grandma Club.” When my beautiful grandson was almost 3 weeks old, as any good mom would do, I stayed with my daughter and son-in-law to help out those first few weeks. And of course, I volunteered to take the night shift so they could get some much-needed sleep.

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Tuesday 04/14/2015
BJE’s Jewish Marriage University being rescheduled
Posted: April 14, 2015

The next session for Jewish Marriage University, a marriage course for engaged, serious and already married couples, that was going to start on April 19 is being rescheduled. Contact Linda Feldman, 480-634-8050 or lindaf@bjephoenix.org or visit bjephoenix.org.

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Wednesday 04/08/2015
East Valley JCC to host community picnic April 12
Posted: April 08, 2015

The East Valley JCC will hold a community picnic 3-5 p.m. Sunday, April 12, at Espee Park, 450 E. Knox Road, Chandler. Participants should bring their own food; drinks and snacks will be provided. Yehudie and the Gefilte Fish, a contemporary Jewish rock band, will perform and there is a splash pad area and a playground. Contact Pam Morris, 480-897-0588 or pam@evjcc.org.

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Wednesday 03/18/2015
Model matzah bakeries in Chandler, Phoenix
Updated: March 23, 2015 - 10:08 am

East Valley Chabad holds Model Matzah Bakery: A Model Matzah Bakery will be held 11:40 a.m. Sunday, March 29, at the Pollack Chabad Center for Jewish Life, 875 N. McClintock Drive, Chandler.

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Wednesday 03/04/2015
Helping kids maximize potential
Updated: March 04, 2015 - 12:23 pm

After experiencing firsthand the challenges that parents have when they learn that their child faces developmental challenges, one Scottsdale couple formed an organization last year to help other families.

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Wednesday 02/25/2015
Purim programs for children
Updated: February 26, 2015 - 12:35 pm

Purim is the joyous holiday that celebrates the rescue of the Jews of Persia from annihilation. Along with reading the biblical Book of Esther (often called the megillah) on Purim, we dress up in costumes, share a festive meal, give gifts to our friends and give money to those in need.

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JWRP to discuss next ‘birthright for moms’ trip
Updated: February 25, 2015 - 11:35 am

The Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project (JWRP) will hold an informational event about its next moms’ trip to Israel, 10:30 a.m.-noon Sunday, March 1, at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.

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Wednesday 01/28/2015
Tu B'Shevat
Updated: January 28, 2015 - 12:59 pm

Sometimes called “The Trees’ New Year” or “Jewish Arbor Day,” Tu b’Shevat is an occasion to celebrate the entities that sustain life on Earth. This Tu b’Shevat, get “hands-on” with your family. Try the craft below for a fun date with nature — this holiday or anytime.

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Monday 01/12/2015
Chabad centers offer 'Art of Parenting' classes
Updated: January 12, 2015 - 4:28 pm

The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute will offer “The Art of Parenting,” a new six-session course that will begin the week of Jan. 19.

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Wednesday 12/03/2014
Family Fun Page 12-5-14
Updated: December 03, 2014 - 11:47 am

Hanukkah

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Wednesday 11/12/2014
Family Fun 11-14-14
Updated: November 12, 2014 - 2:24 pm

Teaching gratitude every day: Thanksgiving will soon be here! Family and friends will come together, and the holiday will provide the perfect opportunity to take stock of the wonderful blessings in our lives and everything for which we are thankful.  However, being thankful need not wait until or be limited to Turkey Day. We have some simple and fun ways to weave teachings of gratitude into your family’s daily lives.

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Wednesday 11/05/2014
A double take: Twins together again
Updated: November 05, 2014 - 5:25 pm

When Rachel Winter first arrived in the Valley this past summer, total strangers would approach her to say hello – and sometimes embrace her – at grocery stores or coffee shops.

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‘What’sApp With Kids Today?’
Updated: November 05, 2014 - 9:38 am

A special parenting event, “What’sApp With Kids Today?” will address how to communicate values to children of the 21st century, 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, at Chabad of Phoenix, 2110 E. Lincoln Drive. The program is presented by the Aleph Bet Parenting Institute.

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Wednesday 10/29/2014
Jewish Marriage University starts Nov. 23
Updated: October 29, 2014 - 12:03 pm

The next session for the Bureau of Jewish Education’s Jewish Marriage University, a marriage preparation course for engaged and serious couples and the recently married, will be held 9:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 23 and Dec. 7, at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.

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Thursday 10/23/2014
'Giving Your Child the Attitude of Gratitude'
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 1:26 pm

"Giving Your Child the Attitude of Gratitude" is the subject of a class that will be offered through the Bureau of Jewish Education and PJ Library 9:30-11 a.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 29, Nov. 5 and Nov. 12.

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Wednesday 10/22/2014
Giving comes in all shapes and sizes
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 5:31 pm

At Families Giving Back, we know that just as small hands can make a big difference, giving comes in all shapes and sizes. From the littlest smile to the grandest gesture, giving from the heart makes a lasting impression on the recipient and giver alike.

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Wednesday 09/24/2014
Pre-Sukkot family gathering at Ina Levine campus
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 5:19 pm

As a community sukkah is being built on the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, a family gathering and picnic hosted by the Israel Center, PJ Library, the Israeli American Council and the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center will be held noon-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5.

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Wednesday 09/03/2014
A creative way to help
Updated: September 03, 2014 - 3:31 pm

This month, Families Giving Back is partnering with Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona, a nonprofit dedicated to healing abused and homeless children through artistic expression, on a volunteer event and a great at-home project. Although the volunteer event is full, families can still get involved to help support this great organization.

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Meaningful ways to celebrate the High Holidays
Updated: September 03, 2014 - 2:28 pm

THE HIGH HOLIDAYS are upon us. Whether your family attends synagogue for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur or observes the holiday in your own way, it’s undoubtedly a time for sweetness, creation, waking up and casting away.

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Wednesday 08/20/2014
Beth Ami: Building a community of active adults
Posted: August 20, 2014

After the last prayer of the week’s Shabbat service had concluded and the oneg  had officially come to an end, members of Beth Ami Temple still didn’t want to leave. “Everyone was gathering in the back and there was no room to move,” says Blossom Osofsky.   

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BJE presents family learning program in Sun City West
Updated: August 20, 2014 - 11:36 am

“Training Wheels ... Cycling Through the Jewish Year,” a program of the Bureau of Jewish Education for children ages 3-6 and their parents or grandparents, will be held 1:15-2 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month starting Sept. 14, at Beth Emeth Congregation, 13702 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West. The eight-month class is designed to help families learn about their Jewish world. The program is sponsored by the Bureau of Jewish Education, Hadassah Valley of the Sun and Temple Gan Elohim. 

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Wednesday 07/30/2014
Family Fun Page - All about reading - 8-1-14
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 6:12 pm

All about reading

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Wednesday 07/23/2014
Teen Volunteer - Spotlight
Posted: July 23, 2014

Justin Lewis

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Monday 07/14/2014
Families grapple with lasting effects of Israel-Gaza conflicts
Updated: July 14, 2014 - 10:28 am

“I feel so vulnerable when I am driving my car,” said Ehud Zion Waldoks of Beersheba. “I am constantly preparing to stop abruptly, to leap out and grab my daughter and run for cover. I am calculating my speed to be a little faster than usual, but not reckless. I am checking where the nearest wall is at every traffic light.”

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Wednesday 07/09/2014
Perfect Pets 7-11-14
Posted: July 09, 2014

Vacation rentals easy on pets

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Wednesday 07/02/2014
Family Fun Page - Summertime Fun - 7-4-14
Updated: July 02, 2014 - 11:15 am

Tips for parents and grandparents to create family fun time all summer long.

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Engagement of baby boomers crucial to Jewish future
Updated: July 02, 2014 - 11:07 am

Although the results of last year’s Pew Survey on American Jewish identity led many Jewish communities to shift their focus to developing programming for Millennials, one nonprofit says there’s another age group that also requires attention: baby boomers.

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