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A new season of programming

As the new season kicks off, there are plenty of opportunities for teens to participate in the local Jewish community.  

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EVJCC to start program for expectant parents

The East Valley JCC is introducing a new program for parents who are expecting a child and want to be educated and informed on the birthing process and health and life-cycle needs for their newborn.

Mitzvah Kids

Boy, 10, collects food for the hungry

Michael B. Rolf: My mitzvah project is helping to collect food and money for St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance. A year ago, when I would go out with my mom to different places, I started noticing these big boxes that said they were for St. Mary’s Food Bank. I wanted to know more, so I went on the St. Mary’s Food Bank website. I decided to make my own box and my own sign that was unique, colorful and cheerful.

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Wednesday 09/21/2016
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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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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A new season of programming
Updated: September 07, 2016 - 11:07 am

As the new season kicks off, there are plenty of opportunities for teens to participate in the local Jewish community.  

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Wednesday 08/31/2016
Teens conduct scientific research in Israel
Posted: August 31, 2016

Three Valley teens recently returned from Israel, where they spent four weeks participating in the Weizmann Institute’s annual Dr. Bessie F. Lawrence International Summer Science Institute (ISSI). 

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VOSJCC holds family cooking class
Posted: August 31, 2016

“New Year’s Family Cooking” will be taught by Michele Gusdorff 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road. Families will make challah and honey-apple parfait. Cost per family is $20 members, $30 nonmembers. Visit vosjcc.org.

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Tuesday 08/30/2016
Submissions wanted for 2016 High Holiday art contest
Posted: August 30, 2016

Children up to age 18 are invited to create colorful creations for the Jewish News High Holiday 2016 Art Contest. The winning piece of art will be featured on the cover of the Jewish News’ Sept. 30 issue and additional artwork will be featured inside that week’s issue, as well as on jewishaz.com and on social media.

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Wednesday 08/24/2016
Bat Mitzvah Club of Scottsdale to start season this weekend
Posted: August 24, 2016

The Bat Mitzvah Club of Scottsdale will hold its first meeting for the year at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, at Chabad of Scottsdale, 10215 N. Scottsdale Road.

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Music class offered at EVJCC
Posted: August 24, 2016

A music class for parents and children, “Music & Me!” will be held 10-10:30 a.m. Fridays at the East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. 

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Wednesday 08/17/2016
Israel Scouts ready for local kickoff
Posted: August 17, 2016

When Hadar Hamu and her family moved to Chandler, she was scared. At 10 years old, she says it was overwhelming to leave Israel, learn a new language and acclimate to a new culture. But she knew it was only temporary.

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Two VOSJCC swimmers qualify for state championships
Posted: August 17, 2016

The Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center’s new swim program, which launched about two months ago, has qualified and finalized two of its swimmers in the Arizona Swimming State Age Group Championships, which were held in Oro Valley July 15-17. Payton Mueller, 14, made finals in both the 100 and 200 Breaststrokes. His sister, Lillian Mueller, 12, made finals in the 200 Fly. 

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Wednesday 08/10/2016
Creating community for teens
Posted: August 10, 2016

In an effort to build a Jewish teen community across the Valley, Jewish News and The League introduces Teen Scene, monthly content devoted to teen programming. In this Get Connected issue, we feature teen groups and a roundup of their fall events.

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Other programs
Posted: August 10, 2016

B’nai Tzedek Youth Philanthropy

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VOSJCC hires Megan Rich as youth director
Posted: August 10, 2016

The Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center has hired Megan Rich as its director of youth and camping. She will provide guidance and support to the center’s K-5 and teen programs, including Club J, after-school enrichment classes and holiday and summer camps.  

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Wednesday 08/03/2016
VOSJCC sends 50 athletes to 2016 Maccabi Games
Posted: August 03, 2016

The Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center sent 50 young athletes to St. Louis to compete in the JCC Maccabi Games July 29-Aug. 5.

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Teens take ‘magical mitzvah tour’
Posted: August 03, 2016

A group of 26 teens from across the Valley recently returned from this year’s Care-a-van – a 15-day trip that organizer Myra Shindler, Bureau of Jewish Education director and Hebrew High principal, calls a “Magical Mitzvah Tour.”

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Wednesday 07/27/2016
Campers get PJ Library books
Posted: July 27, 2016

Campers at Congregation Beth Israel’s Camp Daisy and Harry Stein received a special delivery this summer: PJ Library Our Way books.

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Wednesday 07/20/2016
Jewish Mommy and Me class starts in Scottsdale
Posted: July 20, 2016

A new Mommy and Me class for Jewish mothers and their young children will be held 10-11 a.m. Tuesdays at the recreation room at the Camden San Paloma Apartments in Scottsdale. The class is led by Nurit Avigdor, a Music Together educator, and is for babies and children ages birth-5 years and their mothers. The class offers music with a Jewish theme. Call (203) 219-2812.

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Childsplay seeks child bloggers
Posted: July 20, 2016

Childsplay Theatre is seeking Kid Reporters for its 40th anniversary season. Perks include behind-the-scenes sneak peeks, interviews with cast members and free tickets to Childsplay performances. The reporters, ages 7-14, will write an article that will appear on the Childsplay Kid Reporter blog and create a short video review of their experience. Video applications are due Aug. 5. 

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Wednesday 07/13/2016
Phoenix teen selected for Bronfman fellowship
Posted: July 13, 2016

Ethan Lipson of Phoenix, the son of Robert and Joan Lipson and a junior at Veritas Preparatory Academy, is one of 26 high school students across North America who have been selected for the Bronfman Fellowship.

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Wednesday 06/22/2016
Teens to study in Israel through JNF high school
Posted: June 22, 2016

group of Arizona high school students left Phoenix this week to spend the summer at Jewish National Fund’s Alexander Muss High School in Israel (AMHSI), thanks to the 2016 Schwartz-Hammer AMHSI Impact Fund and the JNF Boruchin Educational Fund.

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Wednesday 06/15/2016
‘The League’: Not just sports
Posted: June 15, 2016

This isn’t a sports story, even though it’s about the Jewish Youth Group Sports League, which recently completed its first season of basketball play at the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center in Scottsdale. No, this is a story about community-building.

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Wednesday 06/08/2016
6 tips to help kids prepare for camp
Posted: June 08, 2016

My camp duffel bags are 30 years old. This is the first time since 1986 that they will not make the trek with me from Chicago to Wisconsin for a summer filled with outdoor adventure and friendship. As a lifelong camper and now “retired” camp director, I have enough experience to write a doctoral dissertation on how to prepare your child for the essential Jewish-American tradition: going to overnight camp. 

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BJE ‘Better Together’ program connects generations
Posted: June 08, 2016

“Judaism isn’t about praying to G-d, but it is how much of a connection you feel with G-d. I feel like I made a huge connection to G-d through Better Together because I had one-on-one conversations with elders who had some of the deepest connections to G-d that I have ever seen. That made me feel even more connected to G-d.”

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Wednesday 05/25/2016
Packing tips for overnight camp
Posted: May 25, 2016

How often do people wait until the last second before packing for a trip? Whether it’s simply a weekend getaway, or even a weeklong vacation, nobody ever gets excited for packing. I’m pretty sure I have never spoken, or even heard, the statement, “I can’t WAIT to pack for my upcoming trip!”

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Pardes student wins poetry contest
Posted: May 25, 2016

Eliana Jaffee, a Pardes Jewish Day School fifth-grader, is the grand-prize winner of the American Immigration Council’s 19th annual Celebrate America Fifth Grade Creative Writing Contest. Her poem,“Why We’re Here,” was chosen from among thousands of entries nationwide and describes America as a place of freedom, hope and refuge for new arrivals.

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Wednesday 05/18/2016
Tempe salutes military recruits
Posted: May 18, 2016

The second annual Tempe Community Salutes, a ceremony held May 9 at Tempe Center for the Arts, recognized 58 graduating Tempe Union High School District seniors – including Andrew Karel, son of Jewish News account executive Deb Karel and her husband, Robert – and eight nonstudents who will soon be joining the ranks of the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy and the Arizona Army National Guard.

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Wednesday 05/11/2016
Program bonds students, seniors
Updated: May 12, 2016 - 10:13 am

Middle school students from across the Valley have discovered a new perspective on senior citizens through a new program that culminated in a documentary. 

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Wednesday 05/04/2016
Teen bus tour delivers good deeds
Posted: May 04, 2016

Teens involved in the B’nai Tzedek Youth Philanthropy Program of the Jewish Community Foundation participated in two main community service projects this semester. One was the Tikkun Olam Tour on Feb. 21, where they traveled by bus to local nonprofits to learn about them and take part in community service work. The other was on April 10, when they ran a carnival for children and young adults with special needs in partnership with several local agencies, including the Council for Jews with Special Needs, The Friendship Circle, the Bureau of Jewish Education and BBYO. 

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Empowering students to counter BDS
Posted: May 04, 2016

As a Jewish teen approaching my freshman year at a university, I have become more interested in BDS and its affiliations with Israel. I had heard about the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, but had not really learned in depth about its agenda or true meaning. My dearth of knowledge on how to counter the claims that the BDS movement projects slightly worried me due to what I have heard in the media, especially regarding college campuses. Fortunately, I was able to attend the StandWithUS Counter-BDS Conference April 9-11 in Los Angeles where I learned how to combat the movement on and off campus. 

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Wednesday 04/27/2016
Shalom Center, BJE and PJ Library offer support group for parents
Posted: April 27, 2016

The Shalom Center, in partnership with PJ Library and the Bureau of Jewish Education, is offering a drop-in support group for parents with babies ages 6 weeks to 12 months. 

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Wednesday 04/20/2016
Time to make the matzah
Posted: April 20, 2016

Chabad of the East Valley hosted a model matzah bakery on April 10 to teach children from across the Valley about the traditional process of making matzah.

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Friendship Circle to honor teen volunteers
Posted: April 20, 2016

The Friendship Circle’s “Celebration of Friendship & Inspiration” – honoring children, volunteers, parents, staff and supporters involved in the organization – will be held 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, at the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.

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Friendly Pines to hold information night at AZ Air Time
Posted: April 20, 2016

Kevin Nissen, director of Friendly Pines Camp in Prescott, will offer a presentation about emotional and physical benefits of summer sleep-away camp at an information night 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, at AZ Air Time, 13802 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 145, Scottsdale.

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