Born and raised in a country that adores soccer over most other sports, Israeli educator and sports coach Erez Lustig fell in love with American football from a young age. His improbable love for the game can be traced to his family in the United States, watching the sport on television, as …
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Like any American high-schooler, Riva Weiss started the school year off with a flurry of activity, albeit with a new development she has been mulling over since late spring. That’s the start of the Association of Jewish Students, a Jewish club at Niles North High School in Skokie, Illinois, …
Thirty-three high school students crammed into a small classroom at the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center in Scottsdale on Tuesday, Aug. 20 for an opening night program about Hebrew High.
With any luck, the newly launched iGen Parenting education series will make it easier for parents to help their tweens navigate those transitional years.
Around the same time that the pumpkin-flavored coffee drinks appear in your local coffee shop, another annual event will take place that may send you reeling like a triple shot of espresso. Yes, it’s almost that time of year: parent-teacher conferences. Your child means the world to you, so …
As a former Jewish summer camper, Moving Traditions CEO Deborah Meyer said camp was a place where she developed long-lasting friendships and an intense connection to Jewish life. But it was also a place where she remembers some inappropriate behavior between counselors.
For generations, children have spent their summers climbing trees, escaping on small adventures and meeting new friends. In addition to pure summer fun, these activities provided children with hands-on ways to develop life skills.
“I’ve tried everything. Nothing works. Sticker charts don’t work. Besides, I don’t think I should have to bribe my child. I don’t want to reward him for something that he should be doing already.”
College is pressure cooker for many young adults, a time when they face isolation, depression, anxiety and other mental health and wellness challenges.
It’s tough to be a teenager. On top of academic pressure and the usual dose of teen drama, it’s become expected to be part of extracurricular groups. Luckily, the Jewish community has multiple organizations that teens can get involved with, from youth groups to travel programs. But where doe…
Faith Kessler was the only person from Arizona who went on the BBYO Spain Discovery high school youth group trip this summer. Spain Discovery is a two-week cultural travel opportunity for teens to explore Spanish cities and meet the Jewish communities there. Kessler, a senior at Arizona Agri…
Every summer, Bruce and Barbara Goldberg of Phoenix escape the city’s oppressive heat by retreating to their Flagstaff vacation home. They love having their grandchildren visit for the summer, and are thrilled to give them the special treat of attending Northern Arizona’s only Jewish day cam…
When the new website Mitzvah Hub, a partnership between Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix and Jewish Family and Children’s Service, launches this fall, it will become much easier to find volunteer opportunities within the Jewish community.
Rachel Kaplan dreamed of having a fur baby since she was in preschool at Temple Kol Ami. In her second book, “The Adventures of Smokey,” she recounts the tale of adopting and learning to care for her first dog.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines food insecurity as “a household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food.”
If you’ve already decided where your children will be attending camp this summer, it’s time to think about how best to prepare them for a fun, healthy and safe experience away from home.
You’re starting to think about summer and what you’re going to do with the kids for two-plus months — er, we mean, how you're going to provide your darlings with a meaningful and fun summer experience.
The east end of the main hall of the Valley of the Sun JCC (The J) was abuzz with activity on Sunday morning. Representatives from more than a dozen Jewish summer camps from around the country worked their tables, talking to prospective campers and their parents about the amenities and progr…
In an effort to build a Jewish teen community across the Valley, Jewish News and The League present Teen Scene, featuring regularly scheduled content devoted to teen programming.
There are two main reasons why Halle Farber became a Girl Scout troop leader: her daughter’s interest in becoming a Girl Scout and the need to form a troop that does programming through a Jewish lens.
With the High Holidays just around the corner, now is a natural time for reflecting on the mitzvot performed throughout the year and to pause and consider what more can be done in the coming year.
It’s time for school again, but it’s not always easy to get kids back into the reading habit if they’ve been doing other activities all summer. Here, then, to re-engage little minds are a few Kar-Ben books you’ll find either in bookstores or online. These picks can also serve as terrific rea…
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…
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.”
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.
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.
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.
With two days to go before they board planes that will take them to the 20th Maccabiah Games in Israel, three young athletes with strong ties to the Valley are brimming with anticipation.
The East Valley JCC (EVJCC) is introducing a Jewish Teen Leadership Institute for students entering grades 9-11 in the fall. Ten East Valley Jewish teens will be accepted into the first cohort.
As part of a pen pal program, a group of fourth-graders at Navajo Elementary School in Scottsdale enjoyed a one-of-a-kind experience last month – the chance to have lunch and meet with local elderly residents who they had been pen pals with throughout the semester. One of the pen pals, Dorot…
Teens on the Youth Philanthropy Board of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix have granted nearly $9,000 to organizations that work to break the cycle of poverty.
In an effort to build a Jewish teen community across the Valley, Jewish News and The League present Teen Scene, featuring monthly content devoted to teen programming. Here is a recap of recent events and a roundup of events to come.
hat focus on K−12 youth and education programs to submit proposals for grants valued at $10,000 or less. This year’s grant cycle is now open and closes on May 31.