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Teen scene: Feb. 17, 2017

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.

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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.

Wednesday 09/27/2017
Valley mother creates her own Jewish Girl Scout niche
Posted: September 27, 2017

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.

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Wednesday 09/20/2017
The J and Girly Girlz offer glam after-school program
Posted: September 20, 2017

The Valley of the Sun JCC (The J) and Girly Girlz Scottsdale have joined forces to bring a little glamour to its after-school programming.

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Wednesday 09/13/2017
East Valley JCC selects teens for new leadership program
Posted: September 13, 2017

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.

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Wednesday 09/06/2017
Creating graffiti that fosters tolerance
Posted: September 06, 2017

The CTeen club at Chabad of the East Valley kicked off a new year of events by sending a meaningful message to the Jewish community.

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New fall books teach young readers about Judaism
Posted: September 06, 2017

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 reading-together opportunities for National Grandparents Day on Sunday, Sept. 10.

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Wednesday 08/30/2017
Program gives students tools to advocate for Israel in educational settings
Posted: August 30, 2017

Three Valley students are on a mission: to correct misinformation about Israel through educational initiatives.

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Wednesday 08/16/2017
Valley Hebrew schools welcome new staff
Posted: August 16, 2017

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 new faces and revamped curriculums at their local Hebrew schools.

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Pardes begins its new school year
Posted: August 16, 2017

Classes started bright and early on Aug. 9 at Pardes Jewish Day School. The new head of school, Peter Gordon, was on hand to say hello to students and parents.

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Wednesday 08/16/2017
Jewish youth organizations offer teens fun ways to engage with community
Posted: August 16, 2017

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.”

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Wednesday 08/09/2017
Team Phoenix makes strong showing at JCC Maccabi Games
Posted: August 09, 2017

Team Phoenix brought home gold and silver from the 2017 JCC Maccabi Games.

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Valley of the Sun JCC prepares for ‘birthday’ bash
Posted: August 09, 2017

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.

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Wednesday 07/19/2017
Keep children physically active in the summer
Posted: July 19, 2017

During the summer when temperatures are high, children’s levels of physical activity can drop, which can have several negative effects.

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Wednesday 07/12/2017
EVJCC supports Operation Back to School Chandler
Posted: July 12, 2017

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.

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PJ Library sparks Jewish connections
Posted: July 12, 2017

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.

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Wednesday 06/28/2017
EVJCC ready to launch teen leadership program in August
Posted: June 28, 2017

The East Valley Jewish Community Center (EVJCC) is starting a new program in August to promote leadership skills among Jewish teens.

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Wednesday 06/21/2017
Local athletes prepare for 20th Maccabiah Games in Israel
Posted: June 21, 2017

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.

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Thursday 06/01/2017
EVJCC introduces Jewish Teen Leadership Institute
Posted: June 01, 2017

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.

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Senior citizens and middle school students bond
Posted: June 01, 2017

The first time Adam Schwartz, 13, and Pat Bruner, 76, met, they quickly found common ground.

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Pen pal program connects survivor with students
Posted: June 01, 2017

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, Dorothy Mazurek, is a Holocaust survivor who shared her life story and experiences with the children through handwritten letters and as a guest speaker in their classroom.

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Pardes presents 'Fiddler on the Roof Jr'
Posted: June 01, 2017

Middle school students at Pardes Jewish Day School recently performed in their school’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof Jr.”

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Wednesday 05/24/2017
Teens grant $9K to help fight poverty
Posted: May 24, 2017

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.

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Wednesday 05/17/2017
Wrapping up another year of teen programming
Posted: May 17, 2017

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.

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Cox Charities seeks grant applicants for 2017 cycle for youth programs
Posted: May 17, 2017

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.

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BJE offers variety of summer classes
Posted: May 17, 2017

The Bureau of Jewish Education will offer several summer classes in June. They include:

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Wednesday 05/03/2017
Pardes to showcase students’ musical ability
Posted: May 03, 2017

The Valley will be alive with the sound of music on May 22, when Pardes Jewish Day School showcases its students’ abilities in the Pardes Performing Arts Concert. The concert includes a rock band, violinists, dancers and the lower school choir, the Mazaltones.

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Wednesday 03/29/2017
Scottsdale teens train for Maccabiah Games
Posted: March 29, 2017

Ethan Cohen and Jack Ratterman, both 16, have devoted most of their lives to soccer, and now that devotion – and talent – has propelled the teens onto Team USA’s youth boys’ soccer team at the upcoming 20th Maccabiah Games in Israel.

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Teen Scene: Springing forward with teen programming
Posted: March 29, 2017

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.

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7 new kids' books for Passover
Posted: March 29, 2017

From the wizardry of Harry Potter that echoes with Passover’s themes to a cartoon frog who wisecracks his way through the seder, this year’s new crop of Passover books for kids offers something for all ages and interests.

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Budding home chef, 12, named 'Sauce Boss'
Posted: March 29, 2017

Jacob Wernick of Phoenix, a 12-year-old budding home chef, recently won first place at the 2017 Half Moon Sauce Boss competition, earning the title as this year’s Sauce Boss.

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Wednesday 03/22/2017
Third-grader designs Mensch Bench
Posted: March 22, 2017

Olivia Feldman, a third-grader at Pardes Jewish Day School, sometimes felt a little lonely during recess and realized that other classmates might feel that way, too, so she decided to do something about it.

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Tuesday 03/14/2017
Krav Maga studio helps children with self-confidence
Posted: March 14, 2017

“No matter what age you are, you can be bullied. A lot of that has to do with a lack of confidence and knowing how to respond,” says Derrek Hofrichter, founder and chief instructor at EVKM Self Defense & Fitness.

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Social media allows campers to keep connected year-round
Posted: March 14, 2017

For 12-year-old Sophie Golden, camp is “kind of like a different world,” where electronics are a no-go and her bunkmates feel more like sisters than friends. When she misses that feeling during the year, there’s an easy way to get it back, even if just for a fleeting moment — by checking her phone.

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Wednesday 03/08/2017
Gesher to hold model Passover seder
Posted: March 08, 2017

Gesher Disability Resources (formerly Council for Jews with Special Needs) will be hosting its second annual community model Passover seder 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at The New Shul, 7825 E. Paradise Lane, Scottsdale.

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