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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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J Teen Connect enters second year bringing Jewish Valley teens together

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 does one begin to look?

Wednesday 09/12/2018
Valley teen takes part in BBYO trip to Spain
Posted: September 12, 2018

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 Agribusiness & Equine Center in Phoenix, wrote this travelogue about her Spanish adventure. — Janet Perez

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Thursday 08/30/2018
Outdoor adventure is key at Northern Arizona’s only Jewish day camp
Posted: August 30, 2018

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 camp, Camp Canyon, which emphasizes outdoor adventure.

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Wednesday 08/15/2018
Fall is the time for teens to reconnect
Posted: August 15, 2018

It’s back-to-school time for Valley Jewish students, which means it’s also time to reconnect with various Jewish youth groups around the Valley.

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Wednesday 06/20/2018
New website centralizes Jewish volunteer opportunities
Posted: June 20, 2018

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.

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Wednesday 06/13/2018
Dog tales explored in young author’s newest book
Posted: June 13, 2018

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.

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Wednesday 05/16/2018
Jewish day school fights food insecurity
Posted: May 16, 2018

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.”

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Wednesday 04/25/2018
What to expect from an event photographer
Posted: April 25, 2018

A yad skimming over the black letters of the Torah during a bar mitzvah is an image you probably want to always treasure.

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Speeches present learning opportunity for bar and bat mitzvahs
Posted: April 25, 2018

Your palms are sweaty.

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Special Section: Family Matters

Pardes middle schoolers learn value of community, team-building

To kick off the new school year, Pardes Jewish Day School held its first retreat for middle school students so they could learn to communicate, collaborate and establish trust.

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Wednesday 03/14/2018
Nurse practitioner: tips for a healthy camp experience
Posted: March 14, 2018

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.

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Top 5 things to know about Jewish day camp
Posted: March 14, 2018

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.

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More than fun and sun: Jewish summer programs encourage tikkun olam
Posted: March 14, 2018

Anath Hartmann | Contributing Writer

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Teen Scene
Posted: February 14, 2018

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.

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Wednesday 01/17/2018
Jewish camps highlight diverse options at The J’s camp fair
Posted: January 17, 2018

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 programming each had to offer. The event also launched The J’s winter-spring programming, and was the beginning of a special registration opportunity for The J’s own summer day camp, Camp Shemesh.

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Wednesday 11/15/2017
Teen Scene: Get involved with youth groups
Posted: November 15, 2017

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.

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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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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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