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Jewish Youth Group Sports League – known as “The League” – and Team Phoenix Maccabi will host its first community kickball tournament for teens 6:45-10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.
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.
Jewish National Fund of Arizona has formed a new group for young Jewish families called JNFamily.
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.
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.
Valley Beit Midrash has announced its first Teen Mussar Fellowship cohort.
As the new season kicks off, there are plenty of opportunities for teens to participate in the local Jewish community.
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).
“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.
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.
Shabbat in Jerusalem was like no Shabbat I have ever experienced.
Valley residents Esther and Don Schon write about a program that two ex-IDF soldiers developed to help teach disadvantaged teens to surf and in turn to become surfing teachers for wounded warriors.
Valley residents Esther and Don Schon write about the question facing French Jews as anti-Semitism continues to spark violence and fear there.