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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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Learn the 4 C’s of parent-teacher confidence

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 meeting face to face with the person who spends as many or more waking hours of the day as you do with your student can be daunting.

Wednesday 10/17/2018
Training sessions address #MeToo issues at camps
Posted: October 17, 2018

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.

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How rock-climbing camps can benefit your child
Posted: October 17, 2018

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.

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5 simple ways to get (and stay) organized this school year
Posted: October 17, 2018

Follow these easy back-to-school tips and weekly routines to make staying organized this school year feel like a breeze!

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Behavioral plans: worth it or not?
Posted: October 17, 2018

“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.”

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Wednesday 10/03/2018
Hillel at ASU seeks grant to address student mental health
Posted: October 03, 2018

College is pressure cooker for many young adults, a time when they face isolation, depression, anxiety and other mental health and wellness challenges.

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Thursday 09/20/2018
J Teen Connect enters second year bringing Jewish Valley teens together
Posted: September 20, 2018

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?

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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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Special Section: Family Matters

Managing pediatric pain in the era of opioids

With the tragic prevalence of opioid addiction in the United States, we all need to pay attention to the ways that children’s pain is addressed in both acute and chronic situations. Children feel and express pain differently than adults, both parents and doctors agree. At the same time, pediatric pain management is a complex topic for doctors and often a baffling one for parents. Some parents, fearful of their child’s suffering, want them to receive narcotics to numb the pain. Others find the possibility of addiction even more frightening and don’t want their child prescribed any opioid narcotics, regardless of pain levels.

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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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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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