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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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Local athletes prepare for 20th Maccabiah Games in Israel

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.

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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Food

Adventures in Shanghai’s surprising Jewish cuisine

To find the Shanghai Jewish Center on a recent trip to China, I drove by a guarded gatehouse, past a series of windowless buildings to a large white villa with an elegant marble staircase and grand portico. Inside the brightly lit foyer, a Chinese woman escorted me through heavy wooden doors to what must have been the living room, but was now furnished with eight tables and a wine cabinet. Two businessmen — one in a kippah — chatted quietly over their dinner.

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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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Wednesday 02/22/2017
How summer camps welcome their youngest charges
Posted: February 22, 2017

Wondering if your child is ready for overnight camp?

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Brightening lives with crayons
Posted: February 22, 2017

Name: Jacob Elliot Cohen

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Teen tour addresses poverty
Posted: February 22, 2017

Prior to kickoff on Super Bowl Sunday, 45 teens spent the day with the Jewish Community Foundation’s B’nai Tzedek Youth Philanthropy Program. The Tikkun Olam Tour gives teens the opportunity to not only learn about organizations meeting vital needs in the community, but spend time engaged in service to support their work.

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Wednesday 02/15/2017
Camp Briefs: Camp Shemesh, Friendly Pines
Posted: February 15, 2017

Camp Shemesh holds ‘sneak peek’: Camp Shemesh will offer a preview of its activities at a sneak peek event 1:30-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.

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Tuesday 02/14/2017
Agencies offer financial assistance for camp
Posted: February 14, 2017

Several agencies offer financial assistance to families who want to send their children to summer camps.

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Teen scene: Feb. 17, 2017
Posted: February 14, 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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Gesher Disability Resources helps with camp inclusion
Posted: February 14, 2017

Parents want their children to enjoy going to school or summer camp, but for the parents of children with physical, learning or behavioral challenges, the gulf between wanting and happening can seem impossibly wide.

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Jewish Actresses of Arizona (JAAZ) to present musical
Posted: February 14, 2017

Jewish Actresses of Arizona (JAAZ), an all-girls theater group for Jewish girls ages 10 through high school, will present “A Little Princess: The Musical” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 2, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 5, at the John Paul Theater at Phoenix College, 1202 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix.

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Wednesday 02/08/2017
‘Jeremy Jackrabbit’ children’s art contest open through February
Posted: February 08, 2017

During February, children in kindergarten through eighth grade can enter their artwork in the Jeremy Jackrabbit Art Illustration Contest for a chance to be featured in the next installment of Rodney and Sasha Glassman’s Jeremy Jackrabbit children’s book series. The sixth book, “Jeremy Jackrabbit Hops on Board,” will focus on the benefits of using alternative modes of transportation.

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Wednesday 02/01/2017
Registration open for youth group sports league
Posted: February 01, 2017

Registration is underway for the third season of the Jewish Youth Group Sports League (The League), for members of BBYO, NCSY, NFTY and USY. The seven-week basketball season, plus one week of playoffs/championship game), runs Feb. 12-May 7 (no games during spring breaks or Passover).

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Wednesday 01/18/2017
Teen scene: A busy year ahead for teens
Posted: January 18, 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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Camps strive for screen-free environment
Posted: January 18, 2017

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children spend an average of seven hours a day in front of a screen – from TVs and cell phones to video games and computers. So when parents look at summer camps for their children, many seek out screen-free experiences. Jewish News recently talked with the five sleepaway camp directors to find out their technology policies. This is a small sample of what they said.

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Wednesday 01/11/2017
Having fun while learning
Posted: January 11, 2017

Hanukkah came early in December for the children at the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center’s Early Childhood Center. A children’s book author gifted signed copies of “The Time Frame Game,” along with its companion app, to every child at the preschool.

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Wednesday 12/07/2016
Teen Scene 12-9-16
Posted: December 07, 2016

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.

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Wednesday 11/30/2016
Registration open for March of the Living
Posted: November 30, 2016

Registration is open for the March of the Living – an annual program that brings individuals from all over the world to Poland and Israel to study the history of the Holocaust and to examine the roots of prejudice, intolerance and hate. The March of the Living is a 3-kilometer walk from Auschwitz to Birkenau as a silent tribute to all victims of the Holocaust. Following a week in Poland, where Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) is observed, the group travels to Israel to celebrate Israeli Independence Day. The dates will be April 19-May 3, 2017; the program is for teens in grades 11-12. Contact Myra Shindler at the Bureau of Jewish Education, 480-634-8050, or visit motl.org.

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Wednesday 11/09/2016
A personal story of adoption
Posted: November 09, 2016

Ann Pinkwasser had long dreamed of writing a book about adoption. Then a special little someone made sure she did.

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