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Finding a kidney for a transplant is not easy. I know because I am one of 100,000-plus people on the waiting list for a deceased donor kidney. 

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The Arizona State University Center for Jewish Studies now offers a Certificate in Adult Jewish Learning. As part of the program, the student is required to complete eight courses, which are held at various locations. The courses will be offered in eight-week sessions, with one class per week.

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As Hillel Jewish Student Center at Arizona State University prepares for "Summer Lovin'," this year's installment of its annual fundraiser, the campus group is working to adjust its fundraising to the challenges of a new philanthropic landscape.

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Phoenix attorney and philanthropist Jerry Lewkowitz will be honored as "Man of the Year" by Valley Leadership at the 63rd annual Man and Woman of the Year luncheon, March 22 at Sheraton Phoenix Downtown.

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JNF Tu b'Shevat returns to festival format

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Susan Schanerman steps down as Emanuel's cantorial soloist

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"I'll tell you a funny story," Jerry Colangelo says. It's about his son, Bryan, who grew up to be general manager of the Phoenix Suns, the NBA team that his dad owned until 2004. When Bryan was about 10 years old, Colangelo says, "He came home one day, and he thought for sure he was Jewish b…

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A Phoenix psychologist has set up a petition at change.org to pressure the French government to return to Israel — or to put on trial in France — two suspects in a hit-and-run accident in Tel Aviv that took the life of her niece on Sept. 16.

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As the local opening date for "A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II & the Jewish People" draws close, its supporters are working on bringing the lessons of the national touring exhibit to life.

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The Arizona Jewish Historical Society debuted its first online exhibit last week, the Rabbi Plotkin Memorial Project, which features photographs, documents and sound recordings of Rabbi Albert Plotkin.

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Women's event looks at activism, philanthropy and volunteering

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Repairs of hailstorm damage now under way at campus

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Nearly 1,200 people visited the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center in Scottsdale on Aug. 14 during the center’s open house and community fair, which provided opportunities for visitors to learn about the Valley’s many Jewish offerings.

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As students are preparing for school, so are their teachers.

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Although each spirited performance by members of the Tzofim Friendship Caravan lasts only about an hour, the impact of their visit lingers much longer. At each show, the lively troupe of teen performers don a variety of colorful costumes as they sing and dance in English and Hebrew, serving …

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To help prepare for the Jewish News Centennial edition scheduled for Dec. 9, the newspaper's editorial staff visited the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center on June 23 to view the center's current exhibit.

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Over the course of four years, Rabbi Saul Landa, a dentist from New Jersey, spent Passover in the Lower East Side of New York, Purim in New Orleans, Tu b'Shevat in Phoenix and Sukkot in Baltimore. He also attended weddings in Denver and San Francisco, a bris in St. Louis and the 20th annual …

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The Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center saw its first seder in 60 years on March 30, when it was the host of American Jewish Committee's seventh annual Latino-Jewish Seder.

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Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), a pro-Palestinian student group at Arizona State University, exhibited an anti-Israel "apartheid wall" on campus for the third consecutive year, on March 28 and 29.

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The Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center is now officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the United States government's official list of the nation's historic places worthy of preservation.

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Richard H. Silverman, general manager of Salt River Project, announced his plan to retire in August. Silverman, 70, has been at SRP for 45 years. "The reservoirs are full and our work force is well prepared for the challenges ahead," Silverman said in a press release. "With a slow but sure e…

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As the Arizona Jewish Historical Society prepares to launch its yearlong Arizona Jewish Centennial Series, a group of graduate students is working hard to create AJHS' first exhibit in its new home.

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'Thank God for Israel Night' to be at Beth Emeth

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Eckstein scholar to present talk on Mordecai Kaplan

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Beth El hosts weekend on interfaith family issues

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The Arizona Jewish Historical Society has organized a yearlong Arizona Jewish Centennial Project, leading up to the centennial of Arizona's statehood on Feb. 14, 2012.

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Because Leonard Kirschner will turn 75 in January, his wife, Peggy, wanted him to have a special gift, so she asked him what he wanted.

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The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix laid off more than half its employees on Oct. 27.

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Since 1935, Jewish Family & Children's Service (JFCS) has been providing behavioral-health and social services to children, family and adults throughout Maricopa County. The organization assists more than 30,000 people each year.

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Jerry Lewkowitz tells people he's a life-long Phoenician. And he is - except, unlike his two siblings, he wasn't born here. "I was a summer baby," explains Lewkowitz, 81. "Born mid-July. There wasn't any air conditioning then, so we went to my grandparents' home, in New London, Conn., and th…

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It's difficult to imagine, but Hillel at Arizona State University might have only known Rabbi Barton Lee for a few years. The local nonprofit's first and only full-time rabbi, and executive director for the last 39 years, could have just as easily been a community staple at University of Cal…

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Phoenix attorney and philanthropist Jerry Lewkowitz will receive Arizona Jewish Historical Society's first-ever Heritage Award at AJHS's "Fun-raiser" gala dinner at 5:55 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, 122 E. Culver St., Phoenix.

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Congregations joining in athletic shoe drive

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Gerda Weissmann Klein, Holocaust survivor, writer and documentary subject, has touched the lives of a countless number of people; among those are the members of Sandy Flayton's eighth-grade class at Copper Ridge Middle School in Scottsdale.

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Less than a year after downsizing to one employee and making the remaining position three-quarters-time instead of full-time, the Arizona office of the American Jewish Committee is losing that one employee. Rabbi Maynard Bell, who became AJC area director after the departure of former direct…

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Now that renovations are complete for the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, the Arizona Jewish Historical Society will host an open house and guided tours of the center 1-4 p.m. Sunday, April 18.

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Passover came early this year for the 95 people attending the sixth annual Latino-Jewish Seder, held March 9 at Temple Solel in Paradise Valley. Co-hosted by Valle del Sol and the American Jewish Committee and sponsored this year by APS' Center for Culture and Understanding and the law offic…

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The Arizona Jewish Historical Society held a tribute to Rabbi Albert Plotkin Feb. 15 in the newly restored sanctuary at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center. The tribute was the first such community event to be held in the space since its 2002 purchase and subsequent renovation by AJHS.

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Considering the rabbi he would go on to become, Albert Plotkin's 1943 debut at Hebrew Union College was less than auspicious.

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Liz Tregor-Dokken has been hired as events coordinator by the Arizona Jewish Historical Society. She will be responsible for marketing and coordinating events at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center in Phoenix. Tregor-Dokken most recently served as associate director of the American Jew…

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Judy Shanks was one of thousands of children who learned from Rabbi Albert Plotkin. Like him, and inspired by him, she went on to become a rabbi. Here is the tribute she paid Rabbi Plotkin at his funeral, held Feb. 5 at Congregation Beth Israel in Scottsdale.

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Rabbi Albert Plotkin has appeared in the pages of Jewish News countless times since his arrival in Phoenix in 1955, both as a contributor and as the subject of many stories. Here is a selection of articles in our online archives that feature him prominently; he is mentioned hundreds of other…

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