Phoenix to be part of OU relocation fair

Phoenix will be one of 38 communities participating in the Orthodox Union's third Emerging Jewish Communities Home and Job Relocation Fair on Sunday, March 27, in New York.

The purpose of the fair is to acquaint people from the New York metropolitan area with communities outside of New York, regardless of size, that offer the amenities necessary for an Orthodox lifestyle. Hundreds of people, many of them young couples with young children, attended the first two events, according to a press release.

Rabbi David Rebibo of Beth Joseph Congregation and Rabbi Isaac Entin, principal of the Phoenix Hebrew Academy, will represent Phoenix at the event. Both attended the 2009 fair and two families relocated to Phoenix as a result of that, according to Entin. "It's a great opportunity for people outside of this area to learn about Phoenix," he said. Many people "don't realize what a wonderful Jewish infrastructure we have here."

A description of each community is posted on oucommunity.org. Phoenix's bio includes a mention of the variety of Orthodox educational programming, a K-8 day school, separate Torah high schools for boys and girls, as well as the eruv, mikvah, kollel, Va'ad Hakashruth and the variety of kosher restaurants here.

The description also touches upon job prospects: "Anyone in medicine, law or accounting should have no problem finding a job" and incentives, such as first-year tuition breaks and free shul membership for the first year.

The first fair was in 2008, with 14 communities participating, and the second was in 2009, with 24. Other communities this year include Sacramento, Calif.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Metairie, La.; Bangor, Maine; Las Vegas; Memphis, Tenn.; Austin, Texas; and Milwaukee, Wis.

Call (212) 613-8188.

Synagogues hold women's seders

Three synagogues are holding women's seders this year that are open to all Jewish women.

  • Temple Emanuel of Tempe's 11th annual women's seder: 4 p.m. Sunday, April 10, at the synagogue, 5801 S. Rural Road. Includes a dairy Passover-style potluck and an art project. Cost: $5 temple members, $8 nonmembers. All adult women must have a copy of the "Ma'ayan Haggadah," which is available for $10.

    For reservations and to sign up for the potluck, call Roz Monahan, 480-668-6971, by April 7.

  • Beth El Congregation's third annual Community Women's Seder: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, at the synagogue, 1118 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix. Led by Janette Silverman, Beth El's education and youth director. Cost: $35 for synagogue members, $40 for nonmembers; includes a chicken dinner and a copy of the Haggadah written by Silverman for participants to keep. A vegetarian option is available.

    According to Silverman, a women's seder "creates an opportunity to acknowledge the stories of Miriam and other women who participated in the Exodus from Egypt, as well as those in centuries since then whose influence has made us the Jewish women we are today. While not part of the traditional Haggadah, these stories link us to our past and connect us to our future." Reservations: Renee Joffe, 602-944-3359, ext. 113.

  • Temple Solel Women's Seder: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, at the synagogue, 6805 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley. Includes program, appetizers, dessert and wine. Reservations by April 1: Adina at azarchan@templesolel.org 480-991-7414.
AJHS lecture on Pioneer Jews

"The Third Golden Age of Judaism: Pioneer Jews of the West and Why They Succeeded So Well" is the topic of a lecture by David Epstein, a Jewish storytelling historian, 2 p.m. Sunday, April 3, at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center.

Epstein is a co-publisher and managing editor of Western States Jewish History. The lecture is part of the Arizona Jewish Historical Society's Centennial Lecture Series.

Tickets are $5, free to AJHS members. The cost includes admission to AJHS'"New Frontiers: Jewish Pioneers in the Arizona Territory" exhibit. The exhibit is ongoing through February 2012 and is open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday with a $2 suggested donation. Appointments can also be made for other times.

For lecture reservations, call 602-241-7870.

Service looks at Jewish heroines

On Saturday, April 9, Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation Sisterhood will hold a Shabbat service that takes a look at modern-day Jewish heroines. The service will include inspirational essays, responsive readings, Hebrew prayers, music and song. There will be short biographies of Jewish women heroes, chosen specifically to be included in this service because their names are not commonly known.

Sandi Wiener is chairing the service, which will also be led by Cantor Ronda Polesky and Choir Director Lana Oyer. The service starts at 10 a.m. and will be followed by a full lunch. It will be in the Navajo Room of Phase One of Sun Lakes, 9240 E. Sun Lakes Blvd. For reservations, call Marilyn at 480-895-7750. For more information, call Joyce, 480-802-4902.

Israel Bonds luncheon

Beth Emeth Congregation and Temple Beth Shalom will host an Israel Bonds luncheon at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 10, at Beth Emeth Congregation, 13702 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West.

The guest speaker will be Jonathan Adelman, professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. He has written more than 10 books on international affairs and went on 15 international speaking tours for the State Department from 1988 to 2007. Simply Scrumptious will prepare a complimentary lunch.

There is no obligation to buy bonds.

Reservations are required by April 1. Call 623-544-7210.

- Leisah Woldoff

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