Beth Joseph hires associate rabbi

Beth Joseph Congregation, an Orthodox congregation in Phoenix, has hired Rabbi Yisroel Isaacs as its new associate rabbi. He started Aug. 16.

Isaacs grew up in Binghamton, N.Y., and received his rabbinical ordination last year from Rabbi Yitzchak Berkovits at the Jerusalem Kollel then joined the yeshiva's staff.

His duties will include overseeing the Jewish Enrichment program of Beth Joseph and participating in outreach programs.

His wife, Rachel, was raised in Lakewood, N.J., and attended Rutgers University. In Israel, where the couple recently lived, she was a microbiology compliance officer at Teva Pharmaceuticals.

Ahavat Shalom welcomes community to new location

Ahavat Shalom Congregation, a Sephardic congregation, will hold an open house 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 22, at its new location, 13402 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 125A, Scottsdale.

The event will feature a guest speaker, Steve Carol, a retired professor of history and the associate producer of the Middle East Radio Forum, who will talk about "The Proposed Two-State Solution in Israel." He is also the author of "Middle East Rules of Thumb: Understanding the Complexities of the Middle East" and "Encyclopedia of Days: Start the Day With History."

To attend, e-mail ahavatshalom@sccaz.org.

Israel Center lecture series

The Israel Center, a project of the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix, will host a free lecture series led by Sharron Topper-Amitai, Phoenix community shlicha.

The first lecture, "The High Holy Days in Israel" will be held noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus. Topper-Amitai will talk about what it is like to celebrate the High Holidays in Israel.

Future lectures are "Israel's Achievements" on Oct. 12, "Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Day" on Nov. 9 and "Gilad Shalit, Everyone's Child" on Dec. 14.

To register, call 480-483-7121, ext. 1230.

Rosh Hashana buffet of ideas

Chabad of Arizona will host a "Rosh Hashanah Buffet of Ideas" 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31, at Chabad of Phoenix, 2110 E. Lincoln Drive.

Participants will learn the art of making French apple pie, yom tov desserts, challah shaping, Shana Tova cards and designer napkin folding. Everyone will leave with an oven-ready pie and challah crown.

Cost is $6 in advance or $10 at the door. To attend, call 602-944-2753 or e-mail office@chabadaz.org.

Learn how to blow a shofar

The Jewish Collection will feature shofar-blowing lessons with Fred Missel noon-1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29. The store is located at 10701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Call 480-368-0001.

AJHS announces Arizona Jewish Centennial Project

The Arizona Jewish Historical Society has organized an Arizona Jewish Centennial Project to commemorate Arizona's 100 years of statehood on Feb. 14, 2012.

The project will consist of a special exhibition to be displayed at the newly restored Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, along with a series of lectures and presentations on Arizona and Western Jewish history during the course of 2011-2012.

An AJHS Centennial Committee headed by Pamela Levin, former director of the Sylvia Plotkin Judaica Museum, will help organize and oversee most of the public activities.

Speakers will include Arizona state historian Marshall Trimble and Jewish historian David Epstein. In addition, the Arizona Jewish Theatre Company will write and perform a special script on Arizona's Jewish pioneers.

In February 2012, the AJHS will also bury a student time capsule at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center.

This project is made possible in part by a grant of $20,000 from the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix and a $5,000 grant from the Arizona Humanities Council.

To underwrite a portion of this project or participate as a volunteer, contact AJHS Executive Director Lawrence Bell, 602-241-7870.

- Leisah Woldoff

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