Yeshiva High School of Arizona will dedicate a new Torah at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at 6804 N. 13th Place, Phoenix. The program will include the final letter writing and a buffet reception followed by a procession to the Torah's new home at the yeshiva.

The David and Ruth Semel Memorial Sefer Torah is being dedicated by Shaya and Pnina Semel and Yaakov and Shani Segal in memory of the grandparents of Rabbi Yossie Semel of the Phoenix Community Kollel. "They came from Europe in the 1940s and they really believed in Jewish education at a time where it was not popular in America," said Rabbi Yossie Semel of his grandparents. "It is a tremendous merit for us to have the Torah dedicated in their memory."

Yeshiva High School is located at 727 E. Glendale Ave., Phoenix. Call 602-266-1213.

Shearim launches chesed program

Shearim Torah High School has kicked off a new Community Chessed Program. Two years ago, Kayla Neuman and a friend, who has since graduated from the school, started the program with students selecting their own community service projects. Projects ranged from baby-sitting and being a mother's helper to volunteering with the Friendship Circle, which matches volunteers with children with special needs.

This year, the school is reaching out to the community to find other ways they can help. Each student in the school will be required to do five hours of chesed (acts of kindness) each month.

Neuman and Diana Mirzakandova, both 12th-graders, are the student coordinators, and Devorah Josephson is the adult coordinator. "It's just a way that the girls can start doing mitzvot and realize how important it is to help other people," Mirzakandova said. To suggest chesed opportunities, call 602-324-3406.

Temple Chai to hold college fair

A College Fair for Jewish teens and parents in grades 9-12, will be held 6-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, at Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road Phoenix. The event is sponsored by Ask Audrey College Consulting, NFTY, Jewish Youth Alliance and Greater Phoenix Reform Temples. Contact Audrey Lewis, or Erin Wynn,

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