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Friday 02/27/2015
Leonard Nimoy, actor who played Spock on ‘Star Trek,’ dead at 83
Updated: February 27, 2015 - 2:51 pm

Leonard Nimoy, the actor best known for his role as Spock on “Star Trek,” died this morning (Feb. 27) at his home in Los Angeles.

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Wednesday 02/25/2015
B'nai Mitzvah 2-27-15
Posted: February 25, 2015 - 10:00 am

Lauren Kelly Breakstone, daughter of Susan and Jonathan Breakstone of Scottsdale, will become a bat mitzvah Feb. 28, 2015, at Congregation Beth Israel. 

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Obituaries 2-27-15
Posted: February 25, 2015 - 10:00 am

Robert Levin

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Wednesday 02/18/2015
Births 2-20-15
Updated: February 18, 2015 - 3:28 pm

A girl, Madison Zim, was born Dec. 11, 2014, to Whitney and Matt Goldstein of Worcester, Massachusetts.

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Obituaries 2-20-15
Posted: February 18, 2015 - 10:00 am

Mathilda Canter, ‘first lady’ of Arizona psychology

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Monday 02/16/2015
Israeli government minister Uri Orbach dies at 54
Updated: February 17, 2015 - 7:40 pm

JERUSALEM — Israeli government minister Uri Orbach died a month after announcing that he was taking a break from politics to be treated for an unspecified blood illness.

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Wednesday 02/11/2015
Births 2-13-15
Posted: February 11, 2015 - 10:00 am

A girl, Sadie Isabel, was born Dec. 7, 2014, to Deborah and Adam Winegarden of Phoenix. 

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B'nai Mitzvah 2-13-15
Posted: February 11, 2015 - 10:00 am

Emily Sara Ref, daughter of Amy and Ron Ref of Scottsdale, will become a bat mitzvah Feb. 14, 2015, at Congregation Beth Israel.

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Obituaries 2-13-15
Posted: February 11, 2015 - 10:00 am

Abbie Beth Heller, 52, of Scottsdale, died Feb. 2, 2015. Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, she was affiliated with Council for Jews With Special Needs’ Yad B’Yad group and Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix.

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Wednesday 02/04/2015
Births 2-6-15
Posted: February 04, 2015 - 10:00 am

A girl, Maya Rose, was born Dec. 31, 2014, to Claire Esther Spencer Wiss and Michael Wiss of Los Angeles. 

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B'nai Mitzvah 2-6-15
Posted: February 04, 2015 - 10:00 am

Jillian Elyse Bandler, daughter of Linda and Steven Bandler of  Phoenix, will become a bat mitzvah Feb. 7, 2015, at Congregation Beth Israel.

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Wednesday 01/28/2015
Births 1-30-15
Posted: January 28, 2015 - 10:00 am

A girl, Maya Rose, was born Dec. 31, 2014, to Claire Esther Spencer Wiss and Michael Wiss of Los Angeles. 

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Obituaries 1-30-15
Posted: January 28, 2015 - 10:00 am

Gerald “Jerry” Appell, 79, of Phoenix, passed away January 22, 2015. Born in New York City and raised in the Bronx, Jerry moved to Phoenix  in 1967 with his wife Isabelle and co-founded Weight Watchers of AZ, Inc. 

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Wednesday 01/21/2015
B'nai Mitzvah 1-23-15
Posted: January 21, 2015 - 10:00 am

Jillian Marie Gross, daughter of Marcia and Jeremy Gross of Phoenix, will become a bat mitzvah Jan. 24, 2015, at Congregation Beth Israel.

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Engagements 1-23-15
Posted: January 21, 2015 - 10:00 am

Zev Hendeles & Lauren Rosenblum

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Obituaries 1-23-15
Posted: January 21, 2015 - 10:00 am

Rabbi David Edelman, pioneer in Jewish education

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Wednesday 01/14/2015
B'nai Mitzvah 1-16-15
Posted: January 14, 2015 - 10:00 am

Allie Sarah Bruggeman, daughter of Lori Bruggeman of Scottsdale, will become a bat mitzvah Jan. 17, 2015, at Temple Chai.

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Obituaries 1-16-15
Posted: January 14, 2015 - 10:00 am

Molly Blank, May 21, 1915 – January 7, 2015

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Wednesday 01/07/2015
B'nai Mitzvah 1-9-15
Posted: January 07, 2015 - 10:00 am

Maya Judith Bellowe, daughter of Amy and Michael Bellowe of Cave Creek, will become a bat mitzvah Jan. 10, 2015, at Temple Chai. 

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Obituaries 1-9-15
Updated: January 12, 2015 - 1:54 pm

Morton W. Malachowsky, 92, of Phoenix, died Jan. 4, 2015. Born in New York City, he was a retired union plumber. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a member of the American Legion and a supporter of the Hudson Sweet Adelines chorus.

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Tuesday 01/06/2015
Mario Cuomo married strident liberalism and sensitivity to the Orthodox
Updated: January 06, 2015 - 4:10 pm

Mario Cuomo, a three-term New York governor, was the rare politician who appealed to the Jewish tent’s opposite poles.

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Monday 01/05/2015
Bess Myerson, only Jewish Miss America, dead at 90
Updated: January 05, 2015 - 5:53 pm

Bess Myerson, the only Jewish woman to be crowned Miss America, has died.

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Wednesday 12/31/2014
B’nai Mitzvah 1-2-15
Posted: December 31, 2014 - 10:00 am

Rachel Jessica Grobmeier, daughter of Debra and John Grobmeier of Phoenix, will become a bat mitzvah Jan. 3, 2015, at Temple Solel.

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Obituaries 1-2-15
Posted: December 31, 2014 - 10:00 am

Sanford ‘Sandy’ Jack Green

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Wednesday 12/24/2014
B'nai Mitzvah 12-26-14
Posted: December 24, 2014 - 10:00 am

Katherine Rachel Kort, daughter of Michelle and Bryan Kort of Phoenix, will become a bat mitzvah Dec. 25, 2014, in Israel. The Korts are members of Congregation Or Tzion.

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Rabbi Harold Schulweis: innovator, activist
Posted: December 24, 2014 - 10:00 am

As a pathbreaking thinker, innovator and activist, Rabbi Harold Schulweis’ role extended far beyond his base as the spiritual leader of his Los Angeles-area congregation.

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Tuesday 12/23/2014
Remembering Robert Wolfe, guardian of Nazi-era archives
Updated: December 23, 2014 - 6:16 pm

WASHINGTON — Robert Wolfe, the irreplaceable former chief archivist for captured Nazi documents at the National Archives here, died Dec. 10 at the age of 93. With his death, a legacy also dies.

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Thursday 12/18/2014
Rabbi Harold Schulweis, pathbreaking thinker and activist, dies at 89
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 1:54 pm

LOS ANGELES – As a pathbreaking thinker, innovator and activist, Rabbi Harold Schulweis' role extended far beyond his base as the spiritual leader of his Los Angeles-area congregation.

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Wednesday 12/17/2014
B’nai Mitzvah 12-19-14
Posted: December 17, 2014 - 10:00 am

Annie Morgan Angle, daughter of Tina and Jeff Angle of Scottsdale, will become a bat mitzvah Dec. 20, 2014, at Congregation Or Tzion.

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Engagements 12-19-14
Posted: December 17, 2014 - 10:00 am

Leore Arik & Adrian Berger

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Solel to host b’nai mitzvah vendor fair
Posted: December 17, 2014 - 10:00 am

A Milestones Party and Event Vendor Fair presented by the B’nai Mitzvah Connection Committee of Temple Solel, will be held 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, at Temple Solel, 6805 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley.

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Obituaries 12-19-14
Posted: December 17, 2014 - 10:00 am

Gary Shapiro, 62 years old, of Scottsdale lost his valiant battle with cancer on December 13, 2014, with his loving wife, Laurie, by his side. Gary was born in Youngstown, Ohio, to Don and Ellie Shapiro on May 24, 1952. He and his family moved to Phoenix in 1960. Gary graduated from Arizona State University in 1975 and graduated from Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1979. He joined his father¹s optometric practice that same year and was instrumental in expanding the practice, adding Optical Expressions in Scottsdale and Phoenix. Like his father before him, his associates, staff, colleagues and many patients loved Gary.  

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Wednesday 12/10/2014
Births 12-12-14
Posted: December 10, 2014 - 10:00 am

A girl, Lea Aria, was born Nov. 19, 2014, to Robyn and Jerry Bien-Willner of Paradise Valley.

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B'nai Mitzvahs 12-12-14
Posted: December 10, 2014 - 10:00 am

Andrew Haden Jurgenson, son of Leonor and Russell Jurgenson of Scottsdale, will become a bar mitzvah Dec. 13, 2014, at Temple Solel. 

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Obituaries 12-12-14
Posted: December 10, 2014 - 10:00 am

Adele Doris Greenberg of Scottsdale, AZ passed away on November 21, 2014. She was born in Chicago, IL on June 7, 1927; and was married to Dr. Harry Greenberg  for 65 years. Adele was a wonderful mother to Mark Greenberg and Karen Carnow; a loving grandmother, and an adoring great-grandmother. Adele was beautiful, smart and talented. She died at 87 and will be greatly missed, every day, forever.

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Wednesday 12/03/2014
Births 12-5-14
Posted: December 03, 2014 - 10:00 am

A girl, Yafah Shoshanah, was born Nov. 4, 2014, to Sondra and Jeremiah Giehl of Mesa. 

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B'nai Mitzvah 12-5-14
Posted: December 03, 2014 - 10:00 am

Samuel Louis Danoff, son of Eve and Robert Danoff of Paradise Valley, will become a bar mitzvah Dec. 6, 2014, at Temple Solel. 

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Weddings 12-5-14
Posted: December 03, 2014 - 10:00 am

Shannon Morrison & Rachel Tie

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Obituaries 12-5-14
Posted: December 03, 2014 - 10:00 am

Robert Edward Sly

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Wednesday 11/26/2014
Births 11-28-14
Posted: November 26, 2014 - 10:00 am

A boy, Eli Hecht, was born Oct. 22, 2014, to Farrah and Richard Zatcoff of Atlanta.

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B'nai Mitzvah 11-28-14
Updated: December 03, 2014 - 9:43 am

Jacob Samuel Cohen, son of Andrea and Gregory Cohen of Scottsdale, will become a bar mitzvah Nov. 29, 2014, at Gindling Hilltop Camp in Malibu, California. The family are members of Temple Chai.

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Anniversaries 11-28-14
Posted: November 26, 2014 - 10:00 am

Barbara & Chuck Isaac 

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Obituaries 11-28-14
Posted: November 26, 2014 - 10:00 am

Joel Shapiro, 68, of Scottsdale, lost his battle with cancer and passed away peacefully in his home during the early morning of November 20, 2014. Joel was born in Far Rockaway, N.Y., to William and Mollie Shapiro (now deceased) on May 10, 1946. He attended New York Public School #39 before moving to Phoenix, AZ with his family, where he attended Washington High School. Upon graduation, he attended Glendale Community College before earning his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He then received his master’s degree at ASU.

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Thursday 11/20/2014
Mike Nichols, director of ‘The Graduate,’ dies
Updated: November 23, 2014 - 6:44 pm

Mike Nichols, the Oscar-winning director of “The Graduate” who had escaped Nazi Germany as a boy, died Nov. 19, 2014.

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Wednesday 11/19/2014
Births 11-21-14
Posted: November 19, 2014 - 10:00 am

A girl, Juliet Faye, was born July 10, 2014, to Dana and Adam Goldstein of Oro Valley.

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B'nai Mitzvah 11-21-14
Posted: November 19, 2014 - 10:00 am

Harris Samuel Greenbaum, son of Bonnie and Jordan Greenbaum of Atlanta, will become a bar mitzvah Monday, Nov. 24, at the Kotel in Jerusalem.

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Obituaries 11-21-14
Posted: November 19, 2014 - 10:00 am

Malvin Appelbaum, 94, of Scottsdale, died Nov. 12, 2014. Born in Brooklyn, New York, he was in photo frame sales.

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Wednesday 11/12/2014
Births 11-14-14
Posted: November 12, 2014 - 10:00 am

A girl, Sophie Rose, was born Sept. 20, 2014, to Nicki and Jeremiah Kaplan of Phoenix.

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Bar Mitzvah 11-14-14
Posted: November 12, 2014 - 10:00 am

Jillian Hannah Cassius, daughter of Jennifer and Mark Cassius of Tucson, became a bat mitzvah Nov. 1, 2014, at Congregation Anshei Israel in Tucson.

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Harold Morgan recalled
Posted: November 12, 2014 - 10:00 am

Harold Morgan, who died Oct. 1, 2014 at age 82, served as director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix at a time when the federation was charting a course to move out of the old bastion of Jewish life in Central Phoenix to the Northeast Valley.

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