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Jewish spiritual and social action leaders denounce DACA decision

Jewish spiritual and social action leaders denounce DACA decision

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Jewish leaders in the Valley are reacting to the decision by President Donald Trump to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program over the next six months.

Valley Jews ready to help hurricane victims in Florida, Caribbean

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Valley author Marcia Fine could only watch as Hurricane Irma slammed into Florida and began its destructive trek toward her daughter’s home in Savannah, Georgia.

ADL reminds schools not to penalize children for High Holiday absences

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This year, the Anti-Defamation League continues its annual practice of making sure Jewish students are not academically penalized for missing school during the High Holidays.

Temple Chai eager to share its blessings with the homeless in new year

Temple Chai eager to share its blessings with the homeless in new year

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When Temple Chai Executive Director Joe Miller first heard of the proposal to turn the synagogue into a part-time homeless shelter, he was more than a little skeptical.

Out-of-town ASU students have place to call home during the High Holidays

Out-of-town ASU students have place to call home during the High Holidays

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There are an estimated 3,500 Jewish students at Arizona State University’s four campuses. Of those, many come from out of state — but they don’t have to observe the High Holidays alone. Chabad at ASU, ASU Hillel and Jewish Arizonans on Campus offer a host of services and meals to make them feel at home.

Schools make Rosh Hashanah fun for kids

Schools make Rosh Hashanah fun for kids

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Between blasting shofars, snacking on sweet treats, family and community gatherings and a break from the usual routine of the school day, the High Holidays are a special time for children.

The High Holiday sermon problem

The High Holiday sermon problem

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For rabbis, it’s their annual golden opportunity to reach a much larger audience than usual. For members of a congregation, they can be either enlightening or entertaining highlights of the services, or dreary and sometimes infuriating sessions. In any scenario, there’s no better barometer of the state of American Jewish life than the controversies that inevitably attach themselves to High Holiday sermons.

East Valley JCC selects teens for new leadership program

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With the High Holidays just around the corner, now is a natural time for reflecting on the mitzvot performed throughout the year and to pause and consider what more can be done in the coming year.

Searching for meaning from an unsettling year

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Irma. Harvey. Charlottesville. They are the names given to three extraordinary and deadly events, which all happened in the last few weeks. And that’s only a small part of the past chaotic year — in our politics, in our society and in our environment.

High Holidays stand alone on the calendar for interfaith families, but still pose challenges

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For many Jews, the High Holiday period is a time of deep observance and self-reflection, but for an increasingly large share of American Jewry, the holidays also bring a new set of challenges that go to the very core of one’s faith.

Say hello to these unique Rosh Hashanah drinks

Say hello to these unique Rosh Hashanah drinks

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Tradition dictates a glass of champagne on the secular New Year. But what can give you a nice buzz to celebrate the Jewish New Year?

Out & About September 15, 2017

Out & About September 15, 2017

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This Community page features photos of community members around the Valley and the world. Submit photos and details each week to photos@jewishaz.com by 10 a.m. Monday.

Calendar - September 15, 2017

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Donations from US Jews stable amid Western Wall dispute

Donations from US Jews stable amid Western Wall dispute

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Israeli charities are seeing no change in donations from American Jewry following the public dispute between the Israeli government and American Jewish organizations over prayer arrangements at the Western Wall, a new survey has found.

Israel approves $1M to rebuild Jewish community in Houston

Israel approves $1M to rebuild Jewish community in Houston

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Israel’s Diaspora Affairs Ministry has approved a plan to send $1 million in emergency aid to Houston’s Jewish community following the extensive flood damage caused by Hurricane Harvey.

Mt. Sinai, synagogues hold Kever Avot memorial services

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Mt. Sinai Cemetery will host a Kever Avot Memorial Service at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 24. The cemetery is located at 24210 N. 68th St., Phoenix [off Pinnacle Peak Road).

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