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Local Jewish community reacts to controversial Polish law

Local Jewish community reacts to controversial Polish law

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As a teen roaming the Polish countryside trying to evade the Nazis, Morris Friebaum saw the best and worst of the Polish people.

Jewish leaders troubled by Arpaio’s interviews with anti-Semitic magazine

Jewish leaders troubled by Arpaio’s interviews with anti-Semitic magazine

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Former Maricopa County sheriff and current Republican primary candidate for the U.S. Senate Joe Arpaio has acknowledged that he has given interviews to the American Free Press, which the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has called anti-Semitic.

Civil rights leader Bill Straus dies

Civil rights leader Bill Straus dies

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Longtime civil-rights advocate William “Bill” Straus, who led the Arizona chapter of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for 13 years, died Feb. 10, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 68.

Mayor attends grand opening of the Phoenix Mikvah

Mayor attends grand opening of the Phoenix Mikvah

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After many long hours of fundraising and more than a year of construction work, the Phoenix Mikvah held its grand opening this past weekend. Members of the greater Phoenix community were able to tour the new state-of-the-art facility and learn more about it. Guests in attendance — most of them from Orthodox congregations — came from all over to celebrate.

Israel advocates mobilize to defend Arizona’s anti-BDS law

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During the last few years, more than 20 U.S. states have targeted the BDS movement with legislation. But some groups have argued that anti-BDS legislation violates the Constitution. In a first, a Kansas federal judge recently agreed, issuing a preliminary injunction against an anti-BDS law in that state.

Jewish orgs, advocates attend Secular Day at Capitol

Jewish orgs, advocates attend Secular Day at Capitol

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On Monday, people from all across the state gathered in Phoenix for the third annual Secular Day at the Capitol, for a day of advocacy and education, meetings with legislators, tours of the Capitol and keeping up-to-date on the most important church-state separation issues facing Arizona.

Tempe synagogue pairs nature and exercise with Havdalah and a hike

Tempe synagogue pairs nature and exercise with Havdalah and a hike

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A crowd of more than 30 people milled about under an awning at the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch in Gilbert last Saturday afternoon. Volunteers with Temple Emanuel of Tempe’s hiking club carefully laid out a veritable cornucopia of snacks and drinks as kids ran around.

Looking for love: challenges, opportunities for single Jews in the Valley

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Whether you are swiping through profiles on your phone or trying to make conversation at an event, being single and Jewish in the Valley can be tough, especially this time of year.

Arizona Musicfest commemorates Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday

Arizona Musicfest commemorates Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday

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To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein, the legendary Jewish American conductor and composer, Arizona Musicfest’s presents “Beethoven & Bernstein.”

Teen Scene

Teen Scene

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In an effort to build a Jewish teen community across the Valley, Jewish News and The League present Teen Scene, featuring regularly scheduled content devoted to teen programming.

Trampolines to travel: Valley JCCs offer a wealth of camp options for school breaks and the summer

Trampolines to travel: Valley JCCs offer a wealth of camp options for school breaks and the summer

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Jewish summer camps offer an immersive experience that boosts participants’ level of engagement with the Jewish community for years to come, as was shown by a 2011 study by the Foundation for Jewish Camps. For parents seeking to cement their children’s connection to Judaism while staying closer to home, the East Valley JCC (EVJCC) and the Valley of the Sun JCC (The J) both offer a wide variety of options.

Think again before deporting Africans

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Friends of Israel — and Israelis themselves — like to boast that despite the tough neighborhood the country is in, walking the streets of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv is safer than the streets of New York, Chicago or Washington. While that may or may not be true, it is clear that Israel is safer than Rwanda and Uganda. So the talk of sending some 20,000 of the 38,000 African migrants now living in Israel to these countries raises some concerns.

One rabbi’s reflections on the National Prayer Breakfast

One rabbi’s reflections on the National Prayer Breakfast

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Parshat Terumah, Exodus 25:1–27:19

Out & About - Feb. 16, 2018

Out & About - Feb. 16, 2018

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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 - Feb. 16, 2018

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