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The J and Girly Girlz offer glam after-school program

The J and Girly Girlz offer glam after-school program

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The Valley of the Sun JCC (The J) and Girly Girlz Scottsdale have joined forces to bring a little glamour to its after-school programming.

Memory Cafes offer window into the past, community and doo-wop dancing

Memory Cafes offer window into the past, community and doo-wop dancing

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When Janet Arnold, the Creative Aging coordinator for Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JFCS), showed up for a Memory Cafe event in Surprise, she wasn’t sure what to expect. But it turned out to be an emotional experience.

Local residents advocate vegan diet, Vegan Challenge

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When Valley resident Helen Jaffa had open-heart surgery for an aortic aneurysm nine years ago, she knew she needed to do something big to improve her health. After years of pestering from her vegan daughter, Jaffa made the decision to go completely vegan, becoming part of a trend that’s on the rise.

A Yom Kippur break-the-fast buffet

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The general rule of a break-the-fast meal seems to be simple, relatively light and requiring minimal day-of preparation.

The J and Girly Girlz offer glam after-school program

The J and Girly Girlz offer glam after-school program

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The Valley of the Sun JCC (The J) and Girly Girlz Scottsdale have joined forces to bring a little glamour to its after-school programming.

Memory Cafes offer window into the past, community and doo-wop dancing

Memory Cafes offer window into the past, community and doo-wop dancing

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When Janet Arnold, the Creative Aging coordinator for Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JFCS), showed up for a Memory Cafe event in Surp…

Local residents advocate vegan diet, Vegan Challenge

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When Valley resident Helen Jaffa had open-heart surgery for an aortic aneurysm nine years ago, she knew she needed to do something big to impr…

A Yom Kippur break-the-fast buffet

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The general rule of a break-the-fast meal seems to be simple, relatively light and requiring minimal day-of preparation.

Genetic testing emphasized during Tay-Sachs Awareness Month

Genetic testing emphasized during Tay-Sachs Awareness Month

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For parents, there is nothing more painful than watching their newborn baby suffer and being powerless to help.

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 …

Simple meals for the grill

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As fall fast approaches, we continue to enjoy time outdoors, and simpler, grilled meals are the order of the day. My family recently enjoyed a…

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?

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 …

Creating graffiti that fosters tolerance

Creating graffiti that fosters tolerance

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The CTeen club at Chabad of the East Valley kicked off a new year of events by sending a meaningful message to the Jewish community.

New fall books teach young readers about Judaism

New fall books teach young readers about Judaism

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It’s time for school again, but it’s not always easy to get kids back into the reading habit if they’ve been doing other activities all summer…

Program gives students tools to advocate for Israel in educational settings

Program gives students tools to advocate for Israel in educational settings

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Three Valley students are on a mission: to correct misinformation about Israel through educational initiatives.

It’s time for a digital detox

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Raise your right hand (put your smartphone down first) and repeat after me: “I am ready for a digital detox.”

Giving the humble Rosh Hashanah staple gefilte fish its due

Giving the humble Rosh Hashanah staple gefilte fish its due

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The first course of the Rosh Hashanah holiday meal is often fish. Fish is symbolic of fruitfulness — “may we be fruitful and multiply like fis…

Creating a kosher kitchen just in time for High Holidays

Creating a kosher kitchen just in time for High Holidays

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In today’s world, keeping kosher and maintaining a kosher kitchen can be quite a challenge. That’s partly because our relationship with food h…

Valley Hebrew schools welcome new staff

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With August more than half over, the school-supply shopping sprees, first-day fashion decisions and maybe even a little last-minute summer rea…

Pardes begins its new school year

Pardes begins its new school year

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Classes started bright and early on Aug. 9 at Pardes Jewish Day School. The new head of school, Peter Gordon, was on hand to say hello to stud…

Jewish youth organizations offer teens fun ways to engage with community

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Getting teens to become involved in community organizations isn’t always easy. But when they do venture out, many describe their experiences a…

Four great ways to get connected and engaged with your community

Four great ways to get connected and engaged with your community

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Social interaction is part of being a happy, healthy human being. But all too often, we get caught up with family and work. We forget to go ou…