The FBI and Department of Homeland Security will be assisting local Jewish community centers in bolstering security after 16 JCCs received bomb threats on the same day.
LOS ANGELES — Rabbi Marvin Hier has known Charles and Seryl Kushner — Jared Kushner’s parents and Donald Trump’s in-laws — for decades. The Hiers and the Kushners have gone to the same kosher for Passover resort, the Arizona Biltmore, over the years. The Kushner family, prominent real estate developers, have also been generous donors to the Simon Wiesenthal Center founded by Hier, for which he now serves as dean.
Most people would agree that there is little worse than being sick and stuck in a hospital – except being sick, stuck in a hospital and alone. Launched officially in July 2015, Ezras Cholim, Hebrew for “help for the sick,” is an organization that aims to make sure that everyone in the Phoenix Jewish community – resident or visitor – is cared for in every way when they are ill.
Everyone has that one friend or family member with a messy home so crammed with possessions, it’s ready to explode. The rooms and pantry are disorganized, and objects are strewn across the house. They say they will clean it up, but year after year, you attend the holiday party and the house is a big mess. What better gift for that person than a way to get their home and bulging closets organized?
In its early days in the 1950s, the preschool program at Beth El Congregation was called the “Gan,” with hundreds of young children blossoming under its nurturing attention. It has evolved over the years into the Beth El Early Childhood Center and Preschool, caring for children from infanthood to age of 4.
A Sun City synagogue was vandalized over the weekend and community members of multiple faiths gathered there for a candle-lighting ceremony on Dec. 27.
Dr. Michael Crow, president of Arizona State University, will receive Jewish National Fund’s Tree Of Life award next week for his role in building a relationship between Arizona and Israel.
Several hundred people reportedly turned out in sub-zero-degree weather for a rally in Whitefish, Montana, to show solidarity with the Jewish community, which has been targeted by a neo-Nazi website.
At Yad Vashem — The World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem, there’s a special section dedicated to “The Righteous Among the Nations,” non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. Among those honored are Franciscus and Hermina Wijnakker (known as Frans and Mien), a Christian couple in the Netherlands who saved the lives of more than two-dozen Jews.
A presidential inauguration has always been a celebration of the peaceful transfer of power. This year, after a crude and divisive election campaign won by Donald Trump, the idea of a peaceful transfer has emerged in high relief.
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The men, women and boy who surrounded two rabbis at the front of the modestly appointed conference room smiled brightly for the cameras of their supporters. An observer entering at this culminating moment would never have known that this room in the Residence Inn Phoenix Airport Hotel had been just as full of tears during the Ceremony of Return held Nov. 4 by the Association of Crypto-Jews of the Americas.
President Barack Obama has been using his waning days in office to cement his legacy as the most merciful president in recent memory. Two weeks ago, he commuted 153 sentences of primarily low-level drug offenders ensnared in statutorily mandated minimum sentences, bringing his overall commutation total to the highest of the last 11 presidents combined. Although that’s not the total picture – if no more action is taken, Obama will leave office this month as the second-least-likely president in history to grant pardons – it’s hard to question whether the outgoing president’s embrace of clemency is genuine.
First PlaceAZ, a nonprofit designed to help provide housing options for people with autism and other special abilities, has appointed Joe Cooper as its chief financial and operating officer. In December 2016, the organization broke ground on First Place-Phoenix, a new $15 million, 81,000-square-foot residential property, located at 3001 N. Third St. in Phoenix. Designed for adults with autism and different abilities, the property represents a one-of-a-kind approach to combining apartments, a residential training program and a national leadership institute to advance more independent and community integrated living options.
An interactive workshop leading participants on a Jewish path of character development and spiritual growth will be presented Jan. 22 at Temple Chai.
Chabad of Fountain Hills And The Jewish Recovery Fellowship of Arizona will host a Shabbaton Weekend with Rabbi Shais Taub, an internationally known speaker, writer and teacher on topics of Jewish spirituality who is also known for his work in the field of addiction.
Joel Abramson, 85, of Scottsdale, died Dec. 27, 2016.
Any recounting of the life of Marthe Cohn – a French, Jewish spy in Germany during the Holocaust – revolves around numbers: At age 24, she said yes to an assignment spying for French Intelligence. In 2002, she co-authored a book with Wendy Holden on her wartime experiences titled “Behind Enemy Lines,” which is available on Amazon. This living legend – 4’9” tall – will turn 97 in April.
Shearim Torah High School for Girls will hold its 10th anniversary Legacy of Life Celebration 6:30-9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave.
Rabbi John Linder of Temple Solel in Paradise Valley delivers the invocation to open the March 22, 2016 session of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Beth Jo Zeitzer, one of the Jewish News Best of Jewish Women honorees, speaks.
Shternie Deitsch, one of the Jewish News Best of Jewish Women honorees, speaks.
Shelley Cohn, one of the Jewish News Best of Jewish Women honorees, speaks.
Talyah Sands, one of the Jewish News Best of Jewish Women honorees, speaks.