Actress Meryl Streep has reignited a debate that has simmered below the surface in Hollywood for decades: Was Walt Disney anti-Semitic?
Like many Jews, Shari Ungerleider was tested for Tay-Sachs disease while she was pregnant with her first child, Evan. Tragically, the results were misread and Ungerleider was assured she wasn’t a carrier.
Faith Kessler was the only person from Arizona who went on the BBYO Spain Discovery high school youth group trip this summer. Spain Discovery is a two-week cultural travel opportunity for teens to explore Spanish cities and meet the Jewish communities there. Kessler, a senior at Arizona Agribusiness & Equine Center in Phoenix, wrote this travelogue about her Spanish adventure. — Janet Perez
School is back in session, and Yeshiva High School of Arizona is one step closer to moving into its new location on North 12th Street and Glendale Avenue.
With a heavy heart, Sandy Borken, vice president of Congregation Beth Hagivot, is preparing to close his place of worship after 14 years. This Yom Kippur will be the congregation’s last before Beth Hagivot shutters its doors on Oct. 12.
Sometimes you’ll find the most splendid synagogues in the places you least expect.
Chaya Mushka Ben-Shabat’s plan to change the world’s education system is starting local — right out of her own backyard.
We learned a number of interesting facts last week during Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to Israel. For example, we learned that in 1939, the Philippines authorized 10,000 visas to persecuted Jews and that 1,300 reached safety in the Pacific nation. And we learned that Duterte’s daughter, Sara Duterte-Carpio, has a Jewish grandfather. And finally, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reminded at the start of his meeting with Duterte, “The Philippines was the only Asian country that voted for the establishment of the State of Israel in the U.N. resolution in 1947.” (Israel and the Philippines didn’t establish diplomatic ties until 1957.)
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.
Martin K. Pear
Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey has chosen former U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl to fill the Senate seat held by the late John McCain.
In advance of the High Holidays, the Anti-Defamation League is reaching out to synagogues and Jewish community institutions across the Valley and country to provide information on security preparedness and to remind them to make security an everyday priority.
Major changes are coming to Temple Emanuel of Tempe.
The security barriers have long been taken down, the Vatican flags and banners have been folded and stored, and the Popemobile and Papal Fiat are garaged waiting to be sold or auctioned to benefit the poor. Pope Francis may be back in Rome, but the lessons he imparted during his first U.S. visit continue to inform and inspire not only the Catholic faithful, but all who had the opportunity to hear and see him.
Heather Ross, a nurse practitioner, researcher and professor at Arizona State University, has entered the Democratic primary in hopes of challenging Republican Rep. David Schweikert for Arizona’s 6th Congressional District.
Seth Leibsohn — a talk radio host, author and attorney — is one of five candidates currently registered for the Republican primary for Arizona’s 9th Congressional District, which encompasses Tempe, Ahwatukee and parts of Phoenix, Mesa and Scottsdale.
Congregation Beth Israel in Scottsdale has hired Rabbi Sara Mason-Barkin to become its new associate rabbi starting on July 1.
Growing up in Scottsdale, Ben Sinclair was active in Temple Kol Ami’s youth group and even served as a counselor at a Jewish summer camp in California. So how did this nice Jewish boy end up selling pot in Brooklyn?
When Congregation Beth Tefillah was founded in 2010, the fledgling Orthodox synagogue consisted of just a few families and Rabbi Pinchas Allouche.
When it comes to special-needs children, “there’s not a lot out there for summer camps,” said Alex Sachs, youth sports director at Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center, but this summer there are a couple of local Jewish options – Ometz, a new special-needs camp at the VOSJCC, and Camp Simcha’s partnership with the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC) at Congregation Beth Israel.