On July 14, 2014, my husband David and I sat down with our children to disseminate and discuss our health care advanced directives. It was David’s 69th birthday; he died about 2 months before his 70th.
Holidays are a time when efforts to reach out to people of different cultures and religions receive the most attention. However, Arizona Jews for Justice is working to make such social bridge-building a regular occurrence.
Since the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix started administering the Jewish Federation Senior Rides Program three months ago, it has become clear how high the demand is for transportation for older adults and the Federation is hoping to raise significant dollars to expand the program.
How will you live your senior years? Will you be standing on your head? Or dancing on land or ice? Some choose to use their later years to find or rekindle their dreams …and go beyond.
These last several weeks have been tumultuous, to say the least. The upheaval on the political scene has caused me consternation, distress, woe, and, finally, (some) acceptance. We are going into uncharted waters. And when I’m feeling uneasy, I tend to retreat into the one consistently calming elixir that soothes my nerves and gives me the space for some self-reflection: jazz. It may seem like a peculiar remedy. But in my experience, I’ve found that jazz, especially of the mid-tempo variety, has the uncanny ability to lend me a bit of comfort as well as the opportunity to pause and take stock of the world in all of its perplexing pulchritude.
Thoughts are running a little deep in Gigglyville.
This is a response to the opinion piece “Settlements hurt chances for peace” (Jewish News, Nov. 18). I take the exact opposite view, i.e., not only do settlements not hurt the chances for peace, but indeed only Israeli annexation of all Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) guarantees, if not peace, at least Israeli security.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has formed a group for local Jewish community leaders seeking social justice, civil rights and anti-defamation work.
As the adult child of a senior, Alison Betts watched her widowed mother become more and more frustrated trying to find and schedule service providers to come to her home.
Out and About features photos of community members around the Valley and the world. Submit photos and details each week to firstname.lastname@example.org by 10 a.m. Monday.
Joel Kramer will receive the Medal of Honor from the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix at the Federation’s donor appreciation and awards brunch at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.
Now that The Jewish Collection, the Valley’s only independent Judaica store, has closed, you might wonder where to buy Jewish items locally. Many Valley synagogues operate gift shops that carry a wide selection of ritual and holiday items. Some have limited hours during the summer, and others have extended hours during religious school. Here are some places around the Valley where you can stock up on everything from seder plates and kippot to tallit and jewelry.
Before 79-year-old Zipora Caplan found out about Envoy America, she and her husband, who is 82 and uses a walker, would call Dial-a-Ride whenever they had to go to a medical appointment. “Sometimes Dial-a-Ride doesn’t come right away and sometimes there’s a wait of two hours. Then we have to take a cab and that’s expensive,” she says. One time, a woman overheard Caplan calling Dial-a-Ride from the waiting room. “She took us home and we became friends.”
One hundred anti-Semitic incidents occurred in the 10 days following the presidential election, representing about 12 percent of hate incidents in the U.S. recorded by a civil rights watchdog.
When Julie and Dan Witenstein first opened Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics & Dance Center, they gave themselves five years to make a go of it. Twenty-six years later, their business is flourishing and they will be moving to a new state-of-the-art gymnastics and dance facility next year.
WASHINGTON – Add sweeping school reforms – and with them, funding for private schools that Orthodox groups embrace and secular Jewish groups fear -- to the campaign promises that Donald Trump plans to fulfill.
Author David Novak, a professor at the University of Toronto, will speak on “Is There a Right to Die? Physician-Assisted Suicide in Jewish Thought” 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. Novak, the author of 17 books, is a founder and president of the Union for Traditional Judaism and a founder and vice-president of the Institute on Religion and Public Life.
According to a New York Times exit poll, 70 percent of American Jews voted for Hillary Clinton while only 24 percent voted for Donald Trump, a smaller number than for Mitt Romney in 2012 (30 percent). This is bewildering from a pro-Israel standpoint. Confused non-Jewish friends ask me why so many Jews always vote for a party against their people’s apparent own self-interest.
Mark Curtis didn’t intend on becoming a broadcast journalist. In fact, he started out as a pre-med student at University of Georgia and then switched midstream to psychology. Then, he changed directions again and “sort of fell into broadcasting. That’s when the light bulb went on.” In the end, he graduated from American University with a degree in journalism.
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.