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.
Krystal has faced some of the many challenges young adults who have aged out of foster care deal with — homelessness, pregnancy, drug abuse, mental illness and unemployment.
A change in top leadership at the Jewish Community Relations Council isn’t stopping the organization from continuing to pursue its mission.
Lifelong Gaza resident Yedidya Harush frantically describes a full day of Hamas rockets landing all around him. The former Israel Defense Forces paratrooper and representative of the Halutza communities described these latest attacks as the worst since the end of the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict.
Approximately 600 students from around the world have descended on Phoenix for the 105th Alpha Epsilon Pi International Convention this weekend. During the convention, the young men will take part in class sessions that will teach them how to combat anti-Semitism and how to deal with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement that has swept across many universities nationwide.
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.
This is a season of change for Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, the Modern Orthodox rabbinical school founded by Rabbi Avi Weiss in 1999. Chovevei’s president of five years, Rabbi Asher Lopatin, has moved on, having announced his unexpected resignation in 2017. Lopatin is now in Detroit, working as the director of the Detroit National Center for Civil Discourse and as the new rabbi of the Modern Orthodox Kehillat Etz Chayim.
A Valley native and product of the Arizona public school system, Republican Jonathan Gelbart is one of two Jewish candidates vying to become Arizona’s next Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Actress Meryl Streep has reignited a debate that has simmered below the surface in Hollywood for decades: Was Walt Disney anti-Semitic?
Sometimes you’ll find the most splendid synagogues in the places you least expect.
The agent was on the phone with a photographer offering some modeling work for a red-haired, freckle-faced boy. Philip Goldberg, who had just walked into the office for the first time with his mother, filled the bill exactly. The agent covered the phone receiver and asked his mother, “What’s his name?”
The most important person in the story of America’s response to the Holocaust, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, was not mentioned even once in a recent article about the new “Americans and the Holocaust” exhibit at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. But perhaps that’s not surprising, since Roosevelt is reduced to such a minor figure in the exhibit itself.
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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.
Joel N. Smith of Scottsdale died on July 29, 2018, at the age of 82. Raised in New Haven, Connecticut. He served in the U.S. Air Force and, while stationed at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany, met and married his wife, Gloria (Krain) Smith. Joel and Gloria settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where Joel graduated from Temple University and later raised their family. In 1971, they moved to Wayne, New Jersey, and Joel became active in the Jewish community. Joel served as president of Temple Beth Tikvah in Wayne (1989-1991) and was honored in 1985 as the United Jewish Appeal Worker of the Year by the Jewish Federation of North Jersey. Joel and Gloria moved to Scottsdale in 1998, and for a period Joel served on the staff of Congregation Beth Israel.
It’s back-to-school time for Valley Jewish students, which means it’s also time to reconnect with various Jewish youth groups around the Valley.
Since 2010, Valley resident Sue Adatto has traveled to Israel each summer with Volunteers for Israel to participate in the Israeli Sar-El program.
When Congregation Beth Tefillah was founded in 2010, the fledgling Orthodox synagogue consisted of just a few families and Rabbi Pinchas Allouche.
When Allison Borsuk applied for the YATOM Family Fellowship last year, she was considering adopting a child. She always knew she wanted to be a mother and, at age 38 and single, she decided to move forward with her plan.
As the Jewish Genetics Diseases Center of Greater Phoenix prepares for a community screening in Scottsdale on Aug. 19, Wendy Carriere, executive director of the center, still feels the presence of late co-founder Dr. Sherman Minkoff in every decision she makes.