When Nathan Sachs, the founder and owner of Blueprints for Tomorrow, a financial services company based in Scottsdale, considered teaching classes at the Valley of the Sun JCC (The J), it wasn’t a tough call.
The Phoenix Pride 2018 parade celebrating the Valley’s LGBTQ community attracted thousands to the downtown area, including a large contingent of Jewish residents.
When it comes to building a diverse interfaith community at 7,000 feet, Rabbi Mindie Snyder of Congregation Lev Shalom in Flagstaff has a secret weapon: the power of friendship.
Each day, Integrity RX, a fertility specialty pharmacy in Scottsdale, ships packages of 15 to 20 prescriptions to patients across the country. But to Jeffrey Karp, who founded the pharmacy three years ago, each box contains more than a list of medications.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program recipients will no longer be eligible for in-state college tuition in Arizona, the state Supreme Court unanimously ruled last week, sparking the ire of those advocating on behalf of the so-called Dreamer community, including some local Jewish nonprofits.
Sometimes you’ll find the most splendid synagogues in the places you least expect.
Parshat Shemini, Leviticus 9:1–11:47
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) cast himself as a reluctant speaker of the House when he succeeded Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) by consensus in 2015. His main challenge at the time was to hold together the Republicans’ fractured tea party and mainstream wings. No one saw future President Donald Trump coming.
A number of events are occurring over the next few months to commemorate and celebrate Israel’s 70th anniversary.
Fashion made the front page of the Feb. 24, 1978, issue of Jewish News. A fashion show was part of the United Jewish Welfare Fund Women’s Division 1978 campaign effort. Guests at a fundraising luncheon were treated to a look at the latest fashions from Saks Fifth Avenue.
Last winter, on the eve of the year that would mark the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel, I participated in the Birthright trip that brought to life the legacy of my Jewish faith.
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What does it take to move your child from consumer to producer of technology?
Yityish Aynaw’s life reads like a modern fairy tale, full of early tragedy, a great journey and even a happily ever after. Born in northwest Ethiopia near the city of Gondar, her father died when she was 2 during the long war with Eritrea.
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.
Yeshiva High School of Arizona – founded four years ago in Phoenix – celebrates its first graduating class this year. A siyum – siyum means “completion” – banquet was held June 17 at Hilton Scottsdale Resort. Rabbi Yerucham Olshin, dean of Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, N.J., which is one of the largest yeshivas in the world, was the guest speaker. The reception also honored parents of the graduating students. Out of the eight students, four of them are from Phoenix and the others are from California and Las Vegas. Seven of the eight graduates will be continuing their studies in Israel.
Americans are notoriously ignorant about history. So it’s disappointing — but not surprising — that a survey published last week found that ignorance of the Holocaust grows the further a generation of Americans is from the horrific event itself.
April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month, and — in honor of the 1 million people living with Parkinson’s in the United States — I have some knowledge to share and an ask to make of you.
A friend of Monica Sampson once joked that every movie she watched was about a young Jewish girl who dreamed of moving to New York and becoming a Broadway star. Sampson, a local actress, couldn’t miss the irony.