Despite relative isolation from their Jewish brethren around the world for millennia, Ethiopian Jews have coveted the same dream of celebrating Rosh Hashanah “next year in Jerusalem.”
When Temple Chai Executive Director Joe Miller first heard of the proposal to turn the synagogue into a part-time homeless shelter, he was more than a little skeptical.
Pinchas Rosenbaum, the real-life inspiration behind the new Holocaust drama, “Walking with the Enemy,” might not be particularly glad that a feature film was made about his life.
Jewish leaders in the Valley are reacting to the decision by President Donald Trump to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program over the next six months.
There are an estimated 3,500 Jewish students at Arizona State University’s four campuses. Of those, many come from out of state — but they don’t have to observe the High Holidays alone. Chabad at ASU, ASU Hillel and Jewish Arizonans on Campus offer a host of services and meals to make them feel at home.
This year, the Anti-Defamation League continues its annual practice of making sure Jewish students are not academically penalized for missing school during the High Holidays.
Between blasting shofars, snacking on sweet treats, family and community gatherings and a break from the usual routine of the school day, the High Holidays are a special time for children.
Valley author Marcia Fine could only watch as Hurricane Irma slammed into Florida and began its destructive trek toward her daughter’s home in Savannah, Georgia.
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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?”
Tradition dictates a glass of champagne on the secular New Year. But what can give you a nice buzz to celebrate the Jewish New Year?
Israel’s cabinet has approved the construction of the “Gospel Trail” cable car that, when completed, will run between Upper Nazareth and the lower slopes of Mount Tabor in order to enhance access to Christian tourist sites in the area.
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.
Although the Jewish communities in Morocco and Tunisia may not be as large as they once were, they are bubbling with activity and their leaders are well-respected and dedicated to ensuring their future, according to Valerie Davis Allouche, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) senior program manager for the two North African Jewish communities.
A collection of First Temple-period seals has been discovered during excavations in Jerusalem’s City of David.
Parshah Nitzavim-Vayelech, Deuteronomy 29:9–31:30
There’s an old joke about a boy who shows up at a synagogue on Yom Kippur. The usher tells him he can’t come in without a ticket. “But I’m not staying. I just need to talk to my mother,” the boy pleads. “Well, all right,” the usher says. “But if I catch you praying, I’m kicking you out!”
The shelves that once held trophies and medals at the old Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics and Dance Center are empty now.