The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix NowGen Giving Circle recently allocated $27,000 to local, national and Israeli programs.
When Bill and Ina Levine moved from Brooklyn to Arizona in 1960, the Valley had a small, tightknit Jewish community with its locus in central Phoenix. “I thought it was the greatest place I’d ever seen,” said Bill Levine in a 2008 interview with the Arizona Jewish Historical Society.
For information on additional programs, see specific sections, such as religious school, youth and senior programs, or call the congregations.
Three seats on the five-member Arizona Corporation Commission are up for election this year. Commissioner Bob Stump has termed out; current Republican Commissioners Bob Burns and Andy Tobin are running for re-election. Republican Boyd Dunn also is running, while Democrats William “Bill” Mundell and Tom Chabin are running as a team for two of the open seats.
Jewish National Fund of Arizona has formed a new group for young Jewish families called JNFamily.
My 10-year old daughter was helping me get ready for the upcoming holiday and offered to clean up the toy room. Later that evening she remarked to me that after cleaning it all up, the room was messy again from all the kids playing with the toys. She bemoaned the fact that she even cleaned up in the first place. I laughed, and explained to her that the same thing always happens to me, too. For example, I make delicious challah and food for Shabbos each week, and then it’s eaten all up – gone! – and I have to start all over. She smiled.
In its fourth year, Desert Gathering Jewish Music Fest is returning to its original amphitheater setting at Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix, when it takes place Sunday, Nov. 6.
The timing of Bob Dylan’s latest appearance in Phoenix – coming as it did just days after he became a Nobel laureate and played the Desert Trip dream festival in Indio, California – seemed to make for a natural chance for him to bask in his status as a living legend.
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.
Congregation Beth Tefillah will hold an Ethiopian-style Shabbat with traditional Ethiopian cuisine and music. The evening will also feature history and stories about the Jews of Ethiopia and their journeys to Israel.
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Arizona’s Congressional District 1 is considered to be one of the most competitive districts in the country now that it’s an open seat, with incumbent Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick running for the U.S. Senate against Sen. John McCain.
Melissa Manchester loves “the life” of a singer-songwriter and she says so clearly on her most recent album, 2015’s “You Gotta Love the Life.” That album served as an interactive learning experience in which she taught music students at University of Southern California about “the life” as they taught her how to be an “indie” artist.
Jewish Youth Group Sports League – known as “The League” – and Team Phoenix Maccabi will host its first community kickball tournament for teens 6:45-10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.
The Anti-Defamation League of Arizona will honor SRP at its annual Torch of Liberty Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 10. SRP is the oldest multipurpose federal reclamation project in the United States, serving central Arizona since 1903, and supports key facets of Arizona’s nonprofit community, including human service, arts and culture, civic, education and environmental initiatives. In addition to giving time to charitable organizations, SRP employees give more than $1 million per year to nonprofits.
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are boring. There, I said it. Seriously, what do Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur offer from a child’s perspective?
An Anti-Defamation League task force tracking a “spike” in online harassment of journalists credited self-identified supporters of Donald Trump with the lion’s share of the anti-Semitic tweets aimed at reporters and broadcasters.
Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right National Front Party, vowed that if she is elected the country’s president she would ban all public displays of religious symbols and clothing, including kippot.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the Phoenix Mikvah was held on the evening of Sept. 21, bringing about 200 people to the site at 840 E. Maryland Ave.
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.