In its continuing efforts to keep up with increasing membership, Chabad of Fountain Hills has purchased the former site of Gridleys, a retail store that closed in May after 43 years in business.
With two days to go before they board planes that will take them to the 20th Maccabiah Games in Israel, three young athletes with strong ties to the Valley are brimming with anticipation.
Amid Scottsdale’s high summer temperatures, Gabby Loeff, 18, is just as feverishly embracing her commissioned artwork as a way to help pay for college tuition.
On June 22, the nation commemorated the 73rd anniversary of the GI Bill, the first major piece of legislation to address the challenges of the postwar era. With veterans coming home to fully staffed factories, the GI Bill, officially known as the Service Member Readjustment Act of 1944, provided education and housing opportunities to veterans, facilitating new jobs and businesses in America’s then-booming economy. Now the bill is seen as historic, but many members of the public are not aware of the Jewish effort behind it.
Valley Beit Midrash (VBM), the collaborative organization that offers a wide array of Jewish programming to the Greater Phoenix Jewish community, continues to beef up its library of podcasts to help foster Jewish learning.
To find the Shanghai Jewish Center on a recent trip to China, I drove by a guarded gatehouse, past a series of windowless buildings to a large white villa with an elegant marble staircase and grand portico. Inside the brightly lit foyer, a Chinese woman escorted me through heavy wooden doors to what must have been the living room, but was now furnished with eight tables and a wine cabinet. Two businessmen — one in a kippah — chatted quietly over their dinner.
A new book, “Flagstaff Jewish Lives During and After the Holocaust and World War II,” offers a look at the city’s Jewish community from the 1930s to the 1950s. The book was researched and written by Bjorn Krondorfer, director of the Martin-Springer Institute at Northern Arizona University (NAU), and a group of NAU students turned historical sleuths. The book was released on May 11 at a launch party at Flagstaff’s Bright Side Bookstore. Jewish News spoke to Krondofer about the difficulties and surprises he and his team experienced as they pieced together this history of Flagstaff’s Jewish community. -Janet Perez
If ever there were a hard-working couple who could be described as tailor-made for each other, it’s Mazal and Arkady Uvaydov.
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Your child has turned 12, she’s in sixth grade, and suddenly your mailbox, or your inbox, is filling up with invitations. Some are plain and others extravagant, but all bear the same message – your child has been invited to a bar or bat mitzvah!
The national group Slingshot recently released “Slingshot ’17,” a guide that highlights innovative Jewish projects in North America. Four of the 50 programs on the list are currently active in the Valley’s Jewish community.
A team of Israeli researchers at Tel Aviv University has discovered a previously undetected inscription on the back of an ancient pottery shard that’s been on display at Jerusalem’s Israel Museum for more than 50 years. The discovery adds to knowledge about the First Temple period in Israel.
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.
A rare archaeological discovery of 60,000-year-old Neanderthal bones in northern Israel may result in anthropologists rewriting history.
Evanger’s USA Pet Foods will have a pet-friendly and family-friendly event to celebrate U.S. veterans and active military and their families on Sunday, June 25, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at Choice Pet Market, 7119 E. Shea Blvd., Suite 113, Scottsdale.
The United States, Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Saudi Arabia and Jordan have agreed in secret negotiations to coordinate the first flight of Palestinian pilgrims to Saudia Arabia from Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Sunday.
Six months ago, when Americans celebrated Thanksgiving, it is likely that most of us acknowledged the blessings of a good life. At the midway mark, I ask you, how often have you expressed gratitude since then? According to a 2011 Harvard Mental Health Letter, people who routinely express gratitude sleep better, go to the doctor less often and show less depressive symptoms. It is amazing how many positive correlates there are to gratitude. So many, in fact, that you’d think we’d all be chasing after it all the time. So why aren’t we?
Save the Family is collecting a wide range of school supplies and backpacks for needy children in the program so they can be ready to go to school and learn in the fall.