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Area synagogues welcome new clergy, say goodbye to retiring rabbis

Area synagogues welcome new clergy, say goodbye to retiring rabbis

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With summer almost over and the Jewish New Year less than a month away, many Valley Jews will be reconnecting with their synagogues, some of w…

Addressing local and world poverty requires us to see

Addressing local and world poverty requires us to see

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Parshot Re’eh, Deuteronomy 11:26–16:17

Jews comprised less than a quarter of Israel’s tourists in 2016

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New data obtained by Israel Hayom analyzes the rising number of tourists arriving in the Jewish state, including visitors’ age, religion and t…

A rainbow, a blessing and a covenant to be peacemakers

A rainbow, a blessing and a covenant to be peacemakers

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Recently, in the late afternoon, after a classic Arizona monsoon, the sun broke through the clouds just long enough for me to see a stunning d…

Turning the Corner

Turning the Corner

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Parshot Eikev, Deuteronomy 7:12–11:25

Torah procession marks Or Tzion’s move to new home

Torah procession marks Or Tzion’s move to new home

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It was a joyous occasion on July 27, when members of Congregation Or Tzion participated in a Torah procession to the synagogue’s new home in S…

Love, Jewish-style: Tu B’Av has evolved into a holiday of romantic love

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Forget Valentine’s Day. Jews have a romantic holiday of our own.

We are not ‘hard of hearing,’ rather ‘hard of listening’

We are not ‘hard of hearing,’ rather ‘hard of listening’

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Parshot Va’etchanan, Deuteronomy 3:23–7:11

Roving Rabbis return to Arizona to help isolated Jews reconnect with their faith

Roving Rabbis return to Arizona to help isolated Jews reconnect with their faith

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A poignant handwritten note proves the value of the Roving Rabbis program.

Ask why we mourn on Tisha B’Av

Ask why we mourn on Tisha B’Av

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Why do the Jewish people mourn on Tisha B’Av? For some it is about the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. For others, it is about histori…

The Shabbos of vision

The Shabbos of vision

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Parshot Devarim, Deuteronomy 1:1–3:22

Equality under the law and the requirement of personal responsiblity

Equality under the law and the requirement of personal responsiblity

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The combined short sidrot of Matot and Masei bring us back to the early post-Egyptian history of the Israelites. Having wandered for the famou…

Exact location of Shiloh tabernacle is coming to light

Exact location of Shiloh tabernacle is coming to light

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Ten ancient jugs unearthed at the Samaria site of the ancient city of Shiloh could lead researchers to new discoveries about the Jewish tabern…

Congregation Or Tzion to hold Torah procession to new home in late July

Congregation Or Tzion to hold Torah procession to new home in late July

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Congregation Or Tzion is holding a Torah procession as it moves to its new home in Scottsdale.

Taking an unpopular stand to do what’s right

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Parshat Pinchas, Numbers 25:10-30:1

Women plan mission to Israel in support of Women of the Wall

Women plan mission to Israel in support of Women of the Wall

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In response to the recent move by Israel’s Cabinet to freeze a government decision to expand a non-Orthodox prayer section at the Western Wall…

Why all Jewish conferences should include Shabbat

Why all Jewish conferences should include Shabbat

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I have attended countless Jewish leadership conferences. In many instances, I have even been on the steering committees responsible for the se…

What if animals could talk?

What if animals could talk?

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Ask any dog owner and they’ll tell you s/he is a “member of the family.” But are they really on the same level? On the one hand, we allow anim…

Phoenix Mikvah construction continues through summer

Phoenix Mikvah construction continues through summer

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Construction for the Phoenix Mikvah is in progress this summer with plans to open by Rosh Hashanah.

Calendar 06-30-17

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