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My friend was the first to spot the rainbow. Smaller than an index card, a wicket of wobbly lines — red, vermilion, lemon, green, blue — colored by a child’s hand, then affixed to the trunk of a twiggy maple in the woods near my home.

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While there are encouraging signs of international cooperation in dealing with strategies to contain and efforts to treat COVID-19, there is no clear international leadership orchestrating the global defense effort. Instead, it falls to each country to assess the situation, learn from the ex…

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It’s hard to believe that just four weeks ago, as we celebrated Purim, our schools were working through a particularly rough flu season and synagogues were running full programs and services. We knew a little about the novel coronavirus, but not much. And we certainly didn’t know what to expect.

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Notice of quarantine due to the coronavirus.

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We are glad that Gov. Doug Ducey at last has issued a stay-at-home order. It will help keep the people of Arizona safer from COVID-19. Even still, it’s imperative that we all do everything possible to go above and beyond the requirements of the order. We represent clergy from around the stat…

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Re: Jewish Phoenix has mixed opinions on Bernie Sanders

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The world changed overnight. Yesterday, kids went to school, people went to work and there was toilet paper on the shelves. Just like that, the rug was pulled out from all of us. Our new reality needed to be learned in a 60-second speed course while our children watched.

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The unity government being negotiated in Israel is both a response to the coronavirus pandemic and the need to avoid a fourth national election in the period of a year. And while the political partnership between rivals Benjamin Netanyahu of Likud and Benny Gantz of the Blue and White party …

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It is often said that small businesses are the backbone of the American economy. They include hair salons, restaurants, dry cleaners, convenience stores, accounting and law firms, and many businesses in

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Over the past several weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic has radically changed our lives. With schools, houses of worship and most retail shuttered, and with so many cities and states on lockdown, we all look for new routines and rituals that can approximate a sense of normalcy. That’s not easy to…

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Benjamin Netanyahu — Israel’s caretaker prime minister who has now been through three elections in less than a year, and still presides over a fractured governmental structure — ended last week with an offer to opposition Blue and White leader Benny Gantz to join in a national unity deal wit…

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This weekend, I had some chest pains, which isn’t entirely unusual. I have asthma, and I’ve had this kind of pain before. Normally, I just take my inhaler and maybe some ibuprofen. But this weekend, for the first time, the

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“There is no room in this world for hate.” That sounds moral and obvious. But unfortunately, it is not true. In fact, there is too much room in this world for hate.

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At the beginning of last week, Jews were celebrating the festive holiday of Purim — with only limited COVID-19 concerns. But by week’s end, things got a lot more serious. State and local governments and the CDC issued edicts restricting communal gatherings; schools and synagogues announced t…

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“Be strong. Be strong. Let us strengthen one another.” March 5th’s MEGA 2020 for the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix ended with powerful words from keynote speaker Joshua Malina, Hollywood actor and mensch. More than 400 attendees came out for a wonderful night filled with celebration a…

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The coronavirus — or COVID-19 — is an equal-opportunity villain. The medical world doesn’t yet know how lethal the flu-like virus is, nor is there a vaccine to prevent or mitigate it. The virus continues to spread, and the worldwide death toll rises. While every life is precious, it is still…

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Chinese officials announced Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020 that they had identified a new virus. To date, more than 90,000 people have been affected by the coronavirus globally, including 3,000 deaths. In many countries, schools and universities, malls and sports stadiums, have been ordered shut. Maj…

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Last June I was asked to help plan the future of the National Museum of American Jewish History as it was nearing the 10th anniversary of moving into a spectacular new 100,000 square foot building on Philadelphia’s Independence Mall.

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With the outbreak of the COVID-19 “coronavirus,” there has been an additional side effect alongside the maladies of the virus: the rise of xenophobia towards Chinese-American and Chinese communities. Indeed, misplaced fears over the virus have led to a decrease in traffic to Chinese-owned bu…

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Last week, the World Health Organization raised its global health assessment of the spread and impact of COVID-19, or coronavirus, to its highest alert level. New cases are confirmed every day, the stock market is struggling, and dust and surgical masks are sold out. As of press time, the de…

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Three months ago, Benny Gantz turned down an offer to join a unity government with Likud, under which Benjamin Netanyahu would be prime minister for three months, followed by Gantz as prime minister for the following two years. Had he accepted, Gantz would have been the prime minister of Isr…

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It’s still too early to know whether either Bernie Sanders or Michael Bloomberg, two Jewish candidates in the Democratic primaries, will win the Democratic nomination or whether one of the other candidates will, but at this point having a Jewish candidate for President is a realistic possibi…

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When I retired two years ago, I began asking myself a number of questions: What would my next chapter look like? How would I write it? How could I make a positive impact on my local Phoenix community? How could I use my skills and experience to support issues and causes that are close to my …

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Thank you for making the Jewish News the place you trust for timely reporting of news and features about our local Jewish community. The Jewish News’ success would not be possible without the community’s tremendous support for our print and digital products. Thank you for keeping the free pr…

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Ehud Olmert and Mahmoud Abbas make an odd couple. One hasn’t been prime minister of Israel since 2009, the other is still president of the Palestinian Authority even though his term of office ran out that same year. 

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February is American Heart Month and a good time to focus on heart health issues. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is the leading cause of death and disability worldwide. It affects about 75 million people in the United States, or 29% of the adult population.  

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In some circles, the name Leslie Wexner has been synonymous with uniquely generous philanthropy in support of the development of Jewish leadership and learning. The Wexner Foundation has, for years, underwritten a suite of fellowships focused on the development of Jewish professional and vol…

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February is Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM), a time that allows us to explore the complexity  of the Jewish belief that every person was created in God’s image. Although each of us is clearly different from one another, we all resemble the Creator, and no one is great…

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The tragedy in Syria has reached another milestone, as the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad advances on the rebel-held territory of Idlib in the northwest. Most of the rebel fighters belong to the extremist Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, a former al-Qaeda affiliate. But the 3 million civilians living…

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Like everyone else in the United States and most places on the globe, Kobe Bryant’s death and the death of his daughter and seven others has rocked me.

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News of Kobe Bryant’s sudden death on Sunday, Jan. 26, sent a wave of shock to millions of people worldwide.

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As we go to press on the eve of Wednesday’s expected Senate vote for acquittal of President Donald Trump in his impeachment trial, we can’t help but reflect on the deeply unsatisfying process that has been the singular focus for so many members of Congress and the press, even as it has been …

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When it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the word “peace” has largely lost its meaning. Nonetheless, we hope that the Peace to Prosperity Plan that President Donald Trump unveiled on Jan. 28 with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his side will move the parties toward a mutually …

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Due to rising religious intolerance and the difficulties of an emotionally charged election year, we need to expect real challenges here in Greater Phoenix, both inside the Jewish community and in other communities of faith, ethnicity and sexual identity. 

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Raise your hand if you ever stood out in a crowd. Not because you look different like me, but because of your values and integrity, your commitment to life and its betterment for all around you.

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For secular American Jews, anti-Semitism, until recently, was little more than a historical artifact. Informed primarily by black and white films on the History Channel, textbook images of Leo Frank’s lynching in Georgia and stories of bloody pogroms in the old country, it seemed long ago an…

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A strong argument can be made that the center of the Yiddish world is on West 16th Street in New York City. That’s where the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research is located. It is one of the jewels of the Jewish world, with some 23 million items. Its library has nearly 400,000 volumes and cont…

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When the plans for last week’s World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem were first announced, they were met with great excitement. Linked to International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Jan. 27, the event at Yad Vashem was viewed as an opportunity for serious discussion and meaningful introspection,…

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With the impeachment trial of President Donald J. Trump beginning in the U.S. Senate this week, our country enters a solemn process under the Constitution that requires care, seriousness of purpose and fairness. The Senate is obligated to get it right. All 100 members of the Senate have the …

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As leaders from more than 40 countries gathered in Jerusalem this week for the Fifth World Holocaust Forum, marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, it is worth reviewing the changes to Israel’s role in the fight against global anti-Semitism over the past half century. It…

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I was a 30-year-old part-time proofreader without a journalism degree when I was offered my first job as an editor at a weekly newspaper. It was 1998, and our paper was one of the largest alternative newsweeklies in the U.S.  

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According to a recent report, the majority of anti-Semitic attacks in the New York area — nearly two thirds of them — have been carried out by young people. Within the dark cloud of the distressing increase in such attacks, there are those who see a ray of hope — the possibility of sensitizi…

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Very few people in the Western world mourned the recent targeted assassination of Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the chief mastermind of Iranian aggression and terror efforts. But there was widespread questioning in the midst of bellicose finger pointing and threats, seeking to understand where…

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