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During the COVID-19 pandemic, the East Valley Jewish Community Center has been meeting the community’s emergency needs such as providing food and small relief grants, thereby demonstrating Jewish values throughout the East Valley. Support and activities intended to reach as many people as po…

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On the way to work, there was a bright orange sign that read, “Uneven Road.” This was followed by three identical “Bump” signs.

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Recently, a friend shared a joke. Question: What’s the difference between COVID-19 and “Romeo and Juliet”? Answer: One is coronavirus; the other is a Veronacrisis.

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The recent COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the way we live and interact. Although we have been asked to social distance, our perseverance has helped us find new ways to connect with those we love and cherish.

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On Monday evening, May 4, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stood before the television cameras and announced that Israel had achieved remarkable success in its battle against coronavirus.

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I am aware that our technology is available to the entire world. To be able to watch and participate in Shabbat and Yizkor services, virtual seders, Yom HaShoah and Yom HaZikaron memorials, Yom Ha’atzmaut celebrations, Israeli entertainment, lectures and interviews with Jewish scholars from …

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I am not an alarmist. I tend to play down media hype and don’t get swept up in mass hysteria. Therefore, when my parents shared their concern regarding the early reporting of the novel coronavirus, I remained calm.

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April 21, 2020, is the observance of Yom Hashoah, which commemorates the lives of Holocaust victims. This year is also the 75th anniversary of the liberation of many concentration camps, where millions of our Jewish people were ruthlessly murdered through acts of pure evil.

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My roommate is trying to fix the dripping faucet. This is not a coronavirus problem: The tap in the kitchen has been weepy for years, and we’ve all mastered the decisive handle-twist — jam down, then pull quickly to the right — required to stop the drip.

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Just hours before the seder, British Jews heard the shocking news that the nation’s leading national-circulation Jewish newspapers, The Jewish Chronicle and The Jewish News, were being liquidated. The Kessler Foundation, which owns both papers, has run out of money. When local advertising dr…

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B’chol dor vador chayav adam lirot et atzmo k’ilu hu yatza mimitzrayim — in every generation, each Jew should regard themselves as if they personally came out of Egypt.

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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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These last weeks of continuous attacks on Jewish communities left me feeling somber, overwrought, scared. But not surprised. In many ways, this seems like the inevitable continuation of a wave we have been riding for the past years. Nationalist and anti-Jewish rhetoric, whether blatant or im…

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I reserved the siyum tickets on day 2,637. The 13th worldwide siyum, or completion, of the 2,711 pages of the Babylonian Talmud, the oral commentary on the written Torah, was scheduled on Jan. 1, 2020, at Metlife Stadium in New Jersey, and my husband was studiously poised to complete his fir…

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On Sunday, Jan. 5, a huge crowd responded to the call from UJA-Federation of New York to march against anti-Semitism. The sense of threat is so pervasive at this moment that Jewish Federations and other organizations bused thousands from other states and locales to march in solidarity with t…

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My husband and I have been watching them for several years, a small but growing Chasidic community living in one of the grittier parts of Jersey City, New Jersey. On the rare occasions when I pass Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in my car, I see young mothers pushing their strollers.

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We recently visited Israel, accompanying four members of Congress — Jan Schakowsky (Illinois), Peter Welch (Vermont), Andy Levin (Michigan) and Deborah Halland (New Mexico) — and 11 J Street leaders. Our goal was to see and hear a wide range of views on the political relationships between Is…

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Not long ago, if one were to have denied chicken-matzah-ball soup, meat-based cholents or kibbeh their due place on the Jewish table — not to mention Passover’s boiled eggs — they might have been dismissed for having no respect for Jewish cuisine or culture. This has changed in recent decade…

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My grandmother, Nonna Anny, was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1924. When Austria was annexed by Germany and Kristallnacht occurred in 1938, she was 14 years old. Nonna Anny was the second-oldest of five siblings. They did not have the means to escape Austria and​ needed a financial sponsor to …

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Next week, Jews across the world will celebrate one of the most improbable triumphs against anti-Semitism in our history. The miraculous victory of the Maccabees illustrates that, when Jews stand together, there is no threat too great for us to overcome.

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The end of December is fast approaching, and with it comes the thrill of a new year starting. For some people this brings concerns for what may be: an increase in hate incidents and/or crimes and in hate speech both online and on the streets.  

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When the Jewish world cycles back to our founding generations, we find in the Torah behavior by the patriarchs that is awkward as well as disturbing. Three times the Torah presents a story about a husband and wife traveling as strangers through an alien culture. Each story involves the husba…

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