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When President-elect Donald Trump met with President Barack Obama at the White House last week, most observers expected a frosty encounter, but the two emerged from the meeting with expressions of respect for one another and each other’s concerns about our country as it makes the transition to a new administration.
The month of Elul will be nearly half over by the time you read this. It’s the month when Jews take stock of the year just passed, in preparation for the Days of Awe (Yamim Noraim) or High Holidays. This is a spiritual task, an “accounting of the soul” (cheshbon hanefesh).
“College students tend to be open-hearted and naively helpful to causes that they think merit their attention.” This is what Richard L. Cravatts, who sits on the board of directors of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East told Jewish News in 2013, before giving a Passages lecture on how academia and campus environments have become hostile to Israel and, thus, to Jews.
Pardon our pride in believing that Jewish News is a community asset. Many have asked how much the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix paid for the newspaper when it took over on July 15. The answer is “nothing.”
Down in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 14, under the auspices of the International Olympic Committee, senior Brazilian officials and Israeli sports representatives joined in commemorating the 11 Israeli victims of the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre.
In this week’s Get Connected issue, we feature a wide range of ways for people to get involved in our local Jewish community.
The spray-painted message was simple. “Go home Jew” was scrawled next to a swastika on the driveway of Adam Stevens’ home in San Tan Valley (see story). The Republican legislative candidate described his rush of emotions at seeing this hateful vandalism: “I went from angry to confused to sad to frustrated and back to sad again.”
The omission of Palestinian statehood from this year’s Republican Party platform is neither a radical change nor a departure from immutable U.S. policy, as some critics are claiming. In fact, both parties’ platforms have repeatedly changed positions on Israel-related issues over the years, in keeping with the preference of the presidential nominee or the changing mood among their rank and file.
Between the challah bake, the Shabbat Project and conferences in Washington, D.C., it's been a busy week.
Shabbat in Jerusalem was like no Shabbat I have ever experienced.
Valley residents Esther and Don Schon write about a program that two ex-IDF soldiers developed to help teach disadvantaged teens to surf and in turn to become surfing teachers for wounded warriors.