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In response to the editorial, “Women’s March’s anti-Semites” (Jan. 18, 2019), we would like to say that over the last 125 years, the National Council of Jewish Women has been working steadily to organize women across the country, culminating in a wave of women being inaugurated into state an…

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There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that new lay leadership is in the best interest of NJY Camps (“When Leadership Is Discredited,” Jan. 4). And as president I can say that we are moving responsibly in that direction. Sadly, your editorial mischaracterizes the situation. Upon learning of Debb…

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Regarding JN’s “Teachers stage walkout, religious groups respond,” May 2, 2018: In anticipation of the recent teacher walkouts across the Valley, I assumed I would juggle my job to be home with our daughter until the walkouts ended — but then we received an email from the Valley of the Sun J…

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US officials directly involved in Israeli politics

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It’s the time of year for miracles and mitzvahs, when we remember Jews in need. After all, we are commanded to give tzedakah, justice and sharing, as part of our Jewish values.

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If the Phoenix Jewish News goes away, how will we post notices about events? Who will publish the calendar? How will we learn about upcoming holidays, rituals and traditions? Where will we read about other Jewish communities around the world? Where will we send our announcements of birth, ma…

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More than any group, the Jewish community should demand less, not more regulation (“Needed: sensible firearm regulation,” Oct. 13, Jewish News).

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Interesting article on the advantages of brining chicken (“Brining: A quick way to flavor and tenderize the humble chicken breast,” Oct. 6) in order to improve the flavor and tenderness.

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It was with a sense of both sorrow and annoyance that the undersigned read the article in the Sept. 15 issue of the Jewish News about the spiritual and social action leaders “denouncing” the DACA decision (“Jewish spiritual and social action leaders denounce DACA decision” ). It wasn’t enoug…

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I just finished reading the article by Arthur Blecher (“Judaism without God,” Sept. 15). I could not help but feel that our values and beliefs were so close. More than a year ago, I asked the rabbi at my nephew’s funeral if it were possible to be both an agnostic and a Jew. He told me it was…

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We were disappointed by the front page of the Sept. 22 issue of the Jewish News in which Jewish genetic disease testing by an organization outside of our local community was featured (“Genetic testing emphasized during Tay-Sachs Awareness Month.”) Unfortunately, the article neglected to poin…

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I read Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz’s article “Ask Why We Mourn on Tisha B’av” (July 28 issue of Jewish News) and was greatly disturbed.

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Your editorial about the Muslims’ violent reaction to the metal detectors (Jewish News, July 28) that Israel placed on the Temple Mount the other week, could have been clearer about the causes. You correctly referred to “Muslim intransigence,” but the cause is deeper than that. The Mufti of …

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I hope Democrats don’t turn themselves inside out over Jon Ossoff’s loss in the Georgia 6th (June 20). While I’m truly sorry he lost, it was an overwhelmingly Republican district, where Tom Price won by 23 points in 2016 and the full disaster of the current Republican policies are not yet fe…

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After Dan Schere’s five-column discussion (“Is there a center in pro-Israel lobby?” June 9 issue of Jewish News), he concludes that there is no viable middle ground!

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Ben Cohen's commentary “Trump crisis shouldn't mask new opportunities for Mideast peace” (May 26 issue of Jewish News) is distressing. The article spends the first six of its 13 paragraphs discussing whether we recognize the Kotel as belonging to Israel.

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Editor: The article “Citing ‘core beliefs,’ 40 Orthodox clergy condemn Trump’s ‘hateful rhetoric,’ Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz among leaders of effort” (posted on jewishaz.com, Aug. 22) made me wonder why I hear only relative silence from our Jewish leaders and rabbis when there are many slanders against Israel, our Jewish heritage and Jews, in our country and around the world?

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Editor: This letter concerns the article “Jewish War Veterans group slams Trump over attacks on Muslim war hero’s family” (posted Aug. 3 on jewishaz.com).

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Editor: I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix.  Our child was a recipient of their scholarship to attend summer camp.

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Editor: If you are fed up, bored, tired of the 2016 election, I have some good news and some bad news. The good news, if you are a political junkie, is that the 2020 election campaign has started. The bad news is that Ted Cruz gave the first speech of the 2020 election cycle.

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Editor: My family and I enthusiastically welcome the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix’s acquisition of Phoenix’s 68-year-old Jewish News. Our family – my parents, Cecil and Pearl Newmark, followed by my husband Paul and me – owned and published Jewish News for 52 of those years, until my retirement in 2013, motivated always by a deep commitment to our community.

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Editor: The Orthodox Jewish community in Phoenix is one that is filled with many young families. Many years before all these “newcomers,” there was a man who planted and nurtured the seeds of Yiddishkeit here in Phoenix. I was recently in Brooklyn and was honored to visit with him after many years – he is Dr. Sheldon Zinn.

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Editor: In the last edition, there was a picture of two men, entering into a “marriage” (“A chuppah of equality,” Jewish News, June 17). The country and the state may well recognize the union of two men as a marriage, but the holy Torah is very clear on this issue. Homosexuality is termed a toeiva, an abomination. It’s not open to discussion, it’s an abomination, an aveira, a sin.

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Editor: I had the pleasure of watching the Israel Scouts perform at Temple Chai. This was the first time I watched them perform.

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Editor: I’m reaching out with profound sadness at the news of another senseless act of violence in Orlando, Florida, targeting gays and lesbians at a gay bar. But this attitude of hate and murderous action could be aimed at any group, and should cause each of us to feel personally involved in the mourning and in the resolve to find solutions to this violence.

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Editor: The mass murder of gays is indeed a “hate” crime, as President Obama states. However, what he and most others do not state is the source of the hatred of gays. The source is the Quran, which clearly states followers should “throw gays off the top of the highest building.” No, that is not bias or Islamaphobic talk. It is simply the truth.

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Editor: We wish to address rumors within the community regarding future food service at the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center. We have been, and remain, committed to ensuring that all food provided by the café, catering service and future snack shack by the pool be kosher and under supervision.

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Editor: Now that Passover is behind us, we are looking ahead to the worldwide Shabbos Project, which is scheduled for Nov. 11-12, 2016. It has been a great honor to run the Shabbos Project and, this year, we are stepping back. We feel it’s time for new leaders.

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Editor:  There are three major Jewish festivals that have historical and great significance. These three holidays include Passover (Pesach). Each of the three festivals has a special relationship to events in Jewish history, with Passover commemorating the liberation of Israel from the slavery of Egypt. Passover is observed in the Diaspora by Orthodox and Conservative Jews for eight days, and by Reform Jews for seven. With the last day of Passover, Jews recall their departed kinsfolk in a memorial service for the dead.

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Editor: In my 40 years in Arizona, I’ve not seen an important matter so confused (“Prop 123 enjoys broad support,” Jewish News, April 22). Superficially, Proposition 123 seems to validate and support the Jewish community’s passionate cultural commitment to education. It seems like a good deal, but we must look deeper, and the public lacks the facts to make an informed choice.

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