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, marriage, mitzvahs or the passing of a loved one?

Jewish News does that and so much more! It brings our communities together. The Valley of the Sun is spread out. Many seniors may not be online and appreciate holding something in their hands. Younger families are interested in schools. We all have needs.

In this particular issue (Oct. 13), I learned that of the three young men accused of destroying a menorah, one has a Jewish grandparent. The boy explained no one had taught him about it. If that isn’t alarming, I don’t know what is. Education and community teach us the tenets of the Law of Moses. If we are not responsible for our own, then who will be? Anti-Semitism can become self-hatred. Not teaching our progeny where and who they came from does us all a disservice.

Marcia Fine


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