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East Valley synagogue to unite Torah, survivor at special ceremony

At its High Holiday services this year, Temple Havurat Emet in Chandler will hold a special ritual for one of its members, Holocaust survivor Irving Berk.  

Wednesday 09/28/2016
Beth Emeth holds free community service in Sun City West
Posted: September 28, 2016

Beth Emeth Congregation invites the community to a free community service for Rosh Hashanah at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, and for Yom Kippur at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 13702 W. Meeker Blvd. Sun City West.

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Schmooze holds holiday events
Posted: September 28, 2016

Schmooze Young Families (ages 20s-40s) will share Rosh Hashanah treats – apples and honey – at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, at Cactus Park, 7202 E. Cactus Road, Scottsdale.

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Help needy families for the holidays
Posted: September 28, 2016

Tomchei Shabbos of Phoenix, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides food to needy families for Shabbat and the High Holidays, is seeking help from the public for these families.    

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A lifetime in time
Posted: September 28, 2016

Nitzavim, Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20

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Focus on the positive this year
Posted: September 28, 2016

Two essential parts of preparing for Rosh Hashanah, our clean slate for the year, are asking forgiveness from anyone we wronged and making a list (mental or written) of the ways we fell short since the last time we heard the shofar.

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Celebrating the holidays outside of shul
Posted: September 28, 2016

There is a lot of beauty to the traditional synagogue experience. However, a traditional High Holidays service just does not speak to some – especially many young adults.

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A break-fast with a bit of bling
Posted: September 28, 2016

For many families, the Yom Kippur break-fast is a bagels and schmear-filled inevitability – just add some lox, maybe some slices of tomato and orange juice, and everyone is happy.

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Atoning for online sins
Posted: September 28, 2016

If you’re like me, you blog, read and share a lot of political stuff. But who really reads these posts and articles all the way through? Especially with the longer stories, who has time to look up the sources, or check if that odd photo was first posted on some sketchy partisan website?

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High Holiday art contest
Posted: September 28, 2016

The High Holidays are upon us, and that means apples and honey, the blowing of the shofar and many other traditions and celebrations. Below are depictions of the High Holidays from the perspective of children across the Greater Phoenix area. Not surprisingly, apples and honey were included in many of the photos, and for good reason. Everyone enjoys those delectable treats as we usher in the sweet new year. Enjoy the beautifully drawn pictures of activities and practices from the High Holiday traditions. These and other submissions will be accessible online at jewishaz.com.

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Wednesday 09/21/2016
Spiritual vs. material gain
Posted: September 21, 2016

Ki Tavo, Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8

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Ugandan Jews build community center
Posted: September 21, 2016

When there was no more space in the synagogue in Nabagoye, Uganda, congregants would go outside, gathering under trees. But the branches weren’t enough to shield them from the rain during the East African country’s wet seasons, which last about half the year.

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Six new kids’ books for the Jewish New Year
Posted: September 21, 2016

Get ready: 5777 is arriving soon. And a new Jewish year means a fresh crop of top-notch Jewish books for kids.

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Ugandan Jews build community center
Posted: September 21, 2016

When there was no more space in the synagogue in Nabagoye, Uganda, congregants would go outside, gathering under trees. But the branches weren’t enough to shield them from the rain during the East African country’s wet seasons, which last about half the year.

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Wednesday 09/14/2016
Arise, blot out darkness
Posted: September 14, 2016

Ki Teitzei, Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19 — “Remember what Amalek did to you on your journey, after you left Egypt ... you shall blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven. Do not forget!” (Deuteronomy 25:17-19) How many times have I erased something, painted over something or thrown something away because something wasn’t right? Many artists discard projects for a variety of reasons while identifying a mistake and envisioning something better.

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Hardy emissaries bring Chabad to Africa
Posted: September 14, 2016

Rabbi Shmuel Notik was on his way to blow the shofar on a Friday evening in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi when six men armed with knives intercepted him on a dark street.

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