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Area synagogues welcome new clergy, say goodbye to retiring rabbis

With summer almost over and the Jewish New Year less than a month away, many Valley Jews will be reconnecting with their synagogues, some of which are welcoming new clergy and saying goodbye to others.

Wednesday 08/16/2017
Addressing local and world poverty requires us to see
Posted: August 16, 2017

Parshot Re’eh, Deuteronomy 11:26–16:17

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Jews comprised less than a quarter of Israel’s tourists in 2016
Posted: August 16, 2017

New data obtained by Israel Hayom analyzes the rising number of tourists arriving in the Jewish state, including visitors’ age, religion and the nature of their trips.

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Wednesday 08/09/2017
A rainbow, a blessing and a covenant to be peacemakers
Posted: August 09, 2017

Recently, in the late afternoon, after a classic Arizona monsoon, the sun broke through the clouds just long enough for me to see a stunning double rainbow above Temple Solel. It was simply breathtaking.

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Turning the Corner
Posted: August 09, 2017

Parshot Eikev, Deuteronomy 7:12–11:25

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Wednesday 08/02/2017
Torah procession marks Or Tzion’s move to new home
Posted: August 02, 2017

It was a joyous occasion on July 27, when members of Congregation Or Tzion participated in a Torah procession to the synagogue’s new home in Scottsdale.

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Love, Jewish-style: Tu B’Av has evolved into a holiday of romantic love
Posted: August 02, 2017

Forget Valentine’s Day. Jews have a romantic holiday of our own.

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We are not ‘hard of hearing,’ rather ‘hard of listening’
Posted: August 02, 2017

Parshot Va’etchanan, Deuteronomy 3:23–7:11

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Roving Rabbis return to Arizona to help isolated Jews reconnect with their faith
Posted: August 02, 2017

A poignant handwritten note proves the value of the Roving Rabbis program.

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Wednesday 07/26/2017
Ask why we mourn on Tisha B’Av
Posted: July 26, 2017

Why do the Jewish people mourn on Tisha B’Av? For some it is about the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. For others, it is about historical persecution of the Jews culminating in the Holocaust. For some, it’s a personal inner day for reflection and growth.

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The Shabbos of vision
Posted: July 26, 2017

Parshot Devarim, Deuteronomy 1:1–3:22

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Wednesday 07/19/2017
Equality under the law and the requirement of personal responsiblity
Posted: July 19, 2017

The combined short sidrot of Matot and Masei bring us back to the early post-Egyptian history of the Israelites. Having wandered for the famous 40 years, Moses and the leadership face battles with nations that preclude their entry into Canaan — the Promised Land.

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Exact location of Shiloh tabernacle is coming to light
Posted: July 19, 2017

Ten ancient jugs unearthed at the Samaria site of the ancient city of Shiloh could lead researchers to new discoveries about the Jewish tabernacle that existed there before the First Temple was built in Jerusalem.

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Wednesday 07/12/2017
Congregation Or Tzion to hold Torah procession to new home in late July
Posted: July 12, 2017

Congregation Or Tzion is holding a Torah procession as it moves to its new home in Scottsdale.

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Taking an unpopular stand to do what’s right
Posted: July 12, 2017

Parshat Pinchas, Numbers 25:10-30:1

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Women plan mission to Israel in support of Women of the Wall
Posted: July 12, 2017

In response to the recent move by Israel’s Cabinet to freeze a government decision to expand a non-Orthodox prayer section at the Western Wall, a Valley rabbi has joined forces with another rabbi and a peace activist to lead a women’s peace mission and spirituality tour in Israel in November in support of the Women of the Wall.

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