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Chabad of the East Valley offers Sukkah Hopping Tour

Chabad of the East Valley has announced plans for its Sukkah Hopping Tour, which invites children and parents to visit four sukkahs throughout the East Valley in order to view and celebrate the different customs and traditions around the holiday and its iconic structure.

Wednesday 09/20/2017
A Yom Kippur break-the-fast buffet
Posted: September 20, 2017

The general rule of a break-the-fast meal seems to be simple, relatively light and requiring minimal day-of preparation.

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Sign language interpretation offered for High Holiday services
Posted: September 20, 2017

For the first time in nearly a decade, Gesher Disability Resources (formerly the Council For Jews With Special Needs) will be providing sign language interpretation for High Holiday services. Gesher is partnering with Temple Emanuel of Tempe to provide the services.

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Can Yom Kippur atonement be accomplished in a tweet?
Posted: September 20, 2017

Coming from a non-observant family of Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union to Israel, a country where many people tend to lead secular lifestyles to begin with, I wasn’t raised in a particularly religious environment. In fact, I can count on fewer than five fingers the times that I stepped foot in a synagogue during my childhood.

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7,200-year-old food storage vessel unearthed in Israel
Posted: September 20, 2017

A 7,200-year-old pottery vessel recently unearthed at the prehistoric site of Tel Tsaf in Israel’s Jordan Valley is the first evidence of the ritualistic and political significance of large-scale food storage in the ancient Near East, the University of Haifa reports.

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IDF soldiers receive $1.5 million in gift cards
Posted: September 20, 2017

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews and Friends of the Israel Defense Forces said they will provide $1.5 million in annual Rosh Hashanah “Fellowship Gift Cards” to 12,000 IDF soldiers to mark the upcoming Jewish New Year.

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‘I once again felt what love means’
Posted: September 20, 2017

Parshah Ha’azinu, Deuteronomy 32:1–52

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Wednesday 09/13/2017
High Holidays look to the past, embrace the future
Posted: September 13, 2017

Contemplation. Reflection. Introspection. Solemnity. Forgiveness.

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Say hello to these unique Rosh Hashanah drinks
Posted: September 13, 2017

Tradition dictates a glass of champagne on the secular New Year. But what can give you a nice buzz to celebrate the Jewish New Year?

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Schools make Rosh Hashanah fun for kids
Posted: September 13, 2017

Between blasting shofars, snacking on sweet treats, family and community gatherings and a break from the usual routine of the school day, the High Holidays are a special time for children.

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Ethiopian Rosh Hashanah blends unique customs
Posted: September 13, 2017

Despite relative isolation from their Jewish brethren around the world for millennia, Ethiopian Jews have coveted the same dream of celebrating Rosh Hashanah “next year in Jerusalem.”

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High Holidays stand alone on the calendar for interfaith families, but still pose challenges
Posted: September 13, 2017

For many Jews, the High Holiday period is a time of deep observance and self-reflection, but for an increasingly large share of American Jewry, the holidays also bring a new set of challenges that go to the very core of one’s faith.

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Out-of-town ASU students have place to call home during the High Holidays
Posted: September 13, 2017

There are an estimated 3,500 Jewish students at Arizona State University’s four campuses. Of those, many come from out of state — but they don’t have to observe the High Holidays alone. Chabad at ASU, ASU Hillel and Jewish Arizonans on Campus offer a host of services and meals to make them feel at home.

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Temple Chai eager to share its blessings with the homeless in new year
Posted: September 13, 2017

When Temple Chai Executive Director Joe Miller first heard of the proposal to turn the synagogue into a part-time homeless shelter, he was more than a little skeptical.

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Professor explains origins of High Holiday ticketing
Posted: September 13, 2017

There’s an old joke about a boy who shows up at a synagogue on Yom Kippur. The usher tells him he can’t come in without a ticket. “But I’m not staying. I just need to talk to my mother,” the boy pleads. “Well, all right,” the usher says. “But if I catch you praying, I’m kicking you out!”

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The High Holiday sermon problem
Posted: September 13, 2017

For rabbis, it’s their annual golden opportunity to reach a much larger audience than usual. For members of a congregation, they can be either enlightening or entertaining highlights of the services, or dreary and sometimes infuriating sessions. In any scenario, there’s no better barometer of the state of American Jewish life than the controversies that inevitably attach themselves to High Holiday sermons.

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