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Program bridges Jewish-Christian divide

What happens when a Christian minister and an Orthodox Jew wrestle with the most sensitive subjects, while 100,000 people eavesdrop? They discover that their faith traditions have a lot in common.

Wednesday 02/14/2018
Poland set to pass new law criminalizing kosher slaughter
Posted: February 14, 2018

Just one week after passing a controversial law criminalizing phrases indicating Polish responsibility for crimes against Jews during the Holocaust, Poland’s ruling party has sponsored a new bill including a clause that would criminalize kosher meat slaughter. If the law is passed, anyone found guilty of slaughtering animals in accordance with traditional Jewish practice would face a prison sentence of up to four years.

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Tempe synagogue pairs nature and exercise with Havdalah and a hike
Posted: February 14, 2018

A crowd of more than 30 people milled about under an awning at the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch in Gilbert last Saturday afternoon. Volunteers with Temple Emanuel of Tempe’s hiking club carefully laid out a veritable cornucopia of snacks and drinks as kids ran around.

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Mayor attends grand opening of the Phoenix Mikvah
Posted: February 14, 2018

After many long hours of fundraising and more than a year of construction work, the Phoenix Mikvah held its grand opening this past weekend. Members of the greater Phoenix community were able to tour the new state-of-the-art facility and learn more about it. Guests in attendance — most of them from Orthodox congregations — came from all over to celebrate.

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Wednesday 02/07/2018
For Tu B’Shevat, Christians raise more than $10,000 to plant trees in Israel
Posted: February 07, 2018

For Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish new year for trees, more than 100 Christian Zionists raised over $10,000 to plant dozens of trees in Israel’s biblical heartland. The fundraising campaign, which was spearheaded by Rabbi Tuly Weisz, founder and CEO of Israel365, organized the planting of olive trees in the Jewish community of Bat Ayin in Gush Etzion and in the Jewish section of Hebron.

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Wednesday 01/24/2018
Israel’s neighbors among most dangerous countries for Christians, new report says
Posted: January 24, 2018

Most of Israel’s neighbors, including Egypt, Jordan, Syria and the Palestinian territories, are among the most dangerous places in the world for Christians, a new report by the Christian charity group Open Doors has found.

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Wednesday 01/17/2018
Congregation Beth Israel welcomes new associate rabbi
Posted: January 17, 2018

Congregation Beth Israel in Scottsdale has hired Rabbi Sara Mason-Barkin to become its new associate rabbi starting on July 1.

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Groups petition for expanded Western Wall egalitarian prayer section
Posted: January 17, 2018

The Masorti (Conservative) Movement in Israel, the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism, and the Women of the Wall prayer rights group brought a petition to Israel’s High Court of Justice in an effort to force the expansion of the existing egalitarian prayer section at the Western Wall.

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Wednesday 01/10/2018
Clay seal supports existence of 2,700-year-old Jerusalem ‘governor’
Posted: January 10, 2018

A stamped piece of clay dating back to the First Temple period, whose inscription in ancient Hebrew states that it belonged to the “governor of the city” of Jerusalem, was recently discovered

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Wednesday 01/03/2018
North American immigration to Israel hits 3,633
Posted: January 03, 2018

A group of 196 North Americans landed in Israel this week on a flight chartered by the Nefesh B’Nefesh (NBN) aliyah agency, bringing the total number of immigrants to the Jewish state from that continent to 3,633 this year.

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