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Ask why we mourn on Tisha B’Av

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.

Wednesday 07/19/2017
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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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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Wednesday 07/05/2017
Why all Jewish conferences should include Shabbat
Posted: July 05, 2017

I have attended countless Jewish leadership conferences. In many instances, I have even been on the steering committees responsible for the selection of a theme, the development of programming, wrangling speakers and overall logistical planning. Those responsible for scheduling always grapple with the same question: What do we do about Shabbat?

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Phoenix Mikvah construction continues through summer
Posted: July 05, 2017

Construction for the Phoenix Mikvah is in progress this summer with plans to open by Rosh Hashanah.

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Wednesday 06/28/2017
Jews honored in Morocco even as their numbers dwindle from a once thriving community
Posted: June 28, 2017

I had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. There I was, an Orthodox Israeli Jew, at a 500-year-old synagogue in Marrakesh, distributing food parcels to Muslims for Ramadan, representing the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) on behalf of millions of Christians in the U.S. and worldwide.

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Wednesday 05/24/2017
A centuries-old Torah finds its way to Arizona
Posted: May 24, 2017

A Torah created 300 years ago in the Moroccan desert has found its 21st-century home in the deserts of Arizona.

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Phoenix clergy travel to Abu Dhabi for interfaith peace forum
Posted: May 24, 2017

A rabbi, an evangelical pastor and an imam walk into a hotel – it sounds like the start of a joke we’ve heard a thousand times before, but this scenario is no joke.

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Wednesday 05/17/2017
Magdala Stone, known as Jewish-Christian ‘crossroads,’ gets its public debut
Posted: May 17, 2017

Described as one of the most significant archaeological finds in modern Israel, the Magdala Stone, unearthed in 2009 near the shores of the Sea of Galilee, has been unveiled to the public for first time as part of a joint exhibition on the history of the menorah from May 15 to July 23 between the Vatican Museums and the Jewish Museum of Rome.

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