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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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Tisha B'Av

Tisha B’Av in time of rockets, tunnels, death

After weeks of missiles falling on Israel and bombs dropping on Gaza, we land on Tisha B’Av. With the day-to-day images of explosions and tunnels so fresh, I wondered how they might connect to my mid-summer night’s struggle with the somber holiday’s relevance.

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Shavuot

Summer Shavuot recipes with global flair

With summer and the soaring temperatures already in full swing, I wanted to share a few recipes that will also double as great options for Shavuot. During Shavuot, it is customary to eat dairy, and throughout the world, you will see many different dishes from cheese blintzes and burekas to cheesecake and pizza. Here are three global recipes, each one using a different type of cheese, from a Middle Eastern eggplant dish to a Southern Mediterranean melon salad and finally a popular Mexican street food dish. Enjoy!

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Israel's 66th

  • Craig Taubman with family

    Kim and Norman Kur and their two sons, Ethan and Brian, pose for a photo with Craig Taubman.
  • Morning hike

    The Israel Center's daylong community Yom Ha'atzmaut celebration started with an early morning hike with Congregation Or Chadash on May 11. Hundreds participated in the day's festivities, which were held at various locations throughout the Valley and included an Israeli beach breakfast, a culinary experience and the screening of three films. Photo courtesy of the Israel Center

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