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Wednesday 02/22/2017
Female religious leaders share Purim reflections
Posted: February 22, 2017

In the Book of Esther’s Chapter 4, verse 14, Mordechai encourages his niece, Queen Esther, to use her influence with King Ahasuerus.

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Purim carnivals and more
Posted: February 22, 2017

VOSJCC brings back communitywide Purim carnival: The Valley of the Sun JCC is bringing back its communitywide Purim carnival, which will take place 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, March 12 on the soccer fields of the JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.

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The story behind Purim’s hamantaschen
Posted: February 22, 2017

The most important aspect of most Purim pastries is their shape. Most Ashkenazic Jews only know of hamantaschen, the triangular pastries filled with prunes or other fruit fillings. This word is taken from the German words mohn (meaning poppy seeds) and taschen (referring to pockets). Some say the pockets refer to Haman who stuffed his pockets with bribe money.

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Wednesday 02/08/2017
Tu B’Shevat tree planting strengthens connection to Israel’s forest
Posted: February 08, 2017

The Midrash in Kohelet Rabbah teaches that God told man He created everything for him. “Be careful not to spoil or destroy my world – for if you do, there will be nobody after you to repair it,” God said.

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Temple Chai hosts goat yoga session for Tu B’Shevat
Posted: February 08, 2017

Temple Chai will offer a session of Goat Yoga for Tu B’Shevat. Participants will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix, and caravan to Gilbert for a noon session of yoga on a goat farm. To attend, email Rabbi Bonnie Koppell, rabbikoppell@templechai.com.

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Wednesday 01/04/2017
Hanukkah happenings throughout the Valley
Posted: January 04, 2017

Eight days of a holiday allows for a variety of celebration options, from building a menorah to lighting one, as well as opportunities for mitzvah projects and even a Jewish Heritage Night hockey game hosted by the Arizona Coyotes. Here are some snapshots from this year’s Hanukkah events.

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Wednesday 12/21/2016
Hanukkah art contest
Posted: December 21, 2016

Jewish News received hundreds of submissions for this year’s Hanukkah art contest. Thank you to all the synagogues and schools who spread the word and to all the young artists who participated. The winning piece, featured on the cover of this issue, is by Rachel Milrad, 8, a student at Torah Day School of Phoenix. On these pages are some of the other beautiful submissions we received and others can be found on our website, jewishaz.com.

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Hanukkah candles with a mission
Posted: December 21, 2016

The Menorah Candle Company, a manufacturer and exporter of millions of Hanukkah candles worldwide, is one of the oldest businesses in the industrial zone of Sderot, the Negev city better known as a frequent target for Hamas rockets than for its commerce.

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My favorite thing about Hanukkah is...
Posted: December 21, 2016

Jewish News asked children what their favorite thing about Hanukkah is. In addition to the most popular answers of presents, chocolate gelt and latkes, here are their responses:

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Passover Art Contest

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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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