Daniel marks his first day of pre-kindergarten in the Owls class at the Solel Preschool.
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In the Book of Esther’s Chapter 4, verse 14, Mordechai encourages his niece, Queen Esther, to use her influence with King Ahasuerus.
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.
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.
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Between the challah bake, the Shabbat Project and conferences in Washington, D.C., it's been a busy week.
Shabbat in Jerusalem was like no Shabbat I have ever experienced.
Valley residents Esther and Don Schon write about a program that two ex-IDF soldiers developed to help teach disadvantaged teens to surf and in turn to become surfing teachers for wounded warriors.