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A third-grade teacher resigned Feb. 20 from Pardes Jewish Day School in Scottsdale after suggesting on Twitter that immigrants should be shot.
Rabbis and community leaders gathered at the newly opened Levi Catering on Feb. 7 to hang mezuzot, cut the ribbon and, of course, eat.
As rabbis and community leaders in Arizona, we are grateful for Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake’s unflagging support of Israel. In that spirit and with Israel’s best interests in mind, we respectfully ask Sens. McCain and Flake to vote against the nomination of David Friedman as United Stat…
The Jewish Community Relations Initiative, a project of the Board of Rabbis of Greater Phoenix, has hired Karolyn Benger as its executive director.
Break out the schnapps! This year, Chabad of Arizona celebrates 40 years of serving the state’s diverse Jewish population with a dinner on Feb. 26.
For the first time in its nearly two-decade long history of sending young Jewish adults to Israel for a free 10-day immersive cultural experience, Birthright Israel: Mayanot will be offering a trip specializing in the vegan diet and lifestyle.
Recently, a part of the Orthodox Jewish community in Los Angeles was struck by a serious outbreak of measles due to the actions of some parents choosing to forgo vaccinating their children. So far, 20 people have been infected by the disease. According to the Los Angeles County Department of…
We know that people with mobility challenges, whether temporary or permanent, often face many physical obstacles, but many of us would be surprised to know that those obstacles can be found in doctors’ offices, health care centers and hospitals.
Leah Avuno, who was born in Ethiopia, delivered a message about the importance of self-acceptance and the diversity that exists in Israel, where she now lives, in an address hosted Jan. 25 at the Hillel Jewish Student Center on Arizona State University’s Tempe campus.
WASHINGTON – "Five million non-Jews died in the Holocaust."
Jewish preschools in Phoenix and Scottsdale are making a point to include grandparents into their preschool world.
A Phoenix dentist and her husband recently traveled to two cities in Cuba for 10 days to learn about the Jewish community in each location.
Two years ago, 12 days before his ninth birthday, my son Yehuda was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.
The Alpha Sigma chapter of Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, founded in 1951, is back in the good graces of Arizona State University a year earlier than previously expected.
As a 17-year-old, Frank Meeink was a neo-Nazi skinhead, covered with tattoos that included a swastika on his neck, who hosted his own cable-access show promoting his racist views. Then, he was arrested for the kidnapping of a rival skinhead and sentenced to three to five years in prison.
Demonstrations at airports around the country last weekend (Jan. 28-29) protesting President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration included a gathering at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix in which members of the local Jewish community participated.
Dentists are providing free dental care for economically vulnerable Holocaust survivors in the Valley through a program that launched locally this past November.
Four years ago, Mark Roth and his wife, Lauren, began the discussion many parents of special-needs children have: How would their daughter Emma, now 17, navigate life as an adult and what would happen to her when they were gone?
The East Valley JCC in Chandler has placed approximately 4.5 acres of undeveloped land adjacent to the JCC’s building on the market for nearly $1.8 million.
We have all been told that with age comes wisdom, but as Oscar Wilde also noted, “sometimes age comes alone.”
This is on open letter to Arizona senators Jeff Flake and John McCain from two college students who are members of J Street U, the college and university campus organizing arm of J Street.
Name: Jacob Elliot Cohen
The Hillel Jewish Student Center at Arizona State University is one of 10 campus groups nationwide chosen to participate in the pilot year of Hillel International’s Excellence Accelerator program.
After a lengthy investigation, a former teacher at Yeshiva Boys School of Pittsburgh, an important institution in the Chabad-Lubavitch educational system, is a suspect in several alleged incidents of child sexual abuse.
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About 360 people gathered at Arizona State University’s Memorial Union on Feb. 12 for a community day of learning at the volunteer-driven Limmud AZ.
The day before swastikas were found outside a Paradise Valley elementary school, 100 representatives from Valley high schools met inside a Scottsdale synagogue to discuss ways to challenge bias, bullying and bigotry within their schools and communities.
Professor Brian Greene, one of the world’s most prominent theoretical physicists, described in his book “The Elegant Universe” an interconnected cosmology, where particles of infinite minutia and grandiosity commingled to produce the essence of what we discern as life. Space and time, light …
Now that The Jewish Collection, the Valley’s only independent Judaica store, has closed, you might wonder where to buy Jewish items locally. Many Valley synagogues operate gift shops that carry a wide selection of ritual and holiday items. Some have limited hours during the summer, and other…
NEW YORK – Nineteen rabbis were arrested at a protest of President Donald Trump's refugee ban in front of the Trump International Hotel in New York City.
Hundreds gathered at Chaparral Park in Scottsdale last Sunday to participate in the sixth annual Jonathan’s Walk4Friendship, which benefits The Friendship Circle’s work with individuals with special needs.
As President Trump’s executive order restricting immigration and suspending the refugee resettlement program awaits the next round of judicial review, the group Arizona Jews for Justice hasn’t scaled back its efforts to assist refugees coming to Arizona. “The threats are still very real and …
The Alpha Sigma chapter of Alpha Epsilon Pi is seeking to rebuild its good name with the goal of “recolonizing” at Arizona State University – essentially seeking to be reinstated as a recognized fraternity at the school, say the Jewish fraternity’s representatives.
According to the most recent figures available from the Arizona Department of Health Services, there are more than 600,000 people in Arizona with Types 1 and 2 diabetes, with the number of pre-diabetics also on the rise.
You won’t find wildflowers, prize-winning roses or neat hedges at the Evanne Copland Kofman Biblical Garden at Congregation Beth Israel. What the garden grows is much more profound – a glimpse into the natural world of the Bible.
An exhibit that covers three 20th-century genocides is open to the public and runs through April 27 at Scottsdale Community College (SCC). The exhibit ushers in the fifth annual Genocide Awareness Week, which will take place from April 17 to 22 at SCC.
At the recent Jewish Disability Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill, one question on the minds of elected officials and the 180 advocates they met with was this: How will the disabled population continue to receive adequate services if the Affordable Care Act is scrapped as President Donald Trump a…
On the heels of renewed energy at the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center, a new CEO has been selected. Following a comprehensive nationwide search, the JCC board voted Jan. 10 to approve the hiring of Jay Jacobs. Jacobs is currently CEO of the Carole and Marcus Weinstein Jewish Commun…
Many of Lee Goldstein’s paintings have gone to the dogs. Goldstein, an acrylic artist who is showing her works at the prestigious Arizona Fine Art Expo in north Scottsdale, uses various dog breeds as models. Her exhibit, titled “Canine Expressionism,” includes a painting of Namaste, a yellow…
In celebration of Chabad of Scottsdale’s 25th anniversary, the children of the organization’s founders, Rabbi Yossi and Dina Levertov, are coordinating a Torah dedication celebration. “What better way for all of us to honor them, and this special community, than the commissioning and welcomi…
Jewish Family & Children’s Service is offering a second session of Creative Aging classes – participatory arts classes for boomers and other seniors – Feb. 27-April 3. The classes are planned as three six-week sessions at four different locations around the Valley. Arts disciplines inclu…
The men, women and boy who surrounded two rabbis at the front of the modestly appointed conference room smiled brightly for the cameras of their supporters. An observer entering at this culminating moment would never have known that this room in the Residence Inn Phoenix Airport Hotel had be…
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“What is the Jewish view of the afterlife? Do we believe in heaven, in hell? The immortality of the soul? Reincarnation? Resurrection?” Rabbi Bonnie Koppell of Temple Chai says that these are the questions that she is asked most frequently.
A Jewish eighth-grader in Colorado filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education over allegations of anti-Semitic harassment.
Left-wing Jewish groups have launched a string of protests in response to confirmation hearings for President Donald Trump’s nominee for ambassador to Israel and Trump’s meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Everyone loves a vacation and, according to data collected by AARP, most baby boomers – those born between 1946 and 1964 – said they will take at least one vacation in 2017, and on average, five.
Prior to kickoff on Super Bowl Sunday, 45 teens spent the day with the Jewish Community Foundation’s B’nai Tzedek Youth Philanthropy Program. The Tikkun Olam Tour gives teens the opportunity to not only learn about organizations meeting vital needs in the community, but spend time engaged in…
The agent was on the phone with a photographer offering some modeling work for a red-haired, freckle-faced boy. Philip Goldberg, who had just walked into the office for the first time with his mother, filled the bill exactly. The agent covered the phone receiver and asked his mother, “What’s…