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Valley Beit Midrash has announced its first Teen Mussar Fellowship cohort.
For information on additional programs, see specific sections, such as religious school, youth and senior programs, or call the congregations.
“Looks like we’ve been joined by a member of the media.” I had just gotten my press credentials and was on the elevator on my way down to the press pit for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s Aug. 31 immigration policy speech in downtown Phoenix. “Will you be fair?” asked one of m…
I’m working on my last newspaper deadline. I won’t be in the office Monday morning to face the one step forward, two steps back dance while time barrels like a runaway train toward the Tuesday afternoon deadline. I’ll be retired.
Whether or not you’re affiliated with a Jewish congregation, you probably are aware that it takes millions of dollars to construct a facility in which to hold worship services, offer educational and social programs and operate a religious school. A number of congregations in Greater Phoenix …
The Phoenix Mikvah invites the community to a groundbreaking event at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the future home of the Phoenix Mikvah at 840 E. Maryland Ave., Phoenix. Visit phoenixmikvah.org.
Anti-Semitic fliers were printed on networked campus printers at the University of California Santa Cruz. Christians United for Palestine and Athens for Justice in Palestine promoted BDS (boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel) at the student involvement fair at the University of …
A jury acquitted an Arizona yoga instructor of charges stemming from accusations that she exposed her breasts to underage boys at a bar mitzvah party.
Valley Beit Midrash has announced its first cohort of the Yatom Family Fellowship.
Jewish spiritual technology is like a freeze-dried wafer. This, according to students of Rabbi Zalman Shachter-Shalomi, was one of his most important teachings.
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…
Jewish Arizonans on Campus (JAC) recently announced plans to open a new educational center in Scottsdale.
After a year and a half of renovation work, the former Chaparral Suites Scottsdale recently became the Embassy Suites by Hilton Scottsdale Resort.
Laurie Dickman, who with her husband, Joel, owns Laurie’s Bridal and Formal in Scottsdale, says the business "is a family-owned and -operated bridal boutique. We offer bridal, bridesmaids, mother of the wedding, bar/bat mitzvah attire, prom and other social occasion dresses. Even though w…
We are an aging society and thanks to medical breakthroughs, Americans are living longer. At risk are publicly funded health, long-term care and income-support programs for older adults. The stress on these programs is a direct result of people now living longer, who are facing challenges wi…
“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.
WASHINGTON — Norman Podhoretz, a founder of the neoconservative movement, said that he backs Donald Trump for president.
As the new season kicks off, there are plenty of opportunities for teens to participate in the local Jewish community.
JERUSALEM — The world’s oldest man, 113-year-old Yisrael Kristal, a Holocaust survivor living in Israel, will celebrate his bar mitzvah soon.
Rosh Hashanah is around the corner, and many of Phoenix’s Jewish families are looking forward to coming together to ring in the New Year. But if your loved ones cannot make it home for the holiday, a Tucson-based business has a way for you to send the holiday to them.
Some people take great pride and pleasure in planning their Rosh Hashanah menus for weeks or months in advance, chugging away at kugels and cakes and soup to put in the freezer. I know my grandmother and Aunt Ruth both did their High Holidays cooking all summer so they would be “ready.”
In 1940, as he was being transported to safety in the lower deck of a ship, the Jewish author Lion Feuchtwanger asked Waitstill Sharp why the American Unitarian minister had bothered to rescue him from the Nazis.
An exhibit curated by undergraduate students at Northern Arizona University’s Martin-Springer Institute – “Through the Eyes of Youth: Life and Death in the Bedzin Ghetto” – is on display through Oct. 14 in the lobby of the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsd…
King Mohammed VI of Morocco thanked a Jewish composer from Casablanca who had written a song in the monarch’s honor.
Last summer, with the refugee crisis at its apex, millions of men, women and children fled to Europe for safe haven, encountering one closed border after another. The images of desperation and heartbreaking loss during the migrants’ perilous journeys pierced our souls. Germany was one of the…
Those who attend a cooking demo with Renee Rousso Chernin, the author of “Cooking for the King,” can expect it to be ribboned with food for thought.
Temple Beth Emeth of Scottsdale will move to a new location this month. As of Sept. 12, the Conservative congregation will be located at 8250 E. Rose Lane, Scottsdale. The new location is the site of a former Boys and Girls Club facility and is located behind Saguaro High School.
Three Valley teens recently returned from Israel, where they spent four weeks participating in the Weizmann Institute’s annual Dr. Bessie F. Lawrence International Summer Science Institute (ISSI).
It has taken many years for me to fully digest what happened on 9/11 — I suppose I was like a great many people — just moving along — getting on with life.
Greta Zimmer Friedman, the Jewish refugee whose Times Square kiss from a sailor on the day World War II ended became an iconic photo, has died.
Pacific Grove, California, has been dubbed “Butterfly Town, USA,” “America’s Last Hometown” and more since it was founded in 1875. But to me, Pacific Grove is “Paradise at the Tip of the Monterey Peninsula.” Although this is my fifth summer on the peninsula (located 118 miles south of San Fr…
Rabbi Alon Anava will speak about his life-after-death experience at noon Saturday, Sept. 3, at the Pollack Chabad Center, 875 N. McClintock Drive, Chandler.
Dan Fellner, a three-time Fulbright Scholar to Eastern Europe, will give a lecture about Jewish life in the region 4-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at the East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler.
One contest in Arizona’s Aug. 30 primary election that was too close to call on election night has been resolved, while another remains up in the air.
I’m not sure where to begin. I first want to say that my synagogue – and I think synagogues in general – have done a really great job of welcoming congregants who have converted, are intermarried and are in gay and lesbian marriages. My synagogue also welcomes adopted children and Jews of co…
NEW YORK — Fifteen years ago, most Jewish college students had one game in town: their local Hillel, which offered a pluralistic, broad approach to Jewish programming.
Dear Greater Phoenix Bubbes, After years of sushi lunches and Hava Java coffees kvetching to my friends Jeff Fields and Rodney Glassman (both U of A ’00), about the revolving door of shiksas that have filled my social calendar since our Tucson days, they have thoughtfully…
A Dutch-Turkish lawmaker who refused to shake hands with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel rejected claims from the local media that his behavior was anti-Semitic.
WASHINGTON — A congresswoman whose office was set to sponsor the first conference in a congressional building backing the movement to boycott Israel withdrew her support, canceling the event.
Don't miss that lecture, concert or get-together, check out our listing of Valley Jewish events for the coming weeks.
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.
Three new members have joined the governing board of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix. A.J. Rosenthal, a junior at Phoenix Country Day School, was elected to a two-year term, replacing Joey Lernor, who left the board last spring to begin college at the University of Arizona…
Chabad at ASU lifted the spirits of many students on the Arizona State University campus on Sept. 12. After a weekend made somber by the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Chabad – in partnership with the Hillel Jewish Student Center and the Latter Day Saint Student Association – encourag…
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…
Children up to age 18 are invited to create colorful creations for the Jewish News High Holiday 2016 Art Contest. The winning piece of art will be featured on the cover of the Jewish News’ Sept. 30 issue and additional artwork will be featured inside that week’s issue, as well as on jewishaz…
If anything has changed in propaganda methods since Nazi times, it’s the ability of propagandists to target their messages to individuals via social media, said Steven Luckert, curator of the permanent exhibition at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, gives Jews a sense of change and new beginnings. One of the ways to signal that renewal and optimism is to engage our senses: We listen to the shofar, the clarion call of the season, and we eat symbolic foods, such as round challah (representing the cyclic…
MOSCOW — Unidentified individuals vandalized Holocaust monuments in Russia and Estonia.
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