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The right selection of flowers can elevate any event, and artificial floral arrangements have recently emerged as a popular design trend. 

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The right selection of flowers can elevate any event, and artificial floral arrangements have recently emerged as a popular design trend. 

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Q: My husband and I just purchased a new home. We quickly painted the downstairs; it has a casual look with yellow and burnt orange. The couches are covered in blue denim fabric.

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On Dec. 20, 2019, President Trump signed the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act. The act is considered the most impactful legislation affecting individual retirement accounts in decades; it has many changes pertaining to small business owners, IRA holders and IRA benef…

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A number of years ago, as conversations about gender and school-bathroom usage popped up across North America, we at Camp Havaya considered how to respond in accordance with our values. We decided that it wasn’t a discussion we could have in the abstract; we knew we would have to dive in wit…

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There are a lot of factors seniors take into consideration when looking for a care facility: cost, proximity to family, food, religious services. But seniors who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender face additional obstacles; namely figuring out if a home is safe for them to live as the…

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When my grandparents retired to Florida full time, they did not join a synagogue. Active and committed Jews for their entire lives, they just didn’t expect to live all that long. Somehow they assumed that they would enjoy a few quiet years, and then quietly pass on. As the decades accumulate…

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Are you that person who woke up on Wednesday morning, Jan. 1, and said to yourself, “Is it really the year 2020? Wasn’t the Y2K scare just yesterday?” The years, and certainly the decades, keep rolling on. It reminds me of a quote from the movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” Ferris, played by …

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There is nothing more important to a grandparent than getting to spend time with the grandkids. And there is nothing that can derail that quality time faster than when Grandma or Grandpa is feeling under the weather.

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Ritualwell.org Managing Editor Hila Ratzabi never saw anything like it before: One day while browsing Facebook, she came across a post by a man looking for retailers to carry his latest invention — a 20-sided dreidel.

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Many people don’t use their dining rooms often, which makes them ideal to be designed more outrageously. Definitely express your personal style.

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Each and every December, the Jews of America hunker down for another month of Christmas cheer. We may not necessarily want to know every word to “All I Want for Christmas is You,” yet it is unavoidable; and try as we may to deny it, we have to admit that an Advent calendar full of chocolates…

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Ten years ago, Joseph Tsiyoni — an inventor, businessman and author who lives in the Greater Phoenix area — became disabled due to a total knee replacement. He lost the ability to walk any farther than a short distance and found himself experiencing newfound challenges with mobility.

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It’s the holidays, and beyond the planning and excitement surrounding family gatherings, gift buying and giving and simply celebrating, many Americans take time to volunteer.

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’Tis the season for tzedakah. Whether for year-end tax planning, or a desire to help those less fortunate, December is a great time for charity.  

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It’s the time of the year to celebrate the festive holiday of Chanukah. My memories go back to my youngest years, maybe when I was 5 to 6 years old. And what I remember never left my mind or heart. 

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I spent the morning wandering down by the crashing surf along the Moroccan coast and through the medina alleyways of Rabat, feeding the stray cats.

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Any time of year is the right time to ensure all guests are comfortable in your home. I’m not suggesting you buy a new memory foam, pillowtop mattress, but rather look at your space and your offerings, and do your best to provide a welcoming environment for all of your guests.  

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The holidays are a time to enjoy family, gift giving, parties and great food. However, for some, the holiday season is far from being the most wonderful time of the year. Coined the “holiday blues,” this condition should not be taken lightly. 

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More than 700 letters and pictures for lone soldiers serving in the Israel Defense Forces will make their way to Israel this month as part of the East Valley JCC’s Lone Soldier Project Hanukkah Greeting Letter Campaign 2019. 

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The luggage-handlers at Ben-Gurion International Airport saw an increase in the number of bicycles coming in and out, as an expected 500 participants from 12 countries arrived to participate in the five-day “Wheels of Love” 2019 charity bike ride, with as many as 125 riders joining from the …

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Philanthropy isn’t a topic of conversation that necessarily has a right and wrong answer. Starting a dialogue with a teen with the question, “If you could donate to any organization to help solve a problem or issue, where would you direct that gift?” opens the door to a wonderful conversatio…

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Shrinking social circles, life changes, kids and grandchildren living across the country … it all often leads to isolation for older adults, which is especially poignant around the holidays when many seniors feel heightened levels of loneliness.  

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The Jewish War Veterans of the USA is celebrating its 125th anniversary with a contest. It is holding a logo design competition with a reward of $500 and a feature in the next issue of its publication, “Jewish Veteran.” Submissions, welcome from any individual over 18, must be emailed to Chr…

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Determining that your aging parent or loved one is in need of assistance may be one of the most difficult decisions you will ever make. You may be met with resistance; you may find yourself in a no-win situation. 

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Parents, grandparents and caregivers who are making education decisions have a lot to consider. Depending on the child’s age and whether they attend a public, private or a charter school, will that local school, its curriculum and experiential learning process prepare thechild with the neces…

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Are bar mitzvah hype men still a thing, or have they been irrelevant since 2005? What about music; is a DJ still the preference over a live band? Is awkward preteen dancing still required? (Well, some things never change.) 

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The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix’s Business & Professionals Group strengthens relationships among Jewish professionals through education, networking and communal and philanthropic engagement. Three divisions provide opportunities to expand professional and social circles while ma…

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Even if your family business is something less than a global media empire, succession planning can be stressful. Family businesses span every sector of our economy, and generate approximately one-half of the U.S. gross national product annually. Almost one-third of the Fortune 500 are family…

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The phrase adult bar or bat mitzvah, if not an apparent contradiction in terms, reads with some incongruity. Why would you need a bar or bat mitzvah if you’re already an adult?

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It’s no wonder this wisdom is imparted when one considers that the average cost of a private university in the U.S. is $44,551 per year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. In a 10-year period, that price increased by 24%, and that was after inflation adjustments.

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One word seems to describe the college admissions process better than the rest: stress. Between taking the SATs, participating in extracurricular activities and acing exams in class, today’s high schoolers are stressed, often wondering if they are doing enough to get into the college of thei…

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How do you live life dialectally? This is a challenging way to live life, but there are merits as it will allow you to open your mind to new possibilities.

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There are so many months dedicated to raising awareness about important health issues that it is hard to keep track of all of them. Every year there seems to be a new health issue that is being added to a specific month. While there are many important health issues that are worthy of a month…

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This time of year it’s natural to begin thinking more about charitable giving. The breaks from work and school — coupled with nonstop advertisements designed to tug on your heart and purse strings — means you’ll have ample time for planning gifts. It also means there’s an opportunity to give back.

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In all ways large and small, tikkun olam charges the Jewish community with the task of repairing and improving the world. This charge can manifest in many forms and happen in a variety of ways from individual to individual. Some volunteer time to help those less fortunate while others make c…

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Lois Zeidman laughs a little when she thinks about how much time she devoted to collecting cans for the recycling program she founded.

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Dr. Peg Durachko has four bankers’ boxes filled to the brim with cards and small items that she received from friends and strangers after her husband, New Light member Dr. Richard Gottfried, was murdered during the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre on Oct. 27, 2018.

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When Yitzchok Gordon arrived at the site, he didn’t bring scaffolding. He wasn’t sure what the job required. Gordon didn’t know whether he needed spackle, scrapers or other materials regularly used for covering up blemishes or altering spaces. What Gordon, a professional painter, realized as…

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On Oct. 27, 2018, unimaginable horror descended on the city of Pittsburgh as an anti-Semite extinguished the lives of 11 innocent Jews and forever changed the lives of countless others.

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“What to do about lighting?” is the question every client asks me. They want to know: “Do I buy lamps, install track lighting, have recessed cans put in the ceiling, use up-lights, indirect lights or cable lights? What’s the difference between halogen bulbs and incandescent bulbs and now LED?”

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There’s nothing like a gorgeous, well-designed kitchen to set the right vibe for the rest of the home. That’s clearly what Stephanie Gamble of Stephanie Gamble Interiors had in mind when she was commissioned to fix up a newly purchased home in Maryland.

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