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Pardes middle schoolers learn value of community, team-building

To kick off the new school year, Pardes Jewish Day School held its first retreat for middle school students so they could learn to communicate, collaborate and establish trust.

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Special Section: Family Matters

Mess-free indoor play ideal for summer fun

Summer has arrived and with it comes the heat, as well as the struggle to keep children engaged. Although pools and splash pads across the Valley definitely help, sometimes being outside in the sun is not safe and indoor play is the answer.

High Holiday Planner

The High Holiday Planner features articles to help you get ready for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur: A Sephardic seder for Rosh Hashanah; Easiest Rosh Hashanah dinner ever; Celebrity cooks share their Rosh Hashanah recipes; Tiny acts bring great rewards; We need to stop overcooking.

Get Connected

Programs match different ages, stages

Whether you are new to town or entering a new phase in your life, the Valley’s Jewish community offers many ways to get involved.

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Simchas

Jewlyweds: a community for couples

When Marina Awerbuch moved from Toronto to attend graduate school at Arizona State University, she immediately made a connection with Jewish Arizonans on Campus (JAC) and jLive, run by Rabbi Jordan Brumer.

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Summer Cool

VOSJCC opens new pool

With summer on the way, the new lap pool at the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center in Scottsdale opened May 16. It is the first element of the JCC’s aquatics center infrastructure to open. 

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Passover

Market holds pet Passover seder

In an effort to raise awareness of its kosher-for-Passover canned pet food, Evanger’s Kosher Pet Foods hosted a pet-friendly and family-friendly seder for pets April 18 at Choice Pet Market’s Scottsdale location on Scottsdale Road and Shea Boulevard.

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Good Health

Our Good Health special section features articles about spiritual coaching, helping families adjust when a child is diagnosed with autism, and how children can cope with ADHD. 

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Jewish News Best of brunch 2016

Inclusion

Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month

February is Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month and Jewish News has collected articles about efforts to promote inclusion of the disabled in the worldwide Jewish community.

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Special Section: Senior Lifestyle

Reinventing your life a possibility at any age

Did you ever imagine reinventing your life? You may have thought it was impossible due to too many obligations, barriers and fears.

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Hanukkah Planner

Delicious treats for the Hanukkah dessert table

It is a truth universally acknowledged that we can never get tired of Hanukkah latkes and sufganiyot (the holiday’s deep-fried jelly doughnuts). But there’s no harm in adding some culinary variety to this year’s Festival of Lights. Pastry chef Paula Shoyer offers a doughnut recipe with a twist as well as two alternative recipes that are great for Hanukkah and will satisfy any sweet tooth.

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Thanksgiving Planner

Sides add interest to main course

While the turkey is the center of the Thanksgiving feast, there’s a lot to be said for the appeal of the side dishes – warm soups, savory potatoes, hearty vegetable recipes and festive beverages. Here are some new ideas to liven up your holiday table.

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Giving

Program gives Jewish nonprofits training to ‘secure the future’

Few conversations are tougher to have than the one about planning what will happen when you die. So it’s not surprising that it’s been tough for nonprofits to seek commitments for bequests, gifts made from the estate of a person who has died.

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Get Connected

Connect with your community

With 5776 on the horizon, it’s time to reflect on the past year and think ahead to next year. As with any new year, Jewish or secular, looking to the future usually means making resolutions, many of which include how we spend our hours and days. If you’re looking for new ways to invest your time while connecting with your community, Jewish News has rounded up a few organizations you might consider joining or volunteering with to make 5776 more fulfilling.

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High Holidays

How to get back on proper path

We live with a practical tradition. We begin the Jewish New Year with 10 days devoted to introspection. Between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we are asked to review our past failures and victories, to evaluate our relationships and how we can make things better for ourselves and those we care for. We take stock of our lives and try to put ourselves back on the right path.

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High Holiday Planner 5776

High Holiday Planner

As 5776 approaches, Jewish News has collected articles to help prepare for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur on new High Holiday-themed books for children, easy and elegant menu recipes, Jewish New Year cocktails, a reflection on whether one can atone through social media, as well as a call to be welcoming to singles and the childless.

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Simchas

Food trucks are hot party trend

Food trucks, a staple of the culinary scene in cities like Los Angeles and New York, are gaining popularity in the Valley. While the mobile eateries can be found around town at office complexes, festivals, farmers’ markets and other locations, many are also hirable for birthdays, bar/bat mitzvahs, weddings and other private events.

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Back to School

Starbucks Club: a habit of giving

Traditionally, Chabad centers on college campuses are funded entirely by donors – alumni, parents and community members.

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Mature Living 2015

Exercise is key to maintaining seniors’ brain and body health

Living an active lifestyle is important at any age, but for seniors it’s critical. Exercise can contribute to better health and well-being, provide an energy boost and help delay the aging process. Regular exercise can also help seniors manage and improve existing conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and osteoporosis. But before starting any exercise or fitness program, seniors should check with their doctors to make sure they are ready to proceed. Exercise benefits seniors both mentally and physically – not just in the gym, but outside as well.

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Summer Cool 2015

Staycation deals end summer on a high note

Craving a vacation but don’t have the time or money (or both) for a full-fledged getaway? Don’t despair; Arizona’s world-class resorts are just a short drive away, and many are offering summer specials to make a staycation an affordable and attractive prospect.

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Weddings

Creative bachelor parties

The bachelor party probably won’t be the groom-to-be’s last night out with the guys, but it should be one of the most memorable. If you’re inclined to forgo the wilder type of bachelor blowout, here are some ideas for great parties:

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Good Health 2015

Focus on Nutrition

Our latest Good Health special section, sponsored by Cypress HomeCare Solutions, focuses on nutrition.

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Thursday 09/20/2018
Pardes middle schoolers learn value of community, team-building
Posted: September 20, 2018

To kick off the new school year, Pardes Jewish Day School held its first retreat for middle school students so they could learn to communicate, collaborate and establish trust.

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I do’s and I don’ts of marital agreements
Posted: September 20, 2018

Marital agreements are increasingly popular as families grow, change, divide and blend. Typical marital agreements include prenuptial, postnuptial, divorce and child custody agreements. Each of these types of agreements is intended to protect various family, property and financial interests and assets.

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Schools discover the importance of play to children’s development
Posted: September 20, 2018

Play is a big part of childhood. In school, as well as at home, play has traditionally been the gateway for learning and one way for children to find a sense of individuality within their networks of peers and adults.

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Wednesday 09/12/2018
8 Arizona garden sights to see before you landscape
Posted: September 12, 2018

In most of the United States, homeowners get ready to shut down their yards and gardens in September. But in much of Arizona, as the weather cools, we’re getting ready for our second spring — a time to plant, landscape and launch a new beginning for our yards.

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New school year means it’s time to revamp study areas
Posted: September 12, 2018

Now that the kids are back in school, what changes do you need to make to your home to accommodate the new academic year? Your children have grown in size, and their maturity level has grown as well. This may require a shift in the space for everyone, because they have new educational needs.

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Wednesday 09/05/2018
Save time making Rosh Hashanah dinner
Posted: September 05, 2018

It started with a chance remark after a Shabbat dinner: “What a feast. You must have cooked for hours.”

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Local beekeepers share recommendations for sweet new year
Posted: September 05, 2018

The dipping of apples in honey representing hope for a sweet new year is a Rosh Hashanah tradition. And with the growing popularity of eating local and organic, the options for the sweet bee’s nectar on your table have expanded exponentially. Now, in addition to the standard supermarket offerings, there are all kinds of varieties found at farmers markets and independent grocers, as well as through independent purveyors. So how to choose?

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From shofars to honey jars
Posted: September 05, 2018

In the weeks leading up to Rosh Hashanah, students at Valley Jewish day schools hear shofar blasts each morning.

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Wellness: Men's Health

Hall not shy on prostate cancer

If you want a frank depiction of what it’s like to receive a prostate cancer diagnosis, read Derrick Hall’s story at pro-state.org. The Arizona Diamondbacks president, diagnosed with prostate cancer at age 42 in September 2011, depicts his dazed post-diagnosis state, including his inability to dial his wife’s number to let her know the news. 

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Wednesday 09/05/2018
Expert: Set ground rules to avoid political conflict at holiday gatherings
Posted: September 05, 2018

Like most religious holidays, Rosh Hashanah has a social component. It’s a time for getting together to celebrate the beginning of a sweet new year with symbolic foods like round challah and honey-dipped apple slices.

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How to survive living in a social media world
Posted: September 05, 2018

Young, middle-aged or old, our lives are in many ways controlled and informed by social media platforms.

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104-year-old voting for eight decades says ‘every vote counts’
Posted: September 05, 2018

The year Doris Kahn was born, 1914, World War I erupted. A year before the end of that war, women won the right to vote in New York, where Kahn was born. Three years later, the 19th Amendment granted women the right to vote.

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Estate planning 101
Posted: September 05, 2018

Like most serious matters, estate planning is a less-than-popular conversation topic. But some of the reason for this is confusion. What is estate planning, and why should you care about it? Here, we round up some of the top reasons to create and have a solid estate plan, no matter who you are.

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Thursday 08/30/2018
Warm weather Rosh Hashanah dinner
Posted: August 30, 2018

Since the High Holidays are early this year, the idea of a lighter meal may be more appealing than roasting chickens or braising briskets.

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Valley markets, restaurants offer home-style holiday fare
Posted: August 30, 2018

While some families enjoy the Rosh Hashanah meal at home and prepare all the foods from scratch, others opt to preorder the traditional delicacies from their neighborhood eateries, markets and bakeries. There are a growing number of options in the Valley, where you’ll find people shopping for the traditional Rosh Hashanah foods — or dining out at eateries with home-style special Rosh Hashanah menus.

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High Holidays challenge: Rabbis prepare their sermons
Posted: August 30, 2018

A rabbi’s work is never done, and that’s especially true for High Holiday sermons, which they can spend as much as a year preparing.

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Wednesday 08/22/2018
Managing social anxiety during the High Holidays
Posted: August 22, 2018

It is not an uncommon concern to try to find ways to avoid discussing politics or religion and other annoying topics during the holiday season when visiting with friends and relatives.

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Pareve pastries with apples for Rosh Hashanah
Posted: August 22, 2018

When I grew up, it was considered elegant to buy desserts at bakeries.

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Verdict on Arizona ‘blue wave’ may rest on primary turnout
Posted: August 22, 2018

National pundits have been talking about a “blue wave” in the midterm elections, meaning that the Democratic Party is expected to see gains in Congress. In most midterm elections (those held two years after a presidential election) since 1934, the president’s party loses seats in Congress. Hence the discussion of a blue wave this time around. Will Arizona, a traditionally red state, see a blue wave this cycle?

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Wednesday 08/15/2018
Checking your own communication behaviors with your children
Posted: August 15, 2018

When my two brothers and I were in elementary school, our family always ate weekday dinners together. Everyone in the family had a chance to talk about problems, successes and minutia of the day. My parents insisted that if we wanted to be listened to, we had to listen to everyone else, including them. My parents created an environment conducive to sincere communication. They knew that if they wanted their children to listen to them, they needed to listen to us.

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Fall is the time for teens to reconnect
Posted: August 15, 2018

It’s back-to-school time for Valley Jewish students, which means it’s also time to reconnect with various Jewish youth groups around the Valley.

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Should schools start later?
Posted: August 15, 2018

Ask a teenager whether they want to sleep a little bit longer, and they’ll happily turn around without a sound and crawl back into their cave of 500 thread count sheets.

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Wednesday 08/08/2018
Inexpensively decorate dorm room for fashion, function
Posted: August 08, 2018

It’s a milestone when you go away to college. Living on your own, usually for the first time, becomes an opportunity to learn about yourself. It all begins with “interior” design — a time to discover how you want to live in your new

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Designing an aging-in-place remodel brings together two Holocaust survivors
Posted: August 08, 2018

Dr. Ron Barnes wanted to unite his mother and aunt under one roof. As Holocaust survivors in their 90s, and not able to get out much to visit one another, he knew that living together would bring them companionship and great joy.

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Wednesday 08/01/2018
Holocaust survivors will see increased funds
Posted: August 01, 2018

Holocaust survivors around the world will receive $564 million in social welfare services in 2019 following negotiations last month between the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany and the German government. This is an $87 million increase from last year.

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Holocaust survivor, Palmach fighter reflects on wars
Posted: August 01, 2018

Ezra Sherman witnessed some of the 20th century’s most transformational moments.

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Couple visited 60 countries together in 71 years of marriage
Posted: August 01, 2018

Editor’s note: The below article was originally published in The Jewish Exponent, a Jewish News-affiliated newspaper, in May 2018. That same month, Janet Zebooker died peacefully at home. One week later, her husband of 71 years, Eli, also died.

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Aging today: bringing sexy back
Posted: August 01, 2018

In 1975, who would have predicted that the words of Harry Wayne Casey would be the best advice for healthy aging? You might know the 67-year-old Casey better as KC from KC and the Sunshine Band. Back when he was only 24, his mantra was, “Do a little dance, make a little love, get down tonight.”

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Avie Guttman won’t let you be forgotten
Posted: August 01, 2018

Avie Guttman, the interviewer for the Smile on Seniors Recorded Interview Program, knows how to pose thought-provoking questions. Take the question she posed when speaking to attendees of a recent SOS dinner.

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Wednesday 07/18/2018
Tips on picking the right car for your teen
Posted: July 18, 2018

Parents worry about their children pretty much nonstop. The apprehension usually skyrockets after teens pass their driver’s test and then can pilot a vehicle solo.

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Preparing for a new sibling
Posted: July 18, 2018

For my family, this will be the summer of The Second Coming, by which I mean the birth of our second daughter in August.

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Wednesday 07/11/2018
Is downsizing really necessary?
Posted: July 11, 2018

I have always been uncomfortable with the term “downsizing.” It has always had a negative connotation for me. It’s really about change and what you want to do with the change. I believe this is a time in life to begin anew, to reflect on where life has taken us and how we can create a setting to live in that is more suitable — a space that speaks of the changes that have occurred and a time to examine what is working and what isn’t.

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Facts you need to know about air conditioners
Posted: July 11, 2018

During the summer in central and southern Arizona, air conditioners are not a “nice to have,” they are a “must have.” When it’s 115 degrees outside and you turn on your air conditioner and nothing happens, it’s one of your worst fears come true. But how much are you to blame for this situation? True, you had been thinking about replacing the AC for a long time, but you kept putting it off — probably because you didn’t know whether it had any more life left in it. And now, there’s a crisis.

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Some AC terms you may want to know
Posted: July 11, 2018

Condenser

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Thursday 07/05/2018
Where can we find common ground in our daily lives?
Posted: July 05, 2018

We live during difficult, contentious times where great conflict exists often due to political differences and diverse opinions. Friendships and family relationships have been challenged, arguments continue and our society usually doesn’t recognize the areas where we get along and share common ground.

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You are apt to be happier when you use apps
Posted: July 05, 2018

Aging Apps

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Fighting stigma around mental illness
Posted: July 05, 2018

Remember the days of three television networks and infinitely less confusion over what to watch when you wanted to zone out? On most days, the amount of time I now channel surf is about equal to the time I actually view anything.

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Wednesday 06/27/2018
How about a ‘stick-nic’?
Posted: June 27, 2018

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Preparing fresh beef steak shishkabobs with vegetables ready for the grill. Isolated on white perkmeup/iStock / Getty Images Plus

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Fourth of July event guide
Posted: June 27, 2018

It’s hard to believe, but the Fourth of July is almost here!

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Locals can enjoy affordable staycations at luxury resorts
Posted: June 27, 2018

The Valley is firmly in the grip of triple-digit temperatures. So now is the is the time resilient Arizonans can experience many of the beautiful luxury resorts the Valley has to offer — in some cases, at steep discounts. Here are a few new summer resort packages you and your family can enjoy:

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Wednesday 06/20/2018
Revamping the Reuben
Posted: June 20, 2018

As a fan of sandwiches in general, I never gave much thought to the Reuben — that traditional deli concoction of corned beef, sauerkraut, Russian dressing and Swiss cheese grilled on rye bread.

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A Shabbat dinner to serve all summer
Posted: June 20, 2018

I began with the best of intentions. For years, I made rich meals for Shabbat dinners all year-round, but in the summer, even with air conditioning, I became overheated preparing hearty food, which my family and friends didn’t feel like eating on sweltering days.

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Wednesday 06/13/2018
Mess-free indoor play ideal for summer fun
Posted: June 13, 2018

Summer has arrived and with it comes the heat, as well as the struggle to keep children engaged. Although pools and splash pads across the Valley definitely help, sometimes being outside in the sun is not safe and indoor play is the answer.

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Jewish News stories through the decades
Posted: June 13, 2018

As we celebrate our 70th anniversary, we take a look back at the news that impacted the valley’s Jewish community and tracked its growth. Seventy years offers a lot of news to choose from. Hopefully these picks will surprise some, bring a wave of nostalgia for others and remind readers that the Valley’s Jewish community is getting stronger by the decade.

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Tracing cultural, community history in the JN archives
Posted: June 13, 2018

For the past year, I have been delving into the Jewish News’ archives for my Flashback series, starting with the paper’s first edition on Jan. 15, 1948. I’ve pored over issues that depicted how the Valley’s Jewish community reacted to events that affected Jews around the world, the creation of the state of Israel and national events that touched all Americans.

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Jewish News: the first 70 years
Posted: June 13, 2018

A thriving community newspaper mirrors the heart and soul of the readers it serves. It delivers accurate, timely reporting, analysis and commentary. It engages, informs and inspires readers. It creates a record of community life.

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Wednesday 06/06/2018
Use all your senses when furnishing your home
Posted: June 06, 2018

Even though our visual sense is the strongest when decorating our home, we must not neglect the other senses we possess to create our personal spaces.

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The do’s and don’ts before buying a home
Posted: June 06, 2018

When buying a home or refinancing your current home loan, there are some seemingly harmless, normal activities that can derail the process. Here is a list of things you should not do without first consulting your loan officer:

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Wednesday 05/30/2018
Double-duty dinner à deux
Posted: May 30, 2018

Cooking for two can be a challenge, especially for those of us who have spent decades feeding a family. The shift from high volume to small portions can be a bumpy transition, with much food going to waste.

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Summer daylight can spark change
Posted: May 30, 2018

As temperatures soar and the daylight greets me earlier every morning, I am overcome with a sense of optimism. The presence of hearty desert flora growing toward the light is my affirmation that longer days hold great promise for those willing to embrace this gift.

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Wednesday 05/23/2018
Valley staycation 101: Relax at luxury resorts during summer months
Posted: May 23, 2018

Memorial Day weekend signals the start of the summer resort season here in the Valley. As the snowbirds head back north to escape the heat, resilient Arizonans can experience many of the beautiful luxury resorts the Valley has to offer — in some cases, at steep discounts. Here are a few summer resort packages you and your family can enjoy:

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Wednesday 05/16/2018
Talking to children about life-changing illness
Posted: May 16, 2018

This month marks two years since my bombshell cancer diagnosis. In the immediate aftermath, I worried about how to tell the kids — or, rather, how not to tell them. But secrecy proved exhausting, added tension and compelled the kids to concoct their own explanations for closed-door talks, post-crying eyes and vague “appointments.” My preschooler was fairly clueless, but my preteen suspected I was pregnant, and my teenager concluded we were divorcing. Clearly, things weren’t handled well.

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6 books for nature-loving kids
Posted: May 16, 2018

Vincent van Gogh once said, “If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.” There’s no better time to use storytelling as a means to understand, discover and explore the world around us.

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Cool outings to beat the heat
Posted: May 16, 2018

With triple-digit temperatures already hitting the area, it’s time to find indoor, air-conditioned activities that work for the entire family. Here are just a few:

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Wednesday 05/09/2018
Designing for couples
Posted: May 09, 2018

Over the years, I have led many couples on their journey of “couple design discovery.” By connecting their individual visions for their home, they create a style that is unique to them.

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Cool your summer with misters
Posted: May 09, 2018

This is the time of year when Arizona homeowners start preparing for summer — new barbecue, patio furniture or cushions for the chairs; umbrellas to shade the furniture; maybe even repaving the patio or buying a new pool pump. Almost everything is designed to provide more comfort in the great outdoors.

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Wednesday 05/02/2018
Navigating life changes not always easy
Posted: May 02, 2018

Transitions are part of our lives and often require additional supportive measures.

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Bouncing back from injury can be a challenge for seniors
Posted: May 02, 2018

Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall, according to the National Council on Aging. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports one in four Americans aged 65 and older fall each year, making falls the leading cause of injuries for older adults. From falls, older adults risk a range of injuries including broken bones, sprains, cuts, bruises and other kinds of pain and soreness.

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Caretakers: silent heroes who need help sharing the burden
Posted: May 02, 2018

Caretakers come in all sizes, shapes, genders and ethnicities.

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A Closer Look: Special Needs

CJSN emphasizes inclusion

The Council for Jews With Special Needs (CJSN) offers many resources and programs for Valley Jews with disabilities and their families to help them fulfill spiritual, cultural and religious needs in a variety of settings. 

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Simchas

Preparing for special days

If the words “kosher catering” conjure up visions of bland and unhealthy food, and memories of bar and bat mitzvahs past still haunt you, remember that planning your upcoming simcha doesn’t have to be a monotonous process full of seen-it-befores or tried-that-onces. With the help of creative kosher catering professionals – or by simply looking within yourself – your special day can be one of a kind. 

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