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Giving

Families leaving a legacy

For members of the Jewish community who want to create a permanent charitable endowment that will benefit the community long after they’re gone, one of the most notable ways to accomplish this is through the Jewish Community Foundation’s Endowment Book of Life.

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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: 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.

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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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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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 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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Grief counseling and coping with the loss of a loved one
Posted: May 02, 2018

Coping with the loss of a loved one can be one of the toughest challenges many of us will face. And when one loses a spouse, this grief can be compounded.

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Seven great apps for seniors
Posted: May 02, 2018

Smartphones and tablets are ubiquitous in all age demographics, and climbing especially quickly among older adults. Nearly half of all adults 65 and over owned a smartphone as of 2017, which is more than double the number who had one four years earlier.

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Radiating your inner glow
Posted: May 02, 2018

Who wakes up in the morning, looks in the mirror and thinks, “Wow, I wish I had spent more time in the sun when I was younger”? Who can remember a time when suntan lotion did not even have an SPF number? The constellation of freckles taking up permanent residence on our epidermis is proof that we baby boomers did not know any better. So how can we explain that despite all we know about the detrimental effects of UV radiation from the sun, our kids and grandkids continue to chase Apollo’s golden chariot?

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Wednesday 04/25/2018
What to expect from an event photographer
Posted: April 25, 2018

A yad skimming over the black letters of the Torah during a bar mitzvah is an image you probably want to always treasure.

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Speeches present learning opportunity for bar and bat mitzvahs
Posted: April 25, 2018

Your palms are sweaty.

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Wednesday 04/18/2018
The code to success: computer science for kids
Posted: April 18, 2018

What does it take to move your child from consumer to producer of technology?

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What do I do if my child gets a bad grade?
Posted: April 18, 2018

There’s an undercurrent that runs through most conversations we have with our kids about school. With some families, it’s more explicit: “We expect you to do well, and come home with As and Bs on your report card.” With other families, it’s less so, but still implied: “We expect you to go to school each day and give it your best effort, no matter what.”

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Wednesday 04/11/2018
Seven features your security door should have
Posted: April 11, 2018

This is the time of year when temperatures are still cool enough in the evening you can leave doors and windows open in your house. But if you simply open a door, you could be dealing with flies, moths, mosquitoes — and possibly even unwanted human visitors.

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Good home design is comfortable design
Posted: April 11, 2018

The single most important characteristic people tell me they want in their home is comfort, and I believe you don’t have to sacrifice comfort for the look you want. Good design is comforting, but everyone has a different definition of what comfort means to them. What is warm and comfortable for you may look very different from your neighbor’s space.

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Wednesday 04/04/2018
Can you afford to make room for Mom and Dad?
Posted: April 04, 2018

Have you been thinking about adding a “mother-in-law” unit to your house for Mom and Dad? You’re not alone. This is an issue that many people, especially baby boomers, are thinking about.

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Changing priorities as you age
Posted: April 04, 2018

Aging requires resiliency, creativity and adaptability, and it can lead to great self-discovery. Why are we sometimes surprised when someone in their 60s, 70s, 80s or 90s becomes more creative, starts a new, meaningful relationship, offers sound advice, or begins a new endeavor or interest? Since growing older is an inevitable part of life, why not look at these questions, focus on challenging negative stereotypes and reinforce positive contributions that occur as we age?

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Opioid epidemic as Shakespearean tragedy
Posted: April 04, 2018

The opioid epidemic, affecting both young people and seniors, has been described as the worst man-made epidemic in modern medical history. The magnitude of the series of misunderstandings and missteps that led to this crisis is beyond comprehension or imagination. With hindsight being perfect vision, the Shakespearean elements and pathos of the opioid tragedy can be seen.

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Wednesday 03/28/2018
Passover and Easter provide No Bagel Today opportunities for interfaith couples
Posted: March 28, 2018

The holiday of Passover is upon us — and with that comes family traditions passed through generations. But some families may make new traditions this year, as Passover overlaps with Easter.

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Haggadahs blend traditional, modern topics
Posted: March 28, 2018

Haggadah means “telling,” and different versions of the Passover Seder script, translated and retold in countless languages countless times, can certainly be telling about the state of the world.

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Even pets can keep kosher during Passover
Posted: March 28, 2018

At Choice Pet Market in Scottsdale, Passover is going to the dogs — or, more accurately, the dogs are going to Passover.

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Matzah mysteries: origins, afikomen
Posted: March 28, 2018

Manischewitz. Osem. Yehuda.

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Wednesday 03/21/2018
A garnish takes center stage
Posted: March 21, 2018

So, everyone who’s ever purchased a bundle or three of parsley for Pesach and then still seemed to have a bundle or three of parsley left when the Seders were over, please raise your hand.

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Coca-Cola prompted the advent of Passover-friendly food companies
Posted: March 21, 2018

In the 1930s, Rabbi Tobias Geffen of Atlanta began to investigate the hidden ingredients inside mass-produced foods and to evaluate whether those ingredients conflicted with kosher laws. He then set a precedent by getting The Coca-Cola Company to make a kosher-for-Passover version of its soft drink, convincing the company to substitute the grain alcohol used in the processing of its drink to alcohol derived from molasses.

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Passing over bread at breakfast
Posted: March 21, 2018

While I love Passover, I find breakfast the most challenging meal during the holiday of unleavened bread. Removing foods made with flour and grains from breakfast menus means digging deep into the creative side of my brain.

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Setting a stylish yet traditional Passover table
Posted: March 21, 2018

Even though “stylish” and “traditional” may seem like opposites and mean something different to each of us, the two qualities can actually be combined beautifully and comfortably, especially at Passover.

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Wednesday 03/14/2018
Nurse practitioner: tips for a healthy camp experience
Posted: March 14, 2018

If you’ve already decided where your children will be attending camp this summer, it’s time to think about how best to prepare them for a fun, healthy and safe experience away from home.

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Top 5 things to know about Jewish day camp
Posted: March 14, 2018

You’re starting to think about summer and what you’re going to do with the kids for two-plus months — er, we mean, how you're going to provide your darlings with a meaningful and fun summer experience.

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The surprising benefits of the Passover diet
Posted: March 14, 2018

For a millennia-old religious celebration that has little to do with physical well-being, the Passover holiday offers unexpected health-related opportunities.

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More than fun and sun: Jewish summer programs encourage tikkun olam
Posted: March 14, 2018

Anath Hartmann | Contributing Writer

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How to prepare your Seder plate quickly and easily
Posted: March 14, 2018

Preparing the Seder plate can seem overwhelming, but it needn’t be.

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Thursday 03/08/2018
Real estate experts weigh in on new tax bill
Posted: March 08, 2018

The new federal tax bill raises questions on, well, everything. We checked with three real estate experts to find out how the new law might affect homebuyers.

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Kosher-for-Passover wines launched by former Phoenix Suns star Amar’e Stoudemire
Posted: March 08, 2018

At a news conference at the Jewish National Fund House on Feb. 20, former NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire, who played for the Suns for eight years, effused over his new line of kosher-for-Passover wines produced in Israel.

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Cleaning for Passover and the search for spirituality
Posted: March 08, 2018

As Passover approaches, many Jews go into spring-cleaning mode. Getting rid of chametz concretizes into actions such as putting away all of our everyday pots and dishes or making them kosher for Passover. Many of us also clean out the gunk that accumulated in the bottom corners of our refrigerator and conduct a detailed cleaning of the inside of our cars.

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Five reasons to get new windows
Posted: March 08, 2018

Window replacement is probably one of the more permanent changes you can make in your home. So you’ll want to think it through carefully before doing it. Below are several important benefits you’ll get from buying new windows.

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Wednesday 02/28/2018
Top medical issues facing seniors run gamut
Posted: February 28, 2018

The advent of humans living longer — sometimes into triple digits — has brought on a plethora of health problems that seniors must cope with. While some issues are remnants of past health choices, there are measures that seniors, and soon-to-be seniors, can take to mitigate future health concerns.

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Handicapped-accessible remodel can also be stylish
Posted: February 28, 2018

It’s no surprise that 90 percent of people 65 and older would prefer to live in their own homes as they age, as opposed to a nursing home or assisted living facility, according to a recent AARP study.

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Comfort food after a funeral
Posted: February 28, 2018

Sadly I’ve gone to several funerals lately. Fortunately, I didn’t lose a close relative or friend, but this gave me the chance to see the food, much of it homemade, people bring to shiva calls.

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90-year-old is JDate.com’s new face
Posted: February 28, 2018

The next time you visit New York, look up and you may see Bea Slater plastered on a billboard overhead.

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A colonoscopy is a crystal ball for your health
Posted: February 28, 2018

Have you ever just wished for a crystal ball, an opportunity to peer into the future for a concrete fact to help make a decision? Does this 60-minute window give me enough time to make a connecting flight? Should I travel ahead of schedule based on the weather forecast of treacherous driving conditions?

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Wednesday 02/21/2018
How Jews juggle challenges of second marriages
Posted: February 21, 2018

Mazel tov! You’re getting married … again.

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Sure, the food tastes good. But how does it photograph?
Posted: February 21, 2018

Infusion cocktail bars and chilled soup stations are among the most popular features of wedding receptions these days. But taste isn’t the only consideration. Couples are asking themselves, how will the meal look on Pinterest?

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Jewish marriage contract as art
Posted: February 21, 2018

Judging from its ritual text, the ketubah (marriage contract) that is read aloud during a Jewish wedding ceremony isn’t the most exciting, romantic or joyous document. Yet increasingly, today’s ketubah designs are anything but dry and transactional. Ketubah artists and consumers alike are developing more elaborate and personalized tastes.

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Wednesday 02/14/2018
Documents every parent will want their 18-year-old child to sign
Posted: February 14, 2018

As parents know, it’s never too early to start planning for your child’s college education. And the race to research colleges and send in applications hits a fever pitch in your child’s junior year of high school.

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Understanding your middle schooler
Posted: February 14, 2018

They’re called the “tween” years — those tumultuous, treacherous and confusing middle school years when kids dangle precariously between childhood and adolescence.

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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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