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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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Good Health

Running for a cause

I first learned about Camp Simcha and Chai Lifeline from a post-college roommate about 20 years ago. She was a teacher and during her summer break she was the head waitress at the camp. Not understanding why kids in camp needed waitresses, she explained to me passionately that the overnight Camp Simcha was unlike any place in the entire world.

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Hanukkah 2016

A Hanukkah menu with a healthy flair – plus latkes

Hanukkah is a celebration, a joyful holiday with delicious food and family memories. I remember lighting our menorah as a little girl with my bubbe. Now, raising my daughter, I hope to create special memories with her.

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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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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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Families & Camps

Family trip to Israel is life-changing

Our trip to Israel over this past winter break was with my mom, my dad, my younger sister, my grandpa, my dad’s cousins and two friends. Overall, there were 10 of us, plus our guide. We decided to travel with a guide, which, in hindsight, was the right decision because we had no idea where to go or what to do.

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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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Wednesday 11/30/2016
Duet provides support to family caregivers
Posted: November 30, 2016

When you are part of a duet, you can always count on each other’s support.

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Facing atrocity with faith and hope
Posted: November 30, 2016

This story is about Magda Herzberger. She is a concentration camp survivor who is 90 years old and is unique. Some concentration camp survivors understandably do not write and speak about the Holocaust. It is too difficult. But Magda does. She is speaking at a private university in Phoenix this month.

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How to live your dream in your senior years
Posted: November 30, 2016

How will you live your senior years? Will you be standing on your head? Or dancing on land or ice? Some choose to use their later years to find or rekindle their dreams …and go beyond.

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A concierge service for seniors
Posted: November 30, 2016

As the adult child of a senior, Alison Betts watched her widowed mother become more and more frustrated trying to find and schedule service providers to come to her home.

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JFCS launches Creative Aging program for seniors on Dec. 12
Posted: November 30, 2016

Jewish Family & Children’s Service is offering a pilot program of Creative Aging classes from January through May 2017. Participatory arts classes for boomers and other seniors will be held in three six-week sessions at four different locations around the Valley. Arts disciplines included in the pilot are Creative Writing, Dance, Readers’ Theatre and Vocal Music.

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Wednesday 11/09/2016
Fall recipes from new cookbooks
Posted: November 09, 2016

Two new kosher cookbooks provide new delicious recipes for the holidays: “Kosher Taste” by Amy Stopnicki and “Kosher By Design Brings It Home” by Susie Fishbein.

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Recipes from local companies
Posted: November 09, 2016

For the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, we asked several local restaurants about their favorite Thanksgiving recipes. Below are their submissions.

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Thanksgiving dining, take-out options
Posted: November 09, 2016

If you have had a long year of cooking for family, friends and children, and you need a break from the effort cooking a full Thanksgiving meal requires, local restaurants have come to the rescue. Below are several Thanksgiving offers from local restaurants in the Greater Phoenix area.

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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 11/09/2016
A Thanksgiving elephant?
Posted: November 09, 2016

RED & BLACK

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Wednesday 11/02/2016
Sheltering homeless families
Posted: November 02, 2016

Two weeks before Hanukkah, Temple Chai in Phoenix will give homeless families the gift of hospitality.

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Families leaving a legacy
Posted: November 02, 2016

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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Chair hockey for charity
Posted: November 02, 2016

Goodmans Interior Structures recently hosted the 2016 Goodmans Chair Hockey Tournament to benefit First Place AZ, a sister nonprofit to Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC). Previous events – the company held similar tournaments from 2002 to 2006 – benefitted SARRC, an agency that provides support for children with autism and their families.

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Rollover your IRA – for good
Posted: November 02, 2016

Most people don’t seem to know it, but in 2015, Congress enacted a permanent extension of what is known as the “IRA Charitable Rollover.” As a result, individuals age 70½ and older can make gifts from their traditional Individual Retirement Accounts directly to charity, satisfying their Required Minimum Distributions and reducing their tax liability at the same time.

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Tax credits: Tzedakah at no cost to you
Posted: November 02, 2016

I think most, if not all, of us are sick and tired of politics, the elections and seeing how much money is wasted on political ads, etc. While we generally have little or no control over how that money is spent, we actually do have a lot of control over how our state taxes are allocated.

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Shop for charities at Temple Chai Mitzvah Mall
Posted: November 02, 2016

Temple Chai Religious School will hold its 26th annual Ellen Woodnick Mitzvah Mall 9:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix.

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Charity starts with ice cream?
Posted: November 02, 2016

Sisters Tina “Red” Pennington (a warm-and fuzzy stay-at-home mom) and Mandy “Black” Williams (an extremely pragmatic retired corporate executive) – co-authors of  “What I Learned About Life When My Husband Got Fired!” – discuss the concept of giving.

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Sprouts grant to aid Jewish day school students
Posted: November 02, 2016

The Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation recently granted $1.6 million to nonprofit organizations that support health- and wellness-related causes, including the Council for Jews With Special Needs.

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Wednesday 10/12/2016
Technion researchers on leading edge of innovation
Posted: October 12, 2016

Life expectancy around the globe has risen dramatically in recent years, resulting in increased demands for better health-related devices, solutions and services. Israel, with the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology at the helm, is meeting those demands.

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Health insurance options decrease
Posted: October 12, 2016

Open Enrollment for the 2017 plan year in what is known as the Health Insurance Marketplace runs from Nov. 1, 2016 through Jan. 31, 2017. As of March 31, 2016, nearly 180,000 Arizonans have signed up for health insurance coverage in the Marketplace.

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L’Chaim - to good health
Posted: October 12, 2016

With the High Holidays behind us and a “clean slate” before us, goal-setting is in order. I’d like to share a few resources to assist you in setting goals for healthier living. “The Slight Edge” by Jeff Olson and “Younger Next Year” by Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge, M.D. are two books that provide the how and the why for making good health a priority.

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Running for a cause
Posted: October 12, 2016

I first learned about Camp Simcha and Chai Lifeline from a post-college roommate about 20 years ago. She was a teacher and during her summer break she was the head waitress at the camp. Not understanding why kids in camp needed waitresses, she explained to me passionately that the overnight Camp Simcha was unlike any place in the entire world.

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Event honors cancer survivors
Posted: October 12, 2016

Approximately 50 women joined me at Dance Fusion in the Scottsdale Airpark on Sept. 21 to honor the many women breast cancer survivors and their families and friends in our community.  The event was filled with good feelings, delicious desserts and dance lessons.

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Blowing away negative thoughts
Posted: October 12, 2016

She sat in the red chair opposite me and lamented, “I wish I could just blow away these negative thoughts that keep disturbing my peace of mind!”

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Wellness briefs 10-14-16
Posted: October 12, 2016

‘Creating Your Authentic Path’ workshop to be held in Sedona: Psychotherapist and life coach Bonnie Barness will lead “Creating Your Authentic Path,” a workshop weekend in Sedona, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 and 9 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23. The retreat takes place at The Sedona Creative Life Center, 333 Schnebly Hill Road, Sedona. Cost is $225.

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Wednesday 10/05/2016
Candidate websites
Posted: October 05, 2016

President

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A year like no other
Posted: October 05, 2016

Whoever wins the presidential election this year, the results will be historic. Both major-party candidates have had public personas for decades, yet large portions of the electorate intensely dislike one or the other. There is no denying, however, that either would be a first to hold the office – the first woman president or the first president who has no political, government (non-elected) or military experience.

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U.S. Senate race is McCain’s most challenging in 30 years
Posted: October 05, 2016

This year, John McCain is running for his sixth term as a U.S. senator from Arizona. He’s being challenged by Democratic Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick, who has been Arizona’s representative from the First Congressional District since 2009. This is considered to be McCain’s most competitive race since he first ran for the U.S. Senate in 1986.

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Arizona’s Congressional District 1 contest is on the national radar
Posted: October 05, 2016

Arizona’s Congressional District 1 is considered to be one of the most competitive districts in the country now that it’s an open seat, with incumbent Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick running for the U.S. Senate against Sen. John McCain.

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Two good to compete
Posted: October 05, 2016

One of the most competitive races for the Arizona Senate is in Legislative District 28, a district that includes north and central Phoenix, parts of north Scottsdale and the Town of Paradise Valley. Both current state House of Representatives members in LD 28, Republican Kate Brophy McGee and Democrat Eric Meyer, who are popular with voters, are running for the single Senate seat.

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Corporation Commission election to fill three seats
Posted: October 05, 2016

Three seats on the five-member Arizona Corporation Commission are up for election this year. Commissioner Bob Stump has termed out; current Republican Commissioners Bob Burns and Andy Tobin are running for re-election. Republican Boyd Dunn also is running, while Democrats William “Bill” Mundell and Tom Chabin are running as a team for two of the open seats.

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Wednesday 08/17/2016
Jewish hopefuls few and far between in local races
Posted: August 17, 2016

Is he or she an “MOT”? You may have wondered whether some local political candidates are Jewish. We’ve got some answers for you.

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Wednesday 07/27/2016
Primary primer: What to look for in this election
Posted: July 27, 2016

The presidential primaries are long behind us, but the primary election for other federal offices – the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives – as well as for the Arizona Corporation Commission and Arizona Legislature are still to come.

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McCain faces primary election challengers in U.S. Senate race
Posted: July 27, 2016

The U.S. Senate race in Arizona has captured the attention of political observers outside of the state. The Hill, a Washington, D.C.-based political newspaper, noted in March that incumbent Sen. John McCain is facing the toughest re-election challenge of his career. He’s being opposed in the primary by Republican State Sen. Kelli Ward, who’s also an osteopathic physician in Lake Havasu City, and by Republican Alex Meluskey, a printing company owner in Scottsdale. Other Republican candidates include Clair Van Steenwyk, who is also running for Congressional District 8 but whose name will be taken off the ballot in one or the other of those races before Election Day, and write-in candidate Sean Webster.

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Exercise your right to vote.
Posted: July 27, 2016

Monday, Aug. 1 - Registration deadline for primary

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Corporation Commission field crowded
Posted: July 27, 2016

Three seats are up for grabs on the five-member Arizona Corporation Commission this year. The seats held by Andy Tobin (appointed to fill the term of Susan Bitter Smith, who resigned over conflict of interest concerns), Bob Burns and Bob Stump will be represented on the ballot. Burns and Tobin are running for re-election; Stump has termed out.

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Contested legislative races showcase variety of views
Posted: July 27, 2016

In Arizona, there are 30 legislative districts across the state. In every district, one senator and two representatives are elected, for a total of 90 members of the State Legislature. In only some districts are there competitive contests in the primary election, for which early voting begins Aug. 3. Primary Election Day is Aug. 30.

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Wednesday 07/13/2016
Help strong-willed parents adjust to aging
Posted: July 13, 2016

Does Mom want to keep driving even though her vision has become limited? Has Dad fallen before, but refuses to take preventive measures, insisting it won’t happen again? Has Mom’s memory started to fade but she tries to fake her way through it?

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Avoiding caregiver burnout
Posted: July 13, 2016

When elderly loved ones can no longer fully care for themselves, the responsibility is commonly taken on by family members. What often begins as part-time help – such as paying bills or driving Mom or Dad to appointments – may quickly become full-time work.

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Grant allows Duet to increase caregiving support
Posted: July 13, 2016

Family members who care for aging loved ones in Maricopa County will have expanded tools, resources and support from Duet: Partners In Health & Aging, thanks to a three-year, $460,000 grant from Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust.

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Jewish Free Loan offers interest-free loans for senior care
Posted: July 13, 2016

Jewish Free Loan has an interest-free loan program for Senior In-Home Services and Care Needs.

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Duet offers support groups for family caregivers
Posted: July 13, 2016

Duet offers support groups for family caregivers. Alzheimer’s Caregivers Phoenix will meet noon-2 p.m. Tuesdays, Aug. 2 and 16 at Church of the Beatitudes, 555 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix. Caregivers East Valley will meet 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays Aug. 9 and 23, at Scottsdale Senior Center, 10440 Via Linda. Caregivers West Valley will meet 10-11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at Skyway Church of the West Valley, 14900 E. Van Buren St., Goodyear.

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Fitness key to active lifestyle
Posted: July 13, 2016

Staying physically active at any age is beneficial to overall health. But when it comes to mature adults, physical fitness can mark the difference between a sedentary and an active lifestyle. To help you navigate some of the fitness and wellness options available for older adults, Jewish News has rounded up several programs to check out.

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Wednesday 06/15/2016
A chuppah of equality
Posted: June 15, 2016

Since the landmark Supreme Court ruling to legalize same-sex marriage was handed down on June 26, 2015, many gay and lesbian couples across the nation have been married. As we approach the one-year anniversary of the momentous court decision, Jewish News caught up with one Valley couple who joyfully celebrated under the chuppah as a result.

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Jewlyweds: a community for couples
Posted: June 15, 2016

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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Emanuel students bring back wimpel
Posted: June 15, 2016

Temple Emanuel of Tempe recently revived the ancient custom of the wimpel, a piece of cloth meant to be used at multiple lifecycle events throughout an individual’s life.

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Dance Fusion offers lessons for special events
Posted: June 15, 2016

Dance Fusion has a full staff of ballroom dance teachers who currently give private lessons for events that have first dances and other special dances, such as mother/son and father/daughter dances for weddings.

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Bowlmor Lanes may​ be right up your alley
Posted: June 15, 2016

If you’re looking for an unusual venue for your simcha, why not consider an upscale bowling party at Bowlmor Lanes?

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Wednesday 04/06/2016
Chef Paula Shoyer’s menu enlivens seder
Posted: April 06, 2016

Chef and best-selling author Paula Shoyer offers recommendations that she guarantees will match the Passover culinary tradition while simultaneously enlivening your seder.

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Linzer Tart (gluten-free)
Posted: April 06, 2016

The crust requires 3 cups of three different kinds of groundnuts; if you do not have enough of one type, you can substitute another.

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A light lunch that’s tasty, too
Posted: April 06, 2016

Even during Jewish holidays, when food is so abundant, it is possible to eat well.

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How to be a good seder guest
Posted: April 06, 2016

People who’ve never been to a Passover seder might be feeling a bit intimidated at the prospect. This guide should help first-time seder-goers relax. Share it with friends and family who have never been to a seder before, so they too may enjoy the celebration, discussion and lots of tasty food.

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Paths to kosher certification
Posted: April 06, 2016

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

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How to make a customized Passover Haggadah
Posted: April 06, 2016

The Hebrew word “Haggadah” means “narration” or “telling.” As the Passover seder’s instruction manual, the Haggadah is perhaps the most important tool for fulfilling the Passover mitzvah of telling the story of the Jewish exodus from Egypt (a mitzvah that is mentioned six times in the Torah).

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Do we go overboard with Pesach preparation?
Posted: April 06, 2016

There are two funny images I like to circulate this time every year as we approach the Passover holiday. The first is a cartoon of a truck with large text on the side reading Morty’s Passover Cleaning. On the driver’s side door is the word chametz inside a circle with a line struck through it. Underneath the large Morty’s Passover Cleaning text on the side of the truck it reads: Orthodox $89.95, Conservative $49.95, Reform $19.95.

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CJSN to host special-needs seder
Posted: April 06, 2016

The Council for Jews with Special Needs will host its first model seder this year, offering a traditional seder ceremony in a setting that accommodates those with short attention spans or those who have difficulty sitting still.

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Wednesday 03/16/2016
Spiritual coach aids healing
Posted: March 16, 2016

Ellen Friedman of Phoenix was happily providing physical therapy services for more than 25 years and anticipated that she would continue to do so for 25 more. However, she began to notice that her clients’ requests were shifting more toward her coaching than the physical therapy and movement training. 

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Journalists laud work of SARRC in new book
Posted: March 16, 2016

In the epilogue of their book, “In a Different Key: The Story of Autism,” John Donvan and Caren Zucker, two award-winning journalists, credit the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) and Greater Phoenix for creating a supportive community. 

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After a diagnosis of autism
Posted: March 16, 2016

A diagnosis of autism affects the entire family, and in many cases that includes grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins, as well as close friends, according to Dr. Raun Melmed, a developmental and behavioral pediatrician who is medical director of the Melmed Center in Scottsdale.

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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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