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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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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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Phoenix-based Wall Sensations, which  transforms backyards and other spaces with custom outdoor and indoor murals, wallpapers and floor graphics, has completed thousands of projects since its owner and president, Alan Gellman, started selling its product in 2013.

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In the 1980s, Dungeons & Dragons was considered the cause for moral panic among religious circles, particularly in Christian communities. By now, public perception of the fantasy game has positively shifted thanks to Internet communities and platforms such as YouTube. Through this change…

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When I joined my family’s business, Cypress HomeCare Solutions, back in December 2003, I realized very quickly that many of the clients that we were serving had a form of dementia and some had received a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. After 16 years at the helm, I have seen this populatio…

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These days, when a Jew gets married, it’s likely to be to a non-Jewish partner. The Pew study of 2013 found that, in the years since 2000, the majority of non-Orthodox Jews — 72% — married someone who follows another religious tradition — or none at all.

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Are diamonds truly timeless, or are the expensive gems finally on the way out? What about gems that aren’t diamonds? For so long it was taboo to use any other kind of jewel, but does that still hold true? Just as wedding ceremonies are being modernized with updates to old traditions, so too …

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Rosh Hashanah falls late on the calendar this year, at the end of the back-to-school month and at the beginning of the first signs of fall. No matter; somehow, there are always those last-minute guests and added recipes that cause a flurry of activity in Jewish households right down to the w…

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Q: I’ve been reading about new homes where husbands and wives have separate rooms built for many purposes. What is this all about?

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Holocaust survivors in the Valley will have new opportunities to express themselves emotionally and artistically thanks to an emerging curriculum from Jewish Family & Children’s Service.

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Cycling through personal milestones and challenges defines the decades and our journey. Summer of 2019 is a pivotal one for my family. The last of our chickadees will be flying the coop to navigate health care-related fields to not only make a living, but also make a life and a difference. 

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We’re surrounded by counters — particularly in the kitchen, home office and bathroom. We take them for granted and don’t realize the impact they have on us. Their colors, patterns and textures affect our feelings daily. Choosing the material is a decision based on style, function and cost, w…

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Planning to travel abroad this summer? Before you go, keep in mind that Medicare usually does not cover health care services or supplies while you’re traveling outside the United States.That doesn’t mean you have to travel abroad without health coverage. There are three ways you can get heal…

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Being alone can be a terrible thing. Beyond the difficulty of simply living alone, particularly as we get older when our connections to others may diminish, being alone leaves millions of Americans vulnerable to feelings of loneliness and social isolation.The National Association of Area Age…

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I’m old-school. I still get the newspaper delivered. Primarily, because it is our therapy dog Lacey’s morning routine to get the paper and bring it to me. How could I interfere with her sense of purpose? Besides, I like turning pages and I don’t really mind a little smudgy newsprint on my fingers. 

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Summer is here and residents across the state of Arizona will be heading on vacation. Many vacationers will fly or drive long distances to reach their destinations, but if you plan on taking a long trip this summer, you should be aware of a vein disorder that is especially prevalent for trav…

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