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Teaching personal value in the age of social media

Eat, sleep, check our feeds. It's no secret that social media has become a staple in the lives of our children and grandchildren. While limitless access to information has its benefits, overexposure to social media can damage self-worth.

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Special Section: General Election

Vote no on Proposition 305: Voucher expansion weakens stronger education for all

Did you know that Arizona’s school vouchers already drain more than $75 million out of public education into private schools with no accountability? While Arizona is still far behind in supporting the vast majority of students in public school, our state Legislature and governor passed a massive expansion of these vouchers. The expansion would mean that private schools could get subsidies from our tax dollars for any student — no matter what their needs or income. Proposition 305 gives us voters the chance to approve or repeal this universal expansion of vouchers.

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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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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: Chanukah

Preserving Jewish tradition in interfaith families

The December Dilemma is a reality that many interfaith families live out each holiday season. The big question is how to balance Christmas and Chanukah in a family with a parent of each faith.

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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 11/14/2018
Teaching personal value in the age of social media
Posted: November 14, 2018

Eat, sleep, check our feeds. It's no secret that social media has become a staple in the lives of our children and grandchildren. While limitless access to information has its benefits, overexposure to social media can damage self-worth.

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Managing pediatric pain in the era of opioids
Posted: November 14, 2018

With the tragic prevalence of opioid addiction in the United States, we all need to pay attention to the ways that children’s pain is addressed in both acute and chronic situations. Children feel and express pain differently than adults, both parents and doctors agree. At the same time, pediatric pain management is a complex topic for doctors and often a baffling one for parents. Some parents, fearful of their child’s suffering, want them to receive narcotics to numb the pain. Others find the possibility of addiction even more frightening and don’t want their child prescribed any opioid narcotics, regardless of pain levels.

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Pardes students benefit from innovative lessons, new technology
Posted: November 14, 2018

There are some people who remember when being in school meant rote memorization from dusty textbooks and maybe one half-working computer for everyone to share. Those days are long gone. Now schools are bringing technology and innovative educational programming to students — as is clear from two recent ventures at Pardes Jewish Day School.

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Preserving Jewish tradition in interfaith families
Posted: November 14, 2018

The December Dilemma is a reality that many interfaith families live out each holiday season. The big question is how to balance Christmas and Chanukah in a family with a parent of each faith.

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Wednesday 11/07/2018
Not all empty nesters are downsizing
Posted: November 07, 2018

At my age, friends think I’m crazy for expanding my house. My contemporaries are downsizing to one-level condos or moving into retirement communities. Meanwhile, I’m adding on to my three-story, 3,700-square-foot home. Instead of mulling over my next mahjong move, I’m busy selecting furniture for an expanded office and exercise room.

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Change the feel of your room with surprisingly small objects
Posted: November 07, 2018

When decorating a kitchen, a client and I created a small sitting area in her large eating area. We decided to use a chair with an ottoman. To give the area a little “oomph,” we used color to pull it all together. My client fell in love with the wonderful fabric we used to make a pillow for the chair. 

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What to consider when buying or refinancing a home
Posted: November 07, 2018

Thinking of refinancing your home? As you probably know, real estate and financial markets have been changing rapidly lately. Harold Perkins, president of the Galaxy Lending Group in Arizona, Oregon, Texas and Washington, filled us in on what’s been happening and how that can affect your plans. 

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Wednesday 10/31/2018
Vote yes on Proposition 305: It’s good for Jews and all Arizonans
Posted: October 31, 2018

Education has always been a Jewish priority.

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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 10/31/2018
Vote no on Proposition 305: Voucher expansion weakens stronger education for all
Posted: October 31, 2018

Did you know that Arizona’s school vouchers already drain more than $75 million out of public education into private schools with no accountability? While Arizona is still far behind in supporting the vast majority of students in public school, our state Legislature and governor passed a massive expansion of these vouchers. The expansion would mean that private schools could get subsidies from our tax dollars for any student — no matter what their needs or income. Proposition 305 gives us voters the chance to approve or repeal this universal expansion of vouchers.

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Justice O’Connor’s dementia announcement puts spotlight on Alzheimer’s
Posted: October 31, 2018

Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor recently announced she has been diagnosed with dementia and potentially Alzheimer’s disease. The news has thrown the disease into the spotlight at a time when an estimated 5.7 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s disease and by 2050, is projected to rise to nearly 14 million.

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Stigma around mental illness pervasive, no matter your age
Posted: October 31, 2018

With advances in the treatment of mental health disorders, many individuals, including seniors, are living highly functional, productive lives.

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Being mindful of mindfulness
Posted: October 31, 2018

Recently, my daughter called me after the first exam of the semester to report her frustration and defiance. She arrived 10 minutes early to the testing site and had planned to review her notes. The proctor instructed the students to put their notes away in preparation for some guided meditation. “Yes, this is mandatory,” the proctor shot back at my daughter, in response to her prodding.

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Make a plan for your year-end charitable giving
Posted: October 31, 2018

November is here. As soon as the election is over, the content of our mailboxes and voicemails will switch from political solicitations to requests for charitable gifts. Before you reach for your wallet, make a year-end giving plan, especially if you want the tax benefits of donating appreciated assets. Consider these ideas to make your giving more tax-effective, and to maximize the value of your year-end contributions.

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Wednesday 10/24/2018
Tofu: the other white meat
Posted: October 24, 2018

October is the shoulder season — the High Holidays are over and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. This is when you want easy snacks, quick lunches and no-fuss appetizers for unexpected guests. You want them to be delicious and filling, but you also want them come together quickly without too much effort. It would be nice if they were healthy and economical, too.

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Experimenting with new vegetables
Posted: October 24, 2018

The ‘bottled’ gourd

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Wednesday 10/10/2018
Buying a home, with debt
Posted: October 10, 2018

In this country, there has always been a well-worn path to household wealth — and that’s buying the house itself.

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Fall colors bring thematic cheer to desert dwellers
Posted: October 10, 2018

Here we are again — my favorite time of year — autumn. The sameness of the summer heat is relieved by cool mornings and evenings, which is a most welcome change. Seasonal changes provide us with decorating themes that give us the opportunity to be creative.

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Give your home a new look with a fresh coat of exterior paint
Posted: October 10, 2018

If the outside of your house is looking shabby, you may be thinking about having it repainted. But like most homeowners, you’re probably wondering about what paint to use.

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Wednesday 10/03/2018
Documentary shows democracy in action
Posted: October 03, 2018

To Stacy Goldate, her 94-year-old “Mom Mom” was just another old lady — albeit one she loved — who spent her days in the South Florida retirement community of Wynmoor Village, playing the piano, frequenting diners and playing cards with her 98-year-old sister, Rose Weber.

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A new approach for a whole new you
Posted: October 03, 2018

As we begin the new year in earnest now, many of us may be looking to change certain aspects of our lives.

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Weekly learning opportunities abound for seniors at the East Valley JCC
Posted: October 03, 2018

Every Tuesday morning, a group of 20 to 30 men and women gather at the East Valley JCC in Chandler for Terrific Tuesdays, an educational, cultural and social program for adults ages 55-plus.

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Senior living facility to integrate with ASU campus life
Posted: October 03, 2018

The concept of lifelong learning takes on a whole new meaning at Mirabella at ASU, a 20-story senior living facility currently being built on the corner of Mill Avenue and University Drive on the Arizona State University Tempe campus.

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Laughing our way to good health and happiness
Posted: October 03, 2018

Every time I think of last New Year’s Eve, I can’t help but smile as I relive one of the most joyously memorable evenings with my family. We gathered together at my home for pretty great food and wine, but the part of the evening that transforms my smile into an LOL is thinking about the antics that ensued as part of the game Cards Against Humanity. This card game is a more-than-slightly off-color version of the game Apples to Apples.

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Six ways to stay independent as long as possible
Posted: October 03, 2018

For the past few years at Rosie on the House, we’ve talked about ways to fix or remodel your home to make it more comfortable and safe for aging members of your family, including you.

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Wednesday 09/26/2018
Millennials make their own wedding traditions
Posted: September 26, 2018

Today’s young couples want to create weddings that are unique and reflective of their personalities. They respect tradition, true, but they spin it into something quite different from the celebrations enjoyed by their parents.

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Cutler-Plotkin offers historical backdrop for couples getting hitched
Posted: September 26, 2018

When Alexandria Kassman Dreher began planning her interfaith wedding, she turned to the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center in downtown Phoenix to provide a vibe that was inclusive, yet still paid homage to her faith.

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Wedding planning made easy — from your smartphone
Posted: September 26, 2018

Party planning is exhausting — and when you’re drowning in invitations, reservations and rental fees, it’s hard to imagine an end in sight.

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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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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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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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