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Shevet Shemesh, the Arizona chapter of the Israeli Scouts, held its first event on Aug. 28, with about 70 children. Pictured, from, left, are teen counselors Maya Kogan, Lee Burstin, Itay Ozer and Shani Caspi. See Teen Scene.
Whether or not you’re affiliated with a Jewish congregation, you probably are aware that it takes millions of dollars to construct a facility in which to hold worship services, offer educational and social programs and operate a religious school. A number of congregations in Greater Phoenix have determined that building and maintaining their own space is prohibitively expensive, and have found a suitable alternative by sharing space with other faith groups.
“Looks like we’ve been joined by a member of the media.” I had just gotten my press credentials and was on the elevator on my way down to the press pit for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s Aug. 31 immigration policy speech in downtown Phoenix. “Will you be fair?” asked one of my compatriots on the elevator, which apparently was only for the press and VIPs. Not knowing what to say, I responded, “I’ll be fair … enough.”
The “Inspired by Israel” video contest has started its 10-day period of online voting to determine which 10 video entrants will move on to the final phase of the contest and be evaluated by an elite panel of judges.
Between the challah bake, the Shabbat Project and conferences in Washington, D.C., it's been a busy week.
Shabbat in Jerusalem was like no Shabbat I have ever experienced.