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Technologist, storyteller and longtime genealogist Tammy Hepps will present “The Ancestor Deep-Dive: How You Can Find Out Everything There Possibly is to Know About Your Ancestor,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, 122 E. Culver St., Phoenix.
Congregation Kehillah’s spiritual leader Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman, a board member of the Arizona Faith Network and the Arizona Board of Rabbis, will moderate a discussion titled “Finding the Silver Lining: A Jewish Perspective on Moving Forward in a New Political World” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, at the Pueblo Norte Senior Community, 7090 E. Mescal St., Scottsdale.
The Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley is sponsoring a series of four multimedia workshops on Spanish Jews and the Inquisition. The workshops will be conducted by educator and synagogue member Kohavah Benatar and held at the synagogue, 100 Meadowlark Drive, on Route 179.
“The Afterlife: Exploring the Soul’s Journey in This World and the Next” is the topic of a Jewish University of Scottsdale lecture presented by Rabbi Pinchas Allouche 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, at the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.
The new cafe on the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus opened on Dec. 20. Milk + Honey is now open for coffee, breakfast and lunch. There are also plans to offer a sit-down dinner.
Jewish Family & Children’s Service will sponsor the 2017 Health & Resources Expo 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, 33606 N. 60th St., Scottsdale.
The Jewish Genetic Diseases Center of Greater Phoenix will hold its annual luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017 at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. The theme is “Are You In Tune With Your DNA?” and the featured speaker is Rabbi Joe Black, who is also a musical entertainer. Cost is $54. Register: jewishgeneticsphx.org or call 480-668-3347.
“Strengthening Your Spiritual Connection,” an afternoon of Mussar with Alan Morinis, dean and founder of The Mussar Institute, and Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, president and dean of Valley Beit Midrash, will be held 12:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, at Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix.
Rabbi Leo Abrami from Beth Emeth Congregation invites members of the community – both Jewish and non-Jewish – to attend free classes he will be teaching at Beth Emeth Congregation in Sun City West, 13702 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West.
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.
Valley residents Esther and Don Schon write about a program that two ex-IDF soldiers developed to help teach disadvantaged teens to surf and in turn to become surfing teachers for wounded warriors.