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Congregation Beth Israel Chanen Preschool will host its seventh annual Chanukah Carnival 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at Congregation Beth Israel, 10460 N. 56th St., Scottsdale.
Rabbi Alicia Magal of the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley will lead a free Mussar workshop at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the JCSVV, 100 Meadowlark Drive, Sedona.
The Phoenix Suns Jewish Community Night will be held on Sunday, Dec. 11, at Talking Stick Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix.
“The Afterlife: An Exploration of the Soul’s Journey in this World and in the Next,” a lecture by Rabbi Pinchas Allouche, will be held 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the Jewish Community Center of Scottsdale, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road.
Chabad of Fountain Hills will host a talk given by World War II spy Marthe Cohn, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at Fountain Hills Learning Center, 1600 Palisades Blvd., Fountain Hills.
Tickets are now available for the Bureau of Jewish Education’s 2017 Passages lecture series, which begins Jan. 15.
Chulent West is seeking local artists and craftspeople to display their work at a Dec. 18 musical event. Contact Hershl, 602-710-5007 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday Night Learning, a program for fathers and children, will be held Nov.19-Dec. 17, at the Shaarei Tzion social hall, 6516 N. Seventh St., Phoenix. The program starts at 7:15 p.m. and includes pizza, prizes, stories and a raffle.
Ethan Zohn, the winner of the “Survivor: Africa” television reality show, a two-time cancer survivor and an advocate for Israel, will be the featured guest at the Jewish National Fund Arizona Women for Israel Luncheon, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Chateau Luxe, 1175 E. Lone Cactus Drive, Phoenix.
Chabad of the East Valley will host Saturday Night Alive, a project of CKids Club International, 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. The event, at the Pollack Chabad Center for Jewish Life, 875 N. McClintock Drive, Chandler, is a musical celebration of family and a Havdallah ceremony. It will include a board game bar, treats, storytelling and crafts. Contact email@example.com or call 480-855-4333.
“Making Your Own Path” is the topic of the second “Ladies First: Leading the Way” series hosted by the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix. The program starts at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.
The fifth annual Kosher Living Health Fair will be held 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, at the Phoenix Hebrew Academy, 515 E. Bethany Home Road, Phoenix. The family-friendly event focuses on healthy living and will feature exhibition tables, demonstrations and kosher food vendors, with an emphasis on the promotion of small local businesses. Vendors will include Fresh Mint, Rita’s Ice, New York Bagels & Bialys, PJ Library and the City of Phoenix. There will also be activities for children. The free event is organized by the Jewish Enrichment Center. For more information, visit kosherliving.org.
Beth El Congregation will host a family Shabbat at 5:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, at the synagogue, 1118 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix. The family-friendly service, to be led by Cantor Jonathan Angress, will be followed by a pasta bar, salad bar and sundae bar dinner. Cost is $8 per person or $25 for family of four ($5 each additional family member in same household.) To attend, call 602-944-3359 by Nov. 11.
The Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center will hold “Giving Thanks Super Sunday,” a free open house featuring children’s activities, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at the VOSJCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Children can make Thanksgiving decorations, play games and enjoy story time with PJ Library. Visit vosjcc.org.
Soul Friends: Coconino United Religious Leaders Association, along with The Arizona Interfaith Movement, will present a “Symphony of Blessings for Thanksgiving” event, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, at Thornager’s, 2640 W. Kiltie Lane, Flagstaff.
Schmooze will hold a ShabbatLuck (Shabbat potluck) event 7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, at Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. The potluck is for singles and couples in their 30s and 40s and is for adults only. Visit Schmooze on Facebook for details about signing up for a potluck item to bring.
Smile on Seniors, an organization dedicated to the needs of the Jewish community’s active adult and senior population, will hold a benefit event 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, at G Collection, 602 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale. The evening will include cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Cost is $72.
“On the Cutting Edge… Today’s Jewish Women,” a symposium for women of all ages, will be held Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.
A workshop about “The Final Gateway: Jewish Approaches to Dealing with Death” will be held 3-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley. It will be taught by Rabbi Alicia Magal.
Temple Chai will honor veterans at its Kabbalat Shabbat service on Friday, Nov. 11. The service begins at 6:15 p.m. and veterans are invited to attend.
Phyllis Palm, author of “The Key, the Turtle and the Bottle of Schnapps” will be the featured author at a Generations After Book Talk 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. The book tells the story of Jews who fled the Nazis by walking from Krakow, Poland to Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and the effect of this trauma on succeeding generations. To attend, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit phoenixhsa.org.
The East Valley JCC recently announced that the Challah Factory has opened on its campus, providing fresh-baked challah, pizza lunch and baked goods made there.
Holocaust survivor Charlotte Adelman will share her personal story of survival as a child, at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, Beth El Congregation, 1118 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix.
An Israeli Kabalat Shabbat hosted by the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix and the Israeli American Council will be held 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.
Temple Chai will hold a vendor fair/holiday boutique 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, at the synagogue, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix will begin selling tickets for the 18th annual Mazelpalooza – a Christmas Eve party for Jewish young adults – at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 31.
“Is it Good to be Envious? Judaism’s Special Medicine for Envy,” is the topic of a class led by Rabbi Pinchas Allouche 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. The class is hosted by the Jewish University of Scottsdale. Cost is $10 cash, payable at the door. Register at meetup.com/Jewish_University_of_Scottsdale.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix is now accepting applications for the 2016 Belle Latchman Community Service Award.
In preparation for the upcoming Shabbat Project, women ages 12 and older are invited to a painting class led by local artist Brook Foster, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, in Phoenix.
“Major Jewish Controversies” is the topic of a Jewish Life & Living Lecture Series that will be taught by Rabbi Laibel Blotner 10-11 a.m. Mondays, Oct. 31-Dec. 5, at the East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler.
The Arizona Interfaith Movement will present “Experience Interfaith,” 5:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at the Lath House at Heritage Square 115 N. Sixth St., Phoenix.
Scottsdale Community College has received two 2016 Videographer Awards, including an Award of Excellence for its Genocide Awareness Week video and an Award of Distinction for its Graduation 2015 video. The college also earned an Honorable Mention for its Homecoming 2015 video. The three videos were produced by the office of Institutional Advancement and Community Engagement, led by Executive Director Nancy Neff. Doryen Chin, a student in the Scottsdale School of Film+Theatre at SCC, served as videographer and editor for each of the videos while completing an internship with the department in 2015-16.
Duet, a nonprofit interfaith organization, will host a free financial seminar, “Get Prepared and Financially Fit,” 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 22, at Duet’s offices at 555 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix.
Valley Beit Midrash will host its opening lecture event with Rabbi Joseph Telushkin speaking about “On Being a Good Person in a Morally Complicated World: On Forgiveness, Self-Esteem and Why It’s So Hard to Change,” 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, at Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix.
Congregation Kehillah, an eight-year-old independent synagogue serving North Phoenix and Scottsdale, has purchased its first permanent home and plans to relocate before the end of 2016. The new location, 5858 E. Dynamite Road in Scottsdale, is just five miles from its current location at 7430 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, Suite 132, Scottsdale.
Generations After will host a fall picnic noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, at Chaparral Park, 5401 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale.
Mt. Sinai Cemetery will host a Kever Avot Memorial Service at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 9. The cemetery is located at 24210 N. 68th St., Phoenix.
Temple Beth Shalom will host a Chili Cook-off where guests can vote on their favorite chili. The event will also include a raffle, lunch, children’s activities and a used-cookbook sale.
Channel 12 journalist Brahm Resnik will speak about the presidential campaign and explore the forces shaping Arizona elections, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, at Beth Ami Temple, located in Palo Cristi Church at 3535 E. Lincoln Drive in Paradise Valley.
Congregation Lev Shalom, formerly Heichal Baoranim/Temple in the Pines, in Flagstaff, will install Rabbi Mindie Snyder on Oct. 21.
Limmud AZ is looking for presenters to teach at Limmud AZ who exemplify the Limmud value that everyone is a teacher and a learner. Presenter proposals are being accepted until Oct. 10.
Project Jewish Love will host its first Jew Year’s Eve Jewbilee celebration, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.
Irish-Catholic teacher Valerie Foster will speak about her book “The Risk of Sorrow,” 1-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave, Phoenix.
The Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix has issued a request for Letters of Intent (LOIs) for its 2017 grant cycle; the deadline is Nov. 7.
A free Rosh Hashanah dance will be held 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, 122 E. Culver St., Phoenix.
The Jewish Genetic Diseases Center of Greater Phoenix will hold a genetic education and screening event 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.
Chabad of the East Valley will host a Family Fun Day 10:30 a.m.-noon Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Pollack Chabad Center for Jewish Life, 875 N. McClintock Drive, Chandler. The free event, the first in a series, will include a variety of holiday activities.
Valley Beit Midrash has announced its first cohort of the Yatom Family Fellowship.
The Phoenix Mikvah invites the community to a groundbreaking event at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the future home of the Phoenix Mikvah at 840 E. Maryland Ave., Phoenix. Visit phoenixmikvah.org.
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.