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The Israel-American Council of Arizona (IAC-Arizona), the Shevet Shemesh chapter of the Israeli Scouts and the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix will commemorate Yom Hazikaron (Israel Memorial Day) at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 30, at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.
Jewish Free Loan will hold its annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 11, at Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix.
“A Laughing Matter,” a workshop about the health benefits of laughter, will be presented by Jewish Family & Children’s Service’s Aleinu and Acadia Healthcare 2-5 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.
Beth Emeth Congregation will host a free lecture about “The Power of Forgiveness” at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, at the synagogue, Beth Emeth Congregation, 13702 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West. Seating is limited.
Beth El Talmud Torah will host Café Tel Aviv, 10:45 a.m. Sunday, April 30, at Beth El Congregation, 1118 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix.
Yom Hashoah,Holocaust Remembrance Day, begins the evening of Sunday, April 23. Here are some local commemorations:
Registration is open for the Bureau of Jewish Education’s late spring adult learning classes. Classes beginning in April are:
The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix’s NowGen Giving Circle (NGGC), a group of Phoenix-based young professionals who are focused on providing funding for Jewish nonprofits both locally and globally, has issued a call for grant applicants. The main themes NGGC wants to address with funding are scalability and innovation. “We are looking to fund organizations that are focused on making serious, positive impacts in the world and using this capital to launch impressive and effective projects,” according to a press release from the group.
Temple Beth Shalom in Sun City is inviting the women of the community to a Women’s Interactive Seder, “to share a Passover experience with a feminine twist,” organizers say.
Torah Day School of Phoenix will offer a kosher summer food service program Monday-Friday, June 20-July 27. It is part of the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), a federally funded child nutrition program that ensures nutritious free meals are available for children and teens 18 and younger while school is out of session.
A Mimouna celebration ( a three-century-old North African Jewish celebration held the day after Passover that marks the return to eating chametz) hosted by the Arizona Israeli-American Council and the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix will be held at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, 122 E. Culver St., Phoenix.
Students at Shearim Torah High School for Girls will offer a dining experience through Shearim at Your Service, 4:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, April 3, at La Bella Pizzeria, 6505 N. Seventh St., Phoenix.
The Arizona Jewish Historical Society (AZJHS) has received a $600 mini-grant from Arizona Humanities for its spring 2017 Phoenix Jewish Documentary Film Series. The series features films relating to Jewish history or culture and promotes awareness and dialogue about people of diverse cultures and a greater awareness of history in particular through documentary film.
As a statement of gratitude for the community support he received after a car accident, Rabbi Yosef Garcia will present a talk, “Crypto Jews/Hispanic Sefardi: The Hidden Jews Among Us,” 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23, at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, 122 E. Culver St., Phoenix.
A Passover food drive coordinated by the Bureau of Jewish Education (BJE) in conjunction with Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JFCS) has started, with support from Pardes Jewish Day School, as well as preschools, religious schools, synagogues and Hebrew High of Greater Phoenix.
Rabbi Dr. Aryeh Cohen, professor of rabbinic literature at the Ziegler School for Rabbinic Studies of the American Jewish University, and the rabbi in residence at Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, will speak about “Deep Shabbos: On Doing Nothing as Doing Something” at a Valley Beit Midrash lecture, 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, at Congregation Or Tzion, 9096 E. Bahia Drive, Suite 106, Scottsdale.
Cantor Baruch Koritan will sing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and a variety of Hebrew, Yiddish and Ladino songs at a cantorial concert at 7 p.m. Friday, March 17, at Temple Beth Shalom, 12202 N. 101st Ave., Sun City.
Chabad Jewish Women’s Circles throughout the Valley will host “Spa & Spirit in Sedona,” a day retreat for women, on Sunday, March 19.
Escape the Phoenix-area heat by traveling to California this August with Bureau of Jewish Education educators Andre Ivory and Jay Roth. The BJE has planned a six-day trip for participants to learn about presidential decisions that impacted Israel, Russian Jewry and the American Jewish community. Participants will tour the Nixon and Reagan presidential libraries and enjoy top-notch accommodations and a farewell banquet at a highly rated kosher restaurant in southern California.
Gesher Disability Resources (formerly Council for Jews with Special Needs) will be hosting its second annual community model Passover seder 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at The New Shul, 7825 E. Paradise Lane, Scottsdale.
The Friends of Israel at Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation will host a lecture by Rabbi Michael Beyo on the topic of “Is Israel a Jewish state or a state of Jews?” at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at the Sun Lakes Chapel Center, 9240 E. Sun Lakes Blvd. in Sun Lakes. The event is free and open to the community. Refreshments will be served.
Jewish Family & Children’s Service Aleinu and the Phoenix chapter of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) will host a cultural competency workshop 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.
Yavilah McCoy will speak about “Getting Proximate: Developing and Maintaining Multiracial, Multicultural & Multi-faith Alliances Toward Equity and Justice” 7 p.m. Monday, March 13, at Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix.
Helen Freedman, co-executive director of Americans for a Safe Israel, will speak about the current state of affairs in Israel 4-6 p.m. Sunday, March 5, at a private home in Prescott.
The Phoenix Community Kollel will host the “Q,” a fast-pasted multimedia trivia competition on Wednesday, March 15, at Pardes Jewish Day School, 12753 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. The reception it at 6 p.m., the program starts at 7:30 p.m.
Gil Hoffman, chief political correspondent and analyst for The Jerusalem Post, will speak about “69 Reasons to Be Positive About the State of Israel” 7 p.m. Sunday, March 19, at Beth El Congregation, 1118 W. Glendale Ave, Phoenix. This is the final lecture in the Bureau of Jewish Education’s 2017 Passages lecture series.
Jewish Free Loan has announced free Spring Financial Literacy Programs for members of the Phoenix Jewish community.
Congregation Beth Tefillah will present a Passover Kosher Food Fest 1-4 p.m. Sunday, March 19, at Allstate Appliances Showroom, 15250 North Hayden Road, Scottsdale.
The National Council of Jewish Women will present “The Refugee Experience: The Women’s Stories,” a luncheon and panel discussion featuring five women who will share their stories of courage, resourcefulness, determination and optimism, 11 a.m. Sunday, March 19, at The McCormick Scottsdale, 7401 N. Scottsdale Road.
Ronald S. Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress and board chairman of Jewish National Fund, will speak about “The Empowerment of Tomorrow” at Jewish National Fund’s annual Breakfast for Israel, 7:30-9 a.m. Friday, March 17, at the Arizona Biltmore, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix.
The application process for the next StartMeUp! fellowship by Valley Beit Midrash will close Feb. 28. The program is for Jewish professionals ages 25-45 with a passion for igniting change in the Valley’s Jewish community.
Or Adam Congregation for Humanistic Judaism will celebrate its 30th anniversary with an oneg Shabbat party 7 p.m. Friday, March 10, at Pueblo Norte, 7090 Mescal St., Scottsdale.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix’s Business & Professionals Division: Chai Tech group will celebrate PiDay 3.14 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, at the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.
Arizona Jews for Justice and Valley Beit Midrash will present “Refugees in America, Part 2: Refugee Engagement,” 7 p.m. Thursday, March 2, at Temple Kol Ami, 15030 N. 64th St., Scottsdale.
Benji Lovitt, a stand-up comic who lives in Israel, will present “A Delightful Evening of Laughter” at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 5, at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.
The Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley will host Carlos Galindo-Elvira, the Arizona regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, at a free Hot Topics lunch and learn 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the synagogue, 100 Meadowlark Drive, Sedona.
Jewish Actresses of Arizona (JAAZ), an all-girls theater group for Jewish girls ages 10 through high school, will present “A Little Princess: The Musical” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 2, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 5, at the John Paul Theater at Phoenix College, 1202 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix.
Registration is open for a Jewish speed-dating experience sponsored by Our Jewish Generation, Project Jewish Love and Schmooze, to be held Wednesday, March 15, at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Check-in begins at 6:45 p.m., speed-dating starts at 7 p.m. The event is designed to bring Jewish singles together in a safe, informal and casual community setting in order to quickly learn more about many singles on one night. Each “date” will be four minutes long and there will be music and a cash bar.
Valley Beit Midrash will host a family program featuring Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg, at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 5, at Congregation Or Tzion, 9096 E. Bahia Drive, Suite 106, Scottsdale.
Jewish Arizonans on Campus (JAC) will honor Dan and Arlynn Bock at its annual Comedy Night, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Hilton Scottsdale Resort, 6333 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. The Bocks have been involved in many local Jewish organizations for nearly 30 years. They are members of Congregation Beth Tefillah and founders of Chabad of Coronado. Dan assisted in the formation of the Phoenix Community Kollel, is on the Arizona board of the Arizona Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and on Jewish National Fund’s Arizona board of trustees. He has also been involved in Israel Bonds, the Arizona chapter of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and on the board of the Friends of the IDF.
“What’s In It For Me? – How the Bible Informs Us in the 21st Century,” will be presented by Rabbi Stephen Fuchs, author of “What’s In It For Me? Finding Ourselves in Biblical Narratives,” at a Bureau of Jewish Education Passages lecture at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, at Temple Solel, 6805 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley.
Rabbi Bill Berk, rabbi emeritus at Temple Chai, will speak about “Healing Stories from the Jewish Tradition” at a Valley Beit Midrash lecture 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix.
Temple Chai will offer a session of Goat Yoga for Tu B’Shevat. Participants will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix, and caravan to Gilbert for a noon session of yoga on a goat farm. To attend, email Rabbi Bonnie Koppell, email@example.com.
Kosher food will be available at two basketball games at Arizona State University on Feb. 26, as part of a Jewish community day hosted by Chabad at ASU and ASU athletics.
The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Arizona will present “Refugee 101: The Global Refugee Situation,” 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at Pueblo Norte Retirement Community, 7190 E. Mescal St., Scottsdale.
The Center for Jewish Studies at Arizona State University will present a Judaism, Science & Medical Group conference about “Sexuality, Gender and the Jewish Family” on Sunday and Monday, Feb. 19-20 at the Embassy Suites Phoenix-Scottsdale, 4415 E. Paradise Village Parkway, Phoenix.
Temple Emanuel of Tempe will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a gala fundraiser that begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at the Iron Oaks Country Club, 24218 S. Oakwood Blvd., Chandler. The gala’s theme is “40 Years, Better Together.”
Arizona Jews for Justice, in partnership with Valley Beit Midrash, will host a community discussion on working with the refugee community, 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, at Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix.
Registration is underway for the third season of the Jewish Youth Group Sports League (The League), for members of BBYO, NCSY, NFTY and USY. The seven-week basketball season, plus one week of playoffs/championship game), runs Feb. 12-May 7 (no games during spring breaks or Passover).
Former skinhead Frank Meeink will share his story about how he got involved in America’s Nazi underground movement and how he transformed into an advocate for tolerance, diversity and mutual understanding, at a presentation hosted by Arizona Anti-Defamation League Young Leadership and the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix’s NowGen, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Cost is $25.
The Israel Video Network has announced the winner of the "Inspired by Israel" contest sponsored by The Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation.
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.