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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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 Oakwood Country Club, 24215 S. Oakwood Blvd., Chandler. The gala’s theme is “40 Years, Better Together.”
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.
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.
Alumni of Camp Charles Pearlstein and Camp Daisy & Harry Stein are invited to an alumni family retreat March 31-April 2 at the Prescott camp.
Rabbi David Almog, who is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Talmud and Rabbinics at the Jewish Theological Seminary, will speak about “Idols and Idealizing: The Jewish Encounter with Buddhism” at a Valley Beit Midrash lecture, 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at Congregation Or Tzion, 9096 E. Bahia Drive, Suite 106, Scottsdale. He previously served as the campus rabbi for the Hillel at Columbia University and Barnard college.
Smile on Seniors will present an interactive discussion about dementia and communication led by dementia expert, Lori Nisson, MSW, LCSW, at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, at Chabad of Phoenix, 2110 E. Lincoln Drive.
Chabad of the East Valley will present “Kabbalah of Time,” a new six-session course examining time and the Jewish calendar through the mystical lens of Kabbalah.
Chabad of the East Valley will present “Chasidic Pop Art – with the Pop Art Rabbi, “ featuring Rabbi Yitzchok Moully, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, at the Pollack Chabad Center for Jewish Life 875 N. McClintock Drive, Chandler.
Jessica Abo, an award-winning television journalist, entrepreneur, social activist and motivational speaker, will be the featured guest at the Bureau of Jewish Education’s Passages lecture series 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, at Temple Solel, 6805 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley.
Jewish Family & Children’s Service will hold its eighth annual Brighter Tomorrow Luncheon 11:45 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at the Arizona Biltmore Resort, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix.
Author Jan Krulick-Belin of Phoenix will be featured in an author showcase 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, at Congregation Beth Israel’s Sylvia Plotkin Judaica Museum, 10460 N. 56th St., Scottsdale.
Chabad of Arizona will celebrate 40 years at its anniversary dinner and silent auction 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at Embassy Suites by Hilton Scottsdale, 5001 N. Scottsdale Road.
Both a childhood friend of and stepsister to Anne Frank, Eva Schloss will be speaking at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, at the Camelback Golf Club, 7847 N. Mockingbird Lane, Scottsdale.
The Speaker Series of Beth Ami Temple will host an evening with Chrysalis President & CEO Patricia Klahr, who will speak about domestic abuse in Jewish homes, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at Beth Ami Temple, located inside Palo Cristi Church, 3535 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix will present Ehud Barak, the 10th prime minister of Israel, at a MEGA Israel event on Wednesday, March 1, at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 E. Princess Drive, Scottsdale.
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.
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.