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Flagstaff’s Reform congregation has a new name. What was formerly known as Heichal Baoranim/Temple in the Pines, is now Congregation Lev Shalom.
“Fueling Extremism in a Wired World,” an event sponsored by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and co-presented with Scottsdale Community College, will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.
The Friends of Israel Committee of Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation will hold a “Celebrate Israel” program 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Sun Lakes Chapel Center, 9240 E. Sun Lakes Blvd. N., which is open the entire community.
Dan Fellner, a three-time Fulbright Scholar to Eastern Europe, will give a lecture about Jewish life in the region 4-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at the East Valley JCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler.
JDC Entwine will host “Global Nosh Phoenix: A celebration of Jewish life around the world,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at The Newton, 300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix.
Jewish Women’s Circle, a project of Chabad of the East Valley, will host a Mega Challah Bake at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Pollack Chabad Center for Jewish Life, 875 N. McClintock Drive, Chandler.
“The Top 5 Secrets to Love,” a free presentation hosted by Project Jewish Love and led by Rabbi Pinchas Allouche, will be held 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, at Congregation Beth Tefillah, 10636 N. 71st Way, Scottsdale. Questions can be directed to email@example.com.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix is launching a new initiative geared toward professional women.“Ladies First: Jewish Women Leading the Way” is an informational networking and learning series featuring panels of women who are leaders in both their career and the local community.
Temple Beth Emeth of Scottsdale will move to a new location this month. As of Sept. 12, the Conservative congregation will be located at 8250 E. Rose Lane, Scottsdale. The new location is the site of a former Boys and Girls Club facility and is located behind Saguaro High School.
The Phoenix Community Kollel will host “Cooking for the King,” a pre-Rosh Hashanah cooking demonstration for women, featuring Chef Renee Chernin of Jerusalem. During the two-hour demonstration, Chernin will share cooking tips and discuss health benefits of the food she prepares, as well as the story of her path from insecure cook to cookbook author. The event starts at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, at Orange Tree Golf Resort, 10601 N. 56th St., Scottsdale.
Generations After will hold training sessions for children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors who are interested in joining its speaking bureau. The required sessions are 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 11 and 18, at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. The sessions cover the fundamentals of public speaking, common themes of the 2G and 3G experience and methods for telling personal stories. They will be taught by Janice Friebaum, immediate past chair of GA.
The Council for Jews with Special Needs will host “STEM Sunday,” an afternoon to explore STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – with games, toys, apps, crafts and other activities, 1:30-3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.
“Jewish Genealogy: Myths and Opportunities” is the topic of a presentation by Emily Garber of the Phoenix Jewish Genealogical Society, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at Beth El Congregation, 1118 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix.
Women from throughout the East Valley will gather to experience the making of their own holiday challah, at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at Chabad of Mesa, 941 S. Maple. Cost is $7. To register, email Chabadmesa@gmail.com or call 480-659-7001.
“Lessons I Learned From My Patients: Supporting Breast Cancer Survivors & Reducing Your Risk” is the topic of a lecture by Dr. Linda Benaderet hosted by Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Dance Fusion Studio in Scottsdale. The lecture is part of The Power of You speaker series, which is co-chaired by Gail Ober and Suzanne Swift.
A 2016 Legislative Candidate Forum and Book Signing presented by the Council for Jews with Special Needs and The Arc of Arizona will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.
“Narrative Warfare: Israel’s struggle of legitimacy in the age of disinformation” is the topic of a presentation to be hosted by Americans For a Safe Israel at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.
The fall session of Jewish Marriage University – a course for married, engaged and serious couples hosted by the Bureau of Jewish Education – will be held 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 11 and 25, with an additional class for interfaith couples 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21.
Beth Emeth Congregation of the West Valley will pay tribute to the fallen heroes of 9/11 with a commemoration at noon Sunday, Sept. 11, at the synagogue, 13702 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West.
The Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center is introducing “Me & My Dad,” a program for fathers and their children in pre-K through second grade.
“Israel-ISIS-Iran: Mideast Streets Wind Through the U.S. Election,” a presentation about how Mideast issues are affecting the upcoming U.S. election, will be held 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, at Beth El Congregation, 1118 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix.
Registration is open for the fall semester of Women’s Jewish Learning Center courses. These include “Joan’s Class: Jewish Literature and Jewish Life,” which is named in memory of former student Joan Beren, to be held 10 a.m. Mondays beginning Sept. 12; “Weekly Parsha with S’fat Emet,” 2 p.m. Mondays beginning Sept. 12; “Tuesday Morning Talmud,” 8 a.m. Tuesdays beginning Sept. 6; and “Smart, Short, Sweet: Pirkei Avot,” 10 a.m. Tuesdays beginning Sept. 13.
Beth El Congregation is planning to relaunch its Men’s Club and will hold an informational meeting at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, at the synagogue, 1118 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix. The congregation will also have a blood drive that day, 8 a.m.-noon. Call 602-944-3359.
PJ Library Phoenix, a program of Valley Beit Midrash, has received a grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.
As part of a seven-decade old program dubbed “The Roving Rabbis,” two rabbinical students will visit over 40 cities throughout Arizona as part of their community outreach training. The young rabbis-in-training will spend their summer on the road, reaching out to members of the Jewish community in the region – most often in one-on-one home visitations – listening and speaking with them as they seek to reinvigorate people’s Jewish connections.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix, in partnership with the Jewish Tuition Organization, Council for Jews With Special Needs and the Bureau of Jewish Education, invite the Jewish community to join them on Sunday, Aug. 28, as the Arizona Diamondbacks host Jewish Community Day at Chase Field.
After discovering that Temple Kol Ami has a Pokestop – a designated area where Pokemon Go players collect items to use in the game – on its grounds, the synagogue leaders are embracing the popular smartphone app and welcoming players to its open house, to be held 4:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13.
The Valley of the Sun JCC has opened its new aquatics center. Phase I opened in mid-May, with the completed renovation of the center’s existing competition-size pool. The pool now has 10 lap-swim lanes and a new filtration system. Phase II, which added an activity pool, splash pad and climbing wall, opened July 21.
The East Valley JCC will hold its annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, at the EVJCC, 908 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. The free event is open to the community and includes light refreshments and free childcare. To register, visit evjcc.org.
An introductory session of “Foundations of Jewish Family Living: Jewish Values for Parents to Share with Their Children” will be offered 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, at Congregation Beth Israel, 10460 N. 56th St., Scottsdale. Childcare will be available.
“Being the Best You,” a lecture to help prepare for the High Holidays, will be presented by The Jewish University of Scottsdale Meetup 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road. Scottsdale.
After experiencing a pool accident in their family that had a happy ending after CPR was implemented, Rabbi Yossie and Baila Semel organized a CPR course for the community two years ago. The company that led the training, Heart Savers Inc., suggests that CPR training is done every two years so the Semels are coordinating another session.
Schmooze invites singles and couples in their 30s and 40s to a round of golf 10 a.m.-noon Sunday, Aug. 14, at Top Golf, 9500 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale. Cost is $25, plus a one-time lifetime membership ($5).
The Bureau of Jewish Education will offer a seven-part “Introduction to Judaism” class 7-8:15 p.m. Mondays beginning Aug. 8. The class is for both Jews and non-Jews to understand the basic tenets of Jewish life and will be taught by Bob Westle. The cost is $75.
The annual Bike4Friendship stopped in Phoenix last week for Shabbat. The trip raises awareness and funds for The Friendship Circle, an international nonprofit that provide programs and support to the families of individuals with special needs.
Jewish News has won a 2016 Rockower Award for Excellence in Jewish Journalism from the American Jewish Press Association, receiving a first place award for Outstanding Digital Outreach in Division B, for newspapers with a circulation of 14,999 or less. This is the second consecutive year Jewish News has won this award, which is for the newspaper’s use of its website, jewishaz.com; Facebook; Twitter; blog and JN Now newsletter. Staff members who work on these efforts are Salvatore Caputo, Becky Globokar; Jeannie Quiggle and Leisah Woldoff. The award will officially be presented at the Rockower Awards banquet in Washington, D.C., in November, in conjunction with AJPA’s annual conference.
Luv Bridal and Warehouse 215 will present “A Bridal Show for the Truly Modest Bride” 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, at Warehouse215@Bentley Projects, 215 E. Grant St., Phoenix. The bridal show will showcase modest fashions by Luv Bridal featuring designs by top Valley wedding vendors. Tickets are $5. Visit warehouse215.com.
Camp Gan Israel of Phoenix will host a Kids Loaves of Love Mega Challah Bake at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 28, at Chabad of Arizona, 2110 E. Lincoln Drive, Phoenix.
Jewish Arizonans on Campus (JAC) has announced that it has changed the name of its Israel scholarship fund to the Rabbi Philip Z”L and Estelle Schecther Z”L Israel Scholarship Fund. The scholarship, which was established in 2013, is open to Jewish students enrolled in a local university who would like to study for a semester in Israel. Monies distributed from the scholarship fund may be used for tuition in a yeshiva or seminary in Israel or for travel-related costs.
Mahj Meetup – an afternoon of friendly competition for all skill levels of mahjong – will be held 1-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, at Beth El Congregation, 1118 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix. Call Nanci Siegel Manson, 602-944-3359, ext. 123.
Valley Beit Midrash will host its inaugural men’s retreat 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at Jackpot Ranch in Camp Verde.
Project Jewish Love will host a Shabbat dinner for singles 7:30-10:30 p.m. Friday, July 22, at Congregation Beth Tefillah, 10636 N. 71st Way, Scottsdale. Jewish singles age 40 and older, of all backgrounds and affiliations, are welcome. Cost is $36. Reservations required at projectjewishlove.com.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix’s NowGen, for young Jewish adults, ages 21-45, will hold a happy hour 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 21, at Phoenix Ale Brewery Central Kitchen, 5813 N. Seventh St., Phoenix. A representative from the Council for Jews With Special Needs will share information about CJSN programs. For more information, click “Upcoming Events” at facebook.com/nowgenphx.
A free screening of “Beneath the Helmet: From High School to the Home Front” will be shown at 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, at Ahavas Torah, 13402 N. Scottsdale Road, Suites B140-150, Scottsdale.
Generations After will hold its next “Dinner & Kibitzing” informal dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, at Wildflower Bread Company, 7001 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.
“Cuba: In Focus,” a program hosted by JDC Entwine, will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 28, at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave.
The Jewish Family & Children’s Service senior concierge and the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center will host an old-fashioned ice cream social 2-4 p.m. Sunday, July 31, at the VOSJCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.
Desert Foothills Theater will present “The Diary of Anne Frank,” July 8-17. Performances will be held in Suite 105 of the Summit shopping center at Ashler Hills Drive and Scotts-dale Road in Scottsdale.
Project Jewish Love, a program for Jewish singles ages 40 and older, will its next “meet and mingle” event 10-11 a.m. Sunday, July 17, at Maverick Coffee, 10269 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.
The Bureau of Jewish Education’s Jewish Baby University will celebrate its 20th anniversary this summer, with a celebration to be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at a private home. The free event is for adult JBU graduates only.
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.
Valley residents Esther and Don Schon write about the question facing French Jews as anti-Semitism continues to spark violence and fear there.