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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.
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.