The Israel Video Network has announced the winner of the "Inspired by Israel" contest sponsored by The Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation.
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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.
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.
Arizona high school students who are spending this summer at Jewish National Fund’s Alexander Muss High School in Israel (AMHSI), through the Schwartz-Hammer AMHSI Impact Fund and the JNF Boruchin Educational Fund write about their experiences.
More than 20,000 people have successfully turned to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum for help in their search for documentation about the fates of their loved ones and other Holocaust survivors.
Purim starts tonight, on the full moon, as Jewish holidays of freedom do. So last night (March 22), being nearly the full moon, seemed an appropriate time for the annual Latino-Jewish Seder hosted by the American Jewish Committee and Valle del Sol – even though Passover won’t come till the n…
Two Valley residents -Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz and Marcia Fine – recently presented ELI talks, highly produced 12-minute presentations that “explore central themes of Jewish literacy, religious engagement and identity, presented in light of their presenter’s own work, personal experiences or …
In preparation for last weekend’s LimmudAZ, I looked over the schedule a few days before to map out my day. With one exception, I chose to select whatever session called to me most, rather than ones that I thought I should attend for work purposes.
Israel’s Athena Fund has announced a new program: iPad for Every Special Education Teacher in Israel, in which 10,000 special education teachers in Israel will receive iPad computers with specialized software and applications for students with special needs and various disabilities. Each tea…
Guest blogger Rabbi Irwin Wiener of Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation offers some thoughts in advance of Veterans Day, which is next Wednesday, Nov. 11, and Thanksgiving, which this year is on Thursday, Nov. 26.
Guest blogger George Weisz, president of Weisz Ventures and one of the members of the first Arizona trade mission to Israel, offers a firsthand account of the trip and its results.
Year after year, Ronald Scheiman puts out an email to make American Jews aware of the availability of Hanukkah stamps. Just Googling his “The Quest for Annual Hanukkah Stamps” tagline finds his 2002 letter and 2013 letter within the first page of results.
Last week, I was on a conference call and before the meeting started, someone inquired how everybody’s Sukkot was going. One caller in Ohio said his family was wearing jackets in the sukkah, as it was 55 degrees, and another in New Jersey said they were having a soggy Sukkot. Meanwhile, our …
Jennifer Starrett, Jewish News’ marketing manager, writes about how her Israel experience with the Jewish National Fund Leadership Mission strengthened her connection to Israel.
Guest blogger Shauna Stein is president of the Jewish Law Student Association at Arizona State University's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law and participated in the first cohort of the Valley Beit Midrash Jewish Leadership Corps. This piece was written Sept. 22, just before Yom Kippur.
The producers of PBS’s “Genealogy Roadshow” are collecting family stories from viewers in the southwestern United States. Any residents of the Phoenix area with a burning question about their family’s history, or those with a family mystery that has gone unsolved, are encouraged to submit th…
In a new online exhibit, Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial museum, presents a glimpse into some of the ways that Jews marked the High Holidays before, during and immediately after the Holocaust.
JNFuture Arizona board members are currently in Israel on the Jewish National Fund Leadership Mission in Israel (JLIM). Stephanie Kelman shares highlights from Day 4 of the trip.
On Day 3 of their Jewish National Fund Leadership Mission in Israel, JNFuture Arizona board members visit the indoor playground at Sderot and Aleh Negev-Nahalat Eran, a rehabilitative center.
The teens in the Jewish National Fund’s inaugural Schwartz-Hammer Alexander Muss High School in Israel Impact Fellowship Program visit Ben-Gurion's house and the Golan Heights.
This amazing experience is beginning to come to a close. But no one should be sad. The opportunities we have had on this program are life changing.
What do you do if you are a Haredi scholar in Israel who has set up six kollelim for Haredi to study in and one day realize what you built does not meet the needs of a large number of Haredi men and women? You set about correcting the situation.
Any lingering doubts about making this trip disappeared today in talking to these dedicated volunteers, ages 35 to 70. It is humbling for Esther and me to see how much we are learning from the efforts others have made to create their communities around North America.
The five teens selected for Jewish National Fund’s inaugural Schwartz-Hammer Alexander Muss High School in Israel Impact Fellowship Program reflect on their past week of learning and discovery in Israel.
The five teens selected for Jewish National Fund’s inaugural Schwartz-Hammer Alexander Muss High School in Israel Impact Fellowship Program reflect on their past week in Israel.
It's a week of firsts for the five teens who are currently in Israel as part of Jewish National Fund’s inaugural Schwartz-Hammer Alexander Muss High School in Israel Impact Fellowship Program.
The five teens selected for Jewish National Fund’s inaugural Schwartz-Hammer Alexander Muss High School in Israel Impact Fellowship Program are now in Israel. They will share their experience with Jewish News readers through the newspaper’s JN Blog.
A group of 78 Bnei Menashe immigrants on aliyah from the northeastern Indian state of Manipur, which borders Burma (Myanmar) and Bangladesh, arrived in Israel today, through the work of Shavei Israel, an organization that reaches out and assists Lost Tribes and “Hidden Jews” seeking to retu…
Last summer, Dan Gordon, an IDF reservist from Arizona, was a guest blogger for Jewish News, sharing about what life was like along Israel’s Gaza border during last summer’s conflict. We just received word from him this week that he is headed back to Israel for another shift of reserve duty.…
ur final night in Jerusalem was spent having Kabbalat Shabbat at a park overlooking the hills of Jerusalem with Rabbi Shmuly, planned guest Avraham Infeld and surprise guest Rabbi Jeremy Schnieder of Temple Kol Ami in Scottsdale.
Day 1 and Day 2 of the inaugural Honeymoon Israel seem to have merged into one long day starting with a 6 a.m. flight from Phoenix and ending with a fantastic Shabbat Friday evening in Tel Aviv.
Twenty couples from the Valley are headed to Israel today through Honeymoon Israel, a trip to Israel for couples that is being piloted in the Greater Phoenix Jewish Community by Valley Beit Midrash. Larry Hirsch, one of the participants, will be a guest blogger, sharing his experiences from …
The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix's Business and Professionals Division aims to provide a way for people "to interact with other individuals that are doing what you’re doing, but also a way to connect to the Jewish community in Phoenix.”