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Though it might feel like we just got through the High Holidays, Chanukah is just around the corner. This year, the Festival of Lights begins on Dec. 18, and we have some ideas from local vendors to help with your holiday gift giving this year.

These days, a common phrase when it comes to the topic of financial health is, “if I only knew this when I was younger.” Especially in my line of work as the director of development and outreach for Jewish Free Loan, I hear both clients and donors alike express that they wish they knew more …

The Red Rocks Music Festival has been bringing chamber music to concerts in Sedona and Phoenix for more than two decades. The festival’s mission “is to educate, engage and challenge audiences through a collaboration of leading Arizona artists with world-acclaimed musicians.”

Marina Awerbuch, program director for the Bureau of Jewish Education of Greater Phoenix (BJE), takes her two kids to see ZooLights at the Phoenix Zoo every December. She always thought it would be a great place to celebrate Chanukah, the festival of lights, but organizing and paying for it w…

In September, Hal and Lindsay Cohen launched an online Etsy shop, Olive+Fawn, “for the creative and beautiful Jewish home.” During the pandemic, the Cohens became involved in crafting, creating a home camp with their four children where Lindsay planned different craft activities that involve…

Fitness is one of Ruth Dryjanski’s priorities in life. It’s so essential, in fact, that she schedules all of her appointments, even those for radiation therapy, around her fitness classes. A few months ago, she was diagnosed with breast cancer but it didn’t dissuade her from fitness — quite …

When Nancy Eisenberg began her career in 1977, there were relatively few women doing research in developmental psychology. Throughout her 44-year career, she’s watched women increase in number until they reached parity and even a majority of professionals in the field.

Charitable giving is increasingly considered both a privilege and hobby, yet fewer families give to charitable causes every year. Multiple studies and foundations have reported on this issue, finding decreasing religious memberships and worries over the economy have played major roles in the…

A bat mitzvah celebration may not only bring thoughts of Torah and temple but, for some girls, also of tulle. Although the main emphasis is on the religious aspect of this coming-of-age milestone, the dress plays an essential part in the bat mitzvah experience. This is the first “special occ…

Roughly one year after her death, Janet Arnold Rees, former senior concierge and creative aging coordinator for Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JFCS), founder of Arizona Jewish Theatre Company (AJTC) and devoted friend to Greater Phoenix’s Jewish community, was honored by U.S. Rep. G…

Joining their counterparts across the globe, more than 200 women and girls gathered in Scottsdale to make challah at the Great AZ Challah Bake on Nov. 10 at Menachem Mendel Academy. The event preceded the “One Shabbat Together” weekend on Nov. 11-12, presented by the Shabbat Project.

Holocaust survivors living in Greater Phoenix gathered at Congregation Beth Tefillah on Oct. 16 for lunch and socializing. It was the second time since the pandemic that the group met in person at Café Europa. Presented by the Phoenix Holocaust Association (PHA), Café Europa is a social and …

One very big, red and yellow bus, emblazoned with the words “Let’s Be Better Humans,” is parked outside of Arizona Jews for Justice’s (AJJ) Phoenix office, and it might be just the thing to help the organization get to the next level of its humanitarian work.

From the moment people walk in the doors of the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center (The J) on Saturday, Dec. 3, they will be met by an eclectic coterie of entertainment. Scattered throughout the building, attendees will find an electric violinist, aerialists hanging from the ceiling, …

On the anniversary of Kristallnacht, Nov. 9, the Arizona Jewish Historical Society (AZJHS) will unveil a new, original exhibit, “Stories of Survival: An Immersive Journey through the Holocaust.” The exhibition will be open through Aug. 3, 2023.

On the evening of Oct. 26, 150 women gathered for the “Power of the Purse” at a sprawling estate at the base of Camelback Mountain. They came together to celebrate the Center for Jewish Philanthropy of Greater Phoenix’s Women IN Philanthropy’s first event in more than three years.

The holidays are quickly approaching, meaning it is time for giving gifts … and preparing for your year-end taxes. Arizona offers several tax credit programs that provide the opportunity for the community to take a dollar-for-dollar credit against their state tax liability and support nonpro…

I will never forget the feeling of leaving our baby with a sitter for the first time. It was truly terrifying. Just reflecting back to those times makes my heart pound. As boomers, we can do a little celebration dance. Class trips, proms, frat parties, they are all in the rear-view mirror. B…

We live our respective faiths most deeply by being in covenantal relationships with one another, bound by our shared humanity. For me, this was never validated more powerfully than during a recent, unexpected trip to Rome. I was invited to join a delegation of 20 interfaith leaders and organ…

Jews in every community across the country are being pummeled daily by news of antisemitism in politics, in pop culture and in recent memory — Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life massacre just marked its fourth anniversary on Oct. 27.

The Maricopa Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) stated in a release Wednesday that the recent antisemitic comments made by Kanye West “are unacceptable and will not be condoned by our organization.”

It’s no surprise that interest rates are on everyone’s mind right now. We have officially hit 7.25% for a 30-year fixed loan, and economists suggest further increases. Let’s admit it, we’ve enjoyed record-low rates over the last two years — and who wouldn’t with rates as low as 2.65%! You’d …

Election denial. Ballot initiatives that would make voting more difficult. Extremist groups watching ballot drop boxes. Efforts to derail election certification processes. These are some of the most worrying threats to democracy in Arizona listed in a new report by the Defend Democracy Project.

StandWithUs (SWU), an international, non-partisan education organization that supports Israel and fights antisemitism, annually selects student leaders from high schools throughout the United States and Canada to participate in the Kenneth Leventhal High School Internship.

Everyone has BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, but only some have mutations in those genes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 in every 500 women in the United States has a mutation in either her BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene. About 50 out of 100 women with a BRCA gene mutation …

On Nov. 2, the Tax & Legal Seminar, Arizona’s premier estate-planning event, will take place at the Arizona Biltmore. After attending virtually the last two years, the state’s CPAs, estate planning attorneys, financial planners and many more will meet in person once again.

On Oct. 1, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) opened its latest exhibition: “In Our Time: Selections from the Singer Collection.” A snapshot of 40 paintings by 27 artists, “In Our Time” is a moving, high-concept and reflective showcase for artists from the African Diaspora. Th…

So many moments in the eight-month-old war between Russia and Ukraine have gone viral that it has been dubbed “the TikTok war” by The New Yorker and other publications. Thus, it’s likely that social media-obsessed teenagers everywhere have seen at least a few dramatic images on TikTok, Insta…

On Friday, Aug. 26, Sam Baker turned 100 years old with a special Shabbat celebration and dinner at Congregation Beth Israel with friends and family. “I’ve got so many friends there,” said Baker. “I was raised as a little Jewish boy in Mississippi. At the time I was growing up, we had the la…

The Baby Boomer generation began turning 65 in 2011 and will comprise 20% of the total U.S. population by 2029, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. As this generation ages, the need for health care that is tailored to their specific needs is imperative.

It may seem counterintuitive, but many experts believe the best way to improve your health is to do something good for someone else. Studies suggest a direct correlation between volunteering and positive health outcomes, including lower blood pressure, lower stress levels, less depression an…

The annual art event, Hidden in the Hills Artist Studio Tour (HITH), allows the public to peek into the private studios of artists to learn about their methodology and process and purchase art directly from creators.

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