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By the time Neal Bendesky had his bar mitzvah, he knew that as much as he loved sports, he was better suited to sports management than as an athlete on the field of play. And while that saved him from the injuries prone to athletes, decades of working in a high-profile career in marketing an…

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The East Valley Jewish Community Center launched its “Conversation with the Rabbi” podcast March 30.

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The world looks different now than in 2019 — the year Arizona State University published the first study of the local Jewish community since 2002. Still, its findings have major implications for Jewish organizations and synagogues looking to engage more of the community.

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Karolyn Benger has a social media network — and she’s not afraid to use it. Benger, who is “deeply concerned about justice and women in Judaism,” said one positive application for the platforms is helping Jewish women finalize long-awaited divorces.

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A counterprotester holds a sign that says "Nazis Get Out," during the rally held by the National Socialist Movement, the modern day neo-Nazi party, at the state Capitol in Phoenix on April 17, 2021.

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When Shearim Torah High School for Girls opens next fall it will be in a new building. The school is set to purchase a site that is three times that of its current location. Conveniently, it’s also across the street.

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"File:Phoenix-Eastlake Park-1890.JPG" by Tony the Marine (talk) is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 

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Several Greater Phoenix synagogues are welcoming new clergy and saying goodbye to others. The changes come as the world slowly returns to normal and as more synagogues begin offering in-person services.

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Seven months ago, Consul General of Israel Hillel Newman’s diplomatic visit to the United Arab Emirates was top secret. But after the Abraham Accords declaration normalized relations last September, that trip is no longer hush-hush. Already more than 130,000 Israelis have visited the newly-a…

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Nancy Mendelsohn, a volunteer with Smile on Seniors, made Shmura matzah boxes to include in SoS’s seder-to-go gifts.

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Benjamin Doherty liked the small, intimate pod system that Shemesh Camp at Martin Pear Jewish Community Center created last summer as a measure of protection against COVID-19. As a kid who can get easily overwhelmed by the chaos of large groups, the camp’s shift away from bigger cohorts work…

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American Jewish Committee and the U.S. Conference of Mayors announced on March 29, that more than 525 mayors across the United States, including six in Arizona, have joined their national effort to combat anti-Semitism.

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The Jewish National Fund-USA’s biggest program of the year is coming up this month, and — like everything else in the COVID-19 era — it is going virtual.

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On Jan. 29, 2021, Jewish Family & Children’s Service hosted its annual Brighter Tomorrow event virtually. The event was free and highlighted the organization’s many programs and services, with a particular focus on its response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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When Nancy Pollinger moved to Desert Ridge in 2016, she found herself wondering where all the Jewish people were. She had moved from a rather tight-knit community — “kind of a ghetto” — in Baltimore, Maryland, and Greater Phoenix’s Jewish community wasn’t as clearly marked as in her hometown…

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Beth Ami Temple's annual fundraiser in March was a success, said Judy Lohr-Safcik, Beth Ami's vice president and head of the fundraising committee.

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George Kalman was 9 years old when he was shoved into a cattle car to be deported to a concentration camp. He was 10 years old when a Russian soldier entered his forced labor camp and liberated him on April 2, 1945.

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