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Running, tripping over dead bodies and an overwhelming sense of fear are the things that Marion Weinzweig remembers most from her childhood in Poland. She was one of only a few family members to survive the Holocaust.

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Arizona is facing a water crisis. The Colorado River, which Arizona and other Western states depend on for water, is at record low levels — so low that cuts have been implemented already, and steeper cuts are on the way, especially for the state’s farmers.

A flyer for Chaparral Theatre Company’s production of “I Never Saw Another Butterfly”

Last month, 16 Chaparral High School students brought “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, one of the world’s biggest and best-known art and media events held annually in Edinburgh, Scotland. It was the fourth group of student actors and crew that Ed Como, Chapar…

As a kid in a small Jewish community in the northern Italian city of Milan, Rabbi Michael Beyo was steeped in Sephardi traditions. His father was born in Turkey, the country where his family had lived for 500 years after being expelled from Spain during the Inquisition. But when he stepped o…

Long-time members of Beth El Phoenix — at least those who attended before 1985 — will be greeted with a familiar face at the bimah during this year’s High Holidays. Rabbi Reuven Taff, Beth El’s cantor from 1974 to 1985, will be reprising his old role after leaving to become a rabbi 37 years ago.

StandWithUs (SWU) is an international nonprofit and non-partisan education organization that combats antisemitism and supports Israel. Founded in 2001, SWU empowers students and communities with leadership training and educational programs. It informs through social media, print and digital …

Pictured clockwise from top left: Rabbi Alica Magal, Rabbi Aviva Funke, Rabbi Bonnie Koppell, Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman, Rabbi Debbie Stiel, Rabbi Elana Kanter, Rabbi Suzy Stone, Rabbi Sara Mason-Barkin, Rabbi Nitzan Stein Kokin, Rabbi Nina Perlmutter, Rabbi Mindie Snyder and Rabbi Julie Kozlow

The S.H. and Helen R. Scheuer Chapel on the Cincinnati campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion 

Alexis Grossman is bringing her career full circle this Sunday when she performs as the headliner comedian at Tempe Improv. It was the first place she performed standup publicly when she was just starting out.

Gesher Disability Resources, which serves children and adults affected by a disability through inclusion assistance in the classroom, resource referral, residential support and social groups, celebrated its annual gala on Nov. 6, 2021.

Eleven months into 2021, the words COVID and coronavirus have assumed a dominant place in the international vernacular.

Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund, famously said, “We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make, which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.”

Change is in the air at Temple Emanuel of Tempe. Rabbi Cookie Lea Olshein and Jessie Rubenstein, religious school director, both came aboard last summer ready to put their stamp on the community. Additionally, a new managing director might be in place early next month. In short, temple leade…

After former House Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head outside a supermarket in Tucson in 2011, it wasn’t clear if she’d survive, let alone be able to speak. Giffords’ injuries, which led her to resign from office, left her with partial paralysis and aphasia, which makes it difficul…

In the last dozen years, Sheryl Bronkesh, president of the Phoenix Holocaust Association, has launched a group for second generation Holocaust survivors, broadened the reach of PHA and helped to ensure the Holocaust is taught in Arizona’s public schools.

When my husband and I retired to Arizona 12 years ago, we realized that we had time to volunteer in the Jewish community. Volunteering is a way to give back to the community, but it’s also a wonderful way to get to know one’s

At Temple Kol Ami we have a decades long tradition of participating in social action activities and organizations. We see ourselves as a force for good, “doing Jewish” across Greater Phoenix with unique social programs. One of the things I love about Temple Kol Ami is that as a member, if th…

As part of our alumni association leadership panel series, the Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI) recently sponsored an educational panel called the Founder’s Club. The panel was moderated by Jennifer Rogers of the WLI, and featured Becca Hornstein and Andi Minkoff, founders of two of our co…

Janet Arnold Rees never really entertained the idea of retirement. She didn’t need to. She embodied the adage that if you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life. And through all her various jobs — teacher, preschool director, entrepreneur, theatre producer and social worker…

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