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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

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…

The Declaration of Independence ensures that we are all endowed with “certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” The founding fathers affirm that it is our right to pursue happiness, but how we achieve that is up to us.

I have a friend who only watches Jewish Broadcasting Service. Doesn’t matter the time. Doesn’t matter the program. He watches the JBS channel incessantly. If it’s midnight, he’s catching Rabbi Mark S. Golub on “L’Chayim.” On Fridays, he welcomes Shabbat with televised services from Central S…

“I am sorry.” These three words are perhaps the hardest to say.

A multi-sensory banquet awaits those who dare to take this earth walk, irrespective of one’s ability or station in life. Whether we encounter a fragrant, noxious or a bland path could depend upon the fellow who accompanies us, the fellow we accompany or how well we partner ourselves.

Somehow, I, as a young Jewish person from New York City, made it through my entire childhood without attending a single b’nai mitzvah.

You may still be eating Thanksgiving leftovers and cleaning up from the holiday when the first night of Chanukah arrives. With the holidays so close, the tough job of preparing your home for eight nights of house guests might be stressing you out. Are you reaching for the Manischewitz wine b…

Many of us love eating potato latkes during Chanukah to celebrate the miracle of the oil. But did you know there is another special holiday ingredient, which often goes overlooked? You aren’t alone if you didn’t know that cheese, and more specifically fried cheese, is a symbol of Chanukah.

A few weeks ago, a package arrived from my aunt. I opened it to find presents wrapped in a light blue wrapping paper with white dots. The words, “Just a little care package for your first Chanukah! I’m glad you’re in our family!” were written beautifully in cursive.

Halloween may be over, but here’s something that’s still really spooky: There are fewer than 60 days left in the year. That’s less than eight weeks to complete your 2021 charitable giving, develop or follow through on a tax strategy and make certain tax elections. Yikes!

In September, the 20-year commemoration of 9/11 brought me back to a time when our nation came together in grief and patriotism. I remember it well and the feeling of unity was palpable then. The public largely set aside political differences and rallied in support of leadership and each oth…

Triple-digit temperatures are nearly a memory. Pumpkin spice flavor has made its first splash in coffee. The days are getting shorter. It’s a fall trifecta and time for pruning and planting. Grab your gardening gloves, hoe and seeds and let’s get started

Triple-digit temperatures are nearly a memory. Pumpkin spice flavor has made its first splash in coffee. The days are getting shorter. It’s a fall trifecta and time for pruning and planting. Grab your gardening gloves, hoe and seeds and let’s get started

Every September, people come together from all around the world to raise awareness and to challenge the stigma that is associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. This past month marked the 10th year of this global awareness campaign. September is World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and …

I was always taught that a sanctuary had to have a window in it so we could see outside. Only then would we be able to understand our Judaism in the context of greater creation.

As the Jewish High Holidays near, we begin to take the time to reflect, recharge and renew ourselves for the year to come. Last year, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, for many of us, were observed at home as the pandemic prevented us from being in-person at our congregations. We experienced a d…

It is Erev Rosh Hashanah and you’re in Israel, 6,000 miles away from home. It is the first year that you are not having dinner with your extended family at your aunt’s house before going to temple and you are fondly remembering those evenings with your parents, your brother and your closest …

Being a brand-new mom who has spent most of her mom-life quarantined with a new baby, my daily routine has been about as smooth as my son’s sleeping schedule. Keeping the stress down to healthy levels is hard enough without a pandemic. With the High Holidays just around the corner, I can fee…

Holiday time is no stranger to stress. The anticipation of seeing friends and loved ones in person again, preparing traditional meals and keeping the strength up to last through lengthy services can create some anxiety. As a seasoned rebbitzin and nationally-certified Pilates teacher I have …

“For a little while I forsake you, But with vast love, I will bring you back. In slight anger, for a moment, I hid my face from you; but with kindness everlasting, I will take you back in love.” (Isaiah 54:7-10)

With the High Holidays nearly upon us, many of us are preparing for the traditions of these Days of Awe, and at the same time some of us are providing care for an aging loved one as family caregivers. This year family caregivers are contemplating the difficulties of attending worship service…

Rosh Hashanah is one of my favorite Jewish holidays. There is such a beautiful renewal of spirit at this time of year. And I love that after a hot, quiet summer, where there’s been so little interaction with friends and family, we can all come together to celebrate a new year.

If there is one food that is almost always associated with celebrating Rosh Hashanah, it is the apple. Apples and honey represent sweetness for the coming year, and they’re in several traditional holiday desserts.

I have always been interested in the global Jewish community. My senior year at Brandeis University, I lived in a suite with a Colombian Jew, Russian Jew and Turkish Jew, and our friends were Jews from Mexico, France, Israel and Brazil. This diversity of Jewry piqued my interest, and later I…

Before the High Holidays last year, I reached out to community members for their favorite recipes to include in my Community Eats collection. I wasn’t surprised that kugel, an Ashkenazi Jewish baked pudding or casserole, was one of the most popular types of food submitted. While most of the …

You’ve likely heard of a story or two in which someone lost valuable property due to flood damage. Maybe one of the stories was even yours. Last month, Arizona broke rainfall records. If you did experience flood damage, having a flood insurance policy made a huge difference, and if you don’t…

Two weeks ago, on July 18, our 85-year-old father began having weakness that completely sapped him of his energy — he could barely move. Less than 24 hours later, we called 911 as his weakness led to a fall. We thought this all could be connected to a cardiac issue. He had a complete work-up…

During the pandemic, we found ourselves isolated to the confines of our homes. If we were lucky, we had a partner, maybe even a family, to share these stay-at-home orders. It was nice not to have to be alone during what would end up being a very scary time in our lives.

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What do former Arizona Governor Rose Mofford, actor Gary Coleman, writer Kurt Vonnegut and songwriter Leonard Cohen all have in common? Sadly, they all died from a fall.

During the pandemic, we have collectively increased awareness of what the experts in their fields had on their radar all along. The epidemiologists were predicting this pandemic. Public health experts have been bracing for problems caused by underfunded infrastructure. And health care expert…

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