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A rally for the children

Pictured above: Protesters and counter-protesters cross the street to Senator Flake’s office after spending time in front of Senator McCain’s office. The invitation came to my email on Monday. The subject line read, “Press Conference Re: Separating Children from their Families.” In the email were details to meet in front of Senator McCain’s office on…

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Creating a place to heal

A suicide letter moved activist, midwife and poet Marva Zohar to found a nonprofit to create a healing place for women. “When the seventh friend committed suicide, she left a letter … (blaming) ‘those who did not create a place for me to heal,’” says Marva. “The next day I got the paperwork to start…

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A father’s gift to his community

Pictured above: Children on the music playground at the Shiloh Israel Children’s Fund campus. David Rubin made aliyah 26 years ago from Brooklyn, NY. He says his decision to move to Israel came “out of idealism” and his entrancement with the biblical history of the region. He initially lived in Jerusalem and within a short…

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Chompie’s: One bagel at a time

Pictured above: Front row, Lou and Lovey Borenstein; back row, from left, Mona and Mark Borenstein, Wendy Borenstein-Tucker and Don Tucker, Neal and Shirli Borenstein. If you’ve ever sunk your teeth into a fresh New York-style bagel with whipped cream cheese at Chompie’s Restaurant, Deli, Bakery and Catering you have Wendy Borenstein-Tucker to thank. Wendy…

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Philanthropic pair sponsors MIM’s Israel exhibit

If the names Ira J. Gaines and Cheryl Hintzen-Gaines are familiar to you, it isn’t surprising. You will see them included in donor listings in playbills and for myriad charities, causes and institutions in the Valley, nationally and internationally, including Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix, Hillel and AIPAC. One of the popular local points of…

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Study on Judaism, marriage and sexual behavior

Arizona State University Ph.D. candidate Melissa Framer Black invites you to participate in a study on Judaism, marriage and sexual behavior.  If you identify as Jewish, your spouse identifies as Jewish, are in a heterosexual marriage, are over 18, and speak English, please consider taking 15-20 minutes of your time to complete a survey that…

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The Connection comes to Tucson

Brian Singer had been looking for a unique way to honor his mother, Edye Anne Singer z”l, when Rabbi Israel Becker with Congregation Chofetz Chayim in Tucson, contacted him with an exciting proposition. It all started when the Foxman Torah Institute in Cherry Hill, New Jersey reached out to Rabbi Becker after their three-week program,…

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Bodies Revealed joins OdySea in the Desert

The latest exhibit to join the numerous attractions at the OdySea in the Desert Entertainment District is “Bodies Revealed.” This intimate and informative traveling exhibition showcases more than 200 actual human bodies and specimens, providing a detailed, three-dimensional vision of the human form rarely seen outside of an anatomy lab. The specimens in the exhibit…

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