Daily Archives: August 8, 2015

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JFGP: Creating a Better Tomorrow Today

By Stuart Wachs The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix exists to strengthen and sustain a vibrant, inclusive community that enriches lives. We foster Jewish education, inspire young Jewish adults, care for Jewish seniors and forge ties with Israel. With the generosity of our community, federation allocates millions of dollars for critical services and also provides…

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Kids & Teens

Known as the People of the Book, Jews have long valued education – both formal and informal, religious and secular. Our Kids & Teens section covers all of these traditional elements. Schools for all ages address formal education, while camps and youth groups offer the equally important opportunities for socializing and community involvement. EDUCATION RESOURCES…

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Valley Youth Theater presents: Joseph

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be on the center stage at Herberger Theater Aug. 14-30. The play is presented by Valley Youth Theatre, founded in 1989. This professional-quality theater company dedicated to helping young people achieve their full potential through meaningful engagement, education and excellence in the performing arts. Winner of more than four…

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A guide to Jewish holidays

Note: Jewish holidays start at sundown the day before the first day of the holiday. Rosh Hashanah (Sept. 14-15, 2015) Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is celebrated each year on the first day of Tishrei, early in the fall. The day is a special time of rejoicing as we wish each other L’Shanah Tovah,…

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Tucson Board of Rabbis takes on issues

The Tucson Board of Rabbis has a total of 11 members from Conservative, Reform and Renewal congregations. The TBOR develops positions on important issues of the day and sponsors forums on important topics. In 2013 the members of the Tucson Board of Rabbis joined with the Phoenix Board of Rabbis in issuing a resolution to…

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Congregations

The first Jews to arrive in the Arizona territory were conversos who arrived with Spanish conquistadors in the 16th Century. The Eastern-European influx began in the mid- -1800s and the communities soon began gathering for holiday services, weddings and funerals. The first temple was built in Tucson in 1910. In the years since those early…

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Agencies & Organizations

Jewish life in Phoenix and Tucson is constantly growing and evolving. While a recent PEW study showed lower levels of engagement in America’s organized Jewish community, the good news is the study also discovered 92% of the respondents said they are proud to be Jewish. Focusing on that bright spot, many national and local organizations…

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