Articles by Melissa Hirschl


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Reinvigorating the J’s Jewish soul

Innovative ideas are bustin’ out all over at the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center in Scottsdale. A bastion of the community, “The J” is on a mission to become your one-stop place for everything fun and engaging in Judaism. Many programs are being revamped and expanded. New Managing Director Kim Subrin, a “make…

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Making a difference with duct tape

Gabriella Aronoff is a girl on a mission. The Phoenix 8-year-old is a bundle of creativity coupled with a desire to do mitzvot in her community. Her philanthropic streak emerged at summer camp, where she took a duct tape class. “It was a really fun class, where we created bows, book marks, bracelets and even…

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RebbeSoul blends world music, Jewish spirituality

Photo by Dina Bova dinabova.com. All Rights Reserved. Welcome Shavuot with a little spiritual night music. RebbeSoul – the renowned American-Israeli Jewish singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer – will perform at 7:30 pm on Saturday, June 11 at Congregation NefeshSoul in Chandler. “RebbeSoul is an internationally recognized performer who weaves world music with Jewish…

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Tee off for Valley of the Sun JCC

If you are passionate about supporting the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center, plug Silverado Golf Course in Phoenix into your GPS on April 7. That’s the date of The J’s annual golf tournament, one of the center’s largest fundraisers. Exercise, friendship, and the great outdoors are compelling factors for participation, but the main…

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Blockbuster authors to benefit Brandeis

A literary event extraordinaire, the Brandeis National Committee Phoenix Chapter Book and Author Luncheon will take place on March 14. Co-chairs Sara Leopold and Marcy Strauss have joyfully collaborated to produce an affair to remember with blockbuster authors such as Paula McLain, Steve Martini, Linda Hirshman, Ed Tarkington and Barbara (B.A.) Shapiro. Attendees will have…

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