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Mitzvah Chit Chat

Mitzvah Chit Chat started out as a Facebook group in Chicago in 2016. They have since branched out to other cities and earlier this year they launched Arizona Mitzvah Chit Chat. Their website contains information on local vendors offering everything from décor and flowers to rentals and entertainment. They offer a timeline with recommendations for…

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Jacob Miller: New StandWithUs High School Intern

Pictured above: StandWithUs’ Southwest High School Coordinator, Kate Chavez with High School Intern Jacob Miller at the August conference. Once again, StandWithUs meets the challenges of the 2018-19 school year with its campus Emerson Fellows and High School Interns. Both programs select and train 90 student leaders from 90 schools throughout North America to educate their peers about…

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Healthy snacking made fun and tasty

Active lifestyles require nutrition to support your body; now snacks can be part of that healthy diet. Two women have introduced options for flavorful, fun snacks that have enough protein to fuel your active life. Energy Bars Triathlete and outdoors enthusiast Kellie Lee began researching clean eating as she sought new ways of fueling her…

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Front & Center Directory 2018-2019

ARIZONA FINE ART EXPO 26540 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale 480-837-7163 arizonafineartexpo.com info@arizonafineartexpo.com Arizona Fine Art EXPO showcases 124 studios filled with award-winning artists. Watch “Art Made in America” before your very own eyes. Meet the artists, visit the café, stroll the Sonoran Desert Sculpture Garden, relax by the Koi Pond. Weekends come alive with music…

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Some fun facts about Rosh Hashanah

We all have learned the facts behind the holiday of Rosh Hashanah. That the holiday begins on the first day of Tishrei, the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar, which falls this year on Sept. 9. Rosh Hashanah commemorates the creation of the world and marks the beginning of the Days of Awe, a 10-day…

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A year full of holidays

(Note: Jewish holidays start at sunset the evening before the first day of the holiday) Rosh Hashanah Sept. 10-11, 2018 On Rosh Hashanah the sound of the shofar announces the arrival of the High Holy Days, or 10 Days of Awe that stretch from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur. Rosh Hashanah celebrates the creation of…

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Circle of Life 2018

A series of rituals guide Jewish families and individuals through each stage of life. With the exception of the rituals surrounding death, each of the following stages is often accompanied by festive celebrations. Even the rituals surrounding death bring the community together to remember and honor the deceased and to support their family. The following…

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Alma Hernandez: One to watch

Pictured above: Alma Hernandez celebrates her win. Courtesy of Alma’s Facebook page. Alma Hernandez finished in the top two for the House of Representatives District 3 Democratic primary election on Aug. 28. This means she will go on the ballot in November for one of the two open spots for the District 3 representative. There…

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Resource Guide 2018-2019: 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. Michael Wormser, a French Jew, began acquiring land in the Valley around 1863. He later opened…

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