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The impact of Violins of Hope

The Violins of Hope have left the Valley of the Sun, but not our hearts and minds. It was an incredible six weeks of events that included exhibits, educational programming and concerts. We at Arizona Jewish Life were honored to be involved and want to thank the hard work of Rachel Hoffer, Julee Landau Shahon…

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Biz Ins – April 2019

  ACF welcomes Joy Klein as Director of Scholarships The Arizona Community Foundation is pleased to welcome Joy Klein as director of scholarships. She succeeds Grace Smith Kaus who had been with ACF since 2014 before being selected as director of programs for Helios Foundation late last year. Joy comes to ACF from the Maricopa…

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Purim events

The festival of Purim commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people in ancient Persia from Haman’s plot “to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews, young and old, infants and women, in a single day.” It is celebrated with Megillah readings, gifts of food, charity, feasting and merriment. Purim begins at sundown on March 20…

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Community seders and more

Beginning with the words: “Let all who are hungry come and eat,” the Passover seder is a journey that recreates the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt and the great Festival of Freedom with song, story and special festival foods. Here is a listing of some community seders (and other Passover-related events) in the Valley and Tucson….

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7th Genocide Awareness Week – “Not On Our Watch”

Genocide Awareness Week is a series of lectures, exhibits and storytelling by distinguished survivors, scholars, politicians, activists, artists, humanitarians and members of law enforcement. This week-long event seeks to address how we, as a global society, confront violent actions and current and ongoing threats of genocide throughout the world, while also looking to the past…

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Education tutoring and consultation services

Some children struggle with academics and learning. At Gesher Disability Resources (formerly Council For Jews With Special Needs) their professional staff provides academic supports and recommendations for strategies to help your child succeed in school. Who could benefit from educational tutoring and consultation? A child who has an IEP, ISP or 504 in school; a…

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Biz Ins January 2019

Common Sense welcomes Arizona director Common Sense announced on Dec. 10, 2018 that Ilana Lowery is taking on the role of Arizona director, responsible for driving a strategic effort to build Common Sense’s presence, philanthropic base and strategic partnerships throughout the state. Common Sense is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a…

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Hanukkah Happenings

Hanukkah begins at sundown on Sunday, Dec. 2. There are many celebrations happening: THE VALLEY Bless the Pets Event (Sun Dec. 2). Noon. Free; please bring a donation for animal rescue groups – food, towels, leashes, toys, etc. Have all your pets blessed by Rabbi Schneider and get your picture taken with them, too! Enjoy…

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