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A Jewish perspective on charitable giving

“Justice, justice shalt thou pursue.” ~Deuteronomy (16:20) While charitable giving conjures up thoughts of generosity and benevolence, in Judaism the concept is a commandment, an obligation. Helping the poor and needy is a duty in Judaism. Yet beyond fulfilling physical needs, as Jews we also strive to create a better, more just world for generations…

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Veterans Day

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a federal holiday beginning in 1938. In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became legally…

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Charitable Giving Directory

Helping Hands for Freedom 777 E. Missouri Ave. #209, Phoenix 602-845-1390 • helpinghandsforfreedom.org Helping Hands for Freedom is a Phoenix based 501c3 supporting veteran and Gold Star families with emergency financial aid. Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix 12701 N. Scottsdale Road #202, Scottsdale 480-699-1717 • jcfphoenix.org Since 1972, the Jewish Community Foundation been helping people…

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The Casitas at Maravilla Scottsdale

Those looking for a distinctive design, unparalleled amenities and a superior level of service and friendly atmosphere need look no further than the Casitas at Maravilla Scottsdale. Located in North Scottsdale, Maravilla features a sophisticated blend of Arizona comfort and style reflected in warm Spanish Colonial architecture coupled with resort-style services and amenities. Spacious courtyard…

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Preventing trips, slips and falls

According to the National Council on Aging, falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries for older Americans. Falls threaten seniors’ safety and independence and generate enormous economic and personal costs. Older adults who fear falling sometimes limit their activities and social engagements. That limited social engagement could then lead to depression, isolation…

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Senior Caregiver/Provider Directory

Andara Senior Lifestyle Community 11415 N. 114th St., Scottsdale 480-451-1800 • seniorlifestyle.com/Andara Caregiver’s name: Bharti Mehta Bharti Mehta is poised and compassionate. She is a proactive decision maker who always considers the unique needs of our residents and the best long-term outcome. Most of all, Bharti is endeared by the Andara residents she cares for –…

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In a New York State of Mind

Jennifer and Steven Schwarz are being honored at the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center’s New York State of Mind fundraiser on Saturday, Dec. 2. The couple is being presented with The J’s Irv Shuman Award for their commitment, passion, service and leadership within the community. The Schwarz’s have been active with The J…

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Heritage Award presented to the Sendrows and Siefers

On Saturday, Dec. 2 the Arizona Jewish Historical Society will present Susan and Mark Sendrow and Nancy and Stu Siefer with the 2017 Heritage Award at the Cutler Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center. The Heritage Award is presented to individuals who have made an exceptional impact on our community through outstanding leadership, service and dedication. Together,…

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A Taste of Limmud

In Hebrew, Limmud means “learning”- and that’s what they are all about. Limmud is a community that creates spaces and places so that you can craft your own Jewish experience, explore your connection to Jewish ideas and tradition, and meet people who share your curiosity and enthusiasm. Limmud AZ is a gathering of hundreds of…

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Previews for December 2017

JFCS HOSTS MEMORY CAFÉ The Jewish Family & Children’s Service is hosting it’s first Memory Café event on Nov. 2 from 10 to 11:30 am at Beth El Congregation at 1118 W. Glendale Ave. in Phoenix. The Memory Café allows people with memory challenges, and their caregivers, to get together and enjoy enriching activities in…

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