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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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Resource Guide 2018-2019: Lifecycle

Jewish life revolves around the cycle of life.
In the Jewish tradition, lifecycle moments from birth to death carry specific rituals, most of which have been used for centuries. These moments truly center us. Following are the resources that will help you celebrate and mark each stage of life. SIMCHA VENUES ARIZONA JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY Cutler-Plotkin…

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Resource Guide 2018-2019: Kids & Teens

The Jewish people have treasured books and learning for millennia. Even our central prayer, the Shema, includes the
instruction: “Take these words which I command
you this day and teach them faithfully to your
children.” The Jews of Arizona have taken this task to heart. Since the founding of the Phoenix Hebrew Academy in 1965, opportunities for Jewish…

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