StandWithUs in the Southwest

Pictured above: SWU Southwest Campus Director Sgula Dershowitz, left, with SWU ASU Emerson Fellow Mara Friedman. Since StandWithUs was founded 16 years ago, half a million college students have participated in SWU campus programs. The Israel education nonprofit has distributed tens of millions of copies of the user-friendly educational materials it developed. Hundreds of millions…


April Publisher’s Message

Years ago a joke made the rounds of how a Jewish man spotted a friend reading an Arabic newspaper and exclaimed, “Moshe, have you lost your mind?” Moshe replied, “Well, I used to read the Jewish papers, but what did I find? Jews being persecuted, Israel being attacked, Jews disappearing through assimilation, Jews living in poverty….


Israel: 70 Fun Facts for 70 Years

Compiled by Dan Seligson  To prepare for Israel’s 70th birthday, here are 70 fun facts about Israeli food, culture, geography, academics and more! Cherry tomatoes were engineered in Israel. Israel is the only county to have more trees today than it did 50 years ago. An Israeli company developed the world’s first jellyfish repellent. Israeli…


#SharedLife donor registry unveiled at AIPAC

Pictured above: Bone marrow recipient Dr. Steve Arnow (wearing shirt “I am living a Shared Life”) with his family meet Gev Blau (back), an IDF soldier who donated the bone marrow that saved Dr. Arnow’s life. The two met at the AIPAC Policy Conference where the #SharedLife donor registry was unveiled. Behind them is the…


Israel at 70 Celebrations

 Community Mural In celebration of Israel’s 70th anniversary, the Valley of the Sun JCC has created a community mural featuring photos and memories of those who have visited Israel. The mural will be on public display in the lobby at The J, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale from April 8-30. “The J is excited to…


Jewish National Fund Celebrates the Power of Women

Pictured above: Theresa Lungwitz, left, shakes hands with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. In March, Jewish National Fund celebrated National Women’s History Month by highlighting the remarkable women who have taken on leadership roles within the organization. Throughout the month, JNF hosted over 30 events across the country to bring women together to share their personal…


Healing from tension and trauma in Phoenix and Israel

Pictured above: Anya Bloom (standing) leads people doing TRE in an Introductory Workshop, Ramat HaSharon, Israel, April 24, 2017. Phoenix resident David Berceli, Ph.D. developed Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises™ (TRE) after working in war-torn areas. He realized in areas with widespread trauma; there weren’t enough psychotherapists to provide treatment. So Berceli developed simple movement…


Sharon B. Megdal: Proponent for water policy

Sharon B. Megdal, Ph.D., couldn’t have guessed she would end up as the director of The University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center when she earned her doctoral degree in economics from Princeton University. But some interesting twists and turns in her career  led her to where she is now. She originally came to Arizona…


Technion’s World Tour

The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology is a major source of the innovation and brainpower that drives the Israeli economy. Technion people, ideas and inventions make immeasurable contributions to the world including life-saving medicine, sustainable energy, computer science, water conservation and nanotechnology. The Technion World Tour is a three-year tour that takes supporters and donors around…

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