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The “Crystallization” of Leadership

What do Moses and Nobel prize winner in chemistry Daniel Shechtman have in common? No, this isn’t a joke, although it’s a bit of brain teaser which a dear friend recently related to me after hearing a Shabbat morning sermon in Haifa.  Delivered by Rabbi Daniel Hershkowitz,  noted Talmudic scholar, mathematician and former Israeli Minister…

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Adult Online Dating Behaviors Survey

Gabrielle Rozio is a Jewish young professional living in Scottsdale. She is working towards earning her doctorate at Midwestern University in Glendale. In her (limited) free time, she is actively involved in the local JNFuture, NowGen, Jewish Federation Leadership, Israeli American Council and Congregation Beth Tefillah. As part of her doctoral program, she is conducting…

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My date with hate (and the man who brought me back)

“Mom, there’s that Nazi I told you about.” “What?” I responded in disbelief. My daughter and I were grocery shopping in Scottsdale, not exactly a hub of neo-Nazi activity. Then I remembered the week before she had mentioned a neo-Nazi walked into the restaurant where she was eating. He was in his early 30s and was covered in swastika tattoos including…

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Changes ahead for Limmud AZ

For the second year in a row, Limmud AZ will offer “Taste of Limmud.” This evening event will be held on Thursday, Nov. 15, from 7 to 9 pm at Temple Solel at 6805 E. McDonald Dr. in Paradise Valley. The event offers learning sessions featuring Rabbis Pinchas Allouche, Bonnie Koppell and Jeremy Schneider. This…

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Federation Notes: Here Comes Hanukkah

In the words of Adam Sandler, “Put on your yarmulke, here comes Hanukkah.” Did you know that Hanukkah is not a Jewish holiday? Though Hanukkah is canonized by the Catholic and Coptic churches in the Book of Maccabees I and II, it is not canonized in the Hebrew Bible. Both books share the history of…

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Federation accepting Belle Latchman Community Service Award applications through Oct. 31

Pictured above: Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix CEO Marty Haberer with Sheryl Bronkesh, Janice Freibaum and Monique Mendel of the Phoenix Holocaust Survivors Association which received the 2017 Belle Latchman award for its Generations After program. The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix is now accepting applications for its 2018 Belle Latchman Community Service Award. This…

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Sukkot: Living with uncertainty and joy

September in Tucson brings many things I love: cooler temperatures permitting long walks in Sabino Canyon, intermittent rains that drench my garden and the Jewish holidays that kick off the new year. A sense of optimism, of new beginnings and opportunities, fills the air. In stark contrast, I began September with a horrendous car accident….

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Guzmans honored at Gala

Pictured above: Susan and Nestor Guzman The Arizona Jewish Historical Society will honor Susan and Nestor Guzman with the 2018 Heritage Award. The Heritage Award is presented to individuals who have made an exceptional impact on our community through outstanding leadership, service and dedication. Together, this couple has enriched the Valley with over four decades…

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