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Federation Notes: Looking forward

As I complete my second year as CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix, I take great pride in where the organization is going.  We have concluded our 2018 development efforts and raised nearly $5 million, which includes a $3.5 million annual campaign – an increase of $100,000 over last year. To our generous…

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We Cannot Be Silent Any Longer

Although we are known as content creators for Jewish Lifestyle magazines, websites and social media, we are firm believers that the term “lifestyle” can be expanded beyond entertainment and engagement. One of our missions from the beginning has been to disseminate information, ideas and inspiration as a way to fight against hate, racism and anti-Semitism….

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Tree of Life: A Concert for Peace and Unity

PBS will broadcast nationally WQED’s locally-produced “Tree of Life: A Concert for Peace and Unity,” a free community event, presented and hosted by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to honor the Tree of Life Synagogue victims and first responders. The performance, featuring Itzhak Perlman at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Hall, was taped on November 27, one month after the…

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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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