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Gabby Giffords Celebrates Another Milestone

Photo: Claire Kelly (center) and Rep. Alma Hernandez (right) joined Gabby Giffords at Congregation Chaverim. Photo courtesy Alma Hernandez. On Saturday, Nov. 27, former House Rep. Gabrielle “Gabby” Giffords chanted her Torah portions, becoming a bat mitzvah at Congregation Chaverim in Tucson at the age of 51. The milestone was the culmination of 20 years…

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Phoenix Theatre’s Applause! Gala Celebrates Rock ‘n’ Roll and Philanthropic Rockstars

The Phoenix Theatre Company’s December 10 Applause! Gala will celebrate Memphis Rock ‘n’ Roll and Phoenix philanthropic rockstars with signature cocktails, performances by “Million Dollar Quartet Christmas” celebrities Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley, and dinner catered by Valley standout MCatering. The event’s Honorary Co-Chairs are Martha and Wally Henkel. This…

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Thousands Expected to Attend Hanukkah Events in the UAE

Photo courtesy  Khaleej Times Thousands are expected to attend Hanukkah events held in the United Arab Emirates, between Sunday, November 28 – December 5. Participants hail from all over the world, including: Bahrain, Canada, Israel, Europe, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South America, the United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States. Many Emiratis…

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Hundreds of Jewish Communities Around the World to Host “Hanukkah Homecoming”

With people eager for community experiences, more than 300 congregations, JCCs, Federations, schools, camps, independent minyanim and Jewish organizations are mounting gatherings this Hanukkah marking a worldwide rededication of relational communities. Under the banner, Hanukkah Homecoming, events around the world are being held onsite and online November 28 – December 5, 2021, inviting those engaged and those…

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Judy Laufer: Connecting kids and books

Photo: A young reader enjoying one of Judy’s books along with a Be Kind Bear. When Judy Laufer first started writing children’s books, the most important thing for her was to get them into the hands of young readers. So, shortly after she published her first book, Where Did Papa Go?, which looked at death…

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A Hanukkah gift for our readers

In addition to Thanksgiving and Hanukkah coming this week, the Saltzman household is also celebrating the 20th anniversary of an enchanting children’s book written by my mother, Ruth Saltzman. The book, Poppy Bear And the Garden that Overslept, came out in 2001 and was an immediate hit with children, parents and grandparents. In fact, the…

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The Evolution of Hanukkah

By Rabbi Jeffrey Schesnol All Jewish holidays have changed over the centuries. Their histories reflect the changes in beliefs, lifestyle, and socio-economic-political circumstances of the Jewish people. Originally, Hanukkah, which means dedication, was only a Maccabean holiday to celebrate the defeat of their Seleucid overlords and reclaimed the sacred Jerusalem temple and their rededication of…

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