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New Tech Gap Year Program in Israel

Aardvark Israel and Big Idea are thrilled to announce a new partnership enabling participants the best of both organizations’ Gap Year experiences!  Introducing…Big Idea Gap Year @ Aardvark Israel. Designed for Jewish young adults, ages 17-21, who are interested in technology and expanding their professional skills, this new program brings together participants from around the…

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Back to School is Different this Year

By Dan Shufelt On July 25, 2019, Arizona Helping Hands participated in the Back to School Clothing Drive at Grand Canyon University. During that single afternoon and evening, we supplied school uniform clothing, along with backpacks stuffed full of school supplies to 1,972 children in foster care. Thanks to collection drives and donations from dozens…

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Bubbies and Sistas Know Best

In 2019, Jewish Life Television launched “Bubbies Know Best,” a dating show with a Jewish twist – where three Jewish grandmothers act as matchmakers for young and old, straight and gay, Jewish and non-Jewish. Based upon the show’s great success in season one, “Bubbies Know Best” began pre-production on season two earlier this year. With…

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Ladies in the Headlights

Photo:  Leanne Schmidt, left, and Marlene Strang are “The Ladies.” Following their sold-out performances in May and June, physical comediennes “The Ladies” are bringing their pop-up drive-in show, “Ladies in the Headlights!” to Chandler in the East Valley. Performances will be held August 7, 8, 14 & 15 with showtimes at 7:45 pm and 8:15…

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Israel pilots instant COVID detection test

By Ben Horodenker A pilot program has been launched for a rapid COVID-19 detection test, employing a revolutionary device that uses light waves to analyze molecular content. Israeli startup Newsight is collaborating with Sheba Medical Center to identify and classify evidence of coronavirus in the body in less than a second, using a sample of…

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East Valley youth art contest calls for submissions

The East Valley Jewish Community Center (EVJCC) and Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC), are inviting middle and high school students in the East Valley to submit artwork reflecting their experience and interpretation of how their lives have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. “Stuck @Home, But My Imagination is Free” is an East Valley juried art…

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Animal Care During a Pandemic: “It’s What We Do!”

Essential employees are pivotal during a pandemic. From frontline health care workers to grocery store teams and truck drivers delivering goods, we honor their work and sacrifice. However, the “essential workers” at OdySea Aquarium who have been caring for its 6,000+ animals throughout the coronavirus pandemic prefer not to be labeled “essential.”  Whether it is Christmas…

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