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“Collective Compassion” for Mental Health Awareness Month

  The Jewish community is bringing the power of “Collective Compassion” to National Mental Health Awareness Month (collectivecompassion2021.com). A project of the Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Funder Collaborative for the second year in a row, Collective Compassion shares events and resources from more than a dozen partners in a coordinated response to the significant mental…

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Return of Cantorial Soloist Emily Kaye Wiss

Temple Emanuel of Tempe announced the return of Interim Cantorial Soloist Emily Kaye Wiss for the 2021-2022 synagogue year. Emily was the Cantorial Soloist at Temple Emanuel from 2013-2018 and they are excited to welcome her talents back. Emily will accompany the Rabbi on the bimah during Friday night services, B’nei Mitzvot, and their High…

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Vintage by Misty Featured in British Vogue

Vintage by Misty was recently recognized by British Vogue in the article, “These 5 Vintage Hotspots are Already Celebrity-Approved.” The article shed light on how shopping vintage helps create a greener future and how celebrities and fashion houses have been taking part in shopping vintage in recent years. Vintage by Misty is located at 7046…

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The USHMM Welcomes US Gov’t Recognition of Genocide of Armenians

Photo: Ottoman troops guard Armenians being deported. Ottoman Empire, 1915–16. —US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration, College Park The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum welcomes the recognition of the Armenian genocide by President Biden. This follows the 2019 Congressional resolution recognizing this tragic event as genocide. “Holocaust history teaches that…

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Tucson Medical Student Wins $30,000 Scholarship

Second-year medical student, Gabrielle “Gabi” Mintz, in the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, has been awarded the Shirley D. Curson Medical Student Scholarship, a two-year scholarship that provides $15,000 a year for a student’s third and fourth years of medical school. “This scholarship is an honor she richly deserves,” said Michael Abecassis,…

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Announcing the Dawn of a New Movement

  Americans for Ben-Gurion University, formerly known as American Associates, Ben-Gurion University, has unveiled a fresh new name and look, accompanied by the launch of an inspiring new movement. At its core, the nonpartisan movement aims to strengthen ties between the American Diaspora and Israel. The newly rebranded Americans for Ben-Gurion University opens its arms…

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Plant for Tomorrow

Every day is Earth Day in the Jewish tradition, which teaches a deep and generational respect for the environment. In celebration of the Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shevat in January, PJ Library conducted a “Plant for Tomorrow” matching donation campaign to help plant tens of thousands of trees for future generations. The campaign inspired more…

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Temple Beth Emeth Welcomes Rabbi Zari Sussman

  Temple Beth Emeth of Scottsdale‘s President Clyde Hurtig shared the following message in their April newsletter: I am very pleased to announce that Temple Beth Emeth has hired Rabbi Zari Sussman as our new spiritual leader. Rabbi Sussman has led congregations in Los Angeles and Ontario California since 2016. The rabbi has participated in…

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