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10 Yiddish Words To Get You Through

By Sallie Pearlman Cohen When you can’t find the right words, sometimes Yiddish fits the situation best! 1. Tsedrayt (tsuh-DRAYT) All mixed up, confused. Before the Covid-19 virus, tsedrayt meant we couldn’t remember if we promised to meet a friend for lunch on Thursday or Friday. Now we don’t know what day of the week…

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A Matter of Perspective

By Nathan Laufer M.D. Imagine being born in 1900. At age 14, World War I begins and ends when you’re 18 with 22 million dead. Soon after a global pandemic, the Spanish Flu, appears, killing 50 million people. And you’re alive and 20 years old. At 29 you survive the global economic crisis that started…

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Two Tucson Natives are Serving their Community

Lindsey Baker returned to her hometown of Tucson on May 1 to accept the chief operating officer position for the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona and the Jewish Community Foundation. “Creating a sustainable, single-chief executive model is what we have been working toward,” says Graham Hoffman, in announcing Baker’s appointment. Graham is the president and…

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Don’t wait – celebrate!

How does one celebrate lifecycle events during a pandemic? How do we stay sensitive to the times, keep everyone safe and still have a celebration?  Having planned my daughter’s baby shower pre-pandemic, all bets were off on how we would pivot for a virtual baby shower. I quickly realized that there really isn’t a roadmap…

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Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix Announces 2020 Camp Scholarships Available

The Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix has announced that limited, need-based scholarships are available for Jewish children residing in Maricopa County to attend Jewish summer camp in the United States. Scholarships are available, thanks to the generosity of the Molly Blank Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation, endowment funds established at the Jewish Community Foundation by Jack Bromfield and…

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It’s human to want to give

Arizona. California. Israel. Peru. Boston. No matter what state, country, time zone, or zip code, I make it my business to call my mother every day. Yes, you read it right. Every day! Calling home was a decision I made over two decades ago to intentionally stay connected to my parents who lived 3,000 miles…

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