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Lilach Mazor Power: Growing the Giving Tree

Photo: Lilach Mazor Power inspects a plant in one of the many grow rooms at her dispensary. The Giving Tree Wellness Center lies in one of the many typical business parks located in North Phoenix. When you walk through the doors, it appears like any medical professional’s office with a couple of distinct exceptions. Instead…

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Socially distant volunteer opportunities

Amid the virus outbreak, many nonprofits are struggling with having enough hands to help as well as keeping pantries stocked with food and supplies. Jewish Family & Children’s Service, a nonprofit dedicated to strengthening the community by providing behavioral health, healthcare and social services to all ages, faiths and backgrounds, is currently experiencing an urgent…

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Donates Diapers, Formula to Jewish Family and Children’s Service

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Phoenix East Stake, has donated hundreds of cases of diapers, baby formula and baby wipes to Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JFCS). Paul Rockower, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Phoenix, upon learning that the Church had baby products, immediately connected the two…

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Temple Emanuel’s Meals for Healers

Like people everywhere, the members of Temple Emanuel of Tempe want to be part of the solution during a crisis. They were wondering, How can we support hospital workers? How can we support local businesses? There’s not much we can do as individuals. As a community, however, our impact is amplified. On May 5, 6,…

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Chef Oren’s Easy Lemon Bean Pasta

Pantry shelves are stockpiled with cans of beans but while these will last a long time it can be hard to get creative with recipe ideas for beans, beans the magical fruit. After you have made chili, tacos and topped some salads with them, they just aren’t that magical anymore. Chef Oren Zroya, a private…

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Surviving and Thriving

Photo: Mirjam today By Sharon Gelbach Listening to Mirjam Bait Talmi (nee Szpiro) tell her tale of Holocaust survival, I’m immediately struck by her attempt to date every memory, categorize every conversation, and place each memoir in the context of the larger events taking place around her. It all makes sense when I learn that…

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