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The Reggio Approach, viewing children as competent and capable humans, full of potential, is an approach that goes hand in hand with Judaism, according to leaders at the Chandler Jewish Preschool, and that’s why it was selected to govern the thinking at the preschool when it opened just over a year ago.
Hanukkah, the Jewish “Festival of Lights,” is conspicuous for a couple of reasons, namely the interesting lights and decorations and the eight-day length of the holiday.
The Jewish tradition requires justice — in Hebrew, “tzedek.” This goes beyond criminal justice. Indeed, we seek justice in all cases, between all creatures. A just world is a world in balance, a world without want. We seek to bring balance to the world through the performance of mitzvot, religious and ethical actions that nudge the world just a bit further from pain and a bit closer to bounty.
Love always wins. It may be denied for a time, but not forever. When it can’t flourish, it burns and breaks us. When love is allowed, it transforms, improves and heals. It makes us deeper, kinder, more caring people. When we love, we see beyond ourselves, and come to experience another person’s full humanity. When we recognize another person’s full humanity, we can see it in everyone else, too. The more love the better.
Jews from across the Southwest will gather in the Valley on Oct. 11-12 for “Sacred Waters,” a program sponsored by the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), to explore the role of water in Jewish tradition and ritual, as well as the relationship Jews have to water in the Southwest and, geopolitically, in the Middle East.
The sun has just set. From where I sit, up on a ridge, I hear music from two simultaneous song sessions filling the Valley below. When campfires turn to embers, youngsters will peel themselves away from the festivities and make their drowsy way to their bunks. Their dreams will no doubt be filled with obstacle courses and tie-dye, hikes and ropes courses. Another day at summer camp is done.
The Torah is the soul of the Jewish people. It is our sacred story, written on a scroll and in our hearts. The Torah, or Five Books of Moses, binds the Jewish people together across place and time. It tells a tale so massive, so all-encompassing, every Jewish person finds him or herself within it.
My grandmother always set a beautiful Passover table. The linen was crisp and the glasses sparkled. A plate of matzoh, unleavened bread, covered with an embroidered cloth, graced the table. So did a tray of vegetables reserved for young stomachs. My grandfather presided over the service from the head of the table, with Gramma at the other end, close to the kitchen. In the center of the table sat the seder plate with its crimson and gold border, and in its centre, at the heart of all the finery, sat the shank bone.
Too Much of a Good Thing
Joy, fun, and laughter enrich our lives. They belong in our houses of worship.
The synagogue is a place with many doors. People enter for a wide range of reasons: to learn, to socialize, to make a contribution to the community, to develop values in our children, to celebrate the seasons of life, to mourn losses of many kinds. However they enter, we welcome them into a caring community.
Why does the Arts and Entertainment Television Network feel that the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights don’t pertain to their employees? As far as I know, President Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi have not yet abolished Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Religion, although I may be wrong.
It’ll be a short ceremony — 30 minutes in all — but the second menorah lighting organized by the Chabad Jewish Center of Gilbert this Sunday will celebrate Chanukah while honoring a local soldier.
Chompie’s location in Chandler will offer a special six-course menu to celebrate Rosh Hashanah on Sept. 4.
East Valley’s Pollack Chabad Center to open after 10 years of fundraising
Long before animated sitcoms like “Family Guy,” “Archer” and “Bob’s Burgers” hit the small screen, “The Simpsons” captured the hearts of viewers worldwide with its biting social commentary and lovable bunch of outrageous characters.
When I first came to the Valley I remember Eddie Basha’s famous commercial motto, “From our family to yours.”
When people think of Jewish film, their minds tend to jump right to two subjects: religion and the Holocaust. While the Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival certainly embraces those subject matters, executive director Jerry Mittelman ensures that they make up only a slice of the wide spectrum of films the fest has to offer.
A small fire at the East Valley Jewish Community Center in Chandler risked shutting down the center for months.
As a kid on his way home from elementary school, Neil Goldberg would pull tinsel and forgotten ornaments off discarded Christmas trees put out on the curb in his New York City neighborhood.
The youngest Jewish group at Arizona State University, Jewish Arizonans on Campus, established a house this semester on College Avenue and 15th Street in Tempe in which students can meet and grow in their faith together.
A chapter in one of the most unusual spiritual journeys ended in, of all places, a Supercuts.
Just in time for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, there is a closer place to celebrate the High Holidays for those in the Gilbert Jewish community.
Family, faith and suffering are resonant chords in the symphony of life and harmonizing themes for countless plays and musicals. “Fiddler on the Roof,” the story of Jewish community and tradition in turn-of-the-century Tsarist Russia, is the iconic example.
The women who attend Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation Sisterhood Shabbat on March 17 will walk into a special "athletic garden" honoring Jewish women athletes from the 1920s and 30s. They'll find a garden blooming with table centerpieces featuring roses, basketballs, orchids, volleyballs, lilies, golf clubs, tennis racquets, daisies, and golf balls designed and made by member Noreen Nadler.