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Congregation Or Tzion

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16415 N 90th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 United States
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November 2017

Top 10 Challenges Facing Jews Today

November 1, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N 90th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 United States
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  Registration for this event is now closed. Walks ups will be accepted.   Rabbi Asher Lopatin Despite the great diversity of the Jewish community, different denominations, or not affiliated…

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December 2017

An Evening of the Liturgical Poetry of the Sephardic World

December 4, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N 90th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 United States
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  Registration for this event is now closed. Walks ups will be accepted.   This concert lecture will provide an intimate exploration of beautiful piyutim and music from Spain, North…

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January 2018

On the Road Again: Travel as Transformation in the Talmud

January 11, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N 90th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 United States
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Rabba Yaffa Epstein Today we live in an age where travel is commonplace and extremely convenient. However, in the Rabbinic world, travel was an adventure, an experience, and a potential…

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Some Basic Principles of Kabbalistic Spirituality

January 29, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N 90th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 United States
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  Registration for this event is now closed. Walks ups will be accepted.   What distinguishes the world-view of the kabbalist from other kinds of Jews? Is kabbalah a form…

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February 2018

VBM Panel: New Approaches to Jewish Spirituality!

February 8, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N 90th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 United States
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On the one hand, Jewish spirituality is timeless. On the other, we are charged to seek renewal in our time and to discover new approaches to self-discovery, transcendence, and actualization.…

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New Approaches to Jewish Spirituality!

February 8, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N 90th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 United States
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  Registration for this event is now closed. Walks ups will be accepted.   Community Panel Discussion  On the one hand, Jewish spirituality is timeless. On the other, we are…

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March 2018

Forgotten Mourners

March 8, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N 90th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 United States
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Jewish law defines the mourning process for a parent, spouse, sibling, and child. But what happens when we lose someone who does not fit in those categories? Author of Faith…

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April 2018

Or Tzion Martini Night

April 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N 90th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 United States
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Congregation Or Tzion’s Annual Martini Night Auction & Fundraiser

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Forgotten Mourners

April 16, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N 90th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 United States
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  Registration for this event is now closed. Walks ups will be accepted.   Rabbi Daniel Greyber Jewish law defines the mourning process for a parent, spouse, sibling, and child.…

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Film Screening: Above and Beyond

April 18, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N 90th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 United States
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  Registration for this event is now closed. Walks ups will be accepted.   Join Valley Beit Midrash for an intimate viewing of this documentary, followed by a Q&A with…

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May 2018

An Evening with Annabelle Gurwitch

May 3, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N 90th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 United States
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An Evening with Annabelle Gurwitch

Presented by NowGen & Women's Philanthropy, in partnership with the Jewish Book Council. Thursday, May 3 7pm – Dessert Reception, Dietary Laws Observed 7:30pm – Program followed by Book Sale…

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June 2018

Saving God From True Believers: (It’s the Least We Can Do for Him After Everything He Did for Us)

June 5, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N 90th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 United States
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Registration for this event is now closed. Walks ups will be accepted.   In 2001, the Taliban destroyed the two ancient Buddhas of Bamiyan in Afghanistan. How is Judaism different?…

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August 2018

Stumbling Stones: The Oldest Form of Jewish Spirituality

August 8, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N 90th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 United States
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  ABOUT THIS LECTURE: One of the oldest forms of Jewish spirituality, may also be the most accessible for the modern Jew. This conversation with an established community builder, will…

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November 2018

We Are Here: Spiritual Resistance During The Holocaust

November 5, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N 90th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 United States
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In this session, we will learn and hear how Jews used prayer, poetry, song, music and more as vehicles for spiritual resistance during the Jewish people’s darkest hour. From ghetto…

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December 2018

The Leadership of Aaron and Moses – A Look at Differing Styles

December 6, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N 90th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 United States
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The Jewish tradition feels really good about both Aaron and Moses as examples of great human beings. Aaron is called ‘Pursuer of Peace, Lover of all Creatures’ while Moses is…

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Martin Buber’s Philosophy of Dialogue

December 10, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N 90th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 United States
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Best known for his poet meditation of dialogue, I and Thou, Martin Buber (1878-1965) promoted a conception of Jewish religious spirituality that is to be expressed primarily in the so-called…

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How Millennials Shape the Future of the Jewish Community

December 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N 90th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 United States
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When the phrase “Where are all the young Jews?” is heard at major Jewish communal events, there is the implicit impression that the next generation isn’t engaged with Jewish life.…

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Artificial Reproductive Technologies and the Jewish Tradition

December 13, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N 90th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 United States
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*** EVENT POSTPONED DUE TO ILLNESS***   This session will reflect on the Jewish approaches to assisted reproductive technologies including artificial insemination, IVF, and. surrogacy. This will be an exploration…

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January 2019

A Jewish Approach to the Afterlife

January 7, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N 90th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 United States
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Angels with harps? Fluffy clouds? The pearly gates? In the popular imagination, these symbols represent a vision of “heaven,” but do they correspond to the Jewish vision of the afterlife?…

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The Greatest Jewish Philosopher That Nobody’s Heard Of: A Meeting with Emmanuel Levinas

January 14, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N 90th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 United States
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Although widely known in the world of contemporary secular philosophy, the work of the French-Jewish philosopher, Emanuel Levinas, is hardly known at all in the Jewish world. His work has…

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Hammerman Family Lecture – The Search for the Sacred: The Jewish Debate with Modernity

January 27, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N 90th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 United States
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ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Rabbi Ed Feinstein is senior rabbi of Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, California. He serves on the faculty of the Ziegler Rabbinical School of the American Jewish…

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February 2019

Searching for Authenticity: The (re)birth of Jewish Denominations in 19th-century Europe

February 5, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N 90th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 United States
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***PLEASE NOTE THE DATE CHANGE TO FEBRUARY 5, 2019***   Since the canonization of the Talmud, Jews lived in autonomous communities that clearly defined the meaning and obligations of Jewishness.…

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Fresh Perspective: Supporting Jews With Special Needs

February 12, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N 90th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 United States
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“Special Needs” – “Disability” – “Inclusion” – so many ways to describe individuals in our community who have differences. Come hear what those words mean to a mother of a…

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Love of Neighbor, Love of God: How the Two are One in Jewish Mystical Thought

February 18, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N 90th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 United States
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The imperative to love (ve-ahavtah) appears in at least three ways in the Torah: the command to love God, to love one’s neighbor as oneself, and to love the stranger.…

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Women’s Voices in the Talmud

February 26, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N 90th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 United States
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In general, only men issue halakhic statements in the Talmud. But women appear often in anecdotes about how the law was carried out. A close reading of some short anecdotes…

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March 2019

The Torah of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

March 4, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N 90th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 United States
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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., one of our great American heroes, was a uniquely gifted orator. His speeches are breathtaking performances, by any standard. But heard through Jewish ears, they…

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A Very Funny Evening with Rabbi Bob Alper-Back by Popular Demand!

March 30, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N 90th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 United States
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Rabbi Alper has been a Stand-Up Comedian with a pulpit for a number of years, bringing humor to everyone over the age of 11 and to every diversified group. Location: …

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May 2019

Community-Wide Yom HaShoah Commemoration

May 5, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N 90th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 United States
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Please join the Phoenix Holocaust Association for the community-wide Yom HaShoah (Holocaust) Commemoration. Included in the commemoration will be candle lighting by Survivors to represent the 6 Million lost, a…

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September 2019

Native Americans in the Jewish Imagination

September 16, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N 90th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 United States
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ABOUT THIS LECTURE: How did Jewish immigrants to the United States imagine themselves at home in their new country? How did Jews identify with “America”? The figure of the imaginary…

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October 2019

The Hammerman Family Lecture – Almighty? No Way! Embracing the God We Actually Love

October 27, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N 90th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 United States
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ABOUT THIS LECTURE: Many of us struggle with questions of faith, God, meaning. Often the problem is that we can’t believe in a coercive, all-powerful, all-knowing supernatural God who is…

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November 2019

Why Yiddish Matters

November 11, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N 90th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 United States
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ABOUT THIS LECTURE: What is the relationship between language and fate, homecomings and leave-takings, the commitment to art and a writer’s service to his community? We will explore these question…

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We Were Strangers in Egypt: Our Attitude as Jews to non-Jewish Strangers

November 14, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N 90th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 United States
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ABOUT THIS LECTURE: The Torah only tells us how to relate to converts, leaving us with no instructions with regard to aliens/strangers. ABOUT THIS SPEAKER: Zvi Zohar is a senior…

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The Bizarre Tales of Yiddishland: What the Yiddish Press Reveals about the Jews

November 25, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N 90th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 United States
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ABOUT THIS LECTURE: An underground history of downwardly mobile Jews, Eddy Portnoy’s new book Bad Rabbi and Other Strange but True Stories from the Yiddish Press mines century-old Yiddish newspapers…

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December 2019

FIDF Celebration of Light with IDF heroes

December 15, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N 90th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 United States
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Join Friends of the IDF as we celebrate Hannukah with our Lone Soldiers and other guests. A family event.

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Heroes & Hope

December 15, 2019 @ 2:00 pm
Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N 90th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 United States
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FIDF ARIZONA CHAPTER INVITES YOU TO HEROES & HOPE A CELEBRATION OF LIGHTS Food, Music & More Dear Friends, Please join us as we celebrate the festival of lights with…

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January 2020

The Sacred Exchange: Creating a Jewish Money Ethic

January 13, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N 90th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 United States
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ABOUT THIS LECTURE: ABOUT THIS SPEAKER: Rab­bi Mary L. Zamore is the Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Women’s Rab­binic Net­work. The WRN supports and advo­cat­es for Reform women rab­bis, and works to nar­row the wage…

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American Jews and Israel: A Discussion of Connection

January 21, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N 90th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 United States
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About This Panel Event: The relationship between American Jews and Israel is not like it once was. Tensions between identity and solidarity, peace and politics, and technology and tradition have driven…

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February 2020

Generation Friends: An Inside Look at the Show that Defined a Television Era

February 6, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N 90th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 United States
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ABOUT THIS LECTURE: ABOUT THIS SPEAKER: Saul Austerlitz is a freelance writer whose work has been published in theNew York Times, New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Rolling Stone, the Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Slate, and The New Republic, among others.…

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Bro-Mitzvahs: The Black-Jewish Dialogue on TV

February 10, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N 90th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 United States
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ABOUT THIS LECTURE: In performances of Jewishness on TV, white Jewish characters regularly draw black characters or tropes about blackness into the frame at those moments when they seek to…

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CANCELLED! Till Death Do Us Part: Family Life and the Afterlife in Jewish Thought

February 17, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N 90th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 United States
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**DUE TO PERSONAL ISSUES, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED**   ABOUT THIS LECTURE: “The family that prays together,” the famous adage goes, “stays together.” Indeed, many people of faith take…

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BJE Passages: A Beautiful Place

February 23, 2020 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N 90th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 United States
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A musical presentation by composer, Craig Bohmler, A Beautiful Place is how the International Red Cross inspector described Terezin in his report after visiting the concentration camp in June 1944.…

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Gender and Clothing

February 24, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N 90th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 United States
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ABOUT THIS LECTURE:  Purim is a story about the shift from living with a hidden identity to coming out as truly oneself. What might it teach us about the role…

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March 2020

Twas the Best of Times, ‘Twas the Worst of Times: Antisemitism, Israel and the Politics of Resentment on the Campus Today

March 3, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N 90th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 United States
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ABOUT THIS LECTURE: Is it as bad as we’ve been led to believe?  How has the increasing support for the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment initiative effected campus climate and attitudes…

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April 2020

POSTPONED: A Jewish Journey In The White House And Beyond

April 5, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N 90th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 United States
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ABOUT THIS SPEAKER:  From 2009 to 2017, Sarah Hur­witz served as a White House speech­writer, first for Pres­i­dent Barack Oba­ma and then as the chief speech­writer for First Lady Michelle Oba­ma. Hur­witz worked with…

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POSTPONED: Judaism and the Environmental Crisis

April 22, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N 90th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 United States
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ABOUT THIS LECTURE: ABOUT THIS SPEAKER: Professor Hava Tirosh-Samuelson is Regents Professor of History, Irving and Miriam Lowe Professor of Modern Judaism, and Director of Jewish Studies at Arizona State University in…

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