This weekend: Mitzvah planning expo, Unity Torah dedication and more

After a somewhat slow summer, activity in the Valley’s Jewish community is now  increasing. There’s lot’s to do this weekend, from the dedication of the Jewish Unity Torah at Arizona State University to the Mitzvahs & More Expo at the Biltmore designed primarily for Jewish families preparing to host events.

Mitzvahs & More Expo

The Mitzvahs & More Expo, presented by Living Energy, will feature about 60 exhibitors at this bar/bat mitzvah and wedding event planning expo produced for the Phoenix Jewish Community.

The free event, noon-4 p.m. this Sunday, will be held at the Arizona Biltmore. Jewish  News is a media partner.

Jewish Unity Torah

Students and other volunteers have been busy renovating the Chabad house at ASU  (“Synagogue Impossible“) these past three weeks in preparation for the dedication of the ASU Jewish Unity Torah, sponsored by the Larry and Beth Cohen family of Fountain Hills, whose three children attended ASU.

The celebration starts at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the Memorial Union at ASU and is followed by a parade to the Rohr Chabad House-Jewish Student Center.

’80s Shabbat Lounge

Feeling nostalgic about 80s music? Then head over to Temple Solel this Friday night for the ‘’80s Flashback” Shabbat Shira featuring Cantorial Soloist Todd Herzog and his band, Rabbi John Linder and Rabbi Ilana Mills. There’s an oneg at 5:30 p.m. and the service starts at 6 p.m.

After the service is Solel’s Shabbat Lounge, for young professionals and couples ages 21-45. The event includes an open bar and free food. There’s even free babysitting to those who need it, but reservations must be made in advance. Call Adina, 480-991-7414.

Jewish Heritage Day at Chase Field

Show your Jewish pride at a baseball game this Sunday, when the Diamondbacks play against the San Diego Padres. The game starts at 1:10 p.m. at Chase Field. A portion of tickets sold for Jewish Heritage Day will be donated to Jewish Family & Children’s Service. Tickets start at $12.

And that’s not all that’s happening! Here’s more:

Kick-off event for the Friendship Circle:
Teens are invited to participate in a kick-off event for the Friendship Circle 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at Chabad of Arizona. The event includes a training session with a panel discussion of parents of children with special needs, a light dinner and a chocolate party. The Friendship Circle provides programming for children and teens with special needs and their families and offers several volunteer opportunities for teens.

Ice cream social and open house for Temple Beth Emeth of Scottsdale, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26. 480-941-4112.

Open house and gift boutique at Temple Gan Elohim in Phoenix: 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26. 602-361-3330.

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