Fiscal cliff coverage at

In addition to a long version of “What to watch in 2013: From fiscal cliff to Iran,” which we published in short form in our print edition, we’ve just posted “Jewish umbrella groups fight looming ‘fiscal cliff’ cuts” on our website. Both stories are analyses by JTA’s Washington reporter Ron Kampeas about what Jewish groups are advocating inside the Beltway as President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner attempt to strike a grand bargain on looming tax hikes and budget cuts.

Last days of Hanukkah


Chabad of Arizona held a menorah lighting ceremony featuring Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton on Dec. 11 across from the state capitol in downtown Phoenix. Photo courtesy of Chabad of Arizona

We hope you’ve had a fun week of Hanukkah celebrations, filled with friends, family and lots of light and warmth (plus plenty of latkes  and doughnuts, in moderation of course).

As we go into the last two days of Hanukkah, here are some more ways to celebrate Hanukkah with other members of the community. (To see photos of other community Hanukkah events, check out our Facebook page.)

Friday night/Dec. 14

4:30 p.m. Hanukkah in the Hallway at the Valley of the Sun JCC. Shabbat and menorah lighting.

5:30 p.m. Family party and service at Temple Emanuel of Tempe.

Saturday/Dec. 15

7:30 p.m. The New Shul holds its annual coffeehouse, where its members entertain with live musical performances. Cost: $5.

7-9 p.m. Chanukah on Ice: Chabad of Scottsdale holds a Hanukkah celebration at the Ice Den, 9375 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale. Kosher food, ice skating, giant menorah lighting. Cost: $10.
8 p.m.-midnight: L’Chaim Young Professionals Hanukkah Ball: Camelview Optima, 7177 E. Rancho Vista Drive, Scottsdale. Cost: $15. The event includes gourmet latkes, hors d’oevres, a free raffle, a photo booth and a cash bar. For Jewish professionals in their 20s and 30s.

Following Kiddush on Shabbat morning, Ahavas Torah will host Rabbi Meir Triebitz for a lecture, “Chanukah: Hellenism Through the Eyes of the Rabbis.” Rabbi Triebitz attended the Juilliard School of Music before receiving his Ph.D. in mathematical physics from Princeton University at the age of 22.  He completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University and taught mathematics at Queens College and Stony Brook University before receiving rabbinic ordination.  Rabbi Triebitz currently resides with his family in Jerusalem, where he is a lecturer at several yeshivas  and seminaries, a Rosh Kollel, and the editor of RESHIMU: The Journal of Jewish Thought and History.

Sunday/Dec. 16

Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation hosts a Hanukkah celebration at the Oakwood Clubhouse, 24218 S. Oakwood Blvd., Sun Lakes, with a 6 p.m. cash bar and 7 p.m. dinner. Cost is $45. 623-975-4272.