Top 10 stories on jewishaz.com in 2014

Jewish News posted just over 3,000 stories on its website in 2014. Here’s a countdown of the top 10 stories that received the most page views in 2014.

10. Home page for Best of Jewish Phoenix 2014: This downloadable special edition of Jewish News features the best the Valley has to offer, from businesses and programs, as well as profiles on 10 young leaders.

9. List of Valley congregations: Our list of area congregations in the annual community directory, which is updated online throughout the year, is apparently a popular resource.

8.  3 yeshiva students missing, feared kidnapped outside Jerusalem: As news broke of the tragic story from Israel, American Jewry join their Israeli brethren in prayer and solidarity.

7. Facebook helps bring teen home: Social media plays a critical role in the return of a missing teen to his family.

6. Israelis growing hungry for vegan diet: Israel has the highest per capita vegan population of anywhere in the world, according to vegan activists.

5.  Met cancels broadcast of ‘Death of Klinghoffer’: The Metropolitan Opera cancels its live transmission of “The Death of Klinghoffer” as protestors accuse the opera of being anti-Semitic.

4. Observing a vegan Passover: Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, executive director of Valley Beit Midrash, writes about the reasons he and his wife observe a vegan lifestyle and how this affects their Passover observance.

 3. Is lunar eclipse at Sukkot an ominous sign?: Edmon J. Rodman, a JTA columnist in Los Angeles, speaks to a NASA research astrophysicist about having a blood moon on both Passover and Sukkot and what that could mean.

 2.  Pastor ‘scams’ Jewish clerics for film: A Tempe pastor uses subterfuge on Jewish clerics to have them appear in an anti-Jewish documentary film.

 1.  What I learned from visiting the new Mormon temple: This piece, written by Rabbi Jeremy Schneider of Temple Kol Ami, was likely the most-read story ever on our site, as we found references to it on numerous Mormon websites around the world.  In the first week alone, it received more than 68,000 page views. Maybe we should write more about the Mormon community?

In cased you missed them, here’s a countdown of the blog posts that received the most hits on the Jewish News blog in 2015:

5. Hockey Shtick Night’s big stars – besides the Coyotes, that is: This post included an interview with Yehudie and the Gefilte Fish, who performed before last month’s Arizona Coyotes vs. Nashville Predators game at Hockey Shtick Night.

4. A visit to the Mormon temple in Gilbert: The Jewish News editorial staff takes a trip to Gilbert to take a public tour of a new Church of Latter-Day Saints temple before it is dedicated.

3. Looking for kosher challah?: After the closing of Karsh’s Bakery, this post offers other options for kosher challah.

2. Why the world should care about Israel: In the midst of the Gaza conflict, this post serves as a reminder of the positive impact Israel has had on the world.

1. Delta Flight 468: On the plane that turned around: After a rocket landed near Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion airport, one Valley resident was on the plane that had to turn around mid-flight.

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