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Posted: Friday, June 6, 2008 6:44 pm | Updated: 11:52 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Temple Emanuel of Tempe, part of the Union of Reform Judaism in the East Valley, has announced that its Judaica Shop has undergone several renovations.

Judaica shopgets upgrades

Temple Emanuel of Tempe, part of the Union of Reform Judaism in the East Valley, has announced that its Judaica Shop has undergone several renovations. The shop now sports new carpet, fixtures, and several new ritual and gift pieces. Shoppers can now purchase a mezuzzah for the door post of homeowners, or a Seder plate as a wedding gift. The shop also provides a gift registry as well as special orders. The shop is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. The shop is located at the temple, 5801 S. Rural Road, Tempe.

Ice cream partyto celebrate Shavuot

Center for Jewish Life will be hosting an ice cream party to celebrate the holiday of Shavuot. The Chandler center, located at 3875 W. Ray Road, Suite 6, will begin the festivities 10:30 a.m. Mondayto celebrate the day God gave the Torah to the Jewish people. Everyone is encouraged to participate in the free event that will begin with a reading of the Ten Commandments, followed by ice cream.

Diocese of Phoenixto ordain priests

The Diocese of Phoenix will hold this year's ordination at 10 a.m. today with an ordination Mass at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral at 400 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. Matthew Lowry, 29, Jose Jesus Lopez, 34, and Arthur Nave Jr., 27, are set to be ordained at the cathedral. The three recently spoke to the Catholic Sun newspaper about their vocations and experiences in the church.

"The Lord calls me to serve the people of God in the Diocese of Phoenix and to be a bridge (between) two cultures, Mexican and American," Lopez said, after explaining that one of his greatest challenges has been becoming fluent in English. Lopez's first assignment is at St. Gabriel the Archangel in Cave Creek.

Lowry found his calling after graduating from ASU with a degree in electrical engineering and working at Motorola, where he asked himself, "What importance does this work have in the big picture?" He found his answer through service in the church and will begin his first assignment at the Holy Cross Parish in Mesa.

Nave was drawn to service while still in high school. After a bicycle accident that left him injured and with "a new look on life and the world," he felt his calling. Nave's first assignment will be at the church of St. Thomas Aquinas in Avondale.

Jahn to coordinate children's ministry

Love of Christ Lutheran Church at 1525 N. Power Road, Mesa, has announced that Julie Jahn, a third-year doctoral student in physical education at ASU and member of the congregation, will serve as the new children's ministry coordinator.

Jahn will begin her duties on June 15. Her duties will include creating activities for children from kindergarten through sixth grade and coordinating church programs such as the Halloween Trunk or Treat and the Christmas outreach, as well as fellowship events such as the children's summer retreat.

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