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Posted: Saturday, July 14, 2007 3:15 pm | Updated: 5:58 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Chabad of Arizona and Phoenix Children’s Hospital are co-sponsoring “Toys for Hospitalized Children” Monday, July 16, at the hospital, 1919 E. Thomas Road.

Chabad, hospital join toys-for-kids effort

Chabad of Arizona and Phoenix Children’s Hospital are co-sponsoring “Toys for Hospitalized Children” Monday, July 16, at the hospital, 1919 E. Thomas Road.

Gifts will be given to the youngest patients through the New York-based charity. A Brooklyn rabbi, Jacob “J.J.” Hecht, started the program after witnessing the exclusion of Jewish children from one hospital’s recreational activities. He cashed a paycheck and returned to the hospital with toys for the youngsters. It is now a project of the National Committee for Furtherance of Jewish Education.

Chabad of Arizona has a program of visiting hospital patients weekly and during the Jewish holidays. For more information, call (602) 944-2753.

Pain control program planned

Sun Lakes United Methodist Church and Banner Hospice will present “Pain Control in the Elderly” at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 17, in the Alpha Classroom of the church, 9248 E. Riggs Road. A light lunch will be served.

New pain relief techniques and pain relievers will be explained. Parish nurse JoAnne McCay says that 89 percent of older Americans experience pain daily, while 46 percent have moderate pain, with 20 percent of those seeking relief at any one time. Registration is required at the church office, (480) 895-8766.

Summer concert set in Gold Canyon

“In the Good Old Summertime,” a free concert, will be 3 p.m. July 22 at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church, 6640 S. Kings Ranch Road. Singers and musicians will include Mary Lynn Preiss, Patty Sobek, Christina Wernette and Katie Sharp. Music for all ages will be included. An offering will be taken. Those attending are asked to bring a nonperishable food item for the Gold Canyon Food Bank.

Afterward, the church’s Youth Hand Bell Team will have an ice cream social to raise funds to attend the Youth Hand Bell Camp this summer in New Mexico. A donation of $2 per sundae or root beer float is requested. For more information, call (480) 982-3776.

Unity to sponsor golf tournament

The Interfaith Unity Church Challenge Golf Tournament will be Aug. 4 at Dobson Ranch Golf Course, 2155 S. Dobson Road, Mesa. Sponsored by Interfaith Unity Church, 1731 W. Baseline Road, Suite 108, Mesa, it will have a shotgun start at 6:30 a.m. and follow a four-person scramble format. The fee is $75 per player.

All four players on each team should attend the same church. There will also be an open division for any four golfers. Prizes will be awarded, and team members will receive gift certificates to the course’s pro shop. To register, call Sue Nee at (480) 545-2954 or Linda at (480) 818-2261.

Baby shower to help 300 mothers

As many as 300 expectant mothers from low-income households will be helped at a Labor of Love Community Baby Shower on Sept. 1, sponsored by Women of Power International Ministries, a nonprofit organization founded in 2002 and “dedicated to enhancing and transforming the lives of women.” During the baby shower, furniture and products related to babies will be given away, along with information and resources for mothers. Founder LaDawnna Hudson said businesses are being encouraged to donate items. Sought are cribs, car seats, bassinets and related furnishings. For more information, call (480) 206-0968.

Service to center on temples’ destruction

A service of T’sha B’av, marking the anniversary of the destruction of First and Second Temples in Jerusalem more than 2,000 years ago, will be 8:30 p.m. July 23 at the Chabad Center for Jewish Life, 3875 W. Ray Road, Chandler. Based on Lamentations 1:17 — “Over these things I weep” — the service is traditionally on the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av, or July 23-24. Lamentations will be read by candlelight, seating will set up to be uncomfortable to recall the loss of the holy temples, and a video will be shown. The service is free, but members of the Jewish community are asked to make reservations by calling (480) 855-4333.

Meals to be served to patients’ families

Temple Havurat Emet, a Reform Jewish congregation in Sun Lakes led by Rabbi Bonnie Koppell, will serve home-cooked meals Aug. 2 at the Ronald McDonald House in Phoenix, where families stay while a loved one is getting medical treatments at a Valley hospital or clinic. The congregation will hold a Rosh Hashana luncheon Sept. 13 at the Navajo Room of the Phase I Clubhouse, Sun Lakes Country Club, 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd. Break-the-Fast dinner will be Sept. 22 at the same site. Chompies will cater both meals. Summer services at 7:30 p.m. the first Friday of the month at the Lecky Arts and Community Center of the Ed Robson Branch Library, 9330 E. Riggs Road, Sun Lakes. For more information, call (480) 802-7129.

Ignatian retreat scheduled in Tucson

Jesuit astronomer Bill Stoeger, who has been a spiritual director and Ignatian retreat leader for more than 35 years, will lead a retreat Sept. 14-16 at the Redemptorist Renewal Center, 7101 W. Picture Rocks Road, Tucson. “The 'More’ of Ignatius: Collaboration in Ignatian Spirituality” is the theme of the retreat. Stoeger, 63, did his theological studies at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, Calif., and was ordained in 1972. He holds a doctorate in astrophysics and joined the staff of the Vatican Observatory, based in Tucson and Castel Gandolfo, Italy, in 1979.

Ignatian spirituality centers on the imitation of Jesus — focusing on those priorities that constitute Christ’s mind, heart, values, priorities and loves.

The retreat is targeted to those who want to reflect on what God has done in their lives and be in silence to “listen to what God is calling” them to do. Cost is $145 for a single room, $125 for a double room and $95 for a commuter participant, with six meals for all attendees; fees are due by Aug. 10. To register, call Paul Duckro, (520) 838-2513 or e-mail pauld@diocesetucson.org.

Kol Ami rabbi to study in N.Y.

Rabbi Jordan Goldson, senior rabbi of Temple Kol Ami in Phoenix, is beginning an 18-month study in the Rabbinic Leadership Program of the Institute of Jewish Spirituality in New York City. He joins 36 rabbis of the Reform, Reconstructionist and Conservative traditions who were selected from a large number of applicants. They will take part in four five-day retreats, with weekly study and practice.

Extension university expands to Valley

The University of St. Francis, which has extension campuses across the U.S. tailored to working adults, has announced programs in the Valley. The school has announced its “virtual open house” noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, through its Web site. Information on programs of study, financial assistance and course-delivery options will be provided.

Bachelor degrees are offered in applied organization management, health care leadership, organizational leadership and nursing. They are accelerated, online programs. Graduate degrees are given in business administration, nursing, health services administration, and training and development. Besides the Web site, information is available at (800) 735-7500.

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