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Nurit Avigdor leads Emunah Montessori Academy students in a Sukkot song about a lulav and etrog during a music class at the Phoenix school.

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Tishrei scenes and sounds

Sounds of the shofar were heard at synagogues throughout the world last week as Jews welcomed the New Year; here are some images from local observances.


Local Sukkot celebrations 2015

Sukkot, the Feast of Booths, begins the evening of Sunday, Sept. 27. Here are some local celebrations:

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Wolpe to discuss ‘why faith matters’

Growing up, Rabbi David Wolpe knew he wanted to be a writer, although he wasn’t sure what he would write about. In college, during a discussion with the rabbi at Camp Ramah, where he was working, the rabbi suggested that Wolpe attend rabbinical school to find inspiration for topics.


Felder finds ‘real soul’ of Irving Berlin in solo show

An actor, pianist and composer, Hershey Felder is known for his one-man plays that illuminate and celebrate the lives of a diverse group of composers, from Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Liszt to Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin.

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Couple opens wing eatery in West Valley

The chicken wings at The Wing Counter, a new West Valley eatery, are crisp and flavorful on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside. It’s what’s made the restaurant a hot spot just weeks into its existence.


An unlikely etrog grower

There is something special and ironic about seeing the iconic and illustrious yellow etrog growing in the frozen tundra of America’s Mid-Atlantic region during the winter. It seems an impossibility, but Darrell Zaslow of Upper Park Heights, Maryland, has made it reality.

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Pumpkin Crumb Cake is sweet way to spice up fall meals

Who can resist a crumb cake? The only thing better than the dense cake on the bottom is the thick layer of cinnamon crumbs on top. It’s full of spices, pumpkin, but no sour cream, so it’s nondairy and just a touch less caloric than traditional coffee crumb cake.

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