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Pet seder

Nurit Avigdor of Scottsdale leads a pet seder at Choice Pet Market in Scottsdale on April 2. The seder, which included Passover songs, dog yarmulkes and kosher pet food giveways, was sponsored by Evanger’s Dog and Cat Food Company, who manufactures kosher dog and cat food for Passover. Guests also searched for the afikomen in the store.

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The Briefing

Anti-Semitic incidents in US surging in ’17, rose by a third in ’16

Anti-Semitic incidents in the United States soared 86 percent in the first three months of 2017 after rising by more than one-third in 2016, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

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AZJHS to open exhibit about ‘Love & Marriage’

The Arizona Jewish Historical Society will open its new exhibit, “Love & Marriage: The Cultural Evolution of Jewish Weddings from 1912 to 2016” at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 30. The exhibit will feature information on rituals, traditions and customs as seen through wedding gowns, objects, artifacts, and telling stories of real people’s life experiences. Because the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, where the exhibit will be displayed, was home to Congregation Beth Israel, the first synagogue in Phoenix, and the First Chinese Baptist Church, both are represented. The gallery will be open noon-3 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and by appointment. Admission is a $5 donation. Visit azhjs.org or call curator Jeffrey Schesnol at 602-241-7870.

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Youth & Education

TDSP students to represent Arizona in national Bible contest

Two Phoenix middle school students have qualified as finalists in this year’s National Chidon HaTanach (National Bible Contest) competition. Moshe Ullman and Chaim Ungar are both sixth-graders at Torah Day School of Phoenix (TDSP). Ullman and Ungar are Arizona’s first-ever representatives in this prominent event.

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Arts & Culture

Seven must-read Holocaust books, according to scholars

From Anne Frank’s diary to Elie Wiesel’s “Night,” books about the Holocaust remain some of the most powerful and well-known pieces of literature published in the past century. Books have the power to educate about the Shoah’s unimaginable horrors and bring to life the stories of its victims, as well as unearth hidden details about wartime crimes.

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Religious Life

Brooklyn soup kitchen opens for seders

It’s not easy making Passover seder. There’s the cleaning, the cooking, the logistical and emotional challenges of hosting guests. Then there’s the cost.

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Yom Hashoah

New book tells the touching story of three babies who survived the Holocaust

The horror of being Holocaust victims torn from their families was bad enough, but three women imprisoned at Auschwitz faced an additional challenge: the women, who had never met before, were pregnant. Drawn together by that common bond, they were determined to hide their pregnancies, and later their babies, from their Nazi captors. They vowed to do whatever it took to help their babies survive.

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Spicer’s Yom Hashoah lesson

It would be simple to play the moral outrage card on White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s confused comparison of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons and Adolf Hitler’s refraining from gassing enemy troops on the battlefield (but killing millions of Jews with that method to effect his Final Solution). But we detect no anti-Semitism in Spicer’s April 11 statement, for which he apologized twice. Anyone who does has either too much time on their hands, or a different agenda.

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Experimenting with tahini’s versatility

Tahini is a remarkably versatile ingredient. Its rich, nutty flavor adds unique character to everything from cookies to roasted veggies, raw veggie salads and simmer sauces. It’s not uncommon to find meatballs or fish fillets simmered in tahini when dining in Israel.

  • icon Posted: April 19