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‘Yiddish for Pirates’

Wednesday 10/18/2017
Valley resident’s documentary spotlights erosion of women’s reproductive rights
Posted: October 18, 2017

War zones are nothing new to documentary filmmaker Civia Tamarkin.

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Wednesday 10/11/2017
‘Dark’ thoughts in Jewish author’s angsty new novel
Posted: October 11, 2017

I began reading Nicole Krauss’ new novel, “Forest Dark,” with interest, most especially because the hardback copy I picked up from the library had a blurb on the front cover from the author of one of my favorite books.

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Wednesday 10/04/2017
Recycled materials transformed into art at Jewish Historical Society
Posted: October 04, 2017

The 27th Avenue Solid Waste Management Facility in Phoenix isn’t where most people go for inspiration.

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Wednesday 09/27/2017
New Israeli novel is a page-turner
Posted: September 27, 2017

“A wonderful fact to reflect upon … when I enter a great city by night, that every one of those darkly clustered houses encloses its own secret,” Charles Dickens muses in “A Tale of Two Cities.” The same voyeurism inspires Israeli author Eshkol Nevo’s popular novel “Three Floors Up,” available in English in October.

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Table settings, inventive game enliven festive gatherings
Posted: September 27, 2017

Food is always my focus when it comes to planning a get-together, and the holidays amplify that emphasis.

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Discovering the superpower of community
Posted: September 27, 2017

The home my parents provided for my sisters and me was one filled with love and respect, but something was missing. Being that we were an interfaith family — Mom was raised Irish Catholic while my father was raised Jewish — the concepts of faith and religion were rarely discussed. They were able to provide me with everything I ever asked for — I wanted for nothing.

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From mini horses to balloon art, expo showcases wide range of ways to spice up an event
Posted: September 27, 2017

Prince Charming’s recent appearance at a “bark mitzvah” was a real dog-and-pony show. You see, Prince Charming is a miniature horse.

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Wednesday 09/20/2017
Annual music fest finds new home
Posted: September 20, 2017

After four years at Steele Indian School Park in downtown Phoenix, the Desert Gathering Jewish Music Fest is moving to the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus in Scottsdale.

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