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At Yad Vashem — The World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem, there’s a special section dedicated to “The Righteous Among the Nations,” non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. Among those honored are Franciscus and Hermina Wijnakker (known as Frans and Mien), a Christian couple in the Netherlands who saved the lives of more than two-dozen Jews.
Some knit for the love of the craft, some to warm the world. Blanket Boosters does both. It’s the chesed (compassion) project of Sandy Schnell-Robbins, a member of Beth El Congregation in Phoenix, who formed the group to knit and crochet one-of-a-kind blankets to donate.
David Ira Goldstein says that he has wanted to stage a production of “Fiddler on the Roof” at Arizona Theatre Company for a long time and that the theater company’s 50th anniversary season has provided the occasion to do it. As the theater’s artistic director, he doesn’t direct every play, but he is directing “Fiddler.”
The 12th annual West Valley Jewish Film Festival will run Jan. 28-30 at Beth Emeth Congregation, 13702 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West.
Wendy Zierler will present “Reel Theology: What we can learn about Moses’ leadership and the word of God from ‘The King’s Speech’ ” at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, at Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix.
Kit Cassak has always loved taking photographs, but it wasn’t until she retired as a teacher and executive administrative assistant that she began taking her photography to a new level.
Clarinetist Anat Cohen and guitarist Howard Alden will present a night of jazz at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18 at The Nash, 110 E. Roosevelt Road, Phoenix.
Jewish News received hundreds of submissions for this year’s Hanukkah art contest. Thank you to all the synagogues and schools who spread the word and to all the young artists who participated. The winning piece, featured on the cover of this issue, is by Rachel Milrad, 8, a student at Torah Day School of Phoenix. On these pages are some of the other beautiful submissions we received and others can be found on our website, jewishaz.com.
Between the challah bake, the Shabbat Project and conferences in Washington, D.C., it's been a busy week.
Shabbat in Jerusalem was like no Shabbat I have ever experienced.
Valley residents Esther and Don Schon write about a program that two ex-IDF soldiers developed to help teach disadvantaged teens to surf and in turn to become surfing teachers for wounded warriors.