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A still from the film ‘Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel.’ 

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Beth Emeth Congregation of the West Valley in Sun City West is hosting the 14th annual West Valley Jewish Film Festival.     

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The movies aren't what they used to be. With the advent of Netflix and other streaming services, movie theaters have struggled to bring in patrons. Film festivals, too, have had to grapple with the lure of the home theater. Fortunately for residents of Sun City West, though, Beth Emeth Congr…

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In the prologue to “Seltzertopia: The Extraordinary Story of an Ordinary Drink,” author Barry Joseph reveals the question he asked himself when presented with the prospect of writing a history of seltzer. “How could there be enough for a whole book?”

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Part love triangle, part war story, “Promised Land: A Novel of Israel” by Martin Fletcher spans the decades from Israel’s independence to 1967. While true historical figures — from David Ben-Gurion to Ariel Sharon — serve as characters, the story focuses primarily on a fictional family.

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It was a little chaotic getting all three members of the band Distant Cousins on the phone the day before Thanksgiving, but they made it work, even as one of them, Duvid Swirsky, talked on his car’s speakerphone with the antic chatter of two 6-year-old boys in the background. 

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Rebecca Traister, writer at large for New York magazine and contributing editor at Elle, recently published her third book, “Good and Mad,” an examination of what happens not only when women get angry, but when they deploy that anger to galvanize social change. Women’s anger, Traister writes…

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You probably know his “Starchild” character, with white face makeup and a black star over his right eye, and the Spandex, leather and chains he wears onstage with platform shoes. But when he’s not smashing guitars and telling you to “lose your mind in Detroit Rock City,” KISS frontman Paul S…

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Beth Ricanati’s memoir, “Braided: A Journey of a Thousand Challahs,” tells the story of one woman’s search for health and spiritual tranquility.

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Even before its official release this month, Norman Eisen’s “The Last Palace: Europe’s Turbulent Century in Five Lives and One Legendary House” ranked No. 1 on Amazon’s list of new Jewish biographies.

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What would you do if you were alone in a room with Adolf Eichmann? What kind of conversation would you have? These questions come to mind watching “Operation Finale,” which details the 1960 capture of Eichmann, who was living undercover in Buenos Aires. The film stars Oscar Isaac as Mossad a…

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To many, having to fight for the right to volunteer might seem slightly ridiculous. But that’s exactly what viewers see in documentarian Paula Eiselt’s first feature-length film, “93Queen,” which chronicles the arduous process of turning Ezras Nashim — an all-volunteer ambulance corps compri…

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“What am I going to do with my life?”Julian Hyman asked himself, as many have asked standing at life’s crossroads, puzzling over inchoate paths that might lead to new directions or careers.

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R emember the “Curb Your Enthusiasm” episode where Larry David is obsessed with chicken from a Palestinian restaurant, but is wracked by guilt for supporting the establishment? “I know, I know, but this chicken, you can’t believe how good it is!”

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Not long ago, in an antiques shop, I found a February 1937 issue of “National Geographic” that featured Berlin. It portrayed a city thriving under Nazi rule, with photos of streets festooned with swastika flags, Hitler’s birthday parade and children smiling in front of swastika-draped buildings.

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Imagine it’s your first day of college and, as you walk toward your dorm, students smile at you, greet you fondly, hug you and welcome you back, even though you’ve never been here before. Sounds like a Twilight Zone episode, right?

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There is nothing better than biting into a ripe peach, even when the juice rolls down to my chin. With their sweet flavor tinged with a touch of tartness, peaches are my favorite fruit — not just for their taste but for their versatility, too.

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For book lovers, the summer is the perfect time to sit back and relax — after applying sunscreen, of course — and read beneath the sun.

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Last April, my boyfriend, Brad, and I got bumped from a flight and each received $1,000 vouchers. We’d always been interested in Buenos Aires, so we planned a trip to Argentina. Gauchos! Tango! Steak! Jews!

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“Discover your inner geek” was the official tagline for Memorial Day weekend’s Phoenix Comic Fest — formerly Phoenix Comicon — the city’s largest annual celebration of science fiction, comic books and a host of other cultural products from manga and microzines to the latest in virtual-realit…

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On Monday, the Arizona Jewish Historical Society held the public opening for “Israel at 70: The Diverse Faces of Israel,” a solo exhibit of photography by Joel Zolondek, a Jewish News contributor. Marty Haberer, CEO of Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix, and Vicki Cabot, a former Jewish Ne…

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Danielle Gross is a first-year member of Jewish Federations of North America’s National Young Leadership Cabinet. She joined the national cabinet through her work with Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix’s NowGen program, which engages Jewish adults in their 20s through 40s in philanthropy,…

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We’re living in a golden age of podcasts. Think of just about any topic and there’s a good chance there’s a podcast on it. From the podcast institutions like “This American Life,” “Serial” and anything NPR does to more niche shows about an exploration of Baltimore’s history through the lens …

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Ten-year-old Adam is lonely. At home, in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Givat Massuah, his parents — still grieving for Adam’s older brother, who died in a car accident a year ago — barely notice him as he gathers his things and leaves.

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The Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival, which starts on Sunday, has been around for more than two decades, and over the years it has developed a day where teens from seventh to 12 grades can attend a pre-selected film with their parents to learn more about their Jewish heritage.

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Neil Diamond, the legendary singer-songwriter behind such hits as “Sweet Caroline” and “Cherry Cherry,” announced last Monday that he has Parkinson’s disease and is retiring from concert touring.

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Honest cooking and sincere storytelling rely on similar ingredients: tradition, love, humor and spice, among others. These components are found throughout “Candies from Heaven,” the newly translated memoir of leading Israeli culinary journalist and TV personality Gil Hovav.

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There’s the Kotel, the Western Wall, in 1859, not much different than it is today. There are tourists outside Jerusalem in 1867. There are Polish Jews staring into a camera in 1867, while their counterparts from Yemen do the same in 1900.

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