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Valley Beit Midrash’s upcoming season features 65-plus programs

Valley Beit Midrash has released the schedule for its 2017-2018 learning series, which includes film screenings, lectures, classes, a concert, panel discussions, a book talk series and a tour of a Hindu temple.

Wednesday 08/16/2017
Director gives behind-the-scenes look at Yiddish-language film ‘Menashe’
Posted: August 16, 2017

“Menashe” is an insightful and moving portrait set within Brooklyn’s Chasidic community and is the first full-length film in Yiddish to hit the big screen in 70 years. The story behind the film is just as engaging.

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Wednesday 08/09/2017
Roman city that housed apostles found in Israel, archaeologists say
Posted: August 09, 2017

Archaeologists say they have discovered a lost Roman city that was home to three of Jesus’ apostles — Peter, Andrew and Philip — on the shore of the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel.

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Israel’s national library launches online database of Jewish manuscripts
Posted: August 09, 2017

The National Library of Israel (NLI) has launched a massive online database of centuries-old Jewish manuscripts from across the world.

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Wednesday 08/02/2017
Cantor to teach Jewish music history class at Beth El
Posted: August 02, 2017

Cantor Jonathan Angress will teach a free class about the history of Jewish music at 1 p.m. Thursdays, Aug. 10, 24, 31 and Sept. 7 at Beth El Congregation, 1118 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix.

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‘Becoming Israeli’ illustrates paradoxes, challenges of the Jewish people coming home
Posted: August 02, 2017

“Becoming Israeli,” an anthology edited by Akiva Gersh, narrates the hysterical, inspiring and challenging sides of immigrating to Israel.

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Wednesday 07/26/2017
Moscow’s Jewish museum aims to right past wrongs
Posted: July 26, 2017

It’s been open fewer than five years, but the venue already has been labeled by some as the most important Jewish cultural site in all of Europe.

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AJHS brings Yale Strom for 'Klezmania'
Posted: July 26, 2017

The Arizona Jewish Historical Society’s Summer Music series holds its second concert at 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 13, with “Klezmania” at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, 122 E. Culver St., Phoenix.

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‘Menashe’ presents a rare, authentic on-screen depiction of Chasidic Judaism
Posted: July 26, 2017

In “Menashe,” which is set to open in Phoenix in August, director Joshua Weinstein has delicately crafted a work that emanates a rarely seen authenticity, tenderness and depth sadly lacking in other mainstream films about Chasidic Jews and their communities.

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