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Arizona Musicfest commemorates Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein, the legendary Jewish American conductor and composer, Arizona Musicfest’s presents “Beethoven & Bernstein.”

Wednesday 02/07/2018
Jewish teens get special film festival screening
Posted: February 07, 2018

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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Wednesday 01/31/2018
Local cantors react to Neal Diamond’s retirement
Posted: January 31, 2018

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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Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival expects largest attendance in event’s history
Posted: January 31, 2018

The Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival (GPJFF) is a little more than a week away, and the event’s 22nd year promises to be its largest yet, with organizers predicting more than 10,000 attendees over 15 days.

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Wednesday 01/24/2018
Israeli culinary journalist serves up memoir
Posted: January 24, 2018

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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This Anatevka Life: Ira Glass on how ‘Fiddler’ inspired his storytelling
Posted: January 24, 2018

When Ira Glass, the host and producer of the National Public Radio (NPR) program “This American Life,” saw a performance of the musical “Fiddler on the Roof” last year, he was surprised by his reaction.

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Wednesday 01/10/2018
Orphan and Nazi hunter sagas shine
Posted: January 10, 2018

‘The Orphan’s Tale’ gives look into circus life in WWII

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Wednesday 12/27/2017
The Holy Land through American eyes
Posted: December 27, 2017

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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Jewish Cultural Orchestra concert to feature TV music written by Jewish composers
Posted: December 27, 2017

A local nonprofit, the Jewish Cultural Orchestra (JCO), will hold a concert on Jan. 29 at the Tempe Center for the Arts, performed by members of the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra. The program will consist of 30 theme songs from popular television shows, all of which were written by Jewish composers. The songs will span decades, from “Leave It to Beaver” to “Gilligan’s Island,” from “Love Boat” to “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”

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