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In 1940, as he was being transported to safety in the lower deck of a ship, the Jewish author Lion Feuchtwanger asked Waitstill Sharp why the American Unitarian minister had bothered to rescue him from the Nazis.
While making the film “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” Natalie Portman had to put her palm in front of her mouth, repeat Hebrew words and feel how the air hit her skin.
Whether you are new to town or entering a new phase in your life, the Valley’s Jewish community offers many ways to get involved.
LOS ANGELES – Kirk Douglas — actor, director, producer, author, philanthropist and Torah student — is celebrating his 100th birthday on Friday, and there is a special treat in store for the centenarian.
These last several weeks have been tumultuous, to say the least. The upheaval on the political scene has caused me consternation, distress, woe, and, finally, (some) acceptance. We are going into uncharted waters. And when I’m feeling uneasy, I tend to retreat into the one consistently calming elixir that soothes my nerves and gives me the space for some self-reflection: jazz. It may seem like a peculiar remedy. But in my experience, I’ve found that jazz, especially of the mid-tempo variety, has the uncanny ability to lend me a bit of comfort as well as the opportunity to pause and take stock of the world in all of its perplexing pulchritude.
Local artist Sara Becker will combine two of her passions – yoga and art – in her upcoming show, “Upward Facing.”
Thoughts are running a little deep in Gigglyville.
Belmont Village Senior Living Scottsdale recently hosted a reception and recognition ceremony for the World War II veterans living at the facility. In honor of these veterans, Belmont commissioned photographer Thomas Sanders to create the “American Heroes: Portraits of Service” to preserve and display the heroic tales of these veterans.
In her short life, Eva Hesse escaped the Nazis and became a renowned sculptress in the 1960s before succumbing to brain cancer at the age of 34.
The Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival, Bureau of Jewish Education, Phoenix Holocaust Survivors’ Association and Generations After will jointly sponsor screening of the documentary “50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. & Mrs. Kraus” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus in Scottsdale.
NEW YORK — After Brett Parker’s great-grandfather fled the pogroms in Europe and came to the United States, he opened a drug store where he sold comic books.
Just yesterday afternoon, I was talking with my editor about writing a review of Leonard Cohen’s latest album, “You Want It Darker,” for an upcoming issue of Jewish News to mark what a remarkable feat it was for a man his age, 82, to have continued relevance and creative force so late in his career. Like a Michelangelo of song, Cohen worked on his final album till mere weeks before his death (Michelangelo died at age 88 and it is said he was working till his final weeks).
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.