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Author Jan Krulick-Belin at Judaica museum, Mesa libraries

Author Jan Krulick-Belin of Phoenix will be featured in an author showcase 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, at Congregation Beth Israel’s Sylvia Plotkin Judaica Museum, 10460 N. 56th St., Scottsdale.

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Jewish film festival turns 21

The Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival (GPJFF) is back for the 21st year, featuring 18 feature-length films and seven short films, making it the biggest festival to date.


Jewish film festival turns 21

The Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival (GPJFF) is back for the 21st year, featuring 18 feature-length films and seven short films, making it the biggest festival to date.

Visual Arts

Solel showcase features members’ artistic skills

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.

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Get Connected

Programs match different ages, stages

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.

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Wednesday 02/14/2018
Arizona Musicfest commemorates Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday
Posted: February 14, 2018

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

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Wednesday 01/31/2018
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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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
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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Wednesday 12/20/2017
‘The Last Jedi’: an entertaining entry into Judaism-inflected ‘Star Wars’ series
Posted: December 20, 2017

Given its Jewish screenwriter and Jewish director, the last installment in the “Star Wars” series, 2015’s “The Force Awakens,” occasioned a number of Jewish-flavored headlines, like “The Secret Jewish History of ‘Star Wars’ ” and “From Jediism to Judaism: Star Wars as Jewish Allegory.”

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Wednesday 11/08/2017
New Netflix documentary ‘One of Us’ showcases former members of Chasidic communities
Posted: November 08, 2017

It couldn’t exactly be called a fad, but North America’s Chasidic community has garnered a lot of attention of late.

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Reviews: Heartache and grief explored in two new books
Posted: November 08, 2017

“Left to Chance”

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Wednesday 10/25/2017
Reggae and bluegrass acts to perform at Desert Gathering Jewish Music Fest
Posted: October 25, 2017

When most people think of Jewish music, they probably imagine the dulcet warbling of a klezmer clarinet and not the propulsive rhythm of a reggae groove or the harmonies of a bluegrass spiritual.

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