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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.
Melissa Manchester loves “the life” of a singer-songwriter and she says so clearly on her most recent album, 2015’s “You Gotta Love the Life.” That album served as an interactive learning experience in which she taught music students at University of Southern California about “the life” as they taught her how to be an “indie” artist.
The timing of Bob Dylan’s latest appearance in Phoenix – coming as it did just days after he became a Nobel laureate and played the Desert Trip dream festival in Indio, California – seemed to make for a natural chance for him to bask in his status as a living legend.
Artist Fred Bendheim, a Phoenix native, recently returned to his hometown for the Sept. 23 dedication of one of his sculptures on the grounds of North Central Phoenix’s Beatitudes Campus.
The Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival and the Bureau of Jewish Education will co-host a free movie screening of the documentary “Bagels Over Berlin,” 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.
Rick Recht didn’t get named one of Time Magazine’s “10 Stars of the New Jewish Music” without changing the status quo of song in a significant and meaningful way.
Melanie Rogoff, host of Euromerica Radio, a pop/dance radio show at Arizona State University, has released the second volume of a music CD for charity that features 24 artists from around the world. The CD, priced at $12, is titled “Euromerica and Friends: Volume 2” and became available as of Sept. 15 at euromericaradio.bandcamp.com. Proceeds will benefit Parkinson’s disease research.
With everything being bigger in Texas, so is the need to find one’s place in the community. Houston-based singer-songwriter Joe Buchanan used his own special style of music – Americana with a Jewish soul – to find his faith and place in Judaism.
A retrospective exhibit of local artist Beth Ames Swartz, “Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World),” will be presented by the Arizona Jewish Historical Society (AZJHS) Oct. 16 through Jan. 21, 2017.
An exhibit curated by undergraduate students at Northern Arizona University’s Martin-Springer Institute – “Through the Eyes of Youth: Life and Death in the Bedzin Ghetto” – is on display through Oct. 14 in the lobby of the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. An opening reception was held on Sept. 11.
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.
Valley residents Esther and Don Schon write about the question facing French Jews as anti-Semitism continues to spark violence and fear there.