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Television

New Ken Burns film spotlights little-known Holocaust rescuers

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.

Books

Book teaches an easy lesson in miracles

Are you looking for a children’s book home run? Rabbi Jason Bonder hits one out of the ballpark with his newly published children’s book, “Miracles Like You and Me.”

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Film

Accent coach teaches Portman to sound Israeli

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.

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Music

Red Rocks festival returns

The 16th annual Red Rocks Music Festival will be held Aug. 26-Sept. 4 in Phoenix and Sedona.

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Visual Arts

Solel showcases quilt artist

Temple Solel will kick off the upcoming season of its Art Showcase with an exhibit featuring 30 pieces of fiber art by nationally recognized fiber artist Sheila Groman.

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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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Tuesday 12/06/2016
Kirk Douglas to celebrate his 100th birthday in star-studded Beverly Hills bash
Posted: December 06, 2016

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.

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Wednesday 11/30/2016
‘Strange Beauty’ rich in aural allure
Posted: November 30, 2016

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. 

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Wednesday 11/23/2016
Artist combines yoga, art
Posted: November 23, 2016

Local artist Sara Becker will combine two of her passions – yoga and art – in her upcoming show, “Upward Facing.”

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Birthday book opens door for discussion
Posted: November 23, 2016

Thoughts are running a little deep in Gigglyville.

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Belmont Village honors American heroes
Posted: November 23, 2016

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.

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Wednesday 11/16/2016
Independent spirit
Posted: November 16, 2016

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.

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Shoah documentary to be screened
Updated: November 22, 2016 - 11:59 am

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.

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Tuesday 11/15/2016
At first Jewish Comic Con, artists and geeks revel in tradition
Posted: November 15, 2016

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.

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Friday 11/11/2016
Leonard Cohen, my musical rabbi
Posted: November 11, 2016

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).

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