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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.


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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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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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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Wednesday 12/28/2016
Solel showcase features members’ artistic skills
Posted: December 28, 2016

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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Wednesday 12/21/2016
Hanukkah art contest
Posted: December 21, 2016

Jewish News received hundreds of submissions for this year’s Hanukkah art contest. Thank you to all the synagogues and schools who spread the word and to all the young artists who participated. The winning piece, featured on the cover of this issue, is by Rachel Milrad, 8, a student at Torah Day School of Phoenix. On these pages are some of the other beautiful submissions we received and others can be found on our website, jewishaz.com.

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‘Life in a Jar’ highlights hero
Posted: December 21, 2016

A play chronicling the story of a Polish Catholic woman who risked her life to save 2,500 Jewish children during World War II is coming to Arizona for the first time.

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Wednesday 12/14/2016
Jewish story behind ‘Falsettos’
Posted: December 14, 2016

NEW YORK — The opening number in the Broadway musical “Falsettos” – currently on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre – is called “Four Jews in a Room Bitching.”

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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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