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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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Film

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.

Music

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 05/17/2017
Israel Scouts come to Arizona June 11-20
Posted: May 17, 2017

The Israel Scouts Friendship Caravan. This year’s group, Caravan Noga, will be in the Valley June 11-20.

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A young woman trusts that God will provide her with a groom in the new Israeli film, ‘The Wedding Plan’
Posted: May 17, 2017

A 30-something woman is dumped by her fiancé, but she forges ahead with her wedding plans convinced that a groom will show up on the big day. Take two cups of water, add Jennifer Aniston, stir and you have the latest American romantic comedy for the big screen.

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Wednesday 05/10/2017
Local author’s first novel is based on family history and a gift to her mother
Posted: May 10, 2017

Judy Egett (J.E.) Laufer promised herself that she would complete her first novel about a pivotal event in her parents’ lives before her mother, Kati, turned 90 on May 15. Not only did Laufer complete the novel, “Choices: The True Story of One Family’s Daring Escape to Freedom,” it is officially being released on her mother’s birthday.

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Wednesday 05/03/2017
Exhibit explores 100-plus years of Jewish wedding customs
Posted: May 03, 2017

In 1912, the Jewish population in Phoenix was very small. Yet, on the day Arizona became a state, Feb. 14, 1912, the very first wedding performed was in Phoenix with a young Jewish couple, Joe Melczer and Hazel Goldberg. The ringbearer was a 3-year-old boy dressed as Cupid. The little boy’s name was Barry Goldwater.

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Wednesday 03/29/2017
Ordinary couple saves hundreds in 'Zookeeper's Wife'
Posted: March 29, 2017

When “The Zookeeper’s Wife” opens in theaters March 31, you’ll likely meet an unfamiliar heroine.

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Tuesday 03/14/2017
Valley Beit Midrash adds book talk to season
Posted: March 14, 2017

Valley Beit Midrash is partnering with the Jewish Book Council to present a discussion on Edgar  M. Bronfman’s last book, “Why Be Jewish?” with Ruth Andrew Allenson, the book’s editor, and Adam R. Bronfman, president of The Samuel Bronfman Foundation, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at Temple Kol Ami, 15030 N. 64th St., Scottsdale. The program will begin with networking and light appetizers.

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Wednesday 02/01/2017
Ethiopian-Israeli teen delivers message of diversity
Posted: February 01, 2017

Leah Avuno, who was born in Ethiopia, delivered a message about the importance of self-acceptance and the diversity that exists in Israel, where she now lives, in an address hosted Jan. 25 at the Hillel Jewish Student Center on Arizona State University’s Tempe campus.

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What's happening: Feb. 3 calendar
Posted: February 01, 2017

Here are the listings from the Feb. 3 issue:

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Wednesday 01/25/2017
East Valley Chabad presents ‘Pop Art Rabbi’
Posted: January 25, 2017

Chabad of the East Valley will present “Chasidic Pop Art – with the Pop Art Rabbi, “ featuring Rabbi Yitzchok Moully, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, at the Pollack Chabad Center for Jewish Life 875 N. McClintock Drive, Chandler.

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