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Jewish teens get special film festival screening

The Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival, which starts on Sunday, has been around for more than two decades, and over the years it has developed a day where teens from seventh to 12 grades can attend a pre-selected film with their parents to learn more about their Jewish heritage.

Wednesday 01/31/2018
Local cantors react to Neal Diamond’s retirement
Posted: January 31, 2018

Neil Diamond, the legendary singer-songwriter behind such hits as “Sweet Caroline” and “Cherry Cherry,” announced last Monday that he has Parkinson’s disease and is retiring from concert touring.

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Wednesday 01/24/2018
This Anatevka Life: Ira Glass on how ‘Fiddler’ inspired his storytelling
Posted: January 24, 2018

When Ira Glass, the host and producer of the National Public Radio (NPR) program “This American Life,” saw a performance of the musical “Fiddler on the Roof” last year, he was surprised by his reaction.

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Wednesday 12/27/2017
The Holy Land through American eyes
Posted: December 27, 2017

There’s the Kotel, the Western Wall, in 1859, not much different than it is today. There are tourists outside Jerusalem in 1867. There are Polish Jews staring into a camera in 1867, while their counterparts from Yemen do the same in 1900.

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Wednesday 12/20/2017
Belly up to the (cookie) bar
Posted: December 20, 2017

As the baking season is upon us, I am attempting to streamline my recipes and techniques. This year, I have discovered the bar cookie.

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Wednesday 12/13/2017
Ricotta cheese adds a new twist on latkes
Posted: December 13, 2017

By the middle of Chanukah’s eight days, I’ve made traditional potato latkes at least twice, so I’m looking to stretch my imagination and the latke’s potential.

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Wednesday 11/29/2017
Yes, there is a dog called the ‘National Breed of Israel’
Posted: November 29, 2017

From the time he was 4 weeks old, Avi was a stunner. He wasn’t much larger than the palm of David Golden’s hand, but even then, as a little black-and-white fluff ball, it was clear he was destined for greatness.

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Wednesday 11/08/2017
‘You’re Funny, But You Don’t Look Jewish’ comes to the Valley
Posted: November 08, 2017

For Gina Gold, growing up black and Jewish in New York City wasn’t easy.

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Wednesday 11/01/2017
Jewish director brings laughs, bright colors to ‘Thor: Ragnarok’
Posted: November 01, 2017

In “Thor: Ragnarok,” director Taika Waititi evolves the hammer-wielder’s franchise into a self-aware intergalactic comedy that provides big laughs in addition to a ton of CGI fights. As Thor himself explains in the opening, “Thor: Ragnarok” answers the question of where Asgard’s first son and Hulk were during the events of “Captain America: Civil War.”

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