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Friday 09/28/2012
Ghosts, giants and more for fall reading
Posted: September 28, 2012

Google "Mormon candidate" and Avraham Azrieli's new novel of the same name pops up at number 10. It's not a biography of presidential candidate Mitt Romney, nor an examination of the current electoral landscape - "The Mormon Candidate" (CreateSpace, $15 paperback) is a fast-paced thriller with an intriguing title and even more intriguing plot.

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Friday 09/07/2012
Bialik juggles TV stardom, Judaism
Posted: September 07, 2012

A regular on the CBS hit sitcom "The Big Bang Theory," which begins its sixth season on Sept. 27 - in which she plays Sheldon Cooper's friend-who-is-not-his-girlfriend Amy Farrah Fowler - actress Mayim Bialik is also widely known for her lead role in the 1990s NBC sitcom "Blossom," as well as for her portrayal of the young Bette Midler in "Beaches."

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Friday 08/31/2012
'Possession' puts dybbuk back on film
Updated: May 21, 2014 - 3:22 pm

The dybbuk, an evil possessing spirit in Jewish culture and folklore, has seen some screen time in recent years: 2009's poorly reviewed "The Unborn" is about a teenager haunted by the spirit of a young Auschwitz victim, while Joel and Ethan Coen's outstanding "A Serious Man," released in the same year, opens with an unsettling tale about a Polish Jewish couple who may have invited a dybbuk into their home.

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Local artist works in unique medium
Updated: May 21, 2014 - 4:40 pm

Art comes in many well-established forms - painting, sculpture, video, photography.

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Friday 08/24/2012
New books enliven Jewish conversation
Updated: May 21, 2014 - 5:09 pm

In his quest to catalog the top 100 great Jewish books, Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman has written one. Not a great book in the tradition of the sacred texts that are foundational to Jewish belief and practice, nor in the tradition of the notable scholarly works that explore Judaism's historical, philosophical or theological underpinnings, nor in the tradition of the great works of fiction and poetry that limn its spiritual and emotional depths. No, "One Hundred Great Jewish Books, Three Millennia of Jewish Conversation" (Bluebridge, $17 paperback) is a great book because it gathers all of this greatness and more in a comprehensive compendium that provides an expansive view of the progression of Jewish life and thought.

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Friday 08/17/2012
'The Rabbi' reflects on baseball experiences
Updated: May 28, 2014 - 5:03 pm

For most of his six-year professional baseball career, Brian Horwitz, known by teammates as "The Rabbi" for his Jewish heritage, was forced to play the game within the game.

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CDE offers patrons deal for AJTC
Updated: May 28, 2014 - 5:06 pm

Arizona Jewish Theatre Company closed last month, but producing director Janet Arnold still has more than $60,000 of the organization's debt to contend with.

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JDate retreat offers singles a rural meet market
Updated: May 28, 2014 - 5:17 pm

It was not beautiful Jewish maidens who greeted me at JDate's recent Club Getaway weekend in rural Connecticut, but a couple of guys from New York who raised dust and kicked gravel as they flew into the parking lot. They joined another fellow who was sitting in his idling and air-conditioned orange Camaro as they kvelled over each other's cars. But when one started flinging a Frisbee around, I knew that my skills - honed at a liberal arts college in nearby Massachusetts - would make me look pretty cool, and that did help sustain me for the weekend.

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