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When the news broke on June 6 that Arizona Jewish Theatre Company was closing after 24 seasons, it was disappointing, but not surprising.

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David Mandel and Jeff Schaffer, screenwriters of Sacha Baron Cohen's latest film, "The Dictator," were bantering in the comic actor's office as Alec Berg, their co-writer, joined in by speakerphone.

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By now, most people are familiar with the tragic story of Anne Frank. If you haven't read her world-famous diary chronicling the two years she and her family spent hiding from the Nazis in an Amsterdam attic, you may have seen one of the plays or films based on the diary.

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A fortuitous mention of a famous rabbi's journals, followed by a serendipitous offer to allow a young scholar to copy them, inspired an enduring scholarly quest as well as an enriching spiritual journey.

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There's a reason Newsweek named independent filmmaker Tiffany Shlain as one of the "Women Shaping the 21st Century."

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When visitors enter the newly renovated Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, they experience a trip back in time. That nostalgic feeling makes the heritage center an ideal location for the "JFCS: 75 Years Helping and Healing" exhibit, which details Jewish Family & Children's Service's …

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Baseball, rock music, being embarrassed by your parents — Jake Ehrenreich had a pretty typical upbringing in 1950s and '60s Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Arizona Jewish Historical Society will present "To Life! A Celebration of Jewish Music from the Movies," 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

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LOS ANGELES — Judging from the early box-office returns and the howls of laughter coming from those watching, British Jewish comedian Sacha Baron Cohen scores a direct hit on the audience's funny bone with "Borat."

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Viewers of last week's premiere of "The Apprentice" didn't see any yarmulkes, but they did witness the debut of two Orthodox Jews on the reality television series.

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Kevin Haworth politely demurs when asked for historical lessons gleaned from researching and writing his first novel.

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In the darkest days of World War II Hungary, a wealthy Jewish couple held a dinner party for the Nazis. At stake were their future and the future of their entire family.

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On most weekends, the happening art scene is in downtown Phoenix. On Nov. 19, however, art, food and music will be found slightly north, at the Jess Schwartz Jewish Community High School's art walk and dessert reception at Temple Chai.

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Filmmaker Steven Spielberg has turned over his Shoah Foundation to the University of Southern California.

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Look up in the sky: It's a bird. It's a plane. No, it's a minyan of comic book superheroes and their geeky Jewish creators.

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It was one of those days when I couldn't wait to go to sleep. Not simply because I was exhausted, although I was, but because it seemed that only slumber could end the persistent flow of minor calamities that was marking my day.

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Stroll in the shadow of Jewish-owned factories like Glick Neckwear and Favorite Knitting Mills in Cleveland's long-vanished garment district. Take a seat in an art deco theater where Ethel Merman belts out a song. Round a corner to see Superman bursting through a wall. These are among the si…

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When Jennifer Weiner attends the premiere of "In Her Shoes" — based on her 2002 chick-lit best seller — she'll wear a brand-new hairdo.

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Why would a rabbi spend nearly all of his professional life researching the commonalities between synagogue and church liturgy?

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Among the Simchat Torah celebrants Oct. 9 at Chabad of Phoenix were "The Chosen" — more specifically, cast members of an upcoming Arizona Jewish Theatre Company production.

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Fifteen years ago, Marty Berger acted on an impulse. Now he's acting all over the Valley.

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With the dawning of a new millennium, pianist Jeffrey Siegel wants to make the music of three men he considers the greatest composers of the last century relevant and interesting to young people.

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