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You should know … Lee Lieberman and Evan White

The simple act of hanging a mezuzah on their front doors connected the families of Lee Lieberman and Evan White 19 years ago, and what started as two Jewish families becoming friends has grown into a partnership for a new mortgage company. 

Wednesday 10/24/2018
You should know ... Jakob Khazanovich
Posted: October 24, 2018

Jakob Khazanovich encounters every new opportunity to be a part of the Jewish community with the confidence he built up as a child actor.

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Wednesday 09/26/2018
You should know … Debbie Yunker Kail
Posted: September 26, 2018

When Debbie Yunker Kail was named the new executive director of Hillel at Arizona State University in 2013, the organization had not had a new leader since 1972.

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Wednesday 08/01/2018
You should know ... Jeff Kasle
Posted: August 01, 2018

While most folks would leap at an opportunity to get away from the Valley during these triple-digit summer days, Jeff Kasle is more interested in sticking around so he can continue strengthening his ties to his new community. His work as a project engineer focused on sustainability for Ameresco Inc., however, sees him traveling frequently, often to locations as remote as Fairbanks, Alaska.

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Wednesday 06/27/2018
You Should Know … Jared Duran
Posted: June 27, 2018

Jared Duran
Author and podcaster Jared Duran. Photo by Jia Oak Baker

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Mexican-American Jewish woman runs for office on AZ southern border
Posted: June 27, 2018

Hernandez Run
Alma Hernandez is a Mexican-American Jewish millennial and daughter of immigrants who founded a progressive Jewish group in Tucson and is running for the Arizona House of Representatives. Photo courtesy of Alma Hernandez

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Wednesday 05/23/2018
You should know ... Gavriella Berk
Posted: May 23, 2018

Gavriella Berk is, at 21, ahead of the curve. Before she graduated with double degrees in economics and political science from Barrett, The Honors College at ASU, she’d already secured a position with Scottsdale company Axon, which manufactures Tasers and body cameras for police officers.

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Wednesday 04/18/2018
Local actress and journalist travels to London to study at the Globe Theatre
Posted: April 18, 2018

A friend of Monica Sampson once joked that every movie she watched was about a young Jewish girl who dreamed of moving to New York and becoming a Broadway star. Sampson, a local actress, couldn’t miss the irony.

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Wednesday 06/28/2017
Sarah Kader launches her campaign for a seat on the Tempe City Council
Posted: June 28, 2017

A true daughter of Tempe is running for public office in her hometown.

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Wednesday 03/29/2017
From IDF officer to Melania Trump
Posted: March 29, 2017

Growing up in Israel, Mira Tzur was an accomplished ballerina who attended the Thelma-Yellin Performing Arts School on a scholarship from the America-Israel Culture Foundation. After graduation, she joined the BatSheva Dance Ensemble in Tel Aviv. But a childhood dream of pursuing a modeling career in New York still tugged at her, and in 1995, after completing a two-year stint as a counter-intelligence officer in the Israel Defense Forces, she made the move.

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