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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.

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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Tuesday 02/14/2017
‘Recovering skinhead’ describes his journey
Posted: February 14, 2017

As a 17-year-old, Frank Meeink was a neo-Nazi skinhead, covered with tattoos that included a swastika on his neck, who hosted his own cable-access show promoting his racist views. Then, he was arrested for the kidnapping of a rival skinhead and sentenced to three to five years in prison.

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Wednesday 01/04/2017
Unlikely war hero talks about time as a spy
Posted: January 04, 2017

Any recounting of the life of Marthe Cohn – a French, Jewish spy in Germany during the Holocaust – revolves around numbers: At age 24, she said yes to an assignment spying for French Intelligence. In 2002, she co-authored a book with Wendy Holden on her wartime experiences titled “Behind Enemy Lines,” which is available on Amazon. This living legend – 4’9” tall – will turn 97 in April.

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Wednesday 10/26/2016
‘Phoenix file’ radio show debuts
Posted: October 26, 2016

A new voice with a familiar name can now be heard over the Valley airwaves.

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An entertainment entrepreneur
Posted: October 26, 2016

First it was butterflies. Then mirror and laser mazes. Last month, sharks, sea lions, otters, penguins and thousands of sea creatures were added.

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Wednesday 10/19/2016
VOSJCC to honor Bill Levine at gala
Posted: October 19, 2016

When Bill and Ina Levine moved from Brooklyn to Arizona in 1960, the Valley had a small, tightknit Jewish community with its locus in central Phoenix. “I thought it was the greatest place I’d ever seen,” said Bill Levine in a 2008 interview with the Arizona Jewish Historical Society.

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Wednesday 09/28/2016
An interview with Deborah Lipstadt about 'Denial'
Posted: September 28, 2016

The new film “Denial” is a thriller of a different sort. Based on the true story of self-proclaimed historian (and Holocaust denier) David Irving’s libel suit against Professor Deborah Lipstadt in British court, the movie recounts the strategic and emotional stakes of the case as well as how it affected all the immediate participants. The film stars Rachel Weisz as Lipstadt, Timothy Spall as Irving, Andrew Scott as Anthony Julius and Tom Wilkerson as Richard Rampton. The Jewish News recently  interviewed  Lipstadt about her role in the making of the film, seeing the pivotal moments of the trial replicated for the camera, and her thoughts on contemporary advocates of Holocaust denial.

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