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The code to success: computer science for kids

What does it take to move your child from consumer to producer of technology?

Wednesday 04/18/2018
What do I do if my child gets a bad grade?
Posted: April 18, 2018

There’s an undercurrent that runs through most conversations we have with our kids about school. With some families, it’s more explicit: “We expect you to do well, and come home with As and Bs on your report card.” With other families, it’s less so, but still implied: “We expect you to go to school each day and give it your best effort, no matter what.”

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Just add chocolate
Posted: April 18, 2018

I am serious about chocolate: dark, semisweet or bittersweet chocolate with at least 72 percent cocoa. None of that milk or, God forbid, white chocolate for me.

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Wednesday 04/11/2018
Hail to kale
Posted: April 11, 2018

“Which kind of kale is better?” I asked the produce manager of the food store where I shop. I was holding curly kale (the most common variety) and lacinato kale (also called Tuscan or dinosaur kale).

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Wednesday 04/04/2018
Israeli film ‘Abulele’ gets US release
Posted: April 04, 2018

Ten-year-old Adam is lonely. At home, in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Givat Massuah, his parents — still grieving for Adam’s older brother, who died in a car accident a year ago — barely notice him as he gathers his things and leaves.

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Wednesday 03/28/2018
Appetizers always a hit
Posted: March 28, 2018

By the time you get around to “the meal” after the matzah and charoses and egg and gefilte fish and chopped liver and the chicken soup, seriously, who wants more food?

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Wednesday 03/21/2018
Jewish designer has royal hit on her hands
Posted: March 21, 2018

From Twitter to Facebook, from Ireland’s Independent to Vanity Fair, people were talking about Meghan Markle’s shirt.

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A dinner for even the most finicky eater
Posted: March 21, 2018

We hosted a dinner guest last week who was on a complicated and restricted diet. He was undergoing a 30-day allergy testing period due to a variety of health issues and was unable to eat dairy, grain, acidic foods, eggs, sugar, most animal fats, fruit, alcohol, chilis or anything highly spiced.

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Wednesday 03/14/2018
Nurse practitioner: tips for a healthy camp experience
Posted: March 14, 2018

If you’ve already decided where your children will be attending camp this summer, it’s time to think about how best to prepare them for a fun, healthy and safe experience away from home.

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Wednesday 03/14/2018
Top 5 things to know about Jewish day camp
Posted: March 14, 2018

You’re starting to think about summer and what you’re going to do with the kids for two-plus months — er, we mean, how you're going to provide your darlings with a meaningful and fun summer experience.

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More than fun and sun: Jewish summer programs encourage tikkun olam
Posted: March 14, 2018

Anath Hartmann | Contributing Writer

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Grain expectations
Posted: March 14, 2018

I’ve been playing around with whole grains lately and, prompted by an impulse buy at the farmers market when I saw a new merchant shivering in the rainy cold, I became the dubious owner of a bag of organic groats.

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Thursday 03/08/2018
Indian spice is nice in desserts
Posted: March 08, 2018

My book group prioritizes literature, food and wine more or less equally when we plan our monthly meetings. This month, we read the new Arundhati Roy book, “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness,” which is set in India.

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Wednesday 02/28/2018
Comfort food after a funeral
Posted: February 28, 2018

Sadly I’ve gone to several funerals lately. Fortunately, I didn’t lose a close relative or friend, but this gave me the chance to see the food, much of it homemade, people bring to shiva calls.

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A colonoscopy is a crystal ball for your health
Posted: February 28, 2018

Have you ever just wished for a crystal ball, an opportunity to peer into the future for a concrete fact to help make a decision? Does this 60-minute window give me enough time to make a connecting flight? Should I travel ahead of schedule based on the weather forecast of treacherous driving conditions?

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Jewish-owned nonprofit helps vulnerable animals
Posted: February 28, 2018

When the deadly respiratory infection Streptococcus zooepidemicus — commonly known as “strep zoo” — was discovered in an East Valley location of Maricopa County Animal Care and Control in January, director Mary Martin knew just who to call.

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The J’s milk + honey now offers kosher sit-down dinner service
Posted: February 28, 2018

How does a cocktail sound the next time you finish working out?

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Friday 02/23/2018
Former Suns star launches new Israeli line of Passover wine
Posted: February 23, 2018

Former Phoenix Suns star star Amar’e Stoudemire effused over his new line of kosher-for-Passover wines, grown and produced in Israel.

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Wednesday 02/21/2018
‘Modest Runway’: Q&A with Orthodox fashion blogger Rebecca Brown
Posted: February 21, 2018

Fashionista Rebecca Brown, 27, is the author of a fresh and popular style blog called “The Modest Runway.”

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How to use the leftover stuff from your Super Bowl party
Posted: February 21, 2018

Like football fans the world over, we provisioned generously for Super Bowl Sunday. As a result, we have a surplus of things that we normally do not overstock, including a glut of beer, several slabs of cheddar cheese and a large jar of mustard.

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Wednesday 02/14/2018
Teen Scene
Posted: February 14, 2018

In an effort to build a Jewish teen community across the Valley, Jewish News and The League present Teen Scene, featuring regularly scheduled content devoted to teen programming.

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Looking for love: challenges, opportunities for single Jews in the Valley
Posted: February 14, 2018

Whether you are swiping through profiles on your phone or trying to make conversation at an event, being single and Jewish in the Valley can be tough, especially this time of year.

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Wednesday 02/07/2018
A toast to toast
Posted: February 07, 2018

While toast might be the most commonly prepared food, it can be tricky.

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Valley residents get lesson in communicating with loved ones with dementia
Posted: February 07, 2018

When is it OK to lie to someone you love?

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New group supports and connects single-parent families
Posted: February 07, 2018

When Rebecca Lammersen went through her divorce seven-plus years ago, she felt lost and alone.

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JTO tops in Arizona for tuition donations
Posted: February 07, 2018

It may only shepherd six schools, but when it comes to the number and size of scholarship dollars it provides students, the Jewish Tuition Organization (JTO) stands tall across the state.

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Wednesday 01/31/2018
Stitching a legacy for 43 great-grandchildren
Posted: January 31, 2018

It’s not an unusual sight to see a bubbe sewing, knitting or crocheting a special something for her grandchild. But for Nita Quint, who has 43 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, sewing personalized fabrics for them is an extraordinary feat of patience.

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Interfaith marriage poses challenge to Jewish seniors
Posted: January 31, 2018

One of the most significant trends within the American Jewish community over the past few decades has been the rise of intermarriage.

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Holocaust survivor still runs family business
Posted: January 31, 2018

At the age of 90, Suzy Ressler still comes into work every day.She owns Mrs. Ressler’s Food Products, which she founded in 1954 with her husband, Emerich, soon after they arrived to the United States. They started with only one employee by selling chopped liver and, in the decades since, expanded to selling more than 50 kinds of meat and employing more than 100 workers.

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Johns Hopkins dementia study aims to improve quality of life
Posted: January 31, 2018

Today, more than 5 million people are living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias in the United States, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. About 80 percent live at home and are cared for by about 15 million unpaid, informal caregivers — often spouses or adult children. And while impacts on patients include medical and psychological problems, reduced quality of life and high costs for care, impacts on caregivers can be severe.

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Granddaughter opens assisted living facility to get it right for Nana
Posted: January 31, 2018

Jesse and Shira Charyn decided to open their own assisted living home, Shalom Home, after watching Shira’s grandmother, Clara Esther Shinder, move from one facility to the next, never receiving the care or attention she needed.

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Heart health and gender bias
Posted: January 31, 2018

If my 20-year-old self could see me now — living in the Valley of the Sun, where it is bathing suit season 10 months of the year, and surrounded by women ... Wait, let me explain.

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Wednesday 01/24/2018
Israel’s wine industry grows better with age
Posted: January 24, 2018

Israeli winemakers say that, just like the beverage they produce, their industry is growing better with age.

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Wednesday 01/17/2018
How to enjoy winter produce
Posted: January 17, 2018

As the January doldrums arrive, we crave hearty, warming meals. Soups roasts and stews abound, but these heavy dishes can make us feel sluggish and want to hibernate even more. I’m all for warming from within, but don’t forget the veggies.

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