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Nothing brings community together quite like food. With the probability of family and friends being apart this High Holiday season, I wanted to create something that would bring us together in the spirit of the holidays.

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I set out to make ground turkey kofteh kebabs: These are the well-seasoned, oblong, sausage-shaped bites that are pressed onto a skewer and grilled.

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In mid-March, as the COVID-19 pandemic swept through American cities striking terror, I was alarmed that a friend walked to restaurants every night to pick up dinner. I was shocked to learn her face-to-face food encounters were motivated, not by convenience, but by fear of cooking.

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Michael Feinstein, the multiplatinum crooner and pianist, and arguably the foremost living interpreter and ambassador of the Great American Songbook, will perform at Highlands Church on Feb. 14 as part of Arizona Musicfest’s 2020 Winter Fest.

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“Jewish Treasures of the Caribbean: The Legacy of Judaism in the New World,” a photography exhibit featuring architecture, woodworking and an evolving history, has opened at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center in downtown Phoenix. With photos by Wyatt Gallery and text by Dr. Stanley Mi…

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As winter entrenches in earnest, I am constantly devising ways to lift my mood. One way is through hosting — having (select) people around is happy-making for me, and it usually involves cooking.

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Sheba Mason is a comedian with a famous father from whom she’s been estranged nearly all her life, but that hasn’t stopped her from following in his shuffling footsteps. One of her go-to lines is: “Jackie Mason is a great comedian, but I wish I was the child of a better looking comedian — li…

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“Nisman: The Prosecutor, the President and the Spy” begins with a series of images and sounds: An aerial view of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Documents. A dark hallway and, then, a phone call. 

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Northeast Florida’s highway A1A hugs the Atlantic Coast along the barrier islands and just begs for a leisurely drive. From St. Augustine on the north to Daytona Beach and Interstate 4 on the south, the road passes through historic and modern Florida’s highly varied attractions. Historic att…

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Beth Emeth Congregation’s West Valley Jewish Film Festival has been a staple not just for the synagogue, but for the Sun City community as well. According to Irene Leher, festival co-chairman, this annual event brings together many Jewish and non-Jewish area residents.

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Northeast Florida’s highway A1A hugs the Atlantic Coast along the barrier islands and just begs for a leisurely drive. From St. Augustine on the north to Daytona Beach and Interstate 4 on the south, the road passes through historic and modern Florida’s highly varied attractions. Historic att…

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Temple Solel’s quarterly art showcase currently features the work of Skip Feinstein, general surgeon, photographer and 10-year member of the temple. More than 30 of Feinstein’s photographs, which capture moments from Pakistan and Cuba to Mexico and France, will be on display in the North Hal…

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The Nazis dubbed them mischlinge — persons deemed to have both Aryan and Jewish ancestry. Employment, education and marriage restrictions were placed on Mischlinge, with the severity of the restrictions decided by how many Jewish grandparents an individual had.  

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Without cheating: do you know when the first night of Chanukah is this year? Go ahead, take a guess. 

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Thanksgiving. They got it from us.The evidence: Things they don’t teach you in school, like the Pilgrims modeling their autumn thanksgiving holiday after the Jewish harvest holiday of Sukkot, celebrated just a few weeks earlier.This is actually not surprising considering that the Pilgrims — …

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On Nov. 14, the Jewish National Fund held its annual Arizona Women for Israel luncheon. JNF leaders urged the 500 attendees to support the nonprofit’s development projects in Israel, and Paralympic swimmer Keren Leibovitch told her own story of perseverance and hope.

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After a lifetime love affair with butter, cheese and milk, I’ve suddenly become lactose intolerant. My doctor suggested I stop eating dairy products cold turkey, and with regret, I complied.

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The powder room is usually the smallest room in the house and the most fun to design. It requires the least amount of decorating, yet can provide the greatest amount of creativity and surprise.

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It’s a bit funny to review a cookbook, isn’t it? It is, in the truest sense, a matter of taste. And in cooking for oneself, the little idiosyncrasies of individual taste may conflict with someone else’s; as a matter of course, I tend to double the amount of garlic any recipe calls for.

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Menachem Mendel Academy hosted a community-wide event at the beginning of September to celebrate the school’s new campus — which includes a Beis Hamedrash, gymnasium, woodwork room, science lab, art room, library and extra classrooms. With over 250 people in attendance, the different worksho…

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One Sukkot, my husband and I visited his boyhood neighborhood in Queens, New York. When David grew up in Forest Hills during the 1950s and 1960s, he lived in an Ashkenazi world among Jews from Eastern and Central Europe.

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It’s a bit funny to review a cookbook, isn’t it? It is, in the truest sense, a matter of taste. And in cooking for oneself, the little idiosyncrasies of individual taste may conflict with someone else’s; as a matter of course, I tend to double the amount of garlic any recipe calls for.

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These days, when a Jew gets married, it’s likely to be to a non-Jewish partner. The Pew study of 2013 found that, in the years since 2000, the majority of non-Orthodox Jews — 72% — married someone who follows another religious tradition — or none at all.

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Rosh Hashanah falls late on the calendar this year, at the end of the back-to-school month and at the beginning of the first signs of fall. No matter; somehow, there are always those last-minute guests and added recipes that cause a flurry of activity in Jewish households right down to the w…

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Next time you find yourself in the San Francisco Bay area, be sure to make time for at least a day trip to Oakland, just across the bay. Better yet, spend a few days there to explore its many charms.

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Dinner is generally the meal most associated with the High Holidays — a festive and bountiful board laden with the autumn harvest, a roast chicken, salmon, lamb or braised brisket, and a rich and decadent dessert, all liberally laced with honey.

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When I was growing up, vegetarians were misunderstood souls who‘d strayed far from American hamburger culture. At holidays, they were consigned to peanut butter sandwiches while everyone else ate brisket. Vegetarians were tolerated, never catered to.

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There is something about the  simplicity of apple slices surrounding a little pot of honey that kindles the hope for a sweet New Year among Jews around the world.

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I recently subscribed to the “Nutrition Action Healthletter,” published by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest. It’s the world’s largest-circulation healthy eating newsletter, bringing the latest nutrition news to more than half a million readers.

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