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Teen Scene

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.

Wednesday 02/14/2018
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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Wednesday 01/31/2018
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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Jewish camps highlight diverse options at The J’s camp fair
Posted: January 17, 2018

The east end of the main hall of the Valley of the Sun JCC (The J) was abuzz with activity on Sunday morning. Representatives from more than a dozen Jewish summer camps from around the country worked their tables, talking to prospective campers and their parents about the amenities and programming each had to offer. The event also launched The J’s winter-spring programming, and was the beginning of a special registration opportunity for The J’s own summer day camp, Camp Shemesh.

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Wednesday 01/10/2018
Afternoon tea: elegant yet easy
Posted: January 10, 2018

There is nothing cozier than inviting friends for afternoon tea. It’s a stylish way to host book clubs, bridal showers and people who like chatting. Admittedly, tea rituals are more popular with women than with men.

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Orphan and Nazi hunter sagas shine
Posted: January 10, 2018

‘The Orphan’s Tale’ gives look into circus life in WWII

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Wednesday 01/03/2018
One-dish meal
Posted: January 03, 2018

Chili is a true one-dish meal. It contains protein, vegetables, fiber and loads of flavor. But even the most Spartan of us likes a little variety on the table. With that in mind, I offer the following suggested accompaniments to a steaming bowl of chili:

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Chili, three ways
Posted: January 03, 2018

As Old Man Winter moves in for the next few months, I’ll be on the lookout for simple ways to stay warm. Chili in most any form does the trick.

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Congregation gives previously owned medical gear new life
Posted: January 03, 2018

Congregation Kehillah’s Helping Hearts and Hands Committee recently started a program to help congregants share previously owned medical equipment.

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Wednesday 12/27/2017
Spotlight on cheese: beyond the cracker
Posted: December 27, 2017

Everyone loves a cheese plate.

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Toasting the New Year with kosher wine
Posted: December 27, 2017

When people think of a fancy evening party, they might picture a fine bottle of wine, but it probably isn't kosher.

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New group expands cancer support safety net
Posted: December 27, 2017

From the fear and endless jargon to the paperwork and financial questions, being diagnosed with cancer is an overwhelming experience. Creating a support and information network is often an important first step, and now Valley cancer patients and their families have one additional resource to turn to.

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Wednesday 12/20/2017
Belly up to the (cookie) bar
Posted: December 20, 2017

As the baking season is upon us, I am attempting to streamline my recipes and techniques. This year, I have discovered the bar cookie.

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Wednesday 12/13/2017
Ricotta cheese adds a new twist on latkes
Posted: December 13, 2017

By the middle of Chanukah’s eight days, I’ve made traditional potato latkes at least twice, so I’m looking to stretch my imagination and the latke’s potential.

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Wednesday 12/06/2017
Traditional Israeli dishes: healthy, versatile, flavorful
Posted: December 06, 2017

When restaurateurs in the U.S. want to serve an authentic Israeli hummusiya, they go to Israeli chef and restaurateur Micha Moskovich.

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Wednesday 11/29/2017
Sweet Potato and Zucchini Latkes
Posted: November 29, 2017

Enjoy this twist on a traditional Chanukah dish.

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Wednesday 11/22/2017
Ginger-rific flavors for fall
Posted: November 22, 2017

I’ve been playing around a lot with ginger these days. This spicy root gives an energetic kick to food and has many health-giving properties besides.

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Wednesday 11/15/2017
Teen Scene: Get involved with youth groups
Posted: November 15, 2017

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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Leftover turkey: beyond the sandwich
Posted: November 15, 2017

Following the Thanksgiving feast, many hosts will likely be left with a glut of turkey.

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Wednesday 11/01/2017
Ricotta cheese: super ingredient
Posted: November 01, 2017

I recently found myself holding a surplus of ricotta cheese in the fridge. My daughter had come home for fall break and requested a laundry list of local and homemade foods that she had been missing over the last six weeks.

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Wednesday 10/25/2017
Master of the chefs: the kosher culinary world’s unsung hero
Posted: October 25, 2017

Do you recall what you were eating in kosher restaurants 10 years ago? Had you tried sous-vide dishes? Homemade sausage? Fresh, cured gravlax made with only salt, sugar, peppercorns and dill? Shaved black truffles on fresh pasta, tossed with roasted porcini mushrooms? Fried chicken so crisp and tender that you’d almost swear it was soaked in buttermilk?

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In the Kitchen
Posted: October 25, 2017

I’ve never been one to celebrate Oktoberfest, the annual beer festival held every fall in Munich and many other places around the world. But my husband and son went apple picking in early October and afterward visited a brew pub. In addition to enjoying a swell lunch, they brought home a bunch of interesting beers.

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Wednesday 10/18/2017
An apple (or 10) a day keep the doldrums away
Posted: October 18, 2017

My husband and son recently reprised an annual fall ritual: apple-picking.

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