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‘Becoming Israeli’ illustrates paradoxes, challenges of the Jewish people coming home

‘Becoming Israeli’ illustrates paradoxes, challenges of the Jewish people coming home

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“Becoming Israeli,” an anthology edited by Akiva Gersh, narrates the hysterical, inspiring and challenging sides of immigrating to Israel.

Valley Beit Midrash’s upcoming season features 65-plus programs

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Valley Beit Midrash has released the schedule for its 2017-2018 learning series, which includes film screenings, lectures, classes, a concert,…

Director gives behind-the-scenes look at Yiddish-language film ‘Menashe’

Director gives behind-the-scenes look at Yiddish-language film ‘Menashe’

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“Menashe” is an insightful and moving portrait set within Brooklyn’s Chasidic community and is the first full-length film in Yiddish to hit th…

Roman city that housed apostles found in Israel, archaeologists say

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Archaeologists say they have discovered a lost Roman city that was home to three of Jesus’ apostles — Peter, Andrew and Philip — on the shore …

Israel’s national library launches online database of Jewish manuscripts

Israel’s national library launches online database of Jewish manuscripts

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The National Library of Israel (NLI) has launched a massive online database of centuries-old Jewish manuscripts from across the world.

Cantor to teach Jewish music history class at Beth El

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Cantor Jonathan Angress will teach a free class about the history of Jewish music at 1 p.m. Thursdays, Aug. 10, 24, 31 and Sept. 7 at Beth El …

Moscow’s Jewish museum aims to right past wrongs

Moscow’s Jewish museum aims to right past wrongs

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It’s been open fewer than five years, but the venue already has been labeled by some as the most important Jewish cultural site in all of Europe.

AJHS brings Yale Strom for 'Klezmania'

AJHS brings Yale Strom for 'Klezmania'

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The Arizona Jewish Historical Society’s Summer Music series holds its second concert at 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 13, with “Klezmania” at the Cutle…

‘Menashe’ presents a rare, authentic on-screen depiction of Chasidic Judaism

‘Menashe’ presents a rare, authentic on-screen depiction of Chasidic Judaism

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In “Menashe,” which is set to open in Phoenix in August, director Joshua Weinstein has delicately crafted a work that emanates a rarely seen a…

Fighting brain drain: great summer reads for kids

Fighting brain drain: great summer reads for kids

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During the summer, children like to forget anything that reminds them of school. But keeping your children intellectually engaged can prevent …

Mayim Bialik, new voice of SodaStream, lauds Israeli company’s ‘diversity’

Mayim Bialik, new voice of SodaStream, lauds Israeli company’s ‘diversity’

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Mayim Bialik, a star on the CBS hit sitcom “The Big Bang Theory,” launched a witty new video campaign last week for SodaStream, succeeding act…

AJHS launches Summer Music Series

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The Arizona Jewish Historical Society’s Summer Music series makes its debut 2-4 p.m., Sunday, July 16, with “A Tour of Jewish Europe Through C…

What did Israel’s ancient kings wear?  Textile discovery provides ‘hints’

What did Israel’s ancient kings wear? Textile discovery provides ‘hints’

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A newly published study may lend unprecedented insights into the wardrobe of Israel’s ancient kings.

Distributor thrilled by Israeli film’s unexpected U.S. success

Distributor thrilled by Israeli film’s unexpected U.S. success

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The Israeli film “The Women’s Balcony,” which is set in a traditional Orthodox community in Jerusalem, has become an unexpected box office hit…

New book goes behind the scenes of Chasidic  musical heritage with anecdotes and memories

New book goes behind the scenes of Chasidic musical heritage with anecdotes and memories

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You don’t need to be a scholar of Jewish music to enjoy Velvel Pasternak’s new book, “Behind the Music: Stories, Anecdotes, Articles & Ref…

Young Scottsdale resident set to meld art and business

Young Scottsdale resident set to meld art and business

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Amid Scottsdale’s high summer temperatures, Gabby Loeff, 18, is just as feverishly embracing her commissioned artwork as a way to help pay for…

Free PBS documentary series returns to Chandler Public Library

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Chandler’s Downtown Public Library is presenting its free annual documentary film series, “Get Reel,” this summer from 6:30-8 p.m. on Wednesda…

Phoenix Art Museum brings Israeli doc to film festival

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The theme of the Phoenix Art Museum’s 2017 Contemporary Forum Summer Film Festival is “Why Can’t We Live Together?” The film series presents a…

Discover the healing power of expressing gratitude

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Six months ago, when Americans celebrated Thanksgiving, it is likely that most of us acknowledged the blessings of a good life. At the midway …