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Repairing the world, one play at a time

Repairing the world, one play at a time

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What began as an extracurricular National History Day project at a high school in a rural Kansas city has turned into a national nonprofit org…

Film showcases dwindling small-town religious and cultural life

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The title of the film is “There Are Jews Here” but after seeing last week’s screening of the documentary at the American Jewish Historical Soc…

'Jewish Americana' music gets its moment in the spotlight

'Jewish Americana' music gets its moment in the spotlight

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NEW YORK  — Saul Kaye never wanted to be a “Jewish blues” player.

Sedona synagogue hosts Humor Day

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The Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley will hold a Humor Day on Saturday, Jan. 21.

Author shares story of courage

Author shares story of courage

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At Yad Vashem — The World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem, there’s a special section dedicated to “The Righteous Among the Nations,”…

‘Close-knit’ groups share more than yarn

‘Close-knit’ groups share more than yarn

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Some knit for the love of the craft, some to warm the world. Blanket Boosters does both. It’s the chesed (compassion) project of Sandy Schnell…

ATC stages universal ‘Fiddler’

ATC stages universal ‘Fiddler’

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David Ira Goldstein says that he has wanted to stage a production of “Fiddler on the Roof” at Arizona Theatre Company for a long time and that…

Beth Emeth hosts West Valley Jewish film fest

Beth Emeth hosts West Valley Jewish film fest

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The 12th annual West Valley Jewish Film Festival will run Jan. 28-30 at Beth Emeth Congregation, 13702 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West.

Lecture imparts wisdom from film

Lecture imparts wisdom from film

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Wendy Zierler will present “Reel Theology: What we can learn about Moses’ leadership and the word of God from ‘The King’s Speech’ ” at 7 p.m. …

Solel showcase features members’ artistic skills

Solel showcase features members’ artistic skills

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Kit Cassak has always loved taking photographs, but it wasn’t until she retired as a teacher and executive administrative assistant that she b…

Anat Cohen to perform at The Nash

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Clarinetist Anat Cohen and guitarist Howard Alden will present a night of jazz at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18 at The Nash, 110 E. Roosevelt R…

Hanukkah art contest

Hanukkah art contest

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Jewish News received hundreds of submissions for this year’s Hanukkah art contest. Thank you to all the synagogues and schools who spread the …

‘Life in a Jar’ highlights hero

‘Life in a Jar’ highlights hero

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A play chronicling the story of a Polish Catholic woman who risked her life to save 2,500 Jewish children during World War II is coming to Ari…

Chulent West presents arts festival

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Chulent West will present a music and arts festival 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18 at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center. The festival will f…

Jewish story behind ‘Falsettos’

Jewish story behind ‘Falsettos’

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NEW YORK — The opening number in the Broadway musical “Falsettos” – currently on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre – is called “Four Jews in…

How a ‘largest menorah’ tiff landed two rabbis in Jewish court

How a ‘largest menorah’ tiff landed two rabbis in Jewish court

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NEW YORK — Each year in Brooklyn, Chabad Rabbi Shimon Hecht ascends 33 and a half feet to light the tallest menorah in the world.

Kirk Douglas to celebrate his 100th birthday in star-studded Beverly Hills bash

Kirk Douglas to celebrate his 100th birthday in star-studded Beverly Hills bash

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LOS ANGELES – Kirk Douglas — actor, director, producer, author, philanthropist and Torah student — is celebrating his 100th birthday on Friday…

‘Strange Beauty’ rich in aural allure

‘Strange Beauty’ rich in aural allure

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These last several weeks have been tumultuous, to say the least. The upheaval on the political scene has caused me consternation, distress, wo…

Artist combines yoga, art

Artist combines yoga, art

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Local artist Sara Becker will combine two of her passions – yoga and art – in her upcoming show, “Upward Facing.”