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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.

Annual music fest finds new home

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After four years at Steele Indian School Park in downtown Phoenix, the Desert Gathering Jewish Music Fest is moving to the Ina Levine Jewish C…

Local residents advocate vegan diet, Vegan Challenge

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When Valley resident Helen Jaffa had open-heart surgery for an aortic aneurysm nine years ago, she knew she needed to do something big to impr…

A Yom Kippur break-the-fast buffet

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The general rule of a break-the-fast meal seems to be simple, relatively light and requiring minimal day-of preparation.

ADL reminds schools not to penalize children for High Holiday absences

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This year, the Anti-Defamation League continues its annual practice of making sure Jewish students are not academically penalized for missing …

Calendar - September 15, 2017

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Events

Simple meals for the grill

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As fall fast approaches, we continue to enjoy time outdoors, and simpler, grilled meals are the order of the day. My family recently enjoyed a…

A look at the Jewish justices at the highest court

A look at the Jewish justices at the highest court

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Who was the first president with the courage to nominate a Jew for a Supreme Court vacancy? And who was the potential nominee?

Out & About: Sept. 8, 2017

Out & About: Sept. 8, 2017

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This Community page features photos of community members around the Valley and the world. Submit photos and details each week to photos@jewish…

Plenty of fun ‘beach reads’ left

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It’s always the same: As soon as Labor Day passes, mainstream magazines and newspapers bemoan the passing of summer, as though it’s an immutab…

Reaching out to ASU Jewish students, one bagel at a time

Reaching out to ASU Jewish students, one bagel at a time

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Something as simple as a warm bagel is connecting Jewish students of all backgrounds at Arizona State University.

New fall books teach young readers about Judaism

New fall books teach young readers about Judaism

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It’s time for school again, but it’s not always easy to get kids back into the reading habit if they’ve been doing other activities all summer…

It’s time for a digital detox

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Raise your right hand (put your smartphone down first) and repeat after me: “I am ready for a digital detox.”

Jewish beard-growers head to global facial hair showdown

Jewish beard-growers head to global facial hair showdown

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Visitors to the Otto Weidt Workshop for the Blind Museum in Berlin would need to be blind not to notice Haim Hoffman — or rather, his weird be…

World-renowned musicians to take center stage at the Red Rocks Music Festival

World-renowned musicians to take center stage at the Red Rocks Music Festival

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The temperatures may still be high, but fall is on its way, which means it’s time for the annual Red Rocks Music Festival.

A trip to Portugal reveals the lives of the hidden Jews

A trip to Portugal reveals the lives of the hidden Jews

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Were there still Jews in Portugal after the Inquisition in 1536 wiped them out? How did some survive? Where did they live? How did they keep t…

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 …