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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.

Israeli film ‘Abulele’ gets US release

Israeli film ‘Abulele’ gets US release

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Ten-year-old Adam is lonely. At home, in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Givat Massuah, his parents — still grieving for Adam’s older brother, w…

The Valley’s Ben Sinclair dishes on the story behind his hit HBO show

The Valley’s Ben Sinclair dishes on the story behind his hit HBO show

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Growing up in Scottsdale, Ben Sinclair was active in Temple Kol Ami’s youth group and even served as a counselor at a Jewish summer camp in Ca…

Jewish designer has royal hit on her hands

Jewish designer has royal hit on her hands

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From Twitter to Facebook, from Ireland’s Independent to Vanity Fair, people were talking about Meghan Markle’s shirt.

Arizona Musicfest commemorates Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday

Arizona Musicfest commemorates Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday

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To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein, the legendary Jewish American conductor and composer, Arizona Musicfest’…

Jewish teens get special film festival screening

Jewish teens get special film festival screening

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The Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival, which starts on Sunday, has been around for more than two decades, and over the years it has develop…

Local cantors react to Neal Diamond’s retirement

Local cantors react to Neal Diamond’s retirement

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Neil Diamond, the legendary singer-songwriter behind such hits as “Sweet Caroline” and “Cherry Cherry,” announced last Monday that he has Park…

Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival expects largest attendance in event’s history

Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival expects largest attendance in event’s history

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The Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival (GPJFF) is a little more than a week away, and the event’s 22nd year promises to be its largest yet, …

Israeli culinary journalist serves up memoir

Israeli culinary journalist serves up memoir

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Honest cooking and sincere storytelling rely on similar ingredients: tradition, love, humor and spice, among others. These components are foun…

This Anatevka Life: Ira Glass on how ‘Fiddler’ inspired his storytelling

This Anatevka Life: Ira Glass on how ‘Fiddler’ inspired his storytelling

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When Ira Glass, the host and producer of the National Public Radio (NPR) program “This American Life,” saw a performance of the musical “Fiddl…

Orphan and Nazi hunter sagas shine

Orphan and Nazi hunter sagas shine

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

The Holy Land through American eyes

The Holy Land through American eyes

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There’s the Kotel, the Western Wall, in 1859, not much different than it is today. There are tourists outside Jerusalem in 1867. There are Pol…

Jewish Cultural Orchestra concert to feature TV music written by Jewish composers

Jewish Cultural Orchestra concert to feature TV music written by Jewish composers

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A local nonprofit, the Jewish Cultural Orchestra (JCO), will hold a concert on Jan. 29 at the Tempe Center for the Arts, performed by members …

Belly up to the (cookie) bar

Belly up to the (cookie) bar

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

‘The Last Jedi’: an entertaining entry into Judaism-inflected ‘Star Wars’ series

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Given its Jewish screenwriter and Jewish director, the last installment in the “Star Wars” series, 2015’s “The Force Awakens,” occasioned a nu…

Ricotta cheese adds a new twist on latkes

Ricotta cheese adds a new twist on latkes

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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 l…

Traditional Israeli dishes: healthy, versatile, flavorful

Traditional Israeli dishes: healthy, versatile, flavorful

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

Yes, there is a dog called the ‘National Breed of Israel’

Yes, there is a dog called the ‘National Breed of Israel’

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From the time he was 4 weeks old, Avi was a stunner. He wasn’t much larger than the palm of David Golden’s hand, but even then, as a little bl…

‘You’re Funny, But You Don’t Look Jewish’ comes to the Valley

‘You’re Funny, But You Don’t Look Jewish’ comes to the Valley

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For Gina Gold, growing up black and Jewish in New York City wasn’t easy.