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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.

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.

New Netflix documentary ‘One of Us’ showcases former members of Chasidic communities

New Netflix documentary ‘One of Us’ showcases former members of Chasidic communities

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It couldn’t exactly be called a fad, but North America’s Chasidic community has garnered a lot of attention of late.

Reviews: Heartache and grief explored in two new books

Reviews: Heartache and grief explored in two new books

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“Left to Chance”

Jewish director brings laughs, bright colors to ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

Jewish director brings laughs, bright colors to ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

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In “Thor: Ragnarok,” director Taika Waititi evolves the hammer-wielder’s franchise into a self-aware intergalactic comedy that provides big la…

Reggae and bluegrass acts to perform at Desert Gathering Jewish Music Fest

Reggae and bluegrass acts to perform at Desert Gathering Jewish Music Fest

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When most people think of Jewish music, they probably imagine the dulcet warbling of a klezmer clarinet and not the propulsive rhythm of a reg…

A Holocaust tale of two families

A Holocaust tale of two families

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As Jews of a certain age, haven’t many of us thought that were it not for the grace of God or our grandparents’ or parents’ courage in leaving…

Reviews: Fanciful new novels by Englander, Barwin

Reviews: Fanciful new novels by Englander, Barwin

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‘Yiddish for Pirates’

Valley resident’s documentary spotlights erosion of women’s reproductive rights

Valley resident’s documentary spotlights erosion of women’s reproductive rights

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War zones are nothing new to documentary filmmaker Civia Tamarkin.

‘Dark’ thoughts in Jewish author’s angsty new novel

‘Dark’ thoughts in Jewish author’s angsty new novel

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I began reading Nicole Krauss’ new novel, “Forest Dark,” with interest, most especially because the hardback copy I picked up from the library…

Recycled materials transformed into art at Jewish Historical Society

Recycled materials transformed into art at Jewish Historical Society

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The 27th Avenue Solid Waste Management Facility in Phoenix isn’t where most people go for inspiration.

New Israeli novel is a page-turner

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“A wonderful fact to reflect upon … when I enter a great city by night, that every one of those darkly clustered houses encloses its own secre…

Table settings, inventive game enliven festive gatherings

Table settings, inventive game enliven festive gatherings

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Food is always my focus when it comes to planning a get-together, and the holidays amplify that emphasis.

Discovering the superpower of community

Discovering the superpower of community

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The home my parents provided for my sisters and me was one filled with love and respect, but something was missing. Being that we were an inte…

From mini horses to balloon art, expo showcases wide range of ways to spice up an event

From mini horses to balloon art, expo showcases wide range of ways to spice up an event

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Prince Charming’s recent appearance at a “bark mitzvah” was a real dog-and-pony show. You see, Prince Charming is a miniature horse.

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…