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‘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.”

Birthday book opens door for discussion

Birthday book opens door for discussion

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Thoughts are running a little deep in Gigglyville.

Belmont Village honors American heroes

Belmont Village honors American heroes

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Belmont Village Senior Living Scottsdale recently hosted a reception and recognition ceremony for the World War II veterans living at the faci…

Exploring Germany close up

Exploring Germany close up

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I was alone walking around town on my first day in Berlin. Will anyone be willing to help me out if I get lost? Would there be a harshness to …

Why ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is an allegory about anti-Semitism and fear

Why ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is an allegory about anti-Semitism and fear

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The first spin-off from the Harry Potter film series, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” is a thrilling and at times darkly sinister a…

Independent spirit

Independent spirit

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In her short life, Eva Hesse escaped the Nazis and became a renowned sculptress in the 1960s before succumbing to brain cancer at the age of 34.

Shoah documentary to be screened

Shoah documentary to be screened

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The Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival, Bureau of Jewish Education, Phoenix Holocaust Survivors’ Association and Generations After will join…

Boise offers robust Jewish community with a fascinating history

Boise offers robust Jewish community with a fascinating history

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Sometimes you’ll find the most splendid synagogues in the places you least expect.

At first Jewish Comic Con, artists and geeks revel in tradition

At first Jewish Comic Con, artists and geeks revel in tradition

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NEW YORK — After Brett Parker’s great-grandfather fled the pogroms in Europe and came to the United States, he opened a drug store where he so…

Leonard Cohen, whose Jewish-infused poetry and songs inspired generations, is dead at 82

Leonard Cohen, whose Jewish-infused poetry and songs inspired generations, is dead at 82

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Leonard Cohen, the Canadian singer-songwriter whose Jewish-infused work became a soundtrack for melancholy, has died. He was 82.

Leonard Cohen, my musical rabbi

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Just yesterday afternoon, I was talking with my editor about writing a review of Leonard Cohen’s latest album, “You Want It Darker,” for an up…

Film shares WWII veterans’ stories

Film shares WWII veterans’ stories

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After hearing the stories of a family member veteran from the WWII Army Air Corps (today known as the United States Air Force), director Alan …

Artist designs ceramic costumes of biblical figures

Artist designs ceramic costumes of biblical figures

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The unique ceramic works of artist Miriam Mladinov, a resident of the Valley since 2007, will be exhibited from Nov. 20 through Feb. 12, 2017 …

Returning to my Romanian roots

Returning to my Romanian roots

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It all started with a Marshall Memorial Fellowship dinner in Phoenix last October, an event that always inspires me. But this year proved to b…

Phoenix resident exhibits photography

Phoenix resident exhibits photography

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Matt Cohen, a retired Phoenix attorney with a passion for travel photography, will display 24 photographs next week from his collection that d…

How a bat mitzvah helped inspire a ‘Good Girls Revolt’

How a bat mitzvah helped inspire a ‘Good Girls Revolt’

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Men were writers and women were researchers. That’s the way it was when Lynn Povich and 45 of her colleagues at Newsweek decided to take a stand.

Running to raise awareness of canine companionship for the blind

Running to raise awareness of canine companionship for the blind

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Noach Braun competed in the Nov. 6 New York City Marathon not to finish in record time but to raise awareness about the lifesaving role guide …

A sunny Desert Gathering celebrates Jewish music, community

A sunny Desert Gathering celebrates Jewish music, community

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The fourth annual Desert Gathering Jewish Music Fest was the first held entirely in daylight, and it displayed the challenges and rewards of m…