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Israel's Bedouin get their close-up in Oscar entry 'Sand Storm'

Israel's Bedouin get their close-up in Oscar entry 'Sand Storm'

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LOS ANGELES – The movie “Sand Storm,” Israel’s entry for Academy Award consideration, has won prestigious awards and glowing reviews in its li…

NAU students develop Bedzin exhibit

NAU students develop Bedzin exhibit

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An exhibit curated by undergraduate students at Northern Arizona University’s Martin-Springer Institute – “Through the Eyes of Youth: Life and…

New Ken Burns film spotlights little-known Holocaust rescuers

New Ken Burns film spotlights little-known Holocaust rescuers

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In 1940, as he was being transported to safety in the lower deck of a ship, the Jewish author Lion Feuchtwanger asked Waitstill Sharp why the …

Barbra Streisand to chair arts center at 9/11 site

Barbra Streisand to chair arts center at 9/11 site

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Barbra Streisand has been named chairwoman of the board of a performing arts center to be built at the site of the World Trade Center attacks.

British producer Brian Eno orders Israeli dance troupe to stop using his music

British producer Brian Eno orders Israeli dance troupe to stop using his music

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British composer and producer Brian Eno, a longtime supporter of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, has ordered an Israeli dance …

Book teaches an easy lesson in miracles

Book teaches an easy lesson in miracles

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Are you looking for a children’s book home run? Rabbi Jason Bonder hits one out of the ballpark with his newly published children’s book, “Mir…

Rabbi’s book examines ‘Torah of the Heart’

Rabbi’s book examines ‘Torah of the Heart’

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Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, president and dean of Valley Beit Midrash, released his 10th book, “Torah of the Street, Torah of the Heart,” in July.

Finding a 97-year-old lantzman in paradise

Finding a 97-year-old lantzman in paradise

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Pacific Grove, California, has been dubbed “Butterfly Town, USA,” “America’s Last Hometown” and more since it was founded in 1875. But to me, …

Mel Brooks and other stars mourn passing of Gene Wilder

Mel Brooks and other stars mourn passing of Gene Wilder

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It was a sad day in Hollywood yesterday (Aug. 29) as the world learned that Gene Wilder, one of the most beloved comic actors of the ’70s and …

In 'Blazing Saddles,' Gene Wilder helped recall a fading black-Jewish alliance

In 'Blazing Saddles,' Gene Wilder helped recall a fading black-Jewish alliance

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Last year, I joined some 3,000 people at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark for a wide-screen showing of Mel Brooks' 1974 Western…

Gene Wilder, star of ‘Willy Wonka’ and other classic comedies, dies at 83

Gene Wilder, star of ‘Willy Wonka’ and other classic comedies, dies at 83

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Gene Wilder, a comedic actor known for playing wild-eyed eccentrics such as the titular characters in “Young Frankenstein” and “Willy Wonka &a…

Solel showcases quilt artist

Solel showcases quilt artist

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Temple Solel will kick off the upcoming season of its Art Showcase with an exhibit featuring 30 pieces of fiber art by nationally recognized f…

Accent coach teaches Portman to sound Israeli

Accent coach teaches Portman to sound Israeli

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While making the film “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” Natalie Portman had to put her palm in front of her mouth, repeat Hebrew words and feel h…

Anger becomes comedian Lewis Black

Anger becomes comedian Lewis Black

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Remember Pixar’s 2015 film “Inside Out?” It was about an 11-year-old girl, Riley, and the five primary emotions raging inside her: Joy and Sad…

Red Rocks festival returns

Red Rocks festival returns

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The 16th annual Red Rocks Music Festival will be held Aug. 26-Sept. 4 in Phoenix and Sedona.

New adult choir forms in Scottsdale

New adult choir forms in Scottsdale

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“Rhythm and Rhymes,” a newly formed vocal group led by Gail Glazer, an award-winning choral director from Maryland, is seeking adults 50 and o…

Teen photography entrepreneur

Teen photography entrepreneur

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Valley high schooler and teen entrepreneur Spencer Scher first began experimenting with the camera at 9 years old. He discovered his love and …

Photo exhibit reflects teens’ Jewish identity

Photo exhibit reflects teens’ Jewish identity

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Unlike the quiet and sweltering desert landscape in which it’s nestled, Temple Solel’s hallways are bustling with activity. The synagogue’s bu…

For 'Jewish Valentine's Day,' meet 5 couples who found love on Israel trips

For 'Jewish Valentine's Day,' meet 5 couples who found love on Israel trips

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In the two-part finale of the third season of “Broad City,” the show’s main characters, Abbi and Ilana, embark on a “Birthmark” trip — a thinl…