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Israel Scouts come to Arizona June 11-20

Israel Scouts come to Arizona June 11-20

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The Israel Scouts Friendship Caravan. This year’s group, Caravan Noga, will be in the Valley June 11-20.

A young woman trusts that God will provide her with a groom  in the new Israeli film, ‘The Wedding Plan’

A young woman trusts that God will provide her with a groom in the new Israeli film, ‘The Wedding Plan’

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A 30-something woman is dumped by her fiancé, but she forges ahead with her wedding plans convinced that a groom will show up on the big day. …

Local author’s first novel is based on family history and a gift to her mother

Local author’s first novel is based on family history and a gift to her mother

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Judy Egett (J.E.) Laufer promised herself that she would complete her first novel about a pivotal event in her parents’ lives before her mothe…

Exploring the largest synagogue in Europe: the Dohány Street synagogue in Budapest

Exploring the largest synagogue in Europe: the Dohány Street synagogue in Budapest

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Budapest greeted me with a gorgeous sunset as I woke up, ready to explore the beautiful Hungarian capital and its historical Jewish Quarter.

NAU team publishes 'Flagstaff Jewish Lives'

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A reception for the publication of a new book written by a Northern Arizona University student-faculty research team under the mentorship of t…

Holocaust survivors’ grandchildren, equipped with vast archive, keep stories alive

Holocaust survivors’ grandchildren, equipped with vast archive, keep stories alive

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Beckah Restivo is glad she attended college in Washington, D.C. One of the primary reasons is George Washington University’s proximity to the …

Exhibit explores 100-plus years of Jewish wedding customs

Exhibit explores 100-plus years of Jewish wedding customs

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In 1912, the Jewish population in Phoenix was very small. Yet, on the day Arizona became a state, Feb. 14, 1912, the very first wedding perfor…

Temple Chai members deliver tzedakah, supplies to Cuba’s Jewish community

Temple Chai members deliver tzedakah, supplies to Cuba’s Jewish community

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"All Israel are responsible one for the other.” (BT Shevuot 39a)

Film documents how 38 Ukrainian Jews lived in caves to escape Nazi persecution

Film documents how 38 Ukrainian Jews lived in caves to escape Nazi persecution

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The human will to survive can lead to unimaginable acts of endurance. The stories of Holocaust survivors attest to that. The 2013 docudrama fi…

Temple Solel’s cantorial soloist releases new CD

Temple Solel’s cantorial soloist releases new CD

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Temple Solel will host a free concert and CD release party for its cantorial soloist Todd Herzog’s new collection of music, “Something to Beli…

The inspiration of Anne Frank

The inspiration of Anne Frank

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The museum curators did not allow photography, but I captured mental images to last a lifetime.

Seven must-read Holocaust books, according to scholars

Seven must-read Holocaust books, according to scholars

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From Anne Frank’s diary to Elie Wiesel’s “Night,” books about the Holocaust remain some of the most powerful and well-known pieces of literatu…

New book tells the touching story of three babies who survived the Holocaust

New book tells the touching story of three babies who survived the Holocaust

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The horror of being Holocaust victims torn from their families was bad enough, but three women imprisoned at Auschwitz faced an additional cha…

An incredible Holocaust escape story, proven by science

An incredible Holocaust escape story, proven by science

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LOS ANGELES (JTA) – A one-hour TV program airing next week on PBS links an incredible Holocaust escape story to advanced scientific techniques.

Acclaimed violinist and his family to perform at Beth Ami Temple

Acclaimed violinist and his family to perform at Beth Ami Temple

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Music, not words, is how Lan Qui expresses a love of God that transcends all faiths.

Nine must-watch TV shows about Passover

Nine must-watch TV shows about Passover

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(JTA) — Everyone has their own way of celebrating Passover, from silly seder customs (Ten Plagues finger puppets, anyone?) to enjoying the sam…

Only Jewish museum in Arab world celebrates 20th anniversary

Only Jewish museum in Arab world celebrates 20th anniversary

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W    henever we travel, my wife, Stephanie, always makes sure we seek out Jewish historical sites to explore and study. She retired as history…

‘Menashe,’ ‘Painless’ among Phoenix Film Festival features

‘Menashe,’ ‘Painless’ among Phoenix Film Festival features

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The Phoenix Film Festival is back for its 17th year, screening some 175 films April 6-13 at Harkins Scottsdale 101 Theaters. Among the films b…

Ordinary couple saves hundreds in 'Zookeeper's Wife'

Ordinary couple saves hundreds in 'Zookeeper's Wife'

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When “The Zookeeper’s Wife” opens in theaters March 31, you’ll likely meet an unfamiliar heroine.