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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.

Big splash at Caesarea Harbor with new Crusader market

Big splash at Caesarea Harbor with new Crusader market

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Summer is the time of year when many Jews from the United States and around the world visit Israel. This summer, visitors will have something …

Book reviews: two Holocaust tales connect

Book reviews: two Holocaust tales connect

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“What the Night Sings”

Finding Jewish Buenos Aires

Finding Jewish Buenos Aires

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Last April, my boyfriend, Brad, and I got bumped from a flight and each received $1,000 vouchers. We’d always been interested in Buenos Aires,…

Phoenix Comic Fest features William Shatner, other Jewish celebrities

Phoenix Comic Fest features William Shatner, other Jewish celebrities

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“Discover your inner geek” was the official tagline for Memorial Day weekend’s Phoenix Comic Fest — formerly Phoenix Comicon — the city’s larg…

Jewish filmmaker turns camera on her own personal tragedy

Jewish filmmaker turns camera on her own personal tragedy

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“Is ‘The Tale’ HBO’s Most Controversial Movie Ever?”

New documentaries examine Itzhak Perlman, RBG

New documentaries examine Itzhak Perlman, RBG

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Temperamentally, they are as different as night and day.

New photography exhibit highlights Israel’s diversity

New photography exhibit highlights Israel’s diversity

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On Monday, the Arizona Jewish Historical Society held the public opening for “Israel at 70: The Diverse Faces of Israel,” a solo exhibit of ph…

First-person: mission to Morocco

First-person: mission to Morocco

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Danielle Gross is a first-year member of Jewish Federations of North America’s National Young Leadership Cabinet. She joined the national cabi…

Author Annabelle Gurwitch talks family, Jewish identity during recent Valley visit

Author Annabelle Gurwitch talks family, Jewish identity during recent Valley visit

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The book “Wherever You Go, There They Are” opens with author Annabelle

Seven Jewish podcasts to add to your rotation

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We’re living in a golden age of podcasts. Think of just about any topic and there’s a good chance there’s a podcast on it. From the podcast in…

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…