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‘Aussie Gourmet’ releases new Passover cookbook

Author Naomi Nachman, known as “The Aussie Gourmet,” shares some of her favorite Passover recipes that make delicious meals all year round in her debut cookbook “Perfect for Pesach: Passover Recipes You’ll Want to Make All Year, released this month by Artscroll ($30, hardcover).

Wednesday 03/22/2017
Lighten up Passover menus by adding more fish and veggies
Posted: March 22, 2017

I love serving light foods that are naturally kosher for Passover. With so much matzah, vegetable and fish dishes are often a welcome addition in my home.

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10 tips for a less stressful Passover
Posted: March 22, 2017

Passover requires a great deal of preparation, especially if you are making your home kosher for Passover.

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Plumbers and the ark
Posted: March 22, 2017

Vayakhel-Pekudei, Exodus 35:1-40:38

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Tuesday 03/14/2017
How Israeli women turned this Purim into a feminist holiday
Posted: March 14, 2017

TEL AVIV – Wonder Woman, Rosie the Riveter and a female Israeli fighter pilot walked into a bar. They were just a few of the heroines out in Tel Aviv Saturday for the night of Purim.

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Patience is a necessity
Posted: March 14, 2017

Ki Tisa, Exodus: 30:11-34:35

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Wednesday 03/08/2017
Gesher to hold model Passover seder
Posted: March 08, 2017

Gesher Disability Resources (formerly Council for Jews with Special Needs) will be hosting its second annual community model Passover seder 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at The New Shul, 7825 E. Paradise Lane, Scottsdale.

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How Purim is a call to leadership
Posted: March 08, 2017

How Purim is a call to leadership

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How to be happy
Posted: March 08, 2017

Here’s a fun exercise: Next time you see a friend, ask him the two following questions. Question one: What is the opposite of love? Question two: What is the opposite of happiness?

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Wednesday 03/01/2017
8 things you may not know about Purim
Posted: March 01, 2017

With costumes, spiels and lots of drinking, Purim is one of Judaism’s most raucous holidays. You might know about beautiful Esther thwarting evil Haman’s plans, the custom of getting drunk and what hamantaschen are. But we’re guessing there’s a few things about Purim, which this year starts at sundown March 11, that might surprise you.

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Where is God?
Posted: March 01, 2017

Terumah, Exodus 25:1-27:19

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Wednesday 02/22/2017
Female religious leaders share Purim reflections
Posted: February 22, 2017

In the Book of Esther’s Chapter 4, verse 14, Mordechai encourages his niece, Queen Esther, to use her influence with King Ahasuerus.

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Following the path
Posted: February 22, 2017

Mishpatim, Exodus 21:1-24:18

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Purim carnivals and more
Posted: February 22, 2017

VOSJCC brings back communitywide Purim carnival: The Valley of the Sun JCC is bringing back its communitywide Purim carnival, which will take place 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, March 12 on the soccer fields of the JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.

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The story behind Purim’s hamantaschen
Posted: February 22, 2017

The most important aspect of most Purim pastries is their shape. Most Ashkenazic Jews only know of hamantaschen, the triangular pastries filled with prunes or other fruit fillings. This word is taken from the German words mohn (meaning poppy seeds) and taschen (referring to pockets). Some say the pockets refer to Haman who stuffed his pockets with bribe money.

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Tuesday 02/14/2017
Biblical garden aims for authenticity
Posted: February 14, 2017

You won’t find wildflowers, prize-winning roses or neat hedges at the Evanne Copland Kofman Biblical Garden at Congregation Beth Israel. What the garden grows is much more profound – a glimpse into the natural world of the Bible.

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