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Wednesday 03/22/2017
‘Aussie Gourmet’ releases new Passover cookbook
Posted: March 22, 2017

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).

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Passover Art Contest

Tisha B'Av

Tisha B’Av in time of rockets, tunnels, death

After weeks of missiles falling on Israel and bombs dropping on Gaza, we land on Tisha B’Av. With the day-to-day images of explosions and tunnels so fresh, I wondered how they might connect to my mid-summer night’s struggle with the somber holiday’s relevance.

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Shavuot

Summer Shavuot recipes with global flair

With summer and the soaring temperatures already in full swing, I wanted to share a few recipes that will also double as great options for Shavuot. During Shavuot, it is customary to eat dairy, and throughout the world, you will see many different dishes from cheese blintzes and burekas to cheesecake and pizza. Here are three global recipes, each one using a different type of cheese, from a Middle Eastern eggplant dish to a Southern Mediterranean melon salad and finally a popular Mexican street food dish. Enjoy!

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Israel's 66th

  • Craig Taubman with family

    Kim and Norman Kur and their two sons, Ethan and Brian, pose for a photo with Craig Taubman.
  • Morning hike

    The Israel Center's daylong community Yom Ha'atzmaut celebration started with an early morning hike with Congregation Or Chadash on May 11. Hundreds participated in the day's festivities, which were held at various locations throughout the Valley and included an Israeli beach breakfast, a culinary experience and the screening of three films. Photo courtesy of the Israel Center

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