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Wednesday 12/07/2016
A Hanukkah menu with a healthy flair – plus latkes
Posted: December 07, 2016

Hanukkah is a celebration, a joyful holiday with delicious food and family memories. I remember lighting our menorah as a little girl with my bubbe. Now, raising my daughter, I hope to create special memories with her.

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Fire up your creativity this Hanukkah
Posted: December 07, 2016

You can fire up your creativity this Hanukkah with a variety of Hanukkah and Judaica DIY (do-it-yourself) items at Pinspiration, a “Community Meets Creativity” studio in North Phoenix that’s ready to serve the artsy, as well as the not-so-creative, Jewish community this Hanukkah season.

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Latkes – a delicious tradition
Posted: December 07, 2016

They’re sometimes greasy, sometimes salty and soggy, and they are fried in oil. They’re high in calories sometimes; high fat – sometimes; high cholesterol – sometimes. But they’re oh, so good!

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6 new Hanukkah kids’ books
Posted: December 07, 2016

From a new audio version of “Hanukkah Bear” – a holiday favorite by National Jewish Book Award winner Eric A. Kimmel – to a novel for young teens set during the Festival of Lights, this fresh crop of Hanukkah books is sure to delight young readers of all stripes.

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Friday 11/18/2016
Serving up shalom at a post-election Thanksgiving
Posted: November 18, 2016

LOS ANGELES — It was just a few weeks ago, on the night of Nov. 8, that my family had all anxiously exchanged text messages as we watched the election results trickle in. State by state, my Hillary-loving family saw our hopes slipping away — and now, too soon, we are going to have to gather around the dining room table to celebrate Thanksgiving.

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Wednesday 10/12/2016
In search of a perfect etrog
Posted: October 12, 2016

In the region of Calabria in the south of Italy, Rabbi Leizer Rodal of Phoenix’s L’Chaim Shulounge searches for “the perfect fruit” – an etrog for Sukkot.

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Sukkot shortcuts for a spectacular meal
Posted: October 12, 2016

By the time Sukkot arrives, we are three weeks into nonstop Jewish holiday mode. Some people might be a little tired of cooking, and I don’t blame them one bit.

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Thursday 09/29/2016
Tashlich in the park
Posted: September 29, 2016

Two Chabad centers will hold Tashlich events at local parks.

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Wednesday 09/28/2016
East Valley synagogue to unite Torah, survivor at special ceremony
Posted: September 28, 2016

At its High Holiday services this year, Temple Havurat Emet in Chandler will hold a special ritual for one of its members, Holocaust survivor Irving Berk.  

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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