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Wednesday 01/04/2017
Hanukkah happenings throughout the Valley
Posted: January 04, 2017

Eight days of a holiday allows for a variety of celebration options, from building a menorah to lighting one, as well as opportunities for mitzvah projects and even a Jewish Heritage Night hockey game hosted by the Arizona Coyotes. Here are some snapshots from this year’s Hanukkah events.

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Wednesday 12/21/2016
Hanukkah art contest
Posted: December 21, 2016

Jewish News received hundreds of submissions for this year’s Hanukkah art contest. Thank you to all the synagogues and schools who spread the word and to all the young artists who participated. The winning piece, featured on the cover of this issue, is by Rachel Milrad, 8, a student at Torah Day School of Phoenix. On these pages are some of the other beautiful submissions we received and others can be found on our website, jewishaz.com.

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Hanukkah candles with a mission
Posted: December 21, 2016

The Menorah Candle Company, a manufacturer and exporter of millions of Hanukkah candles worldwide, is one of the oldest businesses in the industrial zone of Sderot, the Negev city better known as a frequent target for Hamas rockets than for its commerce.

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My favorite thing about Hanukkah is...
Posted: December 21, 2016

Jewish News asked children what their favorite thing about Hanukkah is. In addition to the most popular answers of presents, chocolate gelt and latkes, here are their responses:

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8 ways to celebrate Hanukkah that aren’t about the presents
Posted: December 21, 2016

We love Hanukkah. The message that the Rabbis in the Talmud give about the holiday is that we light candles each night in order to increase the holiness in the world. 

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Hanukkah sweaters are now a thing — and I love them
Posted: December 21, 2016

NEW YORK   — Ever since I moved here from Israel, every late November felt like the beginning of a month-long assault. Every store, business and doctor’s office blared Christmas songs, streets were decorated with ostentatious light shows and seemingly everything became green and red — which, as an art school grad, I found personally offensive to my design sensibilities.

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Wednesday 12/14/2016
Hanukkiot more than ceremonial
Posted: December 14, 2016

New York’s Jewish Museum is shining a bright light on the many forms and enduring ritual uses of Hanukkah lamps from around the world in a new exhibit that runs through the winter holiday season.

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Hanukkah Calendar 2016
Posted: December 14, 2016

Sunday, Dec. 18

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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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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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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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