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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.

New Film Raises Questions for Jewish Agency

New Film Raises Questions for Jewish Agency

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Imagine it’s your first day of college and, as you walk toward your dorm, students smile at you, greet you fondly, hug you and welcome you bac…

Israeli debut film ‘The Cakemaker’ explores grief, love

Israeli debut film ‘The Cakemaker’ explores grief, love

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When Ofir Raul Graizer set out to make “The Cakemaker,” nobody wanted to support it at first.

Refreshing no-bake desserts perfect for summer

Refreshing no-bake desserts perfect for summer

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There is something special about an elaborate dessert. Finishing a meal with a showstopper of a sweet treat makes everyone smile.

Peach season blossoms each summer

Peach season blossoms each summer

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There is nothing better than biting into a ripe peach, even when the juice rolls down to my chin. With their sweet flavor tinged with a touch …

Author Turns ‘The Opposite’ Into Success

Author Turns ‘The Opposite’ Into Success

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“Banging My Head Against the Wall”

8 great summer reading picks

8 great summer reading picks

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For book lovers, the summer is the perfect time to sit back and relax — after applying sunscreen, of course — and read beneath the sun.

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…