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Easy-to-make Sephardic dishes for any occasion

Easy-to-make Sephardic dishes for any occasion

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Bagels and lox are wildly popular and easily assembled at the last minute for any event, but several years ago, I began adding Sephardi dishes to our buffets. Not only healthy and colorful, this cuisine pairs well with bagels and lox.

J Teen Connect enters second year bringing Jewish Valley teens together

J Teen Connect enters second year bringing Jewish Valley teens together

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It’s tough to be a teenager. On top of academic pressure and the usual dose of teen drama, it’s become expected to be part of extracurricular groups. Luckily, the Jewish community has multiple organizations that teens can get involved with, from youth groups to travel programs. But where does one begin to look?

Valley teen takes part in BBYO trip to Spain

Valley teen takes part in BBYO trip to Spain

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Faith Kessler was the only person from Arizona who went on the BBYO Spain Discovery high school youth group trip this summer. Spain Discovery is a two-week cultural travel opportunity for teens to explore Spanish cities and meet the Jewish communities there. Kessler, a senior at Arizona Agribusiness & Equine Center in Phoenix, wrote this travelogue about her Spanish adventure. — Janet Perez

Simple, elegant break-the-fast meal

Simple, elegant break-the-fast meal

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Everyone looks forward to breaking the fast, except for maybe the chef, who likely has plenty of other things to do in the days ahead. So with Yom Kippur just a few days away, here in advance are some quick and easy ways to break the fast in style.

Easy-to-make Sephardic dishes for any occasion

Easy-to-make Sephardic dishes for any occasion

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Bagels and lox are wildly popular and easily assembled at the last minute for any event, but several years ago, I began adding Sephardi dishes…

J Teen Connect enters second year bringing Jewish Valley teens together

J Teen Connect enters second year bringing Jewish Valley teens together

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It’s tough to be a teenager. On top of academic pressure and the usual dose of teen drama, it’s become expected to be part of extracurricular …

Valley teen takes part in BBYO trip to Spain

Valley teen takes part in BBYO trip to Spain

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Faith Kessler was the only person from Arizona who went on the BBYO Spain Discovery high school youth group trip this summer. Spain Discovery …

Simple, elegant break-the-fast meal

Simple, elegant break-the-fast meal

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Everyone looks forward to breaking the fast, except for maybe the chef, who likely has plenty of other things to do in the days ahead. So with…

Genetic screenings urged during Tay-Sachs National Awareness Month

Genetic screenings urged during Tay-Sachs National Awareness Month

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Like many Jews, Shari Ungerleider was tested for Tay-Sachs disease while she was pregnant with her first child, Evan. Tragically, the results …

Consider the versatile, nutritious cauliflower

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A diet rich in a variety of fruits and vegetables is generally recommended for optimal health, but that can be a challenge in our region durin…

Outdoor adventure is key at Northern Arizona’s only Jewish day camp

Outdoor adventure is key at Northern Arizona’s only Jewish day camp

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Every summer, Bruce and Barbara Goldberg of Phoenix escape the city’s oppressive heat by retreating to their Flagstaff vacation home. They lov…

Two insider tricks to make dinner better

Two insider tricks to make dinner better

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I recently discovered two fantastic tricks: One involves the grill, the other a pie.

Checking your own communication behaviors with your children

Checking your own communication behaviors with your children

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When my two brothers and I were in elementary school, our family always ate weekday dinners together. Everyone in the family had a chance to t…

Fall is the time for teens to reconnect

Fall is the time for teens to reconnect

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It’s back-to-school time for Valley Jewish students, which means it’s also time to reconnect with various Jewish youth groups around the Valley.

Should schools start later?

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Ask a teenager whether they want to sleep a little bit longer, and they’ll happily turn around without a sound and crawl back into their cave …

A fiesta of Mexican appetizers

A fiesta of Mexican appetizers

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Zesty and delicious, Mexican appetizers are so versatile. Sautéed or roasted vegetables, cilantro, scallions, salsa, avocado, corn kernels and…

Chicken so good, it’s addictive

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R emember the “Curb Your Enthusiasm” episode where Larry David is obsessed with chicken from a Palestinian restaurant, but is wracked by guilt…

Keep furry friends safe this summer

Keep furry friends safe this summer

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Summer is a time for both you and your pet to enjoy the sunshine and outdoors, but along with the fun, the season also offers up situations th…

Should you put insulation on the outside of your house?

Should you put insulation on the outside of your house?

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Most Arizona homeowners know what insulation is and how it helps protect houses from getting too hot in summer or too cold in winter (not some…

The fresh flavors of Mexico in your kitchen

The fresh flavors of Mexico in your kitchen

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Since visiting one of my newly discovered favorite restaurants, I have craved Mexican food nonstop.

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 …

Hoisin chicken lettuce wraps

Hoisin chicken lettuce wraps

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Pulled chicken is one of my go-to dishes for a crowd.