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Chef’s Corner: Healthy No-Bake Desserts

When the temperature rises outside, who wants to be inside preheating the oven? Not I! For a sweet ending to your warm-weather meal, look to these amazing no-bake desserts. They can even be made dairy and/or gluten free. There is some prep work required, but the taste and texture of the cheesecake is creamy and…

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Where do JEWISH PEOPLE EAT?

Posh $$$$ Improvisational Cuisine 7167 E Rancho Vista Dr., Suite 111 Scottsdale, AZ 480-663-7674 poshscottsdale.com I call it adventure eating. A love for trying something you’ve never tasted before. That’s me, an adventure eater. I can’t fathom why people pass up food they have never tried. I knew a guy who ate hamburgers for every…

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Shabbat keeps Orthodox Director Focused

How does one maintain his orthodoxy in a non-Orthodox world? Not just generally speaking in terms of being an Orthodox Jew in a secular America, but specifically in the world of theater, where Friday night openings are the norm and full-day Saturday rehearsals are a given. Todd Salovey, associate artistic director at San Diego Repertory…

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Jews receive a mixed welcome at “Downton Abbey”

Jewish characters finally joined the impeccably attired throng at “Downton Abbey,” and it’s not an altogether happy day. While Lord and Lady Grantham welcome the new arrivals with exquisite manners and the perfectly calibrated amount of modest warmth, series creator and writer Julian Fellowes is a good deal less hospitable. Fellowes has devised a nuclear…

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BOOKS & BRANDEIS: 25 years of literary events

Five notable authors enchanted guests at a festive cocktail party, as well as at a book and author luncheon the next day. Both major literary events were sponsored by the Brandeis National Committee, Phoenix Chapter. On March 15 a spacious and dazzling home overlooking the sloping hills of Paradise Valley provided the ideal backdrop for…

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JFCS enriches lives of North Central seniors

Jewish living in the Valley has followed several geographic shifts, mirroring the general population migrations. One need only look at the location of “North” High School on Thomas Road – now considered to be nearly downtown – to see how things have shifted. During the 1960s-1990s, a large segment of the Phoenix Jewish population lived…

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We Are a People of Memory

After completing “Schindler’s List” in 1994, Steven Spielberg was inspired to found the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation with the goal of capturing video testimonies from Holocaust survivors before their stories would be lost forever. Spielberg’s celebrity and visibility helped bring to light numerous stories that had never been told; in turn, these…

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Kim Klett teaches importance of Human Rights

“Human rights matter no matter who you are.” That is the driving philosophy of Kim Klett, an English teacher at Mesa’s Dobson High School. Inspired by an Arizona State University class in Holocaust literature and history in 1999, she felt compelled to share her newfound knowledge and insights with her students. She envisioned an educational…

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Designing Women: Wise words from a Talented Trio

Barbara Kaplan, CEO of Design Dimensions, acknowledges with a smile that she might well be described as the Valley’s “Grande Dame” of design. Raised in a home where antiques were collected and treasured, Barbara grew up with an appreciation of the impact on people’s lives of their surroundings. She used that knowledge to forge a…

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To Life: Home is where the art is!

Passover is my favorite Jewish holiday for the very simple reason that it is the holiday where we are commanded to ask questions. In addition to having the chance to celebrate together with family and friends, it is a time when, as Jews, we cultivate our curiosity by telling the Passover story and by engaging…

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