Francine Coles: Finding her true calling

“The message that I could really make a difference resonated with me. I felt empowered – I felt that I truly could act to help protect both the U.S. and Israel.” ~ Francine Coles, outgoing council chair of Phoenix AIPAC Toronto’s loss clearly was a gain for Phoenix when Canadian transplants Francine (Shostack) Coles and…


Biz Ins and Outs

Jewish National Fund Appoints Jonathan Breakstone to JNF Arizona Board Jewish National Fund has named Jonathan Breakstone to the JNF board in Arizona. He is a published author and has a bachelor’s degree in molecular genetics from the Weizmann Institute of Science. “His passion for Israel, his expertise in fundraising and his knowledge of our…


Out of the ashes … a synagogue is reborn in Poland

Documentary “Raise the Roof” premiers Oct. 8 in Tucson There is a profound sense of accomplishment when creating something from nothing. Sculptors and educators Rick and Laura Brown of Handshouse Studio,, set out to recreate something from the ashes of war-torn Poland, and history was revealed. “We don’t like to think of ourselves as…


ASU Kerr Cultural Center shines with local and international artists

The ASU Kerr Cultural Center hosts a diverse annual season of jazz, classical, world music, storytelling and theater in this one-of-a-kind performing arts venue. This season features the popular Jazz in AZ concert series, classical music stars Ying Quartet and Ang Li, Latin world music luminaries Las Cafeteras, Grammy-winning classical guitarist Jason Vieaux, globetrotting African/world music…


Festival celebrates Jewish music on Nov. 1

The rich diversity of Jewish music comes alive for music lovers of all ages, ethnicities and denominations at this fall’s third annual Desert Gathering Jewish Music Fest. Acoustic folk, dancehall electronica, traditional Jewish song, pop and hip hop are just some of the music styles festival goers can explore during the Coachella-esque outdoor community music…


Seth Rudetsky comes to Scottsdale

Desert Foothills Theater, a division of the Foothills Community Foundation, brings Sirius/XM radio’s Seth Rudetsky to Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, 33606 N 60th St., in Scottsdale, “Seth’s Big Fat Broadway Show” at 7:30 pm, Sunday, Oct. 25. This special fundraising event features Rudetsky’s trademark “deconstructions,” in which he uses his audio/video collection to break…


Fall Vegetable Gardening

Tips from the experts at Desert Botanical Gardens By Tracy Rhodes, Gardener Il As summer heat gives way to autumn coolness, gardeners look forward to a time of renewal, a second spring of sorts. The mild months ahead means myriad planting possibilities. For those who prefer to harvest what they plant, fall is prime time…

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