Chef’s Corner: A Mother’s Gift

I’m a mother of four wonderful and amazing children: Aviva, Benzi, Gavi and Yasi. A breast cancer survivor of 10 years this month (baruch HaShem), I see my life and all that has come to us since, as a real gift. My Aviva was six months old when I was diagnosed, and after beating the…


Cheri’s Kosher cactus confections

Local, natural, organic … and now kosher! What started as a hobby in Cheri Romanoski’s kitchen over 30 years ago has bloomed into a bustling business. Today, her team is just as busy as the bees that pollinate the prickly pear and produce honey for Cheri’s Desert Harvest. Born in Tucson, Cheri grew up with…


Pulp Fiction

When we think about Hebrew literature, we don’t usually conjure up images of romance novels, detective serials or Westerns. But starting in the Yishuv of the 1930s, these pop culture staples were extremely popular, even as they were shunned by the intellectual establishment. A glimpse into the IsraPulp collection at Arizona State University Libraries offers…


Bad Jews at Temple of Music and Art

Arizona Onstage Productions presents “Bad Jews,” a play by Joshua Harmon that asks questions about what you choose to believe when you’re chosen. “Bad Jews” tells the story of Daphna Feygenbaum, a self-proclaimed “Real Jew” with an Israeli boyfriend. Her cousin Liam brings home his non-Jewish girlfriend, Melody, and declares ownership of their deceased grandfather’s chai necklace,…


From the ground up

Scott More knows floors. After 40 years in the flooring industry, that’s no surprise. He’s seen trends come and go, and new technologies and materials move the trade ahead. But one thing has remained consistent – well, grown, actually – his passion for the business. Growing up in Chicago, Scott learned the business from the…


Water from a plant’s perspective

Story and photos by Aviva Tirosh April provided us with some real surprises, especially that unseasonably cold and wet weather early in the month. Palo verde blossoms are now carpeting the ground, wildflowers are fading, but new leaves and flowers are bursting forth all around us. It will not be long before 100-degree days are…


Pamper mom in style

By Barbara Kaplan Mother’s Day brings thoughts of my mother and the influence she had on my design life. I guess you can say she helped design my life.  My mother taught me one of the great joys in my life, which is to love beauty. That is, of course, my version of what I…


Compassion & Healing a generation later

Ellen Melamed, 63, always asks herself, “How can I help others?” Currently, a lecturer in family and community medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, and artist-in-residence at the UA School of Fine Arts, Ellen’s healing path has been circuitous. For the first half of her life, she tried to cope. Born in…

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