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Let the Maccabiah Games begin

More than 9,000 athletes from 85 countries are expected to participate in the 20th Maccabiah Games in Israel, held July 4-18. The opening ceremony, touted to be the biggest one yet, will be held July 6 at the Teddy Kollek Stadium in Jerusalem. This year the host city is Jerusalem, but venues hosting a variety…

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Fireworks and Fun

We have compiled a list of places around the Valley and in Tucson where you can enjoy the 4th of July festivities with your family and friends. Click here to see editor Mala Blomquist talking about some of these events on Arizona Midday! AROUND THE VALLEY Independence Day Celebration (Sat. July 1). Fireworks at 9…

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Biz Ins and Outs – June 2017

JEWISH COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF GREATER PHOENIX ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD MEMBERS AND CHAIR The Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix elected attorney Robert Roos as its new chair, in addition to two new board members and a new slate of officers at its annual meeting held on May 15. Robert is a partner in the law…

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Splashin’ Summer Fun

Remember one of the best parts of summer as a kid was running through the sprinkler? The modern version of that experience is the splash pad. You can let the kids cool off (or join them!) without having to find a pool. Enjoy! Check on one of the websites below to find a park with…

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Reminiscences of a Volunteer

Photo from left: Manley after arriving at Kibbutz Dafna in June, 1967 and Manley today. It was June 5, 1967. I awoke to an eerie, loud wail coming in through an open window. The room was bright, the sunshine pouring in through the window. Through sleepy, half-open eyes, I peered around the large room I…

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“The Wedding Plan” is for believers

Rama Burshtein’s film, “The Wedding Plan” has received excellent reviews after making its American debut in New York on May 12. This is the second production for Rama after her first film “Fill the Void,” which came out in 2012. The movie follows Michal (Noa Kooler), an Orthodox Jewish woman, who is finally looking forward…

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Kristy Morcom: Discovering Judaism through genetics

Genes are tricky. They affect everything from your blood type to intelligence. More and more companies are offering genetic testing for everyday consumers to trace their ancestry and their vulnerability to specific diseases. Most days you don’t give genetics much thought. That is unless you are Kristy Morcom, who found out she was BRCA1 positive…

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Vitani: A real, ready-to-drink martini

Eric and Jackie Gichner enjoy a good martini, but when they went looking for a pre-made, premium vodka-based version at the store, they soon realized such a beverage didn’t exist. “There was nothing on the shelves that was a ‘true’ cocktail like you would get from a bartender,” explains Jackie. “They were all either malts…

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A financial family: Flader Wealth Consulting Group

Allan Flader knows a thing or two about money – and family. As managing director of Flader Wealth Consulting Group (FWCG) with the Royal Bank of Canada in Phoenix, Allan’s job truly is a “family affair.” His “dream team,” consists of his brother Michael, a specialist in retirement planning, brother Brian, a Chartered Financial Consultant…

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